first_img BORDER ISSUES RELATIONS WITH THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Heads of Government expressed concern at the continuing grave human rights situation of Dominicans of Haitian descent threatened by statelessness and the precarious humanitarian situation of undocumented Haitians in the Dominican Republic who have been deported to Haiti. Heads of Government also agreed that the human rights situation of Dominicans of Haitian descent must form part of the Agenda of the CARIFORUM-EU policy or political dialogue. Caribbean health ministers discussing new system in face of… Belize-Guatemala Relations CRICKET GOVERNANCE Nov 20, 2017 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 Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as an Institution of the Community was opened for signature. Guyana, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago signed the Protocol. Region must adapt to the reality of climate change –… Heads of Government received a report from a Technical Working Group (TWG) on issues related to Associate Membership in CARICOM.  Heads of Government recognised the interest of six territories in becoming Associate Members and considered the analytical report in the context of seeking to review the guiding principles for the consideration of applications for Associate Membership.  Heads of Government noted that the ongoing discussions were taking place at a time when reform of the Community was being undertaken.  They also noted the resource challenges that would be faced by the Secretariat with respect to any future enlargement of the Community.  Heads of Government recognised the need for the articulation of an enlargement policy which should be submitted for their consideration at the July meeting of the Conference. You may be interested in… Associate Member, the Turks and Caicos Islands, was represented by Ms. Clara Gardiner, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Border Control and Employment. Also in attendance was His Excellency Ambassador Patrick Gomes, Secretary-General of the African Caribbean Pacific Group of States (ACP). Heads of Government received an update on efforts to resolve Guatemala’s claims over Belize’s territory.  Heads of Government expressed their hope that a referendum would be called early in both countries to decide on whether to submit Guatemala’s claims to the International Court of Justice for a final ruling.  Heads of Government encouraged both Belize and Guatemala to continue their efforts at constructive engagement and building of friendly relations for the betterment of their peoples.  Heads of Government recognized the important role of the Organization of American States (OAS) in support of the efforts of the Belize and Guatemala governments to secure lasting peace and development.  They called on the international community to support the efforts of these two countries, and to be especially generous in their support for the sustained involvement of the OAS in these efforts.  Heads of Government reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the maintenance and preservation of Belize’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Heads of Government welcomed the Paris Agreement which was the outcome of the 21st  Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in France in December 2015.  They noted that CARICOM had a major interest in the outcome of this Conference, since, as SIDS, they stand to be among the most affected by Climate Change.  Heads of Government expressed their appreciation for the leadership of the then Chairman of Conference, Rt. Honourable Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados and Dr. the Honourable Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Lead Head of Government for Sustainable Development, at the COP 21 which resulted in the positive outcome for the Community.  They acknowledged the sterling contribution of the Region’s negotiators, the Task Force on Sustainable Development, led by Dr. the Honourable James Fletcher of Saint Lucia, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the CARICOM Secretariat to the Community’s achievements at the Conference.  Heads of Government recognised the need to capitalize on the achievements at COP 21 by working towards improving the national and regional capacities, to take advantage of the opportunities that the Agreement provided for addressing the impacts of Climate Change.  Heads of Government agreed to maintain the diplomatic demarche at international levels in support of the 1.5°C goal, noting that at the current levels of commitment, temperature rise would be more than 2.7 °C.  The Conference urged active participation in the high-level signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement, to be convened by the United Nations Secretary-General, on the 22 April 2016 in New York.  The Conference also urged signature of the Agreement and deposit of instruments of ratification at that time or soonest thereafter.  Heads of Government noted the various opportunities for climate financing.  They agreed to elevate the importance of Readiness Programming in accordance with the Green Climate Fund, to include the mainstreaming of climate change in National Development Plans, in order to facilitate access to climate financing.  Heads of Government further agreed that the Task Force on Sustainable Development led by Dr the Honourable James Fletcher and the team of negotiators and experts should continue their work to facilitate the implementation of the Agreement.  Heads of Government resolved to remain actively engaged in the UNFCCC processes at the various levels to support implementation of the Paris Agreement. CLIMATE CHANGE Guyana-Venezuela Relations Feb 24, 2016 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… The Thirty-Seventh Regular Meeting of the Conference will be held from 4-6 July 2016 under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Dominica the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit and will be co-hosted by the CARICOM Secretariat and the Government of Guyana. Feb 19, 2016 Heads of Government received an update on the recent developments with respect to the controversy between Guyana and Venezuela. They noted that February 17, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Agreement of 1966 between the Parties, which was intended to provide a solution to the controversy arising from Venezuela’s contention that the 1899 Arbitral Award, which definitively settled the land boundary between Guyana and Venezuela, is null and void. Heads of Government also noted that the Secretary General of the United Nations, having had discussions with the Heads of State of Guyana and Venezuela in September 2015, has since made a proposal to the two countries on the way forward towards a decisive end to the controversy.Heads of Government expressed their full support for the role of the United Nations Secretary General and his efforts, in keeping with the provisions of the Geneva Agreement, to bring the controversy to a definitive and judicious conclusion. Heads of Government reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the maintenance and preservation of Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  FUTURE OF THE ACP GROUP OF STATES Heads of Government received a presentation on the Future of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).  They noted the intervention of the Secretary-General of the ACP, Ambassador Patrick. I. Gomes who participated in the discussions. OPENING The Chairman, the Honourable Dean Barrow, the immediate Past Chairman, the Rt. Honourable Freundel Stuart and the Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque addressed the Opening Ceremony.  Prime Minister Stuart in giving a brief report on his tenure, highlighted the Community’s success at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris.  He also recognised the steps being taken towards the establishment of clear rules about how the Conference takes and implements decisions.  Prime Minister Stuart lauded the Region’s support for Dominica after Tropical Storm Erika.  Using the tropical storm as an example, he said that one of the essential principles that must permeate our thoughts, words, and deeds as a Region, was the need for an unshakeable commitment to unity in the face of adversity.  The Prime Minister also pointed out that in order for CARICOM to fulfill its immense promise, “first, we should look at the strengths of our movement and seek to retain them at all costs; second, we must look backward at important elements that we have lost in the regional integration movement and seek to reclaim them; third, we must look inward at our movement to carefully identify those aspects that hinder us, which we can discard, and should do so with some urgency.”  Prime Minister Barrow speaking of the issue of correspondent banking and particularly de-risking said it had “absolutely cataclysmic ramifications” for the Community.  He said it deprived our banks of the ability to keep US deposits, do wire transfers, facilitate credit card settlements for their local clients.  The Chairman added, “The implications of this for our international trade, for our remittances, for our structures of production, consumption and investment, are so obvious as to require little further elaboration”.  The Prime Minister said that the Community needed to settle on achievable goals for the immediate and medium-term, and specify and take the necessary steps for realization on a time and action basis.  He added, “I believe that our efforts must focus on retaining and improving all that has worked”.  Secretary-General LaRocque emphasised the success which collective action had brought to the Community citing the recent COP 21 in Paris as a fine example.  The Secretary-General noted that given the dynamics of the global situation, some of the issues impacting on the Community emanated from outside our borders.  He pointed out, however, that they had a direct effect on the economic, environmental and social life of the Region.  “Such situations,” he said, “while challenging, present us with further opportunities to strengthen our unity and generate a collective response.”  SECURITY Heads of Government discussed the issue of crime and security and agreed to increase co-operation and collaboration in this area. Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Lead Head of Government for Security in the quasi Cabinet was the first signatory to 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 Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as an Institution of the Community. Oct 17, 2018 AGREEMENTS SIGNED DATE OF THE THIRTY-SEVENTH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF CARICOM ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMUNITY CORRESPONDENT BANKING  Heads of Government deplored the progressive decline in correspondent banking relationships available to the banking sector in Member States, as a result of the de-risking strategies employed by the global banks.  They opined that the withdrawal, restricted access and /or the higher cost of such services, allegedly in response to the heightened regulatory posture of regulatory authorities, would destabilize the financial sector in Member States with deleterious effects on growth and economic progress, as well as national security. Heads of Government emphasised that CARICOM Member States have complied with all global regulatory standards, including those established by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Global Forum, and have been scrutinized in every detail by the IMF and other multilateral institutions.  Indeed, they characterized the actions of the correspondent banks as an economic assault and was therefore tantamount to an economic blockade against Member States. Heads of Government therefore agreed to the appointment of a high-level advocacy group, led by the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda.  This group will be charged with the responsibility to represent the interest of the Region in addressing the issue, including an approach to the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation, as well as the United States Congress, to create greater international awareness of the challenge confronting the Community.  ZIKA  Heads of Government expressed deep concern about the health and economic effects of the outbreak of the Zika Virus infection in the Community and they undertook to take a structured approach to deal with the disease.  In that regard, Heads of Government endorsed a course of action to address the spread of this disease and other diseases spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito including dengue and chikungunya.  They mandated CARPHA and the CARICOM Secretariat to report to the Council for Human and Social Development on Health (COHSOD – Health) on the implementation and effectiveness of the course of action.  Heads of Government noted that the most effective forms of prevention are reducing mosquito populations by eliminating their breeding sites, especially through the management of containers which collect and store water in and around households.  Heads of Government urged the population at large to join in a multi-sectoral approach to help eliminate the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which would include continuous public education, and involve the health, education, tourism, media, telecommunications sectors as well as local government and private enterprises. Heads of Government endorsed the proposal for a Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week to be inaugurated in May 2016.  Heads of Government acknowledged the valuable role of CARPHA in the coordination of effective responses to public health crises in the Region, including through laboratory testing, advice and technical assistance to Member States. Heads of Government agreed to the re-appointment of Ambassador Irwin LaRocque as Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community for a second five-year term to August 2021. In the context of the ongoing reform process, Heads of Government agreed that there would be a limit of two terms for Secretaries-General of the Community. PM Stuart addresses cricket governance REAPPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY-GENERAL The Twenty-Seventh Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Placencia, Belize on 16-17 February 2016.  The Prime Minister of Belize, the Honourable Dean Barrow, chaired the proceedings.  Other members of the Conference in attendance were:  the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Honourable Gaston Browne; the Prime Minister of Barbados, the Rt. Honourable Freundel Stuart; the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; the President of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier (ret’d) David Granger; the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris; and the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley. The Bahamas was represented by the Honourable Frederick Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Commonwealth of Dominica was represented by Senator the Honourable Francine Baron, Minister of Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs; Haiti was represented by Ambassador Guy Lamothe.  Jamaica was represented by Senator the Honourable A.J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Saint Lucia was represented by the Honourable Alva Baptiste, Minister of External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation; St. Vincent and the Grenadines was represented by the Honourable Camillo Gonsalves, Minister of Economic Planning and Sustainable Development; Suriname was represented by the Vice-President, His Excellency Ashwin Adhin. Heads of Government reaffirmed their commitment to the development of West Indies cricket and applauded the recent performance of the 2016 World Champion under 19 Team. Heads of Government discussed the Report of the Joint Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee (PMSC) on Cricket and the Cricket Governance Committee held on 9 February 2016. They undertook an in-depth review of the governance issues with respect to the West Indies Cricket Board Inc. Heads of Government endorsed the recommendations of the Final Report of the Review Panel on the Governance of Cricket of October 2015 and affirmed that they must be implemented. Heads of Government agreed to explore all options available to achieve the desired outcome of improved governance of West Indies cricket and undertook to inform concerned parties of their position. CARICOM lauds Saint Lucia’s contribution as the… COMMUNIQUÉ – 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOMCOMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTY-NINTH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY 26-27 February, 2018, Port-au-Prince, Haiti   The Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 26-27…March 1, 2018In “Anguilla”CARICOM Heads into Day Two of Belize Inter-sessional    Heads of Government and other Heads of Delegation at the 27th CARICOM Inter-sessional in Placencia, Belize. Front row: (l-r) CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Prime Minister, Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell; Prime Minister, Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley; President, Guyana, H.E. David Granger; Prime Minister, Belize, Hon. Dean…February 17, 2016In “General”COMMUNIQUÉ Issued at the Conclusion of the Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community Frigate Bay, St Kitts and Nevis, 26-27 FEBRUARY 2019The Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Frigate Bay, St Kitts and Nevis 26-27, February 2019.  Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, chaired the proceedings. Other Members of the Conference in attendance…February 27, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgCSME: Poor Implementation Performance AppraisalBy Elizabeth Morgan Performance Appraisal rating My previous article on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) addressed the lackadaisical attitude to implementation of decisions which persist in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). In the Communique of the 40th Heads of Government Conference, St. Lucia, July 3-5, Heads, in their appraisal…July 17, 2019In “CARICOM”Accelerate use of CSME provisions to help build economic resilience – CARICOM SGAmbassador Irwin LaRocque, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, on Monday said that substantial progress had been recorded in the regional integration movement, particularly with the Single Market component of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).  He acknowledged, however, the need to implement the existing plan for outstanding issues regarding full…February 26, 2018In “Barbados”Statement – Prime Minister Rowley to Parliament on CSMEConceived as an instrument to facilitate economic development, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) is the manifestation of the intent to deepen the integration process that began with the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973.  That Treaty was later revised and the Community is now…December 12, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is reviewing CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) administrative procedures to recommend ways of making them more simple and harmonized where possible. A consultation is planned for 26 September 2018 in Barbados and key stakeholders will assess the procedures as recommended in the CSME Review presented last year to CARICOM Heads of Government. The CARICOM Heads had agreed the principles of non-discrimination among others should govern the further harmonization and simplification of the administrative procedures for the core CSME regimes. The CARICOM leaders have also mandated that the CSME administrative actions should not unnecessarily prolong the period for finalizing acceptance of the Skilled Community national. Participants at the one-day workshop will compare their own experiences in moving within the region to the present procedures as implemented by CARICOM Member States and make recommendations where possible. The report from the consultation will be tabled at a meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) scheduled for November 2018. The Consultation is being facilitated by the CARICOM Secretariat with assistance from CARIFORUM and the10th European Development Fund (EDF). Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… last_img read more

first_img ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Sep 4, 2020 Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture Make COVID Recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and… Read more at: The New Yorker Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 10, 2020 Sep 29, 2020center_img CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… Oct 7, 2020 You may be interested in… Hurricane Dorian: Scale of Bahamas devastation emerges(BBC) Rescuers have begun to reach areas of the northern Bahamas devastated by Hurricane Dorian, with aerial images showing a trail of destruction. PM Hubert Minnis said some areas had been “decimated” and expected the current death toll of seven would rise. The hurricane winds that hit the Abaco Islands…September 4, 2019In “Anguilla”CARICOM reacts as ‘Dorian’ pounds BahamasChairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia was among the regional leaders who expressed concern and support  to The Bahamas, devastated by category five hurricane Dorian which struck on Sunday 1 September. It left extensive damage across the islands of Abaco and is currently pounding Grand…September 2, 2019In “Featured”Five Dead, at least 21 injured in AbacoInitial reports have confirmed five people dead and at least twenty one injured on Abaco in the aftermath of destructive Hurricane Dorian, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. Hubert Minnis confirmed Monday, according to The Tribune. Dr. Minnis said the Royal Bahamas Police Force confirmed the tragic news of the deaths, adding…September 3, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp (The New Yorker) It looked like the trees had risen out of an angry ocean. It looked like a man was standing on a ship that had wandered into a storm. But the man was not on a ship; the man was on land, and the ocean was at his front door. The water was many feet deep and covered the road that led to his home. All one could see straight out to the horizon was ocean. When Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas, there were many videos like this one circulating on my family’s group chat in WhatsApp. I sat in a park in Brooklyn on a calm day, a few clouds in the sky, and swiped through them all. I had relatives on ; I grew up on New Providence. One video was taken by a family forced to climb into their attic as the water crashed against the concrete of their house. Another showed the view from a second floor, looking down at the Atlantic, which had risen to claim the first floor of a home, with furniture flung around like useless playthings. In the park, women were pumping their fists to the rhythm of soca music and pulling their knees up to their stomachs. Families were out having picnics; fruits and churros abounded. While briefly glancing up from my iPhone, I caught the eyes of a small boy. He was looking at me with his eyebrows tight and shook his head as if he were disappointed, as if he knew that I had a hurricane on the brain. I sat in the park and stared out into the distance, past the harbor and into the Atlantic, toward the Bahamas, where Dorian was wreaking its havoc. Dorian had opened its one good and terrible eye over my country and for almost two days it refused to budge. There were people trapped in their homes, people trapped in their attics, and people trapped outside in the storm itself, in search of safety after their roofs had come clean off.last_img read more

first_img Sep 1, 2020 Oct 6, 2020 “The plan is called, ‘Stronger Collaboration, Better Health’ for a reason,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “Although collaboration is the path, impact is the destination. The release of this plan is the beginning, not the end, of that path.” Read more at: World Health Organisation Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… COVID-19 Vaccine May be Ready by Yearend – WHO’s… You may be interested in… Oct 13, 2020 Aug 25, 2020center_img (World Health Organisation) Today at the United Nations General Assembly, 12 multilateral agencies launched a joint plan to better support countries over the next 10 years to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Developed over 18 months, Stronger Collaboration, Better Health: Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All outlines how a dozen multilateral health, development and humanitarian agencies will collaborate to be more efficient and provide more streamlined support to countries to deliver universal health coverage and achieve the health-related SDG targets. Healthy people are essential for sustainable development and for ending poverty, promoting peaceful and inclusive societies as well as protecting the environment. Over the last few decades, significant gains have been made in key areas of health, but the 2030 targets will not be met without redoubled efforts. Kickstarting Economies Without COVID-19 Plan, ‘a Recipe for… WHO Presses for Greater Investment in Global COVID-19… SCLAN hosts side event during UN General AssemblyThe Spouses of the CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN), with support from Gilead Sciences, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted a side event entitled ‘Ensuring Access and Equity in Adolescents, Children and Women’s Health’, 24 September 2019 from 9 am – 11 am, during…September 30, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”Promoting Investment in Sustainable Development Goals for Small Island Developing StatesBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, November 26, 2019 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Stakeholders from across the Caribbean region are currently in St. Kitts and Nevis attending a three-day seminar that seeks to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to attract and benefit from investment in Sustainable…November 26, 2019In “Agriculture”Caribbean and UN SDGs SummitBy Elizabeth Morgan This is summit week at the United Nations (UN) in New York at the start of the 74Th Session of the UN General Assembly. Over 150 Heads of State and Government, including from Jamaica and other Caribbean countries, are expected to participate in five (5) summits on…September 27, 2019In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApp Herd Immunity, an ‘Unethical’ COVID-19 Strategy, Tedros… last_img read more

first_imgMIDLAND, MI — The University of the Aftermarket, a division of Northwood University, has opened a search for a new director. The University of the Aftermarket is responsible for providing aftermarket managerial and industry-focused education to the employees and customers of AAIA-, AWDA- and MEMA-member companies. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Parties interested in applying for the position must possess a minimum of a Bachelors Degree (graduate degree recommended), and a minimum of fifteen years of business experience. Candidates must have a professional background that includes general business, marketing/communications, employee training or other relevant experience in the automotive aftermarket or other industries with similar, complex distribution characteristics. Outstanding managerial skills are required. The incumbent must be able to work well across association and internal headquarters departmental lines. The candidate must be a self-starter, results-oriented and committed to excellence in all aspects of continuing education for the aftermarket industry. An excellent knowledge of personal computer operations and working in a “Windows” environment are also required. Intermediate knowledge and use of Windows “Word,” “EXCEL” and “PowerPoint” is required. Interested parties can send a cover letter & resume to: [email protected] or via mail to: Northwood University ATTN: Human Resources 4000 Whiting Dr. Midland, MI 48640 Please indicate the position for which you are applying. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

first_imgIRVINE, CA – Joseph “Corky” Coker, president of Coker Tire Co., and former chairman of Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), has been awarded the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) 2006 Street Rodding Achievement Award. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The annual NSRA award, presented at the HRIA banquet at the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas, each year recognizes and honors a business, company or individual in recognition of their outstanding support of the street rod industry. “I’m extremely pleased to have been chosen for this honor,” said Coker as he accepted the distinctive NSRA award trophy. “I’d like to thank all of the people within the industry as well as the collectors, professional restorers, and especially the end-user enthusiasts who appreciate and use our specially developed street rod products. We are determined to help keep more of these marvelous cars on the road and properly maintained so they can be handed down to a new generation of street rod enthusiasts.” In 2005 Coker received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hot Rod Association for his unrelenting commitment and dedication to the preservation and expansion of the sport of Hotrodding. He was also recognized as the Automotive Restoration Market Organization’s (ARMO) “Person of the Year” for his achievements in the restoration industry. In 1997 Coker was elected to serve on the SEMA Board of Directors and was elected chairman of the board in 2003, making him the trade organization’s first chairman to come from the Restoration/Street Rod segment of the automotive aftermarket. Advertisement As an avid supporter of the hobby of collector vehicles, including a personal collection of more than 70 hot rods, classic cars and vintage American motorcycles, Coker regularly participates in car shows, cruises, rallies and swap meets. He was quick to recognize collectors’ growing demands for “hard to find” tires that were no longer commercially available. In the early 1970s he began to develop an astounding array of specialty tires for antique vehicles from the 1890s to muscle cars of the 1970’s. In less than three decades, Coker turned a small division of his father’s Chattanooga, TN, BFGoodrich dealership into what is today the world’s leading supplier of vintage and specialty tires. “Corky’s dynamic personality and leadership qualities have been and will continue to be felt within and beyond the street rod industry,” said the NSRA’s Jerry Kennedy, who presented the trophy at the banquet. “The National Street Rod association is pleased to honor the man that has made a major commitment to ensure that our vehicles of choice can ride on the tires that give them the ‘right’ look and performance they deserve.”last_img read more

first_imgHOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, has awarded Chris Knepler of the I-CAR Springfield Committee the President’s Volunteer Service Award. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement According to I-CAR, Knepler has demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service and has met the requirements needed to receive national accreditation, measured by the number of service hours performed over 12 months or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime. John Edelen, I-CAR president and CEO said, “The time and commitment put forth by Chris and the Springfield Committee are invaluable. As a not-for-profit organization, I-CAR depends on the support and dedication of its volunteers to strengthen the I-CAR vision – that every person in the collision industry, current and future, has the necessary knowledge and skills relevant to their position to achieve a complete and safe repair. We are honored to grant Chris Knepler the President’s Volunteer Service Award.” I-CAR has recognized Knepler for setting the highest standards for service, encouraging commitment to civic contributions and inspiring others to make service an integral part of their lives. Jeff Peevy, I-CAR director of field operations, added, “We are extremely proud to recognize Chris Knepler with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. I-CAR Volunteers are role models in our community, donating their time, energy and talent. The award is our way of thanking Chris and other volunteers for inspiring everyone in the inter-industry to make volunteering a central part of their lives.”last_img read more

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 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.  LAS VEGAS — EngineQuest (EQ) has announced the appointment of Jill Cabral as general manager and Eric Haugland as national accounts manager. Cabral will report directly to Scott Stolberg, president and CEO of AAEQ, EQ’s parent company, while Haugland will report directly to Cabral.   As general manager, Cabral will oversee sales, marketing and purchasing for EQ. She has more than 25 years of aftermarket experience, including 18 years at Bonded Motors, an engine builder based in the Los Angeles area and four years at SMP Sales/Don Gross Sales. She has worked at AAEQ since 2006 in purchasing and administration.   Haugland has more than 25 years of experience in automotive manufacturing, remanufacturing, machine shop and metal industries. He worked for AAEQ from 1999 to 2009 in sales, marketing and motorsports and rejoins the company after working several years as national sales manager for a distribution company supplying engine builders. Haugland will be responsible for EQ’s motorsports program and sales to national accounts.   “We are excited to announce the promotion of Jill and to welcome Eric back to our company,” said Stolberg. “Both of these individuals are deeply knowledgeable about our industry and know what it means to provide outstanding service to our customers.”  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. last_img read more

first_imgPajarito opened this morning with 17 runs, with plans to open the Mother Lift Saturday plus eight more intermediate and expert runs. This is the best terrain at Pajarito in years for opening day with nearly 75 percent of the mountain already open. Skiers were ready to shred these trails this morning with sunny skies and moderate temperatures in the 30s. This weekend may see a little more snow. Courtesy/Pajaritolast_img