The parade winds its way down Urban Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com The parade finishes it route coming down Brisa del Bosque in Quemazon. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Mountain School Principal Jennifer Kieltyka gets her car ready for the parade Saturday, which wound its way through the Mountain School District. Kieltyka, teachers and staff held the parade to let Mountain students know how much they are missed, while practicing social distancing guidelines. Students and parents along the parade route waved and held up signed as the parade progressed through the streets of the Mountain community. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Instructional Assistant Taylor Pomeroy tapes a sign to her car before the start of the parade. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com This super chicken having a great time stretching his wings before take-off is really the husband of 3rd grade teacher Kandice Favorite. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Instructional Assistant Mateo Cardiel makes sure that his superhero stays in the truck and doesn’t fly away. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com The parade continues along Arizona Avenue. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Mountain School Principal Jennifer Kieltyka is leading the parade as members of the Fadner family hold up signs to welcome the teachers and expressing their wish for the schools to reopen soon. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com The parade rolls up Yucca Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Daisy is ready for the parade to get underway. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
LISLE, Ill. – Navistar International Corp. announced today that Samara Strycker will join the company on Aug. 4 as senior vice president and corporate controller. Strycker will replace Richard Tarapchak, who is leaving Navistar to pursue other career opportunities after a distinguished 22-year career at the company. 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. Strycker joins Navistar from GE Healthcare, where she most recently served as Americas Regional Controller. She joined GE Healthcare in 2008 as Global Assistant Controller following a 15-year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and a certified public accountant. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,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. Tarapchak joined Navistar in 1992 as an associate in the financial management development program and progressed through a number of finance and accounting roles of increasing responsibility at the company. He served as corporate controller and principal accounting officer for Navistar since 2010. 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 “Rich has been a valuable asset to Navistar and the finance and accounting organization for more than 20 years, and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Walter Borst, executive vice president and CFO. “At the same time, we’re proud to add Samara to the team. She is a technically skilled, highly collaborative financial executive who will contribute a wealth of experience and knowledge to Navistar.” 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.
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The first shipment of structures is scheduled to arrive at the Able Seaton Port facility on the River Tees in the UK during the second quarter of 2020.“The project will involve the removal of seven platforms and their jackets using one of the biggest crane vessels in the world, the Heerema Thialf, with the components being transported to Able Seaton Port in a series of barge movements,” explained Able UK executive chairman, Peter Stephenson.“We expect that the onshore dismantlement, recycling and disposal work will extend over a ten-month period.”Currently, work is well underway at Able Seaton Port on the decommissioning of the 24,200-tonne Shell Brent Delta topside which arrived last May.Two more platforms from the Brent field are scheduled to arrive at Able Seaton Port, with the Brent Bravo expected in May 2019 and the Brent Alpha a year later.www.ableuk.comhmc.heerema.comexxonmobil.com
Ian Craine argues that the presumption of innocence ‘is not the same thing as an assumption’, and also seems to regard it as something more than a ‘rule of evidence’. He has against him the US Supreme Court which, in Taylor v Kentucky, stated: ‘The presumption of innocence … is better characterised as an “assumption” that is indulged in the absence of contrary evidence.’ Of course, I share Mr Craine’s view that ‘within court proceedings’ that indulgence is a vitally important one. But the whole point is that Chris Grayling’s original remarks were not made ‘within court proceedings’. They were a commonsense acknowledgement of the undesirability of spending excessive sums of public money on defending criminals. The refusal of your correspondents (now including Mr Craine) to distinguish between the kinds of assumption appropriate to the highly artificial world of ‘court proceedings’, and those which we make in the ordinary course of social and personal living, demonstrates perfectly what I meant by lawyers who are preoccupied with professional considerations to the detriment of their more fundamental role as ‘moral agents, rational beings and citizens of a state’. Martin R Maloney, London N3
Creditors owed money by collapsed north-west firm Roberts Jackson stand to lose millions of pounds in the final shake-up, it has been revealed.Administrators this week confirmed that the business, which was sold to Manchester firm AWH Legal in the autumn, has assets of £3.4m – around half of which is made up of money that can be made from work in progress.But that figure will pay off only a fraction of the £4.25m owed to the bank and £22.5m owed to private equity investors. Unsecured creditors, who are collectively owed around £13.8m, stand to get nothing. These include trade and expense creditors, owed £940,000, medical fees of £6m, and counsel and other legal advisers owed £2.4m.The notice of administrator’s proposals, filed with Companies House this week, suggests the downfall of the business was brought about by a dispute with the firm’s provider of after-the-event (ATE) insurance. According to the notice, this ‘took the directors’ focus away from the management of the business. The dispute restricted payments due under the terms of the ATE policies and therefore payments due to third parties that typically would have been paid under the ATE were settled by the company.’This caused ‘significant cash-flow issues’, further compounded by a counter-claim from the insurer.Insolvency experts drafted in said Roberts Jackson’s management would be unlikely to resolve legacy issues with creditors and that working capital was insufficient to meet liabilities. A decision was taken that it was not possible to continue to trade, particularly given the risk of regulatory action.Immediately following the appointment of administrators, a pre-packaged sale of the business and assets was completed to AWH Legal, with 93 staff transferred.The administrator’s notice, prepared by Sean Bucknall and Andrew Hosking of Quantuma LLP, states that there is insufficient property for a distribution to unsecured creditors. Consequently they are not being asked to decide on the proposals.Administrators said the Solicitors Regulation Authority was satisfied with the sale, the business has avoided making staff redundant, and the sale to AWH Legal represents the best value for creditors and best prospect for recouping some money.Details of the opportunity to buy the business were issued to 22 firms identified as potential interested parties: 14 non-disclosure agreements were issued and three offers made.AWH has paid £500,000 in advance and will pay 10% of all profit costs and success fees from settled cases included in the work in progress, which has a book value of £14.8m.Roberts Jackson, established as a personal injury firm in 2009 by Karen and Oliver Jackson, specialised in industrial disease claims. The firm operated from a base in Cheshire and employed around 130 people.External investment came in August 2014 when NorthEdge Capital acquired 43% of the issued share capital in a deal valued at £14.9m.Finances continued to be healthy up to 2015/16, the last year that accounts were published, with reported profits doubling to £1.53m and turnover still almost £11m.
Parents of children born through surrogacy would no longer have to apply to the court to gain legal status under proposals unveiled today by the Law Commission, which has branded current laws ‘outdated’.The commission proposes allowing intended parents to become legal parents when the child is born, subject to the surrogate retaining a right to object for a short period of time. At present, intended parents must apply to the court after the child has been born and do not have legal status until the court grants a parental order.Safeguards for those entering a surrogacy agreement would be needed, the commission says, such as independent legal advice.The commission also proposes creating a surrogacy regulator, removing the requirement of a genetic link between the intended parents and the child where medically necessary, and creating a national register to allow children born through surrogact to access information.The law currently permits intended parents to pay ‘reasonable’ expenses to the surrogate. The commission says this is unclear and difficult to apply in practice. While the commission does not make any specific proposals about payments, it wants to know what the public’s views are.The laws governing surrogacy came into effect in the 1980s. Sir Nicholas Green, chair of the commission, said: ‘More and more people are turning to surrogacy to have a child and start their family. We therefore need to make sure that the process is meeting the needs of all those involved. However, the laws around surrogacy are outdated and no longer fit for purpose. We think our proposals will create a system that works for surrogates, the parents and, most importantly, the child.’The commission began reviewing surrogacy laws last year, after securing £150,000 in government funding. Legislation was changed this year allowing single parents to apply for parental orders and obtain a UK birth certificate.The consultation closes on 27 September.
FRANCE: The iDTGV brand for high speed services which can only be booked online is to be phased out, SNCF announced on March 7.The brand will first be withdrawn on routes from Paris to Bretagne and the southwest with the opening of the LGV Bretagne Pays de la Loire and LGV Sud Europe Atlantique high speed lines on July 2, and from the December 10 timetable change on routes from Paris to southern destinations including Marseille, Nice, Montpellier and Perpignan.SNCF said iDTGV passengers would in future have access to the same trains, services and destinations, but under the main TGV brand and with tickets sold through the normal distribution channels. It said its Prems advance tickets would offer equivalent prices to iDTGV, with a similar quota of seats available.SNCF launched iDTGV in December 2004 with the aim of attracting young people to rail, competing with budget airlines and providing the national operator with an incubator it could use to experiment and innovate. Bookings can only be made online or through mobile devices and cannot be cancelled, prices are lower if booked further ahead, ticket checks are undertaken before boarding and there are restrictions on luggage. There are now around 30 iDTGV trains/day, carrying around 4% of SNCF’s high speed passengers.iDTGV was followed in 2013 with the launch of the Ouigo brand for budget airline-style services operated using TGV trainsets modified to have more seats and no catering.Read more about the latest additions to the French high speed network in the March 2017 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine, which is available to subscribers in our digital archive.