Members of the LA Jazz Project entertain the audience with live jazz music. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Karen Easton worked with Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor to pick the French wines that perfectly paired with the food. Easton also donated her time to serve at the event, along with other volunteer servers Beth Bathrick, Beth Bouman, Jean Harris and Jennifer Harris. This year there were two seatings: An Afternoon in Provence and An Evening in Paris. Both featured French food and wine pairings, silent and live auctions, all in the relaxed setting of the Pig + Fig Café. For the third year in a row, the event sold out. LAPSF News: Jill Cook very graciously agreed to act as auctioneer again this year, facilitating lively auctions at both events. Volunteer Karen Easten, left, enjoys a quiet moment with the other wine servers in between courses. Photo by Leslie Bucklin LAHS instructor Becca Jones arranged for culinary students to once again help Pig +Fig to prepare the food. The students were Tiana Lopez and Haley Adams-Brown. The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is an independent organization that invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students. Since its inception in 2005, the LAPS Foundation has raised more than $1 million for Los Alamos public schools. The Foundation raises money through generous contributions from individuals and organizations who share the Foundation’s core values. To learn more about the LAPS Foundation and how to get involved and/or make a donation, visit lapsfoundation.com or call 505.500.6501. LAHS student helpers pose for a photo. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Laura Crucet and her team at Pig + Fig went above and beyond to plan, prepare and serve two incredible menus, each featuring five French dishes. Members of the LAHS Jazz Project, headed by LAMS Band Director Ryan Finn, charmed the audience with live music. They were Addie Richie, Evs Alexander, Kevin Bojorquez, Alexander Waters, Beth Short and Jackson Bell. Many businesses and individuals generously contributed to the auction: Albuquerque Isotopes;Blue Window Bistro;Bob’s Bodacious BBQ;Century Bank;China Moon;Chris and Helen Ortega;Classic Air Medical;Don Taylor’s Photography;EXIT Realty Advantage;Extended Play Photography;Float Los Alamos;Hal Davis;Hilltop Spa;Jill Cook;Julie Goen;LA Canvas Events;Los Alamos Daily Post;Los Alamos Fire Department;LAHS Prostart;Lance Eaton;LAPS Athletics;Los Alamos Concert Association;New Mexico United;Origami;Papa Murphy’s;PEEC;Petree Garden Center & Florist;Pig + Fig Café;Reel Deal Theater;Renee Mitsunaga;Richard Swenson;Ruby K’s;Ruby Magdalena Vineyards;Ryan Finn Quartet;Sandia Peak Tramway;Shelley Clark;Suzy Kroesche;Thom Mason;Tom Hill;Vintage Hair Co.;Viola’s;Windgate Healing Arts; and Zia Credit Union. The LAPS Foundation would like to sincerely thank everyone who made Taste of Knowledge such a great success again this year. Pig + Fig Café Executive Chef Laura Crucet oversees the main course at the LAPSF a ‘Taste Of Knowledge’ fundraiser. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Gathered at the LAPSF ‘An Evening in Paris’ fundraiser from left, LANL Director Thom Mason, his wife Jennifer, Barbara and Andy Phelps, Matt McKinley, his wife LAPSF Board President Melanie McKinley, LAPSF oard member Stephanie Archuleta and Jennifer Payne. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Members of the community turned out Aug. 25, to generously support education at the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual fundraiser, a “Taste Of Knowledge”. The event was a great success and raised a record-breaking $50,000 for Los Alamos Public Schools. Of the total raised, almost $30,000 was given during the paddle raise and through online donations from a number of extremely generous individuals. In addition, a number of LAHS student volunteers, including several members of the Key Club, volunteered many hours to help with setting up, managing the auction, serving food and cleaning up. The student volunteers were Christina Nisoli, Shena Han, Melisa Varol, Audrey Nolen, Andrew Watson, Max Corliss, Andy Corliss and LAPS Foundation student board members Isaac Ronning and Victoria Nisoli.
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Tokyo-based Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) today informed it plans to acquire a 5% share in Seajacks from Marubeni Corporation.With Seajacks’ vessels operating in the offshore wind market, MOL said this is a new offshore business for the company and the first step to move into the renewable energy sector through involvement in installation of offshore wind power generation systems, which is expanding in Europe and other areas around the world.The UK-based company is currently owned by Marubeni Corporation and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). In 2012, INCJ and Marubeni acquired Seajacks with 50:50 ownership stakes, with Marubeni buying 5% from INCJ two years later and becoming the major shareholder of the company.Being fully-owned by Japanese companies allows Seajacks to look to the Far East offshore wind market and be ready to tap into its opportunities, the company’s CEO Blair Ainslie told Offshore WIND in an interview from August 2016. Seajacks’ countries of interest there are Japan, Taiwan, Korea, with some opportunities being explored in China as well.Overall, the company is well positioned to do business across the offshore energy sector, since it owns and operates jack-up vessels that are capable of serving both offshore wind and oil and gas industries.Seajacks has a total of five vessels, including Seajacks Scylla – the world’s largest wind installation vessel. Three of the five vessels are smaller and built mainly for the oil and gas market, but also for offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M).Offshore WIND Staff
By Ron Bousso, Dmitry Zhdannikov and Rania El GamalLONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia and international oil companies have discussed gas venture opportunities inside the kingdom and abroad as part of the top crude-exporting country’s drive to diversify investments before the listing of national energy giant Saudi Aramco.Saudi officials explored investment opportunities with firms including BP and Chevron to help develop its gas reserves, the world’s sixth largest, at a time of booming energy demand at home, four industry sources told Reuters.Aramco has also looked into investing in gas ventures abroad, including with Italy’s Eni, the sources said.The development revives memories of talks between Aramco and global majors at the end of the 1990s and early 2000s, known as the Saudi gas initiative. Most of those talks collapsed as the parties disagreed over returns on investment.This time, Aramco is gearing up for a share listing next year, aiming to get a valuation of up to $2 trillion in what could be the world’s biggest initial public offering (IPO).Chevron, BP, Aramco and Eni declined to comment on talks.“We have a long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia, so it is not uncommon for us to talk to them. We’re always having discussions about business development. I don’t have anything particular to say about Saudi Arabia,” Chevron CEO John Watson told Reuters last week.BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley, who travelled to Saudi Arabia at the end of last year, said this year he wouldn’t rule out “creative partnerships” with Aramco but that an outright investment by BP in the IPO was unlikely.The kingdom has a long-term goal of increasing the use of gas for domestic power generation, thus reducing oil burning at home and freeing up more crude for export.This could help increase Aramco’s valuation as it generates more revenue from exports than selling oil at lower domestic prices – Saudi Arabia is the world’s fifth-biggest oil consumer despite being only the 20th-biggest economy.Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, who is also Aramco’s chairman, said last year that Aramco was interested in investing in international upstream ventures, particularly gas, and could invest in importing gas into the kingdom.Diversifying gas assets abroad would help Aramco achieve a better valuation and is attractive for investors, industry sources said. Riyadh also plans to raise domestic gas prices, a move seen as an incentive for foreign companies.NEW GAS STRATEGYAramco is preparing to reveal in the next few months a new gas strategy aimed at developing resources to keep pace with rising domestic demand, sources familiar with the discussions said.It comes as part of the kingdom’s push to diversify its economy away from oil, a strategy known as “Vision 2030”, amid a global drive to phase out the most polluting fossil fuels.Aramco wants nearly to double gas production to 23 billion standard cubic feet a day in the next decade.“IOCs (international oil companies) are waiting for that (strategy) to make their decisions,” one industry source familiar with the matter said.Another industry source said Energy Minister Falih had said in private meetings with Western oil executives that he wanted Aramco to partner with other companies in upstream projects.Two Saudi-based industry sources familiar with the discussions said BP’s Dudley had expressed an interest in investing in gas exploration in the Red Sea. However, the two sides have yet to hold any talks on the project.Aramco controls gas reserves in excess of 8 trillion cubic metres, according to BP’s annual energy review. The Saudi company has said it wants to explore for gas in the shallow waters of the Red Sea as well as onshore shale gas.SOUR MEMORIESSince gradually renationalising the industry in the 1970s, Saudi Arabia has not allowed the majors to develop its oil.The Saudi gas initiative of the 1990s was effectively an effort by the then-minister for oil, Ali al-Naimi, to thwart attempts by companies such as Exxon Mobil to partner with Riyadh in oil developments.In a book published last year, Naimi said he was convinced that as part of gas talks during that decade, oil majors hoped to acquire cheap Saudi reserves of gas condensate, a high-quality form of crude oil.The $25 billion gas initiative offered in 1997-98 had some of the world’s top oil companies such as Exxon and Shell expressing interest but struggling to agree terms.Riyadh later invited investors in 2003-2004 to find and produce gas in Rub Al Khail, a desert in the country’s southeast.Companies including Russia’s Lukoil, Shell and China’s Sinopec formed ventures with Aramco but have failed to find commercially viable deposits. They also complained about low domestic gas prices and high extraction costs.Russia’s Lukoil was the most recent foreign company to quit Saudi Arabia’s search for gas.However, Saudi Arabia last month slashed income tax on energy companies operating in the kingdom to make energy investments more attractive.“The terms will be better now,” an oil executive said.(Editing by Dale Hudson)
Equipment manufacturer Arjes has delivered its 500th Impaktor 250 EVO shredder, with recycling and scrap metal company Falk Wedekind the recipient.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Presentation time at the Arjes manufacturing facility in GermanyThe customer, which is based – like Arjes – in Germany offers container and transport services for mixed construction debris, construction and demolition waste and scrap metal, and well as demolishing flats, houses and other buildings. It employs 30 people and its subsidiary Falk Wedekind Metallrecycling was founded at the start of this year.Arjes CEO Thomas Hayn and area sales manager Chris Erbe handed over the machine to Falk Wedekind, the entrepreneur behind the company, at the Arjes manufacturing facility. They also presented a special certificate to mark the landmark sale.“The Impaktor 250 EVO will make sure there is order and cleanliness through direct shredding of the disposed materials dumped at the company grounds,”, said Falk Wedekind.“Until now a certain tonnage of disposed materials had to be collected before a treatment was feasible. The shredder is very compact and fuel efficient and can process a variety of different smaller amounts of material, and the quick-change function of the shafts allows to change shafts that are better suited for certain materials in no time at all.”
Applicants for QC status should not have to approach a judge for a favourable reference, the Law Society has said, suggesting that providing a list of substantial cases they had acted in would help remove the ’apparent bias’ against solicitor advocates. It was responding to a consultation by QC Appointments (QCA) on improving the appointments process to the historic rank. QCA has published two consultation papers on the appointments process – one regarding listing of cases and assessors and another on character and conduct. Responding to the listing consultation, the Law Society says the proposal to ask applicants to list all their substantial cases over a three year period, is a fairer bench mark than the current requirement to list only their 12 most important cases. The Society said: ’There is the perception that it is more difficult for a solicitor advocate, in comparison to a barrister, to approach a member of the judiciary and ask whether they will provide a favourable reference under the current QC scheme. If every substantial case is potentially one that would be subject to an assessment, there is less need and pressure to approach the judiciary and ask for a reference, which some solicitor advocates may find more challenging than a member of the bar’. It added that the vast majority of judges are former barristers.Meanwhile, the Bar Council said asking QC hopefuls about their personal background could help elicit information regarding alleged bullying, racist or sexist behaviour.Responding to the paper on character and conduct, the Bar Council said the question currently asked of applicants: ‘Is there anything else in your personal or professional background which could affect your suitability for appointment or bring the legal profession or QC into disrepute?’ could help call out potentially offensive behaviour.However, it said more detailed guidance is needed from QC Appointments in order to explain the purpose of the question.The council said the appointments scheme should require applicants to demonstrate all the behaviours expected of a QC to a standard of excellence and that the ’absence of regulatory sanction’ should not be seen as as determinative. Responding to a question on whether any conduct would merit removal of the QC title, the council said this should be done only in the event of disbarment. ’In light of extremely limited number of cases in which it might be appropriate to remove QC designation once it has been granted, the Bar Council does not see any justification for exploring with the Crown Office whether QC designation could be revoked more readily,’ it said.
EUROPE: Leasing company VTG is equipping its entire European wagon fleet with Nexiot zero-maintenance smart sensors which can send data to a control centre every 5 min to provide operators and shippers with better visibility of their assets.According to VTG Chief Executive Dr Heiko Fischer, this will produce a pan-European telematics system which will help to ‘create the transparency that rail freight transport so desperately needs’, and thus ‘strengthen rail freight’s position as the backbone of smart and sustainable logistics’.Daniel MacGregor, Director of Marketing & Sales at ETH Zürich spin-off company Nexiot, said the need to compete with road transport was driving demand for onboard monitoring technology, with customers demanding better visibility throughout the supply chain. Nexiot’s smart sensors are designed to be fitted to a wagon in less than 5 min. They harvest energy from their environment to make them self-sustaining, overcoming the limitations of using batteries on mobile assets that have no onboard power source.The sensors provide data including their location and any shock or impact events, with geographical and historical information combined with raw sensor data so that users can see the wider context, including estimated times of arrival, cargo loading or changes of transport mode.The data is processed in the Nexiot Cloud Engine so that VTG and other customers can make more informed decisions. For example, the provision of accurate mileage data for each wagon should enable significant cost savings to made through better use of condition-based maintenance.Customised geofencing enables customers to be alerted when wagons enter or leave a defined area such as a freight terminal, port or international border. Users can set up custom notifications so that they are informed only when something significant takes place, which Nexiot says is important when managing a large fleet.