Pushed in Senate: 1-year provisional franchise for ABS-CBN

first_imgMANILA – Several senators were looking to push for a one-year provisional franchise for the media giant ABS-CBN Corp. as they deemed the six-month being proposed by the House of Representatives as “too short.” “Mas maganda siguro bigyan natin ng sapat na panahon and give them (ABS-CBN) a longer provisional franchise,” says Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri. SENATE PRIB/CESAR TOMAMBO “After the long sine die break [in June], the situation on COVID-19 may still not be resolved at that time and we are entering the typhoon season na baka linggo-linggo tayo tamaan… so our attention will be divided at that time,” according to Zubiri. The Congress may not have enough time to tackle ABS-CBN’s franchise between the resumption of session in July and the break in October, he added. The House of Representatives is expected to approve on third and final reading next week House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano’s bill granting provisional license for ABS-CBN until Oct. 31. Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said the timeframe set by the House in its measure was not enough for the legislature to finalize the broadcast giant’s bid for a fresh 25-year mandate. “We are appealing hopefully for our colleagues for more time baka kasi lalabas na naman ang NTC (National Telecommunications Commission) ng Oct. 30, may cease and desist order at back to zero na naman ang sitwasyon. Tensyonado na naman ang lahat,” Zubiri said. “Mas maganda siguro bigyan natin ng sapat na panahon and give them a longer provisional franchise,” the senator stressed. The network has been off the air since May 5, a day after the lapse of its franchise, on orders of the National Telecommunications Commission. Bills for the renewal of its franchise have been pending at the House since 2014. /PNlast_img read more

Dodgers veteran David Freese admits end of career might be near

first_imgDoes that mean Roberts thinks Bellinger is not just the most valuable player on the league’s best team but is also the best player in the National League?“Period. This year he is,” Roberts said.After an infield single and a walk in the first two innings, Roberts pulled Bellinger from Sunday’s regular season finale. Bellinger finishes with a .305 batting average, 1.052 OPS, 47 home runs, 115 RBI and 121 runs scored.That OPS was topped only by NL MVP rival Christian Yelich (1.100) and Trout (1.083). Boosted by his defense, Bellinger’s WAR (by one measure) is an MLB-best 8.9 (Trout finished at 8.3 before his foot surgery).“It would be pretty special,” Bellinger said of possibly winning an MVP award. “I would never have dreamt that, growing up, watching MVPs. … That would be pretty special.” SAN FRANCISCO — David Freese knows what is ahead for him this winter. At some point, he will have a fifth surgery on his left ankle.“Yeah, I’ll have to have my foot worked on at some point,” he said. “I’ve had four surgeries in the past 10 years. It’s been a pain.“Had bone spurs in there for 10 years. I’ve had it cleaned out four times in the last 10 years. It’s grown back from the torque. That’s why I can run straight but I can’t turn. … Thank God I play baseball. It’s a stop-and-go sport. You can run out your double — not triple.”The 36-year-old Freese will not say whether he will be playing baseball beyond the end of the Dodgers’ postseason run. But he sounds like a man ready to leave the game behind after 11 seasons in the big leagues. “Just damn happy about it,” Freese said.MVP CAMPAIGNA day after making his case for Hyun-Jin Ryu as the National League Cy Young award winner this season, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made his NL MVP choice clear.“I do think Cody (Bellinger) should win the National League MVP,” Roberts said. “You’re talking about the best player on the best team in the National League. That encompasses in the batter’s box, the runs scored, the runs driven in, the homers, the impact he has. Defensively, he is going to win the Gold Glove in right field this year — could have won it at first base, center field.”Bellinger’s defensive versatility allows the Dodgers to do much of what they do in terms of lineups tailored to matchup advantages on a daily basis. Roberts argued that adds to Bellinger’s value.“The versatility he provides is very valuable — in the sense of that award, ‘Valuable,’” Roberts said. “So for the best team in the National League, to give us that value of other players playing, giving them opportunities, giving me flexibility to manage a roster, again, has a lot of value from the Most Valuable Player in the National League.”But Roberts does not endorse an interpretation of the MVP award that requires the player to have been “valuable” on a winning team.“Mike Trout’s the best player in the American League. Mike Trout is the best player in the game,” he said. “In my opinion, he’s the best player in baseball. I don’t have a vote. But in my opinion, he’s the Most Valuable Player. I know (Alex) Bregman’s having a great year. (DJ) LeMahieu had a great year. But Mike Trout is the best player. Period.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “I was talking to my wife the other day. I don’t know how I made it this far. Physically. … In a lot of ways,” said Freese reflectively. “It just comes down to selfishly pushing and also the people around me. You put that together and you’ve got a chance.”Freese has acknowledged suffering from depression and anxiety throughout his life.“I’ve dealt with this game differently than a lot of people,” he said. “I’ve lacked in other areas because I’ve been smothered by this game. It’s all self-inflicted. But you are who you are. It’s kind of a fearful thing to take a step back when you have been successful — will I still be as successful if I take a step back? There’s fear in that. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it knocks you in your face.”The NLCS and World Series MVP with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, Freese set the MLB record with 21 RBI that postseason and will always be remembered for one of the greatest clutch performances in World Series history. The Cardinals trailed the Texas Rangers 7-5 and were down to their last out in the ninth inning when Freese drove in two runs with a triple and then forced a Game 7 with a home run in the 11th inning. The Cardinals won Game 7.Freese has been a part-time player with the Dodgers since being acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in August 2018. But he doesn’t hesitate when asked how he would feel if his career ended with his experience as a Dodger.last_img read more

Surging Opposition Defeats Contentious $111M Power Line Project

first_imgBy Jay Cook |  TRENTON – After two years and a $500,000 legal fight, determined residents in five Monmouth County towns celebrated Friday with tears and hugs after state regulators zapped plans for a controversial high voltage powerline project proposed through their communities.The state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) unanimously sided with a judge’s recommendation to deny Jersey Central Power & Light Co.’s (JCP&L) petition for the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP), a 10-mile-long, 230-kV transmission line along an active commuter rail line.“We had a good feeling going in, but as we’ve said all along, you can’t count any chickens,” Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) co-president Rachael Kanapka said after the decision. “I was just so grateful to hear they agreed with the judge and that this petition as it exists currently is dead.”NJ BPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso said the unanimous decision to deny was because “JCP&L’s analysis lacks consistency and was not supported by credible and relevant evidence.”The MCRP, a $111 million project, was first announced in May 2016. It was designed to run for 10 miles along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail line from Aberdeen to Red Bank while traversing through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown. JCP&L proposed this backup line to solve a structural violation at the Red Bank substation.Fiordaliso and the Board also suggested JCP&L prepare “extensive, intensive analysis” of modern electrical usage data if the MCRP is ever proposed again. The utility used data from 2011 in its petition.The Board also saw significant flaws in JCP&L’s line routing study. Commissioner Mary-Anna Holden said, “the worst, most egregious” part was learning JCP&L selected the route along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line without “a robust study of route alternatives.”The BPU commissioners also denied the judge’s recommendation for JCP&L to install a smaller, 34.5-kV transmission line designed to upgrade between five and 12 circuits along the route.JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano said in an emailed statement after the decision that the company “will carefully review the BPU written order before determining its next steps.“Delivering safe and reliable ser vice to meet customer needs in Monmouth County and throughout its 13 county service area is JCP&L’s top priority.”This final blow came after Administrative Law Judge Gail M. Cookson published a stunning 180-page decision in March wholly disapproving the MCRP because of “overwhelming” impacts on local real estate, aesthetics and the environment surrounding the project. The MCRP would have placed more than a hundred monopoles, ranging in height between 135 feet and 210 feet, along the rail line, sometimes within tens of feet of property lines and backyards. Cookson said JCP&L set up “straw men” alternatives throughout the petition to prove their case. In her ruling to the BPU – which could accept, deny or modify her recommendation – Cookson concluded there was “no in-state or national precedent” for installing a 230-kV transmission line so close to homes and an active rail line.“Hands down, what we wanted was to have this project die a very merciful death, go away and never come back,” said Peter Dickson, RAGE’s attorney. “From the ver y beginning, it was a very stupid idea.”“This project is well and truly dead,” Dickson added.The decision signals a rousing victory for RAGE, a grass-roots organization that rallied thousands of residents from the five towns to fight for their communities, said Middletown resident Steve Lunanuova.“It was over whelming, really,” Lunanuova said about his emotions during the board meeting. “It was relief. It was a culmination of two years of work being recognized and giving us validity to everything we’ve been doing and everything we’ve been saying.”center_img Middletown residents Joe and Bernice Curto were some of the first local homeowners to talk out about the project at local town meetings in 2016. They feared their home values would plummet and their health would suffer.Those feelings have now entirely changed.“We’re feeling relief, we’re vindicated and now we can move on,” Bernice Curto said. “Our lives have basically been on hold for these two years.”Beyond informing neighbors by knocking on doors, RAGE members also picked up the phones and called on their elected of ficials for support. Bipartisan backing eventually arrived on the local, county, state and federal levels of New Jersey politics. Gov. Phil Murphy, a Middletown resident, even announced his opposition when running for office last year.“The MCRP is not a cost-effective way to ensure reliability in Monmouth County and JCP&L has ignored non-transmission solutions entirely,” said U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ- 6) in a statement. “I continue to believe that the MCRP is more about rate of return for shareholders than reliability for consumers and that is why experts, Judge Cookson and now BPU resoundingly rejected it.”U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ- 4) toured the proposed line with local residents during a site visit in 2016 and came to oppose the MCRP.“When I walked through the neighborhoods of Holmdel and Middletown surveying the proposed power line route, I was convinced that the project would be devastating for the five communities involved at different points along the route, and by extension, the County,” Smith said in a statement.Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley, whose grandchildren live near the rail line, said Friday marked “a great day for Hazlet, a great day for all the towns that have homes, schools and children that play along those tracks.”If approved by the BPU, the MCRP still would have needed to sign a lease agreement with NJ Transit for the rail right-of-way, submit an application to the state Department of Environmental Protection and also receive waivers from Naval Weapons Station Earle to cross Normandy Road.RAGE leaned heavily into NJ Transit during the legal process and gathered thousands of documents about the project through Open Public Records Act requests, some proving to be vital to their case. Although former NJ Transit board vice chairman Bruce Meisel was outspoken on the project after his retirement in December 2016, neither RAGE nor elected officials ever obtained a clear stance from the transportation entity.According to a BPU spokesman, JCP&L has 45 days to appeal the board’s decision to the state appellate division. But Kanapka, RAGE’s co-president, is ready for a break in action. She’s looking for ward to some much-needed catching up with her three children.“For the last two summers, my kids have basically been on their devices, going outside and managing themselves without me,” Kanapka said. “Now I get to tell them today that we get to have a summer this year. That’s how relieved I am.”This article first appeared in the June 28 – July 5, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

2019 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Poultry results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ava Hester, Clinton Co., had the Grand Champion Chickens.Jozie Jones, Clinton Co., had the Reserve Champion Chickens.Marian Woodruff, Hardin Co., was third overall with her meat chickens.Delaney Johnson, Jefferson Co., was fourth overall with her meat chickens.Anessa Ruggles, Huron Co., was fifth overall with her meat chickens.   Chicken Champion Drive exhibitors were: Myah Jones, Clinton Co., Allison Stacklin, Union Co., Marshall Jackson, Logan Co., Campbell Reese, Fairfield Co., Jozie Jones, Clinton Co., Anessa Ruggles, Huron Co., Deloris Corcoran, Ross Co., Emily Reed, Wayne Co., Ava Hester, Clinton Co., Alex Kinney, Logan Co., Delaney Johnson, Jefferson Co., and Marian Woodruff, Hardin Co.Jonathan Woodward, Coshocton Co., had the Grand Champion Market Turkey.Maribeth Pozderac, Knox Co., had the Reserve Champion Market Turkey.Lillian Conrad, Hancock Co., had the third overall market turkey.Isabel Henderson, Logan Co., had the fourth overall market turkey.Jonah Goddard, Fayette Co., had the fifth overall market turkey. The Turkey Champion Drive exhibitors were: Marian Woodruff, Hardin Co., Jonathan Woodward, Coshocton Co., Campbell Reese, Fairfield Co., Isabel Henderson, Logan Co., Kalyn Strahley, Paulding Co., Hailey Ballah, Madison Co., Alex Schaub, Logan Co., Alivia Kinney, Logan Co., Jonah Goddard, Fayette Co., Maria Henderson, Logan Co., Ava Hester, Clinton Co., Maribeth Pozderac, Knox Co., Parker Reese, Fairfield Co., Alex Kinney, Logan Co., and Lillian Conrad, Hancock Co.last_img read more

Punjab names five sportspersons as members of PIS governing council

first_imgThe Punjab government on Saturday approved the names of five eminent sportspersons as members of the governing council of the Punjab Institute of Sports.An official spokesperson said the names have been approved by Chief Minister Amaridner Singh. The sportspersons, to be part of the governing council are renowned hockey player and Arjuna Awardee Brig. Harcharan Singh, eminent athlete and Arjuna Awardee Gurmeet Kaur, noted Kabaddi player and Arjuna Awardee Hardeep Singh, cricketer and Arjuna Awardee Harbhajan Singh and internationally acclaimed shooter and Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee Abhinav Bindra.PIS is the principal policy formulating body of sports in Punjab. The institute has been mandated to create a sizeable pool of high-potential sportspersons, to be groomed as medal prospects for the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and other national and international competitions.last_img read more

Crewe ignored police advice in late 1980s to ‘move on’ Barry Bennell

first_imgCrewe Alexandra were advised by the police to sever their ties with Barry Bennell but continued to employ him for a number of years despite being warned they should “move him on”, the Football Association’s independent inquiry into the sexual-abuse scandal has been told.According to evidence seen by the Guardian, the club’s then chairman, Norman Rowlinson, decided to consult the police after he and other directors were warned in the late‑1980s that there had been a specific complaint about their youth-team coach. Barry Bennell Share on Facebook Crewe Alexandra Read more Share on Messenger Barry Bennell branded ‘sheer evil’ as he is sentenced to 30 years news Topicscenter_img Share on LinkedIn Rowlinson, who died in 2006, is said to have been so concerned during a specially convened meeting of Crewe’s directors that he broke off from their talks to make a telephone call before returning to explain that he had asked the police to run a check on Bennell. Crewe had been warned they were employing a possible paedophile, the inquiry has been told, and Rowlinson is said to have told his colleagues: “I’ve just spoken to the chief superintendent. They’ve got nothing on him but suggest that we move him on.”Bennell was employed until 1992 when there are contrasting reports about why he left Gresty Road. Crewe’s account is that it was because of football-related reasons.Bennell has said there was a complaint against him and the Guardian has been told he had gone within two days of being challenged by a group of parents.The inquiry, led by Clive Sheldon QC, is due to be published this year and has also heard that one senior member of Crewe’s staff replied “Well, surprise me …” when it got back to the club that there were grave concerns about Bennell’s behaviour. Bennell is serving a 30-year prison sentence after being convicted of 50 specimen charges relating to junior players from Crewe and Manchester City from 1979 to 1990.Bennell had become so notorious, according to evidence supplied to the inquiry, the father of one boy, a future professional, approached Crewe when his son was offered coaching to explain he was “very apprehensive” about letting him train with the club. The father was said to request that Bennell did not approach his son.Crewe insist they never received any warnings and their director of football, Dario Gradi, currently suspended by the FA, has said there was “never any cause for concern” even though Bennell’s victims have talked about youth-team players knowing them as “the paedophile lads” and extraordinary levels of rumour and innuendo within the club and throughout the sport.At a fans’ forum on Monday the chairman, John Bowler, who has been on the board since 1979, was asked to respond to allegations from the former managing director Hamilton Smith that Crewe had been warned about Bennell and were guilty of a cover‑up. Bowler declined to comment and has never responded to Smith branding him a “lying bastard” in the Channel 4 documentary Football’s Wall of Silence.Gradi, whose association with Crewe goes back to 1983 and includes more than 1,200 games as manager, has always denied any wrongdoing. Yet he and Crewe are facing more questions after reports that the NSPCC was informed in 2011 that a member of staff was asked to wipe Gradi’s computer of pornography, with suggestions that a group of Irish under-13 players who were staying at his house had seen it.A BBC investigation alleged that the former employee decided to go to the NSPCC, as well as later speaking to Cheshire police, to report what had happened. The man told the NSPCC he raised his concerns with Bowler, who was said to have dismissed Gradi’s behaviour as “quirky and nothing more”.The former employee, who has not been named, was said to have contacted the NSPCC again in November 2016 after one of Bennell’s victims, Andy Woodward, waived his anonymity to speak to the Guardian and instigate what the FA’s chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as the biggest crisis he can remember in the sport.In a statement Cheshire police said: “In December 2012 Cheshire police received reports regarding concerns about material on a computer. Following inquiries, it was established that no criminal activity had taken place. The person who made the report was updated at the time.”Crewe have told the Guardian they are not going to comment. The BBC’s information is that the former employee has approached the Sheldon inquiry. Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Budget debate set to resume on Wednesday all ears tuned in for

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 6th 2017: One week after presenting its first Budget Communication to the people of The Bahamas, debate on its allocation and measures will commence on Wednesday in the House of Assembly.While it’s expected that line ministers will present their allocations and how they intend to spend in each area in the new fiscal year, many ears will be tuned in to hear how Government intends to reduce VAT and taxes in certain areas.So far measures outlined in reducing taxes include a .25 percent reduction in business license tax down from 1.5 percent. Hotels seeing turnovers exceeding US$400m, will now see their business license tax fall from 1.25 percent to one percent of turnover. Minister Turnquest added that excise duty on electric motorcycles will be reduced from 65 percent to 25 percent, as government looks to champion the new mode of affordable transport.The new government won the elections on the premise of repealing taxes implemented by the previous administration. However, during his budget presentation last week, DPM and Finance Minister, Peter Turnquest says his government was unable to remove all taxes as promised after finding what it describes as a “bare cupboard”, hinting that any tax reduction moves will have to be delayed.During the Speech from the throne, the government promised to repeal VAT on breadbasket items, all baby and children’s clothing, electricity, water, all health coverage and insurance, while creating tax free zones in Over-the-Hill communities.The debate on the Budget Communication 2017 2018 will commence tomorrow June 7th.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasBudgetDebate20172018#BahamasGovernmentTaxRepealsOrTaxDelays Related Items:last_img read more