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Another state Motor Vehicle Commission agency closed its doors Thursday, bringing the number of centers that have shuttered due to COVID-19 to nine.

The Lodi licensing center was closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 and will reopen on Dec. 3, the state announced Thursday evening.

It was unclear when the infected employee was last in the building.

Eight other MVC Centers remain closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19 at each location, and will reopen on the following dates:

  • Trenton Regional/Vehicle Center – reopens Friday.
  • Eatontown Regional/Licensing Center – reopens Friday.
  • Rahway Licensing Center – reopens Nov. 24.
  • Bayonne Licensing Center – reopens Nov. 25.
  • Wallington Vehicle Center – reopens Nov. 25.
  • Lakewood Vehicle Center – reopens Nov. 28.
  • Flemington Vehicle Center – reopens Nov. 30.
  • Delanco Center -reopens Nov. 30.

The Runnemede Vehicle Center reopened Thursday.

Drivers should check the website before going to an agency to determine its status.

Reporter Larry Higgs contributed to this article.

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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Believe it or not, America’s oldest bike-maker actually has roots in the Grand Strand.

a sign on the side of a building: Oldest American bike manufacturer churning out cycles in Conway.

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Oldest American bike manufacturer churning out cycles in Conway.

Worksman Cycles opened up shop in Conway in 2017, and the company originating in 1898 out of New York City is one of the country’s first when it comes to bicycles. The company’s president said he knew he wanted to move operations elsewhere, and Conway was the perfect place.

Now, 50 employees are churning bikes out to fill Christmas lists all over the world.

“We sent a whole container of these to New Zealand. That was a first for us,” said Wayne Sosin, president of Worksman Cycles. “One of the things we’re working on now that I’m so excited about is we’re working with the Salvation Army. They’re using one of our tricycles with a really large cabinet on it and they feel they can access the homeless populations and places that are harder to reach with trucks. So they’re going to ride into these homeless populations with tricycles and help these people by giving them food.”

At the facility, some workers paint tricycles headed to the Salvation Army using a spray powder and a 400-degree oven.

Worksman Cycles has also made a more local impact, such as a partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation in Conway. It’s hired several deaf and hard of hearing people through the partnership.

“I was the first deaf and hard of hearing person that the company hired, so once I got hired that really opened the door for deaf and hard of hearing people to want to come here and want to work,” said Xavier, one of the employees hired through the program.

Xavier also serves as an American Sign Language interpreter for co-workers.

Sosin said the company makes 15 different types of tricycles and bicycles. The company used to mainly makes tricycles for big companies like Boeing and Amazon, as a way of transportation across the warehouses and factories.

Due to the pandemic, Sosin said non-commercial bicycle sales have soared, and the company has a handful of styles to choose from.

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Nov 19, 2020 (Heraldkeepers) —
Global Intelligent Transportation Management System Market Size, Status and Forecast 2020-2026 , Covid 19 Outbreak Impact research report added by Report Ocean, is an in-depth analysis of market characteristics, size and growth, segmentation, regional and country breakdowns, competitive landscape, market shares, trends and strategies for this market. It traces the market’s historic and forecast market growth by geography. It places the market within the context of the wider Intelligent Transportation Management System market, and compares it with other markets., market definition, regional market opportunity, sales and revenue by region, manufacturing cost analysis, Industrial Chain, market effect factors analysis, Intelligent Transportation Management System market size forecast, market data & Graphs and Statistics, Tables, Bar &Pie Charts, and many more for business intelligence. Getcomplete Report (Including Full TOC, 100+ Tables & Figures, and Chart). – In-depth Analysis Pre & Post COVID-19 Market Outbreak Impact Analysis

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The key players covered in this study




Kapsch Trafficcom

Tomtom International




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Lanner Electronics


Market segment by Type, the product can be split into

advanced Traffic Management System

advanced Traveler Information System

ITS-Enabled Transportation Pricing System

advanced Public Transportation System

Commercial Vehicle Operation

Market segment by application, split into

Fleet Management and asset Monitoring

Intelligent Traffic Control

Collision avoidance

Parking Management

Passenger Information Management

Ticketing Management

Emergency Vehicle Notification

automotive Telematics


A combination of factors, including COVID-19 containment situation, end-use market recovery & Recovery Timeline of 2020/ 2021

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Opening of Economy by Q3 2020 xx xx xx xx
Recovery – Opening of Economy extended till Q4 2020 / Q1 2021 xx xx xx xx

Under COVID-19 Outbreak Impact Analysis:
We analyzed industry trends in the context of COVID-19. We analyzed the impact of COVID-19 on the product industry chain based on the upstream and downstream markets. We analyze the impact of COVID-19 on various regions and major countries.
The impact of COVID-19 on the future development of the industry is pointed out.

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Geographical Breakdown: The regional and country breakdowns section gives an analysis of the market in each geography and the size of the market by geography and compares their historic and forecast growth. It covers the impact and recovery path of Covid 19 for all regions, key developed countries and major emerging markets.


Countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines,


Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is under consideration to lead the department of transportation, people familiar with the matter say, a move that would enrage progressive activists if the former Illinois congressman and White House chief of staff in the Obama administration was ultimately nominated to join the President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet.

Rahm Emanuel wearing a suit and tie holding a guitar: Rahm Emanuel addresses the audience during the Laver Cup Gala at the Navy Pier Ballroom on September 20, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Rahm Emanuel addresses the audience during the Laver Cup Gala at the Navy Pier Ballroom on September 20, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

Emanuel has expressed his interest in the post, telling allies that the nation’s infrastructure challenges are so dire that a person with experience from the executive and legislative branch would be an asset.

Emanuel is among a number of people who are expected to be considered for the job, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Biden has, so far, not named any cabinet posts during his presidential transition, which has been partially stalled by President Donald Trump fighting the results of the election and not conceding. Biden is not expected to make any announcements until after Thanksgiving.

But Biden has announced a host of top White House jobs, including Ron Klain, one of his most trusted campaign advisers, for chief of staff and both Jen O’Malley Dillon, Biden’s campaign manager, and Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, a top adviser.

Emanuel’s record in Chicago could be a major hurdle to confirmation, particularly among progressives, considering the city’s crime rate and the police shooting of Laquan McDonald, which is the leading reason he did not seek a third term as mayor.

Emanuel has been a mainstay in Democratic politics for decades. He was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton in in the 1990s, before he represented Illinois in the House from 2003 to 2009. He left the House in 2009 to become chief of staff to President Barack Obama, leaving in 2010 to successfully run for mayor.

Jeff Hauser, director of the Revolving Door Project at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, said that Biden picking Rahm “would cause at least half of the Democratic Party to jump off the Biden train.”

“From civil rights activists to economic progressives, it is hard to identify a group of grassroots activists whom Rahm hasn’t permanently alienated,” said Hauser.

This initial reaction is an example of how Biden’s Cabinet selections will be a jigsaw puzzle for the President-elect, where factoring the diversity of race, gender and ideology of all appointments will paint a broader picture of how Democrats, including progressives, view the Biden administration.

Biden has pledged he will nominate a Cabinet that reflects the diversity of the country.

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Norcross, GA, Nov 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
Norcross, GA, Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EasyCare, a dealer solutions provider and administrator of F&I products offered by auto dealers, received a 2020 Automotive Communications Award at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) Virtual Event held on November 3. This recognition marks the twelfth Automotive Communications award the company has received since 2014.

EasyCare’s dealer-focused blog won in the Business-to-Business Article/Blog/Content Piece category, earning the title of one of the automotive industry’s leading B2B blogs. With articles focused on timely topics ranging from F&I best practices to compliance and employee development, the blog has gained national attention and has become an invaluable resource for dealers across the country.

“In today’s market, effective communication and informative content are more important than ever. As a leading voice in the industry, it’s our responsibility to provide dealers with the strategic, practical, and meaningful information they need to succeed,” says Scot Eisenfelder, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Planning. “This award is a testament to our Marketing team’s commitment to providing high-quality content that, along with our F&I products and dealer solutions, provides real value to our partners and the industry as a whole.”

The annual Automotive Communication Awards, sponsored by Women in Auto Care and supported by the Automotive Communication Council, recognize companies and agencies that provide automotive information to consumers and trade professionals through a combination of outstanding marketing, advertising, merchandising, and effective PR strategy. New in 2020, the award submissions were judged by volunteer members of the Auto Care Association Marketing and Communications Committee and the Automotive Communications Council (ACC).

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Since 1984, EasyCare has been helping some of the most successful dealerships in the nation drive results in their stores with a full suite of F&I products, forward-thinking training, dealership development, consultative participation programs, and a best-in-class claims experience. EasyCare has the only F&I products named a “MotorTrend Recommended Best Buy” for franchised dealers and has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. EasyCare is part of the APCO Holdings, LLC, family of brands, which has protected over 11 million customers and paid over $3.5 billion in claims. For more information about EasyCare, please visit For more information about the APCO Holdings family of brands, please visit


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Maine is the second-least expensive state in the US for car insurance. The average driver pays $667, about $200 less than the US national average, according to the Insurance Information Institute. But, that’s not to say that there aren’t still some ways to save if you’re willing to put in a few minutes of work. 

Shopping around for coverage is the best way to make sure you’re getting the best price for you. Your premium, or the amount you’ll pay for auto insurance coverage, depends on several factors, including things like your credit score, the type of car you drive, how many years of driving experience you have, and even where you live in Maine. 

Every company weighs these factors differently, so getting quotes from different companies and comparing them is the best way to find the most affordable policy for you.  

The following are the most popular car insurance companies in Maine, based on the percentage of insured Maine drivers who use them:

Company Market share (%)
Progressive  15.78
State Farm  12.90
GEICO 11.47
Liberty Mutual  8.26
Allstate  6.86
USAA* 4.94
MetLife  3.94
Concord Group Insurance  3.84
Travelers  3.39
The Hanover Insurance 3.20
MMG Insurance Co. 2.94
Auto Club Exchange  2.91
Quincy Mutual  2.76
National General Holdings  2.30
American Family  1.77
Frankenmuth Insurance  1.61
Horace Mann  1.57
Vermont Mutual Insurance  1.33
Amica  1.09
The Hartford  1.01
Sentry  0.91
MAPFRE  0.69
Farmers Insurance  0.67
Ohio Mutual Insurance  0.53
Nationwide  0.47

*USAA is only for active military, veterans, and their families.

Data from S&P Global Intelligence

The best car insurance in Maine based on customer satisfaction

Customer satisfaction with car insurance providers may factor into your decision. According to J.D. Power, a consumer research company that surveys customers, these are the top car insurance companies in the New England region (which includes Maine):

  1. Amica Mutual
  2. State Farm
  3. GEICO
  4. Region Average
  5. Progressive
  6. The Hanover 
  7. Arbella
  8. Liberty Mutual
  9. Plymouth Rock Assurance
  10. Travelers
  11. Allstate
  12. MetLife
  13. Safety Insurance 
  14. MAPFRE Insurance 

The best cheap car insurance in Maine based on credit score

Consumer Reports compiled a list of all car insurance pricing formulas from all companies in every state. It used an average single adult driver to find the best pricing in each state, and found that three companies came out on top for three different credit levels. Here are the three best companies for each level and their average price for coverage:

Drivers with excellent credit, FICO score 800-850, will see some of the best average rates on car insurance.

  • USAA car insurance: $480 per year
  • GEICO car insurance: $601 per year
  • State Farm car insurance: $814 per year

Drivers with good credit, FICO score 670-739, will see the best coverage from these three companies, on average:


Tanker loaded with 33,000 litre of petrol intercepted around border to Niger RepublicTanker loaded with 33,000 litre of petrol intercepted around border to Niger Republic
White tanker truck on the highway.

The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Niger for the transportation and storage of petroleum products

Alhaji Garba Deen Muhammad, Special Adviser on Media to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the MoU was reached following bilateral agreements between President Muhammadu Buhari and President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger.

Muhammad, stated that the MoU was signed by the Group Managing Director of  the  Nigerian  National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Malam Mele Kyari, and the Director General of SONIDEP, Mr Alio Toune.

He noted that MOU was signed under the supervision of the two countries’ Ministers of State for Petroleum, Çhief Timipre Sylva and Mr Foumakoye Gado, respectively, with the Secretary General of the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO), Dr Omar Farouk Ibrahim, in attendance.

He said talks had been ongoing between the two countries for over four months – through the NNPC and Niger Republic’s National Oil Company, Societe Nigerienne De Petrole (SONIDEP) – on petroleum products transportation and storage.

He explained that Niger Republic’s Soraz Refinery in Zinder, some 260 kilometers from the Nigerian border, has an installed refining capacity of 20,000 barrels per day.

According to him, the country’s total domestic requirement is about 5,000 barrels per day(BPD), thus leaving a huge surplus of about 15,000 bpd, mostly for export.

Speaking shortly after the MoU signing, Sylva expressed delight over the development, describing it as another huge step in developing trade relations between both countries.

“This is a major step forward. Niger Republic has some excess products which needs to be evacuated.

“Nigeria has the market for these products. Therefore, this is going to be a win-win relation for both countries.

“My hope is that this is going to be the beginning of deepening trade relations between Niger Republic and Nigeria.” he said.

Also commenting on the development, APPO Secretary General, Ibrahim, said he could not be happier with what he witnessed in terms of co-operation and collaboration between the two APPO member countries in the area of hydrocarbons.

“I want to commend the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Niger and their leadership for this milestone,” he said

Also, Kyari said the two countries have had long engagements in the last four to five months with a view to restoring the importation of petroleum products (excess production) from Niger into Nigeria.

“With this development, we hope to have a long-lasting and sustainable commercial framework to having a pipeline from the Soraz Refinery in Zinder (Niger) into the most proximate Nigerian city so that we can develop a depot.

“We are happy that we have reached that conclusion and our two ministers have endorsed this framework. We are also working on detailed MoU between our two companies so that we can continue the execution process immediately.”

The NNPC helmsman further noted that being the most experienced of the two oil companies, the NNPC


LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio has been monitoring the automotive LED headlamps market and it is poised to grow by USD 2.35 bn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 14% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, however, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. COVID-19 will have a low impact on the automotive LED headlamps market. The market growth in 2020 is likely to increase compared to the market growth in 2019.

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  • What are the major trends in the market?

    The introduction of laser headlamps is a major trend driving the growth of the market.
  • At what rate is the market projected to grow?

    The market will accelerate at a CAGR of over 14% and the incremental growth of the market is anticipated to be $ 2.35 bn.
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    Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA, Koito Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Koninklijke Philips NV, LG Electronics Inc., Lumax Industries Ltd., OSRAM GmbH, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Stanley Electric Co. Ltd., Valeo SA, and Varroc Engineering Ltd., are some of the major market participants.
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    The need for energy-efficient lighting systems is one of the major factors driving the market.
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    The APAC region will contribute to 44% of the market share.

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DETROIT — The U.S. government’s road safety agency is asking for public comment on how it should regulate safe deployment of self-driving vehicles.

Seeking public comment is an early step in drawing up possible regulations, but that process takes years and could be changed by the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.

About 60 companies are already testing autonomous vehicles, some on public roadways without human backup drivers. One, Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo, is running a limited fully autonomous ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area.

So far the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has taken a voluntary approach to autonomous vehicles without standards and regulations. That has brought criticism from the National Transportation Safety Board and safety advocates for being too hands-off.

NHTSA said Thursday that it wants public input on a proposed regulation of autonomous vehicle sensors, how the vehicles detect other road users and infrastructure, how they plan routes and how they carry out that plan.

“This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, whose department includes NHTSA.

The agency says in documents that a new generation of motor vehicle safety standards should give manufacturers of vehicles, sensors, software and other autonomous vehicle technology “sufficient flexibility to change and improve without the need for frequent modifications to the regulations.”

Last year the NTSB blamed lax regulation in part for a 2018 crash involving an Uber autonomous test vehicle in which a pedestrian was killed.

“There’s no requirement. There’s no evaluation. There’s no real standards issued,” NTSB member Jennifer Homendy said at the time.

While NHTSA is looking at standards, it said in the proposed rulemaking documents that it will address unreasonable safety risks by using its existing defect-investigation and remediation powers. It said any regulations must be supported by data on safety needs without stifling innovation.

Jason Levine, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, called the request for public input strange because it comes at the end of the Trump administration. His organization petitioned NHTSA seeking autonomous vehicle regulations two years ago but heard nothing, he said.

The 60-day comment period, he said, will expire about the time of Biden’s scheduled inauguration, he said.

“The optimistic way of looking at it is the DOT (Department of Transportation) finally decided that a zero oversight of the self-driving car industry was a bad idea,” he said.

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A police dog has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside, according to local authorities.

a dog looking at the camera: A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.

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A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.

The incident occurred on Nov. 17 in as Officer Justin Darby and his Belgian Malinois K9 officer named Sjaak — pronounced “Jacques” — were driving on Murfreesboro Road in La Vergne, Tennessee, when a gunman pulled up alongside them and opened fire on their patrol car before speeding off.

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“The officer pursued the driver, and other officers joined the pursuit,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said in a press release regarding the incident. “Information from the scene indicates the driver exited his vehicle and fired at officers, with officers returning fire. The subject got back into his vehicle and drove further into the parking lot, striking a parked vehicle before coming to rest.”

The officers then approached the vehicle and discovered that the suspect had sustained a gunshot wound during the shootout. The man involved in the incident was immediately transported to a local area hospital where he was declared deceased from his injury.

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Officer Darby was not injured in the shooting but it was only in the aftermath of the police chase and the subsequent shootout that the officer discovered that his K9 partner Sjaak had struck three times by the assailant’s bullets.

“We’re all praying for Sjaak and Officer Darby,” said Interim Chief Chip Davis in a statement following the attack. “A K9 is more than just a dog to our handlers, they’re a partner.”

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a close up of a dog: A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.

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A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.

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Sjaak was immediately taken to a veterinary hospital where he underwent emergency surgery on Nov. 18 to treat the wounds he suffered in the shooting but, sadly, did not survive the operation.

Said the La Verge Police Department in a press release: “It is with a heavy heart that the La Vergne Police Department announces K9 Sjaak has passed away.“

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“Our hearts are broken,” Chief Davis said in a separate following the passing of the K9 officer. “Our K9s are members of the LPD family. Sjaak was