UTI Announces Retirement of Robert Hartman; John White Named as Successor

first_imgWith 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.  PHOENIX — Universal Technical Institute Chairman Robert Hartman has announced plans to retire from his duties as an executive officer and chairman of the board, effective September 30. Hartman will continue to serve as a member of UTI’s board of directors. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The company’s Vice Chairman and Chief Strategic Planning Officer, John White, will assume the role of chairman. White was previously the chairman and CEO of Motorcycle and Marine Mechanics Institute for 21 years prior to its merger with UTI in 1998. For more information about UTI, visit: www.uticorp.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,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 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 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.last_img read more

Colliers appoints chief executive

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‘Best’ US hydrogen fuelling station begins operation

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SC Ports Authority Moves in Right Direction

first_imgFebruary marked the second consecutive month of 18 percent container growth at the SC Ports Authority, bringing fiscal year container volumes totals to 1.23 million twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs.Last month Charleston handled 152,925 TEUs, a significant increase from 129,747 handled during the same month last year. Since the fiscal year began in July, the port’s TEU volume is 14.3 percent higher than the same period last fiscal year.As measured in pier containers, SCPA moved 86,258 boxes in February. SCPA has handled 700,630 boxes fiscal year to date and plans to surpass the 1 million container mark by the end of the period.“February container volumes were particularly strong for a short month,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome. “Our import gains are reflective of a strengthening US economy and population growth across the Southeast, while manufacturing in our state and region bolsters our export business. Loaded box volumes last month were nearly completely balanced between imports and exports.”Board ActionThe Board approved a dredging contract for routine berth maintenance at the North Charleston Terminal (NCT). Dredging at NCT is typically performed every 12 to 15 months to preserve 50 feet of depth at mean low water necessary for large container ships.The Board also approved a design modification to the two super-post-Panamax cranes on order for the Wando Welch Terminal.Education ProgramThe SCPA reported successful fiscal year to date outcomes from its educational program, reaching over 1,200 students from across SC ranging from elementary through college age. Through port tours, school visits and career fairs, the SCPA education program was designed to build understanding of port activities and international commerce while encouraging interest in career opportunities within the maritime industry.In 2013 the port expanded its outreach with a harbor deepening exercise for middle school students that incorporates state math and science education standards. The team-based activity places students in the roles of engineer, accountant, environmental scientist and project manager to determine the recommended harbor depth for Charleston Harbor.[mappress mapid=”20130″]last_img read more

IEA vows to bring more transparency into LNG market

first_imgWhile the globalization of natural gas has been boosted by the rise of LNG market, the energy security implications of this development have been less scrutinized. In its Global Gas Security Review, International Energy Agency is looking to provide more transparency into the LNG market, following an analysis of global gas data.“There is no doubt that global gas markets are well supplied today,” IEA said in a statement on Thursday.However, while this is positive for global gas security, the report released in Tokyo, issues a warning that “LNG markets are less flexible than is commonly believed.”A share of LNG production capacity that is going offline, due to lack of feedgas is growing, but security and technical problems also contribute to this issue, the statement reads. This resulted in the market having less extra capacity than assumed.Between 2011 and 2016, the level of unusable export capacity has doubled, disabling about 65 bcm of gas, which is equal to the combined exports of Malaysia and Indonesia, the world’s third- and fifth-largest exporters. A period of low oil and gas prices could further worsen the situation, IEA said.The report, however, finds that LNG contracts are becoming more flexible increasing market liquidity.In 2015, about 40 percent of LNG contracts had fixed destination terms, down from 60 percent for contracts signed up to the year 2014.The short-term contracts are becoming more common, however, buyers are entering long-term contracts in exchange for increased flexibility in the final destination in order to better respond to market conditions. Flexible contract structures underpin gas security as they enable to aggregate gas volumes at a lower cost from various regions.LNG share of the global gas market is set to increase in the coming years. LNG supplies have grown at a faster pace than the gas consumption.“The growth in the global gas trade, along with the diversification of supply sources, is improving the security of supply,” said Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency. “But there is still a need to be vigilant on gas security as the changing nature of the market means that regional demand and supply shocks may now be felt in more distant places than ever before.”The report, that provides case studies on Japan and Europe, shows that for Japan, the factors that made the market’s reaction to the loss of nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster relatively effective, might not be counted on in the future.last_img read more

Inspector calls for CPS

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Pilot ERTMS project on course

first_imgDUE TO open in stages this year and next year, the Córdoba – Málaga high speed line will be equipped to operate with ETCS Levels 1 and 2. Contractor for the train control systems is Dimetronic Signals, sister company of Westinghouse Rail Systems. Both companies are members of the Invensys Rail Systems Group, and Dimetronic is to supply the group’s Futur ERTMS equipment for the line.The Futur system, which has been jointly developed by Dimetronic and Westinghouse, has been piloted on the Albacete – Chinchilla section of the Madrid – Valencia main line. Dimetronic has been leading the field trials for both the lineside and onboard equipment, and Level 1 tests have been completed, while tests with Level 2 equipment are scheduled to end in the next few weeks. The trials have have proved the capabilities of the Futur equipment and confirmed its suitability for use on the 155 km Córdoba – Málaga line, where the companies hold a design, install and commission contract.The locomotive being used for the tests on the pilot line has had its standard Spanish ASFA train protection apparatus removed and replaced by the Futur ETCS equipment which, in addition to performing the ETCS functionality, uses a Specific Transmission Module for the ASFA functionality. Lineside equipment has been supplied by Bombardier for Level 1, and Siemens provided GSM-R for use with Level 2. Radio Block Centrehandover tests have been successfully carried out, an important milestone in the Level 2 development process.When the first section of the high speed line opens from Córdoba to Bobadilla, planned for the last quarter of this year, both Levels 1 and 2 should be operable, with ASFA available as a back-up. The Dimetronic contract covers RBCs, the main control centre, lineside electronic units, ASFA equipment, jointless track circuits, and LED signals. Alcatel is supplying interlockings and power supply equipment.Elsewhere in Spain, Dimetronic is participating in three consortia with Siemens and Alcatel for signalling equipment on other high speed lines: Lleida – Barcelona, Segovia – Valladolid and the recently-commissioned 25 km line serving Toledo. In each case the contracts cover conventional colourlight signalling with simplified ASFA and Level 1, as well as the full Level 2 ETCS.Dimetronic is also in another consortium with Siemens and Alcatel to bid for ERTMS equipment for the 90 km high speed line between Madrid and Segovia, which will complete a high speed route from Madrid to Valladolid. Tenders were submitted on January 16.Future plans in Spain envisage that the entire Madrid suburban network will be fitted with Level 1, with Level 2 installed in the new tunnel being completed between Chamartín and Atocha.Picture caption: Test train on the Albacete – Chinchilla section of the Madrid – Valencia main linePhotos:Robert SmithPicture caption: The ERTMS Driver-Machine Interface (right) provides instructions to the locomotive driver, whose progress is followed from the control centre (below left). Eurobalises (below right) are used for train location and to provide the Level 1 track-train communications back-uplast_img read more

Hospital Build Surpasses Job Expectations – 215 New Jobs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInFirst Minister visits site of new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.Construction of the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has resulted in 215 new jobs – 55 more than planned – for people from the region, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today.At the project’s outset, contractors Laing O’Rourke pledged to create 160 new jobs, training opportunities and apprenticeships on top of the 800-strong workforce already employed for the build. So far, the hospital’s construction has created 215 new jobs.The new hospital received £200 million from the Scottish Government’s NPD (Non-profit Distributing) programme. The programme, valued at £3.5 billion, is being used to fund projects in further education, health and transport.The hospital will provide 344 single-bed en-suite rooms, and will also house a combined assessment unit to manage emergency cases and bed allocation, theatres complex, critical care unit, women’s and children’s unit and outpatients department. It is expected to open, on time, in December this year.The First Minister met apprentices and graduates working on the site during a visit today.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:“It’s fantastic to see 215 new jobs have been created for people from the region – 55 more than expected. Meeting apprentices and graduates today, I saw first-hand what the hospital’s construction means to them as they kick-start their careers.“This is delivering a meaningful community benefit, as well as an injection into the local economy. With a full year’s work ahead of us until the hospital is complete, we fully intend to make the most of the opportunities this presents to the community, as well as to individuals seeking training or work opportunities.“This new facility will deliver high-quality health services to patients from the Dumfries and Galloway region, and we are investing in the latest technologies to ensure efficient and effective diagnostics and treatment for every patient.”Jeff Ace, Chief Executive, NHS Dumfries and Galloway said:“We are delighted that High Wood Health and construction partner Laing O’Rourke continue to remain on schedule with construction of the new build, and to the highest standard. This is a very exciting time for all involved in the new hospital project as we move closer to seeing our vision for a fantastic new facility for our patients and staff become a reality.“The new hospital project has delivered all anticipated community benefits in terms of new jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities and we will continue to maximise these gains over the coming year.“By the time the new hospital is handed over in September 2017 many local people will have made a significant contribution to the construction programme remaining on schedule, and will have gained valuable experience working on an exciting new build project.“We would like to thank our partners in the project and also note the Board’s appreciation of the work of our Project Team, and of all the clinical and support staff who are working with them. I hope they will all take great pride in their contribution to creating this world class facility.”BackgroundThe Scottish Government’s target is to reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021, and has committed to delivering 30,000 new Modern Apprenticeships a year by 2020.There were 25,818 Modern Apprentice starts in 2015-16 – surpassing the target of 25,500 for that year. The Scottish Government is on track to achieve its target of 26,000 starts in the second year of the expansion of the MA programme.last_img read more

Skip Marley Becomes the First Jamaica to Hold the Top Spot…

first_imgThe song has some 12 million views on Youtube and almost 50 million global streams. Skip Marley also became the first Jamaican-born lead artist inside the Top 15 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart in nearly a decade and a half (since Sean Paul and Keyshia Cole in 2006, “When You Gonna Give it Up to Me”). As Jamaica continues to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the birth of reggae icon Bob Marley, his legacy, Skip Marley became the first Jamaican-born artist to hold the top spot on Billboard’s Adult R&B Chart. His hit single, Slow Down featuring American rhythm and blues singer HER, went number one on the Adult R&B Songs Chart last week. Island Records President/CEO Darcus Beese stated, “Skip not only continues to build on the success of the Marley legacy but has carved out a unique lane for himself in this business. As the first Jamaican artist to reach #1 on the Adult R&B Songs chart, his Island Records family couldn’t be prouder.” The success of “Slow Down” underpins Jamaica’s continuing 75th-anniversary celebration of the birth and life of music legend Bob Marley, Skip’s grandfather.last_img read more

UWF volleyball debuts No. 2 in first NCAA regional rankings

first_img Sarah Scott (photo by Bill Stockland)     INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After reaching the 20-win plateau and clinching the Gulf South Conference Regular Season Championship with three sweeps this past weekend, the No. 19 West Florida volleyball team debuted as the No. 2 team in the South Region when the first round of regional rankings were announced by the NCAA Wednesday. The Argonauts (20-7, 13-1 GSC) claimed 3-0 wins over Christian Brothers, Union and North Alabama last weekend to improve their regional record to 16-3 and secure the No. 2 seeding. UWF’s only regional losses came to Eckerd, Christian Brothers and Tampa, of which the latter two were avenged within the last two weeks. Tampa is the No. 1 seed with a 16-1 regional mark. The Argonauts handed the Spartans their only in-region loss on Oct. 19. The victory helped them earn the second spot over No. 3 Palm Beach Atlantic who has just one loss, also to Tampa, for an 18-1 regional record. Eckerd and Christian Brothers, the only other GSC school ranked in the region, complete the top five. There are eight regions across the country, and the top eight teams in each region will advance to postseason play. The No. 1 seed in each region will be a host for the NCAA Regional Tournament, and the winner of each will advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II Championships, which West Florida will host Dec. 6-8. The Argonauts conclude their regular season home slate this Saturday against West Alabama at 2 p.m. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#No.                          In-Region   Overall 1 Tampa                       16-1       21-3 2 West Florida                16-3       20-7 3 Palm Beach Atlantic         18-1       27-3 4 Eckerd                      14-5       17-7 5 Christian Brothers          14-6       15-8 6 Florida Southern            15-5       17-9 7 Rollins                     13-8       14-12 8 Florida Tech                12-8       15-8 9 Barry                       6-8        12-1110 Lynn                        9-8        3-9NCAA Regional Rankings Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img UWF volleyball debuts No. 2 in first NCAA regional rankingslast_img read more