Court-issued writ illegal, PECO tells consumers

first_imgILOILO City – It is “business asusual”, beleaguered Panay Electric Co. (PECO) assured consumers in a letterthat criticized as “illegal” the court-issued writ of possession that allowedMORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) to “forcibly”  take over some of its properties. Contreras specifically called outAtty. Elamparo for “malicious statements on air, of an alleged meeting with thejudge of a certain MORE personality the day before the writ was served,alluding to the court’s conspiracy with the plaintiff.” Contreras is scheduled to hear PECO’sMotion of Clarification today, March 6. “PECO will be seeking clarificationand rectification from the local RTC during the upcoming hearings,” accordingto Cacho. On March 2, Contreras warned both MOREPower and PECO to “strictly observe the gag order” issued by Judge Amular whopreviously heard their expropriation case. “The fight is not yet over,” declaredCacho. Despite the “illegal seizure” of PECOproperties by MORE Power, Cacho assured consumers “your PECO family is stillthe one that continues to operate and attend to your needs.” “There is a pending case in the SupremeCourt and a minor court like the RTC cannot execute anything with finalityuntil the case is decided in the Supreme Court, the highest court of the land,”read part of the letter signed by PECO president and chief executive officerLuis Miguel Cacho. In a Manila press conference on March3, Elamparo discussed PECO’s supplemental petition to its existing request forthe Court of Appeals (CA) to nullify three Iloilo court orders that paved theway for MORE Power’s “forcible, deceptive and intimidating” takeover of itsstations and facilities. By coming out with the letter, PECOappears to be taking its case directly to consumers. “Our valued customers may go to thePECO main office to apply for connections, inquire about their bills, andsettle their bills. Our accredited collection agencies and banks are alsocollecting payments as usual,” according to Cacho. He further assured consumers, “We areexhausting all legal remedies to regain control of our own substations,vehicles, materials, and equipment.”center_img Contreras also warned MORE Power andPECO against resorting to “any form of propaganda” that would undermine thecourt’s integrity and credibility. The letter was referring to theRegional Trial Court, Branch 23 of Presiding Judge Emerald Requina-Contreras. “PECO still owns all its powerdistribution assets,” according to Cacho. “While MORE Power may have takencontrol of some of our facilities, they do not own any of these.” She also stressed she was “notdissuaded to further hear the case with utmost impartiality.” “We will also be filing cases againstthose parties involved in the unjust implementation of the writ of possession,”Cacho added. PECO asked the CA to issue a temporaryrestraining order stopping the continued implementation of an Iloilocourt-issued writ of possession, as well as a status quo ante order that would“restore” its possession of the substations and other properties that it claimswere illegally seized by MORE. She lamented that Contrerasdisregarded the pending Supreme Court (SC) case on the constitutionality ofMORE Power’s franchise and the standing order on the suspension of theexpropriation proceedings against PECO issued by Judge Antonio Gerardo Amularof RTC, Branch 35. He advised consumers not to pay toMORE Power “because they have no legal basis to operate our services yet and,as such, your payments to MORE Power may just go to waste.”/PN On Feb. 29, PECO legal counselEstrella Elamparo described as “unprecedented in its irregularity” the takeoverof PECO’s properties, and “illegal, if not criminal” the manner by which it wasaccomplished. Meanwhile, Cacho reassured consumers“our operations continue as usual.”last_img read more

FAITH IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS Catholics told to hear mass thru…

first_imgBut Colada said priests would continueto say daily Masses in their parish churches with only a “handful of needed andhealthy attendees e.g. lectors, acolytes, choir, regulated by safety protocol,especially social distancing.” Father Angelo Colada, chairperson of theArchdiocese of Jaro’s social communication office, advised the faithful toattend church service through Facebook live streaming or Masses aired live onlocal television networks and radio stations.  He disclosed that Treñas has discussedwith Most Reverend Jose Romeo Lazo, Archbishop of Jaro on Sunday further precautionarymeasures to keep worshipers safe from illness. The CBCP also appealed to priests andthe clergy to follow hygiene protocol requested by the Department of Healthsuch as proper handwashing and avoidance of body contact. ILOILO – Catholics should find ways toattend Mass even without being physically present at the sanctuary as biggatherings are discouraged to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “We have to follow the regulation of thegovernment because sila ya ang expert kon anoang i-recommend nila para sa aton because ang priority naton is ikaayonglawas especially at risk tungod sang COVID-19,”Colada told Panay News. Colada, for his part, said the Dioceseof Jaro is ready to cancel all public Masses, saying they can’t compromise thehealth of the public. Colada’s call came after Mayor Jerry Treñasissued an advisory to cancel all “religious services, masses and the like” in IloiloCity for two weeks as part of precautionary measures against COVID-19. “I am asking everyone to please cancelall religious services, masses and the like in Iloilo City for the next twoweeks as our move to restrict and prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus. Thisvirus is one of the most infectious and virulent one to hit the world and we inthe local government are only trying to keep out city safe,” said Treñas. These are some measures where Catholics couldstill fulfill their Sunday obligation without risking exposure to the virus, hesaid. Earlier, the Catholic Bishops’Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) advised those who are feeling unwellphysically to refrain from liturgical assemblies until they are certain oftheir diagnosis. FAITH VS FEARCatholic devotees kneel and pray at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Jaro, Iloilo City. Due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, the Archdiocese of Jaro changed some customs to keep worshipers safe from the fast spreading disease. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Liturgical spaces should be disinfectedafter every liturgical service and hand sanitizers placed at the doors ofchurches for church goers./PNlast_img read more

Florida Woman Pulls Gator Out of Her Yoga Pants During Traffic Stop

first_imgThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is now taking over the investigation. Just when you thought Florida couldn’t get any weirder.The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said a woman pulled an alligator (mouth not taped shut) out of her pants during a traffic stop after she was asked, “Do you have anything else?”She also had 41 three-striped turtles in the vehicle.I swear I’ve seen gators in yoga pants before. I thought it was just me.— Ric Fiero (@RicFieroPhx) May 7, 2019last_img read more

MOPH/Milo U-18 Schools football…

first_imgRichard Ishmael, Sir Leon Lessons big winners on day-threeTHERE were big wins for Richard Ishmael Secondary and Sir Leon Lessons on day-three of the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) /Milo U-18 schools football tournament yesterday.Played at the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue, Richard Ishmael in the opening game trounced Brickdam 7-2 in a goal-scoring frenzy.Braces from Sevon Winter (14th and 42nd), Tamil Hutson (52nd and 53rd) and Trevon December (63rd and 65th) coupled with Azandee King (32nd) ensured that the Woolford Avenue side got the better of their Brickdam opponents.Dequan Duke (24th) and Kevin Davis (45th) were on target for the losers.Game two ended 2-1 in favour of Christ Church as Cummings Lodge’s Frederick Ketwaroo 38thmin strike was surpassed by Shemar Adams (17th) and Shemar Morrison (50th)Queenstown got past South Ruimveldt 2-0 thanks to Jermaine Padmore (23rd) and Shemar Foster (65th).Game four was a rout for Sir Leon Lessons who bombarded Carmel,with a double from Adrian Aaron (19th and 65th) while a goal each came from Meshach Barratt (6th), Omari James (9th) and Tyrese Forde (33rd)Meanwhile, action continues today when North Georgetown Secondary takes on Central High School, Dolphin Secondary goes head-to-head with School of the Nation Secondary, Mae’s Secondary tackles St. George’s Secondary and Queen’s College opposes Tutorial High .last_img read more

USC falls in finale

first_imgGiven the opportunity to upset No. 1 Notre Dame in the 84th edition of the storied intersectional rivalry, USC flashed the talent and explosiveness that emboldened many preseason prognosticators to ticket the Trojans — not the Irish — for a date in January’s BCS national championship game in Miami.Goal-line stand · After a pass interference penalty gave USC a first-and-goal at the one-yard line in the fourth quarter, the Trojans couldn’t advance the ball on any of their next four plays. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanUnfortunately, the Trojans were once again bedeviled by inopportune miscues en route to a 22-13 loss before a sellout crowd of 93,607 fans, many of whom were cheering on the Irish’s special season.“It’s very difficult for everyone in our locker room with so many things not going well this season,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “I was hoping today we would finish different with the backup quarterback and be part of history, knocking [Notre Dame] out of the national championship game.”Continuing their recent trend of slow starts, the Trojans quickly fell behind 10-0 only a week after digging themselves into a 24-point hole at UCLA in the first half. After Notre Dame kicker Kyle Brindza’s 27-yard field goal on the first series and a fruitless drive for USC on its first possession, Notre Dame rattled off a 12-play, 87-yard drive, which tailback Theo Riddick capped with a nine-yard touchdown scamper after the Irish converted three separate third-down opportunities. On the evening, Riddick rushed for 146 yards on 20 carries and accounted for the Irish’s only touchdown.“They were powerful today,” sophomore linebacker Hayes Pullard said of the Notre Dame offense. “It was electrifying out there; kudos to most of their offensive linemen. They recognized our defense and got up to the second level and were able to run up and down.”Undeterred, redshirt freshman quarterback Max Wittek, after missing his first three passes in the previous series, roared back with five consecutive completions in a drive that culminated in an 11-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Robert Woods.“Woody’s a great receiver, and he’s so smart,” Wittek said. “He knows defenses, so it’s easy to be on the same page with a guy like that.”During the Senior Day festivities before the contest, senior quarterback Matt Barkley strode out of the Coliseum tunnel in street clothes, stopping to embrace Kiffin, before flashing the victory ‘V’ sign to the Coliseum faithful.Kiffin momentarily choked up upon describing the scene in his post-game media session.“It’s just wrong,” Kiffin said of Barkley’s injury. “That shouldn’t have happened to that kid. I just felt for him, my heart just felt for him. That kid didn’t deserve for it to end like that.”Wittek, Barkley’s replacement, valiantly embraced the steep challenge of facing the NCAA’s No. 1 scoring defense — Notre Dame only allowed 10.1 points per game before Saturday — and subbing in for the fan favorite Barkley.“Obviously the circumstances with Matt not being able to play in the game is what really sucks about it,” said Wittek, who finished his starting debut 14 of 23 for 186 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. “Looking at him, being with him the past five to six years at Mater Dei and then here … for him to not be able to play in this rivalry game — this last home game — was pretty sad.”Notre Dame and USC proceeded to trade field goals in their next possessions before USC had the ball with 1:25 remaining in the first half and trailing by three points.Wittek squandered the opportunity to pull USC ahead, however, as he lofted a pass — intended for sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee — approximately 70 yards down field that Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell hauled in for an interception.The Irish capitalized on the turnover in their subsequent offensive possession. After moving the ball to USC’s 35-yard line with 10 seconds remaining, quarterback Everett Golson scrambled for eight seconds before rifling a pass that fell incomplete. Unluckily for USC, time had yet to expire in the half, giving the Irish the chance to eke a 52-yard field goal over the uprights’ crossbar, which staked them to a 16-10 lead at halftime.The second half also began inauspiciously, as Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te’o snared his seventh interception of the season on Wittek’s first pass. The game continued to spiral out of control for USC as the Trojans’ offense failed to find the end zone.“Notre Dame showed me that they have phenomenal senior leadership,” Kiffin said. “You can see those guys understand the game; they’re not very exotic, but they don’t screw up.”Following the Irish’s fourth field goal, USC countered with a 13-play, 80-yard drive in which it appeared the Trojans scored a touchdown on a four-yard completion to Lee. Before the play, however, Kiffin called a timeout, thus negating the score. After an unsuccessful third-down attempt, USC settled for a 21-yard field goal.Further fueling the frustration, USC was set up at Notre Dame’s 1-yard line with four minutes remaining in the game, seeking to score a touchdown to draw the score to 22-20. After two unsuccessful quarterback sneaks and a stuffed run play for senior tailback Curtis McNeal, Kiffin called for a play-action rollout pass to redshirt freshman fullback Soma Vainuku. Vainuku bobbled the pass and the ball squirted between his legs. hitting the ground and effectively sealing the defeat.“In the second half I thought we didn’t move the ball very well, especially in the third quarter on offense,” Kiffin said. “They’re the No. 1 goal line defense in the country two years in a row for a reason.”USC must now regroup for its bowl game after losing both of its rivalry games this season and dropping four of five contests.“No one imagined losing five games with the talent that we have,” Wittek said. “Things didn’t exactly turn out how we wanted them to, but I couldn’t express any more pride in my team — being able to go to battle with them was definitely special.”last_img read more

Freshman Alex Steigelfest is emerging as one of Nicky Adams’ leaders for the future

first_img Published on October 1, 2019 at 11:13 pm Contact Tim: When Santa Monica (California) High School trailed 2-0 after allowing its second first-half goal, then-senior forward Alex Steigelfest watched as her teammates’ heads dropped.At halftime, she waited for head coach Jimmy Chapman to leave the huddle before stepping up herself. She wasn’t a captain, she wasn’t the team’s best player, but for one of the final times of her high school career, Steigelfest gave her go-to pep talk.“Regroup, gather your thoughts, focus on the game and nothing else,” Steigelfest remembers saying. “We are here for one purpose and one reason only, and that’s to win and give it your all.”Instead of its second defeat to Palos Verdes in several days, Santa Monica scored three second-half goals to capture its first South Torrance Holiday Tournament in school history. Steigelfest recorded an assist in the final and was named to the All-Tournament team.Now a freshman forward for Syracuse (2-6-2, 0-2-1 Atlantic Coast), Steigelfest has appeared in six matches, including a start and a career-high 73 minutes played against Fordham on Sept. 15. While she’s yet to make an impact on the stat sheet, she’s made an impression on her coaches and teammates as a leader – despite never being named a captain in her soccer career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I would say it’s something that developed over time,” her father, David Steigelfest, said. “She’s always been very dedicated in soccer.”Steigelfest began playing soccer as a 5-year-old in Santa Monica. She displayed an unrivaled work ethic from the start, David said. However, she was also more reserved, unlike the typical captain in youth sports.Her freshman year of high school, Steigelfest solely played junior varsity. By sophomore year, she earned varsity minutes but didn’t start. The Vikings won their conference, the Oceanic League, behind tremendous leadership from their seniors, Steigelfest said. Leadership that was absent as Steigelfest became an upperclassmen. The following season, Steigelfest started occasionally but not consistently enough to wear the captain’s armband.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorWhile Steigelfest denies being disappointed when she wasn’t named a captain as a senior, David sensed she truly felt otherwise. He reinforced to his daughter that high school soccer wasn’t the “end-all, be-all.” She was a strong student and an accomplished violinist, but her first passion was soccer, and she had already committed to playing at SU.No designated captain on the Vikings took a real leadership role her senior year, Steigelfest said, so she decided to take initiative. She brought a whole new demeanor to the pitch, being much more vocal and energized like that January match against Palos Verdes.While David refuses to take credit, Steigelfest insists she’s just following her father’s example, who’s “been the boss throughout his whole life,” she said.David, the founder of esports-startup Super League Gaming, graduated from SU in 1989. One time, David took a picture of his daughter wearing a No. 44 jersey when she was four years old. She decided to follow him when she committed at the end of her junior year, in May 2018.From the first day of preseason at Syracuse, Steigelfest’s character made an impression on her teammates and coaches. Georgia Allen, whom head coach Nicky Adams has called the team’s “ultimate professional,” was particularly struck by the freshman’s awareness.“She’s very good at one-to-one, checking in with you,” Allen said.“Alex California,” as Allen refers to her, also struck a chord with the senior midfielder for her attention to detail. Steigelfest values tidiness of the locker room and accountability, regardless of a player’s role on the team.Adams was hesitant to speculate about Steigelfest’s future, but Steigelfest may one day get the armband she’s never had.“She has a lot of growth to do as a soccer player,” Adams said, “but as a person she’s got it handled 100%.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Hearts new coach arrives with cautious optimism

first_imgHearts of Oak’s new Serbian trainer, Vucicevic Nebojsa arrived last night to assume his rather arduous duty of overseeing a revesal in the fortunes of a club that has had little smiles this season.A hopeful Nebojsa told Joy Sports’ Tony Bebli he is well aware that he has a tough task of ensuring the Phobians play well again this season.The 44-year-old has an immediate task of selecting his first team squad of 25 before the league resumes in five weeks time.He said he had all the information about the club that he needed to make the right decisions.Coach Nebojsa said he knew there will be intense pressure on him to achieve results and he is bracing for it.There are high expectations of the new coach and club’s CEO, Fred Crentsil is confident the Serbian will turn things around. He said the club was losing all its matches in the latter parts of the game and in most cases by one goal margins.Mr Crentsil believes the new coach will assess the situation and find an antidote to it.Vucicevic will be at the Accra Sports stadium this Sunday to see his team take on lower division side Pure Joy in the MTN FA Cup round of 64 matches. And former Hearts Coach Nii Noi Thompson who now manages Pure Joy FC believes it’s the best time to play his former side.“We are working very hard for this match and as you already know, this is a knockout match and when you lose the match, you are out of the competition so we won’t want to lose this match,” he said.Source: Joy News/Ghanalast_img read more

NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, others in Week 16

first_imgMORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureThree divisions already had been clinched entering Week 16, and two more were settled this week, as the Patriots and Texans became champions of the AFC East and AFC South, respectively.In addition, two teams that had not yet clinched playoff berths, the Vikings and Texans, did so in Week 16.Below are all the NFL playoff clinching scenarios for the six teams that had chances to stamp their postseason statuses in Week 16, followed by a complete playoff picture.NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 16Green Bay Packers (11-3)(at Vikings)Packers clinch NFC North title with:Packers win or tieDallas Cowboys (7-7)(at Eagles)Cowboys clinch NFC East title with:Cowboys winMinnesota Vikings (10-4)(vs. Packers)Vikings clinch playoff berth with:Vikings win or tie ORRams loss or tie(UPDATE: The Vikings clinched a playoff berth with the Rams’ loss to the 49ers on Saturday.)MORE: How Vikings can win NFC North over PackersBaltimore Ravens (12-2)(at Browns)Ravens clinch a first-round bye with:Ravens win or tie ORChiefs loss or tie ORPatriots lossRavens clinch home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:Ravens win ORRavens tie AND Patriots loss or tie ORChiefs loss or tie AND Patriots loss(UPDATE: The Ravens clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with their win over the Browns on Sunday.)New England Patriots (11-3)(vs. Bills)Patriots clinch AFC East with:Patriots win or tie(UPDATE: The Patriots clinched the AFC East with their win over the Bills on Saturday.)Patriots clinch a first-round bye with:Patriots win AND Chiefs loss or tie ORPatriots tie AND Chiefs lossHouston Texans (9-5)(at Buccaneers)Texans clinch AFC South title with:Texans win ORTexans tie AND Titans tie ORTitans loss(UPDATE: The Texans clinched the AFC South and a playoff berth with their win over the Buccaneers on Saturday.)Texans clinch playoff berth with: As has been the case over the last couple weeks, six teams again had NFL playoff clinching scenarios in play for Week 16, which began with three games on Saturday and runs through a Monday night game in Minnesota that’s crucial for the playoff picture.Eight teams entered Week 16 having already clinched NFL playoff berths, leaving four spots to be claimed over the final two weeks of the season. The seedings in both the AFC and NFC brackets were undetermined, but that changed in Week 16. The Ravens became the first team to lock themselves into a No. 1 seed, which gives them home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Texans tie AND Steelers tie ORSteelers lossMORE: How Steelers can earn AFC wild cardNFL playoff pictureAFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.Baltimore Ravens13-2No. 1 seed; division; playoff berth2.New England Patriots12-3Division; playoff berth3.Kansas City Chiefs11-4Division; playoff berth4.Houston Texans10-5Division; playoff berth5.Buffalo Bills10-5No. 5 seed; playoff berth6.Tennessee Titans8-7-In the hunt: Steelers (8-7), Raiders (7-8)NFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.San Francisco 49ers12-3Playoff berth2.New Orleans Saints12-3Division; playoff berth3.Green Bay Packers11-3Playoff berth4.Philadelphia Eagles8-7-5.Seattle Seahawks​11-4Playoff berth6.Minnesota Vikings10-4Playoff berthIn the hunt: Cowboys (7-8)last_img read more

Greek Prime Minister asks Nikolaidis to save football

first_imgThe former head of AEK and Atlético de Madrid has already held a couple of meetings to assess the situation with the government team. Hellenic football is in a critical situation. Institutional leaders held a meeting with the representatives of the four large teams (Olympiakos, Panathinaikos, AEK and PAOK) to find the ways of a solution. The pressures and threats between them and the scandals do not cease. But the meeting served for very little. Mitsotakis and his team identify Nikolaidis as a charismatic and committed figure, who in the past did not hesitate to fight as a footballer against corruption. He came to clean up AEK as president and even raised the flag of the fight to end the power of the ultras.Nikolaidis, committed and combative.Strong, combative and not very malleable, Nikolaidis, precisely, also analyzed the disastrous situation of Greek football with AS. “All we have is talent, but we lack everything else,” he denounced. Mitsotakis would also recover with Nikolaidis the most golden history of Greek football as an emblem of that selection that was proclaimed champion of Europe in 2004. The Hellenic myth would be the strong man of the Federation that would carry out the change at all levels and that would be in charge to implement a sanitation plan with the approval of Gianni Infantino. Greek football continues to be mortally wounded. The escalation of scandals and the situation of permanent corruption denounced by many does not cease. Each day there is a new episode with which they have not been able to finish any of the measures, not even the use of foreign referees in some matches or the threat of suspension of the championship. Things do not change and the government tries to take action on the matter. A few days ago Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced in the House of Representatives a threat of Grexit for your clubs, preventing them from participating in continental competitions to follow this situation. He warned that he would resort to the help of FIFA and UEFA to find a solution. But for that he needs an iron man and the chosen one, if he accepts, is Demis Nikolaidis.last_img read more

Russell, JADCO face-off next Monday

first_imgLivingston Scott, Gleaner Writer The hearing into the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission’s (JADCO) appeal against the one year ban handed down to West Indies all-rounder, Andre Russell, is scheduled to take place over two days, Monday and Tuesday, at the Jamaica Conference Centre . Russell was banned for a year ban after he was found guilty for failing to file his whereabouts on three occasions, which amounts to a doping violation under World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) rules. The all-rounder was then sentenced to a 12 months layoff by a three-member tribunal in January of this year after a specially convened disciplinary panel found him guilty of being negligent in filing his whereabouts on three separate occasions within a 12-month period in 2015. The Jamaican’s ban is set to expire on January 30 of next year, but Russell could be out of the game for an additional year if JADCO is successful in this appeal .  A five member panel led by Justice Carl Harrison will hear the cases of both lawyers, Lackston Robinson, who will be representing JADCO and Russell’s attorney Patrick Foster on May 8 and 9 with JADCO pushing for the maximum two year ban for Russell.last_img read more