HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:A screening of “La Tierra Quemada” (The Burning Ground) will be presented Oct. 8 in Fuller Lodge as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s Lecture Series.Cary Skidmore will present this 54-minute documentary video produced by Los Alamos National Laboratory to recount the circumstances of its most devastating explosives accident, Oct. 14, 1959.Skidmore will conduct a brief question and answer period following the video.Explosives operations at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s S-Site were at a feverish pace that undergirded the frenzy of Cold War nuclear weapons development. Tragically, four workers from the nearby Rio Grande Valley were killed in a violent explosion while performing routine operations at the Burning Ground.Reverberations rocked families, co-workers, communities, S-Site operations, and nuclear weapons designs.Now, 60 years after the accident, the story is shared in a public screening for the first time. There will be a brief question and answer period following the video.Skidmore was intimately involved in various aspects of explosives research and operations for most of his 33-year career at the Laboratory. For the final 12 years, his passion was researching and sharing the history of the Lab’s work with explosives. He considers this documentary video the capstone of his career.This presentation begins at 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge and is free and open to the public.The 2019-2020 Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series is generously sponsored by Robin and Richard McLean.
County Manager Harry BurgessBy KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Postkirsten@ladailypost.comLos Alamos County is following the governor’s phased approach to reopening the economy, County Manager Harry Burgess reported to County Council May 5.He told Council during its regular meeting held virtually, that while the County golf course reopened and local businesses are working to reopen, other County programs and services are still on hold or expected to be drastically changed.Regarding the golf course, which opened Friday, Burgess said while it is back in business, the pro shop remains closed. Since the pro shop is where passes are sold to play on the course, he said staff reconfigured an office in the golf course community building and utilized an exterior door to process payments and passes. Additionally, signs are posted to inform golfers about social distancing and other issues with the course. Burgess further reported that tape was put on the floor to mark six feet. He added while normally tee times are scheduled in 10-minute intervals, they will now be schedule in 15-minute intervals. Plus, carts will be rented to individuals rather than groups and the ball washers will be unavailable. Burgess said a pole marking system will substitute flags to mark holes on the course.Burgess said the County is following the state’s phased approach to reopening the economy. Currently, he said the pre-phase is being enacted, which will last through May 15.“During that time, a lot of preparations are anticipated to being made …” he said.In Phase I, which will begin May 15, Burgess said, certain retail business may open provided they follow COVID-19 protocols, as well as certain elective medical procedures including dental care. He added during Phase II, additional retail businesses may open.One of the major protocols for businesses is that employees wear face masks. As a result, Burgess said many local businesses have struggled to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE).In response, Burgess said County staff reached out to the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) to assist businesses in getting PPE. He added getting PPE for the County’s own employees is challenging. Either items are out of stock or back ordered, Burgess said. However, County staff provided LACDC with a list of contractors that it has successfully procured PPE from and LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan agreed to purchase PPE and make it available to local businesses.“We are trying to support our local businesses …,” Burgess said.Councilor David Izraelevitz asked about day care services. With businesses reopening and people required to go back to work, Izraelevitz asked what the current guidelines were for day care centers and if the County is trying to coordinate with local day care businesses.“Seems like a critical part of our local economy is to try to better understand and better support that specific segment,” he said. “Some people who are forced or required to go back work without having day care support – it is just going to exacerbate an already difficult situation.”Burgess said he is not aware of any discussions about day care. He mentioned there is potential for reimbursement to those who need day care, which is part of the CARES Act. He added he has not seen any exceptions in the governor’s public health order for limiting groups to no more than five people. However, Burgess said he would investigate the issue further and report back to council.He added that County Emergency Manager Beverly Simpson has developed an appendix in the County’s emergency management plan for pandemics. Creating the appendix was interesting, Burgess said, because it was venturing into unchartered territory.“At least at present it will be a good guideline,” he said. “None of us have done this before … We looked to others that have done this already to consider all the possibilities.”He added that Los Alamos will share its plans with others.Burgess said Phase II is estimated to begin June and Phase III is planned to start in July. Phase III, he said, addresses mass gatherings. Provided that the number of COVID-19 cases are maintained, and protocols are followed, the maximum number for groups will be raised from five to 100 people.Even at that, Burgess said the County will need to reconsider some of its events. There is discussion about offering alternatives to different programs. For instance, he said, Discovery Day, the major outdoor event for Science Fest, will not happen this year. Organizers are considering delivering the event online. Plus, the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series could not happen for next couple of months and even that, the concerts would have to be modified, Burgess said.“Unfortunately, at this point we are looking at a longer-term continuation of social distancing and all the related provisions,” he said.In other news related to COVID-19, it was reported during the council meeting that:The state is not updating testing numbers for Los Alamos as the County would like to see, Burgess said, adding the state still reports six positives tests for COVID-19 but he said the County is aware of 10.Burgess reported during the previous week, 25 individuals were tested at the Public Health Office and this week another 16 more were tested at the health office. Furthermore, he said, Los Alamos Medical Center reported an additional eight tests.Los Alamos National Laboratory is developing its own test site, which will be separate from the state. Burgess said the laboratory decided to do this so the state would not be charged. However, the results would be reported to the state.Council Chair Sara Scott reported that a council subcommittee made up of Scott, Councilors James Robinson and Randall Ryti was formed to address restarting the local economy. She said the public is encouraged to contact the subcommittee with questions, needs and concerns.Despite the uncertainties ahead, the County is working to continue other events as scheduled. For instance, Burgess reported that the County Clerk’s office is busy with the primary election.He said the election cycle started May 5. The County Clerk reached out to Simpson to get PPE for election staff and part-time staff, which was provided. Additionally, lanes into and out of the Municipal Building were marked and social distancing in the voting areas is being enforced.Clerk Naomi Maestas reported on May 5, in-person voting totaled 21 voters and there were no more than two voters at any one time. She added close to 900 ballots were mailed out.Maestas added that close to 2,000 ballots were expected to be tackled May 6 and the number of requests for absentee ballots grows continuously.
The deal on the 53,000 sq ft grade II listed building, which is opposite the Lloyds Building, reflects an equivalent yield of 4.9%. It was designed by British architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens for Midland Bank.The building was refurbished by Hanover Securities in 2005. It has six floors of office space, totalling 33,000 sq ft, which is let to various insurance tenants on 10 year leases. The former banking hall with a vault and strongrooms is now the Revolution bar, restaurant and club – which is let to Intentive Leisure on a 25 year lease.Simon Lacey, head of Central London offices at F&C Property said: ‘We are confident of increased rental growth in the City, and as long term investors, we look forward to the additional improvements that will arise once the development of [British Land’s] Leadenhall Building and [Arab Investments’] Pinnacle developments are completed in 2011.’Newton Perkins advised F&C.
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Source: Air Liquide To be built in partnership with Air Liquide, the new station – a first for the company – will be located at John Lewis’ head office in Bracknell, Berkshire.Expected to open in December 2020, it will facilitate the conversion of the Bracknell Waitrose fleet to biomethane and complement gas filling stations already in use near to John Lewis and Waitrose regional distribution centres in Leyland, Lancashire and in Northampton.Serving approximately 120 Waitrose heavy goods trucks, the vehicles will run on biomethane made from food waste and food processing waste materials rather than diesel.John Lewis said this will reduce CO2 emissions by 80%, with each truck saving over 100 tonnes of CO2 every year.These gas trucks are also quieter, decreasing noise pollution, which is especially important for urban deliveries.Over the next seven years, the Bracknell site alone will save over 70,000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to the carbon footprint produced by over 13,000 UK households.Justin Laney, Partner & General Manager of Central Transport at the John Lewis Partnership, said, “The evidence of climate change is all around us, so it’s important we act now using available technology rather than wait for unproven solutions to appear.”“We are working hard towards our new aim of removing all fossil fuel from our transport fleet by 2030, which will reduce our carbon emissions by over half a million tonnes and gets us well on the way to our ultimate target of operating a net zero carbon emission fleet.”In addition to reducing transport carbon emissions, the Partnership is also reducing the carbon emissions produced by its shops, with refrigeration units used in Waitrose being replaced.Hydro Fluoro Carbon (HFC) – the greenhouse gases used in cooling systems – are currently being switched to HFC-free refrigerators and this will be completed by 2028.
A new motorway construction project is currently ongoing in the northern Netherlands province of Friesland with the help of Damen DOP dredge pump.One of the civil engineering works required in the project is an aqueduct under the “Princess Margriet Canal”.The building pit of the tunnel has been dug by excavators. As the pit floor is to be completely level to receive the tunnel elements, the DOP200 was brought in to clean the building pit.The DOP200, doing the cleaning action of all material left by the excavators, is attached to a pontoon-based excavator. The DOP200 will reach a max dredging depth of -13 m.Currently the production is some 900 m³/h of solids per working day, delivering the material to a depot nearby.The tunnel elements are prepared on site. Once the building pit is completely level & clean, the elements are positioned and put into place. In October 2016, the new motorway will be finished and open for the public.
Last week’s Law Society Summer Party at the Wallace Collection in Marylebone took place in what can only be described as London’s grandest conservatory. Any number of the great and good turned up, including Ken Clarke, whose cheerful insouciance amid a throng not universally well disposed to his policies can only be admired. Jack Straw could never make it, Obiter seems to recall, but the present justice secretary is nothing if not clubbable. The highlight of the evening were the bons mots of outgoing president John Wotton, whose understated manner masks a gentle wit. Welcoming his replacement, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, he observed with mandarin charm: ‘Lucy has been grooming me as her predecessor for the last 12 months.’
FRANCE: Alstom unveiled its first Régiolis regional multiple-unit to 300 guests at its Reichshoffen plant on June 14, and expects to start running trials with 10 trainsets from the end of June.Part of Alstom’s Coradia Polyvalent product line, Régiolis is a 160 km/h multiple-unit offered in a range of configurations for French regional services. The basic design is a 1·5 kV DC and 25 kV 50 Hz dual-voltage EMU, with options for 15 kV AC to work in Germany and Switzerland or an electro-diesel version. SNCF signed a framework agreement for up to 1 000 Régiolis units in October 2009, acting on behalf of the regions which are funding them. Firm orders have now been placed for 166 trains to be delivered to 11 regions from March 2013 to mid-2015. Alstom expects manufacturing under the framework agreement to continue ‘for many years’, helping to ‘sustain dynamic regional economies’. Engineering and assembly is undertaken at Reichshoffen, with permanent magnet motors from Ornans, bogies from Le Creusot, traction drives from Tarbes and onboard computers from Villeurbanne. Around 300 employees are involved in manufacturing the trains, with ‘about 600’ jobs among subcontractors. A detailed description of Régiolis appears in the June 2011 issue of Railway Gazette International.
FINLAND: National infrastructure manager Liikennevirasto has brought into operation the Erex energy monitoring and billing system developed by the European Railway Energy Settlement System, the ERESS partnership announced on January 12. The agency becomes the seventh member of the not-for-profit organisation, alongside Banedanmark, Bane NOR, Infrabel, SBB, Trafikverket, and the Dutch railway energy procurement co-operative Vivens.Founded in 2005, ERESS has developed Erex to provide a standard method of managing and billing for electric traction supplies. This enables infrastructure manager to bill train operators accurately on the basis of the precise amount of energy that they have consumed. Each traction unit is equipped with an onboard measuring system, which records energy consumption, time and position, using GPS location data, every 5 min. The metered data is transferred to the settlement system every hour, and processed in line with previously-agreed confidentiality rules.According to ERESS, the collection of accurate energy data ‘is also the starting point for other environmental initiatives’, encouraging train operators to implement efficiency measures that could reduce energy use by up to 30%.Project manager Juha-Matti Vilppo says the introduction of Erex will enable Liikennevirasto to manage accurately the energy consumed by trains in different parts of the country. ‘The Erex system has been a key tool for opening up the railway market in Finland, and the whole process has followed the latest EU regulation’, he explained, adding that implementation was ‘much easier than expected’.
NewsRegional Break for Buju – Artiste granted evidentiary hearing by Florida court by: – November 24, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Share Share BANTON… serving a 10-year sentenceIMPRISONED reggae artiste Buju Banton has been granted an evidentiary hearing by United States Magistrate James Moody.The artiste will be taken before the US Sam Gibbons Court in Tampa, Florida, on December 20 for the court to look into whether an admission by female juror Terri Wright to a Floridabased media house that she violated federal regulations constituted a breach of his rights.Wright confessed that she researched aspects of the case over the Internet, during the trial, to have a better grasp of the issues when deliberations begun. She said she had secretly researched the Pinkerton Law, which was used by the prosecution to connect Banton to an illegal firearm that was found in the possession of a co-conspirator James Mack during a cocaine transaction in a police-controlled warehouse in Tampa.Along with Wright, three other jurors will appear before the court at that hearing.Banton was given a 10-year sentence for drug-related charges and missed being slapped with an additional five years on a gun conviction recommended by an Appellate Court due to two motions filed by his newly appointed legal team that he should be granted a new trial.The first motion was for the judge to reconsider his prior sentence and reduce it. The second motion was for a new trial based on jury misconduct.Yesterday, lead attorney Chokwe Lumumba told the Jamaica Observer that the ruling was a fillip to his client’s case. “It means we can demonstrate that the juror was guilty of misconduct and they should grant a mistrial,” Lumumba said.Banton has endured two trials since his arrest in December 2009 at his Tamarac home in South Florida.The first trial ended in a mistrial after a 12-member jury could not decide his guilt or innocence after hours of deliberation. The second trial came months after, in February 2011, and the artiste, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, was found guilty.If the court rules in his favour it could mean he could be tried three times for the same offence in light of the fact that his legal team are the ones requesting a retrial.Banton has reportedly forked out about US$1 million in legal fees for the first two trials and Lumumba said an argument could be raised that it would be unfair to try him for a third time in light of the fact that his resources have been severely depleted.“If the judge orders a retrial, we could make the argument that it is oppressive to Buju to try him three times. It is the judge’s call, but he has used considerable resources in the first two trials,” he said.jamaicaobserver 22 Views one comment Tweet