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. DENVER, NC – Calico Coatings, a provider of performance coatings, has hired Bala Kailasshankar to head up its Research & Development program. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Kailasshankar is originally from Madras, India. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgy from the famed Indian Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. He was earlier Assistant Chief Metallurgist for Leyland India. He has an extensive background in metallurgy and materials science, thermochemical diffusion and deposition processes, vacuum deposition coatings, ceramic coatings and failure analysis. He has done advanced training in the UK, France and the United States. For more information about Calico Coatings, go to: http://www.CalicoCoatings.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 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 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.
It should come as no surprise that a great majority of Wainscott residents are asking East Hampton Town to withdraw support for Deepwater Wind.A review of the company’s filing with the state makes it apparent long-term plans laid by LIPA and PSEG could well turn the tiny hamlet into an industrial hub funneling energy all the way to Manhattan — right under the nose of a town known for its stringent environmental safeguards.Deepwater’s representatives were helpful at first but have become distant, even dismissive. Rebuttals to charges leveled have often have been exposed as bluster. It’s almost as if having extracted what it can from the town, Deepwater is now moving on to take its chances with the state, where a cozy relationship with the governor — paved with Deepwater donations — will eventually yield the desired outcome.The ultimate indignity is that a lot of people will make a lot of money on this, but our ratepayers will pay more than anyone is letting on.Yes to wind power! Yes to solar energy! The town should be encouraging all kinds of alternate energy and offer incentives to every business and homeowner.But the mass annihilation of our offshore bird population and the ruination of our commercial fishing industry trumps the feel-good rhetoric our three town board members in favor of the project recite as if it were programmed into them like a macabre scene straight out of The Manchurian Candidate.This is not about wind energy. This is about the rape of East Hampton Town. There are communities up and down the Long Island coast that would love to accommodate Deepwater and take the financial incentives that company so glibly offers. Ripping up the streets to install huge underground bunkers that will be able to carry massive amounts of power all pointed at Cove Hollow Road as if it were the Alamo is not a feel-good, clean energy story.This is Our House. We decide its fate, not a European bank, regional power company, and a greedy hedge fund. We need our public officials now like we’ve never needed them before. We can’t afford to get it wrong. Share
Share J.P. Harding joins his father Javon in scoring 1000 career points for Bridgehampton. The pair are the first father-son duo to achieve the feat. Independent/Courtesy J.P. HardingWatching J.P. Harding down in the paint you’ll see him drop-step low post or face-up spin. He may remind you of someone.That’s because his father, Javon Harding, was one of the top Suffolk County basketball players his junior year in 1995 and was also a member of the first of three state championship-winning teams a year later. The pair not only share some of the same moves, but the same jersey number (44), and December 11 they became the first father-son duo in Bridgehampton history to score 1000 points apiece.“I’ve loved this game for so long,” said Harding. “I’ve loved the competition, always wanted to learn, and am blessed to be given the opportunity to compete at a high level every game. I’m thankful I’m able to contribute as much as I can and follow in my father’s footsteps.”Scoring 1,000 points was a long-term goal the senior set for himself when he decided to transfer from Riverhead to Bridgehampton to play under his father’s former coach Carl Johnson, who led the team for 27 years until his retirement when Harding was a sophomore. He knew he needed 21 points to achieve the feat, but J.P. didn’t know he’d accomplish it so soon during the Killer Bees’ 80-62 nonleague win over Port Jefferson on December 11. Harding only realized what he’d done when head coach Ron White called timeout as his mother let out a scream. He etched his name in the record book in the second quarter on a layup in transition off a pass from teammate Nae’Jon Ward.“I waited my whole career for that moment — it meant a lot to me,” Harding said. “I came to Bridgehampton because I wanted to continue the legacy, which I knew would make my father very proud. It’s very special knowing we’ll have our names on the banner together forever.”Harding scored another eight points in the second quarter on his way to a game-high 37 points and 11 rebounds. He scored another 34 points and 13 rebounds since then in the team’s League VII opener, an 85-55 win at Southold December 14. His father said it’s been astonishing seeing all his son’s been able to achieve on and off the court.“I live my old days through his eyes,” he said. “It’s like watching myself back in the day. And I’m proud of him. It’s a great feeling to see your son achieve things in life and mature and grow into a great young man.”He said he’s especially excited to see all his son’s hard work pay off. The younger Harding has had a ball in his hand since he was 11, playing for Amateur Athletic Union coach Nick Thomas, a former teammate of his father’s who now coaches at Center Moriches. He caught the bug quick and since then he’s been playing in AAU, Catholic Youth Organization, and spring and summer leagues to stay on the court year-round.“Since he was young it’s been basketball, basketball, basketball — I think he’s played more than I have,” his father said with a chuckle. The pair even play competitive one-on-one games at local courts, or three-on-two when J.P.’s brothers want to join in on the fun.“Everything is a competition in this house,” Javon Harding said, laughing.J.P. Harding becomes the 16th player in school history to reach 1000 points, joining players like Carl Yastrzemski (1957), Maurice Manning (1998), and Josh Lamison and Tylik Furman, teammates of Harding’s who both reached the career mark in 2016. Manning led the Killer Bees as a sophomore to the state championship in 1996, after Javon Harding’s senior season ended when he suffered a knee injury. Manning’s son Charles led Bridgehampton to a state championship in 2015. Current coach White was also a teammate of Harding’s. His son Elijah plays with the younger Harding now. Basketball seems to run in the family in Bridgehampton.“People pride themselves on our basketball team. They’re behind the black and gold and the history around our state championships here,” athletic director Michael DeRosa said. “A lot of people are behind J.P. It’s an incredible individual accomplishment that can only be achieved by someone who has invested a lot of time over the years, learned the game, and has a passion for it. And a lot of people are behind this team. The fact that we’re a K-12 building, our youngsters get to see the high schoolers in the hallways, come to the games to see them play, see their success — and want that for themselves.”Javon Harding said that’s what got him out on the court, while his son said it’s guys like his dad that he tries to emulate. The father said he prides himself on seeing his son be a role model for the Killer Bees of the future.“It’s been a great experience, and playing in Bridgehampton makes it that much better with all the history it has,” J.P. Harding said. “I’m just very grateful I was given the opportunity to add to the rich tradition here. When I’m out on that court, it feels like home.”
Sakhalin Energy, the operator of Russia’s only LNG plant, celebratee its 20th anniversary. It has been established in 1994 to operate one of the largest oil and gas industry projects – Sakhalin-2.“The sheer complexity of the challenges in engineering oil and gas export infrastructure from square one in subarctic conditions of Sakhalin, including 800 kilometre-long pipeline and LNG plant, is unprecedented. We were able to overcome these challenges with prolific support from Federal and Regional government, Russian and international buyers, lenders, all other stakeholders and in close partnership with the company’s shareholders. Today our shareholders are world known companies: Russian Gazprom (50% plus one share), Royal Dutch Shell (27.5% minus one share), and two Japanese corporations – Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (12.5%) and Mitsubishi Corporation (10%),” Sakhalin Energy said in a press release.“We are proud to be first to achieve outstanding milestones in Russian and international history of oil and gas export,” said Roman Dashkov, Chief Executive Officer of Sakhalin Energy. “We were the first to start operations under Production Sharing Agreement. We were the first to obtain largest project financing in Russia in the amount of USD 6.7 billion. In 1999, we were the first to start oil export from Molikpaq – our offshore asset; in 2006 we have installed Lunskoye-A – gas export platform. In 2009, we have started shipping out liquefied natural gas, the new type of energy source, to Asia Pacific.”Thanks to Sakhalin Energy efforts Russia has become one of the key players in promising markets of Asia Pacific. About 4.5% of global LNG supply comes from Sakhalin LNG plant. Sakhalin Energy exports LNG to Japan, South Korea, China, India, Thailand, and Taiwan, with Japan and South Korea taking the bulk of the Sakhalin LNG. About 9.8% of total Japanese LNG import is coming from Sakhalin. Sakhalin-2 oil is mainly exported to China, Japan, and South Korea. In twenty years of operations Sakhalin Energy has produced and exported over 233 million barrels of oil and over 51 million tons of LNG. Also, the project supplied the Russian Party with 3.3 billion cubic metres of natural gas.[mappress]Press Release, April 21, 2014; Image: Sakhalin Energy
In January, NEC issued an additional clause for use with the NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) to introduce early contractor involvement for the first time to the ECC. It is issued as a succinct optional additional clause but its implications go with a sea change in the employer/contractor relationship.The change is vital given that early contractor involvement is “at the heart of” the two stage open-book procurements on which the Cabinet Office and the Efficiency Reform Group published guidance in 2014, and particularly as HS2’s procurement strategy has openly stated that early contractor involvement is an “approach to contracting that supports improved team working, innovation and planning to deliver value for money collaborative working and transparency”.Early contractor involvement is a concept as simple as its name suggests. If the delivery of a project is to become the responsibility of a contractor, then the contractor should be involved early in order to achieve the best outcomes.Most building contracts are predicated on the basis that the relationship with the contractor is established at the point at which the delivery of the project is to begin. In NEC parlance, the contract should be signed before the first access date. In essence, the building contract then deals with the employer/contractor relationship during the construction period (and deals with any liability for defective work after completion of the project).Early contractor involvement recognises that by the time the hoardings are erected and the spade has hit the soil for the first time, a huge amount of the success or failure of a project has already been determined. The proper planning of a project is paramount to its success. Time and again, disputes arise during the construction period because timescales have dictated that the project must commence on site before the project has been properly finalised or without the buy-in of the contractor to the design.By the time the hoardings are erected and the spade has hit the soil, a huge amount of the success or failure of a project has been determinedMore than this, though, is that early contractor involvement recognises that the contractor has something valuable to bring to the table – the contractor is the expert in construction delivery and it does not make sense to determine the project to be delivered without its involvement.It is this that the government guidance and HS2 focus on: that innovation in a project will often come from the contractor and its supply chain and that the value for money from such innovation can only be achieved if the contractor is allowed to input during the formation of the project.What this also changes at a fundamental level is the relationship between the contractor and the rest of the project team: bringing the contractor into the fold early allows the team the opportunity to better integrate and resolve issues before the project starts, in the hope that this will lead to a less adversarial approach during the project.NEC’s new clause deals with these issues in a number of ways. It is intended to be used with the target contract with activity schedule (option C) and cost reimbursable contract (option E). It splits the project into Stage One (the pre-commencement stage) and Stage Two (project on site).During Stage One, the contractor submits proposals for Stage Two (including their effects on project cost) which the project manager accepts or rejects (with a rejection leading to the contractor issuing a revised submission).When the project manager is satisfied, it issues the notice to proceed with Stage Two. If the notice to proceed is not issued, the employer will likely need to pay the contractor for its Stage One costs.There are, however, some issues with which NEC’s new clause does not deal.First, it appears to pre-suppose that the contractor has responsibility for design rather than inputting into a design process run by others.Second, there is no flesh around the bones of the iterative design process and, in particular, the way in which costs are investigated (perhaps by market testing).Third, the involvement of subcontractors is not clear – there is an opportunity to formalise relationships with subcontractors to encourage the proposal of innovative ideas which has been missed.Finally, the notice to proceed with Stage Two appears to be largely in the gift of the project manager; this should be a decision to which the contractor is party.There is work to do to fit this new clause with the intentions of a particular project team, but it is a hugely laudable step forward by the NEC.Assad Maqbool is a projects and construction partner at Trowers & Hamlins
Mayer Brown partner Chris ArnoldReferencing a change to the Chambers taxonomy, he added: ‘And, no, redesignating “Senior Statesmen” as “Senior Statespeople” does not make up for it (especially when they are all men). Women lawyer role models should be recognised.’By Monday, the post had 43,000 reads, and was shared and ‘liked’ globally. Taking strength from this encouragement, Arnold wrote an open letter the editors of Chambers, Rieta Ghosh, Michael Perkin and Jakubowski.Arnold described the list of derivatives experts as ‘completely unrepresentative of the extraordinary female talent in this sector’. He asked ‘the editors… to remove me from their rankings until women represent at least 25% of the list (i.e. just 4+ more women!)’.Chambers’ head of equality and inclusion Dee Sekar replied to this post, inviting Arnold to discuss its initiatives in this area. ‘In the legal profession and Chambers, as a business, is doing everything we can,’ she said.Arnold welcomed the opportunity to hear more, but added: ‘Chambers has perhaps fallen short of “doing everything it can”.’Contacted by the Gazette, he said: ‘I wrote the post because I believe the whole sector has a responsibility when it comes to recognising talented women lawyers and promoting positive role models. However, this recognition was lacking in the derivatives section of the latest edition of Chambers UK. Many firms and organisations are doing great work to improve diversity and inclusion within their ranks, and I am delighted that this is a topic that has resonated with colleagues, clients and those in other sectors around the world.’ Arnold and London senior partner Sally Davies have offered to meet with Chambers.Approached for comment by the Gazette, Chambers’ head of equality and inclusion Dee Sekar said she was ‘delighted to see’ the way Arnold’s post had ‘opened this discourse’. It ‘struck a chord’, she acknowledged. Sekar does not work directly on Chambers guide sections, but asked if she expected next year’s derivatives section to include more women lawyers, she said ‘I hope so’.Chambers US guide, Sekar added, is two years into a pilot where firms were asked to out forward equal numbers of men and women for research interviews, and an equal split for client referees. Once reviewed that may be introduced for Chambers’ other jurisdiction guides. For its European and US diversity and inclusion awards, launched this year, nominees must submit firm diversity data. In future, firms submitting to the guide will be asked to include a range of diversity data.While acknowledging such initiatives, a white paper by MD Communications ‘How general counsel are changing legal services’, launched at the 2019 IBA conference in Seoul, noted that equality and diversity were among the areas where the ‘directories do not yet fully reflect a range of information that in-house lawyers take an interest in when selecting external counsel’. Global legal directory Chambers & Partners faced a LinkedIn protest this week over its alleged failure to recognise women lawyers in sufficient numbers. The starting pistol was fired by London-based Mayer Brown partner Chris Arnold, shortly after the publication of the 2020 Chambers Guide last Thursday. ‘I won’t be celebrating my inclusion in Chambers this year,’ Arnold posted on the professional social network. ‘All but one of the brilliant and inspirational women derivatives lawyers have been excluded from the Ranked Lawyers and the position across the other capital markets practices is not much better.’ Sixteen men and one woman had been ranked by Chambers in its derivatives section.
Ducati has announced that they’ll be shutting down their factory in Borgo Panigale, Italy due to the rising concerns regarding the recent widespread of the Coronavirus aka COVID-19 in the country. The move to stop operations until 23 March 2020 was joined together by several other major brands of the country like Ferrari and Lamborghini.Italy has been one of the worst countries to suffer at the fate of the Coronavirus. Currently, there are around 24,717 cases of infected people with over 1,800 deaths recorded so far. Since the start of the COVID-19 development in Italy, Ducati has been working hard to ensure that their staff members are not affected by the highly infectious virus.These moves include reorganizing their production lines to ensure that their workers maintain a safe distance between each other as well as reducing the number of workers in telework by half. Some departments will slowly be opened with a limited number of workers according to the country’s workers’ union at this time of need.According to Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Ducati, “This measure is an act of social responsibility and great sensitivity towards our people, for the emergency situation that we are experiencing in Italy these days and which is also developing abroad. As we have already done so far, we continue to monitor the situation in order to react quickly and effectively with the support of our staff and to be able to start again with energy at the right time.”Ducati Multistrada V4 spied testing on the street–Ads–
Share Jordan DeLorenzo pitched a complete game shutout Sunday against North Alabama. (Photo by Bill Stockland) Jeffcoat wins 300th, No. 4 UWF sweeps North Alabama FLORENCE, Ala. – The No. 4 West Florida baseball team completed its first sweep of the season, and head coach Mike Jeffcoat won his 300th career game at UWF Sunday afternoon at Mike Lane Field in Florence, Ala. “I’m proud of the program and where we’ve taken it,” Jeffcoat said. “I’m thankful and blessed to be a part of it and continue the tradition that Jim Spooner started.”In game one of the doubleheader, Jordan DeLorenzo pitched a one-hit shutout and faced just three batters over the minimum to lead UWF to a 2-0 victory. In game two, Dayan Rodriguez pitched five scoreless innings and the UWF bullpen did the rest as UWF won 4-0.It was the first time since 1984 that UNA had been shut out in back-to-back regular season games. UWF improved to 8-2 overall, 3-0 in the GSC and won its third consecutive series to start 2014.Game one: West Florida 2, North Alabama 0DeLorenzo (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) pitched UWF’s first complete game of the season, going nine innings and allowing just one hit in the shutout. The Argo struck out three and walked two to improve to 3-0.“That was a dominant performance today by Jordan,” Jeffcoat said. “I’m very happy and proud of him. The defense was outstanding behind him. He didn’t strike out a lot of guys, but there were a lot of jam-jobs and stuff, and the defense played outstanding.”Sophomore Alex Greene (Orlando, Fla./Hagerty HS) led off the eighth with a single and stole second during the next at bat. Chase Kiefer (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic HS) advanced him to third on a groundout to second. Aaron Haag (Andalusia, Ala./Southeastern Lousiana) drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single, and Kaleb Barlow advanced him to second with a single to left. Cliff Covington (McIntosh, Ala./Alabama Southern CC) added an insurance run with an RBI single to right.DeLorenzo walked the first batter he faced in the ninth inning but forced the next batter to ground into a fielder’s choice before striking out the final two batters of the game. Game two: West Florida 4, North Alabama 0Dayan Rodriguez (Sarasota, Fla./State College of Florida) followed DeLorenzo with a gem of his own, picking up the win in his first appearance of the season. The senior pitched 5 innings of scoreless baseball, surrendering 3 hits with no walks and one strikeout.Jeremy Bajdaun (Hialeah, Fla./Florida International) drove in the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly to right in the second inning. UWF added one more when Haag singled with two outs, stole second and then scored when Barlow reached on an error by the UNA thirdbaseman.UWF extended its lead to 4-0 on a sacrifice fly from Garrett Flynn and an RBI single by Greene. Matt Vollenweider (Canton, Ga./Chattahoochee Valley CC) and Alex Stevens (Pensacola, Fla./Lurleen B. Wallace CC) finished the game with a scoreless inning apiece.“The pitching really dominated this weekend,” Jeffcoat said. “And the defense has gotten a lot sharper. We’re still not hitting on all cylinders, but if we continue pitching and playing defense, that’s what leads to championships.”UWF will host No. 21 Valdosta State Feb. 22-23 at Jim Spooner Field. The Argos will play a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. and wrap up the series Sunday at 1 p.m.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#West Florida 2, North Alabama 0 (02/16/14 at Florence, AL) (Game 1)———————————————————————-West Florida…….. 000 000 020 – 2 10 0 (7-2, 2-0)North Alabama……. 000 000 000 – 0 1 0 (3-5, 0-2)———————————————————————-Pitchers: West Florida – Jordan DeLorenzo and Kyle Hamner. North Alabama – B. Claunch; Westerhouse(8) and P. Thomas; T. Hayes.Win-Jordan DeLorenzo(3-0) Loss-B. Claunch(1-2) T-2:01 A-127Game: UWF09West Florida 4, North Alabama 0 (02/16/14 at Florence, AL) (Game 2)———————————————————————-West Florida…….. 011 200 0 – 4 6 0 (8-2, 3-0)North Alabama……. 000 000 0 – 0 5 1 (3-6, 0-3)———————————————————————-Pitchers: West Florida – Dayan Rodriguez; Matt Vollenweider(6); Alex Stevens(7) andGarrett Flynn. North Alabama – R. Sanderson; Westerhouse(4); A. Carpenter(7) and B. Moore; P. Thomas; T. Hayes; T. Lundborg.Win-Dayan Rodriguez(1-0) Loss-R. Sanderson(1-2) T-1:41 A-0R. Sanderson faced 2 batters in the 4th.Game: UWF10 Print Friendly Version
MOBILE, Ala. – The West Florida women’s basketball team opens the 2014-15 season with a home and away series against Spring Hill. The Argonauts’ season opener is Nov. 22 on the road in Mobile, Ala. and their home opener is Nov. 25 at the UWF Field House in Pensacola, Fla.UWF is coming off a historic season in which it won its first Gulf South Conference championship in program history and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.But, the roster lost five seniors to graduation and returns just three student-athletes who saw playing time last season. A total of 11 newcomers joined the team this season, not including Kelly Preston who redshirted last season. Argos Hold Their Own in Exhibition at D-IUWF led Division I Southern Mississippi by one at halftime but was outscored by 10 in the second half in a 68-59 exhibition loss on the road Nov. 8.Returning sophomore Katie Bobos and incoming freshman Toni Brewer led UWF with 13 points each.A total of 11 Argos saw playing time in the exhibition against the Golden Eagles who finished 27-7 last season and are 3-0 this season. GSC Preseason NewsUWF was picked to finish third in the Gulf South Conference in the preseason coaches’ poll released Oct. 10. Delta State was picked to win the conference, and Union (Tenn.) was picked to finish second in its first year of Division-II postseason eligibility.Incoming freshman Courtney Meyer and Preston were named top newcomers to the GSC.Print Friendly Version
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of West Florida volleyball team leaped two spots in the American Volleyball Coaches Association national rankings to No. 23 after going 2-0 to start Gulf South Conference play. September 20, 2016 AVCA RANKINGS For information on all UWF athletics, visit GoArgos.com UWF is one of two GSC teams in the poll, as North Alabama sits one spot behind West Florida at No. 24. Five of UWF’s 2016 opponents sit inside of the poll’s top-18 spots. — GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Version The Argos currently ride a four-match winning streak, and are coming off back-to-back sweeps of GSC foes West Georgia and West Alabama. West Florida currently stands at 6-4 on the season. West Florida resumes play tonight at 6:00 p.m. CT against Valdosta State. UWF sees home action against Lee at 5:00 p.m. on Friday.