March 13, 2020

SFs Muni was fined 220K by state for blowing off emissions requirements

first_img Tags: muni Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% While the Air Resources Board occasionally puts out a press release trumpeting its settlement agreements  it did not do so in this case. Muni was the only municipal transit agency dinged by the state in 2016. No news stories — prior to this one — have been written about Muni’s hefty fine and settlement for evading emissions requirements. Muni’s failure to measure, maintain and record emissions levels led, unsurprisingly, to its failure to submit mandatory annual reports detailing the above. In addition to the fine, Muni was required to remedy this and other mechanical and clerical practices. The transit agency was ordered to train its staff on emissions testing procedures — and to begin smog-testing its vehicles. One of the settlement’s stipulations stated that “SFMTA shall instruct all employees who operate diesel-fueled vehicles to comply with the idling requirements” of section 13 in the California Code of Regulation. The state, bluntly, is ordering Muni to cease violating the law. And, intriguingly, it was these very laws regarding over-idling buses that Muni workers allege are still being broken when coaches are allowed to rumble on indefinitely at bus yards. These are the buses, again, in which Muni opted to not install automated programs that would curtail excessive idling. It is questionable how well this stipulation is being followed. Muni is allegedly doing one of the very things the state ordered it to not do, and its decision to not install idling auto-shutdown programs further enables that.  When queried about the settlement, Muni officials sent an e-mail claiming the situation had “less to do with the actual emissions of the vehicles than … with paperwork and regulatory policies” — and was exacerbated by the inconsistent advice and faulty equipment of the Air Resources Board.Queries to the Air Resources Board seeking its view of Muni’s response — and asking whether Muni could be subject to further fines — have not yet been answered. It feels like Muni is under a cloud of late. One of its own making. This week, Mission Local revealed that the agency’s new diesel-electric hybrid buses are operating without a pollution-control program that has been par for the municipal transit course since the 1980s. The buses’ onboard computers are not programmed to shut down the engine after several minutes of idling — and sources say buses are being allowed to idle excessively in the yards, a decades-long Muni malady. Muni, it turns out, is on an emissions kick. In September of last year, it quietly agreed to a settlement with the California Air Resources Board: Muni pledged to fork over $220,500, mend its ways and make investments in training and maintenance after the state regulators alleged San Francisco’s transit agency failed, for years, to ensure its vehicles met California emissions standards — and failed to even attempt to do so. “SFMTA failed to test, measure, record and maintain records of smoke emissions from its fleet of heavy-duty diesel vehicles for years 2013 and 2014,” states the settlement agreement. The state says some 329 buses failed to meet “the applicable in-use performance standards.” center_img 0%last_img read more

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THE players spent Day 6 of the Australia Tour stil

first_imgTHE players spent Day 6 of the Australia Tour still recovering from the West Tigers game up the coast at sunny Newcastle, writes Head of Youth Mike Rush.All the players and staff got the opportunity to have some fun time on the beach and a game of tick and pass; still the best form of the game for us older guys.Mr Tommy Martyn acted as the referee and to think he used to call the like of Colin Morris and Stan Wall when he was a player, to say he was bad would be a glowing report.Following the short stint on the beach the group headed off to the International Game at Newcastle Stadium. (Many thanks to the International Federation for helping source the tickets…)The game itself didn’t match the expectations of many but to watch Darren Lockyer in his last game in Aus was special and the lads were made up to watch players like Slater, Gallen, Smith etc live and up closeAgain the day is a money can’t buy experience for all on the trip and the whole group enjoyed a wonderful day up the coast.The trip continues to be a massive success and a experience I am sure none of the players or staff will ever forget.last_img read more

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It was fantastic we came up with the win he sai

first_img“It was fantastic we came up with the win,” he said. “I thought it was a really good game of rugby league. Wakefield were outstanding and we fought all the way until the very end and got away with it.“It was my second experience of never write off the Saints … we needed it, got it and I’m rapped.“I thought we started to panic with 25 to go but settled down with 15 remaining. We kept coming and in the end came up with something to win it.”He continued: “Theo Fages and Danny Richardson went ok I thought. Jonny Lomax did us a favour at the last minute moving into the centre and did well.“I was also pleased for Matty Lees. He went well in a tough game to make his debut and I thought he did a really good job.“I have watched him since I came here – and he stepped up and played four really good games in the Reserves so I thought he deserved his chance. He went well.”The result leaves Saints in fifth position, a point behind Wakefield with the rest of Round 5 still to play.“I am happy we are still alive with a couple of games to go,” Justin added. “The beauty of the Super 8s is that everyone plays everyone and for us to know we face Huddersfield next week and could be in a better position is exciting for everyone.”Justin also announced that Alex Walmsley left the game late in the second half to return home as his partner was in labour.Alex and Simone have had a baby boy and everyone at the club sends their congratulations.last_img read more

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Saints beat Salford 342 on Sunday to go four from

first_imgSaints beat Salford 34-2 on Sunday to go four from four in Super League – and now head to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for a local derby.“A lot is made of a five day turnaround but it is fine,” Holbrook said. “The players will enjoy it as they won’t have to train a lot! They will just freshen up and get another game. They want to play so it won’t be an issue.“We were happy to get the game played on Sunday. It was a disjointed week in terms of preparation and it showed as it took us a while to get on top of Salford.“In the end we did and that is the main thing. It was a good win but, like other teams, we will get better as the season goes on.“We were a little off on Sunday with our execution. We may have had a good start to the season but we’re not getting comfortable with where we are at. We will keep working hard.”Saints are set to be without Jon Wilkin on Friday following his head injury at the weekend. That could see young prop Matty Lees come in for only his second appearance in Saints colours.For Warrington, Declan Patton is likely to be banned after being charged with a Grade D high tackle whilst Sitaleki Akauola will sit out the game for dangerous contact.“Warrington will be tough and ready to go I’m sure,” Justin added. “They compete hard every week and we’d expect that on Friday too.”last_img read more

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Academy Reserves

first_imgJake Wingfield, Jamie Pye and Matthew Foster are all included as both teams have been forced to make several changes due to injuries and first-team call-ups.Yorkshire took the lead in the three-match series with a 24-14 win at Castleford last month and the second match will offer another opportunity to see some of the country’s brightest young talent for Our League members and early-birds at the Bash.Lancashire have looked south to the London Broncos to strengthen their squad, with call-ups for Oliver Leyland, a scrum half from Kent who started his development with the Invicta Panthers junior club in Maidstone, and Kai Pearce-Paul, a forward from south-east London whose elder brother Kam has already played senior rugby for the Broncos.There are four more newcomers to the squad, two each from Warrington and Wigan – Cole Oakley and George Roby from the Wolves, lifting their representation in the 18-man squad to four players, and Ben Holdcroft and Brad O’Neill from the Warriors, who now have six in the squad.Warrington and Wigan are also represented in the Yorkshire squad. Amir Bourouh, one of five new faces in their 18, played his junior rugby for the renowned Halifax club Siddal before signing for Wigan, while the Warrington trio of Riley Dean, Ellis Longstaff and Jacob Gannon all retain their places in the Yorkshire squad – coached by Luke Robinson, the former England half-back / hooker who is now a member of Simon Woolford’s Huddersfield Giants staff.The other newcomers are Ben Tibbs and Robson Stevens of Huddersfield, and the Bradford Bulls pair Ethan O’Hanlon and Anesu Mudoti. Yusuf Aydin, the Wakefield Trinity prop who was named man of the match in the Yorkshire’s opening win, is again joined by club-mates Jack Croft and Connor Bailey in the starting 13.And Tom Holroyd, another Siddal product who has played Super League rugby for Leeds Rhinos this season after impressing in England Academy’s victory over the Australian Schoolboys last autumn, will be another focus of attention in Blackpool.The third match of the series will be played in Yorkshire on June 15 – with the whole series being shown live on Our League and Twitch.SquadsLancashire: Josh Thewlis (Warrington), Ben Holcroft (Wigan), Cole Oakley (Warrington), Sam Halsall (Wigan), Umyla Hanley (Wigan), Joe Barnes (Warrington), Oliver Leyland (London Broncos), Ethan Havard (Wigan), Jake Wingfield (St Helens), Jamie Pye (St Helens), Kai Pearce-Paul (London Broncos), Connor Wrench (Warrington), Matthew Foster (St Helens), George Roby (Warrington), Jake Bradley (Whitehaven), Harry Rushton (Wigan), Jarrod O’Connor (Leeds), Brad O’Neill (Wigan).Yorkshire: Liam Whitton (Leeds), Jack Croft (Wakefield Trinity), Ben Tibbs (Huddersfield), Dom Young (Huddersfield), Liam Tindall (Leeds), Riley Dean (Warrington), Mikey Lewis (City of Hull Academy), Yusuf Aydin (Wakefield Trinity), Corey Johnson (Leeds), Tom Holroyd (Leeds), Ellis Longstaff (Warrington), Connor Bailey (Wakefield Trinity), Jacob Gannon (Warrington), Amir Bourouh (Wigan), Robson Stevens (Huddersfield), Ethan O’Hanlon (Bradford), Rian Rowley (Leeds), Anesu Mudoti (Bradford).last_img read more

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Pender County urges residents to prepare for possible tropical storm

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Emergency Management is urging residents to prepare for possible power outages and flooding in certain areas.The storm could bring up to 5 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.- Advertisement – “We’re tracking this storm,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Every Pender County resident should take precautions to prepare for possible power outages. Citizens residing in low lying areas should be alert for localized flooding ”They also ask residents to secure lawn furniture, gas grills, and items that can be become flying debris.Collins said residents should prepare for possible power outages.Related Article: Time to prepare as Hurricane Florence, takes aim at US SoutheastPender County Health Department urges residents to take this opportunity to assemble emergency supply kits which include at least one gallon of water per person, non-perishable packed or canned foods and juices, a can opener, rain gear, flashlights, a radio with fresh batteries, fully charged cell phones with an extra battery, cash, and fuel for generators. All important documents should be secured in a waterproof container. All pets should be secured.According to the National Weather Service the tropical storm’s potential impacts include minor structural damage, large limbs and trees downed and scattered power outages.“Motorists should not cross flooded roadways with more than 4-inches of rushing water,” said Collins.Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on their Facebook page and on their website.last_img read more

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State Total agricultural losses estimated at more than 11 billion

first_imgFarmers say Hurricane Florence destroyed tobacco crops in NC. (Photo: Graham Boyd/Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina) RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Initial estimates for crop damage and livestock losses to North Carolina’s agriculture industry are expected to be more than $1.1 billion, based on assessments following Hurricane Florence. That number easily tops the $400 million seen following Hurricane Matthew in 2016.“We knew the losses would be significant because it was harvest time for so many of our major crops and the storm hit our top six agricultural counties especially hard,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “These early estimates show just what a devastating and staggering blow this hurricane leveled at our agriculture industry.”- Advertisement – Following are estimates by crops:Row crop losses are estimated at $986.6 millionForestry losses are estimated at $69.6 millionGreen industry losses are estimated at $30 millionVegetable and horticulture crop losses are estimated at $26.8 millionLivestock, poultry and aquaculture losses are estimated at $23.1 millionLivestock losses are 4.1 million poultry and an estimate of 5,500 hogs.The estimates were based on the percentage of crops still in the field in the 35 most highly impacted counties*. The calculations also looked at a five-year average for crop production and the prices of commodities. Assessment information from the department’s regional agronomists, N.C. State University agents and specialists, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and commodity associations were used to develop estimates.Related Article: Four County Electric gets $11M in Hurricane Florence reimbursementsThe N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services continues to staff the Ag Emergency Hotline number, 1 (866) 645-9403, to coordinate disaster response. Hotline staff can also help direct callers to agricultural disaster assistance programs.last_img read more

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Migrants rush to enter Mexico ahead of security crackdown demanded by Trump

first_img Reuters Reuters Reuters Reuters Reuters Reuters Reuters SharePrint Reuters Reuters Reuterscenter_img Reuters 1 of 16 Reuters Reuters <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Reuters Central American migrants eager to beat a crackdown by Mexico on its southern border with Guatemala scrambled into the country on Thursday as the government prepared to send thousands of National Guard members to plug gaps in the porous frontier.Mexico has agreed with the United States to demonstrate by late July that it can contain a surge in U.S.-bound migrants, following a threat from U.S. President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on Mexican goods if it failed to do so.Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said this week that Mexico would beef up control of its southern border, including sending 6,000 members of the National Guard. The deployment was due to begin on Wednesday though witnesses saw no signs of the deployment.As dawn broke on Thursday, a family of Honduran migrants floated across a narrow crossing of the Suchiate River from Guatemala on a raft and staggered onto Mexican soil.“They told us that they were deploying the National Guard,” said Melvin Ochoa, 28, carrying his 20-month-old daughter. Beside him was his heavily pregnant wife. “It made us hurry. I’m pushing to continue faster so they won’t catch us.”The trip was especially risky for Ochoa’s wife who was only one month shy of giving birth. She declined to give her name.“But the risks at home were worse,” Ochoa said, explaining that the family had fled loan sharks affiliated with a criminal gang who demanded money even after they had paid them back.“If not, they were going to kill us.”Behind them, the steady daily traffic of the river continued unabated, with no Mexican official in sight. Migration officials remained in the shadow of immigration posts on a bridge linking the two countries.Improvised rafts made of planks of wood floating on giant inner-tubes carried black-market Corona beer, coffee and other contraband towards Guatemala. Half a dozen more floated towards Mexico crowded with Central Americans fleeing gang violence and poverty.It was business at usual too at immigration checkpoints along the highway north.“We haven’t seen any increase,” said a police officer at a checkpoint, when asked about any build-up in security forces. He asked not to be identified because he lacked permission to speak to the press.Mexico and the United States brokered an immigration agreement last week to prevent Washington from imposing tariffs starting at 5% on Mexican goods. The Mexican government has agreed to consider changing its migration laws after 45 days if it proves unable to stem the flow of people.The standoff over the border has piled pressure on Mexico’s leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. He has called for national unity, describing the tariff threat as unfair, but vowing to avoid confrontation with the United States, Mexico’s largest trading partner.Threatening to raise tariffs on Mexican imports as high as 25%, Trump wants Mexico to accept asylum seekers as part of his effort to slow the flow of migrants and to relieve pressure on stretched U.S. border and immigration authorities.Mexico in December agreed to start taking in mostly Central American asylum seekers while their cases are being heard in the United States and absorbed about 10,000 during the first few months of this year, according to the Mexican government.However, under the deal struck last week, tens of thousands could be sent back to Mexico before the end of this year, putting increased pressure on Mexican migration authorities, said Deputy Interior Minister Alejandro Encinas.“This has become a national problem,” he told Reuters.‘AS FAR AS GOD PERMITS’Mexico sends around 80% of its exports to the United States so any move by Trump to impose levies on its goods would have serious repercussions for the economy, which is already struggling after contracting in the first quarter.Given that the United States had never managed to properly seal its own southern border, the chance of Mexico doing any better were extremely remote, said Andres Rozental, a former Mexican deputy foreign minister responsible for North America.“We’re never going to be able to get what presumably Mr. Trump wants in 45 days,” Rozental told Reuters.Complicating the deployment of the militarised police force along the border is the fact that the National Guard was only formally created a few weeks ago, and Lopez Obrador’s six-month-old administration is still finding its feet.For some migrants, those issues are of small consequence.“We have no plan. Only to go forward, as far as God permits,” said Antonio Hernandez, 29, stepping off another raft at dawn with his wife and 2-year-old son. Anxious and exhausted from days of travel since they fled El Salvador, they hustled on.WhatsApp Reuters Reuterslast_img read more

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Obama Cant use iPhone Due to Security Reasons

first_imgAdvertisement Well, well — it’s not that US President Barack Obama hasn’t considered the iPhone, but he isn’t allowed to use Apple’s device because of “security reasons,” Reuters reports.Obama made the news in 2009 when he fought a fierce battle with Secret Service to keep his trusty BlackBerry with him when he took on the nation’s top role, and so far, he’s been BlackBerry’s most high-profile fan.It seems like BlackBerry may have been his only choice among consumer handsets after all. It’s not like the iPhone doesn’t hold appeal — after all, Obama’s daughters are Apple fans as seen at the president’s second inauguration. – Advertisement – Apple was first implicated as being complicit with NSA’s PRISM surveillance program earlier this year, but the company denied its involvement, saying that it had never heard of it.BlackBerry, a Canadian company formerly known as Research In Motion Ltd, virtually invented the idea of on-the-go email, but lost its market stranglehold as rivals brought out more consumer-friendly devices, like Apple’s iPhone and phones using Google’s Android software.The company recently halted plans to be sold and is trying to chart a new course by focusing on large business and government clients.last_img read more

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Today Is The Last Day To Buy Google Glass

first_imgAdvertisement Google is ending the Glass experiment. After today, Google will stop selling the novel device — at least in its current form. Google insists the product is still in development and it’s highly likely that a new version will eventually be released.News broke last week that the Google Glass will be pulled from the market and the project was spinning out of Google X skunkworks to exist as a standalone project.  Former Apple executive and Nest founder Tony Fadell is now overseeing the project.The future of Glass rests in capable hands. – Advertisement – Glass launched with much fanfare three years ago in April 2012 and failed to become a consumer hit. But it did spark imaginative ideas, which could have been Google’s plan all along.As a Google spokesperson told us last week, the idea behind the Explorer program was always to see how people would use the technology. Now that Google has received quite a bit of feedback — both good and bad — it decided to close the program in order to focus on future versions of Glass. The current version of Google Glass will continue to work, but don’t expect official software updates. As of writing, Google Glass is widely available from the Play Store even though today is the last day they’re officially available.Techcrunchlast_img read more

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