India to ‘reimagine’ streets for walkers, cyclists after coronavirus

first_imgAuthorities in India – home to more than half the 10 most polluted cities in the World Air Quality Report index – can also use unclaimed and under-utilized public spaces to increase walkability, it added.Pedestrianization of streets and market places is “not only feasible, but the only viable option”, and key to restoring safety, vibrancy and livability in communities, said Jaya Dhindaw, director of urban planning at research firm WRI India.”For the longest time, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure has been the lowest priority despite the fact that non-motorized transport is affordable, people-friendly and offers huge social, economic and environmental benefits,” she said on Wednesday.”What seems like a necessary step to aid movement during the health crisis definitely has the potential to re-wire cities’ mobility trends,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Under India’s Smart Cities program that aims to make 100 urban centers more livable and sustainable, some cities had already been promoting public transit and bicycle lanes.The southern Indian city of Chennai has carved out more than 100 km (62 miles) of pedestrian-friendly streets, the urban affairs ministry noted.Chennai’s efforts paid off during the lockdown, said Raj Cherubal, chief executive of Chennai Smart City Ltd.”We should use the coronavirus as an excuse to rejig our streets and our approach to public transit,” he said.”India doesn’t have a choice but to do this to limit emissions, and curb congestion and pollution.”With India grappling with an economic downturn caused by the pandemic, authorities facing shrinking budgets will need to be innovative in their mobility plans, Dhindaw noted.”Small-ticket items like non-motorized transport infrastructure expansion and improvements that got left out in the scramble for metro and light-rail will now see renewed interest,” she said.”In the long term, it will lead to more equitable and inclusive cities.” “COVID-19 presents us with an opportunity to reimagine streets for people,” Durga Shanker Mishra, the ministry’s secretary, said in a statement last week.”As cities look to ease the lockdown and provide safe, affordable and equitable modes of transport, the need for pedestrianization of market spaces through walking- and cycling-friendly cities is of utmost importance,” he added.While cities worldwide ease lockdown restrictions, some are closing roads to vehicles, adding bicycle lanes, widening pavements and handing over parking spaces to cafes.In India, authorities should consult with vendors and residents on immediate measures such as barricades, road closures and repurposing of parking spaces, the urban affairs ministry said. Topics :center_img India will make its streets and markets more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists as it emerges from one of the world’s strictest coronavirus lockdowns, a move urgently needed to curb pollution and improve livability, urban experts said.An advisory issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs recommended the pedestrianization of up to three markets in each city, and adding more bicycle lanes.City authorities must select the markets by June 30, and begin implementing short-term measures from Oct. 1, it said.last_img read more

Large homes see auction success, led by designer properties and those in education precincts

first_imgGreat entertainment space in the back yard. REAL ESTATE: 71 Moreton Street New Farm. Picture: realestate.com.auDESIGNER Queensland homes — including one with an outdoor fireplace — and properties in popular education precincts had the best success at Brisbane auctions — but agents are treading carefully.A stunning four bedroom, three bathroom, triple car space house at 71 Moreton Street, New Farm, went under contract after selling under the hammer on Saturday for a tidy $2.76 million.The 1920s Queenslander home, whose charms included an outdoor living zone complete with traditional fireplace, seemed to have struck the right note with the buyers, who were empty nesters looking to move up from Sydney.Agent Ivo Kornel of Belle Property marketed it as “a perfect synergy of classical and new age” after a renovation project gave it a major overhaul two years ago.It had five registered bidders, three put their hand up during bidding and the interstate buyers were successful. 22 Kentwell Place, Wishart Qld 4122. Picture: Realestate.com.au A traditional facade belies what’s inside this multimillion-dollar home. The back veranda has shutters for privacy and shade.Being close to leading private schools like Brisbane Boys College and moments from the University of Queensland, it was “pretty hotly contested”, he said.‘Rokeby Green’ — on a 467sq m title including courtyards and garage — is in the suburb adjacent to St Lucia where the University of Queensland main campus is located.Also successful under the hammer on the weekend was 22 Kentwell Place, Wishart, which was billed the suburb’s “ultimate family home” and sold for $990,000. The property was in the popular Mansfield State High School catchment zone — an independent public, coeducational school of over 2200 students. A modern extension and lap pool create a different feel in the backyard.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago“It was a great campaign, great numbers but a little thin on the ground in terms of who puts their hands up,” Mr Kornel said. “You can have 100 guys on the ground, but not putting their hand up. This was a success because we had a buyer.”He said auctions around New Farm were finding bidders increasingly thin on the ground.“Not a huge amount are putting their hand up. A lot of people say it’s because it’s the top of the market. A lot of buyers being priced out of the market … So we’ve got to pick and choose auctions carefully. Sale by negotiation is working really, really well too.”A four bedroom, three bathroom freestanding home at 1/20 Rokeby Terrace, Taringa, was also successful under the hammer, going for $810,000.“It’s a body corporate, more of a townhouse type set up,” said agent Elliot Dean of Dean Property Team.“There were five registered bidders, 35 people in attendance, three of the five were bidding. It was a good auction, a lot of action, bidding started at $550,000 and stopped at $810,000.” 1/20 Rokeby Terrace, Taringa Qld 4068. Picture: Realestate.com.au A large kitchen and polished floorboards perfect for a modern family. The living area has double height ceilings.Agent Lucky Ramya Tennekoon of Stellario Realty Group Wishart had it on the market as a luxury property “in a serene and exclusive pocket” of the suburb. Among its features was a pool, alfresco entertaining zone, an 800sq m block, side gate access for a boat or caravan to park on-site, and a 5kw, 16 panel solar electricity and hot water system “which cuts your electricity bill by a huge percentage”.last_img read more

The right property can sell under the hammer even at a quiet time of year

first_imgAuctioneer Haesley Cush said the market was performing well during a traditionally quiet time of the year. Picture: AAP/David ClarkWith bidding opening quite low in the $50,000s, it rose quickly and was called on the market around $700,000. It was then that the bidders got creative with numbers fluctuating between $10,000 to as obscure as $771.00 and $777.00 rises. I was up for the challenge and it only added to the excitement.The property eventually sold for $777,000 to huge applause for the well entertained crowd.Seeing the perfect game in sight I ducked around the corner to call the auction of a replica Queenslander at 33 Park Street. The backyard was decorated with bidders all preparing their game plans as I called for an opening bid. Of the nine registered bidders, five raised their cards as the price rose from $700,000 to $900,000, where again the bidding stalled.A lovely young couple with a baby in arms, raised their bid to $940,000 where the property was announced on the market and ultimately sold!Heading home, having crisscrossed the city, I reflected that while Brisbane can go quiet during winter the day showed that there are buyers in the market. It’s a wonderful sign for the Brisbane real estate market heading into the new year. 23 Bay St, Kedron sold under the hammer.LAST Saturday, with the Akubra on the dashboard, I set off to call four Brisbane-based auctions.The June and July period can be quiet so I was thrilled to see that all properties were stacked with bidders prior to the day.My first stop was 23 Bay Street Kedron. The property was a contemporary home in a quiet enclave in Kedron nestled close to the new Coles and schools. There were eight registered bidders and roughly 50 locals gathered in the open back yard to ultimately watch two couples battle it out for ownership.One was a mature couple, roughly in their fifties and the other was a young couple and if I was guessing I’d say in their twenties. The final price of $1,351,000 saw the young couple victorious and me off to the next auction.I jumped straight in the tunnel and dipped below the city on my way to Sirius Street Cooparoo. For sale was a cracking home in one of the region’s most loved streets. The house was beautifully presented and the owners were obviously quite popular with their neighbours because a huge crowd was in attendance to watch the sale unfold.There were nine bidders registered and with bidding opening at $795,000, it quickly rose through the million dollar price on its way to $1,190,000 before I had to pause proceedings to get some instructions.After some good spirited negotiating and flexibility from all parties the property was announced on the market and sold for $1,260,000!More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoWith two contracts in the briefcase I finished the day at Kelvin Grove with two auctions, in neighbouring streets. The first was a renovator at 11 Gebbie Street. These renovators are the hottest property in the Brisbane market at the moment and the interest certainly supported the hype.last_img read more

Road crash lands priest in hospital

first_imgRev. Father Keneth Razonable, 29, ofBarangay Zone 2, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental sustained head injuries, apolice report showed. Officers of the Calatrava municipalpolice station were investigating the incident./PN Cajepe sustained a minor injury on thebody, the report added. BACOLOD City – A priest was wounded ina road crash in Barangay San Isidro, Calatrava, Negros Occidental.       center_img According to police investigators,Razonable was driving his motorcycle when he crashed against a bicycle drivenby 52-year-old resident Felipe Cajepe Jr. around 6:15 p.m. on Thursday. They were brought to the San CarlosCity Hospital but Razonable was later transferred to the Dr. Pablo TorreMedical Center in this city for treatment.   last_img

Overturned semi has traffic stopped on I-74 for hours

first_imgBatesville, IN—Only minor injuries reported in the crash that occurred around 10 am today where a semi overturned on I-74 near 147-mile marker near Franklin/Ripley County line. This is between New Point and Batesville exits.‪The Indiana State Police are investigating the crash and say have reported a lengthy cleanup with both eastbound and westbound lanes closed at this time. Traffic is being diverted at both New Points exit going eastbound and the Batesville exit if traveling westbound on I-74 to state road 46last_img

Charlotte L. Redelman, 88

first_imgCharlotte L. Redelman, 88, Greensburg, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at her residence.  Born, June 29, 1931 in Enochsburg, Indiana, she was the daughter of Charles and Pauline (Suding) Saler.  Charlotte graduated from New Point High School and then attended St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Covington, Kentucky. She worked for several years as a registered nurse at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. She was married to Donald E. Redelman on November 6, 1954 in Enochsburg.  She enjoyed raising chickens, selling the eggs, and helping on the farm. She was active in 4H with her children and served as the rabbit superintendent along with her husband. In her later years, she enjoyed working crossword puzzles and praying the rosary.She is survived by her husband, Donald; six children, Dan (Candee) Redelman, Greensburg, Kathy (Pat) Kerker, Batesville, Rick (Kim) Redelman, Greensburg, Ruth Redelman, Greensburg, Barb (Scott) Emery, Greensburg, Neice Redelman, Greensburg; one brother, Bill Saler, Noblesville; ten grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Fred Saler, Francis “Sam” Saler; four sisters, Sr. Helen Saler OSF, Mary Kipp, Martha Clark, Clara Merkel. Family and friends will gather at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg to pray the rosary.  Visitation will follow until the funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Interment will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis at Oldenburg. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Palm Beach County’s Face Mask Order Takes Effect Thursday

first_imgPeople in Palm Beach County will be required to wear masks in public beginning on Thursday morning.The rules, which the county commission approved unanimously on Tuesday, will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.The county’s attorney was still reviewing an order outlining the requirements late Wednesday. However, these are the major points:-Facial coverings must be worn indoors, including stores and restaurants, and they must be worn outdoors where social distancing is not possible.-Plastic facial shields, without masks, are permitted.-There are exemptions for people with a medical condition such as asthma; people who are exercising and still social distancing; while eating and drinking; and for children under age 2.Protect yourself & others from #COVID19. Practice #socialdistancing & stay at least 6 feet away from other people. Wear a face covering so you don’t spread germs. Face coverings should not be used on children under 2.For more tips, visit https://t.co/DdkHbqXBwC pic.twitter.com/SNsUvUyqzf— Palm Beach County (@pbcgov) June 24, 2020 -Violators can be fined $250 for the first violation and $500 for each additional violation. Unlike Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the county’s order does not make any mention of jail.-The draft ordinance also does not include penalties for businesses that fail to comply, but they still must follow state orders.“The county’s emphasis will be education, education, education,” said Mayor Dave Kerner. “Wearing a mask is an act of kindness” to protect people around you, he said.The Florida Department of Health reported on Wednesday that 109,014 people statewide have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.Palm Beach County had 356 new cases reported Wednesday, bringing its total to 11,536 cases. In addition 495 people have died in the county as a result of the virus.Medical officials told commissioners on Tuesday that facial coverings are not dangerous to people wearing them, and could prevent someone who is unaware they have the virus from infecting others.last_img read more

West Ham hammer Swansea 4-1

first_imgWEST Ham cruised to a third straight win to plunge Swansea City deeper into Premier League relegation trouble and increase the pressure on manager Bob Bradley.Former Swans forward Andre Ayew pounced on Lukasz Fabianski’s fumble to put the visitors ahead, before Winston Reid headed in from a corner to double their lead.Michail Antonio added a third and, although Fernando Llorente scored late on for Swansea, Andy Carroll’s firm strike sealed a convincing West Ham victory.Slaven Bilic’s side climb to 11th in the Premier League table, while Swansea remain second from bottom but now four points adrift of safety.Where Bradley is concerned, a seventh defeat from his 11 matches in charge leaves the American in grave danger of losing his job less than three months after his appointment.Swansea’s supporters called for his sacking during the second half, as well as accusing the club’s directors of greed following the Swans’ American takeover in the summer.Having won only two of his first 10 games at the helm, Bradley admitted before the match that his future could depend on the outcome of this fixture and the home encounter with Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve.Swansea had unravelled with scant resistance to lose their previous two games, at Middlesbrough 3-0 and West Brom 3-1, and they were similarly vulnerable against West Ham.Since the American’s appointment in October the Swans had conceded 25 goals – more than any other Premier League side in the same period – and their 26th was as feeble as any they have let in.Cheikhou Kouyate only managed a weak flick from Andy Carroll’s header, but Fabianski could only palm the ball into the path of Ayew, who tapped in from close range.The goal created a sense of anxiety inside the Liberty Stadium, and that unease turned to wholehearted hostility after Reid extended West Ham’s lead.Swansea’s supporters booed Bradley and chanted “You don’t know what you’re doing”, before turning their ire towards the Swans’ board as the prospect of relegation looms larger than ever.Unlike their opponents, West Ham entered this match with renewed optimism after successive 1-0 wins over Hull and Burnley had eased their own relegation fears.Those were relatively hard-earned triumphs, but they were able to cruise to victory in south Wales without playing at their fluent best.It was a straightforward afternoon for goalkeeper Darren Randolph and his defenders, who had little to worry about apart from the occasional long-range effort from Gylfi Sigurdsson.In attack, West Ham were clinical on the break and from set-pieces, with midfielder Dimitri Payet increasingly influential in the second half.Carroll also proved his worth with a typically abrasive display, capped with a goal which helped maintain the Hammers’ record of winning every Premier League match in which the striker has started since returning from injury.Former England captain Alan Shearer:“Swansea just aren’t working hard enough. There’s no excuse for the second goal. Winston Reid gets above the two defenders – there’s no way he should win the ball – but he gets above them because he wants it more, it means more to him.“It was a big punt bringing Bob Bradley in, with his lack of experience of Premier League players and lack of experience in the Premier League. It was always going to be a big ask of him to keep Swansea up.”Former West Ham forward Ian Wright:“It was starting to get tight for West Ham and Slaven Bilic had to dig the players out after the 5-1 defeat to Arsenal at the start of December. The players needed to hear that.”Swansea host Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve before taking on Crystal Palace on January 3. West Ham travel to Leicester on December 31 and face Manchester United at home on January 2.last_img read more

Update: Fliers sent to APASS

first_imgThe Dept. of Public Safety is investigating fliers filled with derogatory references to Asian women that were mailed to   Asian-American organizations on the USC and UCLA campuses on Feb. 1. The Asian Pacific American Student Services Department received a flier containing racist and sexist slurs about Asian women dating white men.DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle said the department is investigating and speaking with UCLA safety officials but they have yet to produce any leads.In an open letter to the USC community, APASS Director Mary Ho said the department “will not tolerate such harmful, derogatory and racist slurs directed at the Asian Pacific American community or at any communities.”UCLA students organized a rally against the flier sent to the Asian American Studies Center with about 50 students participating, according to the Los Angeles Times.UCLA Chancellor Gene Block asked campus police to investigate the situation, according to a statement released Monday.“It’s an active investigation,” UCPD Spokesperson Nancy Greenstein said. “I think everybody’s looking at how we can identify the person who’s doing this.”Block pledged that UCLA will “combat racism and bigotry so that the campus can be the welcoming, respectful environment our community deserves.”UPDATE, Feb. 19: On Feb. 18, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry sent a statement regarding the degoratory fliers to USC students via email:“On February 1st an anonymous letter was sent to the Asian Pacific American Student Services office at the University of Southern California. The letter contained racist, sexist, and hateful language. The same letter was also sent to UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center.“The University of Southern California denounces the derogatory language used in this letter. We support the firm and thoughtful responses offered by the Asian Pacific American Student Services department, which is part of the USC Division of Student Affairs, and USC student organizations APASS and SCAPE. I am especially proud of the way students at USC and UCLA have responded.“USC enrolls more international students than any other American university. We enroll significant numbers of under-represented minority students, about 19 percent of our total undergraduate population. About 21 percent of our incoming students are first-generation college students. Students of Asian origin make up about 23 percent of our undergraduate population.“Our diversity is a point of pride and strength for us, and an asset to our community. The hateful language expressed in this flier is not reflective of our community values.”last_img read more

Olympics have become a disgrace

first_imgEric He is a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. His column,  “Grinding Gears,” runs Wednesdays. In a few months, the best athletes in the world will congregate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics — or at least that’s the plan.The Olympics are supposed to be a grand event, celebrating unity in the spirit of competition and bringing tremendous pride to the host country.But for this Olympics in Brazil, it’s been quite the contrary. Mired in everything from the Zika virus to doping and political scandals to unfinished infrastructure, these Olympics are building up to be one of the worst yet. Some are even calling for its cancellation.Quite frankly, that wouldn’t be a bad idea. Zika, of course, is the gravest concern. We’re talking about a sexually transmittable disease with no cure that we are only beginning to understand. Sending tens of thousands of athletes from around the world — not to mention the hundreds of thousands of fans and tourists who will cram into Rio for three weeks and then travel back to their native countries — could turn Zika into a worldwide epidemic.Heck, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement in February urging pregnant women and their partners to stay away from the Olympics because of the mosquito-borne illness, citing dangers of fetal infections and brain abnormalities. Risks as severe as those warrant a thorough examination of whether or not these games are worth it.Athletes certainly are weighing the benefits and potential costs. In February, the U.S. Olympic Committee told its athletes that they could skip the Olympics if they were worried about Zika.Women’s soccer team goaltender Hope Solo backed out of the games, though she eventually said she will “begrudgingly” participate.“I strongly believe that no athlete should be put into this position — to decide between your Olympic dreams and your own health,” Solo said to CNBC in May.Irish golfer and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy became the latest Olympian to voice his concerns, telling the BBC on Monday that he and his fiancée would like to start a family one day.This is an impossible predicament. Participating in the Olympics is a dream, an honor. But risking long-term health to take part in the games should not be part of any equation. It is unfair to the athletes who have trained their entire lives for this moment.And the crazy thing is, Zika is just the start of Brazil’s problems, which could take up an entire book. There’s the extremely polluted waterways in Rio, which means swimmers, sailors, rowers and kayakers risk having viruses and bacteria enter their bodies. The Associated Press tested the waterways last year, and the results were alarming, showing that there were 1.7 million times the number of disease-causing viruses than would be considered “highly alarming” in the U.S. and Europe. This is the water they’re asking world-class athletes to swim in.There’s the political crisis that is rocking the country, with President Dilma Rousseff suspended and facing impeachment for misusing federal funds. There’s the fact that Brazil is in the midst of its worst recession in a century, and what the government is doing to ensure this doomed spectacle looks somewhat presentable — evicting poor families from their homes to build infrastructure for the games — will only make it worse.This could have all been avoidable if Brazil wasn’t awarded with the games in the first place. But that’s difficult considering nobody really wants to host the Olympics anymore. The cities that would theoretically be perfect fits — Boston, Munich and Stockholm, to name a few — don’t want to deal with the chaos of reconstructing their city and the burden of organizing a world event. Look up images of old Olympic sites today — Athens, Beijing, Sochi, etc. — and you’ll see decrepit buildings that serve no purpose outside of three weeks of competition. In Greece, the 2004 Olympic Games are largely to blame for the massive debt crises the country is currently in.So, we are left with choices such as Brazil, a country dealing with way too many problems to take on the task of running the world’s biggest event. We are left with Beijing, China, playing host to the 2022 Winter Olympics because literally nobody wanted to host the games. The only other bidding country was Kazakhstan (yes, Kazakhstan), and the games will be completely reliant on artificial snow because it actually doesn’t snow in Beijing.I’m not advocating for the Olympics to be held exclusively in rich countries that can saddle the economic burden, but something needs to be done so that poorer nations such as Brazil can handle a tall task that takes money, time and painstaking organization. Right now, Brazil has none of the above.I’m sure Rio is a wonderful city where the games could have been wonderfully staged. But we’re less than three months away from the world’s biggest event, the point where everything should be set and only final preparations need to be made. Instead, athletes and fans are left wondering if they should risk their own health and the health of their future children in order to attend the Olympics in a country ravaged by corruption, scandals and recession. This may very well be the saddest Olympics in history — if it even gets started.last_img read more