The EVM X-Clusive conversion for Britannia Coaches has 16 leather seatsBritannia Coaches of Dover has taken delivery of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with X-Clusive conversion, supplied by EVM Direct (0845 520 5160).It has 16 Executive Class seats finished in leather and with three-point belts, and also specified is Tarabus non-slip, wood-effect flooring.An Audio 15 upgrade entertainment system with iPod input socket is fitted, along with a PA system and speakers within the passenger service units.Climate control is via a heater booster and an Eberspächer roof-mounted saloon air-conditioning unit. Panoramic glazing is present all round: Side windows, windscreen and within the roof.
David Letterman talks with the media at the IndyCar finale Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at Sonoma, Calif.The big beard isn’t sprouting from his face because David Letterman thinks it looks dapper, plays up his features. This isn’t a cosmetic thing.The curled-up, white whiskers aren’t there to disguise him from a stalking public after his retirement from late-night comedy.No. Letterman’s beard — so big it seems to have stolen the show over the weekend at the IndyCar Series finale in Sonoma, Calif. — is there for superstitious reasons.The Indianapolis native, former host of “The Late Show” and part owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, said in an IndyCar Series video that driver Graham Rahal seemed to be more confident, bigger and stronger of late.And, strangely enough, it started happening when Letterman’s beard took root.“Graham looks different to me,” Letterman said before Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. “He looks bigger. I don’t know how that happens. When you’re talking about confidence, I’m not exactly sure where that comes from. Does it come from the outside in? Does it come from the inside out? But, it’s palpable.”And then this:“I’d like to think that my beard has something to do with it,” he said. “It’s given people a new vision. (A) greater, stronger desire and just the will to win.”2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma – David LettermanRahal, of course, didn’t win. Scott Dixon did.When asked about his beard Sunday, whether it would keep people from recognizing him, Letterman said no.Papa Smurf or blue David Letterman? You be the judge.“I think I’ll probably be beaten up,” he said.Beaten up may be a little strong. But Letterman has definitely caught some teasing on social media.He’s been compared to Santa Claus, Hershel Greene (a now-deceased farmer portrayed by Scott Wilson on “The Walking Dead”), Wolf Blitzer and Papa Smurf.[tweet https://twitter.com/byMichaelWest/status/638663669426032640%5D“Announcing the team’s name change to Rahal Kringle Lanigan Racing?” Steve Lepper, a stunt driver at SAG-AFTRA, posted on Facebook.[tweet https://twitter.com/ESPNMcGee/status/638105042914967556%5DJohn Oreovicz, an ESPN.com motorsports writer from Indy, said talk of Letterman’s beard had turned to its length by Monday.“People were joking that he trimmed it between Sunday and Monday,” he said.Some people seemed to think it could use a trim — or maybe a shave.[tweet https://twitter.com/FTHurley/status/638104845946355712%5DFollow Star reporter Dana Benbow on Twitter: @DanaBenbow.
Piers Morgan says Thomas Ince should never be able to play for England’s senior side after his Under-21s snub.The Hull winger, currently on loan at Derby, has opted to pass up the chance to play for the Young Lions at this summer’s European Championship finals to concentrate on his club career.Morgan, guest co-host on Drivetime on Thursday, said: “If I was running English football, I would ring Tom Ince and say: ‘You don’t want to play for England Under-21s, then you will never play for England at any level ever again for as long as you live!’“What he has done is bordering on treason. Who do these kids think they are? A 23-year-old kid rejecting the chance to play in a major tournament for his country – it is unbelievable.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Villaraigosa has said he supports Sunshine Canyon – reluctantly – because it would cost $15 million to $30 million a year more to haul the 3,800 tons of trash generated daily to another site. Under the proposed contract, the city would pay BFI $25 a ton to dump all its trash at Sunshine Canyon. If it fails to meet the deadline or splits the contract, BFI promises to charge the city $45 per ton. BFI officials already have said they have no plans to reopen talks. “During recent meetings, other waste companies and some city officials made comments concerning the possibility of BFI offering, or being willing to offer, reduced pricing,” BFI District Manager Greg Loughnane wrote in a letter to the council. “The (city) should make no such assumptions.” Smith, who represents the area around the landfill, said he believes BFI would be willing to accommodate the city. A third City Council panel ducked action Wednesday on Sunshine Canyon Landfill, while other officials made a last-ditch effort to head off final approval of a $157 million contract to continue hauling L.A.’s trash to the Granada Hills dump. With a final decision due in less than two weeks, Councilman Greig Smith said he is drafting a proposal to convince Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to reopen talks with Browning Ferris Industries. Smith also wants to persuade the landfill operator not to raise Los Angeles’ rate if the city opts to use other dumps to dispose of some of its trash. Meanwhile, two BFI competitors turned up the heat, meeting with city officials and sending a pointed letter questioning Bureau of Sanitation cost estimates that put Sunshine Canyon Landfill as the cheapest available option. The City Council is scheduled to consider the matter Friday, and members must decide by Feb. 28 whether to renew the five-year deal with BFI. “We are their largest customer and, as a businessman, I would want to keep my largest customer satisfied,” Smith said. On the same day the council’s Energy and the Environment Committee refused to make a recommendation on the contract, one of BFI’s competitors was lobbying city officials to consider its proposal. Waste Management Inc., which has offered to take trash at El Sobrante Landfill in Riverside County, sent a letter to Bureau of Sanitation Director Rita Robinson, the mayor and the City Council saying it can provide a viable, cost-effective alternative to Sunshine Canyon. “We believe an opportunity exists to make a meaningful change that will align the city with its stated goal of ending its dependence on urban landfills,” Waste Management Director of Operations Doug Corcoran wrote. The other bidder, MDSI of LA Inc., has proposed taking Los Angeles trash to the city of Avenal in Kings County, northwest of Bakersfield. Attorney Jerold Neuman said the city has overestimated the costs of hauling trash 180 miles to Avenal. “We are making some headway and there is a recognition that a portion of the waste stream is cheaper coming to Avenal today than going to Sunshine Canyon,” he said. City leaders have sought alternatives to the urban landfill for three years. During his campaign for mayor, Villaraigosa told Granada Hills residents he would support plans to reduce the amount of trash dumped at Sunshine Canyon. He reversed himself after taking office, however, saying he could not justify the higher costs when the city is facing upward of a $245 million budget shortfall this year. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!