By DAVID IZRAELEVITZLos AlamosHow is one to honor an event that marked one generation in the midst of another that will equally be sealed in the memory of the next? Maybe it is to remember that while time does not heal all wounds, but that painful memories gain, in time, the blessing of distance and perspective. As the Cerro Grande Fire was a defining moment in my life in Los Alamos, and now, twenty years later, we look back and remember and learn, so let us hope that the same will be for our children who see, in these times, their own defining crisis.Unlike many friends, our loss in the fire was trivial; a ruined floor from a melting icebox, some smoke damage from a window cracked open. The pain came by proximity, standing by friends as they surveyed the loss of possessions too valuable to measure. I can only imagine that even after all these years, the place these items held in their lives reinsert themselves not only on anniversaries and birthdays, but at random and unexpected times. Even without the loss of possessions, strange memories seemed to elbow in for me for a long time; when I hear the dull drone of propellers above town, those slurry-carrying planes are back again, and I stiffen.But the losses and the stresses of the Cerro Grande fire are not what come to mind mostly when I seek for memories of those days. I remember more clearly an elevated time when neighbors helped neighbors, the sense of relief that no firefighters or other emergency workers were injured in the chaos. I remember stories of midlife love found between two lonely people in FEMAville, those empathetic glances and handshakes and offers of assistance from around the world, the amazed and grateful look in my children’s eyes when they were offered unlimited tokens at a Santa Fe bowling alley. This latter instance is one I come back to when I want to think about the good in the world. I wonder whether the attendant had any idea what a significant and affirming gesture that simple act of kindness meant to us parents, whose stress and burdens were so meaningfully relieved by watching our children overdose on pinball machines.After the fire, the schoolchildren of Los Alamos made seedballs, and I was one of the chaperones of a group as we planted trees all along the Quemazon trail. I thought at the time that I would take my boys back some day to this trail, to see the young trees that they planted mature enough to bear fruit. We would talk then about time, and memory, of loss and of gain. Now I realize that the longer I wait, the grander the trees will become, and the more majestic the view.Of course, twenty years is a very long time. 9/11, war, loss of family members and of friends, even another fire and evacuation are now milestones that adds distance to this, my first communal emergency. But good things too have happened; that boy excited by unlimited pinball machine play is now married and the father of a one-year-old.And so, I look around me, at the trees that have grown to maturity, but I also look at the saplings whose majesty is to come. I look at my adult children and their role as parents that emerged in a two decades that came too quickly, and at children walking in my neighborhood and know that their parents will be amazed at the passage of time as well. What will they remember of these days? Like the kind attendant at that bowling alley, long ago shuttered and then restored as Meow Wolf, what can we do so that those children we see now, their high school graduation, their kindergarten friendships, their seventh-grade puppy love disrupted , what can we do so that their remembrance of these months, that as scary as they will be, will also be sprinkled with memory of love, and kindness, and neighborly self-sacrifice.That is what the Cerro Grande fire taught me, a lesson that is just as valuable today as it was 20 years ago, and one that will be just as valuable 20 years hence.
Independent/Lynn & LawrenceSimon and Jessica Howell have been keeping heads warm since 2013 with Lynn & Lawrence, the Sag Harbor couple’s line of versatile and beloved beanies.“We treat each hat as an individual piece, one-of-a kind,” Jessica said. “Each one is numbered. It’s a limited edition. You can see the time and care put into every one.”Each hat is created using alpaca fiber, hand-knit by fair-trade women’s co-ops in Lima, Peru and Yorkshire, England. The pair is dedicated to creating a slow-fashion product, made in an ethical and sustainable manner.“We really started the line to get enough money for a surf trip down to Puerto Rico, but when we reached that mark, we thought: Why not take it further?” Simon said. “At the time, we had a loft in Williamsburg, and bloggers connected with the hats and our lifestyle. We started in small boutiques around Brooklyn, then stocking nationally and internationally. Being able to work with small-scale co-ops in England and Peru meant we could have a close relationship and keep a keen eye on quality control.”Independent/Lynn & LawrenceAdult hats are one-size-fits-all, and there’s also a line for babies. Styles include the classic, the skinny, the pom-pom, the watch cap, and the mini pom-pom.“It’s such a simple thing, but it has to be perfect because it is so simple,” Jessica said.A holiday pop-up will be held Friday, November 29, at the Urban Zen X Tutto il Giorno holiday market in Sag Harbor, from 4 to 7 PM. Catch them at Grain Surfboards holiday market Sunday, December 1, from noon to 5 PM in Amagansett, and at The Madoo Conservancy’s merry Madoo party Saturday, December 7, from 11 AM to 3 PM. For more information, visit email@example.com Share
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First commercial cargo from Norway to Lithuania is expected by the end of December.Planning to cut its dependence on Russian gas, Lithuania expects to cover about a fifth of its annual needs in 2015 through imported LNG.The first commercial cargo from Statoil is expected to arrive on December 22 or December 23, according to a Klaipedos Nafta spokeswoman, reports Reuters.The first cargo will have the capacity of 140,000 cbm of LNG, according to the report.[mappress mapid=”16118″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Höegh LNG
On the occasion of tomorrow’s day of renewable energy in Germany, German Wind Energy Association (BWE) issued a press release today, saying that the country has already secured nearly 30 percent of renewables in national power demand and that wind energy, which makes 10 percent, is the main driver of the energy transition. Hermann Albers, President of BWE said that it will be possible to visit modern wind turbines on the day of renewable energy in many German regions.“The message we want to convey as a renewable energy family and as wind industry on this day: the energy transition will succeed. It is an environmental success and it is connected with a visible increase in employment,” Albers pointed out.Image: EWE (Illustration)
Richard Steer, chairman, Gleeds Worldwide (Building personality of the year)Opportunity knocks: The enhanced use of BIM technology and its increased application in the construction process will be a huge opportunity for an industry under serious pressure to increase productivity and reduce costs. There will be new sense of urgency and greater resources devoted to this issue and we need to respond with vigour and imaginationDanger lurks: There are several big threats. The ongoing impact of Brexit continuing to depress the market and drive much needed talent away from the UK. A weak government with a limited mandate fixated with a single issue agenda meaning action following announcements regarding Housing and Infrastructure spending gets delayed or shelved. But ignorance will be our biggest threat and those who we wish to be inspired to work in the built environment need to understand what makes this industry worth joining. This means an industry-agreed policy on training and skills development. If we can’t explain the industry’s virtues, no-one else will Surprise surprise: The Grenfell Tower enquiry which has the potential to affect the way we all build in future. I do not necessarily feel that it will be a focus on people or even products. Seemingly, there has been a massive failure in process, and the remedial action that will need to be taken to future proof the manner in which we all work in the built environment could and should entail far reaching changes. Some of those recommendations could come as quite a shockFollow building.co.uk over the Christmas break to read more predictions for 2018
The turbine weighed 182 tons (165.1 tonnes) and measured 8.94 m x 5.3 m x 4.8 m; the generator tipped the scales at 134.1 tons (121.7 tonnes) and measured 8.9 m x 4.2 m x 3.6 m; while the condenser weighed 72 tons (65.3 tonnes) and had the dimensions of 11.6 m x 4.7 m x 4.8 m.All equipment was moved from Terminal Zarate using a range of hydraulic modular trailers and semi-trailers.www.robinsongroup.com.ar
BELGIUM: SNCB confirmed on March 12 that its board had the previous week selected Siemens as its preferred bidder to supply up to 300 trainsets for the Brussels RER network. A firm contract for the first batch of 95 trains is to be placed before Easter, with options that could take the total value of the order to around €1·5bn. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2011.Siemens will supply a version of its Desiro Main Line EMU, in the second order for its new family of modular trainsets. Last year Angel Trains ordered 16 three-car sets for lease to Deutsche Regionalbahn to operate the 15-year Mittelrheinbahn concession, with options for an additional 84 trains. It is understood that the Siemens bid for the Brussels RER fleet was around 10% cheaper than its rivals. The other bidders were Alstom, with its Coradia Continental design, and Bombardier with a version of the AGC family, of which it has orders for more than 700 sets to operate in France.The announcement was greeted with protests in Belgium, concerned about job losses at the only remaining domestic car builder – Bombardier’s BN plant in Brugge. Bombardier is currently building Flexity Outlook trams for Brussels and assembling double-deck push-pull coaches for SNCB under contract to Alstom. The company insists that the Brugge plant is fully occupied at present, securing jobs for 850 staff until the end of 2009 and 100 until the last Brussels cars are delivered in 2013. However, Siemens and Bombardier are expected to discuss the option of subcontracting some work to Brugge, although the aluminium bodyshells for the Desiro Main Line units are likely to come from the Uerdingen plant.
EUROPE: TÜV Süd announced the acquisition of SNC-Lavalin’s IWT4 instrumented wheelset technology business on February 27, saying this would strengthen its position as a one-stop-shop for the independent assessment, testing and approval of rolling stock.The IWT4 instrumentation is applied to the wheelset without any structural modification, ensuring structural integrity is preserved. It was introduced in 2006, and is now used in the USA, China, Norway, Finland, India, Sweden and ‘many countries’ in central Europe. ‘IWT4 draws on over 50 years’ experience of producing instrumented wheelsets here in Sweden’, said Greg Riggall, General Manager of TÜV Süd’s rail business in Sweden. ‘After personally managing the development and commercialisation of the technology, I am thrilled that technology will continue to live on here in Stockholm under the TÜV Süd flag’.