Trump: Ukraine and China Should Investigate the Bidens

first_imgPresident Trump spoke to the press before boarding Marine One on his way to Central Florida Thursday morning.He finally directly answered the question, “What exactly did you want the President of Ukraine to do when you asked him for a favor regarding the Bidens?”Bidens Ukraine ChinaTo which Trump responded, “If it was me, I would investigate the Bidens because there is no doubt that they are crooked.  And he also said that China should also launch an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened in the Ukraine.  Trump also went so far as to say that China has been able to rip off the US for so many years because corrupt politicians like Biden continued to give China a sweetheart trade deal.last_img read more

Mobile Morgues Arrive in South Florida to House the COVID-19 Dead

first_imgApparently the coolers are on standby to serve as mobile morgues in case of an overflow of bodies infected with COVID-19 in the coming weeks.“if you look at the case total and what’s going on throughout the state, we continue to see the bulk of the cases in the three southeastern Florida counties,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. “They represent about 60 percent of the total cases (and) more than 60 percent of the hospitalizations.” The projected peak of coronavirus cases in Florida is still several weeks away, but the death toll continues to rise. As the county morgues fill to capacity, mobile morgues are starting to show up.Sky 10 cameras captured two refrigerated trucks arriving to the Miami-Dade medical examiner’s office Tuesday.last_img read more

Pacquiao, Broner bout confirmed for January 19

first_imgCarpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NEW YORK, United States – Filipino veteran Manny Pacquiao confirmed Monday he will defend his WBA world welterweight crown against Adrien Broner in Las Vegas on January 19, ending a two-year absence from the ring in the United States.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Pacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, has continued fighting after reversing a decision to retire in 2016.Manny Pacquiao (left) and Adrien Broner face off during a press conference at Gotham Hall in preparation for their upcoming match on November 19, 2018, in New York City. The match is set to take place on January 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. AFPBroner however said Monday he planned to send Pacquiao into permanent retirement.“I have paid my dues in this sport, and now it’s time for me to get mines,” Broner said. “I get more views than everybody when I fight. A lot of people are going to see me pack off Pacquiao into retirement, and without his belt.”Last month, Pacquiao signed with adviser Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions group after being promoted by Top Rank’s Bob Arum, Haymon’s main rival, for the past 14 years.The move ensures Pacquiao will have chances to fight the best in the welterweight division as Haymon’s fighters include Americans Thurman, 28-0 with 22 knockouts; World Boxing Council champion Shawn Porter 29-2 with one drawn and 17 knockouts and International Boxing Federation champion Errol Spence Jr., 24-0 with 21 knockouts. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. At a press conference in New York, officials confirmed that Pacquiao, 39, will clash with Broner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.Pacquiao holds the World Boxing Association’s regular welterweight crown, a step below US unbeaten WBA ‘super champion’ Keith Thurman, after stopping Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in July at Kuala Lumpur.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 Chriss“I have missed fighting in Las Vegas. It has been a second home to me,” Pacquiao said. “Returning to the MGM Grand Garden Arena to defend my world title against Adrien Broner is an exciting way to stage my homecoming.”Pacquiao, 60-7 with two drawn and 39 knockouts in a career that began in 1995, turns 40 in December while American Broner is 33-3 with one drawn and 24 knockouts. Finals woes Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Kawhi Leonard hits winner, Raptors beat Trail Blazers

first_imgToronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard celebrates the team’s win against the Portland Trail Blazers in an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — One day after the Toronto Raptors practiced “game-winning shots,” Kawhi Leonard made one against the Portland Trail Blazers.Leonard scored the go-ahead basket with three seconds remaining and the Raptors held on to beat the Trail Blazers 119-117 Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Clippers hold off Kings to improve playoff position Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Leonard scored 38 points and Lowry had 19 points and 10 assists as the Raptors won for the ninth time in 10 games. Toronto is an NBA-best 11-4 in games decided by three points or fewer.“Just staying composed and understanding that situations aren’t always going to be perfect,” Lowry said.Marc Gasol scored 19 points and Pascal Siakam had 16 for Toronto, which has won four straight home meetings with Portland and seven of the past eight overall.C.J. McCollum scored 35 points and matched a career best by making seven 3-pointers, but it wasn’t enough to extend Portland’s season-best five-game winning streak.Lillard scored 24 points and Jake Layman had 13 as the Trail Blazers suffered their first lost after winning four straight to begin a seven-game trip.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyingcenter_img TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Slowed by foul trouble, C Jusuf Nurkic did not attempt a shot in five first-half minutes. … Portland is 18-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. … The Trail Blazers are 0-15 on the road when trailing through three quarters.Raptors: Toronto had nine assists on 11 made baskets in the first. … The Raptors made their final six shots of the game. … Lowry has had at least 10 assists in three straight games.MAKING HIS MARCGasol’s 19 points were his most with Toronto. He also had six assists and eight rebounds.“He was really good tonight,” Nurse said. “It looked like all of a sudden the rust was gone.”LONG DIVISIONPortland lost for the first time in nine games against Atlantic Division opponents. Toronto, which is 9-0 against the Pacific Division, is the only NBA team with an unbeaten record against a single division.BORDER BLUESPortland center Enes Kanter did not travel to Toronto with the team. An outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kanter’s Turkish passport was revoked in 2017, and Turkish prosecutors have accused Kanter of membership in a terror organization. While playing for the Knicks earlier this season, Kanter did not accompany the team for a game in London because he feared he could be killed over his opposition to Erdogan. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 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 Toronto won it when Leonard used a screen by Kyle Lowry to drive against Portland’s Damian Lillard, then rose over his smaller opponent for the decisive basket.“We just practiced that exact scenario yesterday,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “It was great. Kyle sets a screen and we try to get the smaller guy so (Leonard) can just vault up over him and shoot.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsToronto had run the same play moments earlier, with Lowry making a layup. When the play was called again, Leonard was more interested in keeping the ball himself.“I was looking to get baseline,” Leonard said. “That first time I had seen I could be a little bit more aggressive and that’s what I did the second time down.” “Obviously it’s disappointing to lose but I like the way we competed,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.Ahead 93-84 to begin the fourth, the Raptors missed nine consecutive field goal attempts, allowing Portland to close to within one, 95-94, on a 3-pointer by Lillard at 6:47.Leonard ended Toronto’s drought with a layup, but the Raptors couldn’t hold the lead, and Lillard tied it 103-all with another 3 at 3:27.Lillard made another tying 3 with 13 seconds left, but Leonard won it with his baseline jumper.“The ball hit every part of the rim,” Lillard said. “That took time off. If it had gone straight in, it almost would have been better.”By the time Portland inbounded the ball, there was barely enough time for a full-court heave.The Raptors connected on 11 of 17 shots in the first quarter and led 31-24 after one.Leonard scored 10 points in the second and Toronto led 61-54 at halftime.McCollum scored 14 points in the third but the Raptors responded with five 3-pointers, taking a 93-84 lead into the fourth.“They had an answer every time,” Lillard said. UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Visit Charlotte on Sunday.Raptors: Visit Detroit on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

Chemelil, Zoo set for final day KPL drama

first_img0Shares0000Chemelil Sugar players line up before a past Kenyan premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 27 – With the title race all but wrapped up with Gor Mahia winning their record 18th crown with three games to spare, the final day drama of the Kenyan Premier League will swing to the bottom of the standings with Zoo Kericho and Chemelil Sugar looking to avoid the single relegation slot left.Vihiga United and Mount Kenya United have both been relegated automatically but the fight will be on who evades the 16th place play-off slot between the sugar millers and Zoo. Zoo Kericho handed themselves a massive boost winning 3-2 against Kakamega Homeboyz to move to 15th spot with 32 points, just one more than Chemelil who lost 1-0 to Mathare United in Awasi.Destiny is in Zoo’s hands and they just need to beat KCB at the Mumias Complex to assure themselves of one more season in top flight. Chemelil host Sony Sugar in Awasi and their only hope will be pegged on winning and Zoo’s loss against KCB.“We are playing at home and so we have to go all out. It will be a tough match because Sony are not an easy side but our focus is on getting maximum points. I know and I believe in my boys that we can pull this off,” Baraza said ahead of Wednesday afternoon’s crunch tie.They come up against a Sony Sugar side that has been in superb form winning three of their last five games to move fourth in the standings. On the contrast, Chemelil are winless in the last five games, losing three and drawing two.Chemelil Sugar head coach Francis Baraza shouts instructions during a past Kenyan premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSeparating the two sides has always been hard. In their last 21 meetings, Chemelil carry a slight advantage having won eight, lost six and drawn seven. On Wednesday, they will hope their good luck charm continues and their former head coach Patrick Odhiambo, now coaching Sony does them a favor.Miles away in Mumias, Zoo Kericho will be going all out for all three against KCB, a side that held them to a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Kericho.Herman Iswekha, Zoo Kericho’s stand in coach is confident his side can pull off three points from the bankers who will host their last game in Mumias as all final-day games will kick off at the same time and no venue will be available in Nairobi.“I am confident that we can survive. We have a good team with good players and we will give our all in the remaining game. We have suffered this season because we lost many of our key players and we failed to replace them but I believe we will remain in the league so that we can plan ourselves better for next season,” Iswekha opined.In their quest though, Zoo have been dealt a major blow with star midfielder Danson Chetambe suspended for the tie after picking up five yellow cards.Zoo Kericho midfielder Danson Chetambe controls the ball during his side’s match against Tusker FC at the Ruaraka Complex on May 24, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn a season of tough times for Zoo, Chetambe has been one of the finest performers for the club and his absence will be a massive blow.Whoever fails to pick maximum points on Wednesday will not have lost it all though as they will be contesting for a place in the top tier with the third placed team from the National Super League.The spit is currently occupied by Nairobi Stima who however are level on 71 points with second placed Kisumu All Stars with three rounds of matches left. Ushuru are placed fourth with a four-point deficit.KPL final day fixtures (All games kick off at 2pm)Western Stima v AFC Leopards (Moi Stadium Kisumu), Nzoia Sugar v Bandari (Sudi Stadium, Bungoma), Sofapaka v Kakamega Homeboyz (Mbaraki Complex (Mombasa), Gor Mahia v Mathare United (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Ulinzi Stars v Mount Kenya United (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru), Tusker FC v Posta Rangers (Ruaraka Complex, Nairobi), Chemelil Sugar v Sony Sugar (Chemelil Complex, Awasi), Kariobangi Sharks v Vihiga United (Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi), KCB v Zoo Kericho (Mumias Complex)0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DDTV VIDEO: DONEGAL ROCK CLIMB WAS BIGGEST EVER IN IRELAND

first_imgA DONEGAL adventurer has taken part in what is believed to be the biggest ever rock climb in Ireland – with two American tourists.And he thinks climbs like the one in this video are the key to expanding Donegal’s great outdoors and adventure tourism.Iain Miller runs his small company www.uniqueascent.ie in Annagry. “Over the last five years I have been exploring  the little known areas of Donegal and have climbed 60 of the 100 previously unclimbed sea stacks found around the coast of Donegal fromPort to Inishowen,” said Iain.“Several of these sea stacks are world class adventurous days out.”Here Iain describes the incredible climb – and Donegal’s hidden treasures. Click the link above to watch his video.The ClimbLiving equidistant from Glencolmcille village to the south and thePort road end is the mother of all sea ridges. The Sturrall Headland isan extremely inaccessible and foreboding place to visit. Access is by asteep scary scramble and a wee 300m sea passage deep into the realms ofchaos.The ridge it’s self is approximately 800m long starting at the seaward tip and travelling landward over the summit and along the ridge towhere the headland joins the mainland.This is the second of five monster ridges to be climbed in Donegal inthe last few years, the first being The Realm of Damocles on ArainnmhorIsland. (http://www.uniqueascent.ie/sp/directory/details/arranmore-island-realm-of-damocles)What these ridges provide are outstanding journeys into the greatunknown in very special, committing and untraveled locations.more information about the climb, http://iain-miller.blogspot.com/2012/03/longest-rock-climb-in-ireland.htmlThe entire ridge is the longest recorded rock climb in Ireland.The climbersThe two climbers on the route with me were Theresa Hughes and AaronEntringer who were two visiting American climbers who contacted me totake them on an adventure, this film is that adventure.   DDTV VIDEO: DONEGAL ROCK CLIMB WAS BIGGEST EVER IN IRELAND was last modified: April 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AnnagryDDTV VIDEO: DONEGAL ROCK CLIMB WAS BIGGEST EVER IN IRELANDlast_img read more

COUNCILLOR WANTS HSE TO ENSURE DOCTORS IN DONEGAL HAVE STANDARD OF ENGLISH

first_imgA Donegal council is calling on the Health Service Executive to make sure doctors have fluency in the English language.Buncrana Town Council backed a motion by Cllr Mary Kelly.Cllr Kelly made the call after a number of constituents claimed they could not understand doctors at various medical facilities locally. Cllr Kelly told Donegal Daily the situation is becoming so serious that she fears a patient will be misdiagnosed if something is not done.“I raised the issue because I fear it is a genuine cause for concern and it is only getting worse.“A number of people have come to me with various incidents and expressed their concern.“People are embarrassed if they cannot understand a doctor and they simply agree with them in the end and that is a dangerous thing. “I do fear that there will be a misdiagnosis if something is not done,” she said.  COUNCILLOR WANTS HSE TO ENSURE DOCTORS IN DONEGAL HAVE STANDARD OF ENGLISH was last modified: May 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cllr mary kellyHSElast_img read more

Heart disease reversed

first_img Clots in arteries are the main cause of heart attacks. Big ones are treated with angioplasty to flatten them or surgery to bypass them, but doctors have long sought a less drastic solution that also treats small buildups that can slowly worsen until they squeeze a vessel shut. Statins such as Lipitor, Zocor and Pravachol have become the world’s top-selling drugs by dramatically lowering LDL or “bad cholesterol,” a culprit in clot formation. In the study, Crestor not only dropped average LDL levels from 130 milligrams per deciliter of blood at the start to around 60, but also raised HDL or “good cholesterol” from 43 to 49. Doctors think this dual effect may be what caused blockages to shrink, as documented by ultrasound measurements before and two years after treatment. The volume of each patient’s main blockage decreased a modest 1 percent. The amount of buildup in the most clogged artery decreased 9 percent, and in the entire length of the vessel, 7 percent, on average. “The results are very, very exciting and break new ground,” said Dr. David Williams of Rhode Island Cardiology Center, who had no role in the study. It would have been better if it had tested Crestor against a lower dose of another statin, Dr. Roger Blumenthal of Johns Hopkins University wrote in an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The journal will publish the study in its April 5 issue. The maximum dose for Crestor is 40 milligrams a day; it is 80 milligrams for the other, less powerful statins. Insurers already are restricting use of specific brands, something likely to escalate in the next few months as Pravachol and Zocor lose patent protection and cheaper generics become available. The study also renews debate about how low LDL should go. Federal guidelines recommend aiming for 70 in people at high risk of heart disease, but Nissen said the benefits seen when it is pushed to 60 suggest that “as low as we can go might make more sense.” “The body needs about 40 LDL, so we’re getting pretty close to what the body needs for general repair,” said Dr. Christopher O’Connor, a Duke University cardiologist who had no role in the research. Also at the conference: A hoped-for cure for migraine headaches – putting a patch over a hole in the heart like the one Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has – failed to work in its first major test. Only three of the 74 patients whose holes were plugged had no more migraines six months later, the same cure rate as the 71 people who got a sham procedure to make them think their hearts were being repaired, said study leader Dr. Peter Wilmshurst of Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in England. However, more people whose hearts were patched had a significant reduction in their number of headaches – a result that gives hope to the device’s maker, Boston-based NMT Medical Inc., which has commissioned a larger study of it in the United States. Doctors reported encouraging early results with the first totally absorbable stent, a tiny mesh scaffold used to prop open an artery. No deaths, heart attacks or blood clots in the first 63 patients to get the experimental device, made by Berlin, Germany-based Biotronik, said Dr. Raimund Erbel of University Clinic in Essen, Germany. If further studies prove the stent safe and successful, it could become the first one usable in children, who can’t use current metal and drug-coated plastic stents because the devices don’t grow as they do. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – High doses of a powerful cholesterol-lowering drug seemed to actually reverse heart disease – not just keep it from getting worse – new research showed. People in the study got their “bad cholesterol” to the lowest levels ever achieved and saw blockages in their blood vessels shrink as a result. It’s too soon to tell whether the shrinkage of artery deposits will mean fewer heart attacks, but doctors were excited by the possibility. “The holy grail has always been to try to reverse the disease,” and this shows a way, said Dr. Steven Nissen, the Cleveland Clinic cardiologist who led the nationwide experiment and reported results at a meeting of heart doctors Monday. “This is a paper to take seriously. It’s another chapter in the story, a proof of principle,” said Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Two-thirds of the 349 study participants had regression of heart artery buildups when they took the maximum dose of Crestor, the strongest of the cholesterol-lowering statin drugs on the market and one under fire by the consumer group Public Citizen, which contends it has more side effects than its competitors. The group said Monday that the study “does not alter our assessment that Crestor has unique risks without evidence of unique benefits” and should not be prescribed, especially at the doses used in this study unless lower doses and other drugs failed to help. The study was paid for by AstraZeneca PLC, the maker of Crestor. Some reports have linked it to higher rates of serious muscle problems and kidney damage, especially among Asians, and the Food and Drug Administration last year required a warning on its label. No big safety issues emerged in the new study, but doctors said it was too small to detect rare side effects and was not designed for that purpose. The aim was to see whether people who already had heart disease, not just high cholesterol, could turn back the clock back. last_img read more

TDs EXPENSES PUBLISHED

first_imgTHE expenses claimed by Donegal TDs in 2010 were released today.You can see the claims of all TDs by clicking here:TD EXPENSES TDs EXPENSES PUBLISHED was last modified: August 11th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ridership numbers for the Orange Line beat expectations

first_imgThe Metro Orange Line drew nearly 11,000 boardings on its first day of paid service, thrilling officials who expected half that number and earning guarded praise Tuesday from transit experts. Tuesday’s ridership appeared on track for a similar showing, with heavy rush-hour loads as San Fernando Valley commuters try out the region’s first major mass transit alternative to the jammed Ventura Freeway. “It qualifies as a respectable achievement,” said James E. Moore, a transportation expert and professor of engineering at the University of Southern California. “It’s very encouraging.” Even busway critics called it a terrific showing. But former Los Angeles transit official Tom Rubin, a busway foe who helped residents in their lawsuit trying to stop the Orange Line, said if ridership stayed at 11,000 that would be a “pretty bad” performance. “The normal thing when you open up a line like this is you will get growth. But every now and then it goes the other way. The Gold Line did shrink,” he said. “I think it’s time for everybody to just sit back and wait and see. We’ll just wait and see if a lot of people think it’s a good thing for them or not.” Transit agencies measure riders by the number of people who board for a one-way trip, so the actual passenger number is about half. The $859 million Gold Line train to Pasadena had 25,000 daily boardings its first week of fare service in July 2003, but quickly dropped to 14,500 per day the next month – half of what officials expected. Today it’s at 18,500. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s initial projection for the Orange Line of 5,000 to 7,000 daily boardings was considered low by experts. Experts urged the MTA to work out shortcomings in the Orange Line sooner rather than later to keep new riders while enthusiasm runs high and people are experimenting. “The real truth is, can it sustain these ridership numbers?” said Reed. “This is the critical mass, the patterns are being formed.” MTA officials said Tuesday they were already working on improving timing for signals, among other changes. They welcome riders’ suggestions. “We’re going to improve and make it the best we can make it,” said MTA Valley General Manager Richard Hunt. MTA officials were delighted by the early numbers. They reported Tuesday that most of the Park and Ride lots west of Sepulveda had twice as many cars as Monday – though still with room to spare. “This could not have been a better start to the Orange Line. We have nowhere to go but up,” said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who took the Orange Line to an evening meeting at Valley College. “People like this line. They love it. The premise on which this line was built was a sound premise: People don’t want to sit on the freeway.” 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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “That’s great. It’s well above what’s expected,” said Bart Reed, executive director of The Transit Coalition. “Compared to the Gold Line, the first-day riders were about 20,000. If it’s 10,000 or 11,000 that’s a good number. “I’m ecstatic the numbers are this high, despite all the obstacles the line has. That’s a good start.” The $350 million busway debuted Monday after a free weekend trial with its promise of about a 40-minute trip across the Valley – about as fast as the freeway during rush hour. Riders were a mix of professionals who left their cars at home to board the bus for the first time in years, alongside regular public transit users who tend to come from the ranks of the poor and working class. First-time riders said they were hoping for some relief to freeway gridlock, while veteran riders appreciated buses that go twice as fast as those on city streets. last_img read more