Well-Known Engine Builder Joins Apex Customs Team

first_imgApex Customs, a full-service automotive customization shop dedicated to offering a one-stop solution for car enthusiasts to design and build the car of their dreams, announced that Nathan Bates is joining its team. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBates, a lifelong racing enthusiast, began his career and mechanical education in his teens.  With more than 25 years of experience, he has successfully engineered, built and tuned world record-setting race cars. Bates has served as a specialist in short block, cylinder head and supercharger for both NHRA and IHRA race teams, most recently a car chief for an NHRA Top Fuel Funny Car team. As a teacher, Bates has traveled internationally to coach drag racing and tuning techniques in the United Arab Emirates. In addition, he has engineered, developed and built cars with global notoriety in the performance and aftermarket automotive industry. Bates worked directly with world-renowned companies such as Mustang Dynometers and HP Tuners and is currently working with new tuning software company, Syked, to develop innovative tuning software tailored specifically to Dodge, Chevrolet and Ford. Passionate about ensuring every step of the car customization process is reflective of the high standards car enthusiasts expect, Apex Customs says it is committed to combining every aspect of car customization under one roof. The company notes that the addition of Bates brings it one step closer to realizing that dream.  Advertisement“While we’ve offered bolt-on performance services over the last couple of years, the capability to perform full engine building and tuning services have been at the top of our priority list,” said Elliot Hutchens, co-founder at Apex Customs. “Engine performance is at the top of our customer’s priority list. However, we’re very selective in who we bring into our team because we want our clients to receive the best service possible when entrusting their vehicles to us. We’re excited Nathan shares our vision; he is the perfect man to help us expand into a full-service speed shop alongside our existing offerings.”To compliment Bates’s capabilities, Apex Customs recently purchased one of the biggest, fastest and most powerful dynamometer available on the market. Its new MD-1750 dyno is capable of measuring up to 3,500 horsepower with a maximum speed of 250 mph.last_img read more

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Ballard and Van Hool receive largest order ever for H2 buses

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’13 Reasons’ sparks criticism of teen suicide depiction

first_img NEW YORK (AP) It’s a scene as painful to watch as it is graphic: A 17-year-old girl climbs into a bathtub with a razor. We see her slice into her skin, we see the blood pour out, hear her cry and struggle to breathe. Then she is still.The suicide of the heroine in Netflix’s new popular series “13 Reasons Why” shouldn’t come as a shock, since it’s depicted in the final episode of a series built around the character’s death. But knowing that it is coming doesn’t make it any easier.That stomach-turning scene has triggered criticism that it romanticizes suicide and prompted many schools across the country to send warning letters to parents and guardians. The show’s creators are unapologetic, saying their frank depiction needs to be “unflinching and raw.”“Many people are accusing the show of glamorizing suicide and I feel strongly – and I think everyone who made the show – feel very strongly that we did the exact opposite,” said writer Brian Yorkey, who won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for the musical “Next to Normal,” which grappled with mental illness. “What we did was portray suicide and we portrayed it as very ugly and very damaging.”The 13-episode drama, co-produced by actress and singer Selena Gomez, is based on Jay Asher’s young-adult 2007 bestseller about a high school student who kills herself and leaves behind 13 audiotapes detailing the events that led to her death, including sexual assault, substance abuse and bullying.Per usual, Netflix released all 13 hours of the series at once – on March 31 – leaving suicide prevention specialists worried teens might binge the entire series without a chance to fully absorb the issues and ask questions. They also say they wish the show would consistently flash the National Suicide Prevention hotline.“Graphic details about suicide we know historically are not recommended,” said Phyllis Alongi, the clinical director of The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide . “I understand what the producers are saying but it could really be unsafe and I think we need to be a little more responsible.”Netflix and the show creators point out that several mental health professionals were consulted and they offer a 30- minute show called “Beyond the Reasons” that delves deeper into the tougher topics portrayed, as well as a site with links to resources.The show is rated TV-MA, which means is may be unsuitable for children under 17, and three episodes that contain explicit material have “viewer discretion advised” warnings.But some mental health professionals are going further, with the National Association of School Psychologists declaring, “We do not recommend that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series.”Critics of the show argue that depression and mental illness – keys to understanding suicide – are rarely mentioned and the fact that its heroine, Hannah, gets to tell her story after her death sends a potentially dangerous message. They’re also upset that the school guidance counselor depicted on the show seems to blame the victim.The Jed Foundation and Suicide Awareness Voices of Education joined forces to create 13 talking points for young adults and guardians to discuss while watching the series, including warnings that the way the counselor is portrayed is “not typical” and that “leaving messages from beyond the grave is a dramatization produced in Hollywood.”School systems across the country are alerting parents, making them aware that their teens may be streaming the series, urging them to watch it with them, and providing information to help them talk about it.In the upstate New York community of Grand Island, school administrators warned that the series “sensationalizes suicide.” Indiana’s largest school district warned in an email that the series “does not accurately model what we would want or hope individuals do if they are struggling or in crisis.”In Maryland, principals in the Montgomery County public school system noticed teens talking about the series and wanted to make sure parents had resources to handle tough questions. A warning letter and links to resources eventually went out to all 35,000 middle schoolers.“There’s a lot to take in and digest. If you’re a young, growing mind being informed by what you see, this could have an impact,” said Derek Turner, spokesman for the district. “So we’re giving them tips and tools.”According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide was the second leading cause of death for children and young adults ages 10 to 24 in 2014.Dr. Helen Hsu, a clinical psychologist in Fremont, California, whose work involves suicide prevention in schools, helped shape some of the “13 Reasons Why” scripts. She said not showing Hannah’s suicide would be almost “coy and avoidant” and that medical studies aren’t definitive about the risks of suicide contagion. Plus, there are already graphic how-to guides online.“If you think your child can’t find this in one second on the internet already in the past 10 years, you are sadly mistaken,” she said. “To say this is going to trigger that is sort of naive. What I really emphasized in the script writing was I said. ‘It has to focus on that it’s not glamorous, that it’s ugly, it’s painful and I really want you to focus on the pain of her parents and the people left.’”While suicide has been depicted on TV shows, the youth of the roles in “13 Reasons Why” is pioneering. It has clearly struck a nerve: The show has 340,000 Twitter followers and 2.4 million likes on Facebook.Gomez, who has talked openly about her own mental-health struggles, said she was braced for a backlash: “It’s going to come no matter what. It’s not an easy subject to talk about. But I’m very fortunate with how it’s doing.”Yorkey said creators wanted to tell a young adult story in “a more honest way that it has ever been told on television.”“I understand it’s hard to watch,” he said. “It was supposed to be hard to watch because these things are incredibly hard to endure and we wanted to say, ‘These things are happening in kids’ lives. You can keep quiet about them. You can keep kids from watching shows about them. It’s not going to stop them from happening in kids’ lives and you should be talking about that.’” SHARE ’13 Reasons’ sparks criticism of teen suicide depiction Published: April 28, 2017 2:08 PM EDT center_img Author: Associated Press Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

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Claims giant buys £25m rehab specialist as expansion continues

first_imgOne of the biggest claims management companies in the UK has brought a major rehabilitation provider on board as it bids to buy up a complete range of accident-related services.National Accident Helpline Group PLC (NAHL) has conditionally agreed to buy the entire share capital of Bush & Company, which arranges rehabilitation, expert witnesses and injury case management.NAHL said it will place more than 4m new shares in the company to raise a total of £14.2m to part-fund the deal.The remainder will be funded through existing cash resources and loan facilities. Net debt after the deal is completed is expected to be around £9.7m.Russell Atkinson (pictured), chief executive of NAHL, said purchases such as this are a key part of the growth plan to ‘extend the reach’ of the company.The company said its new acquisition will help to broaden relationships with law firms on its panel by introducing them to a linked provider.NAHL, floated on the London Stock Exchange last year, has an established history of matching potential clients with law firms. This latest acquisition suggests the company now wants to extend that mission and cater for every service required after an accident.Bush & Company, headquartered in Northamptonshire, undertakes assessments following accidents resulting in disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injuries, amputation, orthopaedic injuries and visual impairment.It also provides assessment and case management services to clients who have conditions arising from medical negligence such as cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, abdominal injuries and orthopaedic injuries. The company recorded £8.9m turnover in 2014/15 and operating profit of £3m.Last month, NAHL reported pre-tax profits up by 18.72% in the six months to 30 June, on turnover up 15% to £25.4m. New acquisition Fitzalan Partners, bought in February this year, contributed £1.5m to the group’s revenue. The value of NAHL shares rose almost 2% this morning on news of the latest purchase.last_img read more

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Unrepresented homeless litigant granted leniency

first_imgJudges would be wrong to think homeless applicants can draft grounds of appeal without legal representation, the Court of Appeal has said, in a judgment that provides significant guidance for courts and housing lawyers when proceedings are issued out of time.Al Ahmed v The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets concerned the approach courts should adopt when assessing a ‘good reason’ for delay in bringing an appeal under section 204 of the Housing Act 1996 against an adverse review decision under the homelessness provisions of the act.The council decided that Al Ahmed was not a priority need and notified him on 4 or 6 April 2018. Al Ahmed had 21 days to appeal. He lodged an appeal on 25 May 2018. His Honour Judge Hellman, in the county court at central London, granted permission to appeal out of time. The council successfully appealed in the High Court, where Mr Justice Dove was satisfied that it was within Al Ahmed’s capabilities to do what was necessary to bring the appeal and get it started. Al Ahmed, represented by north London firm Tyrer Roxburgh, appealed to the Court of Appeal.Homelessness charity Shelter, represented by magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, intervened in the Court of Appeal case. Handing down the Court of Appeal’s judgment yesterday, Sir Stephen Richards said the charity’s evidence presented a ‘bleak picture of the difficulties faced by homelessness applicants’ in bringing an appeal under the act without legal advice and representation, and of the difficulties they may face finding a legal aid practitioner.Richards said the 21-day time limit remains the basic rule. However, ‘where an applicant relies on the fact that he was unrepresented and was seeking legal aid as a reason for non-compliance, the circumstances will need to be examined with care, including scrutiny of the diligence with which he acted in seeking legal aid. And even if the court is satisfied as to good reason, that simply opens up a discretion to give permission for an appeal to be brought out of time’.Richards said there was no proper basis for Dove, who heard the case in the High Court, to interfere with the county court’s decision. ‘I think it right to add that if and in so far as Dove J was basing himself on a wider proposition that homelessness applicants are able as a general rule to draft a notice of appeal and adequate grounds of appeal without legal representation… such a proposition is in my judgment mistaken. It is not supported by the evidence before Judge Hellman and it is contradicted by the evidence placed before this court by Shelter.’Richards allowed the appeal and reinstated Hellman’s order. Lord Justice Phillips and Lord Justice David Richards agreed.last_img read more

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MoD intent on keeping combat claims out of court

first_imgThe Ministry of Defence has repeated its insistence that courts should not be involved in any decision relating to injuries to personnel suffered during combat.Defence minister Tobias Ellwood this week told parliament that the doctrine of combat immunity was complex and unclear, following some ‘exceptionally protracted’ claims against the MoD. The government wants to remove the choice of the court route for injured personnel and instead direct them to an MoD-backed compensation scheme.Opponents, including the Law Society, have warned that the plans, unveiled last December, could deny justice to service personnel and increase the risk of mistakes being repeated.Ellwood said claims relating to equipment discharged in battle have risked the exposure of sensitive material and cost large amounts of taxpayers’ money in legal fees. ‘We believe the cases have been highly stressful for the litigants and created much uncertainty for the conduct of future hostilities,’ he said.‘The strong view of the government is that decisions about such challenging and sensitive matters should be taken by military commanders with the appropriate expertise, and not – with all respect – by the courts.’Ellwood disagreed that keeping such claims ‘in-house’ would remove any opportunity to prevent a recurrence, saying a full inquest is held whenever a member of the armed forces has been killed in combat. Where there has been a non-fatal injury, there will be a service inquiry which will ‘get to the heart of what happened for more quickly than any civil litigation.’He said keeping a choice for injured personnel would ‘perpetuate legal uncertainty and the judicialisation of war’, and he insisted the assessment of compensation would be independent of the MoD.Labour MP Mike Kane, who introduced a debate on the issue, said independent assessment already existed in the form of judges.He said the MoD plans amount to scrapping the legal duty of care that it owes to service personnel. ‘Introducing a smokescreen of combat immunity over all military operations, as the government propose, would be a huge step backwards,’ he said. ‘Combat immunity, which is currently interpreted by the courts, is there to protect military operations when thinking is impaired in the heat of battle. It does not, and should not, apply to procurement decisions made back at Whitehall when equipment that is procured for our troops turns out to be faulty or unsuitable.’last_img read more

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The year of the electronic air brake

first_imgINTRO: North America is grasping the benefits of electronic brake application on long freight trains; with over a dozen pilot projects clocking up more than 160 million wagon-km in revenue service, 1998 may be a turning point in braking technologyBYLINE: Doug KlinkVice PresidentTSM IncElectric control from the driver’s cab of air brakes on each car has been commonplace for many decades in multiple-unit and fixed formation passenger trains. The advantages of applying the brakes simultaneously on all vehicles in a train are well known. Yet freight trains have grown many times longer and heavier than passenger trains without the benefit of electro-pneumatic brakes. Freight suffers to a far greater extent than passengers the economic penalties – and dangers – of sequential brake application through exhausting the train pipe at the head-end only.Where radio-controlled locomotives are cut into heavy haul trains in order to limit coupler forces, this provides the opportunity to exhaust and recharge the train pipe at intermediate points as well as from the head end. Otherwise, some 2 min can elapse between operation of the brake control valve on the leading locomotive of a 150 car unit train and the application of brakes on the last car.Conventional EP brakes require a number of wires along the train which directly energise solenoids on each car. These operate valves which admit air stored in reservoirs to the brake cylinders, and exhaust it to release the brakes. The reservoirs are recharged from a train pipe, which can also be used to apply and release the brakes if the electrics fail.Aside from a few special applications such as mail trains, EP brakes have never been considered economic for freight. This is changing with the introduction of electronic control. Data messages are transmitted by wire or radio from the locomotive to a microprocessor on each car, where battery powered air valves create and hold exactly the desired pressure in each brake cylinder. The battery is trickle-charged by small generators built into the axle bearings in the case of radio, or via control wires through the train where these are used.Electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brake technology has some way to travel before it can begin delivering the productivity benefits promised for railways, independent car owners and consumers worldwide. But if current trends continue, the industry may well remember 1998 as the year of the electronic air brake. With the broad operational benefits well understood in North America today, suppliers are forecasting a significant increase in revenue service applications of ECP technology during 1998. On October 8, for example, electricity generator Southern Co of Atlanta, which receives low-sulphur coal from Wyoming in unit trains, ordered over 2500 EABSTM ECP kits from TSM. The decision followed successful trials with 250 cars during 1997 (see green route on Fig 1, p97). Co-operation and strategic alliances between brake and component manufacturers, independent car owners, railways and government agencies will facilitate the process.The trend is expected to accelerate worldwide over the coming decades, driven by the demand for more efficient rail transport. In the US today, for example, many trains do not run at full line speeds simply because they can’t stop fast enough in relation to the spacing of signals. This will continue to be an operational and economic constraint until braking distances are shortened. Electronic control has been shown to reduce braking distances by 30% to 70%.The benefits summarised in Table I all contribute to raising productivity, and this is the key factor that will drive the adoption of ECP brakes.Four years’ experienceIt was TSM Inc of Kansas City which installed the first ECP brakes on a Burlington Northern train carrying coal in 1993. Since then, more than a dozen trials with our EABSlast_img read more

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EMD delivers Ferromex locomotives

first_imgMEXICO: Ferromex has taken delivery of the first 10 of a batch of 19 additional Electro-Motive Diesel SD70ACe locomotives ordered last year under a contract which includes an 11-year maintenance agreement. They are expected to enter service by June.‘We are very pleased to receive the first 10 EMD locomotives and add this equipment to our fleet of 97 SD70Aces’, said Ferromex CEO Rogelio Vélez. ‘EMD has helped us improve our fuel consumption, and their reliability has allowed us to operate more efficiently and effectively.’ EMD introduced the 4 300 hp SD70ACe locomotive in 2005 for freight applications in North America and worldwide. It features radial bogies and EMD’s Q-cab which the manufacturer says is designed for operator comfort and safety.last_img read more

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UN-backed Libyan govt says indiscriminate shelling kills 3 children in Tripoli

first_imgLibya’s UN-backed unity government arrives in Tripoli Libya’s UN-backed government condemns deadly airstrike in Tripoli A fighter of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez al-Sarraj, fires a truck-mounted machine gun at the forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, at Ain Zara frontline, in the southern suburbs of capital Tripoli. Photo: Amru Salahuddien/dpa (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/picture alliance via Getty Images) A fighter of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez al-Sarraj, fires a truck-mounted machine gun at the forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, at Ain Zara frontline, in the southern suburbs of capital Tripoli. Photo: Amru Salahuddien/dpa (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/picture alliance via Getty Images)Indiscriminate shelling on Wednesday killed three children in the south of the Libyan capital, said a local official.“Three children of one family were killed by indiscriminate shelling in Ain Zara, southern Tripoli,” said Amin Hashem, information adviser of the UN-backed government’s Ministry of Health.Both the UN-backed government forces and the rival eastern-based army exchanged accusations for targeting civilians in Tripoli.The eastern-based army has been leading a military campaign since April 2019 in and around the capital, attempting to take over the city and topple the UN-backed government.The fighting killed and injured thousands of people and forced more than 150,000 civilians to flee their homes.The rivals have agreed to cease fire on Jan. 12. However, violence has increased in the country with the two sides blaming each other for violating the peace deal.Relatedcenter_img UN-backed Libyan government accuses east-based army of deadly shellinglast_img read more

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Guyana wins PJD2 Caribbean Queen Pageant

first_img 473 Views   25 comments Tweet Sharing is caring! Share EntertainmentLocalNews Guyana wins PJD2 Caribbean Queen Pageant by: – April 28, 2014center_img Share Share Alicia Nichola Bess of Guyana won the pageantMiss Dominica Francine Baron was unsuccessful at her first regional pageant since winning the title in March 1, 2014.Miss Baron, who left the island on April 22 to take part in the nineteenth Anniversary of Miss PJD2 Caribbean Queen Pageant in St Maarten on April 27, 2014, did not place at the pageant.Alicia Nichola Bess of Guyana won the pageant while Davina Brooks of St Maarten placed first runner up followed by Raynelle Carrol of Antigua and Barbuda. The other countries represented at the pageant were Anguilla, Aruba, Curacoa, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nevis, Suriname, Tortola, BVI, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico and Montserrat.The seventeen representatives competed in four categories: Native Costume, Swim wear, Talent, Evening wear segments.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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