‘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

Ghana medics to continue assessment of Kwarasey injury

first_imgGhana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey will be assessed by the medical staff after leaving training early with a suspected thigh injury on Tuesday in Miami.The medical team will monitor Kwarasey in the coming hours as the continue with their assessment to determine the degree of the injury.Kwarasey pulled out of the Black Stars’ training at the Florida International University early on Tuesday after suffering the injury.Ghana will play South Korea in their final warm-up match on Monday before jetting out to Brazil for the World Cup.last_img read more

The Roses edge She Cranes in Vitality Netball International Series opener

first_imgThere were no changes for the Vitality Roses at the start of the second quarter, as they added two quickfire goals to their belt..The She Cranes demonstrated good vision to retain possession following a centre pass but momentum shifted back to the Roses as Clarke – the Roses’ most-capped player – continued to show her experience and talent to win the ball back. The teams assembled before the action. PHOTOS @charltonpe & @EchoArena Match 1 – England 50 Uganda 46 Match 2 – November 30, London Match 3 – December 2, LondonLiverpool, UK | THE INDEPENDENT | The Vitality Roses beat Uganda 50-46 to take the opening match of the Vitality Netball International Series as they played on home soil for the first time since being crowned Commonwealth Games champions. “It was a closely-fought and physical affair against the She Cranes,” reports englandnetball.co.uk.The Vitality Roses had last faced Uganda on their way to winning gold in April, and England were mentally strong and tenacious in seeing off a Ugandan fightback.Tracey Neville named five gold medallists in England’s starting seven with the Vitality Roses proudly wearing their new Nike kit for the first time.After a warm reception from the home fans, England captain Serena Guthrie took the first centre pass for the Vitality Roses.Natalie Haythornthwaite picked out Rachel Dunn, who linked up nicely with Guthrie to edge closer to the post, before opening the scoring. The She Cranes responded in kind immediately though, drawing level at 1-1.It continued to go goal-for-goal in the opening stages with both Helen Housby and Uganda’s captain, Peace Proscovia, on target.The She Cranes kept possession well and patiently worked the ball through court time and time again. Eboni Usoro-Brown read the game perfectly though to win the ball back and set the Vitality Roses on the attack with Housby putting England 7-4 in front.The Vitality Roses continued to press Uganda and had established a five-goal lead midway through the opening quarter.Housby displayed her aerial ability to pick off a lofted cross-court Ugandan pass with the Vitality Roses transitioning quickly through court and Dunn rewarding her teammate’s efforts.As both teams gave it their all, Layla Guscoth was involved in a collision but quickly got back to her feet and was replaced by Jodie Gibson.A strong first quarter left the Roses leading 15-8. Excellent team work between Guthrie and Dunn meant the Roses continued to stretch their lead to 30-21 at half time.Neville made a change at the break with Guscoth coming back on as GD and Gibson moving to WD.Uganda started the third quarter brightly, scoring four unanswered goals before George Fisher, brought on at GS in place of Dunn, had an immediate impact with a number of goals in quick succession.The Roses piled on the pressure against the She Cranes with Fisher extending England’s lead to eight.The world number two worked tirelessly and went into the final quarter with the score at 38-31.There were morechanges for the Vitality Roses as the final quarter started with Haythornthwaite moving to GA, Housby taking the GS bib, Sasha Corbin coming on at WA and Clarke returning to WD.It was a close affair most of the game, Uganda vs England. PHOTOS PHOTOS @charltonpe &@EchoArenaUganda opened up the final quarter with first centre-pass and a goal, making the score 38-32.The She Cranes continued to keep plugging away at the gap and were back on level terms – 43-all – midway through the final 15.But the Roses kept their cool and benefited from an overcooked pass, as well as the fantastic support from the home fans, to end the first match of the Vitality International Netball Series with a 50-46 win.The Vitality Roses will go head-to-head with Uganda again on 30th November and 2nd December at the Copper Box Arena in London, as part of the highly anticipated three-match series.Prior to the Vitality Netball International Series opener, Roses A put in a strong performance to beat Scotland 63-33 in the battle of the home nations.England’s starting7 – Dunn (GS), Housby (GA), Haythornthwaite (WA), Guthrie (C), Clarke (WD), Guscoth (GD), Usoro-Brown (GK)Uganda’s starting7 – Proscovia (GS), Nanyonga (GA), Meme (WA), Nakachwa (C), Namuwaya (WD), Ajio (GD), Oyella (GK)******SOURCE: englandnetball.co.ukShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Power play

first_imgThe official attendance for Saturday’s game was 9,190 and it is my opinion that the fans satisfied their football addiction and got their money’s worth. The atmosphere was pro family and definitely pro Pittsburgh. Ticket prices are buyer friendly and I suggest that if you want to get that football “monkey” off your back, then take your family, friends and neighbors and mosey on down and check out a Power game. If you like offense; you will love the style of play of the Power. They took care of business beating the Iowa Barnstormers, 58-28 for their initial AFL win (they lost their home and season opener 58-52 in overtime to the Philadelphia Soul). I was impressed by two local college players who made the team, fullback Joshua Rue from Duquesne University and former Pitt Panthers defensive back Josh Lay. Both players had above average performances and if they remain healthy have a chance to have solid AFL and possibly NFL careers.Elizabeth I think I lost the “Big One” again.The look on the face of Pitt coach Jamie Dixon as he and his team were about to go down to Butler University 71-70, reminded me of the late Redd Foxx when he portrayed the character Fred Sanford on the TV series ‘Sanford and Son’. Every time Fred was faced with adversity he would call up to his late wife and say, “Elizabeth I’m coming up to join you.” Redd would then clutch is chest as if his heart could only pump one or two more beats before his introduction to Jesus was about to commence.Before the game, Dixon appeared as if he was too busy picking out the right suit, spending far too much time observing himself in the mirror, making sure that every single hair was in place. His “mirror” time might have caused him to miss the introduction of a lifetime to a higher power which was crucial because in the end Dixon needed all of the help he could muster up. The University of Pittsburgh has a serious character flaw when it comes to recruiting and utilizing athletes that perform on their men’s basketball or football squads. They want publicity for their program and coaches but they sort of covertly shun pushing personal accolades because what do you know, an athlete might want to declare for the NBA or the NFL before their four years of college “eligibility” is exhausted.As I was exiting the Power game, one of “Pittsburgh’s Finest” was manning a traffic light at the corner of Washington & Centre Ave a few feet south of the Consol Energy Center. I made a sarcastic remark and criticism about Jamie Dixon’s strategies almost always failing in the big games. He said to me as serious as one of Fred Sanford’s imagined heart attacks; “you can only coach them; you can’t play the game for them too.”I instantly flashed back to the recent Big East tournament loss to UConn and the 2009 NCAA tournament loss to Villanova. During the final seconds, Dixon decided to call a half court press when the Wildcats were about to inbound the ball with almost no time left. “Nova” read it like a bad romance novel, inbounded the ball almost three quarter lengths of the court to one of their best shooters and bingo, there goes the ballgame. Was that flawed strategy the players fault? In fact Pitt had just called a timeout to draw up a defense for the play, what a waste!Pitt took the same path with Dixon as they did with former football coach Dave Wannstedt. They gave them perverted money because it was possible they could have been “lured” away. Wannesdt ended up getting canned anyway. He, like Dixon, was a great recruiter but along with their coaching strategies, they both seem to melt under the lights of primetime. When the going gets tough, their coaching mechanisms get ghost. Let’s hope Jamie Dixon will never have the “big one” because, hey it is only basketball, but will any of his squads ever “win” the “big one?”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com.) With the NFL collective bargaining agreement on hold, Pittsburghers have to get their football from somewhere and it seems that the Pittsburgh Power might satisfy the football “jones” of most of “dem dere Stillers” fans, well at least for the time being. However, if this NFL “work stoppage continues beyond mini-camp you just might be hearing some “here we go Power” chants “dawntawn.” The Power seems to have a pretty good product to please their fan base. The ownership group is led by the former Steelers Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann. The team appears to have an excellent marketing strategy but there appears to be one glaring flaw. I suggest the team concentrate most of their ticket sales in the lower bowl of the Consol Energy Center so that it will appear as if there are more fans for the television cameras.last_img read more

Thousands of Jobs available for 2020 Census

first_imgMandated in the Constitution, the census is conducted every 10 years and determines how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives. It also allows state officials to redistrict congressional and state legislative districts to account for population changes, among other benefits. RED BANK – Adults looking to earn extra money this winter can apply for jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau, officials told the public at a meeting Nov. 20 at the Red Bank Public Library. The census asks questions about a resident’s name, sex, age, date of birth, origin, race, relationship, and if they are renters or homeowners. Census takers also ask for phone numbers in case they need to contact that person again. But all information is private and census takers are sworn to secrecy regarding the information they receive from others. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. They also must have a valid Social Security number and email address and must pass a background check, the application process and an assessment. Those interested in working with the 2020 Census team are welcome to apply online at 2020census.gov.jobs or by phone at 1-855-JOB-2020.center_img Office positions include area census office manager, census field manager, administrative manager, information technology manager, recruiting manager, office operations supervisor and clerical support. In the field, there are positions for recruitment, census field supervision and enumerators. The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring thousands of individuals to help conduct the 2020 Census. And for the first time, citizens will be able to answer the census online, making it – according to Census Bureau representatives – easier than ever. The first U.S. census was conducted in 1790 and served as an important piece of the country’s history and future.last_img read more