UAAP Volleyball: UP outlasts Adamson in thriller to start 2nd round push

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The two sides played in an intense toe-to-toe battle from the get-go until the decisive set where Adamson even managed to take the match point, 14-13, on a point from Mylene PaatBut Diana Carlos came up in the clutch for the Lady Maroons, scoring two straight points to give the Lady Maroons a 15-14 lead before Ayel Estrañero finished off the Lady Falcons with an off speed kill that Jema Galanza couldn’t get a hold of.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu said their win all boiled down to the winners’ mentality and desire to avenge their first round loss to the Lady Falcons.“As we were fighting we didn’t want to lose against the same team twice,” said Okumu, whose Lady Maroons lost in straight sets against Adamson in the first round. Okumu added that he is aware that they could not afford to let one game slip away at this point in the tournament.“We just have to win every game… the teams we will play against are very good teams and we have to keep fighting.”Carlos finished with a game-high 22 points while spike partner Isa Molde had 18 points with Marian Buitre pitching in 12.Galanza led Adamson with 19 points while Chiara Permentilla and Paat had 17 and 14 points, respectively.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Clippers easily defeat James, Cavaliers It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UP Lady Fighting Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines set out for its second round campaign on a positive strut after withstanding Adamson, 25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 21-25-16-14, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Maroons have now won two of their last three games and moved up to 3-5 while the Lady Falcons dropped to the same record after two straight setbacks since their upset of La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Police confirm football player’s body recovered from plane wreckage

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sala, who had just signed with Premier League club Cardiff, and pilot David Ibbotson were the only people onboard the small aircraft that disappeared over the English Channel last month.“The body brought to Portland Port today has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala,” Dorset Police said in a statement. “The families of Mr. Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsInvestigators have not been able to recover the aircraft, which was flying from Nantes to Cardiff after Sala transferred from the French city’s team.An initial search and rescue operation failed to locate the plane but it was later discovered by the Air Accident Investigation Branch and privately funded search teams. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After the confirmation of Sala’s death, Cardiff issued a statement saying “he and David will forever remain in our thoughts.”The Argentine Football Association also expressed its condolences on Twitter.“Profound pain over the death of Emiliano Sala,” the AFA said. “Our condolences to his family and loved ones.”ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James not ‘chasing’ Lakers rebuild Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In this image released Monday Feb. 4, 2019, by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) showing the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration N264DB that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala, when it disappeared from radar contact on Jan. 21 2019. The Air accident investigators say one body is visible in the sea in the wreckage of the plane that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson. (AAIB via AP)LONDON — Police confirmed on Thursday that the body recovered from a plane in the English Channel was that of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala.Dorset police made the announcement after a coroner’s examination of the body, which was recovered from the seabed wreckage of the plane on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

PBA: Magnolia dismantles Columbian

first_imgMANILA, Philippines–Magnolia grabbed control early and wielded it all game against Columbian on Wednesday night, scoring a 109-83 victory that gave the Hotshots their first winning streak in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Hotshots built a 17-point bubble early in the second period and kept the Dyip within arm’s length the rest of the way, rising to 3-4 in the process to stay on target towards finishing in the upper half of the playoff bracket.It was the sixth loss in 10 games for the Dyip, who don’t have their playoff fate in their hands as they would need to win their last outing–which would be against TNT KaTropa on Friday next week–and hope that some of the other teams lose.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Magnolia defense held the Dyip to just 12 first quarter points and didn’t need Paul Lee to dominate the scoring for a change in pulling out the authoritative win.Magnolia will have all the confidence it needs when it squares off with Barangay Ginebra on Sunday. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Louie Alas, Caloy Garcia set to coach PBA All-Star teams for first time Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Archaic sea defence structure to be replaced

first_imgThe archaic network of Guyana’s sea defence structure along the coastland, which has led to severe overtopping, will be replaced with the injection of over $3.8 billion in works for 2019.This is according to Chief Sea and River Defence Officer, Kevin Samad, who told Guyana Times that there are a series of projects which will unfold throughout the year to ensure that the coastland is protected from breaches.Through the Nationally Funded Capital Programme, $1.4 billion was made available for works along with some $548 million for the Maintenance Programme. A loan was also granted from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) which has been divided into several projects.“For the Nationally Funded Capital Programme, there was an allocation of $1.4 billion. For the Maintenance Programme, there was a budgeted allocation of $548 million. In addition to that, there is a foreign funded project where a loan was takenAn area at Uitvlugt which will be updated with riprap materialsfrom the CDB and for this year, the budgeted allocation is $1.950 billion. The total sea defence budget for 2019 is $3.898 billion,” he said.OvertoppingWhile addressing areas that have faced overtopping, Samad stated that these areas constitute of concrete structures which are almost 50 years old. As such, the mandate is to replace these with riprap structure, which can be extended if the need arises.“The areas where we are having the overtopping is the areas where we have the old concrete sea defence structures. All of them have outlived their designed life. They probably more than 50 years old. The recent works are areas where we have adapted the rip-rap which is the boulders structure, so all the new areas will have that.”Almost one year ago, the West Coast of Demerara sea defence suffedred several breaches along the structure, which caused major flooding in several villages. As such, projects were awarded and will be executed in the near future. He reiterated that most of the sea defence rehabilitation is done in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).For Leonora, West Coast Demerara, a contract was awarded to the sum of $175 million to address a gap of 325 meters. Works are ongoing and are 20 per cent completed.Meanwhile at Uitvlugt, a sum of $130 million was allocated to address 250 meters of sea defence. The contractors are mobilising materials and the works are likely to commence in two weeks.For Stewartville, $107 million was awarded for 200 meters of work. No works have commenced to date as materials are now being acquired.For De Willem, 250 meters of work was completed in September of 2018. There will be a continuation of works for another 200 meters at a cost of $107 million. At Anna Catherina, two projects were tendered at $104 million and $106 million, which will be executed simultaneously.Other areas for rehabilitation includes Blankenburg, Windsor Forest, La Jalousie and Cornelia Ida.At Crane, funds from the CDB loan will be used for a sea and river resilience project. Under the $1 billion loan, several projects will be completed under the programme for 1200 meters of riprap structure.last_img read more

GTU has learnt its lesson – Mark Lyte

first_imgTeachers’ wages impasse…looking forward to a better pact in 2019…as agreement finally signedPresident of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU), Mark Lyte, who on Wednesday signed an agreement with the Education Ministry for a 12 per cent increase for 2016 and an eight per cent increase for 2018, has noted that the Union has learnt its lesson and is looking forward to brokering a better agreement come 2019.He made this statement while addressing media operatives at the Ministry’s 26 Brickdam, Georgetown office after the two agencies inked the agreement to raise public school teachers’ salaries.“We recognise that, as a Union, there are several things that we would have requested that were not granted, but nonetheless we believe that it’s a work in progress to go forward. We look forward to a new agreement in the new phase in 2019 that we can have more benefits given to our teachers, but looking at the present agreement we believe that our teachers are going to benefit from outstanding clothing allowances, they’re gunna benefit from increases that dates back to 2016,” Lyte said.Moreover, the GTU President pointed out that the Union has “learnt so many lessons” and is now better prepared for the next bargaining process with the Education Ministry.He explained that he believes the agreement made will better satisfy teachers and their families and even result in classrooms being better serviced.On the other hand, General Secretary of the GTU, Coretta McDonald during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times said she believes the Union should have been more diligent in its doings.“As a Union we needed to do a little more work, we needed to be a little more diligent in what we were doing, but it’s a learning experience and come 2019 ourPermanent Secretary of the Education Ministry, Adele Clarke and GTU President, Mark Lyte signs the agreement as other officials from both sides look onteachers, if it’s going to be a three-year or a five-year agreement, our teachers will see many more benefits coming their way,” she stated.McDonald pointed out that the GTU has been working along a with a team to put their documents forward for arbitration and is seeking to have their draft proposal for 2019 ready by the first week in December to submit to the Education Ministry.“Those teachers who would have felt neglected over the past years and they weren’t being able to gain access to their benefits, I want to say to them rest assured GTU has been there for you, we will continue to be there for you and your benefits are intact,” she added.Meanwhile, Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson told reporters that the Ministry looks forward to working with the GTU in future. “I think the signing today is symbolic that we intend to have a working relationship with all our stakeholders, all our partners and we consider the Union to be an integral part of what we do the Ministry of Education…we intend to work with all of our partners including the Union that we consider to be maybe our greatest partners in this process.”IncreasesAccording to the agreement seen by Guyana Times, for the year 2016, teachers who earn below $100,000 per month will benefit from a 12 per cent increase while teachers who earn $100,000 and over monthly will gain an eight per cent increase.For the year 2017, teachers who earn below $100,000 per month will get an eight per cent increase and those who earn above this amount will receive a six per cent increase.Meanwhile, for 2018, there will be an across the board eight per cent increase for all teachers.Non-salary issuesWith regard to non-salary issues, teachers will continue to receive the approved rates for improved qualifications, the agreement said. These include $4000 for certificate in education, $6000 for diploma in education, $10,000 for a Master’s degree; $30,000 for a doctoral degree and $10,000 for special needs teachers.In addition to an $8000 per annum uniform allowance, “Increases for clothing, station/hard lying, risk and travelling allowances will be considered in line with the review of these allowances for the wider public service,” the agreement says.Duty-free concessionsIn keeping with the agreement, teachers will be granted the opportunity of having 100 duty-free concessions per annum for vehicles up to 1800cc. All-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) and outboard engines up to 75HP will be granted to eligible teachers in the riverine and hinterland areas.The agreement explains the criterions required for all heads, principles and deputy heads, deputy principles, head mistresses and masters or administrators of the various grades of school.Hinterland benefitsAccording to the new contract, teachers and their families who serve in the interior will be given a “return fare to the coastland” once per term and teachers who are from one area in the hinterland but serve in another area will benefit from this initiative.HousingAlong with a number of other issues, the two also agreed that a committee of six persons will be established to prepare a position paper on the granting of house lots to teachers revolving loan fund, the agreement stated.Although fewer smiles were seen on the faces of the GTU executives when they accepted the offer, Lyte told Guyana Times that the Union is satisfied with the amount being given to teachers.It was explained by him that the increases for teachers will be paid in two tranches. “The increases are going to be paid in two tranches because you know what teachers receive in 2016 would have an impact on 2017 and 2018, so we are going to have payments being done in December and payments being done in January 2019.” (Davina Ramdass)last_img read more

Update – Gas station runs out of gas in Fort St. John

first_imgPhoto: The pumps were taped off late Friday night – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca**Update – As of Sunday the station was back to normal.- Advertisement -Don’t expect to get any gas from the Shell station next to the Totem Mall anytime soon.Late Friday night, the gas station ran out of gas and is currently closed. At the moment the other Shell station in Fort St. John still has gas and diesel.It’s unclear if the shortage in Fort St. John is connected to a shortage in Alberta and southeastern B.C. In late July. Several stations, starting in Alberta, ran out of gas starting around July 20th.That shortage was caused by supply problems and and minor production issues at more than one Alberta refinery as of late.Advertisementlast_img

Club licencing back! KPL Clubs have till June 30 to comply

first_img0Shares0000The High Court has ruled that the 2017 KPL comprise of 16 teams.Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, May 8 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has set June 30 as the deadline date for Kenyan Premier League clubs to submit their documents for the 2018-2019 Club Licensing assessment.All the 18 clubs competing in the top flight league will be evaluated on five criterias; Administration & Personnel, Club Infrastructure, Finance, Legal, and Sporting. Clubs which will score less than 50% during the licence process will be relegated to a lower division, while those who will score between 50% and 69%, will be issued a provisional licence.Clubs scoring 70% and above will be issued a full licence.FKF boss Nick Mwendwa addresses the press during a media briefing on September 25, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe Club Licensing process will be conducted by an independent body, First Instance Body, comprising of Dr. Edwin Wamukoya, Lilian Nzile, Paul Makumi, Paul Ochieng’, and Peter Karanja.“Clubs are urged to offer their full co-operation to the FIB and uphold a high level of integrity during the licensing process. Members of this body will be bound by a non-disclosure agreement and therefore contents of any documents that they will receive from clubs during this exercise will remain safe, private, and confidential,” KPL said in a statement,.On January 10, 2017, FKF made good of their threat by relegating Thika United, Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka from the Kenyan Premier League over failure to meet the strict club licensing requirements.The three clubs were relegated after failing to meet the financial and legal criteria of the licensing rules set out by world football governing body FIFA and continental body CAF, but appealed the decision within the 14-day window provided.Disappointed Muhoroni Youth players walking out of the field after the match. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHowever, on March 15, 2017, The Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) overturned the decision by the FKF to relegate Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth from the KPL.The Tribunal termed FKF club licensing manual as defective and that most of the clauses in the manual are not reflective of the CAF and FIFA manual.In 2017 during the introduction of club licensing, Only three KPL clubs – Tusker FC, Ulinzi Stars and Bandari FC complied fully while Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Kakamega Homeboyz, Chemelil Sugar, Sony Sugar, Posta Rangers, Western Stima, Mathare United, Nakumatt FC, Nzoia United, Zoo Kericho and Kariobangi Sharks were handed the provisional license.It’s now remains to be seen if the 2018-2019 Club Licensing assessment.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FA chairman: Maybe we will go for the 2030 World Cup now Infantino is at FIFA

first_imgFootball Association chairman Greg Dyke predicted the election of Gianni Infantino as FIFA president could trigger an English bid for the 2030 World Cup.Among those congratulating Infantino on his surprise victory was ousted former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, a man whose leadership meant the FA had ruled out attempting to draw future tournaments to England.Infantino’s victory came after a second round of voting at the world governing body’s extraordinary congress in Zurich, as the 45-year-old Swiss lawyer saw off Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain.The FA backed the winning candidate on Friday, and Dyke welcomed Infantino’s election after a “terrible few years” for FIFA.Dyke exclusively told talkSPORT: “He’s a man we trust.“This is the beginning, FIFA has been a very corrupt organisation for a long time but at long last we have the beginning of a reform programme and a president we trust, who’s not just a politician.“We’ve known him for some time as secretary general at UEFA and we have always found him pleasant, competent, organised, a good leader and that is what FIFA needs.”Dyke also confirmed the FA, which emphatically lost out to Russia in voting for the 2018 tournament, may be tempted to bid for the World Cup now that FIFA has a new leader.He told Sky News: “The reason we wouldn’t deal with a Blatter FIFA is because we didn’t think we’d win. And there was so much bad blood from the last time we tried – at Government level as well as at the FA level. It was almost impossible to deal with him. This is a new day, a new dawn. I think we will certainly try to win some tournaments.“(The World Cup in) 2026 will go to North America, but we will maybe go for 2030.”last_img read more

Manning, Dungy again come up short in big game

first_img It had happened. Again. INDIANAPOLIS — Suddenly, it was like the entire football season never really happened. Like those 13 straight victories, a stretch of excellence nearly unrivaled in history, never happened. Like the chase for the Perfect Season never happened. It was over just when it was supposed to have started, leaving the Indianapolis Colts, the city, and really, all of the NFL in a state of utter incredulity. As Mike Vanderjagt’s field-goal attempt wobbled pitifully off into the blue ether, the scope of the Colts’ 21-18 playoff loss to Pittsburgh came into grim focus, and a day-long out-of-body experience gave way to anger and resignation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Another big game. Another big stage. Another spectacular flameout, a meltdown of epic proportions. Seen this movie before? There was 41-0 to the New York Jets in 2003. There was 24-14 in 2004 and 21-3 in 2005, both in New England. And then there was this, the worst of them all, a game Peyton Manning, in particular, may never live down. Even now, the clouds of doubt are gathering around Manning, and the whispers are so loud, they seemed to be artificially enhanced. He can’t win the big one. Didn’t win them in college. Hasn’t won them in the pros. Not the biggest ones. “I cannot argue with the truth,” Manning said later. “I’m not gong to try and counter any points. That’s the fact. It’s certainly not from a lack of effort on my part. I can honestly say that … I’m just going to keep trying. That’s all I can say.” This was, without any question, the most devastating loss in the Indianapolis portion of the Colts’ history. And the case could be made that this was the most horrific loss in the history of professional sports in this area. center_img This one will hurt more than all the others, though, because this was the year. All the planets were aligned. Home-field advantage. A bye month, never mind a bye week. A chance to stay indoors all the way through the Super Bowl. What happened Sunday defies description and proper analysis. Suffice to say, the Colts got their heads handed to them. They were embarrassed. They were revealed, again, as paper tigers. And they even made Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, who ripped their offense as soft earlier in the week, sound like a graduate of Oxford. The quick and simple evaluation goes like this (and please don’t play the “ they-were-rested-too-early” card, which is a copout): They got outplayed, out-hit and thoroughly outcoached, especially on the offensive side of the ball. All day, the Steelers penetrated the gap between the Colts’ center and guard. All day, the blitzes crashed upon Manning like a giant wave. And the Colts never found answers. How about screen passes? Something. Anything to slow the rush. There was nothing. No adjustment. No Plan B. Maybe the Colts were right, after all. It wasn’t the bad weather in New England. They could play just as poorly in perfect conditions. “I can’t explain what happened,” said Edgerrin James. “I really don’t know what to say.” How many chances can one team blow in a single game? They benefited from the Steelers’ decision to go conservative in the fourth quarter. They benefited from the Immaculate Deception, an inexplicable overturn that should have resulted in a Troy Polamalu interception. And they got the mother of all breaks when Jerome Bettis, who never fumbles, lost the ball as he was heading in for the game-ending touchdown. “The football gods weren’t smiling on us,” team president Bill Polian said as his team’s locker room emptied. “The one guy with two bad legs (Nick Harper) picks up the fumble. Anybody else, maybe he goes all the way.” Who would have thought Ben Roethlisberger would make the biggest tackle of the day? This cannot continue to happen to a team built around its offense. Manning has every conceivable weapon at his disposal. A Hall of Fame receiver. A possible Hall of Fame running back. These last four playoff losses, though, that group has scored 0, 14, 3 and 18 points. Nobody wants to rip Manning because he’s been The Franchise since 1998, because he’s meant so much to this community, and because his desire to bring a championship here is absolutely undeniable. Maybe, just maybe, he wants it too much. Maybe, just maybe, he thinks too much in these situations and doesn’t let his talent carry him. It’s not a lack of heart, or a lack of any other notable body parts, but something is missing. Until he finds whatever it is that separates him from Tom Brady or any of the great quarterbacks, the cloud of doubt will hover over him. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Orange Line ‘near-miss’ rate slows

first_img Meanwhile, the MTA is moving forward on installing photo enforcement cameras. It’s also considering rumble strips, embedded warning lights, colored “busway” signs and flashing intersection lights. Adding railroad-style crossing gates, as some critics have wanted, remains under evaluation. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Orange Line drivers report 1,200 “near-misses” with motorists since the line opened Oct. 31, but the number of close calls has plummeted as motorists get accustomed to the San Fernando Valley busway. In addition, there hasn’t been a crash along the 14-mile line since Dec. 13, and sheriff’s deputies are writing fewer traffic tickets. As a result, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials may lift the order requiring busway drivers to slow to 10 mph through major intersections. “Overall the trend is in the right direction,” said Richard Hunt, MTA’s general manager for the Valley. “Quite frankly, people are becoming much more aware of it.” The Orange Line opened as an instant hit with passengers – it’s still drawing nearly 16,000 daily passengers. However, there are concerns about safety after a series of eight minor collisions – all caused by motorists running red lights or failing to heed the new traffic regulations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Things are beginning to … settle down,” said Los Angeles police Detective William Bustos. A report by the MTA says bus operators have logged more than 1,200 near-misses with motorists, from a peak of 228 for the week ending Nov. 13 to 63 for the week ending Jan. 8. The report said the busway is experiencing fewer crashes than the rest of the agency’s 2,000-bus fleet, averaging about 1.36 crashes for every 100,000 miles of service compared with 3.46 crashes systemwide. Separately, the Sheriff’s Department said it has issued 1,200 traffic tickets as of December, mostly to motorists running red lights or failing to adhere to the traffic signs. Now, deputies are diverting their time to handle graffiti vandals and to patrol buses. “Traffic-wise, we’ve written quite a few less tickets,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Willard, who handles transit police operations in the Valley. “We’re finding fewer and fewer violators all the time, which is encouraging. I think people are getting used to the system.” last_img read more