Vehicle Lighting Industry Veteran Art Richardson Presented Lifetime Achievement Award

first_imgDeMoulpied 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.  RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Art Richardson, recently retired vice president of sales for Peterson Manufacturing, was presented the Transportation Safety Equipment Institute’s (TSEI) “Larry Henneberger Lifetime Achievement Award” during the group’s February member meeting in Ixtapa, Mexico. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Richardson was honored for his career dedication to the vehicle lighting industry and for being a longtime valued member of TSEI, serving as president of TSEI from 2002 to 2004, impacting the group’s forward-looking contributions to vehicle safety. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to individuals who have made a significant impact within the transportation safety industry. Jeffrey Giannelli, the TSEI 2009 chairman, recognized Richardson for his dedication to the industry, leadership and passion to combat non-compliant and counterfeit safety lighting products. Also recognizing Richardson for 42 years of service to Peterson Manufacturing and his exemplary industry leadership contributions was Don Armacost, president of Peterson Manufacturing. For more information about TSEI, visit,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.last_img read more

James Fisher Grabs X-subsea Assets

first_imgJames Fisher has purchased the assets and intellectual property rights of X-Subsea for a total consideration of £14.8m. Headquartered in Aberdeen, X-Subsea went into administration on April 27 2015 following the collapse of its Norwegian parent company Reef Subsea AS.X-Subsea, a designer and operator of specialised excavation, trenching and dredging equipment, which is rented and operated for subsea operations in the oil & gas, telecoms and renewable energy sectors, was the main competitor of James Fisher Mass Flow Excavation, operating from bases in Aberdeen, Dubai, Singapore, and the Gulf of Mexico. Its equipment and tools, many of which are patented, are used in challenging environments to prevent damage to pipelines, cables, structures and the environment.Nick Henry, Chief Executive Officer of James Fisher, said: “The transaction strengthens and consolidates our position in subsea services, and will enable James Fisher to become the global leader in mass flow excavation.”EC Hambro Rabben & Partners acted as corporate adviser to James Fisher and Sons plc.last_img read more

Lomas joins Aqualis Offshore

first_imgLomas joins Aqualis Offshore from London Offshore Consultants (LOC), where he held the role of director of shipping. Commenting on the appointment, David Wells, ceo of Aqualis Offshore, said: “Mark is a master mariner with specialist competence in marine casualties including high profile salvage and wreck removal operations. Mark brings with him 16 years of experience in marine claims including collision investigations, cargo claims, hull and machinery instructions, total losses and pollution incidents.” aqualisoffshore.comlast_img read more

Time charter rates on the up

first_imgThe average daily time charter rate for a 12,500 dwt/F-type heavy lift vessel was USD7,515 in October 2019, said Toepfer. In September 2019, the rate stood at USD7,490.This represents an increase of USD16 on the October 2018 figures, which averaged out at USD7,499.In its latest multipurpose shipping report, Toepfer pointed to the various macroeconomic forecasts that indicate a slowdown in growth as well as an uncertain outlook for the multipurpose market.The TMI is oscillating around USD7,500 and Toepfer anticipates that this will continue to be the case for some time.www.toepfer-transport.comlast_img read more

Caitlyn Jenner: ‘I would seriously look at a run’ for office

first_img Published: April 26, 2017 7:00 PM EDT Updated: April 26, 2017 7:03 PM EDT Caitlyn Jenner: ‘I would seriously look at a run’ for office SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. (CNN) Caitlyn Jenner told an audience Tuesday night that she would consider running for public office during an interview promoting her new book.Jenner, a Republican who came out as transgender in 2015 and says she voted for Donald Trump, told a crowd at the 92nd Street Y community center in New York City that over the next year or two, she will look at where she thinks she could be more effective: On the inside of government or from the outside working with her foundation.Either way, Jenner said she will not give Trump or the Republican Party a pass if they “screw up.”“My loyalties are not with Donald Trump. I will come after him and come after Republicans if they come after my community,” said Jenner, who also is known for appearing on reality television shows like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” before, during and after her transition. “I’ve got a voice and they better listen, OK? I will come after them.”Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist who previously was known as Bruce, says for years she was approached after speaking gigs by fans urging her to run for office.She told the audience with a laugh, “I’ve got way too many skeletons in my closet,” but now, she says she has no more secrets.“Or would I be better working from the inside,” she said. “If that is the case … I would seriously look at a run. It just depends where I could be more effective.”Jenner was asked in an audience question if she would ever consider a job in the Trump administration. She said it was a legitimate question.Jenner reaffirmed her Republican leanings, saying that she’s always “believed in something called the Constitution and limited government,” and that the GOP leans closer to limited government than the Democrats, in her opinion.Jenny Boylan, author and LGBT advocate, interviewed the Olympian and reality television star on topics ranging from faith to politics, as well as her new book, “The Secrets of My Life.”last_img read more

Fight to save England’s busiest doomed court

first_imgLawyers using the busiest court in England that is earmarked for closure have pleaded with lord chancellor Michael Gove to reconsider his decision.Chichester Combined Court is set for closure despite a 78% usage rate during 2014/15. It is the only Crown court in West Sussex, a county with a population of more than 800,000 people.Local lawyers, along with their counterparts at other sites across England and Wales, have spent the summer organising responses to the Ministry of Justice consultation and are aghast that their court is among the 91 earmarked for closure.‘It is a spectacularly busy court – a lot of the time we can’t even get in to see judges,’ said Sara-Jayne Fildes, president of Chichester District Law Society.‘Most people here believe it’s actually used more than 78% of the time. Other courts will not be able to cope with the volume of work transferred.’The combined court, situated next to the city’s railway station, has two Crown courtrooms, and two civil and family hearing rooms. The Crown court has six cells, all of which are currently operational.Fildes speculated that property prices in Chichester and the value of the city centre court site were bigger factors behind the proposal than the issue of demand.The government’s impact assessment said criminal work can be moved to Crown courts in Lewes or Portsmouth, with county court work moving to Brighton, Lewes, Eastbourne and Hastings.Bill Emerson, of Chichester’s Pallant Chambers, said journey times calculated by MoJ staff are ‘wholly inaccurate’ and ignore the fact that court users will be travelling at peak times and to built-up sites which attract thousands of tourists. Public transport times and costs have also been underestimated, he argued.Many cases involve victims of domestic abuse and other vulnerable clients, he said, who are already nervous about attending court and would be even more stressed by travelling further.Emerson agreed with Fildes on the level of demand and bemoaned a ‘failure to properly resource the courts’ by providing additional benches or judges to sit. ‘There will be no local justice or access to justice for a large proportion of the residents of West Sussex, creating a legal desert,’ he said.The MoJ says the 1930-built site has problems with disabled access, security issues, cramped waiting areas and poor toilet facilities. All of these issues would be better addressed through facilities in the proposed alternative courts, it said. Operating costs for the freehold building in 2014/15 were £274,000.last_img read more

Court finds detained Iraqis unlawfully held by British forces

first_imgHuman rights firm Leigh Day today said it had secured victory in the High Court for Iraqi civilians subject to ‘inhuman and degrading treatment’ by British soldiers.In a judgment delivered by Mr Justice Leggatt, the court ruled that the Ministry of Defence implemented a flawed and unlawful approach to the detention of civilians during the Iraq war. This response breached not only the Human Rights Act but also the Geneva Convention.The judgment followed two High Court civil trials which heard allegations of abuse and unlawful detention in relation to four Iraqi civilians, who gave evidence in an English courtroom for the first time.Leggatt said none of the claimants was engaged in terrorist activities or posed any threat to security in Iraq. Nevertheless, the judge found prisoners were assaulted by soldiers running over their backs and were hooded with sandbags during their transportation and while in custody.Leggatt said the claimants were entitled under international humanitarian law and article 5 of the European Convention to have their cases assessed and a decision whether to intern or release them made promptly following their arrival at Camp Bucca on 25 March 2003. Making all due allowance for the wartime conditions, such an assessment should have taken place within, at most, 10 days of their internment. Their cases were not considered, however, until 10 April 2003 – when the decision was made to release them.  As a result, they were unlawfully detained for six days.In one case, a claimant was awarded £33,300 in total for inhuman and degrading treatment consisting in a beating following his arrest, ‘harsh’ interrogation, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation and unlawful detention for 33 days.The four claims at trial were ‘lead’ cases and will allow for the MoD and Leigh Day to assess the merits of a further 627 cases.Sapna Malik, a partner in the international claims team at Leigh Day who represented two of the claimants, said the claimants’ ability to pursue claims in a UK court was ‘testament to the strength of our democracy’.‘These trials took place against an onslaught of political, military and media slurs of Iraqis bringing spurious claims, and strident criticism of us, as lawyers, representing them,’ she said. ‘Yet we have just witnessed the rule of law in action. Our clients are grateful that the judge approached their claims without any preconception or presumption that allegations of misconduct by British soldiers are inherently unlikely to be true. Our clients’ evidence has been tested at length in court and the Ministry of Defence has been found wanting.’In total, Leigh Day has issued 967 claims on behalf of Iraqi citizens against the MoD alleging unlawful detention/mistreatment and in some cases, including Baha Mousa, unlawful killings. Of these four have been discontinued or struck out and 331 have been settled by the MoD.The third group of cases is due to be heard at a trial next year as the allegations involve UK joint liability with US forces and therefore the court will hear separate legal arguments.last_img read more

Government to sell 25% stake in Georgian Railway

first_imgGEORGIA: The government announced plans to privatise a 25% stake in state-owned Georgian Railway on April 16. An initial public offering is planned for May, with global depositary receipts to be listed on the London Stock Exchange.GR is a vertically-integrated operator with a statutory monopoly on its 1 600 km 1 520 mm gauge network, which is almost entirely electrified at 3·3 kV DC; there is also a 37 km long 914 mm gauge branch. In 2011 more than 95% of GR’s revenue came from freight. Citigroup and Goldman Sachs International have been appointed as joint global co-ordinators and bookrunners for the IPO, which aims to enhance GR’s access to international capital markets and provide strategic flexibility to support long term growth. There is an expected dividend payout policy of at least 30% of annual consolidated net income from 2012. GR is predicted to benefit from GDP growth and increasing regional oil production. Its development plans include more containerisation, increasing the proportion of higher-value dry cargo transit, and expanding the network to develop new transit routes including the Baku – Tbilisi – Kars corridor from the Caspian Sea to Turkey and Europe. A US$420m modernisation project to be completed in 2016 is expected cut annual operating costs by 40% compared with 2008 levels. ‘We are already one of the very few railway companies in the world delivering profitable growth without reliance on government subsidy’, said CEO Irakli Ezugbaia. ‘Our IPO will now mark another stage in Georgian Railway’s evolution, bringing greater profile and visibility to the value we are creating to support our long term expansion plans in the region. As a unique combination of a statutory monopoly with deregulated tariff-setting located at the junction of one of the emerging world’s most important transport corridors, I believe we have a new rail industry story to tell to investors seeking quality exposure to the Caucasus and Central Asian regional growth.’ Georgia is to accede to the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail on May 1. Georgian Railway in 2011 US$, millionyear-on-year changeRevenues 285·8 +18%EBITDA 155·6 +33%Net income 104·4 +72%EBITDA margin 54%last_img read more

West Indies bundle out Pakistan to level home series

first_imgWest Indies’ players celebrate The West Indies’ Test team turned in a gritty final-day display against Pakistan to level their home three-match series in Bridgetown, Barbados on Thursday.Shannon Gabriel starred with the ball as the West Indies’ seam attack bundled Pakistan for 81 to win by 106 runs and set up a deciding final test in Dominica next week.Pakistan appeared likely to win the test and the three-match series when they limited the Windies to 268 all out to leave a fourth-innings target of 188.However, West Indies bowlers expertly exploited a pitch offering variation in bounce to reduce Pakistan to 36-7 and sealed a comprehensive victory after a brief fightback from Sarfraz Ahmed (23) and 3(20).Gabriel finished with figures of 5-11 from 11 overs, while fellow quicks Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph also impressed en route to 3-23 and 2-42 respectively.The hosts began the day on 264-9 and added just four to that total before Yasir Shah had Devendra Bishoo (20) caught at mid-off to finish with 7-94.Pakistan survived the first six overs of their chase without losing a wicket but then things fell apart for the visitors.last_img read more

Urgent Action Required By Scottish Government On Flytipping

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInScotland’s leading rural and environmental organisations have written an open letter to Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, calling on the Scottish Government to urgently provide clarity on how it intends to move forward its work on tackling flytipping.In the letter, the organisations have said they would like to see a shift in focus from the endless task of clearing up other people’s mess to preventing it from occurring in the first place and have made three suggestions of how this could be achieved. They have also warned that every week that passes by without serious action, is another week of our beautiful country being used as a dumping ground.In the letter, Scottish Land & Estates, NFUS, Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Woodland Trust state:“We jointly write to you to express our continued concerns about flytipping which continues to blight Scotland’s countryside and to ask you to clarify the Scottish Government’s plans for tackling this issue in the short to medium term.“Scotland’s beautiful countryside continues to be blighted by people’s rubbish on a daily basis and the negative impact this is having is significant. We know that flytipping can cause a wide range of problems to the natural, social and economic environment, including harm to wildlife and livestock, disease transmission, soil contamination, attraction of other crimes and substantial clear-up costs. “Waste crime is becoming an increasingly more visible issue and we believe a new approach is needed to turn the tables on this crime for good.“With Scotland expected to host the UN Climate Change Conference in 2021 we believe this offers a unique catalyst for action, to look after our environment and encourage others to do the same.“We welcome the Scottish Government’s recent review of the national litter strategy which includes measures on flytipping and its work with SEPA, Zero Waste Scotland, COSLA and councils on identifying other action which can be taken to tackle the issue. However, we believe there must be a shift in focus from the endless task of clearing up other people’s mess to preventing it from occurring in the first place. We believe this could happen through: A greater use of data to better asses the scale and impact of the problem which can then be used to help drive action at a regional or local level. Collaborative, cross-sector working with a firm commitment from the Scottish Government to regularly bring key stakeholders together. “With Scotland rightly perceived as leading the way on a range of environmental issues, we believe 2020 should be the year we must start to address this issue – now is the time to bring all stakeholders to the table and agree how we can collectively tackle flytipping.“We firmly believe that by dealing with flytipping more effectively there are significant benefits for Scotland’s economy – as well as for society and the environment – which as we recover from a global pandemic could not be more important.  Every week that passes by without serious action, is another week of our beautiful country being used as a dumping ground.”  center_img A coordinated strategic national response to tackle flytipping in Scotland. The signatories to the letter were: Sarah-Jane Laing, Chief Executive, Scottish Land & Estates; Andrew McCornick, President, NFU Scotland; Carol Evans, Director, Woodland Trust Scotland; Inspector Alan Dron, Police Scotland National Rural Crime Coordinator; Barry Fisher, Chief Executive, Keep Scotland Beautiful.last_img read more