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first_imgTales of Our TimesBy JOHN BARTLITNew Mexico Citizensfor Clean Air & WaterRecall Our Joshua Chamberlains In The Building Of Our NationEvery Fourth of July is a special day for recalling people of all walks who have moved our nation forward from the times of its origin to today.The holiday known for its brass bands and fireworks is also time to weigh the grimmer work of patriotism. The words of our time grow less civil each year: Partisan vitriol smokes the air as would rifle shots at Gettysburg. History leaves clues.The Civil War of 1861-1865 is rich with lessons for our time. Much can be learned from the leadership of army volunteer Joshua L. Chamberlain of Maine, who rose to the rank of general in the Union Army.Chamberlain, as did President Lincoln, had a keen sense of the larger view. His brand of patriotism recognized that nations are of many parts. There are times to fortify aspects and times to pull them back together. He led accordingly.Assemble the parts. Then-Colonel Joshua Chamberlain led the 20th Maine Regiment at Gettysburg. His men of the 20th Maine stood at the Union’s left flank at Little Round Top. Chamberlain’s biography tells of his heroic will and skills that held the crucial left flank against the enemy onslaught in that epic battle. For his prowess at Gettysburg, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.In all, Chamberlain fought in 20 battles and numerous skirmishes, was cited for bravery four times, had six horses shot from under him and was wounded six times.He showed his skill and bravery again in the surrender parade at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.On the morning of April 9, 1865, Chamberlain learned of Lee’s decision to surrender the Army of Northern Virginia when a confederate staff officer approached him under a flag of truce. “Sir,” he reported to Chamberlain, “I am from General John Gordon. General Lee desires a cessation of hostilities until he can hear from General Grant as to the proposed surrender.”The next day, Chamberlain was summoned to Union headquarters where he was told he had been selected to preside over the parade of the Confederate infantry as part of their formal surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 12. Thus Chamberlain was responsible for one of the most poignant scenes of the Civil War.As the Confederate soldiers marched down the road to surrender their arms and colors, Chamberlain, on his own initiative, ordered his men to come to attention and “carry arms” as a show of respect.What happened next is described in Chamberlain’s written account, “The Passing of the Armies”:Gordon, at the head of the marching column, outdoes us in courtesy. He was riding with downcast eyes and more than pensive look; but at this clatter of arms he raises his eyes and instantly catching the significance, wheels his horse with that superb grace of which he is master, drops the point of his sword to his stirrup, gives a command, at which the great Confederate ensign following him is dipped and his decimated brigades, as they reach our right, respond to the ‘carry.’ All the while on our part not a sound of trumpet or drum, not a cheer, not a word nor motion of man, but awful stillness as if it were the passing of the dead.Chamberlain’s salute to the Confederate soldiers was unpopular with many in the North, but he defended his action in his memoirs. After the war, Chamberlain entered politics and four times was elected governor of Maine. He later was president of Bowdoin College.Pressing needs wait to be filled in today’s civil war of growing divides and bitter replies. Our great need is a glint of a Joshua Chamberlain and John Gordon. Not one alone, but both.Imagine six horses being shot from under you. Imagine six wounds by gunshot. Imagine raising a salute of arms to your countrymen who caused your losses. Imagine building our nation with such a profound regard for it.last_img read more


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first_imgSource: Tennent/C&C Group The new facility will be the largest of its kind in Scotland, Tennent’s said, and will see the brewery capture and store more than 4,200 tonnes of CO2 a year – the equivalent of 27,000 flights to London and Glasgow each year.It will enable Tennent’s to capture and store the CO2 generated as a byproduct from the brewing fermentation process. The captured CO2 will then be used to carbonate Tennent’s beer. By no longer having to source CO2 from the north of England, Tennent’s said it will also eliminate the emissions from 100,000km of journeys each year. It is anticipated the new facility will enable Tennent’s to become as close to self-sufficient as currently possible, with more than 95% of the captured CO2 being used, supporting the brewery’s commitment to be net carbon zero by 2025.The facility, comprising two 25 tonne CO2 recovery tanks, is expected to be fully operational by this September (2020).“To be able to support the brewery’s CO2 needs using CO2 that is produced by the fermentation process, improves our local environment in the east end of Glasgow and is a significant step in our goal to be carbon neutral by 2025,” said Martin Doogan, Group Engineering Manager at C&C Group, Tennent’s parent company.last_img read more


first_imgA prominent group of organisations from the Dutch water sector is announcing the first Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge. Under the theme Coasts & Ports Indonesia: People, Planet & Profit, the program aims to engage young Indonesian talent with the important challenges of sustainable coast and port development in their country.They will be given the opportunity to contribute their own ideas and develop these together with professional experts from the Dutch partners.Lead partners of the challenge are Van Oord, BAM International, Deltares and Royal HaskoningDHV. They will each take ownership of a specific topic, related to their area of expertise, and support the student teams to develop and present their ideas.‘Making young local talent enthusiastic to deal with the issues related to water in Indonesia is of great importance to the future of the country as well as to the corporate sector. The Water Challenge gives multinational companies with strong local roots such as BAM an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and experience with the next generation’, says Laurens Schokking, engineering manager Asia Pacific of BAM International.The challenge is launched amidst a very dynamic phase of water infrastructure development in Indonesia. Indonesian and Dutch companies and organisations are actively involved in numerous strategic projects such as the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development and Indonesia’s largest container port, Tanjung Priok.The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge is organised in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesian Netherlands Association (INA), Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), CKNet and UNESCO-IHE.[mappress]Press Release, September 10, 2013last_img read more


first_imgImage: PetrofacThe article has been updated to include a statement by PetrofacPetrofac, a provider of oilfield services to the international oil and gas industry, could axe up to 160 jobs in an effort to re-structure its business. In April 2015, in an attempt to cut costs, Petrofac reduced its headcount both offshore and onshore.Petrofac has 22,000 employees in 31 operating offices and project locations around the world.According to BBC, Petrofac said it was integrating its services into a single business, but has not revealed the number nor location of workers that will be affected by this decision.BBC further reported that the company’s consultation with the workers would end later this month and that up to 160 jobs could go.Offshore Energy Today has reached out to Petrofac seeking further information about the potential job losses.Petrofac spokesperson said: “We’re constantly looking for ways to make our business as cost efficient and delivery-focused as possible. Integration of our UK services will deliver a streamlined and effective business which is designed to ensure we remain competitive and sustainable against a challenging industry backdrop.“We’re making every effort to minimise the impact on our 1900 UK employees. Under our current proposals the positions potentially at risk represent less than 10% of our entire UK population and will be spread across our operating centres.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more


first_imgThe signing of this Memorandum is the culmination of a joint effort that started years ago involving staff from the ITER Organization and the Domestic Agencies.”It was really impressive to see this international tender evolve,” the head of the ITER Procurement Division,Francoise Flament, said after the signature.”It was a bit like a big puzzle that, looking at all the pieces spread across the table, seemed impossible to complete in the beginning. But thanks to a great collaborative spirit, the legal framework covering every aspect of the transport of ITER components – including storage, insurance, handling, and customs management – will facilitate the complex logistics of the worldwide procurement of ITER components, and enable us to ensure their safe arrival on site.”HLPFI understands that the tender process for the “Logistic Service Provider” is ongoing and bids are currently being evaluated by the ITER Organization and the Domestic Agencies in order to award the contract by May of this year.Scientists from all over the world have come together in ITER to work toward a lofty goal: harness the energy produced by the fusion of atoms to help meet mankind’s future energy needs.ITER is a large-scale scientific experiment intended to prove the viability of fusion as an energy source, and to collect the data necessary for the design and subsequent operation of the first electricity-producing fusion power plant.Launched as an idea for international collaboration in 1985, the ITER Agreement includes China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States, representing over half of the world’s population.Site preparation at Cadarache in Southern France began in January 2007, representing an important first milestone in the ten year-long construction process to build ITER.Key components will be manufactured in the seven member states and shipped to France by sea. From the port in Berre l’Etang on the Mediterranean, the components will be transported by special convoy along the 104 km of the ITER Itinerary to Cadarache. The exceptional size and weight of certain of the components made large-scale public works necessary to widen roads, reinforce bridges and modify intersections. Cost were shared by the Bouches-du-Rhône department Council and the French State. Work on the Itinerary was completed in December, 2010.During the ITER construction phase, 200 of these exceptional convoys will travel by night at reduced speeds along the ITER Itinerary, bypassing 16 villages, negotiating 16 roundabouts, and crossing 35 bridges. The first test convoys are planned for June, 2011.last_img read more


first_imgOperators of ‘compare a solicitor’ websites have been invited to apply to make use of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s data about firms.The SRA said ‘a suite of core data’ will be available in ‘appropriate electronic form’.The regulator announced its decision to release the data last August, after pressure from the Legal Services Consumer Panel.Core data includes the office name, current licence, SRA number, business type, constitution type and contact details. ‘No other detail will be given. No information will be provided on in-house solicitors or unregulated businesses,’ the SRA said. Paul Philip, chief executive, said: ‘Making information about law firms and solicitors readily available and helpful for both members of the public and businesses looking for legal services is a real priority for us. The public rightly expect to be able to find the information they need easily and many people routinely use comparison websites.‘Providing core data for use by others is a starting point and we are now looking at what more we can do to make information about the firms we regulate as accessible as possible. We look forward to hearing from comparison websites interested in applying to use data.’Websites intending to re-use data will need to be signed up to the Legal Services Board Consumer Panel self-assessment standard.last_img read more


first_imgCourt fees will increase from next week after the House of Lords last night rubber-stamped the planned levy.A 5% charge will be added to all civil claims valued at more than £10,000, with fees capped at £10,000. According to the statutory instrument, the order comes into force on the following Monday after it is made.The government says the levy will bring in £120m a year to fund the court service and that the majority of current cases will not be affected.Speaking during a debate in the House of Lords to approve the statutory instrument initiating the change, justice minister Lord Faulks maintained the principal reason for the fees was financial and to ensure the courts are properly funded.‘There is only so much that can be done through cost-efficiency measures alone. In the current climate, we must also look to those who use the courts to contribute more towards the running of the courts, where they can afford to do so.’But the fees brought criticism from a number of peers who spoke during the debate, which lasted until past 10pm.Cross-bencher Lord Pannick, who tried unsuccessfully to introduce a ‘regret’ motion, said the hope now lies with a potential legal challenge to the fees. The Law Society, joined by a number of legal representative groups, has set in motion a judicial review bid to oppose the legality of the fees change.Pannick said his ‘regret’ and ‘astonishment’ at the government’s action was only mitigated by ‘my optimism that the courts will inevitably add this order to the long list of Mr Grayling’s regulations which have been declared unlawful in the past three years.’He added: ‘Funds are needed to pay for the court system, but there is no point in having a civil court system if ordinary people are to be charged an entry fee which they cannot afford to bring basic claims for breach of contract and personal injuries.‘For many people – those suing for debts or to recover compensation for personal injury – litigation is often a necessity to keep your business alive or to maintain any quality of life. The minister is absolutely right that there are already many impediments to access to justice. That is surely no justification – no excuse – for the state to erect further high barriers.’Section 180 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 provides the lord chancellor with a power to prescribe fees above cost. A consultation was started in December 2013 and the proposed fees unveiled earlier this year. The Ministry of Justice has told the Gazette the courts will be prepared for next week’s new fees.‘Changes have been made to HM Court and Tribunals Services computer systems and relevant public facing leaflets in readiness of Monday’s launch,’ said a spokesman. ‘We have also briefed court staff on the new fees.’last_img read more


first_imgEnsco announced on May 23 that it had been awarded a $9m contract by the Federal Railroad Administration to design, build and test two automated track inspection vehicles. Ensco Inc, USAThe KKV pressure control valve for load-proportional braking is a development of Knorr-Bremse’s KE model. When wagons have differing braking performance the KKV will ensure equalisation thoughout the train, as well as reducing the temperature of wheel rims by up to 150íC, protecting against excessive wear and thermal overload.Knorr-Bremse AG, GermanyTownscape Products has supplied 203 seats for use at 56 stations in eastern England served by operator One. From the company’s Metro range, the seats are made of zinc-plated and polyester-coated mild steel, with wide, flat armrests designed to help mobility-impaired passengers raise and lower themselves.Townscape Products, UKlast_img read more