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CAR’s David Cole Joins Ricardo as Non-Executive Director

CAR’s David Cole Joins Ricardo as Non-Executive Director

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. VAN BUREN TWP., MI — Dr. David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), has been appointed a non-executive director of Ricardo Inc. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Ricardo is an independent technology provider and strategic management consultant for the transportation sector. The company’s engineering expertise ranges from vehicle systems integration, controls, electronics and software development, to the latest driveline and transmission systems and gasoline, diesel, hybrid and fuel cell powertrain technologies. Its customers include the world’s major automakers, tier 1 suppliers and leading motorsport teams. Cole has spent a long and distinguished career in the North American automotive industry, working extensively on internal combustion engines, vehicle design and automotive industry strategic trends. Prior to his current tenure as chairman of CAR, Cole was director of the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation (OSAT) at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. His most recent research has focused on strategic issues related to the restructuring of the North American industry and trends in globalization, technology, market factors and human resource requirements. In addition to his work for CAR, Cole is a director of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, as well as a non-executive director of companies including Campfire Interactive, MSX International, Plastech, R.L. Polk, and Saturn Electronics & Engineering. In addition, he is a member of the executive committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and was recently appointed by Michigan’s Governor to the Strategic Economic Investment and Commercialization Board and the Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission. Advertisement Commenting on the appointment, Ricardo President Dean Harlow, said, “David Cole is a leading voice and auto industry advocate both in the United States and internationally. I am pleased to welcome him to Ricardo and look forward to his valuable advice and guidance as we grow and diversify our business in North America.” For more information about Ricardo, visit: http://www.ricardo.com.,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.  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

Dana’s Post Bankruptcy Board of Directors to Include Political, Financial Leaders and Top OE, Aftermarket Execs

Dana’s Post Bankruptcy Board of Directors to Include Political, Financial Leaders and Top OE, Aftermarket Execs

first_imgTOLEDO, Ohio – As it prepares to emerge from Chapter 11 reorganization, Dana Corp. has announced the names of nine executives who are expected to serve as members of Dana’s board of directors, after its bankruptcy proceedings have ended. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The board will include Dana Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Burns, who is expected to be named chief executive officer. At emergence, it is expected that the offices of chairman and chief executive officer will be separate. The board, which has been selected by creditors and new investors, assembles distinguished leaders from government, finance and automotive backgrounds. Collectively, the board represents more than 170 years of automotive industry experience. Upon confirmation of the company’s Plan of Reorganization by the Court, the board of directors will take office on the effective date of the plan. Joining Burns on the board will be: Gary Convis, 65, retired in 2007 as the chairman of Toyota Manufacturing, Kentucky, and executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., where he had served since 2002. Prior to serving in these roles, Convis spent 16 years at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. Convis also spent more than 20 years in various roles with General Motors Corporation and Ford Motor Company. Convis is also a board member of Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. and Compass Automotive Group, Inc. John Devine, 63, is the former vice chairman and chief financial officer of General Motors Corporation, where he served from 2001 to 2005. Prior to joining GM, Devine served as chairman and chief executive officer of Fluid Ventures, LLC. Previously, he spent 32 years at Ford Motor Company, where he last served as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Devine is also currently a board member of Amerigon Incorporated. Advertisement Mark Gallogly, 50, is managing partner of Centerbridge Partners, L.P., a multi-strategy private investment firm. Prior to co-founding Centerbridge, Gallogly served as a senior managing director of The Blackstone Group from 1994 to 2005, heading the firm’s Private Equity Group from 2003 to 2005. Richard Gephardt, 66, is a senior counsel in the Government Affairs practice group at DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms. Previously, Gephardt served as a Congressman for Missouri’s Third Congressional District for 28 years. He was the leader of the House Democrats for more than a decade, serving as House majority leader from 1989 to 1994 and minority leader from 1995 to 2003. Stephen Girsky, 45, is president of Centerbridge Industrial Partners, LLC. Prior to joining Centerbridge, Girsky was the special adviser to the chief executive officer and chief financial officer of General Motors Corporation from 2005 to 2006. Prior to joining GM, Girsky was managing director at Morgan Stanley and the senior analyst of the Morgan Stanley Global Automotive and Auto Parts Research Team. Terrence Keating, 58, is chairman of Accuride Corporation, one the largest and most diversified manufacturers and suppliers of commercial vehicle components in North America. He has served as CEO and a director of Accuride Corporation since 2002, and was named chairman of the company earlier this year. He recently announced plans to retire from active employment as an officer of the company at the end of 2008. Keating also serves as vice chairman and a director of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association. Advertisement Mark Schulz, 55, is the former president of International Operations of the Ford Motor Company, where he spent 32 years in a variety of global roles. Schulz serves as a member of several boards, including the National Committee of United States-China Relations, the United States-China Business Council and the National Bureau of Asian Research. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board for the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Schulz is also currently a board member of YRC Worldwide Inc. Jerome York, 69, has served as chief executive officer of Harwinton Capital LLC, a private investment company that he controls, since 2000. From 2000 to 2003, York was chairman and chief executive officer of MicroWarehouse, Inc. From 1995 to 1999, he served as vice chairman of Tracinda Corporation. He served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of IBM Corporation from 1993 to 1995. Prior to that, York spent 14 years at Chrysler Corporation serving as its chief financial officer from 1990 to 1993. York is also currently a director of Apple Inc. and Tyco International Ltd. “We are pleased to welcome this group of highly respected individuals to the Dana team and look forward to benefiting from their perspective and guidance as we embark on our new beginning,” Burns said. “The combined experience, business acumen, and high ethical standards represented by this board will provide a sound foundation for our future success.” Advertisement For more information, please visit: http://www.dana.com.last_img read more

Petrobras Reports Increase in Net Earnings

Petrobras Reports Increase in Net Earnings

first_imgPetrobras said its net income was 11% up on 2012 due to diesel (20%) and gasoline (11%) price increases in 2013, increased production of oil products, cost optimization, gains from the sale of assets, lower write-offs for dry wells and lower foreign exchange impact due to hedge accounting. Adjusted EBITDA totaled R$ 62.967 billion, up 18% on 2012.Fourth quarter net income was R$ 6.281 billion, up 85% on the third quarter. This result reflects higher oil export volumes, lower dry well write-offs, gains from sale of the interest in block BC-10 and tax benefits stemming from provision of interest on own capital.2013 oil and natural gas production totaled 2.539 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), down 2% on 2012, primarily due to delays in starting up new systems, natural decline of fields and sale of assets abroad. Fourth quarter domestic output was up 1% on the third quarter.In 2013, five new platforms came on stream and another four systems were deployed at their permanent locations. A pre-salt daily output record of 371,000 bpd was set on December 24th.Proven reserves in Brazil reached 16 billion barrels of oil equivalent, up 1.6% on 2012. The Reserve Replacement Ratio has been higher than 100% for 22 years in a row.Average production of oil products in Brazil totaled 2.124 million bpd in 2013, up 6% on 2012, cutting back diesel and gasoline imports. PROEF (Campos Basin operational efficiency improvement program) contributed with additional oil output of 63,000 bpd. Operational efficiency reached 75% for the Campos Basin Operational Unit (UO-BC) and 92% for Rio (UO-RIO).Press Release, February 26, 2014last_img read more

Task completed as Americans win back Ryder Cup

Task completed as Americans win back Ryder Cup

first_imgTask completed as Americans win back Ryder Cup Published: October 2, 2016 6:32 PM EDT Updated: October 2, 2016 9:04 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. CHASKA, Minn. (AP) – This wasn’t about being maybe the best team ever assembled. The Americans were simply a team, and they finally won back the Ryder Cup.Phil Mickelson led the Americans behind the scenes. Patrick Reed powered them with his passion on the golf course. And it was Ryan Moore, the final captain’s pick who wasn’t even on the team until a week ago Sunday, who delivered the cup-clinching point at Hazeltine.Moore finished eagle-birdie-par for a 1-up victory over Lee Westwood, and the celebration was on.“When put in the right environment, the U.S. team brought out some amazing golf,” Mickelson said. “And we’re bringing back the Ryder Cup because of it.”There was no meltdown like Medinah four years ago, when the Americans blew a 10-6 lead under captain Davis Love III.Europe never really had a chance.Reed outdueled and outshouted Rory McIlroy for a 1-up victory, and by then the back end of the scoreboard was filled with American red.The final score was 17-11, the biggest rout for the United States since 1981. That U.S. team is considered the best team ever assembled with 11 major champions. In a radio interview going into the Ryder Cup, Love was trying to explain that the Americans didn’t have to do anything “super human” when he said, “This is the best team maybe ever assembled.”Ultimately, this wasn’t about measuring against the past as much as it was building to the future.The Americans lost for the third straight time in 2014 at Gleneagles, and it was team divided over everything from how the captain was selected to how the team should be built. Mickelson put his image on the line by publicly challenging captain Tom Watson at the closing press conference in Scotland, and he was the strongest voice among five players on a task force that was assembled to figure out why the Americans couldn’t seem to win.Mickelson was under pressure all week and delivered 2 1/2 points, including a halve with Sergio Garcia in which both birdied the final two holes.“You keep losing, you feel like you have to do something different,” said Love, who avoided becoming the first U.S. captain to lose the Ryder Cup twice. “They had a lot of pressure on them for the last two years. And every time we picked a guy, there was more and more pressure on the team and more and more questions. And I’m just proud the way every one of them played. It was a great team effort.”The golf was equally great.Reed faced the tallest order in the leadoff match with Rory McIlroy, and the quality of golf was as high as it gets. Reed squared the match by driving the fifth green to 8 feet for eagle, and he kept the tee until the 18th. Reed matched McIlroy’s birdie on No. 6, McIlroy matched Reed’s birdie on No. 7 and the par-3 eighth hole was as sensational as it gets in a Ryder Cup.McIlroy holed a 60-foot birdie putt, leapt into the air and cupped his hand to his ear, mocking the American crowd to yell even louder. Reed then holed a birdie putt from 35 feet, charging the crowd before turning to wag his finger at McIlroy. They bumped fists and patted each other on the back, both 5 under through eight holes.Their standard of gold dipped after that, perhaps because they spent so much energy pumping fists, and Reed finally took his first lead when McIlroy bogeyed the 12th hole. McIlroy’s putter went cold, and Reed closed him out with a 7-foot birdie on the 18th.Mickelson made 10 birdies, and Garcia made nine birdies against no bogeys in their match.Among the lone bright spots for Europe was Thomas Pieters, the Belgian rookie who had the best debut of any European rookie by going 4-1. He took down J.B. Holmes in the third match, right after Henrik Stenson dismantled Jordan Spieth. By then, it was ominous.There would be no comeback like Medinah. There would be no celebrating for Europe, which it had done eight of the last 10 times.The Americans stood atop a bridge to the left of the 18th green and sprayed champagne on themselves and the crowd, an enormous gathering that sent endless cheers of “U-S-A” and “Red, white, blue” across Hazeltine for three straight days.Every U.S. player contributed a point.For Europe, Westwood was among four players who ended the week without a point.The Ryder Cup Task Force was dismantled after Love was named captain for the second time, though Mickelson and Tiger Woods remain on a committee for the next Ryder Cup in 2018 in France. Europe has not lost consecutive Ryder Cups since 1993. SHARElast_img read more

Railway supply industry news round-up

Railway supply industry news round-up

first_imgFinnish company Roadscanners has sold its rail division, including its Rail Doctor software and related intellectual property rights, to the Loram Finland subsidiary of US-based Loram Maintenance of Way. ‘Roadscanners’ expertise and its cutting edge analysis software have been instrumental in the acceptance and growth of ground penetrating radar in the railroad industry, both in North America and worldwide‘, said Loram’s Chief Civil Engineer Dr James Hyslip.Environmental and engineering services consultancy RSK Group has acquired UK wayleave business Consents Solutions Ltd and ecological consultancy Biocensus, which supplies ecologists to rail projects including East West Rail. Financing came from Ares Capital Europe and a revolving credit facility provided by NatWest.Beacon Rail Leasing has appointed Adam Cunliffe as Chief Executive Officer with effect from July 1. He joins the company from UK freight operator Freightliner where he is currently Chief Commercial Officer.Jacquelle Coldhill has become Commercial Director of Rail Control Systems Australia, with co-founder Paul Hann taking over her previous role of CEO.Intelligent remote monitoring firm FliteTrak has become one the first companies to use leasing company Porterbrook’s Innovation Hub, a Class 319 EMU which SMEs can use to showcase their technology. Managing Director Andrew Barnett said FliteTrak will use the Hub to demonstrate its ViatorRail, which ‘is already being used by a major rail franchise to track engine temperatures and performance, but we’re looking forward to demonstrating all of its other applications too.‘East Japan Railway is to work with Chinese online travel agency Ctrip.com International to promote railway travel to foreign visitors to Japan.Former Vice-President of Enterprise Risk Management, Safety & Benefits at Sun Holdings Leldon Bulkley has been appointed as the Vice-President of Risk Management at RATP Dev USA.last_img read more

Kill the 9-to-5 by turning your hobby into a thriving business

Kill the 9-to-5 by turning your hobby into a thriving business

first_imgBrandPointContent.com (BPT) – A beloved hobby can feel like a mini vacation from everyday life. Whether it’s gardening for relaxation, photography as a creative outlet or computer coding to exercise the brain, hobbies serve as an escape from stress and boredom.What if rather than a hobby being your escape, it was what you did for a career?“When you do what you love, it doesn’t feel like work. However, people are intimidated by the idea of transitioning a hobby into this type of dream,” says Jim Salmon, vice president of business services at Navy Federal Credit Union. “Becoming a successful entrepreneur doesn’t have to be difficult with the right drive and passion.”Navy Federal Business Services has helped thousands of people turn their dreams of owning a small business into reality by providing expert guidance and financial support through Business Services products. Here are some of Salmon’s expert tips based on best practices he’s observed through his close relationship with entrepreneurial clients:1. Take your time.Becoming a successful entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to drop everything and devote all your time to starting a business. In fact, research shows the opposite: People who keep their day jobs while starting companies are a third less likely to fail than those who abandon their full time jobs. Instead, they’re tinkering, researching and cautiously testing things out to see if their idea is a viable business venture and if there is a market for their product or service.2. Set a timeline.Is there a season where it would make sense to test out your business venture? Or perhaps there’s a transitional time in your life where you’ll be looking to open a new chapter. For example, transitioning your hobby into a viable business venture a great option for active duty military personnel and veterans because they naturally begin to think about what their second career will be after retiring or leaving the Armed Forces.3. Decide on time commitment.Decide how much time you are willing to dedicate to your new venture in the beginning. Being an entrepreneur means being your own boss which affords you unprecedented flexibility, but the effort you put in directly effects what you get out. Keep in mind, entrepreneurship isn’t just for full-time professionals. Turning a hobby into a career is a great option for military and stay-at-home parents who require flexibility in regards to working hours and location, but they may have more open time to dedicate to the transition.4. Create a business plan.Transitioning a hobby into a profession is a lot of fun, but it’s also serious business if you want to be successful. That means creating a business plan that includes goals and plans for attaining them. This will serve as the foundation for how you strategize and build a successful business today. Plus, when it comes time to finance your budding business, a solid business plan will give you a leg up and direction for the future.5. Find financial backing.Depending on what type of business you want to pursue, you may need some additional funding beyond what you can afford. Establishing a relationship with a financial institution like Navy Federal Credit Union will help you learn more about small business loans and lending products that will help your small business grow. Bring your passion and your business plan – potential investors and financial institutions alike will want to see both before they make a decision.last_img read more

Third World Confirms New Album Coming August

Third World Confirms New Album Coming August

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Fans of veteran reggae group Third World won’t have to wait much longer for the group’s new album, which is slated to be released in August.Stephen “Cat” Coore, the band’s guitarist revealed that Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, the producer on the album, will be the once to announce album details, including the title and prospective singles, in early July.Loving You is Easy, the lead single from the album was released three months ago.Third World has performed a couple of songs from the album during recent shows in Greece, Germany, France, Malta, and South Africa. The album will be the band’s first studio effort since Under The Magic Sun which came out in 2014.The group, which was formed in 1973, will play a 45th-anniversary show on July 5 at The Casino at Dania Beach in South Florida. They officially observed the milestone last year, but none of those shows were done in Florida where band members live.Coore, who started Third World with keyboardist Ibo Cooper, is the lone original member. Cooper left the band in 1996.Third World had a golden period during the 1970s and 1980s when it released outstanding albums like the self-titled debut, Journey to Addis, and Sense of Purpose.At the Dania Beach gig, Coore and his bandmates will honour 12 persons who have been associated with Third World over the years.last_img read more

U.N. Security Council extends South Sudan sanctions

U.N. Security Council extends South Sudan sanctions

first_imgThe United Nations Security Council on Thursday voted to renew some sanctions on South Sudan through mid-July.The Council also said it would consider imposing travel bans and asset freezes on six South Sudanese leaders if the country’s conflict does not stop by June 30.The resolution, approved by a 9-0 vote with six abstentions, was a watered-down version of a draft measure proposed by the United States, whose ambassador, Nikki Haley, wrote in the Washington Post on Wednesday that the administration had “lost patience with the status quo” in South Sudan.“What we need now is concrete action by the full international community to hold these warring parties accountable,” Haley said in impassioned remarks before the vote.Critics of the resolution argued that the measure came at a sensitive time in peace talks led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and was rushed through the council with little consultation with the region.South Sudan has been plagued by a civil war since December 2013, sparked by a feud between President Salva Kiir and his then-deputy Riek Machar.Kiir accused Machar of plotting to overthrow his reign, allegations Machar denied but went on to mobilize a rebel force to fight the government.The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions others, prompting the UN early last year to rank South Sudan as Africa’s biggest refugee crisis.The resolution stipulated that if the warring factions would not have ended hostilities by June 30, the council would consider freezing the assets and banning travel for six officials, including Defense Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, former army chief Paul Malong, Minister of Information Michael Lueth and deputy chief of defense for logistics in the South Sudan Army Malek Reuben Riak Rengu.It also targeted Koang Rambang, governor of Bieh State, who the United States accused of leading military attacks and obstructing aid to civilians; and cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomuro.last_img read more

Ten people kidnapped by armed group in eastern DRC

Ten people kidnapped by armed group in eastern DRC

first_imgArmed rebels kill six people in eastern DR Congo 150 people missing after shipwreck in eastern DRC Congolese children are seen inside a make shift orphanage that houses children abandoned or separated from their families, in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on February 6, 2018. Fighting between Ugandan Muslim militia, the Allied Defence Forces (ADF) and local government forces in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as well as ongoing attacks by the ADF have displaced thousands people since October 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN WESSELS (Photo credit should read JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images) Congolese children are seen inside a make shift orphanage that houses children abandoned or separated from their families, in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on February 6, 2018.Fighting between  militia, the Allied Defence Forces (ADF) and local government forces in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as well as ongoing attacks by the ADF have displaced thousands people since October 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN WESSELS (Photo credit should read JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images)Ten people have been kidnapped by an armed group in the Beni region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local sources said on Thursday.The assailants raided Chianichani village, where they looted and burned a local health centre and robbed houses, sources said.“Ten people were swept away by these attackers,” Donat Kibwana, administrative director of Beni, told AFP.Beni has been one of the main cities affected by the outbreak of Ebola.Tq23he virus has killed more than 1,000 people since August.According to the SITE Intelligence group, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in Chianchiani and another village, Kumbwa in Kamango, saying they clashed with the Congolese military.AFP could not immediately verify the claim.The Congolese army has not reported an attack on its bases in Kamango.Last month, the Islamic State group for the first time claimed to be behind an attack on a Congolese army position in North Kivu province.Another group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – forced out of Uganda in the mid 1990s — are regularly accused by DRC authorities of attacking army positions in North Kivu.The Islamist-rooted ADF have notably been blamed for a 2014 massacre of hundreds of civilians in the North Kivu region of Beni. Related Kidnappings skyrocket in eastern DRClast_img read more

Over two thousand Dominican children not registered

Over two thousand Dominican children not registered

first_imgLocalNews Over two thousand Dominican children not registered by: – January 23, 2013 31 Views   2 comments Share Share Tweetcenter_img Acting Registrar, Ossie WalshA project to ensure the complete registration of all children born in Dominica who are either not registered with the Registry or whose birth records are incomplete is underway in Dominica.“During the period 1994 to 2012, we discovered that there are a total of 2, 516 children who are either unregistered or who are incompletely registered…this is a high number for Dominica,” acting registrar Ossie Walsh said who quoted the results of a baseline study research undertaken by the Registry. Of that 2, 516 figure, there are 1, 225 (550 females and 675 males) children who are unregistered, meaning “children who were born at some government institution out there particularly, primarily at the Princess Margaret Hospital and the information came from the PMH to us at the Registry and the parents never came in to sign,” Walsh explained.There are 1, 291(630 females and 661 males) children who are incompletely registered meaning, “children who are registered with us [Registry] but their name might be missing on the birth certificate, or the father’s name is not there or the father’s occupation is not there”.“Every child has the right to a name, birth registration and nationality,” Article 7 of the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child states, which Dominica is a signatory of.Hence, the Dominica Government through the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs is collaborating with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in launching phase two of the child registration project. “It is aimed at having the children’s names, names of both of parents, date of birth as well as place of birth inserted on their birth records,” said senior executive officer at the Registry, Debbie Baptiste.“While this may seem like a relatively simple issue, it is of paramount importance because one’s birth certificate is required in order to obtain other identity documents such as a passport, social security card, even to enroll a child in a learning institution you need a birth certificate,” Baptiste explained.Registry officials also sought to dispel the notion that a baptismal certificate can suffice as a birth certificate.“Some persons are under the wrong perception that a baptismal certificate or even the hospital records is equivalent to a birth certificate. This, the Registry would like to say is wrong,” Baptiste said. Parents are being urged to review their children’s birth certificates to ensure that the children’s name are on the certificate and correctly spelt, that both their parent’s names and occupations are there and also correctly spelt.“The Registry Department would like persons to really take the opportunity to come in and have the birth of their children fully registered” as this service is being offered at no cost to the parents. The campaign which was launched simultaneously in Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines is part of a three month regional birth registration reform process.“This campaign wants to focus on almost eliminating that figure, we want to ensure that those persons are captured and those persons can be fully registered with us,” Walsh said. It is being funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and coordinated by the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) who is coordinating the project.It will be launched in Grenada after the February 19th general elections there.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more