Cooper Standard Names Aleksandra Miziolek Vice President, General Counsel And Secretary

Miziolek earned juris doctor and bachelor of arts degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit. She currently serves on several boards as a director or adviser, including the Citizens Research Council of Michigan and Inforum Center for Leadership. Miziolek will succeed Timothy Hefferon, who is retiring after serving as Cooper Standard’s vice president, general counsel and secretary since 2004. Hefferon will continue as a senior legal officer on a transitional basis until June 2014. “Aleks’ broad and extensive legal experience in the automotive arena makes her an excellent addition to Cooper Standard’s leadership team and head of our legal group,” Edwards said. “Her expertise will assist Cooper Standard as we continue to execute our profitable growth strategy and expand globally. NOVI, Mich. – Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. has appointed Aleksandra Miziolek as vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective Feb. 3, 2014. Miziolek will report to Jeffrey Edwards, Cooper Standard’s chairman and CEO, and will join the company’s global leadership team. “As we welcome Aleks, I would like to thank Tim for his service and dedication to Cooper Standard as both head of our legal team and as a key leader in the business,” Edwards said. “He has provided the company with excellent counsel and guidance during his tenure and we will continue to benefit from his experience as we complete this successful transition.” With more than 30 years of experience advising automotive companies, Miziolek will join Cooper Standard from Dykema Gossett PLLC, a leading national law firm headquartered in Detroit. As a Dykema Gossett member, she has held a variety of key management positions, including service on the firm’s executive board and as director of its automotive industry group. Her law practice has focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and SEC disclosure matters. She has counseled a broad range of automotive companies on cross-border transactions and strategic alliances involving North American, European and Asian businesses.  AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement read more

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Teekay LNG Increases Cash Distribution

first_imgTeekay GP, the general partner of Teekay LNG Partners, has declared a cash distribution of $0.6918 per unit for the quarter ended December 31, an increase of 2.5 percent over the cash distribution of $0.675 per unit for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.The cash distribution for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 is payable on February 14, 2014 to all unitholders of record on January 31.The increase to the fourth quarter distribution coincides with the completion of the purchase-leaseback of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier newbuildings from Awilco LNG ASA in September and November 2013.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, January 16, 2014; Image: Teekaylast_img read more

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Toll wins huge INPEX contract

first_imgToll will design, construct and operate the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project’s Offshore Logistics Base in Australia’s Northern Territory, as well as provide ongoing logistical support for the project in the Browse Basin, located off the northern coast of Western Australia.Toll Global Resources ceo David Jackson said Toll was looking forward to a long and successful partnership with INPEX over the life of the Ichthys Project, which is estimated to be more than 40 years.”The variety of work we’re doing for the INPEX Offshore Logistics Base is an excellent example of Toll’s capabilities in servicing the oil and gas sector,” Jackson said.”This facility, along with the associated drilling support facility, developed for INPEX in Broome by the Toll Mermaid joint venture, demonstrates Toll’s commitment to invest in world-class facilities for our customers’ world-class projects.”The Offshore Logistics Base will remotely support major offshore facilities in the Ichthys Field, which is about 820 km southwest of Darwin in the Browse Basin.This will include supplying materials to the project’s floating production, storage and offloading vessel and central processing facility.Toll will own the INPEX-dedicated facility, which will be used for the storage and distribution of spares, equipment and chemicals. The base will be located in Darwin’s East Arm Business Park Precinct.Construction is expected to be completed in early 2015, with the facility expected to be fully operational later that year.www.tollgroup.comlast_img read more

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Trepka takes Liebherr milestone

first_imgThe 130-tonne capacity five-axle model will become Trepka’s largest crane. The company ordered the crane with the VarioBase variable support base, which Liebherr says ensures greater flexibility and safety, particularly in constricted site conditions.The LTM 1130-5.1 was launched in 2007 and has since been delivered to almost 70 countries. It features a 60 m telescopic boom, which can be extended with a double folding jib and two 7 m long lattice sections.www.liebherr.comwww.trepka.atlast_img read more

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Primary school hit hard by burglaries

first_img The ceilings of classrooms ripped out during burglaries. 1 of 2 Heavy rains caused flooding in the classrooms.center_img Heavy rains caused flooding in the classrooms. Burglars preying on a Hanover Park school have caused thousands of rand in damage that could set back teaching.Parkfields Primary School has more than 870 pupils, many of them coming from homes hit hard by poverty and other social ills. In the past three months, it has had five break-ins, and yet police say the school is not in a crime hot spot.According to deputy principal Gail Wyngaard, the first two burglaries took place on Sunday June 21 and Monday June 22. Newly fitted lights were stolen from two classrooms and ceiling boards badly damaged. The intruders cut the locks on the junior and senior boys’ toilets, where they broke the basins and pulled out taps and pipes. The pupils can no longer use the facilities. To add to the school’s misery, strong winds tore the roofs off four classrooms over the stormy July 11 and 12 weekend. Then the burglars struck again on Wednesday July 15, Sunday July 26 and Tuesday August 4. They got in through the classrooms’ wrecked roofs and ceilings and took lights and electrical fittings, teaching and learning aids and stationery, all worth aboutR45 000, excluding the damage.“All burglaries have been reported to Safer Schools as well as SAPS,” Ms Wyngaard said. “Our fear is that these intruders will continue to burgle our school while access through these damaged roofs remains available. Added to this, is the amount of damage these classrooms, as well as the classrooms below them, have been subjected to following the heavy rains of the long weekend of the 8th, 9th and 10th of August.”The prediction of more heavy rains had stalled repairs, she said.“Another serious concern is that these repairs will not be completed in time for us to receive all our learners. Most of our learners are expected to return on the 24th and 31st of August. “We appeal to members of the community to report any trespassers seen on the school grounds after hours. Furthermore, we encourage you to report any persons trying to sell any of the items taken from the school’s premises.”Ward councillor, Antonio van der Rheede said he would speak to the authorities about improving security at the school. He also urged the school’s neighbours to report any suspicious activity.“In an area like Hanover Park, it would be the same few guys breaking in every time so someone should know something. If this is a hot-spot area for break-ins then SAPS should increase their presence in the area. “I will also contact the Newfields neighbourhood watch to keep an eye on the school during their patrols. Most schools in areas like these have a stay-in caretaker to have someone present at school at all times,” he said. Philippi police station spokesman Captain Lance Goliath said they deployed officers according to crime patterns, with more officers going to hot spots in the precinct. The area around the school wasn’t considered a hot spot, he said.“All schools are being visited randomly. We appeal to the public to come forward with information to assist us,” he said. last_img read more

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Ing concedes THSRC will be late

first_imgTAIWAN High Speed Rail Corp has finally conceded that it will not be opening its 345 km line for business this month.Although trial running has made good progress, with 200 km/h attained at the end of August and engineers anticipating 300 km/h during October, THSRC Chairman Nita Ing was obliged to announce on September 8 that the board of directors had decided to reschedule the opening to October 31 2006. She blamed the delay on slow progress with construction, system testing and ‘evaluation of overall operations’. Apologising ‘to our shareholders and society for failing to reach the target’, Ing told local media in Taipei that she was confident that ‘we can abide by the new schedule’.The delay will cost THSRC NT$19·3bn, taking the price of the project to NT$480bn, according to THSRC President George Liu. Much of the extra cost will consist of interest payments, but on top of this will come loss of revenue as the delay will eat into THSRC’s 35-year concession period.While tracklaying is complete (RG 9.05 p555), local reports indicated that by the end of July THSRC had finished only just over 60% of the core electrical and mechanical work. Here lies the crux of the matter: a long-standing dispute over the mix of technologies. An article in Japan’s Asahi Shimbun on September 9 reported that ‘Japanese technical staff have had many run-ins with European engineers who have remained in Taiwan as temporary technical staff of THSRC’. The paper cited a JR official saying ‘we cannot take responsibility for safety after the inauguration if the systems are patchworked [with] a mixture of Japanese and European technology. Pure Japanese Shinkansen technology should be exported.’There have been suggestions that THSRC will be seeking compensation from Taiwan Shinkansen Corp, but perhaps the biggest question is whether the new deadline will be met. No doubt something will happen in October next year, but we doubt if the line will be ready for full commercial service. As one local paper reported, THSRC needs at least two months of trial operation and five months for the line to be inspected by the government’s High Speed Rail Bureau. That could delay the start of full commercial services until some time in 2007.last_img read more

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Arrow Video FrightFest 2019: Spiral review

first_imgMalik (Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman) moves to a small town with his partner Aaron (Ty Wood) and Aaron’s daughter Kayla (Jennifer Laporte). Unnerved by the locals strange behaviour towards the family, Malik starts to suspect the neighbours are up to something. Working from home, he notices a series of strange occurrences and spies the neighbours partaking in a what appears to be some kind of strange ritual. As Malik plunges into paranoia, it causes a rift with Aaron and Malik struggles to tell fact from fiction.Spiral is the latest film from Kurtis David Harder and it’s so fresh from the editing suite (literally completed a week ago) that Arrow Video FrightFest attendees were the first people in the world to see it. A slow-burn, Spiral chips away at your nerves as the intensity increases, putting you in the shoes of Malik as he tries to work out what on earth is going on. Aaron is completely oblivious, as is Kayla who is spending time with local boy Tyler (Ty Wood), despite having a boyfriend in her previous hometown.Set in the mid-90s, Harder allows the film to be free of technology, for the most part, giving the film a nice old-school vibe. It also means the characters can’t hop onto their phones or much more than basic Internet to help solve the film’s many puzzles. That’s a good thing as it makes the reveal much slower and allows the tension to build in a really effective way. There are shades of Get Out and Hereditary here too, exploring what its like for outsiders to be treated poorly in small town America.I liked the choice to have a gay couple as the main characters and I loved that they didn’t fall into stereotypes. Malik and Aaron are well-rounded and full-fleshed out characters and Harder uses the current fear of ‘others’ that’s rife in America to bring his point home. It’s timely, compelling and pretty fascinating. There are some brilliant scenes where Malik and Aaron meet their neighbours for the first time and are told that the town has no one like them. That immediately sets off the alarm in your head and you know that it’s going to get a lot darker and quickly.Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman gives a breakout performance here as Malik. Having liked his work in UnREAL and American Horror Story, it’s nice to see him take a lead role. He more than proves he can carry a film and his performance here is layered and nuanced. Malik has a tragic backstory that plays out over the course of the film and that gives even more material for Bowyer-Chapman to work with. He is particularly strong when Malik spirals (no pun intended) into near madness, and he always remains sympathetic to the audience. He could well go on to do big things in the future following this. Ari Cohen gives a more straightforward performance that’s in line with his character Aaron, who is the more rational of the two characters.Spiral is a solid film that packs in plenty of creepiness and mystery. I was worried for a while that the climax wouldn’t hang well with the rest of the film but Harder pulled it off admirably. Yes there are echoes of other films but this is the first time I’ve seen a horror film with such a realistically depicted gay couple at the centre. This is something I’d like to see more of and the film drives home the point that although we’ve moved on in terms of society’s attitude towards people who are ‘different’, we still have a hell of a long way to go.Cast: Lochlyn Munro, Ty Wood, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Laporte, Chandra West Director: Kurtis David Harder Writers: Colin Minihan, John Poliquin Certificate: TBC Duration: 90 mins Released by: Hadron Filmslast_img read more

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OECS Credit Unions to Foster Greater Collaboration

first_imgNews OECS Credit Unions to Foster Greater Collaboration by: – June 15, 2019 Share Tweet Chair of the OECS Working Group and General Manager of the Dominica Co-operative Societies League Ltd., Mr. Phoenix Belfield Share Sharing is caring! The 15th OECS Credit Union Summit was held under the Theme “Empowering Credit Unions for theFuture.” The Summit, held in St. Lucia from June 5th -8th, 2019, brought together more than two hundred (200) credit union volunteers, senior management and staff from the OECS.The 2019 Summit has been dubbed highly successful as it heralds in a new era for  credit unions.An agreement has been reached for the first time to chart a pathway toward full co-operation and integration of the sector that will bring significant benefits to the over four hundred thousand members the Credit Union Movement serves in the OECS region.This year, the grouping welcomed the participation of its newest member, the Liberty Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. in Anguilla.Chair of the OECS Working Group and General Manager of the Dominica Co-operative Societies League Ltd., Phoenix Belfield, emphasized the timeliness of the integration efforts. He told the Summit, “The time has come for the Credit Union movement to build on the synergies created over the last decades. The financial and operational landscapes are changing at a rapid pace and with it, the need for us to retool in areas of governance, compliance, operational efficiency, risk management,technology, investments and other critical infrastructure needed in order to increase value and thequality of service to our members”.The Summit attracted the attendance of high level delegations from the regional Credit Union Leagues, Regulators and representation from the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and the OECS Secretariat.Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports and Local Government, the Honorable Lenard Montoute, welcomed delegates on behalf of the Government and people of St. Lucia.The Summit featured very high level participation from member Credit Unions across the OECS, and attracted high profile speakers on topics including Leadership, Young Entrepreneurs in Business, Block-chain Technology, Legislation and The Readiness of Credit Unions & Adaption to Change.The Governor of the ECCB, Timothy Antoine, was in attendance and delivered a very engaging and powerful Keynote Address. His participation was a very welcomed development as the sector seeks to deepen its relationship with the Central Bank. In fact, the Credit Union Movement has seen an increase in collaborative efforts under the stewardship of Governor Antoine.In addressing the unfolding relationship between the Central Bank and the Credit Unions, Belfield told delegates that, “it is our desire to increase collaboration with the ECCB in many areas to ensure the long- term viability and sustainable growth of our financial sector and to ensure that our systemically important financial institutions are run with solid policy and governance infrastructures.”A specially- constituted Working Group will advance the mandate in a number of key areas for integration, collaboration, lobbying and regional engagements with regulators, governments and key stakeholders. 162 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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Pfizer may sell animal health, nutrition units

first_imgAny transactions could take one to two years to complete, Pfizer said. It does not expect to provide any further updates until 2012.The businesses brought Pfizer $5.5 billion in revenue in 2010, about 8 percent of its total. The animal health unit, with $3.6 billion in sales, makes vaccines, medicines, diagnostics and other items to prevent and treat diseases in livestock and pets. The nutrition unit, posting annual revenue of $1.9 billion, makes infant and pediatric products.The New York drugmaker plans to focus on its established products business, which makes drugs that are off-patent or are losing patent protection. Sales of those products are growing quickly, particularly in emerging pharmaceutical markets.Pharmaceutical companies are turning more attention to those emerging markets as growth in larger markets slows down and as more top-selling drugs lose patent protection. For example, Pfizer’s cholesterol drug Lipitor, the world’s top-selling drug, loses U.S. patent protection in November. Its sales surpassed $10.7 billion last year.Pfizer has retained JPMorgan Chase to help evaluate options for the animal health business, and Morgan Stanley and Centerview Partners will advise on the nutrition business.advertisementPfizer is the world’s largest drugmaker by revenue. The company cut its dividend in half after acquiring competitor Wyeth in early 2009. In December, it increased its dividend for the first time since the completion of the $68 billion deal, and it plans to buy back up to $5 billion in shares in 2011.In April, Pfizer announced the sale of its Capsugel capsule-making business to private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Robert & Co. for $2.38 billion in cash.During the company’s first-quarter conference call in May, new CEO Ian Read was repeatedly asked if Pfizer would sell other businesses to increase shareholder value. In particular, analysts focused on a sale of the established products business. Instead, Pfizer is committing to that business. PD—Associated Press newswire Pfizer Inc. said Thursday it may sell its animal health and nutrition business in the next two years so it can focus on expanding its low-cost pharmaceuticals unit.Pfizer, which has faced pressure to eliminate some business units and return more cash to shareholders, said the moves will allow investors to get more value for the businesses. The company will also consider transactions including spinoffs and may pursue different strategies for each business.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Bacolodnons head to world tchoukball

first_img[/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Bacolodnons head to world tchoukball’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Thursday, August 3, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]PLAYERS from Bacolod City are among those leading the Philippines’ men and women teams that will compete in the 2nd World Beach Tchoukball Championships from Aug. 14 to 18 at the Sunset Beach Resort in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.Composing the men’s team are head coach-referee-player John Elray Jamelo, assistant coach-referee-player Benjie Oray, Josiah Su, Rik Aldrei Despojo from Bacolod City, Lee Tomas and Josiah Iñigo Yucoco from Manila, and Jasper Ray Tagarda from Butuan City.The distaff side comprises players Nadine Julia Crisostomo (team captain), Ivanna Aguilar, Mary Abelarde, and Ashley Julienne Pedregosa from Bacolod City, and Angel Therese Arapan, Hamida Kaylah Baluchi and Shenia Clarisse Tagarda from Butuan City, and assistant coach-referee Corinth Chua from Cebu.Tchoukball Association of the Philippines and Asia-Pacific Tchoukball Federation (APTBF) president Raymund Jamelo, Federación Internacional de Tchoukball Executive Committee member Elvira Jamelo, APTBF Executive Committee member Juliana Carbon, team manager Reve Abelarde, team coordinator Jozel Maiko Brasileño, and team chaplain Jonie Brasileño are heading the 21-member delegation.They will leave for Taiwan on Aug. 7.Tchoukball is an indoor ball game for two teams of 12 players (seven on the court at any time), in which points are scored by throwing the ball so that it hits a frame and bounces outside of a semicircular region.Fourteen teams in the men’s division and nine in the women’s division are competing in the tchoukball world event.Other participants are from Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and the African Tchoukball Confederation (Uganda, Cameroon, Mauritius, Ghana, and Ivory Coast). (With a report from Adrian Stewart Co/PN)[/av_textblock]last_img read more

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