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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — International Speedway Corp. has promoted Tracie Winters to vice president of business development. Winters assumes this role from her previous position as managing director, business development, a position she has held since 2006. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Winters, 37, reports to John Saunders, executive vice president, chief operating officer and will oversee ISC’s new business growth opportunities and initiatives as well as the company’s strategic plan. Joining ISC in 1999, Winters has held various positions with the company. Prior to her positions at ISC, Winters served as investor relations director for Gencor Industries Inc. in Orlando, Fla. Previous to that position, she worked for the investment banking group at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, NY. Winters earned her undergraduate degree in international finance from Brigham Young University, and her masters of business administration from the University of Florida.,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.” 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. 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.
Labor unions, environmental advocates, the Navajo Nation, community organizations, businesses, and utilities came together to push for the Energy Transition Act. The law was enacted this spring with enthusiastic, bipartisan support, thanks to the leadership of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Senators Jacob Candelaria and Mimi Stewart, and Representative Nathan Small. ENM News: “San Juan County families are counting on the job training and apprenticeship opportunities the ETA provides, and this irresponsible decision puts those resources at risk,” said Brian Condit, president of the New Mexico Building Trades. “New Mexico should be helping communities build their 21st century workforce, not stymie progress and make businesses think twice about investing here.” SANTA FE ― Wednesday, New Mexico environmental, community, and labor advocates decried the NM Public Regulation Commission’s decision to delay voting on whether the Commission will apply the state’s recently enacted Energy Transition Act when closing the San Juan Generating Station. “New Mexico took tremendous action this year to transition for the shutdown of the largest source of air pollution in the state and get us on a path to energy independence – all while saving New Mexicans money,” said Stephanie Maez, the executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico. “The PRC is charged with protecting New Mexico ratepayers, but this decision could lead to higher energy bills, continued dependence on polluting fossil fuels, and greater public health risks for New Mexicans.” “New Mexicans want to power our homes and businesses with local renewable energy resources, but the PRC has chosen to make that more difficult and costly for the state,” said Sanders Moore, executive director of Environment New Mexico. “The Legislature did its part to create a policy guiding our state’s transition away from coal. It’s time for the PRC to use that statute and keep New Mexico moving toward a clean energy future.” The groups said the PRC is creating additional uncertainty by causing delays, and could jeopardize the good work by a diverse set of stakeholders and lawmakers who supported the Energy Transition Act earlier this year. The law would provide economic assistance to coal miners, San Juan plant maintenance and operations personnel, their families, and San Juan County as PNM closes the coal-fired power plant, while creating new jobs and opportunity and making New Mexico a national leader in the fight against the climate crisis. “By punting this decision, the PRC is creating uncertainty for New Mexico families and businesses, and jeopardizing the progress made this year to leverage our state’s abundant clean energy resources,” said Maria Nájera, government affairs director for Western Resource Advocates. “Our state has an important opportunity right now to reduce costs for consumers and do our part to confront climate change. The PRC should keep us on this trajectory, not set us further back .”
Continental Tire the Americas LLC (CTA) has named Joerg Burfien as the new president of Hoosier Racing Tire Corp., as of Jan. 1. Burfien succeeds John DeSalle, who announced his retirement from the business in November after nearly 31 years with the company.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “I am very much looking forward to joining the Hoosier team and being part of one of the largest racing tire organizations in the world,” said Joerg Burfien, president of Hoosier. “I’ve had the privilege of working with Hoosier in 2009, and then again during my role as the key account executive for Continental’s car dealer business in Europe. Having a history with Hoosier and clear understanding of what drives the organization is a great starting point for taking on this new role. The Hoosier team has a great spirit and I look forward to working together during this exciting time in our industry as technology continues to take the art of racing tire development to another level.” Joerg Burfien, president of Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation Burfien holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and began his career with Continental in 1998 when he joined the company’s International Trainee Program. In his first role with Continental, Burfien worked as a development engineer and technical project manager in Hannover, Germany. Since then, Burfien has held several positions across the organization, including two prior assignments in the U.S.; one as the head of platform development tires in 2002, and then later he led the research and development organization for Continental Tire the Americas from 2006 to 2010. Most recently, Burfien has served as the head of global Standards and Regulations for Continental’s Tire Division worldwide. “Not only does Joerg bring the technical expertise and leadership qualities required to lead Hoosier into their next chapter, but he also has a good understanding of the tire market from the variety of positions he’s held over the years,” said Dr. Jochen Etzel, CEO of Continental Tire the Americas LLC and Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. “Whether working in product development, R&D, or as a key account manager directly with our customers, Joerg’s industry knowledge, and passion for technology and racing presents the perfect combination to lead a technical-driven organization such as Hoosier.”Advertisement Burfien’s passion for racing started at a young age and followed him on his assignments to the U.S., where he participated in amateur level racing across the country, tasting success with victories in a 24-hour circuit race series in 2013. Based in Lakeville, Indiana, Hoosier supplies tires for racing applications throughout the world, with an emphasis on high performance and quality. The company was acquired by the international technology company and manufacturer of premium tires, Continental in 2016.
Lord Justice Wall shoots from the hip when it comes to problems in the family justice system. He even took the step of writing to LSC chief executive Carolyn Downs, warning her that family judges were alarmed by the effect of the tender outcome on ‘well-respected practitioners’. In a speech to Families Need Fathers last week, Wall gave further insight into the esteem in which he holds solicitors and other professionals working in family justice. He said: ‘The best thing about the system, in my view, is the people who work in it…they are not in it for the money, but do the work because they believe in it.’ Praise from the head of family justice is a fillip to all professionals working in the system. But sadly it will not be enough to protect it from further deep cuts. As Wall added: ‘The government is likely to invest heavily in the outcome of the Family Justice Review. Be under no illusions. The recommendations are likely to be radical. There are no sacred cows. ‘You do not need a crystal ball to see that legal aid for private law proceedings is likely to be further diminished if not abolished; that long and protracted contact and residence disputes will become things of the past; and that out-of-court mediation and conciliation will be encouraged.’ Family lawyers must brace themselves, we fear.
Tyrone Davis, also known as “Butler,” of no fixed address was arraigned on June 1 before Magistrate Charlton Smith in Court Two on three counts of indecent exposure. The matters are in connection with incidents reported to police between April and May 2017 in the areas of the Mall Drive and RND Plaza.He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three months on each count to run concurrently.The Sandilands Rehabilitation Center is the Bahamas’ national resource for psychiatric, geriatric and substance abuse services. The Geriatric Hospital cares for the elderly with medical, social and psychiatric problems. A 46-year-old Grand Bahama man, convicted of indecent exposure on Thursday in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court, was sentenced to three months at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Center.
South Africans react to President Zuma’s ‘apology’ for NkandlaThe African National Congress says an extended national working committee meeting on Monday will mark the beginning of a process which will decide the fate of President Jacob Zuma.The governing party has moved to defend its president, saying it appreciates his apology for violating the Constitution in the so-called Nkandla saga. CCTV’s Yolisa Njamela filed this reportAddressing the nation on television on Friday night, President Jacob Zuma insisted he had not deliberately failed to uphold the constitution and attributed his action to a different approach and different legal advice.”I never set out knowingly or deliberately set out to violate the constitution which is the supreme law of the Republic. The finding by the court that my failure to comply with the remedial action taken against me by the Public Protector is inconsistent with the constitution and therefore invalid, flows from the fact that I initially followed a different approach. While correct in law at the time – the approach was subsequently demonstrated to be contrary to the constitution.” Zuma saidZuma then apologised urging all affected parties to abide by the judgement and implement it. The ruling party, the ANC, moved swiftly to rally behind its president.The constitutional court judgement has opened a debate about the possibility of impeachment of the president and the opposition party has been riding that wave. But the ANC says the opposition parties are overreactingIn a few months, the country will be holding local government elections and observers believe that this episode won’t necessarily adversely affect the ruling party at the polls.CCTV’s Yolisa Njamela filed this report
Uganda Boat Tragedy Death Toll Rises Death toll reaches 86 in Tanzania ferry disaster, hundreds feared missing Related Ebola: Death Toll Rises to More Than 1,200 The passenger ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday [AP]The captain of an overloaded ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria has been arrested as Tanzania mourns more than 200 people killed in the latest maritime disaster in the East African nation.Although hopes were fading of finding any more survivors by day three of the search effort, workers rescued an engineer who had managed to locate a pocket of air in the vessel.Four navy divers heard sounds that suggested signs of life early on Saturday. They pulled the man out of the overturned ship and he was rushed to hospital.The man shut himself into the engine room and found an air pocket that managed to keep him alive, the Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation reported. His condition wasn’t immediately known.Bodies continued to float to the surface around the vessel on Saturday. The death toll rose to 209, public radio reported.The MV Nyerere may have been carrying double its passenger capacity when it capsized, state media reported © AFP / StringeWhile the cause of the accident was not immediately clear, overloading is frequently to blame for such incidents. The vessel’s capacity was said to be 100 but state television, citing witnesses, reported more than 200 people were aboard the ferry.Tanzanian President John Magufuli had on Friday ordered the arrest of ferry management.Transport and Communication Minister Isack Kamwelwe said the government had started sending sophisticated equipment to aid the recovery effort.“This equipment will increase efficiency in the rescue operation and we will continue with the search until we are satisfied that we have rescued everyone,” he told Reuters news agency.Relatives of the deceased have started to identify the bodies of their loved onesMeanwhile the president has declared four days of national mourning and said the government would cover the funeral expenses of the victims.
A Detroit-based nonprofit has awarded Wood Creek Elementary School fifth-graders a $23,000 grant for a video technology based project.The funds from Community Telecommunications Network (CTN), will support Lights! Camera! Action! Sharing our Learning Wirelessly!, with 30 iPads, three Padcasters (video recording equipment), iPad storage/charging systems, microphones, lighting, and a Vimeo account. According to a Farmington Public Schools press release, “The project will help students meet state standards for English Language Arts by connecting technology, learning, and presentation skills.”CTN is a partnership formed in 1987 by Detroit Public Television, Macomb Intermediate School District, Oakland Schools, the School District of the City of Detroit, Wayne Regional Education Service Agency, and Wayne State University. Reported by 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)
Spirent Communications along with Nokia has announced successful deployment of a first of a kind 5G Lab as a Service for Nokia’s Oulu-based network infrastructure testing labs. The 5G Lab as a Service (LaaS) enables unprecedented automation of 5G testing with a primary goal of accelerating Nokia’s releases of virtual network functions and physical infrastructure. It also streamlines the use of shared lab resources across teams and geographies, delivering dramatically improved efficiency and cost savings.The Nokia facility in Oulu has been leading the initial deployment and has chosen Spirent Velocity as their LaaS platform. A unique feature of the 5G LaaS is a self-service portal, accessible by hundreds of simultaneous users across the globe. The portal also supports thousands of devices and tens of thousands of connections for both 5G and legacy infrastructure. Utilizing the portal, Nokia engineers can rapidly spin-up, tear down and reuse 5G hybrid test beds from anywhere in the world. Deployments of the 5G LaaS to additional Nokia facilities are already underway.5G test automation requires integration of a complex mix of layer 1 optical and RF switches, layer 2 and virtual switches, power control units and test management software. The ability to select cables and create RF links between devices that comply with rigidly defined path attenuation requirements is essential. Furthermore, providing automated testing in the 5G LaaS model requires sophisticated functionality to reserve resources, spin up topologies and manage test environment changes. To support the 5G LaaS at Nokia, Spirent has deployed Spirent Velocity, a test orchestrator for hybrid virtual-physical lab environments, which maintains the full state of the lab and automates resource sharing among users.