Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office Reduces Office Hours In Response To Continued COVID-19 Concerns

first_imgLos Alamos County Clerk Naomi MaestasCOUNTY News:Due to continued COVID-19 concerns, Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas is taking additional proactive measures, and has reduced office hours.Effective Monday, April 6 and until further notice, staff will be available to process Drop-Box items between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday.The suspension of all in-person services and transactions will continue. Customers may continue to drop off items in the designated Drop-Box located outside their office, and items will be returned by mail.All urgent matters will be handled through appointments made by calling the office at 505.662.8010. Clerk Maestas reminds customers they may utilize the Online Records Portal for searching real estate and government documents.For searching probate and marriage records, or to apply for a marriage license online, customers may use the Probate & Marriage Online Records Portal. “Though I realize these changes will cause some inconvenience, I feel this is an appropriate response to the current challenges faced by the COVID-19 virus that protects both my staff and the public, while also continuing to deliver the important daily services of my office,” Clerk Maestas said. “I appreciate your cooperation and for the safety and wellbeing of the entire community, I encourage the public to abide by all the best practices being recommended by public health officials to limit the potential spread of this virus.”Clerk Maestas and staff are working closely with the New Mexico Secretary of State and our Los Alamos County officials for their support and preparedness related to the upcoming Primary Election.At this time, there have been NO changes to the upcoming election cycle. However, for those who are concerned about health risks posed by COVID-19, there are a few election related items that can be handled online or through the United States Postal mail service. Citizens are reminded to utilize www.NMVote.org for voter registration and to other election related services.Voting Absentee by Mail New Mexico is a no excuse state related to voting absentee by mail. Therefore, rest assured, citizens will always be able to cast a ballot in Los Alamos County and have their voice heard. For those who are concerned about the health risk or simply prefer to vote from home, Clerk Maestas would like to remind citizens that voting absentee by mail is secure, confidential, and ALL absentee ballots are counted. For more election related information, visit the Clerk’s elections information webpage or feel free to call the office.As this situation continues to evolve, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office will share updates on any additional changes to daily operations via the web at www.losalamosnm.us/clerk and through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.If individuals have questions, call 505.662.8010 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Dominica to receive first shipment of banana plants

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica to receive first shipment of banana plants by: Dominica Vibes News – April 1, 2015 Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share The ministry of agriculture with support from the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) is seeking to increase its banana production by 100 acres during 2015/2016. On Tuesday, stakeholders met to prepare for the first shipment of 20,000 banana plantlets from France which will arrive here on 7 April 2015, in an effort to revive the sector. Head of the Plant Protection & Quarantine Unit, Ryan Anselm said over 25 stakeholders participated in the training on Tuesday 31 March at the conference room at the Fisheries Division. “What we have done is to set up together with National Fair Trade Organization and DAPEX’s system of production where we want to increase the production by about a hundred acres in the first year which is 2015 – 2016 that will provide production for Fair Trade and that will allow them to continue to export to the international market, one would hear about the suspension of Fair Trade; and presently we are not shipping banana’s to the UK,” he said. The program,which is funded by the BAM and supported by the ministry of agriculture, will bring in approximately 60,000 plants and these plantlets will be brought by batches of 20,000. Anselm said 25 people working closely with the ministry participated at Tuesday’s workshop to review the protocols and procedures in handling the plants. “So part of the preparedness of these plants we held a training at the fisheries complex on the Bayfront to train persons involved in the weaning of the plants”.“We had about 25 participants and basically going through the procedures involved in taking the plants from the jar, which is 25 or 30 plants in that jar with nutrient agar and washing it, sorting it and planting in a sifting tray. So we went over the protocols with the people involved, we wanted ever body prepared,” he said. He said the division is also working with the Agricultural Chinese mission stationed at One Mile, Portsmouth at the Chinese Dominica Modern Agricultural Station. “They are providing space for weaning of the plants; the Chinese are also supporting with labour and are giving us all the seedling trees for the winning of the plants. So the process would be winning of the plants for 4 – 6 weeks and then and then harvest 4 – 6 weeks so one can say the farmers getting planting materials let’s say the second week of June,” Anselm noted. Meanwhile, Mr. Anselm said the recipients of the plants are now participating in an assessment program to broaden their skills. “Now the farmers we have an assessment program going on validating the farmers that we are going to give the plants cause we cannot give anybody the plants the person need to have a capability and knowledge for growing green bananas and can take care of the plants so under the BAM, the BAM will provide all the imputes and necessary technical assistance that will come from the ministry,” he added. 292 Views   one commentlast_img read more

Jackée Harry says she was “giddy” to play her role of Mrs. Bennet in ‘Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta’

first_imgRandy Shropshire/Stringer(LOS ANGELES) — Jackée Harry is taking on a role near and dear to her heart in Lifetime’s contemporary take on the classic novel Pride and Prejudice, titled Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta.In the new film, Harry plays the classic character of Mrs. Bennet, a mother who wants one of her daughters to marry the new bachelor in town. However, in this iteration, Mrs. Bennet is no longer English gentry, but a preacher’s wife and relationship expert who feels compelled to see her five daughters happily married.“I was so giddy to play her,” Harry tells ABC Radio. “I knew just what I wanted to do with it. When I got the script immediately. And I worked on it and it was a lot of work. We worked really, really hard.”In fact, Harry reveals she’s been huge fan of not only the book, but the original 1940s Pride and Prejudice film.“The original Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier, oh yes it’s my favorite,” Harry says. “I relate to Mrs. Bennet — [Mary Boland]… I watch it all the time. So, definitely that was my source material. A lot of people are not familiar with it but I’m totally, totally familiar with with all those classics back then.”While Harry was happy to jump on the project, the 227 alum reveals that one of the things that most impressed her about the production was the amazing people behind the scenes — including the film’s young African American director, Ronda Barka.“Everybody kind of took it for granted but not me,” said Harry. “Because I rarely work for women producers, or directors. So, every time I get the opportunity I’m just giddy about it.”Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta, also starring Tiffany Hines and Reginald VelJohnson, airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert talks contract, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Nets’ expectations

first_imgPICKERINGTON, Ohio — Caris LeVert did the work to be a steady NBA player. Now, he’s ready to do the work to become a superstar.  Perhaps that explains why the Nets small forward handled the career-changing moments in the last 12 months in stride. LeVert went from suffering a viral injury in November to playing on a team with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan next season. He also signed a three-year, $52.5 million extension to stay in Brooklyn.  Despite all that, LeVert — who turned 25 last week — handled that success with the same even-keeled approach that got him there. He hosted the Caris LeVert Basketball Academy at Pickerington Central High School on Sunday. For LeVert, this is the best part of the job.  “It felt gratifying with all the work I’ve put in since I was a kid, but I think for me I have a lot more work to do,” LeVert told SN. “People are excited for me, but at the same time I feel like I still have that much work to do because I want to be up there with the top players in the league.”  “That’s the goal,” LeVert said of competing for a title. “When you get guys like KD, Kyrie and DeAndre, expectations rise. We’re looking forward to that. We’ve been working for that. I think everybody loves playing on a big stage. We’re definitely looking forward to this year and the challenges it’s going to bring.” LeVert then capped the summer with that extension he signed on his birthday. A week later, he was back in Pickerington teaching basketball. LeVert’s career has come full circle once. The next go-around should be even better. That’s what he is working toward now.  “Wherever you come up from, that definitely prepares you for the next stage in the life,” LeVert said. “For me, just playing here gave us a lot of competition. There was a lot of kids that were good when I was younger. A lot of kids who were talented and good at a lot of different sports. It helped me get ready for the next level, for sure.” Caris LeVert speaks at his basketball camp in Pickerington, Ohio, on Sunday. (Bill Bender/SN)LeVert averaged 13.7 points, 3.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Nets last season, but a gruesome leg injury suffered on Nov. 11, 2018 while attempting to block a shot sidelined him for a big chunk of the season. LeVert, however, returned less than three months later after what first appeared to be a career-threatening injury.”That’s all credit due to God and the training staff,” LeVert said. “They pushed me every single day. Rehab was really, really tough. That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. We just pushed every single day. We did two-a-days and three-a-days. It all paid off in the end.”  LeVert had a breakout performance in the first round of the NBA playoffs against Philadelphia, averaging 21 points per game in the five-game series. The Nets lost, but the offseason additions of Durant, Irving and Jordan should make Brooklyn one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference next season.  LeVert recalled pulling up Instagram to see the Durant news on June 30. He jumped off the couch. “That’s news that changes your perspective on things,” LeVert said. “I knew it was in the works but didn’t know it was official. When I found out I was really happy.” LeVert played on Michigan’s Final Four team as a freshman in 2012-13. This is the first time since he will be on a team that will be expected to compete for NBA Finals appearances.   (Bill Bender / Sporting News) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/49/7d/caris-levert-081818-bb-ftrjpg_44ej40gzqojl1ciaxvd59e5po.jpg?t=-305333884&w=500&quality=80last_img read more