Truckers wait hours at USMexico border to get shipments to US

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — To deal with a surge of migrating Central American families, the Trump administration has reassigned so many inspectors from U.S.-Mexico border crossings that truckers are waiting in line for hours and sometimes days to get shipments to the United States.Truckers have been sleeping in their vehicles to hold spots in line in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. The city brought in portable toilets, and an engine oil company hired models in skin-tight clothing to hand out burritos and bottled water to idled drivers.“My family doesn’t recognize me at home anymore,” Jaime Monroy, a trucker who lives in Ciudad Juarez, said after sleeping overnight in his truck hauling a load of wooden furniture. “I leave at 3 in the morning and come back at 10 at night.”The waits are a reminder that even though President Donald Trump walked back his threat to close the border, the administration has created significant impediments for truckers and travelers with its redeployment of customs agents.Business leaders are starting to lose patience as they struggle to get products to American grocery stores, manufacturers and construction sites.“This is a systemwide issue,” said Paola Avila, chairwoman of the Border Trade Alliance, a group that advocates for cross-border commerce. “Everyone’s feeling this.”The traffic congestion comes as a growing number of families from Central America have been arriving at the border in recent months, overwhelming the federal government.The Border Patrol said Tuesday that it set a new monthly record for apprehensions of families in March. More than 53,000 family members were stopped at the border in March, an average of more than 1,700 per day. That breaks a record set in February, when 36,000 parents and children were apprehended.Trump responded by shaking up the top ranks of the Department of Homeland Security, culminating with the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.The migrant families have forced many line agents into humanitarian roles and have strained detention facilities built when the Border Patrol primarily apprehended single adult men.The administration has in turn reassigned 541 border inspectors to other jobs, including processing migrants, providing transportation and performing hospital watch for migrants who require medical attention. It is unknown when they will return to their regular job of screening people and cargo for smuggling.Border Patrol agents, who guard areas between ports, are also doing jobs they were not trained to do, such as medical screenings for children and families in the migrant holding camps.In El Paso, authorities have closed one bridge to truckers, directing them to two other nearby crossings. At San Diego’s only truck crossing, two of 10 lanes are closed.In Nogales, Arizona, the government on Sundays is closing a commercial facility that is crucial to cross-border trade. Up to 12,000 commercial trucks cross the border in Nogales every day, often bringing watermelons, eggplants, berries and grapes.Wait times have doubled at the Santa Teresa, New Mexico, port of entry.“What we’re seeing is a lot of companies making their drivers sleep in their trucks to keep their place in line for the next day,” said Jerry Pacheco, president of the Border Industrial Association and executive director of the International Business Accelerator.In recent years, the rural outpost has become a boomtown of warehouses and industrial parks that funnel raw materials and products back and forth across the border.“Here we are growing companies and growing jobs and everything is great. We added another industrial park with job prospects in tow and then all this happens,” Pacheco said of the latest expansion.The agency’s commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, who was named acting Homeland Security secretary on Sunday, warned of traffic delays when he announced last month in El Paso that inspectors from across the border would be reassigned. Authorities raised the possibility that as many as 2,000 inspectors could be pulled from ports of entry.A Customs and Border Protection mobile app suggested the bottlenecks may have eased by Tuesday. The wait time for truckers was estimated at three hours in San Diego, 2½ hours in El Paso and two hours in Laredo. Still, truckers said wait times have lengthened considerably since authorities announced the reassignments.“This all started about two weeks ago with Trump,” said driver Arturo Menendez, 44, who first entered the line at 4 a.m. Friday with his tractor-trailer full of cardboard used in boxes for U.S.-made products like Toro lawn mowers.At 6 p.m. he was told to leave ahead of the unprecedented closure of all lanes at the Bridge of the Americas on Saturday.He tried again Monday, waiting in a line behind of hundreds of trucks passing through three security checks back at the Bridge of the Americas.Avila, who is also the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s vice president for international affairs, said the delays could encourage more companies to move to Asia, hurting jobs in the U.S. and Mexico.“Now we’re discouraging overseas production,” she said. “We’re cutting out the American manufacturer or the Mexican manufacturer that employs U.S. workers.” April 9, 2019 Posted: April 9, 2019 Truckers wait hours at U.S.-Mexico border to get shipments to U.S. AP AP, last_img read more

War of Words After HP Announces Split Dell Swipes Back

first_img This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine October 7, 2014 3 min read Hewlett-Packard’s decision to split off its enterprise hardware and services unit from its computer and printer business represents a major turning point for a company in the midst of a multi-year plan to turn around its fortunes. In other words, what better time for Dell to take a shot at H-P, its biggest competitor?In the wake of H-P’s announced split, which will result in two separately-listed companies, Dell quickly made a play likely aimed at picking up some of H-P’s customers. “Dell is singularly focused on its customers and partners and is committed to providing end-to-end IT solutions that they need,” David Frink, a Dell spokesman, said in a statement to Bloomberg on Monday. “H-P’s decision to break apart its business is complex, distracting and appears to benefit HP and its shareholders more than its customers.”Dell’s Frink also told the Austin American-Statesman that it will be very difficult for H-P to completely separate its business operations and that similar processes at other large companies “have often taken years to complete.”If Dell’s swipe at H-P sounds familiar that’s probably because Dell is actually taking its cues directly from a statement H-P put out more than a year ago, when the former first announced its plans to go private through a leveraged buyout by CEO and founder Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Management. When Dell first announced its plan to go private as part of its own turnaround plan, H-P issued a statement saying that the company had “a very tough road ahead.”“[Dell] faces an extended period of uncertainty and transition that will not be good for its customers,” H-P said in February 2013. “And with a significant debt load, Dell’s ability to invest in new products and services will be extremely limited. Leveraged buyouts tend to leave existing customers and innovation at the curb. We believe Dell’s customers will now be eager to explore alternatives, and HP plans to take full advantage of that opportunity.”The tone and message of both comments are nearly identical: Cast doubt over whether or not the move will be successful, while questioning your competitor’s commitment to its customers.Of course, it’s hard to expect anything different from two long-time rivals. In addition to competing for customers for years, the two tech companies have also gone head-to-head over potential acquisitions, including in 2010, when H-P bought 3PAR for $2.35 billion following a month-long bidding war with Dell for the data-storage company.More recently, both companies have been linked to potential merger talks with data-storage giant EMC Corporation. And, while the EMC-H-P merger talks reportedly died last month after the two sides failed to reach a consensus on financial terms, H-P’s CEO Meg Whitman is not ruling out the possibility of a deal coming together eventually. Speaking at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Summit on Monday, Whitman said her company’s M&A strategy “is very much returned base and what is in the best interest of shareholders.” How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Top 25 Tech Gadgets to Give This Holiday Season

first_img 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The 2016 holiday shopping season is in full swing. That means people want to know which tech products they should be giving this season. The list of best tech gadgets gets more impressive every year — and this year is full of options that will make any person on your list happy.We’ve compiled a list of the most popular gift ideas for the tech lover in your life. It includes drones, cameras, Smarthome products, smartphones, wearables and other game-changing products that hit shelves in 2016.1.Bose QuietComfort QC35 wireless headphones.Bose is a leader in noise-cancelation headphones. The QuietComfort QC35 over-ear headphones include a new twist: they’re wireless. They’re a bit on the pricey end with a cost of $349, yet they’re the best option in this category. They look great too.2. GoPro Hero5 Black camera.GoPro overhauled their successful family of action-cameras with this new Hero5 Black model. Adventurers can enjoy better waterproofing (down to 33 feet/10 meters) without requiring an additional camera housing. With a price of $399, it also loses some buttons with the new two-inch touch display.3. SkyBell HD Video doorbell.The SkyBell HD for $199 is a smart doorbell that sends live video to your smartphone so you can see, hear and speak to the person at your door. With SkyBell, you can know when a package arrives, monitor your home while you’re away, and see unwanted visitors at your doorstep. It’s the best video doorbell available and a great gift for the parent, homeowner or senior on your list.Related: The Etiquette of Exchanging Holiday Gifts in the Office 4. Apple Watch Series 2.Apple raised the bar with the Apple Watch Series 2, adding built-in GPS and water-resistance up to 50 meters. The watch, which starts at $369, features a heart rate sensor, native activity tracker and the nicest display of any smartwatch.5. Samsung Gear VR.This 2016 tech gadget list would not be complete without a virtual reality headset. The Samsung Gear VR allows you to turn a Samsung Galaxy smartphone into a VR headset for $99 and enjoy the immersive world of virtual reality without the cost of a dedicated VR headset.6. MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID.This latest version of the Macbook pro includes a dynamic Touch Bar that changes states to provide you with the shortcuts you need at that time. It’s also thinner, lighter and more powerful than ever. Those features are added to a laptop that boasts great battery life, a beautiful display and efficient keyboard and trackpad. The laptop starts at $1,799.7. DJI Phantom 4 drone.Despite the hefty price tag of $1,199, the DJI Phantom 4 drone will put a smile on the face of any adventurer, photographer or videographer on your list. It can shoot 4K video and even capture slow-motion video in full HD format. It also has great battery life, allowing you to fly the drone up to 28 minutes.8. Logitech Harmony Elite.There are few things in a home that can’t be connected to the Logitech Harmony Elite Wi-Fi remote. In addition to controlling your TV and game consoles, this remote can also control other smarthome products in your home — making it the centerpiece of the connected home. The remote retails for $285.9. Google Pixel and Pixel XL.These all-new smartphones are the perfect gift for any Android user. These phones are unique from other Android options in that they are actually made by Google. This allows a deeper native experience with the Google Assistant and your Google account. You’ll also enjoy an outstanding camera, a beautiful display and solid battery life. The phones have a cost of about $650.10. Panasonic Lumix ZS100.The Lumix ZS100 is a perfect option for a photographer who wants more than the camera on their phone, but less than a DSLR. It takes great photos and also offers 4k video capturing. The camera has a price tag of about $699.11. Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.The latest and greatest from Cupertino. These latest versions of the iPhone include an increase in processing power, a phenomenal camera and stereo speakers for the speakerphone. It’s also waterproof — which is great news for any parent that hands iPhone to a child. The phones start at $649.12. Google Home.The idea of a smart home is now a reality, and the Google Home is the latest entry into the voice-controlled assistant category. The Google Home takes a more stylish approach in their design and benefits from Google’s extensive artificial intelligence experience. You can ask Google Home to play music, set timers, calculate conversions while you cook and control other smart home products — all with your voice. Google Home is available for $129.13. Sonos Play:5A great option for the audiophile on your list, the Sonos Play:5 is a nice-looking speaker you can operate from a smartphone via Wi-Fi. It provides high-quality sound for its size and provides strong base performance. It has an iOS and Android app, and also connects with Pandora, Spotify and Amazon music accounts. The Sonos Play:5 retails for $469.Related: For Entrepreneurs, The Gift-Giving Season is Year Round 14. Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base.A beautiful and detachable display allows the Surface Book to act as a laptop and as a tablet. It’s on the more expensive side of the spectrum, yet the versatility can be it a great option to buying a laptop and a separate tablet. The Surface Book starts at $2,399.15. Microsoft Surface Studio.This innovative and versatile Surface Studio workstation made waves when it was announced this year. The stunning 28-inch touchscreen reclines and pivots — making it easy to use whether you’re sitting down or standing up. It’s powered by Windows 10 and has even made Apple users pay attention. The Surface Studio is available starting at $2,999.16. Bose SoundSport Wireless.The perfect option for the active person on your list. The Bose SoundSport Wireless headphones, available for $149, combine excellent sound quality, durability and comfort with the convenience of wire free connection over Bluetooth.17. Biolite SolarPanel 5+.We all need more power for our gadgets. The Biolite SolarPanel 5+ uses solar panels to charge internal batteries with the sun. Available for $79.95, It’s a great option for outdoor activities, like camping, or as a backup power supply if your power goes out.18. Fitbit Charge 2.Fitness trackers have been a huge hit the last few years and Fitbit has led the way. In addition to counting your steps, the Fitbit Charge 2 has a heart rate monitor, interchangeable bands and can connect to your phone’s GPS. The Fitbit starts at $149.95.19. Acer Chromebook 14.If you want a lightweight, portable and affordable laptop, take a look at the Acer Chromebook 14. While it may not have the horsepower of other laptops, it’s a great option for browsing the Web, answering emails and other light computing tasks. It’s available for $349.20. Roku Streaming Stick.This Roku USB gadget, available for $50, plugs into your TV and allows you to connect your TV to your online streaming service. You can connect to nearly every service available, including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and YouTube. It’s a great way to cut your cable bill and still enjoy the TV shows and movies you like.21. UE Roll 2.Want to listen to music while you’re in the pool, on a picnic or at the beach? If yes, the UE Roll2, available for $99, is a durable speaker that sounds great and can go virtually anywhere.22. Apple iPad Mini 4.If you’re in the market for a small (yet powerful) tablet, look no further than the Apple iPad Mini 4, which starts at $399. The upgrades came with some new features: a better camera, faster processor and a beautiful display. While it has a smaller screen, it can still handle split-screen apps.Related: It’s OK to Stray From the Registry This Wedding Season and Go Rogue With the Gift-Giving 23. Neato D3 Connected Robot Vacuum.This wi-fi enabled robot vacuum will clean your floors and carpets without you lifting a finger. The Neato D3 scans and learns the room, automatically. It’s perfect for normal wear and year, yet can’t do the heavy cleaning of an upright vacuum cleaner. The vacuum is available for $400.24. Sony PlayStation 4 Slim.Starting at $299, the version of the popular Sony Playstations features a much slimmer profile. It still has the same features that have made it so popular: streaming video, Blu-ray player and exclusive games like Uncharted 4.25. HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer.The Sprocket is an ultra-portable photo printer that lets you print photos from your phone. This Bluetooth-enabled gadget works with iPhone and Android smartphones with the free app. This is a great gift for teens, college students and young adults. It retails for $130. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals December 6, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more