Continental Automotive Names Brad Jackson as Director of Communications for NAFTA

first_imgDeMoulpied 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. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Continental Automotive has appointed Brad Jackson as director of communications for its NAFTA Region. Jackson comes to the company with more than 20 years of experience in communications, nearly 15 of which have been spent within the automotive sector.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In his new position with Continental, Jackson will join the marketing and communications team, reporting to Kathryn Blackwell, vice president, marketing and communications, NAFTA. Jackson will be responsible for overseeing media relations within the NAFTA Region. He joins Continental from Centra, a trucking and transportation company headquartered in Warren, Mich., where he was the vice president of corporate affairs. In that position, his responsibilities included managing internal and external communications and government relations. Within the automotive industry, Jackson has spent time with both General Motors and Delphi Corp., where he also held the position of director of communications. He also has worked within the health care industry, leading communication operations for Select Care and Trinity Senior Living Communities. Jackson received his bachelor of arts degree in English from Michigan State University.,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.  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.” Advertisementlast_img read more

How power failure can kill your data

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Breaking Ground In Two Ways

first_imgThe memory of the smell of fried clam strips and hot fudge sundaes was resurrected Thursday morning, August 16, as about 30 government officials and members of the community gathered at the former Howard Johnson across from the traffic circle in Riverside to celebrate breaking ground on a medical complex planned for the site.Considered an eyesore for the past 15 years, though once a beloved part of Southampton Town — the highlight of downtown Riverhead visits for many a child growing up — the property has been tapped for redevelopment into a medical complex that could contain retail and apartment space in the future.“It’s altogether appropriate that revitalization starts here,” said state Assemblyman Fred Thiele, reminiscing about how when he was growing up, he would look forward to eating ice cream on the long drive from Sag Harbor to visit Riverhead with his parents.Other revitalization plans for the Riverside area that are in the works now include a boutique motel at the site of the former Peconic Paddler, upgrades for Ludlam Avenue Park, and the David W. Crohan Community Center. A park is also planned for an undeveloped parcel of land near McDonald’s. It will feature a boardwalk spanning the length of the Peconic River to Route 104.“It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for — forward progress in an area that we love in Riverside. We’ve been dreaming of revitalization of this area and we have been putting the pieces together for a long time to make this happen,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. Before being torn down last month, the building at the Ho-Jo’s site served as the home of the Riverboat Diner and, more recently, an Italian restaurant.The dilapidated building had been unoccupied for the past 15 years. It was boarded up to cover broken windows and graffiti, and over the years had morphed from a family eatery into a nuisance, often the bane of local police for drawing the attention of prostitutes and drug dealers.Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens–Smith said she believes that most people don’t know whether the parcel of land is part of Southampton or Riverhead, when they drive past it. “And, that is the way that it should be. I think that Southampton’s success is our success, and I think that the success for both of these areas is a success for the community. So, I am very proud to be here and standing with Southampton as they begin this project,” she said, noting the parcel has been long-considered a blight to the area.“It really does begin the new chapter in what we are looking forward to as we develop our communities,” she said. “This is just the beginning and I am really excited to see what is to come.”Residents will soon see workers digging a foundation, then raising steel beams at the site, which will support a three-story building with a parking area located to the rear. Once complete, only two floors will be used. The addition of a sewage treatment plant nearby in the town’s Enterprise Zone in Flanders would allow for retail uses of the building, as well as the possibility of apartments on the third floor, Schneiderman said.“We are working really hard to get sewering into this area. That will get us past some of the restrictions of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, and allow a little bit more development,” he said.Owner Paul Pawlowski, who was able to obtain a Restore New York grant to fund the demolition of the building, said it was a “blessing” that allowed him to focus on constructing a nicer building than he originally envisioned for the site. He credited the serendipity of the scenario to both community members and government officials for their vision.For lack of better words, he explained, all stakeholders involved “rolled out the red carpet.”“From the get-go, both sides had the same vision, and that’s always really helpful, but just with the planning everyone really jumped in and got to work, instead of thinking about this, just got it done,” he Sharelast_img read more

Two solicitors appointed to QC is no cause for pessimism

first_imgby Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, a solicitor member of the QC Selection Panel The results of the latest QC appointments competition have just been announced, and, once again, only a tiny number of the successful applicants are solicitors. The old system was widely seen as being unfair to some well-qualified applicants, including solicitors, but is the new system any better? The QC appointments system, both now and in the past, is intended to identify excellence in higher court advocacy, which excludes the vast majority of solicitors, who do not advocate in the higher courts. Whatever the rights and wrongs of this state of affairs, the scheme should be judged against its stated objectives. The main reason why so few solicitors become QCs is that so few apply. This year there were five applicants, of whom two were successful. As there are now nearly 5,500 solicitors with higher rights, this seems to be a puzzlingly low number of applicants, until you take account of the background. The first solicitors to obtain rights of audience in the higher courts did so in 1994. Barristers obtain higher rights on completing their first six months of pupillage, and it would be an exceptionally talented barrister who would be appointed QC within 15 years of that date. Also, it is likely that they will have been engaged in advocacy, day in and day out, for most of that time. Most solicitors with higher court rights use those rights to advocate for the clients of their firm, and will also be undertaking other work for their clients, including lower court advocacy. It will therefore take them much longer to gain the same higher court experience as their fellow advocates at the bar, and, as with so many things, consistent excellence is achieved through constant practice. The very nature of a solicitor’s practice can also create obstacles: the QC appointments process requires applicants to display evidence of excellence in cases of substance, complexity, or particular difficulty or sensitivity. In some areas of law, for instance judicial review or commercial arbitration, such cases may only require one or two days in court. However, in many other areas, such as crime, family, or planning enquiries, cases that allow advocates to display excellence to a QC standard are more likely to take weeks or months, and many solicitors simply cannot be out of the office for that length of time, or, at least, not often. The QC appointments process takes account of different types of practice, so that those whose cases seldom get to court, such as tax practitioners, are not disadvantaged compared with those who are frequently in court. However, as the appointment is for excellence in advocacy, if the case does get to court, the applicant has to have contributed to the advocacy. Of course there are solicitor advocates who undertake long and complicated cases in court, as well as those whose excellence can be demonstrated in shorter cases, and that is why there is a small but steady stream of solicitors appointed as QCs. Is the number of applicants going to increase? This seems likely. First, simply through the passage of time, more and more of those with higher rights will gain the necessary experience to produce evidence of consistent excellence in substantial and complex cases. Second, there is anecdotal evidence that some law students who want to specialise in advocacy are choosing to become solicitors rather than barristers, obtaining their higher rights very soon after qualification, and it seems reasonable to assume that they will be working in a similar way to barristers and so will achieve the same standards within the same timeframes. Third, changes in legal aid mean it is likely that more criminal defence solicitor advocates will be spending more time in court, as firms reduce their reliance on the bar. Fourth, an increasing focus on ADR will give solicitors greater advocacy opportunities that will fit in with their other work. Parity of numbers will take a while, but parity of esteem is already in place; the fact that solicitor and barrister applicants go through exactly the same process ensures that there can be no suggestion that a solicitor QC is less able than a barrister QC.last_img read more

A warm gesture from high school

first_imgThe pupils who helped knit blankets for the Oakhaven Old Age Home. Some of the senior citizens at the Oakhaven Old Age Home in Heideveld will be a little bit warmer this winter after they received blankets from Heideveld High School.The blanket initiative formed part of the school’s thanksgiving ceremony where they also recognised the work of those who run extramural activities at the school. This included the school’s outreach programme called the Peace Club Heideveld Outreach Group. Since 2011, the school community and residents have donated baskets of toiletries to various old age homes in Cape Town. Last year, for Mandela Day, they donated baby blankets, which they knitted in 67 days, to Tygerberg Hospital, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, and various orphanages.In March this year, the school started collecting wool for the blankets for Oakhaven Old Age Home. Teacher Marlene Douries said that this year the school wanted to do something different.“I suggested that we knit. I didn’t know how but I was taught to knit. We started collecting R2 from each pupil at the school to buy wool and managed to raise R1 000. We bought wool and needles and teachers and pupils literally sat in their classes during break, knitting, and teaching other kids how to knit,” said Ms Douries.On Thursday August 4, 122 elderly members at the Oakhaven received their blankets.Nobulele Nkompela, nursing manager at the Oakhaven, said the blankets would be put to good use in winter. “It is good to know that people have taken us into their hearts. The old people will be very grateful,” said Ms Nkompela.Heideveld High School principal, William Meck, said it is important to thank the individuals involved so that others can be encouraged to also take part in such initiatives.last_img read more

Pay trainees a ‘fair’ salary, Law Society urges

first_imgThe Law Society is calling on firms to pay trainees its recommended minimum following a dip in average earnings. It today announces a 2.6% increase in recommended minimum salaries, to £22,121 in London and £19,619 outside.Research by the Solicitors Regulation Authority has shown that trainee wages have fallen by an average of £560 since the regulator dropped the mandatory minimum in 2014. A quarter of trainees are paid less than the recommended rate. ‘Entry to the profession should be on merit and nobody should face unnecessary financial barriers,’ said Society president Christina Blacklaws. ‘I urge all law firms to adopt this recommendation for their trainees, which represents a fair salary, and to consider how else they can contribute to greater social mobility to the benefit of their business, society and the profession.’ The new rate applies from 1 May. Junior Lawyers Division chair Amy Clowrey said: ‘The JLD is concerned that firms are not paying their trainee solicitors a fair rate. We welcome the support of the Law Society on such an important issue.’last_img read more

Death Café Brings Conversations About End of Life Issues to Castle Douglas

first_imgAcademics from the University of Glasgow have teamed up with Age Scotland to hold an evening of conversation about death and dying in a Castle Douglas café to mark Death Awareness Week. Although a death café is not a support group, information will be available for anyone who would like to seek professional advice on issues such as how to write a will or an advance directive. Iain Howie, Regional Ambassador for Age Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway, said: “Death should no longer be regarded as a taboo subject. Death is inevitable for all of us, but reluctance to discuss the issue can lead to unnecessary distress and confusion regarding end of life care and funeral wishes. Death cafes provide an ideal setting for individuals to learn what choices are available in a casual, informative setting.” “Death cafés are increasing in popularity and we are helping different venues and groups to organise them in the Dumfries and Galloway area. It’s a chance for people to come together and talk about any issue they wish, relating to death and dying.” The Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, based at the University of Glasgow’s Dumfries Campus, is investigating the rise in popularity of death cafés. This research is part of a Wellcome Trust-funded project Global Interventions at the End of Life. Death cafés are believed to have started in 2004, when Swiss sociologist, Bernard Crettaz, hosted “Cafés mortels” and included them in a book about his research. In England, Dying Matters Awareness Week runs in parallel with the Scottish event. Dying Matters is a coalition of 32,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. “We are delighted to have the support of the Designs café, which is a lovely venue.” Death Awareness week runs from 9-15 May, 2016, organised in Scotland by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief which is an alliance of organisations and individuals that want to work together to raise public awareness of ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement and to promote community involvement in death, dying and bereavement. This year’s theme is ‘it takes a village’, celebrating all the people who have ever come together to care for a dying person. Death is a subject which many people find difficult to talk about, and this rare event offers local people the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences in a safe and relaxing environment. He added: “In my experience, death cafés are very rewarding. You get to tell your stories and express your opinions and experiences about a matter that affects us all, something which we don’t often get to do in our normal social circles. There are always some laughs too. Professor David Clark, founder of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, said “We are delighted to be working with Age Scotland, Designs Café and local organisers to hold this death café in Castle Douglas during Death Awareness Week. The team will not be carrying out any research at this event. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn  The event is free and open to all, and will be held at the Designs café in Castle Douglas. It runs from  7-9pm on May 9.last_img read more

Anilao cop in ‘hot water’ for quarantine breach

first_imgThe cop was also seen joining a drinking spree in Barangay Daja, Maasin. According to Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, an investigation has been launched. But before his test result was released on Aug. 20 he was spotted roaming around. ILOILO – A police officer in Anilao town is in trouble. He violated quarantine protocols. “How could we command obedience from the public if our own personnel violate health protocols? The PRO-6 recognizes the vulnerability of its personnel to COVID-19 as frontliners. This is why we always remind them to follow health safety protocols – to keep themselves and the people surrounding them safe,” said Pamuspusan./PN On Aug. 20 after Dr. Karen Anne Gonzales, municipal health officer of Anilao, announced the cop’s RT-PCR test result, Barangay Captain Noel Camacho ordered a lockdown of the policeman’s residence. Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, regional police director, said the investigation would determine the proper charges to be filed against the police officer.center_img “How could we command obedience from the public if our own personnel violate health protocols,”says Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, Region 6 police director. With the rank of Police Corporal, he underwent reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test on Aug. 15 and was found positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “His leaving the house prior to the release of his test result was a clear violation of protocols. The memorandum from the national police headquarters is very clear – avoid going out if the test result has not yet been released,” Malong said. In the morning of Aug. 18, according Malong (citing statements from the cop’s family), the policeman went to a friend in the municipality of Maasin. The policeman has since been transferred to the quarantine facility of the Anilao municipal government.last_img read more

Beach cleanup on tap in February

first_imgSpecial to the PRESSTexas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling on volunteers for the 17th Annual Winter Texan Beach Cleanup Friday, Feb. 8, at Edwin Atwood Park on Access Road 5 off Highway 100.Registration will be held with coffee and donuts available at 8:30 a.m.The cleanup begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until noon.Volunteers will gather afterward to see who found the most unusual item.The Winter Texan Beach Cleanup is one of three all-volunteer seasonal cleanups coordinated through the Adopt-A-Beach program of the Texas General Land Office.Each year, Texas’ beaches receive large amounts of marine debris due to a convergence of currents in the Gulf of Mexico.Since 1986, Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up enough trash to fill a line of dump trucks 90 miles long, making it one of the most successful volunteer programs in the nation.Volunteers record data on the trash to learn more about the causes of marine debris and to help mitigate pollution along Texas’ 367 miles of coastline.The Texas General Land Office’s Adopt-A-Beach program is funded primarily by private contributions.To help out, or for more information, call the Adopt-A-Beach program at (877) TXCOAST or visit the web site at the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Jan. 2 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedGREAT OUTDOORS: Winter Texans Clean UpBy JIM FOSTER Special to the Parade Unless you live in a shell, I would think you have heard all the Winter Texan jokes. These jokes, sometimes funny and sometimes not, are along the lines of some jokes about a certain Texas university and ethnic areas with Polish populations. Well, jokes…February 7, 2013In “South Padre Parade”Rain or shine: Texas-sized beach cleanup Saturday!Volunteers needed for Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup Special to the PRESS Saturday’s Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring cleanup will take place rain or shine, so come on out and be a part of the nation’s biggest all-volunteer coastal cleanup. The 2015 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup takes place at 30…April 17, 2015In “Event”Trash collection reels in tonsBy CRAIG ALANIZ Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS The fall beach clean-up attracted hundreds of volunteers to the Island Saturday morning. Several organizations sponsored a mile stretch of beach. Surfrider Foundation, Keep SPI Beautiful and Friends of Isla Blanca provided gloves, trash bags, data cards and water to volunteers. The Texas…September 24, 2012In “Gallery”last_img read more

Rio History: Beachcombing Tips

first_imgBy STEVE HATHCOCKSpecial to the PRESSLast month’s high tides have created some of the best beachcombing conditions we have had in a long time.The best place and time for shelling, is along the wrack or trash line just after high tide. The shells found here are generally of a higher quality and have yet to be broken. Once, I was able to fill a small jar with tiny auger shells that littered the shore just north of the Wanna-Wanna Beach Bar. Another time, I found a perfect, fossilized shell near the base of some dunes by Inverness Resort. This past year, several of our winter visitors found fossilized stone crabs. These creatures lived here over three million years ago. The best place to look for fossils is about 6 miles north of beach access 5. As you walk along the beach, watch for washout areas. It’s in these spots that the water from higher tides has washed far inland before dropping their load of booty. It’s not uncommon to find arrowheads and darts like the one shown. I never reveal the exact location of my sites but here is a hint, this beauty was found about three miles north of the end of Highway 100, and several hundred feet….. or maybe it was several hundred yards off the beach in a small hollow situated between two taller dunes.Some of my best driftwood finds have been beyond the normal tide-line. This is where you will find big tangles, whorls and knobs of exotic woods that have drifted in from around the world. I have found mahogany timbers from wrecked ships and walnut logs that floated down the Mississippi.Mr. Bubba Sue, one of my Golden Retrievers, who passed away a few years back,  found one of my more interesting pieces. It’s a life-like replica of a horse head. Out of a sense of fairness, I traded him a half eaten tuna sandwich I found behind the front seat of my truck for it!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 RelatedRio History: Beachcombing TipsBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Last month’s high tides have created some of the best beachcombing conditions we have had in a long time. The best place and time for shelling, is along the wrack or trash line just after high tide. The shells found here are generally of…June 10, 2016In “News”Rio History: BeachcombingBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS When is the best time to go treasure hunting or beachcombing? If I had an Indian Head penny for every time I have been asked that question. Let me share some stories I’ve heard over the past 30 years. Local handyman Randy Baker had…January 27, 2017In “News”Rio History: Filled With Wonders to DiscoverBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS South Padre Island’s greatest charm is its natural beauty and quietness. Hard packed, white sand beaches, backed by rows of dunes stretch as far as the eye can see. Unusual cloud formations form pictures of beauty which combine with the peaceful quiet of nature,…February 9, 2018In “News”last_img read more