CARICOM Heads of Government are among leaders heading to Paris, France, for the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change. COP 21 as the Conference is called, will take place over 12 days beginning November 30. Please see PM Christie’s address below: Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to thank the Organizers of the Commonwealth Business Forum for extending this invitation to me to address this Forum. The Bahamas, as many of you would know is a small developing country lying just fifty miles off the southeast coast of Florida with a population of just over three hundred fifty thousand persons. Its proximity to the United States and to the major capitals of Western Europe gives The Bahamas a distinct geographical advantage which enhances its competitiveness. The country became independent in 1973 and this year we are celebrating our 42ndanniversary of our independence. As its country’s Prime Minister, I have fully embraced the challenge to build a strong, safe and prosperous Bahamas, and have undertaken measures to ensure that our economy continues to expand and is able to absorb the thousands of young people graduating from high schools and colleges every year. We ignore the issues of joblessness and hopelessness amongst our young people at our peril. Our economy has for many years been reliant on Tourism and Financial Services. Along with the rest of the world, The Bahamas is recovering from a deep recession but continues to see improvement in its overall fiscal position as a result of the successful implementation of VAT in January of this year. Additionally, the country has been able to attract over five billion dollars in foreign direct investments over the past several years and continues to experience positive economic growth from investment-led projects supporting sustained activity in the construction sector as well as Visitor Stopovers generating higher levels of hotel occupancy and hotel rooms revenue. Although temporary setbacks are being experienced with Baha Mar, a $3.5 billion resort development and the largest single-phase development project ever undertaken in the Caribbean with the capacity to generate 5,000 jobs, the realization of touristic developments on the drawing board and in the ground, as well as investments in agriculture, energy, gaming sports and culture, augur well for continued improvement in all of our economic indicators and sustained economic growth over the medium term. Before I begin to speak on the subject at hand, I wish to publicly thank our friends within the Commonwealth for their support for the plight of Bahamians affected by the impacts of Hurricane Joaquin which devastated the economies of several Islands within The Bahamas’ archipelago and decimated the livelihoods of thousands of people living in these islands. This damage shows that climate change is real. It strengthens our resolve as we head toward Paris in a few days’ time. It shows why wealth creation is so important, if we are to have the funding to mitigate the effects of climate change and to adapt to the impacts of climate change. The Bahamas has cultivated one of the most robust and politically stable economies in the region whose tax climate, skilled workforce and attractive lifestyles continue to attract high net worth investors in commercial and real estate ventures. Our success in building such a stable economy can be attributed to the emphasis successive Bahamian governments have placed on the twin economic pillars of tourism and financial services which in our context have matured as export industries and an enabling environment over the 42 years of our existence as an independent country. The Bahamas Financial Services Sector: A history of excellence Ladies and Gentlemen, In the 1960s, The Bahamas developed an economic model to leverage our natural assets: sun, sand and sea. This strategy translated into a year round Tourism industry which now accounts for over 60% of GDP. The Bahamas has been very successful in attracting billions of dollars in tourism investment to position the country as one of the best known tourism destinations in the Western Hemisphere. Notwithstanding the impacts of the Global economic crisis, and of Climate Change, tourism has provided a strong platform for dynamic economic growth in The Bahamas. In addition to tourism, financial services helped The Bahamas transform itself into a modern economy over the last 80 years. Financial Services directly accounts for 7000 direct and indirect jobs or 15% of GDP and indirectly for just over 30% of the economy. It is directly responsible for the development of a major share of the middle and upper class of the country, with an average salary of nearly double the average GDP capita. However, more importantly, the financial services sector provides an avenue for Bahamians to translate their hard-earned educational accomplishments into meaningful careers and opportunities for entrepreneurial activity. In The Bahamas we were one of the first countries to regulate trust company business – a niche area of wealth management that we carved out as uniquely ours in the financial services world. Many countries in the Commonwealth, particularly those in the Caribbean have engaged in the export of services – both financial and general business services, as a means to grow their economies and to provide modern opportunities to their citizens and I will offer to you that the business of financial services has the potential to lift countries out of poverty, to make advances in terms of education and infrastructure and to create vibrant middle classes. Success in the financial and business services sector is driven by key factors such as business environment, political stability and collective trust in the legal system. Ladies and gentlemen, as we all know these are the same tenets that support better governance. And so this industry is not only of economic benefit, but will encourage its participants to improve their systems of governance. The financial services sector also encourages investment in high quality legal, finance and accounting education. In the case of The Bahamas, through private-public partnerships, an institution such as the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services – a regional Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education and Training, was created over 40 years ago to ensure that a large pool of qualified persons are available to staff the sector. As the financial services sector requires high quality infrastructure, countries which successfully pursue a service based economy must invest in quality telecommunications, computer technology and physical infrastructure such as roads, airports and basic utilities. The success of these centres also requires political stability and therefore to be a thriving financial services jurisdiction, a country must invest in modern legislation and procedures which result in sound business practices and efficient legal systems. Successful centres also require low levels of corruption. These are all core elements necessary for meaningful economic development. Indeed, then the pursuit of the financial services and professional sector can dramatically change the course of history for many countries and should be embraced by the Commonwealth in support of the development agenda rather than reacted to with the high degree of unfortunate suspicion. Ladies and Gentlemen, We are all aware that the global financial architecture is under review. Rules, norms and standards are changing quickly. The Bahamas, as a responsible financial centre, understands that we must meet the challenges of regulating in a globalized environment. The world has never felt so big and yet so small at the same time. The problems that we face in 2015 are more complex. The battlefields of global wars are as much on the front lines as in the boardrooms of financial services businesses. We must all be vigilant and jealously guard our jurisdictions from those that wish to engage in financial crimes or other imprudent activities. We must all adopt responsible policy. Conclusion Forty two years ago, on 10 July 1973, The Bahamas took its first steps as an independent nation. There were of course, many uncertainties about what was to come. Today, however, our democracy remains stronger than ever and our economy has come through global depressions and recessions intact supported by our two major pillars: tourism and financial services. The road has not been easy for The Bahamas. We are not a natural resource rich country. We are not a very large country. However, through vision, the spirit of hard work and the ingenuity of our people working with strong governance, we have made a strong Bahamas. It is with this same determination that The Bahamas commits itself to maintaining its position as a global leader in the financial services industry. And so, Ladies and Gentlemen, We have a vision of the future of our country predicated on strong economic growth, opportunity for our citizens and meaningful national development. We have a vision in which the financial services sector of The Bahamas continues to grow and thrive by remaining agile, adaptable to market conditions and forward looking. We see a future where financial and professional services play an even larger role in our economy supported by a well-educated, innovative and entrepreneurial population. Most importantly, we see a nation characterized by hope and opportunity. Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you for your attention. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM lauds Saint Lucia’s contribution as the… Feb 19, 2016 You may be interested in… CARICOM reiterates commitment to implementation of COP 21… Region must adapt to the reality of climate change –… COMMUNIQUÉ issued at conclusion of 27th CARICOM… Feb 24, 2016 Feb 18, 2016 Prime Minister Perry Christie of The Bahamas [su_pullquote]”This damage shows that climate change is real. It strengthens our resolve as we head toward Paris in a few days’ time. It shows why wealth creation is so important, if we are to have the funding to mitigate the effects of climate change and to adapt to the impacts of climate change.” – the Hon Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas[/su_pullquote]The Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, said Wednesday that the damage his country suffered during the passage of Hurricane Joaquin showed that climate change was real. The Prime Minister, who is also The Bahamas’s Minister of Finance made the assertion in his address to the Commonwealth Business Forum in st. Julian’s, Malta. The Business Forum is one of the events leading up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which will be held in Malta from November 27-29. Nov 20, 2017 Recent weather events show Region’s vulnerability to climate change – PM The BahamasUN Live United Nations Web TV – Perry Gladstone Christie (Bahamas), High-level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement, National Statements Hon. 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DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. RICHMOND, Va. — AutoPartSource, a national undercar parts manufacturer, has named Bruce Mardar vice president of sales and marketing. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Before joining AutoPartSource, Mardar spent the past five years as eastern regional sales manager for Akebono Brake and previously was national sales manager at Qualitee International for nine years. “Bruce brings significant experience, knowledge and a true passion for the industry,” said John Amalfe, president of AutoPartSource. “We’re excited to have Bruce leading our sales and marketing efforts and look forward to him directing our sales team to success.”,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” 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.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Hickok Inc., a Cleveland, Ohio-based supplier of products and services for automotive, emissions testing, locomotive and aircraft industries, has promoted three key employees to senior level positions within the organization.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Mike Cable has been promoted to senior vice president, sales and marketing, OEM. He will be responsible for all automotive sales and marketing activities as well as national accounts and OEMs. George Hart has been promoted to senior vice president, engineering. Hart has been a vice president for several years. Although his duties will not change this new title, the company says it represents an acknowledgement of his position within the Hickok organization. Patrick Bauman has been promoted to vice president, distribution sales and marketing. Bauman will be responsible for sales and marketing efforts to automotive customers through distribution sales channels and certain national accounts. “The new assignments of Mike and Pat will ensure that we maintain continuity and move forward with our customers. I know all our people will continue to put forth their best efforts to keep Hickok successful,” said Robert Bauman, president and CEO. Hickok provides products and services primarily for automotive, emissions testing, locomotive and aircraft industries, including the development, manufacture and marketing of electronic and non-electronic automotive diagnostic products used for repair, emission testing and nut-running electronic controls used in manufacturing processes. The company also develops and manufactures indicating instruments for aircraft, locomotive and general industrial applications.
Edith WarnerBy SHARON SNYDERLos Alamos Historical SocietyEdith Warner and Robert Oppenheimer began their friendship several years before World War II, which explains the comfort level in a letter written just weeks after the end of the war.Oppenheimer had stopped at Edith’s home at Otowi Bridge in 1937 on a pack trip from his ranch near Cowles, NM, to the Jemez. He referred to that encounter as his “first unforgettable meeting.” Not long after that, he brought his wife, Kitty, to meet Edith and enjoy slices of the chocolate cake for which she became famous. So, the two were not strangers when, in 1943, Oppenheimer asked Edith if she would serve dinners to the scientists of the Manhattan Project, giving them an occasional evening away from the stress of their work on the Hill.In that task, Edith was helped by her longtime companion, Tilano Montoya, an elder of San Ildefonso Pueblo. She would prepare the food, and Tilano served. Thus, the two of them met some of the great men of 20th century science and gained their respect. Edith’s humble home has been called the “meeting place of extraordinary minds.” As the men, some with their wives, sat at candlelight dinners at Otowi, they perceived in Edith a sensitivity, a deep understanding of life, and an intellect that forever searched for answers.As Neils Bohr wrote to Edith’s sister after the war, she had an “intuitive understanding, which was a bond between us.” Her friendship with and admiration for “Mr. Baker,” as Bohr was known in the war years, resulted in lifelong respect. He had left a deep impression. Oppenheimer and Bohr were each a dynamic presence at Los Alamos. Edith had great respect for both men, but there was no question in her mind as to who was the greater of the two, an opinion revealed in her letter written in November 1945. Her words divulge a depth of friendship with Robert Oppenheimer that allowed her to be honest.November 25, 1945Dear Mr. Opp,Tilano’s name for you is used with deep feeling. I have thot [sic] of you frequently and wished that your last visit had been less surrounded and interrupted by people. So, it was especially satisfying to read your recent speech to the ALAS [Association of Los Alamos Scientists]. I hope you do not mind my having it.As I read, it seemed almost as tho [sic] you were pacing my kitchen, talking half to yourself and half to me. And from it came the conviction of what I’ve felt a number of times—you have, in lesser degree, that quality which radiates from Mr. Baker. It has seemed to me in these past few months that it is a power as little known as atomic energy, which has greatly increased man’s need for it. It also seems that even recognition of it involves responsibility. There are many things for which I would express my gratitude. Your trust in me not only solved an economic problem but greatly broadened my horizon. Your hours here mean much to me, and I appreciate, perhaps more than most outsiders, what you have given of yourself in these Los Alamos years. Most of all I am grateful for your bringing Mr. Baker. I think of you both, hopefully, as the song of the river comes from the canyon and the need of the world reaches even this quiet spot.May you have strength and courage and wisdom,Edith WarnerEnclosed are a note for Kitty and a feather for Peter. Thank you. If you have not read Oppenheimer’s words delivered to the scientists on November 2, 1945, make a point of doing so. In fact, even if you have read those words in the past, I recommend reading them again. Both the speech and the Edith Warner letter continue to resonate in our time.(http://www.atomicarchive.com/Docs/ManhattanProject/OppyFarewell.shtml)
The Discoveries branding initiative is designed to strengthen the reputation of Los Alamos and provide a place for community members to collaborate to make Los Alamos a wonderful place to live, work, play and stay. Discoveries Action Team goals include:Enhance the Los Alamos “Discoveries” experience;Promote what makes Los Alamos unique;Create a network of community ambassadors; andMarket together with a unified voice and shared message. Project champions will be available to network with new members and help them learn more about the projects in progress. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch. Some of the projects in progress:Marketing a Discovery Trail for Los Alamos that highlights our assets and our connectivity to other attractions nearby;Creating “Little Shops” – an Indoor Mercado where residents and visitors can gather and vendors can set up small shops; andCreating a Large Poster for visitors to view about the former movie theater in downtown Los Alamos (VFW) – similar to the Big House Poster mounted on the west side of Central Park Square, across from Romero Cabin. COUNTY News: The team meets 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the third Thursday of each month at various locations. To receive future meeting notices and DAT updates, visit the Subscribe to Newsletters link at www.losalamosnm.us and check the box to be added to the Discoveries Action Team monthly email distribution list. These are just three of the initiatives being driven by volunteers on either Place-Making (enhancing Los Alamos experiences) or Place-Marketing (promoting Los Alamos experiences) subgroups. The Discoveries Action Team is open to all County residents, businesses and organizations. Members are “champions” for the brand which incorporates the mindset that Los Alamos is a place that cultivates curiosity and creates aha moments and is represented by the brandline “where discoveries are made.” They share a desire to improve Los Alamos amenities and offerings, and communicate these benefits to future residents, businesses and visitors. This month, the only item on the agenda is for the Place-Making and Place-Marketing subgroups to gather and work on their projects. New members interested in joining the team are invited to come to the meeting and observe the work of the subgroups. The next monthly meeting of the Discoveries Action Team (DAT) is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.
The program for the concert will include Part III of Handel’s Messiah, along with works by Michael Maudlin, Mary Badarak and Frances Meier, all New Mexico composers. The concert will conclude with a movement from the 1892 Grand Mass in E-flat by Amy Beach, the first major choral/orchestral work composed in America by a woman composer. The chorus, founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists, will be preparing for a gala anniversary concert Jan. 26, 2020, in partnership with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Steven Paxton conducts the Los Alamos Choral Society. Courtesy/LACSThe Los Alamos Choral Society. Courtesy/LACS Fall rehearsals begin Tuesday, Sept. 10, for the 75th Anniversary year of the Los Alamos Choral Society. Dr. Steven Paxton is the conductor of the chorus, and inquiries may be made by email at [email protected], or by calling longtime members Chuck Tallman at 505.662.9127 or Wendy Swanson at 505.695.8034. Singers in all sections are invited to join the chorus, and no auditions are required. Rehearsals are 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Special accommodations are available for singers wanting only to perform on the Messiah portion of the program, with rehearsals for Messiah not beginning until October. Additional 2020 concerts will include a May 1 performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Los Alamos Community Winds, Ted Vives conducting, and an informal “Dessert Concert” of popular songs and musical theater excerpts. LACS News: The kick-off session Tuesday, Sept. 10 will begin with sign-up and refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. rehearsal. All rehearsals take place at United Church of Los Alamos.
Animal Protection of New Mexico News:Conservation and animal protection groups see changes as inadequate for protecting people, companion animals, wildlife and public landsWHAT: The State Game Commission meeting at which the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will begin the process to amend New Mexico’s trapping regulations.WHERE: New Mexico State Capitol Room 317, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa FeWHEN: Thursday, Aug. 22 beginning at 9 a.m. (agenda here)WHY: Trapping is one of the highest profile wildlife issues in New Mexico. Legislation to curtail trapping on public lands across the state has been introduced several times, most recently in the 2019 legislative session (House Bill 366, also known as “Roxy’s Law” after the dog who was strangled to death by a wire snare near Santa Cruz Lake in 2018). The State Game Commission also has the authority to promulgate rules to curtail trapping.Polling shows that 69 percent of New Mexico voters oppose the use of traps and snares on public land. New Mexicans oppose traps based on concerns for animal cruelty, public safety, exploitation of wildlife for private profit, and indiscriminate harm. However, the Department of Game & Fish proposal does not take steps to address these concerns, nor do they close substantial portions of public land. The Department has fought legislation to restrict public land trapping.
Pajarito Mountain is open daily and plans to operate through April 5, weather permitting. Pajarito Mountain management is closely following and monitoring guidance from local and state officials, as well as the CDC to address COVID-19. ‘We are working hard to clean, disinfect, and care for our customers and employees during this uncertain time. We love our community and seek to partner with you to address this situation.’ Courtesy/webcam
FBI News:The FBI’s Albuquerque Division will host a live Twitter chat at noon Wednesday, April 15 focused on recruiting.FBI recruiters will answer questions via Twitter about the qualifications required to become an FBI Special Agent as well as offer information on numerous professional staff careers, including Intelligence Analysts, Linguists, IT Specialists and Computer Scientists.Participants can submit their questions to @FBIAlbuquerque using the hashtag #AskFBI during the event or in advance.“In keeping with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations, FBI in-person recruiting events are temporarily cancelled,” said James Langenberg, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque FBI Division. “However, we have not stopped our recruiting and hiring efforts. We still are active on social media and accepting applications.”During this challenging time, the FBI’s mission to protect the American people has not abated, so it’s important the agency continues to attract the finest candidates possible.The FBI has many job openings posted on fbijobs.gov, including a Computer Scientist position in the Albuquerque Division.