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It must rate as one of the world’s more bizarre world record attempts – to become the world’s fastest milk float. Kevin Bourne, the owner of “Electric Blue” plans to break the current world record of 71.4mph by almost 10mph at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome this winter.

Chloride Motive Power has supplied the batteries for the milk float which has been specially adapted to help it reach world-beating speeds, since retiring from its milk-round five years ago. It has now been customised with an extra motor, lowered suspension, safety seat and fitted with a detachable roof ‘fin’ to become more streamlined and reduce turbulence.

Electric Blue will be powered by conventional classic lead-acid batteries supplied by CMP.

Paul Smith of CMP said: “Electric power is increasingly becoming a viable source of energy for a range of vehicles as it is significantly cleaner and greener than many alternatives. We wish Kevin every success when he attempts to beat the world record later in the year.”

Electric Blue was displayed at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry for Transport Weekend at the beginning of August, along with Helen Loney’s new electric powered hydroplane – also powered by CMP Batteries. Loney plans to break her own world electric boat speed record on Coniston Water in November – a record she set two years ago in a CMP battery powered boat.

High-flying Huddersfield student Line Tabbara has been awarded a special prize by logistics specialists, Multipart, for being top of the class. She was the highest achiever on the BSc (Hons) European Logistics Management course at the University of Huddersfield. Her prize was a cheque for £200 and a specially designed trophy.

Line, from Bures sur Yvette in France, was attracted to Huddersfield because of the unique content of the course. The logistics degree has a strong language bias. She now plans to go on to do a Masters degree and hopes to go to Oxford Brookes.

Dr Nick Hubbard, head of transport and logistics at the university said: “The course brings together education and training in logistics underpinned by the language skills necessary to operate in the international logistics market.”

Multipart, finance director, Paul Roberts said: “The logistics market operates on an international basis, which makes linguistics an industry essential. As markets become more complex in terms of customer service demands, logistics is key to successful business. It is crucial that industry and education work together to match the future needs of business.”

A logistics company’s successful year has resulted in a much-needed £10,000 gift for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Des Ponsonby, managing director of Corporate Solutions in Birmingham, wanted to share his company’s good fortune with the families of life-limited children cared for by Acorns’ staff.

Acorns cares for more than 600 children at its hospices in Selly Oak, Walsall and Worcester, and in the community – but many more need the hospices’ help.

“The four directors of the company agreed that supporting a Birmingham based charity that was set up specifically to deal with the most devastating and traumatic event that any parent could envisage helped to make the decision for us.”

Corporate Solutions uses state of the art distribution planning software to help companies improve efficiency in distribution and logistics.

A new Asian orchestra has made its debut at London’s Central Hall, Westminster. Taiwan’s Evergreen Symphony Orchestra played a wide ranging programme, including works by Greig and Tchaikovsky, folk tunes from Taiwan and even classical interpretations of Scottish folk songs. The ESO was established by the Chang Yung-Fa Foundation in 2001 and staged its first concert in 2002. Over the years it has become known for its fresh interpretations of classical music and Taiwanese folk songs.

The Evergreen Group includes Evergreen Line, one of the world’s major container shipping operators, and airline EVA Air.

The concert was a corporate event intended primarily for the Evergreen Group and its guests. During the evening, there was a collection on behalf of The Mission to Seafarers – a missionary society of the Anglican Church, which cares for the spiritual and practical welfare of all seafarers regardless of nationality or faith.

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