Eight days of Caribbean film at CARIFESTA XIII

first_img CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Antigua and Barbuda Still Committed to Hosting CARIFESTA in… Please don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the talent of the Caribbean region at CARIFESTA XIII! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years, or enjoy a $50 Season Pass for 8 screenings!Tickets are available via www.carifesta.net or all Ticket Linkz box offices! Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 9, 2020 Market Region as Safe Haven – Business Leader Jul 28, 2020center_img Jul 13, 2020 You may be interested in… Jun 4, 2020 Caribbean Leaders Urged to Diversify Creative Economy… CARIFESTA XIII – An opportunity for Regional economic progress’Asserting our future, celebrating ourselves’ is the theme for the 13th Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XIII), which takes place in Barbados on August 17-27, 2017. CARIFESTA has been the Caribbean Community’s premier art and culture festival since 1972. This roving event attracts artists and culture professionals from more than…August 17, 2017In “General”Barbados building CARIFESTA legacyCARIFESTA XIII promises to be to be a diverse festival with a lasting legacy. During a media update in his Sky Mall office on Monday, Minister with responsibility for Culture, Stephen Lashley highlighted several plans for the Festival. One notable feature referred to by the Minister was the Grand Market…July 11, 2017In “Barbados”Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIIIBRIDGETOWN – At this year’s CARIFESTA XIII hosted in Barbados, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will be facilitating the participation of designers and artisans from across CARIFORUM within their Design Caribbean and Caribbean Essence export promotion platforms. The assistance, in the tune of 50 000 euros is funded by the…August 11, 2017In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

The Caribbean Reiterates “1.5 Degrees Celsius to Stay Alive”

first_imgBy Kenton X. Chance BRIDGETOWN, (InterPressService) – If there is one lesson that Dominican Reginald Austrie has learnt from the devastation Hurricane Maria brought to his country last September, it is the need for “resilience, resilience, resilience”. And it is not just because he is his country’s minister of agriculture. When the category 5 hurricane made landfall in Dominica, Austrie, then the country’s minister of housing, was weeks away from harvest time at his two-acre farm where he had 800 plantain trees, in addition to yams. “So, personally, I suffered some loss. But to me, my agriculture, while it is commercial, it’s not really my livelihood,” he told IPS on the sidelines of the 15th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA), the premier agriculture event in the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which is taking place in Barbados from Oct. 8 to 12. “I experienced it, I saw it and I know how much it cost me; that I can never recover the cost of production and so I understand what the regular and ordinary farmer is going through, fully dependent on agriculture,” Austrie, who became minister of agriculture three months ago, said of the monster hurricane. In addition to the destruction of his plantain trees, Hurricane Maria left several landslides on Austrie’s farm when it tore across Dominica, leaving an estimated USD 157 million in damage to the agriculture and fisheries sectors, and total loss and damage amounting to 225 percent of the nation’s GDP. Austrie is taking steps to reduce the impact of future cyclones, which forecasters say will become more frequent and intense as a result of climate change. “So now I had to look at terracing, I had to look at the plants I can grow between the terraces to hold up the soil and I have to really look at whether I want to continue doing plantains, whether I want to expand,” he told IPS. Climate resilience in agriculture and fisheries was a feature at CWA. The event opened on the day that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said, in its latest report, that limiting global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrialisation levels would require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”. As part of their advocacy for a legally-binding global climate accord, small island developing states (SIDS) like those in the Caribbean, have been using the mantra “1.5 to stay alive”. SIDS say capping global temperature rise at 2°C above pre-industrialisation levels — as some developed countries have suggested — would have a catastrophic impact on SIDS. The IPCC’s latest report says limiting global warming to 1.5°C, compared to 2°C, could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society. “One of the key messages that come out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes,” said Panmao Zhai, co-chair of IPCC Working Group I. In an address to delegates at CWA, secretary-general of CARICOM, Irwin LaRocque said the IPCC report supports the findings of Caribbean climate scientists “which showed that we will attain the 1.5°C warmer world much sooner than anticipated — by 2030”. LaRocque said such as situation will result in much harsher climatic conditions for the Caribbean. “Worse, the current trend of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, would lead to warming in the range of three degrees centigrade by the end of the century.” CARICOM continues to advocate for greater ambition in the reduction of greenhouse gases, but must prepare for the worst, he said. “We, therefore, need to upscale our planning for adapting to that reality,” LaRocque said, even as he noted that the IPCC report corroborates Caribbean scientists’ projections that even a 1.5 degree rise would result in significant impacts on fresh water and agricultural yields. Further, such a level of warming would cause extreme temperatures, increases in frequency, intensity, and/or amount of heavy precipitation, and an increase in intensity or frequency of droughts. “To counter that threat, we have been working on a programme along with our international development partners, to improve the resilience of the agriculture sector,” he said. LaRocque pointed out that CARICOM’s agricultural research agency has been developing climate smart agriculture technologies suitable for agriculture in the region. “CARDI has recommended identification, storage, sharing and utilisation of climate-ready germplasm of important food crops as one of the best mechanisms for building climate resilience that safeguards food and nutrition security.” Meanwhile, CARICOM’s newest head of government, prime minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, reminded delegates at the event that in September she told the United Nations General Assembly that the CARICOM region understands that it has been made dispensable “by those who believe that a 2-degree change in temperature is acceptable to the world”. She told CWA that she did not know then that the IPCC report that came after her speech would paint such a scenario. Mottley, who was elected to office in May, said, however, that Caribbean nationals should not have been taken by surprise. “For us, our own scientists warned us of the ravages with respect to drought, with respect to the destruction of our reefs, and by extension, our marine life. “They warned us, more than 10 years ago. And we have allowed others to determine our advocacy and our voice without, perhaps remembering that phrase from one of the other countries, Jamaica, that ‘We small but we tallawah (feisty)’.” And while those calls were not headed a decade ago, Hurricane Maria and the other cyclones, including Hurricane Irma, which affected the Caribbean in 2017, have brought them home forcefully. “One of the things we have learnt is resilience, resilience, resilience… “Dominica is a mountainous country. We farm on the hillsides. But there are technologies that can now be used to protect your lands from moving. We have to begin using new and innovative technologies,” Austrie told IPS as he reflected on the impact of Hurricane Maria on Dominica. “And so we believe that while Maria dealt us a blow and nobody wishes for another Maria, it taught us some lessons, which had it was not for Maria, we would have taken for granted. We had adopted a kind of complacent attitude but I believe that Maria really struck us and sent it home that we have to begin to do things differently,” Austrie said. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 IICA partnering with Dominica towards construction of Resilience CentreThe Inter-American Institute for Cooperation Agriculture (IICA) will be the primary partner of the Government of Dominica in the construction of a Resilience Center, which will disseminate, at the global level, experiences and technologies related to climate-smart agriculture. IICA Director General, Manuel Otero, made the announcement Wednesday during a press…August 29, 2018In “CARICOM”Members of CARICOM Must Collaborate More to Fight Crime – Spencer[su_pullquote align=”right”]“One of the most effective ways we can confront the challenges outlined is to reject corruption and the behaviours that support it. Never forget that no criminal act can bear fruit without compromise and someone deciding to look the other way.” – Jamaica Minister of State in the Ministry…May 31, 2018In “Anguilla”Greater resilience necessary to confront ‘new normal’ – CARICOM Secretary-General at agriculture meetingThe catastrophic hurricanes that ripped through Caribbean territories recently were likely to be the “new normal”, and provided the evidence of the reality of climate change, Caribbean Community Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said Friday. The impact of the storms also pointed to the need for the Region to build greater…October 6, 2017In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 9, 2020 Oct 7, 2020center_img Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… Related Posts Sep 29, 2020last_img read more

CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General engages student visitors

first_imgMore than 50 students from the Institut voor de Opleiding van Leraren, Suriname, enjoyed a tour of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, on Friday.The students were shown various sections of the CARICOM Secretariat, and Deputy Secretary-General of the CARICOM Secretariat, Amb. Manorma Soeknandan PhD., stopped in and had a discussion with the students about the workings of the Caribbean Community and the CARICOM Secretariat.See photo highlights of the tour below.  Students during the tour CARICOM DSG Amb. Manorma Soeknandan PhD., engages with the students Project Officer, Documentation Centre and Registry, Ms. Mignon Bowen-Phillips (c) and Clerk in the Documentation Centre Ms. Petal Dodson (l) engage with the students The students were guided on the tour by Communications Officer Jascene Dunkley-Malcolm Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Windsor Forest Primary tours CARICOM HeadquartersStudents from the Windsor Forest Primary School on Wednesday got the opportunity to tour the CARICOM Secretariat. The students were guided on the tour by Communications Officer at the CARICOM Secretariat Ms. Jascene Dunkley-Malcolm and Senior Clerk Ms. Gloria Whitney. The students got a brief walk through of the Secretariat’s…February 26, 2016In “CARICOM”CARICOM Secretariat partners with Guyana for Girls in ICT DayThe CARICOM Secretariat, in collaboration with the Guyana Ministry of Education, including the  Department of Culture, Youth and Sports – National Archives; MIS Unit;  the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD) and the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), will host a number of activities in Guyana from April 28– 29, 2016,…April 21, 2016In “CARICOM”Be smart – CARICOM ASG advises Guyana, Suriname animatorsBe smart in the business of animation. That’s a bit of sound advice that Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Joseph Cox offered animators from Guyana and Suriname. The animators from the Guyana Animation Network and the Suriname Animation Network visited the CARICOM Secretariat on…August 28, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Delphi CFO Alan Dawes Resigns Amid SEC Investigation

first_imgTROY, MI — The board of directors for Delphi Corp. announced this morning that Vice Chairman and CFO Alan Dawes is leaving the company and has resigned from its board of directors and its strategy board. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In related news, the company said it will file an 8K today updating investors on the status of its internal investigation with regard to the accounting for certain historical transactions. “Dawes agreed to resign after the audit committee expressed a loss of confidence in him,” said Robert Brust, executive vice president and CFO of Eastman Kodak Co. and the outside director who chairs Delphi’s audit committee. Brust also said the internal investigation by the audit committee is ongoing and that the company continues to cooperate fully with the SEC’s investigation. John Sheehan has been named acting CFO, effective immediately. Sheehan is the company’s chief accounting officer and controller and will retain those responsibilities while serving as interim CFO. He has been named to the Delphi strategy board and will report to Chairman and CEO J. T. Battenberg III. Sheehan joined Delphi from KPMG LLP in July 2002, where he had been a partner. His experience includes 20 years at KPMG LLP in a number of assignments in the United States, England and Germany. He is a licensed CPA in Michigan and Connecticut and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Sheehan also served as president of the board of directors for the International School of Stuttgart, Germany from 1999-2001. Advertisement Brust said that Sheehan’s strong background in public accounting, in conjunction with his current responsibilities, will help assure a smooth transition until a permanent CFO is named. The Delphi board will conduct an internal and external search for a permanent CFO. In related moves, Delphi’s chief accountant and controller Paul Free has also left the company, and the vice president of treasury, mergers and acquisitions, and new markets, has been reassigned to a non-officer position. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

Akzo Nobel Recognizes Most Influential Women in the Collision Industry

first_img Vivian Spires, Painter, Ryan Chevrolet, Monroe, LA; and LAS VEGAS – Akzo Nobel presented its annual awards to the Most Influential Women in the Collision Industry earlier this month during the NACE show in Las Vegas. Established in 1999, The Most Influential Women of the Collision Repair Industry award was created to recognize the leadership contributions that are made by individuals who have dedicated themselves to the betterment of the collision industry as well as their communities. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The 2006 Most Influential Women in the Collision Industry are: Sue Jacobson, Owner, Auto Industrial Color, West Allis, WI; Shannon Valdez, Owner, Central Collision Center, Draper & Salt Lake City, UT,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 Eileen Sottile, Director of Government Relations, Keystone Automotive Industries, Fort Lauderdale, FL; 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. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement Julie Miller, Global Account Manager, Automotive OEM and Aftermarket, Lord Corp., Wixom, MI; last_img read more

DENSO Sales California Names New Senior Manager of Service, Quality and Engineering Departments

first_imgLONG BEACH, Calif. — DENSO Sales California has appointed David Shushereba as the company’s senior manager, Service, Quality and Engineering (SQE) departments, effective Jan. 28. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In his new role, Shushereba will direct the Quality Engineering and Technical Services departments, which are responsible for quality assurance of all automotive, heavy duty and aftermarket and original equipment service (OES) parts. Shushereba replaces Eugene Stark, who is retiring after 22 years with the company. “I am excited to join the DENSO team and I am looking forward to upholding DENSO’s outstanding reputation for manufacturing quality products,” said Shushereba. ”My goal will be to continually improve quality while reducing costs in order to provide the best value to our customers.” Prior to joining DENSO, Shushereba was director of research, development and engineering for K & N Engineering, where he was responsible for the design and testing of all current and new products, both domestic and international. Shushereba has more than 26 years of experience in the aerospace and automotive industries. He spent the majority of his career designing, analyzing and fabricating research and flight hardware for all of the major airframe companies, the National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Shushereba holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, in Milwaukee, Wisc., a master’s degree in management science from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and an executive MBA from Chapman University in Orange, Calif.last_img read more

Joe McAleese of Bendix Heads Slate of 2012 MEMA Board Officers

first_imgRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Joseph “Joe” McAleese, president and CEO, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, has been elected as 2012 chairman of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Board of Directors.   In addition to McAleese, new MEMA officers for 2012 include: AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementVice Chairman – John Corey, president and CEO, Stoneridge Inc.Vice Chairman – Doug Grimm, chairman, president and CEO, Grede Holdings LLCImmediate Past Chairman – Terry McCormack, CEO, president and director, Affinia Group Inc.   Bob McKenna, president and CEO of MEMA, also serves as an officer and member of the MEMA executive committee.   “We are pleased to have Joe as our 2012 chairman of the MEMA Board of Directors and thank Terry for his hard work on behalf of the association during his two-year term as chairman,” McKenna said. “We also thank retiring board members Denny Michels, president and CEO of Link Manufacturing Ltd., and Frank Ordonez, retired vice president of Delphi Corp. and president of Delphi Product and Services Solutions, for their support of the association.”   The 2012 MEMA Board of Directors includes: Jeff Brekke, president, Global Automotive Aftermarket, Gates Corp.Michael Cardone Jr., chairman and chief executive, CARDONE IndustriesPat Cavanagh, president and CEO, Williams ControlsDavid Coolidge, executive vice president, Americas, Global Automotive Aftermarket Division, BOSCH GROUP Charley Johnson, president and CEO, BC Partners LLCBill Kozyra, chairman, CEO and president, TI AutomotiveJim McElya, executive chairman and CEO, Cooper StandardJim Orchard, CEO, Mark IV Automotive, Dayco Products LLCJack Shaffer, president and CEO, Bergstrom Inc.last_img read more

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 5

first_imgSee related post above regarding move of an excavator off Main Hill Rd on Friday. Trinity Drive Handicap Ramp Installation at 2373 Trinity Dr (near O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Store) – impacts on bus service nearby:  Please slow down, use caution and expect delays in this area, especially during peak commute times. Otherwise, no change in truck traffic on DP Road from last week’s report. Clean-up work on the LANL TA-21 Site at the far eastern end of DP Road continues. Large trucks carrying away demolition debris containers will be exiting DP Road at an average of approximately three trucks per day. Motorists are asked to be alert for trucks exiting; use caution when entering or exiting DP Road, as this area is near the N.M. 502 Road Reconstruction project. Asphalt milling and paving work continue the Week of Aug. 4. Residents and businesses along Diamond Drive can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction; Work will occur Sunday starting at 6 p.m. and continue throughout the night all week. Traffic will be restored with all lanes open for the morning commute before 7 a.m. Two lanes of travel, one in each direction, will be maintained on Diamond Dr during working hours overnight. Traffic and Streets Crews will be striping curbs within school zones throughout Los Alamos and White Rock in anticipation of the new school year which begins Aug. 14. Other road construction projects: Oppenheimer Drive: Sidewalk Removal Near Trinity Dr – impacts on bus service nearby: Mill and overlay will then proceed to between Sandia/Orange and the roundabout at San Ildefonso Rd by Sept. 20. Final project completion is set for Sept. 27, weather permitting. Contractor began work July 31 to remove a section of sidewalk on the west side of Oppenheimer as traffic turns off Trinity Drive. Pedestrian traffic is being diverted on the crosswalks at the intersection to the east side of Oppenheimer. Those who use Atomic City Transit at the stop near this area, including school-aged children using the bus to get to school starting Aug. 14, should be aware of this cross-over that is needed to the East side of Oppenheimer. Sidewalk Removal: Canyon Rd near NM502 Roundabout Project:  Diamond Drive Pavingcenter_img Traffic advisories from NMDOT are available on www.nmroads.com and motorists are asked to check the site for updates on this project as it proceeds. NM502 Roundabout and Road Reconstruction (NMDOT project) No change from last week’s report. Work continues from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Monday – Friday. Expect delays. The speed limit is reduced to 25 mph. NM502 (Trinity Drive) east-bound traffic is being detoured to 4th Street and Central Avenue. After a full stop, motorists should turn right (east) and travel through the construction zone to continue east-bound out of Los Alamos on NM502. West-bound NM502 traffic entering Los Alamos and approaching the roundabout construction zone is being detoured onto Central Avenue; continue west to Knecht Street (or alternatively, continue to the traffic light at 15th Street) then turn left to return to Trinity Drive. There is only one lane of traffic in each direction on Central Avenue.  COUNTY News: Gas Line Purging at NM502 Roundabout Project: Additionally, work on a section of natural gas pipeline as part of this project will occur early in the week on the south side of NM502, east of the intersection at Canyon Rd. Gas will be purged from the line several times between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday Aug. 5 and Tuesday, Aug. 6. During the purging operation, individuals near the area may small natural gas and hear loud noises usually associated with the controlled release of gas from the pipe. Vehicle traffic may be stopped for short period of time to minimize any potential sources of ignition. Purging is necessary to safely release gas out of the line into the atmosphere so work may be conducted safely. The procedure is performed under strict federal regulatory requirements and is safe. TA-21 Clean Up Project – DP Road (N3B project): Starting August 9, Megacomm Service LLC will be removing sections of sidewalk along the western side of Canyon Rd between the intersection of NM502 and Canyon Rd, moving toward 4th Street and Canyon. Sidewalks will be closed; pedestrian traffic will divert to the East side of Canyon Rd.  School Zones: Curb striping in Los Alamos and White Rock Work will occur ton install the ramp starting Thursday, Aug. 8 and continuing through Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Transit customers should contact ACT (661-RIDE) for instructions on access to the bus stop that is located near the construction site. Star Paving is working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface between Los Alamos Canyon Bridge (aka Omega Bridge) and Sandia Drive/Orange Street with an anticipated finish date on or before High School begins Aug. 14. last_img read more

N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) Road Closure: Monday Aug. 19

first_imgCourtesy/NMDOTNMDOT News:Los Alamos Roadway Reconstruction ProjectSanta Fe – New Mexico Department of Transportation District Five and Star Paving Company continue roadway reconstruction on N.M. 502 from mile post 1.257 to mile post 2.053 in Los Alamos.Starting Monday Aug. 19 – N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) will be CLOSED between DP Road and Central Avenue.The closure will be in effect 24 hours a day for the next two weeks. The closure is necessary to facilitate the crossing of the following utilities:8” water line;10” sewer line;4” gas line;12” water line; andelectrical and communication conduits.Traffic will be detoured during this time.DETOURS FOR CLOSURE AUG. 19-31 Eastbound traffic will be detoured to 15th Street onto Central Avenue and back on N.M. 502. Local traffic only between 15th Street and DP Road; andWestbound traffic will continue to be detoured onto Central Avenue to Knecht Street and back onto Central Avenue.  Detour signs will be in place to guide the traffic through the detours. The work is planned to be completed by Aug. 31; weather permitting. Traffic Advisories and updates on this project will be posted on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road conditions website, http://nmroads.com/. The NMDOT would like to thank mororists for their patience during this roadway improvement project.last_img read more

Local Residents Caught Between State And Contractor

first_imgLos Alamos resident Jane Johnson’s back door shows the level that water and mud reached in her house last summer during flooding. Courtesy photoBy KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily [email protected] 7, 2019, Los Alamos resident Jane Johnson arrived to her home in Verde Ridge to discover it was submerged in water.Her daughter, Jill Cook, said there was 15 inches of standing water and her mother couldn’t even open the door.This wasn’t the first time Johnson’s house had flooded. The first flood occurred July 26. Cook said the damage was minimal and the Los Alamos Fire Department’s response in the matter was “awesome.”The flooding stems from the road construction work the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is conducting on N.M. 502, she said.The project includes a roundabout being constructed at the intersection of Central Avenue and N.M. 502; additionally, Canyon Road will be realigned and other features in the project are adding more pedestrian and bicycle access as well as a storm drainage system and extensive utility upgrades.The total project cost is $10.8 million and is expected to be completed in December. Work started March 2019.Cook said when the original curb and gutter were removed, this caused four residents’ homes in Verde Ridge, which is located near the Knights of Columbus Hall, to flood. Cook said her mother’s home was the worst hit.In the span of nine months, Cook said her mother’s house had to be gutted. New walls, flooring and appliances needed to be installed. Cook said she has spent $55,000 for the remodel and that cost doesn’t even include all the personal effects and memories her mother lost in the flooding.Also, in the span of nine months there has been no responsibility taken from either NMDOT or its contractor for the N.M. 502 road project, Star Paving.“I’ve heard from no one,” Cook told the Los Alamos Daily Post Monday.During the March 5 Los Alamos County Board of Transportation meeting, the NMDOT officials did address the flooding issue. NMDOT Assistant District 5 Engineer for construction Sally Reeves Reeves said regarding the flooding issues from the Knights of Columbus driveway, Star Paving Company added an earth berm to direct water to an existing drainage system. She added in the final condition, the plans for the bottom of the Knights of Columbus driveway require an asphalt curb that will direct storm water into that same existing drainage system.Cook shared with the Daily Post her correspondence between Star Paving and NMDOT, which date back to August 2019. In that time, Cook requests her claim for damages be approved.Star Paving’s responses ranged from they were simply following directions and were not accepting any claims to the flooding was “an act of God – unusual and sudden and unexpected forces of nature” and therefore were not a fault.In NMDOT’s correspondence, several officials offer a different opinion.Rose Quintana of the state’s Property and Casualty Bureau flatly denied Cook’s claim, writing on Sept. 12, 2019 that “we have found no waiver of immunity from liability pursuant to the State of New Mexico’s Tort Claim Act. ‘Nothing in this section shall be construed as granting waiver of immunity of any damages arising out of operation or maintenance of works used for diversion or storage of water.’”Reeves, in her correspondence in February said that “Star Paving was responsible for any damage caused during construction of the project.”Since then, Cook said she hasn’t heard from anyone. She added she recently mailed several hard copies of letters and her hope was to get a response some time this week.“I don’t care whose fault it is,” Cook told the Los Alamos Daily Post. “I want someone to take responsibility and cover the costs.”She said if the claim is not approved by either the state or Star Paving, legal action will be taken. Cook said her lawyer as well as attorneys representing the three other residents are working together. Ideally, Cook said they would all like this to be settled outside of court.The bottom line, Cook said is that she is out a lot of money. Plus, her mother, who is 74 years old, has been traumatized by this whole experience.“It would be nice,” Cook said, “If someone stood up and showed some leadership instead of finger pointing.” Los Alamos resident Jane Johnson’s kitchen was completely submerged in water as a result of flooding that occurred Aug. 7, 2019. Courtesy photolast_img read more