COUNTY News:Los Alamos County Council voted five to two Tuesday evening for the County to continue on to the next phase of the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP). Council Vice Chair Randall Ryti and Councilor Antonio Maggiore voted against the measure.Members from the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) voted three to two Aug. 19 in favor of the measure.The CFPP is a proposed project to construct a nuclear electric generating facility to be sited at Idaho National Laboratory that uses small modular reactor technology. Los Alamos County has subscribed to 11.2 megawatts from the planned 720-megawatt facility with a $55 per megawatt hour target price. Approving this next phase of the CFPP commits the County to $1,046,849, after the Department of Energy and NuScale cost sharing has been applied, to prepare the Combined Operating License Application (COLA). Prior to submitting the COLA in May 2023, and prior to construction in December 2025, Los Alamos will have two additional off-ramp opportunities. The facility is slated to be operational in 2030. Leading up to the BPU and Council decision meetings, the Department of Public Utilities staff gave presentations and answered questions from BPU members, councilors and the public at a joint BPU/Council meeting July 28 and a town hall Aug. 3. Public feedback was also solicited through the county’s Open Forum platform.More information on the CFPP is available on the county website at https://ladpu.com/CFPP. Additionally, the recorded BPU and Council meetings are available on the county website. View the BPU meeting held Aug. 19: http://losalamos.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=2035View the County Council meeting held Aug. 25: http://losalamos.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=2040
Head Coach Garett Williams checks his athletes before practice. The practice Thursday on the grass adjacent to Griffith Gymnasium is broken into four pods with nine players in each pod and one coach per pod this week. Changes are expected next week. The team has three practices a week. There was a good turnout of 33 player for this practice Thursday where social distancing and mask wearing are adhered to. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Pushups are always a part on any football workout. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com The heave medicine ball workout pod is not the favored station. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com The practice was a light workout focused on maintaining fitness for the expected season this spring. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Zack Schwarzkopf practices his extra point punts with Luke Gonzales holding the ball. His kick was right on the mark. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Coach Williams supervises the bag drills. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
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When adjusting for non-recurring items the total income and operating profit was down 3 percent and 32 percent respectively, quarter-on-quarter, indicating weaker underlying performance for the group in total.”Our logistics segment was positively impacted by a non-recurring gain of USD80 million related to an acquisition of Vehicle Services Americas and CAT-WWL in South Africa during the quarter. In addition, a rebound in contribution from Hyundai Glovis also helped improve our figures in first quarter,” says Thomas Wilhelmsen, group ceo at WWH.”However, the shipping segment saw a sharp decline in seaborne transportation. Auto volumes dropped 21 percent, while high and heavy volumes increased 2 percent from a weak fourth quarter. The continued suboptimal trade mix also had a negative impact on results,” says Wilhelmsen. Wilhelmsen described a challenging outlook for the group: “Volume growth for our car and ro-ro services is expected to remain weak. With new investments in land-based services, the contribution from the logistics segment will continue to grow.”We expect the challenging shipping and offshore markets to continue to affect parts of the maritime services portfolio. All in all, we expect the underlying business in the second quarter to be in line with the first quarter.”www.wilhelmsen.com
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe Met Office has issued a further warning to Drivers and residents in Dumfries and Galloway as the Yellow Warning of Ice for SW Scotland, Lothian Borders and the Dumfries and Galloway region contines into the weekend from 7.00 pm tonight Friday 18 November until to 10.00am on Saturday 19 NovemberA spokes person for the met office stated ” Wintry showers, continuing during Friday and overnight, will lead to the possibility of ice forming as temperatures fall this evening and overnight. This will occur primarily on untreated surfaces but perhaps also where grit is washed off by frequent showers. Additionally, 1-3 cm of snow may accumulate on hills above around 200 m and more than 5 cm above 400 m. Some of the heaviest showers could produce slushy conditions even at low levels. Please be aware of possible tricky travel conditions.A cold northwesterly airstream will continue to bring heavy showers or rain, sleet, snow and hail through this period. Clear spells in between will allow temperatures to fall close to or below freezing – hence the likelihood of some ice.”Keep right up to date with the weather in our region by clicking HEREInfo Supplied by Met Office UK
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To stop the fighting, President Salva Kiir has called for national dialogue.But there’s no money for those talks right now. However South Sudan’s government has promised that the finance ministry will make the money available. In the meantime, though, people are dying.CGTN’s Patrick Oyet reports.
South Africa’s Ramaphosa rejects report that he failed to stop looting…South Africa’s Ramaphosa rejects report that he failed to stop looting…
South African central bank takes control of VBS Mutual Bank South Africa’s Clothing Bank UNCTAD report reveals strong potential for Africa Cyril Ramaphosa South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday rejected a newspaper report that he failed to stop 1.9 billion rand ($132 million) being illegally siphoned from VBS Mutual Bank.A report commissioned by the central bank titled “The Great Bank Heist” found the money had been looted by several people from VBS, a small lender that bailed out former president Jacob Zuma after a corruption scandal.City Press reported on Sunday that sources close to a major VBS shareholder said the shareholder had informed Ramaphosa about what was going on when he was deputy president. The shareholder reportedly started blowing the whistle in 2016.In a statement, the president’s office said the allegation that Ramaphosa was informed of the looting at VBS and failed to take action was “baseless and unsubstantiated”.The statement said it was brought to his attention through official channels including the National Treasury.“The Presidency categorically rejects reports that … Ramaphosa failed to take action on the VBS Bank saga despite being alerted to irregularities back in 2017,” his office said.Ramaphosa urged prosecutors to act against the culprits.The bank was thrust into the spotlight in 2016 when it provided a 7.8 million rand loan to Zuma to reimburse the state for upgrades to his private residence, after an outcry over lavish improvements including a swimming pool and amphitheatre.In a ruling that hit Zuma financially and politically, the Constitutional Court ordered him to return some of the $16 million spent on enhancing the residence.The report by the central bank released last week on its website said VBS was “corrupt and rotten to the core”.In March, VBS was placed under curatorship by the central bank because of liquidity issues, meaning it can appoint an administrator to run the bank.Related
Dumfries and Galloway probable suicide deaths per year: “Suicide is one of the most tragic and saddening issues health care professionals have to deal with. It is a complex and difficult subject to even discuss never mind tackle.The rise in the number of people committing suicide in Dumfries and Galloway is not just worrying but deeply sad. Behind the statistics are individuals and families and that’s why the authorities need to learn from each experience and consider what more can be done to prevent such tragedies.This is the first increase in suicides since 2011 and needs to be addressed as part of a growing mental health crisis. One of the biggest problems facing people with mental health issues is having access to help. The Scottish Government must reassure the public that it is taking the right action and respond to concerns over rising mental health waiting times and cuts to addiction recovery services. It should also do more when it comes to prevention and invest in early intervention, like having access for pupils to school-based counselling. By investing in mental health services and having a Government that treats mental health patients with the same care and prioirity levels as physical health then we can start addressing this growing problem.Anyone experiencing mental health issues should contact their local GP practices or contact some of the excellent local mental health charities here in Dumfries and Galloway such as Samaritans or MIND.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInSuicide rates in Dumfries and Galloway grew for the first time since 2011 to 20 people in 2016, a new report has revealed. The report also showed that men make up 2/3rds of all suicide cases in Dumfries and Galloway. That trend is mirrored across Scotland as men’s mental health issues have been critisted from campaigners and patients alike. Discussing the latest figures, Colin Smyth MSP for the South of Scotland and Shadow Health Minister said: Full breakdown of the data can be seen here:http://www.scotpho.org.uk/health-wellbeing-and-disease/suicide/data/data-introduction 2231232423272118171420 As a whole 728 people were deemed to have died from probable suicide in Scotland in 2016. 20062007200820092010201120122013201420152016 Suicide rates had been decreasing across Dumfries and Galloway since 2011 when 27 suicide deaths were recorded, but last year saw a sharp rise.