Interaction between Trade and Labour – the Future of Work in the Caribbean

first_img Trade in Services – For CARICOM, Tourism dominates Thus here in the Caribbean where international trade is critical to economic growth and development, we must be aware of the link between trade and labour and be engaged in the discussions now taking place on the future of work in this new industrial age. Jamaica has been celebrating the highest increase in employment in many years due to investments in trade in services through business process outsourcing (BPOs) and tourism. This employment increase is linked to international trade. Nevertheless, there is concern about our preparations for looming changes in employment, including increasing automation in the BPO sector. Many countries in the Caribbean commemorate Labour Day in May, most on May 1 to coincide with International Labour Day and its activities. As we in Jamaica prepare to mark Workers’ Week, May 17-24, and Labour Day on May 23, we need to be examining the relationship between trade and labour and building awareness of the ongoing work and discussions on the future of work. I note that during the week an event will be held to commemorate the centenary of the ILO, 1919-2019, and the Trade Unions Act of Jamaica. I did not see an event on the Future of Work. This Future of Work question came to my attention when the report issued by the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work entitled “Work for a brighter Future” was recommended as a must read. In addition, in the Barbados Advocate newspaper of May 10, it was reported that on May 8, the Sir Arthur Lewis Distinguished Lecture was delivered by Professor Emieritus Hilbourne Watson on the subject “Transnational Capitalist Globalization and Caribbean Future: Unlimited Supplies of Labour and the Robot Rampage”. The Professor, it was reported, pointed out that in the production of goods and services, humans are not just competing with but are being replaced by machines, robots, and other smart devices and there are implications for Caribbean. My research reveals that work on the future of work has been ongoing since 2016 when the World Economic Forum published its first future of jobs report – The Future of Jobs: Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In 2017, the ILO, approaching its centenary, launched its Future of Work Initiative and established the Global Commission, co-chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden. The ILO noted that the world of work is undergoing a major process of transformation due to, among other things, advances in technology and the impact of climate change on production and employment. The Commission’s report will be discussed at the centenary session of the International Labour Conference to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, June 10-21. This Conference is expected to be addressed by Heads of State and Government. Leading up to the Conference, the ILO invited Member States to organize events to mark the centenary and to discuss the Report on the Future of Work as the Initiative is to culminate at the Conference. In preparation for and to ensure its input, the Caribbean has been engaged in studies, consultations and meetings as follows: 2017 – ILO/SALISES Study on the Future of Work in the Caribbean: What do we know? What do we need to know? 2018 – Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) – Series on the Future of Work in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Great Opportunity for the Region? An ILO Meeting on the Future of Work in the Caribbean was also held in Panama in October 2018 at which the CARICOM Human Resource Development (HRD) 2030 Strategy and its role in enabling employability was presented. 2019 – ILO Bureau of Workers Activities and Office in the Caribbean convened a High Level Conference on the Future of Work in the Caribbean in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, February 14-15, to encourage discussions in the region. The 11th Meeting of Caribbean Labour Ministers will be held in Barbados, May 14-15, and the Ministers are expected to discuss the ILO’s Future of Work report. ILO meetings/consultations usually take a tripartite approach involving representatives of government (Ministry of Labour), employers (Employers Federation) and workers (trade unions). Given the importance of these discussions on the future of work and the link to trade and development, I would hope that to ensure coherence, consultations on the ILO report would have included other Government Ministries such as Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Economic Growth and Job Creation, Finance, Education, Industry and Commerce, Agriculture, Gender and Culture, and Tourism and that other private sector bodies would be included such as Exporters, Manufacturers, the Chambers of Commerce and Small Businesses. At the regional level, I would have liked to read that CARICOM organs such as the Council for Finance and Planning (COFAP) and the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) as well as the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) reviewed this significant ILO Report. Although there have been some reporting in the media on the future of work, I would like to see more focus on this issue during Workers’ Week and leading up to the International Labour Conference in June. By Elizabeth Morgan We are apparently in the second machine age of the fourth industrial revolution. Investors want to remain competitive in global trade. The challenges being faced include aging workers in some regions including the Caribbean; facilitating movement of labour – migration issues; reducing cost of employment – less benefits to workers, more contracts including zero hour contracts; increasing resort to technology and automation – robots, driverless cars, self-service checkouts, online banking and shopping; digitization trending towards a “gig” economy with a flexible workforce and hours; new industries – green and blue; re-training of workers, and lack of capacity to respond to evolving requirements of the global labour market. These present risks and opportunities for the Caribbean in investment, trade, employment, and sustainable economic growth and development. It is recognized that labour plays a significant role in international trade and competitiveness. A study undertaken by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2007 concluded that trade and labour and social policies interact and greater coherence can significantly impact trade reforms and the quality of jobs. In the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), key related goals are 4 -quality education that is inclusive, equitable and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all;  8 –  decent work and economic growth promoting sustained, inclusive sustainable growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all;  and  17 pointing to partnerships with international trade as a key means of implementation. Trade-in-Services and Technology: More missed opportunities… Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy alliance Oct 14, 2020 Oct 7, 2020 You may be interested in…center_img Oct 1, 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics. ILO: Centenary Declaration for the Future of WorkBy Elizabeth Morgan I am returning to an article I wrote in May on the Future of Work. In that article, I referred to the link between trade and labour and informed that the report of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Global Commission on the Future of Work titled “Work…August 15, 2019In “Featured”Impact of Population Issues on Foreign TradeBy Elizabeth Morgan The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting some issues which I had not fully explored. One of these is the impact of population issues, such as demographic shifts, on foreign trade. COVID-19’s ravishing of Italy and Spain in Europe brought to the fore the issue of Europe’s aging population.…April 8, 2020In “General”CARICOM’s Economic Independence: Role of Foreign TradeBy Elizabeth Morgan August is a significant month in Caribbean liberation history. The Anglo-Caribbean countries commemorated Emancipation Day, marking the official end of slavery. Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago celebrate 57 years of Independence on August 6 and 31 respectively. The Rt. Hon. Norman Manley expressed the view that his…August 7, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Ahead of Biodiversity Summit, UN Officials call for Action… last_img read more

Reform WTO, resist protectionism, say Commonwealth trade ministers

first_img On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… Aug 9, 2020 Aug 24, 2020 You may be interested in… Ministers also endorsed an action plan designed to boost trade among their countries to at least $2 trillion by 2030, through the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda. Intra-Commonwealth trade is projected to reach $700 billion by next year. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said: “The multilateral trading system is the only way for our countries, as diverse as they are, to trade in a predictable, stable, transparent and fair environment. While the global trading system may be far from perfect, it is the surest pathway towards eradicating poverty. “Building on this, the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda will help businesses, including micro, small and medium sized enterprises, to plug into global trade networks and benefit from world trade. In this way, intra-Commonwealth trade offers immense opportunities to contribute to reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development.” The Chair of the meeting, UK Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade Liz Truss said: “The UK along with its Commonwealth partners has today clearly set out its commitment to fight against protectionism. We must work together to promote free trade and reform the multilateral system to make sure it works for every nation, small or large. “Trade has the power to drive growth, jobs and opportunities – it is an essential tool in the fight against extreme poverty and insecurity. “By sharing experience across the diverse Commonwealth community, we can help to break down existing barriers to trade which currently prevent businesses in all our countries from trading successfully.” Ministers called for an end to the impasse regarding the WTO’s Appellate Body – a key panel of judges, whose rulings help resolve the trade disputes. They highlighted the need to update WTO rules to address new challenges and opportunities, including e-commerce. They pledged support for a global agreement that would prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, and eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing by the end of 2019. In their communiqué issued from the meeting, ministers also welcomed progress made under the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda, including the work of active country-led ‘clusters’ focused on five areas: digital, physical, regulatory, supply side and business-to-business connectivity. The outcomes of the meeting will inform leaders’ discussions at the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda in June 2020. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Ahead of Biodiversity Summit, UN Officials call for Action… Two UWI Scientists Appointed to International Body center_img Oct 15, 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Beyond the Pandemic: Harnessing the Digital Revolution to… (Commonwealth Secretariat) Trade ministers from across the Commonwealth today made a commitment to resist all forms of protectionism, and to work urgently together towards reforming the World Trade Organisation, which sets the global rules for international trade. Following a meeting in London, ministers from the 53 Commonwealth member countries declared their collective support for free trade in a transparent, inclusive, fair and open multilateral trading system, with the WTO as its core institution. They agreed that any WTO reform should take into account the views of all members, underlining the special circumstances of the developing and the least developed countries, as well as small and vulnerable economies, including Small Island Developing States (SIDS). WTO: Divisive Development Status DebateBy Elizabeth Morgan The General Council (GC) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the highest body outside of the Ministerial Conference, met October 15-16. This was the first opportunity to consider the US Presidential Memorandum on Reforming Developing Country Status in the WTO issued in July. Issues related to WTO…October 24, 2019In “Business”Commonwealth TradeBy Elizabeth Morgan Commonwealth Foreign Ministers will be meeting in London under the chairmanship of the United Kingdom (UK/Britain) on Wednesday, July 10. The Ministers will be addressing preparations for the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and commemorating the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth. I saw this…July 10, 2019In “Featured”COTED Statement on the World Trade OrganisationCARICOM Trade Ministers, meeting in Georgetown, Guyana, on 15 and 16 November 2018, at the Forty-Seventh Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), re-iterated the Caribbean Community’s support for the rules-based, multilateral trading system embodied in the World Trade Organisation (WTO). They viewed with great concern the…November 18, 2018In “Business”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Former Steelworker President George Becker Dies

first_imgLSI 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.  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.  From Tire Review AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Former United Steelworkers president, George Becker, 78, died Feb. 3 at his home in Gibsonia, PA, after a long battle with cancer. Becker served as USW president for seven years, and was first elected president in 1993. “George did as much as any president in our history to strengthen our union,” said USW President Leo Gerard, who served as international secretary-treasurer under Becker and succeeded him as president in 2001. “He was a powerful voice for the interests of our members. He had a unique ability to give voice to the frustrations and concerns of workers, their right to be treated with dignity and decency – values he believed in deeply.”,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.last_img read more

Gary Light of Speed Warehouse Named to IWD Board of Managers

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. BRANFORD , CT — Independent Warehouse Distributors, LLC (IWD) has announced Gary Light of Speed Warehouse in Hayward , CA , as the newest member to the IWD Board of Managers. Speed Warehouse, a performance and traditional replacement parts distributor, became an automotive member of IWD in 1996. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Light is the third generation in his family’s business, which has always sold high performance parts and is the oldest existing speed shop in California . Light is also the president of Performance Warehouse Association (PWA). Speed Warehouse has two locations in Southern California and has an equally successful aftermarket replacement parts wholesale business. Light has been responsible for his business’ advanced computerization and Internet presence. Independent Warehouse Distributors, LLC (IWD), which includes the Auto Pride Automotive Division and the Truck Pride Heavy Duty/Fleet Division, was founded in 1985. Starting with a core of 15 warehouse distributors in the Northeast, the group grown to become an international distribution network with more than 800 member locations in the U.S. and Canada .,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 MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Illinois Tool Works Announces Management Changes

first_imgGLENVIEW, Ill. — Illinois Tool Works’ (ITW) Board of Directors has elected E. Scott Santi a vice chairman of ITW, overseeing the Food Equipment and Power Systems & Electronics segments. Additionally, Steven Martindale has been elected executive vice president, Test and Measurement.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Santi, 47, previously held the position of executive vice president of Power Systems & Electronics and has served in a variety of roles in sales, marketing and management since joining ITW in 1983. Santi graduated from the University of Illinois in 1983 with a B.S. degree in accounting, and received a masters of management degree from The Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University in 1992. He is now one of two vice chairmen of ITW. Tom Hansen, 59, serves as the company’s other vice chairman. Martindale, 52, assumes the role of executive vice president after serving as group president of Test and Measurement since ITW’s acquisition of Instron in 2005. He joined Instron in 2002 as chief financial officer, and later served as chief operating officer. Martindale graduated from California State University, Fullerton with B.S. degrees in accounting and finance. Martindale’s appointment comes in light of Hugh Zentmyer’s retirement from his position as executive vice president after 40 years of service for ITW.,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

Penray Announces Change in Power Fleet Regional Sales Management

first_imgWith 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. 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.  ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. – As of today, the Power Fleet division of Penray will split the country and form two regions for its heavy duty chemical product offering. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement To form the new territory management, Penray will promote two long-time employees from their existing sales roles as regional sales managers. Joe Long will assume the position of director of sales, east region, and Mike Goodheart will become the director of sales, west region.   “We feel, by dividing the country, we will be able to streamline sales efforts for our OEM and traditional distribution partners while providing the necessary management support for our existing regional sales managers,” said Randy Fowler, vice president of sales and marketing.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

McQuiston: How To Stop Targeted Ads On Facebook

first_imgBy ALLEN MCQUISTONThe Jemez AgencyA little off the topic of insurance, but I thought you might find this helpful.You probably already know that your Facebook news feed is full of advertisements. But have you ever been surprised to find advertisements for items you just searched for using your phone’s Internet browser?  Were you a little creeped out that Facebook could do that? Or maybe just curious about how they did it? Either way, here’s a little bit about how it works and how to turn it off (if you want to).So what is a Facebook ad? According to digitalmarketing.org, it’s an ad on Facebook “that’s served to a Facebook audience based on user activity, demographic and profile information, device use information and off-Facebook activity.” Facebook is essentially analyzing everything you’ve ever liked, followed, clicked on, or searched for on the device you’re on. In the marketing world, this technique is raved upon because of how targeted it can be.Beyond targeting a specific type of person, Facebook is also capable of targeting only those who have previously viewed a particular website. Businesses tend to like this because they know they’re reaching people already interested in their products. Facebook advertising also has a capability known as “lookalike audiences” where you can target users similar to a customized audience like those who already follow your Facebook page.After hearing more about it, have you decided you want to turn off Facebook ads?  Well you can’t turn off Facebook ads completely or opt to see less ads, but you can turn off the targeted ads that use data about you to determine what to show you. Here’s how:Open FacebookGo to your SettingsFind the Ads sectionClick Ad PreferencesClick Ad settingsOnce there, there’s three different types of ads that you can turn off:Ads based on data from partnersAds based on your activity on Facebook Company Products that you see elsewhereAds that include your social actionsThere’s a description of each type of ad so that you can better understand them before deciding which ones to opt out of. In our connected world, it’s nearly impossible to prevent advertisers from seeing your online activity, but at least you can control how many of their ads you see.last_img read more

Hilltoppers, Gallegos Hammer Sundevils

first_imgIn the first set, Los Alamos was apparently leading 18-12 after a service ace by Michaela Gonzales. Officials stopped play and began what would turn out to be a 30-minute conference. The issue was Los Alamos (Gonzales) serving out of rotation. As the delay dragged on, players, fans and everyone else in the gym grew restless. Espanola won the next point, but a service error by the Sundevils and an ace by Gonzales that counted made the score 18-14 in the Hilltoppers’ favor. By GEORGE MORSESports And OutdoorsLos Alamos Daily Post “Our pre-district sets us up well for the district,” he said. “We had the third-toughest schedule in the state.” Senior Natalie Gallegos led the Lady Hilltoppers with 16 kills. “She’s a stud,” Los Alamos Coach Joe Palmer said. “We have her hitting from all over the court.” Los Alamos’ Nadia Gallegos and Espanola’s Kiana Duran battle at the net while their teammates intently look on in the Hilltoppers’ 3-0 victory over Espanola Oct. 8 at Espanola. Los Alamos evened its record at 7-7 with the victory and is 2-0in District 2-4A. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com Gallegos is an asset even when she is not putting down kills from the front row. She led the Hilltoppers with 22 digs. Los Alamos hosts Taos Thursday in its next District 2-4a match in Los Alamos. Eden Schmierer makes a pass in Los Alamos’ 25-19 win in thethird set oftheir match against Espanola Valley Oct. 8 in Espanola. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com When a decision was finally reached, the two points that Gonzales had served were taken away from Los Alamos. Espanola was awarded a point for Los Alamos serving out-of-rotation. That made the adjusted score 16-13 in favor of Los Alamos. The Hilltoppers surged ahead 21-13 behing the hitting of Gallegos. Espanola made a late run with libero Miranda Salazar serving to make the score 23-20, but another untimely service error gave the Hilltoppers set point. It was a kill by Ariel Edkin that gave Los Alamos a 25-20 victory. “We still haven’t played our best match,” Coach Palmer said. Fans from both teams had cheering matches. Los Alamos players, Espanola players and Espanola cheerleaders danced to the music of “Footloose” as everyone wondered what was taking so long. The Los Alamos High School volleyball team evened its overall record at 7-7 and picked up its second win in District 2-4A competition with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 victory Tuesday over Espanola Valley High School at Espanola. In the second set, Espanola took a 7-5 lead after a kill and an ace by Dulce Maldonado. Behind a strong service run by Eden Schmierer, Los Alamos strung together seven unanswered points to take a 12-7 lead. All eyes are on the ball as it floats in the air among five Los Alamos players. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com In the third set, the teams battled back-and-forth and the score was tied 13-13 before Los Alamos put together one of those short but important runs to take a 17-13 lead. The Sundevils fought back to within a point 19-18, but another one of those runs gave Los Alamos a 24-18 lead. Espanola fought off oneset and match point. Another untimely service error by the Sundevils gave Los Alamos a 25-19 win and a 3-0 victory in the match. Los Alamos played a tough pre-district schedule and was just 5-7 overall before beginning district play. Coach Palmer believes his team is well-prepared for district competition. Los Alamos had 10 service aces including three each by Gonzales and Edkin. The Hilltoppers had 13 blocks with Gallegos and Elise Olivas each getting six blocks. Olivas had 28 assists. A service error by Espanola gave Los Alamos a 24-19 lead and set point. Gallegos slammed down the decisive kill to give the Hilltoppers a 25-19 victory. “I’m proud of them,” Coach Palmer said. “I had challenged them to make some service runs. We had a number of three-point runs.” “Teams keep wanting to serve her,” Coach Palmer said. “I’m happy with that.” “Ariel is beginning to hit out of the middle,” Coach Palmer said. “She’s getting good points.” Espanola battled back to within two points of the Hilltoppers 19-17, but the Hilltopperswere able to put together a three-point run. Throughout the match, Los Alamos was able to make those short but significant service runs that kept the Sundevils coming back from behind.last_img read more

NMED Monitoring Effects Of Colorado Mine Spill

first_imgThe New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) was notified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier today of a mine release into the Animas River north of Silverton, Colo. NMED News: Discharges observed Thursday from the Silver Wing Mine in southern Colorado caused discoloration of the Animas River. NMED is closely monitoring real-time data from the river in Colorado and New Mexico, which do not currently indicate any evidence of water quality impacts that could affect human health and the environment. NMED will provide additional information through its website and social media as it becomes available. EPA has not issued notice to close municipal drinking water supplies that use the Animas River, but the cities of Farmington and Aztec and Lower Valley Water Users Association have shut off water intakes to municipal drinking supplies in an abundance of caution.last_img read more

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 9 To Oct. 15, 2019

first_imgISAIAH LEE EDWARD AYLMEROct. 11 at 1:53 p.m. / Police arrested Isaiah Lee Edward Aylmer, 19, of White Rock at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant. LAPD News:The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.HALLIE MAY SCHWENKOct. 9 at 12:48 a.m. / Police arrested Hallie May Schwenk, 21, of Grants in Grants on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. ELIJAH J. MEASONOct. 15 at 11:21 p.m. / Police arrested Elijah J. Meason, 30, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant, a warrant from another jurisdiction and i=on an arrest order.last_img read more