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HARDBALL : UNIONS LOOKING TO RUN UP COSTS AT USA PORTS

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West Coast chassis lessor refuses to pay for ILWU inspections






Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jul 17, 2015 4:40PM EDT









TRAC Intermodal, one of the largest chassis leasing companies on the West Coast, threw a monkey wrench into a controversial clause in the new International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract by refusing to pay for mandatory roadability inspections by the union.









In a letter Wednesday to several marine terminal operators, TRAC said it believes the invoices it received for ILWU safety inspections performed at West Coast marine terminals “are inappropriate and not compliant with the law.”



By challenging the legality of the safety inspections, TRAC may be giving trucking companies and cargo interests on both coasts the opportunity they have been looking for to directly contest a practice they say adds unnecessary cost and time to marine terminal transactions and contributes to port congestion.



The requirement for mandatory dock worker “roadability” inspections of …

CRADLE 2 CRADLE : THE ULTIMATE SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFICATION

8 Companies Going Cradle-to-Cradle



by Mary Mazzoni on Friday, Jul 17th, 2015








Image credit: Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute 







Once dismissed as something of an unachievable hippie fantasy, the circular economy has emerged as a key talking point in the sustainability set. 


Invented by Walter R. Stahel in the 1970s and popularized by William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their 2002 book of the same name, the cradle-to-cradle framework is a lynchpin of the circular economy conversation in the 21st century.




In cradle-to-cradle production, all material inputs and outputs are seen either as technical or biological nutrients. Technical nutrients can be recycled or reused with no loss of quality, and biological nutrients composted or consumed.



Founded by McDonough and Braungart in 2010, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute took the concept to the next level by developing a third-party standard through which companies can continually develop their products.




According t…

2015 CARIBBEAN MANGO FESTIVAL SEASON : NTA Executive satisfied with success of the Nevisian Mango Feast

July 17, 2015































Charlestown Nevis — Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) Greg Phillip says he is satisfied with the success of The Nevisian Mango Feast. 






The Mango Festival was held on July 12, 2015 at Oualie Beach. 




Mr. Phillip gave the assurance that the Authority would host the event again in 2016.







In an interview with the Department of Information on July 15, 2015, Phillip said the event went well and as many as 200 persons patronised the event.


“Everybody who came seems to have been very pleased with the quality of the food they sampled. The food was of every type needed to create a full course meal from appetizers to desserts.






“Based on the success of this year’s feast, our plans are to host the same event next year with a number of new initiatives to make it even better,”he said.







In an invited response to whether the Authority’s objectives were met, Phillip said he was confident they were.






The Feast was held as part of the NTA’s second annual Nevis Mango and…

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA : 2015 PINE ISLAND MANGO FESTIVAL IN FULL SWING

MangoMania tropical fruit fair this weekend




July 17, 2015
By ED FRANKS (efranks@breezenespapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze






After months of planning and right in time for harvest season, the annual MangoMania tropical fruit fair will be held at the German American Social Club this weekend.







Sponsored by the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, MangoMania runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



The German American Social Club is located at 2101 Pine Island Road in Cape Coral.


"The purpose of this annual event is to showcase all that Pine Island has to offer and to promote island growers and businesses,"Chamber Executive Director Jennifer Jennings said. 

"This year's 2015 event will start off with the singing of the national anthem by 'Trailer Park Barbie' and then the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited with the colors being presented by Pine Island American Legion Post 136."





Attendees will be greeted by 2015 Mango Queen Jo…