DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement Accella Performance Materials, a Carlisle Company, has promoted Mike Arnold to vice president/general manager of its Tire Fill Systems Division.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementFor the previous three years, Arnold has served as head of global sales for Accella Tire Fill Systems, where he was responsible for providing leadership to sales, customer service and technical service teams and strategy deployment. In his new role, Arnold will effectively oversee all global sales, strategic and logistical operations for Accella’s Tire Fill business.His primary focus will be the growth of Accella TyrFil – the company’s marquee polyurethane tire flatproofing solution. Arnold also will supervise the brand’s Carefree Tire division as well as Accella’s TLC Tire & Rim Protection wheel conditioner and ReSeal industrial tire sealant lines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
The Opening Ceremony will be held at the Yabase Track and Field Stadium, one of the 21 venues in Akita Pref. that hosts this unique international sports event over the next 11 days. What are World Games?The World Games have been in existence for 20 years.They were held for the first time in 1981 at Santa Clara, Calif., with the aim of spreading non-Olympic sports around the world. Since then, the event has taken place every four years in the year following a Summer Olympic Games. Four European cities have also hosted the international event and Akita will become the sixth city to hold the World Games and the first in Asia.More than 2,500 athletes from 80 countries and regions have gathered in the northern prefecture of Japan and will compete in the 158 medal events and 11 demonstration exhibitions.In 1980 the International World Games Association (IWGA), the organizing body of the World Games, consisted of 12 international sports federations. Baseball, badminton, bowling, casting (fly-fishing), taekwondo were among the original 12 sports and those sports featured in the World Games’ early era.Baseball, badminton and taekwondo have since become Olympic events, and they have been replaced by aerobics, flying disc, parachuting and billiards. Aerial acrobaticsOne of the sports that make the World Games very unique is parachuting. Participants compete for accurate landings from a height of 1,200 meters; freestyle skydiving, in which an individual performs while falling from 3,000 meters; and formation skydiving in which four people form various formations from a height of 3,000 meters.In the accurate landing event, athletes compete to see how close they can land to the center of a target, which is only 3-centimeter in diameter.The skydiving events require the competitors to team up with a photographer, who records the performance in the air. Athletes get points based on the difficulty of their performance and on the quality of the photographer’s work.BaywatchLife saving is more commonly associated with the beach. But here, it is a contest that highlights the art, speed and technique of the lifeguards. Events include an obstacle race and manekin race, which simulates rescuing a drowning person.In the team event, one athlete plays the role of a lifeguard and rescues a teammate who is floating 120 meters offshore. Two assistants wait on the beach and help pull them ashore.Tug of warTug of war used to be an Olympic sport and was one of the track and field events from the 1900 Paris Games to the 1920 Antwerp Games.It is played by a eight-man team which has to pull its opponent a distance of 4 meters to win. The total weight of the team cannot exceed 680 kg when the tug of war is competed outdoors and 600 kg when competed indoors.This sport is very popular among Japanese people, but it is not as simple as it looks. The eight men have to coordinate both their power and tempo in order to get the upper edge on their opponents. Unfamiliar sportsThe Games also feature some sports with unfamiliar sounding names.Faustball is thought to be the origin of volleyball and is one of the oldest sports in the world.“Faust” means fist in German and the game is played on a 50×20-meter court. The five players that make up a team can only use one hand to pass the ball over a two-meter net to their opponent’s side. The team gets one point if the opposition touches the ball four times before returning it to the other side, or if the ball bounces twice before a player touches it.The first team to get 20 points wins the set and the event is played in a best-of-three set format.Korfball is very similar to basketball. However the players (eight per team — both men and women as it is a mixed sport) cannot dribble the ball. Instead they have to pass the ball around before scoring in the “Korf,” which is a basket in Dutch. Exhibition eventsIn Akita, local and perhaps unfamiliar sports such as Aikido, beach handball, women’s tug of war, gate ball and sumo have been chosen as exhibition events. No medals will be provided in these sports. The mascotsThe mascots of the World Games 2001 Akita are based on namahage, fearsome ogres from folk myths. The one on the left is Huggy and the one on the right Nummy. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Who is the best lifesaver in the world? Who is the most elegant performer at a height of 3,000 meters? And who throws a flying disc the most accurately?All those questions, and more, will be answered at the World Games 2001 Akita, which open today. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
They then issued a much more profane statement through fan favorite Randy Marsh, who struck a lucrative deal with China in the episode “Band in China” but agreed to back out in order to regain the trust of his former business partner Towelie.(Note: Explicit language in the clip below.) “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone haven’t been shy about expressing their opinions on China through the voices of their characters, so it should come as no surprise that they decided to take aim at LeBron James.The Lakers star addressed the NBA’s relationship with China and the controversy sparked by a tweet from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey prior to Monday’s preseason game at Staples Center, saying Morey was “misinformed” and not “educated” about the situation. “South Park” used a few of the notable quotes from James’ media availability and applied them to the primary storyline for the Season 23 episode “Let Them Eat Goo.” MORE: Explaining every angle of the NBA-China controversyIn Wednesday’s episode, South Park Elementary School switches out its traditional lunches for healthier options. Eric Cartman, of course, completely hates the idea, and he engages in a shouting match with the students who fought for the new meals and claim they have the right to protest.”Yes, we do all have freedom of speech, but at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you are not thinking about others and you’re only thinking about yourself,” Cartman said. “They’re trying to change people’s lunch. They don’t realize it harms people financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.”Cartman’s response is nearly identical to what James told reporters when asked about Morey’s since-deleted social media post.Lakers’ LeBron James on NBA’s China controversy: “I don’t want to get into a … feud with Daryl Morey but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke.” pic.twitter.com/KKrMNU0dKR— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) October 15, 2019The episode also featured Cartman celebrating “Taco Tuesday,” which may have been a subtle shot at James considering he unsuccessfully filed a trademark for the phrase over the summer.#SouthPark23 #TacoTuesday🌮 pic.twitter.com/kAbyIFJASm— South Park (@SouthPark) October 17, 2019″South Park” was scrubbed from the Chinese internet earlier this month after the Comedy Central show criticized big brands like the NBA and Disney for bending to the Chinese government’s whims. Parker and Stone issued a fake apology in response to the ban, saying in part, “Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts.”
1 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has denied reports suggesting Mesut Ozil has agreed a switch to Barcelona.The 29-year-old is out of contract at the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season and is free to speak to foreign clubs in January over a summer move.Ozil, who held Arsenal’s club-record transfer tag until Alexandre Lacazette joined in July, has divided opinion on his influence since moving to England but the Germany international put in a man of the match display in last weekend’s north London derby victory over Tottenham.With Manchester United and Fenerbache also linked with moves for the player, Wenger is keen for both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who finds himself in the same contractual position, to stay.Asked if claims that Ozil had already agreed terms with Barcelona, Wenger said: “No.“What kind of control can I have over that? All these people have agents who can talk to anybody. That doesn’t disturb people, that happens all through their career.”Wenger refused to sell either Ozil or Sanchez in the summer despite knowing they could walk away for free in 2018, although that stance softened as a potential move to Manchester City for the latter almost came to fruition on deadline day.Although neither of Wenger’s top names have signed fresh terms despite negotiations originally opening a year ago, the Frenchman believes they will be honest and is not worried about fielding the pair ahead of Sunday’s trip to Burnley.“They are honest. I don’t question their honesty,” he added.“Nobody knows what will happen when the players reach the end of their contracts. Our worry is to perform on Sunday, that’s it.“They want to turn up and put in good performances. I have no concerns. I am more concerned about the team performance.“Ozil and Alexis are praised when the team is doing well because of them, and when the team doesn’t do well they get more criticism. I’m more concerned that the team focuses on strong performances.“My worry is on Sunday. After that, I will care about the second half of the season later.”Both players are expected to be recalled for Sunday’s trip to Turf Moor after Wenger made 11 changes for the 1-0 Europa League defeat to Cologne in Germany on Thursday night. Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal contract expires at the end of this season