Barbara Lynn Of Los Alamos Named To Subcommittee For Governor’s Newly Created Council For Racial Justice

first_imgIbukun Adepoju, of Clovis, is a public defender and board member of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.Benjamin Bencomo, of Las Vegas, is currently a member of the faculty at the New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work, in addition to serving on the Diversity Committee for the national Council on Social Work Education. Ken Carson, of Albuquerque, is a small business owner with a past career in banking. He previously served as Bank Examiner for the federal government and as Director of the Financial Institutions Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department.zadeh Osanloo, of Las Cruces, is a professor of educational leadership and administration at New Mexico State University. He has worked in the areas of social justice, diversity, educational equity and educational leadership for over twenty years.Aaliyah Quintana, of Valdez, is a junior at the University of New Mexico studying political science and pre-law.Christopher Ramirez, of Albuquerque, is co-founder and executive director of Together for Brothers, a community organization led by young men of color that stewards leadership and community change. He is also a co-founder of the UNM Dream Team, New Mexico Dreamers in Action, Men of Color Initiative, and Men of Color Alliance.Education SubcommitteeJoseph Garcia, of Albuquerque, is the president of Leaders Uniting Voices Youth Advocates of New Mexico (LUVYA), a CYFD foster youth-led initiative.Kiran Katira, of Albuquerque, is a scholar of racial ideology in educational thought and socio-cultural studies and a co-founder of the University of New Mexico Community Engagement Center. She is a national trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and an organizer for Families United for Education.Nancy Lopez, of Albuquerque, is a sociologist and co-founder of the Institute for the Study of “Race” and Social Justice. She is a founding coordinator of the New Mexico Statewide Race, Gender, Class Data Policy Consortium.Mark Ramirez, of Albuquerque, is a social worker at the New Mexico School for the Deaf and the director of the Youth Leadership Camp for Deaf youth.Evelyn Rising, of Hobbs, is a board member of the University of the Southwest and a University of New Mexico Health Sciences Community Health HERO. She is the public relations director for the New Mexico NAACP and previously served as the president of the national Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Inc.Elisa Sanchez, of Las Cruces, is the creator and former director of the Southern New Mexico ENLACE Collaborative at New Mexico State University and the former president of MANA.Alvino Sandoval, Navajo, is an advocate for students with disabilities and the founder of the Tribal and Indigenous Early Childhood Network. STATE News:SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced the membership of the Governor’s Council for Racial Justice, an advisory group tasked with counseling the administration and monitoring state institutions, holding them accountable for taking action to end systemic racism and ensure that all persons receive fair and equal treatment and opportunities.Barbara Lynn, of Los Alamos has been appointed to the Public Safety and Law Enforcement Subcommittee of the new Council for Racial Justice. She is the lead human resources generalist for Los Alamos National Laboratory and former director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Services at LANL.The governor announced her intent to create this new council in the wake of peaceful protests around the globe following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd, a Black man, died while a white police officer pinned him to the ground with a knee to his neck while investigating a non-violent crime. Applications for the council were open to the general public.“As I said at the outset of this overdue global movement for racial justice, we must not let the passion of this moment fade,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “In New Mexico, our multicultural heritage is both an opportunity to move forward and a mandate to reflect on where we’ve come from as a means of shaping an equitable future for all. My commitment is that my administration will listen first. I am grateful to the New Mexicans who have volunteered their time and energy to this work. We have the opportunity to lead as a state. I am confident we will seize the moment.”The selected members represent a diverse group of New Mexicans from across the state, ranging in age, race and ethnicity, with a wide variety of expertise and focuses. The council’s first gathering is not yet scheduled but will meet virtually in the coming weeks.Central Committee:Stephen Archuleta, of Taos, is a community activist and former New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department director for juvenile justice. He also previously served as Taos County Manager.Charles Becknell, Jr., of Rio Rancho, is the Dean of the African Studies Department at the University of New Mexico and serves as the minister at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Rio Rancho.Dawn G. Begay, Navajo, is the Native American Affairs Coordinator for the City of Albuquerque Office of Equity and Inclusion and previously worked in homeless outreach at First Nations Community HealthSource.Johana Bencomo, of Las Cruces, is the executive director of New Mexico Comunidades en Acción y de Fé (NM CAFé) and a Las Cruces City Councilor.Bishop David Cooper, of Albuquerque, is the senior pastor at New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church and recently served as the president of the Ministerial Alliance of Albuquerque and Vicinity.Joseph Cotton, of Hobbs, is the current president of the New Mexico NAACP. He also serves on the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs Advisory Board.Reverend Donna Marie Davis, of Albuquerque, is the pastor at Grant Chapel African Methodist Epicopal Church in Albuquerque. She has been ordained by the AME Church for over 25 years and has led Black churches across the country.Rabbi Robert Lennick, of Santa Fe, is the executive director of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico and previously served as the President of the national interfaith organization Religion in American Life.Jennifer Lim, of Albuquerque, is the co-leader of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, in addition to serving on the board of the Asian American Association of New Mexico and on the Diversity Council of the University of New Mexico Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Department.Senator Linda Lopez, of Albuquerque, is the New Mexico Senate council appointee. She is a small business owner and currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee.Sebastian Margaret, of Santa Fe, is a Soros Justice Fellow launching the Disability Project at the Transgender Law Center.Darshan Patel, of Albuquerque, is a physician of family and community medicine at University of New Mexico Hospital and an organizer for White Coats for Black and Indigenous Lives.Alexis Maria Rael, of Santa Fe, is a 2016 graduate of Santa Fe High school currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at the University of New Mexico. She is currently an intern at Sandia National Laboratories.Jaclyn Roessel, Navajo, currently works with the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department to deliver cultural equity training for the fulfillment of the State Tribal Collaboration Act.Arsenio Romero, of Deming, is the Superintendent of Deming Public Schools and serves on the Board of Regents at New Mexico State University.Allen Sanchez, of Los Lunas, is the president of CHI St. Joseph’s Children and the executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops.Corrine Sanchez, San Ildefonso Pueblo, is the executive director of Tewa Women United and a member of the first national cohort of Move to End Violence.Terrance Smith, of Albuquerque, is a community organizer working in youth athletics. He is pursuing a doctorate degree in organizational leadership.Micele Ali Surodjawan, of Albuquerque, is a senior at La Cueva High School, where he is Co-President of the Unified Sports Club, a DECA 2020 national qualifier, and a varsity basketball player.Alexandria Taylor, of Albuquerque, is the deputy director of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs and serves on the board of the ACLU of New Mexico.Austin Weahkee, Cochiti, Zuni and Navajo, is a grassroots Native organizer who works for the Native American Voters Alliance. He previously worked to create the Albuquerque Commission on Indian Affairs.Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton, of Albuquerque, is the New Mexico House council appointee. She is the first African American woman to be elected to the New Mexico Legislature, where she currently serves as the Majority Leader of the House, and is an educator with Albuquerque Public Schools.Janene Yazzie, Navajo, is the New Mexico Indian Affairs council appointee. She is a community organizer and human rights advocate currently serving as a consultant for both the International Indigenous Treaty Council and the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.Kimberly York, of Las Cruces, is the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs council appointee. She previously worked as a clinical social worker for the Las Cruces Public Schools. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational and industrial psychology and serves on the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs executive advisory board.Health Subcommittee:Hope Alvarado, of Albuquerque, is a youth leader with the New Mexico Child Advocacy Network (NMCAN), partnering with young people to build community, promote equity and lead change.Husayn Bin-Bilal, of Belen, is a hospitalist in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Hospital and serves as the Assistant Director of Simulation and Communication for the Department of Hospital Medicine.Margaret E. Montoya, of Albuquerque, previously served as the senior adviser to the University of New Mexico Health Science Center Chancellor and was a member of the UNM Law School faculty for twenty years.Brian Serna, of Santa Fe, is the founder and CEO of Serna Solutions, specializing in behavioral health counseling. He is also the director of the Addictions, Abuse and Recovery Certificate at Southwestern College.Anjali Taneja, of Albuquerque, is a physician and the executive director of Casa de Salud in Albuquerque’s South Valley, where she leads an anti-racist health care workforce development pipeline program. She also is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar.Public Safety and Law Enforcement SubcommitteeBarbara Lynn, of Los Alamos, is the lead human resources generalist for Los Alamos National Laboratory and the former director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Services at LANL.last_img read more

BOC commences work on UK ASU

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Afrox sees 2% depreciation over 2010

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SI Ocean Publishes Tidal and Wave Strategy for Europe

first_imgPress Release, July 31, 2014; Image: siocean Funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme, the SI Ocean project’s Market Deployment Strategy makes several high-level recommendations for commercialising the emerging wave and tidal energy sectors.In their report they present the key barriers to market deployment for wave and tidal energy technologies, focusing on the major risk areas of finance; technology development; consents and regulations; and grid. Each chapter concludes with a list of goals, with detailed recommendations that industry and policy makers can take forward in order to achieve them.The SI Ocean (Strategic Initiative for Ocean Energy) project’s goal is to deliver a common strategy for ensuring maximal wave and tidal installed capacity by 2020, paving the way for exponential market growth in the 2030 and 2050 timeframes.The project consortium has seven members: Ocean Energy Europe (Belgium); European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC); RenewableUK, Carbon Trust; The University of Edinburgh (UK); WavEC (Portugal); and DHI (Denmark).last_img read more

Download: UK’s plan to revamp oil & gas fiscal regime

first_imgUK’s Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander today announced what was described as “significant new government support for the oil and gas industry.”He and the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Priti Patel announced the changes today at a meeting with industry representatives to unveil a further set of reforms and provide further detail on the Autumn Statement measures.The reforms, described by the Government as ‘radical’,  include introducing a basin-wide investment allowance designed to reduce the effective tax rate for companies investing in the future of the UK Continental Shelf.Furthermore, the government has said it has committed to boosting offshore exploration through supporting seismic surveys in under-explored areas of the North Sea.To ensure the longevity of the industry, the government will open discussions with the new Oil and Gas Authority on ways to remove fiscal barriers to extend the life of critical infrastructure, in addition to providing access to relief on the decommissioning of assets.This follows announcements in yesterday’s Autumn Statement, including an immediate cut in the rate of the Supplementary Charge from 32% to 30% from 1 January 2015.The reforms come as part of the government’s response to a consultation with the industry on the oil and gas fiscal regime that took place over the summer.Alongside the consultation, the government also looked at ways to boost investment in ultra-high pressure, high temperature projects.At the Autumn Statement, it announced a new “cluster area” allowance, which ministers and representatives from the industry signed as part of today’s visit.Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: “I have always been an advocate of Scotland’s thriving oil and gas industry, which is why I’m here today announcing the government’s ambitious package to continue to support this hugely valuable sector. We’re incentivising and working with the industry to develop new investment opportunities and support new areas of exploration. This will help ensure that the industry continues to thrive and contribute to the economy. This level of support is only possible because we can draw on the combined strength and resources of the United Kingdom.”Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Priti Patel said: “Today the government is demonstrating its long term commitment to supporting the North Sea oil and gas industry with a package of measures expected to drive around £7 billion of additional investment. These measures will reduce the tax burden on the industry, driving investment in the North Sea that will provide economic benefits to the UK for many years to come.”Industry calls for swift actionSpeaking after today’s press conference, Oil & Gas UK chief executive Malcolm Webb said: “A spirit of co-operation was very much in evidence today. We are encouraged to note that fiscal policy will now be framed in the context of the sector’s wider economic benefits and will also take account of the global competitiveness of the industry in terms of commodity prices and costs. Mr Alexander paid particular attention to the need for the Treasury to work with the new Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the industry in the tripartite approach as called for in the Wood Review, a view which Oil & Gas UK fully endorses and is committed to promote.“We are encouraged by these proposals but must now swiftly act on them given the current challenges facing the industry. The need for swift action was unanimously endorsed by all parties present (industry, Treasury and OGA) at the Fiscal Forum meeting immediately following the announcement. Senior industry figures at the meeting committed to identify the priorities for most urgent implementation and work with the Treasury and the OGA to ensure these are delivered as quickly as possible, and certainly by Budget 2015. Michael Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s economics and commercial director, who led the pan-industry response to the Treasury’s recent consultation on the North Sea Fiscal regime, commented:“We are pleased that the Government has responded positively to many of the concerns we raised during the consultation. In particular, we asked for the current, complex portfolio of different allowance types to be simplified and the proposed investment allowance will, we hope, do just that. This new allowance will of course need to be pitched at the right rate. However, we are all in agreement that actions speak louder than words. There is no time to delay, we are at a critical stage in the life of the North Sea and look forward to the Chief Secretary’s proposals being swiftly implemented.”You can download the UK Government’s plan to reform the oil and gas fiscal regime as a pdf here.last_img read more

Allianz: Global Shipping Losses Spiraling Down

first_imgGlobal shipping losses continued their downward trend with 75 reported in 2014, making it the safest year in shipping for 10 years, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015 shows.The review analyzes reported shipping losses of over 100 gross tons.Losses declined by 32% compared with the previous year and were well below the 10-year loss average of 127.More than a third of 2014’s total losses were in two maritime regions. South China, Indo China, Indonesia and the Philippines (17 ships) and Japan, Korea and North China (12 ships). Cargo and fishing vessels accounted for over 50% of all losses.Since 2005 shipping losses have declined by 50%The most common cause of total losses is foundering (sinking/submerging), accounting for 65% of losses in 2014. With 13 ships wrecked or stranded, grounding was the second most common cause with fires/explosions third, but significantly down year-on-year.According to the report, there were 2,773 shipping incidents (casualties) globally (including total losses) during 2014. The East Mediterranean & Black Sea region was the top hotspot (490), up 5% year-on-year. The British Isles, North Sea, English Channel and Bay of Biscay ranked second (465), up 29%, and was also the top incident hotspot over the past decade.December was the worst month for losses in the Northern Hemisphere and August in the Southern Hemisphere. For every total loss in the Southern Hemisphere there are 7 in the Northern Hemisphere.One vessel in the Great Lakes region of North America lays claim to the title of unluckiest ship. Analysis shows it has reportedly been involved in 19 incidents in the past 8 years – including six in one year. It has suffered a fire, engine failure, steering failure and even hit a submerged log.Passenger ship safety and crew levels in the spotlightSewolRecent casualties such as Sewol and Norman Atlantic have once again raised significant concerns over training and emergency preparedness on passenger ships three years after the Costa Concordia disaster. Seven passenger ships were lost during 2014, accounting for almost 10% of total losses. “In many cases construction of the vessel is not the only weak point. These two incidents underline a worrying gap in crew training when it comes to emergency operations on ro-ro ferries or passenger ships,” said Sven Gerhard, Global Product Leader Hull & Marine Liabilities, AGCS.The general shipping trend for smaller crews means seafarers are being asked to do more with less. Minimum manning levels reduce the ability to train people onboard, which can provide invaluable insight and should not become the normal day-to-day level for safe operations, according to AGCS.How big is teu big?Container ship safety is also under the spotlight with ever-increasing ship sizes, as evidenced by the January 2015 inauguration of the world’s largest container ship, the MSC Oscar (19,224 teu). Yet ships as large as 22,000 teu are expected to be in service soon.“Larger ships can also mean larger losses. The industry should prepare for a loss exceeding $1 billion in future featuring a container vessel or even a specialized floating offshore facility,” Gerhard said.Maximum exposure would not necessarily be limited to vessel and cargo value but could also include environmental or business interruption backlash. This raises concerns about whether risk management needs reviewing after an 80%+ container ship capacity increase in a decade.AGCS sees a number of risks for such mega-ships including the fact operation is limited to a small number of deep water ports, meaning an increased concentration of risk. There is also a world-wide shortage of qualified seaman. Salvage and removal is also challenging.“The shipping industry should think long and hard before making the leap to the next ship size,” added Captain Rahul Khanna, Global Head of Marine Risk Consulting, AGCS.Full report available herelast_img read more

DSD Shipping Tangled in Magic Hose Case

first_imgA US federal grand jury in Mobile, Alabama, has indicted a Norwegian-based shipping company Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab AS (DSD Shipping) and four of its engineering officers on seven counts, including the use of the so-called ‘magic hose’ on board the tanker M/T Stavanger Blossom back in 2014.DSD Shipping and the engineering officers were charged with violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) for failing to record overboard discharges in the vessel’s oil record book and garbage record book and with obstruction of justice and witness tampering for presenting false documents and deceiving the US Coast Guard during an inspection. The indicted officers are Daniel Paul Dancu, 51, of Romania, Bo Gao, 49, of China, Xiaobing Chen, 34, of China, and Xin Zhong, 28, of China.According to the indictment, in 2014, DSD Shipping and its employees conspired to bypass pollution prevention equipment aboard the M/T Stavanger Blossom and to conceal the direct discharge of waste oil and oil-contaminated waste water from the vessel into the sea. Should any overboard discharges occur, they must be documented in an oil record book, a log that is regularly inspected by the US Coast Guard. Despite these requirements, DSD Shipping and its employees used a bypass pipe to circumvent pollution prevention equipment and discharge waste oil and oil-contaminated waste water directly into the sea. DSD Shipping and its employees also filled plastic bags with waste oil from a sludge tank aboard the vessel and then discarded the oil-filled plastic bags overboard into the sea.The indictment further alleges that prior to an inspection by the US Coast Guard, Chen ordered crewmembers to remove the bypass pipe, install a new pipe and repaint the piping to hide the illegal discharges. Chen and Zhong then ordered crewmembers to lie to the US Coast Guard and instructed them to say that no plastic bags containing waste oil were discarded overboard, that all plastic bags remained aboard the vessel and to provide the incorrect quantity of bags generated from the cleaning of the sludge tank. To further hide the illegal discharges of waste oil and oil-contaminated waste water, DSD Shipping and its employees maintained a fictitious oil record book that failed to record the disposal, transfer, or overboard discharge of oil from the vessel. The oil record book also contained false entries stating that pollution prevention equipment had been used when it had not.If convicted, DSD Shipping could be fined up to USD 500,000 per count, in addition to other possible penalties. Dancu, Gao, Chen and Zhong face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for the obstruction of justice charges.last_img read more

White House Frontiers Conference welcomes wave energy

first_imgHarvest Wave Energy, one of the finalists of the US Department of Energy sponsored Wave Energy Prize competition, has presented its wave energy technology at the White House Frontiers Conference held last week.The conference was hosted by the US President Barack Obama, together with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, with the aim to explore the future of innovation in the US and around the world.In addition to Harvest Wave Energy, the list of other exhibitors included some of the world’s greatest research and technology teams working on space exploration, artificial intelligence, smart cities, precision medicine, and clean energy.Harvest Wave Energy team presented its wave energy technology – a combined oscillating wave surge converter (OSWC) and heaving device wave energy system.The team has recently completed the final 1:20 scale WEC testing at the MASK Basin in Carderock, Maryland, along with the other finalist teams competing for the cash prize.The winner(s) of the Wave Energy Prize challenge, which aims to double the performance of wave energy conversion devices, will be announced on November 16, 2016.last_img read more

Wonders & blunders

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Hapag-Lloyd battles through ‘seasonally weak first quarter’

first_imgGroup revenues fell from EUR2.3 billion (USD2.61 million) in Q1 2015 to USD1.93 billion this year, as freight rates fell from USD1,331 per teu to USD1,067 per teu.Despite this, Hapag-Lloyd recorded a positive operating result in a challenging first quarter of 2016. Transport volume increased by 2.1 percent to 1.81 million teu. The line reported a positive EBITDA of EUR123.4 million (USD140 million) in the first quarter of 2016, down from EUR283.6 million (USD321.8 million) in Q1 2015. Earnings before interest and tax came to EUR4.8 million (USD5.45 million), significantly down from EUR174.3 million (USD197.78 million) the pervious year. The group’s net result was a loss of EUR42.8 million (USD48.57 million), compared to a EUR128.2 million (USD145.47 million) profit in Q1 2015.The Hamburg headquartered shipping line said the negative effects of the difficult market environment were partly offset by the cost-cutting and efficiency measures already implemented under its OCTAVE programme launched in 2015 and by a significantly lower average bunker consumption price.”In the seasonally weak first quarter we recorded an acceptable result with a small operating profit and an EBITDA margin of 6.4 percent. This was due in no small part to the synergy effects which have been achieved so far as a result of the merger with CSAV and the improvements to our cost base under the OCTAVE programme, which we implemented in 2015,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, chief executive officer of Hapag-Lloyd.For 2016 as a whole, Hapag-Lloyd is still forecasting a moderate increase in EBITDA and a clear rise in EBIT compared with the previous year. www.hapag-lloyd.comlast_img read more