zoom North American ports need to adapt to changes in customer demand and future industry trajectory, according to port and terminal operator APM Terminals.Speaking at the Journal of Commerce’s annual Port Performance North America conference, APM Terminals head of Hub Terminals, Jack Craig spoke about the challenges ahead for North American ports and how they compare to other ports in the world.“The customer landscape has changed and become much more competitive. We as an industry need to work together, adapt and respond or watch the cargo move elsewhere,” Craig said.The vessel alliances now reshaping the industry have been a success for ocean carriers and their quest for cost savings, asset efficiency and economies of scale.“Larger alliances, larger vessels and larger port call volumes per ship are a catalyst to improve performance at ports. The newly widened Panama Canal and heightened Bayonne Bridge in the Port of New York/New Jersey create new opportunities for larger ships plying the US east coast trade – and creates new demands on port infrastructure, port operations and all the stakeholders in the supply chain,” Craig continued.With the lower bunker prices of recent years, terminal costs have now become the highest cost for liner operators, which creates increased pressure on terminal margins “as our customers are expecting us to find ways to help them reduce costs year over year.”“Given the inflationary pressures built into large portions of a terminal’s cost base, this requires different thinking to remain competitive,” Craig informed.He also talked about the role of technology in the ports business in the context that every industry is using technology to improve the customer experience, create a safer working environment and improve competitiveness.“We can do this in a responsible way with our partners to grow the business, improve productivity and reliability for our customers and ensure the port industry business model is viable short and long term,” Craig concluded.
Crown and Canada now enemies of First Nations, says chief at War of 1812 ceremonyAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–While they were once allies during the War of 1812, First Nations and the Crown now find themselves as adversaries on the battlefield of Canada, according to Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day, who spoke during a special ceremony honouring the contribution of Indigenous warriors in the pre-confederation battle against the Americans.The federal government on Thursday presented medals and military banners to representatives from First Nation and Metis communities that fought alongside British forces against the Americans during the War of 1812.The ceremony was held at Rideau Hall and attended by Gov. Gen. David Johnston, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Chief of Defence Staff Walter Natynczyk and Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan.Day, however, said the alliance has since been shattered because the Crown and Canada had broken its treaty agreements with First Nations.“There was a history of surrounding the great battle called the War of 1812 where our people would offer as gifts to you weapons, our weapons, our war clubs, in peace and alliance,” said Day, whose community is in Ontario. “We cannot do this at this point in history. It is now you that we struggle against, the Crown, in many cases, and the federal government. It is you we now fight in order to eliminate poverty and pain in our people.”Day, speaking on behalf of the Anishinabek Nation, offered Johnston a gift of a sacred pipe and Harper a gift of cloth and tobacco while urging them both to seek the knowledge of Elders to rectify the injustices their institutions had committed against their former military allies.“We as chiefs and warriors of our representative First Nations, petition you to recognize this ceremony as a formal request to polish the covenant chain,” said Day.The ceremony honoured representatives from 48 First Nations and Metis communities linked to the War of 1812, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. An estimated 10,000 First Nations and Metis warriors fought alongside British forces against the Americans. The war predated Canada which was still a British colony at the time.The Canadian government also recently announce plans to award battle honours to Canadian military regiments with roots in the militia units that fought the American invasion.Harper said First Nations and Metis warriors played a defining role in the three-year battle to repel the Americans.“Had Canadians, Aboriginal, French, English and others, not repelled an American invasion during the three-year struggle that we remember today as the War of 1812, our country could not have come into being,” said Harper.“Today we gather in historic Rideau Hall to commemorate the First Nation and Metis warriors who fought so gallantly alongside the English and French militias as well as British regiments. They did so from the very beginning and they fought to the very end. In doing so your ancestors made a great and critical contribution to Canada, one in which events may well have ended very differently…Canada’s Aboriginal people were in every sense key to the victory that firmly established Canada as a distinct country in North America,” the prime minister added.
APTN InFocus Another holiday season is upon us and what a better way to spread the spirit than through song.Award-winning singer-songwriter, Don Amero performed on APTN In Focus and shared his love of music and his love for the holiday season.Don also talked about being a board member for the North End Family Centre in Winnipeg and how it provides a safe place for families to break the cycle of poverty through programs and services.A charitable organization he promotes at his performances, such as the “Amero Little Christmas”. A family show he’s been doing at the West End Culture Centre annually for the last five years, and incorporating something new each year such as story-telling and comedy.In this show, you’ll hear some of Don’s favorite songs and the meanings behind them. And perhaps get into the holiday spirit, just a little bit more.Subscribe to the APTN InFocus podcast below:
WILMINGTON, MA — The following four children were baptized and joined the Parish of the Transfiguration on Sunday, August 4, 2019:Anthony Joseph RuplisValentina Elizabeth SanchezMadelyn ShalkoskiCallen James SutherlandCongratulations to these children and their families.(NOTE: List is from the latest St. Thomas/St. Dorothy church bulletin. The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”5 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”