A shroud of political doubt enveloped Venezuela today as rumours grew that President Hugo Chavez may be close to death in a Cuban hospital or, at the very least, will not be well enough to make his own inauguration to a new term of office in just five days’ time.
While top lieutenants of his socialist, anti-US government still have not provided full details of the President’s condition they are not hiding its seriousness, revealing in public statements that he is suffering a “severe respiratory infection”. Mr Chavez, leader of the w…
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed two sweeping rules aimed at preventing the contamination of produce and processed foods, taking a long-awaited step toward codifying the food safety law that Congress passed two years ago.
The proposed rules represent a sea change in the way the agency polices food, a process that currently involves swinging into action after food contamination has been identified.
From labor battles to natural disasters, 2012 was filled with risk for shippers and the companies moving and managing their cargo.
Here are the stories that defined the year.
THE ILA VS. USMX
As 2012 entered its final days, the International Longshoremen's Association was on the verge of its first coastwide strike in 35 years. In a speech to the JOC's Trans-Pacific Maritime conference in early March, ILA President Harold Daggett rattled the industry by warning a strike was possible. Negotiations opened in late March and continued in fits and starts through the year.
The ILA and United States Management Alliance agreed in July on two of the ILA’s top demands — automation and jurisdiction over chassis repairs — but negotiations collapsed the following month when USMX complained that the ILA was unwilling to bargain. Shippers rushed to build stockpiles or divert cargo. A federal mediator got …