SARASOTA, FL — AskPatty.com, Inc., announced today that Mary Aichlmayr, managing editor of Tire Review magazine, will join the automotive advisory panel of industry-expert women for their new woman’s portal, Ask Patty. The Ask Patty website, http://www.askpatty.com, which launched June 8, 2006, provides a safe place for women to get advice on car purchases, maintenance and other automotive related topics online. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Mary Aichlmayr is managing editor of Tire Review magazine, a business publication read by more than 30,000 independent tire dealers in North America. Tire Review is dedicated to the success of tire dealers serving the passenger, commercial, agricultural, specialty and off-the-road tire markets. Aichlmayr writes several feature articles for the monthly magazine as well as a regular column that focuses on business operations and management strategy. She also manages the Tire Review website. During her eight-year career as a trade journalist, Aichlmayr has written for several publications in the manufacturing, supply chain, trucking, warehousing, distribution and real estate arenas. She graduated summa cum laude from Baldwin-Wallace College with a degree in English. In her automotive advisory role, Aichlmayr will respond to questions from female consumers on automotive related topics via the website. The Ask Patty interactive advice blog launched May 22, 2006. “Knowing how to serve women customers is absolutely essential to the success of today’s tire dealer,” said Mary Aichlmayr. “Women represent a powerful force in the automotive industry, and their influence will only get stronger. Fully 65 percent of a typical tire dealer’s customer base is made up of women, yet most still report negative experiences when shopping for tires. That has to change for tire dealers to be successful in the long run.” Advertisement “Mary Aichlmayr has an understanding of the needs of women when it comes to a great buying experience in the automotive industry,” says Jody DeVere, president of Ask Patty. “Her experience with Tire Review will be invaluable to women consumers who come to Ask Patty for answers about their vehicles and dealership interactions.” According to DeVere, Ask Patty provides the safe environment for women to get advice and information needed to feel empowered and confident when they go to their local dealership for car service, repairs, maintenance and when they negotiate and purchase a new or used vehicle. Peter Martin, CEO of AskPatty.com adds, “Adding Mary to our Automotive Expert Panel is a great step for Ask Patty. It will allow us to expand our knowledge base to cover even more information about tires and the aftermarket world of the automotive industry.”
“Following the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing will formalize a joint venture focused on engine R&D and the establishment of a common Chevrolet engine specification,” the organizations announced in a joint statement. “While our two championship-winning organizations will collaborate on research and development, our respective engine shop operations will continue to function independently as they currently do. We look forward to working together to fully leverage the knowledge and intellectual property of our two successful programs to advance Chevrolet’s engine for NASCAR.” Both Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing (via ECR Engines) have developed powerful engine programs over the years. Engines produced by the two have earned a combined 39 NASCAR national series championships, including 20 at the Cup Series level. Additionally, Chevrolet race cars fielded by the two organizations have won a combined 369 NASCAR Cup Series points-paying events. For more information, visit nascar.com. According to reports, Lawson is the third NASCAR official to die this year. Brienne Davis, a 28-year-old and one of NASCAR’s few full-time female inspectors, was killed in a car accident in April, and Steve Peterson, a longtime technical director, died in his home in July at age 58. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The Associated Press (AP) has reported that popular NASCAR official Steve Lawson, was found dead in his hotel room Sunday morning. The cause of death was not announced. He was 51. Lawson, of Rockford, Ill., worked as an official for stock-car racing’s governing body for more than a decade, most recently as a safety inspector in the Sprint Cup Series, said the AP.,From Engine Builder.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing have confirmed that the two teams will combine forces to establish one common Chevrolet engine specification. In doing so, Chevrolet joins manufacturers Ford and Toyota in streamlining engine building to one supplier.
Share It was top o’ the morning (and the balance o’ the day to you) at the Springs Community Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 16, when the church held its annual corned beef and cabbage St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Served with Irish soda bread and dessert, the traditional Irish specialty was enjoyed by the crowds who showed up to eat, drink, and share the gift of gab.
Independent/Courtesy Southampton Animal ShelterAcross the nation, countless nonprofit organizations are suffering from lack of funding, another casualty caused by COVID-19. As social distancing continues and the unemployment rate grows, nonprofits, which rely on the generosity of donors and volunteers, struggle.The East End, in particular, is set to see an unprecedented number of charity events cancelled or postponed. These gatherings are key to organizations meeting their annual operation budgets.The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, for example, has canceled two months’ worth of events. However, it is aiming to bring in donations while adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines by virtually “non-inviting” the public to not attend The Greatest Party That Never Was, on April 30. The goal is to raise $25,000 for the shelter.Katie McEntee, director of adoptions and public relations at the shelter, created the concept. The invite reads, “This is a very fake event for a very real cause. You have to miss this. Stay at home, forget the Uber, and definitely do not get your hair done.”Guests are invited to stay at home with their pet and donate from the comfort of their own couches by clicking the “don’t show up” button on the website. After purchasing a virtual ticket, which starts at $25, the party absentee may then submit a photo of owner and pet. The image will then be included in a virtual photo collage on the shelter’s Facebook and Instagram pages on the night of April 30.Independent/Courtesy Southampton Animal Shelter“Along with the rest of America, we are watching the news closely and making adjustments to our calendar day by day,” said Barbara Maresca, interim co-executive director of upcoming events. “For now, we have canceled events through the month of April. We will make a call on May events within the next week or so.”While the Southampton Animal Shelter is currently closed to visitors, it is offering Roadside Adoptions and Fosters, a program designed to help pets find homes while keeping with social distancing guidelines. Within the first two weeks of social distancing, over half of the shelter’s dogs were placed into foster homes, and 12 puppies were adopted in only two days.“We have been overwhelmed by the number of responses to help our shelter during this time. We received so many applications to foster and to adopt our shelter pets,” McEntee said. “The community has been supporting our staff as well, calling and sending goodies to help keep our spirts high. Our staff is amazing and so dedicated. I am lucky to work with such amazing, animal-centric people.”Animals can be extremely therapeutic to their owners, which is particularly true during times of crisis. Through companionship and unconditional love, pets improve both physical and mental health. They alleviate loneliness, lower depression, and increase activity levels. As an essential business, the shelter foundation remains open. Dogs go for walks and continue training, kennels and cages are cleaned, and staff is on site to care for any medical needs.McEntee said, “For humans, right now our way of life has changed. Our pets, however, have not felt any changes, which speaks volumes to our staff’s dedication and love.”Visit www.southamptonanimalshelter.com to not attend The Greatest Party That Never Was and see a list of available animals for fostering or adoption. You can also fill out an application right firstname.lastname@example.org Share
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Stonehenge Metals Ltd has successfully completed its due diligence in relation to the option agreement with Protean Energy Limited.The only completion pre-condition remaining is the execution of the formal transaction documents, which along with final completion, is expected to occur within the next 7 days.The agreement with PEL grants Stonehenge an exclusive 24 month unrestricted licence and an option to acquire 100% of the equity of Protean Energy Australia Pty Ltd (PEA) (the Option). PEA holds the intellectual property titles, rights and licenses to the Protean Wave Energy Converter Technology (together the Protean WEC).CPS Capital, in its capacity as lead manager to the rights issue, is continuing discussions with potential strategic investors to place the balance of the shortfall and the Company expects to issue the remaining 33,999,968 Shortfall Shares for $169,999 in due course.Related: Stonehenge Metals to Buy Protean Wave Energy ConverterStonehenge Metals Raising Funds for Wave Energy Device Testing[mappress mapid=”14648″]Press release; Image: stonehengemetals
Phase two of the Skiprunning Burn Flood Protection Scheme in Jedburgh started earlier this week, the Scottish Borders Council informs.This phase of the flood protection program will be completed by the end of 2015“The start of phase two of the Skiprunning Burn Flood Protection Scheme will be a welcome sight for residents in Jedburgh,” said Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure.“These works will reduce the impact of flooding, but it is still important that the Jedburgh public take steps to protect themselves.”Phase one of the Skiprunning Burn Flood Protection Scheme was completed in March 2015, with local firm JMS Harkin carrying out four weeks of work which saw improvements made to the grille at Burn Wynd and creation of a flood relief drain at Duck Row.[mappress mapid=”21186″]
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GERMANY: RailRunner Europe GmbH has filed for insolvency, with the bankruptcy court of Hamburg appointing Dr Susanne Riedemann of specialist law firm Prof Dr Pannen Rechtsanwälte as preliminary insolvency administrator on January 18.The RailRunner Europe management said they intend to reorganise and restructure the company. The European subsidiary of US holding company RailRunner NA Inc was founded in Hamburg in 2015, and since the end of July 2017 has operated a Braunschweig –Bratislava intermodal service using pocket wagons and Mega Trailers, swapbodies and containers. This was intended to enable the company to collect data ahead of a planned European launch of its own road-rail technology, which uses a container-carrying chassis with road wheels that can be mounted on rail bogies. RailRunner Europe said it had served more than 200 customers, with much of this business involving automotive components. However, several factors had limited its ability to scale up the operation: long latencies in loading and unloading trailers at plants and warehouses, increasing first and last mile costs;extensive periods of ‘limited acceptable rail service’ owing to infrastructure works on the route through the Elbe valley; demands for extremely long payment periods from customers;extreme weather and the general industrial outlook had put additional pressure on revenue and cash flows.‘RailRunner Europe GmbH has made tremendous strides in providing consistent, high quality service over the past 18 months using traditional intermodal pocket cars and GPS-equipped craneable trailers from leading trailer manufacturers’, said Charles Foskett, RailRunner Europe Managing Director and CEO of RailRunner NA Inc. ‘While large challenges still remain, under this more controlled environment we will have the opportunity to mitigate some of the market externalities as well as to focus on our internal operations and improve our financial performance for the benefit of all of our customers and commercial partners.’
A baobab tree has fallen with the passing of a one of a kind Musician, the legendary Mama Dorothy Masuka. Her music was the soundtrack of some of our most joyful moments & the light of our souls during our darkest hours. Lala ngoxolo Mama wethu. pic.twitter.com/YIg5AG6FwP— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) February 23, 2019Masuka was born and raised in Bulawayo, where her musical talent was discovered at a tender age before she left the country for South Africa.She became a household name in South Africa because most of her music was inspired by the lives of people living in the townships in the 1950s. This did not go down well with the apartheid regime and she fled the country and had brief stints in Malawi, Tanzania and the UK before she returned to the then Rhodesia.Ms. Masuka did not stay much in Rhodesia as a result of her political inclination, which compelled her to flee the country to Zambia, from where she relocated to Zimbabwe, a year after independence in 1981. She only moved back to South Africa after Nelson Mandela was released from jail in 1990.Aunty Dot, as she was popularly known, released several songs, including hits such as Pata Pata, Ma-Gumede, Khauleza, Nhingrikiri and Lendaba, among others.She was staying in Johannesburg with her grandchildren.Related ZIMBABWE POWER TRANSITION Zimbabwe-born veteran jazz musician Dorothy Masuka has died.She was 83.Masuka had been suffering from complications related to hypertension after suffering a mild stroke last year.Thousands of fans, politicians and prominent artists from across the globe took to social media to convey their condolences to the Masuka family following the announcement of the world-renowned jazz singer’s death last night.https://twitter.com/ProVerbMusic/status/1099355268117336064/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1099355268117336064&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sowetanlive.co.za%2Fnews%2Fsouth-africa%2F2019-02-23-veteran-musician-dorothy-masuka-has-died%2F Saving Zimbabwe’s Vultures Empowering Zimbabwe Nurses