Falken Tire Corp. has made several changes to its senior management team. Fumikazu Yamashita was promoted to vice president of technical services. Yamashita has been with Falken’s parent company, Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI), for more than 30 years. In his new position, he will be responsible for technical services and quality assurance testing, product development and OE technical services, Falken said.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThe tiremaker also promoted Keiji Mimaki to director of product planning. In his new position, Mimaki will focus on developing new products for North America.Shinjiro Yamazaki was named the new director of OE sales. Yamazaki joins Falken after 14 years at SRI. In his new role, Yamazaki will be responsible for expanding Falken Tire sales to OE manufacturers and he will help establish a new OE sales office in Detroit.Falken also has hired a new director of human resources, Chris Roberts. Roberts has more than 20 years of human resources experience and she will be responsible for human resources, safety and facilities operations. John Battaglia Joins The Power Stop Sales Team,This “Data Did You Know” item comes from Babcox Media Audience Insights Manager Bruce Kratofil:AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement From Tire Review PPG Reports Record Fourth Quarter, Full-Year Net Sales and Adjusted Earnings Tenneco Showcases Lightweight Technologies For Emission Control Systems See Also: Auto and light truck sales continued their rebound in September, when sales were 16.34 million at a seasonally adjusted annual rate. That compares to last September, when they were 17.08 million, and this April when they were 8.71 million. At least for now, the sales rebound has compressed into a couple of months what took a couple of years after the 2008-‘09 recession. NASTF Board Elects New Members The data is from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, via the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Autologic Diagnostics, a provider of a global cloud-based, vehicle-connected aftermarket automotive diagnostic solution, has announced the appointment of Allan Heller to the post of national sales manager.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementHeller, a seasoned sales executive, brings nearly two decades of related experience to his new role. As sales manager for Autologic’s U.S. operation, Heller will oversee national sales efforts. Responsibilities include managing the company’s growing team of direct sales professionals based throughout the U.S.Prior to joining Autologic, Heller was a regional manager at Nespresso, a division of Nestlé, based in New York City. In this capacity, he executed sales strategies and grew Nestlé’s premium coffee brand across corporate clients throughout the Northeast region. While growing both new account and coffee sales exponentially, the region Heller oversaw ranked No. 1 in the U.S. (2014-’16) under his guidance.Earlier, Heller was regional sales manager at Chicago-based AMBIUS, a division of Rentokil Initial PLC, which is an interior enhancement company. Here, he directed the Northeast sales team while also building and leading a telemarketing effort that supplemented revenue streams.AdvertisementHeller also was national sales manager at Borders Group, the national book retailer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he managed and drove sales of the company’s national account programs as well as e-commerce and retail channels. He developed and executed a sales strategy to help grow corporate and educational segments.“Allan is a veteran sales professional who has garnered extensive sales experience while working at several Fortune 500 companies over the course of his career. We believe both his sales management and customer service expertise will be easily transferable into his sales leadership role at Autologic. Allan intends to apply his background to building a strong, productive and efficient direct sales team across the U.S. that complements our U.K. sales force and Fault 2 Fix Vehicle Diagnostic (customer) Support group. With his broad knowledge and sales-focused capabilities, we look forward to the contributions Allan will make leading Autologic U.S. sales while helping take our innovative cloud-solution to the next level,” said Jeremy Fry, Autologic Diagnostics CEO.Heller said, “I joined Autologic because it is clear to me that there is a significant opportunity present within the automotive aftermarket diagnostics space. I look forward to working in concert with our U.K. management team and international sales force to demonstrate firsthand the power of Autologic’s first and only cloud-based, vehicle-connected aftermarket automotive diagnostic solution for European makes and models. My goal is to build and develop a high-performance national sales team dedicated to helping mechanics solve challenges associated with diagnosing and repairing European vehicles. Our vision is for Autologic to become the ‘go to’ solution for mechanics looking to fix cars fast, increase productivity and improve daily car count.”AdvertisementHeller earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pace University in Manhattan.
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The decision to not proceed with the levy, which was widely criticised for its ambiguity when first introduced in 2018, follows industry consultation and consideration of the impacts it would have on industry, said Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.It added: “The department undertook a co-design process with industry to develop a levy model that was practical for industry and the government. This process highlighted that a levy could not be implemented without significant regulatory impacts on industry and proposed levy payers.“The decision not to proceed with the levy has also been made with consideration of the ongoing impacts of drought, bushfires and Covid-19 on the Australian economy and the rapidly changing trade environment.”The levy was intended to raise funds to support Australia’s biosecurity system. It was estimated that it would generate approximately AUD360 million (USD237.2 million) of revenue over three years. After the initial announcement of the levy, concerns were quickly raised about the proposal.Speaking at the time, Ports Australia chief executive Mike Gallacher said: “The complete lack of detail on this ambiguous proposal lends weight to the impression that it is a broad import levy across all goods coming into the country.“The revenue measure estimates AUD360 million over three years. Only AUD76.6 million (USD50.4 million) of this is will be spent enhancing Australia’s biosecurity system over the same period. That leaves AUD283.4 million (USD186.6 million) unaccounted for.”Further still, the levy could have been incredibly damaging to Australia’s heavy goods industries. Infrastructure costs, for example, would have been dramatically impacted if the levy had been introduced – importing 50,000 tonnes of concrete would have incurred an additional AUD50,000 (USD32,912.5) charge.Following the consultation, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment said that an alternative levy would not be explored or progressed. This decision will not impact on the overall biosecurity budget or the capacity of Australia’s biosecurity system, added the department, which noted that this will continue to be funded through existing arrangements.www.agriculture.gov.au
Ming-Cheau Lin “Food is politics,” says Ming-Cheau Lin, author of the cookbook Just Add Rice and the food blog Butterfingers. Her statement is as bold as her purple hair. Ms Lin, 30, a copy writer and patisserie-lover, moved to Bloemfontein with her family when she was three. Between the late 1970s and early 1990s South Africa saw an influx of Taiwanese immigrants, approximately 2 000 plus, who started manufacturing businesses across the country. Ms Lin said the then government had offered Taiwanese people incentives to move to South Africa because Taiwan was not part of the UN, which had boycotted all relations with South Africa due to apartheid. In her book, she admits the situation was not ideal but she also credits her parents’ for their bravery in starting afresh in a foreign land, all to provide opportunities for their children.In the early 90s, her father, Kingha, a qualified pharmacist, started working in a plastic factory. Ms Lin said growing up as a Taiwanese immigrant in a largely Afrikaans culture was like “sticking out like a sore thumb”. She speaks candidly about the trials and tribulations they faced as a family. Seeing her mother mocked for not speaking proper English made her work harder at perfecting her accent, she said. Being mocked herself for the “foreign food” in her school lunch box is another painful memory. But it wasn’t all bad. Ms Lin’s childhood memories are also filled with family dinners where quality time was spent over bowls of rice and communal dishes. “Culturally we’re all connected to our families through food,” she said. She said when you’re an immigrant you have to work harder at preserving that food culture. She moved to Cape Town to study brand communication between 2007 and 2009 and specialised in copy writing. She has also obtained an international diploma in patisserie. It was during her time studying that she started asking her parents for recipes of meals she had grown up eating. She found Taiwanese cuisine was not well represented in South Africa and if she was going to enjoy some of her favourite dishes she would have to cook it herself. She started the blog for recording the recipes and this is how Butterfingers.co.za, which eventually evolved into a cookbook, Just Add Rice, was born.“I had to unpack my own identity to start loving my own food,” said Ms Lin. During this time she combined her passion for writing and her passion for food to create a platform to teach people about her culture and heritage.“Food is politics. Food is part of our culture and ‘culture food’ is not the norm of a European society,” she says.Just Add Rice has been a revelation for Ms Lin who has received heart-felt messages from people who relate to the stories in her book. Two years ago Ms Lin married her best friend, Kyle van der Holst. Having a husband of Dutch origin has expanded her palate as she also dabbles in Dutch recipes from time to time. As for being a “third culture kid”, Ms Lin says she’s learnt to embrace it. She currently works as a freelance copywriter, specialising in food content and concepts in both digital and traditional media. She also offers talks on being mindful in a multi-cultural environment, which focuses on the harms of cultural appropriation and stereotyping. Add three dogs to the mix and it’s safe to say she’s got a full plate.
It will take another 20 years until women reach gender parity with men in senior partner positions, even though they already account for over half of law graduates, academic research suggests.BPP University Law School analysed more than 25 years worth of Law Society data for its report, Law Firm of the Future, published today. Currently 47% of lawyers are women. This will rise to 71% in 20 years’ time, according to the law school’s ‘statistical modelling’ projections.If current trends continue, law firms will also be more ethnically diverse. The percentage of practising solicitors who are White European will fall from the current 84% to 72%, while the proportion of Asian solicitors will double to 16%. The percentage of African/Afro-Caribbean solicitors will rise from 2.5% to 4%, and double to 3% for Chinese solicitors.Jo-Anne Pugh, the law school’s director of LPC programmes, said law firms’ efforts to diversify their intake were ‘bearing fruit’. However, she warned, ‘there is some way to go, and the picture at senior level is less promising’.The study was unable to make future projections on educational background due to insufficient data. However, thinking about diversity solely in demographic terms ‘is only part of the picture’, Pugh said. ‘We need to move away from a crude approximation of diversity and look at how the profession will develop.’There is also a mismatch between student aspirations, and the attitude and qualities employers increasingly demand, Pugh observed. ‘Too many youngsters derive their perception of the law from popular legal dramas like Suits. They don’t understand that law firms will want recruits who can add value in very different ways and don’t just want the Harvey Specter “rain makers” and deal brokers who have been traditionally feted,’ she said.Future conversation about diversity will also need to cover roles, not just the workforce. Pugh said: ‘There is a rise in online and contract and consultancy work, and the number of roles you will have during your career is likely to increase. The holy grail of equity partnership will be achieved by fewer people but other roles like legal engineer, legal technologist and project management will be increasingly valued.’
International firm Simmons & Simmons has reported a rise in profit, profit per equity partner (PEP) and revenue, lauding a period of ‘sustained growth’.According to figures for the year ending 30 April 2019, profit rose by 9% to £119m compared with the previous financial year. PEP grew by 4% to £710,000 and revenue is up 6% to £347m.Profit growth was less impressive than last year, however, when the firm reported a rise of almost 20%.Managing partner Jeremy Hoyland said: ‘This is the third consecutive year of strong financial performance for the firm and we are making good progress against our business plan. The year has been one of continued focus on client relationships and client service and how we can deliver smarter solutions for our clients.’Yesterday, Clifford Chance kicked off the magic circle results-reporting season by announcing marginal increases in profit.In another results announcement for the year ending 30 April, government and health specialist Bevan Brittan announced net profit up 4.2% to £9.97m on turnover up 4.5% to £46m.
Jürgen Wilder has been confirmed as Chief Executive of freight operator DB Schenker Rail, with effect from December 1. He was formerly CEO of the High Speed & Commuter Rail Business Unit at Siemens, where — among other projects — he was responsible for construction of the ICx trainsets for Deutsche Bahn.
1042 Views 2 comments Tweet Share LocalNews Police Force receives 38 more officers by: Dominica Vibes News – September 22, 2016 Sharing is caring! Share Share The Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force now has more human resource personnel to assist in fulfilling its mandate of ensuring the nation’s safety and security.This as thirty-eight (38) police recruits completed the six month training program conducted by the Police Training School on Wednesday 21 September 2016. The Police Force, which has been in existence for 48 years since 1968, held its thirty-second training recruit graduation. The training commenced on 14 March 2016 and ended with a graduation ceremony and passing out parade at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau.Chief Instructor at the Police Training School, Paul Laville noted that over the years a number of changes have taken place in the global environment, crimes have become more sophisticated and complex and as a result the syllabus had to undergo changes in order to deal with these changes.The training syllabus at the Police Training School was therefore extended to include subject matters as sociology, phycology, human rights, internal security, and the new and amended pieces of legislation.The training was designed to provide the recruits with the necessary skills, knowledge and competence required to discharge their function as police officers.“Ladies and gentlemen, simply put, the aim and objective of this course was to produce confident, efficient, professional police officers who will deliver effective and quality service to the public,” Laville stated.The recruits training covered police administration, police duty subject matters, crimes, vehicle and road traffic act, court processes and procedures, observation skills, beat duties communication skills, physical training, self-defense, arm and foot drill, first aid, psychology, sociology, human rights and customer service.“You realized I paused before customer service because I want us to understand that we as police officers are engaged in serving the public and we ought to do that to the best of our ability,” Laville emphasized.Throughout the course, the recruits completed a number of written and practical assessments on the various modules. The course recorded a 95% pass rate with only two recruits falling below the 70% pass mark.“Individual average range from 57.68 percent to 88.56 percent hence an overall course average of 80 percent. This in my assessment, is noteworthy Out out of possible 1800 points at stake the top student, Leron Bruno obtained the highest aggregate of 1594.07 points with an overall average of 88.56 percent.The first runner up, Ranson Fredrick closely followed with an average of 1584.2 points Overall average of 88.01 percent.Best at Police Duty Subject was Bernard D. Barrie; Best at Self Defence Lara Bruney; Best at Physical Training (Male) Ranson Fredrick; Best at Physical Training (Female) Shanika Celestine; Best Shot Jefferson Ferrol; Best at weapon Training Kiran Thomas; Best turned out male Direl Etienne; Best turned out Female Liz Rolle; Commissioner Shield for most disciplined student Delkin James; and Baton Of Honour Leron Bruno.The course commenced with 41 recruits but only 38 remained and completed it successfully. Laville, who said the recruits are joining the force at a time when much more is demanded from police officers, encouraged the recruits to continue to strive for excellence as the learning process has just begun.“You will face numerous challenges and adversities and be called upon to make tough decisions. As police officers be confident, be firm, be courteous and remember our golden rule which is ‘creating and sustaining a culture of service by treating others the way you would want to be treated’,” Laville advised.– / 76
Tweet 186 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! BusinessLocalNews KFC’s Project Book Bag Continues by: – October 16, 2016 Share KFC and its franchise holder Fine Foods Inc has set a long term commitment in offering the best service and products while continuing give back to the community.KFC Project Book Bag project launched in 2014 is designed to target Primary Schools students in vulnerable areas around the island. Each year at least two schools will be selected with students in grade 2 & 3 receiving a quality school bag filled with stationary items such as exercise books, pencils, reading books, water bottle, lunch bag and other stationary items.Juliet Martin-Marketing Manger of Fine Foods Inc says that part of KFC mission is to continue its commitment to the community it serves through various programs such as The Project Book Bag which fosters the overall development of youth in Dominica. This community outreach program assist kids at an early age to maximize the opportunities to reach their full potential. The bags ensures that the kids have the necessary tool such as a good quality backpack to keep their text books and other school materials secure during the school year.The students from the Belles Primary School and Wills Strathmore Stevens Primary School in Marigot are beneficiaries of bags this year. Mr. Alven Abraham, Principle of the Wills Strathmore Stevens Primary thanked KFC for this gesture and said that provision of such bags has been a concern as a number of students do not have a proper school bag therefore this contribution will provide the students with a good bag to keep their text books safe.KFC is the world’s most popular chicken restaurant chain, specializing in the famous Original Recipe® fried chicken and part of the Yum! Brands that is a global Quick Service Restaurant leader. YUM is a company that believes in giving back to the communities in which they serve both locally and globally. An initiative such as Project Book Bag allows KFC’s huge heart to shine. Share Share