Jonnie WoodieCOMMUNITY News:Jonnie Woodie is a junior at NM Tech and is doing biomedical research with one of her professors on treating type 2 diabetes. Marcella Kee is a sophomore at UNM-Gallup who wants to inspire native youth as a teacher on the Navajo Nation. Both young women will be receiving scholarship aid from the Los Alamos-based Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship, administered through White Rock Presbyterian Church.The scholarship honors the memory of Julie Meadows, a young mother and LANL employee who died of a brain tumor in 2009. Shortly before she was diagnosed, Julie participated in a mission experience with White Rock Presbyterian Church on the Navajo Nation. This experience left her with a desire to support Navajo women in their educational pursuits, as a way of positively impacting life on the reservation. Her family, church, friends and community have supported the scholarship for ten years, raising over $33,500 for 20 scholarships since 2011. Marcella KeeThis year, two awards are being made to women who exemplify Julie’s spirit of family devotion, strong work ethic, community service and educational achievement.$2500 Scholarship: Jonnie Woody – Jonnie is from Shiprock and has done volunteer work in the Philippines as well as on the campus of NM Tech in Socorro where she is a junior majoring in biomedical science. She comes from a large rural family, and due to the Covid19 pandemic she is currently out of a job. She has a 3.18 GPA and is passionate about helping Navajo tribal members manage and overcome type 2 diabetes, a disease which she herself has overcome through healthier habits, setting goals and using current technology. She plans to attend medical school and serve as a physician on the Navajo Nation, helping her people address generational trauma and disease through culturally sensitive practices. “I want to challenge the current relationship between western medicine and Native American people,” she stated in her scholarship application.$1000 Scholarship: Marcella Kee – Marcella will be a sophomore at UNM-Gallup, and she wants to inspire high school students on the Navajo Nation to attend college. She hopes to put supports in place to raise the high school graduation rate on the Navajo Nation. Even though her first year of college was different than she expected, she focused on her studies, used available resources and maintained a 4.12 GPA. She hopes to encourage other native high school graduates to do the same. She found time to volunteer at a tutoring center and was noted by her professors as being outgoing and collaborative. “Being a native educator gives other native students a way to connect with a teacher who can understand their background,” she said in her application.Scholarships are based on academic merit, dedication to serving the Navajo people and financial need. Donations are appreciated and can be made at julieshelpers.com or sent to White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd., White Rock NM 87547. More information about Julie Meadows, the scholarship application forms, past winners and photos can be seen at the scholarship website, julieshelpers.com.
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Gunvor Ulstein, CEO of Ulstein Group, was awarded Tekna’s Gold Medal on 15 June. The Medal is given as an honour and encouragement to Norwegian managers or companies for outstanding efforts in creating new opportunities for Norwegian technologists, both in Norway and internationally. The Medal was last awarded in 2008.Gunvor Ulstein thanked by sharing the honour with all employees in ULSTEIN:“Together with all our talented employees, we have developed ULSTEIN into today’s company. To continue this positive development, it is very important that we work well with all actors in the cluster, so that Norway will stand out as an attractive country, also in the years to come.”Tekna (Technical and Scientific Association) is a trade union where the members have a master education in technology and natural sciences. Tekna is the largest trade union in the Academics, which is Norway’s largest employee organization for people with long educations.[mappress]Press Release, June 17, 2013
[mappress]Press Release, January 30, 2014 Believing that improved performance can be achieved through innovative thinking and new ideas, Clipper and its Performance Management team are continuously working on fuel efficiency and energy consumption optimization.One such initiative was the bulbous bow and rudder bulb modifications made on a G-type 9,100 dwt multipurpose carrier, Clipper Galaxy.The bulbous bow (bulb) is a very important part of the hull as it can potentially reduce the hull resistance considerably, or affect the resistance in a negative way. Designing the perfect bulb is delicate and the efficiency depends on the speed and loading/draught of the vessel.In the past a bulb was usually designed and optimized to full speed and close to full load condition. However, most vessels are operated at eco-speed in part load conditions. In particular multipurpose vessels are seldom operated in full load conditions.The bulb of Clipper Galaxy was modified during dry-dock at Lixin Shipyard in Shanghai in August 2013. The existing bulb was cut off and a new bulb with a different size and shape was fitted instead. At the same time Clipper also designed and fitted a rudder bulb improving propeller efficiency by 2-3%.The saving of the bulb modification alone would be above 10%, but trim optimization outweighs some of the disadvantages of the old bulb. The actual saving will also vary depending on loading and speed conditions.However, looking at the consumption before and after the modifications, as well as the current loading and speed patterns, the overall saving is around impressive 8.5% – including the rudder bulb effect.
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Four of the cranes are type CBB 4700 with a lifting capacity of 450 tonnes. The remaining two cranes are CBB 3450s with a capacity of 120 tonnes each. The six cranes are being built by Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH and will be delivered to Rickmers during 2014. They will be installed on two vessels at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, China. The heavy lift cranes benefit from Liebherr’s fast and precise Litronic control system. The cranes also have a comparatively low total weight and low centre of gravity, improving a ships’ stability., says Liebherr. In comparison with previous ships of this type, the CBB 4700 lift capacity has been increased from 400 to 450 tonnes, improving the ships’ lift capacity. Business relations between Rickmers and Liebherr date back to the 1970s and today, Liebherr handles a large number of its heavy lift sea transportations with the aid of Rickmers-Linie, a regular worldwide service for project cargo. According to Liebherr, this contract emphasises its increased focus on the maritime heavy lift crane segment. Its range of heavy lift ship cranes will be extended by one type this year, including cranes with a lifting capacity of 1,000 tonnes. www.liebherr.comwww.rickmers.com
South Africa: Spoornet is to create a new business unit for subsidiary companies, including International Joint Ventures, regional operator Comazar, and a leasing company to exploit locomotive and stock that are surplus to requirements.USA: On November 15 General Electric’s Global eXchange Services launched an internet based business-to-business exchange for the rail market, Global Rail Exchange, following a three month trial involving 700 firms including Amtrak, CSX and Norfolk Southern.
suicide by train By Celina DeCastro Within the past five years in Florida, suicide by train has been steadily increasing, according to the Federal Railroad Administration records.Since 2011 there have been over 220 train related deaths within Florida. Over 80 of those deaths have been linked to suicide.In 2016 there were 11 reported suicide related deaths by train in the state. The number represents a decrease from the 19 suicides by train which were recorded during 2015. The railroad officials, however, report that death by train has been on a rise for the past four years.On March 26, a male pedestrian was struck and killed by a Tri-Rail train in Oakland Park in what appeared to be another suicide. Five days earlier, a Deltona woman, Jeanmarie Baker, 61, was killed when she laid on the railroad tracks in Flagler County.In February there were two other suspected suicide by train in Volusia County, Florida.Death by train is not recent, in fact death by train has been around since the introduction of the railroads in America.Thanks to Henry Flagler who built a settlement in St. Augustine, Florida in 1883, Florida received its first railway. While Flagler was building his hotel, now known as Flagler College, he bought and built the Florida East Coast Railway and by 1912 the tracks reached down to Key West.In 1893, US Federal law mandated all trains have air brakes and a coupler to stop them, due to the rise of accidents involving fatalities of brakemen and other railroad workers.Even with the required brakes system, it’s difficult to stop a train in time to avoid striking a person with a death wish as the locomotive, travelling at high speeds and weighing tons, need time and distance to stop.There are several factors why people decide to commit suicide by train including mental health and substance abuse issues, social isolation, and sudden events they find devastating.But suicide by train isn’t the only means that some persons choose to end their life.A recent report by the Broward Department of Health revealed last year 10 Broward teens aged 14-17 committed suicide, up from two to five per year over the past decade.In addition, a survey of about 1,500 high and middle school students in 2015 found that 3.5 percent (4.3 percent of girls) were injured attempting suicide, up from 2.2 percent in 2007.About 14 percent of students (16.5 percent of girls) made plans to commit suicide, highest since the 1990s. More than 30 percent (38 percent of girls) reported feelings of sadness and hopelessness for at least two weeks.Reasons for the increased anxiety among teens range from family problems caused by the economic downturn, pressure to succeed, concerns over appearance, and bullying.Lesbian, gay and bisexual students, as well as Hispanic teen girls are at elevated risk for suicidal thoughts, says Charlene Grecsek, Coordinator of the Network for Students with Emotional / Behavioral Disabilities at Broward public schools.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service say they have released five of the 13 people detained in the alleged plot to destabilize the country during the recent Carnival celebrations.The announcement of the release came as members of the Muslim Roundtable met with Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon and acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams on Thursday.No feelings of Islamophobia“We did get some clarification. Of course, we know that it is an investigation that is still continuing. We don’t think there’s any feelings of Islamophobia from the government authorities or the police authorities,” Imam Shiraz Khan of the New Islam Masjid told reporters after the two-hour meeting.He said while the group believed the authorities are doing their job and “ hey will bring this to a quick end,” he is hoping that the public will not come to the conclusion that members of the Muslim community, with whom they have co-existed with peacefully for years, “have suddenly become terrorists or criminals and everybody is out to get them.”Khan said the group had been given an assurance by the Attorney General that “due process was taking place.”Al-Rawi later told reporters that his ministry has been dealing with writs of habeas corpus for the last several days, adding “and we expect more to come.”Related: Terrorist threats for T&T carnivalDillon said that “there is nothing in Trinidad and Tobago’s history that can speak to Islamic prejudice,” saying that the meeting on Thursday was to assure the group that, “the investigations and subsequent arrests of certain people were not targeted in any way to the Islamic community.”Tariq Mohammed, who was among those released this week, told reporters that he wanted to thank “God and everyone who helped me get through the last six days.“I went with the police when they came last week, fully intent on co-operating – next minute I was hearing about ‘threat attack.’ Just ludicrous!” he said.No knowledge of any plotHe maintained he had no knowledge of any plot to destabilize the country, adding “ I don’t know anything about what they were talking. As time wore on I realized I wouldn’t get out until Ash Wednesday and just had to be patient. I don’t want to go through this type of thing again. God knows best.Mohammed’ said the family fully intends pursuing legal action against the state over the detention, adding “we’re now studying, with lawyers, what legal action we have to take on this. Last Thursday, the police said they had uncovered the plot to destabilize the Carnival celebrations and the United States, Britain and Canada issued advisories warning their nationals of a possible terrorist attack in the twin-island republic.