Community Collects Donations For 2019 Community Asset Awards … Nominations Due Christmas Eve

first_imgAspen Copies, Metzgers, Morning Glory Bakery, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, White Rock United Methodist Church, Village Arts and the Los Alamos Daily Post collected donations for Champions of Youth Ambition’s (C’YA) as they launched the 2019 Community Asset Awards. Nominations of youth, adults, businesses and organizations are due by 5 p.m. Christmas Eve. Complete the form online at The organization also works on youth leadership, hands-on science in elementary schools and sending cards to local military troops. Courtesy photolast_img

Lend Lease ponders move for ING retail property fund

first_imgThere’s no guarantee Lend Lease’s involvement will lead to a transaction, the company said in a statement today after the Financial Review named Lend Lease and Australia’s sovereign wealth fund as the preferred bidders.The unlisted ING fund, which may be valued at A$1.4bn, is due to pick a buyer today, the Financial Review reported. Australia’s Future Fund and Lend Lease’s fund management unit will hold the Joondalup asset, while the other properties will be kept in a separate vehicle, the newspaper said.The ING Retail Property Fund includes 17 properties in Australia and New Zealand, according to the fund’s Web site. bloomberg.comlast_img

Women’s Industry Network Announces 2016 Most Influential Women In Collision Repair Award Honoree

first_imgThe Women’s Industry Network has announced this year’s honoree for the Most Influential Women (MIW) award of the collision repair industry for 2016. After reviewing nominations and interviewing a number of amazing women, one inspirational industry leader was selected to receive the MIW honors — Michelle Sullivan, regional vice president, FinishMaster Inc., Indianapolis.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“The 2016 MIW nominees highlighted the geographic, functional and sector diversity of women who are influencing the collision repair industry today,” said Sandra Herron, owner of MiddlEdge Inc. “I was inspired by each nominee’s industry involvement, professional accomplishments, mentoring of others and community service. Michelle’s record of creating value for companies, developing industry talent and championing charitable causes in her community stood out as exemplary.” Herron’s consulting firm was contracted as a third-party entity to interview the nominees and select this year’s honoree based on specific criteria established by the board of directors.The Most Influential Women award recognizes women who have enriched the collision repair industry with their leadership, vision and commitment to excellence. “Each year, women from different facets of the collision repair industry are selected for their passion and commitment to progressive and positive evolution of the industry,” said Denise Caspersen, WIN chair. “With so many opportunities for women to have rewarding careers — the sky’s the limit for those with talent, inspiration and a strong work ethic.”The MIW program’s charter aligns with WIN’s mission to “enhance the role of women in the industry.” Since 1999, the program has recognized 88 women for both their professional accomplishments and for going beyond requirements of their positions to give back to their communities.  Advertisement“The industry has experienced the positive impact of the women recognized as MIW’s over the past 17 years. This award continues to recognize women who are not only passionate about their work, but also are active in mentoring others to help them advance within our industry,” said Cheryl Boswell, chief financial officer at DCR Systems LLC, a 2015 MIW honoree and co-chair of the 2016 MIW Committee.  Established in 1999 by AkzoNobel, WIN acquired stewardship of the Most Influential Women program in 2013.When the 2016 WIN Educational Conference convenes in Tampa, Florida, on May 2-4, past and current MIW honorees will be celebrated during a gala awards reception. Registration for the conference and dinner will open mid-March. For more information, go to and click on “Conference.”last_img read more

SACGA meeting next week

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Messer wins TVK contract in Hungary

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DCD Marine Cape Town busy with numerous O&G projects

first_imgDCD Marine Cape Town, an oil and gas upstream service provider in South Africa, is ‘on a roll’ with a number of projects already underway this year for the oil and gas sector.With the start of three large projects towards the latter part of 2013, intense planning and execution has seen the company’s operations at their fullest capacity in years.“The oil and gas industry tends to be very volatile and cyclical, and so we have built up a capacity for flexibility as things can change quickly,” says Gerry Klos, General Manager of DCD Marine Cape Town. “The solid relationships we have built up with clients such as Transocean and Saipem also enable us to provide a reliable service even in challenging circumstances.”DCD Marine Cape Town has invested heavily in the A-Berth facility in an effort to create a dedicated berth for oil and gas projects and has also recently built a new 600m² blasting and coating booth which is now fully operational.Projects currently underway at DCD Marine Cape Town include maintenance and upgrade works on two semi-submersible drilling rigs, the Transocean Marianas, which arrived in October 2013 at Repair Quay, and Saipem’s Scarabeo 7, which arrived at A-Berth during December 2013. The Transocean Marianas project has involved 373 035 man-hours to date.The scope of work for the Marianas includes the replacement of approximately 25 tons of steel, extensive pipework in various areas on the rig, mechanical work and hydraulic work. For Scarabeo 7, the project includes the renewal of approximately 245 tons of steel, repairs to the thrusters and the fabrication, installation and outfitting of a new accommodation module. Up to 4.5km of pipework has been replaced on the vessel. The Scarabeo 7 project has entailed of 565 476 man-hours to date, with a total of 3 620 people being inducted into the project.Another project underway is the Western Trident, which is currently undergoing repairs in the Sturrock Dry Dock. The scope of work for the seismic vessel includes repairs to the tailshafts and rudders, upgrade of the lifeboat davits, the installation of a new transom as well as blasting and coating in various areas of the vessel.In Saldanha Bay, the company has just completed the special periodic survey on the semi-submersible drilling rig, the Transocean Sedco 702. The scope of work, with 2 504 inductions and 376 398 man-hours, includes upgrades to the lifeboats, davits and winches, steel replacement, tank cleaning and the UWILD (underwater inspection in-lieu of dry docking) survey of the vessel.“We look forward to the successful completion of all these projects and another busy year of servicing the upstream oil and gas sector,” says Klos.“A key part of our plan for the year is to further our mission to up skill and develop our workforce. Our people are our greatest asset, and the rigorous training and skills development programme we have in place will ensure ongoing excellence in service delivery, not matter how busy we are,” he concludes.[mappress]February 20, 2014last_img read more

Wonders & blunders with Alice Milligan

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 Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY 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 industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

SGRE to open assembly facility in Taiwan

first_imgThis is the first nacelle assembly facility that SGRE will build outside of Europe. The lease for 30,000 sq m of land in the port of Taichung was signed with Taiwan International Ports Corporation.Construction of the facility will begin in 2020, with nacelle production planned to start in 2021.The facility will support Ørsted’s 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a project, for which the SG 8.0-167 DD turbine will be used. In later years, it will provide an option for the supply of nacelles to other regional projects.Andreas Nauen, ceo of the offshore business unit at SGRE, said the construction of a base in Taiwan demonstrates the company’s confidence in the long-term potential of offshore wind power in the country and other Asia Pacific markets.SGRE currently has offshore nacelle assembly and manufacturing facilities in Germany and Denmark.www.siemensgamesa.comlast_img read more

Should it be a crime to remove a condom during sex?

first_imgShould it be a crime to remove a condom during sex? Collier assistant teacher arrested for sex with student, supplying alcohol and drugs Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. (WTSP) There’s a disturbing new trend with dangerous consequences. Men are taking off their condoms during consensual sex, then bragging about it online.It’s called “stealthing,” according to Alexandra Brodsky, who conducted a study on the practice, the act could violate several civil and criminal laws.Brodsky details stealthing in a report she did for Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. In it, she profiles a doctoral student named Rebecca. While she’s not studying, Rebecca works for a local rape crisis hotline. She hears about stealthing a lot from students and says often times, callers start with, “I’m not sure this is rape, but…”Rebecca says she was a victim of stealthing when she was a freshman. According to Brodsky, the law is largely silent on it.It took almost no time for us to find students like Aubree Segismondi on the USF campus, who’ve at least heard of stealthing.“I’ve seen it in social media,” Segismondi said.“It’s not ethical and it’s not right,” added student Luana Dias.All seemed to agree it’s an unsettling and possibly dangerous sex trend.“Yeah, I mean you’re susceptible to STD’s, pregnancy, stuff like that. Emotional trauma,” said Jessi Rowe, in her third year at USF.A new study in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law defines stealthing as a man secretly removing his condom in the middle of sex.The author of the study makes the argument that doing so should be treated as a form of sexual assault.Kathleen Kempke, with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, says she’s aware of the study – and the trend.“I have had other cases that I’ve been very similar to this,” Kempke said.As far as the crisis center is concerned, a person who feels violated is a victim.“And they deserve the same kind of services and support that a victim that is raped by a stranger or a raped by an acquaintance would get,” Kempke said.The study also pointed to online forums. Men, bragging about stealthing. How to get away with it. Even suggesting it’s their right to, “spread one’s seed.”“I think they should find a mate that’s willing to procreate with them at the time,” said USF Junior Joseph Aldrich, “But if they have a condom on, then there’s not an idea of procreation. It’s more for pleasure.”As far as using existing statutes to prosecute stealthers in Florida, “As of yet, that statute does not exist,” said Tampa Defense Attorney Hunter Chamberlain.Chamberlain says stealthing, while despicable, could be difficult to prove as a sexual assault, since the sex itself was initially consensual.“To change this from a legal behavior to an illegal behavior, the legislature or the courts are going to have to further define what consent means,” Chamberlain said.The study concludes existing laws don’t specifically cover stealthing, despite the heightened risk of pregnancy and even public health risk associated with spreading sexually transmitted diseases.Most we spoke with, agreed with USF student Aubree Segismondi.If a law doesn’t already exist, she said, “There should be.”You can read the full report from Brodsky here. Published: April 26, 2017 11:33 AM EDT Fort Myers attorney denies lawsuit claims of ex-employees’ rape, other sex crimes SHARE Recommended Author: WTSP last_img read more

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak Reveals UK Winter Economy Plan

first_imgloans can now be extended from six to ten years – nearly halving the average monthly repayment businesses who are struggling can now choose to make interest-only payments AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInChancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak made a staement today revealing plans for the UK’s (Covid-19) Winter Econmy Plan.He Stated “Earlier this week the Prime Minister set out the next stage of the government’s health response to Coronavirus.Today I want to explain the next phase of our planned economic response.The House will be reassured to know I have been developing plans to protect jobs and the economy over the winter period.Plans that seek to strike the finely-judged balance between managing the virus and protecting the jobs and livelihoods of millions.   Mr Speaker,I know people are anxious, and afraid, and exhausted, at the prospect of further restrictions on our economic and social freedoms.I share those feelings, but there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic.We are in a fundamentally different position than we were in March.And we now know much more about this virus.Public awareness of the risks, and how to mitigate them, is far greater.And we have met our promise to give the NHS whatever it needs, with significant new funding for NHS capacity, for PPE, and, I can inform the House today, we have now provided over £12 billion for test and trace.In economic terms, while our output remains well below where it was in February, we have seen three consecutive months of growth.And millions of people have moved off the furlough and back to work.But the resurgence of the virus, and the measures we need to take in response, pose a threat to this fragile economic recovery.So our task now is to move to the next stage of our economic plan, nurturing the recovery by protecting jobs through the difficult winter months.Mr Speaker,The underlying rationale for the next phase of economic support must be different to what came before.The primary goal of our economic policy remains unchanged: to support people’s jobs.But the way we achieve that must evolve.Back in March, we hoped we were facing a temporary period of disruption.In response, we provided one of the most generous and comprehensive economic plans anywhere in the world with £190 billion of support for people, businesses and public services, as we protected our economic capacity.It is now clear, as the Prime Minister and our scientific advisers have said for at least the next six months the virus and restrictions are going to be a fact of our lives.Our economy is now likely to undergo a more permanent adjustment.The sources of our economic growth and the kinds of jobs we create, will adapt and evolve to the new normal. And our plan needs to adapt and evolve in response.Above all, we need to face up to the trade-offs and hard choices Coronavirus presents.And, Mr Speaker, there has been no harder choice than the decision to end the furlough scheme.The furlough was the right policy at the time we introduced it.It provided immediate, short-term protection for millions of jobs through a period of acute crisis.But as the economy reopens it is fundamentally wrong to hold people in jobs that only exist inside the furlough.We need to create new opportunities and allow the economy to move forward and that means supporting people to be in viable jobs which provide genuine security.As I’ve said throughout this crisis, I cannot save every business.I cannot save every job.No Chancellor could.But what we can and must do is deal with the real problems businesses and employees are facing now.In March, the problem was that we ordered businesses to close.In response, we paid people to stay at home and not work.Today, the problem is different.Many businesses are operating safely and viably, but they now face uncertainty and reduced demand over the winter months.What those businesses need is support to bring people back to work and protect as many viable jobs as we can.To do that, I am announcing today the new Jobs Support Scheme.The government will directly support the wages of people in work giving businesses who face depressed demand the option of keeping employees in a job on shorter hours rather than making them redundant.The Jobs Support Scheme is built on three principles.First, it will support viable jobs.To make sure of that, employees must work at least a third of their normal hours and be paid for that work, as normal, by their employer.The government, together with employers, will then increase those people’s wages covering two-thirds of the pay they have lost by reducing their working hours.And the employee will keep their job.Second, we will target support at firms who need it the most.All small and medium sized businesses are eligible.But larger businesses, only when their turnover has fallen through the crisis.Third, it will be open to employers across the United Kingdom, even if they have not previously used the furlough scheme.The scheme will run for six months starting in November.And employers retaining furloughed staff on shorter hours can claim both the Jobs Support Scheme and the Jobs Retention Bonus.Mr Speaker,Throughout this crisis, we have sought parity between employees and the self-employed providing more than £13 billion of support to over 2.6 million self-employed small businesses.So I am extending the existing self-employed grant on similar terms and conditions as the new Jobs Support Scheme …Mr Speaker,These are radical interventions in the UK labour market; policies we have never tried in this country before.Together with the Jobs Retention Bonus, the Kickstart scheme for young people, tens of billions of pounds of job creation schemes, new investment in training and apprenticeships, we are protecting millions of jobs and businesses.Mr Speaker,If we want to protect jobs this winter, the second major challenge is helping businesses with cash flow.Over the last six months, we’ve supported business with tens of billions of pounds of tax deferrals and generous, government-backed loans.Those policies have been a lifeline.But right now, businesses need every extra pound to protect jobs rather than repaying loans and tax deferrals.So I’m taking four further steps today to make that happen.First, Bounce Back Loans have given over a million small businesses a £38 billion boost to survive this pandemic. To give those businesses more time and greater flexibility to repay their loans, we are introducing Pay As You Grow.This means: and, anyone in real trouble can apply to suspend repayments altogether for up to six months No business taking up Pay As You Grow will see their credit rating affected as a result.Second, I am also changing the terms of our other loan schemes.More than 60,000 Small and Medium sized businesses have now taken out Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans.To help them, I plan to extend the government guarantee on these loans for up to ten years, making it easier for lenders to give people more time to repay.I am also extending the deadline of all our loan schemes to the end of the year. And we are starting work on a new, successor loan programme, set to begin in January.Third, I want to give businesses more time and flexibility over their deferred tax bills.Nearly half a million businesses deferred more than £30 billion of VAT this year.On current plans, those payments fall due in March.Instead, I will allow businesses to spread that VAT bill over 11 smaller repayments, with no interest to pay.And any of the millions of self-assessed income taxpayers who need extra help, can also now extend their outstanding tax bill over 12 months from next January.The final step I’m taking today will support two of the most affected sectors: hospitality and tourism.On current plans, their VAT rates will increase from 5% back to the standard rate of 20% on January the 13th.So to support more than 150,000 businesses and help protect 2.4 million jobs through the winter I am announcing today that we are cancelling the planned increase and will keep the lower 5% VAT rate until March 31st next year.Mr Speaker,Today’s measures mark an important evolution in our approach.Our lives can no longer be put on hold.Since May, we have taken steps to liberate our economy and society.We did these things because life means more than simply existing.We find meaning and hope through our friends and family, through our work, through our community.People were not wrong for wanting that meaning, for striving towards normality, and nor was the government wrong to want this for them.I said in the summer that we must endure and live with the uncertainty of the moment.This means learning our new limits as we go.Because the truth is the responsibility for defeating Coronavirus cannot be held by government alone.It is a collective responsibility, shared by all.Because the cost is paid by all.We have so often spoken about this virus in terms of lives lost.But the price our country is paying is wider than that.The government has done much to mitigate the effects of the awful trade-offs between health, education and employment.And as we think about the next few weeks and months, we need to bear all of those costs in mind.As such, it would be dishonest to say there is now some risk-free solution.Or that we can mandate behaviour to such an extent we lose any sense of personal responsibility.What was true at the beginning of this crisis remains true now.It’s on all of us.And we must learn to live with it and live without fear.I commend this Statement to the House.”last_img read more