Bus, train fares to rise to $1.50


first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Metro board voted to raise bus and train tickets to $1.50 on July 1, 2009, under a compromise proposed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. The board voted 9-4 to approve the controversial rate hike after hours of public hearings from riders hotly opposed to fare increases. The hike was less than a staff proposal to increase fares to $2 from the current $1.25. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who wanted a lower fare hike, voted against the compromise. last_img read more

South Africa urged to save electricity


first_img6 March 2014 The Cabinet called on South African households and industry to do more to save electricity on Thursday as heavy rains across the country compelled power utility Eskom to resort to rotational load-shedding for the first time in six years. “The grid has enough capacity, but due to the heavy rains across the country, especially in Mpumalanga, where we source most of our coal, it has left coal stocks wet and this has put unexpected strain on our energy system, which is already close to capacity,” Acting Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Edna Molelwa told a journalists following a Cabinet meeting in Pretoria on Thursday. State-owned supplier Eskom, which produces about 85% of its electricity from coal, started load shedding at 9am on Thursday. This was expected to affect numerous parts of the country up until about 10pm. Eskom had earlier declared a power emergency, asking its industrial customers reduce use by 10%. The utility will publish its load-shedding schedule online at loadshedding.eskom.co.za. “We have not received information that the cuts will have a negative [impact] on the economy,” Molewa said. “The rain will subside and we will return to normality.” The Cabinet thanked South African businesses that had implemented energy-saving initiatives, particularly when the national grid has been under pressure. Tuesday’s power emergency was the fourth one since November 2013, underlining the urgency of a growing energy deficit as economic growth and population expansion put increasing pressure on South Africa’s power supply. While capacity expansion has not kept pace with demand, two new coal-fired power plants – Medupi and Kusile – are nearing completion. Each will add 4 800 MW to South Africa’s grid, making them among the largest power stations in the world. Medupi is expected to be ready in late 2014, followed by Kusile soon after. Alongside the planned long-term expansion in capacity, Eskom has sought to slow demand growth, calling upon both retail and corporate customers to reduce their consumption, especially during peak demand hours. The government has also announced plans to provide tax incentives to companies that initiate measures to reduce consumption. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Joint India-Japan military exercise in Mizoram


first_imgA 25-member team of the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Forces is scheduled to undergo a joint military exercise with Indian Army soldiers at the Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School in Mizoram’s Vairengte from October 19 to November 2.The aim of the exercise is to share experience gained during various counter-terrorism operations in the respective countries, Defence spokesperson Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said on Tuesday.The joint exercise is under the Army’s annual Dharma Guardian training programme. The scope of the exercise will cover platoon-level joint training on counter-terrorism operations in jungle and urban scenarios, he said.“Dharma Guardian is a series of military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries. The exercise with Japan is crucial and significant in terms of security challenges faced by both nations in the backdrop of global terrorism,” Wing Commander Singh said.last_img read more

LeBron calls for love, unity before taking swipe at Trump


first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James speaks while holding his daughter, Zhuri, during the We Are Family Reunion at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (Erin McLaughlin/The Sandusky Register via AP)SANDUSKY, Ohio — Along with getting good grades and listening to their parents, LeBron James has encouraged kids in his foundation’s educational program to stand up for their beliefs.On Tuesday night, the superstar gave a lesson in how it’s done.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Concluding a day of fun and games at an amusement park, James turned serious when speaking about the recent violence and tragedy in Charlottesville. James also took a pointed swipe at President Donald Trump, calling him the “so-called president.”While holding his young daughter, Zhuri, James stood on stage before an excited crowd of students, parents and others connected to the LeBron James Family Foundation and delivered his emotional message.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I know there’s a lot of tragic things happening in Charlottesville,” James said to cap the annual event at Cedar Point amusement park. “I have this platform and I’m somebody that has a voice of command, and the only way for us to get better as a society and for us to get better as people is love. And that’s the only way we’re going to be able to conquer something as one.”Then, James, who endorsed Hillary Clinton last year and introduced her at a rally in Cleveland just two days before the election, went at Trump, whom he has criticized in the past. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Valdez, PH volleyball take lessons from losses in AVC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Now in its sixth year, James’ foundation has brought hope to children who might not have any otherwise. If the students meet certain criteria, stay in the program and graduate, they can receive full tuition to the University of Akron.“That means everything,” Latasha McCullough said as she sat with her husband, Arthur, and children Arlissa and Arsea while waiting for James to appear on stage.The McCulloughs have been directly impacted by James and his work, and they’re forever grateful.“He doesn’t have to do anything,” Latasha said. “All he is responsible for are his kids, his family, go to work and provide for his, but he does it for his city. He does it for everybody, everybody’s kids. All the things he didn’t have growing up, he’s giving it to our kids with no problem and he’s not being selfish. It’s constant and consistent, you earn what you get.”James has grown his foundation beyond its initial goals of tackling the city’s drop-out rate. Next year, the charity will open the I Promise School, designed to help students who have already fallen behind and need extra attention.Michelle Campbell, executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, is awed by what the group has accomplished.James has led the way.“It’s never enough with him,” she said. “He is always pushing, just like on the basketball court, pushing and pushing. I could have never imagined what we have done and are doing, but with his belief and what he wants to do and his drive and his ability to put all these partners around us. We can’t fail.“It started out with working with kids and changing a child, then OK, we got the family involved and we learned that some didn’t have their high school diplomas, so we broke down those barriers. Now he’s changing a whole community. He’s uplifting this whole community, on his back.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s not about the guy that’s the so-called president of the United States, or whatever the case. It’s not about a teacher that you don’t feel like cares about what’s going on with you every day. It’s not about people that you just don’t feel like want to give the best energy and effort to you. It’s about us. It’s about us looking in the mirror. Kids all the way up to the adults. All of us looking in the mirror and saying, ‘What can we do better to help change?’ And if we can all do that and give 110 percent, then that’s all you can ask for.“So, shout-out to the innocent people in Charlottesville and shout-out to everybody across the world that just want to be great and just want to love. Thank you, and I love you all.”James’ remarks ended a star-studded show that included pop stars Jordin Sparks and Usher as well as his Cavaliers’ teammate J.R. Smith. They stood alongside him for his message along with his sons, Bronny and Bryce.There had been a celebratory vibe all day, as James hosted nearly 7,000 of his foundation’s students and their families, who strolled around the immense park best known for its roller-coasters wearing light blue T-shirts with “We Are Family” across the fronts.It was as if James’ hometown of Akron had all gone out together for the day, and that was exactly the point of the event — to celebrate the successes of kids committed to making more of their lives.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more