ASK A COP — Has COVID-19 caused a vehicle registration sticker shortage?

first_img Racheal from Port Arthur asks: I believe my cousin is very negligent when it comes to her vehicle maintenance. She is currently riding around with two donut tires on her car. I told her I didn’t think that was legal. Is it illegal to drive a car with more than one spare tire? Answer: A donut spare tire should not be driven more than 70 miles or faster than 50 mph. Any speed or distance past that, the tire is not guaranteed for safe driving on our roads. I did not find any or do not know of any law that regulates how many spare tires a motorist can have on any one vehicle. Your cousin needs to keep in mind, even though riding on two spare tires may not be illegal, it’s not the safest means of transportation. That donut spare tire is only temporary solution.Join Officer Rickey Antoine for Ask A Cop Live on KSAP 96.9 FM “The Breeze” every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. as he discusses the Ask A Cop article. Ask your question live at 409-982-0247. Remember to email questions to [email protected], call 409-983-8673 and leave a message or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public, you can Ask A Cop! Dale from Port Neches asks: Is there a law in Texas regarding following too close to a police vehicle when it’s operating with its lights on?Answer: Who and why would someone want to follow a police unit that’s operating in emergency mode with its light and siren on? Most people want to get out of the way, breathe a sigh of relief and are grateful that police unit wasn’t trying to stop them! Dale, there’s no law in the Texas Transportation Code that specifically addresses following to close to a police unit operating in emergency mode, but there’s a law that prohibits following too close to a fire apparatus or ambulance. Texas Transportation Code 545.407 states a driver may not follow a fire apparatus or ambulance closer than 500 feet when they have their emergency lights activated. Chances are if a police unit is operating in emergency mode (lights and siren), they are legally traveling above the posted speed limit. If you’re following the police unit you’re most likely SPEEDING! Once again, police units are omitted from this law probably because police units don’t have a problem with motorists wanting to follow.center_img MJ from Port Arthur asks: My truck registration is due to expire at the end of September, and I’ve already received my renewal notice. I’m hearing that even after being inspected, I won’t be able to acquire a new registration sticker for my truck’s windshield because they’re in short supply due to the coronavirus. If this is true, what’s to prevent me from being cited for an expired registration even though the truck was inspected, but no replacement could be obtained?Answer: The worldwide Pandemic COVID-19 has readjusted just about all aspects of our lives, and the vehicle registration process in the state of Texas was not immune to said adjustment. MJ, I have good news for you, apparently that was a void rumor about Texas being short on registration stickers because of COVID-19. You can also get your registration sticker by mailing your registration back in, online or you can stop in local places to get your sticker since you have your vehicle inspected already and you’re not 30 days past your expiration date.last_img read more

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Minnesota senior beats two personal records at U.S. Nationals for women’s swim and dive

first_imgMinnesota senior beats two personal records at U.S. Nationals for women’s swim and diveDanielle Nack earned personal bests in two events.Niti Gupta, Daily File PhotoSophomore Danielle Nack competes in the Women’s 100 Yard Backstroke during the 2016 Minnesota Challenge at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Jack WarrickJuly 3, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGophers senior Danielle Nack accomplished two personal bests at the USA Swimming’s World Championships trials on Tuesday and Thursday. Nack broke two of her own long-course program records with the 200-meter and 100-meter butterfly, and three other Minnesota records were beaten during the five-day event in Indianapolis.“Personally, I think I did pretty well, I finally got a best time in one of my events,” Nack said. “I’m super excited about [the time].”Nack clocked in at 2:13.10 seconds in the 200 meter fly prelims on Tuesday, and she placed seventh in the 100 meter with a time of 58.98 seconds. Sophomore Tevyn Waddell broke the women’s long course 200-meter backstroke record in the prelims, and broke that same record in the finals with a time of 2:10.86, giving her a third place finish in the B finals. She also got 14th place in the 50-meter backstroke final.Brooke Zeiger placed sixth in the A final for the women’s 400-meter individual medley with a 4:44.57 time. It was the highest finish by a Minnesota swimmer at the event.Lindsey Horejsi also placed in the finals, with a 15th place swim in the 50 meter breaststroke and a time of 32.02.last_img read more

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A long, hard look

first_imgThe tragedy that unfolded on 14 June at Grenfell Tower is likely to have far-reaching ramifications for both the housing and construction sectors.There are two levels of debate that arise here. Firstly, the wider political implications of failure in broader housing policy and regulation; and secondly, the actions of the construction industry.Head of the upcoming public inquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, has already stated that he will concentrate on the facts surrounding the Grenfell Tower fire, and not address wider policy. But there must have been a major failure within the end-to-end process of regulating, designing, procuring, constructing and managing housing stock. Whether it has been contributed to by the construction industry’s own delivery failings will become clear. But confusion over cladding testing is already perpetuating the feeling that some of our most important industry standards are indeterminate, lack transparency and appear open to gamification or playing the system.Recently, there has been a significant negative shift in public perception of the housing industry beyond the world of social housing. The growing sense that there is inequality in the housing market, now amplified by Grenfell Tower, is reinforced by stories of developers exploiting a system that looks increasingly flawed. Increasing reliance on individual investors buying units has further muddied the waters, leading to accusations that developers are busy building safe deposit boxes and pension plans instead of decent accommodation.The build-to-rent sector has not escaped criticism either, with some permitted development conversion schemes for rent being labelled poor quality, while some premium rental products are accused of being unaffordable and unaligned to real market need.Let’s not forget the discontent brewing that Help to Buy is seen to have become a structural subsidy for the larger housebuilders’ profits.Meanwhile, in the public sector, as registered providers seek to reduce reliance on declining government grants and local authorities look to create income, their transition to quasi-private sector business models has led some to question their core social purpose.Whether any of these observations are justified is of course open to extensive and emotive debate but increasingly negative public perception is now becoming the residential development industry’s reality. The homebuilding sector fundamentally needs to be building more genuinely affordable, high-quality homes more quickly in the right places across a variety of tenures. This is the crux of our so-called market failure conundrum. And something must be done about it.The simple answer to all of this has to be led by policy and regulation. Without pre-empting specifics, the Grenfell Tower disaster is highly likely to lead to a tightening of regulations and an increase in both public and private sector clients’ awareness of potential reputational, statutory and indeed criminal risk in not demanding the very best standards of construction and specifying and procuring accordingly. This will put further pressure on existing skills, unfortunately, and will potentially reduce available supply chain capacity through “raising the bar”.If there has ever been a moment to step up efforts to invest and innovate in how we organise and deliver, surely this is it?The land market also lies at the heart of housing supply and affordability problems and there is a growing cross-party consensus on the problem of land value speculation. Any intervention here of course brings with it the risk of unintended consequences but the call for action is growing.But it’s not just up to the government. If there has ever been a moment to step up efforts to invest and innovate in how we organise and deliver, ruthlessly pursuing the attainment of better quality, efficiency and safety, surely this is it? We need improved skills and training, embracing increasing use of technology and more high quality, accredited pre-manufacturing solutions, all supported by a better integrated delivery model. This is the only way we will consistently deliver a better standard at the higher levels of housing output that we desperately need in this country.All of this ultimately needs to be paid for out of improved productivity, not by reducing supply chain margins or by charging clients more. Major businesses spanning clients, contractors, consultants and suppliers need to urgently think about how they can demonstrate pre-emptive leadership here that the willing and responsible part of the rest of the industry can then follow.And finally, if the need for this industry to improve its standards wasn’t clear enough, consider the fact that we continue to kill people in the process of building the very things that are being accused of now being unsafe. Just one week after the Grenfell disaster, two people were killed on a construction site in Crewe. Our industry fatalities amount to the cumulative equivalent of the current official Grenfell Tower death toll of 80, every two to three years.No doubt many will read this article and immediately move onto their day-to-day business, assuming the challenge I set out here is someone else’s problem. That attitude is one that has characterised our past. We need a different future – one that uses the awful events at Grenfell Tower as an unprecedented collective impetus for change.Mark Farmer is founding director and chief executive at consultant Cast and author of the industry report Modernise or Dielast_img read more

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Take That to perform at Ashton Gate

first_imgMark Kelly, managing director of Ashton Gate said: “We said we wanted to be able to have a really major, credible act for our first concerts here at the ‘new’ Ashton Gate. Take That are one of the most successful British bands in UK chart history so we are really excited to have attracted them to the city. “Playing here on the Tuesday after the final May Bank Holiday weekend we hope it will become a huge event for Bristol as a whole. We can hold around 30,000 fans for the concert so we think it could have a really positive impact on the city.” Fans of the band will be able watch Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen perform at the home of Bristol City and Bristol Bears on Tuesday, May 28th2019, plus they will be joined by special guest Rick Astley. Take That have also confirmed today the release of ‘Odyssey’ a greatest hits album that takes the listener on a journey through the incredible musical history of one of the UK’s most successful bands of all time.Ahead of the album release, fans will get a taster of what’s to come as the band released ‘Pray (Odyssey Version)’ earlier today to coincide with their UK Tour announcement.‘Odyssey’ is yet another lense through which fans can enjoy the band’s most successful work that has helped them achieve six No.1 albums and sell over 45 million records across 30 years. Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen are Take That in 2018 and continue the legacy of one of the biggest boybands of all time: “The story is, if you think about it quite mad.” Said Howard. “We wanted to tell the tale of the band,” added Mark, “the history of what happened to us. If you only ever own one of them, this should be the definitive Take That record.” “Some have been reworked, but without spoiling what people loved about them in the first place.” said Gary “You’ve got to be respectful, but at the same time, you’ve got to let the ambition of doing something new and refreshed come through as well.”Hospitality tickets go on sale at 9.30am Friday 28thSeptember via Ashton Gate online at tickets.bristol-sport.co.uk or by phone: 0117 963 0600.HOSPITALITYGeneral admission tickets can ONLY be purchased via Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.co.uklast_img read more

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Relentless Ineos already in pole position for Tour glory

first_imgCASTRES, France,  (Reuters) – Team Ineos are already poised for a Tour de France triumph before the race even enters the high mountains after a brutal display of strength on the eve of the first rest day. It had looked like being a tight battle between defending champion Geraint Thomas, his team mate Egan Bernal and in-form Thibaut Pinot, but the Frenchman was thrown off course by a gust of crosswind in yesterday’s 10th stage.Although the hardest part of the race has yet to come, the Ineos duo are second and third overall with yellow jersey holder Julian Alaphilippe of France not considered a threat for the title.Thomas leads Bernal by for four seconds and Pinot, who was 19 seconds ahead yesterday morning, is spending the rest day reflecting on a positioning error that caught him on the wrong end of a split. He is now 11th, 1:21 behind Thomas, and it was a sobering moment for the French fans hoping for a first home-grown champion since Bernard Hinault in 1985.It also means that with Pinot and other top contender Jakob Fuglsang now far behind, the race might be less exciting.Ineos team manager Dave Brailsford was not apologising, however. “I live and breathe and think all day about sticking the knife and when you get the chance twisting it,” he told reporters yesterday.“To be at this point of the race at the first rest day, second and third overall on GC (general classification) is probably the best it could be for us,” Brailsford, who led the British outfit to six of the last seven Tour titles, added.Thomas was also in upbeat mood. “It’s been excellent,” he said. “Things are really starting to heat up.”There are still one individual time-trial and two stages in the Pyrenees this week before one of the hardest Alpine blocks of racing in recent Tour history in the final week.But Thomas and Bernal are ahead of the pack and they only have to do what they excel at — defend their advantage with the best team of the peloton. “We don’t have to (attack). We might want to but we don’t have to,” said Brailsford.Ineos have also enjoyed a quieter Tour than in previous years when they were called Team Sky and doping allegations against their riders triggered angry reaction from the fans along the route.“It’s true that if you think about the crowds… everything has been fine, and not just on the Tour but considering what happened on the Tour last year it was not flattering from our compatriots – some of them – but can’t draw any conclusion,” said Frenchman Nicolas Portal, the team’s sports director.“The fact is that we’re not being insulted. It’s the opposite from last year. It’s quiet and it almost seems weird.”last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho: Not thinking about Madrid, I want to stay at Man United

first_img On Cristiano Ronaldo he added: “Ronaldo is one of the best players of all time, nobody can say anything else, it’s as simple as that.” Upd. on 23/10/2018 at 10:58 CEST Asked about going bak to Real Madrid, who are poised to sack coach Julen Lopetegui, Mourinho said: “No. My future is here – I have a contract and until the final of my contract I only think about Manchester United. I am happy to stay here longer than that.” Mourinho: “No pienso en el Madrid, quiero seguir en el United” IN SPORT.EScenter_img 22/10/2018 Jose Mourinho is not thinking about Real Madrid. Or at least, so he says in his press conference. The Manchester United coach spoke to the media ahead of his team’s Champions League clash with Juventus on Tuesday. Pol Ballúslast_img read more

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Warriors march towards the post-season

first_imgRound 17 of Big V basketball was an important one for the Pakenham Warriors as they picked some crucial wins….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Hayley Wildes last_img

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Big bill using stolen cards

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS CREDIT cards stolen from a parked car have been fraudulently used by two youths across south east…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Show and shine puts on a show in Lang Lang

first_imgMore than 800 cars congregated to Lang Lang for the ninth annual Lang Lang Show n Shine, making this year’s…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Mitchell Clarke last_img

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