Barça planning, naked

first_imgFatality has extreme Barça situation. Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba, the supposed two lateral holders, have fallen injured. And in the Champions League, the outlook with a round of eighths is worrying. Busquets Y Vidal they will not play by penalty, Braithwaite cannot do it and it is not guaranteed that by then Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto can play. Busquets and Rakitic they sent messages on the subject After the game against Naples. Setien It has positioned itself as club man But, whether there are injuries or not, and even if the current injured recover, they have been shivering. Barça only has three centrals of the first team and one of them, Umtiti, have chronic problems in the knee left. If Piqué’s injury is joined, the picture is dramatic and is in the hands of the central Araújo, the subsidiary. The sides are folded and in the midfield, there is relatively sufficient pieces. In the lead, however, Messi and Griezmann They are the only players of the first team who can play both competitions. Braithwaite will throw a wire in The league Y Ansu, still player of subsidiary, It is almost the first team. But with 17 years does not seem that this end of the season in which everything is played is the best time for it to grow. Although if he knocks on the door, Setién will make him a place.The point is that the Barca, February 26, only has 12 players first template field healthy Y One of them cannot play Champions. The circumstances that have concurred have concurred, looking at planning is a must. “It has been like that,” Busquets said. Sometimes there is no need to say more. Today, at Barça they have left healthy two goalkeepers, Neto and Ter Stegen, and twelve first team players: Semedo, Umtiti, Lenglet, Junior, De Jong, Busquets, Rakitic, Vidal, Arthur, Messi, Griezmann and Braithwaite. Some have asterisk. Vidal and Busquets will not be able to play the second round of Champions against Naples. Braithwaite, that was signed after close the second UEFA registration deadline, neither can play in Europe.Be that as it may, the Barça planning it’s been Naked. Although it is fair to put some asterisks. To start, in September 2017, shortly after landing at Barça, Valverde he warned: “I don’t like the very long templates“That was known by Robert, sports director, the first year, and Abidal and Ramon Planes in his second course. The thing is, maybe, the rationing has been out of hand and the template has gone from thin to rickety.Barça decided this winter to do without Todibo and Aleñá. By then, the decision already seemed risky. At least with the French central, because it is true that in the midfield there was overbooking. Stranger was the lead. With Suárez injured and Dembélé without giving any evidence of reliability after his injury to Borussia Dortmund, the club decided to sell to Carles Pérez. Shortly after, I trembled He was injured but by then the deadline for signings was already closed. The incorporation that had to be attacked when the Uruguayan was injured only it accelerated when Barça managed to justify that the absence Dembélé would be long lasting. But by then Braithwaite, that has had a good debut, already could not be registered in Champions.last_img read more

Serena Williams out of Montreal tourney for personal reasons

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 23-time Grand Slam champion is coming off the most lopsided defeat of her career, a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose, California, on Tuesday.The 36-year-old Williams was the runner-up at Wimbledon last month. That was just her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby in September and dealing with a health scare related to blood clots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The year’s last major tournament, the U.S. Open, starts on Aug. 27.Williams will be replaced in the draw at Montreal by Tatjana Maria, who faces Alize Cornet in the first round. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts after missing a shot from Johanna Konta, of Britain, during the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Konta won 6-1, 6-0. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)MONTREAL — Serena Williams has pulled out of next week’s Rogers Cup hard-court tournament, citing personal reasons.The tournament announced Williams’ withdrawal on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentscenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Trump rips LeBron James’ smarts hours before rally in Ohio Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Djokovic wins in Cincinnati, Halep’s match suspended

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Six new signings to watch in Serie A Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Halep won her second Rogers Cup title last week, beating Sloane Stephens in the final, and had some trouble with her back on Wednesday. She grabbed it after a 105 mph serve in the second set. Halep called a medical timeout for treatment after dropping the first three games of the third set.Halep returned and ran off four straight games against the 58th-ranked Tomljanovic before a storm moved in.No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki retired after losing the first set to Kiki Bertens 6-4 because of an injured left knee, her second straight disappointing exit from a tournament. Wozniacki lost her opening match last week in Montreal.Stephens—the defending U.S. Open champion—overcame a thumb injury during a 6-3, 6-2 victory over qualifier Tatjana Maria.A trainer applied a bandage to the third-seeded Stephens’ right thumb between the third and fourth games of the second set. The match was Stephens’ first since losing Sunday to Halep in Montreal.Sloane reached the semifinals last season in Cincinnati — her best finish — before heading to the U.S. Open and getting the title.Defending tournament champion Garbine Muguruza had a third-set meltdown and lost to Lesia Tsurenko 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 after a critical double fault.The seventh-seeded Spaniard was up 4-2 and serving in the third set when she double faulted to drop the game, a look of disbelief coming across her face after her final serve went long. Given the reprieve, Tsurenko closed it out.Muguruza suffered a second-round loss at Wimbledon and withdrew from San Jose and Montreal with a sore right arm. She said her arm wasn’t an issue as much as her lack of practice in the last couple of weeks because of the injury.“I’m happy that I didn’t feel pain,” she said. “I’m going to take that positive and keep training for the U.S. Open.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “I think it adds more to the motivation rather than pressure,” Djokovic said. “I really want to win this tournament. I definitely need to play better than I have in the first couple of matches.”There was one notable upset in the men’s bracket. Robin Haase beat third-seeded Alexander Zverev 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 for his first victory against a Top 10 opponent since he beat Zverev last November.“Nowadays against Top 10, 20, maybe Top 50, you have to be a little bit lucky,” Haase said.Defending champion Grigor Dimitrov beat Mischa Zverev 7-6 (5), 7-5, extending his recent success in Cincinnati. He won his first Masters title at the Western & Southern last year without dropping a set, and he’s won all four sets this year.In the women’s bracket, top-ranked Simona Halep led 4-6, 6-3, 4-3 on Wednesday night when more rain forced her match against qualifier Ajla Tomljanovic to be suspended overnight. The winner would then play an evening match.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES The 10th-seeded Djokovic demonstrated he’s back in form by winning another Wimbledon title last month. Now he’s trying to get his hard-court game ready for the U.S. Open, the latest step in his long comeback. He’s been inconsistent while changing from grass to hard courts.“I know from experience it might come very quickly,” he said. “So I’m hoping for that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’First, he’d love to win a Cincinnati title and complete a personal quest. Djokovic is trying to become the first to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 trophies.Djokovic has reached the finals at Cincinnati five times and dropped all five matches — three to Roger Federer, two to Andy Murray.center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns to Adrian Mannarino, of France, in the second round at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MASON, Ohio—Novak Djokovic completed his comeback from elbow surgery by winning Wimbledon for the fourth time. He’s inching closer to one of the few titles to elude him throughout his career.Djokovic overcame an upset stomach and a sluggish first set Wednesday, beating Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 before heavy rain halted afternoon matches at the Western & Southern Open.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Theo Bettie’s Remains Arrive

first_imgThe casket bearing the mortal remains of the late Theophilus Totee Bettie, Deputy Governor for Economic Policy at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), arrived in the country from Lagos, Nigeria, late last night on a special, chattered flight.Mr. Bettie died at the Saint Nicholas Hospital, in Lagos, Nigeria  on Friday, November 8, after he had reportedly collapsed in his hotel room.The former CBL Deputy Governor was in that sisterly nation attending the  Bi-annual Conference of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM).Family members and government officials, including CBL Governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, turned out at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) much earlier to await the arrival of the Bettie’s remains.Unfortunately, the flight was delayed from 12noon to 9pm, according to sources.The CBL, in an announcement posted in this paper stated: “The CBL extended deepest sympathy to the bereaved family for this “irreparable” loss that the nation has sustained.Theophilus Totee Bettie joined the Bank family in 2008, and was soon elevated to the position of advisor for Research and Policy; he later rose further up the ranks to serve as Deputy Governor for Economic Policy until his untimely death in Nigeria.”The late Bettie earned himself a full bright scholar award from Yale University, in the United States of America, where he graduated with a Master’s Degree.According to information received by the Daily Observer, his remains will be deposited at the Samuel A. Striker Funeral Home upon arrival. Information concerning funeral arrangements is yet to be announced.          Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HIS Church Brings in Food Items

first_imgThe international charity, HIS Church, based in Lincolnshire, the United Kingdom, has dispatched three 40-foot containers to Liberia containing food and non-food items to assist indigent communities throughout the country in the wake of the untold sufferings caused by the Ebola virus outbreak.The items, estimated at $1.4 million United States dollars, are in response to a special appeal recently  made to the charity by the Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai.According to the Coordinator at HIS Church Charity, Mr. Richard Humphrey, “his organization is immensely pleased to identify with Liberia at this critical time in the country’s history,  especially considering the devastating effects the ongoing Ebola virus has had on the human capacity and infrastructure developments initiated by the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.”Speaking further, he said one of the containers is loaded specifically with items to assist communities devastated by the Ebola outbreak. The items include mattresses, beddings, kitchenware, clothing, sewing machines, high grade Basmati rice, high visibility jackets, handbags, anti-bacteria lotions among others.He noted that “the food and non-food items are intended to assist residents in quarantined communities with basic needs while helping to contain the spread of the virus and the loss of additional lives”.Also speaking at the loading bay in Lincolnshire, the Liberian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Rudolf von Ballmoos, thanked HIS Church Charity on behalf of the President, government and people of Liberia for the huge consignment of items designated for the people of Liberia. He noted, “This  gesture on the part of HIS Church Charity demonstrates the level of concern shown by international organizations towards the eradication of the Ebola virus from Liberia.The unexpected emergence of the Ebola virus at a time when the government is pursuing a protracted transformation agenda following years of civil conflict, said Ambassador von Ballmos, has the potential to cause distractions.  He, however,  assured His Church leaders that the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf remains committed to eliminating the virus from the country with the support of all friendly governments and international organizations.The containers are being loaded at the Felixstowe port outside London and are expected to arrive in Liberia by the end of September.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Release fact-based assessment of Amaila Falls – Jagdeo

first_imgGovernment’s unjustifiable delay in the release of the fact-based assessment of Amaila Falls – which would have determined if this was the ideal route for renewable energy in Guyana – creates strong suspicions of attempts to hide the conclusions in the report.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has issued another call for the release of this document so that Guyanese and businesses can access an independent assessment of the merits of Amaila Falls and determine for themselves if the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition’s decision to scrap the project was indeed in the best interest of the country.Amaila Falls could have been almost operational by now and consumers could have been close to seeing the end to expensive, unreliable and dirty electricity and Guyana would have been entering into the ranks of the top 10 users of clean energy worldwide.An artist’s impression of the Amaila Fall Hydropower ProjectAn artist’s impression of the Hope Beach Wind Farm ProjectThe project, which would have been the largest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country’s history, had the potential to reintegrate the country with the global capital markets for the first time in over 40 years, the Opposition Leader said in the statement.“Instead, Guyanese face years more of unreliable electricity supply and excessively high bills – with no end in sight. Blackouts last for up to 10 hours a day, and the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) is putting future electricity costs up by buying expensive, dirty energy supplies. Only two weeks ago, they bought four new oil-based generators. The blame for this situation lies entirely with the APNU/AFC coalition,” read an excerpt of a statement from the Office of the Opposition Leader on the matter.Global capital marketsThe missive explained that the People’s National Congress (PNC) party, now APNU, caused Guyana to be excluded from the global capital markets in the first place – and the decades of zero investment in Guyana that resulted.The Opposition chronicled that upon assuming office in 2015, APNU/AFC continued their “economic vandalism” by stopping the project in its tracks.“They justified these acts of vandalism through a series of inaccurate statements, including when the Finance Minister stood before the National Assembly and declared that to proceed with the Amaila Falls project would be “a downright criminal act of deception.” The Minister said that the Government’s “investigations” had revealed that Amaila Falls would cost GPL US$2.6 billion over 20 years. President Granger said that the Amaila Falls Hydropower project would saddle Guyanese with decades of debt,” the statement posited.The Party outlined that Amaila Falls has repeatedly been identified as the best fit for the first major hydropower development in the country and that the ideal way for its development would be through a public-private venture.In 2013, Guyana had secured a best-in-class US private investor to be the major sponsor for Amaila Falls and the contractor to build the project was selected through an open, competitive, international process.The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) pointed out too that the then Opposition was privy to all of this information – that the Amaila Falls Project met the world-class social and environmental safeguards of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The Party noted that Guyana could have sustained its global leadership on green growth and low carbon development, instead of being relegated to the rump of countries that talk about green growth but does not act.Jagdeo has already labelled this Government as being one of such, with President Granger constantly touting the concept of a green economy but not taking any strident measures towards its realisation.Govt wrongThe Party contended that Granger was outright wrong when he declared that the Project would saddle Guyanese with debt.“There would be no public debt. The Government’s contribution to Amaila Falls would largely come from US$80 million which was earned in payments from Norway and has been sitting – unused – in a bank account at the World Bank and then the Inter-American Development Bank for years. By 2017, Amaila Falls could be generating about 50 per cent more electricity than the entire GPL supply in 2012, for about half the cost,” it explained.The PPP/C argued that customers’ electricity bills would have decreased significantly from 2017, and would further plunge in stages until it reached 90 per cent cheaper than they were in 2012.Government had initially promised to release the report by May 2016 but now it is saying that the document will be made public in January 2017.Government is now pursuing, as an alternative to the Amaila Falls Project, the Hope Beach Wind Farm Project – but the Opposition has since contended that this will not generate enough capacity to dramatically transform the country.last_img read more

Take the gridiron with the Xtreme

first_imgXtreme Youth Football and Cheer has scheduled registration dates for its 2007 season. The team focuses its recruiting in Montebello, Monterey Park and the City of Commerce, however, the Xtreme will accept anyone from any city. Sign-ups are slated from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., every Saturday in March, at Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park. For information call (877) 987-3633 or visit www.eteamz.com/goxtreme. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Understanding senior relocation services

first_imgAdam’s parents died nearly a decade ago, so when the time comes for his grandmother, Alice, to relocate from her family home someplace better suited for her age and ability to self-manage, Adam, 31, will be taking the reins. The Lawndale resident gets the sense that the time has come to broach the subject with Alice, 84, and to start exploring options – as she has indicated that she “just might” be ready to make a move. Meanwhile, Adam, despite being close to Alice, knows that persuading her to take advice from somebody two generations her junior won’t be easy. Working with her to establish a new life at an assisted-living professional care facility could provide either a penultimate bonding experience, or a total nightmare, depending on several things. Regardless of how it pans out, Adam knows he needs help – with how to proceed and where to turn for expert assistance. To that end, he has asked about “senior relocation services” consultants. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe financial picture Alice, a widow for more 18 years, has a combined monthly retirement income of about $5,000. Adam intends to contribute $1,000 for Alice’s well-being when she moves, via an account left by his parents for that purpose. However, Alice insists that he won’t be spending a dime. Alice’s condominium, two hours northeast of Los Angeles, is worth an estimated $290,000. Plan of action For starters, Adam should encourage Alice to maintain involvement in legal and financial decision-making. Having the “life-management authority” to which she is accustomed to suddenly usurped from her entirely could cause serious resentment issues and sidetrack the noble undertaking Adam plans to pursue. The inability to manage personal affairs marks a potentially upsetting time for many seniors. Adam should take care not to make Alice seem helpless when her involvement comes into question. The following should help guide what will be a multifaceted, possibly lengthy process. Map out a basic plan. First, consult H.E.L.P. at 310-533-1996. The nonprofit organization designed to assist in senior issues. It can offer ideas for laying out a concise, easily organized financial plan in which both Adam and Alice play equal parts in managing decisions, budget inputs, and lifestyle arrangements that will keep each party in the loop. That should benefit their relationships – now both personal and business – and deter or prevent alienation. Seek out experienced professional advisers. The moving process is exhausting for anybody, but for a senior whose health is deteriorating, the stress can cause actual physical problems. So it’s smart to get others involved to lighten the loads for Adam and Alice. Choosing wisely when selecting a relocation service – professionals who specialize in relocating seniors and minimizing stressful moving jams – is paramount. Using a full-fledged moving planner will cost more than a simple moving company. Relocation services for seniors usually run about $50 to $75 an hour during the planning phase. Also, there are external service charges for whatever needs handling, from dealing with new-facility contracts to arranging for sale of valuables, to handling utilities and other basics at either end. But that help may be worth every penny to Adam, who is unschooled in such matters. It is important to choose a local planner with the appropriate credentials and good, trackable references (many people ask for references from prospective service providers and then don’t actually check them out). Another benefit of using a moving planner is that seniors who may be pushed out of the decision-making process otherwise are allowed, by design, total control over how the move plays out. Sweating the details. Many relocation advisers are associated with national organizations such as Relocation Planners LLC (877-405-7356.) They are also real-estate professionals who may have other credentials and who work on transactional and practical aspects of the move. The planner is responsible for moving the process forward and keeping other individuals involved on task. Lifting that responsibility – of negotiating rates and other financial details – from Alice’s shoulders should allow Alice the free time she needs to catalog everything in her life and begin uprooting herself. The moving planner also will coordinate all important facets of Alice’s new place, a senior-specialized complex, allowing Alice to choose floor plans, furniture, moving dates and rates, freeing her and Adam from the sometimes daunting business of organizing it all. If Adam and Alice work with a senior relocation planner, besides asking for references and credentials, they should get some sort of document detailing the costs of the service – separate from any real-estate costs or other nonplanning associated fees. Stephanie Enright owns Enright Premier Wealth Advisors of Torrance. Write to her at the Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. If you need financial advice, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope so you can receive a confidential questionnaire. Questionnaires also are available at the Daily Breeze. Only letters chosen for publication will be answered; your real name will not be used.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S U16 BOYS CELEBRATE NORTHERN LEAGUE TITLE

first_imgPictured is the St. Eunan’s U16 team that won the Northern League Division 1 title.The final was played on Monday in Termon against St Michaels. Team Manager is Jim Clarke.St Eunans now play Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon in the All County League Div1 semi-final.  GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S U16 BOYS CELEBRATE NORTHERN LEAGUE TITLE was last modified: August 27th, 2014 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:league winnersSt EunansU16last_img read more

Jury’s still out on busway

first_imgThe Metro Orange Line busway celebrates its first week in operation today, quickly heralded by commuters and the just plain curious as a giant leap forward for mass transit in the San Fernando Valley – and then slowed down by ground-level safety fears. As officials celebrated the 11,000 daily passengers using the new busway, a 78-year-old woman believed to be talking on a cell phone ran a red light and crashed her car into the bus, sending 15 people to the hospital. It was the first major accident for the busway – but the second incident that day – although no one was seriously hurt. Busway critics immediately blasted the collisions as the nightmare they had predicted with the potent mix of buses passing through intersections – and a state senator called for the line to be temporarily shut down. But as the line now begins its second week in operation, Los Angeles officials have rallied around it, banding together to immediately add safety measures – more come on line today – and insisting they’ll do all they can to make the Valley’s biggest public tax-dollar investment in years a success. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “This is one of the largest new public transit systems we’ve put on line in the city in many, many years, and from all accounts it is a success. That being said, you can never sit on your laurels and say we did a good job, whether it be ensuring safety issues, ensuring ridership,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, chairwoman of the city’s Transportation Committee. “It’s very important for us to celebrate the success of our first week, but we also have to be diligent.” Valley residents who had been eagerly waiting for the busway to roll remain mixed on the first week’s results. Scores of residents left their cars for the first time in their adult lives to board a bus, gushing over the traffic-free ride that gave them a chance to relax and see more of the world than taillights on the 101 Freeway. Attorney John Birke stepped on board the day after the crash, heading from Warner Center to a court appearance at Van Nuys courthouse, thrilled at trimming a 45-minute commute to 30 minutes. Ridership was more than 10,000 that day. “When I watched the unceasing line of brake lights down Victory (Boulevard), I knew this was the way to go,” he said. “I was stress-free when I got here.” And even veteran bus riders welcomed the line, which can cut a typical two-hour ride on multiple buses in half. “For me, I like it,” said Antonia Monroy, a housekeeper from North Hollywood, who saved time over her regular 156 bus. Still, critics complained the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has created a danger for city streets and a threat to their quiet neighborhoods. “We knew it was going to happen – it was predicted there was going to be … accidents or fatalities. This was the first week. It’s not going to end,” said 30-year resident Jill Haber, president of the Melody Acres Neighborhood Association. Haber wants grade-separated crossings for the line, as does William Evans, board member of the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization on the other end of the Valley. “It just doesn’t make any sense, a high-speed bus line running across busy intersections, with no warning but a light. That’s pretty much the way I feel and the way other people feel.” For now, the MTA has ordered drivers to slow buses to 10 mph through the intersections, and the city has stationed white-gloved officers to control traffic as officials investigate long-term changes like crossing gates. By today the city will have made additional changes including: adjusting traffic signals to keep the lights red a little bit longer until all cars have passed; changing some green lights to green arrows; and moving “Bus crossing” and “No right on red” signs to eye level, Greuel said. But state Sen. Richard Alarcon continued his campaign to have the Orange Line temporarily shut down. “We ought to temporarily close it at least for a week and see if we can find immediate measures,” said Alarcon, D-Van Nuys. “I’m pleased that Mayor (Antonio) Villaraigosa has taken swift action; however, I don’t think it’s enough, and think more needs to be done. I would hate to think one more person would be injured.” Many critics point to the busway in Miami, the nation’s first, which is now considering crossing gates after numerous crashes. The range of safety measures being considered for the Valley will be discussed Wednesday at Greuel’s Transportation Committee meeting. The Los Angeles Police Department’s preliminary investigation into last week’s crash shows the woman driving likely ran the red light. But Valley Traffic Capt. Ron Marbrey said officials are unable to confirm the bus driver’s assertion that the woman also was talking on a cell phone. Sherman Oaks resident Joan Leonard, an occasional mass-transit rider who serves on the MTA’s Valley Governance Council, is looking forward to finding solutions. At the council’s monthly meeting last week, nearly two dozen riders turned out asking for more connecting buses, more routes and schedules posted at bus shelters and Orange Line stations, and an easier way to buy monthly bus passes since the Valley customer center has been shut down. “People are riding it and they’re liking it,” said Leonard, a financial analyst. “It’s the first time that something has been done for the Valley in my lifetime to really enhance our quality of living in a grand way. “People’s enthusiasm for the Orange Line justifies our leaders using every bit of their brains to come up with solutions.” Staff Writer Josh Kleinbaum contributed to this report. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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