Saturday, November 22, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Blue Hill Logistics (BHL), a subsidiary of Blue Hill Investment Pvt. Ltd., has launched super-luxury intercity bus service titled ‘Luxuria’ between Bengaluru and Chennai. The Volvo buses have been designed by ace automobile designer Dilip Chhabria. With an initial investment of Rs 30 crore for 12 buses and infrastructure it is likely to be scaled upto Rs 450 crore in the next seven years with acquisition of 250 buses.
The Luxuria bus service has been flagged off today with two buses departing at 5 am and 7 am and another two buses will begin operations in the night at 10 pm and 11 pm from Whitefield going via the Luxuria lounge at HSR Layout Bengaluru. The first three services will culminate at Hotel Sabari Classic on OMR Road at Sholinganallur in Chennai and the last service departing from Bengaluru will culminate at Hotel Radha Regent, Koyambedu Chennai. At all the above mentioned times of 5am, 7 am , 10pm and 11pm the bus service will be running from Chennai too. The ticket for a one way journey is priced at Rs 1,800.
Prabhu Ramachandran, Director, Blue Hill Group said, “Luxuria is a novel concept for travel in India. We believe that we have the first mover advantage in this category and in the next three years we plan to expand our services to other major cities in the country.”
He further added that, “Nilgiris Supermarket Chain was the first self-service supermarket in India and pioneered the concept of retail shopping experience in India. Luxuria we believe will be a true trend setter in travel in India. The designs of the buses are a true embodiment of style by Dilip Chhabria and will become a benchmark in travel.”
“These ultra luxury buses are targeted to air travellers. The buses are designed to give Business Class and First Class luxury and comforts at far lower prices,” said Pankaj Rampal, COO, Blue Hill Logistics.
Monday, September 8, 2014
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014
To brilliant sunsets and unforgettable good times, Gulf Shores, Alabama is also the site of Bella Terra of Gulf Shores, a resort that brings luxury RVing to life in a tropical oasis. The 40-acre resort is ideally located just 6.5 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, allowing quick access to the beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast.
Surrounded by lush farmland, Bella Terra is the perfect respite from outside distractions, but still just minutes from shopping, dining and entertainment. And there’s more good news in that direction: the Blue Collar Comedy Entertainment company recently closed on a property two miles north of the resort, initiating a $175-million dollar entertainment complex that’s scheduled to open in 2015.
This winning combination of beautiful natural surroundings and nearby attractions with top-notch facilities has not gone unnoticed in the luxury RVing community, with buyers coming in both from the U.S. and Canada. “Our motor coach-exclusive facility that has grown steadily since opening in 2008,” said Activities and Operations Manager, Courtney Fox. “Since then, Bella Terra has gained national recognition for its remarkable facilities, outstanding customer service and spacious lots.”
Upscale amenities include a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse, available to guests 24-hours-a-day with a fully equipped fitness center, a private movie theater, a massage room and a bar. The infinity-edge pool is open year round—a favorite of the snowbird guests. “We’re also pet friendly!” said Courtney. “Our fenced-in dog park is an ideal feature for families traveling with their furry friends.”
The final phase of this award-winning resort opened this spring, adding 65 more deeded lots to the inventory. In addition to full ownership, they also offer RV lot rentals. All lots include professional landscaping for privacy, concrete pads, built-in patios, utility hook-ups and optional upgrades including gazebos, outdoor entertainment centers, and storage units.
Their over-sized Class A RV lots – some as large as 5,000 square feet – are designed to satisfy Class A RV motor coach needs.
For more details on this truly top-notch luxury RV resort or to book online, visit www.bellaterrarvresort.com.
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Friday, May 23, 2014
Interview only the best driversScheig Associates’ solutions ensure that only superior applicants make it to the interview phase.
Scheig Associates, Gig Harbor, WA, was founded in 1980 by Dr. Richard F. Scheig. Scheig has developed over 80 job-specific hiring systems for companies in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia, serving the transportation, education, distribution, construction, healthcare, insurance, childcare, call center, banking and sales industries.
Scheig Associates began developing and marketing pre-employment systems in 1991, and that has since become the core of the company’s business.
According to Scheig, the company’s assessments identify an applicant’s future performance at an 88 percent accuracy rate.
Recently, the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) announced a partnership with Scheig Associates to provide discounted pre-employment performance testing to its members. UMA members will save 10 percent on Scheig Associates’ Motor Coach Works© Hiring & Performance System™ designed specifically for the motorcoach industry to identify, select and hire better, safer drivers.
Scheig’s the Motor Coach Works Hiring & Performance System is a three-phase system consisting of an online pre-employment assessment, behaviorally based interview questions and a performance evaluation.
UMA says it partnered with Scheig upon hearing from several association members of their satisfaction and success with Scheig’s hiring and employee performance solutions.
“The Scheig performance testing program has been a tremendous tool in helping Escot find the right employees,” said Brian Scott of Escot Bus Lines, Largo, FL, in a release. “I know it will help other operators be more successful in their hiring processes and I think it’s a great addition to UMA’s member programs.”
“We’re really excited to be able to offer a discount on our hiring and performance system to UMA members,” said Leslie Williams, national accounts manager with Scheig Associates, in the same release. “Through our extensive experience and proven track record with the motorcoach industry, we know we will become a valuable tool and asset for all UMA operators.”
Dr. Scheig says his assessments begin with a thorough job analysis of “superior performers.” These are employees (in this case, superior motorcoach drivers) whom companies have identified as the best of the best. Scheig says this ensures that new applicants are measured against the best employees currently doing the job. This ensures that only the best applicants make it to the job interview phase.
Reaching out to transit
Scheig’s next project in the transportation industry involves creating a test for superior transit drivers. For this, he needs ten superior drivers selected from the nation’s transit agencies. These drivers, coupled with a modest down-payment, will spend a weekend helping Scheig Associates develop an assessment for the transit industry. The companies they represent will make their money back by receiving the product at a reduced price.
Dr. Scheig says his company is recognized for the accuracy and predictability of its assessments, stemming from the unique methodology that focuses on specific job behaviors which account for variances in productivity outcomes. With an unprecedented degree of accuracy, Scheig’s hiring and performance systems assist companies to hire, retain and develop the best possible employees.
Using innovative software-as a-service (SaaS) technologies, Scheig’s offered solutions include:
- Job-specific behaviorally based hiring and performance systems
- Human resource consulting
- Behavioral job analysis
- Selection process design
- Entry and professional level assessments & hiring systems
Monday, May 12, 2014
1960 General Motors PD-4104-4503 - Greyhound Lines
WELCOME ABOARD THE 7725!
This General Motors PD-4104-4503 was built in 1960 for Greyhound Lines. She was given the fleet number -7725- at that time. These buses were commonly referred to as highway travelers.
* the 7725 is 35 feet long, 8 feet wide, 10 feet tall and weighs 10 tons.
* fuel capacity is 140 gallons of #2 diesel. Transmission: 4 speed manual.
* power is an in line Detroit Diesel six cylnder.
* 187 cubic feet of luggage space.
* air conditioned by a 4 cylinder Perkins diesel engine.
* restroom equipped.
* air ride suspension.
* 7725 is the 4,503 coach of its type Built by GM between 1953 and 1960.
* a total of 5,065 were manufactured.
7725 has been restored in this green and white livery to better compliment her interior colors. The 7725 is owned & operated by Mike Jones of Alpine, California. Our other restored coach is a 1975 GMC T8H-5307a, fleet number 804, retired from San Diego Transit in 1990. Both coaches are part of an extensive collection of streetcar & motorcoach memorabilia displayed at the Jones' residence in Alpine, California. Thank you for visiting this classic American motorcoach! Please! NO food, drinks or smoking aboard!
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Prince George is located along two major highway routes.
Highway 97 (the Hart Highway) leads to northern communities such as Dawson Creek, Whitehorse and Alaska, USA and to northeast BC and south to Cache Creek, connecting to southern BC communities including Kamloops, Kelowna and Vancouver.
Highway 16 leads northwest to Smithers, Terrace and Prince Rupert and eastern communities Mcbride, Jasper National Park and Edmonton, Alberta. As many of communities activities are located just outside of town, car travel is recommended. Rental options are available in town, and winter tires are a must in season.
Air TravelFlights to Prince George are available via Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Fort St. John. The two largest passenger airlines servicing Prince George are WestJet and Air Canada, with smaller carriers Central Mountain Air and Northern Thunderbird Air.
Visitors requiring transportation into town or to the airport from Prince George can take a taxi or catch a ride with the airport shuttle. Greyhound also provides bus transportation from the airport terminal to the Greyhound terminal in Prince George.
Bus TravelGreyhound provides bus service to and from Prince George along Highway 97 and Highway 16. The Prince George Transit System also runs a number of buses around town.
Rail TravelVIA Rail offers service from Prince George through Jasper, Alberta to Vancouver, and through Smithers and Terrace to Prince Rupert. Wildlife such as deer, moose and bears can sometimes be viewed from the train.
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Friday, January 10, 2014
from Roadside Architecture: Greyhound Bus Stations
Entrance of Jackson’s old bus station — now an architecture firm’s office. This architect is my HERO! Meanwhile this bus station was part of Civil Rights history.
From the site:
The Jackson station was built from 1937-1938. This is the only station that Arrasmith designed with a structural glass faced exterior. Originally, the interior had a coffee shop with a horseshoe-shaped counter. The men’s room had a shower, while the women’s room had a bath tub. It was condemned when architect Robert Parker Adams bought the building in 1988. He restored it as office space for his architectural firm. This station is also part of desegregation history. Freedom Riders were arrested here for using white restrooms and waiting rooms.
from Roadside Architecture: Greyhound Bus Stations
Interior shot of Jackson’s old bus station — now an architecture firm’s office. This architect is my HERO!
from Roadside Architecture: Greyhound Bus Stations
Detail of Jackson’s old bus station — now an architecture firm’s office.
Greyhound Bus Station, Jackson, Mississippi
from Roadside Architecture: Greyhound Bus
Friday, January 3, 2014
Bus drivers have the most stressful gig in town, according to WorkSafeBC figures.
Since July 1 199 transportation workers mostly bus drivers but also including cabbies have submitted claims for work-related mental disorders, including those caused by significant stressors on the job such as bullying and harassment.
A fairly common type of case we are seeing are bus drivers being submitted to insults from passengers, said senior program manager Joe Pinto.
In one case, it escalated to include threatening behaviours. [The employee] had to stop working because it turned into a disorder.
Mental Health Claims :
There were more mental health claims submitted from the health care and social services sector, with 463, but health care employs substantially more workers than transportation.
The hospitality industry came in third with 141 claims; 134 from retail, and 105 from education.
Don McLeod, head of the Canadian Auto Workers Local 111 which represents Metro Vancouver bus drivers, said there are about150 reported assaults on bus drivers every year.
As front-line employees, bus drivers often bear the brunt of passenger frustration and anger and are vulnerable to verbal abuse, getting spit on, or more violent forms of physical abuse.
“I have no doubt there are mental health issues in all workplaces, but the type of job we do has the potential to push somebody to the brink a lot quicker,” said McLeod.
WorkSafeBC is expecting the number of mental health claims to more than double after new legislation came into effect July 1.
It estimates it will receive 2,500 claims over the one-year period since the bill was passed. It used to receive only 1,100 claims annually.
Under the new law, workers who develop mental health issues because of significant workplace stress, including bullying or harassment, are now eligible for compensation.
The cases have to be a recognized mental disorder diagnosed by a psychologist or psychiatrist; they cannot be disorders from stress caused by employer decisions, such as working conditions or workload.
Under previous legislation, workers were only eligible if their mental disorder stems from an unexpected, acute work-related traumatic events, such as firefighters or paramedics who witness horrific accidents, for example, or retail workers or bank tellers traumatized by a holdup.