CCJ Upholds COTED Decision on Cement Tariff Increase Apr 26, 2020 Jamaica reaches 350 positive cases Jamaica’s 24 April update – 31 new cases 2 May update – 31 new cases You may be interested in… Jun 11, 2020 Apr 24, 2020 Jamaica to decide on CCJ membership in AprilCANANEWS – The Jamaica Parliament will decide on April 28 whether or not Jamaica should join the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Appeal as its final court replacing the London-based Privy Council. Government has tabled three bills, namely an act to make provision for the implementation of the agreement establishing the…January 21, 2015In “General”Jamaica House of Representatives to vote on CCJ Bills todayTHE House of Representatives is expected to vote today on three Bills seeking to delink Jamaica from the Privy Council in London, and replace it with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final appellate court. The Bills to be debated are: An Act to Amend the Judicature (Appellate…May 12, 2015In “CARICOM”Saint Lucia to table legislation to make CCJ final courtBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The St. Lucia government says it will soon table legislation that will allow for the island to make the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final court, replacing the London-based Privy Council. Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony said that St. Lucia has a provision in…July 7, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp It is unfortunate that opponents to Jamaica’s accession to the civil and criminal jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) perpetrate and perpetuate myths about the malleability of the CCJ and constitutional protection enjoyed by the United Kingdom-based Privy Council, which it would replace as this country’s court of last resort. Not even the Privy Council believes this.Indeed, in their 2004 ruling in which they held as unconstitutional the process by which the then Jamaican Government sought to install the CCJ into the Jamaican Constitution, the Privy Council judges readily conceded that their court enjoyed only limited protection in that it could be easily removed.Said Lord Bingham of Cornhill at Paragraph 16 of that judgment: “As already recorded, Dr [Lloyd] Barnett for the appellants accepts in argument that Section 110 of the Constitution, providing for appeal to the Privy Council, could have been repealed by the votes of a majority of members of each House, since that section is not entrenched. The result would have been to constitute the Court of Appeal [of Jamaica] as the ultimate appellate tribunal in and for Jamaica.” Read more at Jamaica Gleaner Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… May 2, 2020
On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… Special Topic Statistical Bulletin – COVID-19 Issue… Related Posts His was a position that resonated with PM Mitchell who told delegates that investment in training was critical, especially in the context of staffing and resource constraints in his country and in the Region. This leads to inability to produce enough data to inform the development agenda. “In other words, just as we train doctors… we train engineers; in our countries the scholarships are directed in specific areas of development, but I don’t think we have zeroed in on statistics in the same particular context. So it seems that we have to apply that same formula to statistics so that the young people coming up would know that there are specific scholarships available in this particular area of the science. So that is something that I think that we have somewhere to go and clearly should be one of the conclusions coming out” of the Forum, the Prime Minister said. During the interactive sessions that followed the opening ceremony, Mr. Abraham Andall, President of the Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce also spoke of the need for the infusion of statistics in the school system. He advocated for more than simply basic competence in data protection, usage, and manipulation as a requirement for graduation at the level of national colleges. Prior to graduating, a student must show proficiency in a “project of some kind on accessing, using and presenting data”. Meanwhile, in her video message to the Forum, Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States acknowledged that the funding commitments to Small Island Developing States remained low, and advised that domestic and external funding needed to be boosted. “This is critical so that funds for key statistical activities such as surveys to improve the information base about a country’s development can be undertaken in a timely way,” she said. PARIS21 Manager, Johannes Jutting, called on governments to “step in and ensure that funding is available for statistical operations”. Investment was also necessary for statistical literacy among the Region’s populace is data was to be used effectively. “By understanding the meaning of numbers, statistical concepts,tables and graphs, citizens will be able to make more appropriate use of the information and be more capable of using evidence to make informed decisions”,”he said. She urged governments in the Region to develop their statistical systems and elevate the status of statistical offices to ensure that National Statistics Offices (NSOs) could effectively support governments, the private sector and civil society in development activities. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… President of the UN Economic and Social Council, Her Excellency I. Rhonda King, said that more and better financing for data and statistics was needed and called on Member States to invest in their national statistics offices to strengthen their capacity to produce timely, high quality, relevant and dis-aggregated statistical evidence. She pointed to a recent study which called for the doubling of official development assistance for the sector. Oct 12, 2020 Pandemic highlights importance of statistics – CARICOM… Long way to go He said that while the Region had made strides in statistics, there was still “a very long way to go”. The Grenada Prime Minister held the view that the development of statistics had not been given the kind of attention that it deserved in the Region. “We could do a lot more. I strongly believe that regional economies could have been far more advanced in terms of sustainable development had we adequately invested in our statistical systems to obtain data required for more effective decision-making,” PM Mitchell said. In video messages to the opening, representatives of international development partners also weighed in on the matter of investment in statistics. Oct 14, 2020 Greater investment in statistics, and the infusion of statistics in the school system to help to demystify the science and attract younger minds, were among the rallying calls at the Third High Level Advocacy Forum on Statistics. The Forum got underway Friday morning at the Grenada Trade Centre in St. George’s under the theme ‘Investing in Statistics to Build Resilience and to Achieve Sustainable Economic Growth and Development in the Caribbean Community’. It followed a one-day High Level Seminar. The implementation of the Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) to build resilience and generate evidence-based policy decisions was at the core of both events. The Forum and Seminar were organised by the CARICOM Secretariat and the Central Statistics Office in Grenada with support from PARIS21, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Development Fund Support Services Unit, Grenada. Ms. Philomena Robertson, Press Secretary to PM Mitchell, chairs the opening of the High Level Advocacy Forum Delegates at the opening ceremony at the Grenada Trade Centre Dr. Philomen Harrison, Project Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat, makes remarks at the opening of the Forum Delegates at the opening ceremony at the Grenada Trade Centre Mr. Halim Brizan, Director of Statistics, Grenada From left, PM Keith Mitchell, Dr Philomen Harrison and Mr. Halim Brizan in discussion before the opening of the 3rd High Level Advocacy Forum on Statistics Presentation Brothers’ College Choir in a sitting rendition of the Grenada National Anthem (Photo courtesy of Grenada Government Information Service Delegates at the opening ceremony at the Grenada Trade Centre Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell (File photo) Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell delivers the keynote address to statistics stakeholders in the Region Delegates at the opening ceremony at the Grenada Trade Centre Delegates show keen interest in one of booths mounted on the sidelines of the Forum Students get a lesson in the benefits of Mount Pure water on the sidelines of the Forum Tech talk on the sidelines of the Forum Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, himself a statistician, led the charge on Friday, pointing out that statistics were a vital tool for governance and improving lives. At the core of building resilience, he said, were timely and high quality statistics. He underlined the importance of statistics across sectors, and singled out agriculture, trade, health, tourism and sports. He referenced the current success of the West Indies cricket team as a practical example of data collection and data analysis in action we are witnessing England/West Indies series of matches and you know how far we have gone with data collection and analyzing the data. “You’ve heard the commentators over and over speak to how how bowlers attack a certain batsman because they do research on how many times that batsman gets out with a specific ball and what type of bowler that he has a certain weakness for and therefore they tend to attack that person in that particular context. Similarly, batsmen get to understand, through data collection … the strengths and weakness of certain bowlers. “So we’re not talking about something that is far removed because historically when we talk about these areas, we think of the intellectual and academic environments and not necessarily the practical. So it is extremely practical for us to invest in the area of statistics,” he said. Oct 15, 2020 Rich discussion, political commitment expected at Statistics High Level ForumCommitment from governments of the Region to strengthen national statistics systems is one of the key outcomes of the High Level Advocacy Meeting on Statistics that will be held on Friday, 22 February 2019 in St. George’s, Grenada. The Forum will be held under the theme ‘Investing in Statistics to…February 20, 2019In “Audio”Spotlight on Statistics Strategy – PM Mitchell to address High Level Forum in Grenada next weekA High Level Advocacy Forum on Statistics will be held next week as the Region continues to place more emphasis on the production and use of quality statistics. The Forum, the third of its kind in the Region, will be held in St. George’s, Grenada, on 22 February 2018 under…February 15, 2019In “CARICOM”Regional Seminar on Statistics focuses on 2020 Census, RSDSA Regional High Level Seminar on Statistics focusing on the 2020 Round of Population and Housing Census and the Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) got underway in St. George’s, Grenada, Thursday morning. The Seminar at the Grenada Trade Centre explores the role of the Census in the…February 21, 2019In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApp
CANTON, OHIO — Donald Remboski has been named vice president of product innovation for the Timken Co.’s Technology Group located at Timken Research in North Canton, Ohio. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In this new position, Remboski will help the company accelerate both top- and bottom- line growth by creating strategies for inventing and deploying new product technologies. According to Sal Miraglia, senior vice president of technology, Remboski’s knowledge of complex automotive systems will be valuable as the company moves into new markets. Early in his career, Remboski was employed as a programmer at Manufacturing Data Systems Inc. and the University of Michigan, both in Ann Arbor, Mich. In 1983, he moved to Digital Equipment Corp. in Hudson Mass., where he served as design engineer in the Semiconductor Engineering Group. In 1985, Remboski moved to Barrack Laboratories in Marlborough, Mass., as project coordinator on the Spark-Ignition Engine Programs. Since 1991, he has been employed by Motorola Automotive in Dearborn and Farmington Hills, Mich., where he has held positions of senior project engineer, staff engineer and senior staff engineer of the Advanced Projects Group, member of the Technical Staff and director, Automotive Innovation Center, his most recent position. He holds 38 personal patents and has received the Motorola Distinguished Innovator Award and Motorola Master Innovator Award. For more information about Timken, go to: www.timken.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.
SANTA FE ― Customers are once again able to purchase fuelwood permits, maps and interagency passes at the Las Vegas District Office of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), effective immediately. The Las Vegas office at 1926 N. 7th St., has designated collection officers in place who are authorized to accept payment for all Forest Service products 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. “We want to thank members of the public for their patience while we got our new staffers up to speed,” District Ranger Steve Romero said. “We are happy to be back to business as usual at the Las Vegas office.” For additional information, contact the Pecos District Office at 505.757.6121 or the Las Vegas District Office at 505.425.3534. SFNF News:
FAYETTEVILLE, AR ― The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), a newly formed private charitable trust devoted to serving the interest of Native farmers and ranchers, has announced its inaugural Request for Applications (RFA). Prospective applicants may register for informational RFA webinars at NativeAmericanAgricultureFund.org/grants-webinar. Technical assistance relating strictly to the application process will be available by dedicated phone and email contacts listed in the RFA. “We are honored and excited to announce this first request for applications in support of Native agriculture,” said Janie Hipp (Chickasaw), CEO of NAAF. “Since NAAF was launched in 2018, our Board of Trustees and staff have taken steps to craft a strategy that can begin to realize the promise we knew was possible when NAAF was created. Agriculture across Indian Country is as diverse as our Native nations and we hope the applications for funding will reflect that diversity. Native farmers and ranchers are key to the success of Native food systems and diversification of our agriculture economies. We look forward to the next step on this journey.” Grant awards will be made on a competitive basis to 501(c)(3) organizations, educational organizations, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Native CDFIs, and state and federally recognized tribes for the provision of business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to existing and aspiring Native farmers and ranchers. NAAF News: Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the RFA at NativeAmericanAgricultureFund.org/grants. The Request for Applications opened Aug. 1, 2019. Eligible applicants must submit a complete application no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. “We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform Native agriculture,” said Elsie Meeks (Oglala Lakota), Chair of the NAAF Board of Trustees. “We are feeding our people, growing our economies and building our future through planting these seeds throughout Indian Country.”The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) is a charitable trust created by the settlement of the landmark Keepseagle v Vilsack class-action lawsuit. NAAF is the largest philanthropic organization devoted solely to serving the Native farming and ranching community.
The SL-14 Launch Vehicle reached an altitude of 57 miles. Additionally, as a fundamental step in UP Aerospace’s testing of new systems, this mission included a small second stage rocket motor and attitude control system. Advances made with the successful mission of these payloads will be pivotal as UP Aerospace moves toward the launch of their larger orbital vehicle, SPYDER. Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico and UP Aerospace, a space launch and flight test service provider based in Highlands Ranch, Colo. with facilities at Spaceport America, announced the successful launch Friday, Nov. 22 of UP Aerospace’s Space Loft 14 (SL-14) rocket from the Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area. About Spaceport America “Last week’s UP Aerospace launch marked huge strides being made in the aerospace industry,” said Daniel Hicks, Chief Executive Officer Spaceport America. “The Space Loft 14 vehicle contained vital technology for UP Aerospace’s upcoming SPYDER launch, which will mark a significant advancement for small companies within the industry. And the ADS-B technology onboard will help to ensure that space flights have every opportunity to launch. We commend UP Aerospace for their visionary efforts and look forward to seeing huge things continue to come from this company.” In addition to these systems, SL-14 carried an experimental payload that seeks to improve access to space through the use of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology. Using ADS-B for future space launch missions is expected to improve safety and reduce detrimental effects on commercial aviation. Other payloads on the mission also were designed to advance the state-of-the-art in avionics, flight management, and data recording with particular applications for emerging small launch vehicles. With NASA and multiple university programs present, the launch—which was part of the NASA Flight Opportunities Program—marked UP Aerospace’s thirteenth launch from Spaceport America. UP Aerospace News: About UP Aerospace UP Aerospace is a space launch and flight test service provider specializing in advanced engineering, launch technology development, and state-of-the-art rapid and low cost launch operations. Our headquarters are located in Highland ranch, Colorado, with launch facilities at Spaceport America in New Mexico. For more information, visit https://www.upaerospace.com. Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has a rocket friendly environment of 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, and 340 days of sunshine and low humidity. Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, Boeing, UP Aerospace, HyperSciences, EXOS Aerospace, and SpinLaunch. Visit http://spaceportamerica.com and http://gatewaytospace.com for more information. Spaceport America is #NewMexicoTRUE.
Max Gomez will be joined on stage by Leslie Stevens. Photo by Julia BrokawStevens also will entertain the crowd with her own work before Gomez takes the stage. New Mexico’s own Max Gomez makes his fifth annual visit up the Hill Dec. 29 to bring his folk-Americana to the good people of Los Alamos at Fuller Lodge. He will once again be backed by some of the finest musicians in New Mexico and will bring a rising talent who he works with in his new base of Los Angeles, Leslie Stevens. Music begins at 7:30 p.m., though dinner from Muy Salsas and beer and wine from Bathtub Row will be available at 6:30 p.m. when the doors open. Gomez’s shows have sold out about a week in advance the past three years and a third of all tickets have already sold, so interested parties are encouraged to purchase tickets early. They are available for $25 at Los Alamos Schools Credit Union (cash or check only), or online for $28.50 at liveinlosalamos.com. COMMUNITY News: Gomez promises to roll out some of his new material while intermixing plenty of the tunes his audience has come to love over the years. A few tunes will be done with Stevens, whose songwriting captures elements of pure county and some more unorthodox approaches. Musician Max Gomez performs Dec. 29. Courtesy photo Gomez has won a loyal following among locals with his heartfelt lyrics, unorthodox finger-picking on the guitar and willingness to recruit others to entertain his followers in town.
Photo by Kate RussellCOMMUNITY News: The community is invited to join the Belisama Irish Dancers 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15 at the James A. Little Theater at the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe for Rhythm of Fire 2020, a wee bit early for St. Patrick’s Day.A family friendly celebration of dance and music from Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Mexico.They are joined this year by special guests from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklorico and Flamenco programs, as well as Highland Dance Albuquerque.A fusion of traditional and contemporary Irish step-dancing styles with music that will have the audience clapping their hands and tapping their feet, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15.Tickets are $15 for children/students/seniors and $20 for adults. Visit www.ticketssantafe.org or call 505.988.1234 to purchase tickets.Founded in 2006 by owner and director Adrienne Bellis and co-director Celia Bassett, Belisama Irish Dance School strives to help children and adults, ages 5 and up, to cultivate a love for traditional dance styles through a fun program that emphasizes health, creativity and cooperation. As well as performing with renowned artists such as Eileen Ivers, Leahy, Lunasa and Natalie MacMaster, Belisama performs regularly throughout the communities of Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Los Alamos at local and charity events.Several of the students have competed successfully throughout the United States and Ireland. View the full schedule of classes online at www.belisamairishdance.com.Belisama (bel-i-SAH-ma) is a Celtic goddess recognized in Romano-Gaulish inscriptions which equate her with Roman goddess Minerva. The name translates as ‘summer bright;’ Belisama’s consort Belenus is God of the Sun, and she shares many attributes with him. Belisama is also associated with wisdom, healing, forge and craft.Photo by James Cleveland Watley
LANL Senior Director Nan Sauer of the Partnerships and Pipeline Office talked to the UNM-LA Advisory Board about a collaboration bringing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program to UNM-LA. Photo by Nancy Coombs/ UNM-LAUNM-LA student Allan VanCleave is recognized as one of two UNM-LA students honored as Phi Theta Kappa Scholars during the 2020 New Mexico Legislative Session. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LAUNM-LA News:At the UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Advisory Board meeting Monday, March 3, in addition to the board’s recommendation on tuition and fees, advisory board members had the opportunity to hear from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Senior Director Nan Sauer of the Partnerships and Pipeline Office.Sauer talked to the UNM-LA Advisory Board about collaborations between LANL and UNM-LA regarding programs to help support local workforce needs.Last fall, LANL, UNM School of Engineering and UNM-LA collaborated to develop a pathway for students to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering on the UNM-LA campus, which will provide an opportunity for LANL employees, UNM-LA students and others to continue their education locally. Sauer mentioned that more than 125 LANL employees expressed an interest in the program.Students would complete the Associate’s Degree in Pre-Engineering at UNM-LA. The UNM School of Engineering plans to start offering upper division classes on the UNM-LA campus in Fall 2020. Students interested in the Mechanical Engineering program should contact Irina Alvestad at 505.661.4696 or email [email protected] Advisory Board recommended no increase in tuition and fees for 2020-21, following the proposal by the UNM-LA Executive Team. The recommendation was based on expectations of revenues and expenditures for next year. For further information about the UNM-LA Advisory Board, visit losalamos.unm.edu/faculty-staff/administration/advisory-board/.UNM-Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. More information about UNM-LA is available at losalamos.unm.edu.UNM-LA student Aaliyah Sandoval, right, was introduced to the board members as a recipient of a recent N3B scholarship. Her mother, Dana also attended the meeting. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LAUNM-LA Board members from left, Laura Burrows, David Sutton and Steve Boerigter review material during the meeting. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
Covid-19 diagnoses in New Mexico. The bars show the number of new diagnoses versus day, and the line shows the seven-day average. Created by Eli Ben-Naim