Many participants were there to top their all-time best times. Some came with dreams of racing past the mighty Kenyans, who have taken top spots for almost a decade. But most ran for themselves, or a cause or to inspire someone in their lives. As an enthusiastic Tina Smith warmed up with friends; she said her personal theme this year was “you only live once.” “I want to inspire my kids,” said the Pasadena resident, who ran her first marathon Sunday. Brandon Ross, 37, of Santa Monica, said he was glad the starting gun went off in the San Fernando Valley. “It’ll be nice starting out here,” said Ross, ahead of his eighth marathon. “This will give the Valley a little more identity.” Marathon organizers called this year’s run one of many firsts: A new start line for the first time in the San Fernando Valley area, a sprint through East Los Angeles, and a point-to-point course instead of a loop. The course also passed through Hollywood before coming to an end at Fifth and Flower streets downtown. And Mother Nature did her part by offering up clear, blue skies. Still, as temperatures rose in the afternoon, more than 100 calls came into the Los Angeles Fire Department to treat heat exhaustion and dehydration. One man died during the 22-mile bicycle race held in conjunction with the marathon. The man, believed to have been in his 50s, died of an apparent heart attack. “We’ve had a lot of heat-related emergencies,” said Melissa Kelley, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. “It’s the heat combined with the humidity that is a big factor.” The Metro Red Line got a good workout as well, with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority adding extra trains to take runners to the start line and their fans back to downtown to watch the finish. Many sat huddled inside the Universal City station in the early morning to keep warm ahead of the big race. Stuntman Dennis Marsella, who has run in 56 marathons and is well-known among seasoned runners as “The Coatman,” donned his trademark wing-tipped shoes and denim jacket for the race. He praised marathon president William Burke for the decision to move the route and encourage participants to use public transportation, just as in New York. “In New York, they take buses to the marathon, so (using public transportation) is a good thing,” said Marshall, 56. “Burke’s not given enough credit.” Some admitted that the new course gave them a case of the jitters. “That it doesn’t start and end in the same place makes me nervous, but I also know that the race is 13 miles downhill, so I’m looking forward to that,” said Mike Bernard, 65, of Granada Hills. “There are many more positives this year.” email@example.com (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Surrounded by high-rise hotels and the Hollywood Freeway, the runners took off amid cheers from family members and other supporters. Many of the runners used the event to bring attention to a cause, such as cancer or the war in Iraq. “It’s an opportunity for me to stay healthy,” said Liz Roark, 48, of Palmdale, who was running for AIDS awareness. “I’ve lost 185 pounds.” Once again, Kenyan men dominated the pack, finishing first, second and third. Fred Mogaka, 18, won the contest with a finishing time of 2 hours, 17 minutes, and 14 seconds. Russian Ramilia Burangolova, 45, who now lives in Florida, was the fastest woman, finishing in 2:37.54. Spectators lined the Lankershim Boulevard overpass on the Hollywood Freeway to watch as the massive crowd of runners in neon T-shirts, caps and parkas uncoiled itself like a colorful caterpillar that began inching its way toward Hollywood. PHOTO GALLERIES: L.A. Marathon | L.A. Marathon, 2UNIVERSAL CITY For the first time in its history, the Los Angeles Marathon not only passed through a sliver of the San Fernando Valley, it also kicked off in Universal City – one of a number of iconic stops on the newly designed route. Nearly 25,000 runners, walkers, thrill-seekers – and even some middle-aged guys dressed as superheroes – crowded onto the intersection of Cahuenga and Lankershim boulevards in Universal City for the start of the 22nd race.
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One of the biggest homebuilding attractions online recently has been a house that isn’t very big at all. Dubbed the Zero Energy Casita by its builder, Fort Worth, Texas-based Ferrier Custom Homes, this recently completed two-bedroom is only 1,051 sq. ft. and is designed to operate at net zero energy, or very near it.Ferrier’s clients, in this case, use the house as a second home, and it does present as very much the cozy hideaway, with a rustic exterior and a lakefront view. But the design and material features of the house, from its siting and well-insulated shell to its use of reclaimed materials and renewable energy, give it considerable green cachet.Don Ferrier, president of Ferrier Custom, favors the use of structural insulated panels for exterior walls and roofs on his projects, and this one was no exception. FischerSIPS, based in Louisville, Kentucky, produced the panels. The siding, however, departs from what’s typically found on a new house: the clients “wanted the house to look like it’s been there 150 years,” Ferrier says, so he used reclaimed siding for the skin and used salvaged flooring and 8×8 barn beams for interior finishes.Low waste, high performanceReuse and waste reduction actually were guiding concepts for most of the build: excess lumber and sheetrock were mulched on site for use in landscaping, and most of the plastics, metals, cardboard, and other jobs-site materials were recycled. The completed house includes rainwater catchment for irrigation, xeriscaping, Energy Star appliances, water-conserving fixtures, and low-VOC and formaldehyde-free finishes, adhesives, and countertop materials.An air-source heat pump serves the house in the winter. To counter the Texas summer heat, the house is equipped with an air conditioner with a 16 SEER rating, and a high-efficiency particulate air filtration system. In addition to the SIP shell, a few other features help mitigate the energy draw of these appliances, especially during the summer: the siting of the house, which is shaded by a nearby oak tree and some 40-foot shrubs; a reflective, standing-seam steel roof with Galvalume coating; double-pane, gas-filled Weathershield windows with low-e coatings; and the renewable-energy system – a 45-foot Skystream wind turbine with a 3.7 kW capacity.As noted in a recent Buildingonline.com post, the Casita scored a 30 on the Department of Energy’s E-Scale in preliminary tests. Not quite net-zero-energy performance, but still impressive. In an interview with Ecohome magazine, Ferrier noted that the house cost $312,000, excluding land. Since this is a showcase project, and Ferrier has committed to certifying every home it builds under LEED for Homes, the National Green Building Standard, Energy Star, the DOE’s Builders’ Challenge, and Green Built Texas standards, we’ll update this post when the ratings results are announced.
Seat sharing talks with the Janata Dal (U) will figure high on the agenda during BJP chief Amit Shah’s visit to Patna on Thursday. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is scheduled to join Mr Shah for both breakfast and dinner during the visit. Top sources in the BJP have confirmed that while Mr Shah will be largely busy with organisational meetings, two one-on-one meetings have been scheduled with Mr. Kumar.“Adhyakshaji (BJP president Amit Shah) will be having breakfast with the Chief Minister (Nitish Kumar) at the State guest house where he will be staying. After addressing organisational meetings like the social media volunteers meet, a meeting of vistaraks, core committee and Shakti Kendra meetings, he will have dinner with Nitish Kumar at the latter’s residence,” said a source. State BJP president Nityanand Rai confirmed the two meetings. “Seat sharing talks are on the anvil, and a formula that will be good for all stakeholders will be formulated,” added the source. No other details were shared as party men and allies like the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) are holding their peace.Electoral equation“We won 22 seats in 2014 on our own; some of them were seats where JD(U) used to win as part of the NDA. Therefore, the seat adjustment is not just about absolute numbers but particular seats and this will have implications for some sitting BJP MPs too,” added the source. Meanwhile, a political observer in Bihar told The Hindu, “I don’t see any electoral dividend for the BJP to take JD(U) along with it in Lok Sabha poll…for the BJP, a triangular contest will always benefit as both RJD and JD(U) would cut each other’s backward caste vote while the BJP’s vote bank will be intact in the name of PM Narendra Modi”.“Though, it will be a different ball game if JD(U) compromises with 9-10 seats with the BJP promising it a lion share in the State Assembly poll in 2020,” said political analyst Ajay Kumar.
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ And that was the case again on Sunday, as Mallari partnered with Carlo Lastimosa to help NLEX come away with a 95-91 victory over Phoenix to hike its record to 4-0.Asked what he thinks is the biggest change after two conferences of languishing at the bottom of the standings, the fifth-year forward didn’t hold back and cited the player transactions as the turning point for the squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I guess it’s the trade,” he said. “I didn’t really keep track of [NLEX] before that, but coach said we’ve looked a lot better than the past, so I guess it’s the trade.”NLEX went on a trading spree late last conference, netting high-quality players much to Guiao’s liking. Mallari was part of that wave as he found himself joining a new squad together with reliable veterans in JR Quiñahan and Larry Fonacier. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Alex Mallari. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlmost three months since Kia traded Alex Mallari away, the 30-year-old swingman is making his old team look like fools as he has found a home in NLEX.Averaging 7.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in the Road Warriors’ first three games this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, the Fil-Am forward has found his niche in coach Yeng Guiao’s system as a pivotal piece in the team’s turnaround this season-ending conference.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Fabio Fognini wins fifth ATP title in Gstaad And this early, the results have been promising, with the Road Warriors stringing a six-game winning streak which dates back to the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.“Guys are not keeping the ball in their hands. When a guy’s open in the break, we’re giving it up, we’re finding each other in the open court, and everyone’s unselfish right now,” said Mallari, who has forged a solid backcourt partnership with Kevin Alas and Lastimosa.Mallari even noted that the troika of guards, whom he regarded as a “three-headed monster,” could strike fears in the opposing backcourt in the games to come, a lesson the Fuel Masters learned the hard way.“We can use the pick-and-roll, so I think they were in trouble with that a little bit. We just tried to take advantage of the pick-and-roll,” he said as they paired perfectly with import Aaron Fuller.Still, Mallari said that the Road Warriors should know better to not celebrate their early success.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “I’ve seen many teams – and I’m sure coach Yeng have seen more teams than me – start strong and then probably fade a bit in the end. Going 4-0 sounds good and feels good, the best start in NLEX franchise, I think. But we’re not gonna rest our laurels on that and we’ll feed off it,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
MONTEGO BAY – Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke has said that with Jamaica’s vulnerability to natural disasters and dependence on food imports, the agricultural sector must increase its capacity to produce more wholesome foods, while expanding local production.“When there is insufficient local produce available, our dependence on imports increases, fueling the almost vicious cycle of utilizing scarce foreign exchange to purchase food from overseas. It is an unsustainable position,” the Minister said.He was addressing the closing day of the forum on ‘Supporting Economic Empowerment and Development in the Caribbean and Pacific (SEED CAP) at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Montego Bay, on Friday, July 12.The Minister informed that in order to mitigate the challenges of food security, the Government recently approved the Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which seeks to insure that a sufficient quantity of nutritious foods of appropriate quality is available to everyone, through increased domestic production and a sustainable level of imports.“Like other countries in the developing world, Jamaica needs to increase capacity to produce adequate and wholesome food to ensure the health and well-being of our people,” Minister Clarke stated.Meanwhile, he asserted that women have a crucial role to play in this effort. Noting that over 43,000 female farmers are registered with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Mr. Clarke said that despite challenges, they have proven to be very capable, as evidenced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) pilot project in western Jamaica.“It is up to the policy and decision makers present at this conference to ensure that our institutions and businesses are prepared to address the unique needs of women and enable agricultural entrepreneurs to thrive,” Minister Clarke pointed out.CONTACT: GLENIS A. ROSEJIS REGIONAL OFFICEMONTEGO BAY
The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is reconsidering its proposal to allow online withdrawal of provident fund (PF) money by subscribers who possess Aadhaar-linked bank accounts, following a recent Supreme Court ruling.Currently, the subscribers have to manually apply to the EPFO to withdraw their PF money.”We are re-examining the proposal of online PF withdrawal facility for subscribers having Aadhaar linked bank and PF accounts. We have sought legal opinion on the issue in the backdrop of latest apex court ruling,” EPFO’s central provident fund commissioner KK Jalan told PTI.In its ruling, the apex court had said that “the production of an Aadhaar card will not be a condition for obtaining any benefits otherwise due to a citizen”.The EPFO is looking to roll out “specialised services” for subscribers who have enrolled for “Universal Account Number” and whose KYC linking is “complete and digitally authenticated”.Members of the EPFO, whose PF and bank accounts are linked with Aadhaar, will be allowed to apply online for PF withdrawal under the “specialised services”. A claimant will have to submit a copy of a cancelled cheque of his Aadhaar-enabled bank account.The retirement fund body was also examining a proposal to enable its subscribers, whose PF and bank accounts are linked with Aadhaar, file for PF withdrawal without the intervention of the employer.Earlier this month, Jalan had said that the EPFO settled a total of 11.56 lakh claims in July, with 43% of the applications settled in three days, 83% within 10 days and 97% within 20 days.The body has also revised the time to be taken to settle PF, pension and insurance claims to 20 days compared to an earlier time limit of 30 days.
Media personality Muhammad Jahangir. File photoMuhammad Jahangir, a noted media personality and executive director of Centre for Development Communication, died at a hospital in the capital early Wednesday. He was 68.Jahangir, a journalist and younger brother of Noble laureate Yunus, breathed his last around 12:40am at Asgar Ali Hospital in the city, said Tanbirul Islam, assistant general manager of Yunus Centre.He had been suffering from cancer. He was admitted to the hospital on Monday and kept on life support.He left behind his wife, one daughter, three sons and a host of relatives to mourn his death.
Avis Barnett, 60, originally of Montego Bay, Jamaica, moved to Glenwood six years ago. Inside the bathroom of her one bedroom unit is a gaping hole, revealing layers of plaster and the building’s outer brick wall. The rotted window seal is now black from mildew, the paint is peeling, and a thick layer of mold crawls up the wall of the shower.Barnett has asked Glenwood’s management to address the hole for two years.Nothing has been done. She recalls having a broken toilet in her unit for three weeks before management addressed it. “[AMC] told me that they were busy and couldn’t fix the problems,” said Barnett. “They told me to use the unlocked unit across the hall to wash and use the bathroom.”Barnett works for a catering company in northern Virginia but fears she will not be able to remain at Glenwood. “I don’t know if I can stay, or if I can afford to stay,” says Barnett. “I don’t know where I’ll go. I may be homeless.”Her story is one of the many that residents of Glenwood Apartments share as they fight, not only for better living conditions, but also for reasonable, affordable rents.”It is an absolute travesty,” Army veteran Charles Carmon, 67, said.Carmon moved into his one bedroom unit in 1989. He has been asking AMC to address the water damage in his bathroom, the leaky tub, and the unit’s peeling paint and mold. “They think we are ignorant. But this [situation] is a common occurrence. It’s been going on. It’s nothing new. … They feel that this is something where people have no education or the tools to deal with it.”Carmon likes the northeast neighborhood because of its proximity to the Veteran Affair’s Hospital in northeast D.C. but will elect to move if the increase goes into effect.Caecilia Key, 55, an accountant in Washington, D.C., moved to Glenwood in 2004.She is ready to leave her apartment. “There are mice in the building, my bathroom ceiling is cracked and peeling, and it looks like it is sloping in.” Inside her one bedroom unit, a slow leak in the unit above her has damaged her walls. She alerted AMC five months ago about the problem. It has still been unaddressed.A single mother, Key relocated to Glenwood from her apartment on Massachusetts Avenue in northwest in search of more affordable rent. Currently paying $919, her rent will soon jump to $1,470 a month if AMC’s hardship petition to District’s Department of Housing and Community Development, Rental Accommodation Division is successful.Pointing to the severely damaged walls and mold growing in her bathroom, Key, currently home on medical leave, openly wept. “I’ve asked them to fix this but they haven’t. I just want out. I’m ready to leave.”For several new tenants of Glenwood, the experience has become a nightmare. Deborah Bey has grown tired of asking AMC to address the ceiling leaks, the mold in her bathroom, the water leak under her kitchen sink, and the cracked and loose tiles on her bedroom floor. After a year of asking AMC to fix it, Bey opted to move out. “I’m over it,” says Bey. “They won’t fix anything.” Her last day at Glenwood was March 15.Kevin Cross, 41, of Alexandria Va., moved to Glenwood six months ago. Cross showed the peeling paint inside his bathtub. “They painted it,” Cross said. “They should have glazed it, but they painted over it and now it’s peeling away.”Cross pointed out a large, orange, industrial-sized extension cord snaked across the width of his kitchen. “They never came to fix this [kitchen] socket, and so they plugged the stove to the [extension] cord and have it plugged up in an outlet on the other side of the kitchen.”Cross moved in to Glenwood because of its spacious floor plan and its great location. “I’m staying,” Cross said. “We have a right to stay.” Cross stated that since management mailed the first series of letters to Glenwood residents informing them of this rental increase on October 29, 2013, several tenants have left. “It’s a scare tactic and a way to force people out.”
A Northeast D.C. resident was arrested June 24 for assaulting a woman aboard a Metro train, according to the Metro Transit Police. He turned himself in after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest on June 22.On May 24, Lawrence Nathaniel Harris, 25, was aboard a Largo, Maryland-bound Blue Line train when he allegedly placed a fluid-filled condom on a female passenger’s shoulder. Metro officials said the woman was not physically injured and she declined medical assistance.Metro Transit Police said digital camera surveillance helped identify Harris as a possible suspect, along with the victim’s identification of the suspect. A spokesperson for Metro, Morgan Dye, told the AFRO June 28 that Harris is currently in police custody. Harris is charged with simple assault.There have been 127 sex abuse cases in D.C. in 2016 as of June 28, an 11 percent drop from this time a year ago.Metro is in partnership with Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) to help prevent and stop public sexual harassment and assault. Anyone can report sexual misconduct to Metro Transit Police here wmata.com/about_metro/transit_police/harassment.cfm.