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Bridgestone Americas Promotes Dan MacDonald to VP, Community and Corporate Relations

Posted in myekaaeu on October 20th, 2020

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dan MacDonald, currently executive director, communications for Bridgestone Americas Inc. (BSAM) has been promoted to vice president, community and corporate relations, effective May 1. MacDonald assumes the role previously held by Christine Karbowiak, who was recently promoted to the newly created position of chief administrative officer.          As vice president of community and corporate relations, MacDonald will be responsible for the flow of communications among Bridgestone Americas’ (BSA) family of companies and its internal and external publics. In this role, he will oversee BSA’s community and corporate relations function, including media, public, internal and community relations and social media outreach efforts and the company’s strong commitment to driver safety initiatives, especially teen driver safety education.   “Dan has the skills, experience and the enthusiasm to help Bridgestone Americas continue to communicate effectively with its many audiences,” Karbowiak said. “He’s the right person to lead this department as we work with our new management team to develop communications efforts to support the company’s business and corporate social responsibility goals.”AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement MacDonald, formerly an award-winning broadcast journalist, joined BSAM in 2002 after having worked in broadcast news for 18 years. He graduated from Michigan State University with bachelor’s degrees in international relations and broadcast journalism. He also earned a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He currently serves on the boards of the non-profit Predators Foundation and The Tennessee Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.          BSAM also announced three additional changes in the Community and Corporate Relations department.   Succeeding MacDonald as executive director of communications is Don Darden, who was most recently director of media relations, BSAM. His promotion also takes effect May 1. Darden will be in charge of managing corporate communications to both internal and external audiences and will be responsible for ensuring that accurate information about the company is provided to the news media, company co-workers, dealers and the community in a clear and consistent manner. He joined the Bridgestone Americas family of companies in 1995 as a territory manager for the Commercial Products Group. Since then he has assumed roles of increasing responsibility, including regional training manager and manager of marketing communications and advertising for the truck and bus tire division of the former Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC. Prior to joining the Bridgestone Americas family, he worked for Holiday Inn and Gaylord Entertainment Co. Darden earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.Advertisement BSAM also announced the addition of two new staff members to its Community and Corporate Relations department. Former Dye, Van Mol and Lawrence (DVL) account exec Elizabeth Lewis has joined the company as a public relations coordinator, and former Tennessean reporter Angela Patterson has been named the digital media coordinator. Lewis will offer support in the company’s public relations efforts, environmental communications and will also assist with media relations and event coordination. Patterson will oversee the department’s social media efforts, and coordinate with other departments to launch social media strategies throughout the company. In addition, she will help coordinate content updates for the company’s websites and help lead the company’s teen driver safety education programs.   After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a degree in communications, Lewis joined the staff at DVL, where she specialized in media relations, writing projects and event planning for clients including the Jack Daniel Distillery, Tractor Supply Company, the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors and Nestle Waters North America. Before coming to Nashville to report for the Tennessean, Patterson worked as a community news reporter at the Knoxville News Sentinel. Patterson graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.          “At Bridgestone Americas it’s our company’s mission to serve our customers and society with superior quality, and being able to do that requires having an exceptional team in place,” MacDonald said. “We’re excited about Don’s promotion and the addition of Elizabeth and Angela to our Community and Corporate Relations team, and we look forward to advancing our company’s many communications activities with the help of their many talents.”last_img read more

Cummins to acquire Hydrogenics

Posted in myekaaeu on October 7th, 2020

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Australia: Coffs Harbour Prepares for Dredging

Posted in myekaaeu on October 6th, 2020

first_imgDeputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure & Services Andrew Stoner and Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser recently announced more improvements works for the harbour.Mr Stoner said the NSW Government would dredge the outer harbour at Coffs Harbour to restore navigation depths for the local fishing fleet and other boaters.“A recent hydrosurvey of the inner and outer harbour showed there has been significant build-up of sand at the entrance to the boat harbour, with up to 2.5 metres infill in some areas over the past year,” Mr Stoner said.“It is proposed to move up to 20,000 cubic metres of sand from the entrance to the boat harbour and use it to nourish Park Beach to the north of the harbour.“This will provide navigable waterway depths of 4.5 metres at low tide.“Tenders for the project will be issued shortly with the intention to complete the dredging by the end of the year.”Mr Fraser welcomed the news of the first major harbour dredging since 2009.“This will come as great news to the yachting fraternity especially in relation to the annual Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race and Festival of Sale,” Mr Fraser said.[mappress]Press Release, September 4, 2013last_img read more

Multi-party opt-out litigation saves costs and provides access to justice

Posted in myekaaeu on September 30th, 2020

first_img Ben Patrick is a legal officer at the public service union UNISON Neil Rose’s news article on class actions in employment tribunal claims (see [2009] Gazette, 6 August, 2) highlighted an important problem that affects many thousands of claimants in equal pay tribunal claims. Employment tribunals in the UK are currently inundated with equal pay claims and they are struggling to keep up. In 2006-07, the number of such cases lodged in employment tribunals in Britain rose by 155% in one year, with multiple cases making up 60% of tribunal claims received. This situation is set to continue, with the volume of new claims to tribunals more than tripling in 2007-08 to 60,000. The number of claims has increased tenfold in the last five years – the bulk of these being multiple claims. UNISON represents around 45,000 claimants in equal pay claims nationally and this number is growing. Most of these cases emanate from systemic pay discrimination, which affects defined groups of workers often numbering in their hundreds or even thousands. Each applicant has to ‘individualise’ their claim from the outset, including identifying a specifically named comparator. These cases are very complex, both legally and evidentially. For many of these claimants it takes years, decades even, before their claims are determined by the tribunal. In addition to the overstretched tribunal system, employers generally raise material factor defences, and take appeals that significantly lengthen the time taken by tribunals to resolve claims. Meanwhile, employers make offers to settle for less than the full value of the claims, knowing that their female employees will otherwise have to wait years to get justice. In other cases, employers sometimes use underhand methods to put pressure on their employees to accept such offers or indeed drop their claims completely. In one case, a council was found to have victimised female workers by sending them letters stating that if they continued their equal pay claims it could lead to job losses. Representative actions would go a long way to preventing these sorts of situations occurring and undue pressure being put on hard-working women workers who are exercising their legitimate rights. It would mean that a group of workers would not have to be individually named in tribunal proceedings and, as Rose suggests in his article, it could be the tribunal that determines or certifies a class of workers to be represented in any given proceedings. Lengthy processesSuch a system would be much fairer for the claimants and would not unduly prejudice employers, who will still be able to present any defences they might wish to raise. Equal pay cases take a very long time to reach conclusion – in some cases over 10 years. Such lengthy processes are costly for all parties involved in the litigation and are having the effect of clogging up the entire employment tribunal system. It is likely that an opt-out multi-party action procedure would allow cases to progress far more speedily, allowing access to justice as well as saving costs for the parties and the public purse. Cases could be run in a far more orderly manner. There could be avoidance of different tribunals taking inconsistent views of the same points. Other models of representation have not been successful in achieving justice for equal pay claimants, with the contingency fee system resulting in significant amounts of awards and settlements going into the pockets of ‘no win, no fee’ solicitors – a practice that is not replicated in the successful claims taken by unions. And ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers tend to take only straightforward cases, leaving the more difficult cases for unions to fund.last_img read more

HighStreetLawyer.com doubles in size

Posted in myekaaeu on September 30th, 2020

first_imgLegal franchising brand HighStreetLawyer.com has doubled in size by signing up five new firms. The venture, launched in September last year, aims to have around 100 members by the end of 2012, founder Gary Yantin (pictured) told the Gazette. Yantin, a commercial lawyer, said that the network is aimed at local high street firms with three to four partners and an ‘entrepreneurial outlook’. Firms pay a membership fee, giving them the right to use the brand, back office and marketing support, access to referrals, and member services through a ‘buying club’ offering special deals on products including searches, title insurance and software. Recent sign-ups include Ciampa in Bedford, Kingswell Berney in Gosport, Leicester firm Halborg & Co and Brown & Co in Croydon, Yantin said. He declined to name the fifth firm. Yantin described the scheme as a ‘brandchise’, saying: ‘It’s more about branding and licensing than a franchise.’ He likened it to the operating model of brands such as Interflora, Best Western Hotels and independent electrical supplier Euronics. Michael Vaughan, senior partner at Kingswell Berney, said: ‘We are pleased to join HighStreetLawyer.com because that is exactly what we have been for 75 years for people and businesses of the southern counties. ‘By joining this national network, we can continue and extend our services to be the complete personal high street lawyer with confidence in the brand.’ Yantin said he was not daunted by recent announcements of new funding raised by larger rival QualitySolicitors, or by the Co-operative’s decision to offer family law services. He said: ‘We view our competition not as the Co-op, but as everyone providing legal services. It’s great that QualitySolicitors has raised money because it shows that people want to invest in the industry. ‘But these two ventures and the fact that others might have a deeper war chest doesn’t affect our ambitions or plans. It shows there’s room in the market for legal brands, independent firms and non-lawyer brands like the Co-op.’last_img read more

Delayed reaction

Posted in myekaaeu on September 29th, 2020

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Freight association calls for English to be the second railway language

Posted in myekaaeu on September 28th, 2020

first_imgEUROPE: The conditions which are needed to make rail freight’s quality, reliability and cost of more attractive to customers were the main themes of the annual strategy day held by the European Rail Freight Association in Brussels on November 21.Bringing together organisations which want to promote ‘attractive, fair and transparent market conditions for all railway companies’, ERFA now has 30 members from 16 countries. Simplification of driver language requirements was a major topic of the day, with ERFA welcoming EU rules allowing operators and infrastructure managers to pilot alternatives to the current B1 level requirement for drivers operating trains across borders (‘can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure’). ERFA said trade union representatives and private operators agreed that English should be adopted in the future as a second operational language, believing this would facilitate the operation of cross-border services and make train driving a more attractive and accessible career.ERFA also welcomed the adoption by infrastructure managers of a contingency handbook intended to mitigate the effects of disruptions such as the seven-week blockade of the Rhine Valley route at Rastatt in Germany which occurred following an infrastructure collapse in 2017. As part of this improved planning, infrastructure managers are now publishing information on rerouting options, including technical parameters, operational requirements and capacity. Operators are also discussing contingency planning to minimise the impact of large-scale disruption. ERFA said a key priority for 2019 would be the development of an EU-wide strategic plan identifying tools that could be deployed at national and international level to boost rail freight. These could include ‘competitive’ track access charges and performance schemes that provide incentives for infrastructure managers to minimise disruption.last_img read more

Miami-Dade Public Schools recognized by White House

Posted in myekaaeu on September 27th, 2020

first_imgMiami-Dade Public Schools recognized by White House Earlier this week on November 15, Miami-Dade County Public Schools was recognized at the White House in the nation’s capital as the leading large school district in innovation and personalized learning for all students particularly underserved ones.The commendation was offered to County Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho who was a special guest at a White House discussion convened by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement and the White House Domestic Policy Council. The discussions focused on Innovation and Improvement in American public schools.The Miami-Dade superintendent was the only one from Florida among superintendents from 35 districts around the US to attend the one-day roundtable White House discussion. All 35 districts are determined be leading personalized learning efforts in their public schools.Responding to the White House recognition Superintendent Carvalho said, “Education is the great equalizer. Miami-Dade County Public Schools is honored to be recognized for our innovation and personalized learning for all students. This recognition is a testament to the teaching ingenuity of our exceptional team of educators and the impact of the school district’s academic rigor and enrichment opportunities for students.” Some of M-DCPS’ personalized learning includes Digital Convergence – a multi-year initiative resulting in the distribution of over 140,000 digital devices to enhance the learning experiences. This convergence complement the 11,620 interactive boards previously installed in District classrooms and the 45 million square feet of physical space configured for Wi-Fi connectivity; the iPrep Academy – a K-12 school that leverages an innovative, technology-rich environment to provide personalized learning experiences for all students. The program has been franchised into 11 other high schools as choice academies; and iPrep Math – a personalized instructional program in the District’s 49 middle schools that combines adaptive software with face-to-face instruction to encourage an inquiry-based approach to mathematics courses.The topics at the White House, included: students’ access to technology at home, particularly in high-poverty areas;   equitable access to qualified teachers who can effectively facilitate personalized learning for all students, particularly those that are struggling and live in high-poverty areas; and reconciling the delivery of personalized learning with the demands of state-mandated assessment programs and timeline.M-DCPS has begun to provide students living in high-poverty areas with learning technology through the JumpStart Connect @ Home initiative in select elementary schools across the District.last_img read more

Dominican nurses celebrate International Nurses Week

Posted in myekaaeu on September 26th, 2020

first_img Tweet 125 Views   no discussions Share Share LocalNews Dominican nurses celebrate International Nurses Week by: – May 6, 2014center_img Sharing is caring! Share President of the Dominica Nurses Association, Deborah Roach-Phillip (file photo)Nurses around the globe will together celebrate Nurses Week 2014 from May 6th -12th under the theme ‘Transforming Health care through Nursing Leadership’.The Dominica Nurses Association will join in the celebration, with a conference on May 7th at the Dominica Public Service Union’s (DPSU) conference room from 8:30am to 4pm.This conference will challenge nurses to aspire to be leaders in whatever capacity they presently serve as well as where they aspire to be, a press release from the Association notes. Nurses in attendance will be educated by Jean Jacob, retired principal nursing officer, who will speak on Nursing Leadership through advocacy, Bertillia Mc Kenzie, human resource manager at DOMLEC who will speak on Leadership concepts and DPSU’s general secretary Thomas Letang who will speak on Nursing Leadership and The importance of the Nurses Association and Unionism.The conference will culminate with a recognition ceremony where nurses with the highest education degrees and other exemplary Nurse Leaders will be honored.Other activities to commemorate Nurses Week include a march from the Roseau East Bridge to the St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church on Sunday May 11th. The nurses will be accompanied by the St Alphonus Scout Troop to celebrate an ecumenical mass with the Parishioners.Following the church service, the nurses will head to the Mero Beach for a grand lunch and Beach Bash.On May 12th, International Nurses appreciation Day, nurses will be celebrated and the president of the Dominica Nurses Association, Deborah Roach-Phillip will deliver an appreciation address to all nurses. The Association invites all citizens to celebrate with them as “nurses are the backbone of the Health Care Services; let’s value and appreciate them and the selfless service they deliver”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

MODEC Awarded Participation in the United Nations Global Compact

Posted in myekaaeu on September 25th, 2020

first_img(Image Courtesy: MODEC) Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion ofenvironmentally friendly technologies. The United Nations Secretary-General at that time Kofi Annanin address to the World Economic Forum (Davos meeting) announced the UNGC in1999, and it was officially launched at UN Headquarters on July 2000. Currentlythere are around 14,000 companies from 161 countries participate in thisinitiative (as of January 13, 2020). “MODEC is committed to the ten principles related to“human rights protection”, “elimination of unfair labour”, “environmentalprotection” and “anti-corruption”. As a global company that engaged in themarine resources business, MODEC will continue to enhance our corporateconsciousness about solving social issues and shall take positive actions inorder to shape a sustainable future,” MODEC stated. Labour Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced andcompulsory labour; The Ten Principles ofthe United Nations Global Compact: Author: Baibhav Mishra Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmentalresponsibility; and Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom ofassociation and the effective recognition of the right to collectivebargaining; Sea News, January 17center_img MODEC, Inc. has signed the United Nations Global Compact(“UNGC”) advocated by the United Nations consisting of ten principles on humanrights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and joined the Global CompactNetwork Japan, a local network in Japan. Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in humanrights abuses. The UNGC is one of the global initiatives of the UnitedNations, encouraging corporations and various organizations to act as goodcitizens of society and participate in such initiatives to realize sustainablegrowth by showing responsible and creative leadership. Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption inall its forms, including extortion and bribery. Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect theprotection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and Environment Anti-Corruption Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionaryapproach to environmental challenges; Human Rights Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect ofemployment and occupation.last_img read more