Rainy season comes in with a bang

first_imgA thunderous Pacific storm dumped the first significant rainfall of the season Monday on Los Angeles, doubling the number of highway crashes, snarling afternoon commutes and causing mudslides that closed the Grapevine and a canyon road in Burbank. Coming earlier than usual in the season, the cool storm pounded many communities with marble-size chunks of hail and poured more than an inch of lightning-streaked rain over the Southland. Three people were killed in local traffic crashes in the early morning hours, though the California Highway Patrol could not say for certain whether rain played a factor. The National Weather Service predicted a 60 percent chance of rain for today and clear skies for the rest of the week. In Glendale, the driver of a gasoline tanker was killed just before 2 a.m. Monday in a fiery crash that closed portions of the rain-slick Golden State Freeway into Monday evening, officials said. The truck, carrying 8,900 gallons of gas, hit the center divider on northbound Interstate 5, near the 134 Freeway, and burst into flames, officials said. About 5:15 a.m., two people were killed on the eastbound Ronald Reagan Freeway in the Mission Hills area. Three eastbound lanes were closed for three hours while an investigation continued. And in the Newhall Pass, nine vehicles collided on the transition from the southbound Antelope Valley Freeway to the southbound Golden State Freeway just after 9 a.m., closing some Metrolink tracks because of debris, CHP officials said. A truck involved in the collision crashed part of the way through a guardrail. “We find that a majority of people don’t realize that there is a lot of oil on the lanes, and when it rains it is advised to drive 35 mph, even though it says 65 mph,” said CHP spokesman Joe Zizi. “We would like to do more enforcement, but we’re out there at all the accidents. We would like people to get to work in one piece.” Los Angeles Police Department officers were placed on tactical alert, and firefighters watched recently burned hillsides for falling mud and debris. Flash flood alerts were issued for a number of areas by the National Weather Service. The rain caused heavy mudslides in Burbank on a charred area of Sunset Canyon along Country Club Drive, which burned in a brush fire earlier this month. Burbank firefighters cleared mud from the twisting drive but closed it to traffic, affecting some 150 residents. “If they’re in, they’re staying in and if they’re out they can’t get in now,” said Burbank Fire Marshal Dave Starr. “If we get more rain, then they won’t be able to get in at all.” In Glendale, officials closed Camino San Rafael from Calle Canta to Emerald Isle Drive out of fear that the rain had made the road too unstable. The rainfall was expected to provide some relief to parched hillside brush, but officials said fire danger was still a concern. “It will reduce the fire danger some … but you have to remember that the brush will dry out real fast, especially as humidity drops,” said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Ron Meyer. Meanwhile, some area roofing companies were still catching up with work postponed from last season’s near record-breaking rainfall. Calling for roof work in October used to be normal. But after last year’s rainfall and this year’s early start, some roofers advised to book work far in advance. “I think the people who are calling now are in trouble,” said Peter Borawski, president of A-1 All American Roofing Co. “The industry is seeing an eight- to 10-week wait. Those who have small repairs should invest in a high-quality tarp if it looks like it’s going to be two to three months that the roof is going to get done.” Staff Writers Alex Dobuzinskis and Jason Kandel contributed to this story. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 [email protected] Rainy day driving tips Slow down. Driving fast on wet pavement could cause you to hydroplane and lose control. Keep your distance. A car needs two to three times the distance for stopping on wet pavement. If your car skids, apply steady, firm pressure on brakes and steer in the direction your car is sliding. If you have anti-lock brakes, apply a very steady and firmer pressure. Don’t pump your brakes. Drive in the center lanes, where water is less likely to accumulate. Avoid eating, drinking, talking on the cell phone and engaging in other distractions. Turn on your headlights, even in the daytime. Check traffic reports ahead of time on the TV, radio or the Internet. Before the next rainfall, check and make sure your tires have adequate tread and windshield wipers are working properly. Source: Automobile Club of Southern California160Want 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 “What makes this puppy so energetic is it’s born in the Gulf of Alaska,” said Bill Hoffer, spokesman for the National Weather Service. “It’s bringing in colder temperatures from where it came from and heading into a warm air mass. It’s a little earlier than usual.” The storm’s intensity created spectacular lightning storms across the San Fernando Valley, Hoffer said, with bright bolts appearing to stab the ground from clouds high above. Los Angeles County fire officials said they received scattered reports of small fires caused by lightning, but none that required significant effort to extinguish. Downpours caused scattered power outages, temporarily knocking out service to up to 140,000 people. The California Highway Patrol reported 155 traffic collisions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., compared with 77 for the same period last week. Interstate 5 was closed in both directions in the Grapevine section of Tejon Pass about 65 miles north of Los Angeles because of mudslides and up to four feet of standing water on parts of the road. Northbound traffic was backed up in Castaic and southbound traffic was being diverted onto route 138 toward Lancaster. last_img read more

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Vintage Madison Bumgarner performance keys Giants win

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — When Major League Baseball announced the All-Star Game rosters on Sunday, one Giants left-hander who is no stranger to the Midsummer Classic was in the midst of a dominant performance.Madison Bumgarner looked like one of baseball’s best pitchers in the Giants’ 10-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, but he’s not the lefty headed to Cleveland to represent San Francisco on July 9.That honor …last_img read more

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‘I honestly feel John Wright is one man who can do a lot of good for Indian cricket’

first_imgSaurav GangulyIt should give the old codgers a coronary. Sourav Ganguly leads India in the Test series against New Zealand this month just one Test victory short of equalling Mohammed Azharuddin’s record as the most successful Indian captain. Ganguly took over in mid-2000 during a difficult period post-match fixing and,Saurav GangulyIt should give the old codgers a coronary. Sourav Ganguly leads India in the Test series against New Zealand this month just one Test victory short of equalling Mohammed Azharuddin’s record as the most successful Indian captain. Ganguly took over in mid-2000 during a difficult period post-match fixing and has led India in 30 Tests with 13 wins, 8 losses and 9 draws to Azhar’s 14 wins, 14 defeats and 19 draws from 47 Tests. In one-dayers, Ganguly has 43 wins from 82 matches, while Azhar had 89 from 173. The controversial and confrontational lefthander from Bengal tells Associate Editor Sharda Ugra about the pains and pleasures of the toughest job in Indian sport.Q. In four of their last five away series, the Indians have gone into the final Test with a chance to win but haven’t. Will New Zealand be different?A. It’s my one aim, my dream to win a series overseas. We have come close so many times now – the talk of 16 years and no away – series wins goes on and it can be irritating, but cricket’s not about talk, not about ifs and buts. Until we do it, such talk will remain. New Zealand will be a tough side at home. But my team has a lot of talent. I haven’t been part of an Indian team that has so much talent and I’m being frank here.Q . You’re now one short of Mohammed Azharuddin’s record of most Test wins by an Indian captain. When did the possibility of breaking that record strike you?A. When I started I didn’t know whether I would survive as captain. You don’t start a career thinking about statistics, but now when you’re close to a record like this, you feel good. But every win is a team effort. You feel good because the players you have backed through thick and thin have delivered the goods. It’s a very satisfying feeling.Q. India may have had a good year. But where are we in relation to Australia? What would happen if we toured Australia for a Test and one-day series now?A. Australia are still the No. 1 Test team. In one-day cricket we are at par with the best team in the world, which is still Australia. Australia are formidable, but I think we have played well in all conditions recently, in England, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Last year we had a lot of injuries that hampered our campaigns abroad.Q. But where is your team in the rankings at the moment?A. I don’t believe in rankings. Sometimes the rankings surprise me. I don’t think it’s fair to judge a team on the basis of rankings. This year we’ve lost one series in the West Indies and a one-day series at home, but other than that we’ve won everything and we drew the Test series in England.Q. How would you say your captaincy has changed?A. It is a job you grow into. Any captain will take some time to settle down. Nobody is an outstanding leader straightaway. When I became captain we had a very young team. It was a bit difficult to get them to combine but we managed to do that by retaining the same team for a certain span of time. I’m a much better captain now I think, more mature I hope. I analyse situations much better. Fatherhood has changed me, I’ve become more patient. When you get back home and see your daughter smile, you forget whether you had a good day or a bad day.Q. What’s been the trademark of your captaincy?A. More than winning Tests and winning overseas, I feel that every player in this team believes injustice won’t be done to him. Which I think is a huge thing in a dressing room.Q. Knowing Indian cricket from the inside, did you think you could change things when you took over?A. Definitely. I believed I could. At this level you have to feel you can make things happen. I got a lot of confidence when I led the team in the ICC Trophy in Kenya. The way we played made me feel I could turn things around with this side. When I led in Toronto in 1999 we didn’t have Sachin Tendulkar, Ajay Jadeja, Javagal Srinath, Azhar and Anil Kumble, yet we still beat a full-strength West Indies that had Courtney Walsh, Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.Q . You’re considered a seamer-friendly rather than a spinner-friendly captain, which is not common among Indians.A. No, not really. It depends on the surface. This year in England we played two spinners for the most part of the series. Except at Lord’s, where I thought I made a mistake by playing only one spinner. I didn’t expect the wicket to turn so much. It’s only in the West Indies that I played one spinner – the wickets were not helpful and they had good players of spin bowling.Q. Indian captains aren’t known to be as emotional or demonstrative either.A. There have been many times when emotion has got the better of me… like after we won the NatWest Trophy final. But it is easier when your side plays well – it’s always the case with captaincy. Look at Steve Waugh. I’m not saying his job is easy but obviously he has a much easier time than other captains because he has such a fantastic side. This year all our batsmen have scored runs when the team was in trouble. It has made things easier for me and allowed me to be more settled.Q. What’s the worst part of the job?A. It’s a tough job. I’ve gone grey because of it – I think so anyway. It’s tension, hard work. Captaincy is extra pressure on top of what you have as a player. The best part is the honour of being the man who leads the Indian team. The worst is when you don’t do well, then you just have to cop it.Q. How do you cop it if you think the criticism is unfair?A. To people I know, I ask, ‘Why are you making things difficult?’ I do. A lot of times I’ve felt – and I may be wrong –  that criticism is based on personal likes and dislikes, which is unfair. But that goes with the job and you have got to get used to it. I have always thought that when I walk out on the field leading India I will give my best. I don’t want to come off the field thinking I could have given a bit more. Obviously I make mistakes, everybody does, no captain is perfect. I think I’m mentally tough, otherwise I would have never survived seven years in Test cricket and I intend to survive a bit longer.Q. Knowing what you know now, what do you tell your players who are struggling?A. Last year when I was not getting runs, Rahul Dravid told me, ‘You’re one evening away from greatness’. That line has had a huge effect on my cricketing career. I now tell players who are struggling what Rahul told me – keep working hard and do the things you did when you played well and believe.Q. Weren’t you more fortunate than most captains to have fewer seniors and fewer egos to appease in the team?A. A team is like a family. In a family, a lot of things depend on how your elders are. The atmosphere in the dressing room depends on how the senior guys behave. Ours have done a fantastic job of passing on good habits, good practices. It’s up to the younger players to now pass that on. Even if some injustice was done to them they should ensure it isn’t repeated with their juniors.Q. Weren’t you lucky also to ask for and get a foreign coach?A. It wasn’t just me. All of us were involved. Sachin was equally important in the process, Anil, Rahul, all of us. We couldn’t let things be the way they were. People don’t remember personal glory. People won’t recall how many runs Mohammed Kaif scored in the NatWest final or what Rahul scored in Headingley. They only remember India won the NatWest final and at Leeds batting first on a seaming wicket. People remember India won.John Wright is a very good man. I trust him a lot. Many times I do things on my own. He may give me a suggestion but I may try something else. But the best thing he has done is to send the right vibes in the dressing room about hardwork and fitness. I honestly feel he is one man who can do a lot of good for Indian cricket. Some day somebody else will be captain and they will have another coach but I think John should still be involved with Indian cricket. He has a lot of ideas, he can help youngsters grow and become better players.Q. Captains are known to turn to books for inspiration and growth. You’re not a great reader, so where do you turn?A. I’m not fond of reading, no. I draw inspiration from people I see around me. I have a lot of regard for Steve Waugh as a character, as a cricketer. He got a hundred in Sharjah under pressure and I watched every ball of his innings. I get a lot of inspiration from his career, how he conducts his cricket.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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AUSSIE BEACH GIRLS DRAW WITH THE MIGHTY BLUES

first_imgThe Australian Women’s Invitational Beach Footy Team recorded an upset draw against a star studded Blues line-up led by Rugby League superstar Mark Gasnier in the fourth round of the Harvey Norman Beach Footy Challenge at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach.The youthful Aussie girls caused the upset of the tournament with a stellar 4-4 draw.After losing yesterday afternoon to the Young Guns, the Aussie girls were determined to hit the sand full of running and test their games against one of the tournaments heavy favourites.The Blues team featured fleet footed Gasnier, fellow St. George Dragons champions Matt Cooper, Shaun Timmins, and Ben Hornby and Australian tri-nations Rugby league star Luke O’Donnell.The Blues scored first with a scorching try to the lightning fast Gasnier in the opening exchanges, but the Aussie girls hung tough and made some exceptional touches to keep them in the  hunt.Some quick hands by Dearne Cooper and Amanda “Skwarks” Skwarko put Belinda Hammett over in the corner.The Blues scored just before half-time.After oranges, the Blues came out and consolidated with an early touchdown, but the Women’s Team kept moving the Boys laterally and using sweeping plays to great effect.At 3-1 down Alyce “The Rat” Hulbert instinctively swooped on a loose ball and dived over to evade Matt Cooper’s attempted touch to reel the Blues back in at 3-2.The Blues scored next with a long range reply of their own and looked comfortable at 4-2 with 2 minutes left on the clock.A brilliant long-ball from Nicole Beck conjured a touchdown for Amanda Skwarko and the Women’s Team, clearly crowd favourites, responded to the enthusiastic cheering from the masses and produced a show stopping finish.A brilliant passing movement going through every set of hands on the field resulted in Skwarko snaffling touchdown number two.The full-time hooter sounded and the excited Women’s team celebrated a well-deserved 4-4 result.The Aussie girls made numerous super touches on speedsters Gasnier and Hornby with Emily Hopkin, Ash Dobins, and Belinda Hammett getting plenty of air to reel in their big name opponents with spectacular touches.The girls play their last round game at  1.30pm against a Celebrity Team led by Gordon Tallis and featuring two of the most exciting attacking players to grace a football field in recent history in Anthony Mundine and the ‘King’ himself, Andrew ‘Joey’ Johns.last_img read more

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10 months agoRB Salzburg coach Marco Rose surprise candidate for Man Utd job

first_imgRB Salzburg coach Marco Rose surprise candidate for Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Salzburg coach Marco Rose is a candidate for the Manchester United job.The Sun says Rose is the shock name on Manchester United’s managerial shortlist in case Mauricio Pochettino rejects them.The list also includes Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc and interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Although Pochettino remains first choice of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, United are putting together a list of alternatives in case the Spurs boss turns them down.Rose, 42, is admired within the United boardroom after leading Red Bull Salzburg to the Austrian title in his first season.The club also made it to the semi-final of last season’s Europa League after beating Real Sociedad, Borussia Dortmund and Lazio in the knockout rounds. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoWATCH: Atletico Madrid striker Morata mixed zone meltdown after dismissal

first_imgWATCH: Atletico Madrid striker Morata mixed zone meltdown after dismissalby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata suffered a meltdown AFTER being sent off in victory at Real Mallorca.Morata saw red after being booked twice in a minute for clashing with Mallorca players, the second following an altercation with Salva Sevilla.In the mixed zone after the 2-0 win, the former striker shouted at reporters, “Let Salva Sevilla say what he said.”Morata was then dragged away by club officials, still visibly angry.Mallorca’s Xisco Campos, who was involved in the brawl, said: “They are things that stay on the field and nothing happened.”Watch below: About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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John Calipari Goes On Twitter Rant Following Criticism For Saying Kentucky’s Goal Was To Get 8 Players Drafted

first_imgJohn Calipari tweets about his draft goal.Twitter/@UKCoachCalpariOn Wednesday, John Calipari rubbed some people the wrong way when he said Kentucky’s goal this past season was to get eight players drafted, not win the national championship. Calipari, 56, is as big of a players-first coach as there is in sports, so his comments weren’t really that surprising. But, at the same time, it’s not surprising that people were upset with his statement. The Wildcats’ coach went on somewhat of a Twitter rant this afternoon, addressing his critics. I hate to drive you traditionalists crazy, but I’ll say it again: our goal at the beginning of the season was to have eight players drafted.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015I’ll be honest with you, at the time I may have said nine. My point when I said that was to have them all eat.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015When they asked how we do it, I told them to do this you will have to be a selfless team, share & do historic things on the court. They did.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015If Alex doesn’t get hurt, 8 are drafted. We fell short of a national title but this season was not disappointing to me. Have a great day!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015Whether you agree with him or not, you’ve got to respect Calipari for always speaking his mind.last_img read more

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Former TRC chair encourages residential school survivors to save records

first_imgPhotograph of boys outside of St. Anne’s Indian Residential School in 1945. (Algoma University/Edmund Metatawabin collection.)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsFormer residential school students are being asked to make a decision about the fate of their confidential abuse claims.They can keep, share or destroy their Independent Assessment Process (IAP) or earlier Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADS) records by filling out a form at the website Myrecordsmychoice.Murray Sinclair, former chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), hopes former students opt to preserve their personal experiences.“You can save your IAP or ADR records for history, public education and research at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR),” he posted on his Facebook page.“I encourage residential school survivors to do so by contacting the NCTR directly or following the links on the (website).”The new website was created by the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, which co-ordinated IAP claims for serious physical and sexual abuse between 2007-12.Murray Sinclair was former chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (APTN file photo.)If former students do nothing their records will be destroyed on Sept. 19, 2027 – a deadline set by the Supreme Court of  Canada.“The courts were clear that IAP and ADR records are private and confidential,” Dan Shapiro, chief adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process, said in a release.“Claimants, and no one else, control their IAP and ADR records, and they alone have the right to decide what to do with them.”Four IAP records from each claim are being kept until that date: the completed application form, the audio recording and transcript of the testimony, and the adjudicator’s decision.Former students can request their records online or by calling the Secretariat toll-free at 1-877-635-2648.The Secretariat said more than 38,000 former students submitted claims to the IAP.It said 99 per cent of those claims have been resolved, with remaining claims expected to be wrapped up by 2020.The IAP was established under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest class-action settlement in Canadian history. The ADR was the predecessor of the IAP.Meanwhile, the NCTR is located at the University of Manitoba.It already contains millions of records about residential schools, including statements from former students and other records gathered by the TRC, historical documents, and information about former students and staff.last_img read more

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