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News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: www.engineeringnews.co.za

General Motors (GM) on Wednesday rebuffed allegations that it had acted unilaterally without consulting trade unions about its disinvestment from South Africa and the resulting imminent retrenchments. This comes after GM announced last week that it was disinvesting from South Africa and that it had sold its local operations to Isuzu. As a result, production and sales of all Chevrolet models will cease, and Isuzu will take over the firm’s operations in Port Elizabeth. Isuzu will also be taking over the parts centre because it will be manufacturing trucks and commercial vehicles. Since that announcement, GM has filed a notice to retrench about 600 workers out of 1 500 workforce. National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa), angered by the decision, said on Wednesday that it was “disgusted” by the manner in which GM had conducted itself. The union said the car manufacturer did not act in good faith by refusing to disclose the full terms of the agreement it signed with Isuzu. Numsa said GM acted unilaterally and refused to engage trade unions and government on its decision, knowing full well that it must consult unions 60 days ahead of time before any announcement is made to retrench workers, but chose to wait until the last minute to impose this process on workers. Replying to the allegations, GM’s spokesperson for Africa and Middle East, Denise van Huyssteen, said the company was committed to an open consultative process. Van Huyssteen said the consultation process has been initiated with employees, their representatives unions and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). “We have held initial meetings with the union officials and the first consultation, under the auspices of the CCMA is scheduled for Thursday the 25th of May. GM is fully committed to participating in an open and constructive consultative process,” van Huyssteen said. “It is anticipated that approximately 589 employees will potentially be impacted by the proposed restructuring. This number is not final and is subject to the consultation process with employees and their representative unions.” Van Huyssteen said GM’s recent announcements about the future of its South African operations were based on the company’s global business priorities. Meanwhile, the South African Communist Party (SACP) came out in support of workers at GM and its supply chain on Wednesday, denouncing the company for allegedly acting unilaterally and in bad faith towards the labour movement. The SACP said the decision by GM had everything to do with profit maximisation and the aftermath of the international capitalist crisis rather than the loss of confidence in South Africa’s investment environment.


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. & MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HEICO Corporation (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI) was selected by the airlines of Latin America and the Caribbean to receive the 2016-2017 Top Supplier Recognition. HEICO was ranked Number 1 out of over 200 suppliers evaluated. This recognition is presented to industry suppliers that have demonstrated their dedication to the highest standards in categories such as customer support and documentation, turn-around times, and quality service. Laurans A. Mendelson, HEICO’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, along with HEICO’s Co-Presidents, Eric A. Mendelson and Victor H. Mendelson, commented, “ Being recognized as Top Supplier by the airlines themselves is a great honor and HEICO is delighted to receive this prestigious recognition. HEICO’s successful growth is a collective endeavor and a tribute to HEICO’s 5,000 Team Members worldwide who do an outstanding job every day.” The announcement by the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) Airline members took place during the 2017 ALTA CCMA & Aircraft MRO Conference. ALTA (Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association) is a private, non-profit organization that coordinates the collaborative efforts of its members in order to facilitate the development of safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly air transport in the Latin America and Caribbean region for the mutual benefit of the association's members, their customers and the industry. HEICO Corporation is engaged primarily in the design, production, servicing and distribution of certain niche aviation, defense, space, medical, telecommunications and electronics products. HEICO’s customers include a majority of the world’s airlines and overhaul shops, as well as numerous defense and space contractors and military agencies worldwide, in addition to medical, telecommunications and electronics equipment manufacturers. For more information about HEICO, please visit our web site at http://www.heico.com.


Hernandez A.J.,University of Alcalá | Pastor J.,CCMA | Ball A.S.,Flinders University
Journal of Environmental Management | Year: 2012

Landfills are often the final recipient of a range of environmentally important contaminants such as hydrocarbons, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). In this study the influence of these contaminants on microbial activity and diversity was assessed in a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill placed in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid, Spain).Soil samples were collected from four selected areas (T2, T2B, T8 and T9) in which the amount of total hydrocarbons, PAHs and PCBs were measured. Soil biomass, substrate induced respiration (SIR) and physiological profiles of soil samples were also determined and used as indicators of total microbial activity.Highest concentration of total hydrocarbons was detected in T2 and T9 samples, with both PCBs and benzopyrene being detected in T9 sample. Results corresponding to microbial estimation (viable bacteria and fungi, and SIR) and microbiological enzyme activities showed that highest values corresponded to areas with the lowest concentration of hydrocarbons (T2B and T8). It is noticeable that in such areas was detected the lowest concentration of the pollutants PAHs and PCBs. A negative significant correlation between soil hydrocarbons concentration and SIR, total bacteria and fungi counts and most of the enzyme activities determined was established. DGGE analysis was also carried out to determine the microbial communities' structure in the soil samples, establishing different profiles of Bacteria and Archaea communities in each analysed area. Through the statistical analysis a significant negative correlation was only found for Bacteria domain when Shannon index and hydrocarbon concentration were correlated. In addition, a bacterial 16S rRNA gene based clone library was prepared from each soil. From the clones analysed in the samples, the majority corresponded to Proteobacteria, followed by Acidobacteria and Actinobacteria. It is important to remark that the most polluted sample (T9) showed the lowest microbial diversity only formed by six phyla being Proteobacteria and Acidobacteria the most representative. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.


Hernandez A.J.,University of Alcalá | Bartolome C.,University of Alcalá | Perez-Leblic M.I.,University of Alcalá | Rodriguez J.,University of Alcalá | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Environmental Management | Year: 2012

Assessing the environmental impact of a soil-topped landfill requires an accurate ecotoxicological diagnosis. This paper describes various diagnostic protocols for this purpose and their application to a real case: the urban solid waste (USW) municipal landfill of Getafe (Madrid, Spain). After their initial sealing with soil from the surroundings about 20 years ago, most USW landfills in the autonomous community of Madrid have continued to receive waste. This has hindered precise assessment of their impact on their environment and affected ecosystems. The procedure proposed here overcomes this problem by assessing the situation in edaphic, aquatic and ecological terms.The present study focused on the most influential soil variables (viz. salinity due largely to the presence of anions, and heavy metals and organic compounds). These variables were also determined in surface waters of the wetland most strongly affected by leachates running down landfill slopes. Determinations included the characterization of plant communities and microbial biodiversity.The study was supplemented with a bioassay under controlled conditions in pots containing soil contaminated with variable concentrations of Zn (as ZnCl 2) intended to assess ecochemical actions in a population of Bromus rubens, which grows profusely in the landfill. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.


Gutierrez-Gines M.J.,University of Alcalá | Pastor J.,CCMA | Hernandez A.J.,University of Alcalá
Fresenius Environmental Bulletin | Year: 2010

Heavy metals in the soils of old mining areas, besides affecting the productivity of their ecosystems, could also affect animal and human health. To test this hypothesis, we assessed the bioavailability of heavy metals to forage crops used as human food sources or components of fodder. The sites examined were the surrounding soils of two abandoned mines in Central Spain polluted with Al, Fe, Mn, and more than one of the heavy metals Zn, Pb, Cd, Cu, Cr or Ni, and As. All elements were determined by plasma emission spectroscopy with the exception of As, which was quantified by XRF. Levels of Zn, Pb, Cd, Cu and Fe were high in roots as well as in the above-ground parts of the plants, and high As levels were also found in roots. The accumulation of heavy metals by this plant was assessed in terms of its possible use for phytoremediation but also in view of its possible detrimental impacts on humans as well as wild and domestic animals. Strategies for education in areas faced with this problem are also proposed. People living in rural areas will need to be taught ecological concepts but we will also have to alert political leaders and administrators to the problem to encourage them to invest in dealing with polluted soils. In this context, it is essential to understand both the elements and processes affecting ecosystems and the perception and opinions held by the rural population of the problem of soil pollution. © by PSP.


Alexis S.,University of Alcalá | Garcia-Montero L.G.,Technical University of Madrid | Hernandez A.J.,University of Alcalá | Garcia-Abril A.,Technical University of Madrid | Pastor J.,CCMA
Agroforestry Systems | Year: 2010

In the jaragua-bahoruco-enriquillo biosphere reserve, located on the southern border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, there are depressed rural areas with soils with high content in Cadmium and other heavy metals which originate naturally in the geological substrate. Data from 80 soils and an inventory of 76 plantations (coffee and kidney bean were used) to design a GIS (geographic information systems) tool which integrated statistical multivariate methods, soil parameters including heavy metal content into models of land planning, agricultural development, forests and protection of the health of the area's inhabitants and the natural environment. This GIS tool is based on raster models of an open source, which use combination and reclassification operations based on the maps, geostatistical methods (Kriging), statistical analyses external to the GIS, and cartography of limiting and excluding particular factors for crops (including heavy metal soil content). The GIS tool developed discriminates extreme situations in sustainable agroforestry planning in contaminated rural areas of the Caribbean, Central America and other tropical regions. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


News Article | February 23, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

PDI’s Medical Assistant Certificate Program is scheduled to begin this March in both Fort Worth and Frisco. Live instruction, textbooks, a critical, hands-on externship in a medical office, and an opportunity to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant® CCMA® exam are included in tuition. The 12-week program, Tuesday evenings and Saturdays, gives participants the specialized skills needed to succeed in well-paying positions within hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices. The program requires a high school diploma or GED. Applicants should have no felony or drug-related conviction, and will need to provide a current vaccination record. Instructors for this program are M. Carol Cozart and Kissa Yarbough. M. Carol Cozart has more than 15 years of practical experience as a Medical Assistant/ Clinical Nurse. She has worked on both the administrative and clinical side of medical and cosmetic surgery practices. She has an Associate’s degree in Applied Science of Medical Assisting from STC Sanford. Kissa Yarbough, MA-P, NCMA, NCPT, NCPI, is an experienced instructor in the areas of medical assistant and phlebotomy. With more than 9 years of teaching experience, Kissa also functioned as an extern coordinator while also teaching in a medical assistant program. She is also a National Certified Medical Assistant and National Certified Phlebotomist. Kissa holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Administration from Pima Medical Institute. FORT WORTH DETAILS March 28, 2017 through June 17, 2017 UNT Health Science Center 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107 Tuition: $4,285. Inquire about early registration discount. Class meets Tuesdays evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for 12 weeks. FRISCO DETAILS March 21, 2017 through June 10, 2017 UNT New College at Frisco 2811 Internet Blvd. Frisco, TX 75034 Tuition: $4,285. Inquire about early registration discount. Class meets Tuesdays evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for 12 weeks. Visit the website for more information on this program, or email Program Director Tami Russell at trussell(at)pdi(dot)org, or contact her by phone at 866.374.0876.


FRISCO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HITRUST announced today its 2017 roadmap for key enhancements to the HITRUST CSF as well as a new CSF initiative targeting smaller healthcare organizations to support their information risk management programs and improve their cyber resilience. The HITRUST CSF continues to be the most widely adopted information privacy and security framework that provides healthcare organizations with a comprehensive, scalable and certifiable approach to regulatory compliance and risk management. The 2017 roadmap demonstrates HITRUST’s continued efforts to ensure the HITRUST CSF and CSF Assurance programs remain relevant and effective given the changing cyber threat and information risk landscape, as well as its leadership in advancing the state of information protection for the healthcare industry. In response to feedback from smaller healthcare organizations looking for a viable means to meet regulatory demands while protecting their business against cyber threats, HITRUST collaborated with the physician community and small businesses to develop and pilot a new program called CSFBASICs (CSF Basic Assurance and Simple Institution Cybersecurity). This program provides lower-risk organizations with a simplified set of requirements and a streamlined assessment approach that is easier to understand and implement, and offers third parties—including regulators—appropriate assurances and transparency into their information privacy and security programs. “I really don’t know many small practices that can comply with all our regulatory obligations, including HIPAA,” said Dr. J. Stefan Walker, physician, Corpus Christi Medical Associates (CCMA), a small five-physician primary care practice in Corpus Christi, Texas. “We generally don’t have the staff or the expertise, nor can we hire consultants, to manage these programs on an ongoing basis. I honestly didn’t know how my practice could be secure or demonstrate HIPAA compliance, but that was before I had the opportunity to pilot CSFBASICs.” The CSFBASICs and CSFBASICs Assurance programs are currently in the final phase of piloting and are scheduled for general availability in Q3 2017. The HITRUST CSF and CSF Assurance programs already provide the foundation for healthcare’s implementation of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, and forms the basis for current Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) sector guidance. Given the increased risks associated with cyber threats and renewed focus on cyber resilience, HITRUST is further enhancing the CSF and CSF Assurance programs to provide better guidance, assurance and support to organizations, while encouraging a greater focus on cyber resilience within the industry. “HITRUST is expanding the controls required for HITRUST CSF Certification, from 66 to no more than 75, to enhance its support for an organization’s certification of compliance with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework,” said Dr. Bryan Cline, vice president, standards and analytics, HITRUST. “CSF Certified organizations will be able to provide both HIPAA and NIST Cybersecurity Framework compliance scorecards based on a single CSF assessment, which are incorporated into the HITRUST CSF Assessment Report.” To help ensure continued efficacy and relevancy, HITRUST, in consultation with the HITRUST CSF Advisory Council, actively solicits input from the industry on potential changes and updates to the framework, in addition to comments on those changes implemented with each new release of the HITRUST CSF. The recent creation of the HITRUST Threat Catalogue will further enhance the underlying risk analyses used to develop the HITRUST CSF and help ensure the HITRUST CSF and CSF Assurance Program continue to remain current and relevant in a heightened threat environment. There are two HITRUST CSF releases scheduled in 2017. A minor release—CSF v8.1—that was made available on February 6, 2017, and a major release—CSF v9—which is scheduled for July 2017. Among several minor enhancements, the HITRUST CSF v8.1 release updates content and mappings for PCI DSS v3.2 and MARS-E v2. A more detailed explanation of the updates in the v8.1 release can be found in the HITRUST CSF v8.1 Summary of Changes (included as part of the complete HITRUST CSF download). With the v9 release targeted for July, HITRUST will ensure relevant CSF control requirements are aligned with language in the second release of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)’s Audit Protocol. Given the healthcare industry’s increasing reliance on the Cloud, FedRAMP requirements will also be incorporated. The intent is to provide guidance to providers and consumers of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings on roles and responsibilities for HITRUST CSF control requirements, and support a targeted assessment and certification approach for IaaS providers. Other authoritative sources to be added to v9 include the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council's IT Examination Handbook – Information Security requirements, in order to improve use by organizations outside of healthcare; the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Resilience Review (CRR), in order to further support its foundational role in healthcare’s implementation of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework; and the HITRUST Threat Catalogue, which will be fully integrated with v10 in 2018. Because HITRUST recognizes that the need to integrate additional authoritative sources potentially increases the complexity of the framework and the assessments conducted against it, the alliance is also working diligently to further harmonize these requirements in future releases including v9. By continuing to consolidate and streamline these requirements in the HITRUST CSF, HITRUST CSF assessments will continue to provide the most robust, efficient and cost-effective levels of assurance. For questions about the HITRUST CSF v8.1 updates contact HITRUST at info@hitrustalliance.net. Founded in 2007, the HITRUST Alliance, a not for profit, was born out of the belief that information protection should be a core pillar of, rather than an obstacle to, the broad adoption of health information systems and exchanges. HITRUST—in collaboration with public and private healthcare technology, privacy and information security leaders—has championed programs instrumental in safeguarding health information and managing information risk while ensuring consumer confidence in the organizations that create, store or exchange their information. HITRUST develops, maintains and provides broad access to its common risk and compliance management and de-identification frameworks, and related assessment and assurance methodologies, as well as programs supporting cyber sharing, analysis and resilience. HITRUST also leads many efforts in advocacy, awareness and education relating to information protection.


News Article | February 14, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

The Board of Directors hereby convene the annual general meeting of Cemat A/S (the "Company") for Wednesday, 8 March 2017, at 10:00 am at the Company's address at Siliciumvej 1, 3600 Frederikssund, Denmark, with the following agenda: Approval of the Board of Directors' fees for the current financial year The Board of Directors proposes to reduce the basic fee for the current financial year 2017 from DKK 180,000 to DKK 140,000. The chairman of the Board of Directors will receive the basic fee multiplied by a factor of 2.5, and the vice-chairman will receive the basic fee multiplied by a factor of 1.75. Election of members to the Board of Directors The Board of Directors proposes to re-elect: Jens Borelli-Kjær, Chairman, age 56 Chairman Chairman of the board of directors of UAB Vitral, Lithuania Executive Officer of CCMA ApS, Vitral A/S and Vitral Ltd. Special competences: Management experience from international industrial companies (electronics, construction materials and medical devices). Special focus on the disciplines of production, product development and commercialisation. Eivind Dam Jensen, vice-chairman, age 64 Member of the Danish Association of Chartered Estate Agents, Diploma in Administration Chartered Estate Agent Elected vice-chairman in 2005 Other duties and offices: Owner of Chartered Estate Agency E. Dam Jensen Chairman and sole shareholder of A/S Eivind Dam Jensen Owner of Brundtland Golfcenter (via A/S Eivind Dam Jensen) Non-independent Special competences: Acquisition, sale, valuation and rental of business and investment properties as well as property management. Foreign trade, organisation and management from the Warsaw School of Economics Joined the Board of Directors in 2016 Member of the board of directors of WildaNova No directorships in other Danish companies. Special competences: Experience in property transactions in Poland, Central and Eastern Europe and internationally (development, strategy, sale and project management for business and residential properties). The Company's nominal share capital amounts to DKK 10,883,281.36, divided into 544,164,068 shares of DKK 0.02 each. Each share of DKK 0.02 entitles the holder to one vote. The Company has concluded a connection agreement with VP Securities A/S. The financial rights of the shareholders may thus be exercised through VP Securities A/S. The proposals under items 2-7 and 8.3 may be adopted by a simple majority of votes, see article 10.1 of the Company's articles of association as well as section 105 of the Danish Companies Act. The proposals under items 8.1a, 8.1b and 8.2 require a two-thirds majority of the votes cast and of the voting share capital represented at the general meeting, see article 10.1 of the Company's articles of association as well as section 106(1) of the Danish Companies Act. This notice, including the agenda and the complete wording of the proposals to be submitted and discussed at the general meeting, information about the total number of shares and voting rights on the date of the notice and proxy, postal voting and registration forms for ordering an entry card, will be made available to the shareholders on the Company's website, www.cemat.dk, under "Investors/General Meetings" from Tuesday, 14 February 2017, at 10:00 am. This notice has also been published via Nasdaq Copenhagen A/S, the IT system of the Danish Business Authority and the Company's website as well as by e-mail to the shareholders having requested e-mail notification of general meetings when stating their e-mail addresses. The shareholders will be entitled to exercise the right to vote attaching to the shareholders' shares, by attendance at the Company's general meetings or by post pro rata to their shareholding at the date of registration, which is one week before the general meeting. The date of registration is Wednesday, 1 March 2017. The shareholding of each individual shareholder will be determined at the end of the date of registration on the basis of the number of shares held by the shareholder according to the register of shareholders as well as any notice of ownership received by the Company for the purpose of registration in the register of shareholders, but not yet been registered. In order to be registered in the register of shareholders and included in the calculation, notices of shareholdings must be documented by a transcript from VP Securities A/S or other similar documentation. This documentation must be received by the Company before the end of the date of registration. Only the persons who are shareholders of the Company on the date of registration will be entitled to participate and vote at the general meeting, but see below with regard to the shareholders' timely request for entry cards. Accordingly, any person who has purchased shares, whether by transfer or otherwise, will not be entitled to vote on the shares in question at the general meeting, unless he or she has been recorded in the register of shareholders or has notified the Company and provided documentation of his or her acquisition, no later than on the date of registration, which is Wednesday, 1 March 2017. In order to participate in the general meeting, the shareholders must request an entry card for the general meeting no later than Friday, 3 March 2017. Entry cards may be requested electronically via www.cemat.dk until Friday, 3 March 2017, at 23:59 using NemID or custody account number and password on the Company's shareholder portal. Shareholders registering for the general meeting electronically will immediately receive a confirmation of their registration. It is also possible to request an entry card by forwarding a completed registration form to the Company's keeper of the register of shareholders, Computershare A/S, Kongevejen 418, 2840 Holte, Denmark, which must receive the form by Friday, 3 March 2017 at 23.59. The registration form is available at www.cemat.dk. Shareholders are entitled to attend by proxy. An electronic proxy instrument may also be submitted via the shareholder portal until Friday, 3 March 2017, at 23:59. The complete proxy form must be received by the Company's keeper of the register of shareholders, Computershare A/S, by Friday, 3 March 2017, at 23:59. The proxy form is available at www.cemat.dk. Shareholders may elect to vote by post, i.e. by casting their votes in writing, before the general meeting, instead of attending the general meeting and voting there. Shareholders who elect to vote by post may submit their postal vote electronically via the shareholder portal or send their postal vote to Computershare A/S where it must be received by Wednesday, 8 March 2017, at 10:00. Once received, a postal vote cannot be recalled. Please note that letters may sometimes take several days to reach their destination. Shareholders will have an opportunity to ask questions to the agenda as well as to the other materials for the general meeting before and during the general meeting. Any questions concerning this announcement may be directed to info@cemat.dk. Chairman of the Board of Directors This announcement has been issued in Danish and English. In case of any inconsistencies, the Danish version will prevail. Please write to investor@cemat.dk to deregister from this mailing list.

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