More than 18 months after the International Longshoremen's Association seized control of its largest Baltimore local, the union is poised to end its strict oversight of Local 333 after the local elected new leaders last week.The ILA imposed a trusteeship on Local 333 in December 2014 amid acrimonious contract talks with the employers of the workers who load and unload ships in the port of Baltimore. It came after a year of infighting and accusations that local officers mishandled the union's finances and stacked membership rolls in their favor.In a secret ballot election Thursday, ILA Local 333 members voted to make Scott Cowan its new president. He and four other new officers will be installed July 5.Reached Monday, Cowan said he was at work on the docks and couldn't comment.The installation of new leaders concludes a long and turbulent chapter for labor relations at the port of Baltimore that included a disruptive and costly three-day strike in the fall of 2013 and a lawsuit by some … [Read more...] about Baltimore longshoremen elect new leaders to retake control of union from international trustee
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Shopping on Amazon can feel like magic, with customers summoning mountains of toilet paper, hard-to-find books and the perfect flashlight to their doorsteps in just a few clicks.But behind the screens, the purchase button triggers a noisy, fast-paced whir of activity.At Baltimore's new Amazon warehouse, tens of millions of items — diapers, video games, salad spinners, shower curtains, history books — await orders. Roughly 16 miles of roaring conveyor belts carry the goods around the massive white building, from truck to shelf to packing and out again to customers.On four floors, hundreds of squat orange robots glide forward and back, carrying neon yellow cabinets crammed with products. A computer system advises workers which boxes match the purchases.Machines stamp bar codes on boxes two at a time."It's like a well-choregraphed symphony," said Aaron Toso, a spokesman for Amazon, who gave a tour of the Broening Highway facility Monday to preview Tuesday's grand opening … [Read more...] about Amazon showcases robots at massive new warehouse
It doesn’t seem like 20 years since Ford launched the Focus but in truth Henry’s Escort replacement is part of the scenery in the UK, where it has hovered in the top-five best seller list for the last two decades. As well as sales of 1.97 million here, it’s done alright in the rest of the world, too – 16 million have found homes globally, with even the Pope having used one at times. So now we get Mark IV version. Visibly bigger (though we’re to come back to that), 50kg lighter, 10 per cent more economical, and cheaper, this new vision of family motoring was launched in what is, with the possible exception of the Goodwin Sands, the least car-friendly site in the UK. ‘Here East’ in the Olympic Park in East London does at least partially fulfill Ford’s global ambitions to be a modern digital mobility company, but beyond that the choice was baffling. “It’s a unique space for entrepreneurs, tech … [Read more...] about New Ford Focus revealed in London: it’s cheaper, it’s lighter, but will it be better?
Pandora jewelry has become nearly synonymous with the brand's signature customized charm bracelets, and that's no wonder, since those pieces make up the bulk of the Danish company's sales.But a branding campaign launched this month by the Baltimore-based U.S. division tells shoppers they can just as easily create customized looks with rings, necklaces and earrings."Jewelry for women has really evolved over the last several years," said Scott Burger, president of Pandora Americas. "It's not so much about adorning women as it is an opportunity for women to express their individuality."That trend, Burger believes, closely aligns with the Pandora brand. "The Art of You" campaign, launched in the U.S. and Canada on April 13, asks women "Who will you create today?" in an effort to not only "inspire women to embrace the self-creator within," the company said, but to drive traffic to stores and websites more frequently than on holidays and special occasions.The campaign, planned for TV, print, … [Read more...] about Pandora jewelry launches a new branding campaign and web store in the U.S.
Over lunch years ago, a man who ran a successful marijuana business in California complained to his friend Arnold Heckman about how hard it was to find the right packaging materials.Heckman thought the answer was simple: “It seems like you could just go offshore and have what you want made.”His friend replied: “Why don’t you go offshore and have what I want made, and I’ll buy it from you?”That conversation years ago was the beginnings of Cannaline, which sells custom bags and jars and other containers from its Elkridge headquarters to marijuana retailers in states where the drug is legal.Now Heckman is poised to take advantage of business in his own backyard.Maryland is licensing 15 growers, 15 processors and 102 dispensaries for the launch of the medical marijuana industry. Cannaline represents the next tier: the firms to be started or expanded to support the trade.Analysts don’t expect marijuana to rival the state’s biggest industries, … [Read more...] about Jobs, economic spinoff expected from Maryland’s new medical marijuana industry
Tweet TweetIt´s already a common practice for automobile makers to resurrect old cars, brands and models. It might seem a little bit odd to dig up an old figure and try to restore it´s glory, for some cars may look almost like a sacrilege, but in some cases the idea paid off. Our new economic paradigm is to cut costs almost beyond rational and try in the same time to sell as much as you can. In the car industry this philosophy translated itself by common platforms, body parts and, at the end of production line by cars that look alike almost beyond recognition. So it is normal that all the design work goes around brand identity and all car designers are desperately trying to squeeze some personality into the new models. With all of this said, resurrecting an old model is not such a bad idea after all. It started a few years ago with Fiat, Abarth and the little 500, Toyota with GT86, the famous Hachiroku, and a couple of weeks ago Renault presented the new Alpine. But I had … [Read more...] about Burt Reynolds Presents The New Trans Am 2016
So its now time for me to start writing another one of my 'unbiased' points of view on a certain car or cars. The past six months have been pretty good to me in terms of motoring as I started to write for myautoblog.org and then for www.carthrottle.com. I have to thank a very old pal of mine, Chan Lee Meng of uglychickens.blogspot.com who pointed me to the direction where I should be paid for what I write as he thinks that some of my articles are pretty decent. I suppose he was right, and I therefore owe him one. Big time. Now writing for a wider audience is a good thing and also a bad thing. The good thing is that I still speak my mind on stuff on these sites, the bad thing is that there is now a wider audience that disagrees with what I say. Of course, there are those who agree with me too. But the point I am making here is that, I do like the attention, and criticism does not hurt me. Maybe I am thick skinned. And this is a good thing isn't it? Anyway, I am now supposed to … [Read more...] about Old vs New: Part I
A report by a task force set up by NITI Aayog has suggested that all permit requirements be removed for electric vehicles in India. The report says that this measure will be especially useful in a long-term vision for intra-city electric buses, making the process of acquiring such buses less bureaucratic.The report also states that the two-wheeler and three-wheeler market has huge potential for adopting EV technologies and these sections of the auto industry should be specifically targeted for large-scale adoption of electric vehicles. It also proposes restraining high-mileage polluting vehicles, improved enforcement of the Pollution-Under-Control (PUC) regime, permit retailing of biofuels, and promotional activities to increase awareness about electric-mobility. Additionally, the report by the NITI Aayog task force addresses important issues like banning of vehicles older than 20 years and allowing the traffic police greater powers to authorize them to lift and scrape non-compliant … [Read more...] about NITI Aayog’s new action plan for electric mobility
That’s right, after around four months of supercharged V8 F-Type R goodness, the car has been collected, leaving me with a Jaguar X-Type project car (soon to be lifted) a 2004 Seat Ibiza that belongs to my girlfriend and whose check engine light has come on this week, and an engineless MX-5. I am, therefore, a mere pedestrian, whose only reliable means of transport are my legs. Not good for a car guy. And so I asked the guys in the office about what long-term test car I should aim for next. BMWs, Audis, and Fords were thrown into the mix, but when CT Editor Matt mentioned the hot little VW Up GTi, I was sold instantly. It’s small, fun, easy to place on the road, looks cool and is a car that everyone’s talking about. What’s more, it has fewer than half the cylinders of the Jaaaag, so will be super economical, although around 24mpg from a supercharged V8 F-Type over four months is pretty good going. As for the Up, that costs from £14,150 for the five-door … [Read more...] about Help Me Spec ‘My’ New Volkswagen Up GTi
Jay Arnold from Plainfield, Indiana, has retired from his primary occupation as a custom homebuilder but he’s never stopped as a working musician, playing the bass guitar since he was 10 years old. He’s also been a car guy from about that same age, building miniature models and then later personalizing a series of fullsize vehicles. Creating a cool custom classic truck, however, has been an item on his bucket list for many years. The opportunity came in 2011 when he found a very tired 1954 F-100 in a small town parked in someone’s front yard with a $2,500 price tag. It had a Chevrolet motor, a bunch of patch panels, and the seat wasn’t even bolted down. After the safety issues and some of the rust problems were addressed, Jay drove it for about a year and half in primer before contacting his good friend Jim Bonesteel, owner of Bones Body Shop in Avon, Indiana.Jay describes the initial conversation with a smile, saying, “I had a lot of excitement about what … [Read more...] about Jay Arnold’s 1954 F-100 Gets A New Life