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’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – A white sedan whose driver apparently ran a red light struck an eastbound Orange Line bus Tuesday, causing only minor injuries in the busway’s seventh collision since opening in late October, an MTA official said. The sedan’s driver had minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital after the 5:45 p.m. collision on the busway at Kester Avenue and Oxnard Street, said Marc Littman, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Littman said MTA would investigate the accident and determine if additional safety features were needed at Kester and Oxnard. “To put it in perspective, we traveled almost 200,000 miles and have carried more than a half million people. Six of the accidents have been minor and one was more serious,” he said. “Once again, people ran a red light, and the bus was creeping along the intersection at 10 mph,” Littman said, referring to the slower speed limit imposed for Orange Line buses in intersections following the most serious crash in early November. Los Angeles Police did not immediately have any information about the crash.
Manchester City Roy Keane: It’s in Man City’s DNA to mess things up! Last updated 2 years ago 08:39 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Manchester City Manchester United Premier League UEFA Champions League The Manchester United legend still has his doubts about Pep Guardiola’s side despite their dazzling early season form Roy Keane still has his doubts about Manchester City as a top European club despite Pep Guardiola’s side’s blistering start the season.City are currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League and already through to the Champions League knockout stages after seeing off Napoli on Wednesday.Arsenal +2 8/11 v Man City Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The strong start certainly has former Manchester United captain Keane impressed with the way City are playing, but he’s still not a believer that they can sustain their form. “They’re playing well. We obviously know trophies aren’t given out at this time of year but, my goodness, they are playing some outstanding stuff,” he said speaking to ITV. “They have momentum behind them.”You just expect City to score three or four goals every game and they did it again tonight. Outstanding, and if they can keep that going they’ll take some stopping.”My only concern for City at the moment is that I think it is in their DNA as a club to mess things up,” he added.”They have previous where they’ve got carried away. But you look at their squad and the players they have if they get a bit of luck with injuries and the coach, and they’ll take some stopping.”City host Arsenal on Sunday in their final Premier League match before the upcoming international break.
On August 22, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation will illuminate the iconic New York City skyline, continuing the centennial celebration of the National Park Service.With the help of Bill Nye, Questlove, and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell – and with a nod to the innovative spirit of Thomas Edison National Historical Park – the event at Brooklyn Bridge Park will inspire new generations to discover America’s treasures, our national parks. The event is the third in the summer long Park Exchange series for the NPS Centennial, and is part of the #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque movement.Through a partnership with One World Trade Center and Brooklyn Bridge Park, the event will allow participants to control the color of the One World Trade Center Spire for the first time ever by working together to solve interactive, collaborative puzzles on a giant digital circuit board. For those who want to follow the excitement remotely, the Statue of Liberty’s webcam of New York Harbor will offer views of the city. The festive day will feature music by Ramblin’ Dan and Questlove, appearances by Bill Nye, Secretary Jewell and park rangers, along with family-friendly activities exploring science and innovation. Interactive stations will encourage visitors to discover national parks and ways to make their own connections to parks.Across the country, National Park Service sites will join the celebration using Facebook Live as they complete a “virtual park circuit.” The circuit will start and end at the Brooklyn Bridge Park event site in New York, with park rangers throughout the country exploring different concepts of innovation, one park at a time. Each park will in turn tag the next one in the series and the circuit will be completed with a return to Brooklyn for the last live post. More information about the Virtual Park Circuit can be found online here.“To celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation will bring the creativity and inventiveness of Thomas Edison National Historical Park to New York City and connect the innovative spirit to parks across the country,” said Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of National Park Service. “National parks reflect the innovative spirit of America, because after all, they embody one of our nation’s most revolutionary ideas – that some of the most beautiful landscapes, iconic historic sites and culturally significant places should belong to every American. As we celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service this month illuminating the Manhattan skyline reflects this innovative, progressive American spirit and lights the way for the National Park Service as we enter our second century of service.”“The National Park Service protects over 84 million acres of US soil, from beautiful landscapes like Yellowstone National Park to important monuments like Stonewall National Monument,” said Bill Nye, Centennial Ambassador for the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement. “The event on August 22nd is the perfect invitation for everyone, from every generation, to be involved with our national parks.”The public is invited to join the centennial festivities at Brooklyn Bridge Park from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Monday, August 22. The free celebration will include:• 1:30 – 3:30 PM – Ice cream social with Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory • 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Musical performance by kid-friendly band, Ramblin’ Dan • 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM – Surprise musical performance • 7:45 PM – Opening Remarks with Bill Nye (Centennial Ambassador for the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement), U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Will Shafroth (National Park Foundation President), Regina Myer (Brooklyn Bridge Park President) • 8:00 – 10:00 PM – Guest celebrity DJ set by Questlove • Family-friendly activities like sand-art, corn hole, temporary tattoos, games, prizes and learning stations with National Park Foundation Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque partners American Express, Subaru, and Coca-Cola. There will also be interactive stations: ◦ American Express – and its nonprofit partner Games for Change will host an interactive game experience showcasing the new iOS game Save the Park where you play as a park volunteer and experience the conservation activities that support the national parks. They will also host a special “Smart Parks Game Jam” in which participants will learn the basics of game design and prototype games that encourage people to use technology to interact with parks, showing how games can inspire environmental stewardship and civic engagement. Games will be played by judges and winners will receive prizes provided by Games for Change. ◦ Subaru of America who will be on-site to raise awareness of its National Park Zero-Landfill Initiative, an effort to significantly reduce waste going into landfills from all national parks, while educating attendees on how they can help keep the parks beautiful for another 100 years. To further divert waste from landfills, Subaru will also be collecting soft drink and water bottle caps that will be recycled into a park bench and donated to an organization or park in need. ◦ The Coca-Cola Company will showcase their partnership with the National Park Foundation and the parks by highlighting the Active Trails initiative. Active Trails promotes getting community members outdoors and active in parks, deepening connections with local communities, and inspiring the next generation of park visitors and supporters.“It’s not often that someone – or something – celebrates 100 years on this planet. It’s super cool the National Park Service is celebrating its centennial by having me DJ their 100th birthday party,” said DJ Questlove, who will be playing a set at the New York Park Exchange event.“We launched the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement to encourage a new generation to seek out our country’s incredible national parks,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. “As we draw closer to this milestone anniversary, it is thrilling to see these connections taking root. Millions of people across the country are discovering that national parks are relevant to their lives in many ways. The National Park Foundation is committed to continuing these efforts as we enter the next 100 years of protecting and sharing these treasures.”Some of the most admired companies in the world are supporting the National Park Foundation’s efforts for #FindYourPark, including American Express, Budweiser, Subaru, REI, Humana, and Disney. Additional partners include Coleman and Coca-Cola.For each of the three Park Exchange events, a national park experience is conveyed to – or exchanged with – one of America’s urban centers. The first exchange in May brought the majesty of Redwoods National and State Parks to the campus of the University of Texas at Austin and projected the giant trees on the side of the iconic University of Texas Tower. In June, an exchange event brought a traditional second line parade from New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park to another musically rich city Chicago. A calendar of events taking place across the country to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial can be found at FindYourPark.com/Find.The host and a partner for the New York Park Exchange event, Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline; its mission is to create and maintain a world class park that is a recreational, environmental and cultural destination enjoyed by the residents of, and visitors to, New York City.
TeamThenNowDiff.ThenNowDiff.ThenNowDiff. Japan5638-183226-663-3 China3257+251017+7110 How the odds have changedOdds of advancing in the Women’s World Cup before the tournament started and after the group stage Norway3534-11313021-1 Italy14%43%+293%10%+70%0%0 France8077-35440-142019-1 Cameroon316+1314+3000 England6584+194150+9109-2 Spain3922-17147-6220 Germany7291+193552+171115+4 Nigeria129-332-1000 Australia6566+13133+275-2 Make QuartersMake SemifinalsWin World Cup Below the top three, it’s a bit of a crapshoot. England won all of its group-stage matches but is scoring less than xG suggests it should be. And it will have to contend with a Cameroon side that advanced to the knockout stages in dramatic fashion on Thursday thanks to a stoppage time goal from forward Ajara Nchout. The Netherlands won all of its group-stage matches and is the current European champion, but the Dutch are scoring more goals than xG suggest they should be and will have to beat a Japanese team that has underperformed so far.Australia’s World Cup has been a bit of a mixed bag, but the Matildas boast one of the best players in the world in Kerr. Canada has Christine Sinclair — who’s just two goals shy of tying Abby Wambach’s all-time international goal-scoring record — but it has to beat a very strong Sweden side next. All of this indicates that this tournament has already lived up to its billing as the most competitive in Women’s World Cup history, and we expect more of the same going forward.Still, the marquee potential matchup remains the U.S. vs. France next Friday. If both teams do what’s expected of them in the round of 16, the eventual World Cup champion might be decided by a quarterfinal at the Parc des Princes in Paris next week.Check out our latest Women’s World Cup predictions. USA7178+7464601824+6 Netherlands4762+152847+1979+2 Canada4359+152529+467+1 Brazil5323-29227-1642-2 Sweden5141-102217-443-1 The U.S. women’s national team faced its most difficult test at this World Cup so far in its match Thursday against Sweden, and it wasn’t much of a test at all. The 2-0 scoreline doesn’t reflect it, but the Americans dominated the Swedes from the first whistle to the last. They possessed the ball 61 percent of the match and created 13 scoring chances.1According to data from Opta Sports. Sweden, on the other hand, created just four chances and rarely looked threatening otherwise.Judging the U.S. women’s probability of winning the World Cup after their first two matches was tricky. They obliterated newcomers Thailand 13-0 and then handily swept Chile to the side 3-0, but neither opponent was expected to advance beyond the group stage, let alone make a run. The Americans were always favored to win those matches with ease. But Sweden entered the tournament with a chance — albeit a small one — of winning the whole thing, and the team has been a thorn in the USWNT’s side in the past.Blowouts in the first two matches didn’t say much about what the USWNT is capable of against top competition (although Norway, which won the World Cup in 1995, proved that blowout wins in the group stage can be a good omen). But the assertive performance against Sweden proved that the USWNT is ready for all comers.2Swedish coach Peter Gerhardsson rested some starters, notably defender Nilla Fischer.Having finished atop Group F, the Americans will play Group B second-place finishers Spain in the round of 16. The FiveThirtyEight model gives the Spanish a 22 percent chance of beating the Americans and advancing to the quarterfinals. Spain’s defense has been stingy — it has conceded just two goals in three group-stage matches — but the team has struggled to find the back of the net. The Spanish are scoring just one goal per 90 minutes — 1.2 goals fewer than their expected goals (xG) tally suggests they should be scoring.The upside for the Spanish: They are creating chances. The downside: They’ll be going up against an American side that hasn’t given up a goal and has conceded exactly zero big chances in their first three matches, according to data from Opta Sports. If Spain hopes to pull off the upset of the tournament, Jennifer Hermoso will have to capitalize on whatever chances she gets. The forward scored twice in the group stage, but her mark of 0.67 goals per 90 minutes is below what xG suggests she should have. If Hermoso can’t cash in, the Americans will probably advance to the quarterfinals.The USWNT’s likely opponent in the quarterfinals is host nation France. Les Bleues won all three of their group-stage matches — although one of those wins came as the result of a *cough* controversial VAR decision *cough* that gave star defender Wendie Renard two shots at scoring from the penalty spot against Nigeria — and the FiveThirtyEight model gives them a 77 percent chance of beating Brazil in the round of 16.But France might have preferred an opponent that didn’t include Marta. At 33, the Seleção legend is decidedly past her prime. But she’s the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of the World Cup — men’s or women’s — for a reason, and she’s still capable of inspiring awe. And Magic Marta isn’t alone: Brazil forward Cristiane Roziera has four goals at this World Cup, which places her one behind Australia’s Sam Kerr and the U.S.’s Alex Morgan in the race for the Golden Boot. If Cristiane draws level with — or overtakes — Kerr and Morgan, the quarterfinal match everyone is anticipating might not even happen. That said, Brazil has to be the least happy of any team with its draw. According to our model, its odds of making the quarters dropped by 29 percentage points, the most of any team remaining.The Americans and the French might be the two most likely teams to win the tournament, but that doesn’t mean anyone should sleep on Germany. The Germans won all of their group-stage matches with relative ease and, along with the Americans, conceded the third-fewest shots on goal per 90 minutes. Not coincidentally, the Germans, like the Americans, didn’t concede a goal in the group stage. Our model gives them a 91 percent chance of beating Nigeria to advance to the quarterfinals and the third-best chance of winning the tournament.Indeed, the group stage didn’t end up telling us a whole lot that we didn’t know entering the World Cup. The top of our model looks a lot like it did before the tournament began. On June 7, it gave France the best chances of winning, the U.S. the second-best and Germany the third-best. France and the U.S. have since flip-flopped — the U.S. chances to win jumped from 18 percent to 24 percent, while the French chances to win fell to 19 percent from 20 percent. Germany’s chances to win jumped from 11 percent to 15 percent, but its chances to advance to the quarterfinals jumped by an astounding 19 percentage points to 91 percent.
To realise his aspiration of becoming a pure “Kalkatta-wallah”, the protagonist of this tale of a fervent, pervading desire for belonging and acceptance is advised to follow four key rules – believe that you know everything, accept rumours are more important than facts, make a grand gesture every now and then and most importantly, have a low enough ambition to be envious of those with higher ones. But can he follow them without irrevocably losing his identity and moorings and will he survive the transition? Also Read – World War I’s forgotten violent aftermath and toxic legacyThis is the premise of acclaimed story-teller Kunal Basu’s latest work – a searing, visceral narrative of the life and aspirations of the under-privileged outsiders in a metropolis and how their success is only a thin line away from disgrace or worse!Jamshed Alam or Jami, who with his parents and polio-affected sister exchanged one limbo – a refugee camp for Bihari Muslims in Dhaka optimistically called “Geneva” – for one marginally better, a chaotically, colourful Kolkata tenement thanks to an uncle who is a ruling Communist Party leader in the city and his zari factory-running mother, has one fixed dream – becoming a pukka Kalkatta-wallah. Also Read – Enid Blyton’s adventures get even more mouth-wateringWith his childhood entanglement with a local gang leading to an unceremonious early exit from school, he becomes an assistant to a passport agent, who is also engaged in some dodgy work. A chance encounter with a lonely, high-society woman during the understaffed Durga Puja holidays at the travel agency where he is working seems to open the door to a world of luxury and privilege and more so after she introduces him to a friend who runs a massage saloon with “other benefits” and he takes to this work with gusto. A world of the rich and famous – and the kinkily dangerous – is now accessible but also heightened is the danger from jealous rivals, police, and most from the world he grew up in.After he meets again and befriends a former co-worker – a single mother with a sick boy, Jami’s various worlds – family, neighbourhood and the gang, massage and other ‘services’ clients, and the world of culture he sought to become part of and succeeded to some extent though at a personal cost – collide after the old familiar things change in 2011, the cat-and-mouse games of terror and security rear their head, and he is at the marked risk of losing all that is dear to him and has painstakingly worked for, and even his very existence. Playing key roles in his chaotic journey are a multitude of well-drawn characters – his ulcer-suffering father, his hard-working but determined mother, his clear-thinking but sarcastic sister Miriam, Uncle Mushtak, the Communist party fixer (who is later dethroned), Jahanara, the local temptress, Rakib, the near psychotic gang-leader, Rajesh Sharma, the travel agent whose apprentice he becomes, Ani Mitra, his first Bengali friend and fount of wisdom for the city, Mrs Goswami who changes his life, Rani, the hijra who manages the massage parlour, and Mandira and Pablo, who not only make an empathetic human but also ultimately endanger him.Basu’s narrative is not a very comforting – in fact, is most unsettling – account of aspirations of migrants to become an anonymous part of a big metropolis where they land up in the hope of sustenance and once managing to climb out of the flotsam and eke out a basic livelihood, not matter how deprived and how filled with small and big acts of treachery towards loved ones and others, to dream to achieve some part of the opulently plush lifestyle they see around them and help to facilitate for the better-off.A key plot is also the basic absurdity of subcontinent’s affairs – farcial had it not been tragic – that runs through the principal protagonist’s origins. His family fled their ancestral home to a nearby part of a new country where they could be safe and prosper, but soon found themselves unwanted and under a new threat when this itself became a new country, and were forced to seek refuge again in the very country they originally fled from – and in a city which is anything but a City of Joy for them.It is a picture of Kolkata at its most unsympathetic and unwelcoming – and from a viewpoint most should thank for being spared – but still necessary viewing. Don’t shirk it! IANS