Scenes From County Employee Halloween Luncheon

first_imgRoad construction can be a real horror show. In honor of the roundabout project underway on N.M. 502, Los Alamos County officials dressed as contruction workers during the Halloween-themed employee luncheon Thursday afternoon at Fuller Lodge. Here, County Manager Harry Burgess, left, and Fire Chief Troy Hughes show off their yellow vests. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comHuman Resources Manager Denise Cassel and County Attorney Alvin Leaphart participate in the luncheon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comLos Alamos County employee Enrique Guillen dresses as a domino. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com A group of County employees dressed as dominos earn a prize during the luncheon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comDepartment of Public Utilities Manager Philo Shelton, left, enjoys the lunch. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comCommunity Services Department staff get into the recreation spirit during the luncheon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comI love rock n’ roll! County employees, including County Clerk Naomi Maestas, right, are ready to jam during the luncheon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comAll the prize winners gather for a photo during the luncheon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Scene from the luncheon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Nov. 14

first_imgEllis must change credentialing formOver the last 12 years, I have privately urged Ellis Hospital to change its credentialing procedures. I hope that by my publicly airing my concerns, they will be taken more seriously. Ellis Hospital requires all physicians who have privileges to complete a detailed medical questionnaire.We are required to list the doctors we have seen, the reason for the appointments and any medications prescribed. We also must answer questions about various symptoms, including our reproductive and mental health. I do not even work at Ellis Hospital. I must complete this form to access patient labs from the Ellis electronic record. Ellis requires me to disclose my entire medical history to review patient labs.While privacy issues are concerning, I am more troubled by the impact these questions have on fellow physicians. I have been unable to convince colleagues to seek treatment for depression because they do not want to disclose that treatment on the Ellis Hospital form. Suicide rates in physicians are much higher than in the general population. I worry about those who need treatment but are not receiving it.Several months ago, I was told the form would be changed. It has not been changed. This week, two physician administrators called me and reminded me that change takes time – that they want to make changes but must first filter through many committees. Twelve years is too long to wait, when changing this form may save a doctor’s life.Catherine Smitas, MDSchenectadyOpine on abortion, not breast feedingDear Diane Sanders Hombach, regarding your Oct. 30 letter (“Writer has no right to discuss abortion“) to Mr. Wendell Neugebauer, I believe he has every right to his opinion on abortion.Just because a man can’t deliver a baby doesn’t mean he doesn’t have feelings for an unborn child.If he were commenting on whether a woman should breast feed or not, now that’s another matter. Note to Wendell – If you think you were spanked over your comments on abortion, don’t even voice your opinion on breast feeding.Lorraine VanDerWerkenSchenectadyExactly what crimes did Trump commit?I just read Ms. Cartwright’s Nov. 9 letter (“No good Democrat is supportive of Trump”). As is common practice among the opposition, they spray around phrases that President Trump ‘broke laws’, defied the Constitution, etc.But, as is also common practice, not once do they ever list these illusory occasions. Let me try to help: Did he prohibit ‘due process’ during the Kavanaugh hearings?  No, no. That was the Democrats. Did he bribe a foreign government to fire an elected official? No. Did he direct states and cities to ignore federal immigration laws to let criminal aliens out on the streets? No, no, those were Democratic controlled entities. Did he sign bills allowing the abortion of fetuses up to the time of birth? Oops, sorry, there is nothing in the Constitution on that; it comes from a higher law. Ever hear of Thou Shalt Not Kill? Alas, those bills were signed by Democratic governors, not President Trump. He is pro-life and that is not a crime.I will wait for you, or anyone, to come up with some crime that is provable. How did Mueller make out? But if you and others who believe as you think there is nothing wrong with the items I’ve listed, then your title is accurate: There are no good Democrats.Jeffrey FalaceSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRiggi had become ineffective on councilIn response to Tricia Margas’ Nov. 11 letter (“How could voters not re-elect Vince Riggi?”), for my family it was very easy to not vote for Riggi.In June, my wife Barbara called Vince Riggi at home at least three times about problems we were having with Schenectady code enforcement. My wife was a former Riggi supporter and had been former president and vice president of the Mont Pleasant Neighborhood Association, plus she had graduated high school with Mr. Riggi.Three phone calls on separate days and guess what? No answer back and no support of Vince Riggi.Vince blended in too much with the other members of the City Council. The elections show Vince had lost over 500 supporters between 2015 and November 2019. He had become ineffective.Jack Fitch, Sr.Schenectadylast_img read more

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Officers douse pipeline protesters in subfreezing weather

first_img CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – Authorities on Monday defended their decision to douse protesters with water during a skirmish in subfreezing weather near the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and organizers said at least 17 protesters were taken to the hospital – including some who were treated for hypothermia.Protesters trying to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state highway late Sunday and early Monday were turned back by authorities using tear gas, rubber bullets and water hoses.At least 17 protesters were injured severely enough to be taken to hospitals, said Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.“Hypothermia, a number of head injuries from being shot with rubber bullets, one individual had a heart attack,” he said.Although Goldtrooth said a water cannon was used to douse the protesters, Morton County Sheriff’s spokesman Rob Keller denied that. He did confirm that water hoses owned by the Mandan Rural Fire Department were used to put out fires set by protesters and to turn back protesters during a violent clash that was “rapidly unfolding.”“Water hoses were used to keep distance between officers and criminal agitators and also to put out fires set by those agitators,” he said.Goldtooth said the fires were set to warm people soaked with water. He criticized authorities’ use of water on a frigid night.Morton County Sheriff’s spokesman Rob Keller could not verify the number of protester injuries.Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune issued a statement calling the use of water an “act of brutality” and “nothing short of life-threatening and inhumane.” Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did Tarah Demant, spokeswoman for the human rights group Amnesty International, which has had observers at the protest area.Keller said the American Red Cross set up an emergency shelter in Fort Yates for any protesters needing help.The skirmish began Sunday evening after protesters tried to remove two burned-out trucks on what’s known as the Backwater Bridge, not far from the encampment where they’ve been for weeks as they demonstrate against the pipeline. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department estimated 400 protesters sought to cross the bridge on state Highway 1806.The sheriff’s department said in a statement that law enforcement officers “had rocks thrown at them, burning logs and rocks shot from slingshots,” and that one officer had been hit on the head by a thrown rock. One person was arrested.Rema Loeb said he was forced to retreat from the bridge because he feared being doused with water on the freezing night. Others, he said, needed medical treatment after being hit with tear gas.“It’s been just horrible,” said the 83-year-old Loeb, who traveled from Massachusetts about two weeks ago to join the protests.The 1,200-mile, four-state pipeline is being built to carry oil from western North Dakota to a shipping point in Illinois. But construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline has been protested for months by the Standing Rock Sioux, whose reservation lies near the pipeline route, and the tribe’s allies, who fear a leak could contaminate drinking water. They also worry that construction could threaten sacred sites.Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners has said no sites have been disturbed and that the pipeline will have safeguards against leaks, and is a safer method of transport for oil than rail or truck. The company has said the pipeline is largely complete except for the section under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota.Goldtooth said protesters on Sunday night wanted to remove the burned-out trucks on the bridge so that law officers “can see us face to face, who we are, as peaceful water protectors.”The sheriff’s office in a statement said protesters “engaged in organized tactical movement” and were “very aggressive.”On Friday, ETP Chief Executive Kelcy Warren said the company is unwilling to reroute the pipeline. Officers douse pipeline protesters in subfreezing weather Published: November 22, 2016 5:10 AM EST Author: AP center_img SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

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Profession sides with harassed bar exam students

first_imgBarristers have stepped in to support students struggling to sit online bar exams this week, with the shadow justice minister saying he will formally write to the regulator and ask the Inns of Court to investigate.Dozens of students on the Bar Professional Training Course have been unable to sit core assessments because of technical issues, while one student has reported urinating in a bottle after being told repeatedly that he could not leave his desk during the three-hour assessment.Under the rules of exam provider Pearson Vue, the exam will automatically terminate if the candidate leaves the room.Shadow minister Karl Turner MP posted on Twitter that he will ‘formally’ write to the Bar Standards Board and will ask Middle Temple to investigate the situation. Meanwhile, Bernard Richmond QC, head of chambers at Lamb Building, called on other heads of chambers and circuit representatives to discuss writing a collective letter to the BSB.Other barristers have offered to represent students pro bono, and employment barrister Daniel Barnett is hosting a webinar for affected students later this month.The BSB said that it was ‘inevitable’ with any online exam that some students would face technical issues and said candidates whose computers crashed midway through the assessment would have to resit in December.Yesterday, a spokesperson for the regulator said: ‘Inevitably with any online based exam, some students did face technical issues that prevented them from accessing their exams. Pearson Vue will try to rearrange their exam to take place on another scheduled sitting date subject to availability. Students who have accessed the exam but experienced a technical failure during the course of it will be allowed to defer to December without penalty if they have not successfully completed enough of the exam to achieve a pass.’last_img read more

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São Paulo black boxes

first_imgEVENT RECORDERS: Finnish firm EKE-Electronics is supply ‘black box’ event recorders for installation on Alstom metro trains on Line 2 in São Paulo.The EKE-Trainnet event recorder meets European and IEEE crashworthiness requirements for use on trains worldwide. It provides 16 GB of memory for storing train control, diagnostic, video and voice data in an electrically isolated and fire and fluid-proof housing. The recorders for São Paulo will be configured to store the last two hours of footage from on-train CCTV cameras. ‘Just like aircraft black boxes, train data recorders have to protect data in all imaginable circumstances’, said Pekka Kuusela, CEO of EKE-Electronics. ‘The international market for event recorders is rapidly growing, as CCTV applications and video recording give an exceptional tool for accident and crime investigations.’last_img read more

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Slovakian upgrade awarded EU funding

first_imgSLOVAKIA: The European Union’s Cohesion Fund is to provide €285·5m to support upgrading of the line between Žilina and Púchov near the Czech border.This will fund works to permit 160 km/h running between Púchov and Považská Teplá, the construction of two tunnels and three large bridges and the refurbishment of Považská Teplá and Považská Bystrica stations. Completion is planned for the end of 2021. ‘Passengers will enjoy increased safety and comfort and faster connections to other Slovak regions and to the Czech Republic’, said European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu on June 25. ‘Because this project promotes clean mobility in the region, inhabitants will also ultimately benefit from better air quality.’last_img read more

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Jerusalem Green Line concession awarded

first_imgISRAEL: The TransJerusalem J-Net consortium of CAF and Shapir has been awarded a PPP concession to build and operate the Green Line tram project in Jerusalem. TransJerusalem J-Net beat a bid from a consortium of Shikun & Binui, Egged, CRRC, Comsa, Efatec and MPK. As well as construction and operation of the 20·6 km Green Line, the concession includes the construction of a 6·8 km extension of the existing Red Line. A total of 53 stops are to be built across the two lines. Both projects are due to be completed by 2025. The consortium will operate both lines for 15 years and maintain them for 25 years, with options to extend these terms. Each company has an equal share in the special purpose vehicle that is being established, and CAF says that its share of the contract is worth €500m. CAF will supply 114 Urbos trams for the Green Line, and will refurbish the 46 Alstom Citadis trams on the Red Line. It will also be responsible for signalling, communications and power supplies. The 13·8 km Red Line with 23 stops opened in 2011 and currently carries 145 000 passengers a day.last_img read more

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UWF Named Scholar All-America Team

first_imgFULL CSCAA RELEASE A record 638 teams earned the distinction, ranging from Division I universities to those affiliated with the NAIA. In total, 73 percent of all CSCAA member programs posted GPAs above 3.00. An impressive 21 top-25 programs in the most recent CSCAA Division II poll earned Scholar All-American status, which includes UWF and fellow New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference member Lindenwood. Sixteen Argonauts will be recognized as NSISC All-Academic student-athletes at the conference championship meet next month. NORFOLK, Va. – The University of West Florida swimming and diving team has been selected by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America as a Scholar All-America team, the organization announced Wednesday. Teams must have achieved a 3.00 grade point average or higher in the fall semester to be in consideration for the honor. West Florida has combined strong work in the classroom with great effort in the pool this year. Individual Argonauts have combined for 22 A- or B-cut times, four divers have posted scores high enough to enter the NCAA Diving Qualifier, and the team has posted a B-cut time in all five relay events.center_img The team has shown itself to be one of the strongest in Division II, taking major wins over Florida Southern and at the Panther Invitational in the fall and starting the spring with three consecutive wins against NSISC foe Ouachita Baptist and Birmingham Southern and Sewanee. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version West Florida will head to Cleveland, Mississippi, for the NSISC Championships from February 15-18.last_img read more

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Lagi! Penumpang Lakukan Travel Hack Guna Pangkas Bobot Bagasi

first_imgsumber: mirror.co.uk Anda masih ingat dengan Ryan Carney Williams, yaitu penumpang British Airways yang dicekal mengudara karena menggunakan pakaian berlapis sebagai upayanya untuk mereduksi biaya bagasi? Ya, upaya travel hack-nya dengan menggunakan lapis delapan celana dan 10 atasan sekaligus ini dicekal oleh petugas Bandara Keflavik di Islandia pada awal Januari 2018 silam. Sejatinya, memang tidak ada regulasi yang secara tertulis mengatur tentang travel hack semacam ini, namun kejadian sini sempat menuai sorotan kala itu.Baca Juga: Kenakan Pakaian Berlapis-Lapis, Pria Ini Dicekal di Bandara Keflavik!Kali ini, pemberitaan terbaru datang dari Filipina, dimana salah satu penumpang wanita yang hendak mengudara juga melakukan hal yang serupa dengan Ryan. Adalah Gel Rodriguez, seorang penumpang yang hendak bertolak dari Davao City, berinisiatif untuk mengenakan sejumlah baju yang ia bawa guna mengurangi bobot dari koper yang ia bawa. Seperti yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman independent.co.uk (18/10), wanita ini setidaknya mengenakan tujuh atasan dan setidaknya tiga celana sekaligus – membuat dirinya seperti orang yang dibebat oleh pakaian. Setelah Gel sukses melaksanakan travel hack ini, ia lalu mengabadikan momen dimana ia mengenakan pakaian berlapis dan mengunggahnya ke laman Facebook.“Ketika petugas check in counter mengatakan: total bobot yang diijinkan untuk bagasi kabin adalah 7 kg. Saya: Tidak Masalah! #ExcessBaggageChallengeAccepted,” tulis Gel dalam keterangan foto yang diunggahnya ke Facebook.Sontak, unggahan Gel ini menuai banyak komentar dari warganet. Terbukti, postingan yang diunggah pada tanggal 1 Oktober 2019 ini disukai oleh 33 ribu orang, dikomentari oleh lebih dari 1.000 pengguna Facebook, dan dibagikan lebih dari 20 ribu kali.Baca Juga: Pakaian Apa yang Selazimnya Dikenakan Penumpang Pesawat?Beragam tanggapan dari netizen yang menyebutkan bahwa apa yang dilakukan oleh Gel ini memenuhi kolom komentar unggahan tersebut. Tidak sedikit juga dari warganet yang meminta Gel untuk mengulangi aksi uniknya tersebut, namun dengan singkat Gel menjawab, “Mungkin tidak. Karena itu amat sangat panas. Dan saya tidak merekomendasikan itu semua kepada kalian,” balas Gel singkat.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

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Winless Sunwolves add Kubota Spears’ Kitagawa to training squad

first_imgThe Sunwolves on Tuesday added Kubota Spears prop Kengo Kitagawa to their training squad ahead of this weekend’s match against the Jaguares.A team source said Kitagawa could be named to the 23 for the game on Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground as head coach Mark Hammett searches for answers on the heels of its 92-17 whipping at the hands of the Cheetahs. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 The last-place Sunwolves have lost all seven games in their inaugural Super Rugby campaign.“I believe I’ve been given a very good opportunity,” Kitagawa said. “I hope I can make the most of this chance and represent Kubota Spears well.” GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img KEYWORDS Super Rugby, Sunwolves, Kubota Spears, Kengo Kitagawa, Jaguares last_img read more

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