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CARICOM SG to host social media interaction on entrepreneurship with youth

first_img Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Young people from across the Region will have an opportunity to interact with the CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque via social media on 29 June 2015. The event, which is happening just before the Thirty Sixth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Barbados, is an initiative of the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #askSG on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Persons can share their questions and comments via any of these media, which will be monitored by the CYAs. The Secretary General will be available from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm to answer questions and host a discussion with the participating youngsters. The main topic of discussion will be ‘Entrepreneurship: CARICOM’s Economic Life-jacket’. According to Kishore Shallow, Vice Dean of Communications for the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, many scholars share the view that entrepreneurship is the key to solving the problem of unemployment which is a major challenge for CARICOM countries. He said he thinks entrepreneurship could provide a major boost for CARICOM economies, and  reduce the strain on governments, which could then divert more energy and resources to other critical areas such as health and education One of the main objectives of the social media interaction is to expose young people across the Region to the work of the CARICOM Secretariat and its organs. It also aims to highlight the strides made by the CARICOM Secretariat in the area of youth engagement and development. It will also allow the Secretary-General to share his opinion on entrepreneurship and give the average young person a chance to “interact” with him while sharing their views and opinions on CARICOM-related issues. This is not the first social media interaction with youth and the CARICOM Secretary-General. More than 37 000 hits were received from users of the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Facebook page from one held in January 2014. It was hosted at the Secretariat’s headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana, and its purpose was to expose young people across the Region to the work of the CARICOM Secretariat and its organs. The forum was hosted in two parts. The first was spearheaded by Assistant Secretary-General in charge of Human and Social Development, Dr. Douglas Slater. Issues related to the CARICOM Youth Development Action Plan, which was developed to guide national policy, integrated planning and action regarding youth, were discussed. Shallow said the CYA’s chose to have another social media interaction with the CARICOM Secretary-General for young people because they have realised its value in sensitising them about topical issues in the Region, as well as to share  and to receive feedback. It is hoped that this one will receive even more attention from the youth than the one last year. CARICOM SG’s social media interaction with youths a successYouth from across the Region as well as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) diaspora Monday evening got the opportunity to engage in a live social media interaction with the CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. The event was hosted just before the Thirty-Sixth Meeting of the Conference of…June 30, 2015In “Anguilla”Social Media Interaction with CARICOM SG today  Young people from across the Region will this evening be able to interact with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque between 6 and 8pm. The event, which is happening just before the Thirty-Sixth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Barbados, is an initiative of the CARICOM Youth…June 29, 2015In “Barbados”#AskSG876 about role of youth in advancing Single MarketYouth across the CARICOM Region will, once again, have an opportunity to interact with the CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, via social media on Monday, 2 July. The interaction begins at 4:30 pm in Jamaica, 5:30 pm in ECT, 3:30 pm in Belize, and 6:30 pm in Suriname. The main topic of…July 1, 2018In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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MANN+HUMMEL USA Names Thomas to Communications Post

first_imgDeMoulpied 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. PORTAGE, MI — MANN+HUMMEL USA has named Julie Thomas to the position of executive assistant to the president, with responsibility for the automotive supplier’s public relations programs. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Thomas, who has more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, advertising and trade shows, will report directly to President Claude Mathieu. She will be based at the company’s North American headquarters in Portage, Mich. Previously, Thomas was worldwide sales manager for Westcott, a photographic equipment manufacturer headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, where she also had responsibility for Westcott’s advertising and sales promotion programs. Her career background includes experience in trade exhibits and business management for the Photo Marketing Association International in Jackson, Mich. For more information about MANN+HUMMEL, go to: www.mann-hummel.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.  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.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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GDX Announces Executive Management Appointments

first_img Up Next:Phil Moore Joins Federated Auto Parts Distributors In this article: Print FARMINGTON HILLS, MI — GDX Automotive has appointed Howard Duxbury as COO and president, global. Duxbury came to GDX Automotive after senior management positions with TI Automotive and Siebe Automotive. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “GDX is fortunate to have a proven automotive industry leader of Duxbury’s qualifications joining the team as we concentrate our efforts on improving operational performance of our global businesses,” said David Thursfield, GDX Automotive executive chairman. In addition to Duxbury’s appointment, GDX also announced the appointments of several senior executives who will report to Duxbury: Janice Stipp, executive vice president, administration and CFO. Stipp’s previous experience includes serving as finance director at TI Automotive Global Fuel Systems and vice president, finance of Oxford Automotive. Doug Chapple, president, North America. Chapple joined GDX Automotive in March 2005 after leading Sarnamotive Blue Water Inc., a supplier of injection molded plastic components. Mark Ploof, managing director, International Operations. An adviser to Cerberus Capital Management, has previous industrial restructuring and operational experience with General Electric. Ploof succeeds Mark Krupp in this position. Mark Krupp, vice president, North America special projects with responsibility for operational restructuring. For more information about GDX Automotive, visit: gdxautomotive.com. _______________________________________ Click Advertisement Don’t Miss:Cooper Names New VP, Global Supply Chainlast_img read more

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James McElya of Cooper Standard Elected 2008-2009 MEMA Chairman

first_imgRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – James McElya, executive chairman of Cooper-Standard Automotive in Novi, Mich., has been elected 2008-2009 chairman of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Board of Directors. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement McElya served chief executive officer of Cooper-Standard Automotive from December 2004 through June 2008. Prior to this, McElya had been a corporate vice president of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., which was the parent company of Cooper-Standard Automotive until 2004. McElya has more than 30 years of automotive experience and was previously president of Siebe Automotive Worldwide, a division of Invensys, PLC. He spent 22 years with Handy & Harman in various executive management positions, including president, Handy & Harman Automotive, and corporate vice president and officer of the parent company. In addition to his involvement with MEMA and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), McElya has served as a board member of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and an advisor to the National Alliance for Accessible Golf (NAAG). Other MEMA board officers include: • Vice chairman – Terry McCormack, CEO, president and director, Affinia Group • Vice chairman – Gordon Ulsh, president, CEO and director of Exide Technologies • Treasurer – Eugene Ezzell, president, Mikronite Automotive Technologies Charles “Charley” Johnson, president, CEO and director of Proliance International Inc., will remain on the board as immediate past chairman. New members of the board are: • John Corey, president and CEO, Stoneridge Inc. • Dennis Michaels, president and CEO, Link Manufacturing Inc. • Peter Morse, president, Morse Automotive Corp. • Tom Ward, president, Snap-on ToolsAdvertisement Directors continuing to serve on the board include: • Robert Devenney, senior vice president, Danaher Corp., Professional Tool Group • Joseph McAleese, president and CEO, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and HDMA chairman • Robert “Bob” McKenna, president and CEO of MEMA • Alfred “Al” Stecklein, president, Schrader and Plews, Tomkins Plc. • James Orchard, CEO, Dayco Products – Mark IV Auto • Francisco “Frank” Ordonez, president, Delphi Product and Service Solutions and vice president, Delphi Corplast_img read more

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UCI’s Ralph Barr Appointed to CAWA Manufacturers’ Advisory Council

first_imgRANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – Ralph Barr has been appointed to the California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association’s (CAWA) Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC), representing United Components Inc. Barr is based in San Marcos, Calif.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Barr was appointed to the MAC by Board Chairman Tim Gerrity of General Auto Parts of Oakland, Calif. “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Barr back into the leadership of CAWA and look forward to his participation and contributions to the association and the industry we represent out West,” said Gerrity. Gerrity noted that Barr had previously served on the MAC and CAWA board of directors in the late 1990s. He has been involved in the automotive aftermarket industry since 1977. Barr has served in a variety of capacities starting with the C.E. Niehoff Company, on to BWD Automotive and Pacific Supply Warehouse in southern California. He is currently the regional sales manager for UCI.,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 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. 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. last_img read more

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American Traveler Motor Club Adds Former Pep Boys Exec to Board

first_imgDeMoulpied 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. 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.  Former Pep Boys executive Mark Page has joined American Traveler Motor Club as a member of its executive business board.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Among its product offerings, American Traveler Motor Club creates and markets private label roadside assistance warranty programs for tire dealers and repair shops. It is a subsidiary of insurance firm FIMC. Page, currently president of Russ Whelan Doors & Access Systems in Philadelphia, said, “A branded roadside assistance program can build repeat business with a retailer’s customer base. Between membership sales and roadside assistance tows back to our clients’ service bays for service, the average retailer following ATMC’s training and procedures will add significant revenue year over year.”,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 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. last_img read more

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Letter To The Editor: Fate Of Our Recyclables?

first_imgBy GRAHAM MARKLos AlamosWhat happens to the stuff that we put in our recycle bins? How much is actually recycled?Even if recycling is something of a sham (“It’s OK to be wasteful—Just recycle!”), it is broken in many parts of the US (Sierra Magazine July/August 2019).What is the state of our local recycling? Does all of our correctly sorted recyclable stuff really get recycled? What happens to the plastic shopping bags that Smith’s collects?Thank you.last_img

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Full Moon Tour At Fort Union Friday

first_imgCourtesy photoFORT UNION News:WATROUS – Join park rangers Friday, Sept. 13 for a 1.25-mile tour through the grounds of Fort Union and along the Santa Fe Trail under the serenity of a dark sky.The tour will bring together the history and culture of the valley with a natural dark sky. The program will start at 8:30 p.m. at the visitor center and will run to approximately 10  p.m. Friday.After sunset, the high plains take on a new identity. Beneath the glow of a full moon the remnants of the old fort casts light shadows against the prairie. Fort Union was certified earlier this month as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association.The park gates will open at 7:30 p.m. for visitors who would like to have a picnic dinner or take sunset photos before the guided tour starts at 8:30 p.m.  The program will take place even under cloudy skies, but it will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Bring water, a light jacket, and comfortable shoes.To visit the monument take exit 366 of I-25 at Watrous on to State Highway 161, 8 miles west. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 505.425.8025. Visit www.nps.gov/foun, or like us on Facebook.About the National Park Service:More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.last_img read more

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MANNM ​Diabetes 1 mile/ 3.2 mile Walk/Run Saturday

first_imgMANNM News:Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico (MANNM), ​http://www.mannm.com/​, invites all members of the public to join in its second ​Diabetes 1 mile/ 3.2 mile Walk/Run. The event is at ​9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Rover Park in White Rock​ to raise awareness for Diabetes while supporting two great causes – the ADA Camp 180 New Mexico program for kids with type 1 Diabetes and Self Help, Inc, ​http://selfhelpla.org​ as they celebrate their 50th year supporting people in need in Northern New MexicoThe ADA reports:1 in 11 Americans has diabetes today;Every 23 seconds someone in America is diagnosed with diabetes; andMore than 18,000 youth are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Type 1 diabetes is a condition where the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Type 2 diabetes, which occurs more commonly in adults, is where the pancreas produces insulin, however this is either not enough or the body develops resistance to it leading to a shortage of the hormone in the cells. Genetics and lifestyle play a big part in the development of this condition.“Lifestyle modifications play a big role in the management of the disease. This includes paying attention to nutrition and making exercise a habit,” MANNM Endocrinologist Dr. Garimella said. “I see several people who take this to heart and come back with great glucose numbers proving that it really does work. We hope that the event motivates people to come out and get moving to support their own health as well as contribute to two worthy causes.”Last year the event raised $1,990 with money disbursed equally between the ADA Camp 180 NM program for kids and the Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade http://laafb.wikidot.com/capabilities​​ as part of giving back to the community. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Camp Challenge generously matched the donation for the diabetes camp doubling the amount donated.“We hope this year will be even bigger and better,” said Tonya Sprouse-Mullins, one of the chief organizers of the event. As part of the festivities the ​Los Alamos Co-op,​ ​http://losalamos.coop/​ ​will once again showcase healthy snacks and drinks available at their store to show that healthy eating choices are available locally and easily accessible. Registration forms can be printed from​ ​http://www.mannm.com/​. Completed registration forms with entry fee can be dropped off at the Walk in clinic or mailed to MANNM c/o Tonya Sprouse-Mullins, 3917 West Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544. Online registration is available at ​http://buytickets.at/mannmdiabetes.Same day registration starts at 8 a.m., Oct. 5. Swag bags will be given to the first 110 participants.last_img read more

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The Season Of Giving At Del Norte Credit Union Brings Smiles To Local Communities

first_imgDNCU News:Following the cooperative spirit of People Helping People, DNCU makes the holidays brighter with several initiatives starting on International Credit Union Day and through the month of DecemberSANTA F— Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative reinforces their mission of Improving Lives in the last months of the year by calling it their Season of Giving.Although the credit union supports and sponsors initiatives, events, and causes year-round, the last few months of the year are filled with joy and warmth for the DNCU team. It all starts on International Credit Union day, celebrated Oct. 17, DNCU spends the day at their adopted park and gives back to their beloved community of Española. DNCU adopted Valdez Park in 2015 and since then has helped maintain the cleanliness of the park and donated funds to upgrade some of the facilities.“This year, we decided to clean the park on International Credit Union Day to remind our team and our community that our number one goal is to be an active participant in our local communities and to bring a positive impact to those who need it most,” DNCU President/CEO Chuck Valenti said. “As a cooperative, we work together to bring world-class financial services to New Mexico, and we also work together to better our communities.”Following their park clean up DNCU’s Season of Giving included two elementary schools in Los Alamos and White Rock: Aspen Elementary and Chamisa Elementary. Both schools are situated where DNCU’s legacy first began 65 years ago as Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Credit Union. For the past three years, DNCU has helped fund Thanksgiving lunches for both schools. The lunch that is provided serves school faculty and students.“This small gesture of kindness reminds us of our roots, where it all began, and the importance of never forgetting the communities that continue to inspire our credit union to be the best in every way possible,” said AVP of Branch Service Delivery at Los Alamos and White Rock, Matt Waldschmidt. “Seeing those kids faces light-up and tell you how much they love DNCU is a wonderful feeling. We are building relationships that last a lifetime, and that’s what we nurture at our branches.”Nov. 15, DNCU finalized its fifth annual coat drive that supports youth shelters across Northern New Mexico. Five organizations picked up thousands of coats, scarves, gloves, and socks that DNCU members and employees donated.“Every year our coat drive just keeps getting bigger and bigger, we even had members bring monetary donations that we would then take to stores and purchase new coats with,” said Carolyn Agard, AVP of Branch Service Delivery at the Midtown Financial Center in Santa Fe.Nov. 27, DNCU delivered Thanksgiving dinners to area firefighters and first responders that work through the holiday. In total, 17 boxed dinners were delivered that fed about 170 firefighters and their families from Santa Fe City Fire Department, Los Alamos County Fire Department, Española Valley Fire Station, Pecos Fire Station and Ojo Sarco Fire Station.“DNCU learned about the stories of our first responders, and the fact that many of them can’t spend time at home with their loved-ones during the holidays. That’s why DNCU graciously partners up with food markets to provide them with these dinner boxes,” said Cecilia Roybal, AVP of Branch Service Delivery at the DeVargas location in Santa Fe North.And in December, DNCU is surprising families at grocery stores for their annual Grocery Giveaway. A total of 62 DNCU employees have a $100 budget each to surprise any family and help pay for their groceries during the month of December.“Our team loves this initiative and the joy and warmth that it brings you to be able to do this,” said Eric Baldonado, VP of Service Delivery. “We are humbled that DNCU allows us to do this, but we are also proud that our credit union designs creative ways to bring cheer to our community during the holidays—we wouldn’t have it any other way.”To find out more about DNCU’s community development and to find out how easy it is to become a member, visit dncu.orgAbout Del Norte Credit Union   Chartered in 1954, Del Norte Credit Union is a not-for-profit cooperative celebrating 65 years of dedication to helping its members achieve financial success by being a trusted source of unbiased financial advice. Today DNCU serves more than 51,000 members throughout New Mexico.last_img read more

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On The Job In Los Alamos: LAPSA Elects Officers

first_imgOn the job in Los Alamos Thursday at the Los Alamos Fire Department Administration Training Room are members of the Los Alamos Public Safety Association (LAPSA). Newly elected board members are, front row from left, President Lennie Upshaw, general manager at Centerra Los Alamos; Vice President Dr. Alice Bodelson, psychologist at LANL Occupational Medicine; Secretary Donna Martinez, LANL Defense Security; Treasurer Daniel Roberts, sergeant at the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) and Ex-Officio Oliver Morris, LAPD commander. LAPSA members, center row from left, Mel Tafoya, Lisa LaPointe-Tafoya, Adolofo Meana, Lori Padilla, Sheri Holman, Rodney Robertson and Mark Wayne and back row from left, Brent Belcoff, Dr. Liz Maines and Steve Dawald. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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NACo Calls On Congress To Make Counties Eligible For Stabilization Fund In COVID-19 Package

first_imgNACo News:WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Counties (NACo) has called on federal policymakers to ensure America’s 3,069 county governments are eligible for the State Stabilization Fund and other essential supplemental federal aid resources.  “Counties are on the front lines of responding to the coronavirus pandemic,” NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase said. “We are investing huge sums in immediate public health and public safety needs, and at the same time, we will be experiencing massive declines in revenue.” America’s counties employ about one percent of the U.S. population, or 3.6 million people. Counties support over 1,900 public health departments – the ground troops in the CDC’s fight against the outbreak – and nearly 1,000 hospitals. Counties also have significant responsibilities for public safety, human services and other critical functions.  Whether or not individual local jurisdictions decide or need to access these federal resources, NACo underscored the importance of making counties eligible.   The following are preliminary estimates of the fiscal impact of this pandemic on county governments: Los Angeles County, Calif., the nation’s most populous county, estimated costs of $290 million over the course of six months. It has also estimated that 50 of the 88 cities within the county will face additional total response costs of roughly $145 million. Clark County, Nevada, home to 2.2 million residents, has early estimates of $1.08 billion. This number includes unbudgeted impacts to the county hospital, emergency services, human services, aviation (McCarran International airport), and lost revenue for the duration of FY20 and for FY21.  This number also includes two pay periods (30 days) of additional staff costs.   Harris County, Texas has already incurred nearly $43 million of expenditures and expects to continue to invest nearly $11 million each month. The county is investing additional funds in its county hospital district, public health services, sheriff’s department, public works department, among other items. These estimates do not include lost revenue and productivity. Nor do these estimates include additional overtime for peace officers, which could amount to nearly $2 million per week. Marathon County, Wis., a medium-sized county with a population of roughly 135,000, estimated direct cost increases of nearly $2 million, including more than $1.4 million in wages and benefits and almost $600,000 in contractual services related to the county’s response.  Contra Costa County, Calif. has estimated the crisis will have cost its health department alone $46 million through the month of May: $6 million for equipment, $6 million for testing, $4 million for services and supplies, $5 million for IT infrastructure, $5 million in increased staffing costs and $20 million in service interruption. San Diego County, Calif. is incurring costs of around $7 million each month for its emergency response, which includes temporary housing assistance, sanitation and related costs. A significant portion of these costs are going toward temporary housing and hotels to assist individuals who need to be quarantined or isolated. The county predicted these costs could total over $86 million by the end of the fiscal year. These figures do not reflect anticipated lost revenues due to the economic shock of the pandemic.  Hamilton County, Ohio has estimated that the pandemic has cost $1 million so far in expenditures. More importantly, the crisis is causing the county to lose approximately $12 million each month in revenue, which is over 10 percent of the county’s total monthly revenue. Humboldt County, Nevada, home to 17,079 residents, is projecting $468,000/month in new costs that include support to their county hospital, county emergency response, increased inmate medical, emergency day care for essential employees, additional supplies, IT costs for telework, and staff costs.  The estimate also includes lost revenue of $118,000.  “In counties across the nation, already strained budgets are facing extreme fiscal pressure as we work daily to stop the spread of COVID-19,” added Chase. “Now more than ever, we need a strong partnership with the federal government to address this crisis.”  Over 500 counties have declared a state of emergency to activate additional funding, streamline procurement rules and expand the resources and flexibility necessary to respond quickly to this crisis.  NACo has launched a coronavirus information hub that includes county level examples of response efforts and a map tracking county and state emergency declarations. View this resource-rich webpage at www.naco.org/coronavirus.About NACoThe National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, including nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to advocate for county government priorities in federal policymaking; promote exemplary county policies and practices; nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks; optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings; and enrich the public’s understanding of county government. www.naco.org.last_img read more

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HOPE Pregnancy Providing Remote Services

first_imgHOPE Pregnancy Center News:HOPE Pregnancy Center continues to serve our community through remote parent mentoring, material assistance porch-drops and take-home pregnancy tests.  HOPE’s offices have remained closed since March 16 due to the stay-at-home mandate and to ensure staff and client health and safety and will remain closed until further notice. HOPE’s in-person activities and events are on hold until meeting restrictions due to COVID-19 are lifted and the board and staff agree that the safety of the participants can be reasonably ensured.Even though HOPE’s offices are closed, clients are still receiving remote parent mentoring and check-ins through phone calls and video chats, material assistance through contactless porch-drops, take-home pregnancy tests and referrals to other community resources as needs arise.  The support of the community has ensured that services are still provided and HOPE staff remains employed.“We’re thankful for the support of the Los Alamos community,” HOPE Executive Director Kim Ferguson said. “As the COVID pandemic continues, client needs have increased. HOPE has seen an increase in requests for parent mentoring services since the start of the stay-at-home order, and we’ve been checking in with clients to make sure that they are not completely isolated. We’ve also had an increase in individuals registering for services, including those requesting material assistance. As always, HOPE’s services are free to all, and we’re happy to help in whatever ways we can.”As HOPE continues meeting client needs, some specific material donations are needed:Diapers of all sizes;Baby Wipes;Baby shampoo;Lotion;Diaper rash cream;Sunblock; and Toiletries/consumables.To arrange for HOPE’s services or donate material items, call or text 505.500.4165 or email office@hpcla.org. To learn more about HOPE, visit www.hpcla.org.About HOPEHOPE Pregnancy Center, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that upholds the sanctity of human life by providing individuals and families with free spiritual, physical, and emotional support related to reproductive health, parenting and relationships. At HOPE’s core is the understanding that healthy relationships build strong communities and all people need loving, honest support, no matter their age, circumstances or choices. The staff and volunteers at HOPE are committed to walking alongside clients throughout their relationships, pregnancy and parenting.HOPE serves all individuals with respect and compassion, regardless of demographics.last_img read more

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Homeland Security News Wire: TikTok Spying

first_imgCourtesy imageBy Paul Haskell-Dowland and James Jin KangHomeland Security News WireIn an age of isolation, video sharing platform TikTok has emerged as a bonding force for many. But recent headlines allege the service, owned by Beijing-based company ByteDance, is feeding users’ data to the Chinese Communist Party.Earlier this week, the Herald Sunreported that an unnamed federal MP was pushing for the app to be banned.Following suit, Liberal Sen. Jim Molan said TikTok was being “used and abused” by the Chinese government, while Labor senator Jenny McAllister called on TikTok’s representatives to face the Select Committee on Foreign Interference Through Social Media.TikTok has denied the accusations and rebuffed suggestions it should be banned in Australia.But why is the federal government examining this app so closely? And could it really be a tool used by the Chinese government to spy on us?A Growing FollowingWith a reported two billion downloads worldwide, TikTok’s Australian market is also significant. It has an estimated 1.6 million Aussie users, mostly aged 16-24 but with a growing number of older users too.Simply, users generate short videos that are shared in the app, with many celebrities also signing up. But although TikTok seems to offer carefree entertainment, is there a darker side?What Information Is Collected?When installed, TikTok asks users to grant several permissions, including the use of the camera, microphone and contact list. However, it may also collect location data, along with information from other apps on the device.Last year, a proposed class action lawsuit filed against TikTok in California claimed the company gathered users’ data, including phone numbers, emails, location, IP addresses, and social network contacts.The lawsuit also stated TikTok concealed the transfer of data (including biometric data), and continued to harvest it even after the app was closed. This would mean when a user shoots a video and clicks the “next” button, the video could be automatically transferred to servers – without the user’s knowledge.Where Is the Data Stored?While TikTok’s headquarters are in Beijing, Australian general manager Lee Hunter recently claimed Australian users’ data was stored in Singapore.A major challenge in sorting the truth from fiction lies in how we define “data”. While TikTok users’ details and videos may be stored in Singapore, there’s still potential for data to be extracted from this video content and the device and sent to China’s servers (although this hasn’t been proven to have happened).last_img read more