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Hostile work environment in Chicago Department of Water Management email scandal triggers $950,000 settlement

Five years ago, an upheaval sparked by racist, sexist and homophobic emails swept through Water Stewardship Commissioner Barrett Murphy and key MPs William Bresnahan and Paul Hansen, sons of the former Ald. Bernard Hansen (44th).

Then-Inspector General Joe Ferguson came across the hate-filled emails while investigating allegations that Paul Hansen was using his city’s email account to sell guns.

Now, the scandal in a department long known as a white bastion of city government is costing Chicago taxpayers dearly.

The city council’s finance committee has authorized a $950,000 settlement to Dilan Abreu, a 40-year-old veteran bricklayer who claims he was harassed, abused and retaliated by the former councilman’s son because of a “culture limitless openly racist behavior and attitudes” tolerated by the city.

During the two-year period Paul Hansen served as superintendent of the Northern Water Management District, Hansen “harassed Hispanic and African American employees with impunity, through a culture of behaviors and attitudes racist that permeates all levels of the department,” said the 2019 federal government of Abreu. lawsuits against city-states.

Hansen was accused of repeatedly using the n-word and other racist epithets to refer to Abreu and other Hispanic employees.

The son of the former alderman was further accused of having told Abreu: “Go back to the island. You don’t belong here” and calling him “idiot”, “stupid asshole” and telling him and other Hispanic employees, “You are the dumbest people there are”.

Two witnesses were prepared to testify that they had witnessed the abuse, the company’s assistant attorney, Susan O’Keefe, said Monday.

The pattern of harassment included Hansen blowing smoke in the cancer survivor’s face and attempting to push Abreu down a six-foot hole “in a fit of rage”, as O’Keefe put it.

Aldus. Nick Sposato (38th) asked what it meant to “try to push someone down a hole”.

O’Keefe replied: “Mr. Abreu alleged that Mr. Hansen walked towards him with determination and anger and punched him shoulder to shoulder. He did not fall into the hole. Others on the job said he was not near the hole. Some said it was a bit close to the hole. … But he definitely made contact.

Abreu’s lawsuit argues that he complained about the department’s “racist culture, and in particular Paul Hansen, long before” the scandal broke, but “the city took no action to stop Hansen’s harassment”.

When Abreu filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in June 2017, it sparked a “retaliatory pattern” that included denial of overtime and equipment and be subject to bogus disciplinary action on bogus charges, according to the suit.

In 2017, Mayor Rahm Emanuel picked veteran City Hall insider Randy Conner, who is African American, to replace Murphy and gave Conner carte blanche to clean house.

In a follow-up report, Ferguson said a high-ranking deputy — whom sources identified as Hansen — referred to African Americans as “wild animals” and sent an email with the subject “Chicago Safari Tickets” to several high-ranking colleagues in water management.

‘If you haven’t booked a Chicago Safari adventure with us this 4th of July weekend, this is what you’ve been missing out on,’ the email reads, listing the number of people shot dead in Englewood, Garfield Park , Austin, Lawndale, South Shore, Woodlawn and other neighborhoods plagued by gang violence.

“We guarantee you will see at least one murder and five crime scenes per three day visit. You will also see lots of animals in their natural habitat.”

Another email with the subject line “Watermelon Protection” included an image of a Ku Klux Klan robe on a stick in the middle of a watermelon patch.

Four current and two former Water Management employees — all black — have joined Abreu in filing federal lawsuits accusing the department at the center of the city and rental truck hiring scandals of “an environment of hostile and abusive work” based on race that includes violence, intimidation and retaliation which “weaves a tapestry of hostility that dominates all aspects” of their work.

This included working less desirable shifts and work assignments and denying promotions, transfers, overtime and training opportunities. Black women were routinely referred to as “sluts and whores,” the lawsuit claims.

Monday, Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st) wondered aloud whether the $950,000 settlement of Abreu’s lawsuit could set an expensive precedent for resolving those claims.

“How big is this now? Can it just explode and multiply in many cases? »

O’Keefe assured Napolitano that there would be no avalanche of lawsuits, given the statute of limitations, as Hansen resigned in May 2017.

“An explosion should have happened” by 2021, O’Keefe said.

Other approved regulations

With opposition from nine of the city council’s closest allies to the police union, the finance committee also signed a $900,000 settlement to Dwayne Rowlett, who was shot eight times on New Year’s Day 2017 by a Chicago police officer who resigned last year after the Civilian Office of Police Accountability deemed the shooting unjustified and sought to fire him.

The company’s assistant attorney, Caroline Fronczak, said the shooting happened after Rowlett first eluded officers who tried to pull him over for speeding and ran a stop sign, then drove onto a sidewalk, swept over several vehicles and crashed into a police cruiser.

No weapons were recovered but “several knives”, one of them with a “4 to 5 inch blade”, Fronczak said.

When Rowlett was finally arrested again, a struggle ensued. It was then that officer Alex Raske fired nine shots, eight of which hit Rowlett, causing him “serious and disabling” injuries.

The finance committee also signed a $15 million settlement to compensate the family of one Guadalupe Francisco-Martinez. The 37-year-old mother of six was on her way home on her first day on the job when she was killed in an accident with a marked Chicago police SUV at Irving Park Road and Ashland Avenue.

A $9 million settlement was also approved for Patrick Prince, who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit after being beaten to confess by Chicago police officers.

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Pickpocketing attempts seem completely unsuccessful: Orange Police Blotter

ORANGE, Ohio

Attempted Pickpocketing: Wall Street

Whole Foods management reported on September 7 that four days earlier, a man and a woman walked into the store around 7:10 p.m. for about 8 minutes. During this time, they attempted to pickpocket at least two people, but were unsuccessful, with both potential victims reporting that nothing had been caught.

Department Information: Cambridge Court

A 42-year-old resident reported that between September 6 and 8, one of his old checks was used to write a fraudulent check for $22,450. He told police that Charles Schwab Bank informed him that the check was made payable to someone he did not know and that he did not write the check either.

He said the picture of the fake check was not the one he knew. But he assumed his bank routing and account numbers must have been forged on the check.

Police said the incident was later referred to the bank fraud department.

Headlights required, driving under suspension, warrant: Park Avenue

An officer patrolling Pinecrest in the Third Street and Park area at 9:42 p.m. on September 9 noticed a Nissan Rogue being driven without lights.

Stopping the car, police discovered that the driver, a woman from Garfield Heights, who had turned 33 the previous day, had a suspended license as well as an outstanding warrant for her arrest from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies agreed to take custody, and she was taken to the county jail, with about a quarter ounce of suspected marijuana seized from her center console.

Suspicion: Capital Hill Circle

An anonymous caller reported at 4:46 p.m. on September 11 that he smelled a strong odor of suspected marijuana coming from his HVAC system, and he believed it was coming from a home in Capital Hill, where he further believed that the suspects were smoking outside. smuggling.

An officer reported at 5:03 p.m. that he had spoken with the resident in question, who said they were smoking cigars in the back. The officer did not smell marijuana at the time.

Fire alarm call (company): Orange Place

Courtyard Marriott hotel management reported at 9:31 p.m. on September 11 that a guest set off the fire alarm with a candle in one of the rooms. The scene was turned over to firefighters.

Unwanted Guest: Chagrin Boulevard

A Shell True North employee reported at 11:19 a.m. on September 9 that she was assaulted by a male customer who threw a bottle of water at her and then drove off in an Enterprise truck.

Car crash, team call: Park Avenue

A 55-year-old woman was almost immediately taken to Ahuja Medical Center on September 7 after her Honda Pilot hit a lamp post in the Pinecrest parking lot behind Sephora just before 1:30 p.m., causing injuries to her face.

Personal Wellness: Sorrow Boulevard, Orange Place

A caller reported a boy at the intersection with a sign asking for money just before 1 p.m. on September 5, saying he appeared to be too young and expressing concern for his well-being. Police reported at 1:23 a.m. that the boy was under the supervision of his parents.

Complaints Attorney: Park Avenue

Staff at a Pinecrest spa reported on the evening of September 10 that someone was ‘soliciting’ a legal campaign on what was considered private property – where they don’t allow lawyers. No other information was available.

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Yvon Chouinard donates the Patagonia of Ventura for climate change

Patagonia owner Yvon Chouinard has put his money where his mouth is, announcing this week that he would donate his company Ventura to help fight climate change.

The reaction came quickly that this philanthropic effort could start a broader movement in more meaningful efforts to fight global warming.

Residents welcomed the announcement but were not surprised. Patagonia has resisted tradition throughout its history and championed environmental causes in Ventura and beyond.

“Their consistency in using their entrepreneurial skills to better the planet is and has inspired so many that the ripple effect will continue for many generations,” said Assemblyman Steve Bennett, D-Ventura. “From the start, they had this vision that it’s not just about making money. It’s about why you make money? It’s to protect this natural world that we depend on. all.”

On Wednesday, Chouinard announced that he and his family had transferred ownership of the $3 billion outdoor apparel company to environmental nonprofit Holdfast Collective and Patagonia Purpose Trust, which the company created to “protect the values ​​of the company”. are the new owners.

The Patagonia Purpose Trust owns 2% of the company and all of the voting stock, while the Holdfast Collective owns the remaining 98% of the company.

Patagonia will continue to be a for-profit company and a California for-profit corporation, but each year the money will be plowed back into the company first and the rest will go to the Holdfast Collective to fight climate change, said the society.

Financial contributions to address the climate crisis will total approximately $100 million each year, depending on how the company performs. Patagonia will continue to donate 1% of its annual sales to environmental non-profit organizations, consistent with previous commitments the company made recently.

Bennett has known Chouinard and his wife Malinda since 1989. He hoped the effort would inspire other companies to follow the same path.

“There is going to be a specific impact on the profits that are going to come out every year, the $100 million, but what will be harder to measure is the inspirational impact that will continue to ripple and ripple,” Bennett said. .

Patagonia Works employee Aileen Ottenweller helps put up signs during the “Fight to Stop Ventura SoCalGas Compressor” protest at Kellogg Park in Ventura in July 2021.

Chouinard founded Patagonia in Ventura nearly 50 years ago largely because of the proximity to good surf, spokesman JJ Huggins said. The company awarded its first environmental grant to the Friends of the Ventura River in the early 1970s to prevent the waves of California Street, or C Street, from being ruined by a pipeline project at the mouth of the Ventura River, he said.

“The Friends of the Ventura River have been successful and they have taught us what a small, grassroots environmental organization can accomplish,” Huggins said in a statement. “This laid the foundation for our environmental giving program. Patagonia remains deeply committed to organizations locally and around the world.”

Melissa Baffa, executive director of Ventura Land Trust, was in a car with six colleagues in New Orleans. They were heading to a hotel on Wednesday for a conference when they heard the news.

“A cheer went up in the car,” said Baffa, whose nonprofit has accepted grants from Patagonia and other professional opportunities in the past. “We’re really excited, thrilled. Patagonia has always been a great role model for doing good and doing good. We all saw this as a very positive move on their part and want other companies to follow their lead.”

The announcement sent “shockwaves” through the environmental and philanthropic community, said Ventura resident Tomás Rebecchi.

Rebecchi, Central Coast organizing manager for Food & Water Watch, said Chouinard and Patagonia have supported recent causes such as the attempted closure of a SoCalGas natural gas compressor station in Ventura and the funding of efforts to pass two local measures that would have imposed major restrictions on oil. drilling companies.

Measures A and B ultimately failed in the June primary. Rebecchi said he expects Patagonia to continue to be active on local issues.

“From top to bottom, they are all involved in protecting the planet but also in protecting Ventura,” Rebecchi said. He said Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert and other company representatives attended rallies against the gas compressor.

Ryan Gellert, CEO of Patagonia Works, helps set up signs during the “Fight to Stop Ventura SoCalGas Compressor” protest at Kellogg Park in Ventura in July 2021.

Last year, Chouinard was at a rally at Kellogg Park in Ventura, and Rebecchi didn’t realize who he was. He was struck by the humility of the billionaire.

“He was there with his dog and his canes, and yeah, that definitely doesn’t give off the billionaire vibe,” Rebecchi said.

Philanthropy must be combined with civic-engaged voters to bring about real change, said Patagonia spokesperson Huggins. He said the company was inspired by the Westside Clean Air Coalition and its efforts to stop SoCalGas and its proposed modifications to the compression site near EP Foster Elementary School.

“We need more support for activists like them in Ventura County and around the world, and we need to elect more leaders who share our sense of urgency to save the planet. This is how we will influence the climate policy,” Huggins said.

Kimberly Stroud, executive director and founder of the nonprofit Ojai Raptor Center, said she was not surprised by Chouinard’s announcement. She spent 27 years in Patagonia.

“When he makes up his mind, he goes for it,” said Stroud, who worked with Chouinard for two years on some projects. “So far, it’s always been a very successful move on his part, even though everyone around him will be like, ‘What? What? No, we can’t do that. “”

Stroud is cautious about the impact of Patagonia’s decision if the company stands alone in its large-scale philanthropy.

“Unless people jump on the bandwagon to help…even with Patagonia’s big decision, it won’t be enough to stop what’s happening in this world,” she said. “So if more companies can follow this direction, we can make a difference.”

Sean Anderson, professor and chair of the environmental science and resource management program at CSU Channel Islands, said Patagonia’s actions likely won’t make an immediate difference, but may cause other companies and people to see a new way to fight climate change.

“I don’t think Patagonia itself will lead to a huge change, but if we get two or three more top companies like this, I think…we could be ready for a breakthrough type event” , said Anderson.

USA Today contributed to this report.

Wes Woods II covers West County for the Ventura County Star. Join it at [email protected]805-437-0262 or @JournoWes.

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On a private road through North Dublin housing estates, residents dream of a bus service

Getting out of the Northwood Estates can be a pain, says Danielle Itodo, halfway down Northwood Avenue on Monday, a shopping bag in her hand. “It’s such a long walk.”

From her home in Temple Court, it takes up to 15 minutes on foot to get to Swords Road, an even less pleasant journey on a rainy day like today.

Northwood Estates sits just below the M50, a patchwork of housing estates and apartment complexes in Santry, built in the 2000s and 2010s.

It also has a retail park, with big box stores like Homebase, Lidl and Mr Price, and a McDonald’s, plus a strip of smaller stores like Northwood Dry Cleaners, McCabes Pharmacy and Costa Coffee. But also, scattered throughout the estate, restaurants, hotels, offices, a gym and a retirement home.

Northwood Avenue, a two-way carriageway winds its way through the neighborhood, joining all these amenities, running from Ballymun Road in the west to Swords Road in the east.

What Northwood lacks, locals say, is a bus service that runs through it, leaving them to walk to either of the two major causeways that line the neighborhood to hop on a bus into town.

Changes under BusConnects’ plans to revamp the city’s bus network would mean new bus service that would dip into the east end of Northwood – but running along the entire avenue would do a lot more big difference, say some residents.

NTA spokesperson Kim Buckley said: ‘We are aware of some requests for bus service further into Northwood and are reviewing what options may exist for this.

A complicating factor could be that Northwood Avenue is actually a private road, owned by Northwood Management Company.

A long walk

Anna Banach, holding open the door to her building in Temple Court, says considering the walk from her house, waiting for the lights to change on Swords Road and a cushion just in case, getting into ** ** the bus can take almost 20 minutes.

“It depends on how fast you are. If you are young and walk fast, yes, it is better. But imagine someone walking slowly, a buggy,” she says.

Fifteen minutes is a long walk to get to a bus stop, says Luís Ferreira, who lives in Cedarview, another Northwood estate.

When it rains, he says, you get there wet. “And then you have to wait.”

Itodo says the length of the road is not just a problem for taking the bus. She has friends there but they may still seem far away.

“If I want to meet my friends, they have to walk here, or I have to walk down,” she said, from outside Temple Court, pointing to the bend in the road, towards Swords Road.

It also interferes with her night outings, she says, as she has to take an elevator rather than the bus. “I would have to walk all that at night, that’s not it. It’s just a little scary, and it’s just a long walk.

The nearly two-mile length of Northwood Avenue means it’s difficult to even get around the estate without a car, Banach says.

Shopping is difficult, even with a pulley cart, she says. “If you don’t have a car, it’s a nightmare. People have to take a taxi. It is too far.”

She tried to go shopping once and walk back, she said. “I stopped every few minutes, thinking, when will I be home?”

Northwood Ave. Photo by Claudia Dalby.

Also, most of the closest schools are in Ballymun, she says. “You will need at least half an hour to walk to the nearest school from here.”

Many people use the buses on nearby main roads, says Temple Court resident John Diamond.

You can see them around 8 a.m. on Northwood Avenue, Diamond says. “You see loads of people walking along the road to catch the bus into town.”

Ann Graves, Sinn Féin councilor for Fingal County Council, said residents badly needed a bus service along Northwood Avenue. “Even though it’s a local connection, to get people from Northwood to where they can get another bus,” she said.

According to BusConnects Choice Report prepared by Jarret Walker and Associates in 2017 for the NTA.

Areas that are denser and more walkable – meaning more direct walking routes and safer road crossings – are likely to have higher bus usage, according to the report.

According to the NTAsWalking and cycling index 202181% of people in the greater Dublin area live within 400 meters of a bus stop, which according to one 2012 studyis a five minute walk away.

On the table

East of Northwood Estates, several bus routes – the 16, 16D, 27B, 33 and 41 (plus 41B, 41 C and 41D services) – sweep Swords Road.

To the west of the neighborhood along Ballymun Road there are three other routes: 4, 13 and 155. To the south, the new N6 service runs along Santry Avenue.

As part of the plans for BusConnects, the redesign of the National Transport Authority (NTA) bus network, which it is gradually rolling out, the Santry area is to be served by the E-spine.

E1 service should start near the western end of Northwood Avenue at the roundabout nearest Ballymun Road, approximately 250 yards from the entrance.

“The E-Spine is currently scheduled for launch in Q3 2023,” said NTA spokesperson Kim Buckley. “This date is indicative until our detailed planning phase is complete.”

Banach at Temple Court says walking to the E1 road will be better but not great. “I don’t know if that would help much,” she said. “Of course, it would be nice to walk for a few minutes.”

From some Temple Court apartments, Google Maps estimates the roundabout to be a 1.1 mile walk.

More ideal for her though, she says — and for Northwood residents living farther east along the road — would be bus service that resumes all the way down Northwood Avenue, she says.

Cedarview resident Ferreira agrees. “If it crossed all of Northwood Avenue, it would be better, to serve everyone,” he said.

According to 2016 census, 4,787 people lived in the Northwood area – and they expect more neighbors. There are town planning requests before An Bord Pléanala, for 268 apartments built for rent and 255 apartments.

Theresidential travel plan for Whitehaven, one of the developments awaiting a planning decision, lists the BusConnects E-spine and the long-delayed Metrolink – an underground metro linking the city center to the airport past Northwood – as transport options for future residents.

There will be a carpooling system and parking spaces will be limited, the plan says, “with reduced reliance on private cars for travel”.

But a lot of people are driving in Northwood right now, says Temple Court resident Diamond.

At Cedarview, an estate in Northwood, the management company has blocked cars parked on the road, while residents say there are not enough parking spaces and/or public transport options.

Diamond says trying to get home from the bus on Ballymun and Swords Road if you’re coming back from town isn’t easy. “The bus is on the other side of a dual carriageway so you have to cross that.”

It’s pedestrian-unfriendly, he says, and a closer bus stop would solve that problem. “It would be much better and safer, and it would make public transport more attractive, if it actually started in Northwood.”

“I know people who drive for this very reason, and sometimes drive to maybe Glasnevin, park the car, then take the bus,” he says.

A private road

Diamond thinks the reason the E1 doesn’t go further into Northwood Avenue is because the road is private property.

Buckley, the NTA spokesman, said the NTA would need permission to operate a bus service there. “Since it’s a private road,” she said, without giving further details.

The NTA did not respond to questions asking whether it had asked Northwood Management Company – which the council says owns the road – if it could operate a bus route along Northwood Avenue.

Northwood Management Company did not respond to questions sent Friday asking if it had been approached by the NTA to provide bus service along Northwood Avenue, or if it had asked the NTA to put bus service there.

Roundabout on Northwood Avenue where E1 service is proposed to terminate. Photo by Claudia Dalby.

The usual process for a private road to become public is that when a residential development is carried out, the developer or most owners ask the local council to take over the development.

The council must take it on if asked to do so, a Fingal County Council spokesman said. Taking charge of the road means the council controls its operation, maintenance and upkeep of roads, lighting and similar services, they said.

The spokesman said: ‘Council has not been asked to take the road by the developer.

Diamond says it doesn’t make sense that the road isn’t public property because the public uses it.

Ferreira says he wouldn’t mind paying the maintenance fee, which he has to pay as the owner at the moment to the management company, if only Northwood residents were using the road .

But although there are barriers and a security hut, no one is prohibited from using the road, he says. “There is no private security screening at all.”

Diamond says: “It is used as a local traffic route. At this point, we’re paying double tax, because we’re paying management to, you know, ostensibly take care of the road and so on. But we already pay local property taxes to do this stuff.

Diamond says he would like residents to vote for Northwood Avenue to be taken over by council.

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Week in Review: Beijing BoomRay Closes $43 Million Round for New Radionuclide Drugs

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Offers and financing

Beijing BoomRay Pharma, a joint venture between WuXi AppTec (OTCPK: WUXIF) and Peking University, closed a $43 million Series A funding to develop novel radionuclide drugs that integrate diagnosis and treatment (see story). The The company intends to focus on nuclear drugs for new targets, as well as delivery and platform technologies. It has already built a radionuclide drug development platform with the help of WuXi AppTec. Round A was led by Sequoia Capital China, with participation from Riverhead Capital, Tianfu Sanjiang Asset Management, Puhua Capital, CTS Capital, Life Park Venture Fund and Shenzhen Jinshen Investment.

Nanjing Frontier Biotechnologies (SHA: 688221) completed a $29 million private placement to secure the development of its novel small molecule for COVID-19, bofutrelvir (FB2001). Bofutrelvir is a SARS-CoV-2 3CL protease inhibitor currently in clinical trial for hospitalized patients requiring post-exposure prophylaxis for COVID-19. Founded in 2013, Frontier is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical focused on unmet medical needs for HIV treatment and pain management. A total of 19 investors participated in the financing, including Lord Abbett, UBS AG and Aeon Life.

Hangzhou CellOrigin Biotech will collaborate with Qilu Pharma to develop ready-to-use chimeric antigen receptor macrophages (CAR-iMAC) using induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSC) for cancer immunotherapy. CellOrigin focuses on immune cell therapies (macrophages, NK cells) based on genetically modified pluripotent stem cells. He uses metabolomic and transcriptomic analysis as well as CRISPR-Cas9 functional screening of iPSCs to create new ready-to-use allogeneic therapies against cellular cancer. Founded in 1958, Jinan Qilu offers more than 300 products in China. Both companies will contribute to the development of CAR-iMAC candidates.

Vernalis Research has formed a research collaboration with Unison Medicines to design small molecules for an undisclosed and difficult-to-target bacterial site. Vernalis is a Cambridge, UK-based drug discovery company that was acquired by Chengdu HitGen (SHA: 688222) in 2020. Unison, a Cambridge, MA startup, develops new drugs for drug-resistant infections. Vernalis will use its drug discovery technology to find small molecules for the Unison target, which was previously considered non-drug. Unison will fund the work of Vernalis and be responsible for payment of milestones and royalties on all revenue. Vernalis contributed to Unison’s first round of funding.

Tests and approvals

Tianjin CanSino Biologics (OTCPK: CASBF; SHA: 688185; HK: 06185) reported that an aerosol version of its COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use in China as a COVID booster vaccine (see story). CanSino pointed to preliminary study results showing the inhaled vaccine provided immunity after a single dose, but the company did not release detailed efficacy results. The Company’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is delivered by an adenovirus type 5 vector, is 65% effective in preventing all symptomatic COVID-19 disease and 90% effective in preventing severe disease. CanSino has partnered on the COVID vaccine with the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology, Academy of Military Medical Sciences.

Nanjing InxMed has initiated a pivotal Phase II trial in China of its lead drug, an oral selective focal adhesion kinase (FAK) inhibitor, in patients with recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian cancer (PROC ). InxMed develops innovative therapies that target drug resistance and metastasis in hard-to-treat solid tumors. The phase II study will test IN10018 in combination with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) in patients with PROC. At ASCO 2022, InxMed reported that the combination regimen showed antitumor efficacy and a good safety profile in PROC patients.

Beijing Genor Biopharma (HK:6998) has dosed the first patient in a Phase I/II clinical trial in China of GB261, a CD20/CD3 bispecific antibody, which will enroll patients with lymphoma/leukemia. GB261 is the first T-Cell Engager with ultra-low affinity to bind CD3 and has Fc compatible functions (ADCC and CDC). Genor claims that GB261 inhibits the proliferation of rituximab resistant cancer cells in in vitro assays and in vivo models with a lower level of cytokine release. The trial will enroll patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocyte lymphoma.

CASI Pharma (CASI) and Stockhom’s BioInvent (OTCPK: BOVNF; Stockholm: BINV) have administered the first patient in a Phase I trial in China of their novel cancer immunotherapy (see story). The trial will test BI-1206, a first-in-class fully human mAb targeting FcγRIIB, in combination with rituximab for relapsed/refractory non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). In 2020, CASI acquired the Chinese rights to the candidate from BioInvent in a $95 million deal. According to BioVent, FcyRIIB is a unique inhibitory antibody checkpoint that unlocks cancer immunity. CASI is a Maryland company that brings new drugs to China.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Dominion Hills | ARLnow.com

Perched high along Wilson Boulevard to Route 66 and Westover is the charming neighborhood of Dominion Hills.

This beautiful community of modest, mostly brick homes is surrounded by parks, green spaces and recreation areas. Dominion Hills offers a convenient lifestyle with something to do for everyone.

The neighborhood’s grassy acre and bustling playground includes Dominion Hills Park, three multi-use trails, and the spectacular Bon Air Park and Rose Garden – providing the opportunity to be in nature in just minutes.

Activities are plentiful in Dominion Hills. Stay at Bon Air Park for a game of tennis or walk the short distance to the skate park and recreation ground at Powhatan Springs Regional Park. For summer fun, join the Dominion Hills Pool at the Dominion Hills Recreation Center. Need more options? There is non-stop activity at Upton Hill Regional Park where you can choose from Ocean Dunes Water Park, Mini Golf, Upton Climb and Batting Cages.

Located approximately five miles from Washington, DC and close to Interstate 66 and Routes 50 and 7.

Dominion Hills is a great place for commuters no matter which direction you are heading. Want to leave the car at home? Dominion Hills is a few miles from the East Falls Church and Ballston metros.

Head to the Dominion Hills Center for dining and shopping. The newest restaurant is the Meridian Pint where neighbors can meet in their outdoor patio for beer, burgers and game night.

The Civic Association sponsors several family-oriented social events, most of them held in Dominion Hills Park.

Powhatan Springs Skate Park: The beautifully renovated, award-winning 17,000 square foot skate park is one of Powhatan Springs Park’s most popular features. It has a combination of old school and street elements, including two bowls, a snake area, and a street area.

Upton Hill Regional Park: Upton Hill Regional Park offers visitors a forested oasis in the heart of Northern Virginia’s most densely populated region. A large outdoor water park is a sparkling attraction in this wooded urban park.

Bon Air Park Rose Garden: Bon Air Park has a beautiful memorial rose garden which offers over 120 different varieties of roses and is often a favorite venue for weddings. The Arlington Rose Foundation serves as a partner to advise and help promote the planting. Enjoy the gardens of azaleas, shade, sun and ornamental trees. Arlington’s Master Gardeners maintain sunny and shady gardens to use as teaching tools for local gardeners. This sprawling 24-acre park also includes playgrounds, picnic areas with charcoal grills, and a trail.

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Reality TV star brings Gas Monkey restaurant to Lewisville – Cross Timbers Gazette | Denton County South | mound of flowers

Richard Rawlings, photo courtesy of Centurion American

Richard Rawlings, made famous by the Discovery Channel’s ‘Fast N’ Loud’ series, recently announced plans to bring a new restaurant, live music venue and more to a single site in Lewisville.

Rawlings, the famed owner of Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, previously announced a new Gas Monkey Bar & Grill location in Richardson, set to open next year. The second location is coming soon to the old Zone Action Park location, 1951 North Summit Ave., which closed in May 2020 at the height of COVID-19 restrictions. Rawlings had previously had a few restaurants/venues with the same or similar names, but these closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new development – which has been approved by the Lewisville City Council – includes a restaurant, bar, outdoor patio, stage, lawn and classic cars, and it will also revive the closed go-kart track and mini- golf on site and will add at least one ride, according to city documents. An opening date has not been announced.

Rawlings is partnering with Refined Hospital Concepts – a management company that recently opened three restaurants on the Flower Mound River Walk – to create a destination focused on family entertainment during the day and live music at night, according Dallas Cultural Map.

Rawlings is also auctioning off most of its classic car collection — more than 25 cars and motorcycles — right now. Bidding ends Wednesday. Click here for more information.

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Line Investments & Property Confirms Commercial Lease Agreements for More Than 80% of Silicon Central

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Shopping center and management division Lulu Group International, Line Investments & Property announces the arrival of a host of strategically curated new brands aboard Silicon Central, a new two-story retail and leisure destination levels at Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Brands appealing to savvy shoppers include Defacto, OVS, Forever 21, Calliope, Flo, Terranova, Bella Maison, Splash, Penti, Max, Cotton On, Babyshop and catering to fitness enthusiasts is UFC Gym at the forefront of technology.

Ensuring a healthy mix of services, pharmacies, cafes, exchange houses and lifestyle brands, the lettings team has revealed confirmed tenants which include major groups like Alshaya Group, Landmark Group, Sharaf Retail, Step In and Brands For Less.

Confirmed F&B outlets are Starbucks, Illy Café, Papparoti, Famous Dave, Yuchi, Bloomsbury, Friends Avenue Café, McDonalds, Jollibee, Raju Omelet, Pizza Sabbioni, Asli Beirut, Gazebo, Kamat, Bosphore, Clove Tree, Bhukkad Cafe, Il Forno, Wingstop, Haagen Daz,

Confirmed service and lifestyle brands are Smokers Centre, Lulu Exchange, Al Ansari Exchange, Life Pharmacy, Du Telecom, Medicina, Al Futtaim Fast Fit, DOCIB, Tips & Toes, Companion Salon, Portofino beauty Clinic, Cutting Edge, Supertrim, Orange Hub and UFC Gymnasium.

Mr. Salim MA, Director of Lulu Group, said: “We have taken particular time to confirm tenants to ensure that we have the right combination of brands and service providers required for the community that would make the success of the mall. We’ve had great feedback on having the largest Lulu hypermarket in Silicon Central in a shopping mall filled with plants, water and natural light, recreating an oasis in the city. We are also an eco-friendly project, using state-of-the-art technologies for waste management, energy saving and offering electric charging stations in the parking area.”

With a total of 81,500 m² GLA and 3,500 parking spaces, Silicon Central will offer a wide range of brands designed to ensure total customer satisfaction. In addition to the unique shopping experience, a diverse range of dining options will include 24 casual restaurants and cafes as well as 21 food courts, making it the perfect place to catch up with friends and families in a pleasant atmosphere. or to enjoy a quick snack on the go.

A wide range of entertainment options are also on offer, including a 7,800m2 department store, 12-screen cinema, 6,800m2 family entertainment center, including a 2,000m2 next-generation entertainment center to keep kids and adults active, plus a 2,500m2 gym to keep the community fit. It’s all about comfort and accessibility.

Silicon Central is considered a new landmark in Dubai, strategically positioned 12 km from the city center and 15 km from Dubai Airport in Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai’s first eco-sustainable neighborhood focused on low footprint carbon, AI and technology. Silicon Central is strategically located near the Dubai Al Ain Road where more than 350,000 cars pass by daily and the mall aims to provide a host of new retail outlets to the nearby community of 400,000 people as well as students frequenting the universities in the university town.

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Chapman will open a park for hunting geese | News, Sports, Jobs


Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton A group of Canada geese had taken up residence beside the dam at Chapman State Park on Thursday morning. While the first goose hunting seasons open on Saturday, goose hunting in Chapman won’t begin until next Tuesday.

Parts of Chapman State Park will be open for early Canada goose hunting starting next week.

The statewide season opens Saturday and runs through September 24, according to a park release, and is specifically “designed to reduce nuisance goose populations.”

But Chapman State Park won’t open to such a hunt until Tuesday, the day after Labor Day weekend.

“Typically there are 70 to 80 geese that populate the park during the summer months,” Chapman Park Superintendent Robert Sweeney said.

These numbers are falling as some have already started migrating “but the northern migrating geese,” he added, “will be stopping at the park for the remainder of the year providing opportunities for hunters.”

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Canada goose population had “fallen dangerously” in the early 20th century due to unrestricted hunting. Commission websites “strict law enforcement, wildlife management practices and increased agriculture” with the reversal of the trend to the point that it “There are probably more honkers on the mainland now than when the pilgrims landed.”

A limited portion of the park is open for goose hunting in Chapman. The area open to hunting is essentially the lake and its shore, with the exception of the second parking lot near the campsite. The campground and most trails are not open to goose hunting.

The park will also be open for this hunt from October 22 to November 25, from December 12 to January 14 and from February 3 to February 25.

“Populations of non-migratory Canada geese have increased dramatically in recent years,” explains the park’s press release, “causing crop damage and nuisance problems in residential areas.

“Park visitors often complain about goose droppings at state park beaches and other facilities, and water quality in some state parks has been affected, forcing bathing restrictions. during peak periods.

“Many state parks have taken measures, including goose-proof fencing and/or the use of loud noisemakers, in an attempt to deter waterfowl or scare them away.”

All Game Commission rules and regulations for the start of Canada goose season apply and anyone with a disability wishing to hunt geese at the start of the season is asked to contact the park office at (814) 723- 2050 or [email protected]



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Student block in Portsmouth on Wingfield House car park gets planning permission – despite fears there won’t be enough demand

Planning permission for the redevelopment of the former car park at Wingfield House was granted by the council’s planning committee on Wednesday this week, according to a report which said it would be a ‘positive contribution’ to Staunton Street.

Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson. Photo: Chris Moorhouse (jpns 291121-15)

A member of the committee and cabinet member for housing, councilor Darren Sanders had proposed to reject it but was not supported by the other councillors.

“We have two applications where a developer of student accommodation is asking this council to change their applications because they simply cannot keep it as student accommodation and remain viable,” he said. “If developers come back to us and say ‘we can’t deal with this’ because the market isn’t there, that’s something we should be proactive about and look at in all apps.”

He also shared concerns raised by people living near the site who warned that the development would worsen problems of anti-social behavior in the area.

However, councilors said the council would not be able to defend a refusal if it was appealed through the Planning Inspectorate.

“I have real concern about this, but I don’t know what we as a planning committee can do about this,” Councilor Gerald Vernon-Jackson said. “I think we have to be blind to the market and that’s a problem not ours and I think it would be difficult to justify a refusal on those grounds on appeal.”

He added: ‘There is clearly a problem with people building student accommodation in the city that they cannot rent and we need to address this within the planning department.

He also cited examples of councils buying student accommodation from developers who had “struggled” to fill it.

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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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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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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.

A queue of 4x4s on a beach
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 .

A 4x4 on a beach
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.

A rocky outcrop in a national park in Queensland
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.

Man with beard, wearing Akubra and brown sweater
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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The parking management software market could see a big movement: Oobeo, SpotHero, Gtechna

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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 StartupNavigator.psu.edu. To find more resources for student entrepreneurs, visit ResourceNavigator.psu.edu.

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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 invent.psu.edu/programs/summer-founders-program.

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

ORANGE, Ohio

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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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.

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

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio

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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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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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.

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Auckland Showgrounds: High Court victory means Hollywood could miss a lease

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An Auckland businessman has won the first round of a fight to stop Auckland Showgrounds from being taken over by a major US film company.

In a last-ditch attempt to stop historic venues from effectively shutting down the multimillion-dollar events and exhibitions industry, Brent Spillane, managing director of XPO Exhibitions, has launched a High Court challenge against the Cornwall Park Trust Board.

He argued that the trust’s intention to lease the exhibition land to Auckland’s Xytech Studio Management, which in turn planned to lease it to an overseas film and television production studio, would prevent the use of the land. exhibition space for major events such as the New Zealand Boat Show, Auckland Food Show, Auckland Home Show, Baby Show, Pet Expo and Royal Easter Show.

Spillane’s solicitor pointed out that the eastern part of the exhibition grounds – around 5ha of the 8.2ha site – was protected by the Cornwall Parks Endowment and Recreation Act 1982 for the use of lounges professionals, exhibitions and entertainment.

Events and exhibitions at Auckland Showgrounds attract one million visitors a year.  Photo / Provided
Events and exhibitions at Auckland Showgrounds attract one million visitors a year. Photo / Provided

Justice Peters agreed, holding that the board of trustees should stick to the intended purpose of this part when entering into a lease.

“Any filming or other activity on the east end must be incidental to that use,” she said in her judgment.

The eastern part of the exhibition grounds includes hall 6, the grandstand, the main car park, the main building hall, the commercial kitchens and cafe, the seminar rooms and diagonal slices through the main exhibition halls 1 -4.

Peters was unconvinced that the proposed lease of the eastern part of the fairgrounds to Xytech would maintain exhibitions, trade shows and events as the primary use. Filming and other activities could still take place, subject to Auckland’s unitary plan, but had to be secondary, she ruled.

Brent Spillane, managing director of XPO Exhibitions, has mounted a High Court challenge to stop the Auckland exhibition grounds from being leased to a film company.  Photo / Dean Purcell
Brent Spillane, managing director of XPO Exhibitions, has mounted a High Court challenge to stop the Auckland exhibition grounds from being leased to a film company. Photo / Dean Purcell

The board intended to lease the site to Xytech for four years with a renewal right for another two years.

In his judgment, Peters acknowledged the financial burden the trust board had suffered as a result of Covid-19. Dozens of events and exhibitions were canceled and the Auckland Agricultural, Pastoral and Industrial Exhibition Council went into liquidation after it was unable to pay a significant rent increase proposed by the Board of Trustees.

The board has to pay for maintenance of Cornwall Park which is not publicly funded. The only sources of this revenue are from leasehold properties near the park and from the fairground lease.

Peters’ final decision is on hold for a short time to give the trust board, Xytech and the events industry a chance to see if they can circumvent the east end provision.

The future of major exhibitions like the Auckland Food Show is uncertain if the Auckland Showgrounds are leased to a film company.  Photo / Provided
The future of major exhibitions like the Auckland Food Show is uncertain if the Auckland Showgrounds are leased to a film company. Photo / Provided

Spillane hopes the board will agree to negotiate with the other rental offer offered by exhibition supply company Coast Group which is backed by the events industry. He says his company and other industry players are set to pay more than $1.35 million in rent for a series of events over the next six weeks alone if the trust board reopens the park’s gates. exhibitions.

The amount would cover urgent maintenance needed on parts of the fairgrounds, he said. In the meantime, the use of the exhibition grounds for any purpose has been suspended since June 30.

Murray Reade, CEO of the Cornwall Park Trust Board, said the board would now consider the legal, business and other options available to it, driven by the aim of ensuring that the assets of the show grounds are used for the benefit from Cornwall Park.

The board of trustees wanted to obtain a lease for the exhibition grounds which
provided a trading return at an appropriate level of risk, he said.

‘The Cornwall Park Trust Board simply cannot afford to receive low commercial returns from the showground on an ongoing basis, nor does our trust deed allow us to do so.’

Ground rent for the exhibition grounds was last agreed in 2013, he said. An appropriate rent increase had not been agreed with either party since then, in part due to the “unsustainable event-based business model of the former entertainment board (now in voluntary liquidation) and the effects of the pandemic”.

Endowment land around Cornwall Park, including the show grounds, has been provided with the aim of supporting the operation of Cornwall Park and ensuring that all New Zealanders enjoy it freely, Reade said.

“At the time it was closed, Xytech’s proposal for a mixed use of film and exhibition venues was the strongest offer.”

The winding up of the Exhibition Board meant that the Board of Trustees had to assume responsibility for the buildings on the site and would now have to bear the burden of major repair and maintenance expenditure.

Reade said the Spillane High Court action further delayed a final decision on the use of the site. The trust board was still considering its options and, before the High Court’s final decision, would not comment further.

The Herald asked Xytech for comment.

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Governor: Search for Kentucky flood victims could take weeks

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) – The governor of Kentucky said it could take weeks to find all the victims of flash flooding that killed at least 16 people when heavy rains turned streams into torrents that flooded Appalachian towns.

More rainstorms were expected in the coming days, keeping the region on edge as rescue teams struggled to get into hard-hit areas that include some of the poorest places in America.

The rain ended early Friday after parts of eastern Kentucky received between 8 and 10 1/2 inches (20-27 centimeters) in 48 hours. But some waterways were not expected to peak until Saturday and Governor Andy Beshear warned the death toll could rise sharply.

“From everything we’ve seen, we can update the number of people we’ve lost over the next few weeks,” Governor Andy Beshear said. “In some of these areas it’s hard to know exactly how many people were there.”

Patricia Colombo, 63, of Hazard, Kentucky, became stranded after her car stalled in floodwaters on a state highway. Colombo started to panic when the water started rushing. Her phone was dead, but she saw a helicopter overhead and waved it off. The helicopter crew radioed a ground crew who pulled them safely from their car.

Colombo spent the night at her fiancé’s house in Jackson and they took turns sleeping, repeatedly checking the water with flashlights to see if it was rising. Colombo lost his car but said others had it worse in an area where poverty is endemic.

“A lot of these people can’t recover here. They have houses half under water, they lost everything,” she said.

It’s the latest in a series of catastrophic deluges that hit parts of the United States this summer, including St. Louis earlier this week. and again friday. Scientists warn that climate change is making weather disasters more frequent.

As rains hit Appalachia this week, water poured down hills and into valleys and hollows where it swelled creeks and streams flowing through small towns. The torrent engulfed homes and businesses and ransacked vehicles. Landslides have trapped some people on steep slopes.

National Guard-backed rescue teams used helicopters and boats to search for the missing. Beshear said Friday that at least six children were among the victims and that the total number of lives lost could more than double as rescue teams reached more areas. Among those who died were four children from the same Knott County family, Coroner Corey Watson said Friday.

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President Joe Biden said in a social media post that he spoke with Beshear on Friday to offer the federal government’s support. Biden also declared a federal disaster to direct relief money to more than a dozen counties in Kentucky.

The flooding extended west to Virginia and south to West Virginia.

Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency for six counties in West Virginia where flooding has downed trees, power outages and blocked roads. Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin also issued an emergency declaration, allowing officials to mobilize resources in the flooded southwest of the state.

More than 20,000 utility customers in Kentucky and nearly 6,100 in Virginia were left without power Friday night, poweroutage.us reported.

Extreme rain events have become more frequent as climate change bakes the planet and alters weather patterns, say scientists. This is an increasing challenge for disaster managers, as models used to predict storm impacts are partly based on past events and cannot track with flash floods and increasingly devastating heat waves like those that recently hit the Pacific Northwest and southern plains.

“It’s a battle of extremes unfolding right now in the United States,” said Jason Furtado, a meteorologist at the University of Oklahoma. “These are things we expect because of climate change. … A warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor and that means you can produce more heavy rain.

The deluge came two days after record rains around St. Louis dropped more than 31 centimeters and killed at least two people. Last month, heavy snowfall rains on the mountains of Yellowstone National Park triggered historic flooding and the evacuation of more than 10,000 people. In both cases, the rain floods far exceeded forecasters’ forecasts.

Floodwaters raging through Appalachia were so swift that some people trapped in their homes could not be immediately reached, Floyd County Executive Judge Robbie Williams said.

Just west, in hard-hit Perry County, authorities said some people were still missing and nearly everyone in the area sustained damage.

“We still have a lot of research to do,” said Perry County Emergency Management Director Jerry Stacy.

More than 330 people sought refuge, Beshear said. And with property damage so extensive, the governor has opened an online portal for victim donations.

Beshear predicted it would take over a year to fully rebuild.

The governor got a glimpse of the flooding Friday from a helicopter.

“Hundreds of homes, ball diamonds, parks, businesses under more water than I think any of us have ever seen in this area,” the governor said. “Absolutely impassable in many places. Just devastating.

Portions of at least 28 Kentucky state highways were blocked due to flooding or landslides, Beshear said. Rescue teams in Virginia and West Virginia worked to reach people where roads were not passable.

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Brown reported from Billings, Montana. Contributors include Rebecca Reynolds in Louisville, Kentucky; Timothy D. Easley in Jackson, Kentucky, and Sarah Brumfield in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Citizen Tribeca | In the news: Pushing back Battery Park City’s resilience plans

In the news: Pushing back Battery Park City’s resilience plans

PUSHING OFF THE BPCA PLANS
More on this soon, but in the meantime, The Post’s Steve Cuozzo makes a tirade about the Battery Park City Authority’s plans to rebuild Wagner Park, and eventually Rockefeller Park, to make them storm-proof and build a berm around residential buildings. He writes: “The idea is supposed to protect the park from a future storm surge. But to really jeopardize Wagner Park, it would take a flood not seen since biblical times – or a flood created in a Dreamworks special effects studio. It’s too late to stop the plan despite years of community unease and outrage. Without divine intervention, this could be the most heinous act of civic vandalism since the demolition of the original Penn Station in the 1960s.”

FEARLESS GIRL NFTS TO FUND THE TRIAL
The artist behind Fearless Girl, Kristen Visbal, is in a legal battle with the company that has funded the installation since 2019, and now she’s doing NFTs to fund her $3.3 million legal bill. From Artnet“Advertising agency McCann commissioned the sculpture as part of a marketing campaign for asset management firm State Street Global Advisors, which covered production costs. After the sculpture was installed, on International Women’s Day in 2017, it immediately went viral. Visbal made 25 additional editions of the work, each priced at $250,000. State Street sued, arguing that the artist was making unauthorized copies in violation of its trademark.

A REVIEW OF ‘WHY DID YOU NOT TELL ME?’
The temperature examines Tribeca Carmen Rita Wong’s new memoir, ‘Why Didn’t You Tell Me?’: “The subjects of ‘Why Didn’t You Tell Me?’ are heavy, ranging from Wong’s (justifiable) rage at her mother’s narcissism to her crushing grief over the loss of a sibling. But she tells her story in lively conversational prose that will give readers the like listening to a master storyteller on a long road trip. It’s also a People Magazine Book of the Week.

UTERINE CANCERS NOW ADDED TO 9/11 LIST
daily news reported that after being ignored for two decades, uterine cancers should be added to a list of 9/11 health issues, “bringing a measure of equality to women who breathed in the toxic soup that hovered on Ground Zero.” “It really is a man’s world,” Cheryl Hall, a ConEd retiree who has uterine cancer, told The Daily News. “If men had uterus, that would top the list of 9/11 illnesses.”

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Homestead Road Development is hosting an information session for Chapel Hill residents


Homestead Road is an area of ​​Chapel Hill that has seen the construction of many new communities, and Tri Pointe Townhomes aims to be among the next developments along the road. The City of Chapel Hill and Gurlitz Architectural Group held a public information hearing on July 20 to discuss the future of the property.

One hundred single-family homes are on offer for land at 2217 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill, with 15% of new developments being designed to be affordable housing. The property sits between the Carolina Protected Forest and the Courtyards at Homestead Road community for older homeowners.

Richard Gurlitz of Gurlitz Architectural Group said that the main concepts of the project are to create townhouses for single-family use, to achieve the objectives of the future land use plan, to provide missing intermediate housing, to achieve the city’s affordable housing goals and preserve accessible mature forests.

“The slightly more detailed development program is to install 103 townhouses. 86 of them are 26 feet wide with two garages – 17 of them are 22 feet wide with a one-car garage,” Gurlitz said. “They all have driveways that hold extra cars, so if people fill their garages with things other than cars, there’s room on the street for them to park their car.”

Recreational opportunities are also provided at the housing facilities, including trails through the sites, exercise stations, trail connections, and community gathering spaces.

An overview of the current site plan for 2217 Homestead Road and the Tri Pointe Townhomes project. (Photo via Gurlitz Architectural Group.)

If built, Tri Pointe Townhomes will not be far from another potential development on Homestead Road. In 2021, Chapel Hill approved the Farm Project 2200 with the aim of increasing accessibility to housing for residents. The project includes rental apartments, duplexes and townhouses available at mixed prices.

Gurlitz said that in Tri Pointe Townhomes, affordable housing will be evenly distributed across the community.

Developers at the meeting said they wanted to put more emphasis on Vision Zero to prioritize pedestrian and cyclist safety. According to the City of Chapel Hill, Vision Zero is a global strategy designed to eliminate all road deaths and serious injuries while increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility for all.

Community members had the opportunity on Wednesday evening to share their thoughts on the proposal element of the project – something Chapel Hill resident Diane Morgan said at the meeting that she appreciated.

“I have noted, and you can see this in the design,” said Morgan, “there is a narrow road connection to Kipling Lane which will allow safe access for walkers and cyclists between the two neighborhoods and will allow both neighborhoods to access the Carolina North Forest Trails, and it will also allow unimpeded access to emergency vehicles, which is very important for the elderly population of our neighborhood as well as the population of our neighboring neighborhoods.

The developers also discussed the stormwater management system, since the new townhouses will border the yards at Homestead Road. The proposal indicates that the channels will drain through stormwater drainage piping in the roads to a stormwater management pond at the north end of the site. Inlets will be created along the Kipling Parkway junction and two wet retention ponds will collect runoff water from the site.

Tim Summerville, the manager of construction services firm Stewart, noted that the developer proposes to capture all of the water flowing from the new community’s berm, which he says serves two purposes.

“We put that berm in the back one, for privacy, but the real purpose behind putting this berm in place was to capture runoff so it doesn’t flow onto neighboring properties,” Summerville said. “We swell that water, but we have inlets in that swell that pick up that water to direct it to the south side. We have placed entrances along the Kipling Drive connection as far as we physically can.

To watch the public information meeting and find application materials for Tri Pointe Townhomes, visit the Town of Chapel Hill’s website.

Photo credits via Gurlitz Architectural Group


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Medieval Times performers seek to unionize – Orange County Register

Jake Bowman, like most of his fellow performers, loves his job.

But playing the part of a swashbuckling knight at Buena Park’s Medieval Times dinner theater comes with risks. And in his case… $18.50 an hour.

“I fractured my thumb last month,” the 33-year-old Anaheim resident said. “I had a sword in both hands and my opponent’s sword slammed into my thumb joint. I couldn’t clench my fist for a month.

It was not the first incident. During his previous tenure at the Medieval Times in Dallas, he was kicked in the back by a horse and suffered a spinal hairline fracture in his lower back. Such are the risks of the live performance.

In order to address security concerns and obtain higher salaries, the artists at Buena Park Castle seek to unionize.

On Friday, the 50 Knights, Queens, Squires, Cavaliers and Squires of the place submitted a petition for a union election to the National Labor Relations Board which calls for a vote on whether to join the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA).

The move follows a labor victory at the Lyndhurst, NJ location of the Medieival Times, where workers voted 26 to 11 securing AGVA membership. The Dallas-based company operates a total of 10 Medieval Times restaurant theaters, with additional locations in Dallas, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Scottsdale and Toronto.

Management representatives for Medieval Times could not be reached for comment on Friday.

The theater has been operating with limited staff since reopening in June 2021 after a COVID-19 shutdown, an artist said, and it has left the door open to potential injuries. (File photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Erin Zapcic, who plays a queen at Buena Park Castle, said employees collected signatures with a supermajority expressing support for a union. The performers informed management of their intention to unionize but received no response, so they filed the petition.

His main concerns revolve around security.

The theater has been operating with limited staff since reopening in June 2021 after a COVID-19 shutdown, Zapcic said, and it has left the door open to potential injuries.

“We do 16 shows a week, so the Knights don’t have time to rest properly,” the 39-year-old Los Angeles resident said. “And when we’re short on steady hands, they don’t have time to do all the necessary safety checks, like making sure the saddles are tight.”

Zapcic fell off her horse last year just as she entered the tunnel that brought her to the stage.

“I was very lucky because I just bruised my thigh, but I had to be off the horse for a few weeks and wasn’t allowed to ride,” he said. she declared.

Money is another issue.

Medieval Times employees just got a $1 an hour raise, but many are still getting by, according to Susanne Doris, secretary-treasurer at AGVA’s national office.

“We just want them to be paid for the skills they have,” she said. “Some employees told us they couldn’t afford to live on their own with the money they earned, and others said they couldn’t afford a car to get around. It’s essential.

Zapcic makes $21.50 an hour, but said that’s far less than the $30-35 an hour similar performers earn at Universal Studios and other southern theme parks. California.

Julia McCurdie, who also plays a queen in Medieval Times, agreed.

“I also work at Disneyland and I see stunt people there who have no horse riding skills making $33 to $35 an hour doing five-minute stunts. Meanwhile, our Knights put on two-hour shows two to three times a day and throw themselves off moving horses.

McCurdie said the new recruits, called squires, earned near minimum wage.

“I saw a lot of knights being taken away in an ambulance,” she said. “It’s a great place to work and we all really like our jobs, but I feel like they get by paying low wages. These people could go to work at In-N-Out and earn $25 without hurting their bodies.

Bowman said management has been vague about the organizing drive.

“They sent someone from head office to talk to us about what a union does and encouraged us to make the best decision for ourselves,” he said. “But it was a bit awkward because we had already made our decision.”

Medieval Times performers and management have several meetings scheduled for next week, Bowmand said, and sessions are expected to continue until a union vote is passed.

“There’s no doubt that we’re underpaid,” he said. “I don’t expect to get what the people at Disney get because it’s a big company. But we have a realistic expectation of salaries that would allow some of our guys to pay their rent.

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Certis CISCO improved procedures for returning firearms after an officer’s suicide in 2020

SINGAPORE: After a Certis CISCO officer took his own life in 2020, the security firm improved its procedures for tracking issued firearms and ensuring their timely return, a coroner’s inquest has found.

In coroner’s findings released Wednesday, July 20, State Coroner Adam Nakhoda ruled the death of Mr. Elanko V Ganesan a suicide and concluded that no foul play was involved.

Mr. Elanko, 42, died of a gunshot wound to the head with his Taurus M85 revolver issued by Certis CISCO. His body was found by police in a parking lot in East Coast Park in the early hours of September 19, 2020.

The day before, the Malaysian had taken out his revolver and 10 cartridges from the Certis CISCO armory before leaving for deployment with two colleagues.

Their deployment ended an hour earlier, around 10 p.m. on September 18, 2020. The trio returned to the Certis CISCO center around 10:10 p.m. and Mr. Elanko’s two colleagues surrendered their firearms, but he didn’t.

Instead, Mr. Elanko went alone to the men’s locker room, where he deliberately wore his jacket so as to conceal his revolver in its holster, Judge Nakhoda said.

He then left the Certis CISCO center at 10:30 p.m., scanning his personnel pass as he left the building.

Mr. Elanko then boarded a taxi for East Coast Park. There he was last seen on camera walking to a parking lot, where he loitered near a dumpster center and killed himself shortly after 10:54 p.m. that night.

AFTER HIS DISAPPEARANCE

Judge Nakhoda found that Certis CISCO acted “in a timely and appropriate manner” by first trying to locate Mr. Elanko and then informing the police of the accident.

He noted that the security company had also reviewed and improved its procedures since the incident.

Certis CISCO officers have one hour to return their firearms at the end of their shift, to account for unforeseen delays, ad hoc missions and traffic jams, Gunsmith Master Sergeant Chiue Seng Yu told the inquest. of the coroner.

This one-hour period began at the scheduled end time of the deployment and not at the agent’s return time to the CISCO Certis Center.

Mr. Elanko’s one-hour period therefore expired at midnight on September 19, 2020, even though he returned from duty before the scheduled end time of 11 p.m.

The Weapons and Equipment Management System (AEMS) would automatically send alerts to the duty officer and key officers if a CISCO Certis agent did not surrender their firearms within one hour.

On September 19, 2020 at midnight, the Certis CISCO operations control manager received an AEMS email alert that Mr. Elanko had not returned his revolver by 11 p.m. the day before.

The agent checked the time tracking system and realized that Mr. Elanko had already scanned, meaning he had returned to the Certis CISCO center. He called Mr. Elanko’s cell phone, but got no answer.

At approximately 12:15 p.m., the officer and another sergeant who also received the AEMS email alert escalated the matter by informing other officers, including Staff Sergeant Chiue and Certis management. CISCO.

They checked with the armory and security transport unit (banking and retail) that Mr. Elanko was in, confirming that his gun had not been returned and that all the unit had returned. Mr. Elanko remained unreachable by telephone.

At approximately 12:45 p.m., Deputy Commissioner Julian Chee, Commander of the Certis CISCO Auxiliary Police, was informed of Mr. Elanko’s disappearance. He ordered the officers to inform the police and check Mr. Elanko’s record.

At approximately 1 a.m., Certis CISCO officers searched Mr. Elanko’s locker and viewed CCTV footage from the locker room showing that he had the gun. He was also seen flagging down a taxi.

Certis CISCO notified the police of the incident around 1:30 a.m. Officers went to East Coast Park to search for him around 5.30am and discovered his body around 6.15am.

FIREARMS PROCEDURE IMPROVEMENTS

At the time of the September 2020 incident, the AEMS and the weather tracking system were not linked, AC Chee said. After the incident, the systems were linked in October 2020.

This meant that if an Auxiliary Policeman scanned through the time-tracking system before the official end of his deployment and his firearm had not yet returned to the armory, an alert would be issued. Alerts would continue until the firearm was returned.

There was also an escalation protocol if the officer could not be reached or if there was a suspicion that the officer ‘no longer had a lawful basis’ for possessing the firearm, according to the findings. of the coroner.

The duty officer would notify the police and other Certis CISCO officers would be mobilized to check CCTV footage and search the officer’s lockers and deployment site.

The escalation protocol has been reviewed frequently and incorporated police feedback, with the last review being conducted this year, according to AC Chee.

“This improvement will allow for a faster response to similar incidents if they occur in the future,” Judge Nakhoda said.

In December last year, Certis CISCO also reviewed when the majority of Auxiliary Police Officers must surrender their firearms, taking into account the official end-of-duty time and the average travel time to the CISCO Certis center.

Auxiliary police officers are also “monitored individually” until their issued firearms are returned at the end of their shift to minimize the risk of late return or non-return of firearms, according to the coroner’s findings .

“CAN NEVER BE UNDERSTOOD”

Forensic analysis of Mr. Elanko’s mobile phone revealed that he had researched the suicide and gunshot wounds on the internet in the early morning hours of September 18, 2020, before going to work.

The judge found that Mr. Elanko had formed an intention to end his life that morning and put that intention into action after completing his deployment later that night.

Memories of Mr. Elanko’s cousin and roommates painted a picture of a reserved man who kept to himself. He did not show suicidal intentions or overt behavioral changes prior to his death.

He had suffered a tragedy in 2015 or 2016 when his girlfriend died of cancer, but there was no indication that was what prompted him to take his own life, the judge said.

From the recollections of his colleagues, Mr. Elanko was also a good worker. He had no medical or financial concerns, Judge Nakhoda added.

“What may never be understood is why Mr. Elanko decided he had no other choice in his life but to kill himself,” Judge Nakhoda said.

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Australian consumer advocates slam private parking operators’ misleading fines

They look like a good and every year thousands of Australians receive them in private car parks – but is it really a ‘fine’?

Turn over the Violation Tickets, or “Violation Notices” as they are called, and in the fine print you will find this disclaimer: “This is not a fine. The operator is claiming the amount owed as that wound up damaged as a result of you violating the parking conditions.”

In simple terms, the car park the company threatens to sue you and demands silver for his loss.

A “notice of breach” issued in a car park. (A current affair)

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“Any implication that a law enforcement official is issuing these fines is misleading,” said Consumer Action Law Center CEO Gerard Brody. A topical matter.

“These are private companies – they don’t have the power to enforce the law like a police force or council does.”

One of the major players, Parking Enforcement Services, owned by Wilson Parking, is demanding $65 from motorists or $80 if not paid within a month.

Consumer Action Law Center CEO Gerard Brody. (A current affair)

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But consumer advocates said that was misleading.

“People need to be aware that companies can’t get your personal data, so they can’t take any other action to try to enforce their rights against you,” Brody said.

The governments of New South Wales and Victoria have barred private operators from accessing registration records.

The entrance to the car parks indicates the terms and conditions at the entrance. (A current affair)

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Before the practice was banned in Victoria in 2015, 50,000 applications were made to the courts each year for people’s private details.

Stuart Norman, CEO of Parking Australia, which represents parking operators, denied that issuing notices of infringement was ‘misleading’ or amounted to ‘intimidation’.

“Yes (the violation notices) may look the same (like a fine) but in some ways it’s the same process, it’s just a different way of applying it,” he said.

Stuart Norman is the CEO of Parking Australia. (A current affair)

Asked about the inability of private companies to obtain drivers’ personal details to pursue their “debts”, Mr Norman declined to comment.

Mr Brody criticized the amount claimed in damages by the parking companies, saying it did not reflect the actual loss suffered by the operator.

“While some people may think the violation notification fee is exorbitant, compared to local government fines, it is nowhere near that level,” Norman said.

The terms and conditions are indicated on panels at the entrance to the car parks. (A current affair)

He said the terms and conditions posted on signs at the entrances to the car parks allowed them to sue.

“It’s hard to read all of these terms and conditions when people drive in, but in the majority of cases these terms and conditions are posted elsewhere in the parking lot,” he said.

During the filming of this story, A topical matter caught different parking enforcement officers writing notices of violation using the same badge number and signature.

consumer advocates have criticized the amount claimed in damages by the parking companies. (A current affair)

While declining to respond on camera, and after initially refusing to provide an official response, Wilson Parking said in a statement, “When Parking Enforcement Services (PES) officers are in training, they typically accompany an officer superior and use the same badge code as the officer training them”.

“We believe that one day in June this year, a fully trained new officer used the ID given to him during his training exercise, rather than his own ID.

“It’s not standard procedure and it was an isolated case.

“We have investigated the violation notifications and can confirm that they are valid due to vehicles in violation of the parking contract.

“However, to avoid duplication of codes in the future, we have adjusted our procedures so that trainees use unique identifiers from the first day of training.”

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Disabled woman fined for using disabled parking space in Wales | Wales

A disabled woman could face fines of over £1,000 for using a disabled driver parking space outside her flat.

Cerys Gemma, who lives in Cardiff, told reporters that the space allocated to her flat was inaccessible as it had a pillar on one side and another car park nearby on the other.

The 34-year-old, who has used a wheelchair since suffering serious spinal injuries in a car accident aged 17, uses one of the parking spaces reserved for disabled visitors as alternative.

Gemma has now been ordered to pay the fines by the county court, the BBC reported.

New Generation Parking Management, which manages the Prospect Place bays in Cardiff Bay and has taken Gemma to court, said the spaces should remain free for disabled visitors, not residents.

Gemma told the BBC she had been in contact with the property management and parking companies, trying to explain why she needed to use a wheelchair accessible space.

New Generation, which is under contract with Prospect Place Management, a client of property management firm Ringley Group, told the BBC: ‘We want to clarify that if we allow a resident to use a disabled visitor space as their own , we would need to authorize all resident requests that we have received over the years.

“It would undoubtedly reduce the availability of disabled spaces for visitors with disabilities.”

New Generation Parking (NGP) said it was simply applying the rules that Prospect Place agreed to when it was given the job of running the site.

He said: “We cannot make any changes to these rules without the agreement of the board; therefore, in light of the continued distress this is causing Ms Gemma, we will take steps to have this discussed at the next council meeting.

Ringley Group pointed out that it was NGP who sued her, not Ringley, adding that it understood the parking space provided with Gemma’s apartment was currently being used by a friend.

“This means that she has made ongoing attempts to park an additional car on site in a visitor space, despite having already been assigned a parking space for a resident,” a spokesperson said.

“Resident parking spaces are part of the lease agreement and are not assigned by Ringley.

“Ringley met with the local council to try to find a solution. One solution is for her to return her space to the free owner, then sit down with the site team and identify spaces that might be suitable for her and for us to arrange a space swap with another owner.

“There is a shortage of visitor spaces, which are for everyone’s use, which is why we cannot provide him with the permanent use of a disabled visitor parking space.”

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Poconos get new park and amphitheater

Here’s another reason you’ll want to visit the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania soon: the area is getting a massive new entertainment center with a 10,000-seat amphitheater.

From the Roots, a property development and venue management company, announced the acquisition and redesign of the site formerly known as Mt. Lauren Performing Arts Center, which sits on 52 acres of land and has no not been used for over a decade.

The new destination, about 90 minutes from Manhattan, will also have a 400-seat theater and will be called Poconos Park.

Given the scale of the project, visitors can expect Poconos Park to host a variety of events and productions, from weddings and corporate retreats to music festivals, theater productions and more.

Photograph: Courtesy of From the Roots

As for the lineup, the park is set to kick off with a “boutique festival” later this year, but it’s the amphitheater that grabs the attention.

Although the Poconos Park Amphitheater is an outdoor facility, it could be converted into a fully enclosed 2,600-seat venue for year-round performances by closing its “airplane hangar-style doors,” according to a official statement. “We can close the doors and turn on the air conditioning for a cool summer show or turn up the heat in the winter and have Nutcracker“said John M. Oakes, CEO and founder of From the Roots, in a press release.

The Lakehouse at Poconos Park, meanwhile, will house a 10,000 square foot banquet hall that can accommodate up to 400 people at a time while overlooking a beautiful 90-acre lake.

“We’re focusing on people in the greater area who have the ability, from a car or motorcycle standpoint, to get around and want to get away for a weekend,” Oakes said. at Billboard. “We are setting up partnerships and room blocks with various hotels and campgrounds and timeshare communities in the area so that we can be part of the Poconos tourist weekend destination for getting out of town.”

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Just imagining Harry Styles, Madonna, Elton John and Beyonce on that huge stage fills us with wonder and excitement. We can’t wait to see the types of programs that will be put together on site.

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Our greedy landlord charges £110 a MONTH just to park outside our flat – I leave my car 18 miles away to avoid it

RESIDENTS have been outraged after their landlord charged them £110 a month just to park outside their flat.

Those living in the luxury block of 158 flats have seen their parking reduced from £80 a month to £110 since the start of the pandemic.

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Residents of Sawmill Court, Manchester, have been outraged at the price of parkingCredit: James Speakman
Dom Gold, 28, is a disgruntled resident

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Dom Gold, 28, is a disgruntled residentCredit: James Speakman
Gabriella Farcas, 54, was also stunned by the rising price of parking

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Gabriella Farcas, 54, was also stunned by the rising price of parkingCredit: James Speakman

And a driver from the Manchester city center block leaves his car 18 miles away in Knutsford, Cheshire, to avoid sky-high parking charges.

The huge parking rambles were brought in by the Manchester Life owners of the apartments with 82 parking spaces at Sawmill Court, Ancoats, Manchester.

As the Sun team chatted with a retired couple dismayed by the exorbitant parking charges, a group of Manchester Life staff asked us to leave the grounds of Sawmill Court, who refused to discuss the cost of parking.

Yasmin Mahmood, 66, and her retired businessman husband Nayyer, 76, told how they requested a meeting with the bloc’s management after being told of the upcoming price hike next month.

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Yasmin said: “We live on a fixed income and have been here for three years with parking going from £80 to £110 during this time.

“The latest price hike from £95 to £110 is over 16% and nearly double the rate of inflation.

“Every year there’s a raise and that’s not true. We asked for a meeting to discuss it but were told there was no negotiation.

“The parking fees have gone up over 25% since we’ve been here, it’s appalling. People like us have a fixed income.

Another resident, Sam, 27, who declined to give his surname but works as a freelance songwriter and tax consultant, said: “I park my car at my parents’ house in Knutsford and when I have need for work, I’m going there to pick it up.

“It’s gotten to the point where any sane person just wouldn’t pay for it.

“The prices they charge are extortionate – I would say £50 a month on top of the rent would be very fair, but they want more than double that.”

Personal trainers Adam North, 26, and James Warrilow, 24, are also outraged by the increased parking fees.

Adam said: “It’s just not justifiable – it’s way beyond the rate of inflation and we understand it happens every year.

“There are people who were paying £80 for parking when they moved in and a few years later it’s up to £110. How can that be fair?”

James added: “It’s well above the rate of inflation, so it’s understandable that people are outraged by it.”

And tattoo artist Dom Gold, 28, said: “I pay £1,600 a month for my two bedroom flat but nothing in Sawmill Court is what it should be.

“They even charge five cents a month to park a bike, but when I moved in the washing machine and dishwasher weren’t working.

“Parking I just won’t pay and will park on Jersey Street in a public car park which costs £3 for 24 hours and is cheaper.

“The public car park even has working CCTV.

“It comes to something when public car parks are cheaper than parking in your own apartment and they are equidistant from my apartment.”

Accountant Gabriela Farcas, 54, is another appalled by seemingly random price hikes on the premises.

Gabriela said: “It’s steep – it’s not keeping up with inflation, which is 9.1%, it’s a lot more – very steep indeed.

“It’s £30 in two years so if it goes up again I’ll probably have to reconsider my lease.”

The price spike comes amid a cost of living crisis that has seen fuel prices rise by nearly £2 a liter and electricity and gas hikes hitting people hard.

Another tenant shocked by the parking fee hike is David Loughbrough, who said: “What is the justification?

“I am writing a letter asking Manchester Life how they are going to invest the money and whether they are going to invest in electric car charging stations. I will be writing to the local council member.

“This company may have a brilliant product on the outside, but on the inside they don’t care. The council tax refund we got went straight into their pockets.

Will Caspari, who moved into his flat in June last year, is also appalled and said: “My salary is not going up. Adding £500 to that cost of living is not something you you’re waiting.

“If they said they had done something to improve the parking lot, that would be different.

‘The problem with these new builds in popular areas like Ancoats is that they feel unstoppable as they will be able to fill flats in order to cash in every last penny with current residents.’

A spokesperson for block owners Manchester Life said: ‘Manchester Life reviews and adjusts all parking charges each year to ensure we are competitive in the market, provide good value for our residents and reflect any changes in parking administration and maintenance costs.”

The price increases have been implemented as follows: on July 1, 2021 the charges increased from £85 to £95 per month, then on August 1, 2022 the charges will increase from £95 to £110, which residents have been informed.

Owners say they benchmark themselves against the neighborhood and downtown market to make sure they’re competitive.

They also claim that they adjust the fees each year to reflect their administration and maintenance costs.

They claim that Sawmill Court is competitive on the basis of a monthly charge of £110 per month, citing the following charges for nearby parking:

Northern Group lists £135 per calendar month (additional discount if paying 12 months in advance).

Angel Gardens £150 per calendar month.

Slate Yard is £150 per calendar month. (Discounted rate for NCP nearby)

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Broadside lists £175 per calendar month.

They say the £110 works out to £3.66 a day, which is a bargain compared to NCP season ticket prices ranging from £900 to £2,055 a year in Manchester.

Yasmin, 66, and Nayyer Mahmood, 76, learned that there was

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Yasmin, 66, and Nayyer Mahmood, 76, were told there was ‘no negotiation’ on the priceCredit: James Speakman
Parking charges have been reduced from £80 to £110.

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Parking charges have been reduced from £80 to £110.Credit: James Speakman
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Companies can pave the way to decarbonization, one step at a time

Tom Idle

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With a multitude of technologies and competing demands across all locations, decarbonization can be a complex challenge for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Taking a data-centric approach to creating an energy roadmap – and letting the data dictate what happens next – is key to supporting businesses through the process.

The path to a net-zero global economy requires an “unprecedented transformation” in the way energy is produced, transported and used. This is the point of view of International Energy Agency (OUCH) – whose
roadmap, released last year, set out a cost-effective and economically productive path to a world powered by renewable energy such as solar and wind, rather than fossil fuels. The vision includes a major effort to increase new solar photovoltaic installations to 630 gigawatts by 2030, equivalent to installing the largest solar park in the world every day. It requires a wind farm capacity of up to 390 gigawatts. This means increasing energy efficiency by 4% per year until 2030, about three times the average of the past two decades.

The activity of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 is crucial for companies to meet their decarbonization goals – and most will come from technologies readily available today. For companies, reducing GHG emissions is at the heart of any strong corporate sustainability strategy. Consumers, investors and employees are looking for companies and brands to take action.

However, with a multitude of technology options and competing demands between locations, the journey to net zero can be a complex challenge for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

“There’s still a misconception that sustainability is about putting giant solar panels on your roof or having wind power on the land next to your manufacturing plant,” says Chris KaiserDirector of Solution Sales at Shell Energy, which supports companies in improving their energy efficiency. “It’s about optimizing the use of clean energy on site; but it’s about much more than that,” he adds.

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About 15 miles south of philadelphia cream is the Turnersville Mall — a 65-acre campus with nine car dealerships. Led by the Penske Automotive Group, the site includes 300,000 square feet of showrooms, service and office space. There’s even an on-site test track where customers can take their car out for a spin instead of hitting the road. From there, dealerships sell about 15,000 vehicles a year.

Like many businesses of a similar size, Turnersville has a large energy bill and associated carbon footprint that it strives to reduce. Along with its annual utility bill, the company also faced high costs to service, maintain and replace the 79 HVAC units installed on the roof between 2005 and 2008 to keep workers and customers comfortable while throughout the year.

“The other challenge we face as an industry is the fact that electric vehicle sales are increasing,” said the president of Turnersville. Peter Klein. “This wave is coming; and we felt the need to tighten our current energy footprint and prepare for the significant energy demand of electric vehicles.

Enter Shell Energy, which worked with Klein and the Turnersville AutoMall team to consider options for the campus — from HVAC and lighting upgrades to solar PV and backup generation, too. Determining which energy solutions would work best for the site, setting priorities and reducing energy expenses to near zero has been a collaborative process over the past 18 months.

“We had a lot of levers that could be flipped — from rooftop units to outdoor lighting,” Klein says. “So we sat down and frankly assessed the business case for each of the individual elements, looking at the things that could bring about the fastest improvement. This was identified as the HVAC program.

Energy data and understanding is crucial

First, an energy management system was installed to collect energy and performance data to help understand the status of existing HVAC units. This established a business case for phasing them out and moving to higher-efficiency rooftop units. Second, replacing outdoor lighting made business sense in terms of return on investment and ease of implementation.

“The Shell Energy team drew our attention to things that we hadn’t focused on,” admitted Klein. “We take care of customers and sell and service vehicles. Although we have a good installations team, HVAC and energy management are not our expertise. »

Taking a data-centric approach to creating an energy roadmap — and letting the data tell what happens next — is key to supporting companies like Penske Automotive. Installing an energy management system, for example, allows organizations to collect data on facility performance and use that data to make informed business decisions.

“In the case of Turnersville, we collected data for about 90 days and came back with critical information,” Kaiser says. All HVAC units at the site were classified as red, yellow and green: the red ones needed to be replaced immediately; yellow has had a bit more time and could potentially be fixed; and the greens were okay.

Proving the business case is important to gain internal buy-in from employees and senior management. But so does explaining how improvements will be made without disrupting the status quo. On-site retail operators, for example, ensure that customers are comfortable every day, especially in extreme temperatures. They had to be confident that the company’s plan to move from 79 aging HVAC units to 79 reliable, high-efficiency units would not decommission the assets preliminarily or prematurely. “There has been no setback when it comes to the HVAC process,” Klein said.

Big savings and a solid plan to go further

Having a solid plan in place to organize and sequence projects appropriately is also extremely important. It allows companies to budget correctly year after year and have a smoother OPEX cycle.

Upgrades already completed at the Turnersville AutoMall campus – including complete exterior lighting replacement and partial HVAC unit upgrade – have so far generated $45,000 in net savings and 19 .2% energy savings. This data will prove crucial as Klein and his team make further upgrades and will be particularly useful as the company prepares for the impact of electric vehicle charging – both for vehicle inventory electricity and customer comfort – on its energy costs in the near future. Shell Energy’s data and perspective on the best times of day and best days of the week to recharge will help Penske moderate any significant increases in energy consumption ahead.

Next, Turnersville’s energy retrofit roadmap navigates toward installing LED lighting in all of its indoor locations.

“We can take customers as far as they want – and we have many who aspire to net zero,” Kaiser says. “But our approach is to sit down, develop a roadmap, and start a journey in a very structured and sequential way. Yes, the sky is the limit. But often small but impactful projects can help organizations make a huge first step towards achieving the sustainability goals.

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How to Stay Safe During a Mass Shooting

Recent mass shootings in Highland Park, Illinois, Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo have proven that such violence – while rare – is increasingly common and can happen anywhere, at any time.

Even for those not caught in the crossfire, hearing about such shootings can be deeply chilling.

This grim reality of recent large-scale massacres and the ongoing gun violence epidemic in many US cities raises two questions: what to do in the still unlikely event that you find yourself somewhere where a gunman has opened fire? And how not to be paralyzed by the possibility of this happening?

Be aware of the surroundings and how to escape

In a 2017 article titled “How to Protect Yourself in a Mass Shooting”, security expert Ed Hinman wrote about the importance of “advancing” a place, whether it’s a place public or an organized event.

“Before you settle into your seat or seat, ask yourself: If there is an attack, what am I going to do? » he wrote.

It only takes a moment to answer that question before you sit back, relax, and enjoy your outing,” Hinman added. “Think of it as regular deposits in a survival bank and then, in an emergency, being able to make a potentially life-saving withdrawal.”

Get down and get away from the gunfire

John Correia, who teaches armed and unarmed self-defense through his Arizona-based company Active Self Protection, said civilians should take logical steps to get to safety when a firefight is in progress. While every scenario is unique, he said there are basic strategies like putting distance between you and a shooter.

“The first thing you want to think about is kind of common sense, which is to go down and if you can figure out which direction [gunfire is] just left,” Correia said. “That’s our general rule.”

In mass shootings, Correia said, “the culprit tends to shoot wildly and so your best bet is to be as small a target as possible and get away as quickly as possible.”

Correia suggested getting behind a solid structure if possible. Using a car as a shield may not be ideal if the vehicle is made of weaker materials like fiberglass or plastic. If there is an option, concrete or brick walls “can be very useful” and would offer better protection than stucco or gypsum partitions.

“If it’s a real heinous active shooter looking to target individuals, going to a place where you can’t be seen is very helpful,” Correia said.

Preparation and training can help

While much of a person’s ability to react successfully under the stress of a deadly threat like a mass shooting stems from instinct, such inclinations are “certainly trainable,” Correia said.

Just as children who play sports learn to react quickly to a quick throw or pass from a teammate, they can be taught how to react in an emergency. Adults too.

“Calmness is a superpower. And the ability to stay calm under stress is a matter of life and death in an emergency, no matter what the emergency,” Correia said.

However, being ready for a shoot can be difficult, as by their nature they are unexpected.

“One thing you have to realize is that nobody knows how they are going to react or react,” said Jin Kim, a retired FBI agent who was the active shooter coordinator in the management unit. crises. “When it happens to them, it’s in the most average, routine and mundane moment of their day.”

Gunmen in mass shootings become more sophisticated over time – issuing more advanced challenges to those trying to evade their lines of fire. The Highland Park suspect, for example, allegedly took up a rooftop sniper position on the parade route, giving him a tactical advantage.

“As a collective, we underestimate the offender and the cohort of offenders every day,” Kim added.

How to deal with fear caused by shooting

For John Duffy, a Chicago-area clinical psychologist who treats many teenagers and young adults, the distress calls started coming in Monday, when the office was closed on July 4.

None of Duffy’s patients were in Highland Park or directly affected by the shooting, but they were all in shock and pain. Duffy said he passed 1 p.m. meeting in his office talking about the latest American tragedy – this one in the backyard of Windy City.

“Everyone is talking about the same thing,” Duffy said in a phone interview after the sessions. He and other experts offered advice to the public on how to cope.

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Find purpose and control

Writing to members of Congress, protesting, fundraising and starting petitions are all ways ordinary people can help tap into their fear of everyday life in a society where violence and devastation regularly make the headlines, said Duffy.

“There’s no reason to think it won’t happen again and what gives people hope, oddly enough, is thinking about ‘What do you think we can do about this?’ “Duffy said. “I think people like the idea that they could contribute in some way to some kind of solution.

Caroline Giroux, a trauma psychiatrist and professor at the University of California, Davis, also said it was important for people in a panic, afraid of the next massacre at a school, mall or public event, to find a sense of control. Advocating for change, she said, is one of the best outlets, especially if by lending your voice you can join other like-minded people.

“It’s really important to grab any area of ​​control we have, even if it’s just our voice,” Giroux said. “We need to get stronger, we need to unite our voices and that in itself can keep us going. That in itself can knock us out of our paralysis and out the door every day.

Don’t dismiss the fear you or your loved ones feel

Duffy no longer tries to calm patients down by promising them that they are safe or that they and their loved ones are statistically unlikely to be caught up in an event like the Highland Park shootings.

“In good conscience, I can’t say, ‘No, it’s going to be fine,'” he said. “I still agree that it’s really scary.”

It is important, he said, to let people express their legitimate fears and provide them with a release from the strong emotions that follow the tragedies that saturate the news and social media sites 24/7. 7.

“I find the least helpful thing to do, no matter who I talk to, is tell them it’s okay, it’s going to be fine, because everyone has way too much access to all the information,” did he declare.

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Take care of yourself differently

Giroux recommends practicing a healthy lifestyle: getting enough and regular sleep, eating well, exercising, socializing, and engaging in mindfulness. It doesn’t have to be a traditional exercise like meditation, she said. It can be as simple as concentrating on what you’re doing during mundane tasks like folding laundry or gardening.

It’s important to have “some kind of mindfulness practice every day,” she said.

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Thanks for the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway (but let’s keep learning lessons that will make it perfect)

The Watertown-Cambridge Greenway on a sunny June day. (Photo: Joseph Poirier)

The new Watertown-Cambridge Greenway shared use trail is a treasure. The path is a beautiful and useful addition to the parks and trails of Cambridge and Watertown, and is the product of years of hard work by municipal, regional and state planners and implementers, to whom we owe appreciation and thanks.

The 2 km greenway is a shared-use path with one end near the Fresh Pond water treatment facility and the other at Arsenal Street in Watertown. The greenway sits within the right-of-way of the former Watertown Branch Railroad, which is now a paved road with beautiful landscaping, simple amenities, and well-designed stormwater management.

Although it has only been (officially) open for a few months, the greenway has no shortage of regulars. On sunny days I see dog walkers, bike commuters, recreational cyclists, kids on rollerblades, scooters, runners, toddlers in bike trailers, multi-generational families walking together – all types of people walking and rolling. Part of what makes the Greenway so special is that it facilitates all types of travel: commuting, shopping, recreation and more. I have already replaced some of my car trips to the Watertown mall with cycling on the greenway; the safety of the shared-use trail reduces the stress I usually feel when carrying large items on my bike in mixed traffic.

Path users have made informal “desire line” additions along an embankment and through a fence. (Photos: Joseph Poirier)

I consider this project a huge success, but not without some lessons learned. In my opinion, the most important of these lessons is to anticipate and meet the demand for trail access. Although the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway has several access points to major destinations accessible by American Disabilities Act standards, there are places where people have made their own way. The biggest problem with access seems to be at Star Market, where the clear “desire line” is an informal dirt road on a steep embankment; the formal access point forces many people out of their direction and spending more time crossing the parking lot. In another case, residents of a building that had no access to the road took matters into their own hands: they knocked down their fence and built a bridge to the road with the pieces. These desire lines show the types of path access demand that planners should anticipate in future shared-use path work, such as those occurring on the Danehy park connector and Grand Junction projects in Cambridge.

The path could also use lighting to help people feel and be safer when traveling in the dark. This will be especially important in winter, when the days are short and many travel and shop in the dark. There are several path lighting options that are visually unobtrusive and minimize impacts on wildlife.

That being said, this path is an incredible asset to Cambridge and Watertown that will serve residents and visitors well for decades to come. The municipal, Commonwealth, consultant, construction and other workers who contributed to this project deserve kudos for a job well done. Thanks!


Joseph Poirier is a Cambridge resident and regular Watertown-Cambridge Greenway user.

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Trinity Pharmacy offers delivery | News, Sports, Jobs

Sometimes after visiting a doctor, picking up a prescription is not an easy task, but patients can now have them delivered to their front door by Trinity Pharmacy.

Trinity Pharmacy, which is located inside UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center next to Java City, will dispense prescriptions for free within the city limits.

“We hope this will help our patients easily access the medications they need,” said Jake Crimmins, Ambulatory Pharmacy Manager at Trinity Pharmacy. “Our pharmacy technicians will make deliveries mid-afternoon or late afternoon.

“Patients who want to use the service can call the pharmacy to set everything up.”

Typical delivery days for Trinity Pharmacy are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But if the need arises, prescriptions can also be issued on other days on a case-by-case basis. Patients are simply asked to call the pharmacy for delivery details and availability.

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Certified Pharmacy Technician Kelsey Linder poses with a delivery vehicle used by Trinity Pharmacy.

“It’s a great option for patients who are housebound or have difficulty getting around,” Crimmins said. “In addition to the delivery option, we also offer curbside pickup. We have a designated parking space just outside the front door in the roundabout.

“Patients can park and call the pharmacy and we’ll bring their medication right to their car.”

Trinity Pharmacy also offers help with patient medications.

“A few years ago we started to bubble wrap medicine for patients,” Crimmins said. “This is very helpful for patients who have trouble remembering to take their medications or have trouble keeping them straight. It is also a free service. Patients are only responsible for their regular co-payments for prescriptions.

“We keep medications scheduled for patients at the pharmacy and package two weeks at a time for patients. They can collect them or have them delivered regularly.

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There is a sign and parking spot at the front door of UnityPoint Health designated for drive-in medication pickup.

Trinity Pharmacy is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“We are an open-door, full-service pharmacy that accepts most major insurance coverages,” Crimmins said. “We have discount cards available for people without prescription coverage.

We are also available to assist VA patients with a two-week supply of medication while awaiting shipment from the VA Pharmacy.

Patients can also take advantage of some services at the pharmacy.

“A few other services we offer are routine vaccinations, flu shots, pneumonia, shingles, tetanus boosters, and COVID shots,” Crimmins said. “We also have medication therapy management (scheduling comprehensive medication reviews with a pharmacist).

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This is an example of drug cling wrap or bubble packs that Trinity Pharmacy uses for their medications.

“We also have a Meds 2 Beds program, which is a bedside delivery service for patients leaving hospital or outpatient surgery.”


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DVLA used the wrong legal basis to leak information to car park operators

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) relied on the wrong legal basis to release motorists’ personal data to private parking companies seeking to recover unpaid parking charges, the Information Commissioner’s Office has ruled ( ICO).

In a six-page review released this month, the privacy watchdog said it would not pursue enforcement action for what it called a “technical breach of the law”, but experts said the discovery could lead to individual claims for compensation.

The DVLA had relied on “legal obligation” as a lawful basis for processing the data based on the mistaken belief that Regulation 27(1)(e) of the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002 imposes a legal obligation on him to share the details with the parking management companies.

The agency therefore considered that this satisfied the requirement of Article 6(1)(c) of the UK GDPR that the processing is necessary for compliance with a “legal obligation”.

However, the ICO said Regulation 27(1)(e) “gives the DVLA the power, rather than a legal obligation, to disclose information about the holder of the vehicle”, meaning that the DVLA does not cannot rely on the basis of legal obligation.

The correct legal basis would be a ‘public task’, as Article 27(1)(e) creates a task to be performed in the public interest which requires the disclosure of vehicle keeper data, the opinion continues.

The ICO said the situation “apparently arose due to an unintended change in the interaction between the Parking Regulations and the Data Protection Act, following the Data Protection Act reforms. 2018 data”.

The opinion goes on to call on the UK government to “review relevant legislation” to “provide legal certainty on the correct approach”.

He adds: “If the Department for Transport and the DVLA believe that Regulation 27(1) gives the DVLA a legal obligation rather than a power to share cardholder information, the government may choose to consider a legislative remedy which puts this question beyond doubt. This would provide certainty for both the DVLA and vehicle owners.

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Dew Street Campaign says ateb may apply parking fees next month

CHARGES could be introduced at one of the last free places to park in Haverfordwest as early as next month, according to a local campaign group.

The Dew Street Campaign met Will Lloyd Davies, Executive Director of Development at ateb, on Friday June 17, where the parking situation at the old Dew Street Pool and Library was discussed.

Ateb sent a letter to local residents in May informing them of their intention to contract a third-party parking company to manage the car park – which is currently free to park.

Today, June 25, Dew Street Campaign posted a message on its Facebook page stating that motorists will have to pay at the old library site from next month.

The message read: ‘Charges via ANPR will be introduced by ateb next month for access to the car park behind the Old Library.

“These charges will be equivalent to the PCC rate at the St Thomas car park, by the swimming pool. So in about three weeks your car’s license plate will be recognized in all current car parks behind the Old Library, Dew Street, and card/cash counters available to accept payment.

Annual PCC parking permits currently cost around £150 per year. Resident parking permits cost around £40 a year, but only limited to a select few.

The letter to residents of Dew Street informing them of Ateb’s intentions

Western Telegraph: Residents have been using parking with a limited rate for 20 yearsResidents have been using limited-rate parking for 20 years

Western Telegraph spoke to a member of the Dew Street campaign who attended the June 17 meeting. They described how the parking landscape in the city will change massively.

“Fair play to Will, he came to meet us,” the spokesperson said. “He has a wide plan but when asked for details he is not very clear.

“Some people have been parking there for free for 20 years.

“We are very aware that the whole parking landscape in the upper town is going to change.”

Western Telegraph: St Thomas car park charges that could serve as basis for Dew Street ratesSt Thomas car park charges that could serve as a basis for Dew Street rates

Ateb has unveiled plans for the former Haverfordwest Library site after acquiring it from Pembrokeshire County Council in a deal struck earlier this year.

They have been contacted for comment.

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East Kilbride precinct car park owners say customers won’t be hit with parking charges

A private firm has said customers in a shopping area in East Kilbride will not be pocketed after signs showing parking charges appeared.

Westwood Square was bought by property investors Knightsbridge in 2019 for £1million, with promises to improve the area after years of neglect.

Businesses and local elected officials have raised concerns about the maintenance of the car park and the poor condition of the road.



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Work began in recent weeks with concerns over parking charges – and signs appearing then warning of a fine for failing to comply with parking rates.

However, when Lanarkshire Live previously contacted Knightsbridge, they made no comment other than that the car park had been sold to another company – Gatehead Ltd.

Gatehead said at the time that they had repair plans but needed “other site users to pay their fair share” for road maintenance.

They now say any money generated from parking fees will help ‘improve parking lots’ as well as ‘monitor fly dumps’ in the area.



Councilor Gerry Convery has previously denounced the poor road conditions in the Westwood Square car park

Councilor Gerry Convery has long called for the potholes to be repaired and for the road and Westwood Square to be properly maintained.

He previously told us the parking charge would be the ‘nail in the coffin’ of the mall and hit the parking lot and access road Knightsbridge sold to another private company.

Councilor Convery said: “The parking roads are still an absolute disgrace and full of potholes and I have been contacted by constituents in the area who are extremely unhappy with the introduction of parking charges and I 100% support.”

And a local butcher also posted a plea for shoppers to continue supporting the center – and saying the cameras monitoring the parking lot “have been removed” for the time being.

McCandlish Butchers posted last week: “Just to let you know that you do NOT need to pay for parking at Westwood Square yet. The cameras have been removed. If this changes we will let you know. Please support your local shops. Thank you.”

A spokesperson for Gatehead Ltd said: “The reasons for the parking charge are to generate funds to improve car parks, monitor tipping in the area, ensure spaces are available for shoppers at businesses in Westwood Square.

“Customers of these businesses will benefit from free parking.”

South Lanarkshire Council has previously said vehicle access to the square and car parks is private and therefore not maintained or controlled by them.

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Hampton Co. Watermelon Festival Returns

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – The Hampton County Watermelon Festival is hosting events all week, with Tuesday’s big event being Children’s Day in the Park which brought tons of cars along this street, filled with families and children.

“It’s the oldest festival in the state, 80 years old. That’s a lot to be proud of for Hampton County,” said Susanne Peeples, Director of Emergency Management.

Eight decades of children and watermelon, a combination as sweet as any. It’s the county’s biggest event of the year and even has its own royalty.

The pandemic took them on a two-year hiatus, but this year they reunited as a community.

“I’ve wanted to be queen all my life and it was so nice because I wasn’t there the last time they held the festival so it was such an honor to represent the festival and so nice to be back,” Leighanna Brown told the Miss Hampton County Watermelon Festival.

As has been the case at every event so far, people came out in droves on Tuesday morning.

“When I drove down the road a few minutes ago to get here, I couldn’t believe the cars parked all along the highway. It’s a great feeling.

They have a ton of watermelons to keep up with this high demand, and a whole lot was put back in the car for the rest of this six-day festival.

“Friday night is the big street dance that everyone loves to come to. We see everyone we’ve missed for so long,” said Cindy Davis, secretary of the Hampton County Watermelon Festival.

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Cleanup Crew Turns into Demolition Crew: Orange Police Blotter

ORANGE, Ohio

Disorderly Driving: Park Avenue

Police were dispatched to Pinecrest after dispatchers lost a 9-1-1 call from a housekeeper, a 22-year-old Cleveland woman, who said she had just had a run-in with her co-worker and her boyfriend while working in the Phillips building. around 9 p.m. on June 7.

Meanwhile, this 23-year-old Akron man spotted a security guard outside, flagged him down, and told him they had a fight and he decided to drive off in his Dodge Avengers 2009.

She was found inside The Last Page, and neither appeared to have any physical injuries, although the woman was missing shoes. They explained that they had cleaned a men’s room and an argument ensued which turned physical.

At one point a phone was thrown into the toilet mirror, smashing it and destroying the phone. Both claimed that the other party damaged the phone and the mirror, as well as a mop bucket which was also broken. But neither wanted to press charges for assault.

Both were cited for disorderly conduct and the car was returned to the woman, while the Akron man was transported off the property. Their supervisor, a 65-year-old man from Cleveland Heights, arrived to take charge of the scene.

Car theft, illegal use of credit cards: Park Avenue

A Moreland Hills woman, 48, reported that she parked her car near the Restore Cold-Pressed juice and smoothie store around 11:20 a.m. on June 10 to pick up her online order.

At 4:20 p.m., she was notified of fraudulent activity on her credit cards, then checked her purse and discovered that gift cards and $725 in cash were missing. She told police she left her purse in the car and didn’t know if she had locked it.

A credit card transaction report provided to police showed three separate transactions were made on his accounts at this time, all at Oakwood Sam’s Club for a total of more than $7,850.

Theft (shoplifting): Park Avenue

Vineyard Vines management reported at 11:23 a.m. on June 7 that a man and woman dressed primarily in green concealed and stole $1,000 worth of clothing, placing the merchandise in an REI shopping bag, then leaving the store and walking south on Park Avenue.

Fraud: Park Avenue

A Mattlin-Hyde Piano Company employee reported on June 6 that on April 14, the store sent a check for $4,000 to a customer in Acme, Pennsylvania by mailing it to the post office in Beachwood. This customer informed the store on June 1 that he had not received the check, which had apparently been cashed by someone else on April 18. The Acme man also confirmed that it was not his signature that was forged to endorse the check.

Departmental information: Boulevard du Chagrin

Police responded to the Beechmont Country Club on June 10 where the director of human resources reported that an employee had been placed under a protective order against her ex-boyfriend, a 22-year-old Painesville man, who had recently been dismissed from the club. She told management that he tended to look for her, which is why the local police were contacted directly.

Domestic Violence: Orange Square

Responding to a report of an ongoing domestic dispute at the Extended Stay South at 7.11pm on June 12, police learned en route that the suspect, a 37-year-old Chardon man, had already left. The victim, a 35-year-old woman from Lyndhurst, said he had just punched her in the face with a bag and they had been fighting for a few days after she thought he might have be stolen.

She added that he had just completed his sentence in Florida for a domestic violence charge and in another recent altercation, he held her down and suffocated her with a telephone cord. The surrounding services were called to help locate him without success.

Police requested a temporary criminal protection order and a new room key code for her and learned upon obtaining further information for a warrant that he had since called her and said he wanted to come back to see her because he knew he would go to jail for whatever happened.

Police then spoke with the suspect on the phone, saying he would come for an interview at the police station. In the meantime, he said on the phone that he threw the bag at her and accidentally punched her in the face. He also denied the alleged strangulation incident.

Object found: Orange Place

A Cleveland woman, 82, reported on June 6 that she had checked out of the Extended Stay North hotel on May 28, and an hour later realized she had left important documents in her room, which the staff had already cleaned by then.

Missing were her late husband’s death certificate, a probate court receipt, his living will, references from two doctors and the deed to his house.

Disruption: Park Avenue

Officers responded to Pinecrest late June 9, where a couple reported they were returning to their car when they noticed two other cars near Pinstripes jammed with arguing drivers. A 26-year-old Aurora man realized that one of the drivers involved was his father and approached the other car, where the driver and occupant began chasing them until their car, trying to fight them off and spit on them.

The victims provided a photo to police and the suspects have been tentatively identified as a 24-year-old man from South Euclid and a 27-year-old woman from Maple Heights.

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Feds release startling new details about T-safety lapses and demand shift

On Wednesday, the FTA officially issued four “special directives” for the MBTA to immediately implement, a “result of continued security breaches and a failure to take urgent corrective action,” Kincaid said.

Citing two recent runaway train incidents at MBTA yards that resulted in worker injuries, Kincaid said the T did not have “adequate written procedures for safety processes and training.” .

“Failing to have written rules leads to a lack of understanding of what is required, as well as a lack of safety culture throughout the agency, which sets the stage for breaches of security,” he said.

The FTA directs the MBTA to increase the staffing of its operations control center, improve general safety operating procedures, and address backlogs of critical lane maintenance and safety recertifications for employees whose credentials have expired.

The DPU will need to ensure that the MBTA implements the changes.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in an email that the T was “developing immediate and long-term mitigation measures to address these issues.” The agency expects all active rail transportation employees to be certified by this week.

Spokespersons for Governor Charlie Baker did not respond to a request for comment.

Kincaid said staff at the operations control center sometimes work 20-hour shifts with only four hours off in between, “which obviously can create safety issues due to fatigue.” AFC found that the control center is understaffed; as of April 29, four dispatcher positions out of 18 heavy trains and two supervisor positions out of 11 were vacant.

“MBTA has created a management process in which OCC staff members are required to work without certification, in a fatigued state and often fulfilling multiple roles at once,” said the directive says.

Since January 2021, the MBTA has reported five runaway train events that occurred at worksites or during maintenance, the ALE found, including two since the ALE began its inspection of the T in mid- april.

A runaway Red Line train in the rail yard on Dec. 17 injured three, the FTA said.

The FTA found that around 10% of MBTA’s subway tracks are subject to speed restrictions due to defects, including a year-long slow zone on Orange Line tracks between the Tufts Medical Center and Back Bay resorts and over 2 miles of greenway. Track maintenance crews are using a 2 or 2.5 hour window to complete repairs overnight, which is nowhere near enough, the FTA said. The Green Line works train used for maintenance has been out of service for at least eight months, the FTA found.

In its guidance, the FTA said MBTA’s investments in capital projects eclipse investments in day-to-day maintenance of its older equipment, limiting critical maintenance.

At some point during the investigation, the FTA found that 80% of subway dispatchers had expired security certifications, FTA Chief Security Officer Joe DeLorenzo said.

On the Green Line, the FTA found that 41% of operators, 26% of inspectors, 50% of supervisors and all yardmasters had expired safety certifications. Twenty-five percent of orange line supervisors, 14% red line supervisors, and 33% of blue line supervisors were “non-compliant with recertification requirements.”

The tentative conclusions are frustrating similar to the conclusions issued by another group of external experts who audited safety at the T, in 2019, after a series of derailments. This panel also found that the T lacked a safety culture and issued 61 recommendations, the majority of which say it was done.

DeLorenzo said the FTA will assess whether meaningful progress has been made on those previous recommendations.

If the MBTA fails to complete the actions issued by the FTA, it could lose 25% of its federal funding.

Each directive includes a time frame by which the MBTA must submit its plans to the FTA ranging from 15 to 35 days. In some cases, the MBTA must report information to the AFC daily or weekly in the future, including information about personnel in its operations control center.

Rick Dimino, president of A Better City, a business group that focuses on transportation issues, said he was grateful for the delays.

“If we expect people to come back to the T, we need the T to be committed to safety first with real results, so we can prove to the public that the T is safe,” he said. .

Ridership on the T remains well below pre-pandemic levels. In April, average weekday trips on the MBTA transit system, including commuter rail, were just 55% of April 2019 levels, according to MBTA dataand metro ridership remained at approximately 47%.

The FTA’s assessment came less than 24 hours after passengers on the Green Line in Boston were forced to walk on tracks through an underground tunnel between Park Street and Government Center Stations on Tuesday night after two trains “coupled inadvertently” at a slow speed while at the Government Center Platform.

Two two-car trains accidentally attached to each other while on the platform, forming a four-car train. The MBTA temporarily suspended service between Government Center and Park Street while T staff untied the trains, according to Pesaturo.

A passenger on a train between the two stations shared a social media video of people walking along dark underground pathways.

Security incidents have persisted since the FTA began investigating.

The federal agency initially told the T that it would “immediately assume an increased safety oversight role for the MBTA system” in an April 14 letter to the MBTA, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the DPU and to the MBTA board, but authorities hid the news from the public.

The FTA inspection, first reported by the Globe last month, is only the second time the FTA has intervened locally in this way. In 2015, the agency conducted an inspection of the security management of DC’s Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority that led to the federal government taking over security oversight for nearly 3½ years. .

In its letter, the FTA cited a “sequence of security incidents” at the T, including the dragging death on April 10 of Robinson Lalin, whose arm was caught in a red line car at the train station in Broadway.

Kincaid said the FTA’s interim findings should not discourage people from taking the T.

“FTA’s actions provide system-wide measures to address long-standing issues with the T’s program and overall safety culture that will make it an even safer ride for Bostonians,” it said. -he declares.


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Wok in the parking lot: Fry char kuey teow for a good cause

KAMPAR: For two hours on Saturday, June 11, Chan Wan Ling, a professor at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), put down his books and grabbed a wok to raise funds for the university’s Education Foundation.

Helped by some professors and students from the management and accounting department of the university’s foundation center on campus here, Chan set up a kuey teow tank stand near the Kampar public market parking lot and managed to raise 2,121 RM.

“It was the first time we did something like this and we didn’t set any targets. We just tried to do everything we could,” Chan, 37, said.

The response, she says, has been overwhelming.

“A doctor even gave a check for RM500 for a pack of char kuey teow,” she said.

Chan, who has been teaching at the university for eight years, said the fundraising activity took place at the same time as UTAR’s 20th anniversary celebration.

She said their kuey teow tank stand was one of many activities organized by various departments of UTAR to celebrate the occasion.

“Money from the education foundation will be used for internal development, scholarships and also for the UTAR hospital project,” she added.

When asked why she chose to cook char kuey teow, Ipoh-born Chan said she used to help her 67-year-old mother at her stall when she was a teenager.

“My mother has been selling char kuey teow in a cafe in Tasek for about 20 years.

“I started helping my mum when I was 13 and started cooking the dish when I was 16 or 17.

She said she was confident in her own abilities, joking, “I’m sure I won’t give people lousy food.”

Chan said she and her team took two weeks to prepare for the fundraising activity, adding that her mother also took the day off to support her.

Kampar MCA Youth leader Daniel Wa said he was there to show his support as an alumnus of UTAR.

“I have asked the Kampar District Council to allow Chan and his team to set up a booth in the car park,” he said, adding that MCA’s Crisis Relief Brigade had also set up there. a free medical screening booth.

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Hospitals in red: 71 ER patients waiting for beds in Middlemore

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Hospitals have reached “a level of panic” with 71 patients waiting for beds in the Middlemore emergency department overnight and warnings from doctors that delays will lead to deaths.

Top ER doctor John Bonning told the Herald that hospitals across the country were seeing “record delays and record numbers of patients”.

“Middlemore Hospital had its biggest day ever” on Tuesday night, he said.

Emails leaked to the Herald by another doctor showed the South Auckland Emergency Department had seen more than 420 patients for the second night in a row this week, normally they see 300, moving the hospital to the code red, which the doctor said basically meant “a level of panic.”

Bonning said it was time for Health Minister Andrew Little to show leadership and advised him to reintroduce waiting time targets in hospitals.

“A patient who arrives in an emergency department with a 10% blockade, which means that if you have 100 patients and 10 have been there for more than eight hours, they are 10% more likely to die over the next seven days,” Bonning said.

“There is a very real impact for people who are waiting.”

The best ER doctor John Bonning.  Photo / Provided
The best ER doctor John Bonning. Photo / Provided

The unnamed doctor said the minister needed to recognize the country was going through a hospital crisis and that staff needed to be paid better so they wouldn’t have to leave the profession they love.

Little told the Herald as hospitals were under pressure, “like they were every winter,” they were coping.

“A few months ago hospitals were preparing for a flu season that was expected to be bigger than the last two years and for this reason they expected to get planned care, most hospitals were able to do that,” did he declare.

The minister said he had not seen any data showing hospitals were hitting record levels of delays and patient referrals.

“It would be interesting if he (Bonning) provided it, because he’s been known to say things like that without backing it up with data.”

He said he would not reintroduce ER wait time targets as this previously meant DHBs were manipulating the system which meant many patients had a negative experience as they were not allowed in to the emergency room if they had already reached the threshold.

“Previously hospitals were punished if they didn’t meet targets and that just starved them of resources, now we use those metrics to understand what’s going on and then intervene with management resources, for example […] more resources to stop the bed block.”

The doctors’ warnings came after the Herald leaked an email that was sent by Manukau District Health Board management to staff on Wednesday morning saying “the hospital remained red with a full hospital, an emergency department and 71 patients waiting for a bed”.

“Staff for the afternoon and night seem critical […] overnight the hospital was bypassed by North Shore Hospital for a few hours which was very helpful. Waitakere and ADHB were under the same pressure as we were,” the email said.

Health Minister Andrew Little said our hospitals are not at crisis point, but are under significant pressure.  Picture/File
Health Minister Andrew Little said our hospitals are not at crisis point, but are under significant pressure. Picture/File

The doctor who leaked the email asked not to be identified as staff received a ‘stern email from the chief medical officer’ after a previous Herald story about a woman with typhoid fever forced to sleep in his vehicle to the parking lot of Middlemore Hospital due to shortage of beds. But the doctor said the pressure on hospitals was “extremely concerning”.

“I think red is like the panic level basically […] every time you deviate from optimal care in a timely manner, you increase the risk of complications resulting from delays, and that includes patient death,” he said.

The doctor said hospitals operating above capacity also meant doctors seeing patients had to rush and could miss things, “everything about their care slows down”.

“You might not start treatment in time, tests or scans might not be done in time, you might stay in hospital longer, put yourself at risk of infections or other complications, doctors don’t have time to explain anything to the patient or their families,” the doctor said.

“Doctors tour the wards until 7-8pm (from 8am), which is terrifying. The ward tours should be finished before lunch.”

Bonning echoed the anonymous doctor’s comments, adding “the problem isn’t just which patients should see their GP, it’s really sick patients who need to be admitted”.

He said the massive influx was due to a combination of factors.

“Every year the demand increases by 3-4% depending on population growth (without more hospital resources), winter illnesses are worse this year because we have not been exposed to the flu virus for two years, so people are getting sicker, Covid is not the cause but it adds stress, departments need to be reorganized and the workforce is the main issue… we have had nurse resignations across the system and staff illnesses,” Bonning said.

“It’s (the problem) showing up in the emergency services, but it’s system-wide.”

Bonning said those numbers at Middlemore Hospital were repeated across the country.

“I am aware that smaller hospitals are struggling, Wellington, Palmerston North, Dunedin, Southern have gone code black which usually means hospitals have reached crisis point.”

Bonning said: “It’s the worst winter ever and we’re only a few days away, and it’s been a pretty mild winter to be honest.”

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Covid isn’t the cause, but it’s adding to stress, according to the best ER doctor. Picture/File

“People wait six, seven, eight hours just to be seen by a doctor in the emergency room. We select the sickest and we triage people, people go to resuscitation rooms etc., but people wait in the hallways .”

Counties Manukau Health acting CEO Dr Pete Watson said Middlemore Hospital was under ‘abnormally high’ pressure for this time of year with both high occupancy and many patient presentations to emergencies.

“Middlemore emergency department presentations last week were 17% higher than last year, and we saw a significant increase in flu and respiratory illnesses,” Watson said.

He said they were expecting a tough winter season and were in the process of recruiting additional manpower and coordinating patients across the region would help them manage the increased demand for their services.

“We are at full capacity and expect this to continue through the winter months. […] Any members of our community who need emergency medical care in the Manukau Counties Health Region will receive it,” Watson said.

Auckland DHB Director of Patient Management Services Alex Pimm said their hospitals were very busy with many people with acute respiratory illnesses.

“While not unexpected in the winter, we have started to see the impact of winter respiratory disease earlier than usual.”

Pimm said adult emergency department presentations each day on average in May compared to April were up 7%.

“Overall, we are also seeing more complex cases come to our emergency services. We recognize that there can sometimes be longer waits than we would like and are aware of the impact this has. about the patients and their whānau.”

Auckland DHB was anticipating a difficult winter which included the postponement of planned procedures when hospitals were very busy to ensure we had sufficient capacity for critically ill patients.

“We never take the decision to postpone scheduled procedures or surgeries lightly,” Pimm said.

The DHBs wanted to encourage everyone to get a flu shot this year to help protect against four different strains of the virus and reduce the need for hospitalization.

Flu shots are free for Maori and Pacific people aged 55 and over, all 65 and over, pregnant women and people with certain underlying health conditions.

Waitematā DHB sent a statement to the Herald saying Waitakere Hospital was busy but expected at this time of year and they had good systems in place to deal with surges.

“Sometimes we have large groups of people presenting to our emergency departments, but the safety of our patients and all staff is paramount. The public can be confident that people in need of hospital care or other health services will always receive the right level of support,” the statement read.

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Shocked Smiths Industries retirees angry at cash cut

Thousands of Smiths Industries retirees have been shocked to find they are not getting the raise they expected in their salaries this month. They claim that Smiths Group reneged on its commitment to pay the full 7.5% retail price index-based increase that should have been granted to them under their pension plan rules.

Smiths Industries was an aerospace company which had a large base at Bishop’s Cleeve, near Cheltenham. It changed its name to Smiths Group plc in 2000 and sold its aerospace division to GE in 2007. The site, along the A435 on the edge of the village, is still managed by GE Aviation.

The 12,000 pensioners, many of whom live in the Cheltenham and Bishop’s Cleeve area, have received a letter from Mercer, the administrator of the Smiths Industries Pension Scheme, telling them Smiths is only prepared to pay a 5% raise . Pensioners say that’s even though the scheme’s pension pot is fully funded to the point that administrators recently gave the company a ‘contributions holiday’ worth £12million a year.

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Mercer’s letter also incorrectly stated that the five percent increase was equal to the December RPI of seven and a half percent on which the increase is based. Pensioners claim that in a number of cases they have been quoted pension payments that are grossly incorrect.

Mike Bridgman, a Smiths retiree and former manager of the aerospace business at Bishop’s Cleeve, said: “Quite frankly, the way this has been handled by the business is both disappointing and confusing.

“As early as 1998, they pledged to pay inflation increases of up to 10%. While anything above 5% is at their discretion, this increase costs them nothing.

“The money comes from the trustee who has recommended full payment and the plan is 108% funded. Withholding payment when Smiths retirees – many of whom have contributed to the scheme for more than 30 years – are facing massive increases in fuel and food bills, is inexplicable. It will seem to many that the company prioritizes profits over retirees.

He added that senior management changes had recently been made at Smiths and he hoped that the planned discussions between the company and the directors would result in the full payment of the increase. He said that in the meantime, worried pensioners have rioted and filed complaints about the misleading letters they received from Mercer and the disappointing way they were treated by the company.

A Smiths Group spokesperson said: “After careful and thorough consideration and after taking professional advice, we have decided not to offer a discretionary RPI increase to affected members. Our decision not to accept an increase of more than 5% took into account a number of factors, including the desire to preserve the financial security of the fund for all of its members, the long-term objective of guarantee the benefits of all members with an insurance company and the current macroeconomic environment.

A Mercer spokesperson said, “As a policy, Mercer does not comment on its customers.”

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Lund Boats brings light manufacturing plant to Willmar – West Central Tribune

WILLMAR – A tight job market in a small community about 100 miles north of Willmar has led to a creative solution for Brunswick Corporation, which manufactures Lund Boats.

New York Mills is a city of about 1,300 people, and Lund Boat’s manufacturing plant there employs 600 people, according to Brian Hines, vice president of operations for Lund Boats.

“So, as you can imagine, it’s very difficult to hire there, so we’ve been looking at ways to get away from our labor market a bit and get into a strong labor market, which is what is Willmar,” Hines explained. to the Willmar Town Planning Commission at its meeting on Wednesday. The commission heard the preliminary plan for the manufacturing facility which will be located in a leased building at 350 45th St. NW

Lund Boats plans to employ 30 to 35 local people in the manufacturing plant through a contract with AgJobs, according to Hines.

“Most of their staff are Spanish-speaking employees, so they will also provide us with (HR) support and supervisory support, as well as just the ability to bus people in,” Hines said.

While some employees will drive themselves and arrange their own carpooling, transportation in the form of a van or small bus will be coordinated between AgJobs and Lund Boats for those who require it. Workers can also use Central Community Transit, local public transportation.

The new employees are currently being trained at New York Mills, and Lund Boats plans to have them work at the Willmar plant in late June or early July.

All materials, such as wood, aluminum, carpet and vinyl, will be cut at New York Mills and then trucked to Willmar for bonding operations. These items will then be repackaged into boat kits and returned to New York Mills for assembly.

“Essentially, it saves us 30 more people who aren’t in our own backyard,” Hines said. “It’s far enough to be out of our job market, but close enough to be easy enough. I mean, if I have an emergency set of parts, I can throw it in a pickup and get it here in a couple of hours.

Many New York Mills-based employees have been working overtime since demand for boats increased, according to an announcement about the new facility made by Lenn Scholz, president of Lund Boats, during a meeting with New York members. Mills Civic and Commerce on March 29. This demand, along with other factors such as COVID-19, supply shortages, weather conditions and a shortage of hiring, has left the company with more than 40 vacancies.

“We have a great, highly skilled workforce at our current location in New York Mills, and we continue to grow there,” Hines said, noting how much Brunswick values ​​and appreciates its current employees. “We’re just looking for ways to expand into a nearby location like Willmar to complement our growth in an area that has the resources to support it even faster.”

The Willmar building in which manufacturing will take place was annexed to the city in January 2021, and the city is working on a plan to expand city sewer and water through the annexation, according to the director of planning and development, Justice Walker.

While there are no changes to the exterior of the building, an investigation may be required, and it does not currently meet city zoning requirements for setbacks and parking spaces, Walker said. The city also requires buildings of this size to be equipped with a sprinkler system for fire suppression.

It’s unclear how long it will take for an investigation to be completed, and Hines noted that lack of parking shouldn’t be an issue. Many employees who will work at the facility will carpool or be transported by bus to the facility.

He also explained that the building’s parking lot currently has a large turn-around space for trucks, which will not be a problem for loading, unloading and transporting materials. Lund Boats plans to use soft-sided trailers so they can park the truck alongside the building and load materials from the side.

Although parking space is limited at the light fabrication facility leased by Brunswick Corporation to help it manufacture Lund boats, there is ample space at the rear of the building for tractor-trailer rotation that will transport material between Willmar and the New York Mills facility.

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Hines said the company is doing renovations inside the facility to upgrade restrooms and break rooms. There will be very little water usage in the facility, with the exception of toilets and sinks. Lund Boats plans to provide bottled water to employees.

The company plans to install a sprinkler system, Hines added. However, he would like to wait for city water and sewer to pass through the area before installing the sprinkler system. If this is not an option, a giant water tank should be installed with a jockey pump.

Walker noted that he and the city’s fire chief walked through the installation and that the fire chief was okay with the sprinkler system not being installed until the city water is on. was not available in the building in light of Lund Boats’ fire risk management plan.

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This leased building located at 350 45th St. NW in Willmar will be used as a light manufacturing facility for Brunswick Corporation, which builds Lund Boats.

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The Planning Commission questioned whether the state fire marshal’s office would also agree with the company’s risk management plan and no sprinkler system in place immediately; this answer was not known to anyone present at the meeting.

Hines noted that there are Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements for the storage of flammable materials, and that adhesives used by the manufacturer will be stored in fire-rated cabinets. There will only be a day or two of material stored in the facility, he added.

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Do you go to the Stadium of Light concerts?

Concert-goers are reminded to plan their trips to Sunderland.

Thousands of music fans are expected in the city to attend concerts by Ed Sheeran and Elton John at the Stadium of Light.

To accommodate everyone and make their journeys to and from the city and stadium as easy as possible, community partners including the City Council, Sunderland AFC, Metro operator Nexus and bus companies are setting up well-prepared travel and transport plans. in place.

These include additional metro and bus services, with a traffic management system for the afternoon and evening to avoid excessive congestion on public transport or on the roads.

The City Council offers over 1,300 parking spaces in the city centre, as well as on-street and off-street parking, and there are private car parks, all within comfortable walking distance of the stadium. For concerts there is a ‘park and drive’ system from Sunderland Enterprise Park with access from the main roads into the city.

The main drop-off and pick-up point for car passengers is the westbound carriageway of Dame Dorothy Street. This is indicated for drivers entering the city center.

Councilor Linda Williams, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for Vibrant City, said: “We all look forward to welcoming music fans across the city, region and country as the big gigs return to the Stadium of Light.

“Our town center has a lot to offer with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants all open, so people can arrive early, enjoy some time in the town and then walk to the stadium.

“We want everyone to have fun, so our advice to spectators is to plan your trip. Traveling by public transport can take the stress out of driving, but if you’re using the car, please plan your route and don’t forget not that you can’t park or pick up at the stadium as surrounding roads will be closed for concerts.”

The best routes in the city for motorists are marked with temporary road signs, with drivers advised to turn off sat nav and follow the signs. Roadmaps for concerts and live updates are on the A network traffic monitoring site.

Vehicles coming from the south are advised to take the A1018 and A690 exits from the A19 and drop people off in the city center or at Dame Dorothy Street, the main drop-off and pick-up point, along with the stadium of the light a few steps away. a way.

Due to the closure of Keir Hardie Way, vehicles from the north and west are advised to use Sunderland Enterprise Park – accessed via the A1231 Wessington Way, this is the main Park and Walk site of the event.

No public parking is available within the stadium complex as the roads immediately surrounding the Stadium of Light in the sheepfold area will be closed. Therefore, pick-up and drop-off of vehicles just outside the stadium is not possible.

We remind motorists that residential streets near the Stadium of Light are subject to resident parking permit restrictions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resistance from inside the park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Six Tendring car parks rewarded for their safety

Six car parks in Tendring have received superior security accreditation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VCs on the rise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional reporting by Jonathan Burgos.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The question I ask is are theyeverything necessary?

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

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

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

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

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

Obviously, I am.

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Report – Streetsblog New York City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The report identified:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charging infrastructure for buses to meet future needs

Highly intelligent and energy efficient lighting

Energy performance certificate “A”

Efficient “A” rated boilers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Woman killed in Colorado Springs mobile home park fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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French Quarter Management District launches Keep the Quarter Clean campaign

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

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

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

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

Citizens will participate in the Keep the Quarter Clean campaign by increasing reporting on opportunities to clean up the French Quarter. Remediation opportunities can be reported by contacting the nola311.org/service-request using a QR code, or reporting directly to the city’s sanitation service provider, KBS/Empire by phone at 504-835-5551, or emailing [email protected]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In short

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

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

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

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

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

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

Norris not surprised by Mercedes pace in training

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

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

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

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

Ocon reprimanded for Russell pit lane near miss

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

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

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

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Schneider Electric Forms Strategic Partnership with Inchcape to Provide Comprehensive One-Stop eMobility Solutions for Parking Operators and Electric Vehicle (EV) Drivers | Taiwan News

  • Best-in-class electric vehicle solutions with comprehensive charging facilities and services will increase driver comfort and promote Hong Kong’s smart mobility and sustainability
  • Schneider Electric unveils new EV chargers, EVlink™ Pro AC and EVlink™ Home, for efficient, resilient and sustainable all-electric transport

HONG KONG SAR – Media outreach – May 5, 2022 – Schneider-Electricthe leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced a strategic partnership with inchcape, world leaders in international automotive services, to launch a portfolio of one-stop total eMobility solutions for electric vehicles.

Schneider Electric today announced a strategic partnership with Inchcape, the leading international automotive service groups, to launch a portfolio of one-stop total eMobility solutions for electric vehicles. Jonathan Chiu, President of Schneider Electric Hong Kong (right), and Ted Lau, General Manager of Greater China of Inchcape (left), came together in a signing ceremony to seal the collaboration.

The rapid transition to zero-emission vehicles is essential to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. This transition is accelerating, particularly in Hong Kong where, in March 2022, electric vehicles accounted for around 3.4% of the total number of vehicles.

Support the HKSAR government Electric Vehicle Popularization Initiative and the Home Grant Scheme, the company plans to install about 3,000 EV chargers in nearly 90 locations by the end of the year. This will pave the way for its goal of installing more than 15,000 EV chargers by 2025.

“As an impactful company, Schneider Electric is committed to helping its customers, partners and communities around the world drive positive, long-term change. We are proud to partner with Inchcape to contribute to the global electrification and decarbonization of transportation and help Hong Kong achieve its ambition of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050,” said Jonathan Chiu, President of Schneider Electric Hong Kong.

Strategic collaboration with Inchcape

Sharing the same vision of an efficient and sustainable future for electric mobility, Schneider Electric has formed a strategic partnership with Inchcape to provide parking operators, facility managers, as well as private EV drivers with an integrated EV solution , including electric cars, seamless charging and comprehensive services.

“This collaboration is an important step in popularizing electric vehicles and supporting the growth of sustainable mobility in Hong Kong. By combining our advanced electric vehicle charging technology with Inchcape’s extensive business network, we will accelerate the developing end-to-end smart solutions and transforming the entire e-mobility ecosystem,” said Chiu.

Schneider Electric forms a strategic partnership with Inchcape to provide comprehensive one-stop eMobility solutions to parking operators and electric vehicle (EV) drivers

This year, Schneider Electric plans to launch two new EV chargers, EVlink™ Pro AC (left) and Home EVlink™ (to the right). EVlink Pro AC’s advanced connectivity and smart charging enables remote monitoring and control and optimizes power consumption; while EVlink Home is a simple and easy-to-install charger for homeowners, minimizing any risk of power cuts.

Ted Lau, General Manager of Greater China of Inchcape, said, “The country’s 14th Five-Year Plan states that carbon neutrality is a priority development direction, leading to the growth of new energy vehicles as a strategic industry. new products. In the Hong Kong roadmap on the popularization of electric vehicles, the Hong Kong SAR government also pledged to boost the development of electric vehicles, with a forecast of 150,000 units of charging stations built in private commercial or residential car parks and another 5,000 units in public charging facilities by 2025. electric vehicles, Inchcape is collaborating with Schneider Electric to provide drivers with more charging facilities and solutions.”

EcoStruxure™ for eMobility for efficient, resilient and sustainable all-electric mobility

The electrification of transport is essential in the journey towards a net zero future. Schneider-Electric EcoStruxure for eMobility is an easy-to-install, end-to-end connected solution that maintains power reliability in parking lots and buildings and provides a hands-on experience for EV operators and drivers.

This year, the company plans to launch two new innovative EV chargers for eMobility, addressing different user needs:

EVlink™ Pro AC for owners, car park operators and facility managers:

Advanced Connectivity allows remote monitoring and control and supports third-party payment systems

Smart charging optimizes energy consumption and maximizes availability and efficiency

Modular and scalable design offers operators the flexibility to add EV chargers whenever needed

Home EVlink™ for owners:

Accessible and interoperable with all EVs on the market

Robust design (waterproof and shockproof) suitable for outdoor and indoor use

– Optional peak controller minimizes the risk of power supply disturbances

The new EV chargers are Premium Green™ certified, which promises compliance with the latest regulations, transparency on environmental impacts, as well as the reduction of CO emissions2 footprint.

Beyond EV chargers, owners, parking lot operators and facility managers are also looking for ways to improve energy management and redesign EV charging infrastructure to meet the increasing electricity demand. Schneider-Electric EcoStruxure EV Charging Experta charging load management system, allows owners or operators to efficiently monitor and control electric vehicle infrastructure and intelligently distribute available power in real time to their building’s charging stations.

Aspiring to a net-zero eMobility future, these features are all part of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure for eMobility, which offers a complete end-to-end integrated ecosystem of hardware, software and services. They help owners, individuals and stakeholders involved in public and private eMobility infrastructure projects to make them resilient, efficient and green to support future demand and meet the challenges posed by climate change.

Appendix: Highlights of Schneider Electric EV chargers

For Commercial and Residential Building Owners, Parking Lot Operators and Facility Managers For owners
EVlink™ Pro AC Home EVlink™
Advanced and durable connectivity
  • Supports remote monitoring and control, making operations more efficient
  • Smart charging optimizes power consumption

Flexible and user-friendly

  • Modular and scalable design
  • Accessible and interoperable with all EVs on the market
  • Simple and intuitive to install, commission, use, operate and maintain

Reliable and safe compliant

  • Rugged design (waterproof and shockproof) is suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • Complies with international safety standards
Economical and sustainable
  • Affordable Solution
  • With the Green Premium™ label and sustainable certifications

Convenient and friendly

  • Accessible and interoperable with all EVs on the market
  • Easy to install and use for homeowners

Reliable and safe compliant

  • Optional Peak Controller minimizes risk of power outages
  • Rugged design (waterproof and shockproof) is suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • Complies with international safety standards
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Is Houston becoming more bike-friendly? This developer says yes.

When Lava Sunder left Houston for college in 2012, the green paint was for homes and curbs indicating temporary parking. Now slivers of it criss-cross many Houston neighborhoods, turning thoroughfares into places where residents can opt for bike pedals over the gas pedal.

“It wasn’t like this a very long time ago,” she said. “You see something has changed.”

Sunder, who has worked on car-free development in Arizona and is committed to reducing vehicle use and e-bike adoption, caught the eye when she noted in a Twitter post how the Houston she had left and the one she had returned to seemed different to cyclists.

“Living (car-free) in my hometown of Houston for a while and I’m SO impressed with all the new protected bike lanes,” she wrote, noting that she felt like the city was one step away. “turning”.

What exactly happened, however, is difficult to determine, BikeHouston executive director Joe Cutrufo said. On a Monday morning bike ride through Upper Kirby, Montrose and downtown Houston, Cutrufo and Sunder said there was a lot to cheer on but also a lot to do.

“You don’t want to be the person who always says what’s wrong,” Cutrufo said. “When there’s something like the Austin Street Bike Lane – something that’s a real improvement – ​​we want to celebrate that.”

Levy Park, near Richmond and Kirby, is an example. Although it’s locked between major boulevards and Interstate 69, the park is surrounded by local streets that are open to bikers – though riding through the park itself will get you a quick reprimand from the ever-present security.

From Levy Park, Sunder and Cutrufo briefly used Richmond eastbound to cross Kirby, opting for the main streets as lighter 10 a.m. traffic moved along. With the right timing and group biking, Cutrufo said, main streets are often passable, but also avoidable.

Cutting into the residential area south of Richmond, Sunder and Cutrufo rode Shepherd through an area devoid of any dedicated space for cyclists as neighboring crews tore it up as part of a street and sewer rehabilitation project. Bike paths through the neighborhood and into Montrose along Dunlavy are just signs and paint.

Many cities in the past five or six years have overtaken Houston by creating on-street bike lanes, often protected by on-street parking or reflective poles. As a result, Bayou Town is an afterthought when it comes to many of the metrics used to judge a town’s bicycle friendliness. Bicycle Magazine, which compiles a list of the top 50, never included Houston. Advocacy group People for Bikes, which uses a litany of criteria to rank cities, ranked Houston last year as 18 – 636th out of 768 cities compared.

What’s unclear, at this time, is how Houston will fare in the next two years due to Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis’ investments in local streets, City Hall pledging to expand bike lanes along some roads and new trails along various developed bayous. by the Houston Parks Board and area management districts. Through miles of trails and offerings, Houston is quickly catching up with safer separate lanes.

Objective: uninterrupted journeys

The new lanes on Waugh and Commonwealth are among the latest examples. Moving from Fairview to Waugh, Sunder said the difference was noticeable. Gone are the signs urging cyclists to ‘share the road’, as a new green strip and large concrete curbs mark the new dedicated lane for cyclists.

“It’s almost like Houston skipped a step,” she said later.

Protection, or the feeling of protection, can be an important factor in the frequency and users of cycle paths. The new greenways along Waugh, Commonwealth, Gray and Austin all feature large concrete curbs which are much more difficult for cars and trucks to cross. These curbs, while they cannot stop a thundering car or all disasters, are far more likely to provide a barrier to cyclists than the rubber bumps – often called armadillos – and plastic warning sticks that many cities have deployed to expand bike lanes.

“Concrete is so much better,” Sunder said, praising the lanes as exactly what more cities need.

The smooth ride ends on Waugh, a few blocks from Allen Parkway. The dedicated space gives way to sharing the street with speeders. The sidewalk could be an option, but uneven panels present their own dangers.

Upon entering the Buffalo Bayou trail system, however, conditions change dramatically. The trails dip and dip away from Allen Parkway, giving cyclists direct access to the western edge of downtown.

Sunder said the bayous offer Houston a unique chance to build fast, safe routes through dozens of neighborhoods, with trails being for bikes what freeways are for cars: uninterrupted access.

Being car-free for Sunder is a way of life and good business. Before staying with her parents last month, she spent three years in Tempe helping to develop Culdesac, a car-free development currently under construction. The neighborhood, built to accommodate 1,000 people, is billed as the first car-free community built from the ground up.

To get around Houston, Sunder commandeered the electric bike she bought her mom for Christmas. During the month, she visited various neighborhoods and trails and was impressed with many offers, especially the reconstruction of Bagby and the Austin Street bike paths.

Bobby and weaving under Interstate 45 where the Buffalo Bayou trails connect to the area around City Hall, Sunder and Cutrufo zoomed north on Bagby – taking advantage of the wide lane and timed traffic lights to give cyclists a head start.

Traversing downtown on mostly deserted midday city streets, the pair turned to Minute Maid Park to pedal Austin. Traffic was heavier, but the two-way lanes show that cyclists and cars can co-exist, Sunder said.

Joe Cutrufo, left, executive director of BikeHouston, talks with Lava Sunder as they ride their bikes Monday, April 25, 2022, in downtown Houston.

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“You’re never going to get away from cars, but how do you make sure people have the option of cycling safely,” she said.

Still a lot to do

Houston already has a way forward, Cutrufo said, as long as it continues. The city’s cycling map – for 1,800 miles of safe trails and protected lanes – outlines where trails are sought after and where they should align with recent work.

“These projects show what can be done,” he said.

City and Houston Parks Board officials were to officially open a 1.4-mile trail link along Sims Bayou on Saturday, hailing it as a way to bring bayou trail access to a often overlooked southeastern part of the city.

There are still many projects to be completed. Of the planned 1,800 miles, less than 400 miles have been completed. There are less than 30 miles of protected lanes on the street, down from less than 13 miles six years ago when Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner called for a ‘paradigm shift’ in the city’s transportation system . Since then, Houston Public Works has hired a transportation planner and prioritized traffic calming in certain neighborhoods.

Yet advocates know that projects often face skepticism. After months of work, a handful of residents have raised concerns about plans to narrow 11th Street and add bike lanes as construction nears.

This may have derailed plans from previous years, but it seems unlikely to change or stop the 11th Street redesign. Neighborhood groups and cycling advocates have not backed down, and city officials have continued to support the plans.

Despite the positive analysis of Houston’s growing greenways, over time, traveling through Houston, Sunder acknowledged that she saw some of the challenges as well. A crosswalk on Westheimer between Virginia and Ferndale generally makes little difference to passing drivers. When she sent a quick video to Houston Public Works, it was a city-issued Jeep running a red light.

All the growth in interest in cycling comes as the region grapples with a growing road safety crisis, with pedestrians and cyclists bearing the brunt of it. The number of pedestrians and cyclists killed each year in Harris County rose from 113 in 2015 to 193 last year. The 24 cyclists killed in 2021 were double the 2016 total.

After going through Midtown, following Gray then Bagby to Spur 527, Cutrufo returns to the neighborhood, through an opening in the noise barrier near the freeway. The streets are pockmarked and treacherous, but otherwise open to bicycling.

“It’s obviously imperfect. Not every implementation has to be perfect,” Sunder said, charting with Cutrufo the way back to Levy Park. “It’s just good to see something.”

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Pierce County executive vetoes law that would expand ‘safe parking’ areas for homeless people

TACOMA — Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier issued his second veto of the week Friday, rejecting a bill that would have allowed homeless people to park their cars overnight in lots across the county.

Republican Dammeier raised concerns about the legislative process that ended with the law passing in a 4-3 partisan vote by the county board, with the approval of the Democratic majority.

“Secure temporary parking – if done the right way – is an attractive option for some homeless people,” Dammeier said in a letter to council announcing his veto.

Council Chairman Derek Young, a Democrat, responded to Dammeier with his own letter, saying the public wants a quick response to homelessness issues and the council has delivered.

“This legislation provided an interim solution that we could continue to refine while the Department of Planning and Public Works develops permanent regulations for final review and action by Council,” Young’s letter said.

State law allows churches and religious institutions to open their parking lots to homeless people who own a vehicle so those people have a safe place to sleep in their car. Four religious organizations have opened about 30 spaces for so-called “secure parking” in Pierce County.

The bill passed by the county council on April 19 would have extended this secure parking to government offices, schools, parks, daycares, libraries, community centers, doctors’ offices and commercial properties.

Dammeier told the county council in his veto letter that the legislation as passed would impact public trust.

He pointed out that council used temporary bylaws, which bypass a legislative process, to pass the bill. The law would have put rules in place for six months while staff work on permanent bylaws to present to council.

Council spokesman Brynn Grimley said the bill had been heard by the Community Development Committee with public comments and the Department of Social Services was also involved in the process.

“It was not a fast-track process like an emergency bill,” she told the News Tribune. “There was a normal process of public comment and review as far as a county council process would go.”

Dammeier said in his letter that secure parking is allowed at religious organizations, and the veto doesn’t change that.

Young said council staff said that was potentially the case. There is no county law that meets state requirements, and therefore any safe parking in unincorporated Pierce County is illegal. Young also said he wanted more than the “minimum standard” set by the state legislature.

“We know that we cannot relocate people as quickly as necessary. This legislation has helped resolve this issue, and I am disappointed that the executive branch chose to veto it,” Young’s letter reads.

One of the bill’s sponsors, board member Ryan Mello (D-Tacoma), told the News Tribune he was disappointed with Dammeier’s decision. He said 31% of homeless people have a car, according to the county’s 2020 point-in-time count.

Pierce County prioritized affordable housing and homelessness in its 2022-23 budget, allocating $253 million — the most the county has ever spent on homelessness. The county also approved a comprehensive plan to end homelessness that focuses on expanding shelter space and case management. The plan also mentions the importance of safe places where people can park.

Friday’s veto was Dammeier’s fifth in six years in office. He and the county council are also in the midst of a dispute over who has the power to decide which flags fly at the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma.

Young said he plans to introduce a flag policy veto at Tuesday’s council meeting next week, but has yet to discuss with other council members whether to propose a right of veto on the issue of safe parking.

“I haven’t had a chance to go through the timeline of this, but I think we will have one at some point,” he told The News Tribune.

Dammeier could not immediately be reached for further comment on Friday.

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Man is dragged by car – with daughter, granddaughter inside – in hotel parking lot: Beachwood Police blotter

BEACHWOOD, Ohio —

Criminal Assault: Eaton Boulevard

At 12:40 a.m. on April 24, police were called to the parking lot of the Aloft Hotel, 1010 Eaton Blvd. At the scene, officers learned that a 42-year-old man from White Lake, Michigan was dragged to the ground while partially in a car.

The incident began when the man allegedly saw his daughter, 22, from Kirtland, in a car with a Mentor, 25, smoking marijuana. Also in the car was the woman’s 6-month-old daughter.

The man told officers he went to the car to scold his daughter for smoking marijuana with his daughter in the car. The upset Mentor then allegedly fled while the 42-year-old was partially in the car, dragging him a short distance.

Police have charged the Mentor man with felony assault and child endangerment.

OVI: Shaker Blvd.

At 10:30 p.m. on April 21, an officer stopped a speeding car and discovered that the driver, a 62-year-old Cleveland man, was intoxicated. Police charged the man with OVI and speeding.

Check Fraud: Halburton Road

At 2:50 p.m. on April 22, a 57-year-old Beachwood man reported that a check he mailed to the Solon Post Office had been stolen and the payee’s name had been altered. The dollar amount on the check has been reduced from $13,000 to $6,300.

Domestic Violence: Park East Drive

At 8:10 a.m. on April 22, police were called to the Residence Inn Hotel, 3628 Park East Drive, following a report of a disturbance on the second floor. After investigation, police arrested a 39-year-old Akron man on charges of domestic violence and disorderly conduct. The victim was a 43-year-old Cleveland woman.

OVI: cedar path

At 11:50 p.m. on April 23, an officer stopped a speeding car and learned that its driver, a 47-year-old woman from Maple Heights, was intoxicated. Police charged OVI’s wife; have a blood alcohol level over 0.17 (0.08 is the state minimum for drunk driving); speeding; and having an open liquor container in a motor vehicle.

Flight: Cedar Road

At 5 p.m. on April 23, police arrested two Columbus boys, ages 17 and 15, for theft from Dillard’s at Beachwood Place Mall, 26300 Cedar Road. The boys allegedly stole goods totaling $79.50.

Drug possession: Boulevard Chagrin

At 1:35 a.m. on April 25, an officer stopped a car that displayed partially obstructed license plates. During the traffic stop, it was discovered that the driver, a 23-year-old man from Bedford, had a suspended license.

A search of the man’s car revealed marijuana and pills believed to be narcotics. Police charged the man with DUS, driving with obstructed plates and possession of a controlled substance. Further charges are pending the results of lab tests on the pills.

Threats: Mercantile Road

At 6.50pm on April 20, police were called to 5 Points Property Management, 23715 Mercantile Road, where a Hudson man, 40, allegedly threatened staff via text message. The man was upset that he hadn’t gotten his security deposit back.

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USAA Real Estate builds one of the first industrial warehouses built with sustainable materials designed to reduce carbon impact

New 161,000 square foot structure built with an innovative wood product that produces 45% less CO2 than conventional concrete

SAN ANTONIO, April 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — USAA Real Estate and its development partner, Seefried Industrial Properties, announced that they are nearing completion of an industrial warehouse development in Dallas Fort Worth which will be among the first to use sustainable building materials that will reduce the carbon impact of its construction by more than 45%, equivalent to the emissions of a single car over more than two million kilometers of travel.

The Southfield Park 35 warehouse, located just south of I-20 near Danieldale and Old Hickory Road to the south Dallas County, was constructed with cross-laminated timber (CLT), a precision-engineered wood product that replaces the sloped concrete wall panels of a typical industrial warehouse. Conventional construction methods rely on the use of concrete, which produces 8% of global carbon emissions per year. By relying on this wood product rather than steel and concrete, the carbon-intensive construction process is cut nearly in half. Each CLT panel is built to 132n/a an inch in spec.

The warehouse’s 60ft CLT panels come from a vast forest of British Columbia, Canada which is tightly regulated by federal authorities, which only allow 1% of available timber to be grown and require two trees to be planted for each one that is harvested. “In line with our ambition to be more imaginative in limiting the environmental impact of our development projects, we are leveraging sustainably harvested renewable resources,” said Lange Allen, CEO of USAA Real Estate. “In addition to CLT’s significantly reduced carbon footprint, tenants will recognize the material as being aesthetically superior to the standard steel and concrete design of ’tilting’ walls, as well as the associated energy efficiency operational benefits that the CLT offers.”

“This property has the potential to set a new precedent for building sustainable warehouses,” Josh Hullum, added the director of construction management of USAA Real Estate. “With the tremendous market demand for warehouse products, tenants have an intense and growing appetite for building solutions that have these environmental attributes.”

CLT materials, which remain exposed inside the warehouse, are complemented by MEGASLAB concrete systems, a proprietary admixture for the building slab and site paving that relies on cement reduction but retains durability and remarkable resistance. The warehouse is located on 8.57 acres within the 157-acre Southfield Park 35 development.

“Being part of a ground-breaking project focused strictly on the use of sustainably harvested wood and eco-friendly materials is monumental in our market with promising room for growth in the future,” said Jonathan Stites, senior vice president at Seefried Properties. “We are proud to lead the construction of a project using the CLT and MEGASLAB systems, which guarantees structural integrity, well-being at work and the reduction of greenhouse gases.”

Chris Teesdale and Tom Pearson with Colliers International will commercialize the project.

About USAA Real Estate
Together with its affiliates, USAA Real Estate invests across the risk spectrum and capital stack, managing more than $36 billion of net assets under management for its global clientele. USAA Real Estate provides strategic capital for thematic investments, capitalizing on the growing demand for technology-driven real estate assets. Investments are diversified across North America and Europe, with a portfolio that includes e-commerce logistics and distribution centers, media production facilities and data centers, as well as multi-family, office and hotel properties. For more information, visit usrealco.com.

About Seefried
Seefried Industrial Properties is a nationally recognized leader in industrial real estate, with 37 years of development, leasing and management experience. Over the years, the company has been recognized for its transparency, distinctive skills, financial strength, leadership and vision and today remains committed to providing efficient and cost-effective solutions that generate competitive advantages for our customers and investors. Since its inception, the company has built more than $13 billion in development volume in more than 50 markets across the United States Seefried is based in Atlantawith regional offices in Los Angeles, dallas, Chicago and Phoenix. For more information, visit www.seefriedproperties.com.

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The Recorder – Montague Police Logs: April 3 to April 16, 2022

Posted: 04/24/2022 15:01:39

Modified: 04/24/2022 15:00:13

Sunday April 3

5:02 p.m. – A caller at Unity and Prospect streets reports being involved in a two-vehicle accident, suffering from chest pain. Rau’s Sunoco service towed a vehicle. A driver received a verbal warning for speeding. His vehicle was serviceable and he left the scene.

Monday april 4th

5:01 p.m. – A caller from Highland Circle reports a child taking small piles of leaves and lighting them on fire in his driveway. The child was inside at the time of the call and there was no fire.

7:38 p.m. – A caller from Montague Avenue reports a cat locked in the house since February 2. No one is home. A voicemail was left for animal control.

Tuesday, April 5

5:46 p.m. — A caller from East Main Street believes gasoline was siphoned from his vehicle. He said his mother’s car had been damaged a few weeks earlier and had asked for video footage to be viewed.

Wednesday 6 April

1:00 a.m. – Northfield Mountain reports seeing an individual on security cameras at the Silvio O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory looking around the area with a flashlight. The police discovered that the door was open when he arrived. Northfield Mountain reports that starting April 1, the gate should be locked. Police checked the area and found no one with a flashlight. Northfield Mountain couldn’t find anyone on security cameras. The police secured the door as best they could.

5.41pm – The caller says his stepson was beaten and his backpack was taken by other children while he was on the Unity Park basketball court. The Appellant refused medical treatment for his son.

Thursday, April 7

1.03am – Police encounter a man in Cross Street and Turnpike Road with a history of domestic problems and harassment. They talked about the encounter that day with the ex-girlfriend and the police warned him about his actions.

friday april 8

7:07 p.m. – A caller from Avenue A and Fourth Street reports about 19 children shouting and shouting at each other on the roadway. Several calls came in, with one caller advising that the group had moved into a brick building on the upper side of Fourth Street, with some going inside and still others outside. Police learned that the children had a dispute over a relationship before separating them and telling them to stay away from each other.

9:37 p.m. – Police search for an Audi that passed an officer near the Scotty convenience store.

saturday april 9

7:32 a.m. — A caller from Third Street Laundry reports that the laundromat has been vandalized. A camera was broken and two others were moved. There was also trash thrown everywhere. Police contacted the owner, who said he believed they were likely children he had chased out of the laundromat the day before.

12.59pm – A caller from Keith Apartments on Canal Street said two young boys mooned him and then fled.

sunday april 10

6:02 a.m. – A caller from the FL Roberts gas station says a man in the store was belligerent, broke things and stole things. He was last seen heading to Fourth Street on foot.

1:58 p.m. – A caller from Connecticut River Liquors on Avenue A reports a shoplifting incident that has occurred within the last few minutes. A man walked out of the store with a bottle of liquor. Police recovered the stolen item in the area of ​​87 Fourth St.

monday april 11

3:35 p.m. – A caller from Fourth Street reports that there is a group of people fighting. A second caller reports shouting and screaming in the area, also thinking it looked like someone was being held down. A third caller states that a woman was quite badly beaten by another woman before getting into a blue van which took off, turning right onto Avenue A. The vehicle could not be located.

6:01 p.m. – Multiple callers report a fight on Fourth Street in which a large group of children attacked a man, hitting him with skateboards. A third caller reported that his cousin was hit by a thrown scooter. The caller was not at the scene and did not know if there were any injuries.

tuesday april 12

6:44 a.m. — A caller on North Taylor Hill Road reports a bear in his area. The requested animal control must be notified.

5:51 p.m. – Multiple callers report a crash between a school bus and a Chevrolet pickup truck with unknown injuries at Avenue A and Seventh Street. Rau’s Sunoco service towed the truck. All bus passengers refused medical transport, while the truck driver was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

Wednesday April 13

8:58 a.m. – A Third Street caller says his 13-year-old grandson ran away after getting into trouble at school. Police located the child on Second Street, who said he was walking home.

1:40 p.m. — A caller from Avenue A reports two men in the stairwell who appear suspicious. The caller thinks he does not live in the building. Building management has been notified of the complaint.

friday april 15

6:05 p.m. – A caller near the Unity Park basketball court received a call from his friend that he had been threatened by a man before leaving his apartment. The caller said his friend was at the basketball court and wanted to speak to an officer. The individual said his sister’s boyfriend assaulted her and yelled at her, so he left because he was scared. The police would contact the mother.

10:52 p.m. — A caller from Miller’s Pub reports people fighting outside. The police discovered that there was a group outside making noise.

saturday april 16

11:04 a.m. — A caller from Greenfield Road reports a domesticated turkey on the loose.

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Beaudin officially hired as City Manager of Pleasanton | News

City Council has officially confirmed former Director of Community Development Gerry Beaudin as Pleasanton’s next City Manager.

Beaudin, who worked for the City of Pleasanton from 2015 to 2019 before leaving to become deputy city manager of Alameda, will take the reins at the end of May after the council unanimously approved his employment contract during the Tuesday evening regular meeting.

“Pleasanton is a special place,” Beaudin told the Weekly after the council voted. “I am particularly excited about this opportunity as it will allow me to work with the City Council, City staff and the community to ensure the Town of Pleasanton meets the needs of today and prepares for our future. »

“Beginning next month, I look forward to immersing myself in established City Council priorities, reacquainting myself with the organization, and reconnecting with friends and colleagues I haven’t seen in a long time,” said added Beaudin, who could not be present. the Pleasanton meeting because the Alameda City Council also had a meeting that night.

Pleasanton council and a consulting firm had been recruiting a new permanent city manager since longtime leader Nelson Fialho resigned on November 30 on retirement from public service after leading Pleasanton city government for 17 years. Deputy City Manager Brian Dolan has served as acting City Manager since December.

Beaudin was publicly confirmed as the board’s top candidate last week, coinciding with the release of the meeting agenda which included Beaudin’s proposed contract, which includes an annual salary of $280,000 and a start date. May 23.

“Gerry’s combination of experience and expertise in municipal governance, combined with his knowledge of Pleasanton, makes him incredibly well qualified to serve as City Manager as he works with council and the community to ensure our exceptional quality of life,” Mayor Karla Brown said in the April 14 announcement.

Councilor Kathy Narum added in her comments at Tuesday’s meeting, “I would just like to welcome Gerry Beaudin as the new City Manager, and I look forward to his leadership and especially his expertise in land use planning and planning considering our (Regional Housing Need Allowance). I think it’s a great hire for us.”

Brown and Narum served on the council’s subcommittee for city manager search and contract negotiations.

Rising to the top during the Pleasanton search process, Beaudin is already familiar with the operations of city government and local politics.

He led Pleasanton’s community development department – ​​responsible for planning, building permits, traffic engineering and code enforcement – ​​for almost exactly four years.

During his tenure, the Planning Commission and City Council addressed a range of notable policy projects and debates, including the Downtown Specific Plan Update, the Johnson Drive Economic Development Area, and debates Costco Associates, Workday Headquarters Expansion and the Irby Ranch neighborhood.

Since joining Alameda as Deputy City Manager – the city’s second administrative position – in August 2019, Beaudin has led various organizational initiatives, including the Alameda Climate Action and Resilience Plan. Alameda, a mobile crisis response pilot unit and a new waste management, recycling and composting franchise contract.

His other experience during his 19-year career includes working as a zoning administrator in the city of Mountain View, and before that he worked in urban planning with Los Altos, South San Francisco and his native Canada.

Council voted 5-0 to ratify Beaudin’s city manager contract as part of its consent schedule Tuesday night.

The four-page employment agreement provides that Beaudin will receive an annual salary of $280,000, as well as benefits such as the standard pension health, dental and medical insurance for other city management employees.

He will accumulate annual leave at the rate of 15 days per year, with a ceiling of 50 working days (400 hours), as well as 10 days of administrative leave per year and will benefit from five days of sick leave from his first day of employment. work.

Beaudin can choose between a car allowance of $550 per month or use a city-provided vehicle – although he is responsible for paying for his own fuel in either case – and he will be provided with a city-issued cell phone and d other hardware technologies essential to his work. The city will pay its professional dues in three organizations, the cost of attending professional conferences and an executive coach of its choice.

It will be subject to an initial six-monthly performance review by the city council, then to annual appraisals each May thereafter.

Dolan is expected to continue leading the municipal administration until Beaudin arrives on May 23. Brown has publicly praised Dolan for his leadership during his nearly five months as acting city manager.

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The most important features of F1 Manager 22

The release of an officially licensed Formula 1 video game always comes with a certain amount of pressure.

There is a need to appease licensor Liberty Media and uphold the championship’s core values, certainly. But, more importantly, you need to gain an educated and passionate fan base.

Thanks to online media, Netflix shows and entire TV channels dedicated to F1, those who follow the single-seater circus have wider access than ever.

They’ve also likely played games developed by Birmingham-based studio Codemasters since 2010, which in 2020 stepped up the immersion with My Team mode, allowing you to create your own team and oversee things like upgrades cars and driver signatures.

Launch, then, of your very first official F1 game it’s also your first adventure in motorsport, it’s a big business. Introducing F1 Manager 22, the start of a new series from veteran theme park and space exploration simulator developers Frontier Developments.

First, some basics

Before we go any further, a management game is in many ways more about off-track administration than on-track racing. This sits alongside every existing F1 game on PC, console or mobile and is the first dedicated game of this ilk since Electronic Art’s F1 Manager from 2000.

You play as the team leader, not the pilots, of an existing team in the real world. So, goodbye Toto Wolff, hello to you. The goal is to win championships, of course, but before that make sure the team grows, progresses on an upward trajectory and remains solvent.

You will spend most of your time in a menu

Yes, you’ll be able to watch the races as they happen, but the main skill, and therefore where you’ll spend the most time, is in the home menu.

There’s a screen on the far left of the UI that will provide you with snippets of information, or you can browse dedicated areas for more detailed analysis. Countless hours will be wasted flipping through tabs, scrolling through options, and making big decisions.

Car upgrades are extremely detailed

The direction of a team’s car development rests entirely on your shoulders in F1 Manager 22 and is critical to success.

Before considering which upgrade path to take, you must first know in which performance parameters your current vehicle is a leader and in which areas it lags behind the competition.

Here, characteristics such as low, medium and high speed cornering performance are measured in g-force and then compared to the grid average or a specific team of your choosing. The same goes for things like brake lock-up or dirty-air cornering capabilities.

You can also delve into track-specific performance. Let’s say your car is struggling with grip in the high-speed corners and Silverstone is approaching the schedule. With this in mind, you can then order the research and development of auto parts that can improve performance on this site.

The options are many. You don’t just select “upgrade car”, but specifically the front wing, rear wing, sidepods or underbody and you can see how the upgrades to each item affect the performance of the car.

Selecting one area to upgrade may also impact others, such as improving drag reduction but reducing engine cooling. Likewise, it could take engineering resources away from other projects.

In an added touch of authenticity, the engineers on the team match the real world. It’s Enrico Cardile and not “John Smith” sending you an email about Ferrari’s aero updates, for example.

Facilities will require maintenance

However, your team’s ability to implement successful upgrades also depends on the facilities they have. You can’t create a powerful power supply unit with just a set of wrenches and sockets.

It looks like the main game loop is balancing resources. Nowhere is this truer than budgeting for long-term facility upgrades. Are you spending money on short-term car upgrades or waiting for a new wind tunnel to be built and sacrificing an entire season?

Keep your bosses happy

The board will ultimately decide whether your team management, car and facility upgrade programs and on-track performance are up to snuff.

They provide you with the budget to work with and a series of targets – fall short of your targets and you’re headed to your local recruiting agency.

This includes real-world F1 rules considerations such as the cost cap and aero testing restrictions based on the team’s performance in the previous season.

Search for Formula 2 and Formula 3 drivers

Discovering the next generation of talent will be key to your success in F1 Manager 2022. Yes, you can work with existing drivers from your selected team and even its contracted reserve. You could also, in theory, tie up the services of Max Verstappen, provided you can get him away from the comforts of the Red Bull bubble.

But F1 Manager 22 also allows you to search for new talents. Much like a football management title, you need to send your scout on a reconnaissance mission to find out if a driver is interested and if he has the right ingredients to succeed in F1.

From there, Formula 2 and Formula 3 drivers from the current 2022 season are available. If you think Jack Doohan can match his father’s trophy cabinet but on four wheels, or Arthur Leclerc has greater prowess than his brother, enter them as a third driver and allow them to acquire experience during practice sessions.

It’s time to race

An important distinction is that ‘Manager’ is in the title of the game. It’s not really about the action on the track, but surprisingly there is a level of pizzazz above expectation.

The cars are 3D models, resplendent in appropriate liveries and helmet designs. They duck and weave around the track, looking for positions – not as smooth or naturalistic as a full driving simulator, it must be said, but with more detail than a typical race management game.

Likewise, the real leads are all present and correct, with Miami to be included. We were treated to a view of Albert Park’s latest development – but some of the dips in the road were crooked at this stage of development.

There are multiple camera angles, like a TV or onboard broadcast style with each pilot. Alternatively, increase the race speed above 4x, and it will switch to a map view, with colored dots representing each car.

At the start of the race, David Croft shouts “…and the lights go out and let’s go”, and 11-time Grand Prix starter Karun Chandhok will add post-race analysis.

This is added by the use of cut real-world radio messages from previous seasons. If you run Ferrari, for example, and tell Charles Leclerc to pick up his pace a bit, Xavier Marcos Padros will drop on the radio and say “mode push, mode push”.

It made me smile, an added flourish that will hopefully delight fans – provided it doesn’t get too repetitive.

Supervise the weekend

During a run, however, you shouldn’t get too carried away listening to recognizable radio calls.

There are five pace levels you can set one of your riders to perform at, always taking into account tire usage and how close they are to their rivals. Fuel conservation and ERS modes can also be changed on the fly as you cycle back and forth between your two participants.

The weather will change, so the possibility of unscheduled pit stops mid-race is very real, as are mistakes by other drivers that can cause safety cars. Before the race, you can check the factual historical data to know the percentage chance of a race interruption.

Even for the main event, you can change specific stint lengths in the strategy options and include pace goals.

Early pit stop

We spent an hour watching an early build of F1 Manager 22 with executive producer Adam Woods, executive producer and game director Andy Fletcher, and felt like it was just scratching the surface.

Without hands-on gameplay, it’s hard to say whether this newcomer to the racing sim genre will take on Motorsport Manager or iGP Manager – but on the face of it, the fundamentals are in place to make for another essential F1 game buy.

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What are the most effective ways to get cars out of cities? | Travel and transport

gThe removal of cars from cities has become an international concern. But city authorities, planners and citizens still lack a clear, evidence-based answer to the question: what works to reduce car use in cities?

We looked at almost 800 peer-reviewed reports and case studies from across Europe published since 2010, and used real-world data to rank the 12 most effective measures European cities have introduced.

The ranking reflects the cities’ successes not only in terms of measurable reductions in car use, but also in terms of improving the quality of life and sustainable mobility for their residents.

Our study, conducted at the Lund University Center for Sustainability Studies and published in Transport Policy Case Studiesfinds that more than 75% of urban innovations that have succeeded in reducing car use have been led by a local city government, including those that have proven to be the most effective, such as congestion charging, parking enforcement and traffic, and restricted traffic areas.

Narrow policies don’t seem to work – there’s no magic bullet. The most successful cities typically combine a few different policy instruments, including carrots that encourage more sustainable travel choices and sticks that charge or restrict driving and parking.

The research is clear: to improve health outcomes, meet climate goals and create more livable cities, reducing car use should be an urgent priority. Yet many governments in the United States and Europe continue to heavily subsidize car driving through a combination of incentives such as fossil fuel production subsidies, car travel tax rebates, and car incentives. of society that favor driving over other means of transportation. Essentially, these measures pay the polluters while imposing the social costs on society at large.

Ranked: 12 Ways to Reduce Car Use in Cities

A vintage car during a rally in Bologna. Photography: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

12. Applications for sustainable mobility

Mobile phone technology is, unsurprisingly, a growing aspect of strategies to reduce car use. The Italian city of Bologna, for example, has developed an application allowing individuals and teams of employees of participating companies to track their mobility. Participants competed to earn points for walking, cycling and using public transport, with local businesses offering these app users rewards for meeting point goals.

There is great interest in such gamification of sustainable mobility – and at first glance the data from the Bologna app looks striking. An impressive number (73%) of users said they used their car “less”. However, unlike other studies that measure the number or distance of car trips, it is not possible to calculate the reduction in distance traveled or emissions from this data, so the overall efficiency is not clear. (Skipping a short car trip and skipping a year of long car trips both count as “minus” driving.)

11. Personalized Travel Plans

Many cities have experimented with analytics and personal travel plans for individual residents, including Marseille, France, Munich, Germany, Maastricht, Netherlands, and San Sebastian, Spain. These programs – providing travel advice and planning for city dwellers to walk, cycle or use (sometimes discounted) public transport – have been shown to deliver reductions of 6-12%. However, since they encompass all residents of a city, as opposed to smaller populations of, for example, school or workplace commuters, these approaches can still play a valuable role in reducing overall the use of the car. (San Sebastian introduced academic and custom trip planning in parallel, which likely helped reduce car use more than either alone.)

10. Planning school trips

Two English cities – Brighton and Hove and Norwich – have used (and evaluated) the carrot-only school travel planning measure: providing travel advice, planning and events to pupils and parents to encourage them to walking, cycling or carpooling to school, along with the provision of improved cycling infrastructure in cities. Norwich found it was able to reduce the share of car use for school trips by 10.9%, using this approach, while Brighton’s analysis found the impact was d about half.

9. Carpooling

Perhaps surprisingly, car sharing turns out to be a somewhat conflicting measure to reduce car use in cities, according to our analysis. Such schemes, where members have access to easy rental of a nearby vehicle for a few hours, have shown promising results in Bremen, Germany, and Genoa, Italy, with each shared car replacing between 12 and 15 vehicles. private. Their approach included increasing the number of shared cars and stations and integrating them into residential areas, public transport and cycling infrastructure. However, other studies point to a risk that car-sharing may, in fact, encourage previously car-less residents to increase their car use, so we recommend more studies on how to design car-sharing programs to really reduce the overall use of the car.

8. Mobility services for universities

The Sicilian city of Catania used a carrot-only approach for its students. By offering them a free transit pass and providing shuttles to campus, the city has managed to reduce the share of students who drive to campus by 24%.

7. Plan university trips

University travel programs combine the carrot of promoting public transit and active travel with the stick of managing campus parking. The most successful example highlighted in our review was the University of Bristol, which reduced car use among its staff by 27% while providing them with improved cycling infrastructure and discounts on public transport.

6. Workplace Travel Planning

A major 2010 study assessed 20 UK cities and found that 18% of commuters switched from driving to another mode if their companies put in place travel strategies and guidance to encourage employees to end commutes. their journeys by car, including company shuttles, reductions for public transport. and improved cycling infrastructure, as well as reduced parking supply. In a different scheme, Norwich secured nearly identical fares by adopting a comprehensive plan but without the reductions for public transport. Interestingly, these carrot-and-stick efforts appear to have been more successful than Brighton and Hove’s approach of providing plans and infrastructure such as bicycle storage at the workplace, which has led to a 3% drop in car use.

5. Parking fees at the place of work

Rotterdam city center.
Parking fees at the workplace have been introduced in some parts of Rotterdam. Photography: Henryk Sadura/Getty Images

Another effective method is the introduction of parking fees at the workplace. For example, a large medical center in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam managed to reduce employee car trips by 20 to 25 percent through a program that charged employees to park outside their offices, while giving them the option to “pay” for their parking. spaces and use public transport instead.

This scheme was found to be around three times more effective than a larger scheme in Nottingham, UK, which applied a workplace parking charge to all employers in large cities with more than 10 parking spaces. The revenue generated was used to support the city’s public transport network in the Midlands, including the expansion of a tram line.

4. Mobility services for commuters

The most effective carrot-based measure uniquely identified by our review was a campaign to provide mobility services to commuters in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Local government and private companies have collaborated to provide free transit passes to employees, combined with a private shuttle to connect transit stops to workplaces. This program, promoted by a marketing and communication plan, has reduced the share of commuters going to the city center by car by 37%.

3. Restricted traffic areas

Rome, traditionally one of the most congested cities in Europe, has shifted the balance towards greater use of public transport by limiting car access to the city center at certain times of the day to residents only, as well than to those who pay an annual fee. This has reduced car traffic in the Italian capital by 20% during restricted hours, and by 10% even during unrestricted hours when all cars can visit the centre.

2. Parking and traffic control

In some European cities, removing parking spaces and altering traffic lanes – in many cases replacing space formerly dedicated to cars with streets, cycle paths and pedestrian walkways – has proven effective. . For example, Oslo’s replacement of parking spaces with pedestrianized streets and cycle paths reduced car use in the center of the Norwegian capital by up to 19%.

1. Congestion charges

Drivers must pay to enter the city centre, with the revenue generated going towards sustainable alternative means of transport. London, an early pioneer of this strategy, has cut city center traffic by 33% since the charge was introduced by the city’s first elected mayor, Ken Livingstone, in February 2003.

Other European cities have followed suit, adopting similar schemes after polls in Milan, Stockholm and Gothenburg – with Swedish cities varying their prices by day and time. But although congestion charges clearly lead to a significant and lasting reduction in car use and traffic volume, they alone cannot entirely eliminate the problem of congestion, which persists as incentives and infrastructure favoring the use of the car remain.

  • Kimberly Nicholas is Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University, Sweden. Paula Kus is a consultant for the Ministry of Transport of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

  • A longer version of this article can be read on the Conversation website here.

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DEP announces $2.1 million to municipalities and businesses for electric vehicles and other clean fuel transportation projects

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Wolf Administration today announced $2.1 million in alternative fuel incentive grants to municipalities and businesses for 99 electric vehicles and more clean fuel transportation projects to improve air quality in their communities.

“Transportation is one of the biggest sources of air pollution in Pennsylvania. That’s why investing in zero- and low-emission transportation pays off big time: it helps us breathe cleaner air and slow climate change.” climate,” said Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Ramez Ziadeh. “Through alternative fuel incentive grants, DEP helps businesses and organizations of all sizes continue their Clean Fuel Transportation Goals With this round of grants, we’re thrilled to support 99 electric vehicles, charger installations, and other transportation improvements that will improve Pennsylvania’s air quality.

the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Program (AFIG) provides funding to help Pennsylvania municipalities, businesses, and nonprofits replace older gasoline or diesel vehicles with electric, renewable natural gas, compressed natural gas (CNG), ethanol fueled vehicles , biodiesel or propane. It also finances the installation of refueling equipment for these vehicles.

Switching to these zero- or low-emission fuels can reduce levels of many air pollutants, including nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulates, volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide, one of the gases greenhouse gases that warm our climate.

New grants were awarded to 13 municipalities and businesses for 15 projects. Collectively, the funded projects are expected to reduce gasoline consumption by 478,000 gallons per year over their lifetime. They are expected to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 6,429 kilograms and carbon dioxide emissions by 2,642 metric tons per year.

Eleven projects are located in or serve Environmental Justice Areas or Census Tracts where 20% or more residents live at or below the federal poverty level or 30% or more residents identify as a non-white minority, according to federal data.

The funded projects are as follows:

Allegheny County

Allegheny County: $45,000 for four electric pickup trucks and two electric cars for use by county police, park rangers and facilities management staff.

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority: $7,500 for an electric car.

Bucks County

Township of Middletown: $215,000 to install four DC fast chargers that the public can use to charge electric cars.

Center County

MJ Transport Logistics: $300,000 for eight CNG tractor-trailers to transport waste from transfer stations to landfill.

Clarion County

Francis J. Palo, Inc.: $30,000 to convert four F-150 pickup trucks to run on CNG.

Delaware County

Aqua Pennsylvania: $36,135 for five electric cars for customer service use.

Delaware County (two grants): $300,000 for 69 electric cars for use by county departments, including 29 dedicated to the new health department for county health care visits; $300,000 to install 22 Level 2 dual-outlet charging stations, for a total of 44 chargers.

Fayette County

Chestnut Valley landfill: $300,000 for eight CNG waste collection trucks.

Lackwanna County

City of Scranton (two grants): $75,000 for 10 electric cars to be used by code enforcement officers to conduct inspections, respond to citizen complaints, and assess construction and renovation projects; $45,642 to install 10 Level 2 loaders.

Lucerne County

Amazon Logistics: $300,000 for 10 renewable natural gas tractor-trailers to transport goods from a factory or warehouse to its Hazleton distribution center.

Lycoming County

Township of Loyalsock: $7,500 for an electric car.

Perry County

HE Rohrer: $100,000 for the purchase of an electric school bus.

Philadelphia County

AAA Club Alliance: $45,000 for six electric cars.

Joining the DEP in the announcement were Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti, Delaware County Sustainability Officer Francine Locke, and Allegheny County Sustainability Officer Brittany Prischak, highlighting plans for electrification financed by their municipalities.

“Scranton is known as the Electric Town, and we are working to earn that name again over the next few years. We are grateful for these DEP funds, which will help us achieve our goal of a more sustainable energy future,” said Mayor Cognetti.

This is the first AFIG funding awarded to the City of Scranton for electric vehicles and chargers.

“Delaware County is reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the development of a holistic sustainability and climate action plan. Investing in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure is a critical part of this plan,” Locke said.

The Delaware County grant is for the largest fleet electrification project the AFIG program has supported to date.

“Allegheny County has been converting our fleet of vehicles to electric since the start of 2020 to reduce tailpipe emissions and air pollution and reduce our carbon footprint,” Prischak said. “We have been fortunate to have received several AFIG awards that have supported our efforts, and we look forward to continuing to partner with the Department of Environmental Protection and joining so many other entities in continuing our transition to cleaner vehicles.

Transportation generates 47% of the nitrogen oxide emissions in Pennsylvania, contributing to the formation of ground-level ozone. It affects the health of children, the elderly, people who work or are active outdoors, and people with asthma, emphysema, or other lung conditions. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has found that asthma-related emergency room visits increase when air quality is very poor.

The vehicles release 21% of carbon dioxide emissions statewide, contributing to climate change. Pennsylvania’s average temperature has risen nearly 2°F since 1900. Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021 projects that unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Pennsylvania will be an average of 5.9°F warmer by the middle of this century.

The AFIG program, which is administered by DEP’s Office of Energy Programs, was established under Act 166 of 1992 and is funded by a portion of the state’s gross utility revenue tax.

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Parking project on opposite green space

RESIDENTS are against a decision by the Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) to turn a 0.28 ha public park in Taman Puchong Intan, Selangor into an open-air parking lot with 107 bays.

“It’s absurd that MBSJ cut down about 30 mature trees and used green space to build a parking lot,” said resident Wong Wai Yein.

“Elderly people and children will be deprived of green space, so important to their well-being,” he said after voicing his objection through a signature campaign.

On the edge of Taman Puchong Intan Phase One’s Jalan Intan 2 Recreational Park is Puchong Intan Apartment with 10 floors and Sri Naga Nageswari Alayam Hindu Temple.

Across the public park are 378 one-story townhouses, 240 walk-up boutique house units, and Surau An-Nur.

On the grounds of the park there are swings and slides for children.

A council worker felling a Yellow Flame tree in the park on April 6.

Wong said that by continuing with this project, MBSJ contradicted the UN-Habitat scroll of honor he had received.

In October 2020, MBSJ received the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor in recognition of its holistic and integrated approach to sustainable urbanization.

Supervisor James Chen, who was met at the site, posted the layout plan.

Environmental engineer Suliman Sa’ari, 45, who visits the park on weekends, said the tree canopies help cool the surrounding residential and commercial areas.

“MBSJ’s act of cutting down trees to remove this public park is destructive in nature.

“A park helps reduce carbon dioxide which drives climate change and causes heat waves,” he said.

Suliman added that the park was important because the Damansara-Puchong highway and the Puchong Barat toll plaza were within a few hundred meters of the green lung, which helped filter harmful carbon emissions from traffic.

Religious school teacher Khadijah Esah Muji, 35, said the public park should be kept.

“Residents heard the sound of a chainsaw and the sound of a tree crashing last week. It made our hearts skip a beat.

“Tall trees provide shade. MBSJ must stop the wanton destruction of a public space,” said Khadijah, who has a five-year-old child with autism.

She said the park provided parents with children with special needs with a natural environment that was important to their well-being.

“People’s opinions have not been solicited and that is worrying.

“It erodes public confidence in authorities and elected officials,” she added.

Save Jalan Intan 2 Recreation Park Pro-tem Committee Head S. Deva Varman said majority of Taman Puchong Intan Phase One residents are against the construction of the parking lot at the recreation site.

“On March 30, a two-decade-old yellow flame tree (pelthophorum pterocarpum) in full bloom was felled.

“Residents protested this and it was stopped.

“But on April 6, another tree fell,” he said.

Deva, a sound engineer, said protests against the project were growing, with residents backing an ongoing door-to-door signing campaign.

“Our neighborhood has enough parking spaces.

“We don’t need this project because it will do more harm than good.

“At the public park, we have 11 Yellow Flame trees along with eight mahogany, five coconut and two mango apple trees which also serve as habitat for birds,” Deva said as she hugged a tree in an act of protest.

“MBSJ should not develop this green space.

“During a downpour, rainwater will have nowhere to go except into the drains, which could lead to flash flooding.

“It is crucial to maintain this field in its natural state,” he stressed.

MBSJ Councilor Mohd Fitri Jamaludin, 37, who is in charge of Zone 13 which covers Taman Puchong Intan, Taman Puchong Indah and Taman Puchong Perdana, said he ordered workers to stop cutting down trees and remove all chainsaws.

“I will raise the issue with MBSJ this week,” he said.

Azfarizal Abdul Rashid, Deputy Director of Corporate and Strategic Management Department of MBSJ, confirmed that approval had been given for the construction of 107 public parking spaces in the park.

“Of the total area of ​​0.28 ha, part of the park will be occupied by the parking lot which will accommodate the residents of the Puchong Intan apartment.

“The balance of 0.1 ha will be left as recreational space,” he said, adding that approval for the project was given on January 26.

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Oxford is considering a year-round outdoor drinking zone

University of Miami students could be free to enjoy booze outdoors in Uptown Oxford next semester.

Since 2020, Oxford has opened a Designated outdoor refreshment area (DORA) every summer and winter while school is out of session.

DORA allows bars and restaurants to serve alcohol in specific DORA cups that customers can take outside from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. People are then free to drink from designated open containers in Uptown, from Church Street to Walnut Street to the north and south and from Campus Avenue to Beech Street to the east and west.

Deputy City Manager Jessica Greene said DORA began in 2020 to help businesses during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the city is considering a pilot scheme to keep it open year-round, even when students are in Oxford.

“The idea is that you want [Oxford] be a place to go,” Greene said. “You want people to come to town and just enjoy being here…You just try to get people to engage in town and have a good time while they’re here.”

The board must vote on a resolution to open and close DORA each summer and winter. If the city decides to go ahead with the pilot program, Greene said there will be no resolution to close it right away in August when students return. The city would then use the summer months to coordinate with partners on education, waste management and law enforcement to prepare.

If necessary, the city could cancel the pilot program at any time.

“The way we drafted it would still allow the board to put it out,” Greene said. “It would be a pilot. We will see how it goes, and if it goes well, we will continue. If not, we will turn it off.

The idea for a year-round DORA originated at a town council meeting last november. At the time, the Board voted to reopen DORA from December 17, 2021 through January 23, 2022, the length of Miami’s winter vacation.

At the time, Councilor Glenn Ellerbe said DORA should remain open year-round.

“I believe DORA is bringing tremendous economic benefits to this town and we have paralyzed ourselves with the fear of students,” Ellerbe said at the time. “…We have had several instances where students have stayed here most of the summer and had no incidents of overuse or disorderly conduct due to alcohol in DORA.”

Five months later, Councilor Alex French said the city had had more in-depth discussions about logistics and implementation, and the council decided to prioritize the pilot program at its staff retreat in March.

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French said the biggest problems outdoor drinking would cause in Oxford while school is in progress include policing and waste management since DORA cups are disposable.

“We’re basically handing out disposable cups to people all weekend,” French said. “Environmentally, we want to make sure we don’t just create an extra mountain of trash every weekend with all the DORA cups. So how do we balance affordability with biodegradable or compostable cups? »

Despite the obstacles, she said the year-round program would be beneficial for city-to-city relations.

“Expansion [DORA] year-round, it feels like we engage in trust with our student community,” French said. “That’s something that I think students would love to be able to do is go downtown and…have a drink of their choice if they’re 21 and go enjoy it in the park.”

For Kimberly Moore, Dean of Students, the problems a year-round DORA could cause seem more significant.

“Twelve hours, seven days a week of an intoxicating open neighborhood is a misalignment of our values,” Moore said. “It does not correspond to the values ​​of the institution. It perpetuates a culture of heavy drinking, or a culture of high-risk drinking, and that’s completely contrary to what we’re trying to achieve.

Moore said the drinking culture in Miami and Oxford has been on the decline in recent years. Green Beer Day citations have been declining since 2017, with 90 citations given that year, compared to just nine in 2019, the last pre-pandemic spring semester. This year, nine people were charged with alcohol-related offences.

DORA, Moore said, would be a step backwards.

“Students [I’ve talked to] were generally disappointed with [the DORA] sort of a devolution of culture,” Moore said. “It’s a devolution of drinking culture, and it plays into a very small part of who our students are.”

Jules Jefferson, a sophomore in biochemistry and nutrition, said keeping DORA open year-round might discourage students who don’t want to drink from going to Uptown at all.

“Anyone who just wants to go to Graeter’s Ice Cream or Krishna, or any other local business, will be more exposed to what’s going on in The Brick [Street Bar] because of the alcoholic beverages that are now on the streets,” Jefferson said.

Jefferson, member of EcoReps, said DORA would also have environmental implications. DORA cups aren’t reusable, and Jefferson has seen first-hand how some students dispose of their Uptown trash.

“I remember going to Uptown one time,” Jefferson said, “and as my car was pulling out, someone just threw their beer bottle on the floor as I was getting out. [If the DORA passes,] I think the litter will increase which diminishes the appearance of Oxford.

Even though DORA would allow students to bring drinks outside, French said she doesn’t think it will change students’ drinking habits.

“When students go to Brick Street, it’s because they want to be on Brick Street,” French said. “It’s just a different vibe than drinking on the benches in Uptown Park.”

No official decision has been made on whether to go ahead with the pilot program. Greene said the earliest he could be presented to the Council is in May.

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OakDOT Supports Oakland Police Abandoned Car Disposal



One of the biggest complaints from Oakland residents about the road is the prevalence of abandoned cars. Anywhere in the city, from freeway exits to main streets and residential roads, almost anyone can identify a car that they know has crashed in place.

Laurel District resident Marcella Cortez told The Oaklandside through our Road Condition Survey that abandoned cars contribute to poor street and sidewalk conditions. North Oakland resident Danielle Blumen said she had to call 311 a few years ago to retrieve an old Honda sedan outside her small apartment complex after it had been sitting for more than six months. He had occupied a prime parking spot, and she feared more cars would pour into it.

“It worried me. The mentality of ‘Oh, this is a good place to leave an abandoned car, so I can do that too,'” she said. abandoned cars are a turning point for the general plague. Since it’s technically a trash can, other stuff can start piling up.

Just a month ago, several stolen cars, stripped of parts, were dumped in the middle of Alameda Avenue near 24 Hour Fitness and the I-880 off-ramp. The useless carcasses of metal and plastic sat there for days, causing traffic jams. Local businesses have repeatedly called for their removal.

For decades, the search and towing of abandoned cars has been the responsibility of the Oakland Police Department, but the job is now shifting to the Department of Transportation, or OakDOT.

Oakland’s Director of Interdepartmental Operations Joe DeVries confirmed to The Oaklandside that OakDOT will take over the relinquished automotive responsibilities within the next six months.

“The aim is to onboard the staff over the summer and have them partner with the OPD staff currently doing the work, to get the best training from those with the most experience in work,” DeVries said.

The Oakland Department of Transportation is reorganizing by splitting its parking division into five units: Parking Enforcement, Parking Citation Assistance Center, Meter Collection, Parking Reduction, and Mobility Management. The changes were first described in the Fiscal Year 2021-23 Budget.

“If you ask residents or neighborhood service coordinators what the main concern is, they will tell you that violent crime [such as homicides]. And then they’ll say the second biggest is abandoned cars,” OakDOT parking manager Michael Ford told the city’s Cyclist and Pedestrian Advisory Board last month.

Ford said OakDOT is working to ensure its mobility unit has enough staff to handle the massive number of abandoned car notices that come in each month. Currently, only three police officers are responsible for responding to more than 1,300 requests for abandoned cars per month. OakDOT did not say how many staff it will use when it takes over law enforcement.

  • Currently, anyone can submit an application to the city through its OAK 311 app or through SeeClickFix when they see an abandoned car, they think it should be removed.
  • The city can put a warning sticker on the car’s windshield to let the owner know they’ll be back in 72 hours and check to see if the car has passed an odometer or tire marker check.
  • Then, city staff will investigate and may remove the car if it has an expired registration, has five or more unpaid parking tickets, or is missing obvious parts.

Similar to how OakDOT handles pothole submissions by residents through 311, OakDOT expects its staff to decide when and where crews will be deployed to recover abandoned cars.

The decision to have OakDOT take over the abandoned automatic control of OPD was prompted by the Task Force on Reinventing Public Safetywhich recommended civilizing things that don’t require badges or guns, and the work of another joint abandoned car task force that has been meeting weekly since August 2021.

The latter group, which includes the OPD and the Department of Economic Development and Workforce, described in an October memo a pilot program aimed at civilizing the recovery of abandoned vehicles. Under the program, OakDOT technicians will receive a list of abandoned cars and check them first to make sure they are still in the same location and need to be recovered. This allows OPD law enforcement and tow trucks to avoid wasting time because, according to the city, 52% of the time when personnel are dispatched to an abandoned car location, “the vehicle is already left “. DeVries told The Oaklandside it reduced the time it takes to remove an abandoned car from the pilot area by about 60 percent.

Getting the abandoned car situation under control can take some time

A dilapidated vehicle in West Oakland is one of 5,000 open requests from residents asking for an abandoned car to be removed. Credit: Amir Aziz

Currently, the city has more than 5,000 open requests for abandoned cars, although some are duplicates sent by multiple residents.

Jules Simone, who lives on Piedmont Avenue, called an abandoned car near her home four years ago and the city picked it up in less than ten days. More recently, however, she said city staff told her there was a 200-day backlog of work on abandoned cars.

In an attempt to address this workflow issue, OakDOT’s Ford announced at a recent Bike and Pedestrian Committee meeting that the department is working to create a “one-stop shop” for all related issues. parking and mobility at 270 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. . Currently, it is the location of the city’s parking meter collection unit and parking citation assistance center. Going forward, any resident will be able to speak to an OakDOT staff member in person about their issue, including paying parking tickets, or registering a request to remove a car from their street.

Ford also said the city is ready to increase parking fines. In May, OakDOT will present a report to City Council on how Oakland’s citations match those of similar cities. Ford said a common problem is cars blocking bike lanes. The current penalty for this is $48 for each violation, compared to $162 in San Francisco.

“We will definitely ask the council to increase the fine for breaching cycle lanes,” he said. Parking violations are currently the same in both cities, at $110.

Will OakDOT make the discount of abandoned cars fairer?

Homeless people in Oakland have complained for years that their cars, often the places where they sleep, were wrongly towed after hosted residents and businesses asked the OPD to remove them. Plains residents in both East and West Oakland also suspect the city is prioritizing car moves in the city’s wealthier and less diverse neighborhoods.

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Ford told the Cyclists and Pedestrians Advisory Board at a recent meeting that, based on the data he’s seen, the opposite is true: the city responds more quickly to abandoned cars on the plains. The reason, according to Ford, is that abandoned car complaints from East and West Oakland are 30% more likely to refer to an actual abandoned car needing removal compared to complaints from North Oakland. As a result, the city knows to get cars out of east and west Oakland first, he said.

“[In] North Oakland, people are probably complaining about their neighbor, who hasn’t moved his car in a week. This is an example where I think it’s really important for us to look at our data, see the story it tells, and ask how our resources are distributed.

In an October report on abandoned cars, City Administrator Ed Reiskin pointed to neighborhood disparity.

“Owners feel they have a right to park in front of their house and therefore become increasingly frustrated when someone else’s car sits there for long periods of time,” he wrote. While current California law prohibits storing a car for more than 72 hours, Reisken noted that it also does not give owners the right to park in front of their home or prohibit others from doing so.

Some Oakland residents have also pointed out that improving parking enforcement isn’t fair if city employees frequently violate parking laws themselves. Police and fire vehicles, and even parking technicians who issue tickets, have been spotted parked in “compromising or dangerous situations,” including in bike lanes.

“Let’s make sure our parking enforcement technicians park safely. that they don’t block the sidewalk,” Ford said at a recent Bike and Pedestrian Committee meeting. “I admit that I have not made as much progress as I would like on this point.”

For many Oakland residents, they just want to have a system that works better for everyone.

Blumen said in an interview that she didn’t want to be a jerk to have someone’s car towed if it wasn’t clear she had to leave.

“I think it’s nice to have neighbors and a good community asking around and saying, ‘Hey, is that your car? He’s been here a long time.

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General Iron’s eyes return to Lincoln Park

The owner of General Iron is proposing to bring the scrap car and metal shredding business back to Lincoln Park, where it operated for decades before closing in late 2020.

Last month, city officials formally rejected the plan – submitted through three permit applications in February. A company affiliated with scrap metal company owner Reserve Management Group recently appealed and is seeking a hearing with a city administrative judge who will review the city’s decision. No hearing date is set.

After RMG built a new shredding operation at East 116th Street along the Calumet River, Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady denied Reserve Management an operating permit in February, citing health and pollution problems.

The reserve’s management is also appealing the decision in hopes of overturning the decision and will face an administrative judge at a hearing on the matter on April 21.

In addition, reserve management has offered to reinstate permits for three parcels of land at and around 1909 N. Clifton Ave. These permit applications were filed just days after Arwady, appointed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, rejected the plan to operate on the southeast side.

The city said in a response to the company that its previous license to operate on the north side had expired, the company did not have zoning approval and also said that the management of the reserve had not properly requested a license for large metal shredding operations under rules that have come into force. effect almost two years ago.

Asked about the possibility of a return to Lincoln Park, Lightfoot noted the many nuisance complaints neighbors had about the facility, adding “I don’t see that as a possibility.”

“General Iron has a long and checkered history at Lincoln Park. The people of this neighborhood have spoken quite clearly. So I don’t see that as a real viable option,” Lightfoot said at an independent press conference on Monday.

General Iron ceased operations in Lincoln Park in late 2020 as part of an agreement with the city. Developers and city officials wanted its longtime owner, the Labkon family, to sell their 20 acres along the Chicago River to make way for a multi-billion dollar real estate development called Lincoln Yards.

When Reserve Management acquired General Iron in 2019, the Lincoln Park land was not part of the sale. Instead, the Labkon family clung to it. A listing with Colliers International real estate brokerage shows the land for sale and indicates that it can be divided into three plots or purchased as one.

The listing touts “direct access to high-end residential, retail and entertainment opportunities,” also noting that the land is zoned for heavy industrial use.

Aldus. Brian Hopkins (2nd), who represents the area, said in an interview that residents who often complained about pollution and odors from the largely open-air operation would not support his return and added “he is time to talk about the future of this site and not its industrial past.

Hopkins said the city was correct in denying Reserve Management’s request.

“It seems that the justification for the refusal is both obvious and obvious. I don’t know why they would waste their time with a hearing,” Hopkins said. “Under no circumstances would the community want a return to the toxic polluting history of its recent past.”

Through a spokesperson, Reserve Management executives declined to comment. A spokesperson for Arwady and the health department also declined to comment.

General Iron was the last major piece of an industrial corridor that once thrived on the North Arm of the Chicago River. Over the years, other companies, including Finkl Steel, have moved.

General Iron’s proposed move from Lincoln Park, an affluent, predominantly white community, to a predominantly Latino neighborhood on the southeast side has sparked protests and a formal civil rights complaint to federal housing officials . Community organizers asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development to determine whether their rights had been violated as defined by the Fair Housing Act. This investigation into the city continues.

Contributor: Fran Spielman

Brett Chase’s reporting on the environment and public health is made possible by a grant from the Chicago Community Trust.

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Denial of license to appeal for metal shredding, hearing set

The owner of a scrap metal business banned from opening on the southeast side due to air pollution and health concerns is set to argue before a city administrative judge on April 21 that it should be allowed to function.

In February, Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady denied the permit for the renamed and relocated General Iron business. Arwady said the car and metal shredding operation — built entirely on East 116th Street along the Calumet River — was “an inherently dangerous activity in a vulnerable community area” that is already stressed by pollution.

Last month, the Reserve Management Group asked the city to set a hearing date, which was set for Thursday, before the environmental division of the city’s Department of Administrative Hearings. An administrative judge could overturn Arwady’s decision, though it’s unclear what arguments the company will make, and such hearings are often decided in favor of the city.

In a document filed for the hearing, Arwady, who is nominated by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, reiterated the city’s reasons for denying the permit. Arwady cited the results of a health impact study which she said found the company produced “certain unique risks to the environment, health and quality of life.” The heavily industrial southeast side “includes some areas that are more vulnerable to pollution than all of Chicago,” she added.

In recent years, residents and environmental groups have fought General Iron’s move from his longtime Lincoln Park home to the southeast side, arguing that their air is already heavily polluted by hundreds of other businesses. .

Reserve Management built the shredding operation on land it already owned on the site of a former steel mill and adjacent to its other metal recycling businesses.

“The site’s operation history, which has been problematic, does not provide [the health department] with the certainty that the company will operate the site in strict compliance with the authorization conditions,” said Arwady.

Reserve Management has already sued the city for more than $100 million in damages for delaying the permit application after the health study was announced in May of last year. After the permit was refused, he pledged to “pursue all avenues to challenge this decision, including by taking our legal action against the city.”

Company representatives did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.

City administrative hearings on environmental cases often go unnoticed with little fanfare, but this contested permit decision is unique. Reserve Management was seeking the first municipal permit under the rules for “large recycling facilities” which came into effect in 2020. A similar operation, Sims Metal Management in Pilsen, is currently seeking the same type of permit.

General Iron’s decision, first announced in 2018, has been the subject of lawsuits, federal investigations and multiple protests, including a month-long hunger strike by opponents last year.

A civil rights investigation by federal housing officials continues. Residents of the Southeast complained in 2002 that the polluter’s move from wealthy, white Lincoln Park to the predominantly Latin American East Side violated the Fair Housing Act.

Brett Chase’s reporting on the environment and public health is made possible by a grant from the Chicago Community Trust.

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Fort Worth’s Iconic Restaurant Seeks New Location – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PUBLISH; Bad parking in Coniston in 2020

Read more: Police crack down on visitor misbehavior at South Lakes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more: Calls to resolve ‘damaging traffic chaos’ in the Lake District

The Mail: BLOCKED: A very congested road at Wasdale Head BLOCKED: A very congested road at Wasdale Head

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Traffic lights on Link Road (55613118)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEE MORE: Chicago free gas giveaway: Businessman Willie Wilson offers $200,000 in fill-ups across town

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

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

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

WATCH: Willie Wilson talks Chicago’s free gas giveaway

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

Austin
Shell at 6129 W. North Ave., Chicago

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

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

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

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

Humboldt Park
Citgo at 1345 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago

Fern

9901 S. Halsted St., Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

Lawndale
Amoco at 4401 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago

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

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

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

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

Canaryville
Clark at 4300 S. Union Ave., Chicago

Cook County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inspectors found the Met:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jaurès Small Housing / archi5

Jaurès Small Housing / archi5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The point of view.  Credit: Adam Shaw / LDR

The point of view. Credit: Adam Shaw / LDR

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

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

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

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

See other responses to the pub closing below:

What do you think of The Case is Altered closing?

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

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

Lorraine mills

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

Gregory Brooke Smith

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

Helen Alexander

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

Lee Parkes

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

Community Contributor

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

Vlad_is_bad

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

John Stadon

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

Community Contributor

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

Community Contributor

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

Anne Nash

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

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Cub Tracks Pools Resources – Bleed Cubbie Blue

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

First there was a storm of tweets:

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

Food for Thought:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Proposals for the redesign of the natural park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What went wrong?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What else has changed at the residence?

Responsibility, Dinham said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Norfolk Broads: Ferry Inn in Horning reopens

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1:56 PM March 4, 2022



A Norfolk Broads pub has reopened under new management with the aim of possibly welcoming overnight guests.

The Ferry Inn in Horning was taken over by Michael Baldwin and Mike Wilson, owners of the Bank House Hotel and Wenns Chop & Ale House in King’s Lynn.

Since the couple announced they would run the pub, their social media posts have received hundreds of likes and messages of support.


Paul Walker, general manager of the Ferry Inn.
– Credit: The Ferry Inn

Michael Baldwin said: “When the opportunity presented itself to take on this historic pub, we couldn’t turn it down. I can’t think of a pub in a more beautiful location and with so much potential.

“The Ferry already has a wonderful and loyal following and we can’t wait to meet everyone and bring their pub back to the jewel of the Broads.”

The pub will be open seven days a week and will serve a classic pub menu using locally sourced ingredients as well as a traditional Sunday carvery.


The Ferry Inn at Horning, Norfolk