Brian Bowersock Joins Elite Worldwide as Business Development Coach

first_imgRANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – Elite Worldwide has announced that Brian Bowersock has joined the company as its newest business development coach.   In this new role, Bowersock will utilize his years of experience as a shop owner in San Diego, Calif., along with the information he attained as a board member for AAIA’s Car Care Professionals Network, to provide one-on-one guidance to shop owners throughout the U.S. to help them build more successful businesses.   Bowersock owns an extremely successful AAA-approved auto repair shop, and has built his business without ever using any form of price advertising. Through his brand-awareness marketing campaigns, Bowersock’s name and the name of his shop are household names throughout San Diego County, and he now serves as the Fox News Auto Expert on local Fox television channels.   “Brian is a longtime friend and a truly a remarkable shop owner, so it’s an absolute honor to have him join the Elite team. He is a guy who never puts money ahead of people, so I know he’ll fit in well with the culture of Elite, and will be very successful in helping shop owners build more profitable businesses,” said Bob Cooper, president of Elite Worldwide. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Pipe dream for FLS-KAA

first_imgFLS-KAA’s parent company Fleet Line Shipping (FLS) coordinated the shipment of the pipes, each of which measured 7.3 m long with a diameter of 1.2 m, from Antwerp to Jebel Ali onboard an Empros Lines breakbulk vessel.HLPFI reported on June 26 that FLS had been appointed as agent for Empros Lines in the Middle East. On arrival at Jebel Ali port, FLS-KAA customised wooden frames to facilitate the loading of eight pipes onto one 60 ft (18.2 m) trailer, which meant that delivering the consignment 200 km overland to Al Ain only required the use of 55 trailers.FLS-KAA is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) in Iraq.

Australia: The hard truth about interstate freight

first_imgHigh levels of taxation and track access charges are making rail freight uncompetitive with other modes, even on long hauls where speed and volume should give rail a natural advantage.,Australia’s interstate rail freight operators are having a hard time at the moment, with volumes declining steadily as a result of unbridled competition from other modes. Recently released market share data has confirmed a worrying trend for those operating in the long-haul interstate market.The Australasian Railway Association has long argued that rail needs to play a greater role in meeting the country’s growing freight task, describing it as ‘one of the most significant challenges facing governments in Australia’. According to official figures, domestic freight tonne-km increased by 50% in the 10 years to 2016, and ARA anticipated that the freight task would grow by a further 26% in the decade to 2026.Insisting that ‘achieving modal shift to rail is critical to increasing economic growth, improving the liveability of our cities and supporting regional communities’, ARA has been working with governments and industry to get more freight on to rail, and to improve the efficiency and productivity of Australia’s rail freight supply chains. Unfortunately, however, the truth is that rail freight has been in decline for a number of years in some of the country’s most important corridors.North-south and east-westOperators have been warning for some time that freight volumes have been moving off the tracks, both along the eastern seaboard where the interstate market is dominated by road haulage and perhaps more surprisingly on the lengthy east-west corridor serving Western Australia where foreign shipping companies continue to erode rail’s historic dominance.To a large measure, it has been down to the policy of governments from both sides of politics that allows foreign ships to indulge in coastal cabotage, moving domestic traffic between Australian ports alongside their international lading. The lower rates offered by international shipping lines continue to attract new business that has traditionally moved by rail.Recent market share estimates published by ARTC unfortunately don’t match the reality for rail freight operators. In years gone by the rail industry touted its successful position on the east-west corridor with a market share of flows from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to and from Perth running at close to 90%. But figures released by the Australian government’s Shipping Business Unit for traffic up to May 25 confirmed what rail operators have known for some time.The report confirmed that a staggering 70 000 TEUs were transported by ship to Western Australia in 2019, almost entirely on foreign-owned vessels. Alarmingly, shipping’s container volumes have increased by 48% since 2014. Over the same period, SCT saw its dry freight volumes decline by 8%. Conversely, SCT’s temperature-controlled volume increased by 22% in 2014-19, in a market which is not conducive to sea.ARTC suggested rail’s share on the east-west corridor was holding at 80%. This contrasts with Pacific National’s estimate that rail’s market share has dropped to 57% with sea increasing to 23%. Unfortunately the ARTC figures include return volumes and access revenue in WA from domestic flows where foreign ships don’t compete. One consequence of east to west volumes transferring to sea is that the historic freight imbalance is reversing, with eastbound traffic becoming the dominant flow.If you are looking for proof of what is happening look no further than the demise of Aurizon Intermodal. In the last decade, there used to be three rail operators competing on the east-west corridor — Pacific National, Aurizon and SCT. That has now declined to two, with Andrew Harding winding up Aurizon’s intermodal business shortly after taking over as CEO in 2017.According to Harding, closing the intermodal division was a fairly straightforward decision, with reported losses in excess of A$600m from less than 10 years of competing in the interstate rail market. The challenge of declining volumes faced by other operators including SCT ultimately proved insufficient for Aurizon to maintain its presence in the general freight market.The interstate rail sector handles traffic valued at around A$26bn a year, and contributes 1·2% of Australia’s national GDP. The national freight task has been growing overall as a result of increased economic activity, and rail’s productivity has improved with the introduction of double-stack container operation alongside the traditional wagonload business. It seems logical to attribute much of Aurizon’s demise to the continued strength and market share gain of international shipping.“If unchecked, this policy could eventually disadvantage Australian freight trains out of existence”Peter Smith, Chairman, SCT Group Levelling the playing fieldThere is generally a positive narrative around interstate rail in most forums I attend, as moving freight by rail is safer and more environmentally friendly compared to road. Most rail freight networks operate at or near full cost recovery, yet the industry is in decline. The road sector is far more effective and outspoken in demanding and achieving better outcomes, as exemplified by the process by which larger trucks are approved so seamlessly. More equitable road pricing reform is often discussed, yet rarely addressed.Now rail’s heartland on the east-west interstate corridor is under threat. We don’t allow international airlines to decimate our domestic markets so why aren’t our rail companies afforded the same protection? We pay full tote odds in track access, corporate and personal taxes, and employ tens of thousands of people. Where was the outrage when so many jobs were lost when Aurizon closed its interstate business at the hands of foreign shipping? It’s hard to see the road or construction industries readily accepting that situation.Around A$50m of track access revenue and an additional A$45m in wages and taxes that should be in government hands is being lost to foreign shipping. Effectively our government subsidises the rates offered by sea through this lost revenue and the avoidance of paying Australian taxes and labour rates. At a time when job creation and preservation has never been more important, maybe it is time for Australia to revisit its foreign shipping policy.This article first appeared in the July 2020 issue of Railway Gazette International Stark warningAs founder and owner of Australia’s largest privately owned rail freight operator, SCT Chairman Peter Smith says he is not surprised by the latest numbers. ‘We’ve been advising rail authorities and government for a number of years of the threat posed by Australia’s coastal shipping policy. No other country in the world allows international ships to decimate their domestic landside logistics companies. If unchecked, this policy could eventually disadvantage Australian freight trains out of existence.‘International ships certainly weren’t there to assist with filling our supermarkets and replenishing supplies through the Covid-19 pandemic. Foreign ships stopped coming and dropped the ball on moving our domestic freight. God help us if our nation’s supply chains are reliant on international shipping companies when the next crisis presents itself, which it will.‘The illogical part of all this is that the majority — if not all — of the price advantage that foreign shipping companies have over rail is achieved through avoidance of the track access charges and tax revenues that we pay to the government. It is difficult to see the logic in that for Australia.’East Coast battleInterstate rail freight faces a similar battle for north-south business along Australia’s eastern seaboard, where it has always had a much weaker position in the face of intense competition from road haulage benefiting from substantial public investment in new and upgraded highways. Coastal shipping is also eating into that market, with foreign-owned ships operating on shorter hauls such as Melbourne to Port Kembla or Sydney to Brisbane. The latest market share analysis confirms that 87% of freight volumes on this corridor now travel by road, with rail and shipping sharing the balance.‘The movement of freight by rail between our two major capitals, Melbourne and Sydney, has all but ceased, as larger High Productivity road trucks offer ever-increasing fuel efficiency’, reports Pacific National CEO Dean Della Valle. ‘Credit to the road industry, their regulation process allows them to streamline the approval process for larger trucks and increase their productivity and competitiveness year on year.‘Ultimately our cost position increases each and every year while the road industry effectively gets cheaper’, says Della Valle. ‘Charges for access to the rail network constitute around 30% of our total cost base, and the rates are adjusted upwards annually. The reality is that we pay around two or three times more to the government in access charges than the road hauliers on a per-tonne basis. The gap is growing, and our market share is declining.’Pacific National is ‘holding out for the completion of the Inland Rail project’, he says, as that will provide a productivity gain in increasing train sizes over the longer Melbourne – Brisbane route, but that is still several years away .last_img read more

955 workers trapped in South Africa gold mine brought to surface

first_imgMiners rescued from the Sibanye Gold mine: Photo AFPSouth Africa’s Sibanye Gold mine owners on Friday confirmed that all 955 mine workers trapped underground for more than a day following a power cut resurfaced unharmed.Local online newspaper, Mail & Guardian quotes the mine’s spokesman, James Wellsted say, “Everybody’s out, there were cases of dehydration and high blood pressure but nothing serious.”The miners were stuck in the Beatrix gold mine after a storm caused a massive power outage.But on Friday morning electricity was finally restored to a lift, enabling the workers’ release.They are being taken for food and showers upon their release, before having medical health checks.Beatrix is in the small town of Theunissen near the city of Welkom.last_img

Cameron County parks’ fees set to go up

first_img Share By ANTONIO VINDELLJose Martinez, a gate attendant at Isla Blanca Park, tells a visitor about the daily fee to enter the park. (Staff photo by Antonio Vindell) The year 2010 is coming to an end and 2011 is about to start. For the perennial beachgoer, that could bring new changes such as change in fees to enjoy the sun and the surf on the Texas Gulf Coast. The Cameron County Parks System is in the process of changing its park fee structures, which will be implemented once the board gets the seal of approval from the Texas General Land Office. One such fee is the daily fee to enter Isla Blanca and Andy Bowie parks. The other is the current annual $38 pass which expires in 2010. The daily fee is $4 a day per vehicle, but under a proposed recommendation, that could go up to $6 a day, while the annual pass could up to $50. For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Dec. 30 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press. RelatedCounty raises user fee, approves Access 5 improvementsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press The Cameron County Commissioners Court approved a $5 increase to the beach user fee for County beach accesses this week. The County plans to use the increased fees to help fund facility improvements, including a massive overhaul of E.K. Atwood Park located at…December 6, 2015In “News”Island parking talks heat upBy AARIN HARTWELL Special to the PRESS Parking issues on the Island dominated the City Council meeting last Wednesday, March 15, at City Hall on South Padre Island. Discussion of the city’s convention center renovation and expansion and proposed seasonal parking permit brought many spectators to the audience of the…May 23, 2013In “News”Changing tides: As COVID-19 positivity rates decrease, county beaches reopenBy Gaige Davila Cameron County beach accesses and beach parks reopened this past Tuesday, as Texas sees its COVID-19 positivity rate dipping below 10 percent for the first time since late June.  On Sept. 8, families and anglers came to the reopened Isla Blanca park, distancing themselves from others…September 11, 2020In “News”last_img read more

Cedi Osman and the Cavaliers agree to an extension

first_img Related TopicsCavsCedi OsmanClevelandCleveland Cavaliersfeatured Cleveland- It was reported this evening by Marc Stein of the New York Times that the Cleveland Cavaliers and forward Cedi Osman have agreed to an extension.The new contract will kick in at the start of next season at $8.75 million and descend each season with the 2023-24 season being non-guaranteed.The Cavaliers made Osman their starting small-forward last season after LeBron James departed for Los Angeles. In his first season as a starter, Osman averaged 13 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He progressed throughout the season and earned himself a new contract.With Cleveland resigning him now they will avoid seeing their starting small-forward hit restricted free agency next off-season. Corey Perezlast_img read more

Assembly to Award Design Services for SPH Expansion

first_imgMayor Navarre: “What will happen next is once we get the design we will get a clearer estimate of what the construction costs will be and then if we decide to go forward with that then the assembly will have to approve the appropriation of funds and the contract for that.” Assembly members voted overwhelmingly to purchase the Homer Medical Clinic for $435,000 on September 15, as well as appropriate $1,635,000 for a 3,700 square foot expansion of the building. Borough Mayor Mike Navarre says the $1.6 million should cover the design and construction. The expansion design services are set to be awarded to Livingston Slone, a design company out of Anchorage which narrowly beat out Kenai’s K&A Design Studio in the request for proposals. South Peninsula Hospital CEO Bob Letson previously stated that the clinic where six family practice providers and an OBGYN operate is vital to the hospital. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is set to award the design contract for Homer’s South Peninsula Hospital expansion at Tuesday night’s meeting. The hospital had been leasing the Homer Medical Center for approximately $117,000 annually and Mayor Navarre says in the long run the purchase should actually save money.last_img read more

Mao Asada to move base to U.S.

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Japanese teenage figure skating star Mao Asada will move her training base to Los Angeles in the upcoming winter sports season, informed sources said Friday.Mao Asada and older sister Mai Asada will part company with their longtime Nagoya-based coach Machiko Yamada and train under Rafael Arutunian, known for developing the talent of five-time world champion Michelle Kwan.center_img The decision to make the switch ironically followed a boost in the popularity of figure skating in Japan after Mao Asada, 15, emerged as a teenage sensation in her senior international debut last winter.She highlighted her season with victory in the elite six-skater field at the Grand Prix Final, though the age limit prevented her from skating in the Turin Olympics, where fellow Japanese Shizuka Arakawa won gold.Mao Asada is scheduled to leave for the United States next Monday. She is setting her sights on Skate America in late October for her first competitive appearance in the new season. (Kyodo News) last_img read more

Saturday Update: Swan Lake Fire Crews Challenged By Warmer Weather

first_imgCooper Landing could see smoke in the area this morning and sections of Sterling Highway may be impacted with smoke. Later in the day winds are expected to shift southwest and may clear the air along the highway and Cooper’s Landing. Helicopters will be working to cool hot spots and assist ground crews in slowing the fire’s progression. Crews will begin suppression repair in areas where the fire is no longer a threat. Firefighters will pick-up trash, remove used equipment, cover up mineral soil, and build waterbars as part of suppression repair, according to the release. Increased fire activity is expected again today. Fire is anticipated to spread north towards Trapper Joe cabin. Protection measures are in place. Firefighters’ main focus will be improving the completed line above Upper Jean Lake. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fire activity increased due to the warmer temperatures and minimal cloud cover. The Swan Lake Fire is now estimated at 101,178 acres acres with 326 on staff and remains at 5.5 miles northeast of Sterling.Activity was most evident on the eastern side of the fire. Firefighters completed work on Resurrection Pass Trail as a secondary containment line to protect the community of Cooper Landing, according to a release from the Incident Command Team.center_img Anchorage will likely see smoke from the fire following the wind shift. For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at Firefighters extinguished hot spots and removed brush to strengthen containment lines on the southern portion of fire along Sterling Highway. Smoke is expected along the highway throughout the weekend which has the potential to impact traffic.last_img read more

Players’ union asks FIFA to allow Guerrero to play in the World Cup

first_imgZURICH (Reuters) – The world players’ union FIFPro said it had written to FIFA to request that Peru captain Paolo Guerrero, banned from the World Cup over cocaine contained in a cup of tea, be allowed to participate in the tournament.FIFPro said on Twitter that it was “hoping for a breakthrough in the next 24-48 hours”.Guerrero had just completed a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine, contained in a tea he drank, when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) increased it to 14 months on Monday.The extended ban, imposed after an appeal to CAS by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), means the 34-year-old will miss next month’s World Cup where Peru have qualified for the first time in 36 years.CAS increased the ban despite accepting that Peru’s all-time leading scorer did not intend to enhance performance and that he had not knowingly ingested the substance.FIFPro has already criticized the ban as being disproportionate and said that the WADA code had been imposed on football without properly consulting the players.Tea infused with coca leaves, which are used as the raw ingredient in cocaine, is popular in Andean countries and a traditional treatment for altitude sickness.last_img read more