New Mexico Governor To Announce Amended Emergency Public Health Order Relative To Progress Against COVID-19

first_imgGov. Michelle Lujan GrishamSTATE News:SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will host a remote news conference Thursday afternoon during which she and New Mexico health officials will discuss amendments to the state’s emergency public health order impacting food and drink establishments and houses of worship, among other changes, reflecting the state’s relative recent progress against COVID-19.“I know New Mexicans are ecstatic about our recent progress against COVID-19,” Gov. Lujan Grisham. “But, given what we know about this virus, we must sound a note of caution: Our progress is only as good as our willingness to stay the course. This virus is still looking for opportunities to spread. We’ve got to adhere to COVID-safe practices in our day-to-day lives to minimize and eliminate those opportunities. I am so grateful to the New Mexicans who have made sacrifices and changed their behaviors to help get us to this point. Now we must – we absolutely must – sustain it. Tomorrow we’ll talk more about how far we’ve come and what we’ve still got to do, but I’m happy to announce these changes today and hope that New Mexicans feel that our hard work has begun to pay off.”The state’s operative emergency public health order expires Friday, Aug. 28. Effective Saturday, Aug. 29, the following changes, among others, will be implemented:Houses of worship may operate at 40 percent of maximum occupancy of any enclosed building, an increase from 25 percent, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Houses of worship may, as before, conduct services outdoors or provide services through audiovisual means.Food and drink establishments may provide indoor dining service at 25 percent of maximum occupancy (including restaurants, breweries, wineries, distillers, cafes, coffee shops or other similar establishments), in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Food and drink establishments may continue to provide outdoor dining options, carryout and delivery services, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Tables – inside or outside – must be spaced at least six feet apart, and no more than six patrons are permitted at a single table.The governor and state health officials are scheduled to discuss these and other amendments to the public health order, as well as preparations for fall semester public schooling, at 3 p.m. Thursday on Facebook (and in Spanish on YouTube). (The time of the press conference is subject to change.)  The state’s modeling outlook has improved in recent weeks as daily COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations have dropped from earlier in the summer; in addition, New Mexico’s testing capacity and health care resources have remained steady. The forthcoming new emergency public health order will be effective through at least mid-September.last_img read more

Unbroken by the banks

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Savills shares climb another 3.6%

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Quinn Sentenced In Hit And Run

first_imgA resident of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton was sentenced to eight to 24 years in prison last week after he admitted to striking and killing a pedestrian and then driving away from the scene.Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said Chace Quinn, aka Chase Quinn, 20, was a member of the Bloods street gang.Quinn was driving a 2013 Jeep Wrangler eastbound on County Road 39 in Southampton on April 5. Authorities maintain he was intoxicated. At approximately 2:30 AM the Southampton Town Police Department received reports of a man lying in the roadway on County Road 39. Investigators determined Quinn had struck the victim and left the scene without reporting the crash.“This individual is a dangerous gang member and a career criminal,” Sini said. “He showed no regard for human life when he callously left the victim to die on the side of the road, and continued throughout this case to show a blatant disregard for the law and for the consequences of his actions. Today’s sentence ensures that he will no longer be a threat to our community’s safety.”Quinn, facing several charges, pleaded guilty on May 8 four felonies — aggravated vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death, intimidating a witness, and driving while intoxicated — before Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho. The victim was identified as Joseph Lynn McAlla, 63, of Clifford, PA. McAlla had just completed a delivery of stone to Southampton Masonry and was crossing the roadway when he was struck and killed. The impact of the crash left debris spanning approximately 300 feet along the roadway. Police located the victim’s leg, which had been severed in the crash, approximately 70 feet away from his Sharelast_img read more

Firms face court action risk over money laundering reports

first_imgLaw firms could find themselves being sued for reporting suspected money laundering following a Court of Appeal decision last week. Law firms, banks and other businesses handling client money are obliged to file Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) where they suspect a client of money laundering. Last week the Court of Appeal ruled that client Jayesh Shah had the right to test in court HSBC Private Bank’s claim that, complying with obligations under the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) 2002, it had grounds to submit a SAR alerting SOCA to its suspicions of money laundering. Shah has claimed that delays arising from the bank’s report to SOCA led directly to $300m (£192m) being seized from his Zimbabwe bank account by the Zimbabwe authorities. HSBC, which has the same obligations under POCA as law firms, will now be required to prove in court that its suspicions were held in good faith, while Shah’s lawyers will be allowed to examine witnesses and to sue for damages. Delivering the judgment, Lord Justice Longmore said: ‘The normal procedures of court are not to be sidestepped merely because parliament has enacted stringent measures to inhibit the notorious evil of money laundering.’ Sarosh Zaiwalla, senior partner of London firm Zaiwalla & Co, who acted for Shah, said that before this ‘landmark judgment’, banks and law firms ‘could act on a hunch about a client’s transactions without disclosing the necessary information’. A client could now insist on a ‘full trial with proper disclosure’ to test whether the report of suspected money launderinghad a ‘factual basis’ and was made in ‘good faith’. Sue Mawdsley, a partner at Liverpool law firm Legal Risk, said solicitors should be ‘uneasy’ about the Court of Appeal’s ­ruling. ‘How do you definitively prove reasonable grounds for your suspicions when they may be based not on solid proof, but on years of experience? And then there is the issue of privilege, of what can and cannot be divulged in proving grounds or defending a claim.’ Omar Qureshi, a partner in the dispute resolution group at City firm CMS Cameron McKenna, said: ‘It is no longer sufficient to assert you have a suspicion, you must demonstrate it. Law firms are advised to look at their anti-money laundering processes and training to avoid the potential for loss.’last_img read more


first_imgChina: Hong Kong MTR Corp has arranged an HK$3bn revolving loan facility with a 12-bank syndicate to fund capital investment and refinance debts over the next four years.France: On September 9 RFF launched another 250m euros issue of 10-year bonds retiring in April 2009, paying 5·6%. Great Britain: Angel Train Contracts is to raise £480m to finance the purchase of 53 tilting trains for Virgin West Coast, by means of a bond issue secured against future leasing payments from the operator. The proceeds will be used to refinance a bridging facility from ATC’s parent The Royal Bank of Scotland, also lead arranger for the issue.Freightliner has signed a £23m contract with Forward Trust Rail Ltd to lease 15 Class 66 locos for eight years. To be delivered by General Motors in summer next year, they will haul infrastructure materials for Railtrack (RG 9.99 p558).New Zealand: Tranz Rail’s unsecured debt of NZ$140m has been put under review pending a possible downgrading by credit rating agency Moody’s. The latter cited aggressive capital spending and declining performance in a difficult market as causes for concern.last_img read more

World rail freight news round-up

first_imgA €10m project to expand rail capacity at the CSP Iberian Bilbao Terminal at the Port of Bilbao has been completed. The railway facilities have been expanded from 13 950 to 41 800 m2, and the four tracks extended by 100 m to permit the operation of 550 m trains. The maximum daily capacity is 3 000 TEU. US short line company United Rail has engaged Chicago-based investment bank Peakstone to raise capital for its plans to acquire seven railways over the next year. ‘We have identified several railroads that we have determined to be undervalued in the market’, said CEO Michael Barron. ‘Our plan is aggressive and ambitious, and we have a proven model.’ Pakistan Railways has created a ninth division, tasked with developing a rail connection between the port of Gwadar and the existing network at Jacobabad and Quetta. Contship Italia’s subsidiary Oceanogate has become the fifth Italian operator to order a CZ Loko Class 741.7 EffiShunter 1000 locomotive, which it will deploy at the RHM container terminal at Melzo east of Milano. Canada Development Investment Corp has reached an agreement to sell a 90% stake in Ridley Terminals Inc to Riverstone Holdings and AMCI Group for C$350m. Ridley Terminals transfers bulk commodities including coal, coke and liquefied petroleum gas from rail to ship at Ridley Island near Prince Rupert in British Columbia. The remaining 10% stake will be transferred to a limited partnership owned by the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation. Eric Chavez has been appointed as General Manager of the Brownwood-based Texas Rock Crusher Railway, reporting to Jason Gill, Vice-President of Operations at TXR’s parent TNW Corp. He succeeds Andy Scheriger, who becomes Director of Sales & Business Development for TNW in Dallas. The government of Canada is to provide C$102m for five projects to increase efficiency at the Port of Vancouver, including a new rail-served bulk export marine terminal within the Fraser Surrey Port Lands.last_img read more


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPOLICE Officers in Dumfries and Galloway are warning members of the public to be on their guard against a telephone scam where victims are being contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from either their bank or from Police Scotland.So far two people in the Newton Stewart and Stewartry area have contacted police after being duped by fraudsters into moving money from their account to another one provided to them by the scammer. On each occasion the caller claims there has been fraudulent activity on their account but that it may be a bank employee that is involved so not to go to the bank or the police about it.The first call involved a 76 year old man who has now lost a four figure sum of money to the criminals.The other was picked up by the bank before the victim lost out.Enquiries are ongoing in relation to these incidents but officers are keen to make members of the public aware of these circumstances.Constable Tom Dingwall, Castle Douglas Police Station, said:“We are highlighting this scam so that people are aware of it. If you think you are receiving any suspicious calls, just hang up on the person. Unfortunately, those committing this type of fraud are quite innovative and use words and phrases which are likely to hook their victim. Our advice is, do not give out any personal information or bank details over the phone and always, stop, think and check with a friend, relative or neighbour before taking any action.”Any victims of such crimes, or anyone with any concerns can contact their local police station via 101.For further advice for keeping safe, please visit the personal safety page of our website, read more

Farmington area senior volunteers honored with ‘A Note of Thanks’

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) With the theme “A Note of Thanks,” the Farmington Area Commission on Aging and the City of Farmington Hills Special Services Department Adults 50 & Better program recently honored outstanding volunteers during an annual Volunteer Breakfast.Musician Kim Gnagney entertained more than 200 guests during the April 5 event, held at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills.From left: Terry Deichert, Margareta Attard, Fay Jacobs, Theresa Biendit, and Donna Hicks (City of Farmington Hills)The Gold Award, given to individuals 50 years or better, was presented to Terry Deichert. She volunteers for the Farmington Public Schools Turn Around Program, the Longacre House Board, and the Xemplar Club.The Margaret Loridas Diamond Award, given to an individual 75 years or better, was presented to Fay Jacobs, who has volunteered for Karmanos Cancer Institute for 10 years.These Adults 50 & Better Awards are presented to individuals for outstanding volunteer work within the Adults 50 & Better Division:Robert A. Eastman S.A.G.E. Award was presented to Donna Hicks for working with elementary school students;Loretta C. Conway Senior Division Award was presented to Margareta Attard for volunteering 17 years in the Senior Nutrition Program at the Costick CenterAldo Vagnozzi Spirit Award winner was presented to Theresa Biendit, a dedicated volunteer library coordinator at the Costick Center and a true ambassador for Adults 50 & Better programsPrograms and services such as Meals on Wheels, AARP Tax Services, S.A.G.E., Gift Shop, Sojourn Bears, Home Chore, and many other tasks depend on the commitment of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, call 248-473-1830 for more information. Reported bylast_img read more

Modelithics Launches new Library for Keysight Genesys RF Simulation Tool

first_imgModelithics has released a new version of The Modelithics® COMPLETE Library, version 12.3, for use with the Keysight EEsof EDA Genesys RF simulation and synthesis software from Keysight Technologies. The Modelithics COMPLETE Library adds to the part selector within Genesys advanced and highly scalable high frequency simulation models representing thousands of commercially available components. The COMPLETE Library includes passive models for capacitor, inductor and resistor (CLR) components, and non-linear models for active devices such as diodes and transistors, plus system-level components (SLC) including amplifiers, filters, switches and more. Modelithics models capture parasitic effects for various design conditions, enabling very accurate electronic simulation.Modelithics COMPLETE Library V12.3 for Genesys has 120 NEW MODELS added since the last release, including 59 new CLR models, 5 non-linear diode models, 52 system-level component models, 1 new substrate model, and 3 new S-parameter file-based models. These include Microwave Global Models™ for passive components from AVX, ATC, Chilisin, CoilCraft, Darfon, Murata, Passive Plus, Piconics, Taiyo Yuden, TDK, Vishay, and Würth Elektronik. Also new non-linear models for Skyworks varactor diodes, and SLC models for a temperature scalable attenuator from API Inmet, AVX couplers and diplexers, and Mini-Circuits attenuators, filters and amplifiers (X-parameters* amplifier models). There are also three new S-parameter models for broadband capacitors from IPDiA.Model updates include the addition of several new “Supermodels” which are combined models containing all features and validation ranges to replace several previously separate models for a device. In addition, some model names have been updated to reflect current manufacturer names (original naming conventions in existing projects will still work).Modelithics offers a FREE evaluation library, Modelithics SELECT+, which contains a sampling of the advanced simulation models. The SELECT+ library can be downloaded from the Modelithics website.last_img read more