This blog is a new autism blog written by a lady named Julie Erwin – Julie and I are members of Patreon Supporters of Autistic Not Weird, a Facebook group which was set up by a mutual friend, Chris Bonello, for supporters of his Patreon page. Check it out here: InsideOutsideAutism
This is awesome! Please vote for Naomi Gwynne in the UK National Diversity Awards in the Positive Role Model category
Have you heard about the National Diversity Awards? (http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/)
For those that haven’t heard they are a prestigious award ceremony for individuals, charities and organisations within the UK who are promoting and making the world a more diverse and inclusive society. They were launched in 2012 and have huge sponsors including Microsoft and endorsed by many celebrities.
I was aware of them through social media when both a charity I support and a friend I know where both nominated last year and I had the honour of seeing both get through to the finals and attend the awards night. It looked amazing!
Imagine my utter surprise then when a few weeks ago an email appeared in my inbox from the National Diversity Awards informing me that my 9 year old daughter had been nominated for this incredible award this year! In fact I was so shocked I had to call…
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I am out numbered in my house. With three out of four of my family diagnosed with autism I am the only ‘neuro-typical ’ (fancy word for not being autistic). It means I am the only one who would actually want to break the routine to socialise with friends on an evening rather than sit in silence watching you tube after the kids go to bed and I would actually love to have a night without the same regimented routine the kids need to cope. I am not fussed about things having to be in absolute straight lines, I would not watch the same you tube clip a million times and I would happily have a shower at any time of day without it bothering me in any way. Having said that I do what it takes to keep us all happy and I adore the three unique and wonderful…
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Follow the instructions from the post….. and feel free to keep it going!
Yes you are! So let’s do this, let’s start into this week with lots and lots of positive energy. Let’s get them, it whatever… just make it happen. Be out there, be kind, be happy, smile, believe in yourself and never give up.
- Mention something that you consider being good in the comments
- Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.
- Share this post and invite your followers as well.
Before I share my positive thing with you today how about we all just enjoy the moment? Just do it, embrace it…
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A little introduction to the hard working Rod Hannifey
My name is Rod Hannifey and I am an Aussie truckie. My normal run is Dubbo to Melbourne and then to Brisbane and back to Dubbo, so across three states each week, around 4000 kilometres. I am an employed driver working for Rod Pilon Transport, but drive the TRUCKRIGHT Industry Vehicle, which aims to show another side to how truckies are all too often portrayed by the media and then, so perceived by the public.
We have some magnificent looking trucks running up and down Australia’s highways, some promoting tractors, or vineyards or products on their trailer curtains, but none which promoted the road transport industry or road safety. My dream was to see such a vehicle, a working truck, that also tried to show a different side to the job. The photos on the side depict many sizes and types of trucks and includes road safety messages and industry information.
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I’d like to bring this blog to your attention – I’m honoured to know Rod Hannifey. I first met Rod when he was driving for Toll Liquid Distribution – he would deliver petrol and diesel first then come out to my work and collect 40,000 litres of tallow from our rendering/by-products plant. I’ve admired Rod’s amazing work with the Truckright Industry Vehicle (in the original and now the MkII version, both of which Rod drives for Rod Pilon Transport out of Dubbo, NSW, Australia).
Rod has won a prestigious Churchill Fellowship for his work in safety in road transport – this blog will be used to feature parts of his European trip showing road safety – check it out here: TRUCKRIGHT – Blog
Here is a 1994 Mercedes-Benz OF1315 school bus – bus is for sale….
MBS Rogers Citiliner School Bus Body – compliance: 3/95, body #: B442
OM366 6 cylinder diesel engine with low kilometres on recent engine rebuild
5 speed manual
48 high-back vinyl seats
Rego to 9/8/17: 1239MO
Phone or email Michael Langley for more information:
P: 02 68828977 (68828977 within NSW)
On Saturday June 24, 2017, I was able to witness an amazing, amazing sight – 10 trucks hauling hay from Indigo Valley, Victoria to Dunedoo, New South Wales….
This run was put together by the Lions Club of Pakenham, Need for Feed Disaster Relief and all the drivers who took part…. it almost made me cry to see the mammoth effort put into the convoy and run!
Indigo Valley had a disastrous bushfire back in 2015 – the Dunedoo community rallied behind them with a convoy of trucks hauling hay and important supplies. In February 2017, the Sir Ivan bushfire at Dunedoo consumed just over 90,000ha of land in 24 hours, this was during what was a rather bad day with catastrophic fire conditions so the Indigo Valley community and Need for Feed decided to return the favour to the community of Dunedoo. Hay was loaded on Friday at the ready for Friday evening to come around – Saturday morning saw the convoy converge on West Wyalong to continue the journey north for a early afternoon arrival into Dubbo and a late afternoon/early evening arrival at Dunedoo.
Thanks to Graham Cockerell and his team from Need for Feed Disaster Relief, Paul Eddy and all the other drivers who took part and Shaun Jones for the help getting the hay organised….. without you folks, this would not have been possible!
For further information on future runs, feel free to contact Graham on 0459444111 or check out Need for Feed Disaster Relief on Facebook:
We really need to look at lowering our carbon emissions – Transforce had led the way in becoming Australia’s first carbon neutral heavy transport company…. if TBH can do it, why can’t we?
Australia has its first carbon neutral trucking company! Congratulations to Transforce Bulk Haulage in Dubbo who achieved this feat by saving fuel to reduce their carbon footprint then buying carbon credits to offset the remaining emissions.
So what’s stopping other transport firms from going carbon neutral?
Market Incentives & Barriers
Any emissions reductions need to be profitable to motivate action. According to Carbon War Room, heavy trucking can achieve huge emissions reductions using simple technologies with proven savings that are available today. Yet there are three formidable market barriers to get over:
- access to capital for high upfront costs;
- good information operators can trust;
- principal-agent split incentive problem, where in a fragmented industry often those with incentive to save fuel don’t have the cash or the control. This can occur where prime movers and trailers have different owners, where fleets are leased, where freight companies hire sub-contractors, and where…
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