The event begins with a 5 p.m. performance on the plaza of the National Hispanic Cultural Center by AirDance New Mexico with Story Riders (Dolores Gonzales, Reginald Chavez and Valle Vista elementary school students). The illuminated bike parade begins on the plaza and follows the Paseo del Bosque Trail to the City of Albuquerque BioPark. ¡Iluminarte! is a creative partnership between the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Story Riders, the City of Albuquerque, Artful Life, Circo Latino, AirDance New Mexico and the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program. This event is 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, and includes a magical light and bike parade along the Paseo del Bosque Trail in Albuquerque and short performances by Story Riders – a bilingual elementary school program focusing on bike safety and storytelling – with Circo Latino, AirDance New Mexico and Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero. Finally, at 7 p.m., the parade rides back to the NHCC where everyone will enjoy hot chocolate and biscochitos in the History and Literary Arts Building. At 6:45 p.m. the parade returns to the trail and rides to Tingley Beach where Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero and the Story Riders present poetry about luminarias and farolitos. ALBUQUERQUE ― ¡Iluminarte! is a one-of-a-kind, winter holiday celebration inspired by luminarias and farolitos—a New Mexico tradition. NHCC News: Scene from ¡Iluminarte! 2018. Courtesy/NHCC At 6 p.m., the NHCC’s Circo Latino and Story Riders perform during the “Magic Hour” of River of Lights. All events are free and open to the public, including those who want to ride in the parade with the ¡Iluminarte! ensemble of performers. Kids and families are welcome to join the parade or simply attend the performances at each site.
STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico public education will shift to a learn-at-home model as schools remain closed for the rest of the academic year, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state education and child care officials announced today.The decision is part of a two-pronged plan to protect New Mexicans from COVID-19 and ensure that children are protected, fed and educated and that families are supported through this crisis.The governor previously ordered all public schools closed for three weeks, March 16-April 3, but warned at the time that an extension could be needed. It came today with a new executive order that extends the closing through the end of the school year.New Mexico had 136 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases as of Thursday afternoon, including some that are being investigated as community spread, the state Health Department said. School closings are designed to minimize community spread.“We’re working very hard to contain the virus, and we have to continue to take aggressive steps to mitigate spread and protect New Mexicans of every age all across the state. It is more important than ever that we make sure all New Mexicans are heeding the imperative to stay home,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Keeping schools closed is one of the most important tools we have to support the social distancing that can help us reduce and mitigate the spread of the virus.”“Schools will not be required to make up the missed instructional days between March 16 and April 3, but for the remaining weeks of the school year to be waived, districts must develop both technology-based and non-technology-based continuous learning plans,” Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said.“We know that this decision will have tremendous implications for our families, but we must act to keep our communities safe and healthy,” Stewart said. “We also know that we have extraordinary teachers, support staff and school administrators in New Mexico. If the temporary closure period has shown us anything, it’s that our creative educators and school support staff are committed to meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of our students in challenging circumstances.”High school credits will be awarded based on flexible approaches, including completion of work, demonstration of competency for course completion and expanded equivalency like work experience. The Public Education Department also recommends schools move to pass/no credit rather than grades during this period.“While it can be difficult to view the current situation with anything beyond anxiety and apprehension, we believe the wide-reaching consequences of this moment present a tremendous opportunity to transform education to serve all students, especially students who have traditionally been furthest from opportunity,” Deputy Secretary Kara Bobroff said.“The decisions we make today are made with all of our students in mind. During this unprecedented time, we will continue to build into the public education system healing opportunities for students, families, communities and all New Mexicans,” she said.Public colleges and universities are not included in the closure order, but most have either extended their spring breaks, moved classes online or both.School-based health centers, educational programming for youth in facilities, and licensed child care facilities (centers and homes) serving workers whose jobs have been deemed essential will continue operating.The closing plan includes these provisions:SPECIAL NEEDSStudents with special needs will receive all feasible supports and accommodations that can be delivered while maintaining safe social-distancing. School districts must continue to support the transition of children from early intervention into preschool special education. Schools offering behavioral health services will remain open for that purpose.HIGH SCHOOL SENIORSIndividual districts will design measures by which seniors can demonstrate eligibility for graduation. Those measures could include testing, completing a series of assignments, achieving a set score on a college entrance exam or demonstrating applied work experience. Schools will be required to identify and support students in danger of not being able to graduate.High school seniors will have until June 19 to demonstrate eligibility, and those who fail to do so will be offered credit recovery in the summer; they can also appeal to their local school board or to the secretary. No student will be denied graduation for lack of access to demonstrate competency.Actual graduation ceremonies will be postponed or held virtually, depending on the prevailing public health order at the time.Many high school seniors will have completed a college entrance exam already; additionally, many higher education institutions are expected to waive that requirement, and both the ACT and College Board are considering offering those exams in the summer.ADVANCED PLACEMENTAdvanced placement exams will be offered online and will be limited to material students should have covered up to March. Accommodations will be made for those students who need access to technology to take the tests.SCHOOL PERSONNEL School personnel and contractors will remain on call and continue being paid as usual. Districts have already received guidance on activities employees can continue performing during the closure. Bus contractors are encouraged to continue operating bus routes to deliver food and hard-copy lessons. Special education and other service contractors are encouraged to provide virtual services, collaborate with general education teachers and maintain documentation.SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMSEvery New Mexico school district has a plan to continue providing childhood nutrition during this period. You can see those plans here.The Public Education Department is also seeking permission to distribute Electronic Benefits Transfer cards that would allow qualifying families to purchase meals with their free breakfast/lunch allotment.CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT With schools closed, some children may be more vulnerable to abuse and neglect in their homes. In addition, teachers, school administrators and other school staff are often the first to notice changes in behavior and appearance that may indicate abuse or neglect. New Mexicans must fill this void and be extra aware of the safety and well-being of children they know and those in their neighborhoods. Any citizen can report suspected child abuse or neglect by dialing #SAFE from their cell phone or by calling 1-855-333-SAFE from a landline.SUPPORTING FAMILIESThe Behavioral Health Division of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department is working with the New Mexico Human Services Department and managed care organizations to help providers and families create digital access to mental health services for children and youth.COLLABORATING WITH NATIONS, TRIBES AND PUEBLOSTribes, pueblos and nations are located in some of the most rural parts of New Mexico and often experience extreme health care provider shortages. The governor and state agencies are collaborating with tribal leaders to support their needs in these times.These state agencies will continue working with the tribes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Indian Education to support students who attend BIE and tribally run schools: Indian Affairs Department, Public Education Department, Children, Youth and Families Department and Early Childhood Education and Care Department.
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Despite Britain being famous for its rainy, grey and overcast weather, high levels of sunlight are making Britain a hub for clean, green energy. Tuscor Lloyds coordinated the delivery of over 500 containers – including 40 ft flat racks, 40 ft high cube and 40 ft/20 ft general purpose containers – from Shanghai to the ports of Southampton and Felixstowe. Strict deadlines meant that the Tuscor Lloyds team operated under extremely short lead times. The team encountered several problems that had to be quickly resolved, including numerous vessel delays affecting the pre-prepared delivery schedule and increasing pressure on the team to avoid storage charges. The company’s dedicated projects team was on site to oversee numerous deliveries, as the delicate products used in solar energy developments require specialist handling. www.tuscorlloyds.com
An immigration solicitor whose foundering firm kept legal aid money intended for paying disbursements has been fined by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.Lawrence Lupin said his firm used the £180,000 not paid on 473 matters as part of its running costs, although he did not know this was happening at the time.The Solicitors Regulation Authority submitted to the tribunal that Lupin’s firm had essentially ‘gone out of financial control’, borrowing £340,000 three months before liquidation and owing creditors £1.1m when it collapsed with assets of £12,000.Admitted in 1992, Lupin practised on his own account from north west London under the name Lawrence Lupin Solicitors for 20 years before the firm was liquidated.He told the SRA his accounting problems started in 2012 when the firm, which dealt exclusively with immigration matters, had to repay the Legal Aid Agency £480,000 over two years. Struggling to remain within its overdraft, the firm borrowed more than £400,000 in two instalments from a lender called Funding Circle.Lupin said that instead of making sure that the firm paid disbursements for which it had received money, he spent his time on fee earning. It was only in July 2017 that he became aware disbursements were not being paid and the firm reported itself to the SRA following an external review of the its position.By the time the firm passed a resolution for its voluntary winding-up, it owed £150,000 to employees, £365,000 to lenders and almost £600,000 to experts and counsel.As at September 2018, the firm owed an interpreting company almost £26,000 based on 260 unpaid invoices. The firm had money for at least 58 of these invoices on the office account. The SRA said that Lupin was in breach of its rules by leaving a debt to a third party at the time the firm went into liquidation.Lupin, who admitted misconduct, agreed with the SRA he should be fined £15,000 and pay £10,000 costs – an outcome endorsed by the tribunal. His misconduct was mitigated by him rectifying many of the breaches, being open and frank and showing genuine insight, and by him having no adverse regulatory history.
VTG and Dutch company Intermodal Telematics have launched a joint engineering programme to develop and install continuously operating load-unload sensors across the leasing company’s entire fleet of liquid, bulk and container wagons.On September 15 Union Pacific announced it was ‘redesigning its Marketing & Sales organisation to align with evolving customer needs’, reducing its six major business units into four: Agricultural Products including fertiliser; Energy including the previous Coal business as well as frac sand, LPG, petroleum and wind; Industrial including the former Chemicals business unit; and Premium including the former Intermodal and Automotive business units. The National Customer Service Center is now called Customer Care & Support. From November 1, UP will merge its Union Pacific Distribution Services, Streamline, ShipCarsNow and Insight Network Logistics businesses into a single wholly owned subsidiary called Loup Logistics Co.A consortium of Siltor and KZN Rail has begun work on a 40m złoty contract to modernise the Gliwice Port freight yard by the end of November 2018, installing new signalling and lengthening sidings to 800 m. The yard primarily handles the transhipment of coal to river barges, but is also used by trains to PCC Intermodal‘s container terminal.Tarmac has opened a rail depot at Freightliner’s Garston site near Liverpool. It will receive up to 300 000 tonnes of aggregates a year for onward supply to Tarmac customers across Merseyside and Cheshire, which is expected to take around 10 000 lorries off the roads. Alpha Trains announced on September 19 that it had received approval from Germany’s EBA for double-heading with Bombardier Traxx Class 185 and 186 locomotives.Uralvagonzavod submitted the best offer of 5bn for a contract to supply Federal Freight Co with 2 400 high axleload open wagons by the end of 2017.The first CN block train has operated to Ray-Mont’s grain facility at Prince Rupert in British Columbia, carrying canola meal pellets. The facility includes a 100-wagon rail loop, a grain dumper pit and systems for transferring Canadian and US grain and processed grain products to containers for export.Alpha Trains has announced that its Bombardier Transportation Traxx Class 186 locomotives approved for Germany, Austria and Poland can now operate across the Dutch border to Venlo.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInFinlay Carson, the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Candidate for Galloway and West Dumfries, has backed Dumfries and Galloway Council Administration’s budget for 2016-17Carson, who is also the Councillor for Castle Douglas and Glenkens, was speaking after various budget options were reviewed at a meeting of the Full Council on Monday 29th Feb..“Today we had to make some very difficult choices to make. Our council has been put under immense pressure to find saving of over £21 million because of the decisions taken by John Swinney and his SNP colleagues. If the Scottish Government had passed on the same level of increase in budget from the UK Government we would have seen an increase of around £2 million, but instead we are facing unprecedented cuts.I backed a budget that, on balance, had the least impact on public services and jobs in Galloway and West Dumfries.The councils’ SNP group proposals followed their party’s national trend in attacking rural areas with severe cuts to our bus services which would have seen the majority of routes taken away from our rural towns. Rural road gritting would also have been dramatically reduced.The SNP also voted against the capital budget proposals which will see investment in flood preventions schemes in Newton Stewart and Langholm. Local Area Committee funding would also have been slashed, affecting many projects which are vitally important to local people.We have again seen the SNP’s total disregards towards rural areas and rural democracy. Today was a typical example of their lack of understanding of the challenges facing people in rural Dumfries and Galloway. The SNP policy is one of centralisation and taking funding and decision-making away from local people.The SNP budget would also have resulted in the loss of instrument instruction in our schools, with 15 instructor positions being made redundant. I know how important music is in young people’s development. Totally removing this service would have been completely unacceptable.”“The option proposed today by the SNP should be a wake-up call for voters in Dumfries and Galloway. The SNP will continue to turn their back on rural areas by reducing funding and services and progressing their centralisation policies.
Tweet Share Share Share 59 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! InternationalNewsPolitics Prince Harry and Meghan to “Step Back as Senior Royals by: – January 9, 2020 BBC News- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they will step back as “senior” royals and work to become financially independent.In a statement, Prince Harry and Meghan also said they plan to split their time between the UK and North America.The BBC understands no other royal – including the Queen or Prince William – was consulted before the statement and Buckingham Palace is “disappointed”.Senior royals are understood to be “hurt” by the announcement.Last October, Prince Harry and Meghan publicly revealed their struggles under the media spotlight.In their unexpected statement on Wednesday, also posted on their Instagram Page, the couple said they made the decision “after many months of reflection and internal discussions”.“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”Read more
Share Sharing is caring! EntertainmentLocalNews Delma Daniel is Carnival Mothers Queen 2020 by: – February 16, 2020 308 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Delma Daniel, Mothers Queen 2020Delma Daniel of Pichelin walked away with the Carnival Mothers Queen Show Pageant top prize on Saturday night.She beat out her 5 other competitors after being judged in talent, creative spectacular wear, swimwear, evening wear and question and answer rounds.Nikita Orzan Durand got first runner up and Veda Phillip second runner up.The other participants were Adelpha Webster representing Kalinago Territory/Roseau, Nela Charles representing St. Joseph, and Dahlia Bruno representing Kalinago Territory.(L-R Veda Phillip, Delma Daniel, Nikita Orzan Durand)(Photo credit: Sherma Bique)
According to the 2014 Consumer Whey Protein Tracker Study, only three of 10 consumers correctly identified whey protein as a product of milk. More than one-third of consumers believed that whey is plant derived from wheat, soy or corn. The study was guided and summarized by Dairy Management Inc. and backed by the U.S. Dairy Export Council.advertisementadvertisementRead more from this USDEC blog post by Véronique Lagrange. PD