20Oct/20

Lund International Names New Channel Manager

first_imgWith 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 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. 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.  ANOKA, MN — Automotive accessories designer Lund International has added a new executive to its sales and marketing team. Robert Cobb will serve as the company’s new channel manager for the Hardware, Home Center, Mass Merchant Farm and Fleet chains. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Cobb has more than 25 years of experience in the sales field, and comes to Lund International from Kaba-Ilco, where he serviced accounts such as Home Depot, True Value, ACE Hardware and Wal-Mart while managing a team of sales representatives. Cobb will be based at the Lund International Sales and Marketing offices located in Anoka, Minn. _______________________________________ 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 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

19Oct/20

Seasonal Menace Stalks Los Alamos, Threatens Pets

first_imgElymus elymoides, one of the perennials referred to as “foxtail” is spotted Tuesday at a residence in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.comBy BONNIE J. GORDONLos Alamos Daily Postbjgordon@ladailypost.comSpring is here and unfortunately that means it’s time for seed production for foxtail barley and cheatgrass.What makes these plants a menace? They threaten the health and safety of pets, livestock and wildlife.According to Carlos Valdez, director of the Los Alamos County Extension Service, these plants are dangerous, because part of their reproductive strategy is the attachment of their barbed seeds to the coats of animals. The animals lick their fur and lodge the barbed seeds in their ears, noses, eyes and mouths where it causes sores and infections “We have both foxtail and cheatgrass here in Los Alamos County,” Valdez said. “It’s a problem every spring.”White Rock has an especially heavy infestation of both foxtail and cheatgrass this year. Ask anyone who walks regularly. Many of those folks are walking with dogs.“We are starting to see a lot of dogs with the seeds embedded in mouths and noses,” Kathleen Kearn of the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos said. “The seeds can be really dangerous because of the barbs. They can cause infections and sores, and animals can swallow them and have digestive problems as well.”Drooling and lack of appetite caused by the mouth of the animal being impacted and inflamed by hundreds of barbs are signs of trouble, she said.Foxtail (Hordeum jubatum) and Elymus elymoides are a short-lived perennials, nicknamed “foxtails”.  They are  attractive plants and gardeners may be tempted to let them become part of their landscape, but they pose a real threat to animals and also spreads easily. Cheatgrass or downy brome (Bromus tectorum) is not nearly so attractive, but also poses a threat and spreads easily. Cheatgrass seed heads are more upright than those of cheatgrass, which is spindly and has drooping seed heads. Cheatgrass looks like wheat. Foxtail is larger and looks like barley.According to materials provided by the New Mexico Extension Service, there are several ways to get rid of these plants. In fields and lots, fire will work, but it’s unlikely you want to use this method in your yard and burn up your landscape and maybe your house. Pesticides will work, but applying them in a large area can be hazardous and they can kill the surrounding plants in your yard. The best method is, sigh, to dig them up.Cheatgrass is easy to dig up because of its shallow roots. Foxtail is more of a challenge because it’s a perennial, but is still relatively easy to dig out. It’s a bit late to avoid seed distribution, which will help solve the problem of more of these pests appearing next year, but it will still help and your neighbors will thank you for not allowing them to spread to their yard. Next year, mowing down these plants before they develop seeds will help get rid of them. Another strategy for next year is to fill your landscape with healthy plants of other types, so there’s no room for these weeds. Because there are many open areas in White Rock and Los Alamos, eradication may be impossible outside one’s own yard but people walking dogs in suburban areas will thank you too.Dog walkers should not allow their pets to investigate these plants if possible, but that probably won’t entirely work. Check your dog for these barbed seeds after a walk and remove them from its fur. Outdoor cats should also be examined, especially long-haired cats. Be sure to check ears and noses!Foxtail and cheatgrass will be with us every spring, but pet owners will thank you if you help keep their numbers to a minimum.last_img read more

18Oct/20

Westminster puts Chelsea Barracks designs under the microscope

first_imgThe scheme, proposed by Project blue, the joint venture between Qatari Diar and Christian Candy’s CPC, was before Westminster’s planning and development committee for the first time last night for a steer over the proposed designs.Councillor Alistair Moss, chair of the committee, said the proposals for a 638-apartment development needs to be ‘a microcosm of how we would like Westminster to be if we had a blank canvas.’Bold styleCommenting on the design of the apartments blocks by Roger Stirk Harbour & Partners he said: ‘I think the applicants have gone a long way to addressing what would be suitable on that site.‘It is a bold style which has been carefully considered and I believe it is an appropriate response.’Three other members of the six person committee agreed with Moss. However, councillors Angela Harvey and lee Rowley disagreed.‘There are so many examples from around the world of developments that sit within the community but also inspire the community,’ said Harvey. ‘I think this could be so much better.’Completely out of keeping‘We are trying to create a microcosm of what we would like Westminster to be like,’ said Rowley. ‘These designs are completely out of keeping with the beautiful buildings in the area.’He said he feels the design need a complete overhaul to be satisfactory. At the meeting the planning committee agreed that several blocks in the development need to be scaled back to protect views, particularly from the grade I listed Royal Hospital.‘We’ve listened to the comments and feedback received at last night’s meeting,’ said CPC’s Christian Candy. ‘We are pleased that the comments expressed by last night’s planning steer meeting are in majority favourable towards the scheme.‘As to the opposition to the scheme, the Westminster City Council report highlights that just 77 letters of objection from adjoining owners or occupiers were received representing a 2% oibjection from the people the council consulted.’Concerns were also raised over the amount of public space available in the scheme. The three and a half hour meeting was attended by representatives from Qatari Diar, Candy & Candy, development managers on the scheme, and CPC, including Christian Candy.It was also attended by representatives of the Belgravia Resident’s Association, which objects to the scheme.last_img read more

28Sep/20

Conservatives pledge to end ‘abuse’ of judicial review

first_imgConstitutional change and tweaks to the Human Rights Act are the biggest justice takeaways from the 2019 Conservative manisfesto unveiled yesterday. The party talked about looking again at the relationship between the executive and judiciary and the issue of access to justice for ordinary people. But the manifesto says  nothing about changes to overall justice spending, making no mention of legal aid or any courts upgrade. A Royal Commission will be established in 2020/21 on the criminal justice process, with a cost estimated at £3m.The Conservatives, who have previously talked about repealing the Human Rights Act, now pledge to ‘update’ the act and administrative law more widely to ensure a ‘proper balance between the rights of individuals, our vital national security and effective government’. Judicial review will be available ‘to protect the rights of individuals against and overbearing state’, but the party will also ensure it is not ‘abused to conduct politics by another means or to create needless delays’. In the first year of a Conservative government, the party would set up a Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission that will examine these issues in depth. There is no explicit mention of changing the process for selecting Supreme Court judges; an idea mooted following the court’s prorogation ruling earlier this year. The manifesto states: ‘One of the strengths of the UK’s constitution is its ability to evolve – as times have changed, so have parliament, government and the judiciary. Today that need is greater than ever.’ On Europe, the manifesto says the party would ‘end the role’ of the European Court of Justice, although no further details are given. On crime and punishment, the manifesto sets out plans for a new national cyber crime force and to empower the police to safely use new technologies such as biometrics and artificial intelligence. A Victims’ Law and the Domestic Abuse Bill are promised, as well as a pilot of integrated domestic abuse courts that address criminal and family matters in parallel. This pilot is likely to cost £25m over the next five years. The section on housing pledges to ‘continue with our reforms to leasehold, including implementing our ban on the sale of new leasehold homes, restricting ground rents to a peppercorn and providing necessary mechanisms of redress for tenants’. The manifesto also pledges to repeal section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2014, which it says ‘seeks to coerce the press’. This reform, which has stayed on the back-burner since it was passed and states that publishers who refuse to sign up to the Royal Charter-backed press regulation system could have to pay both sides’ costs in libel and privacy disputes, win or lose. A Conservative government would also not proceed with the second stage of the Leveson inquiry into the conduct of the press.last_img read more

28Sep/20

KPMG fined £3m for insufficient ‘scepticism’ over Quindell

first_imgAccounting giant KPMG was today fined £3.15m after admitting to misconduct in handling the financial statements of legal services provider Quindell. The Financial Reporting Council also fined audit engagement partner William Smith £84,000 in relation to accounts filed for the period ending 31 December 2013. KPMG admitted failing to obtain reasonable assurance that the financial statements as a whole were ‘free from material misstatement’, failing to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence and failing to exercise ‘sufficient professional scepticism’. Quindell was listed on the London Stock Exchange and acquired a series of legal businesses during the the early part of this decade. But in its 2014 financial statements, it was forced to make prior-year adjustments in both revenue recognition for legal services and transactions relating to the sale and purchase of software licences, related services and investments. Financial results announced to the London Stock Exchange in March 2014 showed profit before tax of £137.7m for the year to 31 December 2013, compared with £52.2m in 2012. This figure was significantly downgraded a year later, resulting in share trading being suspended. The FRC said KPMG and Smith, members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, admitted their conduct ‘fell significantly short’ of the standards reasonably expected of a member and a member firm. They failed to act in accordance with the ICAEW’s fundamental principle of professional competence and due care. In a statement, a KPMG spokesperson said: ‘Audit quality, and professional scepticism in particular, is of paramount importance to our firm.  We have cooperated fully throughout the FRC’s investigation, and have already updated our audit processes and procedures to address the areas of concern.’We regret that some aspects of our audit for the year ended 31 December 2013 did not meet the required standards. As we stated in our audit opinion for the following year, certain information given to KPMG contradicted representations previously made by former members of management.’Nonetheless, we accept the FRC’s findings that in two specific areas of the audit, our challenge for the year ended 31 December 2013 should have gone further. Due to ongoing investigations by the FRC and SFO we are unable to comment further.’Quindell’s former auditor for its 2011 accounts was also fined in January after admitting to falling short of expected standards. In March 2015, the legal services division of Quindell was bought by Slater and Gordon, then run by a listed Australian parent company, for £637m. It was revealed last year the buying party spent more than £30m on due diligence before the deal was completed. The terms of the purchase are subject to ongoing legal action between the parent company and Watchstone plc, the successor entity to Quindell.last_img read more

26Sep/20

Armed gang kills at least 30 in northwest Nigeria, police say

first_imgMotorbikes in W.Africa.PHOTO/GettyAn armed gang on motorbikes killed at least 30 people in attacks on two villages in the northwestern Nigerian state of Katsina, police said on Saturday.Twenty-one people were burnt to death and nine villagers were shot dead on Friday evening in the villages if Dankar and Tsauwa as the assailants made off with food and livestock, the police said.Hundreds of people have been killed in the northwest of Nigeria since last year, in attacks the government attributes to bandits – a loose term for gangs of outlaws carrying out robberies and kidnappings.Police commissioner Sanusi Buba confirmed the death toll and said that police and military teams had been deployed to the village, adding that an investigation is under way.Security experts say Nigeria can ill afford more instability as it is already struggling to contain Islamist insurgencies in the northeast, conflict in central states and militant groups in the Niger Delta to the southeast.The death toll from violence continues to rise in Nigeria, along with incidents of kidnapping and robbery.Suspected Boko Haram Islamists killed at least 30 people on the night of Feb. 9 in the northeastern state of Borno.Related Militant attack leaves at least 30 dead in northeast Nigeria Armed gang kills at least 20 in northwest Nigeriacenter_img At least 30 killed in farmer-herder violence in Nigeria: policelast_img read more

25Sep/20

Vilsack: ag not huge contributor to greenhouse gases; but it feels the effects of climate change

first_imgAgriculture is often blamed for playing a major role in emitting greenhouse gases that warm the planet, even though other industries emit much more. Public utilities, for instance, emit around 32 percent of the gases. U.S. agriculture: 9 percent, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Everyone assumes what’s happening globally is happening nationally,” Vilsack, a keynote speaker at Drake University forum on climate change, was quoted in an article by Donnelle Eller in The Des Moines Register. “Clearly, there are challenges globally in terms of agriculture and its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. That’s not necessarily the case in the United States.”What’s worrisome now for the country’s agriculture are drought issues and, in some areas, dwindling water access. To help, USDA created seven climate hubs across the country to study climate change and what could be done to lessen the problem.advertisementadvertisement“Our challenge is to educate farmers about the vulnerability of agriculture,” he said. “We’ve seen temperatures increase since 1970 accelerate at three times the rate prior. So there are warning signs.” PD—Summarized by PD staff from cited sourcelast_img read more

24Sep/20

Farmington Hills event honors community’s veterans

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The City of Farmington Hills Special Services Adults 50 & Better Division will honor community veterans during the 22nd annual Stars and Stripes Forever Veterans Day Celebration, held on Friday, November 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd.Complimentary admission is offered to veterans living in Farmington or Farmington Hills who are preregistered by November 5 . Tickets are $10 for adults of all ages; $8 until November 5.The event includes an honor guard ceremony conducted by the VFW and the American Legion, and a recitation of veterans’ names. Lindell Holm, Director of the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund, delivers the keynote address, and the event includes entertainment by Matthew Ball, “The Boogie Woogie Kid.”To learn more, call 248-473-1830. Reported bylast_img read more

24Sep/20

Carbon fibre frame – the future of BMW Motorrad?

first_imgAs bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts, we love carbon fibre. Most high-end bikes will have this very special material plastered all over and some even to the extent of using them to build integral parts of the bike like the chassis and frame. BMW Motorrad believes that this can be the future of two-wheels and they’ve built the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster as their prime example.Carbon fibre is renowned for its lightweight properties combined with ultra-strength characteristics. A lot of premium bikes have them in abundance like the BMW HP4 Race and also MotoGP race machines. While most of them are purely for cosmetic purposes, BMW Motorrad wants to find a way to include them in their everyday bikes without a major price hike. Is it possible? Perhaps.BMW is an expert when it comes to carbon fibre use and their pure electric Vision DC Roadster concept machine hopes to create an affordable carbon bike frames suited for mass production. While the bike as a whole looks pretty awesome, its carbon chassis construction is where we’re seeing it for the first time (apart from the ones used on the HP4 Race).The manufacturing process called ‘Pultrustion’ allows BMW to create carbon fibre tubes using carbon strands and resins via a heated die where the end results is a highly versatile hollowed carbon fibre rod or tube.Paired that with another manufacturing process called ‘Bulk Moulding’ where the carbon fibre and resin mixture can be moulded like plastic parts, BMW is able to create a fully functional carbon fibre trellis frame that’s lighter but stronger, made entirely of this magical stuff we all love.Although the Vision DC Roadster is still in its concept phase, we might just see a working model being launched in the coming years where BMW has filed a trademark for a brand-new model name called the M 1300 GS. This could be really, really interesting and a game-changer for the entire motorcycle industry.Make your own 2019 BMW S 1000 RR Carbon Edition–Ads–last_img read more

23Sep/20

Argonauts Cruise Past Columbus State, 70-63

first_img Share Argonauts Cruise Past Columbus State, 70-63 All 16 of Jessica Young’s points came in the 2nd half (Photo by John Blackie) center_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida women’s basketball team shot a scalding 51.1% from the floor and knocked off previously-unbeaten Columbus State University, 70-63, Saturday afternoon in the final game of the 2010 Highpointe Hotel Corporation Classic. Kirstin McIntyre paced the Argonauts (5-3) with a career-high 19 points, while Jessica Young scored 16 and was named Tournament MVP.McIntyre scored 15 of her 19 points in the 1st half, while all of Young’s scoring output came in the 2nd half of play. Jade Howard chipped in 11 points for UWF, while Octavia Bearden added a game-high 11 rebounds.Columbus State (5-1) shot just 36.5% on the night thanks to a punishing defensive effort from West Florida. Nakita Holt scored 16 points to lead the Lady Cougars, while Dominique Gilbert grabbed All-Tournament laurels after a 13-point night.Like UWF’s Friday night victory over Eckerd, Saturday’s game was an up-and-down contest with many shifts in momentum. The two sides were tied on ten occasions and swapped the lead 11 times.The opening ten minutes of the game was littered with turnovers and missed shots, as both sides struggled to settle into an offensive groove. With 10:25 left in the half, Bearden sank a fastbreak basket thanks to a Krissy Diggs assist that tied the game at 11-11.After six tied scores in the next ten minutes of play, West Florida asserted control in the final 90 seconds of the first half. McIntyre hit her first career three-pointer to give UWF a 29-26 lead with 1:10 left, and Diggs scored the final two points of the half to make the score 31-26 at intermission.A feisty bunch, Columbus State started the 2nd period on a hot streak and scored the first six points of the half. Asha Alexander finished the 6-0 with a lay-in to make the score 32-31 with 18:44 to play.West Florida took the lead once and for all with 15:40 on the clock, as Young connected on a short jumper to put the Argos up, 39-38.Although Columbus State hung around and kept the game close, UWF never again fell behind. The Argonauts picked up their biggest lead of the game at the 7:31 mark, when a technical foul on the Columbus State bench allowed Young to nail four straight free throws and push the gap to 56-48.Although the Lady Cougars would whittle the lead down to a single point on two occasions in the final six minutes, West Florida maintained the lead throughout.Bench play was a big part of West Florida’s win. Led by the contributions of McIntyre and Howard, the Argonauts tallied 33 bench points to Columbus State’s ten.UWF Head Coach Shannan Bergen was proud of the progress her team showed over the weekend. “Blending in so many new faces to the roster, I knew it would take some time for everyone to figure out their role on the team and how they fit in,” Bergen said after the win. “But I feel like we started to solidify our rotation this weekend and players did a good job of doing what they needed to do to help us pick up a pair of wins.”“Hopefully,” Bergen added, “we turned a corner this weekend.”West Florida will rest up for a week before hitting the road to face Preseason Gulf South Conference favorite Delta State University on Sunday, December 12. Tip-off in Cleveland, Miss., is scheduled for 2 pm.2010 HIGHPOINTE HOTEL CORPORATION CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMG – Jasmine Hammon, UAHG – Krystal Charles, EckerdF – Kirstin McIntyre, UWFF – Jessica Young, UWF (MVP)C – Dominique Gilbert, Columbus StatePrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more