TROY, MI — Dennis Profitt has been appointed to the position of president of plastics operations for North American automotive supplier Collins & Aikman, effective January 1, 2006. In this position, Profitt will oversee all manufacturing, tooling, process engineering and quality issues for the company’s plastics operations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementProfitt, 53, joins Collins & Aikman from Ford Motor Co. where he most recently managed the $2 billion development of the company’s renowned Rouge Center. With more than 30 years of leadership experience and a history of proven performance in managing global manufacturing operations, Profitt brings extensive knowledge in implementing world-class procedures and efficiency improvement initiatives, according to Collins & Aikman. “Dennis built a reputation as one of Ford’s top troubleshooters in the manufacturing arena,” said Frank Macher, president and CEO of Collins & Aikman Corp. “He is a proven manufacturing and operations leader with a focus on achieving quality and driving efficiency that will provide a solid foundation for our plastics operations. Dennis is a welcome addition to the experienced team of executives that have recently joined the company and are implementing the restructuring of Collins & Aikman.” Prior to his time as site manager and director of manufacturing roles at Ford’s Rouge Center and Dearborn Truck plant, Profitt spent four years managing Ford’s operations in Belgium. His extensive career at Ford consisted of increasingly responsible positions in virtually all areas of the manufacturing process. He is formally trained in the Toyota Production System and has implemented its practices at facilities throughout the country. Profitt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Ohio University. Advertisement_______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.
Cuomo endorses the legal killing of babies Consider impact of negativity to TrumpYour opinion page is hurting this country. It’s all negative with the Trump administration. You’re not the only newspaper doing this unfortunate reporting. If we put one of these crazy liberals as president, we can kiss this country good-bye. I know this letter is going to be laughed off until it hits you personally. Please think of your children.Joseph ParilloBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Legal pot. Gambling. Is prostitution next?Now that we are moving forward to legalize recreational marijuana and expanding gambling, the time is right to add the world’s oldest profession to the list: prostitution. Consider the following:The governor has said he isn’t legislating morals or religion; everyone has a fundamental right to decide what they want to do with their own bodies; current laws have a greater impact on minorities; state regulation and rules will make it safer for those involved; and the state will enjoy a new stream of revenue. Who can be against this?Jim VincentNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRepublicans also not putting America firstMr. Homan’s Feb. 3 letter should have been entitled “Politicians are not putting America first” and not just single out the Democrats.I’m a registered Republican, and I wonder why is it when a Trump Republican cult member makes an argument such as his, they never present the fact that the Republicans and Mr. Trump had control of both the Senate and the House for the past two years and they didn’t pass a single piece of legislation to give Mr. Trump his precious wall or any immigration reform.He asks why the Democrats all supported border security previously, including a wall, but oppose it now? He conveniently forgets that the bipartisan bill in December that included all these things was not signed by Mr. Trump.He also notes Democrats are importing more low-income persons illegally. And just how are they doing this importing? By not voting for a wall that persons can climb over or tunnel under?And then he goes even further by saying the Democrats can’t stand to see Trump win to fulfill his campaign promise. Are you referring to the promise he made on numerous occasions that Mexico would pay for the wall?Mr. Homan, if you want to put America first, why don’t you write to Mr. Trump and request he use his emergency powers to combat gun violence in Chicago and other parts of America?Mike NorrisDelanson I’m appalled that Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed the Reproductive Health Care Act.With this act, you are becoming the killer of thousands of unborn babies. This is truly a genocide against the human life — the weak, the handicapped and the poor — starting with the womb, where life is created. The RHA was concealed in false propaganda. This act does not help women. It does the opposite. What’s next? Are we going to start selective breeding through involuntary sterilization because you have judged individuals physically or mentally unfit to reproduce? How far are you willing to go, governor? Babies, who are precious and innocent, have now become “undesirables” in New York state. A child in the mother’s womb isn’t even considered a human being anymore. My mother delivered me eight weeks early. Was I not considered a child to you? Are you not going to stand up for the unborn? No one has the right to kill a child in the womb or out of the womb. Just as Abel’s blood cried out to God for revenge (Genesis 4:10), so does the blood of the innocent babies cry out to God and demand justice. The Lord will be the one who will avenge these heinous sins. What you do to one of them is inflicted upon us all. It is truly a sad time for the state. I pray for you because Jesus tells us to pray for those who persecute us. God have mercy on us.Eva LoucksBallston Spa What is the cost of not building the wall?Ken Bress’ Jan. 19 letter illustrates poor calculation in the cost of building “the wall.” But can Ken calculate the cost of one human life affected by opioid addiction or myriad felonies (too heinous to mention here) perpetrated by illegal immigrants?Eric R. AlmondScotia
Subscribe Get instant access to must-read content today!To access hundreds of features, subscribe today! At a time when the world is forced to go digital more than ever before just to stay connected, discover the in-depth content our subscribers receive every month by subscribing to gasworld.Don’t just stay connected, stay at the forefront – join gasworld and become a subscriber to access all of our must-read content online from just $270.
Island Offshore, a leading global Light Well Intervention (LWI) specialist, has been selected by Premier Oil UK Limited to undertake a new LWI service contract on the UK Continental Shelf. The win strengthens Island Offshore’s established position in the dynamic and competitive North Sea marketplace.Premier, a growing oil and gas exploration and production company, awarded the business to Island Offshore and the North Sea RLWI Alliance, the operator of three monohull vessels specially designed for well intervention tasks.A key factor in the decision-making process was said to be Island Offshore’s extensive segment expertise, having successfully performed approximately 250 well interventions since 2005.Commenting on the new business win, Robert Friedberg, Managing Director of Island Offshore Subsea, says: “Premier Oil is a new client for us and, with its proven track record and ambitious growth plans, an exciting name for us to partner with for the future. This is yet another important UKCS contract win for the company, consolidating our standing as a preferred supplier within both the sector and the wider industry.”The agreement covers activity such as wireline services (a core Island Offshore competence), with work to be carried out by Island Constructor, a 120m long, 8,200 ton, state-of-the-art Ulstein built X-Bow vessel.Friedberg adds that the Island Constructor is indicative of the firm’s specialism and long operational experience in the area, noting: “It’s a cutting edge vessel custom-made to deliver excellent results, and value, for our clients in the most demanding natural environments – such as those experienced on the UKCS.”He concludes: “This is the third contract on the UKCS that the Island Constructor has won this year, demonstrating the tangible benefits of our investment in building a modern fleet of high-specification service vessels.”The win follows on the back of Island Offshore’s successful acquisition of a number of North Sea well intervention services contracts earlier this year. The firm now has a leading segment position on both the Norwegian and UK Continental Shelf, built on the back of its proven pedigree and commitment to outstanding service levels, technology and results for its customers.[mappress]Island Offshore, August 29, 2013
After buying 57.5 percent of the Tui fields offshore New Zealand from AWE, Tamarind Management has now bought the remaining 42.5 percent interest from New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) and Pan Pacific Petroleum (PPP).To remind, the Malaysia-based Tamarind entered into a $1.5 million deal with AWE back in December of 2016 for all of the outstanding shares of AWE New Zealand and AWE Taranaki Limited, which together owned 57.5 percent of Tui.NZOG and PPP both said on Tuesday that Tamarind bought a 27.5 and 15 percent stake from the companies, respectively, to become the 100 percent owner of the Tui area fields.PPP added that the deal entails the sale of all shares of the company’s subsidiary, WM Petroleum Limited (WMP), the company that owns the Tui oil fields stake. Tamarind will pay $400,000 for all of PPP’s shares in WMP and on completion of the transaction, PPP will make a net payment to Tamarind of $5.45 million in the form of cash and inventory. The effective date of the transaction is January 1, 2017.The current value of the Tui oil fields in PPP books is at nil value in its balance sheet and has a restoration provision of $15.5 million. Upon completion of the transaction, Tamarind will inherit all the benefits and liabilities associated with Tui, including environmental, decommissioning, and abandonment obligations.PPP’s Executive Director, Grant Womer, said: “PPP believes Tui is nearing the end of its economic life and the company had begun preparations to shut down operations within the next few years. We are pleased Tamarind are willing to introduce new ideas and ways of working to possibly prolong field life which would increase the economic returns to the broader New Zealand community.”As far as NZOG’s stake goes, Tamarind will pay the company $750,000 in exchange for all shares in its Tui holding company, Stewart Petroleum.Stewart Petroleum’s assets and liabilities include a 27.5 percent interest in the Tui fields, and inventory of $4.7 million of oil, also, working capital of $6 million will be transferred to Tamarind.Identical to the agreement with PPP, the effective date of the transaction is January 1, 2017, and Tamarind will assume all field retirement obligations.Ian Angell, MD of Tamarind, said: “While there is much discussion about field decommissioning, Tamarind is confident with the strength of the Tui operating team in New Plymouth, this area will have many years of remaining production.”The Tui area oil fields comprise the Tui, Amokura and Pateke fields which are located approximately 50 kilometers off the coast of Taranaki, New Zealand. Production from each field is fed into the Tui gathering system and then into the FPSO vessel, the Umuroa.
Steve Filipov, Manitex International chief executive officerThe company reports that production and deliveries were minimally affected by Covid-19- related disruptions and precautions for the majority of the first quarter.However, the state-mandated closure of the company’s Italian facilities on 21 March 2020 will keep the facilities off-line until 9 April at the earliest.North American operations have remained open with production levels being matched to maximise production efficiency and customer order patterns, which remain subject to change as the outbreak develops.“The global Covid-19 crisis has brought with it a set of extremely challenging operating conditions, and decisions that we, along with every other company in our industry, are facing,” said Steve Filipov, Manitex International chief executive officer.”We are following every applicable national and local law and health standard to provide for the safety of our employees, suppliers and their families which are of paramount importance. We are fortunate to have had no confirmed cases of Covid-19 infections in our plants to date.”“Once we can get back up and running in Italy, our team stands ready to quickly ramp up and limit the production shortfall, to deliver the orders we have on hand.”We have taken prudent cost-containment measures to conserve cash during this period of uncertainty. Our liquidity remains healthy with approximately US$20 million in cash and $24 million in availability on our revolving credit line as of March 31, 2020”. Manufacturer Manitex International has provided an update to investors in response to the evolving Covid-19 virus pandemic.
Ross McKayA conveyancing solicitor who fixed property deals for mortgage fraudsters has been jailed for seven years.Ross McKay, 39, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court last week after being found guilty of three offences of money laundering.McKay provided conveyancing services to a criminal gang in order to launder money made from drug-dealing, tax evasion, and mortgage and property fraud, the court heard. Deposits were put down on houses where the true, illegal source of the funds was disguised from the lenders; mortgage applications used nominees instead of the names of the legitimate purchasers; and claims about income were wildly exaggerated to secure loans.McKay was responsible for more than 80 property transactions for various criminals, all of whom were subsequently convicted of offences including money laundering and fraud.Police said McKay, from Handforth in Cheshire, was the gang’s ‘go to’ solicitor as they knew he would carry out property transactions without asking questions about the nature of their business, the sources of the deposits or the connections between parties in the transactions.Senior financial investigator Adrian Ladkin, of Greater Manchester Police’s economic crime unit, said: ‘McKay was fully aware that the purpose of the transactions was to launder criminal proceeds and he was deliberately dishonest in facilitating them. As a solicitor, McKay was in a position of trust, but he spectacularly failed in his legal duties through his corrupt and unlawful actions.’McKay’s involvement was uncovered through Operation Isidor, an investigation run by the economic crime unit into the activities of criminal gang members.In sentencing, it has been reported that Judge Timothy Smith told McKay he was expected to act with the ‘utmost integrity and honesty’ in his role as a solicitor.‘In trial you portrayed yourself as being an average solicitor, one that helped to support your family but any outward show of professionalism was a charade,’ said the judge. ‘You allowed criminal property to be obtained and assisted these people in organised crime.’Last month, confiscation orders were obtained against defendants, including one who was ordered to pay £3.5m – the largest proceeds of crime case ever undertaken by Greater Manchester Police.McKay, admitted in 2004, is still listed on the roll as a non-practising solicitor. He will now be referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
The long-awaited Supreme Court judgment on solicitors’ professional negligence should stem the tide of similar under-settlement claims, experts have said.Justices yesterday ruled unanimously they should overturn the Court of Appeal’s decision in Perry v Raleys Solicitors, giving victory to the defunct firm and its indemnity insurers.Appeal judges had ruled the firm should be liable for failing to advise its former client, a retired miner, that he qualified for a services award, as well as the general damages award he had secured.But the Supreme Court found the original trial judge, who had ruled in favour of Raleys, was not merely entitled but obliged to apply his perception that Perry was lying about the effects of his injuries. The court asserted that the credibility of oral testimony was a matter for the trial judge and not the appellate court. Perry could not prove that, properly advised by Raleys, he would have made a claim to a services award within time.The decision has been hailed as welcome news for the solicitors professional indemnity insurance market and for practitioners generally, with a higher threshold set for ex-clients making under-settlement claims.Jeremy Riley, head of professional risk at national firm Kennedys and member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers, said: ‘Retrospective analysis of long since settled injury claims may still continue, and result in negligence claims against the solicitors who advised on the original settlement.‘However, if a mistake has been made on a relatively minor issue, such as raising the issue of the cost of care, or services before settlement, then any such claim will be rightly scrutinised through the same retrospective lens.’Nick Bird, partner at City-headquartered firm RPC, added: ‘Had the court ruled in favour of the claimant, it may have opened up a new category of professional negligence claims against professionals.‘The Supreme Court has sent out a strong message and has corrected the tendencies of some of the lower courts to apply the existing law in favour of claimants.’Ross Baker, a partner at insurance law firm BLM, explained that just because Perry’s credibility would have been an issue in the evaluation of the potential success of his services claim, this did not mean that it could not come under detailed scrutiny for the purposes of the case on causation.‘Together with restating that the burden of proof is on the claimant, the judgment goes some way to the pendulum swinging rather more to the centre in the handling of lost opportunity claims,’ he added.
The Grace Jerk Festival is an exciting event filled with music, energy, and great tasting food. Though there are many things to enjoy, from a chiropractic’s perspective, there are plenty of “do’s” and “don’ts” to keep in mind.Do’s for Jerk FestivalWear comfortable shoes: if your shoes don’t provide the necessary support for the arches and heels, they prevent essential range of motion in the foot, which can lead to knee and back pain.Stay hydrated: staying hydrated is always important because being just two percent dehydrated can hinder your body’s ability to perform.Balance meat with vegetables: balance your meat and protein intake with vegetables. A balanced diet gives your body the nutrition it needs to function properly.Dont’s for Jerk FestivalDon’t carry heavy bags: if you carry a bag too heavy or incorrectly, it can cause pain to your head, neck, back or shoulders.Don’t lock your knees: This is a bad habit when standing for a long period of time. Locking your knees decreases the use of your leg muscles, which causes the blood to settle and decrease circulation. Decreased circulation means less oxygen getting to the brain, which will cause you to become light-headed and possibly pass out.Don’t forget sun protection: don’t forget to wear sun block or sun screen. Wearing sun block can decrease the risk of developing a deadly cancer.Now that you know the do’s and don’ts, go ahead and enjoy Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival and all the amenities that they have to offer! Just remember your health comes first and always “Turn Up The Life!”
Louise Bennett On Febraury 6, from 2 to 4:30 pm, the Friends of the South Regional Broward Library, Jamaican Folk Revue, Inc. and Broward College will host bring the ninth annual Louise Bennett – Coverley Reading Festival will held at the Broward College Performing Cultural Arts.Presented under the patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica, the Hon Franz Hall, the 9th Annual Louise Bennett – Coverley Reading Festival is free to the public and forms part of the Library’s schedule of activities for Black History Month.This year’s entertainment will include Tallawah Mento Band, “Dr. Sue”, Sierra Norwood Calvary Children, Easton Lee, the Jamaican Folk Revue and NDTC’s Jordan-Leigh Wyatt, presenting a tribute in dance, to the late Bob Marley.Headlining this year’s Festival, titled “Lyrics, Laughter & Lessons – Jamaican Comedy & the Miss Lou Legacy”, is the inimitable Owen Blakka Ellis, who describes his presentation, as –“weaving storytelling, poetry, stand-up comedy…to share perspectives on the evolution of comedy, as a distinctive entertainment genre in Jamaica and the role and impact of the work of the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley in this process.”