LACF News:In 2019, the Los Alamos Community Foundation:Celebrated the close of our Founding Members giving society (2016-19). We couldn’t be more grateful to the 58 donors who provided startup capital to get the foundation off the ground. Our pledge is to continue to make you proud!Announced the start of our next giving society: Community Builders. These donors will strengthen our impact on the community and take the foundation to new heights.Kicked off a three-year Enterprise Bank Community Challenge of $50,000 per year, which will result in new unrestricted grant dollars for nonprofits in Los Alamos.Received grants from Con Alma Health Foundation, Delle Foundation, Enterprise Bank, LANL Foundation, and Triad National Security to underwrite our work in the community.Grew assets under management by more than 60%, from $235,000 to $386,000.Invested endowments on behalf of three local nonprofit organizations. These nonprofits receive a steady income stream from their endowments in perpetuity.Invested endowments created by Los Alamos donors for the following purposes: Community Endowment for UNM-LA, Endowment for Duane Smith Auditorium, Community Youth Sports Endowment, and the Rosalie Heller Annual Memorial Lecture Endowment.Held in-depth workshops for local nonprofits to build capacity towards fulfilling their missions.Convened Executive Director Roundtables to facilitate networking and idea-sharing for leaders of our local nonprofit organizations.Look for us to announce even more exciting new programs in 2020!Thank you for helping to make our success possible.
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The Land Registry’s annual report has revealed the impact of the faltering housing market on the government body, with its core business down by 75%. The Land Registry’s annual report published today shows that its income from fees for the year 2008/09 fell to £308m, compared to £483m in the previous year. Its total expenditure was £380m, compared to £400m for 2007/8. The accounts show it made a loss during the year of £130m. In response to the stagnation in the property market, the Land Registry reduced its staff by more than 1,000 through a process of voluntary redundancy, early retirement and transfer to other government departments, at a cost of £50.3m. The report said it had cut back spending, raised its fees and reviewed contracts. Money-saving measures include using second-class post and closing the restaurants in all its offices. With the expectation of a slow property market in the next financial year, the Land Registry said work on reducing its staff, estate and other overhead costs will continue. The Registry paid out an increased amount in compensation due to errors on the register – £10m for 1,364 claims, compared with £9m for 1,072 claims in 2007/8. It also saw an increase in the number of claims and the amount paid as a result of fraud, such as the registration of fraudulent transfers and charges. The figure rose to £5m for 62 claims, up from nearly £4m for 60 claims in 2007/8. It said it had reviewed its anti-fraud procedures during the year and introduced new measures intended to counteract registration fraud. It also recovered £89,235 under its statutory rights of recourse, compared with £72,536 last year. The report also noted that the number of registered titles held on the Land Registry’s database reached 22 million during the year, the first mortgage or e-charge was signed electronically, and for the first time it processed more voluntary than compulsory first registrations. Its campaign to encourage owners of unregistered property to voluntarily sign up to the Land Registry achieved its target of registering 325,000 hectares. Peter Collis, chief land registrar and chief executive, said: ‘While it has been one of the most difficult periods in our 147 year history, we are looking forward to implementing new plans which will see Land Registry emerge as an even more customer-focused organisation.’ ‘In the future we envisage a smaller, leaner, more customer-focused organisation dealing with many applications electronically and providing an expanding range of products and services to customers,’ he said.
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“We didn’t want to take any chances at Ormonde, so we went for A2SEA with all their experience and know-how,” says Ole Bigum Nielsen, offshore projects director for Vattenfall UK.The size of the R5 power turbines added an extra dimension of structural and logistical challenges to the project. In place of monopiles, the R5s are installed on jacket foundations – the first time this has been tried on a commercial offshore wind installation.”We’ll probably be using jacket foundations on all of our Round 3 projects, and that includes the 7.2GW Norfolk Bank wind farm project, which could start as soon as 2014,” says Nielsen.Meanwhile, A2SEA has joined the British Safety Council (BSC). Trevor Arnold, one of A2SEA’s UK officers, became a member of the BSC several years ago, and now he believes that A2SEA will also benefit.He says: “BSC courses aren’t dry classroom exercises. They’re practical courses in proactive safety.”The BSC offers a comprehensive suite of health and safety qualifications covering UK and international standards.”A2SEA’s BSC membership represents a positive investment in our people and their know-how that could lead to higher standards across the industry,” he adds.
Isaac Bailey of Nooitgedacht, Bishop Lavis, said his family – his wife, four-month-old daughter and two other children, aged nine and 10 – have been without running water for months “and still counting”.“We have no drinking water, or water to wash or bath, we cannot flush the toilet: the yard is full of human waste gushing out as the drain is blocked and we cannot wash our clothes or do anything that requires water,” said Mr Bailey. He also wrote to Tammy Carter of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) who received a reply from Glenda Jeffries of the City of Cape Town to the effect that the relevant officials “are trying to ensure that basic water supply is restored while the matter is investigated further”. But according to Mr Bailey, nothing happened although the municipality accused him of tampering with the water meter.The story involves an executor of his sister’s estate who wanted him “off the property from the get-go”. Mr Bailey said he was opposed to her appointment. The Master refused to remove her and the co-executor resigned soon after he was nominated. “No lawyers want to work with her,” Mr Bailey alleged. “We built a 124sqm house on my late sister’s property who gave us lifelong rights, and the contract was drawn up by a lawyer. We signed it in 2008 prior to her death in 2010 and before her will was drawn up. Absa Trust was the executor and along with the heirs settled on our claim amount in 2012, which was R470 000. But Absa Trust withdrew as executor,” and, claimed Mr Bailey, “the money was never paid to me.” Absa Trust paid the utilities and maintenance, but after they withdrew, neither the executor nor the heirs who were supposed to contribute did so, according to Mr Bailey.“I put tenants into the main house as it was being vandalised and used their rent to pay utilities and maintenance, but R3 500 doesn’t stretch that far, though. In August 2015, the then co-executor sent the executor an email asking her to send a plumber to fix a leak on the property. But because she refused, the bill rocketed toR13 000, so the municipality disconnected the water: there is no supply, not even a drip system,” said Mr Bailey. “We can’t wash, we don’t have drinking water, we can’t use the toilet. When we do flush it, the waste runs into the backyard as the drain is blocked. We can’t brush our teeth, can’t wash clothes and we can’t bath or make bottles for our four-month-old baby. As the account is not in my name the municipality does not want to deal with me,” Mr Bailey claimed.“We are suffering, and the mayor, health inspector and law society say it’s our problem, and we must live and deal with it. It seems that no one cares that I have minor kids (nine and 10) and a four-month-old who are suffering because the executor and heirs want us out of the house.”The City’s deputy mayor, Ian Neilson, said the bill in the name of Ms JE Bailey had accumulated debt as a result of rates charges, services charges and, on November 29 (2016), a tampering fee of R5 700.“The account has a history of non-payment, including non-adherence to multiple agreed payment arrangements. The City was advised of the appointed executor, who is eligible to deal with matters related to the property and account in terms of the executor’s responsibilities,” he said.“The occupier on a number of occasions has been advised to bring a letter of the executor to enter into any agreements with the City, but, to date, no document has been forthcoming. The City is taking legal collection action on the account that could lead to a sale in execution,” Mr Neilson said.Former Mayco member for utility services, Ernest Sonnenberg, said the water supply to the property had been restricted through the insertion of a flow restriction disc on August 15 2016. “However, on October 11 2016, an investigation found that the flow restriction disc was removed and the registered water consumption was 358kl from the date of restriction to the date of investigation. Based on these findings, we concluded there was tampering of the meter.“The water and sanitation department analysed the water consumption at this property from August 31 2015 until August 15 2016 and identified an exorbitant increase in daily usage from387 litres to 8 611 litres a day. “The water inspector confirmed these findings,” said Mr Sonnenberg who added the then co-executor had sent Mr Bailey a letter asking him to get a plumber to fix the leak.“We have not received any information or confirmation that the water leak has been fixed, thus the stringent action taken in order to curb water losses, conserve the water, and deal with history of non-payment. “The stringent action is in line with the City’s regulations,” he said.However, Mr Bailey said he had never made arrangements with the City of Cape Town “because the account is not in my name”.
Join Peter – the boy who never grows up – as he and Tinker Bell whisk Wendy and her brothers from their London home off on a magical journey to Neverland. The Imperial Ice Stars will perform a brand-new show, Peter Pan on Ice, from Wednesday January 15 to Sunday February 2 at the Artscape Opera House. Showcasing 23 former World, European and National Championship-level skaters, the entire cast holds more than 250 competition medals and will bring their athletic and artistic talents to retell J M Barrie’s well-loved story of Peter Pan. The show is set to an original score and features acrobatics, flying sequences, LED illumination effects and aerial gymnastics. Since their debut in 2004, the Imperial Ice Stars have enthralled more than four million people in 27 countries across five continents, and have performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues. The troupe last visited South Africa in 2017 with Cinderella on Ice. Tickets for Peter Pan on Ice cost from R115 to R450. Family packages and discounts for students and pensioners are available. Book through Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.
Cambridge Folk Festival 2020 has announced another wave of artists including award-winning folk singer Seth Lakeman and Texan Grammy Award winner Patty Griffin.The new additions also include Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, South America’s Chico Trujillo, Americana act The Delines, Scotland’s Elephant Sessions, folk singer-songwriter Sam Lee, rising blues prodigy Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram and Davina & The Vagabonds.The new additions join a line-up that already includes Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Passenger, Seasick Steve, Suzanne Vega, Show of Hands, Lankum, Martha Wainwright, Fatoumata Diawara.Cambridge Folk Festival takes place from 30th July to 2nd August 2020 at Cherry Hinton Hall in Cambridge.Tickets are on sale now and you can buy them, and get more information, from https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/tickets.
Storage tanks of kerosene are seen at the Middle East Oil Refinery Company (MIDOR) in Alexandria, Egypt, November 7, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh The Mstrd oil refinery in Cairo, in a file photo. REUTERS/Nasser NuriEgypt plans to upgrade six oil refineries at a cost of about $9 billion over four years to increase domestic production to 41 million tonnes a year, the petroleum minister said.“We are trying to secure crude oil supplies for Egyptian refineries to increase local production of refined products,” the minister, Tarek El Molla, said during a conference in Cairo late on Sunday night, without giving further details.Egypt currently has eight refineries with a capacity of 38 million tonnes, of which only 25 million tonnes are utilized.Related 40 billion housing project in Egypt downsized Four killed in Egypt train crash Egypt Jewellery Museum Reopens After Three Years
South Africa budget expectations South Africa Rastafarians Medical workers disinfect equipment at an isolation ward in a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, July 10, 2020. As of Thursday, a total of 238,339 COVID-19 cases were reported in South Africa, said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. (Photo by Yeshiel/Xinhua) Medical workers disinfect equipment at an isolation ward in a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, July 10, 2020. (Photo by Yeshiel/Xinhua)South Africa will penalize people for not wearing masks in public places as part of efforts to curb the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the government announced on Monday.Should people not take all reasonable measures to ensure masks are worn, they will face a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment, said Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.“We have introduced provisions that enforce the mandatory wearing of face masks, particularly in a public setting,” said the minister, while elaborating on the Amendment of Level Three Coronavirus COVID-19 Regulations.The amended regulations, announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday evening, reinforce the mandatory wearing of masks in public or in public places because “there are a number of people who have taken to organizing parties, who have drinking sprees, and some who walk around in crowded spaces without masks,” as Ramaphosa put it.Under the new regulations, any employer, manager or owner of a building used by the public to obtain goods or services, will be responsible if any person enters and remains in such building, place or premises, without wearing a mask.The penalty lies with the employer, manager or owner of a building as access is controlled by such persons, Dlamini-Zuma said.As for the wearing of masks in public transport, the driver, owner or operator of the vehicle who fails to take reasonable steps to ensure compliance commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment, said Dlamini-Zuma, without specifying the amount of the fine.This is necessary to achieve compliance with the wearing of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the minister said.Together with social distancing, sanitization and the regular washing or sanitizing of hands, the wearing of masks constitutes one of the most effective systematic means of reducing transmission of the virus, she said.South Africa is now amongst the most infected countries in the world, the minister said.“The situation would have been far worse, had we not taken extra ordinary and precautionary measures,” she said.As of Sunday, South Africa recorded a cumulative number of 276,242 confirmed cases, and 4,079 related deaths.Over the past several days, the country has been recording over 12,000 new cases every day, the equivalent of 500 new infections every hour.Related South Africa Elections Coverage