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Mick George gives top marks to Hyva24 August 2016

Recycling and waste management business Mick George, of Huntingdon, has selected Hyva as its preferred supplier for tippers, skiploaders and hookloaders. The award-winning operator s 2016 upgrade programme will see up to 100 new vehicles joining its fleet. Two new recent additions were Hyva skiploaders, built on Mercedes 18-tonne gvw Econic chassis. These feature low entry cabs for enhanced driver visibility and will operate in and around Cambridge city centre. Instrumental in Mick George securing a waste disposal contract from all Cambridge University sites, the operator has ordered a further five of the same model. For more general purpose skiploader operations, the company is adding 30 Hyva skiploader units mounted to DAF LF chassis, as these trucks offer both increased ground clearance and lower unladen weight. Hyva has also supplied five of its latest Titan models for Mick George s extensive 8×4 hookloader fleet. The Titan s fully bolted construction makes installation, maintenance and repair considerably easier, reducing downtime and improving productivity. More than 50 tippers form part of the 2016 fleet upgrade, featuring both steel and aluminium bodies built by either Wilcox or Fruehauf. In every case, the chosen tipping gear is always Hyva s latest FC137 which combines both light weight and the ability to handle any heavy duty work with ease. With proven reliability in any tipping application from sand and gravel to muckshifting, the 450kgs FC137 is a separate ram and tank design which again saves weight, reduces fitting time and lowers upkeep costs. Author Laura Cork [1] Related Companies Hyva (UK) Ltd [2] This material is protected by MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. [3] One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team [4] . References ^ Laura Cork (www.transportengineer.org.uk) ^ Hyva (UK) Ltd (www.transportengineer.org.uk) ^ See Terms and Conditions. (www.transportengineer.org.uk) ^ contact the sales team (www.transportengineer.org.uk)

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The most ‘perfect storm’ of American panic in which nobody actually got hurt: GunFAIL CXCI

Fourteen of 58 guns discovered by TSA agents at airports around the country, during the week of April 22-28, 2016. Finally closing the books on April 2016! And what a closing week it was: 24 people accidentally shot themselves, 11 kids were accidentally shot, 8 people accidentally shot family members or significant others, 8 people accidentally discharged their guns into neighboring properties, 7 other people did so while they were out on the town and in public, 6 people died in accidental shootings, 4 people accidentally shot themselves while reholstering their guns (one in the parking lot of a gun show, of course), 4 more were accidentally shot while hunting, and another 4 were accidentally shot by guns they or a colleague decided to bring with them to work. Going beyond the numbers, there was an embarrassment of embarrassments involving guns during the week. I don t have room to highlight every one of them, but if you re the kind of person who habitually smacks yourself on the forehead when you read about particularly stupid human tricks, be sure to review your concussion protocol before reading through the list. It s difficult to know where to begin, but let s ease into things with a hunting story from out of Indiana. I guess I ve always wondered whether something like this ever happened, and now I know it does. Hunter number 1 sets out turkey decoys, and sounds his turkey call. Hunter number 2 hears turkey call, spots decoys, mistakes them for live turkeys and fires. That d be dumb enough if the story ended here, but it doesn t. Hunter number 1, seeing that another hunter has stupidly mistaken his decoys for live turkeys, finds it prudent to move further away from them. Meanwhile, hunter number 2, having failed to kill the decoys, begins stalking them. I say stalking, of course, because they re decoys, and technically, I don t think you can stalk a decoy. But hunter number 2 gave it his best shot, anyway, no pun intended. As a matter of fact, his next shot could be considered his worst, because having come around to surprise the decoys from the other direction, he fired a second time, and again failed to kill the decoys. Only this time, he accidentally shot hunter number 1, who had walked out into the field beyond the decoys in an attempt to avoid being shot at again by hunter number 2. Strange game. The only winning move is: not to play. I would also call your attention to the story from out of Sarasota, Florida. It s actually just the first of a GunFAIL play in two acts, but which doesn t come fully to fruition until May 16. But on April 27, Todd Johnson accidentally shot himself in the knee at his Sarasota home while cleaning his gun. It s that accident that s listed in this installment. I single this otherwise routine accident out in order to offer you this spoiler, scheduled to run in the upcoming GunFAIL CXCIV: On May 16, someone at the same address took advantage of Florida s then still-existing law permitting backyard shooting ranges even in residential neighborhoods a law recognized even in gun-mad Florida as obviously insane enough to deserve legislative repeal [1] in February 2016, but with an effective repeal date of July 1, 2016 [2] to hang a paper target on their wooden fence and take fire a few practice rounds, just for fun. Several rounds were later recovered from the side of a nearby condominium. And one was later recovered from the body of neighbor David Morse, found shot to death at the end of his driveway while watering the flowers in his garden. Florida is also the source of our title story, which thankfully did not result in any injuries, but which I offer as a sort of perfect storm of GunFAIL, Islamophobia, social media-driven panic, terrorism and campus shooting fears, and concerns related to the introduction of campus carry laws. It was approaching final exam time on the campus of the University of Central Florida, when students began both reporting to police and circulating stories on social media that a suspicious person, described as Middle Eastern, and wearing either a burqa or hijab, [3] and who was looking panicky and shaky, as she, quickly went to a corner and fell to her knees. Panicky students in the library at final exam time aren t all that uncommon, of course. And there s considerable difference between a burqa and hijab. But police were also told, My friend saw a silver and black hand-held object 80 percent sure it was a gun, or that it was a weapon, and she looked, like, really freaked out to see us. We were shaking, that s how scary it was. Well, one thing led to another, the campus was locked down, the library was evacuated, police arrived in tactical gear and armed with AR-15s, and yadda yadda, it was just a Muslim student taking a moment to pray [4] , and the supposed weapon was a Koran. There was , however, an active shooter on campus, however briefly. It was a campus police officer, who accidentally discharged his weapon among the crowd of students [5] safely evacuated from the library. Well, that could have ended badly. Certainly several of the week s other equally ridiculous incidents did. And they re recounted below. References ^ insane enough to deserve legislative repeal (www.fox4now.com) ^ effective repeal date of July 1, 2016 (www.guns.com) ^ wearing either a burqa or hijab, (www.huffingtonpost.com) ^ taking a moment to pray (www.nydailynews.com) ^ among the crowd of students (www.wftv.com)

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor Is a 200-Mile Living Museum 0

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor Is a 200-Mile Living Museum

BEDFORD, Pa. Route 30, the first road that allowed travelers to drive automobiles entirely across America, started in the mid-1920s. The road begins in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and ends in the state of Oregon. The part of the road corridor that begins in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, at the Allegheny-Westmoreland county line and extends 200 miles east to Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, at the Adams-York county lines is a focal area known as the Lincoln Highway Experience. There is a plan in place to bring back some of the nostalgia originally located along the highway and to preserve what history and attractions are already located here. A museum located in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, actively encourages folks to get back to the old road map and find out what is located off the interstates. Olga Herbert is the first executive director of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor. She was hired in 1996 shortly after the nonprofit organization was designated by then-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge in 1995. Herbert said that while there are other groups interested in reminiscing and nostalgia, the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor is the only one who has achieved action items. Funds are raised through occasional grants, donations, fundraisers and (by) adopting a sign. You can adopt a sign for a $50 donation every three years. There are 20 Lincoln Highway-themed murals scattered along the highway, painted by three different artists, as well as 20 painted vintage gas pump reproductions, and five roadside giants or giant artworks from the Lincoln Highway. During the early Lincoln Highway days, entrepreneurs created these larger-than-life buildings in quirky shapes along the road as attractions. These include a Coffee Pot restaurant in Bedford, a fairy tale character near Shawnee State Park and a Shoe House in York. In 2008, spearheaded by Herbert, the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor secured funding from the Sprout Fund in Pittsburgh for this new kind of Roadside Giants of the Lincoln Highway. Students from high schools enrolled in five different Career and Technology Schools along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor and were asked to create their own roadside giant that would be permanently installed along the highway. All were completed by Career and Technology Centers along the 200-mile road corridor. It involved collaboration among the schools graphic arts, welding building trades and culinary arts departments. Those students created a giant cake, in the same shape as the actual cake, to be shared with the community at the unveiling of each giant. A structural engineer provided professional guidance for the design and installation. Greensburg students created a giant 1920s Packard car and driver; Latrobe Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology created a 1940s Bennett gas pump. A large bicycle built for two was made by the Somerset County Technology Center. An oversized quarter connecting the nation s first President George Washington to the Bedford County area was created by the Bedford County Technical Center. Franklin County made a giant 1921 Selden pickup truck. About 20 professional artists have recreated 1940s-style gas pump reproductions along the corridor. The Ligonier museum is located in the Kingston House, which is known as a fine example of Colonial-style architecture. The house was built by the father of Gov. William F. Johnston, the governor of Pennsylvania from 1848 until 1852. It was built in 1815. A tour of the museum includes a film that takes visitors on the highway past many of the sights that still exist and pictures of those that are, unfortunately, no longer here. There are a number of old gas pumps from gas stations once located on the Lincoln Highway, with prices such as 29 cents still visible. License plates from the era when the highway was the place to travel are on display as well as images of cabins and sights. There are automobile glass flower vases that were filled with flowers and fastened securely in automobiles to overcome the reek of wet mohair. Interactive and nostalgic displays can entertain visitors there for about an hour or so. A gift shop displays crafts created by some Route 30 artists. Kevin Kutz, a well-known Bedford County artist, has a large collections of paintings at the museum. The purpose of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor group is to promote business and interest in this historic roadway. Pleasure was not the only use for the original Route 30. It was crucial in the development of commercial traffic. During World War I, railroads were unable to handle the amount of freight being sent to the eastern seaboard ports. The Lincoln Highway was the alternative. In the Bedford area especially, they are still reminders of those bygone days. The road takes drivers past the house where Washington slept during the Whiskey Rebellion. There is the Lincoln Motor Court cabins located just outside of Bedford that are still in use for those who want to relive the early days of traveling. The murals, giants, quaint restaurants and the museum all make taking a trip on the Lincoln Highway Corridor a worthwhile summer outing. For more information, go online to lhhc.org [1] References ^ lhhc.org (lhhc.org)