The Transport Benevolent Fund (TBF) has become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). The new structure, established by the Charities Act 2011, provides charities with some of the operational benefits enjoyed by limited companies, but without some of the burdens.The assets and 45,000 members of the TBF, founded 90 years ago, have automatically been transferred to the new CIO and it is business as usual.There are no changes to membership status, the benefits of membership, or the weekly membership fee of 1, which continues to cover the member, their spouse or partner, and dependent children in full-time education.All benefits â€“ 500,000 in each of the last two quarters â€“ continue to be paid at the discretion of the Trustees, who themselves work in the industry.â€œTo be granted CIO status is exciting news for all involved in the work of the TBF,â€ says Ian Barlex, TBF Development Director.â€œWe welcome as members all whose main occupation is involved with the provision of passenger transport services.â€In conjunction with the new charitable status, a new logo and brand image are being rolled out.
Nottingham City Transport worker Mary Cort will take part in a sponsored skydive for a charity that helped her successfully beat cancer in 2014.Mary will raise money for the Maggie’s centre at Nottingham City Hospital with a 10,000-feet skydive at Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire on 2 July. Mary chose to support the charity to thank it for its support during her time with the illness.Mary will skydive to raise money for the cancer charity that supported herSays Mary: “I knew I wanted to do something big to raise money for Maggie’s, so when I saw that they organised skydives, that was it. My mind was made up there and then and I had to do it. As soon as my mind is made up, I don’t look back.”The 62-year-old has worked for Nottingham City Transport for 24 years, starting off at the Trent Bridge Garage before working at King Street Canteen and the driver’s canteen on Angel Row where she’s currently based.After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, Mary worked throughout her six months of chemotherapy treatment until her operation in October of the same year. She then took six months off work before returning.“Everyone at Nottingham City Transport is behind Mary and we will be looking up to the skies on the second of July,” says Anthony Carver-Smith, Marketing Manager at Nottingham City Transport.“After many years looking after the drivers of NCT, her colleagues feel it’s time to look after her and support her in this worthwhile cause.”Nottingham City Transport will donate £500 donation to support Mary’s fundraising.Donate what you can here.
Bicester-based Grayline Coaches has taken delivery of a Neoplan Tourliner Select P20, supplied by MAN Truck and Bus (01793 448000).Operations Manager Paul Gray says that he was impressed by the specification and build quality offered by the new Tourliner Select range, and the latest delivery follows a line of MAN-powered coaches purchased over a number of years.“We operate MAN coaches because of their reliability, economy and performance. The new Tourliner fits in with the rest of the fleet and our drivers and passengers are impressed with the overall package.“As Operations Manager, I can sleep easily at night knowing that the coach can go anywhere in Europe and have full back-up and support.“The MAN Neoplan is one of the finest vehicles; they are a great product and very keenly priced, and are rightly renowned and respected.”
Courtney Buses has switched to an all-Michelin tyre policy on a price-per-vehicle (PPV) contract to increase its fleet efficiency and reduce fuel costs.The Bracknell, Berkshire-based operator has adopted the EffiTires tyre management package across its 60-strong fleet, each covering an average 40,000 miles a year on urban routes.Michelin says that the three-year contract is the first PPV it has won in the coach and bus industry. Most operators opt for price-per-kilometre/mile (PPK/PPM) agreementsThe firm previously took a non-specific approach to tyre selection and fitting.Now it has a fleet-wide monthly inspection by Michelin technicians who determine whether a tyre will last to the next inspection or needs replacement. Michelin solutions will fits all new and remix tyres to the fleet.Malcolm Venn, Engineering Manager at Courtney Buses, says: “I wanted a managed tyre policy because it caused a major headache having to do all the vehicle checks ourselves. The nature of running a busy urban bus fleet means we typically see lots of kerbing damage, plus we’re always working hard to ensure tyre tread depths don’t fall below our minimum standard between one inspection and the next. “Also, at the end of each month I’ll receive an analysis report from Michelin solutions on tyre wear – including any mechanical problems identified as causing tyre wear. This will help us to make fully-informed management decisions based on the data we’ve collected.” He adds: “The major benefit of PPV to us is that we know exactly what our tyre costs are going to be per month, per vehicle. That makes our financial planning much easier. Not to mention the fact we’re expecting to see savings on fuel, thanks to the lower rolling resistance of moving to a premium Michelin fitment.”Signing up to EffiTires provides Courtney Buses with the services of a dedicated team of business support personnel, auditors and technicians to ensure its tyres are serviced to the highest possible standards.Michelin solutions is part of the Michelin group and was established in May 2013. It currently employs around 900 people globally and is responsible for 400,000 vehicles currently on contract.Michelin solutions is dedicated to designing, developing and commercialising solutions for fleets of trucks, buses, coaches, cars and vans. Its solutions are aimed at fleets wanting to improve their efficiency, productivity, and environmental footprint, in a global and customised way.Find out more: http://fleetstreet.michelin-solutions.com/
Mobile Onboard has won a contract to bring mobile ticketing to National Express-owned Clarkes of London.It has already proved its smart ticketing expertise with Kent operator, The Kings Ferry, also National Express owned.The system is powered by its MyMobileTickets platform, using a mobile ticketing app and installation of its mTicketr smart ETMs with barcode scanners fitted on its fleet.The back-office system provides Clarkes with data on ticket sales, customer accounts and reporting from onboard its coaches, including passenger counting.
Go-Ahead Group-owned Salisbury Reds is continuing its investment in new transport by introducing five brand new buses to services in and around the city.The announcement underlines the operator’s commitment to enhancing bus services across the area.Andrew Wickham, Salisbury Reds Managing Director, says: “I am delighted that we have been able to invest an extra £750,000 in our fleet.“These buses – which will sport the new Salisbury Reds livery – are set to deliver exceptional performance, as well as offering environmental benefits with their Euro 6 engines.”The new Optare Solos will operate across the city’s network from September.Each will feature lighter floor colours, helping to make the vehicles dementia friendly.”Many of those with the disease are uneasy about crossing darker floors – fearing them to be like ‘black holes’,” adds Andrew.“We want to make all our new buses more accessible for all – and this is just one aspect of that.”
The contest for the next Prime Minister of Great Britain is on – and unless he really puts his foot in it, it looks like the winner’s already decidedIt was always expected that the second candidate to take on Boris Johnson in the Conservative Party leadership contest would be Jeremy Hunt or Michael Gove, and in the end Jeremy Hunt got through by the narrowest of margins – just two votes.I have little doubt that the Boris camp will be mighty relieved, simply because they think Jeremy Hunt is easier to beat.Jeremy Hunt voted to remain in the EU referendum, and while he has since said he is determined that the UK must leave, he has flipped on exactly how. He even initially supported a second referendum and staying in the single market.He has flip-flipped on the EU question and that will not go down well with the party membership.Minds made upThis is a contest for Boris to lose, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory – and the Boris of old is perfectly capable of doing just that. But Boris has a strong team around him and it has been noticeable how quiet he has been in the parliamentary stages of the contest.In any event, although we now have a whole month of hustings meetings with the party membership to get through, I think most party members have already made their minds up who they will vote for.They are party activists, after all. They already largely know the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate; they will know where they stand on key issues, especially Brexit.Unless one or other of the two candidates really puts his foot in it, I don’t think the hustings will change members’ views very much.Support from halfTwo other points. The ballot papers are sent out to party members between 6-8 July, a good two weeks before the deadline for voting.Traditionally with postal votes a high percentage will be returned almost immediately. So I have a hunch that the result will have been decided well before the last hustings take place.Second, although Boris isn’t especially popular in the parliamentary party, he still won the support of 160 MPs – 51% of the parliamentary party. Not bad for somebody said to be not very popular among his colleagues.I reckon many MPs voted for Boris because that’s what their constituency association discreetly told them to do, or at least made clear which candidate they were backing.So, barring a catastrophe for him, I reckon Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson will be our next Prime Minister come the end of July.Grayling gone?People are increasingly asking me whether Chris Grayling will remain as Transport Secretary, or be replaced.I honestly don’t have a clue, and at this stage I doubt either leadership candidate has either.That said, I have to say that it would be a surprise if Chris Grayling stayed. His time at Transport has not been a happy one, with many a controversial decision and not a few crises.It’s time to put him back on the backbenches.
Pinterest Google+ (“Welcome to Indiana” by formulanone, CC BY-SA 2.0) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A change that Indiana lawmakers made this spring to a tax incentive for startups is being hailed as a big win for the tech industry because it promises to make it easier for fledgling businesses to attract out-of-state investors.Legislation signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb will allow investors to transfer Indiana’s Venture Capital Investment tax credits starting next year. Transferring the credits will allow out-of-state investors to essentially sell them to someone in the state who can take advantage, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported .Many tech community leaders believe the change will encourage out-of-state investment in Indiana startups.“It’s certainly not the only driver when making the decision about whether to invest in a company,” said Mike Simmons, executive chairman and president of Sharpen Technologies. “But it certainly makes it a much easier decision.”The state’s VCI tax credit program allows an individual who invests in an Indiana startup to claim a tax credit worth 20% of the investment. Someone investing $500,000 in an eligible startup can receive a $100,000 cut in income taxes owed to the state. The credit is capped at $1 million.Startups eligible for the program have to register with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and set a venture capital fundraising goal. Investors can receive the 20% credit until the company reaches its target, which is capped at $5 million.The development group can only award $12.5 million in tax credits each year. The total credits haven’t yet reached the cap.“What’s so great about it is, it provides virtually an immediate return on investment,” Simmons said.Scott McCorkle used the credit to attract investors for his software company, MetaCX Inc.“It makes for more aggressive investments, so a higher level of funding,” McCorkle said.The change also gives Indiana a selling point over neighboring Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, where the tax credit isn’t transferable.Scott Dorsey, a tech entrepreneur and investor who helped establish venture studio High Alpha, said, “It just gives us a bigger platform to tell the story of all the great things that are happening in the state of Indiana startup scene.” Previous articlePurdue to celebrate 50th anniversary of Armstrong’s moonwalkNext articleOwner of Wolf Lake hospital museum puts it up for sale Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Facebook Twitter Indiana tax credit change may lure out-of-state investors Twitter By Associated Press – June 17, 2019 0 287 WhatsApp Facebook Google+ WhatsApp IndianaNews Pinterest
IndianaLocalMichiganNews Pinterest Google+ Southwest Michigan man convicted in 2 killings gets 2nd life sentence Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsApp (Photo supplied) CENTREVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man already serving life in prison for a woman’s killing has now been given a second life sentence without the chance of parole for the slaying of his ex-wife’s husband.WOOD-TV reports that Zachary Patten received the additional punishment Friday. He was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges last month in the July 2017 death of Shane Richardson at a home in southwestern Michigan’s Florence Township.Earlier on the same day, the Portage man killed Graciela Portillo-Esparza at a mobile home park in Kalamazoo County. The mother of four was shot after stepping between Patten and her brother, Oscar Portillo, who were arguing. Oscar Portillo at the time was the ex-boyfriend of Patten’s girlfriend.Patten was arrested in South Bend. He was found guilty of first-degree murder last year for Portillo-Esparza’s death. Twitter Facebook By Associated Press – June 22, 2019 0 345 Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleAuthorities: Man upset about vaping cracked brother’s skullNext articleFamily’s lawyer faults Buttigieg on police officer oversight Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.
Twitter Previous articleReport: Half of Michigan juvenile lifers await re-sentencingNext articleDriver in fatal winter crash pleads guilty Tommie Lee Google+ Facebook IndianaLocalSouth Bend Market Facebook Google+ By Tommie Lee – August 15, 2019 0 362 A South Bend man has been given a 78-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to transportation of child pornography.38 year-old Jeffrey Stoneburner the Second will also face 5 years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution to the underage victims of the crime.Court documents say Stoneburner sent 13 images and videos depicting child pornography to another person in August 2018 through an online chat.The FBI investigated the case with help from the St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit. Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp South Bend man sentenced for child pornography