By Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent 14/02/2019 The US-China trade war is set to accelerate the shift of manufacturing to Vietnam this year.According to Amanda Rasmussen, chief operating officer at Indo Trans Logistics (ITL) and recently elected chair of AmCham Vietnam, the increased manufacturing activity will lift the country’s booming air freight market to even greater heights.“There’s been a tremendous amount of growth in the air freight market,” she told The Loadstar.“Vietnam is really hitting its stride and, barring any unforeseen global events, I think we’re going to see a very positive economic period coming up.“We see the growth both from a trade perspective as well as with domestic consumption.”While official statistics are yet to be released, Ms Rasmussen estimates the air freight market grew 20% in 2018.Capital city Hanoi, where electronics exports dominate, enjoyed a 52% share of the traffic; whereas in the south, Ho Chi Minh City caters for mostly garments and footwear with a 47% share. The main tradelanes are with North Asia (30% market share), the EU (25%) and the US (28%).The double-digit growth was not due to the trade war, however, Ms Rasmussen noted: “I can’t say it had a huge impact in 2018. Last year’s growth can be attributed very heavily to the existing big players here.“But there’s a general shift of manufacturing from China that’s been going on for some time, and I definitely believe this year we will see a much faster pace of that shift. That in turn will continue in a bigger way into the air freight market.”For example, Ms Rasmussen said, from the third quarter last year ITL worked with many companies opening their first factory in Vietnam, helping them set up their logistics operations.“Of course, everything takes time to set up, so I don’t think we’ve really seen the true effects yet,” she added.Based in Ho Chi Minh City and with offices across the region, ITL is one of the largest air cargo players in South-east Asia. It acts as a general sales agent (GSA) for 22 airlines, operates 200 flights a week and uplifts over 80,000 tonnes of air freight per year. In Vietnam, ITL is the number one GSA and controls around 17% of the country’s total air freight export market, according to Ms Rasmussen.“The legacy of our business is air freight but we’re now a full-service operator,” she explained, adding that as an asset-based logistics provider the company had grown into the fourth-largest logistics company in Vietnam.The country’s strong trade growth has attracted an influx of foreign freight forwarders in recent years, Ms Rasmussen said. The big multinationals had been operating in for some time and the influx was from smaller, niche and mid-sized forwarders, she added.“They’ve been coming in a big way in the past five or six years. It changes the market, because it’s reduced the number of local operators through M&A activity.“But I don’t see it as a negative; it’s a positive, as it raises the game of the market and the competition, and it’s better for customers. In a way, it’s a natural progression for the country, which you also see reflected in the infrastructure development, the openness of the economy and the attractiveness for foreign direct investment.” ID 123022352 © Huy Thoai | Dreamstime.com
Storied guitarist Jeff Beck has announced a number of 2015 tour dates, with a two-leg tour that includes solo performances from Beck, as well as co-headlining performances with classic rockers ZZ Top. Beck will also be joined by his touring band, featuring Jimmy Hall on Vocals, Rhonda Smith on bass, Jonathan Joseph on drums and Nicolas Meier on guitar. Additionally, Mr. Beck is working on a new studio project, to be released in 2015.The tour, which was rescheduled due to an injury in ZZ Top’s band, will run from April 16th to May 10th. In a press release, Beck said, “We’re so glad that Dusty made a full recovery and now, we are looking forward to getting back out there and finish what we started.” Tickets for Beck’s shows will go on sale this Friday, December 5th.Check out the tour dates below:Jeff Beck Dates4/16 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY 4/17 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY 4/18 – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY 4/19 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA 4/21 – Ulster Performing Arts Center – Kingston, NY 4/22 – Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, NJ 4/24 – Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ 4/25 – The Strand – York, PA 4/26 – The Palace Theatre – Greensburg, PAJeff Beck With ZZ Top Dates4/30 – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, TX * 5/1 – Winstar Casino – Thackerville, OK 5/2 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX 5/3 – Concrete Street – Corpus Christi, TX 5/7 – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL 5/8 – Cruzan Amphitheater – West Palm Beach, FL 5/9 – St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL 5/10 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Alpharetta, GA
Interfleet Technology has acquired safety case and risk management consultancy RSE Management Ltd from GB Railways Group plc, which became part of First Group last year. RSEM was formed in April 2003, and provides auditing, project management and environmental services.All rail-sector companies in the Lloyd’s Register Group, including Lloyd’s Register MHA Ltd, began operating as Lloyd’s Register Rail with effect from February 1.Vancouver-based hybrid locomotive supplier RailPower Technologies Corp has formed US subsidiary RailPower Corp in Erie, Pennsylvania. On January 21 CSX announced it had signed an extendable 90-day lease for three of the company’s remanufactured shunting locos.On January 29 IT services company Atos Origin announced that it had completed the acquisition of passenger information systems and fare collection specialist SchlumbergerSema from Schlumberger.
It’s been a while since we’ve had to cover anything regarding Manchester United’s interest in Lille’s Nicolas Pépé, but Le Parisien bring it back to the fore on Wednesday. The French newspaper look at how the Ligue 1 side will prepare for next season’s Champions League campaign, and a few departures are expected, including the Ivorian’s.Scoring 20 goals and assisting 11 times in 36 league appearances, the 23-year-old surpassed all expectations this season, and Lille know they will have to cash in while they can.Le Parisien report ’many Premier League clubs’, adding ‘especially Manchester United’, as well as Paris Saint-Germain, are interested in Pépé, for whom Lille are hoping to receive a fee between €50-70m.Embed from Getty ImagesPast claims suggest Arsenal, Liverpool and even Chelsea could all be part of the list of English suitors, but the French newspaper make a clear point the Red Devils appear the keenest.Lille’s plan this summer is to sell for ‘at least €100m’, which means other players such as Adama Soumaoro and Thiago Mendes could all be shipped off elsewhere over the coming months.As for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he will be more than aware that a player like the Ivory Coast international could be the (or part of the) key to climbing back into the top four next season, considering their dire need for a right-winger.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must Have.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndo
California Adventure8-98-109-89-89-89-89-10 PriceREGREGVALVALVALVALPEAK Admission and HoursOnly a couple of Passholder blackouts to be aware of this week. Southern California and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday, and Select Passholders are likewise blocked out on Sunday, but there are no other blockouts in effect for the remainder of the week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Regular Price ($129/$122) Saturday and Sunday, Value Price ($104/$98) Monday through Thursday, and Peak Price ($149/$141) on Friday.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: Share This!Crowds become more manageable, Mickey’s 90th celebration kicks off, and a new nighttime dance party premieres! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.Special Events and NotesPhoto © DisneyIt’s 2019, and Disneyland is celebrating its Get Your Ears On Celebration, celebrating 90 years of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Keep your eyes open for special menu selections, treats, character greetings, entertainment, and merchandise throughout the resort, starting this week.On a related note, this Friday will feature the first installment of Mickey’s Mix Magic, which Disney describes as a “high-energy projection show celebrating the one and only Mickey Mouse.” It will include projections on the buildings of Main Street U.S.A., the small world facade, and on the mist screens over on Rivers of America. It will occasionally include fireworks (and we unfortunately can’t really be more specific than that at this time–we suspect it’ll be weather-dependent), but it’s intended to be more of a big dance party than a traditional nighttime show, so keep that in mind.Finally, if you enjoy the DJ’s Dance and Drive dance party at Disney’s California Adventure, you need to visit the parks as soon as possible. It’s going away for good on January 13, 2019, so this weekend will be your last chance to experience it.Looking ahead, Disneyland’s Lunar New Year festival starts on January 25! More details to come, but go ahead and get that on your calendar now.CrowdsWith the holiday season firmly in the rear-view mirror, you can expect crowds to drop off significantly compared to the previous few weeks. The highest crowds are still a very manageable level 7, and Tuesday is predicted to be very comfortable level 3 crowds.Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherIt’s another week with a decent chance that you’re going to encounter some rainfall. There’s more of a chance during the week than the weekends, but it’s possible every single day, so make sure you check the most up-to-date forecast and bring rain gear if it looks like you’ll need it.As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsThe entertainment schedule is REALLY thin this week, with only Fantasmic! showing on the weekend, and nothing during the week at all. On the upside, Mickey’s Mix Magic, a new projection show, will premiere on Friday, so keep your eyes open for that for sure. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Dapper Dans, can be found here. Disneyland8-118-119-89-89-89-89-12 Fantasmic!2200002 SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri Regarding early admission, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsAt Disneyland Park, Haunted Mansion is offline until January 18 (when it returns to its normal format) and Astro Orbiter is down indefinitely. The Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough and the Sailing Ship Columbia will be starting refurbishments starting this week, on January 17 and 19, respectively. Looking ahead, it’s a small world will remain open for another couple of weeks before its holiday overlay is removed, and is slated to be offline from January 22 through February 1. Fantasmic! will likewise be going offline as of January 22.Over at California Adventure, Grizzly River Run is undergoing its annual cool-weather refurbishment. World of Color also remains dark until further notice.As always, be aware that refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so check out our refurbishments page to make sure your favorite ride is still running, and for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s news. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments. Disney’s Mix Magic0000001 ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri
Share This!Pardon us while we pick our jaws up off the floor – the grounds of Disney’s Riviera Resort are gorgeous. This brand-new Disney Vacation Club resort takes a European theme and gives it a romantic Disney twist. The Disney details are everywhere, from the beautiful mosaics that you’ll pass to and from the Disney Skyliner station to the Fantasia themed water playground – adorably named S’il Vous Play. As with most Disney Vacation Club resorts, there are a lot of recreational options, including a bocce ball court complete with instructions.Riviera Resort MosaicRiviera Resort MosaicRiviera Resort MosaicRiviera Resort MosaicRiviera Resort MosaicRiviera Resort MosaicRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort PoolRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort Feature PoolRiviera Resort Pool DeckRiviera Resort Water PlaygroundRiviera Resort Water PlaygroundRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort GroundsWhat do you think? Personally, I am yearning to book a stay before my son gets too big, because that water playground looks fantastic!
Table Mountain towers spectacularly over the city of Cape Town. The mountain is one of three natural South African sites in the running for the seven natural wonders of the world. (Image: Walter Knirr, South African Tourism) New7Wonders founder Bernard Weber with Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo at the ceremony in Lisbon announcing the new seven wonders of the world. (Image: New7Wonders of the World)Janine ErasmusSouth Africans have the chance to vote for one of three of the country’s top natural landmarks in the New7Wonders of Nature campaign, the first phase of which is open until the end of 2008.The Kruger National Park, the Cape of Good Hope, and the iconic Table Mountain are all in the running for nomination as one of the world’s seven outstanding natural sites.The Cape of Good Hope, a rocky headland on South Africa’s Atlantic coast, has been a maritime landmark for centuries and is referred to by sailors as “The Cape”.The Kruger National Park, which celebrated its 110th anniversary in June 2008, is South Africa’s largest game reserve and is now an integral part of the 35 000km² Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park with no internal borders that joins the Kruger to Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.Table Mountain is one of the country’s major tourist attractions. Part of the Table Mountain National Park on the Cape peninsula, the flat-topped mountain towers impressively over the city of Cape Town.Searching for seven natural wondersIn July 2007 the New7Wonders of the World were announced after an extensive global campaign in which more than 100-million people cast their votes. The second campaign, also organised by the non-profit New7Wonders Foundation, turns the focus to the natural world in the search for the seven greatest natural sites on earth.There are three criteria for selection – only a natural site, natural monument or landscape can be nominated. Natural phenomena such as the Northern lights are not eligible.After the first round of voting a panel of architectural experts will short-list 21 options from the 77 top-ranked sites, based on the number of votes received. The short list will be announced in January 2009. The panel is headed by Prof Federico Mayor Zaragoza, scholar, politician, and former director-general of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.South Africa’s Aziz Tayob, the first non-white architect in the country, was a member of the expert panel which selected the New7Wonders. Tayob graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1969.The second round of voting will determine the final seven sites, which will be revealed in the second half of 2010. Nominated places must be backed by an official supporting committee to qualify for the second round. Forms are available on the site for those wishing to establish a committee for their chosen landmark.At the time of writing none of the South African sites were in the top 77, which is updated twice a day. Voters are encouraged to vote for their favourite South African natural site to ensure victory against some stiff competition from elsewhere on the African continent. East Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Zimbabwe’s famous Victoria Falls, and the Serengeti National Park, also in Tanzania, are just a few of the natural African sites vying for a place in the top 21.However, voters may participate only once in each round and must cast their votes for seven sites per round. Only one of the seven sites may be located in the voter’s home country.Safeguarding world heritageEstablished in 2001, the New7Wonders Foundation and its two campaigns are the brainchild of Swiss-born Canadian filmmaker, author, aviator and adventurer Bernard Weber. Weber’s intention in inaugurating the campaign is to help protect the world’s human-made and natural heritage, as well as to unite people by encouraging them to respect earth’s cultural diversity.These philosophies are particularly applicable to South Africa, which possesses an extraordinary wealth of natural and cultural heritage.“I feel very strongly that world heritage, as the name says, belongs to the people of the world,” says Weber. “Over 100-million votes from every corner of the world very clearly legitimises the New7Wonders of the World. And we are estimating over one-billion votes for the New7Wonders of Nature. These are choices made by the people of the world.”The New7Wonders of the World, as voted by 100-million people, are the Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, Chichén Itzá in Mexico, the Statue of Christ Redeemer in Brazil, the Colosseum in Italy, Machu Picchu in Peru, and the Taj Mahal in India.The New7Wonders of Nature campaign aims to increase awareness of and respect for the natural beauty of the world and the need to take care of it. Increased awareness, says Weber, will boost the tourism industry and contribute to the care and preservation of important natural sites.Half of all revenue raised by the project is allocated towards monument conservation and documentation. One of the project’s success stories is the high-definition 3D model of the 4th-century Bamiyan Buddha, a cultural treasure that was destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. The 3D model will enable the people of Afghanistan to rebuild the giant statue.“The more we know about each other, spread across continents and time zones, and the more we share, the more we actively create a peaceful and prosperous future for us all,” says Weber, adding that the sites chosen as the New7Wonders have experienced a boost in tourism of up to 40%.Once the New7Wonders of Nature is complete Weber plans to find the New7Wonders of Technology.Useful linksNew7Wonders of NatureCity of Cape TownKruger National ParkTable MountainCape of Good HopeUnited Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural OrganisationDepartment of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
By Todd CorleyMillennials first filled my world in November 2004, when I accepted the job of chief diversity officer at Abercrombie & Fitch—a position mandated by the settlement of discrimination lawsuits against the company totaling nearly $50 million. Millennials, by then, were not only the retailer’s workforce but also its market.As a member of Generation X, I was fascinated by the drastic differences in culture between my own peers and this younger group. I quickly came to admire their openness, their generosity, their friendships, their priorities and their effortless command of accelerating technologies. I heard my peers and older people disparage their supposed laziness, self-absorption and lack of work ethic, but these traits were not present in the young people I had come to know.As the Millennial workforce swells and members of Generation Z (iGens) increasingly join them, the demand for trusted, transparent and authentic leadership is reaching unprecedented heights. By leveraging social media and manifesting a remarkable openness and quest for inclusion, these younger generations are forging cultural shifts that upend traditional leadership values and practices.Traditionalists and Baby Boomers who resist the call for more-equitable and more-ethical workplaces and who seek to maintain “business as usual” leadership place themselves and their organizations at grave risk, regardless of industry or sector. By 2020, Millennials and iGens will make up nearly 60 percent of the U.S. workforce. Preparing your leadership and organization for that eventual reality is mission-critical: Transparency has become the new normal.My new book, FITCH PATH: A Cautionary Tale About A Moose, Millennials, Leadership & Transparency (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015), explores these themes by going inside the iconic Abercrombie & Fitch brand to examine how Millennials and iGens are forging a cultural transformation.Recently, Corley answered questions from HR Magazine about his book:Why did you write the book?To offer solutions to help prepare leaders and organizations for the inevitable realities of today’s emerging workforce. But three reasons, actually:To present research and expert observation that validates the cultural paradigm shifts currently taking place in today’s organizations.To demonstrate how a generationally driven shift in values has altered the way we manage today’s workforce and create engaged teams.To address the issues of inclusivity, equality, transparency and authenticity and add new perspectives to the discourse and dialogue around diversity.What immediate steps can HR professionals take in implementing cultural change in their organizations?Several things:Diversify your personal advisory circle. Surround yourself with “unlikely friends”—those who are of different cultures, genders, ethnicities, ages and so on who, through the exchange of experiences, will enrich your perspective, challenge your assumptions, raise your conscious around hidden biases and inspire you to think more inclusively.Remember, “more is more.” “Less is more” should never apply to managing performance or engagement. Don’t wait until the annual review to provide feedback. Share with more frequency and consistency. Use “in the moment” opportunities to suggest corrective actions. Coach rather than criticize. Focus on individual actions and behaviors, not character or personality.Promote community. Capitalize on moments in between projects to engage Millennials and iGens. Encourage volunteering, reverse mentoring, peer coaching, teamwork and other “people-centered” efforts that promote community.Why do you urge readers to create mutual accountability and respect in their organizations by equally and equitably distributing responsibility as well as recognition and rewards?Gone are the days of centralization, departmentalization and silos. When it comes to strengthening the organization and positively impacting the bottom line, it takes a village—a network of employees working interdependently, sharing in decision-making and pursuing shared goals.Todd Corley, @corleytodd on Twitter is the founder of The TAPO Institute, a consultancy focused on the generationally driven shift in beliefs and values that has redefined the meaning of “inclusive” leadership.Originally posted on the SHRM Book Blog.
Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos rick turoczy 1 Facebook Connect – the service that allows developers to access Facebook data from outside of the Facebook chrome – has been met with both cautious optimism and healthy skepticism. And with good reason. The service holds the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with social sites the Web over. At the same time, it gives Facebook access to a great deal of information about how users interact with other social sites. To date, the sites allowed to use Facebook Connect have been few and far between. But that may soon change, given today’s announcement that Facebook is accepting more developer submissions.Like its chief competitor Google Friend Connect and more recent entrant Yahoo! Open Strategy, Facebook Connect offers developers access to a number of baked-in features that can both save development time and enhance the Facebook experience for users by leveraging data that already exists within Facebook. ReadWriteWeb’s Sarah Perez explained the offering this way:“Through the seamless Facebook Connect integration, sites can access your Facebook account details and friend graph and move that data back and forth between their site and Facebook. For example, people commenting on a blog using the Moveable Type platform will be able to login via Facebook Connect.”How long until we see more sites?Another similarity between Facebook Connect and Google Friend Connect? Both services have put developers in a “hurry up and wait” stance, as the features have only been accessible to a select few.This announcement, however, promises to increase the number of sites leveraging the platform, so long as those sites comply with Facebook Connect policies. But how many sites and when those sites will be live with Facebook Connect are anyone’s guess.Like the Apple App Store, Android Market, and other controlled offerings, the exclusivity surrounding Facebook Connect carries with it a certain amount of prestige. No doubt there are any number of developers who have already applied and are champing at the bit to be included in the next round of approved sites.While it will be interesting to see how many developers choose to submit sites for inclusion, it will be even more interesting to see whom Facebook chooses to approve. Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#NYT#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit