Planes, Trains, and now Electric Automobiles?

One of the themes of this unprecedented 2020 calendar year continues to be concentrating on becoming more efficient. Workplace efficiency, fuel efficiency, emission efficiency, and time efficiency are a few examples of topics at the forefront of the business world.   Apple has identified an opportunity to aid in all different industries across all levels.

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New Rule for Obtaining a CDL

A new rule created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, (FMCSA) will make it easier for truck drivers to receive their commercial driver’s license (CDL). What was once prohibited, third-party CDL instructors are now permitted to administer driving tests to students. The new rule, which goes into effect in February, will permit states to allow the instructor to do both the teaching and the testing.

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Second Stimulus Package

Yesterday, Congressional leaders and Lawmakers reached a nearly $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus deal, including another round of stimulus checks and jobless benefits. After months and months of standoff, Washington has come to agreement just before Christmas where almost 12 million people are set to lose unemployment benefits. The new deal includes $300 to the federal unemployment insurance benefit, extending eviction moratoriums for renters for an unspecified amount of time and $600 direct payment to most Americans.

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The weather outside is frightful

Tis the season for winter weather and this week we are experiencing the full effects of winter storm Gail, marching up the east coast. Many from Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania have all felt these effects which includes slick road conditions and delayed travel.

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United States Begins to Issue COVID-19 Vaccines to High-Risk Health Care Workers

On December 14, 2020 the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines were administered across the United States after months of hearing positive trial results. Sandra Lindsay, a nurse in the intensive care unit at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, was the first person to receive the vaccine outside the trial phase. Lindsay’s vaccination was televised in an effort to instill faith in the vaccine and its legitimacy. Lindsay stated, “I think also as a leader in the organization that I lead by example. I don’t ask people to do anything that I would not do myself”. New York felt the force of this virus heavily as it left over 35,000 people dead and dampened the economy quite a bit. With the COVID-19 related death count exceeding 300,000 nationwide, this vaccine has been highly anticipated.

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Nor’easter to Hit East Coast Wednesday

There is a major snowstorm headed for the East Coast on Wednesday, December 16th around 2:00 p.m., with New York City being the bullseye. According to AccuWeather, it could bring as much as 10-18 inches of snow between Wednesday and Thursday. The National Weather Service at State College predicts, a high temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 24 degrees Fahrenheit. The storm will have winds of 25 to 35 mph, in areas along the Atlantic Ocean, gusts could reach as high as 50 mph. The storm is expected to taper off on Thursday, around 8:00 a.m.

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