New Technologies Are Not a Threat, but the CIO’s Biggest Opportunity

first_imgAs I travel around the region, it is incredibly valuable to meet with CEOs and CIOs where they live and do business, and hear directly from them what keeps them up at night. Whether in London or Bucharest, all share concerns about ‘the future’ and the role emerging technologies will play in transforming their business for the better – without throwing out what is working today with the bath water. Another common discussion point for both groups is the changing role of the CIO – how they are now seen as not only the person who is keeping the technology running, but as a key player in deciphering emerging technologies and identifying which innovation projects will help propel them forward – so they can disrupt before being disrupted.The impact of emerging technologies on the way we run our businesses and the evolving relationship between humans and machines is something Dell Technologies has been exploring over the past year, with our latest ‘Realizing 2030’ global research project with Vanson Bourne surveying 3,800 business leaders forecasting the next era of human-machine partnerships and how they intend to prepare. The results were pretty unanimous with leaders agreeing we’re on the cusp of immense change, with 82% of those surveyed expecting humans and machines to work as integrated teams within their organization inside of 5 years. However, they’re divided over what this shift will mean for them, their business and even the world at large. To share just a few of these divided opinions:50% of business leaders think automated systems will free-up their time – meaning the other half don’t not share this belief42% believe they’ll have more job satisfaction in the future by offloading the tasks they don’t want to do to machines58% don’t share this prediction. If they don’t change their opinion, they will keep doing tasks that could easily be automated and will continue to lack time for higher order pursuits that focus on creativity, education and strategyCharting a course for the future given the rapidly changing environment is hard enough as it is. If business leaders have to deal with the polarizing viewpoints described above, then confidently making the right decisions to transform their business is going to be even more challenging. Fortunately, this is where the CIO can really come into his or her own. The ‘Realizing 2030’ research also revealed that business leaders do agree on the need to change and that emerging technologies like AI, AR and VR can be leveraged to speed up digital transformation.So how can the CIO take these insights and demonstrate their strategic role in mapping out the direction the organisation needs to take?Lead with the technology. No one in the organisation knows as much about technology as the CIO. It is through innovative use of technology, namely software, that start-ups are disrupting established companies. A technologist to the bone, the CIO not only knows which technologies can be used to attack the company’s position, but can also play a leadership role in identifying how the company can use technology to pre-empt disruption or move the goalposts to their advantage. However, as I discussed in my previous blog on the seven habits of the effective hybrid CIO, the future forward CIO needs to have more than technology know how, but a deep understanding of the strategic business and financial goals of the company to turn that technology insight into a roadmap to the future that the board will buy into.Follow the data. If there is one thing leadership teams understand, it’s numbers and the CIO is the master of all data. It’s key to understanding customer behavior, to analyzing operational efficiency and improving customer service. The CIO can use this data to look backwards and forward, combining the advanced analytics of historical data with real-time data collection to tell a company where to go next. This also positions the CIO to be the best choice to set the metrics and KPIs which will better direct digital business transformation.Be human. There is a tendency when talking technology to be totally binary or metrics focused, but a key success factor in any organisation’s transformation is their people. So the CIO needs to balance driving change at the right speed, without going too fast and losing valuable resources along the way. The CIO needs to set the tone and clearly explain why change is necessary and what it will mean to the organisation – in fact, our research found the number one top tip to accelerate digital transformation from business leaders was to secure employee buy-in on a company’s digital transformation vision and values. Together with the CEO, the CIO will convince people of the vision for the future, showing the immense possibilities on the horizonThis is a great moment for CIOs to shine, both in translating emerging technologies into reality, and showing the strategic value that they can create. The role of the CIO is multifaceted and needs to look at every challenge and opportunity through different lenses. Every new technology begs a thorough investigation, both from a technological point of view and a business one. Does this emerging technology have staying power or is it just a passing fad? Can it be easily integrated into the overall architecture of the organisation? Will it drive forward our IT, security and workforce transformation? Can it help to differentiate our service offering in order to catapult the company to become a contender in the next era? These are the questions that need to be answered to make the right technology decisions for all organisations as they navigate this new era of emerging technologies, and the CIO is uniquely positioned to separate the hype along the way to hyper-growth.last_img read more

Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Noms Announced; Cast Your Vote!

first_img View Comments Your nominations for the 2016 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards are in and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit Hamilton garnered a massive 27 nods, breaking Spring Awakening ‘s 2007 record of 21. The revival of Noises Off received the most nominations of any play, with six. Voting will end on May 4 at 5PM ET. Winners will be announced shortly after.Actors are eligible for multiple categories, and School of Rock’s Alex Brightman led the pack with four nods. Meanwhile, screen superstars Keira Knightley (Therese Raquin), Jessica Lange (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Lupita Nyong’o (Eclipsed), Michelle Williams (Blackbird), Jennifer Hudson (The Color Purple) and Saoirse Ronan (The Crucible) all made the shortlist.The Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards are the only major theater awards voted on by Broadway’s biggest cheerleaders: the fans. Shortly after its launch in 2000, the editors of Broadway.com realized that the Broadway community was missing an award from the people: the actual theatergoers who fill the seats, root for the stars and keep Broadway alive.Polls are now closed. Thanks for voting!See below for a full list of nominees.Favorite New MusicalAllegianceHamiltonSchool of RockTuck EverlastingWaitressFavorite New PlayAn Act of GodEclipsedThe HumansKing Charles IIIMiseryFavorite Musical RevivalThe Color PurpleFiddler on the RoofShe Loves MeShuffle AlongSpring AwakeningFavorite Play RevivalA View from the BridgeBlackbirdThe CrucibleNoises OffSylviaFavorite Long-Running ShowThe Book of MormonFun HomeLes MiserablesSomething Rotten!WickedFavorite TourA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderBeautiful: The Carole King MusicalThe Book of MormonNewsiesWickedFavorite Leading Actor in a MusicalAlex Brightman, School of RockDanny Burstein, Fiddler on the RoofZachary Levi, She Loves MeLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonLeslie Odom Jr., HamiltonFavorite Leading Actress in a MusicalLaura Benanti, She Loves MeCynthia Erivo, The Color PurpleJessie Mueller, WaitressLea Salonga, AllegiancePhillipa Soo, HamiltonFavorite Leading Actor in a PlayMatthew Broderick, SylviaJeff Daniels, BlackbirdJesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully CommittedJames Earl Jones, The Gin GameJim Parsons, An Act of GodFavorite Leading Actress in a PlayAnnaleigh Ashford, SylviaKeira Knightley, Therese RaquinJessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into NightLupita Nyong’o, EclipsedMichelle Williams, BlackbirdFavorite Featured Actor in a MusicalDaveed Diggs, HamiltonJonathan Groff, HamiltonChristopher Jackson, HamiltonAndy Mientus, Spring AwakeningAnthony Ramos, HamiltonFavorite Featured Actress in a MusicalSierra Boggess, School of RockRenée Elise Goldsberry, HamiltonJennifer Hudson, The Color PurpleJasmine Cephas Jones, HamiltonKrysta Rodriguez, Spring AwakeningFavorite Featured Actor in a PlayBill Camp, The CrucibleDaniel Davis, Noises OffChristopher Fitzgerald, An Act of GodJohn Gallagher Jr., Long Day’s Journey Into NightRob McClure, Noises OffFavorite Featured Actress in a PlayMegan Hilty, Noises OffJudith Light, Therese RaquinAndrea Martin, Noises OffSaoirse Ronan, The CrucibleJulie White, SylviaFavorite Funny PerformanceAnnaleigh Ashford, SylviaLaura Benanti, She Loves MeAlex Brightman, School of RockDaveed Diggs, HamiltonJonathan Groff, HamiltonFavorite Diva PerformanceJonathan Groff, HamiltonMegan Hilty, Noises OffJennifer Hudson, The Color PurpleJane Krakowski, She Loves MeAudra McDonald, Shuffle AlongFavorite Onstage PairLaura Benanti & Zachary Levi, She Loves MeSierra Boggess & Alex Brightman, School of RockAlex Boniello & Daniel Durant, Spring AwakeningLin-Manuel Miranda & Leslie Odom Jr., HamiltonLin-Manuel Miranda & Phillipa Soo, HamiltonFavorite Breakthrough Performance (Male)Alex Brightman, School of RockDaveed Diggs, HamiltonAustin McKenzie, Spring AwakeningOkieriete Onaodowan, HamiltonAnthony Ramos, HamiltonFavorite Breakthrough Performance (Female)Cynthia Erivo, The Color PurpleSandra Mae Frank, Spring AwakeningJasmine Cephas Jones, HamiltonJennifer Hudson, The Color PurplePhillipa Soo, HamiltonFavorite Replacement (Male)Alfie Boe, Les MiserablesWayne Brady, Kinky BootsTaye Diggs, Hedwig and the Angry InchRory O’Malley, HamiltonAndrew Rannells, HamiltonFavorite Replacement (Female)Misty Copeland, On the TownMontego Glover, Les MiserablesRebecca Luker, Fun HomeGabriella Pizzollo, Fun HomeRachel Tucker, WickedFavorite New Song“Alexander Hamilton,” Hamilton“My Shot,” Hamilton“The Room Where It Happens,” Hamilton“Satisfied,” Hamilton“The Schuyler Sisters,” HamiltonShows with Multiple NominationsHamilton – 27The Color Purple – 6Noises Off – 6School of Rock – 6She Loves Me – 6Spring Awakening – 6Sylvia – 5An Act of God – 3Blackbird – 3The Crucible – 3Fun Home – 3Les Miserables – 3Wicked – 3Allegiance – 2Eclipsed – 2Fiddler on the Roof – 2Shuffle Along – 2Therese Raquin – 2Waitress – 2Performers with Multiple NominationsAlex Brightman (School of Rock) – 4Laura Benanti (She Loves Me) – 3Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) – 3Jonathan Groff (Hamilton) – 3Jennifer Hudson (The Color Purple) – 3Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) – 3Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) – 3Annaleigh Ashford (Sylvia) – 2Sierra Boggess (School of Rock) – 2Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) – 2Megan Hilty (Noises Off) – 2Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton) – 2Zachary Levi (She Loves Me) – 2Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) – 2Anthony Ramos (Hamilton) – 2 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomineeslast_img read more

Broadway Stars Circle Up & Sing Out for #BlackLivesMatter

first_img Michael Luwoye Star Files View Comments Adrienne Walker Michael Luwoye and Members of Broadway Circle Up(Photo: Stina Hamlin/State Media) Ephraim Sykescenter_img Poet and Hamilton performer Daniel J. Watts recently partnered with Stina Hamlin, Jonathan Lee, Sasha Hutchings and Ephraim Sykes to send a message through words and song in response to repeated violence and police brutality against black citizens. They assembled a group of over 100 Broadway stars and artists from their own shows and others including The Color Purple, The Lion King and Shuffle Along to sing out for love, anger, resilience and hope. Among the crowd in the touching performance, titled “Broadway Circle Up – This Is How We Shoot Back,” are Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, Kyle Scatliffe, Michael Luwoye, Christopher Jackson, Chester Gregory, L. Steven Taylor, Amber Iman and Adrienne Walker. Take a look at the 360-degree video, which was filmed at the Minskoff Theatre, directed by Hamlin, below. Daniel J. Watts View All (5) L. Steven Taylorlast_img read more

Vermont Yankee automatically shutdown

first_imgThe Vermont Yankee nuclear power station automatically shut down yesterday at approximately 3:25 pm.  The plant was at 70 percent of its normal output after restarting from its refueling and maintenance outage. Plant systems responded safely as designed. Plant technicians are investigating the cause of the shutdown. Initial indications are that the shutdown was caused by a problem 345KV switchyard located outside the plant. There has been no release of radiation. The plant will be restart after the problem has been identified and repairs have been completed. Source: Vermont Yankee. 5.26.2010last_img read more

California utility PG&E makes it official, files for bankruptcy protection

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:Power provider PG&E filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, succumbing to liabilities stemming from wildfires in Northern California in 2017 and 2018.The owner of the biggest U.S. power utility has filed a motion seeking court approval for a $5.5 billion debtor-in-possession financing, it said in a statement. PG&E listed assets of $71.39 billion and liabilities of $51.69 billion, in a court document filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.PG&E, which had a debt burden of more than $18 billion, said earlier this month it would need to pursue a court-supervised reorganization in the aftermath of the blazes, including November’s so-called Camp Fire. The Camp Fire broke out on the morning of Nov. 8 near the mountain community of Paradise, sweeping through the town and killing at least 86 people, in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history.Reinsurance company Munich Re termed the Camp Fire as the world’s most expensive natural disaster of 2018 and earlier this month pegged the overall losses from it at $16.5 billion.PG&E, which filed for bankruptcy once before in 2001, warned in November it could face “significant liability” in excess of its insurance coverage if its equipment was found to have caused the Camp Fire and other destructive wildfires.The San Francisco-based company provides electricity and natural gas to more than six million customers in Northern California. Last year, lawmakers gave it permission to raise rates to cover wildfire losses from 2017. But elected officials this month showed little appetite for new rate hikes or other maneuvers to prevent a bankruptcy filing.More: PG&E, owner of biggest US power utility, files for bankruptcy California utility PG&E makes it official, files for bankruptcy protectionlast_img read more

Peruvian Service Members Train to Battle Dengue, Chikungunya

first_imgIt was the result of a cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) and the National Institute of Health that has been operational since 2014 and is supported by the Health Directorate II – Lima South, as well as Regional Health Directorates for other parts of the country. The government plans on using the annual program to train 240 SMV Troops who are in the their second year of voluntary Military service; they can then join the regional government to work in community health. “There are many communities in Peru that are not well informed about public health,” Anderson said. “It is important for service members – through these trainings – to help civilian society to learn what the risks and causes are if they discover a person is infected.” Those graduates will ”assist in risk and damage prevention actions in their communities, particularly in cases of high incidence outbreaks like dengue and chikungunya, as well as activities to promote health and disease prevention,” according to the INS, which, along with the Health Directorate (DIRESA) of Piura, coordinated the classes for SMV Troops at Military bases in Callao, Lima and Ucayali. Protecting the civilian population To ameliorate the situation, the First Artillery Brigade is manufacturing about 100,000 ABATE pumps to protect civilians from dengue, chikungunya and malaria by eradicating mosquito larvae, preventing the disease from spreading. Meanwhile, the Armed Forces is also helping combat the disease in thousands of homes; 40 Peruvian service members from the First Cavalry Brigade, in coordination with the regional DIRESA in Piura, provided support for abatement at more than 1,800 homes in the town of Santa Teresita and in the district of Bellavista on June 26. And six days earlier, the Military, working with health agencies, fumigated all the facilities at the Inclán Barracks as a precaution. INS Chief Ernesto Gozzer Infante led the graduation ceremony, which was also attended by Brigadier General José Rispigliosi, Chief of Staff for the Army First Division. The 400 hours of training will help young service members between the ages of 18-25 aid those suffering from the deadly fevers; those who completed the course at the Miguel Grau Military Barracks in Piura are considered “public health technicians, and are now ready to join Health Brigades under the Regional Health Directorates,” Peru’s Army reported in a statement. Peru’s Ministry of Defense workers and 41 Voluntary Military Service (SMV) members recently completed classes offered by the National Institute of Health (INS) to combat dengue and chikungunya. center_img Medical professionals trained the first group of SMV Troops from July 14 – November 20, 2014 — 85 young Soldiers who were assigned to Military Fort Alfredo Vargas Guerra in Iquitos, with Troops from the Army’s First Brigade Special Forces in Chorrillos and the Callao Naval Base also participating in the public safety course. Since then, starting in January, 114 SMV Soldiers at the Voluntary Military Service contingents based at Pucallpa Naval Base, the Army General Barracks (Pentagonito) and the Naval Medical Center have received training. The instruction’s also saving lives in a dangerous situation. In mid-July, health authorities reported 32 cases of endemic transmission of chikungunya — 31 in the northwest region of Tumbes and one in Piura, which neighbors Tumbes — according to Sin Embargo. And on July 18, authorities extended a state of health emergency for 90 days in the province of Piura after 22 people died from dengue and the first endemic cases of chikungunya fever were detected. The health emergency remains in place in the regions of Tumbes and La Libertad. By Dialogo July 30, 2015 I am elderly. Do you think I can get the course to help my siblings and/or others who need it. I lived in Lima? It is very good and important to give instruction on his knowledge to those who are farthest from the city. I think it’s excellent to prepare boys with any kind of activity geared toward their future and the good of the country. Of course you can take the class to help your relatives. Do it. This training effort is beneficial, since every sector should be ready to prevent illnesses in the communities and this way we will improve the populations’ quality of life. It is a worthwhile humanitarian effort in the country; it should be replicated on a national level to fight different diseases. We would like to thank you for sending us interesting articles. We would also like to have the audio files to use them on our radio stations.. Promoting public health “All of this instruction is an important pillar for the youth in voluntary military service,” said César Ortiz Anderson, president of Peru’s Pro Citizen Safety Association (APROSEC). “They have the option of continuing a career in the Armed Forces, and for many young people it’s valuable to be a representative of the Peruvian Army, Navy or Air Force.” The training focused on “promoting health, the foundations of public health, vigilance over water quality, surveilling and controlling vectors, food conservation, oversight for solid waste, oversight prevention and the control over select multi-environment zoonotic diseases,” Peru’s Navy reported. last_img read more

Gordon the gaffer

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The most-loved NPD from our Instagram this year

first_img9. Barratt Mini BagsSweet-toothed scrollers loved the look of Barratt’s November launch, which saw the brand put classic sweet varieties into mini bags. The £1 multipacks contained Shrimps & Bananas, Jelly Beans, Mini Bears and Strawberry Milkshake Bottles. 3. Deliciously Ella Vegan Ready MealsShe’s one of the most prominent (and most followed) vegan influencers on social media, so it’s no surprise that the new ready meals from Deliciously Ella went down a storm on Insta. Our followers loved the look of the plant-based recipes, which included Sweet Potato & Black Bean Shepherd’s Pie and Cauliflower & Lentil Dahl. 2. Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire BasesCashing in on the craze for Yorkshire pudding wraps, Aunt Bessie’s launched its frozen Yorkshire Bases in November. The likes flooded in and commenters expressed their excitement for making their own Yorkie creations at home, with one summing it up: ‘Aunt Bessie is a genius!’ 7. Jaffa Cakes NibblesJaffa Cakes took on a brand new form when McVitie’s launched Nibbles earlier this month. Instagram certainly approved of the treats, which are available in snack packs and share bags, with more than one commenter calling them a ‘game changer’. From crisps and confectionery to popcorn and plant-based, The Grocer’s Instagram features the most exciting launches coming to UK supermarkets before they land on shelves. Here are the top 10 products that had our followers double-tapping this year,10. Propercorn Microwaveable PopcornPropercorn claimed a UK first in October with its palm oil-free microwaveable popcorn, which launched in Sweet, Salted and Cinnamon flavours. Given the current hype around palm oil (catapulted into the mainstream by Iceland’s banned Christmas ad) it’s not surprising this product made our most-loved list. 4. Walkers Christmas CrispsAs can be expected, the ‘first ever’ Brussels sprout crisps from Walkers sparked some controversy on this post. ‘They have gone too far’, said one commenter, while another asked, ‘is it wrong we really want to try these?’ Sprouts aside, the other (less contentious) festive flavours included Pigs in Blankets and Turkey & Stuffing (swipe the picture below to see them). center_img 1. Cadbury Easter RangeEven before Halloween and Christmas were out of the way, confectionery lovers were getting very egg-cited for the new range of Easter treats from Cadbury. In fact, more than 500 people showed their love for the new eggs and Twisted share bags, making it our most-loved post of 2018. 8. Fox’s Party MilkshakesContinuing the mini bag and milkshake themes, Fox’s new launch was also a hit on our account. The brand launched the strawberry & banana iced biscuits in October. 6. Mr Kipling Christmas rangeChristmas came early for Mr Kipling fans when we shared its festive offering in October. The new range included Raspberry & Vanilla Candy Cane Slices and a Chocolate & Caramel Reindeer Cake.  5. Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian PizzasThe latest offering from Linda McCartney’s stuck a chord with non-meat eaters on Instagram, making it our most commented post to date. Veggies were excited by the flavours, which included Arrabiata Chicken and Chorizo & Chilli, although some commenters were disappointed the pizzas weren’t vegan.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Victorious Over Lady Eagles On Senior Night

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs honored their seven seniors on Thursday night as they hosted the Heritage Christian Lady Eagles. Georgia Gratz, Hailey Mohr, Ellie Waechter, Ashlyn Czerniak, Caitlynn Werner, and Gabby Gibbs were all recognized before the game for their 4 year dedication to the team.Once the whistle blew, Batesville went to work early and were able to get a lead 6 minutes into the contest. Lauren Gutzwiller was taken down inside the penalty box and Batesville was awarded the penalty kick. Carlie Werner stepped up and put away the penalty kick easily putting the Lady Bulldogs up 1-0. Batesville would add two more goals in the half. Senior captain Georgia Gratz was able to find the back of the net for her 17th score of the season off an assist by co-captain Liz Heidlage. Werner netted her second goal after some nifty moves along the end line to dance around the Lady Eagle defender and slip the shot near post past the Heritage Christian goalie. Batesville outshot Heritage Christian 15-3 in the first half.In the second half, Heritage Christian began to find some success on the counter-attack. With 23 minutes to go in the match, #13 Byers was able to get behind the Batesville back line and buried the shot into the far corner to make it 3-1. Batesville was able to stop the momentum with 2 more goals of their own. Both of the goals came from Davalos on direct kicks. Gratz drew a foul just outside the 18, and Davalos was able to bend the shot around the wall and into the back of the net. With 2 minutes to play, Davalos had a direct kick from 35 yards out that went up and over the goalie for the 5th Lady Bulldog score. 12 seconds to go in the game, Liz Heidlage looked to make a well-timed tackle on a Lady Eagle forward and the official signaled for a penalty kick. #4 VanderMeer put the PK away to round out the scoring to end 5-2.Batesville will finish off their regular season for a chance to win conference against East Central. Both teams sit 6-0 in conference and will battle in St. Leon on Friday night at 5:00.JV – Batesville 2 – Heritage Christian 1Ashley Nobbe netted both goals for the Lady Bulldogs. The first came from the right wing as she lofted the shot up and over the goalkeeper. Nobbe converted the second on a penalty kick. The Lady Bulldogs wrapped up their season and it was a great team effort to come away with the victory.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Laker.last_img read more

AG Curtis Hill announces settlements with Fiat Chrysler and supplier over consumer and environmental improprieties

first_imgIndianapolis, In.—  Attorney General Curtis Hill today announced that Indiana, as a member of a coalition of states, has reached landmark settlements with Fiat Chrysler and supplier Robert Bosch. These settlements provide for combined civil-penalty payments of approximately $2.5 million to Indiana and more than $171 million to 52 jurisdictions nationwide. Bosch supplied and helped program the illegal emissions “defeat device” software used by both Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen in their diesel vehicles.“Whenever businesses take unfair advantage of Hoosier consumers or otherwise disregard Indiana state laws, they should anticipate that our office will come after them hard for whatever damages they have done,” Attorney General Hill said. “This settlement represents the fruits of such labor. We will continue to work hard every day to protect consumers and defend the rule of law.”Fiat ChryslerFollowing a nearly two-year investigation, the Office of the Attorney General found that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., its U.S. subsidiary FCA US, LLC, its Italian affiliate V.M. Motori S.p.A. and V.M. North America, Inc. – collectively, “Fiat Chrysler” – installed unlawful “defeat device” software and undisclosed Auxiliary Emissions Control Devices (“AECDs”) in 1,645 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram 1500 diesel vehicles that the automaker sold in Indiana. These vehicles are from the model years 2014-16.The Attorney General’s Office also found that Fiat Chrysler cheated on federal and state emissions tests by calibrating the vehicles’ software to conceal that the vehicles emitted higher than permitted levels of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) in real-world driving conditions. Further, Fiat Chrysler misled consumers by falsely claiming the “Eco-Diesel”-branded Jeep SUVs and Ram 1500 trucks were environmentally friendly and compliant with the law in all 50 states.The settlements announced today require Fiat Chrysler to pay Indiana $1,028,125 in civil penalties under Indiana’s consumer protection laws for deceptively and unfairly marketing, selling and leasing the vehicles to consumers. Nationwide – excluding the separate penalties the company will be required to pay to the federal government and California – the multistate agreement is expected to result in payments totaling $72.5 million to 49 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and Guam.Indiana’s settlement also prohibits Fiat Chrysler from engaging in future unfair or deceptive acts and practices in connection with its dealings with consumers. Further, it requires Fiat Chrysler to carry out its obligations under a related settlement agreement in the Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL Consumer Settlement”) pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.The MDL Consumer Settlement, once approved by the MDL court, will resolve claims brought by a national class of affected consumers. The MDL Consumer Settlement requires Fiat Chrysler to: eliminate the “defeat device” features from the relevant software through a software “flash fix”; provide eligible owners and lessees extended warranties; and, together with co-defendant Bosch, pay eligible owners who take their vehicles to authorized dealers for the software repair an average restitution of approximately $2,908 and pay lessees and former owners restitution of $990.Related settlements between Fiat Chrysler and the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board and the State of California also require Fiat Chrysler to make available 200,000 upgraded catalytic converters to mitigate air pollution across the country when installed by Fiat Chrysler vehicle owners as replacements to their existing catalytic converters.Assuming all owners and lessees nationwide participate, this will result in total available restitution of approximately $307 million, including approximately $4.7 million to affected owners and lessees of 1,645 vehicles in Indiana.The settlements with Fiat Chrysler follow earlier comprehensive settlements reached between Indiana, along with other state, federal and private actors, and Volkswagen for equipping, marketing, selling and leasing more than 570,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles with illegal “defeat devices.”  Under those settlements, Volkswagen paid Indiana civil penalties of more than $6 million, fixed or repurchased the affected vehicles, and paid restitution to Indiana consumers.BoschBosch is a multinational engineering company well known for its consumer products. It is also a major supplier to the global automotive industry. Among the products Bosch supplies to its auto manufacturing customers are the electronic control units (“ECUs”) that house the complex software that controls nearly all aspects of an engine’s performance, including emissions systems. When Volkswagen, a Bosch customer, was revealed to have systematically utilized “defeat device” software in its diesel vehicles, several states attorneys general, including Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, commenced a separate investigation into the role played by Bosch in enabling its customers to potentially violate federal and state emissions regulations. Today, after another Bosch customer, Fiat Chrysler, has settled claims that it too employed illegal “defeat devices,” the Attorney General’s Office is able to announce the conclusion of that separate investigation into Bosch’s conduct.As a result of this investigation, Attorney General Hill concluded that Bosch facilitated the implementation of the “defeat device” software in more than 600,000 Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler vehicles over a period that spanned more than a decade. Notwithstanding concerns about the illegal “defeat devices” raised internally, to management, and externally, to Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler, Attorney General Hill found that Bosch continued to assist these customers as they implemented the “defeat devices” and concealed their misconduct from regulators and the public.Under the terms of the proposed settlement with the Indiana Attorney General, Bosch will pay Indiana $1,490,940 in consumer and environmental civil penalties. The agreement also includes precedent-setting injunctive terms and requires Bosch to maintain robust processes to monitor compliance and to refuse to accommodate requests for software development and programming that could result in the installation of “defeat device” software.Today’s settlement with Bosch recognizes the important role that suppliers play in ensuring regulatory and legal compliance in the automotive industry and establishes the important precedent that those who knowingly go along with their clients’ wrongful conduct will be held accountableUnder a multistate agreement involving Indiana and 49 other jurisdictions – including Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam and all states other than California, Texas and West Virginia – Bosch will pay a total of $98.7 million under the jurisdictions’ consumer protection and environmental laws and make a separate $5 million payment to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) for training and future enforcement purposes. Under the related MDL Settlements, Bosch will also pay approximately $27.5 million to consumers who purchased or leased the affected Fiat Chrysler vehicles. Bosch earlier paid more than $275 million to consumers who purchased or leased the affected Volkswagen vehicles.Indiana’s finalized settlement documents will be available in forthcoming days.last_img read more