ABC News(PARKLAND, Fla.) — Some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School say their emotional and physical wounds remain raw a month after a shooting spree left 17 dead on their campus. “I can’t believe it’s been one month. It just … it seems like it was just yesterday,” 14-year-old freshman Brooke Harrison told ABC News’ “Nightline” in an interview to be aired tonight.She said the horror of witnessing three classmates — including close friend Alaina Petty, 14 — getting gunned down in front of her remains at the forefront of her mind and that just the rattle of a doorknob can prompt flashbacks of the gunman’s firing into her classroom. She said she and her classmates were in the classroom the gunman targeted.“We were the warning shot for everyone else. But we didn’t get a warning shot,” Brooke said.Brooke said she and her classmates share an experience that once seemed unfathomable in Parkland, Florida, one that even adults in their 80s haven’t endured.“We’re 14 through 18 and we’re experiencing it. It’s just … it’s unimaginable that we’re so young; we’ve gone through this traumatic experience,” she said. “So, I think any response, anyway anyone wants to handle it, is perfectly normal and they should be taking everything at their own pace.”Brooke and her Stoneman Douglas classmates walked out of class at 10 a.m. today and congregated on the school football field for 17 minutes of silence to remember those killed in the Feb. 14 massacre. They were not alone, as thousands of students across the nation and the world plan to join them in similar events at their schools. “As a Douglas student, I feel like if people from different countries, different continents are showing their support, that it would just be wrong if people from Douglas didn’t,” Brooke said.Parents also flocked to the Parkland school, many yelling, “We’re with you” and chanting “MSD” as the students walked onto the football field, some wearing Marjory Stoneman Douglas T-shirts.“I’m walking out for Alaina,” Brooke said. “I’m walking out so that no one has to see their friend die in front of them. I’m walking out so that no one has to see what I saw.”Gloria DeJesus, whose son, Francisco, attends the school, said she was compelled to be on hand for the walkout to support the students.“It’s been very emotional for all of us and it’s part of our healing,” she told ABC News.Stoneman Douglas student Colton Haab said it was inspiring to see so many of his classmates and students around the globe participating in the walkout.“I believe that almost every single student who attends my school is out on the football field right now,” Colton told ABC News. “I hope that we can definitely make schools safer, that we can make gun laws more strict. I just hope we can make a difference and, hopefully, this will be our last school shooting.”Following the moment of silence, many of the Parkland students left the football field and walked to a nearby park to continuing honoring those killed and to show each other support. While the classroom walkout was only scheduled to last 17 minutes, students in Parkland at more than 3,000 events across the country continued the demonstration long after.In the 28 days since former Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz allegedly went on a rampage with an AR-15 assault rifle, the world has changed for the students and nation. The students led the charge to get lawmakers to put new restrictions on guns and convinced President Donald Trump to explore a similar course of action.Prosecutors Tuesday said they will seek the death penalty against Cruz, 19.But even the ultimate punishment for the suspect will likely not make the memories that student Dylan Kraemer has of the shooting any less palpable.“I heard gunshots. It was the first thing — in the hallway. It was really loud and echoed,” Dylan recalled in an interview with “Nightline.”He was in room 1214 of the freshman building when the gunman stormed the hallways, shooting people at random and firing indiscriminately through the rectangular windows of locked classroom doors.“And then I saw the shooter through the little window in the door … I was looking to the side, then I could see him point his gun at me and shoot into my classroom and then I saw two of my friends die and three others get shot… I was thinking that I was going to die, pretty much.” Since the shooting, Brooke said, she keeps thinking of the classmate who was shot multiple times and how she crawled from under her desk across broken glass to apply pressure to his wounds and keep him calm. He survived. “I remember seeing him in such agonizing pain,” she said, adding that the cries and screams of the classmates around her at that terrifying moment continue to echo in her head.While more police have been placed at her school to guard students, Brooke lamented, “I think, personally, I’m never going to feel 100 percent safe.”The FBI took the blood-spattered shoes and sweater she wore the day of the shooting, she said, but she still has her backpack, now with a bullet hole in it.“I couldn’t believe how lucky I was, that my backpack took a bullet and, thank God, I didn’t,” she said. “Now, that’s going to be forever with me, and that’s forever going to be a memory that happened.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Court decision signals jump in corporate manslaughter casesOn 1 May 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. High court ruling seen as historic breakthrough in establishing corporateresponsibility for deathsThe number of corporate manslaughter cases looks set to rise following thelandmark ruling against the Crown Prosecution Service in the Simon Jones case. In its historic judgement at the end of March the High Court ordered the CPSto reconsider its decision not to pursue charges against the firm Euromin. Jones, working for Euromin in Shoreham Docks, West Sussex, was killed by agrab crane in April 1998 on his first day at work. The crane was allegedly toolow as a result of procedures designed to save time when unloading ships. But the CPS defended its actions and was considering an appeal against theruling as OH went to press. “While we take account of the judgement and what was said we will stillconsider cases individually,” said a spokeswoman. “Every case isdifferent and has its own facts. Corporate manslaughter is quitedifficult.” The Government is reviewing the law on corporate manslaughter to make iteasier to bring prosecutions where individual culpability is not obvious. Asthe law stands an organisation cannot be found guilty. High Court judges Lord Justice Buxton and Mr Justice Moses said the CPS was”irrational”, and that the dangers inherent in the docks were”plain as a pikestaff”. Labour MP George Galloway, who has championed the cause, said the ruling is”a historic breakthrough in establishing corporate responsibility for thefate of staff to whom they owe a duty of care”. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.
The UK’s fourth largest estate agency group LSL has revealed that nearly half of its furloughed staff have returned to work.Following the lockdown, 73% of its 4,000 staff were furloughed and its eight-strong board cut their salaries by a third. This includes key executives such as Group CEO David Stewart, Chairman Simon Embley, finance chief Adam Castleton and Estate Agency Director Helen Buck, all of whom also agreed to halt any pay reviews until further notice.Since the housing market restart some 1,300 or 43% of the firm’s furloughed staff have returned to work.And as of 31st May just over 200 of its Reeds Rains, Your Move and Marsh & Parsons branches out of a total of 231 have re-opened and are available for meetings via a pre-booked appointment.During the seven-week lockdown its residential sales income reduced by 63% while new lettings and renewals reduced by 24%.But its cost-cutting and the effective moth-balling of its ‘essential only’ sales operation during the lockdown worked and LSL says it made a £1.6 million profit during April, albeit down from a £2.9 million profit in the same month last year.“Our ability to respond rapidly and in detail to changing market conditions has meant that our response to the outbreak was decisive and effective,” says David Stewart (left).“This could not have been achieved without a tremendous effort from colleagues working in all parts of the Group.“Their commitment, flexibility and positivity highlights how they remain our greatest asset, and I would like to thank them for their support. “Their health and well-being, and that of our customers, will remain my highest priority.”David Stewart Helen Buck LSL Reeds Rains simon embley Your Move June 5, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Your Move parent group LSL says 43% of furloughed have returned to work previous nextAgencies & PeopleYour Move parent group LSL says 43% of furloughed have returned to workUK’s fourth largest estate agency which includes Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons also says it made a profit during lockdown.Nigel Lewis5th June 202001,427 Views
View post tag: US Navy US Navy identifies missing USS Stethem sailor after suspending search Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy identifies missing USS Stethem sailor after suspending search August 6, 2017 After suspending search efforts, the U.S. Navy identified the missing USS Stethem (DDG 63) sailor as Lt. Steven D. Hopkins.Hopkins was reported missing and assumed overboard on August 1, during what the navy described as routine operations in the South China Sea.USS Stethem was 140 miles of Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, when the incident happened.In addition to navy ships from the U.S. and Japan, Chinese Peoples Liberation Army (Navy) ships contributed to the search which was suspended on August 4.Hopkins, a Texas native who received his commission at the Citadel in May 2009 and reported to Stethem in July 2017. His previous tours include USS Ramage (DDG 61), USS Normandy (CG 60), and Operational Test and Evaluation Force.The navy said the incident was currently under investigation. Share this article Authorities View post tag: USS Stethem
West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Department ofMedicine seek Nephrologists qualified for appointment at theAssistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor rank.Successful candidates will be expected to practice in the locationsof Elkins, Buckhannon and Weston, West Virginia and additionalsites to be determined based on expansion and growth of ourservices and sites.Duties: The successful candidate may practice in the areas ofinpatient and outpatient Nephrology. In addition to providingexcellent patient care, the successful candidate will also beinvolved in the teaching of medical students, residents, andfellows. For appointment at the Associate Professor or Professorrank, it is expected that candidates sustain an outstanding,extramurally supported research program.Qualifications: applicants must have a MD or DO degree or foreignequivalent and be eligible to obtain an unrestricted West Virginiamedical license. Candidates must be board certified in internalmedicine and certified or eligible in nephrology at the time ofappointment. For appointment at the Associate Professor orProfessor rank, a demonstrated track-record of leadership,excellent communication skills, and publications in high-impactjournals are required. All qualifications must be met by the timeof appointment.WVU Medicine is West Virginia University’s affiliated healthsystem, West Virginia’s largest private employer, and a nationalleader in patient safety and quality. The WVU Health System iscomprised of four affiliated hospitals and nine member hospitalsanchored by its flagship hospital, J.W Ruby Memorial Hospital inMorgantown, a 700+ bed academic medical center that offers tertiaryand quaternary care. WVU Medicine has more than 1,000 activemedical staff members and 18,000 employees who serve hundreds ofthousands of people each year from across the state of WestVirginia and the nation.Build your legacy as you serve, teach, learn and make a differencefrom day one. To learn more, visithttp://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/medicine/sections-of-medicine/nephrology/and apply online at http://wvumedicine.org/morgantowncareers/For additional questions, please contact Annette Belcher, PhysicianRecruiter, at [email protected] Virginia University & University Health Associates are anAA/EO employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – and WVU isthe recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.Notes To Applicants Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals withDisabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided byOFCCP here .The contractor will not discharge or in any other mannerdiscriminate against employees or applicants because they haveinquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay ofanother employee or applicant. However, employees who have accessto the compensation information of other employees or applicants asa part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay ofother employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwisehave access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtheranceof an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including aninvestigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with thecontractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR60-1.35(c)
Susan Chorba, of Ocean City, plays tug-of-war with her dogs Molly and Justice. By Donald WittkowskiDirt went flying and the sound of playful barking filled the air Saturday afternoon as canines Molly and Justice tore through the sandy soil at the Ocean City Dog Park.“Whoa,” Susan Chorba shouted to her two young German shorthaired pointers to try to slow them down when they approached her at high speed.“This is what they do,” Chorba said. “I can let them run around here without them being on a leash. They can’t do that anywhere else in town. This is why we need a dog park.”Tucked away near the marshlands at 45th Street and Haven Avenue, the park offers canines plenty of space to romp around off-leash without their owners having to worry about them getting loose. The facility is enclosed by a tall metal fence and includes electronic entrance gates to keep the dogs secure.In good news for dog lovers, Ocean City plans to upgrade the security with new electronic gate access. The cost of the project, $24,863, will be covered by a transfer of funds from the nonprofit Ocean City Dog Park Association.“You want it to function properly and be safe,” City Business Administrator Jim Mallon explained of the benefit of the project for the dog park.Upgrades are planned for the park’s electronic access gates.The Dog Park Association once managed the facility for the city. The organization disbanded in December, so the money that was left in its coffers was turned over to the municipality, Mallon said.Created in 2002 on an acre of bayside land, the park is operated using fees paid by dog owners. The revenue covers the cost of processing applications and access cards, maintaining the park and upgrading equipment.In 2016, the park had about 490 active members paying a little more than $14,000 in fees. About 322 Cape May County residents and 75 out-of-county residents paid annual fees of $30 and $40, respectively. The balance of the revenue was from weekly fees, city spokesman Doug Bergen said.After they pay the fee, dog owners are given an access card that allows them to open the electronic gates. There is no other way to gain entry.The security upgrades for the dog park were discussed at Thursday’s City Council meeting and brought a bit of growling from Ocean City resident Michael Hinchman, the former president of the local government watchdog group Fairness In Taxes.“Do you need security for a dog park?” Hinchman pointedly asked Council. He continued his remarks by suggesting the dogs would be fine if the city simply “let them have some grass and go poop.”Later, though, city officials explained to Hinchman that the security upgrades would be funded by the transfer of money from the Dog Park Association, preventing local taxpayers from having to pick up the cost.“The dog park is self-funded, so it’s great,” Hinchman responded, apparently satisfied with the explanation.Molly and Justice frolic off-leash in the sandy soil.Susan Chorba, the owner of the German shorthaired pointers Molly and Justice, said she walks her dogs every day, but also brings them to the park so they can frolic off-leash. She noted the park has become an oasis for her following the death of her husband, Bob, who passed away on Christmas Day.“I’ve been coming here almost every day for three weeks now,” said Chorba, an Ocean City resident who lives on Second Street. “This was my way of getting out of the house and doing things again. I fell in love with the park again. You meet nice people here.”The park is open 8 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week, year-round. It has separate play areas for large dogs and small ones. The facilities include dog agility equipment, pavilions, picnic tables, benches and water fountains. There are also “pooper scooper” dispensers and disposable waste bags.The facility is formally known as the Cape May County Dog Park of Ocean City. The title reflects the ownership of the land by the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority, which operates a wastewater treatment plant next to the park.A large sign greets visitors to the park.
But we need to continue being ambitious for Wales, and it’s my role to support businesses to grow and enter new markets overseas. The UK Government has a wide range of support available to help companies build their brand abroad, and through our ambitious Industrial Strategy we are ensuring the UK remains one of the best places in the world to do business. Face-to-face support for exporters in England – delivered via a network of around 250 international trade advisers (ITAs). ITAs are managed by 9 delivery partners who operate in each of the 9 English regions. The HMRC figures on number of exporters focus on Q1 2018 (Jan – March) and the comparison to Q1 2017 (Jan – March). HMRC figures on values of exports compare the year to Q1 2018 with the year to Q1 2017. The figures can be found here. Every part of the UK has seen their goods exports increase thanks to increasing global opportunities, new data shows.The positive analysis released by HMRC today (Thursday, 7 June) found the number of VAT-registered businesses exporting goods in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is at 109,000 – a rise of 4.1 per cent from the previous year.The figures also reveal Welsh goods exports increased by 7.1% to £16.4bn.In the first months of 2018, the average value of goods exported per exporter was £750,000.Businesses were also taking advantage of global interest as the number exporting to non-EU countries rose to over 47,000. The most popular non-EU destinations include the USA, that 19.2% of exporters sold goods to, Australia (7.3%) and Switzerland (7.2%).Comparing the year to the previous year, the growth in goods exports came from regions across the UK with the East Midlands seeing the greatest rise in the value of exports (up 15.2%) followed by Scotland (12.1%) and South West (8.8%).The latest figures are a further boost to the country as global e-commerce giant Amazon announces it will create more than 2,500 jobs in the UK this year as it remains committed to expanding in a post-Brexit Britain.International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox said: great.gov.uk – export platform which lists thousands of export opportunities worth millions of pounds. It also puts firms in touch with global buyers at the click of a mouse. UK Export Finance – the UK’s export credit agency provides financial support like working capital support, to ensure no viable export deal fails due to lack of finance and insurance. UKEF has recently partnered with 5 of the UK’s biggest banks, to help small businesses easily access government-backed financial support. In the UK in 2018, there were 20,963 businesses exporting goods to the USA, the most of any destination. The USA was the top destination in each region of England and in Wales and Scotland (it was 2nd in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland was 1st), in terms of number of goods exporters. Today’s figures show that Welsh companies are going toe to toe with their international counterparts, seeking out customers with faster growth being demonstrated in markets outside of the European Union, because of the global demand that exists for their high quality goods and services. Top 5 ways the UK Government supports businesses to export: Nearly three-quarters (73%) of businesses with an annual turnover of £500,000 or more said they believed that there is strong demand for British good and services from around the world (up from 68% in 2015) Almost half (47%) of all UK businesses believe hat the value of UK exports will continue to grow over the next five years, more than double the amount who thought the opposite Nearly two thirds (63%) of businesses with an annual turnover of £500,000 or more businesses agreed that significantly more businesses could export be exporting (up from 55% in 2016) As the Department prepares to launch its Export Strategy, as many as 130,000 companies have made use of DIT’s export support offer Trade shows – DIT supports trade shows across the world to showcase the best of UK companies from sectors including life sciences, automotive and food and drink. Board of Trade – with representatives from the business community to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of modern businesses. It meets 4 times a year rotated around the UK guaranteeing all parts of the union have a chance to raise the issues most important to them. As we leave the EU, our aim is to create a strong and vibrant economy in Wales, and it is encouraging that so many Welsh businesses are already demonstrating their confidence by forging new connections and trading right around the globe. As we continue our path to Brexit, HMRC’s latest figures clearly show every part of the UK making the most of global opportunities as goods exports rise across the country. More than 100,000 businesses are expanding their horizons and making the most of the demand for quality British goods. For some, this isn’t the end of the road but the start to their exporting journey. As they grow their networks and create jobs and prosperity across the UK, my international economic department is supporting them through our experienced international trade advisers and Exporting is GREAT campaign. The statistics showcase a change in attitude amongst some businesses to a position where they are increasingly interested in exporting and in the benefits that come with overseas sales.DIT is looking to capitalise on this with its upcoming Export Strategy by setting out a clear offer to businesses of all sizes, no matter which stage of the export process they are currently operating at.One business reaping the benefits of the global demand for UK goods is Cardiff-based studio Cloth Cat Animation.Cloth Cat is the largest animation production studio in Wales, specialising in creative, inventive and design-rich projects with a strong technical grounding for all audiences via broadcast series, film, commercials, games and web content.Cloth Cat Animation now export internationally and their work has been seen on networks across the globe, on channels including CBeebies, Disney, Cartoon Network, Sprout, Netflix, S4C and many more channels worldwide.The UK Government has played a key part in helping Cloth Cat to achieve its global success, supporting Cloth Cat financially to attend media summits and trade shows including the Kidscreen children’s media summit in Miami, and the UK Government P2P trade show in Shanghai.Cloth Cat’s most recent collaboration with Chinese company Magic Mall on the Luo Bao Bei series was broadcast in China last year, was recently launched in Australia and will be making its way to British screens in the very near future.For more information on how UK Government can help you to export, visit great.gov.ukNotes to editors: Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: Separate figures released by the Department for International Trade today highlight British businesses feeling that UK exports are set to remain on an ever-growing upward curve as the UK leaves the European Union.The National Survey of Registered Businesses (NSRB) 2017, published by the Department for International Trade (DIT) surveyed 3,000 businesses from across the UK.It found: ENDS
The accusations come as Ryan Adams is preparing for a particularly eventful year. He has noted that he plans to release 3 albums in 2019, released music off the first of those albums, and teased some high-profile collaborations.He is also preparing to head out on tour this spring. Yesterday, ahead of the publication of the Times‘ report Adams posted on his Instagram about the run, leaving a caption that now seems to echo the women’s claims about him. Read the full report in The New York Times here. In a new report published Wednesday by The New York Times, seven women accuse Ryan Adams of wielding his music industry clout to emotionally abuse and sexually manipulate them. The report cites seven different women, including Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore and rising artist Phoebe Bridgers, and describes a pattern in which offers of career assistance repeatedly turned into sexual advances and romantic relationships became emotionally abusive.Perhaps the heftiest accusation in the report is that of Ava, a young bassist who was 14 years old when she began communicating with Adams online. Per The New York Times,She had been a gifted bassist since the age of 9. By 12, she was road-tripping with her family to Manhattan for gigs with established musicians. … Adams represented the creative future she dreamed of.Their conversations were on and off, but a constant theme was Adams fretting about Ava’s age — and asking to keep their exchanges secret — while also indulging in sexual scenarios.“I never see pics of you anymore,” Adams wrote in November 2014, when he had just turned 40 and Ava was newly 16. “You were blowing my mind.” He had pet names for her body parts.Days later, Adams expressed anxiety: “If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley [sic] lol,” he wrote.The New York Times reviewed over 3,000 messages between Adams and Ava from a 9-month period during which Ava was 15 and 16 years old, many of which are explicit in nature. Ava also claims that on one occasion during this time, he convinced her to Skype with him and was already naked when they connected.At the time, Ava lived in Iowa, a state in which it is “a felony to solicit, exchange or possess any material that shows a person under 18 engaging in sexual activity.” However, “Several legal experts said that prosecuting such cases could involve disputes over jurisdiction and whether the adult reasonably believed the minor was of legal age, taking into account context from their conversations.”Andrew B. Brettler, Adams’s lawyer, told the Times, “Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”In addition to expounding on the details of Ava and Ryan Adams’ correspondence, the report offers accounts from several other female artists that became involved with Adams after he promised to help their careers. Each of them alleges that Adams gained their attention and affection by offering to help them with their musical aspirations. Each of them claims that this affection from Adams eventually became inappropriate and domineering. The similar claims come from women with a range of experience with Ryan Adams, from Mandy Moore, his wife of six years, to Phoebe Bridgers, with whom he was briefly romantically involved, to Courtney Jaye. Jaye was reportedly made so uncomfortable by her one in-person interaction with Adams that she never saw him again and claimed, “Something changed in me that year. It made me just not want to make music.”As Moore notes, “Music was a point of control for him. What you experience with him — the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior — feels so exclusive. You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this.”Mandy Moore says of their 6-year marriage, which ended in 2016, “What you experience with him — the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior — feels so exclusive. You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this. … Music was a point of control for him.”Per Rolling Stone, on Wednesday, prior to the publication of the New York Times article, Adams posted a since-deleted image of the New York Times logo. The caption read, “Fuck you. You are kitty litter. Happy Valentine’s Day.” He also replied to one tweet before the story’s publication with “Run your smear piece. But the leagel [sic] eagles see you. Rats. I’m fucking taking you down.”Since the report’s publication, that tone has appeared to soften slightly. In a series of tweets posted earlier this evening, Adams noted, “I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly. … But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period. … As someone who has always tried to spread joy through my music and my life, hearing that some people believe I caused them pain saddens me greatly. I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing.”
Mark Zuckerberg will visit Harvard Monday to recruit students for jobs and internships at Facebook, the University announced today.Zuckerberg, along with Facebook Vice President of Engineering Mike Schroepfer, will meet with more than 200 computer science students at Farkas Hall for a discussion moderated by computer science lecturer David J. Malan. It is Zuckerberg’s first official visit to Harvard since leaving in 2004 to launch Facebook, the world’s leading social media network.While on campus, Zuckerberg will also meet with Harvard officials. There will be an informal press availability at 4:30 p.m. Interested media should contact Harvard Public Affairs & Communications for credentials.
With the launch of two electric transportation products, LimeBike is taking the legwork out of biking. On Feb. 12, the company rolled out the Lime-E, an electric-assist bike, and the Lime-S, an electric scooter.According to LimeBike’s website, both the bike and scooter have 250-watt motors that power each product forward and cost $1 to unlock and $0.15 per minute to ride. This is more expensive than the standard LimeBikes currently populating Notre Dame and South Bend, which are $1 per 30 minutes for the general public and $0.50 per 30 minutes for those who sign up with a .edu email address.The Lime-S and the Lime-E can each reach speeds of up to 14.8 miles per hour, the LimeBike website states, and the Lime-E’s motor alters the bike’s speed depending on how much force the rider applies to the pedals.The Lime-E formally launched with 500 units in Seattle on Feb. 12, which LimeBike touted on their website as the “largest fleet of electric-assist bikes in the country,” and is now — along with the Lime-S — also available in some of LimeBike’s Bay Area markets.LimeBike has made its other cities aware of their new products, LimeBike spokesperson Emma Green said, and is exploring where they will bring their electric offerings next.“We’re in almost 50 markets now with our normal LimeBikes, so we’re looking at those cities as well as new cities to launch,” Green said.When asked about the possibility of LimeBike scooters coming to Notre Dame, however, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email “there is no plan for scooters on campus.”“It’s very much up in the air,” Green said. “We’ve been in conversation with Notre Dame and South Bend about our new models, and that includes Lime-E and Lime-S, definitely making sure that they’re aware, but as of right now we just don’t have any updates of when they would be on campus.”Although a specific date for the Lime-E and Lime-S to arrive in South Bend has not been set, South Bend operations manager Nathan Hasse said as with the regular pedal bikes, local LimeBike operations teams will monitor individual scooters and electric-assist bikes to ensure that they are maintained and parked appropriately.“We patrol, and every bike is touched on a daily or bi-daily basis by our specialists,” Hasse said.According to the LimeBike website, the Lime-E can travel 62 miles before its battery runs out and the Lime-S has a maximum range of 37 miles. LimeBike operations teams can monitor the charge level of each unit, and Hasse said they aim to get to each bike and recharge it before the battery can run out in the middle of a ride.Hasse said South Bend residents should call LimeBike if they notice a pedal bike that is in need of maintenance.“We always try to ask the public for help,” Hasse said. “If they do notice one that we haven’t noticed, just make sure to call and let us know and we’ll get to it right away.”Tags: Electric scooter, electric-assist bike, Lime-E, Lime-S, LimeBike