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.” Advertisement ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL — Tina Pawelczak has been promoted to marketing manager at Penray. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement As marketing manager, Pawelczak will be responsible for helping Penray improve its overall market strategy and product position. She will also be a key element in the development of new products, from inception to distribution. Pawelczak has held various positions at Penray since joining the company 15 years ago. Most recently, she held the position of sales and service manager, where she coordinated and stabilized Penray’s pricing and margins. Pawelczak is based in Penray’s sales and marketing office in Elk Grove Village, IL. She resides in McHenry, IL, with her husband Ron. For more information about Penray, visit: http://www.penray.com.,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.
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is hosting Youth Exchange student Gabriel Dufal from France, posing here with his father. Dufal arrives Aug. 8, just in time to participate in the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade with Rotary members. He will attend Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo
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The Acorn CCS Project is a scalable CCS scheme which will enable the cost-efficient capture and storage of carbon emissions from the onshore gas facilities at St Fergus terminal in Scotland, and is also a key enabler for the Acorn Hydrogen project where North Sea natural gas will be reformed into clean hydrogen for blending into the gas grid.The system is designed to enable other capture and storage projects including provision of CO2 shipping facilities in Peterhead Port and repurposing the existing Feeder 10 pipeline to enable capture of CO2 from Central Scotland. The current phase of the project is led by Pale Blue Dot Energy, supported by study partners Shell, Total and Chrysaor and part funded through BEIS and INEA as a European Project of Common Interest.Acorn is designed to be built quickly, taking advantage of existing oil and gas infrastructure and a well understood offshore CO2 storage site which has the first UK CO2 appraisal and storage licence to be awarded by the Oil and Gas Authority.The reuse of existing high capacity on and offshore pipelines will save up to £750m on the overall Acorn project. The St Fergus gas terminal is located close to a high concentration of offshore CO2 storage sites making it an ideal hydrogen production and CCS hub.Costain is providing concept design and front-end engineering design support, including onshore gas flue gas collection, CO2 capture integrations, CO2 compression and conditioning located at St Fergus and offshore subsea systems design including repurposing of the existing Goldeneye pipeline and a new CCS hub located near the Goldeneye Field.“Hydrogen and CCS play a fundamental role in decarbonising gas for domestic and industrial heating, powering industry and large-scale transport,” said Rob Phillips, Costain’s Energy Sector Director.“Large-scale and relatively cost-effective carbon capture at the source of production is key to unlocking this potential and is one of the many low carbon solutions Costain is progressing as part of leading the decarbonisation of the UK footprint and driving clean growth across the UK.”“Acorn is a critical project for realising the UK and Scotland’s Net Zero commitments,” said Russ Gilbert, Project Director at Acorn CCS.“We are working extremely hard alongside our study partners: Chrysaor, Shell and Total to deliver the different phases of this project to a timeline that is fully aligned with the Government’s emission reduction targets and show achieve first injection of CO2 into the Acorn store by 2024.”Read more like this – subscribe todayEnjoyed this story? Subscribe to gasworld today and take advantage of even more great insights and exclusives in industrial gases.Visit www.gasworld.com/subscribe to access all content and choose the right subscription for you.
An article in last week’s Evening Standard by Jonathan Prynn trailed a piece of poll research sponsored by British Land that claimed that nearly nine out of 10 London office workers want more control over their work environment to affect aspects such as light and ventilation. The article goes on to say: “According to respondents, a smart office that responds better to their needs could improve productivity by 37%”, through increased employee loyalty and wellbeing. Thirty-seven percent!Given that around 75% of all workplace activity in the UK takes place in office environments the implications for this are huge for the UK’s productivity – and we need to improve because we lag way behind most of our European counterparts in this area.So does the design and construction industry hold one of the keys to improving the UK’s global competitiveness? For the past 25 years our industry has grappled with the issue of sustainability with the focus on the impact that design and construction can have on energy consumption and carbon production. The growing proliferation of carbon-free renewable energy sources means we can shift our focus.There are three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic, and social. Social sustainability is, in my view, the most important and for too long has been side-linedThe World Green Building Council points out that in terms of the running costs of a typical business, only 1% lies in energy whereas around 90% is reflected in staff costs. So if we shift our attention to improving the impact of the built environment on human resource we can make a much bigger impact on the fortunes of businesses and the economy as a whole.We can contribute to making people healthier, happier and more productive which in turn reduces the burden on social and healthcare services – ultimately creating a more sustainable society. There are three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic, and social. Social sustainability is, in my view, the most important and for too long has been side-lined.And we don’t have to take British Land’s word for it as there’s a huge body of evidence that tells us that improved environments impact positively on people’s health (physical and mental), their creativity, and their cognitive powers. The problem is that as an industry we aren’t joining the dots between these studies and the way in which we design, procure and build. Not yet anyway.This is why Atkins is currently investing in research to quantify the impact that “smart” buildings can have on productivity, what the payback for investment actually looks like, and what this could mean for our economy. It’s time for us to win the economic argument as well as the emotional one. There is a massive opportunity for our industry to make a real difference to people’s lives and to the wealth, happiness, and coherence of our society.Certainly there’s a cultural shift in people’s demands from their employers and what they expect from the workplace. It’s time to give the people what they need.Philip Watson is design director at Atkins
The head of the courts service has pledged to listen to users to get a full picture of the ongoing reform programme.In the first of a promised series of blogs, HMCTS chief executive Susan Acland-Hood said her department had not talked widely enough about the reform plans to transform the courts and tribunals service in England and Wales.But she was also candid that the government could do more to hear the concerns of people attending court on a regular basis, to truly understand the challenges they face.‘I don’t think we’ve listened enough, or given enough ways for people who care about the system and how it works to help shape its improvement,’ she said.‘I’d like to change that; and my own discussions and engagements on Twitter and elsewhere have shown that there’s a great appetite for this, but also much more we need to do to hear what’s being said.’Acland-Hood said she had visited at least one court or tribunal a week and had been to every region since starting 10 months ago. Each time she has discussed the service with court staff, barristers, solicitors, police and other groups who regularly attend court.She said it was clear the service suffers from poor IT, unreasonable demands of staff and ‘dispiriting’ buildings.‘Although everyone I meet is dedicated to serving citizens well, it’s in the context of a system that feels long, slow and complex even in simple matters and is hampered by creaking paper processes that are hugely labour intensive, meaning other things suffer and errors multiply when staff are short.‘At worst, these things can make us look indifferent to other people’s time and trouble.’Acland-Hood said the service had ‘reached the limit’ of what could be expected of local court staff.Now the reform programme, funded by a £1bn investment from central government, is expected to make the courts run more efficiently and effectively.Acland-Hood acknowledged that some elements, such as the online court and flexible operating hours, are ‘contested’, and she added: ‘That debate has shown me that we need to do better at inviting and then listening to debate on the more difficult elements of reform.’Here’s my reflections in a blog post on what I’ve learnt since I started as CEO of @HMCTSgovuk https://t.co/K2mFbNgIuo— Susan Acland-Hood (@CEOofHMCTS) September 19, 2017
Egypt: Minister for International Co-operation Fayza Abul-Naga has announced that the World Bank is to lend US$270m to fund railway development in 2007-08. France: The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide an initial tranche of €60m of a €120m loan towards the cost of building the 15·4 km light rail route in Le Mans with 30 stops and 23 LRVs. Total cost of the project, due to be completed by the end of 2007, is €230m.Hungary: Budapest municipality has agreed a €85m loan with the European Investment Bank to purchase five-car trains to replace existing rolling stock on metro Line 2.Lithuania: EIB is to provide LG with a €43m loan to finance the purchase of 34 modern diesel locos to replace 64 locos dating from the 1970s. Ordered for Siemens in July 2005 for €123m, and due for delivery in 2007-8, they will be used on freight trains between the port of Klaipeida and Belarus, and on services to Kaliningrad.Serbia: In May Finance Minister Mladjan Dinkic said that Serbia will receive €60m from EBRD and €80m from EIB for railway development. The terms of the agreements were due to be finalised last month.
Cameroon’s government vowed Wednesday that next month’s presidential election will be peaceful and voting will take place nationwide, despite mounting bloodshed in the central African country’s restive anglophone regions.“The October 7 presidential election will be held in a calm and serene environment throughout our country,” minister of territorial administration Paul Atanga Nji said on state radio, citing reports by regional governors.Cameroon’s two minority English-speaking regions — the North-West and South-West — have been hit by almost daily acts of violence that have left more than a hundred people dead and about 200,000 displaced since late 2016.The anglophone separatists have said that voting will not take place in the two regions next month.“The head of state has instructed the governors to take the necessary measures to ensure that the election goes ahead in all of Cameroon’s 360 districts,” Atanga Nji said after meeting with the governors of the country’s 10 regions on Monday and Tuesday.He added that President Paul Biya had instructed the governors to “ensure the protection of all the candidates”.Years of resentment at perceived discrimination at the hands of Cameroon’s majority French speakers led to anglophone militants making a symbolic declaration of independence last October 1, which led to a government crackdown.Since the start of the crisis, a total of 109 members of the police and security forces have been killed, according to government figures.Even the start of the school year was marred by violence earlier this month, with the separatists calling for a boycott. Several teachers and students were abducted and one teacher was killed in Bamali in the North-West.In the October poll, eight candidates will run against the 85-year-old incumbent Biya, who has ruled the country for 35 years and is seeking a seventh straight term in office.Related Burundi Elections:Presidential vote proceeds despite violence Cameroon imposes curfew in restive anglophone regions Cameroon’s army denies alleged atrocities in restive anglophone regions Cameroon’s President Paul Biya is seen at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, U.S. September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Sea News, October 3 Author: Baibhav Mishra British Ports Association statement on the Government’s “two borders for four years” Brexit proposals reported today. The majority of Northern Ireland’s trade is with Great Britain and a border in the Irish Sea would be extremely challenging for the ports in Northern Ireland and those in England and Scotland who have freight routes. Ironically also in a ‘no deal’ situation there could be displacement issues for Welsh ports. “We recognise the sensitivities and issues around the land border and have always said that the best resolution and the best way to meet the Government’s commitment to frictionless trade is a deal that has no customs or regulatory checks at all, anywhere,” said Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive at the British Ports Association.
Matt Loede If you’re an Indians fan and don’t get goose bumps watching the short 49 second video that MLB’s official twitter account put out today, you may have to check your pulse to see if your still living. The tweet has just two words before the hashtag – Unfinished Business.That’s what it’s all about for the Indians, who came within two runs of winning the World Series in game seven last season.Now, it’s about finishing, and if you haven’t seen the video, it’s the best 49 seconds you will spend today. Unfinished business. #OpenTheGates pic.twitter.com/DnVwf9iCGd— MLB (@MLB) February 28, 2017 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. Related Topics2017 MLBIndians