A coalition of US transportation groups has sent a letter to US congressional leadership. This outlines four recommendations for how the federal government can fast-track transit and active transportation projects amid the Covid-19 crisis.With a focus on how US Congress can empower cities to provide safe, equitable, and healthy transportation options during the pandemic and beyond, the recommendations call for:Renewed investment in public transit to keep transit agencies afloat;Continued investment in bicycle and pedestrian facilities through the Surface Transportation Block Grant and Transportation Alternatives programs;The levelling of several procedural hurdles that have historically slowed these sorts of projects;A focus on innovative solutions in transportation to help cities incentivize sustainable transportation options as the public begins to return to work. These include investments in bike-sharing as a redundancy to public transit and subsidization of transit passes for low-income individuals during the recovery.“The League of American Bicyclists and our partners are asking Congress to prioritize people and our need for safe, healthy, sustainable transportation options as part of the pandemic recovery efforts,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists.“The steps we’ve outlined would ensure reliable and equitable access to transit and that better biking and walking networks are core to building back better, post-pandemic.”Beth Osborne, Executive Director of Transportation for America said “People all around the country are realizing how much public space is dedicated to cars and how little space we have made for actual people.“Especially as we steer through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is absolutely essential that people have space to move around outside while still social distancing. We no longer have any excuses to fail to address these needs.”The letter was jointly signed by the following organisations:League of American BicyclistsAmerica WalksAssociation of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)BCycle LLCLyftNorth American Bikeshare AssociationNational Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)NUMOPeopleForBikesSafe Routes PartnershipShared-Use Mobility CenterTransport Workers Union of AmericaTransportation for Americawww.bikeleague.org Related
Readers of the nationally popular New York Times Sunday opinion pages yesterday were sure to encounter an essay by retired Prairie Village thoracic surgeon Jeffrey Piehler, who has been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer.In the article, Piehler discusses his decision to build his own coffin as his days on this earth draw to a close:The project has smoothed the rough edges of my thoughts. It’s pretty much impossible to feel anger at someone for driving too slowly in front of you in traffic when you’ve just come from sanding your own coffin. Coveting material objects, holding on to old grudges, failing to pause and see the grace in strangers — all equally foolish. While the coffin is indeed a reminder of what awaits us all, its true message is to live every moment to its greatest potential.If you missed it, check it out here. It’s definitely worth a read.
Two years after initial plans were announced, Parisi Artisan Coffee opened its second cafe inside the apartment complex The Vue in downtown Overland Park.The two-week-old Parisi Café, located at 7261 W. 80th Street, invites customers in for the coffee and the food, founder Joseph Paris said. Whereas the original Union Station location is more transient, Paris said the new cafe shows everything Parisi Artisan Coffee has to offer.“We wanted a flagship store that kind of showcased everything that we do within the brand besides just the coffee,” Paris said. “Downtown Overland Park is an extremely forward area on its way back. It’s got a wonderful feel, so when it was presented to us, it seemed like it was going to be a good fit.”A gluten-free chocolate cookie and a cold brew shandy, made with coffee, housemade lemonade and vanilla syrup, are just a couple of the items available at the cafe.Customers can expect a “complete Italian cafe experience” compared to the Union Station location. Overland Park’s Parisi Café has a full kitchen and fresh pastries daily, Paris said.Parisi Café waited until Overland Park entered phase three of its reopening plan to open. Safety measures to protect employees and customers include requiring employees to wear masks, offering customers masks and hand sanitizer at the counter, and practicing social distancing.The Overland Park opening was a bit anticlimactic as the pandemic put a stop to a crowd at the ribbon cutting and a full grand opening experience, Paris said. Still, he said the cafe already has regulars and employees who are enthusiastic about the product.“You couldn’t do a lot of things, but it’s fun to see our real coffee guys being able to execute specific coffees at the slow bar,” Paris said. “ We have three coffees we’re highlighting — one cold process, one hot process and one submersion process. It’s just fun to see us kind of geek out about the coffee, as to who we really are.”
Tony Nish provided music at the North Fork Environmental Council’s chili contest at Jamesport Brewery over the weekend. Judges included U.S. Congress candidate Perry Gershon, Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith, Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski, New York State Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo, and candidate for New York State Assembly Rona Smith. Share Mattitaco. Independent/Nicole Teitler
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McPhy said the assembly of electrolysers and production of stacks at its San Miniato site in Tuscany have been temporarily suspended for a month, since 23rd March.The company said its other production sites remain operational to date, with limited resources and strengthened safety conditions.Business continuity plans have been implemented across of McPhy’s sites, in strict compliance with the World Health Organisation’s recommendations and the measures adopted by the authorities in the various countries in which McPhy operates.“The Covid-19 pandemic will have an impact on the Group’s activity and its 2020 prospects, but it is difficult to quantify these impacts at the time of this press release, notably because of the uncertainty regarding the evolution and extent of the pandemic, as well as the duration of the lockdown measures imposed by governments,” McPhy said in a statement.“The Group is currently assessing these impacts and regularly updating its estimates according to the evolution of the health situation, in order to best adapt its business continuity and staff protection measures.”“Within this unprecedented context, cost reductions and the postponement of tax and social security payment deadlines have been implemented, it being specified that the Group is looking at a number of possibilities aimed at anticipating its additional future cash and working capital requirements related to the continuation of the health crisis over the coming months.”“As a reminder, the Group had a cash position of €13m at the end of December 2019.”McPhy said it has confidence in its resilience and the solidity of its corporate project, driven by robust fundamentals and the hydrogen market’s positive outlook, enabling it to cope with the challenges of this pandemic.
Announced today, the study will be carried out in two phases. The first phase, led by Australian CCS research organisation CO2CRC in collaboration with Geosciences Australia and support by COAL21, will rank Australian oil and gas basins fort the potential use of CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR).The second phase of the project will provide insight to industry and government on potential opportunities for CO2-EOR at the field level in Australian onshore basins. As part of the study, NERA and CO2CR will also evaluate and recommend a framework of policies, incentives of regulations that would help accelerates Australian adoptions of CO2-EOR for oil recovery and CO2 storage, while assuring safe and efficient application of the technology. “Australia has an opportunity to make significant reduction to its CO2 emissions through CCUS; however, in the absence of an integrated study in Australia, the full potential for CCUS is difficult to ascertain,” said Miranda Taylor, NERA CEO.“This project will assist in removing these barriers by examining the economic and technical feasibility and potential of using CO2 in EOR and as a pathway to long-term CO2 storage in Australia.” CO2CRC CEO David Byers said the funding and networking support from NERA will assist Australia’s energy resources sectors in making decisions on the potential opportunities for enhanced oil recovery in Australia.“CO₂-EOR has the potential to significantly reduce CO₂ emissions while improving Australia’s energy security by boosting oil recovery in mature basins. All of the injected volume of CO₂ will be permanently stored in underground reservoirs by the end of the operational life cycle,” said Byers.
An entire episode of a Discovery Channel series on aviation will be devoted to the shipment of a rotor used in power generation together with associated equipment weighing a total of 97 tonnes flown from Düsseldorf to Santiago de Chile. The AN-124 was chartered by Chapman Freeborn for international logistics service provider Logwin fromRuslan International.In late April, a camera team from the US broadcaster Discovery Channel accompanied the rotor, which had been repaired in Germany, on its return flight to Santiago de Chile. The defective rotor was flown from Chile to Düsseldorf for repair back in February this year. The return flight was successful and no problems were recorded.Chapman Freeborn says: “Viewers are to be given an insight in to the inner workings of aviation and will be able to experience how extraordinary projects are executed. One of the programmes of the eight-part documentary series will be dedicated to the loading of the Antonov-124. The documentary series, entitled Mighty Planes, is likely to be broadcast at the beginning of 2012.”Meanwhile, Chapman Freeborn has announced the expansion of its business activities in Scandinavia with the appointment of Kim Borgaard (pictured below) as regional sales manager for Scandinavia, based primarily in Copenhagen with responsibility for the strategic development of the company’s operations in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, as well as neighbouring Finland.Borgaard will further expand Chapman Freeborn’s activity in markets including cargo chartering, passenger chartering, and on board courier services.Stefan Kohlmann, a member of the Chapman Freeborn management team, said: “We are delighted that Kim is bringing his skills and experience to Chapman Freeborn. Scandinavia is of strategic importance to the European charter market and he adds to our existing strengths with his knowledge of the region.”
Two of Scotland’s biggest remaining independent law firms have failed to quash rumours they are in late-stage merger talks.MacRoberts and Morton Fraser together employ more than 400 people in offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a MacRoberts office in Dundee. It is reported a tieup would produce a firm with total income of £38m, the sixth-largest north of the border.In a statement, MacRoberts said: ‘At any point we are in conversation with a number of individuals, teams and firms and it would be inappropriate to make any comment on the existence or otherwise of such conversions.’Morton Fraser said it ‘doesn’t comment on speculation’.A number of Scotland’s biggest legal names have disappeared in recent years, partly through cross-border tieups. They include erstwhile ‘big two’ McGrigors and Dundas & Wilson.Earlier this year merger talks between Maclay Murray & Spens and Addleshaw Goddard are understood to have been called off.
As the Gazette went to press the Ministry of Justice was believed to be poised to announce a delay to the implementation of its much-vaunted reforms of the handling of whiplash claims. The RTA claims portal could be postponed as ministers and officials struggle to meet the 6 April start date.Lawyers and insurers have grown increasingly sceptical about the MoJ’s chances of delivering on time as the essential pre-action protocol will not be agreed by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee until next month at the earliest. There has also been speculation the MoJ has not found a partner to operate its alternative dispute resolution function, which was supposed to offer unrepresented claimants an opportunity to check whether they have been offered a fair amount by insurers.Insurers have publicly opposed any delay, but senior figures are thought to be concerned by gaps in the plans. Tariff levels for whiplash injuries are yet to be published, and there is still no clarification on how damages for non-whiplash injuries fit into the system.Claimant lawyers would largely welcome a delay – possibly until August – but will be wary of continued uncertainty.The Motor Insurers’ Bureau, which is responsible for the portal, said the start date is a decision for the MoJ, but it is gearing up still for an April switch-on.A spokesperson added: ’Until informed otherwise, MIB continues to prepare the Official Injury Claim service to be ready for launch on 6 April.’The registration window opened in January, with over 200 organisations registered in the first two weeks and pre-launch testing is almost complete. The next seminar events for claims professionals are in early March, where MIB will present more detail about how the Official Injury Claim service will work for customers and support professionals. Over 450 people have already signed up.’