Monthly Archive: February 2015

Trucker who helped save sex captive in Virginia: I’ve got daughters

When trucker Kevin Kimmel caught a glimpse of a distraught-looking young woman behind the curtain of a recreational vehicle in a truck stop outside Richmond, Va. on Jan.

6, he knew something was wrong. Saw what looked like a young girl looking out the window, the black drapes didn t make it look like a families RV, you know, Kimmel told CBS affiliate WTVR.

I saw a guy come up and knock on the door then go inside the Pilot-then quickly came back and knocked again, all of the sudden the thing was rocking and rolling. Kevin Kimmel WTVR Kimmel was suspicious of what was happening and called the police. When I saw the young girl s face, I said that s not going to happen, I ve got daughters and granddaughters, Kimmel told WTVR.

Thanks to Kimel s phone call, an Iowa couple are being charged with sex trafficking. Aldair Hodza, 36, and Laura Sorensen, 31, were arrested after police said a frightened and malnourished 20-year-old told officers the couple had physically and sexually abused her. I only learned the gruesome details through the news, Kimmel told the station.

I m just happy I helped her. The alleged victim said she had been forced into prostitution during the trip from Iowa to Virginia. He saved that girl s life and that s awesome, a fellow trucker told WTVR.

I have two kids at home man and if somebody messed with them I d want someone to call the cops and tell me.

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Unionized port truckers reject deal, set to strike Monday

Approximately 2,000 Port Metro Vancouver licensed trucks move containerized goods worth an estimated $885 million per week. image credit: Port Metro Vancouver Unionized container truckers who serve Port Metro Vancouver are poised to strike Monday after voting over the weekend to reject a tentative mediated agreement. The 300 members of Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers’ Association previously voted for strike action March 1 and last week issued strike notice before federally appointed mediator Vince Ready entered the talks. “Our members have spoken: the deal was too little, too late,” Unifor-VCTA president Paul Johal said after Saturday’s vote.

Both the unionized truckers and several hundred other non-union truckers who have already withdrawn service say long line-ups and wait times at Port Metro Vancouver terminals are costing them money. “We welcome the involvement of Vince Ready, but the feedback I ve gotten is that our members need to see something far more immediate to improve their economic position,” said Unifor’s Gavin McGarrigle. Unifor-VCTA s collective agreement expired in June 2012. They are demanding increased pay rates and want the rates standardized and enforced across the sector to put an end to undercutting.

The non-unionized United Truckers Association drivers walked off the job Feb.

26 and there have since been accusations of vandalism, intimidation and violence in the dispute. Port officials have vowed to terminate the licences of about 40 truckers in response. Port Metro Vancouver said it will seek to continue and expand its court injunction to keep protesters off port property.The port said it will also bolster security at critical locations for truck traffic heading to or from the port one truck had its window smashed by a thrown rock last week.

It will also continue putting security staff in trucks to help drivers heading to terminals and record any incidents. Port Metro Vancouver says the current disruption at the port is having a serious impact on the free flow of goods through the Vancouver Gateway. The impact of truckers walking off the job is in the order of about $885 million per week, said Port Metro Vancouver CEO Robin Silvester, referring to the weekly value of goods moved by container truck in the region.

Ready, appointed by federal transportation minister Lisa Raitt, is to issue recommendations by May 30 after a detailed review of the Port Metro Vancouver trucking industry. The purpose of Mr. Ready s appointment was to conduct a review of an industry that is clearly not functioning well for all stakeholders, Silvester said.

We agree that truckers should be paid a fair wage, but bargaining relating to employment and contract relationships can only be done with the employer or the parties to the contract. Port Metro Vancouver is not the employer and is not party to the contract relationships. Port Metro Vancouver is Canada s largest port, handling an estimated 135 million tonnes of cargo in 2013.

Approximately 2,000 Port Metro Vancouver licensed trucks service the port, moving containers throughout the Lower Mainland.

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Tonnes of waste from East Cambridgeshire homes to be recycled at …

08:21 21 November 2014 Daniel Mansfield Inside AmeyCespa’s Waterbeach plant. Archant Recycling and refuse company, AmeyCespa has been awarded a lucrative contract to process recyclable waste collected from households across East Cambridgeshire. The five-year contract will see AmeyCespa processing thousands of tonnes of material from East Cambs at its facility in Waterbeach.

The facility, which opened in 2012, uses state-of-the-art technology to separate waste collected in recycling bins such as plastic, metal and card. These separated materials are then sent on for reprocessing after which they can be used by manufacturers to make new items. AmeyCespa will also take responsibility for the transportation and sale of these materials for reprocessing, as well as bulking, storing and loading materials.

As well as East Cambs, the new contract covers five other district councils in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, who will introduce the new service at different times. The contract with Peterborough City Council began in September, with Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridge City Council agreements starting this week. The contracts with South Cambridgeshire and East Cambridgeshire District Councils start in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Paul Greenwell, managing director of AmeyCespa, said: We are delighted that the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership has chosen AmeyCespa to process the county s household recyclables. We are able to provide a local solution for processing this waste, using state-of-the-art technology. A man was rushed to hospital this morning (Thursday) after becoming trapped between the forks of a forklift truck on an industrial estate.

Veterans who served in the Korean War received a medal from the Korean government to honour their contribution at a special ceremony held in Ely last Thursday.

An Ely beauty spot and wildlife haven has been tarnished by mounds of rubbish left behind by people sleeping rough, according to walkers.

Teenager fund-raiser Callum Fairhurst is gearing up for his biggest challenge to date a cycle trip around the world.

Saturday Lotto Brings 6.9 Million To a Truck Driver

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Volvo accepting entrants for fleet safety awards

GREENSBORO, N.C. Volvo will once again this year recognize two of North America s safest fleets. The truck maker announced it will once again recognize two North American trucking companies with the safest driving records and best safety programs.

Each will be awarded $25,000 to put towards their safety-related activities. Kriska Transportation won the 2014 award in the category for fleets running more than 20 million miles. This will be the seventh consecutive year the award has been presented by Volvo.

It is co-sponsored by Michelin Americas Truck Tires. Nothing is more important in managing a fleet than maintaining a stellar safety record, and we are proud to honor the trucking industry s best performers again this year, said G ran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. Safety is a core value at Volvo, and we are proud to offer active safety technologies to help make the highways safer for everyone and passive safety features to help protect a fleet s most valuable asset: The driver.

Michelin Americas Truck Tires is proud to continue our sponsorship of the Volvo Trucks Safety Award, added Mike Cain, Michelin Americas Truck Tires vice-president of original equipment. This award embodies the commitment to safety that has been a foundation of Michelin for 120 years, and we are thrilled to again participate with Volvo Trucks in recognizing the safest truck fleets in North America. All US and Canadian fleets that have at least five Class 8 tractors can enter.

At least one of the trucks must be a Volvo. Entrants will be ranked on their accident frequency rates and the quality of the accident prevention activities. Grand prize awards will be presented in two categories: over and under 20 million miles.

The deadline to enter is June 30, 2015 and the awards will be presented at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia this fall.

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Trucker drivers speak out on the importance of driving carefully …

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa Travel this time of year is always a little bit tricky, but things could get even more complicated for the holidays. According to a report from AAA, 99 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more over the holidays, and the majority of those travelers will be getting from point A to point B by hitting the road. Precipitation is predicted for most of our viewing area throughout the course of the Christmas holiday, which means travel might take a little bit longer than anticipated.

Officials with the Iowa State Patrol are advising motorists to slow down, increase following distances and consider waiting until roads are clear before heading to your holiday destinations. While many motorists in this area have seen a whole host of weather conditions, truck drivers are a group of people that have logged more miles in bad weather than anyone could ever imagine. Don Mezzapella has been on the road for 15 years, and in that time, he tells us he has seen one issue more than any other; texting and driving.

He says that even in the worst conditions, people are still glued to their smartphones and other electronic devices and have little, to no attention on the road. Think of our families and everyone else around you, he says. Somebody is not going to make it home because of people texting, and that little conversation that they re having, is not worth it.

He goes on to talk about how quickly conditions can change. Sunday afternoon consisted of a constant drizzle at temperatures just above freezing and, if the temperature drops any more, the surfaces are going to get slick, Mezzapella explains. Everybody needs to leave a little more room, be patient and think about everyone else on the road.

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Strong reputation aids firefighters in Fiji

The trust that firefighters around the world place in Scania trucks helped convince Fiji s National Fire Authority to invest in the brand as part of its modernisation efforts. When Fiji s National Fire Authority (NFA) needed to update its fleet of firefighting trucks to more modern and reliable vehicles, it conducted extensive research. The authority has long relied on second-hand vehicles to manage fires and other emergencies in Fiji s metropolitan and suburban communities, and so the decision to purchase new vehicles was significant.

The NFA ultimately placed its trust in two brand-new, multipurpose firefighting vehicles built around Scania trucks. Worldwide trend for Scania The main reason we bought the vehicles was that we wanted to move on in terms of technology, says the NFA s Chief Executive Officer, John O Connor. We saw that a lot of fire departments around the world were moving to Scania.

In particular, we have a twin agreement with the Country Fire Authority in Victoria, Australia, and they are buying new Scania fire trucks. The first of the two vehicles was delivered and commissioned in December 2014 and the second is due to go into service in June this year. Both are being supplied by Fraser Engineering, a specialist fire vehicle maker, based outside of Wellington, New Zealand.

Exceeding expectations O Connor says the first vehicle is intended for use in Fiji s capital Suva and is multipurpose fire truck with 5,000-litre water capacity and a sophisticated foam system. It is based on a Scania P410 4X4 with a CP 28 Cab. We identified a risk posed by some oil tanks located just outside of the central business district in an industrial area, he says.

We decided to address this by purchasing a Scania multipurpose fire truck. It s almost like an airport fire truck and the firefighters can fight the fire using fire fighting monitors on the roof of the truck. It s also retro-fitted for use fighting property fires and fitted with road accident and rescue equipment.

O Connor says after more than a month on the job, the vehicle has now attended several fires and other situations and has exceeded expectations. The second vehicle, to be delivered in June 2015, is a 25-metre aerial rescue ladder platform truck capable of rescuing individuals from buildings up to nine or ten stories high. The vehicle is based on a Scania P310 DB4x2 with a CP 28 cab and has a pump and water tank on-board, allowing it to fight both aerial fires and normal metropolitan fires.

Help from the dealer Before being fitted out by Fraser Engineering, the vehicle was adapted for its firefighting role by Scania s dealer in New Zealand, CablePrice. The equipment required for firefighting today has become increasingly sophisticated, explains CablePrice s National Commercial Vehicle Sales Manager Garry Leitch. This normally adds weight and requires the re-routing of wiring and re-positioning of components.

Scania provided Fraser Engineering with the flexibility it needed to meet the expectations of the customer. Number one in the world Martin Simpson, the owner of Fraser Engineering, says fire authorities tend to specify which brand of truck their firefighting vehicles are based on, and this is often Scania. We ve been building Scania for 15 years and produced well over 200 Scania vehicles and obviously its a reliable chassis and one of the best double cabs on the market.

It s probably the number one cab chassis in the world and it s recognised for it.

The NFA is now continuing its modernisation program with a mix of new and quality second hand vehicles.

Truck driver held over crash deaths Shropshire Star

The driver of a 32-tonne tipper truck which struck and killed four people has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and manslaughter by gross negligence. Philip Potter, 19, from Brinkworth in Wiltshire, was transporting sand and gravel in Lansdown Lane in Upper Weston, Bath, Somerset, just after 4pm on February 9. The Scania truck first hit and killed Mitzi Rosanna Steady, four, from Bath, and her grandmother, who remains in a critical condition in Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

It went on to collide with a number of other vehicles on the road before overturning on to a Volvo at the bottom of the hill – killing the three men inside. They were Robert Parker, 59, from Cwmbran, and electricity company director Philip Allen, 52, and taxi driver Stephen Vaughan, 34, both from Swansea. Avon and Somerset Police arrested Mr Potter and a 28-year-old man, believed to be his boss, this morning.

A force spokesman said: “We have this morning arrested two men following the death of four people in Bath last week. “It follows the incident in Lansdown Lane on Monday evening (February 9) when a tipper truck carrying aggregate was in collision with a number of vehicles and two pedestrians,” the spokesman said. “A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and manslaughter by gross negligence. “A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing manslaughter by gross negligence. “Their arrests follow the deaths of four-year-old Mitzi Steady, from Bath, Robert Parker, aged 59, from Cwmbran, Phillip Allan, aged 52, from Swansea, and Stephen Vaughan, aged 34, from Swansea. “The girl’s grandmother who was also injured in the incident remains in a critical condition in Southmead Hospital.” Mitzi’s family previously released a photograph of the little girl and a short statement saying: “Mitzi Rosanna Steady, aged four, loved and missed by us all.” Staff at Snapdragons Nursery in Weston, which Mitzi attended, said their “hearts go out” to the little girl’s family. “We will always miss her smile and her warmth,” they said. Mother-of-two Katie D’Arcy, who lives locally, said she would often see Mitzi walking along the road with her grandmother. “She was a gorgeous little girl – it’s just unbelievable and it’s just so shocking when it is somebody you know,” she said. Tributes were also paid to Mr Vaughan, from Penyrheol, near Gorseinon, Swansea, who ran luxury taxi firm EliteXecutive Travel and married fiancee Sian in Turkey last year.

In a statement released by Avon and Somerset Police, Mrs Vaughan said: “Steve was infectious – when he smiled, the whole room would smile. “Myself, Steve’s parents and family are very proud of the man he was, a true gentleman and we were so privileged to have been a part of his life. “We are devastated that he was taken away from us so soon. “We had only been married six months and I was honoured that he chose me to be his wife. Steve was dedicated to his family and his business which made him a well-respected businessman. “Even though we are going through our loss, our hearts go out to all the other families that have lost loved ones and we would like to thank the emergency services and the local community for everything that they have done for us at this sad time.” Father-of-two Mr Allen, who lived in Loughor, Swansea, with wife Caroline, was a resources and external affairs director for Cardiff-based Western Power Distribution. Relatives comforting Mrs Allen, 53, said she was too distressed to speak to the media following his death.

Around 400 residents attended an hour-long prayer service for the victims at All Saints Church Weston, led by Rector Patrick Whitworth, last Tuesday. Children, parents and grandparents lit candles and used colourful pens to write messages of condolence on white fabric. Bereavement counselling is being offered to children at Weston All Saints Primary School, some of whom witnessed the collision.

Books of condolences have been opened in libraries at Bath and Weston, while tribute flowers have been left at a nearby church. A fundraising page set up by Mitzi’s family in memory of the little girl has raised almost 7,000 for charity – smashing its 1,000 target. The JustGiving page, created by her father Andrew on Sunday evening, said Mitzi died on the road next to “her brother and sister’s school”.

It initially aimed to raise 1,000 for road safety charity Brake but hundreds of people have since donated.

A statement on the page yesterday said: ” What an amazing response, we are very touched.

Some of the messages written have been really lovely and reminded us to think of the other victims. “When fundraising is complete we’ll ask Brake if there is anything specific they can do for the Weston community and/or Lansdown Lane.”