With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. 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 NANAIMO, B.C. – VMAC, manufacturer of compact air compressor systems for the mobile-mechanic, tire service, utilities and construction industries, has appointed a new mechanical engineer to its research and development department: Mike Cummings, a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Victoria. Prior to completing his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Cummings completed the Mechanical Engineering Technology program and the Bridge Program from Camosun College. His final design projects included a single-man hovercraft using a Rotax snowmobile engine and an autonomous walking robot capable of navigating through a course. Cummings’ engineering background includes Mechanical Design Technologist (Marine) for advanced wastewater treatment system installations on cruise ships sailing to Alaska, the Mediterranean and Panama. He also has years of experience in metal fabrication, machining processes and sheet metal, all of which applied to manufacturing of brewery systems, ASME pressure vessels, processing equipment and wastewater and water treatment. Cummings is passionate about dirt biking and, in his free time, works on his own motorcycle and has rebuilt motors. In his new role at VMAC, Cummings will focus on new product development. 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 MoreAdvertisement
The Initiation by Chris Babu, Permuted Press, 325 pp., $21.If adolescent boys may be the most difficult age group to entice into reading literature, Southampton resident Chris Babu certainly makes a strong pitch for their attention with The Initiation, a compelling futuristic adventure tale that will appeal to young males with heroism fantasies and testosterone on the move.It’s possible, though, that teenage girls who tend to mature earlier, and are not sidelined by romance fiction, may also find Babu’s debut novel engaging.One of the main characters, Clarice, a beautiful, super-bright withdrawn 15-year-old, comes to allow herself to feel affection for the protagonist of the book, young Drayden Coulson, a “math geek” and the smartest guy in his class, but also kind of shy. What they share is a love of intellectual challenge, and what the plot of The Initiation gives them and four of their classmates is plenty of challenge by way of a series of life or death games.Call the story a “nerd version of The Hunger Games,” the author has said. And look at it as “quasi-interactive” because it invites readers to solve the “brainy challenges” that confront the youngsters who pledge for The Initiation, as a way to improve their lives.What the characters can’t imagine, however, are the timed mental and physical ordeals they will have to face in the sinister, abandoned NYC subway system, where the Initiation takes place. Some puzzles may be familiar to older readers, but everyone will recognize that the ultimate challenge is to be a decent and courageous human being in the face of fear, envy, or pain.The author, a former Wall Street bond trader and a math graduate from MIT, cleverly draws on contemporary concerns to fashion his sci-fi narrative: “If several of the world’s major issues all went worst-case scenario at the same time, you’d end up with the near-future dystopia of New America.”That apocalyptic “Confluence” has already occurred when the story begins, leaving in its wake a despotic regime of 100,000 people who live in Manhattan, are separated into class zones, and are ruled by restrictive political, economic, and societal laws. Teachers and parents might well consider suggesting that this literate and suspenseful book be included on middle school and high school curricula.Annie’s Bones by Howard Owen. The Permanent Press, 264 pp., $ 29.95.Though this is crime literature award-winning Howard Owen’s 16th book from his Sag Harbor publishers, he continues to deliver inventive fiction by way of colorful characters and a strong sense of place, usually regions around his home town of Richmond.Fans will recognize some minor characters who were major players in earlier murder mysteries, and it’s nice to see them back, if briefly, because Annie’s Bones is in many ways about nostalgia — as though Owen is keeping up with his own age as well as the age of his protagonist, who is introduced on page one “squatting like an arthritic catcher in the Virginia mud.”The narrative opens in May 2016 and alternates between that date and 1968, when James Grayson (Gray) Melvin’s 19-year-old college sweetheart went missing after rejecting him. She ran from his car, never to be seen again until 48 years later, when her bones accidentally turn up during a local dig.Gray would have married Annie in a heartbeat. She still had his class ring when they split. But what happened that night she fled? He’s well aware that locals consider him the prime suspect in her disappearance, which they really think was murder. Four decades later, her family is still hell bent on revenge.Wealthy and politically well connected, her brother ensures that Gray never gets or keeps a decent job, especially in journalism, his love, and it is obvious who makes the phone call that sets the plot in motion: “Enjoy your last few days of freedom, asshole . . . they found her. They found Annie.”By giving Grey sympathetic context — a drunken father, a mother who left him when he was a child, a troubled sister, a failed marriage — Owen makes clear that Grey is a likeable, hardworking man who is honest with himself. (“He didn’t have any experience being cool. He only had experience pretending to be cool.”) He has earned the love of a good woman, but even she doesn’t know the full story of his relationship with Annie.Still, she stands by him, giving Owen a chance to do what he does best — craft complex characters of flawed humanity that are as much universal in their longing as they are exemplary of a changing rural, low-income part of the country that more Americans should know more about. Share
By Oleg Vukmanovic(Reuters) – British prompt gas prices rose early on Wednesday due to an undersupplied system as lower wind power generation boosted demand for gas-fuelled power plants.Sharply lower withdrawals from underground storage sites helped further tighten supplies, pushing gas for instant delivery up 0.95 pence per therm at 29.20 p/therm by 0844 GMT, and day-ahead gas trading 0.52 p/therm higher at 29.10 p/therm.Britain’s gas network was undersupplied by 10.20 million cubic metres/day (mcm/day) with demand estimated at 289.6 mcm/day, according to National Grid data.“Prompt prices have firmed from yesterday, taking direction from the short system and gains on the front month contract,”‘ Marcel Boonaert, head of trading and portfolio at Wingas UK, said.The April gas contract rose 0.10 p/therm to 29.20 p/therm.Both nominated pipeline supplies from the UK continental shelf (UKCS) and LNG terminals were high on Wednesday morning at 149 mcm and 42 mcm respectively.Imports from Norway were steady at 65 mcm through the main Langeled pipeline.Britain’s largest gas storage site Rough reduced withdrawals to zero overnight due to lack of a price incentive to sell stored reserves on the spot market, analysts said.One LNG tanker is currently anchored at the South Hook import terminal, and two more are expected to arrive over the next week.Local distribution zone demand – for heating – was pegged at five mcm/day lower for Thursday, at 170 mcm/day, compared with Wednesday levels, likely due to slightly milder weather expectations.The summer gas season is due to begin on April 1 which will run until October. This is typically a period of lower demand for gas due to warmer temperatures and a time when many gas infrastructure operators carry out maintenance.Further out on the curve, the contract for gas delivery winter 2016/17 rose 0.05 pence to 33.10 pence/therm.Dutch day-ahead gas prices rose 0.17 euro/MWh to 12.10 euros/MWh. In the European carbon market, front-year allowances eased 0.01 euro to 4.78 euro a tonne.(Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic in Milan; editing by Susan Thomas)
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) granted a certificate of general design approval for an IMO Type B LNG fuel tank design developed by Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea.ABS Chairman, president and CEO Christopher Wiernick, said the approval represents the classification society’s “involvement in the expanding gas fuel market and further promotes the adoption of LNG as fuel.”HHI’s fuel tank design was conceptualized and developed to minimize the loss of cargo space and effectively use available area on board the vessel, ABS said in its statement on Monday.Targeting gas-fueled vessels, the conceptual fuel tank design is based on a 14,500 TEU containership design but can be sized for other ship types and sizes.“As industry continues to adjust to a changing regulatory climate, the use of LNG as fuel will continue to grow and be adopted in the marine industry,” ABS said.The classification society notes that developing vessels equipped with the latest technology and the most efficient fuel containment systems will be key to that growth.Speaking of the approval, HHI senior executive vice president, Yun-Sik Lee said the company has proved the feasibility of the Type B fuel tank concept as it moves closer to incorporating the design into new containerships.
The Office for Legal Complaints (OLC) has published for consultation a revised version of its draft rules. The new rules reduce the timeframe it had originally proposed for clients to bring a complaint, in response to concerns from solicitors. Under the new plans, complainants will have to notify the OLC of their complaint within one year of the act or omission in question, rather than the six years originally proposed. Alternatively, they can make the complaint one year after the point at which they should reasonably have known there was a cause for complaint, rather than three years, as initially put forward. The OLC may extend the time limits in ‘exceptional circumstances’. Solicitors had raised concerns that the longer timeframes would present practical difficulties and evidence would no longer be available. However, the new proposal will still double the six-month time limits currently in place at the Legal Complaints Service. Law firms will be liable to pay a flat fee to the OLC for the resolution of complaints, unless it is satisfied not only that the complaint has been resolved in favour of the lawyer, but also that the lawyer took all reasonable steps to resolve the complaint. The OLC said that, while solicitors opposed this second requirement, it is set in statute and cannot be dropped. The amount of the fee will be subject to a separate consultation. The OLC is expected to replace the current Legal Complaints Service next year, though it is not yet clear if it will take over existing complaints.
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Commenting on the background to the decision, Ian Gooch, ceo of the Club’s management team, says, “Claims for the current policy year show some encouraging signs, especially at the attritional level, where increased deductibles seem to be playing a part.”He observed: “Although claims in the highest band – in excess of USD1 million – are running at a moderate level, this band is volatile and has been very expensive in other, recent years.”Overall, there remain clear signs of a strong inflationary trend, particularly in the cost of individual larger cases. The claims picture there is extremely unfavourable, both in terms of claim frequency and average claims severity.”www.londonpandi.com
NETHERLANDS: Bidders have been invited to prequalify for a contract to supply single-deck EMUs for national passenger operator NS. The base order would be for vehicles ‘with a total capacity of approximately 10 000 to 20 000 seats’, with deliveries commencing between October 2016 and October 2017.The next-generation Sprinter is to be ordered in at least two train lengths, one offering 150 seats and the other between 200 and 250 seats. NS is looking for a modern appearance and ‘transparent and open interior’, with inter-car gangways to be as wide as possible and no narrower than 2 m. On-train toilets have been specified, following complaints over the lack of facilities on the current generation of Sprinter LightTrain EMUs.Service speed will be 160 km/h, with ‘high acceleration’ a requirement as well as ‘short stopping times’ for ‘quick boarding and alighting’. The new EMUs should offer level boarding at platform height, and a level floor throughout the train ‘as much as possible’.Potential options would see a further 17 500 to 27 500 seats delivered by 2024 depending on passenger growth and other factors. A separate spare parts agreement and/or support agreement could be part of the contract scope.The purchasing party is Dublin-based NS Financial Services Co, a rolling stock leasing company owned by NS Group, which would lease the trains to NS Reizigers.
RUSSIA: Russian Railways, engineering organisations and Voronezh State University of Architecture & Civil Engineering are developing plans for a new 140 km double-track electrified line which would avoid the need for trains on the main line to Rostov-na-Donu, Krasnodar and Sochi to pass through a short section of Ukrainian territory. According to RZD Vice-President Oleg Toni, the new line connecting Zhuravka in Voronezh oblast with Millerovo in Rostov oblast could form the first stage of a national programme for the development of fast and high speed lines, as it ‘will meet all the latest standards’. It would therefore be able to serve as a testing ground for raising the speed of passenger trains.Last year RZD allocated US$1·5m for planning the Zhuravka – Millerovo line and selecting sites for construction bases. The 2015 federal budget has allocated a further $104m for planning and the start of construction works, with a view to opening by 2018.Construction will be supervised by RZD’s Headquarters for the Creation of Critical Public Facilities, and Toni said meeting deadlines and not going over budget ‘are mandatory for everyone who takes part’ in the project.The dissolution of the USSR left a number of railway lines passing through the territory of neighbouring states but isolated from their own networks, requiring intergovernmental negotiations to agree terms for their operation.
CANADA: London Trackwork has been awarded a contract to supply trackwork including turnouts and crossovers for the first phase of the Valley Line light rail project in Edmonton. The work is expected to take 1½ to 2 years to complete. Work on the 13·1 km first phase began in April 2016. Due to open in late 2020, this will link 102 Street in central Edmonton with Mill Woods to the south, serving 12 stops. The TransEd Partners consortium of Fengate Capital Management, Bechtel, Ellis-Don, Bombardier, Transdev, Arup and IBI Group has a PPP contract to design, build, operate, maintain and finance the first stage, which includes 30 years of operations and maintenance.