American Association Of University Women Features LANL Scientist Harshimi Mukundan At Virtual Fall Luncheon

first_imgHarshimi Mukundan, deputy group leader for the physical chemistry and applied spectroscopy division at LANL is the guest speaker for the AAUW virtual luncheon Saturday, Oct. 3. Courtesy/LANL  AAUW News:The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its annual Fall Luncheon virtually at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.The speaker is Harshimi Mukundan who is a deputy group leader for the physical chemistry and applied spectroscopy division at LANL. She will describe her research and what she is doing to help women interested in a science career. Following the talk, a few members will describe some activities and projects sponsored by AAUW.To receive a link to attend the event, email Margaret Gibson at mfgibson332@gmail.com.last_img read more

Linde sells €2.4bn benchmark bond

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Lift & Shift executes challenging HURL projects

first_imgLift & Shift moved the equipment from fabrications yards in Vadodara, Hazira and Mumbai, on behalf of Larsen & Toubro Hydrocarbon Engineering (LTHE) – an EPC contractor for both projects. The shipment had a total volume of 14,000 freight tons and tipped the scales at approximately 3,000 tons (2,721.6 tonnes). The heaviest component was an ammonia convertor that weighed 600 tons (544.3 tonnes). Other cargoes included a flash drum, which measured 8.3 m tall.  The company’s project scope included the land transport of the components to the nearest port to the respective fabrication facilities; the loading of equipment onto suitable barges; the chartering of a heavy lift vessel to move parts to Kolkata; and the transhipment of equipment onto barges that were modified and strengthened to withstand the heavy loads.  Once loaded on the reinforced barges in Kolkata, the units were transported along India’s inland waterways – travelling along the Ganges to temporary jetties at the two project sites, where the cargoes were rolled off.  12 pieces of equipment were discharged at the temporary jetty at the HURL Barauni project site. The remaining five cargoes were offloaded in Sahibganj, 230 km away from the HURL Sindri site. Throughout the project, Lift & Shift faced many challenges, including a delay in fabrication, which caused unexpected difficulties with regard to the chosen route for transport. For example, the Lift & Shift and LTHE teams had to meet with road authorities and request a delay to the construction of a bridge between Baroda and Surat so that the convoy could pass.  Lift & Shift also organised for 1 km of the waterway in Sahibganj to be dredged as a result of a drastic reduction in water levels. The outbreak of Covid-19 threw up additional complications. Starting in the third week of March, partial lockdowns across India halted activities. Lift & Shift had to approach the relevant authorities to obtain special permission to operate and load cargo at the ports of Dahej and Mumbai, all while adhering to safety precaution.  In June, Lift & Shift began the road transport of the cargoes from Sahibganj to the Sindri site. Monsoons made the removal of electrical wires and the levelling of roads particularly challenging, and also meant additional civil works were required, as heavy rain washed away surrounding roads. Further still, sudden downpours would result in the cancellation of the operations.  Lift & Shift said that it took approximately 50 days to complete the 230 km journey from the jetty to the project site.  In spite of the unforeseen challenges and unfavourable weather conditions, Lift & Shift safely delivered all 17 units to both the sites to the satisfaction of the LTHE. liftandshift.co.inlast_img read more

Give victims sentencing transcript, Baird tells HMCTS chief

first_imgVictims and defendants should automatically be given a transcript of the judge’s sentencing remarks, the victims’ commissioner has told the chief of HM Courts & Tribunals Service.Dame Vera Baird QC, who was appointed in June, revealed today that she told HMCTS chief executive Susan Acland-Hood last month that she was concerned that victims and defendants were being given inadequate information about sentences handed down by the courts and what they meant in practice.Publishing a note today of her ‘useful meeting’ with Acland-Hood, Baird said she was ‘keen to advocate victims and defendants in the Crown courts automatically being given a transcript of the judge’s sentencing remark’. Baird ‘acknowledged some of the practical difficulties to overcome but the clarity this might provide would assist everyone’.In his 2017 government-commissioned race review, Labour MP David Lammy recommended that all sentencing remarks in the Crown Court should be published in audio and/or written form, which would ‘build trust by making justice more transparent and comprehensible’. Sentencing remarks are published in written form only for cases regarded as being in the public interest.The Ministry of Justice, responding to the Lammy review, said it was looking at increasing the availability of written sentencing remarks to victims and offenders, for specific offences in the Crown court, ‘as providing written sentencing remarks in every case is costly’.Last month’s meeting was the first between Baird and Acland-Hood since Baird’s appointment.Special measures was discussed, with Baird expressing concern about the extent to which remote evidence centres were being offered to vulnerable and intimidated victims and the extent to which they were being used. ‘The VC found that in the north east, the uptake had been slow and felt that more needed to be done to promote the use of remote links. She felt that judges were just not being asked to approve requests for remote evidence in cases where it was appropriate,’ the meeting notes state.Baird will appear before the House of Commons justice select committee tomorrow morning to discuss her priorities.last_img read more

Canal Street line starts

first_imgGROUNDBREAKING ceremonies were held on July 20 for the Canal Street tram line in New Orleans, with construction expected to start this month. Costing $157m, the 6·6 km line between the Mississippi River and the cemeteries is due to be completed in early 2004. On July 24 the Regional Transportation Authority awarded a $19·5m contract to Boh Bros Construction for the 2·4 km segment between Baronne and Salcedo streets. Contracts for the remaining two sections are expected to be awarded in October and December. The new line will be worked by 23 new trams being built by RTA staff at Carrollton Barn. Resembling the city’s vintage Perley Thomas cars, they will have air-conditioning, Skoda three-phase drives and wheelchair lifts. The first car was about 30% complete at the end of July, and the aim is to build one car every four weeks, at a cost of about $1·2m each.last_img read more

Chuanshan port freight line opens

first_imgCHINA: The Chuanshan port freight line near Ningbo in Zhejiang province opened on December 26, running 29·3 km from Daqi station to Zhongzhai via Chuanshangang.The 31·5 km line to Beilun has also been electrified as part of the 4·1bn yuan project.Freight traffic on the Chuanshangang line is expected to reach 15 million tonnes/year in the long term, with 50 million tonnes/year on the Beilun line.last_img

ClassNK appoints new President & CEO and executives

first_imgSea News, March 23 Current Senior Executive Vice President Hiroaki Sakashita has been appointed as President & CEO as well as a Representative Director of leading classification society ClassNK, effective 18 March 2020. Current Senior Executive Vice Presidents Tetsuya Kinoshita, Junichiro Iida, and Dr. Toshiyuki Shigemi will continue in their present roles on the team, joined by Hirofumi Takano and Taira Narisawa as Executive Vice President. Koichi Fujiwara has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors, leaving the post of Representative Director, President & CEO. Michio Takagi will remain as Executive Auditor. Speaking on the occasion, newly appointed President & CEO Hiroaki Sakashita said: “The maritime industry is changing its shape to adapt to environmental responsibilities and the digital era. For the swift mitigation of the industry to the new stage, there will be an increasing need for the role of independent third-party organizations to assure the safety, environmental performance, and quality of new technologies or concepts. ClassNK, with its new executive team, will actively participate in new innovative initiatives to enhance its capability, and pave the way for the development of new technologies and propagation of their benefits throughout the industry.” He joined ClassNK as an Executive Consultant in 2018 and was appointed to Senior Executive Vice President in 2019 to oversee ClassNK’s expansion of its business portfolio and digital transformation.center_img Author: Baibhav Mishra Hiroaki Sakashita, President & CEO, ClassNK (Image Courtesy: ClassNK) Hiroaki Sakashita holds a bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, from Yokohama National University and started his career at Japan’s Ministry of Transport (now Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) in 1980. During his career with the government, he played vital roles in maritime administration including regulatory oversight and industry development. He assumed the position of Director-General of the Maritime Bureau in 2015, and Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs, Minister’s Secretariat in 2016.last_img read more

Anderson Varejao Finds New Home While Cavs Struggle; The Curse of the Wild Thing?

first_img Related TopicsAnderson VarejaoCavsCleveland CavaliersDraymond GreenGolden State WarriorsLebron JamesLuke WaltonNBAStephStephen CurrySteve KerrWild Thing My colleague Brandon Larador pointed out on our weekly show, “The CavsLand, Ohio Podcast,” he was concerned about the Anderson Varejao trade “adding on to Cleveland’s curse.”I laughed when Brandon said that, but the last week has made me think… What if he’s right?Since Varejao was traded, not much has gone the Cavs’ way. The Cavs are 1-3 since Channing Frye made his debut. They lost out on coveted free-agent Joe Johnson. Their next target on the shopping list, Kevin Martin, is reportedly interested in San Antonio.The Cavs signed a D-League player who practically nobody had heard of to fill one of the open roster spots. Frye made an impact in one of his first four games. Obviously it’ll take time for him to be a difference maker if he ever becomes one, but does anyone really think in their heart of hearts that Frye is going to put the team over the top?I hope he proves me wrong and hits a buzzer beater in Game 7 of the Finals, but I’m not holding my breath on that.Meanwhile, Golden State and Varejao have had literally nothing but success since he arrived.Since the day Varejao signed, Golden State is 4-0. Who cares if he only played 35 minutes in three games? It’s Andy. What the Wild Thing brings to a team is more than just “great hair” (like Luke Walton said when they acquired him) and along with that great hair is being a great teammate. First came a story about how Varejao was fitting in with his new team one day after signing with the Warriors. Here is an excerpt from the SFGate.com article by Rusty Simmons: About five minutes after the Warriors’ 102-92 victory over the Hawks on Monday night, Draymond Green made his way to the visitors’ locker room.Waiting for Green at the door was Anderson Varejao — all 6-foot-10 and 273 pound of him, full of dap and praise.Varejao just kept standing at the door, waiting another 10 minutes as his new teammates mocked the seemingly curious act.When Stephen Curry finally arrived at the locker room, Varejao was still at the door and ready with a similar greeting for the point guard.With all of the Warriors in the locker room and having been congratulated on win No. 50, Varejao felt it was finally OK to sit.“You’ve got to respect that,” Green said.Varejao hasn’t played a second for the Warriors yet, and he’s already had a positive impact on the league’s best team.“Everybody loves him,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “… He’ll be great in our locker room, and he’ll get a chance to play.”The thing that stuck out to me was that Varejao had not even played in a game yet and was already showing how great of a teammate he is. Some would say “Who needs that? We’re trying to win a championship.” Well, a team poised to win its second-straight championship seems to value that intangible factor Varejao brings. As if that wasn’t enough, a new story came out on Friday, in which Varejao compares the atmosphere and culture of Cleveland to Golden State. According to the Wild Thing, it’s night and day.“I’m glad I came here because I can tell they love each other,” Varejao told CSN Bay Area’s Monte Poole earlier this week. “When you want to win, you have to be like they are. Friends have fun out there, fun in the locker room.”At first glance that may seem like a guy who is happy to be with his new team, but what does that tell you about the environment of the Cavalier locker room and chemistry of the team? The Cavs won plenty of games this season before Andy was traded. Third-most in the league, in fact. But Varejao’s statement implies that love between teammates and camaraderie that is so apparent with the Warriors may not be there in Cleveland. At least not to the same degree, anyway. And if anything, over the 12 years we have known Andy in Cleveland, you would expect him to be someone who brings the locker room together. Who doesn’t love Varejao? There are few guys as universally loved in Cleveland sports, not just by fans, but universally admired even by media members who cover the team. One would be hard-pressed to find a negative trait of Varejao. He’s injury-prone and overpaid. Ok. But think about this. Who in their right mind would have CHOSEN to stay in Cleveland through all the turmoil, the 26-game losing streak, and the four years of irrelevance? Did you see Varejao requesting trades? He wanted to be a Cavalier for life. A rare trait in all of sports nowadays.When Johnson left the Nets, he chose to go to sunny Miami rather than play for a chance at a championship in Cleveland. Presumably because Cleveland is that unattractive of an option, even when they’re in a championship hunt.Dan Gilbert has spared no expense with this Cavalier roster. It’s one of the highest-paid in the history of the NBA. Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love make more combined salaries than quite a few starting lineups. In the grand scheme of things, the Cavs are still going to have to pay Frye, so what would paying Varejao more than he deserved have really cost Gilbert and his fellow owners in the long-run?Financially it makes sense. So did Art Modell moving the Browns. So did changing the name of Jacobs Field. But this move is just another in Cleveland sports history that may come back to bite the city and be remembered along with “The Drive,” “The Fumble,” “The Decision,” “The Shot,” “The Curse of Rocky Colavito,” … Could it be “The Curse of the Wild Thing?”There’s more than a fair chance that Varejao will be facing the Cavs in the 2016 NBA Finals. It’s even possible he hoists the Larry O’Brien Trophy on the Cavaliers’ home court. How bittersweet that would be for him. And how bitter would that be for Cleveland? When it’s all said and done, Varejao’s #17 jersey might be hanging right next to Zydrunas Ilgauskas #11 in the rafters. And his only ring might be with the hated Warriors. (Z was an injury-prone, fan-favorite who played hard for Cleveland his whole career, too, before joining Miami, coincidentally.)As someone who has grown up in Cleveland, watching Varejao play in a Cavs jersey for half of my life, I can’t even be mad at him. The Cavs screwed him over. He’s not going to be broke because of it. He won’t go hungry because of it. But he was rewarded for his loyalty by being kicked out the door, finding out via text message, and thanked for his 12 years of service by essentially being told “You’re not worth the money.” In the end, Gilbert may have done him a favor. Right now he’s in the best position to get a title. But it’s not often you find a special individual who pours his heart and soul into the city of Cleveland, a place where winters are cold, free-agents stay away, and is generally a laughing stock of major cities with sports franchises. So what do the 2015-2016 Cavaliers do when that person is on their roster? Take them and their more than a decade of service for granted.It took a little over a week for this to really sink in for me, but watching Varejao from a distance and seeing the direction Golden State is headed, while the Cavs continue to falter, it has become clear that whatever the Cavs had to gain by trading him did not outweigh the significance of what he has contributed and what he meant to this franchise. Maybe Johnson’s decision to sign with Miami was the tipping point. If he chose to come to Cleveland and take up one of the two open roster spots from the trade, maybe it would have made more sense. But that backfired right in the Cavs’ faces. I don’t mean for this article to be interpreted as ill-will towards Frye. His role on the Cavs makes sense. But was he such a coveted target that the Cavs had no other way of getting him? If this comes across as a cheap shot then so be it, but Frye could have been bought out a week later by Orlando anyway. He did practically nothing in the weeks before the trade.Orlando found a way to get some assets for him.The whole situation is sad. I wish Andy nothing but the best. I hope Frye proves me wrong. But if the Cavs lose in June, remember what my good buddy Brandon said, “The Curse of the Wild Thing.” Matt Medleycenter_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

Argonauts Finish Regular Season in Dominant Fashion, Win 100-50

first_img Photo by Ron Besser PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida women’s basketball team scored a season-high 100 points in their last game of the regular season, sailing past Concordia-Selma with their largest win margin this season, 100-50. Four seniors reached double digits in points on Senior Day, led by Amy Drake (Niceville, Fla./Winthrop) who went 8-11 from the field and 6-9 from the long range on the way to 22 points for the evening.  UWF improved to 14-13 overall and will take that record into the GSC Tournament next week.Two Argonauts also ended the game with season-high performances, as senior Caitlin Salak (Mattoon, Ill./Mattoon HS) scored 12 points off the bench, shooting 50 percent from the field. Senior Jamie Freeman (Mobile, Ala./Okaloosa-Walton CC) reached her season-high in two categories, sinking 10 points of her own and pulling down six boards to tie her performance against Palm Beach Atlantic earlier in the season. Senior Dominique Boykins (Houston, Texas./North Shore HS) also contributed 11 points, going 6-6 in free throws. Drake added nine assists to her team-leading 22 points to finish one assist shy of a double-double.West Florida began the first half on fire, with Concordia-Selma scoring the first basket before the Lady Argos went on an unanswered 14 point run during the first five minutes of the game.  The run started with back-to-back three pointers by senior Jessie Ivey (Jay, Fla./Jay HS) and Boykins, the first of her career. UWF’s shooting was 50 percent from the field during the first half, allowing them to jump out to a huge lead at the half 43-12. The Argonauts’ excellent shooting set them apart from the Hornets again during the second half, matching their effort from the beginning of the game by scoring 14 points during the first seven minutes before Concordia-Selma responded. Shooting only 16.7 percent during the first half, the Hornets came alive with 13 minutes remaining in the game, scoring 38 points in the second half with a 46.7 field goal percentage.  The effort was not enough though as the Argonauts shot 55 percent from the field during the final half, as sophomore Kirstin McIntyre (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Florida Southern) sunk the final layup of the game to score the 100th point before letting the clock run out. Defensively West Florida was strong as well, forcing 18 turnovers with 12 steals on the night while grabbing 51 boards, 38 of which were defensive. Two players for Concordia-Selma shot in the double digits, with Lamanda Sanders sinking 18 while Gabrielle Jones contributed 11. The Hornets shot 31.7 percent total for the game and grabbed 31 rebounds. With West Georgia’s loss at Alabama-Huntsville Monday evening, the West Florida women’s basketball team clinched a spot in the Gulf South Conference tournament and will continue on to play in the postseason for the first time since 2007. The Argonauts will travel to the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss. for the tournament, with their opponent to be determined.For more information on the GSC Tournament, visit www.gulfsouthconference.org.  For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img Argonauts Finish Regular Season in Dominant Fashion, Win 100-50last_img read more

Is a Possible Odell Beckham Jr. Trade the Mystery Behind Various Browns Players ‘Cryptic’ Tweets?

first_imgAfter a couple Browns players sent out some rather ‘interesting’ tweets that seemed to be pointing to a major roster addition/move coming, today everyone seems to be trying to decode exactly what that move might be.It’s not been a secret that there’s been some flirtation in the past between the Browns and Giants leading wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and it seems that a lot of these ‘cryptic’ tweets from players such as Jarvis Landry and Damarious Randall are pointing in the direction of making just that big of an addition to the Browns roster.Beckham is still a very young player at just 26 years old, and last season for the Giants hauled in 77 passes for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns.Plus he and Landry were teammates at LSU and remain good friends to this day, another reason that Landry seems to be well in the corner of getting Beckham to the Browns.So is that really the rumor that has Browns fans wondering today?It seems to be, at least from one NFL reporter, that being Benjamin Allbright, who tweeted out that the rumor is Beckham to the Browns in a deal that could include guard Kevin Zeitler and a variety of draft picks (Beckham isn’t going to come cheap).As Allbright points out though, this ‘rumor’ is not coming from a credible source, but with Browns players themselves tweeting about a possible big move, it’s worth watching. In other words – stay tuned. Since others wont, I will.Basically the rumor that’s out there, with many different variations is a Kevin Zeitler and draft picks plus another player for Odell Beckam.I cannot stress enough that that is a rumor, and not currently coming from any known credible source— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) March 6, 2019 Related TopicsBrownsfeaturedOdell Beckham Jr Matt Loedecenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more