The continuation of ‘The Cathedral of the Sea’ by Ildefonso Falcones, now on sale

first_imgCoinciding with the beginning of the filming of the television adaptation of The cathedral of the sea, this Wednesday goes on sale The heirs of the earth, the continuation of the editorial success with which Ildefonso Falcones debuted as a writer and has captivated six million readers since its publication.The second part of The cathedral of the sea (2006) goes on sale today in Spain and Latin America, edited by Grijalbo, and Rosa dels Vents, in Catalan, with an initial print run of 400,000 copies, according to the Penguin Random House group. The heirs of the earth He enters Barcelona in the fourteenth century, three years after the end of the first novel by lawyer and writer Ildefonso Falcones.Hugo Llor, a twelve-year-old orphan, works in the atarazanas (where ships are built) thanks to the generosity of Arnau Estanyol, who has taken the boy under his protection.But his dreams of becoming a shipbuilder will face down against a harsh and ruthless reality when the Puig family, a staunch enemy of their mentor, take advantage of their position before the new king to execute their longed for revenge.From that moment on, Hugo’s life will oscillate between loyalty to the Estanyol family and the need to survive in an unfair city with the poor.Falcones, who has established himself as one of the “most widespread” Spanish writers internationally, publishes the continuation of his editorial success five days after the filming of the television version of the “best seller” that “moved” more than six began Millions of readers worldwide.The adaptation on the small screen of The cathedral of the sea, one of the great bets of Antena 3 for 2017 produced by Diagonal TV, is directed by Jordi Frades (Isabel).With a wide cast that includes, among others, Michelle Jenner, Silvia Abascal, Daniel Grao or Aitor Luna, this production will be recorded in locations such as Oropesa (Toledo) or the Gothic quarter of Barcelona.The cathedral of the sea It will also premiere on Netflix, a platform with 81 million users that has bought the rights to the series for everyone. “The heirs of the earth” enters the fourteenth-century BarcelonaCoinciding with the beginning of the filming of the television seriescenter_img Falcones with the poster of the series ‘The cathedral of the sea’. Image: EFElast_img read more

NCAA volleyball: San Sebastian rolls to 4th straight win

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Dolly Grace Verzosa unleashed 21 points, 19 coming off spikes, to go with two aces while Shola Alvarez scored 13 of her 15 points off hits.Karen Cay Montojo added 12 as JRU climbed to 4-3.The Lady Bombers were poised to win in straight sets, but the Lady Cardinals battled back to force the fourth set.Katrina Racelis paced winless Mapua (0-7) with 16 kills, while Jan Andrea Morano had 10.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Rivalry rekindled as Gargano falls in NXT Takeover: Philadelphia MOST READ Read Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours San Sebastian Lady Stags. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian continued its rampage, posting its fourth straight win with a 25-23, 25-6, 25-14 victory over Lyceum in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Nikka Marielle Dalisay carried the load for the Lady Stags with 16 points, 12 coming off kills and four off service aces.ADVERTISEMENT Joyce Sta. Rita and Dangie Encarnacion also poured in 10 hits apiece.The Lady Stags rose to 5-2 as the undermanned squad now sits at third place, behind unbeaten Arellano and San Beda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBien Elaine Juanillo led the fight for the Lady Pirates with eight points.In the second match, Jose Rizal University shook off a late fightback by Mapua to win in four sets, 25-23, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22. 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Golden Knights’ magic ride heads to conference final

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Marc-Andre Fleury was his usual brilliant self with 28 saves in his fourth shutout of the postseason and Vegas benefited from a couple of fortunate bounces to advance to the Western Conference Final with a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.“It’s a bit crazy thinking about it for sure,” defenseman Brayden McNabb said. “But we’re here to win. We’re not going to get caught up in we shouldn’t be here or whatever. We’re here to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Golden Knights have done that all season despite being thrown together at the expansion draft last June among players deemed expendable by their former teams. They won eight of nine games to open the season to take the league by a bit of shock, posted 109 points to win a Pacific Division filled with playoff-tested teams and then gone 8-2 in the playoffs with a first-round sweep against Los Angeles and a six-game series win over the Sharks.They became just the third team in NHL history to win multiple series in its first season. The Toronto Arenas won the Stanley Cup in the first postseason in league history in 1918 and St. Louis won two rounds to win the all-expansion West Division in 1968. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Next up for Vegas is the Western Conference Final against either Winnipeg or Nashville. The Jets lead that series 3-2 heading into Game 6 at home on Monday night.While the Golden Knights got help from a couple of shots that hit the iron and went out for San Jose and one that went off the post and into the net for a goal by Nate Schmidt that was only detectable on replay, the recipe for success has been speed, tenacity and depth more than luck.“We made ourselves a good team,” Fleury said. “We had great chemistry right from the start. We keep improving throughout the season. I feel like we’re using everybody in the lineup to get wins. That’s what’s made us successful.”Fleury has been a big part of that, capped by his fourth career series-clinching shutout, one shy of Chris Osgood’s NHL record.Fleury allowed just three goals in the sweep against the Kings, posted shutouts in the opening and closing games against San Jose and was brilliant in an overtime win in Game 3 over the Sharks.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Van Gundy won’t return to Pistons as coach or team president Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vegas Golden Knights players hug after a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks during Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 6, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN JOSE, Calif. — The crew of castoffs that carried the expansion Vegas Golden Knights to a division title and two rounds of playoffs wins in a reality-defying season are more than just a feel-good story.They’ve proven themselves to be legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ But he has had plenty of help. William Karlsson scored 43 goals in the regular season and had the overtime winner in Game 3 of this series. Jonathan Marchessault is tied for the team lead with 11 points this postseason, including the first goal in the clincher against the Sharks. Even the fourth line played a big role Sunday by controlling the puck and hemming San Jose in the defensive zone.“We’re having a lot of fun in this room,” Schmidt said. “″The guys have just been having a blast all year with each other. I think that we’ve done a lot more than we thought we were capable of, but we continue to set the bar to new heights with our group. We continue to just set new expectations for yourself. This group believes in each other and that’s more than anything you can ask for.”The Golden Knights took control of this game with some good fortune in the second period. It started when usually reliable Marc-Edouard Vlasic turned the puck over in his own zone. Reilly Smith took control near the blue line and found Marchessault alone in front for a goal that trickled between Martin Jones’ pads.The Golden Knights then added to the lead after an icing by Brent Burns led to an offensive zone faceoff. David Perron beat Tierney on the draw and Schmidt took a shot that appeared to deflect off the post and out.Play went on for 25 more seconds before the buzzer rang, with the situation room in Toronto calling for a video review. That quickly showed that the puck bounced off the post, off a piece equipment inside the net and out.Vegas then had a delayed celebration for the goal that made it 2-0.That was the type of bounce the Sharks didn’t get early in the game when they hit the post or crossbar three times in the opening period and then again in the third when they tried to cut into Vegas’ lead.“It’s a fine line,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “I think we had a couple of those that didn’t go in. That’s hockey. But Vegas deserves to be moving on. They played great. They finished the chances when they needed to and got saves when they needed to.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

Stephen Curry scores 51 points with 11 3s as Warriors win

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Thompson’s touchKlay Thompson missed his first three 3-point tries before connecting with 6:36 left in the third and scored 19 points.Thompson is 4 for 27 from long range through the initial five games.“One thing I love about Klay is he’s going to shoot his way out of anything,” Kerr said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? But this was all Curry’s show. No. 30 knocked down his 11th 3 of the night late in the third from 32 feet back.“It’s just one of those nights you just have so much fun playing the game,” Curry said. “Taking some dare shots and trying to sustain that for as long as I’m out there on the floor.”He scored 31 in the first half, finished with his sixth career 50-point game and made 10 or more 3s for the 10th time. The 51 points matched his most at Oracle Arena.Curry hit his first five 3-pointers then after his fifth one drove to the basket and was fouled. He made two free throws to chants of “MVP! MVP!” The two-time winner of the award had the ninth 30-point half of his career and fourth at home.“It was a joy to be on the same court with that. That was sick,” Durant said.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The “MVP!” cheers continued. Curry shot 15 for 24, 11 of 16 from 3-point range and made all 10 free throws, missing his career high of 54 set in February 2013 by three points.“He was, I don’t even know how to describe what I witnessed tonight, amazing, video-game stuff,” Kerr said. “… Some of the shooting was just mind-boggling. Nobody’s ever done what he’s doing, pulling up from I don’t know, 32.”Curry has scored 30 or more points in four of the first five games and had 29 on Monday against Phoenix, also playing just three quarters. He has hit at least five 3-pointers in each game so far.Bradley Beal bruised his sternum early then returned late in the first half and wound up with 23 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 17 points off the bench for Washington.Beal said he took an elbow from Durant. X-rays were negative.“Breathing was a little messed up and it felt like my rib was out of place,” Beal said. “It hurts but I’ll be OK.”1975 ChampsThe Warriors honored the 1975 championship team, which swept the Washington Bullets 4-0 in the finals that year. Five members of the team attended morning shootaround then Hall of Famer Rick Barry joined the group for the game.Six players and assistant coach Joe Roberts took turns hoisting the trophy during a ceremony before the second quarter. Coach Al Attles wasn’t in attendance as originally planned because he wasn’t feeling well.Golden State sported gold throwback jerseys for the occasion. Curry grinned as he kept lighting up the floor, scoring 51 points and finishing with 11 3-pointers in only three quarters of the Golden State Warriors’ 144-122 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.“The last 3 in the first quarter was probably the funniest thing I’ve experienced on the court. Two guys on our team are yelling at the time from the time I was at the free throw line: ‘Don’t pass it! Don’t pass it! You better shoot it!’ All that type of stuff,” Curry said. “That’s going through my head while I’m dribbling down. That’s kind of all the motivation you need just to launch it. Thankfully it went in.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCoach Steve Kerr couldn’t even be upset when his superstar let it fly from any distance he desired: “You got a guy taking 40-footers and you’re on the sideline going, ‘Yeah, that’s a good shot,’” Kerr said.Kevin Durant added 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Draymond Green had 11 of his 12 assists in the first half to help two-time defending champions finish with 37 after dishing out 35 assists in a 20-point victory against Phoenix on Monday.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry celebrates a score against the Washington Wizards during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—Stephen Curry pulled one from Michael Jordan’s old celebratory playbook and shrugged like no big deal whatsoever.Nah, not at all. Just another 3-pointer from way downtown.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lakers coach Walton fined $15,000 for criticizing officials LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

“I Support Liberians’ Right to Peacefully Protest”

first_imgMr. Cummings addresses the intellectual gathering.-Says CummingsAlexander B. Cummings, political leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) over the weekend declared that he is in support of the planned June 7 “peaceful protest.”Mr. Cummings made the statement at program making the 44th edition of Dr. Kofi Annan Intellectual series held at the National Polit-Bureau of Liberia (NPBL), a local intellectual center in Clara Town, Bushrod Island that discusses issues of national concern.“I support the rights of people to assemble, associate peacefully and responsibly voice out their disagreement, because it is their constitutional right,” Mr. Cummings said.He condemned government for “creating a hostile environment for people, who want to peacefully protest which he said is not acceptable.”On recent development, Cummings also described as unfortunate the recruit of ex-rebel generals to intimidate peaceful Liberians, who are critical of the government.On the topic, “What are those economic and political policies needed to be put in place by government to sustain growth and citizens peaceful co-existence,” he said the solution to revise the country’s economic status depends on the seriousness of the government, and functionaries to practice accountability, transparency and promote Liberian-owned businesses.Mr. Cummings welcomed by residents of Clara TownAccording to him, if the government fails to give an account of the US$25 million and the L$16 billion, no investors will see Liberia as a serious country to bring in huge amounts of money for investment purposes, “because there would be no assurance of getting back the money invested”.Cummings named corruption, intimidation of the press, the opposition and the constant disrespect of the rule of law as major contributing factors that would scare away investors from the country.He called on the government to revisit its tax environment; and give easy access for businesspeople to the Free Port of Monrovia to import new goods, “because there is an urgent need for the government to provide credit to Liberia-owned businesses.”Cummings said the government has failed on the growth of the economy, noting that every indicator to stabilize the economy has gone backward in the last two yearsHe added, “the Liberian dollar has lost its value on the market; prices are very hard and unemployment is at the peak, which is not a good sign for our economy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Princess Street man attacked, robbed of valuables

first_imgA Princess Street, Lodge, Georgetown man is now left counting his losses after he was attacked by two bandits, one of which was armed, and robbed of his valuables on Sunday evening.The victim, 39-year-old Gregory Shawn was reportedly walking to his home at around 19:00h after purchasing a small amount of groceries from a nearby shop when he was pounced upon.The man told Police that he saw his attackers pass him, both on bicycles headed in the opposite direction but did not notice when the duo began following him.However, he explained that he felt an arm around his neck and someone demanding that he “not move or I’ll injure you!”The frightened man explained that he dropped the groceries and began struggling with the bandit when he was confronted by the other perpetrator.Shawn recounted that he ceased struggling when he felt a cold object to the side of his chest and realised that the perpetrator was armed.The second suspect reportedly searched the victim’s pockets and collected his cellphone valued $75,000 and his wallet containing his identification card, bank cards and just over $25,000.The duo, both unmasked, quickly made good their escape on their bicycles. The matter has since been reported to the police.last_img read more

Accountable fracking topic of discussion during first Mayors’ Partnership meeting of NEBC Resource Coalition

first_img Spearhead stage: Also referred to as an acid stage, it is generally a mix of water with diluted acid, such as hydrochloric acid. This serves to clear debris that may be present in the wellbore providing a clear pathway for fracture fluids to access the formation. Pad stage: A batch of carrying fluid without proppant that is used to break the formation and initiate the hydraulic fracturing of the target formation. Proppant stage: During this stage a mixture of water and sand (i.e. proppant) is fed into the wellbore. The proppant is composed of non-compressible material, such as sand, that will be carried by the fracture fluid into the formation and deposited. The proppant will remain in the formation once the pressure is reduced and ‘prop’ open the fracture network. Thus, maintaining the enhanced permeability created by the hydraulic fracture program. Flush stage: A volume of fresh water is pumped down the wellbore to flush out any excess proppant that may be present in the wellbore.In regard to on-site monitoring, that’s done from a single truck often referred to as the Data Monitoring Van.The van monitors and records the rate and pressure at which the fracturing fluid is pumped down the wellbore, the rates of the necessary additives present in the fracturing fluid and proppant concentration.According to Heffernan, information regarding the hydraulic fracking process is of particular importance for this region, as he says Northeast B.C. is “the epicenter” of oil and gas activity in Western Canada.Heffernan says drilling in the Montney region has increased 26 per cent in 2014 from the previous year, which now accounts for 90 per cent of drilling activity in the province.Advertisement President Kevin Heffernan says the society’s primary objective is to “encourage and inform dialogue”, whether that be with land owners or corporate owners, in an effort to help them “make decisions on facts, not innuendo and misperceptions.”A primary example of this was illustrated though information regarding the evolutionary process of the industry; including industry collaboration an standards, re-using and recycling fluids, increasing additional stages of fracking in an effort to reduce pressure, use of other fluids like saline water, and on-site monitoring.“When you hear people talking about stages in a horizontal well, they’re talking about isolating 100 meters, more or less, of that well and hydraulically fracturing that well, and then shifting and isolating another 100 meter section of the well.”- Advertisement -Heffernan adds, “It’s much more efficient in terms of the use of fluid, the use of energy, and resource recovery.”The hydraulic fracturing stages are broken down into four.The following information has been obtained from www.fracfocus.ca:Advertisementlast_img read more

Former Everton star Lukaku ruins Rooney’s United return

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring on September 17, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – Romelu Lukaku showed little room for sentiment on Sunday scoring one and creating another as Manchester United ran out ultimately comfortable 4-0 winners over his former club Everton to ruin Wayne Rooney’s Old Trafford return.Right-back Antonio Valencia gave United an early lead with a spectacular half-volley before late goals from midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan — set up by Lukaku just before he got on the scoresheet himself — and an Anthony Martial penalty sealed the win. With United’s rivals Manchester City having clinched a dominant 6-0 victory over Watford 24 hours earlier there was an expectation from United fans for Jose Mourinho’s side to keep pace with the Premier League leaders.They are now only behind them in the table by virtue of C coming before U in the alphabet as they have identical records — Everton by contrast are in a crisis as they lost for the fourth successive match without scoring and are in the bottom three.The Red Devils, without the injured Paul Pogba, were not as fluent and free-flowing as they have been in the early part of the season and three goals in the final seven minutes flattered them a little.Rooney, United’s all-time leading goalscorer, was afforded a generous reception by the United fans and carried Everton’s main goal threat before he left to a standing ovation from the home supporters after being substituted with eight minutes left.United asserted their authority in the fourth minute as Valencia showed superb technique to score a magnificent opening goalNemanja Matic swept a cross field pass to Valencia on the corner of the penalty area and the Ecuador international, albeit afforded time and space by a flat-footed Everton defence, struck a sweet half-volley which arrowed high into the net.Rooney flickered into life midway through the first half when he sent Cuco Martina scampering down the right flank and then burst forward in search of the return ball.Martina’s low cross picked out Rooney on the edge of the penalty area but the former England captain could only strike a low effort wide of the post.United squandered an opportunity just before the half-hour mark when Juan Mata seized on Michael Keane’s misplaced pass and sent Lukaku clear but he shot wide.Koeman had demanded a reaction from his players before this contest having seen them slip to three consecutive defeats.And Everton’s confidence slowly returned as the game wore on with Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin rising to the midfield battle.Rooney’s tenacity moments after half-time saw him skip into the penalty area at the Stretford End and on to a pass from Tom Davies but David De Gea kept out the striker’s low effort with his legs.Despite Everton’s improvement United remained a threat and went close when Juan Mata curled a free-kick around the Everton wall and against the post shortly after the hour mark.United finished the contest strongly and clinically, though, as three goals after Rooney’s 82nd minute substitution saw Everton capitulate and conceded three goals.Ashley Williams carelessly gave the ball away which allowed Lukaku to slide in Henrikh Mkhitaryan who showed composure to guide the ball past Pickford.United netted their third when Lukaku, who joined United from Everton in July, capitalised on Everton’s failure to clear from a free-kick and stabbed home at the back post.Martial put the gloss on the win in injury time when he confidently sent Pickford the wrong way with a penalty after Schneiderlin was deemed to have handled.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

How Liverpool could line up next season with Mario Gotze and more signings

first_img Attacking midfield: Philippe Coutinho Central midfield: Piotr Zielinski 11 11 Right back: Nathaniel Clyne 11 11 Centre back: Mamadou Sakho 11 11 11 11 Attacking midfield: Roberto Firmino 11 Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – Click the right arrow above to see how Liverpool could look next season… 11 11 Liverpool might still be on the fringes of a top four battle but that isn’t stopping them planning next season’s transfers.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has already lined up a deal to bring in Schalke’s Joel Matip but now rumours are circulating he’ll be doing all he can to land Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze.There is plenty more speculation too with the German’s defence and midfield needing some tinkering over the summer.But how might they line up should they land some of their current targets? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see how Liverpool’s starting XI could look with Mario Gotze, Joel Matip and other possible signings… Left back: Jonas Hector Centre back: Joel Matip Central midfield: Emre Can Central midfield: James Milner Striker: Mario Gotzelast_img read more

Busway proving fruitful

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The preliminary results show that 17 percent of the riders had not ridden MTA’s buses or trains prior to boarding the Orange Line and 14 percent used to drive a car solo – which officials say is a measure of the system’s ability to attract those who historically shun transit. Most of those who drove or car pooled used to take the Ventura (101) Freeway – and 77 percent of them said the Orange Line was faster. Nearly 78 percent had previously relied on other mass-transit systems, mostly other MTA buses, but also Metrolink commuter trains, subways and city bus service. Overall, 85 percent of riders said the Orange Line was faster than their previous way of getting around. Orange Line advocates said the popularity of the Orange Line shows that busways – which can be built cheaper and faster than light-rail systems – offer an attractive strategy for bolstering mass transit in Los Angeles. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who spearheaded efforts to build the Orange Line, said the survey results should push the MTA to proceed with plans for a north-south busway. “For the people who believe Angelenos would not get out of their cars for public transit – and certainly not for public transit that was bus-driven – I think once and again it puts the kibosh on that myth,” said Yaroslavsky, who also sits on the MTA board. “We really need to ratchet up the planning process for an Orange Line extension.” Roxanna Anderson said the busway can get her from her home near downtown to her job as an administrative assistant in Woodland Hills in about an hour – half the time it used to take on buses and the Red Line subway. “It changes my attitude, my mood, how I feel once I get to work,” she said. “It just makes me happier.” Similarly, high school student Scarlett De Leon said it saves her and her sister, Fransia, more than an hour in either direction between their home in mid-Wilshire and the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies. “It comes on time, all the time,” said Scarlett, a junior at SOCES. Cesar Hernandez said it’s nearly halved his 80-minute commute from Canoga Park to downtown, where he works at clothing factory. But experts caution against putting too much emphasis on the first survey, noting that more details are needed about ridership patterns and the system’s efficiency. Skeptics also note that the MTA’s Metro Gold Line commuter train in Pasadena saw a sharp decline in ridership after it opened in 2003, and they warn the same thing could happen on the busway. “If people are getting to where they want to go faster, then there is a benefit. If the travel time is being reduced, then it is a benefit,” said Tom Rubin, a former official with the precursor to the MTA who was a unpaid consultant to the residents group that sued the MTA in an unsuccessful effort to stop the line from being built. “It may be a little early to start drawing sweeping conclusions on whether this is working or not.” Experts further note that the busway’s ability to shift 1,000 to 1,500 cars off the 101 Freeway needs to be viewed in the context of the nearly 300,000 vehicles that travel the freeway each day. The survey said 36 percent of Orange Line riders had access to cars. “Anyone who think this is a silver bullet that’s going to kill the werewolf of traffic congestion, no,” Rubin said. Urban theorist Joel Kotkin adds that while getting motorists out of their cars may draw the spotlight, the emphasis should be on expanding the system for the vast majority of passengers who depend on mass transit. “The focus should be on the people who really need the system,” said Kotkin, an Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation, who tracks the line near his Valley home. “What we ought to be doing is thinking about using this method to create faster service for the people who take the bus.” Meanwhile bus riders last week said they appreciate the new ride. And despite a series of minor crashes after the busway opened Oct. 31, all caused by motorists failing to heed the traffic signals, the Orange Line has not been involved in a collision in nearly eight weeks, and riders say anecdotally they’re no longer spooked over safety. West Hills resident Mauricio Marroquin has been riding the Orange Line since opening day to his job as a mathematics professor at Los Angeles Valley College. He says he doesn’t mind the extra 10 minutes it takes because it’s an easier ride. “It’s fantastic… I get to work and I’m more relaxed,” he said. “It’s great for me,” said Lee Rugless, riding from Woodland Hills to his sales job off the Sepulveda station. “I don’t have to drive, I don’t have to pay those high gas prices. The atmosphere is very relaxed (compared to) if I’m driving on the 101 – you know what that’s like.” 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! Nearly 20 percent of the passengers on the 3-month-old Orange Line are new to public transit and the vast majority have a faster commute than they previously did in a car or bus, says the MTA’s first survey of busway riders. And the $350 million busway across the San Fernando Valley continues to draw 16,000 daily riders – well above early projections – not only from the ranks of the transit-dependent, but also those who never thought they’d regularly ride a bus in car-crazed L.A. “I love it,” said Raj Chauhan, an Internet advertising executive from Northridge who rode the busway last week in his commute to his job downtown. “I just drive three minutes to the stop … I can do a bunch of e-mails … I’m pretty much done with driving, if I can help it.” The Metropolitan Transportation Authority surveyed 1,300 busway riders during the second week of January, asking them to complete an English- or Spanish-language questionnaire about their ride. last_img read more