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Construction causes issues for parking

first_imgConstruction of the Wellness Center in the D2 South lot has forced students to park further away from their on-campus destinations. Another project planned for the B1 lot this spring will also temporarily restrict parking. Notre Dame Security Police director Phil Johnson said students still have space to park on the North side of campus, though there is decreased capacity in D2 South. “With respect to D2 Lot and construction of the Wellness Center, occupancy surveys indicate that there is capacity in the adjacent lots, D2 Middle and D2 North, to accommodate spaces lost in D2 South due to construction,” Johnson said. But construction began to frustrate students after the semester break. Senior Colleen Coley said commuting to and from her job off-campus at the Logan Center is problematic due to the lack of parking spaces. “My conception of a good parking spot is so different than it used to be,” Coley said. “It used to be the first two rows but now, it’s the first two lots.” Coley said the most convenient lots for her schedule are full when she returns from work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This forces her to scramble for a spot to make it to class on time, she said. “The problem is it … is frustrating for people who have nowhere else to go and need to park every day,” Coley said. Sophomore Dan Smyth said the location for the new Wellness Center is inconvenient for students. “Since they fenced off half the lot, you can’t drive all the way through any of the close aisles,” Smyth said. “It’s always a gamble when you’re browsing for a spot.” Doug Marsh, associate vice president and University architect, said another project is scheduled to begin in the B1 lot by the Stadium. Plans to install a new storm sewer system will temporarily affect the number of parking spaces there. “There is a temporary loss of 100 spaces,” Marsh said. “These spaces will be restored by the third week of March.” An email sent to the student body on Feb. 12 said the project schedule was modified to minimize impact on faculty and staff parking during the academic year. Johnson said construction by the Stadium lot will not present significant long-term challenges for students or professors. “We have opened the visitor’s lot to provide additional spaces for faculty who are displaced from lot B1,” Johnson said. “The impact from the Stadium project should not have a significant impact on students who use [neighboring] lot C1.” To adapt to these changes, students like sophomore Jack McLaren strategically plan when to search for a spot on campus. “I’ve noticed since the construction started that it’s harder to find a spot,” McLaren said.  “I just try to time it so I get back when people are leaving, so I get a good spot.” Senior Ellen Reinke said walking back to campus from the more removed lot next to the Stepan Center creates safety concerns. “You’re standing out in the middle of Stepan,” Reinke said.  “Sometimes when I’ve come back really late, I‘ve debated calling Safe Walk because it’s a really far way to walk by yourself in the dark.” Johnson said calling Safe Walk is a wise choice for students returning from the further lots. “Safety is of paramount importance.  I encourage everyone to make use of Safe Walk, especially if you are walking to or arriving at a perimeter campus parking lot during hours of darkness,” Johnson said.  “A Safe Walk team will walk you to any point on campus.”last_img read more

The Pollution of the Open Road

first_imgDear EarthTalk: Freight companies like FedEx, UPS and all those 18 wheelers on the highways probably generate a lot of pollution and global warming. Is anything being done to address this? – Michael Brown, Washington, DCFreight companies operating in the U.S. and beyond do generate significant amounts of pollution. While transportation technologies and fuels have gotten more efficient in recent years, freight demands have grown considerably over the past two decades. Today, in the U.S. alone, for example, freight is responsible for about a quarter of all transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.Most freight trucks, locomotives and ships run on diesel engines, which are major sources of emissions of nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and carbon dioxide (CO2). Repeated exposure to nitrogen oxide-based smog and particulate matter has been linked to a wide range of human health problems, and we all know what CO2 emissions are doing to the planet’s atmosphere and ecosystems in terms of global warming.According to a 2005 analysis by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHA), heavy duty trucks are the biggest villains, accounting for 77.8 percent of total U.S. freight greenhouse gas emissions. Boat, train and airplane freight contribute 10.8, 8.7 and 2.8 percent respectively.Besides filling up loads completely and keeping equipment well tuned, shippers can reduce emissions via smarter operations and procedures. Software developed by UPS’s Roadnet helps logistics managers re-engineer their fleet routing, preventing tons of emissions and saving millions of dollars and in the process.Newer Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards aim to reduce nitrogen oxide and particulate matter pollution from freight operators upwards of 60 percent by 2020. They are a step in the right direction, but the failure of Congress to pass substantive federal legislation limiting CO2 emissions means that a growing freight sector will continue to pump out more and more greenhouse gases.A recently released report by the tri-lateral North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA’s) Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) lays out a vision for how to make freight—the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in North America after electricity generation—more efficient and less polluting across Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.The report identifies some scary trends. For example, emissions from freight-related vehicles grew 74 percent between 1990 and 2008—some 40 percent more than emissions growth from passenger vehicles over the same time span. Also, while emissions by light duty vehicles are expected to drop 12 percent by 2030, freight truck emissions are expected to grow by 20 percent. To start turning the freight sector around, CEC recommends that the three countries party to NAFTA start shifting to lower carbon fuels, putting a price on carbon emissions and replacing crumbling infrastructure. These fixes won’t be cheap, but CEC claims they will save money in the long run and clean up of North American freight altogether. 1 2last_img read more

Angels’ Mike Trout, wife expecting a baby boy in August

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — It will be a busy summer for Angels superstar Mike Trout, who is adding the title of father to his role as a team leader for a club that will move to a third manager in three seasons.Trout announced on social media Monday that his wife Jessica is expecting a boy this August, the first child for the couple.The Twitter announcement was exclamation-point heavy and included a video of Jessica surprising Mike with the news the night before Thanksgiving, a gender reveal that showed the couple’s child is a boy and a number of people close to the couple learning of the upcoming birth.“Baby Trout due August 2020!!” Mike Trout posted Monday evening. “I don’t even know where to begin….from seeing your heartbeat for the first time to seeing you dance around in mommy’s belly… we are truly blessed and this is only the beginning!!” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros He later replied to the original post.“Little man, you have the best mommy already and I can’t wait to be your dad!” Trout added. “We are so humbled by this gift God has given us. We love you already, buddy!!”Mike and Jessica Trout were married after the 2017 season. They started dating while attending high school in Millville, N.J.Trout, who signed the largest contract in sports history in March of 2019, a 12-year, $430 million extension with the Angels, did not play in Monday’s Cactus League game at Mesa against the Chicago Cubs. He went 2 for 3 with a run scored in Sunday’s 8-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox and is batting .444 (4 for 9) this spring with a walk and three runs scored.Trout, 28, is a career .305 hitter with 285 home runs and 752 RBIs in parts of nine seasons. The eight-time All-Star was the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year and has been named AL MVP three times, including last season when he batted .291 with a career-high 45 home runs along with 104 RBIs. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Veterans Release Anti-Trump Video for Independence Day

first_imgSome veterans are not happy with President Trump, and they are using the occasion of Independence Day to let him know.A veteran advocacy group called Common Defense was formed three years ago to oppose Trump. This week, they released a video in conjunction with the Need to Impeach campaign. In the video, veterans and organizers of the group explain that they feel betrayed by Trump, and that they believe American democracy is under attack.Lead organizer Kyle Bibby, who is a Marine Corps veteran, says that the oath members take when joining the military, “establishes our ties to something that is greater than us. I don’t see Donald Trump as someone who is serious about our values, who is serious about his job to serve the American people.”Other veterans included in the video state that the president “should be impeached” for reasons including cruelty, to a “criminal.”One veteran states in the video that he never suspected an American president would collude with a foreign dictator, referencing Russian President Vladimir Putin.Last October, Trump tweeted about billionaire Tom Steyer, the founder of Need to Impeach, “He comes off as a crazed and stumbling lunatic who should be running out of money pretty soon.”last_img read more

Black man dies after encounter with Minneapolis police “I can’t breathe”

first_imgThe FBI is opening up an investigation after a fatal encounter on Monday between Minneapolis police and an unarmed black man.On Tuesday police released a statement saying the man had a medical incident during an attempted arrest. However, in the video posted by Darnella Frazier on Facebook it is clear that an officer was using unnecessary force with his knee on the man’s neck for at least seven minutes. You can hear the man say “I can’t breathe” several times before he loses consciousness.The man was identified by family as George Floyd.According to Minneapolis police, the encounter between Floyd and officers happened shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, when police were called to the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South on a report of a man allegedly attempting to use a fake check at Cup Foods.When officers arrived they found Floyd in a car near the store, and he appeared to be intoxicated, police said.When officers told him to step out of the vehicle, he got out, and police say he physically resisted officers.Minneapolis Police spokesman said “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and officers noticed that the man was going into medical distress.” An ambulance arrived and took Floyd to Hennepin Healthcare, where he later died, police say.In the video that went viral overnight, it shows the white officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck behind a squad car. Floyd is seen unarmed, not resisting arrest, yet the officer does not take his knee of his neck. After about five minutes, Floyd stops moving and appears unconscious. Bystanders beg the officer to stop using so much force and to check Floyd’s pulse. The officer on Floyd’s neck does not lift his knee until medical personnel arrive even though he was already unconscious.Leaders in Minnesota are calling for the officers involved to be held accountable A protest being organized by a number of local activist groups, including the Minneapolis NAACP, Communities Against Police Brutality, and Black Lives Matter Twin Cities is planned for Tuesday night at the scene of the incident.last_img read more

New Full Time Paramedic Unit Implemented in Thurston County

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Medic Six now available 24 hours a dayThurston County’s Medic 6 unit is now a fulltime response unit.  Medic 6 serves the northeast Thurston County-Hawks Prairie area and is one of the paramedic advanced life support (ALS) response/transport units. Medic 6 is located on the Steilacoom Road and is operated by Lacey Fire District #3. “Medic 6 is the most recent upgrade to the county-wide Medic One ALS response service and is a welcome addition to the county-wide EMS system.” says Sandra Romero, Chair of the Board of Thurston County Commissioners.Medic 6 was previously staffed by five paramedics operating on a 12 hour basis but County Commissioners authorized a gradual phase-in to enhance paramedic response times. “Since July of 2012, we have added a new paramedic and increased service every six months for a total of three added medics. Eight paramedics now provide full staffing of the unit 24 hours per day/seven days a week,” said Steve Brooks, Chief of Lacey Fire District 3. The unit not only provides service to the NE county area but provides backup to the entire county wide paramedic system of seven total vehicles. This year, Medic 6 has responded to 660 9-1-1 calls for help county-wide from Black Lake to Bald Hills. “We anticipate Medic 6 handling between 1,700 and 1,800 calls this year with some overall improvement in response time,” said Steve Romines, Director of Thurston County Emergency Services/Medic One.Medic One’s seven county wide paramedic advanced life support response/transport vehicles responded to 9,331 of the 26,012 EMS calls to 9-1-1 last year. The county wide average paramedic response time was 7.2 minutes and just under 6 minutes in cities of Olympia, Lacey Tumwater.last_img read more

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