World Bank Provides US$8M to Strengthen Agriculture and Food… You may be interested in… Jun 29, 2020 The theme of the week of activities is ‘Strengthening agriculture for a healthier future in the Region’. The CWA, which officially opened on Wednesday evening a the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, featured a number of workshops around the theme and on specific topics such as the Region’s coconut industry; youth employment and entrepreneurship; climate resilience in the agriculture and fisheries sectors, small ruminants and school-feeding programme. A MarketPlace and Trade Show also opened on Wednesday and concludes on Friday. The 15th edition of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) wraps up today in Bridgetown, Barbados. PM of Barbados, the Hon Mia Mottley greets officials at the opening ceremony of Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2018 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown, Barbados on Wednesday 10 October, 2018 PM of Barbados, the Hon Mia Mottley greets officials at the opening ceremony of Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2018 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown, Barbados on Wednesday 10 October, 2018 PM Mia Mottley greets Executive Director of CARDI, Mr. Barton Clarke at the opening ceremony of Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2018 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown, Barbados on Wednesday 10 October, 2018 Agriculture networking at the opening of the CWA 2018 in Barbados on Wednesday Focus on agriculture: Barbados PM Mia Mottley, St. Kitts and Nevis PM Dr Timothy Harris, CARICOM SG Amb. Irwin LaRocque and other officials at the opening of Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 2018 A section of the audience at the opening of CWA 2018 Ministers of Agriculture were among the officials at the opening ceremony of CWA 2018 CARICOM Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque in discussion with officials at the opening ceremony of CWA 2018 in Bridgetown, Barbados The CARICOM Secretariat was represented at the CWA 2018 MarketPlace and Trade Show at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Barbados The CARICOM Secretariat was represented at the CWA 2018 MarketPlace and Trade Show at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Barbados CARICOM Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque and Ms. Gloria Whitney of the CARICOM Secretariat at the CARICOM Secretariat’s booth CARICOM SG, Amb. Irwin LaRocque, DG, CARICOM’s Office of Trade Negotiations and Ms. Gloria Whitney of the CARICOM Secretariat at the Secretariat’s booth CARICOM Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque interacts with schoolchildren at the CARICOM booth at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture held in Barbados in October A hug from the Secretary-General CARICOM Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque interacts with schoolchildren at the CARICOM booth CARICOM Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque interacts with schoolchildren at the CARICOM booth CARICOM Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque interacts with schoolchildren at the CARICOM booth One of the booths at the MarketPlace and Trade Show One of the booths at the MarketPlace and Trade Show One of the booths at the MarketPlace and Trade Show The Barbados Orchid Society booth The Barbados Orchid Society booth CARICOM SG. Amb. Irwin LaRocque and Ms. Ann-Marie King of the Barbados Agricultural Development Corporation admire the flowers on display at the MarketPlace and Trade Show Beautiful flowers at the CWA 2018 MarketPlace and Trade Show Blended bread! At one of the booths at the MarketPlace and Trade Show CARDI Day 2018 to focus on coconuts At the CARDI booth Coconuts were a key feature of the CARDI booth at the CWA 2018 MarketPlace and Trade Show Th Food and Agriculture Organisation booth at the CWA 2018 MarketPlace and Trade Show One of the booths at the MarketPlace and Trade Show Products at one of the booths at the MarketPlace and Trade Show One of the booths at the MarketPlace and Trade Show Ms. Ann-Marie King of the Barbados Agricultural Development Corporation and CARICOM SG. Amb. Irwin LaRocque e MarketPlace and Trade Show Ms. Ann-Marie King of the Barbados Agricultural Development Corporation and CARICOM SG. Amb. Irwin LaRocque e MarketPlace and Trade Show CARICOM SG, Amb. Irwin LaRocque visiting one of the booths at the CWA 2018 MarketPlace and Trade Show CARICOM SG, Amb. Irwin LaRocque at the CAHFSA booth at the CWA 2018 MarketPlace and Trade Show CARICOM SG, Amb. Irwin LaRocque in discussion with Barbados Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Indar Weir CARICOM SG chats with a visitor at the CWA MarketPlace and Trade Show Assistant Secretary-General, TEI, Mr. Joseph Cox addresses the Opening Ceremony of the Special Meeting of the COTED on Agriculture, Friday morning at the Hilton Hotel in Barbados. Others at the Head Table are (from left) Dr. Richard Brown – Director, CARICOM Single Market and Sectoral Programmes; Dr. Ronnie Brathwaithe – Deputy Programme Manager – Agricultural Development; the Hon. Dean Jonas – Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Antigua and Barbuda; and Mr. Nigel Durrant – Agricultural Trade Specialist. The Special Meeting of COTED on Agriculture in session on Friday at the Barbados Hilton Aug 10, 2020 13th Annual Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum to be… CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Oct 9, 2020 Caribbean COVID-19 Food Security and Livelihoods Impact… Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Aug 27, 2020 Preparations move into high gear for Caribbean Week of Agriculture in BarbadosA Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) website was launched earlier this week as preparations moved into high gear for the event which will be held in Bridgetown, Barbados, 8-12 October, 2018. The premier agriculture event on the Region’s calendar will be held under the theme ‘Strengthening agriculture for a healthier…August 16, 2018In “Barbados”Media Advisory – Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2018(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The Caribbean Week of Agriculture will be held in Bridgetown, Barbados, 8-12 October, 2018, under the theme ‘Strengthening agriculture for a healthier future in the Region’. The CWA will be formally opened on 10 October, 2018 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Please visit the…September 24, 2018In “Barbados”Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 in Cayman IslandsOrganisers are putting the final touches on preparations for the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) to be held in the Cayman Islands later this month. The CWA, the Region’s premier agriculture event, will be held in Grand Cayman, 24-28 October, 2016, under the theme ‘Investing in food and agriculture’. This…October 10, 2016In “CAHFSA”Share this on WhatsApp
TROY, MI — ArvinMeritor has appointed Joe Mejaly to the position of vice president and general manager of its Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket business, part of the company’s Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS) business group. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement According to Tom Gosnell, senior vice president and president, CVS, Mejaly is now responsible for ArvinMeritor’s commercial vehicle aftermarket global business, including sales, marketing and customer services. The business provides authorized parts outlets with the broadest portfolio of brakes and brake systems, drivelines, suspensions, axles, clutches, tire inflation systems and other truck and trailer components. The parts are offered through the company’s Euclid and Meritor brands. Mejaly has worked his entire career at ArvinMeritor, joining the company (then Rockwell Automotive) in January 1985. He progressed through positions of increasing responsibility in commercial vehicle marketing, sales and service, including six years at the company’s Florence, Ky., aftermarket distribution center. “For two decades, Joe has shown that he knows our customers and their component and related services needs, both in aftermarket and new vehicle production,” said Gosnell. “Our management team is proud to have Joe at the helm and is confident that he will successfully lead our global aftermarket team to new heights.” Before being named to his current position, Mejaly was director of Customer Support for CVS Sales and Marketing in Troy, Mich. For more information, visit: www.arvinmeritor.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.
TORONTO – A recent study from BrandIntel, a provider of market intelligence, found that consumers care about green issues when they align with their own economic interests. When it relates to the automotive industry, BrandIntel’s study showed the majority of consumer discussion focused on fuel and fuel economy as well as alternative technologies, such as hybrid vehicles. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement For the report, BrandIntel tracked more than 2 million raw search results on the Internet but refined those results through technological filters and human analysis. The study reviewed 1,100 consumer mentions on green automotive technology. BrandIntel analyzed the most pertinent consumer-created content on the Internet to measure for assigned sentiment scores and share of discussion, rating the physical and emotional value of the results (positive or negative). The report, titled, “Managing Sustainability: Analyzing User Generated Content to Understand the Issue,” looks at consumer discussions and sentiment scores around green automotive technology chatter and the issues in which these alternative technologies are discussed. Based on analysis of consumer-created content, the report captures data from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2007. “Our research suggests that consumers are voicing concerns about green issues almost exclusively in the context of their personal economics — green is good, but it’s most potent when it aligns with the consumer’s wallet,” said Alan Dean, vice president of research at BrandIntel. “Consumers are also quick to see which auto manufacturers have credibility creating green vehicles and which manufacturers put in ‘just enough effort’ to appear green. Additionally, consumers have moved beyond the surface issues and are engaged in complex discussions about the lifetime environmental footprint of new technologies.” Advertisement Among the report’s key findings: — More than 80 percent of consumer discussions focused on fuel economy, indicating that consumers perceive the value proposition experienced with green auto technologies and indicates a willingness to consider more economic vehicle options. — Of the discussions focused on green IT issues, automakers not in support of new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards are viewed more negatively by consumers. For example, consumers questioned Toyota’s position in opposition to the new CAFE standards, as consumers have traditionally seen Toyota as a green company. — While diesel technologies are making significant strides, consumers still use the word ‘hybrid’ three times more suggesting that consumers’ associations between ‘green’ and ‘hybrid’ are more prevalent than ‘green’ and ‘diesel.’ — Toyota, Honda, Mercedes and Volkswagen have green credibility due to their hybrid and diesel vehicle offerings. Conversely, discussion around GM, Chevrolet and Chrysler brands reveals that consumers do not perceive these manufacturers to have green credibility due to their large truck and SUV fleets, as well as weaker diesel/hybrid vehicle lineups.
“This verdict sends a clear message to other fraudsters out there that the State of New Mexico will not tolerate criminals preying on the citizens of New Mexico” Salazar said. “We are very pleased with the jury’s verdict in this case because it demonstrates the Securities Division’s commitment to ensuring New Mexicans are provided with full and complete information about investments in advance of any offer or sale. Those who seek to raise money in New Mexico must follow the law or be held accountable,” Securities Division Director Matthew Bouillon Mascareñas said. Schult and Hixon were convicted of Fraud over $20,000, Securities Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Fraud, Sale of an Unregistered Security, and Sale of Security by an Unlicensed Agent. NMR&LD News: A joint investigation by the Securities Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, the Texas State Securities Board, and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Schult was in fact misappropriating investors’ money for personal use and to pay commissions to Hixon for his collaboration in the scheme. The case was prosecuted by the Securities Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department and the Office of the Third Judicial District Attorney. Schult used his companies – American Radio Empire, Inc. and American Wireless and Entertainment, Inc. – to recruit local individuals like Hixon who had experience in the radio industry in order to solicit investments from unsuspecting friends, enticing them with illusory offers of future employment. Schult and Hixon led investors to believe that the money they raised was being used to pay for services aimed at funding an initial public offering of Schult’s company. Additionally, Schult and Hixon told investors that the money from the sale of promissory notes would be used to purchase smaller radio stations around the United States and put them on the internet. SANTA FE ― New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Marguerite Salazar announced Monday that Dain Leslie Schult of Austin, Texas and Joel McKay Hixon of Las Cruces have been found guilty of defrauding New Mexico investors in a Pyramid scheme that promised to use investors’ money to promote “mom and pop” radio stations on the internet. The Regulation and Licensing Department’s Securities Division protects New Mexicans from fraud and financial abuse by licensing investment professionals, registering securities offering made in the state, offering anti-fraud and educational programs to the public, and investigating fraud and other violations of the state securities laws. To learn more about investment fraud, visit the division’s website at redflagsnm.com or call (800).704.5533.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Courtesy photo BLM News: ALBUQUERQUE ― The Bureau of Land Management is announcing a partial closure of the Slot Canyon Trail at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Like other monuments and public lands across the nation, the Monument has seen significant increase in visitation over the last five years. So far, in 2019, the Monument has had over 80,000 visitors. The BLM, in partnership with Pueblo de Cochiti, is currently researching additional ways to protect the Monument’s unique resources and the visitor experience through alternate visitor use management strategies. The decision to limit access in this area for maintenance is consistent with the BLM’s ongoing communication with the Pueblo. Due to the exposure, weather and consistent foot traffic, this section of trail is showing signs of erosion, making foot travel more difficult for visitors. The lower section of the Slot Canyon Trail will remain open to the public, as will the Memorial Overlook Loop Trail. The necessary trail improvements will be conducted July 22-24 on the last half-mile section of the Slot Canyon Trail that climbs steeply out of the canyon to the mesa top. By providing these trail improvements, the BLM is striving to protect the fragile geologic features of this area and increase visitor safety. For more information, or to inquire about alternate recreational opportunities in the area, please contact BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Jamie Garcia at 505.761.8787.
On the job in Los Alamos is Troy Fernandez, LISW, left, speaking about self care during a meeting Tuesday at the Los Alamos County Fire Administration Office. Fernandez shared practical information with members of the Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps and Los Alamos National Laboratory Behavioral Health Response Team on how to monitor personal well being and make self care a priority for those who provide emotional support to others through their work or volunteerism. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com
Carrie Classon and Mathew Andrae perform Dec.22 at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo ENTERTAINMENT News:Musician, composer and Los Alamos native Matthew Andrae will perform with columnist, author and Los Alamos resident Carrie Classon for two performances 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.The program will be a lively selection of original holiday stories, original music and favorite holiday songs and stories performed in historic Fuller Lodge.Classon is an author and columnist. Her humor and lifestyle column, The Postscript, is carried in 190 newspapers in 25 states and heard several times weekly on Public Radio. Her memoir, Blue Yarn, was released earlier this year.The Mountain Mail said in its review, “Classon’s storytelling is honest and insightful. She opens herself up to the emotions and discoveries that influenced the rediscovery of her passions, learning to value herself and trust her inner voice”.Los Alamos native Matthew Andrae has performed on the world stage including the Winter Olympic Games, the World Expo and PBS in the Schools. His latest album Born was recorded in Santa Fe, Paris and Australia and boasts an all-star line-up of musicians and engineers with 14 Grammy awards between them. Santa Fe Bandstand said, “Matthew’s music combines the groove of Stevie Wonder with the emotional charge of a Tracy Chapman. Completely unique—completely beautiful”.Tickets are available at the door for $20 for adults and $10 for ages 18 years and under.
RESTAURANT News:There’s no better time to experience New Mexico’s diverse and authentic culinary scene than during the annual Restaurant Week, which spotlights Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico Sunday, March 1 to Sunday, March 8.This highly anticipated late-winter event brings together the finest restaurants in the region with once-a-year, value-priced, three-course dinners, priced at $15, $25, $35 or $45 per person. Several restaurants also offer special prix-fixe lunches.Visit nmrestaurantweek.com for participating restaurants, menus, lodging specials and events.
Gut Microbiome samples. Courtesy/LANL Tonight LANL scientists Armand Dichosa and Kumar Anand are sending samples of the human gut microbiome into space. Courtesy photoLANL News:Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Armand Dichosa and Anand Kumar are sending samples of the human gut microbiome into space tonight, part of a project with NASA, DTRA and Rhodium Scientific.On its 11:50 p.m. March 6 launch, SpaceX-20 will carry these samples to the International Space Station National Laboratory where they will be allowed to grow in order to understand the effect microgravity has on the microbial community. The samples have been carefully prepared at Los Alamos so that for each sample there is a complementary sample staying here on Earth.Upon return, both sets of samples will be sequenced and analyzed to identify genetic changes that might occur to the bacterial communities, and to understand the potential implications these changes may have to human health in microgravity. NASA will live-stream the March 6 launch at 11:50 p.m. Eastern TimeMore information on the experiment Social Media handles:#LosAlamosNatLab#BusinessOfScience#SpaceMicrobiome
Puella, 11, is a rescue who is reminding her owner County Councilor James Robinson of the importance of taking a break while working from home during this era of social distancing. Puella also is doing her best to lift spirits around Los Alamos. Courtesy photo