New Mexico Governor: Revised Emergency Public Health Order; Preparation For Limited Re-entry To In-person Learning

first_imgGov. Michelle Lujan Grisham during a press conference this afternoon outlining a new emergency public health order and preparation for a limited re-entry to in-person learning next month. Screenshot/LADP  STATE News:SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health and education officials this afternoon 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.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,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “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 this afternoon 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.”last_img read more

Does B.O. really stink?

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Conveyancing boost from stamp duty reforms

first_imgThe conveyancing sector has experienced a buoyant start to the year as solicitors rushed to complete transactions prior to higher stamp duty rates coming into force, latest research shows. The government introduced a higher levy of three percentage points above current stamp duty land tax rates on 1 April.Search Acumen’s conveyancing market tracker shows that 275,002 transactions were registered in the first three months of 2016, up 10% from the first three months of 2014, when 251,042 transactions were recorded in the run-up to the introduction of the Financial Conduct Authority’s pre-mortgage market review rules.2014’s first-quarter results were the first time more than a quarter of a million transactions had been recorded in a single three-month period since the recession.Search Acumen chair Mark Riddick said the ‘artificial stimulus’ of government intervention had put ‘major pressure’ on workloads.Riddick expects to see a ‘residual effect’ in the second quarter of this year, ‘as some of the transactions logged by HM Revenue and Customs in March filter through Land Registry records as more applications are completed.’The total number of firms active in the market rose by 2%, from 4,177 in the first quarter of 2015 to 4,278 this year. The top five conveyancing firms’ market share fell from 8% in the first three months of 2014 to 5% this year. Riddick said ‘challenger’ firms further down the ranks had enjoyed the biggest benefits of a year-on-year rise in transactions.He added: ‘A modest rise in the population of active firms has also occurred, with occasional players emerging to take some of the spoils and share the load.’Looking ahead, Riddick predicted continued quarter-on-quarter growth in ‘first registrations’ as a result of a reported rise in the number of new dwellings in England and Wales.last_img read more

Vladimir Yakunin to stand down as head of Russian Railways

first_imgRUSSIA: Vladimir Yakunin confirmed his intention to stand down as President of Russian Railways and enter politics on August 17.The exclave of Kaliningrad is scheduled to hold an election for governor on September 13, and Yakunin has registered as a candidate to be appointed by the incoming governor as one of the region’s two senators in the federal council, the upper house of the national parliament. Yakunin has been nominated for the role by Acting Governor Nikolay Tsukanov, who is one of the candidates for election as governor. Yakunin’s appointment as a senator would require him to stand down from RZD. In a message to RZD staff quoted by Russian media, Yakunin said he was ‘asking the whole staff of railway workers to be as responsible and effective in their work as they are now’, and expressed confidence that their ‘expertise, sense of partnership and invaluable experience will serve the interests of the motherland and further well-being of all the people.’last_img read more

Man Arrested After Suspicious Behavior – Calside, Dumfries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland Report that a man is currently in custody after being reported at about 04.25AM  this morning (Thursday 23rd March) for trying to open car door handles in Kirkland Road, Calside, Dumfries and gaining access to two insecure cars.The Police traced the man and arrested him.Police are now trying to find out if this man managed to access any other cars in the area and are asking for residents in Kirkland Road to double check that their cars are secure and nothing is missing from them.If you find your vehicle has been tampered with or that you have items missing from your vehicle please call the police on 101last_img

Dairy Economic Update: January fluid milk sales’ storyline the same

first_imgJanuary fluid milk sales’ storyline the sameNational fluid milk sales trends continued in January 2016, with overall fluid milk sales again below year-ago levels, but whole milk varieties posting gains.advertisementadvertisementBased on a monthly summary from USDA’s Dairy Market News, January 2016 packaged fluid milk sales totaled 4.29 billion pounds, down 3.1 percent from January 2015. January sales of conventional products totaled 4.08 billion pounds, down 3.5 percent, while sales of organic products, at 218 million pounds, were up 4.0 percent. Organic represented about 5.0 percent of total sales for the month.As was the trend for most of 2015, sales of conventional and organic whole milk varieties were up compared to year-ago levels. January sales of conventional whole milk were up 2.3 percent, and flavored whole milk sales were up 5.2 percent. Sales of organic whole milk were up 13.4 percent compared to a year earlier.Milk varieties seeing the largest year-to-year sales declines were reduced fat (2 percent milkfat) and skim products for both conventional and organic categories.The figures represent consumption of fluid milk products in federal milk order marketing areas and California, which account for approximately 92% of total fluid milk sales in the U.S.California April Class 1 milk prices lowerCalifornia’s April 2016 Class 1 minimum milk prices dipped a little, according to the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA).advertisementThe April 2016 Class 1 price for the North is $15.26 per hundredweight, with the South at $15.53 per hundredweight. Both are down 12 cents from March 2016, and $1.68 per hundredweight less than April 2015.Through the first four months of 2016, the Class 1 milk price averaged $15.88 per hundredweight in the North and $16.15 per hundredweight in the South, down about $1.67 from the same period a year earlier.USDA will announce the April 2016 federal order Class I base price on March 23.Organic production: Hope springs eternal againWarmer temperatures in the Northeast and Midwest are helping bring pastures out of dormancy, with cows getting an early start to the grazing season. However, the ongoing struggle to increase domestic organic milk production to meet growing demand, and reduce the need for imports, continues, according to USDA’s Dairy Market News.Recent springs have boosted optimism regarding increased organic milk production – gains that have mostly gone unrealized. This year’s relatively early spring, coupled with easing of organic feed costs, is contributing to optimism again this year.One change for 2016, according to Dairy Market News, is increased processor support for dairy producers transitioning from conventional to organic, providing expertise and some financial incentives through the multi-year transitioning process. Past efforts, primarily focusing on the lure of higher organic pay prices, have not fully addressed the challenges of the transition process.advertisementRestaurant index offers mixed newsA factor in determining overall dairy consumption is the level of sales and customer traffic in U.S. restaurants. The latest monthly report from the National Restaurant Association provided mixed news.Compared to December 2015, January 2016 same-store sales were about evenly split between those seeing sales increases vs. those reporting sales declines. January also represented the second straight month in which restaurant operators reported a net decline in customer traffic levels, according to the NRA’s Restaurant Performance Index.There are signs indicating a generally positive outlook for business conditions in the months ahead. Restaurant operators are optimistic regarding sales over the next six months, and they’re boosting capital expenditures. PD Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave January U.S. fluid milk sales were down, but sales of whole milk varieties were up again. California’s April Class 1 milk prices will be slightly lower. This and other U.S. dairy economic news can be found here.last_img read more

Cognitive Coexisting Radio Technology to Overcome the Interference Problem

first_imgThe communication efficiency of smartphone’s degrade when the they compete with other mobile traffic to send and receive data. This competition will only intensify with the increase in the wireless technologies, standards and devices. Far more than a billion smartphones are expected to ship this year. Additional wireless traffic is pouring in from tablets, and more will come from IoT devices, car-to-car communications, and other sources.Wireless spectrum, however, remains scarce and expensive. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission, for example, has raised $60 billion since 1994 by auctioning off cellular spectrum. For years, wireless providers have extended the reach of their networks within existing frequencies by various means.One strategy that has gained popularity in the last decade is to add small cell base stations, also known as femtocells or picocells, in places with high traffic density such as inside buildings or in densely populated urban neighborhoods. These lower-powered versions of wireless macro cell towers can fill gaps in coverage in these high-density locations, using the same frequency bands and hooked to the cellular network via landline. Business customers now are also installing small cell base stations at a rapidly accelerating pace, and this arrangement is backed by operators ranging from AT&T to Korea’s SK Telecom. The market for small cell base systems is expected to reach $22 billion in 2016.This surge in the number of base stations can interfere with operation of towers and with each other, increasing the number of degraded connections and calls that are dropped or never connected. As you put more small cells out there, you are also putting out a lot of little interfering signals, and today’s devices can’t handle all that noise adding up and getting in the way of the signals they want to hear.Cognitive coexisting radio (CCR) technology developed by Rachel Learned, a researcher at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and her colleagues helps overcome interference problems by intelligently exploiting the spectrum already in use for other transmissions, dramatically boosting connections while living comfortably side by side with those existing transmissions. Moreover, the CCR approach can be added to existing off-the-shelf wireless components, and it doesn’t require changes to existing wireless infrastructure, active management by the small base station operator, or collaboration with other users of the spectrum.Several other approaches to get more use from existing wireless spectrum for small cell base stations have been adopted, but they pose significant drawbacks that CCR does not.In one approach, operators can avoid interference by allocating part of their spectrum to each small base station, but that prevents them from using that band in a macro tower station that handles many more users and generates revenue.Another more popular way to reduce interference is to make the small cells “public” so that they support traffic from any local user. For instance, when a FedEx driver passes a building with a small cell base station, the driver’s phone call can be carried via that station. Almost three-quarters of small cell base stations installed by network operators are public. However, business customers aren’t happy about making their private systems public, because they end up paying for nearby outsiders to piggyback on their systems, thereby degrading performance for their own users, increasing levels and duration of signal exposure to their building occupants, and adding security concerns.A third commonly adopted technique is to divide available spectrum among all transmitters in a given area by allotting time/frequency slots available to the operator. However, Learned points out that this is hard to coordinate among station operators. If that coordination isn’t practical, the small base can’t respond flexibly to spectrum demand, and instead gives up large slots of times or frequencies or both.With another proposed technique, a cognitive radio variant called opportunistic interference avoidance, the base station monitors other calls and adaptively uses frequencies that are not being used at that moment. But during peak times when demand is high, there are no idle frequencies available. Even in non-peak times, as more wireless devices and small cell base stations are installed, the availability of such frequencies will plummet.In contrast to all of these approaches, CCR purposely locates its transmissions on the same band that another receiver/transmitter pair is already using, Learned says. Built on a cognitive engine, CCR watches and actively exploits occupied channels, intelligently and adaptively manipulating interference to create new links without significantly degrading existing links or requiring negotiation with other station operators.The CCR system monitors the power and the rates of the other transmitters to understand their use of the spectrum. It predicts when its presence is likely to cause little harm, then makes use of the channels occupied by likely oblivious links, all while watching to see if the existing link adapts too much. If the other users react too much, it can play nice, by going away or reducing its power. If they react just a little, the system will conclude that it’s okay to coexist with these links.The system also has a learning capability that can improve the prediction over time, reducing the chance of causing problems. So it has a pretty good chance of not hurting any of the existing macro or small cells, all the while providing additional high-throughput small cell links without needing more spectrum.Basically it’s like when you walk down a sidewalk and someone’s in front of you. You do that little dance for a second and then you figure it out and pass each other. You don’t have to talk to each other but you do have a little impact on each other. After a few encounters, you even learn the customary side to favor, and may have to do the dance less often as you travel the sidewalk. That is what a phone will do with CCR.The advantages of this approach are increased throughput and the ability to initiate and maintain calls, with benefits that depend on each specific situation. One simulation that examined how users of a small cell base station would be affected by a passerby’s smartphone, for example, showed the ability to maintain five links simultaneously instead of one.CCR will also help in situations where customers want to keep their small cell base stations private. In that situation, nearby users whose phones are linked to the nearest cell phone tower rather than the small base system may interfere with all of the frequencies that the small base station is trying to use – unless the small cell base station is equipped with CCR.Importantly, manufacturers of base stations can exploit these CCR advantages with standard existing technologies and protocols. Additionally, CCR systems can play an important role in disaster response, helping to ensure reliable communications among emergency radio equipment of all kinds.Other MIT efforts to optimize the use of wireless spectrum include a cognitive radio technology that weaves together available frequencies and technologies that aim to improve network performance via smart antennas. All these MIT technologies may aid in making good connections among smartphones and other devices as the number of small cell base stations soars, from 11 million in 2013 to 92 million in 2016.last_img read more

National Instruments to Feature the NI AWR Design Environment Version 13 at EDI CON USA 2017

first_img Advanced Load Pull for Linear PA Design Workshop New Updates in NI AWR Design Environment V13 Microwave Office for Microwave Monolithic Integrated Circuit, RF Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and Module Design Visual System Simulation (VSS) for Wireless Communications and Radar Systems Analyst and AXIEM Electromagnetic (EM) Technology for Interconnect Analysis AntSyn for Antenna Synthesis and Optimization Technical Presentations: Practical RF PCB Design Small Antenna Design for Wireless and IoT Dual-Band Compact Wi-Fi Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) Array Transmit/Receive Front-End Module and Actively-Scanned Antenna Array Bit Error Rate, Error Vector Magnitude and Adjacent Channel Power Ratio Performance for Proposed 5G Modulation Waveforms MIMO and Beam-Steering Modeling in Support of 5G Applications National Instruments will be introducing the NI AWR Design Environment Version 13 in a variety of activities at the upcoming EDI CON USA 2017 from September 11-13 in Boston. It will include software demonstrations and conference presentations within the Low-Power RF & IoT, Radar/Defense; 5G Advanced Communications, and RF and Microwave Design technical tracks as well as a power amplifier (PA) design workshop.A list of highlights of the NI AWR showcase at the event:Software Demonstrations in Booth #317: Technical Workshop: Click here for more information on EDI CON USA 2017.last_img read more

Tarpons get fired up

first_img Share Fired upStudents and family gathered near Tarpons Stadium on Thursday night for the homecoming bonfire. (Staff photo by Scarlet O’Rourke)To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the Oct. 31 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.For more photos, visit or friend us on Facebook at: RelatedTricks ’n TreatsTrick or treat!? Children from the Port Isabel elementary schools took to the streets on Monday, Oct. 31 for Halloween, visiting businesses along the downtown region of the city. This form of celebration was started for the children who would otherwise not be able to take part in the annual…October 31, 2011In “News”Lady Tarps primed for 2012By CRAIG ALANIZ Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS The Lady Tarpon volleyball team began practice this Monday at the Port Isabel High School gymnasium. Volleyball Head Coach George Hamilton said he is returning four starters this season. He said their goal for the season is to win district and make it…August 9, 2012In “Gallery”Lady Tarpons host home tourneyBy CRAIG ALANIZ Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS The Lady Tarpons hosted their annual Volley at the Beach Tournament Thursday at Port Isabel High School. The tournament was a two-loss elimination competition. The teams present at the tournament were Laredo United South, Weslaco East, Brownsville Veterans Memorial, Laredo Nixon, Frontier, Los…August 27, 2012In “Gallery”last_img read more

Baggage Wrapping Sendiri Memang Hemat, Tapi ada Kelemahannya,Hadir dengan Beragam Fitur Terbaru, Kenapa Penjualan A330neo Masih Lesu?

first_imgWrapping dengan layanan bandara Wrapping atau teknik membungkus tas dengan plastik sangat mudah dijumpai di bandara. Kegunaan dari wrapping ini sendiri untuk melindungi tas dan mencegahnya dari tindakan pencurian, menjaga agar tas tetap bersih dan kering serta menjaga barang tetap utuh ketika ritsleting tiba-tiba rusak.Baca juga: Luggage Wrapping di Bandara, Seberapa Besarkah Perannya Untuk Melindungi Koper Anda?Mungkin bagi para pelancong yang tak mau repot bisa menggunakan jasa wrapping di bandara, tetapi ternyata hal ini juga bisa dilakukan sendiri di rumah. melansir laman, berikut ini cara, kelebihan dan kekurangan wrapping yang dilakukan sendiri di rumah.Wrapping tas sendiri dirumah # Memilih bungkus1. Gunakan plastik untuk membungkus barang tepatnya yang khusus untuk membungkus koper dan ini lebih kuat dalam perekatannya. Warnanya pun bening atau cerah, biasanya ini untuk mengidentifikasi barang milik Anda. Jangan pilih plastik wrapping untuk makanan karena lebih mudah rusak.2. Bawa lagi plastik wrapping tersebut di tas lain, karena ketika pulang dari melancong, Anda akan kembali mengamankan tas atau koper dengan plastik wrapping.3. Plastik wrapping bisa dibeli di toko online karena dijual secara komersial.# Cara membungkusnya1. Mulai dari bagian tengah koper, dengan ujung di tengah salah satu sisi yang lebih besar dan bungkus plastik di sekitar tas ketika Anda memegang ujungnya. Setelah bagian tengah dibungkus beberapa kali Anda dapat membungkus berulang kali tanpa harus memegangnya.2. Tarik plastik sebaik mungkin untuk mendapatkan segel ketat pada tas. Anda perlu memberi sedikit ketegangan pada bungkus, ini akan memastikan bahwa lapisan plastik saling menempel erat.3. Saat membungkus, lihat dan pastikan seluruh permukaan tas tertutup plastik.4. Jangan lupa bungkus bagian atas dan bawah koper. Balut keseluruhannya agar tas tertutup plastik.5. Pastikan ujung terakhir pembungkus merekat dan tidak terurai, Anda bisa menempelkan ujung dengan lakban atau selotip.6. Buat lubang pada bagian pegangan dan roda koper# Kelemahan wrapping dirumah1. Biasanya tidak terlalu rekat dengan atau menempel sempuna alias tidak sama dengan wrapping di layanan bandara.2. Tidak terlalu rapi dan terkadang setiap bagian tidak rata menutupnya ketika di bungkus dengan plastik.3. Bila memwrapping dari rumah dan plastik tiba-tiba dipotong untuk diperiksa, Anda akan sulit membungkusnya lagi. Ini berbeda dengan layanan wrapping di bandara yang akan menjamin membungkus tas Anda kembali ketika plastik di potong untuk pemeriksaan tas.Baca juga: Otoritas Penerbangan Pakistan Wajibkan Penumpang Gunakan Baggage WrappingJadi, sebagai pelancong yang bijak, pilih wrapping murah dengan melakukannya di rumah atau di bandara sebelum check in?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more