Stream the entire first night from moe.’s performance The Town Ballroom below.moe. – The Town Ballroom – 11/19/2019[Audio: Brian V.]On Friday, the performance mapped out by guitarist Al Schnier started with bassist Rob Derhak‘s “Prestige Worldwide”, a song inspired by the comedy film Step Brothers. The band busted right into the rarity “It”, which led into another Derhak tune, “LL3”. A jammed-out “Bearsong” came out swinging, led by Loughlin. “ATL” came next, followed by moe. wrapping up set one with one of the band’s most beloved songs, “Recreational Chemistry”.The second set was a wild ride, starting strong with “Hi & Lo”, followed by a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Breathe”–marking the fifth time moe. has ever performed the song. The band jammed through a “Kids” sandwich with a “Down Boy” slid in the middle before the second half of”Kids” segued into another Pink Floyd tune with “Time”, which itself flowed right back into “Breathe” reprise. The music continued into an always-anticipated “Farmer Ben”, with its jam being a real treat thanks to some subtle Grateful Dead teases thrown into the mix. The set closed with a raucous “Timmy Tucker” followed by a one-song encore of “The Ghost of Ralph’s Mom”, a tune which moe. hasn’t played in almost a year.Watch a fan-shot video of moe. performing “Dawn Boy” and “Breathe” > “Kids” from Friday night below.moe. – “Breathe”>”Kids” – 1/15/2019[Video: Mike Maciunski]moe. – “Down Boy” – 11/15/2019[Video: Mike Maciunski]The final night of the run on Saturday featured a setlist written by drummer Vinnie Amico, and started off with “Along For The Ride” and “Big World”. “Rickey Marten” came next, segueing into “Y.O.Y.” from 1997’s Warts & All Vol. 4. Set one continued with another fan-favorite, “Kyle’s Song”, into the groovy, bass-lead “Crushing”. “Mar-DeMa” from 2010’s No Guts No Glory album was next followed by one of moe.’s most popular and frequently played songs for the set closer in “Buster”.Set two opened with “Tubing The River Styx” into “The Pit” and then right into a newer song, “Dangerous Game”. The highlight of night three was an elegant “Silver Sun”, followed by “CalifornIA” into “New Hope For The New Year”, and “Jazz Cigarette”. The set closed with another moe. classic, “Rebubula”. moe. encored the final night of the run with “Spine Of A Dog”.Watch a fan-shot video of “Mar-DeMa”>”Buster” below.moe. – “Mar-DeMa” > “Buster” – 11/16/2019[Video: Mike Maciunski]For more information on upcoming tour dates for moe. head to the band’s website.Setlist: moe. | The Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY | 11/14/19Set One: Tailspin > Skrunk > George, Don’t Wanna Be, St. Augustine > meat. > St. AugustineSet Two: Not Coming Down > Wormwood > Akimbo, Letter Home, Skitchin’ Buffalo, Puebla > Brent BlackEnc: Downward Facing DogSetlist: moe. | The Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY | 11/15/19Set One: Prestige Worldwide > It > LL3 > Bearsong, ATL > Recreational ChemistrySet Two: Hi & Lo > Breathe# > Kids > Down Boy > Kids > Time > Breathe reprise# > Farmer Ben* > Timmy TuckerEnc: The Ghost Of Ralph’s MomSetlist: moe. | The Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY | 11/16/19Set One: Along For The Ride, Big World > Ricky Marten > Y.O.Y. > Kyle’s Song, Crushing, Mar-DeMa > BusterSet Two: Tubing The River Styx > The Pit > Dangerous Game, Silver Sun > CalifornIA > New Hope For The New Year, Jazz Cigarette, RebubulaEnc: Spine Of A Dog Jam-veterans moe. played a three-night run in their hometown of Buffalo, NY this past weekend at The Town Ballroom. The nearly sold-out run brought moe.rons together from across the country for the band’s first performance in Buffalo since 2016.Night one presented attendees with a solid performance filled with a mix of fan-favorites. moe. has a tradition of rotating which band member writes the setlist for each show, and night one was written by guitarist Chuck Garvey. The performance opened up hot with “Tailspin”, one of the band’s go-to energizing originals got the crowd up and moving with wild dueling guitar solos and fun sing-along lyrics. “Skrunk” followed, along with a somewhat older moe. tune, “George”, followed by the Jim Loughlin-sung “Don’t Wanna Be”. What came next might have been the highlight of the first set–a “St. Augustine” sandwich with a really tasty 18-minute “meat.” segued delightfully in the middle.Related: moe. Announces 30th Anniversary West Coast TourAfter a set break, the band returned to the stage and opened the second set with another moe. classic, “Not Coming Down”. The song generated cheers from the audience, most of whom sang along to every single word. A song from one of moe.’s most notable albums came next with “Wormwood” from the 2003 LP by the same name. “Wormwood” had a nice groovy flow, showcasing the guitar-work and smooth rhythms the Buffalo quintet is known for. Another fan-favorite, “Akimbo”, came next, followed by the nostalgic and warm “Letter Home”, with the latter being a perfect fit for a homecoming show with the lyrics, “My home, my heart, my best friends.” “Skitchin Buffalo” trotted out next, marking just the seventh time the band has ever played the song live, followed by “Puebla”, which segued into a killer “Brent Black” for the set closer. moe. exited the stage for about five minutes and returned for an 11-minute, face-melting encore performance of “Downward Facing Dog”, sending the crowd home buzzing.Check out a video clip of the set one opener “Tailspin” below.
Notre Dame professors will teach in three formats this semester: fully-virtual, hybrid or in-person with a virtual component for students in quarantine or choosing to take class online this semester. The majority of professors teaching in a full-virtual format have underlying medical conditions or they have a family member who does.Professor David Hutchison in the Mendoza College of Business opted to teach fully-virtually this semester due to family health concerns.“My wife suffers from lupus rheumatoid arthritis, chronic lung issues with pneumonia,” he said. “She’s an asthmatic, and she’s got probably a half a dozen or so other autoimmune conditions. So, all of that leaves her at very high risk, should she contract the virus.”Hutchison said he also has a daughter who does not currently live at home, but is likely to for a meaningful period of time during the term, has a condition called POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) and another condition called mast cell disorder and mast cell disorder, which puts her in a very high-risk position relative to the coronavirus.Hutchison primarily teaches real estate classes in the finance department of Mendoza. His classes will take place synchronously as opposed to asynchronously. “Part of what makes Notre Dame the unusual and special place that it is is that it emphasizes community,” he said. “My job has historically been to be a part of your students’ community, as an instructor and as an advisor and, basically, mentor; I’ve worked my duration here at Notre Dame with that in mind. … I bet you would hear from them — the vast majority of [professors] — that we have no real interest in doing things this way.”Typically, Hutchison offers his help to students undergoing career discernment and interview preparation for internships and full-time positions. He emphasized the importance of adding extra time throughout his day to communicate with students via phone, text message, email and Zoom.“It makes a whole lot of sense for me to try to accommodate what you folks are comfortable with because there’s one of me and a whole lot of you,” he said. Professor Tatiana Botero in the College of Arts and Letters is also teaching virtually this semester.Botero said she has underlying conditions that make her susceptible to the coronavirus. She also said this allows her to stay home with her 13-year-old son during the day, who would have otherwise been home alone. “It would have been very challenging to oversee his school day at home — e-learning — while I was at the University,” she said. Botero is teaching two Spanish language classes this semester both with two sections of students. She plans to teach synchronously most weeks with an occasional Friday asynchronously for project-work. She said she preferred to teach her language classes virtually because it allows for facial expressions and better enunciation than when wearing masks and social distancing in-person. This, in turn, helps foster community among her students, she said.“In class discussion, it’s just not feasible to have pair-work, collaborative work, when you have to be 6 feet apart in the classroom. And then also wearing masks, myself included, the students can’t really see how I’m speaking,” Botero said.She said pair-sharing — when each student has the opportunity to think and share their thoughts in the language — is a core component of her classes. “I’m really happy we are [using] Zoom because we can still have the pair-work in breakout rooms, then we can come back to the class in gallery view to see all the students and they can see me,” Botero said.Using Zoom allows her to check-in on the pairs working together in breakout rooms as the host. Both Hutchison and Botero emphasized the importance of fostering community and collaboration in and out of class through the use of technology during this semester. Tags: 2020 fall semester, Arts and Letters, Mendoza, virtual learning, zoom
The optional Garmin/Wahoo mount is a nice touch, though I wish the Wahoo “setting” had an indent that locked the GPS in place. But even without it, it’s tight enough that the head unit didn’t move much during the ride on some very bumpy roads.For a ride that started off with decent weather, things quickly changed with an incoming storm that soon brought a good amount of rain and strong winds. Those winds proved interesting as we got to experience what the EVO is like to live with in severe cross winds. Other than the usual buffeting that you would experience on any bike in those conditions, the EVO seemed more than happy to hold its line through the exposed valleys.The only brief concern for the new bike came in the form of slipping seat posts. Initially, the proprietary seat posts were torqued down to roughly 6Nm using the hidden binder wedge under the top tube. Cannondale says that it was a case of not enough grease on the internal parts of the binder wedge, along with insufficient carbon paste on the seat posts, or simply not enough torque which led to a number of journalists that saw their posts slip over the first half of the ride. Cannondale’s official response was, “the posts were not properly prepped for the first portion of the ride, which led to some riders having slipping issues. We have reinforced the importance of following the instructions on pages 15-17 of the OMS, specifically in regards to the grease call-out on the seatpost binder, which will ensure a positive experience is delivered to our riders.” According to the Cannondale Owner’s Manual Supplement (pages 15-17), the specified torque is still 6Nm when the wedge is properly greased and the post has carbon paste applied.Eventually, higher torque settings seemed to fix the issue (Cannondale’s mechanics said they had upped it to about 8Nm during the coffee stop since they didn’t have the ability to remove and grease the wedges of each bike), and I finished the second half of the ride with the saddle in the same place. In a move that’s becoming much more common, Cannondale had not one, but two new bikes for us to see in Vermont. The first was the new Topstone Carbon gravel bike which seemed uniquely suited to the mix of smooth gravel and awful pavement. The second bike would be the all new SuperSix EVO road bike. While the Topstone Carbon introduced a new rear suspension system, the SuperSix would rely on a mix of integrated features and new frame design to offer something more capable than the old EVO – but just as fast (or faster).Perched high atop a hillside in Stowe, VT, the Trapp Family Lodge served as our base camp which meant finding out how the EVO descends right off the bat. On a cold, overcast morning, we set off down a steep, long, winding road which culminated with a stop sign just as you hit maximum velocity. The brakes work. Check.Settling into the ride, a few things become quickly apparent – mostly in terms of comfort. This bike instantly feels like quite the departure from the diamond frames of EVO past. The roads of Vermont helped to hammer that home – literally. With some of the worst pavement on the road shoulders that I’ve had the privilege of riding, the pristine dirt roads seemed like a needed respite from the blacktop labyrinth. Truthfully, many of the roads were absolutely beautiful, but it was the most traveled stretches needed to connect the ride that were a mess. On the bright side, that helped to convey the new EVO’s composure when things get dicey in a pace line on a narrow shoulder on a busy road.While the EVO always felt completely in control, the geometry strikes a solid balance between confident handling and all out speed. To me, this is the perfect blend of characteristics when it comes to a modern road bike. I personally don’t do any road racing, but you could easily pin on a number and hop on an EVO. But just as likely, you could slap on some massive 30mm tires and have yourself a fast, comfortable bike to ride all day long.Personally, I think the front end of the SuperSix EVO looks great – with a slammed stem. Unfortunately for me, the short head tube means even with a pile of spacers, there is still a drop from the saddle to the bar and the resulting stack beneath the stem isn’t exactly appealing. At this point you’re probably saying, “yeah, well you should #slamthatstem,” and you’d be right – if your fit allows it (I probably would have dropped mine a bit if we had more time at the start of the ride, there were a lot of journalists wanting to lower their stems and fewer sets of tools). Then you’ll have a better looking front end that also fits well. Otherwise, you’ll just have to deal with the looks if you prefer a higher bar.Spacers aside, I do quite like the semi-integrated KNOT bar and stem used on the EVO. This seems like the best of both worlds – you get the looks and performance of an integrated bar and stem but with the ability to adjust the position of the bar and the ability to customize the stem length or bar width. Not to mention that the integrated cable management seems like a good way to hide the cables without going through too much hassle for the mechanics. Otherwise, the first ride on the SuperSix EVO was quite a fun experience. For a ride over far rougher terrain than the average pavement ride, the EVO rode exceptionally well. It’s a bike that seems confident and stable over a wide range of conditions but still has a lively, fast personality. This seems to strike a great balance for what I would consider the ideal modern road bike – fast, comfortable, aerodynamic, relatively easy to work on, and most importantly, fun to ride.cannondale.com
The Amtrak “Vermonter” train leaves the Waterbury station on its way south. VBM file photo.by CB Hall Vermont Business Magazine Reacting to an abundance of angst among interested parties in Vermont, Amtrak is backing away from a threat to suspend all service to the state. “Right now we have no plans to cease any service on any route,” Amtrak’s Bill Hollister told VBM on February 28. Vermont’s congressional delegation has indicated its displeasure with the threat, voiced by Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson at a US House subcommittee hearing February 15.“Bernie and Pat and I are all on the same page,” Representative Peter Welch (D) told VBM in a March 6 phone interview, referring to Senators Bernie Sanders (I) and Patrick Leahy (D).Welch described the delegation as “committed to doing whatever it takes” to maintain the service, consisting of the St Albans-Washington, DC, Vermonter and Rutland-New York City Ethan Allen Express trains.The brouhaha began when Anderson, in his testimony before the subcommittee, depicted a suspension of Vermont service at year’s end as likely in view of safety concerns. December 31 is the deadline for railroads nationwide to begin operating a federally mandated high-tech safety system known as positive train control (PTC).The law in question actually exempts Vermont’s Amtrak routes from the requirement, since they see so little traffic, but Anderson said nonetheless that, on such routes, “We have a question about whether we’re going to operate at all, and I doubt we will” after the December 31 reference point.Bill Hollister, Amtrak senior manager of government affairs for state-supported services in the Northeast (left), and passenger rail advocate Carl Fowler, of Williston, at the February 28 meeting of the Vermont Rail Advisory Council in Montpelier. Photo: C.B. Hall, VBMThe Amtrak CEO was speaking in the wake of several deadly accidents involving Amtrak trains in the last three months, and with PTC implementation lagging well behind schedule on many railroads nationwide. The situation has given rise to urgency among parties concerned with rail travel’s safety.The fulfillment of Anderson’s position, as expressed before the subcommittee, could shut down a large portion of Amtrak’s national system. Since February 15, however, the company appears to have softened its position on the safety mechanisms, or lack thereof, on its 21,000 route-miles, most of which are owned by private railroads.PTC relies on any of several sophisticated wayside signaling systems to prevent train-to-train collisions, incursions into zones where work is being done on the tracks, travel through improperly aligned switches, and over-speed accidents such as claimed three lives on an Amtrak train in Washington state in December – the deadliest of the recent crashes.The technology is required under 2008 legislation, which however grants exemptions to little-used trackage, as in Vermont.Indeed, most of the Amtrak routes in the Green Mountain State are so-called dark territory, lacking any sort of wayside signal system; dispatchers authorize train movements by radio instead.Some observers question why Amtrak should give the Vermont routes such disconcerting attention when they enjoy an exemption from the PTC mandate.The threat of a suspension of Amtrak service “kind of shocked a lot of people,” Dan Delabruere, director of the Agency of Transportation’s Rail and Aviation Bureau, told a meeting of the statutory Vermont Rail Advisory Council (VRAC) in Montpelier on February 28.“We did not know this announcement was coming.”The issue loomed large on the meeting’s agenda. The attendees included Hollister, Amtrak’s senior manager of government affairs for state-supported services in the Northeast.“I want to apologize to Vermont for all the angst [the Anderson statement] caused,” he addressed those on hand. In objecting to the prospect of a service suspension, he said, “You did the right thing.”He added that Amtrak “did not expect [a reaction] that strong.”Looking ahead, he said that the company was now looking at mitigation of safety risks in more general terms, in cooperation with state partners. Eighteen states underwrite Amtrak services on their territory, including Vermont.Delabruere noted that Vermont officials had had several conversations with Amtrak about the looming threat since Anderson’s announcement. The company has now commenced an analysis of safety risks on its entire route network, and is exploring remedies less onerous than the installation of PTC in Vermont and elsewhere, to address perceived safety risks.Absent PTC installation in Vermont, the alternative is, “We’ve got to figure something out,” as Delabruere put it. “We don’t know what that’s going to mean for us. I can’t even speculate.”Aside from not being legally required, installation of PTC on Amtrak’s Vermont routes would carry a huge price tag: Estimates run as high as a million dollars a mile.Further, knowledgeable sources agreed, the implementation could not be completed by year’s end. Addressing the Montpelier meeting, Williston-based passenger rail advocate Carl Fowler, a VRAC member, noted that Vermont is “in a very difficult position to respond” to any demand for PTC implementation.The budget currently before the Legislature, he said, contains no money for that purpose.He added that PTC would not have prevented Amtrak’s few accidents in Vermont, such as the 2015 derailment of the Vermonter in Northfield. Putting wayside signals of whatever sort in Vermont’s dark territory, he said, “is not necessary – and ought not to be forced on us. We’re safe with the level of operational material we have now.”If Amtrak accuses Vermonters of asking for something it considers unsafe, “We should be prepared to have that argument,” he said in an interview after the meeting.The moderation evident in Hollister’s words corresponded fairly closely to further, March 1 testimony from Anderson, this time at a US Senate committee hearing.On that occasion, the Amtrak CEO toned down his position somewhat, but still left room for interpretation as to what might lie ahead. He said the company was “reevaluating” future service in light of safety concerns.Speaking of Amtrak’s network generally, he said, “We have to determine whether we continue to operate in non-PTC territory, and apply the principles of our safety management system to mitigate” risks on those rail routes. “We should establish PTC as the standard for passenger rail in America, including dark territory, and including covering the areas that are today excluded by the law.”Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) asked him if a way existed to address safety concerns without shutting down lines exempt from the statute’s requirements – such as the Vermonter, which serves one New Hampshire stop as well as the Vermont points. “We have an R&D project under way at Amtrak to determine whether we can use technologies from Europe that don’t require as much trackside investment, but that would give us speed restriction and signal location,” he responded.Anderson, who came on board at Amtrak only last year, spent many years in executive positions at Northwest and Delta airlines – in a private industry, that is, with an effective and well-regulated safety management system.Now, however, he heads a very public enterprise, essentially a government agency subject to a welter of factors not applicable to airlines. Members of Congress from areas served by Amtrak trains consider the national passenger rail service their responsibility, and naturally respond to its management issues on political grounds – striving, as in Vermont’s case, to preserve services that constituents demand.Given that, and the other issues bearing on implementation of the hypercomplex PTC program, the Amtrak chief, in the view of some observers, has failed to understand the decision-making environment.“I’m not sure if Anderson even knew the implications of what he was saying,” Ira Silverman, a retired veteran of 20 years in Amtrak management, reacted to Anderson’s gambit before the House subcommittee. “The reality is, when he announces that he’s shutting these trains down, do you believe there isn’t going to be a political reaction?”The response from Vermont’s congressional delegation has contained no surprises.In an email statement, Sanders spokesman Daniel McLean said, “Bernie does not want to see service suspended.”Speaking with VBM as the Montpelier meeting broke up, Leahy field representative Chris Saunders, referring to the softening in Amtrak’s position, anticipated that “the change of tone will continue.”He underscored his boss’s support for “making resources available” for continued passenger service in the state.In his phone interview, Welch said, “We’re going to advocate – the entire delegation – to maintain [the services] without necessarily having to install an extremely expensive technology.”He described Anderson’s March 1 testimony as “reassuring – but we’re not going to take the reassurance for granted. We’ve made a substantial investment [in Amtrak service] and we don’t want to squander that.”Some sort of compromise between the status quo and PTC implementation on all of Vermont’s Amtrak routes seems likely.Interviewed after the Montpelier meeting, Hollister shook his head when asked what the chances were that Vermont would lose its passenger rail service at year’s end.“The game plan is to work towards mitigation of risks,” he said. He foresaw an ongoing process, already in motion, in which Amtrak and its state partners would draft and implement plans to improve safety on the company’s routes.“I’m optimistic that the trains are going to keep running,” Welch said.THIS STORY WAS CORRECTED WEDNESDAY MORNING TO NOTE THAT SERVICE MIGHT BE “SUSPENDED” NOT “TERMINATED.”
Canada reports finding MCR-1 resistance geneCanada can now be added to the growing list of countries that have detected MCR-1, the recently identified worrisome gene that disables the last-line antibiotic colistin, after it was detected in a patient and in ground beef sold in 2010, the Toronto Star reported today.After being identified for the first time in China in November, the gene has now been confirmed in samples from at least 11 countries.MCR-1 was found in three samples of Escherichia coli in Canada, all previously collected for research. One was from a 62-year-old woman in Ottawa, and two were samples from ground beef sold in Ontario. The Ottawa patient likely picked up MCR-1 in Egypt, where she lived for several years, the story said.The meet samples were taken almost a year apart in a butcher shop and a grocery chain in 2010, before the samples in China, which were collected from 2011 to 2014.The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) began searching for the resistance gene in December and has submitted a case report to The Lancet, which published the initial MCR-1 findings and several follow-up studies.”To see it show up was a surprise for me,” said Michael Mulvey, PhD, chief of antimicrobial resistance with the PHAC lab in Winnipeg. “It supports that there’s global dissemination of this gene already … we’re now going to have to look back even prior to , because maybe it’s been around for even longer.”Jan 5 Toronto Star report AAP urges ensuring kids are protected during public health emergenciesMedical countermeasures (MCMs) appropriate for children in case of a pandemic, bioterror attack, or other public health emergency need to be added to the US Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and research into pediatric MCMs must be bolstered, according to recommendations published yesterday by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).”The nation’s stockpiles and other caches (designated supply of MCMs) where pharmacotherapeutic and other MCMs are stored are less prepared to address the needs of children compared with those of adults in the event of a disaster,” the AAP’s Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council said in the recommendations. The advisors recommended taking the following steps:Acquire and maintain sufficient quantities of MCMs appropriate for children of all ages in caches such as the SNS.Research and develop pediatric MCMs for any public health emergency.Ensure reasonable steps to protect children as human subjects in MCM research.Address the needs of children and families in planning for MCM implementation, distribution, and administration.Identify anticipated uses of MCMs for children during a public health emergency.Use subject matter experts for advice about pediatric MCMs and MCM distribution planning.Provide pediatric healthcare professionals with access to current information on the appropriate use of MCMs and local distribution plans.Jan 4 AAP recommendations in Pediatrics Study shows minor flu strains readily transmissibleMinor variants of influenza strains, which are not specifically targeted in vaccines, were found along with major strains during the 2009 pandemic in Hong Kong and were readily transmitted among households and may cause a greater impact than previously realized, according to a small study yesterday in Nature Genetics.”A flu virus infection is not a homogeneous mix of viruses, but, rather, a mix of strains that gets transmitted as a swarm in the population,” said Elodie Ghedin, PhD, of New York University in an NYU press release. “Current vaccines target the dominant strains, because they are the ones that seem to infect the largest number of individuals. But our findings reveal an ability of minor strains to elude these vaccines and spread the virus in ways not previously known.”A team of Hong Kong and US researchers performed whole-genome deep sequencing of upper nasal cavity swabs taken from 67 confirmed 2009 Hong Kong flu patients and 17 of their household contacts. Using sophisticated methods, the scientists not only identified variants in flu strains, but also quantified what strains were being transmitted.Their results showed that, as expected, most carried the dominant viruses 2009 H1N1 or H3N2. In addition, though, all carried minor strains and variants of both major and minor strains, as well. The variants were readily transmitted among the volunteers studied.”We were able to look at the variants and could link individuals based on these variants,” said Ghedin in the NYU release. “What stood out was also how these mixes of major and minor strains were being transmitted across the population during the 2009 pandemic—to the point where minor strains became dominant.”Jan 4 Nat Genet letter Jan 4 NYU press release
Flavio Guacelli has been named regional president for Chassis Brakes International in the Americas. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Guacelli comes to Chassis Brakes with extensive experience in global profit & loss management, engineering, sales and marketing, acquisition integration, global sourcing and corporate finance in the automotive, electronics and industrial sectors in Europe, Latin America and China. 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. Guacelli holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Delaware and an MBA from FGV in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He also has completed an advanced management program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.,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. 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 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. He previously had been vice president and managing director in the Americas for Aptiv’s Electrical Distribution Systems and Connection Systems businesses. Prior to Aptiv, he was vice president and general manager for FCI Automotive, before it was acquired by Delphi/Aptiv in 2012. He also served as global vice president and general manager for Alcan Packaging.
Appeal judges led by Lord Justice Sales (pictured) have dismissed a claim that a part-time judge should have recused herself to avoid an appearance of bias after she disclosed that one of the barristers appearing before her was also involved in a case in which she was leading.Catherine Newman QC, a practising barrister and a part-time deputy High Court judge, was sitting on a case involving a dispute between a brother and sister over their mother’s estate. Newman ruled in favour of the sister, but the brother sought to appeal the order on the basis that the judge had erred on the merits of the case and also that the judgment should be set aside on grounds of the appearance of bias. Before the start of the trial Newman informed those involved that Jordan Holland, one of the barristers acting for the sister, was also acting as her junior counsel in unrelated litigation.On the first day of the trial, Neil McLarnon, acting for the brother, made an application that the judge should recuse herself by reason of apparent bias. He said there was a legitimate concern that the judge might be too generous to Holland in order to protect him from disappointment if he lost the case.He said this concern was particularly great due to the conditional fee agreement Holland was acting under, which meant his pay depended on the outcome. He suggested Newman might want to avoid damaging their future working relationship.Newman resisted the application as she wished to avoid expense, frustration and delay. She pointed out that a judge’s approach to a case is governed by professional standards, and that these would not be overridden by a concern not to upset a junior counsel. She described as ‘far-fetched’ the idea that a judge would adjust their behaviour to avoid upsetting a junior counsel. On appeal, McLarnon criticised Newman for not recusing herself, which he maintained was ‘unlawful’ because of the appearance of bias. He also criticised the lack of information she provided about the case she was taking with Holland, and for giving her reasons for not recusing herself only at the end of the trial.Sales LJ dismissed the appeal, agreeing with Newman’s reasons for not recusing herself. He ruled that Newman did disclose the material facts needed, and said that she was correct to postpone giving a reason until after the case to avoid delay.Mr Justice Cobb and Sir Stanley Burnton agreed with his ruling.
Croatia: Transport Minister Roland Zuvanic has introduced a bill into parliament paving the way for restructuring HZ and permitting open access in line with European Union directives, with effect from January 1 2005.Czech Republic: Lostr has completed a prototype Kils 120 km/h high-capacity two-axle covered wagon with 22·5 tonne axleload for bulk palletised cargo. Rebuilt to RIV standards from a Gbgkks wagon, it is owned by AAE Cargo AG and leased to CD.Europe: On June 26 the European Commission was expected to announce that the Unife-sponsored €34m Modtrain project to develop modular train architecture was eligible for funding under the Sixth Framework Programme. This will pave the way for a contract to be signed later this year aimed at developing standard interfaces between components for high speed passenger trains. Project modules include Modcontrol, Modbogie, Modlink and Modpower.Eurotunnel put a fifteenth lorry shuttle trainset into service in June, when the last of seven 7MW shuttle locos was also expected to be delivered. A sixteenth trainset will be delivered in September, completing an expansion programme announced in 1999.Germany: Schleswig-Holstein announced on June 12 that it had awarded a 10-year contract starting in 2005 for operation of regional services between Hamburg and Westerland to Nord-Ostsee-Bahn, a Connex subsidiary. The company plans to use Talgo trainsets with passive tilting hauled by Vossloh-built Type R3000 diesel locomotives.Italy: On June 16 Trenitalia unveiled the first of 600 inter-city carriages to be refurbished by 2004; they were due to enter service between Napoli and Udine on June 22. A further 900 vehicles will be modernised by 2006.ÖBB Rail Cargo of Austria and Lucefin of Italy have opened a multi-function ‘logistics platform’ at San Stino on the main line from Trieste to Venezia. With direct links to the Italian motorway network, the intermodal terminal will be operated by a joint venture called Logistikbetriebsgesellschaft Magazinni Veneto Orientale.South Africa: North-West Province has leased the closed 80 km Pretoria – Magaliesburg line from Transnet and signed an agreement for the Damrail consortium to revive the route, which has suffered from theft of track components.Spain: On May 30 the cabinet approved a decree incorporating into Spanish law EU Directive 2001/16, covering interoperability of conventional networks. Certain Technical Specifications for Interoperability will not apply to the existing 1668mm gauge network.The Ministry of Development has approved the findings of routing studies for the 227·7 km Olmedo – Lubi? n section of the Madrid – Ourense high speed line. The Ministry of the Environment is now considering the impact of a high speed line between Ourense and Vigo.On May 19 FEVE restored through passenger services between León and Bilbao, following the completion of track renewal work between Cordovilla and Arija (RG 6.02 p285). Upgrading of the 10 km Pravia – San Esteban route has been completed at a cost of €3·1m. Following electrification between Trubia and San Esteban, FEVE now operates the Oviedo – San Esteban route as Line F7 of the Metrotrén Asturias network.Work has begun to relay Renfe’s Mérida – Guareña and Zafra – Amendralejo routes in Extremadura with 54 kg/m rail on gauge-convertible concrete sleepers, costing €36·5m for 60·2 km. Sri Lanka: Following the presentation of a report by Rites, the treasury has appointed a special committee to study proposals to restructure the railway sector, including the creation of public-private partnerships.Uganda: URC Managing Director Eng Dan Murungi told a stakeholder conference that agreement has been reached to launch a cross-border freight service with Kenya. An EU grant of €10m in being used to repair bridges between Kampala and Malaba.United Kingdom: Network Rail is to merge its property and major stations activities to create Railway Estates, comprising operational and commercial business areas. USA: The government has invited comments on draft regulations requiring the phasing-in of low-sulphur fuel between 2008 and 2014.BNSF has sold to RailAmerica 463 km of line linking Amory, Mississippi, to Mobile, Alabama, for $15m. RailAmerica’s Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway subsidiary took over on June 1.Uzbekistan: By early June the first 25 km had been completed of a 220 km line which will link Guzar, Baysun and Kumkurgan from 2007. So far 6bn sum of the expected total cost of 112bn sum has been invested in the project.
Nigerian War Planes Strike Boko Haram The Nigerian Air Force Personnel. Photo-FILE The Nigerian Air Force Personnel. Photo-FILEA Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashed in combat, as fighting raged against Boko Haram extremists for control of the strategic town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria, according to the military.The helicopter crash occurred on Wednesday, according to a tweet by air force spokesperson, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.The fighting was at Damasak in Northern Borno state, he said, without giving details of the fate of the helicopter crew.The military is fighting to regain control of Baga, which Boko Haram seized last week. The town is a key base for a multinational force fighting the extremists. Many Baga residents have fled to the larger city of Maiduguri.The fighting for Baga is intense, the chief of army training and operations, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, told reporters.“It’s a ding-dong situation but we are engaging them,” he said last week. “We are not in total control but Boko Haram have not taken control of Baga, either.”Baga, close to the border with Chad, has weapons, ammunition and other equipment are a key target for the extremists. Insurgents also overran the base in 2015.The Islamic State West Africa Province, the largest ISIS-linked extremist group in Africa, claimed to kill or wound “dozens” of soldiers in the latest attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors extremist communiques.Nigeria’s military rarely announces death tolls in such attacks, but the government in November acknowledged dozens of soldier deaths in what it called an extremist resurgence.In addition to the fighting for Baga and the helicopter crash, 53 police are missing after a Boko Haram raid last week.It is not known if the missing police are dead, captured or escaped alive, according to a senior police officer in Maiduguri, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press. Among the missing are 40 marine police who were patrolling Lake Chad, he said.Nigeria’s Defence Minister Mannir Dan-Ali reiterated the military’s commitment to ending Boko Haram’s insurgency in the country. He was speaking to the press Wednesday while on his way to neighboring Chad to discuss Boko Haram activity in areas along the border between the two countries.Dan -Ali was responding to recent attacks by Boko Haram on Nigerian military in the northern parts of Borno State, including Baga and others towns. He met with Nigerian military commanders for about an hour.The government also last month confirmed the insurgents had begun using drones, calling it a “critical factor” in the rise in attacks. Buhari at the time held an urgent meeting with member countries to “enhance the capacity” of the multinational force.The nearly decade-old Boko Haram insurgency has been blamed for some 20,000 deaths and thousands of abductions. The unrest and displacement of millions of hungry people have turned northeastern Nigeria into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.Related Fighting Boko Haram Insurgency Nigerian troops capture Boko Haram commander
Sharing is caring! Share Share 2012 Sportswoman of the Year Luan Gabriel with her mother Cyrilla Hilton at last year’s sports award.A number of individuals and organizations that have excelled in sports in 2012 will be awarded at the 7th annual National Sports Award carded for Wednesday, 1st May. The event which is hosted by the Sports Division in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will be held under the patronage of the President of Dominica Eluid Williams & Mrs. Williams at the Fort Young Hotel from 7:00 pm.The Award was implemented to raise the profile of sports in Dominica, elevate standards in performance and bring into focus the importance of strong, well-structured organizations and good governance in sport.At Wednesday’s ceremony, which will be held under the theme, “Honoring efforts…….Urging greater performances,” thirty-three (33) awards will be presented to sports personalities and organizations.The main feature of this awards ceremony will be the declaration of the Sportsman and Woman of the Year for 2012.Sports coordinator Trevor Shillingford and Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports, Justina Charles are expected to address the ceremony.Rachel Jno Baptiste, QTS Winner, Kenton Thomas and the Fanatic Band are expected to provide entertainment at the ceremony.Last year’s Sportswoman of the Year was awarded to Luan Gabriel of Bioche who captured a gold medal at the CARIFTA games in Bermuda in April 2012, while Lennon Bannis was named Sportsman of the Year.Dominica Vibes News Tweet 56 Views no discussions Share LocalNewsSports Thirty-three to receive National Sports Award by: – April 30, 2013