News / Booming air freight exports to US a logistical headache in Vietnam

first_img By Sam Whelan in Vietnam 26/09/2019 Vietnam’s booming exports to the US are causing a logistical headache for freighter operators as the trade gap between the two countries continues to widen.AirBridgeCargo (ABC) saw a 53% increase in Vietnam volumes so far this year, after upping weekly lift from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to two and three flights respectively.Eric Lamare, the carrier’s vice president Asia and Pacific for scheduled cargo operations, told The Loadstar the impressive growth had been largely fuelled by US demand.“We put into place dedicated operations into the US for specific customers, and this is where the biggest growth is happening,” he said on the sidelines of the Air Freight Logistics Vietnam conference in Ho Chi Minh City last week. © Yuriy Kirsanov center_img “Also, because of the shift in production from China to Vietnam, we see more demand into the US, which is naturally showing faster growth from Vietnam than Europe at the moment.”Mr Lamare said the manufacturing shift from China was not solely down to the trade war, however, and was so far limited in scope. There could be a larger shift in 2020, he believed, given the time it takes to move production.Still, Vietnam’s exports to the US, its biggest trading partner, surged 33% year on year, to $36bn for the first seven months of 2019, according to US Census Bureau data. US exports to Vietnam were valued at $5.9bn, meaning the trade deficit increased 39% on the same period last year.“For us, the imbalance is huge,” said Mr Lamare. “We already operate two stops on these Vietnam flights; most of the inbound cargo is going to other destinations like Singapore or Taiwan.“Then we have to position the flights for exports from Vietnam. Only around 30% of the tonnage arriving is for Vietnam, meaning we need to operate smartly with freighters to make these operations profitable.”He said inbound volumes included project cargo, aircraft engines and some pharmaceutical products, while exports remained dominated by garments, footwear  and, increasingly, electronics.Another challenge is Vietnam’s creaking infrastructure and its capacity for future growth. National volumes jumped 13% to 1.5m tons last year, with additional growth of at least 10% expected this year. Officials predict annual throughput to reach 2.2m tons by 2020.“The airports are already quite congested with passenger aircraft, and there’s something like 80 freighters a week out of Hanoi and 50 from Ho Chi Minh, which is more congested. Plus there’s seven Vietnamese airlines and they don’t have freighters yet,” explained Mr Lamare.“So slots will be an issue. We already have restrictions on freighters, so it will be a challenge when we need to increase the frequency of the flights to cope with demand.”There is a new airport planned outside Ho Chi Minh City at Long Thanh, but Mr Lamare said it was “doubtful” the $5.4bn project would be completed within five years.As for the remainder of 2019, he said most customers were not expecting a strong peak season from Vietnam.“But still, if we look at China, from where we still operate most of our capacity, there are new product introductions planned before the end of the year for some customers and we’ve received additional capacity requests.“How long it will last? Most think probably not more than two and a half months, best case scenario.“The question is more what’s going to happen next year with this shift of production. It will take time, but I think China will stay very strong.“The other countries around cannot cope; they don’t have the facilities or the manpower, and most of the production to Europe will stay in China,” Mr Lamare added.last_img read more

Marine Corps Community Services

first_imgThe Marine Corps Community Services Department is the “Quality of Life” provider for the Marine Corps. Its mission is to invest in Marines for duty, home and self by providing fitness and recreation programs, personal services, training and business activities in direct support of individual and family readiness and retention.MARINE CORPS COMMUNITY SERVICESThe MCCS Administrative Office is open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed holidays. Call 760-577-6733 or DSN 282-6733 for additional information. Other phone numbers: site liaison 760-577-6733, secretary 760-577-6733, fax 760-577-6542.In late 2015, MCCS Barstow consolidated with MCCS Camp Pendleton to form a large overarching organization which serves and supports the active-duty members and their families aboard this installation. This allows MCLB to reach back to Camp Pendleton resources and expand capabilities for our families. Each program and facility falls under Camp Pendleton MCCS.RETAIL DIVISIONThe Nebo Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) is in Building 319 and is open 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The store offers a variety of items for the convenience of Marines and their families such as clothing, small appliances, electronics, housewares, food and beverages. Call 760-256-8974 for more information.Gas station hours are 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Gas pumps accept credit card sales 24/7.The Yermo MCX/Exchange is in Building 596. It is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. During troop rotations, it’s open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Contact the Exchange at 760-577-7782. A third exchange within Production Plant Barstow is open 6 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. daily.last_img read more

CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on its 58th Independence Anniversary

first_imgThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended congratulations to the Government and People of Trinidad and Tobago on its fifty-eighth Anniversary of Independence, praising the country’s role in regional integration. “Trinidad and Tobago, one of the founding Members of the Community, has Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley Oct 6, 2020 Share this on WhatsApp CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Premier of Bermuda The fifty-eighth Independence Anniversary will be celebrated on Monday 31 August 2020. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… “The country has benefitted from the renowned creativity and imagination of its people, and the vision of its leaders to make significant strides in its development. Its successes in the fields of culture, sports, academia and diplomacy have been well chronicled,” Ambassador LaRocque said. CARICOM SG congratulates Trinidad and Tobago’s re-elected… The Secretary-General noted the wide-ranging successes recorded by the people of Trinidad and Tobago over its 58 years of Independence.center_img CARICOM celebrates Jamaica’s 58th Independence Anniversary maintained its leadership role in advancing the integration movement, including through its leadership on regional security and energy issues,” Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said in a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley. You may be interested in… New Haitian Ambassador to CARICOM accredited Aug 6, 2020 Sep 16, 2020 Aug 20, 2020last_img read more

LSU QB race only just beginning

first_imgLSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) and quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) warm up before a game last season.LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) and quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) warm up before a game last season.BATON ROUGE – Some two dozen practices remain, including three scrimmages, before No. 13 LSU opens the season against McNeese State in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 5.So, while sophomore Brandon Harris has the early lead at quarterback, the battle is just beginning as junior Anthony Jennings appears to have not missed a beat while on suspension in June and most of July.“Quarterback race is just what it is,” LSU coach Les Miles said Monday after his team’s first complete team and contact practice in full pads following four days in only shorts and helmets. “Will take some time. I’m saying it’s an ongoing process. Both guys are playing better.”Jennings held off Harris last season and started 12 of 13 games. Both struggled. They exited spring about even. Neither looked great.“They’re night and day in how they approach it,” Miles said in comparison to a year ago at this time. “They continue to evolve. We’ll have better quarterback play.”Miles, who settled on Jennings once and for all as of game seven last year, was asked if he had a timetable to name or settle on a starter. “I’m not that guy that’s going to make an early decision certainly,” he said. “And again, I think, including today, both guys made progress this day. So, it’s the way it is.”Asked if he had it in his head now which is his starting quarterback, Miles said, “No, and I’m not put in that spot. I can tell you who took the first snaps. Brandon Harris took the first snaps, but Anthony has taken a good portion of them.”Brandon Harris off to a flying start as LSU’s QB so farMiles was asked how Jennings has reacted to no longer taking the first snaps after taking them in the spring of 2014, in August of 2014, most of last season and last spring.“I think he’s competing,” Miles said. “I think he made a couple nice plays today, so he’s competing very well.”Asked how important it is for the backup quarterback to continue to work to improve once that role is established, Miles said, “It’s imperative that they continue to improve. What the intent is as a room is to make sure that the level of quarterback play continues to rise. I think as a group, it appears to me that they have that intent.”OFFENSIVE LINE DEPTH CHART: Entering contact drills on Monday, LSU’s first team offensive line had junior Jerald Hawkins at left tackle, junior Ethan Pocic at left guard, redshirt freshman William Clapp at center, junior Josh Boutte at right guard and senior Vadal Alexander at right tackle. Hawkins started at right tackle last season, Pocic at right guard and Alexander at left guard.The top backup linemen are likely redshirt freshman Garrett Brumfield, sophomore K.J. Malone of Ruston and freshman signee Maea Teuhema at the guards, sophomore Andy Dodd at center and freshman signees Toby Weathersby and George Brown Jr. at the tackles.“The offensive linemen can spend five days in non-pads, and no one knows,” Miles said. “And then it will all be based on padded practices. We’ve only had one. I think they’re all in the mix. Boutte’s probably a little bit more capable (among the underclassmen), but all of them are young and all have things to learn.”Guilbeau: LSU to go 11-2Teuhema is the No. 1 prep guard prospect in the nation and No. 3 prospect in Texas out of Keller, according to Rivals.com, while Weathersby is the No. 7 offensive tackle nationally and No. 12 prospect in Texas out of Houston.“He (Teuhema) is playing on the right side right now, and he can really end up in a number of spots because he’s really a bright, very capable offensive lineman for a young player,” Miles said.DEFENSIVE LINE DEPTH CHART: Entering contact drills on Monday, junior Lewis Neal and junior Tashawn Bower were at the first team defensive ends on the depth chart with sophomore returning starter Davon Godchaux and junior returning starter Christian LaCouture at the first team tackles.Bower, though, has missed the last two practices with a minor ailment and was replaced by freshman signee Arden Key on Sunday and Monday. Key is the No. 13 defensive end in the nation out of Atlanta.“I know it’s not deemed to be long term in any way,” Miles said of Bower’s injury.Sophomore Deondre Clark and sophomore Sione Teuhema, Maea’s brother, are backup ends along with freshman signee Isaiah Washington, the No. 15 defensive end in the nation and No. 8 prospect in Louisiana out of New Orleans. LSU has no ends with significant experience.“There would be less hesitancy than you might think (to play Key and/or Washington),” Miles said. “Both guys are very talented, very athletic. The difference is that you like some other guys like Tashawn Bower, and you like Lewis Neal. But there are some guys there that are biting at their heels.”Senior Quentin Thomas of Breaux Bridge and sophomores Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore are behind Godchaux and LaCouture at the tackles.RUSTON FULLBACK: Sophomore walk-on John David Moore of Ruston High School has been practicing with the first team at fullback after playing mainly tight end last season for the Tigers. He switched to fullback full time in the spring after playing in eight games in 2014 at tight end, fullback and special teams.The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Moore, who caught 24 passes for 354 yards at tight end for Ruston in 2012, was red-shirted at LSU in 2013 after walking on. He earned the Alvin Roy Fourth Quarter Award for his work in the weight room and the Eric Andolsek Leadership Award following spring drills last April. After wearing No. 47 last season and No. 46 through the first week of practice this year, Moore switched to No. 44 on Monday.An architecture major who appears in a recent promotional video for LSU’s School of Architecture, Moore made the SEC Academic Honor Roll last year.PRACTICE SCHEDULE: LSU will have a light, walk-through practice Tuedsay afternoon before dinner and a movie that night. The Tigers will open full squad, two-a-day practices Wednesday with workouts at 8:35 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Single practices will follow Thursday and Friday before the first scrimmage of the pre-season at 11:15 a.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium.SOLD OUT: Season tickets for the Tigers have sold out for the 12th straight year as 74,350 were announced as sold by LSU on Monday.QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Nice to be outside with the entire team. I promise you the guys enjoyed being out there with an entire team. The half team practices (split squad workouts Thursday through Sunday) were twice the reps.”— LSU coach Les Miles.Coverage of LSU and Glenn Guilbeau commentary supported by Hebert’s Town and Country Auto Dealer in Shreveport located at 1155 E. Bert Kouns. Research your next Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM at http://www.hebertstandc.com/last_img read more

Track and field: Parkway sweeps Airline Viking Relays

first_imgParkway swept the team titles in the Airline Viking Relays Thursday evening at Benton.The Panthers scored 97 points to 84 for runner-up Natchitoches Central. Airline and North DeSoto tied for fourth with 64. Haughton, which is participating in the Yellow Jacket Relays Saturday and did not bring a full team, finished sixth with 55.5.The Lady Panthers rolled up 133 points to 84.5 for runner-up North DeSoto. Airline was third with 76.5 and Haughton fourth with 66.Airline’s Jack Wilkes and Parkway’s Cory Hamilton broke school records in their respective events.Wilkes won the 1,600-meter run in 4:21.28, breaking his own record of 4:22.11. Parkway’s Hayden Kingfisher finished second in 4:32.69.Hamilton, the state runner-up in the 400 last year, set his mark in the 200 with a 21.53.Parkway won two of the three relays in the boys’ division, taking the 4X200 in 1:30.41 and the 4X400 in 3:27.81.Parkway’s Nathan Poovey won the 3,200 in 10:26, 16 seconds faster than Benton’s Garrett Gipson.Benton’s Andre’ Dean, a state champion wrester, won the pole vault with an 11-6, four inches higher than Haughton’s Chase Grimsley and Cody Hinson.Alabama football signee OJ Smith of Airline won the shot put for the second straight week with a 49-1.Airline All-Parish offensive guard Colton Prater won the discus with a 127-9. Haughton’s Jesus Santos took the javelin with a 142-7.Airline’s Jasmyn Carswell was a double winner in the girls’ division, winning the triple jump with a 36-2 and long jump with a 16-3. In the latter event, she edged Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing’s Teauna Perry by a inch.Parkway’s Jessica McGuffee won the 1,600 in 5:41.18.Reigning state champ Alison Ringle of Parkway ran the 3,200 for the first time this season and won easily in 11:09, two and a half minutes faster than her nearest competitor.Parkway also got wins from Haley Sepulvado in the shot put (34-4) and Rain Hall in the discus (91-8). Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Men In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Russell [email protected]last_img read more

SCB: Economy still bullish

first_imgStandard Chartered Bank has expressed hope and confidence in the Ghanaian economy and that despite the creeping global financial downturn the economy is still resilient.Buttressing this point, the bank stated that corporate activities remained bullish in spite of the rising inflation and interest rates and that the slowness of the growth of the economy was only temporal.Speakers at a press soiree organised by the bank in Accra over the weekend said statistics indicated that inflation was reducing and noted that the second quarter of this year would record a further decrease.The bank’s Area Head of Origination and Client Coverage in Wholesale Banking in West and Central Africa, Mr. Kweku Bedu-Addo, said the intensified financial crisis had resulted in the decline of remittances, decline in Foreign Direct Investments and donor funds flow but the domestic economy demonstrated rapid output growth of 7.3 per cent in 2008.Touching on the coverage model of the bank, Mr. Badu-Addo said the bank was providing a wide range of financial services in the fields of loans and advances, trade financing, treasury and fixed income and corporate finance and advisory.He said the bank had developed a sustainable lending programme that helps communities to operate in the areas of forestry, oil palm, power generation, trade and finance, cocoa processing, oil and gas exploration and others. The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana and Area General Manager of West Africa of the Standard Chartered Bank, Mr. Hemen Shah, in his contributory remarks said the bank was the lead financier of the jubilee fields following the discovery of oil in the country and added that the bank had supported Tullow Energy to raise the needed funds for the oil exploration.On the bank’s support for the agricultural sector, Mr. Shah said the bank was involved in direct lending to farming communities within which they operated, and added that the bank expended about $50 million on fertiliser and other farming chemicals to support farmers with an additional $25 million expected in June, this year for the minor crop season.Other officials of the bank said as part of the bank’s commitment towards protecting the environment, the bank in collaboration with the Forestry Commission planted trees from Accra to the northern part of the country and supported the recycling of paper waste into tissues.The bank, according to the officials, embarked on a clean-up campaign at some beaches in Accra as part of the recent observation of World Malaria Day.Source: Daily Graphiclast_img read more

SB 9: Steelers defense shuts down Vikings for first title

first_imgPittsburgh’s Steel Curtain totally shut down Minnesota’s offense to hand the Vikings their third Super Bowl defeat.In beating Oakland for the AFC title, Pittsburgh held the Raiders to 29 yards rushing. The Vikings didn’t reach that total. On 21 rushing plays, Minnesota managed a net of 17 yards.Yet, Minnesota trailed only 2-0 at the half, the result of a safety when Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton botched a pitchout deep in his territory. Tarkenton fell on the ball in the end zone and was pounced upon by Steelers defensive end Dwight White.The Steelers got another break at the start of the second half when Vikings running back Bill Brown muffed the kickoff and Pittsburgh’s Marv Kellum recovered on the Vikings 30. Four plays later, Franco Harris scored from 12 yards and Pittsburgh led 9-0.Minnesota narrowed the margin to three points at 4:27 of the fourth quarter when Matt Blair blocked Bobby Walden’s punt and Terry Brown recovered in the end zone. But the Steelers came right back on a 66-yard march culminating in a 4-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw to Larry Brown.Harris, the game’s MVP, set a Super Bowl rushing record with 158 yards on 34 carries and led the Steelers’ offense that outgained Minnesota 333-119.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL,SUPER BOWL 9Jan. 12, 1975At New Orleans_80,997Pittsburgh 0..2..7..7_16 Minnesota 0..0..0..6_6 In this Jan. 12, 1975, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Franco Harris runs into the end zone to score early in third quarter action of NFL football’s Super Bowl IX against the Minnesota Vikings at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. Pursuing Harris is Jackie Wallace (25) of the Vikings. (AP Photo/File) Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain totally shut down Minnesota’s offense to hand the Vikings their third Super Bowl defeat.In beating Oakland for the AFC title, Pittsburgh held the Raiders to 29 yards rushing. The Vikings didn’t reach that total. On 21 rushing plays, Minnesota managed a net of 17 yards.Yet, Minnesota trailed only 2-0 at the half, the result of a safety when Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton botched a pitchout deep in his territory. Tarkenton fell on the ball in the end zone and was pounced upon by Steelers defensive end Dwight White.The Steelers got another break at the start of the second half when Vikings running back Bill Brown muffed the kickoff and Pittsburgh’s Marv Kellum recovered on the Vikings 30. Four plays later, Franco Harris scored from 12 yards and Pittsburgh led 9-0.Minnesota narrowed the margin to three points at 4:27 of the fourth quarter when Matt Blair blocked Bobby Walden’s punt and Terry Brown recovered in the end zone. But the Steelers came right back on a 66-yard march culminating in a 4-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw to Larry Brown.Harris, the game’s MVP, set a Super Bowl rushing record with 158 yards on 34 carries and led the Steelers’ offense that outgained Minnesota 333-119.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLcenter_img SUPER BOWL 9Jan. 12, 1975At New Orleans_80,997Pittsburgh 0..2..7..7_16 Minnesota 0..0..0..6_6last_img read more

Philipp Lahm: Atletico vs Bayern is 50-50, there are no favourites

first_imgPhilipp Lahm says Bayern Munich will be going all out to score an away goal against Atletico Madrid, having failed to do so in their previous two semi-finals and been eliminated. “Naturally we know what happened in the last semis,” said the Bayern defender-cum-midfielder.  Sport EN CEST “Versus Madrid we lost away without scoring and to Barça, to. Thus tomorrow we obviously want to score. As a side it’s important to keep on fighting and we can remember 2010, 2012 when we lost but in 2013 we won and these kind of situations bring the side together.  26/04/2016 “We know the opponents will give it their all, but so will we.” “They’ve beaten the reigning holders. The possiblities are 50-50 and it depends on the day and how you play,” he explained. “Sometimes you’re on it and sometimes not. It can depend on many things. I think all will be decided in the return leg; right now there’s no favourites.” “We haven’t forgot the fact that we didn’t score any away goals and we’re conscious that we need to score a goal tomorrow.  Upd. at 20:26 Lahm thinks the game is a coin flip, ranking both teams’ chances of progressing at 50-50.last_img read more

New Spain coach Julen Lopetegui aiming for “Evolution, not revolution”

first_imgNew Spain coach Julen Lopetegui wants an “evolution, not a revolution” after taking Vicente del Bosque’s role following Euro 2016. 21/07/2016 “We are not going to do a revolution but an evolution based on our ideas. There are players in the squad that are in their prime, many of them. We are going to bring back the enthusiasm to the people.” Lopetegui praised the veteran boss. “There is no better mirror to look at than that of Vicente del Bosque,” he said. “He has done an exemplary job and has set the bar very high.” “This appointment fills me with pride and is a huge responsibility I happily take,” he said after being presented as the new coach.  Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CETcenter_img Del Bosque resigned after eight years in charge, including two European Championship wins and one World Cup. “We are not going to throw away the many wonderful things this national team has given us. We are very proud of the past but we are looking at the present and the future. Sport EN Appointed on Thursday, he penned a two-year deal and will lead the team in their bid to reach Russia 2018. last_img read more

Manchester United make it 8 wins in 8 with an incisive win over Arsenal…

first_imgAdvertisement uvoi3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsq0o8jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecxmp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4ge5Would you ever consider trying this?😱7fobsyCan your students do this? 🌚8nv9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Manchester United went through to the 6th round of the FA Cup with a victory against the Gunners with a margin of 3-1. It was the eighth win in a row for the Red Devils under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The club management will now be really happy to appoint him as the new manager.Advertisement The Red Devils took the advantage of the the defensive weakness of the Gunners. The Belgian centre forward Romelu Lukaku took place in the starting line up of Manchester United in place of Marcus Rashford. Alexis Sanchez also got his opportunity to start a game for the Red Devils. Romelu Lukaku scored the first goal of the match for Manchester United and Jesse Lingard added another Goal in the list in quick succession.Advertisement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be extremely happy with the performance of the boys. Arsenal tried to make a comeback in this match with a Goal of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. However, Sergio Romero made two good saves at the crunching moment of the match. Anthony Martial came as a substitute and sealed the game with a brilliant strike at the dying minutes. The Gunners will be extremely disappointed to be knocked out of the FA Cup and Unai Emery will have to work really hard to get things back on track.Ashley Young swears at his team-mates during trainingAdvertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more