CARICOM Heads renew commitment to tackle NCDs

first_img Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have given a renewed commitment to tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in their countries. The matter was raised by  Prime Minister Mitchell during the closing press conference of the  38th CARICOM Summit, in Grand Anse, Grenada. In speaking to the issue, Prime Minister Mitchell  highlighted that it had been 10 years since the historic Port-of-Spain Declaration on NCDs. Advance Digital Transformation – Prime Minister… Jamaica PM calls for Global Plan Similar to Marshall Plan Sep 30, 2020 Grenada Govt. Clarifies Leaked Internal Circular on… Oct 15, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 Rich discussion, political commitment expected at Statistics High Level ForumCommitment from governments of the Region to strengthen national statistics systems is one of the key outcomes of the High Level Advocacy Meeting on Statistics that will be held on Friday, 22 February 2019 in St. George’s, Grenada. The Forum will be held under the theme ‘Investing in Statistics to…February 20, 2019In “Audio”Urgent action required to curb chronic NCDs – PM HarrisBasseterre, St. Kitts, June 11, 2017 (SKNIS):  Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) continue to take a toll on CARICOM Member States, and urgent action is required to curb the threat of such diseases, said Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, during National Assembly on Tuesday, July 11. Prime Minister Harris…July 12, 2017In “Anguilla”Regional statistics strategy preparation gets nod from CARICOM Heads[su_pullquote]”We believe that the Region’s Strategy for the Development of Statistics will embody a huge basket of activities and will respond to the statistical needs of the CARICOM Region…” -CARICOM Chair, Dr. Keith Mitchell [/su_pullquote]As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to take steps to ensure that its decision-making is underpinned…July 10, 2017In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsAppcenter_img On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… The Grenadian Prime Minister said the Heads were aware that the Region had  fallen behind in the battle against these deadly diseases and also in fulfilling the goals of the declaration.  He said one of the most alarming signs was the high incidents of childhood obesity, a major risk factor for NCDs “We simply cannot afford to continue the lifestyle and food consumption patterns which are literally killing us”, he said. Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, who also spoke at the media briefing, expressed similar concerns to those raised by Prime Minister Mitchell. He said these diseases were of concern in Jamaica. He reiterated his country’s support for the various efforts being taken in the Region, particularly as it relates to smoking, sugars and the consumption of sweetened drinks. Prime Minister Holness disclosed that the Heads discussed the issue of using fiscal measures such as taxation to address the problem. He also advised that Jamaica has adopted a programme called ‘Jamaica Move’ which encourages citizens to engage in a more active lifestyle. Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, reiterated his stance that each citizen of the Region had a responsibility for his/her health. “We can put our rules and regulations, we can put our tobacco labeling we can enforce taxes on sweets and so on, but everyone of us has a responsibility for our lives as well. We do! We are the ones who feed ourselves; we are the ones who consume saturated fats, and we are the ones who are contributing to our own ill health”. He said Member States would continue to do what they have to do including embarking on more public education and utilising a holistic approach to address the issue. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 29, 2020 CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada receives a Blood Pressure Apparatus from CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General Human and Social Development, Dr. Douglas Slater CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, receives a Blood Pressure Apparatus from Assistant Secretary-General for Human and Social Development Dr. Douglas Slater Grenada Foreign Minister, Hon. Nicholas Steele, Dr. Alafia Samuels, Director, George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, UWI, and CARICOM Programme Manager, Health Sector Development, Dr. Rudolph Cummings CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. James Hospedales, Grenada Foreign Minister, Hon. Nicholas Steele and Dr. Alafia Samuels, Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, UWI You may be interested in…last_img read more

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CARICOM, World Customs Organisation, sign MOU for capacity-building support to…

first_img You may be interested in… Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the Secretary-General of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) His Excellency Kunio Mikuriya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signing ceremony took place at the CARICOM Secretariat  in Georgetown, Guyana on Tuesday, 20 March, 2018. The main objective of the MOU is enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness of CARICOM Customs administrations through cooperation in the field of technical assistance and capacity-building. The Region should benefit from greater coordination of customs training programmes and pursuit of the most suitable training solutions.  There will also be closer cooperation with the WCO in managing development and technical assistance programmes for Customs Administrations, and  capacity-building to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.   CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque makes remarks at the ceremony World Customs Organisations Secretary-General, H.E. Kunio Mikuriya CARICOM SG, Amb. Irwin LaRocque greets WCO SG, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya More details to follow. See other photos here Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CCJ upholds COTED decision on cement classification center_img Aug 7, 2019 Customs Committee of COTED meetsThe Customs Committee of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), met 20-21 September, 2018, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox, welcomed the participants on behalf of CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. He pointed out the importance of…September 25, 2018In “Business”Secretary-General of World Customs Organisation attends COTEDThe Secretary-General of the World Customs Organisation, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, attended the Forty-Seventh Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in Guyana. The two-day Meeting is underway at the Georgetown Marriott Hotel. CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Dr. Mikuriya earlier this year signed a Memorandum of…November 16, 2018In “CARICOM”Harmonised procedures necessary for full economic integration – CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General tells customs officialsHarmonised approaches to conducting trade across borders in the Caribbean, and effective customs valuation, are among the steps that must be taken towards full economic integration within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox, said on Monday that harmonised laws, procedures and best…April 11, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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CXC at 40 – Celebrating the Accomplishments: Continuing the Journey

first_imgThrowback to 2013: This article was written by Mr. Cleveland Sam for the special edition of the CARICOM View Magazine in observance of the 40th anniversary of the Caribbean Community  The quotation from the speech delivered by the Right Honourable Errol Barrow, at the inaugural meeting of the Caribbean Examinations Council in 1973 is very instructive or perhaps even prophetic reflecting 40 years later. CDB Approves Grant to Enhance Remote Learning for The UWI… It Is Our CXC: Let Us Work Out A Solution – Amb.… Oct 6, 2020 Oct 5, 2020 Forty years later, the framers of the CXC project must be proud of the achievements it has accomplished in a relatively short time and the impact it has had on the Caribbean education landscape. This impact has gone much further than that originally intended by the framers: that is, to prepare syllabuses and set examinations based on those syllabuses and issue certificates and diplomas. Today, CXC offers a comprehensive suite of qualifications which caters to learners of differing ages, interests and abilities; training of teachers; technical services to Ministries of Education; statistical data processing services; Item Writing training, Psychometric training; provision of learning support materials. From offering five subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) at its first sitting in 1979, CXC now offers 35 subjects at CSEC; 46 Units at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE); more than 100 standards in the Caribbean Vocational Qualification; the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC); and the latest addition, the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA). During a given year, CXC trains hundreds of teachers across the 16 Participating Countries in a variety of areas. The Council conducts teacher orientation workshops, School-Based Assessment training, Item-Writing workshops and learning support resources development training. Additionally, the annual script-marking exercise is a huge training ground for thousands of the Region’s teachers. “When we meet as markers and we discuss, you realise the kinds of problems you get from your students, it is not peculiar to your territory, but is common throughout the Caribbean,” said Penelope Williams-Peters, a Guyanese teacher who teaches in the Turks and Caicos Islands and marks in Trinidad and Tobago.  “You get a greater understanding as to how to deal with these problems, because you gain as you have one way, one method, but when you interact with one other, you tend to have more to put together and out of it cometh good.” The training aspect of the marking exercise is also appreciated by Michelle Saunders-Clavery, a Vincentian who lives and teaches in Trinidad and Tobago. “I have gained quite a lot from it,” the English teacher said. “The marking and the standardising, it teaches you a lot about what you look for when you come to mark students’ work. When you come here, you get a better idea about what to look for, what the examination is looking for and I think every teacher should get this experience.” Integration magic!  One of CXC’s most important contributions to the Caribbean is its role in bringing the Region closer together in many more ways than one. From its inception, CXC has been a very inclusive organisation and much of its work is carried out by a multi-layered network of Caribbean resources, not just by the small staff at the Barbados and Jamaica offices. CXC Chairman Convenes Independent Review Team Indeed, not only has CXC emerged as a vital link in the Regional integration movement; but it has also built a reputation as one of the most critical pillars in the Region’s education architecture. The advent of CXC, an indigenous examinations board, complemented what was taking place in the political sphere at the time around the world. Former colonies were asserting their political self-determination; it was time for the Caribbean to assert its educational sovereignty. The words of Prime Minister Barrow are again enlightening: “Our teachers will set examination papers for the testing of Caribbean pupils in what they themselves have taught. Our teachers will mark and assess the examination work done by Caribbean pupils and recommend pass or fail. The institution of this Council therefore gives the Caribbean teacher an opportunity to come of age – to take over fully the education of the young people of the Caribbean in the same way that the Caribbean Community is taking its economic destinies into its own hands.” Sep 28, 2020center_img The work of developing a syllabus for each subject CXC offers is carried out by a Subject Panel; the work of putting together an examination paper for each is carried out by an Examining Committee. The members comprising these committees come from different countries across the Caribbean and together produce work for the entire Region. But perhaps the single most significant contributor to regional integration in CXC’s cap is the annual marking exercise. This is the largest mobilisation and concentration of Caribbean people at any given time in the year. During three weeks in July, CXC mobilises almost 6,000 teachers from 17 countries. More than 2,500 of these teachers are moved from the 17 countries to Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. CXC recruits, transports, houses, feeds and pays these teachers. INTEGRATION MAGIC: CXC markers at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados The marking exercise is much more than marking examination scripts. It is a social, cultural and education mélange. And this is where the integration magic occurs! Imagine spending two weeks around the same table with eight people who teach the same subject in eight different schools in eight different countries. Then, think about eating lunch around a table with 10 people from five countries who teach at eight different schools and mark five different subjects. Add to this mix the social activities, tours and shopping trips that markers take part in and the Regional integration puzzle is complete. Lifelong friendships are formed, professional and social relationships are built and even a few marriages result. Dr. Merle Baker, a Trinidadian educator who marked CSEC from its inception in 1979, reflecting on her marking experiences at an event in Jamaica in 2009 spoke in glowing terms of the fun times. “We can now speak with authority about the beauty and natural wonders of those Caribbean destinations [marking centres]; the majestic elegance of the Kaieteur, Orinduik and Dunn’s River waterfalls, and the serenity of Harrison’s Cave, at CXC’s expense.” Dr. Baker, who was speaking on behalf of honourees for the 30th Anniversary of CSEC, reminisced on the cultural potpourri that is marking. “…We did not only learn about our countries, but we learned about each other, our similarities and differences. At the first [marking] tables there were examiners from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Dominica, Grenada, Bahamas, Guyana and Belize…an original CARICOM setting,” she emphasised, “which made intimate connections as friends and comrades, as the Guyanese then called themselves. We were united for two concentrated weeks on a consuming pressurized task and whilst thus engaged we were able to discuss politics, family, social and cultural issues, educational needs and sports.” Strongest bond Mrs. Marguerite Bowie, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Jamaica, noted in an interview for a CXC documentary, “I consider CXC one of the most enduring forces of integration in the Caribbean, because it brings together teachers from across the Caribbean to share.” The former Deputy Chair of CXC added, “It also exposes people to the different cultures.” Very often, CXC is compared with The University of the West Indies and West Indies Cricket as three forces of regional integration. However, the impact and reach of CXC is unmatched by any other regional institution. One person who is clear about this is Dr. the Honourable Tim Gopeesingh, current Minister of Education in Trinidad and Tobago. Speaking at the 2011 Opening Ceremony of Council and Presentation to Regional Top Awards at the Hyatt in Port-of-Spain, Minister Gopeesingh said that CXC creates the strongest bond among Caribbean people. “…Our Region and national societies have perhaps never viewed the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) as one very crucial, significant element of Regional unity, and I say tonight that the time has come for us to change this,” the Minister stated. “Far beyond ensuring that our Region’s top students know they are recognised and appreciated – you have subconsciously played a very major role in enhancing Caribbean unity…” The Trinidadian Education Minister posited that the common CXC examinations that Caribbean students write annually: CSEC and CAPE, are perhaps strongest existing Regional bond. Sir Kenneth Hall, OJ, ON, former Chair of CXC and a former Governor-General of Jamaica, reflected on CXC’s role in Regional integration. “There are few institutions in the Caribbean today that have had such a significant impact on the lives, the values, of the Caribbean people,” Sir Kenneth explained. “Every secondary school in the Caribbean is affected by and influenced by CXC.” More than every school, CXC has impacted every family in the Caribbean at one point in the last 40 years. To be more precise, “From the inception of the first examinations in 1979 to today, 6.2 million Caribbean persons from 19 territories have written CXC exams,” stated Dr Didacus Jules, Registrar of CXC in a recent article. As CXC implements its vision to assure the human resource competitiveness of the Caribbean, the accomplishments of CXC over the last 40 years have given CXC and the Region the ability to look to the future with confidence. Sep 28, 2020 “This new institution forges another link in the chain of Commonwealth Caribbean integration, a chain whose links have been increasing in number and in strength over the past ten years. It is, therefore, fitting that so early in the year 1973, which augurs well to be a year of challenge to the Caribbean Commonwealth and to its institutions that the Caribbean Examinations Council should begin to function.” The Right Honourable Errol Barrow, Prime Minister of Barbados. You may be interested in… Statement by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Chairman,… Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… There’s now a History Book on CXCTHE Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has chronicled its rich 40-year history in a book written by historian Professor Patrick Bryan… Titled A History of the Caribbean Examinations Council, 1973-2013, the publication details the evolution of the CXC and the contributions of regional leaders who, prior to Independence, fought for an…December 7, 2014In “CARICOM”‘I AM CARICOM’ Schools’ Campaign Launched in Barbados (Barbados Government Information Service) Fourth, fifth and sixth form students of the Alleyne School in Barbados now have a better understanding of the history of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and how it has evolved over the years. They were given a perspective at a ceremony to kick off the Barbados leg…February 14, 2020In “Barbados”CARICOM Institutions talk CSME Free Movement of PersonsThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat this week engaged regional institutions based in Barbados on the processes for Free Movement of persons under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Representatives from the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), and the Caribbean Export Development Agency among others met…March 8, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Guy Edington Appointed Director of Technology at Standards Testing Labs

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.  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.  MASSILLON, OH — Standards Testing Laboratories, Inc. (STL), an independent testing facility for tires, wheels and related automotive components, has named Guy Edington as director of technology. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Edington will serve as STL’s technical representative to key industry organizations, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), ASTM International and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). His responsibilities also include developing technical training and implementing sales and marketing initiatives. Edington has more than 35 years of experience in the tire industry, having spent the last 14 years serving as the managing director for KUMHO America Technical Center where he headed KUMHO’s North American research and development efforts. Prior to his role at KUMHO, he spent 22 years at Continental General Tire in the product development department. “We couldn’t be happier to have Guy join our team and share his expertise after spending more than three decades in the industry,” said Cheryl Schnuth, vice president, marketing, Standards Testing Laboratories. “His range of experience — from product testing to budgeting projects — will help STL remain a leader in tire testing.” A graduate of The Ohio State University, Edington holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. He is currently a member of ASTM International and SAE. For more information about Standards Testing Laboratories, go to: http://www.stllabs.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 DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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I-CAR Announces New Director of Marketing and Distribution

first_imgHOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) has announced that William “Bill” Stage has been appointed to fill the newly created position of director of marketing and distribution. Stage will report to John Edelen, president and chief executive officer of I-CAR.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Stage comes to I-CAR with more than 20 years of experience in the collision inter-industry and is no stranger to the I-CAR organization having previously served as director of field operations, marketing and product development for I-CAR from 1990-1994. Since 2006, he has served on the I-CAR International Board of Directors, most recently serving as secretary. He also served as chairman of the I-CAR International Advisory Committee, a committee comprised of volunteers who provide an advisory role to the organization. “Along with his extensive industry experience, Bill brings a broad collision inter-industry marketing and distribution experience to the I-CAR organization,” said Edelen. “Bill’s proven leadership and experience will benefit I-CAR, its volunteers and ultimately the inter-industry.” Edelen continues, “This experience, both inside and outside the I-CAR organization, will be of particular value as I‑CAR implements the recently announced Professional Development Matrix to better improve the value of I-CAR training. Bill’s drive and commitment to the organization will help us deliver on the I-CAR vision that every person in the collision industry, current and future, has the necessary knowledge and skills relevant to their position to achieve a complete and safe repair.”Advertisement Stage added, “I am very excited to join I-CAR at this time to assist in implementing the new programs developed under John Edelen’s leadership. The I-CAR staff and volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals committed to improving the industry and I am proud to be a part of the team!” In addition to his previous experience with I-CAR, Stage most recently served as manager, network support services for Akzo Nobel Coatings, a position he held since 2007. From 1994 to 2006, Stage was vice president and director of field services for Mitchell International. Stage also owns SSR Collision Center in Alpharetta, Ga. Stage has both a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.last_img read more

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NOW HIRING: Sales Manager, Catalog Data Analyst Among the Latest Job Openings on the AMN Careers Page

first_imgDeeza Chassis Parts, a technology focused manufacturer of premium chassis parts, is looking for a Sales Manager for its Totowa, N.J., headquarters to grow current company sales throughout the USA. For more information, click here.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement OTHER RECENT JOB POSTINGS: Located in Langhorne, Pa., an automotive parts manufacturing company is looking for a highly motivated and detail-oriented person with experience in the Automotive Cataloging Industry to fill an open position for a Catalog Data Analyst. Local candidates preferred. To learn more, click here. Mitchell 1, a provider of professional repair and business management software solutions for the automotive repair industry, is seeking independent sales representatives to fill open territory positions in the United States and Canada. To learn more, click here. Snap-on Tools is looking for independent sales people interested in controlling and managing all aspects of their franchise. To learn more, click here. An international automotive aftermarket parts importer in business based in Southern California has a position open for a Product/Catalog Manager. For more information on this position, click here. Advertisement Also, a North American friction materials company is looking for an experienced Quality Assurance Manager. To see more details on this job opening, click here. Stay tuned for new, additional job postings in the coming days. If your automotive aftermarket company has an opening it would like to fill, click here to contact Classified Sales Manager Karen Kaim, or call 330-670-1234 x295 for more information on adding your listing to the AMN Careers Page.last_img read more

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MEMA Announces New Vice President of Government Affairs

first_imgLSI 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 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has promoted Catherine Boland to the position of vice president, legislative affairs. Boland has been serving in the capacity of director, government affairs since joining MEMA in September of 2005. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement As vice president for legislative affairs, Boland will be responsible for directing all federal and state lobbying activities for MEMA and will report to MEMA senior vice president of government affairs, Ann Wilson. “Catherine has done an outstanding job leading the efforts of the association and the industry in important policy areas such as energy and intellectual property,” said Bob McKenna, MEMA president and CEO. “Her experience with Sens. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), combined with over five years of experience within the industry, will help bolster MEMA’s Washington office and representation of AASA, HDMA, MERA and OESA members on federal and state legislative issues. This new position is just one of many steps that MEMA is taking to continue to address the needs of our members.” Boland is a 1995 graduate of Catholic University and a native of Oklahoma.,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 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. 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

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UbiQD Announces Novel Quantum Dot Optical Fiber Technology That Delivers Extra Light To The Lower Canopy Of Plants

first_imgFiber-coupled luminescent concentrators, using UbiQD quantum dots, deployed over a row of tomatoes in a commercial hydroponic greenhouse. Inset: Close-up of the fiber tips, where light is delivered to the lower canopy. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.Representation of spectral tissue sensing utilizing the quantum dot-enabled fiber-coupled broadband medical light-source. The reflected spectrum can be a disease diagnostic. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.UbiQD News:Wide-ranging applications include greenhouse agriculture, medical diagnostics, and telecommunicationsUbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, announced today an optical fiber-coupled luminescent concentrator technology that provides a new tool for optimizing light in controlled environments, enabling light-guiding to future UbiGro™ spectrum-control greenhouse products.As recently highlighted in a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal, ACS Nano, the novel technology also offers other use cases, including significant impacts on speed and bandwidth of free-space telecommunication systems, and cancer diagnostics.“We continue to push the envelope with light optimization in greenhouses,” said Dr. Hunter McDaniel, CEO of UbiQD. “One exciting potential use case is in vertical farming, where you could use our quantum dot-based luminescent fibers to harvest sunlight and optimally transmit that energy to multiple layers of plants, reducing or perhaps eliminating the need for expensive artificial lighting. It might also be useful in a lunar greenhouse.” In 2018 the company was awarded a contract by NASA to develop films for tailoring the spectrum of sunlight on long-duration space missions.Each greenhouse ‘concentrator device,’ is capable of absorbing underutilized portions of sunlight, converting the energy to an ideal spectrum, and then strategically guiding that light to the lower leaves of the plant, which typically receive significantly less natural light due to shading. This methodology boosted the tomato yield in a commercial hydroponic greenhouse by 7% (fresh weight).By utilizing UbiQD’s range of quantum dot colors, covering visible-to-NIR spectral regions, the company also demonstrated a low-cost, miniature broadband medical light source. Integrated into a spectral tissue sensing system, this could enable a real-time cancer test. Additionally, the device can operate as a free space (unfocused) detector in telecommunications or remote sensing, such as LIDAR, for discerning low-power signals.Read more about this work in ACS Nano (https://doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.9b03335).About UbiQD, Inc.UbiQD is a nanotechnology company based in Los Alamos, New Mexico that manufactures safe, high-performance, quantum dots and greenhouse materials. The company uniquely focuses on sustainability applications that utilize its nanomaterials to manipulate sunlight. Licensing technology developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Washington, and Western Washington University, UbiQD envisions a future where quantum dots are ubiquitous in a wide spectrum of applications. For more information please visit UbiQD.com and UbiGro.com.Luminescent concentrators can also be effective free-space optical detectors for remote sensing and telecommunications. The device shown here collects information from all directions, and the signal is displayed an oscilloscope. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.last_img read more

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Letter To The Editor: Let’s Lay Cause Of Mass Shootings Where It Belongs … Violent Videos; Permissive Parenting

first_imgBy PAM PRICHARDLos AlamosPeople cite readily available guns and mental illnesses as the causes of mass shootings, but has anyone ever considered the effects of the violent shoot-em-up video games that our youth have been playing for years? I believe there is a direct correlation, but no one ever mentions that possibility, and no one has investigated the number of hours, days, weeks, months and years that these shooters spent killing people virtually, on the computer screen, before they went out and killed people for real.Let’s lay the cause of mass shootings where it belongs – at the feet of the designers, programmers, and marketers of these video games!And also, on the parents who allowed their sons unlimited access to them!last_img read more

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