Mighty Sparrow – Person of the Year for NY Magazine

first_img Trinbagonian Calypso Rose continues to reign Oct 8, 2019 West Indies cricket legends for Florida BenefitFormer West Indies captains, Sir Garfield Sobers, Courtney Walsh and Brian Lara, head a galaxy of former West Indies cricketing stars who have confirmed their participation in an exhibition game and fundraising dinner, in South Florida, on January 24 and 25, this year. The Cricketing Legends weekend of activities will…January 20, 2015In “CARICOM”HRD Consultations take place in BelizeThe CARICOM Secretariat along with the Human Resource Development Commission  is hosting a series of national consultations across the Region in its quest to develop a strategy that will shape the future of the Region’s education and human resources. The consultations for Belize took place on October 31, 2016 and was…November 7, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”Saint Lucia to table legislation to make CCJ final courtBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The St. Lucia government says it will soon table legislation that will allow for the island to make the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final court, replacing the London-based Privy Council. Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony said that St. Lucia has a provision in…July 7, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Another international award for Calypso Rose Calypso to be taught in schools Shadow’s son accepts honorary degree on his behalf Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img Nov 7, 2018 Oct 30, 2018 You may be interested in… Apr 22, 2019 A United States-based publication has named calypsonian Slinger Francisco, popularly known as The Mighty Sparrow, as its “Person of the Year.” Herman Hall, Editor/publisher of the New York based Everybody’s magazine said Sparrow was “overwhelmingly” selected by its readers and social media friends from among “many regional leaders and people of Caribbean heritage in the Diaspora”. More in the Gleanerlast_img read more

Reaffirm commitment to brighter, better future – UN SG on UN Day

first_imgThe timeless values of the UN Charter must remain our guide.  Our shared duty is to “unite our strength” to serve “we the peoples”. To mark this anniversary, monuments and buildings across the world are being illuminated in UN blue.  As we shine a light on this milestone anniversary, let us reaffirm our commitment to a better and brighter future for all. This is the call of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon  in a message to mark United Nations Day and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations today. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. UN Headquarters lit in UN blue (Photo via UN) 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday. Among the activities to observe the Day are: UN Day Concert – 23 October, United Nations General Assembly HallA concert to celebrate and reflect on the work of the UN through the universal language of music, featuring Korean Traditional Music Orchestra, Lang Lang, world famous Harlem Gospel Choir, etc.‘Turn the World UN Blue’– 24 October, WorldwideIconic monuments, buildings, statues, bridges, and other landmarks across the world will be lit up blue to help unite global citizens and promote the message of peace, development and human rights.Art Installation “Enlightened Universe” – 24 October, Manhattan, New YorkRenowned artist, Cristobal Gabarron, will unveil his monument in New York’s Central Park. The monument is an interactive sculpture formed by a sphere and surrounded by a spiral of 70 figures – one for each of the 70 years since the UN was created.Visit the UN70 Website for detailed information about the upcoming activities in New York and around the world. message to mark United Nations Day Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… UNGA – Statement by Trinidad and Tobago’s Foreign Minister Denis MosesMadam President, I am honoured to address this eminent congress of nations seized with advancing the international agenda towards the realisation of international peace, sustainable development and the well-being of all humankind. On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, extend congratulations to you…September 30, 2018In “Indepth”President Granger calls on UN to protect small statesGeorgetown, Guyana  – Small states risk being subjugated unless the international community can demonstrate the capability and commitment to provide an effective deterrent against domination by larger, stronger states. This was President David Granger’s main message during his address to world leaders at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly today.…September 29, 2015In “CARICOM”UN SG lauds CARICOM leadership on global issues  As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and United Nations (UN) meet in New York, USA, to discuss how the international body can better support the Region’s strategic goals, UN Secretary-General, His Excellency António Guterres, has lauded CARICOM’s leadership on many pressing global issues. Speaking at the opening of the 9th…July 21, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Region needs coordinated approach to tackle cyber-crime

first_img May 6, 2020 CTU Collaborating With Organisations to Assist People With… Feb 18, 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Georgetown, Guyana 12 July, 2018 – (Department of Public Information Press Release) Governments in the region are being urged to standardise practices to address the increasing threats associated with cyber-crime. Coordinator of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Junior Mc Intyre during a workshop on Cyber Security hosted (on Thursday) as part of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) roadshow, explained that countries in the region need to have the appropriate technical standards and infrastructure in place. Junior McIntyre, CTU Coordinator (Photo via DPI) The setting up of cyber-security emergency response committees was touted as an effective coordinated approach to tackling cyber-crime, “you need to be able to talk to the right people at the right time, all of that requires collaboration…you need to be able to contact and communicate with people when your neighbour has a threat or if you perceive a threat.” The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Strategic Plan 2015-2019 lists Cyber Crime as an obstacle to social and economic development in the region and outlines five priority areas, among them public awareness and building sustainable capacity in member countries. Mc Intyre said an effective Cyber Security Framework requires a wide range of skills to support the prevention, detection and prosecution of cyber-crime and ensure sustainability and relevance in a changing environment. “You [governments] need to have that structure, that organisation, you need to be clear on the policies in place, you need to be clear on the standards, people need to be aware of the issues,” he noted. Mc Intyre emphasised that to ensure a secured network, all stakeholders must be aware of cyber-crime and its threats and appropriate legislation must be placed. The CARICOM Strategic Plan, the CTU Coordinator said, establishes a proper governance structure including the Regional Cyber Committee (RCC), as well as identifies minimum standards for cyber-security for each country. As Guyana continues to open up and move further onto the global square the administration has drafted a Cyber Crime Bill which is meant to strengthen the country’s ability to defend itself against cyber-attacks, which is now a global issue. The Bill is slated for further debate in the National Assembly before being laid. By: Stacy Carmichael. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM Heads to discuss Security: Regional law enforcement… center_img Advance Digital Transformation – Prime Minister… You may be interested in… COVID-19 Makes Universal Digital Access, Cooperation… May 8, 2020 Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

COMMUNIQUÉ Issued at the Conclusion of the Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of…

first_imgMultilateral Air Services Agreement –Dominica Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago You may be interested in… Declaration of Intent to Provisionally apply the Protocol on Contingent Rights Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines APPRECIATION Heads of Government expressed their appreciation for the gracious hospitality and excellent arrangements provided by the Government and People of St Kitts and Nevis for this meeting. Protocol on Contingent Rights Belize, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis OPENING SESSION Chairman of Conference Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, immediate past Chairman, Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness and Secretary-General of the Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque addressed the opening session. The themes of the statements reflected: the need to advance the progress already achieved with regard to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME); closer regional unity in order to respond strategically and decisively to a changing global environment; as well as the Community’s concerns with respect to blacklisting and the situation in Venezuela. The text of their statements can be accessed at www.caricom.org. Jul 6, 2019 Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)–Dominica Communique – Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Heads of Government… CARICOM SINGLE MARKET AND ECONOMY Heads of Government reviewed progress on decisions taken at the Eighteenth Special Meeting, of the Conference on the CSME. They welcomed the fact that all countries party to the CSME have signed the Protocol on Contingent Rights.  In addition, eight countries have decided to apply the measures that would allow their nationals to benefit in those countries from the provisions of that agreement on contingent rights which allows for spouses and dependents of skilled workers who move to another country to access services such as education and health on the same basis as nationals.  The countries involved are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. They welcomed the opening for signature of the Agreement on the Protocol for Public Procurement and noted that the Protocol can be provisionally applied when seven Member States have signed a Declaration of Intent while recognizing that for entry into force, the Protocol must be signed by all parties to the Revised Treaty. Heads of Government, in pursuit of strengthening the consultative mechanisms for engagements with the private sector, labour and civil society agreed to meet with representatives of national Business and Labour Advisory Committees (BLAC) twice every year. They emphasised that this was essential for enhanced regional decision-making, particularly in the context of the CSME. They urged Member States that had not yet done so to give legal effect to the free movement of the 10 categories of skilled persons already agreed by the Conference ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: UPDATE ON APPLICATIONS FROM ARUBA, CURAÇAO AND SINT MAARTEN Heads of Government considered a report from the Secretary-General on the visit to three countries that have applied for Associate Membership, namely Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, in pursuance of the mandate given to him to begin the process of negotiations. Heads of Government, taking into account the existence of common areas of interest and the mutual benefit that could be derived, mandated the Secretary-General to continue negotiations with those countries, with a view to making appropriate recommendations at the next meeting of Conference. Guyana-Venezuela Relations Heads of Government received an update on the most recent developments between the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. They noted that Guyana had submitted its Memorial on Jurisdiction to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on November 19, 2018, in accordance with an Order of the Court and that the Court had established April 18, 2019 for the submission of the Counter Memorial by Venezuela. Heads of Government expressed support for the judicial process underway which was intended to bring a peaceful and definitive end to the long standing controversy and which was in accordance with the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and the decision of the Secretary General of the United Nations under the Geneva Agreement of 1966. Heads of Government reiterated their firm and unswerving support for the maintenance and preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana. Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered AssetsBarbados Declaration of Intent to Provisionally Apply the Protocol on Public ProcurementBarbados, St Kitts and Nevis BLACKLISTING Heads of Government recognised that the blacklisting of CARICOM Member States by the European Union (EU) has wrought considerable reputational damage to the Community.  Despite all Member States, with the exception of one, being removed from the EU blacklist, the damage inflicted is irreparable and has consequential implications for building Member States’ economic and climate resilience given their inherent vulnerabilities. Heads of Government emphasised the Community’s commitment to good governance and the drive to enhance Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) in accordance with the United Nations (UN) Addis Ababa Action Agenda, while recognizing that small, highly vulnerable States also require access to external capital to build resilience. In this regard, Heads of Government viewed the EU’s approach to “tax good governance” as inappropriate. In addition, Heads of Government recall that the appropriate forum to deal with these matters is the OECD Forum for Harmful Tax Practices which is inclusive in allowing other Member States to be present and to be consulted.  This was settled by the global community more than a decade ago.  The OECD has already reviewed the steps taken by Member States and had no difficulty with them.  It is an infringement of their sovereignty, coercive and harmful to the future of a key economic sector in CARICOM for the EU to demand these political commitments.  In addition they have not provided any empirical evidence of instances of tax evasion. Heads of Government agreed that the Community’s strategy against blacklisting will be multi-dimensional and targeted to both the immediate protection of Member States’ sovereignty and their future relations with Europe. Heads of Government have accordingly requested the EU to cease the blacklisting of CARICOM States which have already made commitments to reform their tax structures in good faith. Heads of Government have proposed that the EU should adopt a more collaborative approach which would allow Member States to conduct the required impact and sensitivity analyses to determine how to further align their tax regimes with global standards for tax transparency and governance. Heads of Government noted other EU initiatives to identify countries with strategic deficiencies in their Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) frameworks as well as to monitor investor citizenship and residence schemes within the context of their visa suspension mechanism for visa-free countries. In this regard, Heads of Government welcomed the initiative of the CARICOM Committee of Central Bank Governors to convene a Biennial Caribbean Regional Conference on AML/CFT Risk Management commencing in 2020.  This Conference will allow for the dissemination of information on Member States’ AML/CFT Frameworks as well as facilitate the Community’s engagement with AML/CFT stakeholders internationally. May 9, 2018 The Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Frigate Bay, St Kitts and Nevis 26-27, February 2019.  Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, chaired the proceedings. Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne; Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis; Prime Minister of Barbados, Honourable Mia Mottley;  Prime Minister of Dominica, Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt; Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley. Belize was represented by the Attorney General Honourable Michael Peyrefitte; Guyana was represented by His Excellency Second Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge; Haiti was represented by Foreign Minister, Honourable Bocchit Edmond; and Suriname was represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Yidiz Pollack-Beighle. VENEZUELA Heads of Government discussed the situation in Venezuela and issued a “Statement on Escalating Tensions in Venezuela”. BORDER ISSUES Belize-Guatemala Relations Heads of Government received an update on the most recent developments between Belize and Guatemala. Heads of Government recalled that in accordance with the Special Agreement to Submit Guatemala’s Claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Guatemala successfully held their referendum on 15 April 2018 to submit its claim on Belize to the ICJ for a final resolution, and that Belize has scheduled the date of 10 April 2019 for its national referendum.  They further welcomed an update on progress of the nationwide public education campaign, which the Government of Belize is undertaking to prepare Belizeans to make an informed decision. Heads of Government reiterated their concern that the undertaking by both countries and the Organisation of American States (OAS) to engage in the design and development of a mechanism of co-operation for the Sarstoon River remains outstanding and urged both countries and the OAS to reinvigorate their efforts to this end. They expressed support for the crucial role of the OAS in the process aimed at resolving the dispute, arising from Guatemala’s claims on Belize; and further called on the international community to continue supporting the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone. Heads of Government re-emphasised their unwavering support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of Belize. AGREEMENTS SIGNED  TRANSPORTATION Heads of Government met in Special Session on Transportation in keeping with their quest to deliver adequate, fair, competitive, efficient transportation services at affordable costs. Heads of Government recalled that the Multi-lateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) had been opened for signature in February 2018 and acknowledged the assent by all Member States to the MASA would give effect to the Community becoming a liberalised environment for CARICOM air carriers.  In that regard they urged those Member States which had not done so, to sign and ratify the Agreement.  Nine (9) countries have now signed the MASA allowing for provisional application. Heads of Government agreed that Member States should undertake a review of their domestic taxes and other charges related to the air transportation sector, with a view to rationalising the relevant tax structures as deemed appropriate by Member States Ministries of Finance. With respect to maritime travel, Heads of Government agreed to establish a joint private and public sector team to review the findings and recommendations of reports on a regional ferry service. The team has been requested to provide preliminary estimates for the implementation of a ferry services following discussions and negotiations with prospective ferry operators. Heads of Government also agreed that the Directors of Maritime Affairs of each Member State should meet regularly with the intention of coordinating and presenting a holistic approach to addressing the maritime safety and security issues of the Community. Heads of Government further agreed to restructure the Regional Transportation Commission (RTRC) and its programmes to enable greater efficiency.center_img Declaration of Intent to provisionally apply the Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered AssetsBarbados Protocol on Public ProcurementBarbados, St Kitts and Nevis Jul 7, 2017 Declaration of Intent to Provisionally Apply Multilateral Air Services Agreement –Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago STATEMENT ON ESCALATING TENSIONS IN VENEZUELA  ISSUED BY THE THIRTIETH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY DATE OF THE FORTIETH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF CARICOM (JULY 2019) The Government of Saint Lucia indicated that the Fortieth Regular Meeting of the Conference will be held on 3-5 July 2019. COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE FORTIETH REGULAR… Situation in Haiti Heads of Government expressed deep concern about the situation prevailing in Haiti during the past three weeks characterized by violent protests jeopardizing the political, economic and social stability of the country. Heads of Government recognised that the violent protests violated the fundamental and inalienable rights and freedoms of a large part of the population. Heads of Government call upon all stakeholders to prioritise dialogue as a means to address peacefully and meaningfully all relevant issues and to create the conditions for lasting political stability essential to the sustainable economic and social development of Haiti. Heads of Government also encourage and support the Haitian Government in its efforts and initiatives and call on all Opposition Leaders and other stakeholders to put the national interests and the wellbeing of the Haitian People at the forefront. Mar 1, 2019 Associate Members in attendance were: Bermuda represented by Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, Honourable Walter Roban; and the Turks and Caicos Islands, represented by Deputy Premier, Honourable Sean Astwood. Frigate Bay, St. Kitts and Nevis 27 February 2019 STATEMENT ON ESCALATING TENSIONS IN VENEZUELA ISSUED BY THE… SECURITY Heads of Government reiterated the critical importance to the Region of the national and regional security architectures in combatting crime and violence, transnational crime and other security threats as well as for the effective functioning of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Free Movement Regimes. Heads of Government also welcomed the adoption and opening for signature of the Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered Assets from criminal activity. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply concerned by the recent further escalation of tensions in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the ensuing increase in hardship and suffering of the population exacerbated by the imposition of sanctions. The people of Venezuela must be allowed to decide their own future in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter – non-intervention, non-interference, prohibition of the threat or use of force, respect for the rule of law, human rights and democracy. As CARICOM has ceaselessly advocated, for this objective to be attained, there has to be a meaningful and internal dialogue between the contending parties. This dialogue must determine how best the crisis can be resolved within the confines of the constitution and the rule of law, whether by referendum, elections or any other agreed mechanism. Nothing short of this will lead to the quelling of this crisis or provide the relief that all Venezuelans desire. Pending this, there must be a commitment to the delivery of humanitarian aid in a manner that is not politicised but which uses United Nations mechanisms that have been used over the years for the impartial and effective delivery of humanitarian relief. EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WITH SPECIAL GUEST Heads of Government welcomed Her Excellency the President of Estonia and acknowledged the forging of new relations between CARICOM and Estonia based on shared interests. They agreed to continue to explore areas of cooperation in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and e-government. The President outlined the development of her country as a digital nation emphasising its value to economic growth and development which could be an example for small countries. Heads of Government agreed on the need for cooperation initiatives between CARICOM and the Government of Estonia in order to advance the digital development of the Community and to promote the collective approach to the CARICOM Single ICT Space and the ‘CARICOM Digital Agenda 2025’ initiative. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Frigate Bay, St. Kitts and Nevis 27 February 2019 ………………………………………………………….. See also: Press Conference – 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting CARICOM Heads of Government Bilateral relations matters among COFCOR’s key… COMMUNIQUÉ – 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOMCOMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTY-NINTH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY 26-27 February, 2018, Port-au-Prince, Haiti   The Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 26-27…March 1, 2018In “Anguilla”PM Harris meets CARICOM SG ahead of assuming Community Chairmanship(OPM St. Kitts and Nevis Press Release) Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris met today, Monday, 17 December, 2018, with the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in the Office of the Prime Minister at Government Headquarters. Prime Minister Harris said it was a special privilege…December 17, 2018In “CARICOM”PM Harris welcomes efforts to strengthen CDF(St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service Press Release) Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, says he welcomes efforts advanced at the recent 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Caribbean Community’s Heads of Government to strengthen the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) headquartered in St. Michael, Barbados.…February 21, 2020In “31Intersessional”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

MEMA Names New Director of Finance and Administration

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. RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — Wendy Earp has been promoted to director of finance and administration for MEMA. She formerly served as the association’s controller, a position she has held since May 2001. Earp succeeds Joseph “Joe” Griscti, who is retiring after 22 years of service to the association and industry. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In her new position, Earp will be responsible for the financial management of MEMA and its market segment associations: AASA, HDMA and OESA. She also will direct budgeting and finance functions for the automotive-related trade associations administered by Management Services Group, MEMA’s association management group. In addition, Earp’s duties will include human resources administration for the association’s nearly 100 employees. For more information about MEMA, go to: www.mema.org. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,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.” 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. last_img read more

Gary Kennon Named Rotary President

first_imgGary Kennon AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementMADISON, IN — Gary Kennon has been appointed president of Rotary Lift, a leading manufacturer of vehicle lifts, effective January 1, 2006. A Rotary Lift employee for more than 21 years, Kennon has served as interim president and general manager of the company since June. Prior to this, he was vice president of business development including responsibility for international sales development. He began his Rotary career as a design engineer. He was subsequently promoted to manager of engineering, and then moved into operations as a business unit vice president. “It is truly an honor and a privilege to be placed in charge of a great business like Rotary Lift,” said Kennon. “The association I have had with such an outstanding group of employees at Rotary Lift and their fantastic work ethic – not only in Madison, but in Germany and the rest of our locations around the world – has directly contributed to my success. Rotary Lift has been a successful business for a long time and I am confident in our ability to improve upon our accomplishments as we move forward.” Kennon earned a master’s of business administration degree from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, as well as a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Memphis. Along with his wife, Susan, and their two children, Taylor and Cole, the Kennons have been residents of the Madison community for the past 14 years. Advertisement_______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

Business Week Online Adds Classic Car Guru, Ted Welch as Columnist

first_imgDALLAS, TX — Ted Welch, longtime journalist and classic car aficionado, recently became a contributing columnist for Businessweek.com . Welch, managing editor of Classiccar.com and Classictruckshop.com , two leading destination websites for classic vehicle enthusiasts, will be featured in the Classic Car section of Businessweek.com’s Auto feature section. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Welch, a published automotive historian, has written articles for Inside Racing, Popular Restorer, the Cruisin’ News, Classic Trucks and Canadian Classics magazines. He also heads the technical and web development arm of Spider Marketing, a web hosting, management and development company. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,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.  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.last_img read more

Countries U.S. Government Doesn’t Want You Visiting

first_imgCourtesy/ATLBy All Time Lists:For safety concerns, the U.S. government has issued travel advisories on several countries. Here are 10 of them:10. LibyaAccording to an article published by MSN, the U.S. State Department has a standing “do not travel” advisory on Libya. The country has been unstable since its dictator was toppled in 2011. The government is unable to control crime, for the most part, and extremist groups are known to target foreign travelers, particularly those from the U.S.But, for those of you old enough to remember, you know that Libya’s issues go back further than that. The country was a big sponsor, so to speak, of terrorist operations in the 1980s. There’s even a reference to it in the film “Back to the Future.”9. VenezuelaIn January, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 “do not travel” advisory (raised from travel advisory Level 3 – reconsider travel) for Venezuela and ordered all non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members to evacuate immediately. This was due to the country’s ongoing political turmoil.You may remember that we told you last year that Venezuela had the third highest murder rate in the world. Well, they’ve moved out of the number three slot into the number two slot. According to World Atlas, Venezuela has the second highest murder rate in the world, with 53.7 murders per 100,000 people each year.OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:The U.S. State Departments says there’s a severe shortage of food, water, medicine, medical supplies and electricity throughout Venezuela.Armed criminal gangs often operate with impunity throughout the urban areas.The vast majority of murders and other violent crimes committed in Venezuela go unsolved.8. North KoreaThis one should come as no surprise to anyone. I mean, after all you hear in the news about it, who’d want to actually travel to North Korea anyway? Dennis Rodman, I suppose. Nonetheless, the U.S. government doesn’t want its citizens traveling there — and for good reason. It actually has more to do with the North Korean government than it does with the North Korean people. According to USA TODAY, the North Korean government remains the biggest threat to American citizens. That’s because they are at risk for arrest, long-term sentences, and hard labor for infractions that aren’t even considered crimes in the U.S. These infractions, and I use the term loosely, include taking unauthorized photographs, shopping at stores not designated for foreigners, and disrespecting the country’s current and former leaders — hardly anything that someone should have to do hard time for.7. TurkeyIt’s not so much that the U.S. government has issues with Turkey. It’s the fact that Syria, one of the countries that’s home to ISIS, is on Turkey’s southern border. Hence, the State Department has issued a Level 3 “reconsider travel” advisory. Americans have been advised not to travel to areas along this border (and certain southeastern provinces as well) because of concerns about terrorism. In fact, terrorist groups have been known to kidnap and assassinate Western tourists and expatriates.6. IranThis is not a country you want to travel to unless you don’t mind getting kidnapped, arrested, and detained. That’s what an article published by MSN says will likely happen to you if you visit. In fact, Iranian authorities have been known to detain students, academics, journalists and business travelers on unjust charges, one of which includes espionage. Those most at risk are people who hold dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship.TIP: Don’t risk traveling to Iran. The U.S. has not had diplomatic relations with them since 1979, so they are unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iran. On the plus side, if you can call it that, Switzerland serves as an intermediary for U.S. citizens in Iran and provides emergency services.5. IraqTerrorism and armed conflict are the reasons why the U.S. government doesn’t want you to travel to Iraq. In fact, American citizens face a high risk of violence and kidnapping by one of the many terrorist and insurgent groups that are active in this country. These groups target Americans as well as Western companies.Americans also risk injury or death due to the many attacks that are carried out using improvised explosive devices. And, like in Iran, the U.S. government’s ability to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq is limited.4. Burkina FasoThe State Department advises U.S. citizens to “reconsider travel” when it comes to one region of Burkina Faso in particular — the northern Sahel border with Mali and Niger. In fact, the State Department has issued travel advisories on both of those countries, Level 4: Do not travel and Level 3: Reconsider travel, respectively. According to an article published by USA TODAY, there are organized criminal groups and terrorists in this region that specifically target Westerners. Potential places of concern include restaurants, hotels, schools, and even police stations.3. HaitiThe State Department issued a “Level 3: Reconsider travel” warning for Haiti due to crime and civil unrest. There are currently widespread, violent demonstrations and protests in Haiti, not to mention that tourists are sometimes targeted shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince international airport. For this reason, the U.S. Embassy requires its employees to use official transportation to and from the airport and discourages them from going to establishments after dark where there’s no secure parking, going to banks, using ATMs, driving outside of Port-au-Prince at night, and using public transportation.FYI, Haiti is another country in which the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.2. HondurasThe State Department issued a “Level 3: Reconsider travel” advisory when it comes to Honduras because of the Central American country’s crimes, which include rape, extortion, and drug and human trafficking. But, that’s not all. Tourists have been known to be attacked when arriving at their hotel from the airport. What’s worse is that Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world, with 90.4 murders per 100,000 people.TIPS:Americans are advised not to travel to the region of Gracias a Dios. Danger is elevated there because of a lack of emergency services.San Pedro Sula, in the northwest region of the country, is at the center of much of the violence in Honduras.1. NigeriaApparently, when it comes to Nigeria, the Nigerian Prince scam isn’t the only thing Americans need to worry about. According to the State Department, the threat of terrorism in Nigeria is real — real enough for the State Department to issue a “Level 3: Reconsider travel” advisory. There are many terrorist groups that operate in this country, and as a result, kidnappings and robberies are quite common in certain parts of the country. According to USA TODAY, Americans have been advised to avoid large crowds and places such as churches, markets, shopping malls, and clubs.CONCLUSIONSo, there you have it. These are just some of the countries the government doesn’t want you to visit. In the meantime, check the State Department’s website for a full list, and be safe in your travels.last_img read more

LAHS Homecoming Court Asks Community To Participate In ‘Court For A Cause’

first_imgLAHS Homecoming Court from left, Zoe Butler, Ogden Berry, Ariel Edkin, Alex Moulton, Cory Liechty, JD Carson, Maddie Ovaska, Hunter Swavely, Ellie Oldham, Luc Chavez, Ona Gartz. Not pictured: Jacob Majors. Courtesy photo The Homecoming Court has set up a page to collect donations that will be used to offer more teacher mini-grants this fall. To contribute to Court for a Cause, visit lapsfoundation.com/court-for-a-cause. LAPS FOUNDATION News: “The 2019 Homecoming Court wanted to start a new tradition, similar to other schools nationwide, called Court for a Cause,” member Maddie Ovaska said. “This is a chance for the students who have been recognized to come together and give back to the community. There is no better cause than our own schools!” As their way of giving back to the schools and teachers who have supported them, the students are encouraging members of the community to donate to the LAPS Foundation, specifically to fund teacher mini-grants. Last year, the LAPS Foundation realized that while it was impacting many teachers with its bigger grants, there was a real need for smaller grants that would allow teachers to quickly implement a new idea or introduce a new resource in the classroom. Last year the LAPS Foundation offered $1,000 per semester in mini-grants on a first-come-first-served basis. This year it increased the amount to $1,500 per semester. All the schools are a buzz this week with Homecoming activities. There are the usual spirit days, a Homecoming parade, football game and dance, but this year there will be a new Homecoming tradition. Members of the Homecoming Court, voted on by their LAHS peers, have decided to give back to their schools, and so they are starting an initiative called Court for a Cause. “Basically what was happening,” LAPS Foundation Executive Director Laura Loy said, “was that teachers were spending their own money just to get their idea off the ground. We saw this as an opportunity to offer mini-grants, up to $100 each, and the concept has really taken off.” “Already the money for fall mini-grants has been allocated, and more won’t be available until spring” Loy said. “It’s become a very popular part of the support we offer to teachers and schools.” Ovaska added, “We are excited to participate in this week’s festivities and help make the school better through this new tradition.”The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is an independent organization that invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students. Since its inception in 2005, the LAPS Foundation has raised more than $1 million for Los Alamos public schools. The Foundation raises money through generous contributions from individuals and organizations who share the Foundation’s core values. To learn more about the LAPS Foundation and how to get involved and/or make a donation, visit lapsfoundation.com or call 505.500.6501.last_img read more

LAHS Students Trick Or Treat For A Cause!

first_imgBy EMILY HOLMESLAHS Student This Halloween, Los Alamos High School students are Trick or Treating for a cause!We need help from our local community to make it a success. Instead of asking for candy, many Toppers will be asking for canned and non-perishable goods that will be donated to LA Cares. Participating high schoolers will simply ask for donations.If your family would like to participate but will be out trick-or-treating with family or friends, please leave your donations by the front door with a note attached.Toppers are excited to kick-off November as our Month of Giving by helping local families, and we hope our community will support us! List of Appreciated Goods:Canned ItemsCanned ChickenFruit (no sugar added preferred)Baked BeansHearty Soups (with meat/veggies)Tomato SoupBeans (in cans, instead of dry)Refried BeansSpaghetti-osChef Boyardee-type Pasta MealsPeasMixed VeggiesSpaghetti sauceTomatoes (any variety)No more cans of tuna, green bean, or corn – they already have plenty!Other Non-PerishablesRice (any variety)Pasta (any variety)OatmealInstant PotatoesFruit Cups (no sugar added preferred) Juice bottle(100% juice preferred), Juice BoxesMac N Cheese (any variety)Popcorn (kernels or microwave)Cereal (low-sugar preferred)Cooking Oil (canola, vegetable)Honey, Jam or JellySalad Dressing (ranch, balsamic)Baking Mixes (cake, muffins)Granola BarsCrackers (any variety), Cookies (any variety)Sugar (for baking)last_img read more