Reaction to terror attacks hitting air cargo firms

first_imgBut, 12 years on, Mulders said all cargo express air operators still face a hotch-potch of regulations which do not take into account the low levels of threat to the sector, nor its self regulation designed to weed-out potential terror attacks.He said the situation is unlikely to improve much in most world markets – despite EU efforts to set harmonised safety rules for the sector.“Realistically,” Mulders said, firms will be “operating within non-harmonised, non-threat assessed regulatory regimes, and subjected to industrial and network disruption every time that an aviation terrorist incident occurs which is targeted at a passenger carrying aircraft.” Jaap Mulders, chairman of the European Express Association, a group of Europe-based express delivery firms including the US’s United Parcel Service and Holland’s TPG, said cargo companies had taken a similar hit from regulators to one they suffered after the Lockerbie tragedy 12 years ago.He said Lockerbie “marked a defining point in realistic aviation security”.He added that “knee-jerk reaction to this major incident severely impacted” industry.last_img read more

Dub and Jules Siegel of Sublime BBQ take home grand championship at 38th Great Lenexa BBQ Battle

first_imgJules and Dub Siegel (center) of Sublime BBQ took home the grand championship at the 38th annual Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle. Also pictured are the Siegels’ sons Liam and Ronan, and family friend Cody Farmer (right). Photo credit city of LenexaFor two years in a row, Dub and Jules Siegel of Sublime BBQ were reserve grand champions — also known as second place — at The Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle, but they hadn’t yet taken home the grand championship.This year, that all changed.Dub has been going to watch the BBQ battle every year since he was a teen. He remembers great teams like Slaughterhouse Five achieving the highest accolades in the local competition.Now, his team is one of them.“For me, it was like a bucket list item, one of those contests I had to win at some point,” he said. “It’s just amazing to finally get this one.”The Siegels, alongside their two sons, Ronan and Liam, and family friend Cody Farmer, all had a hand in the 38th annual barbecue competition. As a result, the Olathe family made top marks in chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket.“Both of our sons were there helping, and having us all together there to win, they know what a big deal it is,” Jules Siegel said. “Both of them getting to be there with us and celebrate was a lot of fun.“It’s a great community; we have a lot of friends that make it a lot of fun to go out and do it year after year. We call them barbecue family.”The Siegels have been competing in The Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle for the past six years. At first, Jules wasn’t really interested, but after the first competition, she began leaning into it more and took a barbecue class. The very next year, they ranked in the top 10.“This was our hobby. A lot of people go to the lake or they do other things besides sit in parking lots and cook barbecue,” Dub said. “I grew up around barbecue here in Kansas City, so it’s something I knew that I wanted to do.”Jules said they started to have “real success” when Dub began building the smokers they compete on. He built the grand championship smoker in two weeks before competing in the American Royal World Series of Barbecue last year. He has built smokers for other teams as well.“You put in all this hard work and labor to mold something from the raw materials into a finished product, and you get to go out there and use it,” Dub Siegel said. “You’ve got people telling you how nice it looks and all that, and then you get to show them how well it actually functions.”Winning the grand championship was also a bittersweet moment for Dub.“The bitter part was just falling short of winning the contest the last two years, and the sweet was persevering through to the win,” he said. “It takes a lot of time and dedication from the moment you start planning and preparing for a contest all the way down to the turn ins for the four main KCBS categories.”last_img read more

Mullaney, the unknown hero

first_imgDALLAS – The last time receiver Richard Mullaney played in AT&T Stadium, he made his debut with the Crimson Tide in the season opener against Wisconsin.Alabama's Richard Mullaney during a press conference for the Cotton Bowl on Sunday December 27, 2015 in Dallas, Tx.Alabama’s Richard Mullaney during a press conference for the Cotton Bowl on Sunday December 27, 2015 in Dallas, Tx.He caught two passes for 38 yards to help Alabama to a 35-17 win, and went to Buffalo Wild Wings with teammates Ryan Kelly and Jacob Parker to celebrate.“There’s this couple that came up and was like, ‘Hey, can we get a picture with all you guys?’ We’re all like, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah,’” Mullaney said. “I’m about to stand up. And this lady hands me the phone and was like, “Hey, can you take the picture of us?’”Alabama fans may not have known who Mullaney was then, but they sure know him now. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound target has snared a pass in every game, and is tied for the team lead with five touchdown catches.It’s all seemed to work out, but he didn’t know what to expect when he transferred to Alabama.The cool kid from California was an outsider just a few months ago. He transferred from Oregon State to one of the most prestigious programs in the country as a fifth-year senior.“I had no idea what I was getting into when I was transferring. Walking into the locker room, I was a little intimidated,” Mullaney said. “Obviously it was Alabama. Top-tier guys, five-star, Under Armour All-America guys, and I wasn’t that. I knew I needed to work really hard.”The former three-star wide receiver flew into Tuscaloosa under the radar. He graduated on a Saturday, visited Alabama on a Monday committed shortly after.He didn’t know what to expect, except for one thing.“I knew that it’s Alabama, they’re always playing in big games,” Mullaney said. “I wanted to win a national championship. That’s why I came here. Now we have that chance.”Now Mullaney has his chance to play in one of the biggest games of the season as No. 2 Alabama prepares for the College Football Playoff semifinal against No. 3 Michigan State at AT&T Stadium on Thursday.His reliability can be credited to his relationship with quarterback Jake Coker, a fellow transfer. Coker’s assistance helped Mullaney balance being one of the older players — yet one of the least experienced — and allowed the early-season success.“It was very smooth for me coming here, just the summer workouts and everything. Jake kind of helped me out a lot,” Mullaney said. “I roomed with him during fall camp. And I think that’s just when our relationship kind of got started. And just all the reps that we’ve been taking during summer, fall camp, you know, leading up into the season. I think he just got comfortable with me, and I got comfortable with him, and it’s just been good.”Mullaney didn’t know what to expect when he first transferred to Alabama, but it couldn’t have gone any better. He wanted to win play in big games, and he wanted to win a championship. Now the SEC champion is preparing for the biggest game of the season where he started it all off this year.“I didn’t really know what my expectations were coming in,” Mullaney said. “I obviously knew I was going to come in and compete. In my head I knew I was good enough. I know a lot of people thought I was crazy for coming here. I just used it as motivation, and here I am today.”last_img read more