The spidery theme building at the heart of Los Angeles International Airport will undergo months of renovation and repair after a chunk of its plaster skin broke apart, revealing widespread rust damage. The half-ton piece of plaster detached from one of the soaring arches of the landmark building more than two weeks ago and crashed into its upper platform. The impact caused no real damage, but rattled diners inside the building’s Encounter Restaurant and prompted work crews to install protective scaffolding. This week, though, engineers made a closer inspection of the arches and found that several sections of the plaster sheathing are weak and could also fall. Airport officials ordered the Encounter closed late Wednesday as a precaution. In the coming months, travelers at LAX can expect to see the upper arches of the space-age building reduced to their steel cores as workers strip away and rebuild the outer plaster. Airport officials inspected the hole in the arch from the building’s rooftop and initially thought the rest of the plaster looked stable. A small crew of engineers surveyed the top of each arch, finding “extensive decay” in the web of metal and wire mesh that attaches the plaster skin of the arches to the steel cores. firstname.lastname@example.org (310) 543-6649160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said it is too early to say how much the repairs will cost or how long they will take. “We’re just guesstimating that it might take at least six months,” Castles said. The Encounter – a funky, sci-fi vision of lava lamps and drink dispensers that zap like lasers – could open sooner, although airport officials have no exact timeline. The section of plaster that peeled off the building late last month was about 10 feet long and 5 feet wide, and weighed an estimated 1,000 pounds. It fell from midway up one of the upper arches and slammed into the concrete platform at the center of the building, not far from the roof of the restaurant. Nobody was hurt, and the only damage caused by the falling plaster was an indentation punched a few inches into the concrete. But inside the Encounter, “it was just noisy as the piece fell,” said Connie Bass, the restaurant’s marketing director. “It did disturb some of the guests.”
Cherlyn Tshabangu is determined to get drug dealers out of her city, and rehabilitate and educate drug-addicted underage sex workers and reunite them with their families.Believing that the rise in crime in Krugersdorp could be attributed to high rates of drug dealing and forced sex work, Cherlyn Tshabangu has started a clean-up operation. Asilweni Cleaning Streets, founded in 2012, aims to help rehabilitate drug-addicted sex workers and raise awareness on the dangers of drug abuse.Asilweni Cleaning Streets, founded in 2012, aims to help rehabilitate drug-addicted sex workers and raise awareness on the dangers of drug abuse (Image: Asilweni)Tshabangu believes that the town, in Gauteng, is a hub for human trafficking and drug dealing. She says, “We decided to take an initiative to help clean our streets of drugs and prostitution. We would also like to see the community taking control of their own streets and making sure that their kids are not exposed to all that we’re trying to stop as these are done right on the streets with no shame.”The organisation runs campaigns on drug abuse awareness, how to identify illegal drugs, and educates residents on how to get help with their addictions and whom to speak to regarding their problems.“We help all age groups that are affected by substance abuse and prostitution through counselling as well as detox programmes,” said Tshabangu.“We work in collaboration with Home Affairs to verify the identities of the drug dealers and prostitutes and we locate families of the girls as most of them are trafficked from different places.”Many sex workers in the area are young girls in their teens who have fallen victim to drug abuse, and who conduct sex work to fund their addiction. Asilweni works closely with the South African Police Service’s Missing Persons unit to identify the girls they work with, helping to rehabilitate them and reunite them with their families. The organisation also works with Crime Line, Lead SA, the Department of Social Development, and other organisations in the West Rand.“We are also networking with other African states and are hoping to work closely with them to fight drugs, prostitution and human trafficking. We would ensure that we have volunteers in all areas and all the time helping the community if need be,” said Tshabangu.“We hope to restore our communities throughout our nation and make them safe and conducive for everybody to live in them.”“We would like to also have a development centre in all provinces where we can have different skills training for recovered addicts and prostitutes. Most of them are rejected and may relapse so we will help them after rehab to either get work or go to school. And we would like to have these centres all over the country,” she said.The organisation also involves the community in its effort to eradicate crime, holding marches to protest against the drug dealing.“In March we had a successful march in demonstration of drugs and prostitution around the West Rand area and we were part of the committee that organised the march. Following that we were also involved in the march in Kagiso where we were sending a message to the dealers there that we are leaving no stone unturned and are intensifying our operations,” said Tshabangu.PLAY YOUR PARTAsilweni needs donations towards a car or taxi fares to help take their young charges back to their families; and towards medication to help wean the women off their addictions. The funds will also go towards food parcels and toiletries. The organisation is also looking to form partnerships with local municipalities and businesses.For more information on how to help, contact Cherlyn Tshabangu on 073 960 0905 or email her at email@example.com.
Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The game was at the 47th minute when referee Victor Hugo Hurtado toppled backward and fell off the field. Players and team doctors rushed to his side and after a few minutes Hurtado was put in an ambulance and driven away.Always Ready team doctor Eric Kosziner told reporters later that the referee suffered a heart attack on the field and then a second, fatal attack as he arrived at the hospital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Referee Victor Hugo Hurtado is transported off the field to the hospital after fainting during a soccer game between the Always Ready team and Oriente Petrolero team, part of the “Apertura” local soccer tournament in El Alto, Bolivia, Sunday, May 19, 2019. Hurtado, 31, died later at the hospital of cardiac arrest, according to Fernando Costa, president of the Always Ready soccer club. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Usnayo)LA PAZ, Bolivia — A 31-year-old referee soccer collapsed during a Bolivian league match high up in the Andes and died after being taken to the hospital.The match between the Always Ready and Oriente Petrolero clubs was played at Municipal Stadium in El Alto, which sits about 3,900 meters (12,795 feet) above sea level.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Draymond Green shows a more mature side for Warriors Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments
Scouting Northern KentuckyThe Norse have had a rough time getting things going this season, compiling a 12-22 record that includes an abysmal 6-19 road record. The one thing that has gone well for the Norse this year has been their ability to produce at the plate. As a team, they are batting .275 with 36 home runs so far this season, including a pair of hitters with eight home runs and four regulars batting above .300. The team has scored a total of 211 runs, averaging 6.21 runs per game. Its star bat this season has been junior first baseman and pitcher Trey Ganns. Ganns has eight home runs, while his .310 batting average is sitting as the team’s second-highest among starters. Ganns, the team’s cleanup hitter, has demonstrated an acute ability to clean up the bases, leading the Norse with 32 RBIs this season.Scoring runs has not been an issue for the team. Rather, the issue has been keeping the opponents from scoring runs of their own. Across 287.2 innings the season, the Norse have posted a team ERA of 6.41, which ranks 260th out of 295 Division I programs. Pitchers have struggled to limit contact, having surrendered 364 hits this season (.370 opponents’ average). Finding More Consistency in the OffenseThe Buckeyes’ inability to keep the bats going for extended periods of time has been cited by coach Greg Beals as the chief issue for the team.After the team took two of three against Penn State with a combined 16 runs over the final two games of that series, the OSU offense mustered just two combined runs against a pair of midweek opponents in Cincinnati and Eastern Michigan, and was shut out by Michigan State in its first of the three games in the past weekend’s series. “We’ve been working really hard just with our offensive approach,” Beals said in a press conference last Thursday. “The two midweek games, we didn’t score enough runs to win the game, especially Wednesday night’s game, we pitched the ball really, really well.”Though his team has shown a lot of signs of struggle, Beals said he believes the talent is there for his team to start putting it all together, and he hopes his bats can click in opportune moments.“Each of the guys in our offensive lineup have shown signs of greatness, and we’ve got to find a way to get that out more consistently, and it’s an approach thing that we’ve got to do,” Beals said. “We’ve got to make sure that we are locked in on the pitches we are going to get and be consistent in that approach throughout an at-bat and be able to string some quality at bats together to produce some runs.”The Buckeyes hope to get that offense going again when they take on Northern Kentucky on Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Then-junior outfielder Tre’ Gantt is greeted by teammates outside the dugout after scoring a run over the weekend in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Arizona. Credit: Courtesy of Press Pros MagazineOhio State (15-21, 4-8) has been on the road for a while.It’s had some midweek home games mixed in there, but the past two weekend series have been on the road for the Buckeyes.Now OSU is getting a chance to enjoy some home cooking with its second nine-game homestand of the season, which will kick off on Wednesday with a matchup against the Northern Kentucky Norse (12-22, 6-6 Horizon League).The Buckeyes found little success the last time they played nine consecutive home games, amassing a 4-5 record and a 1-4 record in conference games.
Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy believes the club shouldn’t be in their current situation of having to battle for Premier League survival.The Saints are currently seated in 19th position three points from safety and have already sacked Mark Hughes replacing him with Ralph Hassenhuttl.The former RB Leipzig becomes Southampton’s fifth managerial appointment in the space of four years, as they struggle to find some consistency, however, McCarthy believes the club are too big to get relegated.“I would probably be able to enjoy it more if we were higher up the table,” he said, according to the Telegraph.“Southampton is a massive club. We shouldn’t be in the situation that we’re in.”Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.McCarthy also spoke about his improvement over the last 12 months, as he became a regular in the English National team setup.McCarthy made his first appearance in the Premier League last season during a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford last December and has permanently replaced Fraser Forster as the club’s first choice shot-stopper.He has been the mainstay in the goalkeeping department for the Saints in 2018, but the club have won only four Premier League games since the turn of the year.“It has been a very good year,” says the 29-year-old. “I’m happy. Playing week-in, week-out takes care of everything else. I can enjoy my life outside of football.”
March 20, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities Tuesday released the name of the 27-year-old victim who was fatally injured while playing a “punching game” with a friend in a Gaslamp Quarter sports bar.Corey Poole and a friend were drinking and began “consensually sparring” and punching each other in the chest early Saturday morning when one of the punches dropped Poole to the ground, where he became unresponsive, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Poole was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he died less than an hour later.Police and paramedics responded to Jolt’n Joe’s at 379 Fourth Avenue just before 1 a.m. Saturday after a 911 caller reported Poole’s injuries, San Diego police said. Poole had apparently gone out drinking at the downtown sports bar with a group of friends.“The decedent and a friend began consensual sparring, consisting of concurrently punching each other with closed fists on the chest,” the Medical Examiner’s Office said, describing what police had previously called “playing a punching game.”“After receiving several punches to the chest, the decedent was struck and immediately collapsed and became unresponsive,” the Medical Examiner’s Office said.Bar patrons began giving Poole CPR, and San Diego firefighters and paramedics took over when they arrived at the scene, authorities said. Poole was taken to the hospital, where the resuscitation efforts continued, but he never responded. Doctors declared him dead at 1:45 a.m.Poole’s friend remained at the location and was later taken to a hospital for medical treatment, police said. He was not initially arrested, and it was unclear if he would face charges.The Medical Examiner’s Office had not yet determined the cause of death this morning and said the manner of death — whether an accident, a homicide or something else — is pending based on the police investigation. Posted: March 20, 2018 27-year-old fatally injured while playing ‘punching game’ identified Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 5:34 PM
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update -Friday According to Anchorage Police only minor injuries were sustained during the two vehicle collision. UPDATE 11:50amBoth lanes of the Seward Highway have been reopened at Mile 109. The closure is valid from 10:57 a.m., until 2:57 p.m. Original PostThe Seward Highway is closed near milepost 109 due to a crash/vehicle fire according to the Department of Transportation. According to the DOT, drivers should watch for police and fire trucks on the highway. Limited details are known at this time, updates will be posted as they are made available.
The appetising fragrance of India’s basmati rice will soon have a major role to play in keeping fuel prices down.This is because India is seeking alternative options to dollar payment for keeping the Iranian oil flowing despite US President Donald Trump’s clampdown on global trade with Iran.Iran is the biggest importer of Indian basmati and the commodity is a serious contender to become India’s rupee payment conduit for keeping the Iranian oil taps open.India is taking steps to relax basmati export norms to facilitate continued oil imports through the rupee route without inviting US sanctions.New Delhi wants to make the most of the exemption that Washington has granted it along with seven other oil importing nations in transactions with Iran. India has also received US waiver for its role in the development of Iran’s Chabahar port.India’s basmati exports last year topped $4.7 billion with Iran continuing to maintain its top position with imports worth $905 million. Indian basmati exports during the 2018-19 fiscal year has already crossed $2 billion with Iran keeping the top spot and Saudi Arabia a close second.Last year’s strong export performance of the commodity had increased sowing in India but the sudden re-introduction of the US sanctions was a dampener. Now that the US has granted India an exemption in the trade with Iran, the prospects of a thumping performance in basmati export have brightened. The rupee payment route will ease the trade even further, export sector sources say.The rupee payment facility and the enabling of even barter deals with agricultural commodities have come as a boon to the market that had suffered some amount of uncertainty over the situation in the Middle East and tension between Washington to Teheran. Iran usually decides the import quotas after the harvest season by mid-November. So, the traders think the decision of the Indian authorities to ease the norms has come at an opportune time and will help boost the market sentiment. Indian farmers of rice varieties other than basmati have already found cheer in the Chinese market outlook. A recent buyer-seller meeting in China, which is the world’s biggest producer and importer of rice, has had an excellent outcome for Indian exporters. About 80 percent of India’s $4.7 billion worth of basmati exports last year went to the Middle Eastern countries led by Iran. Indian producers want to do better this year after having sown more areas after last year’s bullish brighter global outlook. Punjab and Haryana produce nearly 50 percent of the basmati varieties that go at a premium in the export market. Uttar Pradesh produces about 12 percent.
WikipediaMichael Olivas, a UH law professor and the interim president of the University of Houston Downtown, celebrated the Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas.“This is a very good day,” Olivas said. “It shows that there’s moral order restored in this universe.”Olivas said Mexican-Americans, for example, are still vastly underrepresented in the state’s major universities.The 4-3 ruling ends a years-long legal battle between Abigail Fisher, a white woman from Sugar Land, and the University of Texas at Austin.“I hope this is a signal to other disgruntled, white, aggrieved plaintiffs that just because they didn’t get in and because they weren’t admissible, it doesn’t mean that they lost their seat to some less deserving person of color,” Olivas said.The ruling upholds UT’s admissions program, which among other factors, considers the race and ethnicity of applicants.“It’s only a factor of a factor of a factor of who gets into the university,” said Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, a professor at the Houston College of Law.He said UT was able to provide evidence that Texas’ Top 10 Percent law wasn’t enough to ensure diversity in the school’s classrooms. The law mandates public colleges admit the top students from any of the state’s high schools.Rhodes said since UT’s system is so unique, the ruling won’t act as a precedent in future affirmative action cases.“But what it does do (is) show that the Supreme Court is not poised to strike down race-conscious admissions programs as long as those programs are supported by sufficient evidence of their necessity and need,” the professor said.Rhodes added that it sends a message to public colleges to make sure they really study how and if race should be considered as part of their admissions policies.The ruling does not end the debate over how schools achieve a diverse student body.At the University of Houston’s Student Center, education major Bianca Ezumah said diversity is one of the reasons she chose UH. But she didn’t think race should be considered in admissions.“I think you should admit people based off if you think they would excel at your university,” Ezumah said. “Or if you think they deserve the chance.”Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton criticized the ruling. In a statement, he said the opportunities at the University of Texas “should be available to all students based on their merit, not the color of their skin.”State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, chairs the Texas Senate Higher Education Committee. He said the decision confirms that UT’s admissions policy was designed to create diversity without discriminating against any group. X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /02:18
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgFor those who haven’t stumbled across her rants, raps, skits and famous “B. Simone tone” on Instagram, her improvisational comedy on “Wild ‘N Out” or her music, B. Simone is becoming a name to know and remember. The entertainer with 2.1 million followers on Instagram is now on a nationwide comedy tour that is making a stop in D.C. on Dec. 26, and she is inviting people to come learn more about her and have a fun night of laughs.“It’s about my life, my personal life. My comedy’s about my relationship, sex life, what I’ve been going through with men and it’s just super relatable. And I’ve turned tragedy and heartbreak into comedy,” B. Simone told the AFRO.Instagram and “Wild ‘N Out” star B. Simone will be in D.C. on Dec. 28 at City Winery in Northeast, D.C.The rising star has not always been a comedienne, but she has always been an entertainer.“I come from a background of girl groups and R&B pop singing. So I started off wanting to be a singer honestly. I’ve been in five girl groups. I moved to Atlanta from Dallas to pursue music and acting. And social media is what made me a comedienne,” she said.Even in the earlier days of social media, with sites such as MySpace, B. Simone was active.“I’ve been doing it a long time before Instagram. I’ve been on Instagram for almost four or five years. So it’s not like I just blew up overnight. It took me a while to get to this point, and it’s consistency and constantly putting out content,” she said.However, it has only been recently, through her Instagram fame, that she gained recognition and became a true comedienne.“I started doing ranting videos,” she told the AFRO. “I didn’t even know it was comedy, I was talking to the camera about relatable topics and my followers just thought I was funny. I was just being myself, so they made me a comedienne,” the millennial entertainer explained.This is B. Simone’s first time taking her comedy on the road.“I’ve been on stage with people who have been doing standup for 20, 15, 10 years. I’ve only been doing standup for 11 months. So I’m very new at it, but I have the privilege of growing with my fans,” she told the AFRO.Despite being a neophyte to the comedy game, from the looks of the sold out shows, her first tour is going well.“Almost every single show has been sold out, and it’s just an amazing, amazing experience,” B. Simone said.B. Simone (center) with “You’re My Boooyfriend Comedy Tour,” co-stars Darren Brand (left) and Desi Banks.Although she’s doing well on the road, the path to getting in the door was not easy.“We decided to put on the tour and my manager really fought for me,” she explained. These clubs are like, ‘Who is B. Simone?’… ‘Is it Bruce Bruce? Is it Kevin Hart? Is it DeRay Davis? How is she going to sell tickets?’ And they just had to have faith that my fans are going to come out and support.Simone, who is doing her own promo for the show, thanked Instagram and her followers for her success on and off the road. She isn’t fazed by the haters who question her trajectory, “just because she’s Instagram famous.”“It just shows that you can do anything you want to do. The world is different,” she said. “But I’m going to use my platform to make money. And the world is going to excel and move forward.“I’m going to use it and I’m going to move forward in a positive light. I don’t take any of it for granted. I say it all the time- Instagram put me in a different mindset of what I can really, really do. I’ve touched so many people,” she told the AFRO.“So I encourage young Black women to use it to your advantage. I don’t care if you’re a doctor, and you need more people in your doctor’s office, or if you’re an actress… That platform is needed for whatever occupation you’re in,” she said.The entertainer is also an entrepreneur. A licensed cosmetologist who practiced 15 years, B. Simone is launching an upcoming vegan, cruelty-free makeup line and encouraged her followers to stay tuned for when its released.In the meantime, the comedienne is grinding on the road with the “You’re My Boooyfriend Comedy Tour” featuring Desi Banks, with whom she famously collaborates on skits, and “Wild ‘N Out” co-star Darren Brand. The D.C. stop is on Dec. 26 at City Winery the Ivy City (1350 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002).“It’s going to be an amazing show.”Click here for tickets and for all things B. Simone, follow her at @thebimone2 on Instagram.