SOUTHFIELD, MI — DENSO has announced that Mitsuo “Matt” Matsushita, president and chief executive officer of DENSO International America, DENSO’s North American headquarters, and managing officer of DENSO Corporation, will retire from the company, effective Dec. 31. Matsushita has served as president and chief operating officer of DENSO International America since July 2002, and was named president and chief executive officer in July 2004. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Matsushita has worked at DENSO for nearly 37 years, since he graduated from Kanazawa University in Ishikawa prefecture, Japan in 1971. Prior to his U.S. assignment, he served as executive vice president of DENSO International Europe B.V., DENSO’s European headquarters in Weesp, The Netherlands, from January 2000 through June 2002. During his tenure as president and CEO of DENSO International America, sales for the Americas rose from $4.8 billion in 2002 to $6.5 billion this year. Kenji Ohya, senior managing director and a member of DENSO’s board of directors, will replace Matsushita as president and CEO of DENSO International America. Ohya also will continue to serve as senior managing director responsible for the sales group of DENSO Corp. Ohya began his career at DENSO in the sales department in 1972 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kyoto University in Kyoto prefecture, Japan. Following a series of positions in the sales group, Ohya was promoted to general manager of the Application Component Sales Department in 1994. In 2004, he was named one of DENSO’s managing officers, and in June 2007 he was promoted to senior managing director responsible for the sales group. Throughout his tenure at DENSO, Ohya has contributed to the expansion of DENSO’s business in both automotive and non-automotive products. Advertisement For more information about DENSO, go to: http://www.globaldenso.com.
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Many of Vaisala’s products and systems provide a major contribution in the fight against communicable diseases, such as the coronavirus.When the virus was arguably at its peak in the city of Wuhan, China, Vaisala received an express order for its GMP231 carbon dioxide transmitters to monitor and control carbon dioxide levels in incubators. The incubators are used for the cultivation of microorganisms, such as a virus; to help develop a vaccine. The main role of the GMP231 probes is to ensure the carbon dioxide levels inside the incubators maintain the optimal pH level for cultivation.Vaisala’s measurement technology has also been employed in frontline bio-decontamination work to kill harmful organisms such as viruses on surfaces, during the coronavirus outbreak.For example, Cleamix Oy performed hydrogen peroxide vapor bio-decontamination work in South Korea during the coronavirus outbreak in early 2020.The Cleamix portable hydrogen peroxide vapor generators use Vaisala’s HPP270 series probes to monitor and control vapor output during bio-decontamination.Vaisala’s industrial instruments and systems are also routinely employed to monitor critical conditions in a wide variety of pharmaceutical and healthcare applications.Monitoring is essential in these circumstances because most pharmaceutical production processes, including transport and storage, have to be undertaken in strictly controlled environmental conditions. Vaisala’s technologies are therefore utilised in research, manufacturing, cleanroom, processing, distribution and storage environments involving products such as vaccines, drugs, blood, biologics etc.
Eight plates of curved steel that make up a massive sculpture, “Passage of Time,” by world-renowned American minimalist sculptor Richard Serra arrived by ship from Qatar and were unloaded by master riggers employed by JAXPORT partner, Portus.Serra is best known for his large-scale steel sculptures which sell for millions of dollars. Portus boasts a global reputation as an industry leader for handling over-dimensional and unusual cargo.The weather proof steel components of the sculpture are impressive in size, each weighing more than 80,000 lbs (36.2 tonnes), measuring up to 57 ft (17.4 m) in length and standing more than 14 ft (4.2 m) high. The sculpture’s final destination is in South Florida.A recent multi-million dollar upgrade increased the capability of JAXPORT’s specialised ship’s berth dedicated to moving heavy and oversized cargo. The berth now ranks as one of the nation’s highest weight-bearing capacity docks.It offers a load capacity of up to 1,800 lbs per sq ft (8.8 tonnes per sq m); increased rail capability to 78 kips per axle; plus high and wide cargo clearance for rail access.”Our diversified cargo base gives us the know-how to cater to the unique needs of heavy lift customers,” said Roy Schleicher, JAXPORT executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “With berth space easily available and accessible, cargo gets in and out quickly, without delay, saving our customers time and money,” Schleicher claims.”When moving something this irreplaceable, trust is a critical factor,” said John Mullins, Portus director of customer service and business development. “Not every port team has our level of experience and reputation and not every port terminal has the capability to handle such unique cargo.” Watch a video of the project here: www.JAXPORT.com/heavylift
Book review,by Alan A JacksonTHE FOURTH edition of this wide-ranging reference work has been updated with around 1550 new or revised entries to reflect changes since the last edition was published in 2000.Assisted by members of the Railway & Canal Historical Society, the author has put together a wide range of railway terminology, acronyms and slang from around the world. Running from the Antrofagasta (Chile) & Bolivia Railway to Zulu Warrior, the 400-page book includes a number of French and German terms, but there is a natural predominance of English-language entries from the UK and North America.ISBN 0-7509-4128-5£25 from Sutton Publishing, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7JJ, UK.Fax: +44 1963 440001www.suttonpublishing.co.uk
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi has warned western powers that Libya could spiral out of control if they try to intervene militarily in the conflict-wracked North African state.Mr El Sisi said the West and its allies should instead concentrate on strengthening the army of Libya’s internationally recognised government and let it do the job of stabilising the country.The army is commanded by Khalifa Haftar, an officially retired general who spent 20 years in exile in the United States and has been described as a potential “Libyan Sisi” because of his fierce opposition to extremist groups.“If we provide arms and support to the national Libyan army it can do the job better than anyone else, better than any outside intervention which would risk dragging us into a situation that risks getting out of hand and triggering uncontrollable developments,” Mr El Sisi told Italy’s La Repubblica in an interview published on Thursday.Western powers have become increasingly concerned about the rise of ISIL in Libya, which has taken advantage of the chaos of a civil war between two rival governments to seize pockets of territory. The Pentagon estimates that the extremist group has between 5,000 and 6,000 fighters in the country, many from abroad.
Bi Kidude, Picture courtesy Trans-AfricanBi Kidude was a force to reckon, her petite and gentle appearance might have fooled many until the point she took on the stage, and she became a force of nature, as she is described in her feature film “As Old as My tongue”The stage would reverberate from the beats of the drum as she played on them with intense energy. She would flung herself in different dancing styles across the stage as she entertained revellers with her music.Taarabu, a Swahili Arab influenced music that got the attention of the islanders and visitors on the Island of Zanzibar. The tropical paradise that she called home.By her time of death in 2013, Bi Kidude had made a mark in the music scene, marked by the prize she won for her contribution to the world music at Womex, an annual gathering of the world music industry. A cherry on top of her long music career that is said to have begun in 1920s.Bi Kidude was born Fatma binti Baraka at a time that no one really knows but she is estimated to have been the age of 102 at her passing. A story is told of how Bi Kidude, ran away from a Koranic school at the age of ten, defied the norm when she sang without a veil when all taarab musicians sang beneath a veil shifting the patterns. She answered to know one but lived her life to the fullest.“She followed her own spirit. She ran away from two husbands, she was childless, she drank, she smoked, she really broke their rules but at the same time she embodied all the great cultural aspects of that island.” Said DJ Rita Ray to BBCBi Kidude was a rebel; she defied age and social conventions. She was seen to smoke and drink in public.Bi Kidude recorded her first solo album in 1994 in her mid-eighties. Her second album, Machozi ya Huba, which introduced her use of the traditional drums influenced the Zenji Flava local hip hop music.Bi Kidude’s playlist on YouTube
NewsRegional Regional anti-doping efforts get an educational boost by: – December 13, 2013 Share The Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) concluded a successful two-day meeting in Barbados with its 15 member countries where Board Members and Educators met to advance anti-doping education across the Caribbean region.Sponsored by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the education training was designed to provide member countries with specific educational tools and approaches that can be adopted and adapted to suit local realities. Rob Koehler, Director of Programme Development & Education at WADA, stressed that “it’s not all about testing….education must be the hallmark of our global efforts so that athletes understand the fundamental difference between cheating and playing fairly in all sports”.Leading the education training was Lea Cleret, WADA’s Manager of Education, who was satisfied that participants left the training more empowered and equipped to implement anti-doping programmes in their countries.WADA Officials also had discussions with the Hon. Stephen Lashley, Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, and Mr. Steve Stoute, President of the Barbados Olympic Association.The Board of the Caribbean RADO also met to review this year’s operations, and to plan for 2014 ahead of the revisions to the World Anti-Doping Code that will take effect on January 1st, 2015. This week’s events will make a significant dent in accelerating current regional anti-doping programmes and ensure that all countries expand efforts to reach the sport fraternity, especially athletes, as comprehensively as possible. The Caribbean RADO’s member countries include Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Turks & Caicos Islands and Trinidad & Tobago. Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 13 Views no discussions Share
Tweet Share 82 Views no discussions Share Share (Caribbean360) The European Union is providing a grant of €8 million (US$8.6M) to help the Caribbean fight the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.The funds will be used to purchase COVID-19 test kits, masks and other personal protective equipment, testing reagents, and other materials required for testing. It will also increase the capacity of regional countries to carry out laboratory testing for COVID-19, support coronavirus quarantine and isolation procedures, as well as contact tracing.The EU assistance will also support laboratory testing and epidemiology training, strengthen surveillance at ports of entry and support and promote the use of COVID-19 guidelines and protocols among health professionals.The grant will be implemented by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and overall is expected to improve the detection, surveillance, prevention, control and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Specifically, it will increase the capacity of CARPHA and CARPHA Member States to respond to outbreaks of the COVID-19virus, strengthen public education and behaviour change programmes on communicable diseases, as well as strengthen regional coordination and the institutional capacity of CARPHA in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.In addition, the EU said, it will finance treatment and vaccines when they become available and allow CARPHA to hire two additional laboratory technologists to deal with the anticipated surge in demand for testing for the COVID-19 virus and also support the maintenance of new and existing equipment. BusinessCoronavirusLocalNewsRegional EU to Donate US$8.6m for Caribbean’s COVID19 Fight by: – April 7, 2020 Sharing is caring!