Study finds mu­sic and nat­ive lan­guage in­ter­act in the brain

first_imgThe brain’s auditory system can be shaped by exposure to different auditory environments, such as native language and musical training,A recent doctoral study by Caitlin Dawson from University of Helsinki focuses on interacting effects of native language patterns and musical experience on early auditory processing of basic sound features. Methods included electrophysiological brainstem recording as well as a set of behavioral auditory discrimination tasks.The auditory tasks were designed to find discrimination thresholds for intensity, frequency, and duration. A self-report questionnaire on musical sophistication was also used in the analyses. Share Pinterest Email Share on Twittercenter_img Share on Facebook LinkedIn “We found that Finnish speakers showed an advantage in duration processing in the brainstem, compared to German speakers. The reason for this may be that Finnish language includes long and short sounds that determine the meaning of words, which trains Finnish speakers’ brains to be very sensitive to the timing of sounds,” Dawson states.For Finnish speakers, musical expertise was associated with enhanced behavioral frequency discrimination. Mandarin speaking musicians showed enhanced behavioral discrimination in both frequency and duration. Mandarin Chinese language has tones which determine the meaning of words.“The perceptual effects of musical expertise were not reflected in brainstem responses in either Finnish or Mandarin speakers. This might be because language is an earlier and more essential skill than music, and native speakers are experts at their own language,” Dawson says.The results suggest that musical expertise does not enhance all auditory features equally for all language speakers; native language phonological patterns may modulate the enhancing effects of musical expertise on processing of specific features.last_img read more

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How parents act on their religious beliefs linked to the onset of atheism in their children

first_imgShare Pinterest Email Share on Facebook People tend to become atheists at a younger age when their religious parents talk the talk but don’t walk the walk, according to new research published in the journal Religion, Brain & Behavior. The study provides evidence that exposure to religiously-motivated actions plays an important role in the onset of atheism.“I was interested in this topic mainly because it is an extension of my overall research interest in how and why people become atheists,” said study author Joseph Langston, a researcher at the Atheist Research Collaborative and a PhD student at Victoria University in New Zealand.“Credibility-enhancing displays (CREDs) in particular have been shown as rather important for the acquisition of all aspects of (religious) culture. But the concept of CREDs is still relatively new, which means that much remains to be investigated and understood regarding its relationship to other variables which affect religious transmission processes and changes in religious beliefs.”center_img “At the beginning of this project, the thought process was that, perhaps a growing number of people are becoming nonbelievers because belief was not modelled to them in any appreciable or robust way during their upbringing,” Langston said. “But insofar as social learning processes and family dynamics are crucial for the transmission and acquisition of culture, religious or otherwise, there are other socialization agents that play into how effective such learning and dynamics are at producing religious continuity between parents and their offspring.” “Some examples would include whether or not a person’s parents shared the same religion; whether a person mostly grew up in a conventional two-parent household; the quality of relationship between parents and children; and how much religious conflict one got into with one’s parents while growing up, which would also touch upon just how much parents allowed their children to make their own choices about religion while growing up.” “And so we wondered how CREDs would fare against some of these other variables when it came to shaping atheistic outcomes, via the age at which a person became an atheist,” Langston explained. “In other words, we know that they should be influential, but how influential, when compared to other variables that should also be important for (non)religious outcomes later in life?”The researchers surveyed 5,153 atheists regarding the age when they no longer believed in god(s), religious credibility-enhancing displays among their parents, and other factors. They found that when parents engaged in more credibility-enhancing displays, such as acting fairly to others because their religion taught them so, their children tended to become atheists later in life.“The average person can take away three main things from this study,” Langston told PsyPost. “First, the extent to which parents faithfully model their own religious beliefs to their children (i.e. CREDs), works in tandem with other processes to produce unique trajectories of the timing at which one becomes an atheist: being allowed greater religious choice seems to drive the age of atheism down, but so do elevated levels of religious conflict.” “Second, although important, CREDs alone are not enough to provide us with the most complete explanation of how or why people do or don’t believe in a god or gods. Third, CREDs still had a very robust impact on age of atheism; their (statistical) significance was not eliminated from our analyses even when comparing them to the influence of other agents of religious socialization, such as variables representing the influence of demographics, parental quality, family-religion aspects, ‘relational’ variables, and religious institutions.”The findings line up with previous research, which found that religious individuals who were exposed to high levels of CREDs by their parents were more likely to report believing in the existence of God with high certainty.“There is one thing that probably could have been made more clear in our paper, and that is why we chose to use ‘the age at which a person became an atheist’ as our dependent variable,” Langston said. “If we were to design a study that was superior to ours, then for that study we would have collected a large sample of nonbelievers and believers. Then we would be able to do direct comparisons between those two groups.”“But because our sample consisted only of nonbelievers, we had to have some kind of barometer for measuring the impact of CREDs and other variables on becoming an atheist. So in the paper we make the presumption that anything which affects the average age of atheism in our sample, is a variable that has a relation to how or why people become atheists. “At the very least, such variables could be seen to exert some degree of influence on the timing of that outcome, and thus likely the outcome itself. Certainly, it isn’t a perfect methodological assumption, but for our purposes we found it a defensible use of age of atheism,” Langston noted.“There are a handful of interesting questions that could follow this research. First, if nonreligious identifications are increasingly being deliberately transmitted by secular families, as some very recent research suggests, then what kind of CREDs, if any, exist in these families? Or are any CREDs needed at all to sustain whatever positive or substantive worldviews such parents might wish to instill?” “Second, do (formerly believing) atheists have levels of religious choice and religious conflict that are different from their theistic counterparts? Relatedly, were most formerly believing atheists subject to authoritarian, as opposed to authoritative, parenting styles? Third, is it possible that even high-fidelity religious parents may unknowingly influence the turn to atheism, in the event that certain parental qualities and religious choice or religious conflict are associated?”Langston and his colleagues are working towards publishing more studies on the subject.“We have another study, which is currently under peer review, which is based upon this same data set, and there we pursue very similar questions regarding how social and family influences operate for atheists who were once believers,” he said.“Our most central finding shows two patterns of influence toward atheism, what we call religious ‘over’ and ‘under’ socialization. Interested readers might be on the lookout for that study later this year, should we be lucky enough to have it accepted for publication. Or, anyone interested in obtaining a (restricted) copy of it, or finding out the full results, can email staff@atheistresearch.org.”The study, “Predicting age of atheism: credibility enhancing displays and religious importance, choice, and conflict in family of upbringing“, was authored by Joseph Langston, David Speed, and Thomas J. Coleman III. Share on Twitter LinkedInlast_img read more

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NEWS SCAN: Safety of imported foods, H5N1 steps in Cambodia, mutated H5N1 in mice, polio in Pakistan

first_imgMar 1, 2013FDA launches plan for bolstering safety of food importsThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday released its “International Food Safety Capacity-Building Plan” for bolstering food safety in countries that export food to the United States. The agency intends to improve food safety training abroad, enhance communication with foreign health officials, and explore developing a foreign inspection report equivalent to a domestic inspection report, according to the new plan. It fulfills one of the mandates of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011. The plan details four goals: (1) ensuring FDA food safety efficiency, (2) monitoring international food safety initiatives, (3) supporting the exchange of information between the FDA and foreign governments, and (4) enhancing training of foreign food manufacturers and auditors, with a push for universal lab-testing techniques. The plan “charts a direction for how FDA will prioritize its capacity-building efforts based on risk, and how the agency will work in partnership with counterpart authorities, industry, and other organizations in order to achieve lasting food safety results,” according to the report. Michael Taylor, JD, FDA deputy commissioner of foods and veterinary medicine, said in a letter accompanying the report, “Capacity building is one tool in a larger toolbox FSMA has provided for FDA to hold imported foods to the same standards as domestic foods.”Feb 28 FDA reportFDA International Capacity Building Web siteCambodia’s prime minister orders coordinated actions to stem H5N1The prime minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, has issued a directive to police and agriculture and health leaders to take joint action to stop the spread of H5N1 avian flu in the country, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. Cambodia has seen nine human cases of the infection, eight of them fatal, already this year, and 30 human cases and 27 deaths since 2005. Part of the new Cambodia directive is an order to disinfect all poultry farms and markets across the country as well as to monitor birds’ health and stop illicit poultry transport across the country’s borders. Cambodians have been told to wash their hands frequently, to not eat infected birds, and to keep children away from birds.Mar 1 AFP articleFeb 26 CIDRAP News story on latest H5N1 death in CambodiaStudy: Single H5N1 mutation confers increased viral growth in miceA single mutation in the H5N1 avian flu virus that affects the pH at which the hemagglutinin protein is activated also simultaneously reduces its capacity to infect ducks and enhances its capacity to grow in mice, according to a study yesterday in the Journal of Virology. Researchers from St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis studied a previously lab-mutated version of the influenza H5N1 virus called K58I that resists acid activation and loses its capacity to infect ducks. Because the upper airways of mammals are more acidic than infected tissues of birds, they hypothesized that the virus may be more infective in mammals. In fact, their study found that K58I grows 100-fold better than wild-type H5N1 in the nasal cavities of mice and is 50% more lethal. In addition, K58I did not kill any infected ducks, whereas wild-type H5N1 killed 66% of them. “A single mutation that eliminates H5N1 growth in ducks simultaneously enhances the capacity of H5N1 to grow in mice,” said Charles J. Russell, PhD, one of the authors, in a press release from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), which publishes the journal. “We conclude that enhanced resistance to acid inactivation helps adapt H5N1 influenza virus from an avian to a mammalian host.” The press release also noted that both the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the St. Jude Institutional Biosafety Committee concluded that the study failed to meet the definition of dual-use research of concern (DURC), a title applied to studies that can be used for good or bad ends.Feb 28 J Virol studyFeb 28 ASM press releaseFeb 28 J Virol editorial on the studyNew polio case in Pakistan as WHO moves to address attacks on health workersA 2-year-old child in Pakistan has polio, the fourth case in the country this year, according to The News International today. The child is from the village of Salar Kaly, which is in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, home to two of the other polio victims. Pakistan is one of only three countries in which polio still has not been eradicated, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria. Efforts on the part of public health workers to vaccinate children in these countries have been thwarted by attacks supposedly backed by militant Muslim leaders who see vaccination programs as a conspiracy of Western medicine, Reuters reported today. Leaders of the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet with Islamic officials next week in Egypt to discuss how to stop the attacks. The WHO’s aim is to eradicate polio globally by 2018, a goal the agency says is within reach if vaccination efforts can continue. Public health efforts have been able to cut the number of polio cases worldwide from 350,000 in 1988 to 225 in 2012.Mar 1 News International articleMar 1 Reuters articleFeb 26 CIDRAP News item on most recent attacklast_img read more

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News Scan for Jun 27, 2017

first_imgMeta-analysis documents rise in drug-resistant bacteria at the HajjA review and meta-analysis of studies on bacterial transmission and antibiotic resistance during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca has found rising rates of resistance among certain gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, researchers report in Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease.The review of drug-resistant bacteria at the Hajj included 31 studies involving pilgrims, food workers, and local patients at hospitals in Mecca, Mina, and Medina. The studies were conducted during the Hajj seasons from 2000 to 2015 and most of them provided antibiotic susceptibility results, with 11 identifying antibiotic-resistance genes. While many of the pilgrims came from different continents and countries, most were from Saudi Arabia and France; the majority of patients with infections were from Saudi Arabia.While resistance rates varied between studies, the review indicates rising rates of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the Hajj area. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolated from food handlers rose from 0 in a 2001-02 study to 20% in a 2014 study, while MRSA isolated from pilgrims rose from 1% in 2000 to 63.2% in 2015. Studies of patients with bacterial infections reported rising rates of third-generation cephalosporin-resistant Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Acinetobacter baumannii from 2005 to 2015, ranging from 18.8% to 94%.Carbapenem-resistant bacteria were detected in fewer than 10% of E coli isolates but up to 100% of K pneumoniae and A baumannii isolates. An increase in colistin-resistant bacteria, including MCR-1–producing E coli and K pneumoniae, was also noted. Rates of vancomycin-resistant gram-positive bacteria remained low.The rising rates of antibiotic resistant bacteria are a concern because the mass gathering, which involves more than 2 million participants from over 184 countries each year, can facilitate the acquisition and spread of bacterial pathogens. “Hajj pilgrims therefore have the potential to disseminate or acquire [antibiotic resistant] bacteria during their stay in Saudi Arabia and to spread these bacteria when returning to their home country,” the authors write.Jun 24 Travel Med Infect Dis abstractAnother MERS case confirmed in Riyadh The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) said there was another case of MERS-CoV in Riyadh, the site of three concurrent hospital-based outbreaks, late last week.A 70-year-old Saudi man is in critical condition after being diagnosed as having Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The man’s source of infection is under investigation, but he was not a healthcare worker.The MOH also said a previously reported case, a 47-year-old expatriate man in Riyadh, has died from MERS.The new cases bring Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV total since 2012 total 1,667, including 680 deaths. Thirteen people are still being treated for their infections, the MOH said in its latest update today.Jun 23 MOH report Jun 27 MOH reportNew Mexico reports 2 more cases of human plagueThe New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced two more human cases of plague yesterday, bringing the state’s total this year to three.  All three cases have been reported in Santa Fe County.The new cases were confirmed in two women, ages 52 and 62. The women, like the first patient identified on Jun 7, are hospitalized. So far, there have been no deaths.Plague is a serious and sometimes fatal bacterial infection transmitted to humans via flea bites or contact with infected animals.”Pets that are allowed to roam and hunt can bring infected fleas from dead rodents back into the home, putting you and your children at risk,” said Paul Ettestad, DVM, public health veterinarian for the NMDOH in a press release. “Keeping your pets at home or on a leash and using an appropriate flea control product is important to protect you and your family.”Last year there were four human plague cases in New Mexico with no fatalities. In 2015 there were also four cases, including one death.Jun 26 NMDOH press release Cat bite suspected as source of Minnesota woman’s tularemia infectionThe Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently notified health providers about a human tularemia case in Dakota County, located in the southern Twin Cities metro area. It occurred in a 60-year-old woman who got sick after she was bitten by a stray cat.The woman suffered the bite on May 10 and became ill May 13 with headache, muscle aches, worsening wound infection, lymphadenopathy, and fever, according to a Jun 21 HAN notice. She was hospitalized twice for a total of 6 days. Clinicians isolated Francisella tularensis from her bite wound.Tularemia in Minnesota is rare in animals and humans, the MDH said, adding that in 2016, however, cases were detected in 3 people, 12 cats, and 2 rabbits, an increase over previous years.Jun 21 MDH HAN notice Latest HPV vaccine follow-up finds further prevalence drop, herd immunityIn the latest study to gauge the impact of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine since it was first routinely recommended for girls in 2006, researchers found that 8 years following introduction, the vaccine decreased prevalence of the four strains covered by the vaccine by 71% in 14- to 19-year-olds and that its effectiveness is high at 83%.Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based their findings on HPV prevalence based on self-collected cervicovaginal swabs collected as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHNES). The samples have been collected since 2003, which allowed the group to compare HPV prevalence before and after the vaccine was introduced. Earlier studies have already confirmed benefits of the vaccine, and the latest study, published yesterday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, looked at NHNES data through 2014 and explored other issues, such as possible herd protection and cross-protection against other strains.For the 20- to 24-year-old age-group, the team saw a 61% decline from prevaccine levels, but they didn’t see a significant decline for women ages 25 to 29 or 30 to 34. They said the larger increases in the current study for the two younger age-groups reflect increasing vaccine coverage.For the first time in the US population, researchers saw a significant decline (34%) in the vaccine HPV types in unvaccinated women, which suggests herd protection, another consequence of rising vaccine coverage.The 83% vaccine effectiveness observed, though high, was still less than the greater-than-96% level seen in clinical trials, which the researchers said could reflect the fact that the study probably included some females who were infected before vaccination and some who did not receive the whole vaccine series.The study didn’t find strong evidence of cross-protection or any worrisome increases in HPV types that aren’t included in the four-strain vaccine.Jun 26 J Infect Dis abstract Belgium reports two more H5N8 outbreaksIn the latest avian flu outbreak developments, Belgium reported two more highly pathogenic H5N8 events, according to a report today from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The country has reported several outbreaks since early June. The newest ones involve nonpoultry species including wild birds at two locations in Hainaut province in the west.Outbreaks began on Jun 20 and Jun 22, killing 57 of 86 susceptible birds. The surviving ones were slated for culling. Authorities said the source of the virus was the introduction of new live animals.Jun 27 OIE report on H5N8 in Belgiumlast_img read more

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Mitchell International Names Erez Nir as Senior Vice President of Technology

first_imgLSI 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 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.  SAN DIEGO, CA — Mitchell International has promoted Erez Nir to the position of senior vice president of technology. In his new role Nir will be responsible for driving Mitchell’s technology strategy, continuing their efforts to introduce market-leading solutions and elevating the company’s commitment to innovation. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement He joined Mitchell two years ago as vice president of software development. Prior to Mitchell, Nir served as vice president of information engineering for San Diego, CA-based Wingcast, a joint venture between Ford Motor Co. and Qualcomm. In addition, he also worked as vice president of product management and marketing at Mobilitec as well as senior director of software development at Motorola. “I am delighted to appoint Erez as leader of Mitchell’s technology efforts. His wealth of technology experience, proven track record of execution and his sound understanding of our customers’ needs will be instrumental to ensuring that our carrier and shop customers continue to benefit from highly differentiated solutions well into the future,” said Marc Brungger, executive vice president. “Technology is the critical enabler for a world-class ‘voice of the customer’ effort. The voice of Mitchell’s customers determines how we design and deliver our solutions and Erez has proven to be highly skilled at translating our customers’ needs into market-defining products.” For more information about Mitchell International, visit: http://www.mitchell.com.,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 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.  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.last_img read more

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Rep. Gary Peters Named MEMA’s 2010 Industry Champion

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — Bob McKenna, president and CEO of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), has announced that Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) will be this year’s recipient of the Joseph M. Magliochetti Industry Champion Award, a special recognition given to elected officials who have shown outstanding leadership on behalf of motor vehicle parts manufacturers. The Industry Champion Award is given annually in memory of Joseph M. Magliochetti, a previous MEMA chairman who also served as the chairman and CEO of the Dana Corp. until his death in 2003. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “The past 18 months have proved extraordinarily difficult for parts suppliers,” said McKenna. “Our members continue to face a weakened national economy and reduced access to credit, and yet we as an industry remain the nation’s largest manufacturing employer and a leader in producing the parts and technology that make today’s vehicles safer and more fuel-efficient. “Rep. Peters has played a key role in helping his Congressional colleagues understand the unique challenges the supplier industry is facing,” McKenna continued. “His leadership directly led to passage of a bill in the House that would significantly help suppliers continue to develop technologies that will be necessary for the next generation of vehicles.” McKenna also noted Peters’ support of tax credits for heavy duty safety and hybrid technology as well as his efforts to open up credit to small manufacturers. “In his short tenure in the House, he has truly done outstanding work on behalf of our industry. We are very pleased to present him with the Industry Champion Award,” McKenna concluded. “I am honored by this recognition,” said Peters. “I have more auto suppliers in my district than any other member of Congress, so helping auto suppliers weather the economic storm and transition into new technologies means jobs in my community. Auto suppliers and other small businesses are the engine of our economy and if we create an environment in which they can grow, they will lead our economic renewal.”Advertisement Peters will receive the award at MEMA’s upcoming Legislative Summit, scheduled for April 28-29 in Washington D.C. Other confirmed participants include Nicole Lamb-Hale, assistant secretary of commerce for Manufacturing and Services; political commentator Charlie Cook; and leading economist Kathryn Kobe.last_img read more

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Jim John Named Director of Automotive Program Development and Recruiting at Northwood University

first_imgMIDLAND, Mich. — Northwood University recently announced a role change for Jim John, who was formerly chair of the aftermarket management program at Northwood University. He has now been named director of automotive program development and recruiting for the university.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement As director of automotive program development and recruiting, John will be working with the admissions staff on all three Northwood campuses to promote the automotive/heavy duty truck programs with high schools and community colleges. He will help to promote Northwood’s automotive/heavy duty truck programs with the various programmed distribution groups and auto parts retailers via contacts with their corporate headquarters and during annual meetings with their members. In addition, John will work with Northwood’s advancement department to raise funds for scholarships and other programs that will benefit the university. Teaching at Northwood University for the past 18 years, John has made several contributions to the university. He received the Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award in 2009 and was awarded Northwood University’s Faculty Excellence Award in 2002. He has also been awarded the Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional designation (MAAP). John has been associated with the automotive aftermarket for more than 40 years and has worked for such companies as the Champion Spark Plug Co., NAPA and Triad Systems Corp. (Activant). He is a graduate of the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Automotive Aftermarket Professional Program and has served on the Scholarship Committee of SEMA and the AAIA Education Committee.Advertisement The position of chair of the aftermarket management program will now be held by Larry Silvey. “Larry Silvey has an excellent technological background. With all the changes technologically in the aftermarket, Larry will be a good fit for teaching at Northwood,” said John.last_img read more

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Bridgestone’s John Baratta To Retire

first_imgFrom Tire ReviewAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementJohn Baratta, Bridgestone Americas president of consumer replacement tire sales, U.S. & Canada, will retire after 34 years with the company, effective March 1.Bridgestone has promoted current vice president of consumer replacement tire sales, Erik Seidel, as Baratta’s successor.Baratta joined the company when it was a Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in 1983 as a tire sales manager in Charleston, South Carolina. Baratta climbed the ranks of the Bridgestone consumer tire business through the next two decades, and in 2008, he was named president of consumer replacement for North America.“John has been an outstanding member of our team, and his contributions to the consumer tire group have been fundamental to the growth and success of Bridgestone Americas,” said TJ Higgins, president, integrated consumer tire division, U.S. & Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “We wish John the very best in retirement and are excited for Erik to take on this role. Erik shares John’s passion for our customers, and he is the right person to build upon the success of John’s leadership.”Seidel joined Bridgestone in 2013 as vice president of brand marketing for the consumer tire business and led the company’s brand-building efforts, developing product launches such as the DriveGuard tire line. He was promoted to his current position in June 2015, where he worked alongside Baratta. Prior to joining Bridgestone, Seidel worked at Kimberly-Clark Corp. managing brands and P&Ls for VIVA Towels, the Scott brand and Huggies.Advertisement“Erik has quickly demonstrated his ability to strengthen relationships, build trust and drive growth,” said Baratta. “I am excited for him to take on this role and have full confidence that his leadership will allow Bridgestone to achieve our vision of becoming an indispensable business partner.”Seidel has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a Masters of Business Administration and a master’s degree in manufacturing management from Northwestern University.last_img read more

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Wanted By ICE, Two Frozen In Legal Limbo

first_imgWith deportation looming over their heads, two men arrested recently by Sag Harbor Village police remain in jail, in a form of legal limbo. One of them faces certain deportation, according to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The other’s fate remains much more uncertain.Antonie Chin, 38, of Riverhead, Marco Saban, 36, of Southampton, and a man identified by ICE as Hector Anibal Suroy Velasquez, 25, also known as Eduardo Velasquez, 24, were in Sag Harbor, looking for the owner of a landscaping company on Rysam Street the afternoon of June 5. They knocked on the door and entered what they believed to be the landscaper’s house, according to Velasquez’s attorney, Rita Bonicelli.They had entered the wrong house. The resident of the house they entered called police, as the men fled. The three were arrested, charged with trespassing.While Saban had to be released in order to be admitted to the hospital for a medical condition, the other two have been in custody since.Velasquez and Chin, both from Guatemala, were brought to Sag Harbor Village Justice Court on Friday, June 22. Chin’s attorney, Robert Santucci, huddled with him, speaking through a translator. After 20 minutes, they came out of the conference room. Santucci said as he walked toward the courtroom that Chin was ready to make a deal.“He’s got no priors,” Santucci said. “He has been in the country for 14 years.” Most important, Santucci said, there was no ICE detainer for Chin. In Santucci’s mind, Chin would be sentenced to time served, and likely released that day.However, when Chin stood before Sag Harbor Village Justice Lisa Rana, Santucci learned that there appeared to be an ICE detainer request after all, according to paperwork the judge had received from the jail, even though the actual detainer document was not on file with the court.This has become an increasingly common occurrence in East End courthouses, detainer requests without an accompanying detainer request form, with judges and defense attorneys operating in the dark as to the actual status of defendants in relation to ICE.One example in recent weeks is that of Francisco Lauro Mones-Tonacatl. He had been arrested by East Hampton Village police May 11 on a felony drunk driving charge. There was no detainer document on file.Mones-Tonacatl’s attorney, Matthew D’Amato, not knowing that a hold request had been made with the police, told the court during the arraignment that his client would be posting the $5000 bail amount set by Justice Rana, who also sits in East Hampton. Mones-Tonacatl’s family raised the $5000, and posted it, only to learn that he would not be freed after all. He is currently in ICE custody.A similar situation played itself out in East Hampton last week. D’Amato asked Justice Rana if there was a detainer on a defendant. “I don’t see one but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything,” she replied. That defendant posted $300 bail immediately and was released. Velasquez and Chin both had bail set at $500 when they were first arrested.After Justice Rana told Santucci Friday that there appeared to be a hold request on Chin, she added that Chin needed to consult with an immigration attorney, to learn the ramifications of entering a guilty plea to his remaining in the United States.For Velasquez, it is the second time he has been picked up by ICE. “He has already been removed from the country,” Rachael Yong Yow, spokeswoman for ICE, said Monday. Velasquez had been picked up in Texas in 2011. Once deported, “his final order of removal is automatically renewed,” meaning it is still valid for ICE to act on.Bonicelli, who was appointed by the court to represent Velasquez, explored bringing in an immigration attorney to consult before taking a plea, as well. However, it appears that no matter what an immigration attorney advises Velasquez, he is headed for deportation. “It is the prerogative of the local jurisdiction,” Yong Yow explained about the process. ICE will not pick him up until the local matter is resolved in court.“The options that are facing him are challenging,” Bonicelli said about Velasquez. “It would be helpful if I could find a family member, or an outside support system who could help him get through these challenges.”“If you are alone in the system, without anyone on the outside, when you have immigration issues, and you get taken into the system, there is no one there to look out for you,” said Colin Astarita, a local attorney who has dealt extensively with similar cases and was in the courtroom that day on an unrelated matter. “There are times when people can post bond, if they have family, even if they have been convicted or are in jail, they can post bond and have a chance within the immigration system.”Both men will be brought back to Sag Harbor July 7. Sharelast_img read more

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Entegris and Spectrum Materials celebrate new China facility

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