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first_imgThe ceremony was made even more meaningful because John Bartlett’s son and APH President Corey Bartlett presented the award to his father. Those who have had the opportunity to work with or for John Bartlett immediately appreciate his ­modesty, his principled leadership and his aura of calm competence. It is these characteristics that have led various organizations to seek him out for leadership positions. Over the years, Bartlett has served on the boards of AWDA and Aftermarket Auto Parts ­Alliance. He is currently chairman of the Alliance board. Bartlett also helps direct the efforts of ­WACOSA, an organization that provides training and work opportunities for people with disabilities throughout central Minnesota. A significant criteria for AWDA’s Pursuit of ­Excellence Award is the setting of high standards as an example for others to follow. John Bartlett’s ­standards are apparent in his advice to would-be ­entrepreneurs: “Be as concerned about the people you’ve chosen to work with you, as you are about your customers. If employees aren’t happy, customers aren’t happy.” According to son, Corey, that is a standard everyone should follow. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement John Bartlett is CEO of the 93-year-old, family and employee-owned warehouse distribution company, based in St. Cloud, MN. Originally founded as National Bushing and Parts Company, APH has grown to more than 110 locations. Bartlett’s career with the company began in high school when he “…worked at the parts store counter, swept floors – whatever part-time things high school kids do.” Bartlett joined the company full-time in 1971 after graduating from Bemidji State University with a degree in business and economics.center_img He was thrust into the company’s top leadership position in 1975 when his father Jack, the company president, died unexpectedly. “I was only semi-groomed for the job,” Bartlett recalled. “I suppose we both assumed we had another 10 years to work together. I had a lot to learn and it took time to acquire those competencies. I suppose the transition I didn’t have with my father has had an impact on the transition we have had with Corey.” LAS VEGAS – On Nov. 3, John Bartlett Jr., Automotive Parts Headquarters (APH), was honored with the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA)’s 2013 Pursuit of Excellence Award. ­Established in 1983, this award is given annually to an AWDA member in recognition of excellence in business performance and the setting of high standards as an example for others to follow. last_img read more

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first_imgThe Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed August 17 that the body found in a wooded area in Thompson on August 13 was a former Riverhead High School basketball player, Gabriel Jackson.Jackson has been living in North Augusta, SC. He was found dead on the night of August 13 in McDuffie County, GA.Jackson, 32, had been missing for three days and was last seen leaving his apartment complex. A murder warrant has been issued for Sanriquez Antonio Williams, 21, of Dearing, GA, who is wanted in connection with the investigation into the discovery of Jackson’s body Tuesday night, according to the McDuffie County sheriff’s office.According to published reports, Jackson was a 2006 graduate of Riverhead High School, and played for the Blue Waves. He leaves a son, Gabriel III, his mother, JoAlice Hunt, a brother, Tylete Hardin, and partner Sha’Quasia Freeman, who is said to be pregnant with twins.Southold PoliceSouthold Town Police said it was easy to spot Douglas Aloise, who was driving erratically in Cutchogue Friday night, August 17, shortly after 8 PM: he was going in the wrong direction. Furthermore, they said, after they attempted to pull the car over, he brought his vehicle to a halt only to start up again as they approached, and headed west on New Suffolk Street.When the vehicle finally stopped, cops said they ascertained that Aloise had been drinking too much alcohol. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol with a BAC at .08 percent, both misdemeanors, and two traffic violations. He will answer the charges in justice court next month.rmurphy@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgPress Release, August 01, 2014; Image: Hamburg Messe und Congress From 23-26 September 2014, WindEnergy Hamburg – the global trade show for the wind power sector – will take place for the first time. Across 65,000 square meters of exhibition floor space, more than 1,000 planners, manufacturers, suppliers, financers, operators, energy providers, and service providers will be presenting themselves from the onshore and offshore sectors along with R&D.Hamburg is not only an excellent venue for an international tradeshow, but also now a great location for the wind sector. WindEnergy Hamburg will show the strong international positioning of German suppliers and manufacturers – and how important a stable German market is towards that goal. With an export share of 67 percent and 10.67 billion euros of gross added value, the wind sector makes a major contribution to the German national economy.For this reason, a call to Berlin and Brussels will go out from Hamburg. Germany urgently needs a clear policy commitment in light of the increasing importance of renewables, growing global markets, and quickly developing opportunities. In Hamburg, the BWE will therefore reiterate its call for reliable industrial policy that takes account of these trends, creates fair markets in Europe, and ensures international market access.The German Wind Energy Association (Bundesverband WindEnergie) will be exhibiting in Hall A1, booth 308.last_img read more

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first_imgFour out of five adults in England and Wales would be unable to pay for a lawyer were they accused of a crime, according to a survey of the likely impact of the government’s planned legal aid cuts.They would have to represent themselves or even remortgage their homes, it revealed.A Populus poll commissioned by the six bar circuits and Criminal Bar Association showed that, under the reforms, 80% of adults would be unable to afford the average £10,000 legal fees incurred for a three-day trial, and would be forced to represent themselves.Of the 2,036 adults who took part, 75% said that a person accused of a crime who cannot afford to pay their legal fees should be entitled to financial help.As the government, and justice secretary Chris Grayling (pictured), plan to introduce wide-ranging cuts to legal aid, including a £37,500 eligibility cap, 64% of respondents said there would be more miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions as a result.More than half, 60%, said the cuts would hit those on middle incomes hardest.Asked if they would be comfortable being represented by G4S or Eddie Stobart, 16% and 20% respectively said they would be.Commenting, the leader of the North East Circuit, Alistair MacDonald QC, said the results show that many Britons will be faced with ‘financial ruin’ if they are put in a position were they have to defend themselves in a criminal court.He said the £37,500 household disposable income cap for legal aid eligibility will hit ‘hard-working families’ the hardest, many of whom could have to remortgage their homes.MacDonald said: ‘The losers will be law-abiding citizens on modest incomes who defend their homes against intruders, accidentally clip a cyclist in their cars, or who are simply among the many each year accused of crimes they haven’t committed.’If the proposals are implemented, those who qualify for legal aid will lose the ability to select their lawyer and will instead be allocated one by the state. MacDonald said this would render the ‘globally renowned’ British criminal justice system ‘unrecognisable’. Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-grouplast_img read more

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first_imgINTRO: Jean-Paul Masse examines legislative changes in France that empower the regions to fund regional railservices directly and take their own investment decisionsON JANUARY 1 2002 an act will come into force that will change the way regional transport is organised in France. Despite its significance, the act has remained nearly unnoticed by most French people. Even rail staff failed to react strongly when it was adopted by Parliament on November 21 2000. This was all the more surprising given that it may ultimately lead to other operators challenging SNCF’s monopoly on operations.Until now, French regional transport has been partly financed by payments from central government to SNCF. Under the revised arrangements, the state will no longer pay SNCF to organise regional transport. Instead the money will go directly to the regional authorities. With the exception of seven pilot regions where this change was implemented from mid-1997, SNCF has enjoyed a centrally allocated grant for regional operations and has been responsible for setting its own service levels.From next year the regions will take over these responsibilities, signing contracts with SNCF as the sole operator. They will use funds granted to them by central government to pay SNCF’s costs for providing local and regional services.Railways are not the only operations covered by the new act, and the regions will also have responsibility for organising bus services. Ile-de-France (greater Paris) and Corsica are excluded from the act.The transport section of the Loi Solidarité et Renouvellement Urbain (SRU) was drawn up by Senator Hubert Haenel. In 1997 the first six regions (Alsace, Centre, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Clast_img read more

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first_img RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Just days away from the start of track and field’s biggest competition of 2009, top officials from the Japan Association of Athletics Federations expressed pride in its athletes and confidence that they’ll have a successful showing in Germany. “I would like you all to perform understanding the great expectations people have,” JAAF president Yohei Kono told the national team during a news conference on Wednesday afternoon at a Tokyo hotel. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img “The (Japanese) citizens have high expectations for the world championships,” he added. “We’ve seen you have shown great outcomes, making big progress. We hope that you all show your growth in Berlin. The real-deal athletes can’t be competitive only in the nation. The real samurai can compete fairly in the world.“That said, I hope each athlete breaks his or her best mark first, and then national records, or we have some that even aim for the world records or tournament records.”The 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships begins on Aug. 15 in Berlin and concludes on Aug. 23.Japan is sending a delegation of 59 athletes (32 men, 27 women) to Germany, including hammer thrower Koji Murofushi, a 15-time national champion, 2004 Athens Games gold medalist and 2008 Beijing Games bronze medalist.Pole vaulter Daichi Sawano, a two-time Olympian, is seeking his first worlds medal, as is long-distance runner Kayoko Fukushi, who also competed at two Olympiads. She is the Asian record holder in the half-marathon.Other competitors include sprinters Naoki Tsukuhara and Shinji Takahira, who helped Japan win a 4×100-meter relay bronze in Beijing. It was Japan’s first track medal in the Olympics since the 1928 Amsterdam Games. The two other relay members, Shingo Suetsugu and Nobuharu Asahara, are not competing at worlds. Asahara has retired.At the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Reiko Tosa won Japan’s lone medal, picking up a bronze in the women’s marathon on the final day of competition. Tosa’s performance set a benchmark for Japan’s athletes in 2009.“The level of the world is improving day in and day out, but we would like the Japanese athletes to compete well in the world championships in Berlin,” said Tsunekazu Takeda, the JOC president. “We would also like you to compete and break your own personal records, looking ahead to the London Games in three years.”Susumu Takano, The team manager, said Team Japan has set a target of earning at least one medal at worlds. He said six top eight-finishes represent the other big goal.Takano described these targets as realistic targets.“We believe we have made enough preparations since Beijing as we held monthly training camps,” Takano noted. “Fortunately, most of the athletes who participated in the training camps made the national team.”Entering the worlds, there are a number of unknowns for the Japan national team, notably the fact that 29 of the 59 participants are first-timers.The team features 13 athletes who are 23 or younger, including heralded sprinter Chisato Fukushima (100, 200 and 4×100 relay), Yurika Nakamura (5,000 and 10,000) and Yuriko Kobayashi (5,000). All three competed at the 2008 Beijing Games.Seventeen-year-old Miho Shingu, the youngest member of Team Japan, makes her world championships debut this year. The Higashi Osaka College Keiai High School student is slated to compete in the 4×400 relay.Japan’s youthful identity is part of the team’s blueprint for the future, according to Takano.“We ‘sowed some seeds’ by having some young prospects compete in Osaka (the 2009 Osaka Grand Prix in May) to give many of them an opportunity, and it has started sprouting up,” said Takano.He added: “We are going to give the best support we can. This is the important first step toward London.”Sawano was selected as Japan’s male captain, while hurdler/4×400-relay member Satomi Kubokura earned the honor on the women’s side.Sawano is clearly motivated to help Japan have a successful performance at worlds, but refuses to be intimidated by the feelings of pressure to repeat what the aforementioned 4×100-relay unit accomplished in China.“In Berlin, we would like to show the best performance we can,” he said. “We cannot be overshadowed by the feat of the relay team” Leaving for Berlin: Track and field athletes Daichi Sawano (right) and Satomi Kubokura vow their determination for the upcoming world championships at Berlin during a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday. | KYODO PHOTOlast_img read more

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first_imgJapan’s judoka had an uncharacteristically dismal showing at the London Olympics four years ago, with Kaori Matsumoto winning the sole gold medal for the originator of the sport, in the women’s 57-kg weight class.Japan’s supremacy came to an end, the country finishing with one gold, three silver and three bronze medals, while Russia and France grabbed the top-two spots on the medal table. For Japan’s men it was all the more humiliating as they walked away without a gold medal for the first time since the judo competition started at the Olympics in 1964. Misato Nakamura, 2016 Rio Olympics, Kaori Matsumoto, Hisayoshi Harasawa, Kosei Inoue KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS Kaori Matsumoto is one of Japan’s top hopes in the Olympic judo competition which begins next week. | KYODOcenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 But the team heading to the Rio Olympics is more confident than ever about the competition getting under way at the Carioca Arena in Rio’s Barra da Tijuca from Aug. 6-12, emboldened by strong performances at recent international competitions and the judo world championships in Astana last August.After the dust had settled from the London Games, it came to light that Japanese female judoka were being physically abused by some of their coaches, and the coaching methods for the male judoka were also criticized for lacking structure.An entirely new framework — including a new coaching staff — was introduced to not only deal with the problems concerning physical violence but to address Japan’s decidedly poor performance in London.Now there is reason to be upbeat, particularly with the addition of men’s coach Kosei Inoue, who emphasizes individual discussion with his athletes and improving communication to build morale.Satoshi Ishii was the last Japanese man to claim an Olympic gold medal, winning the men’s judo over-100-kg weight division at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.That road, including at the world championships, has been closed ever since. But debutant Hisayoshi Harasawa will be hoping to make amends as the country’s poster boy in the heaviest weight division.“From the beginning I have been prepared to carry this responsibility,” the 24-year-old Harasawa recently said. “I don’t feel this as pressure, but rather something I can turn into a motivating force.”Just one year ago, Harasawa was facing an uphill battle as he vied for an Olympic berth.But he came from behind to grab a spot over two-time world silver medalist Ryu Shichinohe, capturing seven consecutive international crowns concluding with a title at this year’s Paris Grand Slam.The 2015 all-Japan national champion, Harasawa defeated Shichinohe on points in the final of the national invitational weight class championships in the meet in April to take a big step toward securing a spot for the Summer Games.Using his 191-cm, 125-kg frame and his trademark uchimata technique in a relentless onslaught, Harasawa also possesses the flexibility and core strength to neutralize his opponents’ throws. The poise he learned in the 66-kg class as a diminutive first-year high school student is still alive today.But an imposing figure, known all too well in judo circles, stands in between Harasawa and glory: London Olympic gold medalist and seven-time world champion Teddy Riner from France.Riner will be bidding to follow in the footsteps of compatriot David Douillet, who won two Olympic golds in the heaviest class in 1996 and 2000.Harasawa is hoping to make use of the strangle maneuvers he has been perfecting for his ground attacks, supposing he can book a matchup against Riner and get the Frenchman to the mat.Inoue passed the torch to Harasawa on the eve of April 29, when he selected him to compete in Rio despite a loss in the semifinals at the open-weight national championship.The coach also has high expectations for Ryunosuke Haga, who won the men’s 100-kg title at last year’s worlds, and reigning world champions Shohei Ono (73 kg) and Takanori Nagase (81 kg), who have yet to compete in the Olympics but symbolize the future of Japanese judo.Naohisa Takato, the 2013 world champion, will be bidding for a podium finish in the men’s 60 kg, while London Olympic bronze medalist Masashi Ebinuma hopes to redeem himself from his disappointment four years ago with gold this time.Nagase, who is the first Japanese judoka to win gold at a worlds in the 81-kg class, poses a definite threat with his powerful uchimata throw, dexterous foot techniques and impregnable defense, but will face stiff competition from the likes of world No. 1 Avtandili Tchrikishvili of Georgia.Ono, 24, who won world titles in 2013 and 2015, is arguably Japan’s front-runner to take home gold due to his powerful osotogari (outer reap) leg throws and uchimata technique. His main rival is world No. 1 ranked An Chang-rim of South Korea, who was raised in Japan.The 21-year-old Mashu Baker, currently Japan’s only world No. 1, will be bidding for a top podium spot in his Olympic debut in the 90-kg category.After the abuse scandal, Japan’s female judo team was rebuilt under coach Mitsutoshi Nanjo, who took the helm in 2013.Learning from the mistakes of the past and through a process of trial-and-error, athletes and coaches alike have seen their roles more clearly defined, signifying a steady ascension for women’s judo.Misato Nakamura, the 2009 and 2011 world champion at 52 kg, will once again be thrust into the spotlight.Nakamura, who won a bronze at the age of 19 in her debut at the 2008 Beijing Games but crashed out with a shock defeat in her first match in the second round of the competition in London, will be seeking that elusive gold medal.After successfully returning from surgery on her left knee, the 27-year-old reclaimed her world title in 2015 and is now keener than ever to show she has what it takes to reach the summit.London Olympic champion Matsumoto once again proved her dominance, overpowering opponents to win the world title at the Kazakhstan meet last year, and the 28-year-old appears eager to make a successful defense of the Olympic title.Ami Kondo, winner of the 2014 world title, has gold well within reach at her first Olympics.One of the main reasons for Japan’s failure in London was the inability of its judoka to perform in the heat of the moment. Whether the team can pull together in Rio will depend on the training it has endured and a fierce conviction to regain its hegemony. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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first_imgThe original incident occurred on October 13, at 7:42am, Alaska State Troopers responded to milepost 42 of the Seward Highway for the report of a vehicle crash. Upon arrival, Troopers determined a gray GMC pickup was struck and damaged by a white SUV which left the scene of the crash. The white SUV was found to be stolen out of Anchorage. At approximately 9:50am troopers contacted a male walking down the Seward Highway near milepost 39. The male was identified Taylor. Taylor had a handgun on his person and failed to inform the trooper.  He was transported to the Seward City Jail. Inside the jail Taylor was found in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A 19-year old from Nikiski is facing multiple charges following an incident where he was operating a stolen vehicle, crashed into another car, concealed a handgun, and was found in the possession of methamphetamines. According to online court documents; Job Taylor, 19, has been indicted on 11 charges in Kenai Superior Court on Tuesday, October 24.center_img Taylor is scheduled to be arraigned in Kenai Court on Tuesday, October 31. Story as aired:last_img read more

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