Ghost The Musical set for UK tour

first_imgGirls Aloud singer and actress Sarah Harding makes her stage debut in Bill Kenwright’s new production of the timeless love story: Ghost The Musical.Taking its inspiration from the classic film, this reinterpretation features an expanded book, new music and original staging, and opened on 1 September at the New Wimbledon Theatre.Sarah Harding will star as Molly opposite musician and actor Andy MossThe double Academy Award winning film was a huge success as the highest grossing film in the year of its release.The film’s most iconic and moving scene was famously performed to The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’, which also features in the musical version.Walking back to their apartment late one night a tragic encounter sees Sam murdered and his beloved girlfriend Molly alone, in despair and utterly lost. But with the help of a phony storefront psychic Sam, trapped between this world and the next, tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving her from grave danger.The musical runs until April 2017 and tickets can be booked at www.atgtickets.comlast_img read more

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Stuart Duddy to leave DFDS

first_imgDFDS’s Head of Coach Sales Stuart Duddy will leave the business at the end of September.Stuart Duddy – who has a keen interest in railways – joined DFDS six years agoA restructure of the UK sales team at DFDS will see his role become redundant. The sales team will be split geographically rather than by sales channel, meaning regional sales managers will look after the coach operators in their respective regions.Stuart joined DFDS Seaways in 2011, when its Short Sea operation comprised Dover-Dunkerque services only.Dover-Calais services were added in February 2012, and coach business on the Dover routes increased sharply.Stuart also took on the management of the UK coach operator business on the daily overnight services between Newcastle and Amsterdam.Stuart says: “I intend to take a short career break but hope that I will cross paths again with many of the great personalities who work in the coach and group travel industry.“I view many of my business contacts as friends and hope that they have always found me to be a reliable professional and always true to my word. I have also enjoyed the support of some great colleagues at DFDS and shall miss working with them.”The process to recruit someone for a new ‘Regional Sales Manager – South’ role has started.last_img read more

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Bus batteries used to store solar energy

first_imgVolvo Buses is taking part in a research project in Gothenburg, Sweden, where used electric bus batteries get a second lease of life as solar energy storage units.The research is taking place in Riksbyggen’s Viva housing co-operative in Gothenburg. A unique system has been made whereby energy from solar panels on the roofs of the apartment buildings is stored in batteries that previously powered electric buses.Says Ylva Olofsson Project Coordinator at Volvo: “We know that electric bus batteries have good potential for other applications such as energy storage after the end of their life in public transport. What we are examining here is exactly how good that potential is.“Use of the batteries in an energy warehouse gives them an extended service life which in turn means better resource utilisation and less environmental impact. Here at Volvo we are examining various possibilities for the reuse of bus batteries for energy storage, and Viva is one such example.”last_img read more

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Fishwick offers compact 16-seat Master option

first_imgThe 16-seat Renault Master minibus is a lightweight, efficient vehicleBuyers looking for a smaller minibus than a Ford Transit may find Fishwick’s new Renault Master offering appealing.The Master has 16 passenger seats. It is supplied by Renault Trucks and is sold by Fishwick either as standard or with factory or aftermarket upgrades.Operators can take advantage of Renault Trucks’ 24-hour service network, and with a GVW of 3,900kg, the Master promises excellent fuel returns.miniplus was recently able to view a stock Master minibus at Fishwick’s premises. It comes with a tachograph and the seats have three-point belts.The rear two rows have optional removable fixings and when taken, luggage space is created. Modest overhead racks are fitted as standard.“The Master comes with a 145bhp engine and it is punchy yet economical,” says Matt. “The main difference between a Master and a Transit is that the Renault is a lot more compact by virtue of its front wheel drive platform. It is proving popular with buyers who do not need bigger vehicles.”The dealership anticipates keeping a handful of Masters in stock. No accessible option is yet available due to a stepped floor, but Fishwick does not rule out offering one later.last_img read more

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New Routemasters to lose all-door boarding

first_imgTransport for London has confirmed in a Freedom of Information request that it is to abandon all-door boarding on its fleet of New Routemasters in a bid to curb what it estimates is £3.6m worth of fare evasion per year.Fare evasion on routes operated by New Routemasters is more than double the rate elsewhere. A pilot on routes 8 and N8 has seen the problem “fall sharply”.The changes are expected to be rolled out by early 2020 across the 1,000-strong NRM fleet. A modification will take place allowing the front doors to be opened independently from those at the centre and rear.last_img

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Aura Air filter tackles COVID-19 virus in vehicles

first_imgAura Air has unveiled what it describes as a unique air disinfection and purification filter unit to help the fight against coronavirus COVID-19 in vehicles. It is ceiling-mounted and can be retrofitted to existing coaches and buses thanks to its low power draw of no more than 30W.The product uses both UV-C light and two patented technologies to kill bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19. A copper inlay is built into the Ray-Filter and a Sterionizer is targeted at significantly reducing mould, bacteria, fungus and MRSA.In addition, a HEPA filter reduces CO2 and removes both fine and large pollution, pollen particulates, volatile organic compounds from burnt fuels and odours. The manufacturer says that as a result, 99.9% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns as removed from the air as it passes through the unit.The unit has been trialled in Sheba Medical Hospital in Israel and Aura Air claims that it is the only filter product that has been tested for its effectiveness in removing COVID-19.Aura Air also offers with a smart phone app (pictured, right) that shows the level of aerosol particles in the vehicle cabin in real time when the unit is connected to wi-fi.If a passenger coughs or sneezes, the level can be seen to spike. It then drops as the particles are absorbed by the filter. Additionally, where multiple vehicles are equipped with the Aura Air filter unit, the operator can utilise a desktop dashboard to monitor air quality across its fleet.The product measures 37.5×37.5x15cm. It uses 240v, via either an existing power supply on the coach or through the use of an inverter.The 30W of power draw is at full fan speed, meaning that the unit can be left running when the vehicle is parked. Each installation can purify a 120m3 coach or bus by passing that volume of air through the filter 2.5 times per hour.The only service requirement is that the doughnut-shaped filter module is changed every six months. It is a simple task that can be done easily. The unit can also act as a fire detector when it is connected to wi-fi.The Aura Air product is available to buy with no minimum quantity. It is also offered on a £25 per month rental package. That price includes the provision of a replacement filter every six months.last_img read more

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Nappanee man, 18, in critical condition after being ejected in Shively Road crash

first_img Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook Previous articleIndiana man’s stalking conviction for following woman upheldNext articleTwo Elkhart residents hurt in speed-fueled crash in Cass County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – October 9, 2019 0 353 Nappanee man, 18, in critical condition after being ejected in Shively Road crash (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Speed is believed to be a factor in a crash that happened on Shively Road near Ash Road. The collision happened around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9.Evidence at the scene indicated that a Mitsubishi Eclipse was traveling westbound on Shively when the driver lost control of the vehicle.The vehicle left the roadway, hit a mailbox, and then struck two pine trees.An 18-year-old man from Nappanee who was riding in the car was ejected and suffered a serious head injury. He was last listed in critical condition.The driver had just minor injuries.The Fatal Crash Team was called to handle the investigation.last_img read more

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SBSC Could Be Selling Downtown Headquarters

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Twitter By Carl Stutsman – December 5, 2019 0 268 IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ (Photo supplied/South Bend Community School Corporation) It appears that the South Bend Community School Corporation is ready to part ways with its downtown headquarters.The problem, according to Superintendent Todd Cummings is that its location is not exactly ideal for their day to day operations. Parking in the area is often difficult, there are no bus stops, and it has made it difficult to have school board meetings.Cummings tells WSBT that they are not sure what they would do with the money if it were to sell, noting there hasn’t been an extended conversation on the issue yet. According to tax records the building is worth more than $2 million.MORE HERE WITH WSBTThere are also no tentative plans for where the district would move its corporate office too, but another building downtown seems unlikely. SBSC Could Be Selling Downtown Headquarters WhatsApp Previous articlePelosi OKs drafting of impeachment articles against TrumpNext articleGuilty Plea in Crash That Killed Four Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

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Man killed in apparent ATV collision near Walkerton

first_img Facebook Man killed in apparent ATV collision near Walkerton Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterest Pinterest By Tommie Lee – February 11, 2020 0 518 Twitter WhatsApp Twitter IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Natural Resources) St. Joseph County police officers and the DNR are investigating an ATV crash that killed an elderly rider.The discovery was made around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 10.The Coroner’s Office was called to the site of the crash, which was in a creek near Union and Poplar just southwest of Walkerton.The DNR is involved because the vehicle was found in water.The coroner says it’s possible the victim, an elderly male, crashed the ATV days before he was discovered, and his body showed signs of trauma from hitting tree branches before the crash. WhatsApp Previous articleCellphone ban, pregnancy accommodations face Indiana debatesNext articleBristol woman arrested for allegedly trafficking at State Prison in LaPorte County Tommie Leelast_img read more

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Shoppers’ rights plan put to test

first_imgIt also called for the legal guarantee to be cut to one year and demanded the freedom for the retailer to set out the options for offering redress.BEUC says that the proposed directive would mean longer legal guarantees than at present in Spain, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Denmark and Greece. It would also improve the situation in the UK, where the consumer only has a short time to return the product or demand compensation.But the consumer group has attacked the proposal for being too timid, arguing that it would not achieve its desired goal of encouraging cross-border shopping because buyers would be forced to go back to the shop where the goods were bought – not very helpful when this might involve a trip from Finland to Greece.BEUC has argued for minimum standardsfor repair and maintenance – and the costs and conditions of after-sales service – to be spelt out in the proposed directive and for the scope of the proposal to be widened to cover services as well as goods. In addition, the UK government has calledon businesses to estimate the “considerable implications” the measure would have for them, including the likely costs.Under the proposal, differences between the legal guarantees (those rights automatically given by retailers when they sell products) in individual member states would be ironed out.The proposed directive would give consumers one year to return faulty goods, and entitle them to a replacement within a month of the defect being found. Shoppers would have the right to free repairs, or a partial refund, for up to two years after buying the goods in question. Any fault found within six months would be presumed to have been present at the time of purchase.In addition, the separate guarantees offered by manufacturers would have to at least match the legal guarantees.The proposed directive has been dogged by controversy from the start. Last summer, the European consumers’ lobby BEUC accused the German government of trying to sabotage the proposal by asking its two Commissioners to vote against it.The retailing industry also went on the offensive, with EuroCommerce accusing the Commission of failing to assess properly the financial impact of the proposal on the retail industry. The decision to commission the analysis, which is likely to take six months to complete once a consultant has been chosen, follows concerted attacks on the Commission’s proposal.Under the plan, shoppers throughout the EU would be guaranteed a basic minimum of legal rights when seeking replacements or their money back for faulty goods.The attacks on the proposed directive on guarantees have been led by EuroCommerce,the EU lobby for the retail industry, and the UK-based Confederation of Information Technology Trade Associations.last_img read more

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