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Veteran Flooring Professional Joins SCS Global Services

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EMERYVILLE, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — SCS Global Services, a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, is pleased to announce that Carl Cothran has joined the company to head its certification services for the flooring industry. Cothran brings several decades of experience and leadership to the position, including extensive technical expertise in international manufacturing management.
Cothran has held key positions with well-known flooring products companies, most recently serving Senior Director of Quality Assurance for Mohawk. He has also worked for TexTure Tex Inc., Horizon Industries, Inc., Integrated Products Plant 12, and Trend Carpet Mills, overseeing projects that ranged from business development to quality assurance, especially in meeting environmental standards requirements.
“Our clients will appreciate Carl’s in depth knowledge of the flooring community’s quality issues and needs,” said Stowe Beam, Managing Director of SCS Environmental Certification Services division. “With Carl’s involvement, SCS is well positioned to continue to move our flooring certification programs in a direction that provides manufacturers around the globe with streamlined benefits and quality service.”
Cothran is based in Rome, GA, a major U.S. flooring industry hub. In his new role, he will continue the evolution of SCS’ flooring-industry focused certification and assessment programs, including: FloorScore®, the indoor air quality certification program for flooring; Green Squared®, the Tile Council of North America’s (TCNA) standard for sustainable tile and tile installation materials, and a range of other sustainable flooring standards. In addition, he will help advise companies seeking life-cycle assessment services through SCS to support Environmental Product Declarations, Health Product Declarations and Environmentally Preferable Product claims.
Cothran will be spearheading the consolidation of SCS’ flooring programs for maximum service delivery and quality assurance. He will also focus on expanding its programs into the global marketplace. His predecessor at SCS, Nicole Munoz, is transitioning to divisional quality management oversight.
SCS Global Services (formerly Scientific Certification Systems) has been a leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing and standards development for three decades. SCS programs span a wide cross-section of sectors, recognizing exemplary performance in natural resource management, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, retailing and more. SCS is a Certified B Corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practice. Its flooring clients include well-known industry leaders such as Mohawk, Roppe, and Tarkett.
Julie Gengo, Media Contact
SCS Global Services
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July 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm

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WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 vocational competition drives global workforce excellence

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— Fluke Corp. co-sponsors the 42nd bi-annual global skills event held in Leipzig, Germany, July 2nd-7th, supporting more than 1,000 vocational student competitors from around the world
EVERETT, Wash. /PRNewswire/ — What if you could bring together more than 1,000 17-to-25-year-old vocational students from around the world to demonstrate their skills and compete head-to-head to be the best in the world? That’s what WorldSkills is all about.
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WorldSkills is the largest skills competition in the world, driving global workforce excellence. Held bi-annually, WorldSkills brings together vocational students from 54 countries to compete in 45 skill areas, and draws more than 200,000 attendees. WorldSkills 2013 will be held July 2nd-7th at the famous Leipziger Messe trade fair grounds in Leipzig, Germany and will occupy 1.2 million square feet (110,000 sq. meters) of space. And for the 8th time, Fluke Corp. is one of the sponsors of this global skills event.
Fluke and/or its sister companies, Fluke Networks and Tektronix, will provide test tools to be used in eight skills categories: electrical installations, refrigeration and air conditioning, manufacturing team challenge, industrial control, electronics, aircraft maintenance, auto body repair, and information network cabling.
The company is also directly sponsoring the teams from Australia, Brazil, Columbia, India, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates through donations of test tools.
Fluke is a founding Global Industry Partner with WorldSkills International, the governing body for the competition.
“WorldSkills is a unique opportunity for vocational students to demonstrate their expertise on a world stage,” said Fluke Vice President, Global Marketing Clement Feng. “The event showcases the importance of vocational education and reflects the value that Fluke places on education and training. By creating such a highly prestigious competition, WorldSkills provides a standard of excellence and gives students and their instructors a victory to strive for. The global stage elevates the prestige of vocational training worldwide, supporting the workforce development that global industry depends on.”
For more information on WorldSkills 2013, visit:
About Fluke
Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, and metrologists who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes.
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Fluke is a registered trademark of Fluke Corporation. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. For more information, visit the Fluke website.
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July 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

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Maxthon Partners with AMD to Offer Web Browser Optimized for Next Generation APU Chips

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  • Chip and Browser Combo Reduces CPU Usage by 30 Percent While Offering Best HTML5 Video Performance

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Maxthon, a cloud-based browser, today released a new version of its Windows browser that uses a revolutionary new microprocessor from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), significantly reducing power consumption while offering superior video performance. AMD’s new Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) leverages new technology to make transactions between the graphics processing unit (GPU) and the central processing unit (CPU)  faster and more energy-efficient than ever before.

“New chip architecture like AMD’s APU product is a clear signpost to where we believe the Web technology is heading: more happening in the chip and the browser serving as more of an open standards operating system,”  said Jeff Chen, founder and CEO of Maxthon.  “We’re proud to collaborate with AMD on such an exciting step forward.”

The GPU handles the processing of rich media including graphics and video, while the CPU manages the heavy lifting of analytical and logic-based functions. Until now, communicating across these two units has depended on a serial data connection that processes millions of functions per second, often resulting in a sluggish and power-consuming Web experience.

The partnership allows Maxthon to optimize the Windows browser for lightning-quick interaction between the APU to speed up video and graphics rendering, particularly using HTML5 standards for which Maxthon is the global leader in support. Among other things, the Maxthon Cloud browser is using OpenCL for lightning quick HTML5 video post processing to offer richer, faster video.

“In the near future what we now know as TV will be mediated through a Web browser optimized for innovative technology like AMD’s APU processors,” said Karl Mattson, vice president of Maxthon International. “Among other things, that means the electronic ‘hearth’ of the TV in the family room will be freed to be available to any device connected to the Web running a browser like Maxthon.”

About Maxthon

Maxthon is an innovative software company that develops superior Web browsers that continue to set new standards for speed, security, simplicity and cloud features. It is available on the Windows, Android, iOS and Mac platforms. With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Maxthon reaches a global community of users that tops more than 120,000,000 people each month in more than 150 countries. For more information about Maxthon please visit

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Lowell Eschen

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July 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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Bealls Department Stores Deploys Fluke Networks’ Visual TruView(TM) for Complete Visibility into Network and Application Performance

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  • Visual TruView enables the 500-store retail chain to pinpoint, isolate and remediate network and application performance issues, minimizing business impact

EVERETT, Wash., June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Fluke Networks today announced that Visual TruView™, itsaward-winning unified network and application performance monitoring and troubleshooting solution, has been deployed by Bealls, Inc., one of the South’s most respected family-owned and operated retail establishments. Visual TruView gives the retail chain comprehensive visibility into all key systems and applications across more than 500 network locations, enabling immediate remediation of performance issues and minimizing the impact on its 13,000 employees, customers and sales.


Bealls’ growing e-commerce presence and its more than 100 custom, in-store and corporate business applications were causing sporadic network outages and performance issues. Without access to comprehensive real-time network data, the company’s engineering teams couldn’t quickly identify and isolate the problems, resulting in lost sales, employee frustration and customer dissatisfaction. In short, the company needed immediate visibility into network and application performance – and Visual TruView met that challenge.

“There are only two solutions I keep up and running at all times, and Visual TruView is one of them,” said David Varnum, manager of network engineering at Bealls. “It gives me complete visibility into the application layer and, when problems emerge, I can identify the source and work to fix it before it has an impact on the business. It’s our eyes and ears for the network, and it’s made the engineering team shine.”

Introduced earlier this year, Fluke Networks’ Visual TruView is the industry’s first truly unified, single-appliance network and application performance monitoring and troubleshooting solution. It leverages key data sets such as stream-to-disk packet storage, application response time, transactional decode, NetFlow and SNMP to present performance analytics through a single visual dashboard. It eliminates the need for swivel chair correlations and gives the Bealls team the ability to quickly drill down into packet-level details, if needed.

“From the moment Visual TruView went live, we had instant visibility into pressing issues and were able to immediately fix problems and do application rollups,” Varnum said. “The workflow is very logical and easy to use, and because it pulls all of the data sources we need, we can get as granular as needed to isolate an issue.”

Varnum added that, with Visual TruView’s intuitive guided workflows, the Bealls engineering team is never more than a few clicks away from isolating network performance problems. “It’s a critical tool for our day-to-day management of performance,” he said.

For more information on Visual TruView, please click here. To read more details about Bealls deployment clickhere.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centers. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit or call +1 (425) 446-4519.

For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetVISUAL, onFacebook, or on the LinkedIn Company or Group page.

Source: Fluke Networks

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July 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

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Menlo Worldwide Logistics and Temasek Polytechnic Establish Scholarship Programme, Announce 2013 Winners

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  • Signing ceremony marks launch of programme to encourage development of local Singapore graduates for logistics and supply chain management careers

SINGAPORE, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Menlo Worldwide Logistics (Menlo), the US$1.7 billion global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP), a tertiary education institution in Singapore that offers diploma courses in the areas of applied science, business, design, engineering, humanities & social sciences and informatics, today signed a memorandum of understanding to establish new scholarship programme for students pursuing careers in logistics and supply chain management.


Under the programme, Menlo has established four annual scholarships of S$2,500 each. The scholarships will be awarded to selected students in their third and final year of study at Temasek Polytechnic who are pursing Diploma in the School of Operations and Logistics Management.

The programme includes a three-month internship at a Menlo facility for each scholarship recipient, enabling the students to gain real-world, hands-on experience in logistics operations as they pursue completion of their studies. Upon graduation, and with the recommendation of their internship mentor at Menlo, graduates will be considered for full-time employment opportunities with Menlo.

The programme marks a milestone for Singapore’s educational institutions and the local logistics industry, noted Mr. Desmond Chan, Managing Director, South Asia for Menlo. “We are excited about this partnership with Temasek Polytechnic, which has a well-earned reputation for academic excellence and turning out accomplished graduates,” he said. “This is Singapore’s first integrated scholarship/internship programme focused on logistics. It will help us fulfill our needs for local hiring, while grooming future professionals and raising visibility of logistics as an attractive career in Singapore.”

“Menlo has been a longstanding and valued supporter of our diploma programme,” said Mr. Daniel Yeow, Director, School of Business, Temasek Polytechnic. “Building industry links and forming partnerships are necessary to ensure that we provide our students with an education that is real, relevant and rewarding. I am glad to note that Menlo and TP are committed towards attaining the common goal of developing and promoting logistics as a professional career amongst our younger generation.”

2013 Menlo Scholarship Recipients Announced
Menlo has announced the following Temasek Polytechnic students as the recipients of its four scholarships for the 2013 year. All are pursuing Diplomas in Logistics and Operations Management. The scholarship winners are:

  • Ong Si Ru Sharon — Sharon is a highly motivated, industrious and intelligent student who displays enthusiasm in her studies. She sets clear goals for herself and works systematically and steadfastly to achieve them. Being kind-hearted and good tempered, she is always ready to go the extra mile to help those who turn to her for help. She serves as Events Director, Main Committee for the Logistics Interest Group.
  • Lim KeWei Daryl James — Daryl has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 point scale thus far. In addition to strong academic achievement, Daryl has shown willingness and voluntary efforts in helping the needy as well as his classmates. A humble and respectful young man, Daryl has demonstrated perseverance in his ability to excel.
  • Goh Jia Xian — Jia Xian is President of the Logistics Interest Group (LIG) for the term from Oct. 2012 to present. He has proven himself to be an effective leader and team player, guiding and working closely with his team of 12 committee members. Apart from leadership and teamwork capabilities, he is also a conscientious student. Jia Xian was the recipient of the EAGLES award, given to the student with exemplary performance in Achievement, Good Leadership and Service.
  • Shen Zhi Kai Darrell — Darrell is a conscientious student, who takes initiative to ensure that his assignments and tutorials are completed timely. He contributes significantly as member of the Logistics Interest Group subcommittee, and has shown keen interest in his learning through his active participation and inquiry on the subjects taught.

As one of the region’s leading logistics providers, Menlo is playing a proactive role in creating career opportunities for local Singaporeans. The Temasek Polytechnic programme is similar to another Menlo development programme in the U.S., called “Emerging Leaders,” where new-hire college graduates are assigned mentors and placed in a track of rotating assignments to gain experience in various operational disciplines.

Menlo operates a network of seven facilities located throughout Singapore with 330 employees and provides dedicated and multi-client inventory and distribution management. The company services over 100 Singapore businesses and multi-national companies in sectors such as automotive, high-tech, consumer goods, industrial, aerospace and wine and spirits distribution.

In addition to primary warehousing for storage and distribution, Menlo also provides supply chain design and engineering, Lean continuous improvement plans, and high-value-added services like picking and packing operations, customized labeling and return management services. Menlo also operates additional multi-client logistics facilities in Southeast Asia, as well as China, India, Australia, North America and Europe.

About Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.7 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Francisco, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities. With more than 17 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Worldwide Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world.

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.6 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company based in Ann Arbor Michigan. For more information, please visit us on the Web at

About Temasek Polytechnic (TP)
Temasek Polytechnic (TP) is a significant contributor to the field of para-professional education in Singapore. TP currently offers 53 full-time diploma courses in the areas of applied science, business, design, engineering, humanities & social sciences and informatics & IT. It also offers over 40 part-time courses, up to the advanced diploma level. TP students undergo a holistic learning system that combines hands-on experience, character education and relevant life skills, in an enriching learning environment. The Polytechnic has also infused global realities into its programmes and developed a mindset on campus that embraces socio-cultural diversity. These approaches ensure that TP graduates are economy relevant, future relevant and life relevant. For more information, please visit

Source: Menlo Worldwide Logistics

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July 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

Peabody Energy Chairman and CEO Greg Boyce Recognizes China Emissions Plan That Fuels Growth With Increasing Coal Use2013-06-28 05:37

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ST. LOUIS, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Peabody Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gregory H. Boyce today praised China’s leadership for taking steps to accelerate the use of emissions control technologies across the nation’s expanding industrial sector while increasing the coal use that has fueled the nation’s stunning economic development.

China’s State Council recently announced new measures to address urban air quality through rapid upgrades to pollution controls and more stringent enforcement actions, while continuing to use more coal for electricity generation, conversion to other fuels and chemicals, and steel production. China is the world’s largest coal consumer and has led major economies with unprecedented economic growth in recent decades.

“I commend China’s cabinet for increasing the intensity of efforts to deploy modern emissions control technologies,” said Boyce following a keynote address in Canberra to Australian government and business leaders on the role of 21st Century coal. “The approach announced by China’s leaders has proven successful in the United States in the past, allowing substantial improvement in emissions from coal-fueled generation in recent decades. It addresses air quality challenges – while increasing coal use to fuel economic growth – through greater investment in and use of technology that is widely available.”

The Chinese government’s measures are consistent with energy policy recommendations made by Peabody at the 2013 China Development Forum (CDF) Economic Summit in Beijing. Invited to present economic development ideas to Chinese leaders at the forum, Boyce advanced the following three recommendations:

  • China should continue to assert its right to drive economic and social development and the betterment of the lives of its people though the use of the country’s abundant coal resources.
  • China should follow the model proven in the United States for solving urban air quality challenges, by increasing the intensity of efforts to deploy modern emissions control technology.
  • China should adopt the principles of 21st Century coal by implementing the highest standards for worker safety, resource recovery, land restoration and water use in its mining sector.

Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal company and a global leader in sustainable mining and clean coal solutions. The company serves metallurgical and thermal coal customers in more than 25 countries on six continents. For further information, go to and


Meg Gallagher

Source: Peabody Energy

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July 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

New BeagleBone Black Available from RS Components Lowers Cost of Open Hardware Computing for Application Developers

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Enhanced features of latest member of BeagleBoard family enable higher performance prototyping at reduced cost

SINGAPORE, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has announced the availability of BeagleBone Black, the latest version of BeagleBone, a credit-card sized open hardware expandable Linux computer from that connects with the Internet and runs software such as Android 4.0 and Ubuntu.

BeagleBone Black is a high-expansion focused BeagleBoard using a low-cost Sitara AM3358 1-GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor from Texas Instruments. At half the price of the original BeagleBone, and supplied with all of the necessary accessories, BeagleBone Black provides application developers with higher performance hardware and software technology at substantially lower cost than similar development platforms on the market.

BeagleBone Black’s feature set includes: on-board HDMI; 512MB DDR3 memory; 2GB on-board eMMC Flash; and a serial interface header. Whether operating standalone or in conjunction with another computer, BeagleBone Black provides developers with easy access to industry standard interfaces and a well-developed ecosystem of software and tools. The BeagleBone Black has the ability to accept up to four expansion boards or capes that can be stacked onto the expansion headers. The majority of capes designed for the original BeagleBone will also work on the BeagleBone Black.

BeagleBone Black can be purchased now from RS Components with same-day despatch. For more information, please visit

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 550,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP1.24bn.

For more information, please visit the website at

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Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
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Source: RS Components

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July 2, 2013 at 10:34 am