STATE News:In-person services risk spread of COVID-19SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced this afternoon that houses of worship must now abide by a public health order banning mass gatherings to mitigate COVID-19 spread.Houses of worship were previously exempt from the public health emergency order banning mass gatherings, defined as five or more people in a single confined space. That order was amended Saturday – find it attached.In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Mexico congregations had already canceled in-person services before the amended order.“I am so grateful for the support and cooperation from the vast majority of religious leaders of all faiths who have already made the difficult decision to cancel services in the interest of the health and safety of their members,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I understand the tremendous social and spiritual burden this places on New Mexicans, but ultimately, we must do everything we can to limit the spread of COVID-19, including being absolutely clear that mass gatherings of any type are not permitted in houses of worship,” she said.Of the 39 states that have implemented stay-at-home orders, only 11 now have exceptions for religious gatherings, and most of those require social distancing at services.Most New Mexico churches, synagogues and mosques have already ended face-to-face gatherings, and many Christian churches are planning virtual Easter services via livestream, broadcast or other technical means.“We know that you want to practice your faith, as you should. But this year we must remember that home is holy. The best thing you can do for your community is to stay there,” the governor said. “While this will be emotionally difficult for so many New Mexicans, public health must be the top priority. The only way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is by staying home and minimizing all person-to-person contact.”
Creative District News:Join the Los Alamos Creative District at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 for Tuesdays NOT at the Pond music performed by The Bus Tapes.Watch these two time New Mexico Music Award winners, husband and wife duo Case and Heather Tanner, known to bring together a range of talented musicians for fun and interactive shows, taking audiences by the hand and leading them through a “what’s-cool” tour of music.Their eclectic mix of originals and covers, everything from blues and folk to R&B ballads, has been rocking crowds since 2008.Watch this video https://youtu.be/vQGK0mKNEHQ to get discounts on take-out food from the Pajarito Brewpub and Grille and beer to go from Bathtub Row Brewery, only on Tuesday.This musical performance is only available through the Los Alamos Creative District Facebook page and website, www.creativelosalamos.com
Some raw examples of this are the rise of nationalism over globalisation (as evidenced by Brexit and Trump), the youth vote for the ideology of socialism over capitalism in the general election and the widespread differences in the quality of housing stock – exposed so tragically at Grenfell Tower.There is a widening gap between old and young, rich and poor, private and social residential occupiers, private and state educational standards and many other areas of the UK’s social infrastructure. The increasing popularity of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and his socialist message, taken up by the young, poor and disenfranchised sectors of the populace, is just one manifestation of this.The reasons for this schism are manifold. Firstly, there is the abject failure of capitalists and their Conservative political champions to be more socially responsible since the 2008 global financial crisis, even if New Labour’s (equally capitalist) movement also omitted to save up for a rainy day before 2008.Moreover, wealthy parts of UK society have continued to duck their civic responsibility when it comes to paying tax, while the availability of affordable, low-rise housing stock has not increased materially. Likewise, there is a huge disparity between the agglomerated wealth of the over-60s compared with the under-30s, and the gap in education standards is stark.New societal modelThere is a growing view that capitalism has failed to provide a store against harder times or to solve these issues and that a new societal model is needed. This is a bitter pill for the wealthy and many in business, but we can either fix this ourselves or have it forced upon us. Corporates need to embrace a fairer division of profits between staff, senior management and other stakeholders. In many cases, they also need to conduct their business morally rather than wave ESG and CSR handbooks around while acting amorally.There is the abject failure of capitalists and their Conservative political champions to be more socially responsibleIn the property and investment management industries, fund managers, institutional investors and landowners are in a fantastic position to implement and be the principal architects of change, particularly around housing and social-infrastructure-related issues. We should also not countenance aggressive tax structures, empty rates avoidance and a default position to reduce social housing levels to their lowest denominator in our schemes, to name but a few items.Everyone needs to be prepared to accept a lower business profit margin with the difference being put to civic rebalancing of society. In practice, in our industry, acting in this way leads to much better outcomes in terms of interaction with tenants, the public and councils, planning wins and business and asset growth, resulting overall in a positive business culture in which those younger potential socialists are keen to work. I call this social capitalism.Architects of change? Those in the property industry play a key role in wider societal balanceThis schism, combined with growing mistrust in the ability of capitalism to moderate society, is toxic and unsustainable. If the ‘haves’ do not all do something to adjust this imbalance, then we are heading towards an unpleasant outcome. This could be as bad as a forced redistribution of land and capital to the ‘have-nots’. In my view, such outcomes are not likely to be positive for today’s real estate owners, so we should all do something about it.The intention of this article is not to be holier-than-thou but to highlight that, if we as a real, capitalist industry ‒ the key movers and shakers of change in real society ‒ are not the champions of bridging this divide where we can, then we will become the principal victims of the regime change that is brooding and emergent.Hugo Llewelyn is MD of Newcore Capital Management
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Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division received on June 14 a $76.8 million fixed-price contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to purchase long-lead materials for Kimball (WMSL 756), the company’s seventh National Security Cutter (NSC). Construction and delivery will be performed at the company’s Pascagoula facility.“This advance procurement contract allows us to maintain production line and supplier base momentum while we prepare for the ship construction contract,” said Jim French, Ingalls’ NSC program manager. “Advance procurement funding helps us procure equipment and materials at favorable prices from our suppliers, and it keeps their production line flowing as well. The Coast Guard continues to report their satisfaction with these ships, and we remain focused on improving our performance.”The advance procurement funds will be used to purchase major items for Kimball, such as steel, the main propulsion systems, generators, electrical switchboards and major castings.Ingalls has delivered three NSCs, designed to replace the 378‐foot Hamilton-class High-Endurance Cutters that entered service during the 1960s. Ingalls’ fourth NSC, Hamilton (WMSL 753), will launch later this year and be christened on Oct. 26. The keel was recently laid on the fifth cutter, James (WMSL 754), and construction will begin on the company’s sixth cutter, Munro (WMSL 755), later this year.Ingalls will continue to work with Lockheed Martin, which provides the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities.NSCs, the flagship of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 110.The Legend-class NSC is capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the High-Endurance Cutter. The cutter includes an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft. It is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the U.S. Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions. This class of cutters plays an important role in enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater.[mappress]Press Release, June 17, 2013
RenewableUK today welcomed news that MeyGen Ltd. has been awarded consent by the Scottish Government for an 86 Megawatt tidal energy project, following the completion of the statutory approval process with the regulator Marine Scotland.Located in the Pentland Firth, off the north coast of Scotland, this project has the potential to generate up to 398 Megawatts of clean electricity and power thousands of homes. It is also set to be the biggest tidal stream site in Europe and maintain the UK’s place as the world leader in tidal technology. The first phase of the project will see 6 tidal turbines commissioned in the inner sound of the Pentland Firth, enabling this exciting technology to mature, before the subsequent phases take the project up to the consented limit of 86MW and beyond to the leased capacity of 398 Megawatt. A recent study by Oxford University noted that the Pentland Firth could generate 1.9 Gigawatts of clean electricity.Also today the Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP announced that Wave developers Aquamarine Power Limited and Pelamis Wave Power are to share a slice of a GBP13 million wave “first array” support programme, part of the Scottish Government’s Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund.David Krohn, Wave and Tidal Manager at RenewableUK said: “Today’s two announcements show that both wave and tidal technologies are developing at a rapid rate are set to make a real contribution to the electricity needs both of Scotland and the UK. “MeyGen’s consent approval is a truly monumental milestone for the industry as it is far and away the largest marine energy consent ever achieved. The inner sound of the Pentland Firth is one of the most promising sites in the world to develop tidal energy projects and it is heartening to see the project progressing towards installation.“The award of £13million to the world’s two leading wave energy companies, Aquamarine and Pelamis, is welcome boost to the industry in Scotland. The Scottish Government has once again demonstrated its desire to turn Scotland into the world’s leading renewable energy economy. It is no surprise that the Scottish Government is such a staunch supporter of the wave energy industry, given the high level of local content in these two pioneering companies’ activities and the immense potential they have for creating jobs and boosting manufacturing opportunities”.[mappress]Press release, September 16, 2013; Image: MeyGen
Lloyds Register China and Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (NACKS) will jointly develop an LNG-fuelled 28,000 deadweight (dwt) type motor general cargo ship design, built to Lloyds Registers requirements, that meets current and future environmental targets.This new ship design project will incorporate new propulsion systems (dual/triple-fuelled) and will meet new operational requirements. This design will be an evolution of NACKSmost current 28K MPV design.Lloyds Register will be applying its risk methodology for novel technology processes, which provides a proven pathway through the complexity of the technical risk assessment.The goal is for LR to issue an approval in principle (AIP) for the new design including approval of the LNG as fuel systems.In a ceremony held at NACKS offices, Nikolas Skaribas, LRs Greater China Marine Operations Manager, signed the JIP (Joint Industry Project) agreement on behalf of LR with NACKS President, Mr Han Chengmin.Luis Benito, LRs Head of Global Marine Marketing, commented: “This project is the latest example of our efforts to work with key partners to develop safe, LNG fuelled deep sea ships. Assessing and addressing risk is where we really add value as we transfer five decades of leadership in LNG carrier classification into supporting the exciting opportunities offered by gas for mainstream shipping.”Mr. Nishiyama, Vice President of NACKS said: “We are focused on the development of green ship technologies, especially using LNG as fuel for merchant vessels. Co-operation with classification pioneers, LR, and sub-vendors, knowledge, experience and research resource can be definitely shared in order to keep pace with leading expertise in this segment, and this will be beneficial for both parties involved to find practical, feasible technology solutions fit for customers expectations in the future.” [mappress]Press Release, December 3, 2013
TURKEY: On December 30 GE Transportation and Tülomsas announced a partnership agreement under which the Turkish firm will assemble PowerHaul locomotives for the European, Middle Eastern and North African markets from 2011. ‘We’re investing in Turkey because of its strategic proximity to the customers we wish to serve and its advanced technology and manufacturing skills’, said Lorenzo Simonelli, President & CEO of GE Transportation.Eskisehir-based Tülomsas traces its origins to a maintenance and repair workshop founded in 1894. It has produced around 850 locomotives and 9000 wagons, and now has around 1700 staff and an annual production capacity of over 100 locomotives and 1500 wagons. ‘Our strategic approach is to bring to the market advanced technology from GE, a world leader in diesel-electric locomotives, with Tülomsas’s manufacturing expertise, while remaining a productive, profitable and competitive enterprise’, said Hayri Avci, Director General and Chairman of Tülomsas. ‘Our strategic relationship with GE will be beneficial to both companies and help Tülomsas expand its footprint and increase its technological prowess and profitability.’The 30 PH37ACmi PowerHaul locomotives ordered by UK operator Freightliner in November 2007 are to be assembled by GE Transportation in Erie, Pennsylvania.
FRANCE: Announcing a further package of measures to relaunch the economy on February 2, Prime Minister François Fillon revealed that an additional €300m is to be invested in the rail network. Addressing the inter-ministerial committee charged by President Sarkozy with revitalising the economy, Fillon said that more than 1 000 investment projects will be launched during 2009. Only a small proportion will be rail-related, but the extra funding means that RFF will be able to increase its 2009 investment spending by €239m more than planned. Much of this is to be allocated to improving regional routes, including rural lines. Under the performance contract agreed on November 3 2008, RFF is to invest €13bn by 2015 in improvements to the present network, with €1?5bn to be spent during 2009. The contract will also release funding that will allow high speed line construction to be accelerated, with four projects soon to be in hand simultaneously: the second stage of LGV Est from Baudrecourt to Strasbourg, LGV Sud-Europe from Tours to Bordeaux, LGV Bretagne-Pays de la Loire from Le Mans to Rennes and Sablé, and the Nîmes-Montpellier bypass. Studies, preparatory works and land acquisition will get underway in 2009 for the first two schemes, paving the way for the main construction work to start in 2011. Taken together, the performance contract and the economic relaunch measures amount to an additional €600m for RFF, which is increasing its total investment spend in 2009 from €2?8bn to €3?4bn.