Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Freundel Stuart Outgoing CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Barbados Hon. Freundel Stuart said the Community got major breakthroughs that it wanted from the COP 21 Agreement signed in Paris last year. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Seventh Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, which is being held in Placencia, Belize from 16-17 February 2016. We must then look forward to see what new or different measures we need urgently to adopt to ensure that our movement remains both vibrant and relevant in this 21st century, but more importantly, that it remains a sustainable project that continues to meet the needs of the people of the Caribbean,” he said. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Feb 19, 2016 I am of the view that, the agreement, implemented with seriousness and determination by the international community, will allow us to address the multi-faceted challenges which climate change poses for our countries,” Prime Minister Stuart said. PM Stuart addresses cricket governance Nov 20, 2017 CARICOM lauds Saint Lucia’s contribution as the… You may be interested in… Feb 19, 2016 COMMUNIQUÉ issued at conclusion of 27th CARICOM… Feb 24, 2016 In his speech the Barbados Prime Minister reflected on some of the occurrences during his six-month term. He said he was pleased that the Meeting would be considering formal draft rules of procedure for the Conference which he hoped would be adopted in July. He said this procedural detail was important because the rigour of decision-making was directly linked to the quality of implementation. He said further that the Community’s decision-making must always be able to withstand the scrutiny of institutions like the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as well as the people of the Region, and the world. Prime Minister Stuart also used the opportunity to speak of the Region’s unshakeable commitment to unity in the face of adversity, particularly after Hurricane Erika which had devastating effects on Dominica. He commended the Regional family for responding with what he referred to as “appropriate acts of assistance and compassion”. The Barbados Prime Minister also highlighted that the year 2016 was very important to the Region as it implemented initiatives to which it had committed itself in 2015, and to further those that commenced in previous years. He also noted that it was a year with deep symbolic significance for countries of the Region such as Antigua and Barbuda and Belize which are celebrating 35 years of independence, and Guyana and Barbados which are commemorating 50th anniversaries. In closing, Prime Minister Stuart said that the Region needed to look at its strengths and seek to retain them at all costs. He said CARICOM also needed to look back at important elements that had been lost in the Regional integration movement and seek to reclaim them while also looking inward to identify those aspects that hindered it and that could be discarded. He stressed that those steps needed to be taken urgently. Region must adapt to the reality of climate change –… CARICOM-UN SG engagement to lead-up to CARICOM SummitA High-Level Strategic Dialogue between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government and the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon will help set the tone for the Thirty-Sixth CARICOM Summit from 2-4 July, in Bridgetown, Barbados. The engagement in the morning of Thursday 2 July will be guided by the theme,…July 1, 2015In “General”COMMUNIQUÉ – 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOMCOMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTY-NINTH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY 26-27 February, 2018, Port-au-Prince, Haiti The Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 26-27…March 1, 2018In “Anguilla”Stage set for CARICOM Summit in BarbadosThe theme Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, will guide Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government as they tackle a packed agenda at their Thirty-Sixth Summit that will be held 2-4 July, 2015, in Bridgetown, Barbados. Discussions will focus on issues including energy, in the context of a proposal for a new…July 1, 2015In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp
Aug 31, 2020 In his opening remarks His Excellency Serge Lavroff, Ambassador of France to Port of Spain stated that, “The partnership marks the firm commitment of the AFD to our region and the strong will to strengthen the links with it and work more closely with the various cooperation stakeholders. In this regard, health and health issues constitute, in our view, one of the main challenges that the Caribbean must overcome in the coming years and CARPHA is the right stakeholder for us to join forces with.” His Excellency also acknowledged the commitment and quality of work that CARPHA and its teams carry out in the Region. Speaking at the signing, Mr. Philippe La Cognata said, “The Agence Française de Développement is really proud to sign this financing agreement with CARPHA to strengthen regional health security in the Caribbean.” He further stated, “We consider CARPHA a major player in the region regarding public health issues. For our agency, CARPHA is a quality counterpart and we are looking forward to strengthening our partnership over the years to come.” The objectives of the agreement include improving the availability and use of NCDs and related population risk factor data, in CARPHA Member States (CMS) and at the regional level. The project has three components: Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which includes the update and implementation of clinical guidelines for hypertension and diabetes. The Regional Health Security component involves communicable disease surveillance, and vector control and surveillance. The third component addresses partnerships, and includes partnership, brokering and negotiation training; and formalise cooperation between CARPHA Member States and the French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCOR) on data collection and analysis as well as in other fields of cross expertise. Dr. Hospedales thanked the AFD for their support and stated that “This is a good reflection of solidarity. We are combining the CARPHA umbrella of member states with Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana to have an increased regional health security response to threats, and matters associated with climate and environment, tourism and communicable diseases.” He went on to say, “The regional response to the grave threat posed by non-communicable diseases must be intensified immediately if the health, well-being and development gains of Caribbean people are to be protected. The areas of collaboration are aligned with CARPHA’s strategic priorities such as childhood obesity and other NCDs, communicable diseases and health security and the Caribbean Cooperation in Health.” In his capacity as Chair of CARPHA Executive Board, the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health Trinidad and Tobago, commended the AFD for engaging CARPHA, and by extension by extension the Region, to ensure that global health concerns due to NCDs are addressed. The Minister stated “No one can do it alone. It has to be a team effort. Diseases know absolutely no boundaries and we could only prevent and control diseases through collaborative efforts and agencies like this.” He said “CARPHA already has the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) and Dutch as member states, and what this marriage will do is deepen the relationship between CARPHA and the French in the Caribbean, and I hope countries like Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, will become full-fledged members of CARPHA.” Attendees at the signing ceremony included senior representatives from the Embassy of France to the OECS; Centre for Health Economics, UWI St. Augustine; Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs; Ministry of Health; Alliance Française; and CARPHA. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Challenges of 2020 Amplify Importance of Regional… Jul 3, 2020 Jul 23, 2020 Jul 3, 2020 PM Gonsalves Praises CARICOM Achievements, says Challenges… You may be interested in… CARPHA to Assist in Clearing Guyana COVID-19 Test Backlog (Caribbean Public Health Press Release) – The islands and territories of the Caribbean region, though diverse in language, culture and status, share many public health challenges. These include chronic diseases, ageing populations, and exposure to the effects of climate change such as extreme weather events and outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) signed a €1.5 million funding agreement with the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), on Wednesday, 13 February 2019. The agreement aims to strengthen strategic intelligence and partnership approaches to prevent and control non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and strengthen regional health security in the Caribbean, which are beneficial to the peoples of our Region. The agreement was signed by Dr C. James Hospedales, Executive Director of CARPHA and Mr Philippe La Cognata, Regional Director for Atlantic Ocean of the AFD. This signing ceremony took place at the Embassy of France in Port of Spain. Critical Personal Protective Equipment Procured for… Caribbean environmental experts seek solutions for climate change, public health challengesCastries, Saint Lucia – The Caribbean, mainly comprised of small island nations, is the world’s most tourist-dependent region, and one of the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change. Within recent times, the Region has experienced more frequent and severe storms and hurricanes, increases in mosquito-borne diseases, rises in sea…November 17, 2015In “CARICOM”IDB Contributes US$750K to Support CARPHA’s Coordinated COVID-19 Response in Caribbean(Caribbean Public Health Agency Press Release, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) received a grant from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to promote regional health security through the coordination of the regional health response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This grant is a demonstration…June 23, 2020In “Barbados”Beyond Ebola, laying foundations for Caribbean Regional Health SecurityPort-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (CARPHA) – Diseases do not recognise borders, and as such, communicable disease outbreaks and epidemics pose a major threat to health, tourism, social and economic development in every country in the Caribbean region. In light of this, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), this week, hosted the…June 5, 2015In “CARICOM”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 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — MEMA chairman Scott Meyer announced today that Chris Bates, president and CEO of the association since 2001, has resigned from the organization after 16 years of service. A reason for Bates’ resignation was not provided. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “MEMA thanks Chris for his years of dedicated service to the association and its members,” Meyer said. “Chris has been closely associated with the development of MEMA’s Washington, D.C., and international programs for more than a decade and in encouraging recent collaboration with other industry organizations for the benefit of our industry,” he added. “Chris is well known and respected for his contributions to our membership and industry. We wish him great future success.” Meyer added that MEMA is seeking new leadership in order to accelerate positive change and growth in association services as part of its ongoing strategic initiative to serve and represent manufacturers of aftermarket, original equipment and heavy-duty products for motor vehicles. “MEMA has a strong executive management team in place and the executive committee and I will rely heavily on their leadership and experience as we seek a new president,” Meyer said. MEMA has formed a search committee to identify and evaluate potential successors to Bates. _______________________________________ 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 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. 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.
STOCKHOLM – Jay Longbottom has decided to step down from his position as CEO of Haldex AB, the company has announced. Ulf Ahlén, former executive vice president of Haldex Traction, will replace him as acting CEO, beginning Dec. 1. Haldex stated the reason for Longbottom’s decision to step down as CEO stems from the challenges of residing in the U.S. while at the same time heading a publicly listed Swedish company. Based in Kansas City, Longbottom will remain in the role of president of the North American operations and assume the role as executive vice president for the Haldex Air Control division, representing 40 percent of the group’s sales. Prior to heading Haldex, Longbottom served as head of Haldex Commercial Vehicle System Division, successfully transforming the division into a truly global player with exposure to fast growing markets like China and Brazil, the company says. “We respect Jay´s decision to step down as CEO of Haldex,” said Göran Carlson, chairman of the board of Haldex AB. “Jay is a well-liked manager who has greatly added to the company’s development. We are pleased that Jay will be able to focus more on the North American market and take on the role as head of the important Air Control Division. At the same time we have secured a smooth transition with Ulf Ahlén as acting CEO, who, with his Haldex Group background will add valuable experience and competence.” “My commitment to Haldex will not in any way change. From a personal point of view this is the best solution for all parties since it has shown to be very difficult to combine living in the U.S. and leading a global company with its headquarters in Sweden,” said Longbottom. Ahlén will take over as acting CEO on Dec. 1 and will be based out of Landskrona, Sweden. Longbottom will stay on as CEO until Ahlén assumes the role. In addition, Haldex says the search for a permanent CEO has been initiated. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
“The persistent digital divide is hardening into a state of internet inequality that risks robbing individuals of their dignity and disconnecting communities from the economy. This dynamic is, perhaps, most pronounced in Tribal communities. I appreciated the opportunity to visit some of these communities with Congressman Luján and learn more about the challenges they face,” FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said. “I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Luján as we seek to put an end to internet inequality and bring broadband connectivity to every corner of New Mexico, and the rest of the country.” U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján SAN FELIPE PUEBLO, NM ― Friday, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Geoffrey Starks led discussions with community leaders on efforts to close the digital divide and increase broadband access in New Mexico. Meeting with government officials, community leaders, and New Mexicans at the San Felipe and Santo Domingo libraries, Luján, Starks, and Lt. Governor John Duran viewed how broadband access benefits youth coding, language, and adult education courses offered by the libraries. This community engagement visit comes as Luján, community leaders, and the Middle Rio Grande Pueblo Tribal Consortium put forward solutions to address New Mexico’s connectivity challenges. In New Mexico, less than half of rural New Mexicans have access to high-speed, fixed broadband. For tribal communities, only 35 percent of tribal residents have access to fixed broadband. This has massive implications on New Mexico’s economy, education, and opportunities. The FCC Schools and Libraries Program, known as E-rate, provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in obtaining high-speed internet access and telecommunications. While most of the nation’s public libraries have received E-rate support, only an estimated 15 percent of Tribal libraries receive E-rate funds. “In the year that we have had the high-speed Internet, the number of library patrons visiting the tribal library has doubled. We are more than ever a critical computing center for our community,” said Alissa Chavez-Lowe, Education Director, San Felipe Pueblo. “We have truly exercised tribal sovereignty. Instead of waiting for an Internet Service Provider to connect us, we built our own high-speed Internet connections. The Pueblos have shown other tribes how to be their own solution to the digital divide,” Governor Joe Aguilar, Santo Domingo Pueblo said. “The digital divide leaves tribal communities without access to high-speed Internet – disconnected from a world of opportunity for students, families, and businesses. Broadband connectivity can make all the difference for the education, public safety, and economic opportunities, which is why I’m fighting to get this legislation passed for New Mexico families,” Assistant Speaker Luján said. “I am thankful for the opportunity to join Lt. Governor John Duran, Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, and the Middle Rio Grande Pueblo Tribal Consortium to discuss how all parties are working to connect New Mexico.” “The Tribal library lies in the heart of the Pueblo and provides computer services when our homes often lack computers, let alone affordable Internet access. Connecting the library connects the community,” said Cynthia Aguilar, Librarian, Santo Domingo Pueblo. “Every member needs digital tools, including our many artisans who need to submit high-resolution photos for shows. Without the library, they would have to drive as far as an hour away to a Kinkos.” CONGRESSIONAL News: “The broadband connectivity brings new distance learning potential, for tribal members completing GEDs, enrolling, in higher education, or with our Pueblo schools, such as the Santa Fe Indian School, who use technology for Native language revitalization,” said Governor Eugene Herrera, Pueblo de Cochiti. “We can now provide the education that is appropriate for our students, and that is on par with the mainstream.” “I thought that we would connect the libraries and walk away, done, and satisfied. I know now that this is beginning. Our new goal is to connect the 19 Pueblos, the other tribal nations in New Mexico, and to help all of rural New Mexico where we can. Twenty-three states have statewide education networks. It is time for New Mexico to be the 24th,” said Kimball Sekaquaptewa, CTO, Santa Fe Indian School & Chair, Middle Rio Grande Pueblo Tribal Consortium. Last month, Luján introduced a broadband investment package to provide $5 billion in federal funding for low-interest financing to support broadband infrastructure deployment, including in rural communities, and require improved mapping of communities’ access to broadband. The Middle Rio Grande Pueblo Tribal Consortium includes the four Tribal libraries in the Pueblos of Santa Ana, San Felipe, Santo Domingo, and Cochiti. Awarded in March of 2017, the $4.2 million projects received an FCC Schools and Libraries E-Rate subsidy of $3.9 million. It was the largest E-Rate awarded in the state of New Mexico for 2016. Along with their sister project, in the Pueblos of Jemez and Zia, these two projects are the first and only Tribal projects of their kind nationally since the launch of the E-Rate modernization order. Congressman Luján previously introduced legislation to provide wireless Internet on school buses to help close the “homework gap.” Currently, millions of students need access to the Internet to complete their school assignments but lack access at home. This gap especially impacts low-income, rural, and tribal students who must find other ways to get online to complete their homework. Luján’s legislation would allow the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) E-Rate program to reimburse schools that place wi-fi technology on school buses carrying students.
From the Office of the Governor:The Opportunity Scholarship, to benefit an estimated 55,000 students for fall 2020, will make N.M. second state in U.S. to provide free four-year higher educationSANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today that the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, a new program that will, in conjunction with existing state and federal scholarship and grant infrastructure, provide for 100 percent of undergraduate tuition and fees at New Mexico institutions of higher education for eligible in-state resident students.Speaking at the 2019 New Mexico Higher Education Summit at Central New Mexico Community College, Gov. Lujan Grisham announced plans for the new scholarship program that would impact an estimated 55,000 New Mexico students across the state’s 29 public institutions of higher education for the fall 2020 semester, a population that includes recent high school graduates, students who have earned a high school diploma equivalent such as a GED and returning adult learners. Designed as a “last-dollar” program, the Opportunity Scholarship would effectively cover any tuition and fees not paid for by federal grants or the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship, which typically leaves an unpaid tuition gap between 25 and 40 percent for college and university students, depending on the student and institution.The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, to be administered by the New Mexico Higher Education Department, would make New Mexico only the second state in the country to provide full tuition coverage to its residents; New York is the other. The Opportunity Scholarship will also cover tuition and fees at New Mexico’s network of two-year community colleges; New Mexico would become the 21st state to provide full two-year tuition coverage at community colleges. The program’s community college component would provide for both recent high school graduates seeking to attend community college and returning adult learners. Intended to dramatically expand access to higher education to underserved populations all across New Mexico, the Opportunity Scholarship underscores the governor’s commitment to reinvesting in the full spectrum of education, from early childhood outcomes to career and technical training for New Mexico’s workforce of the future. In-state residents of New Mexico with a high school diploma or high school equivalency will be eligible with a maintained minimum GPA; students will be able to apply for and access the scholarship after enrolling in a public, post-secondary institution. “This program is an absolute game-changer for New Mexico,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Higher education in this state, a victim of the recession, has been starved in recent years. We are pivoting to a robust reinvestment in higher learning — specifically and directly in our students. By covering the last dollar of tuition and fees, by making college significantly more accessible to New Mexicans of every income, of every background, of every age, we are putting students first. We are creating meaningful opportunity for all. “In the short term, we’ll see better enrollment, better student success,” the governor added. “In the long run, we’ll see improved economic growth, improved outcomes for New Mexican workers and families and parents, a better trained and better compensated workforce. In the same way I insist on a transformation of early childhood outcomes in this state, I insist on the greatest higher education environment in the United States, and New Mexico is taking a giant leap forward with this proposal. I look forward to working with the Legislature to build support for this life-changing investment in New Mexico’s future.””This is the most exciting day in my 25-year career in New Mexico higher education,” Higher Education Secretary Kate O’Neill said. “That’s because students are the beneficiaries of this incredible proposal. Through this program, with the support of the Legislature, we are making a meaningful investment in our students. We’re broadening opportunity for so many New Mexicans who want to learn, who want to get a head start on a great career, who want to provide for themselves, their families and our communities. I’m thrilled by the governor’s commitment to higher education, and I’m honored to have the chance to work to implement this new scholarship and other important initiatives to transform higher education in New Mexico.”The Higher Education Department, in coordination with the Public Education Department, will work with school districts and individual public schools all across the state to boost federal aid applications that will help make the Opportunity Scholarship sustainable for every New Mexican student.The announcement of the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship follows other forward-thinking policy on higher education spearheaded by Gov. Lujan Grisham and Legislature in the 2019 legislative session, including a four percent raise for college and university staff and faculty that went into effect July 1; and renewed investments in future educators from bilingual and Native backgrounds and the implementation of more than $10 million in new scholarship funds for aspiring New Mexico teachers. In addition, the governor signed into law the creation of Centers of Excellence in biosciences, renewable energy, value-added agriculture and cyber security at four New Mexico institutions of higher education.
NMAR News: Median price means half the properties sold for more; half for less. This means 2019 will be the second best year for the housing market since the New Mexico Association of REALTORS (NMAR) started keeping statistics in 2008. Only last year, 2018, which was an record-breaking year on all counts, saw more sales than those recorded to-date for 2019.“1,921 sales were reported during November 2019. This number brings the 2019 year-to-date figure to 23,328, over 1,000 sales more than reported for all of 2017,” 2019 NMAR President Paul Wilson said. “Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties led the sales count numbers last month.”NMAR CEO M. Steven Anaya added, “The November 2019 median price is $220,000 compared to $208,000 in November 2018. 2019 year-to-date median prices have risen $2,000 since July.” The addition of November sales to year-to-date figures brings the 2019 total over the year-end total reported in 2017. Days on Market for November ranged from lows under 35 days in Los Alamos, Bernalillo, and Sandoval counties to an average of 71 days for the entire state. “While every real estate market is different, low inventory is a concern NMAR hears from a number of our local boards,” Wilson said. The trends and numbers reported are only a snapshot of market activity. anyone interested in buying or selling should consult a REALTOR familiar with their market area; he/she can provide information on specific trends in that neighborhood. National Association of REALTORS (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun joined a panel of experts earlier this month for NAR’s first-ever Real Estate Forecast Summit. Panel members expect the U.S. economy to continue expanding next year while projecting real estate prices will rise. Yun predicts real estate is on firm ground, “however, in order for the market to be healthier, more supply is needed to assure home prices, as well as rents, do not consistently outgrow income gains.”
NWF News:Restoring Fiscal Responsibility to Oil and Gas Leasing on Our Public LandsWASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Wildlife Federation commends Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) for introducing a bill to modernize oil and gas fiscal policies on America’s public lands.The “Fair Returns for Public Lands Act” is a common-sense approach to ensure the oil and gas industry pays its fair share.“For decades, oil and gas companies have enjoyed an unfair advantage, paying far below market value to lease and develop energy on our public lands. This short changes American taxpayers as it pads the bottom line of oil and gas companies,” said Tracy Stone-Manning, associate vice president for public lands at the National Wildlife Federation. “Our public lands deserve better. This fair and long-overdue legislation brings rates in line with state rates.”“Taxpayers for Common Sense have concluded that here in New Mexico, taxpayers have lost more than $5 billion dollars in revenue over the past decade because of outdated leasing and royalty rates,” said Jesse Deubel, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. “This bill puts an end to the outrageously low prices that oil and gas companies have been paying for decades.”The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has concluded that improved royalty rates could increase federal revenues by $20 -$38 million per year with negligible impacts to production. The “Fair Returns for Public Lands Act” would increase royalty rates to 18.75% (up from 12.5% and the same as rates for offshore drilling), increase minimum bids from $2 per acre to $10 per acre and raise rental rates from $1.50 per acre to $3 per acre. According to the GAO, Colorado and Texas have raised state royalty rates in recent years without a significant effect on production on state lands.The recently released Colorado College Conservation in the West Poll showed strong public support for a legislative fix to update this broken system. An overwhelming majority (69 percent) of Western voters said they want royalty rates for oil and gas production on public lands to be increased to 25 percent, which is well above the increase to 18.75 percent included in the Senators’ bill.Visit the National Wildlife Federation Media Center at NWF.org/News.
Public Education Secretary Ryan StewartSTATE News:SANTA FE — Monday, the Early Childhood Education and Care Department launched its first campaign, Moments Together, to inform, support and inspire parents and caregivers of children zero to five in New Mexico. Through Moments Together, the Department aims to raise awareness about the importance of early learning across the state – and how parents and other caregivers can foster that learning through everyday moments they already share with their children.“Parents and caregivers have enormous strengths – and countless opportunities to help their children grow in healthy ways. Moments Together is designed to help parents do just that,” ECECD Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky said.“For some parents, finding child care for their children has been a significant challenge, especially for teachers and other families who are working from home while tending to their children’s needs,” said New Mexico Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart. “Through Moments Together, parents can gain skills through everyday activities that benefit their child’s early development, preparing them for elementary school and beyond.” Moments Together provides easy tips and free, research-based resources for New Mexico parents, making brain development activities fun and easy to integrate into home routines. The campaign was adapted from the United Way of Central New Mexico’s (UWCNM) work to advance early literacy outcomes for young children. It was designed by the Early Literacy Strategy Group (ECAP) in collaboration with UNM’s Family Development Program, MediaDesk, and New Mexico PBS (NMPBS).
This chart shows COVID-19 related deaths per 10,000 residents by country. Shown are the top 20 countries in the world, with the United States and the state of New Mexico highlighted. Countries with populations less than one million are not displayed. Source: New York Times. Created by Eli Ben-Naim