Terrorist Attack in Nice, France – 84 death and 202 injured.

A driver on a large white truck mowed down a crowd gathered to watch Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France, on Thursday night. At least 84 people were killed and 202 were wounded.

Government official identified the assailant as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, a delivery-truck driver raised in northeast Tunisia who moved to France around 2005.

Mr. Hollande said that a state of emergency established eight months ago after the Paris attacks would be extended by an additional three months.

France will observe three days of national mourning, starting on Saturday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced Friday morning.

“Why Nice?” Mr. Hollande asked. “Because it is a city that is known worldwide,” he said.

“Why on the 14th of July? Because it is a celebration of freedom.”

Airlines have confirmed that all their flights to and from Nice are maintained.

TalaTrans Worldwide wishes to express its sympathy to the victims’s families and close friends.



Osipova, Natalia V., and A.J. Chavar. “Truck Attack in Nice, France: What We Know, and What We Don’t.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 14 July 2016. Web. 15 July 2016.

Teachers block traffic at Mexico-Guatemala border


Members of the CNTE teachers’ union in Oaxaca and Chiapas maintains at least 20 blockades, including three at international border crossings with Guatemala. Affected are the Talismán crossing in Tuxtla Chico, Ciudad Hidalgo in Suchiate and Ciudad Cuauhtémoc in Frontera Comalapa. The union says they will remain until the Mexican government repeals its education reforms.

Initially, there were signs that that the union and its sympathizers were relenting somewhat to the government demand that the highway blockades in Oaxaca and Chiapas must come down before there is further dialogue.

There were broad hints by the federal government last week that it would move to clear the blockades in Oaxaca and Chiapas, but nothing materialized, likely for fear of another violent confrontation such that which took place June 19 when police attempted to clear the blockade at Nochixtlán. At least nine teachers died.

Members of the CNTE have said that the blockades will not be removed, they will continue with the protests throughout borders and highways.


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SOLAS – Verified Gross Mass


Verified Gross Mass



SOLAS convention is applicable global law. The SOLAS amendments become effective on July 1, 2016 for packed containers received for transportation (gate-in or off-rail).

Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (“SOLAS”), to which the U.S. is a signatory, will go into effect globally on July 1, 2016. In general, the amendments require shippers to provide the Verified Gross Mass (“VGM”) of containers carrying cargo before those containers can be loaded aboard a vessel. Without a VGM, the amendments also prohibit the vessel operator from loading a packed container.

Shipper Responsibilities 

Because the Shipper is uniquely situated to know and report the weight of the container, the Shipper determines the VGM for the loaded container using one of the two methods provided under SOLAS regulations. Pursuant to the SOLAS regulations, the Shipper may calculate VGM by:

METHOD 1. Weighing the packed container using calibrated and certified equipment; or

METHOD 2. Weighing all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other securing material to be packed in the container and adding the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses, using a certified method approved by the competent authority of the State in which packing of the container was completed.

VGM methods