September 12, 2013 |
The first feature to be shot in Saudi Arabia, and directed by a woman to boot, "Wadjda" is a remarkable film twice over. We are fortunate to have it for both of those reasons, but it's hard not to wish the result was even better. While the uniqueness of the film's Riyadh setting and the disturbing nature of "Wadjda's" depictions of life for women behind the Saudi curtain are thoroughly involving, the actual plotline of a 10-year-old girl's determination to own a bicycle can be as standard as it sounds.
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September 8, 2013 |
When Glendale teenager Sebouh Bazikian learned how orphans in Kenya had to walk an hour to school, he wanted to find a way to help make their lives a little easier. For a year, Bazikian worked to raise about $5,000 to buy 43 new bicycles through the organization World Bike Relief, which delivered the bikes in August to the children at the Machao Orphanage in Makueni County, about 115 miles from the country's capital of Nairobi, the Glendale News-Press reports . Bazikian traveled to Makueni to be there when the orphans received the bikes.
September 6, 2013 |
The production lost two days to sandstorms. The crew faced a last-minute scramble when the nervous owner of a mall changed his mind about allowing filming there. Some days locals chased the cameras away; other days they brought platters of lamb and rice to the set, and asked to be extras. Meanwhile, the director hid in a van, speaking to her cast via walkie-talkie. In Saudi Arabia, where driving a car is a subversive act for a woman, a 39-year-old mother of two has done something remarkable: written and directed what her distributor believes is the first feature film shot entirely in the ultraconservative kingdom.
September 1, 2013 |
Tommy Heinemann scored the equalizer in stoppage time on Sunday as the Vancouver Whitecaps battled back from two goals down to salvage a point with a 2-2 draw against Chivas USA on Sunday at BC Place. Coming off an impressive 3-2 victory at home against the New York Red Bulls last week, the Goats got off the mark just three minutes into the game when Erick Torres corralled a poor defensive header by Vancouver's Andy O'Brien and volleyed it home with an outstanding bicycle kick from just inside the 18-yard box. Chivas made it 2-0 in the 14th minute when midfielder Edgar Mejia whipped a cross into the box and Torres, who found himself alone in the area, nodded it into the bottom left corner.
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August 30, 2013 |
Police knocked on doors in a Long Beach neighborhood Friday seeking information on a suspect accused of sexually assaulting women while riding past them on a bicycle. Officers canvassed an area near 5 th Street and Alamitos Avenue, handing out fliers and asking the public's help in finding the male cyclist who is suspected in at least 35 assaults over the past year. In all of the cases, the suspect has ridden up behind women and girls walking on the sidewalk and grabbed their breasts or buttocks as he passed by. The victims range in age from 12 to their mid-60s, Long Beach police said.
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August 10, 2013 |
Saddle up your Trek, Schwinn, or Bianchi (or other brand), the bicycle renaissance is coming Sunday to the streets of San Diego. The first-ever CicloSDias event is set to peddle off at 10 a.m. along a 5.2-mile route closed off to vehicle traffic. The event is set to last until 4 p.m. Biking, dancing and walking are all encouraged on a route that extends from Golden Hill through North Park and South Park to reach Cherokee Point Elementary School in City Heights. Kids and dogs are invited.
July 27, 2013 |
Electric bicycles are expected to generate $10.8 billion a year in worldwide revenue by 2020, up from $8.4 billion in 2013. E-bicycles remain a small niche in North America. A new report by analysis firm Navigant Research credits Asian and European countries for sustaining the market so far. Projected sales in China this year are about 28 million, 92% of the total world market. According to the report, growth of that country's market is expected to slow because of a weakened economy, manufacturer consolidation and some supply-chain issues in lead-acid batteries.
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June 24, 2013 |
Quincy and Monica Jeffries had never seen Wilshire Boulevard so quiet. They smiled up at the blue-green facade of the Wiltern theater. "You just drive by, and you don't recognize all the beautiful buildings," Monica Jeffries, 40, said. The couple had traveled from Santa Clarita to participate in CicLAvia, which offered a rare opportunity to enjoy a car-free 6.3-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard, from downtown to the Miracle Mile area. The Jeffrieses rode Trikkes -- three-wheeled, scooter-like vehicles with no motors or pedals.
June 18, 2013 |
A bicycle-riding bomber who attacked a Times Square military recruitment station may have been involved in two similar unsolved bombings in New York City, the FBI and police said Tuesday as they released video of the suspect and offered $65,000 for information leading to his capture. The video runs for 7 minutes and 8 seconds and shows the bomber cycling down 7th Avenue through the heart of Times Square at 3:38 a.m. March 8, 2008. When he reaches the Armed Forces Recruiting Station at 43rd Street, he places the bomb near its entrance, lights a fuse, and pedals away.
June 12, 2013 |
Seattle is a great book town. And also a great biking town. So it should comes as little surprise that Seattle now given us a mobile, people-powered public library that's wheeled about town by pedaling librarians “Librarians on bicycles are traveling to several outdoor events across the city with a custom-built book trailer that can carry 500 pounds of materials and display 75 books at a time,” Library Journal reports this week. Last month, Mayor Mike McGinn helped inaugurate the summer pilot program by biking from the city's Central Library to an elementary school with books and a team of librarians in tow. The program, he said, features librarians offering “a full-service library on a bike.