Champion looks to help sack pediatric cancer

On game day, Steelers’ fans and Bengals’ fans couldn’t be farther apart about who we support.

But off the field, those of us in Steelers’ Country are huge fans of the Bengals in their support of defensive tackle Devon Still, his courageous daughter Leah and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Champion International Moving – based in the heart of Steelers’ Country - has purchased 2 Devon Still jerseys from the Bengals’ Pro Shop:  one to donate to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to be gifted to a patient and one which will be raffled off in an online drawing through our website

Per the hospital “All proceeds from Still jerseys ordered through the Bengals’ Pro Shop will benefit cancer research at Cincinnati Children’s.”

As of the Oct. 20th conclusion of the team’s Still jersey sale, 14,945 jerseys had been sold, raising over $1,250,000 for the hospital in support of pediatric cancer research.  Champion International Moving is incredibly proud to support this research.

*For your chance to win the #75 Devon Still Cincinnati Bengals jersey, please visit our website and enter your full name, company and email address – easy as that.  Your co-workers are invited to enter too, so please feel free to share the link with them*

The contest will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 28th at 12pm EST and will close on Friday, Nov. 7th at 4pm EST.  Winner will be chosen on Monday, Nov. 10th and will be notified via email.

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UNITED STATES (Oct. 23, 2014) – US imposes 21-day monitoring of travelers from Ebola-affected countries

Travelers from three West African nations hit by the Ebola outbreak will be required to report their temperatures and other health conditions every day for a three-week period after arriving in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. The CDC program is designed to identify people with symptoms of Ebola to reduce chances that the virus will spread.

The CDC's move follows an announcement earlier this week that the Department of Homeland Security will require all travelers flying from any of the three countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – to enter the U.S. only via one of five airports set up for enhanced health screening.

The CDC monitoring will cover everyone whose travels originate from the three West African countries, regardless of nationality.

The program will be launched Oct. 27 in six states that the CDC says receive 70 percent of the travelers in question – Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. It will be rolled out soon in other states where travelers from the three countries are residing, the CDC said.

Travelers entering the U.S. from the three countries will be required to:

  • Provide telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses and other contact information so that officials can keep tabs on their whereabouts.

  • Report daily to state or local authorities on their temperature as well as the presence or absence of possible Ebola symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhea, among others.

  • Self-monitor using a CARE (Check And Report Ebola) kit they will be given to help them identify and log possible symptoms.

If travelers do not report their conditions as required, state or local officials will attempt to locate them to resume daily monitoring.

The monitoring will continue for 21 days following a traveler's arrival from one of the Ebola-affected countries. Twenty-one days is the longest it can take for a person infected with Ebola to begin showing symptoms.

"The bottom line here is that we have to keep up our guard against Ebola," said CDC Director Tom Frieden in a teleconference with reporters.

BAL Analysis: Travelers of all nationalities flying to the U.S. from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone should prepare for daily post-travel monitoring upon arrival.

- Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

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Hamburg Süd takes steps to combat LA-LB congestion

Oct 22, 2014 9:40AM EDT

Hamburg Süd said it has taken steps to combat significant delays in vessel arrivals and departures at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as severe congestion at the largest port complex in the Americas has reached a new level of intensity.

In a customer advisory obtained by, Hamburg Süd said schedule reliability in its Australia/New Zealand service in particular has “suffered greatly” from the dire state of congestion in Southern California, resulting in vessel departure delays of three to eight days since early September. For example, the ANL Bindaree, voyage 407, was scheduled to depart from Long Beach on Oct. 19, but is now estimated to depart on Oct. 27.

To counteract the “generally very poor” operational performance at Long Beach, the carrier said it is operating vessels at top speed on the southbound run from the port to New Zealand and Australia to make up for the departure delays.  

But even with congestion so bad at Long Beach, Hamburg Süd said it still transferred four of its services from Los Angeles to Long Beach to minimize delays. The container line has also granted extra free time for import cargo at both ports.

According to an exclusive report obtained by today, container ships are backed up for days waiting for a berth off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Reasons for the delays include the fact that ships in the trans-Pacific trade are getting consistently larger, requiring longer times at berth, as well as a shortage of chassis and drayage drivers, and more recently slowdowns by members of the ILWU. Container volume is also relatively high.

“A number of factors, such as an acute shortage of truck power, lack of sufficient chassis and an increase of volumes have contributed to a poor operational performance,” Hamburg Süd said in the advisory. “The short-term outlook for Southern California ports is not positive and we recommend to our customers to allow for longer delivery times.”

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Flight Cancellations, Airport Chaos Triggered By Lufthansa Pilots Strike


The Lufthansa pilots strike this week had been feared to become one of the most disruptive actions in the history of the airline and on Day 2 it seems to be living up to the predictions.

So far, more than 1,500 flights have been cancelled, including most of Lufthansa’s flights at Frankfurt, Germany’s biggest airport, and at least half the flights at Munich and Hamburg , affecting hundreds of thousands of passengers and causing chaos throughout the company’s global network.

As the company failed on Tuesday in a court bid to force its pilots to call off the strike, the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) Union threatened to extend their action beyond the initial deadline fixed for Tuesday at midnight.

“We explicitly do not rule out further strikes this week if Lufthansa doesn’t budge,” a VC representative said.

The union originally called for a 35-hour strike on Monday starting at 1 pm, cancelling some 1,500 short- and medium-haul national flights. Now that action has been extended to intercontinental long-haul flights.

VC, which represents about 5,400 Lufthansa pilots, is mainly protesting Lufthansa’s decision to raise the minimum retirement age from 55 to 60.

The company has offered to retain the current scheme for existing members but not to extend it to new members. The union wants the airline’s new pilots to retain the option of retiring at 55 for a portion of their salary.

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Lufthansa has posted information on affected flights.

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Mike, Kristen and Jason participated in the 2014 Global Workforce Symposium in Chicago from Oct. 7-10.  The always popular and sought-after Champion t-shirts were very well-received, as was the drawing for the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker.

Thank you to the sales group for once again proudly representing Champion at this event.

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'Tedious' ILWU inspections contributing to LA-Long Beach congestion

Oct 09, 2014 7:13PM EDT

Dockworkers in Los Angeles-Long Beach are making the already terrible congestion problems at marine terminals insufferable by pulling trucks over and requiring inspections that reportedly go far beyond the normal safety procedures.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union mechanics on the Wednesday night shift reportedly targeted several terminals, requiring additional steps in the normal safety inspections that they perform on trucks and chassis as they exit the facilities.

“Our sources are telling us the ILWU is purposely slowing down operations,” said Eric Sauer, vice president of policy and government relations at the California Trucking Association.

While such actions would be disruptive under any circumstances at the busiest U.S. port complex, they are especially damaging at this time because the ports have already been reeling from terminal congestion caused by strong cargo volumes, severe chassis dislocations and tardy intermodal rail service.

Here is how one trucking company executive described what took place Wednesday night at the out-gate of a particular terminal:  “Drivers are required to follow some new and additional steps after transiting basic roadabiliy stop. Drivers are now also required to make a secondary stop where drivers are asked to turn off their truck, step down from their truck, step away from the truck as mechanics inspect the truck, container and chassis before letting the driver leave. As you can imagine, this is a very tedious process and has congested the terminals,” the executive said in an e-mail.

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Congestion worsens at LA-LB port complex with no relief in sight

Oct 06, 2014 5:44PM EDT

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Congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach grew worse over the weekend, with no relief in sight as late peak-season container volumes descend on the largest U.S. port complex.

“The vessels keep arriving and the trucks keep arriving,” said John Cushing, president of PierPass Inc., which manages the extended gates program for the 13 container terminals in the port complex.

Cushing said terminal operators are spending millions of dollars and taking extraordinary steps, including running very costly “hoot owl” shifts from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. to relieve congestion in their container yards. But the cargo keeps building up at the terminals. According to the individual ports, combined container throughput in 2014 through August at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are 4.5 percent higher than the same period in 2013.

Each terminal operator has a slightly different story to tell. Some terminals say the congestion ebbs and flows depending upon chassis availability. A terminal will get enough chassis for several consecutive days to clean out its yard, but then the equipment supply dries up and the terminal is congested again.

“There are times when the imports are not moving. The numbers are outrageous —6,000 to 7,000 containers just sitting at the terminals,” he said.

Another terminal operator said he is working only two cranes each week against a vessel with a capacity of 10,000 20-foot containers, rather than five cranes as he should be, because the yard can not absorb any more boxes. Vessel operations are slowing down to the point where some terminals are in danger of having to tell vessel operators to slow down their arrivals because the ships can not be handled on schedule.

Large North American gateways such as Los Angeles-Long Beach, New York-New Jersey and Vancouver, Canada, have been struggling with congestion problems on and off throughout the year. The ripple effect of brutal winter weather in the eastern half of the continent, congestion and rail car shortages on the rail networks, truck and driver shortages and chassis dislocations are well documented.

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