KATHERINE ANN LAWRENCE Oct. 27, 1947 – Nov. 25, 2019Katherine Ann Lawrence, age 72, passed out of this world at her home on November 25, 2019, following a stroke in late September.Her final days were spent in her beautiful home, cared for by her husband, sons, mother, sister, brothers, and close friends, We loved her very much, and it has been so terribly hard to say goodbye.Kathy’s story began in New Haven, Connecticut, where she was born, the second of six children, to Stephanie and Stephen Sydoriak on October 27, 1947, the second of what was to be six children. Her parents, first-generation Ukrainian-Americans were then graduate students in physics at Yale University. In 1948, the family moved to Los Alamos, where her father, Steve did cryogenics research at the Laboratory.Kathy grew up in the Western Area, attending nearby Mesa Primary, then Pueblo Junior High, and finally Los Alamos High School, where she graduated with honors in 1965. In Junior High, she became engaged in creative crafts: dolls, dollhouses, period rooms with miniature furniture, and Ukrainian Easter Eggs. With considerable research, she made the doll clothes to exact period specifications. Her work became outstanding, winning prizes at local and state exhibitions. Kathy also became the driving force behind the annual Sydoriak family musicals – writing, organizing, and whispering forgotten lines to her younger siblings.Unfortunately, Kathy inherited a severe life handicap in the form of clinical depression. Her parents worked with several psychiatrists over the years to help her overcome it and succeed in life, but it continued a major struggle. After high school, she focused her energy and talent into the world of miniatures. In 1966 she volunteered at the then-developing Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe, where she restored retablos and bultos. She made miniature copies of these works, which sold at the museum shop. She later worked with Alexander Girard at his studio, restoring materials for his fantastic folk dioramas and displays, which she helped set up at the museum. In her own workshop, she also created a detailed scale model of the beautiful Santuario de Chimayo altar, which was commissioned by a collector friend of Spanish colonial-arts-scholar E. Boyd.In 1966, Kathy met her husband George, then a recently-arrived young Los Alamos Lab physicist, in the International Folk Dancing group led by Don and Alice Liska. Kathy and George felt an immediate attraction that quickly extended beyond dancing. They were married on October 4, 1968, honeymooning in San Francisco.Soon after moving into a newly-built home in White Rock, they had two sons, David and Stephen, in quick succession. Kathy turned out to be a wonderful full-time mom, and while depression always hovered in the darkness, she persevered with great courage. With George’s and her family’s support, she raised her two children into the amazing and successful human beings that they have now long been. All too soon, David and Stephen were away in college at UCSD, giving Kathy more time to focus on the crafts she loved. Taking up quilting, with the help of increasingly sophisticated sewing machines, she became a master quilter, piling her energy into a growing number of projects, many of which became sensational gifts to family members.In 1993, when new residential lots became available near the Guaje Pines Cemetery, Kathy jumped at the opportunity to build her dream home in the forest. She took the lead in working with a local designer to come up with a beautiful house with a big wooded yard – perfect for living, crafting, and family gatherings. She and George have loved being there for the past nearly 25 years.Kathy’s battle with depression caught up with her in the new century, and led to declining physical health. Decades-long antidepressant meds caused deterioration of kidney function. Although this was turned around in 2006 by a transplant from son David, a sequence of other health problems followed over the years, resulting in various physical handicaps. But 2012 marked the arrival of wonderful grandson Dmitri, sparking a passion for internet gift searches at birthdays and Christmas. Quilting continued in the face of the handicaps, and despite everything, this was a mostly happy time.Kathy, our much loved wife, mother, and daughter is survived by: her husband George Lawrence of Los Alamos, NM; son David Lawrence of Boulder, CO; son Stephen Lawrence of Salt Lake City, UT; mother Stephanie Sydoriak of Los Alamos, NM; brothers Sid Sydoriak of Los Alamos, NM, Eugene Sydoriak of Spokane, WA, Walter Sydoriak of Ashland, OR; sister Chris Sydoriak of Longmont, CO; and grandson Dmitri Lawrence of Salt Lake City, UT.A memorial celebration of Kathy’s life will be held at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos on Saturday January 18, 2020, at 2:00 pm.
The outcome was in line with economists’ forecasts, although market expectations of a move have increased somewhat in recent days. Most believe the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee will reduce rates in February, when the bank releases new forecasts on growth and inflation in its quarterly Inflation Report. The bank announced its decision without comment, noting only that the minutes of this week’s meeting would be published on 23 January. The Monetary Policy Committee cut rates in December for the first time since August 2005, following a policy tightening cycle that only ended in July 2007, and which saw rates raised to a six-year high of 5.75% from only 4.5% a year before.‘The decision to hold was most likely not unanimous,’ said Paul Guest, director of Jones Lang LaSalle’s UK research team in response to the news. ‘Financial conditions are easing following last month’s interventions and we are witnessing the upside risks to inflation on the rise. ‘Contrary to expectations early last year, utilities prices continue to escalate. Big hikes were recently announced by NPower and its rivals are expected to follow suit, while crude oil prices continue to nudge $100 a barrel. ‘This will reverse the recent sub-trend growth of home energy prices and add to escalating food price inflation, where tariffs are advancing at more than twice the rate of headline CPI growth. ‘To complicate the picture, wage growth is accelerating, with the latest upswing in the retail prices index combined with a tight labour market putting negotiating power into the hands of workers. This could boost headline inflation further ahead of the 2% target. In November, the main index was up 2.1% year-on-year.’
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DOF ASA’s Brazilian subsidiary Norskan has been awarded two four year charter contracts by Petrobras. The contracts are for Skandi Copacabana and Skandi Paraty.Skandi Copacabana’s new contract will commence in March 2014 in direct continuation of its existing contract. Skandi Paraty’s contract will commence upon expected delivery from the Vard Promar building yard 1st Quarter 2015.The estimated aggregate value of the contracts is approx. NOK 1,15 billion.Skandi Copacabana is an AHTS of UT 722 L design built in Brazil in 2005. Skandi Paraty is an AHTS under construction in Brazil of Vard AH11 design. DOF, February 23, 2014
ITV Legal has launched a new pro bono initiative with City firm Lovells as part of an innovative partnership programme with its panel law firms. The ITV Legal pro bono bank gives in-house lawyers at ITV the opportunity to take part in Lovells’ pro bono work. The scheme will be used to provide a new monthly legal advice clinic in conjunction with Body and Soul, a charity supporting children and families affected by HIV. The partnership, believed to be the first of its kind, was launched last week as part of ITV Legal’s excellence and responsibility programme. It is designed to foster closer links between ITV’s in-house legal team and its panel law firms, to enhance training and development. The programme, involving City firms Lovells, Addleshaw Goddard, Olswang, DLA Piper, Slaughter and May, Charles Russell and Wiggin, is led by ITV’s director of legal affairs, Barry Matthews. Addleshaw Goddard will run a ‘mini MBA’ project designed to enhance the commercial awareness of the ITV lawyers, while Olswang and DLA Piper will provide workshops on contract and IP law. The scheme will also see up to eight ITV trainees spending six-month secondments with panel firms. Matthews said: ‘Legally focused support and development is equally important for in-house lawyers as it is for those in private practice. This unique programme, a first for an in-house legal team, will benefit all our legal and business affairs staff.’
The building was constructed and an opening was left in the roof just large enough for the accelerator and associated parts to be lifted in.First a 600-tonne capacity Terex AC500-2 cranes lifted in the gantry arms and counterweights, which were installed first, before the 40-tonne proton accelerator was also lifted into the building on its frame using two 3 m slings on the top, four 6 m slings on the bottom and eight shackles.The load was rigged with a 2.4 m spreader bar before the cargo was guided into the opening with only a few inches clearance, explained Crane Rental.After the cyclotron had been lifted in, two 5-tonne chain hoists, six 10-tonne chain hoists and two 20-tonne chain hoists, with ten dynamometers to check the weight and tension on each hoist and the shackles, were used to rotate the gantry arms and counterweights that would hold the cyclotron at a 135-degree angle.Constant monitoring of the dynamometers was critical in order to avoid overloading the lifting equipment or putting unnecessary strain on the gantry arm and supporting infrastructure. The rigging also had to be repositioned several times during the movement of each component to avoid damaging the equipment, said Crane Rental.After the cyclotron has been installed, a temporary roof cover was placed on it using chains, before a crane used a 5.2 m spreader bar, eight 12-tonne rolling blocks, 18 slings and 30 shackled to lift the 1.5 m thick concrete roof sections into place. www.cranerental.com
The finished bridge will be 350 m long and will consist of 42 separate elements – 22 of which have now arrived in the Swedish city.The components were loaded onto the Symphony Spirit in Bilbao, using the vessel’s two cranes in a tandem lift. The heaviest item weighed 149 tonnes and the total weight of the shipment was 1,774 tonnes. The journey from Spain to Sweden took five days.Tschudi Logistics Denmark was responsible for finding and chartering a suitable vessel for the job; designing the transport scope; loading and discharging the oversized elements; and lashing and securing of the cargo.Tschudi Logistics Sweden (located in central Gothenburg) oversaw the unloading process, again using the Symphony Spirit’s cranes.Thomas Vestergaard, chief commercial officer at Tschudi Logistics Group, said: “We started our preparations as early as 2015 and it is a delight to see how all of our hard work is coming together in a smooth operation. To ensure optimal handling of cargo, we were present on site, both in Bilbao for loading and here in Gothenburg for discharge.”tschudilogistics.com
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has finally unveiled its new voluntary code of conduct for members dealing with RTA victims.The representative body had promised last year to produce a re-drawn set of principles after civil just reforms placed more emphasis on third-party capture, where claimants are tied into settlements by their insurance company.The ABI said its new code, signed by 15 leading insurance firms, will ensure the interests of customers with a personal injury claim are protected.Under the code, insurers will:Ensure policyholders are made aware of their options when choosing a lawyer, including any links the insurer may have with them;Emphasise the customer’s right to choose their own legal representative;Not apply, or use firms who may apply, pressure such as cold-calling on customers to claim;Not share personal information with a third party if they have said they would not pursue a claim;Ensure that any third parties recommended to handle a claim will not increase legal costs for at-fault insurer.Paul Evans, chairman of ABI’s general insurance council management committee, said: ‘Insurers campaigned over many years for much-needed reforms to the civil justice system, and remain committed to paying fair compensation to genuinely injured claimants as quickly as possible.‘This code – which insurers initiated and drafted – helps to ensure that both the letter and the spirit of these reforms are embedded into the insurance industry’s everyday practice.’The code was prompted by the government’s decision to slash fixed claimant costs for low-value RTA claims from £1,200 to £500 last April.That increased the likelihood of claimants being left without legal representation, though the government shied away from raising the small claims court limit later that year – a move that would have taken lawyers out of the low-value process altogether.When he made that decision, justice secretary Chris Grayling also pledged to end insurers’ practice of ‘making offers to settle claims without requiring medical reports’.The insurance lobby will hope this latest move will satisfy the government that it can self-police without the need for legislation.The ABI added that its new code should ‘strike the right balance’ between customers’ legal rights and their ability to file a claim within a system that does not encourage speculative and exaggerated claims.John Spencer, vice-president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, said the code is ‘broadly welcome’ in its aspiration.’For instance, encouraging ABI members not to add unnecessary cost to the process is vital. However, it will not provide a substitute for the absolute imperative for the injured person to be independently represented. This fundamental requirement is missing from the code.’Signatories to the new code are Admiral and its sister companies (Diamond, Elephant and Bell), Ageas, Allianz, Aviv, AXA, Co-operative Insurance, Covea Insurance, Direct Line Group, Ecclesiastical, Esure, LV, NFU Mutual, RSA, Skyfire Insurance Company Limited and Tradex Insurance Company.The full code can be found at the ABI website.
Is it time companies incorporated menstrual leave in their work policies? Well, this is an issue that is fast gaining worldwide attention.Companies in the United Kingdom are mulling creating a ‘period policy’ to give women time off work during their monthly cycles.This new initiative seems to be getting more popularity across the world, and it aims to create a happier and more productive work environment for females.In some regions across the world, Africa in particular, periods are still considered a taboo and as such, women may feel embarrassed to admit they are in pain.Menstrual leave began in Japan way back in 1947, but has never been well received globally.Lately however, the issue has obtained more recognition, and countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, and Indonesia have put laws in place to allow women take time off work when they are undergoing their monthly periods.Most recently, the Chinese province of Anhui has agreed to give women paid monthly leave if they produce a doctor’s letter.Giant sportswear company Nike is thought to be the only worldwide company to officially include menstrual leave as part of their code of conduct.
Large quantities of wholesome, quality milk are the major goals of dairy producers. However, dairymen also contribute to the beef supply each year through elimination of market (cull) cows and bulls. Approximately one-third of the total non-fed beef production originates from dairy cows, and one-half of all cows processed for beef in the U.S. are dairy cattle. Furthermore, six million dairy calves enter the food chain as feeder or veal calves each year. About 250 million Americans eat beef each week.advertisementadvertisementThe beef industry has conducted three National Market Cow and Bull Beef Quality Audits since 1994. Goals of these audits, funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, were to develop strategies for improving beef quality and minimizing economic losses. A previous audit in 1999 concluded that dairy producers were losing approximately $70 for every cow and bull marketed due to quality defects.A popular misconception is that the majority of beef from market cattle is used for ground beef; therefore, it is thought that handling, and the timely marketing of dairy cattle is of less concern. This notion is inaccurate! Surprisingly, meats from the rib, loin and round from market animals are removed and marketed as higher-quality cuts of beef. Products from the rib and round areas are used to form deli and steak sandwich meats. Rib eye steaks and tenderloins from market cows and bulls are marketed to “family” steak houses.The purpose of the 2007 audit was to compare current results with findings from the 1994 and 1999 audits. There are a number of management and marketing strategies that producers may implement to prevent monetary losses and improve the quality of beef from culled animals. Several areas of animal handling and management had improved in 2007 compared to previous years including reduced number of downer cattle, less hide damage from brands, fewer horns, less arthritic joints and a more desirable fat color; however, there was still room for improvement.Injection site lesionsOne of the major quality defects in culled dairy cattle is injection site lesions and abscesses. In the 2007 audit, dairy cattle had more visible injection-site blemishes than beef cows (11 percent versus 2 percent). Injection site lesions cost the U.S. beef industry $0.66 per head or an annual total of $4.2 million dollars. A Colorado State University study found 58 percent of rounds from dairy carcasses had at least one injection site. The majority of these abscesses were in the back of the leg and were the result of swelling associated with intramuscular injections.Dairy producers should avoid intramuscular injections whenever other routes of administration are available; most animal drugs are labeled for subcutaneous injection. If no alternative, administer all injectable products in the neck or shoulder region to reduce the incidence of injection site lesions. Furthermore, no more than 10 cubic centimeters (cc) of any product should be administered in any one injection site.advertisementYoung cattle are just as susceptible to lesions. Intramuscular injections of young calves were still present in the carcass 380 days after injection in one research study.Drug residuesDairy cows and veal calves are the two classes of cattle with the greatest violation of antibiotic residues according to the USDA National Residue Monitoring program. Occurrence of antibiotic residues is due to inadequate clearance time between administration and slaughter, and extra-label usage of health products. Extra-labeled product use must be avoided unless a valid veterinarian/client/patient relationship has been established. Furthermore, withdrawal time is often not the same for both meat and milk.It is not common practice on dairy farms to weigh cows prior to administering medication, increasing the possibility of over (or under) medicating cows and affecting the expected withdrawal periods. A New Mexico State University study concluded that additional feeding (30 to 60 days) of cows treated with penicillin would ensure that the antibiotic withdrawal times were exceeded. Many of the antibiotic residue concerns involving the dairy industry also could be decreased with proper on-farm medical records.Lame cattleDisabled cows pose a major challenge to the entire beef industry. More dairy cows (49 percent) were lame in the 2007 audit than in the 1994 (23 percent) and 1999 (39 percent) audits; the number of lame dairy bulls was decreased in 2007 compared to previous years. Four percent of all cattle observed in holding pens prior to harvest were classified as ‘very disabled.’ An average of $70 is lost for every disabled cow processed. Processing costs increase because of excessive trimming due to increased bruising and the likelihood that the carcass will be condemned. Dairy producers can decrease the incidence of lame cattle by selling market animals prior to deterioration of health. This will increase economic returns and more importantly safeguard the image of the dairy industry.Body conditionBody condition score of dairy cattle is usually measured on a scale of 1 (very thin) to 5 (obese). According to the 2007 audit, approximately 63 percent of market dairy cattle had body condition scores of 2.5 and lower at the time of harvest, while 3 percent of dairy cows had excess fat cover (greater than 4.5 body condition score). Cows in poor condition are more susceptible to bruising and possible injury during transit from the auction to the packer. Cows with excess body condition must be trimmed in order to market a more desirable beef product.Dairy producers should evaluate individual market cows and consider management strategies, such as supplemental feeding, to increase body condition while minimizing carcass bruises and the incidence of carcass condemnation. Managing thin cows to obtain adequate body condition and preventing well-conditioned cows from becoming too fat will increase carcass quality and net profit.advertisementManage, monitor and marketThe bottom line concluded from all three audits was it pays to do things right, on the farm, during transit, at auction and in the packing plant.The keys to improving the quality and economic value of market cattle are management, monitoring and marketing. If dairy producers manage cattle to minimize quality defects by eliminating injection site lesions and drug residues, economic returns from beef harvested from market dairy cattle will increase. Likewise, monitoring herd health and body condition should reduce the incidence of lame cows and condemned carcasses.Supplemental feeding of excess cows prior to marketing may be a viable option for dairy producers. Additional time on feed prior to marketing may improve bodyweight and condition, and decrease the incidence of carcass condemnation and antibiotic residues in the meat tissues of market cows. However, health and the ability to gain weight are extremely variable in market cows and not all cows are suitable candidates for additional feeding protocols.Marketing at the right time of year could increase economic returns to the dairy producer. Data collected from 1995 to 2003 by the USDA show seasonal effects on the selling price of market beef and dairy cows, with lower prices during November and December and higher prices during March, April and May. Monitoring the health of market cattle is of the utmost importance. Cows and bulls that have outlived their productive life are no longer an asset, but a liability. Cattle that cannot be marketed in a timely and prudent manner should be humanely euthanized on the farm in order to prevent suffering, protect public health and safeguard our food supply.Since the first non-fed beef quality audit in 1994, dairy producers have moved aggressively to ‘do the right thing’ and enhance the quality of beef harvested. Implementation of proactive management, monitoring and marketing strategies will ensure the integrity of the beef industry, improve economic returns and minimize mandated scrutiny from regulatory agencies. PDAuthor note: Contact the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to obtain a copy of the 2007 audit.