Mellor and Treka Bus parent creates technology division

first_imgMellor and Treka Bus parent company Woodall Nicholson has added to its group portfolio a dedicated technology division spearheaded by Scarborough-based ProMech Technologies. The division leads technical innovation across all Woodall Nicholson brands and it is led by John Randerson, who has been appointed the group’s Chief Technology Officer.The division provides a “dedicated innovation and technical platform” that will allow wider market reach for Woodall Nicholson’s existing and new products while specialising in advanced technology in practical applications. It will support existing and new relationships with OEMs to bring innovations, including in e-mobility, to market.Woodall Nicholson says it is committed to enhancing its product portfolio across all its brands “to suit the needs of customers and markets for cleaner, more efficient and cost-effective vehicles.”The existing competencies of ProMech Technologies in driveline engineering, low-floor chassis design and e-mobility solutions will be leveraged by the development, Woodall Nicholson adds. The technology division “can provide customers with an array of innovative solutions to optimise vehicle electrification, assisting a wide range of markets to practically transition… to e-mobility.”As Chief Technology Officer, Mr Randerson takes on overall responsibility for accelerating technical advances across all Woodall Nicholson’s vehicle manufacturing divisions. He says: “Customers are presented with ever-more exacting requirements within their operations, which in turn demands increasingly innovative technical solutions.“We have always been an organisation that strives to provide unique and well thought out solutions for our customers. The evolution of these attributes resulted in the creation of our technology division. This allows us to enhance and broaden our approach to innovative solutions for the wider specialist vehicle market.”An announcement is expected shortly regarding Mr Randerson’s position as Managing Director of Woodall Nicholson’s Bus Division.last_img read more

America’s oil-spill nationalism

first_imgBefore attacking the allegedly foreign BP, American politicians might also pause for a moment to reflect on the intimate links between politics and the oil industry in the United States. This is surely one of the biggest reasons for the lax regulation of deep-sea oil drilling.None of this excuses BP’s engineering mistakes and woeful public diplomacy. Nor would I seek to downplay the full horror of what has happened. But it does remind us that, while the US is in many respects the most globalised society in the world, it can also be surprisingly insular and nationalistic. Americans’ knowledge of what happens abroad is limited, and often reduced to a cartoon-strip view of the rest of the world.Americans identify BP as a British firm, and they know that Britain is in Europe. They also seem to think that Europe has gone down the tubes. Its currency crumbles like its ancient buildings. It is a historic relic, bust but still bragging.Europe, like BP, has its share of problems. But we should not allow American politicians who do not even possess passports to write us off with the same patronising sneer that some Europeans used to reserve for President George W. Bush’s administration and policies.The European Union, for all the woes of the euro, remains the largest economy in the world. It is bigger than the US’s, almost twice the size of China’s, and between four and five times the size of India’s.The EU is the largest trading block in the world, and it has coped with the rise of China in the global marketplace far better than America or Japan has. In the decade after 1999, China’s share of total global exports rose from 5.1% to 12.4%. Japan’s share fell by four percentage points, and America’s fell by almost seven, from 18% to 11.2%, while Europe’s share fell by only 2.4 percentage points, from 19% to 16.6%. Europe has the best environmental record of all the big powers, is the largest provider of development assistance to poor countries, and is politically stable. Europe’s problem is part of what it believes to be its greatest achievement. Europeans think that we enjoy the highest quality of life in the world, combining freedom with social solidarity. Welfare democracy goes hand in hand with pluralism, the rule of law, and a deep-rooted civilisation.Smug self-satisfaction makes us resistant to embracing the changes necessary to maintain our standard and quality of living. Our sense of entitlement has run far ahead of our ability to pay for it.That is why so many European countries today face such huge public-sector deficits and, with a falling birth rate and an aging population, we are likely to find that European growth rates will lag still farther behind those of Europe’s competitors in the next few years.The introduction of the euro was supposed to spur the less dynamic and competitive European economies, mostly in the south of the continent, to drive down their costs and increase their competitiveness. Then they could converge with the more efficient and prudently managed economies, like Germany’s.That did not happen. Spain, Greece, Portugal, and Ireland, in particular, allowed the low interest rates that accompanied the euro’s introduction to fuel domestic booms. Far from pushing through structural reforms, they let domestic wages and costs rip, reducing their competitiveness relative to Europe’s better-run economies. For example, the gap between Spain and Germany in terms of cost efficiency is probably more than 20%.This is the crisis that Europe now faces. How can we push through the reforms that will cut public spending to levels that we can afford and raise our ability to compete internationally? We have to extend our single market to services and energy, change unaffordably generous pension arrangements, invest more in research and development, reform our universities, and channel more money to the job-creating industries of the future, like environmental technology. American exceptionalism, when it runs rampant, is a tsunami to be avoided. The oil company BP is discovering that right now.The environmental disaster destroying seaside communities around the Gulf of Mexico and killing off marine life is a globally important tragedy. BP has to take its sizeable share of the blame. So, presumably, should the American companies like Transocean and Halliburton, which were part of this doomed enterprise. But their nationality seems to have let them off the hook.BP’s corporate responsibility is huge. So, too, was that of the American companies that caused the chemical disaster at Union Carbide’s plant in Bhopal, India (which killed 3,000 initially and perhaps another 15,000 in later years), and of those that caused the Piper Alpha oil-rig accident, which killed 167 people in the North Sea in 1988. Corporate sin is not unknown in the US.center_img European exceptionalism – the idea that we are the best at delivering values and prosperity – is as much a problem as the American kind. We will not thrive and prosper in the future by resting on past achievements. Welcome to the twenty-first century. Europeans have to adjust to it, rise to its challenges, and confront competition from the emerging powers. We cannot live forever in the past, magnificent as its relics may be.Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong and a former European commissioner for external affairs, is chancellor of the University of Oxford. © Project Syndicate, 2010.last_img read more

Horses Trample Parade Crowd

first_imgOne person is killed and 23 are injured after carriage horses ran out of control and into the crowd at a Bellevue, Iowa 4th of July parade.last_img

Free Canvas Bags to First 6 Who Post Comment!

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore[UPDATE: I want to give three more away to US or Canadian viewers, so I’ll honor six winners altogether!] In honor of Earth Day I’m going to send a FREE canvas totebag, with the Good News Network slogan/website on the front, to the first three [SIX] people to post a comment at the bottom of this blog post.   After you post the comment, you can send me your mailing address (and name) and I will send to you this great Earth-friendly bag.  Welcome to listeners from KXYL in Texas, WJBC in Illinois, and KWNA in Nevada. I was a guest on these stations today sharing my Top 10 Earth Day news! To post a comment, you need to be registered as a member. It’s free and easy filling out a quick form, here!  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

GOLF: Lamar men lead by 4; 36 holes Tuesday

first_img Lee carded one birdie on the round, which came on the par-5 seventh hole. He was even par on the front nine and four over on the back nine.Rounding out the Cardinals was Eason Wang, who shot a round of five-over par 77 and sits tied for 19th place. Wang started out his round with a birdie on hole one before recorded five pars and three bogeys. His second birdie came on the par 3 12th. After 14 holes, Wang was one-over par; however, he carded four straight bogeys to finish the round. Sam Dumez shot a first-round score of two-over par 74 and is three shots off the lead. He sits tied for fourth place. Dumez had five birdies in the first round. He had two brides and three bogeys on the front nine. His final three birdies came on the back nine where he finished one-over.Finishing one shot behind Dumez was Hugo Hellman, who started the day with a birdie on one. He carded seven pars and one bogey on the front nine. He was three over on the back nine as he had four bogeys and one birdie. He is 3-over par 75 and tied for sixth after the first day of action.Cody Banach finished the first 18 holes with a score of four-over par 76. He had a bogey on hole one then rallied off seven straight pars before a bogey on nine. He carded two more bogeys on the back nine and had seven pars. Banach is currently tied for 12th and tied with teammate Kevin Lee. Lamar sports informationMcKINNEY — After the first day of the Southland Conference Championships, Lamar’s men’s golf team holds a four-shot lead. The Cardinals shot a first-round best score of 13-over 301 on the day.The Cardinals hold a four-shot lead over Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana after the first day. The Bearkats and Lions shot a first-round score of 17-over par 305 in the first round. With inclement in the area over the next couple of days, the Southland announced it will play 36 holes on Tuesday.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Star in World Premiere Play Log Cabin & More

first_img Star Files Jesse Tyler Ferguson View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Star in World Premiere Play Log CabinBroadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson has landed a new stage gig! The Modern Family star will lead the company of Jordan Harrison’s new play Log Cabin, making its world premiere with off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons. Tony winner Pam MacKinnon will direct the play set to begin previews on June 1, 2018 with an opening slated for June 25. Ferguson will portray the protagonist, Ezra, in the ensemble-driven show set to play a limited engagement through July 15. Log Cabin centers on a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians, comfy in the new mainstream, who see themselves through the eyes of a transgender friend and realize that the march toward progress is anything but unified.The Ballad of Little Jo, Starring Wicked Veteran Teal Wicks, to Receive Original Cast AlbumThe Musical Company has announced an original cast recording for The Ballad of Little Jo, which played New Jersey’s Two River Theater this summer. Featuring music by Mike Reid, lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger and orchestrations by Danny Larsen, the album features Wicked alum Teal Wicks, with Eric William Morris, Jane Bruce and Daniel Isaac. Cast members will help toast the album, which will be released on November 10, with a Feinstein’s/54 Below concert set for November 12 at 9:30pm. The Ballad of Little Jo is inspired by the true story of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman from late 19th century Boston who made a new life in an Idaho mining town disguised as a man called Jo.Michael Shannon & More Added to Marathon Playwriting Event The 24-Hour PlaysTony nominee Michael Shannon is among a group of stars who have been added to the marathon playwriting event The 24-Hour Plays, scheduled to culminate in a performance to take place on October 30 at 8:00pm at the American Airlines Theatre. Also newly announced for the event are Rachel Dratch, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Paul Sparks, Annie Parisse, Carolyn Cantor and Leslye Headland. As previously announced, The 24-Hour Plays will also feature the talents of upcoming Dear Evan Hansen star Noah Galvin along with Raul Castillo, Josh Charles, Jackie Cruz, Jennifer Esposito, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Nina Hellman, Cush Jumbo, Mia Katigbak, Lola Kirke, Russell G. Jones, Orlando Pabotoy, Christina Ricci, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeremy Shamos, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Justice Smith, Lois Smith and Yul Vasquez. As previously announced, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman will be honored as part of the organization’s partnership with The Lilly Awards.Lesley Ann Warren & Joyce Bulifant to Revisit Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire in ConcertBroadway veterans Lesley Ann Warren and Joyce Bulifant are set to reprise their roles from Disney’s 1967 movie musical The Happiest Millionaire in a benefit celebrating its 50th anniversary. Proceeds of the event, set for December 3 at 7:00pm and 9:30pm at Joe’s Pub, will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The celebrated film will be re-created in an adaptation by Doug Thompson and Alex Beck, who will also direct. The presentation will feature musical staging by Jason Wise and musical direction by Mark Hartman.Olivier Winner Sheila Hancock to Lead Stage Take on Harold and Maude Olivier Award-winning star Sheila Hancock will lead the company of the London premiere of Colin Higgins’ black comedy Harold and Maude, based on the hit 1970 film. Thom Southerland will direct the work set to make its debut at the Charing Cross Theatre for a run from February 19 through March 31, 2018. Harold and Maude centers on Dame Marjorie “Maude” Chardin (Hancock), a free spirit who wears her hair in braids, believes in living each day to its fullest and tries something new every day. Harold Parker Chasen is an 18-year-old man who is obsessed with death, attends funerals of strangers for entertainment and stages elaborate fake suicides. The two meet and make an unexpected connection. Additional cast and creative team for Harold and Maude will be announced.Davis Gaines & Doreen Taylor to Lead Docu-Musical An Enchanted Evening: A Night with Oscar Hammerstein IIFresh from the sold-out premiere at the Bristol Riverside Theatre in Philadelphia, the new docu-musical An Enchanted Evening: A Night with Oscar Hammerstein II is coming to New York for a limited off-Broadway engagement. Highlighting Oscar Hammerstein II’s evolution to become one of the most important lyricists of all time, An Enchanted Evening is an intimate show highlighting his life and music through documentary storytelling and imaginative performances. The evening will star award-winning recording artist Doreen Taylor in her off-Broadway debut alongside The Phantom of the Opera veteran Davis Gaines. An Enchanted Evening will run at the 777 Theatre at the Roy Arias Theater Center from December 8 through 17.  Jesse Tyler Ferguson(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)last_img read more

Sponsors raising profile at Challenge Barcelona-Maresme

first_img Related The fourth edition of Challenge Barcelona-Maresme, on Sunday 30 September, drew close to 1,400 participants from over 30 countries to take part in the most popular long-distance triathlon in mainland Spain.The adverse weather conditions the days before the event added extra work to the organisers and volunteers. Nevertheless, as Agustí Pérez, Race Director, mentioned, this is an event that involves the whole local community, and their support made it possible for the organising team to again produce a very successful event.(On Sunday morning the weather had gone back to normal and we went on to see a great event dominated by Lucy Gossage (8:58:43) and by Bas Diederen (8:20:07). In addition, Miquel Blanchart (4th position overall) and Gurutze Frades collected the Spanish LD Championships.)This year’s race marks the consolidation of an event that has seen substantial growth in the last few editions; the pasta-party area and the rock bands along the race were just a few of the improvements that the Challenge Family organisation introduced.This edition also marks a change in the level of involvement of the event’s sponsors – with the introduction of NutriSport, Catlike, BH Bikes, Jaked, Compressport and La Caixa as key partners.In addition, Sailfish also signed an agreement to become the official wetsuit partner. The Challenge Barcelona-Maresme event sponsors took advantage of the three-day expo, which opened from Thursday until the Saturday before the race.Registrations for Challenge Barcelona-Maresme 2013 are already open, and the May Half-Challenge Barcelona-Maresme will celebrate having been assigned the ETU European Half Distance Championship. This gives a new impulse for further growth of the Challenge Family in Spain.www.challenge-barcelona.eslast_img read more

Bacon, Blues and Brews puts R Park trail fundraising over the top; now for benches, bike racks and picnic tables

first_imgRoeland Park City Councilor Jennifer Gunby also combined bacon and chocolate. Toni Gates and Tom Ransom provided the entertainment.Oh, the things you can make with bacon if you let your imagination run wild. In Roeland Park Saturday, you could find bacon soda, chocolate wrapped bacon, bacon flavored chocolate chip cookies, and much more – 14 recipes in all made with bacon. That was the fare at the Bacon, Blues and Brews fest at the community center.The beer was, well beer, (Roasterie coffee also for the brews) and the blues filling the room was Toni Gates singing with Tom Ransom on guitar.The more than 100 people who attended put the fundraising for the walking trail through R Park over the top. Organizer Gretchen Davis said work on the trail should begin this fall in the park with the matching funds from the Sunflower Foundation grant. Trees along the trail and signs will be installed next spring.The next project for the fundraising group, Davis said, is getting money for other park amenities, such as picnic tables, benches along the trail, trash receptacles and bike racks. Anyone wanting to contribute to the project can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Roeland Park Community Foundation at city hall with “R Park Amenities” in the memo line.Gary Brokema was offering the unlikely combination of chocolate chip cookies with bacon.last_img read more