SFNF News: Start date: July 1Cause: LightningSize: 1,010 acresLocation: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina, NM, off of NM State Highway 96Containment: 50 percentFuel: Ponderosa pineWeather: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be between 86-90 degrees, with light and variable winds 5-8 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Humidity is 17-21 percent.Resources on scene: Type 4 organization, 50 personnel, one Type 1 crew, two Type 3 engines, one Type 6 engine and two UTVs. Resources are being released from the incident.Closure: A forest closure has been implemented for the Naranjo Fire Area.Situation: Management of the Naranjo Fire has transferred back to the Cuba Ranger District. The fire is now 50% contained on the southeastern side. Firefighters are completing suppression repair throughout the fire and will continue to monitor the fire within the containment lines.Smoke may be visible from US Highway 550, NM Highway 96, Cuba, Regina and La Jara.Fire managers used the Naranjo Fire as an opportunity to add low-intensity fire to the landscape to achieve multiple resource benefits, including improved forest health, reduced fuel loadings and improved wildlife habitat for elk and deer.Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505-827-0006 for additional information. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com, www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF and Twitter @SantafeNF. For additional information about the Naranjo Fire, please contact the Santa Fe National Forest at 505.438.5300.
STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced today 29 additional positive tests for COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health stated that the most recent cases are located in the following counties:9 new cases in Bernalillo County1 new case in Chaves County2 new cases in Curry County1 new case in Eddy County4 new cases in McKinley County4 new cases in San Juan County3 new cases in Sandoval County4 new cases in Santa Fe County1 new case in Valencia CountyThe number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 remains at two. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 237 positive tests for COVID-19:Bernalillo County: 101Chaves County: 8Cibola County: 2Curry County: 3Doña Ana County: 17Eddy County: 4Lea County: 2McKinley County: 9Rio Arriba County: 2Roosevelt County: 1Sandoval County: 18San Juan County: 22San Miguel County: 1Santa Fe County: 34Socorro County: 2Taos County: 9Valencia County: 2County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.As of today, there are 22 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 26 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has detected community spread and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).While the state is gratified that COVID-19 testing is increasingly available, testing must be prioritized for persons with symptoms of COVID-19 infection – fever, cough, or shortness of breath. This is allergy season, and allergy symptoms such as sneezing or itchy eyes, nose or throat do not indicate a need for testing.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.
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Danish container shipping giant Maersk Line has not decided yet whether it would order additional eight 14,000 TEU containerships at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Maersk Line Spokesperson told World Maritime News responding to media reports on the exercise of the option.Namely, Maersk Line signed a USD 1.1 billion new building contract with HHI in July for nine vessels with a capacity of 14,000 TEU each. The agreement includes an option for up to eight additional vessels.“What I can say is that we have not – at this stage – decided as to whether or not we want the vessels. Should we decide that we want the vessels they will be Tier II compliant,” Maersk Line’s Senior Press Officer, Michael Christian Storgaard said.The reports on the exercise of the option come in the wake of Maersk’s cutting of expectations for Maersk Line’s business results for 2015 amid depressed market and plummeting freight rates.The previous expectation was based on an underlying result contribution from Maersk Line above USD 2.2bn. However, this has been reduced to USD 1.6bn.According to the CEO of Maersk Group, Nils S. Andersen, the container shipping industry needs better freight rates so as to be able to recover.“In terms of the contract base, of course this is unfortunate, because the low rates coincide with the renegotiation of contracts. I would, however, like to say that this is not the first time we have experienced that, so I wouldn’t overemphasize its importance. It is an irritant, but we will have to overcome it. Of course, the industry needs better rates for 2016,” said Andersen, commenting on the impact of the freight rates on the company’s business results.World Maritime News Staff
We’re not sure what Jeanette Miller, founding president of the Association of Motoring Offence Lawyers, was discussing with TV chef Marco Pierre White, but the pair seemed to be enjoying themselves at a charity event at the Lancashire County Cricket Club. Miller admitted to finding the youngest ever Michelin 3-star recipient ‘very charismatic in person’. Any celeb encounters you’d like to tell us about?
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The principal of Easter Peak Primary School, Ebrahim Joseph, middle, wished teachers Pam Jacobs, left, and Jennifer Anthony, right, well on their retirement. Mr Joseph was a pupil of both teachers at the school. As the school year comes to an end, staff and pupils of Easter Peak Primary School in Manenberg are preparing to say farewell to two of the school’s longest serving teachers. Jennifer Anthony and Pam Jacobs are retiring at the end of the school year and have served the school for 41 and 36 years respectively. What makes their retirement even more special is that both taught the current principal, Ebrahim Joseph. Ms Anthony was Mr Joseph’s teacher in Sub A (Grade 1) and Ms Jacobs taught him in Standard 4 (Grade 6). Mr Joseph said his two former teachers were among those who had inspired him to go into this profession. “Both Ms Anthony and Ms Jacobs are good examples of excellent teachers, and they are both the role models our children need. “I will miss them very much, especially for their commitment to the profession and their sense of humour. Our day can be gloomy, but they are both good at making us laugh with their anecdotes. I am honoured that I have come through their hands. They have definitely made an impact in my career choice. The type of teachers that they are, they have really done the groundwork, and have laid a solid foundation for me,” Mr Joseph said. The former pupil started his teaching career at Easter Peak – where he was inspired to follow his dream of being a mathematics teacher “fresh from college”. He taught at Easter Peak for 17 years, before he went to a Mitchell’s Plain school for seven years, where he served as deputy principal. Mr Joseph returned to his alma mater at the beginning of this year, when he was appointed principal. “It was a good thing to come back. Even in the seven years I was not at the school, I’ve always considered myself as being part of it. I feel fantastic being appointed principal, as I was born and bred here, and my family still live in Manenberg.” Ms Anthony also started her teaching career at Easter Peak. She never considered moving to another school in her “41 years and nine months” at the school, as her priority was the children, she said. “You get so used to the fact that the children need you. Despite the challenges in Manenberg, I have never felt threatened or scared to come to school. Not too long ago, I was diagnosed with laryngitis, and the doctor wanted to book me off for three months, because my vocal chords needed rest, but I refused that. My only thought was, ‘What is going to happen to my children?’ “For me, teaching is a calling, otherwise I would have left the profession long ago,” Ms Anthony said. The Grade 1 teacher said because of the social challenges the children in the community faced, some of them developed learning difficulties, but that had never deterred her from giving them the best quality education. “At the beginning of the year, it can be tough – teaching the children how to read and write. But by June, when you see them blossom, to me it’s like a mother celebrating her baby coming off the nappy. “There is a particular pupil who stands out for me. She didn’t do Grade R and only arrived in my class in February, but by the end of the year, she could write beautiful, descriptive sentences. That is my reward, and you cannot put a price on that. I am also often stopped in shopping malls, where former pupils of mine proudly say what career paths they’ve chosen. One is a civil engineer. “A lot of good comes from Manenberg – just look at Mr Joseph. We have great respect for one another. He is a very kind person, and always considerate. The way he treats the teachers proves that he will reach even higher heights. It’s a great achievement for him to be my pupil and to come back as my principal. One of the children in my class is actually the third generation from her family that I have taught. She writes her own poems already, and I am so proud,” Ms Anthony said. Ms Jacobs shares Ms Anthony’s thoughts that lots of good can come from Manenberg.“It’s sad that people only want to highlight the negatives of Manenberg. Mr Joseph was my pupil who came back to teach and is my principal now. I respect him as my colleague. We need more role models like him, and not the negative types of role models. We need to concentrate more on the positives. “I feel so proud when former pupils of mine tell me what they do today. Our children have natural, raw talent, and I would like that to be nurtured. It’s amazing what comes out when they are asked to put a play together. “It is the right time for me to retire. I feel fulfilled. I have also taught three generations, and I feel that I have given my all. I will miss coming to school and working with the children, but I will keep busy with arts and crafts, and I am looking forward to travel abroad some more. I am very happy teaching in this community. I will miss getting up for school, and my car might just make its own way to the school,” Ms Jacobs giggled. During her retirement, Ms Anthony is looking forward to doing community work with children who have learning difficulties.
1 of 2 Making a difference in the lives of the children in their care is what Belmor Primary School believes in as they celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. The Hanover Park school started out in 1979 with over a thousand pupils bused in from all over Cape Town who were only Afrikaans-speaking. Back then, the school was known as the Hanover Park 5 school – an Afrikaans-medium school which at the time had two shifts; one in the morning and another in the afternoon. It was headed by principal Fred Carolus, followed by Henry Pretorious, then Shaheen Galant, and now Carol Poole who took over the leadership in 2008. Ms Poole described the school as a family unit which focused on pupils’ holistic development by not only focusing on good grades, but also instilling life-long values in pupils. She said it was senseless to produce a pupil with brilliant marks, but no values.The school is now a dual language one, with English and Afrikaans both being first languages. Children enjoy extramural activities such as soccer, athletics, marching and drilling, chess, netball, arts and culture, drama and dance, and music, on Wednesdays. The school also participates in the annual GROWSmart competition, hosted by the Western Cape Education Department, which focuses on literacy, maths, science, story writing, and debating, and this year and last year the stories of three pupils were published in the competition’s storybook. The school also walked away as the winners of the literacy competition in 2008.Ms Poole said that every day has its own challenges but they take it one day at a time. She said the school’s mission is to give pupils the best education that they can despite the difficult circumstances. She said it was important for the school to give pupils a platform to grow and become the best versions of themselves while preparing them for high school and tertiary education and the community out there.“We are producing good pupils who are doing well at tertiary institutions and entering into top careers. We are proud of them for their hard work and our ultimate goal is to produce well-rounded pupils who are ready to serve our community and country, said Ms Poole.She said some of the challenges at the school remain insufficient parent participation and the growing ratio of pupils to teachers, which made teaching in the classroom a bit more difficult.To combat low literacy levels, the school will be offering literacy workshops to parents and pupils next year. With the mantra “Enter to learn, Leave to serve”, and the motto by “Light and Labour”, Ms Poole said the school’s aim was to keep succeeding both academically and through growth within pupils. “Although we face challenges we can still grow and become knowledgeable and become great things. Teachers and pupils create a family ethos at the school and as teachers we must set an example for our pupils,” said Ms Poole.She said what kept her motivated was her passion for teaching and her hope to inspire others. Looking back, she thought of a funny memory when children were bused into school and there was one bus known as the “Joburg” bus. This made her wonder from where the children were coming but it was actually a bus from Philippi where the driver picked up children from a shop named “the Joburg shop”.“It was so funny because they had told me that children were coming from far and I wondered where these children were coming from only to find out that it was from Philippi and not (the actual) Joburg,” she said.One of the school’s greatest achievements was when four of their Grade 6 pupils were chosen to attend the Oprah Winfrey School. They matriculated in 2012. Ms Poole said she was very proud of the school’s achievement as they had worked hard to get where they are. She said the school’s goal was only to become better. Beverley Philander, a Grade 1 teacher who has been teaching at the school since 1979, said she was proud of the school’s achievements and was excited about its future. “We are a family at Belmor Primary School and my pupils and colleagues are the ones who keep me going. “Their love and friendliness bring me back every time and even if I am absent for just one day I miss the school.”The school celebrated its 40th anniversary with a supper at The Barons Estate on Wednesday October 23 with parents, friends, staff, and previous staff members.Lionel Daries, chairperson of Belmor Primary’s school governing body, said the school has remained in a good condition despite 40 years of existence.“I feel quite proud to be part of the school. Belmore has always been known as the best school in Hanover Park. I’ve been a part of the school for 10 years now and my grandchildren attend the school now. I am happy to be a part of the Belmor family,” he said. Pictured in front of Belmor Primary School, from left, are, Beverley Philander, Lionel Daries, and principal Carol Poole.
Judicial pension reforms could detonate a retention ‘time bomb’, the lord chief justice has warned in a report exposing the full extent of the judiciary’s recruitment crisis.In supplementary evidence to the Review Body on Senior Salaries, which advises the government, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd says several members of the higher judiciary have publicly stated they will refuse to join the 2015 Judicial Pension Scheme and leave the judiciary once their transitional protection ends.The report suggests the government is still planning to appeal the employment tribunal’s January decision that the transitional pension arrangements for 210 judges amount to unlawful age discrimination.The lord chief confirmed that, from around 150 senior judges, 34 are retiring in 2016-17, more than double the norm in previous years. More than 100 new High Court judges could be needed in the next five years. Despite trying to recruit 25 High Court judges in January 2017, by October the 108-strong High Court cohort will be down 22 judges before anyone is appointed from the January competition.The High Court had an ‘unprecedented’ number of unfilled vacancies this year. Eight judges were recruited in an exercise to fill 14 posts. Early High Court retirements have significantly increased.The situation has become so bad that the review body considered recommending outside the 1% pay norm. ‘However, before we could report, the Ministry of Justice notified us of the government’s own decision to put in place a new allowance worth 11% of pay for some judges in the High Court in England and Wales. The government did not seek the independent advice of the SSRB on this matter,’ the report states.The circuit bench failed to meet its recruitment target for the first time in 2016-17.The Judicial Appointments Commission said workload and the increasing number of litigants in person were also deterring potential applicants.The LCJ is taking a ‘cautious approach’ to unfilled circuit bench posts. He believes application numbers may have fallen ‘following developments in legal aid policy, or because criminal law solicitors and barristers were moving into more lucrative work’.The JAC will be recruiting 300 recorders by February 2019. The commission had to apologise for the ‘technical difficulties’ experienced by nearly 2,500 applicants in February.The report adds: ‘The LCJ said London faced an additional pressure compared to the rest of the UK because it was the centre of the dispute resolution system and important in terms of the arbitration market. It was the location of a large number of international legal practices and the source of many alternative employment opportunities.’The review body recommends all judges receive a consolidated 1% pay rise this year. It expects to complete a major judicial pay review by June 2018.
HUNGARY: National passenger operator MÁV-Start has formally signed a contract for Stadler to supply a further 21 six-car Kiss double-deck electric multiple-units for delivery by the end of 2022, the manufacturer confirmed on January 7. The €313m firm order which has been finalised following the confirmation of funding is the third and last to be placed under an April 2017 framework agreement for up to 40 units, all of which have now been ordered.The first contract signed in August 2017 covered 11 units, and a further eight were ordered in December 2018.