Hamaton Inc. has appointed Josh Lopez as the new western regional sales manager as part of its expansion plan.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The Michigan-based subsidiary of Hamaton Automotive Technology is expanding its team to offer additional customer support while developing business in the Western region. 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. 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. 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 Hamaton Inc. is exhibiting at SEMA in booth No. 40247 in the Global Tire Expo, and Lopez will be in attendance.,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. Lopez joins Hamaton with more than 15 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket sector, working in senior roles for companies such as Corghi USA, Myers Tire Supply and Westesco. In addition to working alongside Hamaton Inc.’s expert sales team, Lopez will provide field-based training as well as technical support to current and prospective distributors west of the Mississippi to help boost sales.
Rather like being a Eurosceptic I have been, year-in and year-out, a collaboration sceptic. I would hum and haw about those words in the NEC contract “acting in a spirit of mutual trust and co-operation”: but not now. Mention partnering, teamwork, working together, it, they, all drew a wrinkled brow: but not now. And if there was now a referendum on it, I am a convinced non-sceptic. It is all down to this Dragons’ Den competition courtesy of Constructing Excellence. Damn it, we won because three of us sold “Network Rail Collaboration”. We, me too, were ever so convincing. Construction doesn’t work without collaboration and I have evidence to prove it; that’s why I could sell it. I was like a double glazing salesman who actually believed in his product.I turned up on judging day. So did 78 teams of construction folk; 170 people in all. So did 24 industry judges, all constructors. Nearly all the big names were there. They were competing to blow trumpets about their collaboration efforts.The five teams of judges were ever so strict on timetabling. I hadn’t done any of this before. I had heard of Constructing Excellence; snag is that my sceptic’s hat has seen their mission statement (Heaven save us from mission statements): “Constructing Excellence is a platform for industry improvement to deliver better value for clients, industry and users through collaborative working.” (I hum and haw …)“We bring together informed intelligent clients with leading industry players, universities and other stakeholders to collaborate on integrity, openness and trust … Inclusivity … A whole industry approach … Respect for people including health, safety, welfare, equality and diversity.”Lovely stuff. But, if you have been in our industry as long as I have, you have lived and breathed disputomania. All my early bosses wanted to screw the other bloke. And here am I selling collaboration in this Dragon’s Den … and winning. It wasn’t exactly a road to Damascus conversion (I am only a sceptic). It was a rail trip.For upwards of four years I have been a guest (they call me the “friendly critic”) at something called the “Commercial Directors’ Forum” – hosted by Network Rail, and instigated by their commercial projects director Stephen Blakey. He twigged that their infrastructure projects needed to transform contractor relations: hence the forum. Every few months nearly 50 organisations of main contractors and specialist contractors meet and tackle construction themes. The simple aim is to co-operate on seeking improvement in performance. And I sit and listen.If you have been in our industry as long as I have, you have lived and breathed disputomania. All my early bosses wanted to screw the other blokeOn the table, early on, was a real shift that made me and everyone else blink. Network Rail wasn’t the fastest enterprise in paying bills. Contractors waited for at least 56 days. Then, the forum agreed to endorse the Fair Payment Charter. I was sceptical about the aspirations, and the blurb, until the final paragraph: “Main contracts will have payment periods not exceeding 21 days from the Valuation Date … and Sub-Contractors will have payment 28 days from the same Valuation Date.”And that’s the way it has been these four years. The charter really is an all singing signed document. The chiefs of the contractors signed personally. I have it in front of me.Then the forum started working on safety. It was called a step change in working practice. Soon it was jointly looking at performance of each part of the supplier contract folk. Along come another charter:“The Sustainability Charter dealing with a teamwork approach to waste, water, pollution, energy improvement, ethics, pay attention to local community welfare and more besides.”The forum sees the soundness of fathoming workbank pipeline visibility. Groups are formed to figure out a common approach, tools, for change management control. Tools for defining allowable costs and fees, and (hooray) a guidance note to explain what this is. And let me say this; the notion of collaboration is, or has become, an automatic base line.There is a rather special sub-group. It’s called the Triple T’s: Tomorrow’s Talent Today. These young people from the contractors’ staff and Network Rail are taking part in devising improvements rather than in my day being trained to duck and dive. They come to the Construction Directors Forum. And there is one more development. A pilot has been run on dispute avoidance management. It has been given the thumbs up by the entire forum. It’s now in full swing. We are looking for trouble way in advance of it happening.In this five year programme the average spend is £5bn per annum; a total of £25.3bn in actual construction works. Now then, you can’t do that successfully without collaboration but the same goes for that tiddler of a building project just around the corner. Come to think of it, we needn’t use the word “collaboration” at all. Just say it’s common sense. That’s what we told the judges at Constructing Excellence, and Network Rail became the winner.Tony Bingham is a barrister and arbitrator at 3 Paper Buildings, Temple
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The crane was configured with a 124 m A-frame main boom, a 49 m ballast radius and the 38 m jib for additional outreach, along with a heavy winch system and 4,000 tonnes of ballast for the project in Lagos.For the project, ALE has been contracted to lift and install six modules, weighing between 335 tonnes and 3,000 tonnes, from the yard onto their final position on the FPSO.The modular jib, built in 2016, is designed with a wide strut top that can be assembled in different configurations; it can lift up to 3,400 tonnes and be configured up to 100 m long.”Following successful test lifts up to 3,403 tonnes, using the jib configured with 100 m outreach, we were happy with the results and rigged the crane with a mast over 162 m long and the strut to a length of 35 m,” explained ALE’s senior design engineer, Jan Oomen.Ronnie Adams, ALE’s project manager, explained: “The jib’s patented design uses guylines going from the wide strut top to the narrow jib head to provide enormous side support, which also boosts the lifting capacity of the overall crane and extends outreach.”The AL.SK350 was positioned to lift from one location at the yard, which Adams said reduced the overall project costs and schedule.The lifting operations are expected to take place throughout March and April.www.ale-heavylift.com
The UK insolvency litigation market has increased by 50% in the past four years to £1.5bn per annum, with litigation funding fast catching up with ‘no-win no-fee’ arrangements, research has revealed.According to a report by Professor Peter Walton of Wolverhampton University, the value of insolvency claims has risen by 50% to £1.5bn since 2015. The study analyses the market since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 came into force in respect of insolvency proceedings in 2016, when conditional fee arrangement success fees and after the event premiums were no longer recoverable from the defendant. Lord Justice JacksonSource: Michael CrossSector ‘turned upon its head’ since Jackson reforms, research findsThe report – commissioned by litigation funder Manolete Partners – found that half of professionals agreed that third-party funding is the most effective way to quickly resolve an insolvency claim. Meanwhile, three in five of insolvency practitioners have started to use third-party funders or use them more often than before. The study estimates the total value of claims being pursued through litigation funding is likely to be around £720m per year.Michelle Thorp, chief executive of the Insolvency Practitioners Association, said: ‘Half of professionals surveyed agreed that third-party funding is the most effective in bringing about a swift, commercial resolution to an insolvency claim. They acknowledged that it is a far quicker resolution to a dispute, therefore keeping costs down and proportionate, resulting in a higher recovery for creditors. HMRC is often the largest creditor in many insolvency cases and benefits most from successful insolvency claims.‘The report cites Lord Justice Jackson’s observations on how CFAs operated, prior to legal changes in April 2016, which had caused disproportionate costs to be incurred by successful insolvency claimants. He found that claimant costs in CFA cases had ranged from between 158% and 203% of the damages awarded.’
The push-pull trainsets financed by Beacon Rail will be branded Nova 3. The operator’s Hitachi AT300 electro-diesel multiple-units will be known as the Nova 1 fleet, while inter-city EMUs to be supplied by CAF will be known as Nova 2. A detailed description of the TransPennine Express fleet renewal programme, including a report from Velim, appears in the May 2018 issue of Railway Gazette International, available to subscribers via our digital archive. UK: Railway Gazette went to the Velim test circuit in the Czech Republic for a ride on a set of the Mark 5A locomotive-hauled coaches being built by Spanish company CAF for TransPennine Express inter-city services across the north of England.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency following Sunday’s church bomb attacks that killed about 43 people.“A series of steps will be taken, most importantly, the announcement of a state of emergency for three months after legal and constitution steps are taken,” Sisi said in a speech aired on state television.Yasser Hakim has more.
Share Share Tweet 74 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Caribbean Fisheries Forum focuses on conch, spiny lobster by: – April 24, 2014 1. Harold Guiste, PS (Ag.) Ministry of the Environment, Natural, Physical Planning and Fisheries, Commonwealth of DominicaThe future of the conch and lobster sector is being examined as the 12th meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum,the main technical and scientific decision-making bodyof the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), opened here Wednesday, April 23 at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau.Acting permanent Secretary in Dominica’s Ministry of the Environment, Natural, Physical Planning and Fisheries, Harold Guiste, made special mention of the issue while presenting the feature address on behalf of the host nation.Mr. Guiste said that amid systems put in place region-wide to monitor the harvesting of the delicacies, “it appears some countries are bent on wanting to exercise control over all the resources in the world.”He further noted: “Globally we have noticed a rush to fish accompanied by a lack of responsible behaviour in the fishing sector. This type of hooligan behaviour has resulted in severe decline in some major fisheries of the world and collapse in some others.” The senior ministry official called on the CRFM to work closely with its stakeholders and partners to safeguard against the depletion of the region’s already challenged resources. Delegates at the CRFM 12th annual meeting, Roseau, April 23 2014The spiny lobster industry brings in about US$456 million per year to CARICOM producers but high demand has led to an unhealthy state of the stock. The CRFM is also concerned that since 2012 an environmental NGO in the US has called for the queen conch, a delicacy and the largest mollusc fished commercially across the Caribbean to be listed as an endangered species in accordance with the US Endangered Species Act. The protection of queen conch is already governed by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), whose guidelines CARICOM signatory nations follow scrupulously.The matter has been taken to the Council for Trade and Economic Development COTED and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in CRFM member countries. In light of annual, substantial losses caused by Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishingthe Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy is also getting special attention at the meeting. Milton Haughton, Executive Director, CRFM Secretariat, addresses delegatesCRFM Executive Director Milton Haughton said while regional governments have agreed to the policy, mandated by CARICOM close to a decade ago, it was not signed at the 25th Inter-Sessional meeting of CARICOM Heads recently held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The common fisheries policy would act as a treaty to guide sustainable contributions for regional development and food security, develop the scientific basis for decision-making, strengthen sanitary and phytosanitary systems and market research which could lead to improved access to overseas markets, through cooperation to increase the fish processing which offers value added products and create jobs.“We have to strengthen our systems to ensure better conservation and resource management, especially of the resources that are our main commercial resources including lobster and queen conch etc. Long term sustainability is one of the key challenges facing the fisheries sector in the region s well as globally,” Haughton said.Fourteen of the 17 member countries of the CRFM are present at this year’s meeting;absent are Barbados, Haiti andSuriname. Two observers, The Netherlands and Curacao, have expressed an interest in joining the Belize-based CRFM.
Oliveira and Moore earn GSC men’s soccer weekly awards James Moore has been one of UWF’s top defenders in 2012 (Photo by Chris Nelson/ArgoPhotos.com) Share BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Felipe Oliveira (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway HS) and James Moore (Manchester, England/Cumberlands) of the West Florida men’s soccer team swept the Gulf South Conference weekly awards announced on Tuesday. Oliveira took home his first GSC Player of the Week honor, and Moore earned GSC Defender of the Week for the first time in his career as well.Oliveira, a freshman striker, scored goals in both of UWF’s wins last week, and he also added his first assist of the year. The Kissimmee native leads UWF with eight goals this season, and seven of his goals have come against GSC opponents.Moore contributed to two shutouts over the weekend, as the Argonauts back line allowed just seven shots in a 3-0 win over Alabama-Huntsville and three shots in a 2-0 win over Shorter. The senior defender has started 14 games for the Argonauts this year, and the defensive unit has allowed just 0.90 goals and 9.9 shots per game.The Argonauts (12-2-2, 10-0-2 GSC) finished the regular season atop the GSC standings, and they will head into this week’s GSC Tournament hoping to claim their ninth league championship. UWF will face Delta State (7-10-1, 4-8 GSC) in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2, and kickoff will be at 1:30 p.m. at Ashton Brosnaham Park in Pensacola.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#Official GSC Release Print Friendly Version
Related TopicsAmerican LeagueCleveland IndiansFirst PlaceJose RamirezLonnie ChisenhallMinnesota TwinsTrevior Bauer Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news. On Saturday night the Cleaveland Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 6 – 2 to complete a day night doubleheader sweep, winning the first game 9 to 3 behind to homers from Jose Ramirez.Two home runs from Lonnie Chisenhall in the nightcap got it done and the Indians are back in first place.The Indians look the match their longest win streak this season, after outscoring the twins 15 – 5 on Saturday’s doubleheader.A day game on Sunday with a 2:10pm first pitch with right-hander Trevor Bauer (5-5, 5.85 ERA) on the bump against Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson (4-4, 6.79 ERA).Follow us on Twitter @neosportsinside for up-to-the-minute news updates and continued coverage of Indians baseball and all the best of Cleveland sports. David Sprouse