Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have asked the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) with recommending how the Community could expedite the implementation of building codes. This discussion took place at the just concluded Twenty-Ninth Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, which prioritised discussions on building a climate-resilient Community on its packed agenda. The decisions of the Conference were recorded in the Communique that was issued following the Meeting at the Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel in Haiti under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Jovenel Moise, President of Haiti. Heads of Government recognised the implementation of building codes as a key mechanism to safeguard critical infrastructure, and as an important component of the Community’s resilience agenda. You may be interested in… Important Issues for CARICOM SIDS Highlighted at… Jul 3, 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Sep 2, 2020 Jun 30, 2020 PM Gonsalves Praises CARICOM Achievements, says Challenges… Building a climate-resilient Community among matters for CARICOM 29th Inter-Sessional MeetingThe Caribbean Community’s push to build a more climate-resilient Community following the devastating 2017 hurricane season is among matters for deliberation by CARICOM Heads of Government at their Twenty-ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 26 – 27 February 2018. Irma and Maria, two back-to-back Category Five hurricanes, swept across the…February 22, 2018In “Haiti”Sustainability of CDEMA vital – CARICOM Heads of GovernmentHeads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have emphasised the need for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to be sustainable given its mandate and the range of post-disaster support CARICOM Member States require. In a Communique issued on Saturday following the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Conference of Heads…July 9, 2018In “CARICOM”COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE THIRTY-NINTH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITYThe Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Montego Bay, Jamaica, 4-6 July, 2018. The Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, chaired the proceedings. Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister of Antigua…July 7, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp ‘We Have Done Fairly Well in Containing… A 2016 audit done by CDEMA under the Caribbean Disaster Management (CDM) Framework revealed that many homes in the Community were not constructed to withstand the impacts of catastrophic hazards. This concern extended to critical infrastructure such as hospitals, morgues, landfills, connecting bridges, airports and seaports. During 5-8 September last year, the Leeward Islands were ravaged by Hurricane Irma, a strong Category Five Hurricane, which battered Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southern islands of The Bahamas. Just about ten days later, Hurricane Maria – the second Category Five Hurricane to make landfall in the Region in September 2017 – ravaged Dominica. Maria was the third hurricane, following Jose, that hit the Region within a three-week span. The entire populace in Dominica, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands was impacted. There was up to 95% damage to building stock in Dominica and Barbuda, and, on average, 75-80% in the British Virgin Islands. Heads of Government therefore recognised that natural disasters and climate change posed serious challenges to CARICOM’s sustainable development and mandated CDEMA to pursue “a comprehensive assessment of the resource requirements to operationalise an effective disaster risk management and mitigation strategy for the Community.” They highlighted the need for “innovative financing mechanisms” to finance resilient reconstruction, and discussed the recapitalisation for the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), and noted the proposal to extend the range of risk covered by the Facility. An important issue within these discussions was the challenges Member States experienced with evacuating nationals during the 2017 hurricane season. This, the Heads of Government noted, highlighted the imperative of articulating a comprehensive regional approach. In that regard, they welcomed the Model Evacuation Policy and Plan which has been endorsed by the CDEMA Council of Ministers. They highlighted the importance of a “focused implementation” of the Paris Agreement, and urged the coordinated participation of CARICOM Member States in the negotiations to finalise the Paris Agreement Work Programme, taking into account their support of the positions of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). Heads of Government urged all countries to ratify the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, as a matter of urgency, in order to support more ambitious climate change action. They also signalled support for regional participation in negotiations throughout the year leading up to COP 24, scheduled for Katowice, Poland, from 3-14 December, 2018. The CARICOM Heads of Government also encouraged Member States to take advantage of the strategic opportunities for financing under the Green Climate Fund and other climate financing options through accreditation processes. 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SAN JOSE, Calif. — DRB Partners, a California-based advertising, design and public relations agency serving B2B and B2C clients, has appointed Julie Oliveri as agency president. DRB clients include such automotive-related businesses as Subaru, Robinair, SPX and OTC. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Oliveri joined DRB in January 2001, and has successfully held various positions such as media buyer, public relations manager, account executive and vice president of business development. Her current position as president includes senior account management and responsibilities for day-to-day agency operations. Oliveri holds a bachelor of arts in child and human psychology from San Jose State University.,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. 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 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.
DETROIT — New Motor Advisors, a new Michigan-based LLC established by former GM and HUMMER execs, says it aims to help link OEMs, suppliers, fleets, governmental agencies, M&A advisors and start-ups to more than 200 years of experience in automotive product and technology development. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Founder and President David Stenson, the former chief technical officer of HUMMER and 29-year automotive veteran, recruited two other members of his former HUMMER team, William Shikany and Ronald Yuille as vice presidents of operations and powertrain, respectively. Shikany brings 34 years of experience and Yuille, a prior vice president of Powertrain Engineering for GM’s International Operations, 36 years. Consulting through an “Extended Expert Network” are Steve Matsil, a vehicle chief engineer with substantial commercial vehicle background; Lincoln McGhee, GM’s former vehicle development process and program management executive; and Albert Steurer, an executive with substantial powertrain, vehicle and manufacturing planning background. Combined, the New Motor Advisors team has more than 200 years of automotive experience. The new team says it will provide leadership assistance to newcomers to automotive or supplement the product development and program management capacity of existing OEMs or suppliers. Fleet managers are also potential clients as they evaluate new technologies during fleet planning and purchasing. “We will bring our knowledge to companies lacking experience or short on leadership bandwidth with so many projects initiating,” said Stenson. “This is especially common with electric vehicle programs (Hybrids, Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV)) and other green technologies, but our consulting services are not exclusive to these, based on our decades of experience across automotive products.” Advertisement Stenson said the firm may also assist suppliers facing new demands from their customers. With the diversity of new product programs and their underlying technology, the OEMs and suppliers can run short of leaders to cover all the bases and deliver according to the typically rigorous vehicle timing plans. Outside Detroit, M&A firms looking for assistance with transition planning, performing due diligence and assessing intellectual property can often use some technically savvy automotive insiders to gain perspective for their client investors or companies. Stenson added, “As companies and investors wrestle with strategy and execution planning, they often stumble while estimating time, resources and risk to put the technology on the road. Beyond shuffling top leadership chairs when expectations aren’t met, they need to look at the product development plans and bench strength to execute them. We plan to be their bridge to Detroit.”
National Amateur Radio Field Day June 22-23The community is invited to attend LAARC’s National Amateur Radio Field Day event noon Saturday to noon Sunday, June 22-23 at the North Mesa Picnic Grounds. Courtesy/LAARCLAARC News:The Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club (LAARC) is hosting a National Amateur Radio Field Day event June 22-23 at the North Mesa Picnic Grounds off North Mesa Road in Los Alamos.More than 35,000 amateur radio operators (hams) across North America will be operating noon Saturday to noon Sunday in order to make radio contacts during this 24-hour event. The LAARC will be using temporary antennas and alternative power sources such as generators, batteries and solar panel to practice its emergency response capabilities.The public is invited to participate in this demonstration of Amateur Radio operations and readiness in providing communications when infrastructure, like commercial power, is not available. The public also can operate the radios and make contact with other ham radio operators across North America.For additional information, contact Bill Boedeker, NM5BB at 505.662.4220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jake Espinoza wrapped in a Quilts of Valor quilt was a special education teacher in Los Alamos before going to work for Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps and served two tours in the Vietnam War. He has retired and now resides in Houston, Texas. The mission of Quilts of Valor is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. info@QOVF.org New Mexico State Coordinator Priscilla.andrews@QOVF.org. Courtesy photo
SCARLETT RUBY MARTINEZ Aug. 10, 2019Scarlett Ruby Martinez, 4 Months, a resident of Española, passed away peacefully with her parents at her side on Saturday, August 10, 2019.She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Nancy Serna-Sanchez; great-grandfathers, Modesto Espinoza, Benigo Martinez and George Baca; and great-aunt Diana Martinez.Scarlett was a beautiful baby girl who quickly gained the love of everyone around her. She had the drive to keep fighting throughout her life. She had such a feisty personality for such a young age. She loved to be held and always comforted. She loved her brother so much. She is going to be missed dearly by all those who knew and loved her.Scarlett is survived by her parents, Isaiah and Miquella Martinez, brother, Ambrose Martinez; and her fur brother Zeke Martinez; maternal grandfather, Ronald Espinoza; paternal grandparents, Ruby and Benny Martinez; maternal great-grandparents, Manuel and Alice Serna and Miquelita Espinoza; paternal great-grandmothers Priscilla Baca and Adelinda Martinez; maternal aunts, Alyssa (Joshua) Ellison, Cailee, Angelique, and Isabel Sanchez, Samantha and Emily Espinoza; paternal aunt, Miranda Salazar; paternal uncle, Isaac (Jessica) Martinez; godmother, Rachel Dickens, cousins, Anastasia, Isaiah, Nehemiah, Arya, Jayda, Dash and Bella as well as numerous relatives and friends whom loved her dearly.Public visitation will begin on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anne Parish in Santa Fe with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 12:00 p.m. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Rosario Cemetery. Serving the family as pallbearers are Isaiah Martinez, Ambrose Martinez, Benny Martinez, Isaiah Chavez and Isaiah Ellison.The family of Scarlett Ruby Martinez has entrusted the care of their precious loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 505-747-7477 – www.devargasfuneral.com.
SFIS is partnering with Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the Computer Science Alliance (a new non-profit in NM) to celebrate the 7th Annual Hour of Code. SANTA FE ― The City of Santa Fe has the extraordinary privilege of being selected as the host city for the national kickoff event of Computer Science Education Week (aka Hour of Code), live streamed 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9 from the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) Everett F. Chavez Pueblo Pavilion. This year, Code.org and CSTA decided to change the message of CS Ed Week and have the opening at a school. In the past Kickoff events have been at the White House, NY Stock Exchange, Silicon Valley, Seattle – all on the coasts in big cities. Kickoff remarks will include Code.org Chief Executive Officer Hadi Partovi, CSTA Executive Director Jake Baskin and New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales. A special panel discussion will explore this year’s theme “CS for Good” with an emphasis on engaging diverse communities. The agenda concludes with an awards ceremony for the 2019 Champions of Computer Science. The live audience will include 400 students from SFIS and other schools in New Mexico. “Computer Science Alliance is the regional partner to Code.org and when we took a chance and pitched Santa Fe Indian School, they got very excited about the idea of having the event at a school that represents diversity both in terms of demographics but also geography,” CS Alliance’s Executive Director Paige Prescott said. SFIS has an established history of providing a computer science curriculum dating back to 1985 when it offered its first computer programming course. “Ms. Sallah has done a tremendous job collaborating with University of New Mexico, where our students earn college credit,” SFIS Superintendent Roy M. Herrera said. “She also mentored two seniors, Terrell Toledo and Elias Trancosa, to win first place in the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s 3rd Congressional District.” Prescott has a long history of working with Kate Sallah, the SFIS computer science teacher, and felt comfortable reaching out to her and her colleagues about bringing this opportunity to New Mexico and specifically to SFIS. The Computer Science course is a dual enrollment course at SFIS allowing high school students to earn college credit and develop employable skills. SFIS News:
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s wind chill indexes across the state. Courtesy/NWS The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos in the mid teens to lower 30s. Caution advised on area lakes. Tonight’s low around zero to 15. Courtesy/NWS
The ground was wet and cold after Monday’s rain and hail. These deer lost no time in taking advantage of the new bedding provided by Los Alamos Fire Department’s Wildland Management efforts to thin trees for their health and for fire danger mitigation, as explained by a friendly LAFD wildland management expert. Learn more here. Photo by Kei Davis
By RICHARD SKOLNIKLos AlamosInfectious diseases have emerged throughout history and will continue to do so. In fact, almost all public health professionals believe that diseases will emerge more frequently and possibly with even greater intensity than before, because of population growth, the spread of people into areas in which animals are living, and climate change.If you don’t believe this, just think about West Nile virus, Zika, Chikungunya, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), Ebola in West Africa, and our present coronavirus, for a start.All levels of government should have been ready to deal with the present outbreak but many were not. All levels of government should have acted early and forcefully against the epidemic but many did not. The federal government should have played a leading role in coordinating scientific, policy, and procurement efforts, among other things, but was slow to act on many fronts and is still unwilling to act on others. The procurement, even today, of the materials, supplies, and therapeutics for COVID-19, is an example of this.So, let’s examine some of the measures that should be put in place now to prevent illness, disability, and deaths from the next outbreak. These will serve both the present fight against coronavirus and future ones.First, we need effective leadership. This has been the case for every successful historical effort to handle a disease outbreak or manage any other issue of grave national importance. This means we need senior officials at federal and state levels who can immediately help us understand the problem, formulate an approach to addressing it, and then lead the coordination of disease control efforts. This means senior officials who will bring to the table the best scientific minds and listen to them. This means officials who can ensure that those coordinating disease control efforts speak with a clear and consistent voice that unifies the country around the need to fight the outbreak together. It also means officials who will be open, transparent, and honest with us about all things related to an outbreak and who will relentlessly fight misinformation.To improve pandemic preparedness and response, we must also ensure that there is a specific group at the highest levels of government, such as the National Security Council, that has responsibility, on behalf of all of government, to track disease threats and trigger actions to address them.In addition, we urgently need to revive the CDC. This organization was once the envy of the world and served as “the world’s epidemiologists”. Today, it is seen by public health actors domestically and globally as a pale shadow of its former self, an institution in disarray, and an institution led by a director who won’t tell things as they are. CDC will need more staff, additional resources, and a renewed mandate to serve the US and the world.We also need to put in place plans at the federal and state levels for dealing with future outbreaks. We then need to fill stockpiles at the federal and state levels with the equipment, materials, and supplies that will be needed to aggressively address the next outbreak, as soon as we learn about it. Governments will also need substantial additional public health staff. In addition, all levels of government should have in place contracts that would be triggered by the declaration, for example, of a public health emergency. The federal government should also engage in advance market commitments that would ensure that the research for and development of diagnostics, drugs, and vaccines to fight the next pandemic would be continuous and not wait to for an outbreak before it began.Some will say that the above measures are expensive. Yet, we have seen the costs of failing to prepare properly to fight this coronavirus. These costs are not only in illness, disability, and death. They are also psychological, social, and economic. A single disease outbreak has turned the world upside down. Yet, pandemic preparedness has exceptionally high rates of return. One important study suggested that the average financial return on investment for a range of preparedness interventions is more than 200%.Continuing on the path we are on will cause us to lose this war and be as unprepared for the next one as we were for this one. Moving aggressively on the measures noted above will avert illness and death now and later.Editor’s note: Richard Skolnik is the former regional director for health for South Asia at the World Bank. He was the director of an AIDS treatment program for Harvard and taught Global Health at the George Washington University and Yale. He is the author of Global Health 101 and the instructor for Yale/Coursera’s Essentials of Global Health.