first_img“It’s a constant challenge to execute the logistics chain,” said Volker Daut, head of destination transport and logistics for Adidas at TOC’s container supply chain event. “We are striving for reliability and carriers should deliver what they promise.”Of course, he was speaking about general schedule reliability – but strikes are going to make the shippers’ jobs even more difficult. And they are going to push shippers even faster towards near-shoring. Supply chains are complex enough already.So what to do?In the US west coast port of Portland, where a labour dispute over the plugging, unplugging and monitoring of reefer units in the container terminals has stalled operations for the past three weeks, it took a district judge to order the respective parties to meet yesterday with a special master appointed to direct the talks, and a gagging order that no one could talk publicly about them.It is an extraordinary situation and has pitted the west coast dockworkers union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association, the umbrella oragnisation that represents the interests of stevedores and shipping lines on the west coast, against the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Filipino terminal operator ICTSI, a PMA member.The ILWU wants ICTSI to hand over the two full-time reefer jobs, which have for a number of years been held by IBEW workers, to ILWU workers. In response, ICTSI and the port authority have accused ILWU staff in the container terminal of conducting a go-slow to make their point. (The ILWU denies this and says productivity is down due to ICTSI’s failure to properly maintain equipment, although it is peculiarly convenient moment for that to have occurred).Shipping lines are voting with their feet. The terminal’s two container carrier customers – Hanjin and Hapag-Lloyd – have both stopped calling at Portland and switched to Seattle until the dispute is resolved; and local forwarders say that it costs between $600-1,000 to transport a box to Seattle.Portland has long been a favourite point of exit for US exporters, particularly those shipping animal feed and grains to Asia.So while that dispute seems set to run, and is based on just two jobs, elsewhere management have found a solution. Tomorrow should have seen the start of a Swissport cargo handlers strike at Heathrow, the first of two three-day events that would have disrupted Heathrow’s already challenging cargo operations. But thanks to some quick-thinking between the two sides, the row is now over.The theme between supply chain stakeholders currently seems to be partnership – Adidas and other shippers called for collaboration and partnership at the TOC event. Handlers, road feeder services, airports and airlines all urged each other to work more closely together at the recent Air Cargo Handling conference. IATA is focusing on improving its previously sketchy relations with the freight forwarding community. The links in the chain are becoming stronger.But all this work, integrating the disparate parts of the transport chain, will come to nought if management and labour within one company are unable to form a partnership. There’s little point in a carrier’s management spending its time and efforts in working out the best win-win with a customer, if it is unable to carry out its promises because it hasn’t spent enough time ensuring smooth relations with its labour force.Creating good labour relations must be part of best practice. And for companies to be able to deal with the ongoing onslaught of economic woe, they need solid, reliable relations with those that matter most – their staff. It’s the season to strike. Disputes between management and unions are getting ever hotter under the collar – and as the economy slows it seems unlikely that this new wave of labour unrest is going to go away.And it’s affecting supply chains. There has been much talk recently of managing supply chain risk – whether it relates to earthquakes, tsunamis or ash clouds, shippers are increasingly looking at ways to mitigate disruption. But where environmental disasters place a hole in supply chains that can take some months to mend, strikes can be anywhere, anytime, all at once, short or long.Today, for example, Costa Rica is facing another one-day strike in support of port workers at Limon and Moin, in a dispute concerning the concession for operating the port being awarded to APM Terminals.It’s a problem for the logistics industry, already suffering from volatile rates, overcapacity and lack of demand. Striking workers at ports and airports add another layer of uncertainty for the customers – which are unable to affect the outcome. By Alex Lennane 26/06/2012last_img read more

first_imgThe Bar Council has set up a website to answer barristers’ questions on obligations and standards required by the regulator.The Ethics & Practice Hub provides guidance on ethical issues and meeting obligations set out in the Bar Standards Board’s Handbook. It supplements the council’s Ethical Enquiries Service – a confidential phone and email service for barristers to help identify and comply with professional obligations.More than 6,500 calls and emails were made to the service from barristers in the last year.Andrew Langdon QC, chair of the bar, said: ‘This is a step up in the services that the council offers to barristers and chambers in the crucial areas of professional ethics and practice. These should be the first port of call for barristers and their staff who are looking for help in these areas, whether they need to deal with an ethical issue urgently or are looking for a more in-depth consideration of good practice.‘Given the importance of ethics and practice management to the bar, an easy to use and quick access website such as this is essential.’The site also offers barristers and their chambers guidance materials on IT, equality and diversity, international practice and remuneration issues.last_img read more

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first_imgAfter an inspired start to the season, predictably things have taken a turn for what could be the worse at Arsenal.The recent defeat to West Bromwich Albion saw Francis Coquelin leave the field with knee ligament damage, which has ruled him out of action for two months, and Santi Cazorla has since suffered a similar fate.The Spaniard limped off against Norwich City last weekend, and reports claim he will be sidelined for three months – meaning Arsene Wenger will be without his two first-choice holding midfielders over the busy festive period.News will have come as a huge blow to manager Arsene Wenger, with Coquelin and Cazorla finally offering essential balance in the centre of the park and helping to deliver belief among supporters that they really could challenge for the title this season.With Cazorla’s injury being one of many over the past few weeks, Gunners fans have been left understandly frustrated.Read their reaction, on Twitter, below. 1 Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla last_img read more

first_img# 4 – ABC Shoehorns Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge into EverythingEarlier this year Bob Iger joked that Disney wouldn’t have to advertise the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. In February, Iger suggested he could just tweet “it’s open” and that would be enough for the crowds to come. Spoiler Alert: they didn’t come, leading to Bob having to explain a decline in Disneyland’s attendance after the land’s debut in May. After a jam packed opening day in Florida in August, Walt Disney World also had an unexpected lull in crowds.So Disney decided it was finally time to advertise Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Where? Everywhere. Billboards. TV ads. Digital ads. Magazine ads. iTunes app store ads. They even put a giant ad on the side of an airplane. If there was a place for Disney to plug the new land, they’d find it, including their own TV shows.Now, for those readers too young to remember, TV shows shoehorning an intrusive element just to plug something is nothing new. Sometimes it is through product placement, and other times it can be to launch a new TV show by having characters of the new show interact with characters of the show you already like.Back in the 1990’s, NBC used its popular show Friends to help out the show Mad About You.Disney, who owns the ABC television network, put Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge references in seemingly every show on the network. America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Rookie, Modern Family, and more. Some of the references were in the background, like a ridiculous Kowakian Shoulder Monkey puppet sitting on a desk in American Housewife. Other times it was characters having actual discussions on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that had absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the episode.Grey’s Anatomy. Double Secret Honorable Mention – You either die a hero, or live long enough to become the Disney Outlet Store Photo ReportA lot has been happening over at the Disney Outlet Stores this year. Thanks to the influx of vloggers looking for content, a whole bunch of new procedures have been put in place. This includes the introduction of a switchback queue just to get into the stores. Imagine having to wait 30 minutes to an hour outside in the Florida heat just to have the opportunity for the most miserable shopping experience of your life.For a brief period of time, the Outlets tried to cut back on the obnoxious amount of people filming videos inside the store. This didn’t last, but did allow us at the Ye Olde Monthly Outlet Report to have some fun with the idea of how we would get around the camera ban using a classic episode of The Simpsons.Your Humble Author heads into Mordor. (art by @n8creative)Turns out, people on TouringPlans Facebook weren’t laughing. In fact, even though we have been doing The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! every single month for over six years, we are being held personally responsible for dishonoring the Orlando locals and ruining the Outlet Experience.Our response? Well, we reached out to our Public Relations department: # 5 – Skyliner DebutsThe long anticipated Disney Skyliner made its debut this past week to many favorable reviews (including TouringPlans’ own Len Testa). The new transportation system is definitely cool to ride in, and along with the Skyliner’s opening came some really great merchandise. One surprise is how often the Skyliner has been stopping. Usually the stoppage is only for a brief amount of time, but it is not an uncommon occurrence. Several times during the week an entire segment of the Skyliner has been down for a period of time, with guests being ushered onto busses to bring them to their next destination.Skyliner signage. (photo by Blog Mickey)This made us think of another “character wrap” that should be added to the Skyliner rotation, referencing another attraction with unexpected downtime.Appropriate Skyliner wrap. (meme by SuperWeenieHtJr) # 3 – Tomorrowland’s New EntranceIn last week’s SAT 6 we had gorgeous photos from @bioreconstruct showing all the latest projects at Walt Disney World, including the debut of a new entrance arch in Tomorrowland.Tomorrowland. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Seeing the very same arch from a different angle could make you think Disney built something different… # 2 – IllumiNations endsThe theme park “In Memoriam” article later this year just got its headlining act, as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fired off its last fireworks shell this past Monday night. Twitter user Ham Jenkins III used a tear jerking moment from Toy Story 3 to explain how we all felt during the last show. # 1 – EPCOT Forever debutsTo fill the void of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth until the HarmonioUS nighttime spectacular debuts in 2020, the temporary EPCOT Forever show had its first show on Tuesday. A show built around nostalgia, EPCOT Forever made the interesting decision to have the voice of a young child be the narrator. “Interesting” because a young child wouldn’t be aware of any of the musical references to Horizons, Listen to the Land, or Tomorrow’s Child.  Those in attendance noticed the lack of overall fireworks explosions in EPCOT Forever compared to IllumiNations, but everyone seemed to agree the jet skis with firework-laden kites stole the show. Most were ready to give EPCOT Forever at least a “mild” thumbs up overall, which isn’t too bad considering it is replacing an iconic nighttime show that has lasted almost twenty years.However, many opinions changed immediately when the song “A Whole New World” from Aladdin began to close out EPCOT Forever. It was a stark reminder that the park’s former mission statement of education and world culture is about to be replaced with one singular goal: Intellectual Properties. Well, at least it wasn’t “Let It Go” from Frozen…From Bob Chapek’s dream journal. (meme by SuperWeenieHtJr)One Twitter user suggested using Agrabah as one of the cities we fly by in Soarin’ Around the World to help complete the synergy.Soarin’ Around the IPs. (meme by @theme_park)Along with a poster for the show.EPCOT Forever. (meme by @theme_park) Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at recent theme park news via MEMES! A lot has been happening since the award-winning SAT 6 investigation team covered what was happening in the wacky world of theme parks, but today we are going back to the well once again to examine all the hot topics in the only way we know how…via theme park memes.# 6 – Attack of the Killer BeesUniversal’s newest attraction – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – has been beset by technical problems since the ride made its debut in Islands of Adventure back in June. The thrilling coaster has been wowing guests who have been able to get on – with many calling it the best ride at the Universal Orlando Resort – but it has routinely been closing early for test & adjust or opening late because of tech issues. All of a sudden a new problem reared its head in the attraction with bees. That’s right, bees.Honey bees are an important part of the Florida ecosystem, and in the last decade or so many advancements have been made in the state to help reduce negative impacts on the bee population. Universal brought in bee specialists to help with efforts on moving the bees away from the ride, including man-made hives backstage. It seemed that the situation was taken care of relatively quickly, but reports this very week have bees still milling in the area. Hopefully this is a situation that can be (see what we did there) remedied in the coming days and weeks and Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure can go back to being down for its normal reasons.At least it’s not “at capacity” again. (meme by Alicia Stella)Believe it or not, this isn’t even the first time bees have been a nuisance for a Universal attraction. Back in 2014, Rip Ride Rockit had to be shut down for a hot minute thanks to bees as well.Several bee-related Easter Eggs in this pic. (photo by Mike Sperduto with an art assist by Matt Cleary)center_img Trust me. I FEEL YOUR PAIN. Honorable Mention – #SaveBurudikaDisney has been making a lot of budget cuts to make up for the lack of guests post Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Our beloved Muppets Present: Great Moments in American History? Gone. Royal Majesty Makers in Magic Kingdom? Gone. Pit Crew dancers by Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy and the JAMMitors in EPCOT have either been cut or had their amount of shows reduced. One of the rumored cuts that has been hard for many is the band Burudika in Animal Kingdom. A lively show that is always well attended, the Burudika band has been entertaining guests in Harambe Village for years, and bring the entire area to life. The Radio Harambe podcast has been doing everything they can to try and stave off the inevitable, including starting #SaveBurudika on Twitter. This has led to many people posting their fond memories of the show and how much the band has meant to the family’s trips.These things always work, right? (meme by DMemes_MTeens) Side view of the Tomorrowland entrance arch. (photo by Blog Mickey)The ultimate “You Are Here” Disney Starbucks cup. (meme by @timtation) Goodbye Reflections of Earth…(meme by Ham Jenkins III) So there you have it: A Look at Theme Park News via MEMES! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following: The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Theme Park News via Memes (vol 1)The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Theme Park News via Memes (vol 2)The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Theme Park News via Memes (vol 3)The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Theme Park News via Memes (vol 4)The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Theme Park News via Memes (vol 5)The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Theme Park News via Memes (vol 6)The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Theme Park News via Memes (vol 7)Special Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of the world famous Disney Cruise Line Blog, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick, hot shot Michael Carelli, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.Show us the lie.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia has seen its second aircraft evacuation in less than a week due to a bomb threat.Passengers on a Virgin regional flight from the Sydney to the New South Wales regional town of Albury were told to evacuate the plane after the threat was discovered scrawled on a sick bag in the toilet.Passengers left the ATR turboprop through the rear door and emergency exits but, contrary to some reports, no doors were ripped off and it is understood crew did not instruct passengers to jump out and “run, run, run’’. That advice is believed to have been shouted by a passengerPolice met the flight as it landed about 9:35am and a man was arrested.“The main point to make here is that the plane landed at 9:35 am. We had all of the occupants of aeroplane secured and safe within five minutes of it landing,’’ a police spokesman said.“We’ve completely searched the aeroplane at this stage and our inquiries will continue there.’’A Virgin spokeswoman confirmed there was “a security incident” on  Virgin Australia flight VA1174.“One passenger is assisting police with their enquiries,’’ she said. “The matter is now in the hands of the New South Wales police.”Michelle McNamara, who works for a car hire company in the airport terminal, said police, firefighters and ambulance crews closed off half the terminal during the operation.“It’s normally quiet, it’s Albury Airport,” she told AAP.“It’s a bit concerning. With all that’s happening in the world, it makes you think the worst.”The incident comes less than a week after passengers aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight in Melbourne helped deal with an allegedly mentally ill man who shouted he had a bomb and tried to enter the cockpit.The 25-year-old  economy passenger, a Sri Lankan national on a student visa, jumped up just after take-off and made the bomb threats as the plane was about 4kms out from Melbourne airport last Wednesday.He was brandishing a device now believed to be a Bluetooth speaker.Police were criticised after the incident for the amount of time it took them to evacuate the plane — about 90 minutes — after it landed.The plane’s pilots had radioed to say the passenger responsible for the bomb threat had been subdued but police said they were focused on getting everyone safely off the flight.Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton said police were worried about the possibility of co-offenders or explosive devices that could be triggered by an evacuation.last_img read more

first_imgA study by Computer Economics Technology Trends found that half the companies that have deployed RPA have been able to recoup their investment within 18 months. RPA is the use of robotic software to perform mundane and repetitive tasks. Typically what is automated are the interactions a user would normally perform with the user interface of an existing software application. The RPA software sits at a layer above the application and often is used when data and inputs from two or multiple applications need to be exchanged. RPA is commonly used in IT, finance, manufacturing, telecommunications and retail. “Any technology that can reduce the costs of existing manual operations by 25% to 40% or more without changing existing systems, yet improve service and generate return on investment (ROI) in less than a year, can truly be described as transformational and disruptive,” says a new report by Ernst and Young about Robotic Process Automation (RPA).center_img The promise of RPA is there, but like just about everything, if it is not implemented with foresight, RPA processes can lead to trouble. Jakob Freund, CEO of Camunda, said that “because it is relatively easy for a non-technical person to build a simple automation procedure, they just do it on a very ad-hoc basis. This works fine if it’s just one person or a few people. But the more people involved, the more this system spreads, and it leads to a shadow IT ecosystem that can cause severe damage to the business when it breaks down.”last_img read more

first_imgA fifth person is now facing assault and unlawful use of a weapon charges over that downtown Columbia shooting last weekend.Toiyonte Hunt (pictured), 25, was booked into Boone County Jail on Tuesday.Someone landed in the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound after the shooting near Fifth and Broadway early Saturday. Damion, Eddie, and Caleb Hunt, and Robert Carter, have already been arrested.last_img

first_imgThe college football season is just over one month away, and while neither the AP Poll nor the Coaches’ Poll has been released, we do have one major indicator to take a look at – ESPN’s ‘Football Power Index.’ The Worldwide Leader has put together a formula that does its best to predict a team’s performance based on a number of factors, including strength of schedule. Here’s a quick definition of the measure:The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.It won’t surprise anyone to see that Ohio State, which won last year’s College Football Playoff, is on top. The Buckeyes are followed by Alabama, Baylor, TCU and LSU. Georgia, Oregon, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Arkansas round out the top ten. Here are the top 20, per ESPN. ESPN FPI RankingsESPNOddly enough, even though Alabama is ranked second, the Crimson Tide is predicted to win just 8.7 games – most likely because of its top-ranked strength of schedule. If you’re wondering, the team with the easiest schedule in the top 20 is Baylor. You can check out the entire Football Power Index here.last_img read more

first_imgUrban Meyer talks about the draft.UrbanFormer Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence did not hear his name called during the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. This surprised Spence’s former coach, Urban Meyer. Spence, who played at OSU for two seasons before having to transfer because of failed drug tests, is an “elite” defensive end, according to Meyer. The Ohio State coach placed him in a similar category to Joey Bosa, who was taken No. 3 overall. “I was kind of shocked he didn’t go yesterday,” Meyer said on the NFL Network. “I was kind of shocked he didn’t go yesterday,” Urban says of Noah Spence.— Andrew Holleran (@andrewjholleran) April 29, 2016Meyer also talked about how Spence was a 3.0 student at Ohio State and comes from a great family.The NFL Draft is currently airing on ESPN and the NFL Network. Spence is expected to go early in the second round.last_img read more