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The Jacksonville Jaguars got more production from their speedy wideout on Sunday despite a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. We break down the fantasy implications.
However, nothing else went right for the Jaguars, who dropped a 42-10 contest at Wembley Stadium to the San Francisco 49ers2 despite Shorts’ effort. Shorts ended the game with seven catches for 74 yards, and his 10 targets tied his counterpart Justin Blackmon3 for the team lead.
Fantasy Spin: Most of Shorts’ yardage came during “garbage time” in a game that got out of hand quickly. However, that’s been a common theme for the Jaguars receivers this season, but it makes no difference for fantasy owners who will take the points either way.
Shorts is on pace for more than 90 catches and 1,100 yards, and seems to have put the clavicle injury he sustained in Week 6 behind him. He will still get the benefit of a bye week’s rest in Week 9, and will need it with a difficult matchup versus Alterraun Verner4 and the Titans5 on the horizon.
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A Massachusetts trucking company owner has agreed to plead guilty to attempting to bribe a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration investigator.
Irfan Dushku, owner of Korca Enterprises, Inc., is scheduled to enter his plea in Worcester s federal district court Nov. 21. According to his Sept. 9 plea agreement, the 43-year-old Worcester man paid a FMCSA safety investigator $1,000 hoping to prevent a negative compliance review last May.
The U.S. attorney for Massachusetts said the proprietor of the six-truck company was charged Sept. 26 in a one-count information with bribery of a public official. FMCSA records list the carrier as having operating authority, but notes a 53-percent vehicle out-of-service rate and 12 inspections during the past 24 months.
In exchange for the plea, the prosecutor agreed to recommend 12 months of probation, with the first six months in home confinement, 24 months of supervised release and a special assessment of $100. Jill Dunn
Three drivers declared imminent hazards to public safety
Three long-haul drivers licensed in the states of Michigan, Texas and Illinois, respectively have been ordered to cease interstate operations after investigations uncovered serious violations of federal safety regulations, FMCSA said. All three investigations proceeded from the drivers involvement in crashes, two of which resulted in at least one fatality and the third a serious injury to a police officer.
Related: Crackdown!, the final installment of the Crashes and Interventions portion of Overdrive s CSA s Data Trail series12
Michigan-licensed driver Tracy A. Ferrell, said FMCSA, was involved in a crash on U.S. Highway 23 in Pickaway County, Ohio, with a passenger vehicle. The driver of the passenger vehicle was killed, and subsequent investigation determined that Ferrell had repeatedly and excessively falsified his driver on-duty records throughout the five-week period prior to the crash.
Texas-licensed Scotty G. Arnst struck two pedestrians changing a flat tire on the roadway shoulder, said FMCSA, and both individuals were killed. Investigation by FMCSA determined Arnst failed to disclose to three separate employers during the previous nine-month period his involvement in five commercial motor vehicle crashes in addition to his prior terminations as a commercial vehicle operator for high-risk driving. They also found that Arnst had potentially disqualifying medical conditions he had repeatedly failed to disclose to employers or otherwise had submitted an outdated medical examiner certificate required by federal regulations.
Illinois-based Stewart G. Snedeker, FMCSA said, struck a tow truck and Tennessee Highway Patrol cruiser on I-75 in Campbell County, Tenn. The vehicles had been parked on the roadway shoulder with their emergency lights flashing. A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper was seriously injured in the crash. Snedeker fled the scene and was later apprehended and charged with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment and other infractions. Investigation by FMCSA, the agency said, determined Snedeker had potentially disqualifying medical conditions and falsified his medical history to wrongfully obtain a medical examiner certificate.
Imminent hazard out-of-service orders, whether for carriers or drivers, are unique to each individual circumstance, noted FMCSA spokesman Duane Debruyne. All, however, will require specific remediation activities in order to regain authority to operate in interstate commerce.
- ^ Related: Crackdown!, the final installment of the Crashes and Interventions portion (www.overdriveonline.com)
- ^ CSA s Data Trail series (overdriveonline.com)
- ^ Related: FMCSA s enforcement authority growth spurt (www.overdriveonline.com)
BC Trucking Association Seeks 25 Immigrant Truck Drivers to Pilot Test New Skills Assessment Tool
Langley, British Columbia The BC Trucking Association (BCTA) has developed a new skills assessment tool called IDRIVE and is looking for 25 recent immigrants with professional truck-driving experience to participate in a pilot test to be scheduled in November or December 2013.
BCTA is working with BC motor carriers to find ways to address a shortage of professional drivers that could run as high as 33,000 across Canada by 2020, according to a Conference Board of Canada study1.
Immigrants to Canada are a valuable source of labour for the industry but may need help representing their skills to employers here, says Louise Yako, BCTA President & CEO. And BC employers need to know how driving experience from outside Canada rates in BC, where regulations, equipment, and geography may be quite different.
To assist, BCTA has partnered with the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table to develop a truck driver skill and experience assessment tool with input from motor carriers. IDRIVE stands for Immigrant Driver Readiness Industry Validation and Engagement, and it reviews the professional experience of drivers who are new to Canada, to provide them with a verified report on their readiness for employment in BC. IDRIVE tests industry knowledge, essential skills, employability characteristics (including customer service skills) and driving skills.
IDRIVE is made possible by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. Funding is provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
We are pleased to support the BCTA s immigrant driver readiness tool that will help employers understand and benefit from the experience and skills of BC s immigrant labour pool, says Kelly Pollack, Executive Director of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC.
IDRIVE is now ready for a pilot test, and BCTA invites 25 immigrant drivers to participate, to make sure that both drivers and trucking industry employers can depend on its results. Assessments can take place throughout the province depending on where drivers are located.
Participants must not be employed currently in the trucking industry, but must live in BC and have a BC Class 1 commercial driver s licence or be willing to obtain one within the timeframe of the pilot project, which includes a road test. They must have at least one year of professional driving experience, here or in another country, read and write basic English, and be eligible to work in Canada, among a few other requirements.
In return, participants receive a copy of their IDRIVE assessment, and BCTA will work to connect them with motor carriers interested in the pilot and looking for drivers to hire.
Professional truck drivers keep our economy moving and tools like IDRIVE will help ensure we have the skilled drivers to keep the industry strong, and keep goods moving through B.C. and the rest of Canada, says Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. Congratulations to BCTA and its partners for this innovative idea.
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CRST Expedited (Part of CRST International, No. 18 on CCJ s Top 2501) has announced it will be increasing its pay for all drivers with a $10 million investment intended to retain existing drivers and attract new ones, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based company said.
CRST Expedited President Cameron Holzer also said the increased pressure from federal regulations namely, hours of service rules and CSA affects drivers ability to make a competitive salary, and the $10 million can mitigate that, Holzer said.
Our drivers are the heart of our organization and need to be compensated for the hard work and dedication they provide, Holzer said.
Pay increases will be based on several factors, the carrier says, including tenure, experience and incremental pay for performance.
The company has also invested $13 million in a new driver training and truck repair facility in Riverside, Calif., and has built a $10 million CDL training academy in Cedar Rapids called the North American Driver Training Academy.
The company currently has 5,100 employees and 2,700 independent contractors. It operates 4,450 tractors nationwide.
- ^ , No. 18 on CCJ s Top 250 (ccjtop250.com)
- ^ Driver shortage Countdown to a capacity crunch and boost in rates? (www.overdriveonline.com)
In less than two weeks, thousands of truckers will descend on Washington, D.C.1, driving their big-rigs and calling for the restoration of a constitutional republic but now their plan has taken a new twist: Their friends and families will simultaneously join other Americans rallying on overpasses across the nation for Obama s impeachment.
The Truckers Ride for the Constitution movement has a new ally in their protest against what organizers say is corruption in government and a trashing of the Constitution. The group is teaming up with Overpasses for Obama s Impeachment2 to line the routes into Washington with flags during the Oct. 11-13 event.
Both Houses of Congress are tentatively scheduled to be in session Oct. 11.
Truckers Ride for the Constitution3 leader and organizer Zeeda Andrews, a country singer and former truck driver, said Overpasses4 Founder James Neighbors reached out to her, suggesting the two groups form an alliance. Neighbors said the partnership is a natural merger for a common cause.
Thousands of truckers have seen us across America, he said. We ve gotten emails from them, thanking us for waking them up. The biker ride in D.C. happened. Then, the next thing you know, the trucker thing did, and we got even more emails from truckers across the country, thanking us.
He added, We are going to be out on the overpasses and at truck stops, encouraging the truckers to head to D.C., to join in with the others. They, in exchange, are encouraging their families who are at home to join us on the overpasses.
Facebook tries to shut truckers down
On Sept. 22, Facebook removed the truckers Facebook page, Truckers to Shutdown America, which had accumulated 86,000 likes within days of its launch.
Political opponents attacked the Truckers to Shutdown America page within days, and they exploited a little known (to the public) feature on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter called community standards flagging, which allows them to instantaneously shut down an account on these social media platforms, the truckers group explained in a press release.
An administrator of the page offended someone by saying, God bless you, and God bless America.
Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
According to the group, radio talk-host Pete Santelli, of The Pete Santelli Show, 6 has indicated that he intends to take legal action against YouTube and Twitter on behalf of all truckers, their supporters, as well as other members of the public who are similarly harmed by these unconstitutional community standards.
While the truckers group says it has made numerous attempts to appeal Facebook s decision, the page remains unpublished.
Now the group is planning a special delivery to Facebook s corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., on the same day of the Washington, D.C., convoy.
Ride for the Constitution will now organize a convoy to Facebook corporate headquarters to coincide with the ride to Washington, D.C., the group explained. We fully intend to arrive on corporate America s doorstep with our original community standards guideline in hand the U.S. Constitution.
The truckers also launched their website, RideForTheConstitution.org, and created a second Facebook page called, Truckers Ride for the Constitution. 78
Wake up the sleeping giant
What do they intend to accomplish with a convoy into Washington and nationwide rallies on overpasses?
Neighbors explained, The goal is to wake up the sleeping giant, the people of America.
Truckers co-organizer Benn Pam said the rally will be quite a patriotic scene.
I think it s great, he said. There are going to be thousands of trucks on the highways, flying flags. There are all of those people who are in the Overpasses campaign flying flags. Between the two groups, we may be covering a good part of the national highway network.
Andrews said more organizations are expected to join the rally, and she has two other huge groups that will give me a conformation.
But this event isn t just another political rally. The joint venture has clear objectives. Neighbors said one goal is to pressure Congress to begin the impeachment process.
In doing so, the people can force Congress to act to begin by removing Obama from office, he explained.
He said his group will also protest RINOs and progressive Democrats before the 2014 midterm elections.
Andrews said she believes connecting with the Overpasses group will help achieve her group s aims.
We both want to see an end to the unconstitutional laws in this country, she said.
By joining forces, she said, both groups will get more publicity and video footage of the event.
However, the group s short-term goal is to see a three-day cessation of business. Organizers are asking Americans to pre-purchase food and other necessities before Oct. 11 to send a message to Congress.
We want to see the dollar stop circulating for three days, Andrews said. What we also want to see is deregulation for the truckers and our Constitution restored. We want to get rid of unconstitutional laws like the National Defense Authorization Act and the Patriot Act.
Andrews also said she has a list of grievances she plans to present to every member of Congress before the trucks leave Washington.
Time to rally, contact lawmakers
Overpasses for Obama s Impeachment national coordinator and co-founder Rick Halle said he s hopeful that the event will get Congress to remember its commitment to the Constitution.
The ultimate result would be for our representatives to start taking their oath to protect and defend the Constitution seriously, he said. At the very least, we will get the message out to others who believe, as we do, that government corruption is rampant and that they are not alone.
However, Halle admitted that Congress will only feel pressure if enough people rally in the streets and make their voices heard by calling their lawmakers.
We believe that we will also wake some people up so they start paying attention, he said. If enough people wake up and start contacting their representatives, then we believe that they will have no choice but to take notice.
Some critics in the trucking industry have taken to Facebook to condemn the upcoming protest.
American Trucking Associations spokesman Sean McNally said his group opposes Andrews activities.
The American Trucking Associations is not a sponsor of this strike nor do we endorse or condone the activities of these few individuals, McNally said. ATA and the vast majority of America s truck drivers will continue to deliver the nation s most essential goods unabated even while we continue to work through whatever policy disagreements we have with Congress and the administration.
But Andrews is undeterred.
She said, I have the truckers that I need.
- ^ thousands of truckers will descend on Washington, D.C. (www.wnd.com)
- ^ Overpasses for Obama s Impeachment (ridefortheconstitution.org)
- ^ Truckers Ride for the Constitution (ridefortheconstitution.org)
- ^ Overpasses (overpassesforamerica.com)
- ^ Read the details of Obama s actions and how they don t align with the Constitution, in Impeachable Offenses, by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott. (superstore.wnd.com)
- ^ The Pete Santelli Show, (petersantilli.com)
- ^ RideForTheConstitution.org (ridefortheconstitution.org)
- ^ Facebook page called, Truckers Ride for the Constitution. (www.facebook.com)
Posted on September 27th, 2013
China is building the most property in at least a decade, expanding shipments of logs and adding to record commodity cargoes that are making the merchant fleet s smallest ships profitable for the first time since 2011.
Global trade in logs will expand 10 percent to 127 million cubic meters in 2013, according to Wood Resources International LLC, a research company in Bothell, Washington. Daily rates for 550-foot-long Handysizes will climb 29 percent to $9,750 next year, according to the median of nine analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
China uses most of the wood in construction and the amount of floor space being developed is the highest for this time of year since at least 2002, government data show. Global trade in dry-bulk commodities is rising to a record as demand strengthens for everything from coal to iron ore. That s helping absorb the biggest capacity glut in shipping since at least 1986 just as the Handysize fleet grows at the slowest pace in four years, boosting rates for Pacific Basin Shipping Ltd. and other owners.
We re seeing more cargoes for log carriers and other smaller dry-bulk segments and fewer new ships being delivered, said Marius Magelie, an analyst at ABG Sundal Collier in Oslo whose recommendations on the shares of shipping companies returned 34 percent in the past two years. Rising demand for dry-bulk cargoes will buoy all classes of shipping.
Source: Bloomberg LP