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. Broadview, Ill. — Bosch announces the hiring of Jim Graninger as Vice President for its Diagnostics Regional Business Unit, North America. Jim will formally begin his position on Sept. 1, and will be working closely with current Vice President, Guenter Weber. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Jim brings more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, including more than 20 years in the aftermarket arena. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager of Rexnord Industries LLC, and prior to that, served in several vice president level roles with Snap-on Inc., including its diagnostics business. Jim’s successful career includes international assignments in Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands as well as international responsibilities for Asia, Australia and Latin America. Born in Ridgewood, N.J., Jim grew up in Columbus, Ind., where his family still resides. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served as a pilot in Vietnam, Germany, and the U.K. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from DePauw University and a Master of Arts in Executive Development from Ball State University.,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.
NMED News:The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is beginning inspections at some public aquatic venues this week.The public health order issued Monday, June 1, by the New Mexico Department of Health allows public swimming pools to reopen, but only for lap swimming and lessons. In addition, public swimming pools may only operate at up to 50 percent of their maximum capacity and with social distancing. At this time, those facilities will be inspected by NMED.NMED’s inspections ensure that pools are prepared to open in a safe and sanitary way, including that proper disinfectant levels as well as other water chemistry parameters are met. NMED’s inspections also ensure lifeguards are properly trained and certified to administer CPR. All public aquatic venues are required to follow the CDC’s “Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19” once they are permitted to operate.In general, NMED’s pool regulations apply to public pools, aquatic centers, recreation parks, schools, colleges and universities, organizational camps, daycare facilities, clubs, recreation districts, city, municipal, county and state pools and pools operated by other political subdivisions.NMED does not have jurisdiction within Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque, which have their own pool safety programs.The Department will work as expeditiously as possible with its available resources to complete these inspections. NMED expects to complete the first round of inspections by the end of the week. For questions about NMED’s pool program, email email@example.com or call 505.222.9500.
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The Subsea North East conference and exhibition, which took place at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, focused on the part technology and greater collaboration across industry will play in creating a more sustainable and efficient oil & gas sector in the UK, but also around the world.Subsea North East, which is the regional advocacy group for North East England’s subsea industry, and NOF Energy hosted the event, which was attended by more than 240 delegates from across the UK.Speakers at the conference included Subsea UK Chief Executive Neil Gordon, who emphasised the need for wholesale behavioural change within the industry and the importance of greater collaboration between operators and the supply chain community to ensure the sector can operate more effectively within current and future market conditions.The sharing of knowledge and collaboration was highlighted by a unique session, which took place, for the first time in the North East sector’s history on the day before the conference. Subsea North East and NOF Energy brought together the North East’s five universities, the first time this has happened in the field of subsea, to discuss the opportunities for academia and industry to work together to create new technology-led solutions.Representatives from the universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside came together with executives from the operator and supply chain communities to increase awareness among the universities of the sector’s requirements and challenges while also focusing on the contribution that can be made by the North East’s academic institutions.The session has already helped forge greater relationships between North East industry and academia, which will lead to future projects enhancing the region’s strong position on the subsea industry.Andrew Hodgson, Chairman of Subsea North East, said: “The North East of England is in a prime position to affect change in the oil & gas industry. The subsea sector in particular has an integral role to play as it is a hotbed of technology developments and innovation, which is the essential element required to drive evolution in the industry.“Technology is the key to helping the industry come out of this transformational period as a more sustainable and effective oil & gas sector. The industry is genuinely looking at increased efficiencies that can be achieved through technological change more than just by addressing commercial structures.”Hodgson added: “The subsea industry is also key to the economic future of the North East. In ten years it has not only helped put the region on the map for its technology-led solutions, it has become fundamental to the economic regeneration of the North East. The fact that subsea has been identified as one of the four smart specialisations within the North East’s economic plan, only serves to prove the value and importance of the sector to the region.”George Rafferty, Chief Executive of NOF Energy, said: “The conference was a tremendously valuable opportunity to demonstrate the collaborative ethos that is growing across the industry and its supply chain.“From bringing the region’s five universities together for the first time to engage with operators and subsea supply chain specialists through to lively sessions of networking in the exhibition area, the region’s subsea sector embodies the desire the industry requires to create a technology-led sustainable and efficient market.”
Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has taken delivery of the first of two 2010-built Suezmaxes bought from an unnamed party back in July for USD 122 million. The first tanker has been renamed Nordic Light. The delivery of its sister ship is expected to take place during October.Following the delivery of the second tanker, NAT will have a fleet of 26 Suezmax vessels including two newbuildings to be delivered in August 2016 and in early 2017.”By adding two more ships, we increase the dividend capacity and earnings potential. We believe that our strong balance sheet, the dividend policy, well defined and transparent operating model provide NAT with a solid competitive position,” NAT said in a purchase announcement back in July.
Linda Lee is president of the Law Society Despite the challenges from licensed conveyancers, it is believed that between 85% and 90% of the conveyancing market are solicitors. However, it is hard to tell how accurate this figure is. Of only 600,000-800,000 transactions last year (which includes remortgages), the largest Land Registry users include Enact and My Home Move. Somewhere between 3,000 and 4,500 solicitors’ firms are dependent on conveyancing to remain solvent. Despite the perceived simplicity of this work, a large percentage of complaints and claims against solicitors relate to conveyancing matters. The combination of the downturn in the housing market and economic uncertainty mean that many solicitors who depend on conveyancing for their livelihoods face an uncertain future. The time has come for the profession to make sure that the excellent service and professional guarantee offered by solicitors is recognised by the profession and the public. That is why the Law Society launched our residential conveyancing scheme (CQS) earlier this year. We want to do what we can to make sure that solicitors who are committed to practising excellence and high professional standards stand out in a crowded market. The idea of a scheme was initiated by the Law Society Property Section Executive Committee which foresaw the difficult circumstances many firms now find themselves in. They also recognised the need to protect the current market share from competitors by establishing a quality mark that could be marketed to the public as a badge of excellence. Crucially, for practitioners, the CQS will also help with the problem experienced by some smaller firms relating to mortgage lenders and professional indemnity insurers, which have identified smaller firms as being too great a risk to use or protect. The CQS will help address that by making it possible for both lenders and insurers to know that they are dealing with high-quality solicitors at minimal cost and difficulty to themselves. For a variety of reasons, licensed conveyancers are currently seen as less of a risk in the context of mortgage fraud. The success of CQS through membership of the scheme may offer the only prospect for some firms to remain in the market. The Solicitors Regulation Authority, lenders and insurers have all been consulted during the development of this scheme. I am pleased to say that the CQS has support from the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, the Association of British Insurers and Nationwide. A number of key decisions were taken in formulating the scheme. First, the scheme would be run for the benefit of our members and their clients. It will only be open to firms of solicitors, not licensed conveyancers. The second was that the cost of being a member of the scheme would be kept low, and considerable capital investment would be required by the Law Society. This decision was approved by Law Society Council members, many of whom have no contact with the conveyancing market, but have a desire to support other sections of their profession. However, we cannot compromise the integrity of the scheme. Entry to the scheme will test the responsibility of the principals of the firm who apply for membership and their controls over the organisation. You will have to sign up for initial training that includes partners and staff involved in the conveyancing work, whether with legal documents, accounts, or with clients. The forms require detailed information and the standards are high, but I am confident that the majority of firms can meet those standards. Membership of the scheme will prove to be a positive asset, not only as a marketing tool but as an opportunity to reflect on and hone your own practice. At the heart of the scheme will be the new Law Society transaction protocol. This will reinforce consistency of standards throughout the conveyancing process. Work will continue to develop new standards and processes for the benefit of solicitors and their clients. Over time, it is hoped that real improvements to the conveyancing process can be achieved. The process demands interaction between members and relies on cooperation with other professionals as well as clients; the development work will take time and can best be tackled from within the new CQS environment. Assessment for entry to the scheme is based on key risk criteria. There will be ongoing monitoring based on performance against standards. There will also be an element of enforcement to maintain the reputation of the scheme. Membership will be subject to annual renewal. It is designed to be rigorous. We need to make sure that there is no doubt about the integrity and the high standards that CQS accreditation demonstrates for residential conveyancing practices. There is no reason why firms which are committed to achieving and maintaining high standards cannot achieve accreditation. Firms and individuals that achieve membership will create a trusted conveyancing community, which will go a long way to resolving many of the challenges that currently undermine the reputation of many good firms. The profession has shown a real interest in the benefits that this scheme can bring. Since we launched the scheme, we have received 113 applications from firms, ranging from sole practitioners to multi-partnership firms. Over 125 enquiries have been received as a result of our webinar, and we continue to receive a steady stream of telephone calls and enquiries. We hope to accredit our first legal firm shortly. I have made promoting the ‘solicitor brand’ a key theme of my presidency. I am committed to communicating the professional and personal integrity, skill and knowledge that solicitors possess. It is my hope that the CQS will go a long way towards helping to do that. I would encourage solicitors to join the Law Society scheme in large numbers, so that we will be able to help ensure solicitors retain their central role and independence in the conveyancing market. The benefits of the scheme to members are well worth the modest costs of application and the effort that is required. I hope that this article addresses the concerns of the small number of correspondents who have written to the editor of this magazine. As someone who had to be accredited to practise in my chosen field, I understand the reluctance to submit to an assessment process, but I hope that you will do so not just for the personal satisfaction of succeeding but also to meet the need for the profession to work together in this specialist area of work.
Cash-strapped law firms have been driven to obtaining professional indemnity insurance from unrated insurers this year, risking regulatory sanctions where an insurer becomes insolvent, a leading broker and the Law Society have warned. Unrated firms, listed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, are those without a published credit and financial strength rating. With premiums from rated insurers remaining steady this year, unrated insurers have proved ‘an attractive option for smaller firms’, Martin Ellis, director of broker Prime Professions, told the Gazette. ‘Some of these firms are struggling financially and as a result reducing the cost of PII is a priority. ‘It is fair to say that most firms do not wish to insure with an insurer who has no recognised financial rating but some simply have no other viable option.’ The Law Society is increasingly concerned about the number of solicitors relying on unrated insurers, particularly this renewal season. Elliott Vigar, head of regulation at Chancery Lane, said: ‘This suggests both that, in some fundamental respects, the market in its current form is not working for a segment of the profession; and that a proportion of firms continue to make a purchasing decision based purely on price.’ The risk of insurer insolvency is real, Ellis’s fellow director Jake Fox said. Gibraltar and Ukraine-based insurer Lemma went into liquidation in October. Lemma did not insure any law firms in 2011-12, but historic claims for the five-year period in which it provided cover to the legal market will be affected. With reference to Lemma, Vigar added: ‘We are also considering further policy options to address what may constitute a significant future threat to firm viability and client protection.’ Replacement cover provided at short notice is likely to be more costly, Fox advised, further stretching struggling firms. Insurers’ final figures have not yet been collated for this year’s renewals season. Prime’s assessment of the market is based on the experience of the 1,000 or so firms for which the broker acts.
Judges could be given new powers to bring contempt proceedings against defendants under proposed redrafting of civil procedure rules.Consultation was opened yesterday by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee on possible amendments to Part 81, concerning the practices and procedures on contempt of court.The current rules have come under greater scrutiny, most notably during committal proceedings against former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson in A-G v Yaxley-Lennon. Committee chair Lord Justice Coulson said a number of senior judges have commented on the unsatisfactory wording of Part 81 – including in the Yaxley-Lennon case – and the current provisions now appear unsatisfactory. Source: ShutterstockRobinson arrives for sentencing for contempt of court at the Old Bailey in LondonCoulson said the existing Part 81 is ‘not easy to operate’ and the committee proposes a uniform procedural code for use in all contempt proceedings.The most eye-catching change could be to allow the court to initiate its own contempt proceedings without any need for an application from a third party. Judges could be able to issue a summons to the defendant, requiring them to attend court for directions. The summons would indicate to the defendant whether the proceedings will be tried by the judge issuing it; judges would have a template to fill in and could instruct staff to help with drafting.The consultation notes: ‘While some may object that judges are already hard pressed enough, in many cases if the judge does not take the lead, serious contempts will go unpunished.’Power to commit individuals for contempt could also be extended to circuit judges, although the committee does not express a view on whether this extension might also include district judges and/or masters. Procedural rules currently limit the jurisdiction of those who are not salaried High Court judges.The consultation says guarantees of procedural fairness must be the ‘cornerstone’ of the new draft Part 81. This includes defendants having the right to be legally represented, being entitled to apply for legal aid and being given reasonable time to prepare and produce witness evidence. Punishment should be reduced if the defendant admits the contempt and wishes to apologise to the court.Other proposed rule changes include changing ‘applicant and respondent’ to ‘claimant and defendant’, listing and hearing all contempt hearings in public unless the court directs otherwise, advocates and the judge appearing robed in all contempt proceedings, and judgments being transcribed on the judiciary website.Coulson said the committee is agreed that current rules cause ‘frequent difficulties’ and must be simplified, shortened and strengthened. The consultation closes on 1 May.
FRANCE: Infrastructure manager RFF has announced its intention to start exclusive negotiations with a Vinci-led consortium to build and maintain the 340 km Tours – Bordeaux high speed line under a PPP concession.The consortium, led by Vinci and including Caisse des Dépôts and Axa, was selected from a shortlist of three consortia at an RFF board meeting on March 29. The infrastructure manager hopes to finalise the concession agreement for the €7∙2bn project ‘by the summer’, however it reserves the right to re-open discussions with the other two shortlisted groups, one led by Bouygues and the other by Eiffage, if financial close with Vinci cannot be reached.The line is the first stage of RFF’s LGV Sud Europe-Atlantique programme which includes planned high speed lines from Poitiers to Limoges, and from Bordeaux towards Toulouse and the Spanish border.In addition to the construction of 302 route-km of high speed line, the Tours – Bordeaux project includes connection to the existing main line to allow TGVs to serve Poitiers, Angoulême and Châtellerault. The journey time from Paris to Bordeaux is expected to be reduced by 1 h to around 2 h when the line opens in 2016.Of the projected €7∙2bn cost, a maximum of half will be met through funding from the state and five regional authorities. A combination of RFF and the concessionaire will meet the remainder.
Australia: NSW RailCorp has awarded Cubic Transportation Systems a three-year contract worth A$63m to support its ticket sales equipment. Brazil: Digicon has won a R$15m contract to supply ticket gates and passenger-counting systems for São Paulo metro Line 4. Switzerland: SBB has awarded Scheidt & Bachmann a SFr40m contract to supply 1000 ePOS ticket machines able to provide bank notes as change. RFID and barcode readers will be fitted for contactless payments. UK: Translink has ordered 275 Parkeon P50 hand-held ticket machines for cash, contactless smart card and chip & PIN payment. Gioconda has won contracts to supply desktop signalling sighting and driver briefing software to Network Rail, Amey and Atkins.