Bridgestone Hires New Vice President Of Sales

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.  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. From Tire ReviewAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBridgestone Americas welcomes Bryant Davis as new vice president of sales for the company’s truck, bus and retread tire business.Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Babcock School of Management at Wake Forest University. Prior to joining Bridgestone, Davis had a 20-year career at PepsiCo Inc. where he eventually served as senior market director of sales and operations.“Bryant has a proven track record of driving volume and revenue growth in a highly-competitive market, and we are excited to bring his sales and leadership talents to Bridgestone,” said John Boynton, president of Bridgestone Americas’ truck, bus and retread tire business. “I am confident that Bryant will continue to evolve our sales strategies to align even tighter to the dynamic needs of our transportation customer.”,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 MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Tips for succeeding at tryouts

first_imgMost schools across America start tryouts for their schools basketball team mid October to the first week of November. I’ve spent 20 plus years suggesting to potential players that they should start preparing for the tryouts at least 90 days in advance. This is very realistic even when playing a fall sport. Conditioning is half the battle and those fall sports go along way with winter sport tryouts.I encourage all to start shooting with a mapped routine of 120 minutes a week. This can be broken up into 4 days of 30 minutes or 2 days of 60 minutes. Layups and jumpers from all over the court. 20 shots from a determined spot in a row before moving onto the next spot of 20 shots. Besides layups from each side, I encourage 8 other spots on the court with in the arc. Finish your work out with sprints followed by 25 to 50 free throws.The key to this work out is to adjust your shot so that your comfortable shooting the ball. Muscle memory is a word we use all season. Practice should always be considered game mode when out on the court. Never waste time just shooting from anywhere. Work on shooting from the same spots you feel comfortable shooting in a game. During these work outs try and dribble back to the spot you plan on shooting from working on ball control. You could even practice attacking the basket after each shot in case of a miss for a rebound in what I call “game mode.” Attend every open gym you can and good luck at tryouts!Coach McKeeSTMM Mens Varsity BasketballApex,NC Vince McKee Related TopicsBasketballpracticeshootingtryoutslast_img read more

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Has Water and Sewer No Vision or Expertise?

first_imgEveryone knows that Charles Allen is no water engineer. He is a banker who for many years served the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI).But he wanted this job – Managing Director of the Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC). When about three years ago a vacancy for that position occurred he applied, believing that he had had enough of banking and wanted to serve his country in another way.The President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, obliged and appointed Mr. Allen LWSC M.D.But like most of the other heads of that corporation, Mr. Allen has done little to fix the flooding problems in Monrovia. Every Rainy Season floods occur all over Monrovia, even in places where given a little expertise in water management, the problem could be solved. Yet year in, year out, the problems recur and things remain the same.Take Mr. Allen’s boss’ own neighborhood, the first Old road Junction in Sinkor. Every time it rains the area gets flooded and nobody seems to know what to do about it – certainly not Water and Sewer.Yes, Mr. Allen is no water engineer, but he is surrounded by them, or should be. Why can’t he send them to fix the President’s neighborhood permanently? Are there no culverts in Monrovia? Is there truly no one in the nation’s capital with the expertise to fix that problem? If LWSC is technically incapacitated to deal with that simple problem, why can’t LWSC or its boss seek foreign help?Just over a month ago, a large Dutch delegation was here to discuss with the Liberian government a wide range of development issues. Did Mr. Allen know about their coming? Does he know that the Dutch are among the world’s leading experts in Water Management?Why didn’t he liaise with the delegation’s chief host, Commerce Minister Axel Addy, to discuss with members of the delegation, among whom were indeed water management experts, Monrovia’s many water problems?Or is the problem simply that there is little or no coordination in this government? Then why do all the cabinet members plus all the Managing Directors show up at each cabinet meeting – just to see the President’s face?Did the full cabinet, which the LWSC’s Charles Allen most likely attended, not know of the coming of the Dutch delegation? What development strategies were discussed in cabinet in preparation for that visit?This is why this newspaper has perennially lamented that we Liberians are not a serious people. You mean the Dutch come here and no one tells them about the flooding and erosion problems in West Point, New Kru Town, Clara Town the rear of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center?Just last Tuesday our water and sanitation reporter, Edwin Fayia, in his story, “Floods Hit Monrovia Again,” wrote for just about the thousandth time about the many people, most of them poor and destitute, who have been made homeless after floods engulfed their communities.Among the areas reporter Fayia named were the A.B. Tolbert Road, the Pipe Line Road and the Coca Cola Factory community, all in Paynesville; and of course, the President’s neighborhood at the Tubman Boulevard-Old Road Junction in Sinkor.On the Pipe Line Road, even the Liberia Electricity Sub-station was badly flooded as was a nearby Police Station. Among the many victims was a 55 year-old woman and her five children, who were rendered homeless by the floods. Why must these floods afflict our people year after year in these identical areas as though Water and Sewer is paralyzed? Can’t the Corporation ask the Ministry of Lands and Mines and Energy to lend them a hydrological engineer to help LWSC deal with the city’s water problems?What about LWSC”s own hydrological engineers? Or have they none? If they have none, no wonder the LWSC behaves as though it is in a perpetual state of paralysis. Allen has been at Water and Sewer for three years. What kind of scholarship program has he initiated? If he has, are any of the beneficiaries studying hydrological engineering?We pray that Allen and LWSC will meet and make a determined effort to ensure – to tell themselves and the Liberian people that during the next rainy season, Monrovians are not going to experience the same flooding they have had to endure this year and so many years before.Let the LWSC management tell themselves and the Liberian people that LWSC will do its utmost to solve decisively the city’s flooding problems and that these problems will not recur in 2016.We understand that the World Bank and other foreign friends are pumping money into LWSC. For once, let LWSC show that the money generated from its own resources from the Liberian Gov’t and from abroad will be used for the purposes intended, which means not for salaries staff benefits and travel money, but for the improvement of the country’s water sector. This means providing clean and safe Pipe-borne water throughout the country.It also means managing the nation’s water, including the water from our rivers, creeks, swamps, drainages and gutters.Let Liberia be flood free next year! Can LWSC promise us that!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Travel Alert: Gridlock on back road following serious collision

first_imgGardai are continuing to investigate a serious collision which occurred last night on the N13 Letterkenny to Ballybofey road. As diversions are in place, motorists travelling to Letterkenny are warned to expect delays on the back road coming into Oldtown.Traffic gridlock is reported as far back as Rahan Mor Meadow at the top of Crievesmith hill this morning. Traffic is moving slowly approaching the Oldtown Roundabout. Diversions at the scene of the crash are expected to remain in place until later this Friday afternoon.One man has been seriously injured in the two-vehicle collision at Dooballagh between Letterkenny and Drumkeen.Traffic travelling from Letterkenny is being diverted via Glenmaquin. If you are coming from the Ballybofey side, you’ll be diverted at Drumkeen.Gardaí ask that HGVs avoid the area and instead travel via Lifford.  Travel Alert: Gridlock on back road following serious collision was last modified: September 7th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mvelaphanda moves into platinum

first_img27 August 2008Black empowered mining group Mvelaphanda Resources has secured funding from Nedbank Capital to increase its stake in Northam Platinum from 22% to 63%, in a R4-billion deal that will create the fourth-largest platinum producer in the world.According to a Nedbank statement last week, the transaction will be done through directly acquiring Anglo Platinum’s 22% stake in Northam Platinum, as well as through the vending-in of a 100% stake in Booysendal – 50% of which was acquired from Anglo Platinum – to Northam Platinum.Mvelaphanda Resources chairman Lazarus Zim said the company was excited by the prospect of becoming a world-class platinum mining business, which will rank behind Anglo Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin, in terms of platinum group metals (PGM) resources.He said that the company was particularly positive about the acquisition of a stake in Booysendal, which still has a life of mine in excess of 100 years. This is as opposed to Northam Platinum, which was only left with a life of mine of 17 years.“Prospects of our continuing presence in the PGM space looks decidedly positive,” said Zim. “This acquisition will strengthen our position both in the western and eastern limbs of the Bushveld where the PGM ore body is mostly found.”A first for platinumAccording to Zim, the acquisition of Booysendal by Northam was a landmark event, creating the first fully integrated, black-controlled platinum mining entity.“This deal reinforces what we envisaged when Mvelaphanda Resources and Afripalm Resources joined forces in 2007, which is to become a pre-eminent black controlled mining house and principal consolidator of key opportunities,” he said.“As we promised at the time, we will continue to unlock value in our operations, diversify our portfolio and achieve a better balance between the existing components of diamonds, gold and platinum as well as pursuing other interests in other commodities.”Nedbank Capital acted as sole arranger and underwriter, as well as advisor to the deal, providing funding of R2.5-billion, with the balance being financed from Mvelaphanda’s own cash resources.Nedbank Capital MD Brian Kennedy said the bank was proud to have structured a deal that would help create an extremely significant BEE player in the platinum mining arena.“This is a continuation of our relationship with Mvelaphanda Resources after Nedbank Capital was involved in financing Afripalm Resources in the acquisition of its stake in Mvelaphanda Resources in 2007,” he said.“This deal marks a historic occasion in the BEE mining space, and we feel honoured to have acted as advisors to the parties involved.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Why is Apple Rejecting PhoneGap-Built iPhone Apps?

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#mobile#NYT#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement PhoneGap is a very interesting development platform for mobile applications that lets developers build apps that work for multiple devices, including the iPhone, using only HTML and Javascript. That means far more people are able to develop mobile applications.Recently, though, Apple has been rejecting an unusual number of apps built with PhoneGap from its app store. The company’s reasons don’t seem clear and developers want to know what’s going on. We discuss three possible explanations below, but ultimately the problem appears to come down to the tight control that Apple maintains over the app store and iPhone.PhoneGap developer Mike Nachbaur posted an open letter to Apple on his blog last night about the issue. In this letter, Nachbaur describes a common thread seen throughout multiple rejection letters received by developers: that PhoneGap apps make use of unpermitted or 3rd party APIs, something that violates the terms of service for the app store. Nachbaur argues that such an explanation could be pointing to one of two things – that use of Apple’s own controls by PhoneGap is not something the company approves of, or that 3rd party functionality similar to those that let ad networks run on iPhone apps is being rejected by Apple as a part of the core functionality of PhoneGap apps. Apps are reviewed by individuals; some individual reviewers at Apple may not be familiar with PhoneGap and thus not be clear how it works.All of this is quite unclear and we suspect that some of these other explanations may be more accurate. It’s also possible that a lot of people are using PhoneGap to build bad apps that deserve to be rejected, but let’s assume that’s not what’s going on and consider some other possibilities.1. PhoneGap Apps Don’t Work With the Next iPhone OSSome developers are complaining that their PhoneGap built apps work with every other version of the iPhone OS but crash when they test them on the beta 3.0 version. The latest version of that beta offered developers a very exciting new feature just this morning – push notification of new messages. That means apps will be able to send SMS style messages when something important occurs. Rumor also abounds that background applications will soon be able to run simultaneously. These sound like really big changes to the iPhone OS and the kind of thing that could make PhoneGap apps more complicated if they are tied between the OS and the browser.PhoneGap competitor RhoMobile says their apps aren’t working on the 3.0 version of the iPhone OS either, though we haven’t seen any complaints about their developers getting apps rejected yet.2. PhoneGap’s Online Mode is Too RiskyPhoneGap has an “online” mode that allows developers to change their apps after they are on phones. Apple may believe that such an option is unacceptable, even though it’s understood as something developers need to remove after testing and before application submission. That’s a theory offered by French developer RÃ?Â?Ã?©my Rakic and it sounds like a possibility to us.3. Apple May Not Want Cross-Platform AppsThe third possibility may be that Apple is rejecting PhoneGap apps because they are cross-platform and could work on Nokia phones or the forthcoming Palm Pre. Presumably many developers would choose the iPhone if they had to choose, and market share could be protected by app exclusivity. (“There’s only an app for that here.”) Though we think this kind of anti-competitive strategy is more likely to be a convenient result of an actual technical problem.Whatever the reason, one issue that underlies all of the above possible explanations is that the iPhone and app store are controlled enough by Apple that apps aren’t something that users can install “at your own risk.” Because Apple maintains responsibility for vetting all apps, it may very well limit the technical risks that developers may take in order to innovate. From “unacceptable” content to limitations overcome only by jail-breaking to issues like the ones the PhoneGap community faces now, an absence of openness can come at a real cost for developers and users. We hope this issue gets resolved, but in the meantime, users of this service that democratizes mobile app development must be feeling discouraged.Thanks to Jason Grigsby, co-founder of mobile app development shop CloudFour, for bringing this issue to our attention and discussing it with us.last_img read more

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President Trump threatens to shut border if no wall money

first_img WASHINGTON D.C. – (KUSI) – President Donald Trump is threatening to close the U.S. border with Mexico if Democrats in Congress don’t agree to fund the construction of a border wall.Trump tweeted Friday morning that “We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely,” unless a funding deal is reached with “the Obstructionist Democrats.” December 28, 2018 …..Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money. Word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it. We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries – taking advantage of U.S. for years!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2018Trump’s demand for money to build the border wall and Democrats’ refusal to give him what he wants has caused a partial government shutdown that is nearly a week old. Congress adjourned for the week without a resolution in sight.The shutdown is idling hundreds of thousands of federal workers and beginning to pinch citizens who count on some public services. Posted: December 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter President Trump threatens to shut border if no wall money We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2018The president also threatened to stop giving aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.last_img read more

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San Diego hospital reveals worlds tiniest surviving baby is now a healthy

first_img Show Caption Hide Caption May 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption ‹123456789› Show Caption Hide Caption KUSI Newsroom Show Caption Hide Caption center_img Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: May 29, 2019 San Diego hospital reveals world’s tiniest surviving baby is now a healthy infant Updated: 5:11 PM Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A healthy, nearly six-pound infant born in December was discharged from a San Diego hospital this month, making her the world’s smallest baby in recorded history to survive, Sharp Healthcare announced Wednesday.The baby, nicknamed Saybie, at birth weighed 8.6 ounces, or 245 grams, seven grams fewer than the previous infant to be deemed the smallest baby, and was 9 inches long, according to the Tiniest Baby Registry at the University of Iowa.Saybie’s mother, whose name was withheld, gave birth via emergency cesarean section at 23 weeks, just over half the length of a normal pregnancy.At the time of her birth, Saybie weighed as much as a large apple or a juice box and was not gaining weight in her mother’s womb. However, she was not afflicted with medical issues like hemorrhaging and lung and heart maladies that often occur in babies born as premature and underweight as her, according to Sharp Healthcare.“No one expects their baby to be born with complications,” said Trisha Khaleghi, senior vice president and CEO at Sharp Mary Birch. “But when the unexpected occurs, Sharp Mary Birch is equipped with the latest technologies, equipment, research and specially trained experts to care for even the world’s smallest baby.”Saybie weighed roughly 5 1/2 pounds and measured 16 inches when she was discharged earlier this month. Despite the five-month hospital stay, the infant is now resting at home happy and healthy, according to the hospital. Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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