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first_imgCounty officials in early March gave Downey 30 days to remove the window paintings. Alex Garcia, a supervising regional planner for the county, said window advertisements can cover only 25 percent of the glass, according to county code. Because Downey’s murals covered most of his store’s front windows – and included some advertisements – county officials gave him a month to remove them, or face an initial penalty of $633 – a fee that would triple if not paid within 15 days. But because Downey is now having an artist remove the advertisements from the murals, they will become merely murals again, not subject to the county’s sign ordinance, Garcia said. “Once you put ads on the murals, the whole thing is considered a sign,” Garcia said. Downey, 62, said he was glad he could reach a compromise with county officials on his murals. “\ found a way to denote \ as art, rather than signs, by having me remove the advertisements on them. I was more than willing to work with them,” he said. Downey put up the murals on his windows two years ago, after deciding that taggers were less likely to paint over a mural. He said he had spent more than $40,000 over the past five years cleaning up vandalism and graffiti from his windows. After he hired an artist to air-brush murals onto his windows, incidents went down by about 85 percent, he said. Ruth Keniston, who lives behind Downey’s store, was largely responsible for spurring the signature campaign in support of the murals. “Exactly what I wanted to happen happened,” Keniston said. “I wanted \ to use discretion in interpreting the ordinance. I couldn’t believe that the beautiful murals were illegal, while ugly etched glass was not.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When Los Angeles County officials cited local paint store owner Bob Downey last month for putting murals on his windows, Downey thought he’d lost the one tactic that had helped deter vandals – art. But once word got out about the citation, residents living near Downey’s West Whittier Paint store rallied to his defense. On Monday, Downey said supporters collected nearly 400 signatures within a few weeks, which they then presented to county Supervisor Gloria Molina’s field deputy at a neighborhood meeting. Now an artist hired by Downey is restoring the murals – with some small modifications. last_img read more

Giants, A’s: Great new food, drink choices for baseball fans

first_imgAs any stadium or arena executive will tell you, baseball (or basketball, football or hockey) is no longer just about the game. It’s about the fan experience, from the promotions and seats to the food and beverage.Especially the food and beverage.Here are the new offerings that Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants fans will find when they head to the ballpark this season. The Oakland A’s will host Opening Day and Opening Night games March 28-29, and the Giants will return from the road to …last_img

A home run? Not quite. Lots of hurdles before the A’s new ballpark rises at Howard Terminal

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device — There is no Coliseum BART train, no walkway over Damon Slough, no parking or tailgating in A Lot or B Lot. The new path to catch Oakland A’s games is a short walk along a place called “Athletics’ Way” to Howard Terminal.But how long will it really take before fans can make their way into the team’s new waterfront home? As the A’s move to build a stadium near Jack London Square, which they hope …last_img

Behind enemy lines, 49ers vs. Browns: 5 questions with opposing beat writer

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is what Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com had to say of Monday night’s matchup between the host 49ers and Browns:1. Did that win over the Ravens validate all the offseason hype, or at least enough to save the Browns season?I actually do think it saved the Browns’ season. If they were 1-3 right now with this grueling stretch of the season coming up (49ers, Seahawk, Patriots on the road), things could’ve come apart this week. Instead, they pulled together and …last_img

Toyota SA gears up for exports

first_img12 April 2007Toyota South Africa has completed the R2.4-billion expansion of its manufacturing plant in Prospecton, south of Durban, paving the way for the company to become a major exporter of fully built-up vehicles.The company, 75% owned by the Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan, began its expansion programme five year ago to enable production of the new Hilux as part of Toyota’s global International Innovative Multipurpose Vehicle (IMV) programme for both local and export markets.Approximately half of the investment amount was set aside for local suppliers and contractors.Toyota SA said in a statement last month that the new facility has more than doubled the component stamping capacity at Prospecton, as the company aims to produce 220 000 vehicles a year on a two-shift basis by 2008.“The successful completion of this project and the introduction of the IMV resulted in Toyota Motor Corporation giving an emphatic indication of its confidence in Toyota South Africa as a partner in its global manufacturing network by announcing that the Prospecton plant would become a source plant for a second high-volume export model,” said Toyota SA chief executive Johan van Zyl.“Like the IMV, this model is destined for export to Europe, in both right- and left-hand drive form, with production due to start during 2007.”The stamping facility features two new-generation presses using technology developed by Toyota for use only in its own plants. Toyota South Africa is only the third country, including Japan, to make use of this technology.Improvements at its manufacturing plant will also bring a steady steel supply to the company’s stamping lines, eliminating the need to source steel from Gauteng.“When Toyota SA is producing at its 220 000 units per annum design capacity, approximately half of the production will be for export markets,” Van Zyl said. “This will be a 120% increase over the 50 000 plus units exported by Toyota South Africa in 2006.”The company commissioned a state-of-the-art R1-billion water-based paint plant in August 2006, one of only five such plants commissioned globally by Toyota.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Congratulations to the Class of 2014

first_imgBrand South Africa urges Class of 2014 to Play Their Part in building our countryTop performers in the 2014 national matriculation exams at the announcement of the results on 5 January 2015.Johannesburg, Tuesday 6 January 2015 – Brand South Africa congratulates all the Class of 2014 for successfully concluding their formal school careers. We wish the matriculants well as they pursue opportunities beyond the walls of their schools and urge them to play their part to positively contribute towards building our country.South Africa has produced sterling examples of how dynamic, tenacious and inspiring young people can play their part to fly our national flag beyond our shores including, amongst others, Mandla Maseko who is the first black South African astronaut as well as Siya Xuza who has had a minor planet named after him by NASA based on his ground-breaking work. A little piece of South Africa lives in space through the planet named Siyaxuza.South African’s such as Siya and Mandla show us why it is critical that the National Development Plan be implemented with haste since all young people in our country must be empowered to achieve their full potential which will contribute to our country’s global competitiveness and reputation.The NDP has adopted a “youth lens” in preparing its proposals to ensure young people become active, contributing citizens and will see young people receiving quality education – particularly around maths and science programmes, skills transfer and training.The NDP also prioritises leadership as a pillar our country’s growth and development. The building of leaders begins at the foundation stages of a child’s life and the education system as well as the community must be part of this process. Leaders are not built by governments rather by families and communities. How can we therefore play our part to ensure that we nurture the development of leaders in, amongst others, our homes, communities, workplaces? This is something that all South Africans must begin to reflect on.To the class of 2015, Brand South Africa encourages you to take up the challenge to improve upon the 2014 matric results and to grow the skills base that South Africa has to offer. We wish you luck in the year ahead and urge to seize all the opportunities this county has to offer.Notes to the editorAbout the 2014 Matriculation exams• A total of 688 660 candidates were registered to write the year-end examination• Of this number, 550 127 were full time students• Kwazulu-Natal had the largest group of full time candidates and Gauteng had the lowest• Girls dominated the cohort of 2014 candidates, making up 54.6 per cent of the matric group• Examinations were written across 6740 locations with 65 000 invigilators overseeing the five-week writing period• A total of 41 000 markers at 118 marking venues then tackled the assessment of the examination papers produced.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, helping to improve its global competitiveness. It also aims to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, contributing to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.More resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit SouthAfrica.info and Media Club South Africa for further resources that can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.last_img read more

MLB honors school shooting victims with special caps

first_img“You can’t put it into words,” he said, fighting back tears. “I think it’s great what Major League Baseball is doing to show support for our community and our school. It’s been a rough week and just being out here … (gives me) a sense of freedom.”Teams had the option of wearing he caps, which are black with “SD” in block letters, during the games or only during warmups. Both the Astros and Nationals wore them during Friday’s game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMLB ordered more than 2,500 of the caps from New Era, league spokesman Steven Arrocho said. Many teams will have players sign them, and they will be auctioned to benefit the victims and families affected by the shooting.Stoneman Douglas, which won a state title in 2016, counts several baseball players as alumni, led by Cubs star Anthony Rizzo. He left camp in Arizona to return to Parkland the day after the shooting, gave an emotional speech at a candlelight vigil and later visited victims in the hospital. He wasn’t in the lineup for Chicago’s game on Friday, but wore the hat bearing his high school’s initials while working out. Read Next FBI probe docs list range of payments to top college basketball players Marlins players and staff wore maroon shirts that read “MSDSTRONG,” and CEO Derek Jeter mingled with the teams and posed for selfies with some players. The revered former New York Yankees shortstop drew on his experience in dealing with 9/11, telling players that they can help the community heal.“When I was in New York playing after September 11, obviously you’ll never forget what happened, but at least for those three hours we gave people something they could cheer for,” Jeter said. “We appreciated that and we sort of took that and ran with it as an organization. I think a lot of times professional sports teams, sports teams in general, can help distract people, so to speak.”Before the first pitch, the Marlins and Cardinals observed 17 seconds of silence in memory of the victims. Douglas players and coaches watched from seats behind home plate.“In Parkland, there’s not a lot of smiles,” said Dustin Brian, Connor’s father and a former Douglas assistant coach. “That’s why I think this is so cool, getting them away from the community.”At the New York Yankees’ opener against Detroit, both teams lined up along the foul lines for a moment of silence before the game. A flickering candle was shown on the left-field video board.“You know a community is hurting right now,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Baseball sometimes can play a part in helping with the healing process.”Back at Astros camp, Hinch said he hopes wearing the caps would let those affected by the shooting know that they’re thinking about them.“The only thing we can do is bring some recognition and offer our support,” Hinch said. “I think around baseball we have heavy hearts that we even have to do this because of the tragedy that happened. For us to wear their hats, for us to tell them that we’re on their side is our way to kind of galvanize everybody, get everybody together in one setting and let them know they’re not alone.”Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, has been jailed on 17 counts of murder, and authorities said he has confessed to the shooting.“We’re not going to let one individual define who we are,” Fitz-Gerald said. “That’s it. That’s the bottom line … our responsibility is to be strong for our community. And our baseball program has a long tradition of success and we owe it to the students, we owe it to the community to represent them and give them something to be proud about.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Both Fitz-Gerald and his son Hunter, a junior, were on campus during the shooting, in which 14 students and three teachers were slain. The elder Fitz-Gerald wore a crisp white shirt that was adorned with the words “Douglas Strong” as he chatted with Astros manager A.J. Hinch and several other players and coaches during morning workouts. He and Hunter accompanied Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow on the field before the game to hoist the World Series trophy.Down the road in Jupiter, Florida, the rest of the Stoneman Douglas baseball team as well as the school’s softball team were guests of the Marlins before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals.“It’s helping us feel better and it shows that we are one big family,” Douglas center fielder Ryan Shinko said. “It’s not just us.”Douglas pitcher Connor Brian, a senior who will play baseball at Middle Tennessee State next season, had the names of all 17 victims written on the bill of his cap.“It just gives me a remembrance when I’m pitching to do it for them,” Brian said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Washington Nationals pitcher Tim Collins wears the cap of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles baseball team before the start of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Players around the league are wearing the caps to remember the victims of a shooting at the school last week. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball coach Todd Fitz-Gerald and his sons were guests of the Houston Astros for their spring opener against the Washington Nationals on Friday as Major League Baseball honored victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by having its teams wear caps with the school’s initials.Fitz-Gerald said it was a “relief” to get back to the sport he loves and to stop thinking, at least for a moment, about the Valentine’s Day mass shooting that left 17 people dead and more than a dozen others wounded.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosalast_img read more

Deepika qualifies for second stage, leads team into last 16

first_imgTeenage archer Deepika Kumari led the Indian women’s archery team into the pre-quarterfinals of the Asian Games competition with a creditable display, which also helped her qualify for the next round along with another budding youngster Rimil Buriuly.While more fancied compatriots Dola Banerjee and Laishram Bombayla Devi put up a flop show on friday.Jamshedpur-based Deepika, who was the best Indian archer in the Commonwealth Games with a gold medal to her credit, entered the second stage by finishing seventh after shooting 1329.Rimil stood 17th amongst 52 archers with 1298, but former world champion Dola and Bombayla exited after ending up at a distant 28th and 29th with 1270 and 1264 points respectively.Dola will continue to be part of the team which will take on Vietnam for a place in quarterfinals on Saturday. South Korea’s Yun Okhee set a new Games record with a total of 1371. Deepika fired 326 over a distance of 70m, 333 over 60m, 323 and 347 over 50 and 30m. The Indian shot 64 ten pointers and 17 times hit the bulls-eye. Rimil shot 309, 325, 313 and 345 in that series and she had 47 ten pointers and 18 golden hits.Dola brought in a disappointing 313, 313, 296 and 342 while Bombayla did 320, 321, 296 and 333. Archery Association of India secretary Paresh Mukherjee was disappointed with the women’s off target shooting which he described as “very poor”. “We were expecting better show from them but it was not to be,” he said. He pointed out that decision to include Dola in the team event, instead of Bombayla, was taken because she was the more experienced among the two. advertisement”We hope she would be able to withstand the pressure (in the team event) though Bombayla did better in the individual event,” he said.last_img read more

Bothered By Back, Federer Loses US Open QF To ‘Baby Fed’ (Video)

first_imgNEW YORK — Betrayed by his 38-year-old body, and his forehand, Roger Federer is done at the U.S. Open.Federer’s upper back and neck gave him trouble, he kept missing makeable shots and he kept giving away the lead against a guy he’d never lost to. It all added up to getting beaten 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 by 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals before a stunned crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night.“Grigor was able to put me away,” Federer said. “I fought with what I had.”Chasing a 21st Grand Slam title, and sixth at Flushing Meadows, Federer appeared to be flexing his upper back after some points and said afterward that he began feeling something in that area in the afternoon.He took a rare-for-him medical timeout after the fourth set, leaving the court with a trainer. When play resumed after a break of nearly 10 minutes, Federer’s form never picked up.“He started slowing down a little bit,” Dimitrov said. “For sure, in the end, he was not 100 percent of himself.”Federer kept contributing to Dimitrov’s cause, missing shots this way and that, long or wide or into the net.Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, reacts after defeating Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in New York. Dimitrov won 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The stats were staggering and showed exactly how off Federer was on this evening: 61 unforced errors, 33 on the forehand side. Compare that to his 40 total winners.And so his two-sets-to-one lead vanished.“Start of the fourth wasn’t ideal,” Federer said. “Start of the fifth wasn’t ideal.”Federer had been 7-0 in their head-to-head series, taking 16 of the previous 18 sets against Dimitrov, who is a decade younger and long ago was dubbed “Baby Fed” because of his similar one-handed backhand and all-court game.And the No. 3-seeded Federer could have become the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Jimmy Connors was 39 in 1991 at the U.S. Open. He could have claimed a berth in his record 56th career major semifinal.“Just disappointed it’s over, because I did feel like I was actually playing really well after a couple of rocky starts,” Federer said. “It’s just a missed opportunity, to some extent.”He joins Novak Djokovic on the sideline less than two months after their epic five-set Wimbledon final. Defending U.S. Open champion and No. 1 seed Djokovic retired from his fourth-round match in New York because of a painful left shoulder.That leaves No. 2 Rafael Nadal as the only member of the Big Three still in the draw. He meets No. 20 Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals Wednesday, when No. 13 Gael Monfils plays No. 24 Matteo Berrettini.Dimitrov will participate in a Slam final four for the third time, facing No. 5 seed Daniil Medvedev on Friday.Medvedev has drawn plenty of attention at Flushing Meadows for the way he sarcastically thanked booing crowds, trolling them by suggesting their venom was why he kept winning. Now maybe folks will pay more attention to the 23-year-old Russian’s unusual brand of shape-shifting tennis, which carried him past three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (6), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday despite 12 double-faults and a body that’s just short of breaking down.Dimitrov has struggled for much of 2019, failing to even get to a quarterfinal anywhere since Week 1 of the season. And it’s been nearly 1½ years since Dimitrov reached a semifinal at any tour-level event, let alone a major.His Grand Slam results have been trending in the wrong direction, too: from a loss in the fourth round at the Australian Open to the third round at the French Open to the first round at Wimbledon.So his ranking, as high as No. 3 a couple of years ago, is nowhere near that now. His coaches, Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek, aren’t anywhere near Flushing Meadows, either.They opted to stay away from the tournament. Asked why, Dimitrov hemmed and hawed.It’s certainly working so far.By: Howard Fendrich, AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Normal Operations Expected at KFTL this Week

first_img Normal operations are expected at the Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) during this week as efforts continue to clear the backlog of containers at the port.This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, during a press conference at Jamaica House on August 15.“The interruption (in the port’s operations) was most regrettable. However, we expect that in the days going forward, the backlog will be cleared and we will have the full (rollout) of the terminal operating system,” he said.The Minister also expressed confidence that users would not only see an increase in the overall efficiency as operations return to normality at the port, but the increased business desired.Dr. Chang attributed the major causes for the lengthy delays that have been experienced in recent times to “teething problems” with a new terminal operating system (Navis) being introduced as well as significant improvement works currently being undertaken.This disruption in the port’s operations had resulted in haulage contractors withdrawing their services on Tuesday (August 8).They resumed working on Sunday (August 13) following meetings with Minister Chang, the KFTL, the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ), and the Customs Agency.The Minister informed that specific terms were agreed to, including convening more frequent meetings with the truckers and other stakeholders.“There was a distinct breakdown in the level of communication between the various parties, because the port is going through significant changes in order to bring it to the required standards (by making) the kind of effective efficiency changes required to ensure that we can become a central hub in the Caribbean,” Dr. Chang said.He noted that it is understandable that the move to transition the terminal into a major logistics centre will have some hitches that not only require training and organisation management in order to overcome them, but communication among the various parties as well.“The port functions smoothly when the shippers are coming in with ships on time, the (vessels) are being unloaded efficiently in a timely manner and they are getting on the trucks in an efficient and timely manner, and from the trucks to the consignees in the system,” he said.Dr. Chang further urged all the parties involved to work closely to ensure that operations are carried out smoothly and efficiently. Dr. Chang attributed the major causes for the lengthy delays that have been experienced in recent times to “teething problems” with a new terminal operating system (Navis) being introduced as well as significant improvement works currently being undertaken. This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, during a press conference at Jamaica House on August 15. Story Highlights Normal operations are expected at the Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) during this week as efforts continue to clear the backlog of containers at the port.last_img read more