20Oct/20

Beck/Arnley Promotes Sandy Norris to Marketing Manager

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. 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 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.  SMYRNA, TN — Beck/Arnley has promoted Sandy Norris to marketing manager. In her new position, Norris is responsible for managing the marketing department, which includes overseeing all promotional programs, designing advertisements, marketing materials and packaging, in addition to maintaining the company’s website and coordinating trade shows and other events. She will report to Anne Coffin, vice president of marketing. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “I would like to congratulate Sandy on her recent promotion,” said Coffin. “She is a dedicated member of the Beck/Arnley family who has proven that she possesses the characteristics it takes to excel in her new position. Her experience with Beck/Arnley, extensive knowledge of the foreign nameplate repair industry and artistic talent will prove to be invaluable assets in her role as marketing manager.” Norris began her career with Beck/Arnley in 1992 as an administrative assistant in the catalog department. She was then promoted to the position of catalog specialist, where she coordinated all phases of catalog production. In early 2006, Norris moved to the marketing department, where she assumed the position of marketing coordinator. Norris attended Middle Tennessee State University and received her degree in mass communications. For more information about Beck/Arnley, go to: http://www.beckarnley.com.,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 MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

18Oct/20

Ronson slams ‘bull market’ funds

first_imgRonson was addressing around 400 guests at Heron’s annual lunch at London’s Savoy Hotel.He continued: `Hedge funds, and property funds. Everyone is starting one, but these people only know a bull market.`However, the next few years will require more than an ability to write a cheque. They will be challenging for property: experience and judgment will sort the men out from the boys.’Heron chairman Lowell Milken, in his response to Ronson, said: `Hedge fund managers are earning $70bn annually in total fees. `This is one of the most significant wealth transfers ever. And private equity fund managers are hot on their heels.’Ronson said 2006 had seen `extraordinary levels’ of liquidity, and that investors will now have to rely on significant improvements in capital values to generate acceptable returns.The guestlist for the event included Labour chief fundraiser Lord Levy, Sir Rocco Forte, Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin and Sun International chairman Sol Kerzner.Ronson said 2006 – its 50th year – had been a record one for Heron. He confirmed that having raised equity and debt funding its Heron Tower in the City will open in 2010.last_img
18Oct/20

Northern exposure

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18Oct/20

WTO: Members’ Development Status (Part III): Implications for CARICOM Members

first_img CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO Oct 7, 2020 Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics Standards, Quality Still Important Oct 14, 2020 All CARICOM Member States are developing countries with Haiti the only Least Developing Country (LDC). For 2019, however, the World Bank, based on GDP per capita, has classified Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, St. Kitts/Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago as high income countries and the others, including Jamaica, as upper middle income. CARICOM Members have always supported special and differential treatment (S&DT) for developing countries in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the WTO. In UNCTAD, the Caribbean supported a proposal for a sub-category on Small Island Developing States to highlight their fragility in trade and development. Such a group exists, as an alliance, at the United Nations (UN) in discussions on sustainable development. S&DT has been important to Caribbean countries in trade enabling the provision of unilateral, one-way market access through the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP); the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)/ European Union (EU) agreements and arrangements with the USA and Canada. The ACP/EU Lomé and Cotonou trade provisions on sugar and bananas were successfully challenged in GATT/WTO dispute settlement championed by the USA and others. S&DT also enabled Caribbean participation in GATT/WTO negotiations. In the WTO Doha “Development” Round (DDR), the CARICOM Members were among those who negotiated for inclusion of specific development issues, including a work programme on small economies. It was evident as work progressed that the developed countries were not committed to this work programme. Associated with this was the group on Small Vulnerable Economies (SVEs) which negotiated to have their concerns included in the DDR draft texts. Differentiation/Graduation – a wider issue for CARICOM CARICOM countries support the multilateral system. Mutilateralism has been challenged in the WTO and the UN system by the Trump Administration. Its splintering would be a loss weakening equal participation and alliance-building. CARICOM’s participation in bilateral and plurilateral trade negotiations demonstrated their lack of leverage to secure a development dimension to these agreements and protect their interests. Now classified as high and upper middle income countries, the CARICOM Members are at increased risk of graduation from development support programmes and being treated as developed countries in spite of their economic and social deficiencies and vulnerability to external shocks. In the Caribbean’s post Cotonou negotiations with the EU, it will be necessary for their vulnerability to remain a key consideration. In the WTO, CARICOM Members could lose S&DT and technical cooperation which at this stage is important in the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The differentiation/graduation issue for CARICOM goes beyond the WTO into global economic fora such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and deliberations on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. CARICOM needs to further strengthen its case for development status not to be assessed mainly on GDP per capita and for their own differentiation in the WTO as small vulnerable economies. You may be interested in… Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img Oct 7, 2020 When the World Trade Organization (WTO) resumes work shortly, the Members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), like others, will need to be prepared to address the issues on WTO reform which include proposals on special and differential treatment (S&DT) and differentiation/graduation. In addition, preparations will commence for the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) to be held in Kazakhstan, 8-11 June 2020. Of the fifteen (15) CARICOM Member States, thirteen (13) are WTO Members. The Bahamas is an Observer and commenced membership accession in 2001. CARICOM countries represented in Geneva are now Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean jointly, and Guyana. The CARICOM members participate at the WTO as individuals but the Caucus of Ambassadors coordinate trade and other issues making joint representation as necessary. CARICOM Members collectively account for an estimated 0.24% of world merchandise trade and are still endeavouring to diversify and integrate into world trade. Trade in Services – For CARICOM, Tourism dominates WTO: Divisive Development Status DebateBy Elizabeth Morgan The General Council (GC) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the highest body outside of the Ministerial Conference, met October 15-16. This was the first opportunity to consider the US Presidential Memorandum on Reforming Developing Country Status in the WTO issued in July. Issues related to WTO…October 24, 2019In “Business”CARICOM at the WTOBy Elizabeth Morgan This year, the World Trade Organization (WTO) marks 25 years since its establishment on 1st January 1995. It will be holding its 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Nur-Sultan, Kazakstan, June 8-11 at a critical point in its short history. Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have…January 15, 2020In “CARICOM”CARICOM: Implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation AgreementBy Elizabeth Morgan The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation, commonly known as the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), is the success of the Doha Development Round of multilateral trade negotiations. After several years of exploratory work, in 2004, it was decided to negotiate this agreement. Of the new…March 14, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 7, 2020 Trade-in-Services and Technology: More missed opportunities… last_img read more

06Oct/20

PHOTO: USACE’s Dredger Currituck at Work

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has just released a photo of their dredger Currituck taking a load of sand dredged from Ocean City Inlet to be deposited in the surf zone off of Assateague Island, on December 22, 2016. The dredger, based out of the Corps’ Wilmington District in North Carolina, is carrying out dredging in and around Ocean City Inlet as part of the bi-annual Assateague Island Bypass work.This cleanup scheme involves dredging of sand trapped by Ocean City Inlet that would otherwise drift south to nourish the beaches at Assateague.The dredger then deposits that sand within the surf zone along the northern end of Assateague Island.[mappress mapid=”23414″]last_img read more

30Sep/20

Russia pressured on Sergei Magnitsky death

first_imgPrime minister David Cameron has thrown his weight behind a campaign to expose the truth behind the death of a lawyer investigating an alleged £142m fraud against a UK company in Russia. Sergei Magnitsky (pictured) was working for UK investment firm Hermitage Capital when, after alleging a £142m tax fraud by Russian officials, he was arrested and allegedly tortured. On 16 November 2009, one year after being detained, he died in police custody in Moscow. An official investigation announced by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev later in November 2009 has yet to produce any findings. The Law Society wrote a letter of intervention to Medvedev in July 2009 protesting at Magnitsky’s detention ‘while working as an independent lawyer’ representing Hermitage, and urging him to ensure all lawyers and judges were able to carry out their duties ‘without fear of intimidation or harassment’. Chancery Lane wrote to Medvedev again in December 2009 following Magnitsky’s death, expressing concern at bruises on the dead lawyer’s hands that were reportedly visible during the funeral, and at claims that he was ‘denied ­medical treatment… which eventually led to his death’. The Society urged Medvedev to investigate allegations that pressure was put upon Magnitsky to ‘incriminate himself and others’. In January this year, shadow justice minister Chris Bryant submitted a 1,000-page dossier to the home secretary detailing the alleged roles of 60 Russian officials in Magnitsky’s arrest and death. Some 22 UK members of parliament have signed an Early Day Motion calling on the government to impose visa and other sanctions on the Russian officials claimed to be involved in the case. Earlier this month, Cameron wrote to Hermitage stating that he is ‘deeply concerned’ about the case and will be tracking its progress ahead of his planned visit to Russia later this year.last_img read more

29Sep/20

The Heavies celebrates success

first_imgWell attended by figures from the UK heavy haulage industry, the event included a networking reception sponsored by the event’s headline sponsor, TII Group – which comprises the Scheuerle, Nicolas, Kamag and Tratec brands.Hosted by UK radio traffic reporter, Sally Boazman, the evening involved a three-course dinner before the presentation of a number of awards celebrating success and innovation in the specialised transport industry.The awards began with four ‘job of the year’ categories. Prizes were awarded to Charles Russell Transport for category 1 job of the year; Bugler Transport for category 2; West of Scotland Heavy Haulage for category 3; and ALE for the BE16 category.Project of the year was awarded to ALE for the transport of 19 transformers, while Allelys Group was presented with the operator of the year award. Team of the year went to Beaver Bridges, while headline sponsor TII Group was awarded the prize for most significant safety initiative. Allelys also took the award for environmental initiative of the year.Four innovation awards were given on the night, with the first being presented to BlokCam in the end-user sub-category. Vehicle innovation of the year was presented to Mercedes-Benz, while medium trailer innovation was given to Broshuis. The heavy-duty trailer innovation of year award was handed to Nooteboom.The final few awards saw Mercedes-Benz named vehicle manufacturer of the year and Goldhofer trailer manufacturer of the year. The Earl Attlee award was presented to Allelys; while the lifetime achievement award was given to Graham Hillman. Allelys won an award for operator of the year. www.transaid.orglast_img read more

28Sep/20

Land restitution on the table

first_imgShahied Ajam, chairperson, D6 Working CommitteeFollowing our successful gala lunch on Saturday February 20 for more than 500 senior citizens – and in keeping with the spirit of Ubuntu, reconciliation, transformation and social justice – the D6 Working Committee (D6WC) is calling on all its 3 000 members across the Cape Flats, other restitution communities and civic organisations, to attend a mass public meeting at the Blackpool Sports Complex in Shelly Road, Salt River, on Saturday April 16, from 10am to 1pm.One of the more significant lessons of our history is surely that the promise of restitution is a fine device for mobilising grief and anger and longing and ambition, but a far from-sturdy foundation on which to build a better life for all; at significant scale. The 2013 centenary of the Natives Land Act provided a focal point for the state to address continuing land injustices, but public speeches and commemorative events reflected an absence of serious engagement with the actual legacy of the act.In 2014 when the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act had been signed into law, Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) Minister Gugile Nkwinti stressed its transformational intent: “Given our country’s sad history of land dispossession, the Restitution of Land Rights programme is a necessary invention for redress, reconciliation and nation building, which is in line with the National Development Plan (NDP)’s goal towards the elimination of poverty and reduction of inequality by 2030”.The agenda will thus focus around four important issues:* Returning to the land from which you were forcibly removed and evicted (like District Six). In this regard Chapter 25 (5) of the SA Constitution clearly demonstrates that “… The state must take reasonable legislative steps and other measures, within its available resources, to foster conditions which enable citizens to gain access to land on an equitable basis…” and (7) “… A person or community dispossessed of property after 19 June 1913 as result of past racially discriminatory laws or practices is entitled, to the extent provided by an Act of Parliament, either to restitution of that property or to equitable redress.”Thus, insofar as the restitution programme in District Six is concerned, it is indeed encouraging to see that at last, the third phase housing project in District Six commenced in December 2015 for the approximately 1 000 restitution beneficiaries, who were verified and validated between 1995 and 1998. The committee is extremely hopeful that those claimants who registered for restitution as from July 2014 will also benefit from the development once they have been verified and validated.* Should expropria-tion not be considered then suitable alternate land should be sought for restitution purposes. This land needs to be within the city periphery towards the southern corridor (not in the Cape Flats areas). Spatial and racial segregation is still very much prevalent in Cape Town. The deplorable thinking of apartheid spatial planning continues to pervade the city landscape. After 20 years of democracy Cape Town remains stuck with perpetual apartheid-style development for the historically disadvantaged communities on the fringes of the city in places like Pelican Park, Khayelitsha, etc.* Negotiating dignified and equitable compensation packages (for those who do not wish to return – or wanting alternate land). Many urban restitu-tion claimants of District Six had between 1995 and 1998 opted to settle for a measly R17 000 (tenants) and R44 000 (land owners) at a time when restitution was relatively unknown in this country; let alone District Six and that in itself was an undignified process. * Latest decision by the City of Cape Town to close the doors of the Good Hope Centre to the public and lease it to a television company (Cape Argus, Friday April 1). In relation to this issue, the City of Cape Town, at a full council meeting on Thursday March 31, voted overwhelmingly to shut the doors of the centre to the public, despite fierce opposition from all other political parties. The D6WC together with its coalition partners SACTWU (South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union), Bo-Kaap Civic Association and the Cape Malay Choir Board in a desperate bid to save this iconic centre, are launching an applica-tion to court opposing this move because the City followed a ‘narrow’ consultative process with selected stakeholders only, and not with the entire ‘affected parties’. The Good Hope Centre was erected in 1976 at the height of the apartheid era and forms an integral part of the historical landscape of District Six – in as much as it is regarded as part of the people’s heritage. For the community of District Six, the centre symbolises the last bastion of hope that one day they will return to their beloved city and reclaim what is rightfully theirs. The District Six community and its business partners intend to take ownership of the Good Hope Centre during the restitution process, with a view to initiating innovative proposals to position this space as a viable social and economic asset. The coalition will pull out all stops in an effort to restore and preserve this iconic space to its former glory because there is currently an intensive and protracted restitution process ongoing in District Six, which includes reclaiming the Good Hope Centre.The Working Committee has from its inception in 2013, maintained that only a holistic approach towards urban restitution would lead to the envisioned outcomes, which will stop the balkanisation and fragmentation of the precinct of District Six.District Six, apart from its unique historical background, offers the perfect opportunity for government to ‘get it right’ once and for all. The barren landscape which has virtually been left untouched for many years (save for the invasion of Cape Peninsula University of Technology which owns more than 50% of the land) is a painful scar in the minds and hearts of the people and a stark reminder of forced removals and eviction during the 60s and 70s. The sooner this empty landscape can be filled with children’s laughter again, the sooner the healing will become a reality. Restitution is free of charge and the restoration of the people’s dignity and heritage are paramount.We believe the pressing task now at hand is to get all relevant stakeholders, role-players and business partners to the table and collectively pave the way forward to make urban restitution in the Western Cape, specially District Six, a model of success so that God-willing, it will serve as a catalyst for urban restitution.last_img read more

26Sep/20

Ethiopia to launch its first satellite in 2019

first_imgEthiopia plans to launch civilian satellite in the coming years Ethiopia has announced its intention to launch its first satellite during 2019. According to the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) at the Addis Ababa University, the satellite is expected to be launched from China during September 2019.The initial plans to launch the satellite were announced in 2016 at the same time the Ethiopian Council of Ministers approved the establishment of ESSTI.“The satellite will be launched from China while the control and command station will be in Ethiopia”, said Dr. Solomon Belay Tessema, Director General at the ESSTI.Sticking with the ESSTI’s slogan of “We explore the universe for the benefit of our people”,  the launch of Ethiopia’s earth observatory satellite will be used to improve the country’s weather-monitoring capabilities.So far, what has been revealed is that the satellite‘s design and development will cost a total of approximately $8 million, with China funding $6 million of that cost. The terms of the collaboration between Ethiopia and China as far as the launch of the satellite is concerned were not revealed at the time of publishing.Related Eritrea accuses Ethiopia of attacking its territorycenter_img Ethiopia to launch own Satellitelast_img read more

26Sep/20

Mother and son arrested for cultivation of cannabis

first_img 9 Views   no discussions LocalNews Mother and son arrested for cultivation of cannabis by: – August 2, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Share Court gavel. Photo credit: lazytechguys.comAngela Giraudel and her son Steve Dorival of Tarish Pit were on Thursday jointly charged for the allegedly unlawfully cultivating six (6) cannabis trees.Forty-four (44) year old Giraudel pleaded guilty to the charge while her son pleaded not guilty when they appeared before the magistrate’s court.It is the prosecution’s contention that on 31st July, 2012 members of the police task force, having obtained a search warrant for Giraudel’s home, proceeded to execute it.Upon execution of the warrant, the officers noticed what appeared to be cannabis trees at the back of a shed in the yard.She was then asked if she knew about the trees and she replied; “Officer when we smoking and it have seeds we just throwing them there and it growing”.The trees were up-rooted and Giraudel was arrested on suspicion of cultivation.In mitigating on behalf of his client, attorney at law Peter Alleyne informed the court that in light of these hard economic times persons who are caught with such small quantities of cannabis should be asked to apologize to the police and the court because he deems it as “wasting” the court’s times.He begged magistrate Candia Carrette George to impose a very small fine on his client.Giraudel was fined $800.00 to be paid by 30th September, 2012 or in default spend two (2) months in prison.The prosecution did not wish to offer any evidence against Dorival.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more