Caribbean Christmas celebrations: The Bajan way

first_imgEating healthy for the holidays(Barbados Today) It’s just over a week before Christmas and for those who celebrate the season, it is a time of merrymaking and feasting. It is also a time of increased stress, as individuals attempt to ensure that everything is perfect for the big day – shopping for presents, cleaning,…December 19, 2016In “CARICOM”Large turn-out expected as ‘Barbados at 50′ is launched todayThousands of Barbadians and visitors alike are expected to descend on Bridgetown today, Wednesday, January 6, for the official launch of the year-long celebrations to mark Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence. The event, which will include a parade on land and sea, fireworks and a multimedia concert, will officially begin…January 6, 2016In “General”Former CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General on Barbados’ 2019 Independence Day Honours ListFormer Deputy Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite is among the awardees on the Barbados Independence Honours List. The list was released as Barbados celebrates its independence anniversary on Saturday. Ambassador Applewhaite received the Companion of Honour for distinguished national achievement and merit. She was honoured for her outstanding contribution…November 30, 2019In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Preparing the House and Food. Aunt Mag tells the Barbados Government Information Service about Christmas in Barbados when she was a child in the 1940’s.last_img read more

Caribbean Community to push for strong outcome at critical UN Oceans Conference

first_img Standards, Quality Still Important Oct 7, 2020 CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment Sep 25, 2020 The first, on Wednesday 7 June, will focus on Ocean Governance and SIDS Sustainable Development. This will address the Region’s concerns about the highly fragmented nature of arrangements for the management of marine ecosystems as it relates to biodiversity, fisheries, pollution and climate change. The Programme, to be chaired by Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Douglas Slater, will feature remarks by Government Ministers from Belize and Barbados and a panel discussion with officials from the University of the West Indies, Pacific Island Forum, and the Indian Ocean Commission. The second side event, on Thursday 8 June, will focus on scaling up successful approaches to sustainable fisheries development and management in the Caribbean SIDS Region through cooperation and partnership. It will stress that the fisheries and aquaculture resources offer considerable opportunities for further wealth creation as well as for reducing poverty, achieving food and nutrition security and providing meaningful employment for the people, including women and marginalised and vulnerable youth. This event will hear remarks from Dr. Slater, the Agriculture and Fisheries Minister from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and a representative of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.  The panel discussion will feature officials from the CRFM, the United Nations University, the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations, and Norway’s Fisheries Ministry. The CARICOM Secretariat’s Energy Unit and the Regional Institution CCREE will also be involved in a Side-Event on Energy Services from Organic Waste for Productive Uses – Integrated Waste Management Solutions for Coastal, Marine and Freshwater Protection in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). This event is scheduled for Thursday 8 June. CARICOM Member States and Regional Institutions will also participate in other Side Events which focus on issues that connect to the Region’s development. Representatives of CARICOM Member States and Institutions will also be among the Speakers for the seven Partnership Dialogues which will anchor the five days of the Conference.  The themes to be covered are: addressing marine pollution; managing protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems; minimising and addressing ocean acidification; making fisheries sustainable; increasing economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs and  providing access for small scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets; increasing scientific knowledge and developing research capacity and transfer of marine technology; and implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS. CARICOM Member States will be represented at the meeting by Heads of Government, Ministers and technical officials. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… Sep 1, 2020 Barbados Maritime Affairs Ministry to Co-Host Upcoming… The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will participate actively and pursue positive outcomes at the 5-9 June 2017 High Level United Nations Conference, which is expected to agree on a Call For Action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The Conference supports implementation of  Goal 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform the world –  part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders in 2015. For the Caribbean Community, key outcomes in the Call for Action are expected to include commitments to; plastic bag and polystyrene bans, establishment of marine protected areas, sustainable fishing practices including community driven practices, establishment of national ocean governance policies and mechanisms, and adoption of public policies to advance sustainable ocean-based economies. The CARICOM Secretariat, in partnership with the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the University of the West Indies (UWI), and with the Government of Belize as focal point, has convened two Side Events on behalf of CARICOM Member States. CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO Oct 7, 2020 Sustainable use of our marine resources: Caribbean Community at UN Ocean Conference – Day oneThe global High Level Conference which will seek agreement on a Call For Action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development opens Monday at UN Headquarters in New York. Day One  of the five-day Conference will feature several activities with strong participation by Caribbean…June 5, 2017In “Barbados”CARICOM – Strengthening regional and global networks to achieve sustainable development goalsThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) staged its Side-Event at the UN Oceans Conference in New York, Wednesday, with a strong focus on networking and collaboration to help the region achieve its sustainable development goals. The event, titled “Ocean Governance and SIDS Sustainable Development”, was convened as a partnership involving CARICOM Member…June 8, 2017In “Barbados”Caribbean Fisheries Forum calls Region to actionBELIZE CITY, BELIZE, Thursday, 26 April 2018 (CRFM)—At its recent annual meeting in Montserrat, the Caribbean Fisheries Forum framed a set of recommendations that will be submitted to regional policy-makers at the 12th Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), slated for 18 May, 2018,…April 26, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

CDB launches project to improve disaster risk management and climate resilience in…

first_img Five Caribbean Governments get Complementary Climate Funding improvement of access to potable water, by installing water purification equipment at community water supply points in Madame Bernard and Baleraze and monitoring of water quality and availability; OAS-Chile Partnership Programme Announces Full Scholarships… Sep 28, 2020 increased access to efficient, affordable electricity for households, businesses and public administrative services, through the installation of a mini-grid system in Madame Bernard. (CDB Press Release) May 29, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Caribbean Ministers of Agriculture Explore Funding Options… enhancing capacity to develop and implement a sustainable fisheries and coastal ecosystem management programme, including planning for viable livelihoods options and employment opportunities for the residents of Ile-à-Vache; formulation of a disaster risk management-climate change adaptation plan; a climate-resilient spatial plan; an early warning system; and a public education and awareness programme; Jun 9, 2020 March 12, 2018, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – On Friday March 3, 2018, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Haiti launched a project to improve climate resilience and disaster risk management on Ile-à-Vache, an island off the country’s southern peninsula. The Building Capacity for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience Project is being funded through a CDB grant of USD5.5 million (mn), which includes a contribution of USD 896,000, from resources provided to CDB under the African Caribbean Pacific-European Union-CDB-Natural Disaster Risk Management in CARIFORUM Countries. The island of Ile-à-Vache has five main villages and a population of approximately15,000, and is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of tropical storms and hurricanes. Speaking at the launch, Monica La Bennett, Vice-President (Operations), CDB, noted that the project has the potential to transform the lives of the people of Ile-à-Vache. “Recurring floods and storms that affect the island, damage the livelihoods of persons who depend on fishing and agriculture. This project aims to increase the resilience of Ile-à-Vache residents to natural hazards and impacts caused by climate change. This is key to social and economic development, and the systematic reduction of poverty. It is part of broader efforts by the Government of Haiti to make investments that increase the resilience of all the people of Haiti and improve their life chances,” said La Bennett.[su_box title=”Caribbean Development Bank” style=”soft” box_color=”#54c0f0″]The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is a regional financial institution which was established by an Agreement signed on October 18, 1969, in Kingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26, 1970. The Bank came into existence for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean and promoting economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the region (Article 1 of the Agreement establishing CDB). In the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the CDB is recognised as an Associate Institution of CARICOM[/su_box] Minister of Environment for Haiti, H.E. Pierre Simon Georges, noted that the project will also directly benefit the population through multi-sectoral interventions. He said that the Government of Haiti was keen to ensure that the project is implemented in the shortest possible time. He noted that Ile-à-Vache, with a population of 15,000 people, is particularly vulnerable to climate change. The Minister added that, within the framework of the project, the island will benefit from investments in in electricity, potable water and fisheries management, which must all be strengthened to increase resilience to climate change. Key project components include: World Bank Provides US$159M for Regional Air Transport… Jun 22, 2020 You may be interested in… CDB officially opens office in HaitiThe Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on September 21 officially opened its Country Office in Haiti, the first outside its Headquarters in Barbados. To commemorate the occasion, Dr. William Warren Smith, President of the Bank, hosted an inauguration event, which First Lady of the Republic of Haiti, Her Excellency Martine Moïse;…September 22, 2018In “CARICOM”CDB and PAHO sign agreement to support mental health in aftermath of natural disastersJune 14, 2018, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) have signed an agreement to enhance capacity for mental health and psychosocial support in disaster management in the Caribbean. “Despite the high vulnerability of the Region to these types of events, too…June 14, 2018In “CARICOM”CDB champions call for more resilient energy sector at 2018 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum(Caribbean Development Bank Press Release) – Improving the resilience of the Region’s energy sector, especially when it comes to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change, must be a priority for all countries in the Caribbean. The theme of resilience was brought into focus during the Caribbean Development Bank’s…November 14, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Residents of the Eastern Caribbean keeping eye on new Tropical Storm Dorian

first_imgBarbados under Tropical Storm WatchThe Government of Barbados on Sunday issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the island, as Tropical Storm Dorian moves towards the Eastern Caribbean.  A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours. Forecasters are predicting that additional watches will be issued later Sunday for parts…August 25, 2019In “Barbados”Barbados under Tropical Storm Warning; Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines under WatchBarbados has had its Tropical Storm Watch upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning, while Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been placed under a Tropical Storm Watch. This, as Tropical Storm Dorian continues to move towards the islands of the Eastern Caribbean. A Tropical Storm Warning means…August 25, 2019In “Barbados”More Eastern Caribbean islands in Tropical Storm Dorian’s pathBarbados, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are now under a Tropical Storm Warning, and Grenada and Martinique under a Tropical Storm Watch as Tropical Storm Dorian churns its way towards the Eastern Caribbean. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area…August 25, 2019In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Hurricane Dorian Strengthens to Cat. 3, The Bahamas PM… The maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts, and further strengthening is forecast. Dorian could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the islands Tuesday. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Aug 31, 2019 You may be interested in… Aug 31, 2019 Aug 29, 2019center_img Aug 30, 2019 Grand Bahama in state of readiness as it braces for… Hurricane Dorian discussed by Bahamas Cabinet and NEMA Tropical storm Dorian formed over the Atlantic Saturday and residents of the Eastern Caribbean have been urged to monitor the storm as it moves towards the island chain. Forecasters say Dorian was located at Latitude 10.7 north, longitude 49.1 West at 5:00 pm (AST) Saturday. Dorian is moving towards the West at 12 mph (19 k/h) and this motion is expected to bring it close to the islands by Tuesday. Hurricane Dorian – The Regional Response Mechanism… last_img read more

Vehicle Lighting Industry Veteran Art Richardson Presented Lifetime Achievement Award

first_imgDeMoulpied 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.  RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Art Richardson, recently retired vice president of sales for Peterson Manufacturing, was presented the Transportation Safety Equipment Institute’s (TSEI) “Larry Henneberger Lifetime Achievement Award” during the group’s February member meeting in Ixtapa, Mexico. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Richardson was honored for his career dedication to the vehicle lighting industry and for being a longtime valued member of TSEI, serving as president of TSEI from 2002 to 2004, impacting the group’s forward-looking contributions to vehicle safety. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to individuals who have made a significant impact within the transportation safety industry. Jeffrey Giannelli, the TSEI 2009 chairman, recognized Richardson for his dedication to the industry, leadership and passion to combat non-compliant and counterfeit safety lighting products. Also recognizing Richardson for 42 years of service to Peterson Manufacturing and his exemplary industry leadership contributions was Don Armacost, president of Peterson Manufacturing. For more information about TSEI, visit,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

House Natural Resources Committee Votes For Full Dedicated Funding Of Land & Water Conservation Fund

first_imgLWCF News: Passage of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (Dingell Act) earlier this year permanently reauthorized LWCF after a lengthy effort in Congress. On the heels of this major victory, Wednesday’s vote continues a commitment to LWCF to ensure that the program receives full and dedicated funding each year. The bill (H.R.3195), the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, is a House companion to S. 1081 and was introduced by Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.), Committee Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday voted to advance legislation to provide full, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Asher, Government Relations Director at The Wilderness Society and a spokesman for the LWCF Coalition: “The LWCF Coalition applauds Representative Van Drew, Chair Grijalva and the members of the House Natural Resources Committee for approving legislation to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. For too long, LWCF funds have been siphoned off for non-conservation government spending.  H.R. 3195 is a simple fix to restore honest budgeting to America’s most important conservation and recreation program. “Congress has permanently protected LWCF’s unique structure and funding source, which was a critically important step. Now, we must ensure the funding goes where it is intended. The LWCF Coalition urges Congress to pass this legislation to ensure LWCF gets permanent, full, and dedicated funding.”last_img read more

UA Scientists Move From Mapping Moon To Worlds Beyond With A Few Mouse Clicks Over Lunch

first_imgTake Venus, for example, Earth’s next-door neighbor and Carter’s “favorite planet,” as she readily admits. Even with the most powerful telescopes, we never get to see its surface, which is permanently shielded from view by a broiling shroud of clouds. Until the 1960s, sci-fi novels speculated about a lush, tropical world covered in jungles.    To do so, the team had to invent new techniques and augment available mapping software to capture an accurate representation of Bennu, an irregularly shaped object whose surface is studded with boulders, including some the size of a parking garage and with overhang. “We keep finding new things, such as features in the polar regions that we call spiders,” McEwen says. “We think they’re caused by carbon dioxide gas flowing underneath ice sheets, carving the surface topography. Another recent discovery is boulders that slowly move downhill, possibly driven by the seasonal expansion and contraction of ice underground.” Orthorectification is necessary to derive the topography from an image, he explains. The UA scientists who produced the first detailed atlas of the moon used a rather analog, but elegantly simple setup to accomplish this. These days, it is done by the keen eyes of specially trained people and sophisticated software. One of the things the Apollo 17 astronauts were tasked with doing was mapping the moon’s surface from the bird’s eye view of their orbiter. In addition to photographing the obvious – topographic features like hills, craters and boulders – the radar antenna allowed them to reveal hidden geologic features underneath the moon’s surface. “To make a map, you have to understand the geometry of your images and mosaic them together. And then you have to change the perspective to what it looks like straight down, unless the originals were acquired that way,” McEwen said of the process called orthorectification. In addition to enabling future human exploration missions to Mars, this research helps answers fundamental questions about how the red planet came to be what it is today, Bramson explains. Mapping Other Worlds Jupiter’s Shapeshifting Satellites Covering new ground for future touch-down sites also is a declared goal of ongoing Mars research at the UA, including a shallow-ground radar mapping mission proposed by Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Deputy Director Shane Byrne. One of the requirements is to look for water ice deposits shallow enough that astronauts can get to them and use them as a resource for fuel and water. Meanwhile, the HiRISE team is currently scouting potential landing sites on Mars’ midlatitudes for Elon Musk’s Space X company. UA News: “We look at planets to understand how they formed,” Carter says, “and also to better understand features here on Earth that have been obscured by the very geologic processes that make our planet special. Studying other objects in the solar system is a way to study things that didn’t turn out the way they did here on Earth.” Taking pictures is only the first step in generating a map of a planetary surface accurate enough to allow landers to touch down without crashing into undiscovered boulders or prevent robotic rovers from getting stuck in loose sand. TUCSON — In 1972, it took an astronaut going on a spacewalk to do what Lynn Carter now can do with a few mouse clicks over lunch. HiRISE, whose eye is sharp enough to spot a coffee table (if there was one) on the ground from 180 miles above, is now in its fifth extension and still going strong. At the time it launched, similarly detailed maps of Earth were classified and only accessible to the individuals at the Pentagon, said Alfred McEwen, UA Regents’ Professor of Planetary Sciences and principal investigator of HiRISE. Since then, HiRISE has revealed a stunningly beautiful planet. The instrument’s stereo vision, unprecedented resolution and repeated imaging passes completely changed how scientists interpreted previous images taken of the red planet, McEwen says. Navigating in Three Dimensions “Many of the Jupiter satellites are what we call triaxial ellipsoids,” McEwen says. “Their three-dimensional shapes change with the strong tidal forces under Jupiter’s gravitational field, and that is a real challenge if you want to do precision mapping.” Through recent hires of radar mapping experts, the UA has become one of the premier institutions for radar imaging science, says Ali Bramson, who recently graduated with a Ph.D. from the Department of Planetary Sciences and now is a postdoctoral fellow in Carter’s group. Together with Eric Peterson, a postdoctoral fellow on the team of professor Jack Holt, who joined the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory last year, Bramson is part of a project that integrates datasets from many different imaging techniques to paint a more complete picture of ice hidden underneath the Martian surface. The goal is to produce a data product that could be used in planning crewed missions. Measuring such changes is interesting for its own sake, however, because it reveals clues about the interior properties of those objects that would be difficult or impossible to study otherwise, McEwen adds. A Coffee Table on Mars? DellaGiustina adds that in addition to ensuring mission safety, mapping at such unprecedented detail delivers “really cool, incredible science.” One of the most successful visualization missions is HiRISE, which is led by the UA. HiRISE is a high-resolution imaging camera that has photographed Mars in unprecedented detail while orbiting the red planet aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for more than 10 years. The images are so detailed that over the course of a decade, after snapping 62,712 images, it has covered a mere 3.5% of the Martian surface. But coverage was never the goal – rather, HiRISE was sent to Mars to find future landing sites and to provide image that will help scientists understand the ancient and present-day geologic processes of Mars. The planet has proven to be surprisingly active in spite of the fact that it is a cold, dusty world lacking plate tectonics or a magnetic field and whose atmosphere largely wafted off into space. Carter specializes in making maps of the unseen: using data obtained with ground-penetrating radar instruments, she visualizes and interprets features buried under the surface of planetary bodies like the moon, Mars and Venus. Carter, a planetary science professor at the Univerity of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, points to a small, framed photograph above her desk. It shows the Apollo 17 spacecraft, the last crewed mission to the moon, cruising high above the grey, cratered expanse below. UA scientists and engineers have pushed the field forward by designing instruments and cameras that have flown on several space missions to map unknown territory, including Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, Saturn’s moons Titan and Enceladus, and Jupiter’s moon Io. They also are working on proposed instruments for future mapping projects that include Earth’s moon, Mars and Europa, Jupiter’s large moon whose subsurface water ocean is considered a hot candidate for extraterrestrial life. The radar data were recorded on old-fashioned cassette tapes stored underneath a hatch that was only accessible from outside the spacecraft. To retrieve the film, astronaut Ron Evans had to put on a spacesuit and wiggle through the hatch of the Apollo capsule while it hurtled through space somewhere between the moon and the Earth at almost 25,000 miles per hour. “Radar crushed that idea, as it unveiled a solid, super-hot surface with many volcanoes.” Carter says. “All of a sudden, Venus did not look hospitable at all.”Unlike the explorers and cartographers who ventured out to map the Earth from land and sea, planetary scientists have to map from afar, looking through telescopes, or, if they’re lucky enough to get a spacecraft mission funded, from orbit. Most recently, UA scientists are nearing completion of the most detailed map ever made of any solar system body, including Earth: cameras designed at the UA are scanning the rocky surface of Bennu, a near-Earth asteroid about as tall as the Empire State Building, and the team of the UA-led OSIRIS-REx sample return mission mapped Bennu’s surface down to the inch. Being able to select a safe site for the spacecraft to touch down and grab a sample is a logical prerequisite for the mission, which is poised to return a sample of pristine asteroid material to Earth in 2023.  “See that little antenna sticking out there? That was the first planetary radar on a spacecraft, and while it went around the moon, it pinged the surface,” she said. “Each time it hit a different rock layer, it reflected a signal and recorded it on film.” “What we thought to be ancient dunes, for example, frozen in time for possibly millions of years, turned out to be changing constantly.” Some of the other challenges facing cartographers of the solar system are how to define sea level when your object of study doesn’t have a sea or how to nail down coordinates on an object that’s not exactly spherical or constantly shifts its shape. “By getting a dataset of an entire asteroid and going from that scale all the way down to centimeter-sized pixel imaging, we can really begin connecting asteroids to the meteorite population we have in our labs,” DellaGiustina says. “By mapping the subsurface ice, we can try to piece together the planet’s climate history,” she says. “This allows us understand the natural climate shifts without the confounding factors that we have on Earth, such as human population, vegetation and oceans.” HiRISE has seen a whole suite of ongoing activity including new impact craters, where the impacting meteorite blasted water ice out from underneath the planet’ surface, erosion gullies and other features, some so unearthly that planetary geologists like McEwen are still struggling to explain their origin with certainty. “One coordinate system is not enough, so we are working in both latitude and longitude and cartesian coordinates all the time,” DellaGiustina says. “This allows us to generate 3D point clouds and assign precise coordinates to every pixel.” “By the time we’re done with the characterization of the candidate sample sites, we’ll be able to see an object the size of a penny,” says Daniella DellaGiustina, lead image processing scientist for OSIRIS-REx. To a planetary scientist like Carter, mapping another world is about much more than figuring out what is where on the surface and how to get from point A to point B (although navigation is becoming an increasingly important goal, with efforts ramping up to send astronauts to new horizons such as Mars or near-Earth asteroids). “Today, it’s totally different,” Carter says. “Everything is digital, and the instruments have much better resolution. We can see things on Mars from our living room that you couldn’t see even if you could travel there and stand on the surface yourself.”last_img read more

Udall, Senators Introduce Comprehensive Bill To Break Up Cozy Relationship Between FAA And Aviation Industry

first_imgU.S. Sen. Tom UdallU.S. SENATE News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced comprehensive legislation to improve safety for aviation passengers by revitalizing oversight of the aviation industry. The Restoring Aviation Accountability Act would reform the federal government’s role to implement strong safety standards for and oversight over the aviation industry in the wake of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes – Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 – that resulted in the deaths of 346 people. Udall has been an advocate of strong oversight and accountability in aviation safety, calling for the first Senate aviation safety hearing in years following the 2018 after the engine failure of a Southwest Airlines flight that caused the death of Jennifer Riordan, a beloved member of the Albuquerque community, and pushing for subsequent FAA action to ensure safer airplane engines. In October 2019, Udall pressed then-CEO of Boeing, Dennis Muilenberg, to hold the company accountable for its “cozy” relationship with FAA regulators and demonstrate clear concrete steps to reform a lax safety culture. Udall and Blumenthal sent a letter to Muilenberg following the October hearing, demanding that Muilenberg clarify his testimony about Boeing’s response to the crashes and effort to hide the significance of the MCAS system from FAA officials. The Restoring Aviation Accountability Act effectively reverses the provisions enacted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018, which allowed the aviation industry to regulate many of its own safety certification processes. As a result, Boeing’s automated system MCAS, which has been widely recognized as the cause of the deadly Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes, was never fully analyzed by the FAA while Boeing downplayed its risks.“The two tragic Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes revealed substantial weakness in the FAA certification process and a cozy culture with industry that pushed speed and profit at the expense of safety. This utter debacle cost hundreds of lives and billions of dollars—proving that we cannot rely on aircraft manufacturers to regulate their own safety standards.” said Udall. “The American people expect the FAA to be tough, independent and uncompromising when it comes to their safety, and this new bill would restore integrity in the FAA’s certification process while restoring the flying public’s faith in American aviation. I hope the Senate Commerce Committee can come together and approve a strong bill in the near future to protect all people who use air travel to visit their families, conduct business, and see the world.” This legislation is supported by a number of aviation industry groups, including the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), Government Accountability Project (GAP), the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), and the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU).“The Restoring Aviation Accountability Act of 2020 upgrades aviation whistleblowing protections to parity with all other federal whistleblowing statutes passed in the last two decades. Beyond implementing an incentive system for reporting and ensuring individuals aren’t gagged from reporting wrongdoing, the bill offers best practice retaliation protections for an expanded class of whistleblowers, and in certain cases allows these folks to make their case before a jury of their peers. The Government Accountability Project is proud to endorse this legislation and heartily recommends its passage. We thank Senator Blumenthal and his staff for their dedication to protecting and encouraging overseers’ eyes and ears on the ground and in the air,” said Irvin McCullough, Deputy Legislative Director of the Government Accountability Project. “ALPA applauds Senator Blumenthal for his work on the Restoring Aviation Accountability Act of 2020. This bill is a safety-first measure that makes a number of improvements in the aviation system, including aircraft certification, delegated authority and the oversight of the FAA’s certification process. In addition, the legislation more directly involves those on the front of lines of keeping our skies safe – airline pilots – in the aircraft certification process. ALPA looks forward to working with other safety-minded leaders like Senator Blumenthal to see this bill enacted into law,” said president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l Capt. Joe DePete. “TWU was the first union to call for grounding the MAX because our members saw how unsafe the system that approved that plane was. This bill would address those systemic problems and help ensure that airline workers and travelers have a safe experience on our aircraft,” said TWU International President John Samuelsen. “The type certification process needs serious correction as highlighted by the 737 MAX accidents. AFA joins concerns expressed by Congress, the NTSB, DOT IG, and others. It is critical to establish a commission to recommend a transition from the ODA program,” said Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. “Aviation regulation is often written in blood – we must learn and change to protect future lives and our industry. We support the legislation introduced by Senators Blumenthal, Markey and Udall.” The Restoring Aviation Accountability Act would: Establish a commission to review the current FAA safety delegation program (ODA) to determine and evaluate if alternative certification programs would provide more robust oversight.Increase the accountability measures of the current safety oversight system by requiring that pay, compensation, and bonuses for officers and employees of the FAA are not contingent on delivery of airplanes, the number of aircraft certified, or the number of audits completed.  Prohibits safety certification system employees of manufacturers from having performance standards tied to delivery of aircraft. Bolster whistleblower incentives and protections in the aviation industry for employees, contractors, and subcontractors of aircraft manufacturers, aircraft repair stations, and the FAA by providing whistleblowers with access to court for a jury trial and monetary incentives for information that leads to a successful resolution of a complaint. The full text of the legislation can be found HERE.last_img read more

New Mexico Advises Healthy, Fun, Responsible Ways To Fight Loneliness, Boredom While Self-Isolating For COVID-19

first_imgSTATE News:SANTA FE – Social distancing to limit spread of COVID-19 doesn’t have to mean social isolation or boredom. The State of New Mexico is advising some healthy, fun and responsible ways for those who are isolating to stay occupied during the public health crisis:ADULTS ​Interview your grandparents. Over the phone, of course. Record it if you can. Make an audio story or book based on what you learn. ​Be tutored. The New Mexico State Library offers live, online tutoring and homework help in English and Spanish through the BrainFuse platform on El Portal. Also available: quizzes, lessons and standardized tests for all ages. El Portal also includes free access to bilingual learning tools like Kid InfoBits, Academic OneFile, Gale Health and Medicine, Newsbank, Opposing Viewpoints, and a set of unlimited access educational eBooks. ​Home school. Even parents who are still working from home can keep their children learning. You don’t have to be an expert or have state-of-the art supplies. Your best will be enough. Identify a space for your home classroom. Establish routines. Focus on core subjects (math, English, for example). The New Mexico Public Education Department has assembled some optional, free academic enrichment opportunities to help.   ​Complete your tax return. Even though both state and federal filing deadlines have been extended, this is a task you could knock out now. Most people can easily do their own taxes – either by hand or through the Internal Revenue Service’s online free fillable forms. Other options include online tax software programs or mobile apps. If your return is more complicated, make a one-on-one appointment now with your tax preparer. ​Get organized. No more excuses: Sort through your junk drawer; organize your kitchen cabinets; alphabetize your spices; untangle and label that pile of electronic cords; clean the garage. Whatever you’ve put off that will make your life easier when this is over, do it now. ​Read. Books. Magazines. Digitally or in print. This is a great time to revisit the classics, catch up on new releases or indulge in your favorite genre fiction. Reading expands your mind and sets a great example for your children, putting them on a path to become lifelong readers, too. The New Mexico State Library has a books-by-mail program, and many libraries have eBook databases patrons can access from home. Not sure what to read? The National Hispanic Cultural Center has started a blog with reviews of books by Latinx authors. ​Exercise. Yes, the gyms and health clubs are closed, but thanks to technology, there’s never been an easier time to start an exercise program at home. Try out at-home aerobics or yoga videos. Consider downloading a fitness app with curated workout playlists. Outdoor exercise is good, too: Take a walk. Ride a bike. Go rollerblading. Just be sure to maintain a 6-foot distance from others while outdoors. EVERYONE ​Connect with New Mexico’s indigenous culture. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture has an online curriculum to provide students with an experience that enriches understanding of how indigenous people of New Mexico have worked to build, maintain and sustain their way of life and their distinctive tribal communities. ​Garden. Although it’s too early to transplant seedlings, March is a great time for these tasks in the garden: plant bare root roses, trees and shrubs; prune roses; cut back ornamental grasses; transplant mislocated plants while still dormant; and prune deciduous trees and summer-flowering bushes. ​Learn about wildlife. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has developed an online curriculum with lessons about New Mexico wildlife. Most lessons are adaptable to grades 6-12. Check it out at Wildlife Curriculum. ​Go shopping – virtually. This is a great time to support local businesses. If they have an online presence, go shopping or purchase gift cards. You’ll be ahead when gift-giving time comes around, and you could help keep a small business afloat. ​Spring cleaning. Revive the tradition of a really deep cleaning to usher in spring. Ramp up your routine with serious attention to details like lamp shades, switchplates, door handles and frames. A solid spring cleaning improves the air quality of your home and may improve your mood. CHILDREN ​Practice an old skill. Maybe you haven’t played an instrument in years. Pick it up and see what you remember (provided it won’t bother your neighbors, who are also self-isolating). ​E-visit a museum. Tour the New Mexico Museum of Art’s collection through its Searchable Art Museum, then check out the museum’s blog, which is being updated twice weekly, to learn more. ​Connect with friends – on the phone or online. Keep your relationships alive by talking every day to friends, neighbors and relatives. Check in by phone with the elderly people in your life. Use apps like Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangouts or Marco Polo to video chat with long-distance friends. Set a goal to call one or two people each day. Relationships are essential for our mental health. They’re also good for the immune system: one study shows connectedness has a bigger impact on mortality than quitting smoking.​ ​Cook or bake. Whip up something new or make an old favorite. Involve the kids. Fill your home with fragrant scents from spices or baking bread. Perfect grandma’s bolognese recipe. ​Read. Read a book. Read the comics. Read a cereal box. Just be sure to keep reading every day. Ask your parents to read to you, and offer to read out loud to them. ​Be inspired. The Museum of International Folk Art is posting playlists and videos with detailed descriptions of its programs and exhibitions on its YouTube platform.  ​Learn mindfulness. Kids can learn meditation practices just as well as adults, and doing so helps reduce anxiety and increase happiness – which is especially important right now. Here are a few ways to get started. ​Learn about space. The Museum of Space History’s Launch Pad Lectures about stars, planets and galaxies are available on its YouTube channel. ​Camp indoors. Push back the furniture and pile up the blankets and pillows. Don’t forget the popcorn and maybe some scary movies. ​Fill out your Census form. Aside from self-isolating, this could be the most important thing you can do to help your state and community. An accurate census count ensures everyone gets their fair share of resources and has a political voice. The Census Bureau is mailing invitations to respond between March 12-20. This invitation includes a unique, 14-character personal identification number you need to fill out the form. When you receive your invitation and PIN, please go to the online portal to complete the form — it’s 10 questions, and answering could take as little as 10 minutes.  ​Have a game tournament. Scrabble. Pictionary. Monopoly. The possibilities are endless.  ​Memorize something. The Periodic Table. State capitals. A long poem or speech. Memorizing is good for our brains and improves our ability to think and learn. ​Practice mindfulness. The science is persuasive: Meditation reduces inflammation and enhances our immune functions; it also helps us focus our attention and feel less controlled by challenging thoughts or feelings. Start small – just a few minutes per day – and consider apps that help guide meditation initially. ​Learn a new skill. Calligraphy? Sketching? Knitting? Poetry? Origami? This is a great time to try your hand at something new. In addition to fun stuff, consider learning a new language or another skill you could use in your career. Online resources are almost endless whether through a virtual class, online forum, YouTube videos and more. ​Connect with New Mexico’s Hispanic culture. The National Hispanic Cultural Center’s YouTube channel features interviews with artists, performances, lectures, and fun mashups of footage from a variety of events. Or check out the center’s Google arts and culture page that features a variety of content about the performing arts, the visual arts, the literary arts and history. ​List what you’re grateful for. Start a gratitude journal or just make a one-time list. Research shows gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness, more positive emotions, improved health and stronger relationships. MORE IDEAS 100 things to do while trapped insideUseful things to do when you’re stuck at homeThings to do at home during coronavirus50 things to do on a boring day at homeThings to do while you’re stuck at home with kidslast_img read more