Permian Basin prepares for 2020 census

first_img Director of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Denver Regional office Cathy Lacy gives an over view of the conference. The U.S. Census Bureau held a conference on Census 2020: The Oil and Gas Industry and its impact on the Count in the Permian Basin, in the Gregory Williams Lecture Hall on the Odessa College Campus. The countdown for the 2020 census has begun and local leaders and professionals are brainstorming how to effectively execute the decennial headcount for the Permian Basin’s unique situation. Cathy Lacy, director of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Denver regional office, said the census comes down to three things: knowledge, power and money. The nation’s population statistics come from decennial censuses, which allow communities to better plan for the future using current facts and figures about America’s changing demographics. The next census will be on April 1. Lacy said children under the age of five were underreported during the last census. She attributed that trend to complex housing units such as circumstances where divorced parents might assume the other person accounted for the child in their household’s headcount but neither parent did. “Those children that were ages zero to five years old that were not reported could contribute to part of the reason that the schools, cities and counties were not able to plan for that population for the future,” Lacy said. The results of the census also determine the number of seats for each state in the U.S. House of Representatives and are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Lacy said it is vital for residents to participate in the census count because underestimating the actual population could result in communities missing out on federal funds. Her presentation at a 2020 census conference held Thursday at Odessa College stated that about $675 billion is distributed each year from the federal government based on population count. Texas currently receives about $59.4 billion annually in federal funding derived from data gathered during the 2010 census. Midland Mayor Jerry Morales said the Permian Basin needs every federal dollar it can get to meet the increased housing, education, healthcare, quality of life and infrastructure needs of residents brought on by the oil and gas industry. The most recent population projections from the Texas Demographic Center list both Ector County and Midland County as two of the top 10 areas in the state to have the fastest growth rates from 2010 to 2050. In the next 30 years, Ector County’s population is expected to reach about 494,413, a 261 percent increase from 2010, TDC data states. “For this census we knew it would be one of the most challenging censuses we’ve ever had,” Lacy said. The transient workforce in Midland-Odessa will be an area of focus for local census canvassers and require new approaches to ensure those individuals meeting residency requirements are included. Nontraditional housing situations are common for oil field workers that spend part of their time living in the Permian Basin and the other part somewhere else. Census collection will incorporate timelines that focus on capturing those living in hotels or motels, RV parks, man camps and other transitory locations. “We’re going to make sure that we work with the local communities and make sure we know all of those places where people live or people could live,” Lacy said. “With man camps, you’ve got a population that could be here three weeks out of the month or they could be here 50 percent of the time. Those (split down the middle) may not consider this to be their home and we can’t control what people tell us because it is a self-response.” The conference allowed attendees to form small groups to discuss the specific challenges the 2020 census poses for the Permian Basin and possible strategies to improve data collection methods. One small group emphasized that collaboration between local government entities and oil companies will need to be a focus early on for efficient coordination so that transient workers will understand which community they should claim and when census employees will be gathering surveys in that area. The U.S. Census Bureau will also add two additional reporting options next year to reach even more of the population with greater ease. Residents nationwide can fill out a survey over the phone or online prior to the census date with 13 language options available. Traditional methods like the mailed paper form and the in-person interview will continue to be offered. “This is an opportunity to be a part of a once-in-a-decade operation,” Lacy said. Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Local News TAGS  Pinterest Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Permian Basin prepares for 2020 census Previous article052419_OHS_Graduation_JF_04Next articleZenayda Lara Digital AIM Web Support Twitterlast_img read more

Prime Minister visits Labour Club

first_imgGordon Brown has visited members of Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) to congratulate them on the results of the local elections.Visiting on 21st July, he praised OULC’s “brilliant contribution to progressive politics in the University, the city and the country.”Gordon Brown was in Oxford for the TED Global Conference in which he gave a speech on collective action to solve global problems.Ben Lyons, co-chair of OULC said, “the results are a reflection of the consistent hard work put in by OULC members and supporters… I’m confident that we can continue to buck the national trend in Oxford.”Labour gained four seats in Oxford in the June elections. The biggest gains came in student areas such as Isis, which contains Magdalen, New College and St Catherine’s. The Conservatives failed to make any gains in Oxford and the Oxford University Conservative Organisation (OUCA) did not actively campaign in the area.last_img read more

Series addresses basics of Christian faith

first_imgTags: Alpha, Brett Perkins, Campus Ministry, Christianity Alpha: An Introduction to Christianity, a new Campus Ministry program that kicked off Monday night, offers a seven-week dinner and discussion series to address the fundamentals of Christian faith.Though the series primarily aims to inform non-Christian students, Alpha encourages participants of all religious backgrounds to attend. Non-Christian attendees will learn about the Christian faith, while Christians will benefit from a refresher on the core of their beliefs, according to Alpha’s club advisor Brett Perkins, campus minister and assistant director of sacramental preparation.Alpha student leader and junior Will Harris said the program’s design makes it inclusive of students from all religious backgrounds.“One of my favorite things about this program is that it can reach out to people unfamiliar with Christianity, and it is also useful for Christians to revisit the basics of belief, especially those who were raised Catholic and took a lot of these things for granted,” Harris said.A team of sophomores, juniors and seniors lead Alpha, and each week these students will offer insights and facilitate conversation. Each of the seven Alpha meetings will consist of a dinner, a talk by one of the student leaders on some of the major questions and topics of Christianity and small group discussions, Harris said.“As a leader of Alpha, I hope to see people grow and learn from this program, but I also want to learn from the participants about what they discover and what in our faith sticks out to them,” Harris said.Alpha meetings take place every Monday of the fall semester from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in 330 Coleman-Morse Center, in addition to one Saturday retreat Nov. 1. Topics for each week include “Who is Jesus?”, “How can I have faith?” and “Why and how do I pray/read the Bible?”, according to the club’s website and handouts.“It’s different from Campus Ministry in that it’s not just a retreat; it’s not focused on conversion. It’s just our way of spreading the gospel, letting people know of God’s word and allowing them to make their own decisions based off that,” junior Taylor Billings said.Alpha also seeks to help Christians who feel uncommitted to or unmotivated by the Church.“Many people now are what my priest back home calls ‘CEOs,’ [people who attend church] Christmas and Easter only,” Alpha student leader and senior Sean Driscoll said. Driscoll said he hopes returning to the basics of faith will increase the participants’ desire to attend church more regularly.Around 20 people, ranging from freshmen to seniors and including an alumnus of the Notre Dame class of 1968 attended the first meeting Monday. Twenty-two students have registered, but Harris said he hopes involvement with the group will increase throughout the semester.“We are trying to find that interaction that kids need to stick with the faith,” Harris said.last_img read more

An Open Letter to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

first_imgDear Madam Sirleaf,Kindly accept our sincere greetings. We write to say many thanks and appreciation to you for the invaluable maximum contributions you have been making over the years to the total growth, development and progress of the government and people of Liberia since you assumed power to date – such a sound, democratic leadership is highly commendable indeed.However, Madam President, we are actually constrained and disappointed to bring to your official attention the management of the Cocopa Rubber Plantation Company’s deliberate refusal and denial to give our fair entitled financial benefits to date. Therefore, Your Excellency, we the voiceless and marginalized are at this point in time humbly appealing to you to please intervene in order that we receive our long delayed financial benefits we labored for prior to the war years.It can be recalled that on February 25, 2014, we the former workers of Cocopa Company addressed a letter to you to that effect.By and large, Madam President, the management of the abovementioned company is about to pay her present workforce, and is not even thinking about us at all.Therefore, from the look of things, Madam President, we want to logically deduce and conclude that the management is up to chaos and confusion.Whatever the case, Madam President, we are looking up to you for an amicable final solution at your earliest Executive convenience.With kindest regards and sentiments of our highest esteem.Respectfully yours,Signed: ———————————————————Moses W. Nya, SecretaryCell #0886-978-764/0776-302-167Approved: —————————————————–B. George Kruah, ChairmanCell #0886-923-106/0777-911-090Attested to: ——————————————————David C. Mitchell, AdvisorCell #0886-497-954 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more