October 2020

Barbados, Suriname diplomats call for more youth involvement in CARICOM

first_img Advance Digital Transformation – Prime Minister… Sep 30, 2020 Related Posts Sep 23, 2020 Suriname reaffirms commitment to CARICOMThe Republic of Suriname has reaffirmed its commitment to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) through a new ambassador who was accredited by the CARICOM Secretary-General on Wednesday 30 January 2020. The accreditation ceremony took place at the Georgetown, Guyana Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat. In accepting the Letter of Credence of…February 2, 2020In “CARICOM”Two new Ambassadors to CARICOM AccreditedDeveloping the world’s first climate resilient countries is a key focus for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for 2018 which promises to be a year of “rebuilding and growth,” CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said Friday 12 January. He was at the time accrediting new ambassadors of Barbados and St. Vincent…January 12, 2018In “Barbados”New Haitian Ambassador to CARICOM accreditedCARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque expressed his desire to have Haiti increase its participation in the regional Single Market and Economy as he accredited the country’s new Ambassador to CARICOM in an on-line ceremony, Tuesday. Ambassador H.E. Beausoleil Sam presented his credentials in a ceremony witnessed by members of CARICOM’s…September 16, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp CARICOM Youth Ambassadors’ Message – Caribbean… center_img CARICOM Competition Authorities encouraged to co-operate Sep 29, 2020 “These are important elements of Community life to which President Bouterse has demonstrated great commitment and dedicated leadership,” he stated. The Secretary-General also lauded the impetus that the Honourable Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados brought to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) since her election earlier this year. He said that this energy would continue at the Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government on the CSME in Trinidad and Tobago on 3-4 December, and well beyond. Ambassador Comissiong noted that his Prime Minister was endeavouring to “reenergise the successful implementation of the CSME, with the ultimate goal of the sustainable development of individual Member States and the long-term sustainability and success of CARICOM.” Barbados also remained committed, he said, to continue to highlight the need for urgent attention to the effects that natural disasters presented to the lives and the living of the people of Small Island Developing States (SIDs). Prime Minister Mottley holds responsibility for CSME in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet and also serves as the Chair of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Reparations. With respect to reparations, Secretary-General LaRocque noted the role of Ambassador Comissiong, describing him as one of the pioneers in the Region, having campaigned extensively in support of Reparations as well as having published a book on the topic. Underscoring the significance of the Ambassadors’ accreditation, he said as new members of CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors and as Special Representative of their Heads of Government, they will play key roles in implementing decisions of the Community Organs at the national level. “A significant part of your mandate is to engage and interact with the citizens of your country to highlight and promote the objectives, work and benefits of the Community. This is an essential contribution to strengthening the CARICOM Identity and Spirit of Community,” Secretary-General LaRocque said. As the Community approached 2019, the final year of the first Community Strategic Plan, he said that much work was still left to be done, while planning for a second five-year Plan was already underway. The CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors’ involvement in the preparations for the second Plan would be of critical importance, he told the new Ambassadors. “You, therefore, come on board in a dynamic phase of our integration process. I look forward to your participation in the next meeting of the Committee on 6 December,” he said. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… (CARICOM Secretariat) Envoys of Barbados and Suriname have stressed the importance of youth participation in the regional integration movement, as they reassured the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) of their commitment to active participation in CARICOM’s success. The sentiments were expressed on Thursday, 8 November, 2018, when new Ambassadors to CARICOM, His Excellency David Comissiong of Barbados and Her Excellency Chantal Elsenhout of Suriname, presented their Letters of Credence to Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque. The accreditation ceremony took place at the Georgetown, Guyana, Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat.   CARICOM SG with delegations from Barbados and Suriname, and Members of Staff of the CARICOM Secretariat who witnessed the accreditation ceremony of the new Ambassadors of Barbados and of Suriname to CARICOM CARICOM SG Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (L) accepts the Letter of Credence of new Suriname Ambassador to CARICOM, Her Excellency Chantal Elsenhout CARICOM SG, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (R) accepts the Letter of Credence of new Barbados Ambassador to CARICOM, His Excellency David Comissiong Secretary-General LaRocque said both countries had played historic roles in CARICOM; Barbados as one of the four original signatories and Suriname as the first non-English speaking Member of the Community. In his remarks, Ambassador Comissiong said that the active engagement of the youth was critical to “advance the CARICOM project.” “The future of the Caribbean will be achieved through the involvement of our young people. Geographical boundaries do not exist in the minds of our young people. They fully recognise the Caribbean space as theirs to exploit, with or without the help of Governments, but beyond that they see the whole world as their horizon,” he said. Within Suriname’s responsibility in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet for community development, cultural cooperation including youth and sports, Her Excellency Elsenhout said her country considered it important, “to constantly invest in our youth.” “Suriname reiterates its commitment to the work in the social and economic development of this group in the Region. We are looking forward to closely working together on projects and programmes to enhance youth participation, sports and cultural people to people contact within our country,” she added. Secretary-General LaRocque acknowledged the role being played by President Desiré Bouterse.last_img read more

Caribbean States prepare to battle illegal fishing

first_img Mar 5, 2020 You may be interested in… Caribbean authorities lead way to cross-sectoral,… Sep 1, 2020 Apr 3, 2020 New GEF-Funded Blue Economy Initiative begins in Caribbean CARICOM Heads Recognise Covid-19 Economic Threat, Maintain… center_img Participants are increasing their ability to function in an operational environment and in accordance with best practices based on the CRFM’s Prosecution and Enforcement Manuals for CARIFORUM Member States: Volume 1 – Fisheries Prosecution Manual; and Volume 2 – Fisheries Enforcement Standard Operating Procedures Manual. These officers who have border security and fisheries prosecution responsibilities, will become more knowledgeable of the correct procedures to follow while enforcing the laws under their Fisheries Acts and Regulations. They will also become better able to prepare for trial proceedings where offences are committed in violation of the Fisheries Laws and where illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) fishing is perpetrated. IUU fishing is a major concern for the region, since it undermines efforts to conserve and sustainably manage fisheries resources and furthermore jeopardizes food security, livelihoods, and foreign exchange earnings from fisheries. The subject matter experts who facilitated the course were drawn from the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Secretariat; the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) – Barbados; the Royal Barbados Police Force Marine Unit; Royal Navy – Fisheries Protection Squadron; the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy – Barbados; and the Regional Security System Headquarters. Successful participants will be awarded an RSS Certificate of Training for the completion of the Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction course. This course was jointly funded by the European Union through the 10th EDF Project and Regional Security System (RSS). The RSS is an international agreement for the defense and security of the Eastern Caribbean region. The seven member nations are: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Member States cooperate in the prevention and interdiction of trafficking in illegal narcotic drugs, in national emergencies, search and rescue, immigration control, fisheries protection, customs and excise control, maritime policing duties, natural and other disasters, pollution control, combating threats to national security, the prevention of smuggling, and in the protection of offshore installations and exclusive economic zones. The RSS also provides training for joint land and maritime operations, disaster relief, anti-drug operations and antiterrorism, and intelligence gathering and sharing. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Feb 20, 2020 Barbados Maritime Affairs Ministry to Co-Host Upcoming… (Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Press Release)— Eighteen border control officers from seven Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are currently undergoing a four-week training course in Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction, organized by the Barbados-based Regional Security System (RSS) in collaboration with the CRFM Secretariat, the Government of Barbados, and the British Royal Navy’s Fisheries Protection Squadron. The training, being held at the Paragon Base of the Barbados Defense Force, brings together officers of the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force Coast Guard; Antigua and Barbuda Fisheries Division; Barbados Coast Guard; Royal Barbados Police Force Marine Unit; Barbados Fisheries Division; Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force; Royal Grenada Police Force Marine Unit; the St. Kitts-Nevis Defense Force Coast Guard; Royal Saint Lucia Police Force Marine Unit; and the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force Coast Guard. The course is expected to improve the skills and competencies of authorised officers responsible for enforcing the Fisheries Acts and Fisheries Regulations, and supporting administrative policies. Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Barbados Set For OAS Culture Ministers Conference

first_img CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Put your money where your mouth is! – Barbados Culture MinisterMinister of Culture, Sports and Youth of Barbados, the Hon. Stephen Lashley, is of the view that regional Governments needed to redirect some of their resources to the cultural industries if they were truly interested in regional economic expansion and development. He said funding that was going to some traditional sectors that…June 22, 2017In “Anguilla”Regional initiative to tackle banking threatCARICOM Heads of Government have agreed to establish a Committee of Finance Ministers to work with the Caribbean Association of Banks on a plan to deal with the region being unjustly labeled a high-risk area for financial services. CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of The Bahamas Rt. Hon. Perry Christie made…March 2, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARICOM places emphasis on sports tourism, cultural industriesCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have decided to place emphasis on developing their cultural and creative industries and sports sectors to boost their economies. The announcement was made at the closing press conference of the two-day 26th Intersessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government on Friday afternoon by Chairman…February 28, 2015In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp You may be interested in… Oct 9, 2020 Caribbean Leaders Urged to Diversify Creative Economy… May 21, 2020 Market Region as Safe Haven – Business Leader center_img They are: The Economic Significance of the Creative Economy in the Caribbean, Enhancing the Economic Potential of Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean, Opportunities for the Youth in the Cultural Heritage Sector, and The Challenges of Creative Industries in the Caribbean: The point of view of the Superheroes of the Creative Economy. The international meeting, which officially starts this Thursday, September 19, will attract close to 200 participants from the hemisphere, who will have the opportunity to network, share best practices, and discuss emerging trends in cultural development. Topics on the agenda include: Strengthening the Creative Economy and Culture Sector: Repositioning the Culture Sector to Secure Sustainable Development; Enhancing the Capacity of Businesses and Enterprises in the Creative Economy through Greater Financial and Technical Support; and Safeguarding Cultural Heritage: Developing Inter-Sectoral Linkages for Sustainable Economic Growth. This meeting will be the second OAS Ministers of Culture Meeting to be held in Barbados since 2008. It is expected to be beneficial to the Caribbean, as member states are seeking to develop orange economies as a means of diversifying their economies. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… (Barbados Government Information Service) Barbados is set to host the eighth Organisation of American States’ (OAS) Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities at Hilton Barbados, from September 19 to 20. The theme for the meeting is Strengthening the Creative Economy and Culture Sector: Repositioning the Culture Sector to Secure Sustainable Development. Ahead of the official start of the conference, a number of panel discussions have been planned for Wednesday, September 18. They are: The Economic Significance of the Creative Economy in the Caribbean, Enhancing the Economic Potential of Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean, Opportunities for the Youth in the Cultural Heritage Sector, and The Challenges of Creative Industries in the Caribbean: The point of view of the Superheroes of the Creative Economy. Jun 4, 2020 Jul 13, 2020 CARICOM looking to Creatives For Input, Ideas to Bolster… last_img read more

Federal-Mogul Names Ramzi Hermiz Senior Vice President, Sealing Systems

first_imgDeMoulpied 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.  SOUTHFIELD, MI — Ramzi Hermiz has been appointed senior vice president, sealing systems for Federal-Mogul. He was also appointed to the company’s strategy board. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Previously vice president of Federal-Mogul’s European Aftermarket, Hermiz joined Federal-Mogul in 1998 when the company purchased Fel-Pro, Inc. Since then, Hermiz has held positions of increasing responsibility, beginning with director, purchasing; followed by director, pull systems and inventory; and then vice president, global supply chain management. Before joining Fel-Pro in 1990, Hermiz was manager, purchasing and quality assurance for a manufacturer of residential lighting and other products. He began his career as a design and product engineer for a consulting firm serving the heavy-duty construction industry. For more information about Federal-Mogul, visit: www.federal-mogul.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 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. 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

1978 INDY 500 Co-Rookie of the Year Rice Dies At 63

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Larry Rice, a two-time USAC Silver Crown champion and USAC Midget car champion who was co-rookie of the year in the 1978 Indianapolis 500, died May 20. He was 63.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Rice, who enjoyed a distinguished second career as a racing broadcaster, had two starts in the “500” (1978 and 1979) and was the answer to a popular racing trivia question in that the driver with whom he tied for the 1978 “500” rookie honors was eventual four-time race winner Rick Mears. Rice finished 11th in that race, blowing an engine while running in 10th place, just as Al Unser was about to take the checkered flag. The genial Rice had been in ill health for some time but had continued through life in his remarkably bright and breezy style—even as his situation worsened—shrugging off any concern over his well being. Rice raced with the United States Auto Club for 24 seasons, taking the green flag in more than 650 feature events. He won five Silver Crown races, three sprint car features and 15 midget car main events, combining for a total of 100 finishes within the top three. He won the Silver Crown championship in 1977 and 1981, the Midget car title in 1973, and was runner-up in the Sprint car standings in 1983. He managed to win all of USAC’s short track classics, including The Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the Pat O’Connor/Joe James memorial for sprint cars at Salem, Ind., the Hut Hundred for Midgets at Terre Haute, Ind., and several events at Rossburg, Ohio’s 4-Crown Nationals. He also made several annual winter treks “down under” to race Midgets, the Australians and New Zealanders calling them “speed cars.” In 1993, he was inducted into the AAA/USAC National Midget Hall of Fame.Advertisement At the time of his passing, Rice was serving his second year as president of the Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers Club. For almost 20 years, Rice was paired with anchor Gary Lee in providing analysis for a variety of television and radio broadcasts, including many seasons on ESPN’s “Thunder” series, in addition to numerous other television and radio broadcasts, including the ESPN International telecast of the Indianapolis 500, racetrack public address announcing assignments and guest appearances. He was also a member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network crew from time to time. Born in tiny Linden, Ind., near Crawfordsville, Rice’s senior year in high school was shared with only 11 other students. He attended Ball State University at the same time as David Letterman, and graduated with a master’s degree in marketing. Although he would later enter the racetrack liability coverage business with K & K Insurance, his early years out of college were spent teaching fifth- and sixth-grade pupils in a Crawfordsville school. Rice began his USAC racing career in 1968, and as serious as he was about his participation, he delighted fans for several years by showing up at each race meet wearing a different choice of headgear. Stocking caps, Trilbies, Homburgs, bowlers, deerstalkers, Mickey Mouse ears – anything was fair game.Advertisement There are a number of facets about Rice’s life that were quite remarkable, one being that he attended the very first Hoosier Hundred in 1953 with his family, and either as a fan, driver or broadcaster, he never missed a single one through to the time of his passing. He won the 1981 edition, leading all 100 laps. In spite of his total number of races – which, to include heats, would have numbered literally in the thousands – he was very rarely involved in any kind of an accident and probably could have counted on one hand the number of times he was “upside down.” But perhaps the most remarkable of all was that in spite of his many years as a race driver and the potential for on-track and off-track disputes; his many years as a broadcaster, occasionally being placed in the position of having to offer opinions on controversial subjects; not to mention his long-time occupation in the challenging and less-than-rosy world of racetrack insurance, friends generally agree that Rice never had an enemy in the world. He is survived by wife, Beverly, and sons Robbie and Zachary. Friends and colleagues were invited to a celebration of Rice’s life on May 23 at Brickyard Crossing. Donations may be made to: The Journey Church c/o Mark Wingler 6690 E. U.S. Highway 136 Brownsburg, IN 46112 or UVMC Foundation Cancer Center 3130 North County Road 25A Troy, OH 45373last_img read more

LANL Director Emeritus Terry Wallace Speaks To MOWW At American Legion On Future Of War

first_imgBy BONNIE J. GORDONLos Alamos Daily [email protected] Terry C. Wallace, Jr., Director Emeritus of Los Alamos National Laboratory spoke to the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars Companions Tuesday at the American Legion in Los Alamos.One of the perks of living in Los Alamos is getting to hear from some of the best minds in the country in an informal setting. Wallace has an especially close relationship will the local MOWW chapter. His father was a member. He was warmly welcomed by Chapter members as an old friend. His topic Tuesday was the future of warfare.Wallace is well suited to discuss this topic. Before becoming Laboratory Director, Wallace was LANL’s Principal Associate Director for Global Security and the Senior Intelligence Executive, leading national security programs. He has traveled the world representing LANL, meeting with scientists and political leaders from many countries.He began his talk with some history of the Lab’s national security mission, beginning with the post-war years when the U.S. was the sole nuclear power and into the years of the arms race with the Soviet Union.“President Eisenhower came up with the idea of deterrence,” Wallace said. “The concept is, we’re going to have a threat that is so serious that no one will attack us.”Throughout the 1990s, the U.S. sought technological superiority to stay ahead of its enemies, and for a time, achieved it, but other countries, especially China were hot on our heels, Wallace said.In 2015, by the time Wallace was part of a group at LANL formed to discuss the future of war, the world had changed dramatically, bringing about new challenges to national security quite different from those facing the scientists and politicians of the past, he said.Wallace outlined some of the major threats the U.S. now faces.He first discussed cyber warfare. Pointing to the catastrophic outcome, if financial markets were interrupted for even one day, and the vulnerability of our power grid. Wallace said a major challenge is making our infrastructure unhackable. Although fiber optics has helped with this, technology is constantly catching up and surpassing attempts at protecting our infrastructure.The use of large analytic data sets to solve problems and seek solutions has complicated matters, he said.“We hate it when we see an effect and not know the cause,” Wallace said. “We can see effect in a complex data set, but we don’t know how the answer came about.” For example, we see a certain pattern and we’re likely to get an earthquake, but the why is a mystery, Wallace said.Even if we remain on top of the heap, advanced manufacturing has its own problems, Wallace said. It relies on exotic materials the U.S. doesn’t produce.“Ninety percent of the world’s lithium comes from Bolivia and is controlled by China,” Wallace said, as an example.There’s also the trade war and the currency war to think about. One of the most troubling to Wallace is the discussion war.“Our biggest conflict is about truth,” he said.With people relying on “self selected news” and on social media (73 percent of people in the U.S. get their news from this source) alternate facts need not be considered in one’s analysis, Wallace said. Not only that, technical advances now mean you can’t see it and believe it’s necessarily true.“Fake video you can’t tell is fake is here,” Wallace said. “You can’t guarantee anything on media has not been changed.”Economic security is important to us as a nation, but the economy is no longer national, but global, Wallace pointed out. The five largest tech companies that make up the fifth largest economy in the world pay taxes in lots of countries. Are they loyal to any one nation or any nation at all, he asked? Since the mapping of the human genome, China has made a big investment into genetic research, Wallace said. He pointed out that genetic testing services 23&Me and Ancestry.com are partially owned by China.“Something as simple as the flu can be weaponized to target a specific population,” he said.  “…China does research the U.S. won’t touch.”The high cost of medical care for an aging population may not be a weapon used against us, but those costs compete with the costs of defending ourselves, Wallace said.Another problem is that we’re “married to the military industrial complex,” he said. Politics, moneyed interests and inertia in government keep us producing things like tanks that we hardly use instead of using our resources on what we need now.“Los Alamos National Laboratory is at a crossroads,” Wallace said. “We are in a bigger cusp of change than we’ve ever been in.” LTC Gregg Giesler, USA (Ret), Commander of the  Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars Companions presents Dr. Terry C. Wallace, Jr., Director Emeritus of Los Alamos National Laboratory with a plaque and certificate to express the group’s appreciation of Wallace’s talk on the future of war based on his years of distinguished service at LANL in many roles. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Dr. Terry C. Wallace, Jr., Director Emeritus of Los Alamos National Laboratory speaks to the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars Tuesday at the American Legion in Los Alamos on the future of war. Photo by Bonnie J. 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McQuiston: Can You Afford An Unexpected Sewer Line Replacement?

first_imgBy ALLEN MCQUISTONThe Jemez AgencyLos AlamosThe drains and toilets in your house start to back up. Nothing seems to be draining so you call the plumber. When the plumber arrives, he inserts a snake with a camera on the end, into your main sewer line from the basement to the city street to see what is going on.The plumber has bad news. The camera shows that your main sewer pipe has collapsed in several places, has tree root invasions, and the entire line needs to be replaced.  The main sewer pipe is buried very deep in the front yard. At first, you hope that the sewer utility company will just come out and replace it for free. Unfortunately, your plumber tells you that you are responsible for all repairs and costs for replacing this section of sewer pipe, not just on your property, but up to the street utility connection, too.It will cost thousands of dollars to replace the pipe, and there’s no way you can live in a house without a properly functioning sewer system. A check with your home insurance agent reveals that sewer lines are not included in your homeowner’s policy coverage. What caused the collapse and how did the tree roots get into your sewer line, especially since you have no trees on your property?The pipe on your property was made from wood pulp blended with coal tar, which was used extensively during and after World War II due to metal shortages. Although it can last a long time, when it does fail, it usually fails by collapsing, becoming oval or “heart-shaped”, and then delaminating and separating at the pipe-joint couplings.When this happens, the leaking water and sewage are sought out by the surrounding tree roots for survival. The roots can enter the pipe openings as small, thin roots but over many years, the roots grow large in diameter. Growing roots on the outside of the weak pipe can cause it to deform and be displaced.  When the roots grow inside the actual pipe, the roots themselves can cause the pipe blockage. Your plumber explains that even though there are no trees on your property, there is a huge, old, tree in a nearby yard that can be causing the root invasions.Your plumber explains the three common methods for dealing with failed sewer pipes.  They include pipe-relining, pipe-bursting, and conventional open-trench excavation.  The first two are considered “trenchless” and are sometimes preferred where an open excavation could destroy the property.In the conventional open-trench excavation process, the contractor uses electronic detection equipment to locate the path of the pipe and where to dig directly over it. The excavator digs an open trench over the path of the old sewer line.The damaged sections of sewer pipe show the collapse, indentations, and holes created by old age and tree roots. The indentations were face-down in the trench as the roots grew under the pipe, seeking out the water leaking by gravity.Next, new PVC sewer pipe is installed in the trench which will have fewer pipe joints and future points-of-failure for tree root intrusion. Finally, the contractors will fill in the trench, re-establish the grade, and this sewer replacement project is complete. The lawn will need to be seeded in the spring to restore everything back to normal. Luckily, this repair did not require the city street to be cut open. If it had, in most cases, the homeowner would be responsible for that additional work and cost.There is not much a homeowner can do to prevent the natural aging of underground sewer lines and their eventual demise, especially if your system has an old pipe and is vulnerable to tree root intrusion. Thankfully, there are now service line insurance products that can protect against unexpected repair expenditure such as this one and can help make the incident less disruptive financially.  Check with your insurance professional to see what is available for you.last_img read more

Secretary Bernhardt Announces Over $100 Million In Public-Private Funding For Wetland Conservation

first_imgSince 1934, the Federal Duck Stamp Program and Migratory Bird Conservation Fund have provided more than $1 billion for habitat conservation in the Refuge System. Funds raised from the sale of Federal Duck Stamps go toward the acquisition or lease of habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Duck Stamps – while required for waterfowl hunters as an annual license – are also voluntarily purchased by birders, outdoor enthusiasts and fans of national wildlife refuges who understand the value of preserving some of the most diverse and important wildlife habitats in our nation. NAWCA is the only federal grant program dedicated to the conservation of wetland habitats for migratory birds. Since 1989, funding has advanced the conservation of wetland habitats and their wildlife in all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico while engaging more than 6,200 partners in nearly 3,000 projects. More information about the grant projects is available here. “Buying Duck Stamps is one of the many ways hunters contribute to conservation.” Secretary Bernhardt said. “Expanding waterfowl habitat and hunter access through this Duck Stamp-funded project is a great way to kick off hunting season.”  “NAWCA is a cornerstone funding program for DU’s conservation work across the continent,” Ducks Unlimited CEO Adam Putnam said. “Sec. Bernhardt’s announcement of the $28 million in approved funding for the program will ensure DU and our partners are able to continue habitat improvement projects across North America. These funds will be matched dollar for dollar and are often doubled, tripled or more in conjunction with project-specific partners. This allows organizations like DU and our partners to provide critical habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds and other wildlife. We appreciate the Secretary’s foresight and his commitment to conservation.”  Marking its 30th anniversary since enactment, the 2019 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants will be used to ensure waterfowl and other birds are protected throughout their life cycles. Of the funds issued, $23.9 million was allocated for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to conserve or restore more than 150,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 20 states throughout the United States. “These public-private grants help uphold President Trump’s important promise to America’s sportsmen and women to preserve our nation’s wildlife and provide access to our public lands for future generations,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said. “Landmark legislation like the North American Wetlands Conservation Act has made that possible for all Americans and these treasured natural resources during the past 30 years.” These grants will be matched by more than $72 million in partner funds. The commission also approved $4.2 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve 2,200 acres in Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. These funds were raised largely through the sale of Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly known as “Duck Stamps.” The Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge project will restore and conserve more than 2,200 acres on the upper Williamson River for migratory birds, including several species of waterfowl, such as northern pintail, mallard, American wigeon, Canada geese, white-fronted geese and snow geese. The restoration will improve the area for native fish species, especially redband and rainbow trout, providing for world-class fishing as well as expanding public use opportunities for wildlife observation and photography.center_img The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is an unparalleled network of 567 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts. There is a national wildlife refuge within an hour’s drive of most major metropolitan areas. Refuges offer world-class public recreation, from fishing, hunting and wildlife observation to photography and environmental education. More than 55 million people visit refuges every year, creating economic booms for local communities. WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, approved $28 million in funding for various wetland conservation projects. Wetlands provide many ecological, economic and social benefits such as habitat for fish, wildlife and a variety of plants. NAWCA grants conserve bird populations and wetland habitat while supporting local economies and American traditions such as hunting, fishing, birdwatching, family farming and cattle ranching. This year’s projects include:Missouri River Valley Wetlands – $1 million to acquire, restore and enhance 4,618 acres within major wetland and grassland complexes within the Missouri River Alluvial Plain in western Iowa and northwest Missouri, benefitting northern pintail, lesser scaup and many other species.Upper Snake River – $1 million to protect and enhance 1,691 acres of migrating, breeding and wintering habitat in eastern Idaho. Species that will benefit include trumpeter swan, northern pintail and mallard.Texas Bays, Wetlands and Prairies II – $1 million to enhance 2,885 acres of wetland types and other critical wetland habitats in mid-coast Texas. The project will benefit mottled ducks, black-bellied whistling ducks, fulvous whistling ducks and other species. “The habitat restoration work on the Klamath Marsh Refuge is particularly important for migrating waterfowl given the water shortage and long-term decline of wetlands in the nearby Klamath Basin,” stated Mark Hennelly, Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the California Waterfowl Association.  “Our Association appreciates the commission and the Department of Interior’s ongoing efforts to address waterfowl habitat needs in southern Oregon and northeastern California.”  “CSF applauds the Department of the Interior for the issuance of $28 million in funding for grants that are made available through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), said President of Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Jeff Crane. Since inception, this highly successful program has completed more than 2,800 projects spanning across nearly 30 million acres in all 50 states, Canada, and Mexico. NAWCA requires that for every federal dollar contributed to the program, a non-federal source must equally match the federal contribution. Sportsmen and women are often part of this non-federal match, making this a partnership that benefits habitat conservation and our great outdoors traditions.”   DOI News: The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission is chaired by the Secretary of the Interior. Its members include Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico; Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas; Reps. Robert J. Wittman of Virginia and Mike Thompson of California; Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture; and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The commission has helped in conserving much of this nation’s most important waterfowl habitat and in establishing or enhancing many of the country’s most popular destinations for waterfowl hunting. The commission also received a report on 31 NAWCA small grants, which were approved by the North American Wetlands Conservation Council in March. Small grants are awarded for smaller projects up to $100,000 to encourage new grantees and partners to carry out smaller-scale conservation work. The commission has authorized the council to approve these projects up to a $5 million. This year, $3 million in grants was matched by $11.1 million in partner funds. Additional information about North American wetlands and waterfowl conservation can be found at https://www.fws.gov/birds/, which offers waterfowl enthusiasts, biologists and agency managers with the most up-to-date waterfowl habitat and population information.last_img read more

Commissioner SGR Signs Executive Order Providing Land Office Employees 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

first_img“I’m extremely grateful to the Governor for taking this initiative and prompting this change of culture in state government. The Land Office is committed to supporting working parents and promoting the health of our employees and their families,” Commissioner Garcia Richard said. “This comprehensive paid parental leave policy gives us an edge in recruiting and retaining dedicated and talented staff, which has been a priority my first year in office.” SANTA FE – New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard signed her first Executive Order of 2020 Jan. 3 to provide a paid 12-week parental leave policy for employees of the State Land Office. View: Executive Order 2020-001. This order follows Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order signed Dec. 31, 2019 to provide eligible state employees who work at agencies under her oversight paid parental leave. The Governor urged other independent State agencies to also provide this important benefit.center_img The Land Office maintains a vacancy rate of 9.8 percent, which is down 11 percent since Commissioner Garcia Richard was sworn in Jan. 1, 2018. NMSLO News:last_img read more

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Smith’s Marketplace

first_imgOn the job in Los Alamos Tuesday afternoon is HR Specialist Cathy Balkey at Smith’s Marketplace at 751 Trinity Dr. She has worked for the Smith’s corporation for 30 years. The best thing about her job? “My customers … they are just amazing and uplifting in every way!” To learn more about employment opportunities at Smith’s, click here: https://jobs.kroger.com/smiths-food-and-drug/go/Smith's-Food-&-Drug/588300/ #worklosalamos #wherediscvoeriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comlast_img read more