COUNTY News:The Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities will meet in closed session via teleconference at 2 p.m. June 2.The purpose of the meeting is to discuss information pertaining to limited personnel matters – Utilities Manager performance review and planning.
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On Thursday, November 1, a vigil will be held for the 11 victims who were killed in a synagogue in Pittsburgh over the weekend.The vigil will be held at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons on Woods Lane in East Hampton from 7 to 8 PM. “Let the world know that we stand together for hope and stand united against the darkness of prejudice and anti-Semitism,” said a spokesperson for JCOH.“When tragedies like this happen, we shouldn’t forget the power of community to comfort, and the power of prayer to heal.” The Jewish Center of the Hamptons is coming together with Temple Adas Israel, the Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons, as well as other local faith communities to hold a vigil for those slain at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. For those who cannot join on November 1, Kaddish will be recited at Shabbat services Friday at 6 PM and again on Saturday at 10 AM. Share
The total cargo, which comprised of dismantled ship loader and unloader components, weighed in at around 4,900 tonnes, with pieces up to 22 m long, 6.6 m wide and 4.5 m high.Since the designated laydown and temporary assembly area was not a regular cargo working berth, special berthing arrangements had to be made with the port authority. This required close liaison with the authorities, consignee and their engineering department.Besides the usual discharge supervision of the cargo, Paccon Logistics was also contracted by the consignee to handle shoreside support, by providing trailers to move the cargo to a laydown site about 500 m away. Cranes and rigging were also supplied to offload the cargo on the ground.The original laydown area had become congested since it was acting as the assembly area for the first machine. As a result, space was at a premium during the second shipment. The cargo was, however, successfully discharged and delivered onto the laydown site on each occasion in less than 12 hours.www.pacconlogistics.co.zawww.kogtransport.com/chThe total cargo, which comprised of dismantled ship loader and unloader components, weighed in at around 4,900 tonnes, with pieces up to 22 m long, 6.6 m wide and 4.5 m high.Since the designated laydown and temporary assembly area was not a regular cargo working berth, special berthing arrangements had to be made with the port authority. This required close liaison with the authorities, consignee and their engineering department.Besides the usual discharge supervision of the cargo, Paccon Logistics was also contracted by the consignee to handle shoreside support, by providing trailers to move the cargo to a laydown site about 500 m away. Cranes and rigging were also supplied to offload the cargo on the ground.The original laydown area had become congested since it was acting as the assembly area for the first machine. As a result, space was at a premium during the second shipment. The cargo was, however, successfully discharged and delivered onto the laydown site on each occasion in less than 12 hours. www.pacconlogistics.co.zawww.kogtransport.com/ch
The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to AntarcticaLaurie Gwen ShapiroSimon & SchusterReview: Lindiwe MlanduI love adventure. I love the thrill that it gives you, but I wouldn’t risk my life seeking it. I decided to read Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s first full-length work of non-fiction because it promised adventure. Billy Gawronski’s story far exceeded my expectations. He loved adventure so much that he decided to stowaway – not once, but three times!The 17-year-old New Yorker had always been an adventure fanatic. So when itwas announced that Richard Evelyn Byrdwas preparing for an expedition to the Antarctic in 1928, Billy knew he had to be part of it. However, due to his age, he needed his parents’ consent to sign up. His first generation migrant Polish parents refused,saying it was dangerous and he should focus on his education. He had just graduated from high school. Billy could not let the opportunity pass him by. He did the unthinkable and stowed away on one of the expedition ships. He was caught and sent back. He did not give up. He tried again. He was again sent back. Billy was not about to give up. He stowed away for the third time. This time they decided to let him stay.The teen made headlines throughout America. Newspapers, including Time magazine, all wanted a piece of the brave stowaway. Byrd’s expedition was the first to use the airplane, aerial camera, snowmobile and massive communications resources. The expedition team spent two years away from home. It was hard work but Billy gave it his all. He was grateful for the opportunity and wanted to prove himself. Billy’s life story reads like a movie. What’s incredible is that it’s not fiction. He’s someone, who took risks, and most of the time they paid off. He returned home during the Great Depression. Life was difficult and there were no jobs. Billy had to find his feet, but he wouldn’t stay home for long, the sea was calling.
At least 200,000 customers could be affected by the stand-off between Ryanair and passengers whose travel plans were hit by strikes.The UK Civil Aviation Authority today started enforcement action against the airline following its decision not to pay compensation for disruption resulting from industrial action by its staff in the summer.The CAA said Ryanair passengers have made claims for compensation directly to Ryanair, but these claims have been rejected.Passengers then escalated their complaints to AviationADR, a body approved by the CAA to provide alternative dispute resolution for passenger complaints. But Ryanair has now informed the CAA it has terminated its agreement with AviationADR.In a statement, the CAA said its view continues to be that industrial action does not represent ‘extraordinary circumstances’, the exemption set out in EU regulations, and customers should therefore receive compensation where their flight was delayed by more than three hours as a result.Passengers with an outstanding claim will now have to await the outcome of the CAA’s enforcement action through the courts. Lawyers from north west firm Bott and Co, which has its own flight delay department, have told the Gazette that more than 200,000 people could have been affected by cancellations and delays in the summer. Taking into account the average payment made to delayed customers, this could cost the company as much as £55m.Rory Boland, travel editor of Which?, said Ryanair had attempted to ‘shirk its responsibilities’ by refusing to pay out compensation for cancelling services during the summer. ‘It is right that the CAA is now taking legal action against Ryanair on the basis that such strikes were not “extraordinary circumstances” and should not be exempt, to ensure that the airline must finally do the right thing by its customers and pay the compensation owed.’In a statement today, a Ryanair spokesperson said: ‘Courts in Germany, Spain and Italy have already ruled that strikes are an ‘exceptional circumstance’ and EU261 compensation does not apply. We expect the UK CAA and courts will follow this precedent.’Coby Benson, flight delay compensation solicitor from Bott and Co, said decisions taken in other jurisdictions are not legally binding on the English courts.’The reasoning within the Spanish judgment does not stand up to scrutiny and would certainly be appealable in the English legal system,’ he said. ‘Crucially the decisions do not appear to have taken into account a recent European court ruling which held that strikes caused by disagreements over working conditions are not extraordinary circumstances since they are both within the airline’s control and also an inherent part of running a business.’
UK: Mobile phone tickets valid on services operated by multiple train operators are being piloted in two separate areas covering 86 stations in northern England. Previous m-Ticket products were limited to specific services, but those on trial are available for travel on any CrossCountry, First TransPennine Express, Northern, Virgin Trains or Virgin Trains East Coast services wholly within the pilot area. The range of tickets includes flexible walk-up standard and first class anytime and off-peak fares, with the price, validity and terms and conditions the same as for the equivalent paper ticket.Passengers can buy m-Tickets through mobile device apps from the participating operators or independent retailer TheTrainline.com. The m-Ticket must be activated before boarding, which can be done at any time during its period of validity, and must be ready for inspection at station gatelines or by on-train staff; passengers must ensure their mobile device is charged. Security measures mean m-Tickets can only exist on one device at a time and cannot be sent from one device to another. They have barcodes which can be scanned, and an animated ‘watermark’ which shows the period of validity. The m-Ticket expires at 04.30 the following day and cannot be reused.
FRANCE: Eurostar opened its relocated Business Premier lounge at Paris-Nord on February 4. Accessed after passengers pass through an expanded security and passport control area, the lounge is intended to offer a ‘stylish, comfortable environment for both working and relaxing’. The facility on the top floor of the original 19th century station building features high ceilings, marble fireplaces and intimate snugs designed to ‘capture the spirit of a Parisian apartment’.Relocating the lounge ‘enabled us to transform the traveller’s journey’, according to Christopher Bagot, director of London-based architects Softroom. ‘We’ve re-imagined the striking architecture of the original building, and created a series of different spaces to suit all occasions. From the light-filled working area, to the relaxing cocktail bar, the lounge offers a flexible environment to suit all needs.’Moving of the lounge also creates more space in the rest of the Eurostar terminal, which is being upgraded as part of an eight-year remodelling of Paris-Nord being managed by SNCF Gares & Connexions.Free wi-fi, USB sockets and wireless chargers are provided for passengers wanting to work, while for those looking to relax there is a circular black and gold bar offering cocktails designed by London Cocktail Club. Passengers can help themselves to canapés, salad, juices and hot and cold snacks chosen by Michelin star chef and Eurostar Business Premier Culinary Director Raymond Blanc, while a ‘bespoke tea’ is supplied by British producer Tregothnan.‘The opening of the new business lounge in Paris is part of a wide-reaching programme of investment in our stations and our service’, said Eurostar CEO Nicolas Petrovic. ‘With its elegant design, calm environment and digital connectivity, the lounge will provide an unrivalled level of style and comfort for our business customers.’ An interview with Patrick Ropert, CEO of SNCF Gares & Connexions, will appear in the March issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.
LSU Tigers baserunner Jared Foster (17) has been reinstated to the team.BATON ROUGE – Versatile LSU senior second baseman Jared Foster — as adept at the plate as he is in the field — was reinstated to the team on Tuesday after being ruled academically ineligible on Friday, which would have ended his season and his college career.But Foster will miss just miss four games because of the ruling. He will rejoin the team in time to be with the Tigers for their regular season finale series at South Carolina on Thursday through Saturday. He missed the sweep of No. 21 Missouri over the weekend and a 9-1 win at the University of New Orleans on Tuesday night.“After review of his specific circumstances and in consultation with the NCAA, Foster was cleared to participate,” an LSU sports information department release by baseball sports information director Bill Franques said Tuesday night.Foster was batting .275 with eight home runs, 29 RBIs, nine doubles and seven stolen bases when he was ruled ineligible during the final exams period at LSU on Friday. A speedy former outfielder, Foster was moved to second base early this season after not playing the position since he was at Barbe High School in Lake Charles. With shortstop Alex Bregman, Foster has helped form one of the best double play combinations in the nation this season. Foster also played third team quarterback at LSU last season before suffering a foot injury early on. He was also a reserve quarterback for the Tigers in the 2011 season.Foster is expected to graduate from LSU in December.
From Montana have engaged 60 police officers to guard the match with Levski. The reason for this is that the hosts intend to release only 300 supporters of the “blues”.According to acquaintances, however, at least as much will be poured into the city. However, they will have to watch the match outside the Ogosta Stadium. “We have taken the necessary security measures,” said club president Rumen Panayotov.In Montana they decided not to raise the price of tickets for the match and it remained 5 leva, as it was for the host of Eter.The ticket offices at Ogosta Stadium will be open from 9 am to 12 noon, and after a break they will reopen at 5 pm.