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LA-Long Beach container ship backup reaches 2-year high

12 ships were anchored in San Pedro Bay on Tuesday morning waiting to berth. Source: Marine Exchange of Southern California

Twelve container ships were anchored in the waters off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach this morning, the most waiting at one time in San Pedro Bay in two years, surpassing the previous record set on Oct. 26 as congestion continues to crush the largest container gateway in the Americas.

The queue dipped to eight on Monday, down from nine on Sunday but up from seven on Saturday and six on Friday, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California. Last week, the high was on Thursday, Nov. 6, with 10 ships at anchor in the afternoon.

Waiting for berths this morning were APL Holland, operated by APL; MSC Francesca and Navarino, operated by Mediterranean Shipping Co.; YM Efficiency and OOCL Kuala Lumpur, operated by OOCL (USA); Hammonia Roma, operated by Hapag-Lloyd; Hanjin Netherlands, operated by Hanjin; Ever Deluxe and Ever Learned, operated by Evergreen; Cap Corrientes, operated by Hamburg Süd; NYK Meteor, operated by NYK Line; and Shengking, operated by Interocean Steamship. Four of those ships were due to berth today, with another four set to arrive, the Marine Exchange said.

In the next three days, 19 container ships are scheduled to arrive; of those, 15 are due to berth and four are set to anchor.

There’s usually zero wait times for container ships at Los Angeles-Long Beach, according to Capt. J. Kipling Louttit, executive director of the Marine Exchange of California, a sign that congestion remains a serious problem at the port complex.

The Marine Exchange has been providing JOC.com with daily updates on container ships anchored in San Pedro Bay since the end of October.

Courtesy of www.joc.com

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And the Winner is...

Congratulations to Donna Socha, GMS - Vice President, Client Services at Sibcy Cline Relocation Services!  Donna is the winner of the #75 Devon Still Bengals jersey that Champion International Moving raffled off in an effort to support pediatric cancer research at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our drawing.  

Please read more about Devon Still, Leah and the donation to the hospital:

Here's what Cincinnati Children's will do with $1.3M from Devon Still jersey sales

Nov 7, 2014, 11:10am EST

The nearly 15,000 football jerseys ordered by people who rallied to support Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still and his daughter Leah, a 4-year-old battling cancer, resulted in a $1.3 million donation to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. A check was given to Michael Fisher, CEO of the hospital in Avondale, during a break in Thursday night's nationally televised game against the Cleveland Browns.

Leah, who is being treated for neuroblastoma at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, attended the game at Paul Brown Stadium downtown and helped present the check. It reportedly was the first time she had ever watched in person as her dad played in the National Football League.

The Bengals lost, 24-3, but the money could eventually help researchers beat cancers that afflict kids.

"This donation from the Cincinnati Bengals is a significant one and will greatly improve our ability to conduct cutting-edge research on pediatric cancers such as neuroblastoma," said Dr. Brian Weiss, director of the neuroblastoma program at Cincinnati Children's.

The money will help researchers tackle complex, hard-to-treat cancers such as neuroblastoma, which affects the sympathetic nervous system. The donation will also help in research efforts involving DIPG brain cancer, the type affecting Lauren Hill, the Mount St. Joseph University basketball player who has raised public awareness of the disease.

Charity sales of Still's No. 75 jersey ended Oct. 20, with 14,945 ordered. Nike is still manufacturing jerseys, and the last of the current orders probably won't be delivered until December. The NFL reported the jersey is the 11th best-selling one in the nation. Production began in September, when Still was on the team's practice squad and Leah's story became known to the public.

"My job is to get my daughter's story out," Still said during a recent visit to Cincinnati Children's. "That's the easy part. You guys have the hard part. … You're the ones who give kids a chance at life."

The Bengals covered the production of the first 10,000 jerseys, which cost the team about $500,000. The full $100 sale price of those jerseys went to Cincinnati Children's. The Bengals also turned over all profits on sales of the rest of the jerseys to the hospital.

Courtesy of www.bizjournals.com

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UNITED STATES (Oct. 30, 2014) – Four states implement quarantines for certain travelers

Illinois, New York and New Jersey announced mandatory quarantine procedures last week for travelers arriving or returning to the United States from Ebola-stricken countries. California followed yesterday with quarantine protocols but stopped short of imposing a blanket rule.

The policies are in effect at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Newark International Airport in New Jersey, O’Hare International Airport as well as all airports in California.

Anyone traveling from Guinea, Liberia or Seirra Leone who has had contact with someone confirmed to have Ebola – including health care workers and volunteers – are subject to a 21-day quarantine even if they exhibit no symptoms. The quarantine requires home isolation and providing temperature readings to state health officials. New York and New Jersey have made the quarantine mandatory. In Illinois, the quarantine is also mandatory, though officials carved out an exception for medical workers who followed appropriate protective measures. California, meantime, said it will consider quarantining on a case-by-case basis and only for those who have had contact with a person with a confirmed case of Ebola.

New York is also requiring that all individuals with a travel history to any of the three Ebola-stricken West African countries, regardless of whether they were in contact with an Ebola patient, be monitored by state officials, and if necessary, quarantined.

A nurse who was put under a mandatory 21-day quarantine by New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has criticized the isolation measures as having a chilling effect on health care workers. She has tested negative for Ebola and remains under quarantine. President Barack Obama has also spoken out against such quarantines that go beyond the federal response.

BAL Analysis: The four states are the first to announce quarantine protocols related to the Ebola outbreak. All travelers flying from the affected region should be prepared for the extra screening and quarantine measures.

Courtesy of www.balglobal.com

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