PHILBERT LOPEZFeb. 5 at 6:16 p.m. / Police arrested Philbert Lopez, 35, of Española at the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office on an arrest order. GILBERT ROMEROFeb. 5 at 2:02 p.m. / Police arrested Gilbert Romero, 38, of Cordova at the Española Police Department on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant. BRITTANY A. CHAVEZFeb. 11 at 12:14 p.m. / Police arrested Brittany A. Chavez, 33, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged her with DWI. DANIEL SCOTT MARTINEZFeb. 7 at 1:22 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel Scott Martines, 55, of Albuquerque at 15th Street and Trinity Drive and charged him with receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, aggravated fleeing an officer: endangering others. LAPD News:The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them. SAMUEL STAS SNAPPFeb. 8, 2020 at 5:36 a.m. / Police arrested Samuel Stas Snapp, 22, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with disorderly conduct, boisterous, loud and profane language. TALIA SKYE MARTINEZ-TOLEDOFeb. 9, 2020 at 5:02 a.m. / Police arrested Talia Skye Martinez-Toledo, 19, of Dulce on the Navajo Reservation in Dulce on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. MARSHALL SANCHEZFeb. 11 at 1:11 p.m. / Police arrested Marshall Sanchez, 37, of Los Alamos at 2600 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant and charged him with possession of a controlled substance. STEPHEN M. GEISIKFeb. 6 at 12:48 p.m. / Police arrested Stephen M. Geisik, 29, of Hernandez at the Adult Probation Office on an arrest order.
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Florida-based Crowley Maritime Corporation ordered multiple main and auxiliary dual-fuel engines for efficient, emissions-friendly U.S. – Puerto Rico-trade ConRo ships.Each vessel will be powered by an MAN B&W 8S70ME-GI8.2 main engine and 3 MAN 9L28/32DF auxiliary engines.The ConRo ships – with container Lift-On/Lift-Off (LO/LO) and Roll-On/Roll- Off (RO/RO) – will be built by VT Halter Marine of Pascagoula, Mississippi. They will be named ‘El Coqui’ and ‘Taino’, and are scheduled for delivery in the second and fourth quarters of 2017, respectively.The vessels will be two of the world’s first LNG-powered ConRo ships, designed to travel at speeds up to 22 knots, and carry various sized containers, along with hundreds of vehicles in enclosed, weather-tight car decking.Crowley states that the vessels will offer customers fast ocean-transit times and, being Dowered by LNG, will set a new standard for environmentally responsible shipping.Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO, said: “Our investment in these new ships – the first of their kind in the world – is significant” He continued: “We are developing and using best-available technology that allows for improved emissions and alternative fuel selection”.Crowley selected the high-pressure, Diesel-cycle ME-GI engines due to their high efficiency and power concentration. The ME-GI’s ability to avoid derating, and its negligible methane slip, also contributed to its selection.The new, double-hulled ConRo ships will be 219.5 m long, 32.3 m wide (beam), have a deep draught of 10 m, and an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 metric tonnes. Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 teu, with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles.Crowley reports that the newbuildings will reduce the amount of CO2 emissions attributable to each container by approximately 38%. Additionally, the ships will meet or exceed all regulatory requirements and have the CLEAN notation, which requires limitation of operational emissions and discharges, as well as the Green Passport, both issued by classification society Det Norske Veritas.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, January 10, 2014; Image: Wärtsilä
ConclusionLaw firm brands are valuable symbols of trust, reliability and quality and require constant attention and innovation to maintain and develop. The same is true for many client brands. Understanding how brands generate value and familiarity with existing and new strategies for leveraging this value will not only benefit your clients’ brand, but your own one too. Intellectual property makes a significant contribution to businesses in almost every sector. The law is no exception. A law firm’s intellectual property, such as trademarks, reputation, copyright, websites and client relationships, can be considered individually or collectively as the brand. Law firm brands are highly valuable, serve many purposes and can be leveraged in many ways. Similarly, law firms have a large role in developing and protecting the brands and IP of their clients. How law firms can leverage their own brandsThe legal industry’s attitude towards marketing has historically been rather different to most, largely because it has only been permitted for about 20 years or so. Thinking about law firms as having a brand has therefore been anathema to many lawyers who are more used to thinking about their own personal client and work-generating relationships. This is one of the reasons why developing a law firm brand is so important, to transfer this reliance from the individual to the brand, as individuals come and go and a collective brand is much more valuable in this context than a collection of individual brands. Many firms have built powerful reputations which enable them to be invited to give advice, command high fees and recruit the best individuals. Deprive a firm of the ability to use a name and the practice would inevitably suffer. The three key functions of the brand are therefore business attraction, fee charging and staff recruitment. There are three main ways of quantifying brand value. The driving methodology is the relief-from-royalty approach which forecasts the proportion of profits that are directly generated by the brand, by applying a royalty rate to turnover. This calculates how much the law firm is relieved from paying to use its brand because it already owns it. The other ways involve looking at comparable transactions and creation and recreation costs. As a general rule of thumb this can result in values of law firm brands ranging between 0.5 and 1.5 times turnover. This value can be captured in a number of ways. One option is to charge internal departments and offices in the UK and overseas for using the brand with the royalty rate reflective of the brand’s value within each corresponding area. Another option is to transfer the IP – particularly lead-generating websites which are becoming more popular – into a special purpose vehicle and develop this as a standalone company. Law firm brands are not recorded as assets on balance sheets in accordance with accounting convention. In fact, it is only listed companies that have to report a value for the brands they own and even then, under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), it is only acquired brands that need to be recognised in this way. However, from October 2011, the Legal Services Act 2007 will permit ownership of law firms by non-legal services, opening up the door for listed companies and others to acquire law firms, thereby putting law firm brands on balance sheets for the first time. As law firms will also be looking at alternative business structures, it is important the value of all assets – both tangible and intangible – are understood and articulated. Focusing on IP strategiesNot only will law firms benefit from understanding and leveraging their own brand, there is an opportunity to generate additional work from clients. IP is often the cornerstone of most businesses, and should not be the sole preserve of IP departments. There are a number of ways lawyers can increase their relevance with clients by focusing on IP strategies. Here are some thoughts on the top 10: 1. Business development: making IP ownership clear and robust so that it can work harder. 2. M&A: due diligence and integration.3. Risk management: risk mitigation and management.4. Disputes: infringement monitoring and claim management.5. Reduce pension deficits: IP is increasingly being used to reduce pension deficits by being provided as security. 6. Attract finance: well-managed IP can be used to raise finance from banks or investors.7. Franchising: advice on building brands through domestic or international franchising.8. Licensing: extending a brand from its core competency and taking advantage of others’ capability. 9. Restructuring: IP restructuring for tax and other purposes. 10. Internal IP charges payments: systems which encourage commercial value of IP throughout a business. Thayne Forbes is joint managing director and IP expert witness at Intangible Business, the brand valuation consultancy
Pro bono week begins next Monday with a host of events across the country to celebrate work done by lawyers to help their communities. Last month saw the opening of the new pro bono centre in London, which brings together in one place the pro bono offerings of LawWorks (the solicitors pro bono group), the Bar Pro Bono Unit and ILEX Pro Bono Forum. Being part of the community and giving something back to it ‘pro bono’ has long been a tradition within the legal profession. That sense of belonging and service, it would seem, is at the heart of the coalition’s plans for the Big Society, which envisages volunteers meeting the needs of their own communities as government coffers run dry. But there is a dark shadow on the horizon. Pro bono work, it has always been stressed, is not a replacement for a properly funded legal aid scheme – it is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has access to good quality legal advice and representation, even where people cannot afford to pay for it. Yet pro bono is increasingly filling the gaps where this does not happen. My concern is that, as the government cuts back the scope of legal aid and further limits eligibility – while cutting hundreds of millions from the budget – those gaps will become larger and the pro bono community will be expected to fill them. Will we end up with a ‘postcode lottery’ for access to justice? A new collection of essays written by eminent lawyers and others offers a ‘critical friend’s’ outlook on pro bono and considers whether the profession’s altruism may be having unintended consequences. I recommend it to you, though it does not always make comfortable reading.
Solicitors are to be questioned on how rapid changes to the legal landscape are affecting their state of mind. The Law Society will include research on members’ wellbeing as part of its survey of the membership this summer. A membership board report says the Society should provide personal support to its members in addition to campaigning and lobbying activities. ‘Burnout, stress, and physical and psychological illness represent a very significant economic cost to the profession in addition to the obvious personal cost to individual solicitors,’ the report says. Hilary Tilby, chief executive of the lawyers’ support charity LawCare, said there had been a spike in calls and emails from the profession following the economic downturn in 2009 and, while the initial surge has receded in recent months, she expects increases this year.
Non-containerised cargo volumes exceeded forecasts by 11.8 percent, with the Port of Charleston handling some 217,533 tonnes of breakbulk between July and September 2016. In terms of container traffic, first quarter volumes were up 1.4 percent over the same period of last year, with 520,276 teu crossing SCPA docks between July and September. Rail volume at Inland Port Greer increased 18.6 percent year-on-year during the first quarter, with 26,216 moves handled in the reporting period. “Loaded container volume, particularly on the import side, supported SCPA’s growth for the first quarter of the fiscal year,” said SCPA president and ceo Jim Newsome. “We also saw strong volumes on the breakbulk side of our business relative to plan, and Inland Port Greer achieved record volumes, providing a solid start to FY 2017.” www.scspa.com
Afrikaans singer Refentse Morake, middle, and Donné de Kock and Ellani de Jager are some of the performers making up the stellar line-up for the annual Nederburg Picnic Pops sunset concert in Paarl this month. This year’s Nederburg Picnic Pops sunset concert promises to be yet another perfect outing for the whole family. Taking place at Nederburg in Paarl on Saturday November 26, young and old can once again experience outstanding performances of popular music favourites while enjoying a magical sunset picnic on the lawns of the historic wine farm.The annual concert is fast becoming synonymous with featuring some of the best up-and-coming talents in the country and this year’s event is no exception. Afrikaans singer, Refentse Morake from Vereeniging, whose meteoric rise to fame made him a household name overnight, will appear as guest artist. Accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Refentse will be joined on stage by, among others, the Kenmere Primary School Choir of Kensington, crowned senior choir winner of the 2015 Kyknet Sing in Harmonie television series; classical soprano Palesa Malieloa from Kroonstad who is the winner of the prestigious 2016 ATKV-Muziqanto competition for classical singers; jazz singer Austin-Lee Jacobs from Strandfontein who won the 2016 Open Mic Jazz singing competition at GrandWest; young classical pianist and Welgemoed Primary School pupil Qden Blaauw, joint winner of the 2016 SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy Music Competition for young classical instrumentalists and singer Dirja Lekas from Strand who won the Divas Unite Young Divas Singing Competition 2016, as well as The Grey violin duo from Cape Town, featuring Donné de Kock and Ellani de Jager.The orchestra and soloists will be conducted by Stefan Lombard while Radio Sonder Grense presenter, Sue Pyler, appears as MC.Tickets at only R100 a person are available at www.webtickets.co.za Children ages 12 and under enjoy free entry. While tickets will be on sale at the gates on the day of the concert, it is highly recommended to book in advance.The event starts at 6pm and gates will be opening at 4pm for concertgoers to find their ideal picnic spots.You can take your own picnic, but picnic hampers at R195 a person are also available on pre-paid order. No alcoholic beverages may be brought onto the premises as selected Nederburg wines and soft drinks will be on sale.For more information, log on to www.nederburg.com or call 021 877 5123 during office hours. To order a picnic, call Jeannine on 021 877 5155. Athlone News is giving two readers the opportunity to win a double ticket each to the event. All you have to do is SMS with your name and contact details, including your email address to ANPicnic to 34445 before 10pm on Sunday November 13. Lines are open and SMSes are charged at R1.50. Winners will be notified telephonically.
A new analysis was released by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) earlier this week in order to help members of Congress and their staffs better understand the details of current dairy policy and potential changes to those programs.The CRS report provides an impartial view of the specific programs contained in the Dairy Security Act of the pending Farm Bill.advertisementadvertisementAlthough the House has failed to act on the farm bill in September, the CRS report should expedite the process of considering the bill after the November elections in a lame duck session of Congress. Under the Dairy Security Act, those farmers who voluntarily elect to receive support through the margin protection program will be subject to the Dairy Market Stabilization Program (DMSP), which sends signals to participants to reduce their production when margins are severely compressed.The CRS analysis clarifies the function of the DSMP by stating (p. 17) that “Although the DMSP is referred to as a supply management program, it is perhaps more accurately described as a production disincentive program, since there are no production limits or quotas, and the dairy operator may continue to run his operation at any production level.”CRS reported that the resulting milk production reductions, along with greater demand stimulated by USDA purchases of dairy products using funds collected by the DMSP, “is expected to result in a high future farm price for milk.”CRS also flagged (p. 20) a key provision: that the DMSP ends either when margins improve, and/or when U.S. prices for cheddar cheese and nonfat dry milk exceed world prices by a certain percentage, thus preventing a loss of export markets and a surge of imports.The CRS report also reviewed a competing approach to providing margin insurance: the Goodlatte-Scott House amendment, which offers an insurance program that does not contain a market stabilization element.advertisementCRS noted (p. 22) that with the Goodlatte-Scott approach, “no production growth is permitted,” and insurance coverage is limited to only 80 percent of a farm’s production – compared to 90 percent under the Dairy Security Act.In reviewing other empirical studies of the provisions of the Dairy Security Act, CRS highlighted (p. 23-24) several major improvements compared to current programs:The combination of the margin insurance and market stabilization programs “appears to substantially mitigate the dairy operating margin volatility.”The Dairy Security Act “will provide a stronger safety net in extremely low margin events.”An analysis by agricultural economist Mark Stephenson found that net milk exports actually expand under the Dairy Security Act.The congressional analysis of the Dairy Security Act also notes that the proposed Farm Bill programs are voluntary. Farmers would elect to participate in the margin protection and market stabilization programs, rather than choose private insurance that is already available. PD—From National Milk Producers Federation news release
Round 8 of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix 2016 national underbone racing series got underway last weekend in the East Coast state of Pahang. Here’s what went down in all three classes.CP130 – Kasma falters, Fazli shinesThe race in Pahang saw current series favourite and Young Johore-born sensation Kasma Daniel struggling for pace all weekend. Instead, Sunday’s winning glory was clinched by his Petronas Yamaha Maju Motor teammate Ahmad Fazli Sham.The veteran rider from Taiping showed that, despite being in his twilight years of racing, he still has what it takes to win races in a commanding fashion. Joining Ahamd Fazli on the podium in second place was Petronas Yamaha CKJ rider Md Fitri Ashraff Razali whilst Harian Metro YTEQ SCK Honda Racing rider Norizman Ismail finished third.Kasma eventually settled for an eighth place finish in Sunday’s race, hauling valuable points to retain his lead in the championship standings with 158 points. Teammate Fazli is ranked second with 136 points, holding a strong chance at snatching the title away from Kasma with just 22 points separating them.CP115 – Haziq trumps Azroy for the winIn the supporting CP115 category, it appears that the championship battle has shifted its pace. Faltering here were title contenders Md Akid Aziz and Tengku Amirul Haffifrudin.While a broken hand forced Tengku Amirul of the Motul Zeneos YY Pang Team to withdraw, rival Md Akid Aziz’s race on Sunday came to an early end as he ad to retire the after just 11 laps astride the Petronas Yamaha Maju Motor machine.Winning the race was Petronas Yamaha Maju Motor’s Md Haziq Md Fairues. Completing the podium were GIVI Honda Yuzy Racing riders Azroy Anuar in second and Md Amirul Ariff Musa in third.Both Akid and Amirul remains at the top of the CP115 standings with 106 points and 100 points respectively, but Md Haziq’s winning form in Temerloh sees him edging closer in third with 92 points.Wira – Shafiq’s winning returnIn the highly competitive Wira class, it was Selangor native Shafiq Ezzariq that rose back to the top to reclaim his lead in the class’ title race.The Idemitsu Kozi Yam Honda Racing rider had the initial advantage early in the season, but the arrival of strong challenger Helmi Azman changed things in the last few rounds. With Helmi settling for a 16th place finish yesterday, there was little stopping Shafiq from stealing the win.Joining Shafiq on the podium was Weststar Motorsports rider Md Qhuwarismi Md Nasir in second and Md Amirul Arif Ramlee of the Petronas Yamaha squad taking third place.Shafiq still leads the standings with 174 points in total whilst title rival Helmi remains in second with 128 points. With two races left, the battle for the Wira class’ title boils down to these two young riders.–Ads– Action-packed Malaysian Cub Prix Round 8 roars in Temerloh, Pahang.