December 10, 2012 |
Despite an eight-day port strike that in effect shut down seaports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, import cargo volume is expected to increase 3.9% in December, according to a retail group. A monthly Global Port Tracker report released Monday forecasts that cargo volume this month will rise to 1.27 million 20-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, up 3.9% from December 2011. (One TEU is the equivalent of a 20-foot cargo container.) "After a strong kickoff on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the holiday season is looking good and these numbers reflect that,” said Jonathan Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy for the National Retail Federation, the group that publishes the report.
December 4, 2012 |
ENSENADA - This sluggish port city is coming alive. Standing atop a pier with a hulking cargo ship behind him, dock manager Rogelio Valenzuela Gonzalez motioned Monday toward four cranes as they plucked metal containers from the vessel. Operators swiveled the cranes toward a line of flatbed trucks. Supervisors in reflective vests and hard hats watched from below, using two-way radios to dispatch trucks as they filled up. Not even during the peak fall shipping season is this port so busy.
November 29, 2012 |
A Pennsylvania couple faces child neglect charges after police said they tried to drive across country with five of their children in the back of a Budget moving truck. David Detzen, 41, and his wife, Rebecca, 40, were arrested in New Castle, Ind., Wednesday night after a relative called Indiana State Police anonymously, warning authorities that the family would be crossing their state en route to California for a job opportunity. About 10 p.m., the truck pulled into a Flying J truck stop in New Castle, where state Trooper Nick Razor approached.
November 29, 2012 |
Michael Jordan may be the greatest player in NBA history, but even he can't get away with wearing cargo shorts on a golf course. Jordan showed up at La Gorce Country Club in Miami on Wednesday wearing cargo shorts, which is against the dress code at the facility. Apparently no one noticed until he played a few holes of his round, because while on the 12th hole, Jordan was approached by club personnel who asked that he return to the clubhouse and change his pants. Jordan refused.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2012 |
ARVIN, Calif. - Every day, the trucks rumble into the Central Valley by the dozens, chugging over the Grapevine loaded with lawn clippings from Beverly Hills, sewage sludge from Los Angeles and rotting yogurt and vegetables from around Southern California. Los Angeles officials and others say the daily caravan is an essential step toward recycling thousands of tons of urban waste and turning it into compost and fertilizer in California's vast agrarian middle. But increasingly, residents of the Central Valley and other rural areas object to the stream of semis and their unpleasant cargo.
November 8, 2012 |
The eccentric and compelling sculptures and wall reliefs of Swiss artist Valentin Carron take appropriation art in strange directions. Existing objects remain essentially intact, but the transformation in materials makes for surprising results. Carron's debut exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery includes musical instruments -- three trumpets, two saxophones, a couple of French horns and a clarinet -- that have been squashed flat and cast in bronze. The patina is a weird, sickly pink flesh-color; hanging on gallery walls, the reliefs have the look of flayed skin.
October 29, 2012 |
The nation's third-busiest cargo container seaport has been evacuated and closed because of Hurricane Sandy, port officials said. The Port Authority of New York-New Jersey made the announcement in a statement, adding that the evacuation had been completed by noon Eastern time Monday. "As part of the evacuation, Port Authority police and civilian officials confirmed that no tenants remained on port properties," the statement said. "Port Authority police will remain on the property.
October 28, 2012 |
SpaceX's Dragon space capsule survived a fiery reentry into the Earth's atmosphere and splashed down about 250 miles west of the Southern California coast Sunday, concluding NASA's first contracted cargo mission to the International Space Station. The three-week undertaking, carried out by the Hawthorne company officially known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., was capped off at 12:22 p.m. Pacific time when the cone-shaped capsule hit the water. Shortly after, ships moved in and fished the spacecraft out. The Dragon capsule delivered 882 pounds of supplies to the space station this month and returned with 1,673 pounds of cargo that included damaged equipment, scientific experiments and hundreds of astronaut blood and urine samples to be analyzed by NASA officials.
October 25, 2012 |
As our weekwith the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport continues, we've noticed a number of clever little touches that bring additional functionality to an already versatile interior. Underneath the cargo floor in the vehicle's trunk is a series of hidden storage compartments that are great for holding loose objects or keeping valuables out of the way of prying eyes. Another nice trick is there is a dedicated space in the cargo floor to store the retractable cargo cover when you're not using it. This means you always have it on hand, should you need it, and don't have to leave it cluttering up your garage.
October 6, 2012 |
Hawthorne-based rocket maker SpaceX is poised to return to the International Space Station with its Dragon spacecraft to carry out the first contracted cargo resupply flight in NASA's history. SpaceX performed a successful demonstration mission to the space station in May, showing NASA that the company could do the job. SpaceX has secured a $1.6-billion contract to carry out 12 such cargo missions, and Sunday's mission would be the first. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is set to blast off at 8:34 p.m. EDT Sunday from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the Dragon capsule packed with 1,000 pounds of food, water and supplies.