Month: <span>October 2020</span>

Teranov begins geothermal exploration in St. Kitts

first_img(L-R) Frederic Gerard, Project Manager, Teranov; Jacques Chouraki, President, Teranov; Hon. Ian “Patches” Liburd; Mr. Errol Liburd, Chairman of Board of SKELEC; Mr. Cartwright Farrell, CEO of SKELEC (Photo via SKNIS) Teranov, a French engineering and services company for new and renewable energy based in Guadeloupe, has recently begun geothermal exploration exercises in the Sandy Point area around Brimstone Hill, going to the top of Mount Liamigua. Five geoscientists are now in St. Kitts conducting feasibility studies in geophysics, geology and geochemistry. President of Teranov, Jacques Chouraki, says the prospects for geothermal energy on St. Kitts are promising. You may be interested in… Media Advisory – CARICOM Energy Week Kilo Walk Jamaica Energy Ministry promoting culture of conservation… More action needed in energy sector The initial results look pretty good but of course it’s too early to say what will be valuable…It’s a long process. We have decided to invest a lot of manpower in this project in order to speed up the process so that as quickly as possible the St. Kitts population will be able to know exactly if there are geothermal resources available or not,” Mr. Chouraki said in an interview with St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service on November 11. Nov 7, 2015 In September of this year, the Honourable Ian “Patches” Liburd, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Posts, Urban Development and Transport, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Teranov, which includes a road map that can possibly see the production of geothermal energy in 2020. The decision to start geothermal exploration on St. Kitts “was against the backdrop of having assumed office as a Government of National Unity where we inherited a situation deriving from our fossil fuel imports in accordance with the PetroCaribe agreement,” Minister Liburd said.center_img Nov 10, 2015 Nov 5, 2015 Nov 11, 2015 Feasibility study proves geothermal potential of St. Kitts and NevisBasseterre, St. Kitts, March 24, 2017 (SKNIS): A feasibility study done by Teranov, a French engineering and services company for new and renewable energy based in Guadeloupe, has proven that there is potential in St. Kitts to develop at least 18 to 36 megawatts of geothermal power. Speaking at the conclusion…March 27, 2017In “CARICOM”Minister Liburd leads CARICOM, OECS delegations to Guadeloupe geothermal plantBasseterre, St. Kitts –  St. Kitts and Nevis Minister of Public Infrastructure with responsibility for energy, the Honourable Ian Patches Liburd, on Thursday led Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) delegates to the only active geothermal plant in the Caribbean in Bouillante, Guadeloupe. The delegates were on…May 13, 2016In “CARICOM”Regional delegates excited by prospects of collaboration on geothermal developmentBasseterre, St. Kitts, May 13, 2016 (SKNIS): The Geothermal Regional Forum concluded on Thursday, 12 May, and officials are already buzzing about some of the outcome of the three-day conference that was held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.  Judith Ephraim, Programme Officer at the Sustainable Energy Unit at the…May 14, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp As a matter of fact, from 2007 to 2008, the Government owes PetroCaribe or Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA) some US$22 million of which some US$7 million are due. Between 2008 and 2011, the Government racked up a debt of some US$ 45 million owed to PDVSA. As we speak, St. Kitts Electricity Company Limited (SKELEC) owes PDVSA some US$16 million out of which 6 or 7 million dollars are current,” Minister Liburd said.  He underscored the point that fossil fuel costs are very exorbitant and that “if we are going to continue our development and if we are going to ensure economic growth” that the Government must adopt a policy of renewable energy because “we are blessed with sunshine, we are blessed with wind and in the federation of two islands we have two volcanoes.”  Minister Liburd said that although the development of geothermal on Nevis has already started “we believe it would be irresponsible of us as an administration not to establish whether we have a geothermal resource here on St. Kitts and if so determine how best to develop that resource.”  Minister Liburd also shared that in the upcoming sitting of Parliament the regulatory framework will be laid with the tabling and first reading of the St. Christopher Electricity Act which is being amended to accommodate alternative energy, feeding tariffs, net billing, and solar, wind and geothermal energy “to speed up so to speak so we can address our new way going forward in terms of energy production in St. Kitts and Nevis.” Chief Executive Officer of SKELEC, Mr. Cartwright Farrell, said that “one of the good things about geothermal is that it is base load energy that is indigenous to St. Kitts. It is down in our earth and we don’t have to import it and in this day and age when everybody is talking about climate change we are taking a very good step in moving forward towards our own climate change issues.” Chairman of the Board of SKELEC, Mr. Errol Liburd, who is an engineer by profession, said that geothermal energy will result in lower electricity generation cost that will redound to the benefit of the consumer paying less for energy. The announcement of the commencement of geothermal exploration was made as the Region observes CARICOM Energy Week. CARICOM Energy Week, first observed in 2011, was established as an annual event based on a mandate from CARICOM Energy Ministers to provide a platform for increased awareness about energy matters, given the critical importance of energy to economic development. (St. Kitts and Nevis Government Information Service) Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Walking for Energy: Region kicks of CARICOM Energy Week last_img read more

World Leaders Commit to Tackling NCDs

first_img Message Caribbean Wellness Day – Dr. Joy St. John,… He was addressing a press conference at his New Kingston offices on Monday (October 8) to provide details about the meeting held in New York on September 27 as part of the United Nations General Assembly. The meeting included a comprehensive review of the global and national progress achieved in putting measures in place that protect people from dying too young from conditions such as heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes. Read more at: Jamaica Information Service Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jul 14, 2020 Jul 24, 2020 COVID-19: World Leaders to Stay at Home, in First ‘Virtual’… Jamaica Confirms First COVID-19 Case Region in Danger of Failing SDG Hunger Target – UN center_img You may be interested in… (Jamaica Information Service) Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says world leaders who participated in the third United Nations (UN) High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have committed to taking steps to tackle the issue. “The NCD crisis is real and a danger to all of us. The statistics suggest that close to four billion of the seven-billion population of the world are afflicted by one NCD or another,” he noted. “I think coming out of that (meeting), was a general consensus around the need to create a unified approach and message around the crisis of obesity in our countries and work together, not to replace initiatives that… countries were already pursuing, but to understand more of what each of us is doing, strengthen where we can, through collaboration, so that the message of prevention is a first line of defence to deal with this NCD epidemic,” Dr. Tufton said. Prime Minister Holness and Minister Tufton to Launch ‘Caribbean Moves’ at UNGAOPM, Kingston, Jamaica  –  Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Health Minister Dr Hon. Christopher Tufton are expected to launch Caribbean Moves at the 73rd Session of the United General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, United States. Minister Tufton is also part of the Government’s delegation to UNGA. His…September 24, 2018In “General”CARICOM Heads step up commitment to Moving Caribbean people towards Healthier LivesOn the occasion of the Third United Nations High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community hosted a breakfast event, in New York, on 27th September 2018. The theme “Moving Caribbean people towards healthier lives – step it up!” reflected their commitment to…October 1, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARICOM Heads of Government recommit efforts to combat NCDs with launch of ‘Caribbean moves’ campaign(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, September 27, 2018– Leaders within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) attending the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York met for close to an hour this morning (Thursday, September 27) at a High-Level Breakfast Meeting…September 27, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Mar 10, 2020 Sep 12, 2020last_img read more

Collaborate on innovations to reach key populations – NAPS Managers, civil…

first_img Oct 16, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Related Posts Oct 16, 2020 National AIDS Programme Managers, key partners meet in Port-of-Spain(PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host the Seventh Meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers and Key Partners in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago from 11–13 March 2019. Participants will include more than 130 National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers, Chief…March 5, 2019In “Associate Member States”NAP Managers and CSOs urged to use COVID-19 as an opportunity to advance the HIV gains for the CaribbeanMonday, 22 June 2020 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic,  convened a virtual three-day meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and…June 23, 2020In “General”Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC) Convenes Virtual Meeting to Discuss the Continuity of HIV Services during COVID-19Wednesday, 24 June 2020 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic continues to examine strategies to sustain the HIV and AIDS response in the Caribbean region despite…June 25, 2020In “PANCAP”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 16, 2020 CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat) The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) commenced the Seventh Meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers and Key Partners in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, 11 March 2019. The meeting was hosted 22 months ahead of the end of 2020 deadline for reaching the UNAIDS 90–90–90 Targets — 90% of people living with HIV diagnosed, 90% of diagnosed people on treatment and 90% of those on treatment virally suppressed. In opening remarks, Director of PANCAP, Mr. Dereck Springer highlighted that PANCAP recently evaluated the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS (CRSF) 2014-2018 and will be using the results to inform the development of the new CRSF 2019-2023. The evaluation found that the Region has made progress in responding to the epidemic but it also clearly illustrated that there is more to be done, particularly in relation to implementation of innovative activities to achieve prevention, retain people in treatment and care, reach key populations with services and create an enabling environment. “Compared to 2013 when it felt as though we were in the midst of winter, we are now a much more united partnership. We are all PANCAP,” stated the Director, “the Partnership is much stronger and more resilient because of the work being done by everyone. We have demonstrated an indomitable will to overcome the many challenges including financial and human resources in our effort to serve the people of the Caribbean. PANCAP has restored its goodwill; the presence of over 135 partners here today is testimony of this goodwill and a recognition that the PANCAP brand is synonymous with good leadership, respect for partners, meaningful engagement and accountability. There is no other partnership for health like ours”. The Director stated that there is renewed confidence in PANCAP and this has been achieved because the Partnership has placed people at the heart of the matter. “We have made them central to the Partnership, influencing policy and actively contributing to the decision-making process,” stated Mr Springer, “Our priority was to ensure that those of us within the leadership of the organisation did not become remote and disconnected from the views of the people whom we serve – the people who know best what their needs are and what needs to be done to meet them”. He further stated that the Partnership is now more visible. “We are sharing our knowledge, we are improving coordination – both alignment and harmonisation,” stated Mr. Springer, “We are demonstrating our added value to the Caribbean region. Our strategic regional approach to HIV builds on a strong history of collaboration in public health to overcome the challenges inherent to the unique geography, economy and culture of the Caribbean”. The Director highlighted that a key objective of PANCAP is to achieve value for money by promoting economies of scale, as the region’s small developing states may provide limited capacity for developing the complex programmes needed for a comprehensive response to HIV. The partnership marked 18 years of its existence on 14 February 2019. From its inception in 2001, there have been notable successes including the fact that HIV incidence and AIDS-related deaths have been reduced, and seven countries have been certified as having achieved the dual targets for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Syphilis. Strengthened national programmes have improved capacity to implement prevention, treatment and care activities. “We have built the capacity of civil society and positioned them to access their own funding,” stated Mr Springer, “substantial investments have been made in strengthening health systems and in scaling-up services for increasing numbers of people who are living longer with HIV. Regional public goods and services have facilitated this by lowering costs and reducing inefficiencies inherent in building capacity in multiple countries”. He further stated that countries contribute to, and benefit from, more affordable access to medicines and the sharing of technical skills, operational capacity, information, advocacy and specialised services. PANCAP has supported the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement System under the Global Fund Round 9 grant, which has now expanded. Technical support is sourced within the region, and is implemented through peer-learning methodologies and virtual and face-to-face knowledge sharing events. “We continue to respond to the needs of the region and we are actively mobilising resources from our development partners such as PEPFAR, the Global Fund and UN agencies, albeit in an environment of scarcity while leveraging the technical expertise of our development partners to support our national governments to increase domestic resources for HIV” stated the Director. He urged participants to use the meeting to review progress, learn from each other, explore innovative approaches and commit to implementing and scaling them up. “Let us make our voices heard so that we can inform the priorities and strategies for our new CRSF, stated the Director, “Let us be bold. Let us not fear the future, instead let us identify and embrace the many opportunities that present themselves for us to renew, refresh, streamline and refocus. Let us find within ourselves, our invincible summer. I am confident that this Partnership will build upon this solid foundation over the next years and will provide the leadership required for achieving the vision of ending AIDS in the Caribbean region”. Ms. Aldora Robinson, Director of the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit within the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Turks and Caicos Islands and the National AIDS Programme Managers Representative on the PANCAP Governance Bodies stated that in light of the challenge of reduced international funding the meeting could be a “game changer”. “We cannot continue to do the same thing and expect different results,” stated Ms Robison, “we need to come together, NAP Managers and civil society, with purpose and innovation to accomplish results necessary to close the gap of the 90-90-90 Targets; building on the successes and gains already made”. She advocated that National AIDS Programme Managers and civil society must work together in their individual countries where the context of the HIV response is often different. “Each island must own their response,” Ms Robinson stated, “there is a critical need to increase access to HIV and STI Testing for key populations and we also need to pay attention to our 50-year olds and those who have retired. We look forward to an exciting and informative week where purpose meets innovation. We must always remember that we are working towards the same goal of an AIDS-free Caribbean”. In brief remarks, Mr. Ivan Cruickshank, Executive Director, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC) Coalition, reminded participants of the 2020 deadline for ending AIDS and urged that all stakeholders commit to using the meeting to foster innovative solutions to fill the HIV gaps. “We’re coming in on the heels of the recent UNAIDS report. There is unfinished business, so whatever we do this week, we must connect the dots,” stated the Executive Director, “we’re a Caribbean nation of track and field and we know in track and field, especially in a 400 metres race, the last 10 metres are usually the hardest. For many of us present here today, the last 10 metres are going to be critical. How we respond and how we achieve the targets depend on our collaborative spirit and ability to be innovative”. Dr. Lilian Pedrosa, Fund Portfolio Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Global Fund, stated that it is a pivotal year for the The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is approaching another replenishment period and attempting to secure additional funding to continue supporting the Global Fund grants. She reminded the meeting that the Global Fund has been supporting the Region since 2001, disbursing over US$800 Million specifically for the Caribbean Region. She applauded the success of the Region in achieving the decline of deaths from AIDS, as well as the decline in new infections. She also lauded the achievement of the validation of seven countries for the elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis. Dr Pedrosa emphasised that the Region should also be commended for the increase of domestic contributions for HIV. “When the Global Fund started as a partner in 2001, together with other partners, we were funding most of the response”, stated Dr Pedrosa, “What we have seen in the last few years is a new momentum where countries are really stepping up the plate and increasing their financial commitment to sustain the gains made in the fight against AIDS”. She noted that despite the successes and increased domestic financing, there is the challenge of reaching the right key populations and increasing testing. She also noted there are some countries where the bulk of the epidemic is concentrated in key populations and national programmes continue to be challenged with retaining people in care. She emphasised however, that the most significant challenge faced by the response is stigma and discrimination. She challenged the participants to utilise the meeting to reflect on the lessons-learned from national programmes and to build on the unique partnership created by PANCAP. She also urged participants to use the resources and expertise within the Partnership to advocate within their countries for an end to stigma and discrimination. “We need to reach the finish line for ending AIDS together, as one Caribbean”, stated Dr Pedrosa. Dr. James Guwani, Team Leader, UNAIDS Caribbean Office, highlighted that the Caribbean joined the community of nations in a commitment to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goal agenda. Next year, 2020, the Region will reach a key benchmark to determine whether it is on course to realise the vision of a world without AIDS. He emphasised that every country will ask how close they are to diagnosing 90% of people living with HIV, to starting 90% of diagnosed people on antiretroviral therapy and to achieving viral suppression among 90% of those on treatment. “While it is urgent and important that we press forward, I urge all of us as partners in the Caribbean AIDS response to first look back,” stated Dr Guwani. He shared that in 2004 and 2005 the region experienced an estimated 18,000 AIDS-related deaths. In 2017, that number had fallen by more than 40%. From 1997 to 2000, there were an estimated 30,000 new infections annually in the Caribbean. By the end of 2017, that number was reduced by half. In 2015, 45% of all people living with HIV in this region were on treatment. Two years later that number had increased to 57 percent—well over half of the HIV positive population. Dr. Guwani further stated that the numbers tell the story of a region that has gotten many things right including widespread access to treatment, increased testing availability and some traction with respect to prevention. “These strides are in large part thanks to the people and partnerships in this very room,” stated Dr. Guwani, “As we redirect our attention to the uphill battle before us, let us remind ourselves of our capacity to mobilise leaders and communities, to inform and sensitise citizens and to treat and care for those living with HIV. We have what it takes to end this epidemic. We must now ask how we can harness our expertise, resources and passion to reach those who have not benefitted from the services on offer”. He emphasised that the big picture is that in 2017, 73% of Caribbean people living with HIV knew their status, 79% of diagnosed people were on treatment and 70% of those on treatment were virally suppressed. Dr. Guwani challenged the meeting to answer the following questions: why are quarter of those testing positive in the Caribbean diagnosed late, why do so many people not stay the course having started treatment, and why aren’t prevention efforts reaching enough of the young people who now account for almost one-third of new infections in the region. He urged the participants to combine evidence, analysis and insights to determine what the Region should do differently in order to reach the youth, men, women and members of key and vulnerable communities who continue to be left behind. Ms. Victoria Nibarger, PEPFAR Coordinator, Caribbean Regional Program, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (S/GAC), Jamaica highlighted the recent case of a man living with HIV in London who had been “functionally cured” of HIV, following a bone marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor. She noted that more than 18 months have passed since the man last took ARVs, and there remains no trace of HIV in his blood. She shared that Anton Pozniak, President of the International AIDS Society, called it a “critical moment” in terms of the fight against HIV, but emphasized that at present it does not offer a large-scale strategy for a cure. “I have no doubt that we are all united in our hope for a scalable cure,” stated the PEPFAR Coordinator, “but even in the meantime we have a historic opportunity to make what once seemed impossible possible – controlling and ultimately ending HIV as a public health threat around the world”. She highlighted that when the United States government launched PEPFAR in 2003, HIV was a death sentence in many parts of the world. Thanks to the lifesaving efforts of PEPFAR and its partners, the world is a more secure place. Ms Nibarger explained that with strong bipartisan support across three U.S. Presidents and nine U.S. Congresses and working with our many partners around the globe, PEPFAR has invested more than 80 billion U.S. dollars in the global HIV response. The results have been incredible: more than 17 million lives saved, prevented millions of new HIV infections, and created the roadmap to controlling the pandemic. The PEPFAR Coordinator emphasised that the region cannot achieve epidemic control as long as any one country is lagging behind. She stated, “This Seventh Annual Meeting is an invaluable opportunity for those of us working throughout the Caribbean to come together, to learn from one another, to strategise and to strengthen our joint resolve to combat HIV. This meeting can serve as a troubleshooting forum. I am confident that the collective wisdom on all fronts – health, culture, and politics – is sufficient to overcome challenges that are being faced”. She challenged participants to devote significant attention to the 90-90-90 Targets, for a progress check as 2020 approaches. The cascade for the collective region is approximately 73-57-40 of all people living with HIV. Ms. Nibarger applauded the Region for being well on its way to achieving the First 90. “We need to review testing strategies to ensure they are maximally efficient and that we are not over-testing certain populations, stated the PEPFAR Coordinator, “PEPFAR firmly believes that index testing and partner notification services are essential to ensuring that at least 90 percent of individuals know their status. We are confident that this is possible to do across the Caribbean, despite challenges related to stigma, discrimination and violence”. She further stated that despite the great strides in implementation of Treat All, the percentage of those diagnosed who are on treatment remains low – around 57 percent of all PLHIV for the region. She urged the participants to work together to rapidly expand treatment coverage with the goal of every individual who is diagnosed with HIV rapidly initiating ART. She emphasized that there is overwhelming evidence that this policy results in better patient outcomes, stronger adherence and higher viral suppression rates. “We believe the adoption of TLD (fixed-dose combination of tenofovir 300mg /lamivudine 300mg /dolutegravir 50mg (TLD), as a first-line regimen is essential to ensure better adherence and clinical outcomes. Differentiated service-delivery models, such as 6-month scripting, are more convenient for patients and can help to ease crowding at treatment facilities and pharmacies,” stated Ms. Nibarger. She further stated that the final 90 – viral suppression – has the farthest to go, with the current regional figure at about 40 percent. “We support the scale-up of viral load testing, which will help to ensure optimal clinical outcomes”. On the issue of sustainability, the PEPFAR Coordinator explained that the PEPFAR budget for the Caribbean Regional Programme will be reduced for the next fiscal year, “We will closeout our bilateral programming in Suriname this Fall, followed by a planned closeout in Guyana and Barbados in Fall 2020. At this time, we do not have planned closeout dates in Jamaica or Trinidad and Tobago. As donor resources decline, host governments are taking on more of the financing – and this is commendable. We believe it is critical that governments continue to learn from one another about how to successfully mobilize domestic resources to strengthen sustainability and prepare for donor transition. As such, we look forward to the roadmap for sustainability that is an expected outcome of this meeting”. She further stated “Treat All, index testing, multi-month scripting, viral load scale-up, increasing government resources are some of the minimum requirements for our 2019 PEPFAR Regional Operational Plan. They are WHO-supported policies and practices that PEPFAR is requesting to be in place ahead of our new fiscal year. There is strong evidence that they are necessary for efficient and effective programmes, which enable the reduction of HIV transmission and, eventually, epidemic control” Ms Nibarger highlighted that despite the changes, she can confirm that PEPFAR remains fully committed to the sustainability of the Partnership, “It is these partnerships that make progress, and our joint goal of reaching the 90-90-90 targets, possible. We have heard you, our partners; we will not reach our goals if we focus only on services for members of key populations who are comfortable disclosing their status. Not everyone is willing or able to disclose. Therefore, we are proposing new strategies – including men’s health clinics – to broaden our reach and ensure that our PEPFAR dollars are finding those who need help. “We are looking at ways to support integrated service-delivery models that will better provide for the holistic needs of patients. We want to increase knowledge of private practitioners and their contributions to the HIV response as well as to link them to our clinical-mentoring activities. We aim to strengthen direct partnerships with local non-governmental organizations who are integral to the response”. The PEPFAR Coordinator emphasizsd that PEPFAR worldwide will continue to prioritise strategic information, as decisions must be data-driven. She explained that it is through strong strategic information systems that the most accurate picture of the epidemic can be seen as well as the identification of areas where interventions are working, outstanding gaps, and efficient use of collective resources. “This time together presents a great opportunity. I am hopeful that we will come away from this meeting with new ideas about how to accelerate progress toward 90-90-90. I hope that we will further strengthen the commitment to international best practices and figure out how we can adapt them to fit the context of the Caribbean region as well as individual countries. Just like with the news of the patient in London being “functionally cured,” progress is happening, and we have reason to be optimistic. Together, we can – and we will – end the HIV pandemic in the Caribbean,” stated Ms Nibarger. Ms. Sandra Jones, Technical Advisor HIV/STI, TB and Viral Hepatitis PAHO/WHO – Sub-regional Program Coordination, Caribbean highlighted that over the last 3-5 years the region has made progress towards reversing the HIV epidemic, achieving a reduction in the number of new HIV infections by 18% and deaths by 23%. “However, as demonstrated by the evaluation of the CRSF 2014-2018, there are gaps and challenges, resulting in uneven progress in the region”, stated Ms. Jones, “while there has been progress in placing more people living with HIV on treatment, much more needs to be done to increase the numbers and to retain people on treatment. In fact, significant effort is required for the Caribbean to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets”. She stated that the region has a unique opportunity to address the challenges, accelerate actions and close the gaps with specific indicators for HIV, the Sustainable Health Agenda for the Americas, the HIV fast-track targets and evidence-based interventions. She also stated that Regional Frameworks such as the CRSF, the Caribbean Cooperation in Health coupled with a strong primary care system in each of the Member States, and committed partners can assist the region in achieving the 90-90-90 targets. Ms Jones emphasised that paramount to achieving the 2030 goal of ending AIDS is a paradigm shift. She stated, “The time to be innovative is now, given the overwhelming evidence for HIV prevention and treatment that are currently available. The rapid implementation of different innovations and evidence-based interventions for HIV prevention, care and treatment which include Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), Post Exposure Prophylaxis-PEP, self-testing, Treat All, as well as sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention and Control, with emphasis on key populations and migrants, should be delivered in a more cohesive, integrated manner, focusing on universal access and coverage for everyone. The delivery of an integrated service for HIV and STI must continue to include civil society organisations. Providing linkage to care will ensure that “the unreached is reached, leaving no one behind”. She further stated, “One of the achievements that the region is proud of is the Elimination of Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis (EMTCT). The Caribbean is a leader in EMTCT. Besides the validation of Cuba and six other Caribbean Countries in 2015 and 2017, seven of the nine countries validated are from the Caribbean. This achievement is possible due to the primary health care focus and the integration of HIV and Syphilis primary prevention and treatment services into national maternal and child health programme”. Ms Jones explained that as a result, the estimated coverage of HIV testing among pregnant women increased from 58% in 2010 to 73% in 2017, while ART coverage for HIV+ mothers increased from 50% in 2010 to 75% in 2017. All these have resulted in a 27% reduction of new infections among infants from 2010 to 2017, with an estimated 5,800 new HIV cases averted. She stated, “let us all remember that the elimination of the mother-to-child transmission, which we thought was not possible, is a tangible commitment to universal health and brings us closer to ending AIDS and other STIs as a public health problem in the Caribbean. Ms Jones reaffirmed PAHO’s commitment to work hand-in-hand with Member States and with all partners including civil society organisations to provide the necessary policy advice, technical support and capacity-building so that the Region can collectively reverse the HIV epidemic, ending AIDS and priority STIs as public health problems in the Caribbean. Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Chair, PANCAP Executive Board highlighted that the HIV programmatic interventions by necessity also require political will, strategic leadership, good governance and an overall unrelenting bravery. He emphasised the need to analyse evidence in a sovereign way that is cognisant of the unique country socio-cultural and economic context for executive decision-making. He stated that winning and losing battles among programmes, policies and legislative agendas must not daunt the focus on the war against the HIV epidemic, and improved quality of life for those living with and affected by HIV. He shared that in 2015 Trinidad and Tobago had an uncertain future for the National AIDS Coordinating Committee (NACC) that became a loose amalgam to the health based HIV and AIDS Coordinating Unit (HACU). There was staff attrition, minimal spending of US funds from the PEPFAR programme from 2010 to 2015 and the characteristic of the epidemic was still ill defined in an embryonic casebased surveillance system and further stymied by these governance battles. “As a country, we were still quoting cases ever diagnosed as over 20,000 cases to characterize our evidence base for advocacy and decision-making without knowledge of all deaths, including those related to AIDS. The country was beginning to slowly recognize that the Spectrum UNAIDS estimates were congruous with the truer reality of 11,000 persons being alive and living with HIV. The Minister explained that in 2015 and 2016 there was a reintegration of the NACC into the Office of the Prime Minister to oversee HIV Prevention activities particularly in spheres of community engagement through social and NGO support services, addressing childhood sexual, age and gender appropriate education as well as, child abuse and domestic violence. This brought back purpose to the health based HIV Unit to contribute to the national HIV programme as overseen by the NACC through preserving the traditional gains in HIV testing expansion and HIV treatment and unravelling and tackling the case based surveillance and adopting the 90-90-90 cascade histogram to guide national decision making. “This refocus was synergistic with the 2016 UNAIDS global resolutions and with the local arm of PEPFAR’s strategic realignment of their prevention and strategic information goals to increase persons on Antiretroviral (ART) and strengthen case-based surveillance,” stated Minister Deyalsingh, “The deliberate re-engagement of PEPFAR saw a then fledgling expenditure up to 2015, increase greatly in the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years. This has assisted Trinidad and Tobago to move closer to the desired 2020 Fast Track Targets from a HACU reported 2015 baseline 90-90-90 achievements of 83-74-42, to an overall target of 79-78-87 in 2017”. Minister Deyalsingh emphasised that Trinidad and Tobago’s roadmap offers the words and phrases of steadfast, evidence driven, organizational and political will, and willingness to change and innovate. “A reiterated call to get technical support for country case-based surveillance systems, opt out testing as an accelerated strategy at select health care facilities that address STI, TB, mental health, substance abuse and hospital ward admissions and mental health focus on treatment adherence are key” stated the Minister. The Minister further stated that the HIV epidemic has been better understood and managed more aggressively in the last three years with a trajectory to further improve. “The AIDS epidemic can be ended on, or before 2030,” stated Minister Deyalsingh, “We need to be honest and look hard at what the national evidence and national socioeconomic situation are sometimes screaming at us to do. There is an overdue need to collaborate in an atmosphere of mutual respect beginning with countries recognizing the global comparator of apples with apples with regional partners. However regional and multilateral agencies must also accept that despite all the recommended plethora of actions that a sovereign country’s self-determined narrow critical path for success should be fully supported”. Minister Deyalsingh challenged the participants to use the forum to highlight country positions, programmes and policy initiatives to provide not the “typical problem tree decorated with obstacles, but the solution tree decorated with the Caribbean resolve, as led by PANCAP to permanently root out these obstacles that must be perceived as only short-term programme gaps”. The Minister commended the exceptional and creative leadership of the Director of PANCAP. He noted that the Region will owe him a debt of gratitude when it achieves the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets. He acknowledged the presence of the youth – CARICOM Youth Ambassadors and key population leaders – to whom he urged that the baton be passed to lead the response in the future. Helpful links: Seventh Meeting of the National AIDS Programme Managers and Key Partners Event web page Global AIDS Update 2018 – Miles to Go Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS What is PANCAP? PANCAP is a Caribbean regional partnership of governments, regional civil society organisations, regional institutions and organisations, bilateral and multilateral agencies and contributing donor partners which was established on 14 February 2001. PANCAP provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, coordinates the response through the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS to maximise efficient use of resources and increase impact, mobilises resources and build capacity of partners. Editor’s Notes What are the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 Targets?• By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.• By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.• By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. Background to the National AIDS Programme Managers and Key Partners Meeting The Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework (CRSF) 2014-2018 articulates the vision and collective priorities of Caribbean states through their membership in the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP). The core premise is that stemming the HIV epidemic in the Caribbean rests on the commitment, capacity and leadership of national authorities and effective response. The primary goal of regional collaborative efforts is to support country responses by addressing common challenges in the areas of evidence based policy formulation, and innovative responses to addressing legislative gaps, resource mobilisation, coordination and technical assistance., An effective regional response, guided by the CRSF 2014-2018,therefore requires that the links and interfaces between country programmes and regional support programmes be defined and agreed to by country partners. This is critical for strengthening country ownership of the PANCAP response and a shared responsibility to strategically align efforts to end HIV as a public health problem in the Caribbean. . The National AIDS Programme Managers and Key Partners Meeting provides an opportunity for joint decision-making in setting programmatic priorities and identifying partner contributions in order to strategically align efforts in the fight against HIV. The Meeting Agenda is intended to allow for in-depth analysis and discussion on the relevant aspects of the UN Post 2015 Agenda, and the overall advancements of the Caribbean Region in implementing new initiatives for HIV. It is within this context that opportunities and challenges for the Region and individual countries to expand the national responses will be discussed. PANCAP acknowledges the need for greater attention to inter- country linkages and greater collaboration with regional partners. This will serve to maximise synergies, and provide a mechanism for making regional public goods available to national programmes to enhance their delivery and impact. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC last_img read more

CARICOM Chairman Leads Delegation to The Bahamas

first_imgCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman and Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Allen. M. Chastanet will on Thursday September 5th lead a High Level delegation to The Bahamas, which has been ravaged by Hurricane Dorian over the past few days. The slow-moving hurricane brought strong winds, heavy rain and a life-threatening storm surge to The Bahamas, flooding homes and entire villages; with the death toll linked to the hurricane rising to seven. CARICOM Heads Meet Friday – Handover of Chairmanship to… Aug 18, 2020 CARICOM Leaders prepare for Hurricanes amid COVID-19… You may be interested in… Tribute to Sir Everton Weekes: Climbing to the Top –… CARICOM and OECS Member Countries have pledged their support and Prime Minister Chastanet will be accompanied to The Bahamas by Barbados Prime Minister Honourable Mia Mottley;Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Chairman and Saint Lucia’s Minister for Tourism Honourable Dominic Fedee; Secretary General of CARICOM Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the Executive Director of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Ronald Jackson. The CARICOM Chairman has been in regular contact with The Bahamas Prime Minister Honourable Dr Hubert Minnis and in a statement released this week, Prime Minister Chastanet says that the Caribbean is in full solidarity with the Government and People of The Bahamas and stands ready to give whatever assistance is required to deal with the effects of this tragedy. “Immediately, the emphasis must be on assisting our brothers and sisters in The Bahamas in getting back on their feet in the quickest possible time,” he said. In advance of Hurricane Dorian, CDEMA took the lead to coordinate the Regional Response Mechanism and deployed two Rapid Needs Assessment teams to The Bahamas. The purpose of the visit is to continue discussions and see where CARICOM can provide more immediate support. Jul 2, 2020 Jul 10, 2020 NEWS FEATURE: Caribbean Community successfully keeps low… Message from CARICOM Chairman Honourable Allen M. Chastanet on the situation in The Bahamas regarding Hurricane DorianToday, the hearts of the people of the Caribbean are heavy.  Once again one of our Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States has been devastated by a dangerous hurricane as our Region continues to experience the effects of climate change. Initial reports from The Bahamas indicate that the country has taken…September 3, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARICOM Chairman – The Community stands ready to assist post-Irma recovery effortsThe Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr the Rt Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, has expressed his sorrow at the deaths caused by Hurricane Irma. “This massive storm has already claimed lives in many of the countries and has inflicted severe damage to infrastructure in the affected…September 7, 2017In “Anguilla”CARICOM Secretary-General – saddened by deaths from Hurricane IrmaSecretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed his sadness at the deaths caused by Hurricane Irma in its path through the region. “I am saddened to hear of the loss of life the Secretary-General said.  “I extend my sympathies to the families of the deceased and…September 7, 2017In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp Jul 13, 2020 END. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… last_img read more

Tire Industry Veteran Wayne Croswell Launches New Business Venture

first_imgAMHERST, N.H. – Former ASA Tire Systems President Wayne Croswell has founded a new business – WECnology LLC – which aims to help tire dealers maneuver through the complexities of technology investments. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With 33 years of experience in software and technology, including 21 years in the tire industry, Croswell has dealt with virtually all facets of business technology. From his vantage point, Croswell said he saw a void in the tire industry with respect to helping dealers determine what is best for them as they evaluate technology solutions. During his tenure in the tire industry, Croswell said he constantly witnessed dealers making decisions about technology solutions with little or no help from experts, and no readily available resources to help make these decisions. Dealers essentially roll the dice and hope they picked the right solution. Many times these choices turned out to be costly and time-consuming to change, according to Croswell. WECnology will work on behalf of tire dealers to determine the best solutions for their specific business needs. The business will evaluate offerings in the technology market and partner with those solutions providers believed to be “best of breed” in their area of technology for tire dealers. “Our partners, or ‘WECnologists,’ as we like to call them, will be thoroughly evaluated,” said Croswell. “If the valuation is successful, WECnology will add them to our portfolio of preferred providers. When a dealer has a specific technology need, they can call on WECnology to help them determine what solution is best for their business. Our goal is to help dealers choose the right technology solution in an unbiased setting, and exceed the dealers’ expectations, at no additional cost.”Advertisement During this venture, Croswell will continue in his role as president of the Tire Industry Association. To learn more about the new business, visit, call 603-249-5530, or email Croswell directly at [email protected]last_img read more

Publisher/Brand Manager – Babcox Media, Inc.

first_imgBabcox Media, Inc., an Akron, Ohio-based business-to-business media company with concentration in the automotive aftermarket, powersports, performance, collision, commercial fleet, engine building and tire industries, is seeking a publisher/brand manager to lead select online, video and print-based properties. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Position requires a high-energy, hands-on and visible leader with excellent managerial, written and verbal communication skills, as well as computer and CRM competencies. The publisher/brand manager is responsible for growing both online and print advertising revenue by building assigned brands across multiple platforms, while managing other functional areas of the business. Other responsibilities include: P&L management, strategic planning and execution, new business development, creativity and innovation to generate profitable revenue growth, leading a multi-disciplinary team and coaching efforts to maximize sales performance. Candidates should have proven experience and a deep knowledge and passion for new media as well as traditional aspects of business-to-business marketing. Travel is involved. Salary and benefit packages will be reviewed with applicants. Interested persons should send resumes to the attention of Karen Kaspar at [email protected] No phone calls please.,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.  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.” Advertisementlast_img read more

NM Can Strengthen Its Economy With Inclusive Policie

first_imgALBUQUERQUE — State and local policymakers can take two key steps to better integrate immigrants, including immigrants who are undocumented, into the mainstream economy and foster community well-being, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “Every child should be able to see a doctor when they are sick, need immunizations, and need to be screened for developmental delays,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, which is part of the CBPP’s national network, State Priorities Partnership. “And of course, stronger enforcement of labor laws would benefit all working New Mexicans – particularly those who are earning low wages, since they are the workers most likely to be cheated out of earned income by unscrupulous employers.” The CBPP’s report is available on their website here: “At a time when federal immigration policies are causing widespread harm, it is both sound policy and beneficial to states to pursue supportive polices that assuage fears and provide opportunity for all of their residents – regardless of their national origin, their religion, the color of their skin, or the language they speak,” Senior Policy Analyst Eric Figueroa of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) explained. People who are undocumented make sizable contributions to their state’s economy and finances, as well as their local communities, according to the report. The nation’s estimated 11 million immigrants who are undocumented pay nearly $12 billion annually in state and local taxes, for instance. And households headed by a person who is undocumented pay a larger share of their income in state and local taxes than the top 1 percent of U.S. households. “Wage theft is rampant in New Mexico and not only plunges low-wage workers and their families further into poverty, it also robs money from government coffers, and puts honest companies at a competitive disadvantage. Vigorous and well-funded enforcement needs to be part of New Mexico’s economic development plan,” said Marian Méndez Cera, Workers’ Justice Organizer at El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos. “In addition, with the constant attacks coming from the Trump administration to criminalize and target our communities, enforcement of labor laws need to be coupled with policies that protect immigrant communities. Workers should never fear that doing a wage claim, or any other interface with a governmental agency, could lead to family separation. We have worked with elected officials to pass local policies – it is time to do the same at the state level.” “When immigrant workers are short changed, their families’ long term economic security suffers. While New Mexico boasts some of the strongest anti-wage theft laws in the country, without an adequate budget to enforce them the state will continue to let employers off the hook,” said Marcela Díaz, Executive Director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a statewide immigrant and worker’s rights organization. “Also, in this anti-immigrant climate people are more hesitant to file complaints about workplace abuse for fear of retaliation or deportation. That’s why it’s so important that state agencies safeguard our personal information from ICE.” The report highlights two important ways New Mexico can connect people who are undocumented to opportunity:Stronger labor law enforcement will ensure that all workers, regardless of immigration status, are paid what they earn while helping level the playing field for businesses and workers. Despite the economic costs of lost wages and tax revenues, most states – including New Mexico – lack enough investigators to effectively enforce the minimum wage. Expanding health coverage to all children, regardless of immigration status, can improve long-term health outcomes, high school and college completion, and long-term economic benefits for the child and for states and local communities. Only six states and D.C. offer health care coverage to all children. New Mexico is not one of them. STATE News: The report also recommends two policies that New Mexico has already implemented. Those are: having inclusive driver’s license laws that allow for immigrants who are undocumented to be licensed to drive; and providing in-state tuition and state financial aid for college students who are undocumented. Giving all residents access to economic opportunity enables them to earn higher wages, spend more at local businesses, and contribute more in taxes that are used to fund schools and other investments that are critical to a strong economy, the report finds. Harsh anti-immigrant policies, in contrast, harm workers and their children, and likely weaken the economy.last_img read more

Hampton On Sombrillo & Aspen Ridge Sustainability

first_imgBy DAVID HAMPTONBoard Member Los Alamos Retirement CommunityI have recently been elected to the Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC), which comprises the Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge facilities in Los Alamos.Our management company informed us at our September meeting that annual liability insurance costs rose 77 percent in July, and the corresponding deductibles rose 900 percent, and that these increases are unsustainable. These increases seem to be attributable to the high degree of litigation occurring in New Mexico. While steps are being undertaken to reduce the causes of litigation, the steps are not likely to significantly reduce the amount of litigation. We also have been informed that tort reform is unlikely in New Mexico in the near future, but that adding Skilled Nursing Facilities to the Patient Compensation Fund, which currently only includes doctors and hospitals, would help alleviate the situation, in that the Patient Compensation Fund does cap settlement amounts at $600,000, allowing our doctors and hospitals to stay in business in the midst of significant litigation. The consequences of doing nothing will make it difficult to operate LARC and other Skilled Nursing Facilities not only in Los Alamos, but statewide. These high liability costs have recently shut down two other facilities in our state.If you are concerned about this and want to ensure that our community retains a skilled nursing facility, please contact your state representative, Christine Chandler at [email protected] She’ll be hearing from lobbyists and other politically connected people regarding this issue, but it means much more to her to be contacted by concerned members of our community.last_img read more

Toppers Corral Moriarty Pintos 74-45

first_imgVideo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.comHarrison Frank was the high point man for the game with 15 points as he led the Toppers to an impressive victory over the Moriarty Pintos 74-45 in a District Championship Playoff game played Monday night in Griffith Gymnasium. The Toppers are in 4th place and battling their way up the brackets to qualify for the State Competition coming up early next month. With this win, the Toppers progress to the next game Tuesday night against the Elks in Pojoaque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comThe Topper defense was up to the challenge and held the Pintos to only 45 points for the game. Mathew Owen and Elijah Ortiz trap Michael Pisz near the Pinto basket. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comGavin Campos is always in the mix of things and a constant threat under the basket, he scored 8 points. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comMatthew Owen takes a shot and is guarded by Reyes Chaves, he scored 6 points in this game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comWesley Stanfield had a big night scoring 12 points and was a force all over the court. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comBrian Irwin scored 10 points and recovered numerous rebounds throughout the game and was a key player on offense. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img read more