Treñas revokes PECO business permit

first_img* legislative franchise “PECO does not have a legislative franchise and CPCN to continue legally operating,” Treñas pointed out. His Executive Order No. 71 on such was served yesterday by the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) to PECO’s business office on General Luna Street. The BPLO personnel who served to PECO the executive order was assisted by the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office and Iloilo City Police Office. Congress instead granted the franchise to new power distribution utility MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power). President Rodrigo Duterte signed the franchise law (Republic Act 11212) on Feb. 14, 2019. Such denial of PECO’s motions, according to Judge Emerald K. Requina-Contreras, aimed to “avoid any further confusion” among consumers as to which entity is now the rightful power distribution utility in Iloilo City. The order, dated May 8, was “effective immediately.” ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas has revoked the business permit of Panay Electric Co. (PECO). “I understand that there are still legal remedies being undertaken by PECO, but until then, the court leaves it to the ERC the matters which is no longer within the ambit of the court’s jurisdiction. The court recognizes the Energy Regulatory Commission as the lone quasi-judicial entity which has the sole jurisdiction over the operation of electric distribution utilities,” stressed Contreras. In making the ruling, Contreras cited the ERC decision (March 5, 2020) to revoke PECO’s CPCN and instead grant a provisional authority to MORE Power to operate a power distribution network.center_img Its five sub-transmission line substations in as many districts (in Barangay Baldoza, La Paz; Barangay Tabuc Suba, Jaro; Barangay Bolilao, Mandurriao; Barangay Avanceña, Molo;, and General Luna Street, City Proper) were taken over by MORE Power on Feb. 28 this year. In another blow to PECO, the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 23 hearing the expropriation case that MORE Power filed against PECO denied PECO’s motions questioning MORE  Power’s takeover of the latter’s power distribution assets. In this city, a private power distribution utility is required to have the following: PECO’s CPCN was also revoked by ERC. The Commission instead granted it to MORE Power. * Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) issued by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) pursuant to Republic Act No. 9136 (Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001) PECO was established in 1923 and served the consumers of Iloilo City for 96 years. In recent years, PECO was besieged with complaints from consumers such as erroneous billing, poor customer relations, high rates, and frequent brownouts./PN PECO’s franchise expired on Jan. 19, 2019 and it failed to secure an extension or a new one from Congress.last_img read more

Vermaelen gunning for top four

first_imgThomas Vermaelen is certain that Arsenal will qualify for the Champions League if they can keep repeating the kind of display that saw them rip apart AC Milan on Tuesday night. The defender added: “We are out of the Champions League but we need to take the great feeling out of this game. “It’s really important that we qualify for the Champions League. I think Arsenal are a team that belongs in the Champions League. We have the quality to do it, that showed in the second leg.” Right-back Bacary Sagna felt the team’s performance in the opening period was the best he has seen. He said: “I honestly can’t remember us playing that well in a first half before. “We played without any pressure. We had nothing to lose. We could only score goals but it was not enough. “It is disappointing to go out but it will give us some momentum going in to the game against Newcastle (on Monday).” Goals from Laurent Koscielny, Tomas Rosicky and captain Robin van Persie gave the Gunners a resounding 3-0 lead against the seven-time European champions, but they were unable to grab the fourth goal that would have taken the tie to extra-time and they bowed out of the competition. Arsenal have suffered from woeful inconsistency all season – highlighted by their 4-0 first-leg defeat in Italy – but Vermaelen said: “If we can play like (we did last night), there is no way that we will not be in the top four. That performance will give us a boost now.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ellsworth boys impress in 6th indoor track meet

first_imgORONO — The Ellsworth boys’ indoor track team enjoyed a successful day Saturday at the University of Maine as it finished just one point shy of a first-place finish in the afternoon meet.Tulas Weaver earned two first-place finishes for Ellsworth with times of 6.91 seconds and 24.37 seconds in the 55- and 200-meter dashes, respectively. Beck Deeny also had a pair of individual event wins with first-place finishes in the long jump (19 feet, 11 1/4 inches) and triple jump (41 feet, 7 1/4 inches).In the 55-meter hurdles, Henry Scheff crossed the finish line in 8.40 seconds to beat teammate Jack Sandone by nine-tenths of a second. Deeny, Sandone, Weaver and Mike Kazmierczak took first for Ellsworth in the 4-by-200 relay with a time of 1:39.92. The Eagles finished with 124 points, one behind Hampden Academy’s 125.In the morning meet, Hancock County athletes swept the 800-meter run with Sumner’s Logan Carter (2:12.89) and George Stevens Academy’s Thea Crowley (2:42.99) earning event wins. Johanna Stiles (55- and 200-meter dashes), Addie Morrison (400-meter dash) and Victoria Watkins (high jump) earned runner-up finishes for the third-place Bucksport girls.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textLocal teams will be back at UMaine on Saturday, Feb. 1, for the seventh meet of the season. Ellsworth, Mount Desert Island, GSA and Sumner will compete in the morning meet at 9 a.m., and Bucksport will compete in the afternoon meet at 1:30 p.m.last_img read more

Brazil’s Bahia blank Uruguay ‘s Atletico Cerro in Copa Sudamericana First Leg

first_imgSalvador, July 26: Bahia beat Uruguay ‘s Atletico Cerro 2-0 here in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana second-round tie.Neither team was especially impressive on Wednesday night at Salvador’s Roberto Santos Stadium, where police had to break up brawls in the stands between Brazilian and Uruguay fans, reports EFE news agency.Gilberto opened the scoring with a header off a corner kick in the 53rd minute and Regis converted a penalty 20 minutes later to seal the outcome of a match characterized by constant interruptions. IANSlast_img

Clay helps lift Wisconsin to victory

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThings didn’t start well for John Clay in his secondgame as a Badger. Wisconsin trailed 14-0 when the running back came in for hisfirst carry of the game, but the freshman fumbled the ball and was taken outafter the 2-yard loss. By the time Clay got back into the contest, UW had builta big lead and Clay was ready to help extend it.“Little nervous,” Claysaid about his start. “I always get nervous when I’m out there, and it kind ofshowed when I dropped the ball. After I got that out of my system, I was goodto go.”The running back finished the game with 11 carries for56 yards and a pair of touchdowns.While he finished with a significant number of carries,most of them came when the outcome was no longer in doubt, but that’s fine withClay.“It was no problem; Ijust come in whenever they need me,” Clay said. “I’m here to help the team.”When they did need him,Clay was a force to be reckoned with. He bowled over defenders, not shying awayfrom contact and continued to establish himself as a tough runner.“You can see on some ofthose runs when we gets his shoulders and his knees going, he’s prettyeffective,” head coach Bret Bielema said.After scoring his firsttouchdown last week, Clay’s celebration had been a little too much according toBielema. Against Marshall, it wasn’t a problem.“I just handed the ballto the ref,” Clay said. Beckum sits againTight end Travis Beckumsat out again Saturday. The Badgers’ leading receiver from a season ago has notplayed in either of Wisconsin’s first two games because of a hamstring injury. “[Beckum] tried to go a little bitThursday, but I basically said if he isn’t [going to] practice on Thursday,we’re not going to play him on Saturday,” Bielema said. “He went through areally good workout [Friday] as well as [Saturday], so we should have him full-gofor next week.”Bielema also mentioned linebacker Jonathan Casillashad been close to playing. Fullback Chris Pressley, who sat last week, was ableto return to action against Marshall. Kicking game impressiveWisconsin might have started out a little flat Saturday,but one Badger who was impressive from the beginning was punter Brad Nortman.Nortman’s first punt of the game went 57 yards, and hefinished the game averaging 47.7 yards per punt. “I don’t know what the first punt’s hang time was,but it was amazing,” Bielema said.Philip Welch also looked good in his second game,hitting a 45-yard field goal that Bielema thought might have been a little outof his range.“That was into a prettystiff breeze. I had to be talked into it, give [specialists coach] CharliePartridge kudos.” Bielema said. “I had 41[yards] on my sheet. That was gonna bethe max.”“I thought TaylorMelhalff was confident. Philip, he thinks he could kick a 75-yard field goal ifhe has to,” the coach added.Welch is now 2-2 onfield goals this season.“I think our kickinggame could be a strength,” Bielema said.last_img read more

MBB : Moussa Keita to have surgery in near future

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse freshman center Baye Moussa Keita will undergo surgery ‘in the near future,’ said director of athletic communications Pete Moore on Tuesday.Moore said the team is not releasing any more information about the surgery, but that it would likely happen next week.Moussa Keita injured his left wrist midway through the 2010-11 SU season, though Moore did not confirm the surgery will be on the wrist. As early as the Orange’s Feb. 2 win at Connecticut, Moussa Keita’s wrist was heavily wrapped with white tape.His wrist remained taped through the rest of the season — including at SU’s practices — until the Orange’s season ended with a 66-62 loss to Marquette on March 20 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.Moussa Keita said after SU’s 90-68 loss to Seton Hall on Jan. 25 that his wrist was ‘sore,’ but he would play through it. According to The Post-Standard, Moussa Keita said after the Orange’s Feb. 19 win over Rutgers that he received an injection to the wrist that allowed him to play through the bothersome pain.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMoussa Keita played just four minutes in Syracuse’s Tournament loss to Marquette, spending most of the second half on the SU sidelines with a towel draped over his head.After the game, his performance, combined with that of fellow freshman center Fab Melo, prompted SU head coach Jim Boeheim to say the duo ‘wasn’t ready’ for Tournament play.Moussa Keita figures to be an important part of the Syracuse rotation next season. With senior Rick Jackson departing, Moussa Keita will look to continue contributing from the starting center position, which he took over at the Orange’s game at Louisville on Feb. 12.In 35 games that included 10 starts, Moussa Keita averaged 2.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.Melo will also return down low, and Syracuse will welcome the addition of incoming freshman Rakeem Christmas. Sophomore DaShonte Riley, who redshirted this season with an injury similar to a stress fracture in his right foot, will also play for the Orange.bplogiur@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on March 28, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Jamaica, Curacao advance to Caribbean Cup finals

first_imgDefending champions Jamaica and Curacao will contest the finals of the Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup on Sunday following victories over French Guiana and Martinique respectively in Fort-de-France, Martinique Thursday night.Ten-man Jamaica battled back from a goal down to take French Guiana to penalties before advancing 4-2 from the spot.The Reggae Boyz were forced to work hard to get the better of their opponents who were bolstered by the presence of former Chelsea star Florent Malouda. French Guiana’s enterprising play had Jamaica on the back foot early and it paid off in the 10th minute when Ludovic Baal put them 1-0 up.However, as Malouda’s influence on the game waned, Jamaica managed to level the score in the 70th minute when Jermaine Johnson lashed in a low cross inside the box. The Reggae Boyz muffed several good chances to win in extra time but French Guiana held on to take the game to penalties.However, after Michael Binns missed Jamaica’s first penalty, Owayne Gordon, Shamar Nicholson, Oneil Fisher and Cory Burke all scored for to ensure that the six-time champions advanced to Sunday’s finals 4-2. Rudy Evens and Jean-David Legrand muffed their spot kicks for French Guiana who will play off for third place as consolation.Jamaica was joined in the final by Curacao who rallied from a goal down to defeat Martinique 2-1.Yoann Arquin had given the home team the lead in the 17th minute. The lead would hold until the 57th minute when Gevaro Nepomuceno pulled Curacao level from the penalty spot. They would go on to take the lead in 76 when Rangelo Janga head home a cross after being left unmarked inside the box.last_img read more

“No One is Above the Law” Says Trinidad Prime Minister

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley Thursday said he was not immediately made aware of the arrest of his former public administration minister, Marlene McDonald, but defended the actions of the police insisting that “no one is above the law”.Rowley, speaking at the weekly Cabinet news conference also defended his decision to appoint McDonald as a Cabinet minister, despite having fired her on two previous occasions since the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) came to office in September 2015.He reminded journalists that the investigations into the former minister dates back to 2008 when she was a part of the Patrick Manning administration and according to the charges as read in court, the police probe of alleged money laundering, misbehaviour in public office and fraud continued under the People’s partnership government that succeeded the Manning administration.“I have no doubt whatsoever that there are people in this country who would have preferred for those allegations to have been made about me and for me to be directly and personally responsible and held in handcuffs for public money,” Rowley said, dismissing suggestions that he had not acted swiftly in dismissing McDonald soon after she had been brought in for questioning last Thursday.“What was my judgement….wrongdoing in 2008 had nothing to do with me and my government. 2009, I was not even there. 2010 the government changed, the wrongdoing by the allegations you would have seen in the papers continued 2011, 2012, 2013 under a different government.‘You know you in the media have elements of that government calling on this prime minister to account for something that happened under two governments, none of which was mine and between 2011 and 2013 when the public money was apparently moving around I wasn’t aware as opposition leader that government was on top of that,” Rowley said.McDonald has been released on two million dollars (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) bail after being charged with four other people on several charges of conspiracy to defraud the government.Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earl Caddle also set bail at TT$500, 000 for Michael Carew, 74, who is McDonald’s husband, one million dollars for Edgar Zephyrine, 75, the former head of the National Commission for Self Help, TT$100, 000 for 66-year-old contractor Wayne Anthony and TT$400,000 for another contractor, Victor McEachrane, 65.They are due to return to court on September 9.The magistrate read a total of 49 charges with the crimes allegedly taking place between November 8, 2007, and August 11, 2017.McDonald, 61, who was sacked by Prime Minister Rowley on Monday, faces seven charges, including two for conspiracy to defraud the state. She is also is charged with misbehaviour in public office.The allegations are that McDonald approved millions of dollars in funds for organizations linked to at least two of the accused and in addition all of the accused received the funds knowing or having reasonable grounds to the effect that it was criminal property and constituted criminal conduct in the form of conspiracy to defraud the government. The 49 charges were laid indicatbly and the accused were not called upon to plead.Rowley said that the action by the police underscores the move by his administration to change the issue of dealing with white-collar crime adding that where the opposition is regarding the unfolding situation as a “crisis” in the country, “we are saying to you the people of Trinidad and Tobago feel good about it, this is how it is supposed to happen.“This is how it is happening for the first time. Exactly what you want to happen is happening. That if persons, especially public officials misconduct themselves there must be policing to identify the misconduct and the persons must be held accountable and it will end up as a trial in the courthouse where they are innocent until proven guilty.“That is what you want and when I say we are building a new society that is what the new society is to expect,” Rowley said, insisting that “no one should be above the law”.“I have said before that corruption had become a way of life in Trinidad and Tobago and we have to address it and that’s why I am a little surprise that as it is being addressed you could see a crisis and all those who want to look round corner and they know what’s around the corner and the future of the PNM, the future of the government and the future of the prime minister…I am in the least worried about that,” Rowley said, adding “I wasn’t elected to be re-elected”He told reporters that the police had been able to perform their duties without informing him or the Minister of National Security.“As Prime Minister of this country and as chairman of the National Security Council, a minister is in custody. The systems in this country are as such that they are so secure that nobody in officialdom communicated with me as Prime Minister to indicate that there is substance to what is going on here either before or during that a minister is in custody for this reason……Rowley said that he was only informed on Sunday about the arrest officially “but there are some people saying the minute I heard that the DPP had granted clearance for the police to proceed I should have fired the minister.“The first time I had any official information was…on Sunday night. That was the first time an official told me in my official capacity as Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago that this minister and the information I was getting then wasn’t that she was being questioned (but) that the minister is being charged …“So for the first time I now know exactly what the situation is and by Monday morning …steps were taken to have the minister removed from the Cabinet,” Rowley said, telling reporters that prior to the latest police investigations, he had been given assurances by McDonald that she was innocent of the allegations that had been the subject of investigations by the Integrity Commission.last_img read more

Clippers sale agreement would make Shelly Sterling ‘Clippers Number 1 Fan’ for life

first_imgThe term sheet from that sale states that Shelly can spin 10 percent of the organization into a foundation “dedicated to benefiting children, minorities, abused women, and other causes,” and could be named The Shelly Sterling Foundation. Sterling would run the foundation, and she and Ballmer would each have the right to appoint six members to its board of directors.Sterling would not control any part of the Clippers’ management or operations. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a Sunday press conference that he encouraged Sterling to start a foundation with proceeds from the sale.However, Sterling must decide by Sunday whether or not to hold the 10 percent or some smaller share of the Clippers in a foundation, with that $2 billion price tag decreased accordingly. If she does not, 100 percent of the franchise will be sold to Ballmer.Ballmer also has a 90-day window to buy back the percentage upon Sterling’s death. In addition to her two titles as fan and owner, Sterling will also receive a number of lifetime perks as part of the sale agreement.She will receive a pair of courtside tickets for all Clippers games at Staples Center, including 10 tickets in section 101 or 111. She will get 12 VIP passes to each game, as well as six parking spaces in the Lot C Garage. The deal also applies should the Clippers move to a different arena.If the Clippers win the NBA title, Sterling will receive three championship rings.But the term sheet itself also conditioned in part “on the absence of injunction, restraining order or other governmental order or action” that could challenge the sale.Donald Sterling is still contesting the sale of the team he has owned since 1981. Shelly Sterling is pushing the sale by declaring herself sole trustee, citing neurologists’ findings that her husband was mentally incapacitated, a claim denied by Donald Sterling’s attorneys.Shelly Sterling’s attorneys asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Wednesday to confirm her right to sell the Clippers. A hearing is set for July 7. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img For the rest of her life, Shelly Sterling will officially be known as “Clipper’s Number 1 Fan” and “Owner Emeritus.”That was one of several stipulations in the binding term sheet the Clippers owner signed with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, one that also detailed how Sterling could spin off a portion of the franchise into a charitable foundation.The sale agreement was made public after it was submitted to the court Wednesday by Shelly Sterling’s attorneys, who are seeking confirmation of her legal authority to sell the team without husband Donald Sterling’s consent.Shelly Sterling has the option to keep up to 10 percent of the Clippers in a charitable foundation, according to the binding term sheet she signed with Ballmer. Although she is still embroiled in a legal dispute with her husband over control of their family trust — and consequently, control of the team — Shelly Sterling agreed to sell the team to Ballmer on May 29 for a record $2 billion.last_img read more

Warriors continue to clamp down on Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari

first_imgTypically a forward, the versatile Green played 21 minutes and finished a team-high plus-nine in the 113-105 defeat. He finished with six points, going 1 for 2 from the field, making his only 3-point attempt and three of his four free throws.“He’s another big who can stretch the floor,” the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley said. “Doc did a great job of making the adjustments, and as a unit, we were able to switch a little bit more, get stops, run. … (But) we kind of put him in a bad position with (Warriors center Andrew) Bogut.”Acknowledged the 7-foot Bogut: “They went very small, they started the game with Green at the 5, so we knew we had the rebounding advantage, especially for me.”Bogut pulled down 10 rebounds and Green grabbed two – and a pair of guards shared leading rebounder honors: Steph Curry and Beverley also finished with 10 apiece. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Additionally, the freebies Gallinari works so hard for have been harder to come by: The NBA’s fourth-best regular-season foul shooter (90.4 percent) is finding the playoffs less charitable.In four first-round games, he’s made 19 of 21 free throws but has gotten only 5.3 attempts per game. In the regular season, Gallinari averaged 5.4 free throws made per game on six foul shots per game.Still, the Clippers are keeping the faith in their Italian standout as they try to extend the series.“Gallo’s a pro, he knows what he needs to do to get going,” said Lou Williams, who also has felt the Warriors’ defensive bite, scoring a total of 28 points in the past two games after scoring a combined 61 in the series’ first two.“(Gallinari is) gonna come out, he’s gonna play hard next game,” echoed Wilson Chandler, a forward who this season was reunited with Gallinari on their third team together. “Gallo’s a pro.”STARTING GREENSeeking help creating space to work with offensively, Clippers coach Doc Rivers inserted the 6-9 JaMychal Green into the starting lineup at center Sunday in place of Ivica Zubac, who didn’t play.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory In the regular-season, Gallinari hit 51.9 percent of his “wide open” 3-pointers, or those taken with a defender positioned 6 feet or farther away, according to nba.com/stats. And 17 percent of his 3-point attempts in the regular season were of the wide-open variety.But during this best-of-seven first-round series – the Clippers trail 3-1 with Game 5 on Wednesday in Oakland – Gallinari hasn’t been nearly as good when he’s gotten those really good looks. More than 23 percent of his 25 3-pointers this series have been of the wide-open variety, and only 26.7 percent of them have gone in.“The playoffs are … a different deal for everybody,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “You’re so much more locked in defensively. You can see what the Clippers are trying to take away with our 3-point shooting, and that’s what we’re trying to do to them, too.“We know what a huge factor and key Gallinari is for them, so we’re doing our best to try to pressure him, stay in front of him and challenge every shot, because when he has big games, the Clippers generally win. He’s a real key for them.” LOS ANGELES — The Warriors have made life heck on Danilo Gallinari.The Clippers have been clear about their need to get Gallinari going; conversely, top-seeded Golden State understands that as Gallo goes, so go the Clippers.And so the two-time defending NBA champs have focused much of their substantial defensive energy on slowing the Clippers’ normally steady scorer, shading defenders his way, quickly sending help, using their great length to impede his progress.They’ve got the 6-foot-10 forward fighting so hard that he’s even fighting himself on open looks.last_img read more