2011 AAIA Head of the Class Award Winners Announced

first_imgBETHESDA, Md. – The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) has announced the recipients of its inaugural Head of the Class Award, honoring five aftermarket companies that continually invest in employee education and training.   The award is administered by the AAIA Education Committee on behalf of the association, and was created to highlight and recognize companies that continually invest in employee education and training and to promote the value and benefit that this investment provides to the employees and their companies, and also the entire aftermarket industry.   The 2011 winners, designated by aftermarket category, are:   * Manufacturer: Tenneco, Inc., Monroe, Mich. * Warehouse Distributor: KOI Auto Parts, Cincinnati, Ohio * Jobber: Olympus Imported Auto Parts, Alexandria, Va. * Manufacturers’ Representative: N.A. Williams Company, Atlanta, Ga. * Repair Shop: The Car Doctor, Oklahoma City, Okla.   “Training and education are the keys to any success, and as the automotive industry continues to evolve, new challenges and competitive threats are just around the corner,” said AAIA Education Committee chairman David Boyington, Mitchell 1. “Your Education Committee would like to recognize the commitment of a few select businesses to better equip their people with the tools to succeed. Please join me in congratulating the 2011 winners of the ‘Head of the Class’ award for their outstanding employee training programs and push for continued education.”   Winners were selected based on the education and training practices of the company, including what prompted the company to invest in training, the types of training accomplished, the initial goals, their experiences, results of the training and any future plans. These inaugural winners were chosen because of their dedicated and continuing investment in enhancing the quality and level of learning and skill development in their companies.   The recipients will be recognized at AAIA’s Town Hall breakfast at AAPEX, Wednesday, Nov. 2 at The Venetian in Las Vegas. They also will receive an award to display at their place of business and information on their winning programs will be posted on the AAIA website at www.aftermarket.org. More information about these companies and their education initiatives will be featured in upcoming issues of AAIA’s Aftermarket Insider publication.   The AAIA Education Committee invites companies to submit their company education and training stories for the 2012 Head of the Class Awards. More information on how to apply will be available in spring 2012.   AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Lib Dems pledge £500m boost for legal aid

first_imgThe Liberal Democrats have promised to pump £500m into the legal aid system, increasing the current budget by almost a third.In their 96-page election manifesto, the Liberal Democrats pledge to ‘establish a new right to affordable, reasonable legal assistance, and invest £500 million to restore legal aid, making the system simpler and more generous’.With the current legal aid budget standing at £1.6bn, the pledge marks a substantial investment in the justice system.In ‘Jo’s Plan for the Future’, party leader Jo Swinson also promises to invest £1bn in community policing; to crack down on short prison sentences; to introduce a written constitution; and to create an online crime agency to tackle illegal content and activity online, such as personal fraud and revenge porn.The manifesto also addresses hot legal topics, pledging to halt the use of facial recognition surveillance and to introduce a right to no-fault divorce. On diversity in the justice system, the Liberal Democrats said they would ensure the judiciary, the police and the prison service adopt ‘ambitious targets for diversity’ and provide regular reports to parliament.Labour is due to publish its manifesto tomorrow.last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas believes in Maurizio Sarri’s way of playing

first_imgChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes in new coach Maurizio Sarri’s way of playing. “I believe in his style, I like it a lot. I’ve grown up with that system, that quality of football he wants to bring to the team,” said Fabregas in Australia, ahead of pre-season. Upd. on 23/07/2018 at 09:18 CEST “I think that a player like me could benefit from that style of play. We have to train a lot, be united and be a team.” IN SPORT.ES Fábregas cree en “la forma de jugar” de Sarricenter_img 20/07/2018 EFE/Sport EN “We want to play well, to be an attractive side, but we want to win too, and so we have an important season ahead of us.” Next season will be Fabregas’s fifth at Chelsea, where he has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, and one League Cup. last_img read more

Basketball Ireland Season Gets Underway This Weekend

first_imgBoth sides boast new look squads, with Tralee boosted by the additions of Daniel Jokubaitis and Ivan Bogdanovic from Killorglin, and have also welcomed American Keith Jumper back into the squad for another year. UCD Marian meanwhile are also a changed squad as they head into the new season without the services of Spaniard JJ Vall Ilobera and star player Conor Meany, who has retired from Super League basketball. They have added talent in the form of Shane Davidson, American Brian Andrews and Igor Markiewicz, the latter moving over from Dublin Lions. The Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League returns with a bang this weekend with some big battles across the country.One of the major clashes will be in Kerry on Saturday evening when reigning league champions, Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, open their season with a hugely-anticipated clash against 2018 league champions, UCD Marian. These two sides met in a thrilling end of season showdown back in March, which saw Tralee take two massive wins against the Dubliners to be crowned league champions for the first time. Kieran Donaghy of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors in action against Matt Kelly of UCD Marian during the Basketball Ireland Men’s Superleague match between Garvey’s Warriors Tralee and UCD Marian in the Tralee Sports Complex in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfilecenter_img Looking ahead to the clash, Tralee boss, Pat Price stated: “We’re looking forward to Saturday’s game. We’re still finding our way and trying to get in sync with each other. There are lots of new faces and it will take us some time to realize our identity. We know Saturday will be a big task, particularly for an opening game, so we’re hoping to get off to a strong start and take advantage of the home support.”UCD Marian head coach Ioannis Liapakis added: “Our squad for theseason remains almost the same, but we lost two really important playersin Conor Meany and JJ. We’ve added some new players and for the nexttwo to three years we’re going to be in a transition phase as we’regoing to start losing more of our experienced players to retirement andwe will need to bring in our younger players. The first game of theseason is always the most difficult one and especially when you have toplay the league winners in their gym. We know what we’re going to faceover there and we’re looking forward to this huge challenge.”One of the other big games of the weekend sees Griffith CollegeTempleogue on the road up to Belfast Star in what is set to be anotherhotly-contested battle.“I think we have a chance to be good this year but we will haveto blend youth and experience,” mused Star head coach, Adrian Fulton.“We have lots of new faces and a few injuries, but we’re looking forwardto it.”Templeogue’s Mark Keenan also looked ahead to the game, adding: “It’s important to get off to a good start and Star in Belfast is a tough place to start. We will be calling on all of our experience to help us get through this weekend. We had some great battles with Star last season and I believe they will improve again this year.”Other big games around the weekend include the much-anticipatedDublin derby between DCU Saints and Pyrobel Killester on Saturdayevening, with the latter boasting the return of Isaac Westbrooks.Coughlan C&S Neptune host Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin in Cork onSaturday evening in a game that will undoubtedly be one to watch, withKyle Hosford added into the Neptune set-up, while Colin O’Reilly hasmoved to Killorglin as player/coach.  Two derbies wrap up the remaining games of the weekend withMoycullen hosting Maree in a big Galway showdown at NUIG while the finalmatch-up is another Dublin derby as the two newly promoted sides, AbbeySeals Dublin Lions and DBS Éanna, go head-to-head in Clondalkin.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

South Africa pays less for ARV drugs

first_imgCentral procurement authority To ensure efficiency and cost-effectiveness in procurement, the last meeting of the National Health Council (NHC) of Minister and MECs approved the establishment of a Central Procurement Authority. South Africa’s HIV/Aids treatment programme has been given a shot in the arm, with increased competition and economies of scale enabling the government to procure R4.28-billion worth of antiretroviral drugs at less than half the cost of previous tenders. The decrease in the price of various drugs ranged from 4% to 81%, resulting in a 53% reduction in the cost of the total tender, and translating to a saving of about R4.7-billion – meaning the state could now afford to treat twice as many people as previously budgeted for. “Early this year in my health budget speech I mentioned that the prices that South Africa pays for ARVs are significantly higher than all other countries,” Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in a statement this week. “The high price paid by South Africa was despite the fact that South Africa has the largest ARV programme in the world.” 15 December 2010 “It is notable that these tender price reductions have been achieved through the same suppliers that are contracted in the current tender,” Motsoaledi said. “There are several reasons for this, including greater efficiency in active pharmaceutical ingredient production, increased competition and a tender system that attempts to achieve the lowest possible price.” The selected suppliers include Aspen Pharma (with a 40.6% share of the tender), Sonke Pharmaceuticals (21.9%), Medpro (10.1%), Abbott Laboratories (9.8%), Cipla Medpro (5.1%), Strides Arcolab (4.2%), Adcock Ingram (4%), Aurobindo Pharma (3.1%), Specpharm (0.9%) and Merck Sharpe & Dohme (0.2%).center_img Economies of scale This authority will implement measures that improve the availability and supply of medicines, achieve the lowest possible procurement prices, and ensure that suppliers are paid on time. The drugs will support the implementation of HIV/Aids treatment in the country for the next two years, effective from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2012. Motsoaledi said the high prices had made no sense, as South Africa was the largest purchaser of ARVs in the world and should thus benefit from low prices through economies of scale. “Given the clear evidence of the success of this approach to procurement, the Department of Health will be replicating this approach through a Central Procurement Authority,” Motsoaledi said. “The authority will focus on procurement of ARVs, TB drugs, vaccines and drugs for the treatment of diseases related to maternal and child health.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Sunsa is shining for South African entrepreneurs

first_img“Get up, step up and ride the entrepreneurship wave rising in South Africa.” Minister of Small Business, Lindiwe Zulu (above) (image: Sunsa)Entrepreneurship got a much-needed shot in the arm with the launch yesterday of Startup Nations South Africa (Sunsa), a collaborative effort aimed at helping start-ups in South Africa.It was launched at Wits Business School on 10 November by Minister of Small Business Lindiwe Zulu, The Innovation Hub chief executive McLean Sibanda, and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) chief executive Geoffrey Qhena. Sunsa is a collaborative effort between The Innovation Hub, a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency that helps to drive sustainable job creation and inclusive economic growth and development in Gauteng; the IDC, the state-owned development finance institution; and Wits Business School.Sunsa joins a global network, including Startup Britain, Startup Chile, Startup Malaysia, Startup China, Startup Norway, Startup Australia and more recently Startup Brazil, Startup Vietnam and Startup Korea. This is a global community leading a revolution in entrepreneurship. It focuses on advancing the national agenda for entrepreneurship and the creation of a sustainable environment where start-ups and small businesses can meaningfully contribute to the economic and social development of a country.In South Africa, Sunsa aims to build a trusted knowledge-network of highly connected local and global innovation and entrepreneur thought leaders who will provide strategic guidance on how best to create a national impact and encourage dialogue on entrepreneurship capacity development.COLLABORATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIPIt will focus on creating a national collaboration platform between the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society. It is believed this collaborative effort will mobilise human, financial and institutional resources as a means to support, develop and grow start-up businesses in South Africa.“Get up, step up and ride the entrepreneurship wave rising in South Africa,” said Zulu. “The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2012 annual survey reminds us that entrepreneurship levels in our country are the lowest they have been in three years. The call to action is for all of us to work hard to inculcate a culture of entrepreneurship in the country. We must consciously strive to build a nation of entrepreneurs and not a nation of job-seekers.”In the spirit of vukuzenzele – an IsiZulu words that loosely translates as “wake up and do for self” – she added, “our people must seize the economic opportunities presented by our democracy and freedom to build and grow businesses”.Qhena said that while challenges continued to characterise certain sectors of the economy, “I need to emphasise this point to small business owners – there are abundant opportunities for growth in certain sectors of the economy… As the IDC and Startup Nations South Africa, we need to inform them of these opportunities and help them to commercialise these opportunities and get a slice of the pie.”Sunsa will work to make concrete South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030. Qhena explained that the IDC’s infrastructure would be used to leverage Sunsa’s activities and impact so that it could support, uplift and develop small and medium enterprises and youth.INNOVATION IS KEYAn entrepreneur ecosystem that drives innovative solutions for local problems is needed, Sunsa contends, hence its mantra – spark, seed and sustain. As a full member of Startup Nations and Global Entrepreneurship Week, supported by the Kauffman Foundation, it will enable local start-up businesses to share best practices and collaborate with like-minded peers around the world.“Innovation is critical for the growth of our economy, as the National Development Plan acknowledges,” Sibanda said. “Start-ups are important elements of ensuring that innovation reaches the market and starts to contribute towards job creation, poverty reduction and competitiveness… The Innovation Hub supports the establishment of the Startup Nations South Africa platform as a means of creating an enabling environment that will contribute to start-ups becoming high growth businesses.”To join the Startup revolution, visit Sunsa’s website or interact with it on Facebook and Twitter; the handle is @Startup_Nations.last_img read more

Last A320neo family variant takes to the skies.

first_imgThe GTF-powered A319neo on its maiden flight. Photo: AIrbus. The last of the A320neo family variants, an A319neo powered by Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines, took to the air on April 25 for its maiden test flight.The PW1100G-powered test aircraft, MSN6464, will perform an extensive test flight campaign with the aim of achieving certification in the fourth quarter of this year.The plane took off from Airbus facilities in Toulouse and flew for almost three hours with a crew of five.READ: Wheeling in the future of aerospace.The A19neo with  CFM Leap-1A engines was certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration and European Union Aviation Safety Agency in December, 2018, after an intensive flight test program of more than 500 hours.The A319neo is the smallest version of the A320neo family and has a range of 3750 nautical miles. It can seat 140 passengers in two classes and as many 160 in a high-density layout with a range of up to 3750 nautical miles (6945kms).Its strong take-off performance makes it particularly suitable for challenging and remote airports.The corporate jet version of the A319neo, the ACJ319neo, also successfully completed a first flight this week in Hamburg, Germany.A320neo and GTFThe ACJ319neo. Photo: AirbusThe one hour 55-minute test flight starts a short flight-test program to verify features such as extra fuel tanks to give the plane intercontinental range.It is one of 14 corporate jet orders and commitments for A320neo aircraft and was built for German company K5 Aviation. It will be outfitted with VVIP cabin by Fokker Techniek in the Netherlands after delivery.The ACJ319neo has the ability to fly eight VIP passengers 6,750nm or for about 15 hours.Airbus says this brings much of the world into non-stop range.The A320neo family has attracted more than 6500 orders from some 100 customers since its launch in 2010.It delivers fuel cost per seat savings of 20 percent and a noise footprint that is 50 percent less than previous generation planes.last_img read more

Sharad Pawar defeats RS Mahendra to become BCCI chief, signals end of Jagmohan Dalmiya era

first_imgVICTOR: Sharad PawarThe genteel ladies of Kolkata, clad in their best winter silks, probably thought they had hit upon the mother of all bargains. They had come looking for a diamond jewellery show and run into crowds, lights, cameras and noise. Each bewildered woman was escorted away to a hall,VICTOR: Sharad PawarThe genteel ladies of Kolkata, clad in their best winter silks, probably thought they had hit upon the mother of all bargains. They had come looking for a diamond jewellery show and run into crowds, lights, cameras and noise. Each bewildered woman was escorted away to a hall next door where the minor exhibits were on display. What they had accidentaly stumbled into was the entrance to a circus like no other. The assembled throng was waiting for the arrival of a new ring master. The BCCI’s much delayed and cantankerous 2005 annual election was coming to a close.When Sharad Pawar was voted BCCI president he did more than ascend the highest office in Indian cricket. The Union minister for agriculture literally prised power out of the iron fist of Jagmohan Dalmiya, who had controlled Indian sport’s richest body for well over a decade. Pawar’s takeover was headline news not only because the man himself is a national figure. The BCCI is worth approximately Rs 200 crore today and as a business, Indian cricket is estimated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore a year. Whoever heads the BCCI has total control of one of India’s two major entertainment industries, cinema being the other.It had taken a Union cabinet minister, the combined political force of the country’s national ruling party, a Supreme Court decision, a former election commissioner, 10 lawyers and 16 court cases to force change in one of the most loosely-formed but tightly-guarded of sporting fortresses.Pawar’s coup, begun at the 2004 Board election, is now complete. After holding every major office in the BCCI which ruled him out of the election process, Dalmiya could not contemplate the idea of giving it all away. This desire to play remote control was his undoing. In 2004, Dalmiya voted four times to enable his man, Ranbir Singh Mahendra, to become president by the margin of a single vote against Pawar.A year later, when the numbers appeared stacked against him, Dalmiya chose adjournments and legal loopholes to put off the election and delay the inevitable for two more months. Finally, when it could be delayed no longer, his rivals, led by the formidable Pawar, came to his town with allies, aides and lawyers.One worker from the Pawar camp said, “We had been working from the day we lost the 2004 election but had stepped it up in the last two months.” The numbers were already in place. “Eventually, Saheb is a politician,” said one official of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) where Pawar has been president for four years, “they know where to put pressure from, whom to talk to.” advertisementVANQUISHED: Jagmohan DalmiyaOn the morning of the election, even before the votes were cast, Dalmiya and his allies knew their result. The final scoreline 20-11 was a wash-out and Dalmiya left the meeting, according to some, “definitely disturbed”. Once the kingpin, Dalmiya now belongs to an insignificant minority in Indian cricket. Raj Singh Dungarpur, all drama always, declared, “The evil empire has ended.”The talk now is of transformation and transparency. According to Mehmood Abdi, lawyer for the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) the BCCI is witnessing a “generational change”. Pawar, 65, may well raise a skeptical eyebrow though some BCCI bastions have already fallen.Industrialist Lalit Modi, a major player on Pawar’s team, has taken the RCA away from the Rungta clan through legal acumen and political support. Modi said, “Within a year I see the BCCI having a professional set-up run by a CEO and a team of executives. We won’t be a one-man show.” Modi is projected as the young, ambitious face of the BCCI who’s already knocked heads with the old guard like Dungarpur. He found his way onto the BCCI’s most influential decision-making body, the working committee, by using an old ploy: getting nominated as a vice-president from another zone.So the complete “Modification” of the BCCI is not yet upon us. Pawar’s own promises are to Indian cricket administration what a tearaway fast bowler is to the national team-half-necessity, half-fantasy. Better infrastructure, a centralised HQ, a CEO and perhaps even something on the lines of the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) Pawar set up as MCA chief, which has cricketers taking decisions on the game. The patriarch is very much a hands-off boss who according to Ratnakar Shetty, MCA treasurer, spends “quality time” on cricket.The only questions that the MCA managing committee can ask the CIC pertain to finances required for cricketing activities. This clear demarcation of power took some getting used to but things run now smoothly. In the new regime, Shetty, who was acting executive secretary in BCCI’s Mumbai office, is tipped to be the Board’s first CEO.In an interview to INDIA TODAY , Pawar said that he would use the truncated first term to formalise the BCCI’s electoral rules. The rules do exist but are so ambiguous that whenever a competitor came close, Dalmiya could throw up smokescreens. It took a series of court orders obtained by the young Turk lawyers in Pawar’s camp to cleared up the fog. On election day, procedures were virtually water-tight. Former chief election commissioner T.S. Krishnamurthy, the Supreme Court-appointed observer, told the voters in the plainest possible language. “Please don’t give me election lessons,” he said, “I’ve conducted far bigger elections than this.” It was a long way off from when complete strangers would walk into elections waving papers authorising them to vote instead of cricket officials sitting in the meetings.Pawar’s victory brings an end not just to the Dalmiya era but also an unsettled 14 months for Indian cricket. It began when Dalmiya stepped down as president in 2004, but continued to run the Board by proxy. Mahendra could do no business in the first four months as the election results were challenged in court.advertisementSomeone forgot to book hotel rooms for the Indian team. Others made sure that the visiting Australians were given a wicket that suited them more than the Indians, a compliment that was repaid in full when the Indian players returned to Kolkata without the city’s own Sourav Ganguly for a recent one-day match.The result in Pawar’s favour has ended this cycle of action and reaction, suit and counter-suit. The day after the election Pawar dropped by Dalmiya’s home for a tete-a-tete. Murmurs suggest that the meeting went well. When two old foxes get together, chickens in even the most distance coops have good reason to start sweating.last_img read more

Alaistar Cook agrees with decision to bar Kevin Pietersen from England team

first_imgAlastair Cook denied on Wednesday he gave an ultimatum to England management to relieve him of the captaincy if Kevin Pietersen was recalled, but agreed with Pietersen’s extended exile from the team.Cook’s comments at Lord’s, on the eve of the first Test against New Zealand, were his first in public on the recent turmoil in English cricket. Former captain Andrew Strauss was appointed director of cricket and immediately sacked coach Peter Moores, and told Pietersen, discarded since the 2013-14 Ashes series, that he would not be considered until after the summer campaign.”I do agree with the decision,” Cook said of barring Pietersen. He declined to say why, with some despair.”This has been going on for 15 or so months. We’ve got to start really looking forward, we have to really, really focus on what’s important to us (as players). For me, it’s about leading the team out tomorrow at Lord’s. All that external stuff over the last 10 or so days isn’t important.”Pressed about whether he could play with Pietersen, Cook said it was irrelevant.”That’s not a decision I’ve got to make, or have to make,” he said. “That’s not a decision I have to worry about.”But the prospect of the two of them in the same dressing room beyond the summer has been widely speculated in English newspapers. Most believe Cook, not willing to forgive Pietersen for criticisms in his autobiography, barred the batsman’s recall by threatening to resign as captain.The English and Wales Cricket Board, so the media say, went with the least worst PR problem. But Cook holds sway only as long as he’s captain, and if results don’t come against New Zealand, then especially Australia, he will likely be replaced by new vice-captain Joe Root.advertisement”There was no ultimatum,” Cook said. “I can deny that, I don’t quite know where that came from.”He said he and the players weren’t consulted by Strauss and new chief executive Tom Harrison regarding the moves against Moores and Pietersen.”I want it to be that way,” said Cook, in defining the trust between the team and management to do their jobs without interfering with the other.Cook appreciated Strauss spelling out his reasons and vision to the team on Tuesday, and said he was sorry for Moores, who was a players’ coach and helped him improve. Cook noted that, as captain, he’s working with a fourth national coach, caretaker Paul Fabrace, the former assistant.Strauss was searching for Moore’s replacement, and Fabrace, who coached Sri Lanka to victories in the World Twenty20 and Asia Cup last year, confirmed he was willing to become head coach, or continue as assistant.Cook confirmed he will open the batting with Adam Lyth, who will make his debut as the replacement for the retired Jonathan Trott, but wouldn’t reveal the fate of the squad’s other uncapped player, fast bowler Mark Wood.As for New Zealand, captain Brendon McCullum said the late arrival of himself, Kane Williamson, and new-ball bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult from IPL duty, would not be offered as an excuse if they don’t hit the ground running.”Last year, a few of us went from the IPL to the West Indies and we scored 500 in the first innings, so it can be a positive,” McCullum said.”We’ve still been playing cricket, still been playing in pressure environments. The guys have got simple games which we’ll try to roll out, and they’re very professional about how they go about things, so that won’t be an excuse for us.”last_img read more

a month agoUkraine coach Andriy Shevchenko: Do I regret Chelsea move?

first_imgUkraine coach Andriy Shevchenko: Do I regret Chelsea move?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUkraine coach Andriy Shevchenko has no regrets over his time with Chelsea.For many, Shevchenko flopped as a Blue.But he told Vesti.ua: “Was the transfer to Chelsea a mistake? In no case. I’m not even going to discuss this topic. “I do not tidy up the past. You see, this is a normal life process. “Everything goes as it should have happened, so it happened.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more