first_img Updated: 4:44 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter MTS operates 95 bus routes and three Trolley lines on 53 miles of double-tracked railway. Every weekday more than 300,000 passenger trips are taken on MTS bus and Trolley services in 10 cities and the county. In FY 2017, MTS served more than 88 million riders. Posted: May 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Metropolitan Transit System has announced that their Board of Directors has unanimously approved the purchase of six electric buses. The press release can be read below:In continued efforts to reduce carbon emissions in San Diego, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors unanimously approved the purchase of six (6) 40-foot electric buses from New Flyer and options to purchase nine depot chargers. The total cost is estimated to be $6 million and the buses are expected to arrive in mid-summer 2019.“This is a major milestone for MTS,” said MTS Board Chair Georgette Gómez. “These buses will serve as the benchmark of MTS’ zero-emissions bus pilot program and continue moving the agency toward operating the cleanest possible bus fleet.”In October 2017, the MTS Board directed staff to implement a zero-emission bus pilot program. As part of the pilot, MTS will purchase nine zero-emissions buses and use them on existing routes throughout San Diego for a period of two years.  The pilot program will allow MTS analyze vehicle performance, challenges and capabilities. Staff will analyze characteristics such as in route vs. depot charging, climate, route profiles, passenger loads, operator performance, battery capacity and more.The new electric buses will have a maximum range of 150-200 miles. The buses are equipped with 480 KW of stored energy and will be charged through individual depot chargers at MTS’ operating facility.The buses will have many modern amenities including the newest onboard video surveillance systems, enhanced wheelchair restraint systems with forward-facing safety barriers for improved safety, electric air conditioning and engine coolant systems.Six of the depot chargers will be installed at the Imperial Avenue Division as the primary operating facility for the zero-emissions bus pilot program. The three additional chargers will be installed at the other fixed route operating facilities to allow testing and provide continuity of service as the pilot program progresses.MTS has been aggressively helping San Diego and California reach climate action goals in many ways including:Transporting about 42% of passengers on a zero-emission light rail systemOperating of nearly 600 buses with clean-burning compressed natural gasPurchasing 100% renewable natural biogas for bus operationsDeploying 128 eco-friendly propane-powered buses into service that will reduce carbon emissions by 3 million pounds annuallyInstalling near-zero NOx engines into existing fixed-route busesAchieving LEED Silver status for new bus operations facilities in Chula Vista and El CajonInstalling solar power at 500 new bus shelters MTS Board approves electric bus purchase May 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

first_img AP, June 8, 2018 SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California appeals court has upheld a San Diego city ordinance that closes a picturesque children’s beach for nearly half the year so that seals may give birth, nurse and wean their pups.In a decision filed Thursday, the 4th District Court of Appeal reversed a lower court ruling that set aside the ordinance governing Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla, an affluent seaside community in San Diego.Thursday’s ruling will keep the beach closed between Dec. 15 and May 15 every year. Violators face misdemeanor penalties of up to $1,000 in fines or six months in jail.The Children’s Pool is an artificial cove that was used as a swimming hole for youngsters until seals began moving in during the 1990s — spurring a years-long feud between supporters of the animals and those who want beach access.In 2014, the City Council approved closing the beach for part of the year after other efforts to protect the seals during their breeding season were unsuccessful. The California Coastal Commission issued a permit allowing that action.Visitors to the area often walk up to the seals, pose for selfies with them and mimic their barking noises. When they’re disturbed, seals can abandon their pups, give birth prematurely or miscarry, or become frightened and accidentally stampede babies. They’ve also nipped at humans.The group Friends of the Children’s Pool sued San Diego and the coastal commission, arguing that the Marine Mammal Protection Act gives the federal government jurisdiction over marine mammals, not local governments. The group won a trial court ruling in the matter.The appeals court rejected the group’s argument and the lower court’s ruling, saying nothing in the protection act pre-empts a state’s ability to regulate access to its own property.“(The ordinance) is not directed to conservation or taking of seals,” according to the ruling. “Rather, it is a land-use regulation, which falls within a traditional state police power.”Coastal commission Chair Dayna Bochco said in a statement that the ruling shows the commission “made the right decision to protect the seals and public safety at Children’s Pool.”“This agency will continue to safeguard our precious marine resources as we have for the last 40 years,” Bochco said.Friends of the Children’s Pool says on its website that the group doesn’t want to force seals to be removed from the beach, “only to force the city to find a better way to manage shared use within the law.”“The seals had prospered for over 20 years sharing habitat with people. If the City still insists shared use is impractical, it can revert to restoration of Children’s Pool as originally entrusted, not buried under 10 feet of sand,” the group says.Or, the group says, San Diego “must repatriate the seals to the wild, for their safety, per federal recommendations and procedures.”“San Diego had no right to create a pen for them on state trusted land to exploit them for a tourist attraction,” the group says. Posted: June 8, 2018 AP Court: Popular San Diego beach can keep closing for seals Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img This year, the trend continues with the loss in sales in smaller retailers and the declining sales of smaller titles. This has a huge influence on the overall sales numbers; there were more than 8,000 fewer retail accounts being serviced in the first quarter of this year in contrast to last. The top ten chains in Q1 2015 represented 53.3 percent of total sales, compared to a collective market share of 51.8 percent in 2014. This is a trend that will likely continue as smaller retail stores exit the business. Although there will likely be no major turnaround in the foreseeable future, MagNet notes that decisions being made by publishers to reduce their allocations, partially driven by wholesaler demands for subsidies, are having a substantial impact on the steady sales decline. That comes in addition to the rise in social media and mobile technology in influencing how consumers view and absorb content. The Top 100 chains’ combined sales beat the overall business trends, which again indicates that the industry is losing smaller retailers. But the publishers who performed well in the first quarter all followed the same formula: more releases. Many of these publishers also tacked on higher cover prices, like Penny Press, which had 13 percent more releases, and an average cover price increase of about 23 percent.  Time Inc.’s numbers benefitted from more book-a-zine releases under their THEI brand, as well as the higher cover price on People. Harris Publications also increased their number of releases and focused more on book-a-zine products. Overall, the average cover price of a unit sold in the first quarter increased by 36 cents (more than 7 percent). Two factors contributed to this jump: 1) higher cover prices on many of the weekly titles, and 2) the continued publisher focus on book-a-zines with cover prices startingat $9.99. These factors helped drive the average cover price on a unit sold to an all-time high, which is one of the few good signs for the industry—consumers are willing to pay higher prices for quality printed magazines. center_img Although it’s easy to fall back on saying “social media is to blame,” publishers also need to reassess their releases—how often to distribute and how much are they going to charge according to MagNet’s 2015 Q1 Newsstand Sales Results. Magazine unit and dollar sales improved slightly in the first quarter to declines of 14.2 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, compared to drops of 15.6 percent and 9 percent in the prior quarter. The average dollar sales decline of the Top 25 titles was mitigated this quarter by the higher cover prices on the weekly titles. Even though the newsstand sales environment is bleak, decisions being made by publishers have a major impact. So keep producing quality content but perhaps release it in a higher quality product and quit reducing your allocations, as MagNet suggests doing the opposite has proven to only be beneficial.last_img read more

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Robert J. Gorski, 26, of 85 Baystate Rd., Tewksbury on a warrant for Receiving Stolen Property (subsequent offense).After setting up a surveillance operation at 85 Baystate Rd (Gorski’s residence) with an arrest warrant and search warrant in hand, Detectives observed a 2016 Black Ford Escape (Ma. Reg. 6PRY70) leaving the residence. Detectives observed Robert Gorski sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle which led to a motor vehicle stop a short distance from the residence and his arrest without incident.Mr. Gorski is a suspect in a string of recent car breaks in the neighborhood where he resides and his arrest/warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation. The search warrant was executed at 85 Baystate Rd after his arrest and items linked to the recent car breaks were located. Mr. Gorski was held overnight and transported to Lowell District Court in the morning for arraignment.The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov.Robert Gorski(NOTE: The above press release is from the Tewksbury Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSuspects In Recent String Of Wilmington Break-Ins Arrested After Turning Themselves InIn “Featured”Wilmington K9 Ridic Helps Catch Bad Guy In AndoverIn “Government”WANTED: Fugitive Dumped Stolen Car In WilmingtonIn “Government”last_img read more

first_imgAamir Khan’s daughter Ira posts adorable picture with beauVarinder Chawla/InstagramAamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan posted an adorable picture on Instagram that shows her sharing a romantic moment with her boyfriend Mishaal Kirpalani. While the photo is a cute one, it is the caption that raised some concerns.The picture posted by Ira shows her beau holding her from behind, while both pose with happy faces. It is indeed a beautiful photo, but the caption appeared rather odd. She wrote, “Everything will be okay”.While a lot of her followers appreciated the picture and showered love on the couple, few of them expressed concern at the caption. They started asking Ira if she is having any issues in her relationship or otherwise.Ira had confirmed her relationship with Mishaal in June while having a chat session with followers on Instagram. When a person had asked her if she is dating someone, she had posted a picture of her and the guy in response to the query.Aamir’s doting daughter had recently set the internet on fire with her sizzling photoshoot picture. She was seen sporting a red bralette and denim hot pants, flaunting her curves and belly ring.last_img read more

first_img.The High Court has postponed Gazipur city corporation elections following a writ petition.A two-member HC bench comprising justice Naima Haydar and justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order on Sunday after hearing the writ prayer, election  commission lawyer Touhidul Islam confirmed this to Prothom Alo.According to the schedule announced by the EC,  Gazipur city corporation polls were slated to be held on 15 May along with the Khulna city polls.last_img

High CourtThe High Court on Monday asked the authorities concerned to stop harassing supporters and agents of the opposition BNP’s mayoral candidate in Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election, reports UNB.The court issued a rule in this regard, less than 24 hours before the city near Dhaka goes to polls on Tuesday.Following similar arrests and raids during the recent election in Khulna city, as the BNP complained, its party leaders and workers who would have been agents of the BNP’s mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarker, were intimidated.The High Court on Monday issued the rule about arbitrary arrest and asked the authorities concerned to explain as to why they should not be directed to follow the Appellate Division’s guidelines and take measures to stop arresting the BNP men in Gazipur.An HC bench of justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and justice Md Iqbal Kabir came up with the rule following a writ petition.The home secretary, the election commission, the inspector general of police, the Gazipur police commissioner, the police superintendent and three others have been made respondents to the rule which is returnable in two weeks.The court also verbally asked attorney general Mahbubey Alam to make sure that the supporters and agents of BNP mayoral candidate in the GCC polls Hasan Uddin Sarker are not arrested arbitrarily ahead of and during the voting.BNP leader Moudud Ahmed along with Mahbub Uddin Khokon stood for the petitioner while the attorney general represented the state.Hasan Uddin Sarker, earlier in the day, filed the writ petition with the HC seeking its directives to stop harassing his supporters and agents violating the Appellate Division directives. read more

first_imgKamal Hossain and Badruddoza ChowdhuryJust before the announcement of the framework of greater national unity, a rift has developed between Kamal Hossain and Badruddoza Chowdhury as they called for separate press conferences today (Saturday) to clear their positions, reports UNB.Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, led by Kamal, will hold a press conference at the National Press Club at 6:00pm while B Chowdhury will brief media at his residence half-an hour later.Earlier on Friday night, the leaders of BNP, Jukta Front and Jatiya Oikya Prokriya finalised a draft framework of greater national unity with identical demands and goals to force the government to hold a fair and neutral election.The senior leaders of BNP and the two alliances were scheduled to hold a meeting at Kamal Hossain’s residence this afternoon to finalise the framework of the greater national unity and make it public.B Chowdhury and some Bikalpa Dhara leaders, including Mahi B Chowdhury, went to join the meeting at Kamal’s residence around 3:30pm only to find the door of the house shut from outside.Later talking to reporters, Mahi B Chowdhury said it its discourteous to keep the door shut after inviting a former president. “This incident has exposed who are against the unity.”He said they will hold a press conference at 6:30pm in their residence to make their stance on the unity clear.BNP sources said Kamal Hossain held a meeting with BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, JSD president ASM Rob, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna at his Motijheel chamber around 2:30pm.At the meeting, they decided to hold a press conference at the National Press Club around 6:00pm.Manna and Rob had long been there in Jukta Front, led by B Chowdhury, to forge the national unity.last_img read more

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (L) visits Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) as more than 100 children lost their life due Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur on 18 June 2019. Photo: AFPTen more children died Tuesday from a mysterious brain fever potentially linked to lychees, officials said, taking the death toll to 113 this month and sparking angry protests in India’s poorest Bihar state.Sixty children, mostly under the age of 10 and malnourished, are undergoing treatment after an outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur district of the eastern state.Bihar health department official Ashok Kumar Singh told AFP that ten children died on Tuesday, taking the overall death count in June to 113.“Six children were discharged after being treated for AES,” Singh said.He warned that the toll may rise with fresh cases trickling-in, as dozens undergo treatment in packed hospital wards. Television images showed several children to a bed.On Tuesday, dozens of people gathered outside the main hospital in Muzaffarpur to accuse local authorities of acting too slowly and of not caring.The state’s health minister came in for particular criticism after asking reporters about the score in India’s cricket match against Pakistan on Sunday during a news conference on the crisis.“Bihar’s Health Minister Mangal Pandey seems more worried about cricket score than the death of children,” tweeted Randeep Surjewala of the opposition Congress party.Rabri Devi, another opposition figure, called the deaths “cold-blooded murder”.“Children are dying because of a lack of medicines and treatment,” she tweeted.Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Tuesday faced angry protesters as he made his first visit to the state-run Sri Krishna Medical College, where most of the children have died.Reporters were barred from entering the facility, and the families of sick children were kept away from the premises.Outbreaks occur annuallyThe disease sets in rapidly and is characterised by plummeting blood sugar, high fever, convulsions and paralysis. It is caused by viruses, bacteria and toxins spread in different ways.Outbreaks have occurred annually during summer months in the same districts since 1995, typically coinciding with the lychee season.Apart from 2014 when a record 357 children died in the state, the annual death toll is usually much lower.Several years ago US researchers said the brain disease could be linked to a toxic substance found in lychees, the tropical fruit.They also said more study was needed to uncover the cause of the illness, known locally as Chamki Bukhar, which is fatal in a third of cases.The National Human Rights Commission has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and Kumar state authorities to report any “possible flaw” in implementation of vaccination and awareness programmes.An editorial in the Hindu newspaper Tuesday said the deaths could have “easily been prevented with some foresight and early care”.It said in 2014 an Indo-US expert team had saved 74 percent of sick children through a simple medical intervention.“It is appalling that this year the government failed to raise awareness on this strategy.”Bihar is one of India’s poorest states and home to almost 100 million people. It has also been hit by a heatwave in recent weeks with temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) that has left 91 people dead since the weekend.Most of the children affected by the brain fever come from poor families who struggle to get even one healthy meal a day. Often the kids gorge on free-growing lychees on an empty stomach.last_img read more

first_imgHello everyone, how are you? Well, I hope. I just want to start off by saying I love God’s work, but a little bit of less rain would do me just great. Well, rain or shine I have something to keep your spirit up, so take notes.First I want to talk about this wonderful music program that my girl, Eartha Lamkin, started 10 years ago for children. Now everyone who knows me knows that this is a passion for me; children and music. Well, Ms. Lamkin, Director of “B-Sharp Summer Music Enrichment Academy at Timothy Baptist Church, is offering classes for children in voice, chorus, piano, guitar, strings, percussion, woodwinds, brass winds, ear training, sight singing music theory and dance. The “B-Sharp Summer Music Enrichment Academy is not affiliated with the Baltimore County or Baltimore City Public School System or any public school system in the state of Maryland. Timothy Baptist Church is located 1214 W. Saratoga Street in Baltimore and you can reach Ms. Lamkin at 443-421-7670.Eartha Lamkin, Baltimore’s own renowned jazz vocalist, opera singer and choir director is offering music training for youth this summer with her program called “B-Sharp Summer Music Enrichment Academy” at Timothy Baptist Church, 1214 W. Saratoga Street in Baltimore. Free breakfast and lunch and limited bus transportation provided. For more information, call Eartha Lamkin at 443-421-7670 or 410-484-6519. (Courtesy Photo)The Avenue Bakery, located at 2229 Pennsylvania Avenue on the corner of Baker Street, owned by James & Brenda Hamlin, hosts the “Courtyard Music Series featuring performances by Baltimore’s most consummate musicians and performing artists from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. the first Saturday of every month in August. Guests can contribute to the “Rebuild the Royal Theatre One Brick @ a Time” Fund-raising Campaign. Not only do you get live entertainment, but they serve food and drinks. All you have to do is bring your own folding chairs and go early.Carl Grubb’s Summer Camp Program. (Courtesy Photo)The Avenue Bakery is where jazz, sports, Baltimore history and tasty baked goods have intersected for seven years is also the first stop on “The Pennsylvania Avenue National Heritage Trail Tour.” They are now known as the one and only bakery that offers original, baked on the premises “Poppay’s Rolls,” heirloom-inspired bakery treats, and framed photos on the walls inside and out. There is no cover charge for the concert, just a cost for the home-made hot rolls that would make you want to slap your grandma. You can even order them in advance and say, “Jim! I am on my way; I want two dozen of your rolls, one whole- wheat and the other one white.” All you have to do is call him at 443-280-2702 and tell him “Rambling Rose” told you!Carl Grubbs (Courtesy Photo)We have a little gospel entertainment going on in our community. The Corinth Baptist Church, located 814 Cypresstree Drive in Capitol Heights, Maryland is hosting their “5th Annual North Carolina Day” (an indoor-outdoor fund-raising event) on August 4 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with free food, local gospel groups, vendors, raffles, youth activities and a gospel concert. The entertainment includes; George Dickens & the Gospel Disciples, Evangelist Mary Brown and the Spiritual Singers, and Jarell Smalls & Company. For more information, call 301-814-5618.“Big Daddy Stallings,” Baltimore’s renowned blues singer, will be performing live at the “One Sports Bar & Lounge, 4314. (Courtesy Photo)Staying on the Spiritual side of things; the anniversary celebration of the “Anointed Boyd Sisters” is coming up on August 5 from 4 p.m. at the New Elizabeth Baptist Church, 4901 Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore. The program includes: The Lunzy Sisters, Gospel Pearls, Serenity, Deyontay & NuDirection and Father Completion, Master of Ceremony is Minister Robert Wilson. The Pastor is William David Boyd. For more information, call 443- 695-6539.Liberty Live Sumer Concerts closes with their last event on August 3 with Chandra & the Ryze Band at 4100 Block of Deer Park Road in Randallstown, Maryland. Go early and find your spot with your folding chairs. Opens at 6 p.m. The live entertainment starts at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Vendors are welcome.The last thing I want to mention is the Frederick Douglass & Harriet Tubman Tour. The ticket includes a round-trip transportation, free luncheon, guided tour and photo opportunities, tour and film at the Harriet Tubman Museum, tour of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Center and much more on August 4. For more information, call 410-385-9532 or 410-563-3404.Well, my dear friends, I am truly out of space, but remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me a rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.last_img read more