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March 2022

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Dundee drivers could get refunds after council car parks were set up at the wrong time





Dundee drivers could get refunds after council car parks were set up at the wrong time



































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Opening of the largest multi-level car park in the capital – The New Indian Express

Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The largest multi-level car park (MLCP) in the city, with a capacity of 1,800 four-wheeled vehicles, has been opened at the Technopark campus. Information technology firm UST completed construction of the facility in 34 months, and company officials say it will add five more floors in Phase II of the project to accommodate a total of 4,000 cars.

This project should be a revelation for the municipality which has failed to provide adequate paid parking for the public despite the growing demand. “The car park was designed with the needs of our employees in mind as they slowly return to the offices. We were able to complete the project in a short time despite the difficult Covid phase.

In the future, when we add five more floors, this would become the largest parking lot in the state. We are also planning to install solar panels above the MLCP in line with our sustainability initiative and our goal of being carbon neutral,” said Shilpa Menon, Center Manager, UST Thiruvananthapuram.

The lack of adequate parking spaces in busy areas of the capital forces motorists to park haphazardly on sidewalks. On top of that, the police are fining motorists without giving them options or designated spaces to park.

Chairman of Federation of Thiruvananthapuram Residents Associations MS Venugopal said the civic body has failed to provide even basic amenities to the public. “The demand for designated parking lots remains unanswered. It is because of the sheer apathy of the authorities. Without providing the facilities, the authorities impose fines on motorists. The only MLCP at the company’s office is not available to the public. Ninety percent of the parking space is used by company personnel,” Venugopal said.

The Multi-Level Car Parking (MLCP) Facility at the Company’s Office Premises | BP Deepu

MLCP projects at MCH, Putharikandam suspends fire
The civic body has undertaken up to six multi-level parking projects under the Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) and AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) scheme which is expected to address the parking crisis in the capital.

Other than announcing plans, the civic body has done little on the ground to execute these projects on schedule. It is learned that the MLCPs planned by the civic body at Putharikandam and Medical College Hospital have been abandoned by the contractor. According to officials, the civic body is trying to revive these two projects.

“There was a design conflict on these two projects. The contractor abandoned the projects due to escalating costs. At Putharikandam, only the piling works have been completed. We have decided to launch a new call for tenders. Both of these projects experienced increased costs as we had to add other components, including fire safety mechanisms. The civic body decided to bear the additional expenses of the project. Around 3 crores would be allocated from the civic body’s own funds to ensure the completion of these projects,” an official from the civic body said.

The official said that the MLCP at Thampanoor is nearing completion. “About 60% of the project has been completed. The project is being implemented by SCTL. The facility can accommodate both two-wheelers and four-wheelers. The facility would be able to solve the parking crisis in the Thampanoor area,” the official said.

No action on collection of illegal parking fees
The municipality continues to ignore growing complaints about the collection of huge parking fees at malls, hospitals and other commercial establishments. Apart from a few notices, the civic body till date has made no effort to stop the illegal collection of fees, in violation of Kerala Municipal Law and Kerala Municipal Building Regulations. Recently, the High Court of Kerala had issued an order against the levying of parking fees by shopping malls. According to the standards, it is illegal to charge a fee for the use of the parking area allocated according to the building regulations. A senior civic body official said the state government needs to come up with a policy to end the collection of parking fees. “We are awaiting orders from the state government,” the official said.

Robotic parking system in preparation

The company has come up with a multitude of projects and proposals to solve the parking crisis. However, other than parking at the company’s office premises, the civic body has not commissioned or executed any of the projects planned so far. In the current budget, it has allocated I1 crore for innovative robotic parking spaces in the capital. A senior official in the company’s engineering wing said it was the first time a local body had planned robotic parking systems in the city. “It has lower O&M costs than normal MLCPs.

It can be installed in smaller spaces and only one carrier would be operational compared to other multi-level installations. The robot transporter can lift around 4,000 kg and a normal car weighs around 3,000 kg,” the official said. The operation and maintenance cost of a robotic parking system stands at about 13 lakh while the cost of conventional MLCP is nearly 18 lakh, an official said. “It has fewer moving parts than conventional MLCPs,” the official said. A similar robotic installation is now functional at the police station, the official said. “We plan to set up at least one installation on an experimental basis. We will identify suitable locations soon,” an official added.

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1,800 four-wheeled vehicles can be parked in the new facility

  • 5 more floors will be added
  • 4,000 vehicles can be parked after construction
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Fort Worth’s Iconic Restaurant Seeks New Location – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

An iconic Fort Worth restaurant appears set to vacate its downtown location due to issues with its landlord.

“We’ve been here for about 20 years, but we have to look ahead and we have to find the next perfect location for Reata for the next 20 years,” said Mike Micallef, president of Reata.

Reata Restaurant opened on Houston Street in May 2002. Its current lease expires in just over two years. The restaurant wants a renewal but said it still doesn’t have one from Sundance Square management.

So the Micallef family, owners of the restaurant, decided it was time to move to a new location.

“Our lease expires in June 2024. So we’re just over two years old. Here in Reata, we serve around a quarter of a million customers every year. So for us to go and find a new location, it won’t be a simple thing. We may have to build a new location. So because of that, we need some time, but we have to find the next great location for Reata in the future” , said Micallef.

One big problem, according to the restaurant, is the higher price customers are now paying for valet parking.

“We really care about the total customer experience. Part of that experience is going to your restaurant. Obviously the valet and parking situation has changed from what it was in the past. first 18 years. And we hear feedback from our customers that they don’t like these changes,” Micallef said.

In a statement to NBC 5, a spokesperson for the Sundance Square management team said landlord-tenant issues are not discussed publicly.

Regarding the car park situation, the spokesperson said there was free parking on weekdays and weekends; two and a half hours of free customer parking on weekdays and paid valet parking on the entire 25-block campus.

“All Sundance Square restaurants have the option to pay for some (or all) of their patrons’ valet parking…and Reata does not participate in this program,” Sundance Square spokesman Bryan Eppstein wrote.

“There was a valet system where it was free for customers. The restaurant initially paid $3 a car, then $4 a car. Now the new management wanted to charge $7 every 30 minutes, $21 max, plus expenses. And that’s something we as Reata couldn’t bear. We can’t bear that. You have to realize that our lunch price is only $20. Our dinner price is about $50. If you have to pay that much for someone to park, you’re out of business,” Micallef said.

Reata is now ready to take his business elsewhere. While the restaurant would rather not leave downtown, finding two acres of undeveloped land it would need to build from scratch or a 12,000-20,000 square foot building and parking for 200 poses its own challenges. .

“We have to find the best thing for us, but as I said, it will take us a long time to find a new location and build that location or build an entire building. And as you know, because of the pandemic, the whole supply chain is messed up, so everything is taking longer than before. We have to move forward to find the next perfect location for Reata,” Micallef said.

“It’s tough, but, you know what? Our first restaurant isn’t in Fort Worth. It’s in Alpine, Texas. Our first restaurant in Fort Worth wasn’t even here. It was at the top of the Bank One Tower building. We have made a successful transition from there to here. So we are just looking for the next chapter.

And the restaurant is asking the public to help them find this new place. Information about this is published online. The goal is to identify this next location by early 2023.

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Letter from Sudbury: Free parking at KED isn’t so free

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Thus, the city council has decided that parking for the Dario Zulich event center will be provided free of charge by the city. Kingsway Entertainment District parking will not be free: it will be a cost buried in tax bills. it will be paid mainly by taxpayers who do not go to KED.

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If the council wants free parking for events, they should drive downtown where the parking spaces are already built. Downtown parking has already been paid for. These spots are empty at night. They are free for the city.

KED parking spaces will remain empty 95% of the time. This means that the city promises to build expensive, low-value parking spaces to subsidize owners and fans of Wolves and potential patrons of an imaginary casino.

An additional downtown parking space would be used at least 10 times more than any space at KED. Investing downtown is good savings. The city can actually charge for downtown spaces during the day if they need to. Buying expensive parking spaces that will hardly be used on the outskirts of town is bad policy.

The board doesn’t quite lie that parking will be free at KED. He only shows again his tragic inability to understand simple economics.

david robinson

Economist

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ATs parking strategy update nears consultation

Late last year, we heard about Auckland Transport’s review of its parking strategy. At that time, they were seeking Board Planning Committee approval on the strategic direction of the strategy.

On Thursday, they seek approval from AT’s planning committee and board of directors to put the strategy out for public comment.

To unblock some of the city’s busiest roads and reduce transport emissions, Auckland’s Parking Strategy Project proposes changes to how parking is managed in our city.

Pending approval from the Auckland Transport Board and Auckland Council Planning Committee on Thursday, Aucklanders will be asked to give their views on the proposals throughout April. The proposals aim to ensure that people can move around Auckland efficiently, regardless of their mode of travel.

Auckland Council Planning Committee Chairman and councilor Chris Darby said the draft strategy will enable communities to thrive as parking spaces are transformed to provide real transport choice and make our streets more livable.

“Parking concerns everyone, whether or not they own a car. The space allocated for parking influences the amount of space available for sidewalks, bike lanes, street trees, buses and high occupancy vehicle lanes, as well as the amount invested in public transport.

“These changes to the way we manage parking in our city are desperately needed to help prepare Auckland’s transport network for the future.

“Some of our busiest streets have become full-time parking lots, storing cars and immobilizing our communities instead of allowing travel in our city. It’s just not fair to the people of Auckland.

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AT’s executive managing director of planning and investment, Jenny Chetwynd, said the parking strategy project would have significant benefits if implemented.

“Auckland is facing significant population growth over the next decade, which has the potential to add more congestion to our roads. Private vehicle use is also a major contributor to the city’s transportation emissions, which need to be reduced. To meet these challenges, we need to reduce vehicle kilometers traveled (VKT) and enable active modes and public transport to serve our communities far more than ever before – and that means making space for them on our busy road corridors.

“Therefore, we really need to rethink how we use our road space, and in particular, our main busy corridors. By rethinking how we can use our roads for the movement of people, rather than the movement of cars – or even the storage of cars – our city will become a place where everyone can connect and move efficiently.

Despite all the changes, Ms Chetwynd acknowledges that vehicles will still have an important role to play in how Aucklanders get around for the foreseeable future.

“Changes in parking management will also have benefits for drivers, especially those who depend on our roads for their work, such as the freight and commercial sectors.

“It is important to note that any changes will be rolled out gradually over the next 10 years and individual communities will be consulted.”

It’s great to see AT using bolder and more direct language about the need to change the way our streets work. However, my biggest concern remains the same as last year: this is really just a stalling tactic. Indeed, the “contentious” aspects of this draft strategy were also part of their existing parking strategy which was adopted in 2015, and AT never did anything to implement them. So when AT says the changes will roll out over 10 years, I read that as saying that’s a strategy that won’t happen.

In saying that, it’s a bit strange that AT presents what is effectively its current strategy as a massive change. This, combined with last year’s indications that earlier versions of this review were much less bold, makes me worry that AT is deliberately trying to garner negative feedback so they can narrow the strategy.

So what are the “contentious” issues? There are two main ones that the media have already focused on.

Removal of strategic transport network parking

As the document explains

To ensure these results, the Parking Principles state that parking is the lowest priority use of space on the strategic transportation network. This means that space for projects that improve safety or transport options (such as establishing bus lanes) will be provided by reallocating parking, rather than widening the road

AT initially wanted this strategy to allow them to simply remove parking where necessary, but the council and in particular the mayor balked at this idea and so the project now calls for them to consult the public for each of these roads.

However, they also note that they will only remove parking if there is a plan to use the reallocated space and that “At this stage, approximately 20% of roads in the strategic transportation network are proposed for improvement over the next 10 years“. So not much will change then.

Parking Strategy 2015

The 2015 strategy already covered this, however, noting in a section titled Parking on the arteries

AT will manage parking on arteries by extending cleared lanes or removing parking where it:

  • Inhibits the ability of the road to carry more people (and goods), especially during peak periods, and/or
  • Causes significant delays in the speed and reliability of public transport on the FTN, and/or
  • Causes safety risks for cyclists or hinders quality improvements on Auckland’s cycle network.

Billing for Park and Ride

AT says in its press release:

The draft parking strategy includes changes to how Auckland’s Park and Ride (PnR) facilities will be managed. PnR sites have an important role to play in Auckland as they extend the reach of the public transport system and reduce congestion.

To ensure this continues to be the primary role of PnRs, AT will need to actively manage them as a premium offering for customers. This will include enforcing these spaces and a pricing model to ensure they are used for their intended purpose.

While AT cannot be specific or anticipate the Traffic Control Committee’s (TCC) decision on fees, AT estimates that fees would be modest and in the range of approximately $2-4 per day at the departure.

Ms Chetwynd says charging for PnRs is one option to ensure they remain fit for the future.

From the language above and also in the document itself, AT is talking about the fact that P&R is a premium service, and they are apparently concerned about the use of some P&R sites by local workers, thereby occupying spaces that could be used by PT commuters.

One thing that strikes me as missing from the conversation is how P&R billing can help improve PT accessibility. The current setup rewards those who can get to the station early, and often places are taken by people who live a short distance from the station itself or who live on a feeder bus route.

Because the parking lots are free, this means that PT is less accessible to a wide range of potential PT customers. For example, a parent who might need to walk their child to school before going to work – but by the time they did, the power bus frequency often dropped and with the P&R full , he ends up driving his whole trip .

Parking Strategy 2015

The 2015 strategy also allows charging for P&R, and even includes thresholds for when pricing should be applied, for example that pricing is introduced when additional P&R capacity is provided (which AT ignored), and that they should:

Introduce pricing once demand consistently exceeds the 85% occupancy threshold capacity during the morning peak and viable alternative options for accessing stations are in place, such as frequent bus departures and good parking for bicycles, links on foot


Overall, the proposed parking strategy is good – but it should be, given that it’s just a re-image of the existing document. The only question is what guarantees will give AT that they will actually implement it.

Assuming Council and the Board of Directors approve the consultation strategy, it will be discussed in April.

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Design-build team selected for $1.7 billion Harbor-UCLA Medical Center redesign

A design-build team led by Hensel Phelps, HMC Architects and CO Architects has been selected for a redesign of the unincorporated Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in West Carson, the team announced this month.

The nearly $1.7 billion project, approved in February by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, calls for the consolidation of medical services at the Harbor-UCLA campus, which spans 72 acres east intersection of Carson Street and Vermont Avenue. The project will allow the hospital to comply with the 1953 Senate Bill, which requires all acute care hospitals to rebuild or upgrade their facilities by 2030 to avoid damage from a major earthquake.

“I am thrilled to lead this design-build team of healthcare design and build experts to deliver this beautiful, state-of-the-art facility,” Hensel Phelps program manager Sandra Ichiho said in a statement. . “Through this project, the county will create hundreds of local jobs and millions of dollars in business opportunities for the local community.”

The centerpieces of the project are a new 468,000 square foot inpatient care tower with 346 beds, as well as a 403,000 square foot outpatient treatment center and support building. Other elements of the renovation include a new helicopter landing pad, an 11,000 square foot warehouse, a new 381,000 square foot parking lot and other support facilities.

By consolidating existing inpatient and outpatient departments into new buildings, Harbor-UCLA expects to reduce operating and maintenance costs, while meeting sustainability goals. The project team is aiming for LEED Gold certification for the campus.

“Adding one million square feet to an existing 70-year-old campus creates significant planning and cost challenges,” said Kirk Rose, healthcare practice leader at HMC Architects, in the press release. “Our design will optimize operational flow and throughput, organize the program very cost effectively, and create a beautiful outdoor space for community enjoyment.”

Elsewhere on the Harbor-UCLA complex, the county has also partnered with the Lundquist Institute, formerly known as LA Biomed, which intends to develop a 250,000 square foot bioscience technology campus near the intersection of Carson with Normandie Avenue.

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Tim Farron and the Lake District National Park call for renewal of parking measure

A ‘HUGELY’ useful measure which helped prevent ‘utter chaos’ on Cumbria’s roads has not been renewed for another year.

Last year, the government extended permitted development rights, allowing landowners to use their land as temporary car parks or campsites for 56 days, instead of the usual 28 days.

However, the government has decided not to extend the fees this year, which has worried the area’s MP and the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA), who say the extension has been ‘extremely helpful’ to reduce pressure on county roads and parking lots.

It comes as the county prepares for what is expected to be “another extremely” busy summer.

PUBLISH; Bad parking in Coniston in 2020

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Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has written to Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Michael Gove asking him to reconsider.

Similarly, the Lake District National Park Authority formally requested the government to extend the rights earlier this year.

“In 2020, there was absolute chaos, with people parking in parking lots, people camping in places they shouldn’t,” Mr Farron said.

“It was absolute chaos and in 2021 that wasn’t so much the case.

“And the reason for that was that the government allowed landowners, mostly farmers, to have a campsite or a parking lot in their field for 56 days.

“It worked perfectly to calm the situation and reduce the pressure on the roads and parking lots.

“And the government has no intention of doing it again, which is really irritating.

“So I have written to Michael Gove to say it is working very well it is a free thing for us to do it it will bring money to the farmers and help the tourism economy and prevent the place to be congested, Easter and summer nightmare.

LDNPA ranger service and strategy manager Hanna Latty said the authority, along with partner agencies, will work to manage “potential issues” arising from another busy summer and is focusing on promoting the use of sustainable modes of transport.

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“A number of Lake District landowners have made full use of the extension of permitted development rights to 56 days over the summers of 2020 and 2021 to help manage and respond to increased domestic tourism and reduced the use of sustainable transport following the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic,” she said.

“Over the past two busy seasons, we have found the extension of the planning rules extremely useful as it allowed the number of parking spaces available to be temporarily increased, depending on demand.

“Earlier this year, we formally requested the Government to extend the permitted development rights period for 2022, on behalf of all Cumbria Visitors Tactical Management Group partners.

“In lieu of the 56-day rule extension, we will continue to work to manage potential issues during the 2022 season, building on the work undertaken with our partners and communities over the past two seasons.

“Detailed plans for the coming season have been agreed, including seven Area Action Plans covering geographical areas of the Lake District.”

LDNPA is expected to receive funding to support visitor management, including three sustainable transportation shuttles in specific locations.

It also works to promote and encourage sustainable travel and to develop ticket offers to make this choice more affordable.

And it works with partners to maximize the allowed 28-day development rights by “coordinating and ensuring the best 28 days are utilized.”

Cumbria Police said they would continue to work closely with the national park to tackle any potential issues.

“As the weather improves over Easter and summer, we expect another extremely busy period, particularly in tourist areas,” a police spokesman said.

“There is every indication that more people than ever before are now looking to holiday in the UK rather than holiday overseas which will likely result in a large number of people traveling here.

“Our officers work closely with the Lake District National Park Authority and other partners, including local councils, and we encourage visitors to treat the area with respect, including planning ahead for you. make sure you’re safe and don’t harm the environment.”

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Corner parking lot in Las Vegas, NM gets mixed reviews | Local News

Frankie Ann Vigil saw times when free parking wasn’t available at the historic Plaza in Las Vegas, NM

So when city officials instituted corner parking on part of the Plaza in January, including in front of Vigil’s business, owner Frankie AnnTiques liked the idea.

“It created more parking,” Vigil said. “We need more parking in the summer when there are a lot of tourists.”

Retired Las Vegas City Schools teacher and administrator Art Gonzales, however, said he avoided rear-angle parking and opted for nearby parallel parking and then walking.

“I don’t like having to step back,” Gonzales said while having lunch with his wife Bernice at Olivia’s, also in the Plaza, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974 for its architecturally notable buildings.

Previously, the Plaza had parallel parking on both sides of the streets. Now drivers have the option of parallel parking on the west and east sides of the Plaza or corner parking on the north and south sides.

City officials changed the layout as part of a $1.6 million project to replace outdated sewer, gas and water lines, the city’s director of utilities said. , Maria Gilvarry. The project included the repaving of historic Bridge Street, Plaza Park and side streets.

“I got a lot of positive feedback, and there were some negative feedback early on,” Gilvarry said Friday.

The city consulted a traffic engineer, who recommended rear-angle parking because it is easier than parallel parking and safer to load and unload the trunks of vehicles from the curb rather than from the street.

Mayor Louie Trujillo said he believes the rear corner parking lot added about 20 spaces around the Plaza.

“We wanted to see how we could maximize corner parking,” Trujillo said.

He also noted that it’s safer for drivers.

“For loading and unloading your vehicle, people do it between vehicles, not on the street,” Trujillo said.

Allan Affeldt, owner of the Plaza Hotel, said all downtown merchants were in favor of additional parking, but were not involved in the decision-making. The Plaza Hotel has a lot behind the building and a corner parking lot in front.

“Parking has been an issue around the Plaza,” Affeldt said. “We [merchants] had nothing to do with the back-in [parking] until it happens. Whether you are entering or returning, coming or leaving, you are going to find yourself in traffic one way or another. It’s not unique to Las Vegas.

Savannah Garcia, who works the front desk at the Plaza Hotel, said she thinks some people might refrain from parking at an angle because they “might not be good at backing up.”

“For some people who know how to back into a parking spot, it works,” Garcia said. “I think that helped a lot.”

Edward Madrid of Villanueva initially thought the new parking lot layout was a little odd. But that doesn’t stop him from using it.

“It’s just something nobody is used to doing,” Madrid said.

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Man fined $80 for plugging electric vehicle into wall socket at Surrey car park

Thirteen cents for electricity turned into a big headache and even bigger bill for a Surrey man who was slapped with an $80 fine for charging his electric vehicle on a wall outlet in the center car park Central City shopping.

Brett Favaro was hoping to add a few miles of range to his Chevy Volt when he and his daughter went shopping on Wednesday.

After finding all the charging stations occupied or out of service, he saw an open wall outlet. So he parked, plugged in, and went to the mall.

When he returned an hour later, the $80 bill on his windshield described the infraction as “use of an outlet to charge the vehicle is not permitted.”

“There was no signage anywhere saying you couldn’t do that, so I was really surprised because it doesn’t seem like a big stretch to plug your car into a wall outlet,” Favaro said. “It’s a parking lot. It’s an outlet facing the parking lot. I had no reason to believe it wouldn’t be allowed, especially since it’s allowed in so many other places.”

After posting the ticket on social media, the company that manages the land on behalf of the mall, Concord Parking, waived the fine as a “single courtesy” and reduced the ticket to a “warning”.

The Central City general manager said the mall is very supportive of electric vehicles and plans to improve signage in the area.

“We have 40 electric vehicle charging stations on our site designed to properly charge electric vehicles,” said Daniella Leck. “The electrical wall outlets are intended for use by our maintenance team for things like pressure washers to keep our parking lot clean. They are not intended or designed for electric vehicle charging.”

Most EVs can “drain” or slow down charging on a standard three-prong plug, gaining around 15 miles of battery range every hour.

Favaro, who is a conservation scientist and dean of the faculty of science and horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, argues that the provision of regular outlets for recharging – such as those provided for plug-in block heaters in the coldest parts of Canada – makes sense for businesses, customers and the environment.

“It’s not uncommon to shop for an hour or two,” he said. “That could be enough energy to get you home without having to use fossil fuels.”

The president of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association said the case highlights the fact that the supply of electric vehicle charging is not meeting growing demand.

An electric vehicle charging panel in Squamish, British Columbia More than 10% of new light-duty vehicles purchased in British Columbia in 2021 were zero-emissions, the highest rate in North America. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

“I see it’s a point of tension,” said Harry Constantine. “I always [ask] why bother installing a power outlet if you don’t want people to use it? I think the best way is for people to come out ahead of it and install more recharge.”

Constantine said starting January 2022, businesses and multi-unit residences with five or more units can take advantage of BC’s low-carbon fuel standard by installing chargers and earning credits. of carbon.

“If you monitor your energy use, you can report it to the government and sell those carbon credits. And those carbon credits are then bought by oil and gas companies to offset their carbon footprint,” he said.

British Columbia’s recent history of disastrous wildfires, flooding and extreme heat has brought climate change to the forefront and has become a factor in the rapid rate of adoption of electric vehicles by British Columbia drivers.

Depending on the province, zero-emission vehicles represented more than 10% of all new light vehicle sales in 2021, the highest rate in North America.

And with the trend only accelerating, it follows that an increasing number of EV drivers will be in the market for charging options.

“I think a lot of owners maybe just don’t understand the opportunity,” Favaro said. if you have a wall outlet in your parking lot, you have EV infrastructure, and that’s actually a positive.”

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Long-delayed work on the station’s multi-storey car park will finally start next month

The Mayor of WEST Yorkshire said she understood commuters’ “frustration” after work began on a station car park – 18 months after the originally scheduled end date.

Work to create a multi-storey car park at Steeton and Silsden station will finally start next month and is expected to take a year.

The works will increase parking spaces at the station by 102 spaces – to provide a total of 245 spaces.

The station car park is regularly full before 9am, and there have been calls for better parking facilities for years.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which is funding the project, said the new facilities would encourage more people to travel by train.

When the project was first announced, the expected end date was October 2020.

‘Concerns’ after estimated cost of bridge over busy road nearly doubles to £10m

But the scheme has been beset with delays and at a meeting of the Combined Authority at the end of 2020 it emerged that the cost of the scheme had risen from £3,879,000 to £4,630,800. Members were also informed that the work would likely not be completed until January 2022.

This schedule has since been rearranged and work is now due to begin this month and be completed in March 2023.

West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin said: “As a passionate advocate for rail travel and a commuter myself, I understand the frustration commuters have felt at the slow progress on car parking. Steeton and Silsden station. I can understand, however, that improvements, like this, can sometimes encounter significant obstacles and problems.

“I am however very pleased to be able to tell people who use Steeton and Silsden station that we can now begin the significant parking improvements at this station.

“In the Climate and Environment Plan for West Yorkshire, which I launched last year, I committed to achieving a net-zero carbon economy by 2038 at the latest. Work at Steeton and Silsden Station will help reduce congestion and improve local air quality, bringing us one step closer to our economic ambition.” It also goes without saying that better access to public transport improves people’s employment, training and learning opportunities and, of course, their leisure activities.I welcome these improvements.

The construction of the new car park will result in the closure of the existing main car park for the 12 month construction period.

Part of the annex car park will remain open to station visitors, with around 40 spaces available. As there will be limited parking availability throughout the construction period, the Combined Authority urges station users to consider alternative arrangements and, if possible, walk or cycle to the station.

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Unauthorized weekend work on the Northgate End multi-storey car park has led to traffic chaos in Stortford town center

The traffic chaos which led to the shutdown of Bishop’s Stortford town center on Saturday March 19 was mainly caused by unauthorized work over the weekend at the Northgate End multi-storey car park.

Motorists fumed, appointments were missed and businesses suffered a loss of trade as traffic jams jammed the city throughout the day. As well as the temporary 24/7 traffic lights at Northgate End, which were the main cause of the chaos, there were temporary four-way lights at the Hockerill Junction and roadworks at Windhill.

Cllr Graham McAndrew of Stortford, who is deputy cabinet member for highways and transport at Hertfordshire County Council, told the India the range of works that had been scheduled for the weekend and revealed the problem with the Northgate End works.

Traffic lights on Link Road (55613118)

An email from County Hall’s network management team said: ‘We had cleared work on the Hockerill Junction to accommodate the Affinity Water works. Due to the location we fully anticipated that this would cause delays and we have therefore scheduled the works for the weekend with extended works and manual control to reduce traffic jams as much as possible.

“Additionally, the works were advertised on our social media platforms and to the local member in advance to help inform customer journeys.

“What ultimately led to the level of congestion encountered were the temporary signals for the Northgate End car park development which we had not cleared for weekend work.

Traffic lights at Link Road roundabout and Northgate End (55613155)
Traffic lights at Link Road roundabout and Northgate End (55613155)

“In light of last weekend’s issues, we have reiterated to the developer of the Northgate End car park that their permit does not allow weekend work and that no future work should take place over a weekend. They have confirmed that they will cease all future weekend work activity.”

Work on the B1004 Windhill scheduled for Saturday March 26 by UK Power Solutions has been postponed.

There are roadworks at the junction of The Causeway with Adderley Road from Friday to Sunday this weekend and next weekend.

“These works are intended to facilitate an Affinity Water connection to the paddling pool, which I understand there is an eagerness to deliver,” the Network Management email reads.

Advance warning of Affinity Water works on The Causeway and Adderley Road (55614815)
Advance warning of Affinity Water works on The Causeway and Adderley Road (55614815)

“The works were previously scheduled as part of a complete closure of the A1250 The Causeway road. Following various discussions and site meetings, we managed to reduce traffic management to lane closures, thus keeping the open network, although reduced.

“The work has been scheduled for the weekend to avoid the Northgate End car park development work which is only permitted on weekdays. We had considered undertaking this work at night but due to the properties nearby residential buildings and expected noise levels, this was not an option.

“Works on the M11 and Essex motorways to Birchanger roundabout have caused further disruption to Bishop’s Stortford and we are therefore coordinating the works with an extra level of scrutiny. This is despite the increased pressure we are under to facilitate the delivery of several projects, mainly related to development sites.”

* Temporary 24/7 traffic lights and footpath closure at Northgate End car park site to continue for longer as construction work has been extended until May 1.

A notice from Herts County Council reads: ‘This extension is due to a number of technical difficulties at the site. Following this extension we are currently rescheduling various works to avoid any unnecessary disruption to the network.’



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Time is up? Downtown Parkersburg Parking Enforcement Remains On Hold – For Now | News, Sports, Jobs




A parking meter is displayed on Market Street in Parkersburg, where downtown parking regulations have not been enforced for two years. Some downtown businesses would like to see enforcement resume, and Mayor Tom Joyce is considering the matter. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG — As businesses and activities closed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Parkersburg suspended enforcement of downtown parking regulations to help businesses there.

This remains in effect two years later, but some city centers are ready to see the delays return.

“The city’s lifting of parking enforcement was beneficial for a little while as people were mostly working from home and trying to cope with all the safety precautions and changes in daily life,” said Amanda Stevens, executive director of Downtown PKB. “The downtown businesses I’ve spoken (to) are ready to resume downtown parking enforcement.”

Mayor Tom Joyce said he has reviewed the situation several times and received mixed feedback. But recently, a group of owners affiliated with Downtown PKB recommended that the city restart enforcement, at least for street parking.

“I take this recommendation into consideration,” Joyce said Thursday. “I’ll probably wait until we have a new chief of police…and we’ll decide when and/or if we’re basically going to institute that recommendation.”

A parking meter on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg keeps time Thursday, although the app hasn’t been enforced for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

People will be given adequate notice before the change takes effect, the mayor said.

The downtown economy is “still impacted by COVID more than any other geographic location or even industry,” Joyce said. Hundreds of Highmark West Virginia employees continue to work from home or in a hybrid format, while more than 90% of the 2,403 employees assigned to Parkersburg for the Federal Office of Tax Services are telecommuting.

But even without this population regularly downtown, some people say parking is hard to come by.

“If we arrive early, all these parking spaces are already full every morning”, said Walker resident Dianna Hewitt, pointing to metered and 60-minute spaces in the 700 block of Market Street. “If it’s after 8:30, it’s full.”

Hewitt, who paid to hold a spot in a parking lot before retiring from a downtown job, frequently visits the Parkersburg Art Center for crafts. She said she and others park on the grounds of the art center at Eighth and Market streets.

A 60-minute parking sign is seen on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg Thursday. Some downtown businesses would like parking enforcement to resume, and Mayor Tom Joyce is considering the matter. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Jessie Siefert, executive and educational director of the Art Center, wants law enforcement back.

“A lot of times we have older customers who just want to stop by…or a parent dropping off a child,” she says. When people can park all day in a space, “This prevents Market Street businesses from having parking immediately available in front of their businesses.”

Robert Bosworth, who works in downtown Catholic Charities West Virginia, said people who come to get food from their soup kitchen sometimes have trouble parking nearby.

“A large part of our clientele is disabled”, he said.

Other companies haven’t seen many issues with parking.

“We are fine” said Chams Ekelman, co-owner of Chams Lebanese Kitchen on Market Street. Although the lunch hour is busy, customers “Always find a place to park.”

The lack of enforcement has had a significant impact on the city’s parking fund, which has operated in deficit for the past several years, city chief financial officer Eric Jiles said during recent hearings on the municipal budget.

Parking meter revenue fell from $64,063 in fiscal year 2018 to $34,382, which included the first three and a half months of the pandemic. That number dropped to $14,298 in fiscal year 2021 as some drivers continued to power meters even when it was not needed.

Overall parking revenue, including rental of spaces on municipal lands, increased from $230,720 in fiscal year 2018 to $141,346 in fiscal year 2021.

Jiles forecast $14,000 in meter revenue and $111,750 in total for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

“It’s hard to say when the entire workforce will return, or ever return, to downtown,” he said.

The parking budget includes $140,318 for staff services but nothing for capital expenditures, according to city budget documents, which cover part of the salary of a supervisor who also works for the Municipal Court and three others workers.

These employees still collected money from meters, repainted meters, mowed dirt and performed other tasks on city buildings and grounds, Joyce said.

“They did a bit of everything” he said “The only thing they haven’t done is (write) tickets.”

Evan Bevins can be reached at [email protected]




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DC mayor hopes to triple the number of traffic control cameras

District motorists, be prepared to slow down or pay.

According to Washington Post. Part of the overhaul, which will begin in October, includes 170 new speed cameras (there are currently 85). Even more new cameras would penalize drivers for violations like blocking bike and bus lanes or putting up stop signs — the budget projects the expansion will cost $9.4 million to complete.

The increase in the number of cameras is part of the mayor’s $10 million pledge last year, which would be spent on road safety measures following a series of fatal crashes. According to To post, nine people have died so far this year in traffic collisions, after 40 last year, the highest number in more than two decades. Tragic collisions last March include an elderly driver who lost control of his vehicle and rammed into diners on the patio outside the Chevy Chase DC restaurant, the Parthenon, killing two women. Days earlier, a young doctor was struck and killed by his own vehicle in Adams Morgan after an unidentified thief stole his car and drove off.

Critics of the district’s automated traffic enforcement point to cameras as a high and steady source of revenue. According to a report by AAA, DC issued — but didn’t necessarily collect — $1 billion in traffic and parking tickets in the three-year period from 2017 to 2019. Another study found that the district fines its residents more than any other city in the country, including for parking and traffic violations, at a rate of $261 per resident. Revenue reportedly fell over the past two years as residents drove less during the pandemic, though cameras still brought in $1.3 million in fiscal 2020, according to NPR, which was the same as the previous year.

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Start of work on the parking lot of the multi-storey station

A new multi-storey car park to encourage rail use at Steeton and Silsden station is one of 14 projects in the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s £31.5million Rail Park and Ride scheme.

The expected start date for development is early next month.

As part of the improvements, 102 additional parking spaces will be created, bringing the total available spaces to 245.

Parking will be free for rail users, who will also benefit from improved CCTV facilities and LED lighting, for their safety and comfort.

A fully accessible elevator will greatly facilitate access to the car park and the station.

West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin said: “As a passionate advocate for rail travel and a commuter myself, I understand the frustration commuters have felt at the slow progress on car parking. Steeton and Silsden station.

“However, I can understand that improvements, such as this, can sometimes run into significant obstacles and problems.

“I am very pleased to be able to tell people who use Steeton and Silsden station that we can now begin the significant parking improvements at this station.

“The works at Steeton and Silsden station will help reduce congestion and improve local air quality, bringing us one step closer to our economic ambition.”

The construction of the new car park will result in the closure of the existing main car park for the construction period, which is expected to last up to 12 months. Part of the annex car park will remain open to station visitors, with around 40 spaces available.

As the availability of parking spaces will be limited throughout the construction period, station users are encouraged to consider alternative arrangements and, if possible, walk or cycle to the station.

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Free gas tomorrow: As Chicago businessman Willie Wilson gears up for 2nd giveaway, some officials push back | See locations

CHICAGO (WLS) — After Chicago businessman Willie Wilson’s first gas giveaway last week created a citywide traffic jam, a bigger one is slated for Thursday.

This time, his team intends their second event to function more as carefully choreographed, charitable mayhem.

“I had no idea it was going to be this big,” Wilson said, “but when it happened, it just exploded. And I was surprised like everyone else.”

Cars can line up starting at 7 a.m. at 21 locations in Chicago, but not before, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications said Tuesday.

WATCH: Lines wrap around blocks at gas stations across the city

Each car can receive up to $50 in free gas and each station will accommodate up to 400 cars. Stickers will be distributed to indicate position in line.

“This time the volunteers are going to hand out numbers from 1 to 400,” said Khalil Abdullah, owner of several participating gas stations.

Chicago police officers will be deployed throughout the city to assist with traffic control.

“The queue will start at 6 a.m. No one will be allowed into the lines until 6 a.m. If you are there earlier you will be asked to leave,” the police chief said. by Cicero, Jerry Chlada.

Wilson plans to donate $1 million worth of gas to help people deal with soaring gas prices.

“There were a lot of people who didn’t get a chance to do it. They lined up,” Wilson said. “I saw people in tears.

Last week’s $200,000 donation of free gas caused a massive traffic jam in the city.

Thursday’s giveaway will also include several locations in the suburbs – 48 locations in all.

“We think it’s going to be fine, and hopefully as many people as possible can get gas tomorrow,” Wilson said Tuesday.

“We try to help the communities. Each station receives about 20,000 people, so I hope people around can benefit from it,” Abdullah added.

Bobie Nall said she would be at participating Shell stations in Park Forest on Thursday.

“It’s free gas. It’s up to $50, right? Yeah, so gas is almost $5 a gallon, so yeah, I’ll be there,” Nall said. .

Park Forest Police said they would direct cars into a residential area to avoid backing onto the main thoroughfare.

“We found out on Saturday afternoon, so it’s been kind of a rush to get things ready,” said Deputy Chief Paul Winfrey of the Park Forest Police Department. “It took most of the day trying to find the best route that will cause the least impact on residents and businesses.”

The City of Cicero and the Chicago Police Department are also working with Wilson to alleviate traffic issues this time and ensure public safety.

“Last week we really didn’t get a lot of notification. This time around we had a few extra days to plan for it,” said Rich Guidice, executive director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. .

“All side streets south of Cermak Road between Lombard and Laramie Ave will be closed beginning at approximately 3 a.m.,” Chief Chlada added.

“Best case scenario, everyone is calm and polite and we line up the cars and keep going fast. And everyone gets the free gas,” Winfrey added.

However, a spokesperson for Wilson said “a few” suburban communities decided not to participate on Thursday “for their own reasons.”

These locations include Alsip and the Thorntons in Bellwood and Dixmoor.

The Posen Police Department posted on its Facebook page that the gasoline giveaway was canceled there as well.

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Everything is expected to take about four to five hours at each station.

With prices well above $4 a gallon in some places, Thursday’s giveaway is something of a lifesaver.

Stations will also lower their prices, so more people can participate, Wilson said.

WATCH: Willie Wilson talks Chicago’s free gas giveaway

Participating Gas Stations: Free gas from 7 a.m. Thursday until $1 million is exhausted

Austin
Shell at 6129 W. North Ave., Chicago

South Austin
Citgo at 5103 W. Madison Ave., Chicago
Citgo at 5150 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago

Rogers Park
Amoco at 7201 N. Clark St., Chicago

Gage Park
Shell at 5230 S. Western Ave., Chicago

Washington Park
Super Save at 48 E. Garfield Blvd., Chicago

Humboldt Park
Citgo at 1345 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago

Fern

9901 S. Halsted St., Chicago

East Garfield Park
Marathon at 340 S. Sacramento Blvd., Chicago

roseland
Super Save at 11100 S. State St. Chicago
9452 S. Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago

park mansion
Citgo at 6700 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago

Grand Crossing
BP at 7600 S. Chicago Ave., Chicago

North Center
BP at 3955 N. Western Ave., Chicago

Lawndale
Amoco at 4401 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago

The hole
PO Box at 342 E. 35th St., Chicago

Garfield Crest
Shell at 6434 W. Archer Ave., Chicago

West Elsdon
PO Box at 4401 W. 55th St., Chicago

Gresham
Clark at 1201 W. 87th St., Chicago

Canaryville
Clark at 4300 S. Union Ave., Chicago

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Northern suburbs
Mobil at 1950 Green Bay Road, Evanston
Phillips at 9340 Irving Park Road, Schiller Park
Mobil at 9401 Higgins Road West, Rosemont

Shell at 2474 Thatcher Ave, River Grove
Shell at 4555 N. Nagle Ave., Harwood Heights

western suburbs
Super Save at 101 W. Madison St., Maywood
BP at 11201 W. Cermak Road, Westchester
BP at 5201 W. Cermak Road, Cicero
Amoco at 1700 N. Mannheim Road, Stone Park
Mobil at 1101 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park
BP at 17th Avenue and Bataan Drive, Broadview
Shell at 3901 S. Harlem Ave., Stickney
PO Box at 1309 N. 25th Ave., Melrose Park
BP at 1600 Oak Park Avenue, Berwyn

Southern suburbs
Falcon at 18280 S. Pulaski Road, Country Club Hills
Citgo at 13801 S. Halsted Street, Riverdale
Exxon Mobil at 1421 E. Sibley Blvd., Dolton
PO Box at 15857 S. Halsted Street, Harvey
Citgo at 15221 S. Halsted St., Phoenix
PO Box at 5548 W. 159th St., Oak Forest
Citgo at 11901 S. Marshfield Avenue, Calumet Park
Shell at 385 Sauk Trail, Park Forest
PO Box at 17450 Kedzie Ave, Hazel Crest
GoLo at 4005 W. 135th St., Robbins
Falcon at 8702 S. Roberts Road, Hickory Hills
Shell at 2401 Lincoln Highway, Olympia Fields
Mobil at 431 W. Lincoln Highway, Chicago Heights
PO Box at 11040 S. Pulaski Road, Oak Lawn

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Woodville parking lot solution needed

Wyndham Council will seek to find a long-term solution for parents and carers at Warringa Park School that meets their parking needs.

For many years, the school’s tutors and teachers used the parking lot at Woodville Park Shopping Center for free.

Earlier this year, the mall informed the school that it would no longer support free parking and would start charging fees.

Wyndham Council received a petition signed by more than 200 residents asking for help with parking requests.

Councilor Mia Shaw said it would be a terrible outcome if struggling families had to pay for parking to get their children safely to school.

“It is frankly unacceptable for parents and guardians of children with reduced mobility and special needs to attempt to park on the street away from school,” she said.

A report at the Tuesday March 22 council meeting said council officers had carried out on-site inspections and raised the matter with the Woodville Mall Corporation.

As the car park is private property, the shopping center has no obligation to take into account requests made by the town hall.

However, a representative from Woodville indicated that he was ready to enter into a short-term lease that would allow the school to use up to 50 parking spaces.

This would be a temporary solution as Woodville is currently finalizing a bid to subdivide the parking space, according to the report.

The council said it would approach the state government to purchase nearby land to meet parking needs.

Other proposals include installing parking spaces along Willmott Drive, creating a pathway to make it easier for families to walk to school, and creating a more sure along the way.

Cr Shaw said the board would look at how it could improve the situation, but some things were beyond his control.

“It is the responsibility of the state government to provide parking for the school and they need to come to the party and buy the land to enable a long term parking solution for a school that really needs it.”

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Up to 420 houses and a hotel possible on Mill Road land

More than 420 apartments could be developed on land owned by Wicklow County Council on Mill Road in Greystones, local councilors have heard.

The elected members of the Municipal District of Greystones received an update on the proposed master plan for the site at their February meeting.

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Schumer Joins Call for CBP to Drop Blind Bay Station Construction Plans | Jefferson County

ORLEANS — Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer has joined the appeal against the planned U.S. Customs and Border Protection patrol post at Blind Bay.

The New York Democrat sent a letter to CBP’s Acting Environmental Branch Chief John P. Petrilla on Tuesday, asking that the agency consider a different site for the project.

In plans released in February, a company working for CBP detailed plans to build a large administrative and patrol center on 19 acres of land on the bay just south of Fishers Point mobile park. The station would provide space for 75 officers in a 17,300 square foot main administration building, with 15,800 in constructed support space. A 15,100 square foot parking garage, kennel, marine storage, dock and ramp, fuel island and car wash would also be installed.

Conservationists, local business owners, and local and state elected officials have voiced their opposition to such a large facility in Blind Bay. In his letter, Senator Schumer echoed many of their points. To date, Senator Schumer is the most senior elected official to have spoken on the Blind Bay station project.

Blind Bay is one of the few remaining muskellunge breeding grounds in the Thousand Islands, and the endangered fish are slowly making a comeback, according to research conducted at the Thousand Islands Biological Station by SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.

“This habitat has been used in recovery efforts to restore fish populations impacted by habitat loss and invasive species,” the senator’s letter read. “These critical fish and wildlife habitats that exist in the shallow, undeveloped bay support shoreline protection, flood reduction, biodiversity and nature education to name but a few of their benefits. .”

The senator said construction of the facility, particularly the marina, wharf and ramp, would require significant dredging of Blind Bay and put these endangered and protected species at risk.

“The proposed docks at the new facility would require extensive dredging which would damage the uniquely important habitat,” he said. “Dock structures are also known to attract devastating invasive species such as zebra mussels.”

Local tourist businesses, including Thousand Islands Park directly across the river from Blind Bay, have expressed concern that an industrial facility will be built on what was a very natural stretch of coastline of the St. Lawrence. TI Park officials said the bright lights, increased ship traffic, and overall look of a CBP station would clash strongly with the character of their community.

“Hotels, attractions and more than 300 homes are across the river from the proposed new facility,” Senator Schumer said in his letter. “People live (in) and visit this part of the Thousand Islands to enjoy the natural beauty. The proposed multi-building industrial facility that requires a significant amount of lighting would detract from the natural beauty that the North Country offers.

Senator Schumer said building such a facility at this site would undo much of the multimillion-dollar investment Orleans and Jefferson County have made to maintain the waterfront in its current shape.

Senator Schumer said he agreed that CBP needed a new station in the Thousand Islands. The agency said its current facilities on the Isle of Wellesley are three times their capacity and have fallen into a state of disrepair that cannot be corrected by refurbishment.

“I agree that a new, larger facility is needed to perform your vital services,” Senator Schumer said. “However, I strongly urge you to consider and choose a different location that could meet agency needs without harming wildlife ecosystems, tourism, and the daily lives of Blind Bay area residents.”

Save the River executive director John Peach said Tuesday he appreciated Senator Schumer’s letter of objection. Save the River sent the initial letter of objection regarding the Blind Bay CBP station and organized much of the local push against the facility.

Mr Peach said he thought Senator Schumer got the message perfectly.

“Senator Schumer understands the importance of muskellunge and the whole environment to the St. Lawrence River,” he said.

He said he thinks Senator Schumer’s voice adds more credibility to their own opposition to the planned installation, which is only growing. Mr. Peach said more than 900 people have signed a letter that Save the River plans to send to CBP, reiterating their opposition to the project.

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Murder of Daniel Morgan: damning report convicts Met Police | Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police’s ability to tackle corruption is “fundamentally flawed”, the police inspectorate found in a damning report into the murder of Daniel Morgan.

The report from Her Majesty’s Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services Inspectorate was ordered after an independent panel slammed the Met for its failures over Morgan’s murder, where bribery hampered the hunt to killers of the private eye.

Morgan was found dead in 1987 in a south London pub car park with an ax to his head. No one has been found guilty of the murder.

The force has been accused of “indifference”, despite decades of promises. Thirty-five years after the murder, the Met had still not learned all the lessons, the inspection found.

Inspectors found the Met:

Failed to properly supervise more than 100 recruits with criminal convictions or criminal connections, to reduce the risk they may pose. These convictions include concealment, drug possession, assault and theft.

The Met does not know whether people in highly sensitive positions, such as child protection, major crime investigations and informant management, are vetted at the right level.

More than 2,000 warrant cards issued to former officers who are no longer authorized to hold them are missing.

Monitoring of IT systems, which helps identify potentially corrupt personnel, remains weaker than it should be.

Hundreds of items such as drugs, money and exhibits are missing, with provisions and policies to keep them safe labeled as “disasters”. In one case, a store’s security code was written on the door of a police station.

Matt Parr, HM Constabulary Inspector, said: ‘The corruption is almost certainly higher than the Met understands.

Parr added: “It is unacceptable that 35 years after the murder of Daniel Morgan, the Metropolitan Police have not done enough to ensure that the failings of this investigation are not repeated. In fact, we found no evidence that anyone, anywhere embraced the idea that this should never happen again.

“We found significant weaknesses in the Met’s approach to tackling police corruption. The Met’s apparent tolerance of these shortcomings suggests a certain indifference to the risk of corruption.

“We made several recommendations for change. If public confidence in the Metropolitan Police is to be improved, it should be among the Commissioner’s highest priorities.

The findings of the inspection were so serious that several weeks ago the headline findings were passed on to the Home Secretary, the Met Commissioner and the Mayor of London.

The government-appointed panel that looked into Morgan’s murder reported last year and found the Met to be institutionally corrupt. This is partly explained by the fact that the force took time to hand over the requested documents.

The HMICFRS concluded that the Met was not institutionally corrupt and that any obstruction of the investigation was not deliberate. But it was critical.
The inspection said: “We have concluded that, at least until recently, the MPS [Metropolitan Police Service] has often shown a reluctance to examine, admit and learn from past mistakes and failures.

“We concluded that unfavorable issues… bore the marks of limited resources allocated to maintaining professional standards, professional incompetence, lack of understanding of important concepts, mismanagement or genuine error, rather than dishonesty.

“We found no evidence of a deliberate or coordinated campaign to intentionally frustrate the work of the panel. It follows that we will not describe the MPS as institutionally corrupt based on the evidence we have seen.

The inspection said the Met had received enough warnings: ‘There are multiple areas of serious concern, particularly in relation to the way the MPS responds to allegations of corruption, which must be addressed to ensure the confidence of the public in the MPS.

“It is essential that the MPS is more open to criticism and ready to change if necessary, including by implementing our recommendations. Another failure to do so (without good reason) may well justify the label of institutional corruption in due course.

Reports on the potential failures that allowed Wayne Couzens to join the Met are expected later this year. While a serving Met officer, he used police powers to kidnap and murder Sarah Everard in March 2021.

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Nightmarish neighbor, 61, jailed after attacking woman over parking space

Anthony Bert, 61, attacked the woman outside her home on March 23, four months after she kicked her door and shouted at her letterbox

Anthony Bert was jailed for 64 months at Lewes Crown Court

A nightmarish neighbor attacked a woman and left her seriously injured after an argument in a parking space.

Anthony Bert met his victim outside his former home as she temporarily parked her car in a private car park while collecting items from his gardens on the afternoon of March 23 last year.

The 61-year-old man began to threaten the 50-year-old woman, before violently assaulting her.

The attack in St Aubyns, Hove, East Sussex, left the woman with severe face and chest injuries as Bert fled.

Four months before the attack, Bert had kicked the woman’s front door and shouted threateningly and abusively into her letterbox.

Bert, of Namrik Mewsn Hove, was convicted of two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent by a jury at Lewes Crown Court.







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At a subsequent hearing in the same court, a judge imprisoned him for 64 months.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: ‘Four months prior, in November 2020, Bert had been the subject of an emergency call from the same victim after he kicked his door in entered and shouted threatening and abusive language.

“In this case, Bert was contacted by officers after the victim chose not to press charges.

“Following the assault, a warrant was issued for Bert’s arrest and he was arrested at Heathrow Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Spain.”

Bert also received a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the victim or traveling to the St Aubyns address.

Detective Janet Summers said: “I would like to thank the victim for their support in carrying out this sentence, after what has been a vicious and sustained attack.

“Violence of any kind will not be tolerated in Brighton and Hove and we are happy to have a violent offender behind bars.

“If you are the victim of a crime, please report it online, via 101 or by calling 999 in an emergency.”

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Fire chief urges city to discontinue needle collection kiosks in Barrie

“There seems to be a very, very low collection rate,” Barrie fire chief says, noting kiosks are often filled with trash

Naloxone kits remain, syringe collection kiosks disappear.

Councilors will consider a motion to that effect on Monday.

Barrie Fire Chief Cory Mainprize says the cost of renting and collecting needle kiosks is about $25,000 a year, but his recommendation to remove them isn’t based on funding.

“Mainly what we’ve seen, because we’ve collected about 18 months of data now, is that the program doesn’t seem to be successful,” he said. “The bins (kiosks) are continuously filled with garbage. We empty them every month…they are so full of garbage that even if people wanted to put needles in them, they couldn’t.

“There seems to be a very, very low collection rate.”

In November 2020, council approved a motion to use city resources to support Simcoe Muskoka’s Opioid Strategy and address the overdose crisis. Methods included setting up multiple syringe exchange bins in parks or parking lots in Barrie on a pilot basis, in addition to containers already located with park restrooms, and installing naloxone nasal spray kits in the a one-year pilot project in city facilities close to the public. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) available for public use.

Needle collection kiosks have been set up at eight locations; Heritage Park, Queen’s Park, rear of Collier Street parking garage, 83 Perry Street, west entrance to Milligan’s Pond, Sam Cancilla Park, Stephens Park, Kearsey Park and Berczy Park.

The city received monthly reports of the total weight collected from each kiosk, but collection and weighing was unable to differentiate between the weight of the needles collected and the weight of other products discarded at the kiosks.

Photographs showed that the kiosks were often contaminated and contained much more waste than used needles.

Several of the kiosks were also vandalized. Mainprize said some are not prominent, making them more susceptible to damage than normal trash cans or recycling bins.

“They are knocked down, crushed,” he said.

Com. Natalie Harris said she has two opinions on the motion that councilors will consider on Monday.

“I am very pleased to hear that there is a recommendation to continue with the Naloxone Public Access Project, and disappointed to learn that the syringe collection kiosks have not been used for their intended purpose,” she said.

“I would like to investigate other kiosk designs that might provide more control over what is collected in these bins. for Mental Health) and SMDHU (Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit) are used for their intended purpose.

City staff reported a significant number of needles on the ground near kiosks, and no noticeable decrease in the number of needles discarded in parks.

“They haven’t seen any reduction in the needles they find in parks,” Mainprize said. “If anything, more needles are seen around the bins than in the bins, creating additional hazards as they need to be cleaned.

“It’s only 18 months, which isn’t a lot, but we haven’t really seen any change,” he said. “They are either completely empty or completely filled with garbage.”

The cost of renting the kiosks and continuing the monthly collection is approximately $25,000 per year. No funds have been allocated to continue the pilot program after April 2022.

City staff managed the facility and provided the naloxone kits, with 27 kits installed at 19 facilities that have public access defibrillators and meet naloxone storage requirements.

The first kit was installed in the Transit Terminal in May 2021. Naloxone from city-installed kits has been administered twice at a city facility since the pilot program began. This helped reverse the overdoses that had occurred.

“We’ve had some success with this and it’s already up and paid for,” Mainprize said.

As the kits and containers have already been acquired, the ongoing cost of the naloxone kit program can be managed through the existing operational budget. Ongoing costs are associated with replacement of used or expired Narcan nasal spray, one-way respiratory barrier, latex-free gloves, and instructions for administering Narcan. No additional funding is required to meet these supplies.

Naloxone is a fast-acting drug used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, according to Health Canada, and can restore breathing in two to five minutes.

Monday’s motion is that the naloxone kit pilot program for providing publicly available kits at city facilities be adopted as a permanent city program, but that the syringe collection kiosk pilot program be interrupted.

If approved on Monday, the motion will be considered for final approval at the March 28 city council meeting.

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Ralph Terry, Yankee Hurler Acquired by One Pitch, Dies at 86

Terry bounced back the following year, going 16-3 despite missing six weeks with a sore shoulder. But his playoff woes continued: Cincinnati’s lone win over the Yankees in the 1961 World Series caught up with him.

For the 1962 pennant-winning Yankees, Terry went 23-12, the most wins for a Yankee right-hander since Waite Hoyt in 1928. But Jack Sanford of the Giants beat him with a three-hit shutout in the second game of this Year Series, bringing Terry’s postseason record to 0-4. It wasn’t until Game 5 that he snapped his streak, beating the Giants and Sanford 5-3. And after some rain, it was well rested for another Game 7 on October 16, 1962.

Candlestick Park’s famous winds were blowing, and for Terry, who had given up 40 home runs that year — still a team record — it was a blessing. As Don Larsen, who had pitched the only perfect game in World Series history six years earlier, watched from the Giants bullpen, Terry downed the first 17 Giants he faced until Sanford harvest a single one. But the Yankees led 1-0 as the Giants struck late in the ninth.

Matty Alou started with a bunt single. Terry eliminated Alou’s brother Felipe and Chuck Hiller, but then went up against three future Hall of Famers. The first, Willie Mays, doubled on the right; only Roger Maris’ quick stint kept Alou in third place. Then came McCovey, and Yankees manager Ralph Houk came out.

Several pitchers, including Whitey Ford, had warmed up, but Houk stuck with Terry, leaving it up to him, his starter, if he should walk left-hander McCovey and, playing percentages, throw right-hander Orlando Cepeda instead. .

McCovey had already hit Terry in the series and tripled earlier in the match, but Terry opted to throw at him anyway. He had learned his number, he thought – loud and tight – and would work his spots. With a National League umpire behind home plate in a National League park, he knew he wouldn’t get any close calls, but he would at least have a chance to get him out. And he felt Cepeda, without a hit that day, was due. Terry was concerned that his second baseman, Richardson, was overshadowing McCovey too close to first, but he said nothing.

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Neighbors concerned about noise from Powell River pub

Votes in favor of permanently reducing parking at Wildwood Public House to provide outdoor space were unanimous

Councilors for the Town of Powell River have approved a development permit to facilitate the permanent expansion of a licensed outdoor patio at Wildwood Public House.

At the March 17 council meeting, councilors voted to amend the city’s zoning bylaw to reduce the required number of off-street parking spaces from 22 to 15 to facilitate the patio expansion.

According to a staff report, the pub has been granted a temporary extended service area during the COVID-19 pandemic to expand the patio by an additional 30 seats. The pub has applied for a permanent structural change to the liquor license for the expanded patio space and is pursuing a relaxation of off-street parking requirements to facilitate the expansion, the staff report says.

At the meeting, Glen Hudson, who lives close to the pub, expressed concerns about its operation.

“We’ve been dealing with issues at the pub for 15 or 20 years,” Hudson said. “Noise levels have increased. I sent a letter to the board the other day. I had to call the RCMP quite often to come in at different times of the night to sort out the problem.

Hudson said he went to the Town Hall bylaws control office about the noise bylaws and asked them to tell the pub owners that there was a noise bylaw for amplified music.

“Well, they start their bands at 8 p.m. and they sometimes go on until 2 a.m.,” Hudson said.

He said the patio had big speakers and he was directly affected.

“The sound is coming right across the street, and it’s boom, boom, boom,” Hudson said. “At night, if there is a group, my wife and I put on earplugs. We are over 70 years old. I don’t think it’s a good idea to go to sleep with earplugs on because if there’s a problem you just don’t hear it.

Hudson said her driveway was blocked by pub patrons. He put on cones but they were removed, he added. There were also men and women who urinated in her yard, according to Hudson.

By-law covers noise, councilor says

Councilor Rob Southcott said the noise is definitely covered by a municipal by-law and it is true that it takes at least two complainants to get action on it.

“I would be surprised if you couldn’t find someone else to complain if that was the case,” Southcott said.

Hudson said his neighbor also complained.

Southcott said council was considering the permanent patio expansion, not noise concerns.

“The license has already been granted but it has nothing to do directly with the noise,” Southcott said. “It’s about reducing the number of parking spaces. Perhaps your concerns need to be reconsidered. I suggest that you return to the staff here to address your concerns that you are sharing with us tonight.

Councilor Maggie Hathaway said pub operators had been told the patio would be open no later than 10 p.m.

“I’m sure we could have a word with them through regulations regarding outside speakers and noise levels, and that they have to be inside by 10 p.m.,” Hathaway said. . “They are committed to this and I hope they stick to their commitment.”

Councilor George Doubt said his understanding of the recommendation presented to council is that it makes permanent the temporary arrangement that was put in place during COVID-19. He said the app does not reduce the number of parking spaces from what exists today, nor does it extend the patio to a larger area than before.

“It just makes it permanent,” Doubt said. “All neighbors within the prescribed distance have been notified by mail. I think that’s reasonable.

Doubt said he was prepared to support the recommendation. He said the noise by-law can be enforced at the pub if it is in violation, but he believes the changes to the patio will not be harmful and the pub is a valuable asset to have in the neighbourhood.

Council voted unanimously to permanently reduce parking to make way for the patio.

The board also voted in favor of a recommendation to approve the Wildwood Pub’s Liquor and Cannabis Regulatory Branch structural change application to make the temporarily expanded service area an expanded licensed terrace in permanently with an increase in capacity from 15 to 45 people. The city also chose not to provide comment.

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Why he ditched the Bay Area for Colorado – buy a house in 15 minutes

Mike Rothermel


The number of people leaving the Bay Area jumped 21% between March 2020 and September 2021, according to a report by researchers at the University of California. We talk to one. (Thinking of ditching your beloved city too? Find out the lowest mortgage rates you can get now hereand below.)

After 8 years in the Bay Area, web designer Mike Rothermel, who is in his 40s, his wife and 9-year-old daughter realized their time in the tech capital had expired. Fed up with the high prices and tougher lifestyle of the Bay Area, Rothermel yearned for the ease of life and lower costs in Boulder, where he grew up. “Everything costs less and people are less competitive. You don’t have to earn more than your neighbor or drive a better car. We don’t feel that pressure here,” says Rothermel of Boulder.

Thanks to the pandemic, the family bought a house without seeing it – a trend that has increasingly happened over the past year. “I grew up in Boulder so we called our old realtor and watched some houses on video and after seeing one of them for 15 minutes we made an offer. We didn’t even get it. not seen in person until we close and own this,” Rothermel says. When moving to a somewhat competitive market like Boulder County, Rothermel said a short video intro is what’s needed. “Even if it’s not as hot as the California market, there are usually multiple offers within 24 hours of listing a home on MLS and we had to win,” says Rothermel.

Now living and working in Boulder – Rothermel’s employer now allows all employees to work anywhere – he has come to appreciate the slower pace of life. “There are fewer people and the people of Colorado are more relaxed. I can always go to the local hardware store and park right in front. In the Bay Area, you have to drive around the Home Depot parking lot several times before you find a spot, and then you have to worry about your car being broken into,” says Rothermel.

Something that struck him after they moved in was that their new neighbors knocked on their door to say hello and greeted his family with handwritten notes and fresh homemade pastries. “You can assume everyone in Boulder is nice, until you have a reason to think otherwise. There’s a sense of community and longevity, that people are here to live, not just to earn. money in technology,” says Rothermel.

It is also a gesture that saves him money. He now lives in a house three times the size and a third as old for less money than he was paying in the Bay Area. “We had to go buy some furniture because when we unpacked, we realized that not all the cupboards were full to the brim,” says Rothermel. Another bonus, “Everything is cheaper in Colorado,” he says. From real estate to gas, groceries and restaurant meals, the cost of living is lower everywhere.

Rothermel says there are things he misses in the Bay Area, including “friends and a few favorite restaurants.” But he adds: “I don’t miss trafficking, crime or taxes.” (Indeed, Boulder has a lower crime rate than San Francisco and commute times are shorter, according to Sperling’s Best Places, and Colorado’s income tax is significantly lower than top tax rates. of California. That said, the cultural offerings in the Bay Area are the best notch, and it has plenty of other perks too.)

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Plans to transform Haverfordwest’s multi storey car park

The council’s plans to transform Haverfordwest’s multi storey car park have been given the go ahead by committee.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the application for replacement bus station and multi-storey car park with associated works and new public realm enhancements at its meeting on Wednesday (March 16).

Haverfordwest councilor Tim Evans said it will be a “big enhancement to parking facilities” in the town and will help regeneration of the town and “make it more accessible for people to park.”

This was backed by Cllr David Pugh who said it was hard to get cars in and out of the current facility and the new facilities would be a “big improvements.”

The site is around 1.8 hectares and includes the existing car park, part of Cartlett Road, bus station and Bridgend Square car park.

The application is for a “new interchange provision for buses and coaches” as well as a replacement multi-storey car park of 335 spaces, with electric vehicle charging, highway access improvements, revised taxi rank and upgraded facilities.

It was agreed that the application be approved subject to delegated authority being given to the director of community services to resolve matters relating to flood risk and a number of conditions including environmental and traffic management plans, approval of materials, landscaping, provision of cycle parking and archeology investigation.

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Could Austin airport taxis pull out of the garage?

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 by Elizabeth Pagano

Faced with a sharp drop in ridership, Austin’s taxi industry was offered a ray of hope at the last city council meeting.

Earlier this month, the Council unanimously approved a change which will have the municipal taxi license as its operating authority, ending the taxi franchise system in place since 1950. Mayor Steve Adler was absent during the vote.

As part of the resolution – which was apparently aimed at bolstering the reporting industry – the council asked the city manager to return by May 1 with recommendations to move the taxi stand from the airport to a more convenient location. Currently, taxis and rideshares are parked after arrival pick-up across an airport parking lot.

“I can tell you, as an airport user and as someone who has also heard this concern from others, there have been times when, when I returned, I actually asked someone one to pick me up and add a car to that long line of traffic because it’s so hard to get from the airport to the taxi stand,” said Board Member Kathie Tovo, who has made the amendment to study how the airport limits taxi pick-ups.

In short, Tovo said the current location of the taxi rank could discourage people from using taxis and add to the problems of a beleaguered industry.

“It’s an on-demand service. I have to believe there are people who arrive at the airport and don’t see a taxi waiting and have to make another arrangement,” Tovo said. “I think it should be treated differently.”

His concerns were supported by Angelo Atem, with ATX Co-op Taxi. In a letter to the Council, he explained that around 30% of his airport business had disappeared “because the Airport Authority hid us under a garage out of sight of our customers”.

“We need to go back to where we were,” he wrote.

Austin Airport Chief Jacqueline Yaft explained that due to a combination of traffic congestion, limited curb space and an ever-increasing passenger population, the city chose to move taxis and carpools in 2018.

“Traffic at the time was jammed up to (freeway) 71,” she said. Since the move, she noted, traffic at the terminal has been “manageable”, despite a recent return to pre-pandemic traveler numbers, with around 25,000 passengers arriving daily. This year, 20 million passengers are expected to pass through Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, nearly double what the terminal and sidewalk were designed to accommodate.

In addition, Yaft said, the airport is about to the overhaul of its baggage system, and that the construction will take up space in the arrivals area of ​​the airport in the near future. “(We) don’t really have a lot of sidewalks to accommodate the number of passengers we’re seeing,” she said.

Yaft was also concerned that it would be unfair to geographically prioritize one type of ground transportation over others, given that all pay a fee to operate at the airport and that carpools – or “transportation network companies – pay higher fees.

However, as Pro Tem Mayor Alison Alter noted, taxi drivers are being asked to provide more community service than ride-sharing operators.

Taxis are licensed by the city, which requires 6% of vehicles to be ADA compliant. Additionally, federal law does not allow taxi companies to refuse service to people who use wheelchairs or have other disabilities. Transnational corporations are authorized by the state, and although they can offer options for disabled riders, they are not obliged to.

Council member Chito Vela added that walking longer distances could also prove difficult for elderly passengers. “I don’t want to generalise, but I think a lot of older people still rely on taxis and it’s hard for them to get there.”

The airport operates a tram service on the lower level of the car park. Yaft explained that the airport also allows special taxi requests and other arrival pickups for those who need them, and receives about six or seven such requests a day.

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Quick and easy access to Parking Avenue at LAX airport

Finding the best parking avenue is everyone’s favorite choice as it can save money which can be used as travel expenses. It is not easy to get a cheap parking avenue with maximum facilities, and you cannot get detailed information by physically visiting each parking avenue.

Parking at LAX International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport is called LAX Airport and is considered the busiest airport in the world due to its high passenger traffic. It is the second busiest airport in the United States and millions of people use this terminal for departure and arrival purposes. It is the largest airport with commercial flights to countries like Washington DC, Dallas, New York and other countries in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

No doubt that LAX airport has its parking terminal, but there is not enough space to park in case of heavy traffic. It may cost you too much to park at LAX airport, and you will have to pay a minimum of $180 for long-term parking. Therefore, choosing reliable airport parking would be a great option to save some extra cash.

How to easily access long-term parking?

It is imperative to have easy access to long-term parking because if you do not choose a cheap parking avenue, it will cost you too much which can disrupt your travel budget.
It is not easy to park your car for a long time because it will cost you more and you will also remain stressed about your property.

Long-term parking at LAX airport is not suitable due to high parking rates, and therefore you should take other alternative parking options near the airport. Other parking options would be a better decision as they can offer parking services at lower prices with high quality. If you want to travel for 2-3 days to another country, you can acquire short-term parking for $80-$100. Long-term parking can create problems if you choose an expensive parking avenue, and that’s why try to choose a cheap parking avenue.

Get a parking reservation online

You plan to reserve your parking space before your departure; then you are on the right track. You can get reservations online by visiting platforms like Parkos and the suggested list of parking avenues near the airport. You don’t need to visit every parking company to get detailed information as the online platform offers all the details related to parking rates and facilities.

It’s a technological age, and everyone wants to get things done faster without hassle or hassle. You can now book your parking space using your smartphone while sitting at home.

How can online platforms help find the best parking avenue?

The platform has experienced experts who can solve all your parking problems. The company offers you parking services by comparing parking prices from different companies and encourages you to choose one of the suggested parking avenues according to your financial budget. It provides full details about parking rates, facilities, security clearances and suit quality ratings so that you can select any of the parking companies and book your parking spot easily.

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Jaurès Small Housing / archi5

Jaurès Small Housing / archi5

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Text description provided by the architects. Located on land in the heart of the block occupied by an 8-storey car park, the project includes two operations of 75 housing units for sale and 74 social housing units. The project proposes to engage the actors of the project, as well as the inhabitants, in the steps of a rational, visionary and sustainable approach to urban transformation. The social housing building is built with a wooden structure, while the home ownership building is built by retaining and adapting the concrete structure of the existing car park. Through their respective specificities, the two projects respond to the overall challenge set.

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The preliminary demolition costs are completely reviewed. The new wood frame operation for Jaurès housing offers a structure adapted to the specifications of Paris Habitat (thickness of the building, orientation, interior organization). The social housing operation is made up of the main building, two single-storey wings and a set of two-storey houses along the eastern terraced line. Beyond the quality of the new housing, the project is guided by the improvement of the pre-existing building, the harmony, and the balance between the new and the old inhabitants of the site. The layout of the buildings, perpendicular to the front buildings, offers a maximum of visual openings.

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No opposite building is created. The new dwellings are oriented east-west. Sliding shutters increase the privacy of the inhabitants, blurring the side views. Two wide side passages allow a real greening of the site. Sunny and open, these gardens are planted with tall trees. At the heart of the plot, a large crossing is now perceptible. It determines a new urban perception, a fluidity of space. The gardens of the two projects are carried out in continuity in a single large garden.

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By preserving the traces of the existing building, the project links the district to the essence of its constitution. This peripheral district in the process of becoming residential housed multiple activities which forged its urban structure. Totally redesigned, but not erased, the heart of the block is transformed in continuity, without rupture or denial. The social housing building, on the Jaurès side, takes up the codes of the old with an apparent wooden frame that supports the balconies. With a strong and committed desire for preservation and ecological construction of high environmental quality, the project brings to the site the ambition of quality, ethical and sustainable architecture.

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The materials used, wood cladding and zinc roofing, are natural and durable. The typological variety gives rise to a varied architectural language, which composes a coherent urban whole. This game of scale and materials promotes the expression of a domestic and friendly language.

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In spatial continuity, the gardens are delimited in the center of the plot. The footpaths also serve as climbing routes and run along the buildings all along the plot. Dense and continuous for the course, the garden is scattered around the planted spaces. This management method, developed from the La Vallée garden, then theorized and extended to all spaces and all scales, has been exported to cities in France and abroad.

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It highlights an innovation in the management of green spaces, formerly exploited as sterile spaces. We want to leave the garden as spontaneously as possible once planting is done. With a thickness of 13m and frames of 6m, the building is designed for a wooden construction which we prefer to avoid as much as possible the sealing of the upstands or any other work likely to leak. Watertight terraces are avoided in favor of adjoining balconies. The roofs are covered with zinc and the overhangs of the building overlap.

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Trees punctuate the large spaces, with rather light foliage chosen for its flowering, an annual signal of renewal. 1 m3 of new wood is one tonne less CO2 in the atmosphere. The wooden construction promotes the use of renewable energies, reduces energy consumption and favors the use of biosourced materials.

In addition, wood and its dry process allow a drastic reduction in the pollution of construction sites. It is a real asset in a particularly dense and difficult to access urban site like this one, and with a construction site whose phasing on an occupied site makes the advantages of this material essential. Wood brings environmental qualities to the building in a passive way while giving it a warm and rewarding identity. This desire to highlight the wood material is also found at the heart of the homes in which we have chosen to leave the CLT visible in the dry rooms, like a manifesto. Thus the social housing offered is generous, of high quality (balconies, double exposure, etc.) and offers an image that is both ecological and modern.

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Parking issue a major poll issue for Bhubaneswar mayoral election

Residents of the capital city of Bhubaneswar have faced difficulties in regularly finding space to park their vehicles. With more and more vehicles being added to the existing numbers and the parking space remaining the same, the problem is getting worse day by day.

With the ULB polls around the corner, the mayoral candidates of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation are currently in a rush. To seduce voters, they make promises. The capital’s traffic problem also finds a place in their to-do lists.

Congress mayoral candidate Madhusmita Acharya says she is well aware of the seriousness of the parking problem in the city. “Just pick any area at random and one will find a parking problem even there. The fact is undeniable. There are other problems as well. If I win, these problems will be given priority,” says Acharya.

The townspeople are the recipients. They are the ones who live with the difficulties on a daily basis.

“At all times, vehicles can be seen parked on both sides of the roads in the city of Bhubaneswar. Sometimes we either have to wait 15 to 20 minutes for a place to park our vehicles, or park our vehicles at a place half a kilometer from the pre-established places,” says a city dweller, adding specific parking spaces is the need Of time.

The choice of the Biju Janata Dal for the position of mayor of BMC, Sulochana Das sees the solution to the parking problem in a multi-level parking lot.
“A multi-level car park is nearing completion. The pandemic has delayed its inauguration. If I win the election, I will build more such facilities,” Das says.

On-road parking encroaches on much of the roads, leaving commuters to self-serve.

“We motorists are the hardest hit. Even if a customer gives up on us, we cannot stop at that particular location due to lack of space. We are forced to park our vehicles in front of this place, forcing the customer to walk towards us, ”laments a motorist in the city.

“Specific parking spaces can only solve the problem,” he believes.

Aspiring mayor Suniti Mund, who has been aligned with the Bharatiya Janata party, is very particular on the issue of parking. “In the city of Bhubaneswar, the most aggravating problem is the parking of vehicles. If I become mayor, my top priority will certainly be to eradicate the parking problem. We have already made plans to rehabilitate roadside vendors. This will free up space,” observes Mund.

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Readers claim The Case is Altered pub was ‘forced’ to close

Harrow Council have been accused of ‘dragging their feet’ to find an ‘appropriate solution’ to deal with anti-social behavior in a car park which led to the closure of a pub.

The Case is Altered, located in Old Redding next to Harrow Viewpoint, officially announced its permanent closure yesterday (March 14) after years of intermittent closure of the car park near the pub since 2019.

The pub owner had been working with Harrow Council for some years to find some form of solution to deal with reports of suggested anti-social behavior received in the car park.

In addition to the inability of potential customers to park in the viewpoint car park, the parking situation worsened last year when double yellow lines were installed on both sides of Old Redding Road in October.

Prior to the pub’s announcement, numerous petitions collected thousands of signatures from people outraged by the parking disruptions in the car park, with many fearing the pub would have to close if the council did not remedy the problem.

Parking restrictions basically forced the pub to close. Credit: Adam Shaw / LDR

Now we’ve asked readers what they think of the pub closing, despite the pub owner previously warning in November that it would have to close ‘within months’ if council did not find a solution.

Frances Mingard said: ‘I think it’s a shame that Harrow Council has practically closed this car park. It has been used by walkers and tourists for many years.

Another reader, Roderick Cutler, said, “This shouldn’t have happened. But due to the council dragging its feet and failing to find a proper solution to this alleged problem there, it forced a pub to fail.

“That falls squarely on the board’s doorstep.”

Pat Moloney said The Case is Altered is a “favorite pub” where his mother worked years ago.

She said: ‘I drank there when I lived locally. Used the car park extensively and recently unable to use it, there seems to be little pace or reason for the extended closure and loss of amenity to the common woods.

Jane Arens asked, “Can’t they check the parking lot a little better, maybe cameras?”

The point of view.  Credit: Adam Shaw / LDR

The point of view. Credit: Adam Shaw / LDR

Meanwhile, Peter Caseley said he was “outraged” that “another part of our pub heritage is being wiped out”.

Cllr Graham Henson, leader of Harrow Council, said: ‘It would have been a dereliction of council duty to ignore the problems in the Old Redding car park. It had become a hotspot for crime, muggings, vandalism, drug use and public sex. Such incidents occurred regularly, with people often gathering from late afternoon to early morning hours.

He added that people were “understandably distressed” but that the advice aimed to make the area “a safe place for families to go”.

He claims the council have offered ‘a number of solutions’, including shared management of security which would be costly for the pub owner, and that the council ‘cannot justify’ footing the bill to maintain security late at night.

See other responses to the pub closing below:

What do you think of The Case is Altered closing?

“The Harrow Viewpoint pub went through a whirlwind after the various restrictions imposed on Old Redding car park. Residents of the Harrow community as well as neighboring towns including Watford have expressed their displeasure with the parking restrictions – fearing the pub might close and stating that it has impacted them walking around the view.Let us know what you think of the pub closing.

We asked for your answers – this is what you sent.

Lorraine mills

What do you think of The Case is Altered closing?
Absolutely gutted, this charming pub is closing its doors. It was a beautiful pub in a perfect setting. So unfair the pub had to suffer due to council restrictions. They received no support. Shameful!

Gregory Brooke Smith

What do you think of The Case is Altered closing?
Harrow Council is once again denying its citizens a livelihood and a life. This road is Neolithic (30,000 years old) and for faceless accountants to destroy it with their greed is barbaric. None of them should ever be allowed to earn a living or enjoy their free time.

Helen Alexander

What do you think of The Case is Altered closing?
Sadly, a local favorite for so long, Harrow has done it again – however, it’s listed! So hopefully won’t become an apartment building!

Lee Parkes

What do you think of The Case is Altered closing?
Harrow is losing the history of the area. The pub has been around and serving people for centuries. As part of the town (housing the workers of The Kiln, part of the Cross and Blackwell family), it was nicknamed the cathedral, because you can’t have a town without a cathedral. The history is too extensive to mention here and a plaque or explanation should be displayed. Why is this historic building and its social history not valued. Isn’t the viewpoint parking a common lot? Therefore, Harrow’s counsel has no right to restrict its use. It was part of the Blackwell estate. I am deeply upset. The case is closed.

Community Contributor

What do you think of The Case is Altered closing?
Haven’t been to this pub for several years but used to go when we had dogs being able to park nearby was essential and that’s such a shame as it was ideal for family outings with such lovely views. So sad that council felt their only option to deal with anti social behavior was to close the car park at 4pm, surely 10.30pm would have been enough and given pub patrons a better chance. Another company failed through no fault of their own 🙁

Vlad_is_bad

What do you think of The Case is Altered closing?
Give it 2 months there will be 100 flats built there which no normal person could afford as they have panoramic views of North West London.

John Stadon

What do you think of The Case is Altered closing?
Very sad. Harrow Council should hang their heads in shame. They are totally to blame

Community Contributor

What do you think of The Case is Altered closing?
I think it’s a terrible decision. It was a popular pub used by families, dog walkers etc. Harrow council treated this pub so badly and forced them out. Shame on them!!! Now we expect to see a huge development of apartments. Greed over a community asset, that’s what it is.

Community Contributor

What do you think of The Case is Altered closing?
Very sad and disappointed would like to appeal the decision to sell the land. It feels like the landowners have deliberately made it difficult to run the pub.

Anne Nash

What do you think of The Case is Altered closing?
Shame why close, such a great pub in a beautiful location, used by so many for a long time. . . ??

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‘We’re afraid the building will collapse’ – Malden residents can’t access managed housing, form coalition

Photo: Sophie Paffenroth

Protesters hold a sign, courtesy of City Life, demanding rent control. In addition to unsanitary, unsanitary and undignified living conditions, residents and supporters were also protesting unaffordable rent increases and no-fault evictions.

Rhina Sorto, who has been filing complaints with Carabetta Management for months about mould, flooding and rodent infestation, was joined in a protest yesterday by other residents of Malden Towers, as well as tenant advocates showing solidarity.

Gathered in the parking lot of the Malden Towers apartment complex at 99 Florence Street, those in attendance witnessed three Malden tenant associations meeting. The event, which started at noon, was organized by the Urban life/Urban life (CLVU) non-profit housing. The non-profit organization has brought together the Malden Towers Tenant Association, the United Properties Tenant Association and the Maplewood Square Tenant Association in a coalition with one mission: dignified housing.

Sorto has a long list of grievances that started the day she moved in. She, alongside other residents, has still not received the parking space she has been paying for since day one. When she told management about it, Sorto says they demanded she pay more to get the space she was promised when signing.

Rhina Sorto (speaking) holds a folder full of medical notes and exams. She and her son both developed pneumonia due to mold and the heating system in her Malden Towers apartment. Carabetta Management has not resolved any of the issues that Sorto and other residents have been complaining about for months. (Photo: Sophie Paffenroth)

Since then, the problems have only gotten worse. There were leaks, mold, rats and cockroaches. When she and her family started using the heating system, Sorto said, “I started coughing, started having problems with my lungs, then I developed pneumonia.

In part, Sunday’s rally was inspired by the recent hospitalization of Sorto’s 12-year-old son, who also developed pneumonia. Sorto says the symptoms have improved since she went to Walmart and bought filters for the heaters. But, she says, it’s money out of her own pocket, and it should never have become a problem in the first place.

As for the mold, management did nothing but paint over it. “My mom came here to help me with my kids,” Sorto said, “and I didn’t notice there was mold, so I put her bed next to this wall and I put some pillows there, and when I moved the pillows they were black with mold.

In addition to health and mental health issues in the building, Sorto says she also lives in constant fear of a major disaster. “I’m afraid this building will collapse one day,” she said after showing viewers video of a crack in apartment 506 that stretched almost the entire length of her living room. next to.

Alessandra Candini, another resident who has lived in the complex for 10 months now, says the last tenant to live in apartment 506 “just moved…she was afraid of the building collapsing”. Candini says her former neighbor only wanted to replace the carpet but moved out last week when she saw the ubiquitous crack. Candini also says she’s seen cracks in the columns in the parking lot, and sometimes she and her neighbors feel the building shake.

There is no administration, security or anyone to turn to, according to Candini. “There are a lot of people still living here after a year, waiting for a new fridge or a new stove because theirs isn’t working.”

Not only does management take an unreasonable amount of time to respond to emails, calls and requests — even urgent ones — but when they do show up, Candini says, it’s without notice. “One day I was sleeping and the guy just walked into my apartment. It’s like they don’t care. They just do what they want. »

Proponents of these coalitions remain hopeful that change is possible with time and persistent effort. “We see a lot of success in tenant associations who fight this long-term fight,” said Gabriela Cartagena, co-director of communications for CLVU. But many of those who suffer from these conditions are low-income parents who don’t have the time or energy to invest in the ongoing fight against these battles.

One of the strengths of groups like City Life is organizing disparate efforts in a city. Cartagena says that “these tenants have had problems for decades, but it was only recently, maybe two years ago, that the Malden Towers Tenant Association started to organize when they contacted City Life Hotline”.

Alessandra Candini stands in the parking lot of the Malden Towers apartment complex. Candini, whose lease expires in two months, says if those issues aren’t resolved by then, she will have to move. (Photo: Sophie Paffenroth)

City Life launched a housing hotline in English and Spanish at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. According to Cartagena, the hotline is a direct link between people facing unaffordable rent increases, no-fault evictions or undignified conditions, and those who can help sort the legalese of contracts, providing support and connecting residents to resources.

“We stand ready to support anyone facing the threat of eviction, potentially life-threatening poor conditions, and anyone wishing to organize their building so they can fight rent increases and/or other demands such as contracts. and negotiated collective agreements,” added Cartagena. . Last year City Life helped the United Properties Tenants Association win a collective bargaining OK for families in three buildings in Malden with affordable rent increases for five years.

Although that may seem like a small step, Cartagena said that “by winning a collective agreement for one building, or by participating in a demonstration like the one today, we inspire more people to understand that they also have tenant rights and that they have the power to fight as well to ensure that they live in dignified conditions.

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Warkworth’s new transport hub takes shape



Construction of a new park and ride facility in Warkworth is progressing with the installation of a long line of piles for the interior walkway and a clear outline of the area visible through emerging curb and channel works.

The Warkworth Community Transport Hub at 80 Great North Road is delivered by Auckland Transport on behalf of the Rodney Local Board and is funded by the Rodney Transport Targeted Rate. It will include 137 car parks, a bus stop, two bus stops, sidewalks, a toilet block, bicycle parking, lighting and video surveillance.

A signalized level crossing and northbound bus stop on Great North Road has been completed, and construction of the southbound bus stop is underway.

Rodney Local Council Vice-Chair Beth Houlbrooke says it’s great to see the transport hub taking shape.

“I look forward to seeing the community use the area when using transit services, freeing up parks in Warkworth Village for shoppers and business visitors,” she says.

“In addition, there will be additional parking for locals attending events at Warkworth Showgrounds, accessible via a wooden bridge and dedicated walkway.”

“Construction is progressing well and we expect to open the new facility to residents in mid-2022.”

Rodney Transport’s Target Tariff was introduced by Auckland Council in 2018 after extensive community consultation. Taxable land charges of $150 per year are expected to raise $46 million over 10 years to pay for new bus services and bus stops, park-and-rides and trails.






Rodney Local Council Deputy Chair Beth Houlbrooke on site at the new Warkworth Transport Centre.



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Construction begins at Waterford Bay Resort, Minnesota

Waterford Bay, a four-story, 243-unit multifamily complex at 380 Randolph Avenue in Street Paul, Minnesota, designed by BKV Group, a multidisciplinary design firm, paved the way for construction.

The company built the waterfront district for client Stoneleigh Companies, who created it as one of St. Paul’s first opportunity zone developments, with the goal of connecting the surrounding Mississippi River through a combination of public and private spaces.

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The property provides public access to the river with the installation of a kayak/small boat launch, the expansion of the regional network of biking/walking paths and a section of land donated to the town for a park space along the river.

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The 295,000 square foot property is a partially wraparound residential idea with a parking structure in the middle and living units on three sides. In response to site restrictions, the BKV Group used a lower three-story facade along the river that drops to four stories along Randolph Street and the nearby Mississippi River entrance.

The upper residential levels encircle two second-level courtyards divided by an ornamental pavilion, forming an E-shaped design that separates the swimming pool from the green roof. BKV Group used its full-service strategy to lead all architecture, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, interior design and landscape architecture.

Learn more about the Waterford Bay multi-family complex in Minnesota

The building itself is comprised of micro-units, studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments with high-end features such as 9-foot ceilings, hardwood-style floors, and modern kitchens with shaker style cabinetry, quartz countertops. , and stainless steel appliances.

An outdoor pool and manicured amenity deck with a four-season porch, outdoor grilling stations and fire pit couches are among the features of the community. Indoor facilities include a large fitness center and yoga studio, residents’ lounge, business center, rooftop club room with demonstration kitchen, secure storage for bicycles and kayaks, a dog wash station and indoor parking with charging stations for electric vehicles.

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Cub Tracks Pools Resources – Bleed Cubbie Blue

We were just around Blythe on the edge of the desert when Cub Tracks News and Notes™ began to prevail. Suddenly the sky was full of material from current beat writers, bloggers and casuals accustomed to black. These plays centered on #Cubs, #MiLB and #MLB baseball, all dipping and screaming and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the roof up to Mesa.

First there was a storm of tweets:

And then the words…

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Cub Birthdays: Evil Reason, Chippy Mouth, Eddie Butler, Keegan Thompson. Also note: Home Run Baker HOF.

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Thanks for reading. Cub Tracks and Bleed Cubbie Blue do not necessarily endorse the opinions of the authors whose work is linked in this series of articles. We try to present a balanced view and let the facts speak for themselves. Cazart!

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Rejection of new building in downtown Pleasanton toppled, parking considered | Pleasanton News

While unanimously overturning the rejection of a new downtown residential building at its March 1 meeting, Pleasanton City Council also considered parking lifts as a way to improve the scarcity of space available downtown.

Project proponent Wassim Naguib originally proposed in August 2020 a new two-story 1,069 square foot building at 218 Ray Street adjacent to an existing office building on the property.

The planning commission, however, after two rounds of review, rejected Naguib’s application in a 3-2 vote in January on the grounds that the scheme only provided for 11 parking spaces despite Pleasanton’s municipal code ( PMC) required 12.

The commission did not accept a temporary parking space fee, preferring to keep the project parking lot on site. He also did not accept additional space provided by a parking lift in the on-site carport, believing that the lift – a mechanical system that allows two cars to be stacked on top of each other other – did not meet PMC’s requirement that a parking space be “free”.

Naguib, in his appeal, offered to open the property’s nine existing surface parking spaces to the public on weekends in addition to paying replacement costs and constructing the elevator.

“We’re not trying to make the problem worse; in fact, we are trying to solve it,” Naguib said.

While council appreciated the aesthetics of the project and acknowledged neighborhood support, some council members were reluctant to accept the lack of parking.

“I think our priority for this area should be to protect the momentum of retail,” said board member Julie Testa. “Adding an additional parking burden to our already crowded downtown core does not seem appropriate. Again, the replacement fee does not create a parking space at any time. The funds will be used one way or another, but it will not create that parking space to offset that demand that is created.

Mayor Karla Brown added that while the commercial building currently houses a quiet dental office – open only two days a week – future tenants could impose a higher parking charge, and any approvals must take this into account. She also questioned the safety of the parking lift.

However, Council Member Jack Balch saw the parking lift as an innovative solution to a growing problem.

“I think the impacts (of the parking space deficit) will be quite minimal,” he said. “And we can determine if (the elevator) is also a solution for downtown parking.”

At the March 1 meeting, the council decided to overturn the rejection on the condition that Naguib enter into an agreement with another company to secure a nearby non-residential parking space for his project, and that the shelter of car on site is not used for storage.

If Naguib is unable to secure the additional space, the project cannot be completed, but he will remain free to pursue other uses of the property.

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Go green: plant a tree in your garden – it could help save the planet

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Angela Terry, green activist and consumer expert, separates climate change fact from fiction and explains how you can take simple, practical steps to help save the planet. Follow @ouronehome and visit https://onehome.org.uk/ for more advice.

Q: Is planting more trees the answer to global warming?

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A: As a complex problem, the climate crisis will require many solutions.

Although there is no silver bullet, it is widely accepted that stopping the burning of fossil fuels is the number one priority.

However, it is essential to plant many more trees.

Plant a tree to help the environment (photo: adobe.com)

Carbon storage

Trees have many benefits. They produce fuel, fiber and food.

They also provide rich habitats and increasingly shade our towns and villages.

Carbon dioxide is the main greenhouse gas causing global overheating and trees are the best way to capture it from the atmosphere. As they grow, they absorb CO2 and release the oxygen we need to breathe.

The world’s forests are a huge store of carbon.

Scientists estimate they hold 861 gigatonnes, equivalent to a century of global fossil fuel emissions at the current rate.

New trees

In this context, planting trees is obviously fantastic.

If you have space in your garden, please plant one, but away from buildings.

Be sure to choose the right species for your locality. Ask an arborist or look online in Forest Research’s

Handbook of Urban Trees – which also highlights threats from pests, diseases and climate change. As temperatures rise, many traditional British species may no longer be suitable.

For those without outdoor space, you can contribute to tree planting through charities such as The National Trust, The National Forest or Just One Tree.

As the great rainforests are vital in the fight against climate change, you could donate to the Rainforest Alliance. You can also use the Ecosia search engine, which plants trees with its profits.

Ancient forests

While new trees are wonderful, it’s even more important to protect existing forests. New trees will take years to grow and capture carbon.

The older the trees, the more valuable they are to the environment. Indeed, The Woodland Trust describes ancient forests as “carbon-consuming machines”.

In the UK, for example, old-growth forests make up only 25% of our remaining forests, but hold 37% of all the carbon stored in trees.

Centuries of undisturbed soil and accumulated decaying wood have not only made them powerful carbon sinks, but also unique habitats for creatures found nowhere else. They need to be protected. It would take centuries to recreate them and we don’t have time for that.

Deforestation

When trees are felled and burned, their stored carbon is released into the atmosphere. This is why deforestation is the second driver of climate change after fossil fuels.

Unfortunately, it has doubled in the past two decades, mainly due to industrial agriculture, such as cattle farming.

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A growing number of celebrities are getting involved in the fight for the planet – especially with the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicating that things are much worse than we thought.

Actress Emma Thompson has been a climate activist for years.

Emma Thompson, climate activist (Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

In 2009, she and two Greenpeace supporters bought land to deter construction of Heathrow’s third runway. In 2014, she traveled to the Arctic to highlight the dangers of oil drilling.

She also joined the Extinction Rebellion protests.

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If you eat takeout a lot, keep portable cutlery in your bag to avoid using plastic cutlery.

A spoon is particularly useful because it can be used for everything from soups to salads.

Try carrying a spoon to use for takeout that you can use again and again (Photo: Nomad Soul adobe.com)

Store cutlery in a case or simply in a reused plastic bag.

Why should you consider buying an electric bike

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Electric bikes – or e-bikes as they are commonly known – are much more environmentally friendly than cars or even public transport.

They do not release harmful exhaust emissions that lead to global warming and air pollution.

Increasingly popular, they are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, save money while improving your health.

If you live in town or city, they are an extremely convenient alternative to your car for commuting to work or running errands (especially if you invest in panniers to carry your luggage).

Cycling resurgence

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen people flock to bike shops and get on two wheels.

Cycling has seen a resurgence – which is great news, as transport accounts for 27% of the UK’s carbon emissions.

But what do you do when you want to travel further than you can on a standard bike or you’d rather not show up to the office with a burning mess?

How do they work?

They are simply regular bicycles with the addition of an electric motor and battery.

The battery can be charged from a standard outlet.

The stored energy helps power the pedals, which eases the effort required.

That being said, you can choose the level of assistance you want at any time by changing the power mode.

You can save all your charges for the hills!

An electric bike will give you between 25 and 100 miles of assisted travel from a single charge.

Remember, it will still perform like a regular bike if you run out of power.

Savings

E-bikes cost between £500 and £3000, but you’ll soon start saving money on the ride.

As gasoline prices reach record highs, they will reduce – if not eradicate – your fuel costs.

You won’t have to pay any parking fees either.

Health

Although some people might consider them cheating, e-bikes still offer a convenient way to exercise while on the go.

Indeed, a study published in ‘The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity’ showed that they are a better workout than walking.

Remember that you are responsible for when the assist kicks in.

You can therefore choose to do a percentage of your trip without assistance.

Plus, they make cycling much more accessible to beginners or those with mobility or health issues.

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You should never overfill your kettle.

It’s such an easy win for you, but too few of us are doing it.

Boiling excess water wastes energy and money. According to Energy Saving Trust, in the UK alone it costs £68 million a year!

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Borrello supports state purchase of agricultural products | News, Sports, Jobs


State Sense. Michelle Hinchey and George Borrello want to see more agricultural products purchased by New York State, including its public schools.

Hinchey, D-Kingston, is the sponsor of S.6808A, which was recently passed unanimously by the State Senate Tenders and Contracts Committee. The legislation establishes a goal that at least 15 percent of all food and food products purchased by state agencies come from New York State in the first and second years of the program, with the percentage increasing to 25% the third year.

In his legislative rationale, Hinchey wrote that the State Food Measures Act of 2013 (S.4061/A.5102) established a framework to monitor state agency food expenditures while tracking origin. food they buy. The 2013 law directs the Office of General Services and the Department of Agriculture and Markets to establish guidelines for public agencies on local food sourcing. Over the past nine years, however, no percentage target has been set.

“I am a co-sponsor of this bill with Senator Hinchey,” Borrello said during the Purchasing and Contracts Committee meeting. “She’s the chair of the Agriculture Committee and I’m the most senior member. I think this is a very important step. Especially in our schools, we should really focus on local agriculture. At breakfast we should be serving milk and grape juice, not Florida orange juice. We should focus on New York State food products. Unfortunately, we are not doing enough. I will say that part of the problem is that it is difficult to get New York State products, as a restaurant owner, through the wholesale system. This is another challenge we have to face. I think for state agencies, that’s not a problem. I think it is an excellent bill and I am happy to support it.

The committee also passed the following bills:

¯ S370A, which requires certain state-owned and operated parking lots, open parking lots and other parking facilities to install and maintain charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. The law is passed unanimously.

¯ S6616, which establishes the Ethical Standards for State Agency Contractors Act. It passed unanimously.

¯ S8062, which exempts the review of certain contracts from the suspension of certain laws during a state disaster emergency – passed unanimously.

¯ S8145, which requires the Commissioner of the Office of General Services to compile, make public, and maintain certain state board information. There is no comprehensive public inventory of state commissions, councils, councils, task forces, or similar bodies. The Oversight, Analysis and Investigation Committee recently completed a review of over 100 legally authorized boards, task forces and commissions. The review found that only around half had online information, only 30% listed public meetings and only 45% had easily accessible contact details. The bill was passed in committee unanimously.



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NJOA: Delaware Water Gap Park and Preserve Plan Would Reduce Recreation Opportunities and Is Not Needed

The Delaware Water Gap Park and Preserve Plan would be
Reduces recreational opportunities and is not necessary

New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA) represents 1.2 million outdoor men and women. Our mission as a local coalition is to advocate for the intrinsic value of natural resource conservation – including fishing, hunting and trapping – to opinion leaders and decision makers. We support legislation, and those who sponsor legislation, that provide sustainable ecological and social enrichment through the sustainable use of the earth’s resources.

The NJOA has reviewed the proposal to classify the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap (DEWA) National Recreation Area as a national park and preserve. DEWA contains 54,000 acres in Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey. A long dormant plan that was undone several years ago to make DEWA a national park has been resurrected by a small steering committee that includes the PA and NJ chapters of the Sierra Club and the former superintendent. The goal of this effort is to add “prestige” and hopefully improve funding, but that is not guaranteed. The plan also aims to provide a cultural center for the Lenape people who once inhabited the area and provide recreational equity for those who cannot afford to travel to remote national parks.

The problem with this proposal is that national parks, with rare exceptions, are closed to hunting and all other consumptive uses. This would be a major shift in the traditional use of DEWA since its inception in 1965. To soften opposition and gain support, this latest proposal suggests that a portion of DEWA be reclassified as a “Lenape Preserve” which would contain a cultural Center. and maintain current uses, including hunting. HOWEVER, the overall park/preserve plan is vague and contains no details. The NJOA has asked for specific details, but the steering committee cannot provide a map envisioning what they are planning as a park versus the reserve and area of ​​each. The steering committee points to a similar plan in West Virginia designating the New River Park/Preserve which resulted in 10% park and 90% reserve. But the breakdown of the Gap proposal remains unknown. A 10% loss of hunting land translates to 5,400 acres or 8.4 square miles in New Jersey.

When Congress authorized funds for the Tocks Island Dam and Reservoir and surrounding recreation area, they specifically made the public benefits of outdoor recreation a priority over the preservation of scenic, scientific, and historic features that contribute to enjoyment. from the public and they specifically indicated that hunting and fishing would be allowed to work. together with national wildlife management agencies. After the dam and reservoir plan was filed in 1978, all of the land became part of the recreation area and the river within its boundaries was designated as Wild and Scenic.

The proposed benefit of a wildlife nursery in the park is not necessary. Any loss of hunting in DEWA will create a haven for bears, something residents of northwest New Jersey don’t need. Additionally, a decrease in the ability to manage deer will affect forest health and increase deer strikes along the Rt. 80 Corridor and adjacent roads. Several long-term habitat improvement projects in the Gap, including those of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ruffed Grouse Society and others, may be at risk. Although habitat management in a national park is sometimes permitted, obtaining permission is a lengthy process and is the exception rather than the norm.

Although the park plan claims to promote recreational equity, a park designation reduces the recreational options currently available in direct opposition to enabling legislation.
The NJOA recognizes that the proposal to create a cultural center for the Lenape people, who consider DEWA and its surroundings to be the heart of their ancestral home, has merit. However, the proposal is to place the cultural center within the reserve where the current uses will remain, therefore no ‘park’ designation is required going forward.

The NJOA will continue to monitor this situation, but at this time the NJOA CANNOT support this proposal which will result in decreased recreational opportunities, especially hunting, and does not offer any guarantees of additional funding. We believe the designation of Congress as a recreation area remains appropriate for its current and future uses.

About the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance: The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance is a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting outdoor-focused legislation and legislators that support hunting, fishing, trapping, and conserving our natural resources in New Jersey. Notable accomplishments include the recent passage of the Blood Tracing Bill, as well as the institution of Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs.

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The day – The condominium market remains competitive

Like the balance in the residential real estate market, the condominium segment remains difficult for buyers to navigate, with so few options available. Condominiums are always in high demand, especially along the coast, which appeals to both full-time residents and second home buyers.

Market Realty LLC broker-owner Judi Caracausa said the condominium market in southeast Connecticut — especially in riverside communities like Mystic where her business is based — is “very hot, and especially for life on one level”.

“So many people want the ability to get into an elevator, push a button, and get to their house that’s on one floor. It’s the condos that are in huge demand,” he said. she stated.

Caracausa currently represents the sellers of two condos in downtown Mystic, each with their own compelling list of attributes.

Unit 302 at 3 Water Street in Mystic is for sale. This is a two bedroom condo in a building known as “The Standard”. This particular downtown unit is “in new condition, ready to move in,” according to the listing broker. It features a number of updates, including new custom closets, quartz countertops in the kitchen, and new shutters.

“At Standard there are places to store bicycles, and the owner has a covered parking space in the private garage,” Caracausa said. Additionally, this property has a shared rooftop terrace with some of the best views in Mystic around.

In less than a week, this property went “under contract”, but relief offers can still be accepted. The asking price is $899,900.

This week, the listing broker also launched the 11 unit at 15 Water Street on the market. The seller is asking for $949,000. This third floor corner unit is in The Power House building in downtown Mystic, a secure building with an elevator. The two-bedroom home features views of the Mystic River, a 14-foot private balcony, and 1,306 square feet of living space. Interiors are “light, bright and open,” Caracausa said.

“It has exquisite craftsmanship by an experienced local builder,” she said, citing the kitchen as an example. It is designed with Adura branded flooring, granite surfaces and custom cabinetry.

She also pointed to the fixtures installed by the vendors, calling them “exquisite.”

Residents of this building share a common area are along the waterfront. The owner of this unit has one parking space in the parking garage, with additional spaces available in a private parking lot. And, of course, they enjoy walking access to all that downtown Mystic has to offer: an array of restaurants and culinary shops, a favorite local bookstore, boutiques, art galleries and a busy calendar of community events. For potential buyers who enjoy sailing/boating, there are several marinas in the area, including one adjacent to this property.

Northeast Property Group estate agent Kristin Pettazzoni is representing the seller of Unit 502 at 461 Bank Street, a pet-friendly condominium in the Harbor Towers association, right in the central business district of New London.

“This condominium offers both city living and water views,” noted the listing agent. “This unit offers an open floor plan, with a spacious kitchen – featuring a granite breakfast bar, shaker cabinets, stainless steel appliances – tray ceilings and a gas fireplace, and a deck with sea views. the Thames River and Long Island Sound.”

This home has two bedrooms, both with custom closets. The full bathroom is equipped with a triple vanity and a whirlpool tub.

The HOA fee, which Pettazzoni says is $296/month, covers maintenance of common areas and storage areas, gated parking, building elevators, landscaping and snow removal. Residents also enjoy an association-maintained swimming pool, rooftop terrace, theater, and fitness center, among other amenities.

The condo’s location is particularly appealing to buyers who want to enjoy a walkable community and downtown lifestyle. The Library, Town Hall, restaurants and pubs, Fiddleheads Food Co-op and The Watch Theater are all within walking distance. “[It’s] a healthy walk to the station, with access to New York, Boston, Providence and New Haven,” Pettazzoni said. “The Cross Sound Ferry operates daily, providing transportation to Long Island and its fine wineries. The Block Island Ferry runs all summer, making several trips a day to Block Island. The property is within biking distance of the E-Boat, Conn College, or Lawrence & Memorial Yale New Haven Hospital.”

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State to Move Sitka to Airport Paid Parking | Local News

The Alaska Department of Transportation said managing parking at Sitka Airport “has become an increasing challenge” for its crew. The department plans to advertise this month “to find a professional parking management company” to manage the parking lot in front of the terminal building.

The effort “will be the first of several planned to address similar parking issues throughout the state’s airport system,” according to the department’s announcement last month.

“The Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport Parking Request for Proposals is a pilot program for smaller airports in the department,” Sam Dapcevich, a department spokesman, said Feb. 24. “Once it is implemented there, the department will begin rolling it out to other airports.”

Dapcevich said “no changes are in the works for Wrangell Airport at this time”, but confirmed changes to the airport’s free parking lot across from the Wrangell terminal may come in the future.

In addition to Sitka, Wrangell, and Petersburg, the department operates airports in Gustavus, Haines, Hoonah, Skagway, Yakutat, and several smaller southeast communities, in addition to airports in Alaska.

The Juneau and Ketchikan airports are managed by the borough of each community and parking at the airport is paid.

The tender for a private operator to manage the Sitka parking lot will be launched in early March. The department said it “expects a company to handle the lot by early April.” The operator will set and collect the fees.

St. Petersburg’s parking rate went from free to $7 a day in December after the state leased the frequently used state-owned plot to a private operator – at the company’s request for more space for his own business.

The Wrangell parking lot is on state land with no private participation or fees.

In an interview with the Sitka Sentinel late last month, Dapcevich said the state decided to outsource lot management to Sitka because the department “doesn’t have the resources to handle parking.” He added: “We have had discussions with the city. They determined they didn’t have the bandwidth to handle it either. So we’re going to… hire a parking management company, and some of the issues that people have brought to our attention should be fixed.

One of the complaints is the lack of sufficient long-term parking, he said.

“We have 68 spaces in the seven-day parking zone and they are usually quite full,” Dapcevich told the Sitka newspaper. “By having a company there that can handle it, they should be able to adapt and be more flexible than us. If they decide they can make more use of the short-term long-term parking area term, they might be able to do that. Plus, they might last longer than the seven-day limit we have in place. If people wanted to pay to keep their car longer, they would have that option.”

“The proposal is a long time coming,” Sitka Mayor Steven Eisenbeisz said. “We have been working with the state on an airport parking plan for some time. … We tried to put this off for a long time, so that we didn’t have to charge for parking at the airport. But at this point, I believe it’s unavoidable. He added: “Hopefully the rates will stay reasonable.”

Dapcevich hopes the move will reduce the number of cars left or abandoned in Sitka’s lot for long periods of time.

“An ideal situation would be that we don’t have any abandoned cars because someone is there and our maintenance and operations staff wouldn’t have to try to find people and then end up if you can’t. find themselves in needing to involve a towing company and then following up with people so they can get their car back,” he said. “We’d rather they focus on their usual responsibilities, like keeping the trail clear and keeping the Sitka roads clear.”

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Polluters don’t have a home in Providence

Providence’s “active waterfront” is the ugliest and dirtiest scene in the state of Rhode Island. Community members agree it’s time to radically reinvent how Providence uses its 100+ acres of upper Narragansett Bay frontage.

The nature of the activities carried out on the seafront is today irreconcilable with an authentic policy of climate justice. Off-gassing from valves and storage tanks and emissions from the diesel engines of trucks, trains and ships make even a day without an accident a bad day. The entire site is beyond the hurricane barrier and vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surges, making the upper part of Narragansett Bay vulnerable to environmental disasters. When we eventually experience an adverse weather event powerful enough to spill products stored at the water’s edge, the bay will be contaminated with a toxic mix of scrap metal, heating oil, jet and diesel fuel, natural gas and Other chemicals, and the neighbors most affected will be vulnerable frontline communities.

Neighboring businesses are not good partners for the city. Rhode Island waterfront tenant Recycled Metals routinely flouts Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management regulations, failing to obtain permits to operate a junkyard at a superfund site laden with toxins and carcinogens underground . Sprague Energy repeatedly fails to prevent its asphalt storage tanks from emitting harmful gases and potentially volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the surrounding community.

Additionally, Sims Metal Management received the state’s heaviest sentence ever for violations of the Clean Air Act, after being found guilty of shredding automobiles and releasing plastic, rubber and other carcinogenic materials from its Johnston plant into the lungs of its employees and neighbors. Sims operates facilities in Johnston and on the Providence waterfront.

These environmental crimes are compounded by proximity to some of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable communities. The industrial nature of the area literally suffocates its neighbors, with South Providence having some of the highest concentrations of airborne diesel particles in the state, in addition to the highest per capita population of young asthmatics in Rhode Island, according to data. of RIDOH. Any political leader who endorses the continued function of the Providence waterfront without modification also endorses the environmental racism that plays out there every day.

In addition, before leaving, polluters must be held responsible for the damage they have caused during their operation. We cannot afford to clean up tomorrow after polluters who know full well the damage they cause today.

Cities on lakes and oceans across America are realizing that their waterfronts are their most valuable assets. After burying a freeway and restoring connection to downtown, Boston’s Seaport district has transformed from a vast wasteland of abandoned docks and parking lots to one of Boston’s prime residential areas, a hotspot for Fortune 500 companies and startups, and a top destination for world travelers. Milwauk at an economical cost: done correctly, it will bring great gains.

I understand that local businesses support local jobs. Workers displaced by the relocation of polluting companies should be connected to similar employment at the growing port of Davisville, which runs on 100% renewable energy and is just 20 minutes south, or elsewhere in the area. growing Rhode Island manufacturer.

Providence has officially codified the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Unfortunately, the truth remains that we can’t just build solar panels and wind turbines to achieve that goal. We cannot allow waterfront polluters to operate and expand, and we cannot allow our leaders to choose political expediency and profit-driven myopia over transformational politics. We must act decisively to reclaim Providence’s waterfront from a handful of dirty businesses for the benefit of all who live here.

Providence needs leaders who both understand the urgent need for climate justice and have the political courage to advocate for it. Until then, Providence’s waterfront solutions will be locked away, buried under a pile of jagged cars and rusting metal.

Bradly J. VanDerStad is running for Providence City Council.


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Safe Parking Program for Homeless Living in Their Vehicles Expands to El Paso County | Homeless

Shane Hood sleeps every night in the front seat of his toy car, leaning over the passenger seat to rest on a nest of blankets and pillows. A sturdy aluminum baseball bat rests on the ground in case it needs protection.

“A friend got stabbed a month or two ago right there,” he says, pointing to the sidewalk from where he’s parked in the Mill Street neighborhood of Colorado Springs.

Like a toilet or a meal, security is not a given in Hood’s homeless world.

But a new program making its way to El Paso County in the coming months aims to help people who live in their vehicles.

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Lakewood-based Benefits in Action, an organization that supports people applying for public assistance such as Medicaid and food stamps, received a grant from the Colorado Community Health Alliance to expand safe parking programs.

The organization will spend about $75,000 to launch one in El Paso County, said Jane Barnes, founder of Benefits in Action and its executive director.

Under this program, faith communities allow people who live in their vehicle to park in their lot overnight and must provide them with access to an indoor bathroom or outdoor portable potties with parking stations. hygiene.

Some churches recruit volunteers to serve a meal or hot drinks and provide hospitality, others do not. Some allow families and motorhomes, others only work with individuals.

But all guests sleep in a safe space where authorities aren’t asking them to move, Barnes said.

The idea, she said, is to stop people living in cars, trucks or RVs from spiraling down and working to improve their situation.

“When people still have a car and can get to work or school, our hope is to prevent them from becoming completely homeless,” Barnes said. “We do intense case management to get them out of their car and into stable housing, and make sure they have a job.”

Cold temperatures keep counting the homeless in Colorado Springs

Social workers also connect parkers to mental health care, addiction treatment, medical services, pet assistance – since 40% of people living in their car own pets – and to free food, gas and repairs.

“People have to have a usable vehicle to stay in the parking lot,” Barnes said, “so we’ll buy a tire or a battery, or some plastic to protect the windows from the weather, but we’re probably not going to overhaul an engine .”

Participants must apply and be accepted into the program. Those who get accommodation will receive money for a security deposit and the first month’s rent, she said.

Benefits in Action is a major partner of the Colorado Safe Parking Initiative, which estimates that at least 1,000 people live in their vehicles statewide and, with inflation, expects that number to grow.

“Without secure parking, they park where they can — a store parking lot or a side street — and are frequently asked by law enforcement to move,” said Linda Barringer, program developer for Colorado Safe Parking Initiative.

“We provide safe and hygienic overnight parking where people can get a good night’s sleep and case management comes to the field to help them reorganize their lives and get back to housing,” Barringer said. “Without that, it’s a constant struggle of where am I going to park tonight, how many times will I be asked to move, will I be injured.

The Colorado initiative formed in 2019 to find host sites in the seven-county Denver metropolitan area and is building a statewide network.

The first pilot sites opened in the cities of Broomfield and Longmont, and the idea has spread to 11 sites in Jefferson, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver and Arapahoe counties.

Colorado Springs Fire Department launches new emergency response system for 911 calls

Those 11 sites have 89 parking spaces, which last year served 140 households, Barringer said. About 35% of the total attendees were able to be relocated, she said.

“Our goal is to have secure parking in as many places as possible across the state because we know every community has people living in their cars,” Barringer said.

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado has spoken to some churches during the pandemic about starting such a program locally, CEO Andy Barton said.

“There wasn’t a lot of interest because of concerns around the image,” he said.

Denver’s First Universalist Church had the same problem initially, said Joan Wise-Skutt, co-chair of the church’s Safe Parking initiative.

“We spent a lot of time dealing with neighbors who were worried, ‘Oh tent city is coming, we’re going to have a horror,'” she said.

“It’s a pretty upscale neighborhood, and we don’t want a horror or a drug playground, and it’s really about educating people about what’s going on and writing documents that reflect the concerns.”

The church reserved eight parking spaces last July on its grounds off Hampden Avenue and Colorado Boulevard and currently has vehicles parked at seven locations, Co-Chair Josephine Hehnke said.

“It’s going very well,” she says, adding that some participants have obtained housing.

Parking spaces are available between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.; vehicles must leave during the day. Many parkers have jobs, Hehnke said.

“People who receive help are very grateful,” she said.

They’re also not what some might think are stereotypical, Wise-Skutt said.

“The most important thing we’re trying to do through the program is to educate the general population – they’re not all junkies and criminals and slackers,” she said. “These are people who lived in ordinary accommodation and had a situation that they could not recover from without help.

“When we open the church for activities, they don’t stand out as different from others.”

Hood, who has been homeless since 2015 and shares his car with his girlfriend, Barb Berry, likes the concept and said he thinks it will help Colorado Springs’ homeless population. The hardest thing about making your car your home is the lack of space to stretch out, Hood said. And temperatures in the single digits at night.

“There are quite a few people living in their cars — we’re noticing more and more of that,” Hood said. “They move around a lot because they don’t know where it’s safe and they’re in danger of being towed away.”

Barnes hopes to have host sites established in El Paso County before the summer and plans to expand the program to Teller and Park counties.

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Customers are fed up with Disney’s ‘lucrative’ policies and extra fees

Although Disney World may be considered “the most magical place in the world”, it could also be the most expensive place in the world.

Credit: Disney

When it comes to trips to Disney World, there are a ton of ways to spend your money. From pricey hotels and resorts to food, snacks and drinks around each park, visitors will find themselves shelling out Disney dollars all day.

A big point of contention when it comes to pricing has been Disney’s recent change with its parking policy at hotels and resorts. For those who don’t know, Disney didn’t charge for parking at all. Prior to 2018, parking at any of the Walt Disney World Resorts was free for all Guests, but Disney has chosen to change that. Parking costs $15 to $25 a day, a big increase from just a few years ago it was completely free.

Family seated around a table in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel
Credit: Disney

Related: As Park Passes Disappear, Disney Announces Full Capacity Will Never Return

In a thread on Reddit, a confused Disney guest asks why parking costs more at luxury hotels. They wonder why, just because they’re staying at a nicer and more expensive resort, parking costs $10 more per day, to which the comments section provided several answers and theories.

One user simply said it was because guests had no options and Disney could charge whatever they wanted for parking. Another chimed in and added that people had no choice but to pay as they had to park their treatments somewhere, essentially locking guests into the current price structure. One user even went so far as to call it a “money grab” and one of the most “meaningful” changes Disney parks have made in recent years.

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Related: Disney CFO Defends Park Ticket Prices, ‘Some People Have More Money Than Time’

Another user also called it a money grab, saying Disney “will charge what the market bears”, implying that as long as guests continue to visit and pay for parking, Disney will continue to charge for it. Many users said parking should just be free. Guests also had the same reaction to Disney’s new Genie+ and Lightning Lane systems.

Replacing what was once a free system, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane are both optional, paid services that can “enhance” the visitor experience, meaning easier scheduling and shorter wait times. Now, of course, the Disney community was set on fire after learning that what was a free service wouldn’t cost tens of dollars a day and the new systems remain as controversial as they were when first revealed.

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Credit: Screenshot via Disney Parks Blog

As far as parking goes, it’s unfortunate that Disney chose to make this change as it only adds an extra cost to an already expensive vacation that some say is getting too expensive. See the full breakdown of parking rates at Walt Disney World Resort below:

Registered guests:Overnight self-parking

Standard overnight self-parking is available to registered guests for a fee that will be applied to their hotel bill upon check-out. All parking fees include applicable taxes.

Standard overnight parking fees per resort category:

$15 per night:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney All-Star Music Station
  • Disney All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

$20 per night:

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

$25 per night:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney Beach Club Villas
  • Disney BoardWalk Hostel
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Contemporary Disney Hotel
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney Wild Pavilion
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • The villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Free standard parking is offered to Guests staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort campgrounds. Each campground provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.

Valet parking
Valet parking continues to be available for guests with disabilities who may require assistance with parking. A valid disabled parking permit is required. Valet parking will be reintroduced to hotels in the coming months. Upon arrival, please check with the security host for parking options. Valet parking is $33 per night (sales tax included).

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Bay Area City is looking for a parking solution

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The Bay Area’s third-largest city by population is seeking help from IT vendors to be more comprehensive about how it bills and administers paid parking.

In a request for proposals (RFP) issued on Friday, the City of Oakland is seeking responses from companies that can help it implement a “multi-provider mobile parking payment system” that will allow visitors to pay at distance to park using their mobile phone. Among the takeaways:

  • The Oakland Department of Transportation’s Parking and Mobility Division is asking businesses to implement a “comprehensive mobile parking payment system for all current and future city-controlled paid parking areas, on-street and off the street”. The city will consider vendors that allow payment via “telephone, website, mobile software applications…and/or SMS/text messaging,” per the RFP. The system sought must, at a minimum, allow customers to remotely pay for parking “via the proponent’s free app or on the proponent’s website in the city’s approximately 11,000 metered spaces.” This number includes approximately 500 “multi-space parking meters” and 5,000 single-space meters, as well as off-street parking facilities. There is also an “optional task”, according to the RFP, for additional products or services to support “the holistic and active management of the city’s on- and off-street parking facilities”. Mobile phone parking payments accounted for approximately 13% of total parking meter payments in 2019; city ​​staff are “considering an increase” through mobile and contactless payment. The city may grant more than one “agreement/proponent” to achieve its objectives.
  • Among the City’s objectives are the search for a respondent with expertise in paid mobile parking; increase its existing parking payment options; and employing a system where meters can be added and removed, and tariffs and schedules rescheduled flexibly without downtime. Oakland also needs regular “trends, productivity, and performance” reports, improved data, and user protections consistent with its surveillance technology ordinance; and Oakland-branded materials such as signs for multi-space parking kiosks and meter stickers provided by Respondent. The city needs an “innovative” system that will support its parking and mobility goals, including its parking principles set out in Resolution #84664 and parking reforms like Oakland+.
  • Relevant experience for respondents includes “parking experience in Oakland or similar Bay Area cities” within the past five years “that will demonstrate team competence” to do the job. Qualification statements must emphasize work in Oakland “supporting multimodal parking and transportation systems, and fair and innovative parking payment systems.” Respondents will receive points for “their technical capability and demonstrable experience in providing an effective mobile parking payment system” over the past five years; an “innovative, flexible, and phased approach to supporting the city’s parking system and payments” and experience in managing similar “product or service accounts for cities with a parking and transportation system” in Oakland.
  • The duration of the contract will be five years with the option of two consecutive one-year extensions, for a total potential duration of seven years. The value of the contract must not exceed $900,000. As compensation for delivering the system, the contractor will be “allowed to charge a convenience/use fee”, subject to city approval – and which the city may “subsidize…at any time during the term of this Agreement”. The city is requesting a “combined one-time upfront payment of $190,000 from all selected consultants to contribute to the costs of setting up the new mobile parking payment system,” split equally among the selected contractor or contractors, unless the consultant is a certified local business enterprise. , in which case they must contribute 75% of their share. A pre-proposal meeting is scheduled for March 17 at 10 a.m.; Bidding questions are due by 2 p.m. on March 24. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. on April 5. The date of award is unclear.
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Proposals for the redesign of the natural park

Latest renovation plans for Fairlop Waters Country Park in Ilford show it will include an adventure course and a wild swimming lake.

A small group of residents “co-designed” the features of the modernized park, which is expected to double in size over the next decade.

Recently released designs show a 6.7km trial, which will lead from a new visitor center at the boating lake to an improved entrance near Barkingside station.

Along the way, visitors will pass a ‘naturalised river’ and conservation area, a wild swimming lake and a new nature reserve at Aldborough Hall, which will be home to grazing longhorn cattle.

New land to expand the park will come from the old golf course, which closed permanently during the pandemic, and the return of land previously used as a gravel pit.

Deputy Chief Kam Rai told the Oversight and Review Committee on March 7, “We all wanted to keep the green space…that’s why we made the decision to close the golf course and now have an additional 136 acres. to enter the national park.

“Even at Christmas we had the rink and the fair was really, really popular, at the end of the day we really want to make sure it retains its country feel when we add 200 acres to the park.

“No one else does anything like this, we are effectively doubling the size of the national park and protecting Fairlop Waters.”

Following cabinet approval on March 8, formal public consultation will begin on the master plan before a more detailed report on the future of the park in fall 2022.

Although the council’s regeneration chief reassured councilors that a hotel on the site was “highly unlikely” last year, space was reserved for a wedding marquee and overflow parking.

Sharon said the council’s fleet management arm, Vision, was watching the numbers closely.

She added: “It’s about having an experienced trader who understands the flow and can assess the risks.

“I understand that has to be balanced with the ecology…we want to try to make it work at Fairlop Waters.”

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What’s replacing the Black Bear Pub in North Vancouver?

It’s been Lynn Valley’s watering hole for over 25 years, but the owner of the land below the Black Bear Pub is looking to redevelop it.

The North Vancouver District Planning Department now has a preliminary proposal to demolish the faux heritage building and parking lot and replace them with an average six-storey building containing 98 purpose-built rental apartments and 12,000 square feet of space. commercial on the ground floor.

The proposal includes 108 underground parking spaces for vehicles (74 for residents and 34 shared for visitors) as well as 195 bicycle parking spaces.

The land is part of Lynn Valley town centre, which is slated for mixed-use commercial/residential redevelopment as part of the district’s official community plan, although council will have to vote on a rezoning by-law for the development to go ahead. forward.

The project includes a new greenway for pedestrians and cyclists leading to the plaza outside the Lynn Valley Center mall.

The nearby Safeway site is also the subject of a preliminary development application being reviewed by district planning staff. Crombie REIT is looking to build five six- to 12-story buildings, with 479 homes, a new supermarket and 13,400 square feet of public amenity space, and 713 underground parking spaces, at 1170 East 27th St.

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Everything you need to know about charging your electric vehicle at home

If you own an electric car or are looking to buy one, you are probably aware of the lack of charging stations around you. Today, maps and locators are needed to find a public charging facility for electric vehicles. Therefore, charging EVs at home seems like a dream solution. There are a few things future/current EV owners should check before deciding to go with this option.

Preperation

Space and electrical outlet points are the first and foremost requirement for a home EV charging station. It is ideal to have a dedicated parking space with facilities for electrical connections, sockets and space for the terminal depending on the type.

Selecting a charger

There are basically two types of chargers available: the Type 1 AC charger and the Type 2 wall charger. With the Type 1 you can charge from an AC outlet, but it’s 3kWh slower. Type 2 or the wallbox is generally offered and installed free of charge by car manufacturers today. There are also other fast chargers. The cost of installing an EV charging station in India ranges from Rs 3,000 to Rs 2 lakh depending on the type of charger and other costs involved in the installation.

Charging cost

The battery capacity of current electric cars varies from 20 to 45 kWh. An average of 15 units of electricity is consumed per day to charge EVs. The cost of charging your car will depend on the electricity tariff in your state, which can range from 8 to 10 rupees per unit. In Delhi, the domestic rate ranges from Rs 3 to 8 per unit. This means you will spend Rs 160-450 to charge your vehicle at your home in Delhi for a range of 200-300 km depending on battery size.

Brands that provide installation services

Most car manufacturers like Tata, Hyundai and MG offer installation services when buying an electric car. Apart from these, companies like Charzer, Statiq, Magenta, goEgo network, ChargeMOD, Evotpoint, EVQpoint and Zevpoint provide charging station installation services in different cities of India.
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A brand new footbridge now connects New Delhi railway station to the metro station

Delhi now has a walkway that will allow people to move between New Delhi Railway Station and the metro station. The brand new walkway is 242 meters long and is located on the Ajmeri Gate side of the station.

According to a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson, “The dedicated footbridge, built by DMRC in conjunction with Northern Railway, to provide seamless connectivity between the Ajmeri Gate side and adjacent New Delhi Metro stations on the Yellow Line and the airport express line.”




The brand new Skywalk is a foot over bridge connecting the Ajmeri Gate side of the station with the nearby metro station. It was built to ease traffic flow and is a convenient means of transport for those wishing to take the metro to their homes, hotels and other destinations.

Additionally, the Skywalk is also going to connect with the multi-level car park through the Bhavbhuti Marg. It was built with escalators and other facilities such as CCTV surveillance cameras.

The Delhi Metro currently connects a large number of locations across the city, as well as neighboring Noida and Gurgaon. It is the easiest mode of transport in Delhi NCR and is a preferred means of transport for many people arriving at the railway station.

According to a DMRC statement, “The structure was to be built above a functional underground metro station just three meters below, with heavy traffic on Bhavbhuti Marg. Additionally, the bridge was to be connected to two structures of pre-existing construction at far ends ensuring minimum inconvenience to people, infrastructure and other nearby buildings.

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How two offenders escaped from a juvenile residence – and Oranga Tamariki’s response

A report obtained by RNZ laid bare a litany of failures during the escape of two offenders from a juvenile justice residence in 2020.

Inside a juvenile justice residence (file image).
Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham Farrelly

At the time, both boys were being held for serious offences.

Oranga Tamariki’s report explained how staff missteps allowed the couple to sneak out of a North Island residence undetected and spend days on the run.

The story begins at 7:50 p.m. one evening in 2020.

It’s bedtime at the residence. All 29 boys residing there have finished their shower routines and are heading to their rooms.

The first escapee walks down a hallway – unescorted – to his room. He scans his surroundings before rushing to a second chamber.

The second escapee then walks down the hall – unescorted – before also entering his room. Staff do not notice the pair are together.

At 8:11 p.m., CCTV captures the couple fleeing their unit. They escape through the parking lot.

Sections of the report describing the actual escape are redacted, so it is not stated how the boys managed to get out of the room.

Eight minutes later, the couple are again filmed by CCTV from a local business casually walking down the road to the residence.

At 9:31 p.m., a room check is performed by a member of staff, who initially finds nothing unusual. However, they quickly realize that the boys are not in their rooms.

At that point, the pair has been out for about 80-90 minutes. Phone calls to police are made at 10:07 p.m., then the acting site manager is also called.

Firefighters arrive at midnight to help search the rooftops. At 2 a.m. the following morning, a review of CCTV footage established that the boys were no longer at the scene.

Until now, staff were sure the couple was somewhere on the residence grounds.

It’s been about 5 hours and 45 minutes since they escaped.

What went wrong?

Between the time the room routine started and the first room check, there was a gap of approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Oranga Tamariki Youth Justice Systems director Phil Dinham said room checks should take place every 15 minutes.

If a youngster had gone to bed in distress, this could be reduced to every five minutes.

The report also says that staff did not follow operational procedures insofar as young people were able to congregate and move about unsupervised in the bedroom hallway.

Dinham said the main concern of the investigation was the time it took between the escape, with staff realizing the boys were not in their room and establishing that they were no longer there.

Along with failed room checks, staff spent too much time searching the premises and escalating the situation internally, he said.

The staff should have immediately escalated the situation to one of the boys who may have been outside the residence.

“As soon as there was a risk that they were not confined, not confined, this should have been notified to the manager of the service residence,” Dinham said.

“So he or she would have made the decision to alert the police at that time.”

The report noted that there had been technical difficulties in accessing CCTV footage from the site and that the first schedule provided by staff to the acting director needed to be revised.

That meant a full review of the footage, with the new timeline taking place at 2am.

Oranga Tamariki’s report also revealed that there had been signs the couple were planning an escape, but these were missed by staff.

Dinham said he understood the first indicator related to the two boys who were spotted whispering to each other earlier.

“In retrospect, that whisper might have been planning and plotting, but at the time, I think [staff thought] ‘the young will whisper’.

“Looking back, it’s ‘Ah that’s where they started the plot’, but at the time there were only two boys whispering.”

The second indicator was that other boys in the unit were seen on CCTV walking past the escape rooms, noticing they weren’t there and laughing, Dinham said.

However, at the time, this could have been misconstrued as the boys were simply mocking someone inside the room by making a rude gesture.

Dinham said all personnel had undergone induction training and followed operating procedures covering all ranges of scenarios, including escapes.

This is why “employment-related discussions” took place with the staff alongside the investigation.

Dinham would not confirm if anyone had a lot of work, but said specialist training had been put in place for staff who remained on site.

Changes had also been made to the senior management structure of the residence

What else has changed at the residence?

Responsibility, Dinham said.

“We ensure that staff, at all levels, are accountable. They have a leadership role. It’s not just the manager who has to lead,” he said.

“Every staff member who interacts with detained boys in the residence is responsible for their safety and well-being.”

When incidents like this occur, Dinham said Oranga Tamariki will bring management staff from all New Zealand residences together for a debriefing.

This meant staff would learn from the incident and prevent it from happening elsewhere, he said.

In terms of security, there were challenges as the juvenile justice halls of residence were deliberately not built like prisons.

“We try to make them look more like a place of rehabilitation than a place of incarceration, but we try to make them as safe as possible,” Dinham said.

“Sometimes things will happen as if we understand that accessing the roof from a particular point may be easier than we thought, so we have improved ways to stop access to the roof .

“Most escapes involve either the youngsters getting their hands on the keys, then simply unlocking the doors and walking out, or they go up to the roof and use the roof access to gain access to the perimeter fence.

“So we are always looking at the physical infrastructure of the residence and if we can improve it. All of our residences undergo regular renovations and security upgrades.”

Dinham said Oranga Tamariki was there for young people in juvenile justice residencies and wanted to see them succeed and rehabilitate.

He also said the agency had a duty to keep staff and the public safe.

Every time an incident occurred, whether it was an escape, assault or harm, the youth justice team was always looking to learn from it and improve. .

“We are very aware that we take these three duties very seriously. Rehabilitation of the young person, safety of the public and safety of our staff.”

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My wife left nasty notes for my neighbor on a parking lot row…it’s embarrassing because I think SHE is the one in the wrong

A WOMAN started leaving nasty notes on her neighbour’s car – but her husband argued she was wrong.

The man found himself in a sticky situation after a neighbor living in the same building allegedly showed him a pile of gruesome notes his wife had left on his windscreen.

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Man’s wife allegedly left nasty notes on neighbor’s windshieldCredit: Getty

Posting on Reddit, the man from the United States explained how there had been a fight between his neighbors for the best parking spot in their block.

And the place everyone wanted was owned by a girl called Amy – who let her neighbors park there when she was away.

Due to Covid Amy had been in a different area for the majority of the year so let her neighbors park in her place.

And when the man posting the story and his wife had a baby, all the other neighbors let them park in the best spot – because it was covered and close to the exit.

However, Amy drove back into the parking lot – and the angry woman reportedly started leaving dozens of nasty notes on her windshield.

She even allegedly threatened to have the car TOWED because it was ‘disrupting a young family’s routine’ – not knowing the car was parked by the legal owner of the place.

Now the woman said she wants to fight for her right to park on the spot.

Writing on Reddit, the man claims, “My wife and I have moved into an apartment complex. Each apartment has its assigned parking spaces (1-2 spaces) and they cannot be negotiated. Our apartment has no only one seat.

“We noticed that in one of the spaces, (easiest to drive in and out of) there were 2-3 cars alternating, so my wife asked about that and daughter Amy who owned the space was an international student who freed up the space when she went to work during school holidays.

“She didn’t care who used the space as long as she got it back while she was in school.

“Because of Covid, she hadn’t been able to come back for a while, and during that time my wife had a baby.

“Fall and winter were really wet, so the neighbors kindly offered the space for my wife to park there with our newborn baby. Eventually it became my wife’s parking spot.

“So the problem is that Amy came back while we were on a long weekend and we took my wife’s car, so obviously when we came back there was a parked car, but at the time we didn’t know it was Amy.

“I told my wife to park just outside the gated lot, and the car will probably be gone tomorrow morning.”

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But the parking space was now filled with this unknown car – which clearly made his wife very angry.

He added: “About a week after that, I met Amy getting out of her car.

“Remembering what the neighbors had said, I apologized for using his space and said I would pass the message on to my wife.

“Amy asked if that was where the notes came from and saw my confused face and said, ‘I’ll show you.

“My wife had left rude notes on the windscreen wanting to have Amy’s car towed for illegal parking and she was disrupting the routine of a young family.

“Amy had no idea who wrote them. She then handed me a stack.

“I saw my wife’s handwriting and my face must have made it obvious.

“I showed the notes to my wife and she just said she had been using the space for over a year and it should be considered hers rather than a part-time resident, and had the right to fight for it.

“I disagreed as Amy legally owns it and told her to use our original space from now on I will park outside.

“My wife had this very bitter look and told me that I didn’t care for my son’s well-being and that I shouldn’t take Amy’s side.

“My wife wants me to negotiate with Amy, but I think that’s stupid because her space literally has her apartment number painted on it, it’s her space.

“I told my wife it might suck having to park the car outside in the rain, but spaces aren’t trading cards. Things have been tense ever since.”

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Ukraine-Russia War News: Live Updates

MYKOLAIV, Ukraine – The quick, thud of outgoing Ukrainian artillery echoes through the heavily fortified City Hall building here in Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine, a sign of the closeness of Russian forces in their march towards west along the Black Sea coast.

The city’s mayor, Oleksandr Senkevich, dressed in army green with a pistol in his pocket, barely notices him marking Russian positions on a map. With him is Dmytro Falko, the secretary of the city council, dressed in a light body armor and carrying a Kalashnikov rifle in a tennis racket holster on his back.

The Russians are coming from the north, east and south, he said. The same forces a few days earlier had captured the town of Kherson, which lies about 40 miles east of Mykolaiv.

By mid-afternoon, he said, some Russian forces had pushed into outlying areas of the city – killing a local school principal, among others – although Ukrainian soldiers held them at bay to the moment.

After a battle on Friday evening, Ukrainian forces recaptured Mykolaiv airport, which had previously been captured by Russian troops, and raised the Ukrainian flag there, according to the Ukrainian military, which released a video of the flag and cheering troops on Twitter.

“The enemy surrounds us,” Mr. Senkevich said. “Today they are gathering troops and I think they want to attack us as soon as possible.”

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Russian forces in northern Ukraine have bogged down and are largely immobile near the capital, Kyiv, and the country’s second-largest city, Kharkiv. But the troops in southern Ukraine are on the move.

When Russian President Vladimir V. Putin issued the order to invade last week, Russian forces left the Crimean peninsula, which the Kremlin annexed in 2014 and turned into a huge military garrison. From there they spread east, where they defeated the city of Melitopol, and converged on Mariupol, which, despite a nearly week-long siege, remained under the control of Ukrainian forces.

To the west, Russian troops pushed into the port city of Kherson, where the Russian commander informed the mayor, Ihor Kolykhaev, that he planned to establish a military administration.

On Friday, Kolykhaev said, it emerged that Ukrainian forces positioned outside the city were blocking aid trucks despite an agreement on Thursday to open a humanitarian corridor, which he attributed to poor communication. between troops in the field and their commanders.

In the meantime, he said, the Russian troops who now occupy the city – “the nice liberators”, he said sarcastically – were using the delay for their own propaganda message, publicly promising to deliver a assistance.

“First they create a critical situation, then they heroically save us in order to show the camera how everyone is thanking the ‘benefactors,'” Mr Kolykhaev said in a text message. “I give you my word, I do what I can, but I don’t know how long I can last.”

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

While the ultimate goal of Russian troops in the southern theater is unknown, the likely goal is to take Odessa, a large city of one million people on the Black Sea. There, residents and officials are preparing day and night for an attack, building barricades of sandbags and old steel tramlines, while scanning the horizon for Russian warships approaching by sea.

But to reach Odessa by the easiest route, Russian forces will have to cross Mykolaiv and cross the single drawbridge that spans the Buh River. For safety reasons, the city ordered that the bridge remain in the raised position for most of the day, giving residents only about an hour to evacuate. On Friday, a line of cars stretched deep into the city, some of which had signs reading “children” taped to their windshields.

At the entrance to the bridge, Ukrainian troops, equipped with bulletproof vests and armed with automatic weapons, stood guard. In army green boxes next to hastily erected cinder block and sandbag bunkers were shoulder-fired anti-tank missiles supplied by Britain.

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

If these fail to stop the Russian advance, Senkevich said, the troops have orders to blow up the bridge.

“For now, it’s not as scary as in Kharkiv or other cities,” said a woman named Nadezha, as she prepared to cross the bridge on foot. “Our guys are protecting us well and all our hope is in them,” she said, adding that her son was also a soldier.

In the early days of the fighting, a meteoric advance of Russian troops pushed into Mykolaiv but was repelled by Ukrainian forces in a fierce exchange of fire. Now the streets are largely empty except for Ukrainian troops and a few lone pensioners walking with shopping bags. Most of the city’s approximately 500,000 residents appear to have fled.

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Across the Buh River is a neighborhood of well-appointed houses whose residents prepare to defend their property. One, who invited a reporter for tea on the condition that only his first name, Vadim, be published, showed gruesome videos friends had sent him of fights in the city. He said Russian soldiers in the area appeared to be going in groups when they came under fire. The Times could not independently verify its claim, but observers elsewhere in the country have reported similar scenes.

“People are still not completely angry,” said Vadim, who had a shotgun on his table and said he was ready to defend his property if necessary. “But if they are pushed to the limit, no one will take any more prisoners. We’re just going to shoot them.

Mr. Senkevich, the mayor, said he and his team were also ready to fight, if and when Russian forces passed. In addition to the pistol in his pocket, several automatic rifles lay in his office.

The only other things City defenders needed, Mr Senkevich said, were body armor and helmets.

“That’s the only plan, to fight until the end,” he said. “The captain leaves the ship last.”

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times
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Norfolk Broads: Ferry Inn in Horning reopens

Published:
1:56 PM March 4, 2022



A Norfolk Broads pub has reopened under new management with the aim of possibly welcoming overnight guests.

The Ferry Inn in Horning was taken over by Michael Baldwin and Mike Wilson, owners of the Bank House Hotel and Wenns Chop & Ale House in King’s Lynn.

Since the couple announced they would run the pub, their social media posts have received hundreds of likes and messages of support.


Paul Walker, general manager of the Ferry Inn.
– Credit: The Ferry Inn

Michael Baldwin said: “When the opportunity presented itself to take on this historic pub, we couldn’t turn it down. I can’t think of a pub in a more beautiful location and with so much potential.

“The Ferry already has a wonderful and loyal following and we can’t wait to meet everyone and bring their pub back to the jewel of the Broads.”

The pub will be open seven days a week and will serve a classic pub menu using locally sourced ingredients as well as a traditional Sunday carvery.


The Ferry Inn at Horning, Norfolk

The pub is on the River Bure, with berths available for those visiting by boat
– Credit: The Ferry Inn

Breakfast will also be available on weekends, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., but the owners hope to expand it to every day of the week.

The bar offers beers from local breweries as well as a range of soft drinks, wines and spirits.

The team plans to add a new bar and restaurant as well as guest rooms over the next year.


The Ferry Inn at Horning, Norfolk

The view of the River Bure from inside the Ferry Inn.
– Credit: The Ferry Inn

Paul Walker, the General Manager, has years of experience in the hospitality industry, having spent 20 years at Dunston Hall and The Hoste Arms.

Mr Walker added: “We will work hard to ensure that The Ferry remains a pleasant place to visit on foot, by car or by boat.

“I can’t think of a nicer place in Norfolk to relax with friends and family.”

There will be berths available for those arriving by boat on the River Bure and there is also ample parking.

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Truck crashes into Meijer store in Grand Haven

STANTON, Mich. (WOOD) — An Edmore woman has been convicted of embezzlement after stealing from the 90-year-old she was responsible for caring for.

A jury on Thursday found Teri Miller, 58, guilty of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult between $50,000 and $100,000, embezzlement from a vulnerable adult between $1,000 and $20,000, use of a computer to commit a crime, three counts of using a financial transaction device without consent, and a tax filing failure tally.

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Driver’s guide: parking do’s and don’ts – News

The slower parts of driving and parking etiquette are equally important parts of car ownership



By George Kuruvilla

Published: Thu 3 March 2022, 20:17

It might not occur to most of us, but we only drive our vehicles about 10% of the time we own them. The remaining 90% is spent outside the vehicle, where it is left parked in our basement or on another lot. And by this simple logic, it is necessary to talk about the different aspects of the very ignored subject.

Parking is difficult

Undoubtedly, parking is a difficult skill for some to master. And it can be as nerve-wracking as braving Monday morning frenetic traffic. Heading into a slot – about 20 per cent larger than the vehicle itself – isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. And who can blame them? There are so many types, and different vehicle sizes and traffic conditions add to the complexity of the whole maneuver. First, you have parallel parking, which even the most seasoned drivers don’t give a damn about, especially during traffic hours. In fact, they even coined a term for the fear of parallel parking, it’s called “parallel phobia.” Then you have garage parking, which can also be intimidating, simply because not everyone lives in a villa with large open spaces, but instead has to park between pillars. And the third is corner parking… which is the easiest of the three.

Parking can also be difficult as we live in a city with a high number of cars per capita. And it is sometimes difficult to find a free place. Even at the Dubai Mall, with its multi-storey car parks with an incredible 14,500 parking spaces, it can take up to 30-45 minutes to find one on a weekend. And that is why it is equally important to know the layouts of these giant concrete structures. If you have something to buy quickly, it is better to know the entry and exit points, as well as the location of the stores.

Things not to do

Perhaps the number one rule of parking is don’t take up more than one space. Quite regularly we see cars taking two, mostly by luxury car or large SUV owners. Remember, if you take two, someone else loses one. And in a fast-paced city, where people are always on the move, they may end up wasting time, money, job opportunity, business, etc.

Second on the list is the malicious act of stealing spots. It may not be a punishable offence, but it is against all ethical codes. The other night I saw a woman drive in and stand in place while another motorist tried to pull over. It was his way of saving the place, waiting for his friend to pass. That’s not how it works and we certainly shouldn’t encourage that kind of behavior. My suggestion is, if you’re in a hurry, ask nicely and the other person can let you have it.

We also have individual parking lots in spaces reserved for specific people or green vehicles. Don’t do this, even if your car is green in color.

Then we have the other problem of shopping carts. It’s a privilege to be able to deploy them from supermarkets in batches, but it’s also our responsibility to return them to designated areas, once done. Leaving them behind another person’s vehicle is bad, but leaving them free with the ability to roll into traffic lanes is worse.

There is also an unspoken label for “kacha” parking. It is better to imitate the layout of regular paved parking lots. This means you should park parallel to other vehicles, leaving a lane for people to enter and exit. And you should always make sure that the car next to you is not blocked in any way.

Tech in the parking lot

It’s great to see that the technology has also been put to good use in parking lots. The generic system used in most shopping centers displays the number of places taken and open. Some bundles may even highlight each individual dot with a green or red light depending on its status. In more advanced systems, like the one at BurJuman Mall, you don’t need to insert your parking ticket into the machine when exiting. The camera and AI system recognizes your plate number and opens the door if you have paid your time or leave within the time limit. And in the Dubai Mall, you can locate your vehicle using the electronic kiosk, which is essential considering the total number of places.

Paid parking

While we would all like to enjoy free parking throughout the city, this is not the case. That being said, Dubai is very affordable compared to cities like New York, London, and Zurich when it comes to parking fees. And the government has facilitated payment through multiple channels. You can pay by text, you can pay at the station with a Nol or credit card… or you can pay through the app which saves you a few wires.

One thing I don’t understand is why apartment buildings don’t have free parking spaces for visitors. One minute you think you’re going to a cousin’s for a fun weekend family brunch in Business Bay and the next you feel uninvited when you see the hourly rate of Dh25.

As futile as it may seem, paid parking in the form of valet parking can also be a way to get noticed. Having your Rolls-Royce or Bentley parked at the entrance of a fancy hotel or mall is one way to display your financial success.

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The downtown development mess | Mail boxes

Glenn Stewart, Livermore

In a July 7, 2016 letter to The Independent, former Mayor Marchand said: “Our greatest successes come when we work together.

In 2016, the city council chose Lennar Multifamily and Presidio to develop 8.2 acres of land without inviting the community.

The city council had already decided to build a hotel to the east (Presidio) and high-rise condominiums (Lennar) next to Blacksmith Square on the 8 acres of prime real estate without input from residents of Livermore.

The City was moving forward without a master plan and, for most of us, without consultation with planners. I assume that our former and current members of the city council have experience in urban planning.

Council member Bob Woerner proposed in June 2017 to the Town Center Development Steering Committee that a hotel and its parking lot be separated from the planning of the rest of the Town Center development site.

This is exactly what the city council approved 5 years ago.

The City has hired three consultants regarding the feasibility of a downtown hotel. Consultant #1 said they work with a hotel developer on parking needs. Consultant #2 said a hotel should engage and activate the community, have character and a fit that reflects community consensus. Consultant #3 said a 125-room hotel would need a 2,000 square foot conference room, as meeting space to fill the rooms. Rakesh Patel of Presidio said a hotel in the west or east is doable. He was asked if timing (to build a hotel quickly) was not an issue, if a hotel on the west side would work. He said yes.”

At several council meetings, residents urged the council to increase public participation through workshops. Community workshops for the downtown redevelopment began in September 2017.

The results of the workshops indicated that the majority of residents preferred a hotel on the west side, were concerned about increased traffic congestion, lack of parking, community character, open spaces, new commercial uses, facilities cultural with housing last.

In 2018, the City Council approved a massive 5-level L-Street conventional parking lot, 4.5-story Eden Housing on the west side, and a 4.5-story boutique hotel on the east side of Livermore Ave.

Did you know that openness and accountability go hand in hand with local government transparency?

How many of you reading this letter think there has been transparency from our past and present city councils?

Residents should put in place public servants, who work in the best interests of the community.

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Park’s Motor Group Completes Acquisition of Borders Motor Group

Park’s Motor Group joined the Lexus franchise and strengthened its representation of Hyundai, Skoda and Toyota through the acquisition of Borders Motor Group.

the AM100The 16th largest car retail group by turnover added Toyota car dealerships in St Boswells, Carlisle and Dumfries, as well as Hyundai in Carlisle and Dumfries, Lexus in Carlisle and Skoda Dumfries with the move, which was officially completed on March 1.

Park’s purchased Border from existing shareholders, led by founder and majority shareholder Archie Maclean.

Maclean said: “It was an extremely difficult decision to divest from the automotive retail industry and I do so with a heavy heart.

“However, I wanted to focus my energies on my other activities and once I had made the decision to sell, it was important for me to find a buyer who shared my values ​​and my philosophy.

“I think I’ve found Park’s Motor Group and its management team to be fantastic to deal with throughout.

“I have been extremely pleased with their plans for the business, how they believe they can help it grow while looking after our customers and our colleagues who have been instrumental in the growth of the company.

“I would like to express my thanks to all our colleagues as well as our partner brands for their support over the past years.”

Park’s acquisition of Border Motor Group is the largest since its 2016 addition of 12 dealerships through the purchase of Scottish car retail group Macrae and Dick.

Park’s Motor Group Chairman Douglas Park said: “We have worked extremely hard over the past few months alongside Archie and his advisers to secure this deal.

“We believe Border is a great opportunity for us to grow our business and we recognize that Archie and his team have created a fantastic foundation on which we can grow our business in Carlisle, Dumfries and St Boswells.

“This was a particularly exciting opportunity for us as it allowed us to increase our representation with several brands that we had ambitions to grow with and also the fantastic addition of Lexus to our portfolio.

“We would like to express our thanks not only to Archie, but also to the management teams of Hyundai, Lexus, Skoda and Toyota for making the process go so smoothly.

“We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to the growing Park’s Motor group and continuing the success of these new locations.”

Park’s Motor Group’s latest published accounts, for the period to March 31, 2021, showed revenue of £691.2 million in a 2020 business period impacted by COVID, down compared to £784.9 million in 2020.

Border Motor Group had revenue of £53.5m (2019: £66.4m) and pre-tax profit of £1.4m (2019: £64,308). pound sterling).

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The Northfleet family are fighting to keep a disabled parking space which is being removed by Gravesham Council

A family fights to keep a disabled parking space outside their house after the town council decides to remove it because they already have a garage.

David Martin lives on a busy residential street in Northfleet with his wife Helen and son Andrew. All of them are disabled, and David says that without a parking space, they will all have difficulty accessing their homes.

David Martin talks about access to his home

Gravesham Council, which allocates the bays on behalf of Kent County Council (KCC), said as the family have a garage to the rear of their property they are not entitled to the reserved space to the front .

The Martin family have lived in Park Avenue, Northfleet, for around 20 years and have had the disabled bay for half that time, but after a council review in October they were told it should be removed.

David said: “I’m not happy with it. As I have a garage I’m not entitled to a space but you can’t easily get a car up the driveway. It’s a bit silly for me.

“My wife can’t walk on the road. If we go anywhere, I drop her outside (in front).”

He said he had trouble using the garage because of the swing needed to get in.

Helen, 75, the 76-year-old’s wife, suffers from several illnesses including kidney disease, dementia and osteoporosis, which makes it difficult for her to walk, especially over long distances.

From left to right: Helen, Andrew and David
The Park Avenue handicapped parking area.  Photo: Google Maps
The Park Avenue handicapped parking area. Photo: Google Maps

Her son Andrew, 48, also relies on the parking space when picked up for a group he is attending and for a family friend, also disabled, to use during their visit to help him with his medications.

David, who is partially paralyzed in one hand, added: “We are in pain. They don’t understand, it’s really difficult. I try to make noise and that they understand my situation.

“I’m 76. I’m limited to what I can do now. I get in the car and I can’t get up. Things aren’t like they used to be. I do odds and ends but I can’t not do what I used to.

“They don’t know the situation. Sometimes I can’t get out of the driveway.”

The garage, which by KCC criteria makes them ineligible for a bay, is at the rear of the house.

But to use it, you have to take a narrow access and return to the front door, or go through the back garden, which David says is less than ideal and often dangerous.

He said: “I fell on the steps here and damaged my hips. It hurt for weeks.

To park in a place reserved for people with reduced mobility, you must present a valid blue badge
To park in a place reserved for people with reduced mobility, you must present a valid blue badge
David Martin says it's hard to get to the house from his garage
David Martin says it’s hard to get to the house from his garage

“You’re coming to my age and I’ve worked for what I have. This is my home and I can’t do what I used to do. I just want access to my own home. C is really a shame.”

David admits he often parks his car in his garage at night, but made the decision after the vehicle was vandalized.

Councilor John Burden, Leader of Gravesham Council whose portfolio includes parking, said: “We administer the allocation of disabled parking spaces on behalf of Kent County Council and according to criteria set out by KCC.

“We are required to perform a regular audit of disabled parking spaces in the borough, and during our most recent review, the user of this space voluntarily provided information that he regularly parks his vehicle in his own garage.

“KCC’s criteria make it clear that if you have regular access to off-road parking, you are not entitled to an on-street disabled parking space, which is the basis of our decision in this case.

“If the resident disagrees with this decision, they can appeal to Kent County Council.”

Their driveway
Their driveway
David said it's hard to get to the garage because of the alley
David said it’s hard to get to the garage because of the alley

A KCC spokesperson added: “The decision to remove disabled parking spaces is made by district and borough councils, taking advice from KCC.

“If the resident in question feels that their off-street parking is not suitable, they can appeal to KCC, who will investigate all the circumstances and consider the suitability of any off-street parking.”

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On your marks for the awesome Tintern Run 2022

The Tintern Abbey Trail Run takes place on Sunday March 13 at 11am at Tintern Abbey.

By popular demand, Gusserane Coiste na nÓg has announced the ninth edition of the Tintern Run in the medieval park of Tintern Abbey.

There are two routes to choose from: 5km and 8km, both capturing the best of the stunning trails that surround the abbey.

The event caters to all fitness levels, from elite runners to casual walkers.

Registration can be done by connecting to the Tintern Run Facebook page or by logging on to www.active.com. You can also register the same day from 10 a.m.

The race starts at 11 a.m. sharp. This is the ninth time that this event has taken place and the participation rate has risen sharply.

The entry fee is €10 for anyone over 16 and €5 for U16s.

There is a family rate of €25 for two adults and 2+ U16.

Complementary refreshes are available in the registration mark during the event.

Secure parking is provided within the Boormalt compound (concrete courtyard) which will be guarded until all vehicles have left.

“We ask everyone present to follow the parking signs in the interest of road safety. Please allow yourself plenty of time as the car park is about a five to ten minute walk from the check-in mark,” said one of the organizers, Mick McCormack.

Regular updates can be found on our dedicated Facebook page called Tintern Run.

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Freezing temperatures add to Kiev’s problems as Russian troops approach Ukrainian capital

Thousands of residents are sheltering in unheated basements, underground car parks and subway stations and a sudden cold spell has blanketed the city in snow, making the situation even more difficult.

Viktoriya and his family say leaving their Kiev home to spend the night in an air raid shelter may have saved their lives.

When they returned on Tuesday morning, they found bullets had pierced two windows of their apartment overnight. One smashed a nearby electrical outlet, leaving a hole where the outlet would normally go.

“I realized there was no place I could feel safe now,” said Viktoriya, 38, who asked CNN not to use his full name. “My house is no longer my castle. All the time, something rumbles, explodes, shoots.”

And she said there’s no relief when things calm down.

“It becomes even more anxiety-provoking in moments of silence, because you know they’re not going to last,” she said.

Viktoriya says she and her family spend most of their time at the shelter because they have a little son and are worried about keeping him safe in their apartment.

Many other families with children use the shelter, she says, so they can keep each other company; adults also find it comforting to be together and share the burden of worry and the feeling of hopelessness.

“Life has completely changed in an instant and you cannot influence the situation in any way,” she said. “Now it’s not you who controls your life, but someone else. And whatever you decide: stay in Kyiv, live in the basement or go somewhere quieter, that means the same, you must leave the house.”

“The war has only lasted four days so far, but it seems like it’s been with us for an eons of time. It’s a terrible ‘Groundhog Day’ feeling,” she added.

Crucial period ahead for Kyiv as massive Russian column closes in on Ukrainian capital

People have spent hours queuing at grocery stores and pharmacies across the city since they first opened after a 36-hour curfew on Monday.

For now, the city’s main infrastructure is holding up. Electricity, heat and water are available as normal, but fears of possible supply disruptions have intensified as the Russian army closes in on the city.

The 64-kilometer-long Russian military convoy, consisting of armored vehicles, tanks, towed artillery and other logistical vehicles, has reached the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, according to satellite images from Maxar Technologies.

US officials who were previously surprised by fierce resistance that saw ordinary citizens take up arms to fight the invasion now fear the situation will become “much more difficult” for Ukrainians.

Officials told a Monday briefing that Russia would likely besiege Kiev, leading to nasty scenes of urban warfare, one of the people familiar with the matter said.

And on Tuesday afternoon, the Russian military warned that it would carry out strikes against the facilities of the SBU – Ukraine’s State Security Agency – and the 72nd Main Center for Information and Psychological Operations. [PSO] in Kyiv.

The Russian Defense Ministry statement urged residents near some targets to “leave their homes”, Russian news agency TASS reported.

CNN’s Oleksandra Ochman contributed to this report.

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Car park management

Creffield Medical Center Responds to Parking Fine Issues

A medical center said patients were told of the new parking rules after a number complained after being hit with fines.

Creffield Medical Center on Cavalry Road has implemented a parking system where patients at the practice must register their car details on arrival.

But patients complained they were unaware of the recording system and that neither the surgery nor the parking operator – UK Car Parking Management – handled their calls appropriately.

A spokesperson for the surgery said signs had been placed all over the parking lot and a staff member had been assigned to direct people.

Dr Chowhan, who is a senior partner at the medical centre, said the staff were ‘incredibly helpful’ and any problems with the letters should be directed to the car park management.

He added: ‘You can’t be responsible for people not reading the signs, that’s why we have someone literally directing them.

“We have been here for ten years and we have seen people park their cars to go to town, run errands, walk their dogs, see their loved ones on the estate.

“Having this system in place means our parking is reserved for our patients only.”

A patient has been fined £160 after refusing to pay the initial £60 and says UK Car Parking Management ignored her letters and phone calls.

A second patient, Liz Peacock, is currently going through a similar ordeal.

She said, “Obviously I wasn’t well when I went to the doctor.

“I heard a vague reference to your recording being set up somewhere, but no one really told me about it – I left with my antibiotics and the next thing I know I’ve the parking fine.

“Surgery said ‘Don’t worry, we know you were there as a patient and we’ll send you a letter so you can cancel it’ – so you call the parking lot operator and they give you just the standard answer.”

Ms Peacock said she had contacted the surgery again saying nothing had been done – but no further help had been offered.

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