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A third teen has died from injuries related to an early November car crash in Gresham, police reported Tuesday.

Hailey Aguilar, 16, died after being taken off life support recently, Gresham police said. She was one of six Gresham-area teenagers who were involved in a Nov. 6 crash. The driver of the car, Phoenix Forman, died at the scene and a passenger, Rita Grace “Gracie” Sukosd, died at the hospital shortly after the crash. Three other teens were injured but are expected to survive.

Police say they arrived at Southeast Butler Road and Linden Drive shortly before 9 p.m. for a report of a crash. They found that a Volkswagen Jetta, carrying the six teenagers, had crossed the center line of Butler Road and crashed head-on into a Ford F350. The driver of the pickup truck, a 40-year-old Gresham man, was treated for injuries and released, and cooperated with investigators.

Police said they are still investigating to determine what caused the crash. They said the teens who were involved attended four different high schools in the area.

—Jayati Ramakrishnan; 503-221-4320; [email protected]; @JRamakrishnanOR

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President-elect Joe Biden could tap a highly qualified — yet often overlooked — woman to lead the Department of Transportation, according to two former Obama-era DOT officials.

Sarah Feinberg, the interim president of the New York City Transit Authority and former head of the Federal Railroad Administration, has flown under the radar in debates about who could be Transportation secretary under Biden.

But Feinberg has the skills and experience to be selected for the job, according to the two former officials, who requested anonymity in order to speak candidly about their discussions with the Biden transition team.

Feinberg is “somebody who has been mentioned once or twice but who is a dark horse who could end up getting it,” said one of the officials.

“She isn’t getting the headlines that some other people are. But when you look at her profile as an experienced leader who is also running the largest transit system in the country, that starts to check a lot of boxes of somebody who can step in on day one,” the person added.

A native of Charleston, W.Va., Feinberg began her career as a press secretary for several Democrats on Capitol Hill, including then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.).

From 2009 to 2010, she held various roles in the Obama administration, including special assistant to the president, senior adviser to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and chief of staff to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

In 2015, the Senate confirmed her by voice vote as administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, a role she held for two years.

After stints at Facebook and Bloomberg LP, Feinberg, 43, took the helm of the NYC Transit Authority in March, shortly before the city emerged as an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic preparedness

Feinberg’s time at the NYC Transit Authority has given her experience with responding to the coronavirus pandemic — experience that could translate well to DOT.

“You could end up in a situation where the department plays a bigger role than normal in the distribution of the vaccine,” the former official said.

“Some of the vaccines have to be refrigerated. Airlines, trucks, rail — all of those are going to become really important,” the person added. “So you probably need someone who knows the department really well and can oversee a partnership between industry and the agency.”

In addition, Feinberg helped with the Obama administration’s response to the Ebola epidemic, providing strategic counsel to Foxx at DOT.

“During Ebola, governors started saying, ‘I don’t want trucks carrying hospital waste from places where there’s Ebola to travel through my state,'” Feinberg recalled in a recent interview with Bustle.

“Hospitals treat their waste in a way where disease does not survive, so there’s no risk whatsoever,” she added. “But there’s a panic that makes people behave in ways that aren’t reasonable.”

Besides the pandemic response, the next DOT secretary could play a role in implementing an infrastructure package expected in the next Congress. Feinberg, who declined to

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The transportation industry is among the sectors hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).

Stay-at-home and physical-distancing policies, coupled with the closure of tourist destinations and shopping centers, have caused earnings in the sector to plummet.

In these trying times, national flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia and state-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) have decided to venture into the logistics sector.

While other airlines have launched new business ventures, such as a digital platform for Muslim travelers by Malaysian budget airline AirAsia and Thai flag-carrier Thai Airways’ pop-up restaurant, Garuda Indonesia will be focusing on cargo services, specifically export shipping, and charter flights. 

Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra said during a virtual press conference on Friday that the company consciously took the decision not to enter other types of businesses.

“I think it would not have a significant impact financially,” he said as quoted by antaranews.com.

He further said that other types of businesses might not create a good impression for the company.

For its cargo service, Garuda Indonesia has opened several routes, including Manado-Tokyo and Denpasar-Hong Kong.

The routes are designed to accommodate exports of marine and fishery products.

Moreover, the airline also offers an app-based courier service KirimAja in collaboration with the company’s logistics line PT Aerojasa Cargo.

Irfan said in June that the new service was launched to stem the losses suffered by the airline in recent months due to mobility restrictions while still staying true to the company’s core mission to connect people across the archipelago.

“We hope this service can help small and medium enterprises to [increase] their profits,” he said, explaining that the service offered free delivery to customers as well as discounts of up to 50 percent for intercity deliveries.

As for KAI, the company reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with state-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo III) for collaboration in the logistics sector on Friday.

The collaboration will facilitate distribution flow to Tanjung Emas Port in Semarang and Tanjung Intan Port in Cilacap, Central Java, as well as Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, East Java.

“We are responsible for developing the Central Java and southern Java regions. This collaboration will provide logistical convenience,” said KAI president director Didiek Hartantyo.

Didiek added that the collaboration would also benefit the community, especially logistics operators.

He expressed his hopes that the signing of the MoU would become a joint commitment and foundation for all parties in developing the logistics business. (jes)

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) — President Rodrigo Duterte declared the fourth Sunday of November of every year as the National Bicycle Day in a proclamation signed Wednesday.

“There is a need to highlight the importance of non-motorized transportation as a means of fostering sustainable development and promoting environmental health that is conducive to the physical health and well-being of all Filipinos,” read Proclamation No. 1052.

Under the declaration, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is tasked to lead the event’s observance and celebration. The declaration also enjoins all other units and agencies of the national government, as well as the private sector, to take part and provide necessary assistance to the DENR.

More Filipinos have turned to bicycles as a means of transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially at the height of the lockdown when public transportation was suspended to stem transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus.

With this came the renewed calls of advocate groups who are pushing for safer lanes for cyclists and an interconnected bicycle grid linking Metro Manila’s cities. While the Metro Manila Development Authority and several local governments have designated bike lanes, groups said there are still safety and infrastructure concerns, including some lanes being narrower than the ideal 1.3 to 1.5 meters width to allow bikes to maneuver.

The Department of Transportation earlier said it intends to build a 600-kilometer interconnected and protected bike lane network in the capital region in a bid to reduce carbon emmissions. 

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Bikers pop-up bike lanes San Juan City World Bike Day 1

FILE – San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora leads other bikers in using the new pop-up bike lanes in the city as part of the new normal on World Bike Day during its launching on June 3. The bike lanes were set up in cooperation with Edsa Evolution to protect frontliners and San Juan residents who have gone back to work using bicycles as means of transport. INQUIRER/GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the fourth Sunday of November of every year as “National Bicycle Day” in a bid to ensure ecological integrity and a clean and healthy environment.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed Proclamation 1052 on Wednesday, Nov. 18 by the authority of the President.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be tasked to lead the National Bicycle Day observance and celebration in coordination with relevant non-government organizations and civil society groups.

All government agencies and instrumentalities and the private sector are enjoined to participate and render the necessary support to the DENR.

The bicycle was one of the modes of transportation approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases as Metro Manila was placed under general community quarantine (GCQ).

The government encourages biking for transportation, noting that the two-wheeled vehicle is also cheaper as bikes do not need gasoline to run.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año had disclosed IATF would also require local government units (LGUs) to put up bicycle lanes while public transport remains limited due to COVID-19. [ac]


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DETROIT, Nov. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), (NYSE: AXL) will participate in the Barclays Global Automotive Conference on November 19. Starting at 9:20 a.m. ET, David C. Dauch, AAM’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will discuss recent business developments.           

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A live audio webcast will be accessible through the Investor Relations page on AAM’s website (www.aam.com). A replay of the webcast will be available following the event.

About AAM
AAM (NYSE: AXL) delivers POWER that moves the world. As a leading global tier 1 automotive supplier, AAM designs, engineers and manufactures driveline and metal forming technologies that are making the next generation of vehicles smarter, lighter, safer and more efficient. Headquartered in Detroit, AAM has approximately 20,000 associates operating at nearly 80 facilities in 17 countries to support our customers on global and regional platforms with a focus on quality, operational excellence and technology leadership. To learn more, visit aam.com.

Our presentation may contain “forward-looking” statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties described in our most recent filings on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and actual results may differ materially. Our presentation also may include certain non-GAAP financial measures. Information regarding these non-GAAP measures, as well as a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to GAAP financial information, is available on AAM’s website (www.aam.com).

For more information:

Investor Contact:
Jason P. Parsons                                                                                       
Director, Investor Relations                                                                                        
(313) 758-2404                                                                                                          
[email protected]

Media Contact:
Christopher M. Son
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
(313) 758-4814
[email protected]

Or visit the AAM website at www.aam.com.

 

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