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Groups hit power franchise tug-of-war

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo LABOR and consumer groups marched on the streets of Iloilo City to protest the franchise applications of two privately owned power distribution companies, Panay Electric Company (PECO) and MORE Electric and Power Corp (MORE Power). “Ang PECO napamatud-an naton nga hindi siya efficient magpadalagan sang power distribution kay profit oriented and wala sila naga serve sa interest sang consumers. […] The post Groups hit power franchise tug-of-war appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianOct 11th, 2018

From G League to GM, 76ers turn franchise over to Brand

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Only two years out of the NBA, Elton Brand is set to return to the league as a 39-year-old general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. For a franchise that underwent the painful “Process” for a few seasons and had its last GM caught up in a Twitter scandal, a youth movement in the front office could be what the Sixers need to take the next step into Eastern Conference contention. Brand is ready to help lead the way. “I’m going to rely on my team,” Brand said. “Not just on the court, but the off-the-court team. I can’t keep saying it enough. In my opinion, we are one of the top groups in the NBA.” Brand was introduced Thursday at the Sixers complex as the new GM, and it was made clear the two-time All-Star will not yield the power to make the final decisions, but rather work in concert with coach Brett Brown and the rest of the front office. “The 76ers are on the cusp of something very special and the next 12 months are really important,” Brand said. “I think that’s why I was the leading candidate, to bring stability to the organization and this group that I know really well.” Brand had worked for the Sixers as vice president of operations and was the general manager of the Delaware Blue Coats, the 76ers’ G League affiliate. Sixers owner Josh Harris said Brand emerged from a list of at least 10 candidates as the right choice to steady a franchise rocked by Bryan Colangelo’s sudden departure. Colangelo resigned in June as the 76ers’ president of basketball operations after what an investigation concluded was “careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of sensitive team information on Twitter. “I’ll lead with honesty, integrity,” Brand said. Brown had assumed interim GM duties but wanted no part of holding the job full time. But he will work as Brand’s partner in key decisions the franchise faces coming off a 52-win season. “Coach and I are aligned,” Brand said. “Teams that have won in the NBA, the GM, the coach have to get along. He’s going to have the players. But when it comes to trades, draft process, I’m running that. That’s what I’ve been hired for. Final say? Coach is going to have a voice in it.” Brand played in 1,058 career games over 18 seasons with the Bulls, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas, Atlanta and two stints with the Sixers. He posted career averages of 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game. A two-time All-Star and the 2000 co-rookie of the year, Brand was also the recipient of the 2005-06 Joe Dumars Trophy, presented each season to the player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court. “I think we’re at a new point in our team’s development into hopefully an NBA championship,” Harris said. “We need to be attracting talent here. Certainly, Elton’s image and who he is as a person were real positives. But leadership and managerial skills and the things you’ve got to do in the front office that aren’t just about image, he’s got those, too. But certainly, that was a huge positive.” Brand said it’s fair to question his inexperience as he skyrocketed through the organization from the G League to GM. But it’s a job he’s ready to handle. “I’ll take the hits,” he said. “When there’s decisions made on the basketball side, I’m taking the hits.” Alex Rucker was promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations. Ned Cohen will remain assistant general manager and Marc Eversley will stay as senior vice president of player personnel. The Sixers beat Miami in the first round of the playoffs before they were eliminated in the conference semifinals by Boston. Under Brown’s watch, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have blossomed into two of the top young players in the league. Embiid and Markelle Fultz were among the players who attended Brand’s press conference. The Sixers were stunned when an independent review found that Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, operated four Twitter accounts. She admitted using private information to criticize the Sixers and rival colleagues. Brand, the fourth black GM in the NBA, is ready for the Sixers to put the offseason mess behind them and make a jump in the East. “This is a special team, an incredible opportunity, and we will lead a disciplined and determined path to building a championship organization,” he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Power supplier faces franchise loss

ILOILO CITY---The city's lone power supplier faces the loss of its franchise to operate amid protests from consumer groups and the city council over allegedly poor services, erroneous billing and overpricing.   A resolution passed by the council expressed opposition to the franchise extension for Panay Electric Co. (Peco), which has been the lone electricity supplier in the city for decades.   The resolution, authored by Councilor R Leone Gerochi, cited consumer complaints over Peco services.   It came after the filing by Camiguin Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo of House Bill No. 6023 in July seeking to extend Peco's franchise for another 25 years.   ...Keep on reading: Power supplier faces franchise loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

Comment on NOTHING TO FEAR: 'NoToPECO supporters to hold rally at City Hall by Nick Rivas, Jr.

The principal question that needs to be addressed is: Who will take over the provision of power in the event PECO's franchise is not renewed? Pointing to the Constitution as basis for government or other entities to run the system is not overly dependable and sensible since government has other priorities, and other power groups may not have the financial capabilities to buy out PECO to effectively provide Iloilo City's power requirements. What should be worked on instead by those for aiming non-renewal is to prod the government (ERC) to lower the power rates PECO is charging its consumers and to institute an all-round improvement of services. While I, too, am not favorable of PECO's present rates and services, I would rather suggest a status quo to ensure that power is readily available instead of opting for a new and untested power provider who may not efficiently answer/provide Iloilo's power needs......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

MORE Power awaits signed franchise

MORE Power and Electric Co. is awaiting the official copy of its franchise to distribute power in Iloilo City which was reportedly signed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte over the weekend. MORE Power President and CEO Roel Castro told The Daily Guardian on Air on Feb 16, 2019 that he got word from multiple sources in […] The post MORE Power awaits signed franchise appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2019

3rd bridge to ease traffic in Cebu, Mactan

I realized that we are already in the midst of February and a friend of mine from Iloilo City wanted to know “Who will take care of the power needs of 64,000 household and business consumers in Iloilo City when the franchise of Panay Electric Co. (PECO) expired in January 2019?”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

Politicians exploit party-list system to build dynasties

What was once meant to be a reform measure, the party-list system has "deteriorated" over the last two decades into a mechanism in which those who belong to political dynasties are able to perpetuate themselves in power. Of the 134 party-list groups vying in the May midterm polls, nearly half, or at least 62 of the groups, have ties with political dynasties, represent special business interests or are running with questionable advocacies, according to election watchdog group Kontra Daya. The midterm polls should also be seen as a way for the rich and powerful to consolidate their base for the 2022 presidential election, according to Kontra Daya and the National Citizens' Moveme...Keep on reading: Politicians exploit party-list system to build dynasties.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2019

Palace: Duterte won’t veto rice tariffication bill

Malacañang on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of the Rice Tariffication Bill would be “forthcoming” despite strong calls from farmer groups for the chief executive to use his veto power on the measure......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2019

DOE orders review of franchise compliance by electric cooperatives

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has ordered a review of the compliance of power coops to the service requirements of their respective franchises after withdrawing the recommendation to cancel/revoke the franchise of 17 electric cooperatives (ECs)......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

PBA: Matthew Wright living up to tag as Phoenix’s franchise player

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — After signing a three-year extension in the offseason, Matthew Wright has accepted the role as Phoenix’s franchise player now and moving forward. So far in the All-Filipino, Wright and the rest of the Pulse Fuel Masters have been different, it appears that they reached a new level. Wright has led Phoenix to a 4-0 start in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, the best in franchise history. Matthew himself has lived up to his billing as franchise player so far, increasing his production across the board. The latest was Friday at the Ynares Center here as Phoenix beat up Blackwater. In the win, Wright went for 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and five steals. “That’s just the maturation process. I took the reigns as the franchise player and I accept that tag. You have to put more everyday, it doesn’t matter if you’re sick, or you’re injured a little bit or you’re tired,” Wright said. “With great power comes great responsibility. Everyday I have to come out and perform and I put pressure on myself and I wouldn’t want it any other way. But it’s not only me, It’s more than just me,” he added. With Phoenix looking like a true contender with every new win, Wright attributes his team’s rise to finally finding an identity. Wright says they didn’t have that before as they struggled to barely get a winning streak going. “I’m happy that we’re 4-0, we’ve been working our asses off. We found an identity where before, we didn’t have that, we were just a bottom-dwelling team, mid-level team,” he said. “Even when we’re not shooting well, we’re gonna be physical, rebound the ball, we’re gonna be tough. I think that’s our MO,” Wright added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

Murang Kuryente bill deemed not enough to lower power cost - Philippine Star

Murang Kuryente bill deemed not enough to lower power cost Philippine Star Civil society groups have called for the overhaul of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001, saying the curr.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 28th, 2019

Villafuerte hits Andaya for withdrawing power utility franchise bill Manila Bulletin News

Villafuerte hits Andaya for withdrawing power utility franchise bill Manila Bulletin Camarines Sur 1st district Rep. LRay Villafuerte continued his tirade against provincemate Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 28th, 2019

[OPINION] Rice tariffication good for the country, Filipino farmers

Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Fred Serrano has thrown his support behind groups urging President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the rice tariffication law . Blaming the senators for their version of tariffication (Senate Bill 1998), Serrano maintains that rice tariffication, which converts the quantity restriction (QR) on imported rice into tariff protection rates, is not about removing the “regulatory power ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 24th, 2019

PBA: Sean Anthony cops year s first Player of the Week award

Fil-Canadian forward Sean Anthony emerged as the first Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the 2019 season after contributing huge numbers in NorthPort’s strong start in the Philippine Cup. A known hardworker on both ends of the floor, the 6-foot-4 Anthony registered averages of 20.5 points 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 4.0 steals as NorthPort beat Blackwater followed by NLEX in its first two assignments in the All-Filipino conference. In the Batang Pier’s opening game, Anthony came off the bench and scored 19 points, hauled down five rebounds, issued the same number of assists and one steal as they ripped the Elite, 117-91 last January 16. Four days later, the PBA’s sixth overall pick in the 2010 rookie draft sizzled with 22 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and five assists to power NorthPort to a 95-90 win over NLEX. NorthPort’s back-to-back wins marked the franchise’s best season start in two years. “We know Sean, laban lang ng laban,” NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio said after his team’s five-point win over NLEX on Sunday.  “Sixth man nga namin, pero nag-deliver, nag-double double, tapos 'yung hustle di tumitigil.” Anthony bested teammates Mo Tautuaa and Robert Bolick, along with Phoenix’s Jason Perkins, Alex Mallari and Justin Chua for the weekly citation. NorthPort will be gunning for a third straight win this Friday when it collides with Columbian Dyip at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

Franchise has ‘no teeth’, lawyer says

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo THE franchise of Iloilo City’s sole power distributor, Panay Electric and Co. (PECO) expired on January 19, 2019. While its rival firm MORE Power and Electric Co. (MORE Power) has already secured franchise from both the House of Representatives and the Senate, it is still waiting the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte. […] The post Franchise has ‘no teeth’, lawyer says appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

DOE assures uninterrupted power supply in Iloilo City

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo THERE is nothing to fear on the power supply issue in Iloilo City despite the franchise issues of Panay Electric Co. (PECO) and MORE Power and Electric Co. (MORE Power), according to the Department of Energy (DOE). In its official statement, DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi assured the Ilonggo consumers that no power […] The post DOE assures uninterrupted power supply in Iloilo City appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

Peco assures no power disruption despite end of franchise

THERE will be no power disruption in the Iloilo area despite the end of the franchise of Panay Electric Co. (Peco), the Department of Energy (DoE) said on Friday......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

NO BLACKOUTS: MORE Power, PECO assures continuous power supply

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo and Emme Rose Santiagudo ON JANUARY 19, 2019, the congressional franchise of Iloilo City’s sole power distributor, Panay Electric Co. (PECO), will expire, raising fears of a massive blackout in the city. PECO’s franchise is vital since it is the legal basis for its existence and its supply contracts with […] The post NO BLACKOUTS: MORE Power, PECO assures continuous power supply appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Nike unveils next-generation self-lacing basketball shoes

NEW YORK, United States -- In the 1980s, the "Back to the Future" film franchise suggested we would all eventually wear self-lacing sneakers. Then a few years ago, Nike made the movie magic a reality, introducing its first shoe to the public with so-called "power lacing." And on Tuesday, the global sportswear giant took it a step farther -- now your shoes will automatically loosen or tighten when you step into them, and then adapt based on your activity. Wait for it -- the Nike Adapt BB shoes, which go on sale on February 17 for $350 in the United States, are controlled by the touch of a button or a smartphone app. "We picked basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt i...Keep on reading: Nike unveils next-generation self-lacing basketball shoes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

10 can’t-miss moments in sports for 2019

2018 is already in the books. Now, we look forward to the next chapters we’re all about to read in 2019. Laban Azkals in AFC Asian Cup – January The Azkals will enter historic grounds as early as January as they play for the first time in the AFC Asian Cup in 2019. Their ticket was booked after crushing Tajikistan in a 2-1 home victory early in 2018. With a world-renowned mentored on their side in Sven-Goran Eriksson and veteran national players, the Azkals will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the continental showdown. The Azkals kick off their 2019 AFC Cup Campaign on January 7th against South Korea, followed by a match against China PR on January 11th, before closing out the Group Stage on January 16th against Kyrgyzstan.  Newest season of the oldest professional league in Asia – January After just roughly a month of break from basketball action, the oldest professional league in Asia is back. The PBA will be kicking off its 44th season on January 13 with San Miguel defending its Philippine Cup title. Aside from that, marquee rookies such as CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Paul Desiderio are all set to play their first professional games with their respective teams. Up next on Pacman’s list – January The Filipinos will be treated to quality boxing as early as January 19 when Manny Pacquiao defends his WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship against challenger American Adrien Broner. After two years of fighting outside the US, Pacquiao will be back in Las Vegas to defend his title against a tough challenger in Broner. Just like old times, Freddie Roach will be back in Pacquiao's corner, this time serving as a consultant. Fanning the flames for a place in FIBA World Cup 2019 – February For the Philippines to be back in the FIBA World Cup, these are the things that need to happen: we must sweep out last two games then Japan must lose at least one of its last two games – giving us the third spot in Group F. Alternatively, we can pin our hopes on China winding up in the top four of its group – giving Groups E and F four berths apiece. Gilas Pilipinas begins its trek through that long and winding road away from home up against Qatar. All teams are teams-to-beat in UAAP 81 Volleyball – February The exciting and highly entertaining collegiate volleyball league is back on February 16. Things to watch out for? La Salle's bid for their fourth consecutive title, Ateneo's face post-Tai Bundit era, UP's confident aura coming off two major preseason championships, and UST's game-changing rookies. Eaglets-Bullpups Finals rematch or not – March Without a doubt, Ateneo and NU, the very same two teams that battled in the Finals last year, are the favorites to go all the way back to the champipnship round in the ongoing season. After all, the Blue Eaglets still have 7-foot-1, 16-year-old Kai Sotto and the Bullpups boast of the deepest roster in all of high school. After the first round of eliminations, however, it’s also clear that RJ Abarrientos-led FEU-Diliman and Joem Sabandal-fronted Adamson have other plans. For sure, something’s gotta give. Alab Pilipinas’ shot at history – April In the almost decade-long history of the Asean Basketball League, no team has won back-to-back championships. Alab Pilipinas is here to change that with the Puerto Rican pair of Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos showing the way alongside two-time Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. No doubt, this is the most talented team in franchise history and as such, nothing but a second straight title will be an acceptable outcome. The NCAA is five years away from its centennial celebration – July The first collegiate league in the country is approaching rarified air. Set to open its milestone mark 95th Season, the same old intensity is to be expected in the NCAA. The protagonists, however, may very well be different as all of last year’s Final Four teams will now be missing their main men – Robert Bolick for San Beda, CJ Perez for LPU, Bong Quinto for Letran, and Prince Eze for Perpetual. Is the UAAP 82 Basketball crown Katipunan’s to keep – September In Season 82, all teams will be seeking to nip the dynasty that the Ateneo Blue Eagles are trying to build. After going for back-two-back last season, all eyes will still be on them as their enter the season with an intact core. However, just like Season 81 it will not be a walk in the park with all contenders striving to match their caliber through massive recruitment, coach changes, and tough training camps. Filipino hospitality in SEA Games 2019 – November For the first time since 2005, the SEA Games will be played in Manila. That means that, at long last, our regional neighbors will yet again experience that world-renowned warmth of the Philippines and its people. Make no mistake, however, the Filipinos are all set to go all-out and dominate the medal tally – whether that be basketball in Manila or athletics and aquatics in Clark......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Balance of power in L.A. to be decided in July

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com The Friday (Saturday, PHL time) game at Staples Center is one of 82, in a sense. The two L.A. teams who share the building will meet for the first time this season. The young Lakers will be without their superstar leader -- LeBron James, still nursing a strained groin -- and the Clippers bring a scrappy group that’s resourceful without a true star. Those are the credentials that give each a measure of pride; the Lakers are suddenly vibrant again since LeBron’s arrival while the Clippers’ nearly identical record gives them a sense of satisfaction and pride for doing more with less. Their first “contest,” however, must wait until next summer, when victory will go deeper than the standings. The Lakers and Clippers will each have massive room under the salary cap and, therefore, ample chances to chase A-list free agents in what will be a limited market for superstars, surely pitting one team against the other in most if not all cases. Lakers vs. Clippers? Is this the one-sided arm wrestle that it appears to be strictly from a historical standpoint, or will the Clippers make this more suspenseful than anyone would’ve imagined? Yes, a decade ago in such a situation, the only glance that a franchise player would shoot in the direction of the Clippers would be a side-eye. Former Clipper Ron Harper once joked that whenever strangers asked which team he played for, he’d answer “Los Angeles,” which meant he wasn’t lying, and also meant he probably wouldn’t be heckled. But those Clippers, long the butt of jokes, constantly mismanaged, perpetually dealing with doses of bad luck and ruled by the one and only Donald Sterling, are six feet under. Whether they’re still dealing with the ghosts of the past and outdated images of buffoonery will be determined by their skill in free agency. In fact, the case could be made that the franchise is in better shape, from an all-around standpoint, than at any time in their history. Yes, that’s quite a statement, considering the Clippers had Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin all in their prime and for over half a decade, and that crew was coached by Doc Rivers, who’s still at the helm. But those Clippers, mayors of Lob City, mainly teased. They never went anywhere special (no conference finals, no NBA Finals) and arguably underachieved from a bottom-line standpoint. Entertaining and interesting? Sure. Box office? Yes. Successful from October through April? Absolutely. Yet, in the end, duds. Plus, with all due respect to Rivers, who also handled the personnel duties until two summers ago, the Clippers never pulled off a franchise-changing move to supplement their All-Star core and give them a leg up on the competition. These Clippers are in good shape on the court and great shape on the salary cap, which is bringing the flexibility of a gold medal gymnast. They don’t have LeBron to entice free agents, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Maybe that actually works to their advantage. Clippers to A-lister: Why play next to LeBron when you can be our LeBron and help put your own team together? The Clippers have enough room to sign two lead singers if they rescind their "Bird rights" on leading scorer Tobias Harris, who's only 26: For example, imagine Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard to get the conversation started. And what’s best is they wouldn’t have to gut the team. They have enough players either on team-friendly contracts or rookie contracts to stick around: Montrezl Harrell, a worker bee who’s improved; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a wise point guard at age 20; and Lou Williams, a scorer who’s comfortable coming off the bench. They could also exceed the cap to re-sign Harris. To recap, the Clippers have money, Rivers as coach, good players to surround a star, a loaded owner in Steve Ballmer, all the LA perks enjoyed by the Lakers. Everything except tradition and Jack Nicholson. Is that necessarily a deal breaker? And wouldn’t the Clippers qualify as a bolder challenge for a superstar than riding shotgun with LeBron for a franchise already with 16 titles? You could picture someone like Durant, searching for a team to call his own, anxious to add something special to his legacy, taking the bait. Maybe Leonard, too, who’s from the Pasadena area. And also Jimmy Butler, who spends his offseasons in LA. However, the Lakers’ footprint in LA is so massive that it must be respected. Hard to say no to Magic Johnson and LeBron, a pair of certified winners and all-timers. LeBron is the most unselfish scorer the game has ever seen. He dominates the ball but doesn’t overwhelm it. Every major co-star, from Dwyane Wade to Chris Bosh to Kyrie Irving, won championships next to LeBron. And in this late stage of his career, he’d probably be more willing than ever to share the ball, the wealth, the load, whatever, just to grab another ring before walking out the door for good. Plus, the Lakers have assets on rookie deals: Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball. Brandon Ingram’s contract comes up for renewal next summer, so that’s trickier. No matter; point is, any incoming free agent will have help besides LeBron. The wild card is Anthony Davis and whether he forces his way out of New Orleans next summer by refusing to extend his current deal, which runs through 2019-20, with a player option for 2020-21. The Pelicans would either keep Davis until the contract is up, hoping his changes his mind in the process, or trade him. Short of squeezing the Pelicans for Davis, the Lakers will be anxious to add help because LeBron, who turns 34 in a few days, is on the clock even though it doesn’t reflect in his play right now. So those are the choices for the impatient free agent star looking for a change of scenery and wanting to relocate to Los Angeles. It’s Lakers or Clippers, the chance to be next to LeBron or be away from his shadow, start a new legacy for a franchise or add to a franchise that’s already rich. Two Los Angeles teams meet Friday in a game, months before the “contest” that will dictate their future and direction. Next year’s first game between these two will tell us how their summer went. Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2018