Professor discusses Barbie doll’s impact

first_imgWith blonde hair and blue eyes, Barbie seems like an all-American girl next door — but behind the plastic doll lies a mysterious past and a troubling message, according to Terri Russ. Russ, a communication studies professor at Saint Mary’s College, outlined the truth behind Barbie’s life and her impact on women in her lecture “Barbie — Love Her, Hate Her, Who Cares?!” on Thursday evening in the Saint Mary’s Student Center. “[Barbie] is this really interesting toy,” Russ said. “She’s been around for well over 50 years now … [but] even though she’s a doll, she … represents more than that. Clearly, she’s part of our cultural understanding of a lot of things.” Barbie, whose full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts, is a teenager with an interest in fashion. She hails from a make-believe town in Illinois where she lives with her architect father and stay-at-home mother, Russ said. The story behind Barbie’s creation is guarded closely by her manufacturer Mattel, , Russ said. “One of the things [Mattel] has … done is been very protective of what the public knows and doesn’t know about Barbie,” she said. “One of the ways we see that play out is in terms of the creation of Barbie.” Mattel advertises that Barbie was named for the daughter of her creator, Russ said. However, there are other possible stories of Barbie’s creation. “[One] story is that Ruth Handler, the woman who we think came up with the idea of Barbie, wanted to design a doll for her daughter, Barb, so that her daughter and her friends could practice being an adult in play and make believe,” Russ said. At that time, the only other popular dolls on the market were made of paper, she said. Handler wanted to enrich her daughter’s playtime, so she turned to another doll on the market for inspiration — a highly sexualized German fashion doll named Lilli. “Lilli was a sex toy doll marketed to men in Germany and other places in Europe,” Russ said. “So, you can kind of tell why Mattel would want that [sanitized].” The second story, Russ said, starts with a man named Jack Ryan — an engineer employed in the defense industry. “After World War II, the defense industry kind of went downhill, so [Ryan] needed to find something to do,” Russ said. “He was really good with plastics, so he went to work for Mattel.” Some believe Ryan’s interests dictated the appearance of Barbie, Russ said. “Jack was kind of like the Hugh Hefner of his time,” she said. “He had a preference for thin, blonde women with big boobs. The story is that he designed Barbie.” However, Russ said most Barbie scholars believe the true creation story is a blending of the two. Beyond mystery surrounding Barbie’s creation, the doll also has a powerful effect on the lives of little girls around the world. “[Barbie] is this idea of little girls getting to practice being a woman, and they do that by buying Barbie,” Russ said. “But, buying Barbie is never enough, because she only comes with one outfit, and the whole purpose of Barbie is to dress her up. To do that, you have to buy more outfits, and all the accessories.” This constant need to purchase Barbie accessories instills consumer behavior in girls, Russ said. “As we know from other research, that whole consumer identity continues in other forms,” she said. “We’re marketed that we can improve ourselves if we buy the right product. That presents this really interesting phenomenon.” Despite Mattel’s idea that Barbie should inspire girls to pursue careers as doctors, teachers, dentists and more, there is a strange reality left out of this empowering thought, Russ said. “It’s interesting, because we’re supposed to view Barbie to help us be anything we want to be as a girl, but it’s very controlled by Mattel,” Russ said. “If you think about all the careers Barbie has been, which is a lot, there’s also a lot of things she hasn’t been.” Barbie has never been a professor, single mom or other realities women face, Russ said. “If [Barbie] is supposed to represent what it’s like to be grown up as a woman, it presents a very narrow view, not just physically, but holistically,” she said. Russ said Barbie’s physique creates an ideal body that is unrealistic. “We’re not going to find anyone who even comes close to looking like Barbie,” Russ said. “Even if they are blonde and thin, still nobody can really look like Barbie. She’s just completely unreal. I mean, hopefully no one has feet like that.” In fact, she’s creating a body image paradox that is not ideal, Russ said. “While we all know Barbie is just a doll and she’s unrealistic, there’s still that part of us that asks, ‘Well, what if? What if I could do that?” she said. “There is this ambivalence. We love her, but we know we shouldn’t love her, but we don’t really hate her, and she’s hard to hate. She’s a doll.” Despite Barbie setting unrealistic physical standards, mysterious career paths and disjointed thought paradoxes, Russ said Barbie does not have to be hated. “Nothing … is good in excess and nothing is good in a vacuum. It needs to be contextualized,” she said. “At the end of the day, [Barbie] is a toy — a doll — but a really, really famous doll.”last_img read more

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Auditor questions DCF fraud collections, commissioner cites mission to help poor

first_imgby Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont state auditor’s latest investigation was made public today on how much fraud plagued the Vermont Department for Children and Families. State Auditor Doug Hoffer reported that the DCF substantially investigated alleged beneficiary fraud on two of the programs, but not all, and improper payments were not effectively collected. Only 3SquaresVT disqualified fraudulent recipients for a period of time. The DCF budget in FY 2015 was $101.2 million (the fraud amount was $1.8 million on 1,036 improper payment claims over 40 months).The auditor also questioned how hard the DCF was trying to collect improper payments. For instance, DCF could work with the Tax Department to garnish income tax refunds.He also believes that if a recipient is cheating on 3SquaresVT, it’s reasonable to investigate whether that same person is cheating the fuel assistance or another program, but DCF did not take that initiative.The auditor can investigate and make recommendations, but he does not have enforcement authority. The report can be found HERE.(link is external)DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz said in a written response to the report, in part, that: “Overall, we agree with most of the findings and recommendations of the draft report, although we do not believe the title of the report (“Alleged Beneficiary Fraud Investigated, but Improper Payments Not Effectively Collected”) accurately reflects the reasonable efforts made to collect on improper payments and respectfully request it be changed. As you found in your audit, the scope of the improper payment is tiny when compared to the very sizeable amount of benefits issued by ESD programs and the integrity of the program administration is strong.”He goes on to say that some of the recommendations will be implemented as soon as possible. However, because of the cost of the technology involved and the time involved, “We need to be mindful of the cost benefit analysis of implementing changes within the availability of program resources.”Typically in an audit report, the department targeted defers to the auditor more so than is found in this case. Schatz not only pointed out the relatively small amount of money involved, but also stressed that DCF must focus on its ultimate mission.“Our programs serve Vermont’s most vulnerable citizens,” Schatz wrote, “and we need to make sure implementing any proposed recommendations does not inadvertently jeopardize their health and safety. The recent policy shifts in Vermont support this approach, such as the current implementation of significantly reduced traffic fines for indigent Vermonters to allow them to regain driving licensees to support them in becoming more financially self-sufficient as well as waiving the normal General Assistance rules to implement cold weather exception in the emergency housing program to ensure all homeless Vermonters have a safe, warm place to stay during very cold winter weather.”According to the report issued September 12, in fiscal year 2015, the Department for Children and Families’ (DCF) Economic Services Division (ESD) distributed millions of dollars in benefits to, or on behalf of, low and moderate income Vermonters.These programs provide help to families with children for their basic needs and services that support work and self-sufficiency (Reach Up program), food assistance (3SquaresVT program), home heating assistance (Seasonal Fuel Assistance program), and emergency assistance (General Assistance program).Because of the magnitude of these federal and state-funded programs, the auditor decided to conduct an audit of how DCF was addressing the risk of beneficiary eligibility fraud. Our objectives were to:(1) determine whether and how DCF’s ESD prevents and detects beneficiary eligibility fraud and(2) determine the extent to which claims are established, beneficiaries are disqualified, and improper payments are recovered for ESD programs.The audit found that ESD’s fraud unit prevented and detected beneficiary eligibility fraud by conducting investigations of potential fraudulent activity based on information contained in referrals from internal and external sources.The fraud unit documented its investigations, which generally met the unit’s internal standard for timely completion.However, ESD did not have assurance that all allegations of fraud were reviewed as they did not record and track to resolution all allegations made by the public. Without such tracking, ESD management cannot be certain that the allegations were handled properly.Between January 1, 2013 and April 21, 2016, ESD’s fraud unit determined that $1.8 million was owed by program beneficiaries resulting from 1,036 improper payment claims.However, all of the cases were in the 3SquaresVT and Reach Up programs with no claims having been established in the Seasonal Fuel Assistance or General Assistance programs.ESD’s fraud unit did not check whether overpayments in these programs also occurred when they substantiated client violations that resulted in overpayments in the 3SquaresVT and Reach Up programs. As a result, ESD may not be seeking repayment for all inappropriately obtained benefits.Moreover, if an individual is found to have intentionally misrepresented his/her income or household composition, the only program that disqualifies beneficiaries from receiving benefits for a period of time is the 3SquaresVT program.Except in very limited circumstances, beneficiaries in the other programs may continue receiving benefits if they continue to meet eligibility criteria, without consideration given to previous intentional misconduct.Lastly, ESD did not utilize all available methods to collect the improper payment claims. For example, ESD did not send bills to individuals that defaulted on their debt, with the exception of when a 3SquaresVT debt was sent to a federal offset program for interception of federal payments.Nor did ESD use the Vermont income tax refund offset program, which allows any State agency to send their debt to the Department of Taxes for offset against personal income tax refunds and homestead property tax income sensitivity adjustments. As a result, ESD is losing opportunities to recoup additional improper payments.“We made a variety of recommendations to DCF,” Hoffer wrote in the report, “including establishing a system to track all allegations and utilizing the State’s income tax refund offset program to collect defaulted debts.”Recommendations:1.Direct ESD to create a system to track allegations of fraud from inception to resolution and periodically review whether the allegations are being handled appropriately.2.Enable the public to submit an allegation of beneficiary fraud electronically.3.Direct the FACU to develop a mechanism to track the confirmations sent out regarding potential fraudulent activities identified via the Department of Labor wage data match and Public Assistance Recipient Information System data match and follow-up as necessary.4.Fix the ACCESS software problem that isresulting in too many matches with theVermont Department of Labor’s wage data.5.Direct ESD to regularly perform a computer data match between ACCESS and the Department of Corrections’ case management system to identify prisoners who may be receiving benefits.6.Direct the FACU to check whether changes in income or household composition detected during investigations would have affected whether or how much a client received in Seasonal Fuel Assistance or General Assistance benefits and seek recoupment of overpayments when found.7.Direct ESD to modify program rules to disqualify Reach Up clients for a period of time if they are found to have intentionally violated rules in the program in order to fraudulently obtain benefits.8.Direct ESD to modify program rules to disqualify Seasonal Fuel Assistance clients for a period of time if they are found to have intentionally violated rules in the program in order to fraudulently obtain benefits.9.Direct ESD to modify program rules to disqualify General Assistance clients for a period of time if they are found to have intentionally violated rules in the program in order to fraudulently obtain benefits.10.Direct the FACU to set a standard for a reasonable maximum repayment period in negotiating the monthly repayment amount for overpayment claims.11.Direct ESD to periodically bill clients who are in default in repaying overpayment claims.12.Direct ESD to use the State’s income tax refund offset program to collect ESD’s delinquent debt for overpayment claims.13.Direct ESD to review the duties of the FACU supervisor and reduce her capability to control or perform all key aspects of the investigation and claims process.Source: Vermont Auditor. 9.12.2016. In accordance with 32 V.S.A. §163, the auditor is also providing copies of this report to the commissioner of the Department of Finance and Management and the Department of Libraries. In addition, the report is also available at no charge on the state auditor’s website, http://auditor.vermont.gov/(link is external).last_img read more

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Tri Summer campaign from British Triathlon

first_imgNational governing body British Triathlon is seeking to give people the chance to get active this summer through swim, bike and run by signing up for one of three Tri Summer challenges.Launched on 22 July, Tri Summer offers individuals the chance to sign up for three different distances – Sprint, Standard and Middle – which they can complete in their own time throughout a six-week period.‘Following on from the success of Tri January, the new campaign sets participants the challenge of working towards completing a triathlon distance in smaller chunks which will fit it with their daily lives.’The Tri Summer challenges are:Tri Summer Sprint – 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km runTri Summer Standard – 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km runTri Summer Middle – 1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21km run Once participants have completed their chosen challenge, they will have a chance to put their training into practice by taking part in a number of Tri Summer festival events that will be hosted up and down the UK.There will also be an exclusive Tri Summer training bundle on offer for participants who are ready to take the next step and become a member of British Triathlon.Jenny Vincent, British Triathlon’s Head of Participation, said “We’re excited to be launching our second campaign of 2019 designed to help people get started in swim, bike and run.“We are proud of how many people got involved during our Tri January campaign; and Tri Summer will provide that next step, with the aim of completing a triathlon distance in their own time. We genuinely believe that triathlon is for everyone, no matter your shape, size or background. There is simply nothing like being part of the triathlon family, it is such a welcoming community, providing great experiences.“I hope that anyone interested in getting active this summer gives our Tri Summer campaign a go.”Deborah James, who is best known for being part of the myth-busting podcast ‘You Me and the Big C’, is taking part in the summer campaign with her family. She has previously taken part in Tri January and a Go Tri event in Leeds.“I’ve always enjoyed keeping fit but since my involvement in the Tri January campaign I’ve really found a love for riding my bike,” Deborah James said. “I loved taking part in the campaign and then completing my first GO TRI event in Leeds in June. With the summer holidays just starting, I’m looking forwards to getting my family involved in the Tri Summer campaign and getting active together.”www.gotri.org/trisummerwww.britishtriathlon.org Relatedlast_img read more

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IBGNA in distribution of MagicGuanto GranTurismo Gloves in USA

first_imgItalian Bicycle Group N.A. (IBGNA) – a bicycle import and wholesale distribution company of Italian cycling products to Canada, Mexico and the United States – has announced the distribution of MagicGuanto GranTurismo Gloves in the USA.A reintroduction of the MagicGuanto Glove from the 1980s, IBGNA notes that the GranTurismo is reminiscent of bicycle gloves made popular during cycling’s second Golden Age. The GranTurismo features a Lycra back with Velcro strap, and a proprietary leather palm called MagicSkin.MagicSkin is a full grain sheepskin found only in Italy. This comes from sheep who roam grass fields and olive groves. ‘In addition to sheepskin’s natural lanolin, the oils of the fallen olives or olive forage enable MagicSkin to regenerate after use.’Unlike the Magic Guanto gloves of the 1980s or other leathers used in cycling gloves today, IBGNA adds that the leather of MagicGuanto GranTurismo Gloves remains supple, even after washing.The padding of the GranTurismo is minimal, and ‘the natural grip of the MagicSkin leather makes expensive tacky touch handlebar tapes less relevant if not obsolete’. The MagicSkin leather has elastic properties, an attribute that renders it soft, supple and naturally tacky.Because of the breathable properties of MagicSkin’s hollow fibres, the GranTurismo Glove is said to remain cool to wear on hot days, and warm on cool days. MagicSkin also helps to control moisture, and is claimed to be more resistant to dirt compared to other leather types.MagicGuanto claims to be the first glove manufacturer to incorporate a Lycra-style back with leather palm, and as the company indicates the brand is ‘After knit. Before synthetic”’.The rise of the original Magic Guanto was notable, and by the early 1980s nearly every professional cycling team wore the glove brand. In fact, every winner of the Giro d’Italia during the period 1981-1991 donned MagicGuanto Gloves including such notable riders as Battaglin, Hinault, Saronni, Moser, Roche, Hampsten, Fignon and Bugno.Currently available in seven sizes (e.g., XXS-XXL) and 11 colours, the GranTurismo is positioned as being ideal for cyclocross, gravel, road, randonneur, touring, track and vintage, and… ‘may even find fans in the fixed-gear market for the glove’s authenticity and cool factor’.While the first two production runs have sold through, the MagicGuanto GranTurismo is currently available from Italian Bicycle Group in all colours and sizes. MagicGuanto is also offering the GranTurismo as part of its Custom Clothing range for cycling clubs and teams.Brand / item: MagicGuanto / GranTurismo GloveColours: Black, blue, celeste, green, orange, pink, pink fluo, purple, red, white, yellowFeatures: Lycra Top, MaginSkin padded leather palm, Velcro strap with MG logoMaterials: Lycra, MagicSkin leather, Velcro strapMade in ItalySizes: XXS-XXLWeight: 25gMSRP: US$65IBGNA is currently establishing an authorized dealer network for MagicGuanto regular collection articles, and independent bicycle dealers (IBDs) are encouraged to contact IBGNA in order to set-up an account. The MRSP of MagicGuanto GranTurismo Gloves is US$65; IBD margin is more than 50.0%; and MAP pricing is US$49.95.Based in Castle Pines, Colorado, IBGNA is a bicycle import and wholesale distribution company of Italian cycling products to Canada, Mexico and the United States. The independent bicycle dealer (IBD) is the company’s exclusive channel of trade, and IBGNA does not sell business to consumer (B2C) direct or online (bicyclewaterbottle.com excepted). Brands currently offered by Italian Bicycle Group N.A. in the United States include BikeRibbon, Favero, MagicGuanto, MB Wear, MOA Sport, Scagliarini and Tacx.MagicGuanto is an Italian company and brand specializing in the design and manufacture of 100% Made in Italy professional cycling team kit. Channels of MagicGuanto include custom, retail and wholesale. MagicGuanto clients include amateur and professional cycling teams, bicycle clubs, company brands, individual athletes, mass-participation bicycle rides (e.g., gran fondos), and race leader jerseys.www.italianbicyclegroup.comwww.magicguanto.com Relatedlast_img read more

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News Scan for May 25, 2017

first_imgWHO: DRC Ebola outbreak smaller than previously reported The World Health Organization’s  (WHO’s) regional office for Africa released a new Ebola situation report today, noting fewer cases than previously reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The report said there were no new cases as of May 23, and currently there are only 2 confirmed, 3 probable, and 30 suspected cases of the deadly hemorrhagic virus. The last patient with suspected Ebola was admitted to a treatment center on May 20.It is unclear if the smaller number of reflects suspected or probable cases that have been ruled out after testing. According to the report, no healthcare workers have been infected, and the outbreak is still contained to the Likati Health Zone, in northern DRC.On May 23, 177 contacts had completed the 3-week follow-up period, leaving 294 contacts still being closely monitored by health officials for signs of the virus.While the DRC with other groups are preparing to offer the experimental Ebola vaccine to contacts and healthcare workers, the country is still waiting for approval from the national regulatory authority and the ethics review committee. Today, Stat reported that said the limited outbreak may not warrant the use of the vaccine, based on comments from a WHO official.In other outbreak developments, an influx of refugees fleeing militia attacks the Central African Republic (CAR), crossing the DRC border not far from the outbreak area, is raising worries of the virus spreading to the CAR, Reuters reported today, citing another WHO official. The attacks in the CAR have displaced about 2,750 people to Bas Uele province.May 23 WHO AFRO report May 25 Stat story May 25 Reuters story New MERS case linked to camel contactThe Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported another case of MERS-CoV in that country, in a man who had direct contact with camels.A 52-year-old man from Jeddah was diagnosed as having MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) after presenting with symptoms. He is in critical condition.In addition, on May 21 the MOH announced an earlier case. A 64-year-old Saudi man from Hail was diagnosed as having MERS-CoV after presenting with symptoms. He is in stable condition, and the source of his infection was listed as “primary,” meaning it is unlikely he contracted the virus from another person.The new cases raise Saudi Arabia’s number of MERS cases since the disease was first detected in humans in 2012 to 1,614, which includes 668 deaths. Five people are still being treated for their infections.May 25 MOH report May 21 MOH report Yellow fever now found in 7 Brazil statesThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said yesterday that seven Brazilian states now report suspected cases of yellow fever, but the virus is still not being transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.PAHO warned, however, that “confirmed epizootics in large cities, such as Vitoria in Espirito Santo and Salvador in Bahia, represent a high risk for a change in the transmission cycle.”So far Brazil has had 758 confirmed cases of yellow fever and 622 under investigation from December of 2016 to May 18. There have been 426 deaths.The case-fatality rate remains at 34% for confirmed cases of yellow fever. Goias state reported its first case. Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, which have had the most outbreak cases, have reported none in the past 2 weeks.May 24 PAHO situation report Zika severity not linked to defects, prior dengue infectionA new study in Clinical Infectious Diseases showed that Zika severity, prior dengue infection, and viral load did not affect pregnancy outcomes in mothers who contracted the disease.Researchers have posited that congenital Zika syndrome, a constellation of defects and deformities—with microcephaly being the most severe—is connected the severity of maternal disease, or to the presence of previous flavivirus antibodies, which enhance Zika virus in a pregnant woman.To test this theory, researchers followed 131 Zika-positive pregnant women. Fifty-eight of them (46.4%) experienced abnormal outcomes, including 9 fetal losses (7.2%). But they found no associations between disease severity and abnormal outcomes, disease severity and viral load, viral load and adverse outcomes, or existence of prior dengue antibodies (88% of the women had previously had dengue infections). May 23 Clin Infect Dis studyIn other Zika news, researchers have used elevation as a proxy to predict the likelihood of Ae aegypti–transmitted diseases, concluding that there’s a low potential for mosquito Zika transmission above 2,000 meters in the Americas. The study was published yesterday in PLoS One.The researchers looked at 16 countries in the Americans with local Zika transmission, finding that above 1,600 meters, less than 1% of each country’s total land area could host Ae aegypti mosquitoes. The findings align with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel guidance.May 24 PLoS One study WHA approves more funds for emergencies, antimicrobial resistanceThe World Health Assembly (WHA), meeting in Geneva this week, yesterday approved a proposed budget for the WHO for the next biennium totaling $4.42 billion, which factors in a 3% increase in member state contributions.In a press release, the WHO said the budget includes Sustainable Development Goal priorities and reflects increased investments for the new health emergencies program ($69.1 million) and combating antimicrobial resistance ($23.2 million).About 3,500 delegates from the WHO’s 194 member states, many of them health ministers, are at the WHA, the decision-making body of the WHO. The meeting runs through May 31.May 24 WHO statementlast_img read more

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Romania sympathetic to CARICOM’s blacklisting concerns

first_img Caribbean Leaders to Participate in OACPS Inter-Sessional… Some CARICOM Member States have been blacklisted by EU despite having fulfilled the criteria set out by the relevant global regulatory authorities for financial services. Secretary-General LaRocque in a statement during the ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat’s headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana, said the depth of the friendly relationship between the Region and the EU “should have allowed for dialogue prior to the institution of such harmful measures which negatively affect our Community.” He called on Romania in its capacity as the current President of the Council of the European Union, to influence the initiation of a dialogue on this issue. He pointed out that blacklisted jurisdictions faced major reputational damage and disruptive controls on their financial transactions. “Blacklisting influences the strategies of international banks resulting in de-risking and their withdrawal of crucial correspondent banking relationships,” he added. CARICOM and Romania are working on a draft Memorandum of Understanding to implement and execute specific technical and scientific programmes and projects. Romania has offered 46 scholarships to Community nationals in various areas beneficial to Member States. The Secretary-General urged Romania to support the Community’s advocacy for international actions that allowed for a balanced approach to accessing concessional development financing. He said a fundamental reconsideration was required of the current criteria that governed access to such funding which gave inordinate weight to GDP per capita. “Revised criteria must take into account vulnerability and not rely solely on per capita income which has resulted in many of our countries being graduated out of access to such funding,” Ambassador LaRocque said. “As we seek to build our resilience, concessional development financing is needed to assist us,” he added. “Studies have shown that for every dollar spent on building resilience prior to disasters, four dollars are saved on reconstruction costs,” the Secretary-General stated. “Financing resilience to combat disasters and other effects of climate change is a good investment,” Ambassador LaRocque said. The Romanian diplomat said his country had established diplomatic relations with all Caribbean countries and had signed MOUs with Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Guyana and Jamaica. Ambassador Mera, based in Brazil, invited the Secretary-General to attend an International Conference on Resilience to Disasters, in Bucharest on March 12, 2019. CARICOM Foreign Ministers have also been invited. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… The Government of Romania is sympathetic to the concerns of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with respect to the blacklisting of some of its Member States by the European Union (EU). The sentiment was conveyed by His Excellency Stefan Mera as he presented his credentials on Thursday to CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque as his country’s first Ambassador to CARICOM.   His Excellency Stefan Mera (L) as he delivered remarks at his credentials ceremony on Thursday. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (R) listens intently. His Excellency Stefan Mera, first Ambassador of Romania to CARICOM signs the Secretary-General’s Guest Book CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque greets His Excellency Stefan Mera as he arrives to present his credentials on 24 January, 2019 From left, Ambassador Colin Granderson, ASG Foreign and Community Relations; first Ambassador of Romania to CARICOM, His Excellency Stefan Mera; CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque Feb 24, 2020 Mar 10, 2020 OECD warns COVID-19 could halve global growth –… center_img Related Posts Jun 1, 2020 Trinidad removed from “grey list” – CARICOM Business… CARICOM’s advocacy for resilience financing intensifies; optimism in Finland’s support(CARICOM Secretariat, 12 September 2019) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has reiterated its call for international financial institutions to accept that the vulnerability of Small Island and low-lying coastal Developing States (SIDS), should be the main criterion for eligibility for concessional development financing, instead of GDP per capita. As yet another…September 12, 2019In “Event”CARICOM voices strong objection to new EU blacklist(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly objects to the recent labelling of some of its Member States by the European Union as Non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, CARICOM Secretary-General said Wednesday, 12 December, 2017. He was at the time accrediting a new Ambassador of France to CARICOM,…December 15, 2017In “General”Finland signals interest in CARICOM’s bio-energyThe Government of Finland, through its newly accredited envoy to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has expressed strong interest in exploring the bio-energy potential in mainland territories of CARICOM. Speaking at the ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat for the presentation of his Letter of Credence to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,…March 17, 2017In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Third Annual Adult Hockey Tournament Jan. 17-19

first_imgLAHA News:The 3rd Annual Adult Hockey Tournament begins Friday, Jan. 17 and goes through Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink with 14 teams competing from New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.  Elizabeth Johnson is the tournament director.Details:Food – hot food provided by the co-op throughout the tournament;Beer Garden – provided by Bathtub Row Brewery Friday and Saturday evening; andNo admission fee.Teams:New Mexico: Table Scraps, Leftovers, SF Juicy Hogs, Dekes of Hazzard, SF Fallout, Duke City Demons, Barley Boyos, LETR, DC Scorpions, ZambornisTexas: El Paso Pile of Bones, Texas Tech Club, Sun City RuckusColorado: Malortlast_img read more

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Automotive Icon Jerry Riccioni Passes Away At 63

first_imgDeMoulpied 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.  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 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. Gerald “Jerry” Riccioni, 63, passed away last week, leaving a legacy of enthusiasm for the automotive aftermarket. Riccioni led the Old World Industries (OWI) national sales team for the past 30 years. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“He was an iconic automotive aftermarket executive whose loss will be felt by the entire industry and will be missed by all,” said Tom Hurvis, founder of Old World Industries, makers of PEAK automotive products.“Jerry was one of the highest energy and most creative people I have worked with in the aftermarket. Jerry didn’t know the word ‘no’; he always found a way to make it work. A true partner in the business and a good friend,” said Ken Klein, vice president of merchandising customer satisfaction at AutoZone.His vision for the retail customer and DIY consumer ignited sales of OWI’s flagship brand, Peak. He is credited with helping launch Peak Wiper Blades, Electronics, Motor Oil and gaining distribution for BlueDEF (diesel exhaust fluid), while also managing acquisitions, including most recently EiKO automotive lighting.Advertisement“Jerry was more than just a supplier to myself and O’Reilly Auto Parts. He was a good friend who truly cared about you as a person and your company. He would always find a way to make everything work out when we had any issues so that our company and Old World continued to grow. He was well-respected in the industry and will be missed not only at Old World, but in the industry as a whole. I will truly miss working with him as I have in the past,” said Tom Seboldt, vice president of merchandise at O’Reilly Auto Parts.Riccioni is survived by his wife Kim Jones, and two stepsons, Michael and Christopher Jones. OWI is planning to honor Riccioni and will be making an announcement in early 2017.,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

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HORIBA wins 2018 iF Design Award

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APM Terminals Buys Vado Ligure Reefer Terminal

first_imgNetherlands-based port operator APM Terminals has bought a 100% stake in Reefer Terminal S.p.A., located in Italy’s Port of Vado Ligure, but the terms and the value of the agreement were not disclosed.The Vado Ligure Reefer Terminal, the largest refrigerated terminal in the Mediterranean, handling 600,000 pallets per year, is also a terminal for the handling of containers (275,000 TEU, 510 reefer plugs, 14.5 meter depth and 465 meter of quay) and general cargo.APM Terminals has acquired the terminal from Italy’s fruit and vegetable produce importer GF Group as part of the port master plan to create new supply chains to markets in Northern Italy, Southern France, Switzerland and Bavaria.The Reefer Terminal is located adjacent to the construction site of the APM Terminals Vado port project which will open in January 2018 with 800,000 TEU annual capacity and a 17 meter depth.”The integration of the Vado Reefer Terminal with our new, future semi-automated container terminal enhances the logistics options for businesses and the shipping lines calling the Ligurian coast, serving all of Northern Italy and beyond,” said APM Terminals Vado CEO Carlo Merli.”We are building Italy’s port of the future with ideal access to Turin and Northern Italy manufacturing zones as well as consumer markets. Equally important, we will have the best port system and product in the market capable of serving container vessels, reefer vessels, RoRo and breakbulk vessels.”Reefer Terminal will continue to operate as a terminal highly specialized in the discharge and warehousing of fresh fruit and vegetable produce.”This sale represents a further step in the process of refocusing on our historical business of import and distribution of fruit and vegetable produce,” said GF Group President Raffaella Orsero.”We will however remain a Reefer Terminal customer with our weekly Central American service, operated with four GF Group owned refrigerated vessels.”[mappress mapid=”15928″]last_img read more

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