Caribbean COVID-19 Food Security and Livelihoods Impact… Region in Danger of Failing SDG Hunger Target – UN Jul 2, 2020 Can CARICOM/Canada Trade and Investment flows be revitalized?By Elizabeth Morgan Canada, although having a longstanding relationship with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and its Member States, being in the hemisphere and the Commonwealth and the third major trading partner, does not usually generate much attention and scrutiny in the region. The planned visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau…July 22, 2020In “CARICOM”A United CARICOM Diaspora?World Bank: The Caribbean Diaspora is a sizeable, well-educated and affluent demographic … supported by right incentives and policies, diaspora members could play an even larger role in contributing to the region’s development.June 19, 2019In “CARICOM”Africa-Caribbean Trade: What are the prospects?(Barbados Today) In mid-June 2019, President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, visited five Caribbean countries: Barbados, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica. Aiming to build on the shared historical and cultural ties between his continent and the Caribbean, President Akufo-Addo took the opportunity to…June 19, 2019In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Jul 14, 2020 (Caribbean360) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Tourism, food security, manufacturing, logistics, and renewable energy have been identified as high-potential areas where companies in the UAE and Caribbean region can expand economic cooperation, according to new analysis from Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The findings, released on the side lines of the first UAE-Caribbean Cooperation Forum in Dubai, revealed that the value of non-oil trade between Dubai and Caribbean countries totalled US$273 million in 2017. Bilateral non-oil trade was dominated by imports from the Caribbean which were valued at US$183 million in 2017, while US$90 million worth of exports contributed 33 per cent to Dubai’s trade with the region. Aug 27, 2020 Jun 29, 2020 Coronavirus Will Cost Global Tourism at Least $1.2 trillion World Bank Provides US$8M to Strengthen Agriculture and Food… You may be interested in… Suriname ranked as Dubai’s top Caribbean trading partner in 2017, with bilateral non-oil trade valued at US$113.8 million, accounting for 42 per cent of the emirate’s trade with the region. Guyana ranked second with US$52.1 million in bilateral trade, followed by Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. Read more at: Caribbean360 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…
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. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementFrom Staff & Wire Reports NASHUA, NH — ASA Tire Systems announced a series of promotions and new hires. • Dean Rascoe was promoted to sales manager. • Mark Lanter joined the company as an account manager based in Kirkland, WA. • Bob Hazard joined ASA at the Nashua, NH, headquarters as a territory manager. • Russ Johnson was promoted to manufacturer interface liaison. • Clyde Sheldon was named to head development of ASA’s mobility software. • Jeff Manseau was promoted to head customer service. • Raymond Turilli Jr. will take on additional duties as network services coordinator and manage ASA’s VPN and wireless showroom projects. • Flora Lindsey will head up quality control for ASA’s TreadX system. • Kathy Stevens has joined the support team in ASA’s Nashua office as a TireMax support analyst. _______________________________________ 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 DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement
SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Electric vehicle maker, ZAP has named former Toyota executive Gary Dodd as president of global operations. This recent move is seen as another step in CEO Steven Schneider’s plan to introduce U.S.-built electric vehicles to the masses. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement According to Schneider, “Gary will bring serious depth and breadth to our management team where each senior executive has separate and distinct responsibilities, such as operations, finance, marketing and now, front-line manufacturing expertise. Gary will guide us into volume production.” Dodd joins the management team alongside Amos Kazzaz, who recently became ZAP COO. Kazzaz spent more than 24 years in executive positions with United Airlines including president of United Airlines Shuttle where he had oversight of more than 2,000 employees. “Amos is responsible for maintaining efficient operations, our CFO Bill Hartman is a seasoned CPA with SEC experience, and I know how to position, market and sell vehicles… lots of them,” Schneider concluded. “ZAP will creatively work with American automobile suppliers to build affordable and appealing electric vehicles for American consumers and customers worldwide,” Dodd said. “We are going to dramatically expand ZAP’s leadership in the electric vehicle marketplace.” Dodd has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on behalf of Zap Motor Manufacturing for a $200 million Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan to build an electric vehicle assembly plant. “We are very optimistic that the company’s loan application will receive funding from the DOE,” Dodd said. “Another key part of our strategy is the sizeable competitive advantage we will enjoy because of our close proximity to two proposed Kentucky-based facilities that will be critical to the future of electric vehicles in the United States,” he added. Advertisement “Argonne National Laboratory has announced that it will build a national battery manufacturing R&D Center in Kentucky, in an innovative partnership with the State of Kentucky, the Universities of Kentucky and Louisville. In addition, the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries, of which we are a member, has announced its intent to build its manufacturing facility in Central Kentucky as well. With both cutting-edge facilities within an easy drive of the future manufacturing site, our supply and R&D chains will become the envy of the industry,” said Dodd. In 1998, Dodd founded his own business with the encouragement and support of Toyota and grew annual revenues to more than $700 million by supplying Tier One, just-in-time, and sequenced automotive components from its 11 manufacturing facilities to Toyota, Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes, Hyundai, Ford and General Motors.
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. DEWITT, Mich. — Retired Toyo Tire USA Corp. executive Earl Knoper, 67, passed away on June 12. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Knoper served as vice president of the company before retiring in 2005 after a 21-year career with Toyo. Previously, Knoper worked for Goodyear, Firestone and Montgomery Ward over his 41-year tire industry career. After leaving Toyo, Knoper served briefly as the president of SCCA Pro Racing, and as a consultant with Toyo. He had recently moved to DeWitt, Mich., with his wife, Jan. (Courtesy of Tire Review/Akron),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. 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.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indy Racing League Vice President of Public Relations John Griffin has submitted his resignation, effective Dec. 18. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “John has been a valued part of our organization and he will be missed,” said Terry Angstadt, president of the commercial division of the Indy Racing League. “His creativity and passion for the sport brought publicity for the IZOD IndyCar Series to a whole new level. We wish him the best of luck.” Griffin joined the Indy Racing League as vice president in 2002, overseeing all aspects of the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights public and media relations program as well as strategic communication. During his tenure, Griffin developed and implemented public relations strategies for several historic events including the unification of open-wheel racing, Danica Patrick’s first win and the series IZOD entitlement announcement earlier this month. “I appreciate my time here at the Indy Racing League where I have made many great friends and want to thank Terry (Angstadt) and Brian (Barnhart) for the opportunity,” said Griffin. “I really think the time is right for me to entertain a new challenge, particularly something that would allow me more quality time with my kids.” Before joining the Indy Racing League, Griffin worked for NASCAR with his professional career also including stops with World Cup USA 1994 and the Major Indoor Soccer League. Advertisement A replacement for Griffin has not been selected.
Aftersoft Network NA is a leading provider of software for the automotive aftermarket in North America. With over 450 customers serving more than 3,000 locations, we supply software solutions to tire wholesalers, dealers and auto service centers. Our VAST software and its associated modules provide clients with a powerful range of tools to manage every aspect of their business, from point of sale and order processing to inventory management and e-commerce.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Job Description: We are seeking a dynamic, self-motivated and outgoing Sales Representative to symbolize Aftersoft Network as a leading provider of software and e-commerce solutions for the automotive aftermarket. This individual must value quality products and be ready to capitalize on the opportunities arising from their demand, using a proven record of sales generation and account management skills to ensure sales targets are met. This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to join a progressive and continually expanding company. Key Objective: To develop and manage the sales of business management software solutions to tire wholesalers, dealers and auto-service centers. Primary Responsibilities: • Drive sales calls from your personal lead generation (prospecting) and display successful closing ability and account maintenance. • Follow up on new leads and referrals resulting from field activity. • Conduct clear and compelling sales presentations for executive level personnel as well as support staff. • Develop and maintain sales materials and current product knowledge • Identify and resolve client concerns • Prepare a variety of status reports, including activity, closings, follow-up and adherence to goals • Communicate new product and service opportunities, special developments, information or feedback gathered through field activity to appropriate company staff • Coordinate company staff to accomplish the work required to close sales • Conduct sales presentations using various Internet-based technologies • Assume lead sales representative for assigned productsAdvertisement The duties and responsibilities listed here should be regarded as neither exclusive nor exhaustive, as the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties commensurate with the post, without changing the general character of the post. Requirements: • Proven ability to achieve sales quotas • Minimum of 2-4 years B2B sales experience • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent • Advanced knowledge of Automotive Aftermarket and industry trends, competitors and leading customer strategies • Superior communication and interpersonal skills • Ability to build relationships across multiple levels to work cross organizationally toward solutions • Excellent leadership and consensus building skills • Willingness to drive to sales appointments • Excellent presentation skills with the ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences. • Demonstrated success in closing profitable sales • Knowledge of advertising and sales promotion techniques • Willingness to work a flexible schedule and occasional overnight travel Reporting Relationships: Reports to COO/GM. Hours and Environment: Standard working hours are 08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday; however this position requires a flexible schedule with occasional weekend and/or evening work. Work requires travel to current and potential clients. This requires possession of a valid state driver’s license within 60 days of employment. Travel will be required up to 40% of the time.Advertisement Remuneration Details: The remuneration package is negotiable and will reflect the knowledge, experience and ability of the successful candidates. Interested candidates should click the Apply Now button below to forward their resume and salary requirements Aftersoft Network NA.
By BECKY RUTHERFORDLos AlamosGood news! If you were affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach, you may be entitled to compensation.You can receive free credit monitoring for 10+ years from three credit agencies or up to $125 in compensation instead of the credit monitoring. If you had additional expenses as a result of the breach (and have documentation to prove it), you could file a claim for up to $20,000.How can you check if you were affected by the data breach and file? The safest way is to go directly to the FTC’s website on the Equifax data breach settlement and click the “file a claim” button to get started. Equifax does not administer the Equifax Data Breach site; it is administered by the Settlement Administrator. The direct link to the Equifax Data Breach page is here; https://www.equifaxbreachsettlement.com/file-a-claim. You can also use this site to check if you were affected by the 2017 data breach, and if you were, use the site to file a claim.I strongly advise you to access the site directly through the FTC’s page or from a link on a trusted, legitimate news site. Suspicious sites bearing similar domain names have already been set up, possibly to try to trick users into handing over their sensitive information; “www. equifaxbreechsettlements . com” has been registered, as has “www. equifaxbreachsetttlement .com”. These are just a few examples that I found, as has been noted by other sources, and there are more out there. Note that in one example, breach is spelled “breech” and in the other, they have added an extra “t” to settlement. Neither site is currently active, but both sites are “parked” and ready to go live. I was not able to confirm, but these sites are likely malicious.Do not Google search for the link to the Equifax settlement site; scammers could potentially use SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to make these scam sites show up at the top of your search results, before legitimate results. If typing the site into your browser bar directly, be careful that you don’t make any typos, or you could end up at the wrong site.If you were affected by the breach, you could receive compensation, but be cautious! Make sure that you go to the correct site, and not a spoofed site. You will not receive calls or emails from Equifax about this settlement; you must go to the settlement site to register. Any calls or emails are scams.Additional Resources:Brian Krebs’s site “Krebs on Security” is a great resource; I highly recommend subscribing to his newsletter to stay up to date on cyber news stories. Here is his article on the Equifax data breach settlement:https://krebsonsecurity.com/2019/07/what-you-should-know-about-the-equifax-data-breach-settlement/The official FTC site on the breach:https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/equifax-data-breach-settlementThe Equifax Data Breach Settlement site:https://www.equifaxbreachsettlement.com/file-a-claimEditor’s note: Becky Rutherford works in information technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The all day trainings come as part of Attorney General Balderas’ commitment to provide safety training to the schools in the wake of recent controversial events giving rise to student safety concerns. ALBUQUERQUE — Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Friday that the Office of the Attorney General will host school safety trainings in the Española Public Schools Monday, Jan. 6. From the Office of the Attorney General News: “Schools should be a place where students feel safe to learn and grow into future leaders in New Mexico,” Balderas said. “This multidisciplinary training will ensure that teachers, administrators, and staff will have the tools necessary to keep all students, especially those from vulnerable populations, safe in their classrooms.” Teachers and administrative staff members will receive presentations from experts on issues of treatment of disabled students in school settings, using technology to safely report school safety concerns, and effective measures for combating cyberbullying. The three trainings provided by the Office of the Attorney General include the following:Sensitivity Training: Why Do We Think What We Think About Adults and Children with Disabilities? Moving Towards Equality with Julie Ballinger, M.A. Southwest ADA Center;Site Safety Support: STOP School Violence Prevention Training Program with Angelique Sedillo, Office of the Attorney General; andCyberbullying and Internet Safety: Cyberbullying and Online Safety-Creating Positive Digital Citizenship in Schools with Katherine Trujillo, Office of the Attorney General.
Class Act winner Patrick JaramilloCOMMUNITY News:Patrick Jaramillo is always a class act when it comes to Chartwells Food Services, but as we start a decade it’s now part of his official title.Chartwells K12, the school food service arm of Compass Group International has named Patrick Jaramillo a Class Act winner for the West Region.The Class Act program is one of the company’s greatest opportunities to highlight employee contributions. Those who exceed standards to constantly serve happy and healthy to students every day, always rise to the top.“I’m extremely proud of the progress Patrick has made professionally,” Dining Services Director Laurence Pena said. “He continually takes the initiative and fosters a great relationship with our most important clients, the kids. He knows his students on a first name basis and they often will come to him or other staff members to praise the food.”Pena calls Jaramillo instrumental in the transition of Aspen Elementary to a Zero Waste Cafeteria. Jaramillo took the helm at Aspen and forged a new goal to utilize the kitchen like never before. Now, all food sold at Aspen is produced in the Aspen kitchen. He worked to take the lead in a special, “Taste of Aspen” event and encourages culinary exploration for all students.Jaramillo introduces new fruits and vegetables on the school’s low-rise salad bar, which has become a shining star of his program. He serves as kitchen manager, having only been with Chartwells for over a year and a half. He began driving the delivery route, which serviced six of the Chartwells seven sites. He worked tirelessly during the free summer lunch program, which forged his path to kitchen manager.Chartwells K12 has been a proud partner with the Los Alamos Public School District for three years. The Chartwells Eat* Learn* Live* philosophy guides all Chartwells team members to reach that promise each day.Employees are able to focus on the whole child by offering safe spaces for all, and by developing key partnerships that support students and staff. The LAPS food service program has been under the guidance of Laurence Pena for the last 18 months.Learn more about Chartwells and Compass Groups USA at www.ChartwellsK12.com.
STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 62 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remain at 2 confirmed case.Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:16 new cases in Bernalillo County1 new case in Chaves County1 new case in Doña Ana County2 new cases in Grant County4 new cases in McKinley County25 new cases in San Juan County11 new cases in Sandoval County2 new cases in Santa Fe CountyToday’s announced cases include additional positive tests from the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque, where one additional resident and two additional staff members have now tested positive for COVID-19.The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 remains 12.Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 686 positive tests for COVID-19:Bernalillo County: 262Catron County: 1Chaves County: 14Cibola County: 14Curry County: 6Doña Ana County: 30Eddy County: 4Grant County: 3Lea County: 2Lincoln County: 1Los Alamos County: 2McKinley County: 44Otero County: 3Rio Arriba County: 6Roosevelt County: 1Sandoval County: 114San Juan County: 83San Miguel County: 1Santa Fe County: 64Socorro County: 5Taos County: 13Torrance County: 6Valencia County: 7County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.As of today, there are 48 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 133 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has detected community spread and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing: Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers; andSymptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath. New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.