CARICOM-UN SG engagement to lead-up to CARICOM Summit

first_img Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols A 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, CARICOM: Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, A Partnership for Implementation. Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, Incoming CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Barbados Oct 15, 2020 You may be interested in… Rt. Hon Perry Christie, out-going CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of The Bahamas It will provide an opportunity for CARICOM Heads of Government to engage the UN SG on the Community’s sustainable development agenda as attention now pivots three imminent international conferences: The Third International Conference on Financing for Development; the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda; and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP 21, all of which have significant bearing on the future global agenda and the development of the Community. With the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Accelerated Modalities of Actions (Samoa Pathway) also in focus, discussions with the UN SG will seek to rationalize an integrated approach to the sustainable development in the Community, as it seeks to make vibrant societies and resilient economies a reality. The Samoa Pathway emanated from the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in September 2014. Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General, CARICOM Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General The CARICOM Heads of Government Conference will commence with a formal Opening Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Hilton Barbados Resort, paving the way for the Chairmanship of The Rt. Hon. Fruendel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados. He assumes the six-month rotational chairmanship on 1 July from the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas. They, as well at the CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, will address the opening ceremony along with the newly (re)elected Heads of Government of Montserrat, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, and Suriname. The theme of the Conference: Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, will guide the Heads of Government as they tackle a packed agenda with issues including energy in the context of a proposal for a new institution to lead the Region’s energy agenda, the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, mechanisms for CARICOM candidates in international positions, CARICOM relations with the Dominican Republic, and Belize-Guatemala and Guyana-Venezuela border issues. Space has been carved out for special engagements with the outgoing Commonwealth Secretary-General, H.E. Kamalesh Sharma, and President of the Republic of Panama, H.E. Juan Carlos Varela Rodrίguez.  The Meeting will see representation from fourteen Member States and two Associate Members with only one not represented at the level of Head of Government.  Ambassadors Accredited to CARICOM, CARICOM Institutions, and organizations including the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and Association of Caribbean States (ACS) will attend Thursday’s Opening Ceremony. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC center_img Oct 16, 2020 CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 16, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… 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”COMMUNIQUE Issued at Conclusion of 31st CARICOM Intersessional MeetingThe Thirty-First Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held in Bridgetown, Barbados, 18-19 February 2020. The Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C; MP, Chaired the proceedings. Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister…February 19, 2020In “31Intersessional”Communiqué – 37th Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of GovernmentThe Thirty-Seventh Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Georgetown, Guyana, on 4 – 6 July 2016.  The Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings. Other members of the Conference in attendance were Prime Minister of…July 7, 2016In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Continue to be voices of the vulnerable – UN SG tells CARICOM

first_imgThree SGs – Photo of the 36th CARICOM Heads MeetingThe Secretary-General, CARICOM was joined at this meeting by:   the UN Secretary-General who was one of the Special Guests of the 36th CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting and addressed the Opening Ceremony,and the Commonwealth Secretary-General who was among presenters at the High Level Dialogue which preceded the Opening Ceremony of…July 5, 2015In “CARICOM”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”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 Finance Ministers Meet to Refine ‘Single Ambitious Menu’ for… Coronavirus Will Cost Global Tourism at Least $1.2 trillion Jul 2, 2020 New Guidelines aim to Dismantle Barriers Blocking People… United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon addresses the opening ceremony of the 36th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM Praising the Caribbean as a place of ideas, examples and solutions, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon on Thursday called on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to be voices of the vulnerable in the Region and beyond. He was at the time delivering remarks at the opening ceremony of the 36th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the CARICOM now underway in Bridgetown, Barbados. I ask you to continue to be voices for vulnerable – not just in this Region but for the globe.  I may not receive top marks in a geography course for saying this, but in today’s interdependent world, no country is an island.  We need partnership and solidarity to achieve our goals in this big year for humanity,” he said. Address ‘Unprecedented’ Impact of Coronavirus on Latin… Remarks by UN Secretary-General Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jul 9, 2020 The UN Secretary-General told the gathering that “we must always act for the shared interests of all humankind and leave no one behind”. That commitment must animate all we do – particularly in this crucial year of action in 2015 – a year that will shape development in your Region and our world for years to come,” he said. His remarks placed emphasis on major upcoming conferences that will focus on a framework for financing sustainable development; agreement on new sustainable development goals to guide development policy for the next 15 years; and the adoption of a new climate change agreement. We need your full engagement at the highest political level.  Take ownership of these processes.  Tell your negotiators to keep ambition high.  These efforts will succeed or fall short on our watch; help us mark a turning point towards transformation,” the UN Secretary-General urged CARICOM Heads of Government. Read Remarks by UN Secretary-General You may be interested in… Sep 9, 2020last_img read more

Cuba expresses gratitude for CARICOM’s support

first_img Jun 13, 2019 Statement on the occasion of the Forty-Seventh Anniversary… Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Bruno Rodriguez on Friday 14 June said his country had a “permanent debt of gratitude” to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for its historical and fraternal support. “We recognise your resolute and irrevocable decision to join us in rejecting the genocidal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against our country and the fair claim to put an end to it,” he told CARICOM Foreign Ministers. Mr. Rodriguez was at the time addressing the opening ceremony of the Sixth Meeting of Foreign Ministers of CARICOM and Cuba, in Georgetown, Guyana. You may be interested in… Dec 9, 2019 The Minister noted his government’s gratitude for CARICOM’s “firmness” in denouncing the US Government’s authorisation to activate Title III of the Helms-Burton Act. The authorisation paves the way for lawsuits in US courts against Cuba’s nationalisation of properties. Stating that his country’s actions were in “full adherence to national and international laws, as was recognised by the US Supreme Court ruling on the Sabatino case,” Mr Rodriguez added: “The Helms-Burton Act is arbitrary and is also an outrage and an insult against the sovereignty of Cuba and of third States.” He told CARICOM Foreign Ministers: “There is an attempt to suffocate the Cuban economy and place our people on their knees through scarcities and hardships, but I can assure you that such an attempt will fail.” Mr. Rodriguez affirmed what he described as Cuba’s “permanent commitment to cooperate and share its modest achievement with the Caribbean.” He said Cuba would never forget the courageous act of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba in 1972 despite the tensions of the cold war. The consistency of formal dialogues between CARICOM and Cuba, such as on this occasion, he noted, was “beyond any question” and exemplified the strength of their relations. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Guyana to host meeting of CARICOM, Cuban Foreign Ministers center_img Jun 14, 2019 CARICOM reaffirms great value of relations with Cuba COMMUNIQUE – 20th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR)COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTIETH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS (COFCOR), BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS:   18-19 MAY 2017   The Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) took place in Bridgetown, Barbados on 18-19 May 2017,…May 23, 2017In “Barbados”COMMUNIQUÉ – Twenty-Second Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), St. George’s, Grenada, 13-14 May 2019The Twenty-Second Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) convened in St. George’s, Grenada on the 13-14 May 2019, under the Chairmanship of the Honourable C. Peter David, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Labour of Grenada. The COFCOR was attended by the…May 14, 2019In “CARICOM”CARICOM reaffirms great value of relations with CubaEven as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Friday reaffirmed the great value it attaches to ties with Cuba, it reiterated its call for an immediate and unconditional end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba. Speaking at the opening of the Sixth Meeting…June 14, 2019In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Declaration Adopted At The Conclusion Of The Sixth Meeting… Jun 14, 2019last_img read more

Key Automotive Group Names President for Key Safety Systems, Promotes Tim Nelson to President of Key Plastics

first_imgFARMINGTON HILLS, MI — Key Automotive Group (KAG) has named Daniel Ajamian president and COO of its affiliate, Key Safety Systems, Inc. KAG also announced that Tim Nelson has been promoted to president and COO for the North American operations of the company’s other principal subsidiary — Key Plastics L.L.C. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Ajamian most recently served as president and COO of Key Plastics North America. Previously, he was group president for the company’s trim products group. He joined the company in 2001, from Carlyle Management Group, where he was CFO of the Aerostructures and U.S. Marine Repair units. Since 2001, Nelson was Key Plastics’ group president for its exterior and underhood products division. Having joined the company in 1985, he was promoted to vice president of operations for Key Plastics’ trim products group in 1999, following a series of operations and engineering assignments in the company’s Pennsylvania operations and corporate offices. Key Safety Systems (KSS), a KAG affiliated company since April 2003, is a designer and manufacturer of safety-critical components and systems including airbags, seat belts and steering wheels. Also KAG affiliate, Key Plastics engineers and produces value-added components and sub-assemblies for exterior applications, interior trim and functional underhood products. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

Bob Anderson Becomes Beck/Arnley’s Director of Marketing

first_imgLSI 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. SMYRNA, TN — Beck/Arnley has named Bob Anderson as its new director of marketing. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In this role, Anderson will be responsible for coordinating the marketing communication activities for Beck/Arnley, including advertising, promotions, public relations and pricing, as well as working with the catalog group on e-commerce and catalog database issues. Anderson joined Clevite Engine Parts in 1984, and has served in a variety of product roles throughout his career. Most recently, he managed the Clevite Bearing Team. In addition to his extensive knowledge of the business, Anderson has also completed the aftermarket program at Northwood University and holds professional memberships with the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Marketing Association. For more information about Beck/Arnely, go to: www.beckarnley.com. _______________________________________ 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 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. last_img read more

OBITUARY: Longtime Federated Member Marvin Mastroff Passes Away

first_imgSTAUNTON, VA – Marvin Mastroff, founder and president of Miami-based Cold Air Distributors, passed away on Jan. 24 after a prolonged illness. He was 75. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “We are deeply saddened by the passing of a longtime friend and Federated member, Marvin Mastroff,” said Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts. “Marvin touched many lives. He exemplified the very best of those self-made men who rose to success while possessing a remarkable business ethic, a profound devotion to family and friends, and an uncanny sense of humor. He will be dearly missed by a host of friends and business acquaintances.” Born in Rockledge, PA, on December 14, 1933, Mastroff graduated from Olney High School in Philadelphia. In 1956, he moved to Miami and worked as an independent automotive parts jobber before embarking on his own in 1963 and becoming founder and president of Cold Air Distributors. He built his company to its present 15 locations throughout South, Central and West Florida. For the past seven years, Cold Air has grown and prospered under the leadership of Mastroff’s son, Russell. During his storied career, Mastroff also served on the board of directors of IMACA, MACS and on the board of governors for Federated. Mastroff is survived by his wife, Elinor; daughter Laura Mastroff (Frank) Barry; son Russell (Davita) Mastroff; and beloved grandchildren, Alli, Joey Barry and Raechel Mastroff. Advertisement Funeral services will be held at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Forest Hills Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Palm City, FL, officiated by Rabbi Jonathan Kendall of Temple Beit HaYam. Donations in Marvin’s memory may be made to: Temple Beit HaYam 951 S.E. Monterey Commons Blvd. Stuart, FL 34996 or to the American Diabetes Association.,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 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. 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 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. last_img read more

AutoPartSource Names Chris Ewing Eastern Regional Sales Manager

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. — AutoPartSource has hired Chris Ewing as eastern regional sales manager. Prior to joining AutoPartSource Chris spent the past four and a half years as a regional sales director for Brembo North America. Before that he was regional/group sales manager with AMS Automotive for six years. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “Chris brings significant knowledge of the aftermarket brake and clutch business as well as strong customer relationships from his previous positions,” said Bruce Mardar, vice president of sales and marketing at AutoPartSource. “Chris will be a valuable addition to our newly structured sales team.”,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.  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 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.last_img read more

Opting-In To Local Election Act Will Save Money

first_imgIt’s in the best interests of New Mexico’s voters and of municipalities to opt-in and include their municipal elections on the Regular Local Election ballot, as dozens of municipalities have already done. The money that municipalities previously spent to run their elections will decrease because the state will now cover those costs, while voter participation will increase because of the simplified voting process. The upcoming changes are the result of 2018’s Local Election Act, a legislative overhaul of the way non-partisan local elections are run throughout the state (such as for municipal officers, school boards, and other governmental bodies with taxing authority). However, in order for your municipality’s non-partisan races to be included in the Regular Local Election, your municipality must opt-in to the Local Election Act. Previously in New Mexico there were multiple non-partisan local elections held at different times of the year. This led to confusion among voters about when an election was happening in their community. It also resulted in extremely low-turnout elections where sometimes fewer than five-percent of eligible voters cast a ballot, though local governments were still responsible for the cost of those elections. Now, non-partisan local elections will happen on the same day every November in odd-numbered years (like 2019) as the Regular Local Election. The ballot you vote on in these elections will have races for school board members, Soil and Water Conservation District members, and other similar, non-partisan positions. Bond questions and local mill levies might also appear on these ballots. Partisan races, like those for president, governor, state senator, etc., will be conducted in the same way as always – the Primary Election will be in June and the General Election will be in November of even-numbered years. When municipalities opt-in and begin including their local elections as part of the Regular Local Election, the County Clerk will run the entire election and the municipality will incur no costs for the election because those costs will be covered by the state. In terms of cost, municipalities have the opportunity to save a lot of money if they opt-in to the Local Election Act. Sixty-one towns and cities in New Mexico have already opted-in, but time is running out for others to do so. The opt-in deadline is June 30, 2019. In terms of voting, being part of the Regular Local Election will mean an easier and more efficient time at the ballot box for eligible voters because there will be fewer elections on a more convenient yearly timeline. Whether or not your municipality opts-in to the Local Election Act, if your municipality or other governing body (such as a school board) needs to run a special election, it must be run as a mail-in only election and the costs will be covered by the municipality or governing body. There are some big changes coming to the way New Mexicans vote, and because of these changes, some real costs savings are available for municipalities throughout our state. By MANDY VIGILNew Mexico Elections DirectorOffice of the Secretary of State In the past, when municipalities ran their own elections they had to reimburse the County for the costs. Total expenses for those elections could range anywhere from $15,000-30,000 for a smaller city like Alamogordo, to $300,000 for Albuquerque. Now, municipalities have the choice to opt-in to the Local Election Act and avoid those costs. If your municipality decides not to opt-in to the Local Election, instead of voting for your municipal officers during the Regular Local Election you will vote for them in March of even-numbered years and your municipality will pick up the full cost. Mandy Vigil is the Elections Director for the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office. While some municipalities still have to decide about opting-in by the June 30 deadline, voters like you only need to do what you’ve always done – focus on learning about the issues and candidates and make sure you’re registered to vote or that your voter registration is up-to-date. Just visit NMvote.org to get started today.last_img read more

Los Alamos Little League 9, 10 And 11 All Stars Make It To Semi Finals In State Tournament In Clovis

first_imgThe Los Alamos Little League 9, 10 and 11 All Stars team. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.comStaff ReportLos Alamos Little League 9, 10 and 11 All Stars made it all the way to the semi finals during the state tournament in Clovis.“The boys did a great job,” Los Alamos Little League President Magdalen Miller said. “They got fourth out of nine districts (during) the semifinals.”She explained the team started playing Friday, July 12, against Enchantment Little League from Las Cruces. Los Alamos lost 9-4. This, Miller said, put the team in the “loser’s bracket.”Saturday, July 13, Los Alamos played against Silver City and won 14-0.Sunday, July 14, Los Alamos played Taos and won 3-2. Monday, they played Enchantment again and won 7-6. Tuesday, the team played against the Carlsbad Shorthorns and lost 12-1.Miller said it has been a while since the Little League 9, 10 and 11 All Stars have been this competitive and gotten this far in the state tournament. She said in Northern New Mexico the fields and the weather can put the area teams at a disadvantage to the teams in the Southern part of the state.Since Southern New Mexico is warmer, its little league teams can start playing earlier.last_img read more

Los Alamos Little Theater Starts Season With A Boom!

first_imgReview by BONNIE J. GORDONLos Alamos Daily Postbjgordonladailypost.com“Tick, Tick…Boom!” at LALT stole my heart. I wasn’t really expecting it. The tragic story of the death at age 35, of author-composer-lyricist writer Jonathan Larson made me a little scared of this autobiographical musical dramedy, written before the astounding success of “Rent”. Would it all be tinged with the foreknowledge of what would happen when the story ends? I was also leery it would be a story about the self-absorbed angst of creative gen-X souls from relatively privileged backgrounds. (Okay  Bonnie, lighten up.) “Tick, Tick…Boom!” is these things, but it’s a whole lot more. This sprightly production, directed and starred in by Tim Orcutt got me thinking (and singing and dancing).“Tick, Tick…Boom!” is the story of Jon (Orcutt) a would-be theater composer who has been toiling on his master work, Superbia, for five years. Supporting himself as a waiter, he sees his friends moving past him to make the compromises they feel are demanded of them. His best friend Michael (Patrick MacDonald) leaves acting to become an advertising mogul. His girlfriend Susan (Christine Armenion) wants to move to New England and get out of New York to have a real life with a future. On the verge of turning 30, Jon asks himself if he should continue pursuing his dream to be the next Stephen Sondheim, or is he fooling himself about his chances for success.On a bare stage, the three actors are joined by four musicians: Yelena Mealy on keyboard, Nick Denissen on guitar, David Rogers, and Wes Hicks alternating on electric bass and Omar Wooten on drums.  The role of musical director is being shared between Brian Huysman and Denissen.It’s the music that makes this show. Those who have seen “Rent” know what to expect from songs—witty, catchy, heartfelt. The three actors all have the strong voices needed to carry off a show that’s about 80 percent musical. The times when the three voices blend while singing different lyrics are especially sweet.The acting talent on stage is in no short supply. MacDonald and Armenion are terrific in their supporting roles. Armenion’s Susan is warm and spunky. MacDonald is high energy, but touches the heart. Representing the choices Jon is rejecting to follow his dream, they could have been portrayed as shallow. The actors give them depth and legitimacy.Orcutt, like Larson himself, is starring on stage and backstage as main character and director. (The play was originally a Larson one-man show.) He fills both roles admirably. The interaction of the characters comes off well and the pace is just right. As Jon, he presents a highly talented, frenetic, somewhat self-absorbed man who manages to be a stand-in for all of us. Standing on the brink of life-altering choices, Jon is anyone making the hard choices life presents, and Orcutt is the one that takes us there.Sound by Nancy Coombs and Paul Lewis worked well for me in the front row. I overheard some from further back say they couldn’t always make out the lyrics over the band, but I experienced a good blending of voice and instruments.The play is by turns hilarious, heart wrenching and uplifting. It’s done by a great group of actors, musicians and production crew. Everyone over the age of, say 13, will enjoy it. There’s a bit of R-rated dialogue, but not much. Whatever life-choices you’re making, the play will resonate. You’ll love the music. You’ll leave the theater delighted you came.Tickets for “Tick, Tick…Boom!” are $15 for are $13 for seniors and students $13) at C.B. Fox, Bliss, online at Brown Paper Tickets and at the door.The play continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There is a special Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. today.The Los Alamos Little Theater is at 1670 Nectar St. Jon (Tim Orcutt) and Michael (Patrick MacDonald) get down during a musical number in ‘Tick,Tick…Boom’. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.comlast_img read more