PECO INACTION HIT: Half of Iloilo City fires since 2014 pole fires – BFP

first_imgWhat’s happeninghere, added Regencia, is so unlike in other cities such as Cagayan de Oro wherehe was last assigned before being moved to Iloilo City. There, he said, thepower distribution utility had its own fire prevention and containment unit todeal with pole fires. According to Treñas, he also got enraged by the statementof Marcelo Cacho, administrative manager of PECO who shrugged off incidents ofpost fires throughout the city. Treñas said hewas particularly alarmed after the Iloilo City Fire Marshal and BFP reportedthat in three days alone from Oct. 19 to 21, nine PECO electricity poles aroundthe city caught fire either due to exploding transformers or severedelectricity lines, setting fire on the wooden poles. PECO had claimedonly a final technical assessment could determine if it is to blame for thepole fires. It averred that wires of telecommunications and cable televisioncompanies are also connected to their electricity poles. PECO is currentlyoperating under a provisional Certificate of `Public Convenience and Necessity(CPCN) from ERC but it has to go when More Electric and Power Corp. completesits full takeover of the city’s power distribution system.Under ERC Resolution No. 5, Series of 2008, any distribution utility granted aCPCN to operate a distribution system in any area must comply with standardsset under the Philippine Grid Code and the Philippine Distribution Code,especially those that concern public safety./PN A25-year-franchise was instead granted to More Electric and Power Corp. Meanwhile, MayorTreñas said he filed a complaint at the ERC and Malacañang because PECO ignoredinformal and formal appeals from his office to address the problem by fixing orreplacing old distribution wires and electricity poles with new ones. However, Regenciasaid the telecommunications companies’ wires usually carry a 24-volt charge asopposed to PECO wires which has a 220-voltage charge. Regenciasubmitted his office’s report to the ERC in support of the complaint filed byMayor Jerry Treñas on the threat to public safety posed by PECO’s“inadequately-maintained lines, power outages and hazardous electric posts.” A pole of Panay Electric Co. dangerously leans in Jaro, Iloilo City. A passing container van hit a dangling cable on Wednesday night, Nov. 13, 2019, inadvertently dragging the pole, according to witnesses. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Out of the 427city fire incidents in 2014, 224 were pole fires while there were 228 cases ofpole fires 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.center_img The firedepartment listed the official reason for these incidents as “Short CircuitSecondary Service Lines,” which basically meant exposed electricity wiresbursting into flames after short circuiting and burning the wooden poles wherethey were connected. According toChief Inspector Christopher Regencia, city fire marshal, PECO informed the BFPit did not have the technical people to attend to the pole fires except tomonitor and document those cases.A big dent in the resources of the fire department was how Regencia describedPECO’s failure to deal with fire incidents involving its electricity poles. The safety and security of the people of Iloilo City andthe damage to government property are not small matters, he stressed. BFP datasubmitted by Regencia to the ERC showed that from Jan. 1, 2014 to Oct. 29, 2019a total 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. Another factorbehind the pole fires, according to BFP, is PECO’s failure to solve the problemon illegal connections or “jumpers” where connections are usually through wiresconnected to spliced PECO wires, with the open wire causing the fire in thepole when strong winds cut them from the “jumpers”. ILOILO City –More than half or 1,464 cases out of 2,887 incidents of fire in this city sinceJanuary 2014 were pole fires, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) reported tothe Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). PECO’s franchiseexpired on Jan. 19 this year and it failed to secure one from Congress overmounting consumer complaints such as poor service quality and safety,unfriendly customer relations and frequent power outages, among others. Incidents of polefire keep on rising because the power distribution utility that owns the poles,franchise-less Panay Electric Co. (PECO), has no trained technical people tosolve the problem, the bureau added. “Only electricitywires, either damaged or overloaded, can cause fires, not telephone orcable television wires,” Regencia told ERC.last_img
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MLB news and trade rumors: Evaluating flurry of deals from Padres, Rangers and Brewers

first_imgFREE AGENT RANKINGS: SN’s list of best available playersAfter a couple of slower-than-slow offseasons, when signings and deals trickled in all the way through spring training, a sudden burst of news was nice. And maybe we can all hope against hope that it’s a sign of things to come, even though that might be a pipe dream.Anyway, let’s take a look at the deals and do a little evaluating.Padres and Brewers reportedly complete four-player tradeDetails: San Diego sends INF Luis Urias and SP Eric Lauer to Milwaukee for SP Zach Davies and OF Trent Grisham.Need to know: There is a healthy amount of upside with this deal for both sides. The Padres get an established starting pitcher in Davies; he’s made 111 starts in the big leagues and has a 3.91 ERA, including a 3.55 mark in 33 starts last season. Davies, who is heading into his age 27 season and has two years of arbitration before he’s free-agent eligible after 2021, adds a bit of certainty to the Padres’ rotation, though his arrival shouldn’t end their inquiries into top-half-of-the-rotation starting pitchers.And Grisham, though he’s best known for his defensive miscue in the wild-card game — he was in there for the injured Christian Yelich, remember? — is an intriguing player. Grisham had a bit of a breakthrough season in 2019, poking 26 homers in 97 minor-league games last year at Double-A and Triple-A, and then hitting six more in 51 games in the majors. He just turned 23 at the start of November.The Brewers get a potential star in Urias. Heading into the 2019 season, he was ranked in the top 50 of pretty much every prospect list, as high as No. 17 by Baseball Prospectus. And he produced offensively at the plate in Triple-A (though Pacific Coast numbers were incredibly inflated across the board), batting .315 with 19 homers in 73 games. His MLB numbers haven’t been impressive, though he’s still only 22 years old. In 302 PAs, Urias has a .318 on-base percentage and 75 OPS+. He can play either second or shortstop, but he’ll be at shortstop with Keston Hiura at second in Milwaukee.Lauer, 24, was a first-round pick by the Padres in 2016, and he’s already made 52 starts in the bigs. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA/4.35 FIP in his career, and he improved a troublesome walk rate a bit in his second season (3.1 per nine innings, down from 3.7 as a rookie).Rangers reportedly sign free agent Kyle GibsonDetails: The Rangers and Gibson reportedly agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal.Need to know: If this is the first step in an aggressive offseason plan — as many in the sport expect — then it’s a solid move. If this is the big move, Rangers fans are going to be pretty disappointed.Gibson was a middle-of-the-rotation guy for a Twins team that won the AL Central in 2019, and that’s what the Rangers hope he’ll be for their division title-contending teams the next few years. He averaged 30 starts a season for Minnesota the past six years, posting a 4.42 ERA and 4.25 FIP. The Rangers have had outstanding results with similar free-agent pitching finds recently.Mike Minor: 3 years, $28 millionLance Lynn: 3 years, $30 millionKyle Gibson: 3 years, $30 millionIf the Rangers get anything close to the Minor/Lynn level of production from Gibson, they’re going to be a lot of fun in 2020— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) November 27, 2019But, as we mentioned, Rangers fans have their sights set higher. The club is opening a new stadium in 2020, and rumors have been flying that the Rangers will be involved with bringing in shiny new superstars to help christen the building. Maybe they will target Texas native Anthony Rendon — the most perfect replacement for Cooperstown-bound Adrian Beltre a Rangers fan could imagine — or one of the top-of-the-rotation aces available on the market.Will that happen? Stay tuned. Well, that was fun, wasn’t it?On the day before Thanksgiving, baseball’s annual Hot Stove Season was actually, legitimately kind of hot. Three pieces of news dropped within an hour on Wednesday morning, and all three deals could have an impact on the postseason in 2020 (or maybe 2021). Padres reportedly sign Drew PomeranzDetails: It’s a three-year deal for Pomeranz, though the money hasn’t been reported yet.Need to know: No free-agent-to-be turned around his prospects midseason like Pomeranz. He wasn’t good, at all, as a starter with San Francisco, posting a 5.68 ERA in 21 games (17 starts) before he was dealt to Milwaukee. There, though? Outstanding. The Brewers put him in the bullpen, and he struck out 45 batters in 26 1/3 innings, allowing just 16 hits and eight walks. He was a huge part of Milwaukee’s late-season push into October.The Padres have been pointing toward 2020 as their return to contention for a while now, what with all the young, high-ceiling players in their system and outside additions, like last spring’s signing of Manny Machado. Spending money to add a bullpen piece like Pomeranz — a lefty who will team well with dominant closer Kirby Yates — is yet another signal that the front office sees 2020 as the year, too.last_img read more

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Leonardo: “I do not accept that it is said that Mbappé is a spoiled child”

first_imgPSG sports director Leonardo spoke at Channel + after the victory of his team against Olympique de Lyon (4-2). The Brazilian opined on the discussion between Kylian Mbappé Y Thomas Tuchel for the change, but although he blames the player, he does not accept the criticisms expressed on the French striker: “I heard things about Mbappé, about his personality. It makes me feel uncomfortable. If a player leaves the field and talks to the coach, he has the blame. We’ll talk about it and solve this. But to say he’s a spoiled child, I don’t accept him. Because he’s an adorable, very committed person and a fantastic player. “On the other hand, the Brazilian made a ranking of the five best players in the world, among which he placed Messi, Cristiano, Mbappé, Neymar and Salah: “In the Top 5, there is a 35 year old, a 32 year old and the other two are 28 and 21 years old. And these two are with us. Let’s rejoice. I’m a happy sports director. We should take advantage of that and stop talking about the problems. “. Flirt 1* Data updated as of February 10, 2020 Leonardo also explained that it is vital to have the template in shape to try to win the Champions League, for which no favorites are seen: “We say that this team is not ready, that Ligue 1 is not at that level.”center_img He recalled that every year, when the European qualifiers arrive, they question whether the team is able to achieve the title: “They say that the club does not know how to handle its stars and I want to understand the reasons why we have the right to be happy from time to time. The team is first with a twelve-point advantage. We have an incredible squad and our players are fit. Why do we have to be worried every time the eighths arrive? Why do we have to be stressed? It won’t be a matter of life or death against Borussia Dortmund. It’s just a Champions League game and I think the team is ready. If we win, it’s fine. If we don’t, the PSG will continue to grow. “last_img read more

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