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Udall, Democratic Colleagues Urge Forest Service To Listen To Fire Fighter And Forest Manager Input That Protects National Forests

first_imgThe full text of the letter is available HERE. U.S. SENATE News: U.S. Sen. Tom Udall “The proposed NEPA rule would impact management decisions on all 193 million acres of land in the National Forest System,” the senators wrote to U.S. Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen. “It is critical the public be provided ample time to thoroughly review and comment on a rule that would not only alter how the Forest Service manages our National Forests, but significantly change one of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws.” “In New Mexico we have seen first-hand how wildfires have grown in size and have become more severe. This dangerous issue is compounded by climate change, mismanaged forest practices, and increased development in the wildland-urban interface— putting more lives and acres of forest at risk. The Forest Service should extend the public comment period so that New Mexicans – who are directly affected by wildfires – and all relevant parties are able to have a seat at the discussion table with sufficient time to review changes to forest management policy before they are implemented,” said Udall. “Restoration of National Forests is critically important, and now more than ever, management of forests needs to be science-based to best protect communities and restore habitats.” WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of 25 Democratic senators in calling on the U.S. Forest Service to listen to the input of wildland fire fighters and forest managers and extend the public comment period for its proposed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule. “The additional time gives the public— particularly those on the ground managing our forests and fighting wildfires, conducting field studies of species or managing recreation businesses on these treasured lands during the summer months— the time they need to review and provide comment on a rule that could considerably change current management practices,” the senators continued. The new proposed rule could undermine the scientific processes currently considered in NEPA that protect National Forests, including those in New Mexico, by reducing critically important input from the public and forest officials. In a letter to the Forest Service, the senators requested an additional 46 days to the public comment period. In addition to Senator Udall, the letter to the Forest Service was also signed by U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.).last_img read more

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Daily Postcard: Metal Trout At Ashley Pond

first_imgDaily Postcard: A metal trout glints in the sun recently at Ashley Pond in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Colin Hochlast_img

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Witkoff and DCD in pole for Devonshire House

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Noble on the gas

first_imgThe consignment, which had a total volume of 2,644 cu m, included a 63-tonne piece that had to be loaded onboard the vessel in Hamriyah using the ship’s two 35-tonne capacity cranes.”To ensure that the combined weight did not exceed the cranes’ safe working load (SWL), special lifting beams were manufactured at a workshop in the UAE,” explained Noble Shipping managing director Mohammad Inam.Noble Shipping is a member of the Project Cargo Network (PCN).  www.nobleship.com www.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img read more

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IP Enterprise Court still attractive despite alternatives – presiding judge

first_imgThe presiding judge at the UK’s Intellectual Property Enterprise Court has said the court still serves a purpose despite the growing availability of flexible trials elsewhere.His Honour Judge Richard Hacon, speaking at a legal event on the UK’s patent framework, said companies would continue to use the court despite the extension of a pilot scheme offering short and flexible trials.The Shorter and Flexible Trial Procedures scheme was introduced in 2015 for a period of two years but was extended until 2018 last year.Trials are heard by a single judge, proceed to trial within 10 months and judgments are handed down within six months. Cases last no more than four days.At the IPEC, formerly called the Patents County Court, cases are also heard by a single judge and trials tend not to last longer than three days.Unsuccessful parties’ liability for the successful parties’ costs is limited to £50,000.‘You may well ask, and people have, “does the IPEC continue to serve a purpose?”,’ Hacon said.However, he added that because there is no cap on the costs in the shorter and flexible trials scheme, many companies, particularly smaller enterprises, will prefer to use the IPEC. He said the court continued to be busy and that the time taken to get to trial was reducing.Hacon also said that UK courts could also learn from the soon to-be-implemented Unified Patent Court system, which will hear trials that could last no more than one day.‘I’m not suggesting we abandon the current system in our courts, but we could be more efficient,’ Hacon said, referencing the need to spend hours on cross-examination.He added that other countries including Australia, China and Japan had all expressed an interest in adopting courts similar to the IPEC.Hacon was speaking at a Westminster Legal Policy Forum event on the future of the UK’s patent landscape.last_img read more

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Rail maintenance services framework agreed

first_imgCROATIA: National rail infrastructure manager HŽ Infrastruktura and Vossloh Rail Services have signed a €4·5m framework agreement covering rail measurement, testing, data analysis and machining services. ‘This contract will help us to extend the useful life of rails and thereby save costs in the medium term’, according to HŽ Infrastruktura board member Ivan Vuković.‘Through a prior survey of the current condition of the track infrastructure as part of our intelligent rail management process, it is possible to select, plan and implement the most commercially-viable maintenance scheme from the large portfolio of alternatives available’, said Guido Hanspach, Director for International Sales & Marketing at Vossloh Rail Services.last_img read more

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Safe at home and on the road

first_imgNew study shows preventing falls among older drivers can make roads saferOlder drivers with a history of falling are 40 percent more likely to be involved in crashes than their peers, according to a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Falls limit an older driver’s ability to function behind the wheel and can make driving risky for themselves and others on the road. These findings are important. since annually a record 12 million older adults will experience a fall.“Drivers age 60 and older are involved in more than 400,000 crashes each year, and it’s important that we find ways to keep them and others safe on the road.” said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “This research is critical because it shows that we can now use an older driver’s fall history to identify if they are at greater risk for a crash.”The report, “Associations Between Falls and Driving Outcomes in Older Adults,” say that falls can increase crash risk in two ways:Falls can result in a loss of functional ability (i.e. wrist fractures or a broken leg), which can make it difficult for older drivers to steer or brake to avoid a crash.Falls can increase an individual’s fear of falling, which can lead to a decrease in physical activity that weakens driving skills.As for solutions, “when it comes to physical health, it’s important to stay active,” said Michele Harris, Traffic Safety Consultant, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Falls often scare people into being more sedentary, but decreasing physical activity can weaken muscles and coordination thus making someone more likely to be in a crash.”The research suggests that seniors and their families should view falls as a possible early indicator of declining physical fitness.  Addressing the health issues that originally led to the fall such as lower body weakness, poor balance, slow reaction time, certain medications, dizziness, or vision problems, can help older drivers strengthen their functional ability and lower their risk for crashing or experiencing another fall in the future.“Older drivers should find activities that enhance balance, strengthen muscles and promote flexibility,” continued Harris.  “Even a low impact fitness training program or driver improvement course can help safely extend an older driver’s years on the road.”Fall prevention is a great way for older drivers to keep themselves and others safe while on the road.  Those concerned about a parent or other older driver should help them monitor risk factors that address health concerns or household dangers. AAA recommends a series of exercises and stretches to improve neck, shoulder, trunk, back and overall body flexibility, which can help a driver who has suffered from a recent fall.last_img read more

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Calabar by a whisker

first_imgDefending champions Calabar pulled out all the stops to hang on to their Inter Secondary Schools Association (ISSA) Boys Championships title by the narrowest on threads at the National Stadium in Kingston.In what could be classified as the most exciting Boys and Girls Championships in the 107 year history of the competition, the boys from Red Hills Road had to wait until the final event of the five-day championships to be declared winners.That race, the 4X400 meters relay saw Calabar on 305 points, four behind pre season favorites Kingston College (KC). While being installed as the overwhelming favorites to sin the relay, the re were jitters in both camp as if KC had finished within the fram they would have secure enough points to dethrone Calabar. As it turned out, the green and black clad Calabar romped the event, but try as they might, the ‘purples’ from KC could not finish within the frame and had to settle for second place, a mere three points behind their perennial rivals.Calabar athletes c elebrateCompleting the top five schools were Jamaica College on 203. St Jago High were fourth with 157 points and STETHS on 114.5 points.The championship was filled with excitement and revelations from the opening day as records fell with regularity.Jhevaughn Matherson’s injury cost KC valuable pointsA highlight of the games was the defeat of Ugandan National Aryamanya Rodgers, in the Class two 1.500 meters by Calabar’s Kevroy Venson, who shattered the record in 3:55.3. even though he slowed down as he crossed the finish line. Rodgers, who ran in the purple and white colors of KC, was regulated to second  and Venson’s teamate Kimar Farquharson finished third.Rodgers however turned the 5,000 meters into a cake walk and celebrated with the zugandan flag after his victory.KC lost valuable points after their top flight sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson picked up and injury in the Class One 100 meters semi-final and false started in the 100 meters final. Matherson was also unable to compete in the 200o meters. Defending champions hold on to pip KC by 3 points in ISSA Boys Champslast_img read more

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UK updates travel advisory to Trinidad and Tobago

first_img Share Tweet 98 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Hacked to death: Richard Wheeler and wife Grace Wheeler. (Photo: Trinidad Express)LONDON, Oct 23 2015 – The United Kingdom has updated its travel advisory to Trinidad and Tobago, alerting its citizens of the double murder of British national Richard Wheeler and his Trinidadian wife, Grace, at their home in Tobago on Tuesday.The advisory, updated on Thursday, warned citizens of a high level of gang related violent crime in Trinidad, particularly in the inner city neighbourhoods east of Port of Spain’s city centre, Laventille, Morvant and Barataria.British visitors were advised to avoid travelling outside major populated areas late at night and before dawn.And the advisory warned that there have been incidents of violence and fatal accidents caused by erratic driving to and from Piarco International airport, particularly on the Beetham/Churchill Roosevelt highway and Lady Young Road.“Always drive with windows closed and doors locked,” it stated.British citizens were advised to use a hotel or pre-booked taxis and drivers who work with set fares. Private taxis in Trinidad and Tobago are unmetered and unmarked but can be identified by vehicle registration plates beginning with ‘H’, the travel advisory stated.The visitors were warned against carrying large amounts of cash or wearing eye-catching jewellery. And they were advised not to walk alone in deserted areas even in daylight.The advisory stated that theft from vehicles and property occurred in parts of downtown Port of Spain and other towns/cities. And it noted that there was a higher risk from opportunistic crime during the festive period and carnival season.When travelling to Tobago, British nationals were reminded that although the island was generally “trouble free” tourists have been robbed.The advisory stated: “The inability of the authorities to catch and prosecute offenders remains a concern. Incidents of violent crime in Tobago are rare, but two German tourists were murdered in November 2014, on Minister’s Bay in the Bacolet area. A British national was murdered in the Riseland area of Tobago in October 2015.”Visitors to Tobago were advised against walking alone in deserted areas even in daylight and to always be part of an organised group when visiting beaches including Englishman’s Bay, King Peter’s Bay and Bacolet.Wheeler, 73, and hos 67-year-old wife were found dead at their Riseland Gardens home. Wheeler, an attorney, was found hacked to death, while his wife’s throat was slashed. The couple had made Tobago their home 16 years ago. Share NewsRegional UK updates travel advisory to Trinidad and Tobago by: Caribbean News Service – October 23, 2015last_img read more

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Test Solutions for PIM, DAS & RRH to be Displayed at NATE 2015

first_imgAnritsu will be showcasing its field test solution portfolio that addresses the critical needs of field engineers and technicians responsible for erecting, servicing, and maintaining broadcast and telecommunications towers at NATE 2015. Wireless professionals responsible for front haul and backhaul, DAS, and Remote Radio Heads (RRHs) will find market-leading handheld analyzers throughout the show, to be held by the National Association of Tower Erectors in Lake Buena Vista, FL, February 24-25.Testing for passive intermodulation (PIM) has become a requirement. Anritsu will show its latest PIM Master™ – the MW82119B 40 Watt, battery-operated PIM analyzer – at NATE 2015. The MW82119B combines comprehensive PIM analysis with a 2 MHz to 3 GHz cable and antenna analyzer, eliminating the need to carry multiple instruments to measure cell site RF performance. With PIM Master, tower and maintenance contractors, network installers, and wireless service providers can now use one solution to fully certify cell site cable and antenna systems.Anritsu will also showcase a testing solution featuring its BTS Master™ MT8220T handheld base station analyzer to address the growth of DAS installations. Small, lightweight and battery operated, the MT8220T combines line sweeping, comprehensive signal analysis, spectrum analysis and interference tracking in an easy-to-use instrument that is compact enough to accommodate DAS environments.To meet the backhaul and front haul requirements of 4G networks, Anritsu will display its portable optical test solutions. The Network Master™ MT9090 configured with uOTDR and GigE modules and ACCESS Master™ MT9083 are compact, easy-to-use solutions for accurate Remote Radio Unit (RRU), Fiber to the Antenna (FTTA) and Fiber to the Cell Site or Tower (FTTT) measurements. The Network Master™ Pro MT1000A then verifies the IP-based transport network to ensure proper installation and maintenance of today’s backhaul systems.Anritsu will also display its industry-leading Site Master™ handheld cable and antenna analyzers, as well. Field proven for more than a decade, the Site Master family delivers highly accurate Distance-to-Fault (DTF) cable and antenna analysis during wireless network installation and maintenance.At NATE 2015, Anritsu will also proudly donate a handheld analyzer to be bid on at an auction conducted by the Tower Family Foundation. Proceeds from the event will be used by the Foundation to help the families of injured and fallen tower workers.last_img read more

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