By Carol A. ClarkLos Alamos Daily Postcaclark@ladailypost.comLos Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris has been chosen to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.With the critical issues facing the policing profession today, the FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders. The program serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies and raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity to go to the national academy … it’s a very prestigious opportunity,” Morris said. “My hope is that I can bring back what I learn to my police department and my community to help make them better.”Participants study law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication, and health and fitness. They also participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, and share ideas, techniques and experiences with other law enforcement leaders.Morris, his wife Kateri and LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone traveled Tuesday to FBI headquarters in Albuquerque for a briefing on what to expect at the national academy. They met two other officers also chosen for the 277th class of the national academy including Lt. Lori Carrillo of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and Cmdr. Art Sanchez of the Albuquerque Police Department.“For the last 15 years, I’ve seen Oliver enjoy the best times and endure the worst times of his life being a police officer. He has the heart of a servant and finds his reward in helping others,” Kateri said. “He embraces the challenges that law enforcement presents, and tries to stay informed with community needs, while encouraging others to do the same. Having an opportunity like this, for him, is something he will never take for granted. He is really looking forward to obtaining the knowledge, training, and growth he desires from the FBINA so that he can implement it back home in any way he can. And I’m behind him 100 percent!”Chief Sgambellone nominated Morris for the national academy.“The FBI National Academy is recognized as a preeminent leadership program,” Sgambellone said. “I am delighted that Cmdr. Morris was selected to attend, and I know it will pay dividends to the department and to the citizens we serve, well into the future.”Cmdr. Morris told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he wanted to be a police officer ever since he was a young child. The Los Alamos Police Department hired him in 2004 and sent him to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Academy. He graduated and two years later was promoted to corporal and went on to serve as the School Resource Officer at Los Alamos Middle School. While there, Cmdr. Morris also coached football and track. In 2008 he became a patrol sergeant and the following year a detective sergeant. Morris served in that position for five years before his promotion in 2014 to commander where he remains today.“I’ve had more opportunities at the Los alamos Police Department than I ever thought possible,” Morris said. “What I love about Los Alamos is its community support for its police officers and first responders and there is no other place I would rather serve.”Morris holds high praise for his officers saying if it wasn’t for them, he would not be able to take the opportunity to attend the FBI National Academy.“They are the boots on the ground and the ones who give up time with their families to work nights and weekends,” Morris said.Morris stresses his belief in community involvement. He serves as service director with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. He also is immediate past president of the Los Alamos Public Safety Association and since first becoming a police officer has served as chair of the Los Alamos Special Olympics.“Community policing is very important to me and I encourage my officers to do the same,” Morris said.While at the FBI National Academy, Morris intends to earn a “Yellow Brick”, which is awarded to those individuals able to complete a 6.1-mile grueling run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the Marines. Along the way, the participants must climb over walls, run through creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net and much more.The FBI National Academy was established in the 1930s in response to a national push toward the standardization and professionalization of police departments in the U.S.There are three pillars to the FBI National Academy:Academic learning – Before arriving at Quantico, students register online for classes, so they already know which academic courses they’re enrolled in.The national academy follows a collegiate model, so attendees have core courses they have to take – like physical training and contemporary issues in law enforcement – but the rest of a student’s curriculum is primarily dependent on what they select for themselves.In addition to the coursework, there is an impressive roster of speakers. Law enforcement and military professionals provide candid briefings regarding high-profile tactical operations and noteworthy major investigations. Other speakers address topics such as officer wellness and resiliency, victimology and other contemporary law enforcement issues. There is no other forum where attendees are afforded the opportunity to see so many valuable presentations in a single setting.Physical fitness training – The capstone of the fitness program is the “Yellow Brick Road,” a 6.1-mile run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the Marines. Runners climb over walls, wade through creeks and navigate obstacles before completing a road run back to the FBI Academy. Students completing the course are awarded a yellow brick with their session number on it to commemorate the event. The course is known as the “Yellow Brick Road” because it’s marked by yellow stones at various spots along the trail. Networking – Without question, meeting so many other law enforcement leaders from around the world is the highlight of attending the national academy. Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris is interviewed at the Los Alamos Daily Post Wednesday about being chosen to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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DNV GL informed it has secured a contract to provide in-service verification and classification services to a range of facilities at the Ichthys LNG project in Australia.DNV GL has provided vendor inspection, verification and offshore classification support to the US$34 billion venture since 2012, the classification society informed in a statement.This contract will see DNV GL continue its support to the project as it transitions into operation in 2017.The primary scope of work includes in-service verification of the Ichthys facilities; the central processing facility (CPF), floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO), subsea production system, gas export pipeline, onshore combined cycle power plant and onshore LNG plant. DNV GL will also provide in-service classification of the CPF and the FPSO hulls.Located 220 kilometres offshore Western Australia, the Ichthys field is situated on block WA-285-P in the Browse Basin, Timor Sea. This gas and condensate field lies at a water depth of 250 meters.First production is scheduled for 2017 and the project is expected to produce 8.9 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with more than 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.Gas and condensate from the Ichthys field will be exported to onshore facilities for processing near Darwin via the 889 km pipeline. Most condensate will be directly shipped to global markets from an FPSO facility permanently moored near the Ichthys field in the Browse Basin.[mappress mapid=”17805″]Image: Inpex
The trams, each of which measure nearly 33 m long, are manufactured at Alstom’s factory in La Rochelle, France in two sections, measuring 18.6 m and 14.7 m long respectively, in order to facilitate transport.The first tram shipment took place in May, with the units transported first from La Rochelle to Zeebrugge by road, before being shipped to Ecuador’s Port of Guayaquil onboard a WWL ro-ro vessel.From Guayaquil, the trams are transported overland across the El Cajas National Park, which WWL explained has at an altitude of 4,000 m and contains treacherous and foggy roads. Subsequent tram shipments are being carried out up until December 2015.Freight forwarder SDV is responsible for securing logistics suppliers for the road transport from the factory in La Rochelle to Zeebrugge and the ocean transport to Ecuador.”Shipping trams is far from straightforward,” said Elisabeth Nicolas from the project sales department at SDV Projets Industriels Paris. “The trams cannot be lifted. Instead, they have to be kept horizontal at all times. This means that all transfers have to be done by rail, using specialised equipment for both road transport and sea freight.”Patrick Mead from WWL France added: “We have designed roll trailers equipped with rails and we also created a special tool – like a bridge – to link the rails on the truck with the rails on the roll trailer, thereby ensuring that the trams are handled safely at all times.”This is not Alstom’s first time working with WWL. The two companies have partnered on several occasions in the past, including for rail and metro shipments to Australia and Peru. The Citadis cable-free model tramways will be installed in the historic centre of Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca. Cuenca’s entire tramway system, which spans 10 km and 27 stations, will have the capacity to carry up to 120,000 people a day.”The city is located in the Cordillera of the Andes, 2,500 m above sea level, making this the highest tramway in the world,” added Alice Brasse, out-of-gauge transport lead buyer and coordinator for Alstom Transport. Photo credit: Arnaud Siquet. www.2wglobal.comwww.alstom.comwww.sdv.com
POSH Kerry is teaming up with Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC) for the project, which aims to build local expertise for both the onshore and offshore sectors. Maersk Training and DNV GL will also help develop the course. The training centre is scheduled for completion in 2020 and will be located within the vicinity of Shin Da Harbour in Kaohsiung.Kelvin Teo, managing director of POSH Kerry, said: “We are excited to contribute towards the establishment of Taiwan’s first specialised maritime training centre, especially in the area of dynamic position (DP) training. “In sharing our expertise and providing on-the-job training on board our large fleet of DP offshore vessels, POSH Kerry will do its part in cultivating a pipeline of local talent who can anchor the government’s plans to advance its offshore renewable energy and marine industries.”posh.com.sg
A barrister who received a civil restraint order after repeatedly trying to bring personal family proceedings has been disbarred by a disciplinary tribunal.Sophia Cannon, called to the bar by Middle Temple in 2001, was issued with a limited civil restraint order by the High Court after pursuing four applications in family law proceedings. According to the tribunal’s published findings, Cannon – who has appeared on numerous television programmes as a family law expert – pursued an application in April 2015, which the judge found to be without merit. She subsequently received a barring order for three years.Eight months later, Cannon made an application for injunctive relief which was also found to be without merit and the following year, in July 2016, she made another application which was found to ‘make no sense’ and to be ‘an abuse of court process’. Three months later Cannon made a further application and received a civil restraint order.According to the published findings, Cannon committed other acts of professional misconduct relating to the family court proceedings. For example, she knowingly misled the court about a draft order, failed to pay a respondent’s costs and failed to pay £6,500 of school fees in accordance with the orders of a district judge.In relation to all these matters, the tribunal found Cannon had behaved in a way likely to diminish the trust and confidence the public places in a barrister, and ordered for her to be disbarred.A Bar Standards Board spokesperson said: ‘The tribunal’s decision acts as a reminder to all barristers that their actions in personal legal proceedings can impact on the public’s confidence in all barristers and amount to professional misconduct. The serious impact of Ms Cannon’s actions is reflected in the decision to order her disbarment.’
Andrew LeaitherlandDWF expects a ‘material benefit’ from its own cost-saving programmes in 2021. The firm has not, however, deployed the government’s furlough scheme or changed its pay arrangements for staff, a spokesman confirmed. The firm’s shares were unchanged at 81.8p this morning. DWF has secured extra credit from its lenders and a relaxation of banking covenants, which the stockmarket-listed firm said will help it endure an extended Covid-19 lockdown.On 27 March shares in DWF fell by a quarter after the firm revealed that the virus would hit activity in its final quarter, traditionally its most significant. The firm gave notice then it would seek additional headroom with lenders, forecasting total growth of between 15% and 20%, which was below management’s previous expectations.The agreement announced today will result in a secondary revolving credit facility of £15m, in addition to the group’s existing facility of £80m. Both will remain in place for up to 18 months, though the group said it does not at present expect it will need the extra credit. The group said it will now have access to working capital facilities of £122m.Banking covenants are also being relaxed to give the firm extra headroom until January 2021. Andrew Leaitherland, group chief executive, said: ‘These actions will help ensure we retain strong liquidity to navigate the challenges presented by Covid-19.’While activity in some business areas has reduced, he added, the firm is beginning to see a rise elsewhere. It has also identified additional revenue opportunities, including insurance, and managed services as clients cut costs.
Team17 are expanding The Escapists universe next month by transporting players to a desert island fantasy in The Survivalists. The solo and co-operative survival and crafting game will also be coming soon to Apple devices – and exclusively for mobile – through Apple Arcade. Credit: Team17 The pre-order bonus is called the Monkey Business downloadable content pack. It provides players with additional accessories for their stranded characters (the exclusive Straw Hat, The Escapists Guard Hat, and Unicorn Hat) alongside six more hats for their monkey mates (Top Hat, Lumberjack Hat, Chef Hat, Crown, Hard Hat, and Pirate Hat). Pre-orders are now open on PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. Players who choose to pre-order will receive cosmetic extras to enjoy either solo, or with up to three friends in local and online co-operative multiplayer. Key Features: Play together and survive: Up to four players can join forces to explore the world of The Survivalists, helping each other out to stay aliveGet crafty and be inventive: Various items great and small can be crafted, from weapons to tools and buildings to keep your crew shelteredAutomate with monkeys: Enlist the help of monkeys for a number of tasks, including protecting your group and gathering resourcesCuriosity is rewarded: Players are encouraged to explore their surroundings, where they’ll encounter dangerous wildlife, mythical enemies, and tantalising secrets.For those eager to sample island life: a demo is now available on Nintendo Switch, and PC players can also check out a Steam demo before experiencing the adventure-filled paradise in full. The Survivalists launches on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on 9th October.
Kenyan Governor arrested over attempted murder charge Lesotho First Lady, Maesaiah Thabane. (PHOTO: Reuters) Maesaiah Thabane. ReutersThe first lady of Lesotho is set to be charged with murder in connection with the 2017 killing of the prime minister’s former wife, police said Tuesday.Maesaiah Thabane, who fled the country on Jan. 10 to escape arrest, returned to the small southern African kingdom Tuesday afternoon and handed herself to police in the capital, Maseru. Police said she had been hiding in neighboring South Africa.Deputy Commissioner of Police Mokete Paseka said Thabane would spend the night in custody and only be taken to court once the director of public prosecutions has prepared the charge sheet.An arrest warrant for the first lady was issued the day she fled the country after she refused to report to police for questioning in connection with the murder of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s former wife, Lipolelo.The killing occurred two days before the prime minister’s inauguration for a second term, and two years after a court ruled that Lipolelo was the lawful first lady and entitled to benefits.Thomas Thabane married his current wife some two months after Lipolelo’s death.Two weeks ago police interrogated the prime minister over the alleged use of his mobile phone to communicate with whoever was at the scene of the killing.The 80-year-old prime minister last month announced he planned to step down as his ruling party called him no longer fit to lead. The premier didn’t specify when he would resign, saying only it would occur “when all is in order.”Related Oscar Pistorius manslaughter charge overturned to murder Police searching for Lesotho’s first lady in murder probe