first_imgMCHENRY, Ill. – Brake Parts Inc (BPI) has promoted Barry Jondahl to the position of chief information officer (CIO). His appointment was announced this week by David Overbeeke, president and CEO.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“We would like to congratulate Barry as he transitions to his new role of chief information officer for BPI,” said Overbeeke. “During the two years that he has been with BPI, Barry has been an integral part of the team and has greatly enhanced our company in the areas of IT networking, service desk and ERP functional resources. His expertise will be vital as we continue to build on our technological capabilities and move forward with new systems that will not only help to keep the day-to-day operations of the company running smoothly, but will greatly benefit BPI and our customers as we continue to grow.”Among Jondahl’s accomplishments at BPI are the successful implementation of a large-scale global Oracle 12.1.3 ERP system that includes financials, manufacturing, shipping, inventory and order management modules, as well as implementation of an Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE) reporting system.Prior to joining BPI in 2012, Jondahl served as the director, systems infrastructure and operations for the Master Lock Co. He also is a veteran of the United States Navy.,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 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 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.  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. 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. last_img read more

first_imgMore than 50 Michigan artisans will offer their artworks and hand-made items for sale during the Michigan Makers Holiday Market, held Saturday, November 30, at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills.Amanda Claus of Magic Mud Ceramics is among the Michigan Makers. (Contributed)Hosted by the city’s Special Services Department, this first-time event will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Featured vendors will include favorite artists from Art on the Grand, the downtown Farmington art fair that takes place every June.Kyle Irving will sell his holiday ornaments during the holiday market. (Contributed)Musical entertainment and an hourly raffle with prizes donated by the artists round out the event. Preview vendors at facebook.com/events/335541330706777/.For more information, call the Cultural Arts Division at 248-473-1859. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgFacebook(SAN FRANCISCO) — The wife of the gunman who carried out a mass shooting in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub made her first appearance at a federal court in California Tuesday, where a prosecutor claimed that “she knew he was going to conduct the attack.”Gunman Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, who was arrested by the FBI Monday in the San Francisco area, entered a courtroom Tuesday morning slightly hunched over and with her head down. She wore a bright yellow shirt and long, gray skirt.The U.S. Attorney’s office claims Salman aided and abetted her husband’s “provision of material support” to the terror group ISIL, also known as ISIS.Salman is also accused in the indictment of misleading federal agents and Fort Pierce, Florida, police officers who came to question her about Mateen’s attack at Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people.During Tuesday’s initial appearance, the prosecution, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Handberg, read the charges against Salman aloud in court.As written in the indictment, on count one, she was charged with aiding and abetting her husband’s attempted provision and provision of “material support or resources” to a foreign terrorist organization. For this count, she could face up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.“She knew he was going to conduct the attack,” Handberg said.On count two, she was charged with obstruction of justice. She could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.When asked by Judge Donna Ryu if she understood the charges, Salman quietly replied, “Yes.”Because of the count one terrorism charge, the government is asking for her to be detained and not released on bond.Salman was represented Tuesday by public defender John Paul Richmond. It was not clear if she entered a plea. A status hearing was set for Wednesday morning in Oakland.Salman’s lawyer, Linda Moreno, who was not in court Tuesday, said in a statement to ABC News Monday, “Noor Salman had no foreknowledge, nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night. Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person.”Her uncle, Al Salman, who was at court Tuesday, called his niece a “very simple person” who is “not that smart.” Al Salman said he was adamant that his niece had no clue what her husband was planning.Noor Salman is expected to be extradited to Florida, where the indictment was filed.Mateen was killed in a police shootout after he shot and killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016.Orlando Police Chief John Mina expressed relief that Salman was arrested, he said in a statement Monday.“Federal authorities have been working tirelessly on this case for more than seven months, and we are grateful that they have seen to it that some measure of justice will be served in this act of terror that has affected our community so deeply,” Mina said. “Nothing can erase the pain we all feel about the senseless and brutal murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones. But today, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for that horrific crime.”ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON | A Senate committee is moving forward on legislation that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods.Vermont is set to require such labels this summer. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas released draft legislation late Friday that would block that law and create new voluntary labels for companies that want to use them on food packages that contain genetically modified ingredients. The Senate panel is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday.The bill is similar to legislation the House passed last year. The food industry has argued that GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are safe and a patchwork of state laws isn’t practical. Labeling advocates have been fighting state-by-state to enact the labeling, with the eventual goal of a national standard.Senators have said they want to find a compromise on the labeling issue before Vermont’s law kicks in. But negotiations broke down between the food industry and labeling advocates.Roberts said in a statement after releasing the draft that “negotiations will continue in an effort to reach committee agreement.”But he said the committee needs to act quickly. The Vermont law kicks in July 1.“We are out of time,” Roberts said. “The time to act is now.”The committee’s top Democrat, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, said she would continue to work with Roberts on the bill.Food industry groups swiftly praised the draft. “Congress must pass a national food labeling solution that offers farmers, families and food producers the certainty and access to the affordable and sustainable food supply they deserve,” said Pamela Bailey, head of the Grocery Manufacturers Association.Scott Faber, head of the national Just Label It Campaign, called it “outrageous” and said Roberts is proposing to deny American consumers the right to know what is in their food.Genetically modified seeds are engineered in laboratories to have certain traits, like resistance to herbicides. The majority of the country’s corn and soybean crop is now genetically modified, with much of that going to animal feed. Corn and soybeans are also made into popular processed food ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, corn starch and soybean oil.The food industry says about 75 percent to 80 percent of foods contain genetically modified ingredients.While the FDA says they are safe and there is little scientific concern about the safety of those GMOs on the market, advocates for labeling say not enough is known about their risks.So far, Vermont is the only state set to require labeling. Maine and Connecticut have passed similar laws, but those measures don’t take effect unless neighboring states follow suit. Several other states could consider labeling bills this year.Follow Mary Clare Jalonick on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mcjalonicklast_img read more

first_imgADT and West Corporation (“West”), a global leader in technology-enabled services, recently announced that they have entered into an agreement to enhance customer experiences with 911 emergency communications. Through this arrangement, ADT will use West’s Emergency Response Link (ERL) to help ensure homes and businesses monitored by ADT benefit from the most accurate location data available so that the correct response teams are deployed even faster.ERL is a fully managed, automated platform that uses location intelligence to identify the appropriate jurisdiction for a specific location based upon an address or geographic coordinates. This information enables ADT’s professional monitoring personnel to more quickly engage the correct local fire, police or medical response teams. Integrating accurate jurisdiction data into ADT systems is critical for timely and accurate alarm response because jurisdictional boundaries for fire, police and medical response are constantly changing.“For ADT, the safety and security of our customers is personal,” said Don Young, chief information officer and EVP, field operations at ADT. “Given West’s long-standing reputation as a leader in the public safety space, its ERL platform is a natural choice to help ensure we are engaging the appropriate emergency teams and minimizing response times in the case of an alarm. West’s data offers advanced capabilities by mapping customers to emergency responders by location in ways that most alarm companies cannot do in-house. Using ERL enables ADT to shift our resources from maintaining an internal database of this information to what matters most—providing the enhanced monitoring services our customers rely on to help keep them safe.”- Sponsor – “We know that in emergency situations, response time matters and every second counts, so our solutions are designed to improve the speed and accuracy of data delivery that supports public safety,” said Ron Beaumont, president of West Safety Services. “As part of West’s continued focus on utilizing our market-leading public safety capabilities for new applications and markets, we are delighted to work with the leading monitoring security provider who shares our focus on safety. ADT will be able to provide enhanced levels of service and compliance by tapping into West’s data and technology.”West rigorously researches, audits, verifies and manages Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) contact data based on the most current jurisdictional boundaries. West’s resulting expertise is then seamlessly integrated into the alarm provider’s internal systems, helping them route every emergency alarm to the appropriate emergency teams with speed and confidence.The integration of ERL marks the first of several planned collaborations between ADT and West to enrich ADT’s monitoring services by leveraging the power of West’s technology and data quality. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_imgThe goal of memory chip makers is to be able to fabricate a memory product that is nonvolatile, fast, dense, and cheap.  Current SRAM memory is fast.  Flash memory is dense.  And read-only memory (ROM) is cheap.  But creating memory that has all these characteristics has so far eluded memory chip makers.  But now, a technology called magnetic random access memory (MRAM) may hold the secret.MRAM is based on being able to controls the magnetic ‘spin’ properties of electrons.  With MRAM, the direction of electron spin is used to hold data.  Upwards spin represents ‘1’, and downwards spin ‘0’.  Standard memory requires an electrical charge while MRAM is based on magnetism.  That means that even when the power is turned off, the memory state is permanently retained.  Another advantage of MRAM is that it uses significantly less power which would means that devices like smartphones would be able to have longer battery lives.While there has been excitement around MRAM for some time, the methods used up until now for ‘flipping’ the spin of the electron have not been reliable and the magnetic field required to perform the flip has been expensive. But now researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed a method that may be able to solve this problem.  They describe the approach as  ‘bending current’ and it is enabled by using an anti-ferromagnetic material.  The new method is energy efficient and low cost.  One of the researchers on the project, Arno van den Brink, said that “this could be the decisive nudge in the right direction for superfast MRAM in the near future.”last_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Recent events or hot topics like breaking news – stories that might be only minutes old.Regularly recurring events like elections, conferences or sports games.Frequently updated info like product reviews.Google Going Real-Time A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags: #Google#search#web Google announced a big change to its search ranking algorithm today that affected around 35% of searches. It now makes an effort to determine when a query should return more up-to-date, “fresher” search results, before more established but older links. For example, if you search for “olympics,” you’re likely to be looking for information about the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics, rather than older or more general information. Google search is now fine-tuned to make that assumption.With Google+ indexed in Web search and providing real-time search data, Google now has strong signals for timeliness and relevance. By tweaking search algorithms on one side and gathering social data on the other, Google is working towards a clearer of picture of what’s happening on the Web this instant. Today’s updates are built on top of Caffeine, Google’s new search infrastructure that first came online in 2009. The effects kicked in in June 2010, providing “50 percent fresher results.” Today’s changes fine-tune the notion of “freshness” along three major categories:center_img Related Posts As illustrated by the above graphic from the 2010 announcement of Caffeine, Google wants to get away from the boring stack vision of page ranking and smartly determine what kinds of results are relevant for each query. That requires Google to index in real time. Caffeine accomplishes this on the crawling side, and Google is also working on publishing systems and networking protocols to alert the search index of new content faster.But social networks lead users to do the real-time publishing and alerting work themselves, making Google, Twitter and Facebook’s jobs of surfacing relevant content easier.Google+ And Real-Time SearchThat’s why Google partnered with Twitter in 2009 for real-time search. But that deal – along with real-time search – was shut down this summer. It wasn’t beneficial for either party anymore. Twitter is now acquiring search companies for its own purposes, and Google has started its own social network.Public Google+ posts are now incorporated into search results, and Google is practicing with home-grown real-time search within the social network. By collecting social signals, Google can further improve the “freshness” of its search results with a human touch.Are your Google searches smart about returning timely results? Share your experiences in the comments. jon mitchell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more