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. 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 AKRON, Ohio — Richard Kramer has been elected chairman of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., succeeding Bob Keegan, who is retiring.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Kramer takes over as board chairman on Oct. 1 and will continue as president and CEO of the tiremaker. Kramer, 46, succeeded Keegan as president and CEO on April 13. Since coming to Goodyear in 2000, Kramer has served as vice president of corporate finance, senior vice president of strategy, CFO, president of North American Tire and COO. “This is the next step and a natural evolution of the well-thought-out and orderly succession plan,” said Goodyear Director James Boland. “Bob Keegan agreed to stay on as executive chairman earlier this year to assist with the transition. Both Bob and the board felt that the time is right to complete the process.” Keegan, 63, joined Goodyear in 2000 as COO, became president and CEO in January 2003 and chairman of the board in July of that same year.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. 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.
Aura II (artists impression below) is 105.4m long and 18.8m wide, and is scheduled for delivery in late spring 2012. It will be classed by Bureau Veritas, at Ice Class 1A, and has been design for low environmental impact, being powered by Wartsila 6L20 medium speed engines capable of running on biofuels, in a diesel-electric plant.”The building schedule for the vessel is tight. Test runs have already been started and the sea trial of the vessel is due in April. Intensive work onboard the launched ship continues”, explains Turku Shipyard director Jari Anttila. www.stxeurope.com
Installation of the mooring system will be executed by Jumbo’s Fairplayer – a DP2 heavy lift vessel equipped with two 900-tonne revolving deepwater cranes.The Ithaca-operated Greater Stella Area (GSA) is located in the Central North Sea, and will be developed by drilling subsea wells tied back to a centrally located floating production unit with onward hydrocarbon transportation to nearby existing infrastructure.”This award is an excellent opportunity to further strengthen Jumbo’s experience in becoming a leading deepwater mooring contractor,” said Roddy Lafontaine, manager of commerce offshore at Jumbo.The offshore installation works are expected to commence in June/July 2014. www.jumbomaritime.nl
Rio Grande Primary School principal Brenda Manuel with some of the Grade 1 pupils. From left, are, Rahna Williams, 6, Tamia Parenzee, 6, Cizara Fisher, 6, Veron Claasen, 7, Ziyaad Jones, 6, and Ramesh Adams, 7. Instead of having a private party, Ms Manuel treated all the pupils at her school with party packets and each received a plate of akhni. Brenda Manuel would not dream of celebrating her 60th birthday anywhere else but with the 600 children who bring so much joy to her heart.Ms Manuel, the principal of Rio Grande Primary School in Manenberg, celebrated her birthday on Monday August 22, and instead of hosting a private party for family and friends, she wanted to do something special for her pupils. She treated all the children with party packets and a plate of akhni. After “40 years and seven months” at the school, Ms Manuel said it was only fitting that she shared her special day with her “blessings”.“I was a fragile young girl of 19 years old when I started working here. By the grace of God, I am still here. With all its ups and downs, I will remain faithful to this community. My job has become more difficult over the years, but this helped me to develop into a strong woman. I’m here for my children (the pupils). It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it,” Ms Manuel said.She is very passionate about Manenberg and the children at her school, especially, and believes she still has lots more to offer.“I don’t feel 60. I feel like a 20-year-old. I feel energised, and believe the years ahead will just get better. I have not given retirement serious thought – only time will tell. However, I am grateful for my health and for my wonderful staff who support me. I have a lot of energy and health left for the school. I have been teaching at Rio Grande since my first day as a teacher, and I have never felt the need to go anywhere else. I have four daughters, and I named each of them after girls I used to teach. I am also now blessed with four granddaughters.”The school does have a feeding scheme, as poverty remains a challenge in that community. The food Ms Manuel arranged for the children, however, is just a little bit more special. She also gave all her staff members gift packs.“I wanted to show them all that I do appreciate them, and I wanted to spoil them. They are always my priority,” Ms Manuel said.
Commercial property lawyers could face future action for negligence if they fail to advise clients about impending tax relief changes. From 1 April, capital allowances, which allow for tax relief for fixtures in property, must be identified and documented at the point at which commercial properties are bought or sold, or they will be lost forever.Capital allowances specialists Catax Solutions said the UK could be sitting on an estimated £1bn in unclaimed tax relief. More than 98,000 non-residential property transactions took place in the tax year 2012/2013, of which 10,000 qualified for a capital allowances claims, said Catax.In November the Law Society partnered with Catax to help raise awareness of the tax relief changes.Mark Tighe, managing director at Catax Solutions, said there has been a lack of awareness over the changes as it had been unclear whether lawyers, accountants or surveyors should take responsibility for advice. However, he said it is incumbent on legal advisers to inform clients of the changes.He said: ‘Unfortunately, the loss of a sizeable tax benefit is only the start. Things are likely to get litigious for any party that oversaw the transaction — whether lawyer, broker, accountant or financial adviser — when their clients discover that they have lost potentially sizeable tax relief.‘If awareness levels stay as they are then, from a legal standpoint, the next few years could be fractious and represent a considerable financial threat.’The changes were announced in the 2012 Finance Bill.
More than 2,300 suspected members of the jihadist group Boko Haram were expected to appear in court in Nigeria from Monday in unprecedented mass trials to be held behind closed doors.The defendants have all been picked up and held in detention since the start of the conflict eight years ago, which has left at least 20,000 dead in the country’s remote northeast.To date, just 13 people have been put on trial and only nine convicted for their links to the Islamist insurgency, according to official figures.The most high-profile current case is that of Khalid Al-Barnawi, a leader of the Boko Haram offshoot Ansaru, who is charged with the abduction and murder of 10 foreign nationals.Nigeria’s justice ministry announced the start of the trials at the end of last month, saying four judges had been assigned and that defendants would have legal representation.Some 1,670 detainees at a military base in Kainji, in the central state of Niger, will be tried first followed by 651 others held at the Giwa barracks in the capital of the northeastern state of Borno state, Maiduguri.“It’s the first significant trial of Boko Haram suspects,” said Matthew Page, a former US State Department analyst and a specialist on Nigeria.But he told AFP that while “positive” it was still a “very small step”, as many of the detainees had been held in custody for years, without access to a lawyer or ever having appeared before a judge.– ‘Wrong signal’ –How the long-awaited trials will be held also raises questions, particularly about transparency.A justice ministry source said no media would be allowed on security grounds and that although civilian courts, they would be held in military facilities.Umar Ado, a defence lawyer based in Nigeria’s biggest northern city, Kano, said that was “as good as denying the public the right to know how the trial is carried out”.“It sends the wrong signal that justice is not served or the process is compromised,” he added.There have also been questions about the ability of Nigeria’s justice system to handle so many cases at once and even of simple procedural details such as whether defendants will be tried on their own or together.The justice ministry itself has already highlighted the potential pitfalls facing judges, such as poor investigation techniques, lack of forensic evidence and “over-reliance on confession-based evidence”. – International pressure –To what extent those on trial are connected to the group will likely come under scrutiny.“There are good reasons to believe that large numbers of the detainees have very little or no connection at all to the group,” said Matthew Page.Amnesty International said in a damning June 2015 report that more than 20,000 people had been arbitrarily arrested as part of the fight against Boko Haram.It highlighted appalling conditions at military detention facilities and claimed at least 1,200 people had been summarily killed and 7,000 died in custody since 2011.The group’s spokesman in Nigeria, Isa Sanusi, said: “Nobody knows exactly how many people are detained, if they are still alive and where they are.”President Muhammadu Buhari, who was elected in 2015, has promised to look into repeated accusations of human rights violations, including against high-ranking officers.At least two commissions of inquiry have been established but the army announced in June this year that no action would be taken against top brass accused by Amnesty.Such revelations have made Western countries cautious about responding to repeated Nigerian requests for more military support in the conflict, particularly in terms of weapons and other hardware.The US administration of former president Barack Obama blocked a nearly $600 million deal with Nigeria for 12 fighter planes after a botched air strike that killed more than 100 civilians.The deal finally went through in August.Britain’s foreign minister, Boris Johnson, said on a recent visit that London was considering a Nigerian request for more military hardware.Amnesty’s Sanusi believes the mass trials of Boko Haram suspects were the result of international pressure on the Nigerian government as it “desperately wants to procure arms”.
My prayers are with President Buhari and his wife on their son, Yusuf, who had an accident. May God grant Yusuf speedy and full recovery. @MBuhari @aishambuhari— Akinwumi A. Adesina (@akin_adesina) December 27, 2017 Yusuf Buhari Yusuf BuhariNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s son was on Tuesday night involved in a bike accident in Abuja, with reports indicating that he broke a limb and sustained a head injury.Yusuf Buhari’s accident was confirmed by the presidency, which said he had received treatment at a local hospital and was in stable condition.STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE: 1/ President Buhari’s son, Yusuf, was involved in a bike accident last night around Gwarimpa in the FCT, Abuja. He broke a limb and had an injury to the head as a result. He has undergone surgery at a clinic in Abuja. He is in a stable condition.— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) December 27, 2017Local media reported that he had since been flown out of the country for better medical treatment, but sources close to the presidency have denied the reports.Following the news of Yusuf’s accident, various leaders and Nigerian locals have sent messages of encouragement to the president’s family.May the Almighty grant Yusuf Buhari a quick and full recovery. My prayers are with President Buhari and his family at this time.— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) December 27, 2017 I have been in Liberia monitoring elections and only just heard the sad news. My family and I are in prayers for the quick recovery of Yusuf Buhari. It is my deep desire that a young man so full of promise should live and thrive to fulfil the promises God has domiciled in him.— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) December 27, 2017
EntertainmentLocalNews Use of banana leaves banned for carnival costumes by: Dominica Vibes News – January 28, 2015 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Ms. Carol Severin Abraham, Black Sigatoka management Coordinator.Carnival costumes designers and revellers are advised to refrain from using dried banana leaves to construct carnival costumes.Black Sigatoka Management Coordinator, Carol Saverin Abraham told a press conference on Wednesday, 28 January 2015, the use of dried banana leaves in making costumes is banned as the country battles with the management of the Black Sigatoka Disease.This is the second consecutive year that the Ministry of Agriculture and Culture have imposed this ban.Black Sigatoka Disease, which affects the leaves of the banana plants, can be transported by wind, rain and human beings.Mrs Abraham Black Sigatoka said the disease which has been plaguing the banana industry is now island wide and everything must be done to contain it.“We know that traditionally we have used the dried banana and plantain leaves to make to make the sensay costumes but because of the Black Sigatoka problem we have been experiencing, we have to ask that people desist from doing that”. Mrs Abraham explained that although the leaves are dry and no longer functioning, the plant fungus “is very much alive and at the reproductive stage in those dry leaves”.She said that this ban which the Plant Protection Act of 1986 # 10 Section 27 makes provision for, will be heavily enforced this year.“We are operating under the Plant Protection Act of 1986 # 10 Section 27 where if you have a fig leaf on you the police has the right to stop you and bag that costume because we want to contain it and if you resist you can be fined up to 5000.00 or 6 months imprisonment.”Mrs Abraham noted that the ban is being implemented because Black Sigatoka disease is a great threat to the economy and “we can overcome it by everybody doing their part”.She indicated that the Ministry of Agriculture is doing all it can and is currently administering spray cycles to the fields every six weeks to help contain and eradicate the disease. Share Share 215 Views no discussions
According to ABI Research, Indoor 5G deployments at venues might be delayed by over a year when compared to outdoor 5G deployments which are expected to start in 2020. ABI Research estimates the global equipment market for in-building wireless, including active distributed antenna systems (DAS), passive DAS, and repeaters in 2025, will reach close to $10 billion. The overall system revenue in 2025, which includes services and equipment, will grow to about $19 billion. The 5G in-building wireless equipment will account for only $509 million in 2025.As 5G nears full specification, mobile network operators will face challenges for indoor mobile coverage, including signal propagation, next-generation fronthaul/backhaul, and massive MIMO. Early indoor 5G deployments at venues will be a migration of the features of LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro. This will happen technology by technology and frequency by frequency, avoiding costly ‘rip and replace’ style deployments.With 5G standards yet to be finalized, many equipment vendors are actively researching and developing 5G equipment with a variety of approaches. These companies include Nokia with its AirFrame/AirScale Radio Access, Ericsson with its ERS, and CommScope with its OneCell. Click here to learn more about this in the In-Building Wireless in the 5G Era report.
“We might have fell short of our goals but I am satisfied with our performance here in Batang Pinoy, especially on how we challenged our opponents,” said head coach Rafa Santiago. Nikhel Nowlakha and Jeff Jimenea won bronze medals in the boys individual event. Althea Rose Martirez of Central Philippine University upped her total to three medals after capturing bronze mints in the girls singles individual event and doubles individual event. The Iloilo City lawn tennis team has bagged more Batang Pinoy National Finals 2019 medals. Meanwhile, Bacolod City-based karatekas delivered 12 medals, including a gold medal, in the Batang Pinoy National Finals 2019 karateka event over at the SM Puerto Princesa. Paulaine Miyu Kalaw was the lone gold medal winner for the delegation. She topped the girls eight to nine years old advance kata of the karateka event, while Rik Simon Macaya had a silver in boys 12-13 kumite. Also delivering bronze medals were Elianah Marie Contiga in the 10-11 years old advance kata, while Shanzel Vallejera also finished third place in 8-9 years old intermediate kata./PN PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – Iloilo City lawn tennis players added four bronze medals to their collection in the Batang Pinoy National Finals 2019 yesterday at the Palawan National School Tennis Court here. Shifra Medina settled for three bronze medals in the 14-15 years old intermediate kata, team kata and kumite while also capturing the bronze in girls team synchronized kata with Nichole Margarette Piamonte and Adah Keira Gorriceta. Peebee Aguirre, on the other hand, added a bronze medal in the girls individual event.