U.S. Sen. Tom UdallU.S. SENATE News:SANTA FE — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement Tuesday ahead of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which falls today, April 22:“Across the United States, 20 million people of all ages and backgrounds united April 22, 1970 to protect our planet and build an environmental movement from the ground up to chart a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future. The people who lent their voices to the first Earth Day created a groundswell of political change that helped enact bedrock conservation laws like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. Parents demanded change for their children, children demanded change for their future—and progress was won. It was during this time that my father, Stewart Udall, authored and fought for the Endangered Species Act – which has brought many almost-extinct species back to life – and sounded the alarm about the creeping destruction of nature, what he termed ‘The Quiet Crisis.’“Now, ahead of the 50th Earth Day, the threats to our planet have drastically worsened. The quiet crisis has risen to a crescendo. We are facing down dual climate and nature crises that threaten life as we know it. We are in the middle of a sixth mass extinction – with 1 million species at risk of extinction – while climate change stands as an existential threat to our future.“And meanwhile, we are facing a public health crisis that has profoundly shaken every aspect of American life. The COVID-19 crisis offers us a number of important lessons that we must heed as we observe Earth Day. First: the destruction of nature and ecosystems is not just a threat to our planet, but it is a threat to our public health. Scientists tell us that as we destroy nature, habitats, and the natural barriers between humans and wildlife – we will only see more and more zoonotic diseases like the COVID-19 pandemic. Second, we must acknowledge and address that the people who are most vulnerable to this virus are communities who have been historically marginalized and live on the front lines of environmental pollution. And third, we also cannot afford to ignore how human-caused climate change and habitat destruction represent a chilling promise: that this is only the first of a series of devastating crises that threaten to profoundly alter and disrupt life as we know it.“Across the country, people—especially young people and those who have historically been marginalized—are demanding bold action and demanding it now. Like in 1970, the American public is breathing new energy into a resurgent environmental movement. But today, too many lawmakers and politicians are putting short-sighted economic gains over the public good. And we are already paying too high a price.“This week, and every week, I join the American public in their calls to action. We must save nature and focus on an economy powered by sustainable products, clean energy sources and climate-friendly technologies. I introduced a national goal to conserve at least 30 percent of our land and water by 2030 because our existence depends on the preservation of our natural environment. We need to tackle the pollution that threatens our future, which is why I introduced the first-ever bill to comprehensively tackle plastic pollution by holding corporations accountable for the amount of plastic waste they create. And I have introduced legislation to put our country on a path to decarbonize the power sector by 2050 and prevent the planet from reaching the dire projections from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Above all, we must listen to science and to scientists – because, as this pandemic shows, we all pay the price when science takes a back seat.“But even at this difficult time, I have great hope for our country and our planet. Because the American people’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic shows us that we are more than capable of rising to big challenges—together. We have the power to take collective action, and to be bold. And while we continue to fight to protect our frontline workers who are saving lives every day and keep American and New Mexican families financially afloat, we must look to the future, and think about how we want to emerge from this crisis. We must recognize that we must save our planet to save ourselves.“The challenges we face today are great, but public support for conservation and climate action are stronger than ever. And with that energy, we can get this done – and save the planet for future generations.”
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. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied 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. 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 The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Inc. has promoted William (Jim) Holik to the new position of creative marketing manager. Holik will be responsible for leading the creative design and content development efforts for Alliance’s websites, social media properties and communication materials for Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Jim has proven to be instrumental in the successful direction of this department in a short period of time,” said JC Washbish, director of marketing for the Alliance. “He brings a wealth of knowledge in the digital and social media landscapes. Our entire membership will benefit from his expertise and leadership.”Holik joined the Alliance as digital content manager in July 2017. He was most recently a media manager of multimedia and photography for 11 years at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. In his new position as creative marketing manager, he will be responsible for the strategy and activation of Alliance-driven digital and social media efforts as well as the creative production of Alliance meetings and the 2018 Aftermarket Jackpot Convention in Las Vegas. Holik holds a Master of the Arts in communication and media studies from St. Mary’s University, a bachelor’s degree in communication arts and production from the University of the Incarnate Word, as well as an associate’s degree in sequential graphics and animation from San Antonio College; all three schools are located in San Antonio. In addition to his newly promoted role at the Alliance, Holik is an adjunct faculty member at the University of the Incarnate Word in the Department of Communication Arts.,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
On Friday, January 10, Peconic Bay Medical Center unveiled the Corey Critical Care Pavilion and Kanas Regional Heart Center, a $67.8-million facility that fulfills Northwell Health’s promise to East End residents to provide a wider breadth of life-saving services closer to home.The critical care facility includes a rooftop helipad and a 16-bed intensive and cardiac care unit.Donations from the Corey and Kanas families toward the building were part of a 2015 campaign to raise $28 million. More than $33 million has been received to date, including $600,000 donated by the almost 1,000 Peconic Bay Medical Center employees.Pictured from left to right are Michael Corey and Emilie Roy Corey, Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health; Amy Loeb, deputy executive director Peconic Bay Medical Center; Andy Mitchell, president and CEO of Peconic Bay Medical Center; Elaine and John Kanas; and Kate and John Kanas. Share
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Three workers of Batam-based PT Bandar Abadi shipyard, Indonesia died and eighteen were injured in a blast that occurred on Friday, August 29 onboard a ship that was undergoing repairs at the yard, the Jakarta Post writes.One person is still missing, based on the latest reports.According to the local police chief Comr. Zainal Arifin, the explosion took place during welding of a pipe in a basement cabin. The heat from the welding is believed to have caused the explosion of a liquefied petroleum gas [LPG] canister.Investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.[mappress]World Maritime News Staff, September 01, 2014
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District will conduct strategic navigation dredging of the Black Rock Channel, starting in mid November and continuing through January 2015.The $2.2 million contract, funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), has been awarded to Luedtke Engineering Co., Frankfort, Mich., and will target 250,000 cubic yards of legacy sediment in the Black Rock Channel.Legacy sediment refers to sediment that may be holding contaminants from decades of industrial, residential, and/or municipal use of the river and could be having a negative impact on the aquatic environment.The removal of the legacy sediment will make significant progress towards restoring beneficial uses in the Niagara River Area of Concern.Sediment removed during dredging will be placed in the USACE Buffalo Harbor Dike 4 Confined Disposal Facility, located at the south entrance to Buffalo Harbor, adjacent to the Bethlehem Steel property, Buffalo, NY.“Dredging the Black Rock Channel will help to restore the Great Lakes and will ensure the lake’s viability for generations to come,” said CPT Kelly Polashenski, USACE project manager. “Thanks to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GLRI funding we are able to make this dredging happen.”[mappress mapid=”19093″]Press Release
In a statement issued, the company said it expects to raise SGD27.3m (USD19.5m) in proceeds from the share issue, with half to be invested in heavy lifting equipment and the other half to be used as general working capital.The share price on offer is SGD0.83 (USD0.59) – a small discount on the volume-weighted average market price of SGD0.8436 per ordinary share.TWC has entered into a placement agreement with CIMB-GK Securities for the issue of the shares.
ABC’s new flights will operate every Thursday and Sunday using CLA’s air operator certificate (AOC) and flight numbers.The routing will start at London Stansted before heading to Libreville via Frankfurt, onto Johannesburg and returning to Stansted via Nairobi.”The introduction of services to Africa is a big step for our company,” said ABC senior vice president for sales and marketing, Robert van de Weg.”New points of destination and origin in Africa will provide our customers with direct service via ABC’s stations in Europe, Asia and the US.” www.airbridgecargo.comwww.cargologicair.com
Board upholds suspension for N.C. teacher who stepped on flag FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina school board has upheld the 10-day suspension of a high school teacher who stepped on an American flag during a First Amendment lesson.The Cumberland County Board of Education voted 5-2 Wednesday to support Superintendent Frank Till’s decision. Board members considered Lee Francis’ appeal for more than eight hours behind closed doors.Whether Lee returns to his job teaching history at Massey Hill Classical High School rests with Till.Lee has been working in the district office since Till recommended the unpaid suspension in September.He says he was teaching about a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that flag desecration is protected speech. Francis says he stepped on the flag several times with his right foot. Author: Associated Press Published: December 1, 2016 2:47 PM EST Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has announced five new appointments to its board, two solicitors and three lay members.The solicitors are:Barry Matthews, director of legal affairs at broadcaster ITV. He qualified in the trade law team at international firm Hogan Lovells, specialising in sport and media. He has been a member of the SRA’s education and training committee since 2012. He founded the Legal Social Mobility Partnership in 2014 to promote diversity in the legal profession. Geoff Nicholas, partner in the dispute resolution group at international firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Nicholas started work at Freshfields in 1985 and has spent time working in the firm’s offices in London, New York and Hong Kong. He advises international clients on regulatory risk and handles both internal and external investigations.The lay members are: Sharon Darcy , a council member of Which?. Darcy is a member of the UK Regulators Network Expert Advisors Panel and is one of the first lay members to be appointed to the House of Commons Committee on Standards. A qualified accountant, Darcy began her career working on value-for-money studies in the privatisation and regulation team at the National Audit Office.Dame Denise Platt DBE, chair of the National AIDS Trust and a member of the General Medical Council. Platt has a background in social care and was director of social services in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and a past president of the Association of Directors of Social Services.Deep Sagar, a management consultant. He is chair of the National Police Chiefs Council’s audit and assurance board and has been a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s professional practice committee and the Health Professions Council. He is a past chair of the Leasehold Advisory Service.The five will formally take up their posts in January, replacing outgoing board members Graham Chisnall, Martin Coleman, Bill Galvin, Cindy Leslie and Peter Phippen.SRA chair Enid Rowlands, said: ‘They will bring a wealth of insight, experience and expertise and I am looking forward to working with them to protect the public and set the standards for solicitors, as we reform our regulatory model.’