Chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee and Permanent Representative of Jamaica’s Mission to the UN, H.E. Courtenay Rattray who moderated the proceedings noted that the unveiling represented a dream and vision that has become a reality, since at first the memorial was nothing more than a mere thought. He described the occasion as being glorious, solemn and happy. He also used the opportunity to thank UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for his “unwavering support” from the moment the General Assembly decided to erect the memorial. Prime Minster of Jamaica the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller who also spoke at the unveiling said it was an honor for Jamaica to be at the forefront of the initiative as a CARICOM Member State. She said she was proud that the countries of the Caribbean Community took the lead in the initiative along with the African Union. She said she hoped the memorial would be used to say no to racism, discrimination and intolerance. Freedom was not gifted to us but was earned by the sweat, blood and tears of our fore-bearers, the Jamaican Prime Minister said. The memorial aims to remind visitors of the complete history of slavery, urging them to acknowledge the tragedy and its legacy, and to heighten awareness of the current dangers of racism, prejudice and slavery’s lingering consequences that continue to impact the descendants of slavery’s victims today. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Details from the permanent memorial in acknowledgement of the tragedy and in consideration of the legacy of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on Wednesday thank the Caribbean Community and African Union for their role in the initiation and creation of a permanent memorial to honor victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. The Memorial which is called the Ark of Return was unveiled Wednesday in a ceremony at the United Nations headquarters. Rodney Leon, an architect of Haitian descent, living and working in New York, is the creator and designer. In his remarks at the ceremony Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said the memorial would stand to honour the memory of fifteen million men, women and children who were forced to cross the Atlantic ocean on Slave ships. He said it also helps to acknowledge the collective tragedy that befell millions of people and ensures that we never forget. He said he hoped it would be a call to action against modern day slavery in the form of human trafficking. Finance Ministers Meet to Refine ‘Single Ambitious Menu’ for… You may be interested in… Coronavirus Will Cost Global Tourism at Least $1.2 trillion Jul 2, 2020 Aug 31, 2020 Jul 9, 2020 A close-up of details from the permanent memorial in acknowledgement of the tragedy and in consideration of the legacy of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz Sep 9, 2020 Address ‘Unprecedented’ Impact of Coronavirus on Latin… New Guidelines aim to Dismantle Barriers Blocking People… ‘Ark of Return’ to be unveiled todayThe United Nations will unveil the Ark of Return at its headquarters in New York this afternoon as the world marks the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The Ark of Return is a Permanent Memorial in honour of victims of slavery and…March 25, 2015In “CARICOM”Six UN Member States handover cheques for Slave Trade MemorialSix United Nations Members States have confirmed contributions to a Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade last Friday 26, September. At a high-level ceremony, held recently at United Nations Headquarters, representatives of the Netherlands, New Zealand, Qatar, Senegal and Spain handed over symbolic…September 29, 2014In “CARICOM”Jamaica’s Prime Minister joins UN Secretary-General to remember victims of slavery – Flashback Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (2nd right) participates in the unveiling of the “Ark of Return” – the Permanent Monument to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade at the UN Visitors Plaza, New York on Wednesday, March 25. With the Prime Minister are (from…March 28, 2015In “Event”Share this on WhatsApp
CDB to establish first country office in Haiti this year Deadly Haiti earthquake kills at least 12 and injures scores as aftershocks continue(Miami Herald) Haitian officials on Sunday said at least 12 people died and 188 were injured in a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked the northern portion of the island Saturday, leaving a swath of damaged and destroyed buildings and a fearful population. The quake and three aftershocks, including one 5.2-magnitude aftershock…October 8, 2018In “CARICOM”Remembering 2010 earthquake with a love song for Haiti[su_pullquote align=”right”]While the day isn’t an official holiday, Haiti’s interim government has designated Jan. 12 as “a day of reflection on the disasters and risks of Haiti.” As part of that reflection, interim President Jocelerme Privert will lead a government delegation to Saint Christophe, the barren hillside north of the…January 12, 2017In “CARICOM”Deepening Haiti’s integration into the CSMEHaiti’s President Jovenel Moise on Tuesday welcomed Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque to Port au Prince. The working visit is dealing with the further integration of Haiti into the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). These discussions come ahead of a Special Meeting…October 30, 2018In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Read more at: BBC Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Mar 5, 2018 A fire ripped through the historic Iron Market in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on Monday night, destroying one of the city’s major tourist attractions. The , or Iron Market, had been rebuilt following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The building also suffered heavy damage in a fire in 2008. Traders lost their inventories and their livelihood as the blaze ruined one of the market’s two halls. You may be interested in…
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. SAN DIEGO — Robert Pierce, owner and CEO of MasterCraft, a manufacturer of off road, racing, performance and recreational seats and mounting hardware, has announced the hire of Jim Chick as president. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Chick has built a career that spans nearly three decades in the specialty automotive aftermarket having held key positions with such industry leaders as Mr. Gasket, Mickey Thompson Tires and Trail Master Suspension Products. “As a former off-road racer, Jim Chick brings not only his comprehensive managerial and profitability experience to MasterCraft, but a genuine enthusiasm for off-road sports,” says Pierce. “We’re extremely excited about where his leadership and marketing skills will take the company.” “To be part of the team of the most recognized name in off-road seating is fantastic”, says Chick. “I’m anxious to begin setting the forward looking strategies and tactics for the customer base and expanding the product assortment for racers and enthusiasts alike”. _______________________________________ 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 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 has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 84 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 56. Courtesy/NWS
COUNTY News:Los Alamos County is seeking public input through a community survey regarding housing needs and preferences from people who live and work in Los Alamos County.A priority Strategic Goal of Council and of the Economic Vitality Strategic Plan is to increase the amount and types of housing options in the County.The County is asking community residents and people who work in the County to participate in a survey designed to assess local housing needs. Your responses will help the County plan for new housing over the next 10 years.Follow this link to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LosAlamosHousingPreferenceSurvey
Facilitator Camilla Bustamante, PhD. MPH., left, speaks to the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board of Directors gathered for an annual retreat Monday at the McCurdy Ministries Community Center in Española. Seated from right, Chair Liddie Martinez, EB&T president; UWNNM Executive Director Cindy Padilla; Deputy Director John Sarrao for Science, Technology and Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory; Rio Arriba County Economic Development Director Christopher Madrid; Board Recording Secretary Michelle Harkey-Wilde, owner of Active Integration Therapy, LLC; LANL Senior Manager Steven Renfro and Treasurer James Mountain, publisher of the Valley Daily Post; Board members not pictured, UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney; Vice Chair Carol A. Clark, publisher of the Los Alamos Daily Post (taking photo); LANL Manager Stephen Boerigter and Fire Chief Troy Hughes. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
NMDVS News:Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued a message and proclamation designating Sunday, March 29: “National Vietnam War Veterans Day” in New Mexico.“As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to take a moment to recognize our Vietnam War veterans on this day: March 29…National Vietnam War Veterans Day.“March 29 is the day our nation recognizes the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home from their service in Vietnam.“Today many in our nation may debate the merits of that war. However, in issuing a state proclamation declaring the day as “National Vietnam War Veterans Day” in New Mexico, I think there should be no debate about recognizing and thanking the men and women who served in Vietnam—and thanking their families—for their sacrifices made when answering the call for military service.“To our Vietnam War veterans, ‘Welcome Home’.” Governor’s Official Proclamation
Two young explorers take part in the Pajarito Environment Education Center’s Take It Outside program. Photo by Siobhan Niklasson You are never too young to explore the great outdoors! Photo by Denise MatthewsBy KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Postkirsten@ladailypost.comLos Alamos, like most municipalities, is practicing social distancing and staying home.But Los Alamos stands apart from many other cities in that it has a key characteristic: a multitude of open spaces and a beautiful natural environment. Even better, the great outdoors is still accessible to the public.Despite having the Los Alamos Nature Center closed, the Pajarito Environment Education Center (PEEC) is still busy getting people outdoors and exploring the natural world.Take It Outside, PEEC Marketing Manager Rachel Landman said, is an online series that is updated every weekday. The program features blog posts, craft activities and outdoor challenges. The online series can be found at https://peecnature.org/take-it-outside/Every week a different topic is featured, she said. For instance, this week the topic is outdoor adventures. Past themes were birds, signs of spring and four-footed friends.In order to generate content for the program, Landman said she has been working with Education Program Director Siobhan Niklasson, Play-Based Education Specialist Denise Matthews, Educator Elizabeth Watts and Field Science Specialist Mariana Rivera Freeman. The staff also has pulled in volunteers and regional experts to share their knowledge in the blog posts. Landman added that they try to highlight different parts of nature to keep things diverse and help people learn something new every week.People can read a blog post by volunteer and local birder Bob Walker, record floral discoveries by fashioning a bracelet made of tape and sticking different flowers and leaves to it, act like a lizard to find warm and cool places outside and maybe do some lizard-inspired exercises.Landman said on each daily post, there is an opportunity to give feedback on the program and so far the comments have been really positive. She added that March’s Take It Outside content has generated more than 4,000 views on PEEC’s website.“That’s been really awesome to see,” Landman said. “The level of enthusiasm from the community has been great and I think people are definitely looking for things to do.”The idea to develop an online program originated when Los Alamos Public Schools announced their initial closure and the nature center closed down as well.Landman said PEEC staff started brainstorming different ideas and formats that the PEEC could use to continue serving the community.“We just want to keep connecting people to our natural environment and keep providing services to the community, even though we can’t offer them a physical location at this time,” she said.While PEEC works to get people outside, Landman said the organization emphasizes the importance of social distancing.“I think getting outside and continuing to learn about nature is good for everybody’s physical and mental health … we definitely recommend that people social distance, don’t mingle with other families and stay home if they’re sick,” Landman said. “I think the trails are one of the things we can continue to enjoy right now while following the recommended precautions. Especially now with the warmer days, it is definitely a good time to spend some quality time outdoors.”In addition to Take It Outside, PEEC is hosting livestreamed talks at 7 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Fridays. The livestreams can be accessed at https://peecnature.org/events/The livestreams cover everything from astronomy to forest restoration after the Cerro Grande Fire. Landman said PEEC also has livestreamed from the wildlife observation room and hosted a behind-the-scenes look at critter feeding.There are several ways the community can support these programs, she said. People can encourage friends to participate in Take It Outside and the livestreams and share their photos and experiences with PEEC. If locals are experts in a subject, they can reach out about the possibility of writing a blog post. She added that while all the programs are free, donations are accepted.“Our community of members, volunteers, donors and program participants is really at the heart of everything PEEC does,” Landman said. “It has been great to still bring our community together through these programs, even if we have to do it at a distance.”
COUNTY News: Budget hearings are set for April 20, 21, 27 and 28. All hearings begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. The format will be the same format used for the March 31 and April 7 council meetings that complies with the recent New Mexico Department of Health’s public emergency order governing mass gathering because of COVID-19. Public in-person attendance will not be allowed. Minimal County staff will be in attendance in person to present their proposed budget items and all Councilors will be participating using the Zoom conference platform. Members of the public interested in watching the budget hearings can view the agenda and live stream the meeting from home using this link below and accessing the hearings for the respective dates listed above:http://losalamos.legistar.com/Calendar.aspxThe hearings also will be broadcast live on cable television on PAC-8, the local community station.It is expected that the Council may make adjustments to the budget based on the COVID-19 emergency; the budget was developed prior to the pandemic.Until the Council adopts the budget, it is still open for discussion and change. Scheduled budget hearings may be cancelled if the budget is adopted at an earlier hearing. Citizens can submit comments in two ways:Send U.S. mail to County Manager Harry Burgess, 1000 Central Avenue, Ste 350, Los Alamos, NM 87544E-Mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance and include the words “Public Comment” in the subject line.