Many of the closures have been in rural areas where independents have been unable to stay afloat. But even in cities where rising land values have driven lower-performing stations to closure and bigger players have consolidated their forecourts and allied with supermarkets, the number of forecourts continues to dwindle.All the while cars are becoming more fuel-efficient and the prevalence of hybrid and electric cars has soared.There was news in July that Volvo will stop making combustion engines from 2019. Other manufacturers will surely follow suit. By 2040 France will end sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles and the UK is expected to aim for all new cars to be electric or ultra-low-emission.While the oil industry is sure to adapt some forecourts to sell alternative fuels or serve as hubs for renewable energy-drive cars (for example by putting solar panels on the roofs to provide rapid car-charging points), forecourts are under threat. It is likely they will vanish entirely by the mid-2040s.So how is the planning system responding to this, if at all?Petrol stations are not protected under planning policy (except in a few authority areas). Policy does not recognise their value as convenience retail locations, the retail offer on many forecourts having increased substantially in response to the squeeze on fuel prices.Policy also does not generally recognise their potential for other uses, such as sustainable re-fuelling. Consequently it is currently a fairly easy planning case to demolish petrol stations and replace them with new uses, very often 100% residential developments, once their contamination issues are overcome.A convenience we take for grantedWhile recognising the value of petrol stations as potential windfall sites for housing, there is a risk that residential-only development of these sites across the board would be a waste of a valuable commercial resource.It would be wise for planning policy to adapt to this, and soon, to consider whether forecourts could become local charging stations or delivery hubs for groceries or mail-order packages, and of course convenience retail locations. And we are all going to need somewhere to clean our cars, even if they run on electricity or hydrogen.Want to find out more about on resi-led regeneration? Book your place for RESI 2017 nowAt the moment, petrol stations are a convenience we take for granted until they are gone.Then, when faced with having to walk an extra 10 minutes for a late-night packet of crisps, we realise how much we valued them. Planning policy has a role to play in protecting them, at least to some degree, to ensure our towns and cities can function in the way we need them to.Grant Leggett is a director and head of London at Boyer
An experienced paddle boarder drowned on Friday, August 2, trying to assist a companion having trouble navigating a strong current in Hashamomuck Pond in Southold.Lisa Margaritis, 48, who authorities said lived in Albertson, was in the pond near Mill Creek shortly before 10 AM, participating in a paddle board yoga class with two others, when one of them had trouble passing under a bridge.Margaritis went to her rescue, but her board wedged under a piling and Margaritis fell into the water. A jogger noticed the paddle boarder could not right herself and dove into the water to help, but Margaritas was tethered to the board, her head trapped underwater.Margaritis was unable to free herself, police said. Finally, the jogger was able to free the board. Southold Fire Department Rescue Squad and Stony Brook University Hospital paramedics responded and initiated CPR, police said. She was rushed to Eastern Long Island Hospital to no avail.According to published reports, Margaritis was a cardiac nurse at two hospitals and a teacher at Garcia Muay Thai & MMA Gym in Glen Cove.Knifepoint Robbery In RiverheadA man was robbed at knifepoint at Grangebel Park on Thursday, August 1, in broad daylight.He called Riverhead Town Police at about 2:15 PM and told them two men flashed a knife, beat him, took his backpack and cell phone, and took off. The victim rode through the neighborhood and said he saw the suspects at a nearby bus stop.Police identified the pair as Steven Durham, 36, no address, and Timothy Hardge, 32, of Riverhead. Both were charged with first-degree robbery and taken into custody.Just Hanging OutBrian Gutierrez, who was observed by a passer-by “hanging halfway out of the driver’s side door” of his Honda, was arrested on July 28 and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to Southold Town police. He was spotted around 3 AM on Route 48 in Cutchogue. The witness told police the ignition was running at the time.Kelvin Euceda, 31, of Greenport, was arrested also for DWI, on July 24, after police observed him operating a 2001 Chevy pickup, allegedly the same vehicle that fled the scene of a crash earlier in the day. He was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Kyle McCaskie of Cutchogue was arrested for DWI after police stopped him the same night to question him about another firstname.lastname@example.org Share
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Panalpina’s compensation and nomination committee, headed by Thomas E. Kern, will begin searching for a new independent chairman.Ulber was elected as chairman in 2016. www.panalpina.com
LAST year SNCF introduced a unified computer system to manage the maintenance of its locomotive fleet. Known as Lionne, it replaced a system called Badem dating from 1987 to which several other applications had been grafted in an attempt to update it.Lionne was piloted at several sites before national launch, giving maintenance staff and managers real-time access to a national database. Offering flexibility and a better graphical interface for users, Lionne provides information on fleet availability at 80 locations across the network.Further improvements are envisaged when Lionne is extended in June 2007.
Teenager Ben (John-Paul Howard) is struggling with his parents impending divorce and his father Liam (Jamison Jones) dating another woman. Rather than facing up to the situation, Ben distracts himself with girls, parties and work until the behaviour of his neighbours becomes increasingly more bizarre. When their young son Nathan (Judah Abner Paul) asks Ben for help, the teenager starts to investigate and discovers that there’s something very sinister happening. The only problem is that no one believes him.The Wretched is an American chiller from Brett and Drew T. Pierce and it’s without a doubt one of the scariest films to be shown at this year’s Arrow Video FrightFest. Taking inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, the film adds a horrifying dimension to that story and packs in more chills and thrills than you can shake a stick at. Following a shocking opening sequence, that combines mortal danger and children – two things guaranteed to scare and unsettle pretty much everyone – the film moves 35 years into the future.Credit: Cailleach ProductionsBen is despondent with his father, unwilling to face up to his parents’ divorce. He’s completely unaware that his friend Mallory (Piper Curda) has a crush on him and the strange behaviour of his neighbours soon leads to him becoming obsessed. Spending his days and nights watching the neighbours, Ben becomes convinced that they’re up to something and his fears seem to be confirmed when Ty (Kevin Bigley), the father of the family next door, claims he doesn’t have any children even though Ben knows his son Nathan.John-Paul Howard is absolutely superb as Ben. He carries the majority of the film on his shoulders and he showcases himself to be an excellent and well-rounded actor. Over the course of the film he really gets to stretch his acting muscles proving to be adept at both drama and comedy. His performance here is a memorable and passionate one, and he’s an actor I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on in the future. Jamison Jones is also worthy of a mention as Ben’s oblivious dad Liam. He gives a solid performance too and comes into his own in the film’s second half.What makes The Wretched so effective is the truly terrifying visual effects. The Pierce Brothers really know how to unsettle you and there are some truly scary moments. You might want to watch the film with a cushion or a blanket to hand so you can hide behind it when the tension rockets sky high.Credit: Cailleach ProductionsThe Wretched is a good old-fashioned style horror film that delivers plenty of scares. It’s a jumpy watch with great twists and turns, and a standout central performance from John-Paul Howard. Proving that there’s still life in the supernatural horror genre, The Wretched could very well give you nightmares and it’s a film I’ve not been able to stop thinking about since I saw it.Cast: John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Azie Tesfai, Zarah Mahler, Kevin Bigley, Judah Abner Paul Directors: Brett and Drew T. Pierce Writers: Brett and Drew T. Pierce Certificate: TBC Duration: 95 mins Released by: Cailleach Productions
Haitian cuisine will be on the front burner again this year during the annual celebration which will feature a new venue and many exciting new attractions.As part of Miami-Dade County’s celebration of Haitian Heritage Cultural Month, the fifth Annual Taste of Haiti will take place on Saturday, May 13 from 3 to 10 p.m. at Miami Dade College North Campus.Admission is free and open to the general public.The event will showcase top Haitian chefs, restaurants, and food trucks, including several new dining experiences showcasing culinary delights.“I am excited about this year’s event, and I am looking forward to personally welcoming our residents to one of the premier community events in South Florida,” said Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime. “The uniqueness of the festival is that it unites everyone with good food and music and allows all cultures to experience a ‘Taste of Haiti.’”New attractions this year will include a pikliz eating contest, and a Chef’s Gourmet Cook-off featuring South Florida’s own Chef Creole, as well as Chef Irie and Chef Thia from PBS’s “Taste the Islands.”“This marquee event is the only major event of its kind, specifically celebrating Haiti’s food culture, bringing together some of the top culinary professionals and restaurants in the community,” said top chef and CEO/President of the Haitian Culinary Alliance, Stephan Durand. Haitian cuisine will be on the front burner Celebrating five years of culture
Ugandan military joins fight against spread of COVID-19 CMG Journalist clarifies fight against COVID-19 Seychelles bolsters preparedness for COVID-19 fight A man wearing a mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus walks in an empty taxi park in Kampala, Uganda, on March 26, 2020. PHOTO | BADRU KATUMBA | AFP FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus walks in an empty taxi park in Kampala, Uganda. PHOTO | BADRU KATUMBA | AFPDozens of military medical personnel on Monday withdrew from Uganda’s national referral hospital after most of the COVID-19 patients admitted there completed their treatment and were discharged.Byarugaba Baterana, executive director of Mulago National Referral Hospital, hailed the military personnel for the support they rendered when COVID-19 patients were admitted at the hospital.“Thank you for being disciplined and for fighting the pandemic. We have together reduced COVID-19 to the minimum, disabled it and actually defeated it with a heavy blow,” Baterana was quoted as saying in a military statement issued in Kampala.“Out of the 23 COVID-19 patients admitted at Mulago National Referral Hospital, 21 have been since discharged while only two remain at the facility,” she said.Baterana said the two patients may be discharged on Tuesday.Major General Ambrose Musinguzi, the chief of military medical services, said the army is mandated to support civil authority in cases of any catastrophe like the COVID-19 pandemic.The military team would now be sent out to assist district task forces in the fight against the pandemic, Musinguzi said.Uganda, according to the Ministry of Health, has so far reported 79 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 46 have been discharged. Some patients are admitted at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital.Related