JJAB News:At the start of the pandemic, Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) developed the Community Gift Card Program to assist community members in need, recognize helpers in the community, and support local eating establishments. Since starting, the program has received and delivered 72 gift cards, impacting 202 adults/youth in Los Alamos and White Rock. The goal was to provide each recipient with funds for a meal for the entire family.The gift cards were purchased by community members or with donations received, directly from local restaurants. Secret City Kitchen, Pig + Fig, Cottonwood on the Greens, Morning Glory, and Pajarito Brewpub & Grill participated in the program and purchases helping these establishments to-date has totaled $4,700.JJAB worked with other local non-profit agencies to identify residents in need and deliver the cards. Also, community members submitted recipients through the JJAB website. The focus was on those with financial or food need, anyone isolating or at high risk, and the recognition of healthcare or service workers. Of the 72 cards distributed thus far, 43 were provided to those impacted by COVID-19, and 29 went to recognize healthcare and service workers.A recipient shared, “The JJAB gift card program was a nice surprise that really helped our family and meant a lot at a time of uncertainty”.Los Alamos JJAB plans to continue providing the Community Gift Card Program as long as there is a need and available gift cards. For additional information, instructions on purchasing a gift card, or to submit a recipient’s name visit www.losalamosjjab.com – Community Gift Card ProgramJJAB is a 501c3 nonprofit working in Los Alamos County to reduce youth risk behaviors, facilitate positive youth development and build resiliency through responsive, effective programming.
AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementGlen Culbertson, the father of CounterWorks, passed away on Jan. 7. He was 86 years old.Culbertson, along with Pete Kornafel, Art Lotus and Lou Parillo founded CounterWorks in 1982. Counterworks has served more than 1,000 jobber sites throughout the automotive aftermarket during the past 35 years.Culbertson was the chief architect and head programmer until 1997 when he retired; however, he still remained an active part in the company. To this day, his sons Dave and Matt Culbertson maintain his legacy and continue to run the business.“I started working with Glen 30 years ago. The thing that I remember best about Glen is that no matter what we asked of the software, he always found a way to get it done,” said Brad Cowen, president of Counterworks and director at Autowares. “He treated everyone like family. I will miss his insight and the pleasure of a margarita over dinner with him and Joan. He passed on his attitude, vision and ingenuity to everyone he touched. He will be greatly missed.”Culbertson’s funeral mass was celebrated on Jan. 10, in Centennial, Colorado. He is being remembered as a family man, athlete and talented computer scientist. To view Culbertson’s full obituary and information on memorials, click here.
This fact is due to the European medical market still only slowly opening up to PSA generated oxygen.Even though the introduction of the Oxygen 93 Monograph in 2011 made it possible to deliver 93% PSA produced oxygen to European hospital patients, it seems the EU market is still trying its way around this oxygen supply source – and this, even though PSA produced oxygen is in full compliance with strict European standards.Oxymat A/S has been manufacturing oxygen generators since 1978 and has been present in the medical sector the other parts of the world for years. More than 230 installations of medical oxygen in the Middle East alone shows an impressive record of accomplishment and the expected growth rate within the health sector in this region indicates that there is more to come.The population is growing and the need for healthcare services and devises is increasing. In the UAE alone, the healthcare expenditure is expected to increase a solid 50% from 2010-2015. Local supply is deemed incapable to cater for this growing demand and therefore more import will be necessary.In Saudi Arabia, the government’s 2014 budget allocated funds for more than 20 new hospitals and medical centres – and that on top of the 132 hospitals and health care centres that are already under construction.Undoubtedly, there is a need for oxygen and whereas liquid oxygen often represents 50-70% of a hospital’s total cost for medical gases, future business for PSA medical oxygen generators seems promising.Introducing a PSA generating system represents quite significant savings and in most cases, pay-back time is expected to be 6 months to two years.Apart from the clear economic advantages, responsible managers are also freed from regular controls of stock, emergency and express deliveries, rental fees, and handling of cylinders. To most, this brings peace of mind.PSA – a clean operationThe PSA process is an extremely clean operation and the only ‘raw material’ is air. On-site generators guarantee a constant, reliable source of oxygen produced directly at the point of use and they allow for an uninterrupted supply of gas with a high purity output.The oxygen production only takes place in the amount and quantity needed and only when it is needed.Oxymat generators are based on the well-known PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption Technology) using two pressurized columns with molecular sieves to ensure continuous production.Dry compressed air is blown through a valve to the vessel where the pressure is built to reach 5 to 7 bar(g). Nitrogen is tied to a molecular sieve during the building of pressure and the oxygen is allowed to pass through to the accumulation tank.Oxymat offers a wide range of standard generator models and flexibility allows ‘tailor-made’ solutions to maximize the economic benefits for the end user.More than 3300 Oxymat installations are in operation worldwide and approximately 25% of these are medical installations. The advanced design allows installation in harsh environment and under extreme conditions and the oxygen generating systems are designed for 24 hour, 365 days per year operation.Safety GuaranteedRemote access, monitoring and alarm systems that reflect local safety requirements, guarantee the safety of the installed systems. Monitoring and alarms for other important parameters, such as air pressure, temperature and pressure dew point, product temperature and pressure dew point, CO, CO2 are an equally important part of the system safety.The product purity control ensures that only oxygen of the desired quality reaches the end user. Oxygen not living up to the standard is purged away and not allowed to enter the hospital pipeline.ISO compliant installationsFor medical PSA installations, ISO 10083:2006 compliant installations are recommended.This design has three sources of Oxygen: primary oxygen generation line, secondary oxygen generation line and the third source, which is the cylinder backup. The high-pressure oxygen for the cylinder back-up is supplied from one of the two generation sources and filled by use of a high pressure Oxygen compressor.In the event of any default, the control system will automatically change over from primary source to secondary or reserve source of supply.Oxymat generators are produced in the EU in accordance with MDD (Medical Device Directive), PED (Pressure Equipment Directive) and are CE medical certified.
The European Commission has finally announced its plans for a full review of the impact of the anti-money laundering legislation on the legal profession.This review was supposed to take place years ago. The commission issued a working document in 2006 that purported to be a review of the impact of the second Money Laundering Directive on the legal profession. But, because of the low number of responses and the slow implementation of the legislation, the commission announced at the time that there would be another review into the impact of the third Money Laundering Directive on the legal profession before the end of 2009. That was in any case demanded by article 42 of the third Money Laundering Directive. Since the second Money Laundering Directive, with its important obligations on lawyers to report suspicious transactions, was incorporated into the third Money Laundering Directive, this new review is clearly going to be the big one at last. What a shame, then, that the notice for those interested in undertaking the impact study was issued on 20 June, with a deadline for submission of 28 August. Has the commission not heard of summer holidays? It is difficult enough to get a consortium together for complicated studies like this in the best of times, but two months over the summer holidays shows cruel indifference to those who care about the future of lawyer reporting. There are other aspects which cause difficulties for the legal profession. The first is that the part relating to the impact on lawyers is thrown into a review of the impact of the whole directive, much of which has little to do with lawyers. So, anyone who wants to undertake the legal profession part of the study – which is of crucial interest to lawyers – has to undertake it within a much larger and more general exercise. Second is the question of who actually gets to undertake these studies, and other projects of direct relevance to lawyers. This is a general problem, not related just to this study. The EU has been burned in the past by allegations of corruption and incompetence in the handling of its many programmes. Not a year goes by without its accounts being qualified. And so they are very careful about the organisations to which they give money. This sounds like a good idea. But one of its unintended side effects has been to allow global generalists – usually public affairs consultancies – to carve up the market among themselves, since they are able to invest resources in building up a profile running these kinds of programmes over and over again. Today they investigate the problems of biscuit manufacturing in the EU, tomorrow the way that goldfish are suffering from chemical additives. They also compete in programmes involving the law and legal professions. The consequence is that the legal professional bodies, with specific interest in this particular study, or others with particular expertise in another area have to compete with the giants, negotiate with them and hope that the European Commission will choose them in one form or another. A more sensible way should be chosen to spend our tax pounds in employing expertise and relevant interest in the EU. It would be a shame, for instance, if those legal professional bodies, which have spent so much energy over the last few years defending the ethics of lawyers in the money laundering debate, played no meaningful part in the review of the third Money Laundering Directive. Jonathan Goldsmith is the Secretary General of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, which represents over 700,000 European lawyers through its member bars and law societies.
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The three logistics giants are collaborating with WFP to move food assistance to those worst affected by flooding in the Philippines and an earthquake in Padang, Indonesia. WFP plans to provide assistance to about one million people in the Philippines affected by extensive flooding caused by cyclone Ketsana, which severed roads, bridges and closed airports. In Padang, Indonesia, WFP is working to assist Government following the devastating earthquake last week which severed roads and bridges, making emergency response to remote areas a major logistics challenge. This initial work was facilitated by the immediate response of Agility.”By helping WFP ensure food supplies reach people affected by these natural disasters as quickly as possible, these companies are playing a lead role in helping save lives,” said Peter French, WFP Deputy Regional Director for Asia. “The expertise and resources they are providing come at a critical time and are invaluable.”Agility, UPS, and TNT, work together in an initiative called the Logistics Emergency Teams, or LETs. The initiative capitalises on each company’s ongoing operations nearest to the site where humanitarian response is needed. By using these local resources during times of crises, such as warehouse management and transport capabilities, WFP’s response is quicker and more effective.On this occasion, the LETs companies donated trucks and warehousing resources as well as logistics staff and coordination services. All staff deployed by the companies have augmented WFP’s response and are provided free of charge.
The Model 6 crane went into operation last month at the Port of Guayaquil which is Ecuador’s main international trading gateway.The latest delivery brings to eight the total number of Gottwald cranes sold to Ecuador since 1987, which makes the company market leader in mobile harbour cranes in this Latin American country, says the company.Model 6 of Gottwald’s Generation 5 crane, is a harbour crane for high performance applications and high handling rates – assured by lifting capacities of up to 125 tonnes, working radii of up to 51 m and very high hoisting speeds of up to 120 m/min. The G HMK 6407 variant, chosen by ICTSI/CGSA for the Port of Guayaquil in Ecuador, has a lifting capacity of up to 100 tonnes and a working radius of up to51 metres. Gottwald says that Model 6 is also well suited to terminals performing a significant number of heavy load lifts.Caption: Gustavo Cercós, engineering director at CGSA and Alex Bustamante, general manager of Cofesan and Gottwald Representative in Ecuador, in front of the new Gottwald G HMK 6407 Mobile Harbour Crane at the Port of Guayaquil, Ecuador.
GOVERNOR Jeb Bush announced on August 2 plans to develop commuter rail services in central Florida under a complex deal totalling almost $1bn.The plan calls for development of a north-south route through Volusia, Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties to relieve congestion on Interstate 4. Half of the $475m cost will come from the federal government, with the state providing 25% and county and city governments the rest. The state will also cover operating expenses until 2015. Florida Department of Transportation will manage the design, construction and operation of the commuter rail service. Due to open in late 2009, the 50 km initial segment would run from DeBary to Orlando serving 10 stations. Maintenance facilities would be located at Sanford. A five-station, 37 km extension from Orlando to Poinciana Industrial Park, south of Kissimmee, is expected to follow in late 2013. Trains of three double-deck coaches will run at 30 min headways at peak travel times, and every 2h during the middle of the day. Average weekday ridership is estimated at around 9 000 passengers.The state will purchase the 98 km right-of-way from CSX Transportation for $150m and spend $318m to expand capacity on other routes. In exchange, CSX has agreed to keep freight off the line through Orlando and Winter Park from 05.00 to 10.00 and from 15.00 to 22.00. The Class I will have exclusive use from midnight to 05.00 and shared use at other times. H On the same day, CSX announced that it had agreed to transfer control of the 130 km Miami – West Palm Beach line used by Tri-Rail commuter services to South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. The state purchased the route several years ago, but operations were still managed from the CSX dispatching centre in Jacksonville. n
INTERNATIONAL: DHL is looking at further reductions in transit times between China and Europe, following the success of a service between Xi’an in China and Hamburg and Neuss in Germany which was launched in November.‘With our partners in this project, China Railway, UTLC ERA and Belintertrans, it is conceivable that we can reduce the length of a China – western Europe station-to-station trip to within 10 days in the future’, Zafer Engin, Head of Value Added Services at DHL Global Forwarding China told Railway Gazette International. ‘We are also aiming to expand cargo shipments to include high value items and e-commerce goods.’The Xi’an – Germany express service has been well received, with DHL looking to increase the frequency from every two weeks to weekly.It uses a 9 400 km route through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave, with shipments entering the EU near Braniewo in Poland to avoid delays at other border crossings.‘Along with the demand that we have seen since the launch of this service, we have started to develop it further by increasing the capacity and adding new hubs, including Budapest and Milano at the end of 2019’, said Engin. Other routes and services are ‘currently under development’, he added.Part of the attraction of the service is its transit time of 10 to 12 days, down from the more usual 15-plus days.‘Speed is achieved using an alternative route, and with the support of our partners in this project’, said Engin. ‘We also use our own GPS tracking system to monitor operational progress and maximise movement speed.’
Maluma has announced a headline show at The O2 Arena in London on Thursday 2nd April 2020 as part of his 11:11 World Tour.The show is the Colombian superstar’s first since his sold-out show at SSE Arena Wembley last year. Maluma will be performing songs from his latest album 11:11 along with selections from his 2018 Grammy Award-winning album F.A.M.E. and the rest of his back catalogue.Maluma is currently touring the world with his 11:11 World Tour. Over the summer he sold out shows in Poland, Portugal, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Morocco, and he’s now in the midst of the sold-out North American leg.Fans can expect a brand new state-of-the-art show that is futuristic and visually charged with lasers, audio-visual effects and pyrotechnics presented in a way never before seen in a show by a Latin music artist. Maluma is backed by his live band and twelve dancers.Maluma’s 2017 World Tour achieved unparalleled success, having sold over one million tickets in 105 worldwide concerts in 2017 alone and making Maluma the top concert-selling Latin artist in the world.In 2018, he broke records achieving full houses in all of his shows throughout the United States and Europe with his F.A.M.E. World Tour selling out the Madison Square Garden arena (New York), the American Airlines Arena (Miami) and two The Forums (Los Angeles), among others.Earlier this year he collaborated with Madonna for three tracks including the single Medellín, the lead single from the Queen of Pop’s latest album Madame X.Tickets for The O2 Arena show go on sale Friday 11th October at 9am and will be available from www.gigsandtours.com.