Change to sales structure for global supplier First Line

first_imgFirst Line has announced a new level of sales management to strengthen its position as a global supplier of vehicle parts.Ian Boyle, previously UK Sales Manager, will take on the position of UK Sales Director and Andrew McCluskey, former Export Manager will become the new Export Director. Malcolm Rosher joins the company as Business Development Director.The new level is being implemented to strengthen the business, offering greater autonomy and direction to grow and develop as the company continues to expand.Managing Director, Dan Joyner, says: “Strengthening the sales management team demonstrates the current robustness and future commitment of our company. We want to be around for the next 30 years, so it’s important for distributors choosing suppliers to do so not only based on the cost of a part, but rather on the total business offer.”(L-R) Kevin Neaverson, Ian Boyle, Malcolm Rosher, Andrew McCluskeyFirst Line supplies its products to more than 60 countries around the world, with new opportunities being presented daily with its three brands; First Line, Borg & Beck and Key Parts.Kevin Neaverson, Global Sales Director, says: “This new layer of sales management will enable us to develop the business in new ways and will also benefit our many customers.”last_img read more

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AP Interview: Buttigieg discusses his plan to tackle racism

first_imgIndianaLocalNationalNews WhatsApp Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, from South Bend, Indiana, and civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, right, President of National Action Network, hold a lunch meeting at Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem, New York, Monday, April 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, Pool) By ERRIN HAINES WHACK AP National WriterPete Buttigieg has a message for white liberals who decry racism: “Good intentions are not going to be enough.”The Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor is combating perceptions that he’s out of touch with black people and will struggle to win their votes. On Thursday, he unveiled his most detailed proposals yet, which he says are aimed at addressing the systemic racism that affects the black community. And he’s pairing that with candid talk aimed at white Democrats.“White Democratic voters want to do the right thing but maybe haven’t fully thought about what that means or what that requires of us,” Buttigieg said in an Associated Press interview. “The reality is America as a whole is worse off when these inequities exist.”Buttigieg, 37, was virtually unknown in national politics when he launched his campaign but has gained ground with a compelling narrative as a young, gay military veteran offering generational change in the White House. He raised $24.8 million during the second quarter, a stunning sum that topped other leading Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.But his rise has coincided with questions about his handling of race in South Bend. He was criticized for firing the city’s first black police chief early in his career and has admitted he hasn’t done enough to improve the lives of black residents .Buttigieg left the campaign trail last month after a white police officer fatally shot a black man the officer said was armed with a knife. Some South Bend residents criticized him for being more focused on his presidential prospects than developments back home.Under scrutiny, Buttigieg has been aggressive in directly tackling racism on the campaign trail. In Iowa last week, he shot down a question from a white man who suggested the best way to address crime in his hometown is to “tell the black people of South Bend to stop committing crime and doing drugs.”Buttigieg responded that “racism is not going to get us out of this problem.”“The fact that a black person is four times as likely as a white person to be incarcerated for the exact same crime is evidence of systemic racism,” he said. “With all due respect, sir, racism makes it harder for good police officers to do their job, too. It’s a smear on law enforcement.”In the AP interview, Buttigieg said he’s in a unique position to talk about race.“As the urban mayor who, for better or worse, may be the white candidate called on most often to discuss matters of race in this campaign, I want to make sure that every kind of audience is very clear on where I stand and, most importantly, what it is we can actually do,” he said.The mayor has dubbed the proposals the Douglass Plan . It’s named for black abolitionist Frederick Douglass and modeled after the Marshall Plan, which helped Europe recover after World War II.The plan addresses disparities in health, education, wealth, criminal justice and voting rights. Buttigieg says it’s a “complement” to the push by Democrats in Congress to study reparations to determine how to compensate the descendants of slaves.“This is my entry, as specifically as possible, about what we can do across all these different areas of American life where the black experience is very much like living in a different country,” he said.He said he will promote the plan before both black and white audiences in early primary states, but it’s unclear whether that will be enough to resonate with black voters. One measure of his commitment will be how he spends the nearly $25 million he raised in recent months, including whether he’ll staff up in South Carolina, which holds the first primary where black voters are crucial.Buttigieg has sought to build connections with black voters and recently appeared with the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson and at the Essence Fest in New Orleans.Sharpton, who has criticized homophobia, has said Buttigieg could face skepticism from older black Americans uncomfortable with the idea of a gay president. Buttigieg said the most important thing is for voters to get to know him as a person, but he acknowledged the challenges posed by his historic candidacy.“Many of the older generation activists that I’ve worked with in many ways are more patient on some of those institutional questions but have less comfort with the form of diversity that I represent,” he said. “It’s just a reminder that people are different, and you’ve got to meet them where they are. But at the end of the day, what I learned at home politically is the most important thing on a voter’s mind is how is your election going to impact their lives.” Twitter By Associated Press – July 11, 2019 0 316 WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Google+ Previous articleSouth Bend to share the cost of lamp lighting programNext articleOne of Elkhart County’s “Most Wanted” is in custody Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. 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Youngsters included in Chelsea’s squad for Dublin trip

first_imgSeveral youngsters have travelled with the Chelsea squad to Dublin for the start of the Blues’ pre-season campaign.Frank Lampard’s reign as manager will begin with friendlies in the Irish capital against Bohemians and St Patrick’s.AdChoices广告Ethan Ampadu, Lewis Baker (pictured), Kasey Palmer, Fikayo Tomori and Lucas Piazon are part of the squad, as are Trevoh Chalobah, Dujon Sterling, Jamie Cumming, Marc Guehi, Conor Gallagher, Ike Ugbo, Billy Gilmour and Ian Maatsen.The travelling party also includes Kurt Zouma, Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who were out on loan this season.First-team regulars Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta also travelled, while players recently on international duty will join the squad in the coming days.Travelling squad: Willy Caballero, Cesar Azpilicueta, Davide Zappacosta, Kurt Zouma , Ethan Ampadu, Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kenedy, Pedro, Michy Batshuayi, Lewis Baker, Kasey Palmer, Trevoh Chalobah, Dujon Sterling, Lucas Piazon, Fikayo Tomori, Jamie Cumming , Marc Guehi, Conor Gallagher, Ike Ugbo, Billy Gilmour, Ian Maatsen. See also:’Immensely proud’ Lampard is confirmed as Chelsea bossZola leaves Chelsea as Lampard brings in new backroom teamMorris and Newton to have key roles under LampardMusonda rejoins Vitesse on loan from ChelseaChelsea agree sale of Morata to Atletico Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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