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Truckload Carriers Association Announces Division Winners in 2013 National Fleet Safety Awards

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) January 13, 2014

Since the mid-1970s, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has been recognizing the safest fleets in North America through its National Fleet Safety Awards. Sponsored by Great West Casualty Company, the awards honor trucking companies that demonstrate a superior commitment to safety and accident reduction. Eighteen companies have been selected as division winners for the 2013 competition and will now attempt to capture one of two grand prizes.

“In addition to focusing the spotlight on companies that work hard to achieve stellar safety records, these awards give us a glimpse of how well the industry is performing as a whole, said Jerry Waddell, CDS, chairman of TCA’s Safety & Security Division and the safety director for Cargo Transporters, Inc., of Claremont, North Carolina. “With the continued decrease in the total contest fleet vehicle accident ratio, it demonstrates the forward safety thinking that our carrier members exhibit on a daily basis when it comes to their day-to-day operations.”

Companies applying for the National Fleet Safety Awards have completed the first of a two-step process. First, their accident frequency per million miles driven was calculated for each of six mileage-based divisions (listed below). The top three division winners were selected and have been audited by an independent expert to verify their accident frequency numbers.

The division winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony to be held during TCA’s Annual Convention, March 23-26, 2014, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. They will also be recognized during TCA’s Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting, May 18-20, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

All division winners are now eligible to compete for two grand prizes, one in the “less than 25 million annual miles” category and one in the “25 million or more annual miles” category. To win the grand prize, companies will be judged on their overall safety programs, both on- and off-highway, including employee driver/independent contractor selection procedures, training, supervision, accident investigation, inspection and maintenance of equipment, and outside activities including general highway safety.

As with the division winners, the two grand prize winning companies will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held first during TCA’s Annual Convention and then again during TCA’s Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting.

Below are the names of the 2013 top divisional winners based on low accident frequency ratios per million miles. Companies are listed according to the order that they placed within each category.

Division I Winners (Under 5 million miles)

1. FTC Transportation, Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2. Specialty Transport, Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee

3. Art Pape Transfer, Inc., Dubuque, Iowa

Division II Winners (5-14.99 million miles)

1. Brian Kurtz Trucking Ltd, Breslau, Ontario

2. MacKinnon Transport Inc, Guelph, Ontario

3. Diamond Transportation System, Inc., Racine, Wisconsin

Division III Winners (15-24.99 million miles)

1. A&A Express, LLC, Brandon, South Dakota

2. Convoy Systems, LLC, Kansas City, Kansas

3. Jet Express Inc, Dayton, Ohio

Division IV Winners (25-49.99 million miles)

1. N.Yanke Transfer, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

2. Erb International, Inc., New Hamburg, Ontario

3. Hill Brothers Transportation, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska

Division V Winners (50-99.99 million miles)

1. Groupe Robert Inc., Rougemont, Québec

2. May Trucking Company, Salem, Oregon

3. J & R Schugel Trucking, Inc., New Ulm, Minnesota

Division VI Winners (100+ million miles)

1. Bison Transport Inc, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2. Gordon Trucking Inc, Pacific, Washington

3. Roehl Transport Inc., Marshfield, Wisconsin

TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $ 20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

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(PRWEB) November 18, 2013 has awarded the best media buying agencies in the paid search industry for the month of November 2013. Thousands providing services within the industry are analyzed in order to learn which agencies offer the most impressive services to businesses in need. Businesses scouring for impressive paid search agencies to support them access the rankings online to discover agencies which have been scrutinized by an independent third party.

The 10 best media buying services for November 2013 are:

1- Media Two Interactive

2- fuse8

3- MediaCom

4- Capitol Media Solutions

5- Hungry Man


7- Mediassociates

8- AdHouse Productions, Inc.

9- Advertising Production Resources, Inc.

10- Thrive Advertising Co.

Media buying consultants are tested in order to decide which produce the best overall media buying solution. This is solved through the use of a set of examination criteria consisting of five criteria of evaluation used to measure and compare media buying consultants based on the most essential aspects of media buying services. The five criteria of examination used during this process include on channel targeting, demographic targeting, create effective ads, CPA minimization, and reporting.

ABOUT is a well-known independent authority on paid search. The central goal of is to learn and proclaim those individuals or companies providing the top paid search marketing services all over the world. A specialized team of researchers examine thousands of applicants each month who are seeking to be ranked as a top paid search marketing product or service by the independent authority.

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Casa Vinicola Zonin at SIMEI 2013 Focuses on Sustainable Viticulture and Wine Production

Miami, FL (PRWEB) November 15, 2013

From November 12th to 16th, Fiera Milano (Rho) Exhibition Center in Milan, Italy, hosts the 25th edition of SIMEI 2013- International Enological and Bottling Exhibition, considered the world leader in wine technology. The 25th edition focuses on sustainability in wine production, an initiative of great importance for Casa Vinicola Zonin, one of the exhibitors and Italy’s largest privately owned wine company.

Domenico Zonin, Vice President of Casa Vinicola Zonin and President of the Italian Wine Union, strongly supports the “green” initiative of both Casa Vinicola Zonin and the Italian wine producers in general. On November 12, at 2 p.m., he will introduce the opening speech titled “Sustainable Viticulture and Wine Production: Steps Ahead Toward a Global and Local Cross-Fertilization,” which will constitute to the scientific core of SIMEI.

Furthermore, on November 14 at 10 a.m., Domenico Zonin will introduce the Italian Wine Union’s first Tergeo Project. The project, involving Casa Vinicola Zonin and more than 200 Italian wineries, aims to the collection, classification and dissemination of innovative solutions – both in wine technology and management – in order to improve wine sustainability.

In the afternoon, at 2 p.m., Domenico Zonin will deliver a speech at the Magis Conference on certified sustainable wines titled “Italian Wine is Certified by Magis.” The Magis Conference is organized by Magis; the first and most advanced organization on sustainable viticulture in Italy, and one of the most advanced in the world. Magis has reached the levels of excellence in this field thanks to its scientific and technical committee, composed of the most prominent universities, research centers, professional associations, wine companies and an independent certification institution- DNV Business Assurance.

The Magis convention will be the occasion to celebrate the achieved goal by the first 18 sustainable wine labels that have been given the DNV Business Assurance certification. The wine bottles differ according to their area of origin, taste and character, now they have in common, an added value, the Magis sustainability stamp. Two of Casa Vinicola Zonin’s wines are among the 18 certified wines: Tenuta Ca’Bolani Prosecco Frizzante DOC and Castello d’Albola Il Solatio Toscana IGT.

This is an important achievement for Casa Vinicola Zonin. Since 2008, the company has adopted a rigorous sustainable business program. “Respect and care for the environment are totally part of Casa Vinicola Zonin’s culture and philosophy, making it a leading company in this field,” says Carlo De Biasi, Chief Agronomist at Casa Vinicola Zonin, who received the 2013 Green Personality of the Year Award at The Drinks Business Green Awards.

Casa Vinicola Zonin is the largest privately owned wine company in Italy and one of the most popular in Europe, with an uncontested talent in creating “wine culture” outside of Italy. The Company distributes, sells and markets in over 100 countries the wines of its 9 Estates, located in Italy’ finest wine-producing regions. Casa Vinicola Zonin is an increasingly important player on the international stage, a leader in the export of wines from Italy to such countries as the United States, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, the Benelux area, Switzerland and Australia.

About Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc.

Casa Vinicola Zonin Italy wholly owns Casa Vinicola Zonin USA in addition to Casa Vinicola Zonin UK, Canada, China and Germany; exporting to more than 100+ countries. A company with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Tenuta Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piedmont/Asti, Tenuta il Bosco located in Lombardy, Podere il Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Tuscany and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and style.

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(PRWEB) November 03, 2013 has selected the 10 top professional web design consultants in New Zealand offering services in the web design and development industry for the month of November 2013. Businesses hunting for capable professional web design services turn to the ratings supplied online in order to find professional web design consultants which have been scrutinized by an independent third party. The ratings are reexamined monthly to account for the latest accomplishments of top contending web design and development consultants and to showcase the top organizers of capable services.

The 10 top professional website design consultants in New Zealand for November 2013 are:

1) EcActive

2) DNA Designed Communications

3) The Web Company

4) Nelson Web Works Ltd.

5) Digital Media Developments Ltd

6) Datum Connect

7) GetNet

8) Zyber Limited

9) hairyLemon

10) NZ Internet Services Ltd

The process for investigating and awarding custom website design services in New Zealand involves a month-long process of testing the top performing services based on the use of a set of examination criteria and learning more about their services and their communications with their customers through references. Often times the independent examination team talks directly with customers in order to inquire about the services and performance from the standpoint of the client. Other times customers visit in order to offer their feedback about the services which they use.

ABOUT is an organizer of web development ratings in New Zealand. The primary objective of is to learn and reveal those individuals or agencies supplying best web development services available. Website design agencies are put through a rigorous analysis to ensure the rankings contain the absolute best agencies the web development industry has to offer.

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Dickinson Wright Attorney Bradley Wyatt Named a 2013 Top Young Lawyer by DBusiness

DETROIT, Mich. (PRWEB) August 29, 2013

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Bradley J. Wyatt has been selected as one of six Top Young Lawyers by DBusiness Magazine for 2013. DBusiness’s inaugural “Top Young Lawyers” feature honored six up-and-coming attorneys in Metro Detroit for their achievements in private practice as nominated by their peers. Mr. Wyatt is featured in a profile in the July-August 2013 issue of DBusiness magazine out on newsstands now.

Mr. Wyatt is a Member in the firm’s Ann Arbor office. He specializes in corporate finance and securities matters and has helped numerous clients secure additional capital through public and private debt and equity financings. Mr. Wyatt also advises publicly-traded companies in public reporting and compliance matters and regularly represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance matters and general contracting. Mr. Wyatt represents private equity and venture capital funds in fund formation, capital-raising, and acquisition and disposition of portfolio companies and counsels funds with regard to securities compliance and registration requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act, Investment Advisors Act and related SEC rules.

Mr. Wyatt is a member of the Michigan and Texas State Bars, the Michigan State Bar Securities Committee and the Michigan Venture Capital Association. Mr. Wyatt is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School where he teaches a course on private equity as part of the Zell Entrepreneurship and Law program. Mr. Wyatt received his J.D. from William and Mary School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and his B.A. from Brigham Young University, cum laude.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright PLLC has over 350 lawyers in offices located in Detroit, Troy, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Saginaw, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nev.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix, Ariz. (operating as Dickinson Wright/Mariscal Weeks); and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright LLP has over 30 lawyers in Toronto, Canada.

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DEADLY DIAMONDS, the Fourth Novel in the Knight-Devlin Legal Thriller Series by John F. Dobbyn, Releases September 3, 2013

Deadly Diamonds by John F. Dobbyn

Longboat Key, Florida (PRWEB) August 14, 2013

DEADLY DIAMONDS by John F. Dobbyn releases in Hardcover (ISBN 978-1-60809-092-1, Thriller, 304 Pages, List $ 26.95) and all eBook/Digital platforms (ISBN 978-1-60809-093-8, List $ 14.95) nationwide on September 3, 2013.

In DEADLY DIAMONDS, the protagonists, Michael Knight and Lex Devlin take on the Italian Mafia and Irish Mafia of Boston, remnants of the IRA in Ireland, and the deadly child army of Sierra Leone. Can they stop the enormously profitable trade of ‘blood diamonds’, the tainted stones mined by enslaved children, and smuggled into the mainstream for cash to buy weapons and drugs?

The author, John F. Dobbyn had this to say about ‘blood diamonds’ as a result of his research for DEADLY DIAMONDS:

“Say the word, ‘diamond’, and you conjure visions of brilliance, purity, and romance. Combine it with the word, ‘blood’, as in ‘blood diamond’, and it screams of acts so horrific that only Satan himself could originate them.

“Consider what the lust for diamonds has done to the little west African country of Sierra Leone. Just as liquid wealth gushes out of the ground in Dubai and into the living standards of its people, so too, Sierra Leone had the potential for one of the highest standards of living of any country in the world, courtesy of the abundantly rich deposits of rough diamonds on and under its soil. And yet, in a recent United Nations ranking of 170 countries in terms of levels of poverty, Sierra Leone hit the bottom rung. It was ranked 170th. Why the derailment of this glorious potential?

“Begin with a ‘government’, in the loosest usage of that term, whose sole claim to accomplishment is its commitment to graft and greed-fired corruption. That alone could short-circuit the flow of the land’s flow of bountiful benefits to the people. But combine it with the following, and the result is inevitably the past and current state of the people of Sierra Leone.

“In 1991, a rebel band calling itself the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) took training from neighboring Liberian forces in the art of terroristic inhumanity and crossed into Sierra Leone, apparently as a revolt against the government’s seizing of the diamond resources for its own benefit. The motive soon degenerated into its own addictive lust for those same diamonds.

“RUF tactics were straight from hell. Mobs of their renegade teen-agers, illiterate and drugged beyond the reach of conscience, would course through a jungle village in a topless pickup truck spraying death randomly out of the barrels of AK-47s. Men, women, and young children fell like stalks of wheat before a thresher. I’ll not be more specific in terms of their signature brands of torture of those left alive. The RUF’s personal nicknames, such as General Babykiller, and operation names, such as Operation No Living Thing, will bring you as close to the level of personal nightmares as you want to come.

“Young boys, from fifteen down to eight years old, would be taken, forced to kill with the ubiquitous AK-47, sometimes of their own families, and then claimed as part of the drugged up army of killers.

“And why this total degradation of any spark of humanity? One reason. To serve their own impelling drive for control of the diamond-rich pits in eastern Sierra Leone. Once they had control, rough diamonds would be mined by slave labor in the fetid water of the pits, smuggled across the compliant border of Liberia, and exchanged with any of the horde of ‘diamond merchants’ there for more AK-47s and more drugs. And the cycle would continue.

“One estimate places the annual profit to the RUF from its illicit trade in rough diamonds somewhere between twenty-five million and one hundred and twenty-five million dollars. And remember, that profit was snatched from the national resource that could have lifted the people of Sierra Leone from its condition of squalor, hunger, and disease.

“Once the RUF passed the rough diamonds into the hands of the waiting merchants, and they were cut and polished, these ‘blood’ or ‘conflict’ diamonds blended indistinguishably with the ‘legitimate’ flow of diamonds, ultimately reaching the jewelry stores from which Americans buy eighty percent of the world’s gem diamonds without thinking to question their provenance.

“Late in 2000, an eventual agreement of ceasefire between the RUF and the government was put together. The provision was for the disarmament of the RUF during 2001, and on January 18, 2002, the rebel’s war was declared ‘officially ended’. The abomination of the previous eleven years of decimating hostilities finally came to rest. What was left was the shambles of the butchered and impoverished populace with little hope for a way to recover.

“The RUF’s leadership, turned its energies to a political approach with little success. One has to wonder what the rank and file of the previous teen-age thugs and murderers have made their lives’ work in areas of the country not famously open to public view. In a broader view, the extent to which the seizure of diamond pits by armed forces in other central and west African countries continues is still open to question.

“Diamonds are a unique form of wealth. It is said that it is possible to hide enough diamonds to insure a lifetime of luxury on one’s naked body. The profits, thanks to the accomplishment of the De Beers company in keeping the price of diamonds at an immensely exaggerated level, are a staggering temptation to illicit trade.

“One recent observation of the state of the people of Sierra Leone after these thirteen post-war years is that the ‘legitimate’ mining and sale of Sierra Leone diamonds is highly profitable to the companies of foreign countries that engage in it behind formidable security barriers. The ‘government’ quite likely gets a cut. But the impoverished state of the people of Sierra Leone has sadly shown little visible improvement.”            

John F. Dobbyn is a professor of law at Villanova Law School. He has had twenty-seven short stories published by Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and he is the author of four legal thrillers featuring Michael Knight and Lex Devlin. Dobbyn is a Boston native and now resides in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, with his wife Lois.

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