Visteon Appoints Charles Mazur Jr. as Vice President, Investor Relations

first_imgWith 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.  VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Visteon Corp. has announced that Charles Mazur Jr. has joined the company as vice president, investor relations. Mazur, who has more than 17 years of investor relations and related experience, will be responsible for Visteon’s global investor relations program, managing relationships and communications with financial stakeholders and the broader financial community. He reports to William Quigley, executive vice president and CFO.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Mazur most recently was vice president of investor relations and corporate communications for International Automotive Components (IAC). He previously served in investor relations, treasury and corporate strategy roles with several global companies. “Chuck is an accomplished investor relations professional who brings significant depth and experience to Visteon in this role,” said Quigley. “Having spent his career working with the capital markets and the investment community, Chuck is well-suited to further enhance our relationships with our valued investors.” Mazur has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University.,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 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. 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.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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UA Birmingham: Pro-Inflammatory Lipids Precede Type 1 Diabetes Onset In Mouse Model And Children

first_imgA woman of Asian descent with diabetes holding a blood sugar monitor while her partner looks on. These lipids may act as a biomarker for Type 1 diabetes and offer a therapeutic target to prevent the disease. Courtesy/UABUAB News:BIRMINGHAM, AL — Type 1 diabetes, or T1D, is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune cells — led by inflammatory macrophages — attack and destroy the beta cells of the pancreas that produce insulin.Researchers have long tried to unravel the signaling that provokes this attack. One of the less-studied forms of signaling is inflammatory lipids. In a study published in JCI Insight, Sasanka Ramanadham, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, at other universities in the United States and in Greece have identified a proinflammatory lipid profile that precedes development of T1D in a mouse model and in children under the age 15 who are at high risk for T1D.This finding may identify candidate lipid therapeutic targets to prevent T1D.Phospholipase A2, or PLA2, enzymes can release a free fatty acid from glycerophospholipids. When the free fatty acid is arachidonic acid, it can be metabolized by several other enzyme classes to produce oxidized bioactive lipids, including some potent inflammatory eicosanoids. One of the phospholipase A2 enzymes is a calcium-independent phospholipase A2, designated iPLA2-beta. Its activation promotes poor outcomes in experimental and clinical diabetes.Ramanadham and others have shown that iPLA2-beta participates in programmed cell death, or apoptosis, of beta cells, modulating inflammatory polarization of macrophages, and promoting T-cell immune responses.“In light of these observations,” said Ramanadham, a professor in the UAB Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology and senior scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center, “we used lipidomics to gain insight into the lipidome associated with T1D development in spontaneous-T1D-prone non-obese diabetic mice, or NOD mice, and in humans at high risk for developing T1D.”Female NOD mice show a progression of T1D, and an inhibitor can show the importance of iPLA2-beta on T1D development. About 80 to 90 percent of NOD mice become diabetic by 25 to 30 weeks of age; but if the iPLA2-beta inhibitor FKGK18 is given to the mice, starting at 10 days, only 10 to 15 percent of the NOD mice develop diabetes. But if the inhibitor was started later, at four or eight weeks, the researchers saw that about 60 or 80 percent, respectively, of the mice developed diabetes.Because of this apparent temporal impact of iPLA2-beta-derived lipids on T1D development, the researchers looked at the macrophage (a recognized initiator of immune responses leading to T1D) lipid profiles from NOD mice and from C57 mice, a control strain that does not develop diabetes. Isolated peritoneal macrophages from NOD mice showed a profound proinflammatory lipid profile during the prediabetic phase, as well as higher levels of iPLA2-beta mRNA. The researchers then showed that early inhibition of iPLA2-beta by FKGK18, or genetic reduction of iPLA2-beta in a NOD mouse line with only one copy of the iPLA2-beta gene, resulted in: 1) reduced production of select proinflammatory lipids by macrophages, 2) promotion of an anti-inflammatory macrophage phenotype and 3) reduction in the incidence of T1D.In addition, the researchers showed that the pro-inflammatory lipid changes in NOD macrophages were reflected in the blood plasma of NOD mice during the prediabetic phase and at T1D onset. Additionally, and importantly, they found similar pro-inflammatory lipid signatures in the blood plasma of male and female children between 9 and 15 years of age, who were at high risk for developing T1D, as measured by autoantibodies. “These findings,” Ramanadham said, “suggest that iPLA2-beta-derived lipids contribute to T1D onset, and they identify select lipids that could be targeted for therapeutics and — in conjunction with autoantibodies — serve as early biomarkers of pre-T1D.”Co-first authors of the study, “Lipid mediators and biomarkers associated with Type 1 diabetes development,” are Alexander J. Nelson, UAB Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology and the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center; Daniel J. Stephenson, University of South Florida; and Robert N. Bone, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana.Other co-authors with Ramanadham are Christopher L. Cardona, Margaret A. Park and Charles E. Chalfant, University of South Florida; Ying G. Tusing and Xiaoyong Lei, UAB Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology and the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center; George Kokotos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece; Christina L. Graves, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Clayton E. Mathews, University of Florida Health Science Center, Gainesville, Florida; and Joanna Kramer and Martin J. Hessner, College of Wisconsin and Children’s Research Institute of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Chalfant also serves at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, Florida. Support came from the UAB Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology; the Stavros Niarchos Foundation; JDRF grant 3-PDF2017-385-A-N; Veterans Administration grants BX001792 and 13F-RCS-002; National Institutes of Health grants DK-69455, DK110292, HL125353, HD087198, RR031535, AI139072 and DK074656; and University of South Florida initiative 0131845.last_img read more

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Ship Finance International Sells Two VLCCs

first_imgShip Finance International Limited, today announced that it has agreed to sell the 1998 and 1999 built VLCCs Front Champion and Golden Victory to unrelated third parties. The Company has simultaneously agreed to terminate the corresponding charter parties with a subsidiary of Frontline Ltd.The vessels are expected to be delivered to the new owners in November 2013 and Ship Finance expects to receive cash proceeds of approximately $43 million, including approximately $11 million upfront payment from Frontline. In addition, we will receive approximately $79 million in 7.5% amortizing notes from Frontline.The amortization profile and maturity of the notes will match the current charters for the two vessels, with reduced rates until 2015 and full rates from 2016. Front Champion and Golden Victory were acquired in 2005 with the highest charter rates across the vessels on charter to Frontline, and the level of compensation payments for early termination is a reflection of this.While the spot VLCC market has currently shown some signs of recovery, there is still a fundamental oversupply in the market, and the retirement of older vessels will contribute to a balancing of the market going forward. The decision to phase out Front Champion and Golden Victory has been made on the basis of individual assessments of the vessels and the costs of taking them through expensive drydockings later this year.Divesting of older vessels is a part of the Company’s strategy to renew and diversify the fleet. The majority of our charter revenues are currently sourced from the offshore segment, and in the second quarter of 2013, the adjusted EBITDA from the vessels on charter to Frontline was limited to only 18% of the total. Following this sale, the number of vessels on charter to Frontline will be reduced to 20 vessels, including 15 VLCCs and five Suezmax crude oil carriers.SFL, November 7, 2013last_img read more

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Carlyon Bay Sea Defenses Removed

first_imgThe last remaining section of the Carlyon Bay sea defenses erected without planning permission in 2004 is being ripped up.Diggers have been taking up the iron shuttering which was protecting the Information Hut at the western end of Crinnis beach.The developers, CEG, had been ordered by Cornwall Council to remove the structure by the end of October 2015 after councillors had expressed their anger and frustration over the continued blighting of the beach.The so-called temporary sea defenses were erected pending the building of a sea wall to protect the proposed development on the beach.But a 2006 Public Inquiry decided that that sea wall and associated beach recharge scheme was unsustainable and planning permission was refused by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.An Enforcement Notice was issued by Cornwall Council but it wasn’t until 2011 that the unauthorized line of shuttering and rock armor was removed – leaving the section at the western end in front of the Information Hut.The development was redesigned, including a sea wall further back which would not involve beach replenishment.[mappress mapid=”21316″]last_img read more

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Hansom: Who, me?

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UK P&I Club DVD aims to reduce risk

first_imgAccording to the Club’s loss prevention director, Karl Lumbers, the 15-minute DVD, entitled ‘No room for risk’, will be “a very effective form of communication when conveying the Club’s risk prevention messages to ships’ crews and managers, opening up our riskmanagement process to everyone”.www.ukpandi.comlast_img

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Liebherr inks offshore crane deal

first_imgJurong Shipyard, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine, ordered two BOS 2600-35 EX LIT offshore cranes that will be equipped to the Libra field’s Extended Well Test FPSO vessel. The Libra oil field is a large, ultra-deepwater oil prospect located in the Santos Basin 230 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. OOGTK Libra, a joint venture between Brazil’s Odebrecht Oil & Gas and Teekay Offshore, awarded a contract to Jurong Shipyard for conversion of the Navion Norvegia shuttle tanker to form the Libra EWT FPSO. Liebherr’s role in the project is to design, manufacture and deliver the two offshore cranes; Liebherr’s Singapore division will supervise the assembly and commissioning process. The cranes are being fabricated at Liebherr’s MCCtec Rostock facility in Germany. They are scheduled for final installation in the first quarter of 2016.www.liebherr.comlast_img read more

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Gunmen abduct US tourist and driver in Uganda: govt spokesman

first_imgGunmen in Uganda abducted an American tourist and his driver inside a national park close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said Wednesday.“Four armed men, not yet identified, between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm (1400-1600GMT), staged an ambush and kidnapped an American tourist with his Ugandan driver near Katoke Gate in the Queen Elizabeth National Park,” Opondo said in a statement.The two have been identified as Kimberly Sue Endecott, 35 and her driver Jean Paul“A joint operation by the Uganda police, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Uganda Wildlife Authority Game Wardens is underway to locate and rescue them,” Opondo added.“The priority at this point is to locate, rescue and bring them back to safely.”Four other tourists, who were not abducted or physically harmed, managed to raise the alarm from the lodge where they were staying.“We strongly believe the perpetrators and the victims could still be trapped within our search area and we are hopeful that our efforts will lead to their successful recovery,” the police statement addedThere are fears that the kidnappers could have crossed with the pair into the DR Congo.Police suspect ransom could be the motive behind the kidnapping.Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of the East African nation’s most famous wildlife reserves, runs along the frontier with conflict-wracked regions of DR Congo, bordering its famous Virunga national park, Africa’s oldest national park.Related 20 abducted by unknown gunmen in Uganda Uganda Tenniscenter_img Gunmen open fire in Cote d’Ivore tourist resortlast_img read more

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Ex-Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak buried with full military honours

first_img26 February 2020, Egypt, Cairo: The flag draped coffin of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak lies on a horse pulled wagon during his military funeral at El-Mosheer Tantawy mosque. Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades, died on Tuesday in a Cairo hospital aged 91. Photo: Gehad Hamdy/dpa (Photo by Gehad Hamdy/picture alliance via Getty Images) The flag draped coffin of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak lies on a horse pulled wagon during his military funeral at El-Mosheer Tantawy mosque. Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades, died on Tuesday in a Cairo hospital aged 91. (Photo by Gehad Hamdy/picture alliance via Getty Images)Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was buried on Wednesday following a military funeral ceremony held at the Mosheer Tantawy mosque in the capital Cairo.Mubarak died aged 91 at a Cairo military hospital after undergoing surgery on Tuesday. The Egyptian government then declared three days of mourning following Mubarak’s death. Cannons designated to give the late leader a 21-gun salute were present at the mosque.Mubarak’s coffin had been transported to the mosque by a military helicopter. The funeral ceremony focused on Mubarak’s military service where he famously served as Egypt’s air force commander during the 1973 war with Israel.Mubarak’s coffin, draped in a national flag, was also carried by a horse-drawn carriage as a cortège led by his two sons and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi followed. Among other mourners present were generals, soldiers and religious leaders.Mubarak was widely viewed as a war hero for playing a pivotal role in the 1973 war to liberate Sinai from Israeli occupation. He ascended to the presidency in 1981 following the assassination of Anwar Sadat, who had appointed him as vice-president six years earlier.Mubarak then ruled Egypt for 30 years until he was ousted on in February 2011 during an 18-day uprising, which was part of the larger Arab Spring in the Middle East.He refused all offers to leave Egypt to live in exile following the uprising.Mubarak, along with his two sons and several political aides, was later arrested and sent to prison but was freed in 2017 after being acquitted of most charges.Related BREAKING NEWS: Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak dies at 91 Egyptian Judiciary: Mubarak vs Morsi Trialcenter_img Egypt:Hosni Mubarak to stand trial againlast_img read more

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