With a 32-18 win over Samoa on Saturday night, Tonga made it two wins from two at the tournament and assured themselves of advancing beyond the group stage for the first time in five attempts dating back to 1995.The victory in front of over 18,000 fans at Waikato Stadium was also just the second time Tonga have tasted victory over their Pacific neighbours in a rugby league Test match, with coach Kristian Woolf happy for his men to celebrate before re-focussing for their final pool game against New Zealand.”[Saturday night was] about enjoying the win, we’ve only beaten Samoa once in the last 10 years and that was in 2013, so that was a long time ago as well and some of these blokes were part of that,” Woolf said.”It’s about enjoying that, and letting our hair down a little bit, after a short turnaround which is always a tough week. “I was pretty satisfied with all of it to be honest, I thought we played some really good footy.”That’s a win you can be really happy with for a number of reasons, it was a high-quality game of footy.”Tonga now face the Kiwis to decide who will top Pool B and avoid having to play the winner of Pool D in the quarter-finals, with New Zealand currently sitting at the top on points differential thanks to their 74-6 thumping of Scotland in week two.Woolf said he was satisfied with the way his side were building, but wasn’t interested in engaging in any talk about New Zealand’s huge victory.”No [I didn’t see the Kiwis game], and to be honest I’m not real interested, we had a big game and I was right into that as every spectator was, so I hadn’t bothered with it, no,” Woolf said.”I think we are getting a little bit better each week, we were certainly better this week than what we were last week.”There’s certainly improvement areas in it, we are going to have to be better next week as the opposition goes up a level as well.”But we are on the right track.”The clash between New Zealand and Tonga will also take place at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday.
MOST READ LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Mia Tioseco is confident about Jose Rizal University’s chances of making the Final Four in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament.After all, if the playoffs started today, the Lady Bombers would be in it.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Versoza scored 17 points, including timely hits to knock the Lady Knights out of the Final Four race.“She’s very athletic and her attitude is also great,” said Tioseco of Versoza.JRU is currently tied with San Sebastian in fourth. The Lady Bombers face also-ran Lyceum in their final game of the elimination round while the Lady Stags clash with defending champion Arellano University.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Kelly Williams admits it felt good to ‘shoot, be free’ “For as long as the players will continue to fight then, I think we have a very good chance of making it,” said Tioseco.And any team that has a go-to guy capable of taking over the way Shola Alvarez does for the Lady Bombers is likely to go far as well.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 folkAlvarez, an MVP favorite if she propels JRU into the Final Four, set a season-high with 30 points to carry her team in a crucial win over Letran on Wednesday.But the Lady Bombers aren’t just a one-woman crew with Dolly Versoza proving to be a lethal second option. 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
View comments LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Kerber was broken only once. And she delivered a pair of down-the-line forehand passing winners to grab the last break of Williams she’d need, for a 4-2 edge in the second set.Kerber celebrated match point by covering her face and collapsing flat on her back, getting grass stains on her white outfit. She relished the moment she had dreamt about as a little kid, watching Graf on TV.After embracing Williams, she climbed into the stands to hug Fissette and her family.Later, Kerber sipped champagne and collected the round, purple badge given to a champion to signify membership in the All England Club.She affixed the badge to her white T-shirt and laughed as she proudly played with it at the start of her news conference.“Winning here, it’s forever,” Kerber said. “Nobody can take the title away from me now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kerber made only five unforced errors the entire match, 19 fewer than Williams. Perhaps more impressive was this: She broke Williams in 4 of 9 service games.In doing so, Kerber prevented Williams from claiming an eighth title at Wimbledon and 24th from all Grand Slam tournaments , which would have equaled Margaret Court’s record. As things stand, Williams holds the mark for the half-century of professional tennis, one ahead of Kerber’s idol, Graf.Williams gave birth only 10½ months ago, then was treated for blood clots . She wore special compression leggings as a precaution during Wimbledon, just the fourth tournament of her comeback.After all the time away, Williams spoke about being impressed with herself for just reaching the final. She also wanted to win, of course.“To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today — and I tried,” said the 36-year-old American, her voice shaking during the trophy ceremony.ADVERTISEMENT Kerber addressed Williams during the on-court interviews, saying: “You’re such an inspiration for everybody, for all of us. I’m sure you will have your next Grand Slam title soon. I’m really, really sure.”The final started more than two hours late, because they had to wait for the end of Novak Djokovic’s five-set victory over Rafael Nadal in a men’s semifinal that was suspended the night before. On Sunday, Djokovic will play Kevin Anderson, who won his semifinal against John Isner 26-24 in the fifth set Friday night.Despite so much Grand Slam success, despite holding a 6-2 career edge against Kerber entering the day, Williams played tightly right from the outset.After taking the opening two points, she made four miscues in a row to get broken. That was part of a run in which she dropped 8 of 9 points. Williams was mostly her own undoing, too: She was responsible for the final’s initial six unforced errors. By the time the first set was over, the disparity was 14-3.That’s not going to work against an opponent of Kerber’s quality.Trying to sneak a ball by Kerber is something akin to trying to put one past a brick wall. There are no holes.The left-hander scurried along the baseline, this way and that, using a combination of quickness and anticipation to track down what often appeared to be winners for Williams but were not enough to end a point. Kerber would bend real low, even putting a knee right on the grass to get a ball back.And when she swung her racket, the measure was almost always true.Kerber is much more than a defender. She has added a more aggressive element to her game in recent years and worked to improve her serve.“I’m still sure that we haven’t seen the best Angie,” said her coach, Wim Fissette. “The defense is one of her qualities, but she also knows now that she’s not going to win a Grand Slam with just defense, and that’s, for me, very important.” 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I think it’s the experience. You have to go through all the things — the good things, the bad things — and then you need to learn,” said Kerber, the first German to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1996.“I know that against Serena, I have to play my best tennis, especially in the important moments,” said Kerber, who won the Australian Open and U.S. Open in 2016, but was the runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon that season, “especially in the important moments.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’That’s just what she did.“Angelique played really well,” Williams said. “She played out of her mind.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Billionaire Manny: I’m ready, I’m hungry MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Germany’s Angelique Kerber kisses the trophy after winning the women’s singles final match against Serena Williams of the United States, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Saturday July 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Angelique Kerber was not about to be overwhelmed by the setting or the stakes in this Wimbledon final. She knew exactly what to expect — and what to do — against Serena Williams.Two years after losing to Williams with a title on the line at Centre Court, Kerber came through. So steady, so patient, so accurate throughout, she never really gave Williams much of a chance this time, putting together a 6-3, 6-3 victory Saturday for her first championship at the All England Club and third major overall.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West
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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next June Mar Fajardo hasn’t played basketball for almost two months after a shin fracture sidelined him since the beginning of the PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT ‘It’s hard’: Meralco’s losing skid unfamiliar territory for Durham MOST READ His absence in the PBA’s third conference could also jeopardize his chances for a fifth straight MVP.Fajardo already has two Best Player of the Conference from the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups making him a virtual lock for the MVP but he needs to play in at least 70 percent of his team’s games to be eligible for the league’s top individual plum.The prospect of winning a fifth straight MVP trophy, however, doesn’t entice Fajardo, who just wants to get back to playing with his team.“I’m just focusing on returning to the game, I just want to play, I want to run on the court because it’s been so long since I did that,” said Fajardo who can become the league’s most decorated player in history if he wins his fifth MVP.“I just want to return to the normal state of things.”ADVERTISEMENT It hasn’t been trying time for the four-time PBA MVP.“I hope I’m able to play because it’s just too boring when you’re not doing anything,” said Fajardo in Filipino after San Miguel’s 117-100 win over Phoenix Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.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“It’s still a different sensation when you’re running around and playing.”As part of his rehabilitation process, Fajardo has been doing biking and swimming and is not allowed to participate in practices with the team yet. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES View comments
The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) tax agents will be hunting down businesses that have been dodging Value Added Tax (VAT), causing billions in losses for the Authority, Commissioner General Godfrey Statia said on Monday at a Finance Ministry press conference.GRA Commissioner General Godfrey StatiaHe stated that the GRA was shifting gears to enforcement activities, and has decided to go after businesses to get compliance with VAT payments. He revealed that there were instances where VAT leakages occurred, costing millions.“That is why you have to shift emphasis and do more post-clearance audit and more investigations and these things,” he said.Finance Minister Winston Jordan stated that the GRA had “let the Government down” in the area of VAT refunds and collections.“I feel this is an area that GRA has really let the Government down in many ways in aspects of refunds, not paying people their refunds on time, people benefiting from refunds they should not have received,” he bemoaned, stating that in many instances the VAT department of GRA acted like a “post office”.Jordan said the VAT refunds were one of the heavy financial burdens that the coalition Government inherited. Statia said measures were in place to revamp the criteria for granting VAT exemptions that amount to as much as $20 billion for the first half of 2016.“What we are trying to do is to tighten it whereby ourselves – the Ministry of Finance, GO-Invest and GRA – we sit down and by which we could grant exemptions rather than being granted on a willy-nilly basis as I have seen,” he said.He also indicated that the Authority has started clearing off years of VAT refunds, beginning from 2013.He stated that the tax collection agency has paid out $2 billion in refunds for the year and that figure was projected to climb to $5 billion by year-end.
A United States-based health organization, Operation International in partnership with Marcy Health Services, has expressed interest in conducting a Medical Outreach to Liberia, a release has said.Operation International is a medical non-profit organization established in 1996 to offer needed medical aid to children and adults in developing countries. It is made up of 12 teams that travel across the world to conduct surgical outreaches.According to the release, the team will be led by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Marcy Health Services, Mrs. Saiyai Hansen, a team of doctors and nurses from Operation International met with Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, to seek government’s support for the outreach.Following the introduction of the team by Rudolph Sherman, Consul General of Liberia in New York; Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sanjay Lalla, explained that their team of medical doctors, surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists, are planning to travel to Liberia in June, 2019, to provide needed health services in the areas of general and plastic surgery, pediatrics, gynecology; and ear, nose and throat (ENT) at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia.Dr. Lalla hinted on the possibility of a partnership with the JFK Hospital that would lead to an annual or bi-annual outreach, and is seeking the support of the Liberian government to ensure the safety of his team and the expedited clearing of medical supplies, materials and equipment that would be brought into the country for the Mission.“We had just concluded our mission to Uganda and Saiyai and I had a conversation–can we go to Liberia? Can we create a team that can go, and not just go one time? So here we are. Hopefully, if everything works well, we can continue to grow and provide yearly missions or bi-annual missions, whatever is possible; as long as we are able to go into the Country and be safe and secure. As long as the medical supplies, materials, and equipment we bring in can be cleared by the Liberian government in time and secure–we are ready to create that partnership.”Amb. Kemayah welcomed the team and thanked them for their interest in complementing the government’s effort in ensuring the delivery of quality health care service across Liberia, which is primarily the responsibility of the government; a responsibility Kemayah said President George Weah is fully committed to uphold.Amb. Kemayah explained that the health needs of the people in Liberia are tremendous, particularly those within the rural areas and assured that the Government was fully committed to responding to those needs; exploring every avenue to bring health benefits to the people of Liberia in keeping with the current development mandate of President Weah.According to a dispatch from the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations, Amb. Kemayah cited the provision of scholarships to fifteen medical students to study abroad; the placement of 2,000 health workers on government payroll; and the provision of tuition-free education to all students at Public universities, including those studying Health Sciences, as “evidence of the unflinching practical commitment of President Weah to ensuring a quality health service delivery system, and improving the country’shealth sector.”He then expressed interest for a sustained partnership that would go beyond the JFK Hospital, and reach out to the Jackson Fiah Doe Hospital and other health facilities in rural Liberia, including, but not limited to Lofa County, Southeastern Liberia, and Western Liberia.Kemayah also stressed the need for a technical partnership with Operation International and the Ministry of Health, A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine at the University of Liberia, the only instructional medical doctors producing institution in the country, the Liberia Medical and Dental Council, Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts, Liberia Nursing Association, Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery and other stakeholders in the health sector.“We are interested in a sustained tripartite partnership and not a one-shot arrangement or medical outreach to Liberia. As a government and as the ambassador representing the government and People of Liberia in New York, the least we will want to see is an outreach that is done on an annual basis to benefit more of our people. I am also concerned about the sustainability aspect. We have a shared vision of capacity building through training and support for medical supplies, materials, equipment, and other relevant logistical needs; that is an integral part that we will like to see in this partnership,” he said.Amb. Kemayah pledged the government’s commitment to Operation International and Marcy Health Services’ first medical outreach to the country, and proposed that it be used to commission and sign a tripartite agreement for a sustained partnership for future endeavors.Dr. Allam assured that this would be the start of a fruitful partnership that would go beyond Medical Outreaches to include upgrading of facilities and equipment at Public Health Centers across Liberia, as well as a provision of technical support to the Liberia Medical and Dental Council and the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine.The delegation that represented Operation International in partnership with Marcy Health Services at the meeting, included Dr. Medhat Allam, Co-Founder and Head of Operation International, Mrs. Saiyai Hansen, CEO, Marcy Health Services, Dr. Sanjay Lalla, Plastic Surgeon, Operation International, Dr. John O’Shea, Trip Chief, Ms. Erin Morr, APN/Pediatrics, Operation International and Mrs. Evelyn Jones, Consultant, Marcy Health Services.The meeting was co-facilitated by Rudolph Sherman, Consul General of Liberia in New York, Mrs. Saiyai Hansen, CEO, Marcy Health Services and Mrs. Evelyn Jones, Consultant, Marcy Health Services.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The management council that met Friday makes its recommendations to the National Marine Fisheries Service. That body will issue a final decision about the various West Coast salmon fisheries in April in Seattle after public hearings in the three states. This year’s recommendations from the management council amounted to mostly good news for beleaguered salmon fishermen. Last year, the federal government imposed the most restrictive salmon season on record for Oregon and California based on declining stocks in the Klamath River basin. Commercial fishing was limited by as much as 90 percent along 700 miles of coastline from Northern California up most of the Oregon Coast. The total West Coast commercial catch for 2006 was 12 percent of a typical year, representing direct losses to fishermen of $16 million. That led U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez to declare the West Coast salmon fishery a failure, but federal aid has never materialized beyond small business loans for fishermen and related businesses. The closure was forced by three years of poor returns to the Klamath River. Commercial and sport fishermen complained they were hit unfairly by the restrictions, arguing that they were paying the price for dams, habitat destroyed by logging and mining, and poor water management. This year, fishery biologists expect there will be more than 500,000 adult chinook salmon returning from the Pacific Ocean to the Klamath River, about five times the number from last year. Even with such numbers, commercial fishermen are not likely to reap a bounty. Most of the returning salmon will be three-year-old fish, which under federal guidelines must be thrown back because they are smaller than 27 inches. The news is brighter for recreational fishermen, many of whom run charter boats for tourists who flock to the coast during summer. They could return to a full salmon season in much of California and Oregon. In Washington state, the preliminary forecasts for salmon returning to the Columbia River is 182,400 adult fall chinook. That would be less than 80 percent of last year’s count. Meanwhile, the number of salmon returning in 2006 to the Sacramento River in California was 435,000 fish. That was about half the previous season’s run and the lowest number since 1992. The decline was not severe enough to trigger fishing restrictions, however, because the population is still considered healthy, said Chuck Tracy, a salmon expert who works for the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The council will hold public hearings about its salmon-management proposals on March 26 in Westport, Wash., and Coos Bay, Ore., and on March 27 in Santa Rosa.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – A record run of chinook salmon is expected for California’s Klamath River basin this year, boosting the hopes of West Coast commercial and sport fishermen whose seasons were cut dramatically last year. The forecast prompted a federal fishery panel on Friday to suggest that restrictions on the West Coast salmon fleet should be eased for the 2007 season. That would bring relief to port towns in California, Oregon and Washington that depend on the commercial catch and recreational fishing, but not a full return to the abundance enjoyed in past years. Even if the government allows more fishing this year, the health of individual salmon populations and the sheer number of different fishing seasons mean restrictions vary from region to region. “It’s better than last year, but we should be having five months of a full season,” said Dean Estep, a commercial fisherman from Fort Bragg. He expects the fishing season along his pocket of California’s North Coast to last anywhere from six weeks to two months, after being allowed to fish just five days in 2006. Even so, he said he was frustrated that he would not be allowed the full five months of a normal salmon fishing season. “Dockage, fuel prices … everything goes up with the exception of our fishing seasons,” he said. The Pacific Fishery Management Council on Friday adopted possible management options that will allow a longer season for recreation and commercial salmon fishermen in California and Oregon. The season is expected to run between April and October, which is normal for the industry. The news isn’t as good for Washington, where fishery managers are forecasting fewer salmon for the 2007 season in the Columbia River. In addition, new protections under the Endangered Species Act will lead to a reduced season along coastal Washington.
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Former Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has told talkSPORT he was baffled by Pep Guardiola’s decision to bench the England number one for his first Premier League game.The build-up to Saturday’s late kick-off against Sunderland was dominated by news of Hart’s absence from the starting line-up for City’s season opener at the Etihad Stadium.Willy Caballero was preferred in the starting line-up, as City went on to beat the Black Cats 2-1 and get Guardiola’s tenure off to a winning start.Reports on Monday morning have even claimed that Hart has been told he can leave the club, with Guardiola currently searching for a replacement number one.But Given, who made 50 appearances for City between 2009 and 2011, believes the Spanish boss would be making a big mistake to rule out the England glovesman without giving him a real chance to impress.“It doesn’t look good for Joe at the minute,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “Guardiola looks like he’s made his mind up, that he wants to bring someone in.“I don’t think Joe will be overly happy sitting on the bench. He’s 29 years of age, he’s got ten years left at the top level and he’ll want to go and play somewhere, I know that for sure. He’s hungry to play.“He’s a top keeper. People are maybe thinking about the summer, and he made a couple of mistakes at the Euros, but you don’t become a bad goalkeeper overnight. He’s still a top, top keeper.“He’ll be a big signing for any club, if he does move away from Manchester City.“It’s just a shame Guardiola hasn’t given him an opportunity. He’s come in and basically said he doesn’t want him and Joe’s not really had the chance to show how good a goalkeeper he is.”
Jim Coyle said Thursday he was surprised to hear the news because his mother went to her second home in Colorado and had sent her challenge by certified mail. The City Attorney’s Office, which is not handling the case but recently inquired on the status of the much-followed saga, said the court now will work to collect the $114 fine from Coyle. In response to Coyle’s case, the DOT reviewed the Foothill intersection where Coyle was cited and found the crossing time was appropriate, although the department added two seconds to the white hand “walk” time so it’s now seven seconds before the hand blinks red. “We gave them more opportunity to legally step off the curb,” said Sean Skehan, DOT principal transportation engineer. In general, pedestrians have between 5 and 36 seconds to cross streets. Crossing times are based on the width of the street and how long a person traveling four feet per second would need to cross. The DOT can extend crossing time in areas around senior centers or residential areas where pedestrians might need more time. With the slower speed, 99 percent of walkers can cross before the traffic light turns, Skehan said. Unfortunately, sometimes people are unsure of the rules and misjudge when they can cross under the current system. They turn back when the red hand blinks. Or they don’t press the crosswalk button. “If you don’t press the button that goes with the green light, you might not have enough time to get across,” Skehan said. With the new signals and placards, DOT hopes walkers will have a better understanding of the rules of the crosswalk. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hoping to ease crosswalk anxiety after an elderly Valley woman was ticketed for not making it across the street in time, Los Angeles officials have accelerated plans to install countdown signals and pedestrian education placards at 4,300 intersections citywide. Within five years, the city’s Department of Transportation will replace the traditional flashing-hand signals with others that count down the seconds pedestrians have to cross the street. In addition, the DOT will add placards explaining when to start, when to stop and when to hurry up. City officials did not have a cost estimate available Thursday, but traffic police said they hope the new system will cut down on pedestrian accidents and tickets. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“It’s very helpful. It gives people a general idea of how long they have to cross the street,” said Sgt. Mike Zaboski with the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel directed the DOT to assess the city’s crosswalk system after 82-year-old Mayvis Coyle was given a $114 ticket for crossing against a “don’t walk” signal. Coyle maintained she started with a white “walk” signal but couldn’t make it across wide Foothill Boulevard in time. The Los Angeles Police Department maintains that Coyle stepped into the intersection when the red “don’t walk” hand was blinking. Coyle said she intended to fight the ticket, but the traffic court did not receive payment of her fine or her declaration to challenge the ticket in time, according to the City Attorney’s Office.