Gustave Eiffel, the civil engineer and architect best known for the Eiffel Tower, also engineered the Statue of Liberty to withstand the high winds and salty air of New York Harbor. However, newly discovered drawings seem to indicate that sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi disregarded Eiffel's engineering plans for the statue's upraised arm by making it thinner and tilted outward for visual appeal.
City staff in Douala, Cameroon, are passing out free reusable face masks to city residents as officials have mandated the use of masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Police in the country have been arresting citizens who fail to comply with quarantine measures.
The coronavirus pandemic has strained supply chains, so mobility providers in China have adopted automated vehicles more quickly to facilitate contactless delivery. Tim Dawkins of the World Economic Forum writes that this is a time for the AV industry worldwide to collaborate on technological solutions to the pandemic.
Uber and Lyft are working with the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works to offer Go Nightly, which provides fare-free rides for those making essential late-night trips during the pandemic. The rides, available via the companies' apps and via a dedicated phone number, are accessible by wheelchair but are limited to specific routes.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has found only three viable suppliers among more than 1,000 applicants that can fulfill its need for protective medical gear, tests and other coronavirus-related supplies, according to Wall Street Journal sources. FEMA is turning suppliers away for various reasons, including requests for upfront payment, which it is prohibited from doing.
Naphtali Hoff wraps up his five-step guide to improved productivity by urging leaders to help their teams manage stress levels and to adapt their leadership approach to each person's preferred style, among other advice. "Leaders can also help by pitching in, offering people opportunities to delegate, accepting excellent even if imperfect work and giving people opportunity to vent and offer constructive feedback to improve processes and systems," he writes.
New Jersey will shut down nonessential construction starting Friday evening, although some projects will be exempt if workers observe social distancing. Meanwhile, construction continues at a nearly normal pace in Colorado with precautions in place.
The Army has awarded $10 billion in contracts to accelerate construction and alteration of facilities to deal with the coronavirus. The service reportedly has 17 projects on the books, and Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite says 23 are awaiting approval.
Texas state legislators and two members of Congress want Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to halt examination of a proposed high-speed rail connection between Dallas and Houston. They cite uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic as a factor that adds to long-standing opposition to the line.
A second construction worker at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., has contracted the coronavirus. Colleagues who have been in close proximity to the worker are self-quarantining, and the worker is receiving care.
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