The governor issued the following statement after the service: SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Saturday attended the funeral of Ernestine Romero, also known as Ernestine Saucedo, the Public Education Department employee and popular local vocalist who was tragically killed July 11 outside the Jerry Apodaca Building in Santa Fe. From the Office of the Governor: “The outpouring of love in the wake of this tragedy has been remarkable,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “In their grief, those who knew Ernestine have honored her memory beautifully. We have heard from superintendents, principals and educators from all over the state who reached out to share incredible stories about how helpful and gracious she was in her work with them. She made an incredible impact on the people she touched both through her work and through her music. The community mourns her loss, and I continue to pray for her family, friends and loved ones.”
The order is effective through Sept. 18. A signed version of the document will be disseminated Friday, Aug 28. “New Mexicans ought to be very proud of the progress we’ve made all together, but we’ve got to remember progress in our fight against this virus does not mean we can let our guard down,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “A sense of complacency will once again elevate the dire potential health risks for New Mexico families, neighbors and communities. We will continue to do everything we can as a state to mitigate the spread of the virus and address the awful economic consequences of this pandemic. “The virus is looking for opportunities to spread. We must continue to do everything we can to mitigate and eliminate those opportunities. We know the path to continued success by now: Wearing masks, avoiding groups, keeping physical distance and regularly washing our hands. At the end of the day, I can’t make New Mexicans stick to these safeguards. We’ve all got to make those decisions ourselves every day – and remember that our actions impact our friends, our families, workers and businesses in our communities and our entire state. More and more of us have been making those right decisions. Let’s keep it up.”PUBLIC SCHOOLSPublic Education Secretary Ryan Stewart provided an update Thursday as the agency works alongside school districts and charter schools statewide to ensure comprehensive COVID-19 safety and response protocols are established before any district or charter can be approved to begin limited in-person learning for K-5 age groups after Labor Day.The Public Education Department has set requirements for re-entry to a “hybrid” model of in-person and remote learning – meaning rotating cohorts of students could potentially attend in-person classes in small groups after Labor Day upon approval from the PED. Those requirements include that the state meet its gating criteria; that the school’s county meet gating criteria for the rate of new daily COVID-19 cases and test positivity; and that the Public Education Department approve the district or charter school’s individual re-entry plan, which must include COVID-Safe Practices for students and educators as well as provisions of personal protective equipment, cleaning procedures and rapid response procedures in the event of a positive COVID-19 case. The Public Education Department has been receiving and reviewing re-entry proposals from districts across the state in anticipation of a possible shift to permissible limited in-person learning after Labor Day. At least 24 school districts and charter schools statewide, including Albuquerque Public Schools, have notified the Public Education Department that they plan to continue in an exclusively remote learning environment for at least the near-term future. In the interim before Labor Day, in addition to outreach to local leaders and superintendents, the Public Education Department will continue to review re-entry proposals before formally approving districts seeking to begin classes for the K-5 age groups in a hybrid model (middle school and high school age groups would follow in a similar fashion if and when health conditions warrant). The agency will provide additional training for districts to ensure all schools are fully prepared to engage in any prospective rapid responses; and will finalize cleaning and sanitation protocols for districts and establish and refine enforcement and inspection protocols with the New Mexico Department of Health and other state agencies. PED will launch an anonymous portal where violations of COVID-Safe Practices can be reported.“Our work has been to coordinate closely with school districts and local leaders to make sure we have strict and effective protocols to prevent positive cases and to make sure we can quickly respond to any positive cases that do occur,” Stewart said. “We have been preparing extensively and I’m confident we will execute. I’ve visited school districts and with educators and local stakeholders. We are all one community and our unequivocal priority – the safety and welfare of our children and school communities – is shared. We must also, to that end, ensure personal protective equipment is available. School districts across the state have already purchased more than 3.5 million masks, and PED and DHSEM will distribute another 700,000 in the next two weeks. “This is all in service of making it possible for districts to make the case for an in-person learning environment this fall,” he added. “Of course, the virus has radically altered our lives, and that includes our public education system, and it’s an enormous strain on families, educators and children. We’ve got to step up to provide the best and safest circumstance for them. Our focus has been and will continue to be that we effectively deliver high-quality education to our kids during this pandemic with the health-first imperative that in-person learning can only happen if and when every single precaution for students, families and school communities is in place.” STATESANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health and education officials on Thursday provided a public update on the state’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, outlining a new emergency public health order and New Mexico’s preparation for a limited re-entry to in-person learning next month.MODELINGNew Mexico’s gating criteria – a measurement of the public health data reflecting the incidence and spread of COVID-19 – show the state has seen success in suppressing the virus while also maintaining essential virus-response and health care resources over the course of the late summer. Although the overall COVID-19 infections in the 20-29 and 30-39 age groups remain higher than other age ranges, the state’s decreasing and steadying test positivity rate, average case counts and hospitalizations reflect increased adherence to important COVID-safe behaviors like consistent mask-wearing and avoiding groups and extended periods of contact with others, said Human Services Secretary David Scrase, M.D. The secretary again issued words of caution about the devastating potential health effects of the virus and the imperative to maintain safe behavior. “COVID-19 can cause very, very serious illness in people of all ages, and we’ve got to take that seriously in all aspects of our lives,” Scrase said.PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERPursuant to the state’s sustained progress on suppressing the spread of the virus in recent weeks, New Mexico will permit certain relaxations of occupancy restrictions while maintaining the essential public health framework for mitigating and responding to the incidence and spread of COVID-19.The state’s revised emergency public health order is effective Saturday, Aug. 29 and incorporates the following adjustments: Houses of worship may operate at 40 percent of maximum occupancy of any enclosed building, an increase from 25 percent, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Houses of worship may, as before, conduct services outdoors or provide services through audiovisual means.Food and drink establishments (including restaurants, breweries, wineries, distillers, cafes, coffee shops or other similar establishments) may provide indoor dining service at 25 percent of maximum occupancy, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Food and drink establishments may continue to provide physically-distant outdoor dining options, carryout and delivery services, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Tables – inside or outside – must be spaced at least six feet apart, and no more than six patrons are permitted at a single table. While museums with interactive and/or immersive displays, categorized as “close-contact recreational facilities,” must remain closed, museums with static displays may operate at 25 percent capacity. Mass gatherings of more than 10 individuals are prohibited.
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Peru’s only export terminal sent an LNG cargo to France on November 4, according to Perupetro.The 134,509 cbm Gemmata LNG carrier will deliver the cargo to France, but Perupetro did not reveal whether the carrier will go to Fos Tonkin, Fos Cavaou or Montoir-de-Bretagne terminal.This is a cargo milestone for the Pampa Melchorita liquefaction plant as it is the first ever LNG cargo it sent to France. This marks the 237th cargo sent from the facility since it started operations in June 2010.[mappress mapid=”15856″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Kotug
A three-week dredging work program in St Helier Harbor, Jersey, Channel Islands, is about to come to an end.It has been 14 years since the last dredging program took place in the area and it is estimated that over a period of a year approximately 5000m³ of silt accumulates on the seabed.The work is being carried out by the dredging vessel MV Margrethe Fighter, focusing on areas at the northern end of St Helier Harbor, the entrance to La Collette Yacht Basin as well as around the fishermen’s mooring area in the Basin.The dredged material is being deposited in an area known as foul ground, approximately 4 miles south of the harbor, under a FEPA licence issued by the States of Jersey Environment Department.This licence requires that depositing the sediment can only be undertaken between one hour after high water and one hour before low water to ensure that it is allowed to settle on the seabed while the tide is running to the west and away from the Island’s south east corner RAMSAR site.MV Margrethe Fighter started the dredging operations on Monday, April 11th 2016.[mappress mapid=”22312″]
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TPI Megaline is a leading provider of global heavy marine transport management across various large-scale construction industries. CJ Korea Express is one of the largest logistics companies in South Korea, providing differentiated global logistics services.TPI Megaline hopes that its expertise, coupled with CJ Korea Express’ extensive network and capacity to deliver on a global scale, will enable the partnership to offer more dynamic transportation solutions to existing and prospective clients across the globe.Kwan Soo Shon, ceo of CJ Korea Express, was also optimistic, anticipating that the strategic alliance would be “the starting point for a new era in the history of Korean heavy marine transportation.”The alliance means that the companies now boast a combined fleet of seven ships. www.tpimegaline.comwww.cjkoreaexpress.co.kr
Until now, the production of the Grove GRT8100 crane model was exclusive to Manitowoc’s factory in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania. According to Manitowoc, starting production of the Grove model in Italy will reduce lead times and shipping costs for European buyers. An additional model, the 80-tonne capacity Grove GRT880, will also be manufactured in both Italy and Shady Grove by the end of the year.www.manitowoccranes.com
The legal profession has stepped up efforts to provide support to the victims of last week’s fire at Grenfell Tower in West London.Lawyers and specialist housing advisers from homelessness charity Shelter and the Housing Law Practitioners Association are working with North Kensington Law Centre to run free daily drop-in advice clinics from today. The sessions, at Unit 15, Baseline Studios, Whitchurch Rd, will run from 10am-5pm every day.Shelter says it expects the slots will be filled by volunteer lawyers but the scheme will be reviewed if there is a surge in demand.The law centre has been working throughout the weekend to help hundreds of people needing immediate legal assistance. It will hold a residents’ meeting at 6.30pm today at its office to help victims learn more about their legal rights and how the centre can help.The centre is also seeking to raise £100,000 to help victims receive access to justice and legal support. As of this morning it has raised £20,567. Its JustGiving page states that the centre has been ‘inundated with kind offers of help’. Meanwhile the centre’s director, Victoria Vasey, confirmed that the centre has written to home secretary Amber Rudd, urging her to waive the fees for victims whose vital documents have been destroyed or need to be replaced.The letter states: ‘Over the coming days and weeks the law centre will be assisting those individuals who have lost all of their documents in the fire. This will involve making applications to the UK Visa and Immigration Departments. ‘Given the situation, these survivors are unlikely to have any supporting documents or the financial resources to pay Home Office fees for replacement documents. I am therefore writing to you to seek assistance in co-ordinating their applications.’The letter continues: ‘It would be ideal to have a named person within UKVI to liaise with on the understanding that fees will be waived, discretion as to supporting documents will be exercised and that where possible applications are prioritised. Clearly the lack of immigration status documentation is going to impact on these individuals in terms of rehousing, employment, accessing bank accounts etc.’I believe that without your intervention or the issuance of an internal memo any application we submit will be rejected out of hand.’The Home Office is looking at how best it can support people directly affected by the fire, the Gazette understands. Those affected who have questions about destroyed travel documentation should call the HM Passport Office advice line on 0300 222 000 and they will be directed to a specialist team.Over the weekend the government announced that every household whose home has been destroyed as a result of the fire will receive a guaranteed £5,500 minimum down payment, made up of £500 cash and £5,000 delivered through the Department of Work and Pensions.Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged funding for legal representation for residents to ensure their ‘voices are heard’ during the future public inquiry into the tragedy.
SPAIN: Test running is under way with the first of two Euro 4000 diesel locos being supplied to Comsa Rail by Vossloh España under a contract awarded in 2006. Powered by a 16-cylinder EMD 710G3 engine, the 4 250 hp loco can be fitted with up to three train protection systems for cross-border operation. The Euro 4000 is being certified for operation in Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway. Vossloh España reports that it now has orders for a total of 45 locos from seven customers, including Portuguese open-access operator Cargo Rail and new locomotive leasing company Allco. The biggest customer is Angel Trains, which ordered 18 locos in 2006 and subseqently exercised an option for a further 12.Euro 4000 locomotive ordersComsa Spain 2Angel Trains 30Continental Rail Spain 4Allco 2Cargo Rail Portugal 7