The UK’s first Euro 6 articulated buses are now running, thanks to orders from two airport operators.Right-hand drive versions of the latest 18m Citaro G model are now in operation at Gatwick and Bristol airports. Internally, they have luggage racks, along with the trademark floor-to-ceiling ‘wardrobe’ on the rear nearside interior, housing the engine bay.Internally, they have luggage racks, along with the trademark floor-to-ceiling ‘wardrobe’ on the rear nearside interior, housing the engine bayA long-standing customer with an all Mercedes-Benz fleet – having placed its first order in 2007 – Bristol Airport has bought its first two Citaro Gs.In what dealership EvoBus describes as a “landmark order,” Middlesex-based OmniServ has taken delivery of seven three-door Citaro Gs for its Gatwick operation.Specialising in all elements of aviation travel, OmniServ runs services at Heathrow, Gatwick, London City and Southampton airports as well as bespoke mobility services and VIP luxury travel. â€¨Seating 46 with a total capacity of 163 passengers including standees, they are being fully-wrapped in Gatwick Parking livery for car park shuttles. â€¨
Personal Group’s business has morphed from cash plan provider, to benefits provider, to all-round employee services go-to. We speak to the firm about driving employee engagement and happinessFluidity for any company is useful. For a coach or bus operator, being fluid, adaptable, and easy to change has often been the difference between failing and carrying on. It’s a common theme in routeone profile articles: By changing the business model a little, operators have often thrived.Scott Read: ‘Great respect for the knowledge and innovation that comes out of the bus sector’And so it is for Personal Group. Established in the 1980s as a personal insurance provider, this employee benefits business has already changed its model once.And it is currently going through another transformation, morphing from a benefits provider to a more all-round employee services provider. The change is coming rapidly, thanks to both the talent of the company’s in-house software design team – and the innovations and ideas of the bus industry.Hapi platformWith a large purpose-built HQ in Milton Keynes, Personal Group is an impressive business that covers a great range of industries, but it has a specialism in the bus sector, and indeed, most of the major bus operators in the UK use it in one way or another.Championing this specialism within the company is Scott Read, Account Development Director. He explains how the company started in the 1980s; Personal Group was an insurance company offering employee cash plans, and there are still operators that use the company on this basis alone.Over the years, it has branched out to offer a range of benefits alongside its cash plans. These include salary sacrifice schemes for childcare vouchers, cycle-to-work and technology; holiday and leisure discounts; and discounts from an ever-growing list of supermarkets and high street stores.This led to the creation of the ‘Hapi’ platform – an online hub, customised to each operator that uses it, where employees can go to access all the company benefits. Routeone visited Oxford Bus Company last year and saw Hapi in use. As well as the discounts and offers, Personal Group offers employee health checks, debt consolation, and Hapi-Life, a wellbeing and lifestyle service. “Our relationships with different companies allow us to open up different features,” says Scott. And it’s all on a very simple, attractive platform, customised with the operator’s branding.Operators were soon requesting to add all sorts of other services to the Hapi hub, such as their company handbook information, and even a link to routeone magazine. “Oxford Bus Company use Hapi as their corporate intranet. Instead of building an expensive intranet from scratch, we can host all that HR information on Hapi,” says Scott. The beauty is that it can also provide a platform for access to an operator’s existing benefits.New employee servicesThe platform has developed to the extent that Personal Group now offers employee services as well as straight-forward benefits, such as a 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which allows staff members to make confidential calls to a helpline for advice and support on any worries – whether they’re work-related, marital, financial or legal.Personal Group’s impressive headquarters are in Milton KeynesA particularly important point is that through Hapi, employees can access the helpline confidentially and in their own time. “For an employee who doesn’t want their colleagues or family to know about an issue they have, they’re more likely to use EAP because they can use it in their own time,” says David Walker, Chief Commercial Officer at Personal Group.He adds: “Because phones are so central to our lives now, employees are much more likely to allow their employers to communicate with them and help them if it’s through their device.”The nature of the bus industry, where workers are dispersed over a wide area, makes that particularly important, and it’s a great opportunity for employers to save money. Instead of posting HR documents to hundreds of drivers’ addresses, for example, documents can be pushed out to employees via Hapi.Personal Group has also worked with operators to streamline simple office procedures that amount to a high and unnecessary cost: For example, by making the switch to e-payslips on Hapi instead of printing and posting them on special paper.‘The last taboos’It is operators that have driven many of the changes. Personal Group has great respect for the knowledge and innovation that comes out of the bus sector, and is planning round-table meetings with several bus MDs to drive further innovation. “Those guys come up with better ideas than we do,” says Scott.Operators have already requested tie-ups with all sorts of staff-related products, from payslips to telematics, and Personal Group continues to grant these requests to become a full employee service provider.“Listening to them has to be at the core of how we engage with employees,” says Scott. “Those operators are looking at it as a holistic way of communicating with their staff. It’s great to see people engaging with it, and asking ‘what can it do for us?’“Technology is the driver. The old world was all about ‘benefits’; buying up things that would benefit the employee. The new world, the technology in particular, allows us to rethink that. And operators are starting to understand the power the technology can offer them.”David returns to the subject of the EAP, using mental health as an example.“One in four people is likely to have a mental health problem of some kind in any one year,” he says. “So of 1,000 employees, 250 will be dealing with something that is potentially distracting them from work during any year. That can lead to increased absenteeism and increased risks of accidents. It may also affect customer service. “The last two workplace taboos are mental health and financial wellbeing. Employees will rarely seek advice from their employer about financial stress, much less emotional stress. But I think we’re breaking that down. There’s a greater understanding of it, and a will to do something about it.”He adds: “Engagement is driven by lots of different things, such as the office environment, the boss, and the quality of catering. We can’t change all of those. But we can offer lots of helpful products and services, and make it easy to access them.”www.personalgroup.com
By Arya JhaFriday, November 9th and Saturday November 10th, 2012 mark the return of Tea Leaf Green to the Brooklyn Bowl. They last played a two night set in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Bowl, in February 2011, selling out pre-sale tickets to the venue both times. The same month, Tea Leaf Green additionally sold out a show at the Highline Ballroom and the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan. The five-piece jam band has been touring steadily since 1998, and they are sure to impress. Radio Tragedy, their seventh studio album, was released this past June, sparking a Fall tour throughout the Northeast and Southwest. They are touring with the up and coming Brooklyn Bowl regulars, Moon Taxi, an indie band from Nashville.This upcoming 2012 Fall TLG Tour marks the first tour having Cochrane McMillan as the official drummer of Tea Leaf Green. He first began playing with Tea Leaf Green in Winter 2011, as a replacement of their original drummer, Scott Rager. The band provides a homegrown crowd, full of long time fans as well as recent discoverers of the long standing psychedelic rock sounds which Tea Leaf Green provides. You can find all of their Fall 2012 Tour Dates on the Tea Leaf Green Website, and you can purchase tickets to their two night set at the Brooklyn Bowl here.
Baltimore is set for this year’s Moonrise Festival, bringing an impressive array of dance music to the city from August 8th and 9th. The two-day event will see headlining sets from Bassnectar and Above & Beyond, with additional performances from Big Gigantic, Datsik, Dillon Francis, Die Antwoord, The Glitch Mob, Porter Robinson, & more.The full phast one lineup includes appearances from Doctor P, EOTO, Bakermat, Borgeous, Brillz, Infected Mushroom, What So Not, Zomboy, Ty Dolla $ign and more! Check out the full lineup below, which promises more artists in phase two, and head to the festival website for more information.EOTO Only Tries Once: An Exclusive with the Masters of Live Improv EDM
* Doctor in Public Policy9 Bachelor of ArtsCum laude in field of concentrationCum laudein general studiesMagna cum laude in field of concentrationMagna cum laudewith highest honorsSumma cum laude in field of concentration Graduate School of Arts and Sciences995 Master in Urban Planning29 Master of Medical Sciences14 Master of Occupational Health3 Master in Design Studies33 Law School766 Master of Liberal Arts (A.L.M.) in Biotechnology19 Master in Public Administration93 Doctor of Public Health3 Master of Engineering1 Bachelor of ScienceCum laude in field of concentrationCum laudein general studiesMagna cum laude in field of concentrationMagna cum laudewith highest honorsSumma cum laude in field of concentration Master in Landscape Architecture25 Certificate of Advanced Study15 School of Dental Medicine95 Certificate in Publishing & Communications8 A.L.M. in Museum Studies14 Total730466441875669 Doctor of Dental Medicine40 Master of Science144 Men310010 Master of Arts384 Today the University awarded a total of 6,966 degrees and 104 certificates. A breakdown of the degrees by schools and programs follows. Harvard College granted a total of 1,564 degrees. Divinity School173 Master of Divinity43 A.L.M. in Journalism1 Women37523726912432 Associate in Arts7 Women330001 Doctor of Philosophy542 A.L.M. in Extension Studies92 Doctor of Law588 Master of Theological Studies116 A.L.M. in Management103 Master in Public Policy & Urban Planning5 Graduate School of Business Administration912 Master of Architecture in Urban Design21 Doctor of Juridical Science10 All figures include degrees awarded in November 2007 and March and June 2008; * Administered jointly with GSAS Master in Architecture116 Master of Science68 Total640011 Master in Public Administration in International Development82 Master of Laws168 Certificate in Management35 Doctor of Design Studies12 Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design1 Men35522918963237 Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career)183 Master of Theology3 A.L.M. in Mathematics for Teaching1 Master of Public Health261 Doctor of Medicine174 Graduate School of Design237 Doctor of Business Administration5 Graduate School of Education607 A.L.M. in Environmental Management16 Doctor of Medical Sciences5 Doctor of Science46 University Extension School481 Speciality Certificates36 A.L.M. in Information Technology57 Master in Medical Sciences22 A.L.M. in Educational Technologies4 * Doctor in Political Economy & Government5 Certificate in Applied Sciences5 Doctor of Theology11 Harvard Kennedy School590 School of Public Health454 Master of Business Administration907 Master in Public Policy213 Certificate in Environmental Management3 Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies111 Doctor of Education40 Master of Education552 Certificate in Museum Studies2 Medical School196
WINNIPEG – More than 100 young patients, some of them seriously ill, had to be moved when black smoke started pouring from the Children’s Hospital at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre. A total of 102 patients were relocated to other parts of the complex when the fire broke out late Monday evening in an area of the hospital that is under construction. Some of the children were in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, but none of them was hurt. One firefighter suffered minor injuries, and the cause of the fire is not yet known. There was some smoke and water damage, but staff started moving patients back in overnight. Elective surgeries at Children’s have been cancelled for the day, but all other appointments are still scheduled. (CJOB)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreYou probably have a routine for when you get home from work. You might go through your mail, change out of your work clothes, spend a few minutes checking in with your spouse or maybe grab something to drink. You get the idea.You basically have a handful of automatic responses designed to help you physically and emotionally recover from your day. And it requires no thinking on your part. Unfortunately, because of the increasingly complex and demanding lives most of us are choosing to live, these automatic responses are not enough. They should be. They could be. But to keep living life in the fast lane, they’re not. So what can you do about it? For starters, recognize that your body needs to learn how to achieve a state of relaxation in order to function properly. The quickest, easiest technique is proper breathing. Here’s one version: • Direct your attention to your breathing. • Slowly inhale through your nose. • Hold this breath. • Then slowly exhale through your mouth. • And hold. • Repeat the entire breathing cycle at your own pace. Taking no more than a few minutes each day to focus on your breathing can significantly reduce stress. And when combined with proper nutrition and physical exercise, this simple shift is sure to have a noticeable positive impact to your well being. Need more of a challenge? Practice tension reduction exercises before getting out of bed in the morning and before going to sleep at night. While in a reclining position, tense your right foot for 3-5 seconds and then release. Repeat with your left foot. Moving slowly up the body, make sure to target your calves, thighs, buttocks, stomach, chest, arms, hands, neck and head areas. Five to ten minutes of alternating between tensing and relaxing leaves your body, when done properly, feeling like Jell-O.Going DeeperMaybe you are looking for a lifestyle change and want more than just stress reduction techniques. You can start by objectively looking at where you have been and where you are going. Carve out enough time in the next week to spend some alone time reflecting on your life choices and honestly ask, is this what I want? Maybe it is but maybe it isn’t. And how will you ever know until you slow down enough to ask? The vast majority of the world, by not taking the time to self reflect, basically says, “go ahead and give me the autopilot option.” Sometimes the autopilot option turns out just fine but a lot of times you get to a place where you wish life would have turned out differently. And that’s okay because it is these moments when we pause, that new ideas are likely to surface.Regardless of whether you like your current life and just want to be healthier or you find yourself at a place where you want to make some changes, relax and just do it! Michelle Ellwanger is a licensed professional counselor trained in meditation. She owns and operates a private practice on 25 acres “off the beaten path”. For more information, go to: www.resthealgrow.com.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Maeve Filbin The tunnel between Le Mans Hall and the Cushwa-Leighton Library is currently closed to students. As part of a larger facilities update, the tunnel will be renovated and opened to student traffic.“We also have to ensure that they’re accessible, so that students who are in wheelchairs or who need a little bit more physical assistance … [are able] to get through,” Strait said. “So, part of opening that tunnel this fall will involve installing accessibility ramps so that they can really be used by all students.”In a January email to students, library director Joe Thomas said the renovation work would be completed within the next three months.The tunnel system was initially created to connect the buildings on campus to the central utility plant, Strait said in an email, and is currently owned by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.“In this case, the Sisters were so generous as to approve reopening the tunnel for student use as part of the overall library renovation,” she said.At one time, the tunnels connected the Convent, Holy Cross Hall, Moreau Center for the Arts, Regina Hall, Le Mans Hall, Haggar College Center and the library, Adaline Cashore, director of donor relations, said. Cashore, who graduated from Saint Mary’s in 1970, remembers traversing these underground passageways.“They were warm and dry in the winter,” Cashore said in an email. “They were relatively well-lit and wide, but the head room was low. You could reach out above and to the side and touch the pipes. So, it’s understandable why the Sisters decided to close them to pedestrians.”The tunnel connecting Le Mans Hall to Haggar and the library was built in 1982, when Cushwa-Leighton was first constructed and Haggar — which served as a library up until that point — was renovated, Cashore said.“It has a completely different feel from the older network,” she said.Since the tunnel’s original opening, it fell into disrepair over the years, and was eventually closed to the public due to dangerous conditions. However, Strait said the new renovations will make the tunnels safe and accessible for all students.“The College is in the process of making the necessary investments to ensure that it [is in] compliance with ADA requirements and recommendations, so it is available to all students, including those with accessibility needs,” Strait said. “The College will also take care of improving the aesthetic condition of the space, incorporating fresh paint and a thorough cleaning.”The work will be finished within the next few months, and the tunnels will be opened for student use before the end of this academic year, Strait said.“We are hoping that April gives us at least one good snow so that students can appreciate the warmth provided by this newly-opened tunnel before the academic year is done,” she said.Tags: Bond, Cushwa-Leighton Library, Le Mans Hall, renovations, tunnels As part of the recently launched multi-year facilities update, for which Saint Mary’s received approval to issue a bond of $51.5 million, the tunnel system between Le Mans Hall and Cushwa-Leighton Library will be reopened for student use. Though the official reopening date is pending, plans to renovate the tunnels have been in place since the beginning of last semester.In an interview with The Observer, vice president for strategy and finance Dana Strait said reopening the tunnels would ensure that the newly installed 24-hour spaces in the library are used by students, even during the colder winter months.
Roy Mannino, 87, of Nederland, died Wednesday, December 7, 2016. He was born on October 5, 1929, in Port Arthur, to Irene and Joe Mannino. Roy was a United States Air Force veteran. He retired from Texaco as a Machinist. Next UpSurvivors include his sons, Robert J. Mannino and his wife, Melinda and Carl Anthony, both of Nederland; grandchildren, Monica Renee Mannino of Nederland and Chris Miller and his wife, Tiffany, of Lumberton; great-grandchildren, Bryce and Landon Miller; and sisters, Betty Venable, Connie Lanclos, Pat Jackson, and Ethel Gobel. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret Mannino; one brother; and one sister. A gathering of Mr. Mannino’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with his Rosary at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 211 Hardy Avenue, Nederland, with his interment following at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Mannino’s memory to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 130 Hardy Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.