LANL FOUNDATION News:The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation introduces its new 2020 Education Enrichment Grant Cycle, requesting proposals from educators ready to pioneer New Mexico’s evolving learning frontier.The LANL Foundation is presenting a new grant cycle with the largest competitive round of funding the foundation has distributed to date: its 2020 Education Enrichment Grant cycle. Proposals are due at 5 p.m. MST, July 26, 2020. Through a two-stage application process, LANL Foundation will select 12 recipients to receive $20,000 awards, totaling $240,000 of investment in education across Northern New Mexico. The grant cycle was designed with a focus on equity and access, stemming from the LANL Foundation’s mission, vision and commitment to listening to the communities it serves, promoting racial and social equity in all its programs and grantmaking. This new grant cycle continues to build on improvements grounded in feedback LANL Foundation received from its grantees through a Grantee Perception Survey conducted by the Center for Effective Philanthropy in 2019.Open to schools/school districts, 501(c)3 organizations, and Pueblo/Tribal communities in LANL Foundation’s seven-county service area, this RFP is a call to action to leaders in local school and community-based education to envision and implement change-making ideas. During this time of unprecedented challenges, educators, schools and districts are anticipating multiple scenarios for a return to school; and nonprofits are adapting programming to embrace delivering support virtually. Thus this is the time when education grants can truly elevate academic strategies for success.“We are evolving our grantmaking to better serve our communities,” LANL Foundation Grants Manager Sylvan Argo explained, adding that with grants of this size, the Foundation previously had a closed, invite-only process. “By activating a larger call for proposals, the LANL Foundation hopes to learn more about the inspiring work taking place regionally.”“This is a unique time for education in New Mexico. We all need to pull together as educators, to learn from one another, think critically about how we are meeting the needs of our students and teachers, and celebrate the amazing work being done in our communities,” said LANL Foundation Education Enrichment Director Mike Dabrieo. “The Education Enrichment grants are an opportunity for organizations to move forward with their missions to support students and educators in Northern New Mexico. We look forward to collaborating with our grantees to do this very important work.”The first round of proposals will ask for bigger picture ideas, demonstrating specific impact in one or more of LANL Foundation’s Education Enrichment Grant Focus Areas:Advocacy;College, Career & Pathways;Growing and Supporting Teachers & Educational Leaders;Social-Emotional & Neurosequential Learning; andSTEAM.The second round of proposals will begin in late August when a select group of applicants from the first round are invited to submit longer narrative proposals, which will be due early September. The grant award recipients will be selected and announced in October 2020. Through this new grant cycle, the LANL team will develop a Grantee Cohort with a goal to support grantees’ work beyond the grant funding – in other areas such as capacity building, networking, collaboration and developing partnerships.Learn more and apply now.
When the perfectly calm day sneaks up on you while you are day-dreaming and turns into a snarly, life-stealing beast, all your training rushes to the front of the “screen.” But sometimes, all your skill isn’t going to get you home. And sometimes the boat itself is what betrays you as she threatens to slip away beneath you. You are going to be hard to find — unless you are sending a personal signal to the satellite who will call the USCG for you. This column is about that.Trained In Saving YourselfIn the past, we’ve written about the various locator devices and how they were evolving. One of those devices, the “PPIRB” (pea-purr-b) is a Personal EPIRB. This is what we now call a “PLB” or Personal Locator Beacon. You wear it on your person. It also has the built-in GPS. When you attain a coxswain rating in the USCG Auxiliary (the person responsible for the boat, the crew, and the mission), the USCG gives you a PLB. Even if you go hiking, take this with you. If you get lost, we’ve got too much invested in you not to come get you!Be aware that there are private companies now that offer devices that can locate you while you are underway and offer rescue notification services. I have no fully formed opinion of them, pro or con, but if I am not registering myself and my device with NOAA, then I have to figure that my call for help has to pass through at least one additional set of hands.Back In The Day . . .The old model EPIRBs transmitted on dual frequencies of 121.5 and 243 megahertz. This was hopefully picked up by passing planes and satellites. It could take four to six hours for someone or something to pass overhead before it reached the USCG. Also, the footprint that you were within could be as much as 12 square nautical miles. That is a lot of real estate and a lot of water to cover. On the USCG website, it says that the 121.5/243MHZ devices are “no longer recommended.”State Of The ArtInterestingly, the 121.5MHZ frequency is favored for radio direction finding. So, the newest EPIRBs now transmit simultaneously on 406MHZ and 121.5MHZ. The 406 reduces the footprint to one square nautical mile. And the 406 MHZ is heard by satellites all over the world and, within an hour, the USCG RCC will have commenced coming to your aid. And the rescuers will also be looking for your EPIRB’s 121.5MHZ signal with their RDF gear. In heavy seas, that may very well be the difference between passing right by you while you are in the trough — or knowing that you are just over the next wave.But My Boat Has An EPIRBGood! I just hope you don’t fall off the boat. Or, as the tale below details, your EPIRB battery, which you dutifully replaced (as I just did!) by shipping it to the lowest-cost provider of battery replacement services that could be found on the internet, doesn’t fail at the time that it is most needed — as you grab it in an “abandon ship” scenario.From Ocean Navigator, 3/16/2010I read everything about the sea that I can get my hands on — hard copy, electronic, notes in bottles. Back in 2010, Ocean Navigator magazine published a story by Fredrick Gary Hareland about this same subject and I saved it as an object lesson. Hareland recounted in his story the following about the crew of a 57-foot vessel making way from Hong Kong to Phuket when disaster struck:“In closing, I must inform you that our crew and passengers on board that 57-footer were all rescued thanks to the master’s back-up PLB. Turns out the EPIRB failed to deploy, but that little handheld PLB got the alert through and the victims are toasting it and each other while retelling their recent adventure.”Redundancy will look very cheap and very smart, if/when — and they fit in your pocket.By the way, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at DSO-HR and we will help you “get in this thing.” Share
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“The number of enquiries for custom designed products has continued to grow, flouting the current economic slowdown,” says Sarah Spivey, managing director of Modulift.”In order to keep up with customer demand, we are expanding our engineering division in order to concentrate on research and product development. This is a very exciting development, as we are planning on expanding our product range to include high capacity lifting beams, link bar systems, trunnion shackles and sling release systems. For our customers, this means greater convenience, reduced expense and quicker rigging times.”With over 20 years experience in both onshore and offshore lifting, Modulift believe that its team are extremely well placed to provide the technical knowledge to advise customers what their best options are. Whether there is an offset centre of gravity or they require multiple-point lifts, more customers are discovering that they have complex requirements that standard lifting solutions can’t accommodate.”When bespoke products are required, we work very closely with the customer to develop a mutually agreeable solution that meets both their budget and technical needs,” continues Sue Caples, Modulift’s operations director. “We are also planning on doubling the size of our current team, enabling us to answer customer enquiries even more quickly than before.”
Shipments for this particular project, named Turkmenistan Block 1 Gas Development Project, commenced in November 2009 and is nearing completion.The work included more than 100 shipments with a combined shipping volume of 100 feu including flat racks, open tops and standard containers, as well as around 20,000 kg of airfreight.DGT Logistics handled all local transportation and custom clearances from the port and airport of entry including consolidation and redelivery in Dubai.The additional WWPC members involved in this project were Express Transport of India and Globalink Logistics of Kazakhstan.Pictured, we can see a module being loading at Singapore onto a Beluga Shipping vessel.
Measuring 6.6 m x 2.55 m x 3.5 m, the transformers arrived at the port on board a vessel operated by Maersk Line.The cargoes, secured on flatracks, were subseqently loaded directly on to lowbed trailers for onward transportation to the job site.Upon arrival at the project site, JSL Global was also responsible for the installation of the transformers using a 250-ton (226.8-tonne) capacity mobile crane.www.jsl-global.net
A year ago he was the lord chancellor and a member of the cabinet – but now former MP David Gauke has returned to the solicitors’ profession.Gauke has rejoined City firm Macfarlanes as head of public policy, rejoining the firm where he was a solicitor for six years until entering parliament in 2005.He said today: ‘I am really pleased to be returning to Macfarlanes in this new role, which will allow me to combine my policy experience and legal background for the purposes of providing insight and advice to clients to support their business objectives.’Gauke resigned from the cabinet after indicating he would not serve under Boris Johnson. He stood for parliament in December as an independent in Hertfordshire South West after being removed from the Conservative party. He came second with almost 16,000 votes.During his political career he was chief secretary to the Treasury, secretary of state for work and pensions and secretary of state for justice and lord chancellor. He was the first solicitor to hold the office of lord chancellor.Commenting on the appointment, Macfarlanes senior partner Sebastian Prichard Jones said: ‘In recent times we have seen increasing demand from clients for our assistance on topics such as our future trading relationship with the EU and the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.’David’s understanding of policy and the political landscape, combined with existing expertise within the firm, will enable us to support our clients further as we navigate these uncertain times.’
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInOn 26th August 2000 Derek Mitchell opened Threave Home Hardware on King Street Castle Douglas. The Family business has been open for 15 years and wants to celebrate with all its customers. Now the Autumn is here and Winter is on its way , we stock a full range of Bird feeders, Bird Tables, and bird seed,nuts,fat-balls and everything you need to keep your feathered garden visitors happy at great value prices. Wrendale stationary At the back of the shop there is a loading bay and the friendly staff are more than happy to lend a hand and carry your goods to your car or you could opt for the free delivery service in the Castle Douglas area and they also offer a free delivery to a 25 mile radius of the shop if you spend over £150. If you spend less there is sometimes a small charge for the delivery service please ask staff members for details. No delivery is too big or too small. Threave Home Hardware likes to try new items. The price range is vast. They are very competitive in their prices, and they sell great quality cheaper items alongside designer ranges like Joseph Joseph. The prices for Joseph Joseph are on par or cheaper than found on the internet. Threave Home Hardware prides itself on the personal touch. Having years of experience the staff have a vast knowledge of the products that they sell. They are happy to give customers tips, demonstrations and advice, answer any questions that are asked and if they don’t know the answer they are only happy to find out.We are currently holding a special offer on all our BBQ’s and Garden furniture. Peter Elliott Wrendale on display Wrendale tins Wrendale mugs Over the years the staff has also evolved but there is one member that has been there from the beginning Peter Elliott. Threave Home Hardware would like to thank all their staff present and previous for their continual hard work and support towards their customers who regularly comment on how helpful the staff are. Derek Mitchell has taken a step back to let his daughter Michelle Davolls carry it forward. The shop has evolved over that time and stocks a vast range of home-ware, garden, DIY and gifts to name a just a few of the items on the shelves in this Aladdin’s cave . If you are a regular shopper you will notice new items that are for sale and these choices continually change.( Pictures below show just a few of the items and ranges on sale) Michelle with some of the team at the front door of the shop The shop stock’s a huge range of Wrendale (Pictured above) items and this has become an exclusive range to Threave home Hardware in the region. If you have new suggestions about items you’d like to see in the shop please leave a comment with the staff.Threave Home Hardware are reintroducing a personal service for wedding lists. The shop and staff are fully equipped to cater for a newly married couple who want to start out and buy everything or for those looking for a change. Ask in-store for full details .If there are brands in the shop for example ‘Denby’ that don’t sell the range of products you like then they will try to get it for you. That’s where the personal touch counts.To help us celebrate our anniversary we are introducing a loyalty scheme starting on 1st August 2015 which will last up until 31st December 2015. All you have to do is spend £10 and over to receive a stamp. Once you have 7 stamps you will be gifted a £15 voucher to spend in our shop. Shopping locally is important to us and hopefully to you too so this is our way of making it a rewarding experience.Happy 15 years and Threave Home hardware staff will hopefully see in the shop soon, and remember if you need anything at all the staff are always there to help you, don’t be afraid to just ask. Castle Douglas is a great place to shop with lots of independent shops and stores, cafes and restaurants for you to explore, so next time you are in town why not pop into Threave Home Hardware and take a look around.You can keep up to date with shop info on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Threave?ref=ts&fref=tsKeep an eye out on #DGWGO for 3 special FREE to enter competitions we are running in the build up to Christmas.
South Florida’s status as a “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants, where many cities do not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in detaining individuals pegged for deportation, may collapse soon if two recently proposed bills are passed in the state senate.Despite protests from advocates gathered in Tallahassee, the House Civil Justice Committee approved the “sanctuary city” Bill HB 675, sponsored by Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, which would charge $5,000 a day to police and other local officials who do not cooperate with ICE in detaining individuals with deportation orders. The Justice Appropriations Subcommittee also approved Bill HB 9, sponsored by Rep. Carlos Trujillo R-Miami, which would make it a felony to live in Florida with a deportation order. While Democrats on both committees voted against the two bills, the bills received full support from Republican representatives.One protester, a Jamaican undocumented immigrant giving his name only as “Washy,” expressed grief over the recent vote, fearing “if this law pass, plenty people going to be deported.”Attorney Gloria Pratt of the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FIC), said the law will indeed affect “thousands of undocumented immigrants, and “will reverse immigration advances in Florida several years.”According to a report from the Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN), there are over 950,000 undocumented immigrants in the state in 2014. There is no clear data regarding the number of undocumented immigrants from the Caribbean residing in Florida and the wider U.S. But the fraction of undocumented immigrants that were caught and deported to Caribbean in 2015 was nearly 3,700, with the Dominican Republic and Jamaica ranking fifth and tenth respectively among the nations with the most deportees.Deportation, however, is just one concern for immigrant communities in South Florida, says Pratt, arguing that the law “will likely elevate distrust between law enforcement and immigrants.”“The two bills place new risks on the police, as well as the general public,” also notes Democrat Representative Cynthia Stafford, Miami. “If the law passes, police will be cautious of facing huge fines if they fail to report undocumented immigrants.”And though Bill HB 675 includes some exceptions for witnesses and victims of a crime, the mere threat of a felony, says Rep. Stafford, may be enough for “some immigrants who need the assistance in dire circumstances to be afraid to deal with the police.”One Miami-Dade police officer, speaking to the National Weekly under anonymity, says the laws would also “place undue pressure on county jails to hold potential deportees, and on the police to apprehend those who they ‘believed’ to be undocumented.”Metz, however, defended the bill, saying that although he sympathized with the protestors, the law is needed to protect the security of the state. Metz pointed to last year’s shooting of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco by a five-time deportee who was not detained by local authorities despite requests from the ICE.“That should never happen anywhere,” said Metz. “The intent of this bill is to make sure it never happens in the state of Florida.”