#CARICOMUSSUMMIT Livestream of arrival and opening remarks

first_img 2. 1:00 (Eastern Caribbean Time – Opening remarks by Host PM Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller; CARICOM Chair Hon. Perry Christie and US President Barack Obama. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM says new US$70M initiative could spur youth… Energy, Security, Competitiveness commitments: CARICOM-US… Apr 10, 2015 President Obama’s Town Hall Meeting with young leaders… Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream The Live Stream will cover two ceremonies on Thursday 9 April: 1. 12:40 (Eastern Caribbean Time) – The Arrival of the CARICOM Heads to be met by Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson-Miller and Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; to be followed by the arrival of the President of the United States You may be interested in… Apr 13, 2015 Apr 10, 2015 Apr 23, 2015 ‘We have to act now’ – President Obama on energy, climate changePresident of the United States of America Barack Obama said a key focus of the CARICOM-US Summit would be to discuss issues related to energy. He said the CARICOM Region had some of the highest energy costs in the world and noted that Caribbean countries were particularly vulnerable to the…April 9, 2015In “CARICOM”CARICOM Chair advocates for youth development at CARICOM-US Summit[su_pullquote]“Let there be no mistake today. Our mission is as great an opportunity as we can have in our time, to review the important issues of our time. At the core of the mission is that of the development of our people, to make their lives better, free from crime…April 9, 2015In “CARICOM”President Obama on right side of history in US-Cuba relations – Jamaica PMPrime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, on Thursday told President of the United States Barack Obama that he was on the right side of history in US-Cuba relations. She said the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads fully embraced the recent positive developments on the matter. “We commend…April 9, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Jamaica elections: 152 candidates to face electorate

first_imgThe Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is reporting that 152 candidates were nominated yesterday to contest the upcoming general elections on February 25.The ruling People’s National Party of Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller  – 63 candidatesThe main Opposition Jamaica Labour Party of Opposition Leader Andrew Holness  – 63 candidatesNational Democratic Movement – 7 candidatesOther parties – 9 candidatesIndependent – 10 candidatesDirector of Elections, Orrette Fisher says the nomination process was smooth and he received no report of any incidents.Meanwhile, Fisher says the EOJ will now be moving to process the nomination information and begin preparations for the February 25 general elections. Story: Jamaica Gleaner Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 8, 2020 PM Holness, Four Ministers Sworn Into Office You may be interested in… Jamaica decides!Jamaicans vote in general elections today, Thursday 25 February, 2016. The ruling Peoples National Party of Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and the main opposition Jamaica Labour Party led by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness are both fielding full slates of 63 candidates.   There are sixteen candidates representing other parties and…February 25, 2016In “CARICOM”Elections Day in JamaicaJamaicans vote today in General Elections which are a straight fight between the incumbent Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) of Prime Minister Mr Andrew Holness and the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) led by Dr. Peter Phillips. One hundred and thirty nine (139) candidates, including 13 independents, will contents the elections…September 3, 2020In “General”Elections results reflect will of the people: CARICOM Observation Mission Preliminary StatementThe CARICOM Election Observation Mission has praised the conduct of Jamaica’s just concluded general elections and said the results reflected the will of the people. The eleven-member Mission, led by Ms. Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer, Belize, issued a Preliminary Statement Friday, following Thursday’s elections which saw the Jamaica Labour…February 26, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Highlights of 28th Intersesssional Meeting – Day One

first_img Oct 16, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 15, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’…   Lead Head of Government of the CSME, Barbados Prime Minister, the Hon. Freundel Stuart and his Foreign Minister, the Hon Maxine McClean The Bahamas Foreign Minister, the Hon. Frederick Mitchell (second from left) CARICOM Chairman, President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger and Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan Trinidad and tobago Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley and Suriname Minister of Foreign Affairs, HEr Excellency Yldiz Pollack-Beighle President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise Belize Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Wilfred Elrington (second from right) Delegates at the Opening Ceremony Jamaica Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Hon Kamina Johnson Smith (right) Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addresses the Meeting Amb. Michael Brotherson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Guyana, greets Guyana Minister of Public Security, the Hon Khemraj Ramjattan OTN Director General, Amb. Gail Mathurin, ASGs Joseph Cox and Amb. Colin Granderson and General Counsel Safiya Ali Antigua and Barbuda Ambassador to CARICOM, His Excellency, Dr. Clarence Henry and Director-General, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, Dr. Didacus Jules, CARICOM SG addresses opening. Others in photo are, from right, Dominica Prime Minister the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger, CARICOM General Counsel, Ms. Safiya Ali Delegates CARICOM Assistant Secretaries-General, from left, Dr. Douglas Slater, Mr. Joseph Cox, and Ambassador Colin Granderson CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. To his left is CARICOM General Counsel, Ms. Safiya Ali CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at the opening ceremony Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Meeting Delegate at the Opening ceremony. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols Oct 16, 2020center_img Oct 16, 2020 The Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) opened Thursday morning at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana. CARICOM Chairman, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, The Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica, and Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary-General, made remarks at the brief opening ceremony. Here are some pictorial highlights of the morning session. You may be interested in… Stirring opening to CARICOM Inter-Sessional – Video highlightsThe Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) opened Thursday morning at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana. Speakers at the Opening included CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,  Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, and CARICOM Chairman and President of Guyana, HE…February 17, 2017In “Anguilla”Barbados To Host 31st CARICOM Intersessional Heads of Government Meeting(Barbados Government Information Services Press Release) CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, will welcome fellow heads of government to Barbados for the 31st Intersessional Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), from 18-19 February. Regional leaders will have a packed agenda during the two-day summit, which…February 4, 2020In “31Intersessional”Guyana, SVG win male, female CARICOM 10k titleFour-time CARICOM  10k winner Cleveland Forde of Guyana copped his fifth title in the latest edition of the CARICOM 10k Race on Sunday morning (July 3) in his native Guyana. He completed the race in 32:39 minutes. Linda McDonald  brought victory to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the female category…July 3, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak last_img read more

Jamaican Native Chevel Powell, named Dillard University Co-Valedictorian

first_imgNEW ORLEANS – Chevel Powell ‘19 has been named a co-valedictorian for the Dillard University class of 2019. Powell, along with three other valedictorians will lead their class of 250 students, during the University’s 83rd Commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 8 a.m. on the Rosa Freeman Keller Avenue of Oaks in the Gentilly campus.Powell, a Jamaican native and Political Science Major, earned a 4.0-grade point average during her undergraduate career. While at Dillard, Powell wrote for the University’s annual magazine Dillard Today and the digital business site Walker’s Legacy. When she wasn’t writing, Powell worked as an Upward Bound tutor and resident assistant for the University’s Residence Life department. Powell was also as a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Scholar for the White House Initiative. The programme was designed to honour students who improve standards of living in their communities. In the fall, Powell will enroll in Washington University School of Law, located in St. Louis, Missouri, to earn her Juris Doctorate degree. Washington University provided Powell with a full scholarship to complete her education.“As an international student, Chevel was ineligible for financial aid, so she knew that she needed excellent grades to maintain the scholarships she had acquired to attend Dillard University. Chevel was keenly aware that she would need a full scholarship in order to attend law school after graduation,” Adria Kimbrough, ESQ, Dillard’s Pre-Law Advisor said.“In pursuit of the goal, Chevel’s focus, work ethic, and tenacity were relenting and unmatched. Not only did Chevel achieve her academic goals, she also stepped outside of her comfort zone by joining the award winning Dillard Mock Trial Team and confronting her fear of public speaking. She’s made history by advancing to the Opening Round Championship with the Dillard Mock Trial Team. She is truly an exemplar for all of our students.”Dr. Steve Buddington, Assistant Dean of College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Social Work shared similar sentiments.“Chevel Powell, who hails from Jamaica, West Indies, is a scholar of pure wisdom—more significant than the connotations of intelligence,” he said. “[She] achieved and fortified with unrelenting diligence, perseverance, persistence, guided by the community, familial support, and ultimately by Jah Blessings,” Dr. Buddington concluded.Actress and Producer Regina Hall will be Dillard University’s 2019 Commencement Speaker. Hall is the first African-American woman to win the New York Film Critics Circle choice for Best Actress. Dillard is known for bringing in leading influencers throughout the world to be Commencement speakers or to participate in the President’s Lecture Series Brain Food.The University considers itself a place that not only educates some of the country’s top scholars and leaders, but a place where the community can come and learn.Raised in Westmoreland Parish, Powell is an alumna of the Mannings School. She graduated in 2015 with an Associate’s Degree before emigrating to the United States.For more information about Chevel Powell and the 2019 Commencement Service, please contact Dr. Sheryl Kennedy Haydel (shaydel@dillard.edu) and Lauren R.D. Fox (lfox@dillard.edu).Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Caribbean pride soars on Mr Nicholas Johnson’s achievements“It’s very empowering for me to have been selected for this honour; and it really does mean a lot to me, particularly given Princeton’s ties to the institution of slavery. I hope that this can serve as inspiration to younger black students, particularly those in STEM fields.” – Mr Nicholas…May 13, 2020In “Education”Caribbean filled with brilliant minds – UWI Valedictorian, Andiesa Weste“If we ever forget how fortunate we are, we must remember that generations before us were denied formal education. One thing that I learned during my time here is that the Caribbean is filled with brilliant minds. We must never doubt ourselves or our abilities.” (Barbados Today) The university’s newest…October 22, 2019In “CARICOM”Guyanese Wainella Isaacs Awarded prestigious fellowship for Women in STEMWainella Isaacs, a PhD student in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida, has been awarded a highly competitive Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship for Women in STEM. The fellowship covers a stipend, tuition and fees, medical insurance, and research and conference travel.…April 26, 2019In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

CARICOM extends sympathy to Japan as it recovers from Typhoon Hagibis

first_img CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO You may be interested in… Oct 7, 2020 Sep 25, 2020 CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Premier of Bermuda CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment Standards, Quality Still Important center_img The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended its sympathy to the Government and People of Japan as they recover from the ravages of Typhoon Hagibis. The powerful typhoon hit Japan earlier this month leaving more than 80 deaths and causing widespread damage. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a message of condolence to the Prime Minister of Japan H.E. Shinzo Abe, said the Community sympathized with  “those who lost loved ones due to the deadly storm which was the worst to hit the Kanto Region in more than 60 years.” “It is our hope that the injured would make a full and speedy recovery and that those who are missing are accounted for.” the Secretary-General added. He noted that “the considerable damage done by this Super Typhoon to property and infrastructure, underlines the threat posed by the increased intensity of storms, an alarming aspect of climate change.” “The Community is confident that the resilience and determination of the Japanese people will allow the society to recover from this disaster as those affected rebuild their lives and the areas of the country devastated by the Typhoon are restored,” the Secretary-General stated. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 6, 2020 Oct 7, 2020 Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Delphi Makes Organizational Changes in Aftermarket Unit

first_imgTROY, MI — Delphi has announced organizational changes in its Delphi Product & Service Solutions division, the company’s aftermarket and consumer products division. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Russell W. H. Bailey, managing director of Delphi Integrated Service Solutions, a business unit of Delphi Product & Service Solutions, is retiring after more than 36 years in the industry. Mark Theriot, currently director of global service technologies, will succeed Bailey in this role, in addition to maintaining his current responsibilities. Under the new organizational structure, Theriot will have full global responsibility for executing Delphi’s service strategy and vision. Bailey began his career with a subsidiary of Applied Power, Inc. in Canada, holding management positions in sales before moving to the U.S. in 1978. He then held management and executive positions with several automotive companies including Applied Power, Bear Automotive and SPX Corp. Prior to joining Delphi in 2001, Bailey was president of AutoVice Consulting, an automotive-focused consulting company. Prior to joining Delphi in 2000, Theriot spent 19 years in the aftermarket, most recently serving as director, marketing and education for Snap-on Diagnostics. Previously, he was director of North American training operations for the Bear Automotive Division of SPX. Theriot is a charter member of the Automotive Training Managers Council as well as a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is the recipient of the 1994 ATMC Excellence in Training Award and is an ASE Certified Automotive Technician. Advertisement Gary Abusamra has been named director of engineering and quality. Previously serving as chief engineer, Engine Management Systems (EMS) for Delphi’s Energy & Chassis Division, Abusamra replaces Dominic Seto who was recently named managing director, Asia Pacific. Abusamra joined General Motors in 1981 as a student engineer. Following various engineering assignments with GM’s vehicle and powertrain divisions, Abusamra joined Delphi in 1991 as senior project engineer at Delphi’s Luxembourg Technical Center. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1994, Abusamra was assigned to Delphi’s Energy & Chassis Division before being named to his current assignment in 2002. Mark Shasteen has been named director of global manufacturing. In his new position, Shasteen will focus on global manufacturing and remanufacturing initiatives specific to the needs of Delphi’s OE service and aftermarket customers. Shasteen began his Delphi career in 1979 at the Packard Electric Division in Warren, Ohio, as a student engineer. In 1995, Shasteen was named business segment manager for Service and Engineering Samples, responsible for low volume manufacturing and the service and prototype business. He joined the division in 2000 and was named integration manager, supporting the several business acquisitions globally and the formation of the aftermarket organization in North America. In 2002, Shasteen was named director pf Original Equipment Service sales, his previous position. Advertisement All these appointments are effective immediately and in their new assignments, these executives will report to Francisco (Frank) Ordonez, president, Delphi Product & Service Solutions and vice president of Delphi Corp. For more information about Delphi, visit: www.delphi.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

Metaldyne Names Kim Kovac Vice President of Human Resources

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  PLYMOUTH, MI — Kim Kovac has been appointed vice president of human resources for Metaldyne Corp. Kovac joined Metaldyne in 2001 as a compensation and benefits consultant. She also served as corporate benefits manager before being appointed to her most recent position as director of compensation and benefits. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In her new role, Kovac will be responsible for the overall human resources function including compensation and benefits, labor relations and management resources. Before joining Metaldyne, Kovac worked as a corporate human resources director in the automotive industry. Her prior professional experience includes 14 years with Comerica Bank, where she served in a variety of human resources positions, including vice president of employee benefits. For more information about Metaldyne, go to: www.metaldyne.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement 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.  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.last_img read more

OBITUARY: Gold Eagle Employee Loses Battle with Cancer

first_imgMOUNT PROSPECT, IL — Born Nov. 18, 1961, in Chicago, Kevin Rossdeutcher, 45, died Monday, Nov. 5, at home, surrounded by his family and friends. Kevin contributed to the successes of Gold Eagle Company over the past 10 years, selling brands like Heet and Sta-Bil to many retail channels throughout North America. Starting as a salesman 20-plus years ago, Kevin held various sales and management positions in the automotive aftermarket. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Recognized as a leader and one of the best in the industry at developing optimized business solutions for his customers, the Gold Eagle Company was honored to have him join their family. Kevin started as an eastern regional sales manager, where his contributions and talents did not go unnoticed. He was promoted to manage the national accounts. After successfully managing this position, Kevin was placed into the director of national accounts. Kevin will be remembered by all of us in the automotive aftermarket as passionate, results focused, customer service oriented, outstanding relationships based on respect, fun loving, willing to go the extra mile, never give up mentality, spirited and enthusiastic that was infectious to those around him. He was the beloved husband of Christine Rossdeutcher (nee Borris); cherished father of Tyler, Emily and Melanie; loving son of Robert and Jeanne Rossdeutcher; dear brother of Robert (Anne) and Steven (Peggy) Rossdeutcher; and fond son-in-law of Leslie and Dolly Borris. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Wrestle with Rossi Family Fund, P.O. Box 1455, Plainfield, IL 60544 or Hospice of Northeastern Illinois. For information, 847-255-7800 or visit www.FriedrichsFH.com. Advertisement Funeral Mass for Kevin Rossdeutcher will be held at 10 am Friday, at St. Raymond Church, Elmhurst Road (Route 83) and Lincoln St., Mount Prospect, IL. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery.,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 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 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.  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.last_img read more

Trelleborg Group Names New CFO

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  TRELLEBORG, Sweden — Carolina Dybeck Happe has been appointed new chief financial officer (CFO) of the Trelleborg Group, effective April 26. She succeeds Bo Jacobsson, who has been the Trelleborg Group’s CFO since 2002. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement To ensure a smooth transition, Jacobsson will remain with Trelleborg until June, after which he will retire. Dybeck Happe, 38, has a degree in master of science in business administration from Uppsala University. She has worked for Assa Abloy since 2002, most recently as CFO for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), based in London, and previously as CFO for Central Europe, based in Germany. Earlier, Dybeck Happe worked as CFO for Establish and in a number of different positions in EF, where she was based in Russia, Poland, Switzerland and the U.S. “We are delighted to have recruited Carolina,” said Peter Nilsson, president and CEO of Trelleborg. “Her profile is an excellent match for Trelleborg, with solid and broad experience of industrial know-how and of working with finance and business controlling very close to operations in a variety of international environments. “I also want to take the opportunity to thank Bo for his work as CFO and his strong contribution to Trelleborg’s development over many years,” Nilsson added. “He has played a key role in our successes and has been a highly appreciated manager and colleague, in terms of his very broad and in-depth competence, as well as his personal qualities.”,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

Exploring Mysteries Of Living: Behavior And Behaviorology

first_imgBy STEPHEN F. LEDOUXA Los Alamos member of The International Behaviorology InstituteThese columns comprise a journey, sometimes uncomfortable, often fun, always revealing. The journey explores some fascinating and recent (in the last 100 years) scientific discoveries, and the benefits we derive from them. These discoveries concern nature, human nature, the nature of human behavior and even consciousness and reality.Additional topics also have direct and significant effects on human existence and experience, although at this point the names of many may surely sound overly technical. These topics include shaping, fading, evocation, emotions, feelings, reinforcement, personhood, verbal behavior, values, rights, ethics, morals, robotics, the alternatives to coercion and punishment, and even life and death. The behaviorology discipline covers details in many such topics. Details for basic principles may change a little as new research data and conclusions gradually accumulate. In comparison, these columns cover some generally stable highlights about behavior and its scientific causes.We approach the story of behavior and its causes as natural scientists. Traditional natural sciences cover the basic subject matters of energy, matter, and life forms as well as their related extensions. These thus include physics, chemistry, and biology, along with astronomy, geology, physiology, and so on. We can see the beginnings of all these sciences with Galileo’s telescopic observations in the early 1600s. The natural science we examine in these columns, emerging over the last 100 years, concerns the subject matter that here we can call “life functions.” It not only covers but clarifies and expands the content of the ancient dictum, “know thyself.”This natural science encompasses all behavior, especially human nature and human behavior, the behavior of you and me, of friends and trouble makers, of the ordinary and the extreme, of the shy and the obvious. Thus focused on behavior, we call this science “Behaviorology” and, across these columns, we explore its historical, conceptual, philosophical, analytical, and engineering aspects as part of discovering many of its principles, laws, and applications.Here is a bigger picture to orient us. Many human intellectual endeavors start out on the foundation of some basic assumptions. People use the term philosophy to encompass the combined variety of assumptions behind any endeavor. And those assumptions actually exert a vital, quality controlling effect that helps keep the behavior of those connected with the endeavor within appropriate boundaries.That quality control from assumptions occurs in both scientific and non–scientific activities, and even underlies many emotional activities. We describe this control by saying that the philosophy “informs” the endeavor.With scientific activities we use the term philosophy of science to denote the set of informing assumptions. We cover philosophy of science just enough to clarify its role and value, including for behaviorology, which is filling a chair at the roundtable of the basic natural sciences along with physics, chemistry, and biology. We use the term Naturalism for the general philosophy of science of all these natural sciences.Some sciences also develop additional assumptions that extend naturalism to further inform their work. Behaviorology is one such science, because studying human nature and human behavior scientifically presents assumptions and concerns that are specific to particular aspects of behavioral phenomena.To denote the current extensions of naturalism that inform the natural science of behavior, behaviorological scientists have used the term, “radical behaviorism.” It is not radical in the sense of extremist. It is radical in the sense of comprehensive. This and other considerations prompt proposals for alternative labels, such as “behavioral materialism.” Another, “behavioral naturalism,” avoids any misunderstandings about the term “materialism” while also showing the connection with the general Naturalism of the natural sciences. You can follow the discussions in the journal issues in the reference at the end of this column.Part of this behavioral component of philosophy of science includes our acknowledgement that all scientists are also behaving organisms. The same kinds of natural variables that affect everyone else’s behavior also affect all scientists’ behavior.Actually, several different disciplines claim behavior as a subject matter, including theology, psychology, and behaviorology. They are not equal. While the distinction between theology and science got established centuries ago, some confusion lingers over the other two, so we should clear this up. Behaviorology is not a part of, nor any kind of, psychology. These two are distinct and separate disciplines. Behaviorology is a natural science, using experimental methods and adhering to the same fundamental assumption as all other natural sciences, such as “work only with real, measurable events as independent and dependent variables.”Psychology, however, is a discipline that uses experimental methods but refuses, as a discipline, to adhere to the fundamental assumptions that other natural sciences share. I say “as a discipline,” because psychology has always had a handful of members who disagree, some trying to move psychology toward natural–science status and others trying to move psychology away from experimental methods.Fifty years ago, those who became behaviorologists were among the former group while some humanistic psychologists were among the latter group. Neither group has been successful in psychology, although the so–called humanistic psychologists have remained accepted members among the schools of psychology. And most psychologists try to help people as best they can. In general the relation between behaviorology and psychology approximates the relation between biology and creationism. Both psychology and creationism claim to be sciences, because they use scientific methods. However, neither of them qualifies as natural science, because they both appeal to entities or events outside of nature, such as superstitious or mystical or supernatural or other non–natural, often pre–scientific events, for example, inner agents like minds, psyches, souls, or selves.Such agents may exist as matters of faith or belief that represent perspectives grounded in different assumption than those that ground natural science. Also, natural scientists fail to see the secular, that is, non–religious, mystical accounts of psychology as in any way better than theological, that is, religious, mystical accounts.The implications of those relations deserve consideration. If discussing the implications brings about appropriate action, the results can elevate the status of naturalism and the natural sciences, lead to solving more human problems, reduce susceptibility to superstition and mysticism (both theological and secular), and improve human intellectuality, rationality, and emotionality.Perhaps these columns help such discussions, including reminding us of appropriate mutual respect among different perspectives, as in the first of my ten commandments of natural science (in the reference note).Naturalism, the general philosophy of science in the natural sciences, has among its characteristics one that particularly helps achieve those outcomes: Natural scientists respect what they call the continuous, natural, functional history of events. This refers to some sequential, “causal” connections that events have with various events occurring before and after them.  Respecting those connections enables scientific analyses to show parallels across disciplinary lines and levels of analysis, which enhances appreciation among sciences. In contrast, ignoring the natural functional history of events can lead to unnecessary, even dangerous compromises between natural sciences and non–scientific disciplines that make claims of magical origination of events.An example is the 400 years old, ultimately unhelpful, and yet still extant, give–away to theology of human nature and human behavior considerations in exchange for religious authorities leaving scientists, then called natural philosophers, alone as they began covering nearly everything else.Sadly, that compromise has helped prevent the widespread appreciation of considering behavior scientifically, which is why the science is only 100 years old and still little known. Yet all our present global problems need some input from the natural science of human behavior for their solutions. Without this input we likely cannot solve our problems.  Unsolved global problems lead to well–known damaging outcomes, some quite extreme. How fast can you chase rats with bats? This need provides extreme contingencies that make humanity unable any longer to afford that compromise, if it ever could.Conversely, here is an example of cross–discipline parallels that stems from respecting the natural functional history of events: Behaviorology accounts for a stimulus evoking a behavior. For instance the approach of a fast moving object evokes ducking the object. Meanwhile, not as reductionism but in parallel, biology provides details at the physiological level about how an energy change at receptor cells affects behavior. For instance the energy trace of light reflected from the approach of a fast moving object strikes the retina and so sets off a cascade of changes through the nervous system that culminates in the mediation of a behavior, like ducking.The occurrence of the energy trace “caused” the ducking by causing the nervous system activity. In additional parallels, chemistry accounts for the details at the cellular and sub–cellular level about the physiological events, while physics strives for atomic and sub–atomic details about the chemical events. All four disciplines, each at its own level of analysis, together provide a comprehensive account of the events, although we seldom need all these levels of analysis at the same time. We need not turn to physics for causes of behavior.But if natural scientists instead compromise by allowing claims that behavior in general, or ducking in this particular case, results from the spontaneous, willful act of some putative inner agent, then this whole subject matter of human behavior, which is vital for human survival, is lost to purveyors of non–science. Such compromises give unearned status to mystical accounts, which causes natural science to lose ground, reducing its benefits. The resolution now revolves around understanding behaviorology better so as to avoid falling into such compromises.Editor’s note: Writing these columns occurs separately from membership in The International Behaviorology Institute (TIBI, at www.behaviorology.org where you can always find more information and resources). The author is not speaking for TIBI, and the author and TIBI need not be in agreement. TIBI welcomes feedback, members, and donations (501.c.3). 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