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Hauling the Nation: The Crucial Role of Trucking and Intermodal Drayage in the US Economy | Anil Saini

In the vast expanse of the United States, where commerce stretches from coast to coast and heartland to metropolis, a silent but mighty force keeps the nation’s economic engine humming. The American trucking industry, often operating behind the scenes, is the unsung hero of modern commerce. Anil Saini, CEO and owner of intermodal drayage companies Saini Express Inc. and Pooja Trucking, knows how trucks are the connective tissue binding together the diverse tapestry of American industries and regions.

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2022 Thanksgiving Travel Expected to Top Pre Pandemic Levels

Despite rising airfares due to inflation, many Americans are taking to the skies to spend the holidays with loved ones and celebrate the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. The number of travelers in just the few days leading up to this Thanksgiving has surpassed pre-pandemic levels.

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India Loosens Export Restrictions For Potential Covid-19 Treatment

The Indian government recently announced that it would be relaxing it’s exporting policies on hydroxychloroquine (HC), which is the “controversial” drug that president Trump has mentioned in relation to combating the coronavirus.  The reason it’s seen as controversial is because scientists barely know anything about the drug, and there’s no evidence-based results on the effectiveness of HC against covid-19. 

Even though experts still know barely anything about HC’s safety, long-term effects, and toxicity levels, president Trump made it clear that if India did not cooperate with the US in easing exporting measures then there “would be retaliation.” In response, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that he would indeed comply with the US’s request and lift the exporting restrictions on HC. 

“Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten! Thank you Prime Minister@NarendraModi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight,” Trump tweeted

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India in general holds a majority of the world’s HC production market, hence the urgent demand from the US. The country manufactures about 70% of the world’s supply, and the drug itself is mainly known as a key treatment for malaria, hence it’s heavy use in India where malaria is unfortunately a major issue. The pharmaceutical industry in India is worth over $19 billion, which is thanks to drugs like HC, and Paracetamol (more commonly known as Tylenol) being consistently exported around the world. 

Historically, India’s large pharmaceutical industry has been the top vaccine producer in the world, has provided resources for nearly 3,000 pharmaceutical companies, and has created a system that makes manufacturing costs in general 30% cheaper than in the US. For these reasons, and more, India has become the main focus when it comes to trying to find a way to combat the coronavirus. 

“Global players in the pharma industry cannot afford to ignore India. The country, many predict, will be the most populous in the world by 2050. India will make its mark as a growing market, potential competitor or partner in manufacturing and R&D, and as a location for clinical trials.” Global Consulting Firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, said

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India has already begun developing and experimenting with clinical trials and research that will hopefully lead to a breakthrough in relation to curing covid-19. It’s imperative that the US, and other countries around the world as well, are working alongside each other so that when we do find a real solid way to treat this virus, it will be completely accessible to all. 

For example, the Serum Institute of India (SII) has been working with Codagenix, an American based pharmaceutical company, on a potential covid-19 vaccine, and has recently announced that a viable and market-ready vaccine could be ready as early as 2022. This is just one example, however, of the multitude of companies working with one another to fight this virus. SII is the specific institution in India that’s known as the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer as well, and is a “prominent producer of many routinely used and effective vaccines across the globe, including for polio, tetanus, diphtheria, and measles, among many others.”

The Indian Pharmaceutical industry will likely play a major role in the effort to combat the coronavirus, as they have always been a key player in the realm of curing infectious diseases/viruses. It’s imperative that the United States maintains a civil relationship of communication, negotiation, and exchange with the entire world’s pharmaceutical industry so that we all can return to a life of normalcy sooner rather than later.

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World’s First Electric Plane Flies For 15 Minutes in Canada

Climate issues and air pollution are a top priority for many countries around the world with the number of electric cars in many towns and cities steadily on the increase. But what about the aviation world?

It is a known fact that air travel is damaging the planet with American flights responsible for around 11 percent of our CO2 emissions. But what can we do to reduce it?

This week saw a seaplane, completely powered by electric, take its maiden flight in Vancouver, Canada, leading some to claim it as a “world first” for the aviation sector.

Harbour Air – who has a fleet of airplanes that carries around 500,000 passengers annually – and magniX carried out a test flight of an aircraft that had been fitted with an electric motor. And although the plane was only a small six seater aircraft, it has been hailed as leading the way to “the world’s first all-electric commercial fleet.”

Taking off near the Fraser River in Vancouver, the electric seaplane continued for around 15 minutes before landing safely.

It is hopeful that by bringing electric into the aviation sector, the amount of carbon emissions could be reduced. Similar to that of the motor industry, where electric cars produce between 17 – 30 percent less carbon emissions to that of a petrol or diesel powered car, it is believed electric airplanes can reduce carbon emissions significantly, something the high-polluting sector should be embracing.

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In a joint statement released by magniX and Harbour Air, it was claimed that “this historic flight signifies the start of the third era in aviation – the electric age.”

magniX, an Australian company, actually launched the plane at the Paris Air Show in June this year and states that the propulsion system – the companies used a DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver which has a 750-horsepower (560kW) magni500 propulsion system – enabled them to create a “clean and efficient way to power airplanes.”

It is believed that Harbour Air, a Canadian operator of seaplanes, are aiming to have an all-electric fleet of airplanes, they currently have 40 aircraft, by 2022, however this all depends on whether they secure the relevant regulatory and safety approvals.

There are many benefits of having electric airplanes with zero emissions as well as a much lower operating cost. Yet they are proving to be a bigger challenge to engineers, unlike the concept of electric trains and cars, which do not travel such long distances. Currently the plane’s batteries are only able to fly about 100 miles in between battery charging, which severely hampers the majority of flights.

The size of the motors and batteries that would be needed to not only launch an electric plane but to also keep it in the air – and for several hours at a time – would mean that it could be difficult for the planes to be flown.

However these are only minor issues that can be resolved eventually due to the rapid advancements in electric flights. In 2017 a non-commercial electric plane crossed both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans during a round the world trip.

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But will moving airplanes to electric engines actually help cut gas emissions in the aviation sector?

There has been increasing concern regarding the amount of pollution from flying and the impact it has on the planet, with many travelers aiming to reduce their carbon footprint in any way they can. For instance, many try to travel by alternative methods where possible, such as train, while others are utilizing websites that help give something back to the environment – such as BedandTree who plant a tree each time you book your travel through them – while many businesses now hold their cross-country business meetings via video conferencing apps – such as Zoom – therefore removing their impact on the environment completely.

Swiss bank UBS released a survey recently showing that flyers are trying to reduce their air travel due to their environmental concerns, with “flygskam” or “flight shame” spreading throughout the country. And in the United Kingdom it has been claimed that by 2050 the biggest source of air pollution will be from aviation.

However, the prospect of using electric airplanes for long haul flights continues to be a major challenge for those in the aviation sector.

Although there has been a significant advancement in generators, power distribution, electrical motors and controls, battery technology has not advanced as much.

With this in mind, the electric airplane we saw recently in Canada can fly around 100 miles (160km) on lithium battery power, according to AFP.

magniX chief executive Roei Ganzarski commented that “the [flight] range now is not where we’d love it to be, but it’s enough to start the revolution.” He has also questioned ‘’if people are willing to drive an hour to work, why not fly 15 minutes to work?”

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Should You Consider Traveling By Train Instead of By Plane?

If there’s one aspect of traveling that can really put a damper on the experience, it’s the stress and frustration of dealing with airports. They are often crowded, the food is usually overpriced and mediocre, and going through security is a pain. Air travel generally involves spending long hours sitting in airports, where access to electrical outlets is limited, cellular data networks are congested and sometimes fail, and free Wi-Fi is nowhere to be found. And the experience is not much better once you get in the air; seat sizes have been steadily decreasing over the years to fit more people onto planes, in-flight entertainment options are usually limited, and meals are generally limited to bags of chips and small cups of soda. Nevertheless, plane trips are widely regarded as a necessary evil when traveling to sufficiently distant destinations, and are generally more bearable than a long car trip.

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In many cases, however, there is a better way to travel, which is to take a train. There are several benefits to doing so. For instance, the drive to a train station is often much shorter than the one to an airport, and train tickets are nearly universally cheaper than plane tickets. You don’t have to go through security when boarding a train, nor do you have to deal with long waits in airports, and selections for food and beverages are often better. Also, trains happen to be a more environmentally-friendly form of transportation than planes, which have recently been found to pollute more than previously thought, and cell phone reception on trains is generally better than at airports and in the air. Of course, for sufficiently long distances, taking a plane can be your only option, but for a trip that would take one hour by plane it may be a better idea to take a five-hour long train trip when all factors are taken into consideration.

The quality of the time you spend on a train is often better than the time you spend in the air travel process, as you often have more legroom and opportunities for relaxation or work.

One such factor is the hidden additional time it takes to fly beyond the time spent in the air. Regardless of how long your trip to the airport is, you generally have to wait at least a few hours in the airport before boarding the plane, and it’s always recommended to arrive extra early as a precaution. The disembarking process also takes time, as you find your luggage while navigating an unfamiliar airport, and then you’ll often have to wait to be picked up by a taxi service or a relative. All of this time adds up, and a one-hour flight can quickly become a five-hour affair, making a train trip of similar duration more appealing. Furthermore, the quality of the time you spend on a train is often better than the time you spend in the air travel process, as you often have more legroom and opportunities for relaxation or work.

The New York Times writer Elaine Glusac compared details of traveling between various popular Americans cities by train and by plane in order to test the theory that train trips are often more desirable than plane trips. Her results, surprisingly, argued that for many trips we tend to imagine as necessitating air travel, trains were a superior form of transport. The trip from Boston to New York City, for instance, is both cheaper and faster by train than by airplane, as is the trip from New York City to Washington. The trip from Boston to Washington, however, is a better deal by plane. The trip from Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia, was recently made easier by the signing of an agreement between the United States and Canada to allow travellers to clear customs and immigration before leaving a country, and taking a train instead of a plane allows travelers to save both time and money on this trip.

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With the advent of the Internet, it’s never been easier to do research on travel opportunities. One popular online resource is Hipmunk, which allows users to input the details of their journey to compare prices and travel times between different airlines and automatically includes details for taking a train instead. Before embarking on any trip, you should look into the various rules and restrictions of your travel method of choice, as both airlines and planes impose limitations on the size and type of luggage you can carry, among other rules. When planning a trip, make sure you take all eventualities into consideration, as a thoroughly-planned trip is much likelier to be a successful one than a spontaneous journey.