Children’s Advocate Holds Successful Workshop in Spanish Town

first_imgRelatedChildren’s Advocate Holds Successful Workshop in Spanish Town Children’s Advocate Holds Successful Workshop in Spanish Town UncategorizedMarch 7, 2008 RelatedChildren’s Advocate Holds Successful Workshop in Spanish Town RelatedChildren’s Advocate Holds Successful Workshop in Spanish Towncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The fourth staging of an islandwide series of consultative workshops hosted by the Office of the Children’s Advocate in Spanish Town on March 5 is being hailed as “very successful” by Children’s Advocate Mary Clarke.Mrs. Clarke says that in fact, several issues that were unearthed during the workshop will be discussed at a meeting to be held with the police and representatives of the Ministry of Health.“We found out so much that is happening. We heard the voices of the children and the teachers. From the consultations I’ve found so many issues I need to sit and discuss with the police,” she said.She stated that issues to be discussed were varied and stemmed primarily from the communities. “Problems that children have (include) the use of ganja and how it is impacting children directly or indirectly (and) we have problems with loud noise in some communities. Another thing we picked up were certain hot spots for child abuse that we need to bring to their attention and we hope they will have their police in these areas to investigate and see what can be done,” she said.Mrs. Clarke noted that the police were in an excellent position to address these situations. “They have community policing, community meetings with persons and of course they enforce the law. They have a much wider spread than we have and they can reach persons at the community level. We believe in public education, sensitization and enforcement where this becomes necessary,” she stressed.The series of consultations are an attempt by the Office of the Children’s Advocate to educate persons about the Office, its role and functions.It also aims to educate persons about the Child Care and Protection Act as it relates to children in school, teachers and guidance counsellors, and to hear the concerns of the children themselves.This interaction she pointed out would advise the review of policies to the relevant authorities including Parliament, the Ministry of Health and the various agencies that oversee the care and protection of children.Addressing teachers on the matter of corporal punishment Mrs. Clarke called on them to adopt alternate measures in disciplining children. “Because when they come to the office with their bruises and cuts we have to respond and apply the legal process. We really don’t want it to come to that. We are here to work with them and not against them in the best interest of children,” she added.Workshops have so far been held in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Mandeville, and St. Catherine. The final workshop will be held in Kingston next week. Advertisementslast_img read more

BT emphasises importance of digital skills

first_img BT preps renewed 5G push, pandemic hits earnings BT mulls options for sports TV service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 25 SEP 2020 Home BT emphasises importance of digital skills Author Yanitsa Boyadzhieva CONNECTED BRITAIN 2020: BT highlighted the increasing need to bridge digital and social divides in the UK in light of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, calling for big businesses and charities to step up efforts in both areas.In a panel discussion, director of digital impact Kerensa Jennings noted the lockdown had shown the importance of connectivity for supporting different members of society.She highlighted more than half of the people in the UK aged 75 years-old and over had never used the internet, meaning they were unable to connect with family and friends, or access welfare and health services.“It’s really important that we step up” to ensure “all the community foundations across the UK are able to help those most in need”.As a positive element of the lockdown, she pointed to statistics showing more than 35 per cent of people in the UK have built new digital skills during the period.Jennings noted BT was working on different programmes to support disadvantaged parts of the community, small businesses and students in connecting and using new skills in the digital era. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Related Previous ArticleEuropean Commission fights-on in €13B Apple tax caseNext ArticleAT&T, Verizon pay $116M to settle overcharging claims Web inventor warns on youth digital divide BTdigital divideUnited Kingdom Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more Tags last_img read more

Former Howard Hughes exec’s Chelsea PH asks $50M

first_img This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now The apartment spans 6,400 square feet, and the 4,600-square-foot outdoor terrace offers views of the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.ADVERTISEMENTFoster + Partners designed the condo project, which sits on the corner of 11th Avenue and has a private courtyard, a fitness center, yoga room, lounge and playroom.“The rooftop is what sets it most apart from any other home that I toured,” Weinreb told the Journal. “I love to swim and having the city’s largest private outdoor rooftop pool was a special feature.”Weinreb had purchased the unit as a pied-à-terre, but never moved in. He said he’s selling it now because he is spending less time in New York.The home is once again being sold as raw space, and can be built out with up to five bedrooms. The Corcoran Group’s Deborah Kern has the listing.[WSJ] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Full Name* Message*center_img Email Address* David Weinreb owns the penthouse at 551 West 21st. (Getty, Foster + Partners) Fancy a swim? A Manhattan penthouse equipped with a 61-foot-long, rooftop swimming pool is hitting the market asking nearly $50 million.The unit at 551 West 21st Street in West Chelsea belongs to David Weinreb, co-founder and former CEO of the Howard Hughes Corporation, according to the Wall Street Journal. The real estate executive bought the penthouse as raw space for $38 million in 2017, and is now asking $49.995 million.Read moreWhat celeb buyers want during the pandemicMatt Damon lists Pacific Palisades mansion and heads to NYSoap star Joan Collins lists longtime Midtown pied-à-terrelast_img read more

NASCAR.com to live stream three events from Kansas on Friday

first_imgTwo of the three NASCAR national series are headed to Kansas Speedway this weekend. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will have three events live-streamed on NASCAR.com/live on Friday, May 10. These will include both Gander Trucks practices and the first practice in the Monster Energy Series.The Gander Trucks will get things started at 9:30 a.m. ET with their opening practice. Gander Trucks final practice will follow at 11:30 a.m. ET. Bookmark NASCAR.com/live and don’t miss any of the action as the top drivers return to the track.RELATED: Full Kansas ScheduleOnce the Gander Trucks practices end, the Monster Energy Series will roll out at 12:30 p.m. ET for its first practice.Commentary from MRN will be available on the live stream.To recap, here is the full schedule of on-track activity being streamed on NASCAR.com:— 9:30-10:30 a.m., ET: NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series First Practice— 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ET: NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Final Practice— 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First PracticeFast Friday will kick off on FS1 and the FOX Sports App at 3 p.m. ET with Monster Energy Series final practice. That will be followed by NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition at 4 p.m. ET.  The Monster Energy Series Busch Pole Qualifying is at 7 p.m. ET, and the night finishes off with the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Digital Ally 250 at 7:30 p.m. ET.Then, tune in Saturday May 11 for the Monster Energy Series Digital Ally 400 on FS1.last_img read more

WHO: 10% of World’s People May Have Been Infected with Virus

first_imgGENEVA (AP) – The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said Monday its “best estimates” indicate that roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus – more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases – and warned of a difficult period ahead. The comments came during a special session of the executive board to consider the follow-up to its previous meeting, in May, that passed a resolution to look into the world’s – and WHO’s – response to the pandemic. Ryan warned that the world was “now heading into a difficult period. The disease continues to spread. It is on the rise in many parts of the world.” Experts have long said that the number of confirmed cases greatly underestimates the true figure. Dr. Michael Ryan, speaking to a special session of the WHO’s 34-member executive board focusing on COVID-19, said the figures vary from urban to rural, and between different groups, but that ultimately it means “the vast majority of the world remains at risk.” He said the pandemic would continue to evolve, but that tools exist to suppress transmission and save lives. How Empress EMS (NY) Responded to COVID-19 in the Pandemic’s EpicenterAre EMS Agencies Contributing to the Spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.?Managing COVID-19: Applying an Asymmetric Solution to an Asymmetric Problem The estimate – which would amount to more than 760 million people based on a current world population of about 7.6 billion – far outstrips the number of confirmed cases as tallied by both WHO and Johns Hopkins University, now more than 35 million worldwide. “Our current best estimates tell us that about 10 percent of the global population may have been infected by this virus,” Ryan told attendees from member governments who make up the executive board and provide much of its funding. “Many deaths have been averted and many more lives can be protected,” Ryan said. He was flanked by his boss, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who minutes earlier led a moment of silence to honor victims as well as round of applause for the health workers who have strived to save them. Ryan said southeast Asia faced a surge in cases, Europe and the eastern Mediterranean were seeing an increase in deaths, while the situations in Africa and the Western Pacific were “rather more positive.” Indians wearing face masks wait for COVID-19 test report in Jammu, India, Monday, Oct.5, 2020. India, the second worst-affected nation in the world after the United States, is witnessing a sustained decline in new coronavirus infections and active virus cases have remained below the million mark for 14 consecutive days. (AP Photo/Channi Anand) Relatedlast_img read more

Presidential candidates address Bar issues

first_img February 15, 2011 Regular News Presidential candidates address Bar issues The following questions were posed by the News to Bar president-elect candidates Walter “Skip” Campbell, Jr., of Ft. Lauderdale, John “Jake” Schickel of Jacksonville, and Gwynne Alice Young of Tampa. Ballots for the contested election will be mailed to eligible voters on or before March 1. Voters will have the option of voting online in lieu of returning their paper ballot. All votes must be received before midnight, March 21. Any runoff will be conducted between April 1 and April 22. 1. In one sentence, what advice would you give to a recent Bar admittee, fresh out of law school and just sworn-in? Campbell: Because of hard economic times, be careful who you associate with; that first job, many times, is the guide by which you will be judged by your peers. Schickel: Find and cultivate a long lasting relationship with a mentor you respect; be professional in every situation no matter how difficult the circumstances; attend and participate in local bar meetings and programs; develop relationships that will help you increase your competence and professionalism; and prepare to challenge yourself further after your five-year milestone by seeking to become board certified. Young: Get involved with your local and state Bar and take advantage of the resources offered by them. 2. The number of Bar members is expected to grow from around 90,000 to around 115,000 by 2020. What challenges will this present to the Bar? Schickel: Communications with our members has always been a major challenge. I believe we have the ability now to better meet that challenge, and will be able to do so especially if we engage using some of the growing social media products. Currently, the economics of the practice are causing more friction between the client and lawyer and our relationships with other lawyers.  More lawyers entering practice make for bigger challenges. I believe our professionalism programs can meet these challenges. Young: The growth in number of members will continue to put pressure on Florida lawyers and hence the Bar. At present time there are insufficient jobs for the number of law school graduates seeking employment in Florida. This trend will continue as the number of lawyers in Florida increases. This will likely result in more lawyers opening solo or small firms or seeking employment outside of the legal profession. The Bar will need to continue to maintain and expand its programming to assist those lawyers as discussed in my response to question four below. Growth will continue to cause an increase in the number of Bar grievances filed. The Bar will need to ensure that its discipline system keeps pace with the demand created by the larger lawyer population. Campbell: Increase in numbers of members of the Bar clearly will make it more difficult to regulate. The Bar leadership has an obligation to their Bar members by trying to provide the best services available, which will be an additional challenge. 3. Technology, from e-mail to e-filing in the courts, is revolutionizing the practice of law. How can the Bar help its members successfully make these technology transitions? Young: The Bar will need to provide readily available and cost-effective training on how to operate the technology, how technology can be used to enhance the lawyer’s practice, and how technology otherwise effects practice. Examples would include training on how to use e-filing, how to use social networking to benefit your practice, seminars on e-discovery. Campbell: The advancements in the use of technology in the legal profession count on and rely on practitioners having a working knowledge of the basic tools of modern computing, i.e., e-mail and Web browsing. The most important issue of training old and young lawyers alike is how to use these basic tools. The Florida Bar should take steps to provide training on these seemingly most basic of skills. This can be done in the form of free or inexpensive classes, seminars, or videos. It is also critical to the members of the Bar that electronic filings in the courts be unified so that all of the circuits are on the same page. Schickel: The Bar should have more free seminars on LegalSpan [the service through which the Bar provides online CLE programs] to address these issues. Programs on e-filing, to business building, marketing, and trust accounting should all be available. We should have free seminars on LegalSpan that teach social networking and basic computer use. 4. What can the Bar do to help its members who are hard hit by the recession? Campbell: I have personally come in contact with members of the Bar who are very hard hit by the recession. Some of these members are having a difficult time paying for their electric bill and mortgage payments. As a Bar, we have to look at ways to assist these members in, hopefully, a temporary time period. Hardship waivers for reduced Bar dues and fees as well as CLE courses are a way to allow members of the profession to continue practicing law in a hope that they can get through these tough economic times. Schickel: The Bar should better use our bulk buying ability to provide more member benefits. From health insurance to banking services, we have the volume to obtain a wider range of member benefits. We should also do comparisons of our benefits with other similar sized groups and other bar associations. Young: The Bar has already implemented an online job and career center that allows employers to post job openings on The Florida Bar website. The Program Evaluation Committee has a subcommittee which has been working on defining Bar services and programs that can assist members who are adversely impacted by the economy. At its most recent board meeting, on recommendation of the Program Evaluation Committee, the board approved the Lawyers Helping Lawyers program. That program will have a section on the Bar’s website which will offer online programming free of charge on topics such as how to build a practice, discounted goods and services for lawyers, the job and career center, and other helpful information. The Bar can develop more programming on career planning strategies, job hunting strategies, and alternatives to law practice. 5. How can the Bar ensure equal access to legal services and the court system? Schickel: Access is an adjunct to funding. Our constitution guarantees the right to access, and we must be in the forefront of court funding before a funding crisis becomes a constitutional crisis. We should equip our clients to convey this message. We need to focus on identifying our allies and have them help the Legislature better understand the importance of access to courts and for redress. Young: At the outset, our judicial system must be adequately funded to ensure equal access to legal services and the court system. We must have enough judges and staff to provide timely resolution of disputes. Moreover, we must have the funds to keep our courts open and operating during the business week. We must continue to encourage lawyers to take on pro bono matters. We need to examine alternative ways to assist people who cannot afford attorneys to be able to navigate the court system. For example, in Hillsborough County, Bay Area Legal Services operates a forms clinic which is staffed by lawyers who assist pro se litigants in completing the court-approved form paper work in order to obtain a dissolution of marriage. Campbell: While the number of lawyers is increasing, many believe there is still not adequate access to justice for many Floridians. The constitution requires lawyers for criminal cases, but general civil legal services for the underserved middle and working classes of Floridians, as well as our state’s poorer citizens, is lacking. Where The Florida Bar Foundation received about $45 million a year from IOTA, this amount is now down to about $5 million a year. This is resulting in a crisis for access to the judicial system. The Bar should encourage more pro bono involvement as we get through these tough economic times. We also should attempt to seek more voluntary contributions to organizations like Legal Services and The Florida Bar Foundation to keep these very important institutions alive. 6. How do you rate the Bar’s disciplinary operations? Do you have any suggestions for change? Young: I think the Bar’s disciplinary system is excellent. The ACAP centralized intake program is up and working and provides for more consistent case handling. ACAP uses a paperless case management system, which appears to be working well. The Bar has also looked at creative solutions to problems, such as the increase in claims resulting from the foreclosure crisis, by hiring a contract lawyer to deal with those particular claims and to separately monitor and account for those claims. I believe that we can continue to find ways to improve the system by moving matters through the system more quickly while continuing to ensure full due process. Campbell: I believe the structure of the Bar’s disciplinary operations is excellent. I truly believe that the personnel that try to implement the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar are trying to do the best they can to make sure that the constitutional and personal rights of all lawyers are protected. But like any institution, I do believe that we can improve on our system. When I was a young lawyer we had more live probable cause hearings, which allowed members of the legal profession and the public to look the lawyer in the eye and make a determination as to whether there has been a deviation from the rules regulating The Florida Bar. Many members who are subject to discipline have come to me and advised that the investigators who make the determination as to whether to bring a probable cause recommendation to a grievance committee sometimes don’t even talk to the lawyers who are being grieved against. We must make sure that all lawyers in the state of Florida get fair, just, and adequate review of grievances. Schickel: Our process is excellent. The changes implemented in the past few years go a long way to protect lawyers from unhappy clients and from unethical attorneys. The system now works more quickly to identify serious problems from irresponsible behavior, and there is more uniformity in the penalty. We need to teach all attorneys about how the system works as they enter the practice of law. 7. If you were addressing a class of high school seniors, would you encourage them to become lawyers? Why or why not? Campbell: I have been recently asked to give a speech to high school seniors about what it is to be a lawyer and whether I would encourage them to become lawyers. What I tried to do was present a balancing act in trying to show that lawyers throughout historical time have acted as advocates and advisors to governments, individuals, corporations, and frankly, people who are down on their luck. I informed the young people that a very well respected man by the name of Tocqueville pointed out in the beginning of our country the importance of lawyers in shaping society. Back then the lawyers dominated the processes that formed our constitution and governmental structures. It was lawyers that provided the framework for constitutional privileges and obligations. The legal profession has been and should be a highly respected profession.I tried to explain to these seniors that being a lawyer takes a lot of time in school and costs a lot of money. I advised them that there are many lawyers that are getting out a law school today who have $150,000 in debt, which is a significant impediment to a young lawyer. I also advised that lawyers have to work hard because of this. Sometimes the quality of their lives and their family lives are put in jeopardy.I ended with my own feelings that I am proud to be a lawyer and feel that the profession still needs a lot of good lawyers. Schickel: Yes, but with a caveat. The profession is worthwhile and satisfying, and counseling clients is rewarding. Doctors treat the body, ministers treat the soul, and lawyers treat everything else. It is, however, a demanding and difficult profession, and it is not as lucrative as many expect. Practicing law should be about discovering the truth and helping parties resolve their differences with minimal impact on families, the court system, and finances. Young: Yes. Being a lawyer is interesting, challenging, and intellectually stimulating. It is rewarding in that you can help people solve problems whether it be your pro bono family law client or a corporate client. That said, it is very hard work and very demanding. 8. How can the Bar better work with the executive and legislative branches of government to support the judicial branch and achieve its goal of a fair and impartial judiciary? Schickel: I believe the judiciary is fair and impartial. The problem is perception. In our system, there is generally a winner and loser. Seldom does the loser feel good and naturally tends to blame others and, in our world, the judiciary. Without the funding to provide access to courts, justice delayed will be justice denied. We are the messengers of our clients. It is not our lawsuit, it belongs to our clients. They must help us make the case to the Legislature and governor, be it businesses or individuals. Most of the time the judiciary cannot speak out on issues and needs champions to address the perception of fairness. The Bar can and should take a leading role. Young: The Bar must continue to educate members of the executive and legislative branches on the role of the judicial branch and its importance to our state. Ensuring the prompt and effective resolution of disputes is critical to the state’s goals that Florida be a business friendly state. The Bar must provide them with the data which supports the level of funding the judicial system needs to function effectively. This must continue to be a priority. Campbell: I have personally dealt with the executive and legislative branches in supporting positions of the Bar as well as our judicial branch. It is my opinion that human relationships with people can lessen many of the problems related to conflict whether real or imagined. I have always tried to first establish human relationships with the governor and other legislators. Personal relationships humanize potential adversaries, improve communications, and increase the general level of mutual understanding and trust. As individuals get to know each other they get to know, recognize, and acknowledge their positions. Mutual understanding and trust is critical to develop the communication needed to address the needs of The Florida Bar and judiciary in the state of Florida. 9. What are the top three issues facing Florida lawyers and what can the Bar do to address them? Young: The impact of the economy on the legal profession. As shown in my answer to question four, the Bar is actively looking at ways to help its members who have been adversely impacted by the continuing poor economy. Adequate funding of the judicial system. The Bar must continue its strong legislative advocacy on behalf of the court system. See my answers to question eight. Public perception of lawyers. This problem is not easily solved. The Bar must continue to take prompt disciplinary action against those lawyers who commit acts of malfeasance. The Bar must also continue its efforts to educate the public on the role of lawyers and the rules of discipline. Finally, to the extent practical, the Bar should seek to publicize the good works of lawyers. Campbell: The three issues facing Florida lawyers are probably not the same three issues that will be presented by my opponents. One of the things that I have heard from many Florida lawyers is that there is an increased dissatisfaction with the demanding life of a lawyer. Lawyers are trying to balance their family lives with the need to satisfy client’s interest. Lawyers sometimes feel that The Florida Bar is distant and not concerned with their individual needs. The Florida Bar needs to make a better commitment on communication with all lawyers in the state of Florida and encourage programs to provide better career contentment for the practicing lawyer. This I believe can be accomplished through CLE programs, videos, classes, and seminars. I believe the final thing The Florida Bar can do is make the Bar more lawyer friendly.The second issue facing lawyers is the increased competition we have with each other as well as other professions who are attempting to get the same work that lawyers perform. The Florida Bar is attempting to study the issues of lawyer advertising as well as keep up with the issues of multidisciplinary practice and multijurisdictional practice.The third area that I believe faces lawyers is the legislative attempt to regulate the courts and The Florida Bar. I would encourage more lawyers to get active with the legislative and executive branch so that we might again develop that interpersonal relationship that I spoke about earlier. Lawyers have historically been active in the most important political and policy issues facing Florida and the nation. For some reason we have become too complacent and haven’t encouraged continued involvement in the process. Tocqueville remarked two centuries ago that in the United States lawyers were the arbitrators between citizens and its government. Tocqueville was clairvoyant in showing the importance of lawyers for both the political and social order of American constitutional democracy. We the lawyers in The Florida Bar must do everything we can to preserve the constitutional protections that so many in the past have fought for and died for or we will lose them to complacency. Schickel: The economy, the economy, and the economy. The economy is the cause. We cannot fix it, but we can help with some of the symptoms. Increasing concern over growing our client base has forced lawyers to be more antagonistic, and professionalism has suffered. We must address this at the community level. The economy has caused a lack of raises, freezing of salaries, and layoffs. As The Florida Bar provides better member services, this should help all lawyers. The economy is also affecting court funding. Unless more money becomes available, we have to show the Legislature the importance of adequate funding and the impact on the entire system including our clients. 10. Tell us about one defining moment in your legal career when you stopped to say, “I am proud to be a lawyer.” Campbell: I can talk about the cases that I have dealt with in the past that have truly brought a right when a wrong occurred and justice prevailed. But I think the most defining moment in my legal career was when I was on the 17th green of Eagle Trace Golf Course and saw a man in front of me fall down and have a heart attack. My golf partner and I, who is also a lawyer, quickly drove up to see what was going on. It was clear that the two individuals that were golfing with this gentleman had no idea what to do. So I immediately started using CPR and was able to save this man’s life until the paramedics arrived. That, in and of itself, was not the defining moment. The defining moment was that one of the witnesses who saw me perform CPR was a doctor who made the comment afterwards that he thought all lawyers sucked the life out of people and he was impressed that one lawyer saved a life. This type of mindset is exactly what we need to get rid of in society. More respect and trust is needed between people. After all we should never forget that we are all human beings, Americans, and Floridians.I know my comments are not erudite because quite frankly we do not have the time or space to fully comment on the needs of The Florida Bar.I do need your vote for president-elect of The Florida Bar. Schickel: I represented a family that was on the verge of losing everything. They had even lost hope. My partners and I were able to help them. The hugs were better than the praise and thank you, for without the help of a lawyer. . . all would have been lost. Young: I handled a pro bono matter for a woman whose children had been removed from her and placed with their father due to her serious drug problem. She had completely rehabilitated herself and become gainfully employed. The father nonetheless would not allow her to have visitation with the children. I was successful in securing her that visitation. Helping someone who had helped themselves made me proud to be a lawyer. I should add that there have been many such moments in my legal career. I am proud to be a lawyer because of the critical role we play in preserving our democratic society. The fact that we are a nation of laws makes me proud to be a lawyer. Presidential candidates address Bar issueslast_img read more

Four Seasons Appoints Two Execs to Marketing Team

first_imgWith 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.  LEWISVILLE, TX — Four Seasons, a division of Standard Motor Products, has named Matt Guden as business development manager and Gary Villanueva as project manager. Both will report directly to Kevin Burton, Four Seasons’ director of sales and marketing. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Guden most recently served as territory sales manager for Standard Motor Products and was with the company for nine years. Villanueva has been involved with sales and marketing strategy within the domestic and international automotive aftermarket for 20 years, the last 16 of which he worked at Santech Industries. _______________________________________ 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 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.last_img read more

As Scots vote, Wood Mac assesses key issues for UK oil & gas sector

first_imgAs Scotland is voting today either to break free from the three centuries old union or stay in it, read below a report titled :”Key considerations for the UK Oil & Gas industry and Scottish Independence Referendum,” compiled by a consultancy group Wood Mackenzie. Wood Mackenzie assesses the key issues for the UK North Sea oil and gas sector in the event of constitutional change in Scotland in light of the Scottish Independence referendum on  Thursday 18th September 2014, with the future of the oil and gas sector continuing to be a  key issue in the debate. Wood Mackenzie says the issues to be addressed in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote include fiscal (un)certainty, the offshore boundary and regulatory change.Wood Mackenzie says that oil and gas companies will be closely following the result of the referendum, and the potential issues which might arise in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote, but of more pressing concern to the industry is the underperformance of exploration and production on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).The key facts are:Productiono Following record levels of investment, the UKCS’ long term production decline is expected to be temporarily arrested with production increasing to 1.46 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (mmboe/d) in 2018, from the current level of 1.43 mmboe in 2014.o Post 2018, decline is forecast to set in once more with production dipping below 1 million  barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) by 2023, less than a quarter of the 1999 peak according to Wood Mackenzie.o Operational issues continue to impact UKCS production levels. Although production decline rates slowed in 2013 compared to the two previous years, they were still higher than expected.  The factors contributing to this underperformance were unscheduled maintenance, project delays and poorer than expected recovery.  If these issues persist, even the temporary recovery forecast to 2018 could be at risk.Exploration activityo In 2013, 53 exploration and appraisal (E&A) wells were spudded and only 19 exploration wells have been spudded to date in 2014. Volumes discovered have also been disappointing with less than 330 mmboe of reserves discovered since the beginning of 2011, compared to around 2,540 mmboe which has been produced over the same period.o The consequence of this low level of discovered reserves combined with the cost challenges facing operators mean that, notwithstanding the total level of reserves that can be produced over the life of the North Sea, future Scottish production is under pressure.Future investmento Despite the current North Sea investment boom, there is an uncertain project pipeline with two principal factors contributing to this situation. The current high cost environment has led to projects being put on hold or deferred, such as Rosebank and Bressay, and poor exploration success has resulted in fewer discoveries, and therefore fewer new projects.In the event of a ‘Yes’ vote Wood Mackenzie highlights several issues for the country’s oil & gas sector that an independent Scottish Government would need to address:• Fiscal certaintyo Fiscal uncertainty is a chief concern of oil and gas companies in the UKCS and there is an ongoing review of the industry’s fiscal terms.  Regardless of which government is in charge of the industry, companies will seek stability and simplicity around existing fiscal terms as well as tax incentives for harder to produce reserves.  Industry engagement will be paramount to maximising value for both government and companies.o We estimate that by 2030 nearly US$9 billion of tax relief will be claimed in respect of decommissioning spend on Scottish fields. This relief has been guaranteed through the Decommissioning Relief Deeds (DRDs) that exist between licence holders and the UK Government. The Scottish Government has stated that it will provide similar contractual certainty on decommissioning tax relief in the event of independence.• The offshore boundaryo A border for oil and gas activities would need to be negotiated. A prolonged dispute could cause uncertainty and negatively impact the investment plans of companies active in the disputed area.o Wood Mackenzie forecasts that the bulk of UK oil and gas reserves lie in Scottish waters, and forecasts that an independent Scotland would control the vast majority of production as well as the most prospective acreage.  In terms of remaining reserves, Wood Mackenzie estimates that circa 15.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent remain in the UK.  This comprises reserves which are being produced, yet to be produced and yet to be found:  the Scottish portion of commercial reserves is 84%.• Regulation – The creation of a new regulator, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), was announced in June 2014.  Based in Aberdeen, this new regulator is expected to take a more active role in the stewardship of the UKCS than DECC does currently.  The Scottish Government would take on the regulatory and stewardship responsibilities of the Upstream industry and companies will want consistency and a seamless transition to ensure that delays, and an additional administrative burden, do not creep into the approvals process for upcoming projects and existing developments.The polling places have been opened from 7 a.m. local time today, where 4.2 million registered voters will decide on their country’s future by simply answering Yes or No to the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”. Voting polls close at 10 p.m., when the counting begins. Final results of the referendum will be revealed around 7.30 a.m. Friday, September 19.#indyref Tweets[mappress]September 18, 2014last_img read more