NPR:In November 1941, two ships crossed paths off the coast of Australia. One was the German raider HSK Kormoran. The other: an Australian warship called the HMAS Sydney. Guns were fired, the ships were damaged and both sank to the bottom of the ocean.The loss of the Sydney in World War II was a national tragedy for the Australians, particularly because none of the 645 men on board survived. In the years that followed, there was intense interest in finding the wrecks, particularly the wreck of the Sydney. The idea was that doing this might give the families of the lost sailors some measure of peace, a sense of closure and certainty.The problem was that the only witnesses to the battle and the sinking were about 300 German sailors who had abandoned their ship after it had been hit. They were eventually picked up by the Australian military.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >
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. 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. 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. CARTERET, NJ — CRP Industries has appointed Daniel McSwain to the position of eastern regional sales manager, domestic aftermarket business unit. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement No stranger to the automotive aftermarket, McSwain most recently held the positions of national sales manager with Technicraft Products Inc. and United Marketing of Marion, IN, suppliers of automotive chemicals, appearance products and accessories. From 1991 through 1998, he was a regional sales manager with Snap Products, Inc., where he was responsible for the management and training of the company’s representative sales force. He is a graduate of Lenior-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC. In his new role with CRP, McSwain will be responsible for CRP’s activities in the eastern United States including direct sales management of current accounts as well as all new account acquisition efforts. He will work with CRP’s sales rep agencies managing, motivating and training their respective sales forces. For additional information about CRP, visit: crpindustries.com . _______________________________________ 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
A year after Sir John Ritblat’s departure, 64-year-old Bowden is to leave London’s biggest landlord and will not be replaced. Chief executive Stephen Hester said yesterday Bowden has ‘handed over his responsibilities to the next generation‘ with others assuming his tasks.Bowden joined in 1992 from Conrad Ritblat.
He replaces Alan Robertson who has been appointed managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle, Turkey following the company’s purchase of Alkas Consulting. Humphery was previously head of Jones Lang Lasalle’s Edinburgh office and has been with the firm for nearly 20 years.He was elected to the Scottish Management Committee in 2005, having been made partner in 1997. He focuses on capital markets as well as capital sectors, having originally focused on land sales and development.Alastair Hughes, CEO EMEA Jones Lang LaSalle, said: ‘Alasdair is a high profile, well respected investment specialist in the Scottish property market and brings with him a wealth of leadership experience having successfully led our Edinburgh office for the past three years. ‘We are confident that he will take up the challenge of leading the business through current market conditions and beyond.’ Humphery said: ‘I am very pleased to be taking up the reins in Scotland. We are a strong team with great clients and flagship instructions, and are well positioned to weather the more difficult market conditions we are seeing in the UK at present.’I will be looking to build on our already strong position in our established activities and increase our market share in our new business lines, namely licensed and leisure, planning consultancy and development land.’
Kent Animal ShelterThe Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton received a $25,000 grant from the Alexander and Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust to provide funding for spay/neuter surgeries.The campaign will continue through April, providing spay/neuter surgeries for 400 felines and is available to domesticated or owned cats for a $25 co-pay. Feral cats will be spayed or neutered free of charge, but must be presented in a trap.Alexander and Elisabeth Lewyt, longtime residents of Long Island who funded the trust, are considered pioneers in the efforts to promote the no-kill movement of sheltering animals. The spay/neuter campaign controls pet overpopulation that leads to abandonment and abuse and mitigates the suffering of homeless animals.Individuals who would like to have a domesticated or feral cat spayed or neutered can visit kentanimalshelter.com.Custer ObservatoryThe Custer Observatory in Southold will present “Observing the Moon,” a lecture by Ed Anderson, on Saturday, April 13, at 7 PM.Anderson, a member of the Astronomical Society of Long Island and the Custer Institute, will discuss the best times to view the moon, observing tools, and interesting things to look for, including the Apollo landing sites. He’ll be available for a question-and-answer session after the presentation, and the ASLI dome on the grounds of the Custer Observatory will be open, weather permitting.Custer Observatory staff will also give tours of the night sky through the Zerochromat telescope in the main observatory dome and other powerful telescopes on site, as long as weather permits.Reservations in advance can be made custerobservatory.org. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.Scholarship AvailableThe Southold Historical Society is offering applications for its 2019 Bainbridge Internship with a deadline of May 15.The internship will allow a local student to gain hands-on understanding of the many operations that help the historical society preserve and share Southold’s history for the community and future generations. The internship now requires the completion of 100 hours of service to the society and is accompanied by a $1500 stipend.Potential candidates must be sophomores through senior high school students living in Southold Town. The application and more information can be found at southoldhistoricalsociety.org under the “Get Involved” tab or can be requested by calling the society at 631-765-5500.Mattituck-Laurel LibraryThe Mattituck-Laurel Library will host “Landscapes: Creative Watercolors with Lois Levy” on Thursday, April 11, from 1 to 3:30 PM. Participants will create landscapes from imagination. All levels are welcome, but the class size is limited. Register at the circulation desk. There is a $20 fee.The library will also host a chess workshop for kids in grades two through six on Saturday, April 13, at 11 AM. Registration is required, but the workshop is free.The library will also host a Friends of the Library meeting on Tuesday, April 16, at 9:30 AM, and a health insurance counseling session, sponsored by the Suffolk County Office for the Aging, also on April 16, from 1:30 to 3 PM. The health insurance counseling is free, but registration is required. The library will host “April in Paris Cuisine” with Chef Barbara Sheridan on April 18 at 6 PM, where attendees can learn how to make a classic French Onion soup and a salade Nicoise, as well as recipes for mussels mariniere and coq au vin. The fee is $5. Register at the circulation desk. Call email@example.com Share
Defendants with learning disabilities are routinely deprived of help with understanding criminal court proceedings, a report from the Prison Reform Trust has revealed. The report, published this week, found there was no systematic procedure for identifying adults with learning disabilities. Some defendants did not know why they were in court or what they had done wrong, the report claimed. A third of 154 respondents with learning difficulties who were interviewed said using simpler language would help, and one in 10 said they had difficulties expressing themselves and felt rushed. The report called for more support for vulnerable defendants, training to help the judiciary recognise mental impairments and full compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Malcolm Fowler, a criminal defence lawyer at Birmingham firm Jonas Roy Bloom, said: ‘This report is disgracefully overdue. In my 42 years as a solicitor, there has been a constant stream of clarion calls and alarm bells on this very issue, but the government remains in denial.’ Law Society council member for criminal defence Joy Merriam said: ‘A defendant’s condition is often picked up in a Crown court trial, where the defence can call for psychiatric reports, but this is less practical in magistrates’ courts.’ She added that the government’s enthusiasm for virtual courts, whereby the defendant appears via videolink, could mean many more vulnerable adults go unrepresented. ‘There is [sometimes] no direct contact between defendant and lawyer with virtual courts, and so it’s less likely the condition will be spotted.’
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A firm and its solicitor have been fined a total of £35,000 after disclosing a woman’s new address to her ex-husband, who was subject to a restraining order.The woman was a client of the conveyancing department of south Wales firm Spicketts Battrick who had given specific instructions not to disclose the address of the property she was purchasing.Her former husband was also a client of the firm in respect of child contact and divorce proceedings. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard its assistant solicitor Stephen Andrew Alexander had admitted disclosing the address of the property being purchased to the husband, referred to as Mr VM.The firm admitted failing to ensure that sufficient barriers were put in place to protect the woman’s confidential information.Alexander, 50, had been instructed by Mr VM in January 2012 in respect of access to a child due to be born to his estranged wife, referred to as Ms SH. She was represented by separate solicitors in the matrimonial issues.The previous November, VM had been convicted of assaulting his wife and was made subject of a seven-year restraining order and served a month in prison. The tribunal heard Alexander was aware of both the restraining order and conviction.In March 2012, SH obtained a quote from the conveyancing department and had been adamant she was going to use the firm. The senior partner decided the firm could handle both matters as they would be conducted by different fee earners in different offices, and she purchased a property in January 2013.Despite assurances of confidentiality, the tribunal heard that Spicketts Battrick failed to implement a ‘Chinese wall’ to protect her information or to ensure restricted access to the client matter files.In February 2013, Alexander disclosed the address of SH’s new property without her knowledge or permission.The matter was investigated by the Legal Ombudsman which ordered the firm to pay for an alarm system and service charge for the duration of the restraining order. It had to pay £500 compensation.In mitigation, Alexander said he thought he was acting in his client’s best interests and he believed the address would be disclosed during divorce proceedings. He saw it as his ‘absolute duty’ to his client not to withhold information.He did not act maliciously or dishonestly and was confused about what to do. He accepted it was a gross error of judgement which he deeply regrets. It was the first such error in a 25-year career and the potential consequences had caused him significant distress and regret.The firm admitted acting improperly, had reprimanded Alexander and paid compensation to SH. It told the tribunal: ‘This is a matter we are embarrassed by and ashamed of. We deeply regret the distress caused to [SH].’In agreement with the SRA, Alexander was fined £15,000 and the firm fined £20,000. They will jointly pay £7,000 costs.
No change in the law is necessary for electronic signatures to meet a statutory requirement for a signature on a document, the Law Commission has concluded. Preliminary findings of a study published today on the electronic execution of documents also propose that witness requirements for signatures on deeds be fulfilled by video link. The commission’s proposals will be welcomed in Whitehall and by bodies such as Land Registry, which is attempting to digitise the home buying process. Nearly two decades after the Electronic Communications Act 2000 created a statutory basis for electronic signatures and two years after the Law Society and City of London Law Society issued a practice note on executing commercial contracts with electronic signatures, uncertainty still abounds about the legal status of digitally signed documents.Announcing today’s findings, law commissioner Stephen Lewis said: ’Contract law in the UK is flexible, but some businesses are still unsure if electronic signatures would satisfy legal requirements. We can confirm that they do, potentially paving the way for much quicker transactions for businesses and consumers.’Concluding that no further primary legislation is necessary, the document states that: ’The combination of EU law, statute and case law means that, under the current law, an electronic signature is capable of meeting a statutory requirement for a signature if an authenticating intention can be demonstrated. This is not limited to a particular type of electronic signature.’Furthermore, it is our view that an electronic signature inserted with the intention of authenticating a document would be sufficient to satisfy a statutory requirement that the document must be executed “under hand”.’However the commission stresses that its proposals are provisional and will be finalised following public consultation. And, despite the apparently bold endorsement it proposes further steps that could be taken to clarify and build certainty in the law. One option would be to consider is whether a claim could be brought using the test case procedure under the Financial List to seek an authoritative High Court ruling on the use of an electronic signature in particular circumstances. In further steps to improve the law, the commission seeks views on whether:The government should set up a group of industry experts to monitor the use of electronic signatures and advise on potential changes Webcam or video links could be used instead of a physical witness for documents which require witnessed signaturesThere should be a move away from traditional witnessing in person to: a signing platform alone, where the signatory and witness are logged onto the same programme from different locations; or the ability of a person to ’acknowledge’ that they applied an electronic signature to a witness after the eventA further project should be carried out on whether the concept of deeds is fit for purpose in the 21st centuryHowever it warns the government against any ’overly prescriptive or detailed legislation dealing with technology’.The deadline for responses is 23 November 2018.
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