A shark’s tale
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… it is because GAC Dubai has successfully moved a shipment of silver tip sharks from Cairns in Australia to the United Arab Emirates. It was the first time this particular species had undergone such a long haul journey, but Paul Hamilton, curator of Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo at the Dubai Mall, said the mission was “seamless”. That was despite the departure from Australia being postponed due to a tropical storm warning in Hong Kong. But GAC re-arranged everything, briefed all parties and obtained new passes from Dubai Civil Authority and the police before setting a new date.
Masternaut Three X is providing real-time satellite tracking to Mike, Rebecca and Steven Tomlinson, the husband and children of the late charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson CBE, and their team of cyclists on their 2,500 mile bike ride from Istanbul to Leeds. The web-based system uses a portable tracking units attached to one of the bicycles, which will monitor the team’s on-road activity and performance, providing instant live progress reports. The Jane Tomlinson Appeal was set up to help children’s and cancer charities around the world.
Freightliner has donated £1,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis trust as part of an employee charity scheme, which is run every year through its internal magazine asking readers to nominate charities. The trust researches to treat and cure CF and aims to ensure clinical care and support. Robert Neep, Maersk activity manager, for Freightliner nominated the charity through the scheme as his son Edward has Cystic Fibrosis.
On the up
The transport industry is on the road to recovery, according to Right4staff, which has recorded a 25 per cent increase in demand for temporary drivers. Melissa Carslake, managing director (south), reckons it is the first sign that the industry is making a comeback. It is backed by figures from Skills for Logistics, which found the total of 4,695 LGV driver vacancies in May 2009, had risen to 13,299 in May this year.
Working nine to five
One in four workers does not take any breaks during their working day, according to a survey by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. But, equipment provider Slingsy says that regular breaks help maintain productivity and reduce the risk of accident caused by lack of concentration. Of those surveyed, 50 per cent said the main reason for not taking a break was workload and 31 per cent said there were too few staff to provide cover.
World Cup fundraiser
Agility raised more than $13,500 for Children’s Cancer Centre Lebanon during the World Cup 2010, by holding an outdoor screening of the final at the Sin el Fil Stadium in Beirut.
Two new, all-black Volvo FH tractor units have joined the fleet of Gloucester-based We Move Bikes to transport the latest and most exotic Harley-Davidson creations to exhibitions throughout Britain and Europe. “The Volvos were purchased because of their reliability, driver comfort and classy appearance,” said We Move Bikes director Tony Davis.
John Knowles Company, the marketing agency which helped develop events such as the FLTA Annual Awards for Excellence and the National Fork Lift Truck Safety Week, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
A shark’s tale