Biggest difference between the 11 and 18? Hamlin says execution

first_imgTwo days before Kyle Busch’s victory in last Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway, Denny Hamlin provided a precise blueprint for his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate’s sixth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season.MORE: Paint schemes for Watkins Glen | Fantasy: Knowing the numbersA post-qualifying inspection failure knocked Busch’s No. 18 Toyota off the front row and back to a 28th-place starting position. In short order, however, Busch charged through the field, and a pit stop with four other Toyotas three laps before the end of Stage 2 allowed him to stay out under the caution at stage’s end and ultimately take the lead.Busch survived two late restarts and held off teammate Daniel Suarez for his 49th career victory, a triumph that tied him with Tony Stewart for 13th on the all-time list.In a sit-down with reporters on Friday afternoon at Pocono, Hamlin explained how his teammate has been able to separate himself from the rest of the JGR drivers.“They out-execute what their car is capable of every single week,” Hamlin said of the No. 18 team, led by crew chief Adam Stevens. “He qualifies well. He doesn’t lose his track position throughout the course of a race. At the end, the pit crew picks up three or four spots. The next thing you know he’s restarting on the front row.” Hamlin acknowledged that his No. 11 team hasn’t been able to match the performance of the 2015 series champion.“That’s something we have not done, to execute to the level that the 18 has,” Hamlin said. “He’s really good about being able to finish better with a car that’s not quite as good. In general, at JGR, we have our struggles, but they do a phenomenal job. You just look at execution, and that’s the biggest difference I see between him and us.” As an organization, JGR is also working through a transition from experience to youth. Gone are Carl Edwards to retirement and 2003 series champion Matt Kenseth to make room for Erik Jones in the No. 20 car. Both Jones and Suarez are in their sophomore seasons at NASCAR’s highest level, and both are still learning.“Certainly, when we had myself, Carl, Matt and Kyle, you weren’t having to think about, ‘Well, this is Daniel’s or Erik’s first time at a track, and they’re leaning on you for information,” said the 37-year-old Hamlin, the senior member of the JGR driver corps. “So how much information do you really lean back on them, because they are inexperienced, and they have to go through that struggle period, where we would always talk about, ‘Hey, a few years ago we did this, and it really worked well.’ “Things just clicked, and things were good. But sometimes those things take time. As an organization, we probably weren’t totally patient with Joey Logano, and look how it all worked out. He moved teams (to Team Penske), and all of a sudden—bam—it clicked for him. I think you have to be patient and go through the process to hopefully have the fruits and the benefits later.”While Hamlin waits patiently, Busch keeps winning. But that doesn’t mean Hamlin has lost confidence, either in himself or in his team. “Anybody who thinks I can’t win any given week is crazy,” Hamlin asserted.last_img read more

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Debate: Will Kyle Busch repeat as NASCAR Cup Series champion?

first_imgKyle Busch came out hot in 2019, snagging a trio of race victories amidst an 11-race top-10 streak to start the season. It seemed a foregone conclusion at the time that he’d be a championship favorite — but after his victory at Pocono Raceway in early June, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver was held winless until his somewhat surprising title-clinching victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.Given his talent behind the wheel and resources at JGR, Busch would appear to be a slam dunk to repeat as NASCAR Cup Series champion — but is he? Many had him pegged as the least-likely Championship 4 driver to win after his second-half drought and up-and-down playoffs, but Busch and crew chief Adam Stevens found a way to prevail.Is a third Cup Series title in the cards for Busch in 2020? NASCAR.com’s Pat DeCola and Chase Wilhelm debate.RELATED: Kyle Busch 2019 season review | Backseat Drivers analyze RowdyDeCola: In absolutely no way am I ruling out Kyle Busch as a championship contender … but I don’t think he’s going to repeat. Through the first six iterations of the elimination-style NASCAR Playoffs format, we’ve yet to see a repeat champion, and in two of the last three years, the champion from the previous season failed to even make it back to the Championship 4.Rowdy’s victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway, though impressive, felt like more of a rising-to-the-occasion-type moment for him, Stevens and the No. 18 team than a sign all of their second-half ailments had all of a sudden been cured. The early portion of Busch’s 2019 season was dominant at times, but the group seemed to either lose its footing midway through or, perhaps, were just caught up to by other organizations as the summer months ticked off. Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 team, specifically, seemed to have the inverse of Busch’s season, sputtering out the gate a bit but riding a hot streak to Miami.Throw in that two of his own teammates in Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. — arguably the two best drivers of ’19 — are destined for more success this season and Busch might not even be the championship favorite in his own stable.I fully expect Busch to win around five races in ’20 and probably make his sixth Championship 4 appearance in seven years — who knows, maybe he could steal it away again — but I’d probably put him at about third overall on my championship favorites list at the moment.MORE: 2020 Power Rankings | 2020 scheduleWilhelm: During Championship 4 Media Day in Miami, I was persistent in saying Busch had the lowest chances of hoisting the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series trophy at Homestead-Miami Speedway compared to Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.Let’s just say I’ve learned from my mistakes.So, I’m going to try a different strategy by getting on the Rowdy train and riding it all the way to the finale at Phoenix Raceway in 2020. I think Busch hits a stride this upcoming season, winning way more than three races on his way to defending his title.Busch didn’t have a career season by any stretch last year, but that should teach everyone to never count out the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team led by mastermind crew chief Adam Stevens — no matter the circumstances. Regardless of his winless streak after Pocono Raceway last season, we should have known not to bet against him when the odds aren’t in his favor. Case in point: 2015 when he missed 11 races and came back to earn five race victories en route to his first championship.Are there plenty of other championship-caliber drivers who will give him a hell of a run for his money this year? Yes.But will Busch be able to handle any pressure thrown at him for the ultimate prize? Fo sho.last_img read more

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Chicano Batman Takes Viewers On A Ride In “Blank Slate” Video [Watch]

first_imgChicano Batman have shared a new music video for “Blank Slate”. The track comes from the Latin-infused alternative group’s new album, Invisible People.The visual accompaniment joins fellow videos for “Color My Life” and “Pink Elephant“. The album, which dropped on May 1st, marks the fourth studio output for the band in 10 years.Related: Chicano Batman, Caloncho Team Up For New Singles, Share Colorful Video For “Háblame” [Watch]The video opens on a close up of singer Bardo Martinez, sporting a colorful Dennis Rodman-style haircut, superimposed with footage of a night drive through the city. The band’s in-studio performance, mixed with the nightlife footage and the catchy disco beat gives the song a chic layer of glam pop. Chicano Batman’s progression as artists has come with an evolution of an already complex sound. With a mix of Latin, psychedelic, funk, R&B, and everything in between, the band continues to defy broad classifications of its discography as a whole. On “Blank Slate”, however, the group is clearly going for a more traditional, mainstream sound with the refrain of “I just want to love you/I need you to love me/I just want to love you/We can fall in love now.” This is a song that could very well be playing on the radio of the car being driven around in the music video.Watch the new music video for “Blank Slate” by Chicano Batman.Chicano Batman — “Blank Slate” (Official Video)[Video: Chicano Batman]Chicano Batman were one of many artists set to perform at this year’s Coachella festival in Indio, CA. That event, set for the second and third weekends of April, was one of the first festivals to announce postponement due to COVID-19. The megafestival is now scheduled to take place during the first and second weekends of October 2020. Given the gradual progression of the virus and the way many Americans are dragging their feet in properly addressing it, the festival’s October dates could still be subject to change. Visit Chicano Batman’s website for any announcements, and stay up to date on the state of live music with the Live For Live Music concert cancellation tracker.last_img read more

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17,665 claim missing money worth $6.7 million

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Treasurer’s Office announced today that a record 17,665 unclaimed properties totaling $6.7 million were returned to their rightful owners in the fiscal year ending June 30. The number of dollars paid out rose 24 percent over the previous year, setting a new record. With a growing list of Vermonters claiming their missing money, Treasurer Beth Pearce reminded residents that it only takes moments to visit MissingMoney.Vermont.gov(link is external) to check to see if you or a loved one have unclaimed property.“The Treasurer’s Office works to put more dollars in Vermonters’ pockets by identifying and returning money to its rightful heir or owner,” said Treasurer Beth Pearce. “The number of individual claims and dollars paid out increased last year, setting new records. These successes accrue to the benefit of Vermont citizens, allowing you to claim more of your missing money. I encourage folks to search our online databases, or to call our office at 1-800-642-3191, to see if you or your loved ones have unclaimed property.Below are the top ten Vermont communities with the largest number of individual listings in the database. Due to ongoing changes in the database, the numbers below are rounded to the nearest hundred.Burlington – 45,700Rutland – 23,000South Burlington – 18,700Essex Junction – 17,100Brattleboro – 15,100Colchester – 13,400Saint Albans – 13,300Barre – 12,700Bennington – 11,700Montpelier – 10,200As part of a multistate partnership, the Treasurer’s Office receives property that is remitted for safekeeping while staff works to return property to its rightful owner. $13.1 million of new property was received last year, increasing the total amount on hand to $88.5 million. “Unclaimed property” describes assets like uncashed checks, lost valuables, forgotten security deposits, misplaced insurance policies, investments or estates. The Treasurer’s Office’s unclaimed property holds more than 485,000 individual properties that are waiting to be claimed.The Treasurer’s Office’s unclaimed property program is a consumer protection initiative to benefit all citizens. No commissions or fees are charged through this free service. Vermonters can easily search the State unclaimed property database by visiting MissingMoney.Vermont.gov(link is external)or by calling 1-800-642-3191.Source: MONTPELIER, VT — Vermont State Treasurer’s Office 7.9.2018last_img read more

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Competitor Group snaps up Windy City Publishing

first_img Related Competitor Group Inc (CGI), a leader in endurance sports media and event entertainment, has acquired Windy City Publishing. CGI, which owns titles such as Triathlete Magazine, Inside Triathlon, and VeloNews is further extending its hold on the endurance and active lifestyle media space. This latest deal includes Windy City’s six regional active lifestyle publications covering the metropolitan regions of New York, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, DC.Competitor Magazine will relaunch in June as a consolidated national brand. The six acquired titles will merge with Competitor’s previous five in Texas, the Pacific Northwest, the Southeast, Southern and Northern California. Monthly circulation will now exceed 800,000 copies covering 28 metropolitan regions across the country. Each regional edition will provide local customisation of both editorial content and advertiser messaging. The print media expansion complements CGI’s event business, which annually attracts over 250,000 participants across the country.”The acquisition of Windy City, our Gen-A Network joint venture partner, extends the Competitor brand across every major endurance market in the country to provide active lifestyle consumers and advertisers a customised magazine that is national in scope but local in execution,” said Scott Dickey, COO of CGI. “Competitor Magazine is the only print property providing runners and endurance enthusiasts the national, regional and local news all under one cover — our new tagline, ‘The Source for the Active Lifestyle’ says it all.”The deal includes Windy City Sports, MetroSports New York, MetroSports DC, New England Sports, Rocky Mountain Sports and Twin Cities Sports, as well as their online assets. Doug Kaplan, owner of Windy City, will join CGI as Publisher of Competitor Magazine, and establish CGI’s Midwest office in Chicago. Doug will work alongside long time Co-Founder of Competitor Magazine, Bob Babbitt, who will be the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.”We are thrilled that our 20-year partnership with Competitor has provided an opportunity for our two companies to come together under one roof,” said Doug Kaplan, owner of Windy City Publishing. “Bringing the 11 regional editions under one umbrella brand allows Competitor Magazine to deliver a national voice with local content to both our advertisers and readers. The combination is not only unique and efficient, but incredibly powerful for an industry that continues to expand in every region of the country.”All 11 regional editions of Competitor Magazine will focus on the sport of running, as well as the active lifestyle that runners embody through their everyday lives. The national editorial content of each magazine will be supported by award-winning writers, photographers and editors. Local content will continue to serve enthusiasts who seek information about their active community.www.competitor.comlast_img read more

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Board to hear LRS report

first_img Board to hear LRS report Senior EditorA report on for-profit lawyer referral services, revisiting fees for hiring a lien resolution law firm in a personal injury case, and examining the ethical implications of “cloud computing” will occupy the Board of Governors at its July 27 meeting in Miami Beach.The board also is expected to revisit proposed amendments to the code of evidence that it deferred at its May meeting, look at use of “metatags” and hidden words on attorney websites, as well as an examination about nonrefundable attorneys’ fee rules.The Special Committee on Lawyer Referral Services has been meeting for more than a year, examining the operations of private referral companies. It will be making several recommendations to the board, if the final report is completed in time for the July meeting.One recommendation is that lawyers not be allowed to join private referral services if those services also refer callers to another profession or service, holding such referrals have the potential for conflicts of interest.Another committee proposal would have lawyers report to the Bar on their participation in private referral services. Current rules require referral services to report their attorney members to the Bar. The Bar cannot directly regulate referral services, but it can prohibit Bar members from belonging to services that do not follow Bar rules.The board had previously examined the lien resolution issue, and proposed a change to Rule 4-1.5, in which the lawyer in personal injury or wrongful death cases must say in the contingency fee contract whether subrogation and lien resolution services were included in the contract, and that the lawyer could not charge an extra fee for that service if it would exceed contingency fee limits in the rules.In extraordinary cases, a lawyer could hire a second firm to handle subrogation and lien resolutions in a PI case as long as the client gave informed consent, the agreement complied with fee rules, and the original attorney and the lien attorney did not share the fees for resolving the subrogations and liens.However, the Supreme Court earlier this year rejected that amendment and specified that in such cases the attorney working under the contingency fee should “also represent the client in resolving medical liens and subrogation claims related to the underlying case.” The ruling prompted the attorney who made the original ethics inquiry to ask the board to revisit the issue.The board will also receive a request from the Professional Ethics Committee for the board to direct PEC to prepare an ethics opinion on cloud computing.Cloud computing allows users to store information on remote servers maintained by a third party. While this gives access to the information from almost anywhere, it also raises questions about security and how well confidential client information is protected.The Standing Committee on Advertising is asking the board to direct it to prepare an advisory opinion on using metatags and hidden words in attorney websites.Basically, both are text that can’t be seen by viewers of the website, but which helps the website attract the notice of search engines and hence place higher on the list of results. The committee believes that such techniques can be “misleading and manipulative,” which violates Bar Rule 4-8.4(c), and that it should prepare an opinion to guide attorneys. For example, one company used hidden words to put another company’s name and product title on its website to cause that first company’s site to be listed when someone was searching for the second company. A judge held that practice violated the second company’s trademark.The nonrefundable fee issue arose after an inquiry to the Bar about whether it was proper to refer in Bar rules to nonrefundable advance fees, because the reference could imply such a fee was not reviewable under excessive fee provisions of the rules.Immediate past Rules Committee Chair Steve Echsner said the committee was looking at revising language in Bar Rule 4-1.5 to be consistent with Ethics Opinion 93-2. The opinion held that nonrefundable fees are ethical but also are subject to rules on clearly excessive fees.The committee was looking at language to allow a lawyer and client to agree on an “advance” fee that would be considered the lawyer’s property and also would be subject to excessive fee rules, Echsner told the board.The committee’s inquiry had raised concerns of several Bar members, including criminal defense lawyers, who frequently use nonrefundable retainers for a case that may be of uncertain duration, including appeals. Echsner said the committee was trying to accommodate those concerns in its deliberations.The Rules Committee is set to discuss the issue when it meets the day before the board meeting.At its May meeting, the board deferred recommendation on changes to the state’s evidence code presented by the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee. The committee was reacting to laws passed by the Legislature, which oversees the evidence code.But board members questioned whether one of the three proposed changes went too far and intruded on the Supreme Court’s procedural rule-making authority. That change, responding to a 2011 law, requires that out-of-state expert witnesses in medical and dental malpractice cases obtain a certificate from the Florida Department of Health.Board members said they needed more time to consider the issue.On another matter, the Disciplinary Procedure Committee is following up on a request from the Supreme Court to find a simple procedure to allow clients access to their money held in lawyers’ trust accounts when that account is frozen because the lawyer is the subject of an emergency suspension.Clients frequently need access to those funds, for example, to close on a house or complete some other transaction. The committee is expected to report on its deliberations. July 15, 2012 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Board to hear LRS reportlast_img read more

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Study explores the significance of marriage for same-sex couples

first_img1. Thinking about your relationship with your partner, what is the significance of living together, to you, in your relationship?2. Why do you think legal marriage is, or is not, important to your relationship?Six dominant themes emerged from the second question, “Why do you think legal marriage is, or is not, important to your relationship?” The researchers reported that 90 percent of the respondents felt that the option to marry legally was important to their relationship, with themes including:Legal benefits and financial protections (91 percent)Relationship legitimacy (36 percent)Equal commitment as different-sex couples (34 percent)We don’t need marriage, we’re already committed, but we want equal rights (21 percent)Couple validation (17 percent)Personally important (6 percent)“The remarks about the legal benefits and financial protections aren’t surprising because we’ve heard so much about that from news interviews,” says Haas. “But that second category of relationship legitimacy – of having societal legitimacy – stood out to me. We received responses such as, ‘My partner doesn’t get invited on family vacations because we’re not married. But if we were married, my partner would be invited.’ So in the view of family origin, it was very important.”The researchers add that seven dominant themes emerged from question one, about the significance of living together. Four themes were most commonly mentioned by the participants:Symbolizes commitment (40 percent)Provides emotional support (36 percent)Makes us a family (34 percent)Sharing life together (32 percent)Three lesser mentioned themes were: maximizes time together (10 percent); like any married couple (10 percent); convenience/finances (7 percent).Same-sex couples’ views of cohabitation in the UC study differ from previous research on different-sex couples who have indicated that living together carries less meaning and a lower level of commitment than marriage. “There’s published data on different-sex couples that indicate that many of their cohabitation arrangements were a matter of testing the relationship or just convenience, like saving on rental payments,” says Whitton. “A very small proportion of same-sex couples reflected those views in our study, but for the majority of same-sex couples, cohabitation carries significance to symbolizing their commitment.”“Respondents who live in states without legal same-sex marriage described living with one’s partner as the strongest level of commitment available to those same-sex couples,” the authors state in the paper. “For example, one person explained, ‘Because of Ohio’s laws, living together is basically the closest thing we have to marriage.’”Participants in the study represented 47 states, excluding Alaska, Idaho and South Dakota. The majority of the respondents, 67 percent, reported that same-sex marriage was not available in their state (including 92 percent of those who had formalized their relationship in a legal ceremony). The length of relationships ranged from one to 30 years.The UC online survey was conducted in 2012, with recruitment from LGBT organizations, announcements on Craigslist and flier promotions at several Midwestern Gay Pride events in 2012. The ages of the participants ranged from 19 to 74 with the median age of 41. Participants were 63 percent female; 37 percent male; and 2 percent identified as “other,” or “gender queer.” The majority of the survey participants were Caucasian (87 percent), followed by Hispanic (7 percent), African-American (1.5 percent), Asian (1.5 percent), Native American (2 percent) and other/mixed race (1 percent).Roughly one-third (29 percent) of the respondents had formalized their relationship via a legal ceremony; 16 percent via a non-legal commitment ceremony and 55 percent reported having no ceremony.Same-sex marriage currently is legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of the month on whether or not to overturn state bans on same-sex marriage. The ruling will follow a review of cases involving bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee, after oral arguments were held in April. Share Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Email As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on same-sex marriage equality, a University of Cincinnati survey of same-sex couples finds that 90 percent of the respondents felt that the option to marry was important to their relationship. The study is currently published online in the Journal of Homosexuality.UC researchers Stephen M. Haas, an associate professor of communication, and Sarah W. Whitton, an assistant professor of psychology, uncovered the perceived benefits of cohabitation and marriage of same-sex couples after conducting a national online survey of 526 individuals who reported they were in a committed, same-sex relationship for at least six months. The survey also found that many same-sex couples view living together as significant because it symbolizes and solidifies their commitment to their relationship, possibly because marriage has never been an option. The researchers say this view differs from previous national research on different sex couples, for whom cohabitation signifies less commitment than marriage.The researchers uncovered several themes out of responses from two open-ended questions in the survey:last_img read more

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Major breakthroughs from COP21 says PM Stuart

first_imgPrime 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…center_img 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 WhatsApplast_img read more

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CARPHA and French Development Agency Sign Agreement to Strengthen Regional Health…

first_img 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… center_img 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 WhatsApplast_img read more

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New Mexico Launches ‘Moments Together’ Campaign

first_imgPublic 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).last_img read more

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