SEPTA buys rail cars from NJ Transit to deal with crowding
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SEPTA buys rail cars from NJ Transit to deal with crowding

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

As gas prices have risen in the United States, the regional transport authority for southeastern Pennsylvania, SEPTA, has seen a sharp increase in ridership, which has caused overcrowding on the trains.

“As fuel prices have continued to rise, SEPTA ridership has steadily increased and is the highest in 18 years,” said SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey. Monthly ridership was 22 percent higher last month than a year ago.

“They have crushed loads on their rail lines, already where people are standing, and there’s not enough seats,” said Rich Bickel, the director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

“At peak times some railcars are standing room only and commuter parking lots are nearly full. All Regional Rail lines are running near full capacity and the train station parking lots are at about 90 percent capacity or more,” SEPTA spokesperson Felipe Suarez said.

While SEPTA awaits new Silverliner V trains from Hyundai Rotem, which begin arriving in 2009, it had hoped to lease eight rail cars from New Jersey Transit, at an agreed-upon rate of US$10,000 per month. However, due to problems with insurance and liability indemnification, the deal fell through, according to Casey.

SEPTA has entered a new agreement to purchase the eight rail cars from NJ Transit. The transit authority will pay US$670,000 for the cars and assorted supplies plus one additional inoperative car which will be used for spare parts. The rail cars will be operated using a SEPTA provided locomotive as they are not self-propelled.

The cars are being disposed of by NJ Transit because it has switched from single-floor cars to double-decker cars.

SEPTA is expecting to raise US$3.1 million by selling rail that has been out of service since 1981 at auction.

Culture of creativity features at Furnal Equinox 2018
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Culture of creativity features at Furnal Equinox 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Visual art, fabric art, photography, performance, dance, virtual reality, and music were all the subject of sessions at Furnal Equinox 2018, a conference held from March 16 to 18 at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle. Canada’s largest furry convention by attendance, the annual event offers dozens of subculture-specific programs.

The convention’s communications and public relations coordinator for the event, Ronnie, describes furries as “people that enjoy arts and culture centred around animals and animal-themed topics, essentially. Furnal Equinox in particular, we like to celebrate in a very visual and very […] artistic nature, where we have lots of arts and performances and crafts that go on, and people celebrate with lots of socialisation involved.”

Of the attendees, Ronnie told Wikinews “they come from all walks of life. They are people of all ages, sizes, all sorts of backgrounds, and they come together under one mutual interest, which is their love for animal culture.”

“Programming at Furnal Equinox involves[…] a lot of informational panels, so you can find out about topics from art and how to draw, or how to visually incorporate different elements into your artworks. You can also find panels that teach you how to write better, be a better fiction author for example,” explained the event representative.

At one panel Wikinews attended, members of its all-volunteer organising committee spoke of the year-long process of planning the event, and their reasons for committing such a significant amount of their time. Said one panelist, “if you’re happy, we’re happy.”

The largest hub of activity at the convention was a dealer’s room; nicknamed the “Dealer’s Den”, giving it an anthropomorphic twist. Vendors were selling original visual art, wearables like faux fur tails or ears, or things like jewellery or soap with motifs that would interest attendees.

The back area of the room was dedicated to a charity auction, with proceeds benefiting Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary. According to the convention website, the charity is “dedicated to rescuing abused, neglected, and abandoned farmed animals. Their goal is to provide a safe, life-long home for all of their residents, and to educate the public about the true nature of farmed animals through tours, volunteer programs, and community outreach.”

Split into groups, some attendees played “Fursuit Games” in front of an audience, like trying to toss a ball into a garbage can. The activity made harder, of course, by the limited dexterity and vision the most of the costumes entail.

18 Motorcyclists killed during Bike Week
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18 Motorcyclists killed during Bike Week

Monday, March 13, 2006

2006 was the deadliest Datona Beach Bike Week ever, with a total of 18 bikers being killed on Florida roads, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. This year’s festivities brought in about 500,000 bikers to the Daytona area, and 14 of those killed were from Florida. Walter Fliss, 51, had recently bought his motorcycle before being killed when he drove into a construction site. Another biker rode into a guardrail, and others were killed on their way home.

Learn About Getting Structured Settlement Funding

byAlma Abell

Many times, when there is an insurance or workers’ compensation claim, the winnings are paid as a structured settlement instead of in lump sum form. This is done for many reasons. First, the company that must pay doesn’t have to come up with all the money at once. The second is that the winner will get a little money each month or whenever payments are due, which can help with living expenses if the person cannot go back to work.

Sometimes, annual or monthly payments just don’t work for everyone and there is a way that you can get a large amount of money by selling your settlement to a structured settlement funding company. If you continually find yourself waiting for your money because you’ve ran out, then you may want to consider selling the funds you received to a company that will give you a large sum all at once.

Reasons to Do This

Before going to a company that buys structured settlements, you will want to determine your reasons for wanting a lump sum. Many choose to start up a business, and will need capital to get started. Getting a lump sum will help you start up that business. You may not receive enough money to live comfortably on a small amount you receive. This is problematic, because bills will continuously pile up and you could get into big trouble.

Whatever reason you have, you should definitely consider all the pros and cons. You are not asked by the funding company what your reasons are, but it is helpful to know for your own peace of mind.

Ways to Do This

There are two ways to sell your settlement, including selling the entire settlement at once or selling a portion of the payment.

If you sell the entire settlement at once, you will generally get a larger amount. However, you cannot go back and sell any more because there is nothing left to sell. This works for most people who need a lot of money immediately for some purpose, such as owning a business or those with a lot of extra bills.

If you sell a portion of your payment or one payment at a time, you can still have money to live from with the settlement and get an extra bit of money when it is required. This works well for people who have varying bills each month or needs something extra for an emergency situation.

If you are interested in structured settlement funding to get one sum of money or have a little extra one month, visit Resolution Funding to learn how.

Sprint/RealNetworks to provide cell phone Internet radio and podcasts in US
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Sprint/RealNetworks to provide cell phone Internet radio and podcasts in US

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Wireless provider Sprint announced today, that they would be working with RealNetworks to launch a streaming music service, for Sprint wireless customers, called Rhapsody Radio.

The service will allow users to listen to podcasts and six streaming radio stations (rap, hip-hop hits, alternative, country, ’70s, and music news) from their mobile phone. Users will be able to listen to live broadcasts of those stations over their cellular connection. For a monthly subscription fee of $6.95, users will also have unlimited access to commercial-free radio broadcasts. Selected streaming podcasts from KCRW, Santa Monica 89.9 FM, and National Public Radio’s Southern California station will also be available. A special Beats N Breaks stream is also available. Beats N Breaks provides background music from hip-hop songs for users to rap with.

Rhapsody Radio service requires a Sanyo MM-7400, Sanyo MM-5600, Sanyo MM-8300, Samsung IP-A790, Samsung MM-A800, Samsung MM-A880 or an LG MM-535 mobile phone. Customers are able to order directly from their phones, with the charge appearing on their next bill.

Many analysts predicted the introduction of music services by other wireless providers after Apple recently introduced the Motorola ROKR. The Motorola ROKR comes with a version of the iTunes software which allows users to listen to up to 100 songs on their phone. Service for this phone in the USA is provided by Cingular Wireless.

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Formula 1: Alonso in lead in tomorrow’s British Grand Prix
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Formula 1: Alonso in lead in tomorrow’s British Grand Prix

Saturday, July 9, 2005

Fernando Alonso has secured himself the pole at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, UK. His main rival, Kimi Raikkonen, starts number 12 because of a penalty.

Fernando Alonso, Renault, from Spain had the best lap-time, only 19.905 seconds. Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren, came in second 0.027 seconds after Alonso and Jenson Button, BAR Honda, third.

Raikkonen suffered a engine failure and a new engine had to be installed. He automatically got a penalty and will start number 12 in tomorrows race.

Current world champion Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, got the 10th best time but the fastest Ferrari car was driven by Rubens Barrichello.

The British Grand Prix pole, top ten:

  1. Fernando Alonso, Renault
  2. Jenson Button, McLaren
  3. Juan Pablo Montoya, BAR Honda
  4. Jarno Trulli, Toyota
  5. Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari
  6. Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault
  7. Takuma Sato, BAR Honda
  8. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota
  9. Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
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Thai police to wear ‘Hello Kitty’ armbands as punishment
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Thai police to wear ‘Hello Kitty’ armbands as punishment

Monday, August 6, 2007

Thai police officers are being punished by being forced to wear large, bright pink Hello Kitty armbands.

The armband, which features Hello Kitty sitting on top of two hearts, will be worn by police officers who commit minor offences. These include littering, lateness and parking in a prohibited area. The officers will also be forced to stay with the deputy chief all day in division office and will be forbidden to disclose their offences. However, police officers caught breaking the law will still be subject to the same penalties and fines as ordinary members of the public.

Police Colonel Pongpat Chayapan said, “Simple warnings no longer work. This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor. (Hello) Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It’s not something macho police officers want covering their biceps. This is to help build discipline. We should not let small offences go unnoticed.”

Hello Kitty was created by the Japanese Sanrio Company in 1974. The character has been admired by both children and adults. It features on stationery, T-shirts, lunch boxes, Fender guitars and jewelry. Famous people known to have been spotted with Hello Kitty products include Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Mariah Carey.

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Preparing For The Task Of Kitchen Remodeling In Tucson Az

byAlma Abell

If you have a kitchen that is outdated and are considering Kitchen Remodeling in Tucson AZ, it is important to have a plan in place before starting the project. Remodeling is an extensive project, so you should have a general idea of how much you want to change. For example, do you want to replace all of the appliances as well as the floors, cabinets and counter-tops or do you simply want to give the kitchen a “makeover”? The following tips will guide you through the remodeling process and help make the project less stressful.The most important factor to consider is your budget. Once you have determined how much you can afford, breaking the total amount up into designated amounts for each part of process will be helpful when shopping. Having limited choices will make the process easier. For example, if you have allotted $100 for the flooring, when you go to the flooring store you will know which types of flooring to look for; if the budget only allows for tiles, you will know to avoid looking at hardwood floors.

Home improvement stores can be slightly overwhelming with the range of choices available, so have a general idea of what you want before arriving at the store.If you are not sure what type of design you want for the kitchen remodeling in Tucson AZ, search through home improvement magazines or visit a home improvement store to look at display models. Before contacting the contractor, the more details you have in mind, the easier it will be for the contractor to do the work. When choosing items such as the flooring, cabinets and counter-tops, you should choose items that will be easy to design around later on. For example, choose a neutral floor that will be easy to match a new paint color to in case you want to freshen up the look of the kitchen in the future, without replacing the floor. Remodeling the kitchen is a time-consuming and tedious task, so it will be helpful to prepare your family ahead of time. The kitchen will be cleared out during the remodel, so make sure you have a makeshift kitchen in another room of the house. For example, move the microwave to the living room, so you will be able to prepare hot meals.

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Twenty-five children injured in bus-truck collision in Florida
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Twenty-five children injured in bus-truck collision in Florida

Sunday, June 12, 2005

A truck collided with a bus on Friday, seriously injuring five children and one adult, authories have said. The bus was taking 25 children of immigrant workers to an amusement arcade.

“The more seriouslly hurt youngsters have suffered broken bones and head injuries”, said Fire-Rescue deputy Steve Delai. One young boy and a 30 year old were in intensive care at Delray Medical Center late Friday, officials have reported.

Two other children were in a stable condition, while conditions for the other two seriouslly injured children were not available.

“It appears that the bus was in the center lane and the tractor-trailer was in the right lane. For some reason the bus got into the path of the tractor-trailer,” A Florida Highway Patrol officer told a local television station.

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