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PH 5 scrapes past Taipei B

first_imgIlocos, Stallion draw, still winless View comments CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTAIPEI—Finding it hard to sustain the intensity after two straight emotional grinds, Gilas Pilipinas needed to dig deep in the endgame to dodge the upset ax, escaping Chinese Taipei B, 93-82, in the Jones Cup Invitational at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here Monday afternoon.After going 1-1 against much tougher teams in their first two games that required nothing short of their best physically and emotionally, the Filipinos came out flat and yielded the momentum early.ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Point guard Chun Chen-ying had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists to pace Taiwan B, which outrebounded Gilas, 40-37, despite the Filipinos, for a change, looking to be the bigger team.GILAS 93 – TAIPEI-WHITE 82GILAS 93—Wright 21, Pogoy 15, Myers 14, Jalalon 13, Ravena 10, Ferrer 8, Cruz 6, Standhardinger 6, Daquioag 0, Vosotros 0, Pessumal 0, Paras 0.TAIPEI-WHITE 82—Chen Y.C. 17, Barone 16, Huang T.H. 13, Chen G.Q. 9, Lee 8, Chien 5, Wen 5, Huang H.H. 4, Liu 3, Fan 2, Wu 0.Quarters: 18-20, 44-44, 69-62, 93-82Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite But when push came to shove, Gilas separated itself from the boys as Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon and RR Pogoy took turns in hurting the young hosts and keeping them winless in three games.“Every year that I come to the Jones Cup, my most feared game is (against Chinese Taipei’s) Team B,” coach Chot Reyes said after the rather close shave, which came less than 24 hours after Gilas bamboozled the regular Taiwanese national team, 88-72.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“They play with a lot of energy and they have nothing to lose,” Reyes went on. “This is a game we always approach with a lot of caution and I told them to come out with maximum effort because they (Taiwanese) will play with maximum effort.”The win enabled the Filipinos to stay in the title hunt despite losing 77-90 to Canada 150 on opening day, but they cannot afford another loss and would have to get help from the other teams along the way. Next up for the Filipinos is Japan at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon even as the Canadians, who are getting better by the day here, shoot for a fourth straight win against Taiwan’s Team A in the 7 p.m. main game.One path that Gilas could take to winning the title is to sweep its remaining games and hope that Taiwan’s Team A defeats Canada.The 16-point win by the Filipinos on Sunday night would give Gilas the edge in case of a triple tie with Chinese Taipei A and the Canadians at the end of the elimination round, since Canada won by just 13.Wright fired 21 points and led all Filipino shooters for the second straight game. He hit five triples Monday and tallied nine in total against the two Taiwanese teams.“I’m just trying to do my job, and that is to make shots for this team,” Wright said.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslationlast_img read more

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Sweden hit out at Germans for ‘rubbing it in’ with celebrations

first_imgThe World Cup holders then set off to celebrate wildly, having come from behind in the Group F encounter at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, but their behavior provoked anger on the opposition bench.“Some of Germany’s leaders celebrated by running in our direction and rubbing it into our faces. That got me angry,” said Andersson.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 crown“We fought it out for 90 minutes and when the final whistle blows you shake hands and you leave so I was very angry with that.”Ola Toivonen’s goal had given Sweden a first-half lead, but Marco Reus equalized early in the second half. 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 Even a draw would have left Germany needing to win their final game against South Korea while hoping the Swedes lost to Mexico.But suddenly Joachim Loew’s team — who had Jerome Boateng sent off late on — have their fate in their own hands again, while Sweden have it all still to do.The Scandinavian side, though, were also unhappy at not being given an early penalty when Marcus Berg was fouled in the area by Boateng on the point of shooting.“We played excellently and scored a beautiful goal. We won’t cast any blame but we have spoken to those who say it was a penalty on Berg, and that is maybe what we needed against a team like Germany,” said Andersson, who was unhappy that the Video Assistant Referee did not intervene.“If we have the system it’s very unfortunate that (the referee) doesn’t feel he can go and have a look. If that’s his decision we have to live with it.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Too good Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Supporters of the German national football team react after their team scored a second goal as they watch on a giant screen the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Germany and Sweden on June 23, 2018 in Berlin. AFPSOCHI, Russia – Fuming Sweden coach Janne Andersson accused Germany of “rubbing it in our faces” as they celebrated the dramatic late goal from Toni Kroos that gave them a 2-1 win in their crucial World Cup clash here on Saturday.Germany were in real danger of a group-stage exit from the tournament, with a draw only likely to give them a temporary reprieve, until Kroos curled in a 95th-minute free-kick to take the points.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ He added: “The whole group is still alive so we will have to lick our wounds and come back for the last game.” /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Prison officer remanded for ganja trafficking

first_imgCleon WebsterA prison officer, who was allegedly caught with cannabis in a bag at the Camp Street Prison, Georgetown, was remanded to prison on Wednesday when he made his first court appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Cleon Webster, 22, of Lot 2 Golden Grove, West Coast Berbice, denied the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Faith McGusty.The charge stated that on June 14, 2019, at Camp Street Prison, he had 120 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.Webster was represented by Attorney-at-Law Maxwell McKay, who told the court in his bail application that his client is cooperating with investigators into the matter. The lawyer further stated that his client is not a flight risk.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman objected to bail on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the penalty it attracts.Prosecutor Blackman further disclosed to the court that on the day in question, Webster was entering the prison to report for duty when he was stopped and searched. The prosecution is contending that it was during that search that the cannabis was discovered in the bag that he was carrying. The court also heard that the defendant told the officers who carried out the search that the bag belongs to his sister.After listening to the submissions, Magistrate McGusty remanded Webster to prison. The case will continue on July 10, 2019.last_img read more

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2nd bridge commissioned in Laing Avenue

first_imgA second bridge that was constructed in Laing Avenue, Georgetown was on Tuesday commissioned and would see residents taking full advantage.The construction of the $3 million bridge, which commenced two weeks ago, was a collaborative initiative of the Communities Ministry and the Georgetown Mayor and City Council.City Councillor Trichria Richard; Rasheed Kellman (Deputy City Engineer) and others at the commissioningAccording to City Councillor Trichria Richards, this is the second bridge to have been commissioned.“This project is one that the Ministry would have undertaken in Constituency 13. We had four projects that were given subvention from the Ministry in the year 2019. The projects are two bridges in Laing Avenue and two community grounds in East and West Ruimveldt,” Richards explained.She added when the project to rehabilitate the Carci Bridge, which has been deteriorating for several years, was earmarked, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan readily made the funds available to commence construction.According to the Councillor, three of the four projects commissioned are completed and the maintenance of the two grounds will be overlooked by the committee that was formed by members of West Ruimveldt community.A resident related that the initiative was a good one, especially for the schoolchildren.“It is good that the bridge is being placed here, so it will be more convenient for the schoolchildren and persons of the community and I do appreciate the effort that is being placed towards it; overall, I am satisfied.”Another resident, Curt Williams, also called “Chubby”, a well-known comedian, related that he has been living in the community for the past 18 years and the newly-commissioned bridge was about improving the livelihoods of persons living in the community.last_img read more

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Mancini reaches agreement to coach Italy

first_imgZenit are fifth in the Russian Premier League, ten points behind already-crowned champions Lokomotiv Moscow with one match left.The Russian club are reportedly reluctant to let Mancini leave and the Italian Football Federation FIGC do not want to pay any compensation to release him from his contract.The former Italian international joined the Russian club last year on a three-year deal thought to be worth 4.5 million euros ($5.3 million) a year.The annual budget for the future Italy coach and his backroom staff has been fixed at five million euros.Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after losing to Sweden in November.Italy’s under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio has been filling the position on an interim basis.During his 17-year coaching career Mancini led Manchester City to their first English league title in 44 years in 2012, and won three Serie A titles with Inter Milan. He also won Italian Cups with Inter, Fiorentina and Lazio.Meanwhile, Gazzetta also reported that Mancini wants to bring back Mario Balotelli into the national fold, and will ask goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon to play against the Netherlands for a farewell appearance in Turin on June 4.In-form Nice striker Balotelli, 27, has scored 13 goals in 33 appearances for Italy but has not been picked since the 2014 World Cup.Former Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti turned down the opportunity to coach the four-time world champions saying he preferred to stay in club coaching.“Mine was a choice, I want to coach a club,” Ancelotti told Milan TV. “It was a difficult decision, but I have to listen to what I feel.“Roberto Mancini is an excellent coach, he is motivated and has international experience. If the next coach was him, I think the national team would be in good hands.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Roberto Mancini joined Zenit Saint Petersburg last year on a three-year deal reportedly worth 4.5 million euros a year © AFP/File / ROBERT MICHAELMILAN, Italy, May 8 – Zenit Saint Petersburg manager Roberto Mancini has reached agreement to become the next Italy coach after accepting a pay cut to take the job, according to reports on Tuesday.Gazzetta dello Sport reported that the 53-year-old Italian has agreed a two-year deal worth two million euros ($2.3 million) a year which will be penned after the end of the Russian season which concludes next Sunday.last_img read more

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Fiers has a big day for Waves

first_imgCS San Bernardino 3, CS Dominguez Hills 1: The Toros (2-16, 1-7 CCAA) put a scare into No. 2 San Bernardino (15-1, 7-0) behind 20 kills from Ashley Clark before falling at home, 30-24, 24-30, 16-30, 21-30. Men’s soccer Cal State Dominguez Hills senior forward Sammy Rivas scored both goals in a 2-1 win over sixth-ranked Seattle Pacific at Toro Stadium. CS Northridge 3, UCLA 0: Visiting UCLA (3-4-1) suffered its first-ever loss to Cal State Northridge (4-2-1), which scored all of its goals in a 10-minute span of the second half. Men’s water polo From news services The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team prevailed in a West Coast Conference opener with a 3-1 victory over Loyola Marymount, 18-30, 30-23, 30-26, 30-25, Saturday night in Malibu. The Waves (9-4) got a solid game from sophomore setter Kiah Fiers (Peninsula High), who recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 51 assists and 13 digs. LMU is 8-6. Long Beach State 3, UC Irvine 1: The 49ers handed the Anteaters (12-5, 3-1) their first loss in the Big West, 30-21, 30-26, 38-30, 30-23, at the Pyramid. The 49ers are 9-5, 3-1. Top-ranked USC edged Long Beach State, 9-8, to remain undefeated this season and in 25 straight home matches. Tommy Corcoran scored a career-high four goals to lead USC (7-0, 2-0 MPSF). LB State is 7-4, 0-2. No. 4 Stanford 7, No. 3 UCLA 6: Sage Wright scored four goals and Sandy Hohener had 13 saves to lead Stanford at home. No. 5 Pepperdine 11, No. 10 Loyola Marymount 9: The Waves got three goals from J.P. McDonald and defeated the Lions in the Pepperdine Mini Tournament. LMU also lost to No.8 UC Santa Barbara, 10-7. Cross country LMU finished seventh and 12th in the women’s and men’s team races at the Stanford Invitational. Laura Mickelson (Mira Costa) finished eighth. 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

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DONAGHEY’S VAN CENTRE, “IT’S ALL ABOUT CUSTOMER CARE AND LOOKING AFTER PEOPLE”

first_imgBUSINESS: A Donegal-based company, have credited their incredible success down to their desire to provide top-class customer service. Their motto is simple, “It’s all about customer care and looking after people” As Ireland’s premier supplier of motorhomes, Donegal-based Donaghey Motorhomes has been established as a Fiat Professional Service Centre for the past five years.So taking on the Fiat light commercial vehicle franchise hardly constitutes a venture into the unknown!Having serviced and worked closely with the Fiat marque for a decade and a half, attaining Professional Service Centre status, it would be fair to assert that the team at Donaghey Motorhomes have more than served their Fiat apprenticeships.Being appointed main Fiat light commercial vehicle dealer has been a seamless transition and the country’s No.1 motorhomes supplier has hit the ground running as an official outlet for Fiat vans across Donegal Call in today and see for yourself!Commenting on the new franchise, Damian and Gerry confirm that these are exciting times for the business, “We’re over the moon. Having been a Fiat Professional Service Centre for many years through the motorhomes side of things, we decided to give this a go. 99% of motorhomes are built on Fiat Ducatos, so we are more than familiar with that set-up.“We were already servicing Fiat vans, including fleet work for the likes of eir etc., so it’s definitely an area we’re very familiar with and very comfortable with.“We’ve been servicing Fiat vans since we started up 15 years ago so I suppose becoming a main dealer was a logical progression.”At the time of writing, the dealership was only in its infancy. But, already the signs were very encouraging.“The vans started arriving in the showroom in November, 2015 and we’ve had a good response so far,” notes Gerry. “We’re only really putting our toes in the water at the minute. Fiat vans have never been up in this part of the country before, so it’s something new for the public to consider.”As well as getting a high-quality vehicle, customers can also rest assured that they will receive an outstanding service from a company that has built its reputation on remarkably high service levels.“Michael Donaghey [company founder and proprietor] has earned a great reputation nationwide for service and aftersales and that’s certainly an area we’ll be focussing on.“This has always been a very service-orientated business and we’ll be bringing that to the Fiat van franchise. With the Ducato, Scudo, Doblò and Fiorino – each available in a number of variations – the flexible and highly-specced Fiat commercial range has something to suit every need.“Everything is covered, from small vans to large ones. For example, the Ducato XLWB (extra-long wheelbase) with H3 roof has an exceptional payload and is so spacious it can carry an American style fridge freezer standing up.”“They’re very reliable, very comfortable and very modern – they were the first to put the gear stick on the dashboard and the handbrake on the right hand side of the driver’s seat.“You get a powerful, smooth and economical drive with a limitless amount of options available.“As safety is very important to us and one of our primary concerns is the safety of our customers on the road, we will have steering-wheel controls and Bluetooth on every model we sell.“In short, it’s a very, very good product. I’ve been all over Europe in an automatic Ducato camper van and I have to say it’s truly something to behold.”“It’s all about customer care and looking after people,and that’s what we pride ourselves on.”DONAGHEY’S VAN CENTRE, “IT’S ALL ABOUT CUSTOMER CARE AND LOOKING AFTER PEOPLE” was last modified: June 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS LADIES FACE GALWAY SIDE COLEMANSTOWN IN WFAI CUP

first_imgLagan Harps FC NewsOur u/12 girls took part in a blitz over the weekend where they won one drew one and lost one. Our ladies team are in action next Sunday in the WFAI Junior cup when they host Galway side Colemanstown, kick-off is 3.00pm. Our u/10’s continued their preparation for the Foyle cup when they hosted East Donegal last Sunday.They travel to Finn Park next Saturday to play Cappry Rovers in a friendly.Our AGM was scheduled to be held last Tuesday where managers were selected for next season.The managers will contact their age groups re training. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 3,13,14 and 20.Eleven people had two numbers with Sandra Mc Crea drawn out and winning E50. Next weeks jackpot is E 5,000.SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS LADIES FACE GALWAY SIDE COLEMANSTOWN IN WFAI CUP was last modified: June 9th, 2014 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

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Vikings answer the bell vs. Seahawks

first_img The Vikings listened, and the end result was a 2-1 win over L.A. Harbor, who entered the game ranked sixth in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Seahawks (8-1-2) had taken the lead in the 16th minute when Daniel Orozco put away a deflected shot past LBCC goalie Brendon Welch (St. John Bosco) as Emanuel Guzman got the assist. In the 48th minute, Harbor defender Juan Cortes took Rivas down in the Seahawks’ goalbox. Navarro (Cabrillo High) converted the ensuing penalty kick to tie the score at 1-1. “Now, with 12 goals in 11 games, it’s not like we’re scoring a lot, but they’ve stayed together as a team, and worked together,” LBCC co-coach Cameron Beaulac said. Rivas’ winner in the 63rd minute came off an assist from Hugo Ayala (Poly High), with Rivas chipping it over charging Harbor goalie Stephen Merriwether. “We had two guys going for that same ball, no one called each other off, and neither one of them got it,” Harbor coach Bill Barlow said of the defensive breakdown that led to the decisive goal. “And that’s how they got that little breakaway, our goalie had to come out.” But it was not all good news for the Vikings as starting midfielder Froylan Sanchez (Millikan High) had to be helped off the field after colliding with Merriwether in the 26th minute. Trailing by a goal at the half Friday, the Long Beach City College men’s soccer team was challenged. “At halftime, we said to them that this was more than a physical or a tactical test, this was much more of a mental test,” LBCC co-coach Pat Noyes said. “They’re all freshmen, one sophomore was on the field (for LBCC). So they passed their first mental test, they did a great job.” center_img 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

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Congestion is targeted

first_img In fact, it would be the biggest system of its kind in the world, said Richard Mudge, a vice president at Delcan Corp., the Canadian company that won the Missouri bid. The contract is expected to be completed within several weeks, and a cell phone monitoring system tested and implemented within six months after that. The cell phone provider for Missouri hasn’t been disclosed, but Delcan uses data from Cingular Wireless LLC phones in the Baltimore project. Governments have had the ability to measure traffic volumes and speeds for years. They can embed sensors in pavement, or mount scanners and cameras along the road. But those monitoring methods require the installation of equipment, which must be maintained, and can take only a snapshot of traffic at a particular spot. In contrast, “almost everyone has a cell phone, so you have a lot of potential data points, and you can track data almost anywhere on the whole (road) system,” said Valerie Briggs, program manager for transportation operations at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Although most new cell phones come equipped with Global Positioning System capabilities that can pinpoint their exact locations, the tracking technology used for transportation agencies does not depend on that. Instead, it takes the frequent signals that wireless phones send to towers and follows the movement of the phones from one tower to another. Then it overlays that data with highway maps to determine where the phones are and how fast they are moving. Lumping thousands of those signals together can indicate traffic flow. A Delcan demonstration Web site developed for Baltimore uses various shades of green, yellow and red to show block-by-block whether vehicles are moving at or below the speed limits. As rush hour started on a recent work day, observers could watch as green turned to yellow and then red on roads heading out of downtown. The Baltimore project began this spring as a pilot program that monitors Cingular users over about 1,000 miles of road, but Maryland officials hope to eventually create a statewide version. (A Delcan competitor, Atlanta-based AirSage Inc., has an agreement with Sprint Nextel Corp. to monitor phones for its projects in Georgia and Virginia.) Pete Rahn, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, would like to make a similar Web site available to Missouri motorists, and to post estimated travel times on electronic road signs. The Missouri and Maryland plans also assume that the contractor will market more detailed information to the private sector – automakers that offer onboard navigation systems, cell phone companies, shipping businesses or media that broadcast rush-hour traffic reports. The private sector marketing helps drive down the states’ cost. Missouri expects to spend less than $3 million a year on the service, Rahn said, although the exact price won’t be known until the contract is finalized. Maryland is spending $1.9 million, although the entire Baltimore project costs nearly $5.6 million, said Mike Zezeski, director of real-time traffic operations for the Maryland Department of Transportation. By contrast, the San Francisco Bay Area spent about $35 million over several years to install roadside scanners and develop computer programs, Web sites and call centers for a real-time traffic service based on electronic toll passes, said Randy Rentschler, a spokesman for the region’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Officials considered using cell phone monitoring but opted against it, partly because of privacy concerns. “We felt very strongly we had a bullet-proof privacy policy” with toll-pass monitoring, Rentschler said. “On cell phones, we could never do that.” As with cell-phone monitoring, the information received from the Bay Area’s toll scanners is anonymous. It’s also encrypted and destroyed daily. But the local transportation commission went a step further, mailing 250,000 metal bags into which motorists could place their toll devices to prevent them from being monitored along the roads. Cell phone users could accomplish the same thing by turning off their phones. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) suggests that someone should notify cell phone owners that their phones are being monitored for traffic data. Privacy experts also worry that the traffic monitoring could later evolve into other uses – perhaps to catch speeders or fugitives. That’s because each cell phone has a unique serial number, in addition to its call number and a code that indicates its service provider. A cell phone company must always be able to track the location of its phones in order to know where to route a call. “It’s a mission creep issue that would be of most concern to consumers,” said Lillie Coney, associate director of Washington, D.C.-based EPIC. “They may start out saying we want to know if there’s a traffic problem and then take that information and start using it for different purposes.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officials say there’s no Big Brother agenda in the Missouri project – the data will remain anonymous, leaving no possibility to track specific people from their driveway to their destination. But privacy advocates are uneasy nonetheless. “Even though its anonymous, it’s still ominous,” said Daniel Solove, a privacy law professor at George Washington University and author of “The Digital Person.” “It troubles me, because it does show this movement toward using a technology to track people.” Cell phone monitoring already is being used by transportation officials in Baltimore, though not yet to relay traffic conditions to the public. Similar projects are getting underway in Norfolk, Va., and a stretch of Interstate 75 between Atlanta and Macon, Ga. But the Missouri project is by far the most aggressive – tracking wireless phones across the whole state, including in rural areas with lower traffic counts, and for the explicit purpose of relaying the information to other travelers. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Driving to work, you notice the traffic beginning to slow. And because you have your cell phone on, the government senses the delay, too. A congestion alert is issued, automatically updating electronic road signs and Web sites and dispatching text messages to mobile phones and auto dashboards. In what would be the largest project of its kind, the Missouri Department of Transportation is finalizing a contract to monitor thousands of cell phones, using their movements to map real-time traffic conditions statewide on all 5,500 miles of major roads. It’s just one of a number of initiatives to more intelligently manage traffic flow through wireless data collection. last_img read more

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