CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO Aug 25, 2020 Oct 7, 2020 CARICOM seeks international support for socio-economic growthUNITED NATIONS, Mar 31, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are still grappling with the effects of global economic crisis as well as the impact climate change, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie has said.[su_pullquote align=”right”]“Given its susceptibility to external shocks, the global realities and challenges are either mirrored or heightened…March 31, 2015In “CARICOM”Stage set for CARICOM Summit in BarbadosThe theme Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, will guide Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government as they tackle a packed agenda at their Thirty-Sixth Summit that will be held 2-4 July, 2015, in Bridgetown, Barbados. Discussions will focus on issues including energy, in the context of a proposal for a new…July 1, 2015In “Anguilla”CARICOM-UN SG engagement to lead-up to CARICOM SummitA High-Level Strategic Dialogue between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government and the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon will help set the tone for the Thirty-Sixth CARICOM Summit from 2-4 July, in Bridgetown, Barbados. The engagement in the morning of Thursday 2 July will be guided by the theme,…July 1, 2015In “General”Share this on WhatsApp Standards, Quality Still Important Oct 7, 2020 Former CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General Dies Sep 25, 2020 CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment You may be interested in… The Hon Perry Christie, CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of The Bahamas New Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, said that in 2015, the Community will embark on a new journey as it prepares to implement its first Strategic Plan. In as new year address as he begins his six-month tenure as Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, Prime Minister Christie characterised the five-year Plan as a “bold step that demonstrates our determination to provide the best options for the growth and development of our people”. The full message reads: I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy New Year and a productive and prosperous 2015. This year, our Community embarks on a new journey as we look at modes of implementation of our first-ever Five-Year Strategic Plan 2015-2019. This Plan is a bold step that demonstrates our determination to provide the best options for the growth and development of our people. This Plan is an important part of the Reform Process in our Community and we stand to be judged both by its success and the actions we take in its implementation. In repositioning our Community, as this Plan seeks to do, we will be aiming at making it more resilient to the internal and external factors which hinder our efforts at attaining sustainable development in a rapidly changing world. There can be no more vivid demonstration of the dynamic nature of the global environment that we face than the recent rapprochement between Cuba and the United States. Those of us who have consistently called for an end to the isolation of our sister Caribbean country and, in particular, the cessation of the economic, trade and financial embargo are heartened by the initiatives announced by President Obama and President Castro. In my view this rapprochement underscores the urgency of a summit between the American President and the Heads of the Community. This year also marks the beginning of negotiations for the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda which seeks to find a more effective route to the sustainable development of all States. This is of keen interest to our Community as it is important that the concerns of small vulnerable states like ours must be taken into account and acted upon. We have taken action in this regard by ensuring that our concerns and interests are part of the platform for the negotiations agreed to last September in Samoa by the grouping of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). As I assume the Chair of CARICOM for the next six months, it will be my duty to work with my colleague Heads and the Secretary-General to lay the foundations for the implementation of our Strategic Plan. Of particular importance will be the high priority areas identified for focused implementation over the next five years. These will be critical as it is imperative we find the means to reverse the dire economic situation with which so many of us are faced. I hope that you are all able to join us in Nassau on 26th and 27th of February for the Intersessional Meeting. I think that there will be an important discussion on the investment in the cultural development of our Community including sports and music. There must be increased focus on this part of our human development as we look toward the future of the Region. There is no question in my mind that increased emphasis on the development of young people should also be a central focus. My predecessor as Chair, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne, has ably guided us through the last six months. The responsibility is now mine to continue to advance the interests of our Community and strengthen the integration process with the assistance of my colleague Heads of Government and the Secretary-General, and the support of the people of CARlCOM. May we all have a blessed 2015. Perry G. Christie Prime Minister Commonwealth of The Bahamas Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…
Oct 9, 2020 You may be interested in… Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Hon Gaston Browne this morning welcomed Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan and her Secretariat team to St. Johns for the Antigua/Barbuda leg of the regional sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) System. It is the third stop for the team this week, following visits to Montserrat and St. Kitts/Nevis. Tomorrow the Secretariat team will conduct seminars for State-actors including Parliamentarians and Permanent Secretaries and non State-actors including representatives of the private sector, NGO’s and the media. The Strategic Plan for the Caribbean Community, approved by CARICOM Heads of Government in 2014, identified the need for a more results-focused approach to programme and project management as a response to the much lamented implementation deficit. Prime Minister addresses Nation on Airport re-opening LIAT to be Liquidated and New Airline Formed – PM Gaston… CARICOM continues implementation of a harmonised Results-Based Management (RBM) System with visit to MontserratMontserrat on Monday hosted the latest in a regional series of sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management ((RBM) System. A team from the CARICOM Secretariat, led by Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, visited the island to conduct the exercise. The RBM System, which promotes a more results-focused approach to…November 26, 2018In “CARICOM”CARICOM’s Results Based Management Seminar for JamaicaA three-day sensitisation seminar on the CARICOM Results Based Management (RBM) System will be held in Jamaica starting today and ending on Thursday. The seminar opens at 9 a.m. at the Office of the Prime Minister, where a discussion will be held with permanent secretaries of the ministries, departments, and…August 14, 2018In “CARICOM at Work”St Kitts/Nevis gets Results-based Management sensitizationSt. Kitts and Nevis is benefiting from sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) system. A CARICOM Secretariat team, led by Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, is in Basseterre to conduct the seminars which are targeting a wide cross section of stakeholders including Parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries, International Development Partners,…November 27, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Antigua, OECS Take Decisions Aimed at Restoring ECCAA’s… Jun 29, 2020 The CARICOM RBM System, whose development was led by the Secretariat with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank, is expected to engender a more results oriented culture at the Secretariat, within Regional Institutions, and importantly, in Member States. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… May 20, 2020 Jun 10, 2020 CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022
JAMES BYRON BURNS Feb. 8, 1950 – April 1, 2019James Byron Burns passed away suddenly on April 1, 2019 at the age of 69. He was born on February 8, 1950 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to James and Elizabeth Burns and had two older sisters Susan and Kathleen Burns. Here in Milwaukee he also met his wife, Cheryl Lynn Lemanski.Jim’s passion was education as evidence by his 40-year career working as a middle school educator, teacher-mentor, college professor, educational consultant, published author and New Mexico State Middle School Association leader. Jim dedicated his keen focus to the needs of early adolescent learners and developing educational leaders.He earned his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1973 and his Masters of Science in Exceptional Education in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His teaching career began in 1979 as a Special Education teacher at Los Alamos Middle School where he served until 1993. During the course of his career he served the National Middle School Association from 1993-1997 as the Director of Membership where his efforts resulted in the establishment of a Regional Affiliate Summit and he initiated a Research Summaries series.Jim went on to an extensive career as an educational consultant in the field of middle level education. The primary focus of his work was on the topic of middle level advisory programs that focused on the social and emotional learning of 10-14 year olds. His passion led him to the pursuit of his doctoral studies at the University of Vermont where he was a Graduate Teaching Fellow. Jim studied under Dr. Chris Stevenson which was a source of great pride for Jim. His dissertation in 2007 was titled, ¨The Relational Work of Middle School Teachers: From Advisory to Caring Dispositions. His dissertation research served to inspire the book he co-authored with consultant colleagues, titled, Advisory: Finding the Best Fit for Your School, published by the Association of Middle Level Education in 2011.Jim’s consultant work brought him to many places as a result of his genuine ability to foster collegial relationships with all those he found to be kindred spirits who are dedicated to the improving the lives of early adolescent learners. One of Jim’s greatest gifts was uniting his colleagues in friendship no matter how great their geographical distance. His most recent years in education were spent at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) where he began as an Adjunct Professor in 1997 until becoming an Associate Professor in 2007. Jim’s talents as a writer served to benefit the many students he mentored through their graduate studies and thesis work. Jim rose through promotional leadership positions, ultimately completing his career as NMHU School of Education, Chair for the Department of Educational Leadership from 2009-2012 and 2013-2016 until he retired. His colleagues and friends can attest that Jim’s ability to retain vast amounts of knowledge across disciplines was truly remarkable.Jim is credited with twenty-five publications across the span of his career and over forty professional presentations inclusive of serving as the keynote presenter for the state middle school associations in New Jersey, New Mexico and New York. Jim was a highly regarded presenter for the National Middle School Association (NMSA) known today as the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE). He served the New Mexico Middle Level Educators twice as President as well as other board roles including Executive Secretary and Editor of the state publication. There was no distance too far for Jim to travel if it brought him the opportunity to inspire rising middle level educators and leaders.Jim loved and enjoyed life. Along with Cheryl, he loved the out of doors. After numerous car trips across the Southwest, they came to Santa Fe and fell in love with its adobe in the snow. So in 1979 they brought their cross-country skis from Milwaukee to Los Alamos, New Mexico. Jim was the avid skier, skiing all across New Mexico, authored/co-authored two New Mexico cross-country skiing guides with Cheryl, became a Rocky Mountain professional cross-country ski instructor, and gave cross-country ski lessons and guided tours, encouraging those beginners.Jim was inspired by the beauty of New Mexico. He would jump into his 1997 GMC camper pickup and camp and hike and learn about the cultures and treasures of the state. Jim worked at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico for several years as a tour guide and interpreter breaking trails, giving tour guides, and whatever else the Ranch needed. The Caldera was a very special and favorite place to him.The diversity of his interests were well known to all those who loved him. Jim loved music. He was a musician, drummer, he started in high school bands and continued to play with his friends throughout his life. He hosted the JB’s Place radio hour “The Diverse Americana” through NMHU campus radio station KEPD and was constantly searching for unique Americana songs and music for his listeners. In doing so, he united friends and colleagues across the miles. One of Jim’s most recent adventures was mastering the art of cooking – and he became the chef for the Burns’ household, i.e. Jim and Cheryl. They also shared the special joy of adopting and loving cats. He will also be remembered for his great sense of humor.Jim was preceded in death by his parents James and Elizabeth Burns and his sisters Susan Reick and Kathy O’Reilly. He is succeeded in life by his brother-in-law Jim Reick of Milwaukee, WI and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.Jim was quite a good “storyteller” and many friends agreed he could mesmerize them all on a vast number of topics. He used one particular story, Cipher in the Snow by Jean Mizer as an example of how we must take great effort to make every individual before us feel valued and understood. Jim succeeded in that across all facets of his life. Those who were fortunate enough to call him a family member or friend also know how much he valued and loved his wife Cheryl of 49 years. He truly admired her and to him she was a shining light all of their days. He is sorely missed by the “love of his life” Cheryl and their four cats: Diego, Mia, Emilio, and Rio.The love of “family and friends” was fundamental to Jim throughout his life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.Donations can be made to: Jim Burns Scholarship, New Mexico Highlands University Foundation, Box 9000, Las Vegas, NM 87701 or through The Network for Good https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/ExpressDonation.aspx?ORGID2=750121368.Email from NMHU:Family and Friends of NMHU,In honor of Dr. Jim Burns, his friends, family, and the NMHU Foundation would like to establish a scholarship.Dr. Burns leaves behind a legacy of passion, passion for his students and their education. He took great joy in helping his students thrive and reach their fullest potential.This scholarship will help support Education Leadership students with books, student NES fees, connect programs, background check fees, and any other cost during their time at NMHU.Our students often struggle to bring together the financial resources they need to advance their education.A majority of NMHU students are not ‘traditional’ in the sense that most are older (average age 26), working their way through school and are juggling the demands of work, school, and family.More than half of our students qualify for the Pell Grant, and nearly half are also first-generation college students.Dr. Jim Burns was loved and respected by all his colleagues, during his time at NMHU; he made a significant impact on not only his students but his colleagues as well.Dr. Burns was a generous genius. He gave freely of his time, knowledge, and intellect. He was the quintessential example of a professor who is here for the students. He created the Northern New Mexico Educational Leader’s Group to provide space for students, faculty, and practitioners to come together and share ideas. I will never forget one of his sayings, “Ask questions that shed light, and don’t produce heat.” ~Dr. Robert KarabaHaving Dr. Burns for a colleague and friend and department chair was wonderful since he practiced what he taught. ~Gayle TalagaPlease consider making a donation to help our students in the Education Leadership program advance in their education at NMHU.Click to make your donation online, or by calling us at 505-343-3223 or mail your gift to:New Mexico Highlands University FoundationBox 9000, Las Vegas, NM 87701Please indicate that you’d like the gift to be in honor of Dr. Burns. Thank you for helping us honor his memory,Theresa M. Law, JD, CFREVice President for Advancement andExecutive Director Highlands FoundationNew Mexico Highlands UniversityKennedy Alumni HallBox 9000 Las Vegas, NM 87701
AMERICAN RED CROSS News:Everyday, people are forced from their home due to fires, storms or other disasters.The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers respond day and night to meet the immediate needs of their neighbors. Assistance given may include financial provisions for food, clothing and lodging, emotional support, prescription medication and other critically needed items.Want to put your compassion in to action? Join the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team. The American Red Cross, New Mexico Chapter is seeking compassionate and committed individuals to join its Disaster Action Team.Help your neighbor in their greatest time of need. All training provided for free.To learn more, visit: www.redcross.org/dat or contact a local recruiter:Saylor Caudill, 928.856.2417 or [email protected] will be at the following locations in New Mexico:Gallup: Call Saylor for appointment @ 928.856.2417 (ongoing); andSanta Fe: Sept. 18, 9 a.m., call 928.856.2417.About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or on Twitter at @RedCross. Local American Red Cross Social Media, Facebook & Twitter: @AmRedCrossSW.
The Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2020 began its sessions in October with one on community nonprofits. Courtesy photoThe Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2020 creates ‘blessing bags’ for the homeless. Courtesy photoCOMMUNITY News:The Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2020, often referred to as “the best class”, began its sessions in October, with one on community nonprofits.The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization hosted the first training, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The day included presentations from the Los Alamos Community Foundation, Moving Arts Espanola, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the work to help non-profits from the Community Programs Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory.The afternoon session had students volunteering at nonprofits and community serving organizations like the Family Strengths Network, YMCA Teen Center, The Day Out program.They also made “blessing bags” for the homeless. The blessing bags are available at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for a small donation. The bags are placed in your vehicle and given to those struggling on the streets. The goal is for the center to be able to continue the mission of the current class throughout the year.“The LLA class of 2020 were pretty phenomenal in their efforts to make life a little better with these bags,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, class of 2007 graduate and session leader, along with Kirsten Bell, class of 2017. “The students even embraced our UNM-LA intern as a student of their session, so he could learn some key leadership skills.”This month students will head to their Youth Session at the Teen Center. Learn more at www.leadershiplosalamos.com.
NMDOT News: Last year at Christmas, 37 percent of fatal crashes involved alcohol. That number rose to 39 percent on New Year’s Eve. SANTA FE ― The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates as many as 278 people may be killed in crashes between Christmas and New Year’s Day. In addition, this year during Christmas and New Year’s Eve combined, more than 30,000 people could be seriously injured in crashes, according to the NSC. To make the holiday travel safer, NMDOT recommends:Buckling up;Designating a sober driver;Avoiding distracted driving, including hands-free;Getting plenty of sleep and taking regular breaks to avoid fatigue on long drives; andMaking sure your vehicle is properly maintained.
A parachute carries the drone back to the ground. Courtesy/LAC Crews prepare a drone for launching via catapault Nov. 8 at Los Alamos County Airport. Courtesy/LAC By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post [email protected] pavement on airport runways and taxiways is essential; however, its maintenance and repair does not come cheap. But an innovative piece of technology could change that, and the Los Alamos County Airport recently played a role in putting this new technology to the test.Officials from New Mexico Department of Transportation aviation division as well as employees with Silent Falcon, a company based in Albuquerque, came to the local airport Nov. 8 to test out Silent Falcon’s drone. This drone could play a pivotal role in changing the way airport pavement is inspected.Los Alamos County Airport Manager Cameron Humphres desribed the unmanned aircraft with its 6-foot wingspan made of carbon fiber, solar panels attached to the wings and a camera and sensors attached to the plane, which has a battery pack that allows it to fly four to five hours. Humphres explained that the plane is launched into the air via catapult and it is returned to the ground by parachute. Its flight plan is pre-programmed and when the plane was tested in Los Alamos it only took 35 minutes to get all the needed imaging captured. Humphres said the plane can be used to take aerial photos for mapping purposes and pavement inspections, adding that its camera can provide measurements, in fine detail, and run data algorithms to identify cracks and degradation in payment.Right now, the focus is just on proving the concept behind the drone but Humphres said the benefits could be huge. In fact, he said the drone could cut the cost of pavement inspections by a quarter or more.The cost for an inspection is expensive, Humphres said. As an example, the runway at the Los Alamos County Airport is 6,000 feet long and 120 feet wide. A pavement inspection at the airport would cost $20,000 or more. He explained that every dollar spent on inspecting the pavement is less money that can be used on actual pavement maintenance.“Pavement on an airport is very important,” Humphres said. “It’s very expensive to repair that infrastructure so we want to take care of it.”He pointed out that airplanes are moving on and off runways and taxiways at high speeds, so the pavement needs to be in good condition. Plus, if airports receive funds from the Federal Aviation Administration, they are required to inspect the pavement.Inspections are done manually with a person walking every square foot, taking photographs, measuring cracks and writing a report, he said. Silent Falcon, which created a fleet of drones, is proposing a different way. Not only would the drone be cheaper, but the airport would be provided high resolution images of its pavement, Humphres said.“We would have a high resolution imagining of the pavement at the airport, so we would have a better product,” he said.There were several reasons why Los Alamos was chosen as the test site for the done, Humphres said.“The primary reason is the challenging conditions,” he said.These conditions include the wind as well as the restrictive airspace due to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Plus, there are residences to the west and the airport sits on 89 acres, so Humphres said it is a tight envelope in which to operate aircraft.He said another reason the local airport was chosen was “because … within the last 10 years we did a runway extension and about three years ago we did a full runway rehab (which included resealing and crack seal). We know what has happened in the runway; there has been a lot of repair and maintenance and Silent Falcon tested to see those differences.”The results of the test are still being reviewed but Humphres said he hopes to get the results in the first quarter of 2020.“In general, I think this has potential to benefit our airport … but more broadly it could benefit all New Mexico airports,” he said, adding that he enjoyed being a part of this innovative technology.“I’m just really thrilled to help – it benefits everyone in aviation but really it was just fun,” Humphres said.The drone was controlled by a computer. Courtesy photo
Chipmunks spotted recently in Los Alamos staying about a body length or more apart, which is about equivalent to social distancing recommendations for humans. Photo by Tom Tierney
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 63 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 39. Courtesy/NWS
Fractions of people diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized or deceased or recovered versus day. The complementary fraction is labeled as infected. Created by Eli Ben-Naim Statewide counts. Shown are the cumulative numbers of tests, diagnoses, recoveries and deaths in New Mexico. Created by Eli Ben-Naim