Caribbean Aims to Become World’s First Climate-Smart ZoneJamaica Information Service Press Release, 10 August, 2018 – The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator Programme, which has the objective of making the region the world’s first climate-smart zone, was launched at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus on August 9. So far, some 26 Countries and more than 40…August 10, 2018In “CARICOM”Accelerating the Caribbean’s Climate ResiliencePORT-OF-SPAIN , Feb 26 2019 (IPS) – The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator launched last year June with the backing of Virgin’s Richard Branson has given itself five years to help the region become climate resilient. Its CEO Racquel Moses, who was appointed in January of this year, told IPS the…March 7, 2019In “CARICOM”UWI to become world first climate smart study institute(Caribbean Media Corporation) – The University of the West Indies (UWI) is to become the world’s first climate smart study university offering degrees and certificates at all levels, the Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles announced Tuesday. Sir Hilary, addressing the UWI Mona Campus Council meeting, said that discussions have…March 6, 2019In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApp #TheCaribbean region is working to increase its #Resilience to #ClimateChange by developing a #PublicPrivate investment framework for investing in #ResilientInfrastructure. #JumpCaribbean https://t.co/3SSCwbcG9D— IDB Caribbean/Caribe (@IDB_Caribbean) August 14, 2018 Oct 16, 2020 You may be interested in… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols The recent launch of the “Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator” is expected to advance the Region’s efforts to become the world’s first climate smart zone. The Accelerator is an entrepreneurial engine, which the key partners expect will catalyze and fast-track priority initiatives towards the world’s first “climate-smart zone”, delivering resilience, social development and broad-based economic growth for the Caribbean’. So far, 26 Caribbean countries and more than 40 private and public sector partners have joined the initiative. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 15, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Oct 16, 2020 University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles hosted the Launch of the Accelerator at the Mona Campus Assembly Hall on 9 August at the Mona Campus Assembly Hall. Speakers included Sen. Hon. Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica; H.E. Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Agriculture of Belize; H.E. Luis Alfonso de Alba, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico; H.E. Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the IDB; H.E. Jorge Familiar Calderon, Vice President of the World Bank; Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General of the OECS; Sir Richard Branson and the Honourable Usian Bolt, OJ. The CARICOM Secretary General was represented by Mr. Neville Bissember, Adviser in the Office of the Secretary General. The keynote address was given by The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP, Prime Minister of Jamaica. Photo shows the speakers assembled on stage.(L – R) Dr. Angus Friday, Advisor, Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator and Master of Ceremonies; Luis Alfonso de Alba, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mexico; Jorge Familiar Calderon, Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank; Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank; Christy Butcher, CEO & Founder, Writing Legends (representing the Youth); the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica; Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group; Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies; The Honourable Usain Bolt, 8 Time Olympic Gold Medallist; H.E. Didacus Jules, Director General, OECS; Mr. Neville Bissember, Adviser to the Secretary General, CARICOM; and Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Agriculture, Belize Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…
There were 32 aftershocks following the earthquake on Tuesday afternoon, and more are expected. Citizens are asked to remain calm and be alert. RFA Mounts Bay visits Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada May 4, 2020 Aftershocks ripple through CaribbeanSeveral Caribbean countries reported aftershocks Wednesday morning in the wake of the strong earthquake Tuesday afternoon. The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre said that a 5.9 magnitude aftershock was felt in Trinidad and Tobago about 9:30 on Wednesday morning. The Centre said that no tsunami warning was in…August 22, 2018In “Barbados”Strong earthquake rocks Trinidad and TobagoPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – An earthquake with an magnitude of 6.2 rocked Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday evening sending people into the streets and throwing items of the shelves of some stores and supermarkets. The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the St. Augustine campus of the University of…December 7, 2016In “Trinidad & Tobago”Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shakes Trinidad and Tobago as widespread flooding continuesPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Oct. 21, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 was felt in sections of the twin island republic on Sunday afternoon, the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) has reported. CMC said that the Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St.…October 21, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp The quake that hit Venezuela, affected many Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States including Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, Dominica, Grenada, Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia. There are no reports of serious injury, loss of life, or significant damage to critical infrastructure in Trinidad and Tobago, which appeared to be the worst affected Member State. The University of the West Indies has confirmed that there were 32 aftershocks that were distributed evenly between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. A press release from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management of Trinidad and Tobago (ODPMTT) warned that aftershocks would continue. Aftershocks will continue and some may be at a magnitude large enough to be felt. Citizens are reminded to STAY CALM”, the ODPMTT said. Related Posts Building Disaster Resilience in Caribbean’s Culture Sector Feb 10, 2020 The release said that the The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) of Trinidad and Tobago is currently coordinating assessments of all critical infrastructure, government buildings and roadways. “Priority has been given to the completion of the Initial Damage Assessment (IDA) and Damage and Needs Analysis (DANA) across all sectors, with the focus being directed to governmental/ government-used critical facilities, and other building stock. The Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) has actively initiated inspection of critical facilities. Additionally, the MOWT is coordinating and implementing a national response team consisting of qualified and experienced personnel in building infrastructure. This team was dispatched across all municipalities on a priority basis to determine the structural safety of government buildings for occupancy,”the press release said. Inspections of more than 60 buildings were continuing on Thursday. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Elizabeth Riley appointed CDEMA Executive Director (Ag) Mar 27, 2020
Barbados hosts national consultation to inform development… CARPHA wants creation of environment for healthy lifestylesAs we observe World Obesity Day today, CARPHA points to a study that reveals that women in the Caribbean have higher rates of obesity in terms of Body Mass Index (BMI) compared to men. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is calling on governments, community leaders, healthcare professionals and individuals…October 11, 2018In “CARICOM”Investing in Mental HealthCaribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) – In the Caribbean and worldwide, mental health disorders are now recognised as the fifth major non-communicable disease and a major threat to health and economic development in the 21st century. According to the World Health Organization one in four persons globally will be affected…October 9, 2020In “Health”Message Caribbean Wellness Day – Dr. Joy St. John, CARPHAThis year, the people of the Caribbean Region will celebrate 12 years since the 2007 landmark summit, ‘Declaration of Port of Spain: Uniting to Stop the Epidemic of Chronic Non-communicable Diseases’ under a new theme, ‘Power Through Collective Action’ with the sub theme – “Stronger Together 2020” . This year…September 12, 2020In “CARPHA”Share this on WhatsApp You may be interested in… The need for work place health promotion in disease prevention and wellness is critical, as the Caribbean remains the region of the Americas worst affected by the epidemic of chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. In Latin America and the Caribbean, NCDs are the leading cause of premature death, accounting for nearly half of all deaths of persons under 70 years, and for two out of three deaths overall. Dr Hospedales said “this is a serious concern for our Region because treating preventable NCDs is very costly and it imposes a large economic burden on patients, their families, businesses, governments, social security and society at large. A closer look at diabetes tells us that it is a major cause of admissions to hospitals, kidney failure, blindness and limb amputations in the Region.” He stated that treatment of hypertension and diabetes in selected Caribbean countries is estimated to cost 1.4% to 8.0 % of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), noting that “the costs are simply not sustainable for our small, fragile islands and low-lying states.” Although the CARPHA Executive Director acknowledges that workers have a responsibility for their own health, he believes that employers also have a role to play. He is therefore encouraging employers to prioritise the development of healthy workplace policies, provision of supportive work environments and enhancing personal health skills of their employees. Caribbean Wellness Day is an annual event launched in 2008, geared at raising the profile of NCDs, which continue to severely and adversely impact the health and economic development of the Caribbean. CARPHA continues to collaborate with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and other regional and international organisations, to help shape regional and country-level policy and programmes that address NCDs for the health and well-being of this and future generations. Please take some time to review the helpful tips for promoting work place wellness in your organization in the CARPHA CWD toolkit at http://carpha.org/Media-Centre/Caribbean-Wellness-Day-2018. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 24, 2018 Oct 31, 2018 Will ganja and medicinal herbs offer Caribbean new path to… “The reality for most persons is that one-third of our adult life is spent at work. This can have a huge impact on the quality of our life. As such, the conditions of work and the work environment can either have a positive or negative impact on our health and well-being,” remarked Dr C. James Hospedales, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in observance of Caribbean Wellness Day 2018. The United Nations (UN), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) state that every individual has a right to healthy and safe work and to a work environment that enables him or her to live a socially and economically productive life. In keeping with this basic human right to health at work, Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) 2018, which will be celebrated across the Caribbean region on Saturday 8th September, bears the theme, Healthy Communities: Preserving the Workforce. CARPHA is therefore urging persons to Be healthy, stay healthy…. it’s your job! Mar 19, 2020 Media Advisory – Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2018 Feb 27, 2019 St. Kitts and Nevis Health Ministry hosts expo at…
By Elizabeth Morgan Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continue to export goods to the USA under the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) comprising the 1983/1990 Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the 2000 Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which grant duty free access to the US market for a wide range of products. The USA is the principal trading partner of CARICOM Member States with which the USA maintains an overall trade surplus. The CBTPA, linked to the CBERA, is due to expire in September 2020. The required waiver from the World Trade Organization (WTO) Most Favoured Nation (MFN) principle will expire in December 2019. Congresswoman Terri Sewell (Democrat, Alabama) Sep 16, 2020 Oct 7, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… On February 8, 2019, it was reported by several US news sources that in the current 116th Congress (2019-2020), Congresswoman Terri Sewell (Democrat, Alabama) and Congressman Brad Wenstrup (Republican, Ohio), as bipartisan co-sponsors, had introduced a Bill, H.R. 991 to extend certain provisions of the CBERA until September 30, 2030 and for other purposes, in the House of Representatives. Recall that a similar Bill was introduced in the House by Representative Sewell and then Representative Carlos Curbelo (Republican, Florida) in September 2017. Congressman Brad Wenstrup (Republican, Ohio) The current Bill H.R. 991 was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee for examination. This Committee is mandated to examine all Bills with tax implications and to recommend them to the full House for adoption. If approved, it then goes to the Senate, and if approved there, is recommended to the President for signature. As a bipartisan Bill, it should have relatively easy passage through the House. However, this is not guaranteed and a lobbying effort is required from the Caribbean countries which are now the primary beneficiaries. The Guyanese American Chamber of Commerce out of South Florida has already called on the US and Guyanese business communities to support the Bill. The US Chambers of Commerce operating in the Caribbean, in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as other private sector groups in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries, should also be rallying to support this Bill. It seems to me that the Bill has to be considered and adopted in Congress to be signed by the President by September 2019. In a previous article on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), I had also suggested a review of the revised NAFTA, which is now the US, Mexico and Canada (USMC) Agreement, as I do believe that there is a link between the NAFTA and CBPTA as it relates to Rules of Origin. It is reported that CBERA/CBTPA is still having a positive impact for exporters and importers of goods from the Caribbean. Note that Caribbean goods enter the US market receiving preferential treatment under CBERA/CBTPA (CBI), the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), and the WTO MFN. I am of the view that it is important for the Caribbean beneficiaries to retain the CBERA/CBTPA. CARICOM/USA Relations: What of CBI?By Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics You will recall from previous articles that the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) comprises the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBPTA). CBERA’s duration is indefinite, but CBPTA, which amends provisions of CBERA,…June 7, 2019In “CARICOM”Opinion: Caribbean should assess US approach to unilateral preferential trade arrangementsBY Elizabeth Morgan Since the start of this year, on several occasions US President Donald Trump has said that his favourite words are “reciprocal” and “reciprocity”. In trade, reciprocal means that both parties in a trade arrangement exchange preferential concessions for market access. Non-reciprocal means that only one party (the…September 14, 2018In “Business”US/CARICOM Relations: WTO CBI waiver secured, but …By Elizabeth Morgan The US request for the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) waiver for the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) was approved at the General Council Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held October 15-16. The CBI comprises the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the Caribbean Basin Trade…October 30, 2019In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy alliance Trade in Services – For CARICOM, Tourism dominates What has been CARICOM’s Foreign Trade Strategy and Agenda? You may be interested in… Oct 1, 2020 Trade-in-Services and Technology: More missed opportunities… Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics. Oct 14, 2020
WARREN, MI — Joseph Day has been elected to the Noble International Board of Directors. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Day is the retired chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Freudenberg-NOK based in Plymouth, MI. Freudenberg-NOK is a leading supplier of oil seals, vibration control products and other components to the automotive industry. He joined the partnership at its formation in 1989 as the president and CEO, to establish the North American partnership between Freudenberg & Co. of Germany and NOK Corp. of Japan. During his tenure at Freudenberg – NOK from 1989 to 2002, the partnership became one of the world’s top 20 largest automotive suppliers. Day has served on several boards, including Freudenberg-NOK, American Sunroof Corp., A.G. Simpson Co., Ltd., Beaumont Hospital and Applied Extrusion Technologies. He was the founding chairman and executive committee member of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association and a director of the Rubber Manufacturers Association. Day has also been inducted into the Shingo Prize Academy and was awarded the Manufacturing Leadership Award from the Wu Foundation. For more information about Noble International, go to: www.nobleintl.com . _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.
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. 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 Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire has named Tim Dunn director of brand/supply chain marketing. Steve Rammer has been named director of consumer tires retail. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Both will report to Phil Pasci, BFNAT’s vice president of consumer marketing. Dunn succeeds Pasci, who was promoted earlier this year, in the director position and will oversee advertising, retail marketing, product planning and supply chain marketing. Rammer will be responsible for BFNAT’s north and south retail regions, Canada and corporate accounts.,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 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.
From MEMA Industry NewsAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The shareholders of TecDoc Informations System GmbH and TecCom GmbH have agreed to merge both organizations in 2013. The two companies said this merger will reinforce the core competences of the two established branch solutions. Effective immediately, product and sales strategies will be closely linked together creating synergies for the customer, which are to be found in the combined use of the solutions. The newly combined companies say they will make the independent vehicle parts aftermarket even more efficient and lower costs in the supply chain. For that reason, Uli Zehnpfenning, currently managing director at TecDoc and Jürgen Buchert, currently managing director at TecCom, will jointly take over the management of both companies. Through the merger, the new company will develop a comprehensive information platform named TecRMI. The platform will provide information regarding the repair and maintenance of vehicles to the whole independent aftermarket. “As vehicles become increasingly complex and their technical components more extensive, the search for all the necessary information to carry out a competent repair is becoming uneconomic for individual market participants. For this reason we will also establish a genuine branch solution in the vehicle repair and maintenance sector,” said Zehnpfenning, who is also responsible for the TecRMI project. Advertisement Buchert added, “In addition to parts identification, TecRMI will also make technical data available and thus simplify the repair jobs for the independent workshops. With such a platform we will support the efficiency of the independent vehicle service market.”,Bollinger Motors has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its battery pack design. The scope of the patent includes mechanical, electrical and systems-engineering innovations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “The heart of every EV is the battery, so it was crucial for us to develop our own battery pack in-house,” said CEO Robert Bollinger. “Our engineering team has created a pack with high-strength structural properties, exemplary cooling features and state-of-the-art software.” The Bollinger Motors battery pack is composed of modules in 35 kWh strings that can be connected in series or parallel to form a variety of pack sizes and configurations. Pack sizes will include 35, 70, 105, 140, 175 kWh, and higher, with many sizes capable of both 350V and 700V configurations. The Battery Management System (BMS) has also been developed in-house. The BMS has been created to handle any number of strings, therefore one BMS can be manufactured for all future battery-pack sizes and voltages. The BMS monitors voltage, current, and temperature at multiple points within the pack and manages the system accordingly. It works with other vehicle-control units to maintain optimum operating conditions that increase efficiency and extend battery life. The BMS also provides several features which ensure system safety, including detecting and isolating faults to enable continued vehicle operation.Advertisement The modules are connected to both sides of a symmetrical and structural I-beam. The I-beam includes channels, through which cooling fluid is pumped, to extract heat away from the battery modules. The I-beams also provide cross-vehicle structural support and help protect the pack from side intrusions. Designed for safety, high energy density, and high continuous power capacity, the Bollinger Motors battery pack will be suitable for heavier applications such as medium-duty trucks, agricultural and construction equipment. Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent application on Oct. 12. The patent application number is 17/068,260. Bollinger Motors will manufacture battery packs for its own vehicles – as well as make them commercially available for standalone applications – starting in 2021.
CANTON, Ohio — The Timken Co. has named Fernando Montano regional sales manager for the automotive aftermarket in the western region of the United States. In his new role, Montano will lead a team that generates demand for Timken products with automotive warehouse distributors and professional installers. Additionally, he will manage and train the sales force for the western United States. Prior to joining Timken, Montano served as a regional manager for Honeywell Friction Materials. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Montano is a native of southern California residing in Chino Hills.,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. 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
Rob DunhamSMSI News:Rob Dunham has been promoted to SMSI’s Vice President of Los Alamos Operations.“Rob joined SMSI in 2014 and since that time has been integral in growing our office in Los Alamos by enhancing our capabilities and providing top-tier service to our clients,” SMSI President David O’Flynn said. “He has deep experience at LANL and client relationships across numerous programs.”Dunham holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and has more than 35 years of experience throughout the DOE / NNSA Complex and industry.Dunham and his wife Lisa-Jo moved to Los Alamos in 1998 and are the proud parents of two grown sons, Sean and Ryan.
SFNF News: Start date: July 1Cause: LightningSize: 1,010 acresLocation: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina, NM, off of NM State Highway 96Containment: 50 percentFuel: Ponderosa pineWeather: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be between 86-90 degrees, with light and variable winds 5-8 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Humidity is 17-21 percent.Resources on scene: Type 4 organization, 50 personnel, one Type 1 crew, two Type 3 engines, one Type 6 engine and two UTVs. Resources are being released from the incident.Closure: A forest closure has been implemented for the Naranjo Fire Area.Situation: Management of the Naranjo Fire has transferred back to the Cuba Ranger District. The fire is now 50% contained on the southeastern side. Firefighters are completing suppression repair throughout the fire and will continue to monitor the fire within the containment lines.Smoke may be visible from US Highway 550, NM Highway 96, Cuba, Regina and La Jara.Fire managers used the Naranjo Fire as an opportunity to add low-intensity fire to the landscape to achieve multiple resource benefits, including improved forest health, reduced fuel loadings and improved wildlife habitat for elk and deer.Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505-827-0006 for additional information. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com, www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF and Twitter @SantafeNF. For additional information about the Naranjo Fire, please contact the Santa Fe National Forest at 505.438.5300.