Farmers welcome CWA Focus

first_img Download full press release here: PR2252014 – Farmers welcome CWA focus PR2252014 – Farmers welcome CWA focusPR2252014 – Farmers welcome CWA focusPR2252014 – Farmers welcome CWA focusPR2252014 – Farmers welcome CWA focusPR – Farmers welcome focusfarmers welcom focus Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Feb 2, 2020 Apr 8, 2020 May 3, 2020 No more active COVID-19 cases in Suriname St.Kitts And Nevis Dirctor Of Agriculture Gives Forecast Of… Apr 12, 2020center_img Suriname reaffirms commitment to CARICOM April 10 update Farmers in the Region on Monday welcomed the attention being placed on family farming, but cautioned against the absence of women and youth, shifting goalposts and ignoring cultural elements in the development of policy for the sub-sector. The position was provided from the floor at a seminar titled `Caribbean Agricultural Transformation: the Role of Family Farming’. It was the first activity of the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) now underway in Paramaribo, Suriname. You may be interested in… #CWA2014 – Expectations high for Caribbean Week of AgricultureAs the clock winds down to the opening of the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) in Suriname agricultural organisations have been signaling their expectations of the Region’s leading agricultural event and their faith in the Community’s quest to meet its food and nutrition needs. This year, CWA will be…October 2, 2014In “Suriname”#CWA2014 – A day for farmers?Should a day be set aside each year to celebrate farmers? His Excellency Soeresh Algoe, Minister of Agriculture of Suriname certainly thinks so, and is rallying his colleagues in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to advocate for the observance of International Farmers’ Day on October 8 each year. At the opening…October 13, 2014In “Anguilla”#CWA2014 Family farmers – better stewards of earthFamily farmers were on Monday hailed as better stewards of the earth who provide safe food for the populace of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The role of family farmers was acknowledged during the first seminar of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 2014. The seminar’s main aim was the promotion…October 6, 2014In “General”Share this on WhatsApplast_img

Use collective strength to push SIDS priorities, CARICOM SG urges

first_img Important Issues for CARICOM SIDS Highlighted at… You may be interested in… Nov 26, 2019 Sep 2, 2020 Today is World Environment Day May 22, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is urging close collaboration between Caribbean Small Island and Low-lying Developing States (SIDS) and those in the Indian Ocean and Pacific States to achieve greater results when SIDS development priorities   come before a global forum next year  . The Secretary-General made the point during the Opening Ceremony for a meeting of Caribbean SIDS preparing  for a mid-term review of the Samoa Pathway (SIDS Accelerated Modalities  of Action Pathway).  The Samoa Pathway which represents SIDS priorities for sustainable development and poverty eradication, was adopted at the Third International Conference of SIDS in Apia, Samoa in September 2014.  A High Level Review of the  progress made in addressing the SIDS priorities has been scheduled for September next year at UN Headquarters in New York. Jun 5, 2020 Promoting Investment in Sustainable Development Goals for… Ahead of next year’s Review, preparatory meetings are being held to examine the progress made at national and regional levels. Belize is hosting the Caribbean Preparatory Meeting and Regional Partnership Dialogue from 6 – 9 August. There is a further interregional meeting to be held in Samoa in October. Ambassador LaRocque urged participants at the Belize meeting to hone their strategy to collaborate with the other Regions so that the unified strengths of the SIDS can go forward to the 2019 High Level Meeting. “I therefore give my assurance as Secretary-General of this Community, that I will endeavor to reach out to my counterparts in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Regions to ensure that our collective influence is used to give us the best chance of a positive response to our needs as we seek to fulfill the objectives of the Pathway and attain the SDGs,” he said. Participants at the meeting in Belize Op-Ed: Caribbean island states need differentiated treatment… Reviewing the Region’s Development and Poverty Eradication prioritiesPrime Minister of Belize Mr Dean Barrow and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque will address the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the mid-term review of the Samoa Pathway, Monday 6 August 2018, in Belize. The Ceremony begins at 3:00 pm, Belize Time  (4:00 pm Jamaica time, 5:00 pm Eastern Caribbean Time)…August 6, 2018In “Belize”UN Summit on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)By Elizabeth Morgan “SIDS are a special case for sustainable development. They require concerted long-term attention and investment of the entire international community.” UN SG The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ended its week of summits at the start of its 74th Session with one dedicated to the specific sustainable…October 4, 2019In “Jamaica”CARICOM records concerns about pace of SIDS’ development in Samoa meeting(Caribbean Community Secretariat) – As the global community prepares for a Midterm Review of the progress in addressing the priorities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is concerned about the pace of implementing the modalities for SIDS’ sustainable development. CARICOM articulated the concern that SIDS faced…November 14, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Belize accepts chairmanship of AOSIS

first_imgThe following statement by Belize was delivered at a Ministerial Meeting of AOSIS during a short ceremony on the occasion of the 24th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to mark Belize’s acceptance of the chairmanship of AOSIS from the Maldives in January 2019. Belize will hold the chairmanship for two years to be followed by Antigua and Barbuda in 2021.H.E. Amb. Lois Young, Permanent Rep. of Belize to the UN; H.E. Hussain Rasheed Hassan, Min. of Environment, Maldives; Mr. Amjad Abdulla Dir.-Gen/ Chief Negotiator for AOSIS Climate Change Dept., Min. Environment & Energy“Good evening distinguishing delegates, colleagues. I am delivering this statement on behalf of the Vice Minister of Belize who had to leave early because of another pressing engagement.On this occasion I wish to extend sincere thanks to the Maldives for steering our group over the course of their Chairmanship, for their leadership and support. I extend congratulations from my Ministry and from the Government of Belize.Read more at: Caribbean ClimateShare this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM negotiating with ‘one voice’ in global climate change talksCARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana – CARICOM entered the 24th Session of the UNFCCC COP 24 which opened Sunday in Poland with unified negotiating positions, conscious that global climate change not only threatens the environment but also has deleterious consequences to the Region’s economic development. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) fine-tuned its…December 4, 2018In “CARICOM at Work”COMMUNIQUÉ – Twenty-Second Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), St. George’s, Grenada, 13-14 May 2019The Twenty-Second Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) convened in St. George’s, Grenada on the 13-14 May 2019, under the Chairmanship of the Honourable C. Peter David, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Labour of Grenada. The COFCOR was attended by the…May 14, 2019In “CARICOM”CARICOM eyes key outcomes from UN climate change talks(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Mitigating climate risks and building resilience against extreme weather events underpin key areas of focus for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) during the ongoing United Nations (UN) climate talks in Bonn, Germany. The Twenty Third Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework…November 14, 2017In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Consultations on CARICOM Gender Equality Strategy begins in Antigua and Barbuda

first_img CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Oct 16, 2020 Women’s issues in focus at Barbados forumDirectors and coordinators of the Women’s Gender Bureaux from Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will meet in Barbados on February 23 and 24. The aim of the meeting is to discuss preparations for the Fifty-Ninth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, scheduled for 9–20 March 2015 in New York,…February 22, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARICOM,UN-Women sign MOU on gender equality, empowermentThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UN-Women to support the Community’s work on gender and regional statistics.The signing took place during the official opening of the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana. The MOU on…January 9, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua/Barbuda to host major CARICOM Development Forum“CARICOM Overcoming Challenges: Pathway to Development”. That is the focus of a major regional forum to be held in Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesday 23 June 2015. Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Brown will be among the Forum’s list of high level presenters, drawn from the Caribbean…June 17, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 16, 2020 The first of 15 national consultations on a draft Regional Gender Equality Strategy for CARICOM opened on Thursday, in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. Approximately 50 stakeholders representing government, Non-Government Organisations, Civil Society Groups, the Private Sector, and Faith Based Organisations are attending the consultation. They are expected to give their views and recommendations on the strategy as it relates to a situation analysis of gender equality, equity and the empowerment of women and girls in Antigua and Barbuda, examine gaps and assess what could be some of the “quick wins” that could be harnessed to continue to achieve progress in the six priority areas of the strategy. The priority areas identified included equality and social inclusion, freedom from violence, access to health services, access to education, good governance and economic empowerment. According to Deputy Programme Manager, Gender and Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Ann-Marie Williams, who is leading on the consultations, it was also expected that participants would better understand the gains made in gender equality and equity since the Beijing Declaration in 1995, while identifying what needed to be done in order to fast-track progress. Participants at another gender consultation on the 1995 Beijing Declaration in Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 Related Postscenter_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Ms. Williams emphasised that the strategy was crafted using a rights-based approach that took into consideration vulnerable groups, particularly the disabled and indigenous peoples. She also outlined that the Strategy’s goal was to accelerate the effective implementation of priority actions through a Regional coordinated approach to achieve gender equality, equity and the empowerment of women and girls in tandem with Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 5 speaks to the empowerment of all women and girls and is the driver of all the other 16 SDGs. The Deputy Programme Manager explained that the SDG framework was the latest that spoke to the empowerment of women and girls since the gender equality strategy had been drafted. She added that the strategy was also aligned with the Convention on the Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Samoa Pathway, the Montevideo Consensus and other regional and international frameworks on the advancement of Gender and Development that CARICOM Member States had ratified. As part of the consultations in Member States, key informant interviews will also be conducted in some of the countries. The purpose of those interviews is to find out how key informants can assist with advancing gender equality in those countries. The consultations are expected span the next few months with engagements confirmed in Guyana on March 6, Belize on April 5, as well as Grenada in May and Jamaica in June. It is expected that all 15 CARICOM Member States will provide their input on the strategy after which it will be reviewed and the necessary amendments made for a final document to be produced. Thursday’s consultation was held in partnership with UN Women and the Antigua Gender Affairs Division. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020last_img read more

Renewables to Become Norm for Caribbean

first_img Solar Head of State (SHOS), a non-profit that helps world leaders become green leaders by installing solar panels on government buildings, has been assisting Jamaica and other Caribbean countries with their renewable energy transition. Read more at: Caribbean360 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Oct 1, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 Ryan Bent wins Jamaica Solar ChallengeJamaican youth showcase creativity in renewable energy competition (Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Press Release), October 18, 2018 – Solar Head of State, a nonprofit that helps world leaders become green leaders by installing solar panels on government buildings, has announced the winners of the Jamaica Solar Challenge, a competition that invites young people…October 18, 2018In “CARICOM”CARICOM Heads of Government sign Agreement establishing Energy InstitutionCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government on Thursday signed the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE). The signing was done at the Thirty Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in St. George’s, Grenada.   The signing of the…July 7, 2017In “Barbados”Caribbean energy sector to get transformation supportThe just ended Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington gave a commitment to support the Caribbean’s transformation of the energy systems. In a joint statement the Summit pledged to pursue, among other things, comprehensive, planning-based and research-driven approaches to energy transition; the promotion and development of affordable no-or-lower carbon electricity…May 5, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday April 30, 2019 (IPS) – Jamaica and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are embracing renewable energy as part of their plans to become decarbonised in the coming decades. The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, has committed the island nation to transitioning to 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030. “I believe that we can do better. Jamaica has sunshine all year round and strong winds in certain parts of the island,” Holness said. Oct 5, 2020center_img Oct 2, 2020 Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… You may be interested in… CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector… last_img read more

WABCO Names Mike Thompson Vice President of Strategy and Investor Relations

first_imgBRUSSELS, Belgium — WABCO, the vehicle control systems business of American Standard Companies Inc. has announced that Mike Thompson, WABCO vice president of marketing and strategy, will assume additional responsibility for investor relations. WABCO is now preparing for a spin-off from American Standard and will become an independent, publicly traded company. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Thompson will continue to report to WABCO president Jacques Esculier. He will work closely with Bruce Fisher, vice president of strategic planning and investor relations for American Standard, leading up to the spin-off. Thompson will continue to be based in Brussels. Thompson has served in his current position for more than two years. Prior to joining WABCO, he was vice president of marketing for Honeywell Aerospace in the U.S., where he was responsible for global marketing for the aerospace product portfolio. He had previously served as Honeywell’s vice president of new business development and strategy for aerospace electronic systems, and also had full profit-and-loss responsibility for the company’s aerospace information services business. Prior to joining Honeywell in 1999, Thompson was an engagement manager with McKinsey & Company, focusing on industrial sector strategy, marketing and operational effectiveness. Thompson earned bachelors degrees in physics and mechanical engineering from Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in materials science from Northwestern University. He is also a graduate of McKinsey’s executive MBA program. For more information about WABCO, go to: http://www.wabco-auto.comlast_img read more

OBITUARY: Former APRA President Evan Hammer, 89

first_imgFrom APRA e-Connection   The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) this week offered the following memorial of industry pioneer and former APRA President Evan Hammer, 89, who died Jan. 3 after a long battle with cancer.   In Memory Evan Hammer, Sr. Evan Hammer, one of the pioneers of our industry, died peacefully on Jan. 3 after a long battle with cancer. He recently spent his 89th birthday surrounded by his friends and family at home. Evan served as APRA’s president in 1992 and was a regional director in the early 1980s. He was also very active in APRA’s Electrical Division and was ever-present at APRA’s International BIG R Shows over the years with his wife Virginia at his side. Evan’s winning smile and warm personality made everyone who had the pleasure to meet him feel like a friend.   There will be a viewing from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 at the Lisle Funeral Home in Fresno, Calif. (1605 L Street, Fresno, CA 93721). The service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Saint James’ Anglican Cathedral (4147 East Dakota Avenue, Fresno, CA 93726).   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the American Cancer Society or St. James Anglican Cathedral. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Virginia Hammer, c/o Evans Electric Service, 531 Fulton St, P.O. Box 11456, Fresno, CA 93773.   To Evan’s family and friends, remember that those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they brought into our lives. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Promotions Announced at Arnold Motor Supply

first_imgDeMoulpied 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. SPENCER, Iowa – Dennis Spooner, managing partner of the Arnold Group of Companies based in Spencer, Iowa, recently announced three managerial changes within the company.              Adam Janssen has been named the store manager for the company’s Arnold Motor Supply automotive parts store in Washington, Iowa. Janssen has been part of the Arnold Motor Supply team since January of 2005 and brings a wealth of experience. He was most recently a salesman at the Marshalltown location.   Adam Wallin, has been named the store manager for the company’s Auto Value Parts Store in Geneva, Neb. Wallin started with the company in 2010 after serving in the U.S. Army during Iraqi Freedom, and working as a sales manager for a realty and livestock firm. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in marketing. He is a second-generation partner.   Adam Jones has been named the store manager for the company’s Auto Value Parts Store No. 63 in Omaha, Neb. Jones has been part of the Arnold Group of Companies team since February 2004 and brings with him a wealth of automotive parts and repair experience. He was most recently a trainer for the Auto Value Parts Stores of Nebraska.   The Arnold Group includes 38 Arnold Motor Supply stores, 11 Auto Value parts stores as well as two warehouses, an Auto Refinish division, a light industrial coating distributor, and a cylinder head re-manufacturing division with stores in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois and Missouri. Twenty-one store locations have complete machine shops located within the stores.       AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,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 With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. last_img read more

Council Hears Presentation On Trinity Drive Projects

first_imgThe future location of  The Hill Apartments. To accomodate the new development, County staff are considering a road diet  project from east of Diamond Drive near Los Alamos Medical Center entrance to west of Oppenheimer Drive. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post [email protected] of the main thoroughfares in Los Alamos could see a few transformations. Los Alamos County Council was updated on projects planned for Trinity Drive and N.M. 502 during its meeting Tuesday night.Work to construct a roundabout as well as improvements on N.M. 502 from Knecht Street to Tewa Loop has already begun. Meanwhile, County Engineer Eric Martinez reported that New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is scheduling a pavement preservation project from mile marker 0 at Diamond Drive to mile marker 4 east of Camino Entrada this summer. He explained the maintenance project excludes the current roundabout project area and consists of a rapid Cutler overlay process.Plus, he said, LAH Investors LLC is working to construct a 150-unit apartment complex, known as The Hill Apartments, on the south end of 35th Street. The complex would be situated just east of Los Alamos Medical Center, west of Mountain View Condos and south of Alpine Laser Dental. The property was the site of the former Los Alamos Site Office.According to agenda documents, the County is responsible for the costs of engineering and design of any off-site improvements for the apartment complex.Council was asked to weigh in on the suggested alternative for street improvements to accommodate the additional traffic generated from the apartment complex, which consists of a concept called a road diet. The project area would apply east of Diamond Drive near the Los Alamos Medical Center entrance to west of Oppenheimer Drive, according to agenda documents. Additionally, the project would provide for left turn refuge for westbound traffic at the Los Alamos Medical Center entrance.A road diet, Martinez explained, is basically reducing the number of vehicle lanes from four to three. The road wouldn’t be narrowed or widened but rather there would be three vehicle lanes, one lane in each direction and a center turn lane, and the addition of two bike lanes.“The plan provides for a complete streets concept where you have dedicated bike lanes in both directions, pedestrian buffers, pedestrians crossing availability as well as transit service,” he said.Martinez said there also would be pedestrian activated flashing lights to warn motorists about pedestrian crossings as well as a small median refuge island to facilitate safe crossing. He continued that under this plan pedestrians would be required to cross fewer lanes of traffic.The idea for a road diet was recommended during the Jan. 3 County transportation board meeting, Martinez said. After performing a study and review of the road diet alternative, County staff presented the findings to the transportation board on May 2. Martinez said the findings showed the road diet configuration provides adequate capacity for build-out of the site and into the future.Since Trinity is a state road Martinez said, the changes will need to follow NMDOT’s requirements and that the state is interested in the council’s thoughts on the road diet option.“They (NMDOT) are looking forward to hearing what council has to say about the project,” he said.Additionally, Martinez said, NMDOT is set to award a $250,000 grant to the County for pedestrian and ADA improvements on Trinity. The grant request will go before the State Transportation Commission at its August meeting, he said.After some discussion on the matter, Council Chair Sara Scott summarized council’s thoughts on the road diet option. She said council would like to see further investigation on how the road diet would affect traffic during peak hours. Also, council wondered if staff could investigate the increase in traffic expected to be caused by the new apartment complex and increased hiring at Los Alamos National Laboratory.Additionally, Scott said County staff should investigate the possibility of moving the hospital entrance on Trinity to the east. Perhaps constructing an entrance to the hospital parking lot from Finch Street could be a future item as well as the possibility of connecting the bike lanes to a future project such as the extension of the Canyon Rim Trail, she said.Council also asked staff to investigate how the green space to the east of Diamond Drive would be impacted by the road diet option.“I like the idea of the road diet,” Councilor Antonio Maggiore said. “I have some concerns about peak traffic hours, but my other concern is the entrance to the hospital. It seems to me this whole thing would be quite a bit safer if the hospital entrance was moved east.”This is not the only project being discussed in the area.Martinez mentioned while the state progresses with the roundabout project and preparing for the summer overlay work on N.M. 502, the County is getting ready to begin a pavement rehabilitation project along Diamond Drive, from the Omega Bridge to San Ildefonso Road. Provisions were made to complete the segment between Omega Bridge and Sandia and Orange streets before the start of school in August to reduce impacts to the traveling public.last_img read more

Fr. Glenn: Intentional Mediocrity

first_imgBy Fr. Glenn Jones“If the minimum wasn’t good enough, it wouldn’t be the minimum.”I vividly remember that statement from an acquaintance years ago … and not fondly. He was quite happy to perform the very least required of him and, as you can imagine, eventually the minimum wasn’t good enough and, while still in the same profession, his peers have risen in the ranks around him while he remains mired at the lowest level.The result? Complaints of being treated unfairly; after all, hasn’t he been working there much longer than the others? “Don’t I do what is [minimally] required?” One can’t help but wonder:  “Well … what did he expect?”, and it reminds of the scripture: “The soul of the sluggard craves, and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” (Proverbs 13:4)  Undependable … unreliable … his effort spent in seeking every opportunity and excuse to avoid productive labor. Last to work, first to leave, etc.We’ve all probably known such; every office and worksite has them (you’re thinking about some right now, I’d bet!)—those who refuse to go the extra mile—or even the extra inch—for the good of the family, group, organization or goal. In fact, sometimes those who work with them have to drag them to the finish! (think of Wally in the comic strip “Dilbert”… but less witty).  Many times employers simply endure it because it’s more bother than it’s worth to find someone else—especially in our current litigious society. “If they fire me, I’ll sue!” is a laggard’s threat, so the employer makes the inevitable cost analysis: time and $$$ vs. is it worth the trouble. And so, the employer often just tolerates, even though “Like vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard …” (Proverbs 10:26) Not exactly a positive tribute for anyone.Oh, and let’s not forget in families. How often we priests and ministers witness people caring and spending for elderly/sickly relatives, while other family members and ostensible long-time friends—even if locally present and able—hardly lift a finger. One hates to be harsh, but if the neglectors are the neglected’s children, the term “ingrate” comes to mind, I’m afraid … especially remembering “With all your heart honor your father, and do not forget the birth pangs of your mother. Remember that through your parents you were born; and what can you give back to them that equals their gift to you?” (Sirach 7:27-28) Conversely, dutiful attentiveness will no doubt redound to the diligent caregivers’ eternal glory, while the neglectful … not so much. The latter in St. Paul’s time merited one of his most severe admonitions: “If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8)Prison ministers often comment about the ingenuity and industriousness of criminals in committing crimes, and how the same energies applied to legal and productive pursuits would have resulted in an incomparably more honorable result, not to mention continued freedom. Similarly, there is no hiding a dawdling spirit and work ethic, and the slacker’s reputation will always be one peppered with disdain. How much more honorable, then, is diligence in one’s work, occupation, or vocation … to be known as one upon which others can rely, to always seek to put out 110%, to be the go-to person in time of need. The virtuous should be content with humble service and not seek honors, but honor comes nonetheless to the dependable, the reliable, the self-motivated. That principle touches on the contrast between two of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount admonitions which, on the surface, might seem to contradict, but the key lay in intent: “…when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men.” (Matthew 6:2) compared to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)The sincere Christian knows this … not only because of Jesus’ own words (which should be quite sufficient!), but later also through the teaching of St. Paul: “Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” (1 Corinthians 10:24) and “Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men…” (Colossians 3:23) Thus, since fruitful labor helps to build up society and the kingdom of God, sincere service leads toward the final end—the goal—of the Good. This ought be reward enough to the Christian who remembers his fealty to God and the plethora of gifts already received and promised—not seeking his own temporal glory, but remembering Jesus: “…when you have done all that is commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’” (Luke 17:10)I pray that young people especially take note for, in an era in which so much is simply given with little effort required, and young people are often protected from anything that might possibly upset them (“safe spaces”), a distressing sense of entitlement has wormed its way into many a psyche—so much so as to become the object of comedy and ridicule, and bane of both employers and families. Stepping back to take in the larger view, Jesus’ wisdom rings ever more true: “… let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves” (Luke 22:26) … because entitlement takes, while service gives, and “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Act 20:35) “I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man without sense;and lo, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction.A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. (Proverbs 24:30-34)Rev. Glenn Jones is the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and former pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.last_img read more