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. Blake DeaversWAI has announced the addition of several executive personnel.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBlake Deavers has joined the WAI team as its new vice president of North American aftermarket sales, reporting directly to Ryan Moul, CEO. As an experienced leader and aftermarket veteran, Deavers joins WAI from the automotive division of Transtar Industries in Cleveland, where he was responsible for multi-channel global sales, marketing and distribution of products to major aftermarket retailers, as well as traditional buying groups. He has held roles at various levels within the industry with Dorman Products and Tenneco as well. Deavers will be based in WAI’s Miramar, Florida, headquarters.Alan Bostwick will now be transitioning into his new role as vice president of global marketing, reporting to Ryan Moul, CEO. This strategic change is part of WAI’s previously announced plan to move global marketing back to the United States. Bostwick will be responsible for global marketing with regard to all business units at WAI, as well as leading key marketing initiatives for the business. His vast experience within the industry will allow for more dynamic capabilities and customer focused programs in the future from WAI. WAI also announced that Dave Chrisman, director of global pricing, based in WAI’s Miramar, Florida, headquarters, will be reporting directly to Bostwick in his new role.,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.” Advertisement 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.
The IMF team, led by Erik Oppers and comprising Mike Andrews, Warren Coats, Kristian Kjeldsen and Kenneth Sullivan, will provide technical assistance in various areas, the IMF in a statement this week. IMF officials are due to meet Zimbabwe Finance Minister Tendai Biti and central bank Governor Gideon Gono this week. The mission is expected to end on 29 May. ‘Thawing relations’ This includes tax policy and administration, payments systems, lender-of-last-resort operations and banking supervision, as well as central banking governance and accounting. 19 May 2009 The mission comes weeks after the IMF board announced the lifting of a ban on technical support to Zimbabwe in the above targeted areas. Source: BuaNews-Xinhua The IMF’s visit is seen as a sign of thawing relations between global money lending institutions and Zimbabwe, where a coalition government between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been in place for almost three months. A team of International Monetary Fund (IMF) experts are in Zimbabwe to help the country start fixing its troubled public finances. The IMF cut off financial support to Zimbabwe about a decade ago over differences with Mugabe over fiscal policy issues and other governance issues. “Shortly thereafter, two teams of experts from the IMF fiscal affairs department will provide technical assistance in the areas of tax policy and tax administration,” the IMF said, adding that its staff members were looking forward to working with the authorities in providing technical assistance in the targeted areas. Technical assistance
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines workplace violence as “any physical assault, threatening behavior or verbal abuse occurring in the workplace.” A workplace can be a location, either permanent or temporary, where an employee performs any work-related duty. This includes, but is not limited to, the buildings and surrounding perimeters, including parking lots, field locations, clients’ homes and travel to and from work assignments.The most common acts of workplace violence are simple assaults, totaling 1.5 million incidents a year. These range from simple pushing to much more serious acts of violence. Robberies account for 84,000 workplace violence incidents per year. Homicide is currently the fourth leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. Of the 4,679 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in 2014, 403 were workplace homicides. Retail industry employees are particularly susceptible to violent crime, as businesses are often open late, lightly staffed, are sometimes in high crime rate areas and usually have cash on hand. But not all workplace violence stems from external assaults by strangers.More and more, domestic violence situations are bleeding into the workplace. Even if a potential victim is “on the run” or hiding, they usually have to go to work at some point. Thus, a potential predator knows where to find them. Women are much more likely than men to be victims of on-the-job intimate partner violence or homicide. Spouses, boyfriends/ girlfriends and exes were responsible for the on-the-job deaths of 321 women and 38 men between 1997-2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Nearly 33% of women killed in U.S. workplaces between 2003-2008 were killed by a current or former intimate partner. Another frightening statistic shows that 70% of workplaces in the U.S. do not have a formal program or policy that addresses workplace violence.- Sponsor – But, it’s statistically rare, right? Odds of it affecting your company are small, right? Wrong on both counts! Below is just one example from my 10 years of overseeing retail loss prevention at Nike. There were many others.A Nike Factory Store in Las Vegas had a strong workplace violence policy and management trained in basic reaction procedures. A female sales associate confides in store manager that she is afraid of her boyfriend and that he has threatened to show up in the store. The store manager did not notify loss prevention or employee relations, as she was trained to do. Instead she took it upon herself to rely on the basic training she knew. The store manager offered the employee time off. The employee said she had to work so the manager allowed the associate to work in the back of house instead of on the sales floor. The manager also got a picture of the boyfriend and briefed her management staff on the issue.Sure enough, a couple of days later the boyfriend shows up in the store looking for his girlfriend. Instead of calling police as her training required, the store manager simply warned the associate, who was in the back. For some unknown reason, the associate made the decision not only to come out and meet with the boyfriend but she agreed to leave the store with him. The manager, although knowing it was a bad situation, did nothing to stop it or notify authorities. Five blocks from the store, the boyfriend pushed the associate out of his car, got out himself and shot her five times on the sidewalk.Miraculously, the associate survived although she will never be the same. Yes, the boyfriend was caught and convicted. However, had the manager counseled with loss prevention in the beginning and called police immediately after seeing the boyfriend, as she was trained to do, this tragic incident might have been prevented.Not all workplace violence situations are this serious or dramatic, but incidents sparked by domestic disputes happen every day and are on the rise. As noted above, 70% of U.S. workplaces do not have a formal workplace violence policy in spite of the fact that OSHA’s General Duty clause states “each employer shall furnish to each of his employees a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm”. Obviously this rule is aimed at general safety but it also covers the prevention and control of the hazard of workplace violence.This article is not designed to be a comprehensive training guide on workplace violence. But it is designed to point out the ever-increasing role of domestic disputes as a cause. It is also designed to point out that all employers have a duty under OSHA guidelines and that up to 70% of companies have nothing in place.What can retail loss prevention professionals do? Basically, three things: • Learn all you can about workplace violence, its causes, preventative measures and response protocols. • Know your company’s workplace violence policies and program by heart, if there is one. • If your company is lacking in this area, lobby loss prevention, human resources, employee relations and senior management to develop a program and train all employees.Start now and good luck. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Retail Touchpoints’ sixth annual Store Operations Superstar Award winners have recently been announced—and one convenience store retailer is happy to hear the news. This year, 7-Eleven earned the gold medal for its loss prevention strategy.According to the Superstar Awards report, “convenience store asset protection differs from other retail, especially at a 24/7 operation like 7-Eleven. With a small footprint and easy access, 7-Eleven faces issues like armed robbery, shoplifting and ‘grab and go.’ Operations issues include food safety/freshness, tobacco regulations, and environmental challenges with selling gasoline.”7-Eleven’s asset protection team has been challenged to maintain a comfortable, safe environment for shoppers while managing these security concerns—and aiming to drive profitability as well. To achieve its goals, the AP team’s strategy focuses on four fundamental pillars: revenue assurance, inventory variation control, incidents and investigations and safety and AP awareness. In addition, a recent 5,000-store rollout of a digital video system from Tyco Retail Solutions has helped boost sales while reducing shrink.- Sponsor – The Store Operations Superstar Award is “some nice recognition for the team,” said Mark Stinde, LPC, VP of asset protection for 7-Eleven.The Superstar Awards also recognize retailers that rank among the best for store operations strategies in five other categories: digital innovation, customer engagement, workforce management, store format innovation, and internal operations. Check out the other award recipients. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Update: Ohio State fans, I am sorry to report that Ezekiel Elliott is no longer undefeated.Zeke-0 . . . Sea Sickness-98473626256— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) May 16, 2015Earlier: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is having himself a full weekend. He and Braxton Miller coached at an all-star camp in South Carolina, he caught a small shark during a fishing trip, and he took some time out of his day to troll Michigan fans on Twitter.Looks about right pic.twitter.com/BswrgQ9p84— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) May 16, 2015Of course, he got some responses from Wolverine fans, but he dealt with those pretty effectively as well.It have a national championship ring and two pair of gold pants ? https://t.co/3mG9P2Nsf9— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) May 16, 2015So, by my count, Elliott is up 3-0 on sharks (he has since tweeted about a few more catches during his fishing trip), 2-0 against Michigan on the field, and at least 1-0 against fans on Twitter? There are far too many scores to keep up with here.
April 24, 2017Here is some of the Arcosanti crew on 17. April 2017.[photo by Chihiro Saito]back from left:Zeb Hornberger – foundry, Ian McClerin – IT & web, Joseph Islas – construction volunteer, Eli McAlister – construction volunteer, Devron Lovick – AIS & web volunteer, Charlie Wicker – foundry, Patrick Louie – maintenance, Dillon Quibon – foundry, Shannon MacKenzie – PR volunteer, Paul Vigne – purchasing,Jeff Stein – Cosanti Foundation Co-Director, Cayo Romero – cermaics, Jeff Fisher – maintenance manager, Travis Neil – IT & web, Arthur Swieckowski – maintenance & construction volunteer, Joel Masters – construction, Peter Dahm – cafe, Roger Tomalty – Cosanti Foundation Co-Director.middlle from left:Leah-Ann Walker – archive volunteer, Laura Villa Baroncelli – archive volunteer, Andy Chao – foundry manager, Kyle Larimer – workshop, Rob Jameson – IT & web, Lana Morris – AirB&B, David Tollas – alumnus, Trinity Divelbiss – landscaping, Sasha Tollas – family, Patrick Doyle – alumnus – construction volunteer, Jan Jorissen – foundry volunteer, Erik Puzio – construction, Jonas Fister – foundry, Julie Quinn – landscaping, Aimee Marcinko – ceramics manager, Kyli Skinner – workshop, Kevin Pappa – planning, John Walsh – Board of Directors Chairman, Mary Hoadley – Cosanti Foundation Co-Director.front from left:Chihiro Saito – archive volunteer, Sue Kirsch – archive manager, Tomiaki Tamura – Cosanti Foundation Co-Director, Ron Chandler – construction and landscaping manager, Sean-Paul VonAncken – PR, Ryan Davis – foundry, Danny Fields – guest services, Michael Bittman [aka Dr. Sparks] – site electrician, Taylor Courtland – foundry.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 18 2018Circadian rhythms (from the Latin circa diem — “around a day”) based on the Earth’s 24-hour rotation have been observed since the fourth century.But it’s only recently that scientists have come to understand the fundamental role of circadian rhythms in everything from body temperature to reproduction to metabolism. Disruptions of our internal clocks are implicated in many health issues, including sleep and affective disorders, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer, to the tune of billions of dollars in health care costs.Yet modern life is fraught with disruption of these internal rhythms. Air travel, shift work, and prolonged exposure to artificial lighting all can be powerful factors in the development of disease.Related StoriesNew gene-editing protocol allows perfect mutation-effect matchingNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellStudy urges genetic testing before abdominal-based free-flap breast reconstructionAssistant Professor Shihoko Kojima, of the Department of Biological Sciences and biology Fellow at the Biocomplexity Institute, is trying to piece together how circadian rhythms operate from a genetic perspective. A new $1.6 million grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help her do just that.Kojima has long been interested in how circadian rhythms are regulated and maintained within the body. She and her research team are trying to uncover how genes control circadian rhythms and what happens if something goes wrong in these genes.In particular, the new grant from NIH will allow Kojima’s team to look at what they believe to be a novel gene, which they’ve named Per2AS. Per2AS is thought to be vital to mammalian internal clock function, and this study will test that. What is more, Per2AS appears to be a new type of gene, known as a non-coding gene. Unlike most other genes, Per2AS is mysteriously not translated from RNA into a subsequent protein, thus making its function unclear.”Although many people see non-coding genes as ‘junk,’ we’re frequently finding that these non-coding genes really do play a significant role in mechanisms like cancer development, sex determination, and stem cell differentiation,” said Kojima. “What we don’t understand is how they do so.”Circadian rhythms affect a broad array of life on the planet, and their disruption can lead to many unintended consequences. Given the frequency and magnitude of circadian disruption in modern daily life and the widespread effects of circadian clocks on human health, the need to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms has never been greater. Ultimately, findings from Kojima’s study will help those who experience disruptions to understand their internal clocks and potentially develop therapeutics for people with disrupted internal clocks. Source:https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2018/12/nih-funds-new-study-on-a-gene-vital-to-circadian-rhythms