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Kirklees Council in Yorkshire has introduced an electronic refuse collection van that will be powered by the rubbish it collects. The vehicle, supplied by Smith Electric Vehicles, will be used to empty 25 newly-installed split litter/recycling bins in lIuddersfield town centre. The battery will be recharged with electricity generated by nonfossil fuel from the Energy from Waste (EfW) plant at Emerald Street, Huddersfield. This will include the waste collected from the town centre bins. This energy will be produced by the EfW plant using the litter collected in the new bins, as well as household waste from grey bins. ClIr David Sheard said:

“We are advised by the manufacturer that this will be the first vehicle worldwide that will be powered by the waste it collects and which then gets recycled as electricity.”

Pall-Ex boss Hilary Devey has chosen Leicester as the first location for a nationwide expansion of The Back Door Project. She chose to support the project in Rochdale when she took part in the Channel 4 programme “TIle Secret Millionaire”.

The scheme helps to keep 13-25 year olds out of trouble by providing facilities to enable the youngsters to enhance their music skills. It has already proved highly successful in Rochdale with teenagers regularly attending recording sessions and performing at gigs.

The Disaster Response Challenge, run by the British Red Cross, is looking to fill the last few spaces of the 2009 charity event, which takes place on 27th – 29th March. It provides participant’s with the opportunity to experience the issues faced by the British Red Cross Emergency Response Unit and covers areas such as logistics, communications, first aid and casualty evacuation and delegate security. The challenge costs £50 to take part in and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship. For more details visit: disasterresponsechallenge.

Moving a guitar should be straightforward enough, but when it is a priceless Gibson SG that was once owned by Jimi Hendrix there is a whole extra level of complexity.

The guitar, which has a colourful history, made the trip from Denver, Colorado to the Hard Rock Cafe in Edinburgh as part of Hard Rock’s “Top of the Rock” awards programme, which recognises the top performing liard Rock Cafes around the world with the honour of displaying special pieces from its memorabilia collection.

The job of transporting it fell to DHL Express, which has had a global contract with the Hard Rock Cafe for almost two years. Each month, DHL transports Ilighlyvalued guitars, once played by rock ‘n’ roll legends like Hendrix and Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, to Hard Rock Cafes throughout the world.

GAC Group is sponsoring Qatar’s Fl power boat racing team for the 2009 Championship. CAC said the deal was a natural extension of its partnership with the Qatar Marine Sport Federation as CAC has been handling the local logistics for the QMSF teams for the past five years.

“QMSF is proud to have CAC as the sponsor for the Qatar Fl Power Boat Series Championship 2009,” said Sheik Hassan bin Jabor al-Thani, QMSF president and power boat pilot. Michael Sturesson, general manager, CAC Qatar, said: “CAC is pleased and honoured to support the world class Fl power boat racing team,” noting that Team Qatar’s Ray Price clinched the world championship last season.

The British International Freight Association has named Steve de Croos as Young Freight Forwarder at its annual awards ceremony. Steve de Crees, regional project manager for road and rail logistics at Kuehne + Nagel, has significantly progressed in his career since he started with Kuehne + Nagel in 2004 as a temporary warehouse worker. Steve joined the company’s Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme in November 2004 where he gained experience of different operational functions in contract logistics, European overland, airfreight imports, aviation exports and seafreight exports. He completed the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s Introduction Certificate and Professional Diploma which offered him an insight into the total supply chain.

The BBC Box is now en route from New York to Santos in Brazil with a cargo of household goods. There continue to be technical problems with the Box’s CPS unit which means it is only possible to provide sporadic updates to the location. Follow its progress at




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