SFCC News:SANTA FE — To address food insecurity during the coronavirus crisis, Santa Fe Community College has launched a food distribution initiative in partnership with World Central Kitchen, led by world famous chef and humanitarian, Chef José Andrés. Santa Fe Community College Foundation is supporting the program, which will help feed Santa Fe Public School and SFCC students and their families as well as local communities faced with the health and economic impacts of covid-19. Working with city and county governments, the project will identify additional distribution sites where there is pressing economic need. SFCC Culinary Arts Program Chef Jerry Dakan is coordinating the meal preparation, assisted by Culinary Arts faculty who will guide students through the daily production. Students who had not been able to complete the hands-on components of their classes will earn credit hours toward their Culinary Arts certificates and associate degrees, as well as gain unique experience in disaster relief food preparation. Local guest chefs also will participate. The partnership was developed by Robert Egger, a Cerrillos resident, who is serving as a food security advisor to Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber. Egger has a long career leading charitable meal programs, having launched the DC Central Kitchen and the LA Kitchen, which have produced over 50 million meals during their tenure.He is a longtime friend and colleague of Chef Andrés, as well as a founding Board member of World Central Kitchen. Egger said, “Our goal is to produce and distribute thousands of healthy meals on a daily basis, with a hefty dose of traditional New Mexico ingredients. We want to make sure we reach folks in the most rural or challenged communities, where the economic ripples of covid-19 have been most devastating.” “We’re honored to partner with World Central Kitchen in this major effort to reduce hunger in our community and the region, particularly for students and their families,” SFCC President Becky Rowley said. “It’s one of many ways, the college has responded to student needs during this challenging time of covid-19.”In the emergency phase, the team anticipates preparing and distributing between 2,000 to 3,000 meals a day. Having been an environmental health emergency relief responder and former manager with the Bureau of Health Emergency Management, SFCC’s Dean of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability, Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., MPH, is coordinating the efforts with guidance and structure from National Incident Management (NIMS) and Incident Command Systems and in alignment with SFCC’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). SFCC Dean of Sciences, Health, Engineering and Math, Jenny Landen, R.N., M.S.N., FNP-BC, will oversee the screening procedures for volunteers that need to be addressed for the program during this pandemic. SFCC employees and nursing students will take temperatures and screen participants. The packaged meals, which will be made to serve either two or four people, will support students and their families during the covid-19 crisis. Santa Fe Public Schools bus drivers will pick up the meals to be distributed to SFPS families. SFCC will serve its students through an organized drive-up at the college Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Egger notes that this is the first World Central Kitchen program located in the Southwest and the first to be operated on a community college campus. “SFCC Foundation established the Student Emergency Assistance Fund to help students stay focused on their studies by providing emergency funds now and in the future,” said SFCC Foundation Board President Carmen Gonzales, Ph.D. “The efforts of World Central Kitchen complement those of SFCC Foundation by ensuring students remain hungry to succeed in their education—not hungry for food.”The collaborative project will cook and distribute meals Monday through Friday for the next few weeks, as New Mexico moves to reopen its economy. The project is being coordinated with other nonprofit meal programs, so that meals distribution efforts do not duplicate or overserve any one area, while ensuring that a significant portion of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County residents are served.
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Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR) has ordered a second Nexus 2 USBL system from Applied Acoustics Engineering after having ordered the first unit at this year’s Ocean Business.Nexus 2 is the second generation 2- way digital system designed and produced by the UK headquartered company.The system provides 16 target tracking as well as new software features and survey tools such as the common interrogate frequency (CIF) and geo-referenced graphical overlay.“We’re thrilled that STR has opted to add two of our new Nexus 2 systems to its equipment pool,” said AAE’s sales manager, Gavin Willoughby, “so having these available to the worldwide rental market through STR is a great endorsement of the product and an important facet of our company strategy.”Scott Johnstone, managing director at STR, stated: “As providers of specialist marine equipment and supporters of Applied Acoustics’ products we had no hesitation in purchasing two Nexus 2 systems to support our customers’ operations worldwide. STR are keen to develop alliances with well-established manufacturers and these latest acquisitions will be a welcome addition to our growing inventory of high quality subsea equipment.”
#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Pekka Vauramo, Metso president and CEOMetso Corporation has published its 2019 half-year review and second quarter results, reporting “healthy market activity” compared to the previous year.The industrial equipment and services company’s half year results showed that sales grew to €1.74 billion ($1.92 billion), up 17% on its 2018 figure of €1.49 billion ($1.65 billion).Orders received totalled €1.88 billion ($2.01 billion), up 10% , Metso reported an EBITA (earnings before interest, tax and amortisation) of €222 million ($245 million) or 12.8% of sales against 11.2% of 2018.The second quarter comparison showed sales growth to €903 million (US$999 million), up 16% from last year’s €776 million ($858 million).Orders received in the quarter increased by 2% to €869 million ($961 million) from €855 million ($946 million) in 2018 and the company’s EBITA improved to €114 million ($126 million) or 12.6% of sales, from 11.1% in 2018.The second quarter of 2019 saw Metso agree to acquire mobile crushing and screening company McCloskey. It also completed the acquisition of a Chilean mining services business in May.Pekka Vauramo, Metso president and CEO, said: “We continued to perform well and made good progress during the second quarter. Activity in our end markets remained healthy and is shown in the good order intake for both Minerals and Flow Control.“The pipeline for mining equipment orders continues to be good even though there were no large bookings during the quarter due to timing. Sales grew at a healthy double-digit rate in both segments. In addition to volume growth, we continue to show higher operational leverage with improving profitability in both segments. This proves that the internal work done across the businesses is generating the targeted results.”These results come just weeks after Metso announced that Metso Minerals business and Outotec Group had agreed a combination deal, that would see Flow Control become an independently listed company. This transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2020.
National Air Cargo Inc. (NAC Inc.) – the company’s US freight forwarding division specialising in the movement of difficult-to-move cargo – has filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.National Air Cargo Holdings has more than 20 subsidiary companies, and a company spokesperson said the only subsidiary in bankruptcy reorganisation is NAC Inc.In October 2013, a United States District Court entered a judgement, against NAC Inc. The case was filed by start-up Global BTG in 2010 and alleged that NAC Inc. breached a Letter of Intent by failing to finance aircraft leases through Global. NAC Inc. contends there was no enforceable agreement and there was no breach. NAC Inc. has an appeal pending at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.Filing bankruptcy allows NAC Inc. to continue business without the immediate threat of Global’s judgement, and therefore permits NAC Inc. to continue serving its clients, said NAC Inc.Mark Burgess, managing director of NAC Inc. said his team “is committed to continuing uninterrupted diligent hard work in routing challenging cargo to locations around the globe.”Brian Conaway, vice president of finance at National Air Cargo Holdings Inc. added: “We remain committed to performing under all our contracts and growing our business.”www.nationalaircargo.com
The UK headquartered crane and specialist transport vehicle provider said the funding would be used to assist cash flow, while allowing it to develop its 24-hour service offering. Lift It currently runs a fleet of ten cranes with lifting capacities ranging from eight and 30 tonnes, plus specialist machinery moving equipment. Secure Trust Bank set up its Commercial Finance arm in September 2014, as the bank made a push into SME lending. In the first half of 2015, it saw lending surge 214 percent and processed over GBP100 millionof client invoices. Graham Witts-Davies, managing director at Lift It Crane Hire, said: “We supply our vehicles to an increasingly diverse range of sectors, including energy, construction and shipping. It is therefore vital that in order to provide a flexible and efficient service, we are able to deploy our fleet in a way that maximises its usage. The funding has provided us with the capital required to place our vehicles more effectively.” Craig Stritch, regional sales director at Secure Trust Bank, added: “At a time when construction activity is reaching pre-recession levels, demand for cranes and other specialty vehicles is rising. This means that the 24-hour service offered by Lift It is set to become increasingly valuable.” www.liftitltd.co.uk
Hospital responds after nurse tweets white boys ‘should be sacrificed to the wolves’ Published: November 27, 2017 8:28 PM EST SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Author: WTTV INDIANAPOLIS (WTTV) A nurse from Indiana University Health is no longer an employee after an investigation was launched Saturday into a controversial tweet, CBS affiliate WTTV reports.IU Health said Taiyesha Baker faced an internal investigation by IU Health after allegedly posting on Twitter that “Every white woman raises a detriment to society when they raise a son.”The tweet, which has since been deleted, continued, “Someone with the HIGHEST propensity to be a terrorist, rapist, killer, and domestic violence all star. Historically, every son you had should be sacrificed to the wolves…”A spokesperson for IU Health released the following statement on Sunday afternoon: “A recently hired IU Health employee tied to troubling posts on social media this weekend is no longer an employee of IU Health.”IU Health originally released a statement regarding the matter on Saturday morning, saying, “We are aware of the situation. Our Human Resources Department is investigating this issue and will take appropriate action.”A spokesman confirmed to WTTV after that statement was released that Baker was a registered nurse, but declined to comment on which specific hospital employed her.In deleted social media posts, Baker claimed that she worked in pediatrics.Public nursing license records show that Baker was most recently issued a nursing license on Oct. 30 and that it expires on Oct.31, 2019.On Saturday afternoon, IU Health released another statement with more information.“IU Health is aware of several troubling posts on social media which appear to be from a recently hired IU Health employee. Our HR department continues to investigate the situation and the authenticity of the posts. During the investigation, that employee (who does not work at Riley Hospital for Children) will have no access to patient care.”
FOR THE first time since privatisation in the 1990s, a franchise to operate passenger services in Britain has been terminated through default. On June 27, Strategic Rail Authority Chairman Richard Bowker announced that ‘we have given notice to Connex South Eastern that their franchise will terminate by December 31 2003.’After Connex told SRA that it needed far more subsidy than it had bid for in 1996, a Deed of Amendment shortening the franchise from 2011 to 2006 was signed on December 11 2002. But Bowker agreed to pay only £58m for 2003. He said in June this year that Connex had failed to comply with ‘some extremely tight and rigorous obligations that they had to meet’, which included ‘in particular a financial management improvement plan’.Connex is the Transport Division of Veolia Environnement. In a statement issued after the announcement, the company promised that it would ‘continue to manage the day-to-day business with professionalism and responsibility’ until December. So control of commuter services that link Kent with London will pass on January 1 to a new company called South Eastern Trains, which is wholly owned by the SRA and therefore in the public sector. The process of re-letting the franchise will start this autumn. In view of the fact that it must make provision for domestic services on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link when Section 2 opens to London St Pancras in January 2007, the process is unlikely to be completed until the end of 2004.Connex says it is ‘present in 22 countries’ and has 55200 employees worldwide. A total of 24200 buses and trains carry over 1·4 billion passengers, and the company has been particularly successful in securing rail passenger contracts in Germany. Its largest operations were in the UK, however, where it secured in 1996 two big commuter franchises south of London which now carry between them close to 6 billion passenger-km a year.Just two years ago, Connex agreed to surrender its SouthCentral franchise to Govia. Now it is out of the UK rail market on its corporate ear – unless one of its current bids for the TransPennine Express and Wales & Borders franchises is successful.In Australia, Connex still operates half of Melbourne’s suburban rail network, and could be in a position to bid for the rail operations abandoned last year by National Express Group. The Victorian government is looking at re-integration of Melbourne’s public transport and has chosen ‘Metlink’ as a logo for M
EUROPE: The UK’s House of Lords EU Committee released a report on December 8 making key recommendations on the steps to be taken if the Channel Tunnel is to deliver its potential to carry more passengers and freight by rail.The main thrust of the ‘Tunnel vision? Completing the European rail market’ report is that the Tunnel would be carrying more traffic if there were genuine competition. The Lords conclude that ‘while we believe that the liberalisation of international passenger rail services will achieve greater competition, continuing disparities between Member States’ implementation of the Railway Packages present barriers to growth. We also support voluntary co-operation between European [rail] regulators and would like to see a better resourced and more proactive European Railway Agency’. The first step is for the EU to ‘ensure the full implementation of the Railway Packages in all Member States to enforce fair access for all’, they believe. The Treaty of Canterbury which set the framework for construction and operation of the Tunnel was signed 25 years ago, and ‘it is time for its terms to be reviewed to ensure that it remains fit for purpose’, say the Lords. ‘Furthermore, we call for the EU safety standards and the Railway Packages to apply in full.’ In the context of market competition, the Lords ‘are also concerned that the proposed Deutsche Bahn service, which intends to run from 2013, should commence on schedule’. However on December 9 it was reported that Siemens was running late with the manufacturing of Velaro D high speed trainsets for DB. According to a DB source quoted in the Financial Times, the delay could be two years, but Siemens denied that the delay would affect 16 similar e320 trains ordered by Eurostar. Another barrier the Lords want see removed is the Intergovernmental Commission which regulates the Tunnel and insists on safety standards not found in other long tunnels. They would like to see the rail safety regulators in Britain and France sharing the task. ‘Safety standards used across the EU should apply in full in the Tunnel – it is not a unique safety case and does not require unique standards’ they insist. Commenting after publication of the report, Committee Chairman Baroness O’Cathain said ‘Although the planned Deutsche Bahn services from Frankfurt and Amsterdam will result in greater connectivity between the UK and the rest of Europe, there remain many obstacles in the way of an open and less bureaucratic travelling experience for both rail passengers and freight operators’. She also insisted that ‘The costs of using the Tunnel need to be reduced, the arrangements for purchasing tickets to travel on trains across Europe need to be easier and the interests of passengers must be placed at the very heart of services’.