By BERNADETTE LAURITZENExecutive DirectorLos Alamos Retired & Senior OrganizationMy Love Warriors staff at the Los Alamos and White Rock senior centers and our Donor Angels, have made week two of our shut down as uplifting as a pandemic could be during hard times.While I write to keep the community updated, I also write, I assume in a therapeutic way, and we might not realize it, to document our living history.We instantly started a program called Senior Services, to allow my staff to shop for our members and pick up prescriptions. We also allowed community members to donate funds for the program, canned goods and non-perishables or send cards, letters and notes of encouragement to brighten the day of our elders.Local Facebook pages have allowed for small instant requests that are imperative needs for people that might seem trivial. I had a need for Minute Rice for a senior with dietary needs, the shelves were bare for days. I put the request out and the next day, several boxes arrived on site.If you have ever cared for someone that is frail and elderly, especially while the world is melting around you, a little Minute Rice goes a long way.I keep having flashbacks to the cartoon Underdog. “Here we come to save the day!” To those who are younger … as the kids would say, Google it. The difference is like the old adage of throwing the pebble in the pond, I get to see the ripples in action.I am eager to get to work and see what is in the donation box. We wipe it off with disinfecting wipes, place it on a table, and get it to the people who need it.The Senior Services project has requested donations by Pay Pal online or through the mail with Senior Services in the memo line. We welcome the donation of Smith’s or Co-op Market gift cards and they have arrived at both sites. I think today we are expecting some fresh eggs, because when seniors tell us their grocery needs, there are some items we warn them might not be on the shelves.Yesterday the need was for a frail senior who is vegetarian and gluten free. Since I am neither I posted the request and said while the Minute Rice was an instant need, I had a senior who would have a longer-term request. I always maintain confidentiality, but the questions and suggestions were immediate. I confessed I didn’t know much but would know more on Thursday.The questions kept coming, and I limit myself to time online because home is family time. So, I confessed again, the senior started to cry as we were speaking, the thought that someone could be so kind, when we didn’t know each other. I asked them to take their time, make a small list and we would create a plan tomorrow.Thank you everyone, I’ve never been happier to live here. Oh, and this morning the great crew at Morning Glory Doughnuts and the Los Alamos Police Department have doughnuts waiting for us. They are doing their part to lift spirits.James at Aspen Copies has printed our newsletter early and I can’t wait to get that in the hands of the United States Postal Service. All of my people don’t do technology, so today is a very important day.
AOC presents its GP surgery concept at Mipim UKAOC’s presentation was based on its work on Pembroke House in London, where the practice is working with a major local health partner and statutory funders to create a GP surgery that is integrated with the community. “Pembroke House offers a friendly and supportive space for everyone, with an inclusive volunteering programme tailored to each person’s needs,” said director Tom Coward.At the centre of the building is what Coward described as a “living room”. “It’s a space in the centre of the community for wellbeing partners to offer joined-up services,” he said. “There is a shift in understanding of consultation, the vital joined-up conversation over time that provides an articulate prescription of care in response to complex needs.”To make the living room financially viable, the scheme includes a back-office space where administrators can support multiple GP practices by making use of modern technology. In addition, the space hosts hot-desking facilities for community health workers and related professionals. According to Coward, the model is replicable elsewhere and could be used to update the NHS’s existing estate.Judges’ verdict: The judges praised AOC for reusing the existing estate and focusing on wellbeing.Gatti Routh Rhodes ArchitectsFor his pitch, Gatti Routh Rhodes director Richard Gatti focused on the company’s redevelopment of a 1950s building in Bethnal Green, east London, which was previously home to both a church and GP surgery. The idea was to take what was already a mixed-use building and run with it. “So the structure and materiality of the church bleaches into the rest of the building and provides space for community activity,” he said. Salway said that to optimise the design, Softroom would need “a proper period of immersion” into the world of NHS Property Services, but he spelled out some broad themes focused on transforming the patient experience by viewing them as customers.“Upon arrival at the GP, with most admin tasks already completed remotely, patients could be welcomed by a greeter, who could provide assistance where needed and importantly help humanise the experience [see above image],” he said. “The entrance could also feature health-related pop-ups to bring activity into the space and increase wellbeing awareness.“Moving inside, the commercial sector has taught us that even simple rebranding can help reframe our thinking and unlock possibilities. So rather than ‘waiting rooms’ that suggest time lost, they could become ‘lounges’ or ‘living rooms’ – like our Eurostar lounge in Paris that actually makes missing a train a bonus,” added Salway.Judges’ verdict: The judges praised Salway for his focus on changing the nature of the patient experience, as well as the simple rebranding of waiting areas to create a lounge experience. They felt that approaching the design from an outsider’s perspective actually helped his pitch.AOC Architecture Here, Property Week presents a summary of the seven ideas that were pitched and reveals the winning practice.Winning submission – SoftroomWhile acknowledging that his company had little experience of designing medical facilities, Softroom director Oliver Salway said that it had “evolved a specialism providing highly imaginative but carefully thought-through spaces that function beautifully”. Architects have a vital role to play ensuring that GP surgeries help make the links between clinical care and other organisations and initiatives aimed at keeping people healthy, he argued. “Future designs for GP surgeries will help deliver this, becoming more accessible and relevant to both the well and the sick and providing new spaces to actively support good health and social care,” he said.Judges’ verdict: The judges thought Linnell’s presentation included some effective images and made a persuasive case about his practice’s credibility and ability. However, they said they would have liked him to share more thoughts on future projects.Pilbrow & Partners“Why are environments for healing so rarely uplifting spaces?” asked senior founding partner Fred Pilbrow at the start of his pitch. “By the time you see your doctor you’re already in a deep gloom because you’ve had to negotiate tortuous, poorly lit, airless spaces.” Pilbrow said that his company was currently on site with a facility for UCLH. “We brought the patient areas to the facade, so you’re in a clear, logical sequence of spaces – daylit, lofty and clear,” he said. “Go up to the roof and there is a garden for staff and patients.”He added that future GP surgeries need to reflect the fact that consultations increasingly take place online or in group environments and focus on health and wellbeing as well as pharmaceutical solutions.“That has profound implications for the studio in terms of more open-plan spaces,” he said. “Let’s get the digital filing to free up office space and the receptionist out from behind her wall to make a better environment for patients in the future.”Judges’ verdict: The judges described Pilbrow as a seasoned public speaker and said that his presentation had been visually exciting. They also liked the idea that GP surgeries should be uplifting spaces for healing.White Red ArchitectsWhite Red Architects director Dicky Lewis opened his pitch by offering a picture of his fiancée at work as a GP.“As you can see, she works in a small room with no windows,” he said. “Can you imagine bringing a patient in a wheelchair in here?”Lewis said that medical professionals were currently working on incredible advances in healthcare. “But why isn’t this reflected in the design of hospitals and GP surgeries?” he asked. “We need to design for the future, for the ageing population, for the welfare of patients and doctors.” Producing a model with spaces for exercise and other wellbeing activities at the centre of his proposed building, Lewis said that preventative solutions needed to become a fundamental part of the surgery of the future.“Prevention needs to be located within the GP’s practice,” he said. “There needs to be space made available for preventative measures. We see this space as the core of the GP practice. It could be that the GP surgery of the future is somewhere you go more often in health than in sickness.”Judges’ verdict: The idea of visiting more in health than in sickness caught the judges’ attention. So too did the idea of meshing the preventative measures into the design of the building. They also appreciated the focus on providing a good working environment for professionals as well as visiting patients. Cannon added that the whole idea must be to knit surgeries into the communities they serve. “We want to see barriers broken down and surgeries to be seen as extensions to the public realm,” he said. “Greater permeability should allow for an outward-looking perspective to alleviate the claustrophobia of the waiting room. We see no reason this can’t be provided retrospectively in the existing estate.”Judges’ verdict: The judges praised Cannon’s use of diagrams as a storytelling device, as well as the idea of the surgery as an extension to the public realm. They said this was something that the NHS would like to encourage in the future; so too was the reuse of the existing estate.Henley HalebrownHenley Halebrown studio director Craig Linnell opened his pitch by describing four GP surgery projects his practice designed between 2003 and 2012. “The designs for all the buildings focused on patient experience and creating efficient, adaptable and flexible facilities,” he said.Linnell went on to describe the challenges facing the NHS and how it planned to respond. “The NHS five-year forward view includes stronger links between health and social care, shifting the agenda from treatment to prevention and engaging and equipping communities to self-help,” he said. In addition to a church, GP surgery and recreation space, the new building includes storage space for a food bank that doubles as accommodation for homeless people, as well as a café. “The café is on the most prominent corner of the site,” said Gatti. “It encourages people to get over the threshold and access community services within.”In order to fund the community spaces, the project includes apartments on the upper levels, something that Gatti said could easily be done on other redevelopment projects. “There is the potential for this partnership working to produce mixed-use buildings that can be supported by residential accommodation above,” he said.Judges’ verdict: According to the judges, Gatti delivered a strong message about the underdevelopment of NHS buildings. They also said that the concept of a truly mixed-use, community-orientated building chimed well with NHS strategy.GruffGruff director Rhys Cannon opened his pitch by stating that the GP surgery of the future had to be about more than medical services. “We think that GP provision is a means of wayfinding through to a variety of other clinical referrals, community services and lifestyle choices,” he said. “The building’s design must reflect this and aid the growing trend of ‘social prescribing’ [a way of linking patients in primary care with sources of support within the community] or treatments beyond those solely under the umbrella of the NHS.”Cannon underscored the importance of the entrance to the building being as welcoming as possible. “The role of the reception is vital in providing moments of human contact and helping to combat social isolation,” he said. “These interpersonal interactions can so often make or break the experience of visiting a GP.”
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Singapore’s Keppel begins “first of its kind” conversion of Golar’s LNG carrier into an FLNGV.Following the announcement of 25 June 2014, Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has announced that the contract which it has entered into with Golar Hilli Corporation (Golar), a subsidiary of Golar LNG Ltd, to perform the world’s first-of-its-type conversion of an existing Moss LNG carrier, the Hilli, into a Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNGV), has become effective. The contract is worth approximately US$735 million.In carrying out the FLNGV conversion, Keppel Shipyard shall be responsible for the provision of the design, detailed engineering and procurement of the marine systems and all of the conversion-related construction services. Keppel Shipyard’s scope also includes engaging Black & Veatch to provide design, procurement and commissioning support services for the topsides and liquefaction process. Black & Veatch’s PRICO® technology has been selected for the liquefaction process because of its long-established record in the marketplace.This contract, which includes options for another two similar units, follows the completion of a year-long Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study by Keppel Shipyard and Black & Veatch. The FEED study was conducted as part of the terms of a term sheet agreement with Golar to convert up to three LNG carriers into FLNG vessels.The conversion has been approved in principle by DNV in accordance with their classification rules and international standards. The FLNGV will take about 31 months to convert and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.Michael Chia, Managing Director (Marine & Technology), Keppel O&M, said, “The FEED study for Golar has come into fruition with the award of the world’s first FLNG conversion project to Keppel Shipyard. We are excited to collaborate with trend-setting partners such as Golar and Black & Veatch. Keppel Shipyard had successfully delivered to Golar the world’s first Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) back in 2008, which was followed by two more similar units.“It is an honour to be entrusted once again by Golar with this definitive FLNG vessel, which reaffirms Keppel’s leadership in complex offshore conversion projects. We see this project as another excellent opportunity to offer innovative solutions to help address the growing midstream needs in bringing small and mid-scale LNG to market to meet the rising global demand for energy. Mid-sized FLNG solutions such as this one offer a faster and more cost effective liquefaction solution.”According to the Douglas-Westwood World FLNG Market Forecast, the global FLNG industry is expected to attract more than US$65 billion of investments through to 2020, driven by rising costs of onshore LNG terminals. Asia-Pacific, in particular, is expected to draw a majority of investments in the FLNG sector with its sizeable line-up of regasification and liquefaction projects.Detailed design and engineering activities will start shortly, and the Hilli will be delivered to Keppel Shipyard within 2014 to initiate renewal of key marine systems onboard the vessel while the manufacturing of topsides commences.The above contract is not expected to have any material impact on the net tangible assets and earnings per share of Keppel Corporation Limited for the current financial year. [mappress]Press Release, July 03, 2014
According to the report, For Richer, For Poorer, Global Patterns of Wealth, the four nations that make up the so-called BRIC nations – Brazil, Russia, India and China – will be responsible for 40 percent of global economic growth over the next decade.The report also states that: “Companies and governments in the developed world have to face up to the reality that there will be a further shift in the economic balance of power in the years ahead.”In what could be good news for companies involved in the movement of heavy lift and project cargoes which will be required to build infrastructure in the four nations, the report also said that the BRIC nations – the largest of the plethora of emerging global economies – would account for one-third of the world’s GDP by 2020, led by China.It also said that emerging economies currently control 77 percent of the world’s reserves.What do you think? Let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
UNABLE to agree terms with the last of five potential bidders, the Argentinian government has quietly shelved its plans to sell a 79% stake in metre-gauge freight operator Belgrano Cargas to the private sector (RG 6.05 p350). Negotiations with a consortium led by EMEPA are reported to have foundered largely on the question of debt, with the last bidder offering to take on US$28m of liabilities which are believed to total $50m.The Belgrano dossier has now been passed to Uniren, the federal body responsible for renegotiating Argentina’s freight concessions, and options could include a state-owned infrastructure company charging train operators for access. But it appears that the government will retain the 79% stake plus the 1% it intended to keep as a ’golden share’. Current operator Unión Ferroviaria holds the remaining 20%, and the railway union is likely to resist any attempt to transfer its holding by launching a court claim for US$250m of investment promised when it was granted a 30-year concession in 1999, but never received.Meanwhile, pressure is growing from local politicians for speedy investment in the crumbling Belgrano network, particularly in northwestern Argentina where cheaper, more reliable rail transport is seen as key to future economic development based on export crops. Juan Carlos Romero, Governor of Salta province, said on June 15 that ’the provinces must work together’, calling on the federal government to ensure that a sum of around 200m pesos is made available.Romero also stressed that those provinces served only by the Belgrano network, such as his own, should be given priority when it comes to improving operations. According to Salta newspaper El Tribuno, ’moving a consignment of cereals to Rosario by lorry costs exactly the same as transporting it, by boat, from the port of Rosario to Europe’.According to its General Manager Horacio Díaz Hermelo, broad-gauge freight operator Nuevo Central Argentino might be interested in making a bid for the Belgrano once future investment requirements are known – US$200m over five years in his opinion. NCA obtained the tender documentation for the last attempt at Belgrano privatisation, but in the end declined to submit a bid.
“As we were sleeping, I suddenly heard sounds of gunshots and we were all scared. But when the gunshots stopped, we then came out of the house to see what was happening, only to see dead bodies lying and some houses were also burnt,” he said.The 409 Brigade Commander, Jackson Kayanja, said: “We ask the locals to work with the police and the army in order to identify these criminals by providing information. We shall ensure that security is tightened so that no such acts occur again.” According to a resident of Oduk Village in Paidha Town council, Mr Charles Wanican, the unknown men who he alleges were over 100 attacked the UPDF detach. One suspect has so far been arrested. The Resident District Commissioner, also head of security, Mr Andrew Kajoyingi, said: “It is not good for civilians to attack soldiers. We are yet getting the information on the scene and will get back to you.”The attackers also burnt nine grass thatched houses in the detach. Related Three civilians killed in Tripoli airstrike, Libya Uganda Tennis A police Crime scene detective at the detach that was burnt by the locals in Paidha down council last night. PHOTO BY PEACE GIRAMIA In July 2018, locals of Pelele village in Chiaba Parish in Logiri Sub-county attacked and killed three UPDF soldiers in Arua district. AMISOM charges three soldiers for killing seven civilians in Somalia Three people have been killed after some unknown civilians attacked Oduk UPDF detach in Zombo Town Council, in Zombo District, Uganda late last night.A police Crime scene detective at the detach that was burnt by the locals in Paidha down council last night. PHOTO BY PEACE GIRAMIAThe three were killed by the soldiers who retaliated, and were among the civilians who attacked the detach.
LocalNews Union worried about employees’ future by: – January 9, 2014 7 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! Share General Secretary of the DPSU, Thomas Letang speaking to reporters on Thursday morning.General secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union, Thomas Letang has expressed concern about the future of over one hundred employees of the Public Works Corporation. Government announced last month that plans are afoot to construct a hotel estimated at US$70-million at the Public Works Corporation site on Goodwill Road. Additionally, a team of officials from a Chinese firm inspected the site for the purpose of constructing the hotel in December, 2013. “The future of the employees is another major issue for the Union, Letang told members of the press on Thursday, January 9, 2014.According to Letang, neither the employees nor the Union have received official word from the authorities as to where the Corporation will be relocated to. “Nobody has indicated to us what the future of the employees is, whether they will be relocated somewhere, whether they will be continued to be employed so that is a big issue”.Some employees of the Corporation with their union representative on Thursday.Letang, who described this as “disrespectful”, has demanded answers from the authorities on the future of the employees. “People have been around, they have come to look at the place that is people from overseas, we have no idea what is going to happen to the employees,” he said.Earlier today, some of the Corporation’s staff staged industrial action over unpaid salaries and benefits. Letang stated that the industrial action will continue until all matters are resolved. The construction of the hotel at the Public Works Corporation site is part of government’s commitment to making the tourism product more competitive as well as enhancing stay over capacity. Dominica Vibes News
Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet NewsRegional Caribbean economic growth expected to decline again by: Caribbean 360 – May 8, 2015 Share 72 Views no discussions BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to decline for a fifth consecutive year, dipping below one percent in 2015, the IMF said in its latest regional forecast.The IMF’s recently released Regional Economic Outlook for the Western Hemisphere projects growth in Latin America and the Caribbean at 0.9 percent in 2015, down from 1.3 percent last year.Near-term prospects remain fairly dim for South America, with output contractions projected in three of the largest economies for 2015—Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela—while only Chile and Peru would see a pick-up in growth.In contrast, growth is projected to be steady in Central America and the Caribbean, and strengthen in Mexico, thanks to lower oil bills for importers and robust economic recovery in the United States.For 2016, growth in the region is expected to make a modest recovery to two percent.The IMF said Central America’s economies are expected to benefit from the current external environment, particularly from the U.S. recovery. Growth in 2015 is projected at a solid 4.25 percent, close to last year’s number.Economic recovery is also expected to continue in the Caribbean, although external, fiscal, and financial vulnerabilities remain high in several economies. In the tourism-dependent Caribbean, growth is projected to improve to two percent, in 2015.The IMF called on policymakers in the region to ensure sound public finances, especially since downside risks to growth remain prominent. Financial sector vulnerabilities will also need to be monitored carefully given that weaker earnings, tighter funding conditions, and a stronger U.S. dollar are testing borrowers’ resilience.A key priority for governments is to tackle long-standing structural problems to raise investment, productivity, and potential growth. Improvements in business environments, infrastructure, and education will help to foster more diversified, resilient, and prosperous economies.
Telit has announced that it has agreed to acquire Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Near Field Communication (NFC) assets in hardware and software from Stollmann Entwicklungs und Vertriebs Gmbh (“Stollmann”) in Hamburg, Germany. Stollmann is a global player in the Bluetooth and NFC business, designing, developing and manufacturing cutting-edge, low-power Bluetooth modules and highly sophisticated software solutions for short range wireless communications. Assets in acquisition include among others, Stollmann’s Bluetooth and NFC software stacks, ready-to-use modules and other intellectual property (IP) in wireless communications. Thirty-five Stollmann employees, mainly R&D engineers, are to be transferred to Telit.The acquisition of the Stollmann assets represents another strategic step for Telit in its expanding vision of connecting an ever broader range of things to cloud. Industry analyst firm MarketsandMarkets estimates the global Bluetooth Smart and “Smart-Ready” market to be worth $5.6bn by 2020 with Bluetooth Smart shipments to surpass 1.2 billion units in five years, up from just 49 million units in 2013.The integration of Bluetooth, BLE and NFC technologies into the Telit portfolio brings considerable consumer value as businesses are able to accelerate innovation based on Bluetooth and NFC, leveraging the full spectrum of enabling, synergizing elements from Telit, including cellular and GNSS modules, mobile network connectivity and IoT platform services. These ready-to-run hardware and service combinations will enable the enterprise to move quickly from idea to business with minimal effort or investment, bringing to market a much wider range of consumer solutions than would be possible otherwise.IoT devices are increasingly being integrated into every aspect of the consumer’s life, in application areas from health & wellness to retail and smart homes. The acquisition of these assets is a key development in the execution of our IoT vision of connecting enterprise edge assets – sensors and other remote devices – to the cloud using their tools such as the Telit IoT portal. The IP they are acquiring will provide Telit with valuable expertise in additional short-range technologies including BLE, which is set to become the de-facto standard for local area and personal area IoT wireless connectivity. As one of the IoT’s fastest growing wireless technology areas, this IP will enable them to expand their market reach with a more comprehensive end-to-end connectivity solution.