‘City doesn’t deserve lousy service’; councilors slam MORE brownouts

first_imgILOILO City – Long brownouts, scheduled and unscheduled, got on the nerves of Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) members. “Not only last Saturday did we suffer from a brownout but on other days, as well. MORE Power said it was fixing its facilities but 13 hours of no power are too much to bear. It is very hot and humid these days,” said Estante. Pther districts, too, suffered power interruptions, added Duron – parts of Molo, Arevalo and Jaro. But what’s happening now, he said, is that today’s brownouts appear much longer than those during the time of PECO. These power interruptions that stretched for up to 13 hours were such an inconvenience to residents and businesses, according to Councilor Ely Estante during the SP regular session yesterday. They demanded better service from MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) which promised Ilonggos better service when it applied for a power distribution franchise in 2018. * overheated connector near Mango Tree Restaurant on Guzman Street, Mandurriao Like Councilor Estante, he wondered why MORE Power insisted on using PECO’s power distribution facilities when it knew that these were already problematic. “I remember the words spoken and spread all over the city by the drumbeaters of MORE Power – that PECO was very irresponsible, that PECO had so many shortcomings in terms of service and frequent brownouts. We, the people, thus welcomed MORE Power. But now I am dismayed. My heart trembles in frustration. The things we complained about are still happening,” said Peñaredondo. This is not the time, stressed the councilor, “nga magpa-uyaya kita. The people of Iloilo deserve more (than brownouts). MORE Power promised more. We are still waiting for MORE to give us what they promised.” “We deserve to know its development plan. Hatagan kita plano kag time frame,” said Acap. “But nothing is happening. I have yet to hear its program of development for the next 11 months or one year,” said Peñaredondo. “How about if we call for an investigation in aid for legislation so that all questions sang mga tawo masabat,” Estante told fellow city councilors. Right now however, he said, “We feel desperate.” Councilor Alan Zaldivar, on the other hand, could not help but compare the current performance of MORE Power with that of PECO. Councilor Romel Duron, chairperson of the SP committee on public utilities, said scheduled power interruptions are understandable “but not long and unscheduled once like what happened last Saturday evening (June 20) until early Sunday morning affecting the entire district of Mandurriao.” For his part, Councilor Jay Treñas recalled the time MORE Power made assurances to the city council. He stressed the importance of the city’s having a reliable power supply and distribution system.center_img He also said Mayor Jerry Treñas and Cong. Julienne Baronda should “put pressure and remind MORE Power that the Ilonggos do not deserve lousy service as far as power is concerned.” “Sadto ang brownout tama ka frequent. Subong frequent man gihapon but mas malawig. Amo na nga may frustration sa mga Ilonggos. Ang problema pa gid, sa patay and andar sang kuryente ang ila mga kagamitan nagakalaguba,” added Treñas. * damaged primary line conductor across Chicken Sari-Sari Store/PN “Indi naton ma-set aside ang mag-compare. PECO fixed their feeders from three to four hours, five hours at the most. With MORE Power, siling nila i-fix nila but we have to wait for 13 hours para ma-restore ang electricity. This is too much,” said Zaldivar. Duron said MORE Power’s spokesperson Jonathan Cabrera offered the following explanation for the recent brownouts: The most senior SP member admitted he was “so enthusiastic” when MORE Power arrived. As well-financed company, he said, he expected MORE Power to be capable of giving better power distribution service. If not averted, the brownouts could adversely affect the local economy, he warned. Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo, for his part, said the power interruptions were dismaying. “I am calling the leaders of MORE Power to stand by their words. Give better and efficient service to the people of Iloilo City. We deserve it,” added Peñaredondo. * damaged suspension insulator and primary jumper dropping wire near McDonald’s at the Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao “Iloilo is a fast-growing city. It is the center of education and commerce, even tourism, in Western Visayas. Ilonggos seek a better life and comfortable life. Reliable power service is a very important component of development,” said Peñaredondo. “Ang MORE Power nagkadto diri sa aton sa city council…nag-assure sila sa atubang naton nga they will render service much better sang amo to nga tiempo sang PECO,” said Treñas. Meanwhile, Councilor Lyndon Acap said the city council should be appraised of MORE Power’s development plan or program for Iloilo City. * damaged suspension insulator along Oñate de Leon Street, Mandurriao MORE Power should have brought its own new and better power distribution facilities instead of just using the old and dilapidated system of previous power distributor Panay Electric Co. (PECO), stressed Estante. “If it has the financial capacity, it should put up new equipment para ipakita sa bug-os nga syudad nga capable sila,” saidZaldivar.last_img read more

Football Friday Sectionals Start Friday Night

first_imgWRBI Area Football Sectionals-1st Round Games.Class 3A-Sectional 30 on Country 103.9 WRBI.Batesville hosts Indian Creek.Class 4A-Sectional 23 on WRBIRADIO.COM.East Central at Connersville.Kickoff for the games will be at 7.  WRBI’s Countdown To Kickoff at 6.We will keep you updated with the other area Football Sectional games.Other Sectional 30 Games.Greensburg hosts Indy Marshall.Lawrenceburg at Hamilton Heights.Rushville at Guerin Catholic.Other Sectional 23 Games.Franklin County at Shelbyville.South Dearborn at Greenwood.Columbus East at Madison.Sectional 39.Milan hosts Triton Central.Indy Manual at Providence.Crawford County at Clarksville.Paoli at Eastern Pekin.Sectional 46.North Decatur hosts Edinburgh.South Decatur at West Washington.Indy Lutheran at Indy Howe.Trinity Lutheran at South Putnam.Indiana Sports Talk with Bob Lovell follows after the games.last_img read more

UPDATED: Active shooter reported at Richmond school

first_imgRichmond, In. — All Richmond Community School Corporation buildings are on lockdown due to an active shooter situation. Officials made the following post on social media around 8:40 a.m. Thursday:All RCS buildings are on lockdown. No one may enter or leave the buildings.Officials say the Dennis Middle School is secure at this time. Richmond, In. — (10:15 a.m. 12/13/18) Indiana State police have confirmed a teenage shooting victim at Dennis Middle School in Richmond has died. No other details have been released.Students in building where the shooting took place have been safely transferred to the Richmond High School.School officials say the building is secure.last_img read more

Minister sacks AFN Technical Director, recalls Secretary to Ministry

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has sacked Sunday Adeleye, the embattled Technical Director of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, making him the first casualty of radical reforms taking place in the sports ministry.Special Assistant to the Minister, Kola Daniel, said in a statement that Dare also ordered the recall of AFN Secretary General, Elijah Ademu, to the Ministry, while a new scribe would be announced in due course.“Adeleye’s removal followed the report of the Advisory Committee on the Poor Performance of Team Nigeria at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, Doha – Qatar 2019.“A letter from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to AFN President, Shehu Gusau, directed him to inform Adeleye of his sack.“Consequent on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee, I am further directed to convey the directive of the Honourable Minister for the immediate removal from office of Adeleye as Technical Director of the AFN.“This is on the account of ascertained gross misconduct. Accordingly, you are directed to convey to Adeleye in writing this directive and evidence of compliance delivered to the honourable minister,” the statement said.Daniel added that the Advisory Committee had in its report indicted Adeleye in varying degrees in the handling of the Federation’s affairs in Doha.Tags: afnElijah AdemuKola DanielSunday Darelast_img read more

Fit-again Rodwell out to impress

first_imgJack Rodwell hopes he has put his injury-plagued start to life at Manchester City behind him and is ready to play a more major role for Roberto Mancini’s side. Press Association The England midfielder cost City £12million when he signed from Everton last summer but he has made only nine appearances, two of them starts. Hamstring problems have been the main source of Rodwell’s frustration and he was out for more than three months between October and January. Since returning to fitness he has made three substitute appearances, including playing the final half-hour of the FA Cup fifth-round victory over Leeds on Sunday. The 21-year-old said: “I have been working really hard, keeping up my work and feeling as fit as ever.” center_img He added: “There is great competition, and I knew that when I joined, so I have to be patient, keep working, and see what happens. The manager knows how versatile I can be – I can play along the back as well, so I hope that is to my benefit in getting a few more games. “My main aim now is to stay fit. That has been my main problem for the last year or so, an inability to stay fit and shrug off little injuries. That has held me back and I think, if I can stay fit, the games will come.” Rodwell has left no stone unturned in attempting to solve his hamstring issues, including changing his car, and he is putting in an extra hour and a half’s work every day to try to ensure they are a thing of the past. He said: “You have to rule out everything and then nothing can be a problem. I think it has worked, but it is more to do with the gym work I have been doing with City. The physios have highlighted that and done a really good job. I have stuck to a six or seven-week programme where I have not had a day off. “I have hammered the work, done a lot of hamstring work and luckily, touch wood, it has worked. I intend to keep that up for the rest of my career. Hopefully I will stay fit and strong.” Rodwell, twice capped by England, has played most of his football in midfield but believes his future could lie in central defence and has his eye on a similar career progression to City captain Vincent Kompany. “Any player at City is prepared to play anywhere, and I’m no different,” said Rodwell. “Midfield, defence, I have even played out wide for Everton, so I will do a job anywhere and give 100 percent. Vinny is a good player, and I look up to him, watch his game and would definitely take the same path as him. He started out in midfield and is now one of the best centre-halves in the world.” last_img read more

Laudrup ponders Agustien action

first_img Press Association Agustien was given 33 penalty points on his licence by Neath Magistrates’ Court – in addition to six he already had – giving him a total of 39, 27 more than the banning limit of 12. While the 26-year-old pleaded guilty to one charge of speeding, he also failed to identify a driver on five occasions, four of which related to speeding and one to skipping a red light. When asked if he had decided whether to take any action against the Dutchman, Laudrup said: “Not yet. We will have to see what we will do about it, but I can’t lie – I don’t think it’s very good. Nobody is perfect, but Kemy is not 19 and it’s not only once or twice he has made a mistake – it’s many times.” Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is weighing up whether to discipline Kemy Agustien after the midfielder was banned from driving for a year.center_img He added: “It’s a negative thing for him and the club. “I believe players need to be role models for others. “In life, like in football, you have to learn from your mistakes and not repeat it another time. “I try to keep things separate, but I can’t sit here and say it doesn’t matter because it does.” Last year Agustien escaped with only a calf injury after he was involved in a crash in his native Holland which saw his car flip. last_img read more

Bojan to join Stoke’s summer tour

first_imgBojan Krkic will take another step towards full fitness on Stoke’s pre-season trip to Singapore – even though he will not play any games. Press Association But Potters left-back Erik Pieters will not travel to the Barclays Asia Trophy, which also features Everton, Arsenal and the Singapore Select XI, as he continues his rehabilitation following groin surgery this summer. Bojan’s promising first season in English football following his surprise transfer from Barcelona was cut short in January when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in an FA Cup tie at Rochdale. The 24-year-old returned for the start of Stoke’s pre-season training on Friday and assistant manager Mark Bowen has confirmed the Spaniard will travel to the Far East with the rest of the squad, although he will not be involved in any matches. “We didn’t really expect to see him on the first day, we thought it might be a week or 10 days but he’s come in with a smile on his face and he’s looking a million dollars,” Bowen told the Stoke Sentinel. “You just have this thing at the back of your mind that you have to keep a lid on him because the expectations from us all – fans, media, staff, players – we can’t wait for him to come back. “We still have to protect him – and from himself at times, because he’d want to pull his boots and the red and white stripes on next Wednesday against Everton if he could. “You’ve just got to make sure that when he does come back, he’s back for good. “At this stage we have to be very careful of non-contact, even if people are accidentally bumping into him, but he’s getting there.” Stoke will play Everton in their Asia Trophy opener on July 15 before meeting either Arsenal or the Singapore Select XI three days later. But Dutch defender Pieters, 26, will stay in the Potteries with the club’s medical staff in the hope of being ready for the Premier League opener at home to Liverpool on August 9. “I had surgery during the holidays and now I’m building my fitness back up,” Pieters told Stoke City Player. “I spoke with everyone here and we think the best choice is to stay back and let the boys focus on what’s happening over there. “Of course I will miss them but I think the best way is to stay here to try and get fitter with my own work. “This is now my fourth week and it’s around a six-week process. “I’m on schedule and everything feels good, it’s now time for me to push on.” last_img read more

Rory McIlroy overcomes food poisoning to remain in contention at HSBC Champions

first_imgRory McIlroy exceeded his expectations with an opening-round 68 in the HSBC Champions on Thursday, but still saw two of his Race to Dubai rivals ahead of him on the leaderboard in Shanghai. A flawless 63 gave Grace a one-shot lead over Thorbjorn Olesen, Kevin Kisner and Steven Bowditch, with England’s Danny Willett – who is second on the money list – another shot back alongside 2013 winner Dustin Johnson and fellow American Patrick Reed. McIlroy was taken ill on Tuesday and missed the following day’s pre-tournament pro-am, but could call on the experience of his four previous appearances in the event which have yielded four top-six finishes and a combined score of 52 under par. “(It was) probably a little better than I was expecting out there to be honest,” the world number three said. “When I was hitting balls this morning on the range I had not been out of bed for basically 48 hours, so I was really stiff. I needed to loosen up quite a lot, but when I got out there I felt pretty good. ” I’ve lost 10 pounds since being here. I can’t remember the last time I was this light. But hopefully (if I have) a couple of good meals over the next couple days and rehydrate I’ll be feeling a lot better. I’m looking forward to a good dinner tonight but hopefully it will stay inside my body. “Thankfully it was a decent start, and now I’m going to try to just get into the tournament. I’m d isappointed I missed three good chances coming in there on the front nine so it was a score I thought could have been a lot better, but considering the position I was in this time yesterday, it’s not a bad start.” Grace has won twice on the European Tour this season and was fourth in the US Open and third in the US PGA Championship, both times carding costly double bogeys at vital times in the final round. “Coming into these events, knowing that I’m sixth on the Race to Dubai, I know one good week can change everything and give it a last final push,” Grace said. “There’s a lot still to play for. “It was a fun day. From the start I started hitting the ball nicely and missed a couple of short putts which were costly. (My score) c ould have been lower but I made a couple of nice ones that cancelled the others out. The ball-striking was probably the best it’s been in a long time, so that was the main key today.” Willett, who is almost 400,000 points behind McIlroy, was disappointed to drop his only shot of the day on the ninth – his final hole – but delighted to still be in contention to end the year as European number one. ”I’ve not dropped out of the top two on the Order of Merit all year,” said Willett, who beat McIlroy in the first round of the Amateur Championship in 2007 and played on the same Walker Cup team a few months later. ”I suppose when you win Nedbank (Golf Challenge, in December 2014), it’s a pretty good leapfrog on everyone at the beginning of the season. It’s been nice to be up there. I think Rory overtook us somewhere in the middle and we’ve been trying to claw our way back ever since. ”I played pretty nicely last week, didn’t lose too much ground and again this week, you have to put yourself somewhere near and see what happens. I don’t think he (McIlroy) is playing next week and if you can be within touching distance going into Dubai, Dubai could be pretty interesting.” World number two Jordan Spieth, who can reclaim top spot from the absent Jason Day with a top-10 finish, matched McIlroy’s 68 to finish alongside defending champion and playing partner Bubba Watson, who celebrated his 37th birthday with a bogey-free round. McIlroy revealed he had lost 10lb due to a severe bout of food poisoning after carding six birdies and a double bogey at Sheshan International to finish five shots behind South Africa’s Branden Grace. Grace is more than 1.1million points behind McIlroy on the Race to Dubai, but each event in the Final Series offers 1.3million to the winner and the 27-year-old is in a rich vein of form after compiling a perfect 5-0 record in the Presidents Cup in South Korea last month. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bielema impressed with Stave’s play at Nebraska

first_imgIn his second career start, Joel Stave averted costly miscues and completed 52 percent of his passes for 214 yards and a touchdown.[/media-credit]Heading into Lincoln, most expected the Badgers to lose, but they didn’t go down without a fight as they built a 17-point lead before Nebraska scoring the game’s final 20 points to win 30-27 in front of its home crowd.The fact that this was the team’s Big Ten opener made this loss particularly hard to stomach for the Badgers and drew comparisons to UW’s painful loss to Michigan State in 2011.“[Michigan State in 2011] wasn’t a Big Ten opener, but it was our first Big Ten road game,” head coach Brett Bielema said at his press conference Monday. “I get those questions a lot not only obviously media-related, but sometimes my closest friends or my relatives … I would say that this team is its own set of characters.”While many have noted Wisconsin – and the Big Ten as a whole – is experiencing a down year, only two teams remain unbeaten through five weeks as both Northwestern and Ohio State lead their respective divisions at 5-0 – Bielema said he expects the conference to make a recovery as the season moves forward.“I’ve been in football long enough to know it’s not how you start the race, it’s how you end the race,” he said. “My guess is there will be quite a few teams up there knocking at the end of the year.”One big question surrounding the team coming out of the 30-27 loss at Nebraska was the future role for redshirt freshman quarterback Joel Stave, the co-offensive MVP for the game along with wide receiver Jared Abbrederis.Stave was hit hard after making a throw late in the fourth quarter, and former starting quarterback junior Danny O’Brien came back into the game to lead the potential game-winning drive, primarily because he looked better running the two-minute drill in practice, according to Bielema. The drive ended with a fumble between O’Brien and running back Montee Ball that ended any chance of a Badgers’ victory, but Bielema refused to second guess his decision to keep Stave on the sideline.“Joel really got rocked on that play, on the completion to Kenzel (Doe),” Bielema said. “I didn’t see that … someone said look at Joel. I looked out there, and he’s slow getting up, kind of just a little bit off.”Bielema did say he saw important signs of development in the redshirt freshman quarterback, who made just his second career start in front of a rocking crowd at Memorial Stadium. “I think he plays better in games than he does in practice,” he said. “To me, that’s just something you’ve got to learn about your quarterback.”The Wisconsin head coach attributed Stave’s swift development to watching star quarterback Russell Wilson play last year, where he witnessed the type of competitiveness the UW head coach says the new man under center displays. Despite dominant play from the Wisconsin offensive line early, Ball struggled to find space and averaged just 2.8 yards per carry, finishing the game with 90 rushing yards and three touchdowns. As the marquee returning starter on offense for the Badgers, Bielema said he and running backs coach Thomas Hammock have talked to him about trying to single-handedly carry this offense.“You could see early on where he was really trying to press and make some things happen, rather than just let them come to him. That’s what he’s done that in the past.”Bielema also said every NFL scout who he has talked to said Ball is a better player than last year, even though his numbers are not nearly as impressive thus far.With his team at 3-2 at the end of the September, Bielema said neither of the two offensive senior captains – Ricky Wagner and Ball – have been the vocal leaders for the team to rally around. Strong safety and senior captain Shelton Johnson has been injured, but could rejoin the team this week, Bielema said. But the void has allowed some juniors to step in. “(Abbrederis) is a tremendous leader … Chris Borland on the other side of the ball,” Bielema said. “But it’s just sheer numbers that can kind of be overwhelming to have those younger guys take effect.”Wisconsin faces Illinois Saturday, the first game against an opponent in its division, and Bielema spoke of the budding rivalry with Illinois now that the two schools will play each other every year. The Fighting Illini have a new coach in Tim Beckman, and though the head coach pointed out they run a similar spread offense anchored by the same quarterback, junior Nathan Scheelhaase, he knows firsthand how coaching changes can shake up a team. “Schemes are easy to identify. What happens in a coaching transition is all the little things that you don’t really know until critical moments,” he said. “Obviously, we didn’t have a head coaching change, but we had a lot of coaching transition, and some of those things pop up when there’s critical moments in a game.”last_img read more

Man United Signs Matic from Chelsea

first_imgManchester United has completed the signing of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for £40m on a three-year deal.Matic, 28, becomes United’s third summer buy, following £31m defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica and £75m striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton.United Manager Jose Mourinho described Matic as a “team player” who has “everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition”.Matic said he was “delighted” to be joining at “an exciting time”.The Serbia midfielder added: “To work with Jose Mourinho once again was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.“I have enjoyed my time at Chelsea and would like to thank the club and the fans for their support. I cannot wait to meet my new team-mates and to start training with them.”Former Chelsea manager Mourinho spent £21m to sign Matic from Benfica for a second spell at Stamford Bridge in January 2014. He had been valued at less than £5m when he left as a makeweight in a deal for defender David Luiz in January 2011, two years after he first joined the Blues in a £1.5m move from Slovakian club MFK Kosice.Matic scored once in 35 Premier League appearances during Chelsea’s title-winning 2016-17 season, also striking spectacularly in their FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham in April.His exit had been expected after the Blues signed France international Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22, from French champions Monaco in a reported £40m deal earlier in July.Italian champions Juventus were also understood to be keen on Matic.In 2015, Matic was named in the PFA’s Premier League team of the year, along with five other players from Chelsea’s title-winning team.According to Opta, he averaged nearly four tackles, made more than two interceptions and won eight duels – a 50-50 contest – per 90 minutes over the 2014-15 campaign.However, last season Matic won only 278 duels, at an average of 4.77. Last season, while Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kante made an average of 3.64 tackles per 90 minutes – the fourth highest in the Premier League behind Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi and Idrissa Gueye of Everton – Matic managed only 1.7.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more