CARICOM Heads Meeting a success – Chairman

first_img May 7, 2020 Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister of Barbados, Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, has deemed the just-concluded 36th CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting, held in Barbados from July 2 to 4, a success.“Generally speaking, I think we had a successful conference. As I said in my opening address on Thursday evening, there will always be things that the Caribbean Community has not yet been able to do, and there will always be things that we have already done that it can be argued that we can do better. But, in the context of the realities we now face, I am satisfied, and I think the consensus of the conference was, at its close, that we had a successful CARICOM conference,” Mr. Stuart emphasised. More:  BGIS Story CARICOM Leaders prepare for Hurricanes amid COVID-19… Jul 2, 2020 You may be interested in… Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Apr 15, 2020center_img CARICOM Heads Meet Friday – Handover of Chairmanship to… STATEMENT – Tenth Special Emergency Meeting of the… Press Release re: Ninth Special Emergency Meeting of the… Aug 18, 2020 CSME review comments by March 31[su_pullquote align=”right”]”I made the point during our presentation to the conference that the CSME is not a destination, it’s a journey, and there will always be work to do. What we want to ensure is that we have a regional integration movement that is alive, and that we’re responding appropriately…February 20, 2017In “Barbados”‘We cannot relax our goal of perfecting Regional integration’ – Incoming CARICOM ChairmanChairman of the Conference of the CARICOM Heads of Government the Rt. Hon Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados said that the goal of perfecting regional integration must remain paramount for the Caribbean Community. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 36th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of…July 3, 2015In “Anguilla”PMs Barrow, Stuart advocate strongly for stock-takingCARICOM leaders have called for stock-taking to determine what was working well for the integration movement so that those elements could be retained and improved, while discarding those components that were hindering the Community. As they addressed the Twenty-Seventh Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government which opened…February 17, 2016In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Solar farm in Guyana to be commissioned soon

first_img Oct 2, 2020 Oct 5, 2020 “The system is a hybrid system whereby during the day when the sun is up the whole town would be powered by the solar farm. Solar is intermittent so therefore, you may be having a 100 percent solar, then a cloud passes over and you drop from 100 to 80 percent. On a cloudy or overcast day, the difference between what the solar power is producing and what the town needs will have to be augmented by the generator,” Minister Patterson related. Read more at: Department of Public Information Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 15, 2020 IN FOCUS: Defining Guyana’s role in CARICOM Energy thrustGuyana is firmly committed to pursuing the path of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE), and has taken initiatives that testify to that obligation. The country has embraced the concept of a Green Economy, which is intended to provide a holistic, integrated approach to national development. This encompasses areas…December 30, 2016In “CARICOM”CARICOM Secretariat launches solar project for Headquarter’s BuildingA project that will see the CARICOM Secretariat’s Headquarters Building in Georgetown, Guyana generating 100 percent of its electricity needs through a Photovoltaic Power Generation System was launched with a sod-turning ceremony on Monday. The Project, being funded by the Government of Japan, will include: Installation of 400 kilowatt of…January 20, 2020In “CARICOM”CARICOM, GPL join Guyana Solar ChallengeSolar Head of State (SHOS) and the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) are pleased to announce the new partnership with Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), CARICOM, Guyana Power and Light (GPL), MPC Capital, Guyana Ministry of Environment, Public Service International (PSI), and Guyana Energy Agency (GEA)…October 7, 2019In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… center_img (Department of Public Information) Very soon, residents of Mabaruma, Region One (in Guyana) will benefit from an improved power supply when the new solar farm is added to the generation mix. The construction and installation of the $264Million solar farm is now complete and the contractor is currently completing work on the automatic switching from the generator to the solar farm. Speaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson said the automatic switching from the solar power to the generator during cloudy days or during the rainy season is not ready as yet. Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Related Posts Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector… last_img read more

WTO: Dispute Settlement Crisis

first_imgWhy the WTO Appellate Body Crisis Matters to the CaribbeanDr. Jan Yves Remy and Alicia Nicholls The Appellate Body (AB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) – the final court charged with hearing appeals on points of law at the WTO – faces an existential crisis. On 10 December 2019, the terms of two of its remaining three members…November 26, 2019In “Business”Jamaica: 25 years at WTO [Part I]By Elizabeth Morgan Twenty-five (25) years ago, Jamaica formally became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 9th March 1995. The independent international organization, the WTO, superseded the United Nations (UN) affiliated General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) on 1st January 1995. Prior to this, Jamaica was…March 10, 2020In “Indepth”Selecting the new WTO DG – The CandidatesBy Elizabeth Morgan Phase I of the selection process, nomination of candidates, for the new Director General (DG) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ended on July 8.  I addressed the selection process in my article of May 27. You may still be wondering why the Member States of the…July 15, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Reports indicate that between 1995-2018, the USA has been the most active complainant winning over 90% of cases which it initiates. It loses about 80% of cases brought against it by other Members. In wins and losses, other members’ results mirror that of the US in percentages. Yet, President Donald Trump makes the claim that the USA is greatly disadvantaged in WTO dispute settlement. The Trump Administration thus has refused to support the appointment of members of the Appellate Body, pushing the mechanism to the brink of an operational crisis in the midst of trade disputes with China and other Members. The DSU was adopted in 1994 at the end of the GATT Uruguay Round supported by the USA and others to make dispute settlement more effective. A review was required by 1998. Disadvantages to CARICOM Members Regarding cases involving CARICOM Members, the USA, from 1996, supported Latin American countries in successfully challenging the European Commission’s (EC’s) banana regime from which Caribbean countries, members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, benefitted. The ACP countries were third parties in this case. The EC’s sugar regime was later also successfully challenged by Australia, Brazil and Thailand and again ACP beneficiaries were third parties. Only one CARICOM Member has been a party to a WTO dispute. That was Antigua and Barbuda versus the USA in its Gambling case, 2003-2007. The ruling favoured Antigua and Barbuda, but to date this dispute has not been settled. While the US complains about disadvantages in the DSM, the severely disadvantaged Members are small, trade dependent, developing countries who find it difficult to use the mechanism. It is costly and time-consuming, requiring technical and legal expertise. Small members also cannot retaliate against the large, powerful trading nations. They do not proceed with complaints because of their complexity and concern about the political and commercial consequences.  Opportunities for Caribbean nationals to serve as panelists are limited. Two Jamaicans have served. Regarding DSU review, at the 2001 4th WTO Ministerial Conference, it was agreed that this mandated review for further improvement would continue up to 2003. With no progress, it was further extended without a specific end date. Jamaica and other CARICOM Members have been participating in this process. There has been no real will among key Members to make progress. Yet, the Trump Administration is now acting unilaterally to paralyze the DSM. This development is another stimulus to WTO reform discussions. The DSU/DSM need to be reviewed and reformed as originally mandated. But, the reform should extend to enabling the small developing Members to effectively utilize the mechanism ensuring that beneficiaries are not only large traders. Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jamaica: 25 years at WTO [Part III] Mar 15, 2020 Selecting a New WTO Director General May 27, 2020 COVID-19 redesigning the Foreign Trade Policy Agenda center_img Apr 1, 2020 Mar 10, 2020 Jamaica: 25 years at WTO [Part I] You may be interested in… By Elizabeth Morgan Dispute settlement is one of the most important functions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) which establishes global trade rules. It facilitates the rule of law by enabling Members to resolve their disputes in an international legal system. Dispute settlement was considered a WTO success as, since 1995, over 500 disputes have been initiated and 350 rulings delivered. The dispute settlement mechanism (DSM) is contained in the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes, commonly known as the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU). The mechanism enables Members to engage in dispute settlement procedures, including consultations, mediation, conciliation and good offices. If there is no resolution, a panel is requested and established. Following delivery of the panel report with its rulings, Members have resort to a standing appeals body (the Appellate Body) comprised of seven legal experts serving four year terms with the possibility of re-election once. The Member losing the case is required to take corrective measures. If this is not done in a specified time frame, the Member can be authorized to take retaliatory measures. The DSU also makes provision for arbitration. The Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) monitors the process.last_img read more

UN leads bid for cheaper insulin, expanding access for diabetics worldwide

first_img(UN News) Overly expensive insulin could be a thing of the past – and life-changing news – for millions of diabetics under a plan launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday to diversify production globally, just ahead of World Diabetes Day. Announcing the initiative in Geneva, the UN agency said that it had already had informal expressions of interest from pharmaceutical companies looking to produce insulin and have WHO assess whether it is safe for people to use. “The simple fact is, that the prevalence of diabetes is growing, the amount of insulin available to treat diabetes is too low, the prices are too high, so we need to do something,” said Emer Cooke, Director of Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies at WHO. Diabetes can be big problem for years to come – CARPHAPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago –  Studies conducted by the University of the West Indies (UWI) estimate that 1 in every 4 adults in some Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States have diabetes.  More worrying is the doubling of overweight and obesity in children less than five years, along with the high…April 7, 2016In “Anguilla”Here’s what to do about diabetes – 4th leading cause of death in AmericaTaxes on sugary drinks and limits on junk food advertising are part of the solution  by Carissa F. Etienne*   Think of 10 people close to you—family members, friends and coworkers. Chances are at least one is suffering from diabetes, though they might not know it. An estimated 10% of…April 7, 2016In “Anguilla”Regional Communicators Meet to Develop Campaigns to Address Non-communicable Diseases(CARPHA) – The Regional Health Communications Network (RHCN) made up of communications and health promotion specialists from across the English, French and Dutch Caribbean countries and territories, met from 29 to 30 April to develop region-wide public education campaigns to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and wellness. The RHCN was established…May 2, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 11, 2020 Oct 6, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020center_img WHO Chief Points to ‘Green Shoots of Hope’ in COVID-19… COVID-19 Vaccine May be Ready by Yearend – WHO’s… Coinciding with the project launch, which comes ahead of World Diabetes Day marked each 14 November, UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the impact of “catastrophic” medical expenses on sufferers. “Diabetes damages health and undermines educational and employment aspirations for many, affecting communities and forcing families into economic hardship”, he said, particularly in low and middle-income countries. The WHO’s two-year pilot project, unveiled on Wednesday, involves the evaluation of insulin developed by manufacturers to ensure their quality, safety, efficacy and affordability. Read more at: UN News Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… WHO Stresses Need for Quick Action Amid Reports of Fresh… Aug 24, 2020last_img read more

Remy International Eliminates Top OE Business Position

first_imgDeMoulpied 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. ANDERSON, IN — Remy International, Inc. announces leadership changes in its OE and aftermarket businesses. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The company has eliminated the position of president of the Remy Inc. OE business. With this decision, Rick Stanley, who served in this role, has decided to seek other opportunities outside of the company. Remy International President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Weber will assume these duties in addition to his role as president and CEO of Remy International. Joe Plomin, who served as the president of the electrical aftermarket business, will become the senior vice president of sales, marketing and product line management for the OE business. Jay Pittas has been appointed to fill the position of president of the electrical aftermarket business. Pittas joins Remy from Eagle Picher Industries where he was president of the Wolverine Gasket business for the past four years. Wolverine is a key automotive supplier that has grown and enhanced performance dramatically under Pittas’ leadership. Prior to that, he spent 14 years with Honeywell in its industrial automation and control business. For more information about Remy, go to: http://www.remyinc.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 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 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

CADNA Automotive’s President and CEO Devin Hart Acquires Stake in Company

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. – David Rognlien, founder and chairman of the board of CADNA Automotive Inc., has reached an agreement with Devin Hart, the company’s president and CEO, for Hart to acquire a significant ownership stake in the company. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed. CADNA Automotive is an aftermarket supplier and licensee of well known premium brands: Prestone, Autolite, FRAM and proprietary brand ARMOR MARK.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “In a short amount of time, Devin has done an outstanding job of setting into motion a strategic vision that challenges the company to proceed in new directions,” said Rognlien. “I’m confident that under his leadership he will help us execute our long-term growth strategy and improve our market share both domestically and worldwide.” A 15-year veteran of the automotive aftermarket, Hart became president and CEO of CADNA Automotive in April 2009. Previously, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Disa Automotive Inc. and a former director and national sales manager for Federal-Mogul. “It is a privilege to become a CADNA shareholder and work closely on the board with David, to guide the company to its full potential,” said Hart. “I am excited to lead the company during these challenging, yet opportunistic times. The recent change in ownership status helps solidify our partnership in this endeavor.”,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 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. last_img read more

Affinia Appoints Josh Russell to Director of Sales and Marketing for Online/Internet, Performance and Racing

first_imgMCHENRY, Ill. — As a lifelong hotrodder and amateur racer, Josh Russell has always had an affinity for squealing tires and fire suits. He will now have an opportunity to utilize his penchant for racing and performance in his new role as director of sales and marketing for online, performance & racing for Affinia Global Brake & Chassis.      In his new position, Russell will be responsible for developing new business models, introducing new product lines and generating sales across the online, performance and enthusiast markets.        “Since joining Affinia in 2007 Josh has been instrumental in improving our Raybestos marketing and promotional programs, motorsports initiatives, sales strategies and Web site enhancements,” said Jeff Stauffer, senior vice president marketing, Affinia Global Brake & Chassis. “We look forward to similar results as he concentrates on these critical markets that each offer great growth potential.”      In addition to developing Affinia’s online efforts, Russell will also oversee Affinia’s motorsports relationships, which include current partnerships with NASCAR, the Indy Racing League and several race team technical partners, such as NASCAR’s Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). In 2009, JGR Sprint Cup Toyotas collected nine wins, two poles and 40 top 10 finishes on Raybestos brand braking systems. Under Russell’s direction Affinia intends to grow Raybestos sales among professional race teams, club racers and grassroots motorsports enthusiasts.      “I am very excited to help drive Affinia’s growth online, as well in the performance and racing markets,” said Russell. “Not only are these segments I’ve worked in previously, I’m also both personally involved and passionate about them.”      Russell has an impressive history of developing national marketing campaigns. Before joining Affinia he served as director of marketing for Old World Industries in Northbrook, Ill., where he handled national brands such as PEAK Antifreeze and Mr. Clean. At Old World, Russell spearheaded a campaign that partnered with IndyCar driver Danica Patrick to bolster the PEAK brand. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

NWS: Today’s High Near 69; Tonight’s Low Around 46

first_imgThe National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 69 with patchy fog before 10 a.m., otherwise, sunny and tonight’s low around 46. Courtesy/NWSlast_img

Scenes From 2019 LDS Creche Show

first_imgThis Nativity Scene is owned by Dawn Jones. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com This Creche from Peru belongs to Karen Schramm. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com The Los Alamos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is holding its annual Creche Show this WinterFest Weekend. The show began Friday and continued Saturday at the church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com This Light of the World Creche was created by Daniel Prueitt who was inspired by his visit to the Los Alamos event in 1994. It is displayed illuminated. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com This Nativity was handmade by Mary Woods for her grandchildren. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.comcenter_img Tiffany Harding purchased this handmade Creche from the artist in front of St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com This display features ceramic Nativity Scenes. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com A Creche ornament hangs with others on a tree. It belongs to Kate Kettering. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Los Alamos Toppers Top Albuquerque Chargers 10-9

first_imgThe Topper softball team traveled Saturday to Albuquerque to play the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. The Toppers jumped out to a 8-0 lead by the fifth inning and the Chargers mounted a run, which brought the score to 9-9 by the sixth inning. The Toppers rallied to score the winning run in the seventh inning. The Toppers batting was the deciding factor with two home runs, one by Katie Wimer, pictured celebrating as she rounds first on her way home as the third batter in the first inning, which set the mood for a run at the plate scoring five runs in the second inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comSavana Luster was the winning pitcher in Saturday’s game against the Chargers. She kept the Chargers at bay until the sixth inning when she took a break and Katie Wimer finished the inning. Wimer came back in the seventh inning to wrap up the win. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Catcher Dailynn Rodriguez catches a pitch from Katie Wimer as the batter takes a swing and a miss in the first inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comKatrina Sanchez connects for a double in the second inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comKatrina Sanchez slides in under the tag for the third run in the second inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comDailynn Rodriguez takes a high-five from Coach Randy Burditt as she rounds third after hitting the second home run of the game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comRiley Hernandez gets under the ball near the fence for the first out in the sixth inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comSavanna Lester tries to slide under the tag at home plate but was called out in the seventh inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img read more