Standards, trade, health on agenda of CROSQ Council of Directors

first_img The opening ceremony is also set to be addressed by the European Union’s First Secretary, Mr. Luca Pierantoni; Barbados’ Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Mr. Donville Inniss; and the Caribbean Development Bank’s Coordinator of Regional Cooperation and Integration, Ms. Andrea Power. CEO of CROSQ, Mr. Deryck Omar, stated that it was also an honour for the organisation to be hosting so many international and regional leaders, including those from the CARICOM Secretariat, the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA), and Caribbean Export, who could contribute to the ongoing discussion in CARICOM of how quality services are developed and what the region should be doing to improve life, health and safety here with quality as the stepping stone. Apr 5, 2018 Barbados Minister suggests bigger private sector role in… Apr 12, 2019 “This is the first time one of our Council Meetings will see this kind of engagement of such a wide range of professionals and leaders from so many areas that can add value to the work done by our bureaux of standards. In this increasingly expanding global environment, if we do not take the challenge of how we facilitate trade seriously; if we don’t take care in how we develop the services and infrastructure that help our products export and improve the products and services we offer as a region, then we will be left totally out of the loop.“That essentially is what this meeting is about – bringing some of the minds together to discuss what is happening internationally and regionally and how they twin and mesh and finding out where the divergence and gaps are, so we can respond with convergence opportunities as a CARICOM Region. We can only do better if we have the information of what is out there,” said the CEO. The CROSQ CEO noted: “It must also be said that after this meeting this week, in a few weeks CROSQ will officially be introducing the Regional Quality Policy to the region as a whole which deals with how we develop our quality infrastructure services, and this will include the roles that our public and private sectors, as well as civil society have to play in advancing our standards; our measurement capabilities and facilities; our accreditation and certification for services and products; and then how we spread the awareness of what is available to every corner of our region.” This 32nd meeting will also be the first for the new Chair of CROSQ, Dr. Renae Ferguson-Bufford of the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) who was appointed during last year’s meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Apr 4, 2018 Barbados Minister Acknowledges CROSQ’s Successes Belize citrus looking to rebound with accreditation CROSQ Meeting of Council of Directors underway in Barbados International and regional organisations are scheduled to be in Barbados from April 4-6, 2018, for the 32nd meeting of the Council of Directors of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ). The Secretary General of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), Mr. Sergio Mujica, as well as representatives of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) will be among a number of international experts in standardisation, trade and trade facilitation and international health matters, who will be addressing the directors of the CARICOM bureaux of standards during the three-day meeting to be held at the Accra Beach Resort. The meeting, being jointly hosted by the Barbados National Standards Institute (BNSI), opens at 9 a.m. on April 4, and will discuss how each of these areas fit into the quality agenda of the region during the first two days. The third day is a closed meeting exclusive to the directors to look at the direction and development of quality infrastructure for the year ahead. CROSQ Meeting of Council of Directors underway in BarbadosInternational and regional organisations this morning began a three-day meeting of the Council of Directors of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ)  at the Accra Beach Resort, Bridgetown, Barbados. During the first two days, the meeting will discuss how standardisation, trade and trade facilitation, and international health matters, among other…April 4, 2018In “Barbados”Belize citrus looking to rebound with accreditationThe CARICOM Region now has its first accredited citrus plant pathology laboratory, located in Belize. The Belize Citrus Growers Association’s (CGA) was awarded the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation certificate by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) at the 32nd Meeting of the Council of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and…May 29, 2018In “Belize”Barbados Minister suggests bigger private sector role in regional standardsMinister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, has called on regional standards bodies to make greater use of the skills offered by the private sector. He made this suggestion while delivering the feature address at the opening ceremony of the 32nd Meeting of the Council of…April 5, 2018In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp May 29, 2018 You may be interested in…last_img read more

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Vincentian envoy elected president of UN body

first_imgUNITED NATIONS, (Caribbean Media Corporation) – St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations, I. Rhonda King, has been elected, by acclamation, the new president of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). King – appointed as Ambassador to the United Nations by Vincentian Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves in 2013 – was elected ECOSOC president during its 2019 opening session (last) Thursday. ECOSOC is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, responsible for coordinating the economic, social and related work of 15 UN specialized agencies, their functional commissions and five regional commissions.The ECOSOC has 54 members. Aug 31, 2020 New Guidelines aim to Dismantle Barriers Blocking People… Sep 9, 2020 Jul 9, 2020 You may be interested in… Finance Ministers Meet to Refine ‘Single Ambitious Menu’ for… center_img Caribbean joins preparation for adoption of new SDGs            UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders will on Friday join world leaders and heads of global financial institutions for the launch of a landmark new framework for sustainable development. The policy, which will be launched at the United Nations, aims…September 25, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Press Statement on the Election of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations Security CouncilSecretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has welcomed the election of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the Security Council of the United Nations (UN), as an opportunity for a small state to bring a unique perspective to threats to international peace and security. “I congratulate Prime…June 7, 2019In “CARICOM”St. Vincent and the Grenadines installed on UN Security CouncilHer Excellency I. Rhonda King, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations, planted the flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the smallest country ever to sit on the Security Council. The occasion was the UNSC Flag Installation Ceremony on Thursday 2 January 2020. Happening Now:…January 3, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Address ‘Unprecedented’ Impact of Coronavirus on Latin… BOJ Developing Digital Currency as Legal Tender –… The General Assembly selects 18 new members for ECOSOC annually for the term of three years, with a provision that a retiring member can be re-elected. ECOSOC holds one seven-week session each year in July. Since 1998, it has also held an annual meeting in April, with finance ministers heading key committees of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ECOSOC serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and formulating policy recommendations addressed to member states and the United Nations system. A number ofnon-governmental organizations have been granted consultative status to the Council to participate in the work of the United Nations. King told the Caribbean Media Corporation on Friday that she is the fourth female, the first woman from the Latin American and Caribbean region and the first woman from the Global South to serve as the president of ECOSOC. At ECOSOC’s opening session, three vice presidents were also elected: Omar Hilale (Morocco) from the African States; Teodoro Lopez Locsin, Jr. (Philippines) from the Asia-Pacific States; and Tore Hattrem (Norway) from the Western European and other States. King said the seat to be occupied by the Eastern European States is yet to be filled. In her opening address Thursday, the Vincentian envoy said she hopes to make the year ahead “a defining” one for ECOSOC, which leads the UN’s ambitious drive for sustainable economic, social and environmental development. “It promises to be a defining year, which could help set a new course for the work of the Council and the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) held under its auspices,” said King, after being voted in as ECOSOC’s 74th president. Calling it an honor to serve, she thanked the Council members and asked for their assistance in moving forward, “so that ECOSOC and the HLPF could live up to expectations.” It said she paid special tribute to the outgoing president, Marie Chatardova, “whose leadership and vision” King said she would continue to rely and build on, “with its emphasis on inclusion and participation.” King listed a revived ECOSOC as one of her main priorities, the UN said. “You heard me correctly,” she said, “with your committed participation, we will revive the ECOSOC, using in full the hard-won innovations introduced by the General Assembly. “There has been some dissatisfaction with the functioning of ECOSOC over the recent few years,” she added. “But, in the coming 12 months, let us work together to restore the ‘deliberative function’ of ECOSOC.” She also cited the HLPF as “the centerpiece” of her priorities, saying that when it meets in the General Assembly, Heads of State and Government will review the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to the UN. “We will have to think of ways to strengthen the conduct of the next cycle of reviews,” King said, while looking towards the early 2030 Sustainable Development Goal targets, that are set for 2020. The new ECOSOC president argued against focusing solely on what does not work, urging members instead to tone down criticism and avoid skipping meetings, the UN said. “Let us focus on what does work well and why,” King said. “Let us reflect on how we can make ECOSOC deliver fully.” The Vincentian diplomat later said in a statement that she intends to restore ECOSOC’s deliberative function, policy guidance and coordination role. King also plans to ensure that the upcoming 2019 HLPF remains a “visionary and action-oriented platform” under the theme of “Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality.” Acknowledging the existential concern pertaining to climate change, King said she hopes to make “Building Climate Resilience” her presidential sub-theme. She underscored “the transformative actions that can be taken to help Member States manage climate change and become more resilient.” King said ECOSOC has “a key role in demonstrating the interlinkages between climate change and other [UN] SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals].” The six SDGs under review during her presidency are SDG 4 (Education), SDG 8 (Growth and Employment), SDG 10 (Inequality), SDG 13 (Climate Change), SDG 16 (Peaceful Societies and Robust Institutions) and SDG 17 (Means of Implementation). In order to “catalyze more creative thinking in preparation for the High-Level Segment of the HLPF,” King said she plans to “convene periodic dialogues with and lectures from thought leaders.” King was born in Curaçao, to Vincentian parents. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Aug 3, 2020last_img read more

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CARICOM Reparations Commission workshops for youth advocacy launched in Guyana

first_imgYouth Forum, Reparations Baton Relay and Rally head to Saint LuciaThe CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the St. Lucia National Reparations Commission (NRC) will be hosting three reparations themed events  in observance of October as Creole Heritage Month. The first event is a National Youth Forum on Friday October 28, which is celebrated as World Creole Day, observed every October…October 27, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”Reparations Not Just About Money – CARIFESTA SymposiumAs part of the CARIFESTA Symposium entitled “Journey Round Myself”, a panel discussion on CARICOM Reparatory Justice was hosted at the UWI, St. Augustine on Thursday August 22, 2019. Panelists for the discussion included Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM Mr, David Commissiong, who gave the feature address; Mr. Dorbrene O’Marde, Chairman…August 24, 2019In “Associate Member States”P.J Patterson passes “Reparations Torch” to Prime Minister Gaston Browne at Second Regional Conference on Reparations   The Most Hon. P.J. Patterson delivering opening address at 2nd Regional Conference on Reparations The Most Hon. P. J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, has entrusted the continuity of the pursuit of Reparations for Native Genocide and Slavery, to the Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and…October 15, 2014In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Related Posts The training was held at the National Racquet Centre. It was facilitated by Caribbean Historian and Director of the Centre for Reparation Research, Professor Verene Shepherd, International Human Rights Attorney and Assistant Researcher at the CRR, Ms. Jodi-Ann Quarrie,  and Chairman of the Guyana Reparations Committee and University of Guyana Lecturer, Mr. Eric Phillips. The sessions focused on the legal case for reparation, the ideology of racism and its impact on culture, capitalism and enslavement in the Caribbean and the implications and opportunities of the International Decade of People of African Descent, among other areas. In attendance at the opening of the workshop were Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat; Ms. Tamika Boatswain, Director of Culture, Guyana and Dr. Hilary Brown, CARICOM’s Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development. Dr. Slater offered words of encouragement to the youth and pledged the continued support of CARICOM. “I am here to show my support for this event and to thank you and encourage you to spread the word. We believe that our fight for reparations will significantly depend on you, the youth. We hope to multiply this sort of event, for those of you who have colleagues in the Region, we want you to communicate this message to them and to encourage them to get together as you have done,” he said. Ms. Boatswain echoed the sentiments of the Assistant Secretary-General while offering the group the support of her office and by extension, the Government. “It is good to see young people like yourself getting involved in this type of activity. You have our support at the Department of Culture, and we would like to continue to engage with you,” she said. According to Vice President of the organisation, Ms. Onika Frank, the training aimed to build capacity in the area of Caribbean history and reparations, to create an advocacy tool kit that could be used by other youth organisations desirous of championing reparations and other issues relating to the African diaspora. She said that Caribbean history was not merely about the “colonial origins of poverty”; it addressed the most fundamental questions of who we are, what we believe, and how we got to the place we are currently. Yet the uncomfortable facts of Caribbean history rarely make it into the consciousness of even the most educated of our society’s elite. As a result, advocacy is important. The session catered for 25 youth, which consisted of members of IKEMBA, The Guyana Reparations Committee (GRC), The Guyana Rastafarian Youth Council and representatives from the International Decade of People of African Descent Assembly Guyana (IDPAD-G). The Thirty-Fourth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government, held in July 2013 in Trinidad and Tobago, agreed to pursue Reparations for Native Genocide and Slavery from the relevant European States. National Reparations Committees have been established in 12 Member States and the regional CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) has been functioning since September 2013, constituted by chairpersons of the national committees. The CRC is chaired by UWI Vice Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… center_img Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 The first in a series of Reparations Advocacy Training Workshops organised by the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) was held in Guyana, 8-10 March. The workshops are being conducted in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat, and the Centre for Reparation Research (CRR) UWI, Mona. The members of IKEMBA, a Guyana-based youth advocacy organisation for reparations were the main participants in the capacity-building workshop to prepare the group for national and regional outreach to other youth on reparations.last_img read more

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CARICOM hosts panel discussion to mark World Biodiversity Day

first_img Member States to Boost Food Production To Lessen COVID-19… Sep 29, 2019 You may be interested in… Feb 23, 2020 Every year, on 22 May, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD). The 2019 theme is “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”. This year’s IBD provides a unique opportunity to examine the relationship between biodiversity, its underpinning of food security and human health and well-being. The Sustainable Development Programme (SDP) of the CARICOM Secretariat held a celebratory panel discussion around this theme on Tuesday 21 May 2019 at the CARICOM Secretariat. The panelists were Dr. Patrick Chesney, Project Coordinator, ACP MEAs Project, CARICOM Secretariat; Ms. Abigail Caleb, Nutritionist, Food Policy Division- Ministry of Public Health, Guyana; and Mr. Shaun Baugh, Programme Manager, Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Development, CARICOM Secretariat.   The panel discussion underway A point being made from the floor Panelists from left, Dr. Patrick Chesney,Project Coordinator, ACP MEAs Project, CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Abigail Caleb, Nutritionist, Food Policy Division, Ministry of Public Health, Guyana and Mr. Shaun Baugh, Programme Manager, Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Development, CARICOM Secretariat A section of the audience See more photos here Webpresence – strategy-draftWeb Presence- Brief Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Action Committee on Food and Nutrition Security holds… center_img CARICOM Secretariat mounts display for International Day of BiodiversityThe CARICOM Secretariat has mounted a display in commemoration of International Day for Biodiversity.  The theme for this year is Biodiversity for Sustainable Development which reflects the importance of biodiversity to the achievement of sustainable development, and highlights how biodiversity has been integrated into the proposed Sustainable Development Goals for…May 22, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARICOM Secretariat urges sound ecosystem management(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) – Future regional economic development will depend on sound management of natural resources since healthy ecosystems improve a country’s ability to bounce back from catastrophic events,” Ambassador Colin Granderson has said. The Assistant Secretary-General for Foreign and Community Relations, who is also acting as…October 25, 2018In “CARICOM”CARICOM Secretariat releases biodiversity management ‘report card’(CARICOM Secretariat) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has recorded a significant milestone with the release of a report on the state of biodiversity management in the Region. The report examines how CARICOM Member States have progressed in meeting their commitments under the Aichi Biodiversity Targets within the framework of the Convention…October 26, 2018In “CARICOM at Work”Share this on WhatsApp Solid Policy Decisions on Agri-Business Expected From… CARICOM Secretariat Agriculture Team Calls on UG’s… Mar 4, 2020 Mar 23, 2020last_img read more

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ArvinMeritor Announces Executive Changes in its Global Operations; Creates Emissions Technology Group

first_imgTROY, MI — ArvinMeritor has announced a series of executive changes within its global operations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The following changes, effective Sept. 1, were announced by Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Chip McClure: Philip Martens has been named senior vice president and president of the company’s Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business. He most recently served as president and COO of Plastech Engineered Products. Martens will succeed Juan De La Riva, who is retiring after 12 years at ArvinMeritor and more than 30 years in the automotive industry. Martens will be responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of the company’s passenger vehicle components, modules and systems business, including the aperture and undercarriage businesses. Carsten Reinhardt has been named senior vice president and president of the company’s Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS) business. Reinhardt previously held the position of chief executive officer and president of Detroit Diesel Corp., a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG. Reinhardt succeeds Tom Gosnell, who is retiring after 27 years at ArvinMeritor. Reinhardt will be responsible for the overall strategic management of the company’s global commercial vehicle components and customer-focused services — both for OE production and the aftermarket. Gosnell will remain an ArvinMeritor consultant to ensure a smooth transition for the CVS business. “On behalf of ArvinMeritor, I would like to thank Juan and Tom for their many years of dedication and valuable contributions to the company. Their ongoing commitment to innovation and to driving our continued global expansion has helped position ArvinMeritor as an industry leader that is poised for future growth and success. We wish them well,” McClure said. Advertisement H.H. “Buddy” Wacaser has been named senior vice president and president of the newly formed Emissions Technology Group. The Emissions Technology organization will be devoted to the ongoing development and operations of both light- and heavy-vehicle emissions technologies and products. Wacaser will be responsible for overall strategic management of the group. Wacaser most recently served as president and CEO of Meridian Automotive Systems, Inc. McClure added that the company has established the Emissions Technology Group as a separate business, in order to provide a sharper focus on and better support of the increasing customer demand for both light- and heavy-vehicle emissions systems and solutions. ArvinMeritor’s Light Vehicle Emissions and Commercial Vehicle Emissions businesses will become part of the newly formed group. “We see tremendous opportunities for growth in the emissions arena and believe this new, focused group will help us maintain our leadership position in this growing market segment,” said McClure. Martens, Reinhardt and Wacaser will report to Chip McClure. For more information about ArvinMeritor, go to: http://www.arvinmeritor.comlast_img read more

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Some Visteon Employees to See Their Salaries Cut

first_img“The heart of every EV is the battery, so it was crucial for us to develop our own battery pack in-house,” said CEO Robert Bollinger. “Our engineering team has created a pack with high-strength structural properties, exemplary cooling features and state-of-the-art software.”  The Bollinger Motors battery pack is composed of modules in 35 kWh strings that can be connected in series or parallel to form a variety of pack sizes and configurations. Pack sizes will include 35, 70, 105, 140, 175 kWh, and higher, with many sizes capable of both 350V and 700V configurations.  Bollinger Motors will manufacture battery packs for its own vehicles – as well as make them commercially available for standalone applications – starting in 2021. The Battery Management System (BMS) has also been developed in-house. The BMS has been created to handle any number of strings, therefore one BMS can be manufactured for all future battery-pack sizes and voltages.  The BMS monitors voltage, current, and temperature at multiple points within the pack and manages the system accordingly. It works with other vehicle-control units to maintain optimum operating conditions that increase efficiency and extend battery life. The BMS also provides several features which ensure system safety, including detecting and isolating faults to enable continued vehicle operation.Advertisement The modules are connected to both sides of a symmetrical and structural I-beam. The I-beam includes channels, through which cooling fluid is pumped, to extract heat away from the battery modules. The I-beams also provide cross-vehicle structural support and help protect the pack from side intrusions. center_img Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent application on Oct. 12. The patent application number is 17/068,260. Designed for safety, high energy density, and high continuous power capacity, the Bollinger Motors battery pack will be suitable for heavier applications such as medium-duty trucks, agricultural and construction equipment. VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Visteon will reportedly cut back the salaries of employees currently earning more than $75,000 a year, according to a report today from the Detroit Free Press.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The cost-cutting measure was announced just as the company said it will resume a regular five-day workweek next month. Visteon moved to a four-day workweek during the month of January, cutting back paychecks of about 2,050 employees by 20 percent. According to the Free Press report, those 2,050 salaried workers at the Van Buren Township, Mich.-based auto supplier will return to working five days a week starting the week of Feb. 1. They will again be paid 100 percent of their base salary, unless they make more than $75,000. Visteon is among many auto parts suppliers currently struggling due to the dramatic decline in new vehicle product. This move is the company’s latest effort to cut costs. In October 2008, the Visteon announced that it expects to eliminate about 800 jobs around the world by March.,Bollinger Motors has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its battery pack design. The scope of the patent includes mechanical, electrical and systems-engineering innovations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

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AkzoNobel Honors Most Influential Women in Collision Repair Industry at 11th Annual Celebration

first_imgNORCROSS, Ga. – Six industry leaders were honored at the 11th annual AkzoNobel Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry awards program held April 14 at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Janet Chaney, Stevensville, Mont.; Erica Eversman, Bath, Ohio; Kimberly Hicks, Highland Park, Mich.; Beth Ann Meckel, Glen Burnie, Md.; Linda Sommerhauser, Kansas City, Mo.; and Marcy Tieger, Irvine, Calif., were honored as the 2010 Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry. AkzoNobel started the Most Influential Women program in 1998 to recognize the unique leadership characteristics, accomplishments and contributions of women to the collision repair industry. “In the spirit of sustainability, AkzoNobel is proud to honor an exceptional group of leaders who are working for the betterment of our industry and our global communities and to provide opportunities for future leaders through the I-CAR Education Scholarship Fund,” said AkzoNobel Car Refinishes Americas Director of Marketing Tim Loden. “As the Most Influential Women program begins its second decade, we continue to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of women in a traditionally male-dominated industry,” Loden noted. “The program has helped to establish collision repair as an industry that respects diversity and recognizes contributions despite gender.” The Most Influential Women in Collision Repair 2010 represent the leadership and influence of women throughout the industry, including collision repair shops, industry associations, manufacturers, distributors and public affairs. The winners are as follows:Advertisement • Janet Chaney, owner of Cave Creek Business Development, brings a variety of experiences in the collision repair industry to her work with collision repair shops, state associations and a group of auto recyclers. Chaney is secretary of the National Auto Body Council and co-chair of the PRIDE award. • Erica Eversman is founder and chief counsel of Vehicle Information Services Inc., a company that provides information on diminished value of automobiles to insurance companies, financial institutions, government agencies and consumers. Eversman is a nationally recognized industry advocate and an expert on the legal rights and responsibilities of the collision repair professional. • As president of Micro Rim, Kimberly Hicks manages the only U.S.-owned manufacturer of automotive replacement bumpers, and she oversees more than 100 employees at two plants. Active in promoting quality aftermarket parts, she serves as a board member of the Automotive Body Parts Association and Overseas Automotive Council, and other industry groups. • Beth Meckel, body shop manager for Mile One Collision Center, has helped to increase the shop’s business with her professional knowledge and outstanding management skills. As a craft adviser at area vocational/technical schools and segment leader and judge for Maryland’s Skills USA competition, she is committed to training and mentoring young students to prepare them for successful careers.Advertisement • Linda Sommerhauser, owner of Autobody Color Co. Inc., manages a successful auto paint business with four locations. Her influence is felt nationwide as a founding member of Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and the first woman to serve on the board of Automotive Service Industry Association. A member of the Women’s Industry Network, she is personally involved in bringing young women into the industry. • Marcy Tieger, managing director of Symphony Advisors LLC, consults with collision repair shops, suppliers and insurance claims organizations. A former attorney, Tieger frequently lectures and contributes articles to industry publications. She is a founding member and board member of the Women’s Industry Network (WIN), a trustee and officer of the Collision Industry Foundation and a member of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC), Industry Relations Committee. Akzo Nobel continued its awarding of a scholarship of $25,000 in the name of the Most Influential Women to the I-CAR Education Foundation. The funds will be used for prospective female students pursuing a career in the collision repair industry.last_img read more

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Appoints Shannon Pinto To Late Grandfather’s New Mexico Senate Seat

first_img“I’m honored and humbled beyond words,” Pinto said. “I spent countless days with my grandfather as he conducted his constituents’ business across the district, the state and beyond. Sen. Pinto will serve the remainder of her grandfather’s term in Senate District 3. She was nominated to fill the vacancy by the San Juan County Commission. SANTA FE ― Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Shannon Pinto to the Senate seat left vacant after the May death of her grandfather, Navajo Code Talker and New Mexico icon Sen. John Pinto. Pinto, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, is an educator, having worked as both a middle school and high school math teacher in Tohatchi, N.M. She earned an associate’s degree in business administration from the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s in financial management from the University of New Mexico. STATE News:center_img “John could not have asked for a finer or more qualified successor,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Shannon Pinto will, I am certain, represent her constituents with unfailing integrity and heart. I know her to share her grandfather’s people-first values. John’s legacy in this state is untouchable, and I expect Shannon will make him very proud.” “The Nez-Lizer Administration congratulates Shannon Pinto, and we look forward to working together with her,” Navajo Nation Jonathan Nez said. “Gov. Lujan Grisham’s appointment is in line with the wishes of the late Sen. John Pinto, who served our people with great dignity for many years.” I miss him very much, but my heart is full with his memory, and I am glad I was able to learn from him firsthand. As a teacher in a remote part of this state, I understand the unique problems facing our students and our schools. I will fight for students, educators, our schools and small businesses; I will fight for common sense gun violence prevention measures; I will be a champion for efforts that support women and their personal health care decisions. Ultimately I will represent my district and my constituents as my grandfather did, with all the humility and wisdom that I have.”last_img read more

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Letter To The Editor: Response To Sierra Club Letter About Violence And Carnage Last Weekend

first_imgIn response to the Sierra Club’s letter (link) about the violence and carnage this last weekend … I agree, it is truly tragic to have that many innocent people murdered. By GERALD M. ANTOSLos Alamos But the liberal side of this world has completely forgotten that there are 2,700 human beings murdered every day through the misguided idea that abortion is nothing more than a choice. That comes to 1.2 million human beings chosen to be murdered every year because a liberal society thinks that killing babies is nothing more than a choice.center_img When you look at the whole situation, the shootings in El Paso, Dayton and Chicago really only amount to after-birth abortion, which is now legal in several US states. Does the hypocracy of the left know no bounds?last_img

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Rover Park Play Lot Closed For Wasp Removal

first_imgCOUNTY News:Los Alamos County has advised that the Rover Park Play Lot on Rover Boulevard in White Rock is closed until Friday.The County Parks Division is removing wasps from the play lot, and for safety reasons, does not want children in the area during the removal operation.last_img

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