Black Lives Matter protesters were caught on camera harassing diners outside a family-owned Brooklyn taqueria — with dozens screaming at them to “stay the f–k outta New York.” “We don’t want you here,” screamed a ringleader standing on a table as he led an angry call-and-response chant from his comrades who framed the outdoor dining area of Maya Taqueria in Prospect Heights. “We don’t want your f—ing money! We don’t want your f—ing taqueria, owned by f—ing white men!” he screamed, with the mob repeating each line, as caught in video by The Post. The owner is listed as Daniel Nassar, who has said in numerous interviews that he crafted his traditional recipes while cooking with his family. In a recent video interview with ChowNow, Nassar explained how all of his staff relied on the restaurant, an 11-year “neighborhood staple,” to survive during the pandemic. “There’s employees that need their paychecks on a weekly basis to support their families,” he said. Locals and supporters of the restaurant quickly came to its defense online.
A US plant that was making Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine must fix a long list of problems including peeling paint and unsanitary conditions and practices to resume operation, according to a highly critical report by the Food and Drug Administration. Experts said addressing the issues raised in the scathing FDA inspection report could take months. Neither J&J nor the FDA has said when they expect vaccine production to restart at the Baltimore plant owned by Emergent Biosolutions. Only two other plants are currently equipped to supply the world with the key drug substance for J&J’s vaccine. “It may take many months to make these changes,” said Prashant Yadav, a global health care supply chain expert at the Center for Global Development. He described some of the issues raised by the FDA as “quite significant.” No vaccine manufactured at the Emergent plant has been distributed for use in the United States. However, J&J said it will exercise its oversight authority to ensure that all of the FDA observations are addressed promptly and comprehensively.
Stepping into the future of carbon-neutral freight transportation, Daimler Trucks North America is now accepting orders for its first all-electric freight trucks, which they call the longest-range commercial battery EVs for interstate shipping in North America today. Daimler’s Freightliner manufacturing division has put the eM2 box truck and eCascadia freight tractor into the hands of customers, who have been running real freight in the real world for over two years. Having demonstrated the concept, they will begin production of the trucks in 2022 and provide a “dedicated network of Freightliner dealers to support the end-to-end process of fleet electrification.” Currently with 38 trucks in a pilot fleet covering hundreds of thousands of miles in testing, senior vice president Richard Howard said, “The entire team at Daimler Trucks North America is incredibly proud of our progress.” With its ePowertrain technology developed by Detroit®, the eAxle design offers up to 23,000 lb-ft of torque, giving it ample power to move the eCascadia’s 82,000 lbs. with a maximum range in excess of 230 miles on a full charge for the medium-duty eM2, and 250 miles for the Class 8 eCascadia tractor.
It was far from Toronto council’s finest hour. Nearly two years ago, council voted overwhelmingly not to open up City Hall to bids on large construction projects from all union and non-union shops — becoming the only city in Canada to maintain an archaic closed-shop tendering process. They had the opportunity to reverse that by opting into Sec. 9 of the Labour Relations Act, which had removed a two-decades-old loophole allowing tendering by only nine select unions on major costly construction projects.
Rogers wireless customers across Canada are reporting a massive outage Monday for both voice and data services. The outage reports are largely stemming from Ontario, but it’s also impacting provinces from B.C to Prince Edward Island. Rogers apologized for the service interruptions, saying their team is “quickly working to restore services as soon as possible.” “We know how important it is to stay connected and are working hard to restore services for customers who are experiencing interruptions with wireless voice and data – residential and business wireline internet services are not impacted,” the telecommunications giant said in an emailed statement to Global News. “We sincerely apologize and thank our customers for their patience.” The communications company said the outage is also affecting Fido customers. There is still no word on when Rogers’ service will be restored. Some police in Ontario issued a warning saying if people call 911 they should not hang up because their communicators cannot call back.
Anyone born before the turn of the century has witnessed the world’s most recent revolution — a technological one, embedded in a virtual reality, but no less real. Many of us watched the rise and fall of dial-up internet, the replacement of the floppy disk and CD-ROM with digital downloads, and we saw our archaic Nokia and flip phones replaced by smart devices. With all of these developments in a brief 25 years, we can only wonder what happens next, right? Elon Musk‘s Neuralink Corp. released a three-minute video on April 8, revealing a 9-year-old macaque monkey playing video games via two of the company’s implantable brain chips, possibly answering that question with: brain-computer interfaces. A Neuralink voice-over explained that the company “records from more than 2000 electrodes implanted in the regions of the monkey’s motor cortex that coordinate hand and arm movements,” Reuters reported. “Using these data, we calibrate the decoder by mathematically modelling the relationship between patterns of neural activity and the different joystick movements they produce.