CHERRYVILLE, NC — FleetNet America has promoted Gary Cummings to executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2007. In this new position, Cummings will be responsible for all of FleetNet’s operations. Cummings is currently serving as FleetNet’s vice president – corporate services and will continue to oversee all information technology issues for the company. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement FleetNet America, a subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corp., is a third-party vehicle maintenance company that coordinates scheduled and nonscheduled service to truck fleets, owner-operators, original equipment truck manufacturers and aftermarket equipment providers Cummings has more than 20 years of work experience in accounting and information technology, the majority of which has been in the transportation and logistics industry. Since 1994, Cummings has held various positions with Arkansas Best Corp. and its subsidiaries. He joined FleetNet two years ago. Cummings holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK.,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 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. 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 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 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.
Joyce RichinsLAMC News:Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has announced that Infection Preventionist Joyce Richins, RN, has been recognized as the hospital’s 2020 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.Richins is recognized for demonstrating compassion and unwavering commitment to helping others.The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2002 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.“At Los Alamos Medical Center, we share LifePoint’s commitment to making communities healthier, and we recognize this is supported by the good work and service of our employees on and off the job,” LAMC CEO John Whiteside said. “We are extremely proud to recognize Joyce for her efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. She goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person she encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion.”Richins works for infection prevention and is the employee health nurse for LAMC. LAMC Auxiliary President Patricia Ensberg states, “Watching Joyce navigate the perils of the current COVID-19 crisis has impressed me even more. She has always seemed calm and in control. Her compassion shines through as I see her answering all the questions posed to her by patients, staff and the auxilians, gently letting all know that their health and safety are her chief concerns.”Each hospital winner, including Richins, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2020 companywide Mercy Award. The companywide winner will be announced this summer and honored in October during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., to which Richins and all hospital winners are invited to attend.Physician Letter of EndorsementJune 26, 2020To Whom It May Concern:This letter is on behalf of Joyce Richins. My colleagues and I agree that there is no person who more epitomizes The Mercy Award. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Joyce has been on the front lines, LITERALLY! Joyce is always armed with the most up to date information regarding testing, guidelines, and policies. And most importantly-JOYCE ALWAYS ANSWERS HER PHONE! I have always appreciated that if Joyce did not know the answer to a question, she did not hesitate to find out, and provide information as quickly as possible. Our present state of operation is very stressful, for everyone. I cannot think of an instant where I did not see Joyce smiling, always prepared to offer words of hope and encouragement, or simply a quick stop in, to check on our well-being. Joyce has a calm, pleasant demeanor and It is always refreshing to see her. She is a kind, caring person who is easily approachable, knowledgeable and always ready to help. Joyce exemplifies the spirit of The Mercy Award. Respectfully,Monica Snowden, MD Board Member Letter of EndorsementJune 28, 2020Dear Mercy Committee,I have had the pleasure of knowing Joyce Richins, RN, since she became the hospital’s Infection Control Nurse in 2016. I am the current President of the Auxilians, and thus am also a hospital Board member.Whenever any occasions arose with possible infection control issues with the activities of the auxilians, Joyce always took the come to come directly to the Board of the Auxiliary. Instead of issuing an edict from on high, Joyce has taken the time to come and explain her concerns with us, allowing us to ask questions, and then she even brainstorms with us for answers. It is clear she truly cares about the volunteers, the impact we have on the hospital and community, and the meaning that volunteering gives to our lives.Watching Joyce navigate the perils of the current COVID-19 crisis has impressed me even more. She has always seemed calm and in control, though I suspect she didn’t always feel that way. Her compassion shines through as I see her answering all the questions posed to her by patients, staff and the auxilians, gently letting all know that their health and safety are her chief concerns. It is not easy to tell people they can’t visit their relatives, or the auxilians that they must stay home, but her care and compassion shines through, making it all a little easier to endure.I heartily recommend Joyce as a Lifepoint Mercy Award winner, she embodies the essence of the award, and would be a credit to it. Thank you.Sincerely,Patricia EnsbergPresident LAMC Auxiliary
Summer Stewart. Independent/Monica BaddarIf it didn’t happen in Montauk, it likely would never have happened at all. Or, at least that’s the love I’m giving to Summer Stewart, Fashion Institute of Technology graduate and former model, who introduced The End (and beyond) to her debut line of athleisure wear on August 31 with a pop-up event in the surfer village. Since then, boss babes have been puckering their lips and prepping their ponytails, living in a line that transitions from the barre to bar with ease.When did you officially launch Summer Stewart Athleisure?We officially launched our site www.summerstewart.com on August 15. We are so incredibly proud of the work we put in with our debut collection. We love the mix of Venice skate culture set alongside the ocean.What makes your athleisure clothing line eco-friendly?We pride ourselves on manufacturing our clothing in Los Angeles. This shows not only our environmental awareness but also our commitment to paying a fair wage to the people who make our product possible. We partner with our factory to use either rescued or recycled materials when available.Why is creating a brand around environmentally conscious practices important to you?We love Earth. Being environmentally conscious is a part of our core values. We want to protect and preserve our planet for future generations to chill at the local skate park like we did as grommets.Independent/Allie ProvostWhat clothing companies do you admire?I really love Stella McCartney’s approach to designed athleisure with her collaboration with Adidas.Would you describe your clothes as travel friendly?Absolutely. I totally wear all of our pieces in every aspect of my everyday life. Of course, I love wearing our styles at my favorite workouts, but I also pair them with heels and a blazer to go out. On the weekends or when I’m traveling, you will find me in one of our sweat hook ups. For the almost 11-hour flight to Amman, Jordan, I chose the Skate or Dye leggings and Muscle Beach Sport Bra.Do your sport bras have built-in support?Our sport bras have different levels of support. The Muscle Beach is for low impact, so it’s perfect for yoga or pilates. The Venice Beach has a center front-ruched detail that allows you to control the support level. This feature is really cool because you can decide based on your activity how much support you need.How many styles do you currently have?We have our debut collection, which launched in August. We are working on our next collection that should release next spring.You’re a vegan yogi. How has the lifestyle changed your body and mind? Yogic philosophy and vegan values go hand in hand. I began my journey into veganism with a strong focus on lowering my carbon footprint. Over the years, this path allowed me to connect with so many amazing people, leading me to get my certification as a yoga instructor.Check out the latest at www.summerstewart.com and @firstname.lastname@example.org@NikkiOnTheDaily Share
Scotland-based SSE has sold a further 10% stake in the Beatrice offshore wind farm to its joint venture partner Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).SSE now holds a 40% stake in the project, with CIP controlling a 35% stake, and Repsol the remaining 25%.SSE says that the sale marks another key step in the project’s preparation for construction, in advance of the upcoming final investment decision due in March 2016.The 588MW site is located in the Outer Moray Firth on the north-western point of the Smith Bank, 13.5km from the Caithness coastline at the closest point.CIP bought the initial 25% stake in the project from SSE back in November 2014.
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In Carillion’s wake, attention has turned to cash retentions, which provide security against defects. From a payee’s perspective, the deferred cash flow affects business overheads. Abuse occurs if this money is wrongfully released late or not at all. The latter may likewise occur if the employer becomes insolvent.It’s worth recalling the Latham report’s admonition that “clients are at the core of the process and their needs must be met by the industry”. Rarely has the sector been slow to identify issues. It’s in deriving solutions to suit a broad pattern of circumstances that the challenge lies. Widespread acceptance of the Construction Act was earned through extensive prior engagement with all parts of the market.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recently closed a consultation on retentions. This was based on investigations into experiences, substitutes and ways forward that the department commissioned in preparation for the consultation. While BEIS crunches through the submissions to the consultation, we can revisit this earlier research.Government support for the aldous bill seems doubtful […] Nonetheless, by attracting interest and stimulating further debate, it may have had its intended effectThose surveyed appeared to accept the rationale for retentions, though there was less uniformity elsewhere. Tier two and three contractors saw late or non-release far more often than tier one counterparts. Justifications included defects that were ignored or disputed, the payee becoming insolvent or a failure to ask for the money.What’s striking are the conclusions that BEIS couldn’t draw. Crucially, researchers were unable to offer any comment as to whether any late or non-payment of money was justified.This is significant because any response must be proportionate. We know from the findings that retentions can be abused but, apparently, not how often. BEIS was, however, able to advise that the median retention lost per contractor from insolvency was £10,000 over three years.During the consultation period, the Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill was introduced by Peter Aldous MP through parliament’s Ten Minute Rule. Backed by trade associations, the bill anticipates that retentions are held in an authorised deposit scheme.The custodial residential tenancy deposit arrangements under the Housing Act 2004 formed its primary inspiration. Those reforms followed a damning 1998 report by the National Association for Citizens Advice Bureaux which pointed to large-scale abuse.New South Wales may present the more relevant comparison. Since 2015, it has run a statutory deposit scheme for retentions where the main contract value is at least $20m (£11.3m). The UK bill envisages that scheme costs would be met by interest generated on deposits. This forgets that, for debt-driven projects, developers would pay loan interest on those amounts. For this reason, the Australian programme levies administration fees instead.There is no indication of how disagreements over release would be resolved. However, the tenancy deposit scheme includes a dispute resolution procedure. This can struggle with less straightforward situations, which may be why New South Wales leaves disputes to the construction contract. The drawback is that it is less effective in preventing delayed release.In his motion, Aldous said that legislation to secure retention money was “the only solution”. Even so, the alternatives to a deposit scheme merit scrutiny. Abuse could be discouraged if adjudicators could award costs in claims regarding the money. Insolvency risk could be mitigated by requiring payers to protect retention money using surety bonds. The government could partner with insurers to devise new products. Inevitably, project bank accounts should figure in the debate.Pre-empting the outcome of BEIS’ enquiries is precarious because a deposit scheme would not cure all ills. Clients could sidestep it by switching to retention bonds and asking contractors to foot the cost. This might then cause inequalities in tendering for bidders with weaker balance sheets or credit histories.The uncertainty as to how clients may react to legislation stresses the importance of involving them fully and undertaking deeper analysis. This may reveal a more workable resolution elsewhere or through a mixture of measures.In light of BEIS’ interest, government support for the Aldous bill seems doubtful, which often spells failure for a private member’s bill. The bill has also yet to develop operational details. Nonetheless, by attracting interest and stimulating further debate, it may have had its intended effect. That recent events have whetted the appetite for change is similarly not in doubt. For change, however, the crowd’s support is required as well as its wisdom. There are no easy answers or shortcuts: BEIS should finish its work.
The Law Society has lined up with the UK government in attacking the ‘Robin Hood’ tax on financial transactions being proposed by 11 EU member states.The controversial tax will be discussed at ministerial level for the first time at tomorrow’s meeting of the EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council under the Greek presidency of the EU. Greece is one of the 11 EU members states to back the introduction of a financial transaction tax (FTT) through the EU’s enhanced cooperation procedure, which enables a new initiative to be advanced in the absence of unanimity.The UK has strongly opposed the measure, which chancellor George Osborne has described as ‘poorly designed, badly-timed and… unlawfully extraterritorial’. In a letter to European finance ministers, the Law Society’s chief executive Desmond Hudson (pictured) says that the proposal does not sufficiently respect the rights of countries that have chosen not to participate.Reiterating concerns raised by the Society last year, Hudson says that the FTT is designed in a way that financial entities based in non-participating countries, such as the UK, would still be subject to the tax for a wide range of transactions, including transactions that do not necessarily have a genuine economic link to a participating member state.Hudson said: ‘The Law Society fully respects the competence of those 11 countries that have chosen to introduce a financial transaction tax. However, regardless of the potential pros and cons of the tax, we firmly believe that any legislation should respect the EU treaties and the decision by a majority of countries not to participate.‘The point is that the extraterritorial effects of the proposed tax would in effect force a degree of participation on those countries.’Gary Richards, chair of the Law Society’s tax law committee, said that the tax would depart from the normal rule that each party to a transaction is responsible for their own liabilities.‘To prevent avoidance, the European Commission has proposed that in principle each leg of a transaction is subject to the tax and that each party is jointly and severally liable to pay. Essentially, this means that the costs will be much higher as is the likelihood that the tax will be passed onto non-financial parties, such as businesses, and pension savers.’
Wannabe writer Avery Malone (Sara Garcia) gets the job of a lifetime when she’s chosen to work with her favourite author Caleb Conrad (John Cassini) on his next novel. Escorted to a remote lodge, Avery has her phone taken away from her and when she meets Caleb, he asks her to consent to partaking in a series of tests based around fear. Eager to please, Avery agrees but as she gets further into Caleb’s tests, she starts to wonder what’s real and what isn’t as her nightmarish descent begins to take over.Written and directed by Braden Croft, True Fiction is a mind-bending psychological horror that takes a little inspiration from Misery. Avery is a big fan of the elusive author Caleb Conrad, whose face has never been seen in public. Discontented with her own life, she doesn’t think twice about allowing herself to be locked in a house with a man she doesn’t know. As a viewer, you feel the panic set in fairly early on but it takes a lot longer for Avery to come to the same realisation.Credit: 775 Media CorpCaleb appears to be an odd but generally pleasant man but once he starts to put Avery through tests that are reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange, things start to get a little crazy. What Croft does so successfully here is make you question what’s real and what isn’t. True Fiction is packed with twists and turns, and I admit at points I wasn’t sure what was going on or what to believe. The minute you get a handle on the plot, something changes and everything you thought you knew is turned on its head. Croft’s constant misdirections and reveals make you sympathise heavily with Avery, as you’re experiencing the same kind of disorientation as she is.Sara Garcia gives a very strong performance as Avery. Her character goes to hell and back over the film’s duration and it requires her to utilise an impressive range. Garcia can go from scared to determined in the same moment, and she’s wholly convincing throughout. She’s well matched by John Cassini as Caleb, who ensures you doubt his character from the moment you meet him. Interestingly, you’ll go through a range of emotions and your allegiance will jump back-and-forth as the twists unravel.There is a rather large shift around the mid-point of the film that some viewers may find a little jarring. The slow-burn approach that settles you into the film is replaced by a fast-paced intensity that hurtles you to the end. The conclusion is a little ambiguous and you can interpret it in a number of ways. Part of me wonders if that’s a purposeful creative decision so you go back and rewatch it. I definitely think seeing the film multiple times would be very beneficial.Credit: 775 Media CorpTrue Fiction is a bit of a headscratcher but if you make the decision early on to just go along for the ride, you’ll get plenty out of it. Perhaps it could have been a little tighter in places but as a horror film it will definitely push you out of your comfort zone. Essentially a cat-and-mouse style story, True Fiction constantly reinvents itself and you’ll be hard pressed to guess what’s coming next. Croft proves himself to be a very inventive storyteller and True Fiction is sure to be a crowd pleaser.Cast: Sara Garcia, John Cassini, Julian Black Antelope, Julian Richings Director: Braden Croft Writer: Braden Croft Certificate: TBC Duration: 94 mins Released by: 775 Media Corp
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInScotland TranServ are preparing a scheme of essential carriageway resurfacing works on the A75 between Crocketford and Dumfries on Friday 24th August for 1 week commencing at 7pm.Listen to more info HEREAs part of Transport Scotland’s strategic trunk road management programme, Scotland TranServ will carry out the resurfacing of 2km of the A75 Eastbound dual carriageway at The Glen near Dumfries.In order to complete the £320k programme of works as quickly and safely as possible, it will be necessary to close this section of eastbound carriageway for the full weekend from Friday 24th to Monday 27th of August, with a series of overnight closures following that until Thursday 30th August.Dayle Gillespie, Scotland TranServ’s Lead Designer said:“We’ve been working with local authorities, emergency services and major stakeholders to schedule this short programme of works to cause minimal disruption to the travelling public. We’ve also worked around the peak local holiday season and taken key events into consideration in the programming.“This is an important programme of works that will involve the resurfacing of 2km of carriageway. So that we can complete this work as quickly and safely as possible, we need to close the eastbound carriageway of this stretch of the A75. The project will deliver long-term improvements to the trunk road for local commuters and businesses alike.”In order to carry out these works the Eastbound carriageway will be closed on the following dates:7pm Friday 24th to 6am Monday 27th August7pm Monday 27th to 6am Tuesday 28th August7pm Tuesday 28th to 6am Wednesday 29th August7pm Wednesday 29th to 6am Thursday 30th AugustThe Westbound carriageway will remain open, however fast lane closures will be in place during these times for worker safety.For one night only, both Westbound and Eastbound A75 will also require full closure from 7pm Wednesday 29th to 6am Thursday 30th August.Please click HERE below to view diversion map:
Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, will captain a Nigeria team to the inaugural Star Sixes football tournament to be staged at the O2 arena, London.Nigeria was on Friday drawn in Group B of the tournament, alongside Brazil, Italy and China.According to the organisers, the tournament will feature past football icons who represented their countries at major international tournaments.Also expected in the Nigeria team include the likes of Nwankwo Kanu, Victor Ikpeba, Emmanuel Amuneke and Yakubu Aiyegbeni.Aside from Nigeria, football powerhouses like Brazil, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Netherlands, France, England, Portugal, Australia including China will also compete in the inaugural 12-team event, which takes place from 13 to 16 July.Other football legends such as Steven Gerrard, Carles Puyol, Michael Ballack, Deco and Robert Pires will also be among the many stars unleashed on the competitive stage once again.The tournament’s official websitestarsixes.com quotes the Pitch International Managing Director Jonathan Rogers as he reveals the objectives and vision of the Star Sixes tournament.“The long-term objective of Star Sixes is simple,” the Pitch International Managing Director Jonathan Rogers told the tournament website.“We intend it to become ingrained within the global football calendar as the premier event for international greats.“We envisage Star Sixes establishing its place in The O2 calendar in a similar way to the fantastic box office events such as the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and NBA Global Games London also hosted at the venue”, he said.The Star Sixes GroupsGroup A: England, Spain, Mexico, ScotlandGroup B: Brazil, Italy, Nigeria, ChinaGroup C: Germany, France, Portugal, Denmark