Life After 50: Emergency Preparedness…

first_imgBy BERNADETTE LAURITZENLos Alamos Retired & Senior OrganizationThis week I would like to focus on the fact that smart people use resources. I know it sounds simple, but too often we get caught up in life and forget to take the time to do simple things, or not be aware of the importance of other things.There are so many ways that I want to highlight this area. My first concern with seniors is, are they alone? Do you know a senior that lives alone and aren’t sure if they are connected to the senior centers? Do you know if they are aware of our services? You can call me or send me an email and I will get them our newsletter, so they see what we have to offer. They also will  see how much they can do for free.I feel like one of our job duties is to worry about things some might not be worried about yet. The topic we have been working on lately is emergency preparedness. This takes on a huge meaning for me, from Coronavirus to wildfire season. We’re thinking about it all, not in a Nervous Nelly kind of way, but in a one-step ahead of the game kind of way.We have presentations coming up for Emergency Preparedness and what you need to be ready. We want to make sure you have an emergency plan, or help you acquire one. Are you aware of the county’s Volunteer Emergency Registry? If not, perhaps we can help you get registered, especially if you don’t have a computer or on-line access.Are you aware of the Code Red and the Code Red mobile app, that can notify you of local emergencies? Once again, a simple on-line registration, but do you even know if you are registered yet? Our goal is to have the resources on hand for you to help with the planning. The local office of Emergency Management has developed these handy evacuation workbooks, free for the taking.Have you heard of Fire Department’s Vial of Life? Do you have a list of important medications at the ready, in case you have to leave, or aren’t home? We have a document for that too, just ask. We want to help you acquire the resources you might need, that will fill a variety of needs. If you are able, stop by, we have a small display of resources, at both centers.We want to get you up to snuff, so that you are prepared for any circumstance. If you are interested, give me a call or send me an email and I can get some information headed your way. Perhaps we can help you get it filled out or even register you in the county system. The most important thing to remember is that there’s only one stupid question, only the one you don’t ask. So, visit your local senior center, call Bernadette at 662.8920 or email Director@losalamosseniorcenter.com. We’ll get you connected to the right resources, whenever you are ready.last_img read more

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Tuckers’ Thompson Sisters Take Over

first_imgJaden Thompson and her younger sister, Aniah, tacked on the triples to trigger two four-run and one three-run rallies in Mattituck’s 13-3 win over visiting Port Jefferson Monday.Jaden Thompson, a senior, finished 3-for-4 with two RBI-triples and three runs, while Aniah, a sophomore, also scored three times and finished 3-for-3 with an RBI-triple and RBI-single. The Tuckers (9-1 overall, 6-1 League VI), which won their fourth in a row, are batting over .400 as a team, according to head coach Kim Gerstung.“We’re very aggressive. They’re coming alive, and I’m very happy,” Gerstung said, adding it’s been unique working with a pair of sisters. “They’re not afraid to go after it, reach for those extra bases. They’re supporting each other, and it’s great.”She said Jaden especially doesn’t hold back, hurling her scoops from third base  to her sister across the diamond at first.“I didn’t think Aniah could handle Jaden’s throws,” she said, laughing. “But she stepped up and proved that she could.”Senior Ashley Perkins put her bat on the ball first, singling in the second inning to get things going after a three-up, three-down opening inning for the Tuckers. She advanced to second on a passed ball at the plate. Aniah Thompson smacked an RBI-triple and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Bridget Ryan two batters later to put Mattituck up 2-0 after two innings.“We’ve been hitting great,” said Perkins, who also finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs. “We start off slow, but come back to prove how well we can hit.”Both sides were retired in order in the third before Jaden Thompson got the ball rolling again in the fourth. After her lead-off single, she stole second and third before Perkins brought her home on a ground-rule double. Perkins advanced on Aniah’s foul ball in the dirt, and the sophomore was able to advance to first, giving Ana Farr a chance to stretch the lead with no outs. The freshman delivered a hit to right that allowed Perkins to tag up and reach home standing up. An overthrow the plate proved costly, and Thompson was able to cross easily for a 5-0 advantage.Back at first, Aniah Thompson snagged a line drive to give Mattituck a defensive boost to open the top of the fifth. Jaden made the next play with a stop in the dirt before firing the ball to her sister for the second out.“Having her at first this season definitely helps,” Jaden said. “It’s still a learning experience, but I know what she can do when she needs to.”Her younger sister said while the two have their moments, she’s learned a lot.“I try to focus on the ball,” Aniah said. “Some days I have trouble, but seeing Jaden perform the way she does helps me bring my ‘A’ game.”Port Jeff was just getting warned up though. A walk and line drive to right set up a bases-clearing double to close the gap to 5-2. But that didn’t last long. Dominque Crews bunted and beat out the throw to first, and advanced to second on another wild pitch before Jaden Thompson’s RBI-triple to deep right field, which fell just feet short of becoming her eighth home run of the season. The wind held it in. Perkins’s base hit scored her and Aniah Thompson’s RBI-single brought Perkins home to give Mattituck a commanding 9-2 lead.“I’m here for my team, so I try to do my best, think it through — what I want to do, where I want to place the ball — move everyone over,” Jaden said. “We motivated each other, kept pushing through. We have speed on this team, so when we see those chances to grab extra bases we know we can.”The All-County returnee tacked on her second RBI-triple in the bottom of the sixth, scoring after a Port Jeff error. Gerstung said she trusts Thompson’s judgement rounding the bases in those moments.“She’ll look at me when she’s coming to third, but if I tell her to turn and look, she’s on her own,” the coach said. “And at that moment she was thinking, ‘I’m going home.’”Aniah hit a line drive through the gap into left before Farr’s base hit to shallow right brought her home for a 12-2 lead.Mattituck just missed making the playoffs last year, and that’s made the team hungrier to get there this time around. With how many runs the team is racking up each game this season, outscoring teams 109-70, that goal is realistic. “We’re doing a lot better than expected,” Perkins said. “And I think we’re only getting better.”desiree@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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Meet the judges: Henrik Bonnesen

first_imgHenrik charing a session at Dublin last yearHenrik has extensive experience in handling projects in relation to building pollution and demolition, from mapping of hazardous substances in buildings to preparing tenders for remediation, renovation and demolition including contracting and supervision during the execution phase. He has extensive experience in managing major complicated projects, including dealing with complex environmental issues and multiple stakeholders. Company CowiCountry Denmark2019 categories Contract under US$1 million, Industrial and Recycling/Environmental#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

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Reform could curtail Strasbourg

first_imgThe government has high hopes of reaching an agreement in Brighton next month that will lead to major reforms to the European Convention on Human Rights and the court in Strasbourg that enforces it. Britain’s proposals are set out in a draft declaration which the government hopes will be approved by the 47 member states of the Council of Europe that are bound by the convention when they meet at a high-level and, no doubt, high-security conference by the seaside. What is not on the table is withdrawing the right of 800 million Europeans to petition the court directly – the reason the court now has more than 150,000 pending applications. Although several member states might welcome such a drastic curtailment of the court’s powers, I am told that none was willing to say so publicly. Instead, the leaked draft puts a strong emphasis on implementing the convention at national level in order to reduce the number of cases brought before the court. This is backed up by some important amendments which Britain hopes will become the 15th protocol to the convention. Of the two reforms that stand out, one would impose stricter admissibility criteria, while the other would allow the court to issue advisory opinions. Paragraph 23 of the draft declaration would render an application inadmissible ‘if it is the same in substance as a matter that has been examined by a national court taking into account the rights guaranteed by the convention’. But there would be two exceptions, allowing Strasbourg to admit an application if the ‘national court clearly erred in its interpretation or application of the convention rights’, or if the application ‘raises a serious question affecting the interpretation or application of the convention’. It would be for the court to decide whether a case came within these exceptions. What is not clear is whether the national court would even have had to consider the individual applicant’s claim. On this wording, all that would need to have been considered at national level was the issue raised by the case. According to a ‘non-paper’ circulated last October, the intention is to reduce the number of cases being reconsidered in Strasbourg. Certainly, paragraph 21 of the declaration seeks to ensure that the court ‘adjudicates only those cases in which the principle or the significance of the violation warrants consideration by the court’. Where does that leave the right of individual petition, described in the draft as a ‘cornerstone of the convention system’? What’s proposed may be fine if you live in a country that respects human rights but must be deeply alarming to those in Europe’s ‘emerging democracies’. And it is not as if the reform will reduce the court’s workload. According to a leaked ‘preliminary opinion of the court’ adopted on 20 February, ‘it is probable that assessment of whether proper or due consideration had occurred or whether the national courts had manifestly erred would, in any event, require systematic and thorough examination’. The court says it already considers similar factors in deciding whether to reject an application as ‘manifestly ill-founded’. The judges were equally sniffy about the idea in paragraph 19 that they should give advisory opinions. These would, it seems, be available only very rarely. First, a state wanting to use the system would have to opt in. Second, the case would have to get as far as the state’s supreme court or its constitutional court. Even then, the court would have discretion over whether to refer a question to the human rights court. Finally, the national court would not be bound by the Strasbourg judges’ opinion. That said, if the opinion was applied by the national court then ‘the individual in whose case the opinion was sought’ would ‘ordinarily have no further right to make an application to the [human rights] court on the same matter’. In their paper last month, the judges took the view that this proposal merited ‘further reflection’, adding that ‘a reflection paper prepared by the court on this subject will be issued subsequently’. This attempt to kick the proposal into the long grass may reflect a difference of opinion among the court’s 47 judges. But it hardly makes things easier for British officials, who not only have to win over fellow diplomats, but also a disparate bench of judges. Those judges say they will accept a reduced caseload only if the right of individual petition is preserved and effective mechanisms are put in place to accommodate well-founded cases that the court cannot deal with. Above all, the judges are unwilling to cede any of their powers to the member states. There’s no question of that, British officials insist. The only formal limit on judicial powers that could not be overridden by the court is a plan to reduce the period within which an application must be lodged from six months to four, three or two. And that idea came from the judges themselves. But there are plenty of proposals designed to limit the Strasbourg judges’ discretion. They are told more than once in the draft declaration that they must apply the admissibility criteria ‘strictly’. And Britain wants the principles of subsidiarity and the ‘margin of appreciation’ enjoyed by member states to be defined in statutory language for the first time and enshrined in the convention, ensuring they are not circumscribed by overlapping judicial interpretations. This may not be a full-frontal assault on the court and its powers. But it is a reminder that the ultimate power lies not with judges but with ministers.last_img read more

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A plague on all their houses

first_imgHousebuilding was always going to be a touchstone issue for the 2015 election and with the Conservative Party resurrecting its right to buy policy, it will provide even more opportunities for parties to highlight contrasting approaches to an intractable problem.One thing that is not in doubt is that we are not building enough houses. Housing completions remain 35% below levels seen at the last market peak in 2007. All parties have pledged a significant increase in supply by 2020. The question is both whether the targets are ambitious enough and whether the industry will respond if they are increased.Production of affordable housing may be at levels close to the long-term average, but with the housing benefit bill touching £25bn in 2013/14, it is increasingly obvious that radical changes to the housing mix are needed as well as an increase in supply.Ironically, given the level of support provided to the for-sale housebuilding industry, through planning reform, low interest rates and Help to Buy, it is nevertheless the private sector that is lagging in the delivery of new supply. The 112,000 units delivered in 2013/14 were 40% down on the number completed in 2006/07. Clearly high prices have affected demand, but perhaps there are fewer buyers for homes now than in previous cycles.The construction of 10,000 extra affordable rent homes is unlikely to make much of a dent on the housing benefit billAgainst this backdrop, the main parties have all placed housing as a high priority. Labour will set out to implement many aspects of the well-received Lyons Housing Review, including mechanisms for land assembly, greater diversity in delivery, including support to SMEs, and help to first-time buyers through prioritisation of sales.Investment to support the land assembly, infrastructure and affordable housing delivery envisaged under Lyons is of course critical. The Labour Party proposes a Future Homes Fund channelling receipts from Help to Buy ISAs. It is unrealistic to expect that the long-term funding requirements for land assembly, infrastructure and affordable rented housing can be supported through short-term savings, so Labour’s mixed funding solution highlights the challenge facing all future investment – even in areas as critical as affordable housing.The Liberal Democrats also take a detailed approach to their housing policies – presenting a shopping list which includes a 15-year planning horizon, the capture of development value through planning, the mapping of housing need to the actual needs of local people and the outlawing of “buy to leave” – where foreign investors buy homes but keep them empty – as well as the development of innovative tenure mixes to subsidise affordable housing. Like all major parties, they share a commitment to promoting garden cities. With proposals for a housing investment bank, longer-term planning of housing supply and a more active role for the public sector in delivery, Liberal Democrat policies are far-reaching and are certainly the most ambitious with respect to the numbers delivered. The number they pledge – 300,000 per year – were last delivered in 1977.Ironically, given the level of support provided to the for-sale housebuilding industry, through planning reform, low interest rates and Help to Buy, it is the private sector that is lagging in the delivery of new supplyThe Tory Party’s commitment to home ownership – exemplified by the right-to-buy – represents a conscious choice to pursue a narrow range of policies focused on homes for sale. The construction of 10,000 extra affordable rent homes is unlikely to make much of a dent on the housing benefit bill, and disappointingly, the private rental sector – which now houses nearly half of 24-34 year olds – is barely mentioned. What the market needs is the professionalisation of the rental sector and the introduction of new sources of supply – such as institutional providers. The 2015 election may be seen in a few years’ time as a missed opportunity to promote private rental as a tenure of choice. For now, it’s an expensive and short-term solution.In summary, party commitments on housing represent a missed opportunity, but probably few missed votes. Targets set by the two main parties for new housing lack ambition and do not even start to address the housing backlog. Current high house prices support high land values, even though production levels are well down. Expensive land has become a barrier to the establishment of viable rental tenures or the delivery of affordable housing. Politicians intervene in markets at their peril but the housebuilding industry has been the beneficiary of substantial support. Coalition or minority government negotiations may be the last opportunity to introduce some genuinely fresh thinking. Let’s hope that our politicians are really up to the job.Simon Rawlinson is head of strategic research and insight at EC Harrislast_img read more

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Virgin Trains USA launches IPO

first_imgUSA: Private sector inter-city rail project promoter Virgin Trains USA announced an initial public offering of 28·3 million shares of common stock on January 30. The expected price is between $17 and $19 per share.The shares are to be listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. Prior to the start of trading, Virgin Trains USA LLC would be converted to a Delaware corporation named Virgin Trains USA Inc. Virgin Trains USA was launched in November, when Virgin Group announced an agreement to make a minority investment in inter-city rail business Brightline, which is transitioning to the Virgin Trains USA brand.After the offering and concurrent private placements, private equity funds managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group would own approximately 81·6% of the common stock, or 79·5% if the underwriters’ over-allotment option is fully exercised. A Virgin Group affiliate has agreed to purchase less than 2% of the shares outstanding following the offering.Barclays, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are acting as lead book-running managers. Additional book-running managers are BofA Merrill Lynch and Allen & Company LLC, and co-managers are JMP Securities, Raymond James and Stephens Inc.‘Too long to drive, too short to fly’The Brightline service currently operates between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in Florida, with plans to expand to Orlando and Tampa.Virgin Rail USA has also agreed to acquire the XpressWest project to develop a rail corridor connecting Las Vegas with southern California, and hopes to begin construction this year for completion by Q4 2022 or Q1 2023. The development costs would be funded with the net proceeds from the offering and/or other debt or equity financings.Virgin Trains USA said it intends the Florida and Las Vegas services to generate ‘meaningful’ profits and to be a scalable model for expansion in other congested ‘too long to drive, too short to fly’ inter-city corridors between highly-populated cities 300 to 500 km apart.last_img read more

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Mianeh – Bostanabad line inaugurated

first_img#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outIRAN: Revenue services have started operating on the first section of RAI’s cut-off which is intended to shorten the Tehran – Tabriz route serving the northwest of the country. Full map of Iranian railways in the Railway Gazette Knowledge Hub.According to RAI Chief Executive Saeed Rasouli, the railway initially expects to operate three trains a week each way between Bostanabad and the capital.Completion of the cut-off will shorten the Tehran – Tabriz route by around 100 km compared to existing line through Maragheh. RAI expects to reduce the current 12 h journey time between the two cities around by 5 h 30 min. The new route is forecast to carry 2 million passengers and 7 million tonnes of freight over the next two decades. zoom inzoom outThe 132 km southern section of the new line, between Mianeh and Bostanabad, was formally inaugurated by President Hassan Rouhani during a visit to the East Azerbaijan province on November 27.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outUnder construction since 2000, at an estimated cost of 5tr rials, the line has been built by the State Company for Construction & Development of Transport Infrastructure. It diverges from the existing 736 km Tehran – Tabriz route at Mianeh, 436 km from the capital, and runs through Turkman Chay and Tekmeh Dash. The remaining 71 km from Bostanabad to Tabriz via Basmenj is expected to open by March 2020.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

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DOUGLAS EWART PUPILS STEP BACK IN TIME

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInCopious amounts of tea and cakes were consumed at a 1940’s tea dance held at the Douglas Ewart High School. Over 90 people from the Riverside Centre, Food Train and local community attended the event that was organised by S5 pupils to celebrate National Older People’s Day.The afternoon included a high tea, dancing, singing and entertainment and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.The pupils, who are involved in youth work programmes with the Community Learning and Development Service in school, are about to embark on a new project ‘#scotswummin’. The young people will be researching women of influence in their local communities and developing a showcase that will be on display next year in Glasgow Women’s Library.As part of this exciting new project the young people will be going out into their communities to interview people and find out more about influential women who have made a difference in the local area.Councillor Jeff Leaver, Chairman of the Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee said “Projects such as the tea dance and scotwummin are excellent examples of the range of intergenerational projects that are being delivered across the region, promoting a better understanding and respect between generations. Well done to all involved’last_img read more

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WEATHER: A low level trough is affecting the area

first_imgLocalNews WEATHER: A low level trough is affecting the area by: – March 15, 2017 Share 445 Views   one comment Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share The Weather Outlook for Dominica and the Lesser Antilles, issued at 12PM on Wednesday 15 March 2017, indicates that a low level trough is affecting the area.“Cloudiness and scattered showers are expected mainly across the central and southern portions of the island chain during today. Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks should be vigilant and exercise caution. Moderate seas are expected during the next 24 to 48 hours with waves peaking near 8.0 feet. Small craft operators and sea bathers are advised to exercise caution,” the advisory indicates. Forecast for this Afternoon: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers.Forecast for Tonight: Partly cloudy to occasionally cloudy and breezy with a few scattered showers.Wind: East north easterly to East south easterly @ 20 to 40 km/h .Sea Conditions: Moderate in open water.Waves: 2.0 to 2.5 meters or 7.0 to 8.0 feet.Warning/Advisory: Small craft operators and sea bathers are advised to exercise caution.Sunrise: 6:13 AMSunset: 6:16 PMLow Tide: and 12:30 PMHigh Tide: 5:52 AM and 6:31 PMlast_img read more

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Williams’ Brownhill praise ahead of Wigan test

first_imgCity’s number eight has stepped up with the armband in the absence of club captain Bailey Wright and inspired the Robins to three points over Charlton Athletic with his 98th-minute strike.It helps build a confident mood at Ashton Gate with City back in action just four days later, against Wigan Athletic this Sunday (October 27th, 1.30pm KO).And summer recruit Williams had nothing but praise for his teammate as City go in search of extending their good run of form in BS3, currently five unbeaten (W3, D2).Williams said: “I think he’s the life of the team. From what I’ve seen, when Browny plays well so do the team. He’s got that little bit of pressure but that’s what good players get.”“He’s done brilliant as a captain,” the Wales international continued. “He’s young in terms of being a captain but he has a mature character about him. I really enjoy playing with him and he’s the life of this team.”City now go in search of following up the win over Charlton with a third successive victory at Ashton Gate.The Robins have only lost once with Williams in the side and that has no doubt helped the defender settle into his new club, on and off the pitch.last_img read more

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