Goodyear Directors Re-Elected at 2009 Annual Meeting

first_imgAKRON, Ohio — Shareholders of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. re-elected 11 members of the company’s board of directors at the company’s Annual Meeting held earlier this week. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Re-elected were: ·    James Boland, retired vice chairman, Cavaliers Operating Company LLC; ·    James Firestone, executive vice president and president, corporate operations, Xerox Corp.; ·    Robert Keegan, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Goodyear; ·    W. Alan McCollough, retired chairman and chief executive officer, Circuit City Stores Inc. ·    Denise Morrison, senior vice president and president, North America Soup, Sauces and Beverages, Campbell Soup Co.; ·    Rodney O’Neal, chief executive officer and president, Delphi Corp.; ·    Shirley Peterson, retired partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; ·    Stephanie Streeter, former chairman and chief executive officer, Banta Corp. and interim chief executive officer, United States Olympic Committee; ·    G. Craig Sullivan, retired chairman and chief executive officer, The Clorox Co.; ·    Thomas Weidemeyer, retired senior vice president and chief operating officer, United Parcel Service Inc.; and ·    Michael Wessel, president, The Wessel Group Inc. Steven Minter, retired president and executive director, The Cleveland Foundation, did not stand for re-election and has retired from the Board of Directors. “Goodyear and the board of directors are deeply grateful for Steve Minter’s leadership and guidance during his 24 years of service to the company,” Keegan said. Board proposals to amend the company’s Amended Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations were approved by shareholders. The appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2009 was also approved by shareholders at the meeting.last_img read more

Udall Presses Boeing Executives On Lax Safety Culture Resulting In Two Fatal Crashes

first_imgUdall moved forward to ask Boeing executives to demonstrate accountability. “Mr. Muilenburg, you showed some emotion earlier when the families who lost loved ones stood up,” Udall said. “What should come from that emotion is some action to do something to really make a difference.” Holding executives accountable for prior Boeing statements casting the blame on pilots: “You and others in your company blamed the deceased pilots, and the culture of the countries where the crashes occurred, for the accidents,” Udall said. “But from what we’ve seen in the last year since the crash is that Boeing’s own culture is more blameworthy for installing a faulty system that resulted in too many deaths and could have caused more. This culture starts at the top.” Muilenburg replied that Boeing is “responsible for our airplanes. We are responsible and we own that. Regardless of cause, any accident is unacceptable.” U.S. SENATE News: Video of Udall’s questioning is available HERE. Udall has been an advocate of strong oversight and accountability in aviation safety, calling for an aviation safety hearing in 2018 after the engine failure of a Southwest Airlines flight that caused the death of Jennifer Riordan, a beloved member of the Albuquerque community, and pushing for subsequent FAA action to ensure safer airplane engines. Raising concerns about lack of FAA oversight leading to safety violations: Highlights from Udall’s questioning of Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg include: U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Udall grounded his questioning in the human impact felt by families of those killed in the 737 MAX 8 crashes. “I first want to say to the families who stood up that I’m very moved by you being here, and your losses are very heartfelt across the committee here,” Udall said. “The thing that really bothers me is knowing that this was preventable. It makes it even more outrageous that we haven’t made the kind of dramatic changes that I want to talk to the CEO here about.” Udall responded by noting that, “It’s a relationship that didn’t work for the consumers, and for your employees that went down in those flights.” Udall pressed the Boeing leaders to take responsibility for their company’s culture and business processes in order to prevent future accidents. “If Boeing could not guarantee that pilots were prepared to fly these jets, your company should not have sold them,” Udall said. “Did anyone in Boeing question, hesitate, or raise any issues prior to selling the 737 MAX 8 with this software to Lion Air or Ethiopian Air?” Muilenburg replied that Boeing “[has] a respectful relationship with the FAA, but we certainly have had our disagreements.” Calling for concrete commitments to reform safety legislation:“For this committee to coalesce around the solution that’s really going to move us forward would require you to step forward and specifically say what you support, and I haven’t seen you do that in all of the questioning,” Udall said. “You’ve been asked over and over again—what would you support?” Udall responded by stating that Muilenburg’s change in tone “is welcome, but Boeing’s culture came out early on.” “It’s absolutely clear that your … relationship with the FAA is much too cozy,” Udall said. “What is it that you’re going to commit to specifically in terms of reform? And so that’s why you’re up here and that’s what we want to see you do is to weigh in with us and say ‘this is what would make a difference, this is what would make it safer, this is what we can do so we don’t lose passengers like this in the future—or the crew.’” Questioning Boeing’s internal safety review process: WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, questioned Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and Vice President John Hamilton about the company’s “cozy” relationship with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulators and commitments to reform in the aftermath of two fatal crashes involving the 737 MAX 8 jet. Video of Udall’s questioning is available HERE.last_img read more

War of words breaks out over industrial trust’s refinancing

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Beresfords pair to appeal

first_imgFormer Beresfords solicitors Jim Beresford and Douglas Smith are appealing against the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal’s decision to have them struck off. In December, the tribunal found the pair guilty of eight breaches of solicitors’ practice rules in their handling of cases under the Coal Health Compensation Scheme. A spokesman for Beresfords said that an appeal has been filed to the High Court. A skeleton argument will be submitted to the court next week. The spokesman for the Doncaster firm added: ‘The appeal has been entered and steps now taken to put this whole matter and circumstances, for the first time and after many years, before an independent, legal and objective court of law. It is a great pity that the former Beresfords’ partners were not able to do this a long time ago. Any suggestion of dishonesty and conduct unbefitting is, has and always will be, strongly refuted.’ The tribunal hearing was one of several to follow alleged irregularities surrounding the compensation scheme. The tribunal heard that the firm received more than £132m in fees after handling 97,500 claims and took a share of compensation intended for miners on top of fees automatically received from the government.last_img read more

Why we must transform

first_imgThe housing, construction and education ministers recently issued a joint response to my review of the UK’s construction labour model entitled Modernise or Die.The title was deliberately chosen to jolt the industry and the government into recognising the scale of the problems we face. Some people have not liked the negativity of the headline, but I make absolutely no apologies for this. It was meant to provoke a reaction, and if we are going to sort things out once and for all, it’s time to stop dancing around the real issues. It is therefore good to see that government has apparently listened, with ministers acknowledging the overall diagnosis, the seriousness of the prognosis, and supporting the overall direction that I recommend for industry to future-proof itself.No doubt the government’s interest in acknowledging and hopefully helping to deal with these problems is driven by political reality rather than deep-seated emotional attachment to construction’s welfare. Although we have not had the political support that the automotive and aerospace industries have, we must now seize the opportunity in the upcoming “sector deal” to help resolve our issues.The current government’s promises in terms of housing and infrastructure delivery, training and skills development, combined with the risks posed by Brexit mean the burning platform we have been sitting on for so long has effectively been doused in petrol. The sector deal is our chance to ask the government to help us build a new platform.If the industry chooses not to reform, with or without government support, the simple upshot is that the future prosperity of the UK is at risk. We are entering a period where we will be losing more workers than we are gaining, and this rate of attrition has every chance of worsening.If the industry chooses not to reform, with or without government support, the upshot is that the future prosperity of the UK is at riskWe simply will not be able to increase our physical output. The recent spate of poor financial results from large contractors at a time when industry output has been booming can only serve to act as a prompt that something is seriously and systemically wrong with construction.Some will say we are a resilient industry and our current problems are chronic, recurring and nothing out of the ordinary. I disagree. I would suggest that looking at what has happened in the past gives us little indication of what the future may hold. There are unprecedented structural, societal and demographic changes under way that mean historic datasets and behavioural precedents have reducing relevance going forward.The stakes are high. We need to be moving quickly to a more integrated delivery model that uses innovation in physical construction processes combined with different procurement approaches that focus on aligned interests and outcomes. We need to be attacking waste and inefficiency at every opportunity to fund the right levels of margins needed to be sustainable but ultimately affordable to end consumers.The sector also needs a new breed of workers. Digitalisation must be the enabler of every process and discipline from architecture to stone masonry. This is the only way we are going to successfully engage with Generation Z, who represent our potential intake of new workers for the next decade.We are pitched in a war for talent against industries that are much more aligned to the way the latest generation has grown up. We need to attract more people but also maximise retention through sustainable and interesting long-term career opportunities, as well as improving productivity in a way that still motivates and excites. Although the innovation imperative must ultimately lead and define skills development, without sufficient high-quality appropriately skilled resources, our industry will slowly spiral into decline.I have repeatedly said that clients have a key role to play in reforming our industry. The government’s decision to hold off on my suggestion of a future client levy to force modernisation is, at this stage, the right one. I proposed it as a last resort and was not seeking immediate implementation.If it has to come back on the table in the medium to long term, it will unfortunately mean that clients will have much bigger problems on their hands than avoiding a 0.5% surcharge. Let’s all hope we don’t get to that point and the carrot of better outcomes for all avoids the need for a stick.I sense a wind of change is starting to blow though the industry but it’s still too early to tell whether we are at the start of a new era for construction. I hope, however, that the renewed focus my review has provided, perhaps aligned with extraordinary events such as Brexit and the recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower, act as the combined catalyst for us to start addressing our failings.The government has recognised this, and needs to lead as a central client and policy maker. Progressive regional and local government bodies, private sector clients and industry organisations must now also rise to the challenge and together effect positive change.Mark Farmer is founding director and chief executive at consultant Cast and author of the industry report Modernise or Dielast_img read more

Cellular tower fears

first_imgThe free standing telecommunication base station in Manenberg. Manenberg residents are angry about a cell tower that has been put up at a church, saying it was done without their permission and can make them sick.Community Safety Forum chairwoman, Roegshanda Pascoe, says she started getting calls from people on Thursday April 16, asking why the tower was being built at the Apostolic Faith Mission. She says no one notified residents and now they’re worried radiation from the tower will give them cancer.She said the church on the corner of Renoster and Pecos roads had been battling financially and she suspected it wanted rental from the company that owned the tower. “The church said to me that there is no danger affiliated to the tower, but they don’t even know what the purpose of the tower is. There are so many loopholes and unanswered questions, we need to know what the purpose of it will be,” said Ms Pascoe. The tower is surrounded by a precast-concrete wall.“Last year, in November, they started the installation at the church, but the gangs stole the cables and poles. “Now they have erected it again,” Ms Pascoe said. “People are scared of getting cancer because lots of people are dying of cancer in Manenberg, of TB, and other respiratory illnesses. We know that being exposed to radiation kills you slowly not suddenly. People in Mitchell’s Plain have also complained about this. They go sleep with headaches and wake up with one, clearly their bodies are not used to whatever it is being exposed to.”She added: “Why can we not have communication with residents? In the leafier suburbs, they consult the community before they do things, but here they don’t do anything.” Eunice Snyders stays about 10 metres from the church. She said a City official had told her it was standard procedure to notify residents before a cell tower went up. But Ms Snyders said she knew of only a few elderly residents who had been consulted about the tower and had signed approval for it.“The seniors don’t even know what the thing was about or what they signed for,” she said. “When I spoke to the one lady, she said she thought it was a netball pole. The church lady said that a notice was put up in front of the church a year ago for the thing to be put up, but we are all here at the back. That thing is about five metres away from the first house.”According to her, radiation from the tower is interfering with electronics and appliances in her home: her TV screen goes blue suddenly, her phone freezes or the apps malfunction and her microwave only warms up the one half of a dish.People in the area were also getting more frequent headaches, she said. And she claimed local schools had refused to have cell towers on their grounds because of the dangers.Mayoral committee member for spatial planning and environment Marian Nieuwoudt said the application for the tower had been submitted in August 2018, and registered letters about it had been sent to surrounding property owners; the City’s human settlements department, which owns most of the houses in the vicinity; and the ward councillor, but no one had objected so approval had been given on June 24 2019.According to the World Health Organisation, there is currently no convincing scientific evidence that radiofrequency (RF) signals from base stations and wireless networks can cause cancer and the signals are lower or comparable to RF exposures from radio or television broadcast transmitters. Also no consistent evidence of altered sleep or cardiovascular function was reported.Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said the City could monitor radiation levels from the tower to check they complied with standards set by the International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection.A woman named Monica, who refused to give her surname but identified herself as a member of the church, said the pastor did not want to comment on the matter. She also refused to give his name and surname and also his contact number. The Athlone News also tried calling the church’s landline but there was no answer. Emails to the church went unanswered and attempts to get comment from the church’s head office in Pretoria also proved unsuccessful.last_img read more

PAHO Chief Urges Caribbean to Expand Mental Health Services

first_img“Today, I ask countries to take the steps required to ensure everyone can receive the care they need and deserve,” she urged. During the pandemic, she said “many of us have felt fearful of infection or anxiety if we are sick; grief as our loved ones have succumbed to the virus; uncertainty about the future, as jobs and life as we knew it came under threat; overwhelmed by the news and misinformation; and lonely or isolated after weeks or even months of social distancing. “After months of operating in crisis mode, our health professionals are facing burnout, anxiety and depression,” she added. WASHINGTON– The director of the Pan American Health Organization Director (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, is urging Caribbean countries to expand and invest in mental health services to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Etienne noted that coronavirus cases in the Americas have reached almost 11.5 million and over 400,000 people have died. “We are all suffering – especially those affected by pre -existing mental health conditions. We must step up so those living with mental health conditions, as well as survivors of violence, have the resources and support they need. She said patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 also experience insomnia, delirium or even depression, adding that “many persons are overwhelmed with fear of developing severe illness; others are understandably worried for their lives”. “With reduced contact to friends and family or barriers in access to services and shelters, we’re leaving survivors with nowhere to go. The costs of violence are extraordinarily high, so support to survivors cannot be put on hold.” Dr. Etienne said PAHO has been helping countries to strengthen policies and services, and expand online learning for health workers, “so they know how to identify and support survivors of violence during the pandemic, and some places using novel approaches to ensure survivors of violence can ask for help discreetly, such as through code words or hand signals.” The PAHO director said the real extent of domestic violence during COVID-19 is likely under-estimated, “as survivors are stuck at home and support and outreach services are interrupted. Dr. Etienne said the most effective steps are to hire and train more health workers, and integrate mental health and psychosocial support within primary health care systems, “so they’re easily accessible to those who need them most. “It is urgent that mental health support is considered a critical component of the pandemic response. Mental health and domestic violence services are essential services, and we must place emphasis on addressing the gaps that have been laid bare by the pandemic. CMC She said mental health illness is a silent epidemic that has affected the Americas well before COVID-19, with depression and anxiety listed as two of the leading causes of disability. “This pandemic reminds us, like never before, that good mental health is necessary for the wellbeing of individuals and societies,” the PAHO director added. Dr. Etienne said initial research indicates that “as much as a third of patients recovering from COVID-19 can have enduring changes in their mood and suffer from anxiety or depression.” “The Americas have approximately 13 per cent of the world’s population, but 64 per cent of officially reported global deaths,” she said, stating that the pandemic is having a serious impact on health workers, “who are working longer hours than ever before and risking their own lives as hospitals struggle to maintain sufficient Personal Protective Equipment. In addition, Dr. Etienne said the region also has the second-highest level of alcohol consumption in the world, stating that emergencies can worsen these conditions. “Everyone who needs mental health support should feel comfortable asking for help. No one should have to suffer alone and without professional support, especially now. “Naturally, some of the same concepts apply to domestic violence.These services must be accessible and integrated at the local level; we need innovations to reach and support survivors, and it is paramount to fight stigma. Violence is never acceptable, and survivors of domestic violence should not be blamed.” “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a mental health crisis in our region at a scale we’ve never seen before,” the Dominican-born Dr. Etienne said, adding “it’’s a perfect storm in every country, as we see growing needs and reduced resources to address them.last_img read more

Ericsson, Qualcomm and Vodafone to Conduct Trials based on the 5G New Radio Specification

first_imgEricsson and Qualcomm Technologies are working with Vodafone to test 5G interoperability and conduct an over-the-air field trial based on the 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP. The trial intends to drive the mobile ecosystem towards validation of 5G NR technologies, which will enable operators to test 3GPP standard compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices at scale. Taking place in the United Kingdom, the focus of the trial will showcase 5G NR technologies that utilize wide bandwidths to increase network capacity and achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates.Applicable to both existing licensed bands and new bands in sub 6 GHz region, 5G will be important to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Connected Cloud services. It will enable operators to provide new use cases in areas such as the Internet of Things, automation and big data, and the ability to build new revenue streams with radically new business models.The trial will utilize 5G system solutions and devices from Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies to demonstrate real world scenarios across a broad set of use cases and deployment situations. It will make use of advanced 3GPP 5G NR technologies including Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology, adaptive self-contained TDD, beamforming techniques, scalable OFDM-based waveforms to support wider bandwidths, advanced coding and modulation schemes, and a new flexible framework design.The 3GPP 5G NR standard-based interoperability testing and trials will start in the second half of 2017, and will follow decisions of 3GPP Release 15 specification – the global 5G standard that will make use of both sub-6GHz and millimeter wave spectrum bands.last_img read more

Q and A with Coach Mike Magpayo

first_img● You had invited your team to your house and savor your mom’s cooking and I would assume Filipino cuisine will always be prepared. I had been around athletes and they have legendary appetites. I’m just wondering if your players were receptive to our food. Any particular dish they like? Graduating with an Economics degree at the University of California – Santa Barbara, Mike Magpayo started a successful real estate company and in between coached high school basketball. After 10 years as CEO, he left his business and pursued his true calling. MM: I have always studied my idols both in basketball and their leadership traits. Coach Spo worked his way up from the bottom and was known as a guy who got any job done. As head coach, Coach Spo oozes poise, firmness with his players without being overzealous for recognition. ● Coaches, more often than not, are looked up to by players and fans alike as role models.  How can you be effective as one? ● You and your wife Caroline are expecting a baby boy. Will you be encouraging your son to have his own “hoop dreams?” Named as head coach of UC Riverside on July 1, Magpayo became the first Filipino coach in the US NCAA Division 1 history. MM: That’s the goal, to lead, to be an exemplary role model. You know, every year in my coaching journey, I learn from my players just as much as they learn from me. Hopefully all the hours and days and years I’ve spent in a leadership role have prepared me for my biggest, most exciting challenge to date. MM: At every university I had coached, my mom has always done one or two big meals for my team. They love her cooking. Everyone does! My Mom is the best cook there is. They love her adobo, love her pancit, they really love her lumpia and she makes all kinds of spicy chicken, fried rice. Players eat it all! MM: If given a chance, I would prefer to coach on the national team and help out in any way possible. ● Aside from being the first Filipino coach in the US NCAA D-1, what other things you want our kababayans to associate with your name? His coaching career started at Columbia U as an assistant for four years then at Campbell U for three years, then as Director of Basketball Operations for the University of San Francisco for one year where he helped the team to a 22-7 record.  MM: We studied and focused on creating a good defensive team this past season and we’re successful in doing so. You are what you emphasize. Now going into this year, we will try to maintain the elite defensive system while using the many stops we get into a more free flowing offense that capitalizes on easier opponents. Easier said than done but that is our challenge and emphasis this year. ● We have the talent but not necessarily the height and with the availability of Jordan Clarkson and a naturalized player for the national team, it has boosted our chances in international competitions. What else could be needed for the Gilas to improve? As to the basketball side, he has successfully maneuvered through a career where he had three superstars in Wade, LeBron and Bosh, three athletes that he used to trap defensively and play an up-tempo game. And now, he has found a way to make Duncan Robinson, a 6-8 shooter, one of the deadliest weapons in the game. So yes, I’m always looking to steal any of his sets, poise, and would welcome his advice. He did send me a congratulatory text with a little piece of advice I will cherish on this new journey. center_img ● Your system is more on free-flowing offense but you require your players to be more conscious on defense. With reference to this, do you relate your system to the saying, “the best defense is the best offense?” ● If given the chance to coach in the Philippines, which do you prefer, the collegiate level, the pro league or the national team? MM: I have had a lot of experiences as an assistant coach. Some highlights in building winning programs but also some missed opportunities. I think one big disappointment was losing the championship game of the College Basketball Invitational Tournament (CBI) while I was at the USF in 2018. A great 22-win year and could have walked away with a ring. Lost the final game. MM: As proud as I am to be a Filipino coach, they are not mutually exclusive so to speak. I’m a proud Filipino and proud of my heritage and the Magpayo name. It means “advisor” in Tagalog from what I understand which is ironic given my profession. And same with coaching. I’m proud to be a Division 1 Head Coach. They are hard to get here in the US as there are only 357 of them. ● You are an accomplished coach. Apart from your stellar achievements, what has been your biggest disappointment so far? ● I understand you have a ‘democratic’ philosophy in coaching, but in all democracies, things sometimes go radical. How do you deal with players having discipline issues and what is your credo on discipline? MM: Size definitely helps so we have to develop the big ones we do have. Make sure they are playing at their respective colleges and professional teams and developing skill-wise and strength-wise. Strength and conditioning programs mixed with high level nutrition plans have become a way to gain an edge. As far as discipline, we manage each situation as necessary but our culture is strong and we intend to protect that culture at all cost. ● You idolize Erik Spoelstra. The Miami Heat has at least 70 offensive and defensive sets. Have you applied some of them to UCR? Coach Mike recently married his long-time girlfriend Caroline, whose parents, Noel Motus and Angelita Gonzales, are from Kalibo, Aklan. Caroline is on the family way. MM: We have built a program that works. The reason we have had success here at an accelerated pace in our first two years at UC Riverside is because we run a high performing program of accountability. We track a lot of aspects of our players’ development, shooting, etc. and you have to buy in to succeed. If you are bought in to the process we employ here at UCR, you will develop as a basketball player and as a man. MM: Hahaha! Of course I would. Unfortunately, I’m only 6ft and Caroline is only 5ft, so we hope somehow he grows taller than me. I want all little hoopers but just wish for great health and a loving baby. /PNlast_img read more

Matsuda claims Japan’s first gold

first_imgTAEGU, South Korea – Takeshi Matsuda won the men’s 200-meter butterfly to bring Japan its first gold medal on Sunday, the fourth day of the World University Games in South Korea’s Taegu.Matsuda, a Chukyo University student, clocked 1 minute, 57.44 seconds to set a meet record. Takashi Nakano and Daisuke Kimura placed second in the men’s 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke, respectively. Meanwhile, Japan finished second in the rhythmic gymnastics team competition. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img