The Pennsylvania-based safety hose manufacturer said its factory in India remains closed for the month of April.“All operational factories are focused on producing all of our LifeGuard Safety hoses but particularly our high pressure and cryogenic hoses to support the high demands on the oxygen production industry,” the company said.“As we monitor the Covid-19 situation developing around the world, our top priority is to maintain the health and safety of our employees, clients and community members while maintain a consistent level of communication and service.”As the pandemic continues, LifeGuard highlighted some heroes on the frontlines.“On a personal note, we would like to thank Dr. Wendy Forman, an Infectious Diseases specialist and the wife of our Executive Vice-President Andy Abrams, for her bravery and commitment to helping others during this crisis,” the company said.“So many of our doctors, nurses, technicians, transporters, EMTs, pharmacists, and everyone who supports patient care are rising to the occasion and caring for our most vulnerable populations.”
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■ Celebrated Dutch superstar Heman van Veen returns for his fifth visit to South Africa, performing at the Artscape Opera House on Saturday January 14, at 8pm, and at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch on Friday and Saturday January 20 and 20, at 8.15pm. Van Veen once again plans to mesmerise audiences with songs, sketches, mime and just being “vintage Van Veen”, accompanied by master guitarist Edith Leerkes, singer/violinist Jannemien Cnossen and bassist Kees Dijkstra. Tickets for the Artscape show range in price from R125 to R375, while tickets for the Oude Libertas performance are R200 and R220. Book through Computicket.
PwC’s hard-won reputation under threat after Oscars mix-up Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: February 27, 2017 8:18 AM EST Updated: February 27, 2017 8:21 AM EST SHARE LONDON (AP) For 82 years, global accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed a reputational boon from handling the balloting process at the Academy Awards.Now its hard-won status is under threat.The company was responsible for a colossal mistake at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night when actors Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty wrongly announced the top Oscar to “La La Land,” instead of “Moonlight.”The presenters, it turned out, had been given the wrong envelope by tabulators PwC, in this case the one awarding Emma Stone for best actress for her role in “La La Land.” They corrected the mistake on air but it’s not clear yet how that happened.Whatever the reason, it’s been a cue for endless jokes and hilarity around the world.For London-headquartered PwC, it’s anything but funny.According to Nigel Currie, an independent London-based branding specialist with decades’ worth of industry experience, this mistake is “as bad a mess-up as you could imagine.”“They had a pretty simple job to do and messed it up spectacularly,” he said. “They will be in deep crisis talks on how to deal with it.”Brands go to extraordinary lengths to protect their image and reputation and to be seen as good corporate citizens. History is littered by examples when a hard-won reputation nosedives – from sporting legends Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong to business giants like BP following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.Currie says PwC has no other option than to front-up immediately and explain exactly what happened to contain the damage to its reputation.“They are absolutely in the spotlight for next week and for longer probably as it unfolds,” he said. “They have to show what happened.”PwC, which was formerly known as PricewaterhouseCoopers and originated in London over a century ago, has been quick to apologize but has yet to fully explain what happened.“The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and, when discovered, was immediately corrected,” it said in a statement. “We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.”PwC’s representatives at the awards ceremony were Brian Cullinan, a partner at the firm and, according to his bio on the company’s website, a Matt Damon lookalike, and Martha Ruiz, the second woman to serve as a PwC Oscars tabulator.Cullinan is the lead partner for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including the annual balloting for the Oscars ceremony. He has been part of the balloting team since 2014.Ruiz, a 19-year veteran at PwC who specializes in providing tax compliance and advisory services to entertainment clients in southern California, joined Cullinan as the Oscars balloting co-leader in 2015.In a promotional video on the company’s website ahead of Sunday’s show, Cullinan said he and Ruiz are the only two who knew who the winners were on the night of the awards.“There are 24 categories. We have the winners in sealed envelopes that we hold and maintain throughout the evening and hand those to the presenters before they walk out on stage,” he said.Cullinan said PwC’s relationship with the Academy Awards is testament to the firm’s reputation in the market for being “a firm of integrity, of accuracy and confidentiality and all of those things that are really key to the role we have with the Academy in counting these ballots.”“But I think it’s really symbolic of how we’re thought of beyond this role and how our clients think of us and I think it’s something we take very seriously and take a lot of pride in.” Related Articles:‘Moonlight’ wins best picture after Oscars announce wrong winner Author: AP
Magic circle rivals Linklaters and Freshfields have recorded modest financial results to end a week of announcements by the UK’s biggest firms.Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer became the first magic circle firm to post a decrease in profits. Turnover fell fractionally in 2011/12 to £1.139bn, whilst profit per equity partner dropped by 1% to £1.299m from £1.308m last year. However, the firm argued this represented a 4% increase when exchange rate differences were taken into account.‘We had a very good year, especially when you consider the impact of the sovereign debt crises on transactional activity,’ said managing partner Ted Burke. ‘Our overall practice is a very balanced one and we continue to have strong activity levels.’At Linklaters, the firm said it overcame ‘volatile and challenging conditions’ to record modest profit increases.The international firm increased revenues by just 0.6% to £1.2bn in 2011/12 and recorded a profit of £520.8m (up by 1.2%). Linklaters managing partner Simon Davies said: ‘In spite of those conditions, and in supporting our clients, our revenues and profits have remained stable and we have maintained our financial strength and ability to invest.’Earlier this week, Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy published their results.View the Gazette’s profit tracker
admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington Hills Police Officer Dave Geffert was honored October 5 by the Farmington/Farmington Hills Call to Action Coalition (CTAC) for his work with the 47th District Court’s Sobriety Court program.From left: Assistant Chief Mike Ciaramitaro, Assistant Chief Dan Rodriguez, CTAC Director Mitch Seelye, Officer Dave Geffert, Chief Chuck Nebus, Assistant Chief Jeff King, and Commander Bonnie Unruh (City of Farmington Hills)Geffert received the award during the CTAC’s 30th Annual Community Breakfast at the Costick Center. The event kicked off National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.Sobriety Court gives offenders with a previous drunken driving, substance abuse or alcohol-related convictions, or who meet other conditions, the opportunity to enter an intensive two-year program to get their lives back on track.As part of the program, Geffert has conducted 59 home visits, checking for alcohol or controlled substances and looking for any signs of the participant relapsing. According to a city press release, the 30-year veteran officer “has helped maintain accountability while being extremely encouraging with each participant in their journey toward sobriety.” Reported by
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus will host a virtual book launch celebration of Dr. Guy Stern’s new memoir, Invisible Ink, on Wednesday, August 19.During the 7 p.m. online event, renowned Holocaust scholar Dr. Michael Berenbaum will interview Stern about his fascinating life story and new book.“Dr. Guy Stern has been an integral part of our museum for decades. It is wonderful to honor him with this event and celebrate his book,” said Holocaust Memorial Center CEO Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld. “We are very fortunate to have a renowned scholar like Dr. Berenbaum interview Guy. With two of the foremost experts and scholars on the Holocaust, this will be a must-see event.”The virtual event will be broadcast at holocaustcenter.org, and the Holocaust Memorial Center Facebook page, facebook.com/hmczfc/. To register, visit holocaustcenter.org/August. To purchase Invisible Ink, visit holocaustcenter.org/BookOrderThe Holocaust Memorial Center is inviting questions from viewers during the program by commenting on the Holocaust Memorial Center Facebook page. Questions also can be submitted at email@example.com by 12 p.m. on August 19.Guy Stern is the Director of the Harry and Wanda Zekelman International Institute of the Righteous at the Holocaust Memorial Center. He also is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University.Stern was born in Hildesheim, Germany in 1922 to Jewish parents. Of five family members, he was the only one to escape Nazi persecution in 1937 and make it to the United States. After being rejected from U.S. Naval Intelligence in 1942, Stern was drafted in 1943, and the following year, took part in the Normandy invasion.He was a member of the famous Ritchie Boys, comprised primarily of German speaking immigrants, most being Jews who fled Nazi Germany. The team was utilized for interrogation of prisoners on the front lines and counter intelligence in Europe.Stern served as a master sergeant and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his innovative interrogation techniques.Michael Berenbaum is the Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust and a Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University. The author and editor of 20 books, he also was the Executive Editor of the Second Edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica. His work in film has won Emmy Awards and Academy Awards.The Holocaust Memorial Center’s special exhibit, “Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann”, will remain on display through October of 2020. The multimedia exhibit includes 60 original artifacts and 70 photographs, including maps, printed case files, hand forged documents and a pair of goggles used to obscure Eichmann’s vision during his capture. Reported by Joni Hubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Start-Up Membership Tier – AirFuel designed this tier to bring new, up-and-coming businesses into the Alliance and broaden the ecosystem by working across new markets to help drive innovation for AirFuel Resonant and RF technologies. Some of the newest members include: MVictory Technology Co.; WRLDS Creations AB; Auguris GmBH; Kingdo Cloud Information Pte Ltd; Shenzhen Renfeng Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. AirFuel 2nd Annual Developers Forum – this special event is open to members and non-members and designed to educate and inspire companies working with wireless power. Wireless power experts from around the world will share industry knowledge through working sessions, demos, panels and presentations in Shenzhen, China, March 12-13, 2019. Click here for registration. AirFuel Blog Series – AirFuel board members have created a series of blog posts focused on changes needed within the wireless power industry to deliver a better end-user experience. Check them out here. AirFuel Technology Spotlight – the Alliance partnered with IDC to create “The Future of Wireless Power and AirFuel Next-Generation Technologies”, a research paper that examines key markets, the pros & cons of different technologies, the importance of standards, and the role of AirFuel and its members in driving the industry – available free-of-charge here. AirFuel Members, Events & Resources: AirFuel is also adding new events and resource materials to help companies looking to embrace Wireless 2.0. AirFuel Alliance Members, at the CES 2019, were showcasing Wireless Power 2.0 products, enabling real-world benefits and showing a clear evolution path from first to next-generation technology.As more consumers and businesses are introduced to the benefits of wireless power this year, more of them will also experience the limitations created by first-generation inductive technology. AirFuel Alliance, the authority on next-generation wireless power technology and standards (Wireless Power 2.0), and its members are removing those limitations with solutions built on magnetic resonance and RF technologies.AirFuel is not only solving problems like charging-at-a-distance, but also working to deliver the best overall end-user experience possible – across a wide variety of markets including industrial, telecoms/5G, robotics, consumer electronics, healthcare, wearables and gaming to name a few.AirFuel Wireless Charging Solutions at CES 2019 The AirFuel Alliance is dedicated to building a global wireless charging ecosystem based on best-in-industry next generation wireless charging technologies, such as Resonant and RF. Its mission is to bring a diverse base of interoperable products to the global market to help deliver the best wireless charging experience for consumers. The organization membership is made up of leading technology and consumer electronics companies, including board of directors companies Dell, Duracell, Energous, EPC, ON Semiconductor, PowerSphyr, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, and WiTricity.Click here to see everything RF’s coverage of CES 2019. Energous Corporation, the developer of WattUp (AirFuel-based RF technology), demonstrated a variety of Wireless 2.0, pre-production products. In the CES Demo Suites at The Venetian Hotel, visitors could check out personal sound amplification product (PSAP) devices from Delight, smart glasses from Vuzix, wearable devices from The Gokhale Method, production-ready wireless power transmitters, and many more. EPC is powering homes and offices with multiple wirelessly powered surfaces like desktops, nightstands or conference tables. Their GaN-based AirFuel Resonant reference designs deliver charging at a distance and enable multi-device charging – providing enough power to simultaneously charge a laptop computer, lamp, and alarm clock, a cell phone and charging a wearable – all without running a single power cord to any of the devices. Humavox introduced a wireless charging ecosystem for smartphones and other consumer electronic devices, such as wireless headphones, power tools, drones, and IoT connected devices to provide a truly seamless charging solution. Humavox was showcasing its innovative technology and presenting a variety of wireless charging scenarios by turning everyday storage items into smart wireless chargers so users can stay connected around the clock. jjPlus is partnering with MaxLinear and Zinwell to launch a breakthrough AirFuel Resonant-based 65W solution that enables wireless power and broadband data transfer (5G) through glass windows or walls. Wireless Internet service providers (WISPs) can offer a 4G/LTE or 5G millimeter wave wireless broadband service with gigabit speeds and deliver it without any wires to an indoor Wi-Fi router, eliminating the need for drilling holes and costly professional installations. With this new technology, consumers can easily connect an outdoor unit (ODU) with an indoor unit (IDU) to enjoy gigabit wireless speeds over their existing Wi-Fi home network. Misty Robotics is leveraging AirFuel Resonant wireless power for Misty II, the company’s robot platform for developers. NewVastek was showcasing market-ready AirFuel Resonance Reference designs for wireless power Transmitters and receivers up to 65W. Products featuring these reference designs include outdoor cameras, 5G CPEs, wire-free office and home/work spaces. PowerSphyr was debuting the SkyCurrent III Dual Mode charging station which features AirFuel-certified technology alongside Qi technology. This gives users the ability to charge first generation (inductive) and next-generation (resonant) devices, together, on a single charging surface. The charging station provides ‘drop & go’ flexibility so you can place your phones anywhere on the pad and be assured that it will charge quickly, anytime and every time. This is an essential first step in the inevitable evolution from first generation to second generation wireless power.
CONOVER, N.C. – The West Florida men’s golf team came up short in its bid to advance to the NCAA Division II Championships after a 14th place finish at the South/Southeast Regional hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday. The Argonauts (298-293-300 – 891) finished the tournament 27-over par, while senior Carlos Rodriguez (Cali, Colombia/Austin Peay) finished his final college tournament in 14th place individually.No. 16 Georgia College (291-289-289 – 860) held on to its lead to win the team title at 5-over par, while No. 1 Barry (295-289-286 – 870) was just one stroke back at 6-over par to place second. No. 2 Nova Southeastern (298-297-277 – 872) posted a 277 on the final day to surge into third place and earn a bid to the national championships. No. 8 UNC Pembroke (296-288-292 – 876) and No. 13 USC Aiken (294-290-296 – 880) took the final two bids to the national tournament by placing fourth and fifth, respectively.Matt Atkins (70-70-70 – 210) of USC Aiken won the individual title at 6-under par, while four players tied for second at 5-under. J.P. Griffin (68-72-71 – 211) of Georgia Southwestern and Jeff Evanier (70-68-74 – 212) of Eckerd were the top finishing individuals on non-advancing teams, and they will compete at the national tournament as individuals.Rodriguez (74-71-73 – 218) was UWF’s top finishing player, placing 14th at 2-over par. Fellow seniors Thomas Guste-Pedersen (Helle, Norway/Frank Phillips) and Ryan Black (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) finished 7-over and 8-over, respectively. Black (75-74-75 – 224), Guste-Pedersen (78-74-71 – 223) and Rodriguez all earned All-Gulf South Conference honors during their senior season. Rodriguez was the GSC Player of the Year, and Black was just the third player in GSC men’s golf history to earn four all-conference nods.Freshmen Adam Whipp (Sydney, Australia/Pittwater HS) and Juan Miguel Heredia (Cuenca, Ecuador/Jacksonville State) rounded out the Argos lineup at 12-over and 18-over, respectively. Whipp (71-76-81 – 228) had one of his best tournaments of the year at the regional, while Heredia (79-74-81 – 234), the GSC Freshman of the Year, had his tournament highlight on Tuesday with a 74.The Argos’ season came to an end on Wednesday, but it was a season full of success. UWF won two tournaments and had three runner-up finishes, and Rodriguez tied a school record with three individual wins in a season. The Argos now boast 67 tournament titles all-time and 42 individual titles.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# 1 Georgia Coll. & State 291-289-289 – 869 +5 2 Barry 295-289-286 – 870 +6 3 Nova Southeastern 298-297-277 – 872 +8 4 UNC Pembroke 296-288-292 – 876 +12 5 S. Carolina-Aiken 294-290-296 – 880 +16 6 Florida Tech 286-295-300 – 881 +17 7 North Alabama 298-293-292 – 883 +19 8 Georgia Southwestern 298-302-285 – 885 +21 9 Lynn 288-298-300 – 886 +22 10 Florida Southern 297-293-298 – 888 +24 11 Rollins College 291-301-297 – 889 +25T12 Armstrong Atlantic 297-295-298 – 890 +26T12 Barton College 290-300-300 – 890 +26 14 West Florida 298-293-300 – 891 +27 15 Carson-Newman 296-304-292 – 892 +28 16 Eckerd College 295-295-305 – 895 +31 17 Wingate University 299-307-292 – 898 +34 18 Coker College 301-297-303 – 901 +37 19 Columbus State 301-297-304 – 902 +38 20 Valdosta State 309-307-305 – 921 +57 14 Carlos Rodriguez 74-71-73 – 218 +2T38 Thomas Guste-Pedersen 78-74-71 – 223 +7T44 Ryan Black 75-74-75 – 224 +8T70 Adam Whipp 71-76-81 – 228 +12T94 Juan Miguel Heredia 79-74-81 – 234 +18Print Friendly Version Share UWF, Rodriguez Finish 14th at NCAA Men’s Golf Regional Carlos Rodriguez (Photo by UWF Sports Information)
PENSACOLA, Fla. – UWF men’s basketball head coach Jeff Burkhamer announced that Alassane Kah, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound graduate transfer from Old Dominion University has signed to play at UWF for the 2018-19 season. “Alassane Kah is an outstanding player who can score from anywhere in the post, shoots the face up jumper, and is a terrific rebounder,” Burkhamer said. “When you consider the talent that he played against on a daily basis with Conference USA competition, you know that he will come (to UWF) fully prepared to compete for a Gulf South Conference championship. Alassane is a leader and a warrior and I foresee nothing but great things for him at UWF.” Kah played in 13 games as a junior in 2016-17 for the Monarchs. He shot 64 percent from the floor, and averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. Kah scored a career high nine points against Western Kentucky. He received a medical redshirt last season. “Alassane gives us tremendous size and athleticism at the post position. He gives us another guy that we can throw the ball to and expect to get a basket. With the addition of Alassane Kah, we have a solid, solid frontcourt. We are thrilled that he chose to transfer to the University of West Florida to continue his basketball career as an Argonaut. It is a perfect fit for him and for us.” “I feel this is a great opportunity for me academically and athletically,” Kah said. “I also feel that I can get immediate playing time due to my experience and ability to score and rebound. I know that Coach Burkhamer likes to throw the ball into the paint and will run some set plays that will take advantage of my offensive skills and strengths. Coach Benator recruited me very hard and I am very comfortable with him. I look forward to being an Argonaut.” Prior to ODU, Kah played at Kilgore (Texas) College where he averaged 12 points and five rebounds per game while shooting 53 percent from the floor. Kah did a post-graduate year at Fishburne Military Academy where he played for current UWF assistant coach Brian Benator. Kah, a native of the Ivory Coast played his high school basketball at Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus, Ohio. Kah, who will be counted on to play immediately, comes to UWF after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from ODU in Criminal Justice and will pursue a degree in Sports Management at UWF. Print Friendly Version
Casey Drottar Don’t look now, but the Cleveland Indians have suddenly started playing consistently good baseball for the first time all season. Sure, they’re still 10.5 games back from the first place Twins. That said, they’ve won three of their past four series, and are now coming up on a soft spot in their schedule.All of this makes the latest rumor regarding the Indians…we’ll call it “oddly timed.”Despite the sudden turnaround, Buster Olney of ESPN has claimed teams around the league believe Cleveland will deal star closer Brad Hand before the trade deadline. While the Tribe still has work to do before we can start talking October baseball, it seems a bit strange to hear that, even though things are getting back on track, the team is still viewed as a seller this summer.Unless, that is, the Indians have already shifted their focus to next year. While the Hand rumor doesn’t confirm anything, it does seem to hint Cleveland is starting to prioritize the 2020 season over trying to make a postseason run this summer.Again, the Indians will need more than just a couple weeks of solid baseball before we can believe they’re ready to contend in 2019. Still, this rumor has fans confused for multiple reasons.For one, as bleak as things have looked this year, it’s far too early to bury this team. While the division currently looks out of reach, Cleveland is only two games back from a wild card spot. It’s not the ideal way to make the playoffs, sure, but the Tribe is hardly in a position to complain about how it gets to OctoberIt’d only be natural for fans to interpret the shopping of Hand as this being yet another player the Indians can’t afford to pay. However, this is off-base, as well.Hand is not only under contract through the 2021 season, he’s also owed laughably little considering how well he’s playing. The closer is set to make $7 million next season, and $10 million the year after that, provided the team picks up his option.For a 29-year-old reliever in the middle of a career-best season, that’s an absurd discount.With that said, if the Indians have the rest of the league convinced Hand is up for grabs, it really forces you to believe they’re shifting their focus past 2019.Sure, the bullpen has performed much better than we anticipated heading into the year. However, there’s a difference between “better than expected” and “good enough to make a pitcher with a 0.98 ERA expendable.”No team shops a reliever as talented as Hand if it also expects to make a serious run in October. Why would Cleveland weaken what could arguably the top performing area of its roster by removing the best player from it?You could argue the Indians are trying to see what win-now additions they can make by dangling Hand in the trade market. Considering both his contract and his current performance, it’s not a leap to say they could get quite a haul for him.That said, it feels lofty to think the Indians could get a few proven big-league players in exchange for Hand.When they acquired the closer last season, it required parting with their top prospect, catcher Francisco Mejia. In fact, that got them both Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber.While Hand has arguably driven up his value even more this season, I’d expect a top prospect or two to be the best Cleveland can get.While that’s certainly not a bad return, I wouldn’t see it as a win-now move. A great prospect panning out in the majors is never a guarantee.Nothing has happened yet beyond Olney’s rumor. For all we know, it never becomes anything more than this, and Hand is still in Cleveland once the trade deadline passes.Still, it’s confusing to see the Indians’ best string of performances paired with rumors of them shopping what could be their lone all-star this year. If whispers about Hand start to grow louder, it could officially signal the Indians’ desire to load up for next year, regardless of how it affects this season. Related TopicsBrad HandCleveland Indiansfeatured