DRB Partners Appoints Julie Oliveri as Agency President

first_imgSAN JOSE, Calif. — DRB Partners, a California-based advertising, design and public relations agency serving B2B and B2C clients, has appointed Julie Oliveri as agency president. DRB clients include such automotive-related businesses as Subaru, Robinair, SPX and OTC. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Oliveri joined DRB in January 2001, and has successfully held various positions such as media buyer, public relations manager, account executive and vice president of business development. Her current position as president includes senior account management and responsibilities for day-to-day agency operations.  Oliveri holds a bachelor of arts in child and human psychology from San Jose State University.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied 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.  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

Schumer: Feds Will Pay For WH Water Cleanup

first_imgThe briefing was important enough for Senator Chuck Schumer to leave John McCain’s wake in Washington and fly into Gabreski Airport on Friday, August 31, and then return in time for the funeral early the next morning.Leaving the momentous occasion of his friend’s passing underscored the seriousness of the business at hand, Schumer said.“I care about this a lot,” he told a half-dozen county and state officials gathered at the Westhampton National Guard base. He was referring to a bill that would make the U.S. Air Force responsible for the costs of cleaning up drinking water in Westhampton.The Independent, the first local newspaper to report that U.S. Air Force and National Guard bases have polluted civilian drinking water supplies, was invited to attend the gathering by the senator.Senators Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand earlier in the week shepherded an amendment to a Senate Appropriations Bill — fittingly called “The McCain Defense Authorization Act — through the Senate. If the amendment is added to the McCain Act, it will reimburse states, counties, and water authorities that have allocated funds to clean drinking water contaminated with PFOA/PFOS, chemicals commonly used at U.S. Air Force and National Guard bases.There are three bases identified so far in New York including Gabreski, in Westhampton Beach, home of the 106th National Guard, and Stewart Air National Guard Base (Newburgh), home to the 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard, a state Superfund site.For years, the bases used a type of foam for aircraft emergencies and training purposes that contained PFOS, or perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, which has been linked to cancer and other medical problems. The Independent learned the chemicals routinely leaked to drinking wells near the facilities, but adopted a policy of not being proactive — waiting until municipalities identified a problem before starting an investigation into the possible causes.“We endeavored to force the Air Force to pay and they resisted,” Schumer related. “We forced them to admit it.”There will be $45 million made available nationally for cleanups in communities surrounding affected bases, including $4.8 for the Westhampton site, the senator said.Schumer, visibly moved by his experience in Washington earlier in the day, strayed from his prepared briefing to offer insights into his relationship with McCain, his fellow Senator.“He was one of my closest friends. We spent the day together the day he voted against their health care plan.” Schumer said McCain traced his lineage all the way back to Scottish kings in the Middle Ages — the McCains were always fighters. “His father and grandfather were both admirals,” Schumer noted.He assured County Legislator Bridget Fleming that he would get an additional $300,000 to reimburse the county for its share of the cleanup costs.The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, where Schumer said there has been some resistance. Congressman Lee Zeldin’s take on the matter accompanies this article.There are other sites contaminated with PFOS/PFOA in Suffolk including Hampton Bays, Yaphank, and Wainscott, but the bill McCain is championing will cover only the federal sites, he stressed. The former Plattsburgh Air Force Base has also been identified as a source of the chemicals.The worst case is Newburgh. “Unfortunately, it’s gotten to the lake,” the senator pointed out referring to Lake Washington.Since discovering the contaminants in wells primarily south of the airport, county and state officials have expanded the test area and put affected homeowners on public water.All of the affected homes are located south of the railroad tracks in Westhampton Beach, and between Beaverdam Creek in Westhampton and Quantuck Creek on the Quogue Village border. Since 2016, the chemicals have been detected in more than 100 private wells and early in 2018, the testing area was widened.“Suffolk County and its Water Authority deserves to be repaid for the actions they took to respond to the contamination of their water supplies and private wells due to toxic PFOS contamination that originated at Gabreski,” Schumer said.The state Department of Environmental Conservation added the 89-acre defense facility to the state Superfund list in September 2016. In 2017, Mark Kinkade, a U.S. Air Force spokesman told The Independent, “The Air Force is evaluating a Suffolk County Department of Health Services report on possible sources of perfluorinated compound contamination in local drinking wells. If our review validates the data and report findings, we will work with local regulators to address the issue.”rmurphy@indyestend.com Sharelast_img read more

Two Arrested After Violent Robbery at Jamesport Gas Station

first_imgA gas station attendant at the Jamesport Valero was hit over the head with a metal object during a robbery on Sunday night. IndyEastEnd.com/Taylor K. VecseyAfter a violent hold up in Jamesport Sunday night, two men have been charged with robbery, one of whom was arrested just last week following a daytime burglary in Bridgehampton.Riverhead Town police said Oscar N. Mayen Orrego and Ludwin G. Perez, both 21, along with a third man who has not been apprehended yet, robbed the Valero gas station on the corner of Route 25 and South Jamesport Avenue at about 8:50 p.m. They allegedly hit the gas station attendant in the head with a metal object and took an undetermined amount of cash from the register.When police received the report, they were given the description of three Hispanic men who had fled in a two-tone Chevrolet work van south on South Jamesport Avenue, then west on Peconic Bay Boulevard.The van then crashed into a building on Meeting House Creek Road and the occupants fled, but police caught up to Orrego and Perez.Police called in the Southampton Village police K-9 unit to assist. Evidence and the cash taken from the gas station was found at the crash scene, according to  police.Meanwhile, the gas station attendant was treated for a head and arm injury at Peconic Bay Medical Center and released.Orrego and Perez, both of whom live in the Riverside-Flanders area, were charged with robbery in the first degree, a felony.Orrego has racked up a slew of charges in the past year. He has been charged with giving fake names. Earlier this summer, he was charged with a string of thefts from parked cars in Quogue Village.Then last week, a Bridgehampton woman came home to find him inside her house Wednesday afternoon. When police arrived and confronted him, he jumped out a second-story window and took off. The Southampton Village police K-9 unit was also called in and helped officers find Orrego. At least one officer was injured in the chase.Under New York State’s bail reform laws Orrego had to be released without any bail set because he was charged with what is considered a nonviolent felony.First-degree robbery however, a violent crime, required bail be set. Both defendants are being held on $150,000 bail each, police said.Police are asking anyone with information to call detectives at the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500.taylor@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Foster Wheeler awarded new LNG Receiving Terminal in Dominican Republic

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ZIM Climbs the Hole

first_imgIsraeli containership owner and operator ZIM has managed to cut its loss for the quarter ending September 30 on the back of improved freight rates and the decline in fuel prices, the company said in its financial report for the third quarter 2014.The USD 3.4 billion debt restructuring, which included a debt to equity swap of USD 1.4 billion, ”significantly improved the company’s financial strength and brought the company to report positive equity,” according to ZIM. ”This, together with the deletion of the ‘going concern’ qualification already in Q2 2014 reports, placed ZIM in a favorable position to ride the wave of global economic recovery.”Excluding the impact of debt restructuring ZIM completed on July 16, the company ended the quarter with USD 41 million EBIDTA, an improvement of USD 18 million compared to the previous quarter, and USD 30 million compared to the corresponding quarter last year.The net loss excluding the effects of debt restructuring was USD 20 million, an improvement of USD 56 million compared to the corresponding quarter last year.ZIM had a negative EBITDA of USD 97 million in the third quarter, and a net loss of USD 63 million when the effects of debt restructuring are included.The company carried 557 thousand TEUs during the quarter, reflecting a 10% decrease compared to the previous quarter and 13% compared to the corresponding quarter in 2013. Most of the decrease was as a result of terminating the service from Asia to Northern Europe as part of the business plan.The total revenues in the quarter were USD 854 million compared to USD 875 million in the previous quarter and USD 900 million in the corresponding quarter last year. The reduction in revenues was also a result of terminating the service from Asia to northern Europe. The average freight rates per TEU was USD 1,281, an increase of USD 75 per TEU (6%) compared to the freight rate in the previous quarter, and an increase of USD 79 per TEU (7%) compared to the corresponding quarter last year.‘‘In spite of the reduction in revenues and volume of containers carried, ZIM managed to reduce the net loss and recorded an operating profit thanks to the company’s continued streamlining activities, improving the sales and service, combined with the decline in fuel prices (accelerated further after the balance sheet date), reducing activities of unprofitable lines, and increase in freight rates in certain lines,” ZIM said in the report.Press Releaselast_img read more

Civil procedure

first_imgCommittal for contempt – Suspended committal orders – Judgment debtor’s failure to attend court Broomleigh Housing Association Ltd v Emeka Okonkwo: CA (Civ Div): 13 October 2010 The appellant (O) appealed against two suspended committal orders obtained by the respondent housing association (B). O was a tenant of B, which had three unpaid costs orders against O in respect of withdrawn possession proceedings. B obtained an order under rule 71.2(2) of the Civil Procedure Rules that O attend court for questioning about his means for the purpose of enforcing the orders. The date for attendance was adjourned many times due to difficulties with service, and during the proceedings the court made two suspended committal orders, requiring O to attend on future dates. O submitted that the principles that applied to making committal orders in other contexts applied equally to proceeding under part 71 of the CPR and that a committal order should not be made unless the judge was satisfied to the criminal standard that the default was wilful and was such as to justify committing the judgment debtor to prison. Held: (1) The terms of rules 71.2, 71.3 and 71.8 of the CPR together suggested that a suspended committal order was intended to be the normal response to a failure by a judgment debtor to comply with an order to attend court for questioning. However, rule 71.8 gave the court power to make a committal order, which required an exercise of discretion and in turn required consideration of the circumstances of the contempt, Islamic Investment Co of the Gulf (Bahamas) Ltd v Symphony Gems NV [2008] EWCA Civ 389, The Times, April 4, 2008 followed. A suspended committal order was too serious to be used as a vehicle for fixing a date for an effective adjourned hearing. Following a reference to him under rule 1.8(1), the judge in determining whether to exercise his discretion should consider the following options: (a) if satisfied that the debtor was served with the order and that there was sufficient evidence to justify a finding to the criminal standard that the failure to attend was intentional and that in the circumstances it was appropriate to do so, he could make a committal order; (b) if not satisfied of the matters necessary for making a committal order, he could adjourn consideration of it and either (i) give directions, supported by penal notice, for a hearing in court, including directions for the debtor to attend, or (ii) give directions, supported by penal notice, for the debtor to serve an affidavit; (c) decide not to make a committal order and make a further order under rule 71.2 for the debtor’s attendance, perhaps including a recital stressing the possible consequences of further non-attendance (see paragraphs 21-22 of the judgment). (2) There was material on which the judge could have been satisfied that it was appropriate to make the first committal order, but there was no indication that he exercised his discretion in respect of either order (paragraphs 23-24). Appeals allowed. center_img Christopher Jacobs (instructed by Hodge Jones & Allen) for the appellant; no appearance or representation for the respondent.last_img read more

Death ‘inevitable’ if legal aid cuts go ahead

first_imgIt is ‘inevitable’ that someone will die if the government proceeds with planned legal aid funding cuts for cases involving domestic violence, the Law Society has warned. Vice-president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff told a fringe meeting at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool that the definition of domestic violence used in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill is too narrow. The evidential requirements to establish domestic violence were so high that they exclude the majority of victims, she stressed. Scott-Moncrieff said it would be very difficult for people who have suffered domestic violence to take matters to court and stand up to their abusive partners without legal aid for representation. Domestic violence often preceded murder and manslaughter, she added, and it was therefore ‘inevitable’ that someone would die as a direct result of the cuts. Shadow legal aid minister Andy Slaughter MP told the meeting that the government’s proposals amount to ‘the most sustained attack on access to justice since legal aid began’. The unwillingness of ministers to listen and respond to the legal profession’s concerns about the bill had caused a breakdown in relations between government and the profession, he added. Slaughter promised to continue his party’s opposition to many of the bill’s proposals, pressing for a wider definition of domestic violence and the retention of funding for social welfare law. Labour would not have sought to reduce legal aid for social welfare law, but would instead have pursued measures to reduce the amount spent on criminal legal aid, and the introduction of best value tendering, he said. Slaughter predicted that the government will continue to face intense pressure over its planned reforms to civil litigation funding. He told the Gazette: ‘People are waking up to the implications of the changes. They are starting to understand that the issue concerns the ability of ordinary people with limited means to get redress against those with assets who have harmed them.’ He criticised the government’s ‘piecemeal, cherry-picking’ approach to the recommendations made by Lord Justice Jackson, an approach that ‘played to the insurance industry’.Slaughter said the measures in the bill did nothing to control the excess costs in the system created by referral fees and advertising by claims management companies. Former legal aid minister Lord Bach, who will lead Labour’s opposition to the bill in the Lords, told the meeting that the government’s plans were ‘practical and financial madness’, which would cost more than they save and leave people with nowhere to turn except their MP’s surgery. Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-grouplast_img read more

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Stadler Rail forms US subsidiary

first_imgUSA: Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler Rail has established subsidiary company Stadler US Inc in Westfield, New Jersey, to provide sales and support services for the North American passenger rail market.Announcing the formation of the subsidiary on April 29, Stadler Rail said its ‘long-term commitment’ is to enable ‘rail vehicles with state-of-the-art technology, Swiss precision and craftsmanship to be built in North America’. Stadler has sold 20 European-built GTW 2/6 diesel multiple-units to NJ Transit, six to Capital Metro in Austin, Texas, and 11 to Denton County Transportation Authority in Texas.last_img