“Participants will be invited to in-person forums through existing partnerships and active organizations,” Jiménez-Latham said. Patricia Jiménez-Latham is the director of the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations at Highlands. Jiménez-Latham said the forums will get input from a wide variety of community stakeholders including parents, tribal leaders, early childhood providers, early learning associations, councils, coalitions, educators, higher education faculty, and others. Jiménez-Latham said the project for the community conversations begins in August 2019 and continues through October 2019. She said the final report is due in mid-December 2019. The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership contracted with CESDP to help develop the State of New Mexico’s Early Learning Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan. Noble also wrote that the needs assessment will gather information and data of the current early learning challenges statewide as well as ideas and recommendations for improvement strategies. “The communities selected to engage in the community forums include Las Cruces, Deming, Alamogordo, Roswell, Hobbs, Socorro, Albuquerque, Gallup, Española, Las Vegas and Farmington, as well as several New Mexico tribal communities,” Jiménez-Latham said. “The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations at Highlands is working with the Native American Budget and Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico to facilitate 11 statewide community conversations in communities including New Mexico tribal communities,” Jiménez-Latham said. “CESDP’s role is to lead the facilitation process to ensure a culturally-sensitive and equitable approach in forums as well as conduct one-on-one interviews as part of the Early Childhood Needs Assessment Process.” NMHU News: LAS VEGAS, NM ― The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations at New Mexico Highlands University will play a lead role in developing a statewide early childhood learning needs assessment. Jiménez-Latham said The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations at New Mexico Highlands University is an educational diversity center that provides systemic and sustained professional learning for teachers, administrators and parents. CESDP has existed since 1993. “The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership will analyze the information and data gathered through the needs assessment for a 3-year statewide early learning strategic plan that will serve as a roadmap for the new Early Child Education and Care Department which will be fully operational by July 2020,” wrote Kate Noble, vice president for policy and stakeholder engagement with the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership (NMECDP). Patricia Jiménez-Latham
Fugro has signed an agreement to divest its multi-client data library to Spectrum ASA, a Norwegian multi-client seismic data specialist, for a cash consideration of US$ 115 million (approximately EUR 100 million).The multi-client library business has been non-strategic since the divestment of the majority of Fugro’s geoscience activities in 2013, and this transaction is consistent with Fugro’s strategy to focus on its geotechnical and survey activities going forward.The multi-client library consists of seismic data in support of oil and gas exploration. The database contains about 1.6 million kilometres of 2D and over 140,000 square kilometres of 3D seismic data, with a focus on Australia and Norway.Paul van Riel, CEO, said: “We are pleased with the agreement reached with Spectrum. This divestment is a logical consequence of our strategic decision, as communicated in February this year, to focus on our core activities, where we have market leading positions. The proceeds of the transaction will be applied to debt reduction.”The transaction will result in a non-cash impairment of approximately EUR 40 million. As part of its multi-client activities in Australia, Fugro has built up value by taking indirect interests in certain exploration projects, through a profit sharing agreement with Finder Exploration Pty. Fugro retains these interests, including its 10% indirect stake in the WA-435-P exploration permit in Australia, where oil was discovered at the Phoenix South-1 well in 2014.Furthermore, Spectrum will, after the transaction, increase its 2D library by 115% in line km and increase its market position within 3D Multi-Client market. The new combined Spectrum library will exceed 3.0 million km of 2D Multi-Client seismic data.CEO of Spectrum, Rune Eng, added: “This is a strategic game changer for Spectrum. It significantly strengthens our position both within MC2D and MC3D in key offshore O&G basins with high hydrocarbon prospectivity, regular license rounds and political stability. The Fugro library complements Spectrum’s library with minimal overlap and increased scale will yield material synergies.”Closing of the transaction is expected June 30, 2015.
Reinforced concrete from a demolished factory is recycled with the Rockster R800A Rockster R800 has crushed around 280,000m3 of reinforced concrete, as part of the demolition of a factory used to manufacture reinforced concrete.Kombinat Stroitel’nykh Detaley was the largest supplier of reinforced concrete products in Russia’s Central Chernozem region, according to crushing equipment manufacturer Rockster.Kombinat’s old factory and buildings, at which railway tracks and crossings were manufactured, were marked for demolition after the company was declared bankrupt.Rockster said that the R800 jaw crusher was designed to be robust and that its crushing chamber could handle large amounts of reinforced concrete with ease. The machine contains a magnetised separator which removes metal from the crushed material.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The R800 crushes about 100 m³ per hour of this concrete with sizes up to 1000mmThe model, which is able to crush around 100m3 of material per hour, features a side discharge conveyor that removes fine and earth materials identified during pre-screening. Rockster said this improved the flow of material and produced a better quality of grain.Maksim Perminov, Rockster Russia dealer, said: “The advantages of this crusher are compact transport dimensions and little weight that do not have special restrictions for transportation. An increased maintenance interval to 1,000 hours, low service and usage costs thanks to little wear are further benefits.” #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#
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Conflict of interest guidelines for judge retirementsConflict of interest guidelines for judge retirements
Commonwealth countries should consider raising the retirement age of senior judges to reduce the risk of conflicts of interest, according to guidelines published by the Commonwealth secretary-general.
Patents ‘still have value’, Commons committee hearsPatents ‘still have value’, Commons committee hears
Mark AndersonMark Anderson, chair IP law committeeThe committee is holding a series of evidence sessions into managing IP and technology transfer.Technology transfer occurs when the IP for a certain technology or invention is transferred from a creator—often a university—to a second user.Nelki praised the UK’s research capabilities but said it sometimes did ‘not allow itself’ to take full advantage of this.Anderson agreed adding that while the UK has a ‘world-beating’ university and research model, this is not matched by industry.He said a lack of education about IP could be a factor and that one potential solution could be a compulsory course on IP in degree courses.Stringer also asked whether the ‘patent troll’ phenomenon that has swept the US—where a company asserts a patent that they do not use—has been an issue in the UK.Nelki said he had experience of ‘trolls’ that trawl IP databases to find potentially valuable patents before demanding licensing fees from companies that look like they may use similar technology.‘The view is that many companies think it will cost them more time and money to litigate than it would to pay a fee to then have access to the technology,’ he explained.Anderson added that the cost of litigation could be reduced in future by the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) bill, currently before parliament, which will make it easier to prosecute claims. A single patent is still a valuable tool for businesses and has not been devalued, MPs heard today.Giving evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Mark Anderson (pictured), chair of the Law Society’s IP Committee, and Daniel Nelki, science to health lead at medical research charity Wellcome Trust, discussed the value of acquiring or owning a patent.Asked by Graham Stringer MP if a single patent is becoming less valuable, Anderson said he had seen ‘no trends in that direction’.‘It depends on the business at issue,’ Anderson added. ‘If you are talking about a patent covering a chemical structure that can be used as an anti-cancer drug, then that’s obviously very valuable. Other areas, including in the technology sector, have instances of people building up portfolios to trade in patent pools where they can be used as a bargaining chip.’#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#
GERMANY: Bombardier Transportation confirmed on November 19 that DB Regio had placed a further order for Class 442 Talent EMUs valued at around €200m. The 36 three-car and 15 four-car EMUs will be used on the new Mitteldeutsche S-Bahn network radiating from Leipzig, which is due to open in December 2013.Centrepiece of the new S-Bahn network is the cross-city tunnel currently being constructed between Leipzig Hbf and the city’s historic Bayerischer Bahnhof. This had been expected to open in December 2011, but will not now be ready until two years later. Tenders were invited in 2008 for the operation of a five-line S-Bahn network, with the contract being awarded to DB Regio subsidiary S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland GmbH on September 21 this year.The Class 442 EMUs are being supplied under a framework contract agreed by DB and Bombardier in February 2007 covering the supply of up to 321 trainsets. The latest deal brings the number of firm orders to 287, following two earlier agreements signed at the end of August. These cover 23 five-car trains for service on the Warnow network of regional services in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, plus 34 four-car and 3 two-car units for the Werdenfels network in Bayern.
AFRICA: Brazilian mining company Vale signed a memorandum of understanding with the Malawian government in April covering construction of a 100 km rail link from Blantyre to the Moatize coalfields in neighbouring Mozambique.This would provide a 900 km rail corridor from the mines, through Malawi, to the port of Nacala, also in Mozambique. This is needed because the existing 575 km Sena line running entirely in Mozambique to the port of Beira will be unable to handle the volume of coal exports planned by Vale and Riversdale, despite recent renovation by Rites and Ircon (RG 3.10 p48). Vale began mining in May and hopes to ship its first coal over the Sena line this month, with 2011 production of 1 million tonnes increasing to 11 million tonnes by 2014, almost double the existing route’s capacity.
Medical Students Arrive in Dumfries and Galloway In Pioneering Training ProgrammeMedical Students Arrive in Dumfries and Galloway In Pioneering Training Programme
A total of 54 ScotGEM have completed their first year of studies, and will now continue their training at locations in Dumfries and Galloway, Highland and Fife in six week blocks across the year. New Galloway GP and Director of Medical Education for ScotGEM Fiona Graham said: “We were delighted and very excited to welcome the first cohort of 11 students who are set to study here in Dumfries and Galloway as part of the ScotGEM programme.“The programme launched last year, offering graduates the chance to train in medicine. These students are some of the first intake who completed their first year of training at University of St Andrews and are now going out to train in rural settings.“These medical students could go on to a variety of possible disciplines, such as medicine, surgery or paediatrics, but the establishment of ScotGEM was inspired with a particular eye to the national shortage of General Practitioners which is a shortage felt all the more acutely in rural regions such as ours.“We will be providing an excellent learning environment for these students under the lead of two local GPs, and it is our hope that through their time working with medical staff in Dumfries and Galloway they might see this as a good place to come and work when they qualify.” students along with the GP trainers, NHS Dumfries and Galloway chairman Nick Morris, Chief Executive Jeff Ace, Medical Director Ken Donaldson, Deputy Medical Director Grecy Bell and Director of Medical Education for ScotGEM Fiona Graham AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA GROUP of medical students have arrived in the region as part of a training initiative aimed at addressing shortages of GPs in rural areas.Dumfries and Galloway is one of four participating NHS boards in the ScotGEM initiative, and on Monday welcomed its first 11 students at a special reception held in the Education Centre at DGRI. Next year, a further 16 students are scheduled to spend the entirety of their third year in Dumfries and Galloway as they undertake a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) year, a novel GP-based approach to medical training. NHS Dumfries and Galloway has been part of a pilot project for the LIC, for the past three years, hosting six students from Dundee University across the region in the year 2018-19. NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chief Executive Jeff Ace attended the social event at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary on Monday, welcoming the students to the region. Mr Ace said: “It’s been fantastic to meet the ScotGEM students and to see their obvious enthusiasm for medicine.“We’re thrilled to be playing an important part in the ScotGEM initiative which represents a very significant development in training doctors, and which could deliver a real recruitment boost to rural areas such as Dumfries and Galloway.”
Trinidadian sentenced on child pornography chargesTrinidadian sentenced on child pornography charges
27 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet NewsRegional Trinidadian sentenced on child pornography charges by: – December 19, 2012 Share TEXAS, United States, Wednesday December 19,2012 – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) agency has said a Trinidad and Tobago national has been sentenced to more than 12 years in a US federal prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.ICE said that the charges against Garvin Cadogan, 45, who had been living here under an assumed identity, had also been investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).ICE said Cadogan was sentenced to 151 months in a US federal prison for receiving child pornography, 120 months on two counts of possessing child pornography, and 36 months for his false claim to US citizenship.US District Judge Frank Montalvo ordered all the prison terms to run concurrently.On February 23, ICE said HSI special agents executed a search warrant at Cadogan’s east El Paso apartment.While executing the warrant, the special agents discovered that one of his computers was downloading and sharing multiple files via a peer-to-peer network, which depicted minors being sexually exploited.ICE said special agents arrested him and seized his home computer. A forensics analysis of Cadogan’s seized computer revealed the presence of more than 200 child pornography videos, the agency said.Cadogan pleaded guilty to the charges October 19. He also pleaded guilty to falsely claiming to be a US citizen at the time of his arrest.It said Cadogan is actually a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, “who assumed the identity of a Pennsylvania resident.“Cadogan used this stolen identity to work in El Paso. Furthermore, he used the identity to secure a valid driver’s license, an apartment and to meet his basic necessities,” ICE said, adding that the Pennsylvania resident is a disabled elderly man who received Social Security benefits.But it said these benefits were terminated because Cadogan used his identity for employment purposes.“Due to the loss of benefits, the victim almost lost his house and had to rely on his family for food and basic needs.”HSI said that the arrest is intended to send a strong signal to people involved in child pornography.“In addition to arresting child predators, we also identify other sinister criminals. This individual took advantage of the system, and wreaked havoc on the life of a disabled US citizen whose identity he stole,” said Dennis A. Ulrich, special agent in charge for HSI El Paso. Caribbean 360