RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The MEMA Technology Council (MTC) recently changed its name to the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Technology Council (ATC) to better reflect the council’s current management and industry focus. “We’re pleased to announce the MTC is now the ATC,” said Steve Handschuh, president and COO of AASA. “AASA has a long history of providing our members with technology initiatives and programs to help them communicate data and become more operationally efficient. The ATC is a critical component of continuing to provide our members with the highest level of service.” During its Fall Conference, the ATC announced the 2012 officers for its Board of Governors. Fred Dingraudo, vice president global technology, Affinia Group, will serve as ATC chairman for 2012. In addition to Dingraudo, the other AASA Technology Council 2012 Board of Governors officers are: · Susan Ulrey, executive director, sales operations and customer service, Tenneco Inc. · Lisa Henkel, director, product data services, Gates Corp. · Ex officio: Jim Schwinn, director, finance and information systems, Schaeffler Group During the annual banquet at the recent Fall conference, Schwinn was presented with a special plaque of appreciation that recognized his service as the board’s chairman for 2011. Brent Berman, manager, engine, sealing and service product data, Federal-Mogul, was selected to join the board as its newest member. Also, Ray Nicholas, vice president, information technology, Standard Motor Products Inc., stepped down from the board after completing a five-year term of service. The ATC will hold its annual Spring Meeting on Friday, March 30, in Chicago. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
HAH! Happy Arte Hour Thu. Dec. 5 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Domenici Education Building On the first Thursday of the month, NHCC invites adults for artistic fun in a relaxed social setting, which includes snacks, refreshments and beer & wine for sale from Pop Fizz. This is a great opportunity for friends to hang out, a unique date night option, or a place to come solo and connect with fellow art enthusiasts. Before it was revived in 1973, when a manuscript was discovered in a home in Las Nutrias, the last time that Los Pastores had been performed in this area was in 1929. Filomena Baca and a group of parishioners of Nuestra Señora de Belén have been performing the play ever since. (taken from Enrique Lamadrid’s “Reflections on Los Pastores“). A discussion and Q&A session before the performance will be led by Filomena Baca and Dante Berry, one of the actors in the play, which has been performed by members of his family for generations. ALBUQUERQUE ― Capture a bit of holiday magic this season at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, where a full roster of celebratory events is planned in December. Los Pastores, the New Mexican Shepherds Play, will be presented Dec.15 at 3 p.m. The play is free and open to the general public! This Sunday evening event includes storytelling, an illuminated bike parade along the Paseo del Bosque Trail, and performances by Story Riders – a bilingual after-school and bike-riding program for elementary school students—with Circo Latino, AirDance New Mexico and Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero. The event is free and open to the general public. ¡ILUMINARTE! Schedule: Illuminarte 2018, Luminarias. Photo by Edward Lujan/NHCC For more information please call or email Elena Baca at (505).246.2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us. NHCC News: Free, $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists & purchase supplies. Free! Families welcome. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the National Hispanic Cultural Center by touring 12 stations with interactive activities. Each station celebrates New Year’s Eve with a different tradition from a different country. In Brazil, eat seven raisins. In Mexico, pocket a handful of lentils. In Spain, eat 12 grapes and make 12 wishes. Tear up your 2019 calendars in Uruguay. In Columbia, create a little suitcase to celebrate adventures to come. Many more! Visitors can also create a zine reflecting on the past and looking to the 2020 future. Kids and families welcome. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org; 505.383.4708. This play, brought to New Mexico in 17th century from Spain, follows the adventures, antics and battles of shepherds, angels and devils. On their journey to Bethlehem to take their presents, the shepherds are waylaid by Demonio. The audience is amused by the mischief of Bartolo, the lazy shepherd, and the rhetorical prowess and swordplay of San Miguel. Baila! Baila! and the NHCC Present Christmas in New Mexico® 2019Sat. & Sun., Dec. 7 & 8 2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday7 p.m. SaturdayAlbuquerque Journal Theatre “Travel the Hispanic World on New Year’s Eve”Tues. Dec. 31 Noon – 2 p.m. History and Literary Arts Building Baila! Baila!’s annual holiday show is a whirlwind extravaganza, taking audiences on a journey through the sights and sounds of Christmas in New Mexico. Music, song, and dance with the traditional Southwestern flair that has been cultivated in our state over the generations, as well as unique segments saluting Christmas traditions from around the world, will delight theatre-goers of all ages. In 2019, Baila! Baila! celebrates their 30th year in spectacular fashion. Christmas in New Mexico features a large multigenerational cast including dancers as young as six, as well as Baila! Baila! professional company dancers. Special guest performances include Mariachi Tapatio from El Paso, Texas, and an appearance by company founder Israela Garcia. $22, $27, $32 w/ $2 discounts for students, seniors and NHCC members. Please pre-register at www.nhccnm.org/events (so we know how many materials to prepare). Festival Ballet Albuquerque Presents The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment Fri. Sat. Sun. Dec. 20 – 22 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday & Sunday2 p.m. Saturday & SundayAlbuquerque Journal Theatre Please pre-register. www.nhccnm.org/events Festival Ballet Albuquerque partners with the National Hispanic Cultural Center to present an original production, The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells. The beloved holiday classic is transported to territorial New Mexico in the late 1800s, with added elements of the state’s heritage and traditions including Spanish dancers, southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, a lively fandango, a storyteller doll with children, and lavish western Victorian-era costumes. Now in its seventh year at the NHCC, the production showcases New Mexico heritage and traditions while maintaining the classical grace and family appeal of its origins. A live orchestra performs under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, former music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and an internationally renowned conductor and violinist who was a 2012 Latin Grammy nominee. ¡Vamos al Museo! Sat. Dec. 710:30 a.m. – NoonDomenici Education Building Baila! Baila! (2018). Courtesy/NHCC A great morning of art-making for children of all ages and families of all sizes. A visit to the museum is included in this artist-led workshop. We will meet in the Creative Classroom in the Pete V. Domenici Building. * 3:30 p.m. NHCC Plaza. CABQ Esperanza, FREE bike clinic and valet. Get your bikes checked and ready for the parade. This is a great time to light yourself and your bike up, before the parade begins.* 4:30 p.m. Performance/NHCC Plaza, AirDance New Mexico performance: luminarias cast flickering light that dances across the wintery darkness, promoting warmth, guidance and community. AirDance explores these themes through the lens of aerial dance. Free, no tickets required.* 5 p.m. Illuminated Bike Parade. The ¡ILUMINARTE! cyclists, led by Circo Latino and Story Rider students from Dolores Gonzales, Reginald Chavez and Valle Vista Elementary Schools, and the general public proceed on illuminated bikes from NHCC Plaza to the luminaria-lit Paseo del Bosque Trail. Cyclists ride to the rear entrance to the BioPark “River of Lights.” If you plan to ride in the parade, make sure you register. The parade is free and open to the public.* 5:30 p.m. Cyclists park their bikes with a free valet and then can wander the “River of Lights” during Magic Hour. Be sure you buy a ticket for entrance to the Botanical Gardens/ROL ahead of time.* 6 p.m. Performance/ABQ BioPark-River of Lights. Circo Latino performs for the opening of River of Lights.* 6:30 p.m. (or so) Illuminated Bike Parade returns to Bosque Trail and goes south to Tingley Beach.* 6:15 p.m. Parade continues from the BioPark to Tingley Beach.* 6:30 p.m. Poetry Reading at Tingley Beach. ABQ Poet Laureate Michelle Otero with Story Riders from Valle Vista Elementary School. Free and open to the public.* 7 p.m. Illuminated Bike Parade continues back to NHCC and finishes in the luminaria-lit plaza.* 7:15 p.m. NHCC Plaza or History/Literary Arts Building. Hot chocolate, biscochitos. Free bike valet. Los Pastores de Belén Sun. Dec. 153 p.m. Wells Fargo Auditorium To participate in the Magical Light and Bike Parade, register here: https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/iluminarte-2019-parade-registration-form ¡ILUMINARTE! is a winter holiday celebration inspired by luminarias and farolitos—a New Mexico tradition.¡ILUMINARTE! is a one-of-a kind creative partnership among the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the City of Albuquerque, Story Riders, Artful Life, Circo Latino, AirDance New Mexico and the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program. ¡ILUMINARTE! 2019Sun. Dec. 8 5 – 8 p.m. National Hispanic Cultural Center/Paseo del Bosque Trail/CABQ BioPark and Tingley Beach Free, $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists & purchase supplies. For more information please call or email Elena Baca at (505).246.2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us $14, $20, $29, $39, $49 w/ $2 discount for seniors, children 12 and younger, and NHCC members. Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines! Buy Tickets: Tickets: Festival Ballet Albuquerque presents: The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment.
DANVERS, Mass. – OSRAM SYLVANIA has appointed E.J. Tso as director of sales and marketing for SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting. Tso will be responsible for the sales and marketing efforts for the full line of SYLVANIA automotive lighting products for consumer, trade and customer cooperative programs. Tso succeeds James Sanford, who has been promoted to NAFTA Head of Strategy. Prior to his current role, Tso served as a key account sales manager for the SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting division, where he led a significant growth in annual sales, and exceeded sales development and expansion plans with product introductions and promotional events. His client roster included some of the largest automotive specialty retailers, distributors and mass merchants in the U.S. “E.J. brings extensive experience in sales, marketing and advertising to this role,” said Alan Barlow, senior vice president and general manager of SYLVANIA Automotive and Specialty Lighting NAFTA. “With a strong knowledge of the automotive lighting market, E.J.’s experience will be crucial in the development and success of the company’s growth strategies.” Tso earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northern Illinois University and a master of business administration in marketing from Indiana University. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
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Shireen Irani won the first LawWorks Junior Lawyers Division pro bono award at the LawWorks annual awards ceremony last night. She won the award for developing i-pro bono, an independent not-for-profit organisation connecting bodies in need of legal assistance with lawyers and students who want to use their legal skills. City firm Charles Russell won the award for the best contribution by a law firm, for its long-term commitment to pro bono. Ruth Creed, senior solicitor in the healthcare team at national firm Mills & Reeve, won the best contribution by an individual, recognising the ‘breadth and diversity’ of her commitment and for her role in setting up a free legal advice clinic. The award marking the best partner-level engagement within a law firm went to Hugh Welch at Newcastle upon Tyne firm Muckle. Muckle also won the award for the best contribution by a regional firm. The award recognising the best contribution by an in-house team went to Visa, for its activities helping a number of charities with IP, commercial and data protection. The award for partnership on pro bono was given to regional firm Shoosmiths and CommuniCare Legal Advice Clinic, a centre in East Reading. And the award for the best contribution by a pro bono coordinator went to Tony Suarez-Martinez at US firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge. The awards were judged by Law Society president Linda Lee, former solicitor general Vera Baird QC, and Guardian journalist Ros Taylor.
Conveyancing firms may not be taking advantage of their websites to attract clients, research published by a niche regulator suggests.The Council for Licensed Conveyancers’ latest Annual Regulatory Return report, which covers 2016, shows that nearly nine in 10 CLC-regulated firms have a website. However, six in 10 have a ‘brochure-only’ website with no added functionality; three in 10 offer a quote-generator tool. Few offer clients access to an online portal to upload documents or display price information. Four firms offered an email enquiry service or quote functionality.Personal recommendation was the most common (38%) route to business, followed by referral (24%) from, for instance, a mortgage lender, and direct client approaches (18%). Personal recommendations were more common among firms with a turnover of under £500,000 (41%) than among larger firms (31%).The CLC says the annual regulatory return, which its members are required to complete, helps the regulator target activities to effectively protect clients and support innovation. Around half of firms said residential conveyancing made up over 90% of their firm’s transaction work. Four in 10 firms reported that up to 10% of work was related to commercial conveyancing. Firms with alternative business structure status were significantly more likely to do remortgage work. Six in 10 firms who had conducted remortgaging or commercial conveyancing work in 2016 acted for both sides.For freehold residential properties worth £250,000, firms charged, on average, £639 to buy a freehold property; £643 for a buy-to-let purchase. Firms charged £595 for selling a freehold property; £397 for a re-mortgage. Firms charged a similar fee for releasing equity from a freehold property on a lifetime mortgage (£525) as they did for a home reversion (£528). The average fee for transferring equity was £371.For leasehold residential properties worth £250,000, firms charged, on average, £747 for buying a leasehold property; £744 for a buy-to-let. The average fee for selling a leasehold property was £690, compared to £456 for remortgaging. A ‘friendly’ lease extension attracted a £577 fee; £878 for an ‘unfriendly’ one.Cybercrime was considered to be the greatest business risk, followed by fraud and money laundering. Six firms reported that they had been a victim of fraud in 2016. The fraud cost three of the firms between £7,500 and £25,000. One firm said the fraud did not cost them at all; two said they ‘don’t know’. At least nine in 10 firms said relevant staff had been trained on anti-fraud measures. Six in 10 firms did not receive any ‘first-tier’ complaints in 2016. One in 10 received one complaint. Ten firms received more than 20 complaints each. Nearly all the complaints were resolved; 21 complaints were not. One complaint in 10 was referred to the Legal Ombudsman.
CANADA: CN has announced agreements to restart freight services in southern British Columbia which ceased when Kelowna Pacific Railway Ltd entered receivership on July 5. The short line had leased the network from CN in 1999.On September 27 CN said it had reached ‘mutually satisfactory’ agreements with Kelowna Pacific Railway trustee Boale, Wood & Company Ltd, main customer Tolko Industries Ltd and unions representing around 35 train crew and maintenance staff. CN is to resume operations on 115 km, or around 75%, of the network from Campbell Creek to Vernon, Lumby Junction and Lumby. Operations will be discontinued between Lumby Junction and Kelowna. ‘I’m pleased to say that the parties were able to come together to assemble the right business and labour conditions to justify the resumption of rail traffic on the major portion of the KPR as well as a sizeable capital investment required to protect rail service in the region’, said Jim Vena, CN Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. ‘We are targeting the resumption of operations as soon as we can ensure the track is brought back to a standard to ensure safe train operations.’
LocalNews Dominica welcomes MS Niew Amsterdam by: – January 10, 2017 254 Views one comment Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Press releaseRoseau, Dominica, – MS Nieuw Amsterdam, a Second-class cruise ship operated by Holland American Line will make its inaugural call to Dominica on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth. This is the ship’s only call to Dominica for the 2016/2017 cruise season.With a gross tonnage of 86,700 and length of 935 ft, the MS Nieuw Amsterdam has a carrying capacity of 2,106 passengers and 929 crew members. The MS Nieuw Amsterdam has eleven passenger decks with features including several restaurants and food bars, lounges, swimming pools, casino, night club, theatre, shopping arcade, art gallery spa, video arcade and the usual other amenities.To mark the ship’s inaugural call, a welcome ceremony to include plaque exchange will be held aboard the ship at 10:00am. Government Officials and tourism stakeholders will be present to officially welcome the ship’s captain and crew. A total of one hundred and seventy three (173) cruise calls are projected for the cruise season. This translates to approximately 313,600 passengers. There are 4 more inaugural calls for the 2016/2017 season, from three (3) different cruise lines. DDA solicits the cooperation of all tourism stakeholders and the general public in ensuring a welcoming and enjoyable visit for the cruise visitors. We ask that every effort is made to ensure a safe, friendly, clean and hassle free atmosphere for cruise visitors. – / 5
Related TopicsLebron JamesNBA Best of All-TimeNBA Top 50 of All-Time Ah yes the time of the year when the powers that be try to come up with content surrounding NBA All-Star Weekend, things that might tickle your fancy while NBA players enjoy their weekend away from basketball, while the rest line up for a meaningless game in New Orleans.Today’s interesting take comes from CBS Sports, who put out their version of the ‘Top 50 NBA Players of All-Time’ the same thing that ESPN did a year ago also at this time (hmmm….).Cavs fans are interested where their best player of all-time – LeBron James, is on the list, and CBS has him ranked one spot higher this year than ESPN did last year.ESPN’s List had LBJ at number three (behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan), while this year CBS has LeBron sitting right at number two – behind only Jordan himself.If you want to be spared the time from scrolling through CBS’ list, here’s what they say about the Cavs star:The guy who was anointed “The Chosen One” in high school not only embraced the hype, but exceeded it. Even at St. Vincent-St. Mary, his combination of size, athleticism and feel for the game let you know he had the potential to be an all-time great. He delivered on all that promise by evolving in every facet of the game, taking care of his body and becoming arguably the smartest and most complete player in basketball. With three championships (and three Finals MVPs), four Most Valuable Player awards and perhaps the greatest three-game run in NBA Finals history last June, James is the first true threat to Michael Jordan’s supremacy. Watch the throne.CBS’ Top 10 List goes like this:1. Michael Jordan2. LeBron James3. Wilt Chamberlain4. Magic Johnson5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar6. Bill Russell7. Tim Duncan8. Larry Bird9. Shaquille O’Neal10. Kobe BryantCompare to ESPN’s1. Michael Jordan2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar3. LeBron James4. Magic Johnson5. Wilt Chamberlain6. Larry Bird7. Bill Russell8. Tim Duncan9. Shaquille O’Neal10. Hakeem Olajuwon Matt Loede Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.
By STEVE HATHCOCKSpecial to the PRESSA couple of years back, I wrote about a massive influx of Portuguese Man of Wars that washed onto the beaches of South Padre island in 2012. In that article, I explained to my readers that under normal conditions, colonies of Man-o-Wars travel with the currents and usually wash ashore during the spring to late summer. They have been known, however, to inundate the beach in great numbers during and after bouts of severe weather like what we experienced here on the Island over Christmas 2004 and then again in 2012.The inconvenience caused by our little “purple balloons” pales though, when compared to the impact that the giant Nomura jellyfish has made on the fishing industry of Japan.Japanese fishermen first noticed Nomura’s jellyfish in 2005 when large numbers of the blob-like creatures which can exceed 450 pounds, became ensnared in their nets. Once considered a rarity occurring every 40 years or so, they are now almost a daily occurrence along the Japanese coastline.The giant Nomuras, which would not be out of place battling Godzilla on a drive-in movie screen poison fish, sting humans and have even been known to disable nuclear power stations by blocking the seawater pumps used to cool the reactors.In a country like Japan where fish is dietary staple, the result was disaster. Fishermen in some areas of the country stopped going out altogether while many more cited an 80 per cent drop in their income.The many-tentacle armada has spawned dozens of studies by the Japanese government into the animal’s little-understood mating and migration habits.The 2009 swarm was one of the worst anyone has ever seen. In one instance, the weight of the jelly-filled nets capsized a 10-ton fishing trawler as the crew tried to haul in the catch. The damage caused by the jellies is estimated to be around $332 million a year. Scientists believe climate change and pollution are major factors in a worldwide explosion in the population of the more than 2000 of the world’s jellyfish species. One 2008 study estimated that over 500,000 people a year are stung by jellyfish in the Chesapeake Bay alone. Twenty to 40 die each year in the Philippines from jellyfish stings.And now we come to the “meat” of the story. The bonanza of protein has inspired entrepreneurs to concoct recipes for everything from jellyfish ice cream to pickled plum dip laced with chunks of the giant jellyfish.After soaking the jellyfish in fresh water and refrigerating it overnight, roll up the flesh and slice it, so that you get thin julienne strips. Blanche these strips in boiling water and then immediately immerse them in chilled cold water. Repeat the blanching and then drain off all the water. Marinate these pieces with vinegar, salt, or other spices and then let them sit in the refrigerator overnight. Drain and rinse before adding them to salads, vegetables or other sea-food dishes.The best type of jelly for consumption is the cannonball jellyfish, which has a high level of collagen in its protein content, which is essential building cell tissues, cartilage, teeth and bones of the body.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedRio History: Invasion of the JelliesBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The inconvenience caused by our little “purple balloons” (Portuguese Man of Wars) pales when compared to the impact that the giant Nomura jellyfish has made on the fishing industry of Japan. The venom of this behemoth blob, which can exceed 450 pounds, can ruin…December 1, 2017In “News”Nature Niche: Dolphins and jellyfish nature’s odd coupleBy SCARLET COLLEY Special to the Parade Here come the jellyfish. For months, there was no sign of any jellies in our sea, and now it seems the currents are right and, as I always look forward to the arrival of one particular jelly, the cannonball or cabbage head jellyfish;…January 5, 2012In “Opinion & Advice”Rio History: Treasure Hunting TipsBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Wherever people gather to play, pay or pray, there will be treasure. One of my favorite Island treasure hunting spots is the stretch of shore near the south jetties, and along the Gulf in front of the major hotels. Most weekends, and almost every…July 1, 2016In “News”