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PEEC Encourages Community To Take It Outside!

first_imgTwo young explorers take part in the Pajarito Environment Education Center’s Take It Outside program. Photo by Siobhan Niklasson You are never too young to explore the great outdoors! Photo by Denise MatthewsBy KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Postkirsten@ladailypost.comLos Alamos, like most municipalities, is practicing social distancing and staying home.But Los Alamos stands apart from many other cities in that it has a key characteristic: a multitude of open spaces and a beautiful natural environment. Even better, the great outdoors is still accessible to the public.Despite having the Los Alamos Nature Center closed, the Pajarito Environment Education Center (PEEC) is still busy getting people outdoors and exploring the natural world.Take It Outside, PEEC Marketing Manager Rachel Landman said, is an online series that is updated every weekday. The program features blog posts, craft activities and outdoor challenges. The online series can be found at https://peecnature.org/take-it-outside/Every week a different topic is featured, she said. For instance, this week the topic is outdoor adventures. Past themes were birds, signs of spring and four-footed friends.In order to generate content for the program, Landman said she has been working with Education Program Director Siobhan Niklasson, Play-Based Education Specialist Denise Matthews, Educator Elizabeth Watts and Field Science Specialist Mariana Rivera Freeman. The staff also has pulled in volunteers and regional experts to share their knowledge in the blog posts. Landman added that they try to highlight different parts of nature to keep things diverse and help people learn something new every week.People can read a blog post by volunteer and local birder Bob Walker, record floral discoveries by fashioning a bracelet made of tape and sticking different flowers and leaves to it, act like a lizard to find warm and cool places outside and maybe do some lizard-inspired exercises.Landman said on each daily post, there is an opportunity to give feedback on the program and so far the comments have been really positive. She added that March’s Take It Outside content has generated more than 4,000 views on PEEC’s website.“That’s been really awesome to see,” Landman said. “The level of enthusiasm from the community has been great and I think people are definitely looking for things to do.”The idea to develop an online program originated when Los Alamos Public Schools announced their initial closure and the nature center closed down as well.Landman said PEEC staff started brainstorming different ideas and formats that the PEEC could use to continue serving the community.“We just want to keep connecting people to our natural environment and keep providing services to the community, even though we can’t offer them a physical location at this time,” she said.While PEEC works to get people outside, Landman said the organization emphasizes the importance of social distancing.“I think getting outside and continuing to learn about nature is good for everybody’s physical and mental health … we definitely recommend that people social distance, don’t mingle with other families and stay home if they’re sick,” Landman said. “I think the trails are one of the things we can continue to enjoy right now while following the recommended precautions. Especially now with the warmer days, it is definitely a good time to spend some quality time outdoors.”In addition to Take It Outside, PEEC is hosting livestreamed talks at 7 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Fridays. The livestreams can be accessed at https://peecnature.org/events/The livestreams cover everything from astronomy to forest restoration after the Cerro Grande Fire. Landman said PEEC also has livestreamed from the wildlife observation room and hosted a behind-the-scenes look at critter feeding.There are several ways the community can support these programs, she said. People can encourage friends to participate in Take It Outside and the livestreams and share their photos and experiences with PEEC. If locals are experts in a subject, they can reach out about the possibility of writing a blog post. She added that while all the programs are free, donations are accepted.“Our community of members, volunteers, donors and program participants is really at the heart of everything PEEC does,” Landman said. “It has been great to still bring our community together through these programs, even if we have to do it at a distance.”last_img read more

 

UK manufacturing is poised to deliver the goods

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Air Liquide major licensor for Brazil chemicals complex

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Pura Vida: Nkembe Block Holds 815 mmbo (Gabon)

first_imgPura Vida Energy NL, an Australian-based African oil explorer ,  has completed an initial evaluation of the potential resources in the Nkembe block, offshore Gabon, West Africa which has resulted in the recognition of net mean recoverable prospective resources to Pura Vida of 815 mmbo.This resource estimate is based on the first four prospects (outside of the Loba M 1 resource) reviewed so far by Pura Vida on the Nkembe block. Further resource estimates will be provided during the course of the year in relation to the variety of prospects and plays present on Pura Vida’s Nkembe block.Pura Vida’s Technical Director,  David Ormerod, said:“We were attracted to the Nkembe block because of the range of play types. Earlier in the year we announced a 20 mmbo contingent resource at the Loba M 1 discovery in the post-salt. Today’s resource estimate recognises the significant exploration potential of other plays present in the Nkembe block, particularly the pre-salt which is the main play currently being targeted by the industry in Gabon. This is a pleasing outcome ahead of our planned farmout to fund activities on the block.”Pura Vida views the Nkembe block as having a variety of plays with the pre-salt and sub-salt horizons providing potential for large scale oil discoveries.The pre-salt petroleum system has been proven in Gabon since the 1960’s with the major discovery of the Rabi Kounga field, onshore Gabon adding substantial production. The industry is now actively exploring for the pre-salt offshore of Gabon where nine wells are expected in the next 12 months. Total is currently drilling the Diaman-1 well targeting 2,250 mmbo to the south of Pura Vida’s Nkembe block. [mappress] June 6, 2013last_img read more

 

Strong maritime presence

first_imgThe conference program, with this years’ cross-cutting theme “the future is in the water”, offers a platform for discussing key topics and solutions for the offshore community. Together with the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners, Offshore Energy will feature a session on the rules and regulations for offshore service vessels. There are no clear rules for offshore service vessels. Several international codes and guidelines regulate specific aspects of offshore service vessels operations – for example the IMO’s Special Purpose Ships Code. None is entirely suitable however. This session, moderated by Bureau Veritas, will discuss how national governments are trying to fill the regulatory gaps and how possible new regulations are being discussed within IMO.Offshore Energy again offers a session on new offshore vessels, this year in cooperation with the Port of Rotterdam. Roland van Assche, Director Bulk Cargo & Shipping will chair the session, which presents the latest in offshore ship concepts, design and construction. Among the speakers are Edward Heerema, founder of Allseas, who will present an update on the Pieter Schelte. Maurizio Collu, lecturer at Cranfield University, will present a new concept of AAMVs or aerodynamically alleviated marine vehicles.Offshore and financeOffshore Energy Conference 2014 again offers three high caliber panel discussions. The second annual Drilling and Dollars Panel will focus on “Offshore and Finance” key areas for discussion include the growing size and complexity of projects, new frontiers and regulations, investing in offshore projects, tapping new funding sources and optimizing the funding mix. Cornelie Goedhuis, Global Head – natural resources at ING Bank, will lead the discussion among financial experts from oil and gas companies, offshore contracting and services companies, and public and private financial institutions.In the third annual Offshore Energy Industry Panel moderator Wilbur Perlot, Deputy Director at Clingendael Academy, will actively engage panelists and attendees in a strategic discussion on the industry’s future. The discussion will cover changing industry fundamentals and innovation to meet future energy demand, reshaping partnerships through collaboration, integration and consolidation, challenges of integrated project management and the investment climate and capital discipline in the industry.Also recurring as a C-level panel at Offshore Energy Conference is the Human Capital Panel focusing on workforce segmentation, workforce planning, sourcing strategies and total workforce management as part of the ‘open talent economy’.Maritime pavilionsThe exhibition again contains several pavilions. Next to the Career Pavilion and the international pavilions, like the Chinese and the Czech Pavilion, the exhibition also includes a few national pavilions where Dutch maritime and offshore companies present themselves.Together with the Netherlands Maritime Technology, Offshore Energy once more hosts a Holland Pavilion. The  pavilion, again expanded compared to last year, is already sold out. This year, 22 Dutch companies present their maritime technology, products and expertise. Other recurring Dutch pavilions that are also expanding are Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Port (AYOP) and Port of Den Helder.For more information and to register please visit https://offshore-energy.biz/ [mappress]October 01, 2014last_img read more

 

Surge in Antipodean recruitment at UK law firms

first_imgRecruitment of lawyers from Australia and New Zealand has surged at UK law firms following the government’s relaxation of immigration rules for highly skilled workers. Associate solicitors from both countries are flocking to London to plug gaps in mid-tier City firms’ corporate practices, recruiters Badenoch & Clark said this week. Colin Loth, manager of the legal teams at Badenoch & Clark, said that associates with three to six years’ post-qualification experience were in particular demand, to fill vacancies in restructuring, insolvency and financial litigation. He said there was a shortage of UK-qualified lawyers in these areas. Highly skilled workers earning £150,000 or more no longer need to hold a master’s degree in order to obtain a ‘Tier 1’ visa, after the government scrapped the requirement from 6 April. ‘They aren’t taking jobs from UK lawyers,’ said Loth. ‘They’re not coming over with mergers and acquisitions experience, because there aren’t any gaps there.’ He said that as the market picks up, more antipodean associates will plug gaps in magic circle firms. Loth said that associates from Australia and New Zealand without master’s degrees have always had an equivalent educational standing to UK associates who have completed the Legal Practice Course. The Migration Advisory Committee recommended the rule change to the government in December following lobbying by City firms Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Kingsley Napley, Linklaters, Norton Rose, Slaughter and May, Speechly Bircham, and Taylor Wessing.last_img read more

 

No dinners for doggies

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Feel the burn

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Public access work set to grow, bar predicts

first_imgBarristers expect the volume of public access work they take on to grow in the next few years, according to a report by the Bar Standards Board.But the report, which was also commissioned by the Legal Services Board, shows that many barristers are wary that such growth could create tensions with solicitors. Some voiced fears that marketing direct access more widely could create more direct competition for clients.One interviewee said a barrister had noticed that some solicitors stopped instructing her after she advertised her public access work.The survey of 404 public access barristers shows that while public access represents a relatively small proportion of barristers’ caseload, this work has ‘markedly increased’ over the past three years.Of those surveyed, 54% said they had undertaken just one to five public access cases in the past year and only 2% say they had undertaken 50 cases or more.However the figure rises for barristers who have been authorised to take public access work for six years or more. In this category nearly 10% said it accounts for more than three-quarters of their work.The ‘overwhelming consensus’ is that the volume of public access work is expected to increase in the next few years, with the client base widening as the public and businesses become more aware of the scheme. This is likely to force chambers away from the traditional operating model to operating more like a solicitors’ firm.Family law and chancery are the main areas in which barristers have undertaken a high proportion of public access work.  Of the 135 respondents working in family law, nearly all (96%) said they had taken on public access work in the last year, with 40% reporting that this contributes to more than three-quarters of their work. Of the 109 chancery barristers, 84% took on public access work in the past year.Cuts to legal aid were shown as the main reason for the growth of public access work in family law. According to the report, people who must now self-fund cases are instructing barristers directly as a more cost-effective option than first instructing a solicitor. Barristers cited further cuts or restrictions to legal aid as potential drivers of more public access work.The advent of online portals advertising public access work, and repeat clients from corporate businesses, are also expected to increase direct access work.But despite the potential for growth, the report also reveals the risks barristers face in taking on this work. Respondents noted an increased risk of complaints and of disciplinary proceedings in the event of non-compliance.They also said there is a lack of understanding of what a barrister should and should not do by clients, and some expressed concern about the overlap and ‘blurring of the edges’ between the barrister and solicitor roles.Steve Brooker, head of research and development at the LSB said: ‘This joint research is an important stocktake of where the public access scheme currently stands. While representing a relatively small proportion of a barristers’ caseload it is, nonetheless, growing. ‘Benefits for consumers that are starting to emerge from this key market liberalisation measure – wider choice, improved timeliness of access to services and lower costs – are important and can be expected to grow as public access work grows.’Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said: ‘Solicitors provide vital support to clients for all legal issues, including those that have become contentious. While clients can instruct barristers directly and have been able to do for some time, solicitors provide a wider range of services, which is why many clients choose to instruct a solicitor first.He added: ‘Solicitors are particularly effective at advising parties on how to resolve disputes outside court, but if a contested hearing is the only option a client will often want the continuity of relationship that a solicitor can provide.’last_img read more

 

BKD upgrading

first_imgBULGARIAN State Railway is to call tenders shortly for upgrading of its 156 km main line serving the southeast of the country, at an estimated cost of US$340m. Modernisation of the Plovdiv – Svilengrad route is due to start early next year for completion by June 2005. The line forms part of the trans-European corridor leading to Istanbul. Svilengrad lies close to the Turkish border, and is the junction for a connecting line into eastern Greece. Director General Vladimir Dunchev expects to cut BKD’s loss this year to 60m levs compared to 96m in 1999, despite a cut in government subsidy from 60m levs in 1999 to 40m this year. Some non-core operations have been spun off, and staff numbers have been cut from 53000 in 1998 to 38000 today. Loans totalling US$170m have been received from the World Bank, EBRD and the EU Phare programme to fund rolling stock refurbishment and installation of modern information systems. The law paving the way for restructuring of BKD into separate infrastructure and operating businesses, approved last October (RG 12.99 p754), is now expected to come into force on January 1 2002, rather than 2001 as planned.H Bulgaria’s Minister for Regional Development & Public Works Evgeni Chachev is negotiating with South Korea for funding to double-track the electrified Karnobat – Sindel line linking BKD’s routes to the Black Sea ports of Burgas and Varna. nlast_img read more