Fort Worth responds to increasing trash build-up

first_imgprintJust before the sun rises, garbage trucks are released to roam the streets and gather curbside trash. Once full, these trucks drive to the Southeast Landfill, where they climb up a hill of compressed waste to dump the day’s delivery on top of about 40 years of Fort Worth garbage. From shredded tires to dirt-covered stuffed animals, this landfill has it all.The total Fort Worth population has increased by 14.7 percent since 2010. Thus, the total generation of municipal waste has been increasing.But the Fort Worth City Council plans to cut the amount of trash going into the landfill by 40 percent.The Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, adopted on Sept. 12 and scheduled to remain in effect until 2037, plans to use recycling and other methods to reduce the size of and preserve the city’s landfill.The Southeast Landfill was built in 1976-1977, is operated by Republic Services, and covers 303 acres — that’s larger than TCU’s 272 acres. It is the only destination for Fort Worth trash.Starting in 2005, the landfill allowed trash to be piled vertically above the ground like mini mountains, and at the current rate, the landfill will be full in an estimated 22 to 23 years. At present volume, the landfill takes between 3,000 and 4,000 tons of waste per day; 10 years ago, it could only take about 800 tons per day due to restrictions on filling the trash above ground.“Back in the day, they didn’t allow trash to go above ground, but they know now you can fill it vertically,” said Southeast Landfill operations supervisor Jane Berry. “So you’re creating a pyramid.”The city has identified several alternative ways of handling waste at the landfill in the mid-to-long term:Expand the landfillIdentify and develop Fort Worth’s next landfillBuild a dual stream transfer station at the landfill for trans-loading waste and recyclables by tractor trailer or railroadCreate a public‐private landfill developmentPush for improved recycling, waste reduction and composting effortsThe previous city landfill, the Fort Worth Regional Landfill, filled a space of about 100 acres of trash and closed in 1995. Now the old landfill is a grassy hill in northeast Fort Worth.When the Southeast Landfill is full and no longer usable, the trash will be sealed shut and vegetation will be planted over the top.Landfill CostAccording to Berry, the replacement for a landfill can take seven to ten years to plan and the development can be very costly.“Operating a landfill is extremely expensive — just the permit is millions of dollars,” she said.In 2017, the total Solid Waste Fund for the city is $63,448,352. The Solid Waste Fund will be provided income from collection of the city’s solid waste and other sources in the city manager’s budget.It is $82 for a resident of Fort Worth to bring their trash to the landfill, and the city garbage trucks negotiate their price. At the Southeast Landfill, $3,579,352 will be paid in 2017 just for the landfill lease revenue.Other expenses include vehicles that Republic Services operates at the landfill such as:Two articulated dump trucksOne excavatorOne motor graderThree, soon to be four, landfill compactorsSix track dozersLandfill compactors are driven up and down the trash piles every day from open to close to tightly pack in the trash. These compactors are replaced every five years and the $40,000 tires are replaced every six months.Ground Water PollutionThe city landfill hasn’t had any ground water contamination, but it continues to protect against pollution with ground water monitoring wells and a slurry wall.“Back in the day, they put landfills by rivers and creeks and these contaminated the water,” Berry said. “Modern landfills have a very strict criterion for lining it, and the slurry wall in a landfill will prevent liquid from going in and out of the landfill.”According to Berry, the landfill cannot have more than one foot of water underneath it. Ground water is intensely monitored at the landfill and if there’s any deviants in ground water, Republic Services ups their testing.Gas EmissionThe current landfill gas management plan is designed to reduce landfill gases released into the atmosphere by using wells and a flare. Extraction wells pull out gas from the landfill and send it through tubes underground to the flare. The 45-foot tall flare burns off the gas by shooting it through a tube and into the air.“You can see clear flames at night,” Berry said. “But the flare is 98.9 percent destructive efficiency, meaning it can’t pollute the air.”Future LandfillWhen the city begins to look for a new site for a future landfill, there is an abundance of restrictions. Before a landfill can be built, an environmental impact study must be done to determine:The area of land for the landfillThe composition of the underlying soil and bedrockThe surface water in the areaThe impact on the local environment and animalsThe historical value of the proposed areaThe construction begins after the study is complete, money is raised and the permit is granted.Waste Drop-Off StationsSome trash goes to drop-off stations before being taken to the landfill. Four drop-off stations take waste such as trash, tree limbs and brush, recyclable materials, household chemicals and other donated items.Household chemicals station at the Brennan Drop-off Station. (Photo by Elizabeth Hinz.)Brennan Drop-off Station employee Jesus Ramirez said during the week, around 200 people drop off waste, and on the weekends around 400 or 500 people.To increase recycling at the landfill, Living Earth works under subcontract to Republic Services to produce mulch from trash. Tree branches, raw wood, leaves and grass clippings thrown away at the drop-off stations or the landfill are ground up to produce mulch that the landfill sells in bulk.Recycling bin at the Brennan Drop-off Station. (Photo by Elizabeth Hinz.)According to Berry, the landfill has been producing mulch for four or five years.“They don’t use any chemicals,” she said. “They use all-natural dyes.”Can at Brennan Drop-off Station containing branches that will be ground into mulch. (Photo by Elizabeth Hinz.)This alternative way of recycling is just one way Fort Worth plans to use trash to reduce the size of the city landfill. Facebook Facebook Elizabeth Hinz is a sophomore journalism major from Sugar Land, Texas. 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R. Scott Jenkins Elected President of 2014 Tournament of Roses

first_img 34 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sweet Things Every Guy Wants To Hear From The Woman He LovesHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Make a comment R. Scott Jenkins Photo by Tournament of RosesIn a ceremony Thursday evening, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association’s Board of Directors confirmed R. Scott Jenkins as president for the 2013-2014 Tournament year. Jenkins will provide leadership for the 125th Rose Parade® presented by Honda and the 100th Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO on Wednesday,Jan. 1, 2014.Jenkins revealed “Dreams Come True” as the theme for the 125th Rose Parade. “The 2014 theme is a reminder that not only is it possible to reach seemingly impossible goals, but that by boldly pursuing those goals, we have actually attained them,” said Jenkins. “Dreams have come true and continue to come true as a result of imagination, passion, creativity and hard work. And regardless of size or scope, dreams fuel the stories of our lives.”Jenkins has been a volunteer member of the Tournament of Roses Association since 1982 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2003. Throughout his extensive Tournament career, Jenkins has served on many committees and was chair of four: Formation Area, Float Entries, Queen and Court, and Services and Properties committees.In addition to Jenkins’ many years of service with the Tournament of Roses, he is currently president of the Foundation of San Marino Community Church, a board member at Forest Lawn Memorial – Parks & Mortuaries, and general counsel of the Western Justice Center Foundation. He is also active in the Pasadena Rotary Club, Twilight Club, and Caltech Associates.In the past, Jenkins served as president and trustee of the San Marino Unified School District, president and director of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, president and trustee of the San Marino Schools Foundation, chair of the Citizens Oversight Committee for the San Marino Schools Modernization Project, and elder at the San Marino Community Church.In 2002, Jenkins received the San Marino Citizen of the Year award for his contributions to the community. In 2003, he was recognized with the Golden Apple Award from the San Marino Unified School District for his work with the schools. Professionally, Jenkins is a Partner with Hahn and Hahn Lawyers with a corporate and real estate practice.Born and raised in Pasadena, Jenkins attended Pasadena High School. He received his A.B. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California. He currently lives in San Marino with his wife, Cindy; they have two grown daughters, Courtney and Lindsay. Jenkins enjoys golf, weight-training, and reading. The Jenkins regularly participate in church mission trips to Africa and in August of 2012, they led an expedition to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO and a variety of associated events. The Tournament’s 935 volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization within the community and serve on one of 31 committees that ensure the success of the parade and game. Collectively, they contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 125th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Dreams Come True,” will take place Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, followed by the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO. OnJan. 6, 2014 the Tournament also will host the 2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl Stadium. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com.center_img Community News News Feature Stories R. Scott Jenkins Elected President of 2014 Tournament of Roses Jenkins Announces “Dreams Come True” as Theme for 2014 Rose Parade® presented by Honda From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, January 17, 2013 | 8:54 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Business Newslast_img read more

T.J. Watt: Steelers rookie Devin Bush ‘quicker than snot’

first_imgBush, who ran a 4.43 time during the 40-yard dash at the combine, was taken tenth overall out of Michigan after the Steelers traded up.”He showed really quickly he’s going to be able to fit in well with the defense with that group of guys,” tight end Vance McDonald said. “When you look at him, you don’t expect him to be as quick or as agile as he is. There’s a couple of things he needs to work on: being more vocal, because of the role Coach Tomlin wants him to fit into quickly, and the expectation of him doing that. But that’s still such a young thing. You never want to overstep, especially when the pressure is on. I think that will come, especially in Latrobe as he gets the pads on.” Bush, 20, had 172 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and an interception in 32 games over his three seasons with the Wolverines. He was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year last year and was a huge part of coach Jim Harbaugh’s defense.However, he raised eyebrows when he was seen on Michigan State’s field before the Wolverines’ big rivalry game trying to destroy the Spartans logo on the turf in the middle of the field.Last month, he took to social media to shut down rumors that he was in trouble with police after an Instagram video of him surrounded by law enforcement went viral, calling it “false news.” Devin Bush has already made an impression on his teammates.Just six weeks removed from the 2019 NFL Draft, there’s already hope the Steelers’ rookie linebacker and first-round selection will be able help fill the void left by injured veteran Ryan Shazier. Johnny Manziel eyeing XFL team for comebackcenter_img “He’s not the biggest guy, but he definitely walks with a presence, walks with a purpose,” outside linebacker T.J. Watt said, via ESPN.com. “He’s taken on a good role in knowing all the plays and being able to call some plays for us.”Added Watt: “He’s quicker than snot. He’s been flying around and making a lot of good plays.” Related News Cam Newton injury update: Panthers QB to throw at minicamp next weeklast_img read more

Planning for high yielding soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA product manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.When planning for the upcoming growing season, it can be easy to focus more energy on corn production as it has traditionally been the more intensively managed crop. However, producers who put in the effort to manage their soybean crop have proven it is possible to attain high yields of 70+ bushels per acre. Below are some tips for planning to produce high-yielding soybeans in 2019.Quality seed: Planting the right seed sets the stage for the entire growing season. Growers should plant genetics with high yield potential. Choose varieties that have been tested at several locations and across multiple years. Growers should choose varieties adapted to their soil types and management practices. As with corn, choosing varieties with strong disease packages and agronomic traits with aid in achieving higher yields.Planting date: University research has proven that timely, early planting is one way to increase soybean yields. As with corn, planting soybeans by early May improves yield potential. This Ohio State University Study showed a 2.5-bushel per acre yield improvement when planting May 8 vs. May 29. Purdue University has also documented maximized soybean yields for early May plantings in this study.Seed treatments: Seed treatments are a critical component of a soybean management program, especially for growers who plant early or into no-till or minimum tillage situations. Early in the growing season when soils and weather conditions are cooler, germination and growth will be slowed down. Seed treatments provide protection from diseases and early season pests that can significantly reduce stands, decreasing yields and/or resulting in the need for replant.Fertility and pH: Adequate soil fertility is another important factor that allows soybeans to reach their maximum yield potential. Consulting soil tests and university recommendations for adequate levels of nutrients as well as crop removal rates will help determine how much potassium and phosphorus should be applied. When the proper pH range is maintained, soil nutrients will be available to the soybean plant for uptake. Generally, a pH range between 6.2 and 6.8 maximizes soybean yields. Adequate pH levels also improve the ability of Rhizobium bacteria to fix nitrogen.Inoculant: Inoculation of seed with Rhizobium will ensure that enough bacteria are present in the soil to fix adequate amounts of N. This is especially important in fields where soybeans have not been grown for multiple years.Row widths and seeding rates: Row widths and seeding rates go hand-in-hand. University research shows that narrower rows (15in or less) increase yields. Narrower rows allow for plants to canopy earlier and capture optimum levels of sunlight for photosynthesis. Seeding rates will vary based on row width, planting date, germ of soybean seed, and soil types. While some research recommends lower seeding rates, growers should take into consideration historical performance on their own farms. While seeding rates that are unnecessarily high, low seeding rates can result in reduced stands. Seeding rates may need to be higher in low yielding environments where emergence is a concern and plant stands can be diminished due to tough growing conditions. Proper seeding rates will improve emergence on the Eastern Corn Belt’s tight clay soil types where adverse conditions exist.Disease and pest management: Growers should plant soybean varieties with adequate disease resistance. Scouting throughout the growing season will also be important to determine if rescue treatments including fungicides or insecticides need to be made.While it can be tempting to try the latest technology or new foliar product to drive yields, it is important to start with the important building blocks first. This Checklist from the University of Kentucky agronomist, Chad Lee is another resource for putting together a plan for producing soybeans in the 2019 growing season. Growers who take time to properly manage their soybeans will move closer to attaining the high-yield potential of today’s soybean genetics.last_img read more

a month agoWatford boss Sanchez Flores: We must be careful with Welbeck

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores: We must be careful with Welbeckby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores won’t rush Danny Welbeck’s comeback.Welbeck, who has recovered from a broken ankle, scored his first Hornets goal in the 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Swansea on Tuesday night.He has played the full 90 minutes in both of Watford’s cup matches this term but made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League.“I said two weeks ago we have a plan for him,” said Sanchez Flores. “We are taking care with him and we are very passionate about him coming back to the team.“I just want the fans to see the good version of Danny, not the kind of Danny who goes to the pitch with some pain. I want Danny 100 per cent so we can enjoy this Danny.” last_img read more

22 days agoCrouch questions Liverpool nerves after RB Salzburg win

first_imgCrouch questions Liverpool nerves after RB Salzburg winby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Crouch has questioned Liverpool’s nerves after Wednesday’s 4-3 win over RB Salzburg in the Champions League.The European champions blew a three-goal lead at Anfield when Erling Braud Haaland equalised for the visitors.And Crouch says the performance was “absolutely mental” from his former side.”It was mental, absolutely mental,” Crouch said on BT Sport.”Liverpool were flying, playing some of the best attacking football I have seen from them this season. And then the second half, I don’t even know where to begin. 3-3, I just couldn’t have seen it, and then Salah pops up with the winner.”An incredible match, highly entertaining, but for the wrong reasons for Liverpool in the end. They got a bit nervy Liverpool, you have to say.”Once the first goal went in, then the second, Fabinho, whose normally so calm on the ball, was passing it out of play, they weren’t as intricate as they were in the first half.”So it definitely affected them but the fourth goal killed them off and then they controlled the game and managed it out.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Bravo pasta sauce seekers create can shortage at Giant Tiger stores

first_imgVANCOUVER – Bravo pasta sauce fans are stocking up on the product that’s reappeared in some Giant Tiger stores after Kraft Canada announced it would bring the recently discontinued sauce back for a limited time following social media outcry.While stores say they’re quickly running out of the pantry staple, die-hard fans hoping to buy a lifetime supply shouldn’t fret because more shipments will arrive soon.“My phone has not stopped ringing for the last two days,” said Richard McKay, owner of a Giant Tiger store in Sudbury, Ont.The store received about 4,000 cans on Nov. 27, which McKay said he put out on the floor that morning. By the evening, there wasn’t any left.It’s a similar scene in many of the other Giant Tiger stores reached by The Canadian Press. Employees said some customers would leave with one or two, while others bought in bulk.A Toronto-area store worker said their location received 144 cans on Tuesday and had less than two dozen left by Thursday morning.A Brampton, Ont., store employee said the initial 128 cans their location received and promptly sold out of was a test and they’re awaiting a “by far” bigger shipment for January.On Kraft Canada’s Facebook page, one Facebook user posted a photo showing a tower of more than a dozen flats of the sauce stacked that she said was in her home.“I’ll fill up my whole room with it,” she said in the accompanying post, asking the company to bring it back permanently.About 180,000 cans were shipped to Giant Tiger stores in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I., said Alison Scarlett, a Giant Tiger spokeswoman, in an email. Certain stores in western provinces also received shipments, she said.Some home cooks expressed frustration at how quickly the product sold out at nearby locations, especially when the company first announced the sauce would arrive in stores Dec. 10 rather than late November.Kraft Canada did not respond to a request for comment, but the company answered consumer gripes on its Facebook account.The sauce’s return is a limited time offer and individual stores determine whether to stock it, the company said, encouraging sauce seekers to scour their local Giant Tiger’s flyers to find out when it’ll be available again if it’s currently sold out.Scarlett said some stores have sold out, but the company is doing its best to replenish supplies quickly.McKay said he expects to receive another shipment by Dec. 10. He initially ordered 6,000 cans, but is now trying to get even more.Though, McKay added, he’ll continue to limit customers to 12 cans per person.The discontinued sauce returned after a Welland, Ont., man started an online petition, saying Kraft Canada’s decision left him with beloved family recipes he’ll no longer be able to make.Nearly 11,000 people signed the petition urging the company to bring back the sauce and Kraft Canada announced in mid-November that it would make the product available for a limited time at Giant Tiger stores.It has yet to make a commitment to permanently reinstate the sauce, despite continuing consumer pressure.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Airbnbs federal budget proposal tells Liberals We want to be regulated

first_imgOTTAWA – One of the world’s largest short-term rental websites is inviting the Trudeau Liberals to create a regulatory regime for the burgeoning industry — something its critics have long advocated and raising pressure on the government to set rules in the market.Airbnb’s budget proposal to the House of Commons finance committee asks the federal Liberals to avoid forcing “old and outdated rules” for traditional hotels onto Airbnb hosts, pushing instead for a simple-to-understand regime.In its five-page submission, the company bluntly says: “We want to be regulated” — a step beyond last year’s request for the government to apply a “light” regulatory touch.“We think as a platform our hosts should pay taxes. I know people get shocked when we say that, but we do. We think we should be contributing,” Alex Dagg, Airbnb’s public policy manager in Canada, said in an interview.“We just need to figure out what are the appropriate rules in place to do that and how can we facilitate that.”The submission leaves the Liberals with mounting requests and offers from online service providers themselves to set some regulations around their work, including applying sales taxes, all of which the government has thus far shied away from.Quebec, British Columbia and a handful of cities have enacted rules and struck deals to get tax revenues from bookings on Airbnb, which is one of the few services of its kind to negotiate tax agreements with Canadian governments. Quebec’s deal netted the province about $2.8 million over the first six months of the tax agreement.In April, a Liberal-dominated Commons committee urged Ottawa to make online service providers based outside the country collect and remit sales taxes as part of a series of recommendations to help Canada’s small businesses compete online.In late May, the national broadcast regulator released a report calling on the federal government to pry more commitments — monetary or otherwise — from online streaming giants like Netflix and Spotify and consider new internet levies to fund Canadian content.Federal officials have told groups that they are looking at how to tax and regulate online service providers, but don’t seem to have a clear idea of how to do it.The Hotel Association of Canada said Thursday the Liberals should require online businesses to also hand over detailed information on all home-renting activity so tax authorities have a list of all short-term rental hosts and can force those with high earnings to pay taxes like hotel chains.The industry group argued it wasn’t interested in targeting the casual home owner who rents out a room or unit for a few nights a year, instead putting a bull’s-eye on hosts who rent out multiple homes or units for months on end as part of a larger commercial operation.“We are not against Airbnb and we’re not against the competition. Competition is, in fact, a good thing. What we’re looking for here is fairness and a level playing field,” said Alana Baker, the association’s director of government relations.Airbnb says there are some 80,000 people who offer places to rent in Canada, and they earn on average about $5,500 annually.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

Uber restarts modified selfdriving testing in Toronto focused on AI

first_imgTORONTO — Uber Technologies Inc. says its self-driving vehicles have returned to the streets of Toronto in a modified program after it halted testing earlier this year when one of its autonomous vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.The company said Thursday that the limited relaunch of a few vehicles in the Toronto area will have a driver in control at all times and include a second operator as a precaution. The Arizona crash in March happened while an operator was streaming a television show and the vehicle was operating autonomously.Raquel Urtasun, chief scientist at Uber Advanced Technologies Group in Toronto, said in an interview that since the incident Uber has reviewed safety measures company-wide, including at the research group.“Since the tragic incident, ATG has been working, has really been looking at all of our processes and the way we develop the technology.”She said safety comes first and the company has looked to emphasize more simulations in autonomous development.“We have revamped all our offline testing such that we minimize the need for tests on the roads, and instead we leverage all of our data collection processes and we can test and create simulations so that we minimize the risks until the technology is ready.”The Toronto testing will focus on development and data collection for the company’s artificial intelligence systems including map building, more-so than testing the real-world self-driving capabilities of the vehicles, said Urtasun.Self-driving vehicles generally require high-definition road maps to operate and supplement the various on-board sensors. The company says it’s working to build technology that will allow map building in real-time to speed up the mapping process.Uber says it has also restarted testing in Pittsburgh, where vehicles will be operated in a fully autonomous mode with two safety operators, and in San Francisco where drivers will control the car similarly to the Toronto program.The company says it also plans to move its ATG research and development hub a couple kilometres west from its current base in Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District tech hub as it plans to double the size of its AI research team to 100 next year. The growth of the AI research team is on top of plans announced in September to invest upwards of $200 million and hire 200 engineers in its first engineering facility in Canada. The Advanced Technologies Group will relocate to a mixed-use development under construction by RioCan called the Bathurst College Centre.Urtasun said the company hasn’t had problems with recruitment yet despite strong demand in the Toronto technology sector.“This is one of the fundamental problems that, you know, is going to influence the way we live in this century. So everybody’s very excited to be working in self-driving.”Ian Bickis, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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