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Badree shoots down Stars

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree snatched a five-wicket haul as Brisbane Heat stormed to a 56-run win over Melbourne Stars and their second on the trot in the Australian Big Bash here yesterday. Defending 189 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Badree sliced through the hosts’ innings with a spell of five for 21 from four overs, as Stars collapsed to 132 for nine off their 20 overs. Evan Gulbis tried to rescue the innings with a top score of 61 not out off 52 deliveries in a 59-run, sixth wicket stand with captain David Hussey who made 25. However, once the stand was broken in the 14th over, Stars struggled to keep up with the required run rate of 17 per over and folded quickly. Earlier, Badree’s West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago teammate Lendl Simmons, had provided the early impetus for Heat with a knock of 44 off 35 deliveries. Sent in, Heat lost Jimmy Peirson without scoring off the first ball he faced at five for one in the first over, but Simmons led the revival in an entertaining 84-run, second-wicket stand off 40 balls with skipper Chris Lynn who made 56. In reply, Stars never got going, due largely to Badree’s devastating spell. Handed the new ball, the Trinidadian accounted for the first five wickets to fall to leave Stars in disarray at 23 for five in the fifth over. With the third ball of the innings, he bowled Luke Wright with a googly off the inside edge before the Englishman had scored, and then trapped marquee batsman Kevin Pietersen leg before wicket for seven and claimed opener Marcus Stoinis for eight to a catch at mid-off, in the third over. Badree has taken nine wickets so far in the tournament. IMPRESSIVE INNINGlast_img read more

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Azkals’ realistic goal

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Back at the posh Conrad Hotel along Sheikh Zayed Road, where the team is billeted, the Azkals saw India stun Group A second seed Thailand, 4-1, in Abu Dhabi.The Azkals are the fourth seeds in Group C with China and Kyrgyzstan, which play in Al-Ain also on Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissA win and a draw from the three group matches could be enough for the Azkals to sneak into the Round of 16 as one of the four best third seeds.“We’ve been in football for very long and we’ve seen a lot of surprises,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock. “We’re willing to give everyone a headache in this group. We can make sure that, maybe, on Monday night we can have the biggest upset of the tournament already.” Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers 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 Mighty-PH eyes better finish behind Odom, Brownlee Eriksson, who has handled the likes of England legends David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, has spoken highly of the current squad he is handling in a checkered coaching career.“The players are very good, focused and professional,” said Eriksson of the Azkals, who are one of the lowest ranked teams in the competition at No. 116 in the world.“We had problems outside, but when it’s time to train and play, they are there. It’s a great balance of players and they’re very professional. I tell them to enjoy themselves because this is their first time to be in the Asian Cup.”Thailand fires coachThailand fired coach Milovan Rajevac following the humiliating loss to India.The 65-year-old Serb, who took charge of Thailand in 2017, paid the price after the War Elephants conceded three second-half goals to slump to a shock defeat in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.Thai football chiefs took a dim view of their Group A flop and acted swiftly to remove Rajevac the morning after.“The result is not what is expected of the Thai national team and that our supporters deserve,” Thailand’s FA president Somyot Poompanmoung said.“Like all Thai football fans across the country, I am also disappointed with the result. But as president of the football association, I cannot stand still with this problem.”Former assistant coach Sirisak Yodyardthai will assume control of the team when they face Bahrain on Thursday. View comments MOST READ At the forefront of Azkals’ campaigns since 2010, team manager Dan Palami has been one of the architects of some huge victories in the past, including against Vietnam in 2010, against Bahrain in 2015 and versus North Korea in 2016.“You try to expect and you try to hope that you make something out of this,” said Palami. “If we are able to get out of the group stages, that for me is a realistic goal.”Azkals coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said “physically standing up” against the other teams in the group will be the challenge for the Azkals, who face China on Friday in Abu Dhabi, before taking on Kyrgyzstan on Jan. 16 in Dubai.“If we can physically stand up to the other teams, [South] Korea to start with, I think it [qualifying to Round of 16] is a possibility,” said the legendary Swedish coach.“I think the most important thing is to go out and try to play our type of football. Of course, Korea we have to pay attention to that, but we have to play as well and not kick long balls because then we cannot win the game. What I want to say with that. Yes, respect South Korea, but do not be afraid. Go out and enjoy yourself and play. Because also this first game against South Korea, we really have nothing to lose.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Philippine Azkals, which faced South Korea on Monday night, listen to last-minute instructions from coach Sven Goran Eriksson. —CEDELF P. TUPASDUBAI—Even before the rash of upsets hit the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, the Philippines has already started plotting its way out of the group stage in its debut in the most prestigious football tournament in the continent.On the eve of their Group C opener against South Korea at Al Maktoum Stadium, the Azkals learned that defending champion Australia got stunned by Group B fourth seed Jordan, 1-0, in Al-Ain.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rajevac, who has had spells in charge of Algeria and Qatar, famously steered Ghana to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup where they were beaten on penalties by Uruguay.But he was left shell-shocked by Thailand’s horror show against underdogs India, whose veteran striker Sunil Chhetri scored twice, overtaking Lionel Messi’s 65 international goals in the process. —WITH A REPORT FROM AFPSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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As the sport grows, Gina Iniong vows to carry the torch for women’s mixed martial arts

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments 1st 2019 BVR on Tour leg kicks off at Puerto Galera Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MANILA, Philippines—Gina Iniong is ready to carry her part in the women’s revolution in the mixed martial arts world.ADVERTISEMENT “You can now also see highlight-reel knockouts and submissions from us which only proves that the future of women’s mixed martial arts is very promising,” said Iniong.There’s also the reality that a career in mixed martial arts is a viable profession for women, and that the sport is not just a mere discipline to use in self-defense.“Women are starting to recognize that we have tons of potential in this sport, not just as an athlete who wants to stay fit but also as a competitor in real life as it also develops our will to win and to achieve more,” said Iniong.“It only shows that women can also dominate and at the same time entertain fans.”Iniong, though, hopes that more Filipino women will get the opportunity she got for herself and that’s competing in the highest level of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “Mixed martial arts gave direction to my life and that’s that main reason for the good life I’m enjoying at the moment,” said Iniong. “I will always want to perform better so I can inspire other ladies.”“I will continue to prove that we can do anything that men could.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Team Lakay’s atomweight contender said she’s ready to become the poster child of the sport’s evolution in the Philippines.“I’m happy that women’s mixed martial arts here in the Philippines is starting to grow as days go by,” said Iniong (8-4). “Now, many promotions have weight classes for women which proves mixed martial arts is now for everybody, not just men.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsONE Championship has two weight classes for women with Xiong Jing Nan championing the women’s strawweight division while Angela Lee holds the title in the women’s atomweight division.Stamp Fairtex also owns two titles in the ONE Super Series holding the belts for Muay Thai and Kickboxing. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READlast_img read more

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Enmore teen missing

first_img– last seen at school gateMissing: Vilma “Kamini” AnantAn Enmore, East Coast Demerara family has been worried since Monday when 15-year-old Vilma Anant went missing.Guyana Times understands that Anant, commonly known as “Kamini”, is a Fourth Form (Grade 10) student of Apex Academy. The teenager reportedly left for school on Monday morning but upon arriving at the gate, she turned around and left – and has not been seen or heard from since.Speaking with this newspaper, Anant’s uncle, Vijay Sukhdeo, explained that “Kamini” had been living with them since she was little. He said the teenager’s parents had resided in Mahaica Creek, but separated years ago so he and his wife took in “Kamini”.“She come live with us from since nursery to now and we never had any problems like this before,” the worried man related.Sukhdeo recalled that on Monday morning “Kamini” sat down to have breakfast with the family and all seemed to be well with her. She then left for school. He noted some time after they got a call from the school asking about her.“Because it’s a private school, they would call home whenever a student does not show up. So the teacher called home and asked about her and I told her that she left to go to school, but the teacher said she wasn’t there,” the man noted.He added that later in the day when the school bus returned to drop off students, they enquired from the driver and he confirmed that he dropped the teenager off in the morning.Sukhdeo went on to relate that he visited the school on Tuesday and was shown footage from Monday morning. “Mr Ali showed me the video and we see her going up to the school gate and then she turn around and left,” the man said.The cameras did not extend to the road, so it cannot be said where the young lady could have gone from the school’s Atlantic Gardens, ECD location. According to her uncle, there was no one with his niece at the time nor did anything seem to be amiss with her.Furthermore, the man said that on Monday after the young woman failed to return home, the family contacted all her relatives and friends, but no one had seen or heard from her.A worried Sukhdeo explained to this newspaper that his niece was a quiet individual and had never caused such a problem. “I don’t know what happen … I really can’t say why she would disappear like that, we never had any problems with her… this is the first time something like this happen,” he said.The family is pleading with the teenager to return home as soon as possible, and is also requesting members of the public with information on the whereabouts of 15-year-old Vilma “Kamini” Anant to contact them on 616-6345 or the nearest Police Station.last_img read more

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Weah’s Senate Victory: A Blessing for Football?

first_imgPresident-elect George Manneh Weah urged to be mindful of those around him.It was clear that when eleven senatorial candidates lined up last Saturday in the mid-term elections for Montserrado County that the favorite, soccer legend, George Weah was the main deal. With his overwhelming victory over the other ten, including BYC Football Club founder and sponsor Robert A. Sirleaf, who has contributed much to developing Liberian youth, one wonders what becomes next for BYC?  The question is important since the Liberia Football Association’s president Musa Bility gave his support to Senator Weah. Please note that it is Mr. Sirleaf who constructed stadiums across Montserrado County and it is Mr. Sirleaf that collected Liberian youths in the slums of New Kru Town and West Point and changed their future with the advent of the Barrack Young Controllers Football Club.One would have thought that since Robert Sirleaf constructed football arenas to supplement the development of such initiatives to the LFA, he would have been high on the LFA’s support agenda. This is because the LFA does not need to support a politician to get financial support from the Government of Liberia. Talk about mixing sports with politics.But with the poor support from politicians and even the government, the LFA considered the future success of Liberian football would depend on Senator Weah since he had been the kingpin of what embodies those who originated from the slum communities and therefore supporting Weah would mean a new model for such community youngsters to improve on their lot. But would he?So, while conclusions for and against either of the two candidates depended on where one stood before the elections and even after, the fact is Weah was overwhelmingly elected. And with the poor gains of Robert Sirleaf in the communities where his Barrack Young Controllers players resided, one wonders if Mr. Sirleaf would forgive them.The point here is that whatever the case, Weah was the people’s favorite and now he is the real deal. What then is in for Liberian football?That’s where the one thousand Liberian dollars question is. It is clear that the Liberia Football Association saw a better future with Weah than with Sirleaf. Why that is the case is difficult since it has been Robert Sirleaf not Weah that has built stadiums and is sponsoring a football club, to support the Liberia Football Association.With his emergence as Africa’s only World Best and European Best among other accolade, many hoped he would have constructed a befitting sports academy that to develop other George Weahs.It makes sense to believe that if Sirleaf were to be elected as a senator, he would have continued his tangible support to Liberian football. And this does not suggest that Senator Weah would do anything less.One impressive thing Weah did was when he took time to visit one of Liberia’s ailing but foremost soccer players, Sayon ‘Experience’ Davis in New Kru Town in the eve of the elections. Broken and hopeless, Sayon had the last laugh when Senator Weah and his entourage arrived at his residence, unannounced and gave him (Sayon) the hope he had always needed to move on.Now what would Senator Weah do for Liberian football that could benefit other minor sports? Aware that thousands of his voters are youth, it is now expected that he would turn his attention to their future so that just maybe, we could get some future Weahs, Debbahs, Sogbies, and Kervins out of them with financial and material support.It is evident that we are at war to change the focus of Liberian youth to admire and develop their own, and it also sensible to conclude that Weah’s preferment over Sirleaf would contribute to Liberia Football Association’s perception that Weah and not Sirleaf, was their best candidate.True, but it is only time that would tell whether the LFA made an unequalled choice for the game and for football.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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PPP calls for full-fledged probe into contracts awarded to Videomega

first_imgTelecommunications Minister Cathy HughesRegardless of whether or not Pubic Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes has relinquished her rights in controlling daily operations of Videomega Productions, the fact that she owns that company and it has been receiving significant contracts from the Government is clearly a conflict of interest.This is according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who on Thursday said the awarding of contracts to the Minister’s company is in keeping with the “continuing issue of corruption” in the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition Administration.The Opposition Leader told the media that there was a release of information which showed that a specific contract that had come to light was the tip of the iceberg.“In 2018 alone, that in four months alone, contracts totalling some $10.3 million were awarded to the company owned by Cathy Hughes from various Ministries. Three of those contracts totalling $3.350 million were from her Ministry,” he said.According to the Opposition Leader, in a four month period, eight contracts were issued to the Minister’s company totalling over $10 million.“Three of those contracts were in her own Ministry to her own company… That’s four months in 2018, we don’t know how many other contracts this company got in 2015, 2016, 2017 and the other months in 2018 and in 2019, we don’t know as yet,” the Opposition Leader said.He further stated that the response by Minister Hughes about her company only receiving a commission of between 10 and 15 per cent of the contracts’ values for those that are awarded to it is “simply unacceptable.”According to Jagdeo, persons employed at Videomega Productions, as can be seen on that company’s website, are also working for the Government in senior positions and therefore this also can be deemed a conflict of interest.“So this warrants a full-fledged investigation (into contracts awarded). The Minister signs the cheques. You cannot give up day-to-day running from 2015 and then be signing cheques to place ads on behalf of the company,” Jagdeo argued.Videomega Productions recently released several invoices for work it did arranging advertisements for various Ministries after it came under the spotlight for a contract that it had been awarded in connection with the Department of Energy. According to the company’s release, a total of $3.6 million was paid to the media houses, but according to Videomega Productions, all it pocketed was a 15 per cent agency commission totalling $481,577.The contract that Hughes’ Ministry awarded to her company was for ads ranging from full paged full colour to 7×2 in size to be placed in the daily newspapers for its Caribbean Information Communication Technology (ICT) road show 2018.In addition, the Natural Resources Ministry also commissioned Hughes’ company to produce full page, full colour camera ready artwork that was placed in almost all the dailies on March 22, 2018. This cost $406,501.Ads were also placed in all the dailies for the tobacco legislation media campaign, on behalf of the Public Health Ministry in October and November of 2018. These two campaigns cost $1 million each.Since 2015, the company has been managed by Russel Lancaster and received contracts from the Energy Department to produce television public service announcements (PSAs) for the department, which is coordinating preparations for Guyana’s oil and gas sector.It had been reported that the company was also contracted to produce brochures. It is unclear at this point in time what, if any, tendering process the Minister’s company went through to get these contracts.Hughes has repeatedly insisted that she played no part in the running of her company after 2015 and had no knowledge of the Government contracts it was receiving.last_img read more

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Hearing will decide if murder suspect competent to be tried

first_imgWHITTIER – A hearing will be held next month to determine if a man accused of stabbing his disabled cousin to death is mentally competent to stand trial. Gray Maria, 23, has pleaded not guilty to killing Mara Del Real and assaulting Victor Najera with a screwdriver. Del Real, 19, had cerebral palsy and was in a wheelchair. The criminal complaint alleges that Maria, who is also known as Luis Albert Gomez, used a knife to kill Del Real. His defense claims he is mentally incompetent and relatives have said he suffers from schizophrenia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMaria’s attorney, Stephen Rodriguez, couldn’t be reached after several calls for comment Tuesday. Deputy District Attorney Hector Gutierrez said their expert, a psychiatrist, examined Maria on Aug. 29. He said a mental competency hearing for Maria is set for Nov. 14 at Norwalk Superior Court. Maria is being held without bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. The charges stem from the June 22, 2006, fatal stabbing of Del Real, 19, in her home in the 7300 block of Ridgeview Lane in the unincorporated area of west Whittier and an earlier attack on Najera at the McDonald’s restaurant at 11755 Whittier Blvd. in Whittier. Gutierrez said Najera, who was then 17, lived in Whittier at the time. Sheriff’s detectives later found out about the attack at the McDonald’s, which was handled by Whittier police. “He allegedly attacked this kid hours earlier,” said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office. She said Maria saw Najera near the McDonald’s and accused the teen of being a gang member. Najera isn’t a gang member, she said. Najera ran to the restaurant to ask for help. “(Maria) stabs him with a screwdriver, throws it down the drain,” said Sgt. Mitch Loman of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. “He runs from the McDonald’s, goes to his uncle’s house.” Maria watched television with his cousins, Del Real and her older brother. Loman said when the brother left the room to wash his face and change clothes, Maria allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Del Real. She died at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier. Loman said Maria was arrested the next day at a hotel in Hollywood. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 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

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GAA NEWS: DONEGAL HURLERS COMPREHENSIVELY DEFEAT FERMANAGH IN CHALLENGE GAME

first_imgDonegal Senior Hurlers got their season off to a good start with a comprehensive victory over Fermanagh in a challenge match played in Ballyshannon earlier this afternoon.Donegal delivered an accomplished display and were too good for their opponents who struggled to get to grips with high intensity style of play implemented by a determined and hungry looking Donegal side.Donegal ran out utterly convincing winners on a score-line of Donegal 2-21 Fermanagh 2-08. Donegal had Offaly native Niall Cleary line out for them at left-half back for his first appearance in a Donegal jersey and he delivered a quality display.Cleary looks like he could be a huge addition for the Donegal side for their forthcoming National League campaign which gets underway at home to Mayo on Sunday February 115th. GAA NEWS: DONEGAL HURLERS COMPREHENSIVELY DEFEAT FERMANAGH IN CHALLENGE GAME was last modified: January 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAHURLINGNoticesSportlast_img read more

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GARTAN OUTDOOR CENTRE’S RELAY FOR LIFE DAY

first_imgGartan Outdoor Education Centre Relay For Life team are hosting a “Come Try it” day on Saturday 28th April.Activities are Kayaking, Canoeing, Archery, Indoor Climbing and Mountain Bike Skills.Activities suitable for adults and older children. Activities start at 10am. Also that day the team are hosting a coffee morning at the picturesque Boathouse. As numbers limited for certain activities, booking is advisable to avoid disappointment. For further information please contact the Centre on 074 91 37032 or office@gartan.com.As this is for a very good cause we are suggesting a minimum donation of €5 per activity. Hope to see you there for a fun day out. GARTAN OUTDOOR CENTRE’S RELAY FOR LIFE DAY was last modified: March 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GARTAN OUTDOOR CENTRE’S RELAY FOR LIFE DAYlast_img read more

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Drivers welcome cop at busy corner

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As traffic from Coldwater Canyon Boulevard backed up onto Ventura Boulevard during Tuesday morning rush hour, a city traffic officer stepped into the intersection and halted southbound commuters. Holding up one white-gloved hand, the officer cleared the way for east- and westbound motorists to make their way along busy Ventura Boulevard, as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan for easing traffic congestion got under way. Fifty intersections have been targeted for special attention by traffic officers, all highly visible in green vests and white gloves. “They should have done this a long time ago,” said Martin Eisen, a Tarzana motorist who noticed the difference while driving on Ventura Boulevard. “When you’re driving up to the intersection and there’s that space that you’re not supposed to gridlock, people start honking at you, or they try to get around you. This way, everyone’s forced to do the right thing.” The city’s Bureau of Parking Enforcement hired 44 additional traffic officers and six supervisors to work the intersections during morning and afternoon rush hours, said Valley Parking Enforcement Capt. Christine Mata. Plans call for officers to be stationed from 7 to 9 a.m. at eight intersections and from 4 to 6 p.m. at 14 intersections each weekday in the Valley. “We’re not ticket writers; we’re out there as Los Angeles’ white-gloved ambassadors, doing our best to move traffic,” Mata said. “We hope to decrease the travel time by 20 percent.” The Bureau of Parking Enforcement will study the effectiveness of the program every 30 days, Mata said, but drivers already like it. “Every time they’re here, it’s better,” said John Halperin, who stopped at a gas station at Van Nuys and Ventura boulevards – an intersection manned by a traffic officer. “Especially at Laurel Canyon, it gets really backed up. I usually have to take back roads to get through. At least (Villaraigosa) is taking care of the Valley.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.comlast_img read more

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