People / No Brexit fears as Robert Kukla launches drinks logistics operation in the UK

first_img German freight forwarder Robert Kukla has shrugged off uncertainties about Brexit and launched a UK subsidiary to focus on beverage logistics.The Munich-headquartered company has recruited a team of drinks logistics specialists to run the new head office in Brentwood, Essex, and offered them equity stakes in the new venture.Knut Sander, managing partner of Robert Kukla in Germany, explained: “By having a personal liability, the directors are a part of our philosophy and this ensures a very dynamic team. This is our largest new company to date and, despite Brexit, we see huge growth potential here.”It is Robert Kukla’s first UK-based company and the management team comprises managing director Steve Wood and three other senior staff: Lynda Simms, commercial director; Martin Jacobs, operations director; and Hannah Webb, general manager. Robert Kukla UK management team (from left to right: Hannah Webb, Martin Jacobs Steve Wood and Lynda Simms) By Gavin van Marle 18/07/2017center_img The first move was to take over the parent company’s existing transport business in the UK.Mr Wood said: “We are certainly not starting from scratch as we have the logistical operations, the knowledge and our contacts across Europe to hit the ground running. One of our first jobs has been to establish close relationships with Kukla’s other local operations so we can offer new clients a strong European network of freight services.“Being a part of Kukla’s network is the platform we need to grow and we see that happening very quickly. We understand beverage logistics, we know who the right people are to talk to in the industry and we can provide a unique service with a real hands-on professional approach.”Recent figures from the German Chamber of Commerce (AHK) suggest around 2,500 companies from Germany operate in the UK and Mr Wood said Kukla had shown strong confidence in the new UK operation.“Despite the concerns about Brexit, the beverage logistics sector in the UK is built on strong knowledge and attention to service details. We start with a full range of services from simple freight forwarding through to highly specialised and bespoke services that cover the whole range of beverages.“The name may be new to the UK, but we have been around long enough to know the people and the mechanics needed to provide a class-leading logistics operation for any type of beverage.”last_img read more

News / Cargo wilting as airlines carrying Kenyan flower exports are forced to divert

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 09/10/2017 Players in the Kenya to Amsterdam flower market have faced stiff challenges following government decisions to rescind fifth freedom rights to some carriers.Several airlines were warned that their ability to fly directly from Nairobi to the Dutch capital would be restricted after what one source suggested may have been lobbying from local airlines.Etihad has seen five flights a week, four to Amsterdam and one to Stansted, impacted since June 29, forced to re-route flights via Abu Dhabi, which would have made the route less economically sustainable and the longer journey not good for the perishable products.However, on Friday, Etihad confirmed to The Loadstar that it had received a permit to start flying again. “We [have been] working with the Kenyan authorities to resolve some anomalies in the routine application for our traffic rights into Europe, [and protected] our customers by operating through Abu Dhabi during this process,” said a spokesperson.The UAE and Kenya have held talks on the issue, but other airlines in the Middle East also came under pressure, according to one source, who added that the market out of Nairobi was extremely competitive.Turkish Airlines currently schedules a stop in Istanbul between Nairobi and Amsterdam, while Saudia Cargo flies via Jeddah.Forcing carriers to fly via their home base out of Nairobi would have raised costs on the route significantly, said one source, harming both foreign carriers and flower exporters.However, not all fifth freedom rights were affected. A Western Global Airlines freighter continues to operate on a service started at the end of June between Nairobi and Doncaster Sheffield, managed by Network Airline Management, which has a close relationship with Nairobi-based Astral Aviation.Daye Hauxwell, Doncaster Sheffield’s cargo manager, confirmed that the service had continued to operate and was doing well.The service, which flies Nairobi-Doncaster-Liege, was expected to see some 3,500 tonnes of cargo transported each year from the Kenyan capital, including flowers and vegetables. The operation also has access to an Atlas Air 747F on the route.last_img read more

Former Portuguese PM Antonio Guterres formally appointed as next UN chief

first_imgThe United Nations General Assembly has officially confirmed that Portugal’s Antonio Guterres will succeed Ban Ki-moon.It’s the final step in the long process of appointing the next UN secretary general.CCTV’s Lorna Shaddick reports from the UN headquarters in New York.last_img

Trump visits RGV amid government shutdown, talks border security, ‘the wall’

first_imgPresident Trump, third from left, is shown with Border Patrol and Texas officials as he visits the Rio Grande Valley Thursday. Also shown is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), fifth from left.(Yulied Botello/Telemundo/Courtesy photo)By DAVID LOPEZSpecial to the PRESSMcAllen — Hundreds of protestors and an almost equal amount of supporters lined the roadway leading to McAllen–Miller International Airport Thursday as Air Force One carrying President Donald Trump, his staff and the White House traveling press corps landed on the tarmac at precisely 12:50 p.m. Thursday afternoon.The president visited the U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station where he participated in a roundtable discussion on immigration and border security, as well as Anzalduas Park, a 96-acre county-owned park along the Rio Grande known for its rich wildlife.The park is one of several public spaces which are expected to be severely impacted should the government follow through on construction of the border wall championed by the Trump administration.Trump’s arrival comes after a government shutdown entered its third week. The shutdown stems from a disagreement between Republicans and Democrats on funding for Trump’s proposed border wall. The president has said that he will veto any bill that does not include an estimated $5.7 billion for the wall, though Democrats remain staunchly opposed to wall funding. According to reports, 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or are working without pay and will not receive their next paychecks until the government reopens.During a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, Jan. 9, the president urged the public to support further border security through building a wall. “America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation. But, all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration,” Trump said during his televised address. He argued that illegal immigration places a strain on jobs, wages and resources.On Thursday, Trump arrived in McAllen accompanied by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), as well as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.“I join President Trump in McAllen today and I truly appreciate him coming to Texas to underscore the crisis at the southern border and immediate urgency of his border security plan. It is time for his opponents to put aside the partisan games and address this very real crisis. The president’s comprehensive plan to build a wall where it is needed, along with additional funding for narcotics detection, additional detention beds and additional immigration judges to handle the deluge of asylum applications and immigration cases, is critical to Texas and the country and Congress should act immediately to fund it,” Patrick said via a prepared statement.“Illegal immigration costs Texas taxpayers billions of dollars every year in healthcare, education and law enforcement as well as direct spending on border security. In 2018 alone, over 500,000 illegal aliens were apprehended crossing the border illegally — 300,000 of those were in Texas. Law enforcement experts confirm that these numbers represent only 20-25 percent of the people entering our country illegally,” the lieutenant governor continued.Trump’s arrival was met with myriad supporters and protesters, both groups gathered outside of La Plaza Mall close to the airport hours prior to the President’s arrival.Trump supporters from the McAllen and the surrounding Rio Grande Valley gathered hours before the president’s arrival at McAllen–Miller International Airport on Thursday, Jan. 10. (David Lopez | Courtesy photo)Donna resident Rosario Zavala described illegal immigration as her top issue. “I am here because I support Donald Trump 110 percent. He is the only one that has come across and done what needs to be done. He didn’t need this headache; he’s a rich man. He’s doing it because he loves the country,” Zavala said. “Have you seen the people here? There’s nothing but illegals. And they get all the freebies. They get food stamps, they get healthcare, and we get heck.”Zavala was one of the president’s many supporters, while across the street stood an equal and opposite reaction.Bianca Castro, a University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley student and organizer with the RGV No Border Wall movement, talked about the importance of showing opposition. “It’s important that we show up and show out for our raza (people) because they are who make up our community, and the community must unite as a class,” she said. “It’s important to tell those who think this place is a crime zone and that we are less than human that we will not let our voices be silenced,” she said.Hundreds of locals lined the streets near the airport to protest the president’s visit and the border wall. (David Lopez | Courtesy photo)According to FBI statistics, McAllen ranks seventh among safest US cities — a point McAllen’s historic Cine El Rey theater, located in downtown McAllen, spelled out on its outside marquee prior to the president’s visit.During his roundtable briefing with border agents, Trump was shown how traffickers have tunneled under the wall lining the border area which was erected under former President George H.W. Bush, as part of the national response to 9/11. “This is just a couple of miles from here. This is a tunnel,” the agent explained while pointing to photographs of the tunnel.“This is the second tunnel we recently have located. This is an area that actually has wall and we have some technology and agents. That piece of area is really important to the criminal organization. We’re doing such a great job utilizing the right resource in that area that they’ve become so frustrated that they’re using other tactics. They’re actually digging tunnels. This is about 25 feet long, about two to three feet high,” he said.Trump also visited the Rio Grande at Anzalduas Park where he was briefed on border security while standing alongside border patrol officials and local law enforcement.“They’ve done an incredible job, but we all want to see a wall, a barrier, because it’s going to make their job a lot easier and hopefully they’ll be more effective than they already are. They’re doing record setting work but it’s hard and it’s dangerous. We can save so many lives. We can save the drugs, the human trafficking, all of the things that pour into our country. It’s so terrible when you look — gangs, MS–13. It won’t happen. They’ll (law enforcement) will be helped so much,” Trump said.The president departed from McAllen for Washington D.C. at approximately 4 p.m.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedBallet Folklórico to tour RGV through FebruarySpecial to the Parade The Ballet Folklórico of the University of Texas-Pan American will tour the Rio Grande Valley in January and February presenting their ALEGRIA Temporada 2013 concerts in McAllen, Harlingen and Brownsville. The Ballet’s former performance venue, the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium, is under demolition to make way…January 17, 2013In “South Padre Parade”Local professor testifies before CongressBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista resident Dr. Terence Garrett, professor and chair of the Public Affairs and Security Studies Department at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was one of three expert witnesses who provided testimony in a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on the topic…April 7, 2017In “News”REUNITED: Separated nearly a month, Honduran woman, son together againDunia, who came to the United States fleeing violence in Honduras, wipes tears from her eyes after being reunited with her 5-year-old son, Wuilman, at the Brownsville – South Padre Island International Airport last Friday. Dina Arévalo | Staff photographer Editor’s Note: To jump to Part 2 of this story, click here.…July 27, 2018In “News” Sharelast_img read more

MLB opener was most-viewed regular-season game in 9 years

first_img The pandemic-delayed Major League Baseball opener was the sport’s most-watched regular-season game on any network in nine years.The New York Yankees’ rain-shortened 4-1 win at the Washington Nationals on Thursday night averaged 4 million viewers on ESPN, according to Nielsen fast national ratings. The game peaked at 8:30 p.m. EDT with 4.48 million viewers.No regular-season game had been viewed by that many since 4.7 million watched Boston beat the Yankees 3-2 in 10 innings on Aug. 7, 2011, also on ESPN.ESPN’s previous high for an opener was 3.7 million for a 2017 matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. Chicago tied the score with three runs in the ninth, and Randal Grichuck hit a walkoff single off Mike Montgomery in the bottom half. Seattle’s 12-4 victory over Boston on opening night last year was seen by 1.2 million on ESPN.The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-1 win over San Francisco in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader averaged 2,764,000 viewers on ESPN. The network said it was its most-watched late-night Eastern time baseball telecast, topping the previous high of 1,817,000 for the Chicago Cubs’ 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 10, 2017, a game that ended on Anthony Rizzo’s single off Kenley Jansen.Image credits: AP Written By Associated Press Television News LIVE TV FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Last Updated: 25th July, 2020 07:01 IST MLB Opener Was Most-viewed Regular-season Game In 9 Years The pandemic-delayed Major League Baseball opener was the sport’s most-watched regular-season game on any network in nine years SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT First Published: 25th July, 2020 07:01 ISTlast_img read more

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel practice social distancing atop a stunning snow-covered mountain

first_imgRodin Eckenroth/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are taking social distancing very seriously and here’s the proof. In an Instagram post shared on Wednesday, the 39-year-old shared apicture of his Sinner producer wife in the middle of a bright white snow-covered landing lined with beautiful green trees cascading down the sides of a mountain. A few clouds hover in the bright blue sky behind her and a furry pup stands on all fours in front. “Out here social distancing with the fam,” the Man of the Woods crooner wrote. “I hope you guys are staying safe and healthy. We need to stick together and look out for each other during this crazy time.”Timberlake then directed his followers to take a gander at his Instagram stories for ways to support their local communities. “While there’s a lot of chaos and confusion right now, there’s also a lot of good and so many ways to help,” he added. “Spread the word.”The Grammy-Award winning musician and actor tagged four different organizations — The American Red Cross, Feeding America, Save the Children and World Central Kitchen — in both his post and to stories. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more