zoom Container volumes through The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a marine cargo operating partnership of the U.S. ports of Seattle and Tacoma, improved 5 percent through the third quarter of 2015.Import volumes increased nearly 5 percent year to date to 1,088,615 TEUs, and exports jumped nearly 9 percent to 982,206 TEUs. Domestic volumes remained flat, up 1 percent on the year.Full export containers suffered in September, down 4 percent compared to the September 2014. A stronger U.S. dollar, decreasing demand from China and weaker economies overseas continue to impact the export market, the Alliance says.Through September, the alliance has handled nearly 2.8 million TEUs and is on pace to top last year’s 3.4 million TEUs.Auto imports also continued to post gains—a trend that is expected to continue as next year’s models begin to arrive. Nearly 140,000 auto units crossed the docks in Seattle and Tacoma through September, a nearly 4 percent increase.Breakbulk cargo—items too big or bulky to fit in a container—were up half a percent to 196,923 metric tons year to date. Grain, log, petroleum and molasses exports continue to be impacted by the weaker export market.
CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. -30-
According to reports, at least 14 civilians were killed and over 30 injured in two attacks that took place on Monday morning (local time) in a heavily populated neighbourhood in central Kabul. The second attack was timed 30 minutes later to target journalists arriving on the scene and emergency services personnel seeking to provide aid to victims of the first attack.“The deliberate targeting of journalists in the attack highlights once again the risks media professionals face in carrying out their essential work,” Mr. Guterres said in a statement attributable to his spokesperson.“Those responsible for such crimes must be swiftly brought to justice,” he added.The deliberate targeting of journalists in the attack highlights once again the risks media professionals face in carrying out their essential work – UN chief GuterresIn a third attack, at least 11 children were killed in a suicide bombing that reportedly targeted a military convoy in Kandahar province.“These attacks caused untold human suffering to Afghan families,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and the head of the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA), said in a separate news release.He also condemned the attacks in Kabul, coming just ahead of World Press Freedom Day, as a “direct assault on freedom of expression.”Mr. Yamamoto also reiterated the protections accorded to civilians under international humanitarian law and called on all parties to uphold their obligations, “at all times”.The UN officials also extended their condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.