Oliver

23 Apr 19
Art by Heck!

I’m quite eclectic when it comes to spiritual matters. Saturday night I celebrated Passover with  Jewish friends and family. Yesterday, I put on my Sunday best and celebrated Easter. Remember when Easter required a new outfit complete with hat and gloves? Guess I’m showing my age, but I miss that. Today the sun is shining […]

23 Apr 19
EARTH

JOHN OLIVER SAYS DONALD TRUMP WAS SAVED FROM RUSSIAN COLLUSION BY ‘INCOMPETENCE’ AND ‘DISOBEDIENCE’ Only his INCOMPETENCE saved him.  That and people like Don McGhan who prevented Trump from doing illegal things in addition to the stupid things Trump wanted to do.  But, as Trump keeps firing people who are protecting him, and only keeping […]

23 Apr 19
ChapterOne Books

PART OF WORLD BOOK DAY SALE

A Christmas Carol is one of Charles Dickens’ most loved books – a true classic and a Christmas time must-read. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways. By visiting his past, present and future, Scrooge learns to love Christmas and the people all around him. With a light-hearted introduction by bestselling author Anthony Horowitz, creator of the highly successful Alex Rider novels, most recently Snakehead. Charles Dickens (1812-70) is one of the most recognized celebrities of English literature. His imagination, wit, mastery of the language and huge creative output single him out as one of the few people who genuinely deserve to be called genius. He had a poverty-stricken childhood and was determined to improve himself. By his early twenties he found a job as a parliamentary reporter and in his spare time wrote sketches of London life for newspapers and magazines. The publication of Pickwick Papers (1836) brought him the fame and fortune he craved. He wrote many other famous books including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities.

23 Apr 19
Archy news nety

A letter from the French writer Olivier Guez to a continent that he loves above all else – but can barely recognize in the meantime. Guest contribution by Olivier Guez Dear Europe, or should I say better: my poor Europe? I choose you because we are familiar, you, the longtime mistress, and I, the child […]

22 Apr 19
The Avocado

“The Eggplant, the Witch & the Wardrobe” With darkness on the rise in 2019, the team realizes that a new host of problems have risen as they have been cleaning up history. Sara tries to save Ava from a fate worse than death while battling her own demons. Nora and Constantine work together to take […]

22 Apr 19
sethburn

1 T.J. Hockenson* Iowa TE 86.22 2 Noah Fant* Iowa TE 82.64 3 Irv Smith Jr.* Alabama TE 78.81 4 Jace Sternberger* Texas A&M TE 64.16 5 Josh Oliver San Jose State TE 60.57 6 Kaden Smith* Stanford TE 60.35 7 Caleb Wilson* UCLA TE 57.61 8 Isaac Nauta* Georgia TE 57.43 9 Drew Sample […]

22 Apr 19
Punk Scrawled Artist

“After cultivating a huge underground reputation both as a sideman in Ornette Coleman‘s Prime Time band and as an increasingly influential musician among the more experimental edges of the New York City punk and noise scenes, James Blood Ulmer was finally, in 1981, given a major-label contract by Columbia. Free Lancing was the first of […]

22 Apr 19
Illustration studio practise

Barbara Brookes. ‘Aves, Isabel Annie’, Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1998. Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/4a25/aves-isabel-annie (accessed 23 April 2019) “Isabel Annie Michaelsen was born on 18 March 1887 in Waipawa, Hawke’s Bay. Her early family life was marred by tragedy. Her father, Harald Michaelsen, a Danish clerk, […]

22 Apr 19
McKay's Media

For our third and final DIY project, I created a PSA about net neutrality. My goal with this piece was to be both educational and funny. I used many recognizable faces from within the net neutrality discussion. The majority of my PSA is comprised of John Oliver, Hank Green, and Ajit Pai clips. Hank Green […]

22 Apr 19
Falling Molly's Farm

(Even though the grandkids call us Mark & Juju) Last week, from Monday through Friday, Ainsley, our almost 14 year old granddaughter, stayed at the farm with us for Spring Break.  She needed a little break from the stress of being an eighth grader, an older sister of two brothers, a teenager learning to be […]

22 Apr 19
CentralPARunner

An exciting week ended with some big performances at the Jack Roddick Invitational and the Blue Jay High School Invitational. Here is a look at who stood out: Sprints Boys Performer of the week – Joseph Bruno (Mechanicsburg) I originally had this going to Harrisburg’s Kamere Day, but Bruno’s triple (100/400/4×100) with a PA#3 400 […]

22 Apr 19
A Ruined Chapel by Moonlight

My dad has told me for years I have to read this book, along with another of Roberts’ novels, Oliver Wiswell. Well, Wiswell isn’t on Kindle, but Rabble in Arms is. So the choice of which to buy seemed obvious, although as it turned out, it might have been better to go with a physical […]

22 Apr 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Monrovia has been providing subsidized, cheaper Lyft rides for Bradbury residents, and the city would like its neighbor to pay its fair fare. City management has whipped up a new contract that would require Bradbury to pay for the Lyft services it gets through the popular GoMonrovia program, past and future, including rides to the Duarte Gold Line Station and City of Hope — which Bradbury specifically requested Monrovia add to the service area. “That was our olive branch to them, and we haven’t received that back,” Brittany Mello, assistant to the city manager for Monrovia, said. Monrovia’s annual Lyft expenses are $3.3 million, while annual revenues are only $1.2 million, leaving a $2.1 million funding gap, Mello said. Monrovia’s council approved the contract last week, but Kevin Kearney, city manager for Bradbury, said his City Council members won’t decide until May or June whether they want to extend the revised contract or opt out. “My council just has to determine if they’re still interested in moving forward with (GoMonrovia’s) new structure and financial changes,” Kearney said. The city entered an agreement with Bradbury in 2009 to provide the neighboring town access to Monrovia Transit, the city’s dial-a-ride program, which started in 1983. When the city created GoMonrovia, the city’s alternative transportation model, it included Bradbury in its service area, allowing residents there to get Lyft rides at reduced prices within wider borders. Since then, Bradbury’s use of Monrovia Transit has declined by almost 33 percent, to about 20 riders per month, according to an staff report. However, Bradbury’s Lyft ridership has skyrocketed. The problem is that the cities’ existing agreement only yields Bradbury dollars from the dial-a-ride program. “I haven’t done analysis on how often and where (Bradbury’s GoMonrovia) use might be coming from,” Kearney said. Right now, a month-to-month agreement requires Bradbury to reimburse Monrovia up to $850 per month for Lyft services — while Bradbury’s actual monthly Lyft cost is between $1,500 and $2,000. “We’re still paying based off of the old financial structure; I think we’re up to speed,” Kearney said. If council members renew the agreement, Bradbury will reimburse Monrovia based on the updated terms, Kearney added. Even if Bradbury does not agree, Bradbury will repay all past Lyft rides to Monrovia, Oliver Chi, city manager for Monrovia, said. “Things are moving really slowly, and we’re not sure if we’ll able to get the contract through,” Mello said. If Bradbury says no thank you, it’s not likely to offer a similar program on it’s own, Kearney said. “We’re a small, residential community with limited staff, and we contract our for quite a bit of our services,” he said. GoMonrovia launched in March last year, with Lyft rates at 50 cents per ride to and from Old Town and the Gold Line station, 50 cent shared rides, and $3 standard rides. Monrovia also rolled out Lime bikes as part of GoMonrovia, but the app-based bike-sharing program left the city in March. In February, GoMonrovia prices rose 50 cents, making shared rides $1 and classic rides $3.50, but maintaining 50 cent rides to and from the Gold Line station and Old Town. Los Angeles County opted out of GoMonrovia in March to save money. Since the city removed unincorporated Monrovia from the service area April 1, total GoMonrovia Lyft ridership decreased by roughly 40 percent, while the unincorporated ridership decreased by 31 percent, L.A. County residents outside the city were getting more than their fair share of Monrovia’s services, Mayor Tom Adams said. Lyft Concierge, a dial-in ride hailing service for those without smartphone access, also saw changes in March when the city noticed abuse of the program, Mello said. People were dialing in 6,700 Lyft calls per month; now that the city requires registration to verify users are at least 18 years old and do not have access to a smartphone, concierge ridership is down to 600 per month so far. Monrovia is considering another price increase for Lyft, expected to go before the council next month. Another $1 to $2 added to the ride cost should cushion the program’s debt, Chi said. Prices would shift to $2 to $3 for shared rides and $4.50 to $5.50 for regular rides. [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links Lime squeezes bikes out of Monrovia, city considers new bike-share options Monrovia passes up Metro bike-share, opts for LimeBike dock-free system accessible by smartphone app Changes coming to Monrovia’s local Lyft program More Monrovia news [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] Monrovia will start testing new Monrovia Transit vans in the next couple weeks. The smaller scale vans, replacing larger buses, will allow for or shorter pick-up wait times and easier wheelchair accessibility, Chi said. The city will also apply for money from L.A. Metro in coming months that will pay up to $600,000 per year to reimburse Monrovia Transit and Lyft Concierge costs. Meanwhile, Gotcha Mobility plans to roll out e-bikes in lieu of Lime; Chi said the city should have a new bike program by year’s end. Lyft wants to introduce bikes to Monrovia but doesn’t have enough bikes to deploy its program nationwide, Chi said. The city couldn’t entertain adopting Lyft bikes for six months.