TROY, Mich. — Meritor Inc. is hosting a celebration in honor of its longest serving employee: Loraine Simler. Simler, a sales representative in Meritor’s Aftermarket & Trailer division, is retiring this month after 65 years with the company. Simler blazed a trail for many women to follow at Meritor. She has been witness to and participated in many firsts, including becoming Meritor’s first-ever female manager in 1965 when she was named a buying manager. She joined the company in 1946 as a file clerk/typist, when the company was known as Timken Axle. In 1953, she became a secretary in the purchasing department. It was a few years after that she became part of the company’s history. “I was the first person to use an electric typewriter at this company,” Simler said. “It made me a lot faster when it came to typing invoices. I also used the first computer here.” After several years as a buying manager, she moved into the aftermarket parts division in 1973. Since then, she has held positions of increasing responsibility within Meritor before she settled into her current job in 1983 as a sales representative for the aftermarket division. In 2006, she was rewarded for her many years of service with her own parking spot at the Troy, Mich., campus. Yesterday, the company honored Simler with “Loraine Simler Day.” She rode to work at the company’s headquarters in a limousine, where she was met by Chip McClure, chairman, CEO and president, as well as other members of senior management, who escorted her down a red carpet in to the building, draped with a banner expressing thanks for her contributions to Meritor. “Spending 65 years at the same company is something so rarely achieved these days,” said Joe Mejaly, president, Aftermarket & Trailer, Meritor. “It’s important to acknowledge events like this and we’re excited to recognize Loraine’s time at Meritor. Hundreds of employees and friends gathered in the company’s auditorium yesterday morning to celebrate her career, featuring a video with more than a dozen current and former colleagues relating stories about Loraine as well as gifts showing the company’s appreciation for her years of service. “I’ve enjoyed my time here,” she said. “I consider everyone here part of my family.” Simler is not alone in her dedication to her job and the company. Gilbert Wilson, a hi-lift driver at Meritor’s Newark, Ohio facility, celebrated his 80th birthday in October. He hired into the Newark facility on March 31, 1952. He has 59 years of service with the company and has let it be known that he has “an eye on Loraine’s record.” AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
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The company has also signed a supply base partnership deal with Maersk Oil to support its drilling campaigns in Norway over the next three years.Due to be operational from mid 2013, the Tromsø base will be the focal point for servicing rigs in the north Norwegian Sea.Work to construct the supply base facility has started, on the brown field site which is just south of Hammerfest.The Tromsø development is part of a NOK300 million (USD49.5 million) development plan by the port authority. It comes in direct response to increased oil and gas activity in the far north of Norway.ASCO’s northern Europe managing director, Runar Hatlevedt, said, “Tromsø is a key logistics hub in northern Norway, strategically situated on the edge of the Arctic. This is a very important area of development for us and will enable us to support key drilling operations in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea.”The site will comprise of 80,000 sq m of industrial space and two deep water quaysides in excess of 200 m.Hatlevedt added, “We are very impressed at the infrastructure being created by the port authority. This type of infrastructure is so important for global companies such as ASCO to establish our operations for the major oil and gas operators. In addition, our partnership with Tromsø Port Authority will help create jobs in the local area as well as develop local skills – boosting the local economy.”The cooperation agreement also allows ASCO to commence logistics operations immediately at existing Tromsø Port facilities.ASCO Norway has also signed a three year partnership deal to support Maersk Oil’s drilling campaigns in Norway. The campaigns will be supported from ASCO’s Kristiansund base at Averøy. The first oil rig to be supported under the new contract will be the Transocean Barents at license 6506/6-2 Albert in the Norwegian Sea just north of Kristiansund.www.ascoworld.com
According to XL Lifts, universal battery chargers can power multiple product lines and brands of forklifts. The weather-resistant design means forklifts can be charged outdoors, said XL Lifts.“We are ecstatic to offer our customers a forklift battery charger that is flexible in its design and its configuration,” said Mike Marzahl, president of XL Lifts. “Our XLerator battery chargers will free companies from the current constraints of powering electric material handling equipment and ultimately save them both time and money.”xlliftsinc.com
Author: AP Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Published: February 10, 2017 4:14 PM EST Doll based on transgender teen to debut at New York Toy Fair WASHINGTON (AP) – A New York doll maker says it will be selling what it believes is the first transgender doll on the market.The doll is based on Jazz Jennings, the teenage transgender subject of the TLC documentary series “I am Jazz.” It will make its debut at the New York Toy Fair next week and be available on the Tonner Doll Co.’s web site and in specialty stores in July.A spokesman for the company said the 18-inch doll, which has a “genderless” plastic mold typical of most dolls, is being tested for kids aged 8 years and older and is expected to retail for $89.99.In comparison, the popular mass-market “American Girl” 18-inch dolls, which come with a book, sell for $115 on AmericanGirl.com.Tonner Doll, which is based in Kingston, New York, said Friday that the “Jazz” doll is being launched as a test for the specialty-retail market and will be sold by 25 to 50 stores. If it’s a hit, the company hopes to take it to the mass market.The doll was designed and sculpted by company founder Robert Tonner. His company has made dolls based on a variety of TV, film and book characters including Spiderman, Harry Potter, Dr. Who and Wonder Woman.“Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view – she’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative,” Tonner said.Jennings appeared at age 6 on a Barbara Walters 20/20 special in 2007. She has identified as a female since she could talk, her parents told ABC News.She is the youngest person ever to be recognized in The Advocate Magazine’s “Top Forty Under 40” annual list and was named as one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential Teens for 2014 and 2015.In 2014, Jennings co-wrote a children’s picture book titled “I Am Jazz” and her memoir, “Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen,” was released last summer.The Jazz Jennings doll comes 40 years after the release of the “Gay Bob” doll, widely thought to be the first doll based on a gay character.
TUNISIA: National railway SNCFT has awarded Progress Rail Services a 165m dinar contract to supply 20 Electro-Motive Diesel GT42AC diesel locomotives which will primarily be used to haul phosphate trains in the hot, dry and sandy environment.The metre-gauge locomotives are to be manufactured at Progress Rail’s plant in Muncie, Indiana. The first 10 are scheduled to be delivered from the USA to Tunisia in September 2018, with the rest following in November of the same year. ‘For the past 10 years, we have delivered nearly all of the high horsepower diesel locomotives in North Africa and the Middle East’, said Billy Ainsworth, CEO of Progress Rail and Vice-President of the Rail Division at its parent company Caterpillar. ‘We have accomplished this by listening closely to our customers’ feedback on their regional requirements. After a highly competitive process, we were extremely pleased to be selected as the supplier of choice’. Ainsworth said the GT42AC offered ‘reliability, fuel economy, advanced technologies and digital capabilities’, which would ‘upgrade a previously aging railway fleet by transforming it into a powerful, modern fleet for today.’
US Secretary of State John Kerry has welcomed the conviction of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre for crimes against humanity and war crimes.Habre was handed a life in prison sentence for being responsible for thousands of deaths and tortures in prisons during his rule from 1982 to 1990.A 1992 Chadian truth commission accused Habre’s government of systematic torture, saying 40 000 people had died during his rule.Kerry describes the former dictator’s conviction as “a landmark in the global fight against impunity for atrocities.”He said the case provided an opportunity for the US to reflect on and learn from its connection with past events in Chad.
Tourism in Africa is set to boom. That’s according to the United Nations Tourism Organisation. African tourism ministers have been meeting in Madrid to discuss ways to entice more visitors to the continent.CGTN’s Dan Williams reports
Tweet 1056 Views no discussions EducationEntertainmentLocalNewsPrimary St. Martin’s Primary wins 2017 Carnival Princess title by: – February 12, 2017 Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Jewelle George of the St. Martin’s Primary is the 2017 Carnival Princess title.The ten year old out shined five other contestants at the Harlem Plaza on Sunday 12 February 2017.George copped the awards for Miss Intelligence and Best in Costume.She also copped the People’s Choice and Most photogenic awards which were not judged.Jeanel Phillip, 10, of the Grand Fond Primary School emerged first runner up.Phillip won the awards for Best in Party Dress and Best in Talent.Farizeena Basir, 10, of the Atkinson Primary placed second runner up.The award for Miss Congeniality was presented to Mya Belle, 9, of Salybia.The other contestants were Odessa Dennis, 9, of the Bagatelle Primary and Simone Moses, 9, of the Morne Jaune Primary School.– / 13– / 148
IQD Frequency Products, a manufacturer of passive components, has launched a range of high-frequency Oven Controlled Voltage Controlled SAW Oscillators (OCVCSOs) that are available in three frequency options – 400 MHz, 800 MHz, and 1.2 GHz. These oscillators are available in an industry standard SMD package measuring 25.4 x 22 x 13.2 mm.These OCVCSOs have a noise floor of 10 dB to 15 dB lower than an OCXO at the same frequency, enabling excellent phase noise performance for applications such as radar detection systems. The 400 MHz OCVCSO frequency is generated from a fundamental high-Q SAW resonator, whereas the 800 MHz and 1.2 GHz are generated using a high-frequency fundamental SAW resonator with a low noise frequency doubler. Multiplying the frequency only once enables superior phase noise performance, down to -168 dBc/Hz at the floor level and jitter between 10 kHz to 100 MHz of ‹10fs. The 400MHz OCVCSO being based on a fundamental frequency has a phase noise performance of -174dBc/Hz at the floor level and jitter of ‹5fs.With stabilities down to ±2 ppm over an operating temperature range of 0 to +50 degrees C and ageing of ±6 ppm max over 10 years these new lightweight OCVCSOs, are ideal not only for radars but also simulators, communication systems and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The OCVCSO operates from a 5V supply with a power consumption of between 0.8W to 1W, has a 50Ω sinewave output and a voltage control option, which enables the frequency to be pulled by a minimum of ±6 ppm.