CARICOM STATEMENT ON REVISED EU BLACKLIST OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY

first_img You may be interested in… This renewed attack on our Member States’ economic prospects constitutes an infringement of our sovereign right of self-determination in the best interests of the CARICOM people.  Moreover, we are concerned that the EU’s ‘tax good governance strategy’ is beginning to border on anti-competitive behavior targeted at the decimation of the international business/financial services sector in the Caribbean. The EU Council has stated that Barbados “has replaced a harmful preferential tax regime by a measure of similar effect and did not commit to amend or abolish it by the end of 2019’.”   However, Barbados undertook a review of its corporate tax regime in 2018 and decided to pursue tax convergence which removed the alleged ‘preference’ accorded the international business sector.  Barbados now applies a tax rate of 1% to 5.5% on the taxable income of all corporations registered in that jurisdiction. This policy has been sanctioned by the OECD, as the recognized global authority on tax governance, which has reiterated that a low tax rate does not, in itself, constitute a harmful tax regime.  Moreover, Barbados requested clarification on the areas of divergence in the requirements for a ‘low tax jurisdiction’ as established by the OECD Forum on Harmful Tax Practices (FHTP) and the EU’s ‘fair taxation criterion’.  However, the EU only responded to Barbados’ request on the day after the issuance of the revised blacklist. The case of Belize and Bermuda represents a clear departure from the practice of placing jurisdictions on the grey list (Annex II) for purposes of monitoring once they have given high level commitments to address alleged ‘deficiencies’. The EU Council has asserted that Belize “has not yet amended or abolished one harmful preferential tax regime” notwithstanding the legislative, administrative and tax reforms undertaken by 31 December 2018 which were sanctioned by the OECD.  The EU has also asserted that Belize has introduced a ‘new and preferential tax measure’ in its 2018 tax reforms. However, Belize contends that the referenced tax rates of 1.75% to 3.35% on taxable income of International Business Companies and entities operating in Belize’s Designated Processing Areas are consistent with Belize’s historical income and business tax regime.  Nonetheless, Belize acquiesced and provided, as demanded by the EU, an undertaking to amend this so-called ‘new preferential tax measure’ by 31 December 2019. Despite Belize’s commitment to amend or abolish the “newly identified harmful preferential tax regime by the end of 2019,” which the EU stated it will monitor, as well as an additional high-level political and time-bound commitment to address any other concerns of the EU, Belize was included on the 12 March blacklist. Bermuda’s inclusion on this list is as a result of an omission which was remedied after the revised commitment date. The case of Dominica highlights the insensitivity of the EU Council to a country that was devastated by two natural disasters in 2015 and 2017 and lost its largest investor. Yet despite this, the country completed all the required legislative and administrative reforms to which the government had committed in mid-2018 to undertake.  Notwithstanding, Dominica has been included in the revised blacklist because the jurisdiction “does not apply any automatic exchange of financial information, has not signed and ratified the OECD Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance as amended, and has not yet resolved these issues.” However, the signature of the Multilateral Convention is dependent on the sanctioning of the request for admittance and a determination of readiness by the OECD and totally outside the control of Dominica. Trinidad and Tobago is in the unique circumstance where the Government lacks the parliamentary majority under the country’s Constitution to undertake the legislative reforms required to be in compliance with the tax good governance standards.  Yet, despite this circumstance, the EU has retained Trinidad and Tobago on the blacklist for having a “’Non-Compliant’ rating by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes for Exchange of Information on Request.” The Caribbean Community reiterates that the labelling as ‘non-cooperative tax jurisdictions’ has wreaked irreparable reputational damage on our small, highly vulnerable Member States. CARICOM Member States have acted in good faith to mitigate this egregious action by the European Union while upholding the shared values and principles underlying the United Nations Addis Ababa Action Agenda.  These principles emphasize, inter alia, shared responsibility, mutual accountability, fairness, solidarity, and different and evolving capacities in respect to the mobilization of resources to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, the process of engagement which has unfolded between CARICOM Member States and the European Union, specifically from the latter part of 2017 until the present, has regrettably, been devoid of the shared values that have informed our relationship over the years prior.  There is a clear regression to the days of metropolitan imposed policies on the governed. The ECOFIN Council’s allegation of ‘harmful tax regimes’ not only lacked any supporting empirical evidence but the process has been non-consultative, inflexible and insensitive to our circumstances as small, highly vulnerable States seeking to build both economic and climate resilience.  Moreover, the EU has selectively relied on the OECD tax governance process to pursue the blacklisting of jurisdictions like Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago while ignoring the conclusions of the OECD FHTP in respect to the tax regimes in Barbados and Belize. It is becoming apparent that the actions of the ECOFIN Council are designed to destroy the financial sector in our Member States even as we seek to build resilience in all our economic sectors in order to mitigate our inherent vulnerabilities.   The Caribbean Community deplores this injurious development and will continue to resist this retrograde approach by the EU. EU AML/CFT Listing of Countries Among Priority Issues of… On Tuesday, 12 March 2019, the European Union issued a revised list of countries purportedly not adhering to tax good governance which included five (5) Members of the Caribbean Community, Barbados, Belize Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago and Bermuda. Seven (7) other Members of the Community have been placed on a monitoring list having made commitments to undertake reforms by December 2019 and are making efforts in that regard.  These are Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands. The narrative provided by the EU Council to support the inclusion of the blacklisted States is grossly misleading and misrepresents the response, in good faith, of our Members since the initial listing in December 2017. CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… EU Provides €7M to Strengthen Climate Resilient Health… Jun 15, 2020 CARICOM wants inter-governmental tax body to set standards,… Jun 18, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Feb 20, 2020 CARICOM voices strong objection to new EU blacklist(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly objects to the recent labelling of some of its Member States by the European Union as Non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, CARICOM Secretary-General said Wednesday, 12 December, 2017. He was at the time accrediting a new Ambassador of France to CARICOM,…December 15, 2017In “General”STATEMENT BY THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) ON EU LIST OF NON-COOPERATIVE TAX JURISDICTIONSSTATEMENT BY THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) ON EU LIST OF NON-COOPERATIVE TAX JURISDICTIONS     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly objects to the disappointing decision of the European Union to “blacklist” four CARIOM jurisdictions under the guise that they maintain harmful preferential tax regimes or have failed to comply with international…December 19, 2017In “Barbados”Barbados, Grenada, removed from EU tax listTwo Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States, Barbados and Grenada, were removed from the European Union’s (EU) list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Back in December,  CARICOM had strongly objected to the EU’s decision to blacklist four CARICOM jurisdictions – Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago – under the…January 23, 2018In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Teaching standards important for accountability – Dr. Douglas Slater

first_img   Dr. Laurette Bristol, Programme Manager, Human Development, CARICOM Secretariat Hon. Natalio Wheatley, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture of the British Virgin Islands Hon. Michael S Browne, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Antigua and Barbuda Dr. Barbara Reynolds Dr. Marcel Hutson, Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education Guyana Members of the audience at the opening ceremony of the Regional Consultations on Developing Standards for the Teaching Profession in Latin America and the Caribbean Region Ms. Katherine Grigsby, Director UNESCO Office in Kingston Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary-General in Charge of Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Hon. Natalio Wheatley, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture of the British Virgin Islands, Assistant Secretary General in Charge of Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Douglas Slater and Minister of Education, Science and Technology , Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Michael S Browne Describing the forum as timely, Dr. Slater said the Consultation also acknowledged the challenges being faced in education and sustainable development. According to him the standards held governments accountable and responsible for their educational investments and also held practitioners accountable for the time students invested in the classroom and the time parents were required to invest in schools to support the success of learners. CARICOM Education Ministers discuss Reshaping the sector for the 21st CenturyThe need for a “whole systems’ approach to education transformation in the Region is a major area of focus for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers of Education at a 2-day meeting of the CARICOM Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) which opened in Guyana, Thursday. Chairman of the meeting,  Deputy…July 16, 2015In “CARICOM”Media Advisory – Opening, Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – EducationThirty-Eighth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – Education 23 – 24 October 2019, CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana The Thirty-eighth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) on Education will be held on the 23-24 October 2019 at the Headquarters of the CARICOM…October 22, 2019In “CARICOM”Moving from Vision to Action: HRD 2030 StrategyMoving the regional Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy from Vision to Action is the major focus of a meeting of Caribbean Community Ministers of Education and Education Officials which began in Guyana, Wednesday. The Strategy, endorsed by CARICOM Heads of Government in 2017, is expected to help craft a globally…October 24, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 16, 2020 Minister of Education, Science and Technology of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Michael S. Browne, who also spoke at the opening, focused on three areas which he said were crucial to developing standards for the teaching profession. The areas were context, content and continuous assessment. In relation to context, he said the purpose of what was being taught and to whom was vital, while continuous assessment would inform educators about why they had been teaching. The Hon. Natalio Wheatley, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture of the British Virgin Islands said it was important to set a high threshold for those wishing to enter the profession. He said the British Virgin Islands had considered issuing licenses to teachers and that this would be one way of evaluating teachers and would not be used as a punitive measure but as a means of offering help to them. Oct 16, 2020 The consultation begins on Wednesday, 17 July 2019, at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre in Georgetown, Guyana, and is being facilitated https://t.co/PjkO5W5idi through a partnership with the CARICOM Secretariat, UNESCO and other stakeholders.— CARICOM (@CARICOMorg) July 16, 2019 Related Posts CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak center_img Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education Guyana, Dr. Marcel Hutson, spoke on behalf of Guyana’s Minister of Education. He was also of the opinion that establishing standards for the teaching profession was timely and stated that it was needed for the transformation of the education sector. Director of the UNESCO Office in Kingston, Ms. Katherine Grigsby, in her remarks, said CARICOM had an important role in streamlining teaching standards. She said the framework that would be developed during the Consultation was expected to be inspirational rather than instructive. Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Planning and International Engagement of the University of Guyana, Dr. Barbara Reynolds, made the keynote address. She gave a PowerPoint presentation in which she highlighted that psychology was an important component of teaching. She urged participants to think about equipping teachers with standards that would help them to groom students to be what they wanted to become, how to learn and how to live with each other. This is the second in a series of Consultations which is being held in each of the five UNESCO regions. The first regional consultation workshop covered the Africa region and took place in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on 18-19 March 2019. Following each regional consultation workshop, a group of international experts meets to review and discuss the input generated from the stakeholder discussions. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Standards for the teaching profession were important as they held both governments and practitioners accountable, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, Dr. Douglas Slater said Wednesday. Dr. Slater was at the time addressing the opening of a two-day Regional Consultations on Developing Standards for the Teaching Profession in Latin America and the Caribbean Region. The event is being held at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre in Georgetown, Guyana. Educators, educator trainees, Ministers of Government, representatives of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and various other stakeholders attended the opening. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 “The standards should be constructed as the lens that educational stakeholders, parents and students use to make sense of and monitor the outcomes of education as a social investment,” he stated.last_img read more

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Ken-Tool Appoints New Director of Marketing and Sales

first_imgAKRON, OHIO — Automotive specialty tool manufacturer Ken-Tool has appointed Gerald Hill to the position of director of marketing and sales. Hill is a seasoned sales and marketing executive, having spent more than 20 years with the Timken Co. in various sales and marketing positions. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Hill began his career as a sales representative for Timken in San Francisco. He then served as a district manager in both Minneapolis and Los Angeles, later being promoted to national sales manager, aftermarket distribution-bearings. Hill also held the positions of national sales manager for heavy duty products and national account manager for the company. “We’re very pleased to have been able to find a person with Jerry’s skill sets and experience. I’m excited about the new ideas and programs Jerry will bring to our company,” said Alec Pendleton, president of Ken-Tool. “We are committed to growing the company with new and exciting marketing programs as well as with new products. Jerry brings us experience and fresh thinking in these most important areas.” _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied 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. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. last_img read more

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Federal-Mogul President and CEO Extends Employment Agreement

first_imgSOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Federal-Mogul announced that José Maria Alapont has agreed to remain as president and CEO through March 2013 and will continue as a member of the board of directors. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Alapont joined Federal-Mogul in 2005 and is credited, in conjunction with Carl Icahn, with guiding the company to exit from difficult bankruptcy proceedings in the United States and United Kingdom. Under his leadership, the company has implemented its strategy of sustainable global profitable growth, restructured its global manufacturing and engineering network to better serve its diverse customer base and continued to invest in differentiating technologies to enhance fuel economy, reduce emissions and improve vehicle safety. Federal-Mogul has become a leading, world-class, diversified, global company based on technology, innovation and competitive cost. “I am pleased to stay with the company to continue to develop our strategy of sustainable global profitable growth and look forward to working with our Chairman Carl Icahn and the rest of the board of directors, the management team and all the men and women of Federal-Mogul to keep satisfying our customers and shareholders,” said Alapont. Carl Icahn stated that he is delighted that Jose Maria Alapont has agreed to remain with the company for another three years. Icahn further stated that he is “looking forward to continuing to work with Jose Maria.” Alapont joined the company as president, CEO and a member of the board of directors in March 2005. He served as chairman of the board of directors from 2005 to 2007. He has more than 35 years of global leadership experience in both vehicle manufacturers and suppliers with business and operations responsibilities in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. Alapont, between 2003 and 2005, was chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of IVECO, the commercial vehicle company of the Fiat Group. Advertisement He served in various key executive positions at Delphi Corp., a global automotive supplier, from 1997 to 2003. He began at Delphi as executive director of international operations. In 1999, Alapont was named president of Delphi Europe, Middle East and Africa and a vice president of Delphi Corp. and also became a member of the Delphi Strategy Board, the company’s top policy-making group. In 2003, Alapont was named president of Delphi’s international operations, and vice president of sales and marketing. Alapont, from 1990 to 1997, served in several executive roles and was a member of the strategy board at Valeo, a global automotive supplier. He started at Valeo as managing director of engine cooling systems, Spain. In 1991, Alapont was named executive director of Valeo’s worldwide heavy-duty engine cooling operations. He became group vice president of Valeo’s worldwide clutch and transmission components division in 1992. He was named group vice president of the company’s worldwide lighting systems division in 1996. Alapont began and developed his automotive career from 1974 to 1989 at Ford Motor Co., and over the course of 15 years, starting at Ford of Spain, progressed through different management and executive positions in quality, testing and validation, manufacturing and purchasing positions at Ford of Europe. Advertisement A native of Spain, Alapont earned degrees in industrial engineering from the Technical School of Valencia in Spain and in philology from the University of Valencia in Spain.last_img read more

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County On Tips For Zero Waste School Supplies

first_imgCOUNTY News: Here is a look at school supplies, the waste they generate and explores some sustainable alternatives. Zippers are less likely to break, seams are less likely to rip and straps are less likely to fray. If your kid outgrows it, you can pass it down to siblings or friends. When planning for lunches, use reusable alternatives to plastic utensils and baggies. Give your kids actual metal utensils (you can buy cheap ones at the thrift store if you are worried about them getting lost or tossed), a cloth napkin and food packaged in reusable containers. It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy, supply list in hand, especially on tax-free weekend. It is time for back-to-school shopping: backpacks, scissors, filler paper, and pencils by the ton, not to mention new clothes. When back-to-school shopping, always start in your own house. Salvage from previous school years, raid your home office supplies or trade with your friends. Next, look to thrift stores and other second-hand sources. If you have to buy new, look for recycled or sustainably-sourced content. Impress upon your kids the importance of taking care of their supplies so they may last all year and beyond. And if you have extra supplies, consider donating them to the schools. Buy in bulk rather than in small, single-serving packages and convenience foods, then pack the food into your own containers, or juice or milk into a Thermos. Wrap loose items in beeswax wraps instead of plastic. Purchase reusable water bottles. All schools are equipped with water bottle filling stations thanks to a NMED Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Grant. These actions save resources and it’s cheaper that way too! When it comes to school supplies, there is often no wiggle room. They want their 24 Ticonderoga pencils, 12 glue sticks, 4 dry erase markers, plastic baggies, Clorox wipes and very specific folders. It can be hard to cut waste in this area, but here are a few suggestions: Most kids use a backpack and lunchbox for school. When you go to a store, they have all the kids’ favorite characters on them, and the kids want something new and different. Backpacks and lunchboxes are two items that should be able to last more than one year. There are two ways to achieve longevity here: first, buy quality, and second, set the expectation that these items are to be cared for, not tossed on the ground or sat upon. At school, there are cubbies, hooks, or lockers to keep them safe; there should be a special place at home as well, and not on the floor in the corner where the cat could pee in it (one author learned that the hard way). When you buy quality items, you pay more up front for the longer lifespan. Need a highlighter? Try a highlighter pencil: there’s no plastic, and it never dries out.Use folders and spiral notebooks from previous years. Notebooks are almost never filled, and sturdy folders can be reused, even if you have to cover the front. Take blank pages from used 3-hole punched notebooks to use as filler paper.Shop the thrift stores. They usually have tons of decent three-ring binders and other supplies.For paper products, choose recycled paper. Post-consumer content is best, but any recycled content is better than none.You can even find erasers made from recycled plastic, and pencils and colored pencils made from recycled newspaper instead of wood! A sixth grader will need a bigger pack than a first grader, and a lunchbox just big enough for a fourth grader will not hold enough food for a growing teen, but there’s no reason that a first-grade backpack can’t last through second or even third grade, or a larger pack through all of high school.last_img read more

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DEA Announces Additional Regulatory Steps To Address Opioid Epidemic

first_imgToday’s proposal amends the manner in which DEA grants quotas to manufacturers for maintaining inventories. These proposed levels align with current manufacturing standards aimed at promoting quality and efficiency, while also ensuring that the country has sufficient quantities of Schedule II substances necessary for the medical, scientific, research and industrial needs of patients nationwide. This proposed regulation would further limit excess quantities of medications that might be vulnerable to diversion for illicit distribution and use. The proposal published today in the Federal Register incorporates important and necessary changes to DEA’s quota regulations resulting from comprehensive legislation passed by Congress last year to address the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic in history, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery Treatment for Patients and Communities Act, or SUPPORT Act. The SUPPORT Act requires that appropriate quota reductions be made after estimating potential for diversion. This estimate is based on rates of overdose deaths and abuse, the overall public health impact related to specific controlled substances and may include other factors as appropriate. The full text of the proposal may be found here. The public has 60 days to review and comment on this proposal, which DEA must then consider before drafting final regulations. DEA News:center_img The proposal also introduces several new types of quotas that DEA would grant to certain DEA-registered manufacturers. These use-specific quotas include quantities of controlled substances for use in commercial sales, product development, packaging/repackaging and labeling/relabeling, or replacement for quantities destroyed. These use-specific quotas will greatly improve the timeliness of DEA’s responses to applications filed by manufacturers while simultaneously improving DEA’s ability to respond quickly to drug shortages. WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The Drug Enforcement Administration announced proposed regulations to improve DEA’s ability to oversee the production of dangerous drugs at the height of the national opioid crisis. This regulation builds on important regulatory changes finalized in 2018 which gave a role to state attorneys general and certain federal partners – including the Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – in setting the aggregate production quotas for Schedule I and II controlled substances. last_img read more

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Centers For Disease Control And States Update Number Of Hospitalized E-Cigarette Or Vaping Cases And Deaths

first_imgCenters for Disease Control offers updates on EVALI cases. Courtesy image CDC News:The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that as of Dec. 27, 2019 the number of hospitalized cases or deaths from e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) was 2,561 nationwide.More specifically, there have been 55 deaths confirmed in 27 state and the District of Columbia.These states include: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.More deaths are under investigation.Current findings on the issue:Syndromic data on emergency department visits suggest that the EVALI outbreak began in June 2019. Cases have been declining since a peak in September.This data align with recently released CDC national epidemiologic data among EVALI patients suggesting that the number of new hospitalized EVALI cases has also been declining since a peak in September.While emergency department visits associated with possible EVALI have declined, they have not returned to levels before June 2019 and EVALI remains a concern.Laboratory data support previous findings that vitamin E acetate is closely associated with EVALI.This study analyzed samples from 51 EVALI cases from 16 states and a comparison group of samples from 99 healthy people for vitamin E acetate, plant oils, medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, coconut oil, petroleum distillates, and diluent terpenes.Vitamin E acetate was identified in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid samples (fluid samples collected from the lungs) from 48 of the 51 EVALI patients, but not in the BAL fluid from the healthy comparison group.Although progress in the investigation and response is being seen, the CDC encourages the public to remain vigilant. National data show that certain groups of EVALI patients released from the hospital are more likely to be rehospitalized or die.Characteristics of EVALI patients who were readmitted or died following hospital discharge indicate that some chronic medical conditions, including cardiac disease, chronic pulmonary disease, and diabetes as well as increasing age might be risk factors leading to higher morbidity and mortality among some EVALI patients.Based on the findings on EVALI patient rehospitalization and death, CDC has updated its guidance to clinicians to minimize these outcomes.The updated clinical guidance recommends that hospitalized patients be documented as clinically stable for 24–48 hours prior to discharge.Patients should have a follow-up visit with a primary care provider or pulmonary specialist, optimally within 48 hours of discharge—a shorter follow-up time than the previous recommendation of 1–2 weeks.Healthcare providers should continue to report cases of EVALI to their state or local health department. CDC will continue to update guidance as we learn more about EVALI.What We KnowLaboratory Findings Reported Dec. 20, 2019:Laboratory data show that vitamin E acetate, an additive in some THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, is closely associated with EVALI.A recent study analyzed samples from 51 EVALI cases from 16 states and a comparison group of samples from 99 healthy people for vitamin E acetate, plant oils, medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, coconut oil, petroleum distillates, and diluent terpenes.Vitamin E acetate was identified in fluid samples collected from the lungs from 48 of the 51 EVALI patients, but not in the BAL fluid from the healthy comparison group.No other toxicants were found in BAL fluid from either group, except for coconut oil and limonene (1 EVALI patient each).This study built upon a previously released using a large number of fluid samples from EVALI patients, and added healthy controls, and yielded the same finding.These findings complement the ongoing work of FDA and some state public health laboratories to characterize e-liquid exposures and inform the ongoing multistate outbreak.About the Outbreak:CDC is only reporting hospitalized EVALI cases and EVALI deaths regardless of hospitalization statusData suggest two distinct periods: a gradual increase in ED visits associated with e-cigarette use since 2017, followed by a sharp rise in June 2019.About Patient Exposure:All EVALI patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette, or vaping, products.Vitamin E acetate has been identified as a chemical of concern among people with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI).THC is present in most of the samples tested by FDA to date, and most patients report a history of using THC-containing products.The latest national and state findings suggest THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly from informal sources like friends, family, or in-person or online dealers, are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.CDC has analyzed national data on use of THC-containing product brands by EVALI patients. Overall, 152 different THC-containing product brands were reported by EVALI patients.Dank Vapes, a class of largely counterfeit THC-containing products of unknown origin, was the most commonly reported product brand used by patients nationwide, although there are regional differences. While Dank Vapes was most commonly reported in the Northeast and South, TKO and Smart Cart brands were more commonly reported by patients in the West and Rove was more common in the Midwest.The data further support that EVALI is associated with THC-containing products and that it is not likely associated with a single THC-containing product brand.What We Don’t KnowWhile it appears that vitamin E acetate is associated with EVALI, there are many different substances and product sources that are being investigated, and there may be more than one cause.What CDC RecommendsCDC and FDA recommend that people should not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly from informal sources like friends, family, or in-person or online sellers.Vitamin E acetate should not be added to e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Additionally, people should not add any other substances not intended by the manufacturer to products, including products purchased through retail establishments.While it appears that vitamin E acetate is associated with EVALI, there are many different substances and product sources that are being investigated, and there may be more than one cause. Therefore, the best way for people to ensure that they are not at risk while the investigation continues is to consider refraining from the use of all e-cigarette, or vaping, products.Adults using e-cigarettes or vaping products as an alternative to cigarettes should not go back to smoking; they should weigh all available information and consider utilizing FDA-approved cessation medications. They should contact their healthcare provider if they need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.Adults who continue to use an e-cigarette, or vaping, product should carefully monitor themselves for symptoms and see a healthcare provider immediately if they develop symptoms like those reported in this outbreak.If you are an adult trying to quit smoking:Contact a healthcare provider for help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.Use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved cessation medications.If you are concerned about your health after using an e-cigarette, or vaping, product, contact your healthcare provider or local poison control center at 1.800.222.1222.Adults with ongoing cannabis (marijuana) use that leads to significant impairment or distress should seek out evidence-based behavioral treatment.Effective treatments are available, and recovery is possible. A number of therapy-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management, motivational enhancement therapy, and multi-dimensional family therapy have been shown to be effective.Visit Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Treatment Locator to locate treatment in your area or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).For adults currently using marijuana/THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products for medical use: We do not know if there are different health effects of using different forms of marijuana, such as smoking, vaping, and edibles, or whether transitioning from one form to another might reduce harm.Talk with your healthcare provider about other available treatment options for the conditions.Regardless of the ongoing investigation:E-cigarette, or vaping, products should never be used by youths, young adults, or women who are pregnant.Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette, or vaping, products. There is no safe tobacco product. All tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, carry a risk.THC use has been associated with a wide range of health effects, particularly with prolonged frequent use. The best way to avoid potentially harmful effects is to not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Persons engaging in ongoing cannabis (marijuana) use that leads to significant impairment or distress should seek evidence-based treatment by a healthcare provider.CDC will continue to update guidance, as appropriate, as new data becomes available from this complex outbreak.For updates on this investigation, visit www.cdc.gov/lunginjury.last_img read more

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Luján Addresses Democrats At NM Pre-Primary Convention

first_imgAnd New Mexico delivered.  You elected Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small – two of the fiercest members in the United States House. In 2018, we elected the most diverse, the youngest, and the most-female Congress in history.   Someday, you’ll tell your children about this moment in our country’s history. Let us also tell them about how you led our country onto a better path. We have to show up because our lives depend on it. Our rights depend on it. Our future depends on it. Don’t those sound like New Mexico values to you?  That the air we breathe be free of pollution and the water we drink free of chemicals. It’s with great honor that I stand before you today, the son of Ben and Carmen Lujan, the grandson of Luis and Cleotilde, and Celedon and Nestora, and of generations who held great pride in our shared histories, family and united cultures. It starts here, today, in this room with you showing up to make your voices heard. Can I count on you New Mexico?Are you ready to get to work? Are you ready to take back the Senate? Are you ready to take back the White House? Like so many of you, my family, mi familia, taught me early a love for this land – Esta Tierra Sagrada – that we call home. We win to restore the faith people have in our Democracy and the rule of law.  We win for New Mexico!Two years ago, I stood before you to say this election was the most important of our lifetimes.  That the right to health care, education, justice, and equality should not be reserved for the rich or for the few. When mom’s parents, Luis and Cleotilde, almost lost their lives in a car crash, aunts and uncles, mom and dad and all of the cousins cared for them.  Because that’s what families do. My family had pride in creating a life for us that, to this day, remains deeply connected to the land and the water. My dad was a union ironworker with local 495. My mom worked for the public schools, right here in Pojoaque.  Mom and Dad taught us that there was no job too big or too small.  From cleaning the Acequias or shoveling out the barn to preparing a meal for a stranger. We were raised to work with our hands and to follow our hearts, to take pride in the job. It’s the values we were raised with that shapes the ideals we fight for today. That the American Dream should be available to all regardless of their background, identities, skin color, gender, ethnicity, or religious beliefs. Senatorial candidate Ben Ray LujánPOLITICAL News:POJOAQUE – Today, Ben Ray Luján, New Mexico’s Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, addressed delegates at the statewide pre-primary nominating convention at Buffalo Thunder Resort.Below are his remarks, as prepared for delivery:Good morning New Mexico! When we work together, we win for families and children, for health care, and equality, for veterans and teachers, for organized labor and our environment. I come from a family of pioneers. Of survivors who braved the elements and embraced the challenges and the opportunities of building our home in New Mexico – before we were even a state.  Each of you has a story that explains why you are here today.  A story that connects to our shared values and principles, shaped by trials and tribulations, and intertwined with hopes and aspirations.  I’m proud to have you in this fight – because I know that when we work together, we win together. They taught me about service and caring for others. There was always a seat open at our table and a friend in need was never met with a closed door. These are the values that drive me. They are the reasons I serve New Mexicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and why I am running for the United States Senate.  In good times, we rallied together to share in the joy. In times of tragedy, we came together to mourn with one another. That students be able to attend school free from gun violence. My name is Ben Ray Luján, I humbly ask for your support and your vote to be New Mexico’s next United States. Senator.Thank you New Mexico, let’s get to work. It’s those stories that help others understand why we must rise together, to speak up for those without a voice, and stamp out hate and injustice.  We’ve broken barriers and have begun to change how Washington works. But we are just getting started. That people had to come together to save our Democracy and our country. Thank you for all that you do to fight for our state and protect our democracy. I learned the importance of treating others with respect and dignity. When I was young, my dad’s parents, Grandpa Celedon and Grandma Nestora, helped care for us. When they were older, we helped care for them.  Now I’m calling on you again. This moment has found us. It requires us to act. It’s those stories that drive us. That every veteran who served our nation should return home heroes, and that we must fulfill our commitments to these brave men and women. That Social Security and Medicare must always be preserved and protected. That children must not be separated from their families and put in cages. We can, but only if we unite and work together. Because when we work together we win together.  That every child living in our country should have equal opportunities — regardless of the zip code they are born in.last_img read more

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Bandelier Issues Closure Updates Due To COVID-19

first_imgBandelier National Monument closes Visitor Center, Ranger led programs and all group campsites at Juniper and Ponderosa campgrounds to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Courtesy/BNMBANDELIER News:Bandelier National Monument closed the Visitor Center and Ranger led programs Tuesday to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus.Beginning immediately and until further notice, Bandelier has closed all group campsites at Juniper and Ponderosa campgrounds. Bandelier also has suspended all park and camp entrance fees until further notice.These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people and to promote social distancing. WNPA (Western National Parks Association) at Bandelier also is closed. This will remain in effect until further notice. The health and safety of the WNPA staff, partners and that of the general public is a priority.  While outdoor spaces, like park trails, are believed to be safer than indoor spaces, visitors are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.htmlPrevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDCThere is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Visit www.cdc.gov.The National Park Service is actively monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and it is consulting with relevant federal, state and local authorities, including the CDC, to get the most up to date information needed to protect the health of our visitors, volunteers, and employees. For more information about the park in general, visit www.nps.gov/band or call the Visitor Center at 505.672.3861, ext. 0.last_img read more

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All Together NM Fund Awarding $750K In Grants

first_imgATNMF News:SANTA FE — The All Together NM Fund will be awarding $750,000 for grants to help New Mexico’s smallest businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic.The funding will be divided among four New Mexico nonprofit organizations that will award and administer grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five employees or fewer. “Business relief from the federal government has been scattered, and far too much of what was first available went to large businesses. Many micro businesses in New Mexico and elsewhere didn’t get a fair shake,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “So thank you to the All Together NM Fund for reaching out and reaching in to support as many micro businesses as we can. No doubt that’s going to make an incredible difference,” she said.The nonprofits that will administer the grants are:​WESSTRio Grande Community Development CorpNM Community CapitalDreamSpring​“They were chosen because together they already serve micro businesses across the state and know who and where they are,” said Randy Royster, president and CEO of the Albuquerque Community Foundation who has been spearheading this aspect of the All Together NM Fund grantmaking. Micro businesses with existing relationships with one of the four nonprofits will receive guidance from the nonprofit about how to apply. Micro businesses seeking more information on the grant process should contact one of the nonprofits directly.“We’re committed to getting as much money as possible out to all the counties. We should not end up seeing a significant portion going to the larger population centers,” Royster added.The smallest businesses to qualify will be those operated by the owner plus one employee. Recipients will use the grants to make payroll or to buy needed materials. “The whole idea is we want to positively affect small businesses, especially those owned by women and people of color, that are employing people,” Royster said. “We’re really looking to help vulnerable businesses that are not likely to survive without this infusion of capital.”The New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations started the All Together NM Fund in March to help New Mexico meet immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and offer long-term support for the recovery work that lies ahead. The many donors who made these grants possible include:​Stanley E. Fulton Family FoundationMcKinnon Family FoundationBlue Cross and Blue Shield of New MexicoIntel FoundationPattern EnergyBlattner Energy, IncTri-State Generation and Transmission AssociationIllinois #3 FoundationRALI New MexicoPhRMAVirgin GalacticIsora FoundationComcastSwire Coca ColaDaniels FoundationThe Santa Fe Community Foundation is the fund’s administrator.Donations to the fund are tax-deductible and can be made through the website, www.AllTogetherNM.org or:Donors may contribute gifts of stock, property and electronic fund transfers by calling the Santa Fe Community Foundation at 505.988.9715 ext. 7006.Gifts by check can be mailed to the Santa Fe Community Foundation, PO Box 1827, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Please note “All Together NM Fund” on the check itself.Text “together” to (505).333.4714 to give.last_img read more

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