Westminster City Council has taken its anti-idling campaign a further step forward with the launch of #Dontbeidle.The council passes on its thanks to drivers who have already signed the pledge and are making a noticeable difference.Says Andy Warrender, Coaching Manager at the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT): “Idling is still the biggest single obstacle CPT faces in developing new and improved facilities for coaches.“We have repeatedly been faced with a barrage of opposition when proposals are put forward, particularly where these are in residential areas, which are often the most suitable.”Visit westminster.gov.uk/dont-be-idle
WARRENDALE, Pa. — SAE International’s general membership elected Andrew Brown Jr., PE, FESD, Ph.D., NAE, as its 2010 president.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Dr. Brown is the executive director and chief technologist for Delphi Corp. In this capacity, Brown provides leadership on corporate innovation and technology issues to help achieve profitable competitive advantage. Also, he represents Delphi globally in outside forums on matters of innovation and technology, including government and regulatory agencies, customers, alliance partners, vendors, contracting agencies, academia, etc. A member of SAE International for nearly 17 years, Brown has served on several SAE boards and committees, including: SAE Board of Directors (2003-2006); SAE Foundation Board of Trustees (2007-2009); Technical Standards Board (1999-2003); Fellows Committee (2007-2008); and the SAE Automotive Research Institute Advisory Council (2003-2007). Brown earned a bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University in 1971. He received a master of business administration degree in finance and marketing from Wayne State University in 1975 and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering focused on energy and environmental engineering from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1978. He completed the Penn State Executive Management Course in 1979. A registered Professional Engineer, Brown earned a doctorate of engineering from Wayne State University in September 1992. Dr. Brown will begin his one-year term in January 2010.,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. 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.
LNG World News Stuff Image courtesy of ExmarBelgium’s Exmar, the Nicolas Savery-led shipowner said Thursday it now expects to take delivery of its Caribbean FLNG in May.The FLNG unit is currently located at the Wison Offshore & Marine’s yard in Nantong, China.“Financing of the Caribbean FLNG and final delivery of the unit still remains subject to the approval of the local authorities in the People’s Republic of China, which is expected to be received in the course of May 2017,” Exmar said in its first-quarter results.To remind, the company said in March it would take delivery of the FLNG by the end of this month at which time the last instalment of $200.5 million was due to the Wison yard.The 0.5 mtpa FLNG unit, with a 16,100-cbm storage capacity, was scheduled for delivery to Pacific Exploration and Production in 2015, however, in March last year, the agreement was terminated.Exmar is still in talks to secure an employment for the FLNG. “Progress has been made on the future employment of the Caribbean FLNG and future communication on this is expected in the coming months,” the company said.Exmar added that it is currently pursuing several other FSRU and FLNG projects around the world for which it expects a positive outcome in the coming months.LNG numbers downThe Antwerp-based company said Earnings Before Interest & Tax (EBIT) for its LNG division dropped year-on-year.The EBIT for the LNG and LNG Infrastructure division in the first quarter of 2017 was $5 million compared to $13.3 million the year before.The first-quarter EBIT included a $5 million termination fee from PEP on the Caribbean FLNG.According to Exmar, the results of its LNG division were negatively impacted by the lack of employment of the 138,107-cbm Excel LNG tanker for the first quarter of the year.The vessel started a 3-month time-charter at the end of March with extension options until the end of the year and in line with the current market rates, Exmar said.
Today I’m going to do you all a big favor. I’m sharing the best golf tips I’ve picked up while covering golf over the past 27 years.Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with technical advice like how to keep your swing on plane or the importance of maintaining your axis. No, these are practical tips I’ve learned from some of the top golfers in the world. While they haven’t turned me into a scratch golfer or anything, they’ve helped me keep my handicap in single digits for the past few years. Don’t look until you hear the ball going in the hole: Larry Ziegler — OK, this one didn’t originate with Ziegler, but he was the one who convinced me it was a good idea during a practice round at the Champions Tour event in Utah. The idea here is to trust your stroke and keep your head from moving. I noticed Annika Sorenstam putts this way. An added bonus — when you do miss, you don’t have to watch your poor putt. Strike the pose: Keith Clearwater — No this has nothing to do with the Madonna song or Clearwater showing off his muscular physique. He simply said if golfers would hold their position at the end of their swing, it would promote better follow-through and hopefully result in better shots. Cin-dy Craw-ford, Tom Kite: Johnny Miller — I heard this one more than a decade ago when Crawford was one of the top models in the world. Miller’s message was to have a consistent tempo in your mind, whether it was a long, fluid swing (Cin-dy Craw-ford) or a short, quick one (Tom Kite). Personally, I’d rather think about Cindy Crawford than Tom Kite when I’m out on the golf course. Lag all of your putts from beyond 15 feet: Billy Casper — I saw Billy a couple of weeks ago and asked him about this to make sure I got it right. His theory is that if you try to lag your longer putts to a small circle around the hole, you will avoid three-putts, and a lot of the putts that you’re trying to hit close will go in. Most golfers these days claim they’re trying to make everything from everywhere. Casper didn’t, and he was simply one of the greatest putters ever. Don’t practice putts of 3 feet or less: Bruce Summerhays — I’m not sure if Summerhays was being facetious when I heard him say this at a small clinic at Golf in the Round before he made it on the Senior Tour. However, I took it seriously and have missed a lot fewer short putts ever since. It’s a confidence thing as far as I can tell. If you practice 3-footers and miss a few, you’ll start having doubts over the short ones during your round. It’s better to stretch than hit balls: Mike Malaska — The Salt Lake native is now listed as one of the top 50 teachers in the nation. But I still remember this simple tip at a clinic at Mountain Dell many years ago. He said too many players rush to the range and hit balls without properly stretching. Of course, it’s better to do both, but Malaska said if you can only do one, take the time to do proper stretching rather than beat balls. Spend most of your practice time chipping and putting: Mark O’Meara — At a clinic for junior golfers, O’Meara said golfers spend too much time on the range banging their drivers. He told the youngsters to spend the majority of their time perfecting their short game to improve their scores. So there you go. I hope a couple of these tips may help your golf game. If you have any of your own special tips you’d like to impart, let me know, and maybe I’ll share them later this summer. E-mail: [email protected]