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Dias G.,Federal University of Viçosa | Yotoko K.S.C.,Federal University of Viçosa | Gomes L.F.,IFMA | Lino-Neto J.,Federal University of Viçosa
Naturwissenschaften | Year: 2012

Several species of Tenebrionidae are storedgrain pests. Since they belong to a specious family, the systematics of these beetles is still in doubt. In insects, spermatogenesis and the spermatozoa exhibit great diversity, and are therefore commonly used in phylogenetic and taxonomic analyses. During the spermatogenetic process in these organisms, the cells originating from a single spermatogonium develop synchronically in groups referred to as cysts. At the end of this process, there is usually only one sperm bundle per cyst, with all the cells in the same orientation. This paper details the spermiogenesis of the tenebrionid beetles Tenebrio molitor, Zophobas confusa, Tribolium castaneum and Palembus dermestoides using whole mount and histological sections of the cysts. In these species, spermatogenesis is similar to that which occurs in most insects. However, during spermiogenesis, the nuclei of the spermatids migrate to two opposite regions at the periphery of the cyst, leading to the uncommon formation of two bundles of spermatozoa per cyst. This feature is possibly an apomorphy for Tenebrionidae. © Springer-Verlag 2012.

Despite the low yield, cowpea is a crop of great socio-economic interest in Northern and Northeastern Brazil. Irrigation allows improvement in crop yield and profitability, especially when properly handled, for which, several management technologies are available. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate, economically, different irrigation management technologies to cultivate cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.] in two growing seasons (spring and fall) in the Cocais region, Maranhão State, Brazil. We carried out a trial at an experimental area of the Institute of Maranhão, in Codó County. The experiment was performed in a randomized block design with seven treatments and four replications. Thereby, it was performed an economic analysis from the perspective of sound investment opportunity, without considering risks associated with this activity. We found that, regardless growing season and/ or management technology, it was feasible to grow cowpea under conventional sprinkling irrigation at the conditions of the Cocais region. Furthermore, it was observed that spring cropping was more profitable for all treatments.

News Article | February 15, 2017
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Kevin Lovell has joined Stanley Consultants as a Senior Project Manager. Assigned to the Federal and International Group, his focus is on project and program management for Department of Defense projects worldwide. Stanley Consultants is a consulting engineering firm that provides program management, planning, engineering, environmental, and construction services worldwide. Lovell is based in the firm’s Chicago office. After a distinguished 21-year career, Lovell recently retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as the Chicago District Deputy Commander. He was second in command of the 200-person organization and oversaw an annual $150 million design and construction program. Prior to that he was the first Engineering Analyst to serve in the Army’s Office of Business Transformation at the Pentagon and helped establish the Army’s Energy Initiative Office. The new position with Stanley Consultants fits Lovell like a glove. “The company’s areas of focus – military, water/wastewater, energy – were my areas of focus at the USACE,” said Lovell. “I was attracted by Stanley Consultants’ excellent reputation that spans across multiple USACE districts. The company is large enough to punch above its weight class but small enough to be nimble and responsive to client needs.” During his military career Lovell was awarded three Army Bronze Stars, and multiple Meritorious Service and Campaign Medals. This including a Bronze Star for leading the first engineering unit to deploy to central Asia after 9/11, which was the first Army construction unit to deploy equipment by air. He is active in the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), currently serving on the organization’s National Board of Direction and national committees. He remains active in the local SAME Chicago Post, and is active in the local International Facility Management Association (IFMA) post. Lovell is also a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI.) Lovell is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University, and a master’s degree in management, with a project management concentration, from the University of Maryland University College. He is a certified Project Management Professional. About Stanley Consultants: Founded in 1913, Stanley Consultants is a global consulting engineering firm that provides program management, planning, engineering, environmental and construction services worldwide. Recognized for its commitment to client service and a passion to make a difference, Stanley Consultants brings global knowledge, experience and capabilities to serve clients in the energy, water, transportation and Federal markets. Since 1913, Stanley Consultants has successfully completed more than 25,000 engagements in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and in 110 countries. For more information on Stanley Consultants, please visit http://www.stanleyconsultants.com.

Thuault A.,CRISMAT | Eve S.,CRISMAT | Bazin J.,CRISMAT | Charlet K.,IFMA | And 3 more authors.
Materiaux et Techniques | Year: 2011

In this paper we seeked for correlation among the biocomposition, morphological parameters and mechanical properties of flaw fibre. Seven varieties among the most frequently cultivated in Normandy are examined. Biocomposition analyses have shown no significant differences between the different varieties while noticeable differences have been evidenced between the varieties for mechanical properties, and these are comparable to the dispersion within a given variety. Thus, the differences in mechanical properties among these varieties are not ascribed to morphological or biocomposition parameters. © 2011 EDP Sciences.

The physical and chemical properties of materials at the nanoscale are of immense interest and have been gaining increasing importance in various technological applications. This paper examines the influence of the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method in the production of SnO2 nanoparticles for use as catalyst. High-temperature heat treatments led to the formation of material with catalytic properties. The resulting powder was analyzed by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy to determine its morphology, which confirmed the formation of SnO2. The powder was also tested to check its performance in the catalytic conversion of vegetable oil into biodiesel, which resulted in yield of 90%.

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PROS® (NYSE: PRO) – the revenue and profit realization company – today announced plans to showcase its cloud-based modern commerce solutions at the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Chain Operators EXchange (COEX). The event, which attracts more than 400 senior decision makers and leaders – and planned expressly for operators – is scheduled for March 5-7 at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. At COEX, chain operators are able to take advantage of business-building insights and to create personal connections with leading manufacturers. With opportunities to engage during organized one-on-one meetings, entertaining events or roundtable discussions, COEX offers one-of-a-kind network opportunities. Co-presenting at this year’s conference will be John Dillon, Cargill Strategic Pricing Leader for its Global Edible Oils and Solutions business unit, and PROS Strategic Consultant Matt Bennett. Their presentation – Managing Menu Prices in the Face of Volatility: How Chain Operators Can Serve Customers More Efficiently – will offer insights into how food chain operators can manage unprecedented volatility, while looking for simpler practices and using dynamic pricing solutions to meet the changing palates of their customers. Dillon and Bennett will also cover how technologies that are available today can help operators in their quest for better, more predictable pricing models that enable them to profitably grow their businesses. “Participants at IFMA COEX are senior leaders and decision-makers who represent some the country’s largest, most high-profile national and regional chains,” said Chris Jones, PROS Senior Vice President of Sales. “They’re looking for opportunities to profitably serve customers amidst the requirement for new offerings on their menus. We look forward to showcasing how PROS is helping some of the world’s leading food companies shift to a modern commerce strategy.” “IFMA COEX offers food chain operators compelling insights on the topics, issues and opportunities driving our industry,” said IFMA President and CEO Larry Oberkfell. “From industry trends, to young consumers and their influence on foodservice, to planning and execution, leadership and technology, chain operators have unprecedented opportunities to delve into their areas of interest. Developed by operators for operators, there’s no better opportunity for learning than at IFMA COEX. PROS brings to our IFMA events strategic foodservices insights and expertise that help drive growth for our members, and we appreciate their participation, support and sponsorship.” To learn more, visit the PROS website or follow PROS on Twitter at @PROS_Inc. PROS Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PRO) is a revenue and profit realization company that helps B2B and B2C customers realize their potential through the blend of simplicity and data science. PROS offers cloud solutions to help accelerate sales, formulate winning pricing strategies and align product, demand and availability. PROS revenue and profit realization solutions are designed to allow customers to experience meaningful revenue growth, sustained profitability and modernized business processes. To learn more, visit pros.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about the functionality and benefits of revenue and profit realization software to organizations generally as well as the functionality and benefits of PROS software products. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon PROS historical experience with revenue and profit realization software and its current expectations of the benefits of revenue and profit realization software for organizations that implement and utilize such software. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described herein include the addressability of an organization’s revenue and profit realization software needs, the risks associated with PROS developing and enhancing products with the functionality necessary to deliver the stated results and the risks associated with the complex implementation and maintenance of revenue and profit realization software such as PROS software products. Additional information relating to the uncertainty affecting the PROS business is contained in PROS filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements represent PROS expectations as of the date of this press release. Subsequent events may cause these expectations to change, and PROS disclaims any obligations to update or alter these forward-looking statements in the future whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

News Article | November 21, 2016
Site: globenewswire.com

Hayes' Record of Strategic, Operational and Commercial Accomplishments Positions Him to Lead Company’s Continuing Evolution During Smith’s Seven-Year Tenure as CEO, Company Delivered Strong Shareholder Returns; Pivoted to Hybrid Strategy of Branded Prepared Foods and Fresh Meats SPRINGDALE, Ark., Nov. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN), one of the world’s largest food companies, today announced that Tom Hayes, President of Tyson Foods, will succeed Donnie Smith as Chief Executive Officer on December 31, 2016.  Hayes will continue to serve as President and has been appointed to the Board of Directors, effective immediately.  Smith, who has been CEO of Tyson Foods since November 2009, will be available to consult with the Company for a three-year period. “Tom Hayes is a proven leader who has played an important role in creating today’s Tyson Foods and driving growth across our company,” said John Tyson, Chairman of the Board of Directors.  “The plan we have announced today will result in a smooth leadership transition that positions Tyson Foods for continued growth and innovation.  The Board’s decision to name Tom CEO at this time was based on both his track record and how his skills align with the company’s strategic direction and continuing evolution.  The Board has the utmost confidence in Tom’s ability to build on the platform Donnie has created, to expand further into developing markets, new product categories and proprietary food experiences, and to continue investing in our core nine categories.” Mr. Tyson continued: “Donnie is leaving the Company in great hands, having developed an impressive pipeline of management talent while positioning us for continued growth and change. The Board and I thank Donnie for his many contributions and wish him all the best.” Smith became CEO of Tyson Foods in November 2009, and has helped to build a platform to support the Company’s hybrid strategy of branded prepared products and fresh chicken, beef, pork and specialty meats.  Hayes was appointed President earlier this year and is leading Tyson Foods’ transition to the hybrid model.  Working with Smith to leverage Tyson Foods’ scale and develop brands to drive growth, Hayes has been responsible for retailed packaged brands, international and global growth, North American sales, strategy and new ventures, as well as the support functions of corporate affairs and operations services. Donnie Smith said, “I take great pride in having led Tyson Foods for the past seven years.  In addition to helping the Company deliver growth and strong shareholder returns, I am also proud of the efforts we have undertaken to make Tyson Foods a company with a conscience, focused on providing consumers wholesome, affordable food and making a positive difference in people’s lives.  When Tyson acquired Hillshire Brands in 2014, with the support of the Board and the family, we embarked on a new strategy to integrate the strengths and products of each company into one company, and the resulting hybrid model has been a success in no small part thanks to Tom’s strategic, operational and commercial accomplishments.  I am confident that Tom is the right CEO to continue the transition we have started and lead Tyson in the next phase of its strategic development and growth.  I look forward to supporting Tom and the rest of the management team.” Tom Hayes said, “I am humbled to be named the next CEO of Tyson Foods and am grateful to the Board and the family for providing me with the opportunity to lead this incredible company.  Tyson Foods is well positioned to realize numerous growth opportunities – our company has a solid strategy that leverages compelling market dynamics and an experienced and highly capable management team and many thousands of hard working and dedicated associates.  I am especially thankful for Donnie’s unwavering support and advice.  He has set a wonderful example of how to greet every challenge and opportunity with the same diligence, thought and skill that have come to define his career.” Hayes is a 29-year veteran of the consumer products industry.  Prior to his role as President, Hayes was chief commercial officer at Tyson Foods, overseeing all North American sales, in addition to the food service prepared foods business.  He also previously served as president of food service.  Previously, Hayes served as chief supply chain officer for The Hillshire Brands Company, responsible for operations including procurement, manufacturing, food safety and quality, engineering, and logistics.  Before that, Hayes was senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for Sara Lee North America, responsible for supply chain activities for the company’s North American Retail and Foodservice businesses.  Prior to this role, Hayes was president of Sara Lee Foodservice. Before joining Sara Lee in 2006, Hayes served as group vice president of US Foodservice, Inc., where he oversaw the turnaround needs of broad line distribution facilities in the Northeast.  Hayes has also held general management, sales and marketing roles at ConAgra Foods, The Fort James Corporation, Stella Foods and Kraft Foods. Hayes has served on the executive committee of the board of the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and the board of directors for the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA).  Hayes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. About Tyson Foods Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®.  It is a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts.  The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 115 countries.  Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. The company currently has approximately 114,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world.  Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members.  The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

News Article | December 16, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

Commercial floor and textile expert milliCare was once again thrilled to provide grants to facility management professionals looking to advance their careers. milliCare is passionate about achieving the highest level of service possible and is excited to encourage industry professionals and International Facility Management Association (IFMA) members to pursue the IFMA’s Certified Facility Management® (CFM) Credentials through their grant program. The grant program offered sponsorships to a CFM Examination prep workshop that took place November 9 – 11, at the Roger Milliken Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina, led by Kathy Roper, a former Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and Facility Management, Consultant and Author. The examination prep class was specifically tailored to give aspiring CFMs the best chance at achieving their goal of attaining their CFM credential. “Our franchisees and milliCare staff are very involved with IFMA on both the local and national levels,” says Doug Laurie, milliCare Franchise Business Consultant. “We were proud to once again offer our grant program to help Facility Management professionals realize their full potential. Attaining IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager® credential is not easy, but the benefits to those achieving it are great. It’s a noble goal, and one worthy of their labors.” The grant program ran alongside milliCare University. milliCare U was also hosted in the Roger Milliken Center and ran from November 7 – 11. Attendees of milliCare U focused on milliCare-specific courses. Classes included milliCare consultative sales, equipment maintenance procedures, milliCare Performance Coatings, management training and best practices for installation and maintenance of milliCare Entryway Systems. About MilliCare: milliCare provides environmentally innovative floor and textile Care Plans for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, hospitals, airports, hotels and other commercial buildings. Serving as a strategic partner, milliCare offers facility managers the services and knowledge they need to implement long- term Care Plans that increase operational efficiencies and prolong the life cycles of their investments. milliCare’s unique 360° Care Plan makes maintenance simple and efficient; this annual service plan addresses each surface’s unique needs and sets in place a specified cleaning schedule. The company’s global Network of franchisees is equipped with the expertise necessary to build customized floor and textile maintenance programs for local, regional, national and international accounts. For more information, please visit http://www.milliCare.com.

Sales F.H.S.,IFMA | Dantas A.L.,UERN | Carrico A.S.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
AIP Advances | Year: 2012

We report a theoretical investigation of new spin slips phases of thin holmium (Ho) films. The new phases originate from the loss of coordination of atoms in the near surface region, which affects the balance between exchange and anisotropy energies, favoring the alignment of near surface spins along the basal plane easy axis directions. Copyright 2012 Author(s).

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PROS® (NYSE: PRO) – the revenue and profit realization company – today announced plans to showcase its cloud-based solutions for pricing and selling at the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Presidents Conference. More than 500 C-suite executives are expected to attend the event, which is scheduled for November 6-8 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel. The 54th annual IFMA President’s Conference is co-sponsored by the National Restaurant As

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