CARICOM Energy Week launches 7 November with `Kilo Walk’

first_img More action needed in energy sector You may be interested in… Jamaica Energy Ministry promoting culture of conservation… CARICOM Energy Week 2015 will be launched on Saturday with a `Kilo Walk’ that begins at 6:00 am at the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana. The Week, from November 7-14, will be observed under the theme ‘Empowering our Sustainable Development’. CARICOM Energy Week (CEW) was observed on four previous occasions. The CEW was established in 2011 as an annual event, based on a mandate from CARICOM Energy Ministers to provide a platform for increased awareness on energy matters. Nov 7, 2015 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Walking for Energy: Region kicks of CARICOM Energy Week Nov 11, 2015 Nov 11, 2015 Teranov begins geothermal exploration in St. Kitts Media Advisory – CARICOM Energy Week Kilo WalkCARICOM Energy Week (CEW) will be observed from 7-14 November, 2015, under the theme `Empowering Our Sustainable Development’. The Week will be launched on Saturday with a `Kilo Walk’ from the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana. The CEW was established in 2011 as an annual event, based on a mandate from…November 5, 2015In “CARICOM”Building climate and disaster resilience major focus of CARICOM Energy MonthIt’s that time of year again, the time when we ramp up our awareness of energy matters in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and celebrate the strides we have made to transition to a clean energy pathway. CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) will be observed in November, under the Regional theme ‘Clean Energy,…October 29, 2018In “CARICOM”Walking for Energy: Region kicks of CARICOM Energy WeekCARICOM Energy Week 2015 was kicked off on Saturday 7 November with a series of Energy walks in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada and Guyana. We are pleased to present these photo highlights of the Kilo Walk in Guyana which began and ended at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown. Government…November 7, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp The activities and events which will be staged will provide an opportunity to raise awareness in relation to energy matters in CARICOM Member States whilst simultaneously addressing, in a deliberate way, some of the critical energy issues that continue to limit sustainable energy use and the sustainable economic development of the Region. Among the activities that were planned to coincide with the Week are photo and video competitions. CEW organisers sought online digital photographs, or scans of artwork highlighting the empowerment of the peoples of the CARICOM Region through sustainable energy use.  CARICOM nationals were also invited to submit online creative videos or animations which highlight the vibrant energy and passion of Caribbean people whilst simultaneously capturing the options and opportunities for sustainable energy production and use. During the Week, an innovation award will also be presented to `Projects of Excellence’ for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency applications. An `App Development Competition’ will also be launched during the Week. Across the Region, activities to mark the Week will include High-Level Panel Discussions in which government officials speak on country-specific energy matters; spot questions (with prizes) and energy tips on radio; engagements – such as Forums – with schools; and field trips to in-country renewable energy sites. The national events and activities are expected to focus the attention of the Member States on local matters with which they are familiar and will provide a fillip for the Regional activities. The Energy Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat is providing support to Member States for the planning and hosting of national events and activities. For more information, go to http://energyweek.caricomenergy.org/ Nov 10, 2015last_img

IFD Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago to prepare for CARIFESTA XIV

first_img You may be interested in… The purpose of the meeting is to advance planning for the fourteenth staging of the Caribbean Festival of Arts in August 2019. The team is also discussing arrangements for a launch of CARIFESTA XIV on Tuesday and a tour of the venues for CARIFESTA events was scheduled as part of the proceedings. CARIFESTA XIV will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from 16-25 August, 2019, under the theme ‘The Tangible and Intangible – Connect, Share, Invest’. The Interim Festival Directorate (IFD) is the Regional advisory body to CARIFESTA and was established in 2006 by the CARICOM Secretariat to manage and provide strategic direction for CARIFESTA until a permanent Board of Directors and Festival Directorate could be established. The IFD has overall responsibility for planning, coordinating and managing the programming and logistical arrangements  for the festival, in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat and the host country, which, in this case, is Trinidad and Tobago. The IFD comprises representatives from the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC), the artistic community, the CARICOM Secretariat and specialists in areas such as media, intellectual property and marketing. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jul 28, 2020 CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Jul 13, 2020 Oct 9, 2020 Market Region as Safe Haven – Business Leader center_img FLASHBACK: Co-chairs of the 16th IFD Meeting meeting Dr. Hilary Brown, and Ms. Susan Shurland pay keen attention as an intervention is made FLASHBACK: Delegates at the 16th IFD Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago FLASHBACK: Delegates at the 16th IFD Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago Photo: Jeff Mayers FLASHBACK: One of the co-chairs of the 16th IFD meeting Susan Shurland, Deputy Permanent Secretary Ministry of Community Development Trinidad and Tobago consults with a member of her staff Photo:Jeff Mayers FLASHBACK: Delegates engaging at the 16th IFD Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago Photo: Jeff Mayers Delegates at the 16th IFD Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago Photo:Jeff Mayers FLASHBACK: Riane DeHaas Bledoeg, Deputy Programme Manager, Culture at the CARICOM Secretariat, Leela Ramotar, Former Staff Member at the CARICOM Secretariat and co-chair Dr. Hilary Brown, Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat during the 16th IFD MeetingPhoto: Jeff Mayers FLASHBACK: Vaughn Walter, Delegate from Antigua and Barbuda at the 16th IFD Meeting Photo: Jeff Mayers FLASHBACK: Delegates at the 16th IFD Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago Photo: Jeff Mayers The sixteenth Interim Festival Directorate Meeting is currently underway at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre on Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Caribbean Leaders Urged to Diversify Creative Economy… Jun 4, 2020 Antigua and Barbuda Still Committed to Hosting CARIFESTA in… Interim Festival Directorate meets this week on CARIFESTAThe Interim Festival Directorate (IFD) – the body responsible for the planning of CARIFESTA along with the host country management team – is currently hosting its 17th meeting in Trinidad and Tobago. The meeting began on Monday morning at the Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre in Port-of-Spain. As agreed in…March 25, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARIFESTA XIV preparations in full swingPreparations for the fourteenth hosting of CARIFESTA in Trinidad and Tobago are well underway. The sixteenth meeting of the Interim Festival Directorate (IFD) was convened at the Trinidad Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre where planning for CARIFESTA XIV was the main item on the agenda.   The IFD team also…October 23, 2018In “Associate Member States”Preparations for CARIFESTA XIV high on agenda for RCCThe experts responsible for advising technical officers and Ministers on the hosting of CARIFESTA are currently meeting in Trinidad and Tobago. The 27th Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) began on Wednesday with an opening ceremony at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Center in Port-of-Spain, and will continue until…March 28, 2019In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

A True ‘Hidden Gem’ – Two Local Sisters Open Home Decor Store

first_img Jul 16, 2019 Vogue features Trinidadina model’s vintage clothing… CARICOM looking to Creatives For Input, Ideas to Bolster… You may be interested in… Sep 19, 2019 May 21, 2020 “She knew right away that this was the store,” Tanya said of her sister. “I saw the aesthetic, and I saw the possibilities, but it also wasn’t in the best condition when we got here.” Tanya described this process of transformation, which began in January, as one that “took a village.” Temidra’s husband, Ken, his friend and the sisters’ father, Theo, all joined in the efforts to get the store open in March. The walls and floors needed to be repainted, a wall had to come down, merchandise had to be placed, a counter had to be made and shelves had to be built, among other to-dos. Not only did the sisters achieve their goal of opening the store by March, they achieved their long-held dreams. Tanya and Temidra Willock, four years apart, grew up in East Hampton and attended the same nearby middle school, Hayground School. It was at Hayground School that Tanya discovered her love for design, as she interned with an interior designer. After middle school, Temidra attended Ross School and Tanya went to East Hampton High School. The two sisters noted that their East Hampton community has been very supportive in their newest endeavor, the opening of their very own brick and mortar store, an event Temidra has envisioned since she was 8 years old. Read more at: 27East.com Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img A Dream Deferred: From Caribbean Executive to Artist in… Justin Poleon’s dream comes true Surviving a hurricane – cricketers share their experiencesCricketers Shane Shillingford and Liam Sebastien (and Viv Richards) talk about living through Hurricane Maria in Dominica, and how cricket helped its own by NAGRAJ GOLLAPUDI | OCTOBER 16, 2017 On the evening of September 18, Shane Shillingford, the West Indies offspinner, was sitting in his living room with his wife and father,…October 17, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”Bahamian actor lands costar role on CBS series, ‘Extant’Bahamian Actor Jamaal Hepburn has just completed work as a costar on the CBS science fiction drama series ‘Extant’.The show is produced by Steven Spielberg and has Halle Berry as its lead. Extant centres on Molly Woods (Berry), an astronaut with ISEA (International Space Exploration Agency) and is assigned a 13-month…August 3, 2015In “CARICOM”HAITI- Surviving against all oddsPORT SALUT, Haiti, CMC – Port Salut in the south of Haiti once bustled with life. Hotels, beach bars, discos and picnic spots brought tourist from all over the world to the small town where the weekend nightlife begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday. Today, the town is desolate…October 13, 2016In “General”Share this on WhatsApp Jul 18, 2019 (27East.com) It was November 2018 when sisters Temidra Willock, 29, and Tanya Willock, 25, walked into an empty retail space in Southampton Village, a space off Jobs Lane that was formerly occupied by Topiaire Candy Shop. “I walked in and I was like, ‘This is it,’” Temidra said. “I could just envision everything.” The ensuing months would transform a beaten down retail space into Hidden Gem, what customers have called an “authentic” home decor shop.last_img read more

Former Advance Auto Parts Exec Named CFO for Keystone Automotive

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. 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.  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 POMONA, CA — Keystone Automotive Industries has appointed Jeffrey Gray as chief financial officer, effective April 3. Gray succeeds John Palumbo, who recently resigned. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Gray, 41, most recently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Advance Auto Parts. During his eleven-year tenure with Advance Auto, Gray served in both financial and operational positions, including serving as senior vice president and controller and vice president of inventory management. He is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Virginia Tech. _______________________________________ 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 MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Tony Reeves Re-Joins Beck/Arnley as Catalog Specialist

first_imgSMYRNA, Tenn. –Tony Reeves has re-joined Beck/Arnley as the company’s catalog specialist. In this role, he will assist with all catalog and database responsibilities, including updating and producing Beck/Arnley’s CD catalogs and web catalog, as well as helping manage the image database and customer files. He will report to Dwight Brock, director of product data management. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Reeves has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket. He previously spent 20 years with Beck/Arnley, working in catalog research.,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 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

Max Butler Named Vice President Marketing for Mahindra Distributor Global Vehicles

first_imgALPHARETTA, Ga. — Max Butler, an automotive advertising veteran, has been named marketing vice president of Global Vehicles USA, the distributor for Indian auto maker Mahindra & Mahindra, which is in the process of launching its first vehicles in the United States.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The 51-year-old Butler brings more than 20 years of automotive marketing experience, with an emphasis in the retail arena, which according to John Perez, Global Vehicles chief executive officer, was a key reason for his appointment. “It was crucial for us to have someone heading the marketing and advertising efforts for the launch of the new Mahindra products who really understands the ins and outs of this market,” explained Perez. “Max knows how to translate the marketing programs developed by the manufacturer into advertising dealers can use to sell trucks and SUVs.” Beginning later this year, Global Vehicles will launch two- and four-door diesel-powered pickup trucks, in both two-wheel and four-wheel-drive versions. These are rugged vehicles, compact in size with the payload and towing capacity of larger pickups, and with the fuel economy of a small automobile. About a year later, a diesel-powered SUV, with similar characteristics, will follow the pickup.   Butler joins Global Vehicles following 17 years of marketing for the Saturn brand at three advertising agencies in Atlanta, most recently Deutsch LA. His first Saturn position, in 1991, was with Publicis & Hal Riney, moving in 2002 to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners with the brand. “Obviously he was successful with his Saturn work because they insisted he stay with the account even when they changed advertising agencies,” said Perez. “We feel he can really energize our efforts at the most elemental level, helping dealers reach customers for our great trucks.”Advertisement The challenge of building a brand in the competitive U.S. automotive market is not new for Butler, whose first advertising position in 1988 was with HDM Advertising to build the Peugeot brand. A year later he joined SAAB Cars USA, Inc., in Orange, Conn., taking on even more such challenges.last_img read more

Tenneco Announces Results of 2009 Annual Meeting

first_imgThe Bollinger Motors battery pack is composed of modules in 35 kWh strings that can be connected in series or parallel to form a variety of pack sizes and configurations. Pack sizes will include 35, 70, 105, 140, 175 kWh, and higher, with many sizes capable of both 350V and 700V configurations.  LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Tenneco announced at its annual meeting yesterday that its stockholders re-elected Charles Cramb, Dennis Letham, Frank Macher, Hari Nair, Roger Porter, David Price, Jr., Gregg Sherrill, Paul Stecko, Mitsunobu Takeuchi and Jane Warner to the company’s board of directors. The directors have been re-elected to serve a term expiring at the 2010 annual meeting of stockholders. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Stockholders also ratified the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as independent public accountants for 2009 and approved an amendment to the Tenneco Inc. 2006 Long-Term Incentive Plan.,Bollinger Motors has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its battery pack design. The scope of the patent includes mechanical, electrical and systems-engineering innovations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Designed for safety, high energy density, and high continuous power capacity, the Bollinger Motors battery pack will be suitable for heavier applications such as medium-duty trucks, agricultural and construction equipment. The modules are connected to both sides of a symmetrical and structural I-beam. The I-beam includes channels, through which cooling fluid is pumped, to extract heat away from the battery modules. The I-beams also provide cross-vehicle structural support and help protect the pack from side intrusions.  Bollinger Motors will manufacture battery packs for its own vehicles – as well as make them commercially available for standalone applications – starting in 2021.center_img The Battery Management System (BMS) has also been developed in-house. The BMS has been created to handle any number of strings, therefore one BMS can be manufactured for all future battery-pack sizes and voltages.  The BMS monitors voltage, current, and temperature at multiple points within the pack and manages the system accordingly. It works with other vehicle-control units to maintain optimum operating conditions that increase efficiency and extend battery life. The BMS also provides several features which ensure system safety, including detecting and isolating faults to enable continued vehicle operation.Advertisement “The heart of every EV is the battery, so it was crucial for us to develop our own battery pack in-house,” said CEO Robert Bollinger. “Our engineering team has created a pack with high-strength structural properties, exemplary cooling features and state-of-the-art software.”  Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent application on Oct. 12. The patent application number is 17/068,260.last_img read more

Midtronics CEO Steve McShane Inducted into Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame

first_imgWILLOWBROOK, Ill. – Steve McShane, founder and CEO of Midtronics Inc., was recently inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. The Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago chose McShane as a member of the 2011 Hall of Fame class in recognition of his entrepreneurial achievements and lasting impact on Chicago’s business landscape. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement McShane founded Midtronics in 1984 with the introduction of innovative conductance testing technology for the automotive market. Now a worldwide leader in battery management solutions for the transportation and stationary battery markets, Midtronics has since developed advanced technologies for alternator and electrical system diagnostics that are recognized globally as standards for servicing these systems. “It was a great honor to be inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame,” McShane said. “I appreciate the individual recognition, but am most proud of the achievements of the entire Midtronics team. Through aggressive research and development, innovation and close relationships with customers, we have developed products that improve reliability, reduce costs and support our customers’ overall success.” The 2011 Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Class included professionals from a variety of industries, including healthcare, retail and business services. “For the last 26 years, the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame has been a showcase of Chicago’s successful entrepreneur community,” said Michael Pagano, interim dean of the UIC College of Business Administration. “Our newest inductees have proven that you can succeed in business, even in the toughest times, through creativity and dedication.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Kirtland Air Force Base Releases RFP For New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System

first_imgThe two contractors for GBSD’s current Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction phase, Boeing and Northrop Grumman, will compete for the EMD contract. The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center expects to award the contract in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020. In May, Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, expressed the need to upgrade nuclear capability and modernization to maintain a deterrence edge. She said it no longer makes financial sense to continue to upgrade or extend the life of existing Minuteman III ICBMs and the new GBSD weapon system must be brought online. KIRTLAND AFB ― The Air Force released a request for proposals Tuesday for its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system program. “There is no margin to do another service life extension program on Minuteman III, because not only would it be more expensive than developing GBSD, but you would not have the resiliency in the capability because you would not have the modern equipment, you would not have the actual capabilities from a functional range point of view [or] warhead capability,” Lord said. “So we need to, by 2028, start replacing [ICBMs].” The GBSD program office is part of AFNWC’s ICBM Systems Directorate at Hill AFB, Utah. The center is responsible for synchronizing all aspects of nuclear materiel management on behalf of Air Force Materiel Command in direct support of Air Force Global Strike Command. The GBSD is the follow-on to the aging LGM-30G Minuteman III ICBM, which first became operational in the mid-1960s. While some components and subsystems have been upgraded over the years, most have supported over 50 years of continuous operation. Minuteman III ICBM launches during an operational test. An unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 2:42 a.m. Pacific May 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent ICBM is the follow-on to the aging Minuteman III, which first became operational in the mid-1960s. The GBSD program is managed by the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Hill AFB, Utah.  Photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks The request is for the weapon system’s Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase and includes five production lot options to produce and deploy the weapon system.center_img Senior Air Force leaders also support the new GBSD system. “The GBSD program office members have worked hard to analyze the costs of every requirement, used modeling and simulation to evaluate every decision and keep the design, development and deployment of the weapon system on track,” said Col. Jason Bartolomei, GBSD program manager. “The EMD request for proposal is the next step in the development of a safe, secure and effective GBSD weapon system.” “If you look at the threat that we face, Russia just completed their modernization of their triad this year…because they know they cannot defeat us—and certainly can’t defeat NATO—conventionally,” said Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Dave Goldfein at a congressional committee hearing in April. “So, our modernization and recap of the triad is just in time because in the missile leg, key parts of that program expire right about the time that we bring on the new Ground Based Strategic Deterrent to replace it.” The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center is the lead for the Air Force’s GBSD acquisition effort. “The GBSD will be designed to be adaptable and responsive to the challenges posed by the pace of technological change and new threat environments,” said Maj. Gen. Shaun Morris, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center commander and the Air Force program executive officer for strategic systems. “After a complete evaluation of the proposals, the EMD contract will be awarded to the company which will provide the best overall value to the warfighter and taxpayers.” KAFB News:last_img read more

DEA: Sinaloa Cartel Leader Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Sentenced To Life In Prison Plus 30 Years

first_img“This sentencing shows the world that no matter how protected or powerful you are, DEA will ensure that you face justice,” DEA Acting Administrator Dhillon said. “This result would not have been possible without the dedication and determination of so many brave men and women of the DEA, who worked tirelessly to see the world’s most dangerous, prolific drug trafficker behind bars in the United States. This is a huge victory for the rule of law, for thousands of current and retired DEA agents and analysts worldwide, and for all of our law enforcement partners here, in Mexico, and across the globe.” Guzman Loera and his organization also relied on a vast network of corrupt government officials and employees to protect and further the interests of the Sinaloa Cartel. They included local law enforcement officers, prison guards, high-ranking members of the armed forces and elected office holders. In exchange, the Cartel paid these individuals millions of dollars in bribes. The trial highlighted the methods Guzman Loera and his organization used to transport the cartel’s multi-ton shipments of narcotics into the United States, including fishing boats, submarines, carbon fiber airplanes, trains with secret compartments and transnational underground tunnels. Once the narcotics were in the United States, they were sold to wholesale distributors in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Arizona, Los Angeles and elsewhere. Guzman Loera then used various methods to launder billions of dollars of drug proceeds, including bulk cash smuggling from the United States to Mexico, U.S.-based insurance companies, reloadable debit cards and numerous shell companies, including a juice company and a fish flour company. Guzman Loera was convicted by a federal jury on Feb. 12, 2019, following a three-month trial, of all 10 counts of the superseding indictment, including narcotics trafficking, using a firearm in furtherance of his drug crimes and participating in a money laundering conspiracy. DEA News: The court also ordered Guzman Loera to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture. The sentence was announced by Attorney General William P. Barr, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida, Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Director Christopher A. Wray of the FBI, Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Executive Associate Director Derek Benner of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Acting U.S. Marshal Bryan T. Mullee of the Eastern District of New York, New York City Police Department Commissioner James P. O’Neill and New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gina Parlovecchio, Michael Robotti, Patricia Notopoulos and Hiral Mehta from the Eastern District of New York; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Adam Fels, Andrea Goldbarg and Lynn Kirkpatrick from the Southern District of Florida; and Trial Attorneys Amanda Liskamm, Anthony Nardozzi, Brett Reynolds and Michael Lang of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section. The case was investigated by the DEA, ICE HSI and the FBI, in cooperation with Mexican, Ecuadorian, Netherlands, Dominican and Colombian law enforcement authorities. Substantial assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in the Northern District of Illinois, Western District of Texas, Southern District of New York, Southern District of California, District of New Hampshire, District of Arizona and Eastern District of Virginia. The Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs of the Criminal Division played an integral role in securing the extradition of Guzman Loera to the United States, in cooperation with authorities of the Mexican government, without which his prosecution would not have been possible. The investigative efforts in this case were coordinated with the Department of Justice Special Operations Division, comprising agents, analysts and attorneys from the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section; DEA New York; DEA Miami; FBI Washington Field Office; FBI New York Field Office; FBI Miami Field Office; HSI New York; HSI Nogales; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Marshals Service; IRS Criminal Investigation; U.S. Bureau of Prisons; NYPD and New York State Police. Joaquin Guzman … also known as El Chapo “Guzman Loera’s day of reckoning has finally come,” EDNY U.S. Attorney Donoghue said. “Never again will he pour poison into our country, or make millions as innocent lives are lost. We cannot undo the violence, misery and devastation inflicted on countless individuals and communities as result of his organization’s sale of tons of illegal drugs for more than two decades, but we can ensure that he spends every minute of every day in prison. The same fate awaits those who would take his place. I thank the brave members of law enforcement, here and abroad, for their tireless efforts that have finally secured justice in this case.” This case is the result of the ongoing efforts by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, a partnership that brings together the combined expertise and unique abilities of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, dismantle and prosecute high level members of drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations and enterprises. The evidence at trial established that Guzman Loera was a principal leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexico-based international drug trafficking organization responsible for importing and distributing more than a million kilograms of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin in the United States. The evidence included testimony from 14 cooperating witnesses, including Sinaloa Cartel members Rey and Vicente Zambada, Miguel Martinez, Tirso Martinez, Damaso Lopez and Alex Cifuentes; narcotics seizures totaling over 130,000 kilograms of cocaine and heroin; weapons, including AK-47s and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher; ledgers; text messages; videos; photographs and intercepted recordings that detailed the drug trafficking activity of Guzman Loera and his co-conspirators over a 25-year period from January 1989 until December 2014.    “The life sentence imposed today is the only just result for someone who spent a lifetime spreading his poison throughout our country,” SDFL U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan said. “The impact of keeping former Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin Guzman Loera behind bars, for the rest of his life, cannot be overstated: the world will now be shielded from his brutality. Thanks to the unyielding efforts of this team, the public was finally able to see how Guzman Loera used any means necessary to control his ruthless empire, including kidnapping, corruption, torture, and murder. Our U.S. Attorney’s Offices continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our domestic and foreign law enforcement partners to protect our citizens from the scourge of illicit drugs.” Guzman Loera and his organization relied upon violence to maintain its power throughout the region and beyond. Numerous co-conspirators testified that Guzman Loera directed his hitmen to kidnap, interrogate, torture and slaughter members of rival drug organizations, at times carrying out acts of violence himself. As part of its arsenal, the Sinaloa Cartel had access to weapons, including grenades and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Guzman Loera’s personal arsenal included a gold plated AK-47 and three diamond-encrusted .38 caliber handguns, one emblazoned with his initials, “JGL.” “The long road that brought ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera to a United States courtroom is lined with drugs, death, and destruction, but ends today with justice,” Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski said. “Thanks to the unflagging efforts of the Department of Justice and the law enforcement community over the past 25 years, this notorious leader of one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in the Western hemisphere, the Sinaloa Cartel, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.” From the mid-1980s until his arrest in Mexico in 1993, Guzman Loera was a mid-level operative of the Sinaloa Cartel, earning a name for himself and the nickname “El Rapido” for how quickly he transported drugs from Mexico to the United States for the Colombian cartels. After he escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001 by hiding in a laundry cart, Guzman Loera formed an alliance with fugitive co-defendant Ismael Zambada Garcia and, together, they became the preeminent leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel. Guzman Loera enforced his will and maintained control of his drug empire through an army of lethal bodyguards and a sophisticated communications network. “With this sentencing, justice has been served,” NYSP Superintendent Corlett said. “For two decades, this individual used extreme violence, bribes, and any means necessary to bring dangerous and deadly drugs into our country and state. This sentence should serve as a reminder that no one is above the law. I applaud our partners in law enforcement for their tireless work on this case, bringing an end to the destruction this man, and this enterprise caused for decades.” The sentence is to run consecutive to the life sentence for being a principal leader of a continuing criminal enterprise – the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the Sinaloa Cartel – a charge that includes 26 drug-related violations and one murder conspiracy. “Let today’s sentencing show the world that Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has not escaped the American justice system and, now, will finally be held accountable for his many years of criminal behavior,” NYPD Commissioner O’Neill said. “I want to thank the members of the DEA, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, HSI, the New York State Police and the NYPD detectives on the Drug Enforcement Task Force for their hard work on this investigation and trial.” WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases, including “El Chapo” and “El Rapido,” was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan to a life term of imprisonment plus 30 years.last_img read more