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CARIFESTA XII closes on a high!

first_img Barbados Enters Phase 2 Of Lock-down Exit Strategy Jun 6, 2020 You may be interested in… Aug 14, 2020 May 1, 2020 Former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur to be buried… CARIFESTA XII opens with a bang despite rainThe twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) opened last night with a plethora of exciting performances, speeches and fireworks! The event began with a parade of all the countries represented dressed in their traditional country wear and arriving in the Haitian traditional mode of transportation, tap-taps!…August 22, 2015In “Anguilla”CARIFESTA XIII ends in true Regional integration styleThe Region’s cultural performers transformed the Kensington Oval in Barbados into a sea of Regional integration as they brought the curtains down on CARIFESTA XIII, Sunday night.  The Closing Ceremony for the ten-day festival featured performances from some of the region’s top music and dance groups, steel bands, and individual…August 28, 2017In “Barbados”Machel Montano one of CARIFESTA XIV’s Brand AmbassadorsMachel Montano is one of the Brand Ambassadors for CARIFESTA XIV, which was launched in fine style on Tuesday night in Trinidad and Tobago. The launch event happened in the Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre. It was a cultural explosion fitting for the commencement of preparations for…October 24, 2018In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp May 8, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Haiti’s Covid-19 cases nearing 3000 Speaking on behalf of CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, ASG Slater said CARIFESTA XII was a clear manifestation of what makes the Caribbean people great and sends a powerful statement about regional unity and togetherness. He said CARICOM was proud of Haiti and conveyed his congratulations to the Haitian President and people. CARICOM ASG in Charge of Human and Social Development Dr. Douglas Slater brings remarks at the CARIFESTA XII closing ceremony “On behalf of the people of CARICOM, thank you Mister President and the people of Haiti for the warm hospitality extended to us all and for creating an excellent opportunity to bring our people together” He also congratulated the organizing team and officials involved in the planning and execution of the event. Dr. Slater shared a personal experience he had at CARIFESTA XII about a conversation  with a Haitian lady who prior to CARIFESTA XII always saw herself as Haitian, not West Indian or Caribbean. He said she told him that because of CARIFESTA XII now she calls herself Caribbean and that it was a great testimony to the Festival. President  Martelly once again thanked CARICOM for giving Haiti the opportunity to host the event. He said CARIFESTA XII proved how similar and different the people of the Caribbean are. He said he was very proud of his country for successfully hosting the festival and also congratulated the team involved in making it happen. Following the President’s speech the officials involved in the festival were invited onto the stage and formally congratulated for their hard work after which the Haitian President handed over the CARIFESTA baton to Barbados, the next country that will host CARIFESTA in 2017. The baton was created and donated by acclaimed visual artist Phillipe Dodard who also served as Atisitc Director for CARIFESTA XII. It was accepted by Minister of Culture, Barbados Hon. Stephen Lashley. President of Haiti, H. E. Michel Martelly hands over the CARIFESTA baton created by acclaimed Haitian Visual Artist Phillipe Dodard to Barbados Minister of Culture Hon. Stephen Lashley So now its on to CARIFESTA XIII, Barbados 2017. The Host Country Management Committee for CARIFESTA XII The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts CARIFESTA XII has come to a close. The ten-day mega cultural event ended with a closing ceremony at the Kiosque Ocide Jeanty in Champs Mas, Haiti on Sunday night. The night’s activities included a culmination of performances from various Caribbean groups that have performed throughout the festival. There were also closing speeches from  President of Haiti, H.E. Michel Martelly, Minister of Culture of Barbados Hon, Stephen Lashley – representing CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Barbados Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, and Assistant Secretary-General in charge of Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Douglas Slater. L’Acadco Dance Company, one of several performances at the CARIFESTA XII closing ceremony Haiti’s Foreign Minister calls for collective action amidst… last_img read more

Aftermarket Legislative Advocate Passes Away

first_imgFrom AAIA AutoFacts AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementWARRENDALE, PA — A long-time friend of the aftermarket, Jack Heyler, died on Dec. 26, 2003 after a six-year battle with emphysema. Heyler was a tireless worker in support of the independent aftermarket, leading industry efforts to defeat legislation that would have extended state mandated emissions warranties to 10 years/100,000 miles; and to obtain passage of SB 1146, which mandated that car companies make emissions-related service information and diagnostic tools available to the independent service industry. He was active in the Automotive Service Counsels of California and the Society for Automotive Engineers, helping found the Service Technicians Society a SAE affiliate group. AAIA honored Heyler in 2001 during AAPEX for his contributions to the aftermarket industry. As Marc Graham, then-chairman of AAIA, said during the 2001 ceremony honoring Heyler, “Jack is a legend who has dedicated much of his life and career to helping professional auto technicians and protecting the independent aftermarket.” Donations can be made in Heyler’s memory to the Society for Automotive Engineers Foundation, SAE World Headquarters, 400 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, PA 15096. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

Hayes Lemmerz’ International Wheel Group Names Managing Director of South America

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  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. NORTHVILLE, MI — Hayes Lemmerz International has appointed Don Septer to the position of managing director of the company’s International Wheel Group’s South American Operations, effective February 1. Septer was previously director of operations for Hayes Lemmerz’ Brake and Powertrain Group. In this new role, he will report directly to Fred Bentley, president of the company’s International Wheel Group. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Septer will have responsibility for the company’s international wheel businesses with operations in Guarulhos and Santo Andre, Brazil and Chihuahua, Mexico. Septer replaces Nini Degani, who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Septer began his career as a plant superintendent with the Kelsey-Hayes Co., in Romulus, Mich. He has worked over the years within the manufacturing operations of Borg Warner, ITT Automotive, MascoTech Tubular and Newcor Powertrain. For more information about Hayes-Lemmerz, go to: www.hayes-lemmerz.com. _______________________________________ 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 MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Keith Pretty Named New President of Northwood University

first_imgAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Keith Pretty Takes Over as President of Northwood University on Sept. 15. MIDLAND, MI – Keith Pretty, JD, has been selected as the new president of Northwood University. Pretty replaces Dr. David Fry, who is retiring this month, after serving 24 years as president of the university. Pretty becomes the third president in the university’s 47-year history. Dr. Fry will remain as president emeritus. After Dr. Fry announced to Northwood’s board of trustees in January his plans to retire, a search was begun to find and install a new president before the beginning of the academic school year in September. In January, a committee consisting of board of trustee members was formed and they were aided in the search by the Compass Group of Birmingham, MI. Pretty, who joins Northwood on Sept. 15, previously served as president and chief executive officer of Walsh College, a business school located in Troy, MI. He held the position for seven years. Pretty joined Walsh College in 1999 and launched an aggressive strategic action plan that has significantly increased enrollment and contributions to support scholarships and activities and brought greater efficiencies from reorganized functions. He led accreditation efforts and implemented new degree programs for the college. AdvertisementPretty has combined his experience in higher education, the private sector and government service into a career of significant accomplishments in each of those areas. This led former Michigan Governor John Engler to appoint Pretty to design a state Department of Career Development that matched Michigan’s educational resources to its business needs. Before joining Walsh College, Pretty was with Western Michigan University as its vice president for external affairs and general counsel, and president and CEO of the Western Michigan University Foundation. While managing all of the external relations activities — including legal, affirmative action, alumni, collective bargaining, development, legislative marketing and public relations — Pretty managed significant growth in foundation endowments, helping to raise more than $100 million in five years. Pretty also taught graduate administrative law courses as an adjunct assistant professor. Within the private sector, Pretty held governmental affairs positions with Amoco Corp. from 1980 to 1987, eventually rising to the position of senior Washington representative. In this role, he managed Congressional and Executive branch representation for Amoco and three of its major subsidiaries while serving as the primary corporate contact with the Chemical Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, he was an administrative assistant to the Minority Leader of the Michigan House of Representatives and later became administrative assistant to former Michigan Senator William Sederburg. AdvertisementPretty earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Western Michigan University in 1973. He began his career in education, teaching and coaching at Portage Northern High School in Portage, MI, from 1973 to 1974. In 1978, Pretty earned a juris doctor degree from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI. He and his wife, Gretchen, have four children.last_img read more

The Catevo Group Names Neal Zipser Vice President of Catevo Aftermarket

first_imgRALEIGH, NC — The Catevo Group, a global integrated communications, marketing, technology and management consultancy based in Raleigh, NC, has named Neal Zipser vice president of Catevo Aftermarket. In this role, Zipser will direct and help expand Catevo’s business efforts in the automotive and heavy duty aftermarket industries. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “We’re delighted to have Neal join our stable of experienced executives who can help our clients’ businesses evolve,” said Dr. Mitch Javidi, Catevo president and CEO. “The aftermarket is an evolving industry faced with new business challenges such as globalization, supply chain rationalization and competitive benchmarking. Our strategic and business integration capabilities combined with our global reach will help us serve as a catalyst for our aftermarket clients.” “It’s not business as usual in today’s aftermarket,” Zipser said. “Companies have to think and act differently than they have in the past to think globally, strengthen their value proposition and leverage their differentiation in the market. Catevo Aftermarket is unique in that it integrates under one roof various disciplines from market positioning, brand management and forecasting to analytical tools and global strategic planning.” “Catevo has nearly 40 years of experience in helping a wide array of companies meet and overcome challenges” Zipser continued. “I look forward to bringing the benefit of that experience to aftermarket companies to help them do more than just merely survive; we want to help companies of any size plan, strategize and map a path to increased efficiency and a stronger bottom line.” Advertisement Catevo launched its efforts in the aftermarket in 2006 by conducting the research and developing the final report of the comprehensive Automotive Data Vision study. The year-long project concluded that while data management is a serious concern to the aftermarket, the industry lacks consensus on a solution. Prior to joining Catevo, Zipser was vice president of marketing and communications for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), where he was responsible for coordinating the marketing and communications programs of MEMA and its market segment associations in the automotive aftermarket and heavy duty vehicle segments. He also served as senior editor of FOCUS, MEMA’s quarterly magazine, and was named runner-up in PR News’ Not-Profit PR Executive of the Year competition in 2006. In addition, Zipser served as marketing communications manager for Visteon’s global aftermarket operations, where he managed the company’s marketing efforts relating to consumer electronics and climate control products. At Visteon, he helped launch the Fortune 200 company’s brand into the independent aftermarket and dealer channels. Zipser is based in Catevo’s Raleigh, NC, headquarters. For more information about Catevo, go to: http://www.catevo.com.last_img read more

Cummins Names New Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins has named Thad Ewald as its new vice president of corporate strategy and business development. With the appointment, which was effective Aug. 1, Ewald also became a corporate officer. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Ewald first came to Cummins as a summer intern in 1999 while working on his MBA at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Joining the company full time in 2001, he became the director of marketing for the Americas for Power Generation in Fridley, Minn. During his time there he helped lead the Power Electronics business through a turn-around and into significant and profitable growth. While Ewald was with the Power Electronic Business, he also served as managing director of the former SEG subsidiary, leading that business through a restructuring and then divesting it in late 2006. In 2007, he led Power Generation’s global purchasing operations. In 2008, Ewald was named executive director of Cummins’ newly-created Growth Office at corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ind., with the responsibility of seeking growth opportunities for the company. That role was expanded in January 2009 when he became executive director for corporate strategy and business development and a member of Cummins’ operating leadership team. Ewald’s promotion to an officer-level position gives his strategy and business development role greater visibility within Cummins. He will continue reporting directly to President and COO Tom Linebarger. “Cummins has set aggressive profitable growth targets, and it is essential that we put in place high quality strategies to meet these growth targets,” Linebarger said. “In this role, Thad will continue to use his exceptionally strong analytical skills, his knowledge of markets and competitors, and his strategic thinking skills to help the company and each business segment develop robust profitable growth strategies. Thad will also continue to lead the strategy function, ensuring that we have capable, trained people in the strategy group and throughout the company.” Advertisement Prior to joining Cummins, Ewald held sales and business development roles at Goodrich and Emerson Electric. In addition to his MBA from Indiana, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio University in 1990. Lear more about Cummins here.last_img read more

OBITUARY: Jim VanSenus, VP of VanSenus Auto Parts

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.  CROWN POINT, Ind. – Jim VanSenus, 45, of Crown Point, Ind., passed away on Sunday, July 17, peacefully with his family by his side at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Jim was the son of Fred VanSenus, president of VanSenus Auto Supply stores and CEO and founder of VSI Performance Warehouse. Jim was co-owner, vice president and general manager of VanSenus Auto Parts in Hammond, Ind. Along with his responsibilities managing the Hammond store, Jim was also involved in the industry as well, attending the SEMA show for many years, working the PWA conferences alongside the VSI staff, and working the VSI booth at PRI shows. The VanSenus family has been involved in the auto parts business for three generations; with the passing of Jim VanSenus, the entire industry has lost a dedicated, seasoned and talented professional, friends and family noted.,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

‘Innovation’ Word Of The Day For Air Force

first_imgGabe Mounce, moderator of the event and the Tech Engagement Office rapid innovation program manager, invited the audience to walk across the street to attend the Albuquerque Isotopes baseball game where “Science Night” was the theme and AFRL innovation award winner Mark Roverse was on tap to throw out the first pitch. KAFB News: “Innovation is the word of the day in the Air Force,” Hammett said. “I am personally focused on dual use technology. We have given the AFRL Tech Engagement Office a long rope to do what they do in advancing technology transfer – it’s good for economic growth and good for the country.” “Innovation” – Word of the Day for Air Force – 2 McCasland, a retired U.S. Air Force major general, was commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory from 2011 to 2013. This was the second year for the AFRL New Mexico Innovation Awards event. It was held Aug. 9 at the University of New Mexico Science and Technology Park where AFRL in partnership with UNM now occupies more than 3,000 square feet of office and innovation laboratory space. Dr. Kelly Hammett, AFRL’s director of the Directed Energy group, and Dr. Neil McCasland, Applied Technology Associates director of technology, gave welcoming remarks to an audience of more than 100 AFRL inventors and their family members.center_img “I have a special place in my heart for the laboratory and being the director of AFRL’s Space Vehicles directorate here at Kirtland Air Force Base was my favorite assignment,” McCasland said. “There is a hunger for what you do and for rapid technology innovation. What you are doing isn’t easy, but it is important and you can make a difference as you develop those key innovations.” Individual awards were presented to top contributors in several categories to include excellence in tech transfer and tech transfer agreement awards along with a visionary award. The University of New Mexico received an academic partner award. Fourteen AFRL inventors were honored as patent award recipients within the past year and 28 were acknowledged for invention disclosures. ALBUQUERQUE ― The Air Force Research Laboratory Tech Engagement Office honored AFRL scientists and engineers who are moving technology out of the laboratory into industry for commercialization purposes. “The Tech Engagement Office facilitates and encourages the growth of technical transfer,” Director Matt Fetrow said. “Tonight we are recognizing AFRL scientists and engineers who have gone above and beyond in leveraging their expertise and knowledge to not only benefit the nation’s warfighter but also our commercial community.”last_img read more

‘News Of The World’ Filming In New Mexico

first_imgFive years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks), a widower and veteran of three wars, moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller. He shares the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe. ”I welcome Tom Hanks back to New Mexico to produce and star in this post Civil-War adventure story,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department. “It’s reassuring to know that leaders in the film industry are returning New Mexico to benefit from our highly trained crews, unique locations, and competitive business incentives.” NMFO News: Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two will face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place that either can call home. The production will continue in the state through November and employ more than 200 New Mexico crew members and 25 New Mexico actors. “News of the World,” based on the National Book Award finalist and best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles, is directed by Paul Greengrass (the “Bourne” films, “United 93”), who also wrote the script with an earlier draft by Luke Davies (“Lion”). The film is produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (“Mamma Mia!” franchise, HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge”) for their company, Playtone Productions, by Gregory Goodman (“22 July,” “8 Mile”), and by Gail Mutrux (“The Danish Girl,” “Donnie Brasco”) for her Pretty Pictures. The executive producers are Steven Shareshian and Tore Schmidt.center_img In the plains of Texas, Kidd crosses paths with Johanna (Helena Zengel, “System Crasher”), a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa tribe six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she’s never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will. “Our state film industry continues to draw sizable A-list productions, and that’s incredibly good news for our economy and workers,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “I look forward to its sustainable expansion and more productions taking root in all parts of the state.”  SANTA FE ― “News of the World”, a post-Civil War adventure saga produced by Universal Pictures, has begun principal photography in and around Santa Fe, State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced Monday. Universal Pictures will release “News of the World” Dec. 25, 2020. For more information contact frontpagenews.productions@gmail.com.last_img read more

Four Santa Fe Museums Close Mondays For Winter

first_imgNew Mexico Museum of Art107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe(505) 476-5072http://www.nmartmuseum.org/ New Mexico Museum of Art. Courtesy photo Museum of International Folk Art706 Camino Lejo (Santa Fe(505) 476-1200http://www.internationalfolkart.org/ SANTA FE ― Four New Mexico museums adopt their annual winter schedules effective Monday, Nov. 4. The seasonal hour change is in effect at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the New Mexico History Museum off Santa Fe Plaza; and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill. Monday openings resume May 4, 2020, when the museums resumes daily operations. Winter hours, Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., are in effect Nov. 4, 2019 through April 27, 2020. Monday Oct., 28 was the final Monday opening until spring 2020. New Mexico History Museum facade. Courtesy photo Museum of Indian Arts and Culture,710 Camino Lejo Santa Fe(505) 476-1269  http://miaclab.org/ NMMA News: New Mexico History Museum113 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe(505) 476-5200http://www.nmhistorymuseum.org/ During winter months, all four Santa Fe museums are closed on Mondays. During this period, the Museum Hill Café also will be closed on Mondays.last_img read more