Monthly Archive: February 2015

Trucker who helped save sex captive in Virginia:  I’ve got daughters 0

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 0

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Both the unionized truckers and several hundred other non-union truckers who have already withdrawn service say long line-ups and wait times at Port Metro Vancouver terminals are costing them money.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.

with files from Adrian MacNair

Tonnes of waste from East Cambridgeshire homes to be recycled at … 0

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.