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Rotary: Lauritzen Describes Senior Centers During Pandemic

first_imgROTARY News:Bernadette Lauritzen, the executive director of the Betty Ehart Senior Center and White Rock Senior Center, was the guest speaker at the June 2 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Seated in front of a wall with Betty Ehart’s portrait behind her, Lauritzen described the accommodations the senior centers have made during the COVID-19 crisis. Changes began immediately March 14, just as the senior centers were about to celebrate Pi Day (3.14). Acting quickly, Lauritzen and staff members worked diligently to make drive-thru lunch arrangements for seniors who ordinarily would dine together at the centers. They are now serving up to 100 such meals each day, with up to 50 home deliveries.Lauritzen said she hopes that the senior community will look to the centers as points of contact for coordinating grocery shopping, providing transportation to medical appointments and answers to questions about other needs. Staff members are providing small care packages for seniors; children and adults alike have shared their artwork and friendly notes for these packages. All of these gestures are intended to let individuals in isolation know that they are not forgotten. Although Lauritzen does not know when the senior centers will re-open, the County has indicated that she and her staff will be given a two-week notice so they can complete their final preparations. She expects the drive-thru lunch program to extend through August. Lauritzen said she knows that will scarcely be soon enough for those who enjoy dining onsite especially when favorites like Frito pie and green chile cheeseburgers are on the menu.For information about the senior centers services, visit www.losalamosseniorcenters.org,or call 662.8920.last_img read more

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Chemikalien Seetransport Integrates ShipManager QHSE across Its Fleet

first_img[mappress]Press Release, January 29, 2014 As a step toward improving quality and safety systems and easing work for its crew, the German tanker company Chemikalien Seetransport has implemented DNV GL’s ShipManager QHSE software across its entire tanker fleet of 40 vessels.The ShipManager QHSE system supports findings and incident reporting, documentation, certificate control, safety task management and direct link into the class survey items and certificates. The software also helps to reduce the administrative burden of relevant shipping industry regulations, such as ISM/ISPS, SOLAS, TMSA, classification rules, vetting inspections, or Port State Control.“We wanted to achieve two things,” says Frank Eggert, project manager for the Chemikalien Seetransport implementation. “We wanted to further develop our quality and safety system, and also to ease the work for crew and onboard staff.”The ShipManager QHSE is a user-friendly tool known for its capabilities of rapid implementation. The system implemented in the Chemikalien Seetransport fleet also includes DNV GL’s ShipManager Analyzer software, for efficient reporting of safety KPIs and statistics.“ShipManager QHSE has modules such as Safety Management Reporting, Documentation, Safety Tasks & Drills and Certificates modules. Chemikalien Seetransport will have a framework for reporting, assessing and following up any incidents, audits and findings. They are also able to manage one complete database with documentation such as safety management manuals and technical documentation, accessed both centrally and on the vessels,” says Dr Torsten Büssow, DNV GL’s head of Maritime Software.He adds: “We are very proud that we could prove with prior good work to Chemikalien Seetransport that we are the right partner for ship management solutions.”last_img read more

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Lessons in group learning

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

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Abusing the vulnerable

first_imgCharlotte Caine, ClaremontAh men Meant to protect and defendBy shielding and safe-guardingThose who depend on youWhat induces you now toAbuse women, children and infantsWith vicious assaults and barbaric attacks?What impels you to defeatThose so much weaker than youWho rely on you And trust you to lead the way?When did you lose your way?What made you think it was okayTo make the harmless and innocent payFor your dissolution?When did you decide that alcohol or drugsWould be a justifiable excuseFor the extent of your descentInto degradation?Ah, men ….Born to be brave and bold and manlyDo not deny responsibilityAgainst those who should be condemnedDo not pretend not to see the culpabilityOf those who level brutalityAnd inhumanityWho assault and rape and killThe vulnerable and the helpless Ah menProfessed protectors and defenderslast_img read more

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Holiday firm pays sickness compo after bailiff threat

first_imgClaimant lawyers are being urged to stand firm on tour operators delaying compensation, as the battle over holiday sickness claims becomes ever more acrimonious.The Gazette understands the owner of holiday company Thomson was threatened with bailiffs last week before paying £6,000 damages that had been ordered by the court.The case, Linda Lavery & Leslie Lavery v TUI UK Limited, had been contested at Bradford County Court and a judge last month found in favour of the claimants.When the 28 July deadline for paying the damages passed, claimant lawyers instructed the High Court Enforcement Group, before compensation was paid out. Thomson said an administrative error had caused the initial delay but it responded well within the time required by enforcement officers.A TUI UK & Ireland spokesperson said: ’We were sorry to hear about the Laverys’ experience. When we received the Order from the Court we organised the payment immediately and would normally have expected for this to have been received within the timeframe provided. Due to a temporary error with our payment system, however, this was unfortunately delayed on this occasion. This was rectified as quickly as possible and outstanding payment has now been sent to the claimant and their solicitor.’Andrew McKie, a barrister at Clerksroom and director at Barrister-Direct, said  that in other cases defendants are refusing to pay costs in accordance with court orders.‘Where damages or costs are awarded, tour operators should meet their obligations and pay in accordance with the court order,’ said Mckie.‘Unfortunately, some tour operators have a tactic of paying late which I believe is to disrupt the claimant law firm’s cash flow. This is clearly not in the claimant’s best interests where the tour operator has gone to trial and lost.’The case of delayed payment came to light at a forum for holiday illness lawyers hosted by Just Costs Solicitors.Simon Sharpe, Just Costs’ head of holiday claims, added: ‘We are not talking about disputed claims here. Tour operators are totally within their rights to deny liability and run cases to court. But they are not within their rights to ignore court orders when they lose cases.’The forum heard discussions about potentially setting up an industry-wide claims register. Delegates said at any given time numerous firms could be running separate claims against the same hotel, while only being aware of their own client’s action, thereby being disadvantaged in terms of disclosure.last_img read more

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Praha extends again

first_imgCZECH Prime Minister Milos Zeman and the Mayor of Praha Jan Kasl ceremonially laid the foundation stone for an extension of metro Line C on September 21. Running 3·9 km north from Nlast_img

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Railway supply industry news round-up

first_imgRolling stocking financing company Rock Rail has appointed Hans Leister and Andrew Chivers as members of the advisory board of its newly-formed German business. Leister has previously had roles at VBB, Deutsche Bahn, Transdev and Keolis, while Chivers led National Express’s entry into the German market. Rock Rail’s German team are to move to new offices in Berlin later this year.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# An agreement has been reached for the majority of permanent manufacturing staff at Alstom’s Ballarat plant in Australia to be redeployed to work on the VLocity train maintenance program at Bombardier Transportation’s nearby site. Those who are not redeployed will continue working on other projects including development of the X’Trapolis 2.0 design. The state government will support retraining, and staff could return to Alstom if an order is placed for further X’Trapolis EMUs. ‘We’re helping keep these highly skilled manufacturing jobs in Ballarat – giving certainty to workers and their families’, said Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Vitaliy Starikov has become head of Russian wagon manufacturer RM Rail, succeeding Pavel Ovchinnikov who had held the post since 2012. His priorities are production diversification, higher manufacturability, market expansion, the development of special-purpose rolling stock model range, shortening design and lead times, increasing product life cycles, using non-conventional materials and increasing axleloads.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Indian Railways has relaxed the tendering eligibility criteria for startup companies recognised by the Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade. The move is intended to enable more startups to participate in bidding competitions.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Tank wagon repair business OWS Rail Car and OWSA Rail Car in Canada and the USA have been acquired by the Diesel Electric Services division of Milman Industries in a transaction handled by RR Mergers.last_img read more

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Harper Visits Dumfries Prison

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDuring a recent visit to H.M.P. Dumfries, South of Scotland MSP Emma Harper had opportunity to learn more about how the prison and its Officers contribute to their own community, as well as the larger community beyond the prison’s confines.Greeted by Andrew Mackinnon – Branch Chair of the Prison Officers Association Scotland and Catering Officer, Brian Alison – Partnership Liaison Officer and Residential Officer Ryan McCrindle, Ms Harper heard how Officers are awaiting details of the professionalization of their role via a work-based training diploma entitled ‘Shaping Our Future’.Whilst touring the grounds, Emma visited the workshops where industry recognised awards can also be achieved by clients. The Cleaning Party can earn vocational training standards, while those working within the Catering Department can achieve industry recognised qualifications in catering through the SQA (Level 1 & Level 2).The Recycling Party help achieve the prison’s Green Footprint by separating all the rubbish for recycling, making paper briquettes and kindling for pensioners in the community and Age Concern Winter Warmth. The Garden Party grows fresh produce for the Catering Department which encourages consumption of the recommended ‘five a day’, as well as helping to keep the kitchens with budget. The Joiner-work Party does a lot for the community with benches and swings for local schools and projects.Commenting, Emma said:“The prison community is exceptionally self sufficient, and functions much like its own small village. I was particularly impressed to see the ways that the prison supports itself and benefits the community.I’m also pleased to see that prisoners are supported ahead of returning to the wider community by attending the life skills workshop where they can achieve basic knowledge of how to eat on a budget. There is also a programme which encourages those with an interest in the catering industry called Lets Cook, where clients are identified to participate in a programme which engages in learning kitchen to bar work to front of house.I was very much struck by the professionalism and dedication of the staff, whose commitment to rehabilitating offenders is evident in every thing I saw during my visit. H.M.P. Dumfries certainly provides a valuable service both for offenders and for the wider community”last_img read more

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Dominica celebrates with another centenarian

first_imgDominica has celebrated with another centenarian; Mrs Meonette Gussie Bannis of Paix Bouche. On Wednesday 27 April 2016, Mrs Bannis celebrated this milestone with a special church service at the Paix Bouche Roman Catholic Church followed by a luncheon.President Charles Savarin, First Lady Clara Savarin and Parliamentary Representative for the Paix Bouche Constituency, Roselyn Paul celebrated this milestone with Mrs Bannis alongside her relatives and friendsPresident Charles Savarin, First Lady Clara Savarin and Parliamentary Representative for the Paix Bouche Constituency, Roselyn Paul celebrated this milestone with Mrs Bannis alongside her relatives and friends.President Savarin, who congratulated and wished Mrs Bannis well, presented her with a gift at the luncheon. Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica celebrates with another centenarian by: Dominica Vibes News – April 27, 2016 Tweetcenter_img 726 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

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Don’t panic as prices fall

first_imgWhat does your marketing plan look like for 2015? As I write this, April 2015 Class III milk futures prices are trading in the neighborhood of $14.40 per hundredweight (cwt), $10 less than the September 2014 Class III peak of $24.60 only seven months earlier.advertisementadvertisement We all want to forget the $10 Class III price crash that occurred from June 2008 to February 2009, but can we? The eight consecutive months of Class III prices below $12 at the bottom of that cycle caused the real damage to dairy farm balance sheets during 2009. What can we learn from history?Milk prices continue to ride the roller coaster that is becoming a normal part of the dairy industry in the U.S. Last summer, we saw that when the demand for dairy products, especially butter, grew more than the supply, prices climbed quickly and dramatically. Today, we are witnessing what happens when the world supply of dairy products surpasses consumer demand around the world.Dairymen are concerned that dairy exports from the U.S. are slowing down as the dollar strengthens against other currencies, even though exports are still well above 2012 levels. Milk production quotas are ending in Europe as these countries struggle to maintain economic growth. Dairy product inventories and cow numbers are increasing here in the U.S. as our cows continue to produce more milk.The positive signs for the dairy industry include feed costs that are much lower than they have been in recent years. High cull cow prices should quickly reduce the U.S. dairy herd as farms respond to these low milk prices. Consumer confidence is steadily increasing in the U.S. as our economy continues to grow. Over the long term, consumers across the globe expect to improve their diet by eating more dairy products.Using the USDA’s Margin Protection Program forecasted margins as a barometer, margins may drop below $7 for several months from March through July, but today’s futures markets anticipate a recovery to more than $9 margins by next fall at $16 Class III milk prices.advertisementIn today’s lower-feed-cost environment, we need to look at the margin to gain perspective on what a “good” milk price is. The highest monthly MPP margin since 2000 was $15.62 in October 2014 with an all-milk price of $24.90 and a ration cost of $9.28 per cwt.If we assume that feed costs remain steady at this level, an all-milk price of $17.28 would yield an $8 margin. An average basis of $2 would convert this $8 margin to a Class III price of $15.28. Why would we even consider protecting a Class III price that is $9 per cwt below last September’s $24.60 close?Because that price may still provide a solid base to a marketing plan in today’s environment. The average of monthly MPP margins since January of 2000 is $8.26. Since January of 2010, the monthly average is $7.39.A substantial number of farms proactively took advantage of the milk pricing opportunities that were available last fall and summer to secure serviceable margins for much of 2015 with futures contracts, LGM-Dairy and the Margin Protection Program. These farm businesses are actively working to preserve the equity that they built over the past year, not allowing it to burn up in an unexpected downturn.On Jan. 1, 2013, open interest on the CME listed 12,203 Class III contracts for the first six months of that year signifying almost 2.5 percent of the total U.S. production for those six months. Jan. 1, 2014 registered 16,987 Class III contracts covering 3.3 percent of total production.On Jan. 1 of this year, Class III open interest had doubled from two years earlier with 27,685 contracts representing 5.3 percent of the expected milk production for the first half of the year. These levels are well below the volume of corn and soybean futures contracts, but dairy managers are learning how to employ futures and option contracts to mitigate their price risk.advertisementLivestock Gross Margin Insurance for Dairy sales this fall were also very strong due to the same robust Class III futures prices. More than half of the dairy farms in the U.S. built a strong marketing plan foundation by registering for the USDA’s Margin Protection Program at some level last fall.We never see the events that dominate price and margin upswings or crashes until after they happen. What are Joe Dairyman’s risks? The banking crisis in 2009 and the drought of 2012 decimated balance sheets on dairy farms across the country, but no one included these events in their six-month price outlook.A crop failure domestically or internationally, caused by drought, flood, frost or any other reason is the greatest risk to profitable margins. This could raise feed costs and squeeze our margins in the U.S., but a drought in New Zealand or Europe could reduce their milk production, increasing the domestic demand for dairy products.International political events can have the same unpredictable positive or negative effect on Joe’s milk check. This is why a sound marketing plan can protect at least a portion of the farm’s production to maintain cash flow during the price troughs.Last September’s futures markets projected MPP margins to be around $9 this spring. Today’s $7 estimates for MPP margins from March through July demonstrate that focusing your marketing plan solely on the outlook is risky because outlooks change constantly.A sound marketing strategy that protects some portion of a farm’s production when the market presents profitable margins, regardless of the outlook, will protect cash flow when the price fundamentals change.Many farms began their 2015 marketing plan last fall. Producers who registered for the Margin Protection Program or bought Livestock Gross Margin insurance for Dairy have some basic protection against escalating feed costs and decreasing milk prices.The larger dairy contract volume on the CME will also enhance additional dairymen’s milk checks as we move through the year. Dairies that grow a portion of their own feed needs have a natural hedge against a feed price spike, and they can buy crop insurance this spring to provide another level of security on the feed cost side.Almost all commodity prices have fallen drastically over the past year. Oil prices fell in half since last year, dropping farm fuel costs. The S&P GSCI commodity index which serves as a benchmark for commodity market investments over time is at 2009 levels.My point is that while a $16 Class III price may not seem appealing after last summer’s record highs, if feed and fuel costs are also protected, a $16 Class III milk price could provide a reasonable margin when you know and manage your costs.Do not panic because milk prices have fallen. Every experienced dairyman knows that a bad situation will only get worse if you lose your composure while working around dairy cattle.Effectively managing milk margins requires the same cool, calm composure during volatile markets that you exhibit as you sort those pens that should not be mixed up or display to that first-calf heifer you are trying to help calve even though she gets up every time you approach her.Think about the margin, not just the price. Your marketing plan can help put price goals and sales targets into perspective while you protect the cash reserves you earned last year. PDIllustration by Kristen Phillips.Alan Zeppaczepp@gmail.comRisk Management Program ManagerCenter for Dairy Excellencelast_img read more

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