Act with urgency on energy transition, Region urged at close of CSEF V#CSEF winds down: Ms Kim Osborne, OAS said discussion was rich; what needs to be done was clear, but challenges should not be underestimated pic.twitter.com/DTGLx6SLPQ — CARICOM (@CARICOMorg) January 25, 2017 The Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) concluded in Nassau, The Bahamas on Thursday following two days of robust…January 26, 2017In “CARICOM”Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum gets underway MondayThe fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) gets underway in Nassau, The Bahamas, Monday evening under the theme ‘Future Energy, 2027’. Prime Minster of the Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Forum which will be held at the British…January 21, 2017In “CARICOM”Stakeholders want CARICOM Heads of Government to meet on energyParticipants at a recently concluded high level forum want energy to be placed squarely before the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government to generate speedier action and firmer commitments to the transition to renewables. The general thinking at the Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V) held from 23 –…February 1, 2017In “CARDI”Share this on WhatsApp Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Final panel discussion of the day The regulatory round table underway Focus on C-SERMS Participants at the CSEF V Participants at the CSEF V The Ministerial Panel The first full day of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEFV) discussions concluded on Tuesday evening. A Ministerial discourse started the proceedings. There were two other panel discussions that focused on shifting the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) from concept to action; lessons from the last five years of CARICOM Energy transition, and a round-table on the Integrated Resource Planning Process. On Wednesday, the focus will be on the experiences of Jamaica and The Bahamas with energy transition; finding innovative financing mechanisms and tools; and information and capacity-building with particular reference to: You may be interested in… Oct 5, 2020 building a culture of effective energy statistics and information management in the Region;integrating efficiency and renewable energy into the Regional energy system The final panel will focus on CARICOM’s energy transition for the next ten years. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 15, 2020 Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Oct 1, 2020 CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector… Oct 2, 2020
Print In this article: 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 PHILADELPHIA — Pep Boys Chairman and CEO announced today that in response to weak sales performance in the company’s service center operations it is placing two of its most experienced executives in this area. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Mark Page, previously senior vice president, service operations has been named senior vice president, parts and tires. He will report to Hal Smith, executive vice president, merchandising and marketing. In this new role, Page assumes responsibility for inventory selection, purchasing and vendor relationships for these product categories. In addition, Joe Cirelli has been promoted to senior vice president, service, and will report to Mark Bacon, senior vice president, operations. Cirelli’s previous experience includes oversight of several different areas of operations including as vice president, operations administration; vice president, customer satisfaction; and, most recently, as vice president, development. In commenting on the management changes, Stevenson said, “Service center operations represents our greatest priority to improve Pep Boys’ overall performance. I am confident that these skilled executives will bring a sharper focus to these areas of the business.” For more information about Pep Boys, go to: www.pepboys.com. _______________________________________ Click Advertisement Up Next:CSK Auto Appoints New General Counsel 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. Don’t Miss:Klein Appointed Vice President/General Manager Accuride Aluminum Wheels,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
COSTA MESA, CA – Brembo North America (BNA) recently appointed Adrian Smith general manager of its North American operations and responsible for its three offices in Costa Mesa, Detroit and Charlotte, NC. Brembo, headquartered in Italy with plants in 12 countries, supplies high-performance braking systems. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Previously, from 2000 to 2004 Smith served as technical director of Brembo S.p.A., in Curno, Italy, where he was responsible for a staff of 240 engineers and core engineering activities covering project management, design, prototyping and product development for Brembo’s entire product range. In his new position, Smith will be in charge of Brembo North American operations including Aftermarket and High Performance groups based in California, the Original Equipment business unit in Detroit, and Brembo Racing located in Charlotte. Prior to returning to Brembo, Smith served as vice president and general manager of Prodrive Automotive Technology’s North American business where he was responsible for the Michigan-based Vehicle Engineering business, as well as the California-based Performance Parts and Accessories division. British-born Smith has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and 24 years of management experience. For more information about Brembo North America, go to: http://www.brembo.com/US
GRAPEVINE, Texas – Phyzix Automotive has announced the appointment of automotive industry veteran David Boyle as the company’s new chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Phyzix Automotive through its Phyzix Synthetics brand offers a line of scientifically advanced high-performance products for today’s vehicles, including fuel system, engine, driveline, radiator and power steering additives and cleaners. Through its affiliation with NASCAR, Phyzix Synthetics manufactures and distributes a line of NASCAR-licensed professional automobile maintenance fluids designated as the “No. 1 Professional Maintenance Fluid of NASCAR.” In his new role as COO, Boyle brings more than 20 years of automotive experience to this leadership position at Phyzix. “Phyzix has a great foundation to build upon” said Boyle. “Our vision for this space combined with our affiliation with NASCAR, one of the most recognizable brands in the world, has Phyzix poised to take the fluid maintenance business by storm.” Prior to joining Phyzix, Boyle was president of Mobile Productivity Inc. (MPI), the automated vehicle inspection division of Service Repair Solutions Inc. (SRS Inc.). During his tenure with MPI, he was responsible for building and managing this startup venture to more than 1,000 dealership customers and 175 employees. Prior to MPI, he held various executive positions with Newgen Results Corp. Boyle’s automotive industry knowledge and motorsports background combined with his experience at building successful companies that become top tier auto dealership suppliers, uniquely qualifies him to lead Phyzix, the company says.Advertisement “The connection with NASCAR takes me back to my motorsports roots in Canada,” Boyle said. “Many people don’t realize that my initial exposure to the automotive industry was through racing back in my early 20s when I raced professionally for a number of years. I am very excited about this opportunity; Phyzix will do great things in the near future.” Boyle added, “Our first order of business is to expose auto dealers to Phyzix. We are a brand new company with an exciting and new value proposition for dealers. We had the luxury of stepping back and looking at the established space of fluid maintenance chemicals and look for ways to improve every element of it. We have done that and now it’s time to get the message out.”
LACD News: UbiGro is a nanotech-enabled greenhouse film by UbiQD, Inc. that red-shifts the sun’s spectrum using quantum dots for improved crop yield and quality. UbiGro has been shown effective for various high-value crops in multiple climates, and is currently installed in greenhouses in five states and four countries. Los Alamos-based UbiQD enabled this innovation with its safer, cheaper, and more reliable quantum dot technology. More information about Science On Tap and other Bradbury Science Museum programs and events can be found at https://www.lanl.gov/museum/events/. Dr. Hunter McDaniel Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome! On Tap is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests. The “On Tap” series happens twice a month. The discussions are supported by Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Arts Council/Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos Historical Society and PEEC at The Nature Center. This event 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at projectY cowork and will feature a conversation with Dr. Hunter McDaniel, founder and CEO of UbiQD. Courtesy/LACD To learn more about other 2019 ScienceFest events, check www.LosAlamosScienceFest.com and find them on social media, via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for a special ScienceFest edition of Science On Tap. “Our story is about leveraging nanotechnology for sustainability, licensed out of world-class research institutions like Los Alamos National Lab and M.I.T. targeting big, fast growing market opportunities,” McDaniel said. “We use nanotechnology to make plants grow faster. Growers know that the late summer often provides the best crop outcomes, and UbiGro simulates the late summer sun year round.” Registration for this event is not required. Admission is free. UnQuarked Wine Room by Sirphey will be offering a wide selection of wines at this event. The Los Alamos Creative District is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation; a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, Los Alamos Creative District, projectY cowork Los Alamos, and the Los Alamos Research Park.
“Modern, reliable and accessible infrastructure is critical to economic development and quality of life,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.” The City of Belen will receive a $2,665,000 loan/grant funding package to build an arsenic water treatment facility. Currently, water from the city’s water well number eight exceeds federally-mandated drinking standards for arsenic. Because the geology of New Mexico includes volcanic formations along the Rio Grande basin the drinking water in some cases has higher levels of arsenic. Although the arsenic levels are very low the new water treatment facility will bring Belen’s water into compliance with drinking water standards. WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced that USDA is investing $201 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 31 states. The Doña Ana Mutual Domestic Water association will receive an $11,055,965 loan/grant funding package to install a new wastewater delivery system in the colonia of San Ysidro located north of Las Cruces, New Mexico. When completed the sewer collection service will connect to the City of Las Cruces wastewater collection system and treatment facility. The new delivery system will eliminate the environmental concern of groundwater contamination because the community is currently using cesspools and septic tanks. New Mexico Rural Development State Director Arthur A. Garcia added, “The projects in Belen and in the community of San Ysidro north of Las Cruces included in this announcement are an example of Rural Development’s goal to build thriving economies and improve the quality of life in rural areas.” Garcia added, “We are dedicated to the mission of building and modernizing critical infrastructure. This will insure those living in rural America are afforded a higher quality of life.” USDA is providing the funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and water districts. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB). USDA State Director Arthur A. Garcia USDA awarded nearly $1.8 billion for Water and Environmental Program loans and grants during fiscal year 2019. View the interactive RD Apply tool or contact one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices for application or eligibility information. USDA News: In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force. USDA is announcing investments today in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
TRCP News:MISSOULA, Mont. —The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) has released a film exploring the importance of planning for migration corridor conservation in New Mexico and, more generally, across the West. The film, “Migration Corridors: Connecting the Wildlife and People of New Mexico”, features a New Mexican hunter and a hunting guide, officials from the U.S. Forest Service and New Mexico Game & Fish, and TRCP staff.The film showcases the insights offered by the most recent research into big game migration corridors, the importance of these routes to wildlife, and the impact of wildlife-dependent outdoor recreation on New Mexico’s economy.“We wanted to make a film that would highlight the importance of migration corridors and help explain why this has become a major priority for conservationists,” said John Cornell, southwest field manager for the TRCP. “Hunters have always known how important migration routes are for the animals we pursue each fall, and the most up-to-date science keeps making a stronger case for paying special attention to these habitats.”To survive the varied seasonal conditions found across the West, big game must be able to move freely across the landscape at key times of the year to access nutritious food. Emerging science and recent technologies can pinpoint well-defined corridors traveled by animals during these migrations and measure how much time they spend in certain places along the way known as stopover habitats.Research also shows that human development can disrupt the normal patterns of migrating ungulates.Subdivisions, fences, roads, and energy development all contribute to the loss of big-game habitat and impede the migrations of these animals between the seasonal habitats on which they rely.Like many other states across the West, New Mexico is in the first stages of mapping big game migration corridors with the most up-to-date GPS technology. This research will help guide policymakers as they make decisions about how to manage wildlife and human development.“We have a lot of historic and local expert knowledge of big game movements on the landscape: A lot of local biologists and game wardens know the animals move into or out of these areas seasonally. But we have not identified those specifically…it is more just anecdotal evidence,” said Orrin Duvuvuei, deer biologist/migration coordinator with New Mexico Game & Fish.The film also includes Dr. Karl Malcolm, southwestern regional wildlife ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service, who explained the coordinated effort that will be needed to manage for migration corridor conservation.“If we—as a community of conservationists, government, non-government, federal, state, members of the public, NGOs— if we are going to do our job, we need to effectively consider the fact that the summer range and the winter range…need to be linked. Herds need to go where they have always gone,” said Malcolm.In addition to Cornell, Duvuvuei, and Malcolm, the film also features hunting guide Art Martinez, local sportswoman and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers southwest chapter coordinator Katie DeLorenzo, New Mexico Game & Fish big game program manager Dr. Nicole Tatman, and TRCP chief scientist Dr. Ed Arnett.The film can be viewed at the TRCP’s website and on its Facebook page.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, right, presents Veteran Gregg Giesler of Los Alamos with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to honor his service to the nation. Courtesy photoU.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, left, presents Veteran Dennis Fordham of Los Alamos with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to honor his service to the nation. Courtesy photoU.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, second from left, gathers with veterans and guests Feb. 15 at the American Legion to honor the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans and their families. Courtesy photoFrom the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, participated in events this month across New Mexico’s Third Congressional District honoring the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans and their families.At a ceremony Feb. 15 in Los Alamos, Luján presented two local veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to honor their service to the nation:Gregg Giesler; andDennis Fordham.Luján joined Tribal leaders Feb. 17 from Jicarilla Apache Nation for a veteran pinning in Dulce. Five veterans – Charles Davis, Leroy Tecube, Herbert Garcia, Everett Serafin, Wesley Notsinneh, Collins Enjady – were recognized, in addition to 13 families of veterans. Members of Luján’s team also held a veteran pinning Friday in Questa.The pinning ceremony is part of a national effort to honor Vietnam-era veteran military service members who were on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975. Through this program, Luján has honored more than 245 veterans from New Mexico’s Third Congressional District.“New Mexicans have always answered the call to service, and it’s an honor to recognize veterans and their families for their valor and patriotism in pinning ceremonies across the Third Congressional District. Often times, Vietnam veterans weren’t properly welcomed home following their service, but I am proud to recognize today their bravery to our nation,” Luján said. “Presenting veterans with a token of our country’s gratitude is an important measure, but we can best honor the sacrifice of veterans by fulfilling our commitments to provide the health care and support these courageous individuals have earned through their service.”
By AARON WALKERIndependent CandidateLos Alamos County CouncilHello Los Alamos,First of all, a huge thank you to all of those that have reached out to me over the past two days. You have all kept me very busy gathering signatures and answering questions. I appreciate the outpouring of support from the community during this unique time dealing with COVID-19 and trying to secure aA big question I have been asked is “Why are you running?” The answer to that question is not an easy one to answer, as there are many diverse reasons why I am running. I have always felt the urge to serve, even after my time in the Navy concluded. The natural path from this was to get involved with the local government, and I have been since 2018 when I was selected to be on the Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB). During my tenure on CDAB I have gotten the feel for how our county government operates, and I have noticed areas that need to be fixed.Too often, the focus is on the “big picture” items such as housing, downtown and parking. These ARE major issues, but there are a lot of other issues plaguing this county that could make this place a much more dynamic place to live. I want to restore accountability to the county. I want to change the attitude and culture of the county and the county council. For too long, it seems as though the departments have had “free reign” to do what they wish, and the councilors will rubber stamp anything brought to them without asking difficult questions.We desperately need someone on county council that is not afraid to ruffle some feathers and ask challenging questions. We need a councilor that is willing to challenge what is in front of them, and not accept everything at face value. We also need a councilor that is sympathetic to the people of the county and will take time to listen to members of the community.I’m not afraid to do any of those. I can be brash, blunt, and not afraid to challenge the status quo. I can be sympathetic to the issues of the community and am willing to devote as much time as needed to talk to members of the town without a political bias or a specific agenda. I’m not doing this to build a “legacy” or leave my mark on the community. I am running because I feel I can fill a specific role that the county desperately needs right now.A while back I wrote a letter stating that Empathy, Integrity, and Listening were the three major qualities that I feel are paramount to a county councilor. I feel I bring all of these to the table and have struggled to find these qualities in some of the other candidates. As an Independent I don’t have the same political advantages as the major parties, but I do have grit, desire, and determination. I am running because I feel I can be what people need in a county councilor.I still need your assistance to get on the ballot for the election in November. I must gather a total of roughly 205 signatures of voters registered in Los Alamos County. All your signature indicates is that you would like me to be on the ballot. If you would like to sign my petition or hear more about me, please email me at [email protected] I will respond as rapidly as I can. I will respect social distancing protocol and can place a petition for you to sign at your door/in your mailbox and return for it later if that is what you would prefer. If you live in White Rock, you can also email me and ask for my address, as I have a petition on my door.Thank you for all the support!
Jason LottNPS News:OHAHA, Neb. – National Park Service (NPS) Regional Director Bert Frost announced today the selection of Jason Lott as permanent superintendent of Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri. Lott has been serving as the acting superintendent since January following the retirement of Larry Johnson. “I am pleased to welcome Jason as superintendent of Ozark National Scenic Riverways,” Frost said of the selection. “Jason is an exceptional leader and he will work to develop strong relationships with the local communities and park stakeholders.”Commenting on his appointment, Lott said, “I’m very excited about joining the team at Ozark Riverways. The history, folkways, and rivers of the Missouri Ozarks are a special place, and I’m looking forward to working with the communities and staff for this opportunity to serve at the nation’s first scenic riverway.”Lott most recently was superintendent for Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. He has been with the National Park Service (NPS) since 2002. He previously served as superintendent for Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona for three years, and Resources Program manager for Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Texas for five years, where he was named the 2005 recipient of the NPS Director’s Award for Natural Resource Management in a Small Park.In addition to serving as superintendent at Bandelier, Lott also serves as the NPS New Mexico State coordinator. Recent honors include being the recipient of the 2018 Leadership Los Alamos’ Distinguished Alumnus Award and the 2011 NPS Intermountain Region Director’s Award. Lott is a 21-year veteran with the Army National Guard, having served 20 years as an enlisted soldier with a deployment during Desert Storm, and as an officer who served as a Company Commander for the 1086th Transportation Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Lott retired as a captain in 2007. Lott holds a master’s degree in History with an emphasis in Cultural Resource Management from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. He and his wife Wendy and their two children are looking forward to exploring all the area has to offer.