CLOSING PRESS CONFERENCE – 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads

first_img Oct 16, 2020 Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 You may be interested in… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Oct 15, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM Secretary-General to hold Press Conference ahead of IntersessionalCARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, will hold a Press Briefing to deal with matters concerning the 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), on Monday 13 February, 2017, at the CARICOM Secretariat, from 11:30 a.m. Please accept this invitation for your media house to cover…February 10, 2017In “CARICOM”CARICOM SG gets second termCARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has been re-appointed to a second term of office. CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of Belize, Mr. Dean Barrow, made the announcement during the Closing Press Conference of the CARICOM Heads of Government Inter-sessional Meeting in Belize, Wednesday. The Secretary-General’s initial five year appointment ends in…February 17, 2016In “Belize”COMMUNIQUE – 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of GovernmentCOMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTY-EIGHTH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY 16–17 FEBRUARY 2017, GEORGETOWN, GUYANA Extract: REGIONAL SECURITY “Heads of Government expressed grave concern at the level of crime in the Community and resolved to increase their efforts to…February 18, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak last_img read more

PANCAP hosts sensitisation forum for Suriname Parliamentarians

first_img Jun 25, 2020 PANCAP Advocates for Treatment Continuity for People Living… What is PANCAP? PANCAP is a Caribbean regional partnership of governments, regional civil society organizations, regional institutions and organizations, bilateral and multilateral agencies and contributing donor partners which was established on 14 February 2001. PANCAP provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, coordinates the response through the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS to maximize efficient use of resources and increase impact, mobilizes resources and build capacity of partners. – 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme of Support for Wider Caribbean Cooperation Under the 10th (EDF) Programme of Support for Wider Caribbean Cooperation, PANCAP will strengthen coordination on human rights issues in keeping with the Justice For all Roadmap through the HIV and AIDS Thematic Task Force in CARIFORUM. – CARIFORUM CARIFORUM refers to the Grouping of Caribbean States, which are signatories of the Georgetown Agreement establishing the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). The ACP grouping is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states. CARIFORUM is the recipient of and manages the implementation of Caribbean Regional Indicative Programmes financed by the EDF and Caribbean regional programmes financed by individual Member States of the European Union. It also provides technical assistance to agencies/institutions implementing projects under these programmes. – European Union The Member States of the European Union have decided to link their expertise, resources and destinies. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders. Background to the PANCAP Justice for All (JFA) Roadmap The PANCAP Justice for All (JFA) Programme was established in September 2013 as a regional response to the UN High-Level Political Declaration (June 2011) designed to reduce AIDS-related stigma and discrimination. The objectives of the JFA Roadmap are:  Enhancing family life and focusing on those in need Increasing access to treatment and affordable medicines Reducing gender inequality including violence against women, girls and adolescents Promoting prevention with special reference to sexual and reproductive health and rights including age-appropriate sexual education Implementing legislative reforms for modifying AIDS-related stigma and discrimination Helpful links:PANCAP Justice for All (JFA) programme – https://pancap.org/what-we-do/justice-for-all/ 10th European Development Fund Project (EDF) – https://pancap.org/pancap-work/10th-european-development-fund-project/ Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC) Convenes… The objectives of the Forum are to identify the barriers to achieving the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 Targets including stigma and discrimination. The Forum will also seek to define parliamentarians’ legislative, representational and oversight roles in addressing the barriers to ending the AIDS epidemic. Participants will also discuss and agree on a timeline for specific actions to be undertaken by parliamentarians. In an invited comment, H.E. Dr. Jeniffer Geerlings-Simons, Speaker of the National Assembly, Suriname said: “Fundamental rights and liberties for all, justice and fairness are common ideals that the people of Suriname strive towards and hold dear. These ideals are underpinned by the values enshrined in our constitution, which include peaceful coexistence, mutual respect, and equality. Our nation, therefore, is one where consideration needs to be given to those who are rendered more vulnerable and/or marginalized, which brings us to a specific quest: work together, across sectors, creeds and other seeming differences and unite to realize the commitments we’ve made as a country, as a partnership, as a region, and as a world. 90-90-90 by 2020 and End AIDS by 2030!” Parliamentarians to define their legislative, representational and oversight roles to address the challenges towards ending the AIDS Epidemic Call for non-partisan approach to issues related to stigma, discrimination and HIV transmission as PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum concludesDeputy Secretary General, CARICOM Secretariat, challenges parliamentarians to implement CARICOM Model Anti-Discrimination Bill The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) Regional Parliamentarians Forum, 30 – 31 May, Kingston, Jamaica, concluded with recommendations from parliamentarians on a non-partisan approach to issues related to stigma, discrimination and HIV transmission. Approximately…June 1, 2017In “CARICOM”St. Kitts/Nevis Prime Minister to attend PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians ForumFriday, May 12, 2017 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis at the PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum from 30 – 31 May, 2017 in Kingston, Jamaica. In addition to Prime…May 12, 2017In “Jamaica”Suriname Faith Leaders to establish main goals for inter-religious network Emphasis on contributing to end AIDS (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat)  The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), will host the Suriname National Faith Leaders Consultation in Suriname 19 -20 October, 2018. The consultation is being held with funding from the CARIFORUM 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme of Support for…October 19, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Apr 24, 2020center_img Jun 3, 2020 Friday, 19 October 2018 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), will host a Parliamentarians Sensitization Forum in Suriname 22- 23 October, 2018. The Forum is being held with funding from the CARIFORUM 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme of Support for Wider Caribbean Cooperation. The Forum is part of a series of engagements involving parliamentarians under the PANCAP Justice for All Programme (JFP). Parliamentarians will be sensitized on issues regarding their advocacy role for the elimination of stigma and discrimination, as well as their legislative, representational and oversight roles. NAP Managers and CSOs urged to use COVID-19 as an… You may be interested in… Jun 23, 2020 The Caribbean’s Remarkable Response to COVID-19 last_img read more

Pangborn Corp. Appoints New President and CEO

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 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. HAGERSTOWN, MD — Pangborn Corp., a global manufacturer of surface preparation equipment and service provider for the metals industry, has appointed Randy Hudson as its new president and CEO. Hudson replaces Ron Stewart who will assume the role of vice chairman. Stewart will also act as a liaison for the board of directors. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Hudson joined Pangborn five years ago as executive vice president and CFO. He has been active across all segments of the business for the last several years. Prior to joining Pangborn, Hudson served as a CFO in several other industries including consumer products, computer services, food and metal working. He also owned a metal working and finishing company. Pangborn Corp., based in Hagerstown, Md., celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2004. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,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.  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

Truck-Lite Announces Executive Appointments

first_imgFALCONER, NY — Truck-Lite, a producer of lighting, wiring harnesses, mirrors, turn signal switches and safety accessories for the heavy duty truck, trailer and commercial vehicle industries, has announced several executive appointments this week. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Tim Walker, formerly senior vice president of worldwide sales for Truck-Lite, has been named executive vice president, sales, for Europe and Asia. In this role, Walker will be responsible for coordinating sales activities of Truck-Lite’s operations in Birmingham, England; Flexible Lamps in Harlow, England; and FER in Eisenach, Germany. In addition, he will drive new sales initiatives for Truck-Lite throughout Asia, with special emphasis on commercial vehicle market opportunities in China and Japan. Walker began his career with Truck-Lite in 1979, and advanced to the position of vice president, sales and marketing in 1984. He has since taken on many roles for Truck-Lite and has been active in many key industry associations including, TMC, CFS, HDDC, TWNA and CVSN. He is a member of the Heavy Duty Business Forum, the Overseas Automotive Council and a past chairman of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association. Walker is a graduate of Northwestern University and of the American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird. Truck-Lite also announced today John Howells has been named vice president of sales the Americas. Howells began his career with Truck-Lite in 1995 as a regional sales manager in the Chicago area. He has since taken on the roles of OE sales manager for both truck and trailer markets, area sales director and more recently held the position of national sales director focusing on Truck-Lite’s aftermarket sales and national fleet activities. In this new role, Howells will be responsible for OE, aftermarket and fleet activities, coordinating customer driven sales efforts for all of North America, South America and Canada. Advertisement Howells graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor of business administration degree with magna cum laude honors. Howells has been active in many key industry associations including, TMC, CFS, HDDC and CVSN. He will report directly to Brian Kupchella, president of Truck-Lite, and will reside in the Western New York area close to Truck-Lite headquarters. In addition, Daniel McCann has joined Truck-Lite’s Sales Team as its new national sales director for North America. McCann has more than 30 years experience in global sales and marketing of products similar to Truck-Lite for the commercial vehicle industry. McCann will be adding value to sales activities directed towards the U.S. and Canada and will reside near Truck-Lite’s headquarters. McCann has been active in many key industry associations including Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, Transportation Safety Equipment Institute and the Council of Fleet Specialists. He will report directly to John Howells.last_img read more

Valvoline’s Moughler Relocates to China

first_imgLEXINGTON, KY — Craig Moughler, senior vice president of international channel development for Valvoline, will relocate from Valvoline World Headquarters in Lexington, KY, to Shanghai, China. The announcement was made by Sam Mitchell, president of the Ashland Inc. unit. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “Ashland is investing in international markets for long-term growth,” said Mitchell. “Craig’s relocation will accelerate Ashland and Valvoline’s efforts to build relationships with channel partners, form strategic alliances and win new customers outside the U.S.” “It’s important that we have executives on the ground in China to help strengthen our corporate strategies there,” said Ashland Chairman and CEO Jim O’Brien. “Craig is a seasoned Ashland executive with many years of experience developing our international business.” Valvoline’s China business is organized around manufacturing and marketing products for the do-it-yourself or retail segment, providing products and services for the “do-it-for-me” or installed segment – and servicing its joint venture in the heavy duty market with Cummins Engine Co. Moughler is a 20-year Ashland veteran. For more information about Ashland, visit: http://www.ashland.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 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.  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 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.last_img read more

DENSO Announces Top Management Change for North America

first_imgSOUTHFIELD, MI — DENSO has announced that Mitsuo “Matt” Matsushita, president and chief executive officer of DENSO International America, DENSO’s North American headquarters, and managing officer of DENSO Corporation, will retire from the company, effective Dec. 31. Matsushita has served as president and chief operating officer of DENSO International America since July 2002, and was named president and chief executive officer in July 2004. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Matsushita has worked at DENSO for nearly 37 years, since he graduated from Kanazawa University in Ishikawa prefecture, Japan in 1971. Prior to his U.S. assignment, he served as executive vice president of DENSO International Europe B.V., DENSO’s European headquarters in Weesp, The Netherlands, from January 2000 through June 2002. During his tenure as president and CEO of DENSO International America, sales for the Americas rose from $4.8 billion in 2002 to $6.5 billion this year. Kenji Ohya, senior managing director and a member of DENSO’s board of directors, will replace Matsushita as president and CEO of DENSO International America. Ohya also will continue to serve as senior managing director responsible for the sales group of DENSO Corp. Ohya began his career at DENSO in the sales department in 1972 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kyoto University in Kyoto prefecture, Japan. Following a series of positions in the sales group, Ohya was promoted to general manager of the Application Component Sales Department in 1994. In 2004, he was named one of DENSO’s managing officers, and in June 2007 he was promoted to senior managing director responsible for the sales group. Throughout his tenure at DENSO, Ohya has contributed to the expansion of DENSO’s business in both automotive and non-automotive products. Advertisement For more information about DENSO, go to: http://www.globaldenso.com.last_img read more

Gary Mercer Joins the Best Brakes Sales and Marketing Team

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. 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.  RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Best Brakes has announced a new addition to its sales and marketing team.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Gary Mercer is now vice president of sales and marketing for Best Brakes’ western division. In this role, Mercer will be responsible for sales and marketing of the current complete line of Global Pro Premium Brake drums and rotors as well as new products such as the Global Pro line of Premium Brake Pads.   An industry veteran, Mercer has gained experience with such aftermarket brands as Tenneco, Raybestos, ITT Aimco, Brembo and Power Performance Group. He also has experience in the economy brake parts market with such companies as Qualitee International, Safline Automotive and most recently, IAP Dura. Mercer will work alongside another industry veteran, H. Kevin Wells, who is the vice president of sales and marketing, eastern division for Best Brakes.,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.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Marc Alan Associates Adds to Team

first_imgThe modules are connected to both sides of a symmetrical and structural I-beam. The I-beam includes channels, through which cooling fluid is pumped, to extract heat away from the battery modules. The I-beams also provide cross-vehicle structural support and help protect the pack from side intrusions.  Bollinger Motors will manufacture battery packs for its own vehicles – as well as make them commercially available for standalone applications – starting in 2021. Designed for safety, high energy density, and high continuous power capacity, the Bollinger Motors battery pack will be suitable for heavier applications such as medium-duty trucks, agricultural and construction equipment. The Bollinger Motors battery pack is composed of modules in 35 kWh strings that can be connected in series or parallel to form a variety of pack sizes and configurations. Pack sizes will include 35, 70, 105, 140, 175 kWh, and higher, with many sizes capable of both 350V and 700V configurations.  Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent application on Oct. 12. The patent application number is 17/068,260.center_img OAKLAND, N.J. – Marc Alan Associates Inc. has announced the addition of industry veterans Bob Leedom, Skip Scafidi and JP Scafidi to the organization.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Celebrating its 45th year in business, Marc Alan Associates now has 17 reps and four sales support professionals serving the Northeast. Marc Alan Associates, based in Oakland, N.J., calls on all facets of the automotive aftermarket, covering Metropolitan New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Maryland and Delaware.,Bollinger Motors has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its battery pack design. The scope of the patent includes mechanical, electrical and systems-engineering innovations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The Battery Management System (BMS) has also been developed in-house. The BMS has been created to handle any number of strings, therefore one BMS can be manufactured for all future battery-pack sizes and voltages.  The BMS monitors voltage, current, and temperature at multiple points within the pack and manages the system accordingly. It works with other vehicle-control units to maintain optimum operating conditions that increase efficiency and extend battery life. The BMS also provides several features which ensure system safety, including detecting and isolating faults to enable continued vehicle operation.Advertisement “The heart of every EV is the battery, so it was crucial for us to develop our own battery pack in-house,” said CEO Robert Bollinger. “Our engineering team has created a pack with high-strength structural properties, exemplary cooling features and state-of-the-art software.” last_img read more

Celette/Elektron Appoints New Midwest Sales Manager

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LOMBARD, Ill. — Matthias Larisch, general manager of Celette and Elektron Inc. has announced the appointment of Jeff Kohut as regional sales manager for Illinois, Wisconsin and Western Michigan. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of direct experience in the auto body repair industry, Kohut is ready to help both Celette and Elektron customers grow their businesses. “Jeff’s background will be of great value to Celette and Elektron,” Larisch said. “With his exceptional experience he has the knowledge to help our customers be more successful.” Kohut has worked on the shop floor as well as on the other side of the desk. After managing collision facilities in Raleigh, N.C., he went to work for Allstate in its direct repair program. He also spent more than six years in paint and body operations as well as parts for BMW North America. Both Elektron and Celette are owned by The Equinox Group, a diverse industrial partnership based in Switzerland. U.S. headquarters are located in Lombard, Ill. Celette produces automobile frame repair benches and measuring devices; and Elektron manufactures spot welders and other equipment for the auto body repair industry.,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.  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

New Mexico Supreme Court Vacates Death Sentences Of The Last Inmates On Death Row

first_imgIn a divided decision, three justices sent the cases of Timothy Allen and Robert Fry back to a District Court in San Juan County to impose sentences of life imprisonment. The 1979 law under which Allen and Fry were sentenced requires the state’s highest court to review capital punishment cases and prohibits a sentence of death when it is “excessive or disproportionate” to the penalties in similar cases. The requirement for a “comparative proportionality” review was adopted by the Legislature to protect against the death penalty being arbitrarily imposed in violation of constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. New Mexico repealed the death penalty a decade ago for murders committed after July 1, 2009. However, the death sentences of Allen and Fry remained in place because they were convicted and sentenced years before New Mexico abolished capital punishment. Retired Justices Edward L. Chávez and Charles W. Daniels joined in the majority decision and each wrote specially concurring opinions. Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura dissented and Retired Justice Petra Jimenez Maes joined in the dissent. Justices Chávez, Daniels and Maes remained assigned to the death penalty case after their retirement last year. The three justices were on the Court when Allen and Fry brought their legal challenge more than five years ago. SANTA FE ― The State Supreme Court has set aside the death sentences of the only inmates awaiting execution in New Mexico, concluding that their sentences were unlawfully disproportionate in comparison to the penalties imposed in similar murder cases. The Court initially heard arguments in the combined cases in 2014, and later asked attorneys for additional written briefing on whether to modify its approach for determining whether a death sentence is excessive or disproportionate to sentences in similar cases. The Court’s majority expanded the cases reviewed for an assessment of the death sentences of Allen and Fry, and concluded that “a death sentence is disproportionate if juries do not generally impose a death sentence in similar cases and there is no real justification for the death sentence.” Allen and Fry will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years under a sentence of life imprisonment. But if paroled, they would immediately begin serving additional sentences for their other convictions, Justice Chávez wrote in his concurring opinion. Allen, who soon turns 56, faces an additional 25 years after serving his murder sentence. Fry, 45, will never be eligible for release from prison, the Justice said, because he faces 120 years for the life sentences of his first-degree murder convictions. “In comparing Petitioner’s cases to other equally horrendous cases in which defendants were not sentenced to death, we find no meaningful distinction which justifies imposing the death sentence upon Fry and Allen. The absence of such a distinction renders the ultimate penalty of death contrary to the people’s mandate that the sentence be proportionate to the penalties imposed in similar cases,” the Court said in a majority opinion written by Justice Barbara J. Vigil. Until 2009, New Mexico allowed the death penalty only for first-degree murders with certain aggravating circumstances, including a killing during a kidnapping and the murder of a police officer. Allen was convicted of kidnapping, attempted rape and murdering 17-year-old Sandra Phillips in 1994. Fry was sentenced to death for fatally stabbing and bludgeoning Betty Lee, a mother of five, in 2000. He also was convicted of kidnapping, attempted rape and evidence tampering. In other cases, Fry was sentenced to life in prison for three murders in 1996 and 1998 in San Juan County. Justice Daniels, in a concurring opinion, said “when the collective result of all the actions taken under authority of our state justice system is that one or even three cold-blooded murders out of hundreds are executed by the state while the equally culpable majority are spared, our state cannot honestly claim it has imposed the death penalty in a proportionate manner.”center_img In today’s decision, the Court did not address the issue of constitutional violations and instead concluded that the death sentences were invalid under statutory safeguards established by the Legislature for death penalty cases. The state’s highest court had previously affirmed the convictions and death sentences of Allen and Fry. Each of the men had post-conviction legal challenges pending when the state repealed the death penalty. They appealed to the Supreme Court after a district court rejected arguments that their death sentences were unconstitutional because New Mexico had abolished capital punishment. Previous New Mexico Supreme Court decisions in death penalty cases correctly interpreted the law, the Chief Justice wrote, “to require us to do no more than evaluate whether there is some precedent for the death sentence and to assure ourselves that the sentence is not excessive in light of the nature of the crime. To do anything more than this intrudes upon the capital-sentencing jury’s rightful, constitutional authority to extend mercy or impose death.” From July 1979 through December 2007, juries imposed a death sentence in 15 cases and 12 of those were vacated — seven reversed on direct appeal or post-conviction proceedings and five were commuted in 1986 by then Gov. Toney Anaya. One inmate died in prison while awaiting execution. During that time, prosecutors sought the death penalty in 211 cases but only 52 cases advanced to a separate proceeding for jurors to decide on imposing a death sentence. In more than half a century, the only person executed in New Mexico was Terry Clark. He was put to death by lethal injection in 2001 for the murder, kidnapping and rape of a nine-year-old girl. The execution occurred after Clark dropped all appeals of his death sentence. “A killer’s crimes reflect who he is. What we do to the killer reflects who we are,” Justice Daniels wrote. “Can we really look anyone in the eye and say that executing these two defendants would be proportionate when compared to non-deadly punishment our state has overwhelmingly meted out in virtually all equally serious first-degree murder cases, and specifically in similar cases, since enactment of the Capital Felony Sentencing Act in 1979? I, for one, cannot honestly do so.” NMSC News: “The Majority misstates the governing law and has done what our Legislature would not: repeal the death penalty in its entirety for all defendants in New Mexico,” Chief Justice Nakamura wrote in the dissenting opinion. In the dissenting opinion, Chief Justice Nakamura wrote: “The legislative command that this Court assure that Fry’s and Allen’s death sentences are not ‘disproportionate to the penalty imposed in similar cases’ should not be construed in the way embraced by the Majority. They perceive in the language authority to conclude that, because so few offenders in New Mexico have ever been sentenced to die, no offenders shall ever again be sentenced to die in New Mexico. I respectfully contend that the Majority’s judgment is error.”last_img read more