Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 6:30 AM EDT Apr 19, 2019 LANSING — Michigan's highest-in-the-nation gross truck weights are responsible for significant damage to state roads and bridges, despite years of denials from the Michigan Department of Transportation, experts say. The issue is an important one as residents consider Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's plan to "fix the damn roads" by hiking the tax on both regular and diesel fuels by 45 cents per gallon but not changing Michigan's truck weight laws. The plan would raise an extra $2.5 billion a year — of which $1.9 billion would be spent on roads and bridges. For years, MDOT has had a ready answer when motorists draw a link between roads that are ranked among the nation's worst and a truck weight limit of 164,000 pounds that is more than double the federal limit. It's not the total weight of the truck that matters — it's the amount of weight carried by each truck axle, the … [Read more...] about Experts weigh in on how much trucks in Michigan damage roads
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Can Tho’s export revenue grows 13 percent in Q1 Processing tra fish for export at the Southern Fishery Industries Co. Ltd in Can Tho city The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho exported 447.8 million USD worth of goods in the first three months of 2019, up 13.32 percent year on year, according to the municipal Department of Industry and Trade. Aquatic products and rice remained the key foreign currency earners for the city during the first quarter. Nearly 46,500 tonnes of aquatic products worth 132.57 million USD were shipped abroad, respectively rising by 27.29 percent and 10.78 percent against the same period last year. The biggest markets were Japan, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, and Hong Kong (China). Seafood exporting companies said the shipment of shrimp and tra fish products has benefited from many preferential tariffs in other member countries of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) as from March. Therefore, they have been applying … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 3/4
Substandard products removed from Ministry’s list The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has removed unsafe and substandard pesticide, veterinary medicine, fertilizer from its list. 1,774 pesticide products; 1,052 veterinary medicine and 3,621 fertilizers were banned in Vietnam as per the Ministry’s decision. Additionally, the Ministry said that there has been progress in linkage between farmers and enterprises in consumption and supply chains of safe agricultural produce. There has been 1,249 supply chains with 1,450 safe products and 3,181 places to sell safe products in 63 cities and provinces. Enterprises such as Vingroup, Dabaco, Hung Nhon, Sanha, Ba Huan poured its investment in cooperatives and household farms to provide high qualified agricultural products on a large scale. Vietnam Cooperative Alliance also set up supermarket chains connecting with over 100 agricultural cooperatives to form supply chains of safe farm produce. There have been … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 13/3
Melody Gutierrez, Los Angeles Times Published 7:22 am PST, Thursday, March 7, 2019 In this file photo, the final steel truss span of the Old Bay Bridge is seen through the open door of a CalTrans vehicle in Oakland, CA, on Tuesday March 28, 2017. In this file photo, the final steel truss span of the Old Bay Bridge is seen through the open door of a CalTrans vehicle in Oakland, CA, on Tuesday March 28, 2017. Photo: Michael Short, Special To The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Michael Short, Special To The Chronicle Image 1 of / 39 Caption Close Image 1 of 39 In this file photo, the final steel truss span of the Old Bay Bridge is seen through the open door of a CalTrans vehicle in Oakland, CA, on Tuesday March 28, 2017. In this file photo, the final steel truss span of the Old Bay … [Read more...] about Oakland Caltrans worker retires with $405k in unused vacation. That wasn’t tops in California.
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Many experts agree that HCM City authorities should focus on improving public transport before making decisions about limiting vehicles in the inner city. HCM City’s Việt Nam Fatherland Front on March 1 organised a conference about a draft plan to develop a public transport system (metro lines, bus, taxi, waterbus and urban railway) and limit the circulation of private vehicles (bikes, motorbikes and cars) by 2030. Nearly 63 per cent of 35,000 people who were surveyed about the plan agreed to limiting inner-city travel only if public transport met demand, according to a recent survey conducted by the Transport Development and Strategy Institute (TDSI) in collaboration with the city’s Department of Transport and district authorities. The survey was conducted face to face with 30,000 people living in all of the city’s 24 districts and with 5,000 people who were driving through nine traffic hotspots in the city. Lawyer … [Read more...] about Improve public transport first before limiting vehicles in inner city: experts