Barbados Minister blasts blacklisting agencies

first_img(Barbados Today) A minister has taken to task foreign agencies that blacklist and impose sanctions on Barbados and other Caribbean countries. Minister of Maritime Affairs and Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey described the action by unnamed organisations as unconscionable in the House of Assembly. He said: “Every time we adjust the goal post it is moved and somehow we must readjust and it seems that no matter whatever we do enough is not good enough. Mar 10, 2020 Barbados Maritime Affairs Ministry to Co-Host Upcoming… OECD warns COVID-19 could halve global growth –… You may be interested in… Feb 24, 2020 Sep 1, 2020center_img “We keep making changes to our tax policy to be able to suit them. “The thing about taxes that I recall is that there should be clarity… and Barbados has always had a clear tax policy. Read more at: Barbados Today Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Trinidad removed from “grey list” – CARICOM Business… Critical Personal Protective Equipment Procured for… Jul 23, 2020 Critical Personal Protective Equipment Procured for Caribbean Frontline Medical Workers(Caribbean Development Bank, July 23, 2020, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados) – Critically needed personal protective equipment (PPE) is on its way to medical workers on the front lines of the Caribbean’s COVID-19 pandemic response. Yesterday, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) took delivery of the majority…July 23, 2020In “Antigua & Barbuda”Barbados Ratifies CONSLE ProtocolBarbados has ratified the Protocol Amending the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) as an Organ of the Community, and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as an Institution of the Community. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart signed the…February 19, 2017In “Barbados”CCRIF pays US$5.8 million to Barbados following the passage of Tropical Storm KirkBridgetown, Barbados, October 22, 2018. On Friday October 19th, Barbados Prime Minister Honourable Mia Amor Mottley met with CCRIF CEO Mr. Isaac Anthony, Deputy Chairperson Mrs. Desirée Cherebin and Board member Mrs. Faye Hardy at a short ceremony to mark the payout by CCRIF to the Government of Barbados following the…October 22, 2018In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Aftermarket Executive MBA Degree Program Now Accepting Applicants for Incoming Class

first_imgMIDLAND, Mich. — Applications are now being accepted for the incoming class of Northwood University’s Aftermarket Executive MBA program, the world’s only MBA degree opportunity tailored specifically to the interests of professionals within the global automotive and commercial-vehicle aftermarket industries.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Led by faculty of the University’s acclaimed DeVos Graduate School of Management, the program enrolled its first class – comprising a diverse group of manufacturing and distribution professionals – earlier this year. “By any measure, our Aftermarket MBA program has been a significant success – both for the industry and the University,” said Dr. Timothy Nash, vice president of strategic and corporate alliances for Northwood University. “But the best measure is feedback from current participants, who tell us they are energized and challenged by their studies and the opportunity to work with their peers.” The incoming class will begin study Jan. 31, 2010, during the first of five week-long classroom sessions on the Northwood University campus in Midland, Mich. The highly manageable 30-month program blends these on-campus sessions with directed, Web-based instruction to accommodate the career and personal demands of participants. “My first year in the program has been extremely rewarding,” said Rick Guirlinger, vice president for General Parts International Inc./CARQUEST Auto Parts. “The faculty is outstanding and the online and face-to-face interaction with other class members has expanded my view to entirely new ways of approaching competitive challenges. The flexible format has allowed me to stay on top of my studies while fulfilling my responsibilities at work and home.”Advertisement A key element of the Aftermarket Executive MBA program is a “capstone” project that must demonstrate a minimum business EBIT benefit of $75,000. Similar student projects have resulted in an average of more than $450,000 in cost savings or revenue increases to participants’ organizations, representing a more than tenfold payback of the program cost. For more information regarding admissions, program content and requirements, visit the DeVos Web site at or call (800) MBA-9000.last_img read more

Governor Visits Monday With New Mexico National Guard Troops Ahead Of Deployment To Africa

first_imgGov. Michelle Lujan Grisham visiting Monday with soldiers at the Fort Bliss Army Post in El Paso, Texas. Courtesy/NMS SANTA FE ― Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham met Monday with New Mexico National Guard soldiers at the Fort Bliss Army post in El Paso, Texas, ahead of their deployment to Djibouti to conduct security operations with the Navy, Air Force and other multinational forces. “I want to also highlight the sacrifice of our military families, the spouses and children and loved ones who support these brave soldiers in their time away from home. We must always remember what these families have offered up for all of us, and we must always endeavor to recognize their service, as well. This state will step up and support them however we can, whenever we can. Lt. Gov. Howie Morales and state National Guard leadership participated in a pair of Yellow Ribbon ceremonies in October – one in Rio Rancho, another in Las Cruces – where officials thanked the departing soldiers, their families and friends and employers for their service and sacrifice and assured them of the state’s support for their needs during and after this deployment. Almost 400 soldiers of the New Mexico National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 200th Infantry, have been stationed at Fort Bliss in recent weeks, finalizing their training and preparation before they leave for Africa, where they will support Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa in protecting key shipping lanes.  “The sacrifice and integrity of our National Guard soldiers should make every New Mexican proud,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “From the very bottom of my heart, I commend and thank them for their willingness to serve, their capacity for strength and their commitment to doing the work for all of us back home. center_img Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham visiting Monday with New Mexico National Guard soldiers at the Fort Bliss Army Post in El Paso, Texas ahead of their deployment to Africa. Courtesy/NMS “It’s also important to thank the New Mexico employers and co-workers of our soldiers, who are making their own kind of sacrifice. Service touches so many people, and on behalf of this state, I express my deep gratitude to all of them.” STATE News: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham meets Monday with New Mexico National Guard soldiers and officials at the Fort Bliss Army Post in El Paso, Texas ahead of their deployment to Africa. Courtesy/NMSlast_img read more

AkzoNobel Appoints Maelys Castella As Member Of The Board Of Management

first_imgAMSTERDAM – Shareholders of Akzo Nobel N.V. held an Extraordinary General Meeting in Amsterdam this week, and appointed new CFO Maëlys Castella as a member of the board of management. 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. “Maëlys is a high-caliber professional with a wealth of experience in finance who brings key skills and capabilities to our company,” said Antony Burgmans, chairman of AkzoNobel’s Supervisory Board. A French national, Maëlys previously worked at Air Liquide for 14 years, most recently as group deputy CFO. Her previous posts there include Europe CFO and group corporate finance and treasury director. She started her career at the international ELF Oil & Gas Group. Maëlys is based at AkzoNobel’s head office in Amsterdam.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,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.  Maëlys is already a member of the company’s executive committee, having been appointed chief financial officer on Sept. 15. She succeeded Keith Nichols, who left the company in June this year. 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. last_img read more

Lib Dems want help to meet housing challenge

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Solis Marine teams up with Jumbo

first_imgJumbo was awarded the contract for the transportation and installation of wind turbine structures earlier in 2020, as HLPFI reported here.  To equip Jumbo Javelin for the installation scope, several modifications and upgrades were required. To manage this, Jumbo assembled a team of in-house offshore professionals and contracted several suppliers and subcontractors that would travel to Singapore to perform the mobilisation. However, Covid-19 travel restrictions prevented Jumbo from deploying its Netherlands-based offshore team to Singapore to prepare for Jumbo Javelin’s mobilisation. As a result, the heavy lift shipping company approached Solis Marine, which was granted a general expedition the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), to provide ground assistance. As the company was able to continue operations in the country during the pandemic, Solis Marine provided a technical superintendent/project manager and port captain/mobilisation supervisor, who worked closely with an electrical engineer that was locally contracted by Jumbo. The mobilisation scope included the positioning and installation of transition piece grillages; installation of offshore accommodation, lifeboats, life-rafts and fast rescue craft; and the re-certification of Jumbo’s modular fly jib. Solis Marine also assisted Jumbo with the on-hire and mobilisation of an Anchor Handling Towage Supply (AHTS) vessel, which will support Jumbo Javelin on the project. Captain Sjoerd Blomsma, manager of the project on behalf of Solis Marine, said: “We explored and applied alternative solutions where required, meaning that time lost on the project due to Covid-19 factors has been kept to a minimum.” www.jumbomaritime.nllast_img read more

70,000 security agents to be deployed on election day in Tunisia

first_imgTunisia holds Shepherd Festival amid tight security Security forces prevent terrorist attack in Tunisia Tunisia Jazz Festival goes ahead amid tightened securitycenter_img TUNIS, TUNISIA – JANUARY 14: Security forces take security measures during the celebration to mark the sixth anniversary of the Jasmine Revolution, at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, Tunisia, 14 January 2017. (Photo by Amine Landoulsi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) FILE PHOTO: Security forces take security measures during the celebration to mark the sixth anniversary of the Jasmine Revolution, at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, Tunisia. (Photo by Amine Landoulsi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)At least 70,000 security agents will be deployed in different parts of Tunisia to ensure the smooth vote for the early presidential election to be held on Sunday, the country’s Interior Ministry announced on Saturday.“The members of the security apparatus will be responsible for ensuring the holding of presidential elections in 24 provinces of the country,” said the ministry in a statement.According to the statement, the security agents will be responsible for securing the voting and counting operations, guests, journalists, observers and also all the candidates in the running.Civil protection units will also be in place for any intervention or emergency.More than 7 million registered voters in Tunisia are expected to go to the polls on Sunday, to elect, for the second time since 2011, a president of the republic.Relatedlast_img read more

Semtech Enhances Developer Experience with LoRaWAN Protocol with Newly Introduced Tools

first_img North America Instance: Europe Instance: China Instance: Asia Pacific Instance: Semtech has introduced a new picocell gateway dongle incorporating Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless RF technology (LoRa). The solution includes added Linux utilities and Microsoft Windows support and also the availability of a free, non-commercial LoRaWAN network server demonstration platform. The new tools will assist low power wide area (LPWAN) network applications developers who want to rapidly prototype and demonstrate their Internet of Things (IoT) product ideas based on LoRa Technology.The Semtech LoRa-based picocell gateway dongle can easily connect via a USB port to a Linux or Windows based processor, which are most commonly used by LoRaWAN gateway developers. The Windows GUI streamlines the network connection without an additional board. This tool is expected to accelerate adoption of IoT technology into next-generation smart applications. Beyond the initial prototype phase, several LoRa Alliance members offer compatible commercial, production-grade network servers and picocell gateway products. The device is currently available with Linux support, and Windows support will be available by early-2018.LoRaWAN Network Server Demonstration PlatformAs more verticals look for IoT solutions, this free, non-commercial LoRaWAN network server is an opportunity for companies to explore innovative use cases and have a secure area to evaluate their LoRa-based applications. Users will be able to test key capabilities, including on-boarding gateways, view sensor data log and network activity, and forward data to an application server for visualization and processing compliant with the LoRaWAN 1.0.2 specification. Semtech’s free demonstration network server is available now and already in use by developers. Specific Region Access is: Semtech’s LoRa wireless RF technology is a widely adopted long-range, low-power solution for IoT that gives telecom companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide. IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN specification have been deployed in over 60 countries.last_img read more

Becker: Sharapova deserves second chance

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The Russian’s ban was then cut by nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last October, meaning she is free to return from April 26.Becker, a three-time Wimbledon champion, said it was right that Sharapova was allowed to return to the sport and hopes her comeback will not cause problems in the locker room.“In principal I am all for a second chance,” Becker said at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.“She (Sharapova) paid her dues, she was suspended for quite a long time. I don’t know about the reaction of the other players, it’s up to them. Everyone has their own choice. Hopefully the atmosphere (inside the locker room) will be good. We can move on and have good women’s champions.”Sharapova, 29, had called the ITF’s original ruling “unfairly harsh” because she had not intentionally violated anti-doping rules.Meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency list of banned substances only at the start of 2016 after mounting evidence it boosted blood flow and enhanced performance.CAS cut Sharapova’s suspension but said she “bore some degree of fault” by relying on agent Max Eisenbud to check the banned list for changes and failing to ensure he had done so.Despite Sharapova’s suspension, Becker feels tennis is a clean sport and that the testing system works.“I think most tennis players are responsible. If you see in the men’s side there is no one inside the top 100 (that isn’t clean) and in the women’s side — I think Maria is the exception — all of the other tennis players are clean,” he said.“Tennis is an Olympic sport so the tests are very severe and strong and the penalties are strong. I think the system works. Maybe it speaks volumes of the system because a high-profile player like Sharapova was caught.”German Becker coached current world No. 2 Novak Djokovic for three years until the pair split in December. doping, Maria Sharapova, Boris Becker KEYWORDScenter_img Monte Carlo – Boris Becker believes Maria Sharapova has paid her dues and deserves a second chance when she returns to tennis in April at the end of her 15-month doping ban.Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, failed a dope test for the drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open and was suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Friday 6AM Update: Successful Burnout Operation, Fire Reaches Over 56,000 Acres

first_imgMop up operations will continue Friday along the highway and out towards Watson Lake in order to ensure no hot spots remain in the burnout areas.Sexton: “The crews are preforming what is called cold trailing. They are literally going shoulder to shoulder through a very specific area looking for hot spots, and then they can apply water or they expose it and work around and break up all the hot spots. It’s very slow and methodical process.” Bud Sexton Public Information Officer: “Part of today’s operation were linking up Watson Lake with Afonsi Lake and different crews out there. We have about a mile left of burnout operations to do. We are very excited about the progress made over the last couple days. But, we are real intent on closing out this loop and having a great perimeter line.”  Motorists will continue to see smoke as the islands of fuel away from the highway continue to be consumed and there may be smoke on the Sterling Highway until the inversion lifts mid morning on Friday. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Crews made good progress on Thursday on the Swan Lake Fire and are continuing with burnout operations throughout Friday. The fire is estimated at 56,200 acres with 511 boots on the ground and in the air. Both lanes of the Sterling Highway remain open with MP 58 to MP 75.5 slowed to 35 mph for the safety of drivers and firefighters. Drivers are advised to please use headlights. With less fuel out front of the fire on at least 3 flanks, the public can expect less smoke in the coming days. However, since not all the perimeter is planned for containment, the fire will continue to burn east into the Wildlife Refuge creating a healthier and more diverse forest. Call the Fire Information line at 208-391-3488, visit or read more