Crowley Advances Major Australia Fuel Services Project with Saunders International

Crowley Advances Major Australia Fuel Services Project with Saunders International

Crowley has reached an agreement with Saunders International Ltd. to provide engineering, procurement, construction, and management (EPCM) services, as well as the construction of multiple bulk fuel storage tanks. The agreement is a vital component to enable Crowley’s fuel management and storage services in Darwin, Australia, serving U.S. military operations in the Pacific.

In September, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency-Energy awarded Crowley the multi-year contract worth $192 million to receive, store, protect and ship aviation-grade JP-5 turbine fuel and commercial grade Jet A-1 fuel for military forces. Services will be provided at a bulk fuel storage facility in Darwin located in Australia’s Northern Territory. Saunders’ participation will support Crowley’s efforts to deliver important fuel storage services at Darwin to the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency-Energy and the nation’s service branches.

“We are pleased to be entering into this agreement with such a highly reputed firm as Saunders International to provide professional management and tank construction services,” said Sean Thomas, vice president, Crowley Solutions, the company’s government services business unit. “We value their proven industry expertise in Australia and look forward to working with them to deliver Crowley’s energy solutions.”

Sydney-based Saunders is a market leader in the construction of bulk liquid storage tanks over the past 70 years and has an extensive track record in the delivery of major tank construction projects. Saunders has successfully constructed nine bulk liquid storage tanks over the past 18 months in Australia, including two tanks for the Royal Australian Air Force base in Darwin. Two tanks are also being completed in the area for the Australian Navy at the nearby Larrakeyah Precinct.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract following the advisory services Saunders has provided over the past several months,” Saunders Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mark Benson said. “We have worked in a collaborative manner with Crowley to develop this project and during this time, we have developed a strong working relationship with Crowley, whose values and culture are closely aligned to Saunders.”



The New Convenience Delivery Service Offers Fresh Foods, Meal Solutions, Grocery Staples, Household Necessities and Snacks Within 30 Minutes via Instacart

For a Limited Time, Customers Who Use the New Service Can Enjoy $20 Off Their $30 Order

QUINCY, MASS.- Committed to providing customers with convenient ways to shop, Stop & Shop is taking convenience to a new level, partnering with Instacart, the leading online grocery platform in North America, to launch Stop & Shop Express. Stop & Shop Express allows customers to shop for groceries, convenience items, and other household essentials delivered to them in as fast as 30 minutes. Stop & Shop is the first grocery retailer in the Northeast to make this service available with Instacart.

Perfect for when you forget the key ingredient in a recipe, just ran out of diapers, or crave a late-night snack, customers will be able to choose from more than 30,000 convenience items like prepared foods, snacks, beverages, paper goods, cleaners, and baby products via Stop & Shop Express. Stop & Shop Express is available to shoppers across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey.

To celebrate the launch of Stop & Shop Express, customers will receive $20 off their $30 order beginning Tuesday, October 19 with the code Save20on30VC*. Stop & Shop Express is available seven days a week and can be utilized as long as Stop & Shop stores are open, as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 12 a.m. Stop & Shop Express carries a $10 minimum and a $2.99 delivery fee. Instacart Express members will receive Priority Delivery in as fast as 30 minutes for free.

Stop & Shop Express will join Instacart’s Convenience Hub, an Instacart Marketplace product feature that streamlines the convenience shopping experience for customers. Convenience delivery allows customers to access the essentials they need in as fast as 30 minutes – when they need just a few items quickly – supplementing their weekly grocery shop.

“With Stop & Shop Express, not only will we continue to be there for our customers with our great selection of grocery items, but we can be there for them in as fast as 30 minutes,” said Gordon Reid, President of Stop & Shop. “Our customers’ lives are busier than ever, and this service will help make things easier for them.”

Stop & Shop Express is part of Instacart’s growing convenience category that allows customers to receive an expedited delivery. Stop & Shop first partnered with Instacart in 2017 to offer customers same-day delivery. In July 2020, the grocer expanded its availability on Instacart to 321 locations, making same-day, contactless delivery accessible from more than 75% of its stores.“We’re proud to expand our long-standing partnership with Stop & Shop to provide customers with an unmatched convenience delivery offering,” said Chris Rogers, Vice President of Retail at Instacart. “From a last minute baking or dinner ingredient to toothpaste and paper goods, we’re thrilled to give customers an easier and faster way to access their convenience shopping needs. As part of our deepened partnership, we’re excited to introduce Stop & Shop Express and continue to provide an online grocery experience that is effortless, accessible and affordable for customers.”Customers can shop Stop & Shop Express at, and via Instacart at To learn more about Stop & Shop Express, please visit

Airline riders to dress masks for two more years

Airline riders to dress masks for two more years

Airline passengers to wear masks for two more years, Emirates SVP predicts

Airline travelers will have to get used to wearing face masks on flights for at least another two years, a senior leader from Emirates airline has announced.

Zack Zainal Abidin, senior vice president of Emirates Group Security, made his remarks at a Dubai aviation security conference.

“Covid is here to stay and it won’t improve until it’s regarded as endemic rather than a pandemic,” he said
“It used to be the fact that the flu was regarded as a threatening disease until it became part and reality of life.

“It’s going to take some time before Covid-19 approaches that stage.”

When addressing the global voyage, Mr. Abidin cautioned that people should not assume to go mask-free anytime soon.

“It’s going to be a while before the status of Covid-19 turns and there’s going to be at least two more years of people wearing masks,” he stated.

Envoy America Taps Healthcare Executive Josh Berg to Join Its Leadership Team

Envoy America Taps Healthcare Executive Josh Berg to Join Its Leadership Team

Josh Berg

PHOENIX, September 29, 2021 ( – Envoy America, a comprehensive program that offers transportation plus assistance and companionship services for seniors, the infirm, and the disabled, announced that Josh Berg has joined its leadership team as Director of Operations, to lead the Lifespark Go! powered by Envoy America partnership. Berg brings a breadth of experience in the healthcare, government, public service, education, and senior markets building organizations, delivering second-mile service and growing market share.

In April 2020, Envoy America and Lifespark entered into a partnership agreement to provide an innovative co-branded transportation service called ‘Lifespark GO!! Powered by Envoy America,’ to seniors as part of Lifespark’s seven-element partner offerings.

“The addition of a Director of Operations for our Minnesota market to lead the ‘Lifespark Go! powered by Envoy America’ partnership at this stage in our company’s journey is indicative of how fast we have grown, and I am energized by the opportunities that lie ahead for us to innovate, forge partnerships with our Companion Drivers and make inroads into the Minnesota market,” said K. C. Kanaan, Envoy America CEO. “Berg has the leadership skills, functional expertise, and proven experience with high-growth companies, as well as a shared passion for applying innovative thinking to the challenges facing our aging population and the infirm. Envoy America Companion Drivers and clients will benefit greatly from his expertise and willingness to think differently about service and transportation as one of the top concerns for aging Americans especially during these uncertain times.” 

Instead of the standard pick up and drop off service of other transportation companies, Envoy America offers a door-to-door service where Companion Drivers not only drive but also provide companionship and assistance at all points along the journey from pushing a grocery cart, to running errands and taking clients to and from appointments. Companion Drivers remain with clients until they are back home. All Companion Drivers undergo specialized training to understand the geriatric needs of their clients.

“Lifespark GO! launched right before the pandemic and proved invaluable for clients who needed to get to life-sustaining treatments safely when family and friends weren’t able to help. I am excited to further grow Lifespark Go! within our Lifespark Senior Living communities and our partner networks to address a critical need seniors face with transportation gaps. As a Minneapolis native, and a professional who has been working in the healthcare/senior markets for a long time, I was able to see firsthand the travel challenges and limitations senior citizens experience as they age. There is a tremendous need for maintaining independence and Lifespark Go! is able to satisfy transportation needs by way of our compassionate and trained Companion Drivers who see serving seniors as a calling rather than just a job,” said Berg.

Berg will lead all aspects of operations, growth, and strategy within the Minnesota market, leveraging his continued work within Lifespark’s partner management team, his active participation across industry associations such as LeadingAge Minnesota, Care Providers of Minnesota, and The Medical Alley, etc., and the relationships he and the Lifespark team have forged over the years. He will help build and reinforce the Minnesota team through the recruiting, hiring, and onboarding of Companion Drivers and other support/lead positions, establish and implement Envoy America’s best practices, and establish new partnerships across the continuum of senior service providers in the Minnesota market.

Israel Becomes the First Country Ever to Ban Fur

Israel Becomes the First Country Ever to Ban Fur

More proof that PETA could bring about the end of the fur industry: After years of persistent campaigning by the organization and local activists, Israel has banned the sale of fur, making it the first country in the world to do so.

The historic ban represents a victory for so many. PETA Senior Vice President of Campaigns Dan Mathews and PETA Honorary Director Pamela Anderson personally lobbied government officials in Tel Aviv and appealed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to support a ban on fur. Local activists have campaigned for years to achieve such a ban. Israel Minister of Environmental Protection Gila Gamliel signed the bill into law today after an overwhelming 86% of Israelis showed support for the proposal. Most importantly, this victory belongs to animals—the rabbits, minks, foxes, and other vulnerable species who suffer and are killed for human vanity.

Pamela Anderson has been speaking out against the fur industry for years—the PETA honorary director was among the first to bare all for PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign.

I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur

For decades, PETA and our international affiliates have exposed horrific cruelty on fur farms, demonstrating that animals spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest killing methods available, including neck-breaking, suffocation, poisoning, and genital electrocution. Numerous video investigations have revealed minks being gassed en masse, foxes being electrocuted, rabbits screaming in pain as they’re shocked with electrical devices, and numerous animals being skinned alive.

There’s another reason every country should follow in Israel’s footsteps: Cramming sick and stressed animals together in unsanitary conditions on fur farms creates the perfect breeding ground for deadly diseases. The novel coronavirus has been found on mink fur farms in a dozen countries—Canada, Denmark (where a variant of the disease in minks infected humans), France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S.—resulting in the emergency mass slaughter of tens of millions of animals.

The momentum against fur continues to grow around the world.

Israel is in good company: California banned the sale of new fur statewide in 2019, and numerous top designers and retailers—including Macy’sNordstrom, Burberry, GucciVersaceMichael Kors, Jimmy Choo, and Giorgio Armani—have banned fur. Humane options—such as faux fur made from hemp, frayed denim, and even recycled plastic bottles—continue to advance and are in higher demand than ever before.

Join PETA in Urging Others to Ban Fur, Too

Israel—an entire country—has banned fur. Meanwhile, Canada Goose is still selling fur from loyal, sensitive coyotes caught in painful steel traps before being shot, bludgeoned, or killed in some other violent way. Click below to urge the retailer to ditch fur now!