Wrestlers Rescue http://www.wrestlersrescue.org Exploring the past, and helping for the future. Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:24:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 In The WWF Vs. WCW Battle, Money Won (Of Course) http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/in-the-wwf-vs-wcw-battle-money-won-of-course/ http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/in-the-wwf-vs-wcw-battle-money-won-of-course/#respond Sun, 06 Sep 2015 00:25:58 +0000 http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/?p=51 wcwWhile eager to trumpet their own shows’ advertising prowess, both men were also quick to join the war of words that has become part of the USA-TNT battle. TNT now consistently beats USA in the ratings, but Rothschild pointed out that the WWF’s audience is younger than that of the WCW and, therefore, that it is more desirable to advertisers.

“Not to be disparaging, but we consider the WCW to be the old-age home,” he said. “Our wrestlers are youthful, energetic and much closer in age to our audience. We have the stars of today and tomorrow; they have our stars of yesterday.”

“We’ve beaten them in the ratings 35 straight weeks, and we deliver more young eyeballs than they do,” countered Uva.

The slugfest started quietly enough in the fall of 1995, as USA continued to enjoy a healthy 3.2 Nielsen Media Research rating with its weekly 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. wrestling telecast, putting it consistently among the highest-rated weekly programs on cable. But when TNT launched a 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-night show of its own, USA’s ratings almost immediately slipped to 2.6, running neck-and-neck with TNT’s new WCW Monday Nitro.

Then in late May of last year, TNT escalated the battle by expanding its program to two hours, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. …

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wcwWhile eager to trumpet their own shows’ advertising prowess, both men were also quick to join the war of words that has become part of the USA-TNT battle. TNT now consistently beats USA in the ratings, but Rothschild pointed out that the WWF’s audience is younger than that of the WCW and, therefore, that it is more desirable to advertisers.

“Not to be disparaging, but we consider the WCW to be the old-age home,” he said. “Our wrestlers are youthful, energetic and much closer in age to our audience. We have the stars of today and tomorrow; they have our stars of yesterday.”

“We’ve beaten them in the ratings 35 straight weeks, and we deliver more young eyeballs than they do,” countered Uva.

The slugfest started quietly enough in the fall of 1995, as USA continued to enjoy a healthy 3.2 Nielsen Media Research rating with its weekly 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. wrestling telecast, putting it consistently among the highest-rated weekly programs on cable. But when TNT launched a 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-night show of its own, USA’s ratings almost immediately slipped to 2.6, running neck-and-neck with TNT’s new WCW Monday Nitro.

Then in late May of last year, TNT escalated the battle by expanding its program to two hours, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. …

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Profiling The Man Who Changed USA Network Forever http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/profiling-the-man-who-changed-usa-network-forever/ http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/profiling-the-man-who-changed-usa-network-forever/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:47:35 +0000 http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/?p=46 tnmediaIDEALLY, THE PROGRAMMING CHIEF FOR a broad-based cable network called USA would be a quintessential American: a second-generation American who looks ahead rather than reflecting on the past; someone who, for all his higher education and Hollywood living, genuinely loves fast food and professional wrestling. Someone like Stephen Chao.

The former Fox wunderkind’s track record of inexpensive, lowbrow–and hugely popular–series is, after all, consistent with USA’s modus operandi. “Chao is a smart guy,” confirms Howard Nass, executive director of broadcast for TN Media, one of the country’s largest media-buying companies, who describes USA’s programming head as both aggressive “and a little bit different.”

“The production community will want to come to him,” Nass predicts.

It all sounds like a match made in heaven. And while it might well turn out that way, the Chao-USA union may not be quite so blissful.

For starters, Chao’s storyline is filled not just with high ratings, but with bad reviews and a temperament that sometimes threatens to overshadow his work.

What’s more, cable is more complicated than ever. Even though USA has been a consistently top-rated network, Nass points out, it relies heavily on the increasingly crude World Wrestling Federation to maintain its high ratings, and has long struggled for an identity. As a result, he says, the network is vulnerable to ratings erosion …

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tnmediaIDEALLY, THE PROGRAMMING CHIEF FOR a broad-based cable network called USA would be a quintessential American: a second-generation American who looks ahead rather than reflecting on the past; someone who, for all his higher education and Hollywood living, genuinely loves fast food and professional wrestling. Someone like Stephen Chao.

The former Fox wunderkind’s track record of inexpensive, lowbrow–and hugely popular–series is, after all, consistent with USA’s modus operandi. “Chao is a smart guy,” confirms Howard Nass, executive director of broadcast for TN Media, one of the country’s largest media-buying companies, who describes USA’s programming head as both aggressive “and a little bit different.”

“The production community will want to come to him,” Nass predicts.

It all sounds like a match made in heaven. And while it might well turn out that way, the Chao-USA union may not be quite so blissful.

For starters, Chao’s storyline is filled not just with high ratings, but with bad reviews and a temperament that sometimes threatens to overshadow his work.

What’s more, cable is more complicated than ever. Even though USA has been a consistently top-rated network, Nass points out, it relies heavily on the increasingly crude World Wrestling Federation to maintain its high ratings, and has long struggled for an identity. As a result, he says, the network is vulnerable to ratings erosion …

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Did The Internet Gravely Hurt The Fashion Industry? http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/did-the-internet-gravely-hurt-the-fashion-industry/ http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/did-the-internet-gravely-hurt-the-fashion-industry/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:02:54 +0000 http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/?p=41 internetgravelyWill the Internet sap the creative spirit out of the fashion industry, turning its employees into computer drones? Or will it free people from the tyranny of mundane meetings, to empower them to become more involved in the design process?

Will the prevalence of virtual offices eliminate the need for dressing up? Or will it instead spark a pent-up desire to suit up?

These are questions that academics, trend watchers, fashion designers and more than a few potential worker drones are wrestling with as they try to predict how the Internet is going to affect work-life and lifestyle patterns.

Clearly, the Internet’s impact overall at the workplace and at home is just taking shape. In health, for example, medical information is researched by thousands each day. Sites like WebMD for diagnosis, Mayo Clinic for diseases and symptoms, and snoringmouthpiecereview.org for snoring mouthpieces and appliances – each one has become a major force in health care. And in fashion, a world more comfortable with gut-instinct creativity than hard-core technology, the web’s effect is already lagging behind the times.

“The fashion industry is slow to get into this movement,” said Fulton MacDonald, an apparel consultant who in April launched CloseoutNow.com, a business-to-business auction service that allows sellers to get rid of excess inventory. “The industry is, by itself, inherently more art-focused than …

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internetgravelyWill the Internet sap the creative spirit out of the fashion industry, turning its employees into computer drones? Or will it free people from the tyranny of mundane meetings, to empower them to become more involved in the design process?

Will the prevalence of virtual offices eliminate the need for dressing up? Or will it instead spark a pent-up desire to suit up?

These are questions that academics, trend watchers, fashion designers and more than a few potential worker drones are wrestling with as they try to predict how the Internet is going to affect work-life and lifestyle patterns.

Clearly, the Internet’s impact overall at the workplace and at home is just taking shape. In health, for example, medical information is researched by thousands each day. Sites like WebMD for diagnosis, Mayo Clinic for diseases and symptoms, and snoringmouthpiecereview.org for snoring mouthpieces and appliances – each one has become a major force in health care. And in fashion, a world more comfortable with gut-instinct creativity than hard-core technology, the web’s effect is already lagging behind the times.

“The fashion industry is slow to get into this movement,” said Fulton MacDonald, an apparel consultant who in April launched CloseoutNow.com, a business-to-business auction service that allows sellers to get rid of excess inventory. “The industry is, by itself, inherently more art-focused than science-focused. It’s highly fragmented. It’s much more collegial. It relies on newness, fashion, color and style. That doesn’t translate well on the PC.”

Maybe not, but the train is going to leave the station whether fashion’s creative types are on board or not. MacDonald himself admitted that, just before he was interviewed, he’d saved himself several hours of shopping time by buying $1,500 worth of shirts as well as $2,000 on digital cameras — all online.

“I did it all through the Internet. I never spoke to a person,” he said.

Welcome to the New World Order.

Some fashion companies are indeed tapping into the Internet to communicate better with their consumers and suppliers. They are also feeding at the Net’s data trough, seeking out the latest trends in Italy; viewing images of swatches from a factory in Hong Kong; and downloading the latest music from Thailand. “The level of information is moving so quickly,” said DeeDee Gordon, a trend consultant who is taking her cool hunting service to the Web in June. “Things are moving instantaneously from country to country. ”

On land, Gordon had been writing and distributing a quarterly trend digest called the L Report. Online, however, her Web site Look-Look.com will deliver to her clients the latest in music, fashion and sports, from around the globe, with much more frequency — virtually on demand — making full use of the Web’s facility with rich media.

In essence, the Net is insinuating itself into the very fiber of fashion’s world, whether many in that world fully realize it or not, and the process is picking up speed. It will change the structure of the interior workplace as well as the merchanisms that govern how companies relate to their suppliers and consumers.

Here, a look ahead:

Inside the Workplace: Cyberspace continues to speed up expectations. As client demands move from delivery tomorrow morning via FedEx to instant access via the Net, it is the workers that are being pushed to produce at a pace that keeps quickening.

“The Internet is changing the way we think, and structure and value our time at work,” said Mark Shields, assistant professor of technology, culture and communication at the University of Virginia. “We’re asked to process more information in a tighter timespan.” And the speed at which workers are asked to perform is infecting other aspects of their lives.

“I think it has an effect on our notion of intellectual depth. It’s made it more shallow,” Shields said. “The waves of information we have to process have made it more difficult to engage in meditative, reflective thought. You spend a lot more time skimming and browsing, instead of reading things carefully.”

Only a couple of years ago, workers relied primarily on phone calls, meetings and doorway chats for interaction. Now, of course, there’s e-mail. With a mouse click, colleagues can voice their opinions, set up meetings and check up on the status of a project, and all at a step further removed from actual human contact.

To some, including Web-savvy fashion players Tommy Hilfiger and Kenneth Cole, that promises greater efficiency. But does that make for warmth in the workplace? Etiquette doyenne Letitia Baldrige believes it “makes for a colder, less-efficient” work world.

“In the office, if people could use the Internet to make people feel better — pay a compliment, for example — then that’s one thing,” Baldrige commented. “But people should get off their duffs, walk out of their offices and talk face-to-face.”

Elaine Hughes, a recruiting executive in the fashion business, said that the Internet’s invasion into fashion’s traditional work space is not necessarily a positive development. “With e-mail, you are documenting the entire world. When ideas become documented, they are not subject to creative interpretation,” she explained.

“What the Internet is doing is confining the idea process, while the greatness of the fashion industry is the creativity on the product side. It sterilizes the business that has prided itself on being the purveyor of creativity.”

Designer Kenneth Cole accepts the scenario that the Internet could have a harmful effect on communications, but he believes that’s not happening in his office.

“People are more connected. People have more access. They are more efficient. They can be part of the process. With the press of the button, you can speak to anyone,” he said.

Cole is convinced that his employees’ access to cyberspace during work has cut down on the total number of meetings, weeding out the mundane and improving the productivity of those meetings that remain. “They are more conceptual, more strategic,” he said.

Tommy Hilfiger believes that thanks to the Internet, communications have improved among employees at his company, while still allowing him to “see people face-to-face.”

Hilfiger also said he values the Web as a personal tool. “I am an information addict. I would like to download as much information as possible,” he explained.

Reaching Outside: As it does for many others, the Internet promises to reshape how fashion firms interact by streamlining the flow of information. It’s a gradual process — even at one of fashion’s earliest pioneers in Web-based business-to-business communications, Liz Claiborne, which started building a digital B2B culture in 1997.

“We are still rolling out many of our B2B initiatives,” said John Thompson, senior vice president of services, systems and distribution at Liz Claiborne. “We have pockets in the organization that are much more exposed. But in terms of a cultural evolution, we have not seen it yet.”

Claiborne’s first step was an extranet that allowed its retail partners to check the status of orders online. In the fall of 1998, Claiborne launched Lizatmarket, a virtual showroom that enables golf pro shops to view the Lizgolf line, right down to the stitch of a garment, and then place orders on the spot. Thompson said Liz Claiborne’s casual division is next in line for a virtual upgrade, with more to follow over the next six to eight months.

Far from sterilization, Thompson said Claiborne’s goal in all this is to enrich its buyers’ experiences.

“They can view the product online, touch the fabric in the showroom and then go back to their offices and view it again.”

Then, of course, there’s the Web’s inevitable impact on companies’ relationships with consumers.

Hilfiger believes his Web site, Tommy.com, launched in December, has taught him a lot more about his customers. Currently, it builds community by drawing visitors with content such as celebrity coverage and company news, and a members-only Club Tommy feature. It will eventually sell selected merchandise online.

“It creates stickiness,” Hilfiger said. “At the end of the day, the brand names that are going to survive have to have tremendous amount of money to draw people to the site.”

However, Peter Connolly, who heads up the company’s Web site efforts, said Hilfiger’s online venture is going to replace any existing real-world contact with customers. “It’s just another vehicle,” he said. “The successful Web sites will be the ones that stay true to the lifestyle core, true to the equity of the brand.”

Work Versus Play: Growing use of the Internet not only at work, but also at home is dissolving the notion of distinct settings for work and leisure, by circumventing the formal structures that had kept those two worlds apart for so long.

“It’s obliterated the objectivity of that demarcation between home and work places,” University of Virginia’s Shields said. “Now, you have to construct it yourself.”

Roberta Elins, chairwoman of the advertising and marketing communications department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, sees the Net as just another tool that gives individuals the power to define their own work space and time. “It’s not much different from bringing home paper files. The people who brought them home before will check their e-mail at home,” she said.

This blurring of work and home may even prompt a revival of the days, more than 150 years ago, when folks literally worked and lived in the same space, said Shields. “The Industrial Revolution created a separate home and workplace,” he said. “Now, we’re going back. It tells you that technological change is not one linear movement away from the past.”

Designer Cole believes that the blurring between work and play time has given him more flexibility. “I can choose to sleep or get up at 2 in the morning and work,” he said.

Clothes that fit the space: So, with the Internet clearly making it much easier for more people to work from home, what will happen to clothing trends? Some argue that there will be less of a need for career clothes as the number of face-to-face meetings dwindles. On the flip side, those virtual-office workers could develop more of a desire to dress up when they do step out in public.

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Hollinger’s Board Meetings Remain A Classic Case Of Bad Entertainment As Financial News http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/hollingers-board-meetings-remain-a-classic-case-of-bad-entertainment-as-financial-news/ http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/hollingers-board-meetings-remain-a-classic-case-of-bad-entertainment-as-financial-news/#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:48:57 +0000 http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/?p=36 stockholdrsmThe stockholders meeting has always been Hollinger’s annual contribution to vaudeville. This is Conrad Black, who quite easily could take over the roles filled by Sir John Gielgud, and perhaps has missed his true calling. Dutiful, dull lawyers get up to “nominate” 16 directors who naturally are opposed by nothing but silence. Accountants who look like accountants get up and recommend the books be passed.

But all wait for Conrad. It is worthwhile. He and his wife, magnificent in a marigold-yellow suit above magnificent gams and spike heels, saunter towards their seats, the feverish TV cameramen backing on their knees. It is an entrance worthy of Caesar and Cleopatra. The rapture, amidst the pinstripes, is entrancing.

Conrad is at his most droll. “The program states I am to call this meeting to order, though I find the whole concept to be offensive.” He allows to the some 150 inmates that “I have a few remarks to inflict on you.”

Things are going swell, is the essential message — his Daily Telegraph in London at its most profitable point in history, losses at his National Post “declining steeply” with a pledge to be breaking even by the fourth quarter.

Most interesting, despite Conrad’s verbal sense of humour, is the drollery he displays in the back end of the 94-page annual report. …

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stockholdrsmThe stockholders meeting has always been Hollinger’s annual contribution to vaudeville. This is Conrad Black, who quite easily could take over the roles filled by Sir John Gielgud, and perhaps has missed his true calling. Dutiful, dull lawyers get up to “nominate” 16 directors who naturally are opposed by nothing but silence. Accountants who look like accountants get up and recommend the books be passed.

But all wait for Conrad. It is worthwhile. He and his wife, magnificent in a marigold-yellow suit above magnificent gams and spike heels, saunter towards their seats, the feverish TV cameramen backing on their knees. It is an entrance worthy of Caesar and Cleopatra. The rapture, amidst the pinstripes, is entrancing.

Conrad is at his most droll. “The program states I am to call this meeting to order, though I find the whole concept to be offensive.” He allows to the some 150 inmates that “I have a few remarks to inflict on you.”

Things are going swell, is the essential message — his Daily Telegraph in London at its most profitable point in history, losses at his National Post “declining steeply” with a pledge to be breaking even by the fourth quarter.

Most interesting, despite Conrad’s verbal sense of humour, is the drollery he displays in the back end of the 94-page annual report. …

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Health Care And Immigration Challenge Hospital District System http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/health-care-and-immigration-challenge-hospital-district-system/ http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/health-care-and-immigration-challenge-hospital-district-system/#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:33:21 +0000 http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/?p=31 healthcareFor people too poor to pay for their health care, residency, rather than citizenship, is the key to being admitted into the hospital district system for free or low-fee nonemergency care. If they live in Harris County, Texas — a status that can be demonstrated with utility bills, rental agreements, pay stubs, and other similar documents — they are generally entitled to services at the two public hospitals and a network of clinics. But for the past three years, the hospital district has asked all noncitizens for immigration documents.
The questions are not meant to exclude immigrants from public health care, district officials said, but to help pay for it. The federal government partially reimburses the hospitals for emergency care for immigrants, illegal or otherwise.

In the 12-month period ending February 1999, the hospital district treated undocumented immigrants 170,509 times, more often than not in neighborhood clinics rather than in hospital beds. Of the 11,000 women who gave birth in the district’s two hospitals in that time period, about two-thirds were undocumented aliens. The district treated a total of 1.5 million cases during that period. About 19% of the cost of treating the immigrants was covered by government or private insurance and payments from the patients themselves. The remaining cost to the hospital district was $51 million. Taxpayers picked up …

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healthcareFor people too poor to pay for their health care, residency, rather than citizenship, is the key to being admitted into the hospital district system for free or low-fee nonemergency care. If they live in Harris County, Texas — a status that can be demonstrated with utility bills, rental agreements, pay stubs, and other similar documents — they are generally entitled to services at the two public hospitals and a network of clinics. But for the past three years, the hospital district has asked all noncitizens for immigration documents.
The questions are not meant to exclude immigrants from public health care, district officials said, but to help pay for it. The federal government partially reimburses the hospitals for emergency care for immigrants, illegal or otherwise.

In the 12-month period ending February 1999, the hospital district treated undocumented immigrants 170,509 times, more often than not in neighborhood clinics rather than in hospital beds. Of the 11,000 women who gave birth in the district’s two hospitals in that time period, about two-thirds were undocumented aliens. The district treated a total of 1.5 million cases during that period. About 19% of the cost of treating the immigrants was covered by government or private insurance and payments from the patients themselves. The remaining cost to the hospital district was $51 million. Taxpayers picked up …

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From Toilet Seat Covers To Millions! http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/from-toilet-seat-covers-to-millions/ http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/from-toilet-seat-covers-to-millions/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:28:34 +0000 http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/?p=26 toiletseatLarry Pitts, who devised CleanSleeve while serving as an accountant and chief financial officer at Montgomery, Ala-based Colonial Co. (he left the company last year), says he was stunned by the initial interest in the item expressed by friends and business associates.

“The idea of a portable slip-on toilet seat cover began as a joke,” Pitts comments. “However, we found that an average of nine out of every 10 women to whom we spoke about the concept said, ‘Where can we buy the product?’ We realized that the potential market was enormous.”

CleanSleeve, which comes packaged in rolls of 10 and can be carried in a purse, diaper bag, briefcase or a car’s glove compartment, is available at such leading mass market retailers as CVS Corp., Meijer Inc., Snyder’s Drug Stores, Brooks Pharmacy, Kinney Drugs, Medic Drug and London Drugs. The product, which carries a suggested retail price of $2.99, is also available through the company’s web site (cleansleeve.com) and has been sold to individuals via direct order in Puerto Rico, Turkey, Israel, South Africa, Italy and Hong Kong.

This month CleanSleeve will be shipped to the commissaries of the United States Armed Forces. In addition, New Visions is discussing a plan with Walt Disney Co. to offer CleanSleeve items that would be decorated with licensed Disney characters in Disney’s …

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toiletseatLarry Pitts, who devised CleanSleeve while serving as an accountant and chief financial officer at Montgomery, Ala-based Colonial Co. (he left the company last year), says he was stunned by the initial interest in the item expressed by friends and business associates.

“The idea of a portable slip-on toilet seat cover began as a joke,” Pitts comments. “However, we found that an average of nine out of every 10 women to whom we spoke about the concept said, ‘Where can we buy the product?’ We realized that the potential market was enormous.”

CleanSleeve, which comes packaged in rolls of 10 and can be carried in a purse, diaper bag, briefcase or a car’s glove compartment, is available at such leading mass market retailers as CVS Corp., Meijer Inc., Snyder’s Drug Stores, Brooks Pharmacy, Kinney Drugs, Medic Drug and London Drugs. The product, which carries a suggested retail price of $2.99, is also available through the company’s web site (cleansleeve.com) and has been sold to individuals via direct order in Puerto Rico, Turkey, Israel, South Africa, Italy and Hong Kong.

This month CleanSleeve will be shipped to the commissaries of the United States Armed Forces. In addition, New Visions is discussing a plan with Walt Disney Co. to offer CleanSleeve items that would be decorated with licensed Disney characters in Disney’s …

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OSRA Made Fantastic Changes In Shipping http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/osra-made-fantastic-changes-in-shipping/ http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/osra-made-fantastic-changes-in-shipping/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:14:30 +0000 http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/?p=21 shippingThe Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998 (OSRA), which took effect on May 1, 1999 contains provisions that are letting ocean carriers, shippers, freight forwarders, and consolidators get creative with the services they offer and the way they work with each other. For example, OSRA allows groups of unaffiliated shippers, ocean consolidators, and freight forwarders to form shippers associations. These are voluntary associations of companies that pool their freight volumes in order to negotiate favorable rates with ocean carriers. There even is one joint venture in which a shipper, DuPont Global Logistics, and a freight forwarder, BDP International, have formed an association that will allow smaller shippers to obtain the benefits that large multinational shippers like DuPont can achieve.

One-Stop Shopping

Several carriers and shippers have reported that they are taking advantage of OSRA’s freedoms by looking beyond the traditional boundaries of port-to-port transportation to develop full-service logistics capabilities. Although none of the carriers or third-party service providers will give specific details, conversations with both sides indicate that in the near future, more ocean carriers will be providing third-party logistics services, either on their own or through partnerships with existing providers.

Some carriers already have been doing so through logistics subsidiaries, such as APL’s ACS Logistics and Maersk-Sealand’s Maersk Logistics. The ocean carriers see contract logistics as a growth area …

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shippingThe Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998 (OSRA), which took effect on May 1, 1999 contains provisions that are letting ocean carriers, shippers, freight forwarders, and consolidators get creative with the services they offer and the way they work with each other. For example, OSRA allows groups of unaffiliated shippers, ocean consolidators, and freight forwarders to form shippers associations. These are voluntary associations of companies that pool their freight volumes in order to negotiate favorable rates with ocean carriers. There even is one joint venture in which a shipper, DuPont Global Logistics, and a freight forwarder, BDP International, have formed an association that will allow smaller shippers to obtain the benefits that large multinational shippers like DuPont can achieve.

One-Stop Shopping

Several carriers and shippers have reported that they are taking advantage of OSRA’s freedoms by looking beyond the traditional boundaries of port-to-port transportation to develop full-service logistics capabilities. Although none of the carriers or third-party service providers will give specific details, conversations with both sides indicate that in the near future, more ocean carriers will be providing third-party logistics services, either on their own or through partnerships with existing providers.

Some carriers already have been doing so through logistics subsidiaries, such as APL’s ACS Logistics and Maersk-Sealand’s Maersk Logistics. The ocean carriers see contract logistics as a growth area …

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Looking At WWF New York’s Design http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/looking-at-wwf-new-yorks-design/ http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/looking-at-wwf-new-yorks-design/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:48:21 +0000 http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/?p=16 wwfClair Brothers, located in Lititz, PA, did the lighting, audio, and video design and installation at the WWF. Bill Simmons, lighting designer for the project, says his goal was “a sort of elegant theatricality.” For the retail space, he adds, this meant “finding a happy medium between good clean retail lighting and theatrical lighting.” Thus the area features a wide array of architectural and entertainment fixtures, including a large number of ETC Source Fours (in 19 [degrees], 26 [degrees], and 36 [degrees] units, and Source Four PARs), plus PAR-38s manufactured by James Thomas Engineering, and some MR-16 tracklights, which the designer inherited with the project. The PAR-38s, says Simmons, are built with “an elongated snout,” which allows them to hold dichroic filters or gel for long periods of time without burning them out. Also part of the mix are Martin RoboScan 518 compact rotating pattern scanners, to give a sense of flash and theatricality to the space, and Clay Paky VIP 300s to project WWF images and logos all over the room (Apollo Design Technology created the custom projections for these units).

Simmons’ concept of elegant theatricality extends to the dining area, where lighting is used for color and definition. Most of the dining tables are in long rows, so Simmons had SSRC, the South Carolina-based manufacturer of electrical lighting …

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wwfClair Brothers, located in Lititz, PA, did the lighting, audio, and video design and installation at the WWF. Bill Simmons, lighting designer for the project, says his goal was “a sort of elegant theatricality.” For the retail space, he adds, this meant “finding a happy medium between good clean retail lighting and theatrical lighting.” Thus the area features a wide array of architectural and entertainment fixtures, including a large number of ETC Source Fours (in 19 [degrees], 26 [degrees], and 36 [degrees] units, and Source Four PARs), plus PAR-38s manufactured by James Thomas Engineering, and some MR-16 tracklights, which the designer inherited with the project. The PAR-38s, says Simmons, are built with “an elongated snout,” which allows them to hold dichroic filters or gel for long periods of time without burning them out. Also part of the mix are Martin RoboScan 518 compact rotating pattern scanners, to give a sense of flash and theatricality to the space, and Clay Paky VIP 300s to project WWF images and logos all over the room (Apollo Design Technology created the custom projections for these units).

Simmons’ concept of elegant theatricality extends to the dining area, where lighting is used for color and definition. Most of the dining tables are in long rows, so Simmons had SSRC, the South Carolina-based manufacturer of electrical lighting …

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Running Through Mongolia http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/running-through-mongolia/ http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/running-through-mongolia/#respond Sat, 08 Aug 2015 13:13:27 +0000 http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/?p=11 runningthroughmonHorse racing, wrestling, and archery are the big sports in Mongolia. Not so with running. But that doesn’t stop Pennsylvanian Kerry Yankowy from carrying on with it. “I’m a rare bird in Mongolia,” says Yankowy, 40, who is presently learning the country’s language and will be teaching English with the Global Friends Foundation in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator. “But running helps me get into the culture, and it makes the day-to-day adjustments a little easier to deal with.”

Yankowy, who has worked for the Mongol Embassy in Canada, does many workouts along the Celeb River, a popular gathering place for the residents of Ulan Bator. “I love watching the people there,” he says. “They go about the business of their lives, and don’t pay much attention to me. Occasionally some kids run along for a bit, which gives me a chance to practice their language.”

Besides teaching English, Yankowy hopes to start a teaching-methods program while he’s in Mongolia. He also hopes to drum up interest in running. “I’d like to organize a short race or relay for the kids,” says Yankowy. “I think they’d be interested.”

Katie Harrison was in the beginning of her early morning 9-miler last September when she was struck by a car. The driver never stopped. Harrison, 22, was knocked out by …

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runningthroughmonHorse racing, wrestling, and archery are the big sports in Mongolia. Not so with running. But that doesn’t stop Pennsylvanian Kerry Yankowy from carrying on with it. “I’m a rare bird in Mongolia,” says Yankowy, 40, who is presently learning the country’s language and will be teaching English with the Global Friends Foundation in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator. “But running helps me get into the culture, and it makes the day-to-day adjustments a little easier to deal with.”

Yankowy, who has worked for the Mongol Embassy in Canada, does many workouts along the Celeb River, a popular gathering place for the residents of Ulan Bator. “I love watching the people there,” he says. “They go about the business of their lives, and don’t pay much attention to me. Occasionally some kids run along for a bit, which gives me a chance to practice their language.”

Besides teaching English, Yankowy hopes to start a teaching-methods program while he’s in Mongolia. He also hopes to drum up interest in running. “I’d like to organize a short race or relay for the kids,” says Yankowy. “I think they’d be interested.”

Katie Harrison was in the beginning of her early morning 9-miler last September when she was struck by a car. The driver never stopped. Harrison, 22, was knocked out by …

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Rumsfeld: Iconoclast, Wrestler?? http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/rumsfeld-iconoclast-wrestler/ http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/rumsfeld-iconoclast-wrestler/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:52:03 +0000 http://www.wrestlersrescue.org/?p=6 airborneBack in America, all 14,000 soldiers in the storied 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, a huge base outside Fayetteville, N.C., shipped out after just 18 hours notice. (They had been told to “get their lives in order,” which led at least four young soldiers to rush to the local town hall with their girlfriends for quickie weddings.) Also on alert at Fort Bragg were the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Forces, including the top-secret Delta Force, the Green Berets and the 75th Ranger Regiment. These elite special units — numbering about 40,000 soldiers in the 1.37-million strong U.S. military — work in “A-teams” of a dozen men, dropping from helicopters deep behind enemy lines, and are expected to be in the forefront of any attack on Afghanistan.

At the same time, sources say, a mix of B-52, B-1 and B-2 long-range bombers were due to leave within days for the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia — controlled by Britain. After a combination of bullying and bribery — Washington agreed to write off the $600 million Pakistan owes the U.S. and end economic sanctions — it closed its northern border with Afghanistan, allowing U.S. planes to fly through Pakistani air space. Sensitive negotiations are also under way to allow land bases for U.S. commandos on Pakistani territory, as well as …

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airborneBack in America, all 14,000 soldiers in the storied 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, a huge base outside Fayetteville, N.C., shipped out after just 18 hours notice. (They had been told to “get their lives in order,” which led at least four young soldiers to rush to the local town hall with their girlfriends for quickie weddings.) Also on alert at Fort Bragg were the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Forces, including the top-secret Delta Force, the Green Berets and the 75th Ranger Regiment. These elite special units — numbering about 40,000 soldiers in the 1.37-million strong U.S. military — work in “A-teams” of a dozen men, dropping from helicopters deep behind enemy lines, and are expected to be in the forefront of any attack on Afghanistan.

At the same time, sources say, a mix of B-52, B-1 and B-2 long-range bombers were due to leave within days for the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia — controlled by Britain. After a combination of bullying and bribery — Washington agreed to write off the $600 million Pakistan owes the U.S. and end economic sanctions — it closed its northern border with Afghanistan, allowing U.S. planes to fly through Pakistani air space. Sensitive negotiations are also under way to allow land bases for U.S. commandos on Pakistani territory, as well as …

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