Monday, April 21, 2014

Blue...no, Orange...no, Blue...no, no, Orange...

The color of light is found to be key to alertness.  However, there is a difference of opinion as to which color of light is the right one. 



Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York are testing blue LED lights that convince the brain it is morning and resetting the body's natural clock. 
However, Gilles Vandewalle at the University of Liege, Belgium, and his team have been experimenting with blue and orange lights and believe their testing shows that the orange light affects the part of the brain related to alertness and cognition more than the blue light. 

We will let you read both articles and let you make up your own mind.  Personally, I like blue, so that one gets my vote.  Whether it actually works better than orange, I don't know.  I'll let them battle it out.






http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13491-blue-leds-to-reset-tired-truckers-body-clocks.html

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25195-a-burst-of-orange-light-wakes-up-our-circadian-eye.html

 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Driver Turnover

According to figures released by the American Trucking Associations, the turnover rate at large truckload carriers fell six percentage points to 91% in the fourth quarter of 2013, but were above 90% for the eighth consecutive quarter.

The decline was the second straight for the measure of turnover in the driver pool, however, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said it continues to be elevated.

“We saw turnover at fleets with at least $30 million in annual revenue bottom out near 50% at the depths of the Great Recession and have increased steadily since,” he said. “The rate appears to have flattened out at an elevated level for the moment. However, it could easily increase as tightness in the labor pool should continue, and even worsen, as the economy improves.”

For all of 2013, driver turnover averaged 96%, just below 2012’s average of 98% and well off the all-time high of 130% set in 2005.

Turnover at small truckload fleets rose five points in the last quarter of 2013 to 79%, but was still below the 82% mark the figure hit in the first half of 2012. For the year, turnover at small fleets averaged 82%.

Turnover in the less-than-truckload sector fell two points to 11% in the fourth quarter, which was also the average for 2013.

Looking ahead, Costello said he expects stronger economic growth and increased growth for the trucking industry, which in turn will put more pressure on the driver market and the driver shortage.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 Schilli Basketball Challenge Final

Congratulations to our winner Joyce Schilli with 103 points!

Here is a list of the remaining top 10:

Michael Calvert     82 points
Dean Coleman      82 points
Osbie Wilson        82 points
Ed Brittin               81points
Lou Wilkinson       81 points
Dan Scripter         79 points
Melissa Taylor      78 points
Billy Boswell         77 points
Brian Turnipseed  77 points

For a complete list, click here.

Monday, April 7, 2014

2014 Schilli Basketball Challenge Update

Here are are top 10 as we go into the Championship Game:

Joyce Schilli        103
Michael Calvert     82
Dean Coleman      82
Osbie Wilson         82
Ed Brittin                81
Lou Wilkinson        81
Dan Scripter          79
Melissa Taylor       78
Billy Boswell          77
Brian Turnipseed   77

For the complete list, click here.

Friday, March 28, 2014

2014 Schilli Basketball Challenge Update

Here are the top 10 after Thursday's games:

Michael Calvert    62 points
Richard Rinehart  61 points
Joe Kohler            60 points
Jayne Earhart       59 points
Russ Hammond   59 points
Bobby Shelton      59 points
Dean Coleman     58 points
Heather Geesa     58 points
Sharon Gossett    58 points
Osbie Wilson        58 points

For a complete list, click here.