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    A contractor providing roadway maintenance to portions of Interstate 66 and the Capital Beltway in Northern Virginia abruptly closed in late October, citing material costs, labor shortages and a loss of funding from its primary lender. DBi Services provided maintenance services to Interstate 66, Interstate 495 and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, including drainage, mowing, guardrail repairs, debris and roadkill pickups, and incident response, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The company also maintained all of Northern Virginia’s rest areas. “Macroeconomic forces as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including supply chain disruptions, higher material costs and the labor shortage, coupled with increased financial requirements from sureties and lenders, impeded the company’s ability to successfully execute and finance its projects,” DBi Services said in a statement. VDOT was notified of the closure on Oct. 22. DBi Services said it is “is working diligently to manage as smooth a transition as possible.” The loss of the contactor shouldn’t interrupt critical road maintenance. Marshall Herman, VDOT’s assistant director of communications, said the state has positioned resources to service roads in DBi’s absence....
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state-owned oil company said Mondays five workers were killed, two workers are missing and six were injured in a massive fire at one of its oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Petroleos Mexicanos said the fire at the processing platform in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap field had been brought under control on Sunday. The company said the blaze caused the shutdown of 125 wells in the field, which will reduce Mexico’s daily output of oil equivalents by 421,000 barrels per day. That is equivalent to about one-quarter of Mexico’s daily production of almost 1.7 million barrels. It was unclear what possibility remained of finding the two missing workers. The platform was badly charred. The company’s director, Octavio Romero said some of the workers killed were carrying out routine maintenance and cleaning of gas lines on the platform. Romoero said the company would try to restore production “as soon as possible.” The platform is used to compress gas to re-inject it into wells to stimulate oil pumping, and to supply electricity. The company, known as...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Housing Authority maintenance workers rallied outside Tuesday’s CHA board meeting, calling on the agency to re-think the companies it’s awarding contracts to. “We have always been essential but are rarely treated like it,” said CHA maintenance worker Yvette Pigrum-Carter. READ MORE: Eat Lunch On LaSalle Street Every Tuesday Through August CHA workers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 1 said, when the agency hired a company called Manage Chicago for building upkeep, cleaning, and repairs to CHA properties, it led to nearly a dozen Black and Brown workers losing their jobs. The union also claimed there are issues with the company’s bid application and references. READ MORE: 2 Critically Injured When Car Hits Restaurant In Cragin Neighborhood Manage Chicago is scheduled to take over as property manager of the Altgeld Gardens site in September, and SEIU said it believes the move will lead to another 23 workers out of a job. “Local 1 workers urge CHA to do the right thing: utilize responsible contractors that are going to provide working families with higher wages, strong...
    In this article AALAmerican Airlines planes at LaGuardia AirportLeslie Josephs | CNBCAmerican Airlines said it canceled hundreds of flights this weekend due to staffing shortages, maintenance and other issues, challenges facing the carrier as travel demand surges toward pre-pandemic levels. About 6% of the airline's schedule, or 180 flights, were canceled on Sunday, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware. About half of those were because of unavailable flight crews, showed a company list, which was viewed by CNBC. On Saturday, about 4%, or 123 flights, were canceled, the site showed. American said it is trimming its schedule by about 1% through mid-July to help ease some of the disruptions, some of which it said resulted from bad weather at its Charlotte and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport hubs during the first half of June. "The bad weather, combined with the labor shortages some of our vendors are contending with and the incredibly quick ramp up of customer demand, has led us to build in additional resilience and certainty to our operation by adjusting a fraction of our scheduled flying through mid-July," said...
    In this article SPCEVirgin Galactic's spacecraft Unity fires its rocket engine and heads to space on Feb. 22, 2019.Virgin GalacticVirgin Galactic stock jumped after the space tourism company announced its next spaceflight test is targeting May 22, following the completion of a maintenance review of its carrier aircraft that threatened to delay the flight. "Following a detailed inspection and thorough analysis of our mothership, Eve, we have cleared our Spaceflight System for our upcoming flight," Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said in a statement. Shares of Virgin Galactic jumped as much as 12% in premarket trading from its previous close of $17.27.Virgin Galactic's carrier aircraft releases its spacecraft Unity during a glide flight test.Virgin GalacticVirgin Galactic leadership, when the company reported first quarter results last week, revealed that the target date for the next spaceflight test was under evaluation due to a possible maintenance issue with VMS Eve, the aircraft that carries the spacecraft before launch. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Amer-Plus Janitorial Maintenance started out as a mom-and-pop business. Over the years it has grown into a full functioning operation but it was almost derailed by the pandemic. However, the company was able to pivot to success with help from FIU’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). READ MORE: Flush & Run? Aerosols From Flushing Public Toilet May Spread COVID-19, FAU Study Finds “I really had to recognize that I had never, as a small business owner, had never been through anything like this before,” said Amer-Plus CEO Stephannie Cetoute. During the pandemic, the demand for sanitation services boomed. But those in the industry faced challenges, like securing basic supplies – like paper supplies. “It was crazy, supplies were one of the things, you know, paper supplies, normal supplies we use in our daily operation, they were harder to get,” said Cetoute. Another challenge was how to navigate the economic impact of the pandemic even with available state and federal support. READ MORE: Florida Woman Injured When Turtle Crashed Through Windshield That’s when Cetoute turned to...
    Embattled scooter-sharing company Revel plans to expand into e-bike rentals, the company announced Tuesday. The new program, which launches in March, will allow New Yorkers to rent a battery-powered bicycle on a monthly basis — in addition to Revel’s existing moped-share system. For $99 per month, the company will deliver a bike, battery and charger directly to the customer’s door. Any maintenance issues can then be called back in to the company, which promises to send a repair person or replacement e-bike within 24 hours. “It provides you all the benefits of personal e-bike ownership without the hassle or cost of repairs,” said Anne Emig, Revel’s head of mobility. “It also is great for someone who might be contemplating purchasing an e-bike but just isn’t quite ready to spend the upfront costs.” Revel’s e-bikes batteries can be activated using either a throttle or the bike’s pedals. The addition of e-bikes — along with forthcoming plans to launch electric car-charging stations — are part of Revel’s “mission to electrify cities,” CEO Frank Reig told The Post. Revel’s forays into...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has fired a company that cleans many airplanes at Miami International Airport. The mayor ended the contract of Eulen America, a company beset by allegations of worker abuse and intimidation. RELATED: Homeland Security Fatal Shooting Under Investigation In Coral Gables Those allegations were the subject of an extensive investigation by CBS4’s Jim DeFede. Miami-Dade commissioner Eileen Higgins had called for the contract to be ended. Higgins says she saw first-hand Eulen employees who were being bullied during an airport tour. Eulen’s CEO Xavi Rabell released the following statement: “Mayor Levine Cava has issued a memo cancelling our permit to operate at Miami International Airport for convenience. This means she has done so without having to give Eulen America any reason or prior notice. RELATED: CDC Offers Guidance For Reopening Schools We are deeply disappointed and frankly concerned that Mayor Levine Cava has taken this surprise action against our company. This puts the jobs of more than 900 of our employees at MIA in jeopardy during a global pandemic...
    The mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, has requested this Tuesday by letter to the president of Endesa, Juan Sánchez-Calero, and to the Minister of Business and Knowledge of the Generalitat, Ramon Tremosa, a “urgent” response to supply cuts in Barcelona and the metropolitan area. In the missives, Colau has asked Sánchez-Calero for a meeting “as soon as possible to be able to know first-hand what solutions he proposes in the short and medium term to immediately solve this situation “. “We are talking about a problem of lack of investment and structural maintenance that we have dragged on for too long […]. While your company, year after year, continues to accumulate important benefits“, said the mayor. I have written this letter to the president d ‘@Endesa demanant-li an urgent meeting. Exigim: 1️⃣ The investments and maintenance that they do3️⃣ Guarantee access to the basic sub-administration It is unacceptable that milers de veïns i veïnes pateixin fred mentre Endesa fa beneficis miliaris. pic.twitter.com/gdc83qumlo – Ada Colau ???????????? (@AdaColau) January 12, 2021 In the letter to Tremosa, Colau reminded him that...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Four people have been arrested in connection with the 2018 crash of a helicopter that killed a central Mexican governor and her husband — who had preceded her as governor — authorities said Friday. The Agusta 109 helicopter crashed in flames 10 minutes after takeoff on Dec. 24 that year while carrying newly installed Puebla Gov. Martha Erika Alonso and her husband, former Gov. Rafael Moreno Valle, as well as three other people. The Puebla state prosecutor’s office said the four suspects worked for a Rotor Flight Services, a company “related to the functioning of the aircraft,” It said the suspects were accused of culpable homicide, damage to another’s property and false testimony. The Mexico City prosecutor’s office said Friday the woman detained in the capital had been in charge of the shop where the helicopter had received maintenance. Mexico’s then secretary of communications and transportation, Javier Jiménez Espriú, said in March 2019 that investigators had concluded the crash was probably caused by a technical problem known to the company that operated the helicopter and said,...
    GM Ventures is leading a $23 million investment round into on-demand car maintenance service Yoshi.Yoshi General Motors is leading a $23 million funding round for an on-demand car maintenance service called Yoshi. It's the second time GM's venture capital arm has invested in the Silicon Valley start-up since 2018. The Series B funding round will help finance the company's hiring and expansion plans for the coming years as it emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, according to Yoshi co-founder and CEO Bryan Frist. "Covid has been interesting for us. We obviously took a huge hit when Covid hit but we are now approaching the levels that we were at coming into it," he told CNBC. He said while many people are driving less, there's growing demand for its contactless services. Yoshi was founded in 2015 as an on-demand fueling company in California. It would fill a vehicle's tank wherever a driver wanted instead of the owner having to stop at a gas station. It has since expanded to also offer other services through its app such as oil changes, car washes...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Pane Doctor Window Cleaning is a North Texas-based company with more than 16 years maintaining windows on homes and businesses in the area. “Professional window cleaning, pressure washing, gutter cleaning, and we are adding in back glass installation,” said company owner Laura Walker. Walker says her company is growing and now she needs to hire more people. “We are looking for field positions. We’re looking for professional qualified talent, for commercial and residential window cleaning. Pressure washing, gutter cleaning and glass installation. On the corporate side we need sales we would also love a great social media expert as well as project estimators,” she said. The jobs are both full-time and part-time and they come along with benefits for full-timers. When asked about what skills or attributes a potential candidate should have, Walker said, “We look at the client as the ultimate authority and what is good for them and I need someone who is going to have a flexible heart, mind, and a passion to serve.” If you are interested in applying, click here.
    By Allison Lampert MONTREAL (Reuters) - As COVID-19 grounds swaths of airline fleets, companies that profit off the dismantling and trade of aircraft parts are seeing early signs of an expected rebound in activity as carriers accelerate plane retirements. While companies that store, dismantle, and buy and sell used aircraft parts see opportunity in parked planes, a sudden increase in the supply of used parts risks depressing prices in the estimated $3 billion a year industry, despite demand from airlines seeking to lower maintenance costs, executives and analysts say. Even as aviation remains in a slump because of the pandemic, the head of U.S. commercial aerospace company GA Telesis was made aware of five airlines calling for offers to dismantle planes. Across the border, Canada's Aerocycle is bidding to buy grounded planes for the first time to dismantle and resell for parts, instead of just recycling aircraft on consignment from carriers, its CEO said. The fate of the world's pool of grounded planes is being closely watched by players in the market for used-serviceable material, with one report from consultants...
    CHICAGO -- A former Chicago Public Schools official pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of lying to the FBI about whether he passed confidential information regarding a $1 billion custodial contract to an operative for a bidder on the contract.Pedro Soto, 45, was a former chief of staff to Chicago schools CEO Janice Jackson. He allegedly had numerous discussions about private CPS deliberations with the operative in 2016 and 2017. At the time, CPS was attempting to privatize building maintenance duties. Officials said the move would save millions of dollars.Soto was the chief of school operations in 2016. The FBI investigation centered on "what benefits Soto solicited, was offered, promised or had received" from the unnamed individual, "and the reasons for (Soto's) receipt of those benefits," according to prosecutors.In an interview with FBI agents, Soto falsely denied that he had shared "non-public information" about the custodial contract with the operative, prosecutors contend.In 2016, the Chicago Board of Education approved expanded maintenance contracts worth about $500 million to SodexoMAGIC, a company partly controlled by Hall of Fame basketball player Magic...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Freezing pipes are a big concern as Colorado moves from record-breaking highs to freezing temperatures. Exposed pipes are especially vulnerable. Outdoor spigots, hoses and sprinkler systems may be at risk. One home maintenance company said the are prepared for a lot of calls on Wednesday. (credit: CBS) “Water lines that we haven’t properly insulated and or drained or shut off or taken inside, so I expect to get a lot of those calls,” said Ernest Jackson, owner of Esquared Home Helpers. Homeowners can do some things to avoid any problems with the freezing temperatures. The maintenance company said to shut off the water supply to your sprinkler system and consider insulating any pipes on the outside of your home. Another thing to watch, the possibility of snow causing branches to break as trees are still in summer mode and fully leafed out.
    BOSTON (AP) - A property services company has agreed to pay $550,000 and change its business practices to settle allegations that it violated state consumer protection laws by illegally profiting from Massachusetts homeowners facing foreclosure, the state attorney general’s office announced Thursday. The agreement resolves allegations that Altisource Solutions Inc. performed unnecessary and duplicate pre-foreclosure inspections and property maintenance services, the office of Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement. The company also received improper commissions for procuring forced-place insurance policies on behalf of a mortgage servicer, then passing the costs of the unnecessary services and commissions on to distressed homeowners, the statement said. TOP STORIES Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act Democrats accuse Trump of racism for planning rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history Altisource provides property preservation services to Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC for the purpose of protecting its interest in a distressed property. When a homeowner defaults on their mortgage payments, Altisource conducts inspections and maintenance, from grass cutting to snow removal. The $550,000 settlement...
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