Gary August Joins the Automotive Distribution Network Team

first_imgMEMPHIS, TN — Gary August has been named Network Connect program manager at Automotive Distribution Network Headquarters, according to Co-Presidents Mike Kamal and Mike Lambert. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Gary has a wealth of experience in the technology side of the automotive aftermarket, having worked at all levels in the supply chain,” said Lambert. “He is well known and respected within our membership.” “The Network is continuing to invest heavily in a wide range of technology related products and services to support our members,” said Kamal. ”Gary’s appointment is the next logical step in our ongoing process.” In his new position, August’s responsibilities will include serving as liaison between the members and the Network’s Technology initiatives. He has started his training process and will be spending his time in the field assisting with kick-off meetings and installations. Network Connect is a technology initiative that provides Automotive Distribution Network members and their customer’s a scaleable, cost effective solution for running their business. It also provides them access to a wide range of e-commerce products. “I am honored to have been named to this new position and look forward to working with the membership,” said August. “Helping the Network achieve its long range IT goals is a challenge I look forward to.” Advertisement_______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,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 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 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.last_img read more

Medical lab beats developers to British Library site

first_imgA consortium backing the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation has beaten competition from Development Securities, residential developer Oracle, Minerva, Taylor Wimpey and Berkeley subsidiary St George for the 3.5-acre site near the British Library and St Pancras train station.Changing lives‘We strongly support plans to create Europe’s leading centre for medical research in the heart of London,’ said Brown. ‘It will maintain Britain’s position at the forefront of global medical research, strengthen the UK economy and, through its links with the NHS, has huge potential to change patients’ lives.’The government’s Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and University College London will operate from the 750,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility which is expected to be built by 2013.Developers rejectedIt is believed the rival developers, who all proposed mixed-use schemes, offered more for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport-owned site, with bids exceeding £100m.CB Richard Ellis advised the medical consortium on its bid over the past six months.‘The focus of such an important national centre of excellence on this site, adjacent to the new Eurostar Station at St Pancras, will complement the large numbers of leading edge institutions which are present in this part of London,’ said CBRE’s director of planning Paul Willmott. ‘It will provide an impetus for further private sector investment who will want to cluster around this centre of innovation.’‘It will put Camden firmly on an international setting and at the forefront of the UK in the provision of medical facilities.’Cluttons and Atisreal advised the government on selling the site.last_img read more

Taiwan Proposes South China Sea Peace Initiative

first_imgTaiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou proposed a joint peace initiative to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea and ease the tensions arising from China’s land reclamation project in the disputed areas, Focus Taiwan reports.President Ma proposed the South China Sea Peace Initiative during a forum in Taipei on Tuesday, saying that all sides should show restraint, maintain peace, and resist carrying out any unilateral actions that could worsen the tensions.The peace initiative calls on all sides to enable discussions on sharing the resources in the disputed areas of the South China Sea, saying that although sovereignty cannot be divided, the resources can be shared.Ma said that Taiwan wants a peaceful resolution of the dispute before a ”conflict breaks out.”Taiwan has played a marginal role in the dispute over the South China Sea, which is estimated to carry USD 5 trillion in trade annually.The land reclamation project on the Spratly islands has put China at odds with other claimants and the US, which flew a spy plane over the disputed area last week, causing tensions to escalate between the two countries.It is highly unlikely that China will accept the peace initiative.China claims 90% of the South China Sea based on a 1947 map, which was recently updated to a so-called nine-dash line, stretching down some 1,120 miles south from the Scarborough Shoal, which the Chinese call Huangyan island.The line includes areas also claimed by the Philippines, Brunei, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Malaysia.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

New Report Assesses Maryland’s Coastal Resilience

first_imgThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy of Maryland/DC has announced the completion of a Coastal Resiliency Assessment on existing natural features that protect coastal residential communities in the state. The study identified areas that reduce the risk of coastal hazards and determined priority areas for coastal conservation and restoration activities.“Our coastal areas host very dynamic and ever-changing landscapes that require innovative tools, technologies and services to address weather-related challenges, such as sea-level rise,” said Chesapeake and Coastal Service Director Matthew Fleming. “The new assessment was developed by us for use by practitioners at the state and local level. It identifies areas most at risk and provides essential data on how best to enhance and improve resiliency.”Some of the study’s key findings include:Coastal habitats can reduce flooding and erosion impacts, with forests and wetlands playing the greatest roles. These areas significantly protect 22 percent of Maryland’s shoreline;Marshes play a particularly important role in risk-reduction along the Tangier Sound in Somerset County, and the Assawoman Bay and Isle of Wight Bay shorelines in Worcester County;The majority of high risk exposure occurs along the Lower Eastern Shore (Dorchester, Somerset and Worcester counties);Shoreline hardening, transportation infrastructure, and development prevents habitat from playing a role in protection, most notably on the Western Shore. Hybrid approaches, such as living shorelines that incorporate structural components, may be more appropriate in these areas.The statewide assessment was conducted in partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Maryland/DC, in collaboration with the Natural Capital Project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and additional federal, state and local partners.last_img read more

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first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

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first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

‘Moment of madness’ solicitors struck off after appeal

first_imgA former partner and former solicitor at a top litigation firm have each been ordered for a second time to be struck off for dishonesty – two years after the High Court ordered a remittance of their punishment.Andrew William Shaw and Craig Stephen Turnbull, who worked for international firm Stewarts Law, were struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal following a three-day hearing earlier this year. Both left the firm some years ago.The sanctions hearing was ordered by Mr Justice Jay in 2014 after he questioned the original decision, made in 2013, to strike off the pair.Shaw, a partner with 28 years’ experience, and Turnbull, admitted as a solicitor in 2006, were found to have allowed misleading information to be provided to a court to help their client secure a freezing order against a litigant. The pair were representing a liquidating trust during proceedings.Jay had upheld one SDT finding that Shaw and Turnbull were dishonest as they had been made aware of evidence suggesting that the litigant no longer lived at a New York apartment. The litigant’s subsequent lack of response to a service attempt was used in the case put forward for the freezing order.The tribunal said the evidence advanced that the litigant had moved to London was made through an email. It became obvious through subsequent emails with a third party that this evidence had been ‘overlooked’ and an affidavit was put before the court that was not true.Mark Cunningham QC, representing the Solicitors Regulation Authority, said the lawyers had a ‘duty’ to ensure their client showed the ‘utmost good faith and disclose his case fully and fairly’.The tribunal heard the statements regarding evasion of service were the foundation of the proposition that it was right to make a freezing order.Cunningham asked the tribunal to consider whether it was right for the pair to make a statement in one affidavit and ‘perpetuate by silence’ the statement in another, without flagging up evidence that had come to light.He said Shaw had provided a ‘misleading explanation’ to the court regarding his knowledge of the crucial email, and, having discussed the fact the email had been overlooked, Turnbull was then guilty of an ‘act of commission not ommission’.In his ruling, Mr Justice May said the two had been ‘selective’ about the privileged material they sought to rely on. The SRA stressed Jay’s upheld finding of dishonesty could ‘not be dismissed as relating to a mistake’ and could not be classed as exceptional.Cunningham said striking off the pair might ‘seem harsh’ , but it was necessary to maintain the reputation of the solicitors’ profession as one in which every member ‘may be trusted to the ends of the earth’.Lawyers for Shaw and Turnbull said their dishonest conduct was ‘isolated and of very short duration’ and a ‘moment of madness’ made with no prior planning.Timothy Dutton QC argued that proceedings had hung over them for three years. Shaw, he said, had an unblemished work record to the age of 56, often in difficult and high-pressure litigation. Seven witnesses described him as an ‘exceptional person’. The partner had always tried to play with a ‘straight bat’ but on this occasion he had not ‘crossed the Is and dotted the Ts’.Turnbull was noted as someone with an ‘impeccable reputation’ who was inexperienced in this type of injunction.He had studied law from the age of 16 and gained a distinction in the LPC, and was rebuilding his confidence and working in a litigation funding company.On their dishonesty, Dutton said the charges were ‘looking through a magnifying glass of very significant proportion’. He submitted that the misconduct was at the ‘lower end of the scale of seriousness’ and stressed it could be treated as a ‘white lie’ which was of no pecuniary benefit.The tribunal accepted no harm resulted from the misconduct but said this was more about ‘good fortune’. This was not merely a technical breach of the rules, the tribunal said.It added that a finding of dishonesty by misleading the court damaged the profession in the eyes of the judiciary.The tribunal concluded: ‘After very careful consideration of what might constitute exceptional circumstances and having fully allowed for the highly pressurised circumstances of the complex litigation during which the dishonest conduct occurred and the mitigation brought to its attention, the tribunal could not find that the conduct of either respondent fell into the small residual category of cases where strike off was not a reasonable and proportionate sanction for dishonesty.‘The appropriate sanction for the tribunal to be applied in relation to both respondents was accordingly striking off the roll of solicitors.’In addition to striking off, Shaw was ordered to pay £24,000 prosecution costs and Turnbull ordered to pay £12,000.last_img read more

ISR training centre now open

first_imgISRAEL: Israel Railways opened a US$2·7m training centre at Lod station last month.The new facility is intended to fill a skills gap which has developed in recent years, and offers specially developed training programmes for railway employees including signallers, shunters and refuelling staff. It is equipped with advanced technological aids, and driver training simulators are to be installed. The centre replaces a facility in an inadequate building at the unused Tel-Aviv South station.last_img read more

Report: Indians in the Mix to Add José Bautista

first_img Related TopicsEdwin EncarnacionIndiansJose BautistaLonnie Chisenhall The Cleveland Indians’ offseason of adding players for a run at a title could be taking another twist a month before the team reports to Goodyear, Arizona for spring training.Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the team is in the mix to add another huge bat to their already solid lineup: 36-year-old free agent outfielder/third baseman José Bautista.Rosenthal mentioned the Tampa Bay Rays as another team in pursuit of Bautista.If the Indians were to sign Bautista, they would have to forfeit their 64th overall draft pick, after already giving up the 25th pick with the addition of Edwin Encarnación.The Rays, on the other hand, have a protected first round pick, but would have to forfeit their second pick (31st overall).Bautista has been in the Majors for 13 seasons, playing the last nine with the Blue Jays. Last season he hit 22 homers, driving in 69 runs and hitting .234 in 116 games.He suffered a turf toe injury in June that kept him out of action, and also had a knee injury that put him on the disabled list in August.Two seasons ago playing 153 games, Bautista hit .250 with 40 homers and 115 RBI and led the American League with 110 walks.His average over his tenure when playing a full season is 33 homers per season with 92 RBI, with a batting average of .255.He played 91 games in right field last season, a spot that was usually taken by Lonnie Chisenhall for the Tribe last season.With the future of Michael Brantley a hot topic for the Indians, adding Bautista could be another huge get for the Indians after the team grabbed Encarnación to play first base and DH. Matt Loedecenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more