← International Debate Education Association needs a Website Manager! Deadline: 17 February 2014Open to: participants from the Council of Europe countries, priority will be given to nominations from young delegates (under 30 years old) with a minority backgroundVenue: 7-12 April, Athens, GreeceDescriptionIn May 2014, a few months from now, the 28 EU countries will vote for a new European Parliament. Populist and extremist parties tell you they don’t like Europe, whilst at the same time doing everything to win more European influence. A shift towards a more extremist EU parliament is expected. This will have a major impact on the policies of the EU and its neighbouring countries. It will lead to more hate speech, to worse treatment of migrants and minorities, to more division across the continent.“Your vote can UNITE” Campaigning against Populism and Racism offers you the opportunity to get involved in the UNITE campaigns against extremist and populist parties and movements. The conference will tackle questions such as: What can you do against intolerance, racism, and xenophobia? How can you become active on a European level or in your own country? How can you get involved in our European campaign?Practice and theory are offered. A series of methods, trainings, lectures, (political) debates for people from all over Europe: the EU, Russia, Balkans and Caucasus will be organized. Participants from all these regions are invited to apply for this conference. The conference will take place near Athens (GR) and will start on Monday 7 April 2014 at 18:00 with a transfer from Athens to the venue. Departure from Athens is foreseen for 12 April 2014 after 12:00.EligibilityThe conference is planned for around 75 participants (living in the countries of the Council of Europe) who represent (inter)national human rights, antiracist, antifascist, refugee, and minority rights organisations. Active grass-roots groups from all over Europe are also invited. Participation is rotated from one conference to another. Priority will be given to nominations from young delegates (under 30 years old) with a minority background. Preference is given to those organizations that are interested in actions against racism and populism around elections.Participants should act as multipliers, spreading the information to as many people as possible. The organizers will try to reach an equal balance of female/male participants and a good geographical distribution. Each organization can nominate only one delegate. The conference language is English. All participants are expected to have at least basic knowledge of English.CostsParticipation fee The participation fee of the conference depends on the country where the nominating organization is based:120 Euro for participants from: A, B, CH, D, DK, F, FIN, GB, I, IS, IRL, L, N, NL, S;60 Euro for participants from: BG, CY, CZ, E, EE, H, HR, LV, LT, M, P, PL, RO, SI, SK;50 Euro for participants from: AL, ARM, AZ, BH, BY, GE, KZ, KY, MK, MNE, MD, RS, RUS, TR, UA, UZB, XZ.It is free for participants from Greece.Full board and lodging as well as bus transfer to the venue and complete program are included. Organizations that paid their 2014 supporter fee to the UNITED Network will receive a 50% reduction of the participation fee.Contribution to travel costs:For participants travelling from: A, B, CH, D, DK, F, FIN, GB, I, IS, IRL, L, N, NL, S UNITED can contribute maximum 75% to the costs of your travel, not more than 250 Euro;For participants travelling from: BG, CY, CZ, E, EE, H, HR, LV, LT, M, P, PL, RO, SI, SK, UNITED can contribute maximum 80% to the costs of your travel, not more than 280 Euro;For participants travelling from: AL, ARM, AZ, BH, BY, GE, KZ, KY, MK, MNE, MD, RS, RUS, TR, UA, UZB, XZ UNITED can contribute maximum 85% to the costs of your travel, not more than 325 Euro;For participants travelling from Greece, UNITED can contribute maximum 80% to the costs of your travel, not more than 50 Euro.Please look for the cheapest and most environmentally friendly possibility to travel. The organizers strongly encourage you to travel by night-train, bus or other cheaper means of transport to Athens. For distances (one-way) under 800 km they can only contribute to costs of train or bus.In order to be eligible for a contribution to your travel costs you are expected to attend the whole meeting and to prove your travel expenses providing an original invoice and all original tickets to UNITED. The organizers can only contribute to travel costs made for the direct return route between your place of residence and Athens. UNITED also asks you to find out if there are alternative possibilities of funding your participation. Since there are limited sponsored places, delegates that can cover (part of) their own travel costs have a higher chance to be selected. The cost of your visa can be reimbursed by UNITED on the base of an original invoice from the Embassy.ApplicationIn order to apply, please fill in the application form until 17 February 2014.Visit the official web-site. 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TAGS2020 – Issue 4corporate governanceREIPPPP Previous articleThe big question: Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on economic growthNext articleDigitisation is a ‘must’ to manage the network’s complexity Guest ContributorThe views expressed in this article by the author are not necessarily those of the publishers and/or association partners. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publisher and editors cannot be held responsible for any inaccurate information supplied and/or published. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR While early developments (such as in South Africa’s REIPPPP rounds 1 and 2 or similar) often had some financial wiggle room, competition and experience are driving down all margins. This focuses the mind on the importance not only of protecting an investment but also of maximising return and optimising performance. For any project, the key metrics are always the same – time, cost and quality. There are variations on the theme, which depends on the project’s stage and the technologies used, but the key performance indicators (KPIs) all come back to the three components of time, cost and quality. The article first appeared in ESI Africa Issue 4-2020.Read the full digimag or subscribe to receive a print copy. A gap in this approach [the major responsibilities of the board] is that protection is not the same as optimisation. Board members should be required to be sufficiently knowledgeable about the workings of the company to be answerable for its actions, yet able to stand back from the day-to-day management of the company and retain an objective, longer-term view. This focus requires the board to be provided with and to be able to check and challenge reports about: The key challenge is understanding the best course of action to take. You could be within budget and not utilising any contingency. Still, if your project is late and this jeopardises your PPA, even if this is only to reduce the term, this reduces the asset value should you sell the project on. By Chanda Nxumalo, Managing Director, Harmattan Renewables The technicalities What does this look like for a renewable energy company? During the operational phase, you could be tracking the generation of a solar PV or wind plant by revenue and be meeting your KPIs. The reason for tracking well could be because everything ran as was expected, but it could also be because the irradiation or wind resource on-site is higher than the original forecast, masking poor plant performance. Some metrics would make this obvious to a technical person when it isn’t necessarily obvious to others. During construction, CAPEX and contingency spend, quality of installation works and completion according to schedule form the key drivers. The primary project management metrics state that if one of these goes awry, resource needs to be thrown at one or both to resolve the issues. Often this definition is interpreted as solely focusing on the finances of the company. How many board notices have you seen requiring a Chartered Financial Analyst qualification? This is because directors still spend the bulk of their time on quarterly financial reports, audit reviews, budgets, and compliance. • plant performance;• the root causes of problems; and• remedial action for any deviation from norms. How should you develop the other board members? Where the bulk of your value is your assets, such as with renewable energy plants, effective boards need to have a broad mix of skills, knowledge and experience. The board must support robust discussions about the technology, the practices and structures in place and set the tone for optimising the asset. A board needs innovators and problem solvers, challengers and strategic thinkers. In short, it needs engineers! AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector A board needs innovators and problem solvers, challengers and strategic thinkers. In short, it needs engineers! BRICS Following this, it is expected for the board to provide strategic guidance and hold to account the management team on how best to run the plant. Featured image: [NYUL] © 123RF.com In addition to having the right board composition, companies must provide training and ongoing education. Boards typically have a lot of information available to them in these areas but may not fully understand the materials they receive. Recent events inspire this article, where a technical advisory services firm was assigned to assist in resolving issues related to distressed assets. It was noted throughout these appointments, that the majority of renewable energy asset boards are commercially and legally very knowledgeable, but lacking in technical experience. Education should also be structured so that boards receive training annually. Invite experts and professionals in various fields to board meetings, to talk about specific topics. This will allow the board to understand what competitors are doing, global trends and issues with technologies, and to learn about current best practices in operations and asset management. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development New board member training should be provided to get them up to speed on the technology, relevant technical terms, risks and issues along with any project-specific issues. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Research shows that higher-performing boards review not only robust non-financial metrics, but also shape strategy and drive risk management. They can delve into the detail of the business or play devil’s advocate. Finance and Policy Without this expertise, renewable energy boards cannot play their most important role: intervening with substantive input about strategic decisions early enough to make a difference. Without these focused technical conversations boards cannot fulfil their fiduciary responsibilities in the long term. To reiterate, by improving the technical capabilities of the board, issues can be addressed earlier, leading to improved asset performance. ESI The major responsibilities of the board of directors include a strategic function in providing the vision, mission and goals of the organisation; developing a governance system for the business; a monitoring and control function; and a fiduciary duty to protect the organisation’s assets and members’ investment. A gap in this approach is that protection is not the same as optimisation. However, the board is also responsible for making sure the assets of the company are kept in good order. This includes the company’s plant, equipment and facilities, as well as the people who work for the company, and it is in this area that there are often shortcomings. What is the purpose of a board for a renewable energy plant? To answer this question, let’s first unpack boards in general. According to the Institute of Directors’ Standard for the Board, its fundamental purpose “is to ensure the company’s prosperity by collectively directing the company’s affairs, while meeting the appropriate interests of its shareholders and relevant stakeholders”. Generation
A trial of a mobile phone solution detecting when and where passengers board and leave buses is taking place in Nottingham.Glenn Director, Director at Touche, with Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT’s Marketing ManagerNottingham City Transport (NCT), which introduced mobile ticketing over two years ago, and technology business Touche-NFC Ltd have linked up on the feasibility test for a method of recording point-to-point journeys automatically.The trial focuses on NCT’s Green 11 bus route between the city centre, Trent Boulevard and Lady Bay. Special beacons have been installed on buses and at stops to detect where a bus passenger is on their journey through use of an Android-based app.NCT says recording this information will help with future network planning, while customers could see their fares automatically calculated and deducted from their bank accounts.
Turkish-TV (which of the 5,432 channels does not matter; call it CNN-Turk if you want) is now declaring a 94.4 percent result, with the AKP at 49 percent, the CHP at 25.9 percent, the MHP at 12.2 percent and the HDP at 10.5 percent.The HDP leadership — call them “the Kurds” — are now on national TV, declaring their concern that their 10.5 percent will get reduced to under 10 percent, at which point they will get erased from Parliament and their percentage distributed to the other parties (mainly the AKP) according to the “post-rule” that stands as law in the constitution of the Republic of Turkey since 1982.Crunch all the numbers, but this is nuts.Dr. Hijran, my semi-estranged wife of 30 years, is screaming at the television again, and throwing shoes. That might be one of the reasons we are semi-estranged and usually live apart, with me in Montana and she in Istanbul. But I always stay in her tiny apartment in the New-Life gated community complex in Sarigazi whenever I pass through town. It is not convenient, but seems more appropriate than a hotel on the Bosporus. Life is complex, and then you die.But back to the elections at hand.* * * It is hard to get to, or perhaps better expressed, given the absence of road-signs, too easy to miss.More to the point, aside from the wild mixture of folks who live there — middle-class Turks, lots of Kurds and a healthy salting of generic “lefties” — walls are glued with posters of absolutely forgettable commie or quasi-communist parties whose sponsors died years ago — there is no good reason for anyone to visit Sarigazi in Asian Istanbul because, aside from yet another a la Turca concrete jungle of self-same apartment blocks and identical shopping joints, there is nothing of interest to see.Aside from my semi-estranged wife, that is — and that is how and why I have got to know Sarigazi, at least a little bit.* * *Her name is Hijran, she is a medical doctor at a private hospital and she is now throwing a shoe at the television as I write this because she was an official observer at the parliamentary elections at the Istanbul Sancaktepe Emek Mahalesi Peyami Safa Ilk ve Orta Okul voting center, meaning one of two local grade schools here in Sarigazi.“These bastards!” she snarls, as the horse-race style of voting totals rolls in on CNN-Turk from across this country of some 70 million people. “After so much blood has been shed, how can a responsible government look itself in the mirror?” But what about Dr Hijran, and Sarigazi — that place on no-one’s map?“It was an honor to be accepted as an official observer,” she hisses between her teeth. “Previously, I watched the Erdoğan people come in waves, like a herd of sheep. That did not happen this time, at least in Sarigazi…”* * *The official results of the Payami Sefa Grade School/Sarigazi, Istanbul Election Room 2044 (which I observed) included 377 registered voters, of whom 347 voted. No ballots were rejected. Of these ballots, 245 individuals voted for the “main-opposition” quasi-socialist (and certainly secular) Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP). Opposed to that, 48 individuals voted for Erdoğan’s (“Islamist”) Justice and Development Party (AKP), while the so-called ultra-nationalist “National Action Party” (MHP) culled 25 votes in room 2044. Oddly, for a Kurdish-place like Sarigazi, the so-called “Pro-Kurdish” Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP), claiming the loyalty of not just Kurds but all minorities and even the gay and lesbian community, only received 18 votes.Meanwhile, rooms 2043, 2045, 2046, 2047 and 2048 on the third floor more or less mirrored the results of Hijran’s room 2044 — Sarigazi’s CHP trumped the AKP government party four or five to one in all rooms.What does it all mean, both for Turkey, the Middle East and the World? That is a rhetorical question, because she is referring to the “Kurdish Issue” in Turkey, which is as hot an issue in the discourse of the Turkish body-politic as an issue can get. That “issue” has been with the republic since its inception in 1923, when the rump-multinational Ottoman Empire declared itself to be “Turkey,” and a secular, “modern” nationalist state.The event was called the Treaty of Lausanne, and it resulted in the forced population exchange of hundreds of thousands of Turkish-speaking Christians and Greek-speaking Muslims who suddenly discovered that they were “Greeks” or “Turks,” respectively.Maybe this was a good thing; maybe it was not.The main and immediate point is this:My semi-estranged wife, Dr. Hijran, was born in a tiny town on the most western tip of Turkey, called Babakale near Assos, but raised in a place called Ayvalik, near Pergamon.The classical references to Aristotle (Assos) and the Attalid dynasty (Pergamon) have faded and are now being replaced by CNN-place-names where the Syrian boat-people launch their rubber crafts to get to the Greek island of Lesbos, all too many drowning on the way. SARIGAZI, Turkey — This place is difficult to find on the map.A “fringe” neighborhood of a mere 350,000 souls in Asian Istanbul, it is a mixture of middle-class folks who live in the rash of new gated communities that have sprung up around this greater city of some 17 million, and the extraordinarily ordinary settlements known as “gecekondus,” a word in Turkish that used to literally mean “built-at-night,” but which today just means “slum.”While “slum” may sound harsh, places like Sarigazi on the fringes of Sultan City are not the Istanbul venues where international tourists venture, know about or want to know about. * * *Dr. Hijran is shouting on the telephone to a friend in utter disgust as we watch the last results of the election roll in.Right now, the “opposition” leader of the social-democrat CHP is giving his “we f****d up”/ I concede speech. This is painful — particularly for Dr. Hijran, a Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) voter.Actually, I do not give a s**t about this. Were I a citizen of Turkey, I would have voted for the HDP — the Kurds/Outcasts/Others Party.Last blink, the KDP got over the 10 percent limit and remain the hope of the future; if tomorrow morning they rest at an official 9.56 percent, there will be war.There already is. We are up to circa 11 p.m. and we are up to 95.5 percent of the total vote and it appears that Erdoğan’s AK party (or former party, which everyone knows is not true) has achieved a stunning, crushing victory that will allow it to rule and change the constitution to Erdoğan’s liking, virtually making him a new Sultan.The percentages will remain more or less the same—AKP at 49 percent; CHP at 25.8 percent; MHP at 12.1 percent; HDP at 10.5 percent…Dr. Hijran throws a last shoe at the flat-screen TV, not even waiting for the final election results. She already knows they will deliver her beloved country into the hands of an unbalanced, authoritarian Islamist guy named Erdoğan who got in bed with the Americans to take down ISIL, but ended up attacking his peace-partners, the Kurds, instead.She trundles off to sleep while I stay up.By the dawn’s early light, those numbers more or less hold, the stock-market is soaring, and Dr. Hijran, the semi-estranged one, is rhetorically wondering what life would be like should she leave a Turkey she no longer recognizes.“I was, or am, a village girl,” she growls as she goes to her Sarigazi hospital while remembering Babakale and Ayvalik. “How can we be so stupid now?” Anyway, Dr. Hijran was the first female to leave the village and become a doctor; her older brother was the first from Babakale to become a lawyer. Their inspiration was their father, Huseyin — an up-from-the-bootstraps village sort of guy with a grade-school education who sold the family olive grove to invest in talc mining (stupidly), and lost everything aside from his belief that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of secular modern Turkey, was a hero — and not an anti-Islamic bastard, the way he is being portrayed by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AK-party crowd today.I would like to think that my father-in-law Huseyin Bey and I were pals on a certain, profound level.“If you can tolerate her…” he often said, referring to his daughter.That said, she was cut from his cloth.And while Huseyin Bey never declared himself an atheist — Dr. Hijran actively does — he clearly would not have been a supporter of Erdoğan or the process at play in his beloved “Atatürkist” Turkey on any terms at all.Huseyin Bey, a failed dreamer from tiny Babakale and then Ayvalik, was a believer in the Atatürk vision of Turkey. He must be turning over in his grave today. I just mean: more…But back to Sarigazi. Please note that the word is not part of the formula; the place was stripped of its status as a “county” and reduced to a mere “municipality” some years ago by the Greater Istanbul Municipality under the control of the current government, meaning President Tayyip Erdoğan, because Sarigazi was too leftie, Kurdish and middle-class — people like my semi-estranged wife Hijran.To evoke a term from that jejune thing called Political Science, Sarigazi got gerrymandered out of existence.Or almost.There are still a few road signs, and some taxi drivers know how to negotiate the one-hour (sometimes two) drive through the concrete valleys, tunnels and insane rush-hour traffic to get here from “Istanbul,” meaning areas many readers of this epistle can relate to: Sultan Ahmet, the Blue Mosque, the Covered Bazaar and, of course, the Bosporus.The losing leader (CHP) is now on television, and nearly crying about the Ankara Massacre of October 10, and other disappointments. The question, of course, is what Erdoğan will do with his new mandate. Hike taxes on alcohol, and thus almost banning it from the country? Fill the spare bedrooms in his 100-room palace in Ankara with dignitaries from across the Muslim world? The most likely thing, sadly, is to immediately expand the renewed war with the Kurds, which will include not only bombing the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, but also the PKK’s partners and pals in Syria, such as the defenders of Kobani — “The Kurdish Stalingrad” — who just happen to be the prime partners and pals of the U.S. in that anti-ISIS quagmire, and who just opened a representative office in Moscow.Wow. The good news, I guess, is that the HDP have gotten the 10 percent needed to get the “Kurdish” party into the Turkish parliament, even if it is now a parliament where only one voice counts: Recip Tayyip Erdoğan, and he is not even a member.Does anyone out there know what I am talking about?Thomas Goltz, the author of “Azerbaijan Diary” (M.E. Sharpe, 1998/99) and “Chechnya Diary” (St. Martin’s Press/Tom Dunne, 2003), is an American commentator on Turkic politics and history.
State Bicycle Co. is breaking new ground beyond the single speed, offering their first geared road bike. Simply called the 4130, the new bike features a steel frame (duh), along with a vintage look and downtube shifters. Using a 1×8 drivetrain, State is aiming to offer maximum value at the lowest possible price, for the times when a single speed just won’t cut it.State Bicycle Co. 4130 Road geared steel road bikeIt’s not April Fool’s Day, though we’re normally reporting on the bread and butter of State Bicycle Co’s product line – single speed bikes. While single speeds are great and work in many areas, sometimes a few gears are in order to better tackle hills or keep up with a competitive ride. State has the answer, with a new sub-$550 complete road bike, called the 4130 Road.The build centers around a 1×8 drivetrain with downtube shifters. The rear derailleur is a Sunrace RD-R81, and mates to an 11×28 cassette. Gearing up front is a single 44 tooth ring, which does not appear to use a narrow-wide 1x-specific profile, but rather a non-ramped steel ring.The frame and 1 1/8″ threadless fork are both made of 4130 Chromoly steel.Exact brake spec was not given, but they appear to be mid or long-reach road calipers, because the tire clearance is listed at 32mm. That’s a very smart spec choice, giving the option to run almost any road tire you want, without requiring disc brakes or adding extra cost. 28mm tires are on from the factory.A synthetic leather saddle is included, along with Wellgo alloy pedals.Five sizes are offered, said to fit riders from 5’1″ to 6’6″. Weight comes in a 22 lbs, 10 oz for a 55cm complete bike with pedals.The 4130 Road is available now for $549.99 in the US, £549.99 in the UK, or €639.99 in the EU, with free exchanges if it’s not working for you. Two color options are available – Black & Metallic, or Americana.StateBicycle.com
Federal public defender needed in Miami September 1, 2011 Regular News The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit is now accepting applications to fill a federal public defender position for the Southern District in Florida, stationed at Miami.The minimum qualifications include five years active criminal law practice, significant supervisory experience, and active membership in a bar association of any state.The current first-year salary is $139,950. Hiring for this position is subject to the availability of funds.A full job announcement and application are available on the court’s website at www.ca11.uscourts.gov/hr/index.php, from the clerk of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, clerks of the district courts in the 11th Circuit, or James P. Gerstenlauer, Circuit Executive, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303; phone (404) 335-6535.The application must be completed by the applicant and must be received at the circuit executive’s office not later than September 23. Federal public defender needed in Miami
24-year old freshman Ishay Hadash waiting his turn to get out onto the court this JanuaryPaul BangasserFreshman Ishay Hadash, a native-Isreali and former soldier for his home country, is in his first year of tennis at Minnesota.October 14, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIshay Hadash is not a typical freshman on the Gophers menâÄôs tennis team. In fact, heâÄôs not a typical Minnesota player. He is a twenty-four year old who already has a wide range of international experiences on and off the court. HeâÄôs even served in the Israeli military. Hadash, however, just wants to help the Gophers win. It was only months ago that Hadash left Israel for Minnesota to further pursue his academic and tennis strengths at the University of Minnesota. In Israel, he had numerous impressive finishes and results. A member of the Israeli national team, he was also runner up in the Israel junior championships for three years in a row. Apparently he wanted more. âÄúHe was looking to play college tennis as many Europeans are. He wanted to continue to play tennis full time and play on a team at the same time as getting a degree and an education,âÄù coach Geoff Young said. Hadash showed his tennis strengths immediately by winning the Baseline and Golden Valley Opens over the summer. âÄúHeâÄôs a more accomplished player, more experienced, and has traveled all around the world already playing many tennis tournaments,âÄù Young said. Not many freshmen can say that. âÄúHe has a tremendous amount of experience internationally just playing professional tournaments,âÄù freshman Michael Sicora said. But the one thing Hadash simply cannot say, however, is that he currently plays. Because of his age, the NCAA has declared him ineligible until January. âÄúI know itâÄôs tough for him because heâÄôs been so used to competing all these years and now heâÄôs had to take some time off,âÄù Sicora said. âÄúAt first I was very disappointed and I didnâÄôt want to practice too much,âÄù Hadash said. Now, however, his ineligibility doesnâÄôt stop him from being at every practice like the rest of the team. His first goal: win his first match in January. âÄúHe definitely wants to play, definitely wants to contribute to the team, and you can see that when he practices,âÄù Sicora said. At practice, Hadash develops his already polished skills. âÄúHe has a lot of weapons in his game. He has a huge forehand, he serves very well, and has a very much all around gameâÄù Young said. âÄúI think my variety is my strength. I can do a bit from everything,âÄù Hadash said. Young refers to HadashâÄôs style of playing as an attack, where he is always the first one to strike. But donâÄôt let the fierce game and the military history fool you too much. âÄúOff the court heâÄôs a warm hearted guy who will do anything for his teammates,âÄù Young said. He loves the Gophers, basketball, and all of the relationships within the GophersâÄô closely knit team. The wait seems long for Hadash to step on the court, but the wait should be worth it. âÄúThis will be a new experience for him playing team tennis and I look for him to really blossom in that environment,âÄù Young said. Until then, Hadash will continue to give Minnesota everything he has to offer. âÄúHe will be one of the leaders on our team; he already is,âÄù Young said.
Social Services Manager Donna Casados COUNTY News:As Los Alamos County wraps up another week under the State of New Mexico’s “Stay At Home” executive order, Social Services Manager Donna Casados commented upon the current situation and commended the community on taking positive, proactive steps to comply with the order.“We’ve observed that many of our residents are taking the order seriously,” Casados said, noting that the mitigation measure of social distancing remains the best course of action when individuals must take care of urgent business or tasks that require them to move around in Los Alamos. “Keeping six feet between yourself and others, continuing to have good hygiene with frequent hand-washing or use of hand sanitizers, and staying at home – these are all good ways to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” she said. “While you may feel that you are not at risk, our community does include those who are high-risk, and so taking precautions when out in public means you are doing your part to protect others who might become seriously ill if they contract COVID-19.”She encourages the community to follow the advice provided by the Governor in a recent news conference.“If you need groceries, send one person to the store with a list – don’t take the entire family,” she said. “Ask if you can shop for other family members or friends and drop off their groceries on their door step. Having fewer people in stores helps mitigate the chance of infecting others.”Casados said it’s also important to take time for self-care during this stressful situation, and offers helpful tips from the Centers for Disease Control:Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting;Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs;Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy; andConnect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.“Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make our community stronger,” Casados said.
Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay PapenSTATE SENATE News:SANTA FE — New Mexico Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen has signed a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to provide stabilization funds for local communities, cities and towns across the United States struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or the CARES Act, signed into law March 27, provided $150 billion in stabilization funds for states and larger communities, but capped localities able to receive direct support at those with populations of more than 500,000. States across the country continue to spend billions in order to meet the COVID-19 response while seeing falling revenues.“State and local governments are on the front lines in combating COVID-19 and protecting our citizens. The health crisis we’re in has been devastating and has taken a tremendous toll on New Mexicans statewide, but it’s been particularly hard on our Native American communities in the northwest region of the state,” Sen. Papen said. “The ensuing economic hardship in front of us is unlike any challenge we’ve faced in decades, and we’ll need every economic tool in the toolbox to make the state whole again. But every state is different and has unique needs. Additional funding giving state and local community leaders the flexibility and discretion to apply monies where most desperately needed is what we are asking for today. I am proud to join my fellow presiding officers to ask Congress to provide this much-needed funding for our states and cities.”“Communities across the country are struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson said. “Our states have lost billions of dollars in revenues and are looking at massive budget cuts to essential services including our first responders, our education systems and our human services. We need Congress to step in so that we have flexibility in meeting the needs of our citizens and rebuilding our economies after this health crisis has passed.”The letter is signed by presiding officers from 16 states and territories.See the letter (HERE)
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