Malicious Mischief Encountered In White Rock

first_imgBy JIM COBBLEWhite RockAs per property convenants in the La Senda neighborhood (in White Rock), a 10-ft right of way exists between various lots, initially for equestrian use but commonly used now for pedestrian foot traffic. While walking on the seldom-used passage between 121 and 123 La Senda, among high weeds, I got sucker punched Thursday evening. It was unmitigated malicious mischief.Some one had strung a tripwire — a metal wire — 6 inches off the ground between a fence on one side and a juniper tree on the other. I went down hard and cut my hand. I was lucky.Like in Viet Nam in 1967, there could have been punji sticks. But the tripwire was the same. Don’t know if the wire might have taken down a horse. Horses are bigger than I am. I would write this off as a one-of-a-kind delinquency of some sort, but it is possible there may be more than one occurrence of this sort of thing. The neighborhood needs to be alert. Someone could be seriously hurt. Map depicting location of a tripwire placed 6 inches off the ground between a fence and a juniper tree. Courtesy/Jim Cobblelast_img read more

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More Than Footprints: An Archaeological Hike On The Moon At New Mexico Museum Of Space History March 6

first_imgDr. Beth O’LearyNMMSH News:ALAMOGORDO — July 20, 1969, two Apollo 11 astronauts created one of humanity’s most extraordinary archaeological sites –Tranquility Base on the Moon.  Today there are more than 200 metric tons of cultural material on the lunar surface. Join Beth Laura O’Leary, Ph.D., Friday March 6, as she presents “More than Footprints: An Archaeological Hike on the Moon” for the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s free monthly Launch Pad Lecture beginning at 9 a.m. on the first floor.Dr. O’Leary also will take guests on a tour of some of these significant sites and explore how to best preserve our space heritage. The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the Museum’s first floor on the first Friday of each month. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation. The next Launch Pad Lecture will be Feb. 7, and the subject will be the 90th Anniversary of the discovery of Pluto. A special guest speaker is pending.The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575.437.2840 or toll free 1.877.333.6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum/last_img read more

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Expansion and Acquisitions – highlights of Air Liquide’s fiscal 2011 report

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Reuters: Petrobras could cancel two FPSO orders

first_imgBrazilian oil giant Petrobras is on the verge of cancelling two Floating Production Storage Offloading vessels orders, Reuters has reported.According to the news agency, Alexandre Lindenmeyer, mayor of Rio Grande municipality, where the FPSO units are being built, has said that the reason for the potential scrapping of the orders is the fact that the consortium building the units has asked for more cash.Reportedly, the consortium, formed by Queiroz Galvão and IESA has required an additional 10 percent on top of the originally agreed price, as Petrobras has allegedly asked for several contract modifications for the FPSO P-75 and P-77 units respectively.The Brazilian consortium is responsible for modules and integration with the hulls. The hulls of the two FPSOs were converted from Very Large Crude Carriers.Furthermore, Reuters reports, Lindenmeyer has said that Petrobras and the contractors are set to meet on Wednesday to discuss a possible resolution of the issue.The FPSO units, scheduled for delivery in 2016 and 2017, will have production capacities of 150,000 barrels per day each. The FPSOs are planned to be deployed at the Buzios field in the Cessao Onerosa area, offshore Brazil.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Cheniere’s CEO sells 50,000 shares

first_imgCharif Souki, CEO of US LNG player Cheniere, sold 50,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated August 17.The shares were sold at an average price of US$68.18, for a total value of about $3.4 million, according to an SEC filing.Souki now directly owns 3,800,089 shares of Cheniere’s stock, valued about $259 million.The Houston-based LNG player Cheniere has recently entered into sales arrangements with Électricité de France (EDF) for the delivery of liquefied natural gas cargoes from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to the Dunkerque terminal in France.The sales arrangements cover the delivery of up to 26 cargoes, or up to approximately 100 million MMBtus, through 2018. LNG World News Staff; Image: Chenierelast_img

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Building buys a pancake… for Pringle Brandon

first_imgStay 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 building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe 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 To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

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The gender pay gap – it’s just not that simple

first_imgClosely on the heels of Mipim 2018, where the topic of diversity was high on everyone’s agenda, we’re now talking about gender pay gap reporting for UK businesses. It is an emotive – and potentially divisive – subject, which too often means that some of the facts get lost on the debate, and we end up with an over simplification of the situation.It is unfortunate that the methodology for measuring the gender pay gap is somewhat misleading at first glance. Using the average wage for males and females serves more to highlight the lack of females in the workforce rather than the difference in pay that the name suggests.For many companies today, men and women at the same level are paid the same. I am a female CEO of an architectural design practise which has a 40:60 male-female split. At every level, women are paid at the same rate as men. At entry level, we have more women than men. The challenge comes at the senior levels where the male-female ratio shifts – and this will take time to rectify.This ageing population will have the biggest effect on the pace of change in gender equality in the workplaceThe gender issue is being addressed by the majority of companies but it can’t happen overnight. I wish it could. The drive for equality is important but businesses are now dealing with the result of commonplace practice bias from over 30 years ago. But it is changing.The changes we are seeing now are the results of women in my generation – and generations before – that chose to stay in the game sitting alongside and competing with their male counterparts. This means we sacrificed family time, in some cases families, just like men have had to for a long time. It has always been possible to get to the top table, but now it is getting easier. Admittedly there is still a way to go but lets acknowledge the effort of the women that have gone before us as well as many enlightened and supportive men – be they former bosses, spouses, siblings or peers. They would be delighted at the choices that we now have.I am proud that my teenage daughter and her friends will never need to encounter the blatant sexism that so many have before them. They will have choices and a voice. I have no doubt that the future generations entering the workforce will be far more equal in gender numbers. The teenagers I know (and as mother of a female teenager I know a few) can not comprehend a world where they aren’t treated equally. And this applies to males as well as females.We can’t shy away from some fundamental and essential facts in the gender debate. It’s a confusing landscape at the moment in the workplace, and most of this confusion is blamed on gender bias. In reality the answer is far more complex. Quotas aren’t a long-term solution, although I accept that it was a kick start for many firms. I firmly believe that you have to be the best person for the job, regardless of gender. The danger with quotas is that men become disadvantaged and there appears to be an assumption that every male makes it to the top. They don’t; they have setbacks too. It is essential that jobs roles are awarded to the most deserving candidate, regardless of gender. Our challenge is to ensure that the resource pool has equal gender numbers in it, and that everyone has a fair chance.For the first time we are seeing five generations in the workplace, and for the first time we are understanding the impact this is having on us all. Everyone is working longer as our improved life expectancy allows and poor pension provision dictates. As a direct consequence the historically male dominated workforce is staying longer. There is no quick fix to the small number of females coming through to new senior positions as the existing management are slower to leave. This ageing population will have the biggest effect on the pace of change in gender equality in the workplace. Eventually the older working generation will be consist of both men and women, but not for awhile.Childcare availability and cost is almost always cited as the reason for thelack of females at senior levels. It is a hugely significant factor and there is a lot that the Government and businesses can do to change this. Motherhood is a natural human process, and it doesn’t have to mean the forfeit of a promising career. Childcare cost can be a limiting factor – but it is always talked about in terms of limiting the mother’s career financially. It is rarely seen as a couple’s issue. Viewed as a percentage on one income, childcare is expensive, but viewed as a percentage of the joint income it becomes slightly more bearable.However, as a society we must guard against ostracising those that decide they want to have time away to raise their children. We are in danger of removing this element of choice for women, which is just as important.This is an exciting time for women in the workplace, let’s not get distracted by potentially misleading stats and keep moving forward. I will support any campaign that truly benefits women, but singling us out to be handled with care is a road to nowhere. Men and women – we are in it together.last_img read more

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Ballot could add legal marijuana to Las Vegas’ list of vices

first_img LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevada already has legal brothels, round-the-clock casinos and a coy catchphrase declaring that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” If voters approve, the state could soon add another vice in the form of recreational marijuana.A proposal on the Nov. 8 state ballot would legalize pot, and entrepreneurs hope its passage could someday allow the drug at Las Vegas’ glamorous nightclubs and perhaps provide the framework for a future Amsterdam-style cannabis district.“I really think this would be the third-largest market in the country,” said Derek Peterson, whose company operates marijuana dispensaries called Blum. He predicts that only California and New York would offer a bigger customer base than Las Vegas and its 42 million tourists a year. “I think it should be able to fit in really well with the whole dayclub/nightclub thing.”Nevada has allowed medical marijuana since 2000, and Peterson sees recreational pot as an alternative for visitors tired of cocktails that can top $15 apiece and inflict hangovers. But before waitresses begin delivering high-grade marijuana at clubs along the Las Vegas Strip, weed proponents will have to win over not just voters, who narrowly support the initiative in polls, but a risk-averse casino industry.The Nevada Resort Association came out against the measure, pointing to an opinion from gambling regulators that casino owners should avoid the marijuana industry because the substance remains illegal under federal law. Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson has bankrolled most of the opposition, pouring $2 million of his fortune into a campaign that raises the possibility that small children could become intoxicated from candy-like marijuana edibles.In spite of its libertine reputation, the rigorously regulated casino industry is known to err on the conservative side to avoid scandalizing the middle-aged tourists who are its bread and butter.“I don’t know that this is a game changer in terms of tourism,” Virginia Valentine, president of the Nevada Resort Association, said of marijuana’s potential. “We’re really known for other things. You may attract people or turn them off.”The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which promotes Sin City’s amenities to the world, is neutral on the issue.There’s no solid state-sponsored research on how legal recreational marijuana has affected tourism in places that have legalized it, although both sides point to Colorado to make their case.Pro-marijuana interests cite a state study that found Colorado set an all-time tourism record in 2015, capping a fifth year of growth. It’s unclear how much of that is due to weed, and how much can be chalked up to other factors, such as good snow in recent years relative to competing ski states.Marijuana opponents refer to a report from the Visit Denver tourism bureau that logged increasing complaints about panhandling and open marijuana consumption in the city’s downtown corridor.“Denver is losing visitors and valuable convention business as a result of these overall safety (or perception of safety) issues,” the report said. “We fear not being able to brand Denver away from this growing reputation.”Nevada’s ballot initiative would not allow municipalities to put blanket bans on marijuana, as Colorado does. But it would bar consumption in buildings that are open to the public and permit local governments to restrict the locations of marijuana dispensaries and related businesses. It effectively blocks people from growing their own by banning the practice within 25 miles of a licensed marijuana store.Some of those provisions could be changed three years after passage. But even political leaders who are open to legalization say the embrace will not be immediate if voters approve the measure.“I think it will be as much of a challenge for us as it will be a boon for us, because there’s no place in the world like Vegas,” said Democratic Rep. Dina Titus, whose urban district includes the Strip. “I think it’s going to take a while to work it out.”Meanwhile, a Nevada lawmaker who has always pushed the envelope on marijuana says he’s requested a bill next spring that would allow Amsterdam-style pot coffeeshops and other places dedicated to public consumption. Democratic state Sen. Tick Segerblom envisions a pedestrian-centric outdoor entertainment district focused on giving visitors a new kind of “only-in-Vegas” experience centered around pot.“It’s somewhere you do things you wouldn’t normally do,” said Segerblom, who’s so supportive of marijuana in Nevada that he sponsored a failed bill in 2015 to allow sick dogs and cats to use it. “Have fun, party, do things you wouldn’t do at home. Take a picture and brag about it.” Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Author: AP center_img Ballot could add legal marijuana to Las Vegas’ list of vices Published: November 2, 2016 5:19 AM EDT last_img read more

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Export body seeks lawyers’ views

first_imgSolicitors have been invited to help shape the government’s effort to promote the UK legal sector at the world’s largest legal conference this autum. Lord Keen of Elie QC, advocate general for Scotland, will represent UK legal services at IBA 2016, the annual conference of the International Bar Association which will take place in Washington DC from 18-23 September.Lord Keen is hosting a webinar at 13:30-14:30 on Wednesday 22 June to discuss opportunities for UK legal services companies to get involved in and shape his visit programme, which is intended to highlight the UK as the premier destination for legal and professional serviceds investors. Joining him on the webinar will be Joe Bell, operations director, International Bar Association, London and Daniel Marks, vice consul, UK Trade & Investment, British Embassy, Washington DC. It will include a Q&A session. Register online here.last_img read more

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Network Rail deep alliance goes live

first_imgUK: The ‘deep alliance’ between infrastructure manager Network Rail and passenger operator South West Trains went live on April 29, with a ‘single senior joint management team’ now responsible for infrastructure and train operations on NR’s Wessex Route, one of the busiest commuter networks in Europe.Planned to run until the end of the current SWT franchise on February 4 2017, the alliance aims to improve efficiency and the management of disruption by facilitating more collaborative working and faster decision-making. Network Rail Chief Executive David Higgins said the launch ‘marks a new phase in the evolution of Network Rail as we continue to push decision-making away from the centre, empowering our front-line managers to run the railway more effectively’. He stressed that Network Rail would continue to focus on delivering its obligations to all train operators, including freight companies, ‘protecting the interests of all customers whilst maintaining the seamless operation of the whole network’. Aligned objectives and incentives are promised by the alliance partners, with a single management team for London Waterloo station, better planning of track maintenance work and an improved response to disruption. Staff terms and conditions and collective bargaining agreements remain unchanged, but ‘operational efficiencies’ are expected from joint training, communications and occupational health processes. Subscribe to Rail Business Intelligence for in-depth analysis of the UK rail market.last_img read more

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