Smog-riddled L.A. breathes a bit easier

first_imgSouthern California has enacted the strictest air-quality requirements in the nation, including most of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Cars are cleaner. Businesses have new rules to reduce emissions. And there are new standards to clean up diesel engines in trucks on the highway and ships in the port. Nonetheless, the region is still the king of smog, ahead of the San Joaquin Valley, with 67 unhealthy ozone days, and Houston, with 24. The smog season begins May 1 and ends Oct. 31. Advocates for cleaner air said it’s up to each resident to help cut smog. “We can’t say it enough: We’re all responsible for that air we breathe in L.A.,” said Julia Robinson Shimizu, spokeswoman for Breathe California of Los Angeles County. That means each resident can use cleaner cars. Drive less. Take the train or bus. Walk. Burn less energy. And support legislation to help clean the air, she said. “The only way we’re going to solve the traffic and resulting pollution is to implement more mass transit. The Orange Line is fabulous,” said Robinson Shimizu, who lives in the San Fernando Valley. “I have been breathing deeply each day this year, and I am so glad that every year gets a little bit easier.” (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Breathe deeper – but not too deeply: The nation’s most smog-choked city is poised for its cleanest year on record. Los Angeles, the smoggiest city in the nation for four years running, recorded 78 unhealthy ozone days through Monday, its fewest for a year since 1976. With clean air expected through the end of smog season, Oct. 31, the Southland will likely set a healthy-air record, air regulators said Tuesday. “We are headed in the right direction toward our goal of clean air,” said William A. Burke, governing board chairman for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “The challenge ahead will be to maintain and increase our momentum, especially in cleaning up construction equipment, trucks, trains, ships and the ports.” In 1976, Angelenos breathed amidst more than 200 unhealthy ozone days lasting at least eight hours at an average of 0.08 parts per million, the federal standard. Since then, clean-air laws have cut those numbers more than in half. The last Stage III smog alert was in 1974, when ozone hit 0.51 parts per million. The last Stage I alert was in 2003. The next year, the Southland suffered 88 unhealthy ozone days; then it had 84 days in 2005 and 86 during last year’s record hot summer. Regulators attribute this year’s low to an unseasonably cool summer, with an eight-hour ozone low of 0.137 ppm, the lowest concentration on record. “The air-quality improvement is due to forging ahead on all fronts to reduce pollution,” AQMD spokesman Sam Atwood said. last_img read more

André Previn AwardWinning Conductor And Composer Dies At 89

first_img André Previn, Award-Winning Conductor And Composer, Dies At 89 Email André Previn, Award-Winning Composer, Dies At 89 andr%C3%A9-previn-award-winning-conductor-and-composer-dies-89 Previn won 10 GRAMMY awards over the course of his long and storied careerRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Feb 28, 2019 – 1:00 pm GRAMMY-winning composer and conductor André Previn has died. He was 89 years old. Previn’s manager Linda Petrikova confirmed the news to NPR on Thursday.A composer, conductor and pianist, Previn famously directed the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1985 to 1989. Over the course of his career, he was nominated for 44 GRAMMYs and won four Academy Awards for “My Fair Lady,” “Irma la Douce,” “Porgy and Bess” and “Gigi.””André Previn was a multitalented composer, conductor, and pianist who achieved supreme success across the jazz, pop, and classical music genres,” said Recording Academy CEO and President Neil Portnow in a statement. “During his versatile eight-decade career, André earned 44 GRAMMY nominations and 10 GRAMMY Awards, and was recognized by the Recording Academy with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 for his creative contributions to the field of recording.He earned his first GRAMMY at the inaugural GRAMMY Awards in 1958 for Best Soundtrack Album, Dramatic Picture Score Or Original Cast for Gigi. His eclectic approach to creating music and ability to effortlessly combine genres will continue to be celebrated by our industry. André was an incomparable talent, and his legacy will live on through his countless compositions.” News Facebook Twitter last_img read more

9 great reads from CNET this week

first_imgWhat a week! Scientists revealed the first direct image of a black hole. Uber filed for what might be the largest tech IPO ever. Julian Assange was arrested in London as the US awaits his extradition. And Disney finally revealed a November launch date for its streaming service, which will be almost half the price of rival Netflix.Oh, but there was so much more. Here are a few key stories you don’t want to miss:Tech can’t keep pace with immigrant influx at Texas borderDrones, cameras and sensors are being used to monitor what many call a desperate situation at the southern border. More tech may not help. James Martin/CNET Beyond Tinder: How Muslim millennials are looking for loveSome call it haram — or forbidden — but more Muslims than ever are turning to apps like Minder and Muzmatch to find Angela Lang/CNET Deactivating your Facebook account does nothing for your privacyI thought deactivating my Facebook account would stop the social network from tracking me online. But Facebook kept tabs on me anyway.img-2296 Alfred Ng / CNET Julian Assange’s defense against hacking charges, and where it falls shortWhile WikiLeaks’ work can be considered journalism, offering to hack a password isn’t.Julian Assange Arrested In London NurPhoto Libraries lean on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to reel you inFrom pithy tweets to Insta Novels on Instagram, libraries around the world are using social media to entertain and reach their audiences.sf-library-patron-3 San Francisco Public Library Making Missing Link, the movie of 100,000 facesHow do you make a big, hairy puppet more human? Laika starts by creating intricate skeletons and 3D-printed faces.missing-link-link-skeleton Anne Dujmovic/CNET Congress chose to bicker instead of helping fix Facebook, Twitter, YouTubeAfter two days of hearings about hate speech and political censorship on the internet, we’re no closer to finding solutions to tech’s biggest problems.screen-shot-2019-04-09-at-7-43-09-amSocial media trolling, fake, anger, bullying and scandal signs. Screenshot by Queenie Wong/CNET Hellboy movie review: One hell of a mess, and one hell of a rideForget Guillermo Del Toro. This new Hellboy for 2019 takes monster-mashing action to the extreme.hellboy-harbour-17-copy Mark Rogers Robots, VR and 3D printers are served up at this high-tech libraryThe Broward County Libraries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, show just what the evolution of libraries looks like.dsc00927.jpg Ari Rothenberg/Broward County Libraries Post a comment Tags Tech Industry 0 Share your voice Disney Julian Assange Space Netflix Uberlast_img read more

Houstons May Day March Focuses On Immigration Relief For the Undocumented

first_img Share Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. There were May Day marches across the country on Monday, May 1st, and Houston was no exception.The march in the Bayou City gathered about 150 people and focused on advocating for a more humane immigration enforcement policy.Some who took part in it said that, while there is a need to overhaul the immigration system, there is another more urgent need.“At this moment, really what we are urging at a federal level is to stop the anti-immigrant executive orders, for the president to stop targeting undocumented immigrants,” said Abraham Espinosa, director of community protection with the group Families and Students in the Struggle (better known as FIEL — its acronym in Spanish).Al OrtizAbout 150 marchers asked for the end of deportations and for Texas lawmakers not to give the final approval to SB 4, a bill advancing in the Legislature that aims to entitle police officers to ask about immigration documents.Rose Escobar also marched.Immigration authorities deported her husband José back in March for what Escobar argues is a technicality about his temporary protected status, commonly known as TPS.“We’re hoping and praying that we touch people in a way that they need to understand they’re ripping out families,” noted Escobar.Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaMay Day march on May 1st, 2017 in Houston downtown asked for immigration relief.Melissa Lopez also participated in the event.Hers is what some call a mixed-status family because her mother is undocumented, she is a Deferred Action (DACA) recipient and her sister is a U.S. citizen.“It’s difficult and also stressful to see like what will happen if my mom left and I was here with my sister, who’s going to take care of the apartment?” Lopez commented. “Would I be able to afford to take care of my sister or myself? Would I be able to continue school? It’s very stressful.”The marchers asked for the end of deportations and for Texas lawmakers not to give the final approval to SB4, a bill advancing in the Legislature that aims to entitle police officers to ask about immigration documents.The marchers also went to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s district office in downtown Houston and turned in letters asking for mercy for undocumented immigrants..last_img read more

Mamata greets people on MiladunNabi

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday greeted people on Milad-un-Nabi, saying the spirit of love and service to humanity, as preached by Prophet Mohammad, should fill “our lives with joy and happiness”. Milan-in-Nabi commemorates the birthday of Prophet Muhammad which is observed in the third month of the Islamic calendar. “My best wishes and heartiest greetings to all on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of the Holy Prophet. May the spirit of love and service to humanity, tolerance and universal brotherhood, which the Holy Prophet preached, kindle our lives with joy and happiness, Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle on Wednesday morning.last_img