Commonwealth Trade

first_img May 27, 2020 Mar 10, 2020 Jamaica: 25 years at WTO [Part I] Mar 15, 2020 May 6, 2020 Cooperating in the South Selecting a New WTO Director General You may be interested in… Jamaica: 25 years at WTO [Part III] By Elizabeth Morgan Commonwealth Foreign Ministers will be meeting in London under the chairmanship of the United Kingdom (UK/Britain) on Wednesday, July 10. The Ministers will be addressing preparations for the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and commemorating the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth. I saw this as an opportunity to provide an update on Commonwealth trade activities to be reported to the Commonwealth Trade Ministers’ Meeting in London, October 7-10 and the 2020 CHOGM in Rwanda. You may recall that Malta, which is both a member of the Commonwealth and the European Union (EU), initiated discussions in 2005 on promoting intra-Commonwealth trade. With Brexit, the Eurosceptics saw the Commonwealth, with its 53 Member States, including the Commonwealth Caribbean, as a potential regenerated trade option. Many saw this as a nostalgic recall of the British Empire. With the UK assuming the chair of the Commonwealth when it hosted the CHOGM in April 2018, it was expected to focus on promoting trade and investment. The Conference adopted the Declaration on the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment to promote economic growth and achieve the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The UK and the Commonwealth In an effort to boost UK trade and investment relationships, in August 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May, visited three African Commonwealth countries, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.  Britain also concluded continuity agreements with the EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) countries in Africa, the Caribbean (the Caribbean ACP Forum) and the Pacific. It seems, the UK would also have to conclude continuity agreements with other Commonwealth countries, Canada and Singapore, which have free trade agreements with the EU. It has to be seen whether the UK is interested in trade arrangements with Commonwealth Member States or in a Commonwealth free trade area. Implementing the Trade and Investment Connectivity Declaration Since April 2018, Commonwealth trade activities have been overshadowed by Brexit. The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on October 31 weeks after the Commonwealth Trade Ministers’ Meeting. In October, Brexit could be taking priority. Focus has also been diverted by controversy surrounding the management of the Commonwealth Secretariat by the Secretary General, Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland. Regardless of distractions, the Commonwealth has been working to implement the Connectivity Declaration. Connectivity Clusters have been established on Physical (trade facilitation, infrastructure development), Digital (developing national digital economies), Regulatory (improving and understanding regulatory regimes), Business-Business (supporting dialogue, capacity building), Supply-side (encouraging participation in value chains), and collaboration with other organizations to mainstream inclusive and sustainable trade. Jamaica and other Commonwealth Caribbean countries attended senior officials’ meetings in London, Malaysia, and Vanuatu, as the clusters were launched. The conveners of the connectivity cluster groups, Gambia, South Africa, Barbados, Bangladesh, Vanuatu, New Zealand and Malaysia, met in London in May. It is reported that they created a roadmap for realizing the Connectivity Agenda as a means of increasing trade benefits. The Commonwealth Connectivity Week will be held in August. All these events are in preparation for the October Commonwealth Trade Ministers’ Meeting. The Commonwealth at the WTO Previously, the Commonwealth, without cohesive trade interests, never met as a group at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Since September 2018, it appears that New Zealand has been trying to convene a Commonwealth WTO group in Geneva to discuss means of supporting the WTO multilateral system. Whether this group can be sustained remains to be seen. CARICOM and the Commonwealth Commonwealth trade is not on the agenda of the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED). Not all CARICOM countries are Commonwealth members as Haiti and Suriname are not. A Caribbean study of Commonwealth trade to determine a policy position has not been done as yet. Commonwealth Caribbean countries are still mainly exporting among themselves, with Britain, Canada, New Zealand and possibly India and Ghana. The exports are at low levels. Caribbean countries have to examine how they will improve trade and investment flows with existing trade partners and develop new markets in other Commonwealth countries. It is still not clear whether Commonwealth members are committed to an internal trade arrangement which would have the UK as a central player. Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… UK’s Approach to the Caribbean post BrexitBy Elizabeth Morgan There have been several articles in the regional press in recent weeks speculating about the United Kingdom and Caribbean relationship after leaving the European Union (EU) scheduled for October 31 (Brexit day). The Caribbean should be examining its relationship with the UK post Brexit. I wish though…September 18, 2019In “Indepth”Reform WTO, resist protectionism, say Commonwealth trade ministers(Commonwealth Secretariat) Trade ministers from across the Commonwealth today made a commitment to resist all forms of protectionism, and to work urgently together towards reforming the World Trade Organisation, which sets the global rules for international trade. Following a meeting in London, ministers from the 53 Commonwealth member countries declared…October 11, 2019In “Business”The Caribbean and the Commonwealth at 70By Marcia E Thomas Jamaica and other Caribbean countries, which were former colonies of Britain, are among the 53 Member States of the Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth could be considered the political organization which succeeded the British Empire once more countries became independent. Commonwealth Day is observed on the…July 12, 2019In “Featured”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

EU removes Belize from its tax haven blacklist – CARICOM Business News

first_img Oct 6, 2020 You may be interested in… CARICOM Formulating Energy Security Strategy Imbert: Taxes Removed on Computers, Laptops, Tablets –… Please see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 8 November 2019 CARICOM Business 8 November 2019 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Scotiabank Sells Belize Operations – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM-Business-26-June-2020DownloadJune 29, 2020In “Agriculture”Belize economy contracts by 23.3% – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM-Business-28-August-2020DownloadAugust 31, 2020In “Agriculture”Belize tourism growing at 8.6% per year – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices.December 9, 2019In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApp Sep 29, 2020 CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… Oct 16, 2020 Sep 7, 2020last_img read more

Mark Armstrong to Retire From Cooper Tire & Rubber

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.  FINDLAY, OH — Cooper Tire & Rubber Vice President Mark Armstrong has announced his retirement after 26 years with the company. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Armstrong started out as a territory manager for Cooper in the Eastern Region. He subsequently served in numerous positions in sales and marketing until his most recent promotion to executive vice president of the Tire Group, responsible for sales and marketing for global tire operations. Tom Dattilo, Cooper Tire’s chairman, president and CEO, recognized Armstrong for his leadership. “Mark’s contributions to Cooper Tire have been crucial in the development and implementation of our Cooper 21 strategy and providing direction for the tire group,” said Dattilo. “Mark’s leadership in sales and marketing has helped Cooper grow marketshare, successfully enter the ultra high performance market and continue our envied position as an industry leader in customer service and dealer relationships.” Armstrong’s retirement will take effect at the end of May. For more information about Cooper Tire, visit: www.coopertireandrubber.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 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. 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

Action Performance Announces Addition of Herbert Baum to Management Team

first_imgPHOENIX — Action Performance Companies, Inc., announced that Herbert M. Baum has been appointed executive chairman. He will also remain on the Board of Directors. Fred Wagenhals will remain Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementFrom August 2000 to May 2005, Herb Baum served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of the Dial Corporation, which develops and markets a diversified line of consumer products under various major brand names. Baum’s previous experience includes president and chief operating officer of Hasbro Inc., a multi-billion dollar designer and manufacturer of toys, games and interactive software, chairman and chief executive officer of Quaker State Corporation and president of Campbell Soup Company-North and South America. Baum serves on the boards of directors of America West Holdings Corporation, Meredith Corporation, Playtex Products, Inc. and Pepsi Americas, Inc., all public companies. While the terms of Mr. Baum’s compensation are being finalized, it is anticipated he will receive a combination of cash and stock-based compensation. Wagenhals, chairman and chief executive officer states: “I am pleased to have Herb take a leading role with my management team. We are anxious to tap into his expertise regarding our financial agenda, present a stronger face on Wall Street, changing our distribution model, revitalize our product lines, and assist our operations and alternatives.” Baum stated: “Fred has been the driving force behind motorsports licensing, and I look forward to working with him and his entire management team to best utilize the significant licensing assets he has acquired for Action. I intend to support the “new fresh look” that management has put in place to maximize Action’s assets and stockholder value.” AdvertisementBaum will remain on Action’s Board of Directors, where he has served since 2000 and, most recently, as the Lead Director. However, Roy Herberger, an independent director since 2002, will take over Mr. Baum’s role as the Board’s Lead Director. Mr. Baum has also stepped down from the compensation committee and the nominating/corporate governance committee. Anne Mariucci will chair the compensation committee. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld Named Chairman of U.S.-Russia Business Council

first_imgNEW YORK — Alcoa President and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld has been appointed chairman of the U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC), effective Sept. 25. Kleinfeld succeeds Neville Isdell, who is stepping down following his retirement as chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Co.   “There is great potential for cooperation between the U.S. and Russia in many areas, and business plays a key role in helping identify and generate opportunities — from bi-lateral trade and investment to collaboration on regulatory and other policies,” Kleinfeld said. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement USRBC President Ed Verona commented that Kleinfeld’s long-standing relations with Russia, combined with Alcoa’s considerable investment in that country, make him a natural choice to assume the leadership of the council. “Klaus brings an extensive network of personal relationships in Russia and an infectious optimism about the prospects for achieving progress in the bilateral relationship. He is the ideal leader for the council in this era of the ‘reset’ in U.S.-Russia relations.” Kleinfeld has been with Alcoa since being named a director in 2003. He was named president and CEO of Alcoa in May 2009, after a 20-year career with the global electronics and industrial conglomerate, Siemens AG, where he served as chief executive officer. The USRBC is a Washington, D.C.-based association representing approximately 250 companies among them some of the leading firms in the U.S., Russia and Europe. Founded in 1993, its primary mission is to promote trade and investment between the U.S. and Russia.,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 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

General Parts Inc. Names Richard McCook Executive Vice President and CFO

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.  RALEIGH, N.C. – General Parts International Inc. (GPI) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Temple Sloan III today announced that Richard McCook has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Monday, Feb. 1. He will report directly Sloan and will serve on the GPI Executive Committee. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “Richard comes to General Parts International Inc. with more than 34 years experience in operational improvements, renegotiations, developing pricing and planning strategy and developing budgets,” Sloan said. “He will make a great addition to the GPI team.” Prior to joining GPI, McCook worked as executive vice president and chief financial officer for U.S. Oncology in Houston, Texas, where he was responsible for leading the company effort to focus more on operational improvements than solely on sales, technology advancements and transactions. McCook also worked for Raytech Corp. as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer; Winn Dixie Stores as senior vice president, chief financial officer and financial vice president; and at KPMG  Peat Marwick as senior audit manager. He recently was employed at Tatum LLC in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was a partner. McCook received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University, as well as a master of accountancy degree. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude, respectively.,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 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. 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

Corrections and Clarifications

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 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.  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.  Yesterday, aftermarketNews noted a story from the Associated Press regarding the death of former CSK Auto President Martin Fraser and its impact on the criminal indictment against him. The original story incorrectly stated the date of Fraser’s death. He passed way on Jan. 26.   In addition, yesterday a few readers were confused by a headline that read “BMW and Mini Products Now Available from WORLDPAC.” While WORLDPAC’s coverage for these two models is not new, the company would like to emphasize that additional products for these two models are currently available. Kelli McAlister from WORLDPAC noted, “It’s true our complete Mini program is fairly new since these vehicles were only recently introduced in the U.S. market, but we’ve carried BMW products for well over 25 years.”   As always, the staff of aftermarketNews appreciates any and all feedback on our news coverage. Please feel free to send your comments and questions to Editor Amy Antenora.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,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

AMN Careers: Regional Sales Manager — Vista-Pro Automotive

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 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.  Vista-Pro Automotive is “The” company to trust when it comes to the best heat transfer and temperature control aftermarket parts for automotive, light and heavy duty trucks. Vista-Pro Automotive has openings for Regional Sales Managers; the Regional Sales Manager is responsible for selling Vista-Pro products by acquiring new business, retaining and building current business, and providing outstanding service and satisfaction to our customers.  Qualified candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of two years of industry experience or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Travel required: +60 percent.  AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement To find out more about this job opportunity and to apply, see the full listing from AMN Careers. To learn more about posting a job opening at your company on the AMN Careers page, click here.,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

Governor Appoints Steven M. Gluckstern To New Mexico Educational Retirement Board

first_imgSTATE News: Steven M. Gluckstern has served as founder, core investor and as a senior executive at a series of companies in the fields of educational technology and neuroscience. In addition to various philanthropic activities, he has held a wide range of entrepreneurial and executive positions, including several leadership roles in the insurance and alternative investments industries, including at Zurich Financial Services Group, Capital Z Partners and Berkshire Hathaway.  The governor appointed Steven M. Gluckstern. The position had been vacant since 2015. Former board member Bradley Day, appointed in 2011, asked not to be re-appointed after his term expired in 2015. Former Gov. Susana Martinez never filled the vacancy. SANTA FE ― Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Friday a new member to the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Prior to his business career, Gluckstern was a teacher and school administrator, founding an alternative educational program for middle schoolers and serving as an elementary school principal. He has also served on the Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., board of education and as superintendent of schools in Telluride, Colo.last_img read more

Virginia Tech Researchers Receive $2.9 Million Grant With China To Study Infectious Diseases

first_imgNSF News: This grant is an example of history in the making. This grant was the first time that this joint NSF, NIH, and USDA program has collaborated with NSFC. Kate Langwig, an assistant professor, and Joseph Hoyt, a research scientist, are combining their respective specialties in infectious disease ecology with a focus on past and present disease patterns to find out how some hosts and pathogens can coexist, particularly after a host has already seen a massive decline from disease. She hopes that her modeling framework, combined with the experimental, observational, and genomic components of the project, can be applied to understand how hosts and pathogens are coexisting in other disease systems. In addition to Hoyt and Langwig, who are both affiliated faculty members of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, the co-principal investigators of this project include Jiang Feng and Keping Sun from Northeast Normal University in China, Jeff Foster from Northern Arizona University, and Beth Shapiro and A. Marm Kilpatrick from the University of California Santa Cruz. Langwig and Hoyt were hired as part of the Global Systems Science Destination Area in the College of Science at Virginia Tech to address issues of infectious disease. The Global Systems Science Destination Area is focused on understanding and finding solutions to critical problems associated with human activity and environmental change that together affect diseases states, water quality, and food production. Researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science received a $2.9 million dollar award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to understand the long-term host and pathogen dynamics of white-nose syndrome in bats. In order to fine-tune their predictions about the future of white-nose syndrome afflicted bats, Langwig is building a mathematical integral projection model, a hybrid between an individually based model and a population model, which will allow researchers to make better predictions about disease dynamics.  “We are not just looking in areas where the disease has already caused impacts in North America and trying to understand the process of coexistence in our bat populations here, but we are actually trying to look at an area where that coexistence has already been reached – in Europe and Asia,” Hoyt said. “Can we draw some inference from these long-term dynamics to understand what our bat populations will look like in the future?” Langwig and Hoyt are collaborating with Chinese researchers to examine how the pathogen that is responsible for white-nose syndrome has affected bats across both time and space, and whether there are similar or different mechanisms that bats use to survive with this deadly disease. Hoyt’s previous research has provided evidence that the fungus likely emerged in Eastern Asia tens of thousands of years ago and then spread to Europe thousands of years ago. It was likely introduced to northeastern North America in 2005. “Some of the major questions that we are trying to understand are ‘Is it the bats that are special? Or is it the environment that they inhabit? Or is it some combination of the two?’ If it is the bats that are special, it means that you could take individuals from these surviving populations and repopulate areas like Virginia, which has been really hard hit by white-nose syndrome,” said Langwig, who also is an affiliated faculty member of the Global Change Center. However, researchers have noticed that, of the few remaining populations, some bats are less affected by the devastation, and they want to know why. If all goes according to plan, their research will provide implications for other diseases as well. Sometimes, scientists have to look to the past to better understand the present.  “If we see that this fungus is impacting populations in Eurasia, then it’s probably something that North American bats are going to face for a long time,” Langwig said. College of Science researchers Kate Langwig, right, and Joseph Hoyt, left, received a grant to understand the long-term host and pathogen dynamics of white-nose syndrome in bats. Courtesy/Virginia Tech White-nose syndrome is a fungal disease that spreads in the winter and causes lesions in the wings of bats during hibernation, setting off a cascade of physiological consequences that eventually lead to death. Since 2005, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, has killed millions of bats, causing bat population declines of 70 to 100 percent across multiple bat species in eastern North America. One of the novel components of their research is that they are focusing on bat populations in Eurasia, which have survived with white-nose syndrome for millennia, to make their predictions about coexistence and the survival of bat populations.  Both Langwig and Hoyt say that a large component of the grant is to identify the long-term effects of this disease on different bat populations, and if what we are seeing now in North America are actually long-term or short-term adaptations that will change in the future.  Rhinolophus ferrumequinum bat population that Joseph Hoyt studies in China. Photo by Joseph Hoytlast_img read more