By Alexander Whiteman 05/06/2017 Ms de Jong has also worked for Mouchel and the Stagecoach group, where she was head of retail development at South West Trains.Her appointment brings to an end a six-month hunt for Ms Dee’s replacement she announced her departure from the FTA in January and FTA chief executive David Wells welcomed Ms de Jong.“Freight and logistics is the unsung hero of British industrial success, an area which is constantly changing and evolving, and the industry will be key to ensuring continued economic growth as the UK leaves the European Union,” said Mr Wells.“The FTA will have a crucial role in ensuring the sector’s demands are heard in government, and we are thrilled that Elizabeth will be joining us to drive the policy agenda forward.”Ms de Jong is due to take up her post on 3 July. Elizabeth de Jong (pictured above) has joined the Freight Transport Association (FTA) as its new director of policy.Ms de Jong’s appointment follows the departure of Karen Dee, who left the FTA in March after being appointed chief executive of the Airport Operators’ Association.Ms de Jong joins from the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), where she also served as director of policy, and brings a decade of experience in the logistics sector.She had a six-year spell at the UK Department for Transport (DfT), where she headed up rail commercial contracts before taking the reins as the lead sponsor for the east coast franchise.
Body Rocket, the Brighton, UK-based sports tech start-up, has successfully raised over £255,000 (US$313,000) in its first investment round, on the crowdfunding platform Crowdcube.The company has developed what is billed as ‘a revolutionary world-first device that measures aerodynamic cycling performance with live, on-the-bike feedback.’Body Rocket set out looking to raise a minimum of £80,000 but surpassed this figure in just 24-hours on Crowdcube following input from private investors. The listing went from strength-to-strength, overfunding and setting new targets throughout its campaign.The team is raising capital to take its current prototype Direct Force Drag Measurement device to minimum viable product (MVP) status. The device gives real-time, on-bike feedback to the rider.The latest funding round will enable testing with leading professional cyclists and triathletes… ‘with whom there has been a lot of early interest, with several testing days already lined up for once lockdown restrictions are lifted.’As well as attracting hundreds of investors, Body Rocket also made several other developments along the way. The first of these was partnering with premium multi-day cycling holiday and event agency HotChillee to provide top investors with a bespoke aero-training weekend in Girona together with the Body Rocket team.Multiple national time trial champion, former Commonwealth Games athlete and aerodynamics expert Michael Hutchinson also joined the company’s board of advisors; and ‘there was interest from individual Olympic athletes and WorldTour professionals too.’Eric DeGolier, Body Rocket CEO and Co-Founder, said “We’re blown away by the support we’ve had during this campaign. It’s gone beyond just raising funds and has introduced us to people with expertise in all aspects of the business that are excited and want to help us make a great product.“The enthusiasm and engagement we’ve had from riders and triathletes of all levels speaks for itself in what Body Rocket can do and how it will change the industry. To confirm that belief from the wider community really gives us the drive to keep forging ahead and developing our MVP and final devices.”The capital raised will not only help develop the next stages of Body Rocket’s product, but it will also enable the company to deliver testing for a range of WorldTour cycling teams, professional triathletes and Olympic track cyclists planned for later this year. As well as this, the team will be able to build and deliver on its marketing strategy to help take the product to market.Body Rocket eventually reached 320% of its initial funding target through over 370 individual investors. The final figure raised by the end of the Crowdcube campaign was £255,424.bodyrocket.cc Related read more
NPR:What will it take for the people of this world to drop their prejudices, to move past intolerance — and just get along?That’s a question Princeton psychologist Betsy Levy Paluck — one of the 24 MacArthur Fellows announced on Wednesday — has dedicated her career to answering.Back in 2002, when Paluck was a graduate student at Yale University, her adviser asked: “What does psychology say about how to reduce prejudice and conflict?” She and her adviser were teaching a class about hate speech and political intolerance, and he wanted to give students examples of ways to counteract those things.Paluck searched and searched. And she drew a blank. “There actually weren’t any rigorous studies looking at solutions.”Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media > read more
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) conducted another trial transit in the Expanded Canal on June 20, with a US-built crane ship Oceanus traversing the Pacific-facing Cocoli Locks.The inauguration of the Expanded Panama Canal will take place on Sunday, June 26.The first vessel to cross the Expanded Panama Canal during its inauguration will be China COSCO Shipping’s container vessel Andronikos.On June 10, the Neopanamax dry bulk carrier MN Baroque transited the new Atlantic-facing Agua Clara Locks as a part of a series of training events.Once inaugurated later this week, the expanded canal will double the waterway’s cargo capacity, with Neopanamax vessels able to transit.
Our good friend Bob Kravitz joined Nestor from Indianapolis to discuss a variety of sports topics, including the Hoosiers’ coaching change from Tom Crean to Archie Miller. Kravitz delved deep into the decision with Nestor and the politics that went along with it.What were the Hoosiers looking for in their next head coach? What qualities does Archie Miller bring to the table?To hear Bob Kravitz’ full conversation with Nestor, listen here:Audio Playerhttp://c631904.r4.cf2.rackcdn.com/Bob%20Kravitz%20of%20WTHR%20in%20Indianapolis%20talks%20Archie%20Miller%20and%20Hoosiers%20and%20NFL%20franchise%20moves%20with%20Nestor.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
World Cricket Championship 2 (WCC2) has partnered with mobile esports platform Mobile Premier League to host tournaments.WCC2 is a cricket simulator developed by Nextwave Multimedia, a subsidiary of Indian media company Nazara Technologies.Photo credit: MPLRELATED: WinZO partners with Tencent for PUBG Mobile tournamentsIn an effort to accelerate the adoption of World Cricket Championship 2 as a competitive title, it has features for both spectators and casters. Considering this partnership, it’s clear that Nextwave Multimedia is pushing to make the cricket title an esport.PR Rajendran, Founder and CEO of Nextwave Multimedia, spoke on the deal in a release: “The commitment towards delivering the best and establishing a personal connection with our users to innovate and improvise the gameplay has helped us achieve this success in mobile cricket gaming. We are excited to bring WCC to the MPL platform. We hope to see even more excitement from WCC fans as they can now monetise their skills in the game.”RELATED: Skyesports Premier League launches with PUBG Mobile tournamentMobile Premier League is a mobile esports tournament platform that boasts Tencent’s PUBG Mobile among its offering. In addition to World Cricket Championship 2, the platform has fantasy games for football, basketball, and kabaddi.Sai Srinivas Kiran, Co-founder and CEO of Mobile Premier League, added: “Cricket in the digital world goes much beyond just Fantasy. By getting one of the world’s biggest cricket games- WCC- we have given our users yet another skill-based game to monetize their cricket and gaming skills. As a platform, we are constantly adding games that our users want to experience.”Esports Insider says: This appears to be the first simulation cricket title that has become a prospect for esports. India is a hot spot for a game like cricket, it’s a country which makes up roughly 90 percent of a billion cricket fans globally, and – although it is difficult to predict the future – a partnership like this could take the esports market by surprise.Read The Esports Journal read more
Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson is one of the most coveted uncommitted prospects in the nation. Tomorrow, he will make his college choice, selecting from four finalists: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Ole Miss.Yesterday, Mississippi-based rap duo Rae Sremmurd tweeted at Jefferson, encouraging him to select the Rebels. Today, it was Dixie Carter, Ole Miss alum and president of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling piggybacking off Rae Sremmurd’s tweet and telling Jefferson to come to Oxford.I agree!! RT @RaeSremmurd: @cecejeferson7 pick Ole Miss bro #HottyToddy— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) February 3, 2015Jefferson definitely appreciated the love, sharing it on his Instagram page.Just another day in the world of SEC recruiting.
Lucy ScholeyAPTN NewsLiberal cabinet ministers held an emergency meeting on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Tuesday, but have yet to reveal concrete plans on how they plan to move ahead with the divisive project.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi resorted to talking points following the meeting in Ottawa, which was unusually held during the MPs two-week break from the House of Commons.“The government is 100 per cent behind this pipeline,” Carr said, adding they’re looking at “many options” on how to continue with plans for the Alberta-to-B.C. expansion project.A number of ministers – including Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett – fled reporters following the emergency meeting. Her department earlier told APTN News that the issues in B.C over the pipeline were the responsibility of Natural Resources not Indigenous-Crown Relations.It’s unclear whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is united on the pipeline expansion.Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna meets with reporters in Ottawa after an emergency cabinet meeting. Photo: Lucy ScholeyThe pipeline builder, Kinder Morgan, announced it was scaling back on the federally approved $7.4-billion project because of opposition and delays from the B.C. government.Ottawa approved the line in November 2016 but since then the project has faced court challenges and permit delays in B.C.Premier John Horgan has said the province is worried about the consequences of oil spills and the threat to the coastline.Kinder Morgan has given the federal government until May 31 for concrete assurance the line will get built, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take action.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, told APTN the focus on inter-jurisdictional squabbles does not reflect the concerns of Indigenous peoples.“They’ve continuously paid lip service to support the construction of the ill-conceived, ill-fated Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project,” he said.Almost 200 protesters have been arrested for violating a court injunction aimed at preventing anti-pipeline activists from halting Kinder Morgan’s construction in [email protected] @LucyScholey – with files from The Canadian Press read more
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:Amazon.com Inc., up $23.95 to $1,501.97The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is planning on building and expanding Whole Foods stores across the U.S.Canada Goose Holdings Inc., up $1.94 to $43.72The company opened its flagship store in Beijing over the weekend, which had been delayed because of tensions between China and Canada.Camping World Holdings Inc., down 93 cents to $11.47The company announced late Friday that Roger Nuttall had resigned as president on Dec. 21, effective immediately.PG&E Corp., down 14 cents to $23.75The Sacramento Bee reported that California’s attorney general said the utility might face criminal charges in that state’s deadly wildfires.Netflix Inc., up $11.58 to $267.66The streaming video company said more than 45 million accounts have watched “Bird Box,” starring Sandra Bullock.Advanced Micro Devices Inc., up 64 cents to $18.46Despite taking some hard knocks this fall, the chipmaker is still on track to be the best performer for 2018 in the S&P 500.Coty Inc., up 7 cents to $6.56This maker and seller of beauty products is on pace to be the worst performer for in the S&P 500 for 2018.American Tower Corp., down 64 cents to $158.19Safe-play stocks like real estate companies were lagging the rest of the market.The Associated Press read more