Mike Heiligenstein serves as a director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. This is a government agency that is responsible for the maintenance of transportation and mobility infrastructure such as roads, railways, bridges and tunnels in central Texas. Mr. Heiligenstein has previously served as a representative at the local and county level before he was selected to head the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. In addition to his work with the CTRMA, Mike Heiligenstein provides consultation and advice with other state and national transportation groups.

 

On an op-ed piece for the Austin American-Statesman, Mike Heiligenstein laid out some of the ways that his Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is fighting against traffic jams. He also described how the CTRMA is taking a proactive approach to make roads safer, more efficient and more reliable for commuters. Mr. Heiligenstein also described some technological solutions and partnerships with private companies that can benefit everyone in the Central Texas area.

 

One of the ways to ensure a smooth flow of traffic during rush hour is through what Mike Heiligenstein describes as variable tolling. This allows the CTRMA to adjust toll rates on the various roads it controls to help decrease traffic on already congested roads. Variable tolling help steer people away from already contested roads and into roads that are congestion free by waiving and increasing tolls accordingly. The goal of variable tolling is to limit new traffic onto congested roads and to divert riders roads into ones that are clear.

 

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is also partnering with smartphone apps such as Metropia. There are estimates that there are almost 900,000 empty car seats everyday from people commuting to and from work in the Central Texas metro area. Increasing ride sharing can drastically cut the amount of traffic and pollution in central Texas. It can also save people a lot of money on gas.

 

Mike Heiligenstein says his organization is also creating an emergency assistance program for vehicles with minor issues or breakdowns that will be free. Studies have found that a lot of the traffic is caused by minor breakdowns or issues on heavily traveled roads. The minor breakdowns cause a lot of starting and stopping among other motorists which lead to heavy traffic.

 

By offering free roadside assistance to vehicles with minor problems or breakdowns, traffic jams can be averted. The sooner such vehicles are off the road or fixed, the better it is for everybody.

 

Read more at http://www.mystatesman.com/news/opinion/things-know-about-the-central-texas-regional-mobility-authority/HuPXTyFcN0TaD5rcsPXZqN/.

 

In a controversial move, the Nevada State Liquor Control Board voted unanimously in April of this year to revoke the liquor licenses of the four stores of Whiteclay, Nebraska. This marks the first time in nearly a century and a half that the town will be unable to sell alcohol, its sole industry since its founding in the early 1880s.

 

The town is located just a few miles from the border of the Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux reservation, in Southern South Dakota. The reservation was established with laws that strictly prohibited the sale of any alcohol to its residents. This was due to a perceived tendency of Native Americans to excessively imbibe, eventually leading to higher rates of alcoholism among their population.

 

But this good-hearted effort was quickly circumvented by entrepreneurs in the neighboring state of Nebraska. The town of Whiteclay was formed, and for the next 135 years, it would serve the thirsty residents of the Pine Ridge reservation, even if they couldn’t legally buy alcohol at home.

 

But now they can no longer purchase beer or wine in Whiteclay either. Staring on May 1, the four stores that operated in the town will no longer be able to legally sell alcohol. This has led to a dramatic spike in business in Rushville, Nebraska, a town located 21 miles to the south of Whiteclay. While many observers cheered the move by the Liquor Board to finally shut down the sales to the Sioux, many others are worried that the increase in traffic to Rushville, located many miles further down the road, will lead to a spike in drunk driving.

The Brazilian government recently announced that it had entered into a partnership with the National Bank for Economic and Social Development. Edison Carlos is the president of Trata Brazil. Felipe Montoro interviewed Edison. He gave his opinion on the collaboration between the two parties. Carlos said that this was a good move by the government. It would lead to the improvement of services across several sectors. State organizations play a huge role of water sanitation through public funding in Brazil. Carlos explained that the introduction of a private player would aid the public because the parties could work in such a way that they complemented each other.

 

Government organizations have a lot of experience dealing with these issues. They can approach other companies to develop partnerships that will solve problems. He added that private companies could play a huge role in funding water recycling schemes. He added that their adoption of advanced technology would help in water management and construction of better sewage networks.The president said that the involvement of the private sector would allow public institutions to direct their funds towards other projects.

 

Felipe Montoro Jens earned his degree in Business Administration from the Getulio Vargas Foundation. He completed his graduate studies at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He started his career at Terne SPA as an executive in structured finance and project development. Montoro joined Enron where he worked in international finance. Montoro was an accountant and consultant of most of the company’s clients at Price Waterhouse Coopers. Montoro’s excellence in business led him to work in companies all over the world. He is a board member at companies such as San Antonio Energia, Fonte Nova, Braskem SA, and Foz do Brasil SA. Montoro was the director of Braskem from April 2010 to August 2013.

Terry Robbins is the sheriff of Sheridan County, Nebraska. He oversees a vast area, being responsible for one of the largest counties in the country. The county only has a population density of 2.2 people per square mile, making it one of the least densely populated places in America. This presents some unique law enforcement challenges.

 

One of the problems that Robbins and his predecessors have faced is that the county is so large that the few number of personnel allotted to his department are often not enough to adequately handle calls. In the harsh Nebraska winter, an officer may receive a call for an event taking place 80 miles away. He then has to get there as quickly as possible on ice-covered roads.

 

The nature of these thinly placed resources has been a lynchpin in the debate over the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, which is located at the extreme northern border of the county. The town has long served as the main source of alcohol to the nearby Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux reservation, which has been dry since its founding in the 1870s. But the alcohol sales have led to over a century of lawlessness, including serious brawls, prostitution, gambling and all the other social ills that so often accompany drunkenness.

 

The Sheriff’s Office simply was not able to ensure law and order in the town, due to the extreme dispersion of its few resources. In light of the ongoing lawlessness of the town, The Nevada State Liquor Control Board finally voted unanimously to revoke the licenses of the beer stores there.

 

The Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux Indian reservation is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. Formed from the harsh landscape of Southern South Dakota, it has served as the ancestral home of the Lakota people for millennia. The area has been home to such famous figures and heroes of the Sioux Indians as Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. It’s not far from Wounded Knee and the Little Big Horn, both places where seminal events in Native American history took place.

 

But the Pine Ridge reservation has also been plagued by some of the most serious problems of any location within the United States. The unemployment rate is the highest of any census region. It has astounding rates of alcoholism and a huge number of its residents never graduate from high school. Due to a perceived propensity of the Lakota to fall victim to alcoholism, the reservation has been dry since its founding, in the late 1870s.

 

The fact that the reservation has been completely bereft of alcohol has long led its residents to the nearby town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, a town which has existed since the 1880s for the sole purpose of selling beer and booze to the residents of the Pine Ridge reservation. Because of the questionable morality of the town’s sole industry, Whiteclay has long been the focus of attack by groups ranging from Christian teetotalers to Indian rights activists. Recently, the town’s liquor stores finally lost their licenses. For now, they will no longer be able to sell alcohol to the Lakota.

 

For almost 150 years, the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska has been the primary source of alcohol for the residents of the Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux Reservation. The reservation has been dry, completely banning the sale of alcohol, since its establishment in the 1870s. The town of Whiteclay quickly sprang up, just a few miles south of the reservation’s border, as a watering hole for thirsty Natives who craved the beer they couldn’t buy in their home territory.

 

That situations persisted through the entire 20th century. But on May 1 of this year, it all came to an end. The Nebraska Liquor Control Board unanimously voted in April to deny renewal of the licenses that the four beer stores of Whiteclay need to continue to legally sell alcohol. This order went into effect on May 1, when convoys of beer trucks descended on the town, hauling away the shelf-loads of unsold beer that the stores were unable to move prior to the date their license was revoked.

 

But the store owners have vowed to fight until the bitter end. A lawyer representing the four store owners has filed a petition with the Nebraska Court of Appeals to issue a stay. The state Attorney General filed a counter suit and was able to keep the stores shut, for now. But many experts think that the chances of the stores closing for good are not particularly high. They say that the store owners have a strong claim that the Liquor Board has treated them in an unfair, discriminatory way.

 

Long a source of controversy for groups ranging from Native activists to church groups, Whiteclay, Nebraska has finally had its sole industry shuttered. The town had long served as the primary source of alcohol for the residents of the nearby Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux reservation. The entire reservation has banned alcohol sales since the 19th century.

 

However, the closing of the four beer stores, which collectively sold over 3.5 million cans of beer each year, has left many people with questions as to what will come next. Not everyone was happy with the decision by the Nebraska Liquor Control Board to shut the stores down for good, a decision that was put into effect in late April, when the board declined to renew the licenses of the four stores authorized to operate in the town.

 

Terry Robbin is the sheriff of Sheridan County, the county in which Whiteclay is located. He has predicted that the closure of the stores will do little but increase the number of miles driven while drunk within his county. Unfortunately, early signs after the closures have borne those predictions out.

 

The day the stores closed, May 1, a large group of counselors was on scene to help any customers who may have found themselves unable to cope with the sudden removal of their alcohol supply. But the workers found no one there. This was accompanied by a sharp increase in the amount of traffic in the liquor stores of Rushville, Nebraska, located 21 miles south of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

 

 

The government made it known that it is planning to enter a concession with BNDES. In a recent interview, the President of Trata Brasil, Edison Carlos pointed out a number of points regarding the initiative. He strongly believes that the services that will be offered here will be improved regarding structure, resources, and management. Felipe Montoro Jens, an infrastructure project specialist, also raised the issue of the need to decrease the level of the wastes during the interview.

 

BNDES will strive to come up with customized action plans to help the states in which it operates. The plan will be based on the survey results of the situation of the different locations. Edison explains that with the survey results, the bank will be able to accomplish the project by addressing the needs of each of these states. Loss of water is one of the issues that the project will aim to address.

 

Edison advises that when entering into partnerships that involve concessions the goals should be made clear at the time when the contract is being drafted. Adoption inspections should also be done by the various public agencies involved. The activities presented during the concessions have to be fulfilled in their entirety.

 

About Felipe Montoro Jens

Felipe Montoro Jens has served in several premier companies. He is currently the CEO of Energipar Captação S.A. He is also the chairperson of Concessionária do Centro Administrativo do Distrito Federal S.A. From April 2010 to August 2013, he was the Director of Braskem S.A. Mr. Jens has also served as the Director of Concesionaria Trasvase Olmos S.A.

 

The educational background of Felipe Montoro Jens is a colorful one. He acquired a B.A. from from Fundao Getito Vargas (FGV). In addition, he also has a postgraduate degree in international management which he received from Thunderbird.

The city of Osasco, in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil, is one of Southern Brazil’s largest and most important metropolises. With a population of nearly 700,000, it has the 9th largest gross metropolitan product of any of Brazil’s major cities and is one of the most important economic centers of the country’s southern region.

 

Osasco is also among the most densely populated cities in the world. The Brazilian penchant for vertical development is on full display in the city, with towering, modern skyscrapers as far as the eye can see.

 

But Osasco has also gained a reputation for inefficient and somewhat corrupt governance over the years. With the implementation of e-governe, these things will be consigned to ancient history. E-governe promises to take the city’s governance into the 21st century, finally fulfilling the city’s massive potential to become a first-world, developed metropolis.

 

 

E-governe automates the bad right out of governments

 

There are fields where great creativity and a lax adherence to the rules are high virtues. Governance isn’t one of them. One of the things that repels so many from a career of civil service is the sheer boredom and repetition of it. But boredom and repetition is often a direct consequence of good governance. It is the creative rule-breakers who have a tendency to lead government astray.

 

That is why systems like e-governe are transforming the ways in which government operates. By removing the opportunities for protocol violations, creative accounting and other often nefarious activities, e-governe ensures that the taxpayers are getting what they paid for, honest and straightforward government services.

 

To this end, e-governe created its Financiero platform, a system dedicated to removing all the guesswork from budget formation, payroll and accounting. In fact, the system can actually remove a great deal of repetition. Through the extensive automation of accounting and other tasks that would have previously fallen on the shoulders of bureaucratic paper-pushers, e-govern frees government employees up for doing what they’re typically best at, serving their constituents. At the same time, e-governe can save even small municipalities millions of dollars in payroll, through eliminating menial tasks associated with accounting, compliance and payroll.

 

E-governe also aids in the often contentious and labor-intensive tasks involved with drawing up budgets. With limited municipal budgets, everyone wants a piece of the pie. E-governe allows for real time conferencing, with powerful analytics, charts and graphs, which can aid all stakeholders in arriving at a budget that everyone can live with. And unlike the ways in which most budgets have been drawn up, these processes are available within the e-governe platform itself. This system is proven to reduce budget formation by hundreds or even thousands of man-hours. It also vastly increases transparency, making all stakeholders more likely to feel as if they’re getting a fair shake.

 

The e-governe Financiero platform also has many automated compliance and security features. These make corruption and graft nearly impossible, discouraging the worst abuses and enabling easy discovery of any perpetrators who may pilfer the public purse.

Lime Crime is a vibrantly pigmented beauty line founded by creator and CEO Doe Deere in 2008. The beauty line is largely focused on online sales, however, it is slowly branching out to stores.

Lime Crime is a vegan friendly make-up line that is certified cruelty free by Leaping Bunny and PETA. Cruelty free means there is no testing on animals and there are no animal byproducts used in any of their products. Followers of the brand are considered ‘unicorns’ by CEO Doe Deere. This is because the people who embrace and wear her brand are truly unique individuals who stay true to themselves.

The line is set apart by its bright pigments and vibrant colors. It is reminiscent of the fantastical and magical. Lime Crime is responsible for the trending liquid-to-matte lipstick, which they have available in a bright red called “Psycho” to a dark mustard yellow called “Squash”. Metallic liquid-to-matte lipsticks (velvetines) are also available.

Their latest product branches into hair care. Unicorn hair dye comes in 16 shades aimed at allowing an individual to express themselves through hair color. The shades range from a bright pink, “Strawberry Jam”, to a vibrant green called “Jello.” Metallic pop on nails are available, as well as two brightly hued eye-shadow palettes. They also provide bundles of certain products. For instance, the Diamond Crusher product is a glittery makeup that can be used over top of their matte lipstick- this is available in a bundle where you can purchase all six colors at one time. There is also a velvetine bundle that bundles 5 matte lipsticks together- the particular bundle advertised is available with their nude hues.

The online cult favorite make-up line has presented individuals with an avenue to play, create new looks, and use vibrant make-up and colors to express themselves and their individuality. This brand has revolutionized how its followers buy make-up, as well as how they use make-up to express their unique look. https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/brands/lime-crime