BEIJING (AP) China’s November exports accelerated but import growth slumped in a sign the recovery of the world’s second-largest economy might be slowing.
Exports surged 12.7 percent over a year earlier to $202.2 billion, up from October’s 5.6 percent expansion, trade data showed Sunday.
Imports rose 5.3 percent to $168.4 billion, but that growth was down from the previous month’s 7.6 percent.
China’s economic growth rebounded in the three months ending in September to 7.8 percent after plunging to a two-decade low the previous quarter. But forecasters have warned that was likely to be temporary and growth would fall back late this year or early in 2014.
The rebound was driven by a government mini-stimulus based on higher spending on building railways and other public works.
Chinese leaders are trying to guide the economy to slower, more sustainable growth based on domestic consumption instead of exports and investment. An unexpectedly sharp decline raised the risk of politically volatile job losses and prompted them to reverse course temporarily to prop up growth.
The relative strength in November exports should help to reassure communist leaders who faced the prospect of job losses in trade-dependent industries due to weak global demand.
Slower Chinese growth and weaker demand would have global repercussions for suppliers of raw materials, technology and consumer goods.
The import slowdown caused China’s global trade surplus to widen by 73 percent to $33.8 billion over a year earlier, one of its widest trade gaps this year.
China’s trade surplus with the 27-nation European Union was $10.2 billion, while that with the United States was $22.4 billion.
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Exchanging Places was back on the road again yesterday in London working with lorry drivers and cyclists helping to tackle the problem of cycle accidents in the capital by raising safety awareness for all road users. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has expressed its support of the Metropolitan Police (Met)…
Exchanging Places was back on the road again yesterday in London working with lorry drivers and cyclists helping to tackle the problem of cycle accidents in the capital by raising safety awareness for all road users.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has expressed its support of the Metropolitan Police (Met) initiative, which helps provide HGV drivers and cyclists with an understanding of each others perspective. Through this they aim to ensure both road users recognise the risks and position themselves appropriately when on the roads.
The FTA s Head of Urban Logistics Policy Christopher Snelling commented: Raising awareness and, through that, promoting better and more defensive behaviour all round will be the best way to improve safety on our roads for all. More is needed, for drivers as well as cyclists; The Exchanging Places programme is a good example of what can be done when we work together to share the road safely.
The most recent Exchanging Places event was held yesterday outside Charing Cross Station, at which leading global insurer RSA partnered the Met and the programme, to produce a short video, supported by Transport for London. Published to YouTube the film is available to be viewed at: (www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN7mJR64tvs); the video follows a cyclist and an HGV driver who experience what it is like to be on the road from the other s perspective.
Peter Collins, RSA head of Corporate Responsibility said: As a major insurer, we want to play a role in making roads safer for all users. With the production of this film, we hope it will provide cyclists and drivers with a new perspective, avoid accidents and ultimately save lives.
The Metropolitan Police Cycle Task Force was responsible for setting-up Exchanging Places events in order to raise awareness of cycle safety. People are invited to sit in the driver s seat of the lorry cab in order to help them better understand of what an HGV driver can and can t see, especially in regards to cyclists on the nearside and directly in front of the vehicle..
Snelling added: Freight operators realise how important raising safety awareness is for all road users and these type of events play a big part in this. They are made possible by logistics companies providing vehicles and drivers free of charge at substantial cost to themselves. This commitment illustrates how the logistics industry is working towards trying to improve safety on our roads. FTA commends all companies who have provided such support and ask all our members to support these events where ever possible.
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I m a little scared for the future of the modern jazz trio The Bad Plus. Not that there s anything wrong with them at the moment. Their last two albums were the sturdiest of their career and their live shows continue to dazzle. All three members are allowed to indulge themselves in various projects outside of the band. Drummer Dave King has two solo albums and now two albums under the name of his other band, the Dave King Trucking Company. It s this 2013 release, Adopted Highway, that threatens to bury the legacy of The Bad Plus like it s nothing. The music within this album is so weird and alluring that Ethan Iverson and Reid Anderson are really going to have to pull off a miracle with King in the studio next time to top it.
Dave King s main thing these days is welding Midwestern American roots music to jazz. Most of the band has ties to the Midwestern America, which helps make quick work of King s ambitions. The only odd man out is Chris Speed on tenor saxophone, who comes from New York. Anyone who has more than one recording featuring Speed already knows that the guy can play just about anything. Rounding out the Trucking Company are Erik Fratzke on electric guitar, Adam Linz on bass and Brandon Wozniak offering another tenor sax to give Speed the push and pull the band needs. King wrote five of the seven tracks, but you d be mistaken to believe that they are all rhythmically driven. The opening bars of Adopted Highway let you know that this is not a head-bobbing album. I Will Live Next to the Wrecking Yard right away finds King refusing a groove rather than embracing it. The meter and the downbeat shift almost constantly, yet Fratzke and Linz are right there with him the whole time. Speed and Wozniak are somehow able to play a melody over this thing.
But King also composed This Is a Non-Lecture , a song that grows into something too abstract and mysterious to sound like it came from the drummer s chair. I say this because at one point, about two minutes into the track, everything goes silent. Then Erik Fratzke begins to make an absolute racket as King gently brushes his cymbals. At times Fratzke s instrument doesn t even sound like an electric guitar. Fratzke has his own contribution at the end, Bronsonesque , an intentionally clumsy swing that hangs on two very blue notes. Adopted Highway can also play with your sense of harmony, as it does on Ice Princess . Chris Speed and Brandon Wozniak work King s theme in a particular key. Union arpeggios set the scene for a very unusual modulation to occur in the middle of a melody. And this is about hockey groupies?
But Adopted Highway is not an album that keeps listeners at a distance. There is something much more engaging going on with this music, a finger emerging from the polyrhythms and acrobatic melodies beckoning you to step inside and see what it s all about. If Dave King and his band would have made a terribly pretentious album, I wouldn t be concerned about The Bad Plus s future. But that s not what happened here.
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A father in Georgia was arrested, jailed and charged with theft after he plugged his electric car into an exterior outlet at his son’s school for a quick charge totaling about five cents worth of “juice.” WXIA’s Doug Richards reports.
By Daniella Silva, NBC News
A Georgia man found himself in handcuffs after charging his electric car outside a middle school where his son was playing tennis in what police alleged was unlawful theft of county power worth roughly five cents.
Kaveh Kamooneh, of Decatur, said he was attending a Saturday morning tennis practice session for his 11-year-old son on Nov. 2 when he plugged in his electric car at a power outlet outside Chamblee Middle School.
Kamooneh, 50, said he was alarmed when, soon after, he saw a police officer inspecting his Nissan LEAF.
According to a report from the Chamblee Police Department, an officer responded to a called complaint of the white Nissan LEAF left parked and charging at the school. In the police report, the officer said he could not find the vehicle s owner but found the car doors unlocked and picked up a piece of mail on the car floor showing a Decatur address.
He told me he was going to arrest me for theft, Kamooneh said, who said he charged his car for roughly 20 minutes. Clean Cities Atlanta, an electric vehicle advocacy group, says that is roughly the equivalent of a nickel’s worth of electricity, WIXA in Atlanta reported1.
On Nov. 13, Kamooneh said he was met at his door by police, who handcuffed him and took him to the DeKalb County jail, where he was held for about 15 hours.
I quickly realized it was from the events that had happened 11 days back, he said. The officer did threaten that he would do that. I guess I didn t quite believe that he would go through with it.
Kamooneh was officially charged with theft by taking what the officer said was theft of power by not seeking permission from the DeKalb County School system to charge his car there, according to the police report.
Police said, according to the report, they met with Chamblee Middle School employees, who confirmed that Kamooneh was not authorized to plug his car into any school socket.
Sgt. Ernesto Ford of the of the Chamblee Police Department declined to discuss the incident further with NBC News, but told WXIA that Kamooneh broke the law. He stole something that wasn t his.
A theft is a theft, he added.
But Kamooneh said he believes he committed no crime. He said in his experience as an electric car driver, seeking permission was often an informal exchange and that he had never encountered a problem before.
Of course I agree that theft is theft, what I don t agree with is that every taking of something without permission is theft, he said, adding that there was no one at the school to ask permission from at the time.
The DeKalb County School District said in a statement that it has cooperated with the police investigation and will continue to do so.
(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Todd Dameron, a backing instructor for C.R. England Trucking, left, works with lead backing instructor, Mike Bemis, lower right, as they practice a straight line back up at C.R. England’s driving course in Salt Lake City Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The company is looking to hire 3,500 military veterans this year as drivers. Dameron is a Marine veteran who served from 1983-1990 and Bemis is an Army veteran who served from 2003-2009.
C.R. England Salt Lake trucking company working to fill dual needs in the community.
Since veterans need jobs and trucking companies are seeking new drivers, a program designed by Salt Lake City-based C.R. England Global Transportation to recruit and train veterans seems like a natural fit.
“Drivers are an important item not only to us but to every trucking company in the world,” said 94-year-old Gene England, whose family owns and operates the company. “We want veterans to meet the requirements for the best training. We want to treat veterans with the honor that they are entitled to.”
Veterans interested in training to become a truck driver should contact C.R. England military recruiter Mike Lynch, a retired Army command sergeant major, at 866-219-6080 or apply online at www.crengland.com/vets1
England ought to know. He is a veteran himself, having served in the 77th Infantry Division in Okinawa during World War II. He received the Bronze Star for his bravery.
Thus far, England has hired about 2,000 drivers who are veterans. The company has participated in 85 veterans job recruiting events across the country. It hired Mike Lynch, a retired Army command sergeant major, as its senior military recruiter. And it began offering veterans a $3,000 tuition waiver at its five driver schools, including one in Salt Lake City.
“Many veterans did not have the financial backing to come and go through training,” said Lynch. “England did not want that to keep them from having a CDL.”
Michael Tucker, a 25-year-old Army veteran who was injured in Iraq and served six years, took advantage of the program. He said he dreamed of either being a fireman or a trucker as a child, and that his war injuries made it impossible to be a firefighter.
When he noticed a C.R. England truck advertising its training program, the resident of Easley, S.C., called and signed up.
He went through what he called truck boot camp and qualified for his license. He now runs a route up and down the East Coast. His only complaint is that he occasionally has trouble getting paid on time.
“I am staying running and staying busy,” Tucker said. “I love C.R. England. In a dog-eat-dog world, I am treated good.”
That said, Tucker said that it s a good idea for veterans to do their homework before signing up for a program. He knew one student who spent his last dollar going to the school, but after he finished the class, he was lacking some documentation and did not qualify.
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“It s different going from the military to civilian,” said the driver. “In the military, there is a brotherhood and a backup. In the civilian world, you don t have that backup.”
Colin England, director of the England s driver advocates, said he works to make certain that drivers are treated appropriately.
“We do everything we can,” he said. “It s a tough lifestyle. Our challenge is to ensure that we are doing what we can to lessen that burden.”
Lynch said that veterans often bring good skills into the workplace. In the case of the trucking industry, the biggest issue is that many military vehicles use automatic transmissions while the trucks companies such as England use are manual stick shifts.
“We have touch-point processes that drivers go through throughout their career,” said Eric Ekberg, England s manager over driver processes. “We have to figure out opportunities on how to improve those touch points. You have veterans turning to another veteran for help with the challenges. We ve seen some of those veterans come to us as an advocate for the company to make some improvements in some areas.”
That said, hiring veterans has proven to be a good fit for the company.
“A lot of them seem more prepared than some of the other students that haven t had the military training,” said Trina Loy, who manages the company s Salt Lake City driving school, adding that veterans “are used to the fast-pace, high-demand stressful situation that we put them into.”
It takes a driver between 17 and 20 days to finish training and receive their CDL. That includes over-the-road training, including driving up to 80,000 miles. Some are out training in a truck in as little as a week.
Mike Harper, a veteran himself, often trains some of the veterans who go through England s Salt Lake driving school. He said he finds veterans are often more dedicated and more responsible than other trainees and usually do well in the school.
Stacy Brewster, director of England s corporate marketing program, said veterans were honored on Veteran s Day by having a flag at their desk, a special coin, and an appreciation card.
The U.S. Department of Transportation s Federal Motor Carrier Administration is also working on a series of regulatory changes to further ease the transition of veterans into civilian jobs driving commercial motor vehicles.
THE BEST HEADLINE FOR TRUCKFEST IN 2013 WAS GLORIOUS TRUCKFEST . THE SUN SHONE AT ALL OF THE EVENTS, WITH RECORD ATTENDANCES THROUGHOUT THE TRUCKFEST SERIES.
THE YEAR KICKED OFF WITH THE MAMMOTH PETERBOROUGH GET-TOGETHER AND WHAT A GET-TOGETHER IT WAS! WITH OVER 1500 TRUCKS ENTERED INTO THE CLOSELY FOUGHT AFTER COMPETITIONS, WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF HAULIER SHOWCASE OFFERINGS, AND MANUFACTURERS JUSTIFIABLY PROUD OF NEW PRODUCT, THE WEEKEND WAS UNQUESTIONABLY THE LARGEST ATTENDED GATHERING WE HAVE EVER SEEN AT THE EAST OF ENGLAND SHOWGROUND, PETERBOROUGH.
THE BEGINNING OF JULY SAW A NEW HOME FOR THE SOUTH WEST EVENT. THE FABULOUS MALVERN HILLS PROVIDING THE BACKDROP, INCLUDED WITH THE TITLE OF THE EVENT, TRUCKFEST SOUTH WEST & WALES CAN JUSTIFIABLY OFFER HAULIERS AND DRIVERS FROM THE SOUTH WEST, MIDLANDS AND WALES THEIR OWN UNIQUE BRAND OF THE TRUCKFEST EVENTS.
THE ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE NORTH OF THE BORDER, SAW AN UNPARALLED ATTENDANCE OF TRUCKS, NEW VEHICLE RANGE AND THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND, THE CHANNEL 5 SERIES, STOBART: TRUCKS, TRAINS AND PLANES WERE THERE TO NOT ONLY WITNESS THE CORPORATE PRESCENCE BY THE STOBART GROUP, BUT ALSO TO DOCUMENT THE FABULOUS WEEKEND WHICH IS ALL ABOUT SCOTLAND AND THE NORTH OF ENGLAND HAULIERS, THEIR TRUCKS AND DRIVERS.
MID-AUGUST, AND IT WAS TIME TO CROSS THE IRISH SEA FOR IRELAND S OWN TRUCKFEST. THIS YEAR HELD AT THE NEWLY CREATED SHOWGROUND NEAR LISBURN, AT BALMORAL PARK. WE HAD LONG BEEN ASKED TO PRODUCE AN EVENT THAT WAS FOR THE WHOLE OF IRELAND, AND WE BELIEVE THAT S JUST WHAT WE VE DONE. TRUCKFEST IRELAND HAS CERTAINLY EARNED ITS PLACE IN THE TRUCKFEST CALENDAR WITH ITS NEW LOCATION, THE EVENT IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE NOT ONLY TO OPERATORS AND VISITORS IN THE NORTH, BUT ALSO THOSE JOINING US FROM THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH. THE TRUCK COMPETITIONS HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MUCH DIVERSITY AND THE ULSTER VINTAGE COMMERCIAL VEHICLE CLUB SURPASSED THEMSELVES WITH ONE OF THE BEST COLLECTIONS OF VEHICLES FROM YESTERYEAR.
2014 SEES THE THIRD ANNUAL EVENT WITH A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW FROM 2013.
TRUCKFEST ORIGINAL CONTINUES TO BRING A GREAT MIXTURE OF CONTEMPORARY AND VINTAGE TRUCKS TOGETHER AT THE STARTING PLACE FOR TRUCKFEST, WHICH IS THE NEWARK & NOTTS SHOWGROUND. PEOPLE OFTEN COMMENT ON THE FEELGOOD FACTOR AT THIS EVENT AND WE KNOW JUST WHAT THEY MEAN. 2014 SEES THE EVENT MOVE BACK A WEEK, TO THE 30TH AND 31ST AUGUST.
THE NEW EVENT FOR 2014 IS A RETURN VISIT TO THE WONDERFUL DETLING SHOWGROUND IN KENT FOR THE LAST TRUCKFEST OF THE SEASON. TRUCKFEST SOUTH EAST WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE 13TH AND 14TH SEPTEMBER, THE SHOWGROUND ITSELF PROVIDES SOME GREAT FACILITIES FOR WEEKEND AND DAY VISITORS, FOR THOSE STAYING ON SITE, BEING OFFERED A GREAT CABERET NIGHT IN THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED ENTERTAINMENT BUILDING.
ONE THING IS FOR SURE, WHETHER YOU ATTENDED ONE EVENT IN 2013 OR ALL OF THEM, YOU WILL HAVE UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT IS TO BE A PART OF THE TRUCKFEST EXPERIENCE. WE ALL CAN T WAIT FOR 2014, SEE YOU THERE!
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Marcus A. Kennedy filed a lawsuit Nov. 15 in Madison County Circuit Court against Dale Williams Trucking Inc. and John S. Rickett.
Kennedy was driving east on Illinois Route 140 in November 2011, according to the complaint. Kennedy says Rickett, working for Dale Williams Trucking, was driving west on Route 140 and allegedly crossed the center line.
Kennedy contends his back and neck were hurt in the crash. He accuses the trucking company and its driver of negligence and asks for more than $100,000 in damages for lost wages, medical expenses and costs of the lawsuit.
Attorney Gregory M. Tobin of East Alton represents Kennedy.
Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 13-L-1919
November 26, 2013 rudee
Despite a recent steadying in the pace of growth, China continues to be a vibrant and dynamic trading environment and is still the world s second largest economy by a significant margin. Important initiatives like the new 29 sq km Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ), are expected to drive production and boost the Asian logistics market at large. The huge warehousing facility, Shanghai Pudong Air Cargo Terminal s PACTL West, is another trade-boosting initiative which has gone from strength to strength since opening for business in 2009. Vast volumes of manufactured products continue to arrive in the UK and Eurozone from China, and there s no reason to imagine this could diminish in the foreseeable future.
But large-scale freight movements from China have attracted the interest of the scammers. BIFA has recently published a warning about emails from unknown Chinese forwarders, which we quote:
On face value these emails appear to be from independent forwarding companies looking for UK partners, by way of offering cheap ocean rates. The majority may be genuine, but for some, deep down there is criminal intent. Once an agreement is in place and business starts, all appears to be normal. This is until the cargo arrives at the UK port and no-one has received the original Bill of Lading. When contacted the Chinese forwarder then demands a large ransom for the release of the original Bills of Lading. The dilemma for UK forwarders and their customers is whether to pay, knowing the pain and cost that comes with not having the original documentation. BIFA recommends diligence and advises that whilst entering into any form of agreement, with an overseas partner, just asking for a signature on an agency agreement is not good enough.
At CCL, we agree that diligence is paramount and it s part of what we do. Our job is to take care to ensure that all the necessary paperwork is produced in a timely manner to accompany your shipments. This gives you, the freight forwarder, the security of knowing that there will be no surprises when your cargo arrives in the UK.
It s a complicated world, and it s important to proceed with caution, especially when there s money or your reputation at stake. CCL can help ensure your cargo arrives properly documented, which means it can reach its final destination in good time.
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Now retired after a career that spanned the better part of five decades, San Jose, Calif.-based Duane Brusseau is in his third year with some involvement in the cross-country haul of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. He was the lead driver on the 2011 haul that originated in California, and last year he was codriver of the second rig pulling a standard 53-ft. van that accompanied lead driver and Senator Ben Campbell of Colorado, where that tree originated.
2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree lead driver Duane Brusseau
This year, with the 2014 Mack Pinnacle and expandable long-load trailer at a total 103 feet in length, he s had his work cut out for him on the long trek with numerous stops across the United States from Northeast Washington State, where the haul originated with the cutting of the tree in Newport. I caught up with him yesterday at the stop here in Nashville, Tenn., in the Macy s parking lot at Cool Springs Galleria south of town.
The journey started the 22nd of October, he says, when he and likewise California-based codriver Galon Baker (a current driver for Wal-Mart) flew to Allentown, Pa., to pick up the two specially-wrapped 2014 Mack Pinnacles they d drive on the haul. We took them to Washington State to the town of Newport up in the Northeast corner of the state, he says. We spent about four or five days there with the cutting of the tree and the involved process of placing it on the trailer. You ll remember this picture we posted here a couple weeks back1, showing what it looked like before packaging, as it were:
And here s how it s actually being hauled:
The tree weighs 10,000 lbs, says Brusseau, and is 30 ft. wide at the bottom, approximately, and 80 feet tall. Imagine the work that went into securing the tree in the binding sleeve to fit the standard-width trailer.
Following such work, Brusseau and Baker have been moving slowly across the country, after a tour through Washington State, he says, then into Oregon, Idaho, to Salt Lake City, across Texas into Arkansas and, yesterday, Tennessee. We ll be arriving in Washington, D.C., Nov. 25, Brusseau says. They ll unload the tree from the truck and they ll put it in a five-foot hole, cement it in and tether it. It will take them 5-6 days, then, to decorate it.
In the 53-ft. van Baker is hauling (pictured, right), Brusseau adds, are 80 eight-foot-tall trees from the Republic, Wash., area. They will go inside the Capitol offices. Also, there s about six pallets of ornaments made by the schoolchildren of Washington State that will go on the main tree. In addition, two 25-ft. trees in the van will go inside the U.S. Forest Service offices in D.C. and one other.
All in all, says, Brusseau, it s a capital haul for him. His wife, Bobbie, is along for the run, and it s a lot of fun, he says. On the dozens of stops the unit is making, we see the country, meet lots of great people. I m retired, so it s a great retirement project.
In the video at the bottom of this post, Brusseau talks briefly about the many signatures schoolchildren and others have added to the 80-ft. banners on either side of the trailer. Find more pictures of the truck and the Nashville signing events in the gallery here.
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Not so long ago, one of our editors had the slightly off-topic (for a trucking magazine) idea of polling readers on their favorite Christmas songs before, as it were, the tunes flooded every auditory synapse we have and left us all totally at a loss to differentiate between them.
So, we reached out to you this fine November. The choices here were determined over the course of several calls for reader recommendations on Overdrive Online.com as well as via our Facebook page7 over a week or two the songs receiving the most mentions were included toward building this poll. No song here received fewer than three repeat mentions out of hundreds of suggestions.
Help us get into the holiday freight-hauling spirit this year by casting your vote for the best Christmas song of all time.
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