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first_imgHAZEL DEVRIES Dec. 17, 1941 – June 4, 2020Hazel DeVries, aka Hazel Wykstra and “Mrs. D”, resident of White Rock, New Mexico, entered into Jesus’s loving arms in heaven on June 4th, 2020 at the age of 78.She was born to Ethel May Brewer and Charles Kucera at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado on December 17, 1941, ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.Hazel married Fred DeVries on October 8, 1960 in Denver, CO, and she was saved by God’s mercy and grace when she accepted Jesus as her Savior and Lord in McCook, Nebraska in 1975.Hazel’s biological parents precede her in death, as does her foster mother, Sadie Wykstra of Denver, CO; sister Joyce Gieser and brother Monty Quayle of Denver, CO; foster brothers Arnold (Winney) Wykstra and Con (Milly) Wykstra of Denver, CO; foster sister Louise (Dean) Kanospe of Denver, CO; and foster brother Bud (Helen) Bylsma of Seattle, WA.She is survived by her husband, Fred DeVries, of White Rock, NM; sons Jerry (Michelle) DeVries of Aloha, OR and David (Kathleen) DeVries of Littleton, CO; daughter Karen (Mark) Skoog of Santa Fe, NM; granddaughter Becky DeVries of Aloha, OR; granddaughter Augusta Skoog of Santa Fe, NM; and granddaughter Hailey (Turner Fountain) DeVries of Littleton, CO; grandson Tristan DeVries of Littleton, CO; great-granddaughter Lilah Fountain of Aimes, IA; brother Joe (Sandy) Quayle of Prairie Grove, AK; brother Red (Kathy) Quayle of Elizabeth, CO; and brother Leroy (Ginney) Quayle of Golden, CO.Hazel faithfully served as a Stephen Minister, youth leader, SPRC member, and Ark board member at the First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos, NM. She also served on many NM Kairos Prison Ministry teams and led many Bible studies in McCook, NE and Los Alamos, NM.She dearly loved her family, her school bus passengers, the Ark children (who knew her as Mrs. D), and the NM prisoners to whom she ministered.Hazel’s family extends their thanks to Ambercare Hospice and Comfort Keepers, who helped care for Hazel during her last six months.Donations in her memory may be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos for the Ark Child Development Center or the NM Kairos Prison Ministry.Hazel’s family has entrusted her care to Rivera Family Funerals & Cremations of Los Alamos, located at 1627 A Central Ave., Los Alamos, NM, 87544, (505) 663-6880, memorial service will be held at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions.last_img read more

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first_imgThere is a small body of rootless cosmopolitans who meet in windowless hotel rooms a few times a year to discuss the ins and outs of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) as it affects lawyers: free trade agreements, most favoured nation status, mutual recognition, the whole shebang. I should know, since I am one of them. We are members of a secret club, where you have to know your FTAs, MFNs, MRAs and four modes of service delivery if you want to join. It is rather like being a freemason: people wonder what you do there and what all the fuss is about. Here is where I tell the world our secrets.I am not worried about spilling the beans, because one of the curious facts about GATS issues is that the uninitiated forget about them the moment they are told, as if there is a magic ingredient which induces oblivion. (You might think that is because they are boring, but you would be wrong. As I wrote recently, cross-border trade matters cause the calmest to scream with rage, because it is all about identity and patriotism.) For instance, in the International Bar Association, where I am a member of the World Trade Organisation working group, we regularly give inductions to bar leaders on current GATS issues, but we have to start from the beginning each time and pretend that we have never held an induction before, since collective memory has curiously worn away. As you may know, the Doha Development Round of talks, which was supposed to introduce a new era of reduced trade barriers, has stalled, and doesn’t look like getting anywhere soon. Instead, countries – or at any rate, the EU – have started looking at trade agreements with other countries on an individual basis. Multilateralism is dead, or maybe only in a coma, since the divisions and suspicions between developed and developing countries are too wide to be bridged. The natural response is to go bilateral and try to achieve on a country-by-country basis what cannot be achieved multilaterally. See – you have already forgotten the content of this paragraph before you have moved to the next! You would be amazed by the number of bilateral negotiations that are currently taking place between the EU and other countries or trade blocs: I count 11 on the informative website of the European Services Forum, which is a membership organisation for the industry side. (You will find a quote there from a senior partner of a well-known law firm, extolling market-opening for bringing benefits ‘in the form of improvements to the local legal infrastructure and access to innovative legal products and expertise’.) Each bilateral trade agreement is different, and on the lawyers’ side should be scanned to see what is being offered in terms of market-opening by either party. Here are some of the issues, which arise whether the approach is bilateral or multilateral, and which we discuss in our windowless rooms: should regulation of foreign lawyers by the local competent authorities extend only to when they open offices and settle in a country, or also when they fly-in and fly-out on a temporary basis (my view: concentrate on the permanent, it is impossible to regulate the temporary which happens on a huge, everyday scale, including temporary electronic crossing of borders through email); does the opening of a previously closed market mean that all the best work will be creamed off by the big law firms from the developed world (my view: experience does not show that – open markets such as Brussels, Hong Kong and elsewhere have booming local sectors, and it appears to be that opening markets helps the local sector; the International Bar Association has a resolution which shows that closed markets which want to open can ask for some transfer of skills at the same time);what can a foreign legal consultant do – home law, host law, international law? And with whom – local lawyer as employee? As partner? (my view: would you like to spend the rest of your life discussing this with me? This is where it becomes really interesting.) The International Bar Association has a guide to GATS as it affects lawyers, which I can strongly recommend (confession: I am the junior of the two authors who prepared it). It is also about to send out a questionnaire to all its member bars, asking them to describe the exact state of their local market for foreign lawyers. This is believed to be the first such worldwide survey. Read the IBA’s guide: once you have mastered its arcana, you can apply for membership of the most interesting secret club in the legal profession. Jonathan Goldsmith is the Secretary General of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents over 700,000 European lawyers through its member bars and law societieslast_img read more

first_imgA Denholm spokesman said this type of cargo would normally move via Antwerp but a favourable itinerary meant the 13,000-tonne vessel was able to make the direct call into Immingham.In another project, working with partners Collett Transport from the Cargo Equipment Experts (CEE) network, Denholm Global Logistics arranged for the movement of two 315 tonne and one 170 tonne steel housings by road from Sheffield for loading at the UK port of Goole.The weight of the pieces and the road restrictions involved meant they had to be moved over a five-day period and the lack of port facilities necessitated the hiring a of 1,200-tonne capacity mobile crane to handle the heavy lifts

first_imgThe consignment had a total weight of 15,000 tonnes and was delivered from the ports of Ilyichevsk (Ukraine) and Astrakhan (Russia) to Almaty in Kazakhstan. Globalink then ensured the cargoes were delivered to the project site.Globalink mobilised non-standard specialised equipment for loading, unloading and the haulage itself. At the port the largest cargoes, the tallest of which measured 4.5 m high, were loaded from vessels onto trucks with floating cranes and heavy duty trailers.Globalink is a member to the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) network representing

first_imgSOUTH AFRICAN operator Spoornet has awarded a R300m contract to Adtranz for the upgrading of 45 Class 11E locomotives which run on the 25 kV 50Hz heavy-haul coal line to Richards Bay. This follows the contract for Alstom to renew the 31 Class 9E heavy-haul electric locos (RG 9.00 p511). Tenders are to be called shortly for refurbishing 200 Class 6E locos for 3 kV DC routes.Average age of Spoornet’s 1932 electric and 1270 diesel locos is 26 years. General Manager, Planning & Technology, Leo Petkoon says 2488 have a technological age greater than 20 years, leading to sub-optimal performance and increasing operating costs. Selective refurbishment and purchase of new locos is envisaged under the railway’s current 15-year modernisation strategy, which is expected to average R1bn a year. By streamlining and attaining greater standardisation, Spoornet hopes to reduce its loco fleet from 3202 to 1551 and double productivity. As a first step, electronic control systems are to be improved. Petkoon hopes to see the first new-generation locomotives on Spoornet tracks by 2004. International consultants are currently evaluating available technology, cost, attainable performance and delivery schedules.last_img read more

first_img#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outUK: The future of open access services remains uncertain as both Hull Trains and Grand Central face up to the implications of tighter Department for Transport requirements on passenger safety when rail services are stepped up from May 18.Talking to Rail Business UK, one senior industry insider questioned ‘will they be able to return?’ Another explained that ‘open access is very much like hospitality, there are overheads to cover and with social distancing you need to weigh up whether you can provide sufficient covers against that overhead’.Both companies have suspended all operations and placed most staff on the government’s furlough scheme. Now that employers are being asked to ‘start sharing’ the costs from August, even if staff return to work on a part-time basis, this will prove difficult until the trains are earning sufficient revenue to cover operating costs.Passenger numbers are expected to be restricted to no more than 20% of normal capacity, which has serious implications for businesses that rely on high occupancy rates to make their services viable.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outWhen Hull Trains suspended its operations Managing Director Louise Cheeseman emphasised that the company had not been offered the financial support which government had provided to franchised operators. Grand Central’s Managing Director Richard McClean said that running a train service that brought in no revenue was ‘unsustainable’.Both operators have stated their intention to return, with McClean promising that Grand Central ‘will come back stronger and more resilient’. The Managing Director of First Group’s rail division Steve Montgomery said the group’s ‘commitment to Hull Trains and the entire East Yorkshire and Humber community is as strong as ever, as evidenced by our recent introduction of a £60m fleet of new trains’.Nevertheless, one insider suggested to Rail Business UK that the open access services could only resume with short-term support from the DfT until passenger numbers return to pre-lockdown levels. They noted that both operators serve areas of the country which had ‘lent their vote’ to the Conservative party in the December 2019 general election and the government’s response could be crucial to retaining this support.The situation has also attracted concern from the unions. TSSA’s Manuel Cortes said ‘Grand Central and Hull Trains are furloughing their staff because otherwise they’d go bust during the pandemic. This drop in passenger numbers has hit them hard.’ RMT General Secretary Mick Cash pointed out that ‘there are nearly 250 hard-working rail staff caught in the crossfire of the Grand Central service suspension’.Calling for government assistance, ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said it was ‘deeply disappointing that the government, which has bailed out the train operating companies in the failed franchise sector, has refused to help the open access operators. It’s also ironic, as successive Tory Transport Secretaries have banged on about creating more competition by opening Britain’s rail network up to more open access operators and then the government discriminates against them!‘If DfT thought we needed open access operators before the coronavirus crisis, then surely we will need open access operators when we come out on the other side? It’s perverse to discriminate against them.’last_img read more

first_imgMore than 70,000 flee ethnic violence in western Ethiopia- Government Ten dead as ethnic violence flares in Ethiopia At least 21 people have been killed in two days of fighting between ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia, the state-affiliated Fana radio reported on Friday,The violence broke out near the town of Moyale, on the border with Kenya, in a region claimed by both the Oromo, the largest ethnic group in the country, and the Somali ethnic group.On top of the fatalities, 61 people were injured in the fighting, Fana reported, citing the Oromia regional state communication office.Many more were displaced by the fighting in the region which has regularly been the scene of intercommunal violence.Last year fighting between members of the two ethnic groups left more than a million people displaced.While Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has received international praise for his reformist agenda, since coming to power in April, a wave of intercommunal violence in several parts of the country – mostly over land issues – has marred the first few months of his rule.Three Ethiopian students were also killed and 34 others injured after a fight on a campus escalated into deadly ethnic clashes in the west of the Horn of Africa country, the government said on Wednesday.Relatedcenter_img PM condemns weekend ethnic violence in Ethiopialast_img read more