Snap-on Names Joseph Abbud, Vice President for Rapid Continuous Improvement

first_img Don’t Miss:Cooper Names New VP, Global Supply Chain Up Next:Phil Moore Joins Federated Auto Parts Distributors KENOSHA, WIS — Snap-on announced that Joseph Abbud will join the company in the newly created position of vice president – rapid continuous improvement, a position in which he will have responsibility for ensuring the implementation and continued evolution of manufacturing and operating best practices on a company-wide basis. His appointment is effective Monday, October 1. Abbud will report directly to Jack Michaels, chairman, president and CEO. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Abbud, 44, most recently led continuous improvement as worldwide director of operational excellence at ITT Industries Electronics Division in Hong Kong, PRC, where he held positions of progressively increased responsibilities, including plant and manufacturing management. He has extensive experience in establishing and implementing manufacturing and supply chain initiatives, which resulted in significantly improved customer satisfaction, cost competitiveness and increased operating cash flow. “With a solid track record of improving on-time delivery and establishing better cost competitiveness in North and South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Joseph will provide valuable leadership as we continue our priority on taking better care of our customers and dealers, and the further elimination of waste and complexity to improve our quality, delivery and costs,” said Michaels. “He is a high-energy, passionate leader who brings a results-oriented mindset and substantial expertise to our management team.” Abbud holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology, Monterrey, Mexico; a Master in Quality Systems from the International Institute of Strategic Administration, Torreon, Mexico; and is a graduate of the Financial Management Program at the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia. _______________________________________ Click Advertisement In this article: Print last_img read more

SFNF Update: Cueva Fire Grows To 5 Acres

first_imgSFNF News:SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have determined that the lightning-caused Cueva Fire on the Coyote Ranger District will be managed to improve forest conditions and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future.Today and through the weekend fire crews will take advantage of favorable weather conditions to implement firing operations to bring positive benefits to the landscape.Start date: August 6, 2019Cause: LightningLocation: French Mesa, located on the north end of the Coyote Ranger District, adjacent to Forest Road 8Size:  5 acresFuels: Primarily ponderosa pine and pinon-juniperResources on scene: 2 New Mexico State Forestry IWC Crews, Coyote Ranger District fire personnelCurrent status: Crews will monitor the Cueva Fire and continue firing operations as monsoonal weather patterns allow through the rest of the weekendWeather: High chance of precipitation with winds out of the southwest at 5-15 mph and temperatures in the 80sPredicted smoke impact: Smoke is visible from US Highway 112 and Highway 96. Possible smoke impact to the communities of Llaves, Abiquiu and Gallina as well as private inholdings in Rio Gallina and Rio Chama.The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) can take advantage of natural ignitions like the Cueva Fire to improve conditions on the ground by getting rid of woody material and debris on the forest floor. Weather over the next few days will determine whether the Cueva Fire can continue to achieve resource benefits by reintroducing fire to a fire-adapted forest ecosystem. Firefighter and public safety is always the first priority on all wildland fire incidents.Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505-827-0006 for additional information. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at, and Twitter @SantafeNF. For additional information about the Cueva Fire, contact the Coyote Ranger District at 575.638.5526.last_img read more

SERVOTOUGH Fluegas upgrade to improve performance

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Flow meter market on the rise

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BOEM Releases Activities Overview of the Five Year Program

first_imgThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published the agency’s Annual Progress Report on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program 2012-2017 (Five Year Program), which the Secretary of the Interior approved on August 27, 2012.BOEM prepared the report, which summarizes program activities over the past year, as part of the annual review of the Five Year Program called for under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA).The report provides the public an overview of the activities that have occurred during the previous year. Specifically, it addresses statistics of sales that have occurred; deferrals and mitigations; a summary of completed and ongoing safety and environmental studies; regulatory updates; a discussion of any significant new drilling activities; a summary of any significant incidents; and other relevant information.While historically this annual review has been an internal process, BOEM is publishing the annual progress report and seeking public comments to allow for greater transparency and public participation in the offshore oil and gas leasing program. After the review period, BOEM will forward the report and an analysis of the comments received to the Secretary of the Interior.“BOEM is committed to transparent operations and is seeking to include input from as many stakeholders as possible,” said BOEM Director Tommy P. Beaudreau, who is also serving as Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. “We believe public engagement is essential to the future of this program and look forward to the public’s input on the program.”The approved Five Year Program schedules offshore oil and gas sales that offer nearly 219 million acres on the OCS for potential leasing. The Five-Year Program makes all of the areas of the OCS with the highest oil and gas resource potential available for exploration and development, areas that together include more than 75 percent of the estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources in the U.S. OCS. The plan focuses on a regionally tailored strategy, including area-wide leasing in the Gulf of Mexico and targeted leasing in Alaska, which takes into account resource potential, environmental and use concerns and infrastructure conditions of each planning area.The Five Year Program schedule includes 15 lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska; three sales have already been held in the Gulf of Mexico region under the current schedule. The next scheduled sales are slated for March 2014 in the Central and Eastern Gulf of Mexico.The public can provide comments either by mail or through an Internet submission system. Instructions are provided in the following Federal Register notice.The Annual Progress Report, as well as more information on the Five Year Program can be found at: [mappress]Press Release, November 01, 2013last_img read more

KCA Deutag gains four more years on Sakhalin drilling contract

first_imgKCA Deutag, a drilling and engineering contractor, has been awarded a contract extension by Sakhalin Energy for platform drilling services on its three platforms offshore Sakhalin Island in Russia.  According to KCA Deutag’s statement from Monday, the four-year contract extension is effective from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2021.The contract also covers the provision of a full supply chain service including drilling and rig maintenance on the Lunskoye-A, Piltun-Astokhskoye-B and Molikpaq platforms, warehousing, management of spare parts and procurement.KCA Deutag employs approximately 300 employees in Sakhalin, around 80% of whom are Russian nationals. The group’s offshore operations are supported by an onshore operation in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and a supply base in Kholmsk where its logistics hub and drill pipe management facilities are located. The group has been contracted with Sakhalin Energy since 2003.Terje Løvereide, KCA Deutag Country Manager in Sakhalin said, “This is great news for the company and the operation locally. It has been achieved thanks to the dedicated efforts of a highly professional team delivering quality performance both on and offshore.”last_img read more

Cuts to put half of legal aid firms at risk of closure

first_imgThe ‘catastrophic impact’ of the government’s proposed legal aid cuts could leave 50% of firms doing publicly funded work at risk of closure, according to research commissioned by the Law Society, seen exclusively by the Gazette. Consultants Andrew Otterburn and Vicky Ling surveyed 163 civil and criminal law firms to assess the potential impact of the Ministry of Justice proposals, which will cut fee rates and remove large areas of civil work from scope. The study found that the removal of work from the scope of legal aid will have a ‘catastrophic impact’ on firms. In particular, firms that undertake large volumes of family or Crown court work, or specialise in areas of civil work such as housing, immigration or clinical negligence, will find the impact of the proposals ‘unsustainable’. ‘Many suppliers will not survive the withdrawal of scope and risk closure,’ said the report. It also found that the reduction in fee levels will weaken firms currently struggling due to the recession, and further squeeze tight profit margins. The study calculated the impact of the reforms on profits per partner (PPP), after allowing for a notional salary based on the wages of the highest-earning employee, plus 10%. On average, the study found that PPP will fall from around £27,000 (plus a notional salary of £49,500) to £11,000 after the rate cuts, leading to a £48,000 loss after the removal of work from scope. The consultants calculated that firms would need to reduce their payroll costs by 40% to retain their current levels of profitability. This would mean funding ‘significant redundancy liabilities’. As with other sectors, the report found that the last three years had been ‘extremely difficult’ for firms, and most have seen profits fall, partner capital depleted, and have made redundancies. The study showed that median capital was just under £69,000 per partner, and the median bank balance was an overdraft of £2,000 per partner. The median profit was £27,000, but a quarter of firms are barely covering the salaries of equity partners. Otterburn said: ‘We may see a 50% reduction in the supplier base [if the proposals go ahead] and an end to the large firm model because the volume of work, except in public law family and crime, will no longer exist.’ He advised firms to start scaling back their operations now, and to begin reducing their capacity and payroll in a controlled way. He said firms should also try to diversify out of legal aid, and take advice to protect their personal assets, particularly if they are still partnerships with unlimited liability. The research did not take into account the likely impact of the proposed increase in telephone advice work, which is expected to reduce civil work even further. See the full report.last_img read more

Open thread: May on ECHR withdrawal

first_imgSo are we withdrawing from the Geneva Convention too or is it just ECHR protections that don’t apply to our military actions?— Max Hardy (@maxbarrister) October 4, 2016 The prime minister is today expected to announce plans to withdraw temporarily from parts of the European Convention on Human Rights before future military actions overseas. Theresa May will tell the Conservative party conference that this will stop the convention being used in ‘witch hunts’ against UK service personnel. Is this long overdue – or a dangerous precedent in a world where human rights are under assault? Please add your thoughts in the comments section below.In light of proposed #Brexit bill and #ECHR derogation, the UK constitution may now be so broken that it is no longer fit for serious study.— Dr. David Jenkins (@DrDavidJenkins) 4 October 2016‘British troops to be made exempt from European human rights laws during combat’ What a grubby, nasty nation we’ve become #ECHR #Brexit— Brendan 🇪🇺 (@Brendan_Surrey) 4 October 2016Is this the start of a change or a smokescreen, your thoughts? #justiceformarineA @Number10press @Number10gov— justiceforBigAl (@justiceforBigAl) October 4, 2016last_img read more

Defence forced to come to court while CPS stays home, Welsh firms claim

first_imgCriminal defence solicitors in Wales are being forced to attend court in person while prosecutors are allowed to appear via video link, firms have claimed in an open letter to HM Courts & Tribunals Service.A group of 12 firms based in South Wales alleges that applications for defence advocates to appear remotely via the Cloud Video Platform (CVP) are being routinely refused. In contrast, the Crown Prosecution Service is ‘generally appearing remotely and it would seem this is treated as a given, without individual applications having to be made’.‘We would submit that the reasons given in refusing permission do not, in our view, appear in accordance with the guidance provided by the chief magistrate and deputy,’ the letter states.While logistical issues meant defence solicitors needed to attend court in person at the start of lockdown in order to speak to clients, the Gazette understands this is no longer the case in many areas.‘The goodwill that we had and used to ensure the court could continue to operate has unfortunately been extinguished as a result of the above. If we cannot reach a mutual agreement on the above, we are resolved that we will no longer attend these courts,’ the open letter concludes.A decision was made at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to close local courts in Wales and to prioritise regional hubs. However, defence solicitors claim they now have to travel up to 30 miles each way and that the Legal Aid Agency does not automatically pay for travel.Scott Bowen, director at HPJV Solicitors in Newport, said the court service is putting unnecessary pressure on already struggling firms.‘We have staff on the furlough scheme which is coming an end, the tax breaks are coming to an end – all the pressures are piling on defence firms. So we are trying to be as efficient as possible. This is a way of allowing us to do that, but the court is simply saying it’s “not in the interests of justice”.’‘We have a shortage of defence practitioners. This is going to tip a lot of people over the edge. And that will have an impact on access to justice,’ Bowen added. The solicitor has lodged a formal complaint with HMCTS.,Supporting documents Click link to download and view these files Open letter to HMCTSPDF, Size 61.72 kblast_img read more

Mohamed Salah scores twice as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1

first_imgMan arrested over racist tweet about Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah Liverpool condemns discriminatory chants against Mohamed Salah from Chelsea fans LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 3-0 during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield on August 24, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images) LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 3-0 during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield on August 24, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday to go three points clear at the top of the English Premier League table.Liverpool’s win saw the Reds equal a club record of 12 consecutive Premier League wins and also end Arsenal’s 100% start to the season.Arsenal could have taken the lead in the 10th minute when Adrian’s clearance fell to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but the Gabon striker lifted his effort wide of goal.10 minutes later Dani Ceballos’ clearance fell to Sadio Mane in Arsenal’s penalty area but his shot was well saved by Bernd Leno.Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal’s £72 million signing, missed a good opportunity minutes later when Adrian saved his attempt from a one-on-one situation.Liverpool took the lead through Cameroon defender Joel Matip who headed in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner from the right four minutes before halftime.Liverpool was awarded a penalty shortly after the restart when David Luiz was penalised for pulling Salah’s shirt in the penalty box. Salah stepped up and sent Leno the wrong way to double Liverpool’s lead.Salah then grabbed his brace tucking home from just inside the penalty box after a strong run down the right wing past Luiz and Nacho Monreal.Substitute Lucas Torreira pulled a consolation for the visitors in the 85th minute drilling a shot in the penalty box.“It was a performance full of power, energy, greed and passion, which I think you need against a team like Arsenal,” manager Jurgen Klopp said after the game.Arsenal have now failed to win any of their previous 23 away league games against the so-called ‘Big six’ sides, losing 15 and drawing 8.Liverpool will travel to Burnley for their next Premier League game on August 31 while Arsenal hosts Tottenham in the first north London derby of the season on September 1.Relatedcenter_img Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane return to Liverpool traininglast_img read more