EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PREVIEW: All-new Levante III is here…

first_imgEXCLUSIVE PREVIEWThe all-new Caetano Levante III has arrived in the UK from its Portuguese builder.It was rolled out for a press inspection this week, ahead of its official unveiling at Coach & Bus UK at the NEC, Birmingham, on 4-5 October – visit www.coachandbusuk.comSharp modern looks; clean lines. ‘Stair-rods’ decals have been deletedIt is the outcome of a project started in 2015, when stakeholders including passengers, operators and manufacturers, were consulted on their vision.Fresh, sharp designThe result is a new sharp-looking design, along with improvements to make it easier to drive, maintain and more pleasant for passengers. Top of the list for National Express is safety, and the new coach is bristling with features from Volvo and other suppliers.At 14.9m it’s 0.6m longer than the current Levante II tri-axle, which remains in production and examples will continue to be delivered until full series production hits its stride early next year. The extra length adds three more seats, taking it to 59, but only a little more weight thanks to improvements in the structure to mitigate in part some of the extra weight dictated by Euro 6 requirements.More for passengersPassengers will benefit from two USB ports at each seat position, and under-seat bag stowage, with airline-style bars to stop items sliding forward.Rear has more familiar styling cues, a clever use of grille arrangementAlso, the toilet has been redesigned to prevent smells and make it easier to keep clean and presentable throughout its life. When National Express duties have ended, the toilet can now be dismantled in situ and removed through the rear emergency door. Four seats replace it and already a kit is available to reconfigure the saloon. Underfloor heating is a firstOne of the most fascinating developments in passenger comfort is totally hidden – underfloor heating using conductive film. Not only does this deal with complaints about cold spots, especially by the large entrance door, but also does away with perimeter heating. Removing the water pipes not only deletes potential leaks, but the absence of the heaters frees up valuable legroom by the window.The underfloor heating is split into four zones, front/back, left/right, to cope with the differences of temperature near the engine, and cooler front.Drivers get a new dash with better switch location, a lockable storage box to the left of the seat and UVB coating on the windscreen to cut down solar gain. Co-drivers will enjoy a new larger courier seat, with bigger footrest that slides out from the top step.Black section between rear wheels is part of panel, designed to hide dirtThe trademark ‘rising floor’ Hidral wheelchair lift is unaltered to ensure commonality across the fleet.Edwards Coaches to get prototypeThe prototype coach – bound for South-Wales based Edwards Coaches after the show – is on Volvo’s B11R chassis.The next prototype, for Skills of Nottingham, will be on a Scania chassis. The Mercedes-Benz OC500 chassis, available at Euro 5, is no longer offered as the manufacturer’s cooling requirements dictate a grill arrangement that do not meet with National Express’ aesthetic needs at the rear.FULL STORY IN NEXT WEEK’S ROUTEONE: OUT IN PRINT AT THE NEC SHOW, AND ONLINE ON WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBERSee below for more pictures…New courier seat in entrance. Easy to de-brand for second lifeTwo USB ports in each socket, per seat position, including the wheelchair seatsToilet now has stainless steel bowl for cleanlinessPolitecnica seats instead of Fainsa, now real leather front and backlast_img read more

A New Battery That’s Cheap, Clean, Rechargeable, and Organic

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreScientists at USC have developed a water-based organic battery that is long-lasting and built from cheap, eco-friendly components — no metals or toxic materials.The new battery is intended for use in power plants, where it could make the energy grid more resilient and efficient by creating a large-scale means to store energy for use as needed.This could pave the way for renewable energy sources to make up a greater share of a country’s energy generation by economically storing energy at night.“The batteries last for about 5,000 recharge cycles, giving them an estimated 15-year lifespan,” said Sri Narayan, professor of chemistry at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Science. The design has the advantage of decoupling power from energy. The tanks of electroactive materials can be made as large as needed – increasing total amount of energy the system can store – or the central cell can be tweaked to release that energy faster or slower, altering the amount of power (energy released over time) that the system can generate.(READ more about the research from USC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore “Lithium ion batteries degrade after around 1,000 cycles, and cost 10 times more to manufacture,” said Narayan, whose paper was published online by the Journal of the Electrochemical Society.“Such organic flow batteries will be game-changers for grid electrical energy storage in terms of simplicity, cost, reliability and sustainability,” said collaborator Surya Prakash, professor of chemistry and director of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute.The batteries could help to make renewable energy sources a greater share of the world’s energy generation. Solar panels can only generate power when the sun’s shining, and wind turbines can only generate power when the wind blows. That inherent unreliability makes it difficult for power companies to rely on them to meet customer demand.Photos from USC researchersWith batteries to store surplus energy and then dole it out as needed, that sporadic unreliability could cease to be such an issue.“‘Mega-scale’ energy storage is a critical problem in the future of the renewable energy, requiring inexpensive and eco-friendly solutions,” Narayan said.The new battery is based on a redox flow design – similar in design to a fuel cell, with two tanks of electroactive materials dissolved in water. The solutions are pumped into a cell containing a membrane between the two fluids with electrodes on either side, releasing energy.last_img read more

Meet the leaders in Valley Partnership

first_imgMuch of the Valley’s growth would not be possible without the partnerships and advocacy supported by nonprofit Valley Partnership.Chris AnaradianDevelopment Services Director, Town of Queen CreekIt’s Queen Creek’s time in the sun, boasts the town’s Development Services Director Chris Anaradian. Permit activity is “out of sight” and he cites his Valley Partnership involvement as a key ingredient while the town grows into its own.“The situational awareness that Queen Creek gains from Valley Partnership is essential,” says Anaradian, who sits on Valley Partnership’s Board of Directors. “Knowing the current areas of focus and growth that our private partners are focused on helps us plan and build a better government and community for all. Having a voice when new legislation and alliances are being formed helps us better prepare to fund and administer the services our customers have come to expect and deserve.”Anaradian is the former community development director and development services manager for the City of Tempe. He managed the 220-acre Tempe Town Lake and 500-acre Rio Salado Project during their initial five years. He also helped modernize multiple permitting and regulatory agencies and advocated for many developer-friendly shifts within the city, including those that precluded the Tempe light rail. Anaradian now has watched Queen Creek come through the economic recovery.“It is now Queen Creek’s time in the sun, and so many opportunities lie ahead,” says Anaradian. “Our wash and trail system is poised to unite huge swaths of our community and become a defining geographic feature of life in Queen Creek. Large tracts of undeveloped hillside residential property are into entitlement, some of the last and most majestic in the Southeast Valley.”Tim BrislinVice President, Harvard InvestmentsTim Brislin, an on-and-off member of Valley Partnership since 2004 who currently sits on the Board of Directors, has used organization’s networking opportunities to broaden Harvard Investment’s exposure and partnership options.Harvard Investments is a land investment and masterplanned community development firm.“Harvard is laser focused on executing its vision and plans for its masterplanned communities in Mesa, Queen Creek/San Tan Valley, the West Valley and in Prescott,” Brislin says. “Our Mesa project, Cadence at Gateway, is very exciting and we are making great progress on our first residential phase, as well as getting traction on our retail and high density residential components much earlier than anticipated.”In 2007, Brislin welcomed his first son and ended his “five-year job interview” with Harvard Investments.“In both cases I was at the starting line staring at a wide open track. Today, in addition to my wonderful wife and two boys, and thanks to Harvard’s long standing market reputation, the faith of our partners and hard work, we built a high quality portfolio of assets that we will harvest for years to come.”What many don’t know about Harvard is that its Canadian parent company, The Hill Companies, is a major commercial developer of office and retail, Brislin says. The company has expansion plans to include industrial, office and multi-family assets.“Our current planning efforts are highly focused on demographic trends locally and nationally and how we plan our communities for the long-term based on who are buyers are, what products they want and what type of community they will embrace,” Brislin says. “There are shifts going on that affect all aspects of the real estate development business.”Kristina LockeMarketing/Business Development Manager, Hoskin Ryan Consultants, Inc.Looking for the latest news on the golf tournament? Kristina Locke sits on the committee for two-year member Hoskin Ryan Consultants, Inc. Locke comes to Valley Partnership with more than a decade of marketing, advertising and business development achievements for Hoskin Ryan and its clients.Hoskin Ryan finished off 2013 with four new clients. Locke is confident being a member of Valley Partnership will lead to meeting more potential clients.“It does take a little while for people to get to know you and trust your firm,” she says. “We have formed great relationships and were educated on many different industry trends.”One particular trend is healthcare. In 2013, Valley Partnership held a healthcare Friday Morning Breakfast attended by 250 members with speakers from Banner Health, Dignity and smaller medical office building develpers.Jenifer Davis LuntPartner, Davis EnterprisesDavis Enterprises joined Valley Partnership last January — a big step for the closely held family business. Though Davis is one of the smaller development companies in the Valley and has a long history in the Valley, it has been a two-year sponsor of the organization. Davis Enterprises is actively involved in the identification, acquisition, development and management of real estate properties in Arizona.Jenifer Davis Lunt became managing partner following an award-addled tenure at CBRE, where she became the first female at the Phoenix office named “Rookie of the Year,” for selling more than 100 properties totally more than $675M in value and 2.5MSF. In 2005, Davis Lunt was named CBRE’s No. 1 Investment Broker. The following year, her father retired from Davis Enterprises and named her partner and principal of a business her grandfather started.“We are most proud of contributions Davis has made to the revitalization of Central Phoenix including the SWC of 7th Ave & McDowell, 4700 N. Central and Melrose Marketplace,” Davis Lunt says. The company is looking forward to the redevelopment of 21st Avenue and Deer Valley Road and 1015 S. Rural Rd., near ASU’s main campus.Along those lines, Davis Lunt says a trend or issue she would like to see addressed by Valley Partnership is how the City of Phoenix can become more pedestrian, rail and bike dependent to allow for more retail and housing development in the urban core.Retired Lt. Col. Rusty MitchellDirector of Luke Air Force Base Community Initiatives TeamRusty Mitchell, director of Luke Air Force Base Community Initiatives Team, has been an ex-officio board member at Valley Partnership since 2005 and is the primary liason between the Air Force base, nine municipalities, Maricpa County and state officials.“(Valley Partnership) has enabled me to network with major developers and discuss development issues in areas that we conduct flight operations,” he says. “This communication enables developers and landowners to be better informed of state statutes for compatible land use before they obligate time and money to a particular project.”The partnership has been mutually beneficial. Before retiring, Mitchell served 22 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot. It is through his community involvement and history with the Air Force that Mitchell has managed to bring enduring economic development to the base and Arizona.“The over-whelming community support of the mission of Luke AFB has been recognized by the senior leadership of the Air Force and was a significant contributing factor in its selection as the largest F-35 training base and the recipient of an eventual 144 F-35’s,” he says.The selection of Luke to be the primary pilot training center for the nation’s most advanced fighter will ensure the existence of Luke AFB for many decades to come, Mitchell says.“Not only is Luke critical in the nation’s defense, producing the world’s greatest fighter pilots, but the fact that it contributes approximately $2B to the state’s economy every year will continue to infuse the state with much needed economic power.”last_img read more

FDA completes plan for voluntary curbs on ag antibiotic use

first_imgThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released final guidance to help pharmaceutical companies voluntarily phase out the use of certain antibiotics to promote growth in food animals, saying it wants companies to report within 3 months whether they will go along with the initiative.Under the plan, animal-drug companies would voluntarily change the labels of medically important antibiotics to eliminate their use for growth promotion or feed efficiency. The plan also calls for putting all such drugs under veterinary supervision by requiring a prescription.”Once a manufacturer voluntarily makes these changes, its medically important antimicrobial drugs can no longer be used for production purposes, and their use to treat, control, or prevent disease in animals will require veterinary oversight,” the FDA said in a press release.”The FDA is asking animal pharmaceutical companies to notify the agency of their intent to sign on to the strategy within the next three months. These companies would then have a three-year transition process.”The guidance documents mark the next step in the FDA’s response to the long-simmering concern that overuse of antibiotics in livestock is spurring the spread of resistance in bacteria that cause human diseases.Voluntary approachThe FDA believes that the voluntary approach is the fastest and most efficient way to respond to the problem, though some consumer groups don’t agree. The Animal Health Institute, a trade association for animal-drug producers, supports the approach.”Implementing this strategy is an important step forward in addressing antimicrobial resistance, said Michael Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, in the FDA announcement.”The FDA is leveraging the cooperation of the pharmaceutical industry to voluntarily make these changes because we believe this approach is the fastest way to achieve our goal,” he said. “Based on our outreach, we have every reason to believe that animal pharmaceutical companies will support us in this effort.”To help phase in veterinary oversight of drugs that are covered by the guidance and can be added to feed for medically appropriate purposes, the FDA also issued a proposed rule to update its regulations for Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs. The agency said the use of VFD drugs requires authorization by a veterinarian using a process outlined in the regulations.The VFD proposed rule is intended to clarify and increase the flexibility of the administrative rules for the distribution and use of VFD drugs, which will help in the transition of over-the-counter products to VFD status, the FDA said.”This action promotes the judicious use of important antimicrobials to protect public health while ensuring that sick and at-risk animals receive the therapy they need,” Bernadette Dunham, DVM, PhD, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in the release.In a prepublication Federal Register notice, the FDA said the final guidance is a revision of a draft version released in April 2012. The agency reported that it received and considered numerous comments and made editorial clarifications in the final guidance.The guidance pertains to animal drugs that are currently available over the counter, used in feed and water, approved for production purposes, and medically important, according to a frequently-asked-questions article from the FDA. Once drug labels are changed, it will be illegal to use the drugs for production purposes.As for how the FDA will assess the effectiveness of the voluntary program, the FDA noted in the Federal Register notice that it collects data on the sales of animal antimicrobials and on antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens. The agency said it is working with other agencies, including the US Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on ways to improve data collection in order to measure the effectiveness of the strategy.Reaction to the guidanceThe Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit nutrition watchdog group, voiced a mixed reaction to the FDA’s announcement today.”Unfortunately it [the policy] requires the drug companies who profit from sales of their drugs to initiate the process,” CSPI Food Safety Director Caroline Smith de Waal said in a statement. “The good news is that the agency has pledged to evaluate levels of compliance and inform the public after 90 days if the drug industry is cooperating with the relabeling effort.”She said that giving veterinarians the responsibility to assess when antibiotics should be used “will help reduce the overuse of antibiotics, though several loopholes in the new Veterinary Feed Directive could undermine progress. For example, the proposed regulation would give states an increased role in defining the veterinary oversight through their licensing and practice requirements, though some states don’t have adequate laws regarding veterinary practice.”Meanwhile, the Animal Health Institute welcomed the news.”It is important for consumers to know that within three years, all uses of medically important antibiotics in animal agriculture will be only for therapeutic, or targeted, purposes under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian,” the institute said in a statement.”We strongly support responsible use of antibiotic medicines and the involvement of a veterinarian whenever antibiotics are administered to food producing animals. This policy fulfills the request by a number of public health advocacy groups in a July 2009 letter to the White House.”See also: Dec 11 FDA press releaseFDA frequently-asked-questions articlePrepublication Federal Register notice summaryFull prepublication Federal Register noticeApr 18, 2012, CIDRAP News story on animal health groups’ reaction to draft guidanceApr 11, 2012, CIDRAP News story on release of the FDA’s draft guidanceDec 11 CSPI statementDec 11 Animal Health Institute statementlast_img read more

Dogs Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos: Meet Dougal

first_imgDougal is a 6-month-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi who finds it quite easy to lift spirits around Los Alamos. Dougal is a member of the Nancy Ambrosiano family of White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ambrosianolast_img

Air Gas appoints Mike Rohde Senior Vice President of Distribution

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5 Free-Agents Cavs Should Consider Signing

first_imgWe all know the Cavs have some tight cash restrictions right now and if they’re going to upgrade the bench, via free-agency, they’ll need to hit on some low-risk, high-reward signings and/or hope that players who are worth well more than the league minimum would be willing to take a paycut to compete for a championship.Here are five free-agents the Cavs should consider to fill some of the gaps on the second unit.1. Patrick Patterson PFPatterson looks to be the odd man out now that Toronto has re-signed Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.The 29-year old has plenty of good basketball ahead of him and has been one of the better defensive stretch fours in the game these past few seasons.His athleticism, versatility on defense and three-point shooting proficiency all fit what the Cavs would be looking for.He could match up with guys like Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green or even Kevin Durant, if needed.The issue with signing Patterson is he could end up with a hefty contract from a team like Sacramento, which has expressed interest in signing him.At 29 years old and with so many teams in need of quality stretch fours, Patterson wouldn’t be expected to sign a league minimum contract, but the Cavs have a $5.2 million mid-level exception to use on one free-agent.Assuming the Cavs don’t acquire Carmelo Anthony or Dwyane Wade, via buyout (both of which appear unlikely to happen), Patterson would be one of the better options to use that money on because of his versatility, which would likely give him plenty of playing time, whether it’s with the second unit or mixing in with the starters when Kevin Love or Tristan Thompson need a breather. In the 2017 Finals, tne Cavs had trouble using Thompson and Love on the floor at the same time, as Golden State exploited mismatches.Patterson would help in that area and could see close to starters’ minutes in that series.My ideal scenario for Patterson would be if the Cavs could find a way to trade for Carmelo Anthony (possibly involving Tristan Thompson) without giving up Love. The roster’s top eight players would be LeBron, Kyrie, Love, Melo, Patterson, Smith, Jefferson and Korver (unlikely and probably too good to be true).It’s not a guarantee he would take a paycut to come to Cleveland,  but making $5 million for a year isn’t a significant drop off from the $6 million he made last season in Toronto.Again, Cleveland would be hoping for Patterson to take less money to play for a championship, but the way he could fit into a seven-game series vs. Golden State is the most intriguing aspect and biggest reason why he and the Cavs seem like a good match. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Related Topics Matt Medley Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

Arsenal Lose Nine Players to Injury Ahead of Fulham Clash

first_imgAfter an abysmal loss to league leaders Liverpool on Saturday, Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from their nightmare when they host Fulham at the Emirates on New Year’s Day.The club have issued a piece of team news and injury update ahead of the match with the latest on Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Dinos Mavropanos, Emile Smith Rowe, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck.The Injury List According Arsenal.comMesut OzilLeft knee. Being assessed ahead of Fulham (h) on Tuesday, January 1.Shkodran MustafiRight hamstring. Being assessed ahead of Fulham (h) on Tuesday, January 1.Nacho MonrealRight hamstring. Being assessed ahead of Fulham (h) on Tuesday, January 1.Hector BellerinLeft calf. Being assessed ahead of Fulham (h) on Tuesday, January 1.Dinos MavropanosGroin injury. Being integrated back into full training.Emile Smith RoweRight hip. Expected to return to full training in two weeks.Henrikh MkhitaryanRight foot. Fractured metatarsal. Expected to return to full training in February.Rob HoldingLeft knee. Recovering after surgery.Danny WelbeckRight ankle. Recovering after surgery.The club also stated that the injury woes is a “nightmare situation” for Unai Emery with hopes of getting the team back on track to winning ways after falling five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification.RelatedArsenal Suffer Injury Blow Ahead of Fulham ClashDecember 31, 2018In “England”Lukaku Absent From Manchester United TrainingNovember 6, 2018In “England”Calum Chambers Signs For Fulham On Season-Long LoanAugust 7, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Crushed

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Former Leafs Hikichi, Rupert make triumphant return to NDCC Arena as Chiefs pull out 4-3 overtime victory

first_imgFormer Leafs Dane Rupert and Braeden Hikichi each has two points to spark the visiting Kelowna Chiefs to a 4-3 overtime victory over Nelson in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The loss was the second straight at home for the Green and White as Phil Bamber ruined the night for the home side scoring at 1:08 of the second overtime period.Nelson owned the Chiefs through the first 40 minutes — out shooting Kelowna 28-15 — as the Okanagan squad struggled to get rid of their bus legs. But thanks to the outstanding play of Kelowna goalie Tyler O’Donnell the visitors rallied from a 1-0 first period deficit to grab consecutive one-goal leads in the second and third periods — the latter a 3-2 margin on a shorthanded goal by Dane Rupert five minutes into the final period.However, Cameron Dobransky’s power play goal with 1:32 remaining in the third period pulled the Leafs even to force overtime and give the home side the chance at gaining a single point.Hikichi, traded earlier this week to Kelowna from Fernie, finished the game with two goals.Jmaeff, Nik Newman and Dobransky replied for the Leafs, falling to 1-1-0-1. Kelowna improves to 2-1 on the season.Jmaeff, Dobransky and Brent Norman each finished the game with two points for Nelson.Nelson out shot the Chiefs 43-37 in the game as Kelowna turned the tables in the third period with a 22-15 advantage, making a winner out of goalie O’Donnell.Andrew Walton lost for the first time in two outings this season for Nelson.BLUELINES: Special teams practice this week by Nelson paid off on the ice as the Leafs scored all three goals on the power play. Kelowna also experienced special teams success scoring two power play markers and one short handed. . . .Phil Bamber had three points for Kelowna. . . . The two-point nights by Matti Jmaeff and Cameron Dobransky pulled the two players into a four-way tie for top spot in Nelson scoring with Patrick Martens and Colton Schell. Each has three points. . . .The Leafs head south of the 49th parallel tonight to meet the Spokane Braves in Murdoch Division battle. The teams play a return game Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena. Note the new Sunday afternoon puck drop of 2 p.m. The games in past years started at 1 [email protected]last_img read more