Lawyers to square off on Monday regarding California trucking’s Ab5 exemption request

For the first time since early 2020, attorneys for the state and the CTA, as well as lawyers for some new players in the litigation, will be in court Monday in person before Judge Roger Benitez in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Those new participants will feature lawyers from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which has joined CTA as an intervenor in the case, as well as legal representation from the Teamsters, which is working alongside the state to keep AB5 the law of the land. OOIDA and the Teamsters were not participants in the original case filed in 2019.

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New breakthrough on sand sourcing

Researchers have developed “fingerprinting” methods that could help build traceability tools and certification programs for construction sand, one of the world’s most-used natural resources, according to a paper published in the science journal Nature last week.

The methods require no direct observation, showing that fingerprinting “has untapped potential to support traceability and certification schemes and to support monitoring and enforcement in areas where there are concerns about illegal, illicit or simply unknown construction sand sourcing,” the team wrote.

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U.S. announces plans for $553M deep-water shipping terminal in Sri Lanka

The U.S. announced plans November 8 to build a $553 million deep-water shipping container terminal in Sri Lanka’s Port of Colombo in an attempt to keep pace with China in the international project development space.

The initiative will provide Sri Lanka with infrastructure that could potentially “transform Colombo into a world-class logistics hub at the intersection of major shipping routes and emerging markets,” said the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) …

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