October 20, 2020

Darrell Hicks Retires from Penray After 26 Years

first_imgELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL — Penray, manufacturer of cooling system treatments, fuel treatments and shop chemicals, announces the retirement of “Uncle” Darrell Hicks after 26 years of employment with the company. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “All of us at Penray would like to congratulate Darrell on his retirement and thank him for his many years of outstanding performance and loyal service,” said Randy Fowler, vice president of sales. “His extensive knowledge of the industry and personal connections have proven to be invaluable to the success and growth of the company over the years. He’ll be missed by coworkers, customers and fellow industry members. We all wish him the very best.” Hicks joined Penray in 1980 as a territory sales manager and retired as the national OEM liaison, Power Fleet group. In this position, he worked with the engineering, service and production departments of the heavy duty truck manufacturers. He conducted coolant installation quality audits and served as a liaison between original equipment manufacturers’ field service management and warranty management. Hicks received numerous awards and certifications throughout his career, including the prestigious Silver Spark Plug Award in 1992 from the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) of American Trucking Associations. He has been married to his wife Melva for 40 years and has two children, Kirsten and Kristofer, and one grandchild. Hicks enjoys driving his antique 1954 Chevrolet truck and 1938 John Deere B tractor.,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 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.  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. last_img read more

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October 18, 2020

Black Sea submits Rutley European Property bid …

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October 16, 2020

Cocktail Gifts For Christmas

first_imgOutdoor Fellow No.22 – Mulled Wine Candle, $48Hennessy x Major by Affinity Limited Edition Cycles, $2800Ralph Lauren Home Paxton Mixology Set, $4995 via MR PORTERVeuve Clicquot Summer Day Experience with Clos19, Price Upon RequestOutdoor Fellow No.22 – Mulled Wine Candle, $48Hennessy x Major by Affinity Limited Edition Cycles, $2800[Click image to enlarge]Everyone knows a cocktail-lover, but instead of gifting him or her another bottle of wine or whisky, why not treat the recipient to something even better? This week, we’ve selected a mix of affordable and over-the-top cocktail-inspired gifts. Among them, there’s a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Veuve Clicquot vineyards in France, and a candle from newcomer Outdoor Fellow, that will leave your home smelling like the perfect glass of mulled winter wine. Cheers! Sharelast_img read more

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September 28, 2020

Government sees off amendments on secret civil hearings

first_imgGovernment plans for secret courts were approved by a majority in the House of Commons on Monday evening, despite opposition from Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs and amendments tabled by the Labour frontbench. Labour and coalition rebels who had proposed putting in place further conditions to the Justice and Security Bill before closed material procedures (CMPs) could be used in civil courts were defeated by a government majority of 73. A second proposal requiring judges to balance the interests of national security against public interest in the fair and open administration of justice was also defeated, this time by 71 votes. The vote represented a defeat for civil liberties campaigners, who have strived to win concessions from the government since the Justice and Security green paper was published in October 2011. Former justice secretary and now minister without portfolio Kenneth Clarke, said that the bill will introduce much-needed legislation to strengthen oversight of the security and intelligence agencies. It will allow civil courts, through the limited use of closed material proceedings, to hear a greater range of evidence in national security cases without endangering agents in the field or the sources of intelligence. Yesterday a former lord chief justice, Lord Woolf of Barnes, welcomed a government concession to place the operation of CMPs under the control of judges rather than ministers. However, the concession did not persuade other critics. Solicitor Kartik Mittal of City firm Zaiwalla & Co said: ‘The importance of the open justice principle has been emphasised by the courts in numerous cases. Recently Lord Dyson, in the Al Rawi case, stated that the open justice principle is not a mere procedural rule but a fundamental common law principle. ‘This latest development may undermine public confidence in the justice system and poses a threat to the rule of law. It is not only important to ensure that justice is done but also to ensure that the public sees that justice is done.’ Barrister Adam Clemens of 7 Bedford Row said: ‘I cannot remember a bill in recent history which has been subject to so many amendments, and attracted such adverse media opposition and comment. ‘Even assuming the bill passes into law, two problems present. First, it is almost inevitable that it will be subject to a human rights compatibility challenge. Second, how will the provisions be meshed with the Civil Procedure Rules, particularly in relation to disclosure?’ The bill will continue to report stage on 7 March.last_img read more

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September 28, 2020

People

first_imgOn July 12 Anne-Marie Idrac (below) was appointed as President of SNCF, succeeding Louis Gallois who has stepped down as head of the French national rail operator to become Co-Chairman of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. Idrac had been head of Paris transport operator RATP since 2002, and was succeeded in the role by Pierre Mongin.Norman Y Mineta retired as US Transportation Secretary with effect from July 7, and Maria Cino was appointed Acting Secretary. On July 24 Mineta became Vice-Chairman of public relations consultancy Hill & Knowlton. Following a general election, on July 4 Lubomír Vlast_img

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September 26, 2020

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame chosen by ruling party as candidate for August…

first_imgRwanda’s ruling party has chosen longtime President Paul Kagame as its candidate for the country’s election scheduled for August 4.1929 members out of 1930 eligible voters at his RPF-Inkotanyi party’s congress on Saturday 17th of June made the decision to re-elect him for the country’s top job.Kagame has ruled the East African nation since 2000. He was elected unopposed Saturday by Rwandan Patriotic Front members.He is expected to face a handful of challengers who either represent small parties or are independent.The 59-year-old President agreed to run in the contest and to continue to lead the country to more prosperity, peace, and stability.“Now that you brought me here to accept it, I will give it and you my all. I will do it to the best of my ability” the president told RPF delegates and representatives from nine other local parties who were invited for the congress.“There’s a caveat here. It is not just being president. It’s not just having a right to be president. Rwanda wants and needs the right president,” he added.Out of 11 registered political parties, nine have said they would back Kagame instead of fielding their own candidates.Kagame’s decision to pursue a third term comes after the country’s constitution was amended in a 2015 referendum, allowing him to run for an additional seven-year term and then two five-year terms.That means Kagame could remain until 2034.Rwanda’s opposition called the referendum undemocratic and the United States, a key ally, opposed Kagame’s decision to stay in power.last_img read more

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September 26, 2020

Murder accused found guilty of manslaughter

first_img Share LocalNews Murder accused found guilty of manslaughter by: – February 25, 2013 Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 15 Views   no discussions Clement Labassiere of Vieille Case who was charged with murdering his grand uncle, Ambrose Leblanc also of Vieille Case, has been found guilty of manslaughter by a jury on Monday, February 25th.The jury, after over two hours of deliberation could not reach a unanimous verdict on the murder charge.Hence, Labassiere was found him guilty, 8 votes to 1, on the lesser charge of manslaughter and will be sentenced on March 13th.Labassiere allegedly inflicted a fatal wound to Leblanc’s head with a stone while in Ambas, Vieille Case on February 16th, 2011 following a land dispute. Mr. Leblanc died at the Princess Margaret Hospital three days later on February 19th, 2011.However, during his unsworn statement on Thursday, February 21st, Labassiere told the court that he sent a plastic pipe at Ambrose because he was destroying his Tarnia crops.He further told the Court that he made several reports to the Vieille Case Police Station seeking their assistance as Mr Leblanc and his sons Denis and Israel Leblanc were constantly aggravating him, but the police never came to his aid.He accused them of stealing three goats which he bought from an Indian pastor residing in Vieille Case as well as a spade. The trial commenced at the High Court of Justice on Monday, February 18th.The State, represented by Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina and State Attorney, Arthlyn Nesty called seven witnesses.Labassiere, who was represented by Attorney Darius Jones, did not call any witnesses to testify.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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September 26, 2020

Roseau Central MP leaves UWP to become Independent Parliamentarian

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share Roseau Central MP Joseph IssacParliamentary Representative for the Roseau Central Constituency Joseph Issac has just announced his decision to leave the United Workers Party (UWP). At a press conference this morning, Wednesday April 4, 2018, Issac said he will be asking the Speaker of the House of Assembly to make the necessary provisions for him to be seated in Parliament as an Independent Parliamentarian. He said this decision was one which he took months to make as relations with the UWP and its leadership deteriorated. He said he looks to use the remaining two years of his tenure in office to assist his constituents and the bigger picture of nation building. More details to followcenter_img Share 918 Views   6 comments FeaturedLocalNewsPolitics Roseau Central MP leaves UWP to become Independent Parliamentarian by: Dominica Vibes News – April 4, 2018last_img read more

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September 25, 2020

Dairy, alfalfa provide better news in U.S. trade story

first_imgDespite improved dairy export volumes, U.S. agricultural trade turned in a third consecutive monthly deficit in May, the first time that’s happened looking back over USDA estimates dating back to late 1975.advertisementadvertisementU.S. dairy export volume improvesU.S. exporters shipped 157,909 tons of milk powders, cheese, butterfat, whey and lactose in May, up 1 percent from April (daily-average basis), but still down 10 percent year-over-year. And despite the high-water mark in May, dairy product export volume is still 15 percent below peak levels seen in the first-half of 2014.Overall May exports were valued at $379.4 million, down 24 percent from a year ago.Total whey exports were 42,378 tons, the most since last May, led by improved volumes to China. Exports of whey protein concentrate (WPC) were near-record highs for the second straight month. Dry whey export volume in May (16,229 tons) was the most since last July, with stronger sales to China vs. recent months.Trade data shows a large increase in exports of WMP. U.S. suppliers moved 9,198 tons, the most in more than 17 years, and more than triple the volume posted a year ago. For the second straight month, more than 70 percent of the sales went to Mexico.Among other key products, shipments of NDM/SMP were 43,899 tons, down 28 percent year-over-year.advertisementCheese exports, at 23,909 tons in May, were down 19 percent from last year, marking the 20th straight month in which cheese exports trailed prior-year levels. Year-to-date volume is the lowest since 2011.Sales of butterfat in May were just 645 tons, down 57 percent from last year and the lowest figure since July 2009. Exports were less than 1 percent of U.S. butter production during the month.On a total milk solids basis, U.S. exports were equivalent to 13.7 percent of U.S. milk production in May, the highest since last September. Imports were equivalent to 3.6 percent of production.Read the full USDEC report.May U.S. dairy cattle exports remain weakThe U.S. dairy cattle export market remained weak in May, with just 360 female dairy cattle replacements finding homes abroad, according to latest trade figures released by USDA’s Foreign Ag Service (FAS).Combined with April’s sales of 304 head, the two-month total is the lowest since early 2009. May exports were valued at $763,000.advertisementCanda was the leading destination for female replacement cattle in May, at 238 head. Mexico purchased 75 head, and Thailand, an intermittent buyer in the U.S. market, purchased 47 head.The USDA report still has not accounted for about 300 head reportedly shipped to Pakistan in early March.Dairy embryo exportsForeign sales of U.S. dairy embryos increased to the highest level since December 2015. Exports totaled 1,163 in May 2016, and were valued at $1.37 million.China was the leading market for the month, purchasing 530 dairy embryos, followed by Japan, at 225.More U.S. alfalfa hay moving abroadU.S. alfalfa hay exports remain a brighter spot in what is turning into a deficit ag trade picture, according to latest estimates from USDA’s Foreign Ag Service.May alfalfa hay exports topped 212,200 metric tons, about 20,000 metric tons more than April, and 40,000 metric tons more than May 2015. Chinese alfalfa hay shipments were down slightly, but icreased shipments to the Middle East and Japan offset that decline.The increases to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia come with a bit of an asterisk, according to Christy Mastin, international sales manager with Eckenberg Farms Inc., Mattawa, Washington.“This is the alfalfa production from farm ground that was purchased earlier this year, mostly in the Southwest U.S. by companies from these countries for the purpose of exporting the hay,” she said.The increased volume in May 2016 is also supported by a price drop of $40 per metric ton from 2015 to 2016, Mastin said.Combined with the higher volume, total alfalfa export values were up more than $4 million from the month before, to $63.5 million.May exports of other hay increased slightly. Shipments of alfalfa cubes and alfalfa meal were mixed.The May hay export totals reflect a continued strong start to 2016, despite the challenges posed by currency exchange rates, according to the latest Northwest Farm Credit Service hay market snapshot report.Through the first part of 2016, shipments to the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and China were up, but shipments to South Korea and Japan, more traditional markets, were down.However, in the last six months the Japanese Yen has gained 20 percent against the dollar, strengthening Japanese buying power. Headwinds include relatively inexpensive Australian and Canadian dollars.Overall trade pictureMay U.S. ag exports were valued at $9.777 billion up slightly from April, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce Census Bureau. U.S. agricultural imports were also down slightly, at $9.865 billion, resulting in a trade deficit of about $88.7 million.Year-to-date fiscal year 2016 (October 2015-May 2016) exports stand at $86.7 billion, with imports at $76.7 billion, yielding a $10 billion ag trade surplus. PD Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com U.S. dairy export volume posted an 11-month high in May (on a daily average basis), according to Alan Levitt, with the U.S. Dairy Export Council. The strong showing was led by improved sales of whey, lactose and whole milk powder (WMP).last_img read more

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September 25, 2020

Economic analysis shows California FMMO is positive for most dairy producers

first_imgThe effort to bring the California dairy market under the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) umbrella started in 2015 and will certainly end in 2017. John GeussJohn Geuss ConsultingEmail John Geussjohngeuss@gmail.com The proposed USDA “Recommended Decision” (Milk in California recommended decision and opportunity to file written exceptions on proposal to establish a Federal milk marketing order) was submitted for publication in the Federal Register on Feb. 14.advertisementadvertisementThe USDA held a meeting on Feb. 22 in Clovis, California, to explain the proposal, and numerous other meetings have been held by state dairy producer organizations and the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) to review the proposal.All comments on the USDA proposal must be submitted by May 15, at which time the agency will review comments and make any revisions. Then the USDA will issue a “Final Decision” for a vote among affected California dairy producers or their cooperatives. Approval is required by a two-thirds majority vote or by dairy farmers who produce two-thirds of the milk produced and marketed in California.Based on current projections, the final proposal will be accepted.The current USDA proposal for the California FMMO is nearly identical to processes existing in six FMMOs utilizing multiple-component pricing systems.However, a unique payment system addressing California’s quota system will not be handled by the USDA but rather will be managed by CDFA. The quota system will reduce FMMO minimum prices for non-quota milk, and those funds will be used to increase the milk price for in-quota milk.advertisementThe USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) released a report titled “Regulatory Economic Impact Analysis of the Recommended California Federal Milk Marketing Order”.That analysis uses the AMS dairy model to project the impact the creation of a California FMMO will have not only in the state but also in all other existing FMMOs across the country. Those projections will be the focus of this article.The existing California system to price milk uses Chicago Mercantile Exchange auction prices to establish the values of cheese, butter and non-fat dry milk. For dry whey, California uses the base price from the USDA’s Dairy Market News statistics.The FMMO pricing system uses a survey process conducted by the National Agricultural Statistical Service that is broader-based than the Chicago Mercantile Exchange auction prices.By the AMS analysis, if California becomes an FMMO, higher prices for cheese and dry whey but lower prices for butter and non-fat dry milk will occur. The prices of these dairy commodities are used to price producer milk.Under the FMMO, the Class III milk price for California will be higher than the equivalent California 4b milk (milk for cheese) price currently in place. The model predicts the higher price will reduce the volume of milk directed to California cheese vats, resulting in less cheese production.advertisementGiven California’s large cheese industry, there would also be less cheese produced nationally, which would reduce inventories and increase the price of cheese. By the formulas used to price producer milk, when the price of cheese goes up, the Class III price goes up. Producers in all FMMOs would benefit from the higher price.The AMS model calculates an increase of 66 cents per hundredweight for all Class III milk. This has a 47-cent-per-hundredweight positive impact on the all-milk price in the Upper Midwest order, where the vast majority of milk goes to cheese manufacturing.California producers would be delivering less Class III (or equivalent) milk but would receive a higher price for the Class III milk they do deliver. Because of the higher cheese prices, less will be exported and more will be imported.With California delivering less Class III milk, more will be delivered for Class IV production of butter and powdered non-fat dry milk. This will cause the price of Class IV milk to decrease by an estimated 96 cents per hundredweight. This will drive down butter prices by 21 cents per pound and butterfat prices by 26 cents per pound. More butter will be exported; less butter will be imported.Nonfat dry milk will decrease in price but by less than 1 cent per pound.But even with this small decrease in price, exports are expected to expand. Nonfat dry milk is the largest U.S. dairy export, and by this analysis, it will increase if California becomes part of the FMMO system. These increased exports must find an international market for the additional powdered nonfat dry milk/skimmed milk powder.Figure 1 shows the 2016 California milk production by the four FMMO milk classes. In 2016, Class III milk for cheese was the major use of California milk.By the AMS model, the Class III usage would shrink and the Class IV usage would increase. This change will probably not be evident until 2018.With relatively less cheese produced, less whey will also be produced. Therefore, the price of whey will increase. The model predicts a small increase in the price of whey that is dried. When dry whey goes up in price, so does the value of other solids, so the AMS model shows a small increase in the value of other solids. All FMMOs paid on the component basis would benefit from this increase.It should be mentioned that the value of nonfat dry milk and dry whey is primarily determined by international factors, so the change in this model will likely be difficult to track as international events will have a much greater impact.When cheese is more valuable and butter is less valuable, milk protein increases in value from both events. (The FMMO pricing formulas work this way.)The AMS model predicts an increase in the value of milk protein of 47 cents per pound. This is a very powerful shift for California producers, who will be paid specifically for milk protein as opposed to solids not fat and will be paid at a higher price for that milk protein. The increased value of milk protein also has a strong impact on the existing FMMOs.Overall, the AMS model projects a very positive financial impact for most all U.S. dairy producers if California elects to become a FMMO. Who pays for this? The answer is: the U.S. dairy consumer. The U.S. dairy consumer would pay an additional $94 million on the purchase of dairy products. Cheese and fluid milk would become more expensive while butter would become less expensive.Cheese and butter are increasing in per-capita consumption. This could slightly decrease the growth in cheese consumption and accelerate the growth in butter consumption. Fluid milk consumption has been decreasing for decades, and a higher consumer price may accelerate this decline.The AMS model is a very sophisticated tool, and the impact analysis should be taken seriously. That said, there are so many other influences on the wholesale and retail price of dairy products the real results of California becoming an FMMO can never be accurately tracked.The most volatile changes in dairy prices come from changes in exports and imports of dairy products. International events can influence the international supply and demand forces for dairy products. And currency exchange rates can significantly influence the financial competitiveness of U.S. dairy products in the international markets.Under the current California pricing process, producers cannot depool their milk. However, as an FMMO, depooling will be an accepted practice. In the Upper Midwest order, depooling is common when the Producer Price Differential goes negative. The depooling significantly distorts the analytics of milk production and usage.That means that, at times, some California milk production may not be reported through the FMMO process, making tracking numbers more difficult. The data in the AMS report anticipates some depooling for Class II, III and IV milk. Class I cannot be depooled.California producers are the ones who will approve or reject the change to an FMMO. There seems to be no reason for producer rejection based on the AMS analysis.There is also no reason for dairy producers in the existing FMMOs to lobby against this change. For these reasons, it is very likely approval will be given. The transition will then take months before completion and real results occur.  last_img read more

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