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2008-07-28 00:00:25

By Daniel Skolfield, Odessa American, Texas Jul. 27--Dry, dusty air and scorching heat have always been powerful ingredients in the thirst for cool, refreshing water. And with all of the boats parked around Odessa homes, you'd think some people were seeing a mirage in the distant desert sand -- they're not. Instead, fun-seeking Odessans continue a historic trend that puts thousands of watercraft in an area with absolutely no recreational boating water -- specifically Ector County....

2008-07-23 09:01:07

Western Ukrainian refineries could grind to a halt as a result of the ban imposed by Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko on a contract enabling Azerbaijani oil to be pumped through the Odessa-Brody pipeline in the European direction, the refineries' top managers have said. The refineries have not received any Russian crude for two years and are on the verge of bankruptcy unless they start receiving Caspian oil from the Odessa-Brody pipeline being used in the original direction, they said....

2008-07-22 15:01:00

Text of report by Interfax-Ukraine news agency Kiev, 22 July: The Fuel and Energy Ministry has a number of questions to the draft agreements on the use of the Odessa-Brody oil pipeline in the original direction [towards Europe], which were forwarded for consideration to the ministry by Ukraine's oil transport system operator Ukrtransnafta. "We have lots of questions to the draft agreements, starting with the mechanism for agreeing them," Fuel and Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan said at a news...

2008-07-21 21:00:32

MOSCOW. July 21 (Interfax) - Moscow is concerned about the Ukrainian intent to use the Odesa-Brody oil pipeline in the direct mode this year, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said at the Monday meeting of the government. "This is a concern of Russian companies, which supply crude to Central Europe. The companies have to seek other delivery routes," he said. He said that Russian companies will channel the supplies to Novorossiysk and Primorsk and thus make them more stable....

2008-07-19 12:00:24

By Daniel Skolfield, Odessa American, Texas Jul. 19--During the day, Sirena Torres puts people with bad credit behind the wheel of a nice, used vehicle -- at night, she struggles to put a roof over her children's heads. The single, 31-year-old working mother of four boys and one girl sells cars for a living, which means she works on commission. But, having five children ages 6 to 13 means the Odessa mom needs three bedrooms to house them all -- and with sky-high rent prices, Torres...

2008-07-18 12:00:51

By Daniel Skolfield, Odessa American, Texas Jul. 18--Animal performances and high-wire acts captivate children and adults alike with a circus performance that continues the 138-year tradition of Ringling Bros. entertainment. The "Boom A Ring" show in Odessa from Thursday to July 27, gives children a close-up view to the exciting action of talented circus stars with the free, interactive All Access Pre-show an hour before showtime. And the regular performances provide plenty of laughs,...

2008-07-18 06:00:46

The daily looks at the most recent act of confrontation between the presidential secretariat and the Cabinet of Ministers, in which the former accused the latter of blocking the signing of a deal on the control over the Odessa-Brody oil pipeline with a company affiliated with Ukrainian tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskyy's Pryvat Group. According to the daily's sources, Tymoshenko banned the signing, aiming to keep Kolomoyskyy from gaining "full control" over the pipeline, which, she believes, the...

2008-07-04 12:00:09

Alltel Wireless has announced that it will continue expanding its wireless broadband network in 2008 with the launch of EVDO Revision A technology in Midland and Odessa in the US, enabling customers to upload files five to 10 times faster than before. According to the company, its customers using Rev A will experience average upload speeds of 500-800Kbps with bursts up to 1.8Mbps. Download speeds also will increase. Rev A download speeds average 600Kbps to 1.4Mbps, with bursts up to...

2008-06-27 12:02:44

By Daniel Skolfield, Odessa American, Texas Jun. 27--A one-of-a-kind music event pays attention to the "little guy" this Saturday, as opportunity abounds for West Texas performers in search of their big break. Often ignored and bypassed for popular, big-name artists, independent musicians feel consistently held back from the action in radio play, show booking and spotlight promotion in the industry. This weekend, however, all that will change with the inaugural West Texas Independent...