The Ministry of Public Telecommunications in Guyana, in collaboration with National Center for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) presents: GUYANESE GIRLS CODE – a free 12-week pilot programme for 1st to 3rd Form girls in Guyana to learn beginners’ coding/programming. The aim of the programme is to increase the number of Guyanese women in Guyana’s ICT sector by teaching young girls to code/programme in order to empower them to innovate and create the technology that can change their world. Applicants are not required to have previous experience coding/programming but must be proficient computer users. Class sessions will take place once a week on Saturday in Georgetown. In order to participate in this programme, applicants must be able to commit to attending the entire 12-week programme. The attendance policy allows for two absences. May 28, 2020 Apr 20, 2020 Girls, women in ICT key to achieving CARICOM’s potential You may be interested in… Apr 29, 2020 Guyana to reopen airports on October 12Story via CMC – The Guyana government says it will re-open the country’s borders to international traffic from October 12 even as it also announced an extension of the seven hour curfew to the end of the month. According to the government Order which has been gazetted, the curfew will…October 2, 2020In “General”Guyanese teenager begins setting up animation networkFormer Bishops’ High School student, 19-year-old Jubilanté Cutting, has embarked on the mission of creating an animation network in Guyana. Cutting is featured in the Tuesday, 17 May, 2016 edition of the Guyana Chronicle newspaper. According to the Chronicle, Cutting became interested in animation in 2014 after participating in the…May 17, 2016In “CARICOM”Guyana Animation Network launchedThe Guyana Animation Network (GAN) was officially launched at an Open Day in the Generation Next Conference Hall in Georgetown, Guyana, on 2 July, 2016. GAN is a network established to use it resources to create and provide access to opportunities for persons within Guyana’s artistic, creative and technological communities;…July 9, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp CARICOM Girls in ICT Partnership Hosts First Digital… Narrow Gender Gap in ICT Field – CARICOM Deputy… Space is very limited and applicants will be accepted on a first come basis. Please note that the deadline to submit applications is 29 March, 2018. APPLY HERE Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Apr 27, 2020 Use crisis to propel Region into future – business leader
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Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus helps kindergarten teacher Becky Littleton move furniture today at Barranca Mesa Elementary School after teachers were delayed getting into their classrooms due to construction delays and then a flood. Photo by Sue Henninger
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 83 with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 57. Courtesy/NWS
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 68 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 39. Courtesy/NWS
Allen RuttenbergART News:Dr. Allen Ruttenberg is exhibiting his photography in a show titled “Landscapes of the American Southwest and Photomicrographic Panoramas” Jan. 4-27 at the Upstairs Gallery in Mesa Public Library.An artist’s reception is 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11.Ruttenberg is a fine art photographer who specializes in omni-directional panoramas, a method for taking wide-angle images with telephoto lenses. The subject matter includes landscape panoramas of the four-corners states (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah) as well as panoramic images using a light microscope.The light microscopy images include thin layers of chemical crystals laid down on microscope slides and photographed with polarized light yielding, highly abstract images. Dr. Ruttenberg makes these crystalline slides from a wide variety of chemicals that have never been prepared this way before.Many photographic prints in the show are very large (up to 40” x 60”). Some are printed on panels that when combined are the size of a wall mural as in “Sandia in Snow”, four panels each of 30” x 40” totaling a combined size of nearly 120” x 40”. Ruttenberg has strong ties to Los Alamos. He served as emergency room physician at the Los Alamos Medical Center from 1991-2006. He recalls that he and the fire chief were the last ones to leave Los Alamos during the evacuation caused by the Cerro Grande Fire of May 2000.The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Mesa Public Library is at 2400 Central Ave. ‘The Cienega’ mounted on gator-board, 70.5” x 40”. Photo by Allen Ruttenberg
By ROBERT VISELLos AlamosAn “Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act” bill is being introduced to the State Legislature by our Governor and her fellow Democrats this month.Putting Lipstick on a Pig doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a Pig. No matter how you name it, it is still a “Red Flag Law” and it’s pure garbage legislation at its worst!“No law shall be passed that does NOT allow ‘Due Process’ or gives the accused the right to know who their accuser is.” It should provide court-appointed counsel to respondents who can’t afford lawyers or choose not to hire them. Legal representation is crucial for respondents trying to navigate a process that is stacked against them from the beginning.Just like the Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, this Bill in its current form would allow anyone with a grudge, any anti-gunner, neighbor, emotionally unstable sibling, in-laws, or anyone else who has a grievance, to file possibly unsubstantiated charges against someone and file a complaint without any type of investigation into its validity.Being made under oath and accompanied by a sworn affidavit does absolutely NOTHING to verify the validity of the complaint. If you read this Law in its current form, it’s obvious that it takes away a person’s due process. Which is in typical Democratic Lawmaker fashion. You are GUILTY until proven INNOCENT.This new law should allow petitions be made only by prosecutors and requires them to show, based on the respondent’s actions or threats, that he/she poses “an extreme risk”. Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham wants to turn New Mexico into another California. Red flag laws are being sold to folks in California and other states as a way to curtail mass shootings. However, it hasn’t helped. Despite having red flag laws on the books for years, two of these States have had high-profile mass shootings.In neither case did a red flag law accomplish much of anything despite the claims of proponents of such laws. There’s little to no evidence that red flag laws actually have any impact, so a push to expand the number of people who can ask judges for warrants to remove guns from Law Abiding Gun Owners makes no sense.So, what’s this really about? It’s about control!Current and new Red Flag Laws will do absolutely nothing to curtail mass shootings. But it does give the Government control over its citizens. That’s the Democratic Party’s goal and they can’t do it if the citizens (subjects) are armed.In New Mexico the purpose of passing a red flag law has less to do with preventing violence but more to do with finding reasons to take people’s guns away and taking control of their lives.Under our current Democratic-controlled state, they are so anti-gun that I wouldn’t be surprised if they start putting anti-gun slogans on the state seal. Because of this, they can think of no reason to respect the right to keep and bear arms.The Heller Supreme Court Case made it clear that the state can’t just ban guns. So, they’ll try another way. Now, all you need is someone who doesn’t like guns or has a personal vendetta against you and POOF there go your guns. Martin Luther King said, “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws”.Supporters of such laws will tell you that you can get your guns back, and it’s true. However, you’re now entering a realm of “guilty until proven innocent”. You have to show that you’re not a threat, something that’s not as easy to do as you might think and something that goes against everything we stand for as a nation.That’s the only thing red flag laws manage to do well, and that’s why the Democrats are so desperately trying to pass a Red Flag Law in our State.These Red Flag Laws have been tried by other States and they have been forced to rescind, repeal, amend, or veto such legislation.There are many who would rather die than surrender to a Communist Party infringing on their Second Amendment Rights. And both Law Enforcement Agents and innocent civilians could get hurt or worse, killed in the crossfire. No Court, Judge, or Law Enforcement Agency with any merit would dare to try to enforce such sloppy Unconstitutional Laws like this and if acted upon by Law Enforcement the result could be numerous lawsuits or worse, someone could get injured or killed.All Law Enforcement Officers and J.O.P.’s have sworn, above all else, to defend the Constitution of the United States to which this bill is in direct violation of. It not only violates the Second Amendment but the Fourth (Unreasonable Search and Seizures) and the Sixth (the accused shall enjoy the right to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for their defense).A great idea would be for all the Sheriffs in all the counties of New Mexico to deputize all the gun owners in their county, that way circumventing any and all laws passed by our current rogue Government and making any anti-gun law null and void.This Bill proposed by our Governor and her fellow Democrats is nothing more than a “Feel Good” piece of garbage and should be removed from the current and all future dockets.Engrain this thought into your skulls: “An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.”
Dainty Yorkshire Terrier Monique, 11, earlier this month visiting the Los Alamos Daily Post on Central Avenue. Her sheer presence lifted the spirits of everyone in the newsroom. While personal visits are no longer possible due to social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Post welcomes photos of local pets to publish to brighten everyone’s day … include pet’s name, age and breed if known and the name of owner(s). Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
STATE News:SANTA FE — Tuesday, New Mexico state agencies – including the Public Education Department (PED), Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD), Indian Affairs Department (IAD), and Higher Education Department (HED) – announced expanded plans for coordination during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The goal of these collaborative efforts is to ensure that children in New Mexico are protected, fed, and educated, and that families are supported, during this crisis. “We know that numbers don’t begin to tell the story of how this crisis has hurt New Mexicans,” ECECD Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky said. “And just as individuals and communities across New Mexico are helping their neighbors in new and inspiring ways, state agencies are teaming up to deliver better-coordinated, better-targeted, and more effective supports to our fellow New Mexicans.” “School has never just been a place where kids go to learn,” PED Secretary Ryan Stewart said. “With our school buildings physically closed to students for the remainder of the academic year, state agencies are partnering in new and unprecedented ways to make sure that the physical, social and emotional needs of young New Mexicans are met while we practice distancing strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19.” “Many New Mexican families have been living with complex challenges for generations, but the COVID crisis further exposes the needs of our state’s most impacted people,” said Children, Youth and Families Department Cabinet Secretary Brian Blalock. “Across our divisions, CYFD is ready to step up to the plate in providing innovative services while improving old systems to respond to the crisis now and be stronger in the future. Should any family be in need of supports, CYFD and the state of New Mexico are here for you.”“Many tribal communities still lack access to the internet, running water and electricity,” IAD Secretary Lynn Trujillo said. “The Indian Affairs Department continues to work with our tribal, state and federal partners to leverage the resources that will help to support tribes through this difficult time. Our partnership with our sister agencies PED, CYFD, ECECD and HED stands as a testament to the state’s commitment to all 23 tribes, nations and pueblos of New Mexico.”Protecting ChildrenIn addition to closing public schools, PED is maintaining social distancing at meal pick-up sites and distributing guidance to school districts and charter schools regarding student privacy to ensure child safety during online learning. Similarly, CYFD is taking advantage of phone and video technology to “over-visit” with youth in care in order to identify, address, and meet their needs. CYFD is also increasing telehealth availability for critical behavioral health services for children and adults. In addition, the Department is increasing communication with domestic violence shelters, youth shelters, hospitals, police, the Department of Health, and other partners involved in keeping children safe.The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line remains open 24/7 to provide nonjudgmental support with mental health challenges and issues surrounding COVID-19. (NMCAL can be reached at 1-855-662-7474.) Statewide Central Intake (SCI) is also fully staffed 24/7 to receive, screen, log and prepare staff to investigate all reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. (SCI can be reached at 1-855-333-7233 or #SAFE from a cell phone.CYFD is working with youth shelters and domestic violence shelters to establish emergency operations and continuity of operations plans. CYFD’s juvenile justice facilities have established such plans, as well as procedures for supporting young people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 or who test positive but do not need hospitalization. The Department is also working with the Human Services Department (HSD) and other agencies to identify funding that would support hotel vouchers for quarantined or self-isolated individuals and families who have no place to live but who may be exposed to COVID-19.CYFD investigators also continue to investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect – and are taking proper health and hygiene precautions to protect children, families and themselves.Similarly, ECECD has issued enhanced health and safety guidelines for child care centers that remain open to support other classes of essential workers.Feeding ChildrenPED and CYFD continue to offer “grab and go” meals, reaching 47% of students in New Mexico. The Departments also obtained a USDA waiver that allows parents or guardians to pick up meals while their students are at home, including picking up several days’ worth of food at once. PED and CYFD distribute over 200,000 meals a day.ECECD is likewise continuing to connect child care centers with essential food and supplies. The Department is also coordinating feeding sites across the state, including in tribal communities.Funding from CYFD for shelters, including youth and domestic violence shelters, includes daily meal provisions for 3 meals and snacks per person. And in collaboration with PED and ECECD, CYFD is also coordinating and providing information to all shelters about meals available for youth at school and community sites.Additionally, CYFD staff members are volunteering to pick up and deliver meals to New Mexicans’ doorsteps – including families headed by seniors and grandparents – via coordination with the Department of Aging and Long-Term Services. IAD is coordinating with CYFD on meal-sites in tribal communities – as well as responding to requests from tribal leadership on streamlining meal services for children and families.Educating ChildrenWhile public schools are closed, PED is requiring districts to provide Continuous Learning Plans (CLP), including online learning and other forms of remote learning. The Department is also exploring the purchase of mobile devices and increased Internet connectivity for communities without broadband.PED is also maintaining special education services for students with disabilities ages 3-21. Schools will remain responsible for providing free appropriate public education (FAPE) – in a safe environment – of eligible students who have an individualized education program (IEP). PED is also supporting vulnerable students by ensuring that communities have mechanisms for connecting with educators – whether by phone, learning packets, or devices with downloaded curriculum. The Department is also informing families of support services at community schools, including food depots and virtual counseling services, and is keeping school-based health clinics open.PED is making extra efforts to support English language learners, including ensuring that families have information in home languages, providing multiple options for demonstrating work, and preserving ratios for English language instruction in online settings. The Department is also focused on delivering resources to at-risk students and their families, as well as prioritizing transition grade levels (including high school seniors and 8th graders). And during this stressful time, the Department is emphasizing socio-emotional learning as much as academic learning. In order to facilitate a smooth, orderly transition to distance learning and online platforms, PED is also offering professional development opportunities to all educational partners, including private schools and nonprofits. In particular, PED is collaborating with IAD to offer support for tribal charter schools and Bureau of Indian Education schools.ECECD is also offering extensive resources to families and children under the stay-at-home order. This includes assembling a cross-departmental Home Learning Initiative with CYFD, PED, and external partners to provide top-quality educational, health, child development, and mindfulness-related resources via the Internet, traditional media, and paper-based resources.In addition, the Department is providing ongoing early childhood development services via early interventions, child care, home visiting and pre-K. ECECD has also lowered barriers to service by establishing presumptive eligibility for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. IAD is also collaborating with PED and the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) to address concerns related to broadband access and other educational resources – as well as providing resources to tribal leadership and tribal education directors on how tech- and non-technology-based virtual learning can work in rural communities.CYFD is developing additional, creative educational activities and content to deliver to foster families, youth in care, and young people in juvenile justice facilities. Examples include virtual book clubs, household supply science experiments and other fun activities. The Department will also work with families to help coordinate access to educational options offered through individual school districts – and check in with children in care and families on school progress.HED has asked colleges and universities to work with school districts to ensure dual-credit students can complete their coursework, including via online instruction. Dual-credit high school seniors who need a dual-credit class to meet high school graduation requirements will receive priority. HED has also asked colleges and universities to offer the option of withdrawing or receiving an incomplete for students who cannot get Internet access.Supporting FamiliesWhile protecting public health is the first priority of all state agencies, we recognize the many impacts that this crisis has on normal community life. PED is strongly urging districts to find a way to host graduations and other milestone events – either virtually while the stay-at-home order is in place or after it is lifted. The Department is also ensuring that families have continued connectivity with counselors and social workers.Similarly, ECECD is continuing to provide home visiting services for pregnant mothers and young families. The Department has also waived child care copayments and expanded child care eligibility for health care professionals, first responders and other essential employees. CYFD is also working to support families with children in foster care through enhanced access to phone or video visits in order to maintain family connections and continue progress on reunification plans. In addition, the Department is standing up telehealth services for behavioral health care, conducting weekly meetings with domestic violence and youth shelters to help meet their needs, and connecting families and shelters with food and supplies.IAD is partnering with tribal governments to address worker displacement and develop safety protocols for working families – as well as supporting tribal communities in building community response plans.
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union Council 18 endorses State Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos. Courtesy photoAFSCME News:State Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Dist.43) has received the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME) Council 18, representing New Mexico’s public employees, in her reelection campaign.“I am so grateful for the support of AFSCME Council 18 and its members. I am also incredibly thankful for the work they do for our community and the entire state every day. Whether it’s helping New Mexicans access financial assistance, delivering meals to seniors, providing clean water, or managing our trash and waste systems, AFSCME’s members keep New Mexico running,” Rep. Chandler said. “The COVID-19 crisis has brought their important work so clearly to light, and when the worst has passed, we must continue to support New Mexico’s essential workers.” Rep. Chandler is running for re-election to ensure that New Mexico pursues a responsible COVID-19 recovery plan that protects the health and long-term finances of the state and that prioritizes support for the businesses and workers most affected by the downturn. She intends to continue advocating for public education, parental and medical leave, and fair treatment of workers and economic diversification efforts.Rep. Chandler has completed her first term representing House District 43 in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties. She is a member of the House Judiciary and Taxation & Revenue committees.