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Cleveland guard Jones suspended one game for groin hit

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2016

May 4, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones (30) reacts after hitting a record breaking three-pointer during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks in game two of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory...

May 4, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones (30) reacts after hitting a record breaking three-pointer during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks in game two of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory…

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones has been suspended for Game Four of the Eastern Conference final against the Toronto Raptors, the NBA announced on Sunday.

Jones struck Toronto big man Bismack Biyombo in the groin in the final seconds of Game Three in Toronto on Saturday, an incident that left Biyombo on the floor in apparent pain.

It should not be a huge loss for the Cavaliers because Jones, 35, is a bench player who sees limited court time.

The Cavaliers lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game Four in Toronto on Monday.

The NBA also announced on Sunday that Toronto coach Dwane Casey had been fined $25,000 for publicly criticizing officials after Game Three.

Casey was upset over the disparity in foul calls, after the Raptors incurred 17 fouls to Cleveland’s 10.

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Andrew Both)

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MMDA suspends number coding for provincial bus on May 10, 14

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The number coding scheme for provincial buses will be lifted on Friday (May 10) and Tuesday (May 14), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Wednesday.

In an advisory , the MMDA said the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number coding scheme will be suspended on the said dates to ease travel for voters travelling to their respective provinces for the midterm elections on Monday, May 13.

“The UVVRP suspension is to ensure that there will be enough public utility vehicles to ferry commuters who are going to vote in the provinces,” the MMDA added.

The number coding scheme for all public utility vehicles and private vehicles is automatically lifted on weekends, May 11 and 12 and on Election Day. 

The UVVRP will resume on Wednesday, May 15.

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MRT3, LRT, PNR services halted after strong quake jolted parts of Luzon

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has ordered the suspension of the operations of Metro Manila’s main rail lines for at least five hours to assess their structures after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces on Monday afternoon, April 22.

On its Twitter account, DOTr said that operations of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) and Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) will remain suspended until further notice as advised by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

“Upon NDRRMC’s advice at around 5:42 PM to NOT resume operations, instructions were relayed to LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3 NOT to resume operations until further notice,” DOTr said, relaying a message from DOTr Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddes Libiran.

“Preliminary guidance from NDRRMC is NOT to resume operations until after a five hour observation period, based on risk of aftershocks, based on a similar earthquake event in Indonesia,” it added.

In a separate Twitter post, the agency said that Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered to halt the train operations to ensure the safety of commuters.

“Per Secretary Art Tugade, let us not risk the safety of our commuters. Better to be safe than sorry. Siguraduhin na ligtas sakyan ang buong linya bago natin patakbuhin ulit,” DOTr said.

In a post on its official Twitter account, the LRT-1 also announced the suspension of its rail services.

“In the interest of passenger safety, LRT-1 is temporarily suspending its operations for the whole line (Roosevelt-Baclaran),” it said.

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) also temporarily suspended its operations to check whether its structures sustained damages from the strong earthquake.

Meanwhile, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) assured that it is business as usual at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as no damage was noted on its runways following the quake.

Robie de Guzman

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Duterte seeks suspension of ‘doble plaka’ law

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2019

Thousands of motorcycle riders on March 24, 2019, staged a protest along EDSA to express their opposition to the implementation of double plates on motorcycles.

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is seeking the suspension of the ‘doble plaka’ law saying, bigger license plates can be dangerous for motorcycle riders.

In a speech on Saturday (April 6), Duterte said he will talk to Senator Richard Gordon about the proposition to amend several provisions in the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act.

He will first convince the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to suspend the implementation of the double plates.

“Kasi it is not good. It is dangerous to place another gadget, lalo na may kanto. May kanto iyang plate number. It could be a plastic or it could be an aluminum but still with an impact, tutusok iyan sa helmet mo. Delikado. Anything that is sharp there, hindi maganda [Because it is not good. It is dangerous to place another gadget especially if there are corners. Plate numbers have corners. It could be a plastic or it could be aluminum but still with an impact, it will stab your helmet. Anything that is sharp is not good],” Duterte said.

The President suggested that instead of using double plates, it would be better to just increase the size of the current plates by 1/4 in order for it to be more readable.

He also wants to amend the fines imposed on violators. From P50,000, he wants to lower it to P10,000 to P15,000.

“Fifty thousand is mas mahal pa sa motor. Ano na lang sir, i-compromise siguro. Ako, I’m willing P10,000 to 15,000, okay na iyan [Fifty thousand, that is more expensive than the motorbike. Maybe there should be a compromise. I’m willing [to impose] P10,000 to P15,000, that is okay],” Duterte said.

The LTO is currently drafting the implementing rules and regulation of the new law, but it might still be subject to change depending on the President’s amendments.

Meanwhile Senator Richard Gordon has appealed to the President to give the implementation of the new law a chance before opposing it.

He said that the implementation can truly determine if the new law is effective or not.

He added that he is prepared to explain the law to the President and is also open to discussing the concerns the Chief Executive has raised.

President Duterte said he signed the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act on March 8 based on the recommendation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Motorcycle riders lauded the President’s measure to temporarily suspend the implementation of the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act.

According to Atoy Cruz, president of the Motorcycle Federation of the Philippines, they are happy because the President understands their concerns.

However, Cruz clarified that they only want amendments on some of the provisions of the law and not its full abolition. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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