BYD-ADL partnership scores in London with another order

first_imgJust weeks after the inauguration of Europe’s biggest electric bus fleet, Transport for London contracted operator Go-Ahead has selected the BYD-ADL (Alexander Dennis Ltd) partnership to supply a fleet of 14 10.8m BYD ADL Enviro200 EV buses to operate its 360 route.The buses will be based at Go-Ahead’s Camberwell garage where BYD will install 14 of its own design charging postsThis is the first order BYD-ADL has won for the new 10.8m model.The buses will be based at Go-Ahead’s Camberwell garage where BYD will install 14 of its own design charging posts.Route 360 passes through some of the UK capital’s most prestigious areas, connecting South Kensington with Chelsea, Sloane Square and Vauxhall before terminating at the Elephant and Castle.Says Go-Ahead Group Engineering Director Richard Harrington: “The experience gained in electrifying routes 521 and 507 out of Waterloo was pivotal in deciding who to work with on route 360.“Having the confidence that the product can operate on London’s streets and is capable of running a whole day without the need to recharge put this product to the front of what is becoming a very competitive market.”Announcing the new order, for which BYD is prime contractor, BYD’s UK Country Manager Frank Thorpe says: “This underlines the strength of our joint offer and we again look forward to working with Go-Ahead London on this exciting project. We anticipate delivering the vehicles in the second half of 2017″.Robert Davey, ADL’s Group Commercial and Business Development Director, adds: “Along with our recent order from Merseyside this latest order illustrates the attractiveness of the BYD ADL Enviro200EV from an operational and passenger perspective, not to mention the benefits it provides to pedestrians and city dwellers with zero emissions.“The stylish British-built ADL bodywork mounted on BYD’s well proven chassis, and underpinned by the best aftermarket support in the business is truly a winning combination.”last_img read more

The Florida Bar Foundation seeks director applicants

first_img The Florida Bar Foundation seeks director applicants The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancy to be filled during its April 19 meeting: The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors:  One lawyer to serve the remainder of a three-year term, commencing immediately upon appointment and ending June 30, 2014 on this 33-member Board of Directors which administers Florida’s IOTA program. Directors shall be members of the Foundation during their term(s) as directors. Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may  click here to download the application  and review the “Expectations for Service of Board Members”  from the Bar’s website, or may call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain these documents. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, 32399-2300 no later than 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. The Florida Bar Foundation seeks director applicants April 1, 2013 Regular Newslast_img read more

Study: Unhappiness intensifies the avoidance of frequent losses

first_imgLinkedIn PsyPost: Why were you interested in this topic?Yechiam: I guess my interest was aroused by a rather weird finding in decision science that people who are induced to have negative affect (e.g., by seeing a sad movie) tend to take more risk. To me, this was non-intuitive, as I felt that when a person is sad or upset she would tend to shy away from the possibility of getting more negative repercussions by taking additional risk — being more sensitized due to her current negative feeling.Indeed, in pain research it has been repeatedly observed that those in a negative mood avoid pain and have higher pain thresholds.What should the average person take away from your study?Turns out people do prefer to avoid frequent negative events when they are upset. So they avoid risks with frequent negative penalties. But they don’t mind being exposed to risk when it’s the kind that most of the time gives positive rewards. Therefore, negative mood does not lead to more sensitivity to the overall negative penalty but to its frequency – with frequent penalties being avoided more.This is also consistent with the findings that negative mood is sometimes associated with drug use and binging — these can be risky alternatives, but most of the time these activities provide positive rewards. Hence, these activities are not avoided by those with a negative mood.Another interesting finding of the current study concerns the well known phenomena that people are generally over-sensitive to frequent small losses. For instance, in behavioral experiments people don’t like gambling machines of the type that give a loss of $1 with 90% and a gain of $10 with 10%. Even though this machine is profitable on average, the common bad outcomes wash out the rarer positive ones. As it turns out, for individuals who report very high positive affectivity this tendency does not emerge: they are not over-sensitive to frequent negative penalty. By contrast, in individuals with low affectivity this tendency is aggravated.Are there any major caveats? What questions still need to be addressed?The findings used a laboratory study with small monetary penalties. It would be interesting to examine whether these findings also bear on people’s behavior in naturally occurring settings. For instance, do happier people explore more – and is this the result of being able to tolerate the very frequent hurdles that exploration may bring with it?The study, “Unhappiness Intensifies the Avoidance of Frequent Losses While Happiness Overcomes It“, was also co-authored by Ariel Telpaz, Stas Krupenia, and Anat Rafaeli. Share on Twitter Our level of happiness can affect our willingness to withstand frequent monetary losses, according to new research published in Frontiers in Psychology.The two-part study of 250 college students used the Iowa gambling task to uncover that unhappy individuals tended to avoid choices that resulted in frequent but minor losses. Instead, unhappy individuals tended to opt for choices that resulted in larger but rarer losses. Happier individuals, on the other hand, tended to be more willing to tolerate frequent losses if they led to positive net outcomes.PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding author, Eldad Yechiam of the Israel Institute of Technology. Read his responses below: Sharecenter_img Email Share on Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Bosch Announces New Vice President for Diagnostics Regional Business Unit, North America

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  Broadview, Ill. — Bosch announces the hiring of Jim Graninger as Vice President for its Diagnostics Regional Business Unit, North America. Jim will formally begin his position on Sept. 1, and will be working closely with current Vice President, Guenter Weber. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Jim brings more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, including more than 20 years in the aftermarket arena. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager of Rexnord Industries LLC, and prior to that, served in several vice president level roles with Snap-on Inc., including its diagnostics business. Jim’s successful career includes international assignments in Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands as well as international responsibilities for Asia, Australia and Latin America. Born in Ridgewood, N.J., Jim grew up in Columbus, Ind., where his family still resides. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served as a pilot in Vietnam, Germany, and the U.K. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from DePauw University and a Master of Arts in Executive Development from Ball State University.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Electricity rates increase in Heredia

first_imgStarting in June, residents and businesses in Heredia, north of the capital, will see higher electric bills, according to the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP).ARESEP announced the approval of new electricity rates for 2012 and 2013 in a statement Monday. Residents of Heredia can expect to pay about ₡8 more per kilowatt-hour starting next month, the statement indicated.The general rate, applied to businesses, will go up about 6 percent, while residential and industrial rates will see a 13 and 14 percent hike, respectively for the rest of 2012. Rates for businesses will drop, according to ARESEP, an average of about 1.5 percent in 2013.An average family who consumes about 200 kwh per month now pays about ₡9,400 ($18.50). That will go up to to ₡11,000 ($21.60) and stay there through 2013. A typical family currently pays ₡47 per kwh up to 200 kwh per month. That will jump to ₡55 per kwh for 2012 and 2013. Currently, residents pay ₡67 per kwh when consuming more than 200 kwh per month. That will jump to ₡73 per kwh in 2012 and 2013.Businesses will see a drop of about 1.5 percent in their rates during 2013. The bill for up to 3,000 kwh per month will drop from ₡255,000 ($501) to ₡246,000 ($483).The new rates will be published next week in the official newspaper La Gaceta. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more