Kirtland AFB To Conduct Defensive Capabilities Exercises

first_imgKAFB News:KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — Kirtland will be participating in an exercise the week of Oct. 19-23. Installation security personnel will be exercising different defensive capabilities throughout the week.Gunfire and simulated explosions may be heard Oct. 21, while installation access will be truncated mid-morning Oct. 22.People entering and exiting the installation should expect unfamiliar traffic patterns, restriction of access to parking lots and increased force protection measures that will continue into the morning of Oct. 23.For more information, contact Kirtland Public Affairs at 505.846.5991.last_img read more

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Property crisis spreads worldwide

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Felix Leitloff Has Joined Angle Advisors

first_imgAngle Advisors is an independently owned investment bank, offering merger and acquisition advisory, private capital raising and related financial analytical services, with involvement in the automotive aftermarket. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,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 “We are thrilled to add Felix to our U.S. based team. His skill-set, knowledge, and international transaction experience aligns well with our deal activity and clients’ needs,” said Kevin Marsh, a partner at Angle Advisors. “Felix is a perfect example of our international focus, fielding highly capable, well-experienced professionals with language and cultural skills to suit our global activity. We continue to broaden our capabilities and resources to provide our clients best-in-class results.” 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. BIRMINGHAM, Mich. – Angle Advisors announced that Felix Leitloff has joined the firm as a vice president. 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.  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.  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 In addition to his investment banking experience, Leitloff brings proficiency in the corporate restructuring and debt advisory sector, where he advised middle market debtors and insolvency administrators on a variety of distressed situations. Leitloff joins Angle Advisors from its German operations, @VISORY partners GmbH, based in Weisbaden. With six years of investment banking experience, Felix previously worked at Switzerland-based M&A boutique Helbling Corporate Finance GmbH. Felix’ industry experience includes transactions in automotive, industrials, consumer goods, retail, security services, textiles and energy.last_img read more

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Call to SRA to loosen solicitor conduct rules

first_imgThe Legal Services Consumer Panel has called for the Solicitors Regulation Authority to scrap the conduct provisions that prevent a solicitor from acting for both seller and purchaser, and for both lender and borrower in a conveyancing transaction. Responding to the SRA’s current consultation on its new handbook, which seeks views on the current provisions, the consumer panel said they should be removed, and consumers should instead be protected by the general conflict rule. The panel, which was set up by the Legal Services Board to advise it on the interests of consumers, said there should be safeguards in place to ensure that lawyers understand their responsibilities when acting for both sides, and that they deliver informed consumer choice. However, it noted that allowing one solicitor to act for both sides could ‘minimise inconvenience caused by exchanges of correspondence and reduce avoidable cost’. In its consultation response, the panel said licensed conveyancers had ‘long been permitted to act for both sides, apparently without any problems’.last_img read more

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PC or not PC, that is the question

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Arbitrator appointment

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Fiji activist sentenced for Law Society Charity ‘contempt’

first_imgA human rights activist in Fiji has been sentenced to a suspended prison term for reprinting part of a Law Society Charity report which criticised the Pacific nation’s judiciary.Reverend Akuila Yabaki, head of the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF), was sentenced to three months in jail, suspended for 12 months, for an article published in a newsletter.Earlier this year, Fijian High Court Judge William Calanchini found the forum and guilty of ‘scandalising the court’. Justice Calanchini has now passed sentence, fining F$20,000 (£6,700) and awarding costs against him.was ordered to provide an apology to the court, for publication, for the court’s approval within 28 days.The original article quoted the Law Society Charity’s 2011 report, Fiji: The Rule of Law Lost, which questioned the independence of the judiciary in Fiji, which has been ruled by an ‘interim’ prime minister since a coup in 2006.Nigel Dodds, Law Society Charity chair and author of the report, said the sentence is being used to silence in the lead-up to Fiji’s elections. ‘The sentence is really quite clever. It’s what I would call “light touch” oppression,’ he said.‘By sentencing him to a relatively short but suspended sentence of imprisonment, which is going to last for a year, it’s effectively silencing him and until the elections.’Nicholas Fluck (pictured), president of the Law Society of England and Wales said the sentencing of shows that the oppressive regime in Fiji is prepared to go to any lengths to limit free speech.He was joined in his criticism by the New Zealand Law Society. ‘The New Zealand Law Society sees the moves by the Fijian government to pursue this matter as evidence of a continued erosion of the rule of law in one of our closest neighbours,’ the convenor of the society’s Rule of Law Committee, Austin Forbes QC, said, in a statement.last_img read more

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Fewer solicitors to take silk in 2019

first_imgAloke RayLast year, five solicitors were appointed QC; in 2017, a record six solicitors made the grade.In total, 108 new QCs have been appointed. Among them are 30 women, out of the 55 who applied. Stephen Lewis FiettaAmong the barristers named today is 39 Essex Chambers tenant Rory Dunlop, a professional discipline  specialist who has appeared for the Solicitors Regulation Authority at tribunal hearings.Jonathan Jones, Treasury Solicitor and Permanent Secretary of the Government Legal Department (GLD), is among those granted an honorary QC. Lord Chancellor David Gauke said: ’I congratulate each of the 108 barristers and solicitors who are to become QC and also the six Honorary Queen’s Counsel on their forthcoming appointments. The award of the title of Queen’s Counsel is a recognition of depth of expertise and eminence in their fields. It is this expertise that gives the English legal system its world-leading reputation.’Sir Alex Allan, chair of the QC Appointments selection panel, said: ’I am delighted at the announcement of the new silks. I congratulate each one of them. We remain concerned that the number of female applicants remains comparatively low, but I am pleased that of those women who did apply, over 60% were successful. I was also pleased to note that 18 BAME applicants were appointed, a record number. Each year, the panel has the difficult task of identifying the truly excellent advocates. I am confident that those appointed today truly deserve to be QC.’ Four male solicitor advocates are among the 108 lawyers to be made Queen’s Counsel (QC) this year – the second year in a row in which the number of solicitors taking silk has fallen. One solicitor’s application was unsuccessful. The Ministry of Justice and Queen’s Counsel Appointments website published the official list today.The solicitors are: Aloke Ray and Dipen Sabharwal, both partners at international firm White & Case, Mark Levy, partner at magic circle firm Allen & Overy and Stephen Lewis Fietta, principal at international law specialists Fietta LLP.center_img Dipen SubharwalThe swearing-in ceremony for newly appointed QCs will take place in Westminster Hall on 11 March.last_img read more

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Sustainable transport demands strong rail investment

first_imgBYLINE: Philippe RoumeguèreChief Executive, International Union of Railways (UIC)RIGHT ACROSS the world, concern has been growing about the role of transport in society and the part that each mode has to play. A balance must be struck between meeting the needs of the economy and the increasingly serious effects that transport has on the environnment. In this debate, rail’s image has continued to improve, and today the rail mode is increasingly well regarded by decision makers and the public.Given today’s demand for mobility and the various modes of transport that are available, it is clear that the limits of expansion have already been reached and in many cases can be pushed back no further. The environmental damage and economic waste caused by growing saturation of highways and skyways requires an ambitious and radical change in direction. While road and air traffic are unlikely to make more than marginal progress in terms of energy consumption, pollution, congestion and safety, rail still has considerable potential for development. I base this comment both on the latent potential of rail’s traditional engineering and on its ability to incorporate new technology.Railways already demonstrate today just what can be achieved by satisfying customers’ demands, and in so doing, reaping a commercial harvest. In the USA, rail has over 40% of the freight market, underlining its fundamental role in the exchange of industrial goods on a continental scale. There are other examples in South Africa, China, India and Australia where geography favours the efficient operation of heavy haul traffic with long trains.Those countries that have invested in new generation passenger railways – notably Japan and parts of Europe – are enjoying the fruits of that investment. They prove just how successful rail can be once it has met the performance and quality standards so sought after by its customers. The Madrid – Sevilla AVE line in Spain, for example, has 82% of the rail-air market, and Eurostar enjoys 60% between Paris and London. Other major projects, both high speed lines and links crossing physical barriers such as the Øresund and the Alps, will transform Europe’s railway geography and make rail far more competitive in the future.Nevertheless, despite rail’s well recognised advantages, the time taken to reach decisions and implement new projects is excessively long. The reasons are many and diverse: rail businesses are in the process of restructuring, politicians are imprecise in their attempts to plan infrastructure, and certain governments remain wedded exclusively to short-term financial policies rather than long-term investment that includes environmental objectives.But figures do not lie. A study carried out recently by consultants Infras and IWW for the International Union of Railways to determine the external costs of transport shows that nearly 10% of Europe’s gross domestic product is wasted every year in environmental damage, and that 92% of this is attributable to road transport.Quantifying the benefitsIn these conditions how is it possible to hesitate in justifying projects to modernise railways and their equipment? If all the benefits which rail projects bring to the market and to society are built into the financial calculation, the decision would more often than not go in rail’s favour. Switzerland is one example where the authorities have launched an ambitious programme to develop the country’s rail infrastructure using funds that are partly raised from road transport.On a world scale, rail transport will profit from policies that take account of global problems such as the greenhouse effect, from the implementation of innovative commercial policies, and from the development of high performance equipment exploiting new technologies. Interoperability, long one of the objectives promoted by the UIC and by UNIFE, is on the point of making significant progress: among current developments are the ERTMS/ETCS train control system and GSM-R radio, new gauge changing equipment and other innovations. The emergence of world railway standards opens up perspectives that will allow suppliers to be more competitive thanks to the economies of scale stemming from market globalisation. This in turn will lead to lower costs for operators who will be able to choose their equipment from a more open market.One of the keys to further development of the rail mode is project financing, where public bodies will inevitably remain involved. Partnership with the private sector can be a good way to fund certain types of project or to manage a specialist railway activity. But financing needs must not be underestimated, and major modernisation schemes in Europe require resolute commitment from public authorities.I am personally convinced that the rail sector should have great confidence in its own future. No other mode can respond better to the dilemma of achieving sustainable mobility which is one of the most serious matters facing society today. nThe rail mode still has consideral potential for development. Philippe Roumeguèrelast_img read more

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Robot Squad Simulator X out now on Xbox One

first_imgRobot Squad Simulator X from Ultimate Games S.A. is out now for Xbox One. They also converted the PC version of the game for Nintendo Switch last year.In Robot Squad Simulator X the player becomes the commander of an elite squad of tactical robots, dealing with tasks in extremely challenging and dangerous conditions. The only way to complete these tasks is to use specialised, remotely controlled robots.View the Robot Squad Simulator X trailer below:Players can expect 8 training and 16 story missions. The available mission types include rescue, spy and military assignments. In Robot Squad Simulator X, you can use 4 different robots (2 terrestrial, 1 aerial and 1 underwater model). Each of them can be upgraded and equipped with additional accessories.“Robot Squad Simulator X is another title, after Selma and the Wisp, that we’re releasing on Xbox One. The game is based on a simulator known from PC and, naturally, it has been properly adapted to the specific features of Microsoft devices. We are also currently working on other interesting proposals for Xbox One owners” – said Mateusz Zawadzki, CEO at Ultimate Games S.A.The publishing plan of Ultimate Games S.A. for the coming months includes more Xbox One releases. The list mainly consists of popular simulators (Ultimate Fishing Simulator, Demolish & Build and Car Mechanic Simulator Classic), but it also features a highly acclaimed action game – Bug Academy. The exact Xbox One release dates for these games will be announced at a later date.View some Robot Squad Simulator screenshots in our gallery below: Ultimate Games S.A. Ultimate Games S.A. Ultimate Games S.A. Ultimate Games S.A. Ultimate Games S.A. Ultimate Games S.A.last_img read more

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