‘PRODUCT OF SPECULATION’ PECO presscon aims to confuse public – ERC

first_imgMarcelo Cacho, head of Panay Electric Co.’s Public Engagement and Government Affairs, briefs reporters on Nov. 14, 2019 in Makati City during a press conference that the Energy Regulatory Commission has distanced itself from. PECO, whose franchise expired on Jan.19 this year, failed to convince Congress to renew it on the heels of mountingconsumer complaints on the poor quality of its service. ERC investigated the pole fires afterreceiving a complaint from Mayor Jerry Treñas. Criticizing the press conference,Devanadera stressed, “Prematurereporting of the outcome of our investigation is but a product of speculationthat serves no purpose, except to confuse the public.” “Thefindings of the technical team will be presented to the Commission on Monday(today, Nov. 18) and released to the public accordingly,” said Devanadera.   ERC remains independent in thedischarge of its functions, including the conduct of investigations, stressedChairperson Agnes Devanadera. “It would be prudent for theCommission to evaluate and analyze the situation surrounding the reported polefire incidents holistically and not on a per incident or asset basis. The waythat the poles are maintained over the years and the remaining useful life ofthe poles also need to be looked into. We are mindful of the urgency ofresolving this matter and we wish to assure the public that this is among thepriority concerns of the Commission,” said Devanadera. Days before the press conference, PECO,through its legal team Divina Law, invited members of the Metro Manila mediastating, “The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has conducted an investigationon the maintenance of the distribution lines of Panay Electric Co. (PECO)to shed light on the situation. They recently completed the investigation andwe are pleased to invite you to a press briefing of PECO and its counsel,the Divina Law, on Nov. 14, Thursday, 10 a.m. so that we would be able to sharethe results of the findings and the outcome of the ERC hearing.” “The ERChas no participation, in any manner, in the said (Nov. 14) press conference,”stressed Devanadera. Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)records submitted to the ERC showed that from Jan. 1, 2014 to Oct. 29, 2019 atotal of 2,887 fire incidents occurred in Iloilo City, with pole firesnumbering 1,464 cases, or 51.187 percent of all fire incidents during thealmost six-year period. ILOILO City – The Energy RegulatoryCommission (ERC) slammed Panay Electric Co. (PECO) for making it appear thatthe agency was part of a recent press conference that the franchise-less powerdistributor held in Metro Manila. ERC has completed its field inspection and data gathering on theseries of pole fire incidents in this city. ERC dispatched an inspection team inthe first week of November. It looked into the various aspects ofPECO’s distribution system.  The Commission likewise directed PECO to submit a written comprehensivereport on the pole fire incidents. “In the past few days, we are alarmedto have received information that multiple fires broke out all over the city ofIloilo, the causes of which were directly attributable to poorly-maintainedfacilities owned by PECO,” read part of Treñas’ letter to the ERC. Iloilo City fire marshal ChiefInspector Christopher Regencia reiterated that telecommunications companies’wires usually carry a 24-volt charge as opposed to PECO wires which has a220-voltage charge and said, “Only electricity wires, either damaged oroverloaded, can cause fires and not telephone or cable TV wires.” Two hundred and twenty-four pole firesoccurred out of the 427 fire incidents in 2014, while 228 cases of pole fireshappened in 2015, 303 cases in 2016, 275 incidents in 2017, and another 233pole fires in 2018.A total of 201 pole fires erupted in the city from January to Oct. 27, 2019. According to Devanadera, “the partiesconcerned have been summoned by the Commission to shed light on theseincidents” on Oct. 30. It is currently operating on aprovisional Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the ERCuntil the new distribution utility, More Electric and Power Corp., completesits full takeover of the city’s distribution system./PN During the press conference, PECOhad a projector screen that flashed “PECO ERC PRESSCON, an enlightened past, abright future.”last_img read more

Ashwin, Jadeja revive India in finely poised third Test

first_imgRAVICHANDRAN Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten seventh-wicket partnership of 67 pushed India towards a first-innings lead over England in the third Test.England added just 15 runs to their overnight total before their first innings was brought to a close with 283 on the board, a total that India are now just 12 runs adrift of following day two in Mohali.India largely dominated proceedings and half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (51) and captain Virat Kohli (62) had them past 150 with just three wickets down.Ajinkya Rahane (0) and Karun Nair (4) each went cheaply, though, and Kohli’s exit with 204 on board seemed set to be the key moment in an England turnaround.Ashwin (57 not out) and Jadeja (31no) had other plans, however, and steadied the ship to steer India to 271-6 at the close, as they seek to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.Adil Rashid (4) went in the second over of the day and, though James Anderson posted an unbeaten 13, England failed to surpass 300 – Mohammed Shami (3-63) dismissing Gareth Batty (1).Murali Vijay (12) and Parthiv Patel, playing in his first Test since 2008, put on 39 for the first wicket before Ben Stokes (2-48) had Vijay caught behind.Patel was unable to mark what had looked a promising return to the Test arena with a half-century as he was given out lbw at the hands of Rashid (3-81) on review for 42.But, in typical fashion, Kohli’s arrival at the crease tilted matters firmly in India’s favour.The India skipper continued his tremendous form from Visakhapatnam – where he scored 167 and 81 in the second Test – to combine with Pujara for a patient stand of 75.Pujara, who hit eight boundaries for his 51, was finally removed when Chris Woakes claimed a superb low catch.Two overs later Rashid had his third wicket of the day as Rahane lasted only six balls, with Nair then undone by a direct-hit run out by Jos Buttler.Stokes had been reprimanded by the ICC for an exchange he had with Kohli following his exit on day one and the all-rounder referenced that episode by covering his mouth after Kohli nicked his delivery behind to Jonny Bairstow.However, it was the batting of Ashwin and Jadeja (31 not out) that did the talking late in the day, the former hitting eight boundaries in 82 balls in a counter-attack that brought about his ninth Test fifty.(Omnisport).ENGLAND 1st innings (Overnight: 268-8)A. Cook c P. Patel b R. Ashwin 27H. Hameed c Rahane b U. Yadav 9J. Root lbw b Yadav 15M. Ali c Vijay b Shami 16J. Bairstow lbw b Yadav 89B. Stokes st P. Patel b Jadeja 29J. Buttler c Kohli b Jadeja 43C. Woakes b U. Yadav 25A. Rashid c P. Patel b Shami 4G. Batty lbw b Shami 1J. Anderson not out 13Extras (b-8 lb-3 nb-1) 12Total (all out, 93.5 overs) 283Fall of wickets: 1-32 H. Hameed,2-51 J. Root,3-51 A. Cook,4-87 M. Ali,5-144 B. Stokes,6-213 J. Buttler,7-258 J. Bairstow,8-266 C. Woakes,9-268 A. Rashid,10-283 G. BattyBowling: M. Shami 21.5 – 5 – 63 – 3, U. Yadav 16 – 4 – 58 – 2,J. Yadav 15 – 5 – 49 – 2, R. Ashwin 18 – 1 – 43 – 1, R. Jadeja 23 – 4 – 59 – 2(nb-1)INDIA 1st inningsM. Vijay c Bairstow b Stokes 12P. Patel lbw b Rashid 42C. Pujara c Woakes b Rashid 51V. Kohli c Bairstow b Stokes 62A. Rahane lbw b Rashid 0K. Nair run out (Buttler) 4R. Ashwin not out 57R. Jadeja not out 31Extras (b-8 lb-3 nb-1) 12Total (for 6 wickets, 84 overs) 271Fall of wickets: 1-39 M. Vijay,2-73 P. Patel,3-148 C. Pujara,4-152 A. Rahane,5-156 K. Nair,6-204 V. KohliTo bat: J. Yadav, M. Shami, U. YadavBowling: J. Anderson 16 – 3 – 36 – 0, C. Woakes 15 – 5 – 47 – 0,M. Ali 9 – 1 – 19 – 0(nb-1), A. Rashid 24 – 4 – 81 – 3,B. Stokes 15 – 2 – 48 – 2, G. Batty 5 – 0 – 29 – 0.last_img read more

Summer League MVP Lonzo Ball prepares to return to Las Vegas

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — Lonzo Ball’s debut as a Laker was entirely forgettable. The prized rookie arrived at the Las Vegas Summer League with massive expectations and promptly clanked 13 shots, including 10 3-point attempts. Ball’s father, LaVar, called it his “worst game ever.”What came next was the most important lesson Ball learned in Las Vegas, where the Lakers will play a preseason game against Sacramento on Sunday.“Once you play a game forget about it and move on,” Ball said. “In college you get a week. You can sit up, sit back and watch film and stuff. But the NBA it’s a quick turnaround.”Ball obviously recovered just fine. He averaged 16.3 points over the six games he played, leading the field in assists (9.3 per game), and was crowned Summer League MVP en route to a Lakers tournament championship. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I just went out there and played the game I know how to play,” Ball said. “Started slow, finished strong. That’s all there was to it.”The No. 2 overall pick in June’s draft, Ball was a limited participant in Lakers practice on Friday. He is still recovering from the sprained left ankle he suffered in Monday’s loss to Denver. The mild injury kept him out of an exhibition game Wednesday in Ontario, and could prevent him for playing Sunday.“I’ll make the trip,” Ball said, “but whether I’ll play or not it’s too tough to tell.”On Friday, Ball “went over some plays” but was held out of the five-on-five portions of the practice.“Just being out there with my team,” Ball said. “Showing them I’m still here for them. Regardless of whether I play Sunday or not, I’m going to be here.” Coach Luke Walton said Ball would have played Wednesday had the regular season already begun, but given that it’s still the exhibition season there is no reason to rush him back.“We would love to have him out there obviously,” Walton said. “But … if he is not ready to go then he won’t play.”For Walton, watching Ball at summer league proved “he is capable of doing it at this level.”It didn’t matter that the rosters were populated mostly by rookies and a lot of players who will never make it to the NBA.“He makes the gym exciting to be in,” Walton said. “I was just observing out there and kind of evaluating. When he is playing basketball it is fun to sit there and watch. That is what he is going to bring to our team.”In two preseason games before spraining his ankle, Ball averaged 6.5 points, 6 assists and 4.5 rebounds.Forward Brandon Ingram, who missed Wednesday’s game with a bruised head, was a full participant on Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday.NUMBERS AS NEWSIt was only a few years ago that the Lakers were viewed as well behind the curve in the analytics movement. That has certainly changed, and on Friday the team announced a new director of basketball analytics.A Harvard graduate, Jason Rosenfeld previously had the same title working in the league office, where he developed new statistics – like hustle plays – to better evaluate players.In May, Rosenfeld’s predecessor, Yuju Lee, resigned from the position rather than accept a demotion, according to an ESPN report.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more