August 2022

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Fuel saving tips: Drivers are urged to follow the little-known 20p coin hack to save fuel

Motorists are still facing high petrol and diesel costs across the UK, with many looking for fuel saving methods to reduce the number of visits to the service station. Experts have urged drivers to monitor their fuel economy and reduce fuel consumption, simply by checking their tires.

According to Kwik Fit, tires account for up to 20% of a car’s fuel consumption, so it’s important to choose the right ones.

Tires typically lose air naturally, at a rate of up to two PSI (pounds per square inch) each month.

For this reason, drivers are advised to check their tire pressure regularly, as this can help conserve fuel for as long as possible.

Ensuring the air in the tires is filled not only extends tread life but also improves fuel efficiency as there is less rolling resistance on the road.

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As the test is so simple and quick, motorists are advised to check their tires at least once a month.

Another study by the US-based National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that every 1% decrease in tire pressure was correlated with a 0.3% reduction in fuel economy.

All new tires purchased in the UK come with an EU tire label, which is there to help drivers make an informed choice when choosing a new tyre.

Tires are classified into three categories: fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise.

Energy efficiency is rated on a scale from A to F, with an A rating being the best possible result.

These tires require less energy to roll and therefore consume less fuel.

So if motorists want new tires with good fuel economy, Kwik Fit advises people to check the EU tire label for advice.

Drivers also face fines of up to £10,000 for not having the correct legal tread depth.

If stopped by police and the tires are found to be illegal, motorists could be hit with three penalty points and fined up to £2,500 per illegal tyre.

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Site identified to establish parking for passenger vehicles

Tiruchi Corporation has decided to set up a parking lot for passenger vehicles on Panchakarai Road on the banks of Kollidam River near Yatri Nivas in Srirangam here.

He will come on about six acres of land belonging to Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. Part of the vacant site, located opposite Yatri Nivas, is already used by devotees, who travel by bus to Yatri Nivas.

According to the Company, which is struggling to identify a suitable place to create a parking lot for passenger vehicles due to the lack of a formidable site of its own in Srirangam, the proposed site opposite Yatri Nivas is the best for accommodate all vehicles. who come to Srirangam from different parts of the state and its neighbors.

Minister of Municipal Administration KN Nehru, Collector Mr. Pradeep Kumar, Mayor Mr. Corporation Commissioner R. Vaithinathan and senior officials inspected the proposed site a few days ago to formalize a development plan for the car park.

Mr. Anbazhagan said The Hindu that Yatri Nivas was built on the land owned by the Tiruchi Corporation. During the transfer of the site, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) agreed to transfer similar land in lieu of the Company’s land if required for development purposes. Based on this, the Society would soon send an official communication to HR&CE, requesting the transfer of the land belonging to the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple to establish a parking lot.

“We are confident to get the land as it is basically to be used to park vehicles for tourists who come to Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple,” Mr Anbazhagan said.

He said the facility wouldn’t have a roof. It would be an open parking lot with a concrete floor. All other facilities, including toilets and bathrooms for drivers and tourists and shops, would be put in place. A retaining wall would be constructed along the banks of the Kollidam River, in addition to raising the height of the site by infilling with gravel.

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Parking problem to solve

By Marcus Uhe

A wave of complaints about the condition of the Hampton Park shopping center prompted Narre Warren South MP Gary Maas to take action.

Mr. Maas, whose office is located in the mall, wrote to Casey Town CEO Glenn Patterson on Tuesday, August 23, asking for advice on how the mall, the former food market, Site roads and parking can be upgraded to meet community standards.

The main concern of Mr. Maas’ buyers and voters is the condition of the road surface around Commercial Drive and potholes in the parking lot itself.

In a statement, Mr Maas said he fully understood the “civic pride” of residents in their local shopping district.

He called on officials to show some “civic pride” by taking steps to improve their property.

“I have written to the town of Casey to raise local concerns and seek their input on any action that may be taken,” Maas said.

“The area around the old food market which was demolished a few years ago is particularly an eyesore and a nuisance for vehicles.”

Kathryn Seirlis, growth and investment manager at the Town of Casey, said the council shares Mr. Maas’ concerns.

“The council has worked with the landowner for several years to facilitate the development of the site,” Ms Seirlis said.

“A planning permit was issued in 2018, but there was no commitment on the timetable for its launch.

“The council has, over the past few years, asked the owner to improve the maintenance of the site. This includes repairing potholes, which they have undertaken.

“We will continue to encourage the landowner to appropriately maintain and ensure the safety and amenity of the site in accordance with the local Casey Community Act 2018.”

The mall has several owners responsible for different sections of the compound.

The management of the center of this section of the compound said they would investigate the problem and take action to repair the potholes.

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Maps of Roundhouse Hotel Saltbox, apartments in Boise, ID

Another large-scale downtown project could add a new 12-story building to the skyline, just between Front St. and Myrtle St.

The Boise Roundhouse company has started the process of developing a set of properties it owns on a block between Myrtle St., 5th St., 6th St. and Broad St. The site sits between two other projects developed by Roundhouse – The Fowler to the west and Foyer to the east.

The project is the latest in the evolution of Boise’s Central Addition neighborhood from a mix of single-family homes and offices to a dense neighborhood with a number of tall buildings. A saltbox house is a style of house with gabled roofs. A number of salt houses dotted the central addition before developers began revamping the area.

One of the existing houses on the block, which will remain. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

The company held a pre-application meeting with the city of Boise last week. An email requesting additional information from Roundhouse was not returned. Developers often hold pre-application meetings with the City of Boise, but projects sometimes do not proceed to the application stage or are not built.

The Saltbox – hotel and more

The development, dubbed the Saltbox Project, would begin with a large underground car park that takes up about 3/4 of the block. The plan calls for 130 parking spaces.

Rising from the ground, it would then have three individual buildings, each shaped to surround a central plaza in the middle. A series of four townhouses and a single family home on the corner of 4th and Broad are not owned by Roundhouse and are not part of the project.

At the corner of 5th and Broad, the firm hopes to build a 12-story hotel. The hotel is said to have 180 rooms, with a restaurant and bar on the ground floor. The second floor would include a 13,000 square foot conference center. Next, nine floors of hotel rooms, with a rooftop pool as well as restaurants on the top floor.

The proposed hotel is the latest in a series of proposals for new downtown hotel rooms, including a recently proposed 270-room project at 10th St. and Grove St.

The preliminary plan calls for a valet parking area along 5th Street in an area where there is currently a parking spot under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city told the plaintiff that the plan would need to change to retain the ADA space and that “valet parking should be on-site and not in the public right-of-way…”

Plans often evolve from the pre-application stage through to formal application submission.

Apartments along Myrtle

The second and third buildings would form a new apartment project along Myrtle St. On the ground floor, the building would essentially be split in two, with amenities including a possible gym, retail and bar overlooking the courtyard. A number of walk-up apartment levels are also shown. On the second level, the hotel building would be connected to the project by a walkway. A clubhouse and apartments complete the rest of this floor.

Then, on the third floor, the two apartment buildings would meet and rise to a height of six stories. In total, the project would include a total of 100 apartments.

past, future

Earlier this year, crews worked to demolish an office building on the site. The ground is now clear.

Crews demolished an office building in January. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Initially, part of this site was included in a plan for two towers connected by a skybridge over Broad St. Former Boise City Councilman Scot Ludwig proposed the project, but later sold one of the two lots at Roundhouse.

The project will need to obtain several approvals from the City of Boise. The site currently bears ‘residential office’ zoning, which limits both the height of a project and the density of housing. The city says it would need a C-5 zoning designation, which is the densest zoning designation in the city.

He will also have to pass the design exam.

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POLICE NEWSPAPER: | News, Sports, Jobs

East of Liverpool

– Officers on routine patrol Aug. 19 observed a woman at 213 Ravine St., whom they identified as Chelsea Madison, who has an outstanding warrant through the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office. Officers contacted Madison to confirm the warrant and take her into custody without incident. Madison was taken back to the police department to await the arrival of a deputy.

— Officers were dispatched to the St. George Street area for a subject who was driving while waving a gun out of the window on August 20. The Complainant indicated that the subject drove a dark colored Dodge Dart. Officers searched the area with a negative contact.

– Officers were dispatched to the area of ​​the Rite Aid store on Walnut Street for subjects walking through the area checking car doors and looking inside windows on August 20. Officers found the subjects who matched the description walking on Ravine Street to which they admitted to being in the area in question but denied looking out of the car windows. Officers checked the subjects for warrants and released them once they returned clean.

– Officers responded to a call on Walnut Street on Aug. 20 for a man acting erratically and trying to throw liquids at passing cars. While checking the area, this officer found a male subject in the parking lot of Tice’s department standing next to a truck that officers suspected he was breaking into. A second officer saw the man drop a rock from his hand, reach inside the truck, grab a gallon of juice and run through the parking lot toward East Sixth. Officers used the Taser but failed to make good contact, but the man gave up after a brief struggle before being handcuffed. The unidentified male subject was not cooperating with the officer by refusing to provide his name, date of birth, or social security number. When officers brought the male subject to the station, he attempted to headbutt and kick him. The male subject yelled and yelled at officers throughout the arrest and detention process, sometimes repeatedly threatening to kick officers in the face and even threatening to kill officers once released from jail. Officers made several attempts to gather personal information about the man. Once officers identified the 17-year-old, he was taken to hospital for treatment before being taken to the Tobin Center until his court appearance. The minor was charged with aggravated threat, obstruction of official business, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

– While on routine patrol on August 20, an officer at the intersection of Broadway and East Fifth observed a truck drive through the intersection of East Fifth and Walnut. The truck climbed the hill, veered right and struck a parked car. The driver then backed up and continued up the hill. The driver was stopped on Pennsylvania Avenue and got out of the vehicle. The officer noted an odor of alcohol coming from the driver. Officers conducted a field sobriety test and then searched the vehicle where they found several open containers. The truck the man was driving was towed. The driver participated in a field sobriety test but refused a breathalyzer test. He was charged with OVI, driving without a license and non-control.

– Officers responded Aug. 21 at 8:35 p.m. at 1541 Globe Street for a 10-year-old minor who got away. Upon arrival officers made contact with the mother who said her daughter would not be coming inside for the night and started riding her bike and said she was going to her father’s house located on Avondale Street. When the officers arrived, the minor was already back home.

– A man called to report that after he closed a Gilkinsons Short Stop and he got into his car, a small white van pulled up behind him and a man got out and put a hoodie over his face and started walking towards his vehicle. He said he backed up his car and drove away quickly and the truck did not follow him.

– Officers responded Aug. 21 to a report that a man stole construction equipment on Elizabeth Street. The subject had already left the scene when the officer arrived. During the officer’s investigation, he found a generator and wheel barrel, with equipment inside, sitting behind the building. The wheel barrel contained two saws, a leaf blower, an extension cord and two holsters with portable power tools. After the officer discovered the equipment, a second officer saw a pickup truck leaving the area at high speed.

– Officers responded Aug. 21 to a woman’s request for officers to come to her Lincoln Avenue apartment for her son who may have taken an unknown substance. Firefighters and EMS responded and assessed the man who was alert and oriented. He chose to refuse treatment and/or transport. A warrant was discovered by the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office. The man was taken into custody without incident and released at the sheriff’s office.

– Dispatchers received a call from a resident of 525 Pailissey Street on August 22, reporting that someone had entered her home. The resident told an officer that she had received a notification from her cameras that someone was outside her home the previous night at around 3:30 a.m. On the video, it was observed that it was a man wearing a black hoodie with the cap on his head. The resident also noted that upon arriving home, she found that the camera was unplugged and there was someone in her basement. The officer told the resident that the night shift would be advised to do additional checks of the area.

– Officers were dispatched to the 431 Orchard Grove area on Aug. 22 for a suspicious male. Officers spoke to a caller who said a man was walking past his home and began calling the names of his sons’ friends using racial slurs. When the Complainant left his home, the subject began threatening him. The subject then stated that he didn’t care if he called the cops because he was going to jail the next day. A description of the man was given to officers and the area was searched. Officers had negative contact with this subject.

– An officer on routine patrol on August 22 observed Amber Cox sitting on a set of steps on East 4th Street near College Street. The officer in the know knew that Cox had an active warrant through the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office. The warrant status was confirmed by dispatch and Cox was arrested without incident and returned to our police department. The sheriff’s office transported her to the county jail.

– Officers responded to a call on St. Clair Avenue near Gilkinsons on Aug. 22 about two women who appeared under the influence lying on the sidewalk. Officers arrived at the scene, made contact with the two teenage girls, and observed numerous bottles of alcohol on the sidewalk. Officers observed that the two minors had slurred speech, an odor of booze coming from their person and glassy red eyes. The two minors gave their home addresses and were taken home in the custody of a sober adult. Photographs were taken of the alcohol which was later destroyed. This incident will be forwarded to the youth attorney for review.

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Lagos parking tax illegal, should be removed

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana SAN has lambasted the Lagos State government for implementing the setback parking tax in the state.

Falana on Sunday called the policy illegal and urged the state government to withdraw it without delay.

The Lagos State Parking Authority had, in a letter to the food and snacks company, said it had charged the company N290,000 for parking outside the business premises.

According to the letter, the food company was asked to pay N80,000 a year each for the three car parks, along with a non-refundable administrative processing fee of N50,000.

But the move drew a backlash from different individuals and groups, including the Peoples’ Democratic Party, who described it as a plot to milk locals to “fund the individual ambition of a man who had held the State and its people by the jugular”.

In a statement, the agency’s chief executive, Adebisi Adelabu, called the allegation reckless and playful, adding that the agency was set up under the 2019 transport reform act. of Lagos State and an Act of the State Assembly in 2019, to manage parking. activities and change the parking culture of the state by implementing policies in line with international parking standards.

But Falana said the Lagos State Parking Authority was illegal because the state government lacked the constitutional jurisdiction to create a park management body under the current democratic dispensation.

“Under Article 7 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, local governments are solely responsible for establishing and maintaining motor fleets in any of the states of the federation. Furthermore, it is the sole responsibility of local government authorities to build and maintain parks, gardens, open spaces or public facilities as prescribed by the House of Assembly,” he added. .

According to the human rights lawyer, instead of prescribing how parks and gardens were to be managed by local governments, the House of Assembly illegally created the Lagos State Parking Authority to manage parks and gardens in the State.

He said that since the Lagos State Parking Authority was an unlawful creation, it lacked the constitutional powers to set and collect a parking charge from residents of the state in “any way it would be”.

He added that the attention of the National Assembly in Lagos should have been drawn to the constitutional anomaly.

Falana added, “In particular, the House should be urged to start the engine for the immediate repeal of the Lagos State Parking Act, which was illegally enacted to consolidate ‘everything pertaining to the parking and its related purposes with powers and functions and which states that the Authority shall, among other things, be responsible for all forms of managed parking in the State”.

“The policy of the Babajide Sanwoolu administration aimed at moving Lagos State towards a 21st century economy must be consistent with the provisions of Article 7 of the Constitution and its Fourth Schedule.

“In Aitel Nigeria Limited v Attorney-General of Lagos State & Three Others (2019) 1 NCLR 1, the Lagos State High Court held that the by-law authorizing Eti Osa Local Government Area to levy a tax plaintiff’s parking lot was in order Unsatisfied with the judgment, the plaintiff appealed to the Court of Appeal.

“In dismissing the appeal and affirming the lower court’s decision, the Court of Appeal found that it was unable to agree with the appellant that the third defendant does not have power to legislate concerning private parking since there was nothing in the bye law inconsistent with article 7 and paragraph 1 of the fourth schedule of the constitution.

“The Lagos State Government and all other authorities and other persons are bound by the valid and effective judgment of the Court of Appeal on the exclusive power of local governments to regulate and collect the parking fee in Lagos State. To this extent, the alleged parking fee set by the Lagos State Parking Authority cannot be justified under Section 7 of the Constitution. It must be removed without delay.

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JP Morgan leases office space with 1,130 parking spaces in Goregaon for 10 years | Bombay News

Mumbai JP Morgan has acquired over 1.16 million square feet of office space with 1,130 parking spaces at Nirlon Knowledge Park, Goregaon on a 10-year lease. The authorization and license agreement has been signed between JP Morgan Services India Pvt Ltd and Nirlon limited.

To 145 per square foot per month, first years rent will be higher 201.85 crores. With 15% indexation every three years, the total rent for the entire 10-year lease will cross 2,000 crore. The 10-year lease period begins December 15, 2021 and ends December 14, 2031 and has a lock-up period of five years. The leave and license come with an option to extend for two periods of five years each.

A reimbursable unhooking by security of 151.39 crores was also paid. According to the documents, a stamp duty of 425.65 crore was paid for registration of leave and license agreement.

According to documents provided by Propstack, a company that accumulates data through public records, the paperwork related to the deal was done in January 2022, but the registration didn’t happen until June this year.

The leased property is the whole of block B-9, which is a ground floor plus 23 floors, the whole of block B-10, which is a ground floor plus 9 floors and part of the block B-11. The areas include the basements of these blocks and other areas like storage etc.

It became one of the biggest furlough and license agreements signed this year. A detailed email sent to JP Morgan and Nirlon ltd asking for their comments got us no response.

Recently, Citicorp Services India renewed its lease of 1.6 lakh square foot office space at Nirlon Knowledge Park in Goregaon for a period of five years. This office space is spread over six floors with a lock-up period until September 2024. Citicorp Services will pay rent of nearly 137 crore on the total tenure which is 60 months. The monthly rent is 2.28 crore. The lease term begins on September 15, 2022 and ends on September 14, 2027. The lock-in period is from September 15, 2022 to September 14, 2024. Whereas the notice period is six months.

In June this year, 2.39 lakh square feet of land was leased for a huge 3.57 crores per month for a period of 258 months. Amazon Data Services India Pvt Ltd has leased the plot of land in Powai owned by Larsen and Toubro Ltd.

Yes Bank on August 24, 2022 signed a lease agreement to lease an area of ​​44,000 square feet at Goregaon in Mumbai for 53.19 lakh per month, for a period of 60 months. The rental period begins on September 22, 2022 and ends five years later on September 22, 2027.

As of July 2020, Morgan Stanley had concluded negotiations and entered into an agreement to lease up to 1.1 million square feet of office space for 9.5 years from Oberoi Realty at Commerz III, Goregaon. Also this year, according to reports, Morgan Stanley leased an additional 3.35 square feet. The total rent is almost 2,000 crores for the entire duration of 9.5 years.

In July 2020, Godrej Fund Management leased 2 lakh square foot office space from AP Moller – Maersk’s business units in Mumbai. The space is located at Godrej Two, Vikhroli costs 13.09 crore.

“Goregaon East seems to be developing rapidly as a mini financial hub after BKC, with companies like JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, KPMG, PWC and Morgan Stanley. We expect a significant increase in large commercial office contracts signed, supported by a steady economic recovery, a gradual return to work-from-office policy, a strong labor market,” said Abhishek Kiran Gupta, CEO of CRE Matrix .

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Trails turn parking places in Kozhikode

Randomly parked vehicles are once again back on the city’s cobblestone pathways, impeding the free flow of pedestrians and defying the occasional wheel-clamping drive by police. The majority of offenders are motorcyclists who even dare to ride on the tile-paved surface to occupy a convenient spot.

“We are forced to walk near the crowded road because there is no pedestrian space on the paths. If the number of people depending on these dedicated lanes is less, it is not a problem. But their number keeps increasing,” said Sunitha Sathyan, a martial arts trainer. carelessly on the sidewalk without caring about pedestrians.

Since violations of parking rules only result in a small fine, such violations are common near malls, food courts, and roadside stalls. There are also people who regularly leave vehicles for hours at a particular location. Despite the increase in the number of approved wayside parking spaces, there is no respite from the misuse of pedestrian space.

“On Mavoor Road and Arayidathupalam, pedestrians are at the reception. Although police often issue fines to offenders, no action has been taken to prevent such vehicles from entering the same locations,” said Aneesh Anand, an employee of a major private sector bank in the city. He added that the lack of convenient parking spaces exclusively for two-wheelers in the city was also a trigger for such violations.

A few pedestrians who regularly use the footpath near Arayidathupalam argued that this reckless practice could be stopped if the police agreed to use recovery vans. Vehicles spotted in restricted areas should be removed immediately, in addition to slapping their owners with hefty fines, they said.

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Change the value of the electric car

Chip shortages and the current economic crises have dashed hopes that electric vehicles will be cheaper than fossil-fuel cars by 2023/24. The $25,000 Tesla seems further away than it was, and mineral shortages have delayed the reduction of costs to less than $100 per kWh in batteries, which is considered essential for price parity. But cheaper EVs are coming, and one company driving prices down is MG. The company just launched the MG4 EV, and it sets a new benchmark for electric value. I was able to drive the MG4 EV extensively at the UK launch event.

What is the MG4 EV?

The MG4 EV belongs to the compact/subcompact category, so it competes with the Volkswagen ID.3, Cupra Born and Chevy Bolt EV. There are also several Stellantis Group electric cars in the same category, such as the Vauxhall/Opel Corsa-e, Peugeot e-208 and DS3 E-Tense. Even though SUVs are top sellers in the United States and have also taken a dominant position in Europe, the compact format is still extremely popular and is the best choice as a general-purpose car mainly used in urban environments.

If one type of vehicle were to lead the charge in value, it would be a compact, and the MG4 EV ticks a lot of boxes to be a classic of its kind. It is the first MG to be built on a dedicated electric-only architecture. Called the Modular Scalable Platform (MSP), this architecture will underpin new MG releases in the future. It’s a true “skateboard” system, with batteries lying flat under the floor and a long wheelbase to maximize interior space while providing balance and a low center of gravity.

MG4 EV versions, driving experience and range

The MSP architecture also allows multiple battery and motor configurations. Initial versions of the MG4 EV to arrive include the standard SE range, with a 51 kWh battery and 125 kW (168 hp) motor, or there are SE and Trophy Long Range versions with a 64 kWh battery and motor. 150 kW (201 hp). Both are rear-wheel-drive and feature 50:50 weight distribution, making them great fun to ride. They’re not that fast by EV standards – 7.7 seconds to 62 mph for standard range and 7.9 seconds for long range – but the handling is great and the EV torque means you can pull off passing maneuvers quite easily.

Both battery sizes offer decent battery life. The standard range goes up to 218 miles (WLTP – EPA rating not yet announced), while the SE Long Range can manage a very healthy 281 miles. The Trophy version brings it down to 270 miles. Interestingly, the Standard Range car uses a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery like the base Tesla Model 3 made in China. This chemistry is more tolerant of being 100% charged, so you’ll be able to make better use of its entire range of batteries. The Long Range uses more common NMC chemistry.

These cars also offer healthy DC charging rates, which further helps them cope with longer journeys. The standard range peaks at 117 kW, taking 39 minutes to charge from 10 to 80 percent. The Long Range goes up to 135kW, so it only takes 35 minutes to go from 10 to 80%, despite the higher capacity. With the advent of faster chargers offering this level of power, for example Osprey’s new Super Hubs in the UK, it’s becoming easier to envision an EV for much more than local commuting and commuting.

Longer-range MG4 EV and dual motors coming soon

MG also promises two more transmission variants in the future. One will have a 77kWh battery offering 329 miles of range, which beats cars from Kia and Hyundai, and will give the ID.3 Tour a run for its money. Most exciting of all will be a twin-motor version with 330kW (over 440hp) engines that MG says will get it to 60mph in 3.7 seconds. Considering how much fun the MG4 EV is already in single-motor form, all-wheel-drive might just make it a pocket-performance classic, especially if MG can pull it off for less than £40,000 ($48,000). This car will come with a 64kWh battery and a range of around 250 miles.

Previous MG cars had a rather dated appearance, both inside and out. The MG4 EV changes that, with a much more modern exterior look. It’s borderline sexy. The front is fierce and the rear sporty and angular, especially with the Trophy version’s extra spoiler, although that’s apparently one of the reasons it has slightly less range than the SE.

The interior is also modernized. Some of the materials used for the interior trim don’t exude premium quality, but the overall look is clean and contemporary. The dials of previous MGs have been replaced with a 7-inch digital display for instrumentation, and there’s a large 10.25-inch infotainment screen placed higher up.

Thanks to the longer wheelbase, this car offers plenty of space for the driver and passengers. Adults can sit comfortably in the back, with plenty of knee and head room, even if you’re 6 feet tall. The seats are comfortable enough for long journeys. However, only the driver’s seat is electronically adjustable, and only with the Trophy trim. It also lacks lumbar adjustment.

Cargo space is just mediocre, although base space (363 liters or around 13 cubic feet) is more than most subcompacts, but less than the VW ID.3 or Cupra. Born. Lowering the rear seats also provides more than most subcompacts (1,177 liters or around 42 cubic feet), but again less than Volkswagen Group alternatives. The rear luggage space is flat with the seats down, however, and there’s no ledge, so it’s very practical.

Better infotainment but still room for improvement

MG has also revamped the infotainment and controls with the MG4 EV, and this is one area where I think the company still needs a step closer. For this car, MG has stripped things down so that there’s basically just a dial for the drive controls, an electronic parking brake, and a few buttons to defog the front and rear windows. There are also a few controls on the steering wheel as well as traditional indicator and wiper stalks.

But everything else goes through the 10.25-inch screen. The menu system has been improved since previous versions, but there are downsides, such as the temperature control interface not staying visible long enough to make in-depth adjustments. It would have been nice to at least be able to change the fan speed and temperature with discrete buttons, although you can activate the front and rear window demisting, as already mentioned.

MG has at least expanded the capabilities of its iSmart phone app and connected system to include features like remote load monitoring and air conditioning activation. It is also possible to install software updates over-the-air to the car.

The best value for money of all electric vehicles?

The most important feature of the MG4 EV, however, is the price. I had hoped this car would arrive for £25,000 ($30,000), but MG didn’t quite make it to that level. The SE Standard range is £25,995 ($31,000), the SE Long Range is £28,495 ($34,000) and the SE Trophy is £31,495 ($37,500). These prices put it well below virtually all competitors, including the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf, all cars from Stellantis (Vauxhall/Opel, Peugeot), and well below Volkswagen Group vehicles. Even excellent electric vehicles from Kia and Hyundai seem expensive in comparison.

You’ll notice that I didn’t mention Tesla as a direct comparison at any point in this article, nor did I call the MG4 EV a “Tesla killer.” That’s because it’s not, because there’s nothing from Musk’s company in the same class yet. Maybe in the future, but for now I’m sure Elon will be happy to see the affordability of electric cars reduced by the arrival of the MG4 EV. It’s the other builders who should be worried. The MG4 EV isn’t perfect, but it’s very good. It is practical, pleasant to drive and has an excellent autonomy. Best of all, it’s great value for money, which makes electric vehicles a bit more affordable for everyone.

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Transportation program distributes $2.2 billion for projects, double last year’s amount

When it comes to repairing and replacing infrastructure, there is one clear priority for US city and county administrators: roads and transportation. In a recent survey of government leaders, more than 57% said roads in their communities needed the most improvement.

In the analysis, published by Cartegraph and Government Technology’s Center for Digital Government, 73% of respondents said funding is “an urgent need”. Behind roads, administrators ranked broadband (35%), bridges and tunnels (34%), stormwater (34%), buildings and facilities (34%) and public transport (32%) .

“Once in a generation, the funding comes to us. It is incumbent upon us not only to reimagine the future, but also to commit to rebuilding for that future,” Nick Kittle, government performance and innovation coach at Cartegraph said in a statement.

That road repairs have been ranked among the highest priorities for communities is no surprise – the sometimes dilapidated state of American roads has been well documented in communities across the country. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ annual report on America’s infrastructure gave the country’s roads a “D” grade this year. The report noted frequent underfunding as the main cause, concluding that “more than 40% of systems are in poor or poor condition”.

To address this national need, a substantial portion of the bipartisan $1.2 trillion Infrastructure and Jobs Act targets transportation infrastructure. In addition to setting up new programs, it strengthens the coffers of old ones. This year, for example, the Department of Transportation’s RAISE program, which helps urban and rural communities upgrade roads, bridges, transit stations, railroads, ports and other modes of transport , has distributed more than $2.2 billion to 166 projects in all 50 states. . The funding represents an increase of more than double the amount awarded last year under the same program.

This has a huge impact on local governments.

Among the programs that have received funding, for example, are an $11.3 million grant awarded to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to revitalize the Hill District neighborhood. The project will improve pedestrian infrastructure and make other improvements to safely connect low-income residents to transit hubs and employment opportunities. New electric vehicle charging options and improvements to stormwater infrastructure will contribute to environmental sustainability.

“For the Hill to rise and regain its former vibrancy as the center of black cultural and economic life in our city, we must heed the decisions of the past in order to right the wrong,” the mayor said. Pittsburgh, Ed Gainey, in a statement. . “This grant is not just an investment in critical infrastructure. It is an investment in a new path to equity and an investment in correcting these long standing damages.

Pittsburgh will receive another $25 million to improve seven high-collision corridors. Proposed improvements include traffic safety treatments, signal upgrades, ADA accessibility improvements, and various roadway improvements.

A fact sheet published by the Ministry of Transport documents projects like this, funded by the same program, now starting in counties, cities and tribes across the country.

Elsewhere in Alaska, the Qawalangin Tribe in Unalaska State is building a new wharf as part of the program to increase capacity at its terminal. The $22 million project will include a barge ramp, wharf, three mooring dolphins and develop over 5 acres of adjacent container storage area.

Stamford, Conn., received $2.1 million to improve safety at nine dangerous intersections by adding more visible crosswalks and shortening crossing distances. The need for upgrades is clear.

“There were 480 collisions and 101 injuries over a four-year period at the nine intersections in the project area. This area is ranked in the top three for total number of injury crashes in the city and first in pedestrian crashes, with an average of 5 pedestrian crashes per year,” the project description reads.

And in Colorado, the state Department of Transportation received $24 million to improve parking lots and bike and pedestrian paths in three mobility hubs: Grand Junction, Rifle and Glenwood Springs. The funding will also be used to improve roads along the I-70 business loop.

As communities benefit from the unprecedented amount of funding flowing into communities through competitive and non-competitive programs, federal agencies have been empowered to support more local projects”than ever before,” said US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We are proud to support so many outstanding infrastructure projects in communities large and small, modernizing America’s transportation systems to make them safer, more affordable, more accessible, and more sustainable.”

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Queensland’s ongoing COVID camping boom poses challenges for national parks

The popularity of Queensland’s national parks, due to COVID, has more than doubled visitor numbers in some southeastern locations, posing new challenges for managers and users.

Statewide camping nights in national parks plummeted in 2019-20, when 470 campgrounds closed and much of Queensland was on lockdown.

But in the second half of 2020, the parks reopened and people were ready to go outside again – although not all national park camps were 100% back to pre-pandemic levels.

Coastal parks such as Bribie Island, Cooloola and Inskip Point saw a 30% increase in camping nights booked in 2020-21, at the height of the pandemic, compared to 2018-2019 numbers.

Visitors can camp at Girraween National Park on the Queensland-NSW border.(ABC News: Chris Gillette)

Further south, parks such as Girraween, Bunya Mountains and Sundown on the NSW border have more than doubled both camping nights and remote camping permits, according to figures collected by the Department of Environment and Wildlife. Science.

Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said visitor numbers had fallen slightly this year but were still above pre-pandemic levels.

“We have over 500 parks, so we have so many experiences for people to have,” she said.

“But of course we have to make sure we manage the numbers so that the experience is sustainable.”

Popularity of four-wheelers

Vehicle permits for Bribie Island increased by nearly 30% in 2020-21, Cooloola Recreation Reserve by 34% and K’gari by 8% from 2018-2019.

Four Wheel Drive Association Queensland chairman Shane Rose said the fact that some sites are still closed puts more pressure on popular family beaches such as Cooloola.

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Queues of campers are a regular weekend scene at Inskip Point en route to K’Gari.(ABC Radio Brisbane: Lucy Stone)

Mr Rose said public toilets and other facilities at coastal venues were not keeping up with demand.

“If you go to Cooloola, there’s still only one lot of public restrooms, that’s it, there’s nothing else.

“[QPWS] now say take your own port-a-potty…but realistically you would surely think that with the amount of money raised they could actually provide better facilities which in turn would mean there would be less waste, less environmental damage and less pollution.”

Another problem, he said, was that people were booking campsites months in advance and not showing up, leaving high-demand spaces empty.

With the increase in vehicle surveillance cameras, Mr Rose said it should be possible for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) to monitor high demand camping areas and open reserved but unused camps .

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K’Gari/Fraser Island’s beaches help make the area a hotspot for 4x4s and camping.(ABC Radio Brisbane: Lucy Stone)

Distance Popularity

Inland, national parks southwest of Brisbane have seen some of the biggest increases in visitor numbers.

In the Southwest region, which covers parks such as Girraween, Sundown and Bunya Mountains, 2018-2019 camping nights totaled 43,869.

In 2020-21, that number jumped 120% to 97,008.

Girraween Ranger Manager Greg Keith said the visitor boom was immediately noticeable.

“A weekend like Easter or another long weekend or during school holidays…we could sign up for two members of staff and we’d know we’re probably going to have to look at overflow parking, we’ll have to check the toilets twice a day and check the barbecues,” he said.

“Once people were able to move in the second half of 2020-21, every weekend was like an Easter weekend.

“It was something I could never have predicted.”

In just seven months of 2020-21, Girraween alone welcomed around 105,800 visitors, more than the whole of 2017-2018.

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The pyramid is a destination on one of the walks in Girraween National Park.(ABC News: Chris Gillette)

Many visitors were inexperienced hikers or completely new to national parks, requiring rangers to educate on proper behavior in the park, such as leaving the dog at home.

A Girraween campsite was permanently closed recently due to ecological impacts and replaced with another campsite and more parking spaces.

Internet Attractions

Mr Keith said many more people were wandering off, inspired by photos or videos of remote hikes posted online.

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Mr Keith says he has “definitely” noticed an increase in “compaction on the trails and fires where they shouldn’t be”.(Provided: Greg Keith)

“A lot of these people get their information from the internet…it’s not really formal trail rides that we maintain, it’s distance rides,” he said.

“I’ve had people come up to me asking about it and expecting it to be a walk and it’s signed and they don’t have a card.

“There’s a bit of a concern for their safety, but there’s also this impact happening in the more remote parts of the park where we’re certainly seeing a noticeable increase in compaction on the trails, fires where they don’t shouldn’t be.

“I would say we haven’t been able to figure out how we’re going to get out of this. It’s probably a management challenge going forward.”

“Love a Park to Death”

Simone Maynard, conservation manager for the National Parks Association of Queensland, said the boom in nature tourism was not unique to Queensland.

“The number of visitors to national parks is actually a global phenomenon; it’s happening in the UK, across America, in states in Australia,” she said.

“It’s happening all over the world now as people come out of lockdown and seek improvements to their mental and physical well-being.”

Dr. Maynard said his 90-year-old environmental organization welcomed the state’s record spending on national parks, but said increasing the number of rangers was a priority.

Queensland has around $30 million in national park projects budgeted this year, including new camp facilities and toilet upgrades.

Ms Scanlon said her department wants people to visit new parks to avoid “loving a park to death”.

“Hopefully we continue to see high numbers, but of course we also want to make sure that the end goal of protecting these parks is the priority, so we have to balance that,” she said.

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08/25/2022 | Cops and Courts – August 26, 2022

Aquarium releases 2 rehabilitated sea turtles

ASSATEAGUE — Two rehabilitated sea turtles have been returned to the ocean from the beach at Assateague State Park, the first public outing since the COVID pandemic began. Last Thursday, the National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team released two Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles from Assateague Beach in front of a large crowd…

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Petition seeks to rename road “Gavin Knupp Way”

A petition seeks to rename the road

BERLIN — A petition campaign launched last week to consider renaming part of Grays Corner Road in memory of a 14-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run appears to be gaining momentum and there is precedent for the practice . At approximately 10:45 p.m. on July 11, a black Mercedes driving eastbound on Grays Corner…

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Ocean City moves forward with lumber tender, keeping boardwalk project on schedule

Ocean City moves forward with lumber tender, keeping boardwalk project on schedule

OCEAN CITY — The second phase of a major Boardwalk redevelopment project will go ahead as planned this fall after resort officials this week approved a recommendation for the lowest timber bid for the project. The complete refurbishment of the promenade terrace has been underway for several years and…

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OC Jeep Week kicks off Thursday with favorites from years past and new events

OC Jeep Week kicks off Thursday with favorites from years past and new events

OCEAN CITY – Ocean City Jeep Week begins Thursday and ends Sunday. The highlight of 2022 is what organizers call “The Great Jeep Week Hangout,” when an aerial group photo of over 1,500 participating Jeeps will take place. The photoshoot takes place at West Ocean City Park & ​​Ride on…

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Underlying profit of HK$6.5 billion with interim and final dividends increasing by 3.6% to 57 HK cents per share

Summary of annual results 2021/22

  • Despite the uncertainties surrounding the intermittent waves of resurgence of COVID-19, the underlying profit attributable to shareholders of the Group, excluding the effect of changes in the fair value of investment properties for the year ended June 30, 2022 has been HK$6.5 billion (2020/2021: HK$10.3 billion).
  • Real estate sales revenue, including real estate sales of associates and joint ventures, attributable to the Group was HK$10.8 billion (2020/2021: HK$18.5 billion), primarily includes sales of residential units and car parks in the project completed during the year, namely Mayfair By The Sea 8 and sales of remaining inventory in projects completed in previous years.
  • Final dividend of 42 HK cents per share. With the interim dividend paid, the total amount of interim dividend and final dividend for the year amounted to 57 HK cents per share, representing a year-on-year increase of 3.6%.
  • The Group remains focused on long-term sustainable growth. With a solid financial situation, the Group is well positioned to weather a difficult economic environment and seize opportunities.

Results and highlights of the activity

HONG KONG, August 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sino Land Company Limited (stock code: 83) today announced its annual results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022 (“fiscal year”). The Group’s underlying profit attributable to shareholders was HK$6,530.6 million for the Fiscal Year (2020/2021: HK$10,315.8 million). Operating earnings per share for the Fiscal Year were CHF0.86compared to CHF1.42 during the 2020/2021 financial year.

After taking into account the non-cash element of the revaluation loss (net of deferred tax) on the investment properties of HK$770.8 millionthe Group recorded net income attributable to shareholders of HK$5,735.3 million for the Fiscal Year (2020/2021: HK$9,646.0 million). Earnings per share for the year were HK$0.76compared to CHF1.33 during the 2020/2021 financial year.

Final dividend

The Board recommended a final dividend of 42 HK cents per share (2020/2021: 41 Hong Kong cents). With the interim dividend paid of 15 HK cents per share, the total interim and final dividend for the full year is 57 HK cents per share, representing year-on-year growth of 3.6% excluding the special dividend paid Last year.

The Group’s balance sheet remained solid and healthy. From June 30, 2022the Group has net cash of HK$41,534.3 millionan augmentation of HK$2,651.1 million compared to a year ago. Thanks to its solid financial situation, the Group is well positioned to weather the difficult economic environment and seize opportunities.

Real estate sales fueled by an attractive project pipeline

Total revenue attributable to the Group from the sale of properties for the Fiscal Year (including the attributable share of associates and joint ventures) was HK$10,841.8 million (2020/2021: HK$18,596.4 million), mainly comprising the disposals of residential units and car parks of the project completed during the Fiscal Year, namely Mayfair By The Sea 8 at Pak Shek Kokas well as sales of remaining housing and parking inventory in projects completed in prior years, including Grand Central in Kwun Tong, 133 Portofino in Sai Kung and The Dynasty in Zhangzhou. During the Fiscal Year, the Group launched three new residential projects in hong kong for sale, namely Villa Garda I and II in Tseung Kwan O, Grand Mayfair I (Phase 1A) and Grand Mayfair II (Phase 1B) in Yuen Long and La Marina in Wong Chuk Hang.

Looking ahead, the Group has an exciting pipeline of new projects to launch. In addition to Villa Garda III in Tseung Kwan O and ONE CENTRAL PLACE in Central, which have obtained pre-sale authorizations, the Group expects to obtain pre-sale authorizations for three other residential projects during the financial year 2022/2023, namely Grand Mayfair Phase 2 at Yuen Long, Wong Chuk Hang Station Package Four Property Development and Yau Tong Ventilation Building Property Development. The timing of the sale of these projects will depend on the date of receipt of the pre-sale consents and prevailing market conditions.

During the Fiscal Year, the Group took stakes in two projects in Singapore, including a 20% interest in a commercial and residential site located at Jalan Anak Bukit with a total gross floor area of ​​approximately 1,007,026 square feet. The development will include a mix of residences, serviced residences, retail, restaurants and offices. A new bus interchange and underground pedestrian link to the Beauty World MRT station will also be incorporated into the development. The Group also acquired a 25% interest in the Golden Mile complex located at 5001 Beach Road, with a total existing gross floor area of ​​approximately 609,791 square feet. The project involves the redevelopment of the property into a new mixed-use development, which may include housing, office and retail. In hong kongthe Group acquired an additional 6.75% stake in Grand Victoria, an existing residential project located in South West Kowloon, of a joint venture partner, increasing its interest in the project from 22.50% to 29.25%. Like a June 30, 2022the Group had a property portfolio of approximately 20.4 million square feet of attributable floor area in mainland China, hong kong, Singapore and sydneywhich will be sufficient to meet the Group’s development needs over the next few years.

Good recurring rental income with a growing portfolio of investment properties

The Group’s investment properties will continue to be a key pillar of the Group’s sustainable business growth strategy. Some of the Group’s projects currently under development include commercial and office space, and will be added to the Group’s investment property portfolio for recurring rental income. These projects total over 1.7 million square feet of attributable space and provide an approximate 16% increase in space to our existing investment property portfolio.

For the Fiscal Year, gross rental income attributable to the Group, including the share of associates and joint ventures, was HK$3,546.1 million. The Group recorded a slight improvement in the average occupancy rate to 90.8% over the Fiscal Year (2020/2021: 89.8%). Net rental income for the Fiscal Year was HK$3,101.6 million (2020/2021: HK$3,216.5 million), down 3.5% year-on-year.

For the Retail sector, in order to support our tenants in this difficult period, the Group deployed a series of initiatives to boost the consumption of its retail assets during the Fiscal Year. Along with government voucher programs (“Consumption vouchers”), in addition to partnering with major payment gateways, business partners and tenants to encourage consumers to use their consumption vouchers in our shopping centers, the Group has organized a series of events in flagship stores shopping malls including Olympian City 2 and Tuen Mun Town Square to celebrate the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, which attracted many celebrities and many of their supporters. Overall, tenant footfall and sales at our flagship malls have improved since the trough of the pandemic. The Group’s retail portfolio recorded an improvement in the average occupancy rate to around 92.9% (2020/2021: 90.4%)

Office sector performance remained challenging as uncertainties surrounding the pandemic continued to impact the office market. The Group’s office portfolio recorded an average occupancy rate of 89.7% (2020/21: 91.0%) over the Fiscal Year. At the same time, the Group continued to enrich its portfolio to increase its competitiveness. Landmark South and a north are two of the group’s newest projects using the best construction specifications and accredited green features. The Group recently obtained the Occupancy Permit for the Landmark South and should attract users looking for quality and sustainable office space.

For the Fiscal Year, the Group’s hotel revenue, including the share of associates and joint ventures, was HK$582.7 million compared to HK$350.8 million last year, and segment operating profit was HK$92.9 million compared to the operating loss of HK$69.1 million Last year. Although the pandemic may continue to affect us in the short term, we are optimistic about the growing demand for luxury hotels in our core markets. The Group opened The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong in July 2022the first Fullerton hotel in hong kong. Positive responses and comments have been received from our discerning guests since the hotel early stage soft opening.

Stay focused on long-term sustainable growth

The Group remains focused on long-term sustainable growth.

“As we enter the 2022/2023 financial year, the Group will remain vigilant in monitoring market developments, while proactively addressing challenges and seizing future opportunities. interest rates could put pressure on the real estate sector, the residential market in hong kong remains resilient and fundamentally sound. Demand from end users remains strong in hong kong as evidenced by the successful market launches over the past few months,” said Mr. Robert Ng Chee SiongPresident of sino land.

“The Group’s strong commitment to hong kong and mainland China remains intact, and we are committed to fostering positivity in the community as we grow with it. Although there continue to be challenges ahead, with our strong financial position and sustainable business growth strategy, the Group is well positioned to weather the difficult economic environment and seize opportunities.”

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Orlando changes parking minimums in the central business district

Tucked away in a long list of revisions recently reviewed and passed by City Council is an item regarding required parking minimums for downtown developers, and here’s why it’s a big deal.

Parking minimums are ordinances put in place by a municipality that require buildings to provide a set number of parking spaces in order to be erected. The frowned upon side effects of parking minimums are that developments are often more expensive because they are needed to build a larger parking deck, and outside of big events most parking lots are already underutilized.

A more modern belief in urban planning circles is that parking minimums may actually undervalue our urban land by pushing away from more desirable uses like housing and retail and emphasizing the automobile over other means of transportation.

The Planning Division filed the suggestion to remove parking minimums in Orlando’s central business district in May 2022, where it was approved and then passed by City Council at the recent August 15 meeting.

“This is also an important aspect of our planning as the downtown becomes more of a multi-modal environment where walking and other modes of transportation are encouraged over automobiles. One of the potential opportunities of this change is that certain forms of housing that do not require parking (micro-units, shared housing, etc.) can potentially reduce the overall cost of housing in the central business district and allow renters to experience a car-free lifestyle. Additionally, tenants can use the City’s parking facilities if they really need to rent a space.


The City will also modify the boundaries of the downtown parking area by dividing it into two separate areas. They will also get rid of the requirement for developers to contribute to a fund when they provide more than the maximum allowed number of spaces.

Changes to standards for driveways, dimensions of parking spaces, design and screening requirements for parking garages are also being revised.

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Lack of street parking leaves many city dwellers eager to ‘get out’

Many small businesses and delivery drivers say they are fed up with the removal of on-street parking, arguing that it is less attractive to come to town.

In addition to the concerns typically raised around Exhibition Street parking, frustrated Collins Street merchants say they have been further confused by the additional loss of on-street parking.

While many of their customers could often find street parking on Little Collins St and Flinders Lane, this is no longer the case due to planters, barriers for extended outdoor dining and lack of signage permanently in place.

You Day Spa owner Helen Cacopardo said she and many other business owners were “unhappy” with what had happened in the city around the parking lot over the past 12 months.

“I had a client [who] went to three different parking complexes and they were all full because there was no street parking, and she had to cancel the appointment,” Ms. Cacopardo said.

“Not everyone can take public transport and sometimes it’s not practical for people to take public transport or cycle because they may be coming from Carlton and then wanting to go to South Yarra or Dandenong .”

“If you want people to do business in the city, you have to make it easy for them. If they can find an hour’s parking space on the street, they can come in and see me, then they can walk past a store or a cafe. All of this creates business.

Another small business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, also spoke to CBD News about the negative impacts lack of parking has had on her business, recalling four specific incidents where parking kept customers from returning.

“When you’re a small business, you hear it on the ground from your customers, but when someone’s running a big store, they don’t really know what’s going on,” the owner said. company.

“I had a client who had foot surgery and was walking around with a [knee scooter] and she came with her husband for a nice shop and for lunch, but they couldn’t have a park. She said she would never come back [to the city] and I haven’t seen her since.

The business owner has also noticed the difficulty for her delivery drivers who have to drive back and forth until they can find parking.

Flinders Lane has been a pain point for many delivery drivers, with one driver, who was ‘lucky’ to grab the only open space to open the back of his lorry, saying getting the space meant his “challenge was done for the day”.

“If you’re not lucky enough, you have to park lower in prohibited areas, and I don’t come to work to be fined,” the driver said.

“When I work in the city, I look forward to going out.”

Sightings of delivery trucks entering and exiting restricted areas is a common occurrence in many alleys and streets surrounding Collins St and Spring St, which often have nowhere to go.

In response to the growing hardship for transport workers, Transport Workers Union Victoria Secretary Mike McNess said: “Transport workers must be considered in all road-related decisions made by councils and government in the whole state.”

“Limited access for transport workers was initially most visible in the city of Melbourne, but it is now becoming a statewide trend.”

“Workers who serve businesses and the community by road must be able to do so safely and efficiently.”

Mr McNess added that well-located loading bays and express bus lanes were both solutions to this problem, and consultations were underway to address the city’s infrastructure.

In the City of Melbourne’s 2030 Transport Strategy, it was noted that a significant proportion of curbside space was dedicated to on-street parking and over the past 15 years the supply in the city was reduced by 22%.

The report also pointed out that due to the “small number of people” using on-street parking, the space could be better used to accommodate deliveries, service vehicles, pickups and drop-offs, public space , wider trails and bike paths. .

Although many townspeople reported that parking had been removed, the council also told CBD News that there had been an increase of just under 100 ‘parking spaces’ since 2019 in Collins St, Flinders Lane , Little Collins St, Bourke St, Russell St and Howitt Lane.

These spaces included free, take-out, short-term, metered, disabled and permit parking, loading and construction areas, as well as parking for buses, motorcycles, carpools and taxis.

The council’s transport strategy also says there is little evidence that parking is essential for retail performance, but small businesses along Collins St are chastising the statement, saying the council has failed them. never once consulted for their opinion on the issue of removing on-street parking and how it affected them. •

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Senator Louth calls for parking fees at stations to be reduced

High parking costs for rail commuters are set to be reduced in line with new public transport fare cuts, says Louth Fine Gael Senator John McGahon, Fine Gael spokesman on climate, communications, energy and natural resources, who spoke about the cost of living crisis faced by commuters in the Seanad last month.

Senator McGahon said:

“Lower parking costs for rail commuters would encourage even more people to take the train, which would be beneficial both from a climate and cost of living perspective.

“The 20% drop in public transport prices has eased the financial pressure on households, especially young people.

“Encouraging the use of public transport also helps us meet our emissions targets as we fight climate change.

“Some people, however, have to drive to stations, especially if they live far from the railway line.

“The high parking costs for these rail users should now be reduced in line with the new reduction in public transport fares.

“A suspension or lowering of parking fees at Irish train stations would encourage more people to take the train and help alleviate the cost-of-living stress people are experiencing.

“As a result of the pandemic, we are all returning to the workplace and we need to make public transport even more attractive, especially for those who do not live in cities,” concluded Senator McGahon.


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What’s New at the Katahdin Woods & Waters Monument in Maine

As the end of the peak summer holiday season approaches, fall adventures await those who enjoy cooler temperatures and fewer cars on the roads (and in the parking lots). Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument has been bustling with activity this summer in a wonderful way. Read on for updates from Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, philanthropic partner of the National Park Service (NPS).

Incidentally, the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is a sponsor of the 6e Katahdin Woods and Waters birthday celebration, and it’s not too late to get your ticket for the party on Saturday August 27 in Millinocket.

our latest Front line voice The podcast is about Katahdin Woods and Waters, as we speak with the Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters Acting Executive Director, Sam Deeran. To agree:

Accessibility improvements

Officially gifted to the NPS by the Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters late last summer, the five individual campsites and two group campsites at Lunksoos Historic Camps opened for their first full season this year.

The sites provide a camping experience that those familiar with national parks will recognize: bear-proof boxes and sturdy picnic tables at each site, smooth gravel paths for the short walk from the car to installation and ADA facilities (including one site).

Lunksoos tent sites are easy to book on recreation.govas well as several other campsites accessible by car, canoe or both!

Youth and Community Engagement

Enjoying a hike from Barnard Mountain to Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Photo by E. Theberge/NRCM

At six years old, the National Monument is quite young in our national park system! However, in those few years, the benefits to communities in the Katahdin region have been significant and far-reaching.

This year, the place-based education program within Friends celebrates nearly 10,000 youth experiences in the Monument, classrooms and community since 2017. The field trips that take local school children into the woods and Katahdin waters are so popular that Friends have added new staff to meet growing demand.

Teachers and outdoor educators create additional impact by accessing programs just for them. Friends has partnered with local organizations to offer annual Leave No Trace trainer courses and teacher camps offering practical skills at low or no cost to participants.

Committed to learning together

The land we call Katahdin Woods and Waters is within the traditional territory of the Penobscot Nation and sits at a sacred crossroads for the Wabanaki people who have been stewards of this landscape for over 13,000 years.

Through a partnership with a Wabanaki Advisory Council, Friends has co-produced New Moon Teachings to center Wabanaki voices, stories and perspectives in shaping narratives about the national monument and related landscapes. The series ended in January this year, but the opportunity to learn more about cultural traditions and contemporary issues prompted Friends and NPS staff, as well as supporters and community members, to engage further in the “decolonization” of how stories about the Monument lands and waters are shared.

Follow Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters on social media or subscribe to their enews they will again offer the Wabanaki REACH Training Interact with Wabanaki-Maine history up to 150 people free of charge in 2023.

New Superintendent and NPS Growth

Join Katahdin Woods & WatersThe Katahdin Woods and Waters community welcomed Superintendent Sheldon “Mark” Wimmer to the area in January! Mark most recently served as Monument Manager for the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, where he led the improvement and creation of infrastructure and facilities to enhance the visitor experience.

Mark joined talented and dedicated staff at KAWW (the official acronym for NPS) who developed interpretive resources, built and improved trails, collected scientific data, and cared for park facilities and visitors.

Friends staff are proud of recent achievements in the growing relationship with partners; they recently purchased a new CAT excavator for trail work and have been developing lesson plans with NPS interpretive staff to begin a new year of Monument field trips. As visitation and support increases, expect great improvements in access, wayfinding and resource protection at the Monument.

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Legislation introduced to expand access

Supporters of the national monument hailed the August 2022 introduction of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Access Act (Senate Bill 4784), legislation introduced by Maine Senator Angus King and co-sponsored by Senator Susan Collins.

We thank Senator Collins and Senator King for their leadership. They have worked together to create bipartisan legislation that is good for the national monument, surrounding communities and the visiting public.

The bill would adjust the southern boundary of the monument to allow for the acquisition of land from a willing and interested vendor or donor, with a focus on improving access to Katahdin Woods National Monument and Waters from the south, including from the communities of Millinocket, East Millinocket and Medway.

In addition, the NPS would be permitted to purchase or lease facilities for a park headquarters, staff offices, and visitor services outside the monument boundaries. NRCM, Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters and others look forward to opportunities to improve access from the Millinocket area.

As one of the groups that worked closely with the local community to establish KWW, NRCM is thrilled to see the Monument grow and improve so much in six years, which would not be possible without the exceptional work of Friends and NPS leadership. . We hope that after reading this update, you’ll be inspired to add a Monument trip to your fall weekend lineup!

by Melanie Sturm, MRNC Director of Forests and Wildlife

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Brixton: Seven arrested and four stabbed after fight


even men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an alleged argument in a parking space.

Of the seven people arrested, three were stabbed. Another man was also treated for stab wounds.

Police rushed to Avenue Josephine at 6.19pm on Saturday following reports of a fight between a group of men.

Officers discovered a man in his 30s suffering from stab wounds. He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

Another man, who was also found at the scene with stab wounds, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

“A man in his thirties was found stabbed. He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

“Another man (without further details) was found at the scene with stab wounds and he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He was taken to hospital before being taken into custody “, says a press release.

A vehicle which had driven away from the scene was later stopped by police in Coldharbour Lane.

Three men were arrested and later suspected of murder, with officers forced to use a taser when arresting one of the men. Two of the three were stabbed and taken to hospital before being arrested.

Three other men were also arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Local residents claimed the fight started following an argument over a parking space.

“There was some sort of argument over parking spaces, a lady further down the road had thrown eggs and flour at their car, but that car was gone by the time I got here.

“She came back to the avenue and started arguing with them and threatening them on the doorstep,” the resident told MyLondon.

“I actually called the police, went to cook, my friend downstairs screamed so I ran out and looked across the road and saw one of the guy who was with the girls, he had a gray top and I saw he had red on it.”

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Tesla’s ‘Fully Self-Driving’ Controversy Now Features Homemade Mannequins and Real Kids Testing

The North Carolina resident set out to refute a widely circulated video of a Tesla with the company’s ‘completely autonomous’ beta software – which allows the car to steer, brake and accelerate, but requires a driver attentive human ready to take the wheel — plowing into child-size mannequins.
Dan O’Dowd, CEO of a software company that posted the video earlier this month, think the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to ban “complete self-driving” until Tesla CEO Elon Musk “proves he won’t mow down the kids.”
That’s when Cupani, who runs an auto shop focused on imports and Teslas, got involved and recruited his son. While he describes himself as a “BMW guy,” Cupani says the software can’t compare to what Tesla offers. It wasn’t the first time he enlisted his son, who Cupani said is 11, either, in a potentially viral car business: Earlier this year he posted a video of his son driving his car. Model S Plaid – which can reach 0-60 in 1.99 seconds – in a private car park. It has been viewed over 250,000 times.

“Some people look at him and say, ‘Oh that crazy daddy, what is he doing? ‘” Cupani told CNN Business. “Well, I do a lot of things like that, but I’m going to make sure my kid doesn’t get hit.”

Cupani filmed the “full self-driving” test in a parking lot. Her son stood near the end of a driveway holding a smartphone to film the test. Cupani sped the Tesla across the field and activated “fully autonomous driving”, hitting 35 mph. The Tesla braked steadily and came to a stop – long before his son.
Cupani did another test with his son on a street using Autopilot, Tesla’s most rudimentary driver assistance software, and found it stopped for his son as well. “This Dan guy, he says he’s an expert on this, an expert on that,” Cupani said. “Well, I’m an automotive expert, future tech, professional driving instructor.”
Cupani is one of many Tesla supporters who took issue with O’Dowd’s video and decided to create their own tests. Some asked their children to help them. Others made homemade mannequins or used inflatable dolls.
Passionate defenses and criticisms of “fully autonomous driving” underscore how the technology has become a flashpoint in the industry. The California DMV recently said the name “full self-driving” was misleading and warranted suspension or revocation of Tesla’s license to sell vehicles in the state. Ralph Nader, whose criticism of the auto industry in the 1960s helped found the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), joined a chorus of critics of “fully autonomous driving” this month.

But it’s also another example of the unintended consequence of rolling out unfinished, disruptive technology in the wild — and shows how far some Tesla supporters are willing to go to defend it and the company. Enough people seemed to be pursuing their own experiments that a government agency took the extraordinary step of warning people not to use children to test car technology.

“Consumers should never attempt to create their own test scenarios or use real people, and especially children, to test the performance of vehicle technology,” NHTSA said in a statement Wednesday. The agency called this approach “very dangerous”.

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Earlier this month, California resident Tad Park saw that another Tesla enthusiast wanted to try ‘fully self-driving’ with a child and volunteered. two of his children. Park told CNN Business it was “a bit difficult” to get his wife to accept. She agreed when he promised to drive the vehicle.

“I will never push the envelope because my kids are so much more precious to me than anything,” Park said. “I’m not going to risk their lives in any way.”

Park’s tests, unlike O’Dowd’s, started with the Tesla at 0 mph. The Tesla stopped in all of Park’s tests in front of two of his children involved in the video, including a 5-year-old. Park said he was not comfortable doing a higher speed test of 40mph – like O’Dowd did with the models – with his children.
Toronto resident Franklin Cadamuro created a “box boy”, a childlike shape made from old cardboard boxes from Amazon. “Don’t blame me for what the car does or doesn’t do,” he posted at the start of his video. “I’m a huge Tesla fan.”

His Tesla slowed down as “box boy” approached. Then he sped up again and hit his cardboard dummy. Cadamuro speculated that this could be because the cameras couldn’t see the short boxes once they were immediately in front of the bumper, and therefore forgot they were there.

Human babies learn at about eight months that an object out of sight still exists, many years before they qualify for a driver’s license. But the ability may still elude some artificial intelligence systems like Tesla’s “fully autonomous driving.” Another Tesla fan found a similar result.

Cadamuro said his video started out as entertainment. But he wanted people to see that “fully autonomous driving” isn’t perfect.

“I find a lot of people have two extreme ideas about the ‘fully autonomous driving’ beta,” Cadamuro said. “People like Dan think it’s the worst thing in the world. I know friends who think it’s almost perfect.”

Cadamuro said he also performed other tests in which his Tesla, traveling at higher speeds, effectively steered around “box boy”.

According to Raj Rajkumar, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who studies autonomous vehicles, quickly and accurately detecting smaller objects like young children will generally be more difficult than detecting large objects and adults for a computer vision system. like the one that Tesla vehicles are based on.

The more pixels an object occupies in a camera image, the more information the system has to detect features and identify the object. The system will also be impacted by the data it is trained on, such as the number of images of young children it is exposed to.

“Computer vision with machine learning is not 100% foolproof,” Rajkumar said. “Just like diagnosing a disease, there are always false positives and false negatives.”

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment and generally does not engage with trade media.

“Wild West Chaos Rules”

Following criticism from Tesla fans of his original tests, O’Dowd posted another video this month.

Some Tesla supporters had criticized O’Dowd’s use of cones as lane markings during his original tests, which may have limited the sedan’s ability to steer around the dummy. Others claimed that O’Dowd’s test driver forced the Tesla to hit the dummy by stepping on the accelerator, which was not visible in videos posted by O’Dowd. Some Tesla enthusiasts have also reported blurry messages on the Tesla vehicle screen indicating that O’Dowd’s test driver was pressing the accelerator to rig the tests.

Dan O'Dowd has performed tests with dummies and says this demonstrates that

O’Dowd told CNN Business that the blurry messages referred to the unavailability of supercharging and uneven tire wear. CNN Business could not independently verify what the message said because O’Dowd did not provide any clearer video of what happened in the car during testing.

In her second video, O’Dowd’s tested without cones on a residential street and showed the interior of the Tesla, including the accelerator pedal. The Tesla, as in O’Dowd’s other tests, struck the child dummy.
O’Dowd lamented earlier this year in an interview with CNN Business that no industry testing organization reviews the “complete self-driving” code. The US government does not have performance standards for automated driving assistance technology like Autopilot.

O’Dowd is the founder of Project Dawn, an effort to make computers safe for mankind. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate this year in a campaign focused exclusively on his criticism of “total self-driving.”

NHTSA is currently investigating Tesla’s driver assistance technology, so changes may be coming.

“The software that controls the lives of billions of people in self-driving cars should be the best software ever written,” O’Dowd said. “We’re using the absolute chaos rules of the Wild West and we got something so terrible.”

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How suburban governments are switching to clean energy

While the spotlight is often on large-scale state and federal efforts to affect climate change, Chicago’s suburbs are also making changes to go zero emissions locally.

Municipal efforts to prepare for a transition from fossil fuels to clean energy have intensified over the past five years, with priorities on electric vehicle infrastructure, stricter building codes and energy alternatives such as ‘solar energy.

“That term ‘transition’ is often defined differently, depending on which communities you’re talking about,” said Mayor Kevin Burns of Geneva. “Some communities have a fairly rapid trajectory. For others, it’s a few decades, but we know where we’re going. We finally know where we’ll be and where we want to be.”

Burns leads the environment committee of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, an organization of members from 275 cities and towns that developed a climate action plan for the Chicago area last year. It is one of the country’s first regional climate plans.

In order to plan locally and act from there, municipalities can adapt ideas and other resources from the caucus to their own communities, said Brian Tomkins, project manager at the organization.

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Comprised of more than 2,000 panels, the West Chicago Park District’s 4-acre solar farm sits southeast of the ARC Community Center. The project is one of the first ground-mounted solar arrays in DuPage County.
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Electric vehicle infrastructure is an area in which Tomkins said he has seen growing local interest.

In 2019, the caucus partnered with ComEd to create an Electric Vehicle Readiness Program to advise cities on actions such as developing zoning and planning policies, permitting processes and inspection and safety procedures.

“We’ve found that a lot more people are using these electric vehicles, and we don’t have a place to charge them. We’re missing the boat, as you will,” Burns said. “All of these communities are looking for opportunities to serve these consumers in a respectful, responsible and affordable way.”

Most recently, the caucus and ComEd awarded 21 grants totaling $171,000 for community infrastructure projects that promote public safety, including 13 for electric vehicle charging stations.

“It’s no surprise when we think about climate change and what our communities are focusing on. We’re seeing a trend in projects that are overwhelmingly focused on electric vehicle charging,” said Keisha Parker, vice-president. President of External Affairs at ComEd. “We know this is the need.”

The grant program, titled “Powering Safe Communities,” is in its eighth year and has funded public safety initiatives ranging from the purchase of speed warning signs to thermal imaging cameras that help locate victims caught in the trap in a fire.

The communities themselves identify the projects that need funding. Just three years ago, no electric vehicle projects were funded by the program.

“What we’re seeing is this evolution,” Parker said. “The Powering Safe Communities program aims to improve public safety and quality of life. We now see our communities reacting differently to this definition and to their quality of life needs.

A full list of this year’s grant recipients, along with project descriptions, can be found at

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The College of Lake County is a local institution that has turned to clean energy by installing a solar field in Grayslake.

The College of Lake County is a local institution that has turned to clean energy by installing a solar field in Grayslake.
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While a shared priority, the transition to clean energy will look different in Chicago-area municipalities, Burns said, spanning a range of alternative energy portfolios.

In Naperville, community rebate programs have spurred progress in one such alternative: solar panels.

The city’s renewable energy program offers residents solar installation rebates ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the size of the system. For non-residential installations, rebates are capped at $50,000.

Ben Mjolsness, Naperville’s sustainability coordinator, said when the program launched in 2014, it helped fund 23 solar projects. In 2021, it financed 530 bays, residential and non-residential.

Funding is facilitated by the city’s electricity provider, the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, and comes directly from ratepayers who voluntarily contribute to the fund through their utility bills. To receive a rebate, participants must contribute to the fund for at least two years.

“Many residents and businesses choose to contribute because they simply believe in supporting the transition to renewable energy,” Mjolsness said. “Beyond access to financial incentives, there is also personal belief in the power of clean energy.”

Naperville itself has also installed solar panels in four of its municipal buildings, and it recently awarded a contract to install three solar projects on three of the city’s electrical substations.

In 2019, the city was recognized at Argonne National Laboratory in DuPage County for achieving a “SolSmart Silver Designation”.

SolSmart, a designation program funded by the federal Department of Energy, “recognizes cities, counties, and regional organizations for making the transition to solar power faster, easier, and more affordable.”

Energetic efficiency

In addition to its solar installation rebate program, Naperville has installed four solar projects, including the array of more than 3,000 panels at the Springbrook Water Treatment Facility.  The farm was installed in June 2021.

In addition to its solar installation rebate program, Naperville has installed four solar projects, including the array of more than 3,000 panels at the Springbrook Water Treatment Facility. The farm was installed in June 2021.
– Courtesy of the City of Naperville

Municipal clean energy considerations also include prioritizing more energy-efficient buildings.

“When it comes to energy efficiency, we actually know that the largest percentage of energy consumption in northeast Illinois comes from stationary energy in buildings,” Burns said.

Creating more energy-efficient buildings mainly involved changing a municipality’s building code, which establishes the minimum requirements for developments – including parking lots, residential homes and businesses – that each city or town sets for its community.

Although each municipality is required to adopt the Illinois Energy Code whenever it is updated by the state, cities and towns may also choose to adopt the International Energy Conservation Code. energy, which establishes minimum requirements for energy-efficient buildings. Once adopted, municipalities can modify the code to better suit their individual circumstances.

Scott Flanagan, the building manager for the village of Schaumburg, said the village is expected to adopt the latest version of the international code in December.

While building codes cover a wide range of regulations, energy-related changes will include requiring electric vehicle chargers for at least 4% of parking spaces in new parking garages.

“When you remove old technology from a building and install new technology, you must follow current building codes,” Flanagan said. “That’s how building codes improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Every time you do a project on a building, it’s subject to the new code.”

The updated code will recognize solar panel shingles as a new technology, making it easier for developers to install the panels. It will also require new basements to be insulated rather than left unfinished, which will help to conserve the energy of new homes and buildings.

Tomkins added that the ability to adopt more energy-efficient codes varies from city to city. Updating building codes is a complex process that requires resources, such as the presence of a building official, that not all municipalities have.

“Communities are all going green. You can see it with their street lighting projects. You can see it in their public works facilities. You can see it with their HVAC equipment upgrades or their lights being fabricated LEDs,” he said. “The main message would be that communities will genuinely take the greenest option they can afford, and what makes the most sense. They are very practical people.”

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The parking management software market could see a big movement: Oobeo, SpotHero, Gtechna

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5 easy ways to avoid parking accidents

It’s easy for drivers to ignore parking accidents. Advice for safe driving tends to focus on what happens when a driver is on the road rather than in the parking lot. However, even if you are unlikely to suffer a high-speed collision in a parking lot, you could still have an accident that causes costly damage to your car. Consider the following five tips to avoid accidents in the parking lot.

Use the technology in your car

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Car technology has evolved to help drivers avoid collisions. Backup cameras can provide a better view than the rearview mirror, which can help you better understand how far away you are from other cars around you. Sensors in vehicles can also help drivers avoid contact while parking.

Parallel parking can be one of the toughest parts of driving, and according to JD Power, some new vehicles like the BMW 7 Series and Cadillac CT5 can park. As technology advances, this feature will likely become more common, helping to take some of the stress out of parallel parking.

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Drive slowly and carefully

Erie Insurance states that this is one of the most important tips for safe driving in parking lots. Driving carefully is always a good thing, and in car parks where there are often cars parked on all sides, it is imperative.

Everyone has places they need to be, but driving slower in parking lots can also help you avoid accidents. Cars are constantly backing up and maneuvering into parking spaces, and driving slowly can help you and other drivers on the road avoid collisions.

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Pay attention to your distance

Parking lots are designed to accommodate as many vehicles as possible, which can lead to cars being parked too close together. While it may be impossible to avoid tight spaces in some lots, make sure you have room to get out of any parking spot you find yourself in. You’ll need to be able to open your door without slamming the car next to you, and you’ll need to back up without hitting other vehicles.

This tip may relate to using the technology in your car mentioned above. Backup cameras can help you determine how far you are from other cars around you, and sensors can help you avoid collisions. If you don’t have any of these features and find yourself in a tight parking space, consider asking your passenger to guide you from the outside.

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Use your side mirrors

Cameras and sensors can provide a lot of additional assistance when parking, but the importance of basic side mirrors shouldn’t be overlooked. Adjusting your mirrors correctly can help eliminate blind spots to give you more visibility of the area around your car.

If blind spots are a persistent problem, blind spot mirrors can help.

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Park away from carts

Caddies aren’t likely to cause significant damage to your car, but they could still cause dents and scratches that could take away some of your car’s visual appeal and affect its value. If you see a cart left in the parking lot outside the cart corral, avoid parking near it. Rogue carts like this could end up in your parked car and leave you with avoidable scratches.

It may also be a good idea to avoid parking next to the cart corral in general if possible. Wagons are unlikely to exit corrals once inside, but if someone loses control of a wagon on their way to the corral, they could roll into your car.

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Solar parking lots benefit drivers and the environment. Why aren’t there more?

Students and hookers commuting to Michigan State University are somewhat relieved of the elements when they park their cars for class or a football game. Solar panels, large enough to park a motorhome underneath, stand on steel trusses above the pitch, providing some shelter and shade. Not only does the university get clean and cheap solar energyhis students have cooler cars in August and don’t have to spend time scratching their snow-free cars in 20-degree weather in January.

I know this because I parked under them for almost two years as a traveling student.

It seemed like such a useful system to me that it seems odd that every parking lot isn’t covered with solar panels. Each solar panel installation has a different calculation, whether it be on a roof, on the ground or in a parking lot. Owners of large parking lots may not install solar power there for a number of reasons, including price and inconvenience. However, some solar experts think it’s possible that a renewed focus on sustainability could bring more solar parking panels in the years to come.

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The initial costs of solar

For many homeowners, installing solar panels will save them money in the long run. The same is true for large establishments.

The State of Michigan estimated that the parking signs (located on five lots) would save $10 million over 25 years. The university gets electricity from panels under a power purchase agreement, which means that he does not own the panels but agrees to buy the electricity. It saves money by obtaining electricity at a lower price than an alternative source.

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Although the economics of a power purchase agreement are a bit different, for the company absorbing the construction costs, building elsewhere would be a better deal.

“A carport costs about 40% more than a ground-mount system,” said Tim Powers, research and policy associate for Inovateus Solar, the company that built the state system. Michigan. It costs more due to additional materials (it takes taller and stronger structures to get solar panels this far off the ground), additional labor (takes longer to build), and building costs. additional engineering, he said.

If the only motivation is to get solar power at the cheapest possible price, carports are not the answer. But there are other reasons why an institution might adopt solar power in its parking lots.

Michigan State’s carports have won national and state awards and account for 5% of campus energy use – a step towards the university’s sustainability goals and a nice round of good publicity. Several people I interviewed for this story suggested that it could make college more attractive to incoming students, though it’s harder to find empirical evidence of a school’s sustainability impact on a student who chooses it.

Recent research suggests that while 65% of consumers (not necessarily students) said they were interested in buying sustainable or green products, only 26% did so. While buying habits and choosing college might seem like apples and oranges, carport solar panels and green consumerism might be a perfect match where you get your literal apples and oranges.

The rise of electric cars

The threat of climate change requires a rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. While many problems require systemic solutions, individuals are embracing green technologies, such as rooftop solar panels and electric cars, at an accelerating rate. In addition to the ecological benefits, the two solar panels and electric vehicles are likely to save money over time. It is possible that stores with large parking lots can economically take advantage of both.

For example, a solar carport covering an average Walmart parking lot would have a capacity of about 3.1 megawatts, said Joshua Pearce, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Western University in London, Ont.

Pearce modeled the viability of solar carports in big-box stores, choosing Walmart for its ubiquity. The chain has also made public commitments to sustainability and is one of the leading companies by installed solar capacity. Walmart says it has 600 renewable energy installations on site, but did not share information about any solar parking canopies planned or installed. He is said to have installed at least seven throughout California.

While it’s hard to say if anyone would opt for one retailer over another because of the environmental message of a large visible solar panel, would they do so if it meant parking out of the sun, snow or rain?

Pearce has a hunch they might, although his research hasn’t looked at that question directly. He thinks stores could attract even more customers by offering shoppers discounted or free electric vehicle charging.

An average Walmart parking lot could support about 100 electric vehicle chargers if covered in solar panels, according to Pearce’s research.

“I think if you have free parking under the awning that can charge your electric vehicle, you’ll spend a bit more time in the store because you’re going to be waiting for it to be charged,” he said. . “Even if you only buy one thing, it will be a net profit for the store.”

Pearce seeks to investigate this intuition in the near future by seeing what happens when the charge is actually supplied. Do non-electric vehicles park there? Are people spending more time in the store?

In a future with free electric charging at Walmart (or another big box store), shoppers could return home not just with their groceries, but with more charge in their vehicle than when they left. According to a study by Pearce and a colleague, 90% of Americans live within 15 miles of a Walmart, and a one-hour shopping trip could provide a car with a 20-mile charge.

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Solar panels and electric vehicle charging could be a useful couple.

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“This means that for many shoppers with an electric vehicle, the trip to Walmart and back would potentially have no automobile-related energy costs,” the researchers wrote.

While a world in which stores charge their customers’ electric vehicles for free and make more money in the process sounds great, it’s still hypothetical at this point.

There are hurdles to overcome, especially when retrofitting an existing car park with a solar canopy. This involves closing off parts of the parking lot during construction, potentially making a store a more inconvenient choice, at least for a while.

Pearce echoed what Inovateus’ Powers said: Considering only the cost of installation, it currently makes more sense to install on the roof of the store than a solar farm in the open.

“But then if I don’t want to take extra land, maybe I’m limited in land for some reason, then parking is the way to go,” Pearce said.

Potential change on the horizon

“We see the construction of carports in parking lots as a great dual purpose story,” said Tyler Kanczuzewski, vice president of sustainability at Inovateus. Dual use refers to the practice of using land for two things, for example, solar energy and growing crops.

According to a study published in Nature, large-scale solar in the United States is largely located outside of cities. Fifty-one percent are settled in deserts, 33% on agricultural land and 2.5% in urban areas.

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Solar panels provide shade and electricity on a hot sunny day.

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Land use decisions are often difficult. Putting solar in deserts raises cultural and ecological concerns. Rural solar farms have sparked debate. The Michigan State facility has kept 45 acres of farmland in production, a fact Michigan State has called out in promoting one of the many awards it has won for the network.

Parking lots, on the other hand, are primarily good for one thing – parking – and solar canopies arguably enhance that experience.

Will the growing interest in sustainability make solar parking lots more common in the future?

“It’s hard to project,” Kanczuzewski said. Although more common in the Southwest, installing solar panels in parking lots is not very common in the Midwest, where Inovateus does most of its business. In terms of solar capacity, 95% of Inovateus installations are ground utility projects. By number of projects, 65% are on the ground, 30% are on the roof and about 5% (only three projects in total) are above parking lots.

“They’re not a very common option,” Powers said.

They could, however, be particularly durable.

“I think it’s super durable,” Kanczuzewski said. “Rather than taking new land or additional property, why not take an existing space and go solar?”

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Death Valley National Park’s most popular sites will reopen

Clearance of a parking lot at Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley on August 16, 2022, in preparation for the reopening of the popular site, Death Valley National Park / NPS

Death Valley National Park’s most popular sites will reopen to the public on Saturday, August 20 – just two weeks after a historic flood triggered massive, record-breaking rainfall and caused millions of dollars in damage to roads and highways. facilities. Several park roads remain closed, so visitors should plan ahead and not rely on GPS.

“We look forward to welcoming summer visitors back to Death Valley’s most popular sites, but at the same time, we want to warn people that many park roads will remain closed for months while repairs are being carried out,” said said Mike Reynolds, park superintendent. . “I am grateful to our work crews and partners at Caltrans who have worked tirelessly to reopen popular sites to visitors. This is an opportune time to visit the park and see firsthand the dramatic impacts of a 1 000 years.”

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) maintenance crews have been working to reopen State Route 190, the main thoroughfare through the park. The National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for most other roads in the park and has worked hard to clean them up to make them safe for the public.

Visitors will be able to only be able to access the park via State Route 190 and Panamint Valley Road. All other paved roads including Badwater Road from CA-178, all access roads via NV-374 (Beatty Cutoff and Daylight Pass) and North Highway/Scotty’s Castle Road will remain closed for repairs.

All roads entering and passing through the park were closed to the public on Friday August 5 due to severe flooding. The park, which has approximately 1,400 miles of roads, including 200 miles of paved roadways, has been impacted by debris, loss of shoulder roads, undercutting and loss of pavement. Workers have assessed 600 miles of roads and 200 miles are deemed impassable. Park officials say there are still 800 miles of road to assess.

Crews from both agencies have spent the past two weeks assessing damage, making critical repairs and clearing tons of debris and dirt from the roads.

The park is vast. At around 3.4 million acres, it’s nearly the size of Connecticut. NPS officials advise visitors to return to the park, they should exercise extreme caution and respect the closures.

Some of the park’s most popular sites will reopen to visitors this weekend, including: Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Badwater Basin (open only from State Route 190 but closed south of Badwater at Mile 17), Golden Canyon, Artist Drive, Devils Golf Course, Natural Bridge, Zabriskie Point, Dantes View, Mesquite Sand Dunes, Twenty Mule Canyon and Harmony Borax Works.

Other attractions will remain closed indefinitely, and some park roads could remain closed for days or even months, depending on the severity of the damage, NPS officials said.

Motorists should also expect temporary delays and lower speed limits when traveling through the park. They may encounter one-way traffic control stops and limited parking on the shoulder. They should also watch out for loose gravel on the road which could impact windshields and tires.

Backcountry roads are still being evaluated and the park does not have information on conditions in many areas. The public should be aware of hazardous conditions, including missing shoulders, steep drop-offs and impassable areas on backcountry roads. Backcountry travel in Death Valley requires proper equipment (including a high-clearance vehicle and rugged backcountry tires), careful planning, and experience in extreme heat and harsh conditions. harsh desert conditions.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Death Valley over the weekend are expected to be around 115°F (46°C). The NPS encourages park visitors to stay safe in the summer by not hiking at low altitudes after 10 a.m., staying within steps of air conditioning, drinking plenty of water, and eating salty snacks.

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The Summer Founders Program helps 6 student startups grow

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – The Inventing the Penn State Founders Summer Programa 13-week student startup accelerator, concluded with a startup showcase on August 10, where each team pitched their startup and answered questions from the audience of members of the local entrepreneurial community.

The Summer Founders Program provided selected teams with a $15,000 grant to work full-time on their startup, social good, or nonprofit idea during the summer. Teams had 24/7 access to Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank in the Eric J. Barron Innovation Hubmentorship from a network of over 60 advisors and $3,000 for client discovery across the Inventing the Penn State NSF I-Corps Program.

“Happy Valley LaunchBox is proud to be a part of the growth these startups have experienced throughout the program,” said Elizabeth Hay, Jack White Family Director of Happy Valley LaunchBox. “We are grateful to have helped teach valuable skills – such as identifying product market fit, branding and marketing, and creating a sustainable business model for a company – to the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

The program returned to an in-person format after going virtual last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s cohort included students from three Penn State campuses as well as Penn State graduate school. Teams participated in a wide range of activities in and around the State College area, including field trips to learn about local businesses, a scavenger hunt around campus and downtown to learn about available start-up resources and State College history, and weekly dinners with program advisors. , mentors and entrepreneurs.

Additionally, the teams showcased their startups under the Happy Valley LaunchBox tent at this year’s Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, as well as at the 3 point stop at Pugh Street.

“I would absolutely encourage as many students as possible to get involved in the Summer Founders program,” said CarToCamp co-founder Nathan Bonslaver. “It’s a unique opportunity to work on your ideas with professional advice from people who have done it before you.”

Grants have been awarded to the following teams:

  • AIMADETHIS — A startup that aims to use the power of artificial intelligence to inform current fashion trends in color and pattern to create designs that are then dyed in small batches and cut and sewn into high-end garments quality. The startup’s founders are Nisarga Kadam, a fourth-year student studying social data analytics, and Yasmeen Collins, a graduate student studying computer science and machine learning at Columbia University.
  • The Ballet Scout — A subscription database for dancers to find auditions, training programs and jobs based on their budget, housing needs, location, style and available dates. The startup’s founders are Robert Fulton, a Penn State World Campus student studying business, management, marketing, and related support services, Sasha Ahrestani, a 2021 computer science alumnus, and Eugene Ryoo, a former 2022 student in cybersecurity analysis and operations.
  • CarToCamp — A startup that creates universally suitable sleeping platforms for car camping that ship to the customer’s door and can be assembled and installed without tools. The founders of the startup are Nathan Bonslaver, a 2022 Penn State Berks alumnus, Robert Miller, a 2019 Penn State Berks alumnus, and Kevin Gulick, a 2020 Penn State Berks alumnus. The three founders have studied mechanical engineering.
  • Clove and Sprig — A startup that creates handcrafted, seasonal, small-batch candles with wooden wicks that allow for a longer burn time, cleaner burn, and stronger scent than other retail candles. The startup’s founder is Kelsey Lauer, a third-year advertising student.
  • Hey! — A voice-only dating platform that introduces streamlined and innovative matchmaking processes using search criteria and interests to instantly find a nearby partner to talk to via one-to-one live voice chat . The startup’s founders are Kevin Lord Josue, a 2022 Penn State Graduate School engineering management alumnus, and Vaillant Domingue III, an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut studying accounting.
  • ImaniK Travels, LLC — A consultation-based service that educates, reduces risk, plans and executes guided international trips to make travel more accessible to young students of color. The founder of the startup is Imani Murray, who graduated in Materials Science Engineering and Chinese Language in 2022.

To see more startups affiliated with Penn State, visit To find more resources for student entrepreneurs, visit

Support the Founders Summer Program

Seed funding for the Summer Founders Program is made possible through donations from successful alumni entrepreneurs interested in supporting new student ventures. If you are interested in donating to the Summer Founders Program, please contact Penn State Director of Strategic Initiatives Development Heather Winfield at [email protected]. For more information about the program, visit

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White Ute driver slammed for ‘unsafe’ parking in Queensland

Driver is slammed for ‘very dangerous’ park in mall – so can you see what the problem is?

  • Photos show pipes over three meters long, sticking out the back of a white ute
  • The ute was parked in a car bay outside a shopping center in Queensland
  • A frustrated motorist was forced to drive a large distance around the vehicle
  • The legal overhang limit for objects on a vehicle is 3.7 meters from the rear wheel

An Australian driver has been criticized for an ‘unsafe’ park outside a shopping center which caused motorists to maneuver around the vehicle.

A frustrated motorist shared a photo of a white ute in a car park near an Aldi store in Queensland on Wednesday to the North Lakes Facebook group.

At first glance, the ute appears to be parked properly within the lines of the parking space.

However, another angle showed several pipes, which appear to be over three meters long, protruding from the rear of the vehicle.

The driver of a white ute was slammed for unsafe parking as pipes hanging from the back of the vehicle posed a safety concern for other motorists (pictured)

The pipes, which appear to be over three meters long, required drivers to maneuver around the ute (pictured)

The pipes, which appear to be over three meters long, required drivers to maneuver around the ute (pictured)

The message called the pipes a “major hazard” because they posed a safety risk and forced motorists to avoid the vehicle widely.

‘Is this legal?? Cars had to drive,” one Facebook user wrote.

“Very dangerous,” another user commented.

A third user commented, “He’ll find out how legal or not it is when someone walks past that load and hits it with their car, or even face it if it’s a pedestrian.”

‘I guarantee you that [they’ll] be in a lot of trouble.

The legal overhang limit for items on a vehicle is 3.7 meters from the front wheel, according to the Queensland Government Transport website.

The website explains that any visible load protruding more than 1.2 meters from the rear of a vehicle or trailer must display a warning device.

A brightly colored red or yellow flag may be used during the day while at night a red warning light visible at least 200 meters away must be used.

Despite the overwhelming criticism, some Facebook users defended the driver, saying he “didn’t mean to hurt anyone”.

“Poor guy is hurting himself trying to make a buck,” one user commented.

“Not the smartest place to park, but he probably just had a 10 hour day and rushed out to buy a hot meal for dinner.”

Another user wrote, “I didn’t mean to hurt anyone or plan to cause (any) inconvenience.”

The legal overhang limit for items on a vehicle is 3.7 meters from the front wheel, according to the Queensland Government Transport website (pictured).

The legal overhang limit for items on a vehicle is 3.7 meters from the front wheel, according to the Queensland Government Transport website (pictured).

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The BJP reconstituted its parliamentary council on Wednesday; Now on CBI’s radar in a solar scam case, Rahul Gandhi’s key aide KC Venugopal; DGCA Issues Strict Guidelines Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases; Kashmiri Pandit shot down in the valley; His affair is celebrated, says Bilkis Bano, leave me alone; Chinese spy ship docked in Sri Lanka sparks concern

India Top News Live, August 17: While the idea was to leave no room for ambiguity about his overall political ambition for the 2024 general election, then Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Leader Arvind Kejriwal has pulled it off. feat during his speech at the AAP event. Wednesday in the nation’s capital.

Launching the “Make India Number 1” campaign, Kejriwal called on the country’s 130 million people to join the “national mission” on five projects – education, health, employment, women’s rights and sustainable agriculture.

The BJP on Wednesday reconstituted its Parliamentary Council, the party’s top decision-making body, and the Central Election Commission (CEC) after eight years, dropping veterans such as Nitin Gadkari and Shivraj Singh Chouhan and creating a stir by including faces such as former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and former IPS officer Iqbal Singh Lalpura, the first Sikh leader to become a member of the Parliamentary Council.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has questioned All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary General KC Venugopal in connection with the alleged sexual exploitation of a con artist involved in the Kerala solar scam. Sources said on Tuesday that Venugopal was questioned about the matter a week ago at the agency’s headquarters in Delhi.

Hours after Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri said on Wednesday that all Rohingya refugees would be moved to EWS apartments at Bakkarwala in DelhiUnion Home Minister Amit Shah’s office issued a statement denying such a move by the Centre.

Given the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has advised airlines to ensure passengers wear face masks correctly throughout the journey. and ensure appropriate passenger awareness through different platforms.

In the event that a passenger does not comply with the instructions, strict measures will be taken by the airlines against the passenger, the DGCA added, the ANI reported.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved judgment on separate motions by the Jharkhand government and Chief Minister Hemant Soren against an order by the Jharkhand High Court that accepted the maintainability of a PIL for a investigation against the head of the JMM who was accused of granting himself a mining lease as the state’s minister of mines.

Eleven convicts serving life sentences in the Bilkis Bano gang rape case during the 2002 Gujarat riots were released from Godhra sub-prison on Monday after a state government panel ruled approved their request for a remission, according to senior officials. One day later, when contacted by the Indian ExpressBilkis said, “Please leave me alone…I offered duas (prayers) for the soul of my daughter Saleha”.

As China’s ballistic missile and satellite tracking vessel Yuan Wang 5 arrived at Port of Hambantota, a strategically important deep-sea port in southern Sri Lanka, on Tuesday morning, China said its ship’s activities will not affect security from any country and should not be “obstructed” by a “third party” – a reference to India and its security concerns. Asked about Delhi’s concerns and the delay of the Chinese ship’s visit, Qi Zhenhong, Beijing’s envoy to Sri Lanka, who was present at Hambantota port when the ship arrived, told reporters: “I don’t know, you should ask Indian Friends… I don’t know. Maybe that’s life.

Activists threw grenades and escaped the cordon of the security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Wednesday. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Kutpora neighborhood of Shopian on Tuesday evening following reports of the presence of militants there, they said. During the operation militants threw grenades at the search party and fire was returned. However, the activists escaped due to darkness, a police spokesman said.

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North Lebanon supervisors approve plan for Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s and Verizon

This article was funded by LebTown donors as part of our Civic Impact Reporting Project.

At Monday’s meeting, the North Lebanon Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a preliminary/final land development plan for 2203 W. Cumberland St.

The former Santander Bank location will be updated to accommodate three tenants: Jersey Mike’s, Starbucks and Verizon.

Read more: 2nd Starbucks to come to Lebanon; Opening of the Route 422 store in the fall of 2022

The land use plan presented at Monday’s meeting.

In addition to on-site parking, the owner of the property, Matrice LLC, has negotiated an easement for 25 parking spaces in the Lebanon Valley Mall lot. One of these spaces will be used for a new crosswalk for pedestrian safety.

The property will be accessible only from mall roads, and an agreement has been made with the mall allowing for a right of way.

Much of the area surrounding the building will be used for a drive-thru, containing up to 16 cars, for Starbucks.

Supervisors expressed concerns about traffic inside the property, as well as concerns that the mall parking lot might be difficult to identify.

President Ed Brensinger and Vice President Gary Heisey hear the development plan.

The supervisors present unanimously agreed to approve the plan and two waivers, subject to receipt of the signed promoter agreement and escrow, financial guarantee of $311,595.15 and security agreements. access and parking signed.

They also unanimously approved the sewerage planning module as recommended by the NLTMA.

Township engineer Steve Sherk and the Planning Commission recommended the plan be approved.

In other news, supervisors:

  • Unanimously agreed to donate $25,000 to Lebanon Valley Rails-to-Trails for the continuation of their trails through the township. This donation comes from the “Fees in Lieu” fund, which is exclusively devoted to the leisure activities of the municipality.
  • Heard a complaint about noise on Prescott Drive, which was raised at a previous meeting. Township Superintendent Cheri Grumbine said a notice of violation for working on the property had been sent and further action may be required, and Police Chief Tim Knight urged complainants to call the police to investigate while the noise is happening.
  • Unanimously approved the use of the Lion Lake parking lot for a fundraiser for the Ebenezer Beautification Committee BBQ on September 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • I heard that two items, a four person metal swing and an Epson Power Lite 1761W LCD projector, were sold on municibid for $410 and $122 respectively.
  • Schedule a public hearing Jan. 6 for a rezoning application from Escambia Properties LLC to have 1675 and 1677 Grace Avenue rezoned from rural residential to low-density residential.
  • Provided an update on the proposed Lenni Lenape Park Trail, indicating that the township now plans to pave it internally. They hope to finish it by winter, but the project could overflow next year.
  • Unanimously approved the submission of the 2023 Security Grant application to Benecon, requesting $1,500 in grants.
  • I learned that the Recycling Coordinator, Bonnie Grumbine, submitted the 904 Recycling Performance Grant for 2021.
  • Unanimously approved a tree dedication at Lenni Lenape Park.
  • Unanimously approved the minutes (PDF) of their July 18 meeting, as well as payroll, fund balances and payment of bills.
  • Heard the police report, which noted there were 592 calls in July and a total of 3,899 year-to-date through July.

Supervisors in North Lebanon meet at the canton’s municipal building on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be on September 19. Meetings are open to the public and do not require prior registration.

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Businesses fear parking lot and walkway will be forced to close

The car park seen from Southgate.

The Southgate car park next to the River Slea has been a temporary paid car park since 2009, but was refused permission to continue operating in a bid to make the town center car-free.

The owners say the nearby walkway should therefore be closed to keep people away from the site.

Both currently remain open, with an appeal due in a few days.

The car park and the footbridge which may be required to close.

However, several independent businesses fear a loss of footfall from merchants who use the car park and the footbridge.

Kay Bonnell, manager of Emily’s Bakehouse, said: “It will definitely affect our business – many of our customers use the bridge as a thoroughfare, and it also makes the area more accessible for people with disabilities and families.

“It would be nice if the city center was pedestrianized, but I don’t know if that will work. And it won’t happen right away.

“It’s a sad loss for the region – the news will not be welcomed at all by our customers.”

Melissa Massingham, owner of the Hutch Shop, said: “We have a very strong customer base, but we don’t know what would happen if the car park closed.

“Many of our customers buy heavy bags of pet food that weigh 10 or 15kg – it’s one thing to get it across the bridge, quite another to circle it to the next nearest car park at Sainsbury’s.

“This car park also has a two hour limit, which is not enough if you want to spend time shopping and having lunch.

“You could understand that if there were major works imminent on the site, but I don’t see anything happening for quite a few years. The pedestrianization of the city center is not about to happen, it is a long-term plan.

“What would be the use of the empty space in the meantime?” We don’t want it to be a dumping ground or a place where kids can play. »

A popular craft market in Millstream Square also uses part of the car park.

Car park owners Nick Allen and Rob Wilcox of NJA Property Management Ltd and RAW Property Management Ltd called the potential closure “premature”.

“With the massive effects of the pandemic on local businesses, we see no point in closing a car park directly in the center of Sleaford which currently has around 1,500 vehicles in use each week,” they said.

“We believe NKDC is not acting for the benefit of Sleaford with this premature closure. The shops and cafes around our car park will be impacted after going through a long difficult period.

“The heavily used pedestrian route will have to close and this would leave an empty area in the center of Sleaford which will appear unsightly and could attract anti-social behaviour.

“We are happy to work with NKDC on a temporary basis until work actually begins on Southgate, but we believe it may take years and cannot understand why they are insisting on closure now.”

North Kesteven District Council says the site is a strategic regeneration opportunity for Sleaford.

Leader of the council, Councilor Richard Wright, said: ‘This key town center site already obtained planning permission approved for a mixed-use site in 2007, combining residential and commercial units, and that planning permission has been extended in 2010 and partially implemented. This was in line with approved strategies for the city centre.

“Following the impacts of the financial crash of 2007/8, we have permitted the temporary use of the site as a car park, allowing both practical use and income from the site while the market recovers and the owner develops plans.

“Permission for the temporary car park has been renewed three times in the meantime, including its most recent renewal which expired in 2020. In 2019 an appeal to retain the car park permanently was rejected as the site represents an opportunity for regeneration in the heart of the city centre.

“We have continued to allow its temporary use as a car park to support the post-Covid recovery of high streets. However, as the nation has now transitioned to ‘living with Covid’, the site continues to be seen as a strategic regeneration opportunity for Sleaford.

“In the 15 years since the original application, a strategy and vision for a revitalized Sleaford town center has developed. Creative and vibrant development on this site has the potential to make a real and valuable contribution to this regeneration, delivering the homes and businesses needed by the people of Sleaford and supporting an improved street scene.

“We encourage the owner to develop the site in this context and would be happy to engage in a dialogue with the owner to help identify such potential viable uses of the site.”

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Carilion Clinic plans for parking garage near future Crystal Spring Tower

ROANOKE, Va. – Changes are coming to construction plans for the Carilion Clinic in the Crystal Spring area.

On Monday evening, the Roanoke City Council voted unanimously to approve updated plans for a parking lot.

“We have asked the City Council to approve a parking lot at the corner of Jefferson and McClanahan,” said Carilion Senior Director of Corporate Communications Chris Turnbull.

The parking garage will service the anticipated increase in the number of patients and staff that will be served at the Crystal Spring Tower, which is still under construction.

Original plans were approved in 2019 for a new behavioral and mental health facility including parking.

However, plans for a new facility are on hold due to financial issues.

“Instead, we will reconfigure the space for the garage and we are looking at a number of options for the existing mental health facility there. That remains a priority,” Turnbull said.

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Residents of Jefferson Street voiced their support for the project at Monday’s meeting and urged caution for pedestrian safety.

“I ask the city if you will continue to add more crosswalks and street signs, especially along Jefferson Street, Broadway and McClanahan, which many are told to cross to get to Carilion,” Irene said. Malachowsky, resident of southwest Roanoke.

The parking garage will include 600 parking spaces, not only for Carilion patients and staff, but also for the public to use free of charge.

“I think it’s going to work out well for us,” Mayor Sherman Lea said. “We support this order and also let citizens know that we are receptive and that we will look into these things and recognize that a lot of traffic may increase.”

The parking lot is expected to be completed in 2025, the same year Carilion’s Crystal Spring Tower is expected to be operational.

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MotoGP: Keith Huewen: Followed by Silverstone, Ducati’s big decision, the new ‘awful’ Austrian chicane! | MotoGP

After an update on the state of health of Gino Rea, who was seriously injured during practice at the Suzuka 8 Hours, the first part of the show focuses on the reaction to last week’s episode about the poor audience at Silverstone. .

“We had hundreds of comments and tweets,” said podcast host Harry Benjamin, “and many of them mentioned the same things:

“‘Silverstone is not the right track to watch motorbike racing on the money side – not just cost of living but tickets, parking, cost of a burger – not having UK riders in class MotoGP, promoting the event…’

“Everything we kind of predicted last week, but it’s worse in a way, isn’t it Keith, because it’s not just a problem?”

“I think you are right Harry. I won’t say it’s a problem, but I think it’s an assortment of things that need tweaking,” replied former Grand Prix rider and British champion Keith Huewen. “I think we have to be positive, the whole event was great: the British Grand Prix in sunny Silverstone. And they organized many animations.

“I think the questions are mostly over, for starters, parking prices. It’s a bit like buying a TV and then being charged by the same store for parking. Nobody likes those extra fees.

“As for beers, burgers, etc., I assume the vendors pay Silverstone to be there and then set the prices. Could these be further controlled? Maybe a 20% increase over what you would pay in a pub would be acceptable, given that someone has to drag their bar to Silverstone, set it up and then take it back.

“Silverstone did a lot of things well, but I think there were things that made people not go, and I think that’s reflected in our letterbox.

“Some people will never please you, the Donington vs Silverstone thing gets on my nerves! Donington is a good racecourse, the facilities are better since Jonathan Palmer took over the lease but not as good as Silverstone.

“The most important thing in my opinion is that we need a MotoGP home race winner. This weekend we had a home winner at the British Grand Prix… Speedway at the stadium Principality of Cardiff. Dan Bewely. You’ve never heard such a roar inside this stadium! Imagine if it happened in MotoGP? We need this situation.

“The mainstream British media were also not behind MotoGP like they were for the F1 Grand Prix, where it was in every newspaper and magazine.

“The answer is – and I can see you both very harsh! – the cost of seeing the race on Sunday was, breathlessly, not the best value. £90 plus parking, for three races and the British Talent Cup, for me, it wasn’t enough action on the track.

“Our market in Britain is different, our fans are different, our expectations are slightly different… We’re not going! It’s not about going just because it’s British MotoGP, it still has to represent good value for money. Anything.

“But where do we find that happy medium? Less stage entertainment and a £15 ticket cut?

“Parking, in my opinion, should always be part of the deal. I heard a rumor like this, the reason they charged for parking was to encourage people to ride motorcycles. Now only a type of car might think of that!

“The other problem is that there is not enough space for all the cars. Wait a second, you had 140,000 fans on race day for the F1 Grand Prix. They all came by car. I don’t understand some of the contradictions. Pete McLaren, MotoGP Editor, added: “I think it comes down to the perception of value for money, as well as the actual cost. Do people feel that what they get back is worth what they pay for?

“I also think on Fridays for example, and you often see that sort of thing on some of the flyaways, why not have really cheap tickets to increase attendance and allow pretty much everyone to afford some kind of MotoGP trackside experience. Especially new fans.

Responding to a comment from a listener about the empty stands, McLaren said: “You would have to imagine the stands would have been left in place from F1 anyway, so why not let people use them?

“I also think you need to adjust ticket prices to reflect the situation on an annual basis, depending on the circumstances and taking into account the factors mentioned by Keith. How popular is the sport in terms of UK viewing figures? Is there a home runner doing well in the upper class? What is people’s disposable income compared to previous years?

“I don’t think you can just charge a blanket rate year after year assuming people will automatically keep coming back.

“People have other choices, including WorldSBK and BSB, and I think they will look at British MotoGP every season and decide, is it good value for money? Given all the financial pressures that people are currently experiencing.

“As far as the organization of the event is concerned, we should give credit to Silverstone. We’ve all been in massive queues to get in or out of Grand Prix circuits in the past and, for me at least, that side has been running like clockwork all weekend.

“But there is no doubt that you need to attract more fans.”

The trio then debated the impact of free-to-air TV versus pay-per-view and how to attract new fans to the sport, as well as potential improvements to the on-track experience itself.

Silverstone is listening…

Speaking directly to listeners, Huewen concludes: “Keep reaching out and leaving your opinions because we don’t ignore them and the fact is that Managing Director Stuart Pringle – and one or two others at Silverstone – were among those listening. last week’s podcast.

“I’ve had a few emails from Silverstone since regarding our podcast and the ideas that have come up. They will also be looking at our schedule. So your comments are taken up by Silverstone and anyone who wants to give something more to the fans of the track. They are listening.”

Austria’s new chicane looks like it was designed by a 2-year-old child!

Attention then turns to this weekend’s Austrian MotoGP, which will feature a new ‘Z’ shaped chicane inserted into Turn 2 of the Red Bull Ring circuit, in response to Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli’s huge crash in 2020.

“They put this zig-zag in now, halfway to Turn 3,” Huewen said. “I just wonder if there was a 2 year old who scribbled on the piece of paper Tilke was working on!

” I really do not understand. Yeah, they did what they had to do to slow things down, I guess. It will be interesting to see what the runners really think about it. I’m sure they’ll just bite their lip and carry on.

“But it looks awful. Literally, the mark of Zorro. A zig-zag… You get the idea, I’m not really a fan! But that’s me looking at a piece of paper, not overlapping it. Let’s see how the riders fared in the first few tries.

“It’s a stop-start chicane at the end of the day, they could have had something so much nicer than that.”

“Quartararo told Silverstone that the new chicane also looks a bit dangerous,” added McLaren.

“The original track layout still exists and is still in use by F1, and if a driver loses control on the way to the new chicane, they could potentially come into contact with the drivers ahead as they cross the track. of origin.

“I’m sure Quartararo isn’t the only one looking at this quibble and wondering if it solves one problem and maybe creates another?”

Bastianini or Martin – Ducati’s big decision

This weekend’s event should also be the last before Ducati decides whether Enea Bastianini or Jorge Martin will join Francesco Bagnaia in the factory team next season.

“If you look at it on paper, Bastianini has three wins and Martin no wins this year. But then if you look at the last five races, Martin has scored more than double the points of Bastianini,” McLaren said.

“Martin also had manual operation earlier in the season, and more importantly they ride bikes of different specs, which makes direct comparisons difficult.

“But there is no doubt that Bastianini was back in form at Silverstone, just 1.6 seconds from victory with a broken wing. Without that, it might well have been Bastianini, rather than Bagnaia, who took his fourth win of the year.

“I think it would be easier for Ducati if Martin was the clear favorite because he is already at Pramac and therefore a bit higher up the ladder towards the factory team. But Bastianini makes it a very difficult decision. for them… “

Huewen said: “I love Jorge for that [factory] place and I think Bastianini in Pramac will be the right choice. But it’s based on looking from where I am, not where they are.

“It will be a decision based on the overall image. Gigi is not stupid and he will make the right choice for the team, and I don’t think Bagnaia will be affected by whoever they put in his side.

The trio finish by making their top three predictions for this weekend’s race, which the current weather forecast could see wet weather on all three days.

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Parksville Council considering more parking spaces near City Hall

Parksville Council hopes to create more parking spaces near the Parksville Civic and Technology Center (PCTC).

Com. Mark Chandler said he brought the notice of motion because there was a shortage of spaces and he believed the location would work well for staff parking.

Chandler’s motion directs staff to begin the process of converting part of the land behind the building, next to Stanford Place, into an official parking lot. The motion also involves consideration of moving or replacing commemorative plaques and trees affected by the process.

“And therefore not having our building staff and people in that area having to move to other concentrated areas where other people are parking,” he said.

Com. Marilyn Wilson said she would prefer to have a staff assessment on the matter. She added that this could wait until the city’s transport plan is drawn up in 2023.

Com. Adam Fras said the parking issue is affecting nearby businesses and the council has received emails from people who work downtown and get parking tickets because they were forced to change where they parked. park.

A similar motion was defeated by the board in 2020.

“It’s a motion that needs to be reintroduced because we’re dealing with something that very few cities are dealing with,” Chandler said. “And that’s that city staff in most cities have parking right next to their facilities and we don’t.”

Several council members pointed out that the municipal staff is very busy and does not currently have time for additional projects.

Com. Doug O’Brien said he would rather see the shortage solved by introducing corner parking on Weld Street, Craig Street and Harrison Street, rather than removing green space.

Chandler’s motion passed with Wilson, O’Brien and Coun. Teresa Patterson opposed it.

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Raising Kanan Season 2, Episode 1 Recap

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Last season, we wondered what Detective Howard would say when he finally wakes up. And now that he’s awake, he doesn’t have much to say about the incident – at least not in front of the doctors or his fellow officers. According to the detective, he doesn’t remember anything from the night he was shot. Her doctor thinks this is also true. As Howard’s partner, Burke, questions the doctor’s expertise, he reminds him to focus on what’s most important: Detective Howard is cancer free. Another cop donated his bone marrow, and now Howard is in remission with both lungs intact.

While Howard was recovering, his son/attempted murder was spending quality time with his extended family in Virginia. Happy to be reunited with her son, Raquel took a trip down the i-95 to pick up Kanan.

Back in New York, Jess and Lou-Lou argue that Famous isn’t famous yet. Jess is her brother’s manager, and she hasn’t quite figured out how to be both manager and girlfriend. Lou randomly overhears a pretty girl with a fiery New York attitude singing along to her beat. He nearly causes a car crash to get her attention. Before leaving at full speed, he entrusts her with his company car and does not even ask her name.

Like his uncle Lou-Lou, music is what keeps Jukebox afloat. And as she mourns the loss of her girlfriend Nicole, she delivers a song neatly packaged in a tape titled “It Hurts So Much” to her grave. In a strange way, Kanan is also in mourning. “Have you ever shot someone and missed?” he asks. The shooting incident still shook Kanan. As he tries to make sense of everything that happened, he knows his innocence is officially gone. His mother tries to comfort him by telling him that Howard doesn’t remember anything. Kanan isn’t really convinced and asks her what will happen if Detective Howard remembers her face. Raq puts on her mother bear’s hat and reminds her that she would never let anything happen to her.

Marvin is in trouble with the law, but his “ex-girlfriend” Tony has moved out of town, and without her testimony, there’s no case. He must now choose between managing anger and picking up trash. He chooses anger management because he can connect and leave.

After three months in the hospital, Detective Howard returns home. Burke shows his support for his partner by accompanying him. She loses little time before starting to snoop around her house. The near-death experience makes Howard feel like “he’s been given a second chance in all this shit,” as he tells Burke. Determined to find out what happened the night he was shot, Burke informs Howard that Unique’s whereabouts have been accounted for, so he is not the shooter. Not interested in engaging with her, he sticks to her history of memory loss.

Ever since Unique was charged with Detective Howard’s attempted shooting, the streets have been on fire. The police arrive much stronger and more aggressive than ever, attacking the local boys first. And because of their change in police tactics, Raquel had to change her tactics as a businesswoman to sell her product in large quantities but under the radar. She currently has full control over Baisley, all product sales and uses take place indoors, away from the police, and armed guards are strategically placed on the roofs of each building. She and her brothers make $75,000 A DAY! To keep the peace, Raquel makes sure to bribe the residents and fulfill all their demands. On the other hand, Unique is at Rikers Island with a target on the forehead.

So far, Kanan has proven to be much luckier than Unique. He finally finds his favorite cousin. The two catch up on his trip south. “It was good to be gone,” Kanan said. He then proceeds to vent about what the drug game may or may not offer him. He told Jukebox: “I don’t know if that’s enough. I don’t know if this shit is for me.” Like the best little cousin she is, Juke just listens.

Her relationship with her father is still strained. Marvin’s attempt to have a conversation with her in front of the family doesn’t go well. We find out that it’s been a minute since they’ve spoken or seen each other. Before their conversation escalates, Raq interrupts them with a hot, home-cooked meal. It’s the first family dinner since Kanan left. As Raq says, “If [Kanan’s] the seat is empty [they’re] not sitting around the table. Her talk about family comes at just the right time since she isn’t really having fun with Lou-Lou, and Jukebox and Marvin are jostling. But no matter the tension, family is all that matters.

After dinner, Lou-Lou admits that he slipped. The tag turned out to be more difficult than he thought. As always, Raq’s mind is on business, and since Lou-Lou hasn’t earned any money, she lectures him on his “hobby”.

Outside on the steps, Kanan and Jukebox continue their venting session. Kanan is quite surprised that what he did in the park (or, more so, failed to do) wasn’t even mentioned at dinner. He wonders if he is made for the family business or not. Juke tells him that Raq should never have asked Kanan to eliminate the detective. She suggests that he have a conversation with the direct source (i.e. his mother). As Famous approaches to greet his friends, Kanan glances at Detective Howard passing.

Back inside the house, Raq, Marvin and Lou-Lou work out their expansion plan. To everyone’s surprise, Raq considers working with Worrell, one of Unique’s men, rather than promoting Scrap. It’s the old “keep your enemies close” trick. His goal is to make sure that when Unique gets home, he’ll have nothing to take home – no men, no products, no money. She assigns Lou-Lou to oversee all 40 projects using their same model, “inside and up”. He rejects her offer but fails, and now we know whatever Raquel says is what happens.

As I mentioned earlier, ever since Detective Howard was shot, the police have been on their bull (this actually happened in real life). Scrap’s mother’s illegal gambling network is looted while he’s there. Detective Howard sees him at the precinct turning his mouth around in the investigation room. It’s not a good look for Scrap, now it looks like he’s a liability for Raq. At the police station, Howard also realizes that his partner keeps looking into his case. Although he warns her to mess things up, he doesn’t seem too bothered.

It’s a bit difficult not to be disturbed when you’re in prison. Unique gets into a fight with three white inmates who were sexually assaulting another inmate. The fight shows he’s no one to fuck with.

Meanwhile, in Raquel’s world, she and Kanan meet with Symphony to express their gratitude. Despite having a good lunch, Raq and Symphony’s personalities clash again after he brings up the incident in the park and reminds Raq how good she is. This, of course, pisses her off. “You always think you know my son better than me…you never learn,” she said scolding him. “I know who my son is and I know what he is capable of. I don’t need anyone to tell me that. He is protected. But Symphony is not backing down. Instead, he actually doubles down on what he said and lets Raq know that not only did Kanan confide in him on the way to Virginia, but he was visibly scared. Kanan’s return from the bathroom brings Raq and Symphony back to reality. It’s clear that they both love each other, but it’s also clear that their relationship will never work.

Symphony’s lyrics affect Raq. She checks on Kanan to see how he really feels, and he’s honest. He tells his mother he’s not sure he’s cut out for this life. He also shares that shooting Detective Howard gave him many nightmares. His love for his son runs deep, so Raq immediately apologizes for putting Kanan in danger. She reassures him that her role is to protect him, not the other way around. The mother-son duo connect for a few moments before being interrupted by the house phone.

The first episode ends really crazy! Not only Unique manages to get out of prison. When he does, Marvin is waiting across the street, watching his every move. The call Raq received must have been Howard. After seeing Unique, viewers see Raq in the same park where Kanan shot Howard. Shortly after, Detective Howard appears out of nowhere. If looks could kill him and Raquel would both be dead. What feels like a five-minute stare ends the first episode, leaving us all hanging on the edge of our seats.

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Shoebury East Beach car park under fire for disabled parking

A NEWLY refurbished car park has come under fire after disabled spaces were moved and placed as far away from a beach as possible.

The concerns were raised just days after Southend Council unveiled its newly refurbished East Beach, Shoebury car park, including additional parking spaces and electric vehicle charging stations.

Disabled residents have criticized the designs, after disabled parking spaces were placed in places furthest from the beach.

Southend resident Steven Douglas, who has multiple sclerosis which makes walking difficult, says he no longer feels he can park safely on the beach, despite it being one of his favorite places to visit.

“My wife and I are big fans of East Beach and previously we parked in the handicapped spaces right by the beach which was ideal,” said Mr Douglas, 41, “But with the Where they are now is another 30 – 50 meters, which is a long walk for me.

He added: “As things stand I don’t think I’ll be going to East Beach as if we only have disabled spaces left we’d be really hard pressed to get to the beach.”

The town hall says it is ready to review the car park, which has 218 spaces, including 12 spaces for the disabled and 3 spaces for coaches.

Further improvements have also been made to the area, with a dedicated footpath and cycle access from Shoeburyness High Street, as well as additional solar lighting columns and increased CCTV coverage.

East Beach’s improved parking lot reopened last weekend.

Steven Wakefield, the council’s parking boss, said: “Accessibility and safety are key priorities in the design of the new East Beach car park and the disabled bays are strategically located close to the dedicated walkway through the parking.

“This walkway joins the sidewalk near the toilet block and the crossing point to the beach, located near the entrance to the car park.

“We will of course keep the spaces under review for the first four weeks of opening and may make any necessary changes that may be required to ensure that the car park meets the needs of all users.

“We are also seeking Park Mark accreditation which aims to reduce both crime and fear of crime in car parks.”

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Why aren’t all car parks covered with solar panels?

Students and hookers commuting to Michigan State University are somewhat relieved of the elements when they park their cars for class or a football game. Solar panels, large enough to park a motorhome underneath, stand on steel trusses above the pitch, providing some shelter and shade. Not only does the university get clean and cheap solar energyhis students have cooler cars in August and don’t have to spend time scratching their snow-free cars in 20-degree weather in January.

I know this because I parked under them for almost two years as a traveling student.

It seemed like such a useful system to me that it seems odd that every parking lot isn’t covered with solar panels. Every solar panel installation has a different calculation, whether it’s on a roof, on the ground or in a parking lot. Owners of large parking lots may not install solar power there for a number of reasons, including price and inconvenience. However, some solar experts think it’s possible that a renewed focus on sustainability could bring more solar parking panels in the years to come.

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The initial costs of solar

For many homeowners, installing solar panels will save them money in the long run. The same is true for large establishments.

The State of Michigan estimated that the parking signs (located on five lots) would save $10 million over 25 years. The university gets electricity from panels under a power purchase agreement, which means that he does not own the panels but agrees to buy the electricity. It saves money by obtaining electricity at a lower price than an alternative source.

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Although the economics of a power purchase agreement are a bit different, for the company absorbing the construction costs, building elsewhere would be a better deal.

“A carport costs about 40% more than a ground-mount system,” said Tim Powers, research and policy associate for Inovateus Solar, the company that built the state system. Michigan. It costs more due to additional materials (it takes taller and stronger structures to get solar panels this far off the ground), additional labor (takes longer to build), and building costs. additional engineering, he said.

If the only motivation is to get solar power at the cheapest possible price, carports are not the answer. But there are other reasons why an institution might adopt solar power in its parking lots.

Michigan State’s carports have won national and state awards and account for 5% of campus energy use – a step toward the university’s sustainability goals and a nice round of good publicity. Several people I interviewed for this story suggested that it could make college more attractive to incoming students, though it’s harder to find empirical evidence of a school’s sustainability impact on a student who chooses it.

Recent research suggests that while 65% of consumers (not necessarily students) said they were interested in buying sustainable or green products, only 26% did so. While buying habits and choosing college might seem like apples and oranges, carport solar panels and green consumerism might be a perfect match where you get your literal apples and oranges.

The rise of electric cars

The threat of climate change requires a rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. While many problems require systemic solutions, individuals are embracing green technologies, such as rooftop solar panels and electric cars, at an accelerating rate. In addition to the ecological benefits, the two solar panels and electric vehicles are likely to save money over time. It is possible that stores with large parking lots can economically take advantage of both.

For example, a solar carport covering an average Walmart parking lot would have a capacity of about 3.1 megawatts, said Joshua Pearce, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Western University in London, Ont.

Pearce modeled the viability of solar carports in big-box stores, choosing Walmart for its ubiquity. The chain has also made public commitments to sustainability and is one of the leading companies by installed solar capacity. Walmart says it has 600 renewable energy installations on site, but did not share information about any solar parking canopies planned or installed. He is said to have installed at least seven throughout California.

While it’s hard to say if anyone would opt for one retailer over another because of the environmental message of a large visible solar panel, would they do so if it meant parking out of the sun, snow or rain?

Pearce has a hunch they might, although his research hasn’t looked at that question directly. He thinks stores could attract even more customers by offering shoppers discounted or free electric vehicle charging.

An average Walmart parking lot could support about 100 electric vehicle chargers if covered in solar panels, according to Pearce’s research.

“I think if you have free parking under the awning that can charge your electric vehicle, you’ll spend a bit more time in the store because you’re going to be waiting for it to be charged,” he said. . “Even if you only buy one thing, it will be a net profit for the store.”

Pearce seeks to investigate this intuition in the near future by seeing what happens when the charge is actually supplied. Do non-electric vehicles park there? Are people spending more time in the store?

In a future with free electric charging at Walmart (or another big box store), shoppers could return home not just with their groceries, but with more charge in their vehicle than when they left. According to a study by Pearce and a colleague, 90% of Americans live within 15 miles of a Walmart, and a one-hour shopping trip could provide a car with a 20-mile charge.

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Solar panels and electric vehicle charging could be a useful couple.

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“This means that for many shoppers with an electric vehicle, the trip to Walmart and back would potentially have no automobile-related energy costs,” the researchers wrote.

While a world in which stores charge their customers’ electric vehicles for free and make more money in the process sounds great, it’s still hypothetical at this point.

There are hurdles to overcome, especially when retrofitting an existing car park with a solar canopy. This involves closing off parts of the parking lot during construction, potentially making a store a more inconvenient choice, at least for a while.

Pearce echoed what Powers of Inovateus said: Considering only the cost of installation, it currently makes more sense to install on the roof of the store than a solar farm in the open.

“But then if I don’t want to take extra land, maybe I’m limited in land for some reason, then parking is the way to go,” Pearce said.

Potential change on the horizon

“We see the construction of carports in parking lots as a great dual purpose story,” said Tyler Kanczuzewski, vice president of sustainability at Inovateus. Dual use refers to the practice of using land for two things, for example, solar energy and growing crops.

According to a study published in Nature, large-scale solar in the United States is largely located outside of cities. Fifty-one percent are settled in deserts, 33% on agricultural land and 2.5% in urban areas.

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Solar panels provide shade and electricity on a hot sunny day.

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Land use decisions are often difficult. Putting solar in deserts raises cultural and ecological concerns. Rural solar farms have sparked debate. The Michigan State facility has kept 45 acres of farmland in production, a fact Michigan State has called out in promoting one of the many awards it has won for the network.

Parking lots, on the other hand, are primarily good for one thing – parking – and solar canopies arguably enhance that experience.

Will the growing interest in sustainability make solar parking lots more common in the future?

“It’s hard to project,” Kanczuzewski said. While more common in the Southwest, installing solar panels in parking lots isn’t very common in the Midwest, where Inovateus does most of its business. In terms of solar capacity, 95% of Inovateus installations are ground utility projects. By number of projects, 65% are on the ground, 30% are on the roof and about 5% (only three projects in total) are above parking lots.

“They’re not a very common option,” Powers said.

They could, however, be particularly durable.

“I think it’s super durable,” Kanczuzewski said. “Rather than taking new land or additional property, why not take an existing space and go solar?”

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Manchester Airport and police crack down on rogue car parks

HOLIDAYS are being warned of ‘illegal’ parking scams at Manchester Airport during the busy summer season.

Passengers are urged to verify companies before handing over their car keys to fraudulent operators.

The new warning was issued after Cheshire Police teamed up with Greater Manchester Police in June to crack down on unscrupulous activity.

Operation Cicero was mounted as part of a multi-agency crackdown to crack down on rogue parking businesses.

Holidaymakers had reported incidents relating to car parks operating near the airport at Lode Hill, Styal and Moss Lane.

Cars illegally parked on Lode Hill after holidaymakers were told they would be safely stored

Problems included car theft and criminal damage to some drivers returning home to find their cars had traveled thousands of miles while on vacation.

Some companies left vehicles for long periods on residential streets, despite claiming they would be safely stored.

About 150 people returned home to find their car keys missing and their vehicles stuck in a swampy field in Styal.

Police continue to crack down on rogue businesses.

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The airport is also taking steps to combat congestion caused by the increased number of taxis and private hire vehicles traveling to and from the airport.

A dedicated private hire waiting area is now available for drivers between jobs, so there is no need for vehicles to wait in nearby residential areas.

The cost of staying in this area has been halved during school holidays so drivers can wait up to three hours for just £1.

Private rental companies are contacted directly by the airport with details of the new arrangement.

The airport will consider renewing this program during subsequent peak periods if it proves successful.

A private driver, Zaheer Aslam, said: “This is great news. I didn’t know this place existed.

“Great to use the restroom. Kudos to everyone involved in fixing this issue.

Chris Woodroofe, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “We understand that for taxi drivers, particularly those based some distance from the airport, it makes financial sense to wait in the area for a return fare rather than making the return trip without a passenger.

“However, when a high number of private rental vehicles are waiting in nearby residential areas, it can create traffic congestion and increase the risk of careless or illegal parking.

“This is why we have set up this system for the summer vacation period.

“We continue to take the issue of dishonest meet-and-greet companies very seriously.

“As well as our own official car park, there are a number of reliable and reputable third-party providers near the airport and we always urge passengers to do their research before handing over their keys.

“We encourage customers to use initiatives such as Park Mark and the government-backed Buy with Confidence program to find a supplier who has undergone a series of detailed checks and is committed to trading fairly.”

Park Mark is a police crime prevention initiative designed to combat crime in parking lots.

Buy With Confidence is a government program listing suppliers vetted and approved by trading standards to ensure they operate in a legal, honest and fair manner.

Inspector Andrew Baker, of Cheshire Police, said: ‘When booking airport car parks, people often go for the cheapest option – but sometimes that’s not the best choice.

“We have received a number of complaints from residents about rogue parking companies operating near Manchester Airport.

“These companies claim to be secure car parks that are affiliated with the airport. In reality, vehicles are often stored in unsecured muddy terrain.

“We have had reports of damaged vehicles or even stolen parts.

“In other cases, we have been contacted by people who have returned home to find that their vehicles have traveled thousands of miles while on vacation.

“While we are committed to working closely with our partners to address these issues, it is essential that holidaymakers play their part.

“I would urge anyone going on holiday and looking to book a parking space to do their research, choose a reputable company and always book through an official website and not settle for the cheapest option. .

“Otherwise your car can drive around the UK while you travel the world.”

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Children’s texts fly during domestic dispute: Orange Police Blotter


Domestic Violence: Orange Square

Police responded to the Extended Stay South on the evening of August 3 to a report of a domestic dispute with property damage. They arrived to find a smashed cellphone on the sidewalk and a shattered driver’s side window on a 2013 Ford Explorer owned by a couple who have been married for 15 years, having lived at the hotel for the past two months.

An argument started as the parents returned from grocery shopping and the father, 35, became annoyed at the number of text messages one of their children was sending to the mother, believing it was excessive.

The mum said she enjoyed getting text messages from her children and by the time they got back to the hotel the verbal argument had escalated to the point that the mum went back to the car to freshen up.

The father said he got out and knocked on the car door, which she didn’t open. He punched harder and was left with a bloody hand when the window shattered, allegedly leaving her with a small cut to her bicep, the only physical injuries on record.

She said he then reached out and grabbed two phones, smashing one on the ground and throwing the other across the parking lot. This phone was not found by the police and he did not know in which direction he threw it.

Police determined he was the primary attacker and he was taken to Solon Prison.

Threats: Orange Place

Police and Drury Inn & Suites management both said they were investigating an Aug. 2 report from an employee, a 43-year-old Cleveland Heights man, who came to the police station accusing his co-worker, a Lyndhurst woman, 56, of pointing butter knives. in his face.

He said that as he walked away, she repeatedly told him he better watch his back, prompting him to return to customer service.

Speaking initially on the phone to the colleague, she called his accusations a lie. And although she was cleaning silverware at the time of any alleged exchange, she said she never pointed butter knives at the complainant.

She replied that he was upset and started arguing with her about the salsa, continually trying to agitate him and not leave her alone to the point where she called hotel management. An official later told police he was aware of the alleged incident and was investigating.

Vandalism: Park Avenue

A 28-year-old male Mentor reported around noon Aug. 2 that the day before at 6:40 p.m. he had left his 2022 Hyundai Tucson at a Pinecrest restaurant’s valet, picking up the SUV at 8:45 p.m.

He dropped off his brother and then noticed that someone had used a key or other gouging device on his trunk to scratch out the words “bicth (sic)” along with two correctly inscribed obscenities as well.

The owner told police he had already obtained an estimate of $1,826 and wanted to press charges if a suspect could be identified by video or other means.

Personal well-being, dangerous drugs, mandate served: Orange Place

Police responded for a wellness check around 4.30pm on August 6 at the Extended Stay North after an anonymous caller reported he was in one of the bedrooms with two men the previous night, the one of them calling him 20 minutes earlier to say the other, a 56-year-old man from Akron, was trying to force him to take meth.

An additional report was not attached, although the Akron man was listed as arrested or cited, and an inventory of evidence indicated that an unspecified amount of possible methamphetamine had been seized for further analysis.

Driving on marked lanes, impaired driving, open container: I-271

A Bedford woman, 35, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after a traffic stop on the freeway just north of Harvard Road at 3:20 a.m. on August 4, where a patrol officer reported seeing her driving erratically and crossing three lanes of northbound traffic. of the exchanger.

Inside his 2016 Ford Fiesta, police found a half-empty fifth of Hennessy cognac, along with an empty bottle of Voodoo Ranger IPA.

She became emotional at the news of her arrest, using both passive and active resistance which included first sitting on the pavement rather than inside the cruiser, then refusing to come out when she arrived. to Solon prison, where she also refused a breath test.

A 34-year-old Maple Heights man had a misdemeanor warrant that was out of reach for another department, so he was notified and released.

Vandalism: Park Avenue

Pinecrest security informed police on the evening of August 7 that a 27-year-old Cleveland man reported parking his bicycle in the west parking lot at 4:20 p.m. on August 6 to go to work at Condado Tacos and when he returned eight hours later, someone had apparently punctured both tires. The owner told the police that he would also file a complaint.

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Drivers voice concerns over paid app to park in downtown Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some drivers are raising concerns about paying for parking through the “Pay By Phone” app, saying they received tickets after paying for parking.

Many use the app to avoid searching for coins to cover parking costs. Lynne Lawrence used the app while visiting downtown on Monday.

She says the transaction appeared to be complete, but when she returned an hour and a half later there was a twenty dollar parking ticket on her car.

She then checked and did not see where she had already been charged for parking. She is therefore worried that the transaction did not go through correctly or that the app malfunctioned.

Lawrence says she’s never had any issues with the app before and plans to dispute the ticket.

“What I’ve been told is that unless I can prove that the transaction, – the $3.35, went through my bank account, we’re not going to give up on that particular note, and my concern is, – number one, I could have made a mistake, okay, but my second is, – is the app working fully How do I know the app hasn’t had a missed?” said worried driver Lynne Lawrence.

Chance Dunbar, parking manager with the City of Wilmington Parking and Downtown Coordination, said there have been occasional reports of people having trouble with the app.

“We get correspondence from time to time saying, ‘hey, I used the app, I paid with the app, I got a confirmation and I still got a parking ticket.’ This happens occasionally, as with any app there will be technology issues, but if we can verify a confirmed transaction meaning you have followed the steps in the app, all of your account information has been set up accurately, and for some reason you got a quote, – I would say 100% of the time we’ll lower that quote,” said

Dunbar advises you to update the app, use the correct meter number, ensure payment information is correct, and that you receive confirmation that the transaction has been completed to avoid quotes or issues with the app.

“I believe that when the transaction is confirmed on the Pay By Phone app, there is a light green screen that flashes for two seconds and then goes to a countdown of that specific transaction, meaning that after that transaction confirmed, you’ll go to your main app landing page and start counting down those sixty minutes of time, and they’ll send a confirmation email,” Dunbar said.

Lynne Lawrence says the app and counter not reflecting the same timer also adds to the confusion.

“One of the interesting things I think about the app is that it says on the app, that when you put the location number, you put the start time and the end time. end, the counter doesn’t reflect that, it still shows as expired,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence shared his experience with a Facebook community group, advising others to get confirmation that the transaction has been processed before walking away from your vehicle. There are similar stories shared by others, of issues paying to park through the app.

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New plans for iconic Gloucester Park

Gloucester Park Harness Racing (GPHR) has unveiled its plans for the revitalization of iconic and heritage-listed Gloucester Park as Australia’s premier harness racing hub, as well as its integration into the wider communities of East Perth and Perth.

GPHR has begun a formal process to seek the support and permission of its members for their executive committee to finalize the sale of 5.9ha of land to leading local real estate group Hesperia, subject to detailed due diligence.

Members received a detailed briefing on the future vision for Gloucester Park, with the membership referendum starting earlier in the week.

Independent advisors from GPHR have provided the Executive Committee with a market valuation of the land, which incorporates Hesperia’s commitment to redevelop racing and heritage infrastructure at the site.

An artist’s impression of Gloucester Park

Proposal :

  • Ensure that Gloucester Park remains the home of harness racing in WA;
  • Preserve and celebrate the existing heritage assets of the sites for future generations;
  • Establish various sources of revenue for a sustained financial future of GPHR; and
  • Make the most of this important inner city area, linking and integrating Gloucester Park into the wider East Perth community.

If completed, the sale of the land will trigger a redevelopment that will include the Gloucester Theatre, a new tourism, hospitality and community facility located on the east side of the track near the foot of the Matagarup Bridge. The Gloucester Theater and surrounding area will seat up to 4,000 spectators and offer dual views of the track and across the Swan River to Optus Stadium. It will also provide a members-only area and member parking facilities, as well as a range of entertainment and hospitality experiences that will activate the Swan River seven days a week and provide a key tourist focal point anchoring the bridge. Matagarup.

The renovation of the existing racecourse will result in exciting and highly engaging races, a rejuvenated experience for drivers, trainers and owners, and further improvements in animal welfare. The stables and parade ring will be moved to the east side of the course, giving Gloucester Park the most modern harness racing infrastructure in Australia.

Maintaining the rich history of harness racing is essential to realizing the vision of Totalizator Square, a host village neighborhood and future town center located next to the iconic heritage-listed entrance gates and scoreboard original. Several heritage buildings will be redeveloped for public use, and together Gloucester Theater and Totalizator Square will attract a new generation of people to the eastern end of the CBD, enhancing visitation and providing new, alternative long-term revenue streams for Gloucester Park as well as the creation of a new neighborhood center for East Perth.

Michael Radley, CEO of GPHR, said the proposal represents an exciting path forward for the club, its members and the wider local harness industry.

“While I don’t want to prejudge the outcome of our members’ vote, we are very excited about our future vision for Gloucester Park. This will provide a huge benefit to members and everyone involved in the harness racing industry whether as a trainer, owner or spectator.

“It is no secret that attendance at Gloucester Park has declined in recent years, and we have had to work hard to ensure we have the funds to keep the track and facilities in the required condition, without talk about preserving and adapting all heritage structures on place.”

“The vision we have presented to our members addresses all of our urgent infrastructure needs, preserves our rich heritage and, most importantly, provides new facilities and diversified long-term revenue streams to ensure that races harnessed remain at Gloucester Park.”

Importantly, under its agreement with Hesperia, harness racing will continue at Gloucester Park throughout the multi-year development period, allowing the harness industry to continue its regular and signature racing at the same location.

Another artist’s impression of Gloucester Park

Hesperia is well known for its heritage restoration projects including the State Buildings and Como The Treasury, Leederville Hotel Precinct, Victoria House and the recent acquisition of the Wool Stores in Fremantle. Hesperia recently announced the expansion of its heritage development consultancy services to support the continued adaptive reuse of Perth’s unique built heritage.

The underutilized areas of land on the west side of the property, which currently include existing stands, spectator areas and other structures, will form part of a future mixed-use vision for the venue. Hesperia’s long-term vision is to create a vibrant new community, linking the Gloucester Park area to other redevelopments in East Perth, ultimately creating an intra-urban lifestyle corridor that connects to the CBD of Perth.

Hesperia director Kyle Jeayants said the company’s track record of sensitive and complex heritage restorations as well as its deep expertise in built forms meant their team was in a unique position to help the GPHR develop a commercially feasible vision for the site, given the many challenges associated with integrating race and heritage works.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for Gloucester Park and Hesperia. We believe the vision we have collaborated on will bring real long-term benefits to members and the harness racing industry as a whole, while reinvigorating underutilized land and the entire precinct.

“The East Perth Corridor has long been referred to as the gateway to the city, connecting Optus Stadium and the Burswood Peninsula to the rest of Perth’s CBD. The proposal we are proposing will provide a connected and vibrant community in Perth’s east end and make a significant contribution to the city and to tourism in Western Australia.

Members wishing to obtain further information on the proposal can contact the Gloucester Park administration directly.

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Inquiry into Preston Brick Veil Mosque ends as debate rages over whether place of worship should be allowed

However, opponents of the project have claimed that the striking structure cannot achieve both the landmark status it seeks while being suitable for the small plot of land set aside for it.

It’s one of many competing puzzles a planning inspector will now have to wrestle with as he considers recommending that the government grant permission for the Brick Veil Mosque, which would be built on a site along the Broughton roundabout at the A6, M55 and M6 interchange.

Darren Hendley heard nearly 50 hours of testimony over more than a week – wrapped in a claim and a counterclaim – on whether the scheme should ever be allowed to proceed.

The proposed land for the new mosque is an elevated plot of land that was previously used as a compound when the Broughton Bypass was built more than five years ago (Image: RIBA)

These arguments – which focused on issues such as the appearance of the planned building, its necessity and the effect it might have on a nearby listed church – were repeated on Wednesday afternoon as representatives of all interested parties in the investigation summarized their case.

The plan for the mosque – a three-storey, 12-metre-high building with a 30-metre-high minaret – emerged from a global design competition organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects.


Peter Black, the solicitor acting for Broughton Parish Council – who opposes the proposal in its current form – told the inquest that ‘in parts of Preston this building could be an asset’.

However, he added: “The development has been designed as a prominent and iconic structure which by definition will dominate – but it is claimed that it will not affect the residual rural and open character and appearance of the site and its surroundings. surroundings.

“The developer can’t have it both ways – it can’t be an iconic structure that’s also low-key in the landscape,” Black said.

However, the solicitor representing the firm that proposed the project – Preston-based architecture and planning specialists Cassidy + Ashton – said “exceptional quality design” ensured the venue of worship would be appropriate for its proposed location at any given time. of the busiest junctions in Preston.

Christiaan Zwart said on the final day of the inquiry process: “The development would simply be a brilliant place of worship, in the form of a mosque, for a big city – bold but subtle. [and one] this would result in social inclusion and cohesion.

“It’s the best of sustainable development. [The] economic, social and environmental, linked for the future.

The site is designated as open countryside, which brings it into conflict with the planning policies of Preston and central Lancashire which would generally not allow the type of development proposed on such a plot.

However, in February, members of Preston City Council’s planning committee gave the green light to the project after authority planning officials said the scales had tipped in its favor due to other considerations. physical – such as a policy to ensure the provision of community facilities.

Representing the City Council at the inquiry, solicitor Piers Riley-Smith suggested the mosque would bring a range of benefits to Preston in addition to meeting the need for a new place of worship.

“This is a program that the council welcomes at the gates of the city of Preston. It would serve as a landmark, telling those arriving that this is a city that is proud of its heritage, its socially diverse and inclusive community, and its exceptionally designed and sustainable built form,” said Mr Riley. Smith.

He added that the intention to open the building for general community use would encourage “the engagement of people of different faiths”.

Meanwhile, Mr Zwart stressed that there was only ‘one community’ in Preston – and said the fact that members of it felt able to voice their opposing views on the mosque during the survey was an “important feature of social cohesion”.

Nevertheless, entrenched divisions between the parties over the merits of the mosque on the proposed site remained visible until the end of the investigation.

Peter Black said the adequacy of the parking arrangements was based on assumptions that a “heroically high level” of travel to the building would be in shared cars or on foot.

“From the south of the M55, where most of the demand will be, a walking route would require a torturous and unpleasant crossing under the [motorway]“said Mr. Black.

He also claimed that the ‘heartfelt’ testimonies given by members of the Muslim community about the need for a new mosque in the parish area of ​​Broughton were nevertheless ‘anecdotal’ – and called on the inspector to make his recommendation on the base of Broughton, Preston and Central Lancashire Planning Policies.

“Nothing we’ve heard has changed our view that this is a speculative application to land in a designated campaign that the developers own,” Black added.

Christiaan Zwart countered that the mosque’s car park management plan represented a responsible approach to alleviating a potential problem – and claimed there was “a latent, but now manifest, need for a mosque in North Preston “.

The survey heard that there were 311 Muslim households in the vicinity for whom the Brick Veil Mosque would become their nearest place of worship.

Mr Zwart also said Broughton Parish Council could not try to import policies ‘by the back door’ into its own ward plan that were not specifically mentioned in the document.

He added: “We have a neighborhood plan that has an inordinate amount of reasons and justifications, but not a lot of policies.”

The lawyer also accused the parish authority of including unsubstantiated ‘claims’ in its closing statement – and urged the inspector to check them before relying on their accuracy.

Darren Hendley will now write a report setting out his recommendation – and the reasons for it – to the Secretary of State for Levels, Housing and Communities, a post currently held by Greg Clark MP after Boris Johnson sacked Michael Gove last month shortly before announcing his own resignation.

The minister, who is not obliged to follow the inspector’s recommendation, should render his decision before the end of the year.

The bid for the mosque was ‘called’ – giving the government the final say on the matter – after representations from Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace and Preston Councilor Graham Jolliffe following the endorsement of the plans by authority earlier this year.

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The proposed Grant Avenue Parkway project includes pickleball, coffee

to play

A cafe with drive-thru, food trucks, yard games with green space, an outdoor walk-in bar, and six pickleball courts.

These are the proposed amenities to occupy a stretch of the city’s inbound Grant Avenue Parkway at the corner of Grant and Grand streets.

Based on their comments at the Springfield City Council meeting this week, city officials appear poised to approve the “Loose Goose” development. But professional city staff are urging council to vote against the goose due to walking issues in the pedestrian-friendly Grant Avenue promenade.

Boosted by a federal investment of more than $20 million, the Grant Avenue Parkway will create a multi-use, off-street pedestrian and bicycle route from the city’s downtown to the National Museum of Wildlife Wonders and the Aquarium and at the Bass Pro store.

Starting downtown, the path will go west to Mother’s Brewing Company, then turn south for three miles along Grant Avenue until it ends at Sunshine Street.

On its way, the boardwalk may pass this “Loose Goose” development project, which its creators hope will become a community center for the West Central and Fassnight neighborhoods.

“We think it’s a risky investment for us. We’re excited to do it. We think Grant Avenue Parkway needs a gathering space and we want to build it for them…” the developer said. Andrew Doolittle. “After more than 25 years of vacancy, we offer something on this site for everyone.”

The coffee and alcoholic beverages on the site are developed by Michelle Billionis, owner of Coffee Ethic, and Joshua Widner, founder of Good Spirits and Company, respectively. Andrew Doolittle, Cameron LaBarr and Willie Grega led the development of “Loose Goose” more broadly.

“The Loose Goose development team is made up of local, creative and proven entrepreneurs…” their presentation reads. “We are a group of local people who want to change Springfield for the better by bringing unique experiences to the community.”

But the developers are facing pushback from city staff, who say the Grant Avenue Parkway is being built to give priority to pedestrians and a drive-thru could hamper that experience.

“(GAP Zoning) does not permit drive-thru restaurants and packaged liquor stores. The proposed use of a drive-thru is contrary to the goal of (zoning) to reduce automobile congestion in streets and is contrary to the promotion of pedestrian access and safety,” reads city staff’s assessment of the proposal.

After: What is pickleball? An overview of the rules and equipment to practice this sport in 2022

Despite these staff concerns, the proposal was unanimously accepted by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. It also has the unwavering support of the nearby neighborhood association, which sets it apart from the recently rejected Sunshine Street 7 Brew drive-thru cafe proposal.

“Fassnight Neighborhood believes in the vision of Loose Goose and strongly believes that this project will enhance the work being done along the Grant Avenue Parkway and ensure that Fassnight becomes and remains a more beautiful, safer and connected community in Springfield,” reads a letter from Fassnight Neighborhood Association President Nathan Cook. The West Central Neighborhood Association is also supporting the project.

On the 1.47 acre site, there would be 1,500 square feet reserved for the cafe and cocktail bar with 33 parking spaces and space for 20 cars in the drive-thru. At Monday’s meeting, Doolittle said the drive-thru is necessary to “introduce people to the drive” and that its presence will not be intrusive to pedestrians.

“You won’t interact with the driveway at all as a pedestrian. It will be completely hidden from you,” he said.

“At no time while you are on our property will you interact with the drive-thru or have to cross traffic. If you are a pedestrian, you can still be a pedestrian and people outside of the city might not even know there is a drive-thru component when they use the parkway.”

Doolittle also pointed to the six pickleball courts as a major draw for Springfieldians and part of a recent City Council initiative to develop sports tourism in the city.

“We really think a lot of people from the south end of town and other parts of town will come to downtown and re-explore it because of pickleball. We want it to be a destination. We want to bring people here and we want it to improve the livability factor of the bridge as a whole.”

Despite the reluctance of city staff, members of city council seemed enthusiastic about the proposal. Councilor Abe McGull called it a “good way to revive” the Grant Avenue promenade and Councilor Heather Hardinger called it “really exciting”.

“I don’t think we have anything like it right now. And you know, from what you’re showing us, it seems like a great place to hang out and relax and get to know a part of Springfield which maybe a lot of people don’t hang around,” Hardinger said.

With a smirk on his face, Councilman Mike Schilling asked if “pickleball could save America.”

After a big laugh, Doolittle replied, “You know it could, maybe we should try.”

City Council will vote on whether to approve the required zoning changes for the project at its next meeting.

Andrew Sullender is the local government reporter for the Springfield News-Leader. Follow him on Twitter @andrewsullender. Email tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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KLCC Stapled Group’s 2Q net profit rises 15% to RM165m, declares eight sen dividends

KLCC Stapled Group’s 2Q net profit rises 15% to RM165m, declares eight sen dividends

  • The group said in a filing in Bursa Malaysia on Tuesday August 9 that the improved year-on-year performance was mainly due to a better performance in its retail segment, driven by more leasing aid. low and higher ad revenue.
  • Suria KLCC and Menara 3 Petronas Retail Podium representing the retail segment recorded a 46.4% increase in revenue to RM125.2 million.

KUALA LUMPUR (August 9): KLCC Stapled Group’s net profit for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022 (2QFY22) increased by 14.69% to RM165.18 million from RM144.01 million it a year ago, while revenue increased by 25% to RM350. 31 million RM280.17 million.

The group declared interim dividends comprising 0.99 sen and 7.01 sen relating to KLCC Property Holdings Bhd and KLCC REIT respectively for 2QFY22, totaling eight sen per stapled security, to be paid on September 28. These brought KLCC Stapled Group’s total revenue distribution to 16 sen for the first half of FY22.

The group said in a filing in Bursa Malaysia on Tuesday August 9 that the improved year-on-year performance was mainly due to a better performance in its retail segment, driven by more leasing aid. low and higher ad revenue.

In a separate statement, he said Suria KLCC and Menara 3 Petronas Retail Podium, which represents the retail segment, recorded a 46.4% increase in revenue to 125.2 million RM.

The group added that occupancy in the hotel segment had increased significantly with the opening of international borders and the lifting of pandemic restrictions.

Its hotel segment recorded higher revenue of RM32.1 million from RM8.5 million in 2QFY21, reducing the loss to RM8.3 million.

He said this was supported by higher average occupancy of 43% compared to 12% a year ago, higher food and drink covers and a higher average room rate of RM681 compared to RM590 a year ago. one year old.

The management services segment, consisting of group facilities and car park management, as a whole, also saw an 11.5% increase in revenue to RM66.6 million, he said. noted.

Meanwhile, he said the office segment, including the Petronas Twin Towers, Menara 3 Petronas, Menara ExxonMobil and Menara Dayabumi, remained stable thanks to triple net lease and long-term leases.

For the cumulative six months ended June 30, 2022, the group’s net profit increased by 12.57% to RM326.61 million from RM290.14 million a year earlier, while revenue also increased by 19.46% to RM672.02 million from RM562.54 million.

Following the announcement of its 2QFY22 financial results, the group said that Suria KLCC will continue to improve its customer experience, including providing a new online booking platform for better service connectivity.

She also said that her hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, anticipates better visibility in the coming quarters with a rebound in tourist arrivals, a reinforced events calendar and an improvement in MICE activities (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions). .

Going forward, the group is optimistic about its recovery to achieve pre-pandemic level performance.

“However, rising inflation and rising commodity costs could hamper economic recovery, so stimulus efforts could take longer than expected. Weaker purchasing power and a sense of Cautious consumption could hamper the ‘back to normal’ trajectory of the retail and hospitality segment,” he added. warned.

The office segment is expected to remain stable on long-term leases while Suria KLCC will continue to capitalize on the return of tourists and intensify its retail activities and promotional programs, he added.

KLCC Stapled Group settled unchanged at RM6.93 on Tuesday, valuing the group at RM12.51 billion.

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$74,000 federal grant to improve facilities at Bruce’s Mill Park

Improvements include new picnic shelters, accessible picnic tables, accessibility and safety improvements to Whitchurch-Stouffville Nature Preserve restrooms

Facility upgrades, including two new picnic shelters, are coming to Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park thanks to more than $740,000 in federal government funding.

Non-repayable funds provided through the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will be used to make improvements to Whitchurch-Stouffville Park, including the addition of picnic tables picnics, improving the accessibility and safety of toilets and improving access roads and car parks, announced today Helena Jaczek, minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and MP for Markham-Stouffville.

“Our government is investing in community infrastructure to support the mental and physical health of Canadians by promoting social interaction and physical activity,” Jaczek said in a news release. “This revitalization will help attract visitors to Bruce’s Mill where they can gather, enjoy the outdoors and be active.

“The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is pleased that FedDev Ontario’s investment is meeting the increased demand for outdoor recreation and enhancing the visitor experience at Bruce’s Mill. It is investments like these that allow TRCA to keep our parks and trails in good condition while increasing community connections and improving accessibility for our visitors,” said Michael Tolensky, Director of Finance and operations at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

With a national investment of $500 million over two years, the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund is supporting projects that build new community infrastructure and revitalize existing assets, get people back to public spaces safely, and boost economies. local. This includes $139 million for projects in southern Ontario delivered by FedDev Ontario.

Since 2015, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has invested over $1.6 million in four projects in Stouffville.

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Man dives into beer in pool parking lot: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter


Impaired driving: South Park

Officers responded to the city pool parking lot on July 29 to a report of a man drinking beer in his car.

They located him and asked him what he was doing. He said: “The same thing I always do – drink beer in the car.”

He said he only drank one beer, which was mixed with his medication, and was allowed to drive while taking his medication.

The 42-year-old Chelmsford Road resident was arrested for OVI.

Juvenile Complaints: Drury Lane

Officers verified a report of several youths shooting each other with pellet guns on July 28, but found no activity.

A woman said it was her children and they were using water guns. She was informed of the complaint.

While officers were on the scene, a neighbor began shouting intimidating ethnic slurs at the woman. The neighbor was advised to stop or risk being cited for disorderly conduct.

Stolen Vehicle: Mayfield Road

A resident of Gates Mills Place apartments reported on July 28 that he awoke to find his mobile phone, car keys and wallet missing.

He later discovered that his vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot.

Officers learned that the man’s brother had brought a woman to his home the night before to drink and gamble. The brother, whose mobile phone was also stolen, said he met the woman two days earlier on a dating app.

He said she told him she had been in jail for robbery. He had picked her up from an apartment complex in Cleveland, but wasn’t sure of her real name.

His phone was later returned to him after it was located in Cleveland by a man who was not involved.

The incident is under investigation.

Flight: Golden Gate Boulevard

Best Buy management reported on Aug. 2 that the Mentor store had just had three display iPhones stolen and they believe the suspect then drove to their location.

Officers arrived to search for the suspect’s vehicle, but then learned that the suspect was already there and had also stolen three phones.

North Olmsted Police later reported that the town’s Best Buy suffered a similar theft a few weeks ago.

Unload Guns: Eastgate Plaza

A 63-year-old Twinsburg man shot himself in the leg while in his car on his way to Hillcrest Hospital for training of an unspecified nature.

He drove himself to the emergency room. He later said the gun discharged when he placed it in the driver’s side door panel.

He was cited for discharging a firearm.

Fraud: Mayfield Road

A woman said on July 30 that she had paid $1,400 via PayPal as a deposit for renting a house, but when she drove past the house in South Euclid, she saw that someone was there. was moving in.

She had no longer been able to contact the supposed listener.

Officers found the suspect’s phone number listed with other rental listings and suspected someone was cloning messages with his phone number to try and scam people.

Property damage: Eastwood Avenue

A man’s truck was shot down with water pellets while parked on the roadway on July 29 while working at a home. Minor damage was done to the driver’s side mirror.

Disorderly Driving: Marsol Road

Two women fought in the Drake Apartments parking lot on July 30, and one was later dragged as she clung to the other’s getaway vehicle.

This woman was taken to hospital for treatment.

Officers learned the fight started because one of the women cooked the other a lunch to take to work with her and got angry because she didn’t want to stay in her apartment after her shift. work.

Neither was cited because they weren’t living together and their relationship was over.

Suspect: Golden Gate Boulevard

Best Buy management reported Aug. 3 that a woman attempted to return items she had stolen earlier that day. The police are investigating.

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Transit problems rise for Boston subway riders

BOSTON — For Boston subway riders, it seems like every week brings a new story of transit woe.

Runaway trains. Subway cars belching smoke and fire. Fatal accidents. Defective station escalators. Rush-hour trains running at weekends. Brand new subway cars removed from service. Derailed construction vehicles.

The repeated chaos of the nation’s oldest subway system has strained riders’ nerves, sparked a Federal Transit Administration investigation and worried political leaders.

“It’s enraged. Anything we do to build more affordable housing or empower our schools, create jobs in Boston — it all depends on people’s ability to move around,” said Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, a Democrat who has pledged to “Free the T,” said during a radio appearance on GBH News, referring to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Wu’s comments came less than a month before a 43-year-old Orange Line subway train caught fire as it crossed a bridge north of Boston on July 21, prompting a passenger to jump into the Mystic River and others to rush out of the windows.

And on Aug. 3, transit officials announced what they called an “unprecedented” step of completely closing the Orange Line for 30 days to allow for extensive track and signaling work.

Two days later, MBTA officials unveiled another four-week shutdown – this time for a recently opened section of the Green Line to allow for additional construction work.

Governor Charlie Baker, whose legacy is tied to the performance of the T, called the Orange Line fire “a colossal failure” and hailed the FTA’s investigation.

But Baker said it wasn’t all bad. Republican said more than 85% of daily rapid transit rides are on time, with a slightly lower rate for bus rides and a slightly higher rate for commuter trains.

“That’s the experience most runners have every day,” he said. “That’s no excuse for the mistakes and mishaps we’re talking about, there’s no excuse for that, but there are 600,000 trips a day that for the most part are going as they’re supposed to. TO DO.”

For beleaguered runners, however, each new mishap seems to add insult to injury.

Paulina Casasola, 24, relies on buses and the Red Line to get to work in Boston. One time the bus was so late that she took an Uber that was over $20. Another time, a late bus forced her to borrow a car, sealing her off with a $90 parking ticket.

“There are a lot of neighbors who are upset and have started knocking on doors to see how we can stop the service cuts,” she said, also lamenting the high fares.

“I can’t afford the monthly pass,” she says. “I just put some money in my account and hope it lasts.”

One of the most infuriating failures came in June when MBTA temporarily shelved all of its new Orange and Red Line cars, made by Chinese company CRRC, after one car suffered a battery compartment failure. .

The new cars – which were returned to service 10 days later – were built at a factory in Springfield, about 90 miles west of Boston.

New metro cars are supposed to be part of the solution.

So far, 78 new Orange Line cars have been delivered, about half of the 152 ordered. Twelve Red Line cars were delivered out of the 252 ordered.

“We’ve had delays due to COVID and supply chain issues, but we’ve made it through this,” said CRRC MA spokesperson Lydia Rivera, adding that the rest of the Orange Line cars are expected to be delivered by 2023 with the remaining red line. cars coming in 2025.

At times, transit issues — some of which even resulted in injury or death — seemed unrelenting.

In September, a 40-year-old Boston University professor dove to his death down a rusty subway stairway, and nine people were injured when a station escalator malfunctioned later that month. the. In April, a 39-year-old man died when his arm got caught in a faulty subway car door. More than two dozen people went to hospital last July when a Green Line train overturned another carriage.

In June, a collision involving two trains sent four employees to hospital. And in May, the MBTA recorded three construction vehicle derailments in three separate incidents on the system’s Blue Line. No injuries were reported.

The FTA has also documented reports of runaway trains in yards or during maintenance. No injuries were reported, but the agency ordered a “safety shutdown” in late July requiring safety briefings for employees who operate out-of-service trains.

To further annoy passengers, the MBTA has started running trains on a similar Saturday schedule on at least three of its four main subway lines during the summer.

The MBTA blamed staffing issues and said it was exploring “an aggressive recruiting drive”. The move came after the FTA issued a series of guidelines regarding the system’s “overall security program and security culture”.

Among the problems were subway dispatchers working excessively long hours – including 20-hour shifts.

A more complete report is expected by the end of the summer.

The region’s commuter rail service, run by French company Keolis Commuter Services, has also had its share of problems. In one incident, smoke billowed from a commuter train near Boston’s South Station, rising to an elevated section of Interstate 93. Keolis blamed a mechanical failure.

More recently, a commuter train stalled for two hours without air conditioning, forcing some passengers to open the train doors and climb a chain-link fence to escape.

The area’s relationship with the T dates back to the early morning hours of September 1, 1897, when Bostonians lined up to take the first subway ride in US history, beating New York City.

“People were still uncomfortable and nervous about hiding. The only reason you go underground is when you’re dead,” said Doug Most, author of “The Race Underground,” a story of Boston’s and New York’s subway rivalry. “They considered it a place where the devil lived, where the rats lived.”

For long-time commuters, today’s public transit issues are reminiscent of the unofficial MBTA anthem, informally known as “Charlie on the MTA” and popularized by the Kingston Trio, which recounts the story of an unlucky passenger sentenced to “ride forever” on the streets of Boston. .”

“There’s always going to be a love-hate relationship with the T because it’s an old system that’s really hard to modernize,” Most said. “For a city that’s so advanced in so many ways, it’s ironic that we have this system that feels like it’s from another century.”

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Watch your vehicle, 12-14 two-wheelers are stolen daily in Pune

Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad police station areas have seen up to 1,830 two-, three- and four-wheeler thefts in different public places, showing an average of 12 to 14 two-wheeler thefts per day. Thieves were found to target brand new two-wheelers on the outskirts and suburbs of police stations, and the detection rate also remained low compared to the number of stolen vehicles, although victims had to make multiple rounds of police stations, looking for investigative details of their stolen vehicles. The thieves were also found to steal luxury cars by hacking into sophisticated software from those vehicles. Minors have been found stealing sports bikes to commit crimes such as chain robberies, physical assaults and attacks on rival gangs.

PCMC DCP Kakasaheb Dole said he arrested four suspects for their involvement in at least 15 incidents of chain robbery using sports bikes between 2021 and 2022. “Their role came to the fore when we gathered intelligence at ground level and performed a detailed analysis of CCTV footage in which their criminal acts were captured,” he said.

Social worker Akash Ghule said, “Many people take out loans and buy two-wheelers to use in their daily work. It becomes a difficult task when these two-wheelers are stolen as EMIs have to be paid despite the bikes being insured. Citizens tend to park their vehicle just outside or near their place of work and do not think about where they park. They should lock their bikes and ensure they are parked in a public area monitored by CCTV, as there is less risk of bike theft. In addition, the police must increase patrols and the detection rate must increase in relation to the rising theft rate in the city,” he said.

PCMC Police Commissioner Ankush Shinde said the officers are raising awareness among citizens to prevent vehicle theft. “This is an elaborate process of detecting vehicle theft and subsequently returning the two-wheeler to the owner. Special efforts have been made to prevent vehicle theft and to stop gangs of vehicle thieves “, did he declare.

DCP (crime) Sriniwas Ghadge said: “We are taking strong action aimed at preventing vehicle thefts and an anti-vehicle theft team has been urged to act to ensure that such thefts are prevented. Residential areas refer to housing societies and pockets of slums or sprawling areas in and around the city. Residents of slums do not have adequate parking lots and their vehicles remain parked on public roads or small lanes of vast ones and vehicle thieves then steal these vehicles.

Ghadge also pointed out that housing corporations on the outskirts of town do not employ security guards or have CCTV cameras, making them sitting ducks for thieves to steal the two or four. wheels from these places. The investigation and analysis of the crime branch in the recent past has revealed that the maximum number of vehicle thefts have been reported in Area 5 due to its very large area, which also includes factors such as development fast urban. In addition, vehicle thefts have been reported in areas of Zone 4, citing reasons such as: these areas have dozens of development projects related to commercial and housing companies. Stolen vehicles have been found being sold in rural Pune, Marathwada and northern parts of the state where their spare parts are in demand at cheaper rates. The modus operandi includes the dismantling of the vehicle and the sale of spare parts to mechanics.

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Preston’s new mosque is said to be open to the whole community, amid warning against ‘them and us’ attitude

The planned place of worship would also be “progressive” and open to women to pray within its walls – although many are unlikely to take advantage of the opportunity.

Details of the operation of the Brick Veil Mosque were presented during the fourth day of the inquest on Friday, which will help determine whether the facility is ultimately permitted to be built on land along the Broughton roundabout.

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The Brick Veil Mosque would be open for community use, an investigation has found (Image: RIBA)

Alban Cassidy, director of Preston-based architecture and planning firm Cassidy + Ashton, which is seeking permission for the project, disputed the suggestion that the historic mosque “would only benefit the Muslim community”.

He added: “Most of the time it will be accessible to others. As you’d expect, you’d be showing respect for the traditions within the building – suddenly it won’t be available to have the 18th [birthday] parties, shall we say, lively fashion – but it’s going to be there for scout groups… health classes [and] as a meeting place.

“The only restriction would be during Jummah prayer sessions on Fridays…between 12pm and 3pm. But other than that it is a facility that will be available to the community and there will be…a booking system and you can approach and make arrangements,” Cassidy explained.

However, the solicitor representing Broughton Parish Council – who opposed the mosque in its proposed location – said there was no evidence that local organizations outside the Muslim community were calling for such facilities .

What the famous Brick Veil Mosque would look like if it were built on Broughton Roundabout (Image: RIBA)

Peter Black said; “The question I’m trying to answer…is whether groups that aren’t associated with Islam or Muslims actually said they would. [use the building] or that they were even asked.

Mr Cassidy said he was ‘not aware of this’ – but pointed to a need for community spaces identified in Broughton Parish Council’s own local plan and also a submission made at the start of the inquiry by a local scout group leader, Fatima Ismail, on the benefits of the mosque.

Mr Black replied that he thought she was speaking on behalf of ‘a Muslim group’ – but this prompted the claimant’s lawyer, Christiaan Zwart, to say the comment was ‘overreaching’.

“The candidate is very sensitive to the descriptions that are used and [so] may i ask everyone to be very careful in their language of [avoiding] a sort of ‘them and us’ approach,” Zwart said.

“We are all one community here.”

Alban Cassidy said Ms Ismail’s Scout group was “also open to non-Muslims”. He also offered to clarify suggestions made during the inquiry that the mosque could be used for educational and childcare purposes – stressing that this did not mean there would be a madrassa on the site.

Mr Cassidy said such a facility – where Muslim children learn their religion – would be ‘school-like’ and not part of the proposal, while he also ruled out a permanent nursery or crèche, as opposed to something on a “very casual level”.

Pressed by Mr Black whether supporters of the scheme who expected it to include education and childcare offers were “just plain wrong”, Mr Cassidy said education “ in this formal sense” had never been offered – having previously offered women’s health courses as an example of the type of service that would be provided.

The inquest also heard that the Brick Veil Mosque would be one of those to provide a space in which women could pray.

Alban Cassidy explains: “Islam is a very traditional religion. In terms of prayer, it is very traditional for formal prayer in a mosque to be undertaken by men – and women and children traditionally pray at home or elsewhere.

However, he described the proposed mosque in Broughton as ‘progressive’ and said it would provide ‘the opportunity for women to attend if they so choose’, with separate prayer facilities available for them and young children in building. But he added that at other mosques where it was an option – including Masjid E Salaam in Fulwood – the “reality is that attendance is minimal”.

During cross-examination, Mr. Cassidy argued the suitability of the proposed parking arrangements for the project. The mosque would have a capacity of 248 prayer mats and associated worshipers, while there would be 150 parking spaces.

Asked by Peter Black whether 248 would be the “maximum” number of people in the mosque at any given time, Mr Cassidy said there might be “a handful” of these women and children attending prayers – but he stressed that they would. be unlikely to travel independently to the site in any event.

Seventy-seven of the parking spaces would be reserved for the use of shared cars, which the survey found would accommodate 217 congregants arriving by car, based on at least two people traveling in each of the vehicles occupying a shared space. This would mean that only 12.5% ​​of the faithful would have to get around on foot or by public transport.

Timothy Russell, the transport expert witness for the claimant, also told the inquest that he believed the separate shared-use cycle lane and walkway to be installed on the cul-de-sac section of D’Urton Lane in the framework of the mosque plans would count. as an “improvement” of the guild wheel of which it would form a small section.

He also responded to concerns expressed by the parish council’s transport witness earlier in the week about the ‘chaos’ that could be caused by drivers being turned away if they did not book a seat through the online booking system. line that would control access to the car park.

Mr Russell said that even in the unlikely event that vehicles were then illegally parked on D’Urton Lane, the reconfigured carriageway would be wide enough to accommodate two cars.

Under planning permission granted by Preston City Council in February, double yellow lines are set to be introduced if the parking management plan for the site fails to prevent ‘overflow parking’ on D’Urton Lane.

Mr Black told the inquest that the yellow lines currently in place were unenforceable as they were introduced on a temporary basis after the Broughton Bypass opened.

Following the inquest’s conclusion on Wednesday, Planning Inspector Darren Hendley – who is presiding over the proceedings – will write a report in which he will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Leveling, Housing and Communities as to whether the mosque should be permitted.

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Bill says “parking space first” before buying and registering a car – Manila Bulletin

We don’t need to ask if a commuter, driver or pedestrian has seen a line of vehicles parked along the streets, occupying sidewalks and even outside lanes, most often in residential areas.

Such a spectacle is no longer out of the ordinary. They are part of the landscape of a barangay, a residential village, close to high-rise condominiums, or even commercial areas where traders live in their shops.

Parked vehicles took up space on the road. And with all other motorists now navigating minor streets with blind obedience to mobile apps, parked vehicles have become an obstacle to the smooth flow of traffic.

For the third time since 2016, another bill seeking a solution to the problem of parking vehicles on public roads was tabled last month. Representative Lord Allan Velasco introduced House Bill No. 31, entitled “No Garage, No Registration Act”.

The bill proposes to require a car buyer to show proof of a parking space – a garage or rented space – as a “prerequisite to purchasing a motor vehicle and registering with of the Bureau of Land Transport”.

Proof of parking requirement will be for anyone “with a residence or business address in metropolitan areas such as, but not limited to, Metro Manila, Angeles, Bacolod, Baguio, Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan , Davao, Iloilo, Naga and Olongapo, who intends to purchase a motor vehicle.

Two bills with the same intent were also introduced in 2016 and 2019. Senator Joel Villanueva introduced SB No. 1165 in September 2016, the “No Garage, No Car Act of 2016”. Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian filed SB No. 368 in July 2019, the “Proof of Parking Space Act.”

Social media has been abuzz with reactions to the recently tabled bill. Many said it was time for such a bill to become law, while many voiced the reason people stretch their budgets to buy a vehicle – an inefficient public transport system.

So, parking space is hardly an issue when most people decide to buy a vehicle. But this bill, if it becomes law, will make people take a closer look at where they park their new car. The bill recommends stiff penalties to the car owner and LTO employee if the evidence of parking space presented turns out to be a false document. According to the bill, “the owner of a motor vehicle shall be suspended from registering a motor vehicle in his name for three years” with a fine of ₱50,000.

Meanwhile, the LTO employee who authorized the registration of the motor vehicle without the necessary document and “with knowledge of the falsity of the statements” will be suspended from duty for three months without pay.

Concerned citizens will also be involved in keeping the streets clear. The bill directs them to report the presence of vehicles parked on the streets to the LGU, LTO or the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

This bill – if it becomes law – can play an important role in solving the traffic problem in metropolitan cities. He can finally clear the streets of parked vehicles.

But we hope that by then the streets will also be free of auto repair shops, vulcanizing shops, fruit vendors and tricycle drivers who use sidewalks as their business address.



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Things I don’t miss about us after moving to Ireland + Photos

  • Since I moved to Ireland 3 years ago, there are things I haven’t missed from the United States.
  • Some differences are important, such as work-life balance and gun laws.
  • The United States will always be my home, but I have found my experience living abroad more enjoyable.

In 2019 I moved from the Midwestern United States to Dublin, Ireland to start a new journey.

I am extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to live in both countries and compare my experiences between them.

While there are pros and cons to living in the United States and Ireland, there are definitely things I don’t miss back home.

I don’t fancy the American healthcare system

Although the healthcare system in Ireland is far from perfect, I am always grateful to see how much more affordable it is.

Since moving, I have found myself prioritizing my health in ways that I could never have afforded in the United States.

I can consult a doctor, dentist, psychologist, massage therapist or chiropractor easily and inexpensively, even without private health insurance.

As a single woman in the United States, I paid about $300 a month out of pocket for below-average medical coverage when it was not covered by my employer. On top of that, to actually use my plan, there were enough copayments and deductibles to deter me from scheduling appointments.

I remember going years without seeing a doctor or dentist simply because my policy wasn’t comprehensive enough to cover the cost.

I do not miss the exorbitant cost of higher education

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The cost of my Irish degree has nothing to do with my undergraduate in the United States.

Alexis McSparren

I was fortunate to receive an excellent scholarship and grant that covered most of my undergraduate degree. But even though I received the maximum scholarship amount, I still had to take out the maximum number of student loans to pay for on-campus living expenses and additional fees.

Throughout college, I held three concurrent jobs and always struggled to pay the bills.

Under the terms of the Free Fees initiative, the costs of public undergraduate degrees for Irish and European Union citizens are covered by the Department of Further and Further Education.

Public colleges eligible for the Free Fees initiative only charge a compulsory student contribution of €3,000 (about $3,053) per year.

I recently completed an MA in Dublin and was shocked when the standard tuition and fees came in at €7,000 (about $7,110).

As a non-EU student, I ended up paying €15,000 (about $15,237) in total due to additional fees. But that’s still a far cry from the bloody costs in the United States.

Before scholarships and grants, undergraduate tuition at my school was $45,000 per year, and room and board was $12,000 per year.

America’s obsession with the rat race has never been clearer to me

Americans are pros at overtime and multitasking. We’re good at being perpetually busy – a tendency I noticed immediately among my fellow American expats.

I found the intense work culture in the United States overwhelming. I felt like I never did enough, even though I was working over 50 hours a week.

In contrast, the work here seems less focused. It’s not something that defines someone.

Many people in Ireland tend to take long holidays without shame or guilt, partly because there are four weeks of paid annual leave. This doesn’t even include Ireland’s many “holidays” (holidays) throughout the year or paid sick leave.

The slower pace of life here also means businesses close earlier and more frequently than in the United States, where the lifestyle in some areas revolves around 24/7 convenience.

The debate over gun culture in America is exhausting

Police officers huddled on a cobbled street in Dublin

Even not all law enforcement officers are allowed to carry guns.

Alexis McSparren

Crime is generally low in Ireland and I have never felt so safe.

In my experience, guns are not a big part of life here. Debates over gun rights are not a predominant political conversation during elections.

Most law enforcement officers in Ireland (called Gardaí) do not even carry firearms. They are routinely unarmed, with only 20-25% qualified to deploy a firearm.

I think the United States has a serious gun problem – the country has seen over 300 mass shootings so far in the first half of 2022 alone. Ireland has pretty strict gun laws. guns and rates of gun violence are low.

Gun violence was something I thought about regularly when I lived in the United States. Luckily, that’s not something that worries me so much in Ireland.

I don’t miss the glut of athleisure

After living in Ireland for three years, I can now proudly single out an American in a crowd before he has even spoken. It is usually the person who wears sportswear from head to toe.

Style refers to wearing clothes typically used for exercise – such as leggings and tank tops – as everyday wear.

I work in Dublin as a student program adviser and often have to inform visiting students that they cannot wear sportswear everywhere here. In some cases, they will be turned away from restaurants and bars at the door in this outfit.

I totally get the comfort and convenience of the athleisure aesthetic, but it’s refreshing to experience more diverse street fashion here.

I was so used to hidden taxes at home

When my partner and I bought a TV in Ireland I remember thinking it would cost a lot more than the ticket price after taxes were added.

But we paid exactly the price quoted – no hidden fees, no surprises at checkout.

I really admire the fact that taxes are included in the cost of items here. I don’t know why we don’t do this in America, but it’s one of the things I would ask if I was in charge.

What’s the point of a price tag if the number is different from what you end up paying?

I found it more difficult to move to the United States

Inside an empty darts train in Ireland

Walking and taking public transport seems easier here.

Alexis McSparren

After spending a lot of time in Europe, I realized that much of the United States is largely for vehicles and highways, not pedestrians.

I always thought that owning a car in the United States was absolutely necessary. Even when you lived in a big city, getting to the surrounding areas efficiently was nearly impossible without one.

Public transport in Ireland has changed lives. Even in small towns, there are often train stations and buses that make it easy to get around without a car.

Although the system is not as comprehensive as in other European countries, it is cheap and easy to take a bus or train anywhere around Dublin or into the heart of the countryside.

Also, not having a car saved me a lot of time and money, and it allowed me to be more flexible with housing options since I don’t need parking.

Mandatory tip no longer makes sense to me

In Ireland, employees do not depend on tips to supplement their income.

Tipping is generally accepted as a sign of appreciation for very good service, but is in no way expected as it tends to be in the United States.

Many restaurants automatically include the service charge in the final bill, which means you don’t have to do the math.

Tipping is also not expected when ordering drinks on a night out. No more struggling to do math with friends after a few drinks.

The cost of US phone plans seems exorbitant to me

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Whether you’re traveling or relocating, there are affordable phone options.

Alexis McSparren

In the US, I could never find a smartphone service plan for less than $50 per month. It was also difficult to find options that didn’t come with a one-year contract.

In Ireland, it’s much easier to choose from non-contract service packages, and “top-up credit” gives users the flexibility to cancel and add services from month to month.

I pay €20 (about $20) a month for unlimited data and texting, which is exactly what I need.

This also applies to travelers. I often tell students passing through Ireland to buy the $20 SIM card here rather than racking up international data and roaming charges.

I don’t miss the overload of medical TV commercials

The advertising culture in the United States, in general, is overwhelming. You’ll find corporate billboards along every stretch of road, and TV commercials pop up almost every 10 minutes.

I had never noticed the number of medical and prescription ads being shown in the US until I started watching TV in Ireland. Although there are advertisements for over-the-counter drugs here, drug companies cannot publicly promote prescription-only drugs.

I found the absence of these commercials much more pleasant to watch television.

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Catalytic Converter Thieves Reportedly Hit Houston Airport Parking Lots Now

HOUSTON – The Houston Police Department is investigating the theft of several catalytic converters from a parking lot at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Jolie Fletcher told KPRC that she parked her Toyota Land Cruiser at the Ecopark lot on JKF Boulevard for about two weeks while on vacation and returned to find her SUV was the target of thieves.

“When we got to the vehicle and started the car, I immediately knew something was wrong,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher filed a report with the HPD and said it discovered several other vehicles were also affected.

“It seems to be an ongoing problem,” she said. “Four or five other people joined us within the hour to make the same report about the missing catalytic converters.”

Fletcher said the damage to his SUV was estimated at $8,000.

She filed a report with the parking lot which claimed they would refund her the parking money, but said they were not responsible for the theft.

KPRC contacted Houston Airports and obtained the following statement:

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“There are multiple cameras in all parking lots, Houston airport parking lots are well-lit, and each location has private security. Additionally, Houston Airports works closely with its parking operators and the Houston Police Department to have crime deterrents in all parking facilities.

Houston Airports are constantly reviewing how to better protect passenger vehicles while traveling and in addition to crime deterrents in our parking lots, we are grateful to the Houston Police Department officers who help us protect our parking lots every day. .

From January 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022, more than 244,800 Ecopark users experienced our efforts which resulted in 99.97% of customers using our facilities without a security incident.

Copyright 2022 by KPRC Click2Houston – All Rights Reserved.

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Mum slams childless drivers who use parent-child parking spaces at Lidl – but not everyone agrees

THE mum-of-one has slammed shoppers who park in parent and child spaces when they don’t have kids – but not everyone agrees she’s right .

The anonymous driver was left so livid after being unable to find a space in a Lidl car park in Worcestershire that she took to social media to express her fury.


The mum from Droitwich, Worcestershire asked if local Lidl car park drivers should park in the parent and child spacesCredit: google maps

Posting to the Spotted Droitwich Facebook group, the mother asked if drivers could only park in the spaces if they had a child on board.

She added: “I highly doubt the same ignorant people would park in a disabled space, but can’t you see why people think it’s perfectly okay to do that without even pretending to have a kid?

“I couldn’t park there today with my newborn son, which wasn’t the end of the world, but the point is to be able to open the door wide enough to get a baby or child out of the car seat .

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“A little change of personal laziness that would make a huge difference to the parents/grandparents of Droitwich!

Despite the reasonable question, his comments sparked a huge debate as locals rushed to share their thoughts on his grievance, the Bromsgrove Advertiser reported.

One user replied: “It infuriates me too, especially when I see parents with troubled children.

“And then you get lazy parking there because they’re too lazy to walk a few extra steps in the parking lot.”

And a second agreed, adding: ‘The worst thing is when a parent with a child uses the parent and child car park….And the child is around 13!’

But one user felt no shame in ruffling a few feathers, commenting: “I like to park in the parent and child spaces of my big Range Rover as I have more room to open the door to get out.

“I usually drive it alone, but if I have passengers I will use 2 spaces and park in the middle.”

Another shopper was also more than happy to reveal he was responsible, commenting: ‘I always park in these spaces when I take my dad shopping. I’m 57, he’s 78.’

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And another joked, “Good job, there’s always plenty of space at the other end of the parking lot! A little walk never hurt anyone.”

A sixth pointed out that some drivers who use the spaces may use them because no disabled spaces are available and others may have disabilities that are not visible.

Parent and child spaces explained

What are the rules?

Using one of these bays without children in the car is not illegal as they are usually found on private land.

But private companies can fine you if you abuse it.

Car parks are required to clearly display their rules for the use of parent and child spaces, as well as the potential penalty if you break them.

Some places will require you to get children out of the car with you to be eligible, while others state that children must use a booster seat if you wish to park in one.

You should always read the rules for each car park before leaving your motor in one of these spaces to avoid being hit with a fine.

Each store has its own rules, but most have an age limit of 12 years old.

But in some car parks, places are only reserved for parents with babies and toddlers.

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OIA successfully develops a real estate project in the German city of Düsseldorf

Muscat: Oman Investment Authority (OIA) has announced the success of its Eclipse Tower development in the German city of Düsseldorf, a real estate project which was successfully sold to Union Investment, a renowned institutional investor based in Germany a few months before the completion date , despite challenges facing the global building materials supply chain.

Ibrahim Said Al Eisri, Managing Director of Private Equity at the OIA, said that the OIA is always looking for investment opportunities in promising areas that promote economic diversity and contribute to the maximization of revenues to be used to build up reserves and savings for future generations and achieve financial sustainability. .

OIA’s investments are currently distributed by sector and geographically in more than 40 countries around the world. Moreover, the OIA investment guidelines are aligned with the government’s vision to strengthen areas of economic cooperation with other countries with the aim of maintaining common interest and finding international partners to attract FDI to the Sultanate of Oman.

Alejandro Obermeier, Head of Investment Management at Union Investment, who purchased the tower, said: “By purchasing Eclipse Tower, we now own a well-known and competitive building with high quality, modern and flexible office space and high durability.

The Eclipse Tower, which will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022, benefits from a remarkable location that connects Düsseldorf’s city center to the airport. It is characterized by its triangular shape and consists of 16 floors covering approximately 27,500 square meters of rented space with contemporary offices, multipurpose rooms and terraces with panoramic views. The tower boasts an attractive architectural and structural design.

The building uses a rooftop solar power system that provides green electricity to common areas of the office tower; in addition to 46 electronic charging stations in the underground car park and bicycle parking. The building is controlled by smart building technology.

Oman Investment Authority targets investments in the real estate sector according to a strategy that relies on geographical diversity and the search for partnerships with countries and investors who demonstrate great expertise/experience in this sector.

OIA’s real estate portfolio is divided between numerous development projects, value-added projects and key long-term projects; aimed at obtaining good returns and at mitigating the level of long-term risk.

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Photos: Hundreds attend West Bridgford’s Lark in the Park

Lark in the Park’s return is proving very popular as the weather is great and hundreds of families have arrived early for the day’s entertainment. Until 4 p.m.

This year’s free event offers a range of attractions at Bridgford Park in West Bridgford from 10am to 4pm with inflatables, circus skills, soft games, storytelling and sporting activities from Nottingham Rugby and West Bridgford TennisClub.

There will also be an entertainment program with free song and dance performances for children with Jo Jingles, Super Sparkle Parties with Dex the T-Rex, Dynamic Dance and more.

Event visitors are encouraged to travel to the event by public transport.

– Advertising –

All local car parks will be open and Bridge Field Park on Bridgford Road will also be used as event parking and will be open from 9.30am to 5.00pm with cashless RingGo parking available.

Payments can be made via the RingGo app, online at or by phone on 0115 871 4000.

Cash payments will continue to be made at existing city center pay and display outlets including Bridgford Road, Gordon Road and Nursey Car Park.

Additional notification charges may apply and users are advised to check charges and slot numbers at these car parks before purchasing parking time.

Details of West Bridgford car park facilities can be found on the Rushcliffe Borough Council website.

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Divers clear mountains of garbage from Papahanaumokuakea

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Imagine untangling a fishing net that weighs as much as a small car.

Now imagine pulling that 2,000 pound net from a coral reef – while holding your breath.

That’s exactly how a team of Hawaii-based freedivers working at the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument removed nearly 100,000 pounds of rubbish from the reefs during a 27-day voyage.

The 16 trained free divers are part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine Debris project, which aims to protect the last 1,000 miles of the Hawaiian island chain. Their most recent trip focused on cleaning the reefs of Kamokuokamohoalii, Kamole and Kapou in the Papahanaumokuakea system.

Kamokuokamohoalii – also known as Maro Reef – has received special attention.

The team collected over 86,000 pounds of debris from Kamokuokamohoalii alone.

“It’s the equivalent of a walk through New York’s Central Park and a few surrounding blocks,” PMDP Chairman Kevin O’Brien said in a press release.

According to the PMDP, Kamokuokamohoalii is one of the most diverse coral reefs on the islands.

The reef is shallow, which scientists say promotes a “vibrant ecosystem teeming with life.”

Unfortunately, it also attracts waste. Due to the reef’s shallow features, marine debris easily snags coral – especially ghost nets, which are plastic fishing nets that can break up colonies of live coral.

Three boats loaded with marine debris at Kamokuokamohoalii.(James Morioka/PMDP)

“If the PMDP doesn’t clean it up, no one does,” PMDP executive director James Morioka said in a press release.

The organization says it partners with waste management and recycling services to incinerate the majority of debris found. They say the debris will eventually generate electricity for hundreds of Oahu homes.

The PMDP’s next expedition is in September, where they aim to remove 100,000 pounds of debris.

For more information about the organization, click on here.

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Tesla allows paid charging at Destination Chargers, but there’s a catch

Tesla allows chargeable charging on Destination Chargers, which have generally been free until now, but there’s a catch: you need to have at least six Wall Connectors to be able to set prices at your Destination Charger location.

The automaker operates two different charging networks. While Tesla’s Supercharger network is made up of DC fast charging stations for long-distance driving, the destination charging network is made up of Level 2 chargers, specifically the Tesla Wall Connector, which is primarily installed in restaurants and hotels. to recharge once Tesla owners arrive at their destination. , hence the name.

In 2020, Electrek reported that Tesla has upgraded destination chargers with Gen 3 wall connectors, and the automaker has told owners it will allow chargeable charging with this next-gen charger.

For the most part, Tesla’s Destination Charging locations have been free, with some locations only requiring you to be a customer of the company where it is located – for example, if you are using the Destination Charger of a hotel, some locations require you to be staying at the hotel.

The cost of electricity from the chargers would be covered by the company.

But with this new Wi-Fi-connected Wall Connector, Tesla said it would allow businesses to charge for usage with the seamless experience that Tesla’s charging networks are known for.

Tesla has now updated its commercial registration form for Wall Connectors to include provision for paid charging, but the automaker has confirmed that it will only allow property managers with six Wall Connectors or more to enable the feature:

Tesla Business Services can be enabled on Tesla Gen3 Wall Connectors that are connected to Wi-Fi or cellular and have signed a service agreement with Tesla. A minimum of six units must be installed to be considered for this service.

This will eliminate many locations, especially hotels, which make up a large portion of the destination charging network, as most locations only have two to four Tesla Wall Connectors.

But it could also encourage some locations to add more chargers, as they will now be able to charge customers for the service and recoup their electricity costs, which most EV owners won’t mind paying.

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This new program could encourage some property managers to make better use of certain parking spaces and turn them into small charging stations.

While fast-charging slots, like superchargers, are more convenient for fast charging, there are plenty of use cases for wall connectors, which can add about 44 miles of range per hour of charging.

If you have a walkable downtown parking lot, you could add six or more Wall Connectors to your parking lot, and Tesla owners traveling around town planning to spend a few hours there could park and charge while exploring.

For some this might be a better solution than a Supercharger, which you’ll need to get back to within an hour to move your car as it will be fully charged and you don’t want to take up space if you’re not charging it .

Now that these property managers can charge for the service and it’s fully automated in the Tesla app, it’s a more attractive solution because they can recoup the cost of deploying chargers and electricity while attracting homeowners. Tesla in their businesses.

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Here’s what it costs now to park at DFW airport

DFW International Airport has raised the price of parking in its more affordable lots.

After quietly instituting price increases in May, the DFW Airport Board of Directors will vote this week to keep fare increases in the express and remote lots at DFW International Airport from $2 to $5 per day. . Hourly costs will remain the same, along with the $27 per day rate for main terminal parking.

Other prices go up to get in and out of the airport, including carpooling and even employee parking. It follows a post-pandemic trend of rising parking prices across the country, including parking rate increases this spring at nearby Dallas Love Field.

While the remote and express car parks are much smaller than the 24,000-space terminal car parks, these car parks have long been the cheapest option for drivers traveling to DFW. Express parking garage increased from $15 to $18 per day. Uncovered express parking increased from $10 to $15 per day and remote lot parking increased from $2 to $12 per day.

At the same time, fees for Uber and Lyft drivers will drop from $5 per ride to $6 while fares for shuttles, taxis, limos and buses will remain the same when the airport’s new fiscal year begins in october.

Employee parking rates at DFW would also increase by $12 per month to $57.

DFW Airport has two express parking lots and two remote parking lots, each located away from the terminals and requiring a shuttle ride to and from them. The North Express Lot is located north of the terminals, directly across from the American Airlines cargo facility. The South Express Parking Lot is located across from Terminal E and the parking lot is also in the same location where DFW plans to eventually build its new Terminal F, a project that has been put on hold due to the pandemic.

DFW’s remote grounds are at least one mile away on the north and south side of the airport complex. It just reopened this lot in May after being closed for nearly two years because it was not needed during the COVID-19 pandemic travel downturn.

A year ago, the airport raised daily terminal parking rates from $3 to $27 per day after delaying parking rate increases for nearly six years.

DFW International Airport reported nearly $180 million in parking revenue in its 2019 fiscal year, although the amount declined due to lower traffic due to the pandemic.

But passenger and parking traffic has come back strong this year. DFW exceeded its pre-pandemic passenger levels in April and May. Airport parking revenue is already $30 million above projected levels at this point in the year. That means the airport could beat pre-pandemic parking revenue.

While DFW Airport hasn’t explained why it’s raising parking rates, Love Field Aviation manager Mark Duebner said the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people get to the airport. airport. Love Field raised rates, Duebner said, because parking lots were too full.

Leisure traffic has dominated the post-pandemic travel boom and leisure travelers, especially those with families, are more likely to drive.

The use of ridesharing apps is also down, for the same reason.

At DFW, these leisure travelers spend. Despite a shortage of rental cars and airport concession workers, the reduction the airport is taking from rental car companies, shops and restaurants is greater than expected at this stage of the recovery.

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Denver’s Basic Income Project is gearing up for launch later this year

In 2020, Mark Donovan, an entrepreneur who had made his fortune overseas, decided it was time to distribute some of his wealth directly to people in need. In June, Donovan began handing out personal grants of $1,000 a month to twelve people; payments continued until the end of the year.

“I was deeply struck by the difference it made for them and how simple and immediate it was for them,” Donovan recalls.

He decided to formalize the concept, founding the Denver Basic Income Project to provide direct cash payments to many more homeless people; he released the program in June 2021.

“The idea is that a basic income creates stability that can create an accelerated path to [long-term] stability and growth. It has been proven program after program across the world as an effective and efficient method of providing support to people who have been traditionally oppressed, discriminated against and not prospering,” says Donovan.

In a soft launch that began last August, the Denver Basic Income Project began providing money to eleven people for twelve months. A second soft launch, serving 28 people, began on July 15. But there are far more important things to come.

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Mayor Michael Hancock named the project during his State of the Town.

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Three days later, during his otherwise unremarkable State of the City address on July 18, Mayor Michael Hancock announced that he would propose to the Denver City Council that $2 million of the money from the American Rescue Plan Act go to an expanded Basic Income Project in Denver.

“This funding will provide over 140 women and families currently in shelters with $1,000 per month for one year in direct cash assistance. This will help them move into stable housing and provide support for them to stay housed, while opening up space in our shelters. to serve more people,” Hancock said.

So far, the project has raised over $7 million, including Hancock’s proposed $2 million. But it still needs about $2 million to support the first full round, which is designed to serve up to 820 people.

Under the plan, 260 people will receive $6,500 each upfront, then $500 per month for the next eleven months. A second group of 260 people will each receive $1,000 per month for twelve months. And 300 people in a third group will receive $50 per month for twelve months in a comparison group.

While the Denver Basic Income Project will be open to all eligible individuals, the Hancock administration and the Denver Department of Housing Stability have requested that city contributions be earmarked for women and families due to funding protocols of the ARPA.

“These funds need to be focused on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, HOST has seen the number of women in our shelter system triple and the need for family shelters dramatically increase. In the motel City’s family voucher program, we served 70% more people in March 2022 compared to March 2020, and the families we serve are staying more than twice as long,” said Derek Woodbury, spokesperson for HOST.

To be eligible for the program, participants must be homeless, whether hosted or not, and already in contact with a service provider. They cannot have “serious and unmet mental health or substance abuse needs” and must also be 18 or older.

Applications are not yet accepted, but ultimately the project will choose participants through a random selection process of those who meet the eligibility criteria.

The early days of the Denver Basic Income Project weren’t quite smooth. The project initially partnered with Denver Homeless Out Loud, but the advocacy group disputed that the Denver Basic Income Project did not have homeless people on its board. DHOL also complained that the project initially had a withdrawal limit on the funds it provided to individuals. Eventually, DHOL withdrew from its partnership with the project.

“The participants who joined the soft launch, we provided them with the money throughout the soft launch and they continued to participate in the program, so I would say that’s my response to that,” Donovan said. about DHOL’s complaint. “Banks always set withdrawal limits. However, if necessary, these can be adjusted to suit an individual’s needs.”

The Denver Basic Income Project also has someone with homelessness experience on its structure and governance working group. “We continue to listen and hope to continue receiving feedback,” Donovan said.

The idea of ​​giving money directly to people in financial difficulty is not new, but it has become more popular in recent years. 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang has made establishing a universal basic income level part of his campaign. And the Mayors for Guaranteed Income group includes dozens of mayors across the country, including Mayor Michael Hancock.

In Vancouver, the New Leaf Project distributed $7,500 each to homeless people in 2018, resulting in “measurable improvements” for participants, according to the New Leaf Project website.

“Cash recipients moved into stable housing faster than non-cash participants and overall spent fewer days homeless,” New Leaf reports. “For those who received the cash, food security increased in the first month and remained stable over time.” The project followed a total of 115 participants in the beneficiary and non-beneficiary categories.

There are no exact statistics for the early iterations of the Denver project. “We’re not doing formal research on soft launch one or soft launch two yet. The learnings are anecdotal,” Donovan notes. “In terms of learnings, I don’t really feel comfortable talking about it directly because it’s anecdotal. The purpose of the soft launch was to make sure we were organizationally prepared, prepared in capacity. Our goal is to serve hundreds of people in the difficult launch.”

The Denver Basic Income Project has partnered with the Center for Housing and Homelessness Research at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Those who receive money under the program will not be required to participate in DU research, but 27 of the 28 people who are part of the second soft launch opted into the research, Donovan said. Westword had scheduled an interview with one of the UD researchers, but the researcher canceled, saying the project had decided that only Donovan would speak to the press.

And the “program is progressing wonderfully,” notes Donovan. “People who are getting the money, we’re seeing that confirms our hypothesis so far, so we’re feeling pretty optimistic.”

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