Former Allied Signal President Michael Monti Dies

first_imgDeMoulpied 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. 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.  From MEMA Industry News AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementJACKSON, TN — Michael Monti, former president of Allied Signal Inc., died Friday at age 66. A former MEMA board member, Monti retired from Allied Signal in 1995 after 37 years with the company. Before becoming president, he had worked as president of the Allied Fram division and vice president and general manager of the Bendix automotive aftermarket operation in Jackson, Tenn. In addition to his service to MEMA, Monti also was a past board member of the Automotive Service Industry Association, the Automotive Sales Council and the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association. He is survived by his wife and mother, two sons, two daughters, one brother and 11 grandchildren. _______________________________________ 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.  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.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Theater Continues In Santa Fe: Outdoors With The Crows

first_imgUpstart Crows of Santa Fe actors perform in a socially-distanced, small-audience, outdoor production of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth at 6 p.m. July 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12. Courtesy/UCSFUCSF News:A director’s debut, a cast disrupted by the pandemic, Zoom rehearsals to keep the play alive, a change of venue, the need to completely reblock and redesign the play, delays as they waited for restrictions to allow performance.Despite the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune these intrepid young players have persisted and created a live theater experience worthy of this provoking tragedy that can be enjoyed by 10 audience members for each performance in the outdoor courtyard at UU Santa Fe. Join Upstart Crows of Santa Fe for a socially-distanced, small-audience, outdoor production of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, performed by 14 masked actors ages 11-19 under the direction of Liam Mitchell at UU Santa Fe’s courtyard in Santa Fe. Performances are 6:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12. Tickets $25 online: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4610650Mitchell’s Macbeth is the Crows’ first “Blackfriars Production”, a Shakespearean play entirely directed and created by the company’s young Shakespeareans. The Crows’ project takes its name from the first Blackfriars productions which took place in 1600 featuring children performing Shakespeare and other plays. We are immensely proud of these young people for rising to the challenges of this time. The performances are akin to a house concert: tiny audiences, socially distanced in a garden courtyard. Actors and audience are masked and all best practice precautions are in place for a safe evening of live theater.  The ticket price supports the Upstart Crows program which brings Shakespeare to Santa Fe youth. www.upstartcrowsofsantafe(505).466.3533contact: Caryl Farkas – caryl@upstartcrowsofsantafe.orgAbout The DirectorLiam Mitchell is the first member of Upstart Crows of Santa Fe to produce a Blackfriars project, directing a play of his choosing. He was selected to do so based on his years of experience with the Crows as well as his experience working with professional Shakespeareans: ISC Artistic Director, Ariana Karp, author and Shakespeare editor Dr. Robin Williams, Rodney Cottier, head of Drama School at LAMDA, Edward Darayni, Brad Hodder, and Josue Labourcane of the Stratford Festival, and Ben Crystal of the Globe theater. His outstanding commitment to the productions he has been part of made him a perfect candidate for the new Blackfriars program.Mitchell is a Santa Fe native, who fell in love with theater when he first joined the Crows  in 2015. Since then, he acted, often assistant directed, and heavily involved himself in the production of 13 different Shakespeare plays, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and an Upstart Reader’s production of A Christmas Carol. He joined the International Shakespeare Center’s Company in 2018, performing in King Lear, and in 2019 had roles in  King Henry IV Part 1 and Measure for Measure. After playing Macbeth with the Crows in 2018 in their production of the play, Mitchell knew that above all the work with Shakespeare and classical theater, this was the play that impressed him the most. He wanted to revisit the play once more before he went off to New Mexico State University in fall 2020 and Blackfriars has given him a chance to do just that. Asked what it is about the play that he found so engrossing, Mitchell replied; “The hard-hitting themes on the dangers of ambition, fear and paranoia, Macbeth’s  terrifyingly realistic and complex characters, the difficult questions that arise on fate and free will, and what seems to me to be some of the best language in the English literature cannon.” The Crows are delighted and proud to have Mitchell as their first Blackfriars director and are full of admiration for the way he has coped with finding solutions to producing theater in the midst of the COVID crisis.last_img read more

Everyone’s Gone To The Movies

first_imgMy first recollection of going to the movies was when I was a little kid in Brooklyn. My mother would send the three of us every Saturday morning to Linden Theatre on Nostrand and Rogers, a dive within a dump that served as a de facto babysitter. We each got a quarter — 15 cents to get in and a dime for candy.There were nickel candy dispensers and dime dispensers. I always got two nickel candies — red hots, potato stix, etc. The dime machine held chocolate candies that were usually discolored or as soft as ointment.We’d get a “Newsreel” to open the show — a documentary about how the United States was winning whatever war we were in, then a couple cartoons — usually Casper the Friendly Ghost, the Road Runner, or Popeye et al, and then a “B” movie (think The Three Stooges) before the “feature,” which almost always involved Abbott and Costello and a mummy, a tomb, a monster, or some medieval pratfall they stumbled upon.I remember the first time I went to one of the majestic Big Houses like it was yesterday — The Lowes State Capital, so regal we had to wear dress-up clothes usually reserved for funerals. The rugs were as thick as furs, the hand rails appeared to be gold, and men in tuxedos handed you hot towels in the bathroom.One stood by dispensing what I first thought were shots of booze. I was going to meander over and drink one like I used to see the guys in the neighborhood do at the bar, until I realized it was cologne.We lived in Sag Harbor during the summer. The last time I wrote about our beloved movie theater here I got in hot water because I mentioned it was full of rats. Now that it has undergone a multi-million renovation I will (under pressure) categorically state those must have been cats we saw all the time, but they sure as hell looked like freakin’ rats, and I’m from Brooklyn.Sag Harbor Theater cost 30 cents to get in. The candy counter carried the same items from year to year — I mean, the SAME items. No one ever bought them, and to my knowledge, management never removed them from the candy case, either. It was a war of wills.Though we didn’t buy candy, we smoked, a lot, in the appropriate lounges. I was about nine.I enjoyed movies enough to go to East Hampton on weekend nights as a teenager, especially since by then we were dating. In those days there were smoking sections. If you sat in the middle, you couldn’t smoke. Instead, people from the left and right aisle blew their smoke directly at the middle of the theater. Most of the non-smokers probably died from second-hand smoke inhalation and most of the smokers probably teach yoga nowadays.Then they banned smoking altogether (I called it “The Day the Music Died”). The movie theaters didn’t hold the same allure for me, being they didn’t sell alcohol. I mean, you could go, spend three hours watching a boring movie, or go the Black Buoy, drink, smoke, play pool, and maybe meet a would-be movie starlet to boot.I met Paul Newman in the Buoy. I played pool with him. The funny thing is, I’m not making this up. Beers were 15 cents.Nowadays, I have dueling 65s — two brand-new Samsung flat screens. I can order any movie on Earth. If I donated the money I spend on pay-per-view, I could help fund a cure for a major disease.What’s missing is other people. It’s not only about getting out and going to see the movie, but getting a cognac afterwards and discussing the nuances and performances and dissecting the poignant scenes with similarly-minded cinephiles. And then paying $100 for a round of cognac.As a writer, I am in my glory talking about “the hues the filmmaker paints borrowing the techniques of Kawasaki, the great Japanese director who constantly reminds us of a greater good, one not only etched in the dialogue but the actor’s expressive facial gestures.”No one ever asks me what I mean when I say crap like that. Meanwhile, I spent the whole time staring at Jennifer Aniston’s cleavage because there was no meaningful dialogue.HINT: Always call actresses ACTORS. It means you’re an insider.The truth is, I love the energy of this weekend. The Hamptons International Film Festival attendees are not unlike avid sports or music fans. They have found a passion and it thrills them, and they find being in the midst of like-minded aficionados rejuvenates them. They find it invigorating, and rightly so, given the nuanced hues that transfix viewers, enabling nostalgia and technology to meld into a miasma of ratatouille-like thrombosis. I’m sure you agree.Watch out for the rats . . . er, cats. Sharelast_img read more

In memoriam: Former Air Products Chairman and CEO Edward Donley

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Europe dominates LNG import story in 2019

first_imgSource: LNG EdgeRussian production rates at Yamal and Sakhalin were especially impressive in 2019.But US LNG took centre stage, with 35.6m tonnes produced, up by almost 15m tonnes year-on-year. The increase will continue next year with the US set to produce almost 57m tonnes, according to the LNG Edge supply forecast. Much will depend on the successful ramp-ups of remaining new trains at Freeport and Cameron LNG.Production from several of the more mature producers was higher too in 2019.Algerian and Egyptian exports both rose by more than 2m tonnes, with Egypt producing 3.5m tonnes as its domestic gas supply continued to improve.Malaysian production improved substantially from 2018 when feedgas issues reduced operating rates, with a similar story from Papua New Guinea where production recovered after the drop in 2018 caused by a nearby earthquake.EuropeEuropean LNG imports rose close to 76m tonnes in 2019, by far the highest ever recorded, according to the provisional data.LNG sellers used the European market to absorb the global oversupply with a rise in spot sales and portfolio sellers bringing more cargoes into their own European terminal positions.Among the list of records was the 8m tonnes imported by Europe in December, the highest on record, with the UK importing more than 2m tonnes.Europe absorbed over 21% of all LNG produced globally in 2019, up from 13% in 2018 in what was by far the most significant change across all regions.This trend of higher European imports will likely continue in 2020 unless there is a major shift in short-term demand in Asia over the rest of the winter and the following summer.The volume of LNG coming to Europe pushed down traded hub prices and supported storage injection over the summer, putting the market in good shape as the winter began.Sharp import increases were recorded across most European countries, with Dutch and Belgian imports both more than doubling.In volume terms, the most significant increases were in France where imports rose by over 6.5m tonnes to 16m tonnes, and the UK which received over 13m tonnes, up by more than 8m tonnes from 2018.Qatar pushed a lot more LNG into European markets, especially the UK, with more from the US and Russia too. Source: LNG EdgeEast AsiaIn a major reversal from the preceding two years, total East Asian LNG imports fell in 2019 year-on-year, with weakness from Japan and South Korea.Combined imports into those two countries, China and Taiwan stood at 196.5m tonnes, still by far the most significant importing area. But this figure was down by around 1m tonnes from 2018.In both 2017 and 2018 the region’s imports rose by around 20m tonnes which helped to absorb a large portion of rising global supply.Japanese LNG imports fell by 7% in 2019, with South Korea down by 8%.The LNG Edge demand forecast shows a small rise in Japanese LNG demand in Japan in 2020 linked to lower nuclear power generation, but further declines from South Korea.Most important was the slowdown in the growth of Chinese LNG imports as coal-to-gas switching eased and economic growth struggled. Chinese LNG imports were up by over 8m tonnes to 61.9m tonnes but this was a lesser increase than over the previous three years.Utilisation at a number of China’s key import terminals was very high, with others still lacking sufficient linkage to the grid to support larger send-out.How China’s new independent gas pipeline and infrastructure operator develops in 2020 will be an important factor in the evolution of LNG imports and the ability that new companies have to take import positions.East Asia as a whole accounted for 55% of global LNG demand, compared with 62% in 2018.South AsiaBeyond East Asia and Europe, south and southeast Asia are the two key import regions that sellers are focusing on. There is substantial gas demand in the region, at the right price, but progress to open up new markets has been slow in recent years.Across the existing importers, Pakistan and Bangladesh imported a combined 12m tonnes in 2019, up from 7.4m tonnes in 2018. Initial full-year data from LNG Edge shows exports at 355m tonnes in 2019, up from 314.9m tonnes in 2018, representing the largest ever increase in production.While East Asian, especially Chinese, demand increased in 2017 and 2018 to absorb additional production, there was little change in 2019.Instead, supply pushed into Europe and reached a record high, having a major impact on regional hub pricing with price correlations growing between Europe and Asia.QatarIn the battle for top exporter, Qatar held onto first place, producing 77.4m tonnes, according to the provisional LNG Edge data. This was very close to nameplate capacity.Australia came in a close second, at 76.1m tonnes, a rise of over 8m tonnes and should take top spot in 2020, based on the LNG Edge supply forecast.Of the 40m tonne increase in supply, the majority – 33m tonnes – came from Australia, Russia and the US.center_img The growth in Indian imports is restricted by the lack of new available infrastructure, but demand did rise by over 1m tonnes to 23.8m tonnes in 2019.The addition of more import capacity in 2020 could boost Indian imports to over 26m tonnes, according to the LNG Edge demand forecast.Middle East, AmericasRising domestic gas production and competing power generation meant that LNG imports into the Middle East and Americas both fell in 2019, despite the oversupply and low spot prices.Americas’ demand accounted for just 4.1% of global supply, down from 4.8% in 2018.While Brazilian LNG imports held up well, demand from both Argentina and Mexico fell.The Middle East absorbed 1.9% of global supply, down from 2.9% in 2018, largely a result of Egypt stepping away from imports.But while Kuwait will continue as the most significant importer in the region – especially with the start of Al-Zour terminal due for 2021, Jordanian imports fell by half.This came just as the first Israeli pipe gas from the Leviathan gas field arrived in Jordan at the end of the year.Read more like this – subscribe todayEnjoyed this story? 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Solicitors enter Dragon’s Den

first_imgGimlet-eyed multi-millionaires look on sceptically as you launch into your business pitch. Pulse tripping, you contemplate the excruciating embarrassment of freezing before the cameras and unseen millions gawping at their TV screens. Or maybe you manage to limp through to the end of your presentation only to hear your ambitions sneeringly dismissed by some slick-suited entrepreneur. Yes, Obiter has always savoured the sadistic delights of BBC’s Dragons’ Den, the programme where new businesses are given seed capital by already successful business people – or are shot down, ignominiously, in flames. North-west firm Hugh Joseph McCarthy chose to put itself through this torture to raise money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. The solicitors had to strut their stuff before stationery and ladies’ lingerie supremo Theo Paphitis, one of the dragons on the programme. Employment solicitor Helen Harradine told him that the firm had given 30 minutes’ free employment advice to clients and then invited them to make a donation to the charity. Harradine said: ‘Raising money was the easy bit. It was the presentation to a dragon that was scary. I do amateur drama, but this was much worse. We caused some amusement by claiming that not all lawyers are heartless.’last_img read more

Five in line for Sietas Group companies

first_imgThis is the result of the second phase of the extensive search for investors by the receiver of the Sietas shipyard, Berthold Brinkmann.During the first phase, a number of potential investors were approached by HSH Corporate Finance, which had been commissioned with the task, and interested parties were asked to submit indicative offers. During the second phase, these offers were put into more concrete terms and confirmed after an in-depth due diligence assessment.Receiver Berthold Brinkmann said: “The five binding offers that we have meanwhile received for the Sietas Group companies include both an overall solution as well as the acquisition of individual companies. I am optimistic that we will be able to find a solution for all three companies – Sietas shipyard, Neuenfelder Maschinenfabrik NMF and Norderwerft.”Informing the board of creditors about the confirmed bids today, Brinkmann said the five bidders are mostly strategic investors from the shipbuilding industry.In the final assessment of the offers, receiver Berthold Brinkmann will not only consider the purchase price, but also the preservation of as many jobs as possible.Now the bids will be examined thoroughly and the decision on whether the Sietas Group companies will be sold to one or more bidders will be decided in accordance with the board of creditors over the coming weeks.Currently, the Sietas shipyard is building a ferry with the capabilities of handling over-dimensional cargoes, the first offshore wind farm transport and installation vessel to be designed and constructed in Germany (keel laying] scheduled for July 2012 and delivery in 2013, as well as a dredger.last_img read more

Virtual circus performance

first_imgLauren Wooten with Phelelani Ree Ndakrokra on the cycle wheel in the Zip Zap production of Journey Beyond. Zip Zap Circus is presenting two productions at the virtual Fringe (vFringe) at the National Arts Festival, which is being hosted online.After three months of lockdown, Zip Zap’s professional troupe returned to their training space, the Dome at the Foreshore in Cape Town, under strict health and safety protocols. They created Once Upon a Circus, a 30-minute show told with aerials and acrobatics and which looks at the role the circus arts have played in social cohesion and creating a sense of belonging for those who find themselves on the fringe of society. The production Journey Beyond – A Symphonic Circus is a collaboration between Zip Zap and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) and was originally performed at the Artscape Opera House in 2018. The show, which is just over an hour, is under the direction of CPO’s resident conductor, Brandon Phillips.Tickets cost R50 for Once Upon A Circus here and R70 for Journey Beyond here.A link will be sent to you after you have bought tickets and you can watch the shows any time before Friday July 31.last_img read more

AP Sources: Spicer expected to take less public role

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) White House press secretary Sean Spicer is seeking to take on a more strategic role that would give him a limited presence in the daily press briefings that have made him a prominent face of the Trump administration.A senior administration official and three people familiar with the potential changes said Monday that Spicer has discussed taking a more senior communications role at the White House. The three people said he has reached out to possible successors at the podium and as communications director. The people spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal deliberations before a final decision is made.“We have sought input from many people as we look to expand our communications operation. As he did in the beginning, Sean Spicer is managing both the communications and press office,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a deputy White House press secretary. She declined further comment on the potential changes.The people warned that no decision has been made and, as with all things involving President Donald Trump, the situation could change. Major staffing shake-ups have been a constant subject of conversation at the White House, but have failed to materialize in recent weeks, aside from the departure of communications director Mike Dubke in early June.Those who have interviewed for senior communications jobs include David Martosko, the U.S. political editor of London’s Daily Mail, who covered the president’s campaign. That’s according to a person familiar with the interviews who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private deliberations.The possible changes for Spicer were first reported by Bloomberg News and Politico.Spicer’s public role has already diminished in recent weeks.The White House has increasingly tapped Cabinet officials and other White House advisers to address reporters on camera and moved to take some of the daily briefings off cable television to keep the focus on Trump, who makes a habit of watching the televised performances.Spicer spoke Monday from the podium at an off-camera gaggle that barred broadcast outlets from using the audio of the question-and-answer session. Asked about the changes, Spicer said Trump had spoken before cameras during an Oval Office meeting with the president of Panama and would later make remarks in front of the media at an event with technology leaders.“There are days that I’ll decide that the president’s voice should be the one that speaks and iterate his priorities,” Spicer said.The White House has generally only used that excuse on days that the president has held a press conference or delivered a major speech.Spicer’s briefings have been must-see TV during the start of the Trump era, beginning with his fiery, inaccurate claim that journalists wrongly portrayed the size of Trump’s inauguration audience. He has been the subject of recurring skits by comic Melissa McCarthy on “Saturday Night Live” and his afternoon briefings have garnered strong ratings.In April the former Republican National Committee strategist apologized for making an “inappropriate and insensitive” statement comparing Adolf Hitler to Syrian President Bashar Assad by suggesting Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” His comments ignored Hitler’s use of gas chambers to kill Jews.Trump threatened in May to shut down daily press briefings and told Fox News Channel at the time that Spicer was “doing a good job, but he gets beat up.”The president has long seen himself as his most effective spokesman, and has faulted his communications team for much of the early turbulence at the White House as well as the backlash from the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Related Articles:Spicer says Hitler comment ‘inexcusable and reprehensible’Sean Spicer faces first White House briefing since Comey’s firing Published: June 19, 2017 8:49 PM EDT AP Sources: Spicer expected to take less public role Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

Litigation funder eyes Asian market with $150m investment

first_imgLitigation funder IMF Bentham has raised a multi-million investment vehicle, its second in recent months, in the latest sign of global growth in third-party funding. The Australia-based funder said the A$150 million (£88.7m) pot would invest in cases in Australia, Asia, Canada and Europe through two new funds. Multinational investment office Partners Capital will manage an investment of $90m in one fund, while Singapore-based private investment firm Amitell Capital will manage a $30m pot. IMF will invest the remaining money.The announcement follows IMF’s launch of a USD$200m investment in February, solely focused on the US market.Meanwhile, litigation funder Burford Capital has opened a new Singapore office and appointed a former Allen & Overy lawyer to head operations there. Quentin Pak, who will join the firm on 30 October, will be responsible for expanding Burford’s presence in Asia and Australia.In June, Burford financed its first Singaporean arbitration matter which it claimed is the first Singapore-seated arbitration funded through third-party finance.Christopher Bogart, chief executive at Burford, said: ‘Burford sees significant potential in the Asia-Pacific market following the passage this year of new laws in the region, including Singapore, that support our business. With the addition of a Singapore office and with Quentin’s on-the-ground leadership and vision, we’re enthusiastic about meeting the increased demand for third-party capital with smart and cost-effective solutions.’Last month, the Gazette reported that Burford had cut a deal with top 100-firm Shepherd & Wedderburn. The deal provides a pot of cash, around eight-figures, with which Shepherd & Wedderburn can fund a portfolio of cases. Similar portfolio deals have proved increasingly attractive to US law firms, and Burford said at the time that it hoped to agree more.last_img read more