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October 2020

Lashley: CARIFESTA XIII will bring lasting change to Barbados

first_img CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Oct 9, 2020 You may be interested in… Aug 20, 2020 Soca Food Truck: Caribbean Comfort Food Blends Spices with… While speaking to the Barbados Government Information Service during the all- day tour of the various locations, Mr. Lashley stated that the scheduled renovations for the various locations would be the “legacy” of CARIFESTA in Barbados. “The schools that we have earmarked for CARIFESTA, all of them have halls that have been used or are being used for events of various kinds. Many of these facilities would not have been upgraded over the past couple of years…the schools that will benefit from upgrades will certainly be in a better position to do much more…,” he noted. Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Antigua and Barbuda Still Committed to Hosting CARIFESTA in… center_img Jul 13, 2020 Caribbean Leaders Urged to Diversify Creative Economy… Jul 28, 2020 Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, and Consultant Architect for the CARIFESTA XIII renovations and building projects, Michael Lashley, lead the tour of several CARIFESTA XIII locations. (Photo by Weekes via BGIS) CARIFESTA XIII is expected to have a long lasting impact on cultural industries in Barbados. Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, expressed this view during a recent tour of several CARIFESTA XIII locations. Barbados building CARIFESTA legacyCARIFESTA XIII promises to be to be a diverse festival with a lasting legacy. During a media update in his Sky Mall office on Monday, Minister with responsibility for Culture, Stephen Lashley highlighted several plans for the Festival. One notable feature referred to by the Minister was the Grand Market…July 11, 2017In “Barbados”Lashley gives safety assurance for CARIFESTA XIIIBarbadians are being assured that strict security measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of persons attending the various CARIFESTA events. This assurance recently came from Minister with responsibility for Culture, Stephen Lashley, as he addressed a press briefing in his conference room in Sky Mall. Speaking in light…August 10, 2017In “Barbados”Barbados ready for Carifesta XIIIBarbados is on track to host CARIFESTA XIII from 17-27 August, 2017. This assurance was given Monday morning by Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, at a press conference to announce the winners of the CARIFESTAlogo and jingle competitions at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Telling stakeholders, members…September 20, 2016In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Dominica wins Points of Light award for creating AgroSuede Backyard Gardening

first_img Aug 19, 2020 You may be interested in… Apr 3, 2020 Oct 7, 2020 Aug 7, 2020 UK appoints New Special Trade Envoy to Caribbean Mitchel John of Colihaut, Dominica, has received the Points of Light award for his work in agriculture and creating what he dubs Agrosuede Backyard Gardening, Dominica News Online (DNO) has reported. “Points of Light” was first organised by George H.W Bush in 1990 in the USA to recognise outstanding individual volunteers, a United Kingdom programme was developed in 2014. John received his award from the UK Points of Light A press release from the office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said that through the inspiration of his love of gardening and a passion for environmental causes, Mitchel has encouraged thousands of young people to take on disused backyard gardens, using creative techniques to grow their own food.center_img Mitchel also promotes recycling and eco-friendly agriculture, with his video tutorial on transforming disused tyres into vegetable planters reaching over 100,000 people. Through his thousands of online subscribers, Mitchel is pioneering economical and sustainable agriculture across the island. British High Commissioner in Dominica, Janet Douglas, said: “I am delighted that Mr Mitchel John has been selected as a Commonwealth Point of Light for Dominica. The work that Mr John and ‘Agrosuede Backyard Gardening’ is doing to inform people about the importance of eco-friendly cultivation and sustainability is truly inspiring. It is particularly heartening that young people are being encouraged to develop environmentally sensitive habits by Mr John’s effective use of social media.” Mitchel said: “I am humbled by the fact that pursuit of a simple passion in the area of backyard gardening and dissemination of information has led to this momentous recognition by Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. I am grateful to have been nominated, to receive the Commonwealth Points Of Light award on behalf of my country, Commonwealth Of Dominica. “I am also accepting this award on behalf of ‘Agrosuede Backyard Gardening’ and all our faithful subscribers on YouTube. ‘Agrosuede Backyard Gardening’ will continue to promote organic backyard gardening, healthy eating, water conservation and recycle. Agrosuede seeks to operate under goal #2 of the UN Sustainable Development Goal, which can address goal #1 and goal #15 as more individuals are exposed to Agrosuede video production. “I would like to encourage anyone reading this, to do what they love and do it to benefit the world to make it more sustainable and wholesome. Thank you.” The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Dominica national awards for CARICOM Secretary-General, UWI Vice ChancellorROSEAU, Dominica (Caribbean Media Corporation) – The Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Hilary Beckles, are to be honoured by Dominica as the island celebrates its 38th anniversary of political independence from Britain on Thursday next…October 31, 2016In “Barbados”Youth agri-preneur Graceson John to showcase Big Gs Pepper Sauce at CWA    Caribbean Week of Agriculture will be held in the Cayman Islands 24-28 October 2016. Leading up to this event, we are highlighting ten youngsters who will be participating in a Youth Pavilion exhibition during the CWA. Our youth agri-preneuer in focus today is  Graceson John, a 27-year-old from Dominica who specialises in…October 12, 2016In “Cayman Islands”IICA partnering with Dominica towards construction of Resilience CentreThe Inter-American Institute for Cooperation Agriculture (IICA) will be the primary partner of the Government of Dominica in the construction of a Resilience Center, which will disseminate, at the global level, experiences and technologies related to climate-smart agriculture. IICA Director General, Manuel Otero, made the announcement Wednesday during a press…August 29, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp IICA establishes Advisory Council for Food Security in the… UK Accelerating Access to COVID-19 Vaccines in Caribbean CARDI Working With Stakeholders to Bolster Agriculture… last_img read more

CARPHA Deploys Technical Staff to the Bahamas Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

first_img CARICOM Leaders prepare for Hurricanes amid COVID-19… Share this on WhatsApp CARPHA Turnaround Time for COVID-19 Testing Remains… Avril Isaac Communications Officer Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) 16-18 Jamaica Boulevard Federation Park Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Tel: 868-299-0895 Ext 40252 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 29, 2020 Aug 18, 2020 “As part of the RNAT, CARPHA will add its expertise to the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) component of the evaluation.  This includes conducting assessments of the country’s health facilities, and public health systems.   Focus will also be given to environmental health concerns that could further impact human health and wellbeing. These will include water and food safety, chemical and waste management, shelter management and potential for vector borne disease outbreaks,” stated Dr. Joy St. John, CARPHA Executive Director. Hurricane Dorian is abelled by the US National Hurricane Center as the “strongest hurricane in modern record for the northwest Bahamas”.  Last week, Dorian was expected to bring tropical storm conditions to the islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, however minimal damage was reported. Dr. St. John urges residents and visitors to take continued precautions and listen to the advice given by the local disaster management authorities.  CARPHA expresses deep concern and sympathy for those affected by Hurricane Dorian. The Agency provided technical assistance in 2016 and 2015 to the Bahamas following Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Joaquin respectively. As the sole public health agency for the Caribbean region, mandated to respond to emergencies including pandemics, hurricanes, earthquakes and flooding, CARPHA is on stand-by to assist and support other affected Member States in hurricane response. ### Aug 14, 2020 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  On Friday, August 30, 2019, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), as part of the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) led by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Unit (CDEMA), propositioned a member of staff to support the Government of the Bahamas in rapidly assessing the damage from Hurricane Dorian and in prioritizing needs. Two Rapid Needs Assessment Teams (RNAT) comprise 18 persons, and CARPHA joins representatives of the CDEMA Participating States of Antigua and the Turks and Caicos Islands as well as the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Port Managers Association of the Caribbean (PMAC), Private Sector, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the World Food Programme (WFP). Early Sunday afternoon on September 1, Hurricane Dorian a powerful category 5 storm slammed into the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, with sustained 185-mph winds causing residents to flee their homes as a result of widespread devastation to property, coastlines and utilities. Bahamians assessing the damage from Hurricane Isaias CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… Aug 2, 2020 You may be interested in…last_img read more

R. L. Polk & Co. Names Joseph Graczyk Jr. Vice President, DaimlerChrysler Team

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.  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. 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 SOUTHFIELD, MI– R. L. Polk & Co. today announced the appointment of Joseph Graczyk Jr. as vice president, DaimlerChrysler OEM team. In this role, Graczyk will be responsible for managing the development, production, sale and delivery of products and services for the DaimlerChrysler account within Polk’s OEM organization. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Graczyk joins Polk from Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) where he was the area solutions sales manager and public sector manager in the company’s Controls Group, responsible for managing sales and technical resources. Prior to joining JCI, Graczyk spent 16 years at AT&T where his work in marketing/sales culminated with a position as District Manager. His work at AT&T also included an onsite assignment at Polk. For more information about Polk, visit: www.polk.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 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

Beth Skove Joins Babcox Publications as Associate Publisher

first_imgLSI 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 AKRON, OHIO — Beth Skove of Akron, Ohio, has joined Babcox Publications as associate publisher for the company’s Tomorrow’s Technician and TechShop – Equipment Tools and Supplies magazines. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Skove previously was vice president of Ken-Tool, a manufacturer of quality tire changing tools and equipment and mechanic≠s specialty hand tools. During her 21-year career at Ken-Tool, she was responsible for national and international sales and marketing, new product development, trade show management and customer service. Her previous experience also includes serving as automotive channel market manager with Dupli-Color, a division of Sherwin-Williams, where she held similar responsibilities. Beth holds a B.A. degree in English from Hiram College. She resides in Akron with her husband, two sons and miniature golden retriever. Babcox Publications, Inc.(babcox.com) is a business-to-business magazine and custom publishing company serving both the automotive aftermarket and the truck fleet market. With a comprehensive mix of niche publications, Babcox has the unique ability to effectively and efficiently package and deliver top-quality integrated communication services.,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.  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. 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. last_img read more

LKQ Announces Senior Level Promotions

first_imgAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Above from left to right: Eileen Sottile, Mike Smith and Arnie Korhorst POMONA, CA — LKQ Corp. has announced the promotion of three senior level team members. Eileen Sottile has been promoted to LKQ’s staff vice president of Government Affairs; Mike Smith has been promoted to associate vice president of the Keystone Midwest Region; and Arnie Kohorst has been promoted to vice president of LKQ/Keystone Paint, Body and Equipment (PBE) Division. “I am pleased to announce these promotions as part of our plan to evolve and strengthen our services as one company,” said Joe Holsten, president and CEO of LKQ. “Eileen, Mike and Arnie have tremendous experience in the collision repair industry and we look forward to their continued contributions to the company and customers for years to come.” Since 1997, Sottile held the position as director of Governmental Relations with Keystone Automotive Industries. The newly created position, LKQ’s staff vice president of Government Affairs, will include the oversight of LKQ’s governmental relations at both the federal and state levels for the United States and Canada, and for all of LKQ’s lines of business, including both used parts as well as aftermarket product lines. Advertisement Smith has been with Keystone for 15 years and most recently served as Keystone’s regional manager and director of Industry Relations. As associate vice president of the Keystone Midwest Region, Smith will oversee the Midwest region which includes operations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Kohorst most recently served as the operating vice president of the Midwest Division of Keystone Automotive. Kohorst has more than 20 years in the PBE industry and will be spearheading efforts as the vice president of LKQ/Keystone’s Paint, Body and Equipment Division. For more information about LKQ/Keystone Automotive Industries, visit: www.keystone-auto.com or www.lkqcorp.com.last_img read more

Bosch’s Joe Bergsieker Appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers Advisory Council

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 RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — Joe Bergsieker has been appointed to the California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association’s (CAWA) Manufacturers Advisory Council (MAC), representing Bosch. Bergsieker is based in Broadview, Ill.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Bergsieker was appointed by Chair of the Board Tim Gerrity of General Auto Parts in Oakland, Calif. “Bergsieker has experience in the traditional aftermarket distribution segment and now with a premier manufacturer in the industry, and will be an excellent addition to our leadership,” Gerrity noted. Gerrity went on to say that, “CAWA has encouraged Bosch to become more involved in the association and we are fortunate that Mr. Bergsieker stepped forward and will represent them in service to CAWA in 2010.”,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 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

INDYCAR Names Will Phillips Vice President of Technology

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Will Phillips has joined the sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights as vice president of technology.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Phillips will oversee the direction and implementation of the technical rules package for the next generation of IZOD IndyCar Series car and their enforcement starting with the 2012 season. Additionally, Phillips will chair the INDYCAR Engine Committee, a group of representatives from IZOD IndyCar Series engine manufacturers that meet several times a year to discuss goals and emerging technologies while developing a roadmap for the future. Phillips, 47, of the United Kingdom, most recently served as engineering director for Patron Highcroft Racing in the American Le Mans Series, which won the LMP championship in 2010. He also has held senior engineering positions in North American racing with de Ferran Motorsports, PacWest Racing, Herdez Competition and Rocketsports. At Reynard, Phillips was responsible for the design, development and delivery of the Reynard 02S sports car. Additionally, he contributed to chassis design and development for March’s 1989 and 1990 Porsche Indy, the 1991 Fondmetal Formula One car and 1992 Venturi Larrouse Formula One car. As a race engineer, Phillips has worked with current IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alex Tagliani in addition to Danny Sullivan, Scott Sharp, Nigel Mansell and Teo Fabi, among others.,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 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.  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 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

HRE Wheels Expands International Sales Team

first_imgSAN DIEGO, Calif. – HRE Wheels says it has been rapidly expanding its international sales arm, with a new GmbH division in Stuttgart, Germany, to support Western Europe and new dealers in emerging markets across Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The latest addition to its sales team, Laurent Lebouder, joins HRE as a new international sales manager to handle customers in Southeast Asia, South America, and the Middle East, as well as assisting with customer support in North America.   HRE designs, engineers and manufactures three-piece and one-piece forged aluminum alloy wheels for racing, performance and luxury cars, as well as SUVs from its San Diego, Calif.-based, TÜV-approved facility. HRE’s wheel sets are built-to-order and offer a customized choice of offsets, widths and finishes, and are sold through select high-end car dealerships, specialty retailers and performance companies worldwide.   “I have always wanted to work for a company that manufactures top-tier luxury goods, and HRE Wheels makes the best product in its market. I’m new to the automotive industry, but as an avid sport bike rider and road racer I am excited to meet customers and experience what the aftermarket has to offer,” said Lebouder.   After moving from France in 1991 to San Diego, Lebouder went to San Diego State University to pursue his degree and at the same time learned both English and Spanish to prepare for a sales role here in the states. With a background in biotech sales, he understands the stringent manufacturing standards and expectations involved when dealing with high-tech consumer goods. His linguistic and diplomatic skills will also be a welcome addition to HRE’s growing multi-lingual sales team, the company adds.   “We are thrilled to welcome Laurent to the team,” said HRE CEO Chris Luhnow. “Two years ago we set out to become more than an aftermarket parts manufacturer – to become a luxury goods design and engineering firm with concierge level service and product so exceptional it is sought-after around the world. As our international customer base continues to grow, Laurent will be a vital part of our team overseas and here in the U.S.”     AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Aspen Elementary School Serves Up Something New: Zero Waste Lunches

first_imgUsing the new reusable plastic lunch trays, Aspen Elementary School Cafeteria Manager Patrick Jaramillo demonstrates how the school cafeteria’s dishwasher works. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Students in Los Alamos Public Schools’ Eco Clubs came up with a great idea last year; to institute a zero-waste school lunch program. The idea gathered more momentum to be implemented at Aspen Elementary School during a meeting between Principal Michele Altherr and Director of Dining Services for Chartwell K12 Laurence Peña.Developing the program started during the summer and Altherr worked on funding the program through the school’s budget. The school coordinated with Chartwells K12 staff and teachers to transition the students to the new change.Just what makes Aspen Elementary’s program zero waste? Foam trays were replaced with plastic, reusable trays. In addition, to cut down on food waste, a salad bar is made available to students so they can choose which fruits and vegetables to eat and how much they want to eat.The lunch program in the school district is contracted through Chartwells K12. Peña said Aspen Elementary “is the only elementary school that we have that is fully zero waste.” Peña said at first, he was skeptical. The cost alone for such a program seemed daunting, he said.However, his own daughter, who happens to attend Aspen Elementary, changed his mind. Peña said he realized that he wanted to ensure the world would still be there for his daughter. “It was my 5-year-old daughter,” he said. “It was her that really made me see the light.” The results have been impressive. Peña said food waste “has gone down significantly.” Altherr added that 12 bags of trash were filled daily from the school’s lunches last year. This year, she said, that number has been cut in half to six bags of trash a day. This is impressive considering 800 students are served lunch a week and between 160-175 meals are served a day. “What we reduce here is amazing,” Peña said.It is not just the reduction of trash; the program also has made an impact on educating students about recycling correctly and ways they can reduce waste. For instance, the Green School Team advocated for their peers to bring their own mugs for hot drinks rather than using Styrofoam cups, Peña said. “The kids are really buying into this,” he said. Peña also has made revisions to the food served at the school. Now available to students are natural, organic products, along with non-GMO food and food that has been grown sustainably. Altherr said she is really pleased with the program’s results as well as Peña’s and his staff’s work.“I think it’s been very successful. We worked hard to make sure the new system works by teaching the students how to use trays and a salad bar,” she said. “I feel they are doing a great job with serving themselves and returning their used trays.”She added that kids are eating more vegetables and happily, “The children are really pleased with the variety of fruit and vegetable options each day.”Cafeteria Manager Patrick Jaramillo agreed. “It’s been awesome,” he said. “The main thing is the kids – how much they love the salad and they like the new trays.” Peña credited the school’s administration for making the program work. “One of the things that got this going was the support we received from the administration … the administration was really what helped make this happen,” Peña said.It’s not just the lunch program that is being addressed at the school. Altherr said a number of activities are planned such as crayon recycling, an Upcycle Art Show, a Leave No Trace Playground Challenge, and a Classroom Mug Challenge.“We are working on raising awareness about our trash and how students can make a difference and help the Earth,” she said.The idea is catching on. Los Alamos Middle School is working to serve up its own zero waste lunch program, and food service has replaced all paper goods with eco-friendly products. As an example, bamboo straws are now used in place of plastic straws. Food is served on plates made of recycled material or are decomposable. Peña said the hope is to have all the elementary schools and middle school serving up Zero Waste lunches in one to two years. He added that Chartwells is fully on board with the Zero Waste in Food Service. In fact, Peña said he is working with his company’s director of sustainability at Northwestern to develop best practices for a new approach to sustainability with Chartwells K12. Students enjoy the zero waste lunch at Aspen Elementary School. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com BY KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post [email protected] center_img From left, Aspen Elementary School Cafeteria Manager Patrick Jaramillo, Principal Michele Altherr and Director of Dining Services for Chartwell K12 Laurence Peña stand in front of the many thank you letters students have written in appreciation of Aspen’s zero waste lunch program. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com An Aspen Elementary School student browses the options at the new salad bar. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comlast_img read more