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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.

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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 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
Will be available in September 2022 Will be available in July 2022

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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


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.

See more news from Sun Press here.

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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

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


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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

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


9901 S. Halsted St., Chicago

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

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

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

Clark at 1201 W. 87th St., Chicago

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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Floor plan

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.

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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 🙁


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

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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.”

Cold temperatures keep counting the homeless in Colorado Springs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

1:56 PM March 4, 2022

A Norfolk Broads pub has reopened under new management with the aim of possibly welcoming overnight guests.

The Ferry Inn in Horning was taken over by Michael Baldwin and Mike Wilson, owners of the Bank House Hotel and Wenns Chop & Ale House in King’s Lynn.

Since the couple announced they would run the pub, their social media posts have received hundreds of likes and messages of support.

Paul Walker, general manager of the Ferry Inn.
– Credit: The Ferry Inn

Michael Baldwin said: “When the opportunity presented itself to take on this historic pub, we couldn’t turn it down. I can’t think of a pub in a more beautiful location and with so much potential.

“The Ferry already has a wonderful and loyal following and we can’t wait to meet everyone and bring their pub back to the jewel of the Broads.”

The pub will be open seven days a week and will serve a classic pub menu using locally sourced ingredients as well as a traditional Sunday carvery.

The Ferry Inn at Horning, Norfolk

The pub is on the River Bure, with berths available for those visiting by boat
– Credit: The Ferry Inn

Breakfast will also be available on weekends, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., but the owners hope to expand it to every day of the week.

The bar offers beers from local breweries as well as a range of soft drinks, wines and spirits.

The team plans to add a new bar and restaurant as well as guest rooms over the next year.

The Ferry Inn at Horning, Norfolk

The view of the River Bure from inside the Ferry Inn.
– Credit: The Ferry Inn

Paul Walker, the General Manager, has years of experience in the hospitality industry, having spent 20 years at Dunston Hall and The Hoste Arms.

Mr Walker added: “We will work hard to ensure that The Ferry remains a pleasant place to visit on foot, by car or by boat.

“I can’t think of a nicer place in Norfolk to relax with friends and family.”

There will be berths available for those arriving by boat on the River Bure and there is also ample parking.

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Park’s Motor Group Completes Acquisition of Borders Motor Group

Park’s Motor Group joined the Lexus franchise and strengthened its representation of Hyundai, Skoda and Toyota through the acquisition of Borders Motor Group.

the AM100The 16th largest car retail group by turnover added Toyota car dealerships in St Boswells, Carlisle and Dumfries, as well as Hyundai in Carlisle and Dumfries, Lexus in Carlisle and Skoda Dumfries with the move, which was officially completed on March 1.

Park’s purchased Border from existing shareholders, led by founder and majority shareholder Archie Maclean.

Maclean said: “It was an extremely difficult decision to divest from the automotive retail industry and I do so with a heavy heart.

“However, I wanted to focus my energies on my other activities and once I had made the decision to sell, it was important for me to find a buyer who shared my values ​​and my philosophy.

“I think I’ve found Park’s Motor Group and its management team to be fantastic to deal with throughout.

“I have been extremely pleased with their plans for the business, how they believe they can help it grow while looking after our customers and our colleagues who have been instrumental in the growth of the company.

“I would like to express my thanks to all our colleagues as well as our partner brands for their support over the past years.”

Park’s acquisition of Border Motor Group is the largest since its 2016 addition of 12 dealerships through the purchase of Scottish car retail group Macrae and Dick.

Park’s Motor Group Chairman Douglas Park said: “We have worked extremely hard over the past few months alongside Archie and his advisers to secure this deal.

“We believe Border is a great opportunity for us to grow our business and we recognize that Archie and his team have created a fantastic foundation on which we can grow our business in Carlisle, Dumfries and St Boswells.

“This was a particularly exciting opportunity for us as it allowed us to increase our representation with several brands that we had ambitions to grow with and also the fantastic addition of Lexus to our portfolio.

“We would like to express our thanks not only to Archie, but also to the management teams of Hyundai, Lexus, Skoda and Toyota for making the process go so smoothly.

“We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to the growing Park’s Motor group and continuing the success of these new locations.”

Park’s Motor Group’s latest published accounts, for the period to March 31, 2021, showed revenue of £691.2 million in a 2020 business period impacted by COVID, down compared to £784.9 million in 2020.

Border Motor Group had revenue of £53.5m (2019: £66.4m) and pre-tax profit of £1.4m (2019: £64,308). pound sterling).

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Creffield Medical Center Responds to Parking Fine Issues

A medical center said patients were told of the new parking rules after a number complained after being hit with fines.

Creffield Medical Center on Cavalry Road has implemented a parking system where patients at the practice must register their car details on arrival.

But patients complained they were unaware of the recording system and that neither the surgery nor the parking operator – UK Car Parking Management – handled their calls appropriately.

A spokesperson for the surgery said signs had been placed all over the parking lot and a staff member had been assigned to direct people.

Dr Chowhan, who is a senior partner at the medical centre, said the staff were ‘incredibly helpful’ and any problems with the letters should be directed to the car park management.

He added: ‘You can’t be responsible for people not reading the signs, that’s why we have someone literally directing them.

“We have been here for ten years and we have seen people park their cars to go to town, run errands, walk their dogs, see their loved ones on the estate.

“Having this system in place means our parking is reserved for our patients only.”

A patient has been fined £160 after refusing to pay the initial £60 and says UK Car Parking Management ignored her letters and phone calls.

A second patient, Liz Peacock, is currently going through a similar ordeal.

She said, “Obviously I wasn’t well when I went to the doctor.

“I heard a vague reference to your recording being set up somewhere, but no one really told me about it – I left with my antibiotics and the next thing I know I’ve the parking fine.

“Surgery said ‘Don’t worry, we know you were there as a patient and we’ll send you a letter so you can cancel it’ – so you call the parking lot operator and they give you just the standard answer.”

Ms Peacock said she had contacted the surgery again saying nothing had been done – but no further help had been offered.

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Fort William Community Council says parking charges in Glen Nevis are unfair

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Booths to remove paid parking and display and introduce the ANPR system

BOOTHS plans to replace a paid public car park with a system that registers registration numbers.

The supermarket in Knutsford has notified the Cheshire East Council (CEC) that it wishes to terminate a management agreement for the operation of a public car park.

Starting April 22, the store will offer two hours of free parking to everyone, without the need for tickets.

An Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system is being installed.

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This means CEC will no longer be able to operate public parking at the supermarket and control of the land will revert to Booths.

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Adam Keppel-Green, Clerk of Knutsford Town Council, said: “I have spoken with the Booths property manager who has advised that from April 22 they will be implementing a free two-hour ANPR system to allow to any vehicle, visiting for any reason, be able to park for free for a maximum of two hours per visit.”

The cabin parking lot will be removed from the municipal list of off-street parking spaces.

As part of the ANPR system, drivers who violate any of the terms and conditions posted on parking signs will not receive a ticket on their vehicle.

Instead, using the vehicle registration number, the operator will access the DVLA’s vehicle holder details database and send a charge certificate to the vehicle holder.

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The long-awaited works on the city parking lot will soon restart, according to the government

By Shermain Bique-Charles

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After years of promises to complete the long-awaited Sunshine Hub car park in St John’s, the government announced on Thursday that it would start work imminently.

At yesterday’s post-Cabinet press conference, Information Minister Melford Nicholas recommitted to completing the car park that has long been seen as crucial to helping solve the city’s parking problems.

Nicholas, however, refrained from providing a definitive date for its completion.

The government purchased the property in March 2017 and it is now under the control of the National Asset Management Company (NAMCO).

Nicholas said funds have already been allocated for the work and the government is awaiting completion of the planning process which includes a review of drawings and other related documents.

The Cabinet Spokesperson also indicated that the Department of Public Works intends to engage a contractor to complete the south side of the structure which will be used for vehicle parking. The government has also previously indicated its intention to turn part of the property into offices.

“One thing I can say is that on the north side of the hub, the upper floor has been designated for use by ABS [state media]. We are waiting for some drawings and then it will go to Public Works for the costing and the selection of a contractor; funds have already been allocated for this,” he said.

Construction of the car park began in 2005 during the United Progressive Party’s first term in government, but was halted in 2010 after the collapse of financiers, CL Financial Group.

In March 2017, it was officially purchased by the Antigua-Barbuda Labor Party administration for further development under NAMCO.

Public Works Minister Lennox Weston later chastised NAMCO’s progress on the project and said development of the car park would go much faster under his ministry.

At the beginning of January 2020, the government announced that work would start in a week. A month later, he said a contractor had been hired to assess his condition.

A perimeter fence was erected in February 2020, but there has been little progress since. The facility would have a capacity of approximately 250 vehicles.

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Bow Valley Parkway cycling offering reduced as part of three-year pilot project

“There was a lot of support for a cycling offering and also a lot of people who wanted to see that balanced with accessibility for others,” said Daniella Rubeling, visitor experience manager for Banff National Park.

BANFF — A vehicle ban on Bow Valley Parkway that has turned the famous scenic route into a cycling mecca every spring and summer throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been reduced.

Following a public comment period that included over 2,300 submissions, Parks Canada is launching a three-year pilot project that restricts vehicles from May 1 to June 25 and September 1 to 30 only along the eastern section of 17 kilometers of promenade to allow cycling.

“There was a lot of support for a cycling offering and also a lot of people who wanted to see that balanced with accessibility for others,” said Daniella Rubeling, visitor experience manager for Banff National Park.

“This decision we have made was informed by feedback from a recent public engagement on cycling and takes into account Parks Canada’s operational requirements and park management priorities.

In 2020 and 2021, vehicle access to the eastern half of the Bow Valley Parkway was restricted, initially to meet public health requirements such as physical distancing at the busy tourist hotspot of Johnston Canyon. The car-free section has turned into a cycling mecca.

A six-mile section between Castle Mountain and Johnston Canyon opened on July 1, 2021 to provide access to the Johnston Canyon resort, canyon trail and campground, with the parkway fully reopening over the long weekend. end of September last year.

Parks Canada then sought public input on two proposed options for providing a vehicle-free cycling experience on the parkway in the future. The first option was Spring and Fall seven days a week and the second option was Spring and Fall, weekends only.

According to the options proposed by Parks Canada, a significant majority of respondents, both public and organizations, indicated a strong preference for a cycling experience seven days a week in the spring and fall.

According to feedback, many preferred more vehicle-free days to extend into summer, while for some there was a desire to have a year-round car-free ride.

“We also heard that a vehicle-free promenade would be appreciated not only by cyclists, but also by people looking for a place to walk, run, roller-skate and roller-skate,” according to a What We Heard document compiled by Parks Canada.

However, Parks Canada indicated that others have raised concerns about the negative effects of vehicle restrictions, such as equitable access for people with disabilities, lack of convenient access to day-use areas in restricted areas, especially for those carrying gear like climbing ropes, and congestion. related to parking or hijacked vehicles elsewhere.

“We have heard that the vehicle restrictions discriminate against people with reduced mobility, the elderly and people with special interests such as photographers, climbers, guides and birdwatchers,” the report said. document.

Several tourism businesses have expressed concerns about the negative impacts on their operations. For example, lack of access for scenic drive tours and transportation of guided clients to sites within the Restricted Zone.

“It was also a concern that the restriction could reduce the attractiveness of tourists to businesses in the area,” according to the What We Heard document.

Visitor experience was one of the main themes of the public consultation.

The majority of respondents indicated that the restriction of vehicles greatly contributes to their experience, noting that it is safer without a car and therefore a much more pleasant cycling experience.

“Others commented on how the car-free experience is like no other and the highlight of their visit to the park,” the document reads.

“A small group of respondents noted how scenic driving is an essential part of their visit to Banff.”

For other visitors, such as hikers and climbers, access to popular locations such as Fireside, Corey Pass and Guides Rock is reduced by the restriction.

“For these individuals, the vehicle restriction has an overall negative impact on their experience and enjoyment of Banff National Park,” the document states.

Environmental impacts were also a key consideration for many.

Parks Canada said many people believe vehicle restrictions would be better for the environment, especially wildlife. For this group, fewer vehicles would be safer for wildlife, promote better movement of wildlife, and result in less air and noise pollution.

However, others felt that a constant stream of cyclists on the promenade would disturb wildlife more than regular motor traffic.

“Concerns have been raised about the potential for close and dangerous encounters between wildlife and cyclists, posing an increased risk to the safety of humans and wildlife,” the document states.

Meanwhile, the parkway’s long-standing seasonal spring closure to protect wildlife remains in place.

The walk passes through critical montane habitat, which is considered especially important in the spring, as it provides animals with much-needed food and a place to raise their young when most of the park is still covered in snow.

Since 2014, vehicles have been prohibited on the eastern part of the parkway from March 1 to June 25 between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. in order to improve the safety of wildlife, including the wolves that regularly nest there.

“This wildlife closure affects all modes of travel, including cyclists,” Rubeling said.

“The cycling offer is really 8am until 8pm to leave that space for wildlife at a critical time of year.”

Vehicle access to Johnston Canyon and campground remains open during the pilot project and seasonal wildlife closure via Castle Junction.

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The rural town of Murray Bridge bustles with activity | The Murray Valley Standard

On Monday evening, February 14, the elected officials of the rural town of Murray Bridge celebrated Valentine’s Day by… attending a council meeting.

Getting into the spirit of the day, several key issues were discussed and supported, the most important being the second quarterly report on progress against the annual business plan and budget.

The report highlights our progress in achieving the vision of our community plan and our strategic plan during the second quarter of 2021-2022 through our delivery of programs, projects and services implementing the priorities and Board-approved strategies.

Execution of the 2021-2022 capital program has progressed well with advanced work on our trail expansion program, lighting of the Bridge Street gum tree and Diamond Park, the renewal program of the street and park furnishings, sealing of the bowling club parking lot, the Sturt Reserve Recreation Precinct Project, and the completion of the Flagstaff Road reconstruction and improvement project.

Year-to-date capital spending through the end of December 2021 totaled $7.7 million.

Key projects such as the Community Infrastructure Model, the Eastside Wastewater Feasibility Study and the Murray River Study Hub Project also progressed significantly.

Key events during the quarter included the Murray Bridge Marathon, Murray Bridge Rural Town Sports Awards, Murray Bridge Riverfront Christmas Festival and our New Years Eve Fireworks to kick off the Murray River SPLASH Festival .

Spending on key projects year-to-date through the end of December 2021 totaled $698,000.

During the quarter, the Board received advice on successful grant applications through the federal government’s fifth round of building better areas for our regional Murray Bridge sports stadium and our historic and tourism projects on the reserve. of Sturt totaling $3.482 million.

These welcome grants will contribute to Council projects for a total of $6.963 million over the next 12 months.

In June 2021, the Board had considered an innovative program for the management of Little Corellas and approved funding for a pilot program.

The goal of the program is to establish a target site to be protected with deterrent technology within the Sturt Preserve and to establish a sanctuary area to attract Little Corellas away from this target site.

Four locations have now been identified as potentially suitable sites for the Little Corella Sanctuary and Council last night approved a preferred site at Swanport Wetlands.

This will now form the basis of a community consultation process, prior to the start of any management program for Little Corella.

With the new Monarto Safari Park Visitor Center due for completion at the end of February, the Board has agreed to work with Zoos SA to provide a special offer for RCMB residents to become a member of Zoos SA and visit the new Visitor Center when it is opened.

The offer includes receiving all the benefits of a Zoos SA membership on an ongoing basis to encourage repeat visits.

Our residents will now be able to become a member of Zoos SA without having to pay the $25 membership fee.

Existing members will be able to bring a friend/guest with them for free the first time they visit Monarto Safari Park after reopening.

Each member would be allowed to bring one guest, so a family of four could bring four people (all in one visit or on separate visits).

The Board noted that the opening of the Visitor Center will be a significant event for the Murraylands region, a precursor to the opening of the Wild Africa accommodation and safari experience.

This promotional offer to the local community provides an additional reward and incentive to help celebrate this exciting new project for the area. The cost of the program will be funded by the Quick Wins program.

Council also received a report from the State Planning Commission regarding a review of environmental and food protection boundaries.

The Council had recommended that the Commission change 25 boundaries in our region, but the Commission advised that these sites passed the relevant test of the EFPA review and therefore the changes were not supported by the Commission . The Council will continue to work with the Commission on this issue.

Brenton Lewis, Mayor,

Murray Rural Town Bridge

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A row over ‘£20,000 a year’ in cash for matchday parking

A community group has raised concerns about the management of matchday parking facilities at a park in north Liverpool.

Alt Valley Community Trust (AVCT) began managing the Walton Leisure Center in 2013 after the council granted them a 30-year lease.

AVCT then began providing match day parking for fans attending matches at nearby Goodison Park.

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However, Friends of Walton Park grew concerned about the way the parking arrangements were handled.

The community group complained about cars that were parked on grass and flower beds.

In response to this, Liverpool Council introduced bollards to prevent this from happening.

The community group recently contacted ECHO and accused the AVCT of not returning the money it earned from game day parking to the park.

The group of friends claimed the AVCT took around £20,000 a year in cash from the car park.

In response, the AVCT said revenue from parking fees had always contributed to the costs of running the Walton Sports Centre.

Last week ECHO revealed how Liverpool Council paid £2,231,065.00 to AVCT from 2013 to 2020. The largest single payment was over £600,000 in 2018. The trust says the monies were used to pay for community activities and services.

A Friends of Walton Park spokesperson said: “Alt Valley Trust manages the park’s sports center and has an informal agreement with Liverpool City Council to manage the car park on match days.

“They’ve run this for many years, earning thousands of pounds each year, but have never given money to the park for its upkeep or the damage done on match days when park attendants allowed cars to park on grass, community rose beds, and in front of gates and entrances, making it unsafe for park visitors.

“We have contacted Phil Knibb (General Manager of AVCT) and staff at the center on several occasions over the years to resolve parking issues, but unfortunately this has continued.

“Then in 2017, the city council paid for the installation of bollards to stop the damage to the park.

“We feel it should have been Alt Valley’s responsibility to install the bollards as they take money for parking.

“We believe that this money should be reinvested in the park.

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A community group has raised concerns about the management of match-day parking facilities at a park in north Liverpool.

“Funding for parks is not compulsory and this money could have been used to benefit the community. We have asked Liverpool City Council to investigate this.”

An AVCT spokesperson said: “The Walton Sports Center was suffering significant losses and was due to be closed by the City Council as part of the 2013/14 budget proposals.

“Following a competitive bidding process, management of the center was transferred to AVCT under a thirty-year lease agreement.

“Since 2013, AVCT has successfully managed and developed the centre. We have invested heavily in and renovated the building so that the Walton Sports Center is now a vital and thriving community resource.

“The AVCT has continued to follow the City Hall’s car parking arrangements. Income from parking fees has always contributed to the centre’s operating costs.

“AVCT responded to parking complaints and took action to address the issue by reducing parking capacity. Liverpool City Council erected bollards to assist with these improvement plans.”

A spokesman for Liverpool City Council said: ‘The Walton Sports Center lease was granted in 2013. We have been made aware of complaints about damage to the park and the matter is under review.

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Lake Forest office campus sold to Prologis for $96 million – Orange County Register

Pacific Vista, a 322,262-square-foot, 24-acre Class A office campus in Lake Forest, has been sold to Prologis Inc. for $96 million, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

The campus has five two-story office buildings leased to seven long-term tenants, Cushman & Wakefield said.

The seller has not been identified by the brokerage. Representatives said Prologis plans to continue operating the property as an office project.

Jason Ward of Cushman & Wakefield represented the buyer and John Harty of Cushman & Wakefield with the assistance of Jeffrey Cole, Nico Napolitano and Ed Hernandez also represented the seller.

A 39,796 square foot medical practice complex in Hemet has sold for $5.56 million. (Courtesy of Progressive Real Estate Partners)

Newport Beach investor sells Hemet resort sold for $5.56 million

An unidentified Newport Beach investor has sold a 39,796 square foot medical office complex to Hemet for $5.56 million, according to Progressive Real Estate Partners.

The buyer for the Courtyard Medical & Professional Center at 910-960 N. State St. was identified solely as a foreign investor represented by CBD Investments.

Built in 1981, the fully leased resort generated 13 qualified bids, according to Progressive’s Greg Bedell.

Bedell said the deal further bolstered “the continued rebound in demand we’re seeing for multi-tenant commercial assets in SoCal’s Inland Empire.”

Three new commercial properties at the Monterey Crossing Mall in Palm Desert have been sold for a total of $15.7 million in three separate transactions. All three sales included a new single-tenant block leased to Chick-fil-A. (Courtesy of Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors)

New Brunswick firm sells 3 Palm Desert retail blocks for $15.7 million

Fountainhead Development of Newport Beach has sold three new commercial properties at the Monterey Crossing Mall in Palm Desert for a total of $15.7 million in three separate transactions, according to Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors.

Hanley represented Fountainhead in all three transactions.

The transactions included two new pads leased from Chick-fil-A and Quick Quack Car Wash as well as a two-tenant pad leased from AT&T and Spectrum.

Other national brand tenants at the mall include Costco, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Sam’s Club, Walmart, 99 Cents Only, Ashley HomeStore, JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, PetSmart and Regal Cinemas.

“In 2022, we anticipate that more mall developers and owners will seek to implement a break-up sales strategy to capitalize on the strong demand for single-tenant and multi-tenant retail products at premium prices. “said Bill Asher, executive vice president. chairman of Hanley.

Five Point Holdings has tapped former Irvine Co. executive Daniel Hedigan as its new chief executive, effective immediately. (Courtesy of Five Point Holdings)

Five Point taps ex-Irvine Co. exec as CEO

In case you missed that news on Thursday, Irvine-based Five Point Holdings named a new CEO four months after its founder Emile Haddad was demoted to an advisory role.

Daniel Hedigan, who spent 10 years on the Irvine Co. management team, immediately assumed the role, according to a Five Point statement released on Wednesday, February 9.

“He will bring an excellent balance of management skills and experience, with a focus on sizing our cost structures to fit the size and scale of our business,” said Stuart Miller, Executive Chairman of Lennar, Five Point’s largest stakeholder.

The announcement capped a series of leadership changes at the Irvine-based developer. Last August, Five Point announced that Haddad would become a senior adviser. The company has promoted its chief operating officer, Lynn Jochim, to president. Wednesday’s announcement said Jochim would step down from both roles but remain as a councilor for three years.

In late January, chief financial officer Erik Higgins resigned but indicated he would remain at Five Point to complete regulatory filings, which are due this spring. The company has appointed Leo Kij, its controller, as interim chief financial officer.

Five Point declined Thursday to comment on the leadership changes beyond its prepared statement.

The Brea engineering firm acquired by the Long Beach firm

Power Engineering Services Inc., a Brea-based electrical engineering company, has been acquired by P2S Inc. of Long Beach.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed by either company.

P2S is also a provider of engineering and construction management services for institutional, industrial and commercial clients.

In a statement, the companies said PES would continue to provide its customers with the same services, along with the support of P2S and its engineering services.

“Joining P2S allows us to expand and accelerate the design, service and deployment of projects for our customers with a significantly increased workforce and exceptional resources,” said PES President Barbara Effenberger. “Joining P2S is the ultimate partnership.”

Oren Hillel is the new director of development for Waterford Property Co. in Newport Beach. (Courtesy of Waterford Property Co.)


Oren Hillel is the new director of development for Waterford Property Co. in Newport Beach. Hillel will oversee the company’s real estate development, including grassroots projects, in the market-priced and affordable housing categories. Previously, he worked at Greystar, a property developer and manager with over $50 billion in assets under management.


Stephanie Young Group is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 18 at Highland Park in Irvine.

Photo ID is required to donate. Appointments can be scheduled online at with referral code SYG or by phone at 1-800-733-2767. To verify your eligibility to donate blood, call the Red Cross Donor Support Center at 1-866-236-3276.

Address: 12205 Dreamcatcher

Real estate transactions, leases and new projects, industry hires, new companies and upcoming events are compiled from news releases by editor Karen Levin. Submit articles and high-resolution photos via email to Business Editor Samantha Gowen at [email protected] Please allow at least a week for posting. All elements are subject to change for clarity and length.

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West Coast downpours close roads and force evacuations

A state of emergency has again been declared in the Buller district, where Westport was completely cut off by the road after heavier than expected rain last night.

heavy rain caused landslides in Buller district.
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It comes five days after the last state of emergency was lifted, following torrential rains and flooding which prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes.

Just after noon, officials reported that the Buller River was flowing 11.4 meters and rising after a night of record rainfall.

Buller Mayor Jamie Cleine said the water flooded a number of homes on Roebuck St near the Westport estate.

“The gauges up the Buller River are still rising so there is still a lot of water to come down from the larger catchment area and that is what the river watch team is very concerned about later today for Westport. “

The roads around Buller are impassable after heavy rains.

The roads around Buller are impassable after heavy rains.
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Buller emergency management officials said modeling showed the situation would be similar to July 2012 flooding in the area, and a mandatory evacuation order was issued this afternoon for residents living in parts of Westport.

Rainfall was “below forecast, in terms of intensity and impacts” and the Inangahua and Buller rivers were being closely monitored, they said.

“Due to our current isolation, we currently do not have the additional resource present in the district last week. We encourage people to help themselves and their neighbors. Anyone in need of special assistance should contact the Emergency Operations Center on 0800 234 533.”

The rain is expected to ease, with MetService lifting its heavy rain warning for the West Coast and the day before for the Tasman region.


Buller Emergency Management announced this afternoon that residents of Westport have been ordered to evacuate as heavy rain coincides with a high tide which is expected to flood low-lying areas of the town this evening.

Mayor Jamie Cleine said residents of parts of Snodgrass, North Derby Street, the Racecourse and Lagoon area must leave now.

“I know leaving your home again can be really upsetting and distressing, especially for those who went through this last week, but it’s essential that we all do this to stay safe,” he said. .

Civil Defense Comptroller Bob Dickson said heavy rain coinciding with high tide, expected shortly before 7 p.m., could inundate low-lying areas.

“Modeling suggests that low lying areas of Westport are at serious risk of flooding and we must put the safety of people first. We have put in place a mandatory evacuation order for these at risk areas in Westport in order to keep residents safe,” he said in a statement. .

“If your house is in the evacuation zone, it means you have to go to higher ground and look for other accommodation, such as staying with family or friends outside the evacuation zones. Bring your bag emergency and your pets with you.”

Evacuation centers have again been organized for residents of Sergeants Hill Hall, South School Hall, Waimangaro Hall and Carters Beach Motor Camp for people who cannot stay with family and friends.

Residents are warned not to drive or walk through floodwaters, which may contain debris from washed-out parts of the road.

Civil Defense has urged people to treat all floodwaters as contaminated and unsafe.

In Westport, firefighters received eight calls from people whose homes had been flooded or were at risk of flooding.

Residents of Seddonville and Mokihinui to the north of the city were evacuated, while around two households had to leave their homes in Waimangaroa as a landslide threatened their properties.

Buller Health staff were among those preparing to evacuate as all outpatient, day surgery and scheduled care appointments were canceled today.

West Coast DHB Incident Controller Philip Wheble said Buller Medical remained open for emergency care.

For people north of Westport, there are health staff in Karamea and Ngakawau. For those in Reefton, Reefton Health remains open.

The Westport Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic is also closed today and tomorrow.

Westport South School principal Jo Duston said the children had been sent home and an evacuation center had been set up in the hall.

“At the moment they are setting up places where people can eat and some of the school meals will be directed there so that there is food for people, then later this afternoon they will assess whether they should open classrooms and set up to sleep.”

Westport resident Anita O’Brien said last night’s heavy rain was reminiscent of last July’s flooding and surprised many.

“It was very fast, very fast this time, and there are a few areas that didn’t flood last time that are flooded this time. Like our street for example, we had more water in our part of the street than we had in either case the last two times. It calmed down pretty quickly.

“But just the flow of the river running through the parking lot, it looked a lot stronger than it did even in July.”

Water supply and risk of contamination

Buller emergency management officials also warn that there is an increased risk of water contamination in Reefton, due to surface flooding. Residents are asked to boil their water.

Drinking water supplies in Waimangaroa and Inangahua were also interrupted due to damaged pipes at the two supply sites, they said.

Access to undertake repairs was currently not possible, they said.

The Waimangaroa Fire and Emergency Brigade has set up a water evacuation point at the station for residents.

Closed roads

A number of roads in the Buller District are closed due to flooding and slides.

  • SH67 Mokihiniu to Karamea – road to Karamea is closed from Mokihinui
  • SH67 Westport to Mokihinui – surface flooding and slides due to heavy rain
  • SH6 8 Mile at Inangahua – surface flooding and slides due to heavy rain
  • SH6 Inangahua at Westport – Lower Buller Gorge – closed due to landslides and surface flooding
  • SH6 Westport to Punakaiki – closed due to landslide at Meybille Bay
  • SH6 Punakaiki in Greymouth – closed due to slips and flooding, but NZTA says likely to open at 1pm
  • SH69 Inangahua to Reefton – closed due to flooding
  • SH7 Springs Junction at Reefton – Rahu Saddle – closed due to landslides and surface flooding in this area
  • SH6, 65 Murchison to Springs Junction – Due to flooding and multiple slides, State Highway 6 from Murchison to O’Sullivans Bridge and State Highway 65 from O’Sullivans Bridge to Springs Junction are closed.

Record rainfall in Westport

MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris said more than 160mm of rain was recorded at Westport Airport in less than 24 hours.

This “beat” the record for a 24-hour period set last week.

February was also likely to be the wettest month on record, Ferris said. morning report.

“These are two very large rain events very close to each other, which is very bad news for local residents.”

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Kirklees Borough Council Planning Applications Week ending Sunday 30th January

The list below, taken from the Kirklees Borough Council website on Monday January 31, contains planning applications that became valid the previous week.

  • Erection of single storey side extension, 78A, Westgate, Cleckheaton
  • Erection of single storey side extension, 83 Greenfield Crescent, Grange Moor, Huddersfield
  • Listed building permission for repairs, alterations and renovations (in a conservation area), Low House, 3 Quaker Bottom, High Flatts
  • Erection of single storey rear extension and alterations (conservation listed building), 195 Westgate, Almondbury
  • Listed building consent for the erection of a rear single storey extension and alterations (in a conservation area), 195 Westgate, Almondbury
  • Erection of a raised front terrace, 11 Malvern Rise, Primrose Hill
  • Erection of single storey rear extension, Beech Garth, Field End Lane, Honley, Holmfirth
  • Erection of a single storey rear extension forming a store, 17 Brewery Yard, Fenay Bridge
  • Erection of a dwelling (in a conservation area), land at the edge of Birkby Hall Road/Storths Road, Birkby
  • Erection of an outbuilding, 76, Dobb Top Road, Holmbridge, Holmfirth
  • Outline application for construction of residential development, Adj, 6, Leyfield Bank, Wooldale, Holmfirth
  • Erection of two-storey side extension and front porch, 20, Oak Tree Terrace, Fenay Bridge
  • Erection of single storey side and rear extensions and new side window, 120, The Crescent, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury
  • Demolition of an existing bungalow and construction of two semi-detached houses, 1, Una Place, Birkby, Huddersfield
  • Erection of single storey side extension and conversion of attic to first floor, 13, St John’s Crescent, Birkby
  • Erection of single and double storey side and rear extensions, 15, Lidgate Gardens, Lidgate Lane, Dewsbury
  • Demolition of single storey side extension and construction of two storey side extension, 22, Nunroyd, Heckmondwicke
  • Certificate of legality for the proposed construction of a single storey rear extension and rear dormer extension, 9 Sycamore Way, Birstall, Batley
  • Certificate of Proposed Legality for Construction of Garage/Gym/Games Room, Mulberry House, Park Head Lane, Birds Edge
  • Discharge Condition 3 on previous permission 2021/92779 for the erection of a factory platform consisting of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system with associated works, Thornton And Ross Ltd , Manchester Road, Linthwaite
  • Amendment to Condition 2 (Plans and Specifications) on Previous Approval 2021/92116 for the construction of a detached house and one and two storey rear extension to the existing house, 23 Fall Lane, Hartshead, Liversedge
  • Discharge condition 8 (materials) on the previous authorization 2021/91295 for the request of questions reserved in accordance with the summary authorization 2019/91406 for the demolition of an existing dwelling and the construction of 2 individual dwellings with independent garage and works Associates, 8 Grove Street, Norristorpe, Liversedge
  • Erection of a single storey side extension, 20 Rutland Road, Milnsbridge
  • Release of Condition 16 of Previous Permit 2014/92815 for Demolition of Existing Hostel Buildings (C1) and Draft Residential Development Application, Former Combs Hostel, Hall Lane, Thornhill, Dewsbury
  • Erection of first floor extension to existing building to form a dwelling, land at, Jagger Lane, Emley
  • Removal of existing veranda and erection of one-storey rear extension, 62 Knowl Road, Mirfield
  • Advance notification for building demolition, Bradley Nurseries, Bradley Junction Industrial Estate, Leeds Road, Huddersfield
  • Alterations to upper ground floor opening and formation of balcony (in conservation area), 3, Greendale Court, Honley, Holmfirth
  • Work with TPO(s) 05/80 in a conservation area, Friends Meeting House, Pell Lane, Wooldale, Holmfirth

  • Working on trees in a conservation area, 14 Knowles Lane, Gomersal, Cleckheaton
  • Partial demolition of side extension and erection of single storey side and rear extension, 121, Drub Lane, Drub, Cleckheaton
  • Certificate of Legality for Proposed Rear Single Storey Extension, 48 Park Avenue, Shelley
  • Advance notice for building demolition, rear of, 135 Netheroyd Hill Road, Fixby
  • Erection of a single storey rear extension, 29 Orchard Street, Savile Town, Dewsbury
  • Erection of inregral garage extension and modification to extend housing, 5, Harrington Court, Meltham, Holmfirth
  • Erection of front and rear dormers, 19 York Road, Mirfield
  • The proposal is for the erection of a one-storey rear extension. The extension projects 6m beyond the rear wall of the original dwelling house. Maximum extension height is 3.74, extension eave height is 2.65m, 6 East Street, Batley
  • Erection of a single storey side extension, 28, Rawthorpe Terrace, Rawthorpe
  • Erection of side extension and front dormer and external alterations, 8 Rowgate, Upper Cumberworth
  • Discharge condition 3 (junction works) on the previous authorization 2020/91055 for modification conditions 2 and 6 and deletion of conditions 5 on the previous authorization 2019/93524 for the provision of 3 parking spaces and the works of landscaping to provide amenity space, 102 Dunford Road, Holmfirth
  • Working on TPO trees in a conservation area, St Cuthbert’s Church, Linden Road, Birkby
  • Confirmation of compliance with the conditions of the previous authorization 2004/95014 for the construction of 18 flats and 22 flats, and the conversion of the existing offices into 6 flats, Crown Street Works, 32, Halifax Road, Liversedge
  • Dangerous Tree Notification, 13A, Fixby Road, Fixby, Huddersfield
  • Erection of a single storey extension, alterations to the store front and associated external alterations, McDonald’s Restaurant, 2 Northgate Centre, Northgate, Heckmondwicke
  • Reconfiguration of existing exterior steps and erection of timber decking, 45 Lingards Road, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield
  • Discharge of conditions 5 (drainage – greases and oils), 9 (remediation strategy) and 10 (validation report) of the previous authorization 2019/91491 for the demolition of the existing fitness complex and the erection of Spen Valley Leisure Centre, Spenborough Fitness Complex, Bradford Road, Littletown, Liversedge
  • Demolition of existing conservatory and single storey kitchen extension and construction of rear single storey extensions and part of the first floor, 8 Ennerdale Avenue, Dewsbury
  • Listed building consent for roof repairs and associated works, New House Hall, New House Road, Sheepridge

  • Demolition of existing conservatory and construction of two storey and one storey extensions, 69 Leeds Old Road, Heckmondwicke
  • Acknowledgment of conditions 3 (landscaping), 19 (services management plan) and 20 (parking management plan) of previous authorization 2015/90646 for modification of condition 2 (plans) of previous authorization 2013/91452 for demolition of outbuildings and development/redevelopment of Globe Mills at: Globe 1: Medical Surgery; Class A1 retail sale; library/community use; class A3 coffee; class B1 office units; office and innovation space; Globe2; Parking on the ground floor; Class B1 Office and Light Industrial; office and innovation space – and forming an outdoor car park and walkway over the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Globe Mills, Bridge Street, Linthwaite
  • TPO Tree Work, Land West Of, 5, Primrose Lane, Kirkburton
  • TPO Tree Work, 84 Whitcliffe Road, Cleckheaton
  • Demolition of existing garage and erection of accommodation, Land Adj, 339, New Hey Road, Salendine Nook
  • Certificate of legality for the proposed room in the attic, 19 Hawthorn Lane, Cleckheaton
  • Erection of single storey rear extension and alterations, Davalley, Commonside, Flockton
  • Changing opening hours and installing a rear extraction system, Upper Lane Fisheries, 14 Upper Lane, Emley
  • Erection of the first floor and two-storey extension and exterior modifications (in a conservation area), discharge of conditions 11 (CEMP) and 12 (temporary drainage of surface water) of the previous authorization 2021/93674 for the partial redevelopment of Greenhead College including demolition and repair, construction of 2 and 4 storey buildings, reconfiguration of parking and access arrangements, reconfiguration of sports provision and other associated exterior works (in a conservation area ), Greenhead College, Greenhead Road, Huddersfield
  • Installation of new sodium hydroxide dosing kiosk and ferric dosing kiosk, Meltham Waste Water Treatment Works, Huddersfield Road, Meltham
  • Listed building consent for the installation of four overhead power line equipment gates on piers 3, 7, 11 and 15 with support wall brackets, MDL1/27 railway viaduct, Union Mill, Mill Lane/Grange Road, Batley
  • Discharge of Conditions 11 (MPME), 12 (BNGA) and 13 (CEMP Biodiversity) of previous permit 2019/93658 for the construction of 122 housing units, landscaping and associated infrastructure, land at, Whitechapel Road, Cleckheaton
  • Discharge of conditions 4 (temporary drainage of surface water), 15 (works adjacent to the freeway) and 25 (Whitechapel Road parking lot) of the previous authorization 2019/93658 for the construction of 122 housing units, landscaping and associated infrastructure , land at Whitechapel Road, Cleckheaton
  • Certificate of legality for proposed alterations to convert garage to bedroom, 52 Westerley Lane, Shelley, Huddersfield
  • Working on TPO trees in a conservation area, 14 Greendale Court Honley
  • Working at the tree(s) in a conservation area, All Hallows Church, Westgate, Almondbury, Huddersfield
  • Discharge of conditions 3 (CMP), 4 (CEMP), 5 (phase II survey), 9 (internal adoptable roads), 15 (lowered curb) and 18 (road condition survey) of the previous authorization 2021 /91871 for the construction of a residential development (55 dwellings) including access and associated infrastructure, Land adj, High Street and Challenge Way, Hanging Heaton, Batley
  • Discharge of conditions 16 (invasive species) and 21 (EDS) of the previous authorization 2021/91871 for the construction of a residential development (55 dwellings) including access and associated infrastructure, Land adj, High Street and Challenge Way, Hanging Heaton, Batley

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Council mulls over report outlining ways to manage tourism on Maui

Visitors arrive at Kahului Airport. Picture file. PC: J.D. Pells

Regulating peer-to-peer car sharing, setting a cap on tourist accommodations and banning transient vacation rentals in certain districts are among ideas for managing tourism in Maui that were presented this week by a county group.

These and other recommendations are part of a Report of more than 400 pages unveiled Wednesday at the council’s budget, finance and economic development committee meeting.

Derived by a temporary investigative group of four council members, the plans will be discussed for remand or other legislation at the February 23 committee meeting.

Panel members included Board Vice Chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Chair Alice Lee, and members Shane Sinenci and Tamara Paltin. They met with industry and community participants during seven meetings that began last year.

Lee on Wednesday confirmed the committee’s hard work while saying she disagreed with some of the recommendations.


“I didn’t agree with everything, but I certainly agree with the work ethic and everything that comes with it,” she said. “It was a lot of work.”


Paltin said it was impossible to legislate economic diversity and the daunting task would involve the work of many sectors.

“It’s going to take every person thinking about economic diversification in Maui County,” she said. “It’s not just a six-month TIG thing or a two-year thing – it’s every day, all day, for the rest of our lives.”

Council discussions and public testimony on tourism management have intensified during the pandemic.


After visitor arrivals hit a record high of over 3 million in 2019, tourism was largely halted in early 2020 with the onset of the pandemic. Domestic travel reopened towards the end of 2020, however, and residents have seen a resurgence in arrival numbers that now rival pre-pandemic times.

Data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority shows domestic arrivals last month surpassed the same month in 2019.

The rapid rebound is accompanied by impacts on roads and other infrastructure, natural resources and housing. Additionally, the industry has enjoyed unfettered growth for many years, council members said.

The council recently overruled a veto by Mayor Michael Victorino on a bill intended to help hedge against further growth. Bill 148 imposes a moratorium on new transitional units until the board implements TIG’s recommendations, or in two years, whichever comes first.

Wednesday’s TIG report contains eight legislative proposals, including the following:

  • Put in place a ceiling for tourist accommodation. Place a cap on the number of transitional accommodations currently in operation, or legally permitted by Maui County’s current code, and forward legislation to planning commissions and advisory committees.
  • Create a departmental tourism management structure. Establish a tourism management commission with voting members who are not directly or solely financially dependent on the tourism industry and include an ex-officio member who is financially dependent on the industry to provide voting members with insight into decision-making. decision.
  • Green energy needs for transient accommodation. Amend the county’s action plan to encourage the tourism industry to implement green energy technologies and sustainability measures.
  • Remove discretionary wording on 33% tourism amount in Maui Island plan. Amend the Maui Island Plan to stop permit applications or permits for transient vacation accommodations if the visitor population exceeds 33% of the resident population.
  • Regulate the peer-to-peer carsharing industry. Amend Maui County code to add a new section requiring the registered owner of a vehicle rented on a peer-to-peer car-sharing platform to park the vehicle at all times, when not rented , on the private property of the registered owner, and not on a public road. In addition, the pick-up and drop-off of car-sharing vehicles between individuals in a residential area would be prohibited.
  • Modify the Maui Island Plan to include measurable quality of life indicators. Amend the Maui Island Plan by adding indicator milestones to help track progress against existing benchmarks focused on monitoring and evaluating residents’ quality of life.
  • Managed Retreat: Amend Maui County code to add a new section that would allow exceptions to transitional accommodation caps for structures within the sea level rise exposure zone to be strategically relocated and rebuilt outside the Sea Level Rise Exposure Zone and Special Management Zone.
  • Eliminate transient vacation rentals in various neighborhoods. Amend the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to eliminate transient vacation rentals as special uses in various districts and establish new requirements for transient vacation rentals in various districts.
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Cyclists call on city to improve maintenance of bike paths after snow left Clark Street lanes covered in mud

EDGEWATER — Local cyclists rallied in Edgewater on Thursday to demand better management of the city’s bike lanes, saying muddy snow should be cleared from bike lanes.

Amid the heavy snowfall of the past two weeks, cyclists took to Twitterr to highlight slush conditions. One was the creator of a Clark Street Bike Path account — who asked to use only his first name, Kevin — who co-hosted the rally with Courtney Cobbs, one of the founders of Better Streets Chicago.

“Bike lanes throughout the city need to be cleared with as much urgency as the streets that drivers use, because people are still getting out and riding their bikes in this weather,” Cobbs said.

There were around 103,000 Divvy bike rides across the city in January, Chicago Department of Transportation officials told StreetsBlog Chicago.

Mel Leverich, who often rides Clark Street to and from Rogers Park, said they came to the rally because bike lane obstructions are “pretty constant”.

“Honestly, I try to avoid this street when I’m cycling in this weather because when the bike lanes are blocked there’s even less space,” Leverich said. “Now I’m just in the vehicle lane because there isn’t even a shoulder anymore.”

Cobb tweeted the lane was completely snow-covered and unusable on Jan. 28 and 29, and city data shows 311 lane snow removal reports filed as early as Jan. 24.

“If someone wants to ride a bike instead of waiting 30 minutes or an hour for a bus, they should have that option,” Cobbs said. “We need to make sure that however you move, you can do it safely.”

Aldus. André Vasquez (40th) said on Twitter the Ministry of Transport would come on January 31 to clear the way. After the heavy snowfalls of the beginning of the week, the track again has not been erased until Vasquez intervened.

Whether or not a bike lane is protected determines how clear it is, Vasquez said. If the lane is protected by flexible poles, such as the Clark Street lane, the CDOT uses small plows to erase it. The cycle paths delimited only by white paint, which do not present any obstacle for the large road sweepers, are under the responsibility of the road network and sanitation.

Vasquez said city officials were told they were tasked with cleaning up the Clark Street bike path now that it’s protected, but “it must have slipped under the radar.” He has since double-checked that the city will include Clark Street in its bike lane snow removal program, he said.

“It’s only the first or second snow since it became a protected bike path,” Vasquez said.

But sometimes even cleared bike paths are “really unequal,said Cobbs, forcing them to slow down or sometimes get off their bikes completely “to safely navigate the lane.”

Since its installation last summer, the Clark Street Bikeway has developed a controversial reputation in Edgewater, as businesses and residents continue to use the lane for free parking despite its protective upgrades.

Cyclists who often use the Clark Street route said the frequent obstacles made the bike path semi-functional at best and often made the section of traffic even more dangerous – an experience compounded by the risk of disappearing or remaining stuck in the snow.

The lane, which stretches from Hollywood Avenue to Devon Street, is receiving a second round of upgrades to curb illegal parking.

Additional flex posts were installed late last year to halve the 40ft spaces used by cars to enter the lane, and a concrete barrier separating the bike path from other traffic is expected to be installed in the spring, says Vasquez.

The other side of the bike lane battle was also represented on Thursday. Shortly after the rally began, three Dominoes delivery cars parked on the bike lane in the same block where protesters were standing with signs.

Basin stopped by the rally just in time to talk to Dominoes drivers about other parking options he’s working on for them, like potentially setting up a nearby loading bay and talking to other companies about dedicating a few spots in a corner lot adjacent to the delivery cars.

An angry resident called the protesting cyclists “selfish” and shouted “thank you for taking our parking lot from us”, before heading to their compound on Clark Street.

Although the rally took place at the intersection of Clark and Ridge, activists’ call for better maintenance applies to bike lanes throughout the city.

“We know that’s not the only bike path affected,” Cobbs said.

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South Park doctor relieved by family can no longer prescribe painkillers – Voice of San Diego

The exterior of Dr. Tara Zandvliet’s office in South Park / Photo by Megan Wood

Rhonda and Gordon Dutson don’t necessarily believe that Dr. Tara Zandvliet is responsible for their son’s opiate addiction. But they think she’s an accomplice.

Trevor, their son and his then-girlfriend both traveled to Zandvliet for the sole purpose of obtaining opioids, the Dutsons said. And, according to the Medical Board of California, they weren’t alone.

Zandvliet – who, Voice of San Diego revealed in 2019, helped hundreds of local families avoid vaccinations for their children – over-prescribed opioids to at least four of his patients, according to the charges brought by the medical commission. In one case, she prescribed a woman 10 times the recommended daily dose of opioids for almost six years.

As part of a new settlement agreement, she will not be able to prescribe narcotics for the next five years. She will also be required to take a course on best prescribing practices and undergo a clinical skills assessment. The medical committee had had previously stripped Zandvliet of his ability to write vaccine exemptions.

“I wish she had lost her license,” Rhonda said. “She allowed drug addicts. She didn’t “do any harm”.

“I have very few patients overall on opioids, so this won’t change my practice much,” Zandvliet wrote in an email. “However, it is a devastating blow for these patients. They suffer from lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, vertebral compression fractures, etc. They and their specialists are grateful to me for writing the drugs they depend on to function.

Zandvliet said family members who are concerned their loved ones are addicted to the pills should contact the prescribing doctor.

“If they knew he was addicted, why didn’t they tell me?” she wrote about the Dutsons. “Doctors are not omniscient. We rely on families to share their concerns with us… Drug addicts know how to play the game very well to obtain their medication.

The Dutsons said they didn’t learn their son was addicted to opioids until he was out of Zandvliet’s care.

Zandvliet has a small practice in South Park. She became frustrated with insurance companies and rushed visits, according to a 2012 North Park News article, so she stopped taking insurance. Patients instead pay cash and she regularly visits them for 40 minutes or more, she said.

Gordon Dutson once went with his son on a date with Zandvliet, as Voice previously reported when the charges against Zandvliet were first announced. (Voice previously used a pseudonym to identify the Dutsons because they were involved in ongoing legal proceedings over custody of their granddaughter.)

“It felt more like a drug deal than a doctor-patient encounter,” Gordon said. “Like, ‘Here’s the prescription you want, give me the money, see you next time.’ It wasn’t like, ‘How’s your knee? Are you in pain? Let’s make that leg feel better.

Zandvliet says she was working to wean Trevor off opioids.

Trevor remains addicted to opiates, his parents said. He has been in and out of jail recently and lives in his car. They have no relationship with him currently, they said, but try to follow his whereabouts and help him as much as they can.

They tried to help him directly in the past, but came to believe it only furthered his addiction, they said.

According to the medical board, Zandvliet prescribed the four patients named in the charges between 73 and 1,360 “equivalent milligrams of morphine” daily. MME is a standard measure of opioid strength.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an absolute maximum daily dose of 90 MS.

Prescribing more than the maximum dose backfires, said Dr. Kelly Bruno, pain management specialist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, already told me.

High doses can create a “feedback loop,” Bruno said, that increases a person’s pain.

In March 2019, Voice first reported that Zandvliet had written 141 vaccine exemptions, representing nearly one-third of all exemptions for the San Diego Unified School District. She later told investigators that she probably wrote 1,000 in all. Zandvliet wrote many of the exemptions because his patients had a family history of allergies or autoimmune diseases. The American Academy of Pediatricians, as well as the vast majority of physicians, do not endorse them as legitimate grounds for exemption.

After the story was published, lawmakers passed a new law which placed additional scrutiny on physicians who write more than five vaccine waivers in a single year.

According to the medical board’s findings, a qualified doctor like Zandvliet should have been able to spot his patients’ addictions and treat them for them.

“They needed a doctor, not a drug dealer,” Rhonda said. “She is now on the radar of the authorities for painkillers as well as for exemption from vaccines. She’s going to be under a magnifying glass and that’s where she should be.

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New Plymouth ratepayers could pay the Catholic Church nearly $2 million to land council rent $1 a year since 1984

The Wynyard St section is occupied by retirees in nine separate apartments.


The Wynyard St section is occupied by retirees in nine separate apartments.

New Plymouth ratepayers may have to pay the Catholic Church nearly $2 million for a section of Bell Block they’ve paid just $37 to rent since 1984.

The Wynyard St section, which is occupied by retirees in nine separate apartments and has been independently valued at $1.95 million, has been let by New Plymouth District Council for just $1 a year since the church signed a 40-year lease in 1984.

With the lease about to expire, council approached the church about the future of the land.

Instead of pursuing the lease of the council-built flats, the church offered a land swap – Wynyard St for the Powderham St car park opposite its New Plymouth cathedral – with an additional $250,000.

The Powderham St car park which the Catholic Church was happy to do a land swap for.


The Powderham St car park which the Catholic Church was happy to do a land swap for.

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However, the deal did not appeal to council management given the scarcity of car parks in the city center since the city center car park was mothballed in December 2020 over fears it could be of serious earthquake risk.

The parking demand was highlighted in a report to the council’s strategy and operations committee, with the Powderham St site having a waiting list of 43 for the 46 parks already let.

“Any suggestion to sell this parking lot is likely to generate interest and objection,” the report said.

Deputy Mayor Richard Jordan questioned the Catholic Church.  (File photo)


Deputy Mayor Richard Jordan questioned the Catholic Church. (File photo)

At Tuesday’s committee meeting, Deputy Mayor Richard Jordan asked if the Catholic Church was showing “Christian values” by asking for the estimated price of the land, while he also asked if they felt a ” guilt” about the process.

By contrast, veteran adviser Harry Duynhoven thought the asking price of $1.95million was ‘relatively modest’ given there was an opportunity to build more homes for the elderly given the size of the lot. of 3585 m².

“I’m a little surprised at Deputy Mayor Jordan’s view that the church should feel guilty,” he said.

The Powderham St car park is


The Powderham St car park is “an asset that we need to maintain”, said Councilor Colin Johnston.

Duynhoven found support from councilor Murray Chong, who thought it was “a very good price” for the land, which would be ideal for putting converted shipping containers into housing for the elderly.

He was also keen to know what return the council received from the property.

When the subject moved on to a possible land swap, Councilor Colin Johnston said he was totally against the possibility.

“We cannot lose the Powderham St car park. It is an asset that we must retain.”

The Wynyard St, Bell Block, Retirement Units.


The Wynyard St, Bell Block, Retirement Units.

Reviewing the report, Councilor Marie Pearce was “really very surprised” that the Bell Block retirement apartments were the youngest on the council’s books because “they are quite old”.

Nevertheless, she believed that the land was not overvalued. “It’s actually good value for money.”

Ultimately, councilors backed the recommendation to buy the land, with a final decision to appear before the full council on March 8.

Although there was a clear majority for it, adviser and committee chair Stacey Hitchcock said the decision would likely be debated further at that meeting.

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In freezing conditions, the northeast begins to dig

In New York, where snowfall totals varied widely — four inches on Staten Island, 8.3 inches in Manhattan, 13.1 inches in Queens — life was largely back to normal on Sunday, though it was colder.

Under sunny skies, New Yorkers raced on snow-plowed sidewalks and drove on clear roads as children took their sleds to Central Park. Despite the sun, temperatures remained freezing, although the winds were milder compared to the strong gusts on Saturday.

New York City appeared to have escaped the worst effects of the winter storm. But on Long Island, which was battered by up to two feet of snow in some areas, at least two residents died trying to shovel snow on Saturday: At Belmont Circle, Nassau County police found a man 53-year-old lying in the snow with a shovel beside him, and a 75-year-old man collapsed in Syosset while clearing a road. Also, a Nassau County woman was found dead in her car early Saturday; the police were investigating.

Many on Long Island chose to venture out on Sundays instead of hiding indoors. In Elmont, 19-year-old Munir Ozigi saw an opportunity in the fresh snow. On Nextdoor, a social media app where neighbors can share information, he offered to shovel snow at anyone’s house for $80 to $120. By afternoon, Mr. Ozigi had already been called in three cities, earning several hundred dollars within hours.

“I sacrifice my back and my youth,” Mr. Ozigi said with a laugh. “I was thinking about what I could do to take advantage of this snowstorm, and it came to me like, ‘Oh, I can make money, and I’m a young man with a shovel. . Why not?'”

In Stoughton, the mood was just as light and locals seemed determined not to let the storm dictate their entire weekend. A man was seen wading waist-deep to his letterbox in the snow to begin clearing a path. At Olivio’s Grill & Pizzeria, business was buoyant in the morning as 30-year-old manager Yves Urio noted several take-out orders. “Pizza and wings is all we sell today,” he said.

Members of the Stoughton Police and Fire Department reveled in their victory in the snow. On Saturday, they had taken to social media jokingly, playfully debating with other cities over which would see the biggest piles of snow. But soon after, Chief Carroll said, “everyone jumped on board” to comment online. On Sunday morning, the Stoughton Police Department posted on Facebook: “Today we wake up champions!!”

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Proposed land for Safe Ground at Sutter’s Landing Park sparks new criticism

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A popular Sacramento park could become a place to stay for people living in RVs and cars, at least temporarily.

It’s a new proposition initiated by City Council member Katie Valenzuela. The details are still being worked out, and while some people say they want to help, they also say there is a better solution.

The “Safe Ground” parking lot would be located in part of Sutter’s Landing Park.

“They have to find a place, I understand. But here, no,” said Ana-Maria Sanchez, a nearby resident.

For people living near the park, it’s a tough sell.

But if the city continues, Valenzuela said the site would be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It would also be surrounded by a fence and guarantee access to toilets, garbage collection, food, water and case management services.

Only motorhomes and cars will be allowed – no camping.

I totally agree, but it should be monitored properly,” said Andy, who lives in his car.

Andy has been homeless for three years and currently lives in his car. He said it has been difficult to find the resources he needs.

The city’s first Safe Ground parking lot has opened near a portion of Highway 50, allowing homeless people and their families to park without the risk of being towed away.

Andy said if the offered lot was going to be like that, then no thanks.

“If the mayor wants to do something, open a free and safe space for us. Not a tweaker’s paradise like on Broadway,” Andy said.

“The camps around him seem disorganized. The way people live is pretty inhumane,” said Nick Kufasimes, vice president of the East Sacramento Improvement Association.

The ESIA is also concerned about unwanted camps that car parks may attract.

“If it worked there, I would be all for it. I see what’s going on there and maybe I’d say it’s perfect, then come back to us,” Kufasimes said.

The goal is to provide parking for the homeless population at the recently purchased Job Corps site in the Meadowview area, but Valenzuela said it could take several months before that location is ready.

” Help. Help us. I want a safe place to park,” Andy said.

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The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness gets a mud treatment

Excerpt from the February/March 2022 issue of Car and driver.

In 1982, my parents replaced their rear-drive Buick Regal with a four-wheel-drive Subaru GL station wagon, a car that revolutionized winter driving in Maine for the Dyer family. No more begging for ashes from a neighbor’s woodstove to throw under the tires – just pull the chunky lever to the left of the shifter and you were on your way. The GL’s deep snow sense meant all-terrain invincibility. And as soon as spring rolled around, my dad took the cart out onto nearby trails and rightfully stuck it, centered nicely on a log that stood in the way. That day Dad learned that when it comes to off-road driving, a four-wheel-drive car is still a car.

Andi HedrickCar and driver

Despite the ads glorifying river crossings and dusty dirt roads, I don’t recall Subaru of the early 1980s promising any real trail capability for its tiny four-by-fours. Forty years later, the humble Subaru wagon has evolved into something more like an actual SUV, in the form of the 2022 Outback Wilderness. More than cosmetic, the Wilderness brings legit hardware: a raised suspension that offers 9.5 inches of ground clearance, a front skid plate, revised bodywork to increase approach and departure angles, and Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tires. These off-road tires feature raised white lettering, a feature scientifically proven to increase both off-road prowess and the chance of other motorists asking for your CB handle. Under the hood, a 260-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four is standard equipment, and low-speed trail selection is aided by a shorter final drive ratio: 4.44:1 .

To put all that to the test—with, perhaps, the Wilderness’ water-resistant upholstery and rubber floor mats—I point the Outback’s matte black hood to Broken Nut Off Road Park, a expanse of 350 acres in Jefferson, South Carolina. There’s little online about Broken Nut other than a few Google reviews that involve lots of mud and “random stuff in the woods.”

When I turn onto the access road, I’m not quite sure I’m in the right place. The ride passes a junkyard filled with unlikely trash – tractor-trailer trucks, heavy equipment, dismembered ATVs. A rusting forklift marks the entrance to a homemade car wash made from steel I-beams, complete with a credit card machine (none work). There is a bewildering number of overturned port-a-potties. If you are looking for dump truck parts and tetanus this is a one stop shop. The woman who welcomes me (admission: $15) is very nice. It also represents the last time I will encounter any type of supervision.

Further up the road, trees and old machinery give way to a parking area overlooking two 50-meter mud bogs. the rat-a-tat-tat whistling quad bikes echo from the hills as the morning crowd unloads trailers and makes the first passes through the bogs. Most mountain bikes are elevated models with huge tires and snorkels, a good sign of the type of terrain that awaits there.

Andi HedrickCar and driver

Water hazards in places like this are always treacherous because you don’t know if they’re 10 inches or 10 feet deep. I watch a few quads cross the nearest bog before deciding to submit the Subaru to its first challenge. The water doesn’t look more than a foot deep, obviously with lots of traction underneath, so I park at the end of the pit and select the Deep Snow/Mud setting on the snow management system. Wilderness X-Mode terrain. I was expecting the local Realtree ATV crowd to be maybe a bit hostile towards a Subaru in their turf, but just as I get angry, a guy gets in and happily yells, “You can do it! No problem!” I pay close attention to hints of sarcasm, but if I’m not mistaken, he just honestly encourages me. I dive. And the engine immediately stalls.

To my acknowledgment the water is not deep, possibly down to the lower bumper. Impossible to be hydroblocked. So I restart and move forward another 50 feet, pushing out a modest bumper bow wave – and stall again. Oh oh. One more restart and I’m all the way, but the Wilderness seems to dislike water of even modest depth. I open the hood and open the air box to find the filter completely dry, as expected. It might not be a coincidence that Subaru doesn’t boast wading depth, like Jeep, Land Rover and, uh, Ford. Well, we’ll avoid ‘Sippi holes from now on. Lots of other land here.

Andi HedrickCar and driver

Deeper into the property, the trail becomes unexpectedly beautiful, winding through tall pine trees as it descends to a perfectly clear river. At some point, I encounter a log and take advantage of that healthy ground clearance to jump on it, demanding rematch on behalf of every Subaru wagon against every log over the past four decades.

Near the river, a marshy area faces steep climbs, so I decide to test these approach and departure angles with Subaru’s claim that the Wilderness can carve its way up a gravel incline. by 40%. The slope I chose is not that steep, but it is intimidating, rutted and crisscrossed with eroded tree roots. After a failed attempt, a little more gear bounces me back, the turbo four’s 277 pound-feet of torque cooperating with the short gear to send Outback’s 3973 pounds to the top. When descending, the CVT’s grade sensing kicks in, amplifying engine braking when the car is pointing downward. When the nose turns up, I see several members of the Carolina Mudderz ATV Club have paused their mud and water wheels to watch the Subaru flex its skills. I think they’re impressed, even though I don’t follow them to a nearby bog. I’m brave but not crazy.

I still haven’t found land that really gives me that “Is this a bad idea?” sour stomach familiar to any seasoned off-roader. I soon find such a trail, basically a terraced path along the river, with an impassable hill on the left and the water about 20 feet down the bank. There is mud and rocks and nowhere to turn. Once I’m in, no other way but to do it.

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I do about 100 yards before the Outback skid plate picks up a pumpkin-sized boulder hidden under the mud as the ruts send two tires almost into the air. A passing ATV driver jumps up and rocks the car, helping it find traction for a while, but there’s nowhere to go.

Time to put on my waders and tag the Raptor. Did I forget to mention the Ford Raptor? My fault. You see, off-roading it’s safe to use the buddy system, especially when that buddy has 450 horsepower and 37-inch tires. Unfortunately I had bet my advantage would involve being towed from the front so I have the tow eye and strap ready to go to the wrong side of the car – set up to drag the Subaru deeper into this mess rather than out of it. I trudge up front, the mud trying to suck the waders off my feet, and I transfer the tow eyelet from left front to right rear. With the Raptor helping rewind the last 50 feet of the trip, I bring the Outback to the trailhead. Several warning lights come on. I don’t know why, since nothing seems mechanically wrong. Maybe the Subaru just didn’t like being stuck – “check engine” as a bruised ego.

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But the Wilderness runs and drives perfectly, so I took the two hour drive back. Along the way, I stop at three car washes to make sure the Outback doesn’t turn into a rolling brick of South Carolina clay. As I approach my house, there is no outward evidence that earlier today this car was plunging through the mud with the likes of Can-Am high-lifters and XJ Jeep Cherokees.

And that is what is impressive. As my dad discovered by chance in the 1982 GL wagon, getting into nature is easy. The hardest part is getting out.

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Facilities Managers May Raise Service Fees As Energy Bills Skyrocket In Estates | The Guardian Nigeria News

It’s not the best of times for facility managers, as rising energy prices have driven up maintenance costs for properties across the country.

Rising costs, which are due to the price of diesel rising from the pre-December rate of between N250-300 per liter and over N350 per liter in open markets, are now overwhelming many property managers .

With the proposed increase in fuel to N403 by March, tough times seem to be ahead for most facility managers, as consumers often have very little control over the services they receive and a limited ability to challenge agents when they do not have the quality they expect or deserve. Tenants and tenants can be exploited and subject to exorbitant charges.

Electricity is one of the major issues facing small, medium and large businesses in Nigeria. This is a major constraint to the ease of doing business in Nigeria, with around $12 billion spent annually by companies and individuals on generators.

In some areas of Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and Port Harcourt, discussions have started between estate agents, tenants and tenants on ways to reduce maintenance costs. Service charges are the fees that most tenants pay to cover their share of maintaining their building and are often the subject of controversy.

The Guardian found that some estates were considering adopting renewables in certain common areas, while others were reducing usage times and increasing their loads. For example, instead of the usual 24-hour electricity in some areas, some reduce it to 18-20 hours a day.

According to United Nations estimates, real estate accounts for around 40% of global energy consumption and a third of all carbon emissions. For this reason, achieving double-digit reductions can have a significant impact on environmental sustainability.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) code of practice document states that service fees enable estate owners to recover the costs of operating a property from the occupants as well as any other persons who benefit and uses the services/facilities provided.

Fees also cover parking or shared driveway, reception areas, hallways, elevators, grass cutting/gardening, general repairs and maintenance, CCTV equipment ( CCTV) and block insurance and others.

The most disturbing aspect of the matter is the astronomical increase and lack of fixed costs for these services, which often result in a regular cause of disagreement between landlords and tenants.

Global PFI managing director Dr MKO Balogun told the Guardian that the cost of energy is just one part of the mix of issues and costs that managers are concerned about, especially with inflation and its impact on the purchasing power of employers and the cost of other goods. And services.

Balogun, who is a facilities manager, said the increase in service charges is inevitable. “There is going to be some level of increase. However, a well-managed building will always have opportunities for cost management.

“Improved services lead to longer asset life, allowing facility managers to make changes that will ultimately lead to efficiencies and reduced costs,” a- he declared.

According to him, technology also helps with estate management, adding that “reducing resources by using technology will ultimately lead to reduced costs.”

A former President of the Nigerian Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Mr. Stephen Jagun, said: “Rising energy prices are a major concern in the industry. “This has naturally increased the cost of providing the services, which translates into an increase in service charges. This creates friction between facility managers and tenants.

“It encourages facility managers to be innovative and, above all, to adopt alternative energy sources; in particular, sustainable energy sources. These may involve a high initial outlay, but the life cycle cost is very attractive. This requires good planning to be implemented.

Jagun, who was also a past president of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Lagos Branch, advised facility managers to adopt strategies that will include replacing equipment with energy efficient ones. ; such as air conditioning and lighting. “Similarly, an energy audit should be done to see what to discard, alternate and spread or rearrange,” he added.

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Free parking offer for motorists in the ‘usually full’ Leighton Buzzard parking lot labeled ‘extraordinary’

Recommendations from a controversial consultation report on parking fees and charges include free afternoon parking twice a week in a Leighton Buzzard car park, an offer one ward councilor called “extraordinary”.

The Sustainable Communities Oversight and Review Committee was asked to review the report yesterday (Thursday, January 20) and endorse its recommendations to the executive.

Despite overwhelming objections from respondents who opposed any increase, the report proposed that parking charges in Central Bedfordshire Council car parks should be increased, which the committee assumed. Learn more here.

Councilor Victoria Harvey (independent, Linslade) pointed out that a council-owned multi-storey car park in Leighton Buzzard was “remarkably” empty and a great place to skateboard.

“Throughout the pandemic, throughout the period that the multi-storey building has remained very empty, the Grovebury Road retail park which offers free parking is always full,” she said.

“It has much the same offer as the city center with cafes, food, with a range of comparison goods and you can park for free.

“The main answer [to the consultation] is that respondents believe parking fees and the proposal to increase fees are having a negative impact on local businesses.

“The FSB, which spoke here at the last meeting, really emphasized the importance of free parking or reduced parking fees to entice people to come in,” she said. .

The “amazing” parking recommendation was free afternoon parking at Leighton Buzzard’s Duncombe Drive car park from 2-6pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays (currently it’s free on Wednesday afternoons).

“The provision of free parking at Duncombe Drive, I’m afraid I find extraordinary,” said Councilor Harvey.

“Because Duncombe Drive is usually full, so you’re offering free parking to people who already park there rather than attracting people.

“And it’s not in line with our market hours, so it’s a very strange time to attract people.

“So I just feel like there’s a lack of coherent thinking,” she added.

Executive Member for Place and Communities, Councilor Ian Dalgarno (Conservative, Arlesey Ward) replied: “We are in a bit of a two-pronged situation, obviously with the impact of COVID we have taken a number of different measures on the main street in Leighton Buzzard,

“Leighton Buzzard High Street has been the subject of an extraordinary traffic management order and it has an impact on what happened on the high street there.

“A review of this is ongoing and we will make decisions on this early next month, in fact just before we go to the executive.

“So the results of that will impact footfall and high street and things like that as well.

“So as far as Leighton Buzzard is concerned, it’s a lot more complicated than just ‘oh, we’re looking to raise prices, how do we handle things, how do we support the market, how do we support traders’, etc.”

“It’s intrinsically linked, I’m afraid to say, and we’ll get to results like this before we go executive,” he said.

Committee chairman, Councilor Nigel Young (Conservative, Dunstable Watling Ward) sought clarification on the recommendation that ‘card payments for fares below £3.50 are only introduced at multi-parking payment machines floors of Leighton Buzzard”.

Community Safety, Parking and Program Manager Jeanette Keyte said: “Currently in terms of card payments, all of our car parks where we have pay and display machines, you can pay by card using the JustPark app.

“The multi-storey car park has a different payment system which unfortunately meant our residents were unable to pay by card for anything less than £3.50.

‘We are therefore proposing that, for the multi-storey car park only, we allow the machine to accept card payments below £3.50,’ she said.

Councilor Young said: “I’m sorry to get bogged down in this so if I’m going to pay for parking at Duncombe Drive for 1 hour which costs £1 or £1.50 at the moment I’ll be charged £ £1 or £1.50 without using a phone with a debit card?”

“No, Mr. Chairman,” replied Councilor Dalgarno.

“We have a system in place, where we try to get members of the public to use the JustPark app, so we give people the options.”

Councilor Young said: “Thank you, Ian, thank you very much. So you keep charging members of the public who don’t have a phone £3.50 for the minimum stay or whatever and they get no value until they stay four hours and you don’t offer to change that?

“It’s just blatant, absolutely blatant.”

The committee’s report and recommendations will now be reviewed by the Executive of the Board.

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Man fired by Big 4 Strahan for being ‘too fat’ urges others to know their rights

New jobs, a new home and a new life were what awaited the Griffin family when they left Queensland and traveled over 3,000km to their new home in Tasmania over the Christmas holidays.

But the suitcases had barely been unpacked when the family were ordered to pack up and leave.

After just two hours in their new roles as managers of the Big 4 Strahan Holiday Retreat, Hamish and Hazel Griffin have been fired.

Now Mr Griffin, who ran a caravan park in Cloncurry in North West Queensland before the move, believes the decision breached his human rights.

He urged others to “do their homework” before taking on a new job.

Hamish and his eight-year-old son, Freddie.(Provided: Hamish Griffin)

While helping to move a sofa from a shed in the park, Mr Griffin said he was told his weight would prevent him from being able to carry out his duties.

“I’ve been a park manager in North West Queensland for eight years – I’ve been doing this job for eight years.”

Mr Griffin said that while he understood that it would be necessary to undertake such duties from time to time, he was not employed as a groundskeeper or maintenance operator.

“It was a leadership position,” he said.

“Of course, you have urgent situations where you might be short-staffed, or you might have to go and help someone, which I’ve been doing for eight years on a bigger property, under more difficult.”

A man wearing a blue checkered shirt and a cowboy hat stands on a balcony with a bush in the background
Hamish Griffin has been running caravan parks for eight years.(Provided: Hamish Griffin)

What shocked Mr Griffin was that he had conducted video interviews and sent photos of himself and his family to employers.

The park owners told the ABC that Mr Griffin’s sacking was due to an occupational health issue and that Mr Griffin feared he could harm himself while working at the park.

They said Mr Griffin hid a health problem from employers.

“Why would I tell them? Carrying a few extra pounds, in my mind, isn’t going to stop me and hasn’t stopped me for eight years from performing my duties as a park manager,” Mr Griffin said. . .

Map from Cloncurry to Strahan
The journey by road and sea crossing is more than 3,000 kilometres. (Data Wrapper)

crushing blow

The family, who had spent a night in their new home, packed up and left.

“It was such a shock: the night before, the boss and his wife had visited us and welcomed us with a bottle of wine. That morning my son was playing by the stream,” Mr. Griffin.

“We were lounging in this paradise that was going to be our new home, and now I had to think about where we were going to sleep that night.

A young boy wearing an orange sweater smiles with arms wide in the bush
Mr. Griffin’s eight-year-old son, Freddie.(Provided: Hamish Griffin)

Mr Griffin said the hardest part was telling his son, Freddie.

“The look on that little boy’s face, chasing the platypus in the stream, when I told him to get in the car, the look on my wife’s face – I wish they [the park owners] could feel what I felt at that moment.

“I’ve lived in West Queensland most of my life. I’ve worked in Afghanistan. I’ve traveled the world. I’ve raised a family, but it completely upset me.”

Employee rights

Mr Griffin is seeking legal advice to investigate whether there have been breaches of contract and further breaches of the Acts of Discrimination or the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 man.

NB Lawyers director Jonathan Mamaril said while there were no laws in Australia that prevented employers from dismissing an employee for being overweight, there were grounds to fight discrimination on the basis of on a physical disability or medical condition.

“In this case, the employers argued that it was potentially a medical condition,” Mr Mamaril said.

“For the role of a manager, it will be very difficult for the employer to say that someone carrying a little extra weight is going to cause a health and safety risk.”

Warning to others

While Mr Griffin thought there was nothing he could have done to change the outcome, he urged others to be diligent and do their homework when considering a new job.

“There’s nothing I really think I could have asked for or done better.

“But in terms of advice for anyone else, all I would say is, please do your homework, do as much research as you can about the company and your rights.”

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Embrey Management Services (EMS) Selected to Manage Lenox Crown in Garland, Texas | State

GARLAND, TX, January 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Award-winning and nationally recognized Embrey Management Services (EMS) has been selected to provide multi-family residential services to Lenox Crown in Garland, Texas, a first suburban market in dallas.

The 435-unit community, just off the I-635 loop, northeast of dallas, is close to recreational activities on Lake Ray Hubbard, a wide range of shopping and entertainment including the Firewheel Town Center and the highly successful Garland Independent School District.

“Embrey Management Services has a reputation for providing exceptional living experiences for residents,” said Josh Kogel, vice-president of the Praedium group, owner of the residential property.

Designed to support the active lifestyle and high expectations of its residents, the one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments feature wood floors and blinds, inviting kitchens with quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances. , dressing rooms, bathtubs and walk-in showers.

Community amenities include a resort-style pool with deck, poolside cabanas, outdoor kitchen and fire pits, state-of-the-art fitness center with yoga room, business center and conference room, carports, garages and charging stations for electric cars. , and a pet park and spa.

“Emrey Management Services is delighted to partner with Praedium Group and continue to grow our partnership by showcasing their core communities,” said Allyson McKay, CEO and Executive Vice President of Embrey Management Services. “Embrey is known for its attention to detail and we look forward to creating a home-from-home experience for Lenox Crown residents.”

About Embrey

San Antoniobased in Embrey Partners LLC is a diversified real estate investment firm that owns, develops, builds, acquires and manages multi-family residential communities and commercial assets in targeted markets across United States. Since 1974, Embrey has developed nearly 43,000 apartments and over 6 million square feet of commercial properties. Embrey is a leading developer in the multi-family sector with over 4,000 units under

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Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Auckland health officials apologize for long vaccination queues

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke to the media about the rollout of booster vaccination and COVID vaccines for children before going for vaccinations.

Senior Auckland health officials are apologizing to everyone who was stuck in queues at vaccination centers this morning, but are confident they can keep delays to a minimum.

It comes as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern receives a strong message from an Iwi leader in Auckland to ensure consultation with Maori on vaccination is done appropriately.

In Auckland at 1pm today, more than 3,200 children received their first dose to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Meanwhile, at Papakura Marae, just over 30 children under the age of 11 have been vaccinated every hour since the gates opened at 10 a.m.

Parents hoping to get their children vaccinated at a brand new drive-thru center in the Wairau Valley on Auckland’s north coast waited over an hour as demand exceeded traffic management plans this morning.

Those who arrived early were asked to wait in a parking lot next to the Eventfinda stadium before the center opened at 9am.

However, cars that arrived later began to queue on the road leading to the site, causing some traffic management officers to inform parents in the car park that they should join the back of the queue. ‘waiting.

The capacity to vaccinate children was reinforced at the Côte-Nord site when the demand became clear.  Photo/Michael Craig
The capacity to vaccinate children was reinforced at the Côte-Nord site when the demand became clear. Photo/Michael Craig

A parent, who arrived before 9 a.m., told the Herald the system looked like a “dog’s breakfast”.

Luckily the staff solved the problem by screening those who arrived early from the existing queue near the start of the line.

Traffic problems continued later in the morning as cars leaving the center after vaccination clashed with those entering the premises for the stadium’s summer programmes.

“We are very sorry they had to wait, especially in the heat,” said Dr Anthony Jordan, clinical manager of Auckland’s Covid vaccination programme.

Due to demand, the Côte-Nord site has increased its capacity to administer more pediatric vaccines. By noon the staff had reduced the wait to about 38 minutes.

Dr Anthony Jordan, Clinical Manager of the Auckland Covid Immunization Programme.  Photo / Dean Purcell
Dr Anthony Jordan, Clinical Manager of the Auckland Covid Immunization Programme. Photo / Dean Purcell

Jordan said the queue before opening was expected and encouraged people to plan their trip later in the day.

“I know it’s sunnier, but by then things started to pick up speed and those queues are moving much faster.”

For those who don’t want to risk being caught in a queue, Jordan advised choosing to get vaccinated at a GP, pharmacy or center that accepted walk-in visits.

“If a car isn’t somewhere you feel comfortable, especially in this weather, book through one of our venues,” he said.

Jezelle Clark, 8, was vaccinated at Papakura Marae today.  Photo / Dean Purcell
Jezelle Clark, 8, was vaccinated at Papakura Marae today. Photo / Dean Purcell

Today marked the start of vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11, with many parents taking their children with them to receive their first pediatric dose, which was about a third of the adult dose.

Mum Paula Beguely and her two daughters Harriet (8) and Charlotte (5) were excited and nervous as they lined up at the North Shore Vaccination Center this morning.

Paula said the family had remained socially distant until now because Charlotte lived with Down syndrome and was immunocompromised.

“We are very happy to be able to obtain [the vaccine]“, Paul said.

Mum Paula Beguely and her two daughters Harriet (8) and Charlotte (5) at the North Shore Vaccination Center in Wairau Valley today.  Photo/Adam Pearse
Mum Paula Beguely and her two daughters Harriet (8) and Charlotte (5) at the North Shore Vaccination Center in Wairau Valley today. Photo/Adam Pearse

Along with childhood vaccinations, many people who had stayed for at least four months after their second dose arrived at the vaccination sites for their boosters.

Among them was Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who received her booster shot at the vaccination site run by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei in St Johns.

Iwi whai māia Rangimarie Hunia urged Ardern to ensure iwi were part of the planning process for vaccination, instead of having to react to government policy being implemented without proper consultation.

“We must do everything we can to keep our babies safe,” Hunia said.

Speaking to the media, Ardern said other contacts of the MIQ worker who had recently tested positive with the Omicron variant had recently tested negative.

She didn’t want to speculate on when Omicron would break into the community. Earlier, Auckland health officials said they were preparing for an outbreak in the next two to three weeks.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern receives her booster dose from nurse Karen Charsley at the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Vaccination Center in St Johns.  Photo/Michael Craig
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern receives her booster dose from nurse Karen Charsley at the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Vaccination Center in St Johns. Photo/Michael Craig

A group of people against vaccinating children with the Covid vaccine had visited the North Shore center today.

Asked about these protesters, Ardern hoped they wouldn’t stop anyone from getting their vaccine.

“My preference would be for no one to have a barrier or obstruction to accessing what is ultimately medical support.”

She noted that it was the police’s responsibility to protect vaccination sites from any protest action.

A police spokesperson confirmed that officers were present at the North Shore center but found no problems.

Elsewhere in the country, there had been a group of about 13 protesters at a site in New Plymouth, but it was no problem, according to the spokesperson.

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What it’s really like to park in one of the lowest rated car parks in the North East

I should start by saying that I love to drive – to me, there’s nothing better than a winding country road and the sounds and feels of an internal combustion engine.

It also has another benefit – getting you away from the dismal and generally unreliable public transportation system of the North East. However, public transport has an advantage: you do not need to park.

According to a recent survey, the average Brit spends 44 HOURS a year looking for a parking space. In fact, the time and fuel wasted while parking is estimated to cost the UK economy £23.3billion a year.

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And that’s before someone crushes their shopping cart into your pride and joy.

Luckily, the North East is full of great places to park – a quick Google search shows that the vast majority of parking lots in our area are highly rated. But of course, as with everything, there are some exceptions.

The main ones are the Odeon Luxe 1 and 2 car parks at The River Walk in Durham city centre. On the Parkopedia parking website, The Riverwalk Car Park one only has 1.2 stars out of five, while car park 2 only managed one star – and from the reviews you get the impression that it’s only because users couldn’t give it zero.

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The parking rate at Riverside Car Parks

Curious to know how bad they could be, I set out to investigate. En route, I felt a shiver of foreboding – although in all honesty that could be because the driver’s side window is currently slightly open, which is less than ideal.

This may seem like a rather peculiar point, but it becomes relevant later.

The first challenge of parking at Odeon Luxe is actually finding it in the first place, with three attempts to get to my final destination.

From the outside, it’s not too hideous – Durham is a pretty town, and most of the downtown buildings contribute to that. However, the road then descended below the building into what can best be described as the seedy underbelly of the city.

The entrance to Riverside 2 car park in Durham
The entrance to Riverside 2 car park in Durham

The route to both car parks is very dark and half of it is currently taken up with road works which makes it more difficult.

Rightly, I first tried parking lot 1. Immediately there was a problem – the road to the parking lot suddenly narrows and you have very little space left between the concrete wall and the curb unreasonably high. This, coupled with the cash machine placed next to the driver’s side door and my window not working, led to some pretty difficult maneuvering out of the door until I could finally reach the machine.

Admittedly, it’s fair to say that this was more of an issue on my part than the design of the parking lot.

One of the payment machines at the Riverside car parks
One of the Riverside car park payment machines and the broken window in question

Finally, I was in – and to be honest, it was hard to see what it was all about. Yes, the ceiling is quite low, and yes the bays aren’t the widest – but provided you’re not driving one of the countless ridiculously large and equally ugly crossovers currently on the roads, you should be fine.

The bays at Riverside Car Park One are quite large and easy to park for small cars
The bays at Riverside Car Park One are quite large and easy to park for small cars

There is also a lift directly to the street as well as stairs, and both were kept in a good clean condition. No complaints so far.

Slightly disappointed (judging by the reviews I was expecting something closer to Dante’s Seven Circles of Hell) I paid (£1.80 for the first hour which was slightly squeaky since I had only been there 19 minutes) and left.

It was then that I discovered that the exit from the parking lot was different from the entrance to the parking lot. To get there, you had to drive over three floors of the parking lot and take a particularly narrow and winding road. Guess I spent about half of my 44 hour parking this year just getting out.

The Riverside 1 car park exit is quite narrow
The Riverside 1 car park exit is quite narrow

However, despite this, I found the whole thing to be a fairly painless experience, and I couldn’t help but feel that many of the reviews were perhaps too harsh.

Riverwalk’s central management team says the parking lot has recently been refurbished and since then the negative reviews seem to have stopped, so it looks like things are looking up. So I continued.

Ignoring the puzzled looks from onlookers, I turned right out of the exit and drove straight to parking lot 2, and had to endure another encounter with a ticket machine.

At first glance, the parking lot seemed quite quiet – however, the reason quickly became apparent.

About half of the spaces are lined with huge pillars that I can only assume put up by people who have never even seen a car, let alone tried to park one.

Parking in the Riverside Car Park 2 is made difficult by the large pillars that encroach on many spaces
Parking in the Riverside Car Park 2 is made difficult by the large pillars that encroach on many spaces

And while the ramps from parking lot 1 to the upper levels had been gentle, but winding, narrow slopes, those from parking lot 2 were sharp and steep. No doubt many unhappy drivers have inhaled the ominous smell of the burnt clutch as they carefully negotiate tight corners.

While some reviewers pointed to the difficulty of parking in the car parks due to their design, many more bad reviews were left by motorists who had been bitten by parking fines due to problems with the system.

Thankfully, since so many reviews were left behind, The Riverwalk’s center management team chose to take action.

A spokesperson said: “After listening to customer feedback on their parking experience in The Riverwalk Car Park 2, the decision was made in April 2020 to discontinue Parking Eye’s services.

“As a sign of goodwill to our valued customers, we provided free parking in the car park between April and August 2020 before introducing a paid parking system from September 2020, followed by a free parking initiative after 5:00 p.m. which lasted until November 2021.

The payment machine at Riverside Car Park 2 in Durham
The payment machine at Riverside Car Park 2 in Durham

“This payment system was also introduced in Car Park 1 when it reopened after refurbishment in July 2021. Our car parks offer a very competitive rate, which includes a reduced rate of £1.50 in Car Park 2 between 5pm and 7am in the morning.”

It seems to have worked – although the machine at the parking lot exit was out of service when I visited, I have yet to receive a fine in the mail several days later.

Ultimately, car parking in general is unpleasant. While these two car parks aren’t the easiest to navigate, I don’t know if that justifies some of the particularly harsh reviews left online.

Maybe their rating will start to pick up now that Riverwalk has taken steps to improve things.

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Arkansas-based Splash Car Wash nears opening of 12th location

Splash Car Wash, a Company based in Arkansas, plans to open its 12and location later this month. Commercial real estate company Colliers Arkansas, a development partner, made the announcement Thursday, January 13.

Splash is renovating a 35,233 square foot building at 15701 Chenal Parkway in Little Rock. It previously housed the Altitude Trampoline Park. Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. is leading the redevelopment.

According to Pulaski County property records, a limited liability company operated by Splash purchased the 2.2-acre property in December 2020 for $4.5 million.

According to Colliers’ announcement, the Chenal site will be the 10and-the largest car wash facility in the country. Features will include:

  • Two car wash tunnels
  • Two express interior cleaning strips
  • Member Indoor Vacuums
  • On-site oil change in 10 minutes
  • Ultra-fast charging station for electric vehicles
  • State-of-the-art water recycling system and energy-saving motors
  • Touchless car wash with license plate recognition technology
  • Luxurious child-friendly lobby

“Thanks to the years of experience we have in car cleaning, coupled with the opportunities we have had to travel to the United States and Western Europe to study best practices, we are able to offer a unique and memorable to our customers,” Paul Stagg, Splash Founder and CEO, said in a statement. “But all of that would be wasted if it weren’t for our genuine, caring team that loves serving others.”

Bradford Gaines of Colliers Arkansas leads the development of Splash. Colliers also provides property management.

“Our company was fortunate to have had the opportunity to manage Splash’s development process in Arkansas,” Gaines said. “This Chenal location enjoys one of the best traffic rates in the city and should provide an excellent return on investment for the business. Their car wash facilities are truly state of the art and we are proud that they have chosen Little Rock for their largest yet.

The Chenal site will kick off a busy 2022 for Splash. The company plans to open eight additional Arkansas locations this year in Little Rock, Maumelle, Cabot, Conway, Bentonville, Greenbrier, Russellville and Sherwood.

Colliers Arkansas also provides brokerage, development and facility management services for each location.

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Bay Area public transportation is in trouble: Can our broken systems be saved? | An alternative view | Diane Diamond

Let’s say you’ve just been named chief transit guru in the Bay Area. You got this very important position because the transit committee decided that a wise person, like you, should try to solve the many problems facing transit here, including funding. Your job: To come up with a solution that will increase transit ridership, provide more trains and buses, make these systems efficient and cost effective, and help financially failing systems come out of the burrows in which they find themselves.

The Problem: BART, Caltrain, Streetcar, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and SF Muni have fallen due to increasing numbers of people working from home, the pandemic has forced some businesses to close, and transit companies are losing money. silver. They each offer different solutions, but all are based on ‘we need more money’. So the proposed bills are a new region-wide transit tax, more federal money, more state money, and perhaps higher user fees, a reported the San Jose Mercury.

“It’s a pretty big crisis,” said Laura Turkoff, transport expert at a transport think tank in the region.

Area residents, a large majority (62%), oppose a region transit tax – but agencies want to impose one, anyway. They are also considering other solutions: reducing the number of trains per day, for example, trains every hour instead of half an hour, or higher fares for all commuters, whether they use Caltrain, BART or VTA.

None of this strikes me as a way to motivate people to use public transit – it’s easier and faster to drive, many say.

To add to the problem, keep in mind that with the zealous campaign for more affordable housing and the need for more public transportation, the problem is growing.

So how are you, our new guru, to achieve this? It seems to me like an almost impossible task. But we can’t just ditch our public transportation in the Bay Area, especially since so many other cities have made their systems work.

Even the ATV suffers – badly. As the Mercury also reports, while the current budget is financially stable, the forecast for future spending is now worrying.

A Santa Clara County Civilian Grand Jury report last June described the VTA as one of the “most expensive and least efficient transit systems in the country.” Yet, in the midst of a drop in ridership, in 2020 the VTA subsidized travel for BART passengers at $ 19.30 per trip.

But there is more. On May 26, a disgruntled VTA employee went to bus stations early in the morning and shot dead nine colleagues (and then himself)
– one of the worst shootings in Santa Clara County in recent years. The VTA board of directors responded sympathetically and granted paid time off to its employees. The tram therefore stopped for six weeks and bus schedules were reduced. He then gave each of his 1,500 employees a hardship bonus of $ 3,500 and, most recently, a 10% increase over the next three years. However, this super generous reward will cost the VTA $ 38 million over the next three years, and the increases will result in high future expenses for employees for years to come. Is it good management?

Yes, employee monetary gifts are a good way to appreciate employee work, but if that means significant future deficits, I wonder where the practical management of the board budget comes in. it simply to make more money by taxing each resident to cover his deficit? Is this a fair way to cover their overruns, especially since most of us in the county don’t use BART or VTA?

I do not know the answer.

So what to do? Will more money help? Will people continue to work from home? Or should we ask ourselves if better management is needed?

Yet as an aguru you must find an answer. We cannot just cut public transit in this county.

One idea is to ask Governor Newsom to use part of his $ 45 billion budget surplus to help pay for public transportation in the heart of Silicon Valley, which has been a thriving business hub for years. Newsom’s current plan is to fund the COVID-19 response, climate issues and homelessness.

I could argue that a good public transportation system that results in fewer car trips is a climate issue. And the state hasn’t had such a huge surplus in years, so maybe Newsom and the legislature could see that local transportation funding could help their next re-election. Everything is political, as you, our new guru, know it so well.

We could also see what other states have done to improve their funding for public transit.

And we could get expert opinion on the efficiency of all these transit systems and make improvements based on the report’s findings.

Let’s do whatever it takes!

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Strong demand for testing at relocated Kirby Park site

WILKES-BARRE – After two and a half hours, Alvin Smiley’s wait was almost over.

A few vehicles were in front of Smiley’s car, but the line behind hers to enter the free COVID-19 testing site Wednesday afternoon meandered through the Kirby Park parking lot, along the access road and onto Market Street.

The request had led officials from the state, Luzerne County and Wilkes-Barre agencies operating the site to move to the park from a mall parking lot on South Main Street unable to handle the crowds. wishing to be tested as the number of local cases jumped from the omicron variant.

“I feel great,” Smiley said.

Smiley, 41, who said he had local ties but was originally from Philadelphia, requested a test for his job at Golden Technologies in Old Forge. He added that a colleague had tested positive.

“My boss wanted me to get tested,” Smiley said.

As Smiley finished filling out a form, he could see what to expect as a woman wearing a mask, clear plastic face shield and blue personal protective gown stood outside the front window on the driver’s side of a minivan at the front of the line.

As of 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and entrepreneur AMI Expeditionary Healthcare have established and operated similar pop-up sites statewide. The Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency and Wilkes-Barre Health Department provided additional resources for the local operation.

The Pennsylvania DOH has said appointments aren’t necessary, but nasal swab PCR testing is done on a first-come, first-served basis. It takes anywhere from two to seven days to get results. Anyone 3 years of age and older can be tested and is not required to show symptoms. They are encouraged to bring photo identification. Up to 450 people can be tested each day. Additional information on public testing is available on the website AP DOH website.

Some have turned away

The Kirby Park site will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

However, people were turned away on Wednesday. County EMA deputy director Dave Elmore said it had to do with contractors’ hours.

“The current contractors work until 6:00 pm With the huge amount of cars, they were going to work beyond that,” Elmore said.

The blocked traffic was part of the job of truck driver Clerjuste Clerford. The Haitian native living in Wilkes-Barre had been halfway since arriving more than three hours earlier. Clerford, 49, had no symptoms and had not had the virus.

“I want to take a test so I can go back to work tomorrow,” Clerford said.

Closer to the front Anthony and Lisa Spatafora were waiting their turn. They had been in line since 10:30 a.m. and it was almost 1:30 p.m.

“I don’t get tested,” said Anthony, 64, of Blakeslee.

“I had been sick,” added Lisa, 63, from New York. “We went to Florida for Christmas. I got sick on New Years Eve.

Wilkes-Barre was the closest test site so they made the trip. “Now when someone gets sick you have to get tested,” Lisa said.

Contact Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.

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San Mateo downtown parking lot changes | Local news

Parking availability in downtown San Mateo garages is easier to determine with the addition of real-time signs showing vacant parking spaces at the garage level, with city staff touting increased efficiency for the public.

“We are making parking in the city center more efficient by directing users to available parking spaces and thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions by limiting the need for drivers to walk around the available parking lot,” said said Kellie Benz, spokesperson for San Mateo Public Works.

According to a staff report, the city first approved parking technology upgrades for the city center in October 2019 for around $ 1.45 million in partnership with entrepreneur IPS Group. Called the Downtown Parking Technology Project, it creates technology upgrades throughout downtown to improve public information about parking and payment structures. Improvements include new parking kiosks, single-place parking meters for on-street and off-street parking, real-time parking data for downtown garages, and orientation signs for on-time parking availability. real. Parking availability options include mounted electronic signs showing current occupancy levels and available spaces in downtown garages at different levels. The new terminals and meters include cash, credit and mobile payment options. Meters now use a car’s license plate to determine identification and payment. Instead of manually setting meters, a new parking management system also allows city staff to manage parking stations and pay off-site meters. City staff expect the changes to improve parking downtown and reduce greenhouse gases by reducing the number of cars. The city’s 2020 climate action plan calls for reducing greenhouse gases in order to meet the state’s reduction targets and take action to reduce them.

San Mateo has five city-owned parking garages downtown, including Central and Main Street garages, with varying levels of on-street parking throughout downtown. Benz said a real-time parking occupancy sign can be found outside the entrance to the five downtown garages and on each floor of each garage.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, or MTC, a regional agency tasked with helping improve the Bay Area’s transportation system, provided funding to San Mateo for the project in 2015. San Mateo received $ 1.5 million. MTC dollars and an additional $ 500,000 congestion alleviation and air quality grant. Improvement Funding, a federal program to reduce emissions from transportation-related sources. The city also provided $ 500,000 to bring the total funding to around $ 2.5 million. San Mateo searched for an acceptable contractor’s offer for several years before accepting the IPS Group offer. The project is largely complete, with minor items to complete.

Benz said it was too early to know how much the changes have helped reduce traffic jams or made it easier for drivers. However, she noted that the city is still looking to improve the downtown area for residents and visitors. She cited the city’s recently approved low-income parking permit program for all downtown parking garages. Eligible individuals can purchase a parking permit for $ 40 per month to park daily. Applicants must submit applications online and provide verification of their income. City council approved the permit program on October 18.

“We will monitor all options and bring all possible recommendations to city council,” Benz said.

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Cities distribute COVID test kits amid high demand

With an influx of hundreds of thousands of home-based COVID-19 tests throughout the weekend, Connecticut cities began handing out tests amid an overwhelming demand from impatient residents.

Local officials, who saw their plans collapse after a planned shipment of 500,000 home test kits on Wednesday or Thursday last week when the deal was not reached, hastily made new plans after the state received more than 400,000 kits over the weekend.

While some municipalities have started distributing tests immediately, numerous distribution events have been scheduled for Sunday and Monday.

Here is the latest information on the testing efforts in Connecticut:

10 a.m. – Darien officials warn of impact of test distribution on traffic

Darien officials planned to distribute the city’s allotment of home test kits from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the city’s high school. They said officers will be on hand to provide security and vehicles will move around the area appropriately.

They asked drivers not looking to take a test to avoid the area.

9 a.m. – Shelton announces test distribution

City officials said they had only received 2,500 tests, but would begin distribution at Shelton High School at 10 a.m.

“The primary focus is for residents who have known exposure or who are symptomatic and who are unable to find another test,” Shelton’s emergency management office said.

8:45 am – Norwalk Reaches Test Capability

Norwalk officials said the city’s drive-through test site at Veteran’s Park has already reached capacity for the day. Testing would resume there at 2 p.m. Monday.

8:30 a.m. – Governor Ned Lamont responds to request for testing

In a tweet early Sunday, Lamont responded to continued strong demand for testing in Connecticut.

“I have heard the wants and needs of people at testing sites across the state, and to anyone waiting for further testing, I see you and hear you,” Lamont said. “We continue to travel the world for rapid in-home kits and to work with our partners to expand capacity as soon as possible. “

Distribution of test kits by city:

Fairfield: The city is expected to receive around 9,200 kits on Saturday and has a distribution scheduled for Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., or while supplies last. Tests and masks will be limited to four each per household. The city will be handing out test kits to Roger Ludlowe Middle School, all traffic entering 440 Mill Plain Road, next to Sturges Park, First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick announced on Saturday.

Naugatuck: Naugatuck has scheduled their test distribution for Sunday starting at 10 a.m. at the Naugatuck Events Center. Police, firefighters and the CERT team will monitor the distribution. Residents must drive into the event center from Old Firehouse Road. Proof of residence in Naugatuck is required.

Brookfield: Brookfield will also hand out the tests on Sunday in the City Hall parking lot from noon to 1 p.m. There will be 760 tests available out of the 1,260 that the city has received.

New Fairfield: The City of New Fairfield will be handing out its testing allowance Sunday outside the college from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or until all tests are handed out.

Danbury: Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito and the city’s Department of Health and Human Services announced Danbury residents could pick up their testing supplies on Sunday at the Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus at 43 Lake Avenue Extension.

Bethel: Bethel announced that residents would be able to pick up COVID tests and N95 masks at 11 a.m. Sunday at Bethel High School’s “junior parking lot”, directly across from Whittlesey Drive from DeSantis Stadium.

Trumbull: Trumbull only distributes test kits to registered people and limits it to one kit per household. The event will take place Sunday morning at Unity Park. People must be on the reservation list and have proof of residence and can arrive between 9 a.m. and noon.

Ansonia: Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti announced their distribution will take place Monday at Nolan Field, located at 333 Wakelee Avenue. The event will run from noon to 3 p.m. Residents will be allowed to queue for the event no earlier than 11:30 am The Nolan Field parking lot will be closed until then and on-street parking will not be permitted until.

Shelton: Shelton will hand out his 2,500 test allowance on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. at Shelton High School. Officials said those seeking tests must be a Shelton resident and that ID is required to receive a test and mask.

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Dispatch Mobile Newsroom: – News from Lima

A century ago, Driving Park was synonymous with bustling streetcars carrying passengers along Livingston Avenue, and horses – then racing cars – speeding down a track that gave the neighborhood its name.

The Near East Side community, bordered by Interstate 70 to the north and east, Linwood Avenue to the west and East Whittier Street to the south, was one of the city’s first streetcar suburbs. Streetcar lines were built to extend into what were once the outlying areas of Columbus.

Plague and crime have plagued the neighborhood for decades, but residents hope the expansion of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital and improvements along Livingston Avenue will renew the neighborhood.

This is one of the reasons Driving Park is the newest stop for the mobile newsroom, Dispatch’s roving effort to base more journalists in the community and to report in more detail on sub-neighborhoods. represented.

What is the mobile newsroom?

Instead of going to work every day in our downtown office, a few Dispatch reporters work from the Columbus Metropolitan Library branch in a specific area of ​​Columbus for about a month.

This month, journalists Erica Thompson and Mark Ferenchik are working from the Driving Park branch on Livingston Avenue. These reporters, along with other reporters from Dispatch, will explore Driving Park and its neighboring communities.

The purpose of the mobile newsroom – which first stop was in Northland at the Karl Road branch library – is to position reporters in an underserved area so that we can get to know residents, organizations, religious groups better. , business owners and the entire neighborhood. It’s part of our initiative to be more intentional to represent the whole community and the rich diversity of this city in our coverage.

In short, we hope to build relationships and tell good stories. Here’s what we’ve learned so far in Driving Park:

The Driving Park treatment center, a “beacon of light” for the neighborhood and beyond

When Felton Davis enrolled in the domestic violence program at the Africentric Personal Development Shop, he was embarrassed, ashamed and scared.

“I just felt like I had broken the covenant with God when I laid hands on my wife,” said Davis, 60, of the Northeast Side. “Not only did I hurt her, but I hurt my children. I lost their confidence. I lost their loyalty. So I’m working on it.

Now estranged from his wife, Davis said he was learning coping skills and signs of unhealthy relationships.

“For a long time, I didn’t know I had an anger and control problem,” he said. “I’m glad (APDS) was there when I was looking. I would like to be a sounding board one day. Maybe I can help someone or just be a mentor.

The Driving Park group aims to make a difference with the after-school program and museum plans

The Rickenbacker Woods Learning Center after-school program was all about the holidays on a recent Friday afternoon, with two kids in pajamas, a bubble maker sending foam into the air, and a girl wearing two embellishments on her shirt.

Christmas carols played in the background as dots of blue, orange, red and green light swirled around the ceiling.

Usually, the center and its tutors focus on homework and other activities. But it’s the season, so season on, right?

Accidents and speeding tickets on East Livingston Avenue in Driving Park receive notice from Columbus officials

After reviewing reports and hearing complaints from residents of Driving Park and Old Oaks about speeding tickets and crashes along East Livingston Avenue, Columbus officials plan to conduct a traffic survey to determine how make the busy hallway safer.

According to city police records, there were 65 crashes this year through December 13 at just five intersections along East Livingston Avenue: South Ohio Avenue, South Champion Avenue, Miller Avenue, Kelton Avenue, and Fairwood Avenue .

“The concerns of residents are what drives us to do this particular study,” said Reynaldo Stargell, administrator of the city’s traffic management division.

Black Business Spotlight: FishBurger to Continue Legacy of Entrepreneurship in Driving Park

In October, Tawny Nash was shopping at Sam’s Club when she saw two men wearing “FishBurger” t-shirts.

“I was in another aisle and yelled at them, ‘Where’s your FishBurger?

“They told me and said, ‘This is our grand opening today.’ I said, ‘I’ll be there’.

Sure enough, Nash showed up at the Driving Park restaurant on Livingston and Rhodes avenues. She was bowled over by the FishBurger Sandwich, which features fried salmon, a special drip sauce, and a signature lemon wedge on top.

New apartments planned on Livingston Avenue across from Nationwide Children’s Hospital

More apartments are planned near the Nationwide Children’s Hospital – this time just across the street – and they are another sign of the hospital’s growing influence on the changing character of the Schumacher neighborhood. Square.

The apartments would be built on the site of the former Shanes Dinner Theater at 447 E. Livingston Ave. and the Enterprise Rent-A-Car location at 475 E. Livingston. The development would be across East Livingston Avenue from the hospital’s Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion and its Butterfly Garden Gateway entrance.

Contact our journalists from the Driving Park mobile press room

• Erica Thompson

[email protected]


• Mark Ferenchik

[email protected]


The first Columbus Dispatch mobile newsroom was located in the Karl Road branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and was presented to the public on October 21.

Michael Aaron poses outside Eddie Rickenbacker’s childhood home in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 17, 2021. Aaron and the Rickenbacker Woods Foundation are looking to revive grants to turn the home into a museum to tell the story of the neighborhood.

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FAAN moves to strengthen security at Seymore parking lot, MMIA

Chinedu Eze

Following complaints of the theft of vehicle parts by users of the parking lot of the international wing of Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMIA), Lagos, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) deployed its task force on the safety in the facility as well as in the areas around the park.

The car park was built and is managed by Seymore Aviation Multi-level Car Park Company under a public-private partnership (PPP) with FAAN.

THISDAY learned from a senior agency official that when the theft report turned manly on social media, he was tasked by the CEO to investigate and uncover the real problem with the establishment.

FAAN’s investigation found that there was no comprehensive coverage of all levels of the parking lot by CCTV and that the company lacked adequate security personnel to effectively monitor movements in the facility.

According to the source, FAAN has therefore deployed a senior AVSEC official to determine how to monitor the activities of the facility and ensure that it is secure for users.

“Previously, Seymore had its own security system, but after complaints from parking lot users, I was commissioned by the CEO of FAAN to investigate and find out what happened.

“So we did a security check and found out that the CCTV was not covering the parking lot properly and the management did not have enough security staff to effectively monitor the place and we also wanted to find out who was said that cars parked at the location is at the owner’s own risk.

“We first heard that it was an official from FAAN AVSEC, so we carried out an investigation and also found out that an official from Seymore had made the statement,” he said. .

The FAAN official also TODAY said the agency has asked the company to urgently extend CCTV to cover all parts of the parking lot and also link it to the FAAN ANSEC security monitor so that the the company and the agency jointly monitor the activities in the parking lot.

“We also ordered that more staff be hired and we would also deploy our AVSEC staff to ensure adequate security coverage of the place. We also found that there was no adequate lighting in the park, so we asked the management to light up everywhere in the facility because if everything is well lit it will discourage thefts, ”said the manager.

In a conversation with THISDAY, FAAN’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Ms. Henrietta Yakubu, who confirmed the new security partnership with Seymore, revealed that company leadership and FAAN officials have met. yesterday to agree on how to immediately implement the directive the agency gave to Seymore.

The report of the parking lot theft incident turned manly on social media over the Christmas holidays, and airport users and industry stakeholders were enraged by the excuse that the parked vehicles in the installation were at the risk and peril of the owners.

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DEM seeks more information on Lighthouse Inn site maps | News

NARRAGANSETT, RI – The Department of Environmental Management has said it wants more information from three bidders vying to redevelop the former Lighthouse Inn property on state land in the Galilee, and their gave 10 days to deliver them.

In a letter of December 17, DEM deputy director of the Office of Natural Resources Jason McNamee requested more information from representatives of the City of Narragansett, iCell Aqua Inc. and PRI X about their separate plans to transform the plot. of five acres where the dilapidated and closed hotel sits.

They have until December 27 at 5 p.m. to do so.

“Some of the original proposals may have contained some of these elements, but we hope you can refocus on those specific areas and provide more detail,” McNamee said.

DEM was originally scheduled to complete a review of the proposals on December 15.

The state wants more detailed information in five key areas described in the letter.

Bidders must provide a financial plan that shows “how the project would be financed and what would be the economic impact of the project”.

Each should also provide a statement of their team’s experience: “Background and experience of key executives involved in the project, including description of similar projects and the financial history of those projects”.

Third, the State asked everyone to indicate whether there was flexibility in certain areas of their proposal.

“It’s important for us to know if there are contingencies or room for negotiation for a few things like rental terms or land ownership requirements,” McNamee said.

Bidders must also develop or modify the timelines for their projects.

“It’s important for us to understand some of the timelines in more detail and if / how any of the above changes or details may impact those timelines,” McNamee said.

Finally, he asked for a detailed explanation of public amenities such as park spaces or educational or recreational elements that would be part of the project.

The state and PRI X issued a request for proposals on September 30, and the offers arrived on November 15. The timeline outlined in the RFP provides for final approval and execution by January 15, 2022. DEM and PRI X will have the final say on which proposal to accept.

Narragansett’s proposal would transform the plot into a boutique hotel with 75 to 100 rooms with a restaurant, reception hall, gallery and parking lot. The new hotel would be complemented by a ferry disembarkation area and an outdoor market directly across from the ferry terminal on Great Island Road.

The redevelopment program also includes plans for a 400-car parking lot attached to the hotel for long-term ferry parking, and a mixed-use building for offices and housing.

PRI X – a partnership between large real estate company Procaccianti Group and Paolino Properties – is proposing to demolish most, but not all, of the existing hotel and keep the front section on a level that faces Great Island Road.

It would be extensively redeveloped with new roof lines, front façade and signage, all in the style of a typical New England fishing village. The front section would then be split into separate footprints and marketed to local businesses to take advantage of the foot traffic generated by passengers and the parking lot of the Block Island ferry. The front parking area would be replaced with landscaping, park benches, historic shelves and more to increase retail offerings.

For phase 2, PRI X would develop the Galilee Inn, a 20 to 40 room boutique hotel.

Quonset Area Aqua Development Inc., in conjunction with iCell Aqua Inc., proposes to build a $ 30 million seafood processing facility and device to purify and recycle water. The land would still offer parking and a three-story office building is part of the plan.

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Punjab FM lays the foundation stone for a parking lot in Bathinda

The Bathinda car park will contribute to the evolution towards a traffic management system, contributing to a better quality of life; that said, the project was also inaugurated before the previous vote of the assembly

Bathinda Punjabi Finance Minister and Congressman for Bathinda Urban Manpreet Singh Badal laid the cornerstone on Wednesday for a seven-story car park. In 2016, too, the first stone was laid, still before the legislative elections, but by the former trade union minister and deputy for Bathinda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal. The project, billed as his dream project, has not gone beyond the status quo in the past five years.

The main shopping area in the city does not have parking space for vehicles, which is why the traffic management system is not regulated at all. Spread over 1.4 acres in the heart of the city of Bathinda, the project was designed to park 1,000 cars with elevators.

“The project will meet the urban development demand of the city over the next three decades,” Manpreet said, after laying the stone near the Chowk fire department, adding that the municipality has passed a work order by way of call for tenders and that the installation is expected to be operational by 2023. “The building will have a 40 kW solar energy production system to make it self-sufficient,” he added.

Before the 2017 legislative elections, Congress also promised to push for this project to facilitate traffic management, but did not keep its promises.

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Carousel horses rescued, bumper cars not so lucky as fire burns candy store in Lagoon

FARMINGTON, Utah (ABC4) – Activity at Lagoon Amusement Park during the week looked a bit like it was then almost 60 years ago, and that’s not a good thing .

On Sunday morning, two fires broke out near the central plaza fountain of Davis County Amusement Park, taking the Carousel Candy Shop and Scamper, the kids’ bumper car ride, with them as total losses.

The blaze was reminiscent of the 1953 blaze that completely destroyed the Midway area of ​​the park, virtually the same part of the land, but fire departments from Farmington, South Davis Metro, Kaysville, Layton and Hill Air Force Base have was able to mitigate the flames to a much smaller loss on Sunday.

Courtesy of the Farmington Fire Department

The cause of the fire in the park, closed for the winter season, is still under investigation.

While the colorful and whimsical candy store has been reduced to smoldering rubble, park officials are grateful that some of the store’s most valuable items (no, not the saltwater taffy or the assortment of fudge varieties ) have been preserved and kept away from affected fire.

“We had several antique carousel figures on display in the candy store and were able to retrieve them before the fire rekindled later that evening,” Lagoon spokesperson Adam Leishman told, noting that the park offers three rides at the National Historic Site. Register as well as many other attractions and buildings of historical significance. “We are working hard to preserve these historic elements for future generations to enjoy and we are delighted that the figures in the carousel have not suffered any damage.”

A photograph of a pair of Farmington Fire Department firefighters valiantly running one of the horses in the carousel of the fire damaged building served as a fun visual of an otherwise unfortunate ordeal.

Courtesy of the Farmington Fire Department

As Leishman expresses the park’s relief for saving the horses, he describes a bit of melancholy for the loss of the bumper car attraction, which had been in its place in Lagoon since the 1960s. When the first fire was extinguished inside the candy store, a second flame rekindled in the old building, spreading much faster and engulfing the store and the adjacent bumper car ride.

“The park is very sad to lose the children’s bumper cars,” he says. “Scamper was one of the park’s many children’s attractions that generations have enjoyed.”

Bulgy the Whale, another popular attraction for smaller and younger guests, was also damaged in severe windstorms that hit Davis County in September 2020.

“Fortunately, we were able to restore Bulgy for our reopening in 2021,” Leishman notes.

While it’s still very early in the process of figuring out how to reuse the damaged area, Leishman says park management hopes everything will be “buttoned up” before the park’s planned reopening in the spring.

After all, it has already been done after a fire in Lagoon, he says.

“The park opened on time in 1954 and Lagoon will do the same in 2022.”

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Authorities: Residents of certain areas of the county should prepare for shelter-in-place

Residents in parts of Park County should prepare for shelter in place due to blowing snow and blowing snow, officials said on Saturday evening.

A Park County “emergency snow alert” informed residents on Saturday that Swingley, West Boulder, Trail Creek, Divide and Mission Cr. The roads could not be kept open due to blowing snow. The alert said people on these roads should be careful and be prepared to stay in their homes until Monday.

“Other roads may also close,” the alert said. “The roads department will try to open all the roads on Monday morning.”

According to Dann Babcox, chief of Park Rural Fire District # 1, emergency personnel began responding to calls at 3 a.m. with zero visibility and vehicles slipping off the road on Interstate 90. Babcox did. reported no serious injuries or hospitalizations, but five semi-trucks and several cars were abandoned.

Babcox urged townspeople to use alternate streets, like Lewis, Clark or Geyser, and to avoid Park Street when crossing the railroad tracks.

“We are not making these requests or asking that roads be rerouted or closed for no good reason,” Babcox said. “There’s a reason for that. We were there, and we recognize there’s a big problem. Until the wind stops blowing, people are in danger.”

A FEMA alert on Saturday said it expected winds of up to 80 mph. Due to the strong winds, Babcox urged people to use the east and west streets. “Putting these detours in place saves lives – not just the public but first responders. “

As winter approaches, the Montana State Emergency Management Office recommends keeping a flashlight, blanket, basic first aid supplies, non-perishable food, and water in your vehicle as an emergency car kit.

Park County Emergency Services urged residents to take a shovel and emergency supplies when driving through blowing snow on Saturday. Park County has also told residents that delays in responding to 911 are possible, but that calls for help in an emergency should not be delayed.

Meanwhile, on Saturday night, traffic on Interstate 90 was at one point blocked for miles west of Livingston as traffic passed through town due to high winds.

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Smart parking system will be developed for Northallerton | News

A smart parking option that would allow drivers to pay through a phone app and for exactly the time period they parked is being developed for Northallerton High Street.

A similar system has been running successfully for several years in Harrogate, where drivers say it’s easier, saves time and encourages them to stay longer as they don’t have to worry about time out. a paid ticket.

Our executive members for business and environmental services endorsed the continued development of the Northallerton program when they met today (Friday, December 17) to consider a parking overhaul on part of the High Street.

With smart parking, drivers would use an app on their phones to locate an unoccupied spot and pay, without needing to use cash or a bank card. The parking session would automatically end when the driver leaves the space, meaning they are paying for the time they use.

The development of the Northallerton project will involve collaboration with businesses and other stakeholders.

As a first step, we plan to install sensors in the parking areas next spring. An added benefit of the sensors is that they will provide data that can identify changes in parking demand and longer-term trends, which can inform future decisions.

County Councilor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member of Access, said: “Our experience in Harrogate has demonstrated the many benefits that a smart parking option can offer. These include, above all, an improved overall customer experience. We have also seen benefits for the local economy and the environment and financial benefits for users and the local authority.

“Building on this experience, the county council is developing its own infrastructure and business model to provide smart parking services. The introduction of the system to Northallerton will provide residents and visitors with greater choice and flexibility when paying for parking, allowing them and the downtown businesses they support to benefit from a parking operation. more efficient parking.

“In the longer term, we intend to introduce smart parking across the county where we operate paid and posted on-street parking and, potentially, in other limited waiting areas, such as parking areas. very busy disc parking. ”

Councilors made the decision to go ahead with the smart parking program after considering a review of on-street parking on High Street, Northallerton. Following a 2020 petition from the Northallerton Business Improvement District (BID) calling for the existing free parking period to be extended from 30 minutes to two hours, councilors previously decided that the payment and display system existing on the High Street remained appropriate. However, they agreed to explore the possibility of increasing the free parking time allowance on the section of High Street north of Friarage Street.

Analysis of parking and law enforcement data concluded that there was insufficient evidence to suggest that parking or traffic management would benefit from an increase in the parking allowance. free north of rue Friarage. The review also noted the large and varied parking available at Northallerton, the range and scale of which was considered very good for a market town of its size.

Members of the executive agreed that the current operation of paid and posted parking on the High Street remains unchanged as it is in line with the established parking policy of encouraging off-street parking as the first choice. One hour free parking is already available at the nearby Applegarth off-street car park and providing the same allotted time on High Street would be contrary to the parking strategy.

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Penn State Berks LaunchBox Open House Celebrates Anniversary

Students and alumni create sleeping platforms for car camping
Penn State Berks student Nathan Bonslaver and two of his friends co-founded CarToCamp, a startup that creates lightweight, universal SUV sleeping platforms that ship to customers’ doors and can be assembled without tools. Bonslaver, a mechanical engineering major with a small business that will graduate in 2022, and two other Penn State alumni who attended the Berks campus – Robert Miller, 2019 and Kevin Gulick, 2020 – started the business in September 2020 on the basis of their mutual interest. outdoors and “car camping”.

Bonslaver explains that he first contacted Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Thun Library, Penn State Berks. Hartman-Caverly connected Bonslaver to the Berks LaunchBox, which provided patent resources and connections to mentors who advised him on pricing and helped him prepare pitch decks.

“It has been a great experience working with the Berks LaunchBox and the networking events are very helpful,” he says. Bonslaver and his co-founders set up their business in Reading and they bought all the equipment to make the sleeping platforms, including the 3D printers and resin. For more information, visit

Entrepreneur creates app to help students choose college
Kevin Clark is a Reading-based entrepreneur who strives to help students make the best decisions for their future. His company, Take Charge, Find Your Path, is developing software that allows students to define what they’re looking for in college and career, and then find their place in higher education or within an organization.

“When a student’s path changes quickly, it can become difficult for them to find the right fit at college. Take Charge, Find Your Way helps students navigate the path to future success. The app aligns the digital ecosystem with the goals of students and the needs of universities and employers, ”explained Clark.

Originally, Clark worked with a student from Penn State Berks on startup, and this student connected him with the Berks LaunchBox. He credits the LaunchBox with helping him create a pitch deck and file a patent. He also enjoys networking events. Clark is the CEO and co-founder with David Moss, COO, and Carmen Malangone, CTO. They have seven core employees and five tech entrepreneurs. For more information, visit

“This story is informative in nature and should not be taken as an endorsement of any product or application.”

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Parking lot operator “regrets” three-hour delays for shoppers trying to leave Ilac Center

The operators of a Dublin city center car park are looking for ways to stop long delays during peak periods as Christmas approaches.

Above-normal traffic volumes saw some motorists stranded for more than three hours as they attempted to exit the Ilac Center parking lot over the weekend, it was claimed.

Frustrated Christmas shoppers have been reported to be abandoning their cars due to long delays.

Heavy traffic jams on Parnell Street are believed to have seriously restricted the number of cars that can exit the multi-story parking lot.

The parking lot belonging to Dublin City Council is leased to Park Rite, who said they regretted the inconvenience caused.

Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS) said higher-than-usual traffic levels near central Ilac only tend to occur on weekends in December.

When asked about plans to address the problem of parking lot users in the future, the company said it was involved in discussions with the Dublin Town group of companies and all relevant traffic management.

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13 businesses now open or coming to Round Rock

As the population growth in Round Rock continues to increase at a rapid rate, the number of businesses coming to the city is also increasing. From a kids’ gymnasium to an ax throwing facility to a hardware store, several new businesses have opened or are coming to Round Rock.

Anchor bar open mid-October at 2702 Parker Drive, Ste. B, Round Rock, in the La Frontera Village shopping center. This is the third establishment of the New York chain in Texas. The new location is locally owned by Round Rock native TJ Mahoney. 512-494-6727.

Big Hug Gym open September 25 at 1920 Sam Bass Road, Ste. 700, Rocher Rond. The children’s gym offers recreational gymnastics lessons for children from 16 months old once or twice a week depending on the parents’ preference. The prices vary according to the age of the child and the frequency of the lessons. A registration fee of $ 35 is available for the whole family. 737-224-1929

TexAXE central open in Round Rock at 3590 Rockin J Ave. October 1. The ax throwing venue is open on Fridays from 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from noon to midnight and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. after 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and after 8 p.m. on Sundays, customers must have a reservation. Groups of up to 16 people can book lanes with prices varying according to size. 512-851-3501.

Prime nail bar open October 22 at 635 boul. Ste. 115, Rocher Rond. Services offered include manicures, pedicures and waxing, and clients can make an appointment or come without an appointment. 512-713-8056.

Rockler Carpentry and Hardware open at 2701-A Parker Road, Ste. 240, Round Rock, October 1. In addition to selling products ranging from lumber to power tools, Rockler offers learning services including courses and events focused on home repair. 512-813-7969.

Salon and Spa Sauvage open September 13 at 2851 Joe Dimaggio Blvd. Ste. 32, Roche Ronde. Owner Tabitha Dowell said the salon offers haircuts, styling, coloring service, luxury hair extensions and spa services. 512-502-5223.

Sha Sha Beauty Hair Salon & Store open October 11 at 110 N. I-35, Ste. 130, Roche Ronde. Owner Shalavah Bundu said the full-service beauty salon offers braids, twists, chemical treatments and other hair services, as well as eyelash extension and brow shaping services. 515-505-6026.

Taco Palenque is now open as a drive-through restaurant only. The “Fresh Mex” restaurant opened on October 15th at 130 Louis Henna Blvd., Round Rock. Juan Francisco Ochoa, who also created the El Pollo Loco franchise, founded the first Taco Palenque in 1987 in Laredo. 512-243-6553.

Happy State Bank, based in Texas open in September at 559 S. I-35, Ste. 100, Roche Ronde. Happy State Bank offers personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services. 737-220-9150.

Uptown Cheapskate open October 4 at 2601 S. I-35, Ste. D-300, Roche Ronde. Co-owner Christina Latterell-Loganimoce said the company purchases items such as lightly used clothing, shoes, bags and accessories to stock their store, and offers vendors cash and store credit on site. . 512-520-8025.


owned by a veteran Alamo Coffee Co. will open at Round Rock at 1021 Sendero Springs in January. The gourmet roaster offers five “Alamo-inspired” coffee blends: San Jacinto, a light roast; Brazos, a breakfast mix; San Antonio Mission, a medium roast; Gonzales Garrison, a bold black roast; and Victory or Death, an espresso. Alamo Coffee Co. has two other sites in Round Rock and Lampasas.

A common workspace Evolution of the office will open at City Center 2 at 551 S. I-35, Ste. 300, Round Rock, in December. When complete, the facility will offer 35 private and fully furnished offices, seven micro-offices, six dedicated offices, a coworking lounge that can accommodate 16 people, two conference rooms and two flexible day offices.

My Eyelab will open in Round Rock on December 6, according to the company. The location at 2150 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste 300, will offer internal eye exams, glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses. 512-793-9917.

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Residents block UK billionaire’s vineyard plans

Plans for Britain’s largest vineyard have been put on hold due to traffic and badger issues.

An almost three-hour planning committee meeting was held Wednesday evening at Medway Council in Kent, south-east England, to determine the fate of an English wine producer’s proposal to build what would be Britain’s largest vineyard and visitor center.

This expansive and contemporary £ 30million ($ 39.7million) project – named the Kentish Wine Vault (KWV) – would be built on Green Belt land located in a designated Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), surrounding the small village of Cuxton, on the North Downs.

Mark Dixon, billionaire owner of MDCV UK (and its sister company, Vineyard Farms Ltd) wants to build KWV on his 1,200-acre Luddesdown farm.
KWV would have a total area of ​​15,912 square meters – larger than two football fields – and would include a coffee shop, tasting room and parking. It would include an energy center to create biogas, but would not have solar panels. Elegantly designed by Lord Foster, 85% of the facility would be built underground over two floors.

MDCV UK owns the Seddlescome organic estate in Sussex, where it has put its Kingscote estate up for sale to focus its business efforts in Kent. It also owns wineries in Essex. The company, Britain’s largest winery, said it is investing a total of £ 60million in expansion plans, which will double its current wine area to 647 hectares (1,600 acres) in ‘by 2023.

Dixon, a Monaco resident, who also owns several wineries in Provence, including Chateau de Berne, now wants to make five million bottles of English wine at KWV by 2025.

Reflecting the dynamic nature of the English wine market, Dixon turned the classic and sometimes drab world of English wine upside down by focusing production primarily on organic wines of the Prosecco-style Charmat method, rather than the traditional fizz method. His decision to tap into the much larger Prosecco market – around 80 million bottles are sold annually in the UK – rather than the smaller traditional sparkling wine market, has ruffled the feathers of the English wine industry, which largely focuses on more expensive wines. Champagne-inspired wine production. After releasing its first Harlot sparkling sparkling wine this year, MDCV UK plans to release two new Prosecco-style sparkling wines in 2022.

Prior to the multi-stakeholder planning committee meeting, Medway Council planning officer Dylan Campbell recommended approval of KWV’s plans.

Wine vs local government

In contrast, in November of this year, a Gravesham Council planning officer withdrew an application for a winery and visitor center offered by Meophams Vineyard – located just 4.8 miles from Cuxton – due the design of the proposed winery, but also because of its impact on road traffic and badgers.

Campbell said in his planning report that no environmental impact assessment (EIA) would be required for KWV’s plans, which he said would “have little negative impact on the environment. environment, alone or in combination with other developments in terms of the use of natural resources, the production of waste, pollution and nuisances and risks to human health “.

In March of this year, the Evremond de Taittinger Estate in Chilham, Kent – located about 30 miles south of Cuxton – won a case in the High Court of England, which had been brought against him by a local resident on the decision of a local council to grant a building permit to Champagne. Proposal of the producer to build a cellar and a reception center, two-thirds of which will be built underground. Taittinger, aims to produce 400,000 bottles of English sparkling wine in Kent each year.

| About 85 percent of the structure would be built underground.

The elegance of the KWV design and plans to increase biodiversity, with meadows, trees and hedges and reduce carbon emissions, ensure energy efficiency and mitigate climate change and plan services electric shuttles from four stations, has so far failed to convince residents and councilors that KWV is beneficial to the local community, many of whom believe the development is being done solely in the business interests of MDCV UK.

Gary Smith, managing director of MDCV UK, however, told Wine-Searcher that the plans would create new jobs, boost tourism, improve biodiversity and environmental management of the land, while providing broader community benefits including points. charging station for electric vehicles and a new café.

“The Kentish Wine Vault will bring a multi-million pound investment in the economy, achieve the highest sustainability standards and put Medway at the heart of the English wine market,” Smith said.

Councilors, however, fear that local roads, already congested at times, could be crowded with heavy-duty trucks, buses and cars.

Although supported by the Environment Agency and Natural England, the KWV plans are not supported by the Cuxton Parish Council or the Kent AONB. Waste of water, landscape and lighting problems and the construction of a new road are among the bones of contention.

At the Cuxton councilor meeting, Matt Fearn described KWV as “a large mixed-use commercial development masquerading as agricultural (wine production) trying to meet the exceptional criteria required for construction in a protected area”.

On Wednesday, Medway’s planning committee ultimately voted unanimously, except one abstention, to postpone the decision on its clearance rather than reject it. Many advisers were concerned about the impact of the winery visitor center, rather than the winery and wine production. Councilor Stephen Hubbard said he was against including the visitor center in the basement due to the subsequent impact of tourist trafficking.

Even if it revises its plans before the next council meeting in 2022, MDCV UK is unlikely to remove its reception center. benefited from local tourism and stays during the Covid pandemic.

In the age of climate change, convincing the local community and regional advisers of the benefits of KWV remains a challenge, but Smith is not deterred by the task. “After the postponement decision, we will now work with the Medway Council to provide detailed answers to the important questions raised by the advisers,” he said.

“A tremendous amount of work has gone into designing a world-class winery and we are confident that the members of the planning committee will be able to approve the plans in the coming months,” he said. added.

On Wednesday evening, Councilor Chris Buckwell, chairman of the Medway board meeting, raised a question about the symbolism of a punnet of grapes, which had been anonymously left on the board table. He brought a touch of humor to a serious debate considered by many to be of crucial importance to the future of the English countryside and its burgeoning wine industry.

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Call for tenders to repair the North Mole in Whanganui

An aerial view of the North Mole of Whanganui. Photo / provided

Refurbishment and repair work on the North Mole is expected to begin in mid-December, in another milestone for Te PÅ«waha – the Whanganui Port Revitalization Project.

The construction works will cover the 900m length of the embankment from the end of the North Mole to the port of Whanganui. This work, as well as the scheduled repair work on the South Mole, is essential to allow an operational port.

The two moles define the mouth of the river and ensure that a navigable depth is maintained for ships. Repairing them is also necessary to protect nearby developments and critical urban infrastructure from flooding.

This project, under Te PÅ«waha, is managed by the Horizons Regional Council and undertaken by Cashmore Contracting, with work scheduled to continue until November 2022. During construction, there will be limits to public access to the North Mole and backfill, with no authorized access to construction areas.

Public access to the area from the parking lot at the top of the north pier to the end of the pier will be limited for three to four months from January 2022. This will allow construction of this complex part of the project to be completed. during the summer months when the weather is generally quieter. However, there is good news for recreational users.

“Although public access is limited throughout the construction period, we are aware of the recreational value of the area and the importance of the fishery to the local community,” said Craig Grant, Head of the management of the rivers of the Horizons group.

“With this in mind, we have developed a construction plan to allow recreational and fishing access at all times to certain sectors along the 900 meters of the work.

“While it can be frustrating at times for those who regularly fish for moles, we appreciate their patience. The reward will be a much safer mole, with debris removed and pedestrian access at the end.”

Public access to the entire area will also be available during the two weeks of Christmas and New Years.

While there will be no access to the parking lot above the pier for three to four months, the closed parking lot at the end of Morgan St will be accessible to the public at all times. Sand will be managed during construction to ensure it remains clear for vehicles.

The rehabilitation and repair of North Mole is jointly funded by the Horizons Regional Council, Whanganui District Council and Kānoa – Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit. In addition to this funded structural work, Te PÅ«waha project leaders prepared an ambitious conceptual plan for the North Mole and surrounding area.

    Jock Lee leads community engagement at Te PÅ«waha.  Photo / Bevan Conley
Jock Lee leads community engagement at Te PÅ«waha. Photo / Bevan Conley

Te PÅ«waha governance group member Jock Lee helped facilitate this work.

“We are working collectively to create a community facility that we can all be proud of, one in which we can celebrate the importance of the Whanganui River, and of course continue to do the things we love to do like fishing and surfing,” did he declare. noted.

Concept project for changes in North Mole, related to Te PÅ«waha.  Image / provided
Concept project for changes in North Mole, related to Te PÅ«waha. Image / provided

The activities planned under the North Mole concept will need more funding and partnerships must be found to ensure that they come to fruition. The proposed activities are likely to be carried out over several years.

In the meantime, community engagement on the project is ongoing and members of the public can express interest in the updates by visiting

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Edinburgh Morrisons will see Costa’s drive-thru built in parking lot despite huge objections

An Edinburgh Morrisons is expected to see a new Costa drive-thru built in the parking lot despite a wave of local objections.

The plans are expected to be granted by city council next week after the initial proposals were submitted in the summer of this year.

According to plans, the supermarket at 102 Pilton Drive will see a section of the parking lot transformed into an easy-access café, which will have both walk-in and drive-thru facilities.

Drawings have shown that the drive-thru will be located next to the entrance to the Morrisons parking lot, across from the gas station.

In addition to the main building, a few disabled parking spaces will also be created alongside a few outdoor rest areas.

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The new building will see around 50 parking spaces lost for Morrisons, with local residents complaining that the move will cause further congestion in the area.

Logging into Ferry Road and sitting near the Crewe Toll roundabout, the plans saw 58 objections out of 60 public comments, with residents warning the area is already prone to long traffic jams.

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A resident said: “There is no legitimate reason to encourage more people to drive on Pilton Drive, the current traffic light sequences are already not suited to the level of traffic entering Morrisons.

“Encouraging more people to come into this parking lot just to have coffee ‘driving’ is a bad idea, they will create more traffic at the junction and only increase road rage and blocked junctions.”

However, the board’s development and sub-management committee submitted a report this week suggesting the proposals should be allowed to go ahead.

The review indicated that an impact on congestion was not as likely as locals claimed, adding:

“In terms of the impact on climate change, pollution and the incentive to travel by car, the proposed development will be accessible on foot, by bicycle and by public transport.

“Transportation information has shown that most trips to the cafe and drive-thru will be existing trips of those already going to the supermarket or gas station or those passing by the application site.

“While not entirely sustainable development in terms of travel, the proposal provides for sustainable access and is within walking distance of nearby residential development. “

The plans have been recommended to be granted, but a final decision will be made on Wednesday, December 8.

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A woman lifts a cane to the store manager; $ 1,200 in stolen ring from letterbox area; Berea police blotter

BEREA, Ohio –

Disturbance: East Bagley Road

A woman from Berea, 54, was banned from Walgreens, 6 East Bagley, after raising her cane to a store manager.

The woman was waiting inside the store near the pharmacy. The manager told him the pharmacy was closed for the day. It was then that the woman raised her cane threateningly.

The woman and the manager exchanged words, and the manager asked the woman to leave the store. The woman refused, so the manager called the police.

The woman told police the manager spoke to her in a disrespectful tone. She insulted the director. The woman was emotional and upset that she had not been able to get her medication. Police escorted the woman out of the store and informed her that she would be charged with trespassing if she ever returned.

Grand Theft: Barrett Road

A tenant at the Tower in the Park apartments, 55 Barrett, called the police around 11:30 a.m. on November 29 and said a $ 1,200 ring delivered to him was stolen from the mailbox at the apartment building.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the ring was delivered around 11 a.m. on November 28, but was not there when the tenant went to her mailbox. The postmaster told the woman the postman left the ring on the floor under the mailbox, instead of placing it in a locked parcel locker, as Postal Service policy requires.

Tower in the Park management said they would turn the surveillance video of the mailbox area to the police.

Driving a Vehicle Under the Influence: Mulberry Street

A Strongsville man, 47, was arrested around 2 a.m. on November 25 after police saw him driving at 47 mph on Prospect Street near Aaron Street, a 35 mph zone.

The man’s Toyota Camry also drifted left of center. Police stopped the car after turning onto Mulberry Street. The man smelled of alcohol and his eyes were glassy. He failed field sobriety tests.

Flight: Barrett Road

A tool bag containing hand saws, channel locks, gloves, files, adjustable wrenches, diagnostic tools, levels and other items was reported missing around 4:30 p.m. on November 26 in the second floor hallway of the Tower in the Park apartments, 55 Barrett.

The tools belonged to an apartment maintainer. The estimated value of the tools was $ 1,000.

Expired license plates, possession of marijuana: Eastland Road

A Brook Park man, 21, was cited around 8:30 p.m. on November 24 after police caught him driving with a suspended license.

The man drew attention to himself when he suddenly accelerated his Ford Taurus and aggressively changed lanes on West Bagley Road. Police checked his license plate number and learned that his license expired in September.

The man turned on Eastland and the police stopped his car on Eastland near University Street. They smelled marijuana in the car. The front passenger, a 20-year-old man from Brook Park, admitted he had a bag of marijuana in his backpack. The police confiscated the marijuana.

Property found: Franklin Drive

A Franklin man called police around 5:30 p.m. on November 26 after finding what he described as a rifle inside a gun holster near his home.

The rifle and holster were in hedges beside the man’s house. He didn’t know how long the objects had been there.

Police identified the weapon as a .177 caliber Gamo Swarm Maxxim G2 multi-shot pellet rifle with an attached scope. Rust was on the barrel of the rifle and bugs had infested the rifle and the holster.

Cannabis: West Bagley Road

Police notified an 18-year-old Cleveland woman after noticing her Ford Fusion did not have a visible license plate.

Police stopped the woman’s car on West Bagley, near Seminary Street. They saw a temporary Ohio tag partially stuck to the rear window.

In addition, the police smelled marijuana in the car. The woman handed over a small plastic bag containing the marijuana. Police confiscated the marijuana for destruction.

Assisted Fire Department: West Fifth Street

A West Fifth man, 49, was taken to Parma University Hospitals Medical Center around 2:30 a.m. on November 23 after ingesting fentanyl in his apartment at Christopher Apartments on West Fifth.

A roommate called the police about the man. When the police arrived, the man was crouched on the ground. He was shirtless and waved his arms. He had broken a glass earlier.

At approximately 4:45 a.m. on November 28, police were again called to the man’s apartment after inhaling fentanyl. When the police arrived he was restless but conscious and able to answer questions. He was taken to the Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights.

Police noted that in 2021, paramedics were called to the man’s apartment a total of 14 times after the man ingested fentanyl, another drug or combinations of drugs. Additionally, the man was wanted by Berea Police for possession of heroin, but was not arrested after being taken to Southwest General.

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Family fined £ 60 for spending 12 minutes driving through car park looking for space


The family were surprised to get a ticket despite never getting out of their car or shutting down the engine – but the parking lot operator insists the fine is deserved

Family fined £ 60 for spending too much time in a car park, even though they never turned off the engine

A family has been fined £ 60 for driving through a busy car park even though they never parked.

Julie Sutcliffe, 51, was on a family vacation to Cornwall in August.

On August 12, they visited Newquay, which was very busy at the time, and the family struggled to find a parking space.

They had visited three or four parking lots, all full.

Desperate, they drove slowly around a parking lot for a little over 10 minutes hoping someone would leave so they could stop.

No one did, so they drove off, before they managed to find a spot in another parking lot.

But to their surprise, when they returned home from their trip, they got a £ 60 ticket from the operator of the car park they had driven into.

Sutcliffe said: “When we got back from our vacation I opened a letter saying we were fined £ 60 for parking for 13 minutes without paying. That was the time we had spent driving.

“I appealed saying that at no time did we stop, let alone turn off our engine.

“Our appeal was refused. To say I’m disgusted is an understatement.”

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The ticket was handed over to the family’s Ford Fiesta (stock image)



The family paid the fine because it seemed like the easier option than fighting the ticket.

“I thought I would pay it because I didn’t want to worry about going any further,” Sutcliffe said. “It’s a big company and we are a family.”

The Mirror asked Smart Parking if they would refund the £ 60 because the family had not parked.

But Smart Parking said the fine was deserved and there would be no refund.

A spokesperson for Smart Parking said: “Smart Parking is proud to be a member of the British Parking Association and strictly follows its guidelines.

“At Newquay parking lot, we use a state-of-the-art ANPR parking management system to ensure that real customers can always find a place to park.

“It is important to remember that the parking lot is private land. Therefore, when deciding to park, motorists should always check the conditions of use which are clearly outlined in numerous signs on the site.

“In the case of [Sutcliffe] she stood in the parking lot for over 12 minutes without paying, so she correctly received a charge, which she has now paid for.

Last week, The Mirror reported that a man was fined for the time he spent finding parking and waiting in line to buy a ticket.

Paul Adams, 55, says he paid an £ 8.50 ticket to St. Ives which would have kept him parked all day.

But some time later he was fined £ 60 from Armtrac Security Services Ltd, which operates the car park.

As Adams read the notice he was shocked to find he was charged for the 15 minutes he waited to find a seat and the 10 minutes he waited in a queue to buy a ticket at the machine.

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Grants for village-wide improvements in Minoa – Eagle News Online

Two weeks to the day after learning that more than half a million dollars in public and private investments would go towards revitalizing Minoa, Mayor Bill Brazill was briefed by the Onondaga County Community Development Office that, come to think of it, the grand total would end up being closer to a full million.

Not wanting other fundraising candidates to feel left out, County Manager Ryan McMahon and his company calculated the numbers and pulled an additional $ 359,460 out of the US bailout to award five more business ventures in the village.

As announced at the late morning press conference at the Trappers II Pizza Pub on October 26, more than $ 600,000 has already been spent on revitalizing the village’s main street and a handful of businesses bordering the trade corridor.

“I’m not the type to lose words, but the joy and happiness I feel today is overwhelming,” Brazill said on the podium that day, adding that he has been smiling non-stop since he had heard the news over the phone the previous Friday. “This village has a bullet in its arm now.”

In 2019, as part of the first phase of Onondaga County’s Main Street initiative, the villages of Fayetteville and Manlius received $ 275,000 and $ 298,000, respectively, to complete various described improvements. Meanwhile, Minoa was at a different starting point, having received $ 30,000 to develop a set of technical specifications.

“I told Mayor Brazill that if you come up with a plan and get the job done, we’ll come back, and he did,” McMahon said. “Overall, this village is going to be profoundly different.”

Involving the use of over $ 22,000, a component of the overall effort is on the municipal side, which includes the introduction of a village clock and ornamental lampposts in the main street of Minoa, the conversion of the sign for village announcements from manual to digital; and addition of pavilions, lighting and barbecue stations in Lewis Park.

The second part of the initiative concerns the improvement of certain businesses with the use of funds provided by the American bailout plan.

Over $ 200,000 will be invested in brand new windows, doors, patios, landscaping and front fencing for Trappers II, the restaurant located at 101 N. Main St.

With $ 132,000 in total, Trappers II owner Jen Wood and her business partner Greg Rinaldi will be focusing on the future construction of the yet to be named tavern where The 19th Hole is currently located. , thus transforming a “horror” into an “asset,” as McMahon put it.

In addition, the recently opened Spill the Tea Café and Infusion Yoga will have approximately $ 207,000 invested in its property at 208 N. Main Street to account for new masonry, a stamped concrete patio, new windows and replacement. of the roof.

Across the tracks, Charlie’s Tavern, Minoa’s oldest active business, will undergo a roughly $ 88,000 renovation that will include renovating a sign, repairing walls, building a patio. , new windows and other facade renovations.

“Coming back from COVID, it’s been slow to dig the hole we’ve all been in, so that means a lot,” Charlie’s owner Nicole Stoffel said. “I couldn’t have afforded all of this work without this grant. “

The extra grant money added in early November will go to Pave the Way Daycare, Scotty’s Automotive, Tim McIntosh’s property at 112 Willard St., instead of CNY President David Muraco around the corner. Hulbert and Costello Parkway, and Muraco’s other property on Main Street next to Minoa Elementary.

The Muraco-owned plaza across from Lewis Park contains Happy Wok Chinese Restaurant, Sunshine Minoa Food Mart, Parkway Liquors, and Kindred Souls Vintage Lovelies.

McIntosh’s property, which was once a library, would be redeveloped and turned into space for different offices, while Muraco’s property on Main Street would likely be turned into an esplanade with four stores. Its current place and the other selected businesses will see their facades refreshed alongside other structural work.

Three-quarters of the total of $ 916,272 will be borne by the county, with the remainder paid by the village of Minoa and the assisted business owners.

Although he does not hesitate to call the current Minoa the “shining light” in the northern part of the town of Manlius, Brazill said the projects would add “dynamism” to the village while helping to build the county of Manlius. low up along the way.

Complementing the 5km races, car shows and park concerts that have taken place in the village over the years, Brazill said this initiative is also the next step that will make Minoa a more important destination for people. residents of Onondaga County.

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Mozambique: investigate shooting of villagers by park rangers and police – new research

  • Six people shot dead near Banhine National Park on November 3, 2020
  • More than a year later, still no responsibility

Mozambican authorities must thoroughly investigate a shooting last year by park rangers and police that left six people injured, Amnesty International said today.

Interviewees told Amnesty International that rangers and police opened fire on unarmed local residents on a road near Banhine National Park on November 3, 2020. Residents gathered to protest peacefully against the fire. arrest of at least 20 people in an operation to stop charcoal production in the region. .

Over a year later, no one has been held responsible and there has been no proper investigation into this senseless shooting

Muleya Mwananyanda

“Over a year later, no one has been held responsible and there has been no proper investigation into this senseless shooting. The victims and their families are still awaiting an explanation and justice, ”said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for southern Africa.

“The investigation into this shooting by park wardens and police must be thorough, impartial, transparent and efficient. The Mozambican authorities must prevent the illegal use of force in the future.

Banhine National Park is co-managed by the international conservation organization Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) and the Mozambique National Administration for Conservation Areas (Administra̤̣o Nacional de reas de Conserva̤̣o РANAC).

In a statement to Amnesty International, the PPF said that “all security activities are determined and carried out by the Chief Ranger of Banhine National Parks” (an ANAC employee), together with the head of the national parks. PPF law enforcement operations.

Filming near Banhine National Park

On November 3, 2020, park rangers, with the support of the Special Intervention Unit of the police in nearby Xai Xai Town, carried out an operation against what they claimed was illegal charcoal production. in or near Banhine National Park in Gaza province. The Gerez community area – formed by two villages, Hochane and Madliwa – is located near Banhine National Park.

During the operation, park rangers and police burned charcoal ovens and arrested more than 20 people. Interviewees told Amnesty International that when local villagers heard about the operation, they decided to speak to the rangers immediately.

To stop the park wardens and police vehicles, the villagers blocked the road just outside the park with large logs. Eight people interviewed told Amnesty International that the population was unarmed. The villagers also said that as they had already gathered at a bus stop heading out of town to meet with the governor on an unrelated matter, they did not have weapons with them.

Interviewees said that when forest rangers and police stopped their vehicles, four men from the community walked towards them with empty hands raised. They said forest rangers and police suddenly opened fire, hitting six men.

“No one was carrying a machete, pistol, ax, knife or stick,” said a witness. “The representatives raised their hands as soon as they saw the park rangers to show that they wanted to have a peaceful conversation. But the rangers didn’t want to hear anything – they started shooting.

The rangers didn’t want to hear anything – they started shooting


In correspondence with Amnesty International, the PPF claimed that the park rangers “fired warning shots in the air, which in no way posed a threat to anyone”.

However, an individual involved in the management of the park, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that “several rangers fired in the air in order to disperse the people as there was a crowd, but some wanted to shoot. individuals “. Several interviewees identified a specific ranger as the one who started shooting and prompted other rangers to shoot.

Three residents were seriously injured, including a man with a serious gunshot wound to the abdomen. Amnesty International checked photos of the injuries and reviewed medical reports from the time indicating that the victims were shot.

As local residents fled, police and forest rangers removed the log and left the area. A local villager drove the six injured in his car to a local health center. Later, an ambulance took the three most seriously injured to Chokwe hospital, about 170 km away.

Three interviewees, including one of those arrested, said all those arrested in the operation to stop charcoal production were released without charge the next day.

Villagers are frustrated that the official investigation into the incident has not progressed beyond the preliminary stage, despite meeting with the National Criminal Investigation Service and the Attorney General’s office at least four times since November 30. 2020.

Amnesty International considers that, as the villagers posed no imminent threat of death or serious injury to convoy members, the use of force by rangers and police was neither necessary nor proportionate, and therefore illegal in the process. under international human rights law.

Response from the Peace Parks Foundation

In correspondence with Amnesty International, the PPF called the incident “regrettable” and claimed that the convoy had been “ambushed” by a large group of people “armed with sticks, stones and machetes”. The PPF confirmed the presence of its law enforcement operations manager during the incident, saying he remained in the car when community members started throwing stones.

PPF stated that “[t]To our knowledge, none of the Banhine rangers used unnecessary force. We understand that three BNP rangers in support vehicles located at a distance from the special police vehicle fired warning shots in the air, which in no way posed a threat to anyone, and which was judged proportional to the threat posed ”.

The PPF also stated that “The Peace Parks Foundation immediately investigated the event using information provided by senior park staff and the Peace Parks Foundation technical advisor and, through this process, was informed that, as it had happened outside of the Peace Parks Foundation conservation area and support area… this would be investigated and monitored by responsible government structures ”.

Since at least 2018, the private South African military company Dyck Advisory Group (DAG) has provided anti-poaching services, ranger training and other specialist security support to the PPF, notably under the name from Environmental Management and Conservation Trust (EMCT).

In a 2020 project report viewed by Amnesty International, PPF noted that “The Environmental Management and Conservation Trust (formerly the Dyck Advisory Group) and the Peace Parks Foundation are stepping up their efforts to tackle escalation and destructive crime against wildlife in and around Key Mozambique Protected. Zones ”, including in Banhine National Park. In a statement, PPF said that DAG / EMCT had no involvement in Banhine before or at the time of the incident, and that they ended their relationship with DAG / EMCT in May 2021.

Park boundaries change confusion

In 2013, the Mozambican government changed the boundaries of Banhine National Park, increasing its area from 5,600 to 7,250 square kilometers. The expansion involved the area around the village of Hochane and established a five-kilometer buffer zone around the new park boundaries. Based on an analysis of satellite images, Amnesty International estimates that the 2013 boundary and buffer zone changes reduced the area of ​​the Hochane community by more than 50%.

Amnesty International found that the new park boundaries included an area that local communities have used for decades to produce charcoal. Interviewees told Amnesty International that the authorities had not informed or consulted them about the changes to the park boundaries.

Villagers have underlying grievances which should be addressed through consultation and negotiation, not bullets

Richard pearshouse

Amnesty International considers that some members of the local communities had a legitimate expectation of being able to produce charcoal in the area. Several community members denied that the charcoal production areas were inside the park. Members of the local community shared with Amnesty International recent licenses for charcoal production in the area, including one for Hochane which was valid at the time of the shooting.

“Villagers have underlying grievances which should be addressed through consultation and negotiation, not bullets,” said Richard Pearshouse, Crisis and Environment Officer at Amnesty International.

“The Peace Parks Foundation must ensure that its operations respect the rights of local communities and comply with international standards. “


Amnesty International interviewed 26 people, including victims and witnesses of the shooting, community and government representatives, and people involved in the management of the park. He also reviewed official documents released by the Mozambican government and other organizations, reports from hospitals and local media, and academic articles.

In October and November 2021, Amnesty International wrote to PPF, ANAC, Gaza Province Police Command and DAG / EMCT for further information. PPF’s responses are available here and here. None of the other entities had responded at the time of publication.

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World-class Dursey Island cable car and visitor center green light

An Bord Pleanala has given the green light for a new cable car and visitor center to serve Dursey Island off the Beara Peninsula, west of Cork.

In granting permission for the Cork County Council project, An Bord Pleanala rescinded its own inspector’s strong recommendation to deny the building permit.

Currently, the existing cable car system serving Dursey Island – built in 1969 and modernized since – attracts just over 20,400 visitors a year to Dursey and Cork County Council has proposed an annual cap of almost five times that of 100,000 visitors in the new cable car system.

However, the granting of the authorization by An Bord Pleanala set a cap of 5,000 visitors per month during busy tourist months to address the concerns of its own inspector. The Council’s program also includes a welcome center for visitors from the mainland which will include an interpretation center, an 84-seat café and a 100-space car park at Ballaghboy on the Beara Peninsula.

The new cable car is to be 375 meters in length and the existing cable car and accompanying infrastructure must be taken out of service.

Failte Ireland told the Appeal Board that completing the proposed development would offer visitors “a world-class experience of Dursey Island”.

An Bord Pleanala gave the green light to the project despite the recommendation of its inspector in the case, Patricia Calleary, to refuse the planning permit. Senior Planning Inspector Calleary concluded that the proposed development principle to replace the existing cable car serving Dursey Island is acceptable.

However, Ms. Calleary felt that “the scale of development is excessive and, as proposed, would allow a significant increase in the number of visitors, risking unsustainable impacts on the highly sensitive ecological environment”.

Ms Calleary concluded that “the development would not be compatible with the environmental sensitivities and nature conservation designations of the region, particularly Dursey Island”. Ms Calleary said the number of visitors that would be allowed by the development “would be excessive”.

As part of the conditions attached to the authorization, the appeal commission clarified that the existing cable car (photo) must be kept at a location on the site in order to preserve the cultural heritage assets on site. Photo: Dan Linehan

She said that “overall the development is not justified in terms of planning and would result in an unsustainable form of tourism which is not appropriate to the unique circumstances of Dursey Island”.

However, the council said the cap of 5,000 visitors per month taken with the significant mitigation measures proposed to protect biodiversity near the cable car and on the island would address the inspector’s concerns.

The council said it also noted that the proposed visitor management plan to control and manage the volume of visitors to the site will ensure that parking lots can meet visitor demand. He also said that this, along with the reduced maximum number of visitors allowed to the island during the peak summer season, would “maintain sustainable tourism levels at the site.”

The board concluded that the proposed development would facilitate safer and improved travel experiences for residents and visitors to the island. The council also found that the project would not have significant negative effects on the environment or the nearby community and would not be detrimental to the visual or landscape amenities of the area.

The town planning application was first filed with An Bord Pleanala more than two years ago, in September 2019.

Each of the two cable cars in the new cable car system would have a capacity of 15 people and the trip to the island would take between five and six minutes for visitors to enjoy the recreational experience and views of Dursey Sound. In its communication on the scheme, An Taisce argued that no justification had been provided for the significant increase in passenger capacity.

An Taisce also said the program would exacerbate unsustainable car tourism in West Cork.

As part of the conditions attached to the authorization, the appeal commission clarified that the existing cable car must be kept at a location on the site in order to preserve the cultural heritage assets on the site. The original cable car was erected in 1969 and was modernized in 1981 and 2004.

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Offer to bring a parking fee to the Roman Fort at Burgh Castle

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Budget pressures are forcing custodians of some of Norfolk’s most valuable heritage assets to introduce parking fees at its sites.

Norfolk Archaeological Trust (NAT) operates several sites across the county, including burial mounds, forts and monasteries, which are free to enter.

The charity says its small membership and changes to its funding method have resulted in declining revenues.

Views from the new promenade which has been installed at the Roman fort at Bugh Castle Photo: Nick Butcher
– Credit: Nick Butcher

To make up for the deficit and enable it to maintain its sites and keep them open to the public, it proposes to charge for parking.

The first of its sites offering to introduce fees is Burgh Castle Roman Fort, which is popular with dog walkers many of whom roam its trails daily.

Documents submitted to Great Yarmouth Borough Council in support of the offer indicate that the income is essential to pay for upkeep and maintenance.

Burgh Castle is an easy one-mile circular walk where you can explore the surrounding area Photo: Nick

Burgh Castle is an easy one-mile circular walk where you can explore the surrounding area Photo: Nick Butcher
– Credit: Nick Butcher

He also wants to install a license plate recognition camera to deter fly tippers and reduce criminal damage.

The trust said it had engaged with the public and listened to comments.

As a result, the likely charges would be £ 1.50 for two hours, £ 2 for four and £ 4 all day.

Brian Swann, chairman of Belton with Burgh Castle Parish Council, said he understood the trust’s position but had concerns about the safety of people parking on the narrow Butt Lane to avoid to pay.

The clash of cars and people with dogs had the potential to cause a serious accident, he said.

NAT Director Natalie Butler said in a statement, “We believe that the introduction of better parking management at the Fort site will also bring benefits to the local community.

“The past few months have seen tough challenges at the Burgh Castle fort site, with antisocial behavior, criminal damage, escalating fly spills and litter, and visitor cars occupying the parking lot long after it should have been officially. We believe our plans for the management of the Fort parking lot will reduce these problems and provide a safer site for the locals.

People have up to December 7 to have their say.

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The other NAT sites are:

The lime rich Roman walls that survive at Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund near Norwich were of

The lime-rich Roman walls that survive at Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund near Norwich have been designated as nature reserves.
– Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

Roman city of Caistor – once the largest Roman city in East Anglia

Abbey of St Benet – an atmospheric ruin on the Norfolk Broads near Ludham

Burnham Norton Monastery – a 14th century caretaker’s house

Bloodgates Hill Fort – a fort from the Iron Age described as “enigmatic”

Fiddler’s Hill Barrow – a prehistoric tumulus

Buttercups color the grass of Binham Priory.  Photo: DENISE BRADLEY

Buttercups color the grass of Binham Priory. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
– Credit: DENISE BRADLEY / Archant2021

Binham Priory – one of the most beautiful monastic sites in Norfolk

Filby Chapel – the site of the unitary church and the 18th century funerary slabs

Mount Middleton – the remains of a small castle of motte and bailey

Tasburgh Precinct – a “mysterious” site and the least known of the monuments of the trust.

To learn more about the Norfolk Archaeological Trust or to make a donation, visit the website at

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Mom collapses in parking lot due to allergic reaction despite warning from restaurant staff

Amy Taylor and her family visited the Haute Dolci restaurant at Coliseum Shopping Park in Ellesmere Port on September 11 last year, when the traumatic incident occurred.

Amy had a severe allergic reaction after eating the meal she ordered, which she was told was nut free

A woman had an allergic reaction and collapsed in a restaurant parking lot after eating a meal with her family, after warning staff of her allergy when ordering.

Amy Taylor and her family visited the Haute Dolci restaurant at Coliseum Shopping Park in Ellesmere Port on September 11 of last year.

Having been diagnosed with a nut allergy earlier in the year, Amy made it clear to the waitress that she had a nut allergy.

Chester Magistrates’ Court heard that the mother asked if the food she wanted to order contained nuts or was made from nuts. The waitress said the food was nut free.

After starting to eat the food, Amy suffered from a severe allergic reaction with a tight chest and breathing problems.

After the family left the restaurant, they collapsed on the way back to their car.

The incident was reported to the Council and an investigation was initiated, according to the Echo of Liverpool.

At Chester Magistrates’ Court, owners of Haute Dolci, HD Coliseum Ltd, pleaded guilty to breaking the food safety law after lawsuits were brought by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

HD Coliseum Ltd was fined £ 2,000, plus £ 945 in court costs and a victim fine surcharge of £ 190.

In addition, a total compensation of £ 500 must be paid by the company to Amy Taylor within 28 days, bringing the total amount the company must pay to £ 3,635.

The company confirmed that the waitress had received a formal written warning and that all staff had been retrained. All allergen issues should now be reported immediately to management.

Advisor Karen Shore, Deputy Head of Council and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transportation, said: “This business was putting its customers at risk and it was extremely fortunate that Amy did not suffer. more serious consequences. “

“All food businesses have a duty to serve safe food and if that fails, this is totally unacceptable and the Council has a duty to protect the health of the general public.

“In this case, officers discovered that the company had failed to meet the required allergen standards and posed a significant risk to the public.”

“Food companies that do not follow the regulations and put the general public at risk will not be tolerated. Fortunately, the majority of businesses operating in Cheshire West and Chester operate at a high level of compliance. “

“Officers on our Regulatory Services team work proactively to help business owners comply with laws and meet food hygiene and safety standards. “

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Suspect led chase, crashed into patrol car before police fired at Red Rock, NHP says | New

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – A suspect crashed into a patrol car during a pursuit in Red Rock Canyon and through its scenic loop before police shot and arrested him on November 11.

The suspect, Erik Legried, 29, is charged with assaulting a protected person with a deadly weapon, resisting a public official and damaging state property.

According to a pre-recorded Nevada Highway Patrol briefing on Wednesday, Legried used a 2021 Toyota Tacoma to lead soldiers and a Bureau of Land Management ranger in a State Route 159 chase that ended in a crash car and a shootout in the parking lot of the Red Rock Visitor Center.

BLM Ranger Christopher Allen, 49, NHP Trooper Anthony Hernandez, 31, and NHP Trooper Marcus McFadden have been identified as the officers who unloaded their weapons in the incident. Private Martin Mleczko provided a timeline of events that day, which began with a phone call from the suspect’s mother to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, according to NHP.

The incident began with a call to LVMPD at around 5:56 a.m. regarding a suicide attempt at the Red Rock Campground. The caller said his son was planning to kill himself or run headlong into traffic to kill himself, Mleczko said.

At approximately 6:27 a.m., Ranger Allen located Legried’s truck recklessly driving through the campground, knocking over fence posts. When an LVMPD officer asked Legried to get out of the car, he sped off and headed east on Charleston, turned around at Sky Vista and returned to the visitor center, according to Mleczko.

At the entrance to Scenic Loop Drive, Legried again did not follow the verbal commands to get out of the car. After about five minutes at the entrance, Legried entered the park, Mleczko said.

Officers attempted to block Legried in the visitor center parking lot, in which case he crashed into Allen’s squad car. Shortly thereafter, Legried was struck by gunfire from a highway patroller, according to NHP.

“Private Hernandez followed Legried to the lower level parking lot, where he collided with Legried in an attempt to stop him. Legried then accelerated his vehicle towards another road patrol vehicle that had arrived, where gunshots were fired. then been fired, “Mleczko said.

Legried then made his way to the parking lot of the mid-level visitor’s center, where his vehicle pulled up and police pulled him out of it, according to NHP.

The briefing with the dashboard and body-worn camera video is available below.

CONTENT WARNING: This video may contain images from a shot that some viewers may find disturbing.

Copyright 2021 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 1:40 am CST | Minnesota News

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new state audit report on government spending accuses Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds of using nearly $ 450,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay off the salaries of 21 staff members for three months last year and cover up expenses by going through the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. State auditor Rob Sand said a review of the state’s payroll system shows the money was used to pay staff in the governor’s office, but it’s unclear why she had to take federal money to pay salaries and why the funds were not initially in its budget. Reynolds’ office responded on Monday saying she was working to provide federal officials with the documentation needed to approve the funds.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials in Des Moines say a woman has died in a house fire. The fire was reported Sunday night by a neighbor in a residential area between the city’s Union Park and Fairmont Park neighborhoods. Arriving firefighters learned that a man and his mother were in the house when the fire broke out. The man managed to escape but told firefighters his mother was trapped inside. Firefighters were hampered by the flames, but found the woman about 20 minutes later inside the burning house. She did not survive. Authorities have not released the woman’s name. Investigators later said a heater was found in the basement of the house surrounded by blankets and could have been the cause of the fire.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa State Patrol said a Minnesota woman and her 1-year-old baby died in an accident in northwest Iowa that also injured four other people, including the woman’s two other children. The accident happened late Saturday morning at an intersection northeast of Spirit Lake. A patrol investigation revealed that an eastbound car driven by Mariah Nelson, 29, of Jackson, Minnesota, passed a stop sign and collided with a southbound pickup truck driven by Allen Weinzetl, 63, also from Jackson, Minnesota. The KTIV television channel reports that Nelson and his one-year-old son, Symere Williams, died in the crash. Nelson’s daughters, aged 5 and 6, were rushed to hospital with serious injuries. Weinzetl and his passenger, Teresa Chonko, 58, were also injured and taken to hospital.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines police have identified an 18-year-old man killed in a shooting Sunday morning. Police said Monday that Dean Titus Deng of Des Moines died in the shooting, which also injured another man. Police did not identify the second man. Police responded to a report of a shooting around 4 a.m. Sunday and found a man in a car. He was rushed to hospital, where he died. The other man was in good condition in a hospital. This was the 12th homicide in Des Moines in 2021.

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The parking lot fund would be “corrupt”: investigation | Newcastle Herald

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Deploying $ 4 billion congestion reduction fund ‘would amount to corruption’ if a federal integrity commission existed, former NSW auditor general said in an investigation of the Senate. Tony Harris is convinced that the controversial plan to fund suburban parking lots in marginal seats amounted to a misuse of power. “If we had an independent commission against (federal) corruption, it would amount to corruption, I’m quite convinced,” he told the inquiry on Thursday. The Senate committee is examining how the government decides which projects to fund following a scathing audit of the $ 660 million commuter parking system ahead of the 2019 election. “It’s like (the government) saying,” If you live in a Labor electorate, you deserve no parking because you vote Labor, “” Mr Harris said. The Australian National Audit Office found that nearly 50 car parks had been selected by the government following nominations of MPs and candidates. But a revelation in the Senate investigation raised concerns that the entire $ 4 billion fund has been politicized, as opposed to the $ 660 million just examined by the audit. Deputy Auditor General Brian Boyd revealed that his department discovered members of government were being asked to submit projects under the larger Urban Congestion Fund, which were tied to their parking lot proposals. “We can see it was the same process used, but what we didn’t do was look at the details of that and how it was applied to the (part) non-car parking lot,” did he declare. The president of the Center for Public Integrity and former judge Anthony Whealy have raised concerns that the fund could be misappropriated in the next federal election due to the government’s blasé reception of the report. audit. A lack of oversight – especially over the ministerial code that required ministers to act in the public interest and with integrity – meant there had been no consequences for conduct violations, Mr Whealy said . “We were all horrified by what we read (in the report),” he said. Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher was not responsible when he said the grants were all merit-based and necessary, argued Whealy. “If you’re in government and you can get away with it, why wouldn’t you do it? You could win an election because of it,” he said. Getting the code to be enforced by the Prime Minister was a real flaw in the integrity system. “The ministerial code really does not work as it should (…) because no one can apply it independently and effectively,” he said. When the audit report was released in June, Fletcher said all government investment decisions were made “on the basis of an identified need in the community”. They also took into account “total government investments in each city” and money already allocated by a state or local government. The minister launched a review in December 2020 when he took over the portfolio, which led the ministry to increase the frequency and quality of reporting, and improve data management and project tracking. Associated Australian Press


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Seismic survey rates New Plymouth’s largest mall to be less than 20% of new construction standard

A seismic assessment of the Center City Mall in New Plymouth rated it below 20 percent of new building standards, prompting at least one tenant to leave.

Vodafone has confirmed it will be leaving the city’s largest mall on Sunday due to the seismic rating, while the Spark store closed abruptly last week with inventory still on the shelves.

The Spark store at Center City Mall in New Plymouth closed last week.

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The Spark store at Center City Mall in New Plymouth closed last week.

On Tuesday, a representative for Spark said it had temporarily closed the store while they assessed “the suitability of the premises.” The company has closed stores in the past following seismic assessments that did not meet its own specific standards.

In a written statement from Center City, manager Steve Ellingford said the mall was undergoing a voluntary seismic survey of the building with support from outside consultants.

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The statement came weeks after questions were asked of mall owners about the integrity of their building.

Downtown is currently undergoing a seismic risk assessment.


Downtown is currently undergoing a seismic risk assessment.

“The review includes a Detailed Seismic Assessment (DSA) completed under the New Building Standard (NBS). The overall rating for Center City is less than 20% NBS, ”he said.

The statement said the center was still in the early stages of the review and was working on a program to improve the grade.

“In the meantime, the center has an ongoing construction mandate and complies with the requirements of the 2004 Building Act.

The multi-story Center City shopping mall in New Plymouth opened in 1988 and is home to more than 50 stores.


The multi-story Center City shopping mall in New Plymouth opened in 1988 and is home to more than 50 stores.

“The continued safety and security of our staff, tenants and our community remains a priority, and we remain committed to ensuring that their needs are met now and in the future,” he said.

As the review was underway, Center City was unable to provide further details.

On Monday, Vodafone spokesman Nicky Preston said that according to his seismic policy, he would close his downtown store on Sunday, November 14.

Citing the health and safety of its customers and staff as the “highest priority,” Preston said the company hoped to move to a new location in New Plymouth as soon as possible, and that an online chat and telephone support would be available in the interim.

Another store manager declined to comment when contacted and alleged that downtown management told him not to speak to the media.

Farmers and the Hallensteins Glassons group were also approached to see what impact, if any, the seismic survey would have on their rentals. The two have yet to respond.

Center City offers hundreds of parking lots in the New Plymouth CBD.


Center City offers hundreds of parking lots in the New Plymouth CBD.

In addition to retail stores and a food court, the busy mall has several floors of parking, which reaches capacity over Christmas.

The hundreds of parks have offered shoppers a downtown alternative since the city’s downtown parking lot closed last year after it was assessed as an earthquake risk.

The New Plymouth town center parking lot on Powderham St was closed in December 2020 due to the risk of an earthquake.  (Photo file)

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The New Plymouth town center parking lot on Powderham St was closed in December 2020 due to the risk of an earthquake. (File photo)

When the owner of the parking lot, the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC), announced the decision, it said its report classified the building as “high risk” with an NBS rating of 20-34%.

A spokesperson for the NPDC said it had not yet received any information regarding the downtown earthquake risk assessment, but if the findings indicated it was earthquake-prone, action would be taken.

This would involve a sign being placed on the building advising of its earthquake prone status and then the clock would start ticking regarding the remediation timeframe.

The premises would also be listed on a national register of buildings prone to earthquakes, he said.

To assess whether a building is prone to earthquakes, its resistance to a new structure is taken into account if it was built in the same location.

The risks posed to public and other property in the event of a building collapse during an earthquake are also taken into account.

Two rating categories – 0 to 20% or 20 to 34% – result in the application of an earthquake prone building status, after which the building owner has up to 25 years to complete the required repair work. .

Over the past four years, a number of buildings in Taranaki have been declared earthquake-prone following a seismic assessment.

The East Stand at Yarrow Stadium was demolished following a seismic assessment that found it prone to earthquakes.


The East Stand at Yarrow Stadium was demolished following a seismic assessment that found it prone to earthquakes.

In a few months between 2017 and 2018, the two stands at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth were deemed earthquake-prone, and later deemed too expensive to repair.

Instead, one has been demolished and the other is almost completely rebuilt at a cost of $ 50 million.

In 2018, four buildings, including the maternity ward, of the Taranaki Base Hospital were found to be earthquake-prone after being examined by three engineering companies.

Taranaki DHB chief executive Rosemary Clements said the buildings can still be occupied, but the issues are expected to be resolved within 12.5 years.

“The good news for the Taranaki community is that Taranaki DHB works much faster than that,” she said at the time.

Buildings classified as earthquake prone are more likely to suffer damage from a moderate earthquake and there would be a higher risk to personnel and public safety.

To assess whether a building is prone to earthquakes, its resistance to a new structure is taken into account if it was built in the same location.

The Center City shopping complex opened in 1988 and has a backdrop of the ocean and stunning views of the Coastal Walk.

The risks posed to public and other property in the event of a building collapse during an earthquake are also taken into account.

-This story has been updated to attribute Center City’s statement to its manager Steve Ellingford.

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Buyers left in anger after Tesla with dead battery stranded them – News

Drivers were furious after a Tesla ran out of battery on a ramp to the parking lot and blocked the parking lot of Britain’s largest shopping center.

The parking lot at London’s Westfield shopping center was reportedly blocked for three hours.

A Westfield spokesperson said “a customer’s Tesla vehicle broke down on the car park entrance ramp around 6 p.m. due to an empty battery. The Westfield London car park team helped the broken down vehicle and guided 10 vehicles that were behind the Tesla around it. Tesla parking assistance then arrived on site to take charge of the broken down vehicle. “

Shoppers took to Reddit to voice their frustrations, with a user named Henry throwing the thread: “Perfect, a Tesla ran out of battery and pulled up at the ramp to a 5-story parking lot in Westfield. It’s been three hours and counting. “

One user wrote: “I know scope anxiety is one thing, but there is no excuse for it.”

Another replied: “Considering the huge range of these cars, there really is no excuse for this.”

And a third person commented: “3 o’clock and Westfield management haven’t found a way to tow it off the ramp? It’s in their best interests to keep the traffic flowing.”

Henry responded to this comment with: “The Tesla is completely dead and it’s in parking mode. The management team is scolding about their solution and basically there is nothing they can do. In the end all the cars are gone. inverted from a 5 story. [sic] winding ramp. Fabulous day. “

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Salem’s micro-shelter “a life-changing for sure”

Micro shelters showing early signs of success

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) – Heather Shields recently had medical issues – diabetes and mental health issues – that left her and her son stranded, sleeping in her car in Salem.

She showed up at a micro-shelter on NE Portland Road in Salem “crying. And they showed me what to do,” Shields told KOIN 6 News.

This micro-shelter, not even fully built yet, has only been operational for about a month, but 4 families have already made the transition to permanent housing.

Some of Salem’s micro-shelters in northeast Salem, November 5, 2021 (KOIN)

Shields said the 2 beds, a table and a secure door that locks go a long way.

“They are simple but they are comfortable,” she says. “It helped me. It took me 30 days not to be in a homeless shelter. Otherwise I would have been lost. I didn’t know what to do.

This stability, support and security helped her get into an apartment.

These micro-shelters have been hotly debated in Salem, but they are showing some early signs of success. Earlier this week, a proposed site in West Salem failed, after a feasibility study found the property to be a wetland.

Pastor Josh Erickson of the Park Church is a leader in the micro-shelter community. He said you can’t underestimate the power of low barrier housing.

Pastor Josh Erickson of Church of the Park is a supporter of micro-shelters in Salem, November 5, 2021 (KOIN)

“Just being able to provide safe shelter, being able to provide a locked door and case management – how many people are able to find work – to become stable enough or to be able to leave their things to actually be able to find accommodation, ”Erickson said.

After going through hell and back, Heather Shields is now reunited with her son Jamie.

“This (micro-shelter) was amazing,” she said. “It was a life changing for sure.”

Micro shelters cost around $ 5,000 each and $ 1,600 per person per month. This works out to $ 96,000 per month, assuming the community has 60 guests. This includes case management, navigation services, food and staff.

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Manhattan Valley: an accessible neighborhood near Central Park

The people of Manhattan Valley have always “protected each other,” said Peter Arndtsen, a longtime resident who manages the Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvement District. “People are pretty forgiving and able to get by with things.”

With the pandemic, “a lot of stores have closed. It’s a problem, ”said Robert Friedman, broker-owner of RC Realty Group of New York and CEO of a property management company. But with some residents who have left and are returning now and more activity in local restaurants, “people are feeling better in the area again,” he said.

Jim Mackin, a historian who runs local tours, also believes things are improving. “We have opened more than half a dozen restaurants in the past year,” he said, serving Japanese, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and other dishes.

Manhattan Valley schools include PS 165 Robert E. Simon, on West 109th Street. Her 2020-21 registration was 397 from preschool to fifth grade. In 2018-19, 49% of students met state standards in English, compared to 48% citywide; 54 percent met math standards, compared to 50 percent citywide.

PS 145, Bloomingdale School, on West 105th Street, has approximately 393 students from junior kindergarten to fifth grade. In 2018-2019, 19% met state standards in English and 18% met state standards in mathematics.

PS 163 Alfred E. Smith on West 97th Street has 488 students in Kindergarten to Grade 5. In 2018-19, 61% of students met state standards in English and 64% met standards in math.

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After several pitfalls, Metra innovates on the long-awaited Peterson / Ridge station – streetsblog Chicago

Yesterday, Metra elected officials and staff inaugurated the long-awaited new Peterson / Ridge station on the Union Pacific North line. The new stop will be located on the border of West Ridge, Lincoln Square and Edgewater, and between the number one UP-N station, Ravenswood, and the fifth most used station, Rogers Park.

According to a Métra press release, the $ 19 million project, which is expected to take about 18 months, includes two six-car platforms; ADA-compliant heated concrete stairs and ramps; a glass and masonry boiler room with side canopies and a metal roof; two shelters with heating on demand; an access road with a cul-de-sac turnaround and ADA pick-up / drop-off; five ADA parking spaces and 44 paid parking spaces along Ravenswood Avenue; bicycle parking; a small pedestrian square with landscaping and irrigation system; and reworked traffic lights for the entrance to the station. Additional renovations of $ 3 million will be spent on the Peterson Avenue and Ridge Avenue bridges.

Rendering of the new station.
Rendering of the new station.

The work is being funded in part by a $ 15 million grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities, a component of Rebuild Illinois, the state’s infrastructure finance program. Federal Transit Administration funding will cover the remaining $ 7 million in work. About 150 jobs will be created during the project.

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle said in a statement that the new station will improve transportation fairness by providing residents with another transportation option and increasing their access to goods and services. “Building filling stations like Peterson-Ridge is a great opportunity to give more of our county residents convenient access to public transportation, helping them get to work, school and play, which strengthens our neighborhoods and supports the region’s economy. “

At the ceremony, current and former elected officials spoke about more than a decade of community advocacy for a Metra station in the region. F40th Ward Alderman Patrick O’Connor, who was in post during the early stages of the project, told Streetsblog that the process of opening the station was like a long birth. “It has been a long and difficult process, and I’m happy it’s over, and I’m happy to see this happening for the community.”

Plans for the station were announced in 2012, but construction has been delayed due to state budget issues affecting funding and, more recently, problems with permits. TThe Chicago Department of Water Management has refused permits over fears that the station’s permeable pavement, designed to reduce flooding, will interfere with existing sewers.

Current 40th Ward Alderman Andre Vasquez said that, based on his experience working for AT&T, he brought several stakeholders together on a single email channel and kept asking what each party could do to solve the problem, trying to solve every problem and bureaucratic obstacle. as quickly as possible. Although the design had to be changed, the current design still has permeable characteristics.

A train exiting the Union Pacific North Line passes the site of the future Peterson / Ridge station.  Photo: Igor Studenkov
A train exiting the Union Pacific North Line passes the site of the future Peterson / Ridge station. Photo: Igor Studenkov

Vasquez added that he sees the Metra station as a way to have more transit-oriented development in some of the adjacent streets nearby and along Clark Street, which is about half a mile to the east, and bring more foot traffic to local businesses. “[The new station] offers opportunities for economic development and investment.

Warden for the 48th Ward, Harry Osterman, said that once the station is finished, “Edgewater will have some of the best public transport in the city.” He added that he sees the Metra station as a way to reduce through traffic in the Edgewater area, as it should help replace some car trips with transit trips.

While this station is unlikely to significantly reduce traffic and congestion, it is a good way to expand access to the Metra service and provide a car-free way to explore the city and region.

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Service calls: police and sheriff records

Service calls to the Park City Police Department (PCPD) and Summit County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) for the week of October 25-31.


PCPD – A car owner reported that his 2007 BMW 530I was stolen last week from Comstock & Little Bessie. The vehicle had been parked in the area and the owner noticed this evening that it was missing

SCSD – MPs were dispatched to an ongoing car theft in Francis and in an attempt to contact the suspect he ran away. Extensive research was conducted, including other units of the agency and a drone from the sheriff’s office. The suspect, a Park City man in his 20s, was located hidden in the bushes / trees by the drone and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The suspect was taken to jail for charge. Kamas police, soldiers from the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provided assistance.


PCPD – After a Walmart customer left her car unlocked and had personal items removed, the deputy learned there was an Apple Airtag in a missing backpack, which showed movement around Kimball Junction, then in the Salt Lake Valley.


PCPD – Officers assisted UHP on a stolen vehicle with several fleeing minors inside. The vehicle was stopped but then fled past the officer, only to be located shortly after. A few occupants ran but were quickly apprehended.

SCSD – A complainant has reported that an unknown suspect contacted him by cell phone posing as an executive at the Park City company he works for. The unknown suspect asked the complainant to buy 16 Google gift cards at $ 200 each ($ 3,200 in total) and they texted him the gift card numbers.

PCPD – A mountain bike has been caught in Shadow Ridge condominiums.


PCPD – Officers responded to a drunk / passed out man on Main Street. Officers located the man and had him evaluated by emergency medical services (EMS). He refused medical treatment and obtained transportation from a friend in the area.


PCPD – Officers have located a drunken man on Main Street. After the man was medically cleared, he was jailed for intoxication.

SCSD – At Walmart, a vehicle owner locked his keys in the car with his girlfriend outside with him. MPs conducted a file check of people who indicated the two had out-of-county arrest warrants. There was a pipe in plain view inside the vehicle. Several packets of needles and approximately 5 grams of heroin were in the vehicle. Both parties were sentenced to prison.

PCPD – Officers gave small blankets to a group of women who said they did not have blankets or heaters in their rental in Shadow Ridge. They said they would continue to try to contact the tenant and / or management.

SATURDAY: no incident


PCPD – Officers made contact with an elderly woman who was parked by the side of the road on Kearns BLVD. and Park Ave. The officer recognized signs of possible dementia and contacted her family who responded from Evanston and came to pick her up.

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3 best stocks I plan to buy in November

Wn October now in the books, 2021 is fast approaching and it’s time for investors to start thinking about November, another historically strong month for the stock market. Since 1950, the S&P 500 the index posted its best returns on average in November. In order to help you come up with some great action ideas for November, a trio of Motley Fool contributors have picked out some of their top names for the month. Their three choices are Free Mercado (NASDAQ: MELI), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), and SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB). Let’s see why these actions are winning.

Latin America’s # 1 Ecommerce Platform Still in High Growth Mode

Nicolas rossolillo (MercadoLibre): MercadoLibre hit one out of the park during the pandemic, and its follow-up performance for 2021 is also quite good. The company has helped launch e-commerce and fintech in Latin America, and with online shopping activity still a tiny fraction of overall retail in most of the countries in which it operates, the trail ahead of MercadoLibre is always wide and long.

The results of the last quarter are a good example. Even though it experienced a boom in business on its platform last year, revenue doubled year over year through the first half of 2021. Net profit is stable, but c This is largely by design as the company is investing heavily to expand its services in the upper- and future regions in which it operates.

His efforts are really paying off on this front. Unique active MercadoLibre users totaled up to 75.9 million at the end of June, compared to just 51.5 million during the same period in 2020. And the total volume of payments through MercadoPago – the fintech division which caters to the large part of the population who do not use the traditional banking system – increased by 72% when measured in local currency. quarter on November 4, which implies an expected increase of 68% year-over-year.

With such epic numbers, one would expect the stock to be up so far in 2021. It is not. In fact, it’s down 9% year-to-date. Part of this is simply an unwinding of over-optimism after MercadoLibre stock exploded 193% more in 2020. But this leading e-commerce and fintech platform is far from being finished. With stocks down 24% from historic highs, I plan to make a buy in November.

Image source: Getty Images.

Worth playing the long game with this stock

Keith noonan (Activision Blizzard): Despite strong recent performance and an attractive pipeline of upcoming stocks, Activision Blizzard’s stock price is down around 15% year-to-date. 2021 has been a difficult time for year-over-year comparisons, and the game industry The leader’s assessment was also pulled down by narrowing growth opportunities for games advertising. A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the state of California in July also raised significant concerns about certain aspects of the company’s culture.

Without minimizing the stakes and challenges ahead, I believe the video game publisher remains a major player for investors looking to take advantage of the global growth of its industry, and I plan to strengthen my position in November. Activision Blizzard has scored huge wins with its free-to-play Call of Duty: Mobile for smartphones and tablets, and its Call of Duty: War Zone title for PC and console platforms. These games have proven to be extremely popular and have generated solid revenue without diluting the appeal of the main series, and there’s a good chance the company can replicate that dynamic with other franchise properties in its stable.

Investors may not have to wait long for its next big free-to-play hit. Activision Blizzard unveiled Diablo: Immortal for mobile platforms at its BlizzCon 2018 conference, and the game originally seemed on track for a 2019 release. However, the company has repeatedly extended the development cycle in order to improve quality title and add new content to better meet fans’ expectations. The publisher hasn’t announced a specific release date for the game, but it is set to debut in the first half of next year.

Yes Diablo: Immortal proves to be a success, it could boost the performance of Activision Blizzard. And, even if the game does not reach blockbuster status, the company’s long-term prospects remain bright. Activision Blizzard is a clear leader in its category with decades of gaming experience, and the title looks set to continue delivering earnings to shareholders.

This bank is a beast

Bram berkowitz (SVB Financial Group): I have yet to buy shares of SVB Financial Group, the parent company of Silicon Valley Bank, due to the bank’s high valuation and impressive share price appreciation over the past year. But after another impressive quarter and some great advice through to 2022, I’m finally thinking about pulling the trigger in November.

SVB is a niche bank that caters to start-up, venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) communities. The bank provides short-term loans to venture capital and private equity firms so that they can make investments quickly; banks in the start-up phase which could one day be taken over or become public; has a growing investment bank leveraging the bank’s relationships in technology, life sciences and healthcare; and also provides more traditional banking products to high net worth individuals. SVB recent acquisition of Boston Private Financial Holdings strengthened its wealth management and private banking offerings, while SVB also doubled the size of its investment banking division in 2021.

With a full line of products in place to serve and fully penetrate its customer base, which is growing every quarter, the bank has a ton of momentum. SVB has doubled its balance sheet in the past year and now has around $ 191 billion in total assets, as private market investment explodes. If SVB maintains this growth, it could become one of the top 10 banks in the country in terms of asset size over the next few years. It also complements this impressive growth with impressive profitability. In the first nine months of 2021, SVB generated a return of almost 1% on average assets, which is quite impressive considering the insane growth of the bank’s assets. SVB during the same period generated a return of 19.4% on average equity.

Management’s forecast for 2022 looks very promising, with average loan growth expected to be in the order of 20% and average deposits expected to grow by more than an additional 40%. Net interest income, the money the bank earns on loans and securities after covering its cost of financing, is expected to rise within the average range of 30%, while base commission income is expected to rise by 20%. %. Management has also provided compelling long-term guidance, saying that in a low interest rate environment, where the fed funds rate is between zero and 2.5%, they believe they can generate a consistent return on equity. by 15% and increase annual earnings per share. by 10%.

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Yeah, build the UC Santa Barbara windowless dorm in my backyard

If you lived here you would now be home, waiting for the bathroom to open.
Photo: UC Santa Barbara

Being really rich is great, and not enough really rich people are doing crazy things like starting a park on an island or leaving their money to dogs or funding college dorms as long as they can conceive them.

Today, many people were horrified to learn of the hobbies of Charles Munger, a man rich in both ambition and money. The University of California at Santa Barbara accepted $ 200 million donation from him in exchange for allowing him to design Munger Hall, which provides housing for thousands of students, resulting in a dormitory design so obnoxious to the unlucky and non-visionary that an architect on the design review committee of the school quit and the whole Internet lost its lunch.

It took Munger – who is worth over $ 2 billion, due to decades spent as Warren Buffett’s right-hand man – a year and a half to come up with this setup, he said. The secret is that the dorm has compact, windowless rooms. Esteemed architect Paul Goldberger describes the design as “a grotesque and sick joke – a prison disguised as a dormitory.” Also, apparently there is a shared toilet for eight rooms? Ouch.

Not to be someone who Actuallys Paul Goldberger, but prisons, as high surveillance territories, tend to open out into long corridors and also have windows. Take a look at Sing Sing or other classic American penitentiaries, for example. Munger describes his inspiration instead as nautical – “the architecture of ships on land”. He even designed portholes for the bedrooms, he said The Wall Street Journal in 2019, except that it’s just… lights.

This means that there is almost no way it meets the fire prevention code. This means that it is entirely possible and exciting that along the way our hero recreates this must-see of New York architecture, the “air duct.

A typical floor plan (!).
Photo: UC Santa Barbara

The Santa barbara Independent has been riding this Munger story for ages, having baptized the project Dormzilla partly because of his absolutely stupid and outrageous $ 1.5 billion price tag, needling the school communications team as they to fight desperately to sell the dorm design to the public. UCSB – a huge school with an enrollment of 25,000 – is needed to build more housing, although it built more educational facilities. Santa Barbara has a severe housing shortage, To to which the school contributes by failing to create suitable accommodations to keep up with the growth of its staff and student population.

Dormzilla was weird, everyone thought, even at the age of capture of college by donors, until they find out that the Newspaper had already done all the homework on Buffett’s boyfriend. The other smaller work of the non-architect includes a graduate residency at the University of Michigan, which also largely avoided windows. His plan also groups people into small settlements – but in this case, each bedroom has its own bathroom. So really, it’s more of a hospital than a prison. It’s also extremely ugly, and every aesthetic decision made there, from shower heads to countertops to painting, is disgusting. The Munger Alumni Residence at Stanford is also relatively luxurious – every apartment unit there has a bathroom “for each student”.

Since we all know what this unbuilt UCSB dormitory will look like, together we can pray that the HVAC is absolutely top notch and someone has them put in a bunch of extra bathrooms and maybe windows so that you can get out during a fire. It does – and maybe hire someone who has a taste for color palettes and lighting, etc. – it turns out… Dormzilla is awesome.

It’s time not only to build this dormitory but to build this dormitory almost everywhere, from the wicked streets of hate to the housing of San Francisco in downtown Los Angeles to the silly suburbs of Westchester. Hit the coin, build the beehive, save the future.

1. The proposal has no parking – none, zero, no housing for cars. But it has parking for thousands of bikes. This dorm already surpasses 98 percent of all US housing. I will live in this dormitory.

2. Single occupancy sleeping rooms provide privacy and security not found on many college campuses. UCSB has many triple rooms; a of their undergraduate accommodation standards requires two double bedrooms sharing a bathroom. Sharing rooms with strangers is hilarious sometimes, but most of the time it’s gross and bad. What are we, Europe?

3. The project has enormous social, educational and recreational spaces, as it steals images of private spaces that remain unused all day.

4. Dormzilla devalues ​​empty and disposable spaces in general. “All the classrooms and everything are totally empty except when the lessons are there, which is massively stupid”, Munger said on his thinking and why he makes larger spaces modular and reusable.

5. Build housing. Like, basically that’s it. There are a million reasons why people won’t create more apartments. “These windows are actually just plexiglass with full spectrum light behind” is just another excuse not to build housing. You millennials want to buy condos with your avocado toast money? We’re going to have to build them.

6. Architecture may be an art and a science – perhaps also primarily a zoning and regulatory management practice – but, as we have seen in the history of the past 40 years, architects do not are not building more and more healthy housing. We should grasp the architecture of architects. More hobbyists should design homes if they can get it built! “Something like laying out a bunch of shapes on a piece of land, it’s not rocket science,” Munger told the WSJ Not long ago. This is all very true. But at least architects are required to design their work in a way that recognizes that everyone is pooping.

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Weekly planning requests: October 28, 2021

The following planning requests have been received. You can view them online in by clicking on the request number below or via our search page.

Copies can also be viewed on appointment at Exeter City Council, Civic Center, rue de Paris, please call 01392 265223 to arrange a viewing time.

Letters from objection, comment or support can be done through the app on our website, or directly to the case manager listed on the app, before the expiration date shown on the “Important Dates” screen.


Exeter Cathedral, cathedral courtyard. Extensions and modifications, including a new cloister gallery, new toilet facilities for visitors, 20th century roof modifications and associated works. 21/1586 / FULL (CA & LB)

St Lukes Quad, Heavitree Road. Temporary installation of a marquee (Renewal of application 20/1163 / FUL). 21/1512 / FULL (CALIFORNIA)

14, rue Mary Arches. Change of use of the land behind 14, rue Mary Arches to be used in connection with the authorized premises (Class E (b) use) and the construction on the site of a bar / store (Revised retrospective) Re-consultation for 14 days. 21/0514 / FULL (CA & LB)

86 Regent Street. One-story rear ground floor expansion project. 21/1582 / FULL (CALIFORNIA)


Unit 32 Higher Market Guildhall, Queen Street. Display signage including 1no. facade panel above the main entrance to the store, 2no. internal hanging panels, 1no. menu sign, 2no. vinyl glazing signs. 21/1492 / LBC


Existing parking B, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive. Temporary installation of a marquee. 21/1528 / FULL*

Lopes Hall, rue St Germans. Temporary installation of a marquee (renewal of the request ref. 20/1161 / FUL). 21/1527 / FULL*

The Ram Quad, University of Exeter, Stocker Road. Temporary installation of a marquee (renewal of the request 20/1162 / FUL). 21/1529 / FULL*

University of Exeter Forum, Stocker Road. Temporary installation of a marquee (renewal of the request 20/1167 / FUL). 21/1526 / FULL*

21 Wreford Drive. Front extension on one level. 21/1605 / FULL*

27 Broadfields Road. Removal of the veranda and replacement with a one-story rear extension. 21/1609 / FULL*

108 Cowick Lane. Provision of hard ground in the front garden and access to the motorway. 21/1614 / FULL*

353 Topsham Road. Demolition of the existing rear extension and veranda; construction of a one-story rear extension and storm porch to the side elevation. 21/1604 / FULL*

Exit from the Development Plan

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Land north of Exeter, Stoke Hill. Outline Planning Application for the development of up to 150 residential dwellings, community center, access and associated infrastructures. (All subjects reserved except access). 21/1291 / EXIT

* Identifies candidates not advertised in the press.

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The end of House of Wax explained

In the morning, Nick and Carly are brought back to civilization in an ambulance. As the couple recover, police discover the Sinclairs have had three sons: twins Bo and Vincent, and baby Lester. Without realizing it, Carly once met Lester (Damon Herriman) when he took her with Wade in Ambrose. As the ambulance pulls away, Lester waves to them.

It seems to have been a sequel, an attempt to make Lester the killer in a new “House of Wax” movie, but the idea didn’t go anywhere. The film was a critical failure with a rating of 27% on Rotten tomatoes, and actor Paris Hilton won the Raid for Worst Supporting Actress. But according to United States today, she also won the Teen Choice Award for Best Screaming Scene, so go figure.

Most of the stars of “House of Wax” fared better than the movie or their characters. Padalecki, who died first in the film, survived 15 seasons of the horror television series “Supernatural”, while Chad Michael Murray played a supporting role in “Agent Carter”, “Riverdale” and a number. of Christmas TV movies. . Even Hilton has made a comeback. The 2020 documentary “This is Paris” reframe much of Hilton’s past – highlighting the virulent misogyny of 2000 tabloid culture while also sharing Hilton’s past as a survivor of the struggling teen industry (The Washington Post).

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