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Aftermarket Legislative Advocate Passes Away

first_imgFrom AAIA AutoFacts AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementWARRENDALE, PA — A long-time friend of the aftermarket, Jack Heyler, died on Dec. 26, 2003 after a six-year battle with emphysema. Heyler was a tireless worker in support of the independent aftermarket, leading industry efforts to defeat legislation that would have extended state mandated emissions warranties to 10 years/100,000 miles; and to obtain passage of SB 1146, which mandated that car companies make emissions-related service information and diagnostic tools available to the independent service industry. He was active in the Automotive Service Counsels of California and the Society for Automotive Engineers, helping found the Service Technicians Society a SAE affiliate group. AAIA honored Heyler in 2001 during AAPEX for his contributions to the aftermarket industry. As Marc Graham, then-chairman of AAIA, said during the 2001 ceremony honoring Heyler, “Jack is a legend who has dedicated much of his life and career to helping professional auto technicians and protecting the independent aftermarket.” Donations can be made in Heyler’s memory to the Society for Automotive Engineers Foundation, SAE World Headquarters, 400 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, PA 15096. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

Property lending: long road ahead before CMBS recovery

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Leo Global ships support for Shazand refinery expansion

first_imgThe movement was undertaken as part of deliveries for the Shazand Arak Refinery expansion and upgrading project being undertaken on behalf of National Iranian Oil Engineering and Construction Company.The cargo were shipped on two ships; the first was Tarpon Clipper, which carried 36 packages, 514 tonnes in total and Hong Success, loaded with 30 items, in total 165 tonnes. Leo Global managed the complete logistics, including ex-work, warehousing storage, port handling, export processing, hthe part charter of heavy lift ships and the full discharge at the Bandar Abbas terminal port.Leo Global is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC), the global franchise network for project cargo forwarders.last_img read more

British Virgin Islands enters arbitration market

first_imgThe British Virgin Islands has set up an international arbitration centre, which it hopes will become the centre for worldwide business activity. The IAC, launched on 16 November, will administer arbitrations under its own rules and will also offer ‘ad hoc’ institutional arbitration.BVI is the home to the Eastern Caribbean Commercial Court and its legal system has full recourse into the Privy Council in London.The IAC will have a roster that will include nearly 200 international arbitration and dispute resolution practitioners who can conduct arbitrations in English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese, as well as other languages.Francois Lassalle, a former practice manager at magic circle firm Linklaters, is chief executive of the centre.Lorna Smith, interim director of BVI Finance said BVI is a centre of excellence for business and dispute resolution.‘It is based on a legal system founded upon English common law, which will enable us to be a leading jurisdiction providing financial services solutions,’ she added.Edward Sparrow, chair of the City of London Law Society, said: ‘Many of our members are international law firms who will welcome the opening of a new regional centre for arbitration in the BVI.‘Many international arbitration centres, including the BVI, have systems based on English law, which is one of our most successful exports. Accordingly, parties turn to legal professionals trained in English law from City of London firms for expert advice and representation in international arbitration.’last_img read more

Reflections help see underground

first_imgRADAR reflective strips are laminated into the Terram PW5 geotextile, enabling ground-penetrating radar to be used to confirm that the correct depth of ballast is present after a track renewal project. The non-woven material was developed by Terram in collaboration with Network Rail, and after tests in the UK it is currently being trialled on TGV Est in France. The 50 mm wide conductive strips have clearly-defined edges visible to the radar, enabling computer analysis of the return signals to be used to measure the position of the geotextile and the depth of ballast above it. Three radar reflective strips are provided, allowing the differences in height of the polypropylene-polyethylene geotextile to be identified.H Research on 400m of Network Rail’s West Coast Main Line and at Nottingham University’s Railway Test Facility demonstrated a minimum threefold increase in the maintenance life of ballast over a poor formation when reinforced with an appropriate geogrid. The Royal Society funded research team included geogrid maker Tensar International, Scott Wilson and Carillion.Terram, UK, Tensar International, UKlast_img read more

Police mount search for missing fishermen

first_img Share Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img LocalNews Police mount search for missing fishermen by: Dominica Vibes News – March 15, 2016 377 Views   3 comments The Police Force has confirmed that it has commenced a search for two fishermen who have been reported missing at sea.It is alleged that Ian Joseph and Walters Joseph of Gaulette River left Guadeloupe en route to Dominica on Tuesday 8 March 2016 on their fishing boat and have not returned since. “The two encountered engine trouble while out at sea according to relatives here in Dominica,” Police Public Relations Officer, Pelham Jno Baptiste reported late Monday 14 March 2016.“A report was made to the Police and the Commonwealth of Dominica Coast Guard has since made contact with neighboring law enforcement and search and rescue teams in an effort to locate the two missing Dominican fishermen. The search for Ian and Walters Joseph continues,” Jno Baptiste added.Ian’s mother Roselyn Fontaine told Dominica Vibes on Friday 11 March 2016 that the men “called the owner of the boat to tell the owner of the boat he’s experiencing difficulties, but the owner of the boat probably went out and couldn’t meet up with them”.last_img read more

St. Vincent to introduce legislation outlawing the killing of orcas

first_img Share NewsRegional St. Vincent to introduce legislation outlawing the killing of orcas by: Caribbean Media Corporation – April 6, 2017 72 Views   no discussions Share (Source;, St. Vincent, CMC – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines says it will pass legislation outlawing the killing of orcas, after fishermen killed two of the marine mammals in the presence of a whale-watching group last week.The killing of the orcas — commonly called killer whales – bring to six the number of the dolphins known to have been killed in St. Vincent since July 2015.Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that the law to be introduced by his government will be in keeping with an international ban that the country signed on to years ago.Gonsalves made the announcement on radio five days after the two orcas — which were among a pod of four — were killed while being watched by some 40 cruise ship passengers on a whale and dolphin watching tour with a local operator.Thomson Cruises, owners of TUI Discovery, the cruise ship on which the tourists arrived in St. Vincent, have since cancelled all of its whale and dolphin watch bookings with Fantasea Tours, the local operator that conducted the tours last week.Speaking on a radio programme here on Tuesday, Gonsalves said that “the person or persons who were involved in killing the two ‘killer whales’, the orcas, … is a very hard working fisherman.“But what he did was plain wrong. What he did, I want to emphasise this, what he did was plain wrong. Not just because it happened in front of tourists, but (because) he must not kill the orcas.”He said there are regulations, adding that a few weeks ago there was a pre-budget discussion including fisherfolk, some of whom are from Barrouallie, a town on St. Vincent’s west coast, where the short-finned pilot whale, known locally as “Black Fish” are hunted regularly and are widely consumed across the country.But Gonsalves noted that there is an international ban on the killing of bottlenose dolphins, and killer whales and St. Vincent and the Grenadines was a signatory to the ban.He further noted that four killer whales were killed in the central leeward town in June 2015 “and the fourth one, they had so much meat that some of the meat spoiled.“Now, some people are allowing their greed to get the better of them,” Gonsalves said, adding that some have claimed that mixing killer whale and pilot whales’ meat makes it tastier.“That’s what people say. I don’t know. I don’t eat it. I don’t eat whale either — that is to say, the humpback whale that they catch off Bequia.“What has been happening here, I intend to let (Minister of Fisheries) Saboto (Caesar) continue the discussion which he started,” the prime minister said, adding that Caesar went to Barrouallie after the consultation and spoke to the fisherfolk.center_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Antiguan Filmmaker, Howard Allen, to Host OECS Film Production Webinar

first_img Share Tweet EntertainmentNewsRegional Antiguan Filmmaker, Howard Allen, to Host OECS Film Production Webinar by: – February 12, 2020 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 49 Views   no discussions (OECS) Award-winning Antiguan filmmaker, Howard Allen of HAMA Films, will facilitate a film production webinar for OECS film practitioners this Thursday, 13 February 2020, from 10:00am via online technology.The film webinar, which is the second in a series of online trainings organised by the OECS Competitive Business Unit (CBU), is aimed at sensitising filmmakers in the region to modern practices in film production and sharing best practices. The first webinar was facilitated by Saint Lucian filmmaker, Davina Lee in September 2019, focusing on her work on the award-winning film, “The Knot.”For Thursday’s webinar, Mr. Allen, who has produced five (5) films so far under his production company HAMA Films, will lead participants through the processes that he and his team have successfully employed over their many years of film making.Working as a husband and wife team, with wife, Mitzi, HAMA Films has produced, “The Sweetest Mango”, “No Seed”, “Diablesse”, “The Skin” and is now completing work on their fifth feature film, “Deep Blue”.The team has been called the most prolific filmmakers in the Eastern Caribbean producing four feature films in ten years.In 2001, HAMAfilms became the first indigenous company in the Eastern Caribbean to produce a feature length film with the release of “The Sweetest Mango” a romantic comedy, based on how the couple met and fell in love.The film has been embraced throughout the Caribbean Diaspora. “The Sweetest Mango” is now a part of the TIFF Bell Lightbox Film Reference Library in Toronto, Canada. The Film Reference Library maintains the world’s largest resource of English-language Canadian film and film-related materials as well as a wide range of local, national and international film resources.In 2002 HAMA released their second film “No Seed” a political drama. Both films have since made their world television premiere on CaribVision, the Caribbean Media Corporation’s (CMC) cable channel, which is seen in 21 countries in the Caribbean and on DirecTV in the US. Their third film “Diablesse” based on Caribbean Folklore was released in 2005.In 2011 HAMA released its fourth film, “The Skin” a supernatural thriller based on Caribbean mythology. It has been screened with tremendous success in film festivals in Toronto, Washington, Trindad & Tobago, and Belize.Howard will be sharing his vast experience in the field with other OECS film makers and expects this to be a lively and very interactive session with regional film practitioners and persons interested in learning techniques in film production and generally developing a better understanding of the film industry in the region.The CBU is looking forward to another highly educational forum and for much sharing of experiences among participants during the half-day webinar.last_img read more

Windward Islands Debating Competition Begins Friday

first_img Share EducationLocalNewsRegional Windward Islands Debating Competition Begins Friday by: – March 4, 2020 Sharing is caring! Share 63 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet The Dominica State College will be participating in the Fourth Windward Islands Debating Competition on March 6th and 7th, 2020, at the Goodwill Parish Hall.Dominica State College will be represented by Sky George, Khahill Richards, Zorah-Marie Xavier and  Kodie Jean- Jacques, along with other supporting members. The team is being led and coached by Ms. Trudy Christian, Director of Student Activities.The other teams participating in the competition are:Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, St. LuciaVincent and the Grenadines Community CollegeA Marryshow Community College, Grenada.The stated aim of the debate competition is to reinforce the multidisciplinary approach necessary to assess the needs of the Caribbean and to foster critical thinkers who will help to shape the democratic societies of the Caribbean. The competition is also aimed at promoting regional, collegial information-sharing and cultural exchanges.As a result, the debate topics are usually chosen to focus on current issues pertinent to the Caribbean region. This year’s topics areSemi Finals Topics:The medical use of cannabis is in danger of becoming another ploy of the pharmaceutical industry.It is the responsibility of the youth to lead in climate change action.Finals Topic:The lack of youth involvement in local politics is a direct result of the political culture of the region.Over the past three years Dominica State College has participated in the debates which were held in St. Lucia in 2017, St. Vincent in 2018 and Grenada in 2019 and won in 2017 and 2018.Friday and Saturday’s round of debates will be from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and there will be live streaming via Dominica State College Facebook page and ComeSeeTV.The Dominica State College expresses gratitude to the headline sponsor DOMLEC, the Ministry of Education and to all other sponsors and collaborators.The public is encouraged to come to the Goodwill Parish Hall to support the local team. Sharelast_img read more

Weekly Digest: Class I base jumps another $3 per cwt in August

first_imgClass I base jumps another $3 per cwt in AugustAt $19.78 per hundredweight (cwt), the August 2020 Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) Class I base price rose $3.22 per cwt from July. On top of the $5.14 per cwt gain in July, the Class I base price has now risen $8.36 per cwt since bottoming out in June.advertisementadvertisementJune-July milk price jumps could be recordAfter dropping a by record amount during a single month in April, the U.S. average all-milk price is poised to post two record-level increases in June and July, according to Peter Vitaliano, vice president of economic policy and market research with the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).Vitaliano, who compiles the NMPF/Dairy Management Inc. Dairy Market Report, noted that as of mid-July, dairy futures markets indicated that the June all-milk price will rise by $3.50 per cwt from May’s almost 11-year low. (The USDA will release the June all-milk price on July 31.) Another $3 per cwt increase in the all-milk price is possible in July (announced on Aug. 28).Prior to June, the largest one-month increase in the national average milk price was $2.60 per cwt in April 2004.The current price moves establish a new level of milk price volatility and firmly cement the reputation of 2020 as an unprecedented roller coaster for the dairy industry, Vitaliano said. The outlook for U.S. average milk prices for all of 2020 continues to rise and is approaching 2019’s average of $18.60 per cwt, not including the substantial Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments.For more information on commercial dairy product use and inventories, dairy trade, milk production and prices, download the Dairy Market Report here.advertisementGrocery store dairy sales settling in for the long haulSummer holidays are behind us and “everyday” sales of dairy products in U.S. grocery stores have settled into a nice pattern, according to a weekly update from the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA).The value of dairy product sales during the week ending July 12 was up 13.1% compared with the corresponding week a year earlier, marking the 19th consecutive week that grocery stores dairy sales were double-digit higher than the year before. The report summarizes weekly Information Resources Inc. (IRI) U.S. grocery store sales data.Natural cheese retained its place in grocery carts for the week, up more than 18% by value and 14% by volume compared with the similar week a year ago. Rounding out the top five products based on total value: Fluid milk sales were up more than 5% by value, but unchanged by volume; yogurt sales were up 4% by value and volume; creams and creamers were up nearly 15% by value and 13% by volume; and processed cheese was up 14% by value and 5% by volume. The higher value versus volume indicates some price inflation.Butter volume growth was up 20%, outpacing value growth of nearly 17%. Based on volume, cream cheese and whipped topping sales were up 23% and 29%, respectively, with sales value up 21% and 27%.The week ending July 12 was the first of eight non-holiday weeks until Labor Day. With rising COVID-19 cases and many states reinstating social distancing measures and closing in-restaurant dining, retail sales will be even more critical to the dairy industry for the foreseeable future.IRI’s weekly survey noted that 67% of Americans believe the COVID-19 crisis will last seven months or more – a notable uptick from earlier results where the majority felt the pandemic would end swiftly.advertisement“The more we can help consumers integrate all the various dairy items into their day, the stronger our sales prospects for the next few months,” said Abrielle Backhaus, IDDBA research coordinator.Global Dairy Trade index steadyIndividual product category prices were mixed in a narrow range, with little movement in the Global Dairy Trade (GDT) index in the latest auction, held July 21. Overall, the index was down 0.7%, with dairy product prices as follows:Skim milk powder was down 0.5% to $2,680 per metric ton (MT).Butter was down 4.9% to $3,533 per MT.Whole milk powder was up 0.6% to $3,218 per MT.Cheddar cheese was up 0.6% to $3,803 per MT.The next GDT auction is Aug. 4.Animal Agriculture Alliance launches ‘allies’ advocacy development programThe Animal Agriculture Alliance has launched the Animal Ag Allies program to empower farmers and practicing veterinarians to be outspoken advocates for agriculture online and within their communities. The alliance is currently seeking participants to enroll by Aug. 7.The Animal Ag Allies program provides opportunities for networking, training and continuous development of issue expertise and communication skills. Allies will be on the front lines of responding to emerging issues and sharing positive content about animal agriculture.The program consists of two phases: online training and a private forum to discuss engagement strategies and emerging issues. The training modules are available online and may be completed at the participant’s own pace. Modules include: overviews of each sector of animal agriculture, hot topics and emerging issues facing animal agriculture, how to address contentious issues, growing your social following and reaching outside the choir, and public outreach. Following the completion of the training modules, participants will be invited to a private online group where they will have the ability to interact with one another as well as industry professionals.For more information on the program and participant guidelines, click here.Interested individuals are encouraged to complete the program interest form.Processor news: Borden, Burnett and moreThe $340 million sale of Borden Dairy has been completed. The transaction allows the Borden business to remain intact, including all plants, branches, routes and the Borden brand. Capitol Peak assumed majority ownership of the new company, and KKR became a lender and minority equity investor.Also, on July 20, Bloomberg reported that the new owners of Borden paid an additional $685,000 to keep using “Elsie the Cow” in marketing the company’s products.In other processor news:Maryland-based South Mountain Creamery has announced the acquisition of Pennsylvania-based Trickling Springs Creamery. Trickling Springs Creamery closed in September of 2019. Philip Riehl, an accountant and the majority owner, pleaded guilty to securities and wire fraud earlier this year and was recently sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Under new ownership, the business will be relaunched as Trickling Springs Organic and begin bottling operations in October 2020. A new retail storefront, known as The Market at Trickling Springs, is expected to reopen in August 2020, offering South Mountain Creamery products.A cheese processing facility owned by Burnett Dairy Cooperative in northwestern Wisconsin was heavily damaged by fire on July 20-21. Crews from 13 area fire departments fought the fire at the plant that processes more than 1 million pounds of milk per day. Damage is still being assessed and there’s no word on when processing will resume.Superior Dairy Inc., Canton, Ohio, will expand and diversify its milk processing capacity, according to a news release from Team NEO, a private, nonprofit economic development organization based in northeast Ohio. The $25.5 million expansion to the company’s milk processing and packaging lines and headquarters is expected to enable the company to move into new markets that complement its fluid dairy component, including cottage cheese, sour cream and cream products. It will also allow the company to package milk in “caseless” containers – plastic jugs that can be shipped without the use of cases or boxes.Westby Cooperative Creamery is giving its 6,280-gallon dairy silo a face lift, wrapping it to look like a giant cottage cheese container. The change pays homage to the area’s dairy heritage and designation as the “Cottage Cheese Capital of Wisconsin.” The silo often holds yogurt, but the creamery is best known for its 4% small-curd cottage cheese, producing and distributing 13 million to 14 million pounds per year throughout the Midwest.Progressive Dairy COVID-19 resourcesProgressive Dairy frequently provides updates on COVID-19 news and resources on a special webpage.Updates posted on July 21 cover information about the National Milk Producers Federation’s Coronavirus Dairy Toolbox, California OSHA compliance, financial aid programs in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont and the Northeast, and more.There’s also information on event changes and cancellations; a list of recent dairy organization podcasts related to COVID-19; a comprehensive list of other state, regional and national resources; and helpful articles previously appearing on the Progressive Dairy website.   Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave Digest HighlightsClass I base jumps another $3 per cwt in AugustJune-July milk price jumps could be recordGrocery store dairy sales settling in for the long haulGlobal Dairy Trade index steadyAnimal Agriculture Alliance launches ‘allies’ advocacy development programProcessor news: Borden, Burnett and moreProgressive Dairy COVID-19 resourceslast_img read more