ROANOKE, VA — Advance Auto Parts has appointed Darren Jackson, 43, president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 7, 2008. Jackson, who has been a member of the Advance Auto Parts Board of Directors since 2004, will replace interim president and chief executive officer John Brouillard. Brouillard, who also joined the Advance Auto Parts Board in 2004, will assume the position of non-executive chairman. Jackson will also remain on the board. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Jackson joins Advance Auto Parts from Best Buy Co., Inc. where he is currently executive vice president of Customer Operating Groups. In this role, Jackson leads Best Buy’s entertainment, PC mobility and home solutions operating groups and also has oversight for enterprise merchandising. In addition, he oversees Best Buy Financial Services, Best Buy for Business, Magnolia Audio Video and Pacific Sales. Jackson joined Best Buy in 2000. He was named executive vice president, finance and chief financial officer in 2001 and began transitioning into his current position earlier in 2007. “Since May, our board of directors has undertaken an exhaustive search for an executive with a proven track record who can lead this company to its fullest potential,” said Brouillard. “While over the past several months we interviewed and considered several outstanding candidates, the board asked Darren to consider becoming our president and CEO for a variety of reasons. Since joining our board in 2004, Darren has been instrumental in facilitating the strategic redirection of the company. In addition, he has built an exceptionally strong track record of leadership in the retailing industry and has the unique advantage of knowing our company based on his board of directors service. Darren also provided the board with a comprehensive overview of how Advance Auto Parts could best capitalize on growth opportunities while enhancing value for all of our stakeholders. We are delighted that he has agreed to become our president and chief executive officer and I look forward to working with him as we pursue our mutual goal of becoming the leader in our industry.” Advertisement “Advance Auto Parts has a great team of 45,000 members, a strong franchise, and an industry leading store format with a long runway for expansion,” said Jackson. “Our opportunity is to set the standard of excellence for the customer experience in the commercial and Do-It-Yourself businesses. Our goal is to become the industry leader through a relentless focus on the customer. We expect to achieve our goal by expanding and innovating around customer needs, being a strong customer advocate and maximizing the talents of our team members. I’m honored to have this opportunity, eagerly await the ride ahead and look forward to working with the Advance Auto Parts team as well as the board.” Prior to Best Buy, Jackson began his retail career with Carson Pirie Scott in Milwaukee in 1989 and moved to Seattle-based Nordstrom Stores in 1998. Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marquette University. He also serves as vice chairman of the board of trustees of the University and is on the board of the Cristo Rey Network.
Mexican Pina is one of more than 100 items in the World of Treasures Auction. Courtesy/NMDCANMDCA News:SANTA FE — What’s a museum to do when its much-anticipated annual fundraising event, the Friends of Folk Art Flea, is canceled due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic? You dream up another way to offer folk art collectors premium quality handmade art for their homes, and creative personal experiences. That’s what the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) is doing to raise funds for its education and exhibition programs while students are unable to visit the museum in person.Nov. 19 through Nov. 22, Friends of Folk Art (FOFA), in partnership with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, will host World of Treasures, an online auction of collectors’ quality folk art, fine art, and distinctive experiences that will appeal to all tastes and budgets. More than 100 items will be offered – ranging from intricately crafted jewelry and finely made textiles and clothing, to folk ceramics, paintings, and more. Fun and unusual personal experiences (to be scheduled post-COVID) include vacation home stays in Mexico and New Mexico; two night’s stay at Santa Fe’s famed luxury Inn of The Five Graces; dinner with local celebrity chefs, including James Beard Award-winner Cheryl Alters Jamison (author of “Texas Q: 100 Recipes for the Very Best Barbecue from the Lone Star State, All Smoke-Cooked to Perfection”); and a rare VIP tour of private museum vaults with MOIFA Executive Director Khristaan Villela.Registration for the World of Treasure online auction begins at 9 a.m. MST Nov. 9, and is free and open to the public. Photos of items and experiences will be posted for preview at http://bidpal.net/worldoftreasures at 5 p.m. MST Nov. 16. Auction bidding begins at 9 a.m. MST Thursday, Nov. 19, until 5 p.m. MST Sunday, Nov. 22. Winning bidders will be notified at auction close Nov. 22.In response to today’s virtual learning climate, MOIFA has enhanced its online education offerings and initiated a project to reach school-age children and their families by distributing Folk Art Kits in a partnership with the Santa Fe Public Library. The kits include all the materials children need to create their own folk art projects.More than 3,800 area children have participated in this innovative outreach program. The World of Treasures auction will include opportunities to underwrite these kits, support expanded development of online programs, and help MOIFA acquire special items for upcoming exhibitions.The Folk Art Flea, launched in 2008, has raised more than $507,000 to support museum programs. Revenue has been substantially reduced this year due to the museum’s six-month temporary closing to the public, a reduced budget from the State of New Mexico, a drop in donor giving, and cancellation of the Folk Art Flea. All proceeds from the auction will support the museum’s exhibition and expanded outreach programs for all ages.For more information, contact Jo Ann Ward at 505.780.5191 or firstname.lastname@example.orgWhat: Friends of Folk Art World of Treasures Online AuctionWho: Friends of Folk Art, benefiting the Museum of International Folk Art’s Education and Exhibition ProgramsWhen: 9 a.m. MST Nov. 19, 2020 – 5 p.m., Nov. 22, 2020Where: Online at http://bidpal.net/worldoftreasures
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Triton, a private equity investment company, is now the largest shareholder of DeepOcean, after the investment announced at the end of November 2016 was completed on 31 December 2016.“Through the substantial equity raise and the future support of Triton, DeepOcean is well positioned to weather the downturn in oil & gas markets and also to take advantage of growth opportunities in the oil & gas and renewables markets,” DeepOcean stated.“DeepOcean is well positioned as one of the leading operating platforms for subsea services and can be a main driver of consolidation in its niche”, Fredrik Brynildsen, Investment Advisory Professional of the Triton Oslo office, said in November.A few days after the Triton investment announcement, DeepOcean signed a contract with DONG Energy for inter-array cable installation at the Hornsea Project One wind farm in the UK.The subsea services provider also recently completed cable route clearance works at DONG Energy’s Walney Extension offshore wind farm, prior to 2017 export cable landfall pull-in operations. DeepOcean will use the recently delivered Maersk Connector to install subsea cables at the site.
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The guide describes how vessel owners and operators can utilise exhaust scrubber systems to meet current and future environmental requirements. The shipping industry is seeking ways to meet increasingly stringent low sulphur fuel requirements. Fuel switching, which is a frequently used tactic in emission control areas, is not expected to be a viable option in the long term. The use of higher price low sulphur fuels – as well as exhaust scrubber systems – are both ways of addressing the emission requirements. “This Advisory highlights the relevant regulatory and technical considerations that should be taken into account when making decisions on how to comply with emissions requirements,” explained ABS vice president for operational and environmental performance, Howard Fireman. www.eagle.org
TERRA: In collaboration with PC-Soft, Terra will be showing how its scalable multi-sensor platform can be used to undertake the regular inspection of track and infrastructure needed to achieve an optimum maintenance management strategy. Measurements can be processed directly within the Zedas asset lifecycle management system, enabling the planning of maintenance activities to ensure high infrastructure availability at comparatively low cost.
EUROPE: The European Commission has invited organisations to express interest in becoming associated members of the Shift2Rail initiative, which is to invest almost €920m in railway research and innovation in 2014-20.Applications are to be submitted by November 12, with the associated members to be selected in early 2015. The associated members would work with the Commission and the eight Shift2Rail founding members to ‘deliver new technologies that will help to increase the quality, reliability and punctuality of rail services while also slashing their costs and facilitating cross-border travel’. There are five workstreams: cost-efficient & reliable trains; high-capacity infrastructure; advanced traffic management & control systems; IT for attractive railway services; technologies for sustainable & attractive European freight.Each founding member is to contribute at least €30m to Shift2Rail, and a further €450m is allocated from the EU’s Horizon 2020 budget. The associated members are expected to contribute a total of at least €200m. Associated members will be selected based on the quality of proposals and their relevance to the Shift2Rail objectives. The Commission also hopes to achieve a geographical balance, and participation of SMEs, the research community and of ‘actors from the entire rail value chain, including from outside the traditional rail sector’.Shift2Rail founding membersAlstom, Ansaldo STS, Bombardier, CAF, Network Rail, Siemens, Thales, Trafikverket.
Eagle Eye Drama’s remake of Professor T, a series that aired in the UK on Walter Presents, has been commissioned by ITV.The six-part crime drama stars Ben Miller and Frances de la Tour and is from production company Eagle Eye Drama, which was launched by the team behind Walter Presents. Professor T is their first original drama commission.Based on the hit Belgian series of the same name, Professor T is set against the stunning backdrop of one of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions, Cambridge University.Ben Miller (Johnny English, Death in Paradise) plays the genius OCD criminologist, Professor Jasper Tempest, alongside Tony award-winning actress Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The History Boys) as his colourful but overbearing mother, Adelaide.Emerging star Emma Naomi, who is currently appearing on the London stage in Blithe Spirit, takes up the role of Detective Inspector Lisa Donckers with rising star Barney White cast as her police sidekick Dan Winters.The series will be directed by leading Belgian director, Indra Siera, and will be filmed in Belgium and Cambridge during the summer of 2020.Commented Executive Producer and CEO of Eagle Eye Drama Walter Iuzzolino:“Professor T is my all-time favourite detective – a tortured genius wrestling with a mystery childhood trauma. It’s a unique crime series with a core of wonderful warm characters at its heart and I am delighted to be working with our hand-picked European production team to make this for ITV and international audiences.”ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill has commissioned the series for the channel.
Hepatitis E cases decline in Namibia Image courtesy: NPRNamibia is experiencing an increase in malaria cases by over ten percent in the first quarter this year while still finding ways to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, official said Wednesday.“We are experiencing a multiplicity of challenges including a surge in malaria in this malaria season, but we have managed to distribute resources to all the needs,” Minister of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula said.Shangula said the most affected regions are most the northern and northeastern parts of the country which have been experiencing high rainfall.He added that Namibia needs to remain on high alert to the threat posed by the advent of malaria during this time.“We need to find a way of dealing with both COVID-19 and malaria decisively. While we are very happy that we have been able to override the threat of COVID-19, we need not to be complacent as the advent of other diseases like malaria can easily compound our situation. History has seen that the effects of pandemics could recur, “he said.Shangula said Namibia is a country highly susceptible to malaria because of its weather patterns and needs to continue working with partners to deal with the disease.Related Malaria cases on the rise in Kenya as over 1,000 test positive Namibia records 51 poaching cases this year