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Joe Ward Joins AAAS Board of Directors

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.  AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Joe Ward, owner of First Call Truck Parts Inc. in Tallahassee, Fla., was recently appointed to a seat on the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast Inc. (AAAS) Board of Directors. AAAS Chairman of the Board, Tommy Rogers of Rogers Automotive Supply in Alexander City, Ala., appointed Ward to an unexpired term on the board. Ward has extensive experience in the aftermarket industry, having worked in the industry since 1983. He established First Call Truck Parts in 2001. Ward was a member of the former Florida Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (FAIA) since the opening of First Call and has been a strong, active supporter of AAAS following the merger of FAIA and AAAS. In welcoming Ward to the board of directors, Chairman Rogers stated, “Joe will bring a different perspective to our discussions and we appreciate his commitment and look forward to his input and leadership.”,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 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. last_img read more

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Regional markets: Focus on Africa

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Cross-London projects languish on the back burner

first_imgWHILE the East London Line is finally being rebuilt to provide rapid and frequent services along a corridor linking London’s northern and southern suburbs, two major projects to make it simple for rail passengers to travel across London have made spectacularly little progress over the last 15 years.The Thameslink 2000 plan to expand services through the north-south tunnel between Blackfriars and King’s Cross dates back to 1991, when the then government vetoed the scheme. The project was kept alive by British Rail and later Railtrack, which in 1997 applied for powers under the Transport & Works Act. Further delays occurred, and a public enquiry eventually began in 2000. This was completed in 2001, but the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister rejected the scheme in 2002. Another submission was made in 2004 and a second public enquiry was carried out in 2005. Only on October 18 2006 did the Department for Transport announce that legal powers and planning consents had been granted. Yet even then the decision was not a final go-ahead, as no undertaking was given on how the scheme was to be funded.A hint of progress came on December 12 2006 when Secretary of State for Transport Douglas Alexander tabled a written statement in the House of Commons announcing that Network Rail had been authorised to spend £30m on project planning and design development to enable ‘a more informed decision’ to be made when the case for funding is considered this summer. The price tag for the Thameslink programme has meanwhile risen from around £500m to £3·5bn.The east-west Crossrail scheme, for which a bill was originally deposited in November 1991, has made even slower progress. A hybrid bill for a revised scheme costing around £10bn was deposited in February 2005, and this is currently grinding its way through the parliamentary process.In a letter to the Prime Minister dated July 12 2006, Alexander insisted that ‘we are making good progress’. He wrote that ‘as we approach Royal Assent, which I expect will broadly coincide with the 2007 Spending Review, we shall look to have made progress towards identifying an equitable funding solution for Crossrail.’ Indications are that work will not start until after the 2012 Olympic Games – meaning that the project is probably still at least a decade away from completion.Having said that, Crossrail has strong support from Transport for London, which describes it as an ‘essential’ project. With Mayor of London Ken Livingstone keen to see progress on public transport improvements, an investment plan known as Transport 2025 provides a focus for future developments. Embracing a package of capacity expansion schemes, it has been put forward to the government for discussions in relation to the Comprehensive Spending Review.last_img read more

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Genesee & Wyoming leases two short lines

first_imgUSA: Genesee & Wyoming Inc subsidiaries Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway Corp and Central Railroad Co of Indianapolis commenced operations on the Winamac Southern Railway and the Kokomo Railroad in Indiana under long-term lease agreements on March 22. Terms were not disclosed.The two lines totalling 90 km are being operated with five staff and two locomotives. They are expected to handle approximately 5 000 wagon loads per year, primarily agricultural products, chemicals and plastics and metals. They share common ownership with Kokomo Grain Co, a major customer of WSRY and the only customer of KR. In combination with G&W’s Illinois & Midland and Tazewell & Peoria railways, they provide a contiguous 600 km route from eastern Indiana to western Illinois with connections to six Class I railways.‘Since acquiring CERA and TPW in 2012, we have worked hard to repair their relationship with Kokomo Grain, and these long-term leases of WSRY and KR are a direct result of those efforts’, said G&W Senior Vice-President Martin Pohlod. ‘We’re planning immediate upgrades to the WSRY and KR lines to support the business and further enhance our customers’ routing options, interchange locations and geographic reach through G&W’s footprint of contiguous railroads.’last_img read more

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Weekly Digest: Watch seasonal cull cow price patterns

first_imgWatch fall cull cow pricesAs beef cattle operations wean calves in fall, cow culling picks up. As a result, cull cow prices typically are lowest in the fourth quarter of the calendar year, according to the Livestock Marketing Information Center. Cull cow prices frequently – but not always – rise into the new calendar year.advertisementadvertisementSeveral factors underpin the seasonal pattern in cull cow prices. As mentioned, the supply of cull beef cows is largest in the fall. Fed cattle prices are typically highest in the winter and early spring months, which supports slaughter cow prices. Other factors that can significantly influence cull cow prices are the level of dairy cow slaughter and the amount of beef imported from Australia and New Zealand – beef that competes mostly in the “cow-beef” market and not as much with meats from fed steers and heifers.So far, 2017 dairy cow culling has been running ahead of last year’s pace, and a softening of milk prices could encourage more culling later this year. Combined with the influx of beef cow culls, this fall’s cull cow prices are forecast to decline.Depending on feed costs, it may be time to put some weight on cull cows and sell them in the first few months of 2018. However, push the pencil. Cull prices into early 2018 are forecast to increase, but not reach the levels of early 2017.California stand-alone quota plan sent to ag secretaryThe California Producer Review Board (PRB) took the next formal step to bring the state’s dairy farmers into the federal milk marketing order (FMMO) system, approving a stand-alone quota plan.The plan must now be approved by California ag secretary Karen Ross, and then approved in a dairy producer referendum, according to Geoff Vanden Heuvel, MPC board member and economics consultant, writing in the California Milk Producers Council newsletter. The final version of the recommended plan has been posted on the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) website.advertisementUnder the state’s milk marketing order, dairy farmers who own quota received additional revenue for their milk through a higher solids-not-fat price. Created in 1969, quota can be purchased, sold or transferred. Under the current state system, CDFA sets aside about $12 million to $13 million on a monthly basis from the pool, distributing the money to about 60 percent of California’s dairy farmers who own quota.The stand-alone quota program would be administered by the CDFA, separate from a federal order. It will only be implemented if California’s dairy producers vote to join the FMMO system. However, the dairy cooperatives petitioning to join the FMMO system have said they will only consider a California federal order if quota value is protected.Ballots are expected to be mailed to California dairy farmers in the next few weeks.Michigan’s dairy farmers to vote to keep checkoff dollars in stateMichigan dairy farmers will vote in a referendum on whether to continue retaining a portion of the dairy checkoff for state promotion and marketing programs. State law requires the vote is held every five years.A yes vote does not raise the mandated dairy checkoff, but rather assures 10 cents of the 15-cent-per-hundredweight checkoff remains in the state to fund the Michigan Dairy Market Program. That program is administered by 13 dairy farmer board members and carried out by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.Ballots will be mailed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) in late September, and must be postmarked by Oct. 13.advertisementFifty percent of the ballots must be returned with a yes vote, and those ballots must represent more than 50 percent of the volume of milk represented by returned ballots, according to Ken Nobis, St. Johns dairy farmer and Michigan Milk Producers Association president.Milk hauler training academy developedWestern Dairy Transport, LLC (WDT) and Texas A&M University are partnering to enhance milk hauler training with the creation of the Professional Driver Training Academy. A grand opening was held Sept. 15, at Texas A&M’s RELLIS campus, Bryan, Texas.The academy was created to instruct employees in smooth-bore tanker operation to serve Texas’ growing dairy industry. Texas dairy farmers currently produce 100 million gallons of milk monthly. WDT is one of the nation’s largest milk and dairy haulers, serving customers in all 48 states and Mexico.Structural change making EU a beef exporterEuropean Union (EU) cattle inventories are forecast to decline steadily in 2017-18, with much of the downturn attributed to dairy, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN).Due to restructuring of the dairy sector, farmers are switching from dairy to beef cattle. The Dutch government calculates a cap on phosphate emissions will require a 160,000-head reduction in the dairy herd. Countering some of that decline will be dairy herd growth in Ireland, Italy, Austria, Poland and Hungary as producers take advantage of recovering milk prices.Cattle slaughter is forecast to increase in both 2017 and 2018 due to restructuring of the dairy herd and increasing availability of suckling calves. Most of the additional beef supply is directed to foreign markets, making the EU a net exporter of beef for two successive years – the first time that’s happened since 2002. Digest Highlights: Seasonal beef cow culling impacts prices. California stand-alone quota plan advances. Michigan dairy checkoff vote set. Texas creates milk hauler academy. Dairy changes makie EU a beef exporter. Find a summary of these and other news here. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

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Sharing Love through Education: John Legend

first_imgSpecial to the PRESSBy HEATHER CATHLEEN COXPort Isabel-South Padre PRESSCourtesy PhotoFebruary 5, 2015A coiffed man wearing a purple suit walked onto the stage of the University of Texas Pan American Field House on Monday, Feb 3. Around 7:40 p.m. He opened with a one-liner. “I had a little gig in Arizona last night,” John Legend said of the Super Bowl. “But I am more excited to be here, to speak to university students.”The nine-time Grammy award winning R&B singer-songwriter addressed the crowd on an instantly personal level. “Some of you were like me. Exceptions in your neighborhoods… kids who were poor, growing up in challenging environments.”“In my house,” said Legend, “growing up meant you were encouraged.” Areas his parents reportedly encouraged their children included art, music and church attendance. Legend said he “begged” his parents to allow him to learn piano at age four, and soon, he said his grandmother was raising him to play gospel music and to be active in church music programs.“I barely got sleep…for music,” Legend said. “I put a lot of energy into becoming a better writer.”  But Legend explained that his rise to the top of the music scene was neither quick nor easy. From 1998, the year he graduated from college, to 2004, the artist said, “I constantly hoped my moment was just around the corner.”Contritely, Legend was rejected by multiple record labels. “Everyone makes mistakes,” he said with a grin.Legend made his first visit to the Rio Grande Valley just to take part in UTPA’s Distinguished Speaker program; the program invites successful, driven celebrities to motivate and educate students by sharing a cause close to their own heart.As the audience clung to his every word, Legend – who also serves on the Board of Teach for America –went on to say, “Education is the Civil Rights of our generation.” He explained that one of his greatest passions, besides music, is “to strive to close the achievement gap.”Next, he informed that his passion is making sure children obtain a high quality education. “Any kid can achieve great things when they go to an excellent school, and every kid deserves to go to an excellent school.”His otherwise pleasant expression grew evermore staunch as he said, “Half doing (something) is not doing it right. You’ve got to go all in…. Read. Travel. Get your hands dirty. Allow people to love you, and love them back.”The award-winning singer-songwriter challenged his captive audience to consider, “What would our schools look like if we were committed to love – in public?”The 36-year-old, doe-eyed crooner boasted a most alluring smile that lit up the field house.  As he closed his speech about changing the world through love and education, he asked the audience to consider how each person can make a difference in this world, and before he sat down at a shiny black grand piano to serenade the audience of around 1,000 students and educators, he did not leave us wanting for the answer.“Passion makes you…better. It makes the world into a better place.” He paused before suggesting that each person should, “Love yourself. Love your work. Love the people around you. And love…those people different from you… Find a cause you can support and go all in. You won’t regret finding something that’s going to make you wake up in the morning and make a difference in the world.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedThe Most Haunted Places in the RGV: The Legend of Daisy StarckBy Joanna “Luna” Sanchez Special to the PRESS Welcome back to The Most Haunted Places in the RGV.  Last week, we took you on our investigation in San Juan, Texas. This week, we’re headed back to Brownsville, Texas, to investigate the legend of Daisy Starck.  Starck was born December 1,…December 13, 2019In “News”Brett Marshall to rock Hilton SundayBy THERESA VASQUEZ Special to the Parade Where did you grow up? “I grew up in the hometown of George Strait!” replied Brett Marshall, as he referred to Pearsall, Texas, and his life as a youth. Marshall was reminiscent of his childhood, and how he cultivated a passion for music.…February 23, 2012In “South Padre Parade”City holds ribbon cutting at Tompkins ParkBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com South Padre Island city leaders, Texas Parks and Wildlife Staff and others were joined Monday by the family of John L. Tompkins to celebrate the unveiling of a municipal park constructed in his name. Tompkins’ children expressed their thanks to the City their…October 7, 2016In “News”last_img read more

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Rio History: Picking a Site

first_img Share RelatedRio History: Treasure Hunting on South Padre IslandBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Wherever people gather to play, pay or pray, there will be treasure. Late fall has always been considered an off-season for the tourist trade here on South Padre Island, the whole Island just sorta slows down. Traffic is light, No lines at restaurants, grocery and convenience…October 19, 2018In “News”Rio History: Treasure Hunting TipsBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Wherever people gather to play, pay or pray, there will be treasure. One of my favorite Island treasure hunting spots is the stretch of shore near the south jetties, and along the Gulf in front of the major hotels. Most weekends, and almost every…July 1, 2016In “News”Rio History: Going for the GoldBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS I received an email from Tom recently asking about treasure hunting on South Padre Island. Steve, We are planning on visiting the Island sometime and I am planning on bringing my metal detector with me. Can you tell me what I need to know…September 22, 2017In “News” Treasure hunting tipsBy STEVE HATHCOCKSpecial to the PRESSLesson number one: Wherever people gather to play, pay or pray, there will be treasure.One of my favorite spots is the stretch of beach near the jetties in Isla Blanca Park. Most weekends, and almost every day during the summer, this beach is crowded with vacationers, sunbathers, surfers, fishermen and lovers; all enjoying the sweet smell of salt air. As a locksmith (Almost Always Available Locksmith) I get numerous calls from unfortunates who have lost their car keys in the surf or somewhere along the water’s edge. It just stands to reason to expect some of these folks to have also lost pendants, watches, necklaces, rings, coins and other adornments in the hot shifting sands.Laying out a grid is the best way to hunt a site, but that is not always possible at a crowded beach. I will usually select a garbage can or other semi-permanent fixture as a starting point. By traversing a pre-planned path, I will always be near a place where I can dump any pull tabs, broken glass and other flotsam that I find. From there, I study the lay of the land, choosing distances and the most easily traveled route. Remember, the detectors’ coil must pass over an object before you can locate it, so choose a path that allows for you to swing the detector in as wide an arc as is possible. Pay particular attention to the area around playground equipment. It is here that the whole family plays.A mother pushing a swing can lose an earring. The boys playing touch football or volley ball are prime candidates for losing a class ring. The area surrounding swing sets, gym equipment or walkways across the dunes are also excellent spots to hunt. Then there’s the spot where dad lays on a blanket, sipping a beer or soda. He moves around a little, perhaps adjusting for the sun’s rays, or admiring one of the multitudes of beautiful women that seem to congregate on the Island’s beaches. Only the gulls hear the clinking sound of loose change falling from his pockets. A child steps upon the coins and as if by magic, they are seen no more. The Island has claimed her toll and it’s up to you, the treasure hunter, to wrest this fortune away from nature.Good hunting!Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

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Brewer Sets UWF Career Rebounding Record in Loss at Valdosta State

first_img Watch Live Brewer and Halee Nieman led the team with 15 points apiece, while Brewer’s 12 rebounds pushed her past former teammate Katie Bobos into first place on the career rebounding list at UWF. She now has 1,011 and also moved past Bobos on the career scoring list into fifth place with 1,356 points. Preview Next Game: Live Stats UWF (9-3, 3-2 Gulf South) shot just 36 percent and was outrebounded for the first time in 12 games. VALDOSTA, Ga.– On a night that Toni Brewer became the all-time leading rebounder at UWF, the Argonauts’ had its worst shooting performance of the season in falling to Valdosta State, 68-58, at The Complex Thursday night. Danielle Norquest was the only other player in double figures for UWF as she finished with 11. Full Schedule Roster UWF shot just 22 percent in the first quarter but only trailed 16-13. The Argos held the Lady Blazers to 3-of-12 shooting in the second quarter but sent the home team to the line 14 times where they made nine freebies. VSU led 31-26 at the half. VSU (9-4, 3-2) shot 42 percent and held a 41-36 rebounding edge. Sonya Franklin led the Lady Blazers with 19 points. VSU used a 9-2 run early in the third to stretch its lead to 15 points. The Argos never got closer than eight the rest of the game. “We had a poor shooting night and there’s not much else we can say,” UWF head coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton said. “It was just one of those nights that no player or coach wants to experience.” Montevallo 1/5/2019 – 2:00 pm The Argonauts will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they play host to Montevallo (8-4, 4-1) at the UWF Field House. Tip-off for the contest is set for 2 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Employee ‘No Longer With’ State Health Department After Trump Tweets

first_imgThe Department says the employee was accidentally logged into the Twitter account, but was at home and not on work time when the comments were posted. In a statement, officials says the worker made “inadvertent use of state resources to send partisan political messages.” Moving forward, only the Department’s public information office manager will be able to post on the department’s Twitter feed. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State Department of Health is continuing to review its social media policies after anti-Trump tweets were posted on the agency’s public Twitter feed last week; the employee responsible for the tweets is no longer with the department.center_img The tweets were quickly deleted and an apology was issued. The employee hasn’t been identified, nor is the Department saying how or why they left.last_img read more

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Japan Mountaineering Association plans to bid to host world championships

first_img KEYWORDS The JMA plans to hold the event in the Aomi area of Tokyo’s Koto Ward, set to host the sport during the 2020 Games, as an Olympic test event. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Tokyo 2020, Japan Mountaineering Association, 20202 Tokyo Olympics The Japan Mountaineering Association decided Saturday to bid to host the sports climbing world championships in Tokyo, possibly in 2019.The biennial event for one of the sports slated to be introduced at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will next be held in 2018 in Innsbruck, Austria. The one after could be brought forward by a year so as not to clash with the Tokyo Games.last_img read more

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