DALLAS, TX — Ted Welch, longtime journalist and classic car aficionado, recently became a contributing columnist for Businessweek.com . Welch, managing editor of Classiccar.com and Classictruckshop.com , two leading destination websites for classic vehicle enthusiasts, will be featured in the Classic Car section of Businessweek.com’s Auto feature section. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Welch, a published automotive historian, has written articles for Inside Racing, Popular Restorer, the Cruisin’ News, Classic Trucks and Canadian Classics magazines. He also heads the technical and web development arm of Spider Marketing, a web hosting, management and development company. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement 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. 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.
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The Port of Anchorage POA successfully completed a week-long collaborative Concept Planning Charrette on August 22, 2014. Three concept design alternatives will move forward for development to a 15 percent design level for the Anchorage Port Modernization Project (APMP).Three concept designs were selected by approximately 50 charrette participants who considered project goals, evaluation factors, and constraints.Each concept meets the project goals of replacing Terminals 2 and 3, modernizing infrastructure, improving seismic resilience, and providing continuous operations for Port users during construction.“We’ve had concerns with the aging infrastructure, the north expansion, and the resulting siltation issues at our berth,” said George Lowery, Director of Operations for Totem Ocean Trailer Express, one of the POA’s largest tenants. “During these Charrette meetings, the new focus, priorities, and the theme of the concepts identified so far, gives us a great sense of encouragement that we’re now headed in the right direction.”“The Port of Anchorage is vital to Alaska’s economy,” continued Mayor Dan Sullivan. “The Anchorage Port Modernization Project will assure the continuous flow of goods throughout the state for years to come.”The POA and the Project Management Team, led by consultant CH2MHILL, will develop the three concepts to a 15 percent design level by November 2014, at which time a recommended alternative will be presented to the MOA.[mappress]Press Release, September 17, 2014
MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based cruise line, has partnered up with ARTA to develop an LNG bunkering system for MSC Cruises fleet. The two companies aim to set a new standard in LNG bunkering for cruise ships that meets the future requirements of the industry, the cruise line said in its statement.MSC Cruises’ €9 billion investment plan for the construction of eleven new next-generation cruise ships in the next ten years.The company signed a letter of intent in 2016 with STX France shipyard for the construction of up to four LNG-fueled cruise ships first of which is scheduled for delivery in 2022.Speaking of the partnership with ARTA, the manufacturer of gas and liquid transfer solutions, Yves Bui, MSC Cruises’ LNG project director said it resulted in a system that features coupling and decoupling mechanism as well as a double-walled hose that will allow the cruise line to conduct bunkering operations without disrupting the activities taking place on board the ship.The newly developed LNG bunkering system is planned to be implemented on the cruise line’s LNG-newbuilds.
During my year as president, mortgage fraud has been a recurrent issue. We have consistently provided support to members affected by changes in panel terms and conditions, and have worked to influence the approaches of lenders. Be assured, however, that the Law Society, as the representative body, has no interest in supporting those who choose to engage in mortgage fraud to line their pockets. Apart from the resultant losses experienced by lenders and innocent consumers, these individuals tarnish the profession’s reputation. Even so, the reality is that those who knowingly commit mortgage fraud are a very small minority. Other solicitors who find themselves caught up in mortgage fraud are not active participants, but unwitting third parties who are used by the perpetrators of fraud. A lack of awareness or intent is no defence. The extension of the definition of fraud in the Fraud Act 2006 and the UK’s anti-money laundering regime can mean that a solicitor will be found criminally liable if their client commits mortgage fraud, even if they are unaware of the fraud. Courts expect solicitors to have a high level of knowledge and education, and do not look kindly on cases where there is evidence that appropriate due diligence was not applied. Therefore, it is essential that firms do all they can to protect themselves from being used by fraudsters. Education, awareness and vigilance throughout the firm are key. A good starting point is the Society’s anti-money laundering practice note, which provides good practice on meeting the requirements of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007. Many of those requirements will help guard against mortgage fraud, such as:Further steps can be taken by checking the bona fides of other professional parties involved in the transaction; and checking that documents are fully completed before signing and that registration with the Land Registry is completed in a timely manner. Ensuring that staff are aware of the potential warning signs of mortgage fraud is another practical step. Certain scenarios should prompt additional investigation: if the property has been owned for less than six months; the investment is significantly more than the client would usually be involved in; or the deposit is being paid by someone other than the purchaser. In the current economic climate, having to spend additional time on further checks is, of course, a source of great frustration, but if it means avoiding involvement in mortgage fraud then the investment is worthwhile. More detailed guidance is available in the mortgage fraud practice note. Regional mortgage fraud seminars will also be held in the coming months. The Society will continue to make representations to lenders on panel membership. We recognise that lenders are free to decide the make-up of their panels. However, we hope lenders will accept that a discerning, risk-based approach to panel management is better than blanket removal of certain types of firm. There are other elements to consider. It is important that other parties involved in home buying and selling remember that the problems we see now cannot primarily be laid at the door of solicitors. Over-enthusiastic lending practices, the expansion of the buy-to-let market, the removal of a reliance on hard copy title deeds, and changes to Land Registry processes in response to demand for ‘a quicker, cheaper process’ have all had a part to play. All stakeholders, including the government, must accept that tackling mortgage fraud will have an effect on the speed and cost of the transaction. It is also paramount that this need for caution is not forgotten next time we are in the midst of a property boom. Robert Heslett is the president of the Law Society endeavouring to verify the identify of the client; and where the client never meets the solicitor face to face, carrying out enhanced due diligence.
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The summit, to be held 20 – 22 October at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, will examine to what extent India is integrated into the world economy and what it means for shipping; whether deepwater gas development in the Bay of Bengal is just the first of many to come and what opportunities offshore developments present for ship owners, ship builders, service companies and technology providers.Top industry speakers at the summit include: Tom Peter Blankestijn, global project leader on ship recycling, AP Moller Maersk; A P V N Sarma, secretary, department of shipping, ministry of shipping, road transport and highways, Government of India; Vijay Chhibber, additional secretary and financial adviser, ministry of shipping, Government of India; S Hajara, chairman and managing director, Shipping Corporation of India and president, Indian Shipowners’ Association (INSA).
Todrick Hall has released surprise EP Quarantine Queen, bringing a little joy during this global pandemic.Pulled together in just over a week, Quarantine Queen features lead track Mask, Gloves, Soaps, Scrubs. Watch the video below:Todrick commented, “Surprise! Soooo…exactly a week ago I decided to write and create an entire album to hopefully lift your spirits during this quarantine! Nina Simone once said, ‘It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.’ I hope this inspires you to stay healthy, stay creative, stay safe and stay home while continuing to stay fabulous!”The video for Mask, Gloves, Soaps, Scrubs includes Nicole Scherzinger, Little Mix, members of the Netflix docuseries Cheer, dancers AJ and Curtis Pritchard, Amber Gill of Love Island fame, Amber Riley and British drag queen star Baga Chipz.Todrick first came to fame on American Idol and he has since showcased his skills as a singer, rapper, director, choreography and social media personality.He recently completed a season as a dance captain on BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer and regularly appears on RuPaul’s Drag Race.The Quarantine Queen track list is:1. Mas(k)ot featuring Jerry Harris2. Werk Out3. Rent4. TikTok5. Meow featuring Rhea Litre6. Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs
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