Photograph of Hiroshima shortly after the dropping of the atomic bomb. Photo by Shiegeo Hayashi Stephen Fox By BONNIE J. GORDONLos Alamos Daily Postbjgordon@ladailypost.comOn Aug. 6, 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.On Aug. 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. A blast equivalent to the power of 15,000 tons of TNT reduced four square miles of the city to ruins.. Three days later, another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing nearly 40,000 more people. A few days later, Japan surrendered.For Santa Fe gallery owner and progressive activist Stephen Fox, Hiroshima Day has special personal meaning. In 1976, Fox served as New Mexico representative to the U.N. Special Session on Disarmament. He met survivors of the Hiroshima bombing and also met Shiegeo Hayashi, the Japanese photographer who was one of the two assigned by the Special Committee for the Investigation of A-bomb Damage to document the aftermath of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Fox accompanied the delegation to Washington, D.C., where they met political figures, including Sen. Edward Kennedy. Although permission to visit the test site near Alamogordo was denied, Fox welcomed the Japanese delegation to New Mexico for a visit.“We decided to do an exhibition of Hayashi’s photographs in Old Town Albuquerque,” Fox remembered. “We used at least 300 large size photos. The 350th anniversary celebration for Neri Church was going on at the same time. The Hispanic community was amazed by the photos.”Fox has another striking memory concerning the bombing. When historian Zhores A. Medvedev lectured in New Mexico in 1978, Fox attended all three of his lectures on the Russian nuclear project and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Joining him at the Los Alamos National Laboratory lecture was none other than Edward Teller.“Dr. Teller asked Medvedev how he could talk about these things so openly. Medvedev replied, ‘Dr. Teller, scientist can’t be held responsible for what is done with their research. The same is true of historians.’ Teller stormed out.”Fox continues to be involved in peace activism and in promoting the role of the United Nations in solving the world’s problems peacefully.Source: Historical information/history.com
Gaz Métro has signed a deal with Anticosti Hydrocarbons to develop associated natural gas from Anticosti Island.The agreement with Gaz Métro will provide Anticosti Hydrocarbons with access to the expertise of Québec’s leading gas distribution utility and distribution franchise-holder on Anticosti Island to identify economic, operational, and technical solutions to transporting associated natural gas to consumer markets should any be produced in the event hydrocarbon resource production gets underway on Anticosti Island.There are a variety of technical issues to address, including storage, transportation, and distribution of the gas, said Gaz Metro in a statement.Subject to compliance with the terms and conditions set forth in the agreement, Gaz Métro will have acquisition rights to any natural gas produced from wells on Anticosti Island and be able to transport or distribute it to the markets, at a price that will allow its marketing while taking into account prevailing prices.In return for Gaz Métro’s expertise, Anticosti Hydrocarbons has agreed to an exclusive partnership with Gaz Métro for the next five years.“This agreement in principle creates an important partnership for the Anticosti project. Developing associated natural gas will create positive spinoffs for Quebec and, with the new maritime strategy announced by the government, could provide a solid leg up to Québec businesses, particularly those involved in the Plan Nord,” stated Alexandre Gagnon, chair of the Anticosti Hydrocarbons operations committee.[mappress mapid=”15665″]Press Release; Image: Gaz Metro
If ever there’s a time to really get to grips with understanding your supply chain, this is it. Brexit, a weak pound and concerns about labour shortages have created a climate of uncertainty in the construction industry. But one thing is certain – costs are rising.Intelligence gathered by Procurement for Housing (PfH) shows there has been inflation throughout the supply chain with average materials price increase proposals of 6-9% – compared with 2-5% in the previous quarter.This is backed up by evidence from the Federation of Master Builders, which recently reported that building firms expect to see their costs rise by up to 15% this year.Indeed, latest data from Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) shows construction costs are at an eight-and-half-year high and the weak sterling exchange rate against the US dollar and euro has led to higher materials prices.Price increases should not be accepted at face value and should be challenged by working more intelligently and collaboratively with supply chain partnersPfH works with 850 social landlords across the UK, many of which have major development and stock refurbishment programmes. The sector has plenty to worry about – from ongoing welfare reform to cuts in social rent – but what’s clear from the conversations I have with landlords is that the rising cost of materials is a growing concern.Whether you’re a housing association or a private developer, there are steps that can be taken. Price increases should not be accepted at face value and should be challenged by working more intelligently andcollaboratively with supply chain partners.Never underestimate the influence of buying power. Aggregating your spend to secure better deals, for example by working collaboratively through frameworks, can be part of a highly effective strategy.Regularly review and benchmark prices against those of other suppliers and challenge suppliers to justify future increases – for example, proof further down the supply chain from manufacturers providing evidence of higher costs for raw materials.This isn’t about squeezing suppliers in the hope of forcing them to absorb genuine price rises. They aren’t manufacturers and will be as affected by volatility in the market place as you are.It’s about protecting yourself from having to bear the brunt of the ‘Brexit effect’ by paying extra as a result of perceived risks that may not actually materialise.Those armed with a deeper knowledge of the markets they are purchasing from will be in a far stronger bargaining position. Where are items manufactured, what exchange rate risks does that present, could they be replaced with UK manufacturers rather than imported in order to eliminate that uncertainty?It’s about protecting yourself from having to bear the brunt of the ‘Brexit effect’ by paying extra as a result of perceived risks that may not actually materialiseThe same goes for understanding what’s happening in markets for the raw materials found in everything from white goods to heating systems to doors and windows. The copper market is particularly volatile (prices have gone up by 20% in the last year), so could plastic piping be a more cost effective alternative?A robust approach to procurement will involve regular dialogue with the supply chain – particularly high value suppliers – to build long-term relationships and trust so that you’re able to work through issues.For example, if a supplier proposes a 10% price rise and your market research indicates their costs have risen by 10%, it’s clear they are passing on the whole cost. It places you in a stronger position to argue that the additional cost should be shared.This depth of category expertise may need to be bought in, but it’s part and parcel of ensuring businesses have a clear and comprehensive view of the supply chain and it ultimately helps to manage and control future costs at a time of great uncertainty.Mike Williams is relationship manager (asset management) at Procurement for Housing (PfH)
Complementing Soreidom’s existing service from La Pallice, France and Antwerp to the French Antilles and other Caribbean destinations, the new service will call at the ports of Georgetown in Guyana, Paramaribo, Suriname, St. Laurent du Maroni, French Guyana, Point Lisas and other Caribbean destinations. The UK agent is WMS Shipping and in Antwerp it is Kennedy Hunter.The service will be operated by the multipurpose ship Martha which is equipped with two 60-tonne cranes and is strengthened for heavy cargoes and equipped for dangerous materials, containers, breakbulk, bulk and ro-ro cargoes, says an official notice from SoreidomSoreidom also offers services from the Caribbean to various ports on the US East Coast.
An arch created by artist Erwin Wiegerling had been floating on the lake for seven years. The picturesque feature had been used as a location for marriage ceremonies. The archway had come to the end of its useful life and its overall condition had deteriorated. Wiegerling built a replacement archway out of more durable materials, in cooperation with the Culture and Education Centre of the Upper Bavaria Kloster Seeon district and the Chiemgau Counselling Workshop. Up to the end of the year, the archway will house an art exhibition and after that it will once again be used as a location for holding marriage ceremonies. The Liebherr LTM 1095-5.1 was used to gently lower the new arch onto the lake. www.liebherr.com
Frederick and Rachel Whiteman on their wedding day. The “through thick and thin” part of their vows really stuck for love birds Frederick and Rachel Whiteman.They met when Frederick was 10 and Rachel was 7. He recalls carrying her bag when he walked her from school, from time to time. Little did he know that 11 years later he would be married to the love of his life. Of the 70-odd years they have known each other, they spent 62 of them married, he says.They met in Silvertown and later moved to Bonteheuwel where they raised eight children. Twenty grandchildren followed and 25 great grandchildren.Frederick, who was an amateur boxer as a teenager and later became a professional bantam-weight boxing champion, is still known by the name he used in the ring: Athlone Sensation.He loves painting and continues to cycle daily. Nina Whiteman, one of the couple’s children, says her parents are proof that “true love never dies”. 1 of 2 Frederick and Rachel Whiteman on their wedding day. Frederick and Rachel Whiteman.
Solicitors are threatening to issue judicial review proceedings against the Legal Aid Agency over an ‘embarrassment’ clause in the terms of its new criminal legal aid contracts.Public Law Project has sent a pre-action protocol letter on behalf of its clients, the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association and Tuckers Solicitors, outlining ‘serious concerns’ about the clause.As the Gazette reported in July, solicitors could be sanctioned for bringing the agency into disrepute under new terms for the contracts which come into force in April next year.PLP says on its website that the clause may be incorporated into civil contracts. In its letter it has identified a range of scenarios caught by the clause.Concerns about the controversial clause were raised at the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) conference in Leeds yesterday.Cris McCurley (pictured), a partner at Ben Hoare Bell in Newcastle, told the conference: ‘I’m really worried about the embarrassment clause. [If it] stands, anything we may do to challenge the LAA or Ministry of Justice could lose us our contracts. ‘I would love it if all of us, if it does stand, if we all just got behind each other and we all agreed we would support each other if any of us were challenged or that any of us look like we’re going to lose our contract – we all stand up and say “this isn’t happening”.’Questioning whether it is a standard clause in other government departments, LAPG director Carol Storer told the event it is ‘really important that we do not accept that this is a standard clause which government uses [which] is acceptable.‘What legal aid lawyers do is more important than an average contract-and-supply services which are non-controversial. This is about challenging the state. Every criminal case is a challenge to the state, so we cannot accept that this clause is reasonable.’Storer added that the Law Society sent ‘a brilliant response’ on this particular clause point ‘and still the contract came out with this included’.A spokesperson for the LAA told the Gazette this morning: ‘This contract will ensure that legal aid providers do not do anything that will damage the trust that the public places in legal aid.’
UK: Infrastructure manager Network Rail is to test the concept of providing parcel collection and dispatch facilities at main stations to capitalise on the growing online retail market.The dedicated parcel shops would be open seven days a week, with customers notified by a mobile app, SMS and e-mail. The service would be available to any retailer, parcel carrier or shipper. Branded Doddle, the business is being launched through a joint venture with Lloyd Dorfman, entrepreneur and founder of the Travelex foreign exchange business. The first Doddle location will be Milton Keynes Central station, followed by London Paddington and Woking with other locations expected to open throughout 2014. ‘Our initial conversations with both leading retailers and carriers have been extremely positive with many indicating a desire to become an early adopter’, said Project Director Peter Louden. ‘They are excited by the fantastic locations and the guaranteed footfall which is expected to increase by 30% by 2020.’
EUROPE: A contract to supply full-service leasing company Mitsui Rail Capital Europe with 30 Vectron electric locomotives was announced by Siemens on September 14.The order includes 10 multisystem locomotives rated at 6·4 MW for cross-border operation in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and 20 DC locomotives rated at 5·2 MW for use in Italy. Both versions will be equipped with national train control systems, and the Vectron MS locomotives will also be fitted with ETCS.Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2018, and there is an option for a further 20 locomotives.‘With this new order, our Vectron fleet will grow to a total of 111 locomotives’, said MRCE Chief Executive Junichi Kondo. ‘Our customers throughout Europe value the reliability and flexibility of the Siemens locomotive.’ ‘With its fleet of DC, AC and MS locomotives, MRCE can now offer all electric versions of the Vectron’, added Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens’ Mobility Division.
EUROPE: Vossloh has agreed multi-year framework deals for the supply of turnout components to Sweden and Italy.The agreement with Swedish transport agency Trafikverket runs for four years and has two options each for extensions of two years, which could take the total value to more than €75m. The components are to be supplied by Vossloh’s Swedish business within its Customised Modules division.‘We are pleased that the renewed trust Trafikverket placed in Vossloh will allow us to continue our successful co-operation with them’, said Vossloh CEO Andreas Busemann on April 17. ‘The renewed contract is a sign of the reliability of our products.’The agreement with Italy’s RFI is worth €25m over two years. It covers the supply of components for high-speed turnouts from France-based production units of the Customised Modules division. This deal ‘will enable Vossloh to sustain our well-established market position in Italy’, said Busemann.