Join PEEC and Big Brothers, Big Sisters for a night of video games in the nature center’s planetarium 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday. Courtesy/PEECPEEC News:Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Big Brothers, Big Sisters 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday for a night of video games in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.Test your skills and challenge your friends by playing games on the big planetarium screen.During Video Game Night, the nature center will have one gaming system set up on the big planetarium screen. Games also will be available to play on the smaller TVs around the sides of the room. Participants can play Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, other Mario games and more this evening.Best of all, this event is free to attend and is open to the public. Registration is not required.For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email email@example.com or call 505.662.0460.PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.
Wood Group PSN has appointed a new regional managing director to lead its Australia & Asia Pacific business.The company’s previous southern operations business manager in Australia Andrew Stewart is now being appointed new regional managing director. Stewart takes the reins as part of a planned handover from Matt Gavin, who has served as the company’s regional director for more than five years.Stewart first joined WGPSN in Melbourne, Australia in 2009 following a number of domestic and international assignments in India, the UK and the Netherlands. Since then he has held roles as project delivery manager, assignment manager and project director, before joining the Australia & Asia Pacific regional leadership team as southern business manager in January 2013. In his new role, Stewart will be based in Melbourne and report to WGPSN’s chief executive, Robin Watson.Stewart said: “It’s an exciting time to be a leading brownfield production services contractor in the Australia & Asia Pacific region. We have an amazing group of people spanning project management, engineering, business services and the full suite of maintenance and construction trades. What this means for our customers is low transaction costs and single point accountability for ‘cradle to grave’ delivery performance.”WGPSN’s chief executive Robin Watson said: “Andrew has played a key part in our regional growth story and in transforming our southern operations in Australia where we maintain contracts with Esso, Caltex and Melbourne Water. He is an exceptional leader who has a natural ability to engage with customers and employees alike.”Stewart has an honors degree in mechanical engineering, a post graduate diploma of management and a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School. In 2010, he was awarded Australian Financial Review BOSS Young Executive of the Year in recognition of his career achievements and his ability to manage a 300 strong team through adversity during the global financial crisis.[mappress]Press Release, February 12, 2014
IHC Merwede has commissioned a prestigious new jubilee book, entitled 70 years IHC Merwede.The first copy of this publication was presented to the mayor of Rotterdam, Mr Ahmed Aboutaleb, at the city’s Maritime Museum.Written by maritime historian Dr Joke Korteweg, this unique and beautifully designed book contains more than 300 pages and approximately 400 photographs. Describing the history of IHC Merwede in several phases, it highlights how the traditional Dutch company has been able to survive challenging circumstances thanks to its commercial and technical innovations.The book also provides an excellent overview of the national and international impact that IHC Merwede has had in political, economic and social spheres.70 years IHC Merwede is published by Uitgeverij Boekschap in The Netherlands and will soon be available in various bookshops.[mappress]Press Release, May 15, 2014
Volunteers who give their time unpaid to charities are not covered by domestic or European equal treatment legislation designed to protect employees, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled. The ruling arose from a claim brought by a citizens advice bureau volunteer who alleged she had received less favourable treatment under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA). The employment tribunal struck out the claim on the grounds that only employees, not volunteers, are protected by the DDA. The volunteer appealed this decision, but the EAT dismissed her argument that volunteering came within the definition of ‘occupation’ under the Equal Treatment Framework Directive (ETFD). The ruling would apply to solicitors volunteering at citizens advice bureaux and other projects. Meanwhile, in a separate case the EAT has ruled that the DDA should be interpreted as covering those who care for disabled people, as well as those who are themselves disabled. The EAT upheld the case of Sharon Coleman, a legal secretary who claimed she had been discriminated against by London firm EBR Attridge Law because she had to take time off to care for her disabled son. The judgment followed a ruling in the European Court of Justice last year that the ETFD’s prohibition of discrimination ‘on the grounds of disability’ did extend beyond the person who is disabled. Lucy McLynn, employment partner at City firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite which acted for Coleman, said: ‘This case has lasted for four and a half years and five hearings. It now returns to the employment tribunal, where Sharon may at last get a judgment.’ Anthony Sakrouge, head of employment at London firm Russell-Cooke who represented Steve Law of EBR Attridge Law, said his client was disappointed by the ruling and was considering whether to appeal.
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FRANCE: Leaving passengers stranded for hours on trains going nowhere is guaranteed to generate plenty of negative publicity, and a series of unfortunate catenary-related incidents last month in France was no exception. Trouble started during a peak holiday weekend when 400 m of overhead wires were ripped down at Aubagne just east of Marseille on August 15, blocking the Marseille – Nice main line for at least 3 h. Around 80 trains were reported to be badly delayed.Further serious disruption followed an incident on September 5 when a TGV damaged overhead wires at Montrouge in the Paris suburbs, bringing traffic to and from Paris Montparnasse to a standstill. Media reports indicated that about 20 000 passengers were affected. Five days later yet another case of damaged overhead wires occurred at Drancy on RER Line B in Paris, and once again there was major disruption. By this time, SNCF and RFF had initiated an emergency two-week programme to check the condition of overhead wires on 10 000 route-km and to examine the 6 600 pantographs on SNCF’s rolling stock fleet. Around 1 500 staff were involved, their primary task being to check 250 sensitive locations at major stations and junctions. The programme was approved by Transport Secretary Dominique Bussereau, who expected ‘rapid results’.SNCF President Guillaume Pepy confessed to Les Echos that the overhead wire incidents had cost the railway between €5m and €10m in compensation payments, hotel accommodation and other forms of assistance to passengers. Pepy also acknowledged that they were damaging to SNCF’s reputation.Trade unions did not lose the opportunity to highlight the difficult relationship between SNCF and RFF and the unsatisfactory split of maintenance responsibilities dating from RFF’s birth in 1997 (RG 5.08 p287). A report on the effects of the 1997 legislation is being drawn up by Senator Hubert Haenel, and its publication, expected later this year, could lead to further legislative changes.
The final trailer has arrived for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.Giving fans their most extensive look at the next instalment in the iconic franchise, the trailer features plenty of new footage for you to lap up. Take a look below:Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come. It’s a collaboration between Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams, who originally teamed up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was written by J.J. Abrams & Chris Terrio.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker releases in the UK on Thursday 19th December 2019 and tickets are on sale now.
The Jamaica USA Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their first event of the year this Friday at the “Get in Gear for the New Year Business Mixer,” starting 6 pm at the Jerk Machine Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Members will have the chance to explore business opportunities for the upcoming year.
Kenya pledges enhanced security for Chinese nationals Chinese women living in Kenya launch Kenya Chinese Women Association AFRICOM pledges continued support for Somalia Ambassador Wu Peng delivers his speech at the ceremony held in Nairobi to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng has pledged his country’s unwavering support for Kenya’s development agenda.Ambassador Wu made the pledge on Thursday when the Chinese embassy in Nairobi hosted an open day to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, which falls on October 1st.The event brought together over 300 guests including local Kenyan companies as well as Chinese companies based in Nairobi to showcase their products.Speaking at the event, Ambassador Wu said the 70th anniversary celebrations marked China’s robust growth since 1949.“On October 1st 1949, Chairman Mao solemnly declared to the world, the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Since then, China truly became an independent nation. Just like the Madaraka Day for our Kenyan brothers and sisters, the day marked the historic moment we became our own masters and China embarked on a new journey,” he said.Since embarking on the landmark reforms, China has grown to become one of the fastest developing nations in the world, and also one of the most powerful nations globally.“In 2018 China’s GDP reached $13.6 trillion a 174 fold increase since 1949. Under the leadership of the communist party of China, the Chinese people united as one are striving to move forward from poverty and weakness to prosperity and strength. We have created miracles one after another in human history,” Ambassador Wu said.Various other Chinese embassies across Africa have held celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, with reiterations of even better Sino-Africa relations ahead. Related