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Texas Battles Obama Administration Over Syrian Refugees

On November 16, Texas Governor Greg Abbot sat outside of the Governor’s Mansion, surrounded by local and national press. With the French flag draped over a balcony railing, Abbott requested a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Paris attacks. When the formalities were over, he informed the members of the press that he had written a letter to President Obama. The letter was to inform the Commander in Chief that Texas will not be accepting any Syrian refugees, should the Federal government decide to relocate some of them there. To the international community, the governor may sent something of a mixed message. While honoring the victims of an ISIS-perpetrated terrorist attack in Paris, Abbott denied Syrian refugees ? who are likewise victims of ISIS ? from resettling in Texas. Why? Perhaps anticipating controversy, Abbott didn’t hesitate to explain his reasoning. What principally concerns the Government of Texas are telling the good guys from the bad guys. “They do not have the capability to distinguish between those refugees who can pose as terrorist, and those who may be innocent,” Abbott said, “and until the United States develops that capability it is essential that we do first things first, and that is and that is to keep the people of the state of Texas safe.” Abbott joins other prominent Texas conservatives, like presidential candidate Ted Cruz, in expressing...

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The Importance of Protective Barriers

We’ve all seen the movie images of several men wielding a battering ram, usually a huge log, against the castle gates. However, a greater threat exists in todays’ advanced technological world with vehicles replacing the wooden log as the ramming device. Modern Day Ramming The result of two automobiles accidently colliding is a powerful visual to describe the damage a vehicle can do. Twist the original purpose of automobile design to one of destruction and it’s fairly clear to see how any type of vehicle can be, and has been, used as a ramming device to gain entrance, block progress, or destroy. The vehicles are sometimes used “as is” or altered in some way for added effectiveness. In another old movie image, when the commander of the cavalry yelled, “charge”, horses were the vehicles used to plow through the enemy stronghold. Military units still employ the same tactic, but with different vehicles like tanks, submarines, and even airplanes. Criminals use vehicles to ram through store windows and walls to steal money and other valuables. Vehicles are also a common, easily accessible weapon used by terrorists to murder innocent people. Vehicle Ramming Attacks One of the most well-known vehicle ramming attacks occurred on September 11, 2001 when two terrorist airplanes rammed into the World Trade Center, one into the U.S. Pentagon, and a fourth, meant for a target in Washington,...

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Seven Key Points to Employee Feedback

For over fifty years large organisations have successfully implemented 360-degree employee feedback, a process that surprisingly dates back to the German military in World War II. A specialised multi-level or multi-source evaluation method, 360-degree employee feedback is designed to gain knowledge of an employee’s performance by using confidential questionnaires answered by selected staff members, clients and customers. The 360-degree employee feedback system can be a valuable tool for a company’s successful HR management program. It can be used to achieve goals and establish specific values, while creating a sense of connectivity and growth for each and every employee, either as a team or individually. In this day and age, this attitude is essential if a company wants to build morale, motivation and encourage the philosophy that everyone’s opinion counts! Whilst every great invention or implementation has its strengths, it can also have its weaknesses if not used in the way in which it was designed. Not so dissimilar to purchasing a flat-pack from a well-known Scandinavian store and failing to read the directions before assembling it; failing to understand 360-degree employee feedback is a sure fire way of reduce the odds of it successfully achieving its targeted goal. In order to maximise the effectiveness of the 360-degree employee feedback process, it is paramount HR departments are up-to-date in the management of this unique evaluation system to avoid any pitfalls...

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Texas Property Market is Booming

The Texas property market is booming at the moment. The main cities in Texas depend on different industries, but all are experiencing the same demand for housing. Dallas Leads the Way Texas is now one of the hottest real estate market places in the United States. Dallas in particular is leading the way with house prices rising by as much as 8.7%. Many potential buyers are currently looking for the services of a professional real estate company or an apartment locator near Dallas. These price increases are up there with those occurring in San Francisco and Denver. Even lower quality homes are selling quickly. This is due to a lack of supply in the city. However, this phenomenon is not confined to Dallas. Property prices in Houston are reaching record levels. Many analysts are claiming that it’s now one of the most overvalued housing markets in the country. Oil is not Fueling this Property Boom To many outside observers, this is an unusual situation. Oil prices have fallen dramatically in recent years. This trend looks set to continue because of many external factors. The money used to pay for properties in Texas is coming from some other industries. Texas has attempted to change its dependence on the oil industry so that an oil crisis does not have as much of an effect on the economy as it once had....

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Delivering Certified Code in Accordance with DO-178C is Easy with the SCADE Family of Products and Tools

In today’s fast-paced and ever improving aeronautical industry, aircraft and their safety systems are becoming increasingly complex. With the safety of passengers and crew becoming increasingly more important, using certified code as one of the critical path design elements has grown in significance. However, aircraft designers and engineers are faced with an uphill battle when it comes to getting their new products on the market. There are many constraints and obstacles that can make developing new aircrafts very time consuming and costly. Which is where ANSYS SCADE family of products comes in to make the journey easier and far less costly, both in time and money. In 2011, a joint committee, representative of the entire aeronautics industry, including aircraft manufacturers, equipment suppliers and tool vendors of software, along with certification authorities, approved the introduction of a new set of guidelines DO-178C. These guidelines replace the old DO-178B document, and are now mandated by a number of global aeronautics certification authorities. These include FAA in USA, EASA in the EU, Transport Canada, AR MAk in Russia and CAAC in China. The guidelines relate to the certification of new civilian or military aircraft that will use civilian installations and airspace. There is also supplementary material included in these new and improved guidelines that cover two important topics: DO-331 Model-Based Development and Verification, known as MBDV, which describes software modelling; and DO-330...

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