‘STABLE & RELIABLE’: MORE Power assures Ilonggos of dependable electricity supply

first_imgMORE POWER IN ACTION. In 24 hours – from March 9, 3 p.m. to March 10, 3 p.m. – MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) received 66 calls for assistance from consumers regarding low voltage, sparking wires, busted fuse, short circuits of secondary lines, loose connections, sagging wires, power interruptions, and clearing of lines and poles. These concerns were all responded and accomplished by MORE Power’s response team, and power service was restored from the time they arrived in the area within five minutes – the shortest time, and four hours, the longest. ILOILO City – Power distributionutility MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) has assured the city government,residents and the business community of a stable and reliable supply ofelectricity. According to MORE Power president and chief operating officer RoelCastro, they are also committed to delivering affordable power to the Ilonggos. For its operation of the city’s power distributionsystem, MORE Power needs 71 technical and 52 nontechnical people. The substations are the General LunaSubstation on General Luna Street, City Proper; the La Paz Substation inBarangay Baldoza, La Paz; the Jaro Substation in Barangay Tabuc Suba, JaroDistrict; the Mandurriao Substation in Barangay Bolilao, Mandurriao district;and the Molo Substation in Barangay Avanceña, Molo district. The new distribution utility has alsoreplaced eight aged distribution transformers of PECO in three districts,including three in the City Proper, two in Arevalo district and three in La Pazdistrict. * MORE Konek – bringing theapplication process to the barangay for the convenience of the consumers Since Feb. 28 when court sheriffsstarted implementing the Writ of Possession issued by the Regional Trial Court,Branch 23, the four power suppliers have delivered close to 18 millionkilowatt-hours of electricity to MORE Power for distribution to Iloilo City’sresidential, business and industrial power users, according to Engineer ReyJaleco, MORE Power Project Development head. “To ensure continuity of service, MOREPower troubleshooters and line teams are mobilized to provide assistance as maybe needed,” MORE Power said in a statement. According to Jaleco, the averagelength of time it took to restore power service from the time the complaintreached MORE Power is one hour and 58 minutes, with five minutes the shortesttime, and eight hours and 44 minutes the longest. * MORE Korek – replacing all the“ageing” facilities particularly old electric meters to ensure correct meterreading In line with a congressionaldirective, MORE Power hired 61 former PECO employees. Castro said MORE Power has securedpower supply agreements (PSAs) with three electricity generation companies,including the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).center_img MORE Power has a 25-year powerdistribution franchise here granted on Feb. 14, 2019. PECO’s franchise, on theother hand, expired on Jan. 19, 2019 and Congress refused to extend it or issuea new one. * MORE Updates — focused on updatingcustomer information Under franchise law Republic Act No.11212 signed on Feb. 14, 2019 by President Rodrigo Dutetre, MORE Power isauthorized to take over power distribution assets and other properties whetherprivate or government-owned so it can distribute electricity in IloiloCity.  MORE Power president and chief operating officer Roel Castro. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The utility has also deployedcompetent technical teams to man power substations and roving reaction teamsall over the city 24/7 to address consumer complaints which have reached almost1,500 or an average of 205 cases since Feb. 28. MORE Power said it has also activatedits standby Customer Care Program (CCP) which is divided into four parts: The Energy Regulatory Commission(CPCN) has issued to MORE Power a Certificate of Public Convenience andNecessity (CPCN) and has revoked the provisional one it issued to former powerdistributor Panay Electric Co. (PECO). Fifty-eight percent of the calls orposts on social media were about the free installation of new electric meterswhile the rest were about their areas having no electricity or light, andconcerns about meters, poles and billing, Jaleco added. Since Feb. 29, 2020 (Saturday) todate, MORE Power has been managing all five substations and all electricmeters, power lines, poles, transformers, installations, and distribution equipmentthroughout Iloilo City. * MORE Kolek – tapping scores of thirdparty collecting/remittance centers for the ease and convenience of consumersin paying their monthly bills and ensure that there is at least one third partycollecting agent per district in the franchise area/PNlast_img read more

Guest Column: Randy Frye honors WW I hero, Jefferson County native

first_imgIndianapolis, In. —   Hoosier veterans both past and present deserve to be recognized for their outstanding service to our nation. Maj. Samuel Woodfill, a Jefferson County native, is no exception. His lifelong dedication to our country is inspiring. That is why I am working to have a portion of Highway 421 named after this local hero.Woodfill was born in 1883 and raised in Bryantsburg, Indiana. He attended a schoolhouse in Belleview and grew up to serve our great nation in the U.S. Army for a large part of his life. The majority of his time in uniform was spent overseas fighting in the Philippine-American War, World War I and World War II, making him one of the most celebrated American soldiers of the 20th century.As a first lieutenant during World War I, Woodfill was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery and courage while leading his advancing unit through heavy machine gunfire. Woodfill knocked out three separate machine gun bunkers, killing or capturing German soldiers each time. He risked his life to protect his comrades and our freedom.Aside from the Medal of Honor, he received the Cross of Prince Danilo for his bravery in the War for the Independence of Montenegro and was made a Chevalier, or knight, of the French Legion of Honor. These awards, among others, makes Woodfill one of the most decorated American servicemen during the World War I period.At Arlington National Cemetery during the 1921 dedication ceremonies, Woodfill served as a pallbearer at the burial of the Unknown Soldier. He was one of three World War I veterans to serve at the burial. In 1948, Woodfill again served as a pallbearer for his former comrade, Gen. John Perishing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front during World War I.Woodfill passed away in 1951 at the age of 68 on his Indiana farm. His first burial took place in the Jefferson County Cemetery near Madison. He now rightfully rests in peace as an American hero at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.Our community is home to many outstanding citizens, past and present. By naming a heavily traveled road in our area after Woodfill, his bravery and service to our nation will forever be memorialized. If you have any questions, comments or input for representative Frye email h67@iga.in.gov or call 317-234-3827.last_img read more

Annual Franklin County Soil and Water dinner

first_imgBrookville, IN—The annual Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District dinner meeting will be February 6 at 6:00 pm in the Franklin County High School cafeteria.   The meeting consists of a meal by Izzy’s Catering, elections, updates, awards, door prizes, and keynote presenter, local forager Kristen Giesting. Tickets are $10 per person. Please RSVP by January 30. To make reservations or for more info, call (765) 647-2651, ext. 3, or email   Kathleen.hardin@in.nacdnet.net.last_img read more

No Ryder Cup guarantee for Poulter

first_img Poulter famously sparked the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ last year by making five birdies in a row to win his Saturday afternoon fourballs match with Rory McIlroy, telling his team-mates afterwards: “Now we have a pulse.” The Englishman went on to beat US Open champion Webb Simpson in the singles to make it four points from four matches, while he won three points from four at Celtic Manor in 2010 and four from five at Valhalla in 2008. However, the 37-year-old has twice needed wild cards to make the team and McGinley insists FedEx Cup winner Henrik Stenson is the only player to be anywhere near being considered a ‘certainty’. Stenson already has around 80 per cent of the points he is likely to need to qualify. “Ian Poulter is a special guy and what he did last year was incredible,” McGinley said at an event in Gleneagles marking one year to go until the 40th Ryder Cup. “It wasn’t a case of making five birdies when everything is with you and you are hearing the roars around the golf course and things are flying. Making five birdies on the Sunday when the momentum is with you is one thing, but what Ian Poulter did in making five birdies in a row on the back of Rory making one on 13 is incredible. “It really was one of the most incredible achievements I have seen on a golf course. That was a monumental achievement and there is no doubt he personally pulled the team into a position to be just within touching distance. Then when he got into the locker room he said, ‘For the first time all week we have a pulse’. That was so poignant and right as we were on life support before that. “I would certainly put that on a par with Liverpool’s achievement in the Champions League final (in 2005), coming back from 3-0 down at half time. For me it is better than that. It was away from home, rather than at a neutral venue. “Everyone has got this impression of Ian Poulter being a William Wallace, walking around the team room and banging on the heart, shouting and roaring. I can assure you behind the scenes he is a very polished, observant member of the team. He doesn’t make the rip-roaring speeches but you know looking around the team, you can tell the players who are up for it as well as those who are suffering and nervous. “But I am not saying anybody is in the team. I am talking in the past and I am talking about what he has achieved until now. I can assure you that if Ian Poulter has a very poor year next year he is not going to be in the team. “But the chances of Ian Poulter having a very poor year are slim and I am hoping that doesn’t happen. I would love to have him in the team but he has to earn his stripes. He has to prove to me he is on his game and mentally and physically ready.” Europe captain Paul McGinley has warned Ian Poulter that he is not guaranteed a place in the side at Gleneagles next year, despite likening his Ryder Cup heroics to Liverpool’s Champions League final comeback against AC Milan. Poulter was one of Jose Maria Olazabal’s two wild-card picks in 2012, but 2014 United States captain Tom Watson believes the “purest” form of the Ryder Cup would see all 12 players qualify for the team. The 64-year-old opted to reduce his number of wild cards from four to three, while McGinley chose to go from two to three. “If you really look at it, the purest form of Ryder Cup would be no captain’s picks, 12 players who qualify,” Watson said. “That’s the way I qualified. Maybe that’s the way it should go back to. “I reduced my picks this year from four to three, and was thinking actually two, because I wanted the players who are playing to have getting on the Ryder Cup as a goal. If they got there, then they have earned something very, very special. And maybe we should go back to no picks. “It would also release the pressure on me as a captain to call up the players who were under consideration to say ‘you’re out’. That’s not a pleasant phone call to make.” Press Associationlast_img read more

USG, DPS mull panic button plan

first_imgUSC’s Department of Public Safety is letting students make the call on how they prefer to stay safe on campus.The Undergraduate Student Government is currently surveying student interest in a program that would transform students’ phones into mobile panic buttons.The Rave Guardian Mobile Safety Program features a one-touch panic button. Once students register their phones, they gain access to the panic button feature, which when pressed sends the student’s name, photo and location to DPS.The program is accessible on any phone — not just smart phones — because it transforms one of the physical buttons on the handset into a panic button that activates when held down, much like speed dial.DPS Capt. Antonia Young said she thinks the program is more effective than speed dial because it automatically sends DPS a student’s vital information.“What makes the panic button more effective than just calling DPS is the fact that it allows us to actually have your GPS location. Once the button is pressed, DPS automatically knows your name, what you look like and where you were last at with your phone,” Young said.The program also comes with a time mode feature, which is a precautionary timer that students can set before they leave to walk somewhere. The student inputs the approximate time they think it will take to reach the destination and deactivates the timer once he gets there safely. If something goes wrong, however, DPS is alerted.DPS reached out to USG for help gauging student interest.“We were approached by DPS about a new program that would engage student support,” said USG Director of Campus Affairs Helen Moser. “The survey came up because we didn’t want to recommend the program without going to the students first.”Rave Guardian is one of the many companies DPS is considering for this new type of phone security, but they do not want to invest money in a program students aren’t going to use.“The introduction of this program is solely based on student participation,” Young said.Young said one benefit to the program, however, is that students can choose whether or not to participate.“What makes this program more effective is that it’s an opt-in program, so students can decide when they want to use the security option,” Young said. “We don’t set the timer, they do. It’s just another layer of security for students on campus.”Students have mixed views about whether the program would be useful.Many said they already have enough options for contacting security in case of an emergency.“If anything, I could see more girls using the program more over guys,” said Jac’Quez Page, a freshman majoring in psychology. “As a guy, I really wouldn’t feel the need to use a panic button or timer in many situations. Having DPS emergency on speed dial is enough for me.”Others, however, thought it could be useful.“I would use the panic button because I’ve been in a situation where I haven’t had enough time to talk to DPS over the phone,” said Yasmina Khulusi, a freshman majoring in international relations (global business). “If I’m out by myself at night, it would be a quick way to contact security.”The USG Mobile Safety Survey has generated about 165 responses so far, and USG says hope to increase that number.last_img read more

Fast Reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 75-61 win against Boston College

first_img Published on February 14, 2016 at 3:02 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Freshmen Malachi Richardson and Tyler Lydon spurred a 16-2 second-half run that stretched Syracuse’s lead to as many as 15, distancing the Orange (18-8, 8-5 Atlantic Coast) from ACC bottom-dweller Boston College (7-18, 0-12) in a 75-61 win on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum.Here are three quick reactions to Syracuse’s fifth consecutive win.Better halfSyracuse shot a meager 3-of-13 from behind the arc in the opening half and the Orange was forced to pound the paint against seven-footer Dennis Clifford. In the second half, a brigade from beyond the arc yielded much more favorable results for SU and eight deep balls accounted for 60 percent of Syracuse’s scoring in the latter 20 minutes.Four different players hit at least two from beyond the arc. Gbinije led the way with four, Richardson tacked on three and Lydon and Trevor Cooney each contributed a pair.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange finished 11-of-23 from behind the arc and had the deep ball to thank for avoiding a scare against the conference’s worst team.Out of nowhereMatt Milon was averaging 4.5 points per game coming into Sunday’s matchup, but he had 20 in the first half.The 6-foot-4 freshman guard hit all four 3-pointers he took and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line, keeping the Eagles in a game that, on paper, they had no business being in.In the second half it was Clifford who kept the hosts in the game until Syracuse distanced itself. But Milon still chipped in five second-half points to set a career-high and log his name in the “no-name shooter that beats the Syracuse zone” books.Giving to charityIn its second-best foul-shooting performance of the season, Syracuse shot an efficient 16-for-18 from the line against the Eagles.Only Gbinije and Tyler Roberson missed a foul shot while Richardson, Cooney and Lydon hit all of theirs. Commentslast_img read more

Water polo prepares for conference play

first_img“Definitely one of the things that we’re going to continue to work on is not giving up goals,” senior driver Courtney Fahey said. “It’s our main goal to hold opponents to the least amount of goals possible. But I think the main difference [in the game against China] was that we just need to be more focused. That’s something that we’re going to work on in the future for sure, starting now.” After falling to the Chinese national team 10-5 in an exhibition match Tuesday, the No. 1 USC women’s water polo team looks to open conference play with a win this Saturday against Indiana. Junior utility Maud Megens is the Women of Troy’s most prolific scorer; her 29 goals outpace second place by 10. (Feitong Du/Daily Trojan) Despite Indiana’s lackluster offensive and defensive efforts thus far, the Trojans aim to avoid overconfidence and use each game as an opportunity for improvement. Such a performance is highly uncharacteristic for a Trojan squad that previously averaged 15.91 goals scored and just 2.83 goals against this season. “Our goal is just to … not get complacent in our conference play and get better every game, give every team the best that we can, and win a national championship,” Fahey said. “We had three new foreign girls who came this semester, so toward the beginning we were really focusing on the basics, but now we’re focusing more on preparing for certain teams,” Fahey said of the transition from playing in tournaments to facing conference opponents. “Every team plays different, every team plays different offense, every team plays defense differently, so we just have to prepare for what we know and what they’ve done in past years.” Compared to the Trojans’ dominance up to this point, Indiana has had a rough start to its season. Although the Hoosiers beat No. 15 UC San Diego in their season opener, they have conceded all six games since then. When the Trojans and Hoosiers met earlier this season in the UCSB Winter Invite, USC came out on top with an 11-1 victory. The first quarter of Tuesday’s exhibition match against China showcased strong defensive efforts from both squads. Senior goalie Amanda Longan, last week’s MPSF Player of the Week, blocked several of China’s early offensive chances and held the Chinese to a single penalty goal in the quarter. USC held a 2-1 lead early in the second, but was overcome by 5 unanswered goals from China later that period. The Trojans were unable to catch up in the second half. Even if Indiana’s defense can contain the Women of Troy’s offensive firepower, they must also get more creative with their attack in order to put up points against the MPSF’s No. 1 defense. The Hoosiers’ 1-goal performance earlier this season against the Trojans cannot be repeated if they are to have a chance at claiming victory Saturday. Saturday’s match against Indiana will be the Trojans’ first game outside of the invitational setting this season. The single-game weekend allows the Trojans to tailor their preparation solely to Indiana, a familiar opponent from earlier this season and from years past. One source of the Hoosiers’ early struggles has been their defense, which has allowed an average of 13.85 goals per game. This is problematic when facing a Trojan team with numerous scoring threats, including last week’s MPSF Newcomer of the Week freshman driver Alejandra Aznar. Aznar scored in all four games during last weekend’s Triton Invitational championship campaign, demonstrating her ability to perform against opponents of all calibers. The Trojans will host the Hoosiers at 4 p.m. Saturday at Uytengsu Aquatic Center. After this conference game, the Trojans will head to an invite in Irvine before facing more MPSF action in March.last_img read more

Three of Tipp’s camogie teams in action this afternoon

first_imgThree of Tipp’s camogie teams are in action this afternoon.In the Intermediate division 2 league Tipp face Dublin in Round 1 of the Littlewoods National League Division 2 in the Ragg at 2pm.While the Senior team also feature in League action, when they take on Cork away from home in CIT at 3pm Meanwhile in Minor Camogie Tipp take on Offaly in Templetouhy at 2pm.While in the All Ireland Secondary Schools Junior B, Borrisokane will have to do it all again against Castlecomer next weekend,after yesterdays semi final ended in a draw.The replay will take place in Castlecomer next Saturday. Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photographylast_img read more

Dan Quaye: Only Otumfuor is more popular than me in Kumasi

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak legend Dan Quaye says residents of Kumasi, especially the football community are his biggest admirers and can’t seem to get enough of him.Quaye who is a self confessed Kotoko fan revealed that there have been occasions when he has traveled to play football in Kumasi and has had to be rescued from the clutches of over enthusiastic fans by the police.The six time Ghana Premier League winner helped Accra Hearts of Oak record dominant performances over their arch-rivals Kotoko during his spell with the team from 1999 – 2006.He jokingly bragged that the only person who gets more attention than him in the capital of the Ashanti Region is Life Patron of Asante Kotoko,Otumfuor Osei Tutu II.“I remember after one game in Kumasi against Kotoko I was supposed to join the bus.“The supporters did not want me to join the bus because they could not believe that it was me in the flesh.“I could not join the bus in the stadium because the supporters were following me.“I had to join the bus when it was by the road side and even that they wanted to follow me.“In Kumasi after Otumfuor I am the next in line.“Had it not been for the police they would not have allowed me to join the bus,” he laughed.Perhaps the most infamous memory Kotoko fans have of Quaye was during the penalty shout out that decided the Caf Confederations Cup in 2004 as he taunted their fans enroute to scoring from the spot.He is also among a host of national stars that graduated from the maiden edition of Betway’s 12th man program aimed at equipping them with skills and knowledge in areas such as entrepreneurship and Sports management.last_img read more

Old Students thrilled at 2019 BHOBU Games

first_imgIt was all fun and excitement at the University of Ghana, Legon Ajax Park on Saturday when old students of Bishop Herman College converged for the 2019 edition of the Bishop Herman Old Boys Union (BHOBU) Games.The aim of BHOBU Games is to foster unity and establish a strong bond among the old boys of Bishop Herman College and it was no exception this year.The old boys from different year groups came together to compete for laurels in games including football, ludo, chess, scrabble, draughts, cards and table tennis.The events were grouped into three categories A B and C. Category A featured football for batches between 2003 and 2012.Category B featured indoor games for all years groups while Category C, which is also referred to as elite category, saw batches between 1998 and 2002 compete in football. At the end of the day, the 2011 year group won the Category A. In an enthralling grand finale, the 2011 Batch produced an awe-inspiring display to outclass the 2006 Year Group. A brilliant first-half goal was all they needed to clinch victory and become the first team to successfully defend the football crown.The 2004 Year Group emerged champions in Category B as they dominated the indoor games. In the Elite Category, 1998 batch successfully defended the title they won last year after dominating their opponents. Dr Setor Osae, Chairman of the Interim National Executive Council of Bishop Herman Old Boys Union (BHOBU) described this year’s games as a huge success.“2019 BHOBU games was a huge success in terms of attendance and the conduct of participating teams. Apart from using the games to exercise and fraternize, we also use it to raise funds to support our alma mater” the INEC Chairman noted. Enjoy some photos from Saturday’s event  —last_img read more