Record number of First Bus drivers commended for skills with Fleet Elite awards

first_imgA record 921 drivers from First Bus have received a special commendation for their driving performance. The drivers, who are based across First Bus in the UK from Cornwall to Aberdeen, have been presented with ‘GreenRoad Fleet Elite Awards’, designed to reward and recognise the company’s safest and greenest drivers. The number of First Bus drivers to achieve the much heralded Fleet Elite status has increased by 13% since 2014 (817 drivers received Fleet Elite awards in 2014).All First Bus drivers are measured on their ‘DriveGreen’ performance – a unique system designed to provide customers with a safer, smoother journey, while also helping to reduce fuel consumption.A DriveGreen ‘traffic light’ monitor is fitted to vehicle dashboards on every First Bus vehicle, which helps show the driver how well they are driving.The monitor displays a static green light if the driver is driving at low risk, or flashes amber or red if a bus driver carries out an unwanted driving manoeuvre such as heavy braking or rapid acceleration. Points are given for each event and the fewer points a driver has, the better their DriveGreen score is. First Aberdeen Bus Driver, Sandra Cordiner, achieved the best score among all First Bus drivers in the UK for an impressive third consecutive year. She says: “It’s really important to me that my customers enjoy their trip on the bus. DriveGreen helps make journeys smoother, safer and more enjoyable.“Since First Bus introduced DriveGreen a few years ago it has certainly helped me improve my driving skills – I’ve even had customers compliment me on how smooth their journey is. Now when I am driving the car in my time off I continue to use the DriveGreen principles and drive more smoothly – it’s safer and saves petrol.”Sandra achieved the best score among all First Bus drivers in the UK for the third year in a rowDave Alexander, Divisional Director, at First Bus, says: “Our drivers have embraced our groundbreaking DriveGreen technology and as a result are providing customers with better, safer, more comfortable journeys and reducing our carbon footprint.  Dougie Portwood, Global Change Manager with GreenRoad says: “We would like to congratulate all First Bus drivers who achieved GreenRoad Fleet Elite awards in 2015.“First Bus continues to be a top safety performer with some of the tightest thresholds for safety events in our marketplace so attaining Fleet Elite status again this year is a major achievement. We are proud to support First Bus by helping drivers continuously improve their driving standards, creating a safer, greener and more comfortable experience for First Bus customers.”last_img read more

Pinnacle Keynote Speaker Discusses the Effects of Sleep Deprivation & Fatigue

first_imgShappell’s powerful talk covered fatigue, alternating shiftwork, nightshifts and jet lag, and how these result in slow reaction times, poor memory and errors in computation. The four sleep stages were a key component of Shappell’s speech. He said most make it to the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase (dream sleep, where we consolidate our memories), but that stages three and four (a.k.a. “drool sleep”) are most important. He pointed out the importance of receiving maximum stage 3 and 4 sleep, and how an obnoxious alarm clock can interrupt those important phases. Instead, Shapell recommended a smartphone app called “Sleep Cycle” that helps train users to wake up during the lighter, less important stages of sleep. The 2014 Pinnacle conference began Tuesday night at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Maintain a routine of going to sleep; Shappell shared a few tips to help attain stage 3 and 4 sleep: Following a warm welcome to attendees by Program Chair Jay Fitch, former Navy commander Scott Shappell, PhD, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University delivered a keynote address on decision making and the effects of sleep deprivation. Exercise regularly; Shappell discussed how our sleep cycles are closely tied to our circadian body temperature, and he described the “circadian desynchronization” countermeasures of eating well and avoiding sunlight during the day for those who work at night. He said responders need to get 8 hours of good sleep to be at peak efficiency and able to make good decisions. Take warm baths; and Shappell also discussed the benefits of strategic napping. Short, 15-minute naps can be very valuable. Strategic napping can be used at almost any time of the day to help you feel refreshed and relaxed. He shared military data that exhibited how performance can be improved with just one 30-minute nap per day. Eat something that contains tryptophan, such as turkey.last_img read more

Joyce Marie Cole Martin

first_imgJoyce Marie Cole Martin was born on February 8, 1943, to the union of the late Ras and Eula Cole.She entered into her eternal resting place on October 8, 2019.A lifetime of excellence in education was exemplified by successful foundational matriculation at Lincoln School in Port Arthur, followed by higher education in pursuit of specialization in Nursing and Education.After graduating from Prairie View A&M University, Joyce began her career in Education which gave her opportunities to impact classroom instruction, as well as Athletics, Future Teachers of America, the Lincoln High School Honeybees, Majorettes, Track & Tennis, & the Dequeen Elementary Roadrunners Drill Team. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday October 14, at First Sixth Street Baptist Church in Port Arthur @ 10 am; Pastor Kalan Gardner, Officiant; Dr. Elijah Cole, Eulogist.Burial will follow at Botley Cemetery in Kinder, Louisiana.Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Hannah Funeral Home. Joyce also served diligently as a member of the Lincoln High School Class of 1960, the Matron Circle & Usher Board of First Sixth Street Baptist Church, the Usher Board of God First Ministries, the Learning Center Civic and Social Organization, Seaman’s Wives, & the Opti Ms. Bridge Club until her health failed.Joyce was preceded in death by spouse, Harold Marquest Martin (Hammerhead), parents Ras & Eula Cole, and siblings Rufus Cole, John Douglas Cole Sr., Jessie Cole Sr. (Fannie), Luther David Cole Sr., Dora Cole Simpson, Elizabeth Cole Ellas (John), niece Darlene Morrow, nephews Charles Martin Jr., Claibon Simpson, Jessie Cole Jr., Luther David Cole Jr, and great-nephew Scharonn Le’Royce Cole.Joyce is survived by children Harold Marquest Martin III, Kevin Martin, Karen Martin, Janice Martin, & Harold Cashmire (Tonji); brothers Leo Cole (Marjorie), & Reginald Cole; Aunts Ivory Morrow (the late Dempsey Morrow), Rose Robinson (the late Jeff Robinson), & Josephine Robinson (the late Joe Robinson); Sisters-in-law Lillie Cole, & Lou Ann Cole; Godchildren Sandra Ann Olaye, Willie Broussard Jr., Cindy Gunner, Elwyn Bradley, & Warren Moon; special cousins Ivory Lee Lotson & James Green, Sr.; and a host of beloved relatives and friends.A wake will be held on Sunday October 13th from 6-8 pm at Hannah Funeral Home.last_img read more

How the Poor Make Better Financial Decisions Than the Wealthy

first_imgSlate:People often assume that the poor are less competent than the wealthy. Some even suggest that the poor have flawed values or ways of thinking. But my colleagues and I have recently found that the poor outperform the rich at some financial decisions. Under poverty, people develop a unique expertise.To appreciate this expertise, we should first come to terms with a mistake nearly everyone makes. Consider this question, which I regularly pose to my MBA students: Imagine you are buying a $300 tablet, but the salesman says the same tablet is available for $50 less at a store 20 minutes away. Would you travel for the discount? Almost certainly. Now imagine that the tablet costs $1,000. Would you still travel the 20 minutes to save $50? Now you might hesitate.You are not alone. People are far more likely to say “no” to the second question than the first, even my MBA students, whose jobs are to make good financial decisions. This is a common response. It is also irrational.Read the whole story: Slate More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

How can Government justify this spending?

first_imgEditor,The spending of almost M on overseas trips by Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, is a matter that comes on the heels of the Coalition Government dealings with the Guyana Teachers’ Union and other unions.The reports from the media say that Mr Nagamootoo spent this money on cultural events and diaspora engagements, among others. How can the Government justify this spending? What did Guyana get from Mr Nagamootoo’s multimillion-dollar trips?Editor, average Guyanese are already facing hardships as a result of actions taken by the APNU/AFC Government, which promised us better, and in face of these hardships we see how taxpayers’ monies are being used.The prime minister was in the front line talking about “fat cats” under the last government. What is he saying now?The Guyanese people deserve straight answers on this.Sincerely,Baldeo Mathuralast_img read more