National Amateur Radio Field Day June 22-23The community is invited to attend LAARC’s National Amateur Radio Field Day event noon Saturday to noon Sunday, June 22-23 at the North Mesa Picnic Grounds. Courtesy/LAARCLAARC News:The Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club (LAARC) is hosting a National Amateur Radio Field Day event June 22-23 at the North Mesa Picnic Grounds off North Mesa Road in Los Alamos.More than 35,000 amateur radio operators (hams) across North America will be operating noon Saturday to noon Sunday in order to make radio contacts during this 24-hour event. The LAARC will be using temporary antennas and alternative power sources such as generators, batteries and solar panel to practice its emergency response capabilities.The public is invited to participate in this demonstration of Amateur Radio operations and readiness in providing communications when infrastructure, like commercial power, is not available. The public also can operate the radios and make contact with other ham radio operators across North America.For additional information, contact Bill Boedeker, NM5BB at 505.662.4220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCARLETT RUBY MARTINEZ Aug. 10, 2019Scarlett Ruby Martinez, 4 Months, a resident of Española, passed away peacefully with her parents at her side on Saturday, August 10, 2019.She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Nancy Serna-Sanchez; great-grandfathers, Modesto Espinoza, Benigo Martinez and George Baca; and great-aunt Diana Martinez.Scarlett was a beautiful baby girl who quickly gained the love of everyone around her. She had the drive to keep fighting throughout her life. She had such a feisty personality for such a young age. She loved to be held and always comforted. She loved her brother so much. She is going to be missed dearly by all those who knew and loved her.Scarlett is survived by her parents, Isaiah and Miquella Martinez, brother, Ambrose Martinez; and her fur brother Zeke Martinez; maternal grandfather, Ronald Espinoza; paternal grandparents, Ruby and Benny Martinez; maternal great-grandparents, Manuel and Alice Serna and Miquelita Espinoza; paternal great-grandmothers Priscilla Baca and Adelinda Martinez; maternal aunts, Alyssa (Joshua) Ellison, Cailee, Angelique, and Isabel Sanchez, Samantha and Emily Espinoza; paternal aunt, Miranda Salazar; paternal uncle, Isaac (Jessica) Martinez; godmother, Rachel Dickens, cousins, Anastasia, Isaiah, Nehemiah, Arya, Jayda, Dash and Bella as well as numerous relatives and friends whom loved her dearly.Public visitation will begin on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anne Parish in Santa Fe with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 12:00 p.m. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Rosario Cemetery. Serving the family as pallbearers are Isaiah Martinez, Ambrose Martinez, Benny Martinez, Isaiah Chavez and Isaiah Ellison.The family of Scarlett Ruby Martinez has entrusted the care of their precious loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 505-747-7477 – www.devargasfuneral.com.
SFIS is partnering with Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the Computer Science Alliance (a new non-profit in NM) to celebrate the 7th Annual Hour of Code. SANTA FE ― The City of Santa Fe has the extraordinary privilege of being selected as the host city for the national kickoff event of Computer Science Education Week (aka Hour of Code), live streamed 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9 from the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) Everett F. Chavez Pueblo Pavilion. This year, Code.org and CSTA decided to change the message of CS Ed Week and have the opening at a school. In the past Kickoff events have been at the White House, NY Stock Exchange, Silicon Valley, Seattle – all on the coasts in big cities. Kickoff remarks will include Code.org Chief Executive Officer Hadi Partovi, CSTA Executive Director Jake Baskin and New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales. A special panel discussion will explore this year’s theme “CS for Good” with an emphasis on engaging diverse communities. The agenda concludes with an awards ceremony for the 2019 Champions of Computer Science. The live audience will include 400 students from SFIS and other schools in New Mexico. “Computer Science Alliance is the regional partner to Code.org and when we took a chance and pitched Santa Fe Indian School, they got very excited about the idea of having the event at a school that represents diversity both in terms of demographics but also geography,” CS Alliance’s Executive Director Paige Prescott said. SFIS has an established history of providing a computer science curriculum dating back to 1985 when it offered its first computer programming course. “Ms. Sallah has done a tremendous job collaborating with University of New Mexico, where our students earn college credit,” SFIS Superintendent Roy M. Herrera said. “She also mentored two seniors, Terrell Toledo and Elias Trancosa, to win first place in the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s 3rd Congressional District.” Prescott has a long history of working with Kate Sallah, the SFIS computer science teacher, and felt comfortable reaching out to her and her colleagues about bringing this opportunity to New Mexico and specifically to SFIS. The Computer Science course is a dual enrollment course at SFIS allowing high school students to earn college credit and develop employable skills. SFIS News:
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Terneftegas, a joint venture between Novatek (51%) and Total (49%), launched the Termokarstovoye gas and gas condensate field into commercial production.The field, located in the Yamalo Nenets Autonomous District of the Russian Federation, will produce around 6.6 million cubic meters of gas and 20 thousand barrels of condensate per day, with a combined production capacity of 65 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day, Total said in a statement.This is the first project Total executed together with its partner in Russia, Novatek, with whom it is jointly developing the Yamal LNG project, said Michael Borrell, Total’s Senior Vice President Exploration & Production, Europe and Central Asia. The project infrastructure is adapted to arctic conditions and includes a gas gathering network, a gas treatment plant, a gas condensate de-ethanization facility and export pipelines.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Det norske oljeselskap a drilling permit for well 25/2-18 S, in the North Sea offshore Norway. According to the agency, the well 25/2-18 S will be drilled from Maersk Drilling’s jack-up drilling rig Maersk Interceptor.The drilling program for well 25/2-18 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production license 442, where Det norske oljeselskap is the operator with an ownership interest of 90 percent. The other licensee is Lotos Exploration and Production Norge with 10 percent interest.The area in this license consists of parts of blocks 25/2 and 25/3. The well will be drilled in the south-eastern part of the license, which is located in the central North Sea.Production license 442 was awarded on June 15, 2007 (APA 2006). NPD said this is the second exploration well to be drilled in the license, but the fourth within the area where the license is situated.
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In many ways, overcoming a contractor or consultant’s natural caution and achieving an enforceable fitness for purpose obligation is the Holy Grail for employers. Cases stretching back decades discuss what fitness for purpose actually means and illustrate parties’ attempts to incorporate this standard of care in their contracts.The important point about fitness for purpose is that where the contract is silent, reasonable skill and care is implied. There may only be a breach of the reasonable skill and care requirement if negligence can be established. Fitness for purpose (implied or express) on the other hand, is an absolute obligation. This is why such clauses also raise tricky questions of whether a professional indemnity insurance policy will respond to a breach of contract where fitness for purpose is required (a point sometimes raised by parties to oppose the inclusion of the higher duty of care) and why many cases on this subject end up in court.Bearing in mind the possible impact of such an absolute standard, another issue in relation to fitness for purpose was discussed recently by the Court of Appeal in MT Hojgaard A/S vs Eon Climate and Renewables. This concerned what would happen if an obligation amounting to fitness for purpose in a technical schedule was inconsistent with other requirements for the exercise of professional skill and adherence to good industry practice which were contained elsewhere in the contract documents.Make sure that a clear agreement is reached about the standards of care required. Remember that sneaky drafting rarely produces good resultsThe facts were as follows: the contract between Hojgaard and Eon related to the fabrication and installation of foundations for offshore wind turbines. Defects arose due to the contractor adopting an internationally recognised standard which contained an error. This error was not known about in the industry at the time. A technical schedule which was expressed to be part of the contract documents required Hojgaard to provide foundations with a service life of 20 years. At the trial to determine liability for remedial works, it was found that, although not negligent, Hojgaard were liable because the design of the foundations was not fit for purpose.The decision was overturned on appeal.The Court of Appeal found that other less onerous provisions in the requirements and specifications amounted to a warranty not that the foundations would be functional for 20 years, but that they would have a design (as opposed to a service) life of 20 years. The design life warranty anticipated that the structures would only probably be viable for 20 years, which would seem reasonable, given the variable conditions found offshore. This was different from a fitness for purpose condition which guaranteed complete functionality for the same period. The court found that the fitness for purpose obligation in the technical schedule was to be construed subject to the other general obligations.So what is there to be learned from a case which does not make new law, but certainly is a good reminder that (particularly in relation to fitness for purpose) we all have to be on the ball when putting our contracts together?Firstly, make sure that a clear agreement is reached about the standards of care required. Remember that sneaky drafting rarely produces good results. If you are the employer, be prepared for your contractor to price accordingly.Secondly, consistency is key. All your contract documents, including the employer’s requirements and technical documents, should say the same thing, or if it is intended that different obligations will have different standards of care, this is obvious. Thirdly, if there is a possibility of conflicting obligations which cannot be resolved in advance, check the position of the relevant documents in the hierarchy of contract documents.Finally, just before you sign on the dotted line, take the time to have one more look at the whole contract, not just the bit at the front. Much better to know up front than be taken by surprise later.Stephanie Canham is national head of projects and construction at law firm Trowers & Hamlins
Cosby quips to security, ‘Don’t tase me, bro’ before court Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: December 13, 2016 10:21 AM EST Author: AP NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Bill Cosby greeted security officers with a joke Tuesday morning before a hearing in his sexual assault case, quipping, “Don’t tase me bro” as they wanded him on his way into a suburban Philadelphia courtroom.Prosecutors hope to call 13 other sexual assault accusers to show that the 79-year-old comedian and actor had a pattern of drugging and molesting women. The defense will attack their credibility and relevance as they try to keep them off the witness stand at the trial, scheduled for the spring.“To come up with the required showing of a ‘signature,’ the commonwealth reaches for a cliché: a giant in the entertainment industry using his power to take advantage of young aspiring actresses. Even if proven … the age-old ‘casting couch’ is not unique to Mr. Cosby,” defense lawyer Brian McMonagle wrote in an October defense brief opposing the testimony.That “prior bad act” evidence could make or break the case, which began a decade ago when Temple University employee Andrea Constand filed a police complaint against her friend and mentor over a 2004 encounter at Cosby’s home near Philadelphia. A prosecutor at the time declined to file charges.But authorities reopened the case last year after scores of women raised similar accusations and after Cosby’s damaging deposition testimony from Constand’s lawsuit became public. The trial judge last week said the deposition was fair game at trial, arming prosecutors with Cosby’s own testimony about his affairs with young women, his use of quaaludes as a seduction tool and his version of the sexual encounter with Constand the night in question.Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill must now rule on the testimony from the 13 other accusers in the hearing, being held Tuesday and Wednesday.Cosby’s lawyers had hoped to question the women in person, but O’Neill rejected the idea. He will instead hear what are sure to be strenuous arguments from both sides about their accounts.Some of the women had ongoing friendships or romantic relationships with Cosby, while others knew him for only a few days after meeting him on a plane or at a casino. Some, like Constand, took pills knowingly – she thought it was an herbal drug; he later said it was Benadryl – while others believe he slipped something stronger in their drinks.McMonagle has petitioned to ask each accuser as many as 80 questions as he tries to defend what he calls decades-old, vague accusations that were never vetted at the time. The defense has also questioned the women’s motivation, noting many are clients of celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who has suggested Cosby should put up a $100 million settlement fund for potential sexual assault and defamation claims.Allred told The Associated Press last week that her clients have a duty to testify if the court wants to hear from them. She called the defense’s dismissal of their accounts “out of context or just plain wrong.”O’Neill must walk a fine line in weighing their testimony, given a 2015 state Supreme Court ruling that threw out a Roman Catholic Church official’s child-endangerment conviction because the Philadelphia trial judge let too many priest-abuse victims testify about the alleged church cover-up. SHARE