ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. – Tony Costa recently joined Penray as the company’s senior director of installed markets for the automotive division. In this position, Costa is responsible for growing Penray’s products in the installer marketplace. He reports to Randy Fowler, vice president of sales and marketing. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Prior to Penray, Costa spent 32 years in the sales and marketing department with Honeywell CPG, working with brands such as Fram, Autolite, Bendix and Prestone. For the last 10 years, Costa concentrated on the professional installer side of the business, handling private label filters. Costa holds an associate’s degree in business management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. He currently resides in Uxbridge, Mass.,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. 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. 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
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By PAUL GESSINGRio Grande FoundationWith New Mexico still in the throes of COVID-19 it is easy to forget about other major public policy issues affecting the State and its economy.Just over two years ago, in the Janus v. AFSCME decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that working for state or local government should not come with a requirement that those employees hand over a portion of their hard-earned money to unions with whom they often disagree.In the time since the decision, many government workers in New Mexico have exercised these rights by leaving their unions in droves.In a series of public records requests, the Rio Grande Foundation has found that that more than half of state employees – 54 percent – have left their union. Our survey of schools, cities and counties around New Mexico show that thousands of other public workers have decided to leave their unions as well.In working with the national advocacy effort My Pay, My Say, which is working across a large number of states (nearly half of states saw public employees receive the freedom to opt-out), New Mexico’s drop among state employees is the largest we have seen. Our campaign telling New Mexicans about their first amendment right to leave their unions has reached tens of thousands of public employees all across the state with thousands of them engaging with the advertising and many ultimately choosing to stop paying dues.The Rio Grande Foundation has long supported worker freedom in New Mexico. We share President Franklin Roosevelt’s contention that, “the process of collective bargaining as usually understood cannot be transplanted into the public service.” And we were thrilled when the court upheld the First Amendment rights for workers to choose – or choose not – to belong to labor unions.Public sector bargaining is problematic. Unlike in the private sector, taxpayers are ultimately subsidizing both sides of the bargaining table – the government employer and the government union.Recently, many on the left have come to realize these issues as well – at least when it comes to police unions. Many of the protections given to unionized police officers are not in the best interests of accountable policing and equitable criminal justice policies. We welcome them to the newfound realization that government employee unions often stand in the way of holding “public servants” accountable for their actions.But this new skepticism of unions – over their political advocacy and problematic contracts – should apply across all areas of government, including at the state, local and in K-12 education.In fact, problems with government employee unions in the education bureaucracy, like unionized law enforcement bureaucracies, have disproportionate, negative impacts on poor and minority populations.Allowing government employees to opt out of their unions is a good step towards holding unions accountable. It forces them to be more accountable to those they “represent” and it takes away one of the special favors typically granted to unions by state and local government.Once Janus v. AFSCME gave workers the choice, large numbers of them decided that unions didn’t do a good job representing their interests. Some opt out for broader political reasons; others simply don’t feel the dues are worth it and still more are perhaps concerned by the lack of accountability in government that has been driven by the unions for decades. Whatever the reason, we’ll continue making sure government employees know their rights.Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. “The Rio Grande Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan, tax-exempt research and educational organization dedicated to promoting prosperity for New Mexico based on principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility.”
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The Raising Superheroes support group explores families’ strengths and weaknesses. A Heideveld family centre has received a R100 000 donation from a big chain store.Arise, a non-profit organisation, helps strengthen families and place children in loving homes. It provides counselling as well as family- and adoption-support programmes. In one case, director Danielle Moosajie explained, the organisation had helped a grandmother and her grandson, who was misbehaving and failing at school.“The boy had no relationship with his father and mother who were in and out of prison. Arise placed them within a group support six-week programme where they learnt about the strength that they hold.”The support group takes its lead from the strengths and weaknesses of superheroes.“In that way kids can identify because they are the experts in superheroes,” Ms Moosajie said. She said the grandson was now motivated to go to school, and the family realised what changes it needed to make. “That relationship really grew stronger,” she said.In another case, a mother, who had suffered abuse, had struggled to give her child physical attention, but after therapy, she had hugged her 10-year-old son for the first time.Ms Moosajie said Arise helped families enjoy family time and not just watch television. Parents discovered things about their children they hadn’t known such as their favourite colour or what they loved most about them.She said it was hard asking Cape Flats parents to look at life positively as they were often just trying to make ends meet and felt added stress when a child started acting out or didn’t want to go to school.“Parents learn to stop just living according to survival mode and actually live a nurturing meaningful life with their children. As parents, you need to put effort into your child’s life and not just depend on doctors and therapists,” she said. Call 021 633 4058 or email email@example.com for more information.
My three sisters and I were all herded into the College of Law whether we liked it or not. Our mum was determined that her four rebellious daughters should get good professional qualifications, which she herself only managed to achieve with enormous difficulty in late middle age.The best part of my training was at the University of Kent, where law was taught in a social context, but when I did ‘articles’ the training was haphazard and unstructured. Legal training is much more demanding now – I’m very impressed with the skills young lawyers have. There are clients whose expectations are impossible to manage, but they are very rare.I welcome increased specialism and more rigorous training which means clients get a much better service. But the cutting of legal aid means that access to justice will be very limited in future.The worst part of running my own firm was being responsible for every last detail of the management of my practice. I was glad to close my own practice after 30 years [Harman joined HJA last October]. I think the days of the small practice are numbered.I was suspended in 2005 [for leaking a client’s papers to her sister Harriet Harman, then solicitor general]. I still feel angry and frustrated that I couldn’t ensure the exoneration of my client, who, in my view, was unjustly found to have harmed her daughter on the most unreliable evidence. That lack of resolution is still with me after all this time.I was touched by the amazing support of my clients who understood the dilemma I faced, and this gave me the courage and determination to restart my career after suspension. My only regret is that my client is still separated from her daughter.I am pleased that since that time the family courts have become far more open, and what I did, which was found to have been in contempt, would now be perfectly acceptable.If I was starting out as a lawyer now I would like to have had the same career again, but this would be impossible because of the legal aid cuts.Sarah Harman, specialises in clinical negligence claims at Hodge Jones & Allen
THE ESTABLISHMENT of CD Cargo as an independent freight train operator will take effect on December 1, according to Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek.Separation of Czech Railways’ freight business into a wholly-owned subsidiary was finally approved by the government on October 22. The cabinet had approved the plans in principle on July 25, although earlier proposals envisaged vesting dates of April 1 and then July 1. Completing a reform process started in 2005, the split is the most fundamental change in CD’s structure since it was restructured as a joint stock company in 2003. With a share capital of KC8·8bn and annual revenues of around KC650m, CD Cargo will take over 13 000 of CD’s current 57 000 employees, plus 700 electric and 850 diesel locomotives and 30 000 wagons. CD’s lucrative freight business is the fifth largest in the EU, handling 80 million tonnes a year, giving it a 15% market share, and generating a profit of KC1·5bn a year. The split is expected to make the railway’s finances more transparent and meet EU rules prohibiting the cross-subsidy of loss-making passenger services. CD will focus principally on passenger operations, and CEO Josef Bazala expects the Ministry of Transport to develop a new funding model to support the operation of unremunerative services. A future restructuring of the passenger business would then turn CD into a state-owned holding company.Another 10 000 employees will shortly transfer to infrastructure owner SZDC, which will take full control of operations, maintenance and renewal of the network from January 1 2008; until now much of this work had been contracted back to CD. The Czech cabinet is due to discuss this month the introduction of a strategic partner into CD Cargo, raising capital for rolling stock modernisation. Only a minority stake would initially be offered for sale, although the ruling party ODS is striving hard to privatise the freight business outright, which it believes could bring in around KC12bn. There are suggestions that CD Cargo may be merged with ZSSK Cargo of Slovakia, whose planned privatisation was cancelled in June 2006 (RG 9.06 p 517). According to Czech Minister of Transport Ales Rebícek, the two governments are negotiating preliminary arrangements for a joint venture, which with 130 million tonnes a year would become the third largest freight operator in the EU after Railion and PKP Cargo.
Police Constable John Donnelly, Dumfries Police Office, said: “Causing a disturbance in the middle of a busy road like this is incredibly dangerous and therefore it is vital that we get to the bottom of what happened.The area would have been busy at this time and we would be keen for anyone who saw this incident to come forward and contact us. Anyone with information should contact Dumfries Police Office via 101, quoting incident number PDG0055910318. Alternatively, you can contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland is appealing for witnesses following an incident that took place on the A76 near to McDonald’s restaurant, Lochside, Dumfries around 3 pm on Sunday 18 March 2018.A Skoda Fabia car was travelling northbound along the A76 when it stopped in the middle of the road. A man, who had been a passenger in the car, then got out and allegedly began to kick the side of the vehicle. He then proceeded to stand in the middle of the road blocking the car whilst shouting at the female driver.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “My constituents in Galloway and West Dumfries are always telling me of their appalling experiences on the region’s roads which are littered with potholes and are continuing to deteriorate.“This study simply confirms what many local residents and businesses have long suspected, that Dumfries and Galloway have some of the worst roads in any local authority.“Recently I criticised the council for failing to respond to a major study into the level of potholes, but now the state of the roads has been laid bare by Transport Scotland.“This highlights the completely misguided approach by the Labour/SNP administration running Dumfries and Galloway Council who have no long-term plan for fixing our roads, which is completely unacceptable.“This is damaging to our local economy; it is time our roads were invested in once and for all.” The figures mean that Dumfries and Galloway have the second highest amount of ‘red’ roads, behind only Argyll and Bute and are also higher than the average of 30% across Scotland when it comes to ‘amber’ roads. The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s call comes after Transport Scotland’s annual statistics highlighted that over a third of the region’s roads are in an ‘amber’ condition, with over 10% described as being in a ‘red’ condition. A road being in a red condition means that repairs need to be undertaken in order to prolong it’s future life, while a road being described in an amber condition means that further investigation is required to establish treatment works. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInGalloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has again called on Dumfries and Galloway Council to fix pothole-ridden roads across the region.