Temblors continue in Puerto Rico after a 6.4 magnitude quake that struck Jan. 7, but the House is expected to pass this month a $3.4 billion aid package that includes $1.25 billion for highways and $2 billion for community development. In the interim, some residents are taking up shelter in public schools that were built before the island enacted seismic building codes.
Amazon is buying 40 electric vans for deliveries in Munich as part of its effort to reach carbon neutrality in 20 years. Deutsche Post's StreetScooter unit, which is selling the vans to Amazon, has set up 60 charging stations at an Amazon fulfillment center near the city.
Uber, on behalf of several bicycle advocacy groups, has written a letter to a House committee urging work on bicyclist and pedestrian safety. The company supports mobility lanes and policies aimed at decreasing auto traffic, and it is releasing for public use a data tool that includes JUMP bicycle data.
Some people have expressed doubt about electric vehicles' ability to work in extremely low temperatures, but even in a Canadian winter, they do fine, while gas-powered cars often struggle, says Saskatchewan Electric Vehicle Association President Matthew Pointer. He says the cold reduces his EV's range but that nightly charging addresses that problem and that the large battery and relative lack of moving parts in the engine help the car maintain heat.
A preliminary injunction issued Thursday by a federal judge temporarily blocks California from enforcing a new law requiring independent truckers to be treated as employees. US District Judge Roger Benitez ruled that the law encroaches "on Congress' territory by eliminating motor carriers' choice to use independent contractor drivers."
Research suggests that leaders with high levels of discipline and love have better-performing teams and less turnover than leaders who try to please or rule over employees, writes John Eades, CEO of LearnLoft. "Leaders whose style is to elevate their employees report having high-performing teams at rates better than all other styles combined," he writes.
Atlantia's motorway unit, Autostrade per l'Italia, has pledged a 40% increase in its budget amount for highway maintenance over the next four years. The $1.7 billion budget is part of an effort to pacify the Italian government in the wake of the collapse of a bridge it operated, which left 43 people dead.
Amazon has become a growing channel for manufacturers in China looking to sell their goods directly to consumers in the US. China's Jiaxing Zichi Trade is the parent of Orolay, maker of the $139 "Amazon Coat" that was projected to generate sales of up to $40 million last year, according to published data.
Gemma Power Systems will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for a $1 billion natural gas-fired power plant in Cadiz, Ohio. Work is expected to begin this year and provide 500 to 750 construction jobs over three years.
Ethiopian Airlines plans to begin construction this year on a $5 billion airport to accommodate traffic growth. The state-owned carrier will build the new airport near the capital, Addis Ababa, which in 2018 topped Dubai as the leading transit hub for long-haul passengers into Africa.
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