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10 Best Cities for Jobs in America

By David Oliver , Associate Editor, Social Media
Sept. 12, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

If you're angling for a new job, you might want to thank a new report for narrowing down your list.

According to U.S. jobs website Glassdoor's latest jobs report, Pittsburgh is No. 1 among "25 Best Cities for Jobs in 2017," followed by Indianapolis and Kansas City, Missouri, in the report released late Tuesday.

The top 25 metro areas are scattered within the country, with San Jose, California, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Washington among those that made the list. Three Ohio cities made the top 10.

Glassdoor weighed three factors equally in its ranking methodology: job opportunity, the cost of living and job satisfaction.

Statistics for each metro area include the number of job openings, median base salary, median home value and "hot jobs" in the area.

For Pittsburgh, Glassdoor reported there were 95,399 job openings, the median base salary was $44,000, and civil engineer, project manager and registered nurse were some of the hot jobs in the area.

Technology and financial hubs such as San Francisco and New York did not end up on the list, but do have healthy job markets, Glassdoor noted in a statement accompanying the report.

"What this jobs report shows is that many mid sized cities stand out for offering a great mix of a thriving job market with plenty of opportunity, paired with home affordability and being regions where employees are more satisfied in their jobs too," Glassdoor Chief Economist Andrew Chamberlain said in the statement.

A look at the top 10 metro areas is below, and you can check out the complete list here.

Rank Metro Area
1 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 Indianapolis, Indiana
3 Kansas City, Missouri
4 Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
5 St. Louis, Missouri
6 Memphis, Tennessee
7 Columbus, Ohio
8 Cincinnati, Ohio
9 Cleveland, Ohio
10 Louisville, Kentucky

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2017-09-12/these-are-the-10-best-cities-for-jobs-in-america

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2M Partners Divert Ships from APMTR

Danish container shipping giant Maersk Line and its 2M partner MSC are diverting four boxships from their joint Transatlantic TA3 service from APM Terminals to Europe Container Terminals (ECT) in Rotterdam.

The impacted vessels will be Maersk Kawasaki, Maersk Kure, MSC Charleston, and Maersk Kowloon, Maersk Line said in an advisory.

“This change is dictated by the current situation at APMTR where we experienced delays in the past weeks. By changing the terminal we can ensure on time departure and avoid delays at destination ports in USA,” Maersk Line added.

The affected calls range from July 27 till August 17.

As disclosed, the change is temporary and it will be reviewed after the departure of MSC Charleston.

The announcement comes on the heels of the Petya cyber attack from June 27 that hit several of Maersk’s 76 APM Terminals.

APMT Maasvlakte 2 at the Port of Rotterdam was one of the hardest hit terminals with only 1 vessel berthing between June 28 and July 6. During the days following the cyber attack, the terminal stopped all loading and discharging activities, CargoSmart’s data shows

World Maritime News Staff

http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/226054/2m-partners-divert-ships-from-apmtr/

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The best cities for expats – from all angles

From the FIDI website: ( https://www.fidi.org/blog/best-cities-for-expats )


18 July 2017

Here at FIDI we hear a lot of travellers’ tales and have built up a pretty good idea of which are the best places for expats to go to work. There are also a number of resources online that rank international destinations in order of preference. But Top Ten lists rarely tell the full story, so we have combined our own experience (and that of our affiliates) with data from elsewhere on the web to compile our very own list of winners in a few key categories. Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly announce the best expat cities – from all angles.

Best Expat City for Personal Safety: Luxembourg

Mercer ranked 230 cities based on internal stability, crime levels, the performance of local law enforcement and the home country’s relationship with other countries. The winner, perhaps unsurprisingly, is the largely danger-free Duchy of Luxembourg.

While there is a certain amount of organized crime and drug trafficking in Luxembourg, violence is rare, and expats can safely walk the streets at night. Nor is there any political or social unrest to speak of. There are occasional protests, but these are – much like the country itself – small and usually extremely civilised.

Best Expat City for Education: Stockholm, Sweden

Two countries keep popping up in internet reports on expat schooling: Sweden and Singapore. According to HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey, 75% of expat families in Sweden believe the quality of early years care is higher than back home.

We frequently hear, on the other hand, that Singapore offers the best schooling for older children. Indeed, the same survey reported that the same proportion (75%) of expats thought that schooling was better in Singapore than they would experience at home. The major difference between the two is that Singaporean schools are not necessarily free of charge, so the award goes to the socially-minded Swedes for including expats in some of the most generous state-funded childcare benefits available anywhere.

Best Expat City for Transport Infrastructure: Tokyo, Japan

Forget the bullet train; in Japan it’s not about speed but efficiency and reliability. According to Internations, no expats are more impressed by their local transport infrastructure than those living and working in Japan. Eight in ten respondents rate the transport infrastructure as excellent, while globally only 29% feel the same. In fact, less than 1% give this factor a negative rating, compared to the global average of 25%.

Best Expat City for High Pay v Low Hours: Lausanne, Switzerland

When the OECD released its Taxing Wages 2017 report, it highlighted that an expat’s location made a big difference to his or her real income, when measured in terms of hours worked. In some cities, expats can enjoy higher average wages, but quality of living will be offset by an expectation that longer hours will be worked. The website ExpatFinder.com analysed the figures and concluded that Luxembourg, Switzerland and Norway were the countries with the most attractive ratio. Switzerland takes the prize with an average hourly expat wage of $36.73/hour, plus a trend that the OECD observed of a generally improving tax situation which makes it very attractive for expat families. No wonder 24.3% of the working population is from overseas.

Best Expat City for Clean Air and Healthcare: Vienna, Austria

With all that Alpine air, it should be no surprise that Vienna comes out on top in this category. According to a recent survey by Internations (PDF l 8.05 MB), expats living in the Austrian capital rate the quality of the environment very highly (e.g. water, air), with 96% giving it a positive rating. Moreover, only 3% have something negative to say about it, compared to 20% globally. The quality of the medical care is rated as very good by 38% and 34% are also completely satisfied with its affordability.

Best Expat City for Internet speed: Kansas City, USA

An unusual category perhaps, but who needs decent communication more than business expats? Whether it’s file transfer, collaborating reliably with overseas colleagues, or simply Skyping the folks back home, a decent broadband connection matters. A lot. Based on data from the Nomad List, the average reported Internet speeds experienced by expats were all over 100mbps in Singapore, Seoul, Bucharest and Chattanooga – but the prize goes to Kansas City, Missouri for a blistering 150mbps. Send them a congratulatory tweet if you like; they’re probably online right now.

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New Vessel Sharing Alliances and Potential Effects on the International Moving Industry

Champion International Moving wishes to make you aware that as of April 1, 2017, fourteen of the
largest steamship lines have merged their shipping services and vessels into 3 main alliances, which will
handle about 88% of all cargo moving globally.
In 2016, the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping sent shock waves through the maritime shipping industry,
which was already extremely competitive and under intense pricing pressure. These alliances were
formed to strengthen the shipping industry as a whole and reduce the chance of additional lines going
bankrupt.
Through vessel sharing and route sharing, the steamship lines expect to see an increased demand for
space on‐board their vessels, resulting in a strengthened economic position across their industry.
However, this reduction in the number of steamships on the water could also potentially limit the
number of shipping options available. It may also mean longer transit times, as steamships will call on
more ports along each voyage.
Champion plans to book containers with the steamship lines as far in advance as possible to avoid any
potential shipping delays or capacity issues.
We will keep you updated as the situation progresses.

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Virginia Port Authority begins work on terminal expansion

The $320 million project at the Virginia International Gateway container terminal has officially launched, and a $350 million expansion project at Norfolk International Terminals will begin in July.

   The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) said work has commenced on a $320 million expansion project at the Virginia International Gateway (VIG) container terminal in Portsmouth, which will nearly double the terminal's annual cargo handling capability.
   The project is the first of two large-scale expansion projects that, together with a project at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), will increase the port’s overall annual container handling capacity by 40 percent, or 1 million container lifts by 2020.
   “This is an important day in the history of the Port of Virginia; it is an important milestone in our effort to increase sustainability and to prepare this port for what is to come,” VPA CEO and Executive Director John F. Reinhart said. “We are adding capacity now so we can handle the cargo that will be coming to us in the very near future. The big ships are here - more are on the way - and they are carrying significant amounts of containers and Virginia will be ready to accommodate that volume.”
   This morning, survey crews began the preparatory work to expand the rail/container stacking yard at VIG. From a wider perspective, today’s work signals the start of the effort to double the existing container capacity at VIG. The overall project includes expanding the container stacking yard, doubling the on-dock rail operation and expanding the truck gate.
   The cost of the work will be shared by Alinda Capital Partners and the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the owners of VIG.
   “The Port of Virginia is investing for the long-term and we will be able to service the vessels of any ocean carrier here at what will be one of the most modern and efficient container terminals in North America for decades to come,” said Virginia Gov. Terry R. McAuliffe.
   The wharf work will create new berth space, which will be used to handle larger containerships.
   The port said a longer wharf will make way for four new Suez-class container cranes. The wharf project begins March 15 and is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2018.
   Once complete, VIG will have the capacity to handle 1.2 million containers per year, compared to the current 650,000 containers per year.
   Originally, VIG was built as a private terminal by the APM Terminals (APMT) arm of Maersk Group, and opened in 2007. For many years, VIG was the most automated container terminal in the U.S.
   In 2010, APMT leased the terminal to the port authority, and in 2014, APMT sold the facility to investment funds owned by Alinda Capital Partners and USS, and they renamed the facility to Virginia International Gateway.
   Last fall, the VPA and VIG signed a new lease with Alinda and USS, which extended the lease to 2065.
   In July, the port will begin work on another large capacity project: the expansion of the south stack/container yard at NIT.
   That $350 million project will allow the port to create greater density for cargo at NIT and expand annual capacity there by 400,000 containers.
   The container stack yard at NIT will be reconfigured and it will be served by 60 new rail-mounted gantry cranes. The project will be completed by 2020.
http://www.americanshipper.com/main/news/virginia-port-authority-begins-work-on-terminal-ex-66721.aspx?source=Big4#hide

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