Improve port infrastructure for better trade in food products – study

first_img You may be interested in… (IICA Press Release) The Business Development Thematic Group (BDTG), chaired by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), with support from Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries, presented the Region’s Ministers of Agriculture with findings and recommendations of a study that analyzed the weaknesses and opportunities in intraregional food trade and transportation. The study also proposed actions to improve the regional transportation system and logistics environment, in a bid to enhance production development in these countries. Study maintains that improvements in port infrastructure will foster smooth and secure trade flow of food products as well as the development of small farmers in the Region. World Bank Provides US$8M to Strengthen Agriculture and Food… 13th Annual Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum to be… Aug 19, 2020 Aug 27, 2020 Pamela Coke-Hamilton Named New Head of International Trade… Jul 27, 2020 Caribbean Ministers of Agriculture Explore Funding Options to Mitigate Effects of the Pandemic on AgricultureIICA and the CARICOM Secretariat organized a virtual meeting that included the participation of high-level authorities of the agriculture sector, representatives of financial institutions, development organizations and donors. San Jose, 8 June (2020) The ministers and secretaries of Agriculture of 14 Caribbean countries learned about funding opportunities they will be able…June 9, 2020In “Agriculture”CARCIOM Secretariat launches projects on Market Infrastructure, Market Information in AgricultureThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat recently launched two initiatives to support the development of the Region’s agriculture sector relative to the assessment of the market infrastructure needs and improving the information system for Caribbean agribusiness. These initiatives are elements of a series of activities under the Caribbean component of the…May 6, 2015In “Barbados”Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 in Cayman IslandsOrganisers are putting the final touches on preparations for the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) to be held in the Cayman Islands later this month. The CWA, the Region’s premier agriculture event, will be held in Grand Cayman, 24-28 October, 2016, under the theme ‘Investing in food and agriculture’. This…October 10, 2016In “CAHFSA”Share this on WhatsApp During the presentation, the Bahamian Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Michael Pintard, acknowledged that, “Logistics for transportation and trade of fresh produce along trade routes is of vital importance to the Region and taking action in this regard is a matter of urgency”. The study pinpointed successful cases worth emulating, such as the Container Examination Station at Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation in Trinidad and Tobago and the in-port cold storage facility operated by Barbados Ice Company (BICO). However, these cases must now be replicated in other countries in the region and reforms undertaken to streamline transactions at Customs and other border agencies. There is also a need to harmonize customs procedures throughout the region. The presentation was made by Nigel Durrant, Agribusiness Specialist in the CARICOM Secretariat, who stressed the needs of small producers and exporters, who transport much of the fresh produce in the region, particularly in the Eastern Caribbean, which often has limited refrigeration facilities and infrastructure for loading operations and storage. Durrant went on to explain that the study had identified three logistics routes for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Caribbean, and had indicated the types of investments that would be needed to improve the integration of these routes. The presentation also spoke to work being undertaken by the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) in the area of agricultural insurance; the development of agricultural trade ties throughout the Region by the Caribbean Export Development Agency; and the creation of investment profiles by the Caribbean Agribusiness Association and the Institute. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Aug 10, 2020 CARDI Working With Stakeholders to Bolster Agriculture… last_img read more

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Cooper-Standard Automotive Names Glenn Dong to Vice President and Corporate Treasurer

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. 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 NOVI, Mich. — Cooper-Standard Automotive recently named Glenn Dong to vice president and corporate treasurer, responsible for directing the management of the Global Treasury operations unit, including cash management, debt funding, foreign exchange and risk management. In this role, Dong — who brings extensive banking and capital markets experience — will report to Allen Campbell, chief financial officer for the company.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “Glenn’s previous success in managing global automotive companies’ banking, credit and liquidity functions made him an ideal candidate for this position,” Campbell said. “We are pleased to welcome Glenn to the Cooper-Standard team and are confident he will be an integral part of our future success.” Prior to joining Cooper-Standard, Dong served as vice president and treasurer at International Automotive Components Group North America in Dearborn, Mich., where he was responsible for the company’s treasury activities. From 2000 to 2007, he served as corporate treasurer for Dura Automotive Systems in Rochester Hills, Mich. and, prior to this, served as assistant treasurer for Meritor Automotive in Troy, Mich. (now ArvinMeritor) at the corporate level for the North American and Asia Pacific regions.   Previously, he held positions of increasing responsibility at LucasVarity Light Vehicle Braking Systems (currently TRW Automotive) in Livonia, Mich. and Varity Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y. Dong earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York and a master’s degree in business administration from St. John’s University Graduate School of Business in Queens, N.Y.,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 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

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Visteon Appoints Charles Mazur Jr. as Vice President, Investor Relations

first_imgWith 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.  VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Visteon Corp. has announced that Charles Mazur Jr. has joined the company as vice president, investor relations. Mazur, who has more than 17 years of investor relations and related experience, will be responsible for Visteon’s global investor relations program, managing relationships and communications with financial stakeholders and the broader financial community. He reports to William Quigley, executive vice president and CFO.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Mazur most recently was vice president of investor relations and corporate communications for International Automotive Components (IAC). He previously served in investor relations, treasury and corporate strategy roles with several global companies. “Chuck is an accomplished investor relations professional who brings significant depth and experience to Visteon in this role,” said Quigley. “Having spent his career working with the capital markets and the investment community, Chuck is well-suited to further enhance our relationships with our valued investors.” Mazur has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University.,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.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Malicious Mischief Encountered In White Rock

first_imgBy JIM COBBLEWhite RockAs per property convenants in the La Senda neighborhood (in White Rock), a 10-ft right of way exists between various lots, initially for equestrian use but commonly used now for pedestrian foot traffic. While walking on the seldom-used passage between 121 and 123 La Senda, among high weeds, I got sucker punched Thursday evening. It was unmitigated malicious mischief.Some one had strung a tripwire — a metal wire — 6 inches off the ground between a fence on one side and a juniper tree on the other. I went down hard and cut my hand. I was lucky.Like in Viet Nam in 1967, there could have been punji sticks. But the tripwire was the same. Don’t know if the wire might have taken down a horse. Horses are bigger than I am. I would write this off as a one-of-a-kind delinquency of some sort, but it is possible there may be more than one occurrence of this sort of thing. The neighborhood needs to be alert. Someone could be seriously hurt. Map depicting location of a tripwire placed 6 inches off the ground between a fence and a juniper tree. Courtesy/Jim Cobblelast_img read more

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DNCU Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

first_imgMichelle Moleres and Pricilla Marquez behind the counter Friday waiting to serve customers at the Los Alamos Branch of Del Norte Credit Union. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Employees at the Los Alamos Del Norte Credit Union location are wearing pink on Fridays to raise breast cancer awareness and raise funds for cancer research. Kicking off this effort Friday, from left, Justin Blea, Riza Zamora, Mary Velasquez, Mandi George, Matt Waldschmidt, Priscilla Marquez. Cindy Martinez and Andres Valdez. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com By BONNIE J. GORDONLos Alamos Daily Postbjgordon@ladailypost.comEverything’s coming up pink at Del Norte Credit Union this month to promote breast cancer awareness.Employees at all six Del Norte locations are wearing pink each Friday, whether it be the credit union’s custom pink T’s or other pink attire. The offices are decked in pink decorations as well.In addition to raising awareness, Del Norte is collecting funds for breast cancer research. Those who donate will be celebrated on an honor wall in each credit union, Mortgage Loan Officer Mandi George said. Cards can be personalized to honor a survivor or victim of breast cancer. Employees also participated in a walk in Santa Fe to promote awareness.“Del Norte supports the community and it supports us back,” George said.Del Norte started in Los Alamos as a laboratory credit union and has been in Los Alamos for 65 years, George said. DNCU has three branches in Santa Fe, a branch in Espanola, and one in White Rock in addition to the Los Alamos branch.last_img read more

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Letter To The Editor: Elated To Vote For Bernstein

first_imgBy JAMES RICKMANLos Alamos I’m pleased to share my elation after voting for Christine Bernstein for Los Alamos School Board, District 3.I think it’s fantastic that an actual educator is running for a seat on the local Board of Education. Both of my parents were teachers—and excellent ones at that, based on the recollections of their former pupils—and I remember them talking often about administrators and policy makers who knew little about the realities they faced, yet who held the purse strings and the power to make meaningful changes on behalf of students and educators.Electing a teacher to the board should provide some deeply needed pragmatism and legitimacy to discussions that affect the educational direction of our community. This is why I was pleased to vote for Christine Bernstein.I suppose one thing most people can agree upon during these deeply divided times is that the déjà vu politics of career politicians is doing nothing to improve the fabric of our society. Electing new voices to political bodies at all levels is the best chance we have for creating positive change to an imperfect system.As I was leaving the polling place, I realized one other neat fact: Christine Bernstein’s name rhymes with itself. I couldn’t think of anything that her opponent’s name rhymes with, except perhaps “trans fats,” which should be avoided. The universe sometimes gives us affirmation in strange ways. Please vote for Christine Bernstein for the Los Alamos School Board, District 3.last_img read more

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Fuselier: Mike’s Love

first_imgMike FuselierBy ROBERT FUSELIERLos AlamosSusie, Jenny, Bobby, and I would like to thank everyone for the thoughts, prayers, pictures, stories, food and visits that you’ve shared with us over the last few weeks as we’ve tried to deal with the loss of Mike, our son/brother.Until I’m ready to write again for this column, I thought I’d steal a few essays written by Mike. Here’s one from August 8, 2016.THINGS I LEARNED WHILE FALLING IN LOVE1. It is always worth it, even if it ends. The myriad feelings that envelop you while you are in love teach you immensely about yourself. These feelings are ineffable in words, but viscerally known in your soul. A life lived in their absence is a life without.2. Be honest about who you were, are, and wish to become. A partnership only works if both sides know what the other wants and strive to help one another achieve that. Be honest about how you feel with yourself and be open with those feelings. True honesty cannot exist when you are closed off. Openness comes at a cost of vulnerability, and vulnerability can be extremely uncomfortable. Until you become comfortable with being uncomfortable then you will continue to fall short of how deep your connection can become, and you will continue to fall short of all the places you can go in this lifetime.3. Never let them feel that the way they FEEL is not valid. Their feelings are part of their reality, and transitively part of yours. They are as tangible as the occurrences that caused them. Your job is not to understand their feelings, fix them, or try and feel them yourself. Your job is to acknowledge the struggle they are experiencing, be empathic towards them, and support them through them. Feelings are part of every human. We need to feel them deeply and fully. Only through this can we become aware and understand why these feelings exist. Maybe they’re right, maybe they’re wrong, but they are always valid.4. Love yourself. The good, the bad, all of it. Always.5. Stand up for yourself and what you need. Sometimes it can feel that asking something of your partner is going to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. This is especially true when they are experiencing their own challenges and struggles. But being in love is not about taking turns supporting each other, it is about supporting, and being supported, simultaneously. It may seem that adding one more thing to their life will make them feel resentment or anger towards you, and it might, but those feelings will be fleeting. The togetherness that is built through struggle will strengthen your relationship and will be what lasts.6. Find ways to show your love. Don’t let the words, “I Love You,” become an empty promise. Discover what your partner needs to grow and flourish in mind, body, and soul and strive towards actions to help them experience those things. I’m not talking about doing the dishes, or watering the plants, or walking the dogs. These things are helpful and kind but they are things that can make one’s life easier, but not better or more fulfilling; and these are not shared experiences. The point of love is to share it with someone. Continually find ways to share your love with them by doing things that nourish them and you will discover that it will be self-nourishing as well.7. Tell them that you love them, that you think they’re beautiful, that the way they live and love inspires you to become a better person. Whatever great and wonderful thought you have about them share it with them. Don’t wait for a better moment, because there isn’t one.So, there it is. These words are a summation of everything I have discovered being in love. I’m not sure if they will help anyone else out or not, but maybe they will.We grow as a society because of our shared experiences. I have learned a great deal about myself and life in the last few years, and one of the things that continues to stand out is that we are all in this together.We are a world community and what strengthens one of us strengthens all of us. Go out there and support, share, and love one another.Au revoir Facebook world, for now. I’m taking a hiatus (probably until November 8th). Take care of each other.last_img read more

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County Sells 1010 Central To LAPS Credit Union

first_imgThe Los Alamos Public Schools Credit Union is getting a new home – right next to the Los Alamos County Municipal Building.Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved the sale of 1010 Central Ave., a stretch of green space that runs along the parking lot in front of the Municipal Building, during its regular Tuesday night meeting.The sale price, according to agenda documents, is $360,950. The May 2019 appraisal estimated the market value was $390,000 but this was made before a lot line adjustment, which reduced the square footage and, therefore, the purchase price of the property was at the same value/square foot as appraisedThe building that will be constructed at this location will not only house the LAPS Credit Union but also the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. The hope is to have the construction completed by the first or second quarter of next year, LAPS Credit Union CEO Matt Schmidt said.The new location will be a welcome change for the credit union, he said. Its current location inside the Pueblo Complex on Diamond Drive was never really intended for a financial institution.  “This does check a lot of boxes for us, for our members and for the community as well,” Schmidt said.The building will be 3,800 square feet. Schmidt said the credit union is working with a design/build firm, which specializes in banks and credit unions.Councilor Pete Sheehey asked what the plans were for the trees planted in this space. He wondered if the credit union would be amendable to salvaging as many as possible and if it couldn’t keep some trees, if the County could relocate them elsewhere.Schmidt said he has met with Los Alamos Landscaping and More Owner Craig Wehner and said if any of the trees can’t be salvage then an equal amount will be planted in school district sites.“We will be making as many concessions as we can to keep as many existing trees as possible,” he said.Several people spoke in support of the sale.LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said he feels the sale will be good for the credit union and the LAPS Foundation.“I stand … in full support of this decision,” Steinhaus said. “I think it’s good for the credit union as well as the foundation. Both organizations provide a tremendous service to the schools. If you approve this, it would be a good decision for the schools as well as the community of Los Alamos.” Not everyone thought so.Los Alamos resident Greg White advocated against the sale, saying the credit union should pursue one of the vacant commercial buildings rather than paving over one of the few green spaces in Los Alamos.Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan disagreed. He pointed out that the park was never the intended use for this land. The credit union, on the other hand, is the perfect fit, he said.“They can fit on the property; they are a long-vested business in the community … I encourage you to vote for this,” Sullivan said.County Manager Harry Burgess reported that when the land was purchased for the Municipal Building, it was more than what was needed for the County building and therefore the then-seated Council directed him to explore options for transferring the remaining parcel to commercial use.  The County, he said, went through several solicitations but a sale was never achieved due to the challenges of adequate parking and delivery access associated with the site. The credit union, Burgess said, can operate within the existing parking.Schmidt commented that the credit union has a long history in Los Alamos. It opened in 1955 with just a dozen teachers. In fact, the credit union’s first location was in a school employee’s home. Today the credit union has 1,800 members and close to $20 million in assets, he said. The credit union supports LAPS athletics, music and academic endeavors such as the science fair. It also teaches a finance class and makes weekly visits to the schools. Furthermore, Schmidt said the credit union supports local organizations including the YMCA, Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Postkirsten@ladailypost.com The future site of Los Alamos Public  Schools Credit Union at 1010 Central Ave. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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More Than Footprints: An Archaeological Hike On The Moon At New Mexico Museum Of Space History March 6

first_imgDr. Beth O’LearyNMMSH News:ALAMOGORDO — July 20, 1969, two Apollo 11 astronauts created one of humanity’s most extraordinary archaeological sites –Tranquility Base on the Moon.  Today there are more than 200 metric tons of cultural material on the lunar surface. Join Beth Laura O’Leary, Ph.D., Friday March 6, as she presents “More than Footprints: An Archaeological Hike on the Moon” for the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s free monthly Launch Pad Lecture beginning at 9 a.m. on the first floor.Dr. O’Leary also will take guests on a tour of some of these significant sites and explore how to best preserve our space heritage. The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the Museum’s first floor on the first Friday of each month. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation. The next Launch Pad Lecture will be Feb. 7, and the subject will be the 90th Anniversary of the discovery of Pluto. A special guest speaker is pending.The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575.437.2840 or toll free 1.877.333.6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum/last_img read more

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