GHA owners start again

first_imgThe two brothers behind GHA Coaches – which failed last month owing £700,000 to HM Revenue & Customs, plus numerous other creditors – are poised to restart bus operations using two separate ‘new’ companies, that were previously linked to GHA.They have won tenders for eight former GHA routes in Wrexham, that the council has been unable to cover.The two ‘new’ companies, RML2418 Ltd and RJ’s of Wem, both trade as Shropshire Bus & Coach. They are owned by Arwyn, 43 and Gareth Lloyd- Davies, 46, who are also the sole directors and bought the business in May 2015.However, they continue to survive, as neither company was a subsidiary of GHA Coaches, which is now in liquidation.While the registered address is Unit 10, Vauxhall Industrial Estate, Ruabon, the unit adjacent to GHA’s former base, both of the ‘new’ companies have their operating centre in Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury. The ‘new’ companies hold O-Licences for three and four vehicles respectively.Despite this, the two companies previously operated as an integral part of GHA. In a press release in April, GHA referred to the site as “GHA’s Shrewsbury depot” and said: “We purchased Shropshire Bus & Coach to not only consolidate our operations in the county, but to have a permanent base from which to expand.”At the time, GHA had just bid for, but failed to win, the Shrewsbury park-and-ride tender.The news comes at the same time as 230 former GHA vehicles, owned by various finance companies or under the control of administrators Grant Thornton, are currently being sold via auctions or dealers.Says Plaid Cymru North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd: “There has to be concern that the same direc- tors that saw GHA go to the wall are also now in charge of RJs of Wem, which itself, only last December, came within a whisker of being struck off the Companies House register.“I hope that Wrexham council has done its due diligence checks to ensure that this new company won’t go the same way as GHA Coaches and leave staff and passengers in the lurch once again.”Wrexham council’s lead member for transport, David Bithell, says: “We were aware of the interests of RJ’s of Wem through the tendering process.“As with all tenders, there is a procurement procedure to follow, and this will be subject to all statutory procedures.”last_img read more

Pre-Ranger Course pushes Soldiers beyond limits

first_imgBy Sgt. ASHLEYM. MORRIS3rd BCT, 10th Mtn DivFORT POLK, La. This week marked the beginning of the 10th Mountain Division Light Fighter School Pre-Ranger Course hosted by 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light) at Fort Polk. Forty-two Soldiers from across the installation reported to Honor Field for the first day of the course to begin initial assessments Feb. 5.The Pre-Ranger Course is a prerequiste for those that want to attend Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia. A mobile training team from 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, is visiting Fort Polk to teach the course .The first assessment of the day was the PRC physical fitness test, which included push ups, sit ups, a 5-mile run and pull ups. Then the physical and mental resolve of the remaining 26 Soldiers were tested as they continued to the next challenge a comprehensive swim assessment.The Soldiers were instructed to complete a series of exercises in between events during the swim assessment. The exercises were meant to push the Soldiers, mentally and physically, to see how they perform under pressure.“Every day down at the line and in the units, these Soldiers are not being pushed to the limits and beyond to see how they can perform,” said Staff Sgt. Dino Rosas, the PRC noncommissioned officer in charge. “We want to see how these Soldiers act when they are pushed passed their limits.”During the swim assessment, Soldiers had tocomplete wo tasks: Tread water for two minutes and remove their fighting load underwater then swim to the other end of the pool. The swim assessment helps the instructors determine whether or not a Soldier is a strong enough swimmer to attend Ranger School.Spc. Alden Mayotte, an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 10th Mtn Div, who also earned the Expert Infantry Badge in October, said prior to attending this course he had been conducting weekly intensive training with his platoon and on his own to prepare him for the course.“Army Rangers are an elite group of people and to join them you have to go through some pretty hard challenges,” Mayotte said. “To be part of that elite club would be a pretty high honor.”Over the next two weeks, PRC candidates will be tested on various advanced Soldier tasks that must be successfully executed to graduate the course. Although Soldiers are given two tries for some, certain tasks have to be performed correctly the first time.As challenging as the course can be for Soldiers wanting to attend Ranger School, Rosas said seeing Soldiers succeed is his favorite part of the course.“I love absolutely love building Rangers,” Rosas said. “Not only am I helping the Army by sending back dudes that are working at 80 percent of their potential versus leaders that are working currently at 60 percent of their potential, but it’s combat multiplier. They go back to their units and help Soldiers push past their limits more than a normal leader would.”Graduation for the Pre-Ranger Course is set to take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Bayou Theater.last_img read more

Kailyn Nash gets hot down the stretch, helping Big Red girls edge Mona Shores 55-50

first_img Bestseller (124) Share Report a problem This item is… $14.99 $0.00 Muskegon’s Tylea Russell. Photo/Leo Valdez Other Muskegon’s No. 12 McKynna Sims tries to hold the possession as Megan DeLong goes for the steal. Photo/Leo Valdez By Andrew JohnsonLocalSportsJournal.comNORTON SHORES – The Muskegon girls basketball team showed off its depth in a thrilling 55-50 road victory over Mona Shores on Friday might.Muskegon’s No. 10 Kailyn Nash blocks Brooklyn McLemore. Photo/Leo ValdezSome fans may have expected the Big Reds to fold up after their leading scorer, DeShonna Day, was limited to just over one minute of action in the fourth quarter, and fouled out with 3:24 remaining.But Kailyn Nash was still in the game, and more than picked up the slack, scoring nine of the final 16 points for Muskegon.Her efforts helped the Big Reds overcome a 41-39 deficit and outscore the Sailors 16-9 over the final 4:49, to seal up the O-K Black Conference victory.“I think I already knew how tough my girls could be,” said Muskegon Coach Paris Thomas. “But they amaze me in how they never give up. I admire what they did tonight.”Nash said she started shooting down the stretch because her coach told her to do it.“I just had to make some shots,” she said. “I was passing it,  but coach said to shoot it, so I shot it.”The competitive fourth quarter wasn’t a surprise, because the teams were pretty even throughout the night.Mona Shores led 11-8 after one quarter, behind four points from Riley Rosenthal. Day led the Big Reds with four points in the opening eight minutes.Muskegon led 22-20 at halftime after outscoring Mona Shores 14-9 in the second quarter. Day scored five points in the second frame.The two teams finished the third quarter tied at 33-33. Olivia Sobczak had nine points in the third quarter for Mona Shores.Brook LeRoux did her best to keep the Sailors in the game during the fourth quarter, scoring 10 points over the final eight minutes, but ultimately the Sailors fell short.Nash led all scorers with 21 points on the night while Day totaled 11. 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