WARREN, MI — MSX International, Inc. (MSXI), a global outsourcer of business services, engineering and human capital services to the automotive industry, announced that Peter Leger has joined the company as president and chief executive officer (CEO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Leger, 55, will also serve as a member of MSXI’s board of directors. He replaces previous president and CEO Robert Netolicka who will remain with the company in an advisory role until his retirement in early 2007. Leger has more than 20 years of experience in developing and launching business process outsourcing (BPO) services and software solutions in the global automotive industry and to other vertical markets. Most recently, he was CEO of VinPlus LLC, a leading data management and software solutions provider to the automotive industry. Before that he served as CEO of NAT, Inc., a leading provider of software solutions to the automotive aftermarket and financial services sector including state-of-the art back-office warranty administration solutions. While there, he restructured the company’s business model, and rapidly expanded NAT’s suite of software solutions which resulted in the sale of NAT to DealerTrack in May 2005. Prior to joining NAT, Leger was CEO of Credit Management Solutions Inc. (CMSI), the innovator in online credit and automotive loan processing, bridging auto dealers and the supply channel of captive OEM and third-party financial institutions. Key accomplishments included patenting and launching Credit Connection, which is now a part of DealerTrack, to the automotive retail sector in North America. Advertisement Leger also served as the president of ADP Dealer Services, where he led the company through a six-year period of rapid, profitable growth worldwide. He was instrumental in expanding ADP’s business model to include eCommerce solutions, professional and consulting services including the acquisition of Sandy Corp., and data management solutions. This effort included integrating more than 20 acquisitions into the company including geographical expansion into Europe, Latin America and Asia. Under his leadership, ADP also developed and launched AutoConnect, one of the industry’s early used car buying portals. Today AutoConnect has evolved and expanded into the industry-leading automotive portal, AutoTrader.com, under Cox Communications. He also held CEO and board member positions with APAC Customer Services, a BPO provider of CRM solutions to multi verticals, and Reuters Trading Room Systems, the industry leader of software and system integration solutions to global financial services companies in North America, Europe, and Asia. Leger currently sits on the Board of Outsourcing Solutions Inc (OSI), the leading global provider of outsourced solutions for accounts receivable management. Leger received his M.B.A. from Concordia University and his C.A. and BCommerce from McGill University in Montreal. For more information about MSX International Inc., go to: http://www.msxi.com.
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Share Stricken with grief over the recent shooting at Marjory Stone Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, East Hampton activists gathered together in front of Hook Mill on Saturday.The mourning crowd held a vigil in honor of the 17 people who were killed, just like activists gathered after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, erecting and decorating Christmas trees on the triangle to honor the 26 murdered in Newtown, Connecticut. Roughly 50 people, including East Hampton Village Mayor Paul Rickenbach and East Hampton Town Councilman Jeff Bragman attended the vigil.The huddled masses braved the frigid evening for two purposes: to honor the fallen victims and their families and to organize petitions designed to put pressure on government officials to prevent these crimes from reoccurring. Mayor Paul Rickenbach addressed the issue by saying, “Without question, the time has arrived to have a renewed debate at the national level to address meaningful gun legislation reform.”Gerry Mooney, one of several organizers of the event, read the names of the victims and held up one of the newspapers that had reported the event saying, “We need to join together to get [Congressman Lee Zeldin] to listen. We need to fight. We don’t need prayers or sympathy, we need action.” The crowd responded in a chant, “Not in my backyard!”Another organizer of the event, Anna Skrenta, also spoke. “Every time things like this happen, it’s heartbreaking and scary,” she said. “You never had to worry about it in East Hampton, you never had to worry about it happening anywhere. But now it does. This can’t become the norm—something that we expect to happen.”Diana Rivera, who also assisted in organizing the event, said, “I wanted to do this because I was very moved by the events and felt I had to do something. We are parents and have children.”Her daughter, Genesis Carino, a college student, stood before the crowd and read the poem she had composed after learning of the tragic events at the Parkland, Florida High School: “…Copper bullets cascade down hallways, their wounds become formal dress. Their hearts do triple dips of faith; as we pray, they stand the test of time and make it home tonight, so as we can give them love … small bodies gone. But I know the love we feel is very much alive, because a bond can never die …”The informal vigil was hastily organized, but, its prominent location at Hook Mill grabbed the attention of passersby like veteran Terry Conaty. “I was passing by and didn’t know what was going on so I asked someone, and when they told me I had to park, and came to join to honor those who died,” Conaty said. “It’s such a tragedy. I guess it’s part of life but it shouldn’t be. I think about the environment the kids are growing up in. The violence they see on TV. Most are unaffected by it, but others it seems to affect, and they can become mentally ill. We know what the problems are, it’s the solution that’s hard to find.”As the sun began to set, Mooney concluded the vigil with the singing of John Lennon’s song, “Imagine,” with Michael Guglielmo’s accompaniment on a hand drum. All in attendance signed a heart-shaped mural, the names of the fallen written within. “Never again,” and “Imagine” were among the messages, as was, “Let us keep our hearts open and our fists held high” and what’s become a national rallying cry, “#nomore.”
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Omnitek Engineering said it has received an order for a 12-cylinder, 600 kilowatt natural gas power generator to operate the NatGas Bernardo Quintana CNG fueling station in Queretaro, Mexico. The capacity of the station will be enough to serve an anticipated 200 CNG buses and 1,000 taxi vehicles per day, the company said in a statement.Cost benefits and the assurance of an uninterrupted source of electric power for fueling vehicles were cited as two primary factors in the decision to install Omnitek’s natural gas generator. Terms were not disclosed.Josué Hernandez, the chief executive officer of NatGas, said this is the company’s largest station to date, with room for expansion. He also revealed the company will open more stations during the year including the first public CNG station in the city of San Louis Potosi in mid-2015.[mappress mapid=”16842″]
Australia’s Santos, the operator of the US$18.5 billion GLNG project, said that the venture started producing its first liquefied natural gas on Curtis Island, Queensland.LNG is currently being produced from Train 1 ahead of the first cargo, which is expected to be shipped to Asian markets in the coming weeks.Work on the second train is continuing to progress well, with Train 2 expected to be ready for start-up by the end of the year, Santos said on Friday.Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer David Knox said today’s announcement marked the most significant milestone to date for Santos’ first operated LNG project.“We said we’d produce first LNG around the end of the third quarter, and that’s exactly what we’ve done,” Knox said.According to Knox, the GLNG project revenue is underpinned by binding long-term LNG sales contracts covering more than 90% of the plant’s capacity.GLNG is a joint venture which produces natural gas from Queensland’s coal seams and converts it into LNG.It involves gas field development in the Surat and Bowen Basins, a 420-kilometre gas transmission pipeline and a two-train LNG plant on Curtis Island, near Gladstone which will have the capacity to produce 7.8 million tonnes of LNG per year when fully operational.Santos is the operator and has a 30% interest in the project. Other co-venturers include Petronas (27.5%), Total (27.5%) and Kogas (15%). LNG World News Staff; Image: Santos
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Group gross profit decreased 6 percent year-on-year to CHF1.1 billion (USD1.15 billion), while EBIT decreased 2 percent to CHF 92.4 million (USD97.1 million).”In the first nine months of the year we succeeded in keeping EBIT and consolidated profit at previous year levels, despite a contracting airfreight market in the third quarter, our exposure to the oil and gas industry and historically high IT investments,” said Panalpina ceo Peter Ulber.Panalpina’s airfreight volumes decreased 2 percent in the first nine months of 2015, with less oil and gas equipment and automotive cargo transported. Meanwhile, the company’s ocean freight volumes grew slightly by 1 percent year-on-year in the reporting period.Gross profit of the company’s logistics sector decreased 10 percent to CHF305.5 million (USD321.1 million), which Panalpina attributed to currency translation and its continued exit from underperforming sites.Regarding the logistics provider’s outlook, Ulber commented: “The air and ocean freight markets will continue to be soft at best and a rebound of the oil price in the near future seems unlikely. It is all the more important that we continue to control cost with great discipline and implement new IT systems and processes in order to improve our productivity.” www.panalpina.com
A US born Islamic insurgent, who is believed to have participated in the planning of a terror attack on a Kenyan University earlier this year, surrendered to the Somali military over the weekend, News24 reports.Abdimalik Jones is said to have defected from the Islamist extremists group, Al-Shabaab, to a militia backing the Islamic State.He surrendered near the southern port town of Barawe in the Lower Shabelle region, the town’s mayor Hussein Mohamed Barre in reported to have said.“We found him as he was hiding himself somewhere near Barawe after defected from al Shabaab,” Barre said.“Our troops ordered him to surrender and he did so.”Al-Shabaab militants attacked Garrisa University in North Eastern Kenya in April, killing at least 148 people.Jones is due to be transferred to Mogadishu for further investigation.
In order to realize autonomous driving, millimeter wave radars, laser radars, image sensors, and ultrasonic sensors are indispensable. It is important to confirm that the developed sensors can operate properly under various situations. Ultimately, field testing is necessary. But in the development of devices and systems, the real-time simulator is indispensable for improving the efficiency of development. This real-time radar simulator uses a ray-tracing method that has been used in the optical field and applies it to millimeter waves. It takes into consideration the substance and shape of the subject, and multiple reflections. It realizes a precise simulation being closer to reality.The simulator enables automotive manufacturers to simulate a driving situation by sensor-based modelling, check the recognition and control of autonomous driving, and verify the sensor-mounting positions on vehicles efficiently, which eliminates the need for test driving with real vehicles. Vehicle sensor suppliers can visualize the behavior of vehicle sensors and review the design parameters of millimeter-wave modules and check the reaching distance and sensing area with higher efficiency. Semiconductor manufacturers developing sensor devices can model and simulate a device under development and verify it at high speed.Click here to learn about this Advanced Millimeter Wave Radar Simulator (AMMWR). Short-distance wireless system developer and distributor, OTSL has released a real-time millimeter-wave radar simulator for autonomous driving. The new Advanced Millimeter Wave Radar Simulator (AMMWR) was launched at the SystemC AMS & COSIDE User Group Meeting held in Munich, Germany, and hosted by COSEDA Technologies GmbH. The AMMWR Simulator is the world’s first sensor simulator software for autonomous driving that enables dynamic real-time simulation.The Simulator uses a virtual 3D image of a millimeter-wave radar and visualizes in real-time the calculated values of radiation range, angle, distance, reflection intensity, relative speed to the object, etc. It drives a vehicle with millimeter-wave radar in virtual space and moves virtual models such as the target vehicle to be tracked, oncoming vehicles, or pedestrians to enable simulation of a closer-to-reality driving situation. It will be marketed to automotive manufacturers, system component suppliers, and semiconductor manufacturers around the world.The AMMWR Simulator allows to set the details of the size, shape, and material of models such as the target vehicle, pedestrians, and traffic signals and signs. For example, conventional products can only recognize simplified objects such as a “vehicle,” but the AMMWR Simulator can simulate individual components of a vehicle such as the “front glass” or “headlights.” Compared with conventional products that represent the distance to an object only with a simple numeric value, this simulator simulates the transmission and reception behavior of millimeter waves transmitted from sensors to detect an object and reproduces a measured distance with high accuracy.The simulator allows users to set characteristics such as those of radiation power, area, and frequency of a millimeter-wave radar to help simulate millimeter-wave radar products from various manufacturers and prototyped millimeter-wave radar products. One can also set the influence of changing weather conditions such as rain and fog on the characteristics of millimeter-wave radar. In addition, the view of the visualized 3D image to enable simulation from various views can be changed freely, such as a view from the driver’s seat, a bird’s eye view, or a back view.