NEW YORK: Government and utility officials were still searching for definite reasons on Sunday for a five-hour blackout in a large section of New York City's Manhattan borough that left 73,000 customers without power on Saturday.No deaths or injuries resulted from the blackout that stretched from West 30th Street to West 72nd Street, an area filled with tourist attractions and Broadway theatres.A transformer explosion at West 49th Street cascaded into a widespread outage that cut power subways, homes and businesses.Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city and Consolidation Edison Co of New York, the city's main utility, ruled out a surge in usage as a factor for the blackout on Saturday.Neither a cyberattack nor a terrorist act were to blame, de Blasio added at a press conference. "Definite causes will take some time" to figure out, he said.Activity in the Times Square appeared back to normal on Sunday. Traffic and subways returned to their summer weekend flow.Broadway theatres reopened … [Read more...] about Officials seek answers after blackout in New York’s Manhattan
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THE Housing and Local Government Ministry could table amendments to the Local Government Act 1976 next year to reinstate Local Government Elections. There is much expectation that local councillors will be elected again. Since 1965, Malaysians have been denied of their third vote to elect their local representatives. There are 154 local authorities in Malaysia and the effectiveness of these councils varies. But at some point they have all been open to abuse of power and mismanagement. It is likely that local elections will be introduced in stages. Problems with the local councils include the lack of action over draft amendments to the Petaling Jaya Local Plan’s land status despite findings by a Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency. The Kuala Lumpur Draft Plan was only gazetted last year after 10 years and cost RM30 million. The decision-making process in local governments need to be restructured to empower its officers to check and balance decisions in … [Read more...] about The third vote next year?
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., May 12, 2019 First off the top a very Happy Mother’s Day to all who qualify, hope you’re spoiled and taken care of and appreciated all day. Hope that all the time, of course, but especially today. And now here’s another big old weekend mailbag to wade through before the 7 p.m. game, for which those of us who now don’t have to write an early story are very thankful. - Q: Hi Doug From your perspective, is there anything left for the Toronto Argonauts to try in order to get more bums in seats at BMO Field? Moving there from the Rogers Centre has not helped and they are so far off the radar that they are now barely an afterthought. Article Continued Below Love your column too! Regards, Mike Guelph, Ontario A: I honestly don’t know what’s next. I don’t think they market themselves well enough to a broad audience and maybe there’s some nifty way to get themselves in … [Read more...] about Movies, fans and a Jeremy Lin question in a full mailbag
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?
AKCAKALE, Turkey — Like thousands of other Syrian refugees, Shakar Rudani worked last summer in Turkey’s Black Sea region, home to the largest concentration of hazelnut farms in the world. He arrived in August, expecting that he and his six sons, ages 18-24, would earn the equivalent of a few thousand dollars. He left in late September with little more than a firm resolution: to never return again. The work was arduous and risky. Because the terrain is filled with steep inclines, his sons spent much of their time attached by ropes to rocks, a precaution against a potentially fatal fall. Worse, the pay was $10 a day, half the rate promised by the middleman who had pitched him the job. “We made just enough to cover the cost of getting there and getting back,” said Rudani, a sun-baked 57-year-old who lives in a Turkish village on the Syrian border. “Plus our living expenses. We returned with nothing.” About 70 percent of all hazelnuts come from Turkey, … [Read more...] about News Where Ferrero gets its hazelnuts, Syrian refugees eke out a living