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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

MMDA: Expect heavy traffic along EDSA-Shaw Boulevard due to ‘leak repair’

Motorists have been advised to brace for heavier traffic along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) due to water leak repair, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said. In an advisory, the MMDA said water concessionaire Manila Water will conduct an "emergency leak repair" along EDSA-Shaw Boulevard starting July 7. The repair works, to be carried out on a 24/7 schedule, will focus on a large mainline located at the southbound section of the area. The MMDA said pre-works will start on July 7 while the repair itself will begin on July 14 and last about 30 days. "Vehicles turning right from EDSA to Shaw Boulevard will be diverted to Starmall premises to allow sout...Keep on reading: MMDA: Expect heavy traffic along EDSA-Shaw Boulevard due to ‘leak repair’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Metro Briefs

MMDA to continue dry run vs solo driving on Edsa   The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Friday that it would expand its dry run "indefinitely" until they had fully determined the effectivity of its planned ban on solo-driven vehicles on Edsa during rush hours.   However, its full implementation originally scheduled on August 23 will remain suspended.   Metro Manila Council traffic committee head and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista said the city mayors had agreed to push through with the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane policy to "study it further" and cull more data to be presented to lawmakers.   MMDA, however, will no...Keep on reading: Metro Briefs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

MMDA, Duterte to meet on traffic woes

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is set to meet with President Duterte to discuss the agency’s traffic reduction measures, including the ban on driver-only vehicles on EDSA, an official said yesterday. Source link link: MMDA, Duterte to meet on traffic woes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

MMDA, Duterte to meet on traffic woes

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is set to meet with President Duterte to discuss the agency’s traffic reduction measures, including the ban on driver-only vehicles on EDSA, an official said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

House panel mulls hearing on new EDSA traffic scheme

The House Committee on Transportation can conduct a motu proprio hearing on the Metro Manila Development Authority’s implementation of the ban on driver-only vehicles along EDSA, its panel chairman said. House panel mulls hearing on new EDSA traffic scheme The House Committee on Transportation can conduct a motu proprio hearing on the Metro Manila Development… link: House panel mulls hearing on new EDSA traffic scheme.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Driver-only ban won’t solve gridlock, possibly unconsitutional – solons

  Banning driver-only cars from Edsa during rush hours is a "temporary solution" and "may be unconstitutional," a party-list congressman said Thursday.   Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin also said Metro Manila traffic is complicated that it was "not just a singles issue."   "Banning single drivers is a temporary solution and may be declared unconstitutional as it unduly restricts property rights without due process," according Villarin. What government should do to lessen vehicles in the metropolis, he said, is to implement environmental laws banning highly-polluting engines as well as unclog roads with illegally parked vehicles and other obstructions especi...Keep on reading: Driver-only ban won’t solve gridlock, possibly unconsitutional – solons.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Poe to MMDA: Don t be too hasty on EDSA driver-only car ban

Sen. Grace Poe Poe said inner roads should be first cleared of illegally parked vehicles and obstructions to ensure smoother traffic flow......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Motorist group pitches alternative to driver-only cars ban on EDSA

Automobile Association Philippines President Gus Lagman on Wednesday expressed concern over the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s plan to prohibit private vehicles with only one person inside during rush hours on EDSA in a bid to ease traffic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Driver-only cars banned on EDSA

Private vehicles with only one person inside will soon be prohibited during rush hours on EDSA as part of the traffic reduction solution of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, an official said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Driver-only cars banned on EDSA

Private vehicles with only one person inside will soon be prohibited during rush hours on EDSA as part of the traffic reduction solution of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, an official said yesterday. Source link link: Driver-only cars banned on EDSA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

How many vehicles pass through EDSA each day?

By Jochebed B. Gonzales, Senior Researcher With 367,728 vehicles traversing daily on the average, EDSA remained the National Capital Region’s most congested road, based on 2017 estimates. Vehicles that pass though this highway account for 13.6% of the average daily traffic in Metro Manila, which was reported at 2.7 million. Cars comprise two-thirds of the […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Heavier traffic in July in Metro as road construction, repairs start

EXPECT heavy traffic in the second half of the year as simultaneous road constructions and repairs works will begin in parts of the metropolis, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) warned the public on Friday. Among these projects are the North Luzon Expressway Drainage Enhancement Project along A. Bonifacio Road beginning July 1; construction of an elevated [...] The post Heavier traffic in July in Metro as road construction, repairs start appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

North Korea plane carrying Kim lands in Singapore

SINGAPORE --- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived Sunday in Singapore ahead of one of the most unusual summits in recent world history, a sit-down Tuesday with President Donald Trump. The jet carrying Kim landed at the airport Sunday afternoon amid huge security precautions on this city-state island. A large limousine with a North Korean flag was surrounded by other black vehicles with tinted window as it sped through the city's streets. Kim's summit with Trump has captured intense global attention after a turn to diplomacy in recent months after serious fears of war last year amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests. The North Korean autocrat's every move will be follow...Keep on reading: North Korea plane carrying Kim lands in Singapore.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

We Have to Be Ahead of Every Disaster –Gordon

At the start of the rainy season this year, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) once again announced preventive measures and the 4 Ps of disaster management—Predict, Plan, Prepare and Practice–at home, in school, and at the workplace. At the same time, the PRC has activated its chapters and response teams, prepositioned emergency response vehicles, and alerted its Red […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Navy standout survives foreign fightback to win 9th Le Tour de Filipinas

BAGUIO CITY —  Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance’s El Joshua Cariño fulfilled a cherished dream as he seized the 2018 Le Tour de Filipinas in dramatic fashion in front of an appreciative Wednesday afternoon crowd at the Burnham Park here. Cariño, 25, poured it all on what’s left in his tank in the homestretch of the back-breaking 154.65-km trek from Lingayen, Pangasinan, and finished a fighting third behind stage winner, Eritrean Metkel Eyob of Terengganu Cycling Team, in the decisive final stage of the annual road race. But that proved enough as the Mangaldan, Pangasinan native accumulated 12 hours, 25 minutes and 13 seconds to become just the third Filipino to rule the only International Cycling Union-sanctioned road race in the country after 7-Eleven standouts Baler Ravina (2012) and Mark Galedo (2014). “Napakasarap…parang hindi ako makapaniwala,” beamed Cariño. “Dati nanood lang ako sa mga foreigners, sa mga Pinoy doon sa Kennon (Road). Ngayon ako na ‘yung pinapanood ng mga siklista. Hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala na ako talaga ‘yung nanalo.” Cariño, who ruled Stage 3 last Tuesday, had ample reasons to feel so because he had to survive a last-ditch figthback from Eyob, who negotiated the decisive stage in just four hours, five minutes and 52 seconds and appeared on pulling off a come-from-behind victory. But Cariño refused to wilt under immense pressure as he tried to make up for lost time once he reached the fabled Lion’s Head, some eight kilometers to the finish, where dozens of local fans provided some needed energy. “Ang plano ko bago mag-Lion’s Head, aatake na ako kasi nakita ko ‘yung mga foreigners medyo nahihirapan na kaya doon ako tumira,” said Carino, whose 19-year-old brother, Daniel Ven, ran away with the Best Young Rider (under-23) award. “Kahit nahihirapan na ako, tiniis ko na lang dahil maraming mag Pilipino ang nagbibigay ng morale boost sa akin.” Carino’s teammate, Ronald Oranza finished third overall with a time of 12:27:49 while current national champion Jan Paul Morales came in at fourth overall in 12:28:09 as the Navymen dominated practically on all fronts. The Navymen had a total clocking of 37 hours, 21 minutes and 41 seconds, more than seven minutes ahead of their 7-Eleven counterparts wound up second in the race. That somehow eased some pain they felt after Navy vital cog Junrey Navarra suffered a suspected pelvic injury after being hit by a race marshal in Umingan, Pangasinan, that negated him out of title contention. Instead of being rattled, the Navymen moved on quick from that sorry incident and still buckled down to work, led by Cariño who also took home the Best Sprinter and Best Filipino Rider honors. Eyob emerged as the King of the Mountain winner with 27 accumulated points, five more than Oranza, while Cariño’s younger brother, Daniel Ven, finished as the Best Young Rider in the 16-team field. Rounding up the Top 10 were Forca Amskins’ John Ebsen (fifth spot, 12:28:45), Galedo (sixth, 12:30:03), Daniel Ven Cariño (seventh, 12:30:35), 7-Eleven Cliqq Roadbike PH’s Marcelo Felipe (eighth, 12:32:36), Go for Gold’s Ismael Grospe (ninth, 12:31:43) and Pishgaman’s Amir Kolahdouzhagh (10th, 12:32:23.) Tour organizers, meanwhile, lauded Baguio City Maurico Domogan and Major Oliver Panabang, chief PNP Baguio City traffic division, for a smooth traffic flow from the Lion’s Head on the way up to the City of Pines. The route to the finish up Kennon Road was lined by more than a hundred uniformed rookie police officers who guaranteed the safety of the riders......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Kings support protesters marching over man shot by police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The struggling Sacramento Kings find themselves in the national spotlight and it has nothing to do with another disappointing NBA season in their sparkling new two-year-old arena. Instead of looking ahead to the draft lottery as they wind down their 12th consecutive losing season, the Kings — like many nationwide — have turned their attention to demonstrators who have joined hand-in-hand on game nights to block entrances to the building. The wave of protests stem from the March 18 fatal shooting by police of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed black man. Kings are at the center of the demonstrations but they have embraced their role in the situation and have been supportive of both the Clark family and the protesters. “This organization has really stepped to the forefront and I wanted to use my voice as much as I could to say to try to say what I believed was right and true,” Kings player Garrett Temple said. “There are a lot of different perspectives and a lot of different things to take into account but it’s been a pretty hectic week.” The demonstrations at Kings’ games have brought heightened attention to the protests and could grow in numbers this weekend. Sacramento police shot Clark eight times — seven from behind, according to autopsy results paid for by the family that were released Friday. The Kings play host to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). The protests have resonated around the country as large crowds have held demonstrations and marches throughout the city, at one point blocking nearby freeways and surrounding streets in their call for action. Owner Vivek Ranadive made an impassioned pledge of support for the protesters and the community at large following the first round of demonstrations on March 22 after first consulting with his players. The NBA team has partnered with Black Lives Matter Sacramento and the Build. Black. Coalition to create a multiyear partnership that supports the education of young people and to help workforce preparation and economic development efforts in the community. “To see the Kings step up as an organization and start backing other local organizations, that means a great deal,” Temple said. “It shows you that what Vivek said after the game wasn’t just talk, that we really want to step in and help the community with this problem.” Temple, Vince Carter and former Kings player Doug Christie will also join community activists as part of an open forum at a church in south Sacramento on Friday night to discuss the situation and possible solutions. “That’s what it’s all about, raising awareness,” Carter said after a recent game. “Regardless of this being a professional basketball game, the bigger picture and what really matters is what was going on outside and the reason they were out there.” Temple has been one of the most outspoken Kings players since the protests began. “When I was kid being able to listen to an NBA player or see an NBA player, your eyes light up and your ears open,” Temple said. “We have to use that influence that we have in a positive manner.” The protests have been mostly non-violent. Beyond blocking traffic, the demonstrators have created a few problems for businesses in downtown Sacramento. They’ve come at a financial cost for the Kings, too. Protesters have twice blocked entrances to Golden1 Center, forcing the arena into a lockdown mode. Only 2,400 fans made it inside for the March 22 (Mar. 23, PHL time) game against the Atlanta Hawks. Three days later the demonstrators stayed away as the Kings hosted the Boston Celtics but they returned on March 27 (Mar. 28, PHL time) when they took on the Dallas Mavericks and forced another lockdown of the arena and prevented all but 4,000 fans from entering. For a team that has drawn an average crowd of 17,500 this season, the lost revenue from ticket sales alone is more than $1 million by conservative estimates after refunds were offered to those fans who didn’t get in. That doesn’t include lost income from concession stands and merchandise sales. But Ranadive, the first person of Indian descent to own an NBA franchise, said after the Hawks game, “We stand here before you, old, young, black, white, brown, and we are all united in our commitment.” Warriors coach Steve Kerr watched Ranadive’s speech on television in awe. He said, “I was very proud of the way the Kings handled it and the way the NBA handled it.” Other players around the league who have played in Sacramento since the protests began expressed their concerns over the situation while praising the Kings for getting involved, including Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks and Terry Rozier of the Celtics. Former Kings players DeMarcus Cousins and Matt Barnes offered to pay for Clark’s funeral. Barnes, a Sacramento native who spent part of last season with the Kings, was also a pallbearer at the funeral and has organized a march prior to Saturday’s (Sunday, PHL time) game against the Warriors. “The beauty of the game is that we have this platform to be able to speak about these things and to be able to speak about police brutality, citizen-police relationships, disproportionate amount of African-Americans getting killed,” said Barnes, who spent his first four seasons playing in Oakland about 90 minutes south of Sacramento. “It’s important that we use that platform to talk about these things “Our hearts and condolences go out to the families of those of both sides that have been affected.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 31st, 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