(United Nations News) With Small Island Developing States (SIDS) bearing the brunt of economic losses from climate change, making them more resilient to extreme weather events must be a priority, said Inga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), speaking at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Ms. King was speaking alongside Louis Alfonso De Alba, Special Envoy for the UN 2019 Climate Summit, and a number of other senior UN officials at the meeting, a follow up to an event in October 2017 convened in the aftermath of devastating hurricanes that had swept over the islands of the eastern Caribbean a month earlier, prompting UN Secretary-General António Guterres to describe the island of Barbuda as “paradise turned into hell.” Referring to the recent special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Mr. de Alba warned that the climate situation is not going to improve: “On the contrary it may worsen very quickly. And that’s why building resilience is an urgent matter, but Small Island Developing States find themselves in a very difficult situation, and that’s why we need to address these issues.” You may be interested in… Sep 2, 2020 Sep 2, 2020 OAS-Chile Partnership Programme Announces Full Scholarships… Important Issues for CARICOM SIDS Highlighted at… Greater investment in disaster risk reduction, recovery and reconstruction efforts and financing were identified as important steps in helping affected and vulnerable countries to recover and adapt to the consequences of climate change. With regards to the issue of financing, Mr. De Alba welcomed the mobilization of over $1.6 billion in reconstruction funds from across the Caribbean, with the support of the UN, but expressed concern that at least $1 billion in loans and debt relief need to be taken into account: he urged the international community to recognize the specific challenges faced by the region. Ms. King said that, between 1998 and 2017, the 10 countries most severely financially affected by climate-related disasters, in terms of the percentage of their gross domestic product, were small Caribbean countries or territories: Dominica’s losses after Hurricane Maria were equivalent to 259% of its GDP. Mr. De Alba reminded the delegates that, last year, thousands were made homeless, and key infrastructure for transportation, water, health, tourism, and education were devastated: “Between 70 and 95 percent of houses were damaged in Anguilla, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Barbuda and Dominica,” he said. Tuesday’s meeting, said Ms. King, was an opportunity to make the case for vulnerability to be used as a criterion when deciding when countries get access to financing. Looking ahead to 2019, Ms. King noted several key events of particular importance to Small Island Developing States, including the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the Climate Summit of the Secretary-General, the SDG Summit and the high-level mid-term review of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… Sep 28, 2020 Sep 29, 2020 UN urged to help countries devastated by recent natural disasters to ‘build back better’Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria may be over, but the devastating impact they had on the countries in their path continues, likewise the effects of successive earthquakes in Mexico, said senior United Nations officials Tuesday, calling for more action at all levels to manage disaster and climate risk and to…October 25, 2017In “Anguilla”Opinion: Beyond the hurricanes, how do we finance resilience in the Caribbean?by Deodat Maharaj UNDP Senior Advisor for the Caribbean As a new hurricane season approaches in the Caribbean, I attended last week’s dialogue focused on “Financing Resilience in SIDS” held in Antigua and Barbuda and sponsored by the host government and Belgium. The gathering sought to identify the main risks…June 18, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARICOM eyes key outcomes from UN climate change talks(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Mitigating climate risks and building resilience against extreme weather events underpin key areas of focus for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) during the ongoing United Nations (UN) climate talks in Bonn, Germany. The Twenty Third Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework…November 14, 2017In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp Hurricane Warning Declared as Tropical Storm Nana Approaches…
(Office of the Prime Minister of Grenada) – The Government of Grenada has announced its intention to make a cash contribution to LIAT by the end of this month. Minister of Trade, Industry, Cooperatives and CARICOM Affairs, Honourable Oliver Joseph said the decision was made at Monday’s Cabinet meeting. Making the announcement on Tuesday at the weekly Post Cabinet Press Briefing, Honourable Joseph said Government’s decision comes against the backdrop of agreement by CARICOM Heads of Government at their recent inter-sessional meeting, that LIAT should be restructured. LIAT CEO Resigns Jul 27, 2020 Aug 3, 2020 Aug 6, 2020 You may be interested in… Oct 12, 2020 CAL Launches EC Service as LIAT Reorganises – CARICOM… LIAT Administrator Gives Aug. 15 Deadline to Submit Claims,… LIAT to Resume Operations in November? – CARICOM… LIAT’s owner-governments meet on finance plan(Barbados Today) Shareholder governments of the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, were meeting here late into Monday to discuss the financial crisis facing the Antigua-based airline. Vincentian Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said that the “urgent meeting” to be attended by the airline’s management and the trade unions representatives, had been…March 12, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”Intra-Regional Travel is Intention of June Opening of External Borders(Now Grenada) Oliver Joseph, Grenada’s cabinet minister with ministerial responsibility for CARICOM, said that the plan is for CARICOM Member states to open external borders for regional travel only and not international air traffic for the first phase of reopening borders which are tentatively set to enforce in June 2020.…May 15, 2020In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARICOM Heads of Government committed to competitive transportation industryHeads of Government of CARICOM are committed to deliver a competitive transportation industry, and are looking for the right model that would be fiscally appropriate for the provision of transportation services in the Region. The CARICOM Heads of Government had extensive discussions on regional transportation during their two-day Intersessional Meeting…March 5, 2019In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApp He said, “For Grenada, we have always maintained that we would like to see LIAT continue to serve the people of the region, but in order for us to contribute state resources to LIAT, the airline must be restructured and operated in a manner that ensures sustainability.” The value of Government’s contribution is yet to be determined as they are awaiting information from the regional airline. Minister Joseph said, “The amount of money that we will contribute will be based on the information submitted to us by the LIAT Board, which we hope to receive very shortly, so that by the end of the month, we can make a cash contribution.” In addition to the cash payment this month, Government is also willing to pay LIAT additional funds based on load factor. Explaining this concept, Minister Joseph said, “If for example LIAT is operating a flight between Trinidad and Grenada that is unprofitable, Government will pay to ensure that the airline breaks even on that particular route.” Government is hopeful that going forward there will be a financial turnaround for LIAT. Minister Joseph said, “If you’re operating a business, you have to ensure that it is sustainable over the long run. We have to ensure sound financial management and reporting from the LIAT Board.” It is also Government’s position that there should be no political interference in the management of the regional airline. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… At a press conference at the conclusion of the Meeting, #CARICOMOrg Chair, Dr. Timothy Harris, PM of St. Kitts and Nevis said https://t.co/1Qz9QoBuE0 that in order to boost and facilitate the free movement of goods & people, transportation had to be affordable.— CARICOM (@CARICOMorg) March 5, 2019
You may be interested in… Jun 11, 2020 CCJ Upholds COTED Decision on Cement Tariff Increase Region 4 accounts for 86% of COVID-19 cases Works on COVID-19 hospital progressing Guyana’s President David Granger, this morning, met with CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at the Ministry of the Presidency. The President indicated to Ambassador LaRocque that his Government respects the rule of law and will abide by the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). “I am prepared to comply with every ruling of the court,” the President said. President Granger committed to the holding of credible elections and noted that he will be inviting Opposition Leader, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo to a meeting soon. 21 quarantine patients to be discharged today The Head of State assured Ambassador LaRocque that there is no chaos as a result of the CCJ’s ruling and maintained that his Government will continue to abide by the law. Ministry of the Presidency – Guyana Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Apr 15, 2020 Apr 15, 2020 Apr 10, 2020 CARICOM unwavering in its determination to preserve Guyana’s territorial integrityGeorgetown, Guyana – (June 2, 2016) Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday said that the Community remained unwavering in its determination to preserve Guyana’s territorial integrity. He gave the commitment when he met with President David Granger at the Ministry of the Presidency. The community…June 2, 2016In “CARICOM”CARICOM Chairman engages key stakeholders during Guyana visitCARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, paid a visit to Guyana on Monday during which, among other things, she engaged CARICOM Secretariat staff and was awarded the Order of Roraima by the President of Guyana. The Chairman was met on arrival in Guyana by Foreign Minister Dr Karen…February 4, 2020In “Barbados”President Granger briefs CARICOM SG and OAS Observers(Ministry of the Presidency Press Release) President David Granger, this morning, met with Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and representatives of the at the Ministry of the Presidency. President Granger, during his briefing, iterated that the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections were orderly, and…March 6, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp
AKRON, OHIO — Deborah Cato has been named director of human resources for UGN, a supplier of acoustic, interior trim and thermal management products to the Japanese transplant automotive industry in North America. In this new position, Cato will oversee all human resources activities for UGN, including compensation and benefits, training and development, managing human resource systems and long-range planning to support company objectives. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Prior to joining UGN, Cato was vice president, human resources for The McShane Companies, where she was responsible for strategic creation, direction and success of McShane’s national human resources program. She also has held human resources positions at BVM Olienti and Wegmans Food Markets. For more information about UGN, visit: www.ugnusa.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement CHAMBERSBURG, PA — To help guide the company through upcoming product launches and its next phase of growth, International Marketing, Inc. (IMI) has added Brian Hodge as its marketing director. The new position was created by President Bob Fogal, Jr. to help the trucking and automotive performance parts company keep up with its expanding product and customer base. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Hodge has already helped IMI launch XACTBalance, the company’s newest tire balancing product for passenger vehicles. He will also develop new strategies for IMI’s existing heavy duty trucking product lines, including EQUAL Tire Performance, Smart Sense and others. His technology-marketing experience will also be used as IMI develops real-time performance monitoring solutions and other new products in the future. Hodge earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Messiah College and has more than a decade of marketing experience in business-to-business service industries. Most recently, he was the director of marketing and communications at Technisource, an IT services and staffing firm based in Little Rock, AR. For more information about IMI, visit: http://www.imiproducts.com,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
ANN ARBOR, MI — Affinia Group has named Sam Quick, a 27-year information technology veteran, as senior director of Data Integration and Web Services. In the newly created position, Quick will report to Jim Burdiss, vice president and chief information officer. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Quick’s career has included all aspects of strategic information technology management, including shaping the e-commerce programs for three major pharmaceutical companies and managing enterprise software and web applications for manufacturing, healthcare, communications and aftermarket products organizations. He comes to Affinia from Smurfit Stone, a Chicago-based packaging company where he served as director of IT Applications. “Sam has the expertise to lead two of our most important information technology priorities – integration of IT systems internally and with our channel partners and our presence on the web,” Burdiss said. “He will play a central role in strengthening Affinia’s global IT infrastructure in support of our customers worldwide.” In addition to his service with Smurfit Stone, Quick’s career has also included positions as manager of Electronic Commerce and System Support for Merck AgVet, manager of EDI Operations and Support for McDonnell Douglas/BT Tymnet and director of E-Commerce for Moog Automotive. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Fontbonne University. For more information about Affinia, visit: www.affiniagroup.com.
More information on the Complex Transformation SPEIS is available here:https://www.energy.gov/nepa/eis-0236-s4-final-complex-transformation-supplemental-programmatic-environmental-impact NNSA invites Federal and state agencies, state and local governments, Native American tribes, industry, other organizations, and members of the public to submit comments on the Draft SA through Aug. 12, 2019. The NNSA is making a Draft Supplement Analysis (SA) of the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) available for public review and comment. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be advised that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available. If you wish for NNSA to withhold your name and/or other personally identifiable information, please state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. You may also submit comments anonymously. NNSA News: NNSA also will publish a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register June 28, 2019 to announce the availability of the Draft SA. NNSA is preparing the SA to determine whether, prior to proceeding with the action to produce plutonium pits at a rate of no fewer than 80 pits per year by 2030, the existing Complex Transformation SPEIS should be supplemented, a new environmental impact statement prepared, or no further National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis is required. The Draft SA for the Complex Transformation SPEIS is available here for your review: https://www.energy.gov/nepa/downloads/eis-0236-s4-sa-02-draft-supplement-analysis The Draft SA is an important element of the overall NEPA strategy related to fulfilling national requirements for plutonium pit production. DOE announced this NEPA strategy on June 10, 2019 (84 FR 26849). Written comments on the Draft SA should be submitted no later than Aug. 12, 2019 and sent to: Ms. Jennifer NelsonNEPA Document Manager, National Nuclear Security AdministrationSavannah River Field OfficeP.O. Box AAiken, SC 29802 Or by email to: NEPA-SRS@srs.gov
Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs in our community. (History of Red Ribbon Week) Red ribbons were first worn in 1985 after a drug enforcement special agent, Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after his death citizens began wearing red ribbons to commemorate and remember him. In 1988, the first official Red Ribbon Week celebration was created by the National Family Partnership. National Family Partnership continues to coordinate the campaign for families, schools, and communities across the nation. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will also hold a lecture from 31 year veteran and retired D.E.A agent, Mike Vigil. The lecture titled” Experiences in Fighting Drug Trafficking and Terrorism” will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 24 at the Museum. Vigil is one of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s most decorated agents and a renowned international expert on drug trafficking. The cost is $8 for the public, $7 for museum members and $5 for students. Visit nmnaturalhistory.org to buy tickets to the lecture. The Museum is inviting children of all ages to draw or write a message about the dangers of drug use. Children can also create an ofrenda (memorial display) for family members whose lives have been lost due to substance abuse. The children can work on the ofrendas at the Museum any day during Red Ribbon Week, which runs Oct. 23-31. ALBUQUERQUE ― The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week. “The Museum is grateful to the “Lost Talent” families for the personal experiences they are sharing that are so educational, particularly for young people. And we are discovering that the families themselves find sharing their memories to be a healing experience,” said Margie Mario, executive director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. There is no cost to participate in this community project. The final work will be put on display in the atrium of the Museum Nov. 1-3. The public is invited to attend the Free First Sunday of the month Nov. 3 to view the written messages, art and ofrendas. The Museum will supply all materials for the project. NMMNHS News: The Museum’s exhibit Drugs: Costs and Consequences (opening the eyes to the damage that drugs cause) will remain open till Dec. 8, 2019. The exhibit is included with Museum admission. Visit getsmartaboutdrugs.com for more information about Red Ribbon Week. For more details about Museum events visit nmnaturalhistory.org.
By BARBARA SMITHLos AlamosI am concerned about the safety and welfare of our young athletes.Particularly our Football players. I have attended the last two home games and was shocked by what I witnessed. The players were not given any chance of recovery as they were played over and over.Several players experienced severe cramps that took them off the field only to be put right back in.I saw several more players injured during the game, and a couple of those injuries I can say were the results of fatigue and the mistakes made due to fatigue.Even past injuries, you could see that as the players were becoming more and more fatigued throughout the game, they were making more mistakes, these mistakes cost them the game.You can only push the body so much. This coach is pushing these kids to exhaustion. Whereas the coach from Santa Fe High regularly gave his star players recoup time and at the same time gave his less experienced players experience.In fact, you could see the difference in the plays immediately when he would put in a fresh player. Whereas the Los Alamos coach played players to the point that they were crawling off the field with severe cramps. Neither home game I attended did I see this with the other teams, only with Los Alamos.
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 48 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 28. Courtesy/NWS