BSMA News:The community is invited to join a virtual bingo game 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9 that has STEM topics rather than numbers in the squares. For the periodic table – the squares have symbols and someone calls the word. Players match to the symbols on their card. For example, if the word called is “sodium” then players look for “Na”.Everyone is invited to play. RSVP to the event to get a link to a bingo card emailed the day of the event. Multiple players in the same household should register individually.To register, click here.Winners receive a gift certificate to the Gadgets store inside the Bradbury Science Museum.
STATE News:SANTA FE – A state COVID-19 relief fund launched at the outset of the pandemic in New Mexico this week contributed an additional $500,000 to food banks and pantries statewide.The All Together NM Fund, launched by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in collaboration with the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations, distributed the last rounds of funds to 39 food banks and food distribution sites serving communities in all 33 counties in the state.The latest distribution was made possible in large part by a generous donation from the McKinnon Family Foundation.“We launched the foundation several years ago with one of the central goals being the advancement of important causes in New Mexico, including educational and cultural institutions,” Ian McKinnon said. “Increasing food security for all New Mexicans is also clearly core to the mission of our Foundation.”“The partnership with the state has bolstered the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundation’s capabilities in implementing this groundbreaking fund because our coalition members are constantly addressing challenges faced everyday by our communities,” said Randy Royster, chair of the Coalition and president and chief executive of the Albuquerque Community Foundation. “By working together to identify, prioritize and respond to community needs head-on, we are having a greater impact—not just for the nonprofit sector but toward our state’s entire recovery effort.”The recipients are Roadrunner Food Bank, The Food Depot, The Community Pantry, ECHO Food Bank, The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, La Mesa Presbyterian Church, St. Felix Pantry, Bethel Community Storehouse, Belen Food Pantry, Las Casas Summer Food Program, Curry Retired Senior Meal Association, Carlsbad Community Foundation, United Way of Eddy County, United Way of Lea County, Rio Arriba First Baptist Church of Chama, San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen, Truchas Service Center, Roosevelt Community Services Center, Bernal Community Center, Comedor de San Pascual, San Miguel Samaritan House, the Salvation Army of Las Vegas, Catron Food Pantries, Harvest Ministries of Roswell, Casa de Peregrinos, Spirit of Hidalgo, Silver City Gospel Rescue Mission, Lincoln County Food Bank, Deming Silver Linings, Otero Hunger Coalition, Our Lady of Perpetual Health of Sierra County, Socorro Storehouse, Always Loving Mankind of Colfax County, North Central Food Pantry of Taos, Raton Hunger Pantry and MAS Comunidad.In total the All Together NM Fund has distributed $3.3 million in grants over the course of the pandemic. The Santa Fe Community Foundation administers the fund.Significant donations have also been made by Arland & Associates, LLC, AT&T, Blattner Energy, Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, Comcast, Daniels Fund, Illinois #3 Foundation, Intel Foundation, Isora Foundation, Molina Healthcare, Pattern SC Holdings, LLC, PhRMA, RALI, Stanley E. Fulton Family Foundation, Swire Coca-Cola USA, The Hayes Foundation, The McKinnon Family Foundation, Tri-State, Virgin Galactic, LLC and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.Donations to the fund are tax-deductible and can be made through the website here, by texting “together” to 505.333.4714, or by mail to the Santa Fe Community Foundation, PO Box 1827, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Note “All Together NM Fund” on the check itself.
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Olivia LewisUniversity of SussexIn 2010, the government made changes to legal aid for prison law, which included a requirement for providers to apply to the Legal Aid Agency for prior approval before starting work on cases concerning prisoners’ treatment. The ministry, in its latest legal aid statistics bulletin, said prison law workload began to decline following the changes.In December 2013, changes were made to the scope of legal aid available for prison law under the government’s Legal Aid Transformation programme. The ministry acknowledged that these changes ‘appear to have accelerated the existing downward trend in prison law workload over the following year, with freestanding advice and assistance accounting for most of the decline’.Latest figures show that the number of claims submitted in relation to freestanding advice and assistance fell from around 6,500 in the last three months of 2013, to less than 2,000 in the same period last year.Welsh said the letters clinic is an opportunity to help provide legal advice and assistance to people ’unable to afford the services of a solicitor in an area which needs intervention’.She said PAS receives 4,000 letters a year and, as a small charity, does not have the resources to respond to every letter without the assistance of outreach clinics.Law student Olivia Lewis (pictured) said: ’As someone who wishes to practise criminal law, it is an excellent opportunity to gain real-life experience, as well as become aware of areas of law that I wouldn’t have learnt in my degree.’ Law students are giving new meaning to the phrase ‘letter of the law’ with their efforts to address the decline in prison law advice caused by firms dropping out of the sector as a result of the government’s legal aid reforms.Volunteers from the University of Sussex have opened a ‘letters clinic’ to help prisoners with questions regarding their rights.The final-year law students will be working with national charity Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) to provide free support and advice on prison discipline, licence conditions, visiting rights, categorisation of prisoners, and applications for parole.They will help lecturer and criminal law expert Dr Lucy Welsh, who is leading the scheme, to research enquiries to the clinic and help draft appropriate responses in a short timeframe.The university announced that the scheme was set up to ’fill the gap left’ after many law firms dropped the provision of prison legal advice following legal aid cutbacks.
LocalNews National state of mourning declared in Dominica by: – March 5, 2013 Share Share 41 Views 4 comments Share Tweet Sharing is caring! President Hugo ChavezPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has declared a national state of mourning effective March 6th and a special memorial service on March 7th at the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Goodwill from 5pm in honor of President Hugo Chavez. “We have suffered a great loss…he was a true friend of Dominica,” Mr. Skerrit said in an address to the nation late Tuesday evening.Mr. Chavez who died at the age of fifty-eight (58) on Tuesday, March 5th was instrumental in Dominica’s development. Through his leadership, Dominica signed the Petro Caribe and ALBA agreements and also received assistance for the Melville Hall Airport rehabilitation among other projects.Mr. Skerrit has asked that all flags be flown at half staff during the National Day of Mourning on Wednesday, March 6th.“Above all, Dominica will cherish the special place it held in the life of President Chavez,” Mr. Skerrit said and pledged to announce further initiatives to honor Mr. Chavez’s contribution to Dominica’s development.“I have lost a colleague, a father, a brother and a friend. Hugo Chavez held my hands in the brightest and the darkest hours of my tenure to date as Prime Minister. Dominica and I could have looked to him for guidance…his passing is a great loss to me personally,” an emotional Mr Skerrit said of his personal relationship with President Chavez.He has also called on citizens to keep the Chavez family and the Venezuelan Government and people in their prayers and extended condolences to Venezuela’s Ambassador to Dominica Hayden Owanda Pirela Sanchez.He also assured Venezuela’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro of Dominica’s “continued support and solidarity”. President Chavez had been in power since 1998 and won the 2012 general elections for another six-year term.Dominica Vibes News
Sharing is caring! Share Share FeaturedLocalNews Dominica welcomes Caribbean Airlines to its shores by: – September 11, 2020 Tweet 159 Views no discussions Share Roseau, Dominica – (September 11, 2020) Dominica welcomes Caribbean Airlines to our shores beginning September 19, 2020.In a radio interview which aired earlier in the month, the Minister of Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives, Hon Denise Charles had indicated the intent of the airline to service Dominica starting in September.Caribbean Airlines has now confirmed that subject to regulatory approval by the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority, the launch date for service between Barbados and Dominica will be September 19, 2020.The inclusion of Dominica to the Caribbean Airlines network now affords greater connectivity to Dominica, the rest of the region and to our international markets.“We are excited to welcome a new airline partner, Caribbean Airlines, to Douglas-Charles Airport,” says Colin Piper, Director of Tourism. “While Caribbean Airlines joins the diverse group of carriers with routes servicing Barbados and Dominica, Caribbean Airlines and their extensive network is sure to provide additional travel options for our passengers and now increases the opportunities for our tourism service providers on island.”Caribbean Airlines will afford return service twice weekly between Barbados and Dominica on Saturdays and Sundays once launched.These flights also provide same day connections from US and UK into Dominica on Saturdays and provide service to connect outbound to the US and UK in Barbados on Sundays.
Dravam – Dravam’s innovative fuel quality monitoring solution is areal-time early detection system for marine fuel, installed seamlessly onto avessel. This patented solution is aimed at ensuring the quality of the fuelthat is bunkered and addresses the industry’s need for quicker bunker qualitytesting. The 24 start-ups, of which 15 are Singapore-based, focused ontechnologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality,blockchain, robotics and wearables, among others. More than half of thesestart-ups have already received letters of intent from maritime companies tobuild on the solutions they propose. Teqplay – Teqplay has developed a platform that collects, bundles andrefines public data. Combining that with machine learning and artificialintelligence, they create a shared picture that empowers the shipping industryto make smarter and better informed decisions in the planning and execution ofport calls, and maritime supply chain. The 2019 cohort also builds on the successes of PIER71’s first cohort unveiled in November 2018. SkyLab, a deep technology software start-up, is expanding into the Indonesian market as well as forming a strategic partnership with one of the largest data analytics firms in Chongqing, China. Claritecs, a digital bunker start-up, also announced their S$850,000 pre-series A funding from Bernhard Schulte INNOPORT last month. KoiReader Technologies – KoiReader Technologies has developed aninnovative machine learning visual recognition system that extractsunstructured textual data from images and translates them into usablestructured data. This improves the accuracy of filling up logistics data forregulatory clearance and reduces the risks associated with mis-declaration ofdangerous goods. The Smart Port Challenge culminated in the Grand Final today, which saw10 out of 24 start-ups pitching to an audience of over 300 investors, corporatepartners, venture capitalists, and maritime professionals. The three winnersare: Port Innovation Ecosystem Reimagined @ BLOCK71 (PIER71) unveiled this year’stop three start-ups tackling issues facing Singapore’s maritime sector. Dr Lam PinMin, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, announced the winnersat the third Smart Port Challenge (SPC) Grand Final. Author: Baibhav Mishra Dr Lam said, “As the world’s busiest transhipment container port and aleading maritime hub, Singapore offers tremendous opportunities for start-upsin the maritime sector. In the two years since we started the Smart PortChallenge, the number of quality proposals we received from start-ups has morethan doubled. Smart Port Challenge brings fresh ideas to pressing challengessuch as digital disruption and tighter environmental regulations, and willinject life and vibrancy to the maritime innovation eco-system.” Sea News, November 8 After the Grand Final, PIER71 will continue to support all SPCparticipants through corporate matchmaking and mentorship to tackle thechallenges identified by maritime corporates. They can also participate incommunity events with ecosystem partners, and engagements with enterprises andgovernment entities. All 24 start-ups, including the ten who took part in theGrand Final, will also be eligible to apply for the MPA grant worth up toS$50,000 each, to help with the development of their minimum viable products orsolutions. The SPC is one of several industry-wide initiatives under PIER71, a collaborationbetween the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and NUS Enterprise,the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), to builda vibrant maritime entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in Singapore. One ofthe highlights of PIER 71 is the PIER71 Accelerate – a five-week market and businessmodel validation programme that comprises a two-day bootcamp at the end ofSeptember. Hailing from Singapore, Japan, and as far as Denmark and Canada, 24 start-upswere selected from among 200 applications for the Smart Port Challenge to comeup with solutions to 28 challenge statements identified by maritime companies inthe areas of port operations, shipping and maritime services. Professor Freddy Boey, NUS Deputy President (Innovation and Enterprise) said,“NUS Enterprise has a strong foundation in spearheading the start-up ecosystem.PIER71 is one example of how the university can foster collaboration between maritimecompanies, technology start-ups and individuals from the maritime ecosystem,such as business owners, suppliers, and operators to drive innovation and positionSingapore as a vibrant and innovative maritime hub.” Vivek Premanadhan, Dravam CEO & Founder, winner of the Grand Final commented,“It has been an exhilarating experience being part of Smart Port Challenge.PIER71 Accelerate is such a unique programme – the quality of mentorship,workshops and networking opportunities is second to none. The last five weekshas brought us closer to being market-ready and we are very honoured by this winand excited to be part of this ecosystem.”
Keysight Technologies has added two new test solutions to its growing automotive portfolio – a Radar Target Simulator and an Advanced Automotive Ethernet software – which help automotive industry engineers, designers and manufacturers develop high-quality, high-performance products that improve safety in any driving conditions and enable emerging advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).The rapid developments in autonomous vehicles and demand for greater safety features is fueling the need for sensitive and accurate automotive radar technology. Leveraging its expertise in radar test technology, Keysight now offers a new Radar Target Simulator (RTS) to help automotive electronics manufacturers confidently simulate radar targets in various realistic scenarios. They have leveraged technology from their vast experience in RF design to deliver a multi-target remote head that enables radar module developers to overcome design and performance verification challenges.Keysight’s new RTS performs multi-target, multi-angle testing for radar modules in a lab environment. The solution delivers fast, accurate and reliable results that balance throughput and quality. Design and verification engineers can quickly validate the performance of radar products, while manufacturing and design validation engineers are able to simulate multiple objects at variable distances. By allowing users to bring a real-world test environment into their lab, Keysight’s RTS delivers substantial time and cost savings.Key features of Keysight’s new automotive Ethernet channel test software solution include:Creation of a test plan that includes all required tests as per the specification.Automatic set up of the network analyzer for each measurement and applies defined test limits.Detailed reporting for each test that has been run.Keysight’s Automotive Ethernet solutions suite provides the hardware, software, cables and accessories needed to enable compliance testing. These offerings are enhanced by newly released receiver testing software and an updated transmit compliance application that offers 4 different data rates, including the preliminary version of Multi-Gig IEEE 802.3ch, in one application – making Keysight the first to offer compliance tests for IEEE 802.3ch.Addressing the Standards that Govern Automotive EthernetNext-generation ADAS systems require camera and radar systems with high resolution, which require increased speed and bandwidth. Automotive Ethernet enables faster data communication to meet the demands of today’s vehicles and the connected vehicles of the future. However, the channel or link in a system can create a point of failure and as such must be fully tested.Keysight’s new automotive Ethernet software ensures signal quality requirements with conformance testing for that channel. In addition, it performs return loss, insertion loss, mode conversion, powersum and cross talk measurements of a cable in a bundle. Built on functional and multipurpose hardware – Keysight E5080B ENA Vector Network Analyzer, Keysight PXI Vector Network Analyzers, or Keysight Streamline Series USB Vector Network Analyzers – which are also invaluable tools in the lab for design verification and validation beyond automotive Ethernet.Click here to learn more about the Radar Target Simulator.Click here to learn more about Keysight’s Automotive Ethernet Software.
Bandara Internasional Blaise Diagne menempati lahan seluas 4.500 hektar atau lima kali lebih luas dari Bandara Léopold Sédar Senghor International. Secara otomatis bandara anyar ini juga menawarkan terminal dan landas pacu yang lebih besar dari bandara sebelumnya. Dengan kata lain, kapasitas penumpang dan penerbangan yang dapat dilayani oleh bandara ini pun akan meningkat.“Bandara Internasional Blaise Diagne jelas merupakan proyek infrastruktur mutakhir,” tutur El Hadji Beye, seorang insinyur sipil yang mengkhususkan diri di Afrika Barat. “Ukuran fasilitas baru ini dapat mengakomodasi pesawat yang lebih besar seperti Airbus A380 dan akan menangani lebih banyak lalu lintas udara dari bandara sebelumnya,” imbuhnya.Tim pengembang bandara baru ini pun berharap dapat menjadikan proyek ini sebagai “The Next Dubai” di daratan Afrika. “Titik persinggahan favorit untuk lalu lintas udara di Afrika, Eropa, dan Amerika,” ujarnya. Lebih lanjut, mereka merencanakan pengembangan komersial di wilayah sekitar bandara, termasuk hotel, pusat perbelanjaan, restoran, hingga beberapa fasilitas bisnis.Tidak berhenti sampai di situ, lokasi bandara yang bisa dibilang jauh dari pusat kota menuntut pihak bandara menyediakan moda transportasi yang dapat menunjang pengoperasian dari Bandara Internasional Blaise Diagne. Sebut saja kereta cepat regional Dakar dan jalan tol sudah masuk ke dalam rencana pembangunan tingkat lanjut yang akan segera dieksekusi.Baca Juga: Bandara Abu Dhabi Bangun Mega TerminalAsa akan peningkatan di sektor wisata juga turut terbangun dengan adanya bandara ini. Tidak hanya dari sektor wisata, masyarakat lokal juga akan memiliki kesempatan untuk bekerja di Bandara Internasional Blaise Diagne. “Proyek ini akan melibatkan 540 karyawan tetap selama fase operasional, termasuk lebih dari 200 wanita,” kata Rokhaya Diop Diallo dari Africa Development Bank’s Senegal, yang juga mendukung proyek tersebut.Setelah sempat tertunda selama 10 tahun lamanya, akhirnya megaproyek ini tinggal menunggu prosesi potong pita yang menandakan titik awal pengoperasiannya. Banyak haling rintang yang menghiasi pembangunan Bandara Internasional Blaise Diagne, dari mulai urusan finansial hingga relokasi penduduk yang semula menempati lahan bandara ini. Kita nantikan saja sepak terjang dari Bandara Internasional Blaise Diagne ini.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedBandara Internasional Soekarno-Hatta Menjadi Hub Kedua Terbesar di Asia Pasifik02/10/2018In “Bandara”Bandara Internasional Hong Kong Sabet Predikat “Bintang Lima” dari Skytrax21/09/2017In “Bandara”Bandara Terapung, Dari Sebuah Konsep Hingga Terwujud di Jepang dan Hong Kong02/01/2020In “Bandara” Sumber: cnn.com Tidak lama lagi, Senegal akan memiliki sebuah bandara baru yang sarat akan problematika saat pembangunannya. Aeroport International Blaise Diagne International (AIBD) yang dicanangkan akan menjadi bandara terbesar di Senengal dengan kemampuan meng-handle tiga juta penumpang pada tahun pertama pengoperasiannya ini rencananya akan dibuka pada 7 Desember 2017 mendatang, dan mengambil alih layanan penerbangan yang sebelumnya dioperasikan oleh Bandara Léopold Sédar Senghor International di Dakar.Baca Juga: Bangun Terminal Baru, Bandara Melbourne Siap Tangani 60 Juta Penumpang di Tahun 2033Seperti yang dihimpun KabarPenumpang.com dari laman cnn.com (16/11/2017), megaproyek senilai US$575 juta atau yang setara dengan Rp7,8 triliun ini merupakan inti dari program pengembangan baru di Senegal yang bisa dibilang ambisius. Lokasi dari Bandara Internasional Blaise Diagne ini terletak 40 kilometer sebelah Timur kota Dakar, sebuah lokasi terpencil yang diharapkan dapat membebaskan predikat macet yang sebelumnya melekat di Bandara Léopold Sédar Senghor International.