Opinion: The value of partnerships

first_img LIAT to Resume Operations in November? – CARICOM… Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Related Posts Oct 2, 2020 Aug 31, 2020 We have also explored new opportunities linked to our economic cooperation. Millions of people from our continents live and work across the Atlantic. The European Union is the top foreign investor in Latin America and the Caribbean, accounting for one third of overall investment in the region. We are now raising by 400 million euros the European Investment Bank’s engagement in your continent. Our trade agreements have not only brought economic benefits to our firms: they have also guaranteed our traditional products, raised standards for workers and protected our environment. We want our trade to be free and fair at the same time. We are now modernising our trade and political agreements with Mexico, Chile and Mercosur: we want to expand their benefits to a larger number of people, and particularly to small and medium enterprises, but also to cooperate more on energy and infrastructure projects, on culture and creative sectors, on research and education – including through our Erasmus+ programme. We have opened an entirely new phase in our relations with Cuba, based on frank dialogue and effective cooperation to the benefit of all our people. Our partnership is also one for peace and security. In recent years, the European Union has mobilised unprecedented support to accompany the peace process in Colombia – helping with rural development, reconciliation and the reintegration of former fighters. We will continue to support dialogue towards negotiated political solutions to the crises in Nicaragua and Venezuela. And we are now mobilising a new package in support of Venezuelan refugees across the region. When Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean, we immediately sent support – from humanitarian aid to satellite imagery to help the rescue teams. We know from our European experience that regional integration is a powerful engine for growth, peace and security. Cooperation within Latin America and the Caribbean is proving particularly vital, and we look at it with interest and hope. It is only natural to create new bridges between the European Union and regional cooperation projects such as Mercosur or the Pacific Alliance. In a world where multilateralism and international cooperation are under pressure, we are showing the value of partnership – inside and between our continents. It is a partnership for jobs and social justice, for inclusive democracies and human rights, for peace and security. It is an antidote to the current global confusion, towards a more just and cooperative world order. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img by Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative Strong, deep, inalienable: there are no better words to describe the relationship between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean. We saw it clearly once again on Monday and Tuesday, when the Foreign Ministers from the 28 countries of European Union and the 33 of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States met in Brussels, to invest in the partnership between our two continents. Though far apart geographically, Europe and Latin America are closer than any other continents. We stand on the same side. We believe that international disputes should only be addressed through diplomacy and international cooperation. We believe in the United Nations as the centre of gravity of the international system. We believe that a globalised world can only be governed together – building partnerships to address our shared interests, from sustainable development to climate action. Today, the cooperative world order we believe in is being questioned: the UN system has come under attack, there is a threat of new trade wars, and the most basic rules of our international system are violated. Our democracies are also facing challenges that are similar in our two continents – more similar than many of us realise. Latin America and the Caribbean is the only part of the world where inequalities have constantly decreased since the beginning of this century, but it remains the world’s most unequal region. There is a growing demand for good jobs, better education, and good governance to deliver on our people’s rising expectations. Many of these requests are the same that European people are also raising to their governments. Our democracies have a duty to listen to this call. Cooperation between our continents has a huge potential to address these issues: for instance, we are launching a European facility to support development in transition in Latin America and the Caribbean – moving beyond the old donor-recipient mentality towards a partnership among equals, in cooperation with the OECD and the UN’s Economic Commission for Latina America and the Caribbean. A stronger partnership can help us protect our citizens’ interests, create new opportunities for economic and human growth, and advance a more cooperative world order. At our meeting in Brussels, we have discussed first and foremost our common global agenda: how to continue turning into reality the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate, which we built together in years of coordinated work. Belize economy contracts by 23.3% – CARICOM Business… Oct 12, 2020 Europe, a unique partner for CaribbeanOp-Ed by Federica Mogherini High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy / Vice-President To mark the celebration of Europe Day on 9 May 2019 I have always thought of Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe as two sister regions, united by history and culture. We are…May 8, 2019In “CARICOM”Region to get new funding from the European Unionhttp://c3639e7694de07e5fa73-f016b9572ff77a84c11597148be206c7.r87.cf3.rackcdn.com/e2946f42-1062-11e5-8d2b-bc764e08d9b2.mp4 CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and European Union HR for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini sign a  €346 million new regional funding programme for the Caribbean region until 2020.  This amount represents more than a doubling of the funds that were available in previous years (€165 million…June 12, 2015In “CARICOM”International trade policy issues involving Jamaica and Caribbean partnersBy Elizabeth Morgan As we come to the end of 2018, I wish to provide an update on the international trade policy issues involving Jamaica and Caribbean partners:   1. CARICOM/Caribbean Single Market and Economy The special meeting of  heads of government held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, December…December 19, 2018In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

St. Kitts and Nevis joins other CARICOM Member States in observing Caribbean…

first_img Oct 15, 2020 On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… (SKNIS): Staff from the Department of Statistics in St. Kitts and Nevis used Caribbean Statistics Day (CSD), observed on October 15 under the theme: “Building Resilience of the Caribbean Community”, to engage in a one-day retreat aimed at increasing efficiency and enhancing the working environment. “The idea is to promote the use of statistics and heighten the interest of public on the use of statistics. So as a department, we decided to use the day to kind of do some stock-taking, some reflection on our processes, how we are doing things, how we can improve on what we are doing, and some self-reflection, as well as build team work, techniques and professionalism in the workplace,” said Gaile Gray-Phillip, Senior Director of Statistics in the Ministry of Sustainable Development. She added that the time will also be used to reflect on the objectives of the department. May 4, 2020 You may be interested in… In St. Kitts and Nevis, Commonwealth SG talks of helping SIDS build climate resilienceBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 2ND, 2018 (PRESS SEC) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, met with Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC today, Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, at Government Headquarters. The Prime Minister’s discussion with the Commonwealth Secretary-General was informed by their shared values and…May 2, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”St. Kitts and Nevis hosts successful OAS Model AssemblyOfficials at the Organization of American States (OAS) have thanked the government of St. Kitts and Nevis and several private entities for the close partnership that resulted in a successful 33rd Model OAS General Assembly for Universities of the Hemisphere. Yadira Soto, Senior Advisor to the OAS Assistant Secretary General…March 27, 2015In “Belize”EPA to benefit Departments of Statistics, Bureau of StandardsBasseterre, St. Kitts – The Launch of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)/CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Standby Facility for Capacity Building Projects, held on Thursday morning at the Ocean Terrace Inn, has been described as a momentous occasion by the Minister of International Trade, Commerce and Consumers Affairs, the Honourable…February 29, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Special Topic Statistical Bulletin – COVID-19 Issue… center_img Oct 12, 2020 “We are going to be looking at our vision as a department, the mission, our goal, and different strategies that we need to use to accomplish this vision and some lay performance indicators. So hopefully at the end of the day, we will have a draft of that to present to our permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development,” she said, describing the draft of the vision as a life-long dream of the department. Mrs. Gray-Phillip noted that an important initiative of the department is the launch of its website, which will be used to share information with the general public. This she said will be launched in the next few weeks. The observance of CSD by National Statistics Offices and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat was agreed to by the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) at its 33rd Meeting in Barbados in October 2008, where it was agreed that CSD would be commemorated annually on October 15. According to CARICOM, the rationale for the observance of CSD is to highlight statistics and its crucial role across a wide spectrum of activities from daily decision-making faced by individuals, businesses, students, to planning, policy-making and analysis and research activities of governments, academia and other uses. Expectations are that the observance of CSD would garner a greater profile for statistics across CARICOM. Caribbean Statistics Day was first observed in October 2009. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 14, 2020 Tracking COVID-19 Pandemic in CARICOM Pandemic highlights importance of statistics – CARICOM… last_img read more

MEMA Promotes Jeremy Denton to Director, Management Services Group

first_imgRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Jeremy Denton has been promoted to director of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association Management Services Group (MEMA MSG). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “I am pleased to announce Jeremy’s new role within MEMA MSG,” said Brent Hazelett, MEMA vice president of operations. “I know that Jeremy will continue his excellent track record of superior service to our members.” In his expanded role, Denton’s responsibilities will include oversight of the Filter Manufacturers Council (FMC), the Motor Vehicle Lighting Council (MVLC) and the Transportation Safety Equipment Institute (TSEI). His duties will also incorporate membership recruitment and development of programs and services for MSG. Denton previously served MEMA as the executive director of the Filter Manufacturers Council (FMC) and also worked closely with the Motor Vehicle Lighting Council (MVLC). He will continue to assist with client services for all MEMA product-line councils and independent associations managed through MSG. Before joining MEMA, Denton worked for PCIA as the director of industry affairs. He holds an M.A. degree in public policy from The George Washington University and a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Arkansas. For more information about MEMA, go to: http://www.mema.orglast_img read more

Goodyear Directors Re-Elected at 2009 Annual Meeting

first_imgAKRON, Ohio — Shareholders of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. re-elected 11 members of the company’s board of directors at the company’s Annual Meeting held earlier this week. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Re-elected were: ·    James Boland, retired vice chairman, Cavaliers Operating Company LLC; ·    James Firestone, executive vice president and president, corporate operations, Xerox Corp.; ·    Robert Keegan, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Goodyear; ·    W. Alan McCollough, retired chairman and chief executive officer, Circuit City Stores Inc. ·    Denise Morrison, senior vice president and president, North America Soup, Sauces and Beverages, Campbell Soup Co.; ·    Rodney O’Neal, chief executive officer and president, Delphi Corp.; ·    Shirley Peterson, retired partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; ·    Stephanie Streeter, former chairman and chief executive officer, Banta Corp. and interim chief executive officer, United States Olympic Committee; ·    G. Craig Sullivan, retired chairman and chief executive officer, The Clorox Co.; ·    Thomas Weidemeyer, retired senior vice president and chief operating officer, United Parcel Service Inc.; and ·    Michael Wessel, president, The Wessel Group Inc. Steven Minter, retired president and executive director, The Cleveland Foundation, did not stand for re-election and has retired from the Board of Directors. “Goodyear and the board of directors are deeply grateful for Steve Minter’s leadership and guidance during his 24 years of service to the company,” Keegan said. Board proposals to amend the company’s Amended Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations were approved by shareholders. The appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2009 was also approved by shareholders at the meeting.last_img read more

J.D. Power and Associates Names John Humphrey Senior Vice President of Global Automotive Operations

first_imgWESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — John Humphrey has been named the head of global automotive operations for J.D. Power and Associates. Humphrey, who has been with J.D. Power for more than 20 years, has significant experience across all dimensions of the company’s global automotive business, including research and consulting. The appointment represents an important step by J.D. Power to more effectively align its automotive operations on a global basis and enhance and extend its industry benchmarks. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “As domestic and international automakers move further along the curve of leveraging global scale, J.D. Power is aligning itself to better assist the industry with actionable Voice-of-the-Customer insights that will help drive profitability,” said Finbarr O’Neill, president of J.D. Power and Associates. “J.D. Power is moving to a global alignment that reflects today’s competitive environment, and John will fully leverage J.D. Power’s global reach and capabilities.” Humphrey most recently served as senior vice president of international operations for J.D. Power and Associates. In that role, he had overall responsibility for the company’s activities in Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, which includes offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Toronto, London and Munich. Humphrey has also served as director of the company’s China operations, residing in Shanghai from 2005 through 2006. Humphrey earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. As a result of this change, Gary Dilts will be leaving J.D. Power and Associates after three years of dedicated service. “Gary is a highly regarded industry executive who led J.D. Power’s U.S. automotive operations in the face of a very difficult environment,” said O’Neill. “We thank him for his many contributions.”last_img read more

New Officers, Board for ETI

first_imgROCHESTER, Mich. – The Equipment and Tool Institute has set its officers and board of directors for 2010-11.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Taking office on May 1 were President Mike Cable of Hickok, Vice President of Programs Alan Tecmire of ETAS, Vice President of Marketing Dan Brass of Bright Solutions, Secretary/Treasurer Ben Johnson of Alldata and Immediate Past President Dave Schaar of SPX Service Solutions. Elected to the board of directors were Jeff Murphy of RTI Technologies, Jim Graninger of Robert Bosch, Greg Potter of Dearborn Group Technology, Neil Davis of Snap-on Diagnostics, and Nick Zala of Helm Inc. They join returning board members Peter David of ProgRama, Garret Miller of SPX Service Solutions, David Rich of Innova Electronics Corp. and Tim Morgan of Celette North America.,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.  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. 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

Brian Bowersock Joins Elite Worldwide as Business Development Coach

first_imgRANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – Elite Worldwide has announced that Brian Bowersock has joined the company as its newest business development coach.   In this new role, Bowersock will utilize his years of experience as a shop owner in San Diego, Calif., along with the information he attained as a board member for AAIA’s Car Care Professionals Network, to provide one-on-one guidance to shop owners throughout the U.S. to help them build more successful businesses.   Bowersock owns an extremely successful AAA-approved auto repair shop, and has built his business without ever using any form of price advertising. Through his brand-awareness marketing campaigns, Bowersock’s name and the name of his shop are household names throughout San Diego County, and he now serves as the Fox News Auto Expert on local Fox television channels.   “Brian is a longtime friend and a truly a remarkable shop owner, so it’s an absolute honor to have him join the Elite team. He is a guy who never puts money ahead of people, so I know he’ll fit in well with the culture of Elite, and will be very successful in helping shop owners build more profitable businesses,” said Bob Cooper, president of Elite Worldwide. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

New Mexico Game & Fish: Conservation Officers Graduate From Law Enforcement Academy

first_imgNMG&F News:SANTA FE ― Three New Mexico Department of Game & Fish conservation officers graduated June 14 from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Farmington.The department’s graduates of the 20-week law enforcement training academy:Kayla Brauer;Travis Bessett; andMontana Tidwell.Notably, Brauer earned the title of class valedictorian and the exemplary performance award in a class of 30.In addition to attending the law enforcement academy, conservation officers undergo four weeks of departmental training in wildlife laws and department policies and procedures. They also undergo a year of on-the-job training under the supervision of a field training officer before being assigned to a district.For more information about a career as a conservation officer with the Department of Game & Fish, visit the department website. New Mexico Department of Game & Fish conservation officer graduates Kayla Brauer, Travis Bessett and Montana Tidwell. Courtesy/NMG&Flast_img read more

The Damn Band Performs At Summer Concert Friday

first_imgConnect with the concert series at: www.SecretCitySummerConcerts.com To learn more about The Damn Band, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ To learn more about Moving Arts Española, visit: http://www.movingartsespanola.org To learn more about Divino, visit: https://www.facebook.com/DivinoNM/ The Damn Band has been rocking northern New Mexico for over a decade and has a musical background as diverse as the area they reside in. From their home base in Taos, the current lineup showcases the driving rhythms and guitar work by K Bolan and the soulful vocals of Mina Tank. The 2019 Los Alamos Secret City Summer Concert Series welcomes The Damn Band for its debut performance Friday night in Los Alamos. SUMMER CONCERT News: Divino is a product of traditional New Mexican music and has been known to experiment with different genres of music. Divino stands for three very important things: Faith, Family and Culture. They joined to bring back traditional New Mexican music and cultural roots to the community. While all the members began playing music at a young age; Fernando, Andrea and Anthony were all part of their high school bands and mariachi groups. The concert’s youth performance will feature a Mexican Ballet Folklorico dance performance by Moving Arts Española. The Damn Band. Courtesy photo As its ninth concert in the Series, the Sancre Productions team is working in tandem with various Los Alamos County Departments to ensure public safety, ADA accommodations, free parking and shuttle services and a diverse offering of Food Truck Vendors. The youth performance by Moving Arts Española starts at 6 p.m., Divino will perform at 6:30 p.m. and The Damn Band will perform at 8 p.m. The New Mexico Craft Distillery Garden will offer craft cocktails and beer from Rolling Still Distillery Bros., Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op and Santa Fe Brewing Company. To learn more about SMSI, visit: https://smsi.us With a huge dose of R&B, Rock, Blues, Reggae, Latin and Pop as its driving force, The Damn Band is known as “The Party Band of the Southwest!” To learn more about Rio Grande Motorsports, visit: http://www.riograndemotorsports.com Find the series on Facebook under @SecretCitySummerConcertSeries, and on Instagram using @secretcitysummerconcertseries. In the past the band was invited to play by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson at his election night celebration; Mina’s recent appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show has helped introduce a new audience to a band that is as unique as the Land of Enchantment. The Damn Band concert is sponsored by SMSI and Rio Grande Motorsports. This Friday’s opening act features Divino. Divino hails from Española and was established in 2013 by Fernando Romero and Andrea Lucero. It consists of four members: Andrea Lucero vocals, Fernando Romero on guitarron, Anthony Lucero on lead guitar and vocals and Mike Chavez on guitar.last_img read more

NM Judiciary Streamlines Operations With Admin. Consolidation Of Magistrate And District Courts

first_imgThe consolidation does not apply in the Second Judicial District of Bernalillo County, which has a Metropolitan Court rather than a magistrate court. The Metropolitan and the Second Judicial District Courts separately administer their operations in the state’s largest county. Magistrate court have limited jurisdiction and handle DWI cases, misdemeanors, traffic violations, civil actions up to $10,000 and hold preliminary hearings to determine probable cause on felony charges. Magistrate judges are not required to be lawyers except in Doña Ana County. With the start of the new fiscal year July 1, the transition to local administration of magistrate courts has been completed. Funding for magistrate courts is included in the budgets for district court operations. Decisions on magistrate court hiring and staffing will be made locally within a judicial district rather than through a centralized process overseen by the AOC. Chief district court judges serve as the top administrative authority for magistrate court operations within a judicial district. SANTA FE ― To improve court efficiencies across New Mexico, the Judiciary has combined the administration of magistrate and district courts within the state’s judicial districts. “With this change, the Administrative Office of the Courts can focus on the operation of statewide programs such as technology and access to justice, ensuring that New Mexico courts adhere to the best practices followed by other courts across the country,” AOC Director Artie Pepin said. “The AOC has been the only state court administrative office in the country with the responsibility to manage the day-to-day operations of courts.” The Administrative Office of the Courts had managed the state’s 46 magistrate court locations, providing support on budget, policy and human resource issues for the 67 judges and 222 employees in those courts. Magistrate court operations have been funded through the annual budget of the AOC — about $28.7 million in the just completed 2019 fiscal year. NMSC News: “Streamlining our court system advances judicial excellence in New Mexico,” Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said. “An administrative consolidation allows our magistrate and district courts to share resources such as jury pools. We can more quickly and better respond to needs for court services in our communities by managing magistrate courts locally rather than from a central office in Santa Fe.” The AOC will continue to conduct audits of magistrate court operations, handle leasing of magistrate court buildings, provide legal guidance for magistrate court judges and process end-of-month financial reports from the magistrate courts. District and magistrate court clerks will be cross-trained and comparably paid, which more easily permits staffing adjustments when needed and helps ensure that courts can fully operate when there are vacancies.  District courts are general jurisdiction trial courts that decide adult and juvenile criminal cases as well as civil matters, including domestic relations, contract disputes and personal injury litigation. District courts also hear appeals from administrative agencies and lower courts. There are 94 district court judges in 34 court locations in 13 districts statewide.last_img read more