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 comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. 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. AKRON, OHIO — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has appointed Laura Thompson vice president of business development reporting to Darren Wells, senior vice president of business development and treasurer. The move was effective June 1. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “In her new role, Laura will be responsible for the company’s acquisition, divestiture and partnership activities in supporting Goodyear’s long-term strategies,” said Wells. “In her previous position at director of business development for North American Tire, she was the lead player in key business development transactions.” Thompson is a 21-year Goodyear associate with a diverse background in the company. She started her career with Goodyear working part time while finishing her undergraduate degree in accounting from The University of Akron. She served in various financial and accounting staff positions both in business units and corporate staff until being named manager of finance for Research and Development in 1997. In January 2000, she was named director of investor relations and served in that capacity for two years. She became finance director for consumer tires in North America in December 2002, and was promoted into the business development position the following December. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
CERRITOS, Calif. – Transglobe Automotive, based in Cerritos, Calif., has announced the appointment of industry veteran Gary Mercer as the company’s new global sales and marketing director. This is a new position recently created by the company.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement An industry veteran and graduate of AWDA University, Mercer has gained experience with such notable aftermarket companies as Tenneco, Raybestos, ITT Aimco, Brembo North America, and most recently Best Brakes. In this new position, Mercer will be responsible for marketing a complete line of brake products as well as building a sales and marketing team. Transglobe is a new supplier of brake products, specializing in drums, rotors and friction products.,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 has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement 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.
Share The 15th annual Hayground Chefs Dinner was held on Sunday, July 28. Jon Snow, co-founder of the school, was this year’s honoree. The farm-to-table event began with hors d’oeuvres followed by dinner.
The business success of subsea specialist ROVOP has been industry applauded after the company won the New Enterprise accolade at last night’s (Wednesday 5 February) Subsea UK business awards.Subsea UK’s coveted New Enterprise award, which represents the fourth industry accolade that ROVOP has won, recognises the success of the business in the subsea sector including overall vision, commercial performance to date and market differentiation.ROVOP, an independent company which is 100% focused on providing remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services to the oil & gas and offshore wind industries, has experienced exceptional growth since its inception with its team growing to more than 70 people within three years and more than 80% of business being overseas during 2013.Steven Gray, managing director at ROVOP, said: “To receive such acclaim from industry body Subsea UK is extremely rewarding because while we did not set out to win awards, it is a great endorsement of what the team at ROVOP has achieved.“We set out to do something a bit different after recognising a gap in the market for a specialist provider of ROV services focussing on providing the best service, using the best equipment operated by the best people. The awards we have won demonstrate that we’re standing out and making a significant impact on the subsea sector.”Through investment in its people, equipment and systems, ROVOP has become an approved supplier to some of the world’s largest oil and gas and subsea construction companies.Earlier this week, ROVOP, which is headquartered in Westhill, announced that it is set to expand its fleet of ROVs by taking delivery of four more new hydraulic work class systems, with a further four new ROVs expected later in the year.The company has invested $20million (over £12 million) in the four hydraulic Schilling HD work class ROVs, which were delivered during January, and is actively working to grow its offshore team by 50 to 110 to expand its provision of best in class ROV service to the oil and gas and offshore wind industries.ROVOP has also been awarded ISO 9001 accreditation of its integrated management system by DNV, which is a considerable achievement and underpins the company’s commitment to quality.In addition to this, ROVOP has invested in its own ROV simulator for its in-house Academy in order to further develop the training and competence of its offshore staff. Addressing the talent shortage in the subsea industry, the Academy seeks to build skill and competence in offshore personnel whatever their current career level. The £250,000 simulator enables ROV pilots to hone their skills onshore, in physics-accurate conditions.Last year, the company established its own ROV Academy which has been developed to ensure a supply of the most competent offshore personnel, predominantly pilot-technicians for its rapidly-evolving fleet of subsea remotely operated vehicles.ROVOP’s latest industry award comes after the firm scooped the Great Small Company accolade at the 2013 SPE Offshore Achievement awards and the Business Growth award at the 2012 Scottish Green Energy Awards. It was also named Promising New Businesses at the 2012 Grampian Awards for Business Enterprise awards. [mappress]Press Release, February 06, 2014
Photo via the Associated Press 1 of 11 Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: August 12, 2017 12:14 PM EDT Updated: August 12, 2017 5:46 PM EDT 1 dead, 26 injured in downtown Charlottesville violent rally Photo via the Associated Press Photo via the Associated Press Photo via the Associated Press Photo via the Associated Press Photo via the Associated Press Photo via the Associated Press Photo via the Associated Press A police cruiser shown amid protests and counter-demonstrators descended on the small city of Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday. TWITTER / PRESTON WILLETT, WCAV Photo via the Associated Press Photo via the Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, sending at least 26 others to hospitals and ratcheting up tension in an increasingly violent confrontation.The chaos boiled over at what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade: the governor declared a state of emergency, police dressed in riot gear ordered people out and helicopters circled overhead. The group had gathered to protest plans to remove a statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, and others who arrived to protest the racism.Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said several hundred counter-protesters were marching when “suddenly there was just this tire screeching sound.” A silver Dodge Challenger smashed into another car, then backed up, barreling through “a sea of people.”The impact hurled people into the air. Those left standing scattered, screaming and running for safety in different directions.The driver was later arrested, authorities said.The turbulence began Friday night, when the white nationalists carried torches though the university campus in what they billed as a “pro-white” demonstration. It quickly spiraled into violence Saturday morning. Hundreds of people threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays. At least eight were injured and one arrested in connection.President Donald Trump condemned “in the strongest possible terms” what he called an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” after the clashes. He called for “a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives.”Trump says he’s spoken with the governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, and “we agreed that the hate and the division must stop and must stop right now.”But some of the white nationalists cited Trump’s victory as validation for their beliefs, and Trump’s critics pointed to the president’s racially tinged rhetoric as exploiting the nation’s festering racial tension.The Rev. Jesse Jackson noted that Trump for years publicly questioned President Barack Obama’s citizenship.“We are in a very dangerous place right now,” he said.Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had called for what he termed a “pro-white” rally in Charlottesville. White nationalists and their opponents promoted the event for weeks.Oren Segal, who directs the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, said multiple white power groups gathered in Charlottesville, including members of neo-Nazi organizations, racist skinhead groups and Ku Klux Klan factions.The white nationalist organizations Vanguard America and Identity Evropa; the Southern nationalist League of the South; the National Socialist Movement; the Traditionalist Workers Party; and the Fraternal Order of Alt Knights also were on hand, he said, along with several groups with a smaller presence.On the other side, anti-fascist demonstrators also gathered in Charlottesville, but they generally aren’t organized like white nationalist factions, said Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center.Many others were just locals caught in the fray.Colleen Cook, 26, stood on a curb shouting at the rally attendees to go home.Cook, a teacher who attended the University of Virginia, said she sent her son, who is black, out of town for the weekend.“This isn’t how he should have to grow up,” she said.Cliff Erickson leaned against a fence and took in the scene. He said he thinks removing the statue amounts to erasing history and said the “counter-protesters are crazier than the alt-right.”“Both sides are hoping for a confrontation,” he said.It’s the latest confrontation in Charlottesville since the city about 100 miles outside of Washington, D.C., voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Lee.In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters.Kessler said this week that the rally is partly about the removal of Confederate symbols but also about free speech and “advocating for white people.”“This is about an anti-white climate within the Western world and the need for white people to have advocacy like other groups do,” he said in an interview.Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed Trump for inflaming racial prejudices.“I’m not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you’re seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president,” he said.Charlottesville, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a liberal-leaning city that’s home to the flagship University of Virginia and Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.The statue’s removal is part of a broader city effort to change the way Charlottesville’s history of race is told in public spaces. The city has also renamed Lee Park, where the statue stands, and Jackson Park, named for Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. They’re now called Emancipation Park and Justice Park, respectively.For now, the Lee statue remains. A group called the Monument Fund filed a lawsuit arguing that removing the statue would violate a state law governing war memorials. A judge has agreed to temporarily block the city from removing the statue for six months. SHARE
An experienced solicitor who used his status to give credence to illegal investment schemes has been thrown out of the legal profession. Stephen Pickard was jailed for a total of eight years in November 2016 after helping to put together a scheme to convince investors to pay money into a Ponzi-style private placement programme. He was found guilty of two offences of fraud by false representation and concealing criminal property. The investment opportunity, described in court as ‘all lies’, never existed and Pickard knew this was the case, using his role to let people believe it was genuine. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard the solicitor of 32 years, ‘provided respectability’ through the scheme and ‘dragged through the mire’ the name of his former employer, Yorkshire firm Lupton Fawcett, which played no part in the fraud. In sentencing at Leeds Crown Court, His Honour Judge Kearl QC said Pickard was essential to the scheme in order to claim to provide full and proper due diligence and to give a history to the trading – the solicitor was the ‘lieutenant’ of the main defendant, by whom he was paid. The tribunal heard Pickard had been contacted in prison and he did not wish to contest disciplinary proceedings against him. He was found to have acted through ‘greed and desire for personal financial gain’, having been a willing participant in fraudulent activities in which members of the public lost significant amounts of money. His case had caused ‘colossal harm’ to the legal profession in general, the conviction leading to headlines in the media such as ‘another lawyer helps fraudsters by giving credibility to their scam’. Pickard was struck off the roll of solicitors and ordered to pay £2,439 costs. Following his conviction, Lupton Fawcett emphasised that the firm was not involved in any way in Pickard’s offences, which were carried out without its knowledge. Once the firm became aware of his conduct, it reported the matter to the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Pickard departed shortly thereafter.
A law firm director who failed to act over suspect claims because he was trying to protect those providing him with work has been struck off the roll.Farooq Rafiq must also pay £55,000 in costs after a tribunal found he did little to remedy or rectify any issues raised with him, because he valued his relationship with companies boosting the firm’s income over client interests.Rafiq’s firm, Oldham-based Broadway Solicitors, handled more than 43,000 matters before being shut down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, but relied on claims management companies for 97% of its work.The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found Rafiq ‘repeatedly and consistently’ subordinated the interests of his clients for his own interests and that of the firm.‘His major concern was to protect his source of work and to ensure that his systems protected those sources,’ said the tribunal.‘He had turned a “Nelsonian blind eye” to significant and serious issues raised by third parties so as to protect his source of work and, ultimately, the fees this generated.’The tribunal heard the firm sent claims forms with signed statements of truth without an adequate basis for doing so. One supposed client confirmed she had never heard of the firm or instructed a solicitor. It was found that Rafiq was aware of concerns raised by multiple third parties but did nothing to alter the firm’s procedures.It was heard the firm was financially dependent on receiving clients from CMCs, who received fees from both the firm and each client. The SRA said payments to the CMC were not in the clients’ best interests, and the firm should have stepped in to advise clients to seek independent advice. Rafiq said there was nothing improper or unlawful about these inter-dependent business relationships, but he accepted they led to an increased risk that the firm’s independence and professional judgement would be compromised.The tribunal also heard that in September 2019 Rafiq was found guilty on three counts of assault by beating.In mitigation, Rafiq said he had not planned to run the firm alone, and had been looking for someone to join him as director. He considered he had made a positive contribution to the community, trained a number of solicitors, offered pro bono clinics and made charitable donations.
Portia stepping down as leader of Jamaica’s People National PartyJamaica’s first female prime minister; current Leader of the Opposition and leader of the People’s National Party Portia Simpson Miller has announced she will be stepping down as the party’s president. She made the announcement that she will not be seeking re-election as party president next September to members of the PNP’s National Executive Council meeting on Sunday. She told the members “I will leave you as party leader but I will always be with you.”Announcement of Simpson’s Miller has received favorable response from several supporters of the PNP, one of Jamaica’s oldest political parties formed by Jamaican National Hero Norman Washington Manley in 1938. Over the past 10 months, the PNP has lost a General Election, on February 25, and a Local Government Election, on November 28, under Simpson Miller’s leadership.Calls for her resignation have been circling since the general election but Simpson Miller was reelected as party leader at the party’s annual conference after those elections. The calls, including from the party’s youth arm, the Peoples National Party Youth Organization (PNPYO), grew louder after the PNP’s defeat in the Local Government elections.The Party will now focus on identifying a suitable successor to Simpson Miller, one who can galvanize maximum support from party members nationwide, make the party a formidable opposition party, and prepare it to retake the reign of government when the next general elections are called, which is constitutionally due in February 2020. However, several analysts believe with the ruling Jamaica Labor Party having a majority of only one seat in the Jamaican parliament, the leader of the JLP and Prime Minister Andrew Holness could call elections earlier to try and secure a larger majority.Meanwhile, the PNP also has a new general secretary. On Sunday, the party’s deputy secretary Julian Robinson, MP for the St. Andrew South East Constituency took over the position of general secretary from Paul Burke who had like his party president, fallen out of favor with a large group of PNP supporters.Robinson is one of the party members whose name has been touted as a possible successor to Simpson Miller as Party leader. Other names being suggested are former finance minister Dr. Peter Phillips, former national security minister Peter Bunting, former mining and energy minister Phillip Paulwell and former sports and culture minister Lisa Hanna.Addressing members of the PNP’s National Executive Council on Sunday, Robinson told them “Challenges clearly exist……But as we restore our noble institution to strength and power, we must do so conscious of our movement’s roots, our established principles and the strong foundation upon which we must continue to build.”Robinson also said that as a party, comrades must “situate our ideology within the context of our current realities, without compromising our core values.” He cautioned the members that “there is much, much work to be done” to return the party to retake the government of Jamaica.
The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) continues to update 2019 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) enrollment numbers, and dairy producers have about seven more weeks to sign up for 2020 participation. As of Oct. 21, 22,873 dairy operations had signed up for 2019. That number represents about 81.5% of dairy operations with established milk production history and 82.1% of annual milk production (about 175.4 million pounds).advertisementadvertisementTotal DMC 2019 indemnity payments for those enrolled as of Oct. 21 were estimated at about $305.8 million, averaging $13,369 per operation.The deadline to enroll in DMC for 2020 is Dec. 13, 2019, at local USDA FSA offices. All producers who want 2020 coverage – even those who took advantage of the 25% premium discount by locking in the coverage level for five years of margin protection coverage – are required to visit the office during this sign-up period to pay the annual administrative fee.Dairy operations participating in the 2019 program who had an intergenerational transfer between 2014 and 2019 have until Dec. 6, 2019, to take advantage of a one-time opportunity to increase their established production history during the 2019 and 2020 annual coverage election periods. Retroactive payments based on the increased production history will apply for 2019 and not prior years.The USDA recently provided guidance to state and county FSA offices administering DMC contracts involving dairy farms enrolled in the program which go out of business.Under DMC, dairy operations selecting coverage for the entire five-year length of the program (Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 21, 2023) and receiving the 25% premium discount are required to participate for the full five-year period.advertisementThe notice provides partial-year contract guidance on dairy operations dissolved due to a death or disaster, and those dissolved less or greater than 30 days after enrollment.Under the guidance, dairy operations enrolled in 2019 DMC with lock-in coverage and a dissolution that occurred after enrollment because of death or a disaster event that occurred and prevented the operation from functioning remain eligible for the 25% discount from the dates the dairy operation commercially marketed milk, regardless of the number of calendar days between enrollment and date of dissolution.For more information on enrolling in DMC and taking advantage of an online dairy decision tool that assists producers in selecting coverage for 2020, visit the DMC webpage.A recent National Milk Producers Federation Dairy Defined podcast also provides some information for producers making DMC enrollment decisions.Dairy margins start October strongerWith the weather-related uncertainty regarding the 2019 corn harvest and questions still lingering over the potential soybean price impacts of trade agreements, markets are in a state of flux.Markets can and probably will change, but current conditions indicate dairy income margins could remain above the highest DMC payment trigger level ($9.50 per hundredweight [cwt]) for the foreseeable future.advertisementThe September 2019 DMC national average margin (and any potential indemnity payments) will be announced Oct. 31. As of Oct. 21, milk futures and feed price estimates show margins calculated using the DMC formula will surpass $10 per cwt in September, peak above $11 per cwt in October-December and then fall back to $9.50 to $10 per cwt through the first half of 2020.According to Commodity & Ingredient Hedging LLC, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Class III milk futures were mostly higher in the first half of October. Combined with steady feed costs, margins in the fourth quarter of 2019 are approaching the 95th percentile of historical profitability within the last decade; margins in the first and second quarter of 2020 are above the 85th percentiles.In his monthly “Protecting Your Profits” conference call, Oct. 23, Zach Myers, risk education manager with Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence, noted current October 2019-September 2020 Class III milk futures prices average about $17.55 per cwt, nearly $2 higher than the five-year average. October 2019-September 2020 Class IV milk futures prices average $17.26 per cwt, about $2.40 higher than the five-year average. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com
Signal Hound has released the Signal Hound BB60C, a successor to the popular Signal Hound BB60A. The Signal Hound BB60C is a real-time spectrum analyzer and RF recorder. It has significantly enhanced performance compared to the BB60A. The BB60C has a frequency range of 9 kHz to 6 GHz, an instantaneous bandwidth (IBW) of 27 MHz, and the ability to sweep the RF spectrum at 24 GHz per second. The Signal Hound BB60C is ideal for real-time spectrum monitoring, manufacturing process control, interference hunting, spread spectrum signal analysis, capturing intermittent events, and general purpose spectrum analysis. When compared to the BB60A this new model has improved SFDR (Spurious-Free Dynamic Range) by typically 20 dB; the noise floor has been flattened by reducing frequency band transitions more than 8 dB; operating temperatures have been extended down to -40°C and up to +65°C; and streaming I/Q (In-phase Quadrature) bandwidth is now selectable from 250 kHz to 27 MHz. It is small in size and light weight, weighing only 1.1 lbs. It has good spectral purity, wide temperature range operation, broadband I/Q streaming capability, open source code spectrum analysis software. By adding custom software and a low-cost Intel i5 NUC vPro-enabled computer, model DC53427HYE, the user can also remotely perform spectrum analysis, manage system recovery, turn on and off the BB60C, and update software, all over the Ethernet. The Signal Hound BB60C ships with a fully documented API written in C++. The open source spectrum analyzer software provides excellent examples of efficient techniques for creating new functions and interfacing the API when writing customized applications. These analyzers can be used for a wide range of applications. Industry is using the spectrum analyzers for process monitoring and embedding them in specialty products. Government is using them for spectrum monitoring. Electronic repair technicians, engineering students, ham radio enthusiasts, and electronics hobbyists are all finding them useful. Although they are small and affordable, they have the sensitivity, accuracy, and dynamic range expected from expensive and bulky test equipment. Availability The Signal Hound BB60C is in stock, ready for immediate shipment. The Signal Hound BB60C sells for $2,879 USD. Price will vary outside USA due to distributor cost of shipping, import taxes, and currency fluctuations. The Signal Hound BB60C will be on Display at the IMS 2014 in Tampa from the 3-5th of June at Booth #1550.