The theme Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, will guide Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government as they tackle a packed agenda at their Thirty-Sixth Summit that will be held 2-4 July, 2015, in Bridgetown, Barbados. Discussions will focus on issues including energy, in the context of a proposal for a new institution to lead the Region’s energy agenda; the CARICOM Single Market and Economy; technological advancement in CARICOM; mechanisms for identifying CARICOM candidates for international positions; CARICOM relations with the Dominican Republic; and border issues between Guyana and Venezuela, and Belize and Guatemala. CARICOM 10K runs off on Sunday in Barbados PM Stuart to attend CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting You may be interested in… Barbados To Host 31st CARICOM Intersessional Heads of Government Meeting(Barbados Government Information Services Press Release) CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, will welcome fellow heads of government to Barbados for the 31st Intersessional Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), from 18-19 February. Regional leaders will have a packed agenda during the two-day summit, which…February 4, 2020In “31Intersessional”CARICOM-UN SG engagement to lead-up to CARICOM SummitA High-Level Strategic Dialogue between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government and the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon will help set the tone for the Thirty-Sixth CARICOM Summit from 2-4 July, in Bridgetown, Barbados. The engagement in the morning of Thursday 2 July will be guided by the theme,…July 1, 2015In “General”COMMUNIQUE Issued at Conclusion of 31st CARICOM Intersessional MeetingThe Thirty-First Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held in Bridgetown, Barbados, 18-19 February 2020. The Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C; MP, Chaired the proceedings. Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister…February 19, 2020In “31Intersessional”Share this on WhatsApp Jun 25, 2015 Jun 30, 2017 Oct 19, 2015 Jun 30, 2015 A High-Level Strategic Dialogue between the CARICOM Heads of Government and His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, will precede the Conference in the morning of Thursday 2 July, also guided by the theme, CARICOM: Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, A Partnership for Implementation. It will provide an opportunity for CARICOM Heads of Government to engage the UN Secretary-General on the Community’s sustainable development agenda as attention now pivots around three imminent international conferences: The Third International Conference on Financing for Development; the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda; and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP 21. The Conferences have significant bearing on the future global agenda and the development of the Community. With the Strategic Plan for the Community 2015-2019 and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Accelerated Modalities of Actions (Samoa Pathway) also in focus, discussions with the UN Secretary-General will seek to rationalise an integrated approach to the sustainable development in the Community, as it seeks to make vibrant societies and resilient economies a reality. The Samoa Pathway emanated from the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in September 2014. The CARCOM Heads of Government Conference will commence with a formal ceremony on Thursday evening at the Hilton Barbados Resort. Outgoing Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, and incoming Chairman, the Rt. Hon Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados, are among the Heads of Government who will make addresses at the opening ceremony. Newly elected and re-elected Heads of Government of Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Dominica, and Suriname, as well as CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, will also speak at the ceremony. Ambassadors accredited to CARICOM, CARICOM Institutions, and organisations including the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and Association of Caribbean States (ACS) will be represented at the opening of the Conference. Space has been carved out during the Conference for special engagements with the outgoing Commonwealth Secretary-General, His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, and President of the Republic of Panama, H.E. Juan Carlos Varela Rodrίguez. The Meeting will see representation from Fourteen Member States and Two Associate Members with only one not being represented at the level of Head of Government. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…
NEW YORK — Ener1 Inc. has appointed Christopher Cowger, formerly corporate vice president and general manager for the semiconductor giant Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), as president. He will also hold the role of CEO of Ener1’s lithium-ion battery systems subsidiary EnerDel Inc., which he will run from the subsidiary’s main office in Indianapolis.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Cowger previously held executive management and P&L responsibility for AMD’s multi-billion-dollar regional business covering North, Central and South America since 2009. Before AMD, he spent 10 years at the multinational information technology leader Dell Inc., last serving as vice president and general manager of its global consumer software and peripherals division. Cowger, 40, started his career in various engineering capacities at General Motors Corp., after receiving a degree in electrical engineering from Duke University. He also earned graduate degrees in electrical engineering and business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “In Chris we have an exceptionally talented and innovative business leader with the sales, marketing and operations capability to help take our company to the next level,” said Ener1 Chairman and CEO Charles Gassenheimer. “While rising quickly through three of the most important manufacturers of our times, he has demonstrated an ability to imbue an organization with a razor-sharp customer focus perfectly suited for Ener1’s commitment to delivering the precise technology solution for every client in each of our three business verticals.” New York-headquartered Ener1 is a global manufacturer of lithium-ion energy storage systems for transportation, electrical grid and industrial applications. EnerDel operates three production facilities in Indiana, which forms part of Ener1’s global corporate footprint that includes Korea, Japan, China and Russia. In addition to targeting the growing global market for passenger electric and hybrid vehicles, Ener1 is pioneering the development of medium- and heavy-duty systems for electrification of trucks and buses, as well as lithium-ion-based grid storage, particularly in emerging markets. Advertisement The positions of president at Ener1 and CEO at EnerDel, which Cowger will hold, were previously unfilled. “After helping propel matured global leaders in computers and microprocessors to higher levels of profitable growth, the chance to lead a company with an entirely new technology that can make a major contribution to society and that is clearly on the cusp of breakthrough success is exhilarating for me,” said Cowger. “An opportunity like this rarely rings twice in a lifetime and I am honored to take it on with the energy and commitment its uniqueness merits.”
Dancers Sonja Ebey, Ellie Merrill and Elise Chavez from the Nutcracker On the Hill preformed for seniors Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo How does one move a life sized doll? Simply carry her to her appointed position. Here, Jonathan Guise of Dance Arts Los Alamos shows seniors Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center how the dolls are placed on stage during performances of the Nutcracker On the Hill. Nutcracker On the Hill performances run through the weekend at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Courtesy photo
By Fr. Glenn JonesAhhh … ‘tis the season. Yes … we see riots here, protests there, strife everywhere. Impeachments. Invectives. Insults. Anti-social media. Even people getting beaten over chicken sandwiches and chicken nuggets (really!? Over chicken … or, rather, a chicken-like substance?) Fragmentation. Chaos.But then … a relative calm descends … at least for a few days. Is it the weather? The solstice? Everybody going on holiday? Or, just maybe … the feeling of the season permeates hearts a teensy bit. We can only hope … and pray. After all, Jesus is called “Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) In the midst of our daily grinds and trials, it always helps to remember the meaning of an alias of Jesus: “Emmanuel”, meaning “God with us”.One of the best (and least heeded) pieces of advice in the world is “Be content”. In other words, make the best of your current situation (the “lemonade out of lemons” counsel) and don’t let expectations (often widely unrealistic) ruin your life! After all … no one is free of trouble and difficulty. We might think of the rich and famous like Jeff Bezos (nope … recently divorced … losing tens of billion $$ in the process) or Steve Jobs (nope … died of cancer) or some other wealthy or powerful person, but no life is without some difficulty or angst. After years of counseling people, I’ve found that if humans don’t have a real trial, they’ll make one! … often making the mountain out of a proverbial molehill.And yet … there is much to be said in simply remembering that, if we are “warm, fed and watered”, the rest is pretty much gravy. Yeah, sure, we can always gin up multitudinous desires (always something we don’t have), but if not careful we become like children unreasonably frustrated at not being able to catch the butterfly. We thus see much clarity in St. Paul’s wisdom: “There is great gain in godliness with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world; but if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8) After all, they still don’t make hearses with luggage racks.And so, in such simplicity we come to one of life’s greatest ironies as stated by Jesus, whom Sts. Paul and Luke cite, and one so evident during the Christmas season: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) During Christmas, we may have childish glee when receiving gifts, but a much deeper contentment comes in witnessing joy that results from the gifts that we give. When a child opens a gift giggling with glee … when he/she gives the gifter that happiness-filled and grateful smile … there is no greater joy in the heart. It’s much the same with any beloved: Love seeks to give, and the more we love, the more we long to give—not of valueless material things, but that greatest gift of the heart itself.There was a well-publicized experiment decades ago—that of a baby monkey caged with two “mothers”—one of bare wire with a bottle rigged as a breast for food, and the other with no “breast” but covered with a soft furry cloth. While the “baby” would go to the breast to eat, it otherwise clung exclusively to the furry “mother”—she from which it instinctively perceived as providing affection through the softness of “touch”.Likewise, our world tends to be obsessed with the bare wire mother—always seeking to “fill the (bottomless) belly” of material wants. In the material can be comfort, but not contentment. After all, what do many wealthy try to buy after accumulating riches—with gifts of money, cars, homes, etc.? No matter how much we accumulate, the ultimate human desire is always: love. And so, while the world may teach us that unless we’re rich and famous, in those things is not contentment … as the author of Ecclesiastes knew: “Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much; but the surfeit of the rich will not let him sleep” (Ecclesiastes 5:12) … something that Paul would echo later “…those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires…For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs.” (1 Timothy 6:6:10) And, of course, we have one of Jesus’ pinnacle teachings: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3) … “poor in spirit” in one sense being those who do not set their heart on riches or materiality.But we must give love to receive love. Sometimes we hear: “People just don’t like me!”. Well … who’s the common denominator in THAT equation? Give before receiving. And, if sullen that “the world is against me!”, remember that the more we grasp at smoke that is not graspable, the more discontent we are. It is our human tendency to mull over what we cannot have … to worry about what we cannot change … ever anticipating the worst, or that in the darkness no light can come. Many people feel this way.So … what this often dark and self-centered world needs is: infiltrators! Moles … subverters (or, rather, “super-verters”) to smuggle light into the darkness!This Christmas and all throughout the new year, BE those infiltrators. “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…” is to BE apostles (when means “sent”) … to BE lights in the darkness. Eyes in darkness thirst for light, and in like manner the pupils of the human heart dilate in the absence of love and charity … searching (sometimes vainly) for light. So, rather than search for the light, BE the light. One of the most beautiful ceremonies in Catholicism occurs in the darkened church on Easter Vigil. The lit Paschal (Easter) candle (representing Christ) is brought into the Church, and from that candle’s flame is lit the people’s candles. But not all go to the Paschal candle for the light, but rather the light is passed from person to person … passing God’s love and charity from one to another. Likewise, we are not to be miserly with love received, for love is to be shared, for love is not divided when shared, but multiplied. Yes, we may live IN a world of selfishness, greed and hatred, but we do not have to be OF selfishness, greed and hatred. So, this Christmas and new year, be infiltrators! … bringing God’s hope and love to the darkness. For…There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,…And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord…The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid,and the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.…They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain;for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:1-9)Rev. Glenn Jones is the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and former pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.
COUNTY News:In alignment with Los Alamos County’s policies for limiting the impact of COVID-19, the decision has been made to cancel the County Personnel Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28. Further announcements will be issued should the April meeting be canceled or rescheduled.
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Ministers are to consider the case for successful personal injury claimants to receive damages over a period of time rather than in one lump sum. The Ministry of Justice revealed last week that it is considering a change to the current payments regime – as well as an adjustment to the discount rate with which deductions from compensation are calculated. The possible changes will be subject to the second part of a consultation on compensation payments opened last week by justice minister Helen Grant. The government said it was undecided on how much and when damages should be paid, but admitted that ‘initial evidence’ showed successful claimants were investing in mixed portfolios, including higher return investments. This suggests that the current discount rate of 2.5% is set too low, and would support the case for claimants to be offered staggered payments. Christopher Malla, partner at national defendant firm Kennedys, said: ‘If claimants want risk-free protection in high-value claims, they should avoid a lump sum payment in favour of an annual periodical payment, which would be index-linked, tax-free and paid for the duration of their life regardless of actual life expectancy.’ Any increase in the discount rate is likely to be fiercely opposed by the claimant lobby, which has long complained it is already too high. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers had threatened to take the matter to judicial review before the consultation process began. The current rate of 2.5% was set in 2001 and based on low-risk yields of index-linked government gilts. The second consultation is open until 7 May.
The case of Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, convicted last December of ‘creating disturbances’, will be highlighted next week at the UK’s premier free speech awards.Pu (pictured), who was detained for 19 months before being given a three-year suspended prison sentence and placed under house arrest, is among those shortlisted for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards.Index on Censorship’s legal adviser, Howard Kennedy partner Mark Stephens, said that by convicting Pu the authorities had prevented him from working: ‘But they also deny the Chinese people the best and most significant human rights lawyer in the country. He is a man on the international stage, respected by human rights lawyers around the world.’
Groups developing software to help survivors of domestic abuse navigate the court system and to answer legal questions about people needing social care were today named as the winners of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s government-backed technology competition. Citizens Advice service RCJ Advice with Rights of Women and Access Social Care, a spinoff from Mencap, will each receive an additional £50,000 to continue development, on top of £50,000 already awarded to them and six other finalists, in the Legal Access Challenge run by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and technology foundation Nesta Challenges. The intiative is funded with £700,000 from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’ Regulators Pioneer Fund. CourtNav from RCJ Advice and Rights of Women collects evidence for a non-molestation order application and links female and male survivors in England and Wales with an accredited domestic abuse legal aid solicitor. FLOWS (Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors) empowers women to easily find clear information and local legal support as well as offering a secure webchat app. The FLOWS discussion forum also enables practitioners to share advice with peers via a secure platform.Alison Lamb, chief executive of RCJ Advice, said that the £50,000 prize would enable the system to be extended to the public more quickly – a need made more urgent by the Covid-19 crisis.Chatbot, developed by Mencap and Access Social Care with pro-bono support from computer giant IBM, harnesses IBM Watson machine-learning technology to generate online answers to legal questions. It has so far been applied within a ‘protected group’ of advisers. Kari Gerstheimer, founder of Access Social Care, said the prize money would help the development of a public-facing product within 12 months, which could potentially be shared with other advice services. ‘Hopefully within three years we can become a centre of excellence across the legal advice sector,’ she said. SRA chair Anna Bradley, who chaired the judging panel, said: ‘Too many people struggle to get legal help when they need it and I think there is a huge opportunity for technology to revolutionise the way people use legal services. The events of recent weeks have shown the powerful impact that technology can have in supporting the public in difficult times.’Overall, the competition attracted 117 entries: 66 from commercial companies, 24 from individuals, 13 from charitable organisations, seven from social enterprises and six from higher education institutions.