Nova Scotia will soon have more fuel-efficient trucks on the road through the transportation and technology programs announced a year ago. Bill Estabrooks, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia, joined Tom Schmitt, president and CEO of Purolator, in Dartmouth today, Dec. 2, to launch the company’s new fleet of 43 hybrid electric delivery trucks. “Purolator has made fuel-efficient technologies a priority and is setting a great example for other businesses in the province,” said Mr. Estabrooks. ‘We’re hopeful that the data they share from their hybrid electric delivery trucks over the next year will allow others to see how a commitment to green initiatives makes good business sense.” Purolator’s entire fleet in urban areas of Halifax Regional Municipality will be hybrid electric. This technology is most effective in areas with frequent stops. Purolator will monitor and share vehicle data, providing an opportunity to assess range, maintenance requirements, savings of fuel and emissions and performance in fleet situations, including cold weather operation. “As our company turns 50, Purolator is proud to continue to lead the industry towards green alternatives, said Mr. Schmitt. “In 2005, Purolator was the first logistics company in Canada to introduce hybrid electric vehicles. Today, we have the largest fleet in North America.” Last December, the province offered funding to encourage organizations to add hybrid delivery and bucket trucks to their Nova Scotia fleets, and to make fuel-efficient upgrades to school buses, and freight tractors and trailers. Organizations received a portion of the cost to upgrade to specific hybrid or fuel-efficient technologies. In exchange, they committed to monitor and share vehicle data for measurement and evaluation. In total, $4.4 million was contributed to partially fund fuel-efficient technologies for trucks and buses by Conserve Nova Scotia and the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change. The ecoNova Scotia fund distributes funding from a $42.5 million grant from the federal government. All ecoNova Scotia funding has now been committed. The fuel-efficient transportation programs were administered by Conserve Nova Scotia. Other fuel-efficient transportation investments through the fund include a hybrid electric bucket truck, fuel-reducing technologies for 900 school buses, 125 freight tractors and more than 600 trailers throughout the province.
Is he batting right-handed? A David Warner switch hit from a T20I in 2012 Getty ImagesESPNcricinfo– Ever since his involvement in the sandpaper scandal at Cape Town last year, not much has gone right for David Warner in his year spent in exile from the Australian team on the T20 franchise circuit. That is until the left-hand batsman went right. Literally.Warner turned heads when he took guard right-handed against Chris Gayle midway through the 19th over of the Sylhet Sixers innings against Rangpur Riders on Wednesday. Judging by the resulting performance, he may be tempted to do it more often.The Australian captain of Sylhet was on 45 off 32 balls at the time and had started the over on strike to Gayle with a two, but then couldn’t get either of the next two balls away. Ahead of the fourth ball, he swapped stance at the crease and, with Gayle coming around the wicket, smashed the fourth ball with a golf-style straight drive over Gayle’s head for six to bring up his half-century.Gayle countered by going over the wicket but Warner stayed right-handed for the fifth ball and reached out to sweep a low full toss behind square for four. For the last ball, Warner reverse-swept Gayle, not middling it but still getting enough of it to go to the boundary. Warner celebrated during the sequence by doing a hip-shimmy dance and appeared to exchange a few words with Gayle at the end of the over. Warner ended the innings unbeaten on 61 off 36 balls.“It was one of those things [batting right-handed] at the back of my mind as I couldn’t get Chris [Gayle] away because of his height and the lengths that he was bowling,” Warner said at the post-match presentation. “I play golf right-handed, so I thought I might as well come and swing and clear the ropes. It came off.”Warner, who is naturally right-handed with his throwing arm and initially batted right-handed as a child, has made a habit at training sessions of spending time batting right-handed. Gayle perhaps should not have been totally surprised at Warner’s method since the Australian attempted to employ the right-handed stance in a T20I against the Gayle-captained West Indies in 2010.However, Warner was denied by the on-field umpires, who allegedly told him at the time that it was against the spirit of the game and that it could produce a lengthy stall because the fielding side would need to adjust their field settings to comply with regulations. But Warner would not be denied in Sylhet, as he pulled out all the stops in an effort to get the Sixers out of last place on the BPL table. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2017: Bravo-McCullum carnage overshadows Gayle’s 93 as Riders beat PatriotsAugust 24, 2017In “latest news”‘I have a special talent in me to hit sixes’ – Evin LewisSeptember 15, 2017In “latest news”IPL: Gayle, Rahul launch Kings XI to the topApril 21, 2018In “Sports”