Courtesy/LAHSLAHS News:This week Los Alamos will don green and gold to celebrate Homecoming 2019.“It’s that time of the year when everyone is a Topper,” said Jonathan Lathrop, co-sponsor of the Los Alamos High School Student Council. “Our Student Leadership team has been very busy planning a lot of activities to celebrate this tradition.”The week begins Monday, Sept. 16 with the Billy Bob Volleyball game. Senior boys play volleyball while members of the LAHS Volleyball team act as coaches and referees. The game begins at 6 p.m. in Griffith Gymnasium.It’s just the opposite on Wednesday as Senior girls play football while members of the football team step in to coach and referee. The Powder Puff football game starts at 6. P.m. at Sullivan Field.The Topper student bonfire is scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Sullivan Field parking lot after the Girls Soccer game against the Santa Fe Demons.“We’re crossing our fingers that it won’t rain! It’s been two years since our last bonfire, and LAHS students are excited to revive this tradition,” Student Body President Emily Holmes said.Members of the LAHS cheerleading squad and the Topper band will pump up the Homecoming spirit.Los Alamos will be alive with floats, the LAHS Marching Band, and Topper pride Friday as the Homecoming Parade heads down Central Avenue starting at 2:30 pm.This year’s theme is “Box the Bengals”.Brad Parker will serve as the Grand Marshal this year.Parade participants can find the parade application form at https://sites.google.com/laschools.net/homecoming-2019/home. Forms are due to Diana Bequette, the LAHS Bookkeeper, by 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.Friday night, the LAHS Topper varsity football team will take on the Gallup Bengals at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field. High School students and staff get into the game free with their school ID. Game tickets for community members are $5 and may be purchased in advance at https://lahstoppers.com/topper-event-tickets/.The LAHS Topper Band will perform at halftime followed by the crowning of this year’s Homecoming King & Queen.The Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday in the lobby of Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale for $25 per person at the door or in the Athletic office beforehand, preferably. Lunch will be catered by Pig + Fig.This year’s inductees include:Bruce Cottrell;Kris Monaghan;Ann Cernicek;Molly Cernicek;Aubrey Jones-Woahn;Eddie Sanchez; andSec Sandoval.The Homecoming festivities will wrap up with the Homecoming dance 8-11 p.m. Saturday at the high school.“Student Leaders are getting very creative with the decorations to make sure Toppers have a night to remember at the GLOcoming dance,” said Lynn Ovaska, co-sponsor of the Los Alamos High School Student Council. The dance will be Meow Wolf-themed with many glow-in-the-dark elements. Community members are invited to donate Meow Wolf type of decorations this week.Students can purchase dance tickets in A-Wing Lobby or online at https://gofan.co/app/events/68162 until Thursday, Sept. 19. No tickets will be sold Friday or at the door Saturday.For more information about Homecoming 2019, check out https://sites.google.com/laschools.net/homecoming-2019/home.
Allison Transmission has announced the promotion of Otto Szalavari to managing director of global marketing. Allison says he will be instrumental in driving growth through ongoing implementation and refinement of the company’s marketing strategy.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“During his short period of time with Allison, Otto has more than proven his ability to tackle challenges and generate results,” said John Coll, senior vice president for global marketing, sales and service. “I look forward to watching him lead our marketing team and further expand the Allison brand across the world.”Szalavari’s primary areas of responsibility will include market insights and voice of customer, global marketing brand management and communications, developing differentiated value propositions, developing and deploying key sales tools, and assessing markets and segments for new product development.“I truly appreciate and embrace this opportunity to contribute toward Allison’s continued success,” said Szalavari. “To have this responsibility with a market leader like Allison is a privilege, and I’m excited about the marketing team’s role in supporting global growth initiatives.”Szalavari joined Allison in February as director global marketing information and product strategy, with a focus on international and domestic business activities and commercial sales agreements. In that role, he has led global market intelligence activities, including the understanding of market size, market trends and competitive positioning. AdvertisementSzalavari holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Moscow Polytechnic University and a master’s degree in business economy and international marketing from Budapest Business School – University of Applied Sciences in Hungary.
Share UJA-Federation of New York’s Hamptons Trunk Show was held Thursday, August 2, at Bridgehampton Historical Society. The event featured designer clothing, jewelry, accessories, and home décor for sale, along with music and refreshments. Twenty percent of all sales benefit UJA-Federation.
The categories are based upon the objective of the dredging project:Dredging for Navigation (purpose is to create or maintain navigation channels);Environmental Dredging (purpose is environmental enhancement, e.g., remediation or wetland creation); andDredging for Sand and Gravel Extraction (purpose is to extract sand and gravel for such actions as concrete production, land development, or beach nourishment).The awards will be presented in June during the 21st World Dredging Congress & Exposition (WODCON XXI) in Miami, Florida, USA.Deadline for submitting applications for the 2016 WODA Environmental Excellence Awards is 15 April 2016. The World Organization of Dredging Associations (WODA) has just announced that the organization will, for the first time, present the 2016 WODA Environmental Excellence Awards.The overall process and criteria are similar to the annual Environmental Excellence Awards initiated by WEDA in 2011.Three Environmental Excellence Awards will be given, one for each of three dredging categories.
A distinctly chill wind could be felt in the latest construction activity figures released this week, as overall work in the sector dropped for the first time since August 2016. September’s fall, recorded by the respected IHS Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index, was prompted by the sharpest drop in civil engineering work for more than four years, together with a significant decline in commercial work. And in a warning which may well send a few more companies reaching for the blankets, respondents to the survey behind the data emphasised “fragile confidence” among clients, particularly in commercial building.Statistics like these, of course, are only ever a fragment of a full picture; what seems like the start of a trend can just as easily turn out to be a blip. Nonetheless, the fact that work dropped in September – when it traditionally picks up after an August lull – and did so for the first time since the wave of uncertainty unleashed immediately after the Brexit vote, is cause for concern. Not just for construction firms, but also – given the pressing need for development in areas like infrastructure and housing – for the UK as a whole.The country is in the grip of a housing crisis, and trying to stave off another over energy generation, at the same time as carrying out infrastructure improvements that are widely viewed as long-overdue for economic growth. So the government should be hyper-alert to drops in the industry’s work and to the reasons it is in the public sector’s interests to step in to plug those gaps. The fact that work dropped in September – when it traditionally picks up after an August lull – and did so for the first time since the wave of uncertainty unleashed immediately after the Brexit vote, is cause for concernThe Conservative Party conference, taking place in Manchester this week, provided a potential stage for the government to outline ways it could invest in construction to the economic and social benefit of the UK. However, the ploughing of a further £10bn into Help to Buy, while in itself welcomed by housebuilders, fell far short of the mark of a game-changer in housing; both from the perspective of developers hoping to see the policy extended beyond its current 2021 cut-off, and for critics, including housing associations, who believe the funding would have greater impact on the housing crisis if it were spent directly on more affordable homes.Of more significance, potentially, is the government’s proposed new approach to working out the number of homes councils should build; an idea mooted in February’s housing white paper and quietly fleshed out last month. The method – which prioritises areas for building where homes are least affordable – would raise the number of new homes envisaged for England from 250,000 a year to 266,000, with the real significance being an increase of around 35% across 156 local authorities, particularly in the South-east.Having a framework to ramp up the number of homes delivered in places close to London which have traditionally been resistant to development would be a powerful tool in addressing the housing crisis – even if the move has already drawn the ire of MPs in the Conservatives’ “shire” heartlands.Sure, there are flaws with the proposals as they stand, but they are not much to do with the impact on the green belt: if councils can show there really is not enough unprotected land to build the levels suggested, the requirement for new homes can be reduced. A bigger issue, which has already been raised by northern councils, is that by calculating an area’s need for homes based on lack of affordability, places where houses cost less – for which, read the very places in the Midlands and North that are ripe for regeneration, development and investment – will see housing targets slashed.There is a danger that infrastructure schemes are being allowed to stall – which would have clear consequences for wider investment in the regions many of those schemes are designed to benefitLimiting growth in the UK’s regional economies is clearly the opposite of what the UK needs; the extent to which the economy is focused around the capital strikes at the core of the pressure on housing and infrastructure in the South-east. So the government needs to work up its new approach to housing alongside policies specifically designed to reignite momentum in regional development, particularly through drawing together infrastructure projects with wider development.The £300m of funding announced at the Tory conference for rail connectivity in the northern England is a step in this direction. But as the fall in civils workload for September showed, there is a danger that infrastructure schemes are being allowed to stall – which would have clear consequences for wider investment in the regions many of those schemes are designed to benefit.In six weeks’ time, the government will have another chance to address these issues, with chancellor Philip Hammond’s first autumn Budget. With construction’s pipelines looking uncertain, and the UK’s economic and social need for development rising unremittingly, the stage would appear to be set. But this will require the government both to heed the cues from the industry’s performance, and, crucially, follow a single script to address them.
Credit: The History PressRaising an Eyebrow is a personal account of working for a movie legend for nearly two decades. The author was executive assistant and close friend to the star he worshipped as a kid – The Saint/James Bond himself – Sir Roger Moore!Gareth Owen, who was Moore’s right-hand-man between 2001 and the star’s death in 2017, is well-placed to tell his story. After all, as you find out in the book, it was he who masterminded Moore’s autobiography, and he would ultimately do much of the heavy lifting in getting words onto the page. The result – My Word Is My Bond – was justifiably a bestseller. It felt authentic, capturing the warm, self-deprecating, calm, intelligent and gently ironic voice of the much-loved star. Owen and Moore collaborated again for the titles Last Man Standing, Bond on Bond and the deeply poignant (posthumously-published) À Bientôt. If you ever saw one of Sir Roger’s sellout “An Evening With…” shows, you will remember Gareth as the gentleman who interviewed him on stage and moderated questions from the floor. I was lucky enough to be in the audience for his final show (not that I knew it at the time), and the rapport and trust between the two men was self-evident.This dispenses with any whiff of cash-in about Raising an Eyebrow. Rather, it is a loving tribute to a fondly-remembered and much missed friend and boss, fully of witty stories and bons mots about the great man himself. The book is affectionate and tactful, respecting Moore’s privacy and the feelings of his surviving family members. It’s hard to imagine Sir Roger raising an eyebrow in opprobrium over any of it: more likely a martini glass.That said, the book doesn’t have the same power to resonate as the four titles the two men collaborated on, because Roger is one step removed, and third person rather than first. But as a tribute, it is certainly affecting, and there are some great stories for fans of Sir Roger Moore to get their teeth into. On one memorable occasion, the star walked out of the BBC America studios in New York and refused to return for the scheduled interview in a rare show of temper. That is was bad manners from the reception staff at the root of it reveals something about Sir Roger’s character – impeccably courteous himself, he expected good manners to be reciprocated.Raising an Eyebrow will strongly appeal to aficionados of Sir Roger Moore, especially the ones who enjoy all of the behind-the-scenes gossip and anecdotes. For anyone wanting to work in the entertainment industry as an executive assistant or ghost writer, researcher, interviewer and general confidante, then Raising an Eyebrow is the ideal memoir for you. Though be warned that the obvious stresses and strains of international travel, booking theatres and fielding calls from some crazy hucksters may put you off. More causal readers, who perhaps just love Sir Roger’s portrayal as Bond, probably won’t derive as much from this title, especially during the earlier Roger-lite chapters where Owen recounts his break into the industry (with some affectionate name-dropping along the way).There are one or two momentary lapses in detail that are surprising given the quality of the earlier Moore memoirs that Owen worked on – the year is incorrectly specified as 2016 on the opening page of the prologue – where we later know for certain that the author meant 2017. Stylistically, the text can be piecemeal, jumping from one anecdote to the next chronologically, but sometimes without much of a through-line, and there’s an overuse of exclamation marks. But these reservations aside, Raising an Eyebrow is a breezy, enjoyable read that takes few sittings to get through. Crucially, the book ends strongly – the closing chapters recounting Sir Roger’s final illness and death are deeply moving, as well as revealing about the subject’s strength of character.The affection and energy with which Raising an Eyebrow has been written is intoxicating, and a worthwhile addition for your bookcase to accompany the other Sir Roger Moore titles. In honouring the memory of a great man, and one who is sorely missed, Gareth Owen does a great job. His book is a celebration of a wonderful cinematic and humanitarian legacy left by one who brought so much joy to so many people, and whose work lives on. Raising an Eyebrow is testament to the kind of love and loyalty Sir Roger Moore attracted.Publisher: The History Press Publication date: 5th February 2020 Buy now
KINGSTON, JAMAICA – Jamaica’s tourist capital of Montego Bay is set to welcome the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy on Sunday, March 3, 2019. This represents the trophy’s first stop following the February 24 start of the World Cup Trophy Tour in Paris, France, hosts of this summer’s tournament. On display at the Catherine Hall Sports ComplexThe World Cup Trophy will be on display at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm this Sunday, ahead of the Reggae Girlz’ second game of a two-match friendly series versus Chile. Match time is 7:00 pm. “We are excited that Jamaica was selected as the first stop for the World Cup Trophy Tour, which will give local football fans an opportunity to celebrate the historic achievement of our Reggae Girlz,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “We are equally thrilled to have the Reggae Girlz playing on home soil. Sports enthusiasts should go out and get their tickets early, as that’s all that will be required in order to get a glimpse of the coveted prize up close.” Jamaica’s senior national women’s soccer team, the Reggae Girlz, qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup after beating Panama on penalties in the third-place game at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. With this win, the team became the first Caribbean nation ever to qualify for the Women’s World Cup. Following their historic qualification, the Reggae Girlz are now ranked 53rd, their highest ever FIFA ranking, having moved up 11 places in the December edition.
Four survivors of a church massacre that killed 600 people during the Liberian civil war on Monday filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. court against the man they accuse of having ordered the attack.The lawsuit, brought in federal court in Philadelphia, accuses Moses Thomas of directing the mass killing on July 29, 1990, while a colonel in the Armed Forces of Liberia. Thomas came to the United States under an immigration program intended to help victims of the conflict and now lives in a Philadelphia suburb, according to the lawsuit.Attempts to reach Thomas were unsuccessful late on Monday, but he told the BBC that the allegations were “nonsense,” according to a report on the broadcaster’s website.The church killing was among the most brutal atrocities committed against civilians during 14 years of near-constant conflict, which saw child soldiers enlisted in the war before it ended in 2003.Hundreds of families took refuge at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, a Red Cross humanitarian shelter, in the country’s capital of Monrovia, seeking protection from the violence ravaging the city.Thomas headed up the army’s elite anti-terrorism unit, according to the lawsuit, and ordered approximately 45 soldiers to enter the church and open fire indiscriminately. Soldiers then used machetes to hack others to death, while some victims survived by hiding under the bodies of others.The lawsuit can only recover monetary damages from Thomas if successful. It could potentially lead to other actions against him, but lawyers for the victims noted that Liberia has never established a tribunal to investigate wartime human rights violations.The case was filed under U.S. laws that allow foreign victims of war crimes abroad to sue the perpetrators in U.S. courts.“Cases like these should be tried in the countries where the crimes were committed,” Nushin Sarkarati, an attorney with the Center for Justice and Accountability, which represents the four anonymous plaintiffs, said in a statement. “Because that is not yet possible in Liberia, the victims have to push to try perpetrators in the courts of the countries where they have chosen to hide.”Activists hailed the case as a first step toward holding those responsible for the church massacre accountable.“I think victims and survivors of the St. Peter Lutheran Church massacre will be at peace this evening,” said Peterson Sonyah, executive director of the Liberia Massacre Survivors Association.
Tweet Sharing is caring! 138 Views one comment LocalNews Ministry of Health donates to Cancer Society by: Dominica Vibes News – May 29, 2017 Minister for Health and the Environment, Dr Kenneth Darroux (file photo)The Dominica government, through the Ministry of Health and Environment, has donated approximately one hundred thousand dollars ($100, 000.00) to the Dominica Cancer Society.The announcement was by Minister for Health and Environment, Dr. Kenneth Darroux during his presentation in Parliament on Wednesday 24 May 2017 regarding supplementary appropriation for the period ending July 2016 to April 2017. Darroux stated that the donation was made because of the “generous nature” of the current administration of “reaching out to people” as well as due to the prevalence of cancer to help ensure that cancer patients receive the treatment that they require. “With the advent of the new hospital and with the training of new doctors, as well as the installation of new equipment, all of this, the need to travel for such treatment, cancer treatment, and other ailments is going to be less and less. Plus, with the advent of the new medical insurance scheme then we are hoping that less and less people will have to travel overseas for medical treatment,” he stated. Dr Darroux informed that there were other expenditures made in the Ministry of Health including an allocation of one hundred and twenty-two thousand, nine hundred and thirteen dollars and thirteen cents ($122, 913. 13) for professional consultancy services to meet monthly payments associated with the regularization of the office of the medical board.The Medical Board is the legal entity responsible for dealing with matters pertaining to the practice of medicine here.“Prior to that [the contribution], it would have been at the mercies of some generous contributions from stakeholders, but right now we think that we are now, as a mature country and mature economy, that we now take control of our medical board,” Dr Darroux added. Share Share Share
Sophomore Kayla Smith was 64th with a 84-84-85=253 and freshman Kelie Kan was 65th with an 85-83-87=255. UWF shot a 315 in the final round to finish with a 54-hole total of 948. Top-ranked Barry won the 12-team event with a 918 and defending national champion Rollins was the runner-up with a 923. Lee and Nova Southeastern tied for the third at 928 and final advancing position, as the Lady Flames moved on to the championship after winning on the second hole of a playoff. Junior Paloma Vaccaro was a stroke back at 81-73-78=232 as she tied for 17th. For the Argonauts, senior Lauren Lamm led a group of three players in the top 20, using a final round 74 to climb ten spots into a tie for 13th with a 76-81-74=231. This marked the fifth-consecutive year that UWF qualified for the regional tournament. ELGIN, S.C. – The UWF women’s golf team completed play at the NCAA Super Regional at The Members Club at Woodcreek with a tenth place finish Wednesday. Senior Fabiana Salazar tied for 19th overall after completing the week with a 79-76-78=233 total. Print Friendly Version