OAS-Chile Partnership Programme Announces Full Scholarships… You may be interested in… Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture Heavy-hitting and repeated cyclones in the Caribbean, intense and devastating flooding across South Asia – and this in just the last few weeks. Unabated, unmanaged disaster risk is wreaking havoc across our planet, killing, destroying and setting back progress. A few months ago, not far away from where Harvey, Irma and Maria touched land, a key international conference took place in Cancun – the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which ended with a call for all countries to “systematically account for disaster losses by 2020”, a critical baseline to assess progress, challenges and opportunities ahead. Several weeks earlier, Robert Glasser, the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), and Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, blogged that “disasters – 90 percent of which are classed as climate-related – now cost the world economy US$520 billion per year and push 26 million people into poverty every year”. Oct 7, 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Read more at: Zilient.org Hurricane Irma damage in the British Virgin Islands Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Make COVID Recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and… Today is International Day for Disaster reduction – Is this year’s string of hurricanes a sign of things to come?Joint Op-Ed by Achim Steiner is Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme www.undp.org Patricia Espinosa is Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change www.unfccc.int Robert Glasser is the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction www.unisdr.org From Miami and Puerto Rico…October 13, 2017In “Anguilla”All hands needed on deck for post-hurricane recovery – WB Meeting hearsYesterday, the WB met with international partners to reaffirm commitment to build back the Caribbean with resilience https://t.co/17TNgKKqYj pic.twitter.com/gjqftdj2PB — World Bank Caribbean (@WBCaribbean) October 14, 2017 Statement on High Level Meeting on Recovery and Resilience in the Caribbean [su_pullquote align=”right”]The participants highlighted the need for a response involving all…October 14, 2017In “Anguilla”WMO Hurricane Committee reviews devastating 2017 seasonThe World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee meets from 9 to 13 April to review the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and to discuss regional coordination and operational planning to protect lives and property in the forthcoming one. The extremely active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most destructive on record.…April 9, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Sep 10, 2020 ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Sep 4, 2020
Representatives of the CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS) – a Community Institution – met on Monday, 3 June 2019, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. The Meeting was geared at determining the way forward following the decisions on regional transportation that CARICOM Heads of Government took at their Meeting held in St. Kitts and Nevis in February this year. The Single Aviation Authority and the implementation of the Regional Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) are among the matters for discussions. Mar 28, 2019 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CASSOS, which was launched in 2019, is based in Jamaica. The CARICOM Secretariat team was led by Director, Economic Planning and Development, Ms. Evelyn Wayne, who chaired the meeting, while Director-General, Civil Aviation Authority of Jamaica and Chairman of the Board of CASSOS, Mr. Nari Williams-Singh, led the CASSOS team You may be interested in… LIAT deadline Jamaica Transport Minister signs CASSOS Headquarters AgreementJamaica Minister of Transportation, the Hon. Robert Montague has signed the Headquarters Agreement of the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS), a Community Institution. Minister Montague signed the Agreement at the 25th Meeting of the Board of Directors of CASSOS at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on 21 February…March 3, 2020In “CARICOM”Pushing Regional Transportation issues at hemispheric meetingCARICOM’s Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) was among matters presented to a meeting of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Directors of Civil Aviation, held this week in Ottawa, Canada. CARICOM Secretariat’s Head of the Transportation Unit, Dr. Pauline Yearwood delivered a presentation on ‘Assistance towards the Finalization of…August 3, 2018In “CARICOM”Safety, security in Regional aviation to be harmonised- Guyana sets stage for robust sectorMatters pertaining to security and safety in the aviation sector for the Caribbean Region are currently being discussed as the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System’s (CASSOS) Board of Directors holds its 17th Meeting in Georgetown, Guyana. CASSOS is the Region’s aviation oversight organisation. It is aimed at facilitating…March 1, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp
Consolidating the building blocks at the Regional levelCountry initiatives as potential models for regional actionHow will the Caribbean proceedThe Need for Community Engagement What will it cost CARICOM Formulating Energy Security Strategy Oct 15, 2020 (Global Frontier Advisory and Development Services (GOFAD), 20 September) In our Blog (of September 9), we provided a sketch of the building blocks for climate resilience with special reference to the Caribbean. These building blocks, it was suggested, revolved around (a) proposals for implementing the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Strategic Plan 2011-2021, (b) tapping the expertise in climate science at UWI and other institutions of higher education and research (c) scaling up the prominence of CARICOM’s leadership in the Small Island Development States Climate agenda and (d) advocating for the delivery of global commitments such as the Paris Agreement, the UN and Multilateral agencies. Consolidating the Building Blocks at the Regional level Eddie Greene Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 7, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Mainstream climate change adaptation strategies into the sustainable development agendas.Assist CARICOM states to switch to renewable and cleaner energy sources and reduce their vulnerability to the impact of a changing climate. [This is in keeping with the CARICOM Energy Policy and CARICOM Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS)].Develop an implementation plan supported by the region’s specialists, who have produced models for climate change and mitigation processes in Caribbean states and who play a major advisory role to the divisions in Ministries responsible for climate change.Explore the potential for exploiting hydro-electric, geothermal, wind and solar energy which is important for energy resilience. Country initiatives as potential models for regional action From among the multitude of programmes, being undertaken by CARICOM Countries, the following indicate a sample of initiatives: Reflections on Climate Resilience in the Caribbean and indications for innovative Approaches(Global Frontier Advisory and Development Services (GOFAD), 13 September) The Bahamas tragedy following the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian has brought into stark reality the unrelenting havoc that natural disasters have wreaked on the Caribbean Region in recent years. The Special Report on Climate Change and Land ( SRCCL) from…September 18, 2019In “Indepth”Building climate and disaster resilience major focus of CARICOM Energy MonthIt’s that time of year again, the time when we ramp up our awareness of energy matters in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and celebrate the strides we have made to transition to a clean energy pathway. CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) will be observed in November, under the Regional theme ‘Clean Energy,…October 29, 2018In “CARICOM”UN Summit on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)By Elizabeth Morgan “SIDS are a special case for sustainable development. They require concerted long-term attention and investment of the entire international community.” UN SG The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ended its week of summits at the start of its 74th Session with one dedicated to the specific sustainable…October 4, 2019In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApp Reversing coral bleaching in Tobago due to global warming in an attempt to save thousands of species of fish and hundreds of sea creatures. This project is coordinated by the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) in Tobago and the US based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)With the imminent startup of “Guyana OIL” in 2020, the Oil Spill Contingency Energy Plan has been developed by the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative (EGCI), in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency and Independent Expert Advisory Services.Policies for strengthening countries’ capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change through policies for the management of forests. This project, “Forest and climate change in the Caribbean” is carried out by FAO in collaboration with Ministries of Forestry in six countries (Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica , St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago) The Need for Community Engagement In a very informative blog, “A call to Arms” – (September 10) , Winsome Leslie advised that lessons could be learned from community education programmes used in the islands of the South Pacific. She also recommends micro-financing institutions to expand a suite of products to include green loans to finance energy efficient solar projects to help the Caribbean to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. See A Call to Arms -Time to Mobilise at the Local Level for Climate Resilience https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/call-arms-time-mobilize-local-level-climate-winsome-leslie How will the Caribbean Proceed It is clear from the building blocks, their consolidation in regional initiatives, the multitude of country programmes and the suggestion for community engagement, that CARICOM Countries are fully aware of the challenges and the solutions related to climate resilience. A major problem reflected in the deleterious consequences of climate change is illustrated most recently in the fury of Hurricanes Irma and Maria (2017) and Dorian (2019). These were mainly due to circumstances not created by the Caribbean and over which it has little control. The architecture for a Caribbean response rests in the underlying vision set out in the Strategic Plan for Climate Change in the Caribbean 2011-2021 by the 5Cs. It recommends pursuing the “three one’s” principle: one coordinating unit, one strategic plan and one monitoring and evaluation system. It is a policy that was successfully implemented by the Pan Caribbean Partnership for HIV in the Caribbean with very positive results. It requires a concerted effort for synchronizing policies, rationalising programmes across sectors and institutions and sourcing funds. While GOFAD has some thoughts about the architecture for such a Pan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership, it is important to first engage the focal points for Climate Change, the CARICOM institutions – 5Cs and CDEMA and UWI. We will return to this issue of “functional cooperation and Climate action in the region. What will this Cost? A major question, how much will functional cooperation climate action cost is beyond the scope of this blog. The Caribbean countries and institutions are aware of funding options. Indeed, they have sourced support from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF); the Canadian Climate Change Development Fund; The Commonwealth Climate Finance Hub (2016) to support climate adaptation and mitigation; the Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator (2018) in response to making the Caribbean the first climate smart zone, and the Regional Climate Resilient Building Facility (2019) to provide technical assistance and disaster insurance support. The Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) issued a report (September 10). The Commission led by former UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon and including Dr. The Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, calls for global leadership on climate resilience. It finds that adaptation can lead to significant economic returns and that investing US$1.8 trillion globally from 2020 to 2030 in five climate adaptation areas could result in US$ 7.1 trillion in net benefits. It identifies the five areas: early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, improved dryland agriculture, mangrove protection and investments in increasing water resource resilience. It states that these represent only a portion of total investments needed and total benefits available. The Caribbean environmental and development scientists need to come up with a cost -benefit projection for achieving climate resilience in accordance to the 5Cs strategic plan. Conclusions Filling the gaps for an effective architecture for a Pan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership and for sustainable funding in support of Climate resilience is a work in progress. Successful outcomes, however, can be achieved with political will and a commitment to unravelling the impediments to functional cooperation. This requires innovation that is transformative. In the final analysis, global solidarity is the main solution to this global problem. It is important to note that the building blocks are consolidated in response to a mandate from CARICOM Heads of Government for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) to: On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… Oct 6, 2020 You may be interested in… Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture
(British High Commission in Bridgetown Press Release) Directors of Public Prosecutions (DPPs) from 17 Caribbean (countries) came together at a conference held in Miami on 31 October–1 November to discuss some of the major challenges they face in prosecuting serious organised crime in the region, and to explore ways of overcoming the changing manifestations of criminality. Barbados, the OECS countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines; Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Belize and the British Overseas Territories were all represented. DPPs discuss measures to combat criminality in the region (from left, seated): Zoe Lash – Criminal Justice Adviser to Jamaica; Sirah Abraham – Criminal Justice Adviser to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean; Hilary Ryan – Criminal Justice Adviser to the Overseas Territories; Maia Hibben – CSSF Programme Manager Trinidad and Tobago; Marybeth Grunstra – US Department of Justice; Vyana Sharma – Senior Legal Advisor Attorney General’s Office and Ministry of Legal Affairs Trinidad and Tobago (Photo via British High Commission Bridgetown) You may be interested in… JURIST Project launches Model Sexual Offence Guidelines Conference delegates heard presentations from leading international experts in various areas of criminal law, including gang violence, social media evidence and leadership and management amongst other topics. The conference highlights included a presentation by Ms. Claudette Thompson, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jamaica, who addressed the obstacles to the successful prosecution of cases of gang violence, and the practical steps which can be taken to make a difference in the investigation and prosecution of gang violence; On the second day, Mr. John Riesenberg, Associate Director, Department of Justice in Washington and Ms. Donna Babb Agard QC, DPP of Barbados, discussed the key challenges in using social media and computer evidence, explored the changes which must be made to legislation and procedures so as to make a positive difference, as well as the opportunities for regional and international collaboration in the use of social media and computer evidence. Criminal Justice Adviser to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Sirah Abraham, whose post is funded by the United States of America and the United Kingdom, lauded the conference as yet another demonstration of the US’s and UK’s commitment to improving the investigation and prosecution of the criminal cases, not only in the light of the increasingly serious threats of gang violence, firearms and cyber practices faced by the region, but also the need to engender public confidence in the region’s justice system. DPP Valston Graham from St. Kitts and Nevis, praised the timeliness and relevance of the conference. He said “this was another extremely successful DPP conference. It was an excellent opportunity for the DPPs to come together and discuss important issues that affect the daily discharge of our duties. We had two days of vibrant and focussed discussions on a number of key issues. It is great to see how much this conference has grown and the impact it has created on the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions within the region. One of the recurring themes has been the constructive and beneficial network that has developed between the Directors since the inception of this conference. We appreciate the commitment of the organisers, who continue to demonstrate their willingness to develop the DPP offices in the region.” For more information, please contact Malissa Brathwaite, Communications Officer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: + 1 (246) 430-7867; http://www.gov.uk/world/barbados Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 2, 2017 Canadian Prime Minister to meet with CARICOM Heads of Government in BarbadosPrime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, will travel to Bridgetown, Barbados to participate in the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to build even stronger ties with the region.The Conference will be held 18-19 February 2020. The announcement was made Tuesday 11 February via a press…February 11, 2020In “31Intersessional”Statement by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States on Cuban Medical Brigades(The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Press Release, Sunday, June 21, 2020) — The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) expressed its deep appreciation to the Republic of Cuba for the medical support provided to six (6) member countries of the Organisation to assist with efforts to combat the spread of…June 23, 2020In “Antigua & Barbuda”Caribbean States prepare to battle illegal fishing(Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Press Release)— Eighteen border control officers from seven Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are currently undergoing a four-week training course in Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction, organized by the Barbados-based Regional Security System (RSS) in collaboration with the CRFM Secretariat, the Government of…July 22, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp
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.” Advertisement 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. 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. CARTERET, NJ — CRP Industries has appointed Daniel McSwain to the position of eastern regional sales manager, domestic aftermarket business unit. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement No stranger to the automotive aftermarket, McSwain most recently held the positions of national sales manager with Technicraft Products Inc. and United Marketing of Marion, IN, suppliers of automotive chemicals, appearance products and accessories. From 1991 through 1998, he was a regional sales manager with Snap Products, Inc., where he was responsible for the management and training of the company’s representative sales force. He is a graduate of Lenior-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC. In his new role with CRP, McSwain will be responsible for CRP’s activities in the eastern United States including direct sales management of current accounts as well as all new account acquisition efforts. He will work with CRP’s sales rep agencies managing, motivating and training their respective sales forces. For additional information about CRP, visit: crpindustries.com . _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
NASCAR is looking for a talented professional to join its Automotive Group in the position of Account Manager based in the new NASCAR Plaza in Charlotte, N.C.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement To find out more about this job opportunity and to apply, click on the link above or see more opportunities from AMN Careers. To learn more about posting a job opening at your company on the AMN Careers page, click here.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. 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. 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.” Advertisement 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.
Caricature by artist Paul Ziomek. https://paulzcreative.com By REBECCA RUTHERFORDLos Alamos Also announced last week, Evites suffered a data breach. Evites is a website where users can create party invites and send them via email. Hackers were able to access an old database containing user data, including full names, countries, emails, IP addresses, and cleartext (unencrypted) passwords from customers. The database was posted for sale on the dark web and contained information for about 10 million users. Better Business Bureau (BBB) Tips: https://www.bbb.org/databreach/ It is important to note that not everyone who had lab work done with these companies will be affected; only patients who did not pay their bill on time would have been passed off to AMCA. What to do if your social security number is stolen: https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/3-steps-to-take-if-your-social-security-number-has-been-stolen/ 1. First of all, you need to figure out what data was lost. The loss of publicly available data like your name, address, or phone number is less sensitive and probably won’t cause you much trouble. More sensitive data like email addresses, date of birth, and payment-card numbers can lead to increased spam emails, possible fraudulent charges, and some risk of identity theft. The most sensitive information of all would be information like your social security number, passport number, online account passwords, and financial account numbers. This information can be very damaging and lead to identity fraud, hijacking of your online accounts, and fraudulent charges.2. The company may tell you that stolen information was encrypted, but keep in mind this doesn’t mean your data is safe; encryption can be cracked. If your encrypted password is less than ten characters long and/or contains dictionary words, you can consider it lost. Immediately change the passwords on any compromised online accounts. If you reused the compromised password on multiple accounts, be sure to change those as well! Hackers can automate the account compromise process and test possible email and password combos across multiple sites quickly. Do not make their job easy by reusing the same password across multiple websites.3. If your financial information was compromised, contact your bank or credit card immediately and let them know. Professional credit card thieves will try to make multiple purchases on the stolen card as quickly as possible, usually within hours of the theft. If you receive a notification that your financial information was compromised in a data breach, check your statement history and look for any suspicious charges. For most credit cards, you can report a card lost or stolen at any time and only be liable for at most $50 of the charges. Debit cards usually offer less protection; you only have two business days after learning of the fraudulent charges to tell your bank. If you notify them after that you may be liable for up to $500; let 60 days go by, and you could be liable for all charges. Avoid using your debit card for any online transactions.4. Be sure to contact one of the major credit reporting bureaus and ask them to put a fraud alert on your account. Once one credit reporting bureau receives a fraud notification, they are required to alert all the other credit reporting bureaus. Fraud alerts are free and can be renewed every year. You can also request that a credit freeze be placed on your account; no one will be able to run a credit report on you or open an account without your permission.Credit freezes are also free, though they may cause complications if you need to apply for a new credit card, mortgage, or change cellular or cable services.5. Most of the time if you are the victim of a data breach, the company will offer you one or two years of credit or identity monitoring services. Be sure to read the fine print of the offer to check what kind of protection you are getting. There are numerous free and paid services out there that can help! Identity theft service reviews: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-identity-theft-protection,review-2083.html No medical or insurance data is known to have been exposed as a result of this breach. Data compromised likely included name, contact information, credit card or bank information, and for Quest customers, may have included Social Security numbers. Some customers may also have had their date of birth exposed, though that has not been confirmed. Data breaches … they happen all the time, right? It can be easy to ignore them, but it’s important to pay attention when these show up in the news, or you could end up with fraudulent charges, your identity stolen, or worse. Additional Resources: In today’s connected world, data breaches are becoming an everyday occurrence. Pay attention, don’t ignore any notification that you were affected by a breach, and make sure that you take steps to protect yourself in the event you are a victim! Last week the American Medical Collections Agency (AMCA) revealed it was the victim of hackers who had unauthorized access to their system from August of 2018 until March of 2019. Over 20 million LabCorp, Quest, and OpkoHealth patients who had been placed into collections with this company had their personal and financial data exposed. These three companies are the only ones known to be affected by the AMCA data breach at this time, but that could change as the investigation into the breach of the company’s servers continues. What should you do if you get a notification that you were affected by a data breach? Editor’s note: Becky Rutherford works in information technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
NMHU News:LAS VEGAS, NM – The New Mexico Highlands University School of Education is offering $525,970 in teacher education scholarships, thanks to awards from two New Mexico Higher Education Department programs.In its 2019 session, the New Mexico State Legislature approved $10 million for the Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship Act, with Highlands receiving $479,853.Also in 2019, the legislature approved $510,000 for the new Grow Your Own Teacher Act, with Highlands receiving $46,117.“With both these scholarship programs we want to recruit, prepare and support the next generations of teachers,” said Carmen Lopez-Wilson, deputy secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department. “These scholarships will help address the widespread teacher shortage in New Mexico.”The Highlands School of Education will post applications for the teacher education scholarships online in the middle of July at www.nmhu.edu/education. The scholarship programs begin in the fall semester 2019 and continue as long as legislative funding is available.Both programs offer scholarships of up to $3,000 per semester for eligible applicants to help pay for college tuition, fees and books. To be eligible for the Teacher Preparation Affordability scholarship, applicants must be New Mexico residents, be accepted to the Highlands School of Education or another state or tribal institution, and must complete FAFSA, the free application for federal student aid. The requirements for the Grow Your Own Teacher scholarship are the same with the addition of United States citizenship.The Grow Your Own Teacher program targets education assistants who are already working in New Mexico classrooms, giving them paid time off work to complete teacher degree requirements.“The Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship program prioritizes awards to English language learners, minority students, and those who want to teach in high-need teaching positions,” Lopez-Wilson said.Lopez-Wilson said she appreciates how the Highlands University regents, administration and School of Education are proactively using the scholarship opportunities to improve access and affordability to aspiring teachers.Rodolfo Chávez with Highlands University’s Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations, said the teacher scholarship programs will help stimulate people moving up the career ladder in education, and also help the New Mexico economy grow due to their increased earnings.“The Grow Your Own Teacher Act parallels a similar federal grant program called the 2+2 Career Ladder Teacher Licensure Program that Highlands has been implementing successfully for the last three years through the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations,” said Chavez, who directs this National Professional Development federal grant.“At Highlands, we’re really going to reach out to the historically underserved communities such as Native Americans and Hispanics to encourage them to become our future teachers in the state,” said Sheree Jederberg, interim dean of the Highlands School of Education. “These future teachers will help better reflect the student population in the state.”Jederberg said it’s exciting for the Highlands School of Education to have the opportunity to work with these future teachers.“This teacher scholarship program allows students to come into our traditional teacher preparation program or our new alternative licensure program, a fast track to earning a teaching license for those with bachelor’s degrees or higher,” Jederberg said.Jederberg said a School of Education committee will review the applications and work with the Highlands Financial Aid Office to award the scholarships.
STATE News:SANTA FE – The Lujan Grisham administration is hosting the first Governor’s Cabinet in Your Community event today, Aug. 10, in Albuquerque. High-level representatives from departments and agencies across state government, including the Governor’s Office, will be on hand to field walk-in constituents. Constituents from farther afield are encouraged to call in. State agencies will field all manner of constituent needs, including child care assistance, food assistance program enrollment, employment assistance, immunizations, well-water tests, local business consultation, driver license processing and many other items. A list of services that can be fulfilled by various agency representatives is included below. “Effective constituent service is the beating heart of state government,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “If we want to develop trust in state government, if we want to deliver on transforming this state, we’ve got to show New Mexicans we mean business. This event, which will not be the last time key members of our administration make themselves directly available to our constituents across the state, is a demonstration of our commitment to the people’s business. I have no doubt we’ll have many happy customers Saturday.” Participants may call into the event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, at this number: 505.476.2200. Participants may visit at this address 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today: Carpenters Local 1319 Union Hall, 3900 Pan American Fwy NE, Albuquerque, N.M., 87107. For most services, participants are asked to bring a valid form of identification. Additional required documentation is noted below. Representatives from the Department of Workforce Solutions will provide a wide variety of employment and unemployment assistance. Unemployment representatives will be on-hand to assist with uploading wage reports, filing electronic payments for payroll taxes, launching new unemployment claims, updating account information and many other general services. Employers can receive assistance in creating accounts, writing job descriptions, launching recruitment processes; they can also receive references of eligible candidates currently in the Workforce Solutions system. Job seekers will be assisted with resume creation, job search navigation, reviewing open jobs and referrals. Representatives from the Human Services Department’s Income Support Division will be on hand to help New Mexicans enroll and learn more about potential eligibility in nutrition and health programs. Agency representatives will assist New Mexicans with eligibility and enrollment in Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, the Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance program, the Commodity Supplemental Food program and Temporary Emergency Food Assistance program. Participants are asked to bring the following: Last four weeks of pay for all applicants receiving any kind of income; identification; proof of citizenship or immigration status; and proof of out-of-pocket medical expenses for any disabled or elderly applicants. If you are unable to obtain any of the above , an ISD worker can assist at time of interview. For further assistance, you may apply online at: www.yes.state.nm.us or call the customer service line at 800-283-4465. Representatives from the Human Services Department’s Child Support Enforcement Division ask individuals seeking assistance with an existing case to bring their case number; date of birth; and a form of identification. Individuals who do not yet have an existing case and are interested in applying for services are asked to bring the following: the name of all parties involved (custodial parent, non-custodial parent, children); the address of all parties involved; dates of birth for all parties involved; Social Security Numbers of all parties involved; marriage and divorce dates; a court order, if one already exists; and a form of identification for the applicant. Representatives from the Department of Health mobile unit will be on hand to provide immunizations. Uninsured adults may receive Hepatitis A, Tdap and MMR vaccinations. Children may receive hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningococcal, Tdap and HPV vaccinations. Participants are asked to bring the following: Immunization records. Please note: Families requiring the full complement of school-age vaccines will be referred to a local “Got Shots” event; the list can be found at immunizenm.org The Department of Health will also field questions about the medical cannabis program, helping individuals check the status of a pending application; the developmental disabilities waiver program; WIC and other public health-related programs; and vital records, providingconsultation on the documents required to receive a copy of a birth certificate ( please note: vital records requests will require $10 via cash, check or money order). Representatives from the Taxation and Revenue Department’s Unclaimed Property Unit will be on hand to help individuals search for money or accounts they may be owed and to assist through the process of filing a claim. The agency’s Taxpayer Advocate will be available to answer questions, helping ensure an individual’s rights under the state’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights are protected. Representatives from the Motor Vehicle Division will be on hand to process driver licenses and also conduct title work and registrations. The MVD Call Center will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 888-683-4636 (888-MVD-INFO). To obtain a REAL ID license or ID, please see this link for required documentation . To obtain a driver authorization card, please see this link for required documentation . Information about registration renewals can be found here and information about registering a new or used vehicle for the first time can be found here . Representatives from the Economic Development Department will be on hand to assist local businesses with a wide variety of services and answer questions about the New Mexico film industry. Personnel will be available to assist local businesses with expansion, retention and training questions; outline state and federal assistance programming that can be made available to local businesses; and answer questions about how to register one’s business as a New Mexico vendor and how to become an extra in a film or television production, among other areas. Representatives from the General Services Department will be available to answer questions about contracting with the state to provide goods or services, how to report suspected abuse of a government vehicle, the monthly public sale of cars and other government surplus goods, leasing a building to government, state printing services for nonprofits, health benefits for state employees and more. Representatives from the Aging and Long-Term Services Department will be on hand to receive reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation; assist individuals, families and caregivers with transitioning to long-term care facilities; answer questions about care in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and the general aging network and resources. Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be on hand to provide information about flood insurance, wildfire risks, general preparedness and the agency’s mission in general, among other items. Representatives from the Environment Department will provide free private well-water testing for the first 150 homeowners. The department will test for arsenic, electrical conductivity, fluoride, iron, nitrate, pH and sulfate. Participants are asked to fill a clean glass or plastic container with at least a quart or liter. If your home has a whole house filtration system, collectthe sample at the well head prior to any filtration or softener systems, if possible. Let the water run 2-3 minutes before collecting the sample. The Environment Department’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau will be on hand to offer general workplace safety information, answer technical questions and provide guidance on requesting free and confidential business assistance. Representatives from the Department of Public Safety’s Law Enforcement Records Bureau will be on hand to accept completed concealed carry applications, accept crash report requests, conduct name-based/New Mexico background checks and field questions about the sex offender registry, missing person clearinghouse, expungements and pardons. Government-issued identification is required for background checks and concealed carry applications. Representatives of the State Personnel Office will have two recruitment staff on site to answer questions. Participants can learn more about working for state government, how to apply for a career and check in on the status of an application. For the latter service, participants are asked to bring the Job Opening ID or position number. Representatives of the Children, Youth and Families Department will be on hand to help individuals sign up for child care assistance. Agency personnel will also conduct referrals for individuals interested in home-visiting services, prekindergarten, early intervention and Head Start services. Personnel from Protective Services will be on hand to discuss adoption and fostering for interested participants.
Flowers splash a symphony of elegant color throughout the garden of a residence on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Beverly LeasureFlowers frame the winding walkway through the garden of a residence on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Beverly LeasureFlowers fill the garden of a residence on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Beverly Leasure