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CARICOM Chair meets Caribbean Diaspora in Namibia

first_img He said that he recognised the strong solidarity and support between Namibia and Jamaica and that he was also thankful for the support of the Caribbean Diaspora. UPDATE: CARICOM Chair engages Diaspora in South AfricaChairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, hosted a Town Hall Meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday where he engaged in robust informative exchanges with Jamaican and CARICOM nationals. Prime Minister Holness is in South Africa to attend the 10th BRICS Summit…July 27, 2018In “CARICOM”Jamaica’s Ambassador in US is Chairman of CARICOM Caucus20 July, 2018 (Jamaica Information Service Press Release) Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, on Wednesday (July 18), assumed chairmanship of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors in Washington DC. Ambassador Marks’ assumption took place at a…July 21, 2018In “CARICOM”CARICOM Must Remain Committed to Fighting NCDs – PM HolnessOffice of the Prime Minister, Jamaica  –  Prime Minister of Jamaica and Chairman of CARICOM, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness has called on Heads of Government in the Caribbean region to remain steadfast and committed to the fight against Non- Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The Prime Minister says the region must…September 27, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp PM Holness, Four Ministers Sworn Into Office Sep 30, 2020 Elections Day in Jamaica #CARICOMOrg Chair to attend BRICS Summit in South Africa @AndrewHolnessJM @kaminajsmith @caricomorg https://t.co/JhG0g13i0N— CARICOM (@CARICOMorg) July 20, 2018 Tributes Pour in for Former Barbados Prime Minister Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, on Tuesday, 24 July, 2018, engaged Jamaican and Caribbean nationals living in Namibia as part of his official visit to the southern African state. Prime Minister Holness addressed the Caribbean Diaspora which is in keeping with his mission to update and discuss matters involving CARICOM, and by extension, Jamaica. “Wherever I go, I make it a point of duty to meet with Jamaicans living overseas but not just the Jamaican Diaspora because we are Caribbean people. I am now Chairman of CARICOM for the next six months or so and I’m very happy to see my Caribbean brothers and sisters here in Namibia coming out to support me”, the Prime Minister said on his Facebook page earlier on Wednesday. Jamaica PM calls for Global Plan Similar to Marshall Plan Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 8, 2020 Sep 3, 2020 The Prime Minister was in Namibia ahead of his visit to South Africa. In his capacity as Chair of the Community. He was specially invited to attend and participate in the 10th BRICS Summit set for July 25 to 28, at the Sandton International Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. BRICS is the acronym for the group of countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Jul 27, 2020 You may be interested in…last_img read more

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St Kitts/Nevis Preparing to host Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads

first_img Apr 15, 2020 You may be interested in… CARICOM Leaders prepare for Hurricanes amid COVID-19… Heads of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Caribbean Development Fund (CDF), Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, and the University of the West Indies (UWI) will also be in attendance. Ahead of the conference, Secretary General of the CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Chef de Cabinet in the Office of the Secretary General, Mrs. Charmaine Atkinson-Jordan, met with Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, Premier of Nevis and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mark Brantley and senior government officials in December 2018 for a briefing. At the briefing, Ambassador LaRocque told Prime Minister Harris (who assumed the chairmanship of the Conference of CARICOM from January 1 to June 30, 2019) that “the Chairman’s function as Head of CARICOM is very significant since you act on behalf of the Heads in between sessions and the like. You will see me a lot more often in the next six to seven months.” The CARICOM Secretariat has formally convened the Inter-Sessional Meeting (by Friday, 21 December 2018), in keeping with Rule 5 of the Rules of Procedure for Meetings of the Conference of Heads of Government. CARICOM has 15 Member States, which include Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. There are five Associate Members, which include Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands. The 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the CARICOM was held in Port-au- Prince, Haiti. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jul 2, 2020 STATEMENT – Tenth Special Emergency Meeting of the… CARICOM Heads Meet Friday – Handover of Chairmanship to… center_img Press Release re: Ninth Special Emergency Meeting of the… PM Harris welcomes efforts to strengthen CDF(St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service Press Release) Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, says he welcomes efforts advanced at the recent 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Caribbean Community’s Heads of Government to strengthen the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) headquartered in St. Michael, Barbados.…February 21, 2020In “31Intersessional”PM Harris meets CARICOM SG ahead of assuming Community Chairmanship(OPM St. Kitts and Nevis Press Release) Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris met today, Monday, 17 December, 2018, with the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in the Office of the Prime Minister at Government Headquarters. Prime Minister Harris said it was a special privilege…December 17, 2018In “CARICOM”Foreign Ministers meet ahead of CARICOM Heads MeetingThe Region’s Foreign Ministers and other Ministers with responsibility for CARICOM Affairs are meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis, Monday, ahead of the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government which begins Tuesday. The Ministers, at this10th  Special Meeting of CARICOM’s Community Council of Ministers, are deliberating on, among…February 25, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 18, 2020 May 7, 2020 Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 11, 2019 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis is busy preparing to host the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which takes place from 26-27th February 2019, at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino. A local planning committee (see photo) comprising  officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Culture and Health; the Government Information Service, security personnel, Immigration, the Customs and Excise Department, the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), the ICT Department, Public Works and Transport Services is busily preparing for the high-level meeting. The Committee is chaired by Ms. Kaye Bass, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Approximately 140 participants are expected to attend the deliberations of the Conference comprising Heads of Government of all CARICOM Member States and Associate Members and their delegations.last_img read more

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JS Products, Inc. Appoints John Wiedemann as President

first_imgDeMoulpied 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. 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.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LAS VEGAS — John Wiedemann has been appointed president of JS Products, Inc., which supplies precision-engineered specialty tools and equipment to the professional automotive, back shop, OEM and retail markets. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Prior to joining JS Products, Wiedemann served as vice president, president and COO,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Management Changes at Sika in North America

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement LYNDHURST, N.J. — The Board of Directors of Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland, has appointed William Loven to head North America as regional manager and Sika Corporation USA as president and CEO effective January 1, 2005. In this position he will also serve as a member of Group Management of Sika AG, Switzerland. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Enrico Tissi, who held these positions for the last eight years, has elected to step down by the end of this year. He will continue to serve Sika as vice chairman of the board of directors of the U.S. subsidiary. Tissi was instrumental in growing Sika Corporation remarkably during this period. He is credited with building new R&D facilities in Lyndhurst, N.J., and Madison Heights, Mich., and also with constructing new plants in Philadelphia, Pa., Grandview, Mo., and Atlanta, Ga. Since joining the Industry Division of Sika in 2000, Loven has reorganized the division and grown the business considerably. He has been instrumental in bringing new technologies into the company’s product range fulfilling the objective to make Sika a full-range supplier for its defined market fields. Loven has an MBA in Finance from Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga. He started his professional career in 1978 at Henkel in technical and sales responsibilities followed by a general manager position at ITW Plexus in Danvers, Mass. Loven joined Sika Corporation, USA, in 2000 as senior vice president of the Industry Products Division. _______________________________________ 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 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.  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.last_img read more

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Technical Service Coordinators — California and Eastern region of U.S.

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied 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.  NOW HIRING: Technical Service Coordinators — California and Eastern region of U.S.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement GITI Tire (USA), Ltd. is a strong emerging International Tire Company.  We offer excellent quality products in multiple brands of PCR, UHP, LTR and TBR.  We are seeking highly talented individuals with minimum of eight (8) years experience in similar positions within the tire industry.  Qualified candidates must have solid hands-on experiences in Physical Tires Inspection & Analysis, Quality Analysis & Reporting, Product Testing & Monitoring, etc. Ideal candidates must be detail oriented, reliable, and self starters.  They must also possess excellent communication, reporting and computer skills, extremely high work ethic, and be of high moral characters and integrity.  Intense travel within North America is required.  College diploma would be important but not indispensable.  Bilingual in Spanish would be highly desirable. We offer competitive compensation and benefits program.  If you meet the criteria listed above, please send your confidential resume with cover letter and salary expectations to senior-recruiter@us.giti.com.,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 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.  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.last_img read more

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AGU: Old Pollutants Melting Out Of Himalayan Glaciers

first_imgAGU News: By testing ice, snow and water samples collected in the Nam Co Basin, Wang and colleagues found glaciers in the region are releasing around 1,342 milligrams of PFAAs per day into Lake Nam Co. They detected levels as high as 2,171 picograms per liter in the lake. Under these conditions, the estimated total annual input of PFAAs into Lake Nam Co is approximately 1.81 kilograms per year. “In general, the results are comparable to previous studies on lakes in polar regions,” the team wrote. The new research in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres finds chemicals used in pesticides that have been accumulating in glaciers and ice sheets around the world since the 1940s are being released as Himalayan glaciers melt as a result of climate change. Pollutants can travel long distances through the atmosphere on dust particles and water molecules. Previous studies have shown that Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets contain high levels of pollutants that traveled thousands of kilometers before dropping onto ice and being incorporated into glaciers. This phenomenon of high levels of contamination far from sources of pollution, known as the Arctic paradox, also is seen in high mountain glaciers like those in the Himalaya. That kind of influx of PFAAs can have an impact on aquatic life in the lake and downstream, said Kimberley Miner, a geochemist and climate scientist at the University of Maine in Orono who was not involved in the new study. The new study shows that even the most remote areas of the planet can be repositories for pollutants and sheds light on how pollutants travel around the globe, according to the study’s authors. “The Earth is a closed system. Everything released on the Earth, stays somewhere on the Earth,” Miner said. The Nam Co Basin, on the central Tibetan Plateau in the Himalaya between the Gangdise-Nyainqȇntanglha mountains to the north and the Nyainqȇntanglha range to the south, is home to more than 300 glaciers that covered nearly 200 square kilometers in 2010. But the ice is melting: Between 1999 and 2015, the total volume of ice in the Nam Co Basin decreased by nearly 20 percent. The high mountain glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau feed thousands of alpine lakes that form the headwaters of many of Asia’s major rivers. Courtesy/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center The study adds important data to the bigger picture of how pollutants cycle around the globe, Miner said. Similar studies have been conducted at the poles and in Europe, but not as much is known about pollutants in the Himalaya. Each mountain range has its own characteristics that influence how chemicals move through the environment, she added.center_img “This [Nam Co Basin] water also feeds directly into the water resources in India,” she added. Melting Himalayan glaciers are releasing decades of accumulated pollutants into downstream ecosystems, according to a new study. These pollutants are winding up in Himalayan lakes, potentially impacting aquatic life and bioaccumulating in fish at levels that may be toxic for human consumption. Due to global warming, Himalayan glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate, releasing decades of accumulated pollutants into ecosystems downstream, Wang said. To better understand this cycle, Wang and colleagues measured the concentrations of a class of chemicals used in pesticides called perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) in glacial ice and snow, meltwater runoff, rain and lake water in Nam Co Basin. “The bioaccumulation potential for these chemicals is extraordinary,” Miner said. PFAAs are known for having a very long lifespan. The chemicals don’t regularly biodegrade and are readily passed through organisms and ecosystems, while being continually concentrated through various biogeochemical processes, Miner said. The new study did not include a toxicity risk assessment of these levels on aquatic life, but previous studies suggest that eating fish caught in the lake could be detrimental to human health, she says. The Himalayan glaciers contain even higher levels of atmospheric pollutants than glaciers in other parts of the world “because of their proximity to south Asian countries that are some of the most polluted regions of the world,” said Xiaoping Wang, a geochemist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and an author on the new study. First, microorganisms and insects take up molecules into their tissues, then fish and other predators eat them, passing the contaminants up the food web in higher and higher concentrations. “The Earth is a closed system. Everything released on the Earth, stays somewhere on the Earth.” –Kimberley Miner         last_img read more

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NMSP Investigate Plane Crash In Pecos Wilderness

first_imgNMSP News:MORA COUNTY – The Office of Medical Investigator (OMI) has identified the pilot in the plane crash in the Pecos Wilderness in Mora County as Nicholas Peterson, 29, of Littleton, Colo. OMI is still investigating to identify the passenger. New Mexico State Police was notified Sept. 26 of an airplane that went missing after taking off from the Santa Fe Airport in Santa Fe. The airplane was a single engine fixed winged four seat aircraft out of Colorado. There were two occupants, Peterson and a passenger. They were last seen refueling and taking off from the Santa Fe Airport, when Santa Fe air traffic control lost contact with the airplane. A search and rescue was initiated by New Mexico State Police. New Mexico Civil Air Patrol, a New Mexico Army National Guard helicopter and New Mexico Search and Rescue ground teams searched the area of the last known location of the airplane’s emergency beacon. A search was conducted in the Santa Fe National Park and the Pecos Wilderness.At about 9 a.m. Sept. 30, after a three-day intensive search, New Mexico State Police and a New Mexico Search and Rescue ground team located an airplane crash site in the Pecos Wilderness, near Hamilton Mesa in Mora County. There were two bodies located in the crash. They were pronounced deceased by the Office of Medical Investigator. New Mexico State Police is working in collaboration with the Office of Medical Investigator to identify the deceased passenger and confirming the identity of the airplane. At this time it is not confirmed this is the missing airplane.National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigators were notified to investigate the crash. Inquiries into the cause of the crash should be made to the FAA. No other information is available at this time.For identification of the airplane, refer all inquiries to the FAA.last_img read more

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Obituary: Joyce Reiss Bradberry Jan. 24, 2020

first_imgJOYCE REISS BRADBERRY Jan. 24, 2020 Joyce Reiss Bradberry had a philosophy that life should be enjoyed while still being constructive, worthwhile and filled with faith.  The fourth daughter of George and Bertha Hagans, Joyce was born in Denison, Texas and it was in these formative years, surrounded by love and joy, that she established her faith in God and developed a service-oriented life.  Joyce died on January 24, 2020 at the age of 90 years, 1 month and 6 days.In her early teens she spent time in California where her father was stationed during World War II. Her father was a Master Mason and Joyce became a Job’s Daughter. Upon returning to Texas, Joyce became a member of Eastern Star in 1953. Thus, began a life-time of service and fellowship through Eastern Star Chapters in Oklahoma and New Mexico.Joyce came to New Mexico in 1961, joining her sister Mary Rambo in Silver City. She quickly affiliated with the Tyrone, NM chapter of Eastern Star.  She met and married Levi Bradberry who preceded her in death in 1996. She lived in Bayard, New Mexico for about 50 years.Joyce was involved in community affairs. She served as secretary of the Bayard Chamber of Commerce and was an active member of the Grant County Chamber of Commerce. She served as president of the Silver City Business and Professional Women’s Club, which helped establish the Bayard Public Library, and was Charter President of the Pilot Club of Grant County, a women’s service organization.She worked for Kennecott Corporation in the Public Relations Department in communications and publications. She developed the ability to prepare and deliver talks or speeches. Many times, she would forget the exact word or phrase, and rather than acknowledging her failure to remember the exact words, she would re-write the talk on the fly. Rarely at a loss for words, she could always handle any situation with dignity and grace.One of Joyce’s crowning accomplishments was her election to Worthy Grand Matron for the State of New Mexico in 1980. During her term she visited all 59 Chapters, traveling from corner to corner of New Mexico. She encouraged others to create joy and understanding, to be kind and to promote love of God, Country and the Order of Eastern Star.Joyce loved hummingbirds.  She had numerous feeders for them in the summers, a hobby that continues in several of her family’s homes. The hummingbird was her Symbol during her term as Worthy Grand Matron. As she said, “The hummingbird is a symbol of intelligent industry,” confirming her philosophy of living a constructive and worthwhile life.Joyce is remembered with love by her two sons, Rick Reiss (Deborah) and Randy Reiss (Patty), four grandchildren, Rikki, Jason, Jessie and Jeremy, and three great-grandchildren, Miller, Dylan and Oden.Joyce’s final resting place will be with her husband, Levi, in Fort Bayard National Cemetery.The family appreciates Sombrillo for the years of care and Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service for Hospice assistance. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to Los Alamos Retirement Community (Sombrillo), Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service or to the Eastern Star Chapter of your choice. The family of Joyce Reiss Bradberry has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 505-747-7477 – www.devargasfuneral.comlast_img read more

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New Mexico’s 54th Legislature Comes To A Close…

first_imgBy JENS GOULDThe New MexicanNew Mexico’s 54th Legislature wrapped up Thursday amid congratulatory hugs and news conferences — a veneer of good cheer that masked a dose of sleep deprivation, early-morning procedural bickering, and finally, sighs of relief as key bills were passed just hours before the final gavel.Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Democratic legislators touted the passage of a number of their priority proposals, including the creation of an early childhood trust fund, passing a high-profile firearms bill and shepherding through the state’s $7.6 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year.“I think this was a really productive 30-day session,” Lujan Grisham said, surrounded by legislators and cabinet secretaries at a post-session news conference in the Roundhouse. “We are building something new together. We’re investing for tomorrow and we’re delivering today.”The governor won passage for the majority of bills she asked legislators to undertake — 80 percent of them, by her own count. Her list of successes also included a measure aimed at shoring up the state’s pension system, a package of crime-related measures, a fund to help seniors and a plan to import cheaper prescription medication from Canada.“I think we’re in a place we’re all proud of,” House Speaker Brian Egolf told reporters on the floor after the session ended. “The old attitude in New Mexico that we are a poor state, that we can’t have great achievements, that we can’t do great things — those days are over.”After several days of wrangling, the final budget landed nearly exactly between the executive and legislative branches’ recommended increases of 8.4 and 6.5 percent, respectively, and gave both much of what they asked for. More than $700 million in one-time capital outlay funding also was approved, the majority coming in a $528 million bill largely backed by state severance tax revenue.“Something that doesn’t get talked about enough in politics these days — compromise,” said Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe. “That’s what got us across the line with a responsible budget and that is the result of hours in the trenches to get it done.”All bills passed by the Legislature still need to be signed by Lujan Grisham in order to become law.But there were big-ticket items that stalled along the way, most notably Lujan Grisham’s bid to legalize recreational marijuana and an attempt to restructure the Public Regulation Commission. Other high-profile initiatives were pared back, such as the governor’s Opportunity Scholarship, which was only allocated around half of the $35 million the administration originally asked for.Lujan Grisham praised the cannabis debate for “building a foundation” and said she expected to push for legalization again in the future.“New Mexicans and this incredible body should expect us to bring that again,” she said. “I don’t see any of that as a failure.”Many lower-profile bills also crossed the finish line, including legislation prohibiting workplace discrimination related to pregnancy; raising the age of tobacco use in New Mexico to 21; allowing law enforcement to apprehend traffickers of endangered wildlife; preventing out-of-state residents from obtaining medical marijuana licenses in the state.Other successful economic- and finance-related bills included an initiative to help McKinley County deal with the closure of the coal-fired Escalante Generating Station near Grants, and another that will transfer money from the state’s enormous Tax Stabilization Reserve fund into its operating reserve.Not surprisingly, perhaps, House Republicans were largely unhappy with the results of the session, again blasting Democrats for spending too much and criticizing the controversial “extreme risk protection order” gun bill, which would allow law enforcement to take away firearms from people considered dangerous. “This was a session of different value systems, different priorities and missed opportunities,” Minority Whip Rod Montoya, R-Farmington, said in a separate news conference Thursday. “Regular New Mexicans lost out.”While the list of approved bills is long — for 94 bills and resolutions on the Legislature’s website as of Thursday evening — the road to get there was bumpy.For one, the budget process was marked by a standoff between the two houses’ respective finance chiefs, though they’re both Democrats. Senate Finance  Committee chairman John Arthur Smith said a week ago he was “annoyed” at a House budget he said lacked financial discipline, while Egolf later countered the Senate conducted its fiscal process in “complete and total secrecy.”Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup and chairwoman of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, conceded after the session the Senate enacted “good amendments” that made the budget a “better document”. Yet she also said the rhetoric between the two sides was stronger than in the past.“HAFC will not be the little sister to Senate Finance,” Lundstrom said, referring to her committee. “We’re not subservient to one another.”The Smith-Lundstrom tension was tame compared to the fireworks between Republicans and Democrats on the floor.Republicans, minorities in both chambers, employed numerous strategies in a bid to derail the Democratic agenda, from three-hour delays on non-contentious bills in the House to rambling filibusters in the Senate.The quarreling intensified as the session entered its home stretch, with Egolf claiming the GOP was trying to “gum up the works” and Republicans countering that the Santa Fe Democrat was a “bully”.Things really came unglued in the final 24 hours, with Legislative Council Service Director Raúl Burciaga being called on multiple times to resolve impasses over procedural disputes.Wednesday night, Minority Leader Jim Townsend and Democratic Rep. Daymon Ely got into an argument over whether parliamentary procedure was properly followed.Around midnight, after the House voted to concur with the Senate’s budget changes, Republican leadership came charging onto the floor, accusing Egolf of calling a vote while knowing “damn well” GOP leaders were in the other room.“The entire session you have done this. You can’t keep your word for five minutes,” Montoya shouted at Egolf from the floor, referencing an unspecified agreement the two parties made. “We were talking about working this out. Instead this is the route you decide to go.”Egolf then agreed to hold a new debate and vote on the budget bill so those Republicans could participate. That was held more than an hour later, after the body took up other bills.The House ended up passing the bill for a second time around 1:15 a.m., after only several minutes of debate. Shortly after the budget debacle, senators meeting on the other side of the Roundhouse commented on the “dysfunction” in the House, as Sen. John Sapien put it.“From time to time, I’ll go over there and just watch the circus,” Sen. Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell, said.However, partisan antics would soon ensue on the Senate side Thursday morning, as Sen. William Sharer embarked on a filibuster to prevent the chamber from returning to an elections bill Republicans opposed. When Democrats tried to cut Sharer off as the noon deadline drew closer, Republicans cried foul.“This will be something that every member of this floor will regret,” Minority Leader Stuart Ingle said. “This Senate will be in a very abysmal place.”Wirth yielded to the criticism and responded by giving the floor back to Sharer. The elections bill was never brought back.Egolf said later Thursday he did the best he could to accommodate Republican members during the budget situation.“Everyone felt good about that decision so we were all in the room,” Egolf said about the second vote. “It was a budget so nice we concurred on it twice.”last_img read more

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