By Gavin van Marle 30/09/2019 Indian air cargo operator SpiceXpress could be being lined up for initial public offering (IPO) as it adds another freighter to its fleet.According to an interview with Ajay Singh, chairman and MD of SpiceXpress parent SpiceJet, with Bloomberg last week, the cargo operation could be spun-off within a year as the carrier seeks to take advantage of India’s fast-growing adoption of e-commerce retail.E-commerce sales in India may more than double, to $72bn, by 2022 from $32.7bn last year, according to research firm eMarketer.SpiceXpress has nine scheduled departures, six days a week, to Hong Kong from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati, and one domestic rotation connecting Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. It has also operated a number of charter services to international destinations, such as Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Teheran, Somalia and Somaliland, as well as helped transport relief material to Bhubaneshwar during Cyclone Fani.It services are likely to further expand after last week’s conclusion of a lease agreement for a B737-800 converted freighter from NGF Alpha, a division of Spectre Cargo Solutions.“We are expanding the markets we currently serve, particularly in the Middle East, Hong Kong and Bangladesh, and the 737-800BCF’s reliability and versatility is helping enable our strategic direction,” Mr Singh explained.The The 737-800BCF offers lower operating costs per payload tonne than older standard-body freighters and carries up to 24 tonnes of payload, opening new markets with its long-range capability.Boeing senior vice president Ihssane Mounir said: “We are excited that SpiceJet has chosen to expand its SpiceXpress operation. This converted freighter gives operators just the right size, operating economics and capabilities to succeed in busy domestic and regional routes.”Boeing said the 737-800BCF orderbook had grown to 120 orders and commitments, and added that it had ramped up production, with output set to more than double to 17 units this year to meet customer demand.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A man is arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly stealing a College Station Fire Department ambulance following two separate accidents. College Station police have arrested 28-year-old Coty Joe Lohse of Bryan. He is being charged with first degree felony theft due to the value of the ambulance being approximately $250,000. College Station Police say the man stole a car in Bryan and was in an accident near Villa Maria Road and Wellborn Road. Police say the driver of the vehicle that was hit chased after the suspect. Click here to read the full story. Scroll down to watch the video.[script src=”http://KBTX.images.worldnow.com/interface/js/WNVideo.js?rnd=435580;hostDomain=ww2.KBTX.com;playerWidth=616;playerHeight=360;isShowIcon=true;clipId=8001051;flvUri=;partnerclipid=;adTag=News;advertisingZone=;enableAds=true;landingPage=;islandingPageoverride=false;playerType=STANDARD_EMBEDDEDscript;controlsType=fixed”]
Patient was struck by a car The man, who may have been suffering from mental health issues, slipped out of restraints Saturday and pushed past the attendant to open the ambulance’s rear door, California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Latulippe said. The BMW driver, a 40-year-old Carlsbad woman, called 911 to report hitting a pedestrian. She was taken to a hospital in unknown condition and her car was towed, the newspaper said. All contents © copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The patient was being transferred by private ambulance from Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside to the Veterans Administration hospital in La Jolla, the Union-Tribune reported. ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) – A 23-year-old man jumped out of the back of a moving ambulance and was struck by a car and killed on an interstate near San Diego, authorities said. The patient landed in southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Encinitas and managed to jump the center divider. As the man sprinted across northbound lanes he was struck by a BMW, Latulippe said. He died at the scene.
After decades of service several teachers in the Shawnee Mission School District are retiring. But with schools shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic these teachers won’t get the usual fanfare of a send-off.We asked some of these educators to share what it’s like leaving a profession they have dedicated years to — without being able to say goodbye to students and colleagues in person. The retirees also filled us in on plans for life after teaching.Heather Sommer — Ray Marsh ElementaryHeather Sommer is retiring from special education at Ray Marsh Elementary. Photo courtesy Heather Sommer.This year marks Heather Sommer’s 14th year at Ray Marsh Elementary, 21st year in the Shawnee Mission School District and her 40th year as an educator.It took her breath away when she learned she couldn’t return to school or retire surrounded by students and colleagues, but she adjusted to it.“I really wasn’t looking forward to a big fanfare; I feel that in my career, I’ve had enough attention,” she said. “That’s not really what I’ll miss, although I do think that celebrations and rituals are important. They help us to transfer from one part of our life to another, to make those changes, to have our goodbyes, to have our tears.”She started her career in New York and taught in North Carolina and Missouri before coming to Kansas. As a learning specialist for grades 4 through 6 at Ray Marsh, Sommer has had “wonderful and remarkable memories” helping students with learning disabilities.After retiring, Sommer plans to visit with family when it’s safe to do so. She plans to return and see everyone if school opens in the fall. She and her husband, Bob Sommer, are planning to stay in the Shawnee Mission area.Lisa Benge — Shawnee Mission WestLisa Benge is retiring as a social studies teacher from SM West. Photo courtesy Lisa Benge.Social studies and American government teacher Lisa Benge is retiring this month after 38 years in Shawnee Mission schools.Most of her American government class students are seniors and she’s also the senior class sponsor. With school being closed the rest of the academic year, it’s been hard not to be able to say goodbye to students and colleagues in person.“The ending here is not at all what I wanted,” she said. “Not seeing those kids and being able to say goodbye for the last time is the hardest thing. That’s why we went into teaching: It’s so fun to teach them, hang out with them, talk with them, see them grow, interact.”She recently visited school to pick up her things and walked into her classroom for the last time.“I got tears in my eyes because it will never be my room again,” she said. “I don’t know, it’s hard.”A 1977 SM South graduate, Benge’s first teaching job was at Hocker Grove Junior High in 1981. She took time off as a new mother, then returned to teaching at Westridge Middle School for a couple of years. She has taught at SM West since 1988.After retiring, Benge hopes to have a party when it’s allowed, perhaps with some live music by Perpetual Change, musicians who are her former eighth-grade students. She plans to spend more time with her grandchildren and enjoy vacationing in the family cabin in Minnesota. A resident of old Leawood, Benge may start substitute teaching, which softens the transition.Her message to students: “You are all unique and you all have so much potential. Use that potential and have fun.”Janel Cates — Shawnee Mission East‘That has been probably the hardest because it was so abruptly ended; I didn’t have all that time to prepare mentally for it.’ Janel Cates taught for 35 years in the Shawnee Mission School District. Pictured above, Cates teaches her class while dressed up for Monday’s ‘Harry Potter’ theme. Photo credit Ava Simonsen, The Harbinger.As a family and consumer sciences teacher at SM East, Janel Cates is retiring after 35 years in the Shawnee Mission School District.Retiring this way is not what she pictured, because she lost time to reflect on those last moments in her classroom.“That has been probably the hardest because it was so abruptly ended; I didn’t have all that time to prepare mentally for it,” Cates said. “When you’re a teacher, it’s all about the students, and I don’t have much contact with the students anymore. It’s strange.”Cates will miss hearing her students say thank you at the end of each lesson.“That meant so much; I always thought that was so thoughtful for them,” she said.Her first teaching job was at Broadmoor Junior High in 1981. She held a variety of roles teaching home economics, fashion and other courses at SM Northwest, SM West and SM North, as well as Trailridge Middle, before landing at SM East.Cates started the fashion design program at the Broadmoor Technical Center (formerly Broadmoor Junior High) around 1986 and worked there for several years during her career.“That was probably my very favorite job ever,” she said, adding that through her career in Shawnee Mission, she was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of teaching sewing skills to students at each school where she’s instructed.She hasn’t made plans to mark her retirement, but she did start a teaching scrapbook recently; focusing on that project will help her reflect on her memories in school. After retiring, she will probably find a part-time job or other non-teaching work.John Stonner — Shawnee Mission WestAfter 33 years in teaching, John Stonner is retiring as a business teacher from Shawnee Mission West.Stonner is also a coach for Vikings football. He misses not seeing his students every day, and he feels sorry they are missing out on school life, especially the seniors.John Stonner. Photo courtesy Amy Morgan.“If you were a baseball player or running track, you prepared all year for your sport and you don’t have it,” Stonner said. “And the prom, the senior send-off, that’s just something that these kids didn’t have.”A product of Shawnee Mission schools, Stonner started his teaching career in 1987 before transferring to SM East in 2001 and SM West in 2011.He particularly enjoyed his financial literacy class, which provided hands-on learning for how to budget and invest.“I’m going to miss a lot of things for years to come,” he said. “There’s some great kids at West. But I got things that I’m going to look forward to, to overcome that.”After retiring, Stonner will move to Georgia to be closer to family.
Changes can bring about benefits and overhaul the way something operates. In the case of Canyon State Academy in Queen Creek, the greening process changes the way the academy operates, saving cost and building a firm foundation for present students and future youth.The project started with a meeting in 2010 between the academy and the President’s Group, an association comprised of leaders from the Valley’s industry groups.“CSA took on an initiative to reduce utility costs and make this campus environmentally responsible,” says John Motley, director of business and logistics for CSA. “The President’s Group had an initiative of providing community service to a school/organization to create ‘greener’ schools through our combined skills. It was at this point we came together.”This led to a multi-association volunteer effort for the academy by the President’s Group, the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), United States Green Building Council (USGBC), FM Forum, and Arizona Cool Roof Council (ACRC), says Dave Munn, chief technical officer of Chelsea Group.“(CSA) was chosen because we wanted to see what kind of changes could be done at a school when you don’t have to worry about the politics of a school board,” Munn says. “The hope was with the success of this project it would speak volumes to public school districts that changes can save money.”A team consisting of 33 volunteer auditors from AEE made the trip to the 50-year-old campus and performed energy audits of the entire campus and analyzed collected data on energy use. The results then were used to make recommendations for low- and no-cost energy conservation options.Additional volunteer projects by President’s Group helped CSA realize opportunities for efficiencies in other areas as well. A cool roof audit performed by Kim Scholten of ACRC showed a potential savings of 15% energy usage in one of the most utilized buildings. Landscaping suggestions by IFMA showed areas of water efficiency and maintenance savings. Ted Ritter of IFMA provided a software tool called Alteris, allowing paperless work orders and core asset lists for preventative maintenance practices. Finally, Curtis Slife of USGBC provided a comprehensive list of best practices for all assets, defined maintenance plans, develop a 10-year capital and operating and maintenance budget and benchmarking for all campus assets.“When all recommended efficient energy measures are in place, CSA will show an annual savings of $48,674 in electrical savings per year alone — a reduction of 20.2% from the 2010 energy consumption,” Motley says.Besides bringing in monetary savings, the project impacts the academy on an educational level, teaching students and the staff at the academy the value of being energy conscience, a lesson that will be passed along to generations, Motley says. Everyone at the academy welcomes the positive changes with appreciation. But the impact doesn’t end there.“The greatest value is having an organized facility management team armed with money-saving, earth-saving tasks,” Munn says. “They will save money in manpower, electricity, purchasing, and will be better prepared from year-to-year on large capital expenses and preventative maintenance practices.”Adds Motley: “All savings made through good conservation practices go directly back to the youth that we serve, allowing CSA to provide additional opportunities.”Canyon State Academy serves the needs of at-risk youth requiring therapeutic residential education and treatment. It is an academy model school for 380 disadvantaged youth, placed by DES between the ages of 11 and 18.
Boston Globe:Additional reading (and listening) on the “irreconcilable differences” of politics, football, and Tweet seats, for those who are interested. This article in the Chronicle of Higher Education explores the research of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt.Haidt (pronounced like “height”) made his name arguing that intuition, not reason, drives moral judgments. People are more like lawyers building a case for their gut feelings than judges reasoning toward truth.How much of moral thinking is innate? Haidt sees morality as a “social construction” that varies by time and place. We all live in a “web of shared meanings and values” that become our moral matrix, he writes, and these matrices form what Haidt, quoting the science-fiction writer William Gibson, likens to “a consensual hallucination.” But all humans graft their moralities on psychological systems that evolved to serve various needs, like caring for families and punishing cheaters.Read the whole story: Boston GlobeSee Jonathan Haidt at the 24th APS Annual Convention More of our Members in the Media >
Los Alamos School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim updates the Board on the upcoming school bond election during Tuesday’s School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Bonnie J. GordonLos Alamos Daily [email protected] the summer, the Los Alamos School Board passed a motion to go forward with a School Bond Election on Nov. 5, the day of the election for School Board and the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board.According to School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim, cost was an important reason. The district will not have to pay for a Special Election in the spring. Ben-Naim updated the Board on the bond election at the Aug. 13 School Board Meeting.The early date also will give the School District an opportunity to get going on projects at once.“If it passes, it will give us time to jump right in when it’s time to sell the bonds,” Ben-Naim said.Another reason to go with an early date is the diminishing amount the state will match for school remodels, she said. Every year, the amount of possible matching funds will decrease according to a formula put forward by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The amount will decrease to a low point of 94 percent local funding and 6 percent in state matching funds in FY 2024.“The District has a great track record on rebuilding and refurbishing our schools,” Ben-Naim said. “Now it’s White Rock’s turn.”Chamisa and Pinon elementary Schools are the only schools in the District that have not been remodeled or undergoing a remodel.Ben-Naim gave an update on current building projects. Barranca Elementary will be completely renovated by March 2020. The project is well underway, with grades one through six moving into their classrooms on the first day of school.“The renovations going on at Mountain School will mean it will last another 12 to 15 years,” Ben-Naim said.Construction on the new Sullivan Field field house will begin in November of this year, she said.Ben-Naim stressed that if the bond issue passes, taxes will not increase.“The 2017 bond election was $13 million and this one is for $20 million, however property values have increased, and Los Alamos now has a higher residency, so an individual will not see an increase,” she said.The School District does not take a position on the bond issue vote. It does provide information, but isn’t urging voters to support or reject the bond issue.Early voting begins Oct. 8 and voting ends Nov. 5. This is a walk-in election, not a mail in ballot election. In addition to the bond issue, those in Los Alamos will be voting for new school board members. (The two White Rock representatives are not up for election this cycle.) The town votes for UNM-LA Advisory board as a whole, not by districts.When asked if voters in Los Alamos proper would support a bond to remodel the White Rock schools, Ben-Naim said she thinks they will.“By and large, this is a community that supports education county-wide,” she said.
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Nordic Semiconductor has launched its first Thread Networking Solution. The nRF5 SDK for Thread, has been designed to utilize the IEEE 802.15.4 PHY support introduced on Nordic’s latest nRF52840 multi-protocol Bluetooth low energy System-on-Chip (SoC). In addition, the Nordic nRF5 SDK for Thread also adds a unique Device-Firmware-Update (DFU)-over-Thread network feature like the Over-The-Air (OTA) DFU feature employed in other existing Nordic SDKs and chips.The nRF52840’s has 256 kB of RAM and 1 MB of Flash memory to enable the SoC to run both the Thread and Bluetooth low energy protocol stacks from the same chip. The nRF52840 is also able to run the Thread protocol at accelerated processing speeds by using its built-in ARM CryptoCell-310 cryptographic accelerator – which offers best-in-class security for Cortex-M based Bluetooth low energy SoCs – to run the Thread security algorithms.Thread was designed to create the best way to connect and control products where people live and work. This includes robust security (smartphone-grade authentication and AES encryption), low power battery-friendly operation, and scalable reliability. This is all built around a developer-friendly IP-based (IPv6 with 6LoWPAN) mesh network. Prime ‘home Internet of Things (IoT)’ target applications for Thread include: home automation, appliances, access control, climate control, safety, lighting, healthcare, and security systems. The non-profit Thread Group states that it is focused on making Thread the foundation for the IoT in the home and beyond by educating product developers, builders, and consumers on the unique features and benefits of Thread, and ensuring a positive experience through rigorous, meaningful product certification.Along with the unique support for DFU-over-Thread, the Nordic nRF5 SDK for Thread includes: a pre-built OpenThread stack for the Nordic nRF52840 SoC; examples of all the different Thread roles; support for an OpenThread network co-processor; a CoAP application layer example; border router and cloud connectivity example; and a range of PC tools including a Thread topology monitor.The Nordic nRF5 SDK for Thread is now available in Alpha release with full production scheduled for Q4 2017, aligning with the full production of the Nordic nRF52840 SoC.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 It appears doubtful Minagawa will recover full fitness in time for the world championships to be held in Are, Sweden, on Feb 3-18, they said.In 2002, the 29-year-old suffered torn ligaments in his left knee. Japanese slalom skier Kentaro Minagawa, who finished fourth at the Turin Olympics, has sustained a knee injury and is expected to miss the alpine skiing world championships in February, Ski Association of Japan officials said Tuesday.Minagawa picked up the injury during Friday’s training session in Austria and an MRI has confirmed torn ligaments in his right knee, the officials said, adding he will undergo further tests after returning to Japan on Wednesday.