Air cargo destinations ‘cherry pick’ as the peak season turns rotten for exporters

first_img By Ian Putzger 08/07/2016 Air cargo freighters have descended on Seattle-Tacoma airport to gorge on cherries out of the Pacific north-west, after the crop further south yielded poor loads.Exports of Californian cherries to Asia were “a trickle” this year, dashing airlines’ hopes for a strong spike in westbound traffic in late May and June.“The cherry season was the worst in 20 years,” reported Roger Samways, managing director of global accounts and sales strategy at American Airlines Cargo.According to Chris Connell, president of Los Angeles-based perishables specialist Commodity Forwarders, the crop out of California did not constitute the worst season on record, but exports were very low because most of the harvest ended up on US grocers’ shelves.A combination of wind, rain and heat, all hitting the crop at the wrong time, affected the quality of the cherries from California. Because of this the majority of growers decided not to take the risk of flying their cherries to overseas markets to face the risk of negative returns if the quality did not hold up at the other end, he said. Instead, they aimed their promotions at the US market, where shorter transit times and lower transport costs improved their chances of decent returns.“Japan and Korea are takers of high-quality cherries. They wanted the crop. No question, there was demand,” Mr Connell said.However, Japanese retailers decided, on the strength of the experience with the California crop, that they would not hold out for cherries from the north-west.“Because of the quality of the California cherries, they went for other commodities. When the Washington cherries came up, they did not show much enthusiasm. They had not delayed their promotions, they simply moved on to a different commodity set,” Mr Connell said.Importers in Korea, on the other hand, proved avid takers for the north-west crop, reinforcing their country’s image as “the new Japan”, in terms of US cherry imports. Hence, most of the all-cargo charters out of Seattle hauling cherries are headed for Seoul.Mr Connell sees a silver lining in the situation. Traditionally some of the crop from the north-west is shipped to Asia by boat, but given the convergence of a limited crop and lower fuel prices, this traffic is now going by air.He expects the activity in Seattle to continue for a little while, as the US market has had its share of cherries.“Post-fourth of July, promotions in the US market are over and there is more focus on exports. The domestic market is going to be flat,” he said.In the past, a sizeable portion of US cherries would go to Europe, especially the UK, but this traffic has diminished steadily over the past five years, as output in the UK has been rising, he noted. © Luckydoor |last_img read more

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NY State Supreme Court Rules in Favor of City Council in Ambulance Dispute

first_imgRensselaer Mayor Michael Stammel secretly signed a new contract with Empire Ambulance without submitting the contract to be approved by the common council. RENSSELAER (NY) – A New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled in favor of the common council, which allows the council to continue running its Mohawk Ambulance instead of a having to use a new ambulance service, as reported by ABC affiliate News10. Stammel said he ended the contract with Mohawk Ambulance in favor of a new agreement with Empire Ambulance, which has a garage on Second Street, where they will store their vehicles. Stammel said he signed the deal so the city could have an ambulance service that operates out of the city instead of having to come from other parts of the Capital region.last_img

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Detroit Tigers, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at age 87

first_img Published: February 10, 2017 7:18 PM EST SHARE Detroit Tigers, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at age 87 Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.center_img DETROIT (AP) Mike Ilitch, founder of the Little Caesars Pizza empire and owner of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, has died. He was 87.Ilitch, who was praised for keeping his professional hockey and baseball teams in Detroit as other urban sports franchises relocated to new suburban stadiums, died Friday at a hospital in Detroit, according to family spokesman Doug Kuiper.Ilitch and his wife, Marian, founded Little Caesars in suburban Detroit in 1959, and eventually grew the business into the world’s largest carry-out pizza chain with several spin-off companies. Under his ownership and open checkbook, the Red Wings soared back to stability and won four Stanley Cup championships, and the Tigers – who’d scouted a young Ilitch in the 1940s – made it to the World Series.He was as much a fan of the often-struggling Detroit as he was of sports. When approached in 2009 by organizers of the Motor City Bowl in Detroit, Ilitch agreed to sponsor the annual college football bowl game despite a poor local economy. The game was renamed the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.“It’s a sporting event, and we need sporting events,” Ilitch said at the time. “It picks our community up to no end, with all the great colleges we have in this state and the professional teams that we have. Thank God for ’em, especially at times that are rough right now.”The son of Macedonian immigrants, Ilitch was born on July 20, 1929. He played baseball at Detroit’s Cooley High School and was signed by his hometown Tigers after his four-year stint in the U.S. Marines, spending three years in the team’s farm system before a knee injury ended his playing career.But he found his niche in business. His family’s companies had combined revenues of $2.4 billion in 2011.It started with that first Little Caesars restaurant in Garden City, a working-class suburb west of Detroit. A food service distribution company soon followed to supply ingredients and other products for the growing number of restaurants. Blue Line Foodservice grew into one of the largest program account food service distribution companies in the U.S.Ilitch Holdings Inc. was established in 1999 to manage the family’s interests in food, sports and entertainment, and the company remained family focused. His son, Christopher, was president and CEO, while his wife, Marian, was vice chairwoman as well as sole owner of MotorCity Casino, one of Detroit’s three casinos.Ilitch broke into sports ownership in 1982, when he paid a reported $8 million for the struggling Red Wings. Once a National Hockey League powerhouse, the team had bottomed out to mediocrity, but it began winning again under Ilitch. The Red Wings took home the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.Ilitch was inducted into the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003, and into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and Michigan Sports Hall of Fame a year later.“Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch are incredibly passionate about Detroit and their teams,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told The Associated Press in a 2010 interview. “They create a family atmosphere with stability, loyalty and a personal touch. But we all understand we have to produce to be around for a long time.”As part of his long-term plan to build a Detroit-based business empire, Ilitch also bought Olympia Entertainment, which manages several restaurants, sports and entertainment venues, in 1982.Husband and wife bought the downtown Fox Theatre five years later and started a massive, $12 million restoration. It reopened a year later and became a lucrative venue for musicals, plays and other productions. The Little Caesars world headquarters also was moved downtown.Then, in 1992, the man who once dreamed of playing for the Detroit Tigers bought the team for $85 million. He moved it in 2000 from the storied but fading Tiger Stadium to Comerica Park, across from the Fox Theatre.Unlike previous owners of both sports franchises, Ilitch opened his checkbook to sign top players – finding solid success in hockey, and a rollercoaster in baseball.The Tigers lost an American League record 119 games in 2003, but advanced to the World Series three years later, losing in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals. Near the end of a disappointing 2008 season, Ilitch said he and the team would review everything done to put the roster together but focusing on the $138 million payroll wasn’t the priority.“I’m not afraid to go out and spend money,” he said. “It’s been very costly, but I’m not going to change my ways.”The Tigers made the American League playoffs in 2011, a return to winning that brought more fans to Comerica Park.Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Ilitch was simply driven to win.“He has a good feel for sports, baseball in particular, and that’s always good when you’re working for someone like that,” Dombrowski said in 2010, shortly after Ilitch announced he would try to buy the Detroit Pistons. Ilitch had jumped in amid speculation another buyer might move the pro basketball team.“When I read in the paper there was the chance that this great sports town could lose one of its professional sports franchises, I just didn’t see how we could let that happen,” Ilitch told The Associated Press in 2010. “The Pistons, just like the Red Wings, Tigers and the (Detroit) Lions, have a rich and storied tradition in this community.”California billionaire and Michigan State University graduate Tom Gores eventually bought the Pistons and kept the team at its stadium in Auburn Hills, north of Detroit.Ilitch’s admiration of Detroit also was put on display in 2009, when General Motors – struggling under the threat of bankruptcy – discontinued its sponsorship of the popular General Motors Fountain at Comerica Park. Instead of selling the space to other bidders, Ilitch gave the advertising spot to each of the area’s car companies that season at no cost.“He cares about the city of Detroit. This is something he wanted to do. It’s for the Big Three,” Ron Colangelo, the Tigers’ spokesman, said at the time.Philanthropy always was a major focus. In 1985, he established the Little Caesars Love Kitchen, a restaurant on wheels to feed the hungry and help with food distribution following national disasters.Ilitch founded the Little Caesars Veterans Program in 2006 to provide honorably discharged veterans the chance to own a Little Caesars franchise, and his Ilitch Charities invests in programs promoting economic and job growth. Contributions, sponsorships and in-kind donations from the Ilitch companies total more than $4 million per year.Ilitch is survived by his wife, seven children and numerous grandchildren.(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)2/10/2017 7:08:58 PM (GMT -5:00) Author: AP last_img read more

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Argos Move up Six Spots in National Poll

first_imgArgos Move up Six Spots in National Poll Photo courtesy of Ron Besser Sharecenter_img PENSACOLA, Fla. –  The West Florida baseball team took control of their own destiny last week, completing a three game sweep over Alabama-Huntsville to improve to 29-13 overall and 10-2 in the Gulf South Conference. They now sit alone atop the GSC standings, one game up on Valdosta State with their head-to-head matchup coming in the final week of league play. The Argos impressive record has garnered national attention in the polls, moving up six spots to No. 24 in the Ping!Baseball Top 30 and finally breaking into the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 at No. 29.West Florida plays in arguably the toughest region in the nation with seven teams from the South Region earning rankings inside the CBN top 30. Southern Arkansas remains the top team in the nation for the second straight week while Tampa and Florida Southern keep their spots at No. 3 and 5 respectively.Last weekend’s sweep clinched a GSC Tournament berth for the Argos, their fourth appearance in Mike Jeffcoat’s five year stint as the Argos skipper. In the series the Argos outscored the Chargers 23-4 and was backed by outstanding pitching performances from all three starters. Kevin Johnson highlighted the weekend with a no-hitter in game three as the Argos went on to win 9-0.This week the Argos will play two non-conference matchups beginning with a three game road series on Tuesday and Wednesday with Georgia Southwestern before return home for a weekend series with Wingate.For more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Belum Rampung Masalah 737 MAX, Boeing Diterpa Isu Cacat Komponen di Seri 737NG

first_imgBoeing 737 MAX milik American Airlines. Sumber: Stars and Stripes Belum surut kesengsaraan yang menyelimuti produsen pesawat asal Amerika Serikat, Boeing pasca dua kecelakaan maut yang melibatkan Lion Air dan Ethiopian Airlines dalam rentang waktu lima bulan ini, kini Boeing harus kembali menelan pil pahit dimana Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) menyatakan bahwa ratusan pesawat 737 MAX dan seri-seri sebelumnya berisikan partikel atau bagian-bagian yang tidak diproduksi dengan benar, terutama di bagian sayap.Baca Juga: Sebut Produk Buatannya Jelek, Karyawan Internal Bahkan Enggan Naik Pesawat BoeingTentu saja, pernyataan dari federasi penerbangan Amerika Serikat ini seolah mempertegas pernyataan salah seorang karyawan Boeing yang mengataka bahwa dirinya enggan untuk mengudara bersama 737 MAX karena ia menyadari bahwa pesawat tersebut tidak laik untuk mengudara karena dikerjakan secara asal-asalan – karyawan internal ini mengatakan pengerjaan 737 MAX yang asal-asalan ini diindikasikan oleh bayaran yang tidak setimpal yang mereka terima. Kini pernyataan tersebut sudah terbukti benar keberadaannya, dan tentu saja akan mempengaruhi kinerja pesawat selama mengudara. Sebagaimana yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman samchui.com (3/6/2019), partisi yang mengalami masalah ini disinyalir akan memberikan pengaruh terhadap bagian sayap dan akan menurunkan kinerja pesawat ketika melakukan take off dan landing.Pihak FAA meyakini ada 179 pesawat dengan tipe 737 MAX dan 133 pesawat lainnya dari tipe 737NG di seluruh dunia yang mengalami kendala semacam ini – bukan tidak mungkin apabila pesawat Lion Air dan Ethiopian Airlines yang jatuh tersebut juga mengidap jenis ‘penyakit’ yang sama. Selain itu, FAA juga membeberkan data bahwa 65 pesawat yang berbasis di Amerika masuk ke dalam daftar pesawat tidak laik terbang tersebut.Menyikapi temuan ini, pihak Boeing langsung melakukan pengecekkan menyeluruh terhadap 41 pesawat hingga tangga 3 Juni 2019 kemarin, dan mereka menambahkan bahwa sebanyak 200 pesawat lainnya akan masuk daftar untuk diidentifikasi lebih lanjut.Baca Juga: Kejar Sertifikasi, Boeing Justru Sepelekan Kualitas Keselamatan PesawatSeperti yang kita ketahui bersama, saat ini Boeing tengah menunggu sertifikasi dari pihak FAA setelah melakukan upgrade software yang diduga kuat menjadi penyebab jatuhnya dua pesawat nahas di atas dan menelan korban jiwa sebanyak 346 orang.Banyak pihak yang sedikit tercengang dengan upgrade sistem navigasi di armada 737 MAX yang dilakukan oleh Boeing hanya dalam waktu beberapa bulan saja. Pasalnya, di sini terlihat pihak Boeing seolah terburu-buru dalam melakukan upgrade sistem tersebut. Bahkan, Presiden dari Emirates, Tim Clark mengaku kaget ketika mendengar kabar bahwa Boeing telah menyelesaikan upgrade dan dicanangkan akan kembali mengudara pada Natal tahun ini.Untuk masalah keluarga Boeing 737NG sendiri, beberapa warganet sempat mempertanyakan soal Garuda Indonesia yang mengoperasikan sebanyak 81 unit pesawat jenis 737-800NG. Tidak hanya flag carrier Indonesia saja yang mengoperasikan pesawat jenis ini, pun dengan raksasa Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Tanah Air, Lion Air. Banyak yang mempertanyakan soal kelanjutan nasib dari jenis pesawat ini yang kebetulan dioperasikan oleh dua maskapai asal Indonesia.Tidak ada yang bisa memastikan nasib dari Boeing 737-800NG yang dioperasikan oleh Garuda Indonesia dan Lion Air, kecuali Kementerian Perhubungan telah ‘mengetok palu’ yang menandakan kelanjutan nasib dari pesawat jenis ini. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDemi Yakinkan Publik, CEO Boeing Ikut dalam Uji Coba 737 MAX07/08/2019In “Featured”Boeing 737 MAX 7, Pecahkan Rekor Internal Penjualan Pesawat Tercepat Sepanjang Sejarah!07/02/2018In “Featured”Tak Terpengaruh Krisis MAX 8, Boeing Luncurkan 737 MAX 10 di Hadapan Ribuan Karyawan25/11/2019In “Featured”last_img read more

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