WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — John Humphrey has been named the head of global automotive operations for J.D. Power and Associates. Humphrey, who has been with J.D. Power for more than 20 years, has significant experience across all dimensions of the company’s global automotive business, including research and consulting. The appointment represents an important step by J.D. Power to more effectively align its automotive operations on a global basis and enhance and extend its industry benchmarks. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “As domestic and international automakers move further along the curve of leveraging global scale, J.D. Power is aligning itself to better assist the industry with actionable Voice-of-the-Customer insights that will help drive profitability,” said Finbarr O’Neill, president of J.D. Power and Associates. “J.D. Power is moving to a global alignment that reflects today’s competitive environment, and John will fully leverage J.D. Power’s global reach and capabilities.” Humphrey most recently served as senior vice president of international operations for J.D. Power and Associates. In that role, he had overall responsibility for the company’s activities in Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, which includes offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Toronto, London and Munich. Humphrey has also served as director of the company’s China operations, residing in Shanghai from 2005 through 2006. Humphrey earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. As a result of this change, Gary Dilts will be leaving J.D. Power and Associates after three years of dedicated service. “Gary is a highly regarded industry executive who led J.D. Power’s U.S. automotive operations in the face of a very difficult environment,” said O’Neill. “We thank him for his many contributions.”
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Growth across major trade lanes is expected to reach 5.5% in 2015, according to Drewry’s Outlook for Container Shipping Webinar presentation held on Thursday.Drewry’s data estimate that average rates will decline by 3-4% globally next year, stressing the need for operators to cut costs.The freight rate drop is attributed to new sulphur fuel regulations that will post a challenge to all industry stakeholders, Drewry explained.Speaking of the impact of the lower fuel cost Drewry said that the price of fuel is very volatile and even though recent IFO prices have fallen by 20%, they could potentially increase again.The lines have been gearing their global services towards slower transit for more than five years now and shippers have adapted their supply chains accordingly. Carriers have even been ordering ships in line with slow steaming ie 11 big ships for Asia-North Europe.“Hence, it is unlikely carriers will essentially abandon slow steaming although on an individual basis it is possible some lines or alliances may choose to operate one premier fast service if for example they have four or more loops on a trade such as in the transpacific,” according to Drewry.Annual volume growth in the next five years is forecast to range 5-6%, however this will not be uniform across all regions.Drewry said that ULCV deliveries in 2015/2016 are expected to cause deployment issues, especially in the North-South trades via the cascade.“We have seen evidence of this particularly in the trades to and from ECSA recently where spot rates have crashed in a very short period of time when supply has increased. We see this volatility continuing especially if the demand side of the equation disappoints, ” Drewry added.A recovery is expected in 2017, which could be reached by adoption to change and reducing costs rather than achievening real balance between supply and demand.Drewry believes that the new operating alliances are a positive development for the industry, but could bring temporary chaos to scheduling.World Maritime News Staff; Image: WSC
The flats will receive some colourful murals done by some experienced artists. Residents of flats in Kewtown can soon look forward to seeing colourful murals on their walls. The community will have its say on what the murals should look like when the artists hold a workshop at the Athlone Stadium on Monday December 3. The City of Cape Town’s arts and culture department, Athlone ward councillor Rashid Adams and ZAG Consultants are behind the project to do murals on four walls facing Klipfontein Road.Well known mural artists Gary Frier, Grant Jurius, Roscoe Masters and Eugene Bezuidenhout will work on the murals, depicting aspects of the Athlone area, with eight artists recruited from the community. The eight neighbourhood artists will be interviewed by ZAG and selected according to their skills. Mr Adams said the project had been in the pipeline for a while and he was glad it was finally happening. “We have invited the people who live in those flats to participate in the workshop so that they are part of the discussion and able to tell us what they want painted on the wall. “The eight artists will undergo interviews by ZAG and they will be chosen locally to give our people this opportunity. We had a public meeting and everyone is on board,” he said. Resident Aziza Hendricks said everyone in the neighbourhood was eager to have their stories painted on the walls. “No one has a problem with it; we all love the idea. There are many old people living here who have great stories that can be painted on the walls. It will be something nice to look at because it has been in discussion for a while,” she said. The murals are expected to be finished in time for Christmas.
A McKenzie friend has been accused of pouring ‘more fuel on the flames’ during a High Court defamation case involving Blackpool Football Club.In a damages judgment in Oyston & Anor v Ragozzino, a High Court judge said a defendant in person had allowed himself to be used as a ‘mouthpiece’ by his McKenzie friend.The case centred on claims Blackpool Football Club fan David Ragozzino had made on a website against the club’s owners, Owen and Karl Oyston. The claims included ‘lurid allegations of a sexual nature’ and allegations of ‘fraudulent and corrupt behaviour’.His Honour Judge Stephen Davies ruled that his claims were defamatory and said Owen and Karl Oyston should be awarded aggravated damages, in part due to Ragozzino’s conduct in the case, which was worsened by the presence of his McKenzie friend.During proceedings Ragozzino refused to apologise and said he would justify his claims. Instead he made other allegations of dishonest and discreditable behaviour against the club owners and the club itself, and sent a ‘whole sheaf’ of correspondence making further insinuations against the club owners, which the judge said were in some respects worse than the original postings.One email was sent to Karl Oyston’s wife on 20 July, which she described as ‘savage, abusive and obscene’.Davies said that much of the correspondence appeared to have emanated from Ragozzino’s McKenzie friend, identified in the judgment as Mr Reed. However he added that in many instances Ragozzino expressly associated himself with the correspondence.He said: ‘It is clear to me from reading this documentation and from observing Mr Ragozzino and Mr Reed in court that he has not been at all well-served by the assistance of Mr Reed as his McKenzie friend, since Mr Reed has been responsible for pouring yet more fuel on the flames rather than assisting Mr Ragozzino to present his defence with suitable moderation.’He said the allegations made against the club owners were ‘extremely serious’ and said both were entitled to aggravated damages due to Ragozzino’s malice and the conduct of the case. He ordered Ragozzino to pay damages of £20,000 each to Karl and Owen Oyston, and a further £1,000 to Blackpool FC.
Baker McKenzie’s former London managing partner committed serious professional misconduct when he tried to embrace and kiss a junior associate in 2012, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has found. Allegations against the firm itself and two other senior figures were found not proved.Giving its verdict this morning, the tribunal found that Gary Senior committed serious professional misconduct by behaving in an inappropriate manner towards ‘Person A’ when he was in a position of seniority. It also found that Senior improperly sought, by reason of his position of seniority within the firm, to influence the investigation. The tribunal said the findings arose from the ‘particular factual matrix’ of the case.The third allegation – that Senior failed promptly or at all to report his conduct to the Solicitors Regulation Authority – was found not proved to the requisite standard.All allegations against the firm, former partner Thomas Cassels and former HR director Martin Blackburn were found not proved.The tribunal said Cassels ‘committed an error of judgment in the manner in which the investigation [into Senior] was carried out’ but found no conduct by him that amounted to professional misconduct.On Blackburn, the tribunal said the evidence made it clear the former HR head was not a decision-maker in respect of the investigation into Senior’s conduct.Blackburn, Cassels and Baker McKenzie were accused by the SRA of allowing Senior to improperly influence or seek to influence the investigation by reason of his position of seniority within the firm.A spokesperson for Baker McKenzie said: ‘The firm has co-operated fully with the SRA throughout this process. We are pleased that no finding of professional misconduct has been made against Baker McKenzie.’We are a different firm from a decade ago with new leadership, an enhanced purpose and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. This is reflected by the actions we have taken and policies we have introduced that ensure that all of our people, regardless of seniority, feel empowered to call out wrong or inappropriate behaviour.’Following this incident, we have also enhanced our internal policies, including around corporate governance. Something like this must never happen again.’Gary Senior said: ‘I bitterly regret what happened in 2012. The matter was not covered up by the firm in 2012. An investigation was carried out by the firm involving a number of senior partners. At the time I believed I behaved appropriately in that investigation while cooperating with them and no comment to the contrary was made to me by those conducting the process. I cannot make any further comment until I have studied the tribunal’s reasons for deciding as they have, as they did not give any reasons for their decision today.’
Share Tweet Sharing is caring! LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Sunwing Airlines plans to sue couple over diverted Caribbean flight by: – February 6, 2013 Share Share 53 Views no discussions A Sunwing spokesman told reporters the airline footed the bill for the 170 passengers who were forced to overnight in Bermuda, saying the air-rage incident could cost as much as US$50,000.HAMILTON, Bermuda – A Canadian low-cost airline says it plans to sue a couple after they were fined US$500 each in a court here following an altercation on a Caribbean-bound plane which forced the captain to divert the airline to Bermuda.Bermuda police arrested the Canadian couple and their 22-year-old son after the Sunwing Airlines’ flight, carrying 170 passengers, touched down at Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport last Friday. A younger son with the family was not arrested.The plane continued its journey to its original destination on Saturday.A Sunwing spokesman told reporters the airline footed the bill for the 170 passengers who were forced to overnight in Bermuda, saying the air-rage incident could cost as much as US$50,000.The spokesman said the cost would also include landing fees, flying a mechanic to Bermuda to check the aircraft for stress fractures due to the fact it had to land overweight as well as hotel and meals for passengers stuck in both Bermuda and the Dominican Republic.The spokesman said Sunwing intended to seek recourse and planned to sue the family in civil court.The Magistrate’s Court was told that the pilot decided to divert to Bermuda two hours into the flight, after David McNeil, Sr, 54, who pleaded guilty to behaving in a disorderly manner and using profane language towards a member of the flight crew and his 52-year-old wife, Donna McNeil, admitted disobeying a lawful command.The incidents started after their son, David McNeil, Jr, was refused access to the plane’s toilets as the aircraft took off from Halifax.The son was initially charged with smoking on the aircraft but prosecutors chose to offer no evidence against him after he pleaded not guilty. He was discharged by Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner.The court heard that while passengers had been asked not to move, the son left his seat to go to the bathroom and refused the flight attendant’s orders to return to his seat.After the father swore at the attendant, the mother started cursing at the crew. The three were toldto return to their seats, but did not do so and kept moving about the plane.The magistrate ordered the parents to pay their US$500 fines immediately or face 10 days in jail. Caribbean 360
InternationalNewsPrintRegional US Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida by: AFP – January 6, 2015 Tweet 128 Views no discussions Share In this December 30, 2014, photo provided by the US Coast Guard, members of the US Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island approach a boat with 12 Cuban migrants southwest of Key West, Florida. The Cuban migrants were repatriated to Cabanas, Cuba. (Photo: AP)MIAMI (AP) — Driven by fear that their window is closing, the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the US illegally in rafts has surged since the two countries announced they would restore diplomatic relations after 50 years, Coast Guard officials said Monday.US authorities have captured, intercepted or chased away 421 Cubans since Dec. 17, mostly in the Florida Straits, said Lt Cmdr Gabe Somma, spokesman for the Coast Guard’s 7th District in Miami.In all of December 2013, the total number of Cuban migrants who encountered US law enforcement while trying to reach the U.S was nearly half that — just 222.And just before the historic announcement of the US-Cuba detente — from December 1 to 16 — only 132 Cubans were kept from reaching US shores.The Coast Guard says the significant increase in the number of Cuban migrants has been prompted by rumours that an abrupt end is coming as soon as January 15 to the so-called wet foot-dry foot policy that usually shields Cubans from deportation if they reach US shores.But US officials say there are no immediate plans to change the policy. Congress would have to change the Cuban Adjustment Act or the US trade embargo.“There is no change to immigration law. This rumour is just putting people in harm’s way. The rumours are just not true,” Somma said.The overall number of migrants making risky sea voyages toward US shores from the Caribbean, including Cuba and other countries, has spiked in the past year. According to the Coast Guard, in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, US authorities captured, intercepted or chased away at least 5,585 Haitians, 3,940 Cubans and hundreds from the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries attempting to sneak into the country.For nearly 50 years, Cubans have had a unique privilege. The Cuban Adjustment Act has given them a virtually guaranteed path to legal residency and eventual citizenship. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Cubans have taken perilous raft trips to Florida and land journeys through Central America and Mexico with the knowledge that they would not be deported.Cubans caught at sea, though, usually are returned home.Coast Guard officials stopped short of calling the recent surge a mass migration, but they said they’re concerned about the increased numbers of migrants.“At one point last week, we had about 120 Cuban migrants on Coast Guard cutter decks awaiting repatriation,” Somma said. Share Share Sharing is caring!
The 27-year-old Ancajas, the reigning IBF super-flyweightchampion, and has defended the crown seven times since winning it in 2016. Hisnext fight will come either late September or early October. *** Tubid said it was nostalgic for him to step on the samebasketball courts where he used to play during his collegiate years when he wasstill part of the University of the East Red Warriors. Filipino boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas, who once dreamed ofwinning a title even at a regional level, is now aiming to unify the worldchampionship at the super flyweight division. “Mga bata, susunodlang sa mga magulang. Walanghinahangad ‘yung magulang naikasasama ninyo,” Tubid said in his parting speech. “Importante ang pag-aaral at disiplina.” “‘Yung pangarap huwag bibitaw. Malay natinpaggising ninyo, PBA na rin kayo gayanamin,” added Tubid. “And don’t forget to pray. Ika nga, play hard, pray harder.” (RG) Tubid, along with Beermen teammate Kelly Nabong andBlackwater Elite’s James Sena and rookie Abu Tratter, played 3-on-3 games withkids and neighboring teenagers. They “We have a timetable. Top Rank is negotiating a fight withWBC champion Juan Francisco Estrada. But we’re looking at three names,including Andrew Maloney (Australia, 20-0) and Alexandru Marin (Romania,18-0),” said Jimenez. NO MATTER how tough San Miguel Beermen veteran Ronald Tubidis inside the hard court, the Ilonggo guard showed that he also has his softspot when he is in street clothes. also conducted a free throw shooting contest. “Madalas inaabot kamidito ng mgga kaibigan ko ng madaling araw kakalaro ng basketball,” Tubidsaid. “Malapit lang kasi ‘yung UE dito.” The Iloilo City guard showed his soft side when he went toSampaloc, Manila as part of the PBA Homecourt. Tubid’s appearance was hispenance to diminish the league’s fine for him. “When I was starting out, I dreamed of winning a regionalbelt. Now, I’m a world champion. I hope I can unify the belts if I’m blessed,”Ancajas said during his appearance at the PSA Forum. Ancajas said he has what it takes to beat Estrada, the 29-year-oldMexican (39-3 with 26 knockouts) who outclassed Thai pound-for-pound championSrisaket Sor Rungvisai last April. “If we can get the Estrada fight that will be exciting,”said Ancajas, who defended his title for the seventh time last May with a seventh-roundstoppage of Ryuichi Funai of Japan in Stockton, California. “Iniikot namin ito,P. Campa, P. Noval, Balic-Balic,” he added. “Sobrang saya, parang ganito pa rin kung ano ‘yung dati. Ako nga na-surprise. It’s been 20 years bago ako nakabalik dito kasi may mga taong kilala mo pa rin dati.” Ancajas’s trainer Joven Jimenez said that they are currentlyarranging the details of his next fight and is hoping to land a fight withMexican champion Juan Francisco Estrada. “We believe that there’s a way to beat Estrada. We can beathim,” added Ancajas, who has kept himself busy doing light training ahead ofhis next fight, which is set in the United States./PN