RALEIGH, NC — The Catevo Group, a global integrated communications, marketing, technology and management consultancy based in Raleigh, NC, has named Neal Zipser vice president of Catevo Aftermarket. In this role, Zipser will direct and help expand Catevo’s business efforts in the automotive and heavy duty aftermarket industries. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “We’re delighted to have Neal join our stable of experienced executives who can help our clients’ businesses evolve,” said Dr. Mitch Javidi, Catevo president and CEO. “The aftermarket is an evolving industry faced with new business challenges such as globalization, supply chain rationalization and competitive benchmarking. Our strategic and business integration capabilities combined with our global reach will help us serve as a catalyst for our aftermarket clients.” “It’s not business as usual in today’s aftermarket,” Zipser said. “Companies have to think and act differently than they have in the past to think globally, strengthen their value proposition and leverage their differentiation in the market. Catevo Aftermarket is unique in that it integrates under one roof various disciplines from market positioning, brand management and forecasting to analytical tools and global strategic planning.” “Catevo has nearly 40 years of experience in helping a wide array of companies meet and overcome challenges” Zipser continued. “I look forward to bringing the benefit of that experience to aftermarket companies to help them do more than just merely survive; we want to help companies of any size plan, strategize and map a path to increased efficiency and a stronger bottom line.” Advertisement Catevo launched its efforts in the aftermarket in 2006 by conducting the research and developing the final report of the comprehensive Automotive Data Vision study. The year-long project concluded that while data management is a serious concern to the aftermarket, the industry lacks consensus on a solution. Prior to joining Catevo, Zipser was vice president of marketing and communications for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), where he was responsible for coordinating the marketing and communications programs of MEMA and its market segment associations in the automotive aftermarket and heavy duty vehicle segments. He also served as senior editor of FOCUS, MEMA’s quarterly magazine, and was named runner-up in PR News’ Not-Profit PR Executive of the Year competition in 2006. In addition, Zipser served as marketing communications manager for Visteon’s global aftermarket operations, where he managed the company’s marketing efforts relating to consumer electronics and climate control products. At Visteon, he helped launch the Fortune 200 company’s brand into the independent aftermarket and dealer channels. Zipser is based in Catevo’s Raleigh, NC, headquarters. For more information about Catevo, go to: http://www.catevo.com.
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins has named Thad Ewald as its new vice president of corporate strategy and business development. With the appointment, which was effective Aug. 1, Ewald also became a corporate officer. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Ewald first came to Cummins as a summer intern in 1999 while working on his MBA at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Joining the company full time in 2001, he became the director of marketing for the Americas for Power Generation in Fridley, Minn. During his time there he helped lead the Power Electronics business through a turn-around and into significant and profitable growth. While Ewald was with the Power Electronic Business, he also served as managing director of the former SEG subsidiary, leading that business through a restructuring and then divesting it in late 2006. In 2007, he led Power Generation’s global purchasing operations. In 2008, Ewald was named executive director of Cummins’ newly-created Growth Office at corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ind., with the responsibility of seeking growth opportunities for the company. That role was expanded in January 2009 when he became executive director for corporate strategy and business development and a member of Cummins’ operating leadership team. Ewald’s promotion to an officer-level position gives his strategy and business development role greater visibility within Cummins. He will continue reporting directly to President and COO Tom Linebarger. “Cummins has set aggressive profitable growth targets, and it is essential that we put in place high quality strategies to meet these growth targets,” Linebarger said. “In this role, Thad will continue to use his exceptionally strong analytical skills, his knowledge of markets and competitors, and his strategic thinking skills to help the company and each business segment develop robust profitable growth strategies. Thad will also continue to lead the strategy function, ensuring that we have capable, trained people in the strategy group and throughout the company.” Advertisement Prior to joining Cummins, Ewald held sales and business development roles at Goodrich and Emerson Electric. In addition to his MBA from Indiana, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio University in 1990. Lear more about Cummins here.
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is hosting a programme of five workshops, called ‘A Year of Autonomy’, with aim to address the common challenges faced by robotic systems on land, sea and air by encouraging shared learning and collaboration. These challenges include; the development of artificial intelligence, societal acceptance and energy management.This initiative is part of the South Coast Marine Cluster and aims to help the autonomous systems industries in this region to grow and position the South Coast as a hub for innovative, high value companies.Kevin Forshaw, NOC’s associate director, Innovation and Enterprise, said: “Along with our partners in this initiative, the NOC is in a strong position to facilitate addressing the common challenges faced by the robotics industry. By talking across sectors, we hope that A Year of Autonomy will have a higher impact than we can have by working in our traditional networks.”The workshops will facilitate cross-sector learning, network building, identification of areas needing investment and collaboration in order to meet the challenges facing the whole industry. They will be hosted by a series of organisations that have an interest in robotics and are based along the South Coast, including NOC, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, QinetiQ and the Universities of Exeter, Southampton and Portsmouth.The launch of this programme coincides with the first anniversary of the opening of the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre in Southampton. Opened in November last year, by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, the centre now has 19 partners and eight companies located in the building working in partnership with the NOC’s engineers and scientists. The centre also has 11 Associate Members who regularly access the programme of networking events. The centre has created six full time positions so far, and has pulled in £15m investment for autonomy and sensor development and £8m worth of collaborative research and development projects.Source: NOC
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Government plans to fund a £25m scheme providing mental health services at police stations and courts are a ‘thin layer of icing on a cake that is already falling apart’, according to a prominent mental health lawyer.The ‘liaison and diversion programme’ aims to identify offenders with mental health problems before they enter the criminal justice system, directing them towards health professionals and care in the community.Health minister Norman Lamb (pictured) said: ‘Diverting the individual away from offending and helping to reduce the risk of more victims suffering due to further offences benefits everyone.’Mental Health Lawyers Association chair Richard Charlton said that while he welcomed the pilot scheme, it does nothing to address the ‘noticeable decline in available hospital beds’ or the ‘ongoing crisis’ in providing help in the community. ‘Why divert offenders when there is nowhere for them to go?’ said Charlton.‘There are reports of people as far south as Kent looking for hospital beds in Scotland. This is all no more than a thin layer of icing on a cake that is already falling apart.’Centre for Mental Health deputy chief executive Andy Bell said the initiative does ‘unlock opportunities’ to make a difference. He added: ‘By identifying people with mental illnesses earlier, well-functioning liaison and diversion can ensure they get support in prison or on the outside to prevent further offending.’Liaison and diversion was one of the key suggestions of Lord Bradley’s 2009 review of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system.During the coming year, the £25m will help join up police and courts systems with mental health services in 10 pilot areas. If successful, the scheme will be extended across the country by 2017.
Yes! Stranger Things is back on our screens and is darker than ever. If I was a resident of Hawkins County I think I’d had moved out ages ago, yet our team of plucky heroes seems intent on staying put. All eight episodes are now available to binge on Netflix. At the time of writing, I’ve only managed to find time to view five episodes and boy are they brilliant.I will be keeping spoilers to a minimum so you should be safe to read on even if you haven’t been watching the show.View the Stranger Things 3 trailer below:https://youtu.be/YEG3bmU_WaIIn season 3 all of the younger cast has grown up some since we last saw them. Some of them are in relationships with each other and the introduction of girlfriends/boyfriends into the mix certainly complicates the relationships between the characters.Episode 1, “Suzie, do you copy?” Opens with a team of Russian scientists testing a machine whose purpose is to reopen the rift into the upside-down and anyone who has been watching Stranger Things knows this is a bad idea! This first episode, however, keeps the upside-down to the fringes and focuses more on the relationships between the characters.Credit: NetflixMike (Finn Wolfhard) and Eleven (Mille Bobby Brown), now known as Elle, are now together as are Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink) which causes friction between the boys. Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) is back from summer camp and also claims to have a girlfriend called Suzie although we don’t get to see if she is real or not as his attempts to contact her via radio don’t bear any fruit.Hawkins County itself has changed drastically with a new shopping mall being the new centre of town. At the mall, Steve (Joe Keery) has taken a job in an icecream parlour working alongside new character Robin (Maya Hawke). Also, Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) are working at the local newspaper.Finally, Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce (Winona Ryder) are still definitely not together but there is a definite tension between the two characters.Credit: NetflixOk, I think that’s us all caught up on what everyone is doing!This episode sets the scene really well by focusing on how the characters have grown since we last saw them. It’s great to see how they have grown up and how they are dealing with the troubles that adolescence brings along with it. We get to see this both from the kids’ and the parent’s perspectives.Oh and the mind flayer is most definitely back but not as you would expect.As you would expect, there are dark, supernatural scenes aplenty too and the visuals used in these scenes are truly stunning. This was a brilliant first episode and I can’t wait to find the time to get the others watched to see how things pan out.Stranger Things 3 is available on Netflix.
China on Thursday handed over a package of medical supplies to Madagascar to help fight an epidemic of plague that has killed 57 people in the past three months, Xinhua reports.Chinese Ambassador to Madagascar Yang Xiaorong said that the package of supplies worth $ 220,000 is a gift from the Chinese government and the Chinese people to Madagascar’s government and the Malagasy people.The package contained medical supplies including, antibiotics, clothing, masks and protective gloves.As of Thursday, the death toll from the plague was 57, this according to the country’s Ministry of Public Health.“The Chinese Embassy and the Chinese doctors remain ready to work with the Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health and local teams to deal with this infectious disease, continue and expand medical and health cooperation in the future.” Yang promisedThere are currently 30 Chinese doctors working with Malagasy doctors in four hospitals to treat patients suffering from the plague. She further said.Plague is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, a zoonotic bacteria usually found in small mammals and their fleas, according to the World Health Organization.Madagascar typically sees around 400 cases of the bubonic plague each year, with the illness typically spread through flea bites and contact with infected bodily fluids.Plague is known to be endemic on the Plateaux of Madagascar and a seasonal upsurge usually occurs early every year between September and April.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), from 2010 to 2015, there were 3,248 cases reported worldwide, including 584 deaths.
International freight and logistics insurer, TT Club has announced the appointment of a new Network Partner, tasked with providing support for those the Club insures around the world, in Qingdao, China. The seventeenth such facility that TT provides globally, this complements the Club’s regional offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong In making the announcement, Phillip Emmanuel, TT Club’s Asia Pacific Regional Director said, “TT Club Members large and small both operate and trade in a truly global environment and it is vital that they receive assistance from us wherever their business transactions are made and carried out. We strive therefore to continually enhance the reach of our service network in order to deliver an unequalled level of claims and loss prevention advice.” Allowing TT Club Members, its insured, to access a unique network of freight transport experts across the globe, Network Partners provide claims assistance, loss prevention and risk management advice to container lines, freight forwarders and other supply chain operators who arrange their insurance cover through TT Club. “Fundamental to the mutual insurer’s service is its global reach. Therefore to have the first Network Partner established in China, to complement the existing Shanghai corporate office, is an important landmark for the Club,” TT Club stated. Ivy Yu will lead the Ever Faith team in serving TT Club Members. Ivy spent four years working at the offices of TT Club managers Thomas Miller in Shanghai and will bring valuable experience of mutual insurance to the new Network Partner. Sea News, January 21 Now in Qingdao, through the appointment of Ever Faith Marine Service Co Ltd., as of 10th January, TT Club has a presence in three key locations. Qingdao joins TT Club’s management company Thomas Miller’s offices in Shanghai and its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong. Author: Baibhav Mishra
RAIN RFID solutions provider, Impinj Inc, has introduced the Impinj Monza R6-B tag chip for tracking checked baggage in the global air-transport industry. The Monza R6-B specifically addresses the recent International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors initiative for member airlines to use RAIN RFID-enabled bag tags by 2020.The Monza R6-B is the first tag chip specifically engineered for airline baggage tracking. Its design builds upon Impinj’s product leadership in tag chips, reader chips, and fixed readers in the largest RAIN RFID airport luggage tracking deployments to date. It enables airlines and airports to meet key baggage tracking requirements including IATA Resolution 753 and specific guidelines for RAIN RFID implementation in Recommended Practice 1740c. There are more than 280 IATA member airlines transitioning to RAIN for bag tracking. This rollout is one of the largest and fastest industry adoptions in the history of RFID.According to a study by IATA, RAIN RFID is predicted to save the air transport industry $3 billion by 2023 as more accurate luggage tracking results in fewer mishandled bags. RAIN RFID is proven to be 99.9 percent accurate in bag location tracking, supporting quicker aircraft turn times and improving the passenger experience with fewer lost bags, greater visibility into a bag’s location, and other enhanced travel applications.A Monza R6-B tag chip in a baggage label wirelessly connects the bag and consistently enables fast and accurate luggage identification to keep baggage operations on schedule. Monza R6-B’s patented AutoTune self-tuning feature delivers reliable radio-frequency communications across worldwide frequency jurisdictions and in challenging airport environments such as stacked luggage and metallic infrastructure. Impinj’s patented Enduro connection design enables reliable labels that can withstand the wear-and-tear of baggage handling operations.Impinj provides a comprehensive platform spanning endpoints, connectivity, and software. Its connectivity devices track bags throughout handling operations on conveyors, belt loaders, thresholds, and baggage hold areas. The company offers a variety of reader options for each of these read points, including integrated gateways, fixed readers, reader modules, and reader chips. Impinj software makes it easy to manage and monitor a RAIN RFID implementation and integrate RAIN data into other applications.
Share RelatedReggae with the Ridleys fundraiser final push for sea turtle facilityBy PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS For many South Padre Island denizens, Sea Turtle, Inc. (STI) brings back fond memories or the founder of the organization, Ila Fox Loetscher, known affectionately as “The Turtle Lady.” The original creator of STI, Loetscher dedicated 35 years of her life to the…September 23, 2016In “News”Rehabilitated sea turtles releasedBy PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS In front of an excited crowd of onlookers, Wonder and Rocky B, two juvenile Atlantic green sea turtles, were released into the ocean at noon the day after Thanksgiving. They were released by Sea Turtle, Inc., a local non-profit organization that rescues and…December 6, 2015In “News”Banner Year Marked by ’Celebration’By RAY QUIROGA South Padre Parade firstname.lastname@example.org Jeff George is one of the human faces behind Sea Turtle Inc. As the executive director of the acclaimed education, rescue and rehabilitation center located on South Padre Island, George has spent close to two decades working closely with sea turtles, and he’s…September 6, 2012In “Gallery” By PAMELA CODYSpecial to the ParadeGuests of the “Tastes and Toddies with the Turtles” at Sea Turtle, Inc. view auction items as Jewel Marie and the Blitz plays in the background. Photo by Pamela Cody.Turtle lovers from all over Texas came out to lend their support to Sea Turtle, Inc. last weekend, to help raise funds for the organization’s ongoing endeavors to rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles and conserve all marine turtle species.The fundraiser, dubbed “Tastes and Toddies with the Turtles” took place at Sea Turtle, Inc.’s sprawling facility located in the north end of South Padre Island. Turtle enthusiasts enjoyed a variety of food and beverage selections provided by local restaurants, along with both a silent and live auction. While listening to music provided by Jewel Marie and the Blitz, guests enjoyed sampling the cuisine as they sat at tables placed among the giant tanks housing the resident turtles at the center.Auction items included numerous turtle themed artwork and jewelry, as well as goods and services from local businesses and restaurants.Standing near the buffet tables, Jeff George, executive director of Sea Turtle, Inc, reflected on the history of the facility.“I was thinking today, 27 years I’ve been involved with Sea Turtle, Inc. We are almost the biggest sea turtle center in the world. And it’s only possible because of three things: passionate employees, all of our volunteers and, most importantly, our community support. We’re just blown away by the number of people who come in from McAllen and Brownsville and all over. And all of these restaurants who donated their time and food, it just never ceases to amaze me how blessed we are with community support.”George elaborated on what the evening’s fundraising efforts would be earmarked for, saying the proceeds would be used for the Sea Turtle, Inc.’s rehab center.“It’s going to be remodeled. Our plan is to tear it down starting August 15, 2020, and build a brand new state-of-the-art clinic for our turtles. At that point, we will be the largest sea turtle center in the world,” George declared.Starting as a volunteer at Sea Turtle, Inc in 1999, then serving as bookkeeper ever since, SPI resident Stephanie Wilson was on hand for the event, and shared her thoughts on the facility that she has supported for 20 years.“Just to see the growth that has occurred, and what they do for the turtles, the environment, the area, it’s just amazing. One of the reasons I started volunteering here was because you couldn’t adopt them, so I didn’t have to worry about that, like volunteering with the Humane Society, I couldn’t take them home. You get so attached to them,” Wilson said, laughing.When asked what she would like people to know about Sea Turtle, Inc., Wilson said “I think if they just come here and would see the work that they do—the hospital with all the rehab, the resident turtles for educational purposes—we’re trying to make it more and more like their natural habitat, so I think it’s great.”Stacy and Craig Reed, visiting from Spring, Texas, were attending the fundraiser, and were enjoying the festivities. “We’ve been here before with our grandkids, they enjoyed it. This is a good cause, we definitely wanted to show up.”Also enjoying the turtle benefit were Ray Ernst and Peggy Green-Ernst from Dallas, Texas. Peggy explained her reasons for attending.“I’ve been wanting to join the Sea Turtle Center for a long time. I do believe in what the founders did many many years ago and the great success that they’ve had. And I wanted to be a part of that,” Peggy said.Peggy went on to say “What they have done as far as expanding the number of turtles in the world, it’s trend-setting. It’s another wonderful thing to put South Padre Island on the map for other people outside of the U.S. as well.” Ray agreed, adding “It’s a fabulous facility, the second biggest attraction on the Island after the beach.”