Getting to know Vishal Joseph – Guyana’s CARICOM Youth AmbassadorFive of the Region’s CARICOM Youth Ambassadors attended the Caribbean Forum on Youth Population and Development earlier this week in Georgetown, Guyana. The Forum was held through a collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), EU Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, (UNECLAC), United Nations Population Fund…July 28, 2018In “Associate Member States”CARICOM ASG highlights progress in Youth DevelopmentAssistant Secretary General, Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr, Douglas Slater, has highlighted a number of areas where progress has been made in youth development in the Region. Dr. Slater was speaking at the opening ceremony of a CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Orientation and Capacity Building Workshop. The…June 5, 2017In “Anguilla”CARICOM SG to host social media interaction on entrepreneurship with youthYoung people from across the Region will have an opportunity to interact with the CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque via social media on 29 June 2015. The event, which is happening just before the Thirty Sixth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Barbados, is an initiative…June 25, 2015In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Saint Lucia Reparations Committee welcomes new CARICOM Youth… Getting to know Vishal Joseph – Guyana’s CARICOM… You may be interested in… Nov 8, 2016 Former CARICOM Youth Ambassador serves as UNESCO Panelist at… Vishal is forever grateful that his parents, Lennox Joseph and Savitri Singh, along with his caring teachers, paid attention to his education, and provided the nudge he needed to excel academically. Vishal would not elaborate on the details regarding the challenges he faced when he was just about to begin sixth form, but he did say that the circumstances at the time required that he live on his own. Through it all, he came out successfully with 12 subjects at the CSEC examinations. Read more at: Guyana Chronicle Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 5, 2016 (Guyana Chronicle)LIFE has not always been smooth sailing for Vishal Hulbert Joseph, who was forced to make a few decisions that would prove crucial to his future endeavours. In fact, at just 17, he was practically on his own, pursuing sixth form studies and a job at the same time. Vishal shared his story just recently with the Guyana Chronicle, and he could not help but reflect on how well his life has turned out, even though he had quite a few bumpy roads to travel. A ‘Georgetown’ boy all his life, Vishal completed all of his education on Camp Street. He began at the Starter’s Nursery School, and then pressed on to St. Margaret’s Primary and Queen’s College, where he completed sixth form. Jul 28, 2018
CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… CDB Vice-President (Operations), Monica La Bennett noted that the small size and relative isolation of many of the CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) means that energy costs are high but the barriers to exploring geothermal and other indigenous energy potential are also enormous. “The high cost of energy impacts competitiveness in many BMCs and makes the economies especially vulnerable to oil price swings. For some time now, Caribbean governments have been supporting the use of our natural resources like geothermal to produce cleaner, lower-cost energy. However, the availability of appropriate financing, particularly in the exploration and development stages when the costs can be relatively high has been a major challenge. We have prioritised mobilising low-cost and concessionary financing to help kick-start geothermal expansion in our BMCs and so are especially pleased that our efforts in this area have been recognised.” CDB’s Head (acting) for Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency, Joseph Williams collected the award on behalf of the CDB along with Christiaan Gischler, Lead Energy Specialist and ‘lead architect’ for SEF at the IDB. The 6th GEOLAC, which was held in Santiago, Chile July 17-18, 2019, is the largest annual gathering of the regional geothermal market. Its awards highlight entities that are significantly advancing geothermal development in Latin America and the Caribbean. CDB’s GeoSmart Initiative aims to reduce the financial, technical and institutional barriers to geothermal energy development in five Eastern Caribbean states – St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, St Lucia and Dominica. It also helps governments build capacity and strengthen institutions so they can be better equipped to implement and manage geothermal energy initiatives. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector… Oct 5, 2020 (CDB Press Release) The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is being lauded and awarded for its work advancing geothermal energy development in the Caribbean. On July 17, the Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC) gave CDB’s Sustainable Energy Facility for the Eastern Caribbean (SEF) programme its top prize for Best Financing Programme at its GEOLAC Industry awards. SEF, which is developed in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and executed by CDB was specifically recognised for the financing which combines grant, contingently recoverable grant, and concessional loans resources coming through the IDB from Global Environmental Facility, Clean Technology Fund, and the Green Climate Fund. SEF also utilises IDB and CDB resources. SEF is one of the programmes under the CDB GeoSmart Initiative. You may be interested in… Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Oct 15, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 Oct 2, 2020 IDB lends further support to CDB’s investments in regional energy security(Caribbean Development Bank Press Release) – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has mobilised more than US$85M to increase the Region’s energy security through geothermal energy development. CDB’s Board of Directors earlier in December approved acceptance of further financing under the Sustainable Energy…December 19, 2018In “CARICOM”Geothermal energy getting increasing attention in Eastern CaribbeanWhile appearing on the Government’s weekly radio and television programme “Working for You” on Wednesday, May 11, Dr. Devon Gardener, Programme Manager for Energy and Head of Energy Unit at the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana, said Caribbean islands can produce their own power. “The fact is that at the end…May 16, 2016In “CARICOM”CDB, IDB sign agreement for US$71.5M sustainable Eastern Caribbean energy programmeMIAMI, FLORIDA October 20, 2015 – More funding has been put in place to facilitate the growth of the renewable energy sector in the Eastern Caribbean. The Sustainable Energy Facility for the Eastern Caribbean; a USD 71.5 million loan and grant package, was today signed by Dr. William Warren Smith,…October 20, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp
ANAHEIM, CA — American Remanufacturers, Inc. announced the return of Robert Smith, Sr. to lead all day-to-day activities and to serve as an advisor to the board. Robert Smith, Jr., will also be rejoining the organization. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Smith, Sr., who retired from ARI in April 2004, is the former chairman of ARI and co-founder of Car Components Technologies, Inc. (CCT), which merged with ARI in March 2003. Rob Smith, Jr., also a co-founder of CCT, will be bringing years of remanufacturing experience and strong vendor and customer relationships to the organization. “I look forward to returning to the automotive aftermarket and getting back to work at ARI. We have great ideas for the future and an outstanding team of dedicated people. Together, we will continue to develop creative solutions for our customers and vendor partners,” said Smith, Sr. Additionally, ARI announced that Brian Johnson has been named chief financial officer. Johnson was formerly CFO of Pliant Corporation, a leading producer of value-added film and flexible packaging products for personal care, medical, food, industrial and agricultural markets with annual sales in excess of $900 million. “Although new to the automotive aftermarket, Johnson is a versatile executive,” said Smith Sr. “In addition to his financial acumen, he has several years of operational leadership experience under his belt. This will be invaluable with respect to finalizing the integration of the ARI businesses and creating the foundation for the company’s growth strategy.” Advertisement Effective with these changes, ARI also stated that Larry Pavey left the company and his position on the board. Pavey joined ARI in May 2003 as chief executive officer and was subsequently named chairman. “I’ve known Larry for many years, as do many people in the industry. We wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Smith, Sr. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.
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“Initially you form these tiny fingers that are too small to observe… but quickly they interact with each other as they move down, and form larger and larger structures,” said Raphael Ouillon, a mechanical engineer at the University of California Santa Barbara and lead author of the new study. Researchers walk along the bank of the Dead Sea, one of Earth’s saltiest bodies of water. It is nearly 10 times saltier than the ocean. Courtesy/Nadav Lensky/Geological Survey of Israel Salt crystals form on instruments dipped into the Dead Sea. Courtesy/Nadav Lensky/Geological Survey of Israel “The initial fingers might only be a few millimeters or a couple of centimeters thick, but they’re everywhere across the entire surface of the lake,” said Eckart Meiburg, also a mechanical engineer at UC Santa Barbara and co-author of the new study. “Together these small fingers generate a tremendous amount of salt flux.” A salty mystery WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research explains why salt crystals are piling up on the deepest parts of the Dead Sea’s floor, a finding that could help scientists understand how large salt deposits formed in Earth’s geologic past. “Altogether this makes the Dead Sea a unique system,” said Nadav Lensky, a geologist with the Geological Survey of Israel and co-author of the new study. “Basically, we have here a new finding that we think is very relevant to the understanding of the arrangement of these basins that were so common in Earth’s history.” Scientists first noticed in 1979, after this process had started, that salt crystals were precipitating out of the top layer of water, “snowing” down and piling up on the lakebed. The salt layer on the lake floor has been growing about 10 centimeters (4 inches) thicker every year. They propose that when the top layer of the lake is disturbed by waves or other motion, tiny parcels of warm water enter the cooler pool of water below. Heat diffuses more rapidly than salt, so this warm water parcel rapidly cools. But as it cools it holds less salt, so the salt precipitates out and forms crystals that sink to the bottom. Watch an animation of the salt fingers here. The Dead Sea, a salt lake bordered by Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, is nearly 10 times as salty as the ocean. Humans have visited the Dead Sea for thousands of years to experience its purported healing properties and to float in its extremely dense, buoyant waters, and mention of the sea goes back to biblical times. Satellite images of the Dead Sea taken in 1972 and 2011, showing how much water levels have dropped since Israel and Jordan began diverting much of the freshwater entering the Dead Sea. Courtesy/NASA After several hundred thousand years, the Mediterranean’s water levels dropped so much that the sea partly or nearly dried out, leaving behind thick deposits of salt. The new finding suggests these deposits formed during this time in a similar manner to what is happening right now in the Dead Sea. When the Strait of Gibraltar opened up again, water flooded the basin and the salt deposits were buried under new layers of sediment, where they remain today. Much of the freshwater feeding the Dead Sea has been diverted in recent decades, lowering the sea’s water levels and making it saltier than before. The new finding also helps explain the formation of massive salt deposits found within Earth’s crust. AGU News: One notable example is the thick salt layer underneath the Mediterranean Sea. Researchers know that about six million years ago, the Strait of Gibraltar closed off, because of the movements of Earth’s tectonic plates. This cut off the supply of water from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean, creating a giant shallow inland sea. An aerial view of the Dead Sea taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. New research explains why salt crystals are piling up on the deepest parts of the Dead Sea’s floor, a finding that could help scientists understand how large salt deposits formed in Earth’s geologic past. Courtesy/NASA/Hubble The process driving this salt crystal “snow” and buildup of salt layers on the lakebed has puzzled scientists because it doesn’t make sense according to the laws of physics. Now, a new study in AGU’s journal Water Resources Research proposes that tiny disturbances in the lake, caused by waves or other motion, create “salt fingers” that slowly funnel salt down to the lakebed. Watch a video about this research here. In the new study, researchers created a computer simulation of how water and salt would flow in the Dead Sea if the salt fingers theory was correct. They found the salt fingers theory correctly predicted the downward flow of salt snow and buildup of salt layers in the middle of the lake’s floor. Because the level of the lake is declining, due to pumping of freshwater from the nearby Jordan River, the salt layers are concentrated in the central part of the lake, according to the authors. The Dead Sea is only hypersaline water body on Earth today where this salt fingering process is happening, so it represents a unique laboratory for researchers to study the mechanisms by which these thick salt deposits have formed, according to the authors. Understanding salt deposits elsewhere The new finding helps researchers better understand the physics of the Dead Sea but also helps explain the formation of massive salt deposits found within Earth’s crust. “We know that many places around the world have thick salt deposits in the Earth’s crust, and these deposits can be up to a kilometer thick,” Meiburg said. “But we’re uncertain how these salt deposits were generated throughout geological history.” Lensky and his colleagues proposed an explanation in 2016, and the new research tests this theory for the first time. Researchers realized the salt snow they observed was originating in this top salty layer, but this warm water doesn’t mix with the cooler water below because it’s so much warmer and less dense. So they were puzzled as to how salt from the surface was entering the cooler layer and plummeting to the bottom of the lake. As the Dead Sea has become saltier in recent decades, much of that salt has become concentrated near its surface. During the summer, extra heat from the Sun warms the surface of the Dead Sea and divides it into two distinct layers: A warm top layer sitting atop a colder lower layer. As water evaporates from the top layer in the summer heat, it becomes saltier than the cooler layer below.
By BOB FUSELIERLos AlamosAn essay about religion and racism by an old, white man raised in the Christian faith and in the deep South before and during desegregation would seem to hold a good chance of coming across as an extreme example of white mansplaining. I hope it doesn’t.Scapegoating is a word we seldom use in our daily lives but is something we all fear and have feared from an early age. It requires a victim (a person or persons innocent of the crimes laid upon them) and a victimizer (a person or persons looking to place their sufferings on another).It is commonplace today to see people claim to be a victim, but it is a rare event to see someone claim to be a victimizer. We avoid it all cost, for we seem to know that a victimizer who stands alone can easily become the victim. Yet, none of us is free of the pull of the victimizing role. When we feel threatened, we can quickly feel the urge to rally as many as we can around us in opposition to someone we feel is vulnerable.One of the most common examples of scapegoating is something we all have tried. It carries an innocent name, gossip, but it can deliver a deadly blow of half-truths and innuendoes thrown in a victim’s direction. These stones of words can even be true, but they are never meant to offer truth. Their only purpose is to demonize someone to a level below contempt so that others feel no shame joining up with our lynch mob. Racism is just an extreme level of the scapegoating potential that is part of our human nature.As someone raised in a Christian tradition, I view the Bible as a collection of literary forms that tell the story of a people as they struggle with their collective choice between a God of vengeful anger who demands their devotion and sacrifice and, in return, deals out judgment and a God who sides with and becomes the sacrificial victim in order to reveal the answer to our thirst for sacrificial violence; that answer being a transcendent and incomprehensible love that is offered to all as Grace.The final act of this work of literature that was composed over centuries depicts a story of a divine being that takes on the human form of a Jewish laborer by the name of Jesus. This Jew takes comfort in living with the oppressed and marginalized, rebukes the sacrificial-loving ideology of his time, accepts the role of the victim himself, and dies the death of an innocent scapegoat.Whether you view the stories of Jesus through a Christian lens or not, a reading of the Gospels will show that Jesus preached an ideology that was counter to that of the religious-political powers that controlled his society. Yet he lived within their laws, breaking them on the rare occasion to make a point of their hypocrisy.Jesus spoke out often in defense of the marginalized and against scapegoating. Most all know of the parable of the good Samaritan. His defense of the adulterous women brought to him for condemnation speaks volumes against the scapegoating mechanism. His parable of the beam and the splinter and his directive to love our enemies points towards the cause and cure of our tendency to scapegoat.And then he gives us this warning: “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill, and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment…”Most of us in Western society, whether Christian or not, have heard of this directive in one form or another. But, until recently, I knew of no one who could explain the continuation of the last verse quoted above, “… and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa’, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.”Raqa? I knew it was Aramaic, the language spoken in the area of Israel 2000 years ago, but what is its significance? That question was answered for me a few years ago when my wife and I attended a conference on violence in Holland, Michigan.The conference was held at Hope College, which was founded by members of the Dutch Reformed Church in the mid 1800’s. The presentation was given by an Irishman, whose name I’ve forgotten but who was very involved in the Northern Ireland conflict known as The Troubles, and an ex-Catholic priest by the name of James Alison. Although I’m aware that these labels may evoke emotional responses in some, I’ve included them to highlight the diversity within the religious communities of those who brought this conference together.The Irishman, a Catholic, told the story of how he became aware of his role in the scapegoating mechanism when a minister from the Dutch Reformed Church visited him in Ireland during the conflict. As the Irishman explained to the minister his view of the conflict, an explanation that was not kind to the Protestants, the minister approached him, gave him a hug, and said, “You are part of the problem.” The Irishman talked at length of how difficult that was to hear, let alone process. But, because the message was delivered with kindness through love, his heart was opened to the Truth. He was eventually able to help bring peace to Northern Ireland.James Alison then presented Rene Girard’s concept of the scapegoating mechanism with a twist that included the passage about raqa quoted above. He began by explaining that it’s critical to recognize the importance of the inclusion of just one Aramaic word in the Greek translation of the original Aramaic text. The word raqa was then kept in its original Aramaic form when the Greek was later translated into English.Raqa carries a very dismissive meaning, something akin to you useless, valueless thing. Alison offered that the Aramaic word raqa was not translated because its original use was meant to signify an insult to a local person. He then noted that the Greek term for “you fool” was translated as “you fool”, suggesting that the original term for “you fool” was not translated as an Aramaic word because it was not originally meant to be directed to someone who spoke Aramaic. It was a foreign word in the original text and would have been used as an insult to a foreigner.The last piece of context that must be understood is the use of various terms denoting a concept of judgment: “liable to judgment”, “answerable to the Sanhedrin” and “liable to fiery Gehenna”. Allison pointed out that these variations are equally critical in understanding the full message of the passage.According to Alison, “liable to judgment” is used to equate the severity of the consequences of murder and anger; the Hebrew God views them as equally harmful, which said a lot about the consequences of anger to the Jewish people of that time.The level of judgment bestowed upon he who uses “raqa” as an insult seems to come down a bit. The Sanhedrin was the high court of the Jewish people – think of the it as the Supreme Court for us Americans. Using raqa was bad; it was a major local offense, but not the same as murder.Then we’re back at a very high level of judgment signified by “fiery Gehenna”. Gehenna was more than just a nod towards the threat of eternal damnation. It was the valley in which the early Hebrew people offered their sons in a fiery sacrifice to appease their gods. Using the term for “you fool”, i.e., condemning someone from another culture, would not only lead the offender to experience a living hell, but could also lead the community to experience the violent consequences of the scapegoating, sacrificial system of the early Hebrew people.With that context understood, let me retranslate the passage.“You already know that murder is bad. But I tell you that anger is equally bad. It leads to labeling and cursing of others. When you curse and scapegoat your neighbor (using raqa), that’s bad. You’ll be taken to the highest court in our land in hopes that the damage can be mitigated. However, when you curse and scapegoat someone of another culture, all hell may break out for there is no human court that can mitigate the damage, and you will take us all back to the times of human sacrifice.”Alison’s interpretation of this passage will likely be challenged by those who disagree with its meaning. But I’ve heard of none better. The good news about having a 2000yr old passage warning of the dire consequences of racism is that we can rest assured that we didn’t invent it. But it’s here and growing in our society today, and I, for one, don’t want to return to the violent sacrificial systems that governed our earlier societies. I’ll be heeding the 2000yr old warning and doing my best to check any anger.
Members of the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos march in the 2019 County Fair and Rodeo Parade Saturday morning on Central Avenue to honor the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified Aug. 18, 1920. Courtesy photoThe League of Women Voters has been informing Los Alamos voters since 1947. Courtesy photo
The work is made possible through the generous support of The Ballinglen Arts Foundation and Brigham Young University. SANTA FE ― Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery presents the exhibition, “Odd Nature,” which opens with a reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. The show continues through Oct. 10. SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery on the campus of Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave., is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Gallery Director Linda Cassel at 505.428.1501, [email protected] The artists have collaborated on projects for the past ten years. The group, along with select students from Brigham Young University, is participating in an artists’ residency through Aug. 25 in Iceland. According to Hean, the artists “will interact and create in response to the theme of ‘Odd Nature’ – a phrase that spontaneously and mistakenly arrived while several members of the group were sharing a studio visit and conversation. Our initial responses generally explore the relationships we have with humanity and the natural world, and the impact both seem to have upon one another.” Karina Hean, Visual Arts Chair and full-time instructor at the New Mexico School for the Arts based in Santa Fe, has curated the exhibit. She is part of a collaborative team with members from the U.S. and Europe. The team features two designers, a musician and nine visual artists representing practices that include painting, drawing, printmaking, letterpress, book arts, video, performance art and installation work. SFCC News: Participants in the exhibition include Nuala Clarke, Melinda Ostraff, Joe Ostraff, Joanna Kidney, Karina Hean, Claudine Bigelow, Melanie Mowinski, Jeffery Hampshire, Gary Barton, Sally Weaver, Michelle Rowley, Jen Watson, Mercedes Ng and Linda Reynolds.
“It’s no surprise to me that Steve was recognized as one of the top economic developers in North America. His excellent reputation, his leadership, and his know-how are exactly why we fought to bring him to the Land Office,” Commissioner Garcia Richard said of the achievement. “I’m honored that he will be serving as one of my assistant commissioners, where he will be tasked with enhancing economic development opportunities on state trust land across New Mexico.” SANTA FE — Steve Vierck of the New Mexico State Land Office has been selected by Consultant Connect as one of North America’s top 50 economic developers. Johnson applied for and was offered the position of outdoor recreation specialist, where he will be charged with overseeing the Open for Adventure campaign recently launched to bring attention to recreation opportunities on state trust land. Vierck spoke of his new position. This selection comes days after Vierck was appointed by Commissioner Garcia Richard to fill the role of assistant commissioner of commercial resources. Assistant Commissioner of Commercial Resources Steve Vierck with Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard at the Land Commission Office in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo NMSLO News: Consultant Connect selects a group of 50 economic developers for the accolade every year. Partners and members of the group nominate individuals who exemplify leadership in the field, and the top 50 are selected by a panel of judges. Vierck had been serving in an appointed capacity as director of special projects when the commercial resources commissioner position was vacated by Craig Johnson. “In my new role I hope to strongly pursue Commissioner Garcia Richard’s critical initiative to proactively assist communities throughout the state by expanding their real estate options for economic development projects. That in turn will expand Land Office revenues for educational institutions and our other beneficiaries,” he said. “I look forward to joining the talented and experienced team that is already in place in expanding commercial revenues from Business, Planning and Development, and Economic Development Leases and Rights of Way. Our real estate assets include many well-located parcels that can help create jobs and economic vitality in both rural and urban New Mexico.”
Daily Postcard:Cirrus clouds reflect the glow of the rising sun Thursday over White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs