Aug 26, 2020 Trinidad manufacturers bullish on CSME – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 17 August 2018August 20, 2018In “Barbados”Trinidad removed from “grey list” – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 21 February 2020February 24, 2020In “Agriculture”Pushing Regional Transportation issues at hemispheric meetingCARICOM’s Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) was among matters presented to a meeting of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Directors of Civil Aviation, held this week in Ottawa, Canada. CARICOM Secretariat’s Head of the Transportation Unit, Dr. Pauline Yearwood delivered a presentation on ‘Assistance towards the Finalization of…August 3, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Please see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 22 February, 2019 CARICOM Business 22 February, 2019 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… UK provides further support to CDB Special Development Fund… Oct 2, 2020 Jul 14, 2020 CDB, IDB Group to Boost Cooperation, Improve Lives of… Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Sep 29, 2020
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. 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 LEESBURG, Va. – The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has announced that Leigh Wilson has joined the organization as vice president of marketing. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement ASE says it created this new position as part of its commitment to integrate enhanced marketing throughout its entire family of organizations, with the goal of providing a higher level of service and support to the automotive professionals they serve. “We believe this effort is vital to remain responsive to the rapidly changing environments we all face in today’s business climate, and we welcome Leigh to the ASE team,” said Tim Zilke, ASE president and CEO. Wilson brings 24 years of marketing experience to the ASE organization and holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts and MBA in marketing from Johns Hopkins University. “Leigh rose to the top of a list of outstanding candidates and we are delighted to have her as part of the team,” said Zilke. “Her background and experience in customer relationship management, branding, analytics and promotions, along with her thorough understanding of segmentation and databases, brings a new dimension to ASE’s marketing efforts.” Wilson is a resident of Vienna, Va., and will assume the VP of marketing position effective Oct. 3. She will be based at the ASE corporate headquarters in Leesburg, Va.,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
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AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementTo more fully leverage its global capabilities, reduce overall cost and enhance its customer focus, Cooper Standard announced it is transitioning to global manufacturing, engineering and innovation organizations. As a result of this structure, and the planned retirement of Executive Vice President and COO Keith Stephenson, Cooper Standard has announced the following appointments to its Global Leadership Team:Patrick Clark will lead global engineering and product strategy as senior vice president and chief global engineering and product strategy officer;Christopher Couch will lead global innovation as senior vice president and chief innovation officer; andHans Helmrich will lead global manufacturing as senior vice president and chief global manufacturing officer.“While we have made impressive strides in the past five years with our systems and processes, the next five years will require that we accelerate our global standardization to proactively address a changing global economy,” said Jeffrey Edwards, chairman and CEO, Cooper Standard. “With Patrick, Chris and Hans in these three crucial global positions, Cooper Standard is better able to keep pace with today’s evolving market forces and compete in our key automotive and non-automotive markets.”AdvertisementWith more than 23 years of automotive industry experience, Clark will lead the company’s global engineering function in designing and developing superior products to meet current and future customer needs, as well as developing product strategy for the company’s automotive product lines to drive a distinct and sustainable competitive advantage. He also serves as chair of the company’s Global Engineering Council, where he focuses on aligning the global engineering organization to implement best practices and improve overall efficiency and effectiveness worldwide.With more than 20 years of global automotive manufacturing, R&D and technology development experience, Couch will lead Cooper Standard’s i3 Innovation Process from idea inception to commercialization. He also serves as chair of the company’s Global Technology Council, which oversees development of technologies in all areas of the business, including materials science, product design, manufacturing process technology, analytics and artificial intelligence.Helmrich, who has more than 25 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, is responsible for leading Cooper Standard’s automotive and non-automotive manufacturing operation toward world-class levels in support of the company’s profitable growth targets. He also serves as chair of the company’s Global Manufacturing Council, where he focuses on driving global world-class operations in all Cooper Standard facilities worldwide.AdvertisementStephenson, a 12-year veteran with Cooper Standard, will retire on April 2. His leadership helped lay the foundation for success across key areas of the business, including: installing the Cooper Standard Operating System; setting up the company’s robust i3 Innovation Process and global innovation team; upgrading the Company’s Information Technology and Purchasing infrastructures; helping establish global councils for regional collaboration; and bringing on key acquisitions and joint ventures.“On behalf of the entire Cooper Standard organization, I want to extend our gratitude to Keith for all his contributions, especially for the leadership, integrity and energy he brought to the business and the many community initiatives he championed on behalf of the Cooper Standard Foundation,” said Edwards. “His tireless efforts helped build a solid foundation for our future success and we wish him well.”
Shipping company Atlantic Offshore has sold its standby/supply vessel, the Ocean West, for recycling after the vessel completed its contract with Repsol Sinopec in the UK sector of the North Sea.Atlantic was awarded an ERRV contract with Repsol Sinopec, previously known as Talisman Sinopec Energy UK before the acquisition by Repsol, in December of 2015.The deal was a nine-month firm contract which began on January 1, 2016. The contract also had an option to extend for two more years, however, Repsol Sinopec did not extend the contract after the initial nine-month period expired.The Ocean West was built in 1974 by Volharding Shipyard Waterhuizen and was owned by Atlantic Offshore Scotland.It has a length of 58.72 meters, breadth of 11.52 meters and can accommodate 27 persons. The vessel is powered by two 1,050 BHP De Industrie’s engines combined with two Caterpillar auxiliary engines with 228 and 94 BHP.Earlier this year, Atlantic sold the 1975-built Ocean Clever multi-role supply vessel to Denmark, also for recycling.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Trump taps Sessions, Flynn, Pompeo for top positions Published: November 18, 2016 10:22 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump is announcing his choices for three key administration jobs Friday, naming Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA and former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.All three have been fierce critics of President Barack Obama’s handling of terrorism and national security, and their selection likely signals a sharp shift in U.S. policy. In tapping Sessions and Flynn, Trump is also rewarding a pair of loyalists who were among his most ardent supporters during the presidential campaign.Trump planned to announce the picks Friday, according to a senior transition official. The official insisted on anonymity in order to disclose the decisions ahead of Trump’s announcement.Kansas Rep. Mike PompeoTrump is a foreign policy novice and his early moves on national security are being closely watched both in the U.S. and overseas. Sessions and Pompeo would both require Senate confirmation before assuming their designated roles; Flynn would not.Even with Republicans in control of the Senate, Sessions could face obstacles. He withdrew from consideration for a federal judgeship in 1986 after being accused of making racist comments while serving as a U.S. attorney in Alabama.Sessions, the first senator to endorse Trump, has been a leading proponent of tough immigration enforcement policies. He’s tangled with the past two Democratic-appointed attorneys general on whether terrorism suspects deserve the protections of American civilian courts and on the planned closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He’s also been protective of the attorney general’s right to refuse a legally unsound directive from the president.Alabama Sen. Jeff SessionsPompeo is a conservative Republican and a strong critic of Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. A three-term congressman, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and from Harvard Law School.Pompeo has said that Muslim leaders are “potentially complicit” in terrorist attacks if they do not denounce those made in the name of Islam. “They must cite the Quran as evidence that the murder of innocents is not permitted,” he said in a 2013 House floor speech.Flynn was a critic of Obama’s military and foreign policy long before he began advising Trump on national security issues during the presidential campaign. As national security adviser, Flynn would work in the West Wing and have frequent access to the new president.The 57-year-old has been outspoken in his warnings about the dangers of Islamist groups, saying the U.S. needs to “discredit” radical Islam. He’s called Islam a “political ideology” and said it “definitely hides behind being a religion.”Flynn has also worried some national security experts with his warmth toward Russia. Like Trump, he’s called for the U.S. to work more closely with Moscow.Former military intelligence chief Michael FlynnLast year, Flynn traveled to Moscow to join Russian President Vladimir Putin at a celebration for RT, a television channel funded by the Russian government. Flynn said he had been paid for taking part in the event and brushed aside concerns that he was aiding a Russian propaganda effort.Trump has made no public appearances this week, but his meetings have signaled a focus on national security. He met Thursday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader since winning the election.He also consulted with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and sat down with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a potential contender to lead the State Department.In a separate gesture of reconciliation with establishment Republicans, Trump planned to meet with 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who lambasted Trump as a “con man” and a “fraud” in a stinging speech in March. Trump responded by repeatedly referring to Romney as a “loser.”The two began mending fences after Trump’s victory when Romney called with congratulations. They are to meet this weekend, a transition official says. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says they are still “working on” the meeting.Since his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton last week, Trump has spoken with Russian President Putin, British Prime Minister Theresa May and nearly three dozen other world leaders by telephone.Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, also visited the Trump Tower and called the billionaire businessman “a true friend of Israel.” He specifically cited as another “friend” Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon, whose selection as a top White House adviser has created a backlash among Democrats. Bannon’s news website has peddled conspiracy theories, white nationalism and anti-Semitism.Trump, a reality television star, business mogul and political newcomer, also rolled out new teams that will interact with the State Department, Pentagon, Justice Department and other national security agencies as part of the government transition before his Jan. 20 inauguration. Do you see a typo or an error? 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The Law Society has published a practice note to help firms and sole practitioners comply with regulatory new requirements to collect data on the diversity of their workforce. Data to be reported include job status and role as well as age, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and caring responsibilities. Data will be collected by an online survey. Firms will be contacted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to confirm numbers of employees and to distribute login details for an anonymous online questionnaire. The practice note sets out the context for the SRA requirement and its implications, including on data protection issues. Mehrunnisa Lalani, the SRA’s director of inclusion, said: ‘We appreciate this is extra effort for the regulated community, but we hope you will work with us to fulfil this requirement as it brings with it potential benefits. It will provide us with an accurate picture of the diversity profile of the legal workforce, allowing gaps to be identified over a period of time.’ Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said: ‘The Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter already provides guidance and support on how to collect, monitor, store and publish data. The new requirement will provide for consistent collection of diversity data across the profession, helping practices to review the make up of their workforces and to identify opportunities to develop greater diversity. ‘It also will help the Law Society to meet better the needs of our diverse membership and to promote greater diversity in the profession.’
APPLICATIONS to build a factory able to produce 100 diesel-electric locomotives a year for Indian Railways closed on September 14. Pre-qualified bidders for the joint venture project are to be announced on October 12.A Request for Proposals is to be issued on October 19, and bidders will have until December 14 to complete their submissions. The project is being handled by Rites on behalf of the Ministry of Railways, which has designated Marhowra in Bihar state as the site of the plant.The ministry will guarantee to acquire 100 locos a year from the plant for seven to 10 years. Two types are envisaged, one rated at 4 500 hp with a 22·5 tonne axleload and a 6 000 hp version with a 25 tonne axleload. Bidders must have supplied at least 1 000 locomotives over the last 10 years, and 200 or more must have had a power rating of at least 4 000 hp with three-phase AC traction motors and IGBT technology. At least 25 locos must have been supplied with a rating of 6 000 hp or more. As provision of maintenance services may be required, bidders must also show proof that they have maintained at least 100 diesel-electric locos for at least three years.The successful supplier is expected to have a 74% stake in the joint venture, leaving IR with just 26%.
India’s Northeast Frontier Railway will this month begin regular services to Agartala, the capital of Tripura. Work on the 119 km line from Kumarghat began in 1996, and the first train arrived in Agartala on June 29. Construction of a further 110 km to Sabroom is scheduled to start next year, and long-term plans include a cross-border link to Bangladesh. Bulgaria’s Ministry of Transport has commissioned Faber Maunsell to produce a national multi-modal transport masterplan. EU accession has made €2bn available for infrastructure investment in 2007-13, and the €2·5m study will inform the preparation of business cases for individual projects. This month a Rail Development Group is due to present the government of New Zealand with recommendations for the future structure of the rail industry. Services are now operating under the KiwiRail brand following the transfer of rail and ferry operations from Toll New Zealand into government ownership on July 1 (RG 6.08 p344). The 3·5 km metre-gauge link into Laos from Nong Khai in Thailand is expected to be inaugurated this month. State Railway of Thailand began running test trains on July 4; travel was free of charge, but passengers were unable to alight in Laos until customs facilities were complete. The UK’s Rail Safety & Standards Board has developed a methodology for assessing the impact of higher sea levels, increased wave heights and storm surges on coastal rail routes. A study into rebuilding the sea wall route at Dawlish is due to be completed shortly. During July Saudi Arabia’s council of ministers formally established a joint stock company to undertake the east-west Landbridge project. The consortium selected for the concession will take an 80% stake in the new company; the government will hold the remaining 20%. On June 2 the European Commission approved the Hungarian government’s plans to provide HF3bn of state aid in 2008-11 to meet 30% of the cost of a rolling motorway service to carry lorries and drivers from Szeged to the Austrian town of Wels. From December 12 2010 Hessische Landesbahn will replace DB Regio as operator of Frankfurt – Gießen – Siegen and Gießen – Marburg regional services provided under contract to the Rhein-Main and Westfalen-Lippe transport authorities in Germany. China Railway Corp’s track technology research centre in Xianyang was officially opened on June 18. The government of Romania has approved public service contracts covering the period 2008-11 with train operators CFR Calatori, Regiotrans and Servtrans Invest.
Stockholm Requiem (Sthlm Rekviem to give it its original title) sees Walter Presents go back to its Swedish roots; the homestead of Nordic Noir. And what a spectacular series it looks set to be.If you want to avoid all spoilers for Walter Presents: Stockholm Requiem, stop reading now.It stars Liv as Fredrika Bergman (looking not dissimilar to our own Keeley Hawes), a civilian criminologist who joins the Stockholm police force. On her arrival, the team are summoned to Stockholm Central Station, where a child has gone missing – her mother duped into taking her eyes off her daughter as a man is seen whisking her away. It’s a baptism of fire for Fredrika, who is initially shunned by her colleagues – hardened policemen and women who have little time for their new civilian colleague. But her intelligence and guile eventually wins them over; in particular her boss, Alex Recht (Jonas Karlsson – who starred alongside Michael Fassbender in the 2017 film, The Snowman, based on a novel by Jo Nesbø), who soon realises her worth to the team.Credit: Walter PresentsAs I understand it, having only seen the opening episode, the series covers a case over two episodes, but has a main storyline running throughout the ten episodes. Here in this first story about the missing child (based on the Kristina Ohlsson novel, Unwanted), we get to know a bit of the back-story about the main two characters by the means of jumping forward in time. The clever use of a dashcam in a taxicab, showing a date of May 2020, makes it clear that we’ve leapt forward to a time when Alex is no longer a police officer – no doubt the reasons for that will become clear in time. As far as the current case is concerned, suspicion initially falls on the missing father – who is hiding a secret of his own. But this is crime drama – nothing is quite as it seems.As with all Nordic Noir, the series looks fabulous on screen. It’s typically dark, sombre and under-stated. There are no car chases, gun battles or hysterics – it’s all very Swedish and composed. But beautifully written and acted. One could argue that the hardened cops and naïve rookie narrative is a bit cliched and old-hat – but when it’s acted and written this well, you can forgive it and just enjoy the journey.Credit: Walter PresentsThis is the premiere screening of the series in the UK – it was aired in Sweden on their TV4 channel in 2018. As far as I can tell, no second series has appeared yet, but surely with something this good, it’s just a matter of time. Crime-drama of this quality doesn’t come along that often. Definitely one to watch.Read our interview with lead actress Liv Mjönes.Walter Presents: Stockholm Requiem will premiere on Channel 4 at 11pm on 26th January 2020. The full boxset will be available immediately after transmission of first episode on All 4 via Walter Presents.