Española YMCA Teen Center Reopens Wednesday

first_imgEspañola YMCA Teen Center News:In compliance with the governor’s guidance on reopening summer youth programs, the Española YMCA Teen Center (EYTC) will resume operations at noon Wednesday, June 17, in a modified format and with shortened hours,12-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.In order to minimize risk, EYTC will reopen to current members only for the time being, and require that all parents/guardians sign an acknowledgment and assumption of risk of COVID-19 before youth may enter, Center Director Ben Sandoval said. Sandoval said that youth’s temperature will be taken upon arrival with a touchless thermometer at an outside screening station, and no admittance will be allowed to those registering 100.4 or above. For youth who arrive with a temperature, parents will be notified to pick up their child and referred to medical professionals, he said.“Both staff and youth are anxious to return,” Sandoval said. “We will implement best recommended practices. The phrase social distancing tends to sound harsh, and may have an adverse effect on the emotional state for teens. We will utilize the term “physical distancing” in hopes to remind them to minimize physical contact, and at the same time encourage open communication with peers and staff. We are eager to build new relationships, and to help teen members resume a sense of normalcy in this abnormal state that we are experiencing.” “This has been a stressful time for staff and teens. We have missed the laughs, the tears and all our interactions with our teens. We are deeply saddened by the fact that we have not been able to be present in a way that we are accustomed to be in their lives. We are a significant resource to the community, several students have asked for a long time when we would reopen, and when they could attend their home away from home,” Sandoval said.  Sandoval said signs at the facility will ask people not to enter if they have been sick, or around anyone who has been sick in the last 14 days, and that we expect youth respect this social contract.“We are extremely grateful for our partners, who have continued to fund us during this shutdown,” Sandoval said. “We even got new two funders during this time-the Los Alamos Community Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) support through the New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC), which is helping support our arts and photography program.”“And our past supporters have stayed with us,” he said, “including Anchorum Christus St. Vincent and the Lineberry Foundation. Overall, these private foundations have understood what it means to be there for us during this time of need.”Sandoval said that all teen center staff members have been tested for Covid-19, and that both staff and youth will be required to wear masks. He said the facility has been rearranged to support physical distancing Signage and staff will emphasize frequent handwashing, and staff will be disinfecting areas on an ongoing basis.last_img read more

Little change for first-time buyers since 1950s

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Size does matter

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Siemens offers Desiro City to the UK market

first_imgUK: Siemens unveiled Desiro City, the latest addition to its Desiro range for the UK market on July 16. The high-capacity commuter EMU forms the basis of the company’s bid to win the contract to supply 1 300 cars for expanded north-south cross-London Thameslink services, the procurement of which is being managed by the Department for Transport.Desiro City builds on advances already being incorporated into Desiros currently on order, including the Desiro Main Line trainsets for SNCB and German operator Transregio, and the Class 380 EMUs being supplied to ScotRail. Siemens is keen to ensure that each addition to the family brings a significant reduction in weight and energy consumption; the Desiro City, like the Class 380, will include ‘fly-by-wire’ controls to reduce cable weight and allowing a more spacious passenger saloon, and air-conditioning that adjusts itself to vehicle loading. Siemens expects that the Desiro City would offer a weight saving of around 25% against the original Class 350/450 cars delivered between 2003 and 2009.The Desiro City is designed to reduce track wear through the use of a lighter and more compact SF7000 bogie. The design includes inboard bearings and integrated bogie-mounted traction motors. Provision has been made to retro-fit at a later date the Syntegra gearless drive bogie, which is currently on test on the München metro.Initially planned with 50% of axles powered, the Desiro City will be equipped for dual-voltage 25 kV AC and 750V DC operation in formations ranging from three to 12 cars. It is expected that the first trainset could be delivered within 30 months of contract signature. For detailed analysis of the UK rail industry, subscribe to Rail Business Intelligence.last_img read more

Robot welding

first_imgPLASSER & THEURER: The APT 1500-R automated flash-butt welding robot, already certified for use in Germany and Austria, will be at the heart of the Plasser display this year.In addition, the company’s track machine range and automated tracklaying equipment will be displayed in model form on its stand, supported by a range of audio and visual material highlighting its wider capabilities, including automated catenary installation and renewal. Plasser will also offer details of its training and aftersales support to customers, provided partly at its training centre at Bingen-am-Rhein in Germany.last_img read more

Sunshine Girls capture silver in Netball World Series

first_imgSunshine Girls capture silver medial in Fast 5 Netball World SeriesJamaican netballers earned their highest ever honor at a Fast 5 Netball World Series after finishing 34-29 runners-up to England at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne on Sunday.The Roses had earlier tasted defeat at the hands of the Sunshine Girls in the preliminary rounds, who finished on top of the standings after winning all five group games.  On Sunday, however, it was the turn of England to celebrate as Helen Housby put the Roses 30-29 in front with minutes remaining and they never relinquished the lead.  Hosts Australia and defending champions New Zealand, who field youthful teams were left to battle it out for 3rd and 4th place.Housby was the most accurate shooter of the match with nine from 11 for England.The Sunshine Girls’ Jhaniele Fowler-Reid’s was Jamaica’s best with 15 from 24.The world’s top-ranked team Australia and New Zealand were both knocked out of final contention on Sunday.  On Saturday the Silver Ferns lost to Australia 40-30 and England 37-30 but had a 40-26 win over South Africa, so they needed to beat Jamaica on Sunday afternoon to keep their hopes alive.But Jamaica won the game 30-23, so even though New Zealand beat Malawi 29-27 in their last round-robin game, the win meant nothing.For more on the Sunshine Girls, visit  the link: Jamaica’s top player may miss World Netball Serieslast_img read more

Goodbulk to Acquire upto 13 Capesize Vessels

first_imgYesterday, GoodBulk Ltd., an owner and operator of dry bulk vessels announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 7 to 13 Capesize dry bulk carriers from entities managed by CarVal Investors. Delivery of the vessels is expected to occur during the 4th Quarter of 2017 and the 1st  Quarter of 2018.“We are excited to partner with CarVal Investors in this transaction as we continue to execute upon the Company’s strategy of building an industry leading platform for investment in dry bulk vessels,” commented Chairman and CEO John Michael Radziwill. “Not only does this transaction provide GoodBulk’s shareholders with increased Capesize exposure at what we believe to be an opportune time in a recovering market, it is expected to be immediately accretive to Net Asset Value per share while reducing the Company’s normalised break even cost by ship ownership day and reducing the average fleet age by approximately 1.4 years. Furthermore, with a significant share component priced at a premium to NAV this transaction underscores the value of the GoodBulk platform.”Funds managed by CarVal Investors will receive for the initial 7 vessels up to 10.5 million common shares in GoodBulk, with USD 61 million of existing borrowings expected to be refinanced under current and new GoodBulk credit facilities. Upon completion of the base transaction of 7 Capesize vessels, GoodBulk will control a fleet of 19 vessels with an average age of 9 years, consisting of 16 Capesize, 1 Panamax, and 2 Supramax vessels. The Company’s leverage ratio of net debt to gross asset value is expected to remain below 30%. GoodBulk will have the option to acquire up to an additional 6 Capesize vessels.“As an investor in the shipping industry we believe GoodBulk’s management and founders have created a best in class platform for consolidation in the highly fragmented dry bulk sector,” added CarVal Investors’ Principal Gregory Belonogoff. “The Company’s flat corporate structure results in a very cost-efficient company while its long-term strategic partnership with its manager C Transport Maritime brings immediate benefits of scale through commercial consolidation. We look forward to working with GoodBulk’s management, and current and future shareholders as we continue to grow the Company.”Following completion of the transaction, funds managed by CarVal Investors will be GoodBulk’s largest shareholder. The Company’s board of directors will increase by two members. Gregory Belonogoff, a Principal of CarVal Investors will join the Board, and an Independent Director to be elected by the Company’s shareholders.“This acquisition constitutes a great development for GoodBulk,” said Milos Brajovic, Partner of Lantern Capital Partners, on behalf of the GoodBulk Board. “CarVal’s decision to partner with the Company in this transaction further validates GoodBulk’s market positioning and ability to develop into a landmark dry bulk shipping platform.”Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisor and Brown Rudnick LLP, Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited and Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS acted as legal advisors to the Company in connection with the transaction. CarVal Investors were represented by Richards Kibbe & Orbe and Reed Smith LLP.Sea News, October 27 Author: Priyanka Ann Sainilast_img read more

US removes Cuba from terror blacklist

first_img Share Share NewsRegional US removes Cuba from terror blacklist by: Associated Free Press – May 29, 2015 63 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) –The United States removed Cuba from its blacklist as a state sponsor of terrorism Friday, in a landmark move aimed at paving the way towards normalizing ties frozen for half a century.US President Barack Obama had notified Congress earlier this year that he intended to remove Havana from the list, giving lawmakers 45 days to object, which elapsed Friday.Now Secretary of State John Kerry “has made the final decision to rescind Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, effective today, May 29, 2015,” the State Department said in a statement.“The rescission of Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission,” the statement said.“While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a state sponsor of terrorism designation.”The decision means that Cuba will now have better access to US banking facilities and American aid, as well as removing an international stigma which it has long contended was groundless and unfair.In a ground-breaking move, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in December to restore relations frozen for five decades.So far teams from the two countries have met four times seeking to work out the terms for re-opening their embassies, which would be the first step towards normalizing ties.Officials say the talks have made progress, but nothing concrete was announced at the last round, held in Washington a week ago.The communist authorities in Havana have been particularly angered by US democracy programs and have so far not met demands that American diplomats be allowed to meet freely with dissidents.The island is still subject to a US trade embargo put in place in 1962, which Obama has called on Congress to lift.Havana has also found a bank willing to do business with it on American soil, removing another key hurdle.Friday’s decision means only Iran, Sudan and Syria remain on the State Department’s blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism.last_img read more

Farmington Hills group hosts ‘Smart Justice’ speaker

first_imgRick Speck (ACLU)Rick Speck, Detroit Field Organizer for a Michigan ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) project designed to find more fair and effective ways to achieve justice, will speak in Farmington Hills on November 21.The 6:30 p.m. event at Farmington A.M.E. Church, in the Chapel at Nardin Park United Methodist Church, is open to the public.According to “The Sentencing Project,” a Washington, D.C. based organization working to reform the criminal justice system, a 500% increase increase in the number of Americans incarcerated over the past 40 years is a result of policy changes, not crime rates. Nearly 40,000 prisoners fill Michigan’s prisons, and another 175,000 are on probation.The Michigan ACLU’s Smart Justice Project is part of a nationwide effort find more fair and effective ways of achieving justice.“With a three-pronged approach to ending the discriminatory cash bail system; bringing about sentencing reform; and assuring accountability and transparency in the way prosecutors handle cases, a better, smarter system of justice can be developed,” Speck said in a press release.“One in three American families is impacted by the criminal justice system,” he added. “Those people serving prison sentences? They are somebody’s father, brother, son, grandson, or mother/sister/daughter/granddaughter.”This event is hosted by the Beloved Community Initiative, founded by a group of local residents and church members in Farmington and Farmington Hills. The church is located at 29887 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills. The meeting is open to everyone.For information about the work of BCI and the November 21 presentation, contact Cheryl Willette at 248-893-7474 or Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 – Hail the New King of Supernakeds

first_imgIt has 208 bhp, 122.6 Nm, and weighs only 178 kg dry. There are the standard and “S” models. The 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 was just launched at the Ducati World Premiere 2019.center_img The most anticipated bike of the year, the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 was just launched at the Ducati World Premiere 2019.And as promised by the manufacturer, the bike is a powerhouse that would scare off sportbikes. In case you missed the teaser video, the 1100cc Desmosedici Stradale engine punches out an unholy (for a naked bike) 208 bhp at 12,500 RPM, 122.6 Nm of torque of 11,500 RPM.If those figures are awesome, think about the weight: 178 kg dry. That gives the bike a 1.17 bhp/kg power-to-weight ratio, which some sportbikes could only envy. As a matter of fact, Ducati aimed for 25% more power over their closest competitor.However, there’s a Streetfighter V4 S model and it produces 216 bhp!The full specs are just filtering through at the moment. But among other things is the electronics suite which is shared with the Panigale V4.And just like the Panigale V4 S, the Streetfighter V4 S uses the amazing Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension.But it has something which only the Panigale V4 R has: Winglets. Make that twice the V4 R’s winglets. The Streetfighter has four of them!Ducati also released the prices. The standard bike costs €19,990 while the “S” is at €22,990.Stay tuned as we will bring you the full specifications of the bike later.–Ads–last_img read more