Williams withdraws from Hopman Cup with knee problem

first_imgPERTH, Australia (AP):Serena Williams withdrew from the Hopman Cup yesterday because of inflammation in her left knee, a setback in her preparations for the Australian Open.Williams has been replaced by Vicky Duval in the US team for the last Group A match against the Czech Republic today. Williams withdrew ahead of her season-opening match against Ukraine on Monday, with Duval filling in for her and retired in the second set against Australia’s Jarmila Wolfe on Tuesday.Hopman Cup organisers confirmed Williams’ withdrawal yesterday. The US team is 0-2 and cannot reach the final of the international mixed team competition at Perth Arena.Williams, who won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon and got within two victories of a season Grand Slam in 2015 before losing in the US Open semi-finals, had initially been confident of returning to action in Perth.”It’s not even a bump – just a really minor thing in the road and I’ll fly over it,” Williams said after retiring against Wolfe. “I just have some inflammation that’s been going away very slowly – it’s going away but it needs a little more time.”Mainly I was afraid to move and I need to get in the space where I’m not afraid to move. Maybe a day off or two will really make the world of difference.”Williams is expected to travel to Melbourne to continue preparations for the Australian Open, which begins on January 18.- APlast_img read more

Tracing Vulnerabilities, Violence and Health Risks Induced by Climate Change

first_imgBy John S. M. Yormie, Jr. Introduction/Background This literature has been developed over time and the debates have essentially shifted from the crux of whether or not climate change exists to how effects of climate change can be addressed. It has become more convincing as the earth gets hotter, increasingly causing melting of glaciers which have resulted to high sea rise, soil intrusion, land degradation, etc.On the other hand, it has been identified that essential interplay of these naturally related occurrences induce conflict of varying natures. Some of these concerns are premised on the general consensus that variability and change exacerbate the scarcity of natural resources on the African continent, where majority of the people depend on land, water and the ocean for their livelihoods, according to the African Center for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCRD).In this paper, existential natures of climate change are discussed and viewed as nexus of conflict from a broader perspective, to narrowed scenarios at community levels. References are particularly placed on coastal communities in Liberia. The coastal environs along the nation’s capital are mainly spotlighted.Serious health hazards, interpersonal violence and vulnerabilities as results of loss of lands and forced migration due to sea erosion are reviewed and analyzed with plausible assumptions and recommendations as policy options to ensure remedies.Among the many concerns of the international system, placing climate change effects as one of top priority has become far-reaching.Robin Mearns and Andrew Norton of the World Bank have variously argued that the most profound challenge facing the international community in the 21st century is climate change. They described it as much as a challenge for poverty reduction, growth and development as it is a global environmental issue (Mearns, R. and Norton, A.; 2008).As far back in 2007, it has already been estimated by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that the world will warm between 1.8-4.2 degree Celsius within 100 years (IPCC; 2007). It was also assumed that conditions of droughts, extremes precipitation, heat waves and cyclone intensity, rising sea levels, increased land degradation and changing disease prevalence would have resulted (ibid).Elementally, these can be argued as factors of conflict at different levels. It may affect regions, communities and neighborhoods differently, depending on the potential of the climate change inducing factor(s). For example, scarcity as a result of forced migration or resistance to share limited facilities can result to conflict in crowded coastal communities.(Analysis) Issues, Plausible causes and remedial actions Vulnerabilities Many factors position Liberia among many countries, especially Least Developing Countries (LCDs) vulnerable to impacts of climate change.It has been realized that while Liberia has low carbon footprint, the impact and effects of climate change may have severe consequences in myriad spheres. Essentially, these spheres include sectors of agriculture, fisheries, forests, energy production related to availability of water resources, coastal areas and health.It becomes more alarming considering the estimation that floods and sea erosion are among climate related hazards which are likely to worsen in Liberia with assumptions of significant impact on local communities’ livelihoods.The coastal line of Liberia is susceptible to sea level rise. It has been revealed that by the year 2090, Liberia will experience a sea rise of 0.13m and 0.43 as predicted by the SRESB1 (INC, 3013).The country coastal line itself lies on the Gulf of Guinea coastline, making it significantly exposed to Southern Atlantic annual sea storms surges that lead average tidal rises of over 2m during a brief period in spring. It has been observed as a major driver of severe coastal erosion along the Montserrado Coastlines ( West point Communities, New Kru Town, Buchanan and Cestos Cities), according to the (NAPA;2008).The erosion lead to force migration or shorelines retreat. These scenarios have been noticed with varying distances with about 10 meters year in higher lifted zones and about 20 meters a year in the low land along the coastal communities like Bushrod Island in Monrovia.These stretches cover over a host of densely populated communities in Monrovia, mostly occupied by poor people without adequate finances to individually employ coastal defense initiatives nor to acquire new decent lands for habitation and the conduct of livelihoods. Thus, they are compelled to live along these shores with high risks.The effects have been far reaching and in the past forty years a number of climate change effects have occurred, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia.It has been realized that factors responsible include shifting cultivation, unsustainable logging practices, unregulated coastal mining, decreasing river flows due to high evaporation, etc.However, the National Adaption Plan that began in 2015 is the country road map that engenders evaluation of existing climate adaption and mitigation initiatives. It also includes an assessment of knowledge, capacity and implementation gaps including capacity and implementation needs. It provides a guideline for implementation of the (NAP) process in Liberia and the areas to work in short medium and long terms.Initially, The Government of Liberia (GoL) has implemented a number of climate change related initiatives including NAP in 2008, International Communication in 2012, National Climate Change Policy and REDD+ in 2012.The realization has been the existing lack of institutional and technical capacity on climate change adaption in Liberia that prevents the government and stakeholders to integrate fully the ACC into planning and budgeting processes and to implement adaptation strategies.A key objective of the NAP is coastal management.Violence History is replete with accounts of violence in many forms. Across Africa and other parts of the world, enormous accounts point to conflict induced by climate change. Whether in the natures of communal civil violent conflicts in the north eastern area of Nigeria (Emeka E. Obioha, 2017) or the trace of the genocide in Darfur (sometime referred to as the world first conflict caused by climate change, after the conflict was sparked, at least impart, by decline in rainfall) ( David Biello, 2017).American columnist Jeffrey Sachs at an event at Columbia University in 2007 mentioned that “Don’t doubt for a moment that places like Darfur are ecological disasters first and political disasters second.”Henrik Urdal in similar fashion argues that, the direst predictions about the impact of global warming warn about greatly increased risks of violent conflict over increasingly scarce resources such as freshwater and arable land (Urdal, U.;2007).Increasingly being described as a security problem, climate change has also been viewed as a factor responsible for violent conflict. A particular aspect of vulnerability of local places and social grounds ( Jon Barnett and W. NeilAdger, 2007).A strand of this is interpersonal violence among community dwellers which have become common in clustered communities along coastal areas in Liberia.Health Risks Climate change may lead to increased vulnerability to malaria, cholera and diarrhea diseases as well as increased incidences of these diseases.It has been realized that humans have significant interactions with their environments and extensive relations therefore exist. One core area is health. The world health organization defines environment as it relates to health as “all the physical, chemical and biological factors external to a person and all related behaviors (WHO; 2006).It has been studied that long termed good health of populations depends on the continued stability and functioning of the biosphere’s ecological and physical systems, often referred to as life- support system as mentioned by A.J. McMichae in “Global Climate Change and Health: an Old Story Writ Large.”Mirroring from the above, human activities along coastal areas where toilet facilities are extensively linked to water sources used for important daily uses signal serious health risks.On another strand, malaria is very common in such areas considering the channel that both temperature and surface water have important influences on the insect vectors of vector-borne infectious disease. Of particular importance are, vector mosquito species which spread malaria and viral diseases such as dengue and yellow fever. (WHO, 2003).Under these conditions it can be agreed that, substantial health hazards/risks permeate these coastal communities.Major assumptions The will be more effects of climate change in coastal communities unless measures are taken to ensure coastal defense while failure to promote awareness will cause endured exposure to causing climate change effects through activities like beach sand mining, dumping of harmful chemicals in sea and ocean bodies .Interpersonal violence may increase if the trend of continuous land loss is not medicated. On the same basis, the likelihood of disease spreading among locals will remain prevalent in these clustered communities.Conclusion and recommendations Climate change has been identified as a major challenge facing the planet. Along with intractable conflict across Africa, the viewpoints mentioned it as being a trigger for conflict especially with causality factors of scarcity of limited resources as in arable lands, fresh waters bodies, etc.Some pieces of evidence were traced to the conflict prone Darfur region and parts of northern Nigeria. In coastal regions feasible for economic activities like fishing and agriculture, these triggers are more apparent.These susceptible to climate change include coastal communities in the Nation’s Capital Monrovia, (New Kru Town, Westpoint etc.) as well as other cities like Buchanan in Grand Bassa and Cestos in River Cess Counties. With prevalence of Malaria, constant fight on occupation of new lands, mishits building closed to high sea waves, vulnerabilities, health risks interpersonal violence appear common.It has been observed that most awareness measures have not been at institutional levels including High Schools and Universities there by demanding the need to address such. The newly adopted National Adaption Plan must not be a mere shelve material but a tool that guides into full implementation to address climate change issues where as local actions are taken seriously in addressing this global menace being faced by Liberia and the entire comity of nations.About the Author:John S. M. Yormie, Jr. is the Coordinator/ Officer in Charge Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wheatbelt League Standings

first_imgThese are the latest standings from the Wheatbelt LeaguePeace River Stampeders 12-2Rycroft Rage 10-2Fort St. John Black Sox 10-5Grande Prairie Cougars 6-4Grimshaw Huskies 4-10Wanham Wildcats 3-8Fairview Outlaws 2-9Dawson Creek Diamondbacks 2-10- Advertisement –last_img

Essequibo, Georgetown, West Berbice dominate 4th round

first_img2018 GCB/CGI Jaguars 50-Over League…– Johnson, Griffith, Anderson among run-gettersIt was a run-fest as round 4 of the ongoing Cricket Guyana Inc (CGI) Jaguars 50-Over Leagues continued across the country with some thrilling action, apart from the East Coast Demerara/West Demerara encounter which was abandoned due to rain.Leon JohnsonAt Everest, it was a decent encounter between Georgetown and East Bank Demerara, highlighted by Trevon Griffith’s ton and Leon Johnson’s match-winning fifty. East Bank batting first, compiled 201 all out in 45.2 overs with the opener Griffith leading the way with a stylish century 111, which included four 4’s and seven 6’s. Windies middle-order batsman Vishaul Singh was the next best scorer, hitting a solitary boundary in his 45. Georgetown’s bowling was led by all-rounder Christopher Barnwell and Ramaal Lewis collected 2 wickets for 45 and 21 runs respectively, while the Guyana U19 pair of pacer Qumar Torrington and Ashmead Nedd collected a wicket each.Georgetown in reply, graced their way to victory as they battled their way to successfully achieved their total in 43 overs and 2 wickets to spare. Robin Bacchus smashed a good-looking 26, getting off the mark with a big six, but perished before he could push on.Under-19 batsman Raymond Perez chipped in with 29 while Barnwell hit 37 but it was Captain, Johnson who saw his team home with an unbeaten 83, his second fifty of the competition to keep the champs momentum going.Lower Corentyne vs EssequiboOver at Albion, in Berbice, Lower Corentyne batting first, could only muster 110 all out in 29 overs. Youth sensation, Kevlon Anderson top score with a pugnacious 54. Kelvin Umroa, with 10 not out, was the only other Lower Corentyne players to reach double figures. Bowling for Essequibo, Ricardo Adams and Anthony Adams, were once again impressive with the ball, ripping through the Lower Corentyne’s batting order to claim 4 for 24 and 3 for 24 respectively.Essequibo in reply, were made to work hard to achieve their winning target, as bowlers Kelvin Umroa, Kassim Khan and left-arm spinner Veerassammy Permaul made Essequibo batsmen toil for every run, as they respectively captured 3 for 17, 2 for 25 and 2 for 26. Essequibo, eventually gained victory off 36.2 overs, as they reached 114 for 7.Essequibo won by 3 wickets.Upper Corentyne vs West BerbiceAt Port Mourant, on the Corentyne of Berbice, West Berbice won the toss and sent Upper Corentyne in to take first strike, a decisive move, which witnessed Upper Corentyne crumbling for 51 runs off 24 overs. Shawn Perriera and Andy Mohan were the only batsmen to present any real effort of resistance, scoring 10 runs each. Bowling for West Berbice, Gudakesh Motie was the most destructive bowler grabbing 4 for 14, while Javid Karim, Kevin Sinclair and Kevin Jawahir picked up 2 wickets for 6, 10 and 8 runs respectively.West Berbice in response, maintained control of the game, as they comfortably attained their victory target in 11 overs with 7 wickets to spare. Javid Karim top scored with 27. Clintion Pestano, Sylus Tyndall and Eon Hooper took a wicket each.West Berbice won by 7 wickets.On Monday 24th September, 2018 action continues with Lower Corentyne versus East Coast and Enmore, East Bank takes on West Berbice at Bush Lot, Georgetown faces West Demerara at Everest while Upper Corentyne battles Essequibo at Port Mourant from 09 00 hours.last_img read more

EUROPE GIVES HALF A MILLION EURO TO PROTECT ERRIGAL

first_imgEU funding has been secured for an ambitious development project to protect Errigal – and boost tourism.Praising the efforts of the local steering group who will now manage the project in partnership with Donegal County Council, Sinn Féin Councillor John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh said that the funding which amounts to over €560,000 will help to preserve the iconic mountain and will also attract additional visitors to the region each year.Cllr Ó Fearraigh said: “I am delighted to have received confirmation from Donegal County Council that funding for this ambitious Errigal project has been secured through the EU’s ‘ACCENT’ programme. “This funding has come about as a direct result of the efforts of both the local community steering group and also the Community and Enterprise Officer with Donegal County Council who have worked hard to have this project included as part of this funding programme.“This funding will enable much needed preservation and development work to take place around Mount Errigal and the surrounding terrain which is needed to ensure the future of the landmark.“The funding for this flagship project will be spent on staffing, research and data gathering and will also involve the construction of a path way at the foot of the mountain.“Naturally this announcement is a fantastic one for West Donegal and it has been achieved due to the work of the local community who will now take charge of delivering this ambitious venture in partnership with the local authority. Essentially, this highlights what can be achieved when community groups and the council work together. “Mount Errigal is an iconic landmark and is a symbol for this county. Today’s funding announcement will enable the landmark to receive the recognition which it so thoroughly deserves as one of Ireland’s most beautiful natural land features.” EUROPE GIVES HALF A MILLION EURO TO PROTECT ERRIGAL was last modified: March 9th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Errigalfundingtourismlast_img read more

Chelsea transfer news: Blues face battle with Roma for World Cup hero

first_img Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing GOSSIP Denmark international Kasper Schmeichel in action at World Cup 2018. 1 IN DEMAND RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly WHITE KNIGHT take zlat Zlatan Ibrahimovic in ‘advanced talks’ to complete Premier League comeback center_img Chelsea and Roma are set to go head-to-head and battle to sign Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, according to Sky Sports.The European giants both seem likely to lose their No.1 shot-stoppers this summer with Thibaut Courtois linked with a move to Real Madrid, along with Serie A ace Alisson. REAL DEAL Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade heading off ‘perfect fit” Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland three-way race And Denmark’s World Cup hero, Schmeichel, is reportedly on the wishlist of both clubs were either to lose their goalkeepers in the summer transfer window.A Premier League title winner with Leicester City in 2015/16, the 31-year-old offers plenty of experience and leadership, and has displayed his qualities at World Cup 2018 with Denmark, saving a penalty in extra-time against Croatia, and two in the ensuing shoot-out, which his nation lost 3-2.Schmeichel has three years left on his current contract, which gives Leicester City plenty of negotiating power. Latest Transfer news Chelsea & Roma interested in signing Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Both clubs will buy new keepers if they sell Courtois & Alisson this summer.— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 2, 2018talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS

first_imgResults from last night’s greyhound racing at Lifford Stadium were:Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Sugarland Gig 6/4 fav; 2, Over the Line 4/1. Time: 19.65. Distance: 1.25 lengths.Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Oghill Hack 6/4 fav; 2, Lacey Girl 7/2. Time: 19.25. Distance: 6 lengths. Race 3 The Try a Trio 350 (350 yards): 1, Wilma 3/1; 2, Macsruso 5/1. Time: 19.60. Distance: 1.25 lengths.Race 4 The Booking Office 525 (525 yards): 1, Pretty Jockey 4/1; 2, Original Song 4/1. Time: 29.94. Distance: 1.25 lengths.Race 5 “Like” Us on Facebook 525 (525 yards): 1, Crossleigh Thyme 4/6 fav; 2, Edenvale Maeve 4/1. Time: 29.02. Distance: 7.5 lengths.Race 6 The Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal 350 (350 yards): 1, Ardnasool Rio 9/4 fav; 2, Gobal Club 5/2. Time: 19.45. Distance 4.5 lengths. Race 7 The Upcoming Sweepstakes 525 (525 yards): 1, Paddock Paula 6/1; 2, Fridays Maybe 5/2. Time: 29.12. Distance: 3 lengths.Race 8 The Lifford €15 Special 550 (550 yards): 1, Tahina Kyle 4/5 fav; 2, Meadowview Dove 4/1. Time: 30.22. Distance: a neck.Race 9 The Ultimate Dining Experience (350 yards): 1, Mizen Magic 9/4; 2, Ardnasool Kagawa 3/1. Time: 19.08. Distance: 2.25 lengths.Race 10 A McLeans Bookmakers 525 (525 yards): 1, Ballybun Glen 31; 2, Hather If 4/1. Time: 29.44. Distance: 3.75 lengths.Race 11 www.liffordgreyhounds.com 550 (550 yard): 1, Hather Lock 1/1 fav; 2, Hanoras Dream 4/1. Time: 30.86. Distance: 0.5 length. Race 12 The Getting Out Bumper Stakes (575 yards): 1, Colarhouse Lady 4/1; 2, Castleroggy Rust 5/1. Time: 32.03. Distance: 2.25 lengths.GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: August 3rd, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:greyhoundLiffordRacingResultslast_img read more

Injury to AVC midfielder adds to team’s woes

first_imgLANCASTER – Injuries have dogged an inexperienced and depleted Antelope Valley College women’s soccer team all season. Fortunately for the Marauders, their most recent setback is not as bad as originally feared. Freshman defensive midfielder Katie Tague (Palmdale High) suffered a fractured leg after she was struck from behind in Tuesday’s 3-0 Foothill Conference loss to Chaffey of Rancho Cucamonga, X-rays taken revealed. Doctors told Tague the injury is almost the equivalent of a stress fracture and that it should heal in a few days. “She’s become a rock out there,” Galvao said. “She holds our defense together. Frustrating year: Galvao pointed to Tuesday’s game as an example of his team holding its own against a formidable conference opponent. Before Tague’s injury, the Marauders nearly upset Chaffey (8-1-0, 16-4-1). AVC also blew a two-goal lead in the second half of a 3-3 tie Oct. 11 with previously unbeaten Mt. San Jacinto of Hemet. “We’ve been in every single game,” Galvao said. “It’s just been a frustrating year.” Best effort: The football team’s best effort also produced its most disappointing setback. On the brink of snapping the second-worst losing streak in school history, the Marauders lost 16-14 Saturday to Foothill Conference rival San Bernardino Valley when Kenny Havro’s potential game-winning 35-yard field goal was blocked in the final minute. The Marauders (0-7, 0-5) have lost 13 straight games. AVC settled for a statistical victory instead. The Marauders outgained their opponent 235-149. San Bernardino Valley converted just 1 of 13 third-down attempts. “We certainly gave ourselves an opportunity to win,” Antelope Valley coach Brent Carder said. “We did our best, and in many ways I thought it was our best game, and that’s encouraging, because in spite of our record, we are playing better.” SoCal hopeful: Freshman Chelsea Orozco has a chance to be the school’s first female golfer to qualify for the Southern California regional playoffs. She’ll try to advance from the Foothill Conference championships Monday and Tuesday at Menifee Lakes Country Club near Temecula. “I’m really looking forward to it,” the former Highland High standout said. “It would be awesome (to qualify for the regionals). It would prove to me that all the hard work paid off.” Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week AVC (4-12-2 overall, 3-5-2 Foothill) trailed 1-0 early in the second half when Tague was “hacked” by a Chaffey player, Marauders coach Lemuel Galvao said. The Chaffey player was issued a yellow card for the tackle, and Tague was issued a red card for retaliating. Her one-game suspension for the red card will keep her out of Friday’s game against Desert of Palm Desert, but the injury might keep her out of the lineup a bit longer. Galvao hopes Tague will be available for the team’s last two regular-season games. AVC concludes conference play Tuesday at High Desert rival Victor Valley of Victorville. The Marauders play host to perennial Southern California power Ventura in a Nov. 4 finale. “It may be an issue of how much pain she can handle,” Galvao said. Tague, converted from striker out of necessity, has excelled in midfield. last_img read more

MTA to reopen three of 13 lines

first_imgThe MTA was ordered Monday to reopen three of 13 bus lines it has eliminated in Los Angeles County over the past few years, but none of the revived routes are in the San Fernando Valley. A court order released Monday says the Metropolitan Transportation Authority must add back some service it reduced or eliminated between 2003 and 2005 as part of its federal consent decree with the Bus Riders Union. But the order fell short of reviving the 13 bus lines the BRU sought. “We’re disappointed,” said E. Richard Larson, an attorney for the Bus Riders Union. “Our complaint was, the cuts did not adequately take into account adverse impacts.” The ruling was one of the final orders pending before the Special Master overseeing the consent decree, which is set to expire in October. The bus riders group has pledged to seek an extension. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The MTA had cut three Valley bus routes, including Line 561 on Van Nuys Boulevard to Los Angeles International Airport, which was replaced with Metro Rapid to Westwood. Riders complained the Rapid forces them to transfer in order to continue to LAX. MTA also cut the Roscoe Boulevard and Sherman Way express buses that took freeways to downtown and Hollywood. Those buses now stop at North Hollywood, where transit users can take the subway over the hill. Kymberleigh Richards, a member of the MTA’s Valley Sector Governance Council, said eliminating the freeway routes resulted in a better service. “In reality, these services are faster than the old freeway express services they replaced,” she said. The court ordered MTA to add back service on Wilshire Boulevard and two other routes. last_img read more

Laura Dern, musician boyfriend tie the knot

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Actress Laura Dern and her longtime musician boyfriend Ben Harper were married Friday in a sunset ceremony filled with Christmas decorations, the magazine US Weekly reported on its Web site. Dern, 38, and Harper, 36, tied the knot before an altar decorated with Christmas trees and candles in front of more than 150 friends and family, according to the magazine. The ceremony took place at an L.A. mansion formerly owned by actor Gregory Peck. The two began dating in 2000 and became engaged in September 2004. They have two children together, son Ellery 4, and daughter Jaya, 1. It is the first marriage for Dern and the second for Harper, who won a Grammy for pop instrumental performance earlier this year for his song “11th Commandment.” Dern’s film credits include “Rambling Rose,” “Jurassic Park” and “Wild at Heart.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remakelast_img read more