Council Hears Presentation On Trinity Drive Projects

first_imgThe future location of  The Hill Apartments. To accomodate the new development, County staff are considering a road diet  project from east of Diamond Drive near Los Alamos Medical Center entrance to west of Oppenheimer Drive. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post kirsten@ladailypost.comOne of the main thoroughfares in Los Alamos could see a few transformations. Los Alamos County Council was updated on projects planned for Trinity Drive and N.M. 502 during its meeting Tuesday night.Work to construct a roundabout as well as improvements on N.M. 502 from Knecht Street to Tewa Loop has already begun. Meanwhile, County Engineer Eric Martinez reported that New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is scheduling a pavement preservation project from mile marker 0 at Diamond Drive to mile marker 4 east of Camino Entrada this summer. He explained the maintenance project excludes the current roundabout project area and consists of a rapid Cutler overlay process.Plus, he said, LAH Investors LLC is working to construct a 150-unit apartment complex, known as The Hill Apartments, on the south end of 35th Street. The complex would be situated just east of Los Alamos Medical Center, west of Mountain View Condos and south of Alpine Laser Dental. The property was the site of the former Los Alamos Site Office.According to agenda documents, the County is responsible for the costs of engineering and design of any off-site improvements for the apartment complex.Council was asked to weigh in on the suggested alternative for street improvements to accommodate the additional traffic generated from the apartment complex, which consists of a concept called a road diet. The project area would apply east of Diamond Drive near the Los Alamos Medical Center entrance to west of Oppenheimer Drive, according to agenda documents. Additionally, the project would provide for left turn refuge for westbound traffic at the Los Alamos Medical Center entrance.A road diet, Martinez explained, is basically reducing the number of vehicle lanes from four to three. The road wouldn’t be narrowed or widened but rather there would be three vehicle lanes, one lane in each direction and a center turn lane, and the addition of two bike lanes.“The plan provides for a complete streets concept where you have dedicated bike lanes in both directions, pedestrian buffers, pedestrians crossing availability as well as transit service,” he said.Martinez said there also would be pedestrian activated flashing lights to warn motorists about pedestrian crossings as well as a small median refuge island to facilitate safe crossing. He continued that under this plan pedestrians would be required to cross fewer lanes of traffic.The idea for a road diet was recommended during the Jan. 3 County transportation board meeting, Martinez said. After performing a study and review of the road diet alternative, County staff presented the findings to the transportation board on May 2. Martinez said the findings showed the road diet configuration provides adequate capacity for build-out of the site and into the future.Since Trinity is a state road Martinez said, the changes will need to follow NMDOT’s requirements and that the state is interested in the council’s thoughts on the road diet option.“They (NMDOT) are looking forward to hearing what council has to say about the project,” he said.Additionally, Martinez said, NMDOT is set to award a $250,000 grant to the County for pedestrian and ADA improvements on Trinity. The grant request will go before the State Transportation Commission at its August meeting, he said.After some discussion on the matter, Council Chair Sara Scott summarized council’s thoughts on the road diet option. She said council would like to see further investigation on how the road diet would affect traffic during peak hours. Also, council wondered if staff could investigate the increase in traffic expected to be caused by the new apartment complex and increased hiring at Los Alamos National Laboratory.Additionally, Scott said County staff should investigate the possibility of moving the hospital entrance on Trinity to the east. Perhaps constructing an entrance to the hospital parking lot from Finch Street could be a future item as well as the possibility of connecting the bike lanes to a future project such as the extension of the Canyon Rim Trail, she said.Council also asked staff to investigate how the green space to the east of Diamond Drive would be impacted by the road diet option.“I like the idea of the road diet,” Councilor Antonio Maggiore said. “I have some concerns about peak traffic hours, but my other concern is the entrance to the hospital. It seems to me this whole thing would be quite a bit safer if the hospital entrance was moved east.”This is not the only project being discussed in the area.Martinez mentioned while the state progresses with the roundabout project and preparing for the summer overlay work on N.M. 502, the County is getting ready to begin a pavement rehabilitation project along Diamond Drive, from the Omega Bridge to San Ildefonso Road. Provisions were made to complete the segment between Omega Bridge and Sandia and Orange streets before the start of school in August to reduce impacts to the traveling public.last_img read more

Mike Arnold Promoted To Vice President, General Manager Acella Tire Fill Systems Division

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement Accella Performance Materials, a Carlisle Company, has promoted Mike Arnold to vice president/general manager of its Tire Fill Systems Division.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementFor the previous three years, Arnold has served as head of global sales for Accella Tire Fill Systems, where he was responsible for providing leadership to sales, customer service and technical service teams and strategy deployment. In his new role, Arnold will effectively oversee all global sales, strategic and logistical operations for Accella’s Tire Fill business.His primary focus will be the growth of Accella TyrFil – the company’s marquee polyurethane tire flatproofing solution. Arnold also will supervise the brand’s Carefree Tire division as well as Accella’s TLC Tire & Rim Protection wheel conditioner and ReSeal industrial tire sealant lines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Ole Hoefelmann named CaFCP Chair

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PSA Carries Out Audit of Åsgard Subsea Compression Project

first_imgPetroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of the Åsgard subsea compression project at Aker Solutions in Egersund.The objective of the audit was to acquire a status update for the project and to review the equipment that will be produced in Egersund. There was an additional objective of monitoring that the project has been planned and carried out in compliance with applicable regulations and recognised norms, and that requirements in the HSE regulations are provided for.No non-conformities or improvement points were identified.[mappress]Press Release, April 11, 2014last_img read more

HUGO STINNES strengthens SANMEX service

first_imgFrom mid-December 2009, the tonnage currently utilised will be replaced by 12,000 dwt vessels with heavy lift capacity of 120 – 150 tonnes per crane (combinable up to 300 tonnes).The first regular liner sailing in the enhanced SANMEX service will be made by Stinnes Passat (ex-Obsession), a multipurpose tweendecker, built in 2001 which has three hatches and two 150-tonne cranes.The ship will sail from Antwerp on 16th December with a port rotation of Bilbao, Río Haina, Puerto Limon, Veracruz and Altamira (Tampico), returning to Antwerp via Río Haina. Apart from these fixed main ports, the service is flexible and may serve other ports in North Europe, the Caribbean and US Gulf on inducement. A fixed call in Houston (after the Mexican port calls) will be added to the liner schedule from early 2010.A second vessel with similar characteristics will be phased-in during March 2010 and, the line says that if the market recovers further, a third vessel will be added, thus increasing the sailings to every three weeks.last_img read more

Anger over new Edgars service fee

first_imgBilqees Salie is planning to close her account at Edgars af0er the chain implemented a service fee, even on the six-month interest-free one which she has. The Kenwyn woman said she asked Edgars why they didn’t tell her and she was advised that the notice was added to her December 15 statement. It said in small print: “Our credit agreement and the National Credit Act (NCA) allow for a service fee to be charged in respect of all credit agreements. From January 2016, we will charge a monthly service fee of R22.80 on accounts with a debit balance due to increased account keeping costs, where our credit agreement and the NCA allow therefore.”“Are they allowed to do this?” Ms Salie asked. “Are they allowed to give a month’s notice and in the small print? Are they acting in accordance with the NCA? I would have assumed they should advise us in the subject line of the email. I spoke to some friends and family and many were unaware of the charge and others thought it did not apply to them as they have a six-month interest-free account. Some have already closed their Edgars accounts because of this charge. I would like Edgars to reverse these charges and I will gladly settle my account. If the NCA allows for this daylight robbery I want to know and close my account as soon as possible to avoid further charges,” said Ms Salie adding, “it was not the first time I’ve had a problem with Edgars.”“Not too long ago I went to return an item and was advised that they would not credit my account, but instead give me a cash voucher. I asked why I was expected to pay Edgars for the item on my account and then be forced to spend the same amount in store with the cash voucher? I was then shown a huge sign in the store with amended terms and conditions. I told them this was not communicated to clients and that the sign was not there when I made my purchase. My account was credited and soon after that the signs disappeared from all stores,” she said. An Edcon spokesperson, said: “Having taken into consideration the rising costs to provide unsecured credit to our customers, both Edcon and the credit provider, Absa have regrettably been compelled to amend our credit agreements to introduce a monthly service fee on our credit accounts. The NCA (Act No. 34 of 2005 Section 101(1)(c)) allows credit providers to charge monthly service fees of up to a maximum of R60. Although these fees were waived by Edcon in the past, it has unfortunately now become necessary to charge a small fee of R22.80, which is well below the prescribed maximum. “Edcon has given our customers 30 days’ notice of the change to their existing credit agreement, which we started implementing from July 4, this year.” Nthupang Magolego, senior legal advisor at the National Credit Regulator (NCR), said the NCA (Section 104) specifically states that a credit provider cannot unilaterally increase a service fee charged under a credit agreement. If Edgars did not charge a service fee at the inception of the credit agreement, they cannot just unilaterally give notice to charge or increase it, from R0 to R22.80.“But,” said Edcon, “In line with the NCA, we did not unilaterally introduce service fees on pre-existing credit agreements. All credit agreements concluded from October 2012 already provide for the charging of a service fee, which the credit provider could decide to waive in full or in part at its discretion. In respect of credit agreements concluded before October 2012, clients were notified and requested to agree to an amendment of the credit agreements to include a service fee.” Ms Salie said she will be closing her account as she kept it open in the hopes of being refunded. But if Edcon didn’t charge a service fee then Ms Salie may get a refund. However, I wouldn’t hold my breath.last_img read more

Battery upgrade

first_imgTURKISH State Railways is replacing the on-board pocket plate batteries fitted to 26 of its E43000 electric locomotives with SRM 105P cells from Saft. These offer 105Ah capacity, and are installed on the locomotives in 13 six-cell stainless steel crates and one four-cell crate. The SRM cell design uses sintered positive and plastic bonded negative electrodes, and offers a service life of up to 15 years. Replenishment with distilled water is needed at two-year intervals, but the electrolyte does not need to be changed during the battery’s lifetime. The batteries are being supplied to TCDD through local agent UTO Engineering.Saft, FranceReader Enquiry Number 140last_img read more

Chinese construction company to build tallest building in Djibouti

first_imgPhoto taken on Jan. 12, 2017 shows the foundation stone-laying ceremony in port city of Djibouti. (Xinhua)Chinese construction corporation, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) has laid foundation stone to build its Djibouti headquarter.The new 23-storey twin tower which is worth $70 million will be the tallest structure in Djibouti once complete. ‘It’s set to be the new landmark in the country.It was indicated that the project would generate job opportunities for over 2,000 personnel during construction, and over 1,000 jobs when put into operation.Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, Chinese Ambassador to Djibouti Fu Huaqiang, and President of CCECC Yuan Li together with other senior Djibouti officials took part in the foundation stone laying ceremony last Thursday at CCECC’s office in the red sea city of Djibouti, New China reports.The building will have 480 apartments serving as Small Office, Home Office, and a complete set of modern office facilities, conference rooms, dining rooms, gymnasium, basketball stadium, swimming pools and 260 parking lots.President of CCECC, Yuan Li said that on the occasion that the twin-tower building would provide excellent living and working space for international business people.Yuan said that that his company will also experiment land reclamation in nearby sea side areas , testing the impact of artificial islands on surrounding marine ecology , aiming to provide science-based demonstration and technological preparations for the development of an urban complex on the eastern coast, called The Wings of Djibouti.”Since its first appearance in Djibouti in 1981, CCECC has so far undertaken over 100 projects including the Industrial and Commercial High School of Djibouti, the Hassan Gouled Stadium, the Llyad Market, and just recently the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway.Source: New Chinalast_img read more

Scottish Government Confirm Avian Influenza Prevention Zone To Be Lifted.

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe avian influenza prevention zone covering Scotland will be lifted on 30 April, the Scottish Government has confirmed. The zone required bird keepers in all areas of Scotland to put in place enhanced biosecurity measures prior to letting their birds outside, in order to reduce the risk of disease.The ban on shows and gatherings of poultry, waterfowl and game birds will remain in force until 15 May, when a new general licence will come into force.Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing said:“This will be welcome news for many keepers who have opted to keep their birds indoors to protect them from a seasonally increased risk from highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8. This decision has been made following the recent veterinary risk assessment concluding that the risk of avian influenza incursion to poultry and captive birds in Scotland had decreased to low.“This has been a testing time for all of us, and I would like to thank all bird keepers in Scotland for their co-operation and vigilance. Your positive and committed response has helped us reach this point.”Scotland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Sheila Voas said:“It is a relief to see that the risk of HPAI H5N8 in Scotland has reduced, but this does not mean we should be complacent; the risk of avian influenza has not disappeared.  It is essential that bird keepers maintain effective biosecurity year-round, not just when a prevention zone is in place.  All bird keepers should consider maintaining excellent biosecurity practices like washing boots and equipment with approved disinfectant, implementing effective rodent control, minimizing unnecessary visitors and reducing their flock’s contact with wild birds. “I would also strongly urge businesses to reassess their contingency plans, given the new perspective this season’s outbreaks of H5N8 provides. Practical advice about their specific arrangements should be sought from their private vets, in consultation with their local Animal Plant and Health Agency office.”“There is work needed to be done this summer to assess how we handle such situations in the future and for keepers to consider carefully their contingency plans and resilience to face similar situations in the future.”Penny Middleton, NFU Scotland’s Poultry Policy and Animal Health and Welfare Policy Manager commented:“NFU Scotland welcomes the news that the latest veterinary risk assessment has concluded that the risk of AI incursion to poultry in Scotland has reduced to low, allowing the lifting of the prevention zone on 30 April.“This has been a testing time for the Scottish poultry industry and their response and cooperation in the face of such heightened risk is to be applauded.“Obviously whilst the risk has reduced it has not disappeared completely and keepers need to stay focussed on biosecurity, maintaining measures to minimise contact between the flock and wild birds and to minimise any spread of potential infection.  The level of threat this winter has been unprecedented but could be the start of a recurring pattern.“There is work needed to be done this summer to assess how we handle such situations in the future and for keepers to consider carefully their contingency plans and resilience to face similar situations in the future.”last_img read more

Suspected murder in Salisbury

first_imgLocalNews Suspected murder in Salisbury by: Dominica Vibes News – March 4, 2018 1142 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Reports reaching Dominica Vibes say that one man was allegedly beaten to death. The incident took place at Salisbury. Dominica Vibes continues to follow this story. Tweet Sharelast_img