Bolstering Resilience for Vulnerable Countries

Bolstering Resilience for Vulnerable Countries

first_imgGeothermal energy discussions kick off in St. Kitts and NevisBasseterre, St. Kitts, May 10, 2016 (SKNIS): The development of geothermal energy in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and its prospects for economic and sustainable contributions are being reviewed at the Regional Geothermal Forum from May 10 – 12 at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. The forum, which…May 10, 2016In “CARICOM”Euro 30M to Help Caribbean Enhance Climate Resilience and AdaptationBRUSSELS, January 31, 2019─The European Union (EU) has signed two agreements with the World Bank’s (WB) Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) to provide funding totaling EUR 30.7 million that will strengthen disaster risk management (DRM) in the Caribbean. The programs will support Caribbean countries to plan for…February 4, 2019In “CARICOM”St. Kitts and Nevis hosts CDB’s 45th AGMBarbados – St. Kitts and Nevis will host the 45th meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on May 20 and 21 at the Marriott Resort in Basseterre. The Opening Ceremony will be at 10am on Wednesday, May 20. The Meeting will be live streamed at…May 19, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp In light of the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes, and the anticipation of more frequent events of a similar nature, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held an official COP23 Side Event on ‘Bolstering Resilience for Vulnerable Countries Facing Acute Risks and Sustainable Development Challenges’ on Tuesday, 13 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. The reality of increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters could exacerbate already high debt levels across the Region, particularly in the absence of development support.Prime Minister of Grenada, Chair of the World Bank Small States Forum and Chairman of CARICOM, Dr. The Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell, stressed the severity of the region’s plight using Dominica as an example – still not fully recovered from Tropical Storm Erika, which struck in 2015, the country was devastated by hurricane Maria in September of this year.Read more at: OECS Press RoomShare this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Eastern Caribbean bracing for strengthening Tropical Storm Kirk

first_img PM Mottley underscores importance of CCRIF Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 28, 2018 Barbados, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe are under a Tropical Storm Warning and St. Vincent and the Grenadines under a Tropical Storm Watch as Tropical Storm Kirk churns its way towards the Eastern Caribbean. Kirk which was earlier this week downgraded to a Tropical depression has regained strength and is currently packing winds of up to 50 miles-per-hour (75 km/h). At 11:00 a.m. it was located near 12.1 North, 54.3 West or 360 miles (575 km) East of Barbados. Forecasters expect Kirk to follow a westward to west-north-westward direction, and on this track it will pass Barbados and the northern Windward Islands by Thursday afternoon and into the Caribbean sea by Friday morning. May 28, 2019 CARDI hosts workshop on Market Intelligence as Strategy to… Nov 8, 2018center_img Saint Lucia hit by earthquake, tropical storm Saint Lucia back to normal after scare from Tropical Storm… Sep 28, 2018 Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines bracing for Tropical Storm KirkBarbados and Saint Lucia are this morning under a Tropical Storm Warning and St. Vincent and the Grenadines under a Tropical Storm Watch as Tropical Storm Kirk churns its way towards the Eastern Caribbean. Kirk which was earlier this week downgraded to a Tropical depression has regained strength and is…September 26, 2018In “Barbados”Tropical storm conditions expected to hit Eastern Caribbean todayTropical Storm Kirk is expected to begin affecting the islands of the Eastern Caribbean today. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe and a Tropical Storm Watch for St Vincent and the Grenadines. Forecasters say Kirk has maximum sustained winds near 50mph (85…September 27, 2018In “Barbados”Saint Lucia hit by earthquake, tropical storm(CMC) CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Sept 28 – St. Lucia feeling the wrath of Tropical Storm Kirk was hit by a strong earthquake on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages. The Seismic Research Unit of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies…September 28, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp You may be interested in…last_img read more

Timken Appoints Director of Automotive Strategy Development

first_imgLSI 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.  CANTON, OH — The Timken Co. announced that Kenneth Hopkins has joined the company as director of automotive strategy development. He will report to Jacqueline Dedo, president – Automotive, and will have responsibility for developing the long-term strategy for the company’s global Automotive Group, which had 2003 net sales of $1.4 billion. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement An automotive veteran of more than 14 years, Hopkins joins Timken from Motorola, where he was director of global marketing. Hopkins spent previous years as sales vice president at Covisint, director of commercialization at Johnson Controls and as a sales manager at Bosch. For more information about Timken, go to: www.timken.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.  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.last_img read more

Update: Naranjo Fire Consumes 20 Acres

first_imgSFNF News:Start date: July 1Cause: LightningSize: 20 acresLocation: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina off of N.M. 96Containment: 0 percentFuel: Ponderosa pineWeather: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers, temperatures between 73-80 degrees, winds from the southwest at 5-10 miles per hour and 25-29 percent humidityResources assigned: Type 3 incident management team, 95 personnel, one type 1 crew, two type 2IA crews, one type 3 engine, two dozers, one type 3 helicopter, four UTVs and two ATVsSituation: Based on current and forecasted conditions, fire managers have determined that the Naranjo Fire is a good opportunity to use a natural ignition to achieve significant benefits on the ground, including improved forest health, reduced fuel loadings and improved wildlife habitat for elk and deer.Fire behavior is low to moderate with flame lengths between 6 inches to 1 foot. Firefighters have identified containment lines, and crews will be prepping the lines over the next two to four days to prepare for adding low-intensity fire to the landscape to treat up to 1,070 acres.Historically, low-intensity wildfires burned through southwestern dry conifer forests like the SFNF every seven to 15 years on average as part of a natural cycle that removed leaf litter, eradicated disease and thinned the understory, making room for new growth. Managing a lightning-caused ignition like the Naranjo Fire mimics that natural process and helps reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire by reducing fine fuels and debris on the forest floor.The public is advised to avoid Forest Roads 96 and 30 and the San Jose Trail and Trailhead during fire operations.Smoke will likely be visible from US Highway 550, NM Highway 96, and the communities of Cuba, Regina and La Jara.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. People with health concerns also can call NMDOH at 505.827.0006 for additional information. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com, www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF and Twitter @SantafeNF. For additional information about the prescribed burn, contact the Cuba Ranger District at 575.289.3264.last_img read more

Interfaith Los Alamos Supports New Refugee Students

first_imgRefugee students recently arrived in Albuquerque gather with their school supplies. Courtesy/ILA They have to get prepared to enroll in a completely strange (to them) school, while at the same time learn English, how to get around Albuquerque without getting lost, and the “10,000” other new things about American culture that they are suddenly thrust in the middle of. A teenage student from a refugee family with his new backpack containing a complete set of school supplies. Courtesy/ILA Interfaith Los Alamos News: Fortunately, thanks to the generosity of the local Los Alamos faith-based community through participation in Interfaith Los Alamos, many of the things local kids take for granted have now been provided to these families to help ease the transition into a strange new school environment. More than 50 sets of notebooks and school supplies were provided for the eight-week summer school program, in which newly arrived middle and high school age refugee students learned not just English and introductory course work, but also something about the social skills needed to be successful in an American middle or high school. This year there has been an unusually large number of families arriving from the huge United Nations refugee center located in Tanzania. They have fled from dangerous situations in their home countries, mostly in Africa. Some have spent years in the refugee center. And now a (very) small percentage of the refugee population has been admitted to the US through the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services program, and some of these have been resettled in Albuquerque under the auspices of Lutheran Family Services.center_img A young refugee student holds his new supplies. Courtesy/ILA This summer has been a very busy time for school-age kids of refugee families recently arrived in Albuquerque. The Youth Helping Refugee Youth component of Interfaith Los Alamos provided more than 80 sets of socks, deodorant, earbuds, and personal notes of welcome, all collected by local teenage volunteers. And more than 70 backpacks, each containing a complete set of the necessary school supplies for ages from kindergarten through high school, were delivered in time for the start of the new school year. All of this was accomplished through the generosity of local folks of all ages in this community — both humbling and inspiring to see. Interfaith Los Alamos is a grass roots organization with points of contact located in many of the local faith-based congregations. To learn more about Interfaith Los Alamos, send an email to interfaith.losalamos@gmail.com.last_img read more

Posts From The Road: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument In The Sonoran Desert Of Arizona

first_imgThe Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument sits in southern Arizona in the Sonoran Desert. By GARY WARRENPhotographerFormerly of Los Alamos Backlighting: The warm afternoon sun backlights an organ pipe cactus creating a glow on the cactus arms. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com Afternoon Light: Beautiful late afternoon light colors the hillsides in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com The park is more than 500 square miles and the only place in the United States where the organ pipe cactus grows in the wild. Desert View: Along with the organ pipe cactus, many other varieties of cacti grow in abundance within the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.comcenter_img Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Last Light: The last light of day covers the desert mountains while cacti and other plants fall into the shadow in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona in the Sonoran Desert. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com In 1976 the monument was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and in 1977 95 percent of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was declared a wilderness area. Decay: This organ pipe cactus still shows beauty even in various stages of decay. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

DNCU Exemplifies Spirit Of Community Giving

first_imgA shopper and her children are surprised in the checkout line Friday at Smith’s Maretplace to learn that DNCU was paying their grocery bill. Courtesy/DNCU DNCU Vice President – Finance Anne Kane, left, and Mortgage Loan Officer Mandi George, second from left, with unsuspecting shoppers they surprised Friday at Smith’s Marketplace saying DNCU was paying their grocery bill. Courtesy/DNCU This is the season for giving and spreading good cheer and Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) employees have been doing just that during their annual 12 Days of Giving initiative.Several unsuspecting shoppers have been surprised in the checkout line at Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock by DNCU employees gleefully informing them that their grocery bill is being paid.“It’s so great to see their reaction … at first they sort of look around wondering what’s going on and then they get really happy,” said DNCU Assistant Vice President – Finance Anne Kane, adding that this is the third year DNCU has conducted this holiday cheer-spreading event.DNCU contributed some $20,000 to the community in a variety of ways in 2019.Kane and several other members of the DNCU staff sat down Friday with the Los Alamos Daily Post to discuss DNCU’s philosophy of community involvement, employment and living in Los Alamos.Kane moved to Los Alamos in 1972 and has worked at DNCU for more than three years.“I appreciate the fact that DNCU lets me take the time to be involved in the community and to give back. Our CEO Chuck Valenti is wonderful and this is such a great place to work,” she said. “Also, I always admire how our community is like a close knit family and how we take care of each other … it’s one of the best things about living here,” Kane said.Rita Zamora moved to Los Alamos in 1987 and became a member of DNCU that same year. She went to work for the organization more than 13 years ago and serves as automobile representative. DNCU partners with car dealerships in Santa Fe, which is of benefit to members, she said.“It feels great working here … my job is to make sure our members get good advice before they go to purchase a vehicle,” Zamora said. “I conduct ‘How to Buy Cars’ seminars and they are our most popular seminars. Knowledge is power and we help our members become educated so they can make informed decisions. I have a wonderful job.”Mortgage Loan Officer Mandi George moved to Los Alamos 28 years ago. On the job for two years, she also describes DNCU as a wonderful place to work.“To me it feels like a big family,” she said. “Our motto is ‘Improving Lives’ and we take that very seriously. I really love helping people get into new homes … I love working here and I love living in this community.”Assistant Vice President of Service Delivery Matthew Waldschmidt has worked at DNCU for more than 15 years. He was born in Los Alamos and grew up around the organization because his mother Suzanne Phillips was manager at the White Rock branch.He discussed the many community organizations and events DNCU supports.“We feel like it’s a mutual partnership between us and the community,” Waldschmidt said. “They created us to provide financial services and education … we’re a co-op so our members are our owners and it’s thanks to them that we can give back at such a high level.”Included in the long list of organizations and events DNCU supported in 2019 alone is Los Alamos Public Schools through sponsoring numerous clubs and athletic activities, the annual golf tournament for The Family YMCA, educational programs at the Los Alamos Nature Center and the annual Secret City Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond.DNCU is the sole sponsor of the monthly Mobile Food Distribution program offered at the First Methodist Church in Los Alamos by The Food Depot. This distribution serves 250 people each month.DNCU also supports projectY cowork and small businesses through networking and classes for Small Business Lending and Business Plans and Chamber Business After Hours.DNCU is a major supporter of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation events throughout the year including Trick or Treat on MainStreet, Mathamuseum at Sciencefest and supporting Chamberfest, Halloweekend, Small Business Saturday and Winterfest.During the holiday season, DNCU hosts an annual coat drive – donating the coats collected to the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for distribution to local children in need. DNCU provides Thanksgiving meals at Chamisa and Aspen elementary schools, sponsors Thanksgiving meals for Los Alamos Firefighters, sponsors and volunteers at the annual Breakfast with Santa hosted by Kiwanis Club and hosts Pictures with Santa in the DNCU branch in White Rock.In addition to volunteering at local events, many staff members at DNCU also serve on non-profit boards throughout community.To learn more about DNCU, visit www.dncu.org. By CAROL A. CLARKLos Alamos Daily Postcaclark@ladailypost.com DNCU staff from left, Priscila Marquez, Nicki Gallegos, Anne Kane, Cindy Martinez, Mandi George, Rita Zamora and Matthew Waldschmidt in front of DNCU at 1000 Trinity Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comcenter_img DNCU staff in front row, Member Service Specialist Priscila Marquez, left, and Member Service Consultant Nicki Gallegos. Back row from left, Vice President – Finance Anne Kane, Assistant Vice President of Service Delivery Matthew Waldschmidt, Assistant Branch Manager Cindy Martinez, Mortgage Loan Officer Mandi George and Automobile Representative Rita Zamora Friday inside DNCU at 1000 Trinity Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com Vice President – Finance Anne Kane, right, with unsuspecting shoppers she surprised Friday at Smith’s Marketplace saying DNCU was paying their grocery bill. Courtesy/DNCU Mortgage Loan Officer Mandi George, right, with unsuspecting shoppers she surprised Friday at Smith’s Marketplace saying DNCU was paying their grocery bill. Courtesy/DNCUlast_img read more

NWS: Today’s High Near 32; Tonight’s Low Around 12

first_imgThe National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 32 with a 60 percent chance of showers likely, mainly after 2 p.m. and tonight’s low around 12. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Courtesy/NWS The National Weather Service forecasts snow today across the state. Courtesy/NWSlast_img

New Mexico Health Secretary Issues Public Health Order Suspending Mass Gatherings … Latest COVID-19 Precaution Limits Large Group Gatherings

first_imgHealth Secretary Kathy KunkelFrom the Office of New Mexico Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel:SANTA FE – New Mexico Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel issued an order this morning temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings in New Mexico in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The public health order defines mass gatherings as events that bring together 100 or more people in a single room or connected space like auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, conference centers and theaters. EXEMPT from the order are: Places of worship;Airports;Other mass transit; Shopping malls; Shelters; Retail and grocery stores; Offices and businesses; Courthouses; All educational institutions; Child-care centers; and Health care facilities and other congregate care facilities.“We said yesterday morning the situation would evolve. It will continue to evolve. New Mexicans can expect their health officials to make the best decisions possible as we move through this public health challenge day by day,” Kunkel said.“I support the public health order, which solidifies the guidance I gave yesterday as to large events,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “I will say it again: New Mexicans need to be prepared and proactive and avoid large public gatherings. I regret that this will affect previously planned and even ongoing events, but right now public health is the first consideration. We have seen what has happened in other states; we have seen what organizations like the NCAA and many others have decided; we want to be as safe and secure and preventive as we can be. New Mexico is not going to wait as long as some other states to make the hard decisions about this pandemic.”The Centers for Disease Control says the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person when an infected person coughs or sneezes, producing respiratory droplets that can reach others who are within about 6 feet. The governor had already postponed large events at state-owned venues, including the Gathering of Nations, which had been scheduled for April 23-25 in Albuquerque.The Health Department on Wednesday reported the state’s first three confirmed COVID-19 cases, prompting the governor to declare a public health emergency, as other states have, and take charge of New Mexico’s response to the pandemic. A fourth confirmed case was reported later in the day.The emergency order gives the state financial flexibility and access to emergency resources to fight the potential spread of the virus and minimize public health risks for New Mexicans.The authority for Kunkel’s order emanated from the governor’s original order, and both are set to expire together in 29 days, although they can be renewed.The order comes midway through the New Mexico Activities Association’s high school basketball tournament, underway at The Pit in Albuquerque. State officials yesterday afternoon advised the NMAA to prepare for an order limiting people in a public space, and organizers announced late Wednesday night that games would continue to be played but without spectators in compliance with the order.In addition to canceling all large public events and avoiding large public gatherings whenever possible, New Mexico health officials continue to urge New Mexicans to: ​Avoid all non-essential travel to affected out-of-state areas; and exercise extreme caution with all out-of-state travel ​Remain home (“self-isolate”) if you are sick and call the Department of Health at 1.855.600.3453 if you are exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19 ​Those symptoms include fever, cough or trouble breathingcenter_img ​And continue taking precautionary steps to protect your individual health, such as:​Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds​Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily with regular household cleaners​Avoid sharing personal household itemslast_img read more

Hoffman: Colorado Now Releasing COVID-19 Daily Death Rate Data, As New Mexico Death Rate Rises

first_imgEven with the uncertainty noted above, and the strong day-to-day fluctuations, it seems clear that the COVID-19 death rate in New Mexico is now higher than in Colorado. But the New Mexico rate is determined from the daily change in the cumulative total of deaths, since the New Mexico Department of Health doesn’t report the daily death rate. So it’s possible that many of the New Mexico deaths actually occurred significantly earlier than they are reported in the cumulative total, or than they appear in figure 2.In spite of all the uncertainties, it appears that the COVID-19 death rate peaked more than two weeks ago in Colorado. But New Mexico may not have peaked yet.Colorado data come from spreadsheets found at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1bBAC7H-pdEDgPxRuU_eR36ghzc0HWNf1 , which is reached by clicking on “Access the case summary data files” at https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/case-data. New Mexico data come from https://cv.nmhealth.org/newsroom/. The estimates of the Colorado daily death rate vary rather strongly after early April, but are consistent in showing a peak on about April 9. The death rate seems to have been falling since then, but the picture is uncertain owing to variation among the estimates. The variation arises because of delays in reporting the deaths and in identifying any given death as the result of COVID-19, and because of occasional duplicate reports.The second figure compares the COVID-19 death rates in Colorado and New Mexico, where now the death rates have been expressed per 100,000 population, which takes out the effect of the population difference between the two states. This figure shows the estimated Colorado death rate (number of COVID-19 deaths per day), plotted according to the date that the death was reported to CDPHE. The different curves correspond to successive data releases, on dates indicated by the legend. Created by Nels Hoffmancenter_img This figure compares the COVID-19 death rates in Colorado and New Mexico, where now the death rates have been expressed per 100,000 population, which takes out the effect of the population difference between the two states. Created by Nels HoffmanBy NELS HOFFMANLos AlamosThe Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has recently begun releasing the daily rate of deaths from COVID-19, in addition to the cumulative number of deaths.While it’s apparent from such data that the daily death rate values are only estimates, and are being revised almost every day, it does seem that the Colorado death rate is falling.The first figure above shows the estimated Colorado death rate (number of COVID-19 deaths per day), plotted according to the date that the death was reported to CDPHE. The different curves correspond to successive data releases, on dates indicated by the legend.last_img read more