By Hamdi Issawi StarMetro Edmonton Mon., Jan. 14, 2019 EDMONTON—When Zachary Sedore came to Edmonton looking for work five years ago, he never expected to be living on the streets three years later. Once a part-time Canada Post carrier in Newmarket, Ont., he moved West hoping to find full-time work, just before Alberta’s recession — a move he chalks up to bad timing on his part. “Long story short, things kinda fell through,” he said outside the West Edmonton Bottle Depot on Friday afternoon. “But now that I’m in this position, I’m trying to figure out how to get myself out of this gutter.” Scraping by on $15 to $40 a day, Sedore survives by cashing in empty bottles collected nearby, and spends his evenings looking for a place to sleep, be it a stairwell, the vestibule of a bank, or beneath the low branches of a pine tree. But in the winter months, at around 2 p.m. every day, he knows relief will pull … [Read more...] about Boyle Street’s winter warming bus helps city’s homeless chart a route to survival
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Respondents to the Bangkok University poll released on Sunday also said city buses should be in better condition, emitting no black exhaust, and with cooler temperatures on the air-con buses. In the poll of 1,209 residents, 52.7 per cent were unaware that the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority was boosting fares. More than 39 per cent said the hike was appropriate. Twenty-three per cent felt it would help improve services and 16 per cent that it was a reasonable amount. Nearly 61 per cent, though, said the increase was not appropriate, with 47.1 per cent objecting to a rise in the cost of living and 13.8 per cent saying it comes too soon after the last fare hike. Asked what they’d like to see the higher fares bring about, respondents listed new buses or buses in better condition, cooler air-conditioning, an absence of foul odours (78.2 per cent), better manners among bus drivers and conductors (68 per cent), and more routes meeting commuters’ needs. … [Read more...] about Bus fare hike? What bus fare hike?
By Allyson Chiu The Washington Post Thu., Nov. 15, 2018 A tour bus travelling along an icy highway in northern Mississippi overturned Wednesday afternoon, killing two people and injuring 44 others in what authorities are calling a “weather-related” crash. The bus, which had 46 people on board, was on its way from Huntsville, Ala., to Tunica, Miss., when the crash occurred at about 12:35 p.m. local time on Interstate 269 in DeSoto County, according to a statement from the Mississippi Highway Patrol. In a winter weather advisory issued for the area, the National Weather Service predicted light snow, sleet and freezing rain throughout the day and noted that the inclement weather would probably cause “travel difficulties.” The two people killed in the crash were 70-year-old Betty Russell and 61-year-old Cynthia Hardin, DeSoto County Coroner Joshua Pounders told the Associated Press. Both women were from Huntsville. Many of the bus’s … [Read more...] about Two dead, more than 40 injured after tour bus overturns on icy road in Mississippi
PETALING JAYA: Gunung Capital Bhd which saw a more than 18-fold increase in net profit for the first quarter ended March 31, is cautious of extension to its National Service Programme contract given the new government’s target of reducing operational expenditure. The company made a RM2.66 million net profit for the quarter under review, compared with RM146,000 in the same quarter a year ago. The service contract has contributed to revenue for the past seven years including the quarter under review. Revenue for the quarter under review rose by 18.5% to RM12.04 million from RM10.61 million in the preceding year’s corresponding quarter, driven by its transportation division which saw a constant revenue from the contract to ferry children from the Defence Ministry (Mindef), as well as the 3,989 effective day-trips made for the National Service Program. The group is expecting to see cost pressure although it expects service-contract revenues to continue to provide a positive … [Read more...] about Gunung Capital cautious on National Service contract
By Steve Leblanc The Associated Press Mon., Feb. 26, 2018 BOSTON—One promise of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ride-hailing companies are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicycles and their own feet and putting them in cars instead. And in what could be a new wrinkle, a service by Uber called Express Pool now is seen as directly competing with mass transit. Uber and Lyft argue that in Boston, for instance, they complement public transit by connecting riders to hubs such as Logan Airport and South Station. But they have not released their own specific data about rides, leaving studies up to outside researchers. And the impact of all those cars is becoming clear, said Christo Wilson, a professor of computer science at Boston’s Northeastern University, who has looked at Uber’s practice of surge pricing during heavy volume. “The emerging consensus is that … [Read more...] about Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services are increasing traffic congestion, studies show