Polk’s Anthony Pratt Named Society of Automotive Analysts President

first_imgLSI 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.  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.  SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Anthony Pratt, director of forecasting for the Americas at Polk, has been named president of the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA). His two-year term begins Oct. 1. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Pratt has been active with the organization for a number of years and has served on the SAA board since 2008. He succeeds Laurie Harbour of Harbour Results. “I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Laurie for her guidance and leadership of SAA over some of the most challenging years in the automotive industry,” said Pratt. “I look forward to working with the SAA board to advance the Society’s mission to bring value to SAA members by keeping the organization at the forefront of the industry.” Pratt leads Polk’s expanding forecasting business in the U.S., leveraging 35 years of generating industry analysis globally. Polk leadership is pleased to support Pratt in his new role with SAA. “Anthony’s leadership and our other involvement with SAA create a forum for us to further engage with relevant parties that ultimately bring insights to our customers and other stakeholders. Anthony has a strong command of automotive business issues and we’re very proud of his selection and what it offers to those he consults,” said Kendra Rawls, Polk senior vice president. “We look forward to continuing to support the SAA organization in the future.”,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.last_img read more

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Samsung Heavy Hands In Its Self-Rescue Plan to KDB

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has submitted its self-rescue plan to its main creditor, the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), the Korea Herald reports citing a company official as saying on Tuesday.The plan, aimed at restoring the company’s liquidity, reportedly includes up to 1,500 job cuts, selling of KRW 200 billion worth (USD 169 million) of real estate assets and disposing of stakes in Doosan Engine.SHI’s move is in line with the three-track plan revealed by the country’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Commission, which targets restructuring of vulnerable industries which were hit by a global slowdown, such as shipping and shipbuilding.Under the initiative, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine (DSME), one of the country’s big 3 shipbuilders, was required to submit layoffs and cost savings, while the other two, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and SHI were required to pursue self-rescue plans with their creditor banks.Last week, HHI also submitted a self-rescue plan to creditors that is linked to further job cuts and asset sales worth up to USD 1 billion.The country’s shipbuilders, badly affected by the ordering slowdown prompted by shipping and offshore industry woes, have been very busy since the beginning of the year with activities aimed at improving their liquidity and slashing losses accrued over the past years.These include Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. (HHIC) which has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on business normalization plan with its creditors, led also by KDB.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Volga-Dnepr IL-76TD-90VD delivers nine tonne ‘screw’

first_imgWeighing nine tonnes and measuring 1100 x 210 x 210 cms, the screw was loaded onto one of Volga-Dnepr’s IL-76TD-90VD freighters at Kallax Airport in Sweden for its flight to Bordeaux in France. The flight was performed in co-operation with Air Partner’s offices in the UK and Sweden. To expedite the shipment, Volga-Dnepr’s load planners produced detailed technical drawings and information for the customer to ensure the transportation went according to plan and without any delays. This resulted in a faster loading process in Sweden and enabled the IL-76TD-90VD to depart ahead of time with its time sensitive cargo. The shipment was delivered on behalf of one of Europe’s leading producers of packaging paper. Its production facility, situated in Facture in Aquitaine, South-West France, specialises in the manufacture of liners for corrugated board.last_img read more

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Flexibility is key, says Blue Water

first_imgThe foundations were sailed from Lindo to the wind farm, on which 80 3.6 MW turbines will be installed. The remaining turbines will be installed on monopiles, which are shipped out of Rostock.”The project cannot be compared with any other project that we have handled as new and unexpected assignments were added constantly,” said Kim Thygesen, general manager of Blue Water Lindo, stressing that the flexibility was particularly important for the project.During the project period, JV Baltic II Foundations was offered office facilities at Blue Water’s Lindo branch, while the company also coordinated accommodation for all staff involved.Lutz Stehmeier, senior site manager at JV Baltic II Foundations, said that Blue Water’s assistance in the project had contributed to speeding up the load-outs of the foundations.”During the entire project, we have cooperated on the technical management and the operation of the barges and tug boats which were used for the transports,” added Thygesen. “This included ballasting of the barges before, during and after loading, welding tests, securing of the foundations and port agency for the tug boats.”We cooperated with several ports such as Trelleborg, Malmö and Korsor where the barges called into port for technical upgrading or when they were unable to continue their course towards the installation area due to bad weather.”  www.bws.dklast_img read more

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Transnet to expand heavy haul operations

first_imgSOUTH AFRICA: State-owned transport group Transnet has confirmed plans to develop a third heavy haul rail corridor to serve a new deep-water port at Ngqura near Port Elizabeth, in addition to its existing Sishen – Saldanha iron ore line and the Coallink corridor serving Richards Bay.Transnet Freight Rail is expected to invest R10·8bn in the project between 2012-13 and 2018-19, as the first phase of a combined rail and harbour expansion package costed at R27bn in total.The 1 003 km corridor is to be created by upgrading existing lines, in order to connect the extensive manganese mining complex near Hotazel in Northern Cape province with the Indian Ocean at Ngqura. At present, TFR is able to haul around 5·5 million tonnes a year of export traffic over the route, but this will be raised to 12 mtpa by mid-2017 and eventually to 16 mpta. Track is to be upgraded to accommodate 26 tonne axleloads, while passing loops will be lengthened to take 208-wagon trains; some sections will be double-tracked.The entire route is already electrified, at 3 kV DC on the northernmost 343 km from Hotazel to Kimberley and 25 kV 50 Hz on the remaining 760 km from Kimberley to Port Elizabeth via De Aar and Cookhouse. Unlike the Richards Bay line where locomotives are changed en route, the new corridor is to be operated with dual-system locomotives.Meanwhile, TFR Chief Executive Siyabonga Gama told the 12th Coaltrans Southern Africa conference in May that Botswana’s Mmamabula coalfields would be linked to the Richards Bay line within seven years. Feasibility studies are underway for a cross-border link which will connect the area with TFR’s existing branch to Lephalale, in South Africa’s developing Waterberg coalfield. Trains would then run via Thabazimbi and north of the Gauteng region to reach the Coallink corridor at Ogies in Mpumalanga province.TFR recently began running three 35-wagon coal trains a week from Botswana to Durban, using its existing line via Gauteng, of which two are formed from TFR wagons and one uses Botswanan rolling stock. Traffic is expected to increase to six trains per week by September.According to TFR, a record 69·2 million tonnes of coal was carried on the Richards Bay corridor in the financial year to March 31 2013. Capacity on the route is due to be expanded to 95 mtpa by 2018, with a short-term target of 81 mtpa. Construction of a link to the Swaziland rail network will allow non-coal traffic to be diverted off the coal line in order to release additional capacity. The route was closed between May 14 and 25 for heavy maintenance work on key sections, including the busy single-track section at Overvaal.last_img read more

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Watch Heather Jeanette’s sun-drenched video for Save Me the Heartache

first_imgHeather Jeanette has released the music video for her catchy new single Save Me the Heartache.In the video Jeanette is seen in various locations throughout California. She’s driving under the gorgeous sun, out on a date in the evening and enjoying a day out near Santa Monica pier.Watch the video below:About the video Jeanette says, “This video was a DIY project and wouldn’t have been possible without the help of some amazing people. Thank you Eyson Concepcion, Kim Dorfman, Ben Garrett, Troy Harris and Brian Garhan for helping me bring my vision to life.”As well as concentrating on her own music, Jeanette has has co-written and co-produced songs for artists including Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Derulo, and Jojo Siwa. Save Me the Heartache shows that she’s more than capable of stepping into the artist spotlight herself though don’t you think?Save Me the Heartache is available to stream and download now!last_img read more

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Jamaican Police on High Alert Following “Coordinated’ Attacks on Lawmen

first_imgJamaica police have gone on high alert following what law enforcement authorities have termed “coordinated” attacks against police officers and their families.The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in a statement said that it had raised the threat level for violence against members to high and that there have been three such incidents over the weekend. The JCF said that three men have been taken into custody in connection with the incidents.The JCF says it is unable to disclose details due to the sensitive nature of the high-level investigation and National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, has condemned the recent attacks on police officers resulting in the death of 67-year-old Clifton Green, the father of a detective inspector of police.“These targeted attacks on our police officers to disrupt law and order and incite public fear and panic are of grave concern and will not be tolerated. No stones will be left unturned in these matters and the security forces will not rest until the perpetrators have been brought to justice,” said Chang.He said he wanted to re-assure the public and that under the leadership of Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, the JCF will not be deterred and will be re-doubling its efforts to dismantle gangs and restore peace and safety in communities.Chang said that these incidents will not be allowed to impair the fight against crime. He said the Bill to amend the Anti-Gang Legislation had been returned to the ministry recently.“This administration will continue to work hard to strengthen the provisions of the Anti-Gang Legislation to bolster prosecutions against gangsters while deterring crime,” Chang said, expressing condolences to the family of two sisters who were murdered in Mona Commons recently, as well as a pregnant woman in Williamsfield, Manchester on Friday.He urged citizens with information that can assist the police in their investigations to call Crime Stop or visit their nearest police station.Chairman of the Police Federation, Sergeant Patrae Rowe, is urging JCF members to be extremely vigilant in carrying out their duties.CMClast_img read more

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Dumfries Arts Agency Set To Take Over Carlisle City Centre for Summer festival

first_imgThe launch of Carlisle Fringe Festival AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA Dumfries arts agency is set to take over Carlisle City Centre this Summer…The Electric Theatre Workshop, in partnership with Carlisle City Council, will be behind this year’s Carlisle Fringe Festival, which will celebrate the historic city for eleven days this August, providing a vibrant urban extravaganza of outdoor performance, comedy and street theatre.The unique event will return this year as a major international festival, combining the Carlisle Pageant, a Best of Carlisle market, an ancient Proclamation and a bustling international market alongside an action-packed programme of comedy, cabaret and family shows.It will take over the city from the 18th to the 28th of August and will feature a heady mix of live entertainment at venues throughout the Carlisle.Carlisle’s Old Fire Station, a local arts and entertainment venue, in particular will play host to more than 20 different shows, including performances from well-known comedians Eleanor Conway and Abi Roberts as well as a host of live music acts.The Cumbrian city’s streets will be action-packed with a colourful street theatre programme set to run alongside the festival as well as a 1950’s-style street party celebration, which will see laden tables being spread throughout the city centre on Carlisle Pageant Day.Cllr Anne Quilter, Portfolio holder for Culture, Heritage and Leisure for Carlisle City Council, said:“We are incredibly proud to deliver an exciting festival of events and our hope is that with everyone behind it, the Carlisle Fringe can go on to become an integral part of the international festival calendar.”Graham Main from Electric Theatre Workshop, Producer of Carlisle Fringe Festival, added:“We have been dreaming up Carlisle Fringe for a good few years now and we are thrilled that so many partners have signed up to help realise the potential of this incredible city.“Combining a number of events to form one amazing festival helps us to make the Carlisle Fringe event more compelling and we are excited about working together to make the city an event destination in the future.”An unprecedented number of businesses have voiced interest in playing a part in the festival and the full programme, complete with acts and venues, is set to be announced in July.Carlisle Fringe Festival is open to all and organisers are keen to involve as many businesses and people in the city as possible. Those interested in being involved with the festival can contact organisers on 01228 812611.For more information please visit: www.carlislefringe.co.uklast_img read more

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Lukaku confirms Manchester United move, shares picture from medical

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has confirmed that his move from Everton to Manchester United, is close to completion.The 24-year-old striker on Saturday night, shared snaps from his medical in Los Angeles on his Instagram account.Lukaku can be seen in a waiting room, which he captioned “Medicals”.He posted a snap of him lying on a bed, connected to what appears to be a heart monitor and the caption “save me” with a crying laughing face.Lukaku also shared pictures of himself signing a young fan’s shirt, saying “First Manchester United fan I’ve met.. #Blessed #Thankful” (sic).The news comes just hours after it emerged he had been arrested after hosting a noisy party.last_img

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House Pushes Discussion on Oil and Gas Tax Credits

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With just about a week left in this legislative session, the Alaska House is taking its time considering a bill that would reform the state’s tax credit program for oil companies. Today the House pushed further discussion on the bill until Tuesday, April 12. Representative Chenault says caucus members are divided between the ideas that there should be fewer changes to the industry that is already struggling amid low oil prices, and those who think there should be more cuts to reduce payouts. After delaying a scheduled floor vote yesterday, House Speaker Mike Chenault says his majority caucus is not ready to vote on the reform. Instead they are woring to amend a bill to reduce the amount of credits the state pays out to oil and gas companies int he form of tax credits. Under its current structure, Alaska could pay out $825 million in credits next year to companies with no tax liabilities.last_img read more

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