The year ahead: More vehicles, heavier traffic on EDSA

The MMDA said over 400,000 vehicles are expected to pass through EDSA daily this year, higher than the 357,000-vehicle daily average in 2017. Source link link: The year ahead: More vehicles, heavier traffic on EDSA.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerJan 2nd, 2018

Prince hits go-ahead 3 in closing seconds, Hawks beat Suns

By George Henry, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Taurean Prince hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 7.6 seconds remaining and finished with 22 points, helping the Atlanta Hawks hold off the Phoenix Suns 113-112 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Devin Booker's potential winner for Phoenix, a 15-foot shot from the right baseline, bounced off the rim with Tyler Dorsey defending as time expired. T.J. Warren had 35 points, and Elfrid Payton had 11 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high 14 assists for the Suns. Booker had 20 points, ending a streak of four straight games in which he had at least 30. In a matchup of two struggling teams, neither led by more than seven points. Prince's basket marked the 24th lead change. Phoenix has lost 22 of its last 26 games, dropping to 19-46, second-worst in the Western Conference. Atlanta, which had lost 5-of-6, improved to 20-44, worst in the East. Dennis Schroder had 21 points for Atlanta but did not play in the closing minutes because of an undisclosed injury. Warren's layup with 20 seconds remaining gave Phoenix a 112-110 lead. After Prince scored, Suns coach Jay Triano called a timeout and set up a clear-out play for Booker. Warren made it 79-77 in the third with an acrobatic fast-break dunk, falling down at the baseline while scoring on Josh Jackson's alley-oop pass. He scored on a putback of his own missed shot in heavy traffic early in the fourth to make it 93-90. The Suns went up 97-90 on Booker's floater, but the Hawks soon went on an 8-0 run to go up 103-102 on Mike Muscala's baseline runner with five minutes left. Phoenix finished with 33 assists and outscored the Hawks by 20 in the paint, thanks in part to 17 points from Marquese Chriss. TIP-INS Suns: C Tyson Chandler, starting after he missed the last six games with a sore neck, had six points and five rebounds. The 17-year veteran showed his sense of humor midway through the third, flexing his muscles after Schroder, who's one foot shorter and almost 70 pounds lighter, fouled him in the lane. Chandler missed the ensuing free throw. Hawks: Teams can't say publicly they're vying for a bad record and more chances in the NBA lottery, but G Kent Bazemore, Atlanta's second-leading scorer, had a rest day for the second time in the last six games. Bazemore hasn't otherwise missed a game this season. He was coming off a career-high 29 points in Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) home loss to Golden State. ... Tyler Dorsey started in Bazemore's spot and scored 12 points. OUTTA HERE Tempers flared with 2:14 left in the game after Prince was called for goaltending against Jackson. Jackson shoved Prince in the chest, and Prince responded with the same. They were quickly separated by official Matt Boland near the baseline when Hawks reserve guard Isaiah Taylor bumped Jackson in the shoulder. Jackson then shoved Prince again. Players on the floor for both teams closed in, but the benches did not empty. After lead official Bill Kennedy watched the replay, Jackson was ejected while Jackson and Prince were assessed technical fouls. MORE BOOKER Booker's streak was the franchise's longest since Amare Stoudemire scored at least 30 in four straight games in 2004. Booker was vying to tie Charlie Scott and Charles Barkley for the team's longest streak of at least 30 points. In Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) loss to Oklahoma City, the 21-year-old Booker became the third-youngest NBA player to reach 4,000 career points, topped only by LeBron James and Kevin Durant. UP NEXT Suns: At Miami on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Hawks: At Toronto on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

Bank drive now open to private cars

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday announced that Bank Drive in Ortigas Center in Pasig City is now open to private vehicles to ease traffic congestion in the commercial district. MMDA’s Traffic Engineering Center (TEC) said vehicles traversing Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) northbound and heading to Ortigas area can now access [...] The post Bank drive now open to private cars appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

PSEi slips below 8,500

The local stock barometer ended the week on a sluggish mood ahead of the upcoming EDSA Revolution anniversary, slipping below the 8,500 mark on Friday despite the upswing seen across regional markets. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) fell by 48.01 points or 0.56 percent to close at 8,467.56, weighed down by foreign investors' heavy selling amid jitters over the upcoming 32-year anniversary of the EDSA Revolution. Investors are pricing in risks that something may happen on Feb. 25, a stock dealer said. For the week - the first under the new Lunar Year of the Dog - the PSEi lost a total of 144.88 points or 1.68 percent. Except for the mining/oil counter which gained 1...Keep on reading: PSEi slips below 8,500.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2018

Kings aim to bring NBA All-Star game to Sacramento

By Josh Dubow, Associated Press The Sacramento Kings are looking to bring the NBA All-Star game to California’s capital city for the first time ever. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and local tourism officials are set to detail plans for the bid for the game in either 2022 or ’23 later Thursday (Friday, PHL time) and officially submit an application to the league on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Getting the All-Star game would cap a remarkable comeback for Sacramento, which nearly lost its franchise to Seattle in 2013 before Ranadive bought the team and put together a deal to build a state-of-the-art downtown arena. “I think it would be a recognition of the fact that the city went all-in on the Kings,” Ranadive said. “It would be the ultimate recognition that the city pulled it off. There’s a love affair between the Kings and the city and the NBA. It would be an exclamation point on that love affair.” Winning the bid won’t be easy. The Golden State Warriors are seeking the game for their new arena in downtown San Francisco that is set to open for the 2019-20 season. Milwaukee is also bidding to play the game in its new arena set to open next season and other cities also will get involved. Commissioner Adam Silver said at the All-Star game last weekend in Los Angeles that he generally supports a bid from Sacramento with one major caveat. “Sacramento and the surrounding communities provide a tremendous opportunity for an All-Star. Wine country, great golf, great scenery, all kinds of wonderful things that I think people would love to visit around an All-Star. But at the end of the day, we have to have a sufficient number of hotel rooms,” he said. Ranadive said new projects will ensure that there will be enough hotel rooms to meet the NBA’s requirement of about 6,000 rooms in the area. But the bid will offer even more options with up to 1,000 rooms through a partnership with Airbnb, as well as two or three 300-room small luxury cruise ships in the Port of Sacramento. Silver said he would be open to that possibility, pointing out that USA Basketball players and guests have used cruise ships in the past for accommodations at the Olympics, including the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. “Not only will we meet the requirement but we’ll also give them a choice,” Ranadive said. “Do they want to be on a beautiful river? Do they want to be in a beautiful home? Or do they want to be in a hotel room? All of that will be accessible in less than 30 minutes.” The events surrounding the game will be anchored by the Golden 1 Center, with an indoor-outdoor Global Pavilion near the capitol to host concerts and food events that show off the region. The bid promises to be able to transport fans from transportation hubs to accommodations and venues in 30 minutes or less by the use of self-driving vehicles and dedicated traffic lanes. It also will show off arena that Ranadive believes raised the bar on technology and environmentalism for sports venues. There are “smart turnstiles” that allow fans to enter at more than triple the usual speed and the NBA’s first 4K ultra HD video board that stretches 84 feet long. The arena is the first professional sports venue powered completely by solar energy, saves about 1 million gallons of water a year compared to a typical venue of its size, was built with recycled material from the mall that stood at the site before construction began and gets 90 percent of its food and beverages from within 150 miles. “I think when we built the arena we had a goal that it would be the best arena that had ever been built,” Ranadive said. “It would be an iconic structure to look at. It would give the fans an experience like no other. To be able to share that with the entire basketball loving world is obviously a huge privilege and would be a treat for us to do that.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

250 PUVs flagged down in campaign vs old vehicles, smoke belchers

[ventuno id='MCsxMDYzNzU5fHwyMzY4fHwxMDg2fHwxLDIsMQ=='][/ventuno] More than 200public utility vehicles(PUVs) were flagged down on the first day of "Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok" campaign of the government, an official of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic Administration (I-ACT) said on Monday.   As of 2:05 p.m. of Monday, Elmer Argao, head of I-ACT's communication and admin, said that a total of 255 violations were recorded along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) as the Department of Transportation (DOTr) launched its campaign.   Transport Undersecretary Tim Orbos said that the on-road inspection of PUVs would be done thrice daily-- targeting old vehicles and ...Keep on reading: 250 PUVs flagged down in campaign vs old vehicles, smoke belchers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

5 vehicles involved in collision at Edsa-Shaw tunnel

Five cars got involved in a multiple collision at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) Shaw tunnelon Thursdayafternoon. In an advisory by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), two SUV, two cars, and a pick-up truck were involved in a collision at1:46 p.m. The MMDA advised motorists to take alternate routes due to the heavy traffic caused by the accident. /je...Keep on reading: 5 vehicles involved in collision at Edsa-Shaw tunnel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Auto sales up 16.8% ahead of higher taxes

Year to date automotive sales were up 16.8 percent as of the end of November and the month itself saw a 23.8 percent surge in vehicles leaving showrooms, industry data released on Wednesday showed. In a joint report, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) said they [...] The post Auto sales up 16.8% ahead of higher taxes appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Dry run starts Monday for EDSA lane for vehicles bearing at least 2 persons

The dry run for the latest traffic-reduction scheme for EDSA - the designation of a lane limited to high-occupancy vehicles (HOV) - starts Monday (Dec. 11), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said in a reminder late Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

MMDA to implement HOV lane on Edsa; dry run starts Dec. 11

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that it would allot the fifth lane on EDSA for high-occupancy vehicles (HOV), or vehicles with at least two passengers including the driver, as a way to ease traffic. In a press conference, MMDA Assistant General Manager for Planning Jojo Garcia said that a week-long dry run to test the new scheme would start on Monday, December 11, to determine if the measure is effective. He noted, however, that vehicles with only one driver and no passenger are barred from using the HOV lane.   The HOV lane would be the innermost lane on EDSA, just beside the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), according to Garcia. Current...Keep on reading: MMDA to implement HOV lane on Edsa; dry run starts Dec. 11.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

Out-of-Home ads reach more people

Despite the heavy traffic, Marianne braves the stretch of EDSA every day to get to work. Apart from silently complaining about the massive volume of vehicles and getting constant migraine attacks, looking at the huge billboards constitutes her daily commute. “They call your attention, how can you not look?” she….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 5th, 2017

How to solve Manila traffic: ‘Put more people in fewer cars on the road’

SINGAPORE---It's easy to see why Uber has gained a cult following in the Philippines. It offers reliable, safe, and quick transport to just about any point in the city. Its drivers, for the most part, are courteous and respectful. There are currently over 2,300,000 vehicles in Metro Manila, requiring a parking lot twice the size of Makati just to get through each working day. Since traffic is bad---horrific, in fact, during rush hour---the average Manila driver wastes almost 23 days and spends close to P100,000 each year just sitting in traffic and looking for parking. If that's not bad enough, the annual CO2 emissions from vehicles are enough to fill the SM Mall of Asia 2,000 ...Keep on reading: How to solve Manila traffic: ‘Put more people in fewer cars on the road’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

EDSA parking lot : Commuters endure traffic ahead of ASEAN Summit

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Angry commuters and motorists complained of being "trapped" in traffic congestion along EDSA on Saturday, November 11, two days before the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Some netizens reported being stuck for hours in EDSA as only two lanes were open for public ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

For whom the Balangiga bells toll

OUR proud and profane Prez is said to aim for “a comfortable life for all.” There was discomfort a year or so ago in navigating Metro Manila’s traffic. Do we find such traveling “more” comfortable today? Where is his unquestioned bravery in, say, proposing no-garage-no-vehicle; or decreeing that vehicles more than two decades old may [...].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 27th, 2017

Anger grows in South Korea over US anti-missile system – ABC News

The anger is palpable on a narrow road that cuts through a South Korean village where about 170 people live between green hills dotted with cottages and melon fields. It's an unlikely trouble spot in the world's last Cold War standoff. Aging farmers in this corner of Seongju county, more than 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of the capital Seoul, spend the day sitting by the asphalt in tents or on plastic stools, watching vehicles coming and going from a former golf course where military workers are setting up an advanced U.S. missile-defense system. &'8220;Just suddenly one day, Seongju has become the frontline,&'8221; said a tearful Park Soo-gyu, a 54-year-old strawberry farmer. &'8220;Wars today aren't just fought with guns. Missiles will be flying and where would they aim first? Right here, where the THAAD radar is.&'8221; THAAD is shorthand for Terminal High Altitude Defense, which the South Korean and U.S. governments say is critical to cope with a growing missile threat from North Korea. When completed, the battery will consist of six truck-mounted launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptors at incoming missiles detected by the system's x-band radar. Anger has boiled over in Seosongri village since last week when U.S. and South Korean military workers used the early-morning hours to rush key parts of THAAD into place. The system had been scheduled to enter operation by the end of the year, but South Korea's Defense Ministry said Tuesday that it is already capable of defending against North Korean missiles. The ministry didn't say when the deployment would be completed. Hundreds of banners hang on trees and fences along a kilometer (half-mile) stretch of the road up to where police have cut off access. They say &'8220;Withdraw the illegal THAAD immediately&'8221; and &'8220;Stop US militarism,&'8221; slogans that would feel familiar in a leftist rally but are unusual in the country's traditionally conservative southeast. &'8220;Yankee, go home!&'8221; a man yelled as he banged his fist on a car apparently carrying American soldiers, before dozens of police officers peeled him and other protesters away from the vehicle. The local anger highlights what has arguably become the most explosive issue ahead of a presidential election next week. The May 9 vote will likely end a decadelong conservative rule that maintained a hard line against North Korea and agreed to the THAAD installation. Front-runner Moon Jae-in, who calls for engagement with the North, has said the deployment of THAAD should be reconsidered. Some media have questioned whether the United States and a caretaker government that took over for ousted former President Park Geun-hye are rushing to complete THAAD before the election. Earlier polls had showed overwhelming public support for THAAD following North Korean nuclear tests and a long-range rocket launch last year. But public opinion has become more divided amid the corruption scandal that led to Park's downfall and criticism that the government was pushing ahead without seeking the consent of Seongju residents. Opposition was further inflamed after President Donald Trump said he would make South Korea pay $1 billion for THAAD. Seongju residents say comments by Trump show the United States may be preparing for a pre-emptive strike against North Korea. They worry that if the North retaliates, THAAD would make their county a main target. There's also frustration about an increasingly heavy police and military presence in an area where outsiders had been mostly limited to small groups of weekend golfers. Residents are also concerned about the rumored harmful effects the electromagnetic waves from THAAD's radar might have on them and their crops. Seoul's Defense Ministry calls such worries groundless. &'8220;We have been living very peacefully as farmers, but our daily lives have been shattered after the arrival of this weapon; we can't rest comfortably for a day and can't work without worrying,&'8221; said Kim Yoon&''seong, a 60-year-old melon farmer. He says many younger residents with children are considering leaving Seongju. Residents say at least 13 people were treated at hospitals for injuries including broken bones and teeth after a violent clash last week between dozens of villagers and supporters and some 8,000 police officers who were mobilized to remove them from the road. Three days later, more than a hundred police officers ended an hourslong standoff by swarming a handful of people who had been blocking a mountain path with a tractor to prevent construction equipment from entering the THAAD site. Police detained a man and drove away the tractor as villagers showered them with insults, including &'8220;dogs&'8221; and &'8220;Americans' slaves.&'8221; &'8220;We won't allow any U.S. military and construction vehicles to pass through the two roads,&'8221; said Rev. Kang Hyun-wook, a minister of Won Buddhism, an indigenous form of the religion. The grounds include a site Won Buddhists consider as sacred and are no longer allowed to visit. &'8220;If they fly in (the THAAD parts) with helicopters, then fine, it's their money to spend and we can't do anything about that.&'8221; Several people were hurt in another clash on Sunday as police tried to remove protesters blocking two U.S. military oil trucks from entering the THAAD site. Residents said the trucks turned away because cars protesters had parked to block the road couldn't be towed. Moon, the presidential front-runner, says THAAD's security benefits would be offset by deteriorating relations with China, which sees THAAD's powerful radar as a threat to its own defense. South Korea's largest trade partner, China has [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2017

MMDA: Portion of EDSA southbound in Pasay closed to traffic Sunday

MANILA -- A portion of the EDSA southbound lane in Pasay City will be closed to traffic on Sunday to give way to the unloading and assembly of two new vehicles of the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3)......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 20th, 2016

10-year T-bond yields higher despite partial award

MANILA, Philippines — Fresh 10-year Treasury bonds fetched higher rates yesterday ahead of the monetary policy meeting of the US Federal Reserve and the Bang.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated News1 hr. 6 min. ago

Treasury makes partial award of 10-year bonds

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan Reporter THE GOVERNMENT made a partial award of the 10-year Treasury bonds (T-bonds) it offered yesterday as yields surged ahead of the policy meetings of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the US Federal Reserve later in the week. The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) only accepted P7.99 billion […] The post Treasury makes partial award of 10-year bonds appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News14 hr. 52 min. ago

Ten-year Treasury bonds to fetch higher rates ahead of Fed review

TREASURY BONDS (T-bonds) on offer tomorrow are seen to fetch higher yields as investors seek higher returns ahead of the policy meetings of the local and US central banks. The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) plans to raise as much as P20 billion at Tuesday’s auction of fresh 10-year T-bonds set to mature on March […] The post Ten-year Treasury bonds to fetch higher rates ahead of Fed review appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Riders share thoughts on Angkas app’s demise

Given the continued growth of car sales – a record 420,000 units sold in 2017 – with 65 percent of the vehicles hitting the roads of Metro Manila, a solution to the horrendous traffic gridlock around the megalopolis doesn’t seem obtainable. Angkas was and would have been a saving grace. The motorcycle transport system gave [...] The post Riders share thoughts on Angkas app’s demise appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

February car sales down 3.2%

Sales of vehicles in the country reached 26,176 units year-on-year in February 2018, down by 3.2 percent from 27,040 units year-on-year in February 2017, Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers in the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) and Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) reported. Sales of passenger cars dropped to 8,192 units or 10.1 percent….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018