Latest Tim Simmers Stories

2008-07-01 12:00:44

By Tim Simmers, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Jul. 1--Airport service workers marched at San Francisco International Airport Monday, calling for better pay, benefits and training as a way to improve airline passenger customer service. The rally came as the busy summer travel season shifts into gear at SFO and other airports around the Bay. It also came on the heels of a report late last month by J.D. Power and Associates on airline passengers complaining about bad service because of...

2008-06-27 21:00:34

By Tim Simmers, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Jun. 27--Given the steady stream of drugs Western doctors prescribe and the soaring costs of health care, a lot of people are looking for alternative treatments for what ails them. Some are finding it in Chinese herbal medicine, which uses the leaves, branches, roots, stems and seeds of natural plants to help treat maladies of all kinds, from anxiety and stress to asthma, the flu and stomach pain. The herbalists prepare strong brews and...

2008-06-14 12:00:16

By Tim Simmers, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Jun. 14--Jet Airways, India's largest domestic airline, is scheduled to launch daily service today from San Francisco International Airport to Mumbai, India. "The spending power of the Indian consumer is pushing our expansion," said Manish Dureja, assistant vice president of marketing at Jet Airways. The SFO-to-Mumbai service will go by way of Shanghai, China, where there'll be a two-hour stopover. Jet Airways will become the first...

2008-03-11 09:01:16

By Tim Simmers Thousands of registered nurses at 10 Bay Area hospitals -- including two on the Peninsula -- announced Monday that they are going ahead with a 10-day strike later this month. The walkout, scheduled to begin March 21, will affect 4,000 nurses at 10 health care centers affiliated with Sutter Health, a network of hospitals. In San Mateo County, up to 700 nurses represented by the California Nurses Association union are expected to be part of the walkout. Locally, the...

2007-12-14 12:00:39

By Tim Simmers Thousands of nurses walked off their jobs Thursday at 13 Bay Area hospitals, beginning a two-day strike. The nurses picketed the hospitals and carried placards that called for safer staffing levels and "patients before profits." The strike targets hospitals affiliated with Sutter Health. The hospital group brought in replacement workers to ensure they could continue operations. It was business as usual, hospital officials said, with "babies being born, and people...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.