May 2022

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Scott County will receive $2 million for infrastructure and recreational projects

Georgetown will receive major improvements

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ/PRESS RELEASE) – The state has announced more than $2 million for various projects in Scott County, such as the Legacy Trail extension, streetscape and overpass project in Georgetown and the construction of a wading pool in Veterans Park. in Sadieville.

According to the state, the trail will include a trailhead and park-and-ride lot located at the western end of Jodphur Lane, where the road turns east. The trailhead will include five parking spaces, including a handicapped accessible (ADA) space, available exclusively to Legacy Trail users. An additional 210 parking spaces, six of which will be ADA spaces, will be available in the park for visitors from dusk until dark.

Funding will also be used for additional amenities, to help improve sidewalk accessibility, restrooms adjacent to the multi-purpose track, bike rack and repair station, landscaping, a stone with trail marker, limestone wall and seating area. The trailhead will serve as a park-and-ride facility for trail users.

According to the state, the trailhead will allow trail users to take longer trips while still having access to necessary facilities, such as restrooms, running water and a bike repair station. The extension of the sanitary sewer will improve the possibilities for environmental protection in the recharge area of ​​the Royal Spring aquifer.

The City of Georgetown began work on the Georgetown Streetscape Project in July 2016 after receiving a grant under the Transportation Alternatives program. Today’s award will help Georgetown complete the project for the benefit of its community.

The Town of Sadeville will use funds for the Veterans Park Splash Pad project to ensure there is a place for people to cool off in the summer, as the town currently lacks water recreation within 20 miles from the park. This project will further enhance the Veterans Park and provide a fun and safe summer activity for residents of Sadieville and surrounding communities.

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Balboa Park Street Project Tests San Diego’s Commitment to Cycling and Transit Goals

The central theme of Todd Gloria’s campaign for mayor was that San Diego is a big city that too often acts like a small city. And larger cities, he explained, have better options for people to get around without a car, which is the city’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

“I’m the guy who wrote the climate action plan,” Gloria said during a debate in August 2019. “Now I’m running…to be the guy implementing the action plan for the climate.”

During her first year as mayor, Gloria announced a new and a more ambitious climate plan which aims for 50% of all trips in the city to be made on foot, by bicycle or by public transport.

But how far Gloria is willing to go to achieve that goal is being tested with an upcoming transportation project on Park Boulevard in Balboa Park, where the city is preparing to replace an underground water pipe. Once the street has been repaved, the authorities want to redesign it.

A presentation at the Balboa Park Committee on May 5 presented the options. The one that offers the biggest improvement for cyclists and transit users would remove on-street parking and a lane for cars to make room for a protected bike lane and a dedicated bus lane.

“Improving safety for all road users is one of our primary goals,” said Everett Hauser, program manager at the city’s Department of Transportation. “This area is right in the heart of the city center and serves a large number of people. It is one of the busiest bus routes in the city. So increasing this efficiency makes public transport more attractive for people to move around.”

Dedicated bus lanes are rare in San Diego, although they are widely considered one of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve public transportation, as they allow buses to bypass traffic jams. In the same way, data exposure protected cycle paths are safer for cyclists and more efficient for attract new runnersespecially womenthe elderly, children and people with disabilities – compared to cycle paths made with paint but without physical barriers.

Park Boulevard includes bike lanes north and south of Balboa Park. But on the roughly 1.4-mile stretch through the park itself, cyclists must share a lane with cars.

Madison Coleman, policy advocate for the nonprofit Climate Action Campaign, said Gloria’s administration hasn’t shown a clear roadmap for how it will achieve its sustainable transportation goals.

“It’s really, really important that (the mayor) stand up and be the role model for the region to create really safe and efficient transport opportunities so that people feel like they can’t rely on their cars. as much as they’re probably doing right now,” Coleman said.

Resistance from inside the park

But like several other bike and transit projects in San Diego, the Park Boulevard redesign is facing resistance. The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, which represents the park’s museums and attractions, argues that removing the parking lot would make the park less accessible, especially for people traveling long distances who can’t ride a bike or take the bus.

“About 90% of people coming to the park, or more on most days, would come in vehicles,” said Peter Comiskey, group chief executive. “And they often come in groups, very often as families. These families cannot use carpooling. These are not solutions for them.”

The park’s central mesa currently offers 7,468 parking spaces, including 335 on Park Boulevard. Removing this on-street parking would represent a roughly 4% reduction in parking supply in the area, according to city officials.

The city is exploring design options that would preserve on-street parking at the expense of cyclists and transit users. But Comiskey said he doesn’t like those options either, and the city should do a mobility and parking management study first.

“Historically, a lot of the solutions that are forced into the park are done … in a very piecemeal and reactive way, instead of having a really solid strategic approach,” Comiskey said.

Meanwhile the city’s own measures indicate that he is late on daily trips away from cars. The modeling also suggests that the county’s regional transportation plan is terribly insufficient to achieve the city’s climate goals.

Prior to his election, Gloria acknowledged that he would have to do much more than his predecessor to improve car-free transportation in the city.

“When we have these fights about bike lanes and pedestrian improvements, it’s often about a paint job and the ability to move forward with leadership,” Gloria said during the debate in 2019. “We will start supporting public transit and active transportation because it is essential to the future of our quality of life.”

Whatever design Gloria chooses for Park Boulevard, the street should be restricted by December.

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Mining and Metals – TechCrunch

Hello and welcome to Max Q. There’s SO much news this week, so let’s get to it.

In this problem:

  • Astroforge’s asteroid mining ambitions
  • Boeing’s Starliner comes home
  • News from Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab and more

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Although we have long understood that asteroids are not simply the rubble of the universe, but potentially profitable reserves of valuable minerals, humanity has never been able to unlock this value. Startup Y Combinator Astroforge wants to succeed where other companies have failed, by becoming the first to mine an asteroid and bring the material back to Earth – and it aims to do so as early as the end of the decade. (Yes, that’s not a typo – end of the decade!)

For starters, Astroforge will conduct a technology demonstration mission sometime next year. The company has already booked a spot on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission, and it has also struck a deal with OrbAstro to manufacture the satellite. But for now, the startup remains mum on the actual details of the payload and how it will solve the myriad technical challenges that asteroid mining is so notorious for.

“Now we need to build a world-class team moving forward because this is a really tough problem to solve,” said co-founder Matt Gialich. Later in the conversation, he added, “That’s the fun part of startups, isn’t it? It’s a big risk until you do.

Welcome back, Starliner! The spacecraft landed in New Mexico on Wednesday, successfully concluding a six-day mission and the craft’s first successful test flight. As TC’s Devin Coldewey writes, even if not everything went exactly as planned, “this success could make Boeing a much-needed second supplier of commercial launch capabilities to the ISS.”

During a post-launch briefing, NASA Commercial Crew Program Manager Steve Stich called the landing “picture perfect.”

The next step is a Crew Flight Test (CFT), which will carry astronauts and, for this reason, will be much larger. The date of this launch will probably not be fixed for several months.

Picture credits: Boeing/NASA/YouTube

More news from TC

  • The Diffractive Solar Sailing Project received $2 million from NASA to develop diffractive solar sails, a kind of space propulsion not dissimilar to how sails propel boats.
  • Planet, Black sky and Maxar are set to secure billions in government contracts from the National Reconnisance Office, an agency of the Department of Defense that operates intelligence satellites. “The NRO has a longstanding strategy of ‘buy what we can, build what we must,'” NRO Director Chris Scolese said in a press release.
  • Stellar Link added a new “RV” plan to provide coverage for stationary RVs in parking lots, campgrounds and RV parks. It costs $135 per month, plus the cost of hardware. SpaceX’s internet service now has over 400,000 subscribers worldwide (!!!).

…and beyond

  • Amazon‘s AWS has announced the 10 startups selected to participate in its Space Accelerator 2022. See the full list here.
  • Astroscale The UK branch has received a funding boost of around $15.9 million from OneWeb and the European Space Agency to launch its ELSA-M orbital debris remediator towards the end of 2024.
  • Reference space systems opened a facility in the UK, the latest sign that the European space industry is ready to catch up with ours here in the US.
  • Town released a 92-page report on the space industry, estimating that it will generate $1 trillion in revenue by 2040. The banking group speculated that the satellite market will continue to dominate, but growth the fastest will come from “new space applications and industries” such as space logistics and asteroid/moon extraction.
  • Firefly Aerospace will likely target a July 17 launch for its Alpha rocket from NASA’s Vandenberg Space Force Base, assuming all goes as planned with regulators, Eric Berger Reports.
  • Gamaa French space start-up, has partnered with NanoAvionics for satellite bus, integration and launch services and satellite operations, for a demonstration mission of Gama’s solar sail propulsion system.
  • Launchera rocket startup, has won a US Space Force contract worth $1.7 million to further develop its first rocket engine.
  • Lunar Outposta Colorado-based startup focused on robots and rovers for the moon, closed a $12 million funding round led by Explorer 1 Fund with participation from Promus Ventures, Space Capital, Type One Ventures and Cathexis Ventures.
  • Nasa is targeting June 6 for the second dress rehearsal attempt of the Space Launch System, the launch vehicle that will lift off for the agency’s first Artemis mission. Rewatch the press conference here.
  • open cosmosa UK-based space technology company, has launched a new platform called DataCosmos to “provide advanced tools for visualizing and working with data,” the company said in a press release.
  • Orientespace, a Chinese rocketry company, has closed a $59.9 million Series A led by HikeCapital. The company joins a growing group of startups in China looking to develop launchers.
  • relativity space is working hard to transform Launch Complex 16 at Cape Canaveral into the site that will launch the company’s 3D-printed Terran 1 rocket by the end of this year.
  • perspective from spacea startup that wants to launch sightseeing rides on stratospheric balloons, closed a new $17 million funding round, bringing its total funding to date to more than $65 million.
  • SpaceX launched Transporter-5 on Wednesday, carrying 59 spacecraft on a booster that saw eight missions (including this one). Customers include HawkEye 360, Spire and Satellogic. The rocket also carried a demonstration mission for Nanoracks, which tests metal cutting in space. (Look for a follow-up story soon.) Rewatch the launch here.
  • stratolaunch launched its “structurally complete” test hypersonic launch vehicle, Talon-A. The vehicle will be used to validate the drop system of the Roc aircraft carrier (to which Talon-A will be attached). See photos here.
  • Ubotica Technologies raised $4.2 million in seed funding led by Atlantic Bridge with investment from Dolby Family Ventures and Seraphim Space. The Irish startup is developing an on-board processing system for satellites.
  • Varda Space industries, a startup that wants to build manufacturing facilities in space, has ordered a fourth Photon spacecraft from Rocket Lab. Photon will provide all relevant infrastructure (such as propulsion, power and attitude control) for Varda’s 120 kg manufacturing payload. It will also bring back to Earth in a re-entry capsule all the products made by Varda.

Picture of the week

I loved this picture, tweeted by Relativity Space, from the second floor of Terran 1 crossing state lines. If all goes as planned, Terran 1 will make its first orbital launch attempt by the end of this year. Picture credits: relativity space (Opens in a new window)

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Royal Oak officials grow impatient over problems with new parking system – The Oakland Press

Royal Oak elected officials are now among those frustrated by technical issues with the city’s new parking system introduced six months ago.

Technical problems continue to plague the system installed last year by a private company, Municipal Parking Services.

The company owns the approximately 700 meters equipped with cameras in the city center, sends parking tickets by post and splits the money 50-50 with the city.

But the economic marriage between the company and the city is strained.

Retailers, particularly on Washington Avenue, have expressed their anger for months and started an online petition calling on the city to replace error-prone meters with something else.

Last week, a podcast host from WWJ Radio (950-AM) traveled to Royal Oak to look into the issue, but things went awry when the host tried to park and couldn’t run the counter.

“Point detection wasn’t working on the meter,” City Commissioner Brandon Kolo said, “so the meter didn’t recognize the previous car was gone.”

Mayor Michael Fournier tried to park once and couldn’t get the Sentry meter that reads license plates to work.

Media coverage of faulty meters has reinforced previous complaints from businesses and parking users.

Paul Martin, chief operating officer of the MPS, appeared before city commissioners on Monday. He talked about efforts to fix issues, daily reports to city police, fixing software issues, and meeting with retailer groups.

“We recognize that there have been shortcomings and we take responsibility for them,” Martin said.

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Out of 275,000 metered parking sessions since last November, 140,000 users have successfully paid for their time, Martin said. Compliance with parking meters was 50% in April and now 60%, he added.

Fournier has anecdotal data on meters not working and asked Martin what the failure rate of meters was. Martin did not have an immediate response.

“If you have an ATM (bank) and it only works 97% of the time, there will be a lot of people upset,” the mayor said. “We need to improve, ATM-wise… All I know is a lot of people (have) these issues. If no one trusts (in the system), that’s a problem.

Both Mayor and Commissioner Kolo said ongoing meter issues were negatively impacting businesses and the city’s reputation.

“We have a black eye and a bleeding nose now,” Kolo told Martin, adding that he heard of a motorist who parked for 15 minutes and was charged two hours on the Sentry Meter Parking app.

Another who used a space on Sunday, when parking is free, was charged for parking on Monday.

Martin agreed to a request from Kolo that MPS technicians come and individually test each parking meter to make sure it is working properly.

“We’re not going to keep letting them give us a parking system that doesn’t fully work,” Kolo said Wednesday. “The city brought in MPS and really got their feet wet with the issues we’re seeing.”

Lori London, a board member of the city’s Downtown Development Authority and owner of the Write Impressions stationery store on Washington Avenue, is among the retailers who have complained about how the parking system keeps customers away.

Because meter cameras only read license plates, vehicles have to back into Washington’s angled parking spots.

“The biggest overall problem is the (parking) system itself,” London said. “We have to help (customers) every day to understand how to use the meters. Why is it so difficult?”

The glitchy parking system is keeping customers away, according to London and other retailers.

An unknown number of people are avoiding the new parking system altogether and there are “people saying I’m not going downtown,” City Commissioner Patricia Paruch said.

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Rameswaram, Madurai Railway Stations to be redeveloped; Husband, wife to supervise work

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday gave a green signal for the redevelopment of five railway stations in Tamil Nadu, including one in Rameswaram and one in Madurai. One thing to note about the redevelopment of the two stations is that the railway officials, who will be in charge of it, are husband and wife.

DEE S. Rati is carrying out the redevelopment of Rameswaram Railway Station while DEE R. Nandagopal of Madurai is responsible for the redevelopment of Madurai Railway Station. Coincidentally, Nandagopal and Rati are a couple. Both are engineers in the Madurai Railway Division. They plan to do the works on schedule without any delays so that passengers can enjoy more facilities and the capacity of the station can be increased.

At present, 96 trains pass through Madurai Railway Station and Rs 440 crores will be spent on its redevelopment. About 45,000 passengers arrive here every day. The redevelopment works will enable Madurai Railway Station to provide facilities for 1 lakh of passengers every day, more than double the current number. At least 24 trains run daily from Rameswaram station. At present, 20,000 passengers arrive there every day. The objective of the redevelopment of Rameswaram station is to provide it with sufficient equipment to be able to accommodate 45,000 passengers daily.

More than Rs 200 crore will be spent on the redevelopment of this station. The station will be equipped with parking spaces, escalators, elevators, stairs and walkways. Madurai Railway Station will also be redesigned to separate passenger and parcel movement and streamline vehicle traffic.

A metro directly connecting Periyar Bus Stand to Madurai Railway Station will also be constructed to make it easier and safer for passengers arriving at the station to enjoy public transport. On the other hand, Rameswaram station also receives a multifunctional complex.

These two stations are connected to the city of religious importance. After the redevelopment here, there will be commercial spaces, waiting rooms, more platforms and better transport routes. Rameswaram station will be redeveloped in the next 1.5 years and work on Madurai station will be completed in the next three years.

Read all the latest IPL 2022 news, breaking news and live updates here.

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My first charge of an electric vehicle

My first experience of charging an electric vehicle at public stations was an eye-opener. I had already heard, read and written about charging stations, different types of chargers and other information about charging electric vehicles. Still, there’s often a learning curve when trying something new with your own hands in the real world.

Read on to find out what I experienced when I first used electric car charging stations.

Finding Electric Vehicle Charger Locations

According to the US Department of Energy, more than 80% of electric vehicle owners charge at home. Some employers provide chargers in company parking lots. And a growing number of public charging stations are available to EV drivers when they’re on the go running errands or traveling away from home.

A few charging points are near my neighborhood in suburban Atlanta. I knew chargers in a few nearby mall parking lots. And a long time ago, I read that my electricity supplier offered public chargers at their office.

Before taking a 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV for a test drive, I checked the searchable map of nearly 48,000 U.S. station locations on the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center website. Turns out there are more charging options near me than I knew – and there are other apps to locate them.

Level 2 free charging can be good

My first charging stop was in a mall parking lot with a grocery store and other storefronts. It offers two level 2 charging units which are free, and both were available when I pulled into a parking spot.

Level 2 chargers offer the same voltage (220 to 240 volts) as a typical residential electric clothes dryer. The chargers charge at around 6 kilowatts (kW), adding around 20 to 25 miles of range to the Bolt.

The charging cord was heavier than a gas pump hose. The connector type was the common J1772 type. I opened the Bolt’s charging port door on the left front panel and put the connector in place. It wasn’t difficult, but the cord is stiffer than a gas hose, so my first try wasn’t as smooth as wielding a gas pump nozzle. The charging station’s digital display indicated it was working, as did the car’s information display. So I went to the grocery store to buy some stuff.

My quick shopping trip took about 15 minutes. The car’s lithium-ion battery gained 5 miles of range while I shopped inside the store.

Level 3 free charging is great

2022 EV Battery State of Charge on the Chevy Bolt

My next charging session was on a Level 3 charger. These fast chargers (DC fast chargers, or DCFCs) offer between 400 volts and 900 volts and charge at 50 kW or more. Many variables affect charging speeds. Chevy claims the Bolt will gain up to 100 miles in 30 minutes. using a Level 3 DC fast charger.

This station I visited is on the property of my electricity supplier. It uses a system of solar panels arranged like flower petals to generate power for the EV charger. Visitors to the solar flower garden can charge their electric car for free.

The Bolt’s battery received 11.7kWh to reach the recommended capacity of 80%. Charging added 35 miles to range in 25 minutes of fast charging – no charge. If I had brought lunch with me, I could have enjoyed the well maintained picnic area next to the solar flowers while I waited.

Important Lessons Learned About Electric Vehicle Charging

Here are some great lessons from an experienced electric car driver at this charging station. His assumption that this was my first time charging an EV wasn’t too far off. He thought I was a newbie in charging because I was standing near the charger and fiddling with my phone to install an app.

EV Charging Apps

I had previously had the mistaken impression that EV charging apps were for regular chargers, like the customer loyalty programs used by many retailers. This is not the case. Instead, different networks maintain charging stations, similar to gas stations of the same brand.

The Nissan Leaf driver who stopped at the station shortly after I arrived said the apps were needed for payment, not to earn benefits. ChargePoint, EVgo, and Electrify America are just a few of the leading networks in the electric vehicle charging space. These companies’ apps allow their users to wirelessly pay for the energy they receive from charging stations.

Even if there is no charge, as is the case with my electric company, apps are often required to initiate the charging session. Now I have four EV charging apps installed on my phone, which at least in theory allows me to use most charging stations in my area. The grocery station where I had my first EV charging experience was off-grid, so no app or registration was needed.

Charging do’s and don’ts

The enthusiastic EV driver of the Flower Garden Solar Charger shared a few more ideas. He informed me of charging etiquette – use common sense, be friendly, and don’t leave your car in a charging spot longer than necessary.

He also warned me to be “ICEd”. The slang term describes the situation where a car with an internal combustion engine uses the designated parking space for electric vehicle charging.

Paid fast charge

2022 Chevy Bolt to DC fast charger

I stopped at another station the next day to try paid fast charging using another network. This charging session delivered 11.1 kWh in 21 minutes, at a cost of $6.63. The added range was 23 miles. The location was convenient. Coffee, pizza, fast food, ice cream and a bookstore were available a short walk from a parking lot.

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City of Wellington waives disputed encroachment charges

Wellington City Council has backtracked on a proposal to double fees for property owners whose properties are built outside its boundaries, encroaching on public land.

Council is now proposing to increase the encroachment fee by one-third, increasing the rate from $13.33 per square meter to $17.77 for this year.

Councilor Rebecca Matthews said the fee increase is intended to better reflect land values, which have soared 193% over the past 12 years, while encroachment fees have risen 18.5%.

But she conceded the council had come a little ‘hard and fast’ with the proposed 100 per cent increase, and that number was being reduced.

“There will still be people who will not be happy on both sides of this debate. For some tenants, or others who might look at public land use and see that we should try to get a little more out of it. But we have to balance that with a cost of living crisis and make sure we’re not being punitive,” Matthews said.

Encroachments affect the minority of properties in Wellington – about 5,000 out of 80,000. The average is about $300, and the most common use of municipal land is for garages or parking structures.

In briefs to councillors, encroachment holders argue that the 100% increase was unreasonable and that the economic value of the land is minimal given that most are reserved and unstable roads.

But in response, council officials said the value of land is determined by its best use and that in certain circumstances it can be extremely valuable.

Peter Steel pays just over $380 a year to the council for his garage, which is partly on a road allowance.

“I get a parking lot for two cars, that’s all. I have to maintain the garage and it needed to be built. And if the council gives me notice, I have to remove the garage in a month,” Steel said.

He said the doubling of fees was a “money grab”.

But not all encroachment owners see it that way.

Mike Mellor said the rates were too low.

“It’s actually a waste of money. The city is missing, I think it’s four or five million dollars a year, which is reasonable rent for places that are occupied.”

Loss of money, or seizure of money, one thing encroachment holders agree on is that the forfeit is arbitrary.

“He assumes that all land in the city has the same value, clearly that’s not the case,” Mellor said.

Council is now considering linking encroachment fees to assessed value.

But Peter Steel said there needed to be a discussion about what a fair charge is versus assessed values.

“Because I invested, the owners invested all the money here.”

The council is also looking at ways to make it easier to sell land to encroachment holders, but first councilors will vote next week on lowering the fee.

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🌱 Winning Tony Hawk Skateboard + John Hunt Park Expansion

We’ve come to the weekend here in Huntsville, and I’m here with the latest news you can’t miss. Today’s Daily includes:

  • There’s a Tony Hawk skateboard up for grabs
  • John Hunt Park to be expanded
  • Athens State University adds two new corporate partnerships

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Quite sunny. High: 80 Low: 59.

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  • Be sure to add your voice to the North Alabama Zoological Society’s survey to decide which animals you want to see at the new zoo! (Details)
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Six Tendring car parks rewarded for their safety

Six car parks in Tendring have received superior security accreditation.

The tender board The facilities have received the Safer Parking Award Scheme Park Mark from the British Parking Association.

Sign of security, it means that each car park has been assessed on the quality of lighting, cleanliness, security measures and quality management.

Car parks that have received the award this year are Elm Grove and Ipswich Road in Clacton, Jaywick Sands Beach, Tower Street in Brightlingsea in Wellington Road, Harwich and Walton High Street.

Alex Porter, cabinet member responsible for car parks, said the awards demonstrated the high quality of the amenities.

“A park brand means that residents and visitors can use our parking lots with confidence knowing that they are well maintained, which is something you absolutely expect from TDC facilities,” he said.

“These awards are just an acknowledgment of that, and thanks must go to our parking services team for their hard work in maintaining these high standards.”

Residents are reminded that in addition to free parking, the Household Parking Permit allows free parking after 11am in most municipal car parks except July and August – visit the TDC website at tendringdc. for details.

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Parking in Dublin: the cheapest car parks in the city center

The June bank holiday weekend is expected to be busy around Dublin, with Bloom, the women’s mini-marathon and concerts scheduled across the city.

If you are coming to Dublin next weekend you might be wondering where the city center car parks are, how much do they cost and what times are they open?

There are car parks scattered north and south of the Liffey, so there are plenty of options to choose from.

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Grafton car park

The Grafton multi-storey car park is located on Clarendon St and has 380 spaces.

They charge €4 per hour and are open from 7am to midnight Monday to Saturday and 9am to midnight on Sunday.

St. Stephen’s Green

St Stephen’s Green car park is the largest car park in Dublin city center with 1,061 spaces.

It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at an hourly rate of €4.

fleet street

The Fleet Street multi-storey car park has 393 spaces available.

They charge €4 per hour and the opening hours are 6am-midnight Monday-Wednesday and 6am-1am Thursday-Sunday.

Ilac Center

1000 spaces are available in the Ilac car park. One hour of parking costs €3.60 and opening hours are 7am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 8pm on Sunday.


The best car parks next to Arnotts on Henry Street have 350 spaces available and cost €3 per hour.

Its opening hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Parnell Center

The Park Rite facility on Parnell Street has 500 spaces and is open all day Monday to Sunday.

They charge €3.60 per hour.

The arrow

Q Park Ireland has parking on Marborough Street with prices Monday to Sunday from €3.30 per hour and 567 spaces.

It is open 24/7.


Q Park Christchurch has 213 car spaces and costs €4.30 for one hour or €8.20 for two hours and is open 24/7.

Drury Street

The Drury Street car park has 120 spaces and costs €4.20 for one hour and double that for two. From Monday to Friday, it is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday it is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There is a second larger car park on Drury Street with 465 spaces which is open all day Monday to Sunday.

Trinity Street

The Trinity Street car park has 171 spaces and costs €4.50 per hour. Its opening hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Jervis Street

The Jervis Street car park operates from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. It has 262 seats and costs €3.40 for one hour or double that for two.

A larger car park located at the Jervis Mall has 750 spaces. Its opening hours are Monday to Wednesday, Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

It costs €3 to park for one hour and double that for two up to a maximum of €13.

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Blue Ridge Parkway opens 2022 season on Memorial Day weekend

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Blue Ridge Parkway campgrounds, picnic areas and visitor centers are opening with full services for the 2022 visitor season this weekend, and National Park Service officials want to take the opportunity to remind visitors that their actions while recreating along the boardwalk can help them and other park visitors have a safe and memorable visit.

“We rely on park visitors to plan ahead by checking road conditions before their trip, learning the operating hours of facilities they hope to visit, and reserving campsites well in advance.” , said Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Tracy Swartout. “Visitors should also be patient and flexible, as popular parks can be full on peak weekends throughout the summer and fall. We encourage you to have alternatives in mind if parking lots or trails are full, or if facilities are closed when arriving at their destinations on the boardwalk.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the largest designed landscapes in the nation, offering visitors a wide variety of opportunities to experience the nature, history and culture of southern Appalachia. The in-car and off-park design enhances the experience; and whether at milepost 0 or 469, hiking the scenic route, hiking a trail, or attending a concert or ranger program, Parkway officials remind visitors to have a plan and to recreate responsibly.

A full schedule of open facilities is also available on the boardwalk website

Several road projects are also underway this season and, as with any road project, motorists and park visitors should exercise caution and observe closures. The parkway website and road conditions page are important planning tools that provide daily information on the status of mileposts with links to additional project information or detour maps, the optionally. In addition to previously announced plans for the Laurel Fork Bridge, slope repairs, and completion of road projects in Roanoke, visitors may experience intermittent or one-lane closures related to additional paving projects at some viewpoints in North Carolina parking areas and picnic areas or preventative bridge maintenance work on several bridges in Virginia and North Carolina.

This season, public health and masking requirements may vary along the boardwalk depending on local conditions. Weekly updates will be posted on the Parkway Alerts and Updates webpage and at park facilities. In areas that the CDC identifies as high community level COVID-19, masks are required for everyone in all NPS buildings, regardless of vaccination status. In most low and medium COVID-19 community level areas, masks are optional, but visitors should follow signs and instructions from park staff and volunteers. Visitors are always encouraged to wear a mask if it makes them more comfortable.

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Meet Fintech Founders and Startup Investors on Asia’s 30 Under 30 List 2022

XanPool, a cross-border payment infrastructure provider, aims to expand outside of the Asia-Pacific region amid growing global demand for crypto and fiat currency settlements. The Hong Kong-based company, which has raised $32 million since its inception in March 2019, plans to enter markets including Europe and South America. “I see a lot of opportunities to grow quickly,” says Jeffrey Liufounder and CEO of XanPool.

At 28, Liu is among this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia winners in the Finance & Venture Capital Category who use technology to disrupt the conservative world of finance.

XanPool expects its user base (composed of consumers and businesses choosing to use alternative payment methods for cross-border transactions) to reach 10 million by the end of 2022, up from 500,000 currently. With XanPool’s gross merchandise value expected to double to $8 billion this year, the company (backed by investors including private equity firms Antler and Valar Ventures) aims to grow its workforce to nearly 200 employees. by the end of 2022, compared to approximately 90 currently. Most of the new hires will be software engineers and product developers who will be based at the research and development center the company plans to build in Southeast Asia, Liu said.

VCs on the rise

Along with fintech founders, 15 investors made it into this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia, including Capital Sequoiait is August Ilag in Singapore. A Stanford graduate and former McKinsey consultant, Ilag led Sequoia Capital’s expansion into new industries and geographies in India and Southeast Asia. He has led or co-led 21 investments, including breakthroughs such as Philippine digital bank Tonik, international recruitment platform Multiplier and customer service software provider WATI. He also leads Sequoia’s investments in blockchain startups, driving eight of 13 publicly announced such deals in Southeast Asia.

Shaun Hon is also based in the city-state, one of Asia’s fastest growing startup hubs. In 2021, Hon co-founded Movement companies, a $23 million venture fund that invests in startups disrupting the maritime industry. Backed by shipping companies such as Mitsui OSK Lines, Wilhelmsen and HHLA as well as Enterprise Singapore’s SEEDS Capital, the fund aims to introduce cutting-edge technologies to drive decarbonization, supply chain resilience and security in the ‘industry. Motion Ventures is backed by startup incubator Rainmaking, with a combined portfolio value of over $2 billion, of which Hon has served as a director since 2020.

In Indonesia, Pitra Harun is co-founder and country director of the Singapore-based company Asia Partners, which manages a $384 million fund that invests in growth-stage companies. Harun was directly involved in Asia Partners’ $100m Series B financing of Indonesian B2B e-commerce company GudangAda in July 2021. He has also been involved in investments in budget hotel chain RedDoorz, automotive e-commerce platform Carsome and online tutoring platform SnapAsk. An economics graduate from Claremont McKenna College, Harun previously worked as a consultant at Bain and as a digital product manager at Indonesian e-commerce company Bukalapak.

Melvin Hade of Global Founders Capital, which has backed Canva, Lazada and Traveloka, is also based in Indonesia. In 2021, Hade was named a Global Founders Capital Partner for Asia-Pacific at age 26, making him one of the youngest venture capital partners in the region. Active in GFC’s investments in start-ups such as agritech startup Eden Farm and fast-trading company Astro, Hade also sits on the board of select portfolio companies. Prior to joining GFC, he advised senior management in Southeast Asia as a management consultant at McKinsey.

Retno Dewati in Indonesia is one of five female investors on the list. She leads investments in Singapore and Indonesia in a Hong Kong-based venture capital firm Access to companies. It closed six new deals and three follow-on deals, such as at Sampingan and Credolabs, an AI-based credit rating. A 21-year-old venture capitalist, Dewati interned at Pegasus Tech Ventures in 2015 before being promoted to regional director for Southeast Asia. There she was involved in numerous early-stage investments, including Moka POS, which was acquired by Gojek for $130 million.

There in China, Song Sisi is a Beijing-based vice president of Silicon Valley investment firm Bessemer Venture Partners, which manages more than $9 billion in assets. The company has invested in more than 200 companies, including LinkedIn, Shopify and Yelp. In 2020, Song became the company’s first hire in China and now oversees investments in the country. Song’s portfolio includes US-listed IoT company Tuya, Hong Kong-listed SaaS software developer Youzan and data analytics platform Sensor Data. Prior to Bessemer, she worked for four years in the investment team of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, where she focused on opportunities in the cloud and overseas infrastructure sectors.

This year’s list also includes two investors in South Korea: Choppedit is Park Hyeon Jun and KB Investmentit is Minjae Song.

A Wharton graduate, Park is a games investor at Hashed, a blockchain-focused venture capital firm based in Seoul and Silicon Valley. The company’s backers include South Korean internet giants Kakao and Naver, and its portfolio companies include Vietnamese game maker Sky Mavis and India-based game streaming platform Loco. Before joining Hashed last year, Park was a venture capitalist at Hanwha, one of South Korea’s biggest chaebols.

And Song is chief investment officer at KB Investment, the venture capital arm of KB Financial Group, South Korea’s largest bank by market capitalization. She has worked on 17 deals at KB Investment since joining in 2020. Of those, nine deals were self-sourced and include robot marketplace Bigwave Robotics, edtech startup Mathpresso (whose co-founders made the 30 under 30 in Asia in 2020) and virtual world developer NdotLight (backed by Korean internet giants Kakao and Naver).

In New Zealand, Lauren Fong is an investment manager at Icehouse Ventures, an Auckland-based venture capital firm. There, she manages ArcAngels, an angel investor network that invests in startups led by women in New Zealand. She is currently helping raise funds for her second fund, targeting $20 million to invest in 50 companies over four years. Fong is also an electronic music DJ and producer and has performed at music festivals domestically and abroad.

In neighboring Australia, Alexander Khor and Adrian Petersen are co-founders and partners of After-work companies– a community-powered venture capital fund that invests in pre-seed and early-stage startups in Australia and New Zealand. Some of its leaders come from the region’s biggest tech companies, including Canva, Airwallex, Atlassian, and Binance. AfterWork has made more than 40 early-stage investments, including D2C pet wellness brand Lyka and at-home resistance trainer Vitruvian. In 2021, the company aimed to raise a fund of $30 million; by September, he had raised half and made four investments.

Additional reporting by Jonathan Burgos.

To learn more about these young innovators and investors, read our full Finance & Venture Capital list here – and be sure to check out our full coverage of Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia here.

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Saskatoon council focuses on downtown parking issues – Saskatoon

Downtown Saskatoon could look very different in the years to come with the potential for a new arena and entertainment center as well as a grocery store.

However, a looming issue for both projects was raised at City Council on Tuesday: parking.

Midtown Mall is already a bustling area that is often crowded with parked cars.

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One resident, Tyrell Harder, told council he noticed people parking in the Cactus Club parking lot, because it’s free, and spending their day in the mall.

Councilor Darren Hill asked what the parking plan would be for the proposed downtown grocery store, specifically for people stopping there for pick up.

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Murray Totland, spokesperson for Arbutus Properties, said the store will have spaces specifically for the store, which is expected to be a Pitchfork Market + Kitchen.

“This service lot located just outside the proposed store location would obviously be the most convenient, we will have dedicated stalls for curbside pickup,” Totland said.

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The council also decided on the criteria for the new downtown arena.

They described land space, transportation access, and proximity to other complementary businesses such as hotels and parking lots.

The new arena is expected to hold 15,000 spaces, and administrative staff noted that a new parking lot will need to be built regardless of the location chosen.

The Council is moving forward with both plans.

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They voted to give Arbutus Properties a tax abatement for the site, if they built a grocery store there.

They are also scheduled to unveil possible sites for the new arena as soon as possible.

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Minor arrested after chase with vehicle reported stolen in MUSC carjacking

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – North Charleston police confirmed that a minor was arrested Monday evening hours after a carjacking was reported in an MUSC parking lot.

An incident report says officers spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen driving at high speed on Accabee Road shortly after 7 p.m. After a brief chase, during which two people ran from the passenger side, police continued to pursue the vehicle in the Horizon Village neighborhood, the report said.

Police say the driver ended up driving the wrong day on Frazier Lane and eventually pulled over and the driver ran from the vehicle through a chain link fence to the neighborhood icon of Park Circle. The report says the officer chased the minor on foot until the minor stopped on the porch of a house and was taken into custody.

The report says possible charges include failing to stop at blue lights and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Police did not release the boy’s name or age.

Police recovered a cell phone from the area where the two passengers fled the vehicle along with the phone of the juvenile suspect, the report said.

Man was carjacked in MUSC parking lot while waiting for woman in ER

MUSC public safety officers responded around 4:04 p.m. to the Rutledge Tower parking lot where a carjacking had been reported.

The victim told officers he took the car’s owner to the hospital emergency room and waited for her in his 2016 Toyota Camry on the third floor of the parking lot.

He said he sat in the vehicle with the driver’s door open while watching videos on his phone.

The victim told police that two armed men wearing ski masks and wearing dark clothing approached from behind. One of them, he said, pointed a gun at him and asked him to get out of the car and empty his pockets or he would be shot.

The second man searched the car, the victim said.

The two men then took the car and attempted to exit the garage onto Ashley Avenue and were blocked by other cars, the report said. They were able to exit the Rutledge Avenue exit by passing under the closed gate, police said.

The victim said that in addition to the vehicle, the carjackers stole his phone and $57 in cash.

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Bahrain Car Parks Company unveils payment service for Apple users

MANAMA: Bahrain Car Parks Company (Amakin) has introduced the Apple Pay service as an alternative payment method.

The service allows consumers to make contactless payments for parking spaces in The Terminal by Amakin in Adliya by simply tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch.

Transactions will be carried out securely using Near Field Communication technology.

Apple users need to link a credit or debit card to their device to start using Apple Pay.

Tariq Al Jowder, Managing Director of Amakin, said: “We have delivered on our promises and continue to deliver the best possible experiences to everyone in Bahrain, and by introducing new alternatives and facilities like this, we are reinventing the whole parking experience.

The new service embodies our ongoing efforts to provide diverse and seamless solutions and open up new opportunities to shape the new parking industry in the region, as well as shape the future of smart cities.

CrediMax Managing Director Ahmed Seyadi said, “This is a game-changer for the parking payment and transit payment industries. With solutions like these, consumers can now enjoy the mobility experience with preferred and convenient payment choices using only their mobile or wearable devices. »

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Do Palo Alto city officials ever, ever have enough money? | An alternative view | Diana Diamond

Palo Alto has a budget of nearly $1 billion (that’s a “B”) slated for the upcoming 2022-23 fiscal year. That in itself is incredible for a city of over 62,000 people. And I’m very concerned about the increase in dollars the city says it needs to operate.

As City Manager Ed Shikada recently wrote to City Council, “The long-term financial health of the city requires sustainable additional revenue to meet community service priorities. . . sustainability is not achieved with existing sources of income alone.

Will this “need” for dollars ever diminish? I haven’t seen this happen in years. And now the city wants to impose a business tax that, if passed by residents, will bring in between $10.9 million and $43 million a year (depending on the square foot rate charged by the city).

About 10 years ago, this city had a general fund of $140 million (not adjusted for inflation). For the coming year, the expenditure budget for this fund is $247.8 million. So as I sit and think about these sums, I wonder what improvements have I seen in this city over the years? Buildings like the Mitchell Park Library and the Junior Museum were created, in part, through numerous community contributions. Great places! The new $23 million pedestrian-bicycle bridge over Highway 101, which took more than 10 years to plan and build, is an expensive asset, but it came at a price.

Let’s talk about why our city spends nearly a billion dollars a year; I’ll start with salaries. They have certainly skyrocketed over the past decade. And almost every year, employees keep getting raises – for doing the same job. The cost of living has experienced an average inflation rate of 3.15% per year between 2016 and today. City wages, in general, have gone up more than that every year, especially if you include the raises.

Last year, the city’s payroll was $124 million; the number of City Hall employees earning more than $300,000 rose to seven, the highest on record. City employees also received an additional $17.7 million in benefits, such as medical, dental and vision benefits. In addition, the city paid some $49.2 million in employee pensions.

I don’t know about you, but to me, that’s a lot of money and dumpsters.

According to the Daily Post, city manager Ed Shikada was the top earner, taking in $385,896 in 2021 (the US president got $400,000). Shikada has a lot of help in his job – his support staff (e.g. Deputy City Manager, Deputy City Manager, some assistants) number around nine or ten positions. The second highest was fire captain Mark von Appen who received $331,293. This includes $168,381 in overtime. And City Attorney Molly Stump took third place, earning $328,847 in total salary. She has several assistant prosecutors in her team.

The total salary may include vacation payments, car allowances, etc. But it does not include health benefits, which all employees receive.

Be patient, as the numbers can be boring to read, but it’s an important thing for residents to understand, as our city of 62,000 spends huge amounts of money and the appetite for more money hasn’t changed a lot over the years.

Palo Alto’s operating budget will increase by nearly a third this year, compared to last year, according to the Weekly. The planned operating budget for 2022-2023 is $934.2 million, up 32.8% (!) from the current year. This includes the $237.8 million in the general operating fund, which is dedicated to general business expenses, including employee salaries. The capital budget funds major improvements to city facilities and infrastructure.

During last year’s deficit phase, the city downsized; payroll only decreased by 1.6% (approximately $2 million). Strange, since more than 100 posts have been temporarily removed. And now, Shikada wants to restore 39 full-time employee positions to catch up with previous levels. That would bring the city’s total to 1,015 positions.

Shikada’s budget proposal for 39 employees (and I hope I understood his numbers) includes three trainee firefighters, four new firefighter positions, including an administrator, four additional police officers, two police dispatchers and a management analyst in the office of Shikada who would serve as the city’s “equity and inclusion officer” (?). Within the Utilities Department, four new positions would be hired to help residents transition to “advanced metering infrastructure” – “smart meters”, which will be installed on residents’ homes.

Earlier this month, to my surprise, Shikada said he wanted to add 23 more positions, which would cost $3.7 million for the 2022-023 fiscal year, presumably reaching 1,038 employees. Much of that money would come from the city’s proposed business tax — if passed. Shikada assumes that will be the case, but given the inflation in this country, I’m not sure people are even prepared to tax corporations more.

These 23 proposed hires include detectives and offices for the psychiatric emergency response team, a ranger for the Baylands, zoological assistants at the Junior Museum to care for the animals there (two pigs- porcupines, three lemurs, seven meerkats and 10 birds). In addition, a downtown planner and assistants for libraries, community centers, etc. are on the hiring list. These are not all full-time positions.

The question I ask is are theyeverything necessary?

Phew. I guess I could throw all these raises and spending in the air and say, well, it’s just money, and if our city wants to spend it, why not.

But the puritan in me says wait, all of this spending needs a lot more scrutiny. We will pay them – and we include local businesses, who will pass on the business taxes to their customers – us.

The way the city works, the city manager can ask for more staff and more money, and there’s no downside to him asking. It’s up to the city council to control the budget, and sometimes that’s hard to do because they all want to ‘get along’, which means there are few checks and balances.

So what’s the incentive for the manager not to ask or the board to reduce their requests? And what makes the board disagree with his demands?

Maybe it’s the pressure from the residents. It may be up to us, together with the council. I realize that members already spend a lot of time on city business, but managing the budget is an important and important part of their job – or should be. Perhaps we should let the board know that we are concerned.

Obviously, I am.

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The S&L department store in Sioux Falls was badly damaged by fire in 1948

On November 23, 1939, the S&L Company opened its department store at 129 N. Phillips. The store was part of a chain that began in South Dakota and grew rapidly, establishing stores in six Midwestern states.

The S&L Company got its start in Elkton, South Dakota in 1921. It was a company that founders Samuel F. Salkin and Joseph L. Linoff associated with and was named for. Both were immigrants from Russia who ended up in Sioux City. Sam worked at the Baron department store there and took evening classes to improve his English. He felt that the best way to learn the language was to fully immerse yourself in it in a small community.

Salkin and Linoff decided to look for a new business in a small town and discovered that a store had listed for sale in Elkton, east of Brookings near the Minnesota border. When they arrived to investigate, they found the shopping district of Elkton packed with people. There were carriages and horses all along the street carrying eager shoppers. The two agreed that day to buy the store. The next day the streets were empty and they discovered that the fervor of the day before was due to the celebration of Ascension Day. They got to work and were successful enough to require a move to a larger building in Elkton four months later.

In 1928, four S&L stores were opened in Minneapolis and the company’s headquarters moved there. Later expansion plans focused on smaller communities, as stores were opened in Brookings, Watertown, Flandreau, Pipestone, Minnesota, and Slayton, Minnesota, before the move was made to Sioux Falls.

The new store was announced on November 7, 1939, as workers worked to renovate the Van Eps block, formerly occupied by JCPenney. It would be the company’s 29th store.

S&L was keen to promote the local labor used not only to renovate the space, but also to staff the store. There were a few managers and department heads from out of town, but the majority of staff were recruited locally and trained quickly to handle the upcoming holiday season.

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S&L Company added to the bustling downtown shopping district that already included JC Penney, Fantle’s, Montgomery Ward and Shriver’s, but it held firm. There was, however, a major setback in 1948.

On November 16 at around 6:10 p.m., 20 minutes after assistant manager Otto Wangsness had been locked up for the day, the cashier at the Granada theater across the street noticed that the window of the S&L store had exploded on the street. . The fire department was called immediately. When building manager James Waul heard the sirens, he headed to the basement and turned off the gas to the building’s heaters.

Next door, at the Dakota Theater, patrons were interrupted while watching “Borrowed Trouble,” the latest film in the Hopalong Cassidy series. It would be the Dakota Theater’s last feature under that name. Central firefighters rushed to gather all their equipment, including a new aerial water tower truck. The company worked for three hours to extinguish the fire. The loss was estimated at $250,000. Unfortunately, the store had just received a huge amount of stock in anticipation of the holiday season.

On December 2, it was announced that the S&L would open a temporary store in Eighth and Fairfax. The first big sale offered great deals on smoke-damaged merchandise. The store would operate from this location until June 24, 1949, when the Van Eps building was ready to reopen. The building had to be completely reworked, as parts of the ceiling had collapsed. There was a ceremony to commemorate the reopening attended by Sam Salkin and Joe Linoff.

On November 7, 1950, Joe Linoff died of a heart attack he had suffered two weeks earlier. He leaves behind his wife and four children. S&L stores continued to thrive despite the loss.

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By 1954, S&L had stores in 42 locations. The company acquired 16 women’s specialty stores, called Stevensons, which will retain their names. This brought the total number of stores owned by S&L Co. to 58.

On July 29, 1968, the Sioux Falls store applied for a cease-of-business sales permit. The Van Eps building was slated for demolition the following year, a victim of urban renewal. Buyers visited the city center less and less each year.

In 1969 the Van Eps block, parts of which had existed since 1886, was demolished, with the rest of the block to follow shortly. The Wells Fargo parking ramp, which currently occupies the space, offers little history or architectural interest.

S&L Company continued under the direction of Morrey Salkin, Samuel’s son. The company grew to around 400 stores of various types in the 1980s before disbanding in 1990. Morrey died two years later.

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Dexter Town Council Meeting

This post expresses the views and opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of The Sun Times News management or staff.

Good morning!

…and thank you for your interest in the town of Dexter and its council. Since my election in November 2020, I have distributed annotated agendas (see below) before each Board meeting. These bulletins are my personal effort to make it as quick and easy as possible for interested parties to know what the Board will be discussing and considering at each meeting. For the most part, the descriptions of the items on the agenda come directly from the meeting file. After each meeting (and when video links are available), I share links to video recordings of the discussion of each agenda item. Past meeting agendas, records, minutes, and video links (if available) can be found here:

Hearing from residents is one of my favorite parts of being a council member! If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding upcoming Council business or any other Council or City matters, please feel free to email me at my official email address: jgriffin If you prefer to share your thoughts anonymously, please respond here:



Dexter Town Council Meeting

Monday, May 23, 2022 at 7 p.m.

3515 Broad Street, Dexter, MI 48130 and via Zoom

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As always there is two opportunities for unorganized public participation: one towards the beginning of the meeting and one towards the end of the meeting. See the agenda for more details.

During pre-established participationthe Council will hear Wylie Elementary Pupils in regards to their efforts to clean up around their school and along Mill Creek.

The board will consider (1) minutes of its last meetings and working sessions and (2) the list of upcoming meetings. We will also hear various staff updatesincluding the city ​​manager and the Mayor (note that the corresponding written reports are included in the meeting file).

Following the presentation and any discussion of these reports, The Board will consider the following items as part of the agenda by consent. Unless Council votes otherwise, these items are voted on as a single package without Council discussion.

  • Invoices and payroll in the amount of: $290,526.05
  • Proposal from Bostwick Company Inc. for sump pit repairs in an amount not to exceed $6,750
    • The Department of Public Works has requested quotes for the repair of cesspools at two locations in the city. Staff recommends approval of Bostwick Company Inc.’s proposal(s) for this work.
      • In front of Dexter Fastener Technologies (2110 Bishop Cir. E – Cost: $4,250
      • Southwest corner of Webster and Eastridge – Cost: $2,500
    • If approved, these repairs are expected to take place by July 1, 2022. These works have been included in the road fund budgets for the fiscal year 2021-22.
  • Appointment of Jeanette Frost to the Parks and Recreation Commission

The Board will discuss or consider (i.e., take action on) the following matters:

  • Special Land Use for Vacation Rental Units – 8040 Huron St.
    • The Planning Commission held a public hearing on Monday, May 2, 2022, for the purpose of considering a particular land use application. The Applicants, Douglas Neal and Lisa Belanger Neal (Owner), are offering vacation rental accommodation, for a property located at 8040 Huron Street ((08-03-32-360-005). In the Project Narrative attached to the application, the applicants describe the property as consisting of a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,489 square foot, single family home with 2 on-site parking spaces, as well as public on-street parking on the same side of the street that the site in question is zoned VR Village Residential District. Vacation rental housing is a special land use in the RV District.
    • (my words) During the public hearing, three people spoke, all of whom were neighbors expressing their support for the special land use.
    • The Planning Commission then voted unanimously to recommend approval of AP2021.22-12 Application for special land use for vacation rental accommodation.
  • Community survey
    • Beginning in November 2021, City staff were tasked with designing, creating, distributing and analyzing feedback collected through a City-wide community survey. During the review, City Council participated in the presentation and verbiage of the various issues. The purpose of the survey was to cover various topics and functions of the City, as well as to present a variety of priorities for residents to obtain their feedback.
    • As the survey closed in late April, the Dexter 2022 Community Survey received 730 responses. Using the 2020 census population of 4,500, staff received a total of 616 respondents in the city (84.6% of total respondents) and collected a sample of 13.7% (in the city) . Based on a previous survey conducted in 2011, only 109 residents (in the city) responded with an estimated sample size in the city of 2.8%.
    • Summaries of many of the open-ended questions and open-ended component questions are attached to this memo along with benchmarks between the 2011 survey and the 2022 survey.
    • Excerpts from the file that might interest you:
  • Recommended adoption of the capital improvement plan for fiscal year 2022-2027
    • The CIP is a program that projects and coordinates public spending to improve the City’s transportation and utility systems, facilities and other capital assets over a six-year period. The Planning Commission prepares and updates the CIP on an annual basis under the authority of the Planning Enabling Act (PA 33 of 2008), as amended. The Planning Commission’s goal is for the CIP to be used as a tool to implement the City’s master plan and help prepare the budget for the coming year.
    • A total of eighty-three (83) projects, including Cooperative and DDA, were postponed or initiated in this year’s PIC, with a six-year funding requirement of $19,408,000 and a funding requirement for the first year of $1,959,500. Please note that various funding sources contribute to the projects. For a full breakdown of project expenditure by funding source, please see the project and funding summary tables in the annexes. Also note that costs, funding sources and timelines are unknown for several major projects, including acquisition of downtown property, improvement of downtown facade, fire station project and any planned utility or street improvements in coordination with Dexter-Chelsea of ​​the Washtenaw County Road Commission. Dexter-Pinkney roundabout main project.
  • Dan Hoey Roadworks MDOT TED-B Grant Program Application Resolution
    • Following road planning discussions with OHM Advisors and DPW staff, staff recommend moving forward with construction planning on Dan Hoey for the summer of 2023. This recommendation is based on the current road conditions, PASER ratings, traffic level and time spent by staff on road maintenance. The build would encompass both sides of Dan Hoey as well as Lexington. Cost estimated by OHM Advisors is $557,000 to build (design and CE not included, and sidewalk on Dan Hoey not included).
    • The TED-B grant is available for villages and small towns for a maximum grant of $250,000. Dan Hoey is eligible for the TED-B grant program because it is not classified as a major state highway (and is not currently eligible for TIP funds). In order to apply for the TED-B program, the city council must approve a resolution authorizing the application.
  • Discussion about: Dexter-Ann Arbor Road Speed ​​Rating
    • In January, City Council discussed the posted speed limit on Dexter-Ann Arbor Road. following receipt of a request from a resident asking the City to consider reducing the speed near Carrington Dr. As described by OHM Advisors, the City has the ability to introduce a speed transition zone of 40 mph between Carrington Dr. and Dan Hoey Rd. This is due to the existing (and unusual) speed limit change of 15 mph (from 50 mph to 35 mph) on Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd. at Ryan/Dan Hoey.
    • If the City wishes to proceed with the speed reduction to 40 mph, OHM is prepared to establish a TCO reflecting the change. Staff would also work with the Washtenaw County Road Commission to request the installation of “Reduced Speeds Ahead” signage within the WCRC right-of-way outside the city limits toward the city.
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Report – Streetsblog New York City

The NYPD is using 145 vacant city-owned lots for parking — just over half of which could be better used as affordable housing or manufacturing and commercial space, according to a new report.

The cover of the report.
The cover of the report.

the East New York Community Land Trust report, “Redistributing NYPD Land Resources in East New York and Throughout NYC,” will be released at a rally later Saturday by the nonprofit Collective of Residents of East New York and Brownsville who wishes to acquire title to some of the lots.

The report found that 73 lots in five community districts (three in Brooklyn and two in the Bronx) could be better used as private car storage for officers because they are littered with trash and not used near their homes. ability. The group made its decision using site surveys and archival data available through Google.

More than two-thirds of the lots — some of which fall under NYPD jurisdiction while others are used by the NYPD but assigned to other agencies — are in community neighborhoods in some of the city’s poorest areas, all “overwhelmingly concentrated in communities of color,” the report said. The remaining 72 of the 145 lots (see map below) are unsuitable for development because they are well maintained, used at or near capacity, or are attached to an NYPD building, the report determined.

A map shows underused NYPD and other agency parking lots around the city.  Image: ENYCLT
A map shows NYPD and other agency parking lots around town. Image: ENYCLT

“There are 73 underutilized NYPD lots with 1.3 million square feet that we believe have significant community development potential in Brooklyn and the Bronx. These batches must be transferred to [community land trusts] across the city,” the report states, noting that the 21 lots in East New York could provide 30,000 square feet of residential space and 70,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

The report identified:

  • A group of 11 lots in the industrial area of ​​East New York.
  • A 25,000 square foot parking lot in East New York used for NYPD parking which is zoned for residential use. (The group wants to build 60 affordable co-op/condo units, a ground-floor community facility with open space and a rooftop garden.)
  • 18 lots in Ocean Hill-Brownsville zoned for residential use, eight of which are zoned for mixed-use development.
  • 27 lots in Bushwick, which could provide approximately 120,000 square feet of residential space.
  • Five lots in Hunts Point zoned for mixed-use development accommodating up to 65,000 square feet of residential development with ground floor retail.
  • Two lots in Mott Haven-Port Morris with development potential of over 900,000 square feet.

The report argues that transferring such land to community trusts is not unusual, citing an NYPD lot in Manhattan and one in Queens that were recently turned over to developers for mixed-use construction.

An image of a flyer announcing Saturday's rally.  Image: ENYCLT
An image of a flyer announcing Saturday’s rally. Image: ENYCLT

“For too long, the community of East New York, and others like it, have had to endure neglect and disinvestment by private and public institutions,” said Boris Santos, Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. East New York Community Land Trust, demanding that the city turn over to the group the land at 987 Sutter Ave., which is used by officers of the 75th Precinct.

The land trust’s request for undeveloped land comes as some communities across the city plead After parking space for officers’ vehicles – due to illegal and unsafe parking practices around police stations, where sidewalks, crosswalks, fire hydrants, bus and bicycle lanes and even entire city blocks are clogged with “combat parked” cars. A recent Streetsblog article revealed that at least 18 of the city’s 59 community councils submitted requests for new or redesigned campuses for their cops during their fiscal year 2023 “Community District Needs Statements and Council Budget Requests community,” citing cop congestion. illegally parked cars. However, in other precincts, for example the 50th Precinct in the Bronx, illegal parking persists even when officers have adequate spaces within walking distance of their workplace.

Council member Sandy Nurse, who represents parts of East New York and was scheduled to speak at the rally, said the city’s handing over of land for police parking showed its callous and unfair approach to these communities.

“For years, the city has said we must use every available tool and asset at our disposal to deal with the affordable housing crisis,” she said. “At the same time, like the [report] illustrious, the city has deeded scarce, developable vacant land to the NYPD for purposes — including parking lots for personal employees — that do not house our neighbors. Housing justice is directly linked to racial justice, as illustrated by the concentration of these misused lots in the same communities that are impacted by abusive policing. The city must follow through on its commitment and create and preserve affordable housing deeply and permanently in the communities that need it most.

The city owns the lots primarily due to foreclosures, the report says — a holdover from divestment from the 1970s, when many owners abandoned properties. Debra Ack, the land trust’s board secretary, recalled as a child doing flips on discarded mattresses in such vacant lots. “Those were our playgrounds,” the report quoted her as saying.

Even though essential services such as sanitation, street repair, libraries and park maintenance have fled East New York and similar communities in recent decades, the 75th Ward ranks fourth of city resources, with 471 full-time employees. and a budget of $28.4 million in the last fiscal year, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

Given its relative wealth, the report explains, the 75th can save land for locals: “While New York City has rebounded since the 1970s, East New York continues to be left behind” , he said. “The neighborhood is at the heart of a local economic crisis, felt by extreme housing instability, a high rate of homelessness and chronic unemployment. In 2016, Mayor de Blasio’s administration rezoned eastern New York, promising $17 million in investment and 3,900 jobs. Six years later, residents are still waiting. …In East New York, vacant lots and public parking lots policed ​​by the NYPD present exciting opportunities to meet housing, commercial and industrial needs. Residents envision and demand more creative use of these public lands. »

Neither the mayor’s office nor the NYPD responded to a request for comment.

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Rohtak artists seek space to perform as outdoor theater used as parking lot: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Sunit Dhawan

Rohtak, May 20

Although an open-air theater is located in the heart of Rohtak town, local theater artists and art lovers are compelled to stage plays in a chaupal and a hall of the Indian Medical Association ( IMA) despite the constraints.

The open-air theatre, which was built in 1960 and subsequently renovated twice, is used as office space and parking by the local municipal authorities.

Artists lament that the exorbitant fees and security charges set for the use of the open-air theater are the biggest impediment to organizing plays and other cultural events.

“Artists used to stage plays at the open-air theatre, Pt Shri Ram Rangshala with the help of local authorities until 2013. However, the ‘rangshala’ gradually got busy managing the government offices and park vehicles like cranes, JCBs and bicycle-rickshaws etc,” points out Vishv Deepak Trikha, a well-known theater artist from Rohtak.

He states that due to the tariff barrier, the artists held theater performances and plays at different other locations instead of the open-air theater, which was built and well-equipped for the purpose. The artists lament that the premises of the “rangshala” have been made available for a private hospital, a land grievance centre, housing for government contractor workers and parking, going to against the purpose for which it was created.

The Municipal Co-Commissioner, Mahesh Kumar, assured the artists that he would look into the matter and make efforts to get the staging of plays at the ‘rangshala’ resumed.

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National Road Safety Week shines the spotlight on road tolling in Australia

Iconic buildings, trees and sites have turned yellow this week to mark the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by car crashes on Australian roads each year.

The trees on Fraser Avenue in Kings Park, along with more than 60 high-profile buildings including police headquarters, Optus Stadium and the Matagarup Bridge, were lit up for National Road Safety Week, which is taking place from March 15 to 22.

Camera iconPolice Minister Paul Papalia with State Traffic Commander Mike Bell and Highway Safety Board Chairman Iain Cameron. Credit: WA Highway Safety Commission

In the towns of Kimberley, Kununurra and Derby, well-known boabs turned yellow, as did Albany Town Square to the south.

Flanked by yellow kangaroo paws representing the 166 lives lost on WA’s roads in 2021, Police Minister Paul Papalia made a National Road Safety Week pledge to ‘drive so others survive’ and said called on all West Australians to do the same.

“National Road Safety Week is an important opportunity to stop and reflect on the many aspects of road safety and to focus on what we can do as individuals to drive so that we and others can survive,” Mr. Papalia said.

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Camera iconWA’s road toll in 2021 was 166. Credit: Chef/Pixabay (chefkeem user)

Road Safety Commission figures show 52 people have died on WA’s roads as of May 20 this year – 17 in the metropolitan area and 35 on regional roads.

“I want people to realize that this road trauma is preventable, so let’s all make the pledge this week,” Mr Papalia said.

Australian government statistics show there were 1,138 road deaths across the country in the 12 months to the end of March, with WA’s crash death rate of 5.74 per 100,000 people beating the average national of 4.42.

Figures from the WA Insurance Commission show there were 3,022,345 vehicles registered in WA as of June 30, 2021, including 1,644,630 cars and 128,274 motorbikes.

It says around 30 accidents happen on our roads every day – and people are most likely to be injured on a Thursday afternoon between 3pm and 6pm.

Who is to blame?

Drivers are routinely blamed for serious crashes, but Melbourne-based traffic and road safety engineer Robert Morgan asks whether faulty signage and misleading road layouts have a role to play in fatal crashes.

Writing in the Journal of Road Safety (May 11, 2022), he reviews a fatal crash in rural Victoria in 2019 in which a lorry driver with a ‘spotless’ driving record for 40 years hit an SUV with a family of four at a crossroads. , killing two people.

The intersection of the fatal accident in country Victoria.
Camera iconThe intersection of the fatal accident in country Victoria. Credit: Provided

Morgan says the truck driver passed a warning sign that there was an upcoming intersection and, unfamiliar with the area, looked at his phone’s GPS, which sat on a ledge on the dash. edge, to see in which direction he should go.

By the time he looked up and saw that there was a Give Way sign at the intersection, it was too late.

“The tone of all the media reports reviewed was that this was a clear case of dangerous driving causing death,” Morgan writes.

“But was it?”

Morgan points out that the truck driver was not affected by alcohol or drugs, his approach speed was less than 70 km/h in an 80 km/h zone and he admitted to seeing the sign. intersection warning.

Road Safety Commission figures show 52 people have died on WA’s roads as of May 20 this year – 17 in the metropolitan area and 35 on regional roads.

However, Morgan points out that there was nothing in the intersection warning sign that implied a driver had to yield the right of way – something he describes as a “crucial point that obviously eluded police, prosecutors and to the judge”.

“Blame the driver is not just a widespread community opinion expressed via the media; it is inherent in all Australian road safety strategies,” writes Morgan, adding that the “critical causal factor” in an accident is often associated with physical features of the road that can lead to human error with devastating consequences.

The truck driver pleaded guilty to two charges of dangerous driving causing death and one of dangerous driving causing serious injury, and was jailed for two years and seven months in December 2021. It was reported that with time served , he would be eligible for parole in 2022.

The National Road Safety Strategy factsheet outlining Vision Zero and the Safe System states that Australian governments have committed to “a vision” of zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2050, outlining the approach as follows:

“It means creating a system where the designers and operators of the system, including engineers, planners, legislators, law enforcement agencies, trauma workers and others share responsibility with the users of the road for the design of a road system that does not allow human error to have a serious or fatal outcome.

Morgan argues that safe system principles need to be updated with “specific responsibilities replacing shared responsibility” and that accident prevention should be as important as reducing accident severity.

Writing about Victoria, he thinks many of the issues are relevant across Australia, saying countless intersections are “waiting to catch unsuspecting drivers, simply for lack of a dedicated program to identify all sites that have basic signage and road design traps and applying low-cost technical remedies”.

Road signs in WA

Main Roads WA said the signs here conform to the Australian Standard AS1742 series which, among other things, defines the basic design in terms of color and shape coding.

There were also specific signs for main roads which were only used in WA – and all had to comply with safety and visibility requirements.

“Main Roads Standards and Guidelines, as well as Austroads Guides and Australian Standards, are all used to ensure that the use of the sign and its location is appropriate,” a Main Roads spokesperson said, adding that the new panel designs underwent comprehension testing with a cross-section of users to ensure they were understood and easily recognized.

Road projects also went through a design process with reviews at various stages before being approved.

Local councils outside the metropolitan area could put up yellow diamond warning signs, but they had to conform to the current standard or specification for main roads.

The spokesman said all fatal crashes on public roads in WA had been investigated in a step-by-step process that took into account the possibility that road environmental factors had contributed to the cause and/or severity of the accident.

What are the WA pilots saying?

The RAC says it has no evidence of a widespread misunderstanding of traffic signs in WA, noting that motorists’ concern is more often about sign placement than sign content.

“An RAC survey from March 2022 showed that our members believe the driver is generally responsible for fatalities and serious injuries on the road,” said Will Golsby, RAC’s general manager of external relations.

“Asked about the main contributors to fatalities and serious injuries on WA’s roads, 85% of RAC members said driver behaviour, 79% driver error and 67% driver skill, while only 14% selected road design, of which traffic signs are a part.

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Almost one in five Australians have been hit and run in a parking lot – and more than one in three admit to having their car door slammed into another vehicle, with male drivers being the main culprits.

These disturbing statistics were revealed by dash cam maker Nextbase, which also found that 21% of drivers admitted to hitting a parked car while driving.

Embarrassingly, the 35-44 age bracket scored the highest, at 30% assertive.

Almost one in three Australians also said their car had been broken into.

Almost one in five Australians have been hit and run in a car park.
Camera iconAlmost one in five Australians have been hit and run in a car park. Credit: monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images/iStockphoto

The figures follow Nextbase research revealing that one in 10 Australians said they had been involved in a car accident in the past 12 months, prompting Nextbase ambassador and supercar driver David Reynolds to remind people to be more patient and concentrate behind the wheel.

“No matter how fast you are when driving a car, you need to be fully focused all the time,” he said.

“Plan your trip and leave early to make sure you’re not rushed and think clearly when you’re on the road.

“While people might think a small dent in another car is minor, the cost and inconvenience of repairing it is significant.”

Nextbase says its dash cams are triggered by bumps and shakes to start recording, even in parking lots.

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Free Virtual Author Conference in Montclair for AAPI Heritage Month

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The following press release is courtesy of the Montclair Public Library. Learn more about posting announcements or events to your local Patch site.

On Tuesday, May 24, Montclair Public Library will celebrate Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a free hybrid author program for teens and adults. The in-person event will take place at the Vanguard Theater in Montclair and will be streamed live on Zoom. Best-selling writer and CNN commentator Jeff Yang and Phil Yu, best known for his blog “Angry Asian Man”, will talk about their new book, an animated multimedia creation, with Michelle Germinario of AAPI Montclair. A question-and-answer session with the authors will follow the discussion. The program is co-sponsored by AAPI Montclair. Registration is mandatory.

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2022
  • 6:30-7:30 a.m.
  • Registration (in-person and Zoom options available)
  • Vanguard Theater, 180 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair (MASKS REQUIRED)

Please note that the space is on the second floor and stairs are required. Street parking is available as well as parking lots near TD Bank and Lackawanna Plaza.

Jeff Yang launched one of the first national Asian-American magazines, A. Magazine, in the late 90s and early 2000s, and now writes frequently for CNN. He has written/edited three books: Jackie Chan’s best-selling New York Times memoir, “I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action”; “Once Upon a Time in China”, a history of cinemas in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the mainland; and “Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture”.

Phil Yu is the founder and editor of the popular Asian American news and culture blog, Angry Asian Man, which has had a dedicated following since 2001. His comments have been featured and quoted in The Washington Post, New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR and elsewhere.

Philip Wang is the co-founder of influential production company Wong Fu Productions. Since the mid-2000s, his creative work has garnered over 3 million subscribers and half a billion views online, as well as recognition from NPR and CNN for his impact on Asian American representation. (Wang will not be present at the authors’ event.)

“Rise” is a love letter to and for Asian Americans: an album of voices, emotions and vivid memories of a time when Asian American culture was forged and transformed, and a way to preserve both the headlines and the intimate conversations that shaped the community into what it is today.

“Rise” is available to borrow from the Montclair Public Library and to purchase from our program partner, watchung booksellers. “Hip, entertaining…imaginative.” —Kirkus, starred review* “Essential.” —Min Jin Lee * “A Herculean effort.”—Lisa Ling * “A must-read.”—Ijeoma Oluo * “A book we’ve needed for ages.” —Celeste Ng * “Accessible, informative and fun.” —Cathy Park Hong*

Michelle Germinario founded and runs AAPI Montclair’s book clubs for the organization’s more than 600 members. She is a high school English teacher and has also taught at the college level. Germinario is a first-generation Vietnamese American and the proud daughter of a refugee. A resident of Montclair, she was recently featured in the Bergen Record about her activism and biracial identity.

Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of people of Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. May was chosen as AA/NH/PI Heritage Month partly because the first Japanese immigrants to America arrived in the United States on May 7, 1843, and also because the transcontinental railroad, largely built by of Chinese immigrants, was completed on May 10, 1869. The effort to officially recognize AA/NH/PI cultural heritage in the United States with a holiday began in the late 1970s and took more than 10 years to become a permanent month-long celebration.

AAPI Montclair is a nonprofit group representing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their families in and around Montclair, New Jersey. The organization strives to provide a courageous space to share experiences and help unify their voices to create action and representation for their communities. Their mission is to create a more inclusive Montclair by highlighting the varied experiences of AAPI communities in the township and promoting awareness and knowledge of AAPI culture and history.

Founded in 1893, the Montclair Public Library serves residents of Montclair, New Jersey. It has two facilities: the Main Library at 50 S. Fullerton Avenue and the Bellevue Avenue Branch Library at 185 Bellevue Avenue. The library has been changing lives every day for over 125 years through words, ideas and building community by providing unlimited opportunities for lifelong learning, discovery and community engagement.

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New FDA guidance clarifies which drugs require risk management plans – Endpoints News

As the majority of drug shortages are still associated with quality issues related to manufacturing, the FDA on Thursday released new orientation project explaining how to proactively assess risks to manufacturing processes and supply chains, while understanding market vulnerabilities.

While drug shortages peaked in 2011, the FDA says in its new 18-page draft guidance that the number of new drug shortages “has declined significantly since” that peak, bottoming out in 2015 and 2016, in part. through the enactment of a new law. , known as FDASIA, which helped the agency better prevent or mitigate drug supply disruptions and shortages, and clarified cGMP requirements.

However, the FDA explains how this downward trend “did not continue in subsequent years”, noting:

Drug shortages continue to occur and at approximately the same levels since 2018. Additionally, drug shortages have become more persistent (i.e., the duration of active drug shortages is getting longer). Many reasons for drug shortages are, for example, problems with drug quality, disruptions in supply chain manufacturing operations (for example, caused by a natural disaster or discontinuation of components by suppliers), limitations in forecasting future demand and product drug market withdrawals.

In March 2020, with the promulgation of the CARES ActCongress added a section to the law governing the FDA, which took effect in September 2020, that requires certain manufacturers to develop, maintain, and implement a “redundancy risk management plan that identifies and assesses risks for the supply of the drug, as applicable, for each establishment in which such drug or active pharmaceutical ingredient of such drug is manufactured.

Since at least the publication of ICH Q9 in 2006, the pharmaceutical industry has taken steps to implement quality risk management principles.

The types of drugs for which the FDA will require risk management plans include:

  • Essential and Life-Essential Drugs and APIs
  • Drugs to prevent or treat a disease or debilitating condition, including for emergency medical care or surgery or which are essential to public health during a public health emergency
  • Any associated medical device used for the preparation or administration of these drugs

For 7 other drug types, the FDA draft says it recommends, rather than requires, RMPs:

  1. Drugs to treat rare diseases
  2. Drugs that lack suitable alternatives
  3. Medical countermeasures used in the event of a potential public health emergency resulting from a terrorist attack with biological, chemical or radiological/nuclear material, or naturally emerging disease and other threatening agents (i.e. essential to national security)
  4. Single-source drugs
  5. Drugs with a single API manufacturer in the product supply chain that has been appropriately qualified by the finished dosage form (FDF) establishment’s quality unit
  6. Medicines with a single FDF manufacturer in the product supply chain
  7. Drugs manufactured at a facility (including packaging facilities and laboratories) with an inspection within the past 5 years that has been classified as an Official Action Indicated (OAI) and there is no other manufacturing facility that is qualified in the product supply chain to perform this operation

While the agency recognizes that shortages and shortage mitigation efforts represent a significant financial and resource burden on pharmaceutical companies, among other stakeholders, the FDA said it views RMPs as an important mechanism to proactively identify, assess and mitigate risks that could lead to disruption of drug supply.

Additionally, in recent years, the FDA said it has observed an increase in the number of cyberattacks against drugmakers “and is increasingly concerned about the effect of these attacks on the drug supply chain.”

In 2017, a cyberattack involving ransomware on Merck’s manufacturing operations led to issues that lasted more than a month after the attack.

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Chelsea Piers squeeze play in battle to reclaim road space for cyclists, pedestrians and joggers

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | They put pressure on Chelsea Piers to reclaim public space.

Community Board 4 and the Hudson River Park Advisory Council are both using the opportunity of the sports complex lease renewal as leverage to fight for more turf for pedestrians and cyclists – and less for movie trailers, as well as cars and taxis for revelers – in front of the waterfront destination site. In short, Chelsea Piers should not be ‘locked down’ to its current configuration, in terms of the outer carriageway, they argue.

Groups like Transportation Alternatives and the publication Streetsblog, among others, strongly support this effort.

The Hudson River Park Trust board could make a call on the issues – both the lease and the use of road space – when it meets this Thursday, May 19.

As anyone who has driven past Chelsea Piers knows, there is certainly plenty of empty road space ahead. The complex, in fact, has three lanes full of asphalt on the outside. In stark contrast, however, the Hudson River Bike Path is here at one of its narrowest points, making it difficult, if not dangerous, for cyclists to try to pass runners and cyclists over slow on the way. Meanwhile, the pedestrian sidewalk directly opposite Chelsea Piers could also be widened and made more usable.

Chelsea Piers is currently looking for a longer term lease. However, its operators do not want to give up the outdoor road space that the complex currently controls.

In a letter to CB 4, Chelsea Piers wrote: “As we have explained Chelsea Piers is a very busy complex and it is simply not possible for us to eliminate an access route at this time without seriously damage our existing businesses.”

Additionally, Chelsea Piers plans to spruce up its waterfront walkway on the west side of the complex, which it says will alleviate concerns about the east walkway.

“We continue to firmly believe that the significant investment we have promised to create a more inviting waterfront pathway will, in itself, significantly improve the functioning of the east facade by redirecting pedestrians west as the preferred route,” Chelsea replied. Piers. .

The resort has, however, left the door open to reassessing the pavement situation at a later date and – assuming such a day comes – letting CB 4 be involved in the process of redesigning the space and “improving public access”. This would of course depend first on “a change in traffic conditions” at the dock, the operators noted.

Chelsea Piers produced a transport study by AECOM to support her argument that she cannot cede any space at this time.

However, Hudson River Park Advisory Council member Tom Fox, in particular, was skeptical of AECOM’s findings and so independently commissioned another company, BFJ, to do their own analysis of the report.

Fox is also the former president of the Hudson River Park Conservancy, the predecessor of the current Hudson River Park Trust, and is therefore familiar with the original plans for Chelsea Piers from the 1990s. He says Chelsea Piers altered the plans in such a way that the space that should have been dedicated to film and television production, among other things, was given over to the country house (gym and soccer fields) and the bowling alley.

In a presentation to the park’s advisory board, Fox said: “As you may know, I was involved in the initial lease negotiations for Chelsea Piers, and in 1996 Chelsea Piers received consideration from the Department of Transportation of the state and Governor Pataki to construct three of the vehicular lanes on the east side of the building to facilitate access to and from the Chelsea piers.

“It was do not complies with the final environmental impact statement [F.E.I.S.] for Chelsea Piers or Route 9A [West Side Highway] and the significantly reduced cycling and pedestrian improvements planned for this area.

Fox cited a 1996 Chelsea-Clinton News article describing “community shock and opposition to the taking [of road space].”

“The extra lane for car traffic was not needed then and it still isn’t needed,” Fox said.

A large space dedicated to parking inside Chelsea Piers, like these parking lifts, is instead, in some cases, used to store construction materials and materials, as shown above. (CFB)

According to the veteran waterfront activist, the BFJ study “confirms that the observations and requests of the Advisory Board and CB 4 for lane removal are valid”.

Fox added that “a review of the original EIS documents and Chelsea Piers promotional brochures indicated that a number of new uses have been added to the Chelsea Piers complex – the pitch and the bowling alley – and some supporting uses at film and television production slated for the headboards migrated to support the trucks frequently parked on the frontage road.

In fact, although not mentioned in the AECOM study, Fox said parking occupancy at the Chelsea Piers headquarters has been reduced from the originally planned 355 spaces to less than 300. some of the parking spaces are used for operational maintenance equipment. , such as bathroom trailers, a scissor lift, forklifts and a Zamboni.

On top of that, Fox noted disapprovingly, “A number of parking spaces on the height [parking] the racks at Pier 59 are occupied with building materials, indicating that parking supply exceeds demand. Additionally, “significant numbers” of small trucks, buses and vans (30 feet in length or less)” were observed parked on the frontage road, for extended periods of time, while there were parking spaces available. on the docks,” Fox said.

The park defender added that the Chelsea Piers ’emergency access’ argument doesn’t hold water either, since the longest fire trucks at 42ft wouldn’t be able to navigate the piers anyway due to obstacles.

According to Fox, “BFJ expressed surprise that a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) study to analyze strategies and actions that reduce traffic and parking loads at the Chelsea Piers complex has not been implemented. work.”

Fox further recommended that since congestion pricing is planned for Manhattan south of 60th Street, which may well impact traffic volume at Chelsea Piers, now is the time, in fact, to do a CT study.

According to BFJ, there are two preferred alternatives for redesigning the frontage road outside Chelsea Piers. The first is to reduce the three lanes to two two and center them in space, which would allow for a widening of the current sidewalk in front of Chelsea Piers and a widening of the cycle path. The second option is to move the remaining two lanes to the west, which would allow for the addition of another 11 feet on the east side of the frontage road for a pedestrian path and possibly a widening of the bike path.

“In conclusion,” said Fox, “the argument that the frontage road at Chelsea Piers should be three lanes wide is not supported by the facts, and a two-lane frontage road, together with a modified car park management and TV/film support functions, will meet the traffic and parking needs of Chelsea Piers.

As for the Chelsea Piers lease, the complex is targeting a “non-banking standard” duration of 25 to 30 years.

According to Chelsea Piers, “the longer lease term is necessary to support the long-term capital debt which underpinned the initial development of Chelsea Piers and enabled significant and ongoing reinvestment in pier buildings, facilities and services. 12,000 piles that make up the pier foundation – $80 million in pile repair work [has been done] over the past 10 years. This requires periodic capital debt refinancing which is only possible with a longer lease term.

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Planning Commission recommends rezoning approval for 113 attached townhouses

With little fanfare from previous meetings, the Dawson County Planning Commission

voted unanimously to recommend approval of the rezoning of 18.9 acres for a 113-unit rental development at Beartooth Parkway and Dawson Village Way.

President Jason Hamby withheld the vote, as it was a 4-0 unanimous decision.

District 2 Planning Commissioner John Maloney proposed adding the stipulation that the developer have 25 feet between the face of each garage and the face of the sidewalk or sidewalk.

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners will ultimately approve or deny the rezoning at its June 16 voting session, which will immediately follow the 4 p.m. business session.

The land for the proposed complex is in District 3, represented by Planning Commissioner Tim Bennett. The applicant, Wisconsin-based development company Continental Properties, wants the property to be rezoned from Commercial Highway Business to Residential Multi-Family with the intent of building the townhouse apartments.

In the rezoning application, Planning and Development anticipated that the density of the complex would be approximately six units per acre, which is consistent with the Future Land Use Plan and density-neutral multi-family residential policies.

“The proposed infill development will enhance an underutilized parcel within an existing area that is being developed,” Planning said. “The site is over eighteen acres of vacant land in an established commercial node, which for various reasons has been overlooked in the normal course of commercial growth.”

Senior Development Manager Gwyn Wheeler spoke on behalf of Continental at the meeting. She said the company has been around for four decades, during which time it has developed 30,000 multi-family residences.

There are two locations of the company’s Springs luxury apartment brand in Georgia, one in Newnan and the other in McDonough, and construction is underway on the Authentix complex for the workforce of the company in Cartersville.

Their proposed development in Dawson County would fall under their future brand of Avanterra homes. These homes would range in size from 983 to 1,860 square feet and have between one and four bedrooms, according to Continental’s bid package.

The layout of each residence, whether it be a ranch or a two-story structure, would include an open concept with stainless steel appliances, solid surface countertops, and a washer and dryer, some units also having fenced yards.

Units would either have an extended driveway or an attached one or two car garage with space for one to two cars in the driveway.

Complex garages here should be attached rather than detached to meet local zoning criteria.

“Those you see [on the presentation] that stand alone would be attached to another in the garage, so it would be close to him,” Wheeler said. “We’ve tried to do our best to keep all living areas separate, so you don’t have common walls in one bedroom.”

There would be an amenities area with a central clubhouse, dog park, and swimming pool.

Tenants will have standard one-year leases to rent their homes, and the management team will be made up entirely of Continental staff, rather than a third party.

“It will be a great housing option for the aging population and young people coming out of college,” she said. “They (millennials) have a lot of disposable income, but they don’t want to spend it on their homes. They don’t want to worry about having to pay taxes…they’d rather spend it shopping at [places like] the mall and restaurants.”

Wheeler explained that Dawson County’s employment base, education and income made a potential project attractive in the area.

“The housing supply is not meeting the demand,” Wheeler said. “You see that in view of the rents which are currently soaring, occupations and building permits do not meet demand. It’s what’s driving up house prices that we hear about in the news every day, and it’s driving people to rent…also to buy too much.

She shared a statistic from the apartment listing that 12% of millennials choose not to buy and called renting a choice “not that they can’t buy all the time, but that they don’t want to.” not”.

Continental’s rezoning application said it hopes the Avanterra development will appeal to

people with an average family income of $150,000.

Updated 2020 U.S. Census results for Dawson County showed married couple families in the area earned a median income of $102,404, with local families earning $86,206 overall.

President Hamby inquired about monthly rent prices.

“Our base rent for today – and we’re using revenue management, so it’s hard to say what it would be when we started – but right now our projected rent starts at around $1,700 for a one-bedroom apartment at about $2,500 for one bedroom,” Wheeler said, “and that would be base rent.

Things like the garage or upgraded finishes would cost more, she added.

Hamby also asked if any units had already been sold at Continental’s other developments. She explained that when they previously only built two to three communities a year, they had to sell a certain percentage of a community in order to fund future development.

“Since then, we have grown in our investment group, secured trusted development partners and established trusted development partners and established trusted development funds,” Wheeler said, “so we have achieved a place with our capital investment that we no longer need to finance new developments by selling old developments.

She clarified that sometimes selling is an operational decision when, for example, no other Continental resort is nearby to offer support and added that the location near Atlanta would help the company focus on the market in the region for better operational efficiency.

She also shared that with their products, they typically see 10% of residents with school-aged children, as opposed to a traditional single-family subdivision with more children.

Roads and parking

Wheeler described the land as a difficult property in terms of topographic and environmental considerations and called the proposed community better suited than a commercial entity.

The Dawson County Engineering Department said that in light of this project, it is requesting a traffic study for Beartooth Parkway, the widening of portions of Beartooth, the deactivation of lanes and state highways, and the possibility of an additional right of way.

Continental has not yet conducted a comprehensive traffic study, but would be willing to do so, Wheeler said.

The planning department said the development “makes sense due to the lack of adequate frontage on an arterial or collector road”, adding that any sensitive resources would be dealt with during the land development review process and that all landscaping and screening must be “in accordance with Dawson County Code, as amended.”

When Tim Bennett asked about sight distance issues in the steep Beartooth curve, Wheeler said she imagined there would be a lot of clearance.

“While we would like to retain as much of the existing vegetation as there is there, I don’t imagine there will be much left, and then we may have the opportunity to open up viewing corridors,” a- she declared.

Etowah Water & Sewer Authority would require an extension, upgrade or relocation of the water main and sewer needed to serve the development, according to the application package. This must be designed and installed to EWSA specifications at developer’s expense.

Wheeler explained that Continental has yet to do extensive, in-depth engineering, although they are aware of parking and other site constraints.

John Maloney pointed out that apartment communities usually have extra parking or storage to avoid running out of aisle space or having to park on sidewalks.

Wheeler mentioned that there would be off-street parking for visitors near the pavilion, on the north side of the development near Dawson Village Way and toward the east exit.

“We worked with staff and firefighters to try to make sure we took the criteria into consideration. [and] complied with the code…we will continue to try to improve the parking situation as much as possible,” she added.

Maloney recommended “at least one parking aisle for two cars” to avoid a fire or public safety hazard, because even with a one-bedroom unit, two people are likely to live there.

Local development consultant Jim King, who works with Continental, pointed out that enforcing the parking code would be easier since on-site managers would be the only contact as representatives of the sole owner, Continental.

King later added that for units with garages, these structures are located at the rear of the lots.

Maloney said it’s not so much about who enforces parking, it’s about engineering.

“You can design it to not have the problem,” he told King, “or you can have a problem and then you have a problem that has to be enforced somehow and then you have a problem with public safety trying to get in and fight a fire.

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New Biotech Building Approved in South San Francisco | Local News

A new biotech building has been approved in South San Francisco for a site sandwiched between the 101 Freeway, Grand Avenue and the newly renovated Caltrain station.

The eight-story structure will rise from a long-vacant 1.9-acre parcel at 580 Dubuque Ave. and will overlook the highway and train tracks when complete. It will also be the city’s first research and development project to fully integrate two key City Council priorities, as the building will be both fully electric and include minimal parking to encourage the use of public transport.

“It’s really going to set a standard for the development of biotechnology,” said board member James Coleman. “Not just here in South San Francisco, but across the Bay Area and across the country for what this industry can be: green, sustainable and for the community.”

The building will have 295,000 square feet of laboratory and office space, accommodating approximately 842 employees, and will include a four-story underground parking garage with 346 spaces.

Typically, developments of this size in the area would include 500 or more parking spaces, but city planners said they hoped 40% of employees would use means of transport other than single-passenger vehicles given the proximity of the site with the station. There is also the possibility of sharing parking facilities with neighboring sites.

“We have a very low parking rate, aggressively,” said Justine Nielsen, senior vice president of IQHQ, the developer overseeing the project. “[It] is lower than what our brokers tell us about the market and certainly lower than many of our competitors.

The building also goes beyond the city’s environmental rules requiring the electrification of buildings, which currently only apply to new residential developments. The council had stopped short of extending the rules to commercial buildings amid concerns of additional strain on the power grid and concern that biotech uses could require natural gas for certain laboratory operations.

The developer said that sticking to 100% power would incur an additional upfront cost of $1.5 million.

Several improvements to the surrounding pedestrian areas will be added, including a new landscaped pathway parallel to Dubuque Avenue. The site, which was used for industrial purposes before the 1990s and more recently stored construction equipment and materials for Caltrain electrification work, will have 50 new trees planted.

The ground floor will house a cafe open to the public, and a fitness center and conference space will also be on the ground floor with outdoor seating.

Council members complimented the architecture of the building, which will feature “perforated metal fins” that will look like a rusty patina. Council member Mark Addiego said that, based on the renderings, the design was in his top three for new structures in the area.

“Where it’s placed, where it’s just over the freeway will also be noticed, so I can’t help but be happy and supportive and ready to see it come out of the ground,” he said. “I think IQHQ can see the long-term benefits of this package, but a lot of people turned away from it because it presented some very unique challenges.”

As part of the agreement, the developer will contribute a total of $16.8 million to various city funds to finance, among other things, infrastructure, affordable housing and child care. The developer is also contributing $3.5 million to fund improvements to the adjacent Caltrain station

Overhead power lines serving the station will also be placed underground, an undertaking the developer says will cost $5 million.

Nielsen said she hopes the building will be completed by August 2024.

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New car park, bus station and Nottingham Central Library powered by the sun

An installation of 720 solar panels on the roof of Broad Marsh’s new state-of-the-art car park, bus station and central library is helping to power the building and support Nottingham’s carbon neutral goals.

The range of panels and a host of other smart technologies mean the building is playing its part in Nottingham’s ambition to become the UK’s first carbon neutral city by 2028, while facilitating customer journeys.

Motorists with electric vehicles using the new car park can charge at any of 81 charging points, believed to be the most in one place in the whole of the UK. Other features include:

A vehicle management system which consists of electronic signs and lights indicating available parking spaces, reducing vehicle movement and congestion

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· Sensor-controlled security doors to the bus concourse. Doors only open and close when the bus is in the bay, ensuring passenger safety, helping to maintain a warm waiting area and reducing exposure to fumes

· Sensor-controlled ventilation system that adapts to the ventilation requirements of the car park, eliminating harmful fumes

Charging infrastructure for buses to meet future needs

Highly intelligent and energy efficient lighting

Energy performance certificate “A”

Efficient “A” rated boilers

· Use of highly recyclable materials including steel, concrete and glass

· Use of long life and low maintenance materials for bridge surfacing and bus station

· Ongoing changes around the new building will create new pedestrian spaces and introduce bus-only road sections directing traffic away from the town centre, as well as increasing planting and greenery in the area.

Councilor Sally Longford, portfolio holder for energy and the environment, said: “We are linking our ambitions of a carbon neutral city by 2028 with action across the city, and these solar panels are part of that. another item. It will be our third largest solar photovoltaic system, after Nottingham Tennis Center and Harvey Hadden Sports Village.

“The Broadmarsh redevelopment area is a key part of our carbon neutral ambitions, removing four lanes of traffic from the area, installing electric vehicle charging stations, creating greener public spaces and our electric and biogas buses and our electric taxis mean we are creating a much more enjoyable and much greener driveway to Nottingham compared to just a few years ago.”

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Radcliffe Metrolink car park extension is cornerstone of congestion relief

GREATER Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has welcomed the addition of additional parking spaces at Radcliffe Metrolink station, saying it is a cornerstone in providing a ‘truly integrated public transport system’ “.

The Metrolink Park and Ride facility in Radcliffe reopened on Monday after the completion of construction work which added 111 more parking spaces.

The works saw the installation of a new car park on the existing site, increasing the number of spaces from 369 to 480 in total, allowing more people to access the Metrolink network and use public transport to part of their journey.

Mr Burnham said: “Park & ​​Ride schemes like this are essential to furthering the Greater Manchester Bee Network’s vision of providing a truly integrated public transport system, making travel in our city-region more easier, more accessible and affordable.

“This latest project means that we have now created nearly 600 new Park & ​​Ride spaces at three different tram stops across the city-region over the past 18 months, in addition to thousands of Park & ​​Ride spaces. Ride already available on the Metrolink network.

“By allowing people to get out of their vehicles and use public transport – even if only for part of their journey – we can help reduce traffic congestion and reduce harmful emissions that harm our air quality.

Delivered ahead of the estimated completion date, the works at Radcliffe – which also includes a new electric vehicle (EV) charging point – mark the completion of the wider Metrolink Park & Ride, which also saw the construction of a new bridge providing an additional 123 spaces at Whitefield and the 360-space Park & ​​Ride site at Parkway on the Trafford Park line.

There are also plans to build a brand new Park & ​​Ride site at Walkden station later this year with over 100 parking spaces, four motorbike spaces, electric vehicle charging and bike storage.

Chris Barnes, Projects Group Manager at Transport for Greater Manchester, said: “We are delighted to have successfully completed the Metrolink Park & ​​Ride expansion, increasing parking capacity at Radcliffe and Whitefield.

“Before the pandemic, the car parks at both sites were at capacity at 8 a.m., so the additional spaces will allow even more people to travel sustainably on the 99-stop Metrolink network and all the many locations that he serves.

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The Navy’s Elite TOPGUN Flight School Started in a Parking Lot Trailer

The best fighter pilot training in the world, made famous by the 1986 movie Superior gun, started inside a trailer docked in a California parking lot.

No seriously.

Although officially named the US Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Coursethe prestigious TOPGUN school was established to increase the survivability of fighter aircraft during the Vietnam War.

A TOPGUN exhibit inside the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California depicts the school’s early years. Photo by Matt Fratus/Coffee or Die Magazine.

“During the Vietnam War, Navy fighter pilots and crew were dying at an alarming rate,” the Navy Commander said. Dustin Peverill, a 20-year Navy veteran and TOPGUN instructor, told the defense department. “The Navy was losing a lot of planes and, more importantly, a lot of aircrew.”

In 1968, US Navy aircrew flying missions over Vietnam had an air combat kill/loss ratio of 2:1. Captain Frank Ault conducted an investigation into why the navy was suffering so many casualties. In his report he recommended the creation of an advanced flight program to train fleet fighter pilots in advanced air combat tactics.

In response, the United States Navy developed the Navy Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar in California a year later.

“The four-week course began with a team of instructors covering American and Soviet aircraft types, weapons systems, and fighter training tactics in a 50-foot-long metal trailer at NAS Miramar” , according to a display inside the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California.

A TOPGUN Adversary Instructor patch adorns the flight suit of Navy Lt. Joe Anderson of the U.S. Navy’s Combat Strike Tactics Instructor Program at Naval Air Station Fallon in Fallon, Nevada, May 11, 2021. DOD photo by EJ Hersom.

Captain Dan Pedersen, often referred to as the “godfather of TOPGUN,was the program’s first instructor. He recruited eight other pilots to set the standard for future generations of naval aviators.

« MiG [Soviet planes] had a better turn rate, so he could get around you and shoot you down,” Pedersen said. Weather magazine in 2019. “The Phantoms had great power, so we could overfly the MiGs in terms of speed. So we decided to go straight up, fly over them and fly up to a perfect position behind the MiG, and go for a tail shot. Then, with tactics like that, we were getting 24 enemies for each of us.

Pedersen said the movie Superior gun was about 55% positive. He praised the film’s cinematography, saying it was one of the best tactical aircraft sequences ever captured, but was concerned about the impact the film might have on perception. that the general public has pilots. Pedersen believed Superior gun failed to acknowledge the high stakes the pilots faced in Vietnam.

A formation of US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcats from Fighter Squadron 51 (VF-51) “Screaming Eagles” and VF-111 “Sundowners”, and Northrop F-5E/F Tiger IIs from the Navy Fighter Weapons School . These units were a vital part of the US Navy’s participation in the 1986 film Superior gun, providing the dogfight sequences that were his trademark. Note the fictitious markings on the tail of at least one of the F-14s. Photo Wikimedia Commons.

“In fact, we were probably working seven days a week, starting at 4:30 a.m.,” Pedersen said. “On Fridays, I would let the youngest people who lived in La Jolla out early, so they could party – that’s what young people are supposed to do – but most of us never came home. during the week I spent many nights sleeping in my car.

At the start of TOPGUN, after action reviews and debriefings were difficult to record during training exercises.

“Before each engagement, the pilots took brief notes of their speed, altitude and heading on ‘kneeboards,'” according to an exhibit at the USS Midway Museum. “Additional notes could be taken on their return to base, but to a large extent the pilots relied on their own perspectives and memories for the review.”

Archaic performance recording methods have resulted in highly subjective interpretations of exercise results. This gave rise to a common phrase heard in school: “The first driver on the board wins the fight.”

“TOPGUN Class #1 graduates Lt. Steve Barkley and Lt. (jg) Jerry Beaulier after a 1970 MiG kill.” Photo by Matt Fratus/Coffee or Die Magazine.

The TOPGUN school also trains advisory instructors and air-to-air intercept controllers.

“Their job is to ensure that, from top to bottom – the CO down to all new aircrew – are trained in the latest tactics developed by TOPGUN,” Peverill told the DOD. “The return on investment the fleet gets from a TOPGUN graduate is not just an individual investment, it’s a community investment – ​​a Navy investment.”

Perhaps the most outrageous anecdote about the relationship between the school and the film was revealed by former TOPGUN instructor, Cmdr. Guy “Bus” Snodgrass in his book TOPGUN Top 10: Leadership lessons from the cockpit. Apparently, if any of the students are caught quoting from the movie, they are fined $5.

To which we would say, “Negative, Ghost Rider,” because it’s a price worth paying.

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EHS Field Complex Open House Upcoming May 19

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An Open House for the Emery High School Field Complex will be held on May 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. The Emery County School District would like to invite the public to tour these amazing new facilities.

The grounds complex includes new baseball and softball fields, a grass football/soccer field with track, tennis courts and a state-of-the-art complex. The court features a full-size court that can be used for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball, as well as a 55-yard indoor grass court and batting cages. The field and indoor court are surrounded by a two-lane running track. The grounds also contain a concessions area, restrooms, team rooms and a scorer booth.

High school teams had the opportunity to try out many of the new facilities. including football/soccer field, track and field, baseball and softball. The tennis courts will be finished in June. The additional landscaping must wait for warmer weather and will also receive the final touches in June.

Renderings of the new Emery High School building will also be on display at the open house. The new high school will be built in two phases. Phase 1 consists of the construction of a large common space for students, a kitchen, administrative and counseling areas, a multimedia center, technical teaching facilities, an auxiliary gymnasium and various classrooms.

After moving students to the newly constructed areas, planned for fall 2024, the existing building (not including the Spartan Center and auditorium) is expected to be demolished. Phase 2 will then begin with the construction of the remaining classrooms and the attachment of the new construction to both the established auditorium and the Spartan Center. The final stage will be the finishing of a grass football pitch, parking lots and landscaping.

The Emery County School District is grateful for the support of our community to help fund this project as well as a substantial addition to Book Cliff Elementary which was completed in November 2021 and the construction of the new Ferron Elementary, which is expected to be open to students for the 2022-23 school year. All of these projects have improved and will improve education in our communities.

As construction of the new Ferron Elementary progresses, a public auction was scheduled on June 4 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The auction will take place at 125 West Mill Road in Ferron. For more information, please see the leaflet on our website at

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Danville man’s 1940 Ford pickup truck took four years to restore

Ford Motor Co. has been building trucks for 105 years, dating back to the days of the Model T. Beginning in 1908, coach builders who saw the potential of motorized trucks about nine years before Henry Ford introduced a one-ton chassis he called the Model TT, priced at $600 (about $14,420 today), almost double the price of the Model T chassis. This new truck had a stronger frame and a 124-inch wheelbase, but still used the same 20-horsepower four-cylinder engine as the Model T car.

At first, a truck was just a work vehicle and almost exclusively a vehicle for laborers doing heavy manual work. There wasn’t much point in making it look pretty or making it a comfortable ride. They were designed for function and function only originally, but as the industry progressed, trucks got better looking. However, they all still looked like trucks.

In 1940, for the first time since 1932, the Ford half-ton pickup was designed to look like the standard Ford sedan. Ford’s chief designer, ET “Bob” Gregorie, who designed the 1940 pickup, had an interesting background. He was a high school dropout who became a yacht designer. He went to Detroit and worked for a few months with famous GM designer Harley Earl, but was laid off because of the Great Depression.

Gregorie tried to find a job at Ford-owned Lincoln Motor Co. in 1930, but Lincoln was not hiring at the time. In December of that year, however, he received a telegram from Lincoln, and apparently from Edsel Ford, offering him a position in Dearborn, Michigan. He was only 22 years old.

He designed the 1936 Lincoln-Zephyr, which the Museum of Modern Art in New York called “America’s first successful streamlined car”. Gregorie in 1939 also designed the first Lincoln Continental, which Edsel Ford showed to his wealthy Florida friends in his winter home. They liked it and Edsel Ford decided to make it. Gregorie retired from Ford in Florida at the age of 38, apparently because he did not get along with the new management after Edsel Ford’s death in 1943. There he returned to designing yachts.

The feature owner of this column is Tom Walsh, who now lives in Danville but grew up in Alameda.

“I’ve been a car guy all my life. I started probably because I have an older brother and he had a 1940 Ford coupe when I was young. I got caught driving his 40 Ford coupe when I was 8 or 9 years old. The police arrested me. The first thing he said was, “Does your brother know you took that car out?” “No, sir,” I said. He said, ‘I’ll make you a deal. I’ll follow you home. You park it exactly where it was. I won’t tell your brother, but you have to promise me you won’t do it again until you get your license. I said, ‘Yes, sir.’ ”

And Walsh kept his promise, but that didn’t include drag racing. He was a champion drag racer many times from the age of 14. He’s owned the 1940 Ford pickup in this number for about 22 years, although he only started working on it about 10 years ago.

“I always wanted to buy a ’40 pickup, but I didn’t have the time or the space to work on it,” he said.

Walsh, a retired auto shop owner specializing in building mostly hot rods, has a large garage at home to work in or store 11 vehicles. His 13-year-old granddaughter used to hang around while Walsh worked on different cars. He suggested they work on this 1940 Ford pickup together as a grandfather-granddaughter project, and they did.

“We worked a few days during the week after school, then on Saturdays.”

They completed the project in about four years. Walsh bought the truck in 2000 for $2,500 (about $4,200 today), but it had no engine or transmission. Some parts of the body were rusty. Walsh and his granddaughter replaced the truck bed with new wood and steel and replaced all four fenders. Even though the front fenders look like car fenders, they are slightly different.

“I had an old Dodge Hemi engine called a 241 cubic inch Red Ram engine, which I installed, and fitted it to a Chevrolet 350 automatic transmission. We put disc brakes in the front and had it painted and the interior was done.

It’s a driver as well as a show car. Walsh has no plans to sell it and isn’t even sure what he’s invested in it or the truck’s current value, but he turned down an offer of $125,000 several years ago. His plan is to leave it to his work partner, his granddaughter.

Do you have an interesting vehicle? Contact David Krumboltz at [email protected] To see more photos of this and other vehicles or to read more of Dave’s columns, visit

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Ten killed in mass shooting at Jefferson Avenue supermarket; officials call the attack a ‘hate crime’ | Local News

This is a developing breaking news situation. Check back for updates.

Ten people were killed and three others were injured – two seriously – outside and inside a Tops supermarket on Jefferson Avenue on Saturday afternoon in what law enforcement officials described as a racially motivated hate crime.

“It’s like stepping into a horror movie, but it’s all real. It’s like Armageddon,” the police official said at the scene. “It’s so overwhelming.”

Of the 13 victims, 11 were black. Police and prosecutors said the shooting was racially motivated.

“It was,” said Erie County Sheriff John Garcia, “directly, a racially motivated hate crime.”

Four Tops employees were among those killed, including a recently retired Buffalo police officer who worked security at the store. The Buffalo News is withholding the retired officer’s identity because it could not be determined whether his family had been notified.

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The shooter, Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, Broome County, was arraigned Saturday night before Buffalo City Court Judge Craig Hannah on charges of first-degree murder.

The shooter was dressed in a bulletproof vest and armed with a high-powered rifle, police sources said.

No less than five bodies were found in the parking lot, said the police chief on site.

“Bullets and blood are everywhere,” the source said.

Shonnell Harris, operations manager at Tops, said he heard gunshots and ran frantically through the store, falling several times before exiting out the back. She saw the shooter, whom she described as a white man in camouflage. “He looked like he was in the army.” Harris thought he heard 70 gunshots.

The shooter had a camera and police are investigating whether he was broadcast live from the scene, the official said.

The shooter was taken into custody and placed in a police vehicle at the scene, according to both sources.

The shooter was dressed in a bulletproof vest and wore a military-grade helmet on his head.

It is unclear whether he offered a reason for the massacre.

Video posted to Twitter showed two Buffalo police officers with a man who appears to be in custody just outside the Tops store. The man is a white male in camouflage pants, with what appears to be a mask over his mouth. The News was unable to confirm that the person in custody in the video was the shooter.

Immediately after the shooting, Braedyn Kaphart and Shayne Hill said they came almost face to face with the shooter as they turned their Equinox into a parking space in the Tops parking lot.

Kaphart described him as a man in his late teens or early twenties with dirty blond hair.

“He was standing there in his military gear with his gun to his chin looking like he was going to blow his head off,” Kaphart said. “We weren’t sure what was going on. As he continued to do this, he fell to his knees, always looking like he was ready to shoot himself.”

Kaphart said she then looked away.

“I turned my head and backed off as the police told us to get back in our cars,” she said.

When Kaphart looked back, she said it looked like officers had accosted and apprehended the man. They saw him being put in a police vehicle and taken away.

She shuddered to think of what might have happened if they had arrived at Tops a little earlier.

“A few more minutes and, God forbid, I don’t even want to think about what would have happened,” Kaphart said.

Inside the supermarket, several other victims were found, the two sources said, and some of the deceased appeared to be hiding near the cash register lines.

Police respond to the mass shooting at Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo.

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Adding to the horror, one of the sources said, family members arrived after news of the shooting spread through the community.

Others at the scene began streaming the shooting on Facebook Live.

Will G., a frozen dairy worker at Tops on Jefferson, said he entered the cooler to store milk about three minutes before the shooting. “I just heard gunshots. Gunshots and gunshots,” he said. “It looked like things were falling apart.”

The worker hid in the cooler and other people joined him, he said. “I hid. I just hid. I wasn’t going to leave this room.”

Harris described Tops’ lively scene. “It was full. It’s the weekend, so it was packed.”

“It’s like a dream, but I know it’s not a dream,” said Harris, Tops’ chief operating officer. GYC Ministries pastor Tim Newkirk, with his arm around his sister Harris, said, “It’s something you hear about but never experience.”

“You see it on TV, I never thought I would be one of them,” Harris said. Harris, whose daughter Denise also works at the Tops, was found safe behind the supermarket. “I just grabbed her, hugged her.”

Barbara Massey was frantically looking for her sister Katherine outside the Tops. She said her sister was out shopping at the time of the shooting and the two were unable to get in touch despite multiple phone calls and inquiries to police. Massey’s brother had dropped Katherine off for some routine groceries.

“She was supposed to be waiting outside the store for her brother to pick her up again,” Massey said.

Katherine Crofton, a retired firefighter and doctor, witnessed the shooting from her porch on Riley Street. She said she was playing with her dog and smoking a cigarette when she heard a gunshot.

“I didn’t see him at first, I turned around and saw him shooting this woman,” Crofton said. “She had just walked into the store. And then he shot another woman. She was putting groceries in her car. I got off because I didn’t know if he was going to shoot me.”

Crofton also saw rescuers arrive.

“The guy came out of the store, the cops were yelling at him, and he just stood there. He stood there. It was like he wanted them to shoot him,” Crofton said. The shooter began to remove his gear, Crofton continued, when another police cruiser pulled up, officers got out and jumped on the shooter.

Veronica Hemphill-Nichols said she was heading to the Tops for a loaf of bread and saw two bodies in the parking lot.

“When I saw these bodies, I just broke down. I’m angry and trying to shut myself down,” she said.

Hemphill-Nichols also said he saw people rushing out of the store and saw a woman frantically asking, “Where’s my daughter?”

Johnnie Emmons was inside her house, about five doors down from the Tops in Landon Street, when she said she heard bursts of gunfire. First came a flurry of about 20 rounds, then, after a brief pause, about 20 more rounds.

A large police presence closed off the area north of Jefferson Avenue to Northampton Street. Tops Markets is at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street, about two blocks north of Jefferson and Northampton.

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz tweeted at 2:49 p.m. that he was aware of an “active multiple-shot event” that occurred at Tops Markets at 1275 Jefferson Ave. He urged the public to avoid the area.

Ben Tsujimoto can be reached at [email protected], (716) 849-6927 or on Twitter at @Tsuj10.

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Woman sues driver who stole her car, police say

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — A woman tried to take matters into her own hands when she spotted her stolen vehicle being driven by someone else in East Cleveland on Saturday, according to the East Cleveland Police Department.

Around noon Saturday, an East Cleveland Police Department officer saw two cars speeding by, with one car chasing the other.

Police were told a woman had called 911 to say she had located her stolen car and was pursuing it.

She told the police dispatcher that she was “going to get her car back whether the police help her or not.”

The police told him to stop chasing the vehicle, so they could apprehend the person who was fleeing in his stolen car.

The stolen vehicle, a Chevrolet Cobalt, fled towards Arlington Road, reaching a speed of 40 mph, police said.

The driver of the stolen Cobalt drove through a field, through bushes and into the parking lot of an apartment complex on Brackland Road in Cleveland.

The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Police said he had not been arrested, but had been positively identified. The police issued several felony and misdemeanor arrest warrants against him.

No one was injured, police said.

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After Rajnath approval, military officers, jawans to expand, furnished houses, multi-level parking – ThePrint

New Delhi [India]May 14 (ANI): After the Ministry of Defense approves the new accommodation grids, military officers and jawans would get better and bigger furnished houses that would be built according to the latest national standards.

With Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s approval earlier this week, new housing projects for military personnel would have multi-level car parks, multi-purpose indoor courts, 10% more plinth area in homes and more Electric points would be provided in the residences to meet the requirements of the present times, Indian army officials told ANI.

The approval of the new accommodation ladders came after 13 years as the last review was only done in 2009 and since then there have been many changes in the lifestyle of all staff and their families, have- they stated.

Officials said the new government-approved accommodation ladders would certainly improve the quality of life for military personnel across all ranks when they begin to be implemented.

Under the new schedules, the military engineering services, which are the construction arm of the three defense forces and the Indian Coast Guard headed by the chief engineer, would also use renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and geothermal energy to meet energy needs.

Residential areas for military personnel would also benefit from new indoor sports complexes with additional basketball and volleyball courts.

The MES would now also build houses with modular kitchens and luggage storage space in all married accommodation would also be expanded.

The finish of the walls, ceilings and flooring would also be more aesthetic.

The Military Engineer Services (MES) is one of the pillars of the Indian Army Corps of Engineers which provides rear line engineering support to the armed forces and associated organizations of the Ministry of Defense (MoD).

MES carries out multiple construction activities for military stations/cantonments such as residential and office buildings, hospitals, roads, runways and marine structures across the country including border areas.

Apart from conventional buildings, MES is also involved in the construction of complex laboratories, factories, workshops, hangars, ammunition storage facilities, shipyards, piers/quays and other complexes/structures specials. (ANI)

This report is generated automatically from the ANI news service. ThePrint declines all responsibility for its content.

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Woman killed in Colorado Springs mobile home park fire

A woman and her dog died after flames engulfed their mobile home in a wind-fueled blaze that destroyed eight units at two mobile home parks, officials said Friday.

The woman’s death was confirmed by El Paso County Coroner Dr. Leon Kelly. He said she had been tentatively identified but declined to provide a name or other details until the identity was confirmed.

Steve Kaye, a resident who fled the fire, said he heard a woman shout “Help me!” Help me!” and quickly ran outside to see his door engulfed in flames on Thursday afternoon. He said he tried to help him escape, but the fire spread too quickly and soon his entire house was engulfed in fire, he said.Authorities have not confirmed that the woman he saw trapped was the deceased.

The fire destroyed homes in Skylark Mobile Home Park and nearby Falcon Mobile Home Park, both on Cascade Avenue. It is not known in which park the deceased woman lived. Authorities previously said the eight homes were at the Skylark.

Several pets were killed in the blaze, including a dog belonging to the deceased woman, firefighters confirmed.

The cause of the blaze – one of three across the city on Thursday that highlighted a high fire risk in the area – was ruled accidental after investigators were unable to rule out that its ignition was caused by improper disposal of “smoking material,” the fire department said Friday.

The separate fires briefly prompted a shelter-in-place order and canceled flights at the Colorado Springs airport and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes. At the mobile home parks, high winds and exploding propane tanks spread flames to nearby units, a fire department spokesperson said.

Firefighters dug up the piles of rubble Friday morning as an excavator demolished the frame of a mobile home. The metal siding has detached from the mobile home next door, revealing its charred interior.

Several trees stood between the rubble, their bark peeled and scorched by the flames. The area remained cordoned off with yellow police tape.

Bailey McCreary, 21, said she heard what sounded like rain on her roof and crashing waves when she stepped outside on Thursday and felt the heat of the flames on her body and a thick smell of propane.

“They weren’t waves. It was giant, huge flames,” McCreary said.

She quickly jumped into her car and drove past a burning trailer.

“I rode as fast as possible. I didn’t want to stop in case something else exploded,” she said.

A day after the fire, she walked through the rubble-strewn park with tears in her eyes.

“We live in a trailer park, we’re poor,” she said, adding that many who live there don’t have insurance.

Debbie Wilson, 56, and her housemate returned to find their home badly damaged with their four dead cats inside. They hoped to recover the bodies of Gizmo, Penelope, Minnie and Praline and bring them to the vet to be cremated.

They planned to retrieve important documents and identification they might find in their home, which they moved into in August. Wilson’s roommate, who declined to be named, described their home as an “open-air charred mess”.

Wilson, who was waiting for her home nurse to arrive on Thursday, said police knocked on her door to get her out. She heard a succession of “small booms” mixed with explosions as flames burned a nearby house.

“It was the first time in a long time that I could say sirens were a welcome sound,” Wilson said.

The other fires in Colorado Springs have highlighted how human activity that can be harmless in more forgiving conditions can spark blazes that quickly spread out of control amid the state’s hot, dry and windy weather.

In the northeast of the city, the Akerman Fire, which endangered 500 homes and led to the evacuation of around 1,000 people in the Stetson Hills neighborhood on Thursday, was started by smoldering ash from a resident’s household, a Colorado Springs police spokeswoman said. Joshua Allen was cited with “shooting woods or meadows”, for unknowingly and recklessly setting fire to land. It’s a class 6 felony.

The Alturas Fire that briefly shut down the Colorado Springs airport was apparently started by a county sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car after the deputy drove into a field and accidentally set fire to it. grass, authorities said. Crews brought the blaze, which grew to 180 acres, under control around 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to the sheriff’s office.

Another fire that broke out west of Cripple Creek in Teller County on Thursday had grown to about 846 acres by Friday evening, the Teller County Sheriff’s Office said. The cause of the High Park fire, which started on private property before moving to Bureau of Land Management land, remains unknown.

Colorado Springs and much of the Front Range were red flagged Friday, with dry conditions and winds of up to 40 mph bringing critical fire danger to the northeast quarter of the state, the National warned. Boulder Weather Service on Twitter.

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Concerns over sports complexes highlight Berlin planning commission meeting

BERLIN — Concerns over county plans for a sports complex dominated a meeting of the Berlin Planning Commission this week. Berlin residents and commission members have expressed concerns about the impact a sports complex next to Stephen Decatur High School would have on the city. In the presence of two county commissioners and an Ocean City councilman, several…

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The county closely includes the Flower Street roundabout study funds in Berlin Grant

The county closely includes the Flower Street roundabout study funds in Berlin Grant

BERLIN — Worcester County commissioners agreed to fully fund the city of Berlin’s annual budget request during a working session this week. In a lengthy budget session on Tuesday, commissioners agreed to provide the city with its usual annual grant as well as funds to fund a roundabout and bike lane. Mayor Zack…

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Nor’easter causes a busy weekend for the OCFD

Nor'easter causes a busy weekend for the OCFD

OCEAN CITY — It was a busy Sunday afternoon for station firefighters and emergency responders with a pair of fire and smoke situations at high-rise condominium buildings in the north, among other incidents. As the Northeast last weekend peaked late Saturday and early Sunday, the Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) found itself responding to multiple storms related…

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Snow Hill to repair the river boat

Snow Hill to repair the river boat

SNOW HILL – Town of Snow Hill officials voted this week to proceed with repairs to the Black-Eyed Susan. Snow Hill City Council voted 2-1 on Tuesday to make the necessary repairs to bring the municipality’s riverboat back to Snow Hill. The boat has been moored in Norfolk since a Coast Guard inspection revealed…

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Thunderstorms cause flooding, tree damage and blackouts in the Twin Cities

A line of intense thunderstorms rolled through southern Minnesota on Wednesday night, causing wind damage, localized flooding and power outages in the Twin Cities.

The storm reached the westernmost suburb around 7 p.m. with winds blowing up to 67 mph near Eden Prairie, according to Paige Marten, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

Although some unconfirmed tornado reports have been received from southwestern Minnesota, none have been reported in the Twin Cities, Marten said. The NWS canceled the last tornado warnings for the subway shortly before 9 p.m. No damage from the southwestern Minnesota tornado sightings was immediately reported.

The storm brought damaging winds to Hennepin, Ramsey and other metropolitan counties, with downed trees and widely reported power outages. No injuries were reported immediately.

A 77mph gust was recorded in Shakopee, while the doors of a Target store in Roseville were blown out.

Nearly 83,000 utility customers were without power as of 10 p.m., including 74,000 Xcel Energy customers, mostly in the Twin Cities.

In addition to the wind, the storm dumped torrential rain and large hailstones – some up to 2 inches – on the subway. Several areas reported flooded roads and underground parking lots. Nearly 2 inches of rain was officially recorded in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Although the worst of the storm moved into western Wisconsin around 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Twin Cities are bracing for a possible second night of storms Thursday.

Thursday is expected to dawn mostly sunny, with daytime temperatures likely reaching the low 90s with high humidity.

“It will feel like a hot summer day,” Marten said.

A cold front is expected to come over the Dakotas in the afternoon and evening. The forecast calls for severe weather that is “quite similar to today’s event”, according to Marten.

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French Quarter Management District launches Keep the Quarter Clean campaign

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The French Quarter Management District (FQMD) is pleased to announce the launch of the Keep the neighborhood clean Campaign. The FQMD Habitability Committee is directing this public service message to highlight municipal sanitation laws and contracted sanitation services for citizens.

The Keep the Quarter Clean campaign builds on the City of New Orleans’ desire to Clean NOLA and the Governor’s campaign to Keep Louisiana Beautiful. While businesses and residents had undertaken hard work to refresh their facades, deep clean and generally beautify their properties during the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown, the neighborhood is again in need of a cleanup. improved. The intention of the program is to maintain a higher standard of cleanliness, where all stakeholders feel a sense of ownership in promoting the Keep the Quarter Clean campaign and driving a greater level of waste reduction and sanitation among our visitors, residents, businesses and government agencies providing services in the French Quarter.

“It is the responsibility of all of us to preserve the French Quarter. Keep the Quarter Clean will use a multi-pronged campaign that will be rolled out in conjunction with our nominating entities, political partners and friends throughout our community. – Karley Frankic, Executive Director

The Keep the Quarter Clean campaign will build awareness by distributing window decals, car magnets and teaming up with civic-minded nonprofit partners to share the message via social media. We invite everyone to share this important information and submit their observations to Keep the Quarter Clean!

Citizens will participate in the Keep the Quarter Clean campaign by increasing reporting on opportunities to clean up the French Quarter. Remediation opportunities can be reported by contacting the using a QR code, or reporting directly to the city’s sanitation service provider, KBS/Empire by phone at 504-835-5551, or emailing [email protected]

Our free decals and magnets will be available at the FQMD offices at 400 North Peters, Suite 206, NOLA 70130. We will also be offering them at the upcoming Vieux Carré Property Owners Residents & Associates Mother’s Day Concert and Picnic ( VCPORA) on Sunday, May 15, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Cabrini Park (Dauphine and Caserne streets).

If you would like more information about the French Quarter Management District’s Keep the Quarter Clean campaign, please contact Karley D. Frankic at 504-323-5801 or [email protected]

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AdventHealth seeks approval for new cancer center

MERRIAM, Kan. – A local healthcare provider is looking to revamp their parking lot to make way for a new cancer treatment center.

The Merriam Planning Commission has unanimously approved a preliminary development plan for AdventHealth to build a new cancer center at its Shawnee Mission campus.

The blue star indicates the location of the proposed cancer center

To make space for the new treatment center, AdventHealth intends to demolish the existing two-story parking lot located on the north side of W. 74th Street, west of the existing Shawnee Mission Heart and Vascular Center.

Construction of the three-story, 70,995 square foot building will require the hospital to remove approximately 546 parking spaces. The applicant proposes to construct a new 229-space parking lot north of the new cancer center to help meet parking needs.

The preliminary development plan will be presented to Merriam Town Council later this month for final review. When construction is complete, the new building will replace the current AdventHealth Cancer Center located at 9301 W. 74th St., Suite 100.

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Is it a tech bubble? Stock prices and start-up layoffs rock Silicon Valley

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Tech companies were the darlings of the pandemic economy.

Today, with soaring inflation, rising interest rates, a war in Europe and uncertainty in China, the biggest tech giants are driving the stock market, while startups up in Silicon Valley are laying off employees — a dramatic downturn for an industry seen as a barometer for the global economy.

The collapse affected even the most reliable ramparts. Apple, despite record revenues, fell from $3 trillion in January to $2.5 trillion on Monday. Microsoft, Amazon, Tesla and Alphabet have all lost more than 20% of their value this year. Netflix lost 70%.

Facebook, which is down 40% this year, recently announced to its employees that it will freeze hiring, which in the tech sector will almost certainly lead to a drop in the total number of employees. Private start-ups, sheltered from the stock market, have also felt the hit, with 29 companies laying off employees since early April, according to, which tracks layoffs in the tech industry.

This includes Robinhood, the financial services company; Cameo, the app that lets users pay for personalized videos of their favorite celebrities; and On Deck, a Silicon Valley darling that helps tech talent start businesses, secure funding or find jobs.

This is a major turning point for the tech industry, which for more than a decade has defied gravity, continuing to grow beyond what even the industry’s biggest fans thought possible. Now, with an economy stretched by the global pandemic and jostled by war, the once largely immune tech industry may have found its match.

“There are a lot of factors, a lot of headwinds that people are worried about,” said Greg Martin, co-founder of Rainmaker Securities, which facilitates trading in stocks of private technology companies. “I’ve been doing this since the late 90s. I’ve seen models like this. It looks very different.

Andrea Beasley, a spokesperson for Meta-owned Facebook, said it was throttling its talent pool based on its business needs. The other companies did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In the dot-com bust of 2000, Silicon Valley’s high-flying companies, backed by hyped stocks, disintegrated overnight. The impact was so immediate and dramatic that traffic in the Bay Area cleared up and it was easier to find parking.

In 2004, the industry regained its place. Companies such as Facebook moved in and the industry quickly exploded. Despite a global financial crisis and speculation of another burst of the bubble, the trajectories of companies such as Facebook and Google have remained on track. Then came Uber, Airbnb and Twitter, all of which were skeptical of their lofty valuations before going public. For more than a decade, some investors wondered if a crash reminiscent of 2000 was coming. But that failed to materialize, even as the coronavirus shut down the world.

Wall Street, dragged lower by tech stocks, racks up heavier losses

So far, that’s largely because today’s tech industry is different than it was in 2000.

It’s more global, with large companies spread across the US, Europe, and Asia. Investors now include not only legendary venture capital firms such as Sequoia and Benchmark Capital, but also major financial market players, such as Tiger Global, which earlier this year committed $1 billion to tech start-ups. in startup.

Companies like Uber and WeWork have been funded in part with money from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through Japanese firm SoftBank. According to the National Venture Capital Association, 2021 alone attracted 17,000 venture capital deals, worth a record $330 billion.

And while investors may think the stock prices of incredibly valuable companies, including Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, might be overvalued, they’ve built sprawling, profitable businesses. This differs from those who went bankrupt after 2000.

This year, part of what has changed is the all-important corporate earnings. Amazon, for the first time in years, reported a loss and said it was overstaffed in its warehouses.

Shareholder demand to see profitability — and distrust of the business model of the once-bullish ridesharing industry — was the theme of Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s recent email to employees.

“The average Uber employee is just over 30, which means you’ve spent your career in an unprecedented long bull run. This next period will be different,” he wroteaccording to the media.

Facebook’s face on Wall Street may just be the start of some tech stocks

Yet the downturn affecting the tech industry today shows no signs of becoming catastrophic just yet.

“I had a conversation today with a startup investor and none of us had any data yet showing that there are fewer companies being created because of this,” said Beezer Clarkson, a partner of Sapphire Partners which invests in early-stage venture capital companies. . “It would be a very worrying sign if people chose not to innovate or build businesses, so that’s something we continue to watch closely,” she said.

Venture capitalists, some of whom spoke to The Washington Post on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of their investments, said the downturn was not affecting their investment strategies.

But they said start-ups need to be careful about their “burn rate”, Silicon Valley jargon for the amount of investment capital they spend, because it can become more difficult to raise more rounds. of financing. Since most early-stage startups lose money, the amount they “burn” determines how long they can survive between funding rounds, known as “track”.

Rather than giving up on investing in start-ups, Clarkson said, investors tell us they’re looking at companies more critically, asking them to use their funding more effectively. “You can make the argument which isn’t necessarily terrible. Looking at metrics shouldn’t be negative.

A slowdown in big tech companies can also benefit the next wave of start-ups. When companies like Facebook and Netflix stop hiring or firing employees, some of those employees often find or join start-ups, which can seem risky compared to the security of a large company.

Employees of publicly traded tech companies often receive a significant portion, if not the majority, of their salary in the form of stock. As stock prices fall, the salaries offered by big tech companies look less and less attractive compared to smaller startups.

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Private tech companies are not publicly traded, so their true value is often difficult to calculate. But some employees sell their shares on private markets reserved for informed investors. The prices of these “secondary stocks” can give an idea of ​​whether a company’s value is rising or falling.

Martin, who facilitates secondary market transactions at Rainmaker Securities, said shares of some private companies are trading at a steep discount. But he said some start-ups have started to crack down, preventing shareholders from trading shares to avoid the perception that the company is less valuable.

A down market can create problems for start-up employees that go beyond layoffs. Employees of start-ups are often compensated with stock options which they are allowed to buy at prices below what outside investors are willing to pay. Employees must wait to sell these shares until the company goes public or is acquired, or they are allowed to sell in secondary markets. But employees must pay taxes on stock options before selling them. If the company goes bankrupt, the employee will have paid taxes for nothing.

Some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors doubt that the bubble really burst.

“Hiring has gotten really out of control and work hasn’t really changed significantly during covid, so I’m wondering to what extent big companies are using macro-softness to clean house,” said Sarah Kunst, founder of the venture capital firm Cleo Capital. .

On ZipRecruiter, a job board, the number of active job postings in the technology industry increased between January and April for all available jobs, including project management and software development, said the company’s chief economist, Sinem Buber.

“Because technical skills are highly desirable in every industry, from online retail to fintech, skilled workers currently have many options in the job market,” Buber said.

Yet fears over layoffs are ricocheting off Blind, the anonymous messaging app popular with tech workers, where thousands of users voted in a poll asking which tech company would cut jobs next.

Facebook’s parent company Meta has frozen the hiring of mid- and junior-level engineers, a current employee who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive issues told The Post. And internal communication shared with the newspaper indicated that, as fewer recruiters would be needed, some upcoming recruiter engagements were being cancelled.

“The entrepreneurs affected were immediately informed and offered a financial transition package” from their employers of record, according to an article seen by The Post. He warned readers not to talk to the media or discuss the layoffs online.

The post stressed that employees were not affected. He also noted that Meta would be hiring fewer people than originally planned for 2022.

Board member Marc Andreessen wrote that staffing needed to be cut after years of rampant spending.

“Good big companies are overstaffed by 2x. Bad big companies are overstaffed by 4 times or more,” he posted on Twitter.

Elon Musk, who said he planned to buy Twitter for about $44 billion, suggested hiring 3,600 employees, after cutting hundreds of jobs, according to a pitch deck seen by The New York Times.

Musk, who is CEO of electric car company Tesla and rocket company SpaceX, is dealing with concerns from employees and investors that he may be stretching too thin. He put a lot of his personal wealth to fund the acquisition – which is expected to be a big part of his stake in Tesla.

Tesla shares are down 20% since Musk made his takeover bid for Twitter.

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Forest Service Announces 2022 Recreation Opening Dates for Lake Tahoe Basin | Carson City Nevada News

The USDA Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has begun the process of opening National Forest recreation sites, roads, and gates in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Weather and conditions permitting, planned opening dates for recreation sites can be found under the Recreation Conditions Report found here.

Roads and gates generally begin to open on the dates shown in the motor vehicle usage maps found here.

Before recreation sites, roads and gates can be fully opened to the public, the LTBMU must hire seasonal crews and staff, clean up after winter, remove safety hazards and wait for the danger of frost to pass. passed before opening the water systems.

Visitors to the National Forest should always exercise caution and remain aware of their surroundings when enjoying the outdoors. Hazards to watch out for include trees that may have died recently due to the impacts of drought, disease, or beetle infestation and/or that have suffered damage over the winter, including broken limbs and/or damaged trunks.

Keep in mind that the Recreation Area grounds are open year-round, but until the sites officially open, there is no parking, trash pickup, or restrooms available. Be sure to take out all rubbish and, where pets are allowed, always clean up after them. Until the parking lots open, park vehicles off the road, avoid parking on vegetation and do not block access barriers.

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Food bank users and volunteers threatened with £170 parking fines | consumer affairs

Food bank users have been sued for parking charges of up to £170 and threatened with legal action after a law enforcement company took over management of a community center car park in Sunderland.

Clients and volunteers of the Almighty Youth Project (Yap), which runs a food bank and community services, received parking charge notices (PCNs) for using the charity’s free parking lot after the company running the site was taken over by an Australian multinational called Smart Parking.

“They have started issuing £100 tickets (reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days) to anyone using the car park, including me and my staff, even though we own the site,” said said Phil Tye, president of Yap.

“Even after we challenge them, people are getting letters from a debt collection agency demanding £170 and threatening legal action if they don’t pay within seven days.”

It was only after Guardian Money contacted Smart Parking that the charges were waived.

Parking enforcement companies patrol private parking lots on behalf of owners to crack down on drivers who break in, overstay or fail to pay. Typically, businesses receive income from PCNs, which can be up to £100 each, rather than payments from the owner.

The sector has come under fire for disproportionate charges for minor breaches of parking rules and in February the government announced plans to cap most private parking charges at £50. It will also require companies to give drivers a 10-minute grace period before issuing a PCN.

A new code of conduct will make it easier for drivers to challenge tickets if there are extenuating circumstances and will limit the fees collected by debt collectors.

At the time the changes were announced, the minister responsible for the upgrade, Neil O’Brien, said private companies were issuing around 22,000 parking tickets a day and often charging “unreasonable fees”.

Yap used Enterprise Parking Solutions in 2020 to prevent unauthorized drivers from using its parking lot.

Authorized vehicles belonging to staff and customers were whitelisted and any PCNS issued to them were routinely cancelled, according to Tye.

The Silksworth Youth and Community Center car park in Sunderland. Photography: Phil Tye

However, last August Enterprise and its 68 sites were acquired by Smart Parking, which manages car parks for retail parks and supermarket chains across the UK.

Tye said Yap was unaware of the takeover until an engineer showed up and changed some equipment.

“Since then, instead of whitelisting authorized vehicles, we have to email the details, but the emails are not processed and Smart Parking fails to override PCNs issued in error” , he added.

The charity said it had not received a new contract from Smart Parking, which refused to release it from the three-year agreement signed with Enterprise.

When Tye asked Smart Parking to withdraw from the site, he received a letter from the company’s lawyers threatening him with legal action to recover “significant” lost profits and legal costs.

“A multi-million pound global business is making money from starving families,” Tye said. “How can this be legal?”

The benefit of a contract can legally be transferred to a new company without the client’s consent in certain circumstances, according to Emma Marshall, senior associate at law firm Browne Jacobson.

“It depends on whether the contract provided for what would happen if there was a change in ownership of the assets of the business and whether the previous owner complied with the terms of the contract,” she said.

Yap’s contract with Enterprise stipulates that the benefit – the revenue stream – can be allocated to a third party.

Smart Parking canceled 19 PCNs issued to volunteers and users within 24 hours of Guardian Money’s intervention.

He has since agreed to reimburse other drivers who claim they were wrongly charged. He declined to explain why he had not previously responded to evidence that the PCNs had been issued incorrectly.

A spokesperson said: “Following an exchange of communications, we spoke to Mr Tye and after a good meeting we agreed on a strategy moving forward. We are very much looking forward to working together in the future.

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Ranking of the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix 2022

Enthusiasm for F1 within the Japanese automaker therefore remains high and it continues to tout its relationships with Red Bull and Alpha Tauri. That’s why he invited us to attend the Miami F1 GP as one of his guests, and with the race now over, it’s time to hand in our marks for an event the sport and its fans have been waiting for. impatiently.

The climate

It’s unfair to credit or blame race organizers for the weather, but speaking of “hot”, the 2022 Miami F1 Grand Prix was scorching. The ambient temperature hovered in the low to mid-90s all weekend, with the humidity index exceeding 50%. A brief, light rain shower an hour before the start of the race teased participants with potential relief, but more precipitation never arrived.

On the other hand, a torrential downpour is also not ideal for comfort. We would have liked to see a lot more misters and blown air fans on the pitch to keep spectators cool, and we’ve heard reports of a lack of water in some toilets and water points. From what we’ve seen overall, though, there doesn’t seem to be a widespread challenge when it comes to securing lots of cold drinks.

Hard Rock Stadium and Miami International Autodrome

Talk about an impressive site to see, especially for the first outing of the F1 Miami GP.

Built on the grounds of the Miami Dolphin’s Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami International Autodrome complex delivered an almost entirely temporary site that looked very much like a permanent racing facility. Much of it is normally used as parking, but you’d never know that if you hadn’t noticed the parking lines painted on some of the asphalt you walked on as you explored the terrain. It was an example of how modern racing promoters, architects and engineers can create an FIA Grade 1 racing circuit virtually from scratch. It was a middle finger in history and the infamous Caesar’s Palace car park Grand Prix held in Las Vegas in the early 80s, widely regarded as one of the most abysmal F1 circuits in all the time.

There were 11 separate grandstands and the number of team and sponsor supported hospitality areas (accessible if you got your hands on the proper tickets) was staggering. The latter, however, are prohibitively expensive for average and even above-average people, with costs per ticket running into the thousands. Even “regular” grandstand tickets were expensive, with the cheapest costing $640. Pro tip: “Campus Pass” general admission tickets — $300 for Friday practice and up to $500 for the race, or $1,200 for all three days — might be some of the best tickets to general admission to all professional sports. There are many open and accessible vantage points around the circuit from which we would have been very happy to watch the whole race. Views from the spiraling pedestrian ramps at Hard Rock Stadium were excellent.

Our biggest complaint about the overall experience is that the Miami Autodrome staff, while universally and exceptionally courteous and friendly, simply hadn’t received enough training prior to the event on the location of the various locations in the facility, and the maps displayed around the terrain were sometimes only useful up to a point.

At an event like this, you’d just like to ask someone wearing a staff shirt how you can best reach your destination, but too often we’ve been answered with questioning looks and “Hmmm, I don’t am not sure.” In a moment of unintended comedy on Friday, it took us 45 minutes to circle around and ask at least half a dozen employees, “Where’s the media center?” before finding one who knew where the correct entrance to the paddock was.

The crowd

call it him Drive to survive effect, complemented by the fact that F1 is in the midst of its most competitive and engaging era in decades: the crowd of around 85,000 at the Miami GP was as excited and enthusiastic as any crowd we have ever seen in a car race. If any doubts remained about F1’s popularity – and virtually overnight – in the US, they disintegrated and more.

This mass of humanity applauded and roars for the smallest of reasons, from cars just rolling out of the pit lane to drivers crossing on Friday and Saturday practice. A car that dives into the pits? Roar. The same car coming out of its pit after a routine stop? Roar. A driver who slightly applies his brakes in a bend? Roar. Red Bull’s Mexican driver and local favorite Sergio “Checo” Perez gains some time over Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in the final laps of the race? Roarcombined with chants of “Olé, Olé, Olé, Checo, Checo!”

It was obvious that many fans are new to the sport and still have a long way to go before they understand the darker and somewhat complex nuances of F1. But if that level of enthusiasm for GP racing and the corresponding willingness to shell out big bucks for the privilege of attending existed in this country back when Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted the United States Grand Prix , the Brickyard would not have lost its place on the F1 Calendar after the 2007 race.

Meanwhile, in terms of celebrity spotting, sports and pop culture fans have been wowed by a massive list including names like Michael Jordan (who earlier in the week had dinner with impressed Alpha Tauri pilot Pierre Gasly, leaving Gasly’s teammate Yuki Tsunoda to jokingly lament that he wasn’t invited), Tom Brady, Dwayne Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union, Serena and Venus Williams, David Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger, George Lucas, Bad Bunny, Karlie Kloss, Michael Strahan, Ashton Kutcher, and more.

The track and the race

Heading into the weekend, the 3.36-mile, 19-turn circuit was expected to have the potential to deliver an exciting race. But the 2022 Miami F1 Grand Prix was a mixed bag.

After the first practice sessions, several drivers complained about a lack of off-line grip, in particular McLaren’s Lando Norris and Perez, the latter saying he felt the surface was wet when he got on. ventured off the ideal racing line where the cars had deposited rubber. Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver George Russell called the track “garbage” in places in comments ahead of Sunday’s race. Norris and seven-time Mercedes champion Lewis Hamilton have also complained of unexpected bumps, exacerbated by the “porpoising” effect inherent in this year’s F1 cars. As a result, they predicted that the situation would be bad for pilots running and passing each other, despite having three DRS zones.

The 57-lap race started with Leclerc’s Ferrari on pole ahead of team-mate Carlos Sainz in second and Verstappen in third. But Verstappen rounded Sainz on the outside of Turn 1 (so much for zero grip), and during the early stages it looked like it might stay that way for quite a while. Instead, Verstappen chased the leading Ferrari, passing Leclerc on lap nine. There were a few more overtakes and a few knocks in midfield, but overall and as one F1 insider texted us halfway through the race, “It’s a snoozefest.”

That all changed on lap 40, when a collision between Gasly and Norris tore Norris’ McLaren apart and ripped off one of its tyres, knocking out the safety car. The race resumed with 10 laps to go, Verstappen moving ahead of Leclerc, Sainz and Perez, with the second-placed Red Bull now retaining the fresh tire advantage after a pit stop. The Mexican at one point used his Honda power to race the Ferrari, pulling his car on the inside into Turn 1, but he locked up his right front tire and ran wide, ending his challenge .

For a few more laps Leclerc stayed in Verstappen’s DRS range, threatening that a potential attack could occur and giving the final laps some tension. In the end, however, he backed off, giving Verstappen his third victory and his second in a row in a young season that still has 18 races to go. Thanks to scoring an extra point for setting the fastest lap of the race, Verstappen reduced his gap to Leclerc to 19 points, 104-85. If it hadn’t been for the safety car period , however, the race seemed likely to deliver little drama for much of its remoteness.

Final Thoughts

The 2022 Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix was an absolute success overall: off track, on track and, key to its long-term prospects, financially. The handful of things that need improvement should be relatively easy fixes for an organizational leadership team that has plenty of experience when it comes to curating high-profile shows and creating positive fan experiences. Improving the track somewhat might prove more difficult, but the race was certainly not eviland some drivers felt that the tedious chicane that includes turns 14 and 15 should perhaps be removed to potentially improve the show.

We agree with this suggestion. But no matter if it happens and after tasting the Miami GP, we are already looking forward to returning for the 2023 edition.

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Jeremy Clarkson suffers blow over plans to expand Diddly Squat farm shop as councilors turn down offer

Jeremy Clarkson has faced a blow to his Diddly Squat Farm Shop expansion plans after councilors refused his request for watered down planning.

The former Top Gear presenter, 62, was looking to sevenfold his store’s parking lot from ten to 70 spaces, but local councilors said the proposed plans would have a ‘visually intrusive and detrimental impact’ on the campaign, refusing Clarkson’s candidacy.

Clarkson, who films at his own farm shop for Amazon Prime Video’s Clarkson’s Farm, had faced around 30 comments of objection from villagers, with some citing concerns about traffic chaos around Chadlington, Oxford .

Yet an equal number expressed support for the bid, which was refused on Friday May 6 by West Oxfordshire District Council.

Explaining the decision, council development manager Abby Fettes said: ‘Due to its location, size and design, the proposed development would not be sustainable and would not be compatible or consistent in terms of scale with the existing farm business or its location in the countryside. .

‘[It] would have an intrusive and detrimental visual impact on the rural character, scenic beauty and tranquility of the Cotswolds Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Wychwood Project area.

It’s the second time Clarkson, who also stars with former Top Gear hosts Richard Hammond and James May in The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime, has had a planning application for his farm shop rejected this year.

Jeremy Clarkson (pictured) has suffered a major blow for his plans to expand the Oxfordshire Diddly Squat Farm Shop after councilors refused his watered down planning request on Friday

In January councilors refused him permission to convert his lambing shed into a proposed 60-space cafe and 70-space car park.

Some locals hailed the plans as a welcome measure to prevent visitors from parking on nearby roads and accused opponents of being motivated by “jealousy”.

But others have slammed the former Top Gear presenter for trying to create ‘a major tourist attraction’ in a peaceful rural area, calling his shop ‘an eyesore’.

Clarkson reapplied on March 2 to build the parking lot and introduce new entry and exit points for his farm shop.

It was argued in planning documents that there was insufficient parking space to cope with the number of visitors.

Local residents have complained of ‘traffic chaos’ since Clarkson’s hit TV show Clarkson’s Farm aired last June.

Clarkson, who films at his own farm shop for Amazon Prime Video's Clarkson's Farm, had faced around 30 comments of objection from villagers, with some citing concerns about traffic chaos around Chadlington, Oxford .

Clarkson, who films at his own farm shop for Amazon Prime Video’s Clarkson’s Farm, had faced around 30 comments of objection from villagers, with some citing concerns about traffic chaos around Chadlington, Oxford .

The presenter’s new projects consist of trying to reduce traffic jams and visitor parking on the road by creating a new car park delimited by straw bales where around 60 cars can park with four additional spaces for the disabled and a bicycle park. .

Plans include a tarmac entrance and separate exit, a fenced paddock separated from the road by a new hedge and wildflower margins to “create a soft buffer zone between the crops and the farm store”.

It also proposes the construction of 1.8 m high willow hedges and hedges of native species such as Acer Campestre, Malus Sylvestris and Quercus Robur to protect the car park.

But planning documents reveal that many local residents fear the site is overdeveloped.

The parish council opposed the request, saying it would “remove some, but not all, vehicles from the road given the number of visitors encountered, and would not reduce the current number of vehicle movements in the area, which is a security issue.

Thames Valley Police crime prevention design adviser Kevin Cox said the applicant was to provide details of what would be done to control peak hour parking to stop ‘safety issues and the disruptions and subsequent demand for police resources as seen previously’.

However, supporters said parking facilities for the farm shop were much needed and would ease pressure on surrounding roads while boosting the local economy.

The plans, which were rejected, showed a new entry and exit system, with proposed hedges to be planted and the number of parking spaces increased

The plans, which were rejected, showed a new entry and exit system, with proposed hedges to be planted and the number of parking spaces increased

A 10-space car park was approved for the store last year, but it quickly overflowed after the farm's popularity skyrocketed following the release of the Amazon Prime Video series Clarkson's Farm

A 10-space car park was approved for the store last year, but it quickly overflowed after the farm’s popularity skyrocketed following the release of the Amazon Prime Video series Clarkson’s Farm

One resident seemed resigned to the continued development of the site and said people may have “reluctantly concluded that the best option was to back this app given everyone’s concerns to avoid a serious crash”.

Nigel Winser of Chadlington wrote in his letter of objection: ‘If the Farm Shop were loyal to selling local farm produce, the small car park is appropriate.

“Alas, the shop is already selling souvenirs, which attract a large number of shoppers from all over the UK.

“This trend will continue to grow year after year, with an increasing number of domestic and international buyers. Good for tourism, but not for sustainable agriculture in a beautiful area of ​​national importance, for nature.

‘Permission for this car park, will be the thin end of the corner, known as the “planning creep”.

“Visitor numbers will increase, a large restaurant will be created, intense lighting will need to be added and before long it will become a major tourist attraction in the UK, bringing increased road safety and environmental hazards to the whole valley. “

A 10-space car park was approved for the store last year, but it quickly overflowed after the farm’s popularity skyrocketed following the release of Clarkson’s Farm.

Chadlington resident Michael Cooper claimed in his comments that the plans showed “no respect or consideration” for neighbors or the fact that the site was in an Area of ​​Outstanding Beauty.

He added: “The scheduled entry and exit will not necessarily improve road safety and traffic flow. With an extra “pinch point” and such close proximity, there is a risk of additional problems and accidents. »

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Miami’s F1 chicane looks like racing around the B&Q parking lot in a go-kart

While Hamilton escaped all major drama on a day when a number of other drivers ran into trouble around the new F1 venue, he was far from impressed with the sequence of corners heading into the long final straight .

The elevated chicane at Turn 14/15, which runs under a toll road, was designed to generate errors that expose drivers to a potential challenge from behind on the subsequent descent to the final corner.

However, the ultra-compact nature of the complex, with pilots having to attack the curbs at reduced speeds, did not impress the seven-time champion.

“The track is quite nice to drive except for the chicane,” Hamilton said. “It’s so tight.

“It reminds me of being in a B&Q parking lot when I was six/seven, in a kart, between cars.

“It’s a corner where maybe in the future they can remove that one and it will improve the track.”

Hamilton also said he wasn’t too happy with how bumpy the track was on the first day of racing.

“It’s kind of crazy when you think people in our time should be able to make a flat road relatively easy,” he said.

“There were big, big, big bumps and so many places where the track joined somewhere else. So I don’t know if they will be able to rectify that overnight and make it better.

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT03, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

But not all the drivers were so put off by the circuit, with Kevin Magnussen saying he really enjoyed the challenge of the chicane.

“That’s pretty cool,” he said. “It’s not as thrilling as the high-speed corners, but it’s very blind and it’s like going over a ridge with big curbs and big low-speed direction changes.

“It’s quite unique, I would say, so cool that way. But it’s obviously very slow.

One of the main issues on the opening day of action, which sparked a number of incidents, was the dirty track surface. This meant that if the riders veered away from the racing line, they were almost guaranteed to spin.

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez feared that if the situation did not improve it would not bode well for the race.

“I’m extremely disappointed that there’s no offline grip,” he said. “It’s a shame, because I think the race will be bad because of that.

“As soon as you try to disconnect, there’s no outlet. It is done. It feels very gritty offline. So the race will be tough.”

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Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas, however, liked the challenges of the layout, as he predicted a thrilling race on Sunday.

“It’s not an easy track, that’s for sure,” he told “Certainly when the track is green it can happen more easily. But once you’re slightly disconnected, if you lose the rear you can’t catch it anymore.

“That technical section of turns 12 to 15 is not easy to do properly, but I think they did a good job on the overtaking opportunities.

“I think we’re going to see some good racing here with the long straights and with them starting with a slow speed corner, that means you can follow closely.”

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Miami chicane ‘like a B&Q parking lot’, says Hamilton

In the summary: Lewis Hamilton compared the chicane at Turns 14 and 15 at Miami’s new circuit to driving a go-kart around a supermarket parking lot.

In short

Miami chicane ‘like a B&Q parking lot’, says Hamilton

Hamilton compared the chicane at Turns 14 and 15 at Miami’s new circuit to driving a go-kart around a supermarket parking lot.

The tight and twisty section of the second sector caused plenty of challenges for the drivers in Friday’s two practice sessions. Hamilton says the circuit is characterized by bumps and questions the need for the chicane at turns 14 and 15.

“It’s kind of crazy when you think people these days should be able to make a flat road relatively easy,” Hamilton said, “but there are really big bumps in so many places where the track meets elsewhere, so I don’t know if they’ll be able to rectify that overnight or improve it.

“Otherwise the track is quite pleasant to drive, except for the chicane. It’s so tight. It reminds me of being in a B&Q parking lot when I was seven in a go-kart between cars. Maybe in the future they can remove that one and it will improve the track.

Miami Grand Prix CEO Richard Cregan told RaceFans on Friday that they have no plans to change course.

Norris not surprised by Mercedes pace in training

Lando Norris says he is “not at all” surprised by Mercedes’ pace on the first day of practice at the Miami Grand Prix.

George Russell was the fastest of them all on Friday, setting a 1’29.938 which was a tenth quicker than championship leader Charles Leclerc. Asked if he was surprised to see Mercedes so high on the timing screens, Norris replied “not at all”.

“They were P4, P5 in Bahrain,” Norris said. “They’ve been strong all year. Just because they have rebounds, everyone expects them to be terrible. So no, not at all.

“They are extremely strong in low-speed corners. Mercedes has probably been one of the best slow-speed cars all season, but no one ever looks very well at the GPS and doesn’t pick it up. So in no way surprised. It just makes us want to work even harder and try to beat them again.

Ocon reprimanded for Russell pit lane near miss

Esteban Ocon received his first misconduct reprimand of the 2022 season after nearly driving into George Russell as he left his garage at the start of first practice.

Mercedes released Russell from the garage under the green flag, with Ocon released from his garage by his team. Seeing Russell approaching, an Alpine mechanic attempted to wave Ocon to a stop, but he continued down pit lane, forcing Russell to stop.

After investigating the incident, stewards issued Ocon a misconduct reprimand, his first of the season. Stewards cited Carlos Sainz Jnr receiving a misconduct reprimand for a similar incident at the Bahrain Grand Prix as why Ocon received an identical penalty.

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York Council car parking charges will change at the end of May

DRIVERS looking to park in York car parks are facing a series of ticket price hikes.

York City Council said that from Friday, May 27, several changes would be made to its car parks, on-street parking and seasonal permits across the city.

The hourly rate for 24-hour posted and paid parking spaces will increase by 10 pence. The locations affected are Carmelite Street, Lawrence Street, Lord Mayor’s Walk, North Street, Palmer Lane, Piccadilly, Skeldergate, Tanners Moat, Toft Green and Walmgate.

For car parks:

  • At Marygate, Monk Bar, Nunnery Lane, St Georges, Union Terrace, Bootham Row, Castle, Esplanade and Piccadilly the standard parking rate will increase by 10p.
  • At Foss Bank and East Parade car parks, the standard parking rate will increase by 20p.
  • Minster badge holders will be charged £1 to park from 6pm to midnight in most city car parks.
  • In coach parks, the maximum charge for three hours will increase by 40 pence and the charge for more than three hours will increase by £1. The off-peak rate for parking for more than an hour will increase by £12.

For contracts:

  • The price of Foss Bank parking contracts will increase by £10.
  • The annual contract price for city center residents will increase by £40 for standard vehicles and £20 for vehicles eligible for the reduced rate. The monthly rate will increase by £3 for standard vehicles and £5 for discounted vehicles.
  • For open-air car parks, the standard annual rate will increase by £35 and the reduced annual rate by £15. The standard monthly rate will increase by £5 and the reduced monthly rate by £2.

For subscriptions:

  • The standard annual price will increase by £40 and the reduced annual price by £20.
  • The standard monthly price will increase by £7 and the reduced monthly price will increase by £3.50.
  • The standard weekly price will increase by £3.50 and the reduced weekly price by £1.75.
  • The price per book of 30 will also increase by £30.

There will be no changes for individual household permits, but changes will apply when adding additional household permits:

  • The standard fee for the first additional household permit has increased by £7.50 when paid annually and £1.25 per quarter.
  • The high emissions charge for the first additional household permit has increased to £17.6 when paid annually and £9.50 per quarter.

The municipality will soon install new tariff signs in all municipal car parks to display the new charges.

A council spokesperson previously told The Press:

“Visitors and residents are encouraged to use York’s Park&Ride service, which offers free parking at sites across the city.

“Park&Ride allows people to drive into York, park for free in secure car parks and complete their journey to the city center by bus.”

The changes come after York City Council’s previous announcement that parking rates would be changed from April 4.

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Ken and Maggie Rosenberg Donate $1 Million to Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Keeping the Promise Capital Campaign – Boca Raton’s Most Trusted Source

Maggie and Ken Rosenberg

Gift honors Rosenberg team of doctors

Boca Raton, Florida Retired Boca Raton resident Ken Rosenberg and his wife Maggie donated $1 million to keep the promise…The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Campaign. Their generous donation is helping propel the campaign closer to its $250 million goal with over $229 million raised so far.

“This gift from the Rosenbergs is special for the campaign,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “Ken and Maggie were motivated by the exceptional care they received from Boca Regional physicians, including Dr. John Strobis, and other exceptional physicians – all of whom had a profound impact on his health and that of his family. It’s a wonderful reminder that campus redevelopment plans provide much needed facilities, but it’s still the caregivers and their relationships that continue to make a difference in the lives of patients.We thank the couple for to have reinforced this so dramatically with their generous donation.

This isn’t Ken Rosenberg’s first gift to the hospital. In 2011, he supported the campaign for the new emergency department. Ken and Maggie’s current gift will be honored by the name of the eighth floor nurses’ station in the new Gloria Drummond patient tower. “It used to be that if you got sick you would run to New York to see your doctors. Now we are coming back here to Boca Raton to have the quality facilities and physicians offered by this growing hospital,” said Ken Rosenberg. “Doctors and nurses are the fabric of life in our community.

Since Mr. Rosenberg’s retirement from the textile and apparel industry in New York, he and Maggie have divided their time between Boca Raton and Quogue, New York. “When we heard about the Rosenbergs’ intentions with this gift, it warmed our hearts,” said Stan Barry, Co-Chair of keep the promise. “We all inherently know the value of extraordinary caregivers, but sometimes it takes a gesture like this to really underline it. We are very grateful to the Rosenbergs for their gift.

The $250 million keep the promise The campaign is the largest fundraising initiative in Boca Regional’s history and supports its most ambitious period of growth and expansion. Campus redevelopment plans include in the center of the room, the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower where patients will be welcomed into the new Louis B. and Anne W. Green Lobby with plans for retail, catering, l meeting space, a sanctuary, outdoor courtyards and other amenities for visitors. The new tower includes all new surgical suites and all private patient rooms exceeding the latest safety standards for patient care. In the current hospital building, all existing rooms will be converted to private rooms as part of a comprehensive renovation of all patient units, including maternity, oncology and orthopaedics. An expansion of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is underway with a focus on neurovascular disorders/stroke, central nervous system tumors, spine, and epilepsy/seizure disorders. The newly opened 972-car Schmidt Family Parking Lot will be connected to the Marcus Neuroscience Institute once construction of the new tower is complete. Also, new Toby and Leon are well on their way with dramatic progress on campus.

Cooperman Medical Arts Building with Ambulatory Surgery, Medical Offices, Ambulatory Surgery Center and adjacent parking lot.

About the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation

The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the region’s largest health care organization, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians, and more than 100 ambulatory care centers , urgent care facilities and medical practices covering Miami-Dade , Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has world-class centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine and neuroscience. Also, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of America’s 100 Best Companies to Work For and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to further its mission of providing the highest quality patient care, satisfaction, and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s mission, visit our website at

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Schneider Electric Forms Strategic Partnership with Inchcape to Provide Comprehensive One-Stop eMobility Solutions for Parking Operators and Electric Vehicle (EV) Drivers | Taiwan News

  • Best-in-class electric vehicle solutions with comprehensive charging facilities and services will increase driver comfort and promote Hong Kong’s smart mobility and sustainability
  • Schneider Electric unveils new EV chargers, EVlink™ Pro AC and EVlink™ Home, for efficient, resilient and sustainable all-electric transport

HONG KONG SAR – Media outreach – May 5, 2022 – Schneider-Electricthe leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced a strategic partnership with inchcape, world leaders in international automotive services, to launch a portfolio of one-stop total eMobility solutions for electric vehicles.

Schneider Electric today announced a strategic partnership with Inchcape, the leading international automotive service groups, to launch a portfolio of one-stop total eMobility solutions for electric vehicles. Jonathan Chiu, President of Schneider Electric Hong Kong (right), and Ted Lau, General Manager of Greater China of Inchcape (left), came together in a signing ceremony to seal the collaboration.

The rapid transition to zero-emission vehicles is essential to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. This transition is accelerating, particularly in Hong Kong where, in March 2022, electric vehicles accounted for around 3.4% of the total number of vehicles.

Support the HKSAR government Electric Vehicle Popularization Initiative and the Home Grant Scheme, the company plans to install about 3,000 EV chargers in nearly 90 locations by the end of the year. This will pave the way for its goal of installing more than 15,000 EV chargers by 2025.

“As an impactful company, Schneider Electric is committed to helping its customers, partners and communities around the world drive positive, long-term change. We are proud to partner with Inchcape to contribute to the global electrification and decarbonization of transportation and help Hong Kong achieve its ambition of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050,” said Jonathan Chiu, President of Schneider Electric Hong Kong.

Strategic collaboration with Inchcape

Sharing the same vision of an efficient and sustainable future for electric mobility, Schneider Electric has formed a strategic partnership with Inchcape to provide parking operators, facility managers, as well as private EV drivers with an integrated EV solution , including electric cars, seamless charging and comprehensive services.

“This collaboration is an important step in popularizing electric vehicles and supporting the growth of sustainable mobility in Hong Kong. By combining our advanced electric vehicle charging technology with Inchcape’s extensive business network, we will accelerate the developing end-to-end smart solutions and transforming the entire e-mobility ecosystem,” said Chiu.

Schneider Electric forms a strategic partnership with Inchcape to provide comprehensive one-stop eMobility solutions to parking operators and electric vehicle (EV) drivers

This year, Schneider Electric plans to launch two new EV chargers, EVlink™ Pro AC (left) and Home EVlink™ (to the right). EVlink Pro AC’s advanced connectivity and smart charging enables remote monitoring and control and optimizes power consumption; while EVlink Home is a simple and easy-to-install charger for homeowners, minimizing any risk of power cuts.

Ted Lau, General Manager of Greater China of Inchcape, said, “The country’s 14th Five-Year Plan states that carbon neutrality is a priority development direction, leading to the growth of new energy vehicles as a strategic industry. new products. In the Hong Kong roadmap on the popularization of electric vehicles, the Hong Kong SAR government also pledged to boost the development of electric vehicles, with a forecast of 150,000 units of charging stations built in private commercial or residential car parks and another 5,000 units in public charging facilities by 2025. electric vehicles, Inchcape is collaborating with Schneider Electric to provide drivers with more charging facilities and solutions.”

EcoStruxure™ for eMobility for efficient, resilient and sustainable all-electric mobility

The electrification of transport is essential in the journey towards a net zero future. Schneider-Electric EcoStruxure for eMobility is an easy-to-install, end-to-end connected solution that maintains power reliability in parking lots and buildings and provides a hands-on experience for EV operators and drivers.

This year, the company plans to launch two new innovative EV chargers for eMobility, addressing different user needs:

EVlink™ Pro AC for owners, car park operators and facility managers:

Advanced Connectivity allows remote monitoring and control and supports third-party payment systems

Smart charging optimizes energy consumption and maximizes availability and efficiency

Modular and scalable design offers operators the flexibility to add EV chargers whenever needed

Home EVlink™ for owners:

Accessible and interoperable with all EVs on the market

Robust design (waterproof and shockproof) suitable for outdoor and indoor use

– Optional peak controller minimizes the risk of power supply disturbances

The new EV chargers are Premium Green™ certified, which promises compliance with the latest regulations, transparency on environmental impacts, as well as the reduction of CO emissions2 footprint.

Beyond EV chargers, owners, parking lot operators and facility managers are also looking for ways to improve energy management and redesign EV charging infrastructure to meet the increasing electricity demand. Schneider-Electric EcoStruxure EV Charging Experta charging load management system, allows owners or operators to efficiently monitor and control electric vehicle infrastructure and intelligently distribute available power in real time to their building’s charging stations.

Aspiring to a net-zero eMobility future, these features are all part of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure for eMobility, which offers a complete end-to-end integrated ecosystem of hardware, software and services. They help owners, individuals and stakeholders involved in public and private eMobility infrastructure projects to make them resilient, efficient and green to support future demand and meet the challenges posed by climate change.

Appendix: Highlights of Schneider Electric EV chargers

For Commercial and Residential Building Owners, Parking Lot Operators and Facility Managers For owners
EVlink™ Pro AC Home EVlink™
Advanced and durable connectivity
  • Supports remote monitoring and control, making operations more efficient
  • Smart charging optimizes power consumption

Flexible and user-friendly

  • Modular and scalable design
  • Accessible and interoperable with all EVs on the market
  • Simple and intuitive to install, commission, use, operate and maintain

Reliable and safe compliant

  • Rugged design (waterproof and shockproof) is suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • Complies with international safety standards
Economical and sustainable
  • Affordable Solution
  • With the Green Premium™ label and sustainable certifications

Convenient and friendly

  • Accessible and interoperable with all EVs on the market
  • Easy to install and use for homeowners

Reliable and safe compliant

  • Optional Peak Controller minimizes risk of power outages
  • Rugged design (waterproof and shockproof) is suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • Complies with international safety standards
Will be available in September 2022 Will be available in July 2022

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Next month you will need a reservation to park at Lake Buntzen

BC Hydro is rolling out a pilot project it hopes will help reduce traffic chaos around a popular park it operates in the Tri-Cities area.

According to the plan, visitors to Lake Buntzen will need a reservation to access the park’s parking lot starting June 27 and running through the end of Labor Day weekend.

Reservations will be free and can be secured through the BC Hydro website.

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“Buntzen Lake is one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in the Lower Mainland, and we hope this will help ease the ongoing traffic congestion, which has been a problem not only for parking, but also for the neighboring community of Anmore for several years,” BC Hydro spokesman Kyle Donaldson said.

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“On a nice, hot summer day, there can be traffic jams for several miles from vehicles looking to park either in the parking lot or in the nearby community, so we really try to mitigate that.”

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Paid seasonal parking at two Metro Vancouver parks – March 6, 2021

Depending on the plan, people will be able to book a morning or afternoon reservation. Park staff will be available once the pilot is in place, and anyone without a reservation will be turned away, Donaldson said.

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“Reservations are tied to individual vehicle license plates,” he added. “We ask people to respect the time they spend at Buntzen.”

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Metro Vancouver beaches filled with season’s high heat in forecast

According to BC Hydro, nearly 116,000 people used a vehicle to access the lake last July, up from about 83,000 the same month in 2019.

The lake is a hotspot for recreation, especially in the hot summer months, but with only 600 parking spaces, the parking lot often fills up by 7am on weekends.

The nearby Belcarra Regional Park, which is operated by Metro Vancouver, has faced similar issues.

The issue has prompted complaints from neighboring municipalities about long lines of idling vehicles and people illegally double parking in the community.

Metro Vancouver is introducing paid parking to Belcarra in its own attempt to solve the problem.

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Free Day Passes Return to Busy BC Parks – June 15, 2021

Reaction from park users to the reservation plan has been mixed.

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“Might be nice to know you have a confirmed reservation, you can just pack all your stuff and come here and know you have a spot,” Alysia Medina told Global News.

“It’s always a gamble, you come here with all your stuff and you don’t know what your day is going to be like. Been here several times and had to turn around and go home.

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Chris Eastwood told Global News he thought the plan was a “bad idea”, despite the summer crowds.

Eastwood pointed to the province’s camping reservation system, which he said was “painful” to use.

“There seem to be a lot of bugs with the websites that the government publishes,” he said.

Donaldson said people planning to use the park should secure their reservation the day before they visit. Anyone who changes their plans should log in and cancel their reservation so someone else can have the space, he added.

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PIP payment rates for 2022/23 – including “passport” for other benefits and discounts provided

On April 6, a much-needed financial boost was announced by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It marked the start of the 2022/23 financial year and promised a 3.1% increase in most benefits enjoyed by Britons.

Most notably, the increase included amounts paid to people claiming the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The PIP is designed to help people over the age of 16 and below retirement age – now 66 for both men and women – the PIP helps with the extra day-to-day costs of living with a long-term illness, physical or mental health problem or disability.

Successful applicants could get between £24.45 and £156.90 per week to help cover additional costs of daily living and outdoor mobility needs. If you have a PIP, you can also claim extra money on top of your existing benefits, council tax reductions, and travel discounts.

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The DWP guidelines state, “Eligibility for PIP provides a gateway or passport to other benefits, such as Caregiver Allowance, and programs sponsored by other departments, such as the Blue Badge Program.”

You’ll need your PIP award letter before you can apply for further assistance, often referred to as a “PIP award notice,” and is sent to you when the DWP has made a decision on your application, Daily Record reported. Here is a brief overview of payment rates, additional benefits, discounts and discounts that PIP applicants can also apply for. Full details are available on GOV.UK here.

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PIP Payout Rate 2022/23

Each component has two payment rates – a standard rate and an enhanced rate. You will be paid the following amounts per week depending on your situation:

Daily life

  • Standard rate: £61.85

  • Premium rate: £92.40

  • Standard rate: £24.45

  • Premium rate: £64.50

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Additional payment

If you qualify for PIP you will also receive a Christmas bonus which is £10 each year – this is paid automatically and does not affect any other benefits you may receive.

Additional services

You can get a top-up, called a premium, on the following benefits if you receive the PIP:

How to register

Contact the office in charge of your benefits, tell them that you are on PIP and ask them what other help you are entitled to.

You may need to send them a copy of your PIP award letter – they should also be able to tell you how much more you will get.

Getting a disability premium will not reduce your PIP or any of your other benefits, so it’s always best to ask the DWP what extras you are entitled to and apply for them.

Reductions on council tax

If you receive the daily living or mobility component of the PIP, you can get money on your council tax bill.

It’s hard to say exactly how much rebate you’ll get, as it depends on factors such as the component and the PIP rate you get – your local council will be able to tell you.

How to register:

To get your council tax reduction, contact your local council and tell them you are on PIP. You usually need to complete a form cleared by your GP and you may need to send your local council a copy of your PIP award letter.

Travel support

When you receive your PIP award letter, you can request several methods of travel assistance.

PIP and DLA payments are increasing this month - here are the new weekly rates
PIP and DLA payments increase

If you are applying for a PIP for a child

If your child benefits from the PIP, is between 16 and 20 years old and is still in school or training, your housing allowance may increase. You can also get money off your council tax bill. Your town hall will be able to tell you if you do. Find your town hall here.

How to register:

To check if you can get this help, contact the office responsible for your housing benefit and your local council and tell them that your child is on PIP. They will also be able to tell you the amount of the increase or discount.

Disabled Access Card (£20 for a year’s subscription)

This offers up to a third off most rail fares across the UK. Learn more here.

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A Blue Badge holder traveling as a driver or passenger can park in disabled parking spaces for free and may be exempt from other parking restrictions.

Vehicle tax exemption

If you qualify for the standard PIP mobility tariff, you are also entitled to a 50% vehicle tax reduction – the vehicle must be registered in your name or that of your named driver. If you benefit from the reduced PIP mobility rate, you benefit from a 100% vehicle tax reduction. Find out more about the website here.

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Mobility scheme

You can also use the mobility program if you have the enhanced PIP mobility rate. The Mobility Scheme enables people to become mobile by trading in their mobility allowance for the hire of a new car, wheelchair accessible vehicle, scooter or electric wheelchair – find out more here .

Check that you are claiming all the benefits to which you are entitled

It is always a good idea to check that you are claiming all the benefits to which you are entitled. These calculators are free, anonymous and have replaced the Benefits Adviser service.

Online benefit calculators

Turn2us – for information on PIP, income-related benefits, tax credits, council tax reduction, carer’s allowance, universal credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start working or change your working hours.

Policy in practice – for information on PIP, income related benefits, tax credits, contribution based benefits, council tax reduction, care allowance, universal credit, how these are calculated and how your benefits will be affected if you start working or change your working hours.

right to – for information on PIP, income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, council tax reduction, carer’s allowance, universal credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start working.

what you will need

You will need specific information about your:

  • Savings

  • Income, including that of your partner

  • Existing benefits and pensions (including anyone living with you)

  • Expenses (such as rent, mortgage, childcare costs)

  • Housing tax bill

Who can’t use them

You cannot use the calculators if you are under 18, and they will not give accurate results if you:

For more information on the PIP, visit the GOV.UK website here.

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St. Paul again ranks 2nd on 100 Cities for Best Parks in the Nation – Twin Cities

When it comes to access to public parks and general park amenities, St. Paul is hard to beat.

In fact, of America’s 100 most populous cities, Minnesota’s capital has the nation’s second-best park system for the second year in a row, behind only Washington, DC, according to the Trust for Public Land’s latest annual ranking.

Minneapolis finished fifth in the new ParkScore index, down slightly from third place last year, thanks in large part to school partnerships in two other cities that have increased access to parks elsewhere.

“Cincinnati and Arlington have taken steps that have moved a bit past Minneapolis, but they are neck and neck,” said Susan Schmidt, Minnesota State Director and Midwest Region Vice President for the Trust for Public. Land.

“We can celebrate excellence both in St. Paul and in Minneapolis in 100 of the most populous cities in America,” Schmidt said.


This is the 11th year of the annual Trust for Public Land rankings, which rank city park systems based on five main factors, such as park spending per capita and the percentage of city residents who live within less than 10 minutes walk from a park. In both of these areas, St. Paul and Minneapolis have consistently excelled, placing in the top five year after year, and generally in the top three. In 2020, Minneapolis came first and St. Paul finished third.

Nationally, 100 million people – including 28 million children – do not have access to parks within 10 minutes’ walk of their homes, according to the Trust for Public Land.

In St. Paul, the percentage of residents with easy access to the park is 99%. In Minneapolis, it’s virtually 98% the same. The national ParkScore average this year was 75%.

“There are 50% and 40% cities,” Schmidt said. “That’s what we’re trying to change.”

Also according to the latest index: St. Paul invests $247 per person in its park system and Minneapolis invests $317, both well above the national ParkScore average of $98.


That said, there is still work to be done in regards to park access and maintenance of the Twin Cities.

One of the categories added to the parks dashboard last year was “equity,” Schmidt said, or “how do parks differ in neighborhoods that identify primarily as black, brown, indigenous by compared to neighborhoods that identify primarily as white?”

In the Twin Cities and much of the rest of the country, even in areas where whites and non-whites live in equal proximity to parks, there is generally much less park space in low-income areas. and communities of color.

In St. Paul, residents of color tended to live in areas that had 4 to 32 percent fewer parks than the city median. Blacks were 9% below the city median, and Asians 25% below.

Low-income areas of St. Paul had 15% fewer parks than the city median, while high-income areas had 25% more than the median.

“Park space is smaller in neighborhoods that, by the census definition, are low-income and identify as black, brown, indigenous,” Schmidt said. “That’s true in most cities across the country, but not in Washington, D.C., which is interesting. But we have improvements to make.”

Still, she noted that St. Paul has made strides toward ethnic and community partnerships not yet measured by the ParkScore Index, such as the future Wakan Tipi Center along the Mississippi River. “It won’t change the overall acreage, but it’s a celebration of the Dakota people and the Dakota culture,” Schmidt said. Similarly, the planned North End Community Center in St. Paul “won’t change the square footage, but it will change the relevance of an outdoor space.”

The disparities were probably more striking on the other side of the river. In Minneapolis, white neighborhoods had nearly double (95% more) the amount of park space per person than the city median, while black neighborhoods had 11% less than the median, Latin quarters had 48% less and colored quarters in general had 21%. percent less.

Poorer neighborhoods had 33% less park space than the Minneapolis city median, while affluent neighborhoods had 92% more.

That’s not to say there hasn’t been any movement toward improving access to the park. In North Minneapolis, Minneapolis has erected the 26th Avenue viewpoint over the Mississippi River and is planning improvements to North Commons Park, Schmidt noted. “You can’t build big parks quickly, especially in the middle of town,” Schmidt said. “It will take time. But what excites me are the steps both cities are taking to meet equity goals that are not yet measured on ParkScore.


Nationally, neighborhoods where most residents identify as people of color have access to an average of 43% less park space than predominantly white neighborhoods. Low-income areas have 42% less park space.

The main exception is the national capital. Some 26% of Washington, DC is parkland, compared to about 15% of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The five categories in this year’s and last year’s ParkScore dashboard were access, acreage, investment, amenities and equity. In a written statement, Trust for Public Land officials noted that St. Paul and Minneapolis are among the nation’s “climate leaders,” carrying out several projects to replace paved parking lots with natural surfaces and adapt existing facilities to better manage runoff and improve wildlife conditions.

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Smart parking market | Fundamental Dynamics and Full Assessment to 2027 – Queen Anne and Mangolia News

the global smart parking market the size should go from $24,329.6 million in 2020 for $95,059.9 million by 2027, at a CAGR of 25.5% from 2021 to 2027. The growth of the global smart parking market is primarily driven by increasing demand for energy due to increase in population. Furthermore, the increase in the need for sustainable energy resources has been observed around the world, coupled with favorable government regulations. These regulations focus on reducing dependence on fossil fuels and help control environmental pollution. This, in turn, promotes the demand for renewable energy sources such as solar power and is the key factor that fuels the demand for smart parking energy. Additionally, reduction in carbon footprint and rising demand for low-cost power generation is expected to propel the growth of the smart parking market.

In addition, this technology is designed to solve the permanent parking problem that affects the ecosystem. The technology includes low-cost sensors, real-time data interference, and smart mobile apps that allow users to monitor available and unavailable parking spaces. The possibility of properly managing the parking of the vehicle with the use of smartphones and the development of infrastructures to support such mobility lead to a reduction in the time spent by the user looking for a free parking space. Additionally, some solutions facilitate services, such as online payments, parking time notifications, and even car search features for massive parking lots.

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An increase in parking issues across the globe, growth in demand for Internet of Things (IoT) based technologies and high adoption rate in several vehicles are increasing the need for the global smart parking market. However, high cost of labor and complexity of setup along with low internet penetration in developing regions are restraining the growth of the market.

Global smart parking market dynamics

Drivers: increasing parking problems worldwide

Finding a vacant parking space during peak hours is very difficult in hospitals, hotels and shopping malls, airports, universities and exhibition and convention centers. The growth of several populations leads to problems related to residential as well as commercial parking. The problem related to this is solved by using enhanced features such as notification of free space available via SMS and live updates of space reservation using smart parking technology. This technology reduces the time spent by the user in finding the vacant parking space and automates the process of finding the optimal floor and parking space. Hence, this creates a massive demand for the smart parking market.

Constraints: high implementation cost and configuration complexity

Due to the constant advancement in technology, it is necessary to frequently update the system and required software to keep them compatible with the external environment. Moreover, the cost of all components including the sensor, RFID and fuzzy logic, as well as the assembly required in smart parking, cost the consumer more. As many components and sensors are assembled in a single dielectric plate based on compatibility, it leads to higher cost. This large system requires higher implementation costs because it must be connected to wireless devices for proper operation. Therefore, high configuration complexity coupled with higher initial implementation cost hinders large-scale adoption of smart parking market.

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Opportunities: increased investment in the construction of driverless vehicles

Many car manufacturing companies such as Tesla, Waymo, and Ford have tested the parking assist feature in the self-driving vehicle that displays a free parking space. The development of technology to handle or park the vehicle using smart phones is adopted by many countries like Canada, USA, Germany, UK and others. In addition, software vendors provide frequent updates to solve the congestion problem of smart parking technique. Continuous advancements in technology and infrastructure are expected to create lucrative growth opportunities for the smart parking market in the near future.

Report scope

The study categorizes the smart parking market based on type, technology, application, end-user, and regions.

By Type Outlook (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

By Technology Outlook (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Ultrasonic
  • RFID
  • Image sensors
  • Others

By Outlook Application (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

  • Security Monitoring
  • Smart payment systems
  • E-parking
  • license plate recognition

By End-User Insights (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

Outlook by Region (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

  • North America (United States, Canada, Mexico)
  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Rest of Latin America)
  • Europe (Germany, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • The Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, North Africa, Rest of MEA)

The off-street segment accounts for the largest market share of the smart parking market

By type, the market is categorized into street and off-street. Off-street has the largest market revenue share of 61.19% in 2020 and registering a CAGR of 13.15% in 2020. It is generally parking facilities like garages and lots. Off-street parking can be indoors and outdoors. Off-street parking also includes private lots, garages and driveways.

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Off-street parking solves the parking problem. Off-street parking facilitates smaller parking spaces, and the problem of parking near crowded areas is determined by providing rooftop and underground parking solutions. Furthermore, smart off-street parking is mainly propelled due to the growing demand for better parking management solutions, including proper enforcement methods, payment methods, and smart parking guidance systems. Additionally, increasing traffic congestion globally and optimization of travel time and convenience is further driving the global market. For example, in June 2019, a parking hardware and software solution provider company, TIBA Parking Systems, launched an X60 line of intelligent parking equipment for off-street parking operations. This system includes lane and payment equipment, cloud solutions for PARCS management, a mobile platform for digital operators and a cross-brand parking intelligence service. During the forecast period, Asia-Pacific and Europe are expected to witness significant CAGRs of 14.7% and 14.1%, respectively. The combined share of these two regions was 53.4% ​​in 2020 and is expected to reach 58.6% by 2027.

Asia-Pacific accounts for the highest CAGR over the forecast period in the smart parking market.

Based on region, the global smart parking market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. In 2020, Asia-Pacific was estimated to have the highest growth rate of 14.3% over the forecast period and a market revenue share of 23.0%. Asia Pacific includes China, Japan, India, Australia and Rest of Asia Pacific. The rest of Asia-Pacific includes South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and others. An increase in the demand for valet parking and an increase in the growth of parking management in places such as shopping malls, airports, commercial and residential complexes, in countries such as Japan and China are expected to fuel the demand for smart parking in Asia-Pacific.

Technological advancement, high number of vehicles and congestion in Asian countries are the major factors driving the growth of the Asia-Pacific smart parking market. Furthermore, the presence of prominent industry players is also propelling the market growth in Asia Pacific. In October 2017, a leading technology company, Huawei, began rolling out a city-level IoT utility platform in Weifang City. A total of 12 IoT applications were launched on the forum, including smart parking, smart e-government, internet of vehicles, smart building and smart lighting. During the forecast period, India and China are expected to witness considerable CAGRs of 15.6% and 14.9%, respectively. The combined share of these two segments was 36.5% in 2020 and is expected to reach 38.8% by 2027.

Main market players

The smart parking market is consolidated in nature with few players such as Amano McGann, Inc., Continental AG, Dongyang Menics Co., Ltd, IEM SA, IPS Group Inc., Klaus Multiparking Systems, Robert Bosch GmbH, Smart Parking Limited, Swarco AG and Urbiotica. A comprehensive analysis of recent developments and growth charts of various companies helps in understanding the growth strategies adopted by them and their potential effect on the market.

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Combined YMCA and St. Pete’s College delayed due to traffic issues

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County School District leaders planned to celebrate the start of a long-planned YMCA partner school on Wednesday.

Instead, their planned grand opening at the site of the former Riviera College on NE 62nd Avenue is on hold, pending action by City Council. The plan is heading to council because it failed to gain Development Review Board approval after a three-hour hearing in early April.

The problem is the traffic that some neighbors fear the project will generate if cars attempt to access the YMCA and school parking lots through community roads rather than using the main entrances on NE 62nd Avenue.

“We like a nice, quiet neighborhood,” said Mike Barnette, who led the campaign for the adjacent Mangrove Bay subdivision to reshape the project to keep school traffic from crossing its roads, which have no sidewalks.

Meanwhile, hundreds of residents from other nearby communities have asked to move the school forward.

“People in this neighborhood (Mangrove Bay) don’t understand, if it doesn’t go through town, the whole project could collapse,” said Christie Bruner, a strong supporter of the project who lives in Shore Acres.

Bruner said the neighbors want a college that will better meet the needs of their children than the current selection. The partner school is expected to be a health and wellness leadership magnet for 600 students.

Related: Pinellas unveils plans for a new college in St. Petersburg

At the same time, she added, they would also like to have the amenities and services that the YMCA will provide, such as sports facilities and after-school programs. The school and YMCA would share spaces including the gymnasium, cafeteria and nutrition lab, in addition to outdoor grounds.

“Everyone may have to give a little to get a little,” she said. “It’s delicate.”

School district spokeswoman Beth Herendeen said the district and YMCA are trying to address issues raised during the development review.

“The architect has submitted a revised site plan addressing the concerns raised,” Herendeen said.

The latest submission includes a proposal to close a portion of Pershing Street NE, from 62nd Avenue to Davenport Avenue, to control neighborhood traffic near the site. It would also move all entrances to 62nd Avenue, unlike the original plan.

City officials recommend approval.

The article had appeared to be heading for a smooth ride without these changes, after the Development Review Board unanimously approved the draft in January. Then residents living within 300 feet of the site complained that they were not properly informed of the public hearings.

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“They violated city code,” Barnette said, adding that residents were unaware the matter had to be approved until the Development Review Board meeting.

The city postponed the hearing due to his omission. The majority of speakers at the April meeting spoke in favor of the school and the YMCA, but traffic issues from 10 of the 13 closest homeowners resulted in a 3-3 vote, which did not is not enough to be approved.

A rendering provides an aerial view of the partnership school proposed by the Pinellas County School District and the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg on 62nd Avenue NE, on the site of the former Riviera College.
A rendering provides an aerial view of the partnership school proposed by the Pinellas County School District and the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg on 62nd Avenue NE, on the site of the former Riviera College. [ Pinellas County school district ]

Barnette said project planners met with neighbors to discuss possible changes. Most of them were positive, he said, although he had some lingering issues with fencing and related issues.

“We don’t want to see this die,” Barnette said. “We just want it done right.”

Herendeen said the district hopes the city council will let the project go ahead. It has a planned opening in 2024.

“We are optimistic that we can get it back on track,” she said, adding that, if approved, some basic work on the site could take place before the official inauguration.

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Is Houston becoming more bike-friendly? This developer says yes.

When Lava Sunder left Houston for college in 2012, the green paint was for homes and curbs indicating temporary parking. Now slivers of it criss-cross many Houston neighborhoods, turning thoroughfares into places where residents can opt for bike pedals over the gas pedal.

“It wasn’t like this a very long time ago,” she said. “You see something has changed.”

Sunder, who has worked on car-free development in Arizona and is committed to reducing vehicle use and e-bike adoption, caught the eye when she noted in a Twitter post how the Houston she had left and the one she had returned to seemed different to cyclists.

“Living (car-free) in my hometown of Houston for a while and I’m SO impressed with all the new protected bike lanes,” she wrote, noting that she felt like the city was one step away. “turning”.

What exactly happened, however, is difficult to determine, BikeHouston executive director Joe Cutrufo said. On a Monday morning bike ride through Upper Kirby, Montrose and downtown Houston, Cutrufo and Sunder said there was a lot to cheer on but also a lot to do.

“You don’t want to be the person who always says what’s wrong,” Cutrufo said. “When there’s something like the Austin Street Bike Lane – something that’s a real improvement – ​​we want to celebrate that.”

Levy Park, near Richmond and Kirby, is an example. Although it’s locked between major boulevards and Interstate 69, the park is surrounded by local streets that are open to bikers – though riding through the park itself will get you a quick reprimand from the ever-present security.

From Levy Park, Sunder and Cutrufo briefly used Richmond eastbound to cross Kirby, opting for the main streets as lighter 10 a.m. traffic moved along. With the right timing and group biking, Cutrufo said, main streets are often passable, but also avoidable.

Cutting into the residential area south of Richmond, Sunder and Cutrufo rode Shepherd through an area devoid of any dedicated space for cyclists as neighboring crews tore it up as part of a street and sewer rehabilitation project. Bike paths through the neighborhood and into Montrose along Dunlavy are just signs and paint.

Many cities in the past five or six years have overtaken Houston by creating on-street bike lanes, often protected by on-street parking or reflective poles. As a result, Bayou Town is an afterthought when it comes to many of the metrics used to judge a town’s bicycle friendliness. Bicycle Magazine, which compiles a list of the top 50, never included Houston. Advocacy group People for Bikes, which uses a litany of criteria to rank cities, ranked Houston last year as 18 – 636th out of 768 cities compared.

What’s unclear, at this time, is how Houston will fare in the next two years due to Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis’ investments in local streets, City Hall pledging to expand bike lanes along some roads and new trails along various developed bayous. by the Houston Parks Board and area management districts. Through miles of trails and offerings, Houston is quickly catching up with safer separate lanes.

Objective: uninterrupted journeys

The new lanes on Waugh and Commonwealth are among the latest examples. Moving from Fairview to Waugh, Sunder said the difference was noticeable. Gone are the signs urging cyclists to ‘share the road’, as a new green strip and large concrete curbs mark the new dedicated lane for cyclists.

“It’s almost like Houston skipped a step,” she said later.

Protection, or the feeling of protection, can be an important factor in the frequency and users of cycle paths. The new greenways along Waugh, Commonwealth, Gray and Austin all feature large concrete curbs which are much more difficult for cars and trucks to cross. These curbs, while they cannot stop a thundering car or all disasters, are far more likely to provide a barrier to cyclists than the rubber bumps – often called armadillos – and plastic warning sticks that many cities have deployed to expand bike lanes.

“Concrete is so much better,” Sunder said, praising the lanes as exactly what more cities need.

The smooth ride ends on Waugh, a few blocks from Allen Parkway. The dedicated space gives way to sharing the street with speeders. The sidewalk could be an option, but uneven panels present their own dangers.

Upon entering the Buffalo Bayou trail system, however, conditions change dramatically. The trails dip and dip away from Allen Parkway, giving cyclists direct access to the western edge of downtown.

Sunder said the bayous offer Houston a unique chance to build fast, safe routes through dozens of neighborhoods, with trails being for bikes what freeways are for cars: uninterrupted access.

Being car-free for Sunder is a way of life and good business. Before staying with her parents last month, she spent three years in Tempe helping to develop Culdesac, a car-free development currently under construction. The neighborhood, built to accommodate 1,000 people, is billed as the first car-free community built from the ground up.

To get around Houston, Sunder commandeered the electric bike she bought her mom for Christmas. During the month, she visited various neighborhoods and trails and was impressed with many offers, especially the reconstruction of Bagby and the Austin Street bike paths.

Bobby and weaving under Interstate 45 where the Buffalo Bayou trails connect to the area around City Hall, Sunder and Cutrufo zoomed north on Bagby – taking advantage of the wide lane and timed traffic lights to give cyclists a head start.

Traversing downtown on mostly deserted midday city streets, the pair turned to Minute Maid Park to pedal Austin. Traffic was heavier, but the two-way lanes show that cyclists and cars can co-exist, Sunder said.

Joe Cutrufo, left, executive director of BikeHouston, talks with Lava Sunder as they ride their bikes Monday, April 25, 2022, in downtown Houston.

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“You’re never going to get away from cars, but how do you make sure people have the option of cycling safely,” she said.

Still a lot to do

Houston already has a way forward, Cutrufo said, as long as it continues. The city’s cycling map – for 1,800 miles of safe trails and protected lanes – outlines where trails are sought after and where they should align with recent work.

“These projects show what can be done,” he said.

City and Houston Parks Board officials were to officially open a 1.4-mile trail link along Sims Bayou on Saturday, hailing it as a way to bring bayou trail access to a often overlooked southeastern part of the city.

There are still many projects to be completed. Of the planned 1,800 miles, less than 400 miles have been completed. There are less than 30 miles of protected lanes on the street, down from less than 13 miles six years ago when Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner called for a ‘paradigm shift’ in the city’s transportation system . Since then, Houston Public Works has hired a transportation planner and prioritized traffic calming in certain neighborhoods.

Yet advocates know that projects often face skepticism. After months of work, a handful of residents have raised concerns about plans to narrow 11th Street and add bike lanes as construction nears.

This may have derailed plans from previous years, but it seems unlikely to change or stop the 11th Street redesign. Neighborhood groups and cycling advocates have not backed down, and city officials have continued to support the plans.

Despite the positive analysis of Houston’s growing greenways, over time, traveling through Houston, Sunder acknowledged that she saw some of the challenges as well. A crosswalk on Westheimer between Virginia and Ferndale generally makes little difference to passing drivers. When she sent a quick video to Houston Public Works, it was a city-issued Jeep running a red light.

All the growth in interest in cycling comes as the region grapples with a growing road safety crisis, with pedestrians and cyclists bearing the brunt of it. The number of pedestrians and cyclists killed each year in Harris County rose from 113 in 2015 to 193 last year. The 24 cyclists killed in 2021 were double the 2016 total.

After going through Midtown, following Gray then Bagby to Spur 527, Cutrufo returns to the neighborhood, through an opening in the noise barrier near the freeway. The streets are pockmarked and treacherous, but otherwise open to bicycling.

“It’s obviously imperfect. Not every implementation has to be perfect,” Sunder said, charting with Cutrufo the way back to Levy Park. “It’s just good to see something.”

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Man City fans’ frustration over ‘resident parking’ plan for roads where no one lives

Plans to introduce a huge new residential parking system around the Etihad have angered Manchester City fans – who say many of the streets included are in industrial areas and business parks where no one lives . On match days, hundreds of City fans park on the roads of Briscoe Lane and Lord Street North, which are largely surrounded by commercial property or lined with green space.

But, under the council’s new proposal, those streets would be restricted with residences. Kevin Parker, secretary of the Manchester City Official Supporters Club, said: “A scheme that protects parking spaces for residents, we would understand that, but if they change the restrictions around non-residential areas, in commercial or industrial areas, for no good reason, it would seem unfair.”

Parking restrictions are already in place in many housing estates around the Etihad. But the council is considering creating a comprehensive new program for the Eastlands. This was partly prompted by the construction of the £350m Co-op Live arena, which is set to become the largest indoor venue in the UK, with a capacity of 23,500.

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During the consultation period for the arena plans, parking was one of the biggest issues raised by residents of the surrounding areas. They feared dozens more events a year would see the streets outside their homes used as free parking for visitors.

Residents of Beswick who Manchester Evening News spoke at a City game last month said the parking situation was already a ‘nightmare’ and explained how they had resorted to putting wheelie bins in the road outside their homes to keep fans out to park. Under the proposed regime, the restrictions would apply every day of the week.

Some streets would only allow permit holders to park between noon and 11 p.m., while others would limit stays to a maximum of 90 minutes during those hours. Mr Parker said parking on the ground was already difficult for many fans and he feared the new scheme would make matters worse.

Existing parking patterns are shown here in red while the proposed new pattern would cover the area circled in blue

He added: “We know that parking has been reduced in the area around the stadium due to the development of the new arena. At the start of the season we had a meeting with the club and they said the number of places parking space around the stadium has been reduced by 20%, but the number of cars wanting to park has increased by 5%.

“They’ve improved daytime parking to some extent. At one point people had seasonal parking, but they weren’t sure if it was used weekly, or if the spaces were left empty, so now it’s is on a game-by-game basis. This has improved things, but it’s still a challenge to find a parking spot.

On the Blue Moon fan forum, supporters have also raised their concerns. JazzyBlue said: “I can understand people not wanting to clog the estates and terraced streets in Ancoats, Beswick, Miles Platting but hang out in the lanes around Clayton Vale, Phillips Park almost to the Newton border Heath, etc. are not the best.”

Residents living close to the ground have resorted to placing wheelie bins on the streets on match days to prevent fans from parking outside their homes.

BandofBlues wrote: “Do they expect 50,000 fans to have to descend on Manchester City Center via various routes and methods each match day so they can all then walk to the ground or do they expect- they have everyone squeeze in a few tube carriages and one so it will have to be public transport to Manchester city center which actually travels the wrong direction for anyone coming from many parts of Manchester , followed by a 2 mile walk to the Etihad and back?”

A consultation on the plans for the parking system is now complete. A spokesperson for Manchester Council said: “A wide-ranging consultation has been carried out to ask a wide range of people their views on the Residents’ Car Park scheme. Through this consultation, the council hopes to gain insight Resident and business priorities for game day and event parking.

“Council cannot comment in further detail as the results of the consultation are still being analysed, however any comments gathered during this will be used to inform council’s future plans for this parking scheme. .”

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