Ford’s $1 Billion Chicago Expansion Is Done

Man’s body found in the water near Leaf Rapids

RCMP in Leaf Rapids are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man.

The man’s body was found in the water at Turnbull Lake Beach, just south of the town of Leaf Rapids, on Friday afternoon.

Final autopsy results are pending and RCMP in the northern Manitoba community continue to investigate.

FedEx is suing the U.S. government over the ‘impossible’ task of policing exports

WASHINGTON — FedEx is suing the United States government over export rules it says are virtually impossible to follow because it handles millions of packages a day.

The delivery company says most packages are sealed when customers drop them off. It compares names and addresses of shippers and recipients against a government list of groups and people who could be national security risks.

Memphis, Tennessee-based FedEx sued the Commerce Department and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday in federal court in Washington.

The department said in a statement it has not reviewed the complaint but looks forward to “defending our role in protecting U.S. national security.”

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Last year, FedEx paid $500,000 to settle government allegations that it violated export rules in handling some shipments to flagged entities in France and Pakistan.

Why China Is Turning Away From Big US Tech and Looking Within

In the past, major U.S. tech companies like Oracle and IBM have reached out to Asian — specifically Chinese — markets to sell their software and database tech, but now China seems to be turning away from these tech giants and opting to look within.

Recent trade tensions with the United States largely prompted this move and, as a result, one Chinese upstart is stepping in to take the place of these U.S. tech giants within China with its enterprise software.

The Beijing-based PingCAP already has more than 300 Chinese customers. Many, including food delivery giant Meituan, bike-sharing service Mobike, video streaming site iQIYI and smartphone maker Xiaomi, are migrating away from Oracle and IBM’s services toward PingCAP’s. Overall, this demonstrates a nation’s resurgent desire to “buy China.”

PingCAP is competing in a sector traditionally dominated by companies such as Oracle and IBM. The market is expected to grow an average 8% annually to $63 billion globally in the seven years through 2022.

Huang Dongxu, PingCAP’s co-founder and chief technology officer, commented:

A lot of firms that used to resort to Oracle or IBM thought replacing them was a distant milestone, they never thought it would happen tomorrow. But now they are looking at plan B very seriously.” IBM, which gets over a fifth of its revenue from Asia, declined to comment. Oracle, which gets about 16%, didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Maryland governor may have taken over $200,000 in illegal campaign donations

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Democratic Party is asking the state board of elections to investigate possible campaign finance violations by Gov. Larry Hogan. The Democrats say the Republican took donations from 100 benefactors that were over the legal limit.

The Democrats’ executive director Ben Smith said Hogan’s 2018 campaign raked in more than $200,000 in violation of the legal limit of $6,000 per donor.

The Washington Post reports Maryland Sen. Clarence Lam noticed the possible violations after Hogan vetoed a bill to strengthen transparency in the governor’s appointments office.

Lam told the Democratic Party, which then found the other possible violations.

Hogan’s attorney denies the accusations, and says the campaign refunded at least five of the donations that exceeded the limit.

GOP took $200K in illegal donations, Maryland Democrats say

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Democratic Party is asking the state board of elections to investigate possible campaign finance violations by Gov. Larry Hogan. The Democrats say the Republican took donations from 100 benefactors that were over the legal limit.

The Democrats’ executive director Ben Smith said Hogan’s 2018 campaign raked in more than $200,000 in violation of the legal limit of $6,000 per donor.

The Washington Post reports Maryland Sen. Clarence Lam noticed the possible violations after Hogan vetoed a bill to strengthen transparency in the governor’s appointments office.

Lam told the Democratic Party, which then found the other possible violations.

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Hogan’s attorney denies the accusations, and says the campaign refunded at least five of the donations that exceeded the limit.

Ford’s $1 Billion Chicago Expansion Is Done

The expansion of Ford plants in far South Side of Chicago at an expense of $1 billion is expected to provide a fillip to the company’s car manufacturing.

Ford’s one of the oldest plant with 95 years of history is now transformed into a high tech manufacturing facility to support production of Ford Explorer. The upgrading should please customers who are waiting for Lincoln Aviator too. Police Interceptor Utility vehicles also will be manufactured here. The focus of the plant will shift from sedans to high-priced sports utility vehicles.

The company has used 500 truckloads of new equipment, including 600 robots for the new automated plant. New 3-D printers, paint shop, body shop, tooling facility, etc. could save money and time.

When all is set, Ford would be able to bring out a vehicle in every 52 seconds. In 2018, the company has produced 335 thousand vehicles.