“I think it’s an attractive area for them to want to come in, but we do plan on at least incorporating the conduit to have it run so that in the event if we can’t get the charging stations now, we at least have the ability to hook up in the future,” said Neumann. “But it’s definitely something we’re looking to incorporate.” There will be 10 additional parking spaces in total between on-street parking and lot spaces, bringing the total to 314 spaces. The Marlboro-based Lima Charlie Construction vendor has been awarded a contract to do the work. COURTESY CME ASSOCIATES Red Bank officials are planning to upgrade White Street and its adjoining parking lot in the next few months. The goal is to begin construction in July and complete both projects by November. By Allison Perrine Councilman Ed Zipprich asked questions about potential electric charging stations in the White Street lot. According to Neumann, she is working on having those stations in the parking lot and is reaching out to vendors to see if it is feasible. “When we took a look atthe parking lot, we lookedat how best to lay it out toget not only the best yieldbut also the best circulationfrom the standpoint of bothvehicles and pedestrians,”said Neumann. The article originally appeared in the May 14 – 20, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. The plan is to transform the existing on-street parking to angled parking with 12 additional spaces and to revamp the adjoining public parking lot to make it safer for pedestrians and motorists. Business administrator Ziad Shehady described the location as “one of the most popular and well-visited parking lots” in Red Bank. The idea to improve White Street parking is not new. The mayor and council obtained a grant from the state Department of Transportation last year to partially fund White Street improvements. The parking lot improvements, however, are not covered by the grant and will be funded entirely by revenue from the borough’s parking utility. George Lyristis, a local restaurateur who owns the nearby Teak Asian Fusion, echoed a similar sentiment during public comment. He feels the White Street entrance to the lot is too close to Maple Avenue. When Count Basie is up and running and lets people out, he feels it will be congested. “Generally speaking, the borough wants to take advantage of the downtime within the confines of the borough due to the pandemic to keep construction moving forward so that it doesn’t negatively impact the residents and the business community when some of the regulations ease up,” said Shehady. The project is not just about increasing capacity, Shehady said. It’s about safety as well. In 2017, there were about 25 incidents involving motorists and/or pedestrians on White Street and in its parking lot. In 2018, that number reached 29. In 2019, it was 35. The lot has fallen into “quite a bit of disrepair” over the years, said Shehady. It is not ADA compliant in parking stall size or access aisle width standards, said borough engineer Laura Neumann. The traffic flow through the lot is not well defined. It does not meet the minimum requirement of ADA parking stalls. Lighting does not meet current standards, she added. Resident Andre Bondi said that while he understands the goal of maximizing the safety within the parking lot, he has concerns about the impact it will have on traffic movement outside of the lot. He particularly took issue with the entrances and exits of the lot being two-way on the White Street side. “I’m concerned about the risk of a collision, people going out especially at the Maple Avenue end,” he said. “If someone is coming down Maple Avenue from Water Street rather fast … there’s a risk of collision with somebody coming out” of the parking lot. “We hope by reducing theconflict points for traffic onthe parking lot, with all theturns and the stops, that thiswill hopefully create a safersituation,” said Shehady. RED BANK – Residents got a look at the borough’s latest proposal to improve White Street and its public parking lot Tuesday, May 5, during a virtual public input session. The project proposes two access points from White Street to promote a free-flow of traffic. A walkway area is proposed for the lot’s center island to safely allow pedestrians to get to the crosswalk areas. Drainage mechanisms will be implemented to make way for less impervious coverage. Parking stalls in the lot will be updated to 9-feet by 18-feet. Over 30 residents tuned into the Zoom meeting May 5. Most residents who spoke out seemed to have positive reactions to the plan overall, but with some concerns regarding safety.
WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Locals have been following the preparations as if they were all expecting to be invited, so they know all about last-minute changes to the plans. “The other hotel (the five-star Puerto Norte, where the celebration was to have been held) is in a much prettier area,” said Ariel Vallejo, who works for a private security firm. And everyone dreams of showing off the best parts of the city where the soccer superstar — five-time winner of the prestigious Ballon d’Or award — was born.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Some 21 members of the hugely popular FC Barcelona team, including Luis Suarez and Neymar, as well as stars like Gerard Pique — accompanied by partner Shakira, perhaps more popular than the Catalan defender himself — will be flying into this port city 180 miles (300 kilometers) north of Buenos Aires.The luxurious City Center casino-hotel complex, where guests will stay and the ceremony is expected to take place, borders a poor neighborhood known as the birthplace of the bloody drug gang Los Monos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Messi’s marriage — like the casino’s presence in the neighborhood — is a metaphor for inequality,” provincial official Carlos Del Frade, author of several books on Rosario’s exploding drug trade, told AFP. A mere 400 yards (meters) from the bright lights and neon of City Center, two people on a motorcycle opened fire June 17 on four women belonging to Los Monos. The attack claimed the life of Petrona Cantero, 56, the sister of Ariel Cantero, the historic leader of Los Monos, who is now serving a prison sentence. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Aerial view taken on June 23, 2017 of the La Granada slum which is next to the venue where Barcelona’s football star Lionel Messi of Argentina and Antonella Roccuzzo will get married on June 30 in their hometown Rosario, in Santa Fe Province, Argentina.The Rosario City Center is located at the southern edge of the city, surrounded by the La Granada slum, which is controlled by the Los Monos drug gang and the Newell’s Old Boys football club hooligans. AFP PHOTOSecurity is at the top of everyone’s minds in Rosario, Argentina these days.On Friday, soccer superstar Lionel Messi will be married there to Antonella Roccuzzo at a lavish celebration bringing together some of the world’s best-paid soccer players, just up the street from one of the city’s poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods.ADVERTISEMENT Sparks spoil Catchings’ emotional night, beat Fever World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Drug gang-linked violence has claimed more than 1,000 lives in the past five years in this gritty port city, Del Frade said.Last year, the homicide rate in Rosario was double the national average of seven per 100,000 inhabitants, according to a report from the Ministry of Security of Santa Fe province, which includes Rosario.In the Las Flores neighborhood, just behind the City Center complex, Los Monos holds virtually total power, according to Del Frade, who said the gang amounts to the “de facto government” there.‘He feels comfortable here’Historically, Rosario has long had a strong working class, and today’s violence stems largely from widespread unemployment, political scientists and economists say.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Messi’s father, a metalworker here in the 1990s, emigrated with his family to Barcelona in 2000, amid the grave economic crisis then facing Argentina.Today, the government in Rosario says it feels confident the safety of the illustrious visitor and his guests can be assured, regardless of the high crime rate. “Rosario is prepared for the wedding,” city administrator Monica Fein told AFP. “Lionel chose to come get married here because it is his hometown and he feels comfortable here and we will do everything in our power to make it so.”For now, the details of the planned security operation remain closely guarded.Last week, local officials met with representatives of the Messi family, but no information leaked out, including on the location of the meeting itself, which was changed at the last moment to keep journalists away.Gustavo Leone, a Rosario official, explained that this was “a private event.” He added that if some guests want to visit Messi’s city a private tour will be arranged, but only under conditions of strict security and confidentiality.‘I just can’t believe it’Some local residents, people who know every twist and turn in the city’s streets, cannot understand the decision by the soccer star — who made some 70 million euros last season, according to the Eurosport sports network — to hold his wedding celebration in such an unsafe area.“The truth is, I’m surprised they’re doing it here, considering that Messi is one of the best-paid players in the world. I just can’t believe it,” Micaela Llane, a 24-year-old secretary here, told AFP. LATEST STORIES
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Barkley insists Chelsea have proven they can beat Liverpoolby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoss Barkley believes Chelsea have already shown they can beat Liverpool.The two clubs will meet at Stamford Bridge this Sunday for their second meeting of the season after Liverpool defeated the Blues on penalties in the Super Cup final last month.”Every side is beatable on the day. It just goes down to hard work, putting extra yards in, being clinical as well and a bit of luck. The big games bring the best out of all players,” Barkley told reporters.”As you have seen in the Super Cup final and how well we performed in that game, and we can perform to those levels again on Sunday and hopefully it goes our way.”We are joint-third [in the league on points]. We’re not doing badly. We won at the weekend, scoring goals. We have got a confident bunch of lads in the team. We have got a big game on Sunday and we are confident we can win the game.”
The Jamaica Fire Brigade will receive a boost to its fleet, following the signing of a contract for the procurement of three brand new fire trucks. These units are being acquired at a cost of US$1.35 million and are expected to be added to the company’s fleet within the next eight months. The contract was signed on Wednesday, March 13, between Commissioner, Jamaica Fire Brigade, Laurie Williams and Chief Executive Officer of the National Safety Limited, Julian Templer, at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development in Kingston. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, said the move is the first of a number of initiatives geared at acquiring additional units for the Jamaica Fire Brigade. “We hope to be able to gradually and consistently improve our Fire Brigade Service up to the required standard and level,” he said. Mr. Arscott pointed out that there are a number of units within the fleet that are in need of replacement, but said this will have to be done over time, because of financial constraints. State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Collin Fagan, said the Government is committed to developing the Jamaica Fire Brigade to a level that is compliant with international standards. By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter
REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he feels for everyone involved in the Humboldt Broncos crash and thinks everyday about the deadly collision he was involved in years ago.Moe says he can’t imagine what the families have gone through since last April’s crash.Last month, the truck driver who barrelled into the path of the hockey team’s bus was sentenced to eight years in prison for dangerous driving causing the deaths of 16 people and injuries to 13 others.Moe was driving on a gravel road to his parents’ farm in Shellbrook, Sask., in 1997, when he failed to come to a complete stop as he approached a highway.A woman in the vehicle he collided with died, and he says that weighs heavily on him.Moe received a ticket for driving without due care and attention and for failing to come to a complete stop.He says he doesn’t compare his experience to any other, including the Broncos collision.Moe also says the truck driver, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, will feel the impact of his actions beyond any punishment handed to him by the courts.The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – The ride-hailing company Uber is considering giving Winnipeg a pass over concerns about insurance rates its drivers may have to pay to operate.In a submission to Manitoba’s Public Utilities Board, Manitoba Public Insurance is proposing four different rate options that would see Uber drivers pay five per cent above their all-purpose coverage.The provincially owned insurance company says the rate model is fair, gives drivers choice and prevents other vehicle owners from subsidizing Uber vehicles.But Uber argues such a policy could be cost prohibitive for some drivers and says unless a blanket insurance model is chosen it won’t offer its service in Winnipeg.The city and provincial government have previously paved the way for ride-hailing companies to start March 1, 2018.The city’s cab industry has been critical of the decision, saying Uber drivers will pay lower rates and create an unfair playing field.MPI’s proposal says rates for ride-hailing drivers would be different depending on the time of day the operator wants to pick up passengers, or whether it’s on a weekday or weekend.Uber’s submission to the utilities board says those time bands could be cost prohibitive for drivers who work part-time only.“Based on the deficiencies in the MPI proposed product versus the type of insurance that is available to ridesharing companies in cities across North America, Uber will, unfortunately, be unable to consider expansion of services to Winnipeg on March 1, 2018.” wrote the company.Uber rival, Lyft, said in a statement to CTV that it also has serious concerns about the insurance proposal.“We don’t believe it would allow true ridesharing to operate in the province. We look forward to continuing to work with the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation to find a way forward that expands Manitobans’ access to affordable, reliable transportation options like Lyft.”MPI, in a statement to the same network, said the proposed insurance rates for private vehicle-for-hire operators is consistent with other jurisdictions.“The proposed insurance model ensures that vehicle-for-hire operators are insured in a separate insurance class that will prevent cross-subsidization of loss experience with other major vehicle classes. Under the model, there is flexibility for vehicle-for-hire operators to select specific time bands in which they intend to provide for-hire services,” said the Crown insurer.Manitoba Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew, who has backed the cab industry and its concerns, said MPI’s rate application is reasonable.“It seems a little surprising that Uber is saying things aren’t fair when they’re being offered the chance to operate in Manitoba for something like 25 per cent of what the taxi industry has to pay to do business here.”A board decision on MPI’s application is expected Monday. (CTV Winnipeg)
BRUSSELS — The European Union’s highest court is hearing arguments on whether Britain could unilaterally revoke its decision to leave the EU ahead of its planned exit date of March 29.The European Court of Justice on Tuesday opened the session, which will assess the issue under an accelerated procedure due to the urgency of Brexit.Since Article 50 of the EU treaty of Lisbon dealing with the issue is scant on details — because it was expected that no member state would want to leave — a group of Scottish legislators want to know to what extend the U.K. can pull out of the withdrawal procedure on its own, amid increasing pressure from Brexit opponents for a second referendum on the decision to leave.The court decision could take several months.The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Citigroup is reporting its profits rose by 9 per cent on an adjusted basis from a year earlier, helped by a lower tax rate and a reduction in expenses.Citi said Monday it earned $4.31 billion in the last three months of 2018, or a profit of $1.64 per share.That compares to the fourth quarter of 2017, when Citi reported an $18.89 billion net loss. The loss was mostly an accounting adjustment, caused by the impact of the then-new tax law which required Citi to write off billions of dollars of what are known as tax-deferred assets.The results beat analysts’ estimates, who were looking for Citi to earn $1.55 per share, according to a survey of analysts by FactSet.Ken Sweet, The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mayor Lori Ackerman woke up on Tuesday to see the Energetic City climb 145 spots since last year on Money Sense magazine’s best places to live in Canada.Ackerman explained that when she found out that Fort St. John was ranked the best place to live in B.C. and 15th best in Canada she was ecstatic.“To see that Fort St. John has made this significant standing as the number 15 in Canada and number one in B.C. place to live is pretty phenomenal,” said Ackerman. Ackerman added that much of the city’s improvement has been due to city council taking the bull by the horns in ways of recruiting more workers and listening to resident feedback.“We’ve done a lot of public consultation over the last decade. We have listened to what the people have wanted and quite often over different council meetings we have gone to the public and asked ‘what do you want?’”Ackerman mentioned that they have focused heavily on community economic development because when there is a beautiful community, the economic development will develop itself. Making sure cores services stay maintained such as water, sewers and lights was a key point for the city.“We have to continue to demonstrate leadership and environmental responsibility. We are on the world stage with our passive house and to be able to showcase Fort St. John for just that one amenity is significant.”Ackerman went on to say that the city would soon unveil a community plan to focus on the community’s vision and work hard on making the city even more livable in the winter.
Kolkata: Two persons have been arrested for beating up a youth to death at Kalighat. The son and father duo has identified as Kanai Patra and Bapi Patra.According to sources, Bapi was arrested earlier. But later from his statement and local witnesses police came to know that Kanai was the prime accused. He had badly beaten up Sankar Mondal (25). Kanai confessed to crime on Sunday morning. Police came to know that a few persons had threatened Mondal on Sunday and in the next morning his body was found. Police also came to know from local witnesses that a few local residents tied Mondal to a tree and asked him to return a mobile phone. A source of police identified Kanai from the CCTV footage. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMondal was beaten around 2:30 am on Saturday night. He was tied to a tree and assaulted by more than one person. Some locals informed the police about it. Sleuths found the CCTV footage but it was not clear enough to identify any person, sleuths are trying to find who were present there at that point time. Some locals alleged that he was being beaten for allegedly stealing a mobile phone. But no mobile phone was found on Saturday night when Mondal was beaten up.