CARICOM cannot be ‘business as usual’ says St Vincent PM

first_imgNewsRegional CARICOM cannot be ‘business as usual’ says St Vincent PM by: – July 4, 2011 Share 20 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet By Kenton X. ChanceCARICOM heads of government meeting in St KittsBASSETERRE, St Kitts – Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, in a speech read on his behalf by Foreign Affairs Minister Sen. Douglas Slater, has told the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government meeting in St Kitts that the next six months cannot be business as usual and he hopes that a new CARICOM secretary general will be appointed by the time the annual summit concludes on Monday.“On this there can be no further delay, no further temporising, no further provisional or ‘ad hoc’ leadership at the helm,” Gonsalves said in reference to the position that has been vacant for almost one year.He told the 32nd annual summit of the 15-member regional bloc that Acting CARICOM Secretary General Lollita Applewhaite “has held the fort well but there is an urgency for renewal now”.Incoming CARICOM chairman, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas would guide CARICOM with safe, reassuring and innovative hands, Gonsalves said.He, however, added that Douglas would also need the staunch support of the secretary-general, the heads of government, and member states.“Like Issachar, one of the leaders of the ancient Twelve Tribes, whose outstanding merit was that ‘he knew the times and knew what was good for Israel’, we must know our times and what is good for the Caribbean. And like Daniel in the Old Testament, we leaders must endeavour always to act with an ‘excellent spirit’. Let’s really try!” he said.Gonsalves reaffirmed the strengths “which reside in the four major pillars of our regional integration movement”.He said that in each of these integration activities — functional cooperation, coordination of foreign policy, trade and economic integration, and a coherent rationalisation of regional security — “there have been, and there are, significant achievements which ought never to be belittled.“Indeed, it is our duty to build upon them creatively and optimally,” Gonsalves added.“The sense that CARICOM is sputtering or stagnating, in a context where an overwhelming urgency is required, relates to a core of considerations, namely, putting the ‘single economy’ on ‘pause’ for the time being; stalling on the issue of ‘freedom of movement’; the challenges in the ‘governance’ arrangements and related implementation deficits; and the muting or relative absence of strong, persuasive, integration voices from the regional political leaderships,” Gonsalves said.He said the conference must contribute to removing the pall of gloom from CARICOM by: Making a realistic assessment of our integration movement’s strengths and weaknesses, possibilities and limitations with a view of enhancing its strengths and possibilities and reducing, as far as is humanly possible, its weaknesses and limitations; Setting optimal, clear-cut achievable targets with reasonable time-lines; and, imbuing the integration movement with an urgent spirit of renewal of refreshing.Missed integration opportunitiesCARICOM has “missed opportunities” for greater integration since the financial crisis began in 2008, Gonsalves told the summit on Thursday.He said the very difficulties in the international political economy and their acute manifestations in CARICOM ought to prompt greater, not lesser, integration.Gonsalves said that some CARICOM nations have rather “tended to opt for nationalist or even chauvinist solutions”.According to him, while CARICOM has marked time over the past two years, member-states of “the more tightly-drawn” Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) “have sought, practically, to deepen and solidify their sub-regional integration framework”.Gonsalves said the “collective CARICOM political leadership has permitted a ‘mood of gloom’ to descend upon the wider integration movement”.This, he said, resulted from the failure of CARICOM heads “to differentiate between ‘mood’ and ‘strength’” and “to build upon the unquestionable strengths present and enduring in CARICOM.“A sour or crippling mood, if left unattended, is likely to metamorphose into a disability and, accordingly, may sap the inherent strength of the organism,” he said as he reaffirmed the strengths of the regional integration movement, adding, “it is our duty to build upon them creatively and optimally”.Gonsalves said that in moving forward, CARICOM “must appreciate that a veritable universal social law of ‘combined and uneven development’ grips our integration movement, inside and outside.“Objective factors, not easily wished away may account for the ‘unevenness’ in the development of CARICOM,” he said.He added that “the ‘uneven’ development is not necessarily undesirable”, saying that “enhanced functional cooperation in health education, social security, telecommunications, energy, and national security may yield far greater benefits to the population than a ‘single economy’ which is skewed or unequally yoked”.He further said as CARICOM looks ahead, the group “demands focused leadership” from Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.“It is not that the member-states of the OECS, Bahamas, Belize, Haiti, and Suriname are not of vital importance. It is simply that the “Big Four”, for various reasons, must, in a coordinated way, drive, pull, or push the regional juggernaut,” he said.Gonsalves said that in each of these cases “it is arguable that domestic considerations were, possibly, an encumbrance or a limitation on optimal regional activity.“If that has been the case in any of these countries, the region can no longer afford the luxury of such relative non-engagement. Indeed, the relative non-engagement by any of the “Big Four” inexorably leads to the diminution of engagement by others,” he said.Gonsalves, one of the longest-serving current leaders in CARICOM, said it was “perhaps inevitable that the change in government in Trinidad and Tobago in May 2010 would have resulted in a greater emphasis on domestic, rather than on regional, matters.He said the new government is “populated by committed regionalists” and felt “sure” that Port-of-Spain “would again be at the fore in pushing the regional agenda on all fronts.“The simple truth is that on the large strategic concerns, the line between the ‘national’ and the ‘regional’ is blurred to the point of non-existence. Globalisation and the altered architecture of the international political economy have caused this to be so,” he said.He said that no credible, sustainable regional solution to the challenges of CLICO and British-American Insurance Company and other regional issues is possible without the active involvement of Port-of-Spain.“The leadership of Trinidad and Tobago, and indeed of the ‘Big Four’, does not in any way mean a diminution of the importance on leadership of the other member-states of CARICOM. I simply make a salient point of practical politics in going forward,” he said.OECS has lesson for CARICOMCARICOM can learn much from the OECS sub-regional grouping, Gonsalves said.Gonsalves told the summit that while CARICOM “was more or less marking time over the past year or two” the OECS established its economic union in January.Gonsalves said that by August 1, there would be complete “freedom of movement” of citizens between the six nations of the Economic Union: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.He further said that there are altered governance arrangements to suit this more profound OECS Union.This deepening of the OECS Union demands an amendment to the CARICOM Treaty itself to take account juridically of the explicit special and differential treatment of the member-states of the OECS, Gonsalves said.He said the OECS has a range of issues targeted for resolution within the framework of CARICOM.“At the top of the pile is the reality that OECS member-states do not benefit proportionately or at all from the ‘single market’ arrangements in CARICOM,” Gonsalves said.He said the CARICOM trading regime has contributed to the denudation of the manufacturing base in the OECS without necessarily benefiting the OECS consumer in terms of competitive price and quality.The compensating mechanisms in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, designed to assist the “disadvantaged” countries of the OECS, have been insufficiently rolled out, Gonsalves said, adding that OECS leaders look forward to the next round of financing for the CARICOM Development Fund.“CARICOM, in its trading and ‘single market’ manifestations, is unlikely to survive unchallenged if it continues to be too highly skewed or unequally yoked in favour of one or two of the ‘Big Four’ [Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago].”Gonsalves also spoke to “hassle-free” travel and “freedom of movement” of CARICOM nationals.“Clearly, ‘hassle-free’ travel is a norm to which all civilised peoples must aspire to achieve,” he said, adding, “immigration and customs personnel are obliged to enforce the laws and regulations of each nation-state”.Gonsalves, however, said that while officials enforce the immigration laws of their various countries “there are clear strictures laid down in addition to a wide ambit of discretion.“Surely, it is not beyond our civilised regimes to accommodate visitors in a manner which is not dehumanising, insulting, belittling or embarrassing. At practically every port of entry in CARICOM, we simply do not treat our CARICOM brothers and sisters as well as we should. In some cases, the treatment is wholly unacceptable,” he said.Gonsalves spoke of the considerations that arise “regarding the narrower issue of ‘freedom of movement’ of CARICOM nationals”.He mentioned the rights each state must observed in accordance with international law, the explicit categories of CARICOM nationals accorded “freedom of movement”, and those outside of the “freedom of movement” categories — who are subject to general immigration laws.“And fourthly, in respect of the “freedom of movement” categories, do the circumstances of these persons give rise to contingent rights, and, if so, what are these contingent rights?” Gonsalves said.He said that within CARICOM, “freedom of movement” is likely to be regulated in the foreseeable future but added that it “has to be dealt with honestly, realistically, transparently, meaningfully, and without a meanness of spirit”.Gonsalves spoke of the factors that “enter the mix of considerations which limit the extension of categories for ‘freedom of movement’”.“However, once the categories have been agreed upon, CARICOM member states have a legal obligation to comply unless there is an explicit derogation granted under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas itself. In short, everything which we do in this very sensitive area must be strictly rules-based, certain, and infused with a generosity of spirit,” he said.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Dominica’s economy on the Road Back to IMF says Norris Prevost

first_img Share Share Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Central Constituency Hon. Norris Prevost. Photo credit: uwpdm.comParliamentary Representative for the Roseau Central Constituency Honourable Norris Prevost says symptoms coming out of the budget point to the Dominican Economy heading right back to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Prevost was addressing a public meeting in Lagoon Roseau Monday night which was organised to respond to the Skerrit led Government 2011/1012 budget.According to the Roseau MP, “whilst the Prime Minister and the other Government Ministers tried to paint a rosy picture, an objective analysis of the 2011/2012 budget reveals a loomy, gloomy and frightening picture. Government finances are deteriorating rapidly. Budget deficits are back.”He said increased borrowing and rising debt to GDP ratios are back. Rapidly declining Public Sector Investment Program (PSIP) is back.“The Current account deficit stands in the region of EC$280M and trade deficit EC$450M.  Merchandise exports are as low as $90.5M whilst Merchandise imports stand at $536M. The main production sector-agriculture declined by 10.6% in 2010 and Tourism declined by 4.1% in 2009. All these signs point to a collapsing Dominican economy and potential government financial crisis, similar to the one experienced in 2003.”In support of his claim, Prevost quotes from the budget speech of the Prime Minister, “… the overall balance is in deficit of $28.7 million. This figure includes grants. The primary balance which is the main fiscal indicator is also in deficit, at $8.6 million”.He said “the budget summary table on page 35, shows that this deficit is expected to rise by some 50% to about $13 million, in the 2011/2012 fiscal year.”He explained further that the increased budget deficit and increased borrowing all point to a similar contraction to that which plunged Dominica into the jaws of the IMF in 2003, when as a result of reduced govt spending and reduced consumer spending, the economy suffered a decline from which it has never recovered to this day, even with substantial grants from the People’s Republich of China, Venezuela, European Union and the IMF.“This Government has never had any economic compass.  Investor Confidence in this Government is at an all time low, hence the its inability to attract credible Foreign Direct Investment.  Dominicans must act now to avert further economic disaster.  Electoral Reform:- Voter Identification Cards,  Clean Voters list, and free and fair elections, are the first steps in rebuilding investor Confidence in Dominica,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Dominica’s economy on the Road Back to IMF says Norris Prevost by: – July 5, 2011 31 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Point Michel residents told to take ownership of sea defence project

first_img Sharing is caring! 7 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Point Michel residents told to take ownership of sea defence project by: – September 27, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Hon Rayburn Blackmoore. (file photo)Residents of Point Michel are being called upon to show a sense of ownership for the government funded 22 million dollars Sea Defense Project.Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore told a site visit there on Monday, that government is committed to the further development of the Point Michel residents.He said government is currently constructing several public conveniences in Point Michel, a facility that he hopes will betaken care of by residents.“I want to see the people of Point Michel embrace the project. I don’t want them to deface the property and people should take a sense of ownership and clean the drains. We do not expect anyone to deface the property. Likewise, when you have a projectof that magnitude completed, people should show appreciation by beautification. They need to keep the place clean,” he added.Meantime Blackmoore says 80 Dominicans are currently employed on the project, 20 from which are from Point Michel.He said government has reiterated to the contractors to hire more residents of Point Michel “but they need to show interest in working”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Marpin 2K4 employee; Runnel Baron dies following September incident

first_imgPhoto credit: marpin2k4.comAn employee of Marpin 2k4 Reynold Baron, who was critically injured while on duty, died on Saturday night at the Princess Margaret Hospital.It was reported that on September 16th, 2011 Baron was working on a pole at Les Point when it broke and fell with him causing serious injuries to his head.He was a patient at the Intensive Care Unit of the Princess Margaret Hospital following the incident on that September afternoon which left him in critical condition. He was also flown to Martinique days later to seek further medical attention, returned to Dominica and remained a patient at the PMH and was subsequently discharged.General Manager of Marpin 2k4 Walter Modd said management was of the impression that Baron was doing well.“He re-entered the hospital the last week but even with that, the impression that I had, it was more of an issue that related to nutrition. We never expected him to die,” he said.He said a sense of tremendous loss will be felt among staff.Meantime Griffin Joseph Harry-a 61 year old male of Massacre who had both legs broken as a result of a traffic accident in Massacre on October 31st, 2011 died at the PMH on Thursday 1st December, 2011.He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Princess Margaret Hospital on the 16th of November, 2011 and was readmitted on November 30th, 3011.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Marpin 2K4 employee; Runnel Baron dies following September incident by: – December 5, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 37 Views   one commentlast_img read more

Results of matches played in the 2012 Trafalgar Basketball League

first_img Tweet NewsSports Results of matches played in the 2012 Trafalgar Basketball League by: – March 12, 2012 Share Share 17 Views   no discussionscenter_img Here are the results of matches played at the weekend in the 2012 Trafalgar Basketball League.On Friday, 9th March, 2012 R. C Bullets were triumphant over Bath Estate Huskies.R.C Bullets (75 PTS) VS. Bath Estate Huskies (61 PTS)The scorers for Bullets are as follows; Garth Joseph 22 PTS, 7 REB, Ian Brumant 14 PTS, 3 ASTS and Bernard Mills 13 PTS, 8 ASTSThe scorers for Huskies were; Ivan “Bakery” Jno Baptiste 16 PTS, 5 REB, Joseph “Jojo” Hypolite 16 PTS, 8 REB and Hudson Flinn 11 PTS, 3 ASTS, 2 STLS.Bath Estate Huskies scored 83 points beating the Laudat Spartans who scored 62 points in game 1 On Saturday 10th March 2012 with 83 points to 62.Scorers for Bath Estate were; Junior Soanes 28 PTS, 4 REB, Hudson Flinn 19 PTS, 8 ASTS, Marcel Nicholas 8 PTS and Calvin Christopher 8 PTS.Scorers for Laudat were; Shawn Reid 21 PTS, 8 REB, Yheudi John 14 PTS, 3 ASTS and Dwight Trotman 10 PTS, 5 ASTSFond Canie Upsetters won the R. C Bullets by 1 point in game 2 on Saturday night.Fond Canie Upsetters (59 PTS) VS. R.C. Bullets (58 PTS)Scorers for Upsetters were; Lester Langlais 19 PTS, 6 ASTS, Darius Nichols 15 PTS, 6 REB and Hamed Le-Blanc 10 PTS, 2 ASTSThe scorers for Bullters were; Bernard Mills 20 PTS, 8 ASTS, Ronald “Bing” Charles 12 PTS, 6 REB and Ian “Ehor” Brumant 11 PTS, 3 ASTSIn Sunday’s game, the Morne Prosper Longhorns were triumphant against the Cochrane Middleham Ballers.Morne Prosper Longhorns (97 PTS) VS. Cochrane Middleham Ballers (61 PTS)Scorers for Long Horns were; Emile “Milk” Cadeau 28 PTS, 7 REB, Kendel Isles 20 PTS, 3 ASTS, Lyndel Mayers 17 PTS, 7 REB, L. G. Thomas 13 PTS, 5 ASTSScorers for Middleham Ballers were; Tooy Peters 26 PTS, 3 ASTS, Kesley Guye 18 PTS, 4 REB and Kanrauwn David 10 PTS, 2 ASTSThis evening’s game will feature the Fond Canie Rebels verses Elvis Welding Services Road Stars at the Trafalgar Basketball Court from 7.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

“We need a covenant of kindness” – DAT president

first_img 10 Views   no discussions LocalNews “We need a covenant of kindness” – DAT president by: – March 23, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Celia Nicholas.Principal of the Dominica Community High School and president of the Dominica Association of Teachers (DAT) Celia Nicholas has called for a “covenant of kindness” on the island.The journalism club of the Dominica State College (DSC) on held a forum earlier this week under the theme “School Violence! Who Should Exercise What; Restraint and/or Respect” with a view to addressing the issue of violence within schools. The forum was organized to also provide an avenue for young people to voice their concerns on the issue.Nicholas, who was a panelist at that forum explained that while violence takes several different forms and dimensions, the cause of the violence and anger must be examined, “if we are going to source a remedy if a remedy”.She said although some people want to believe that everything is “ok” within the school system this is really not the case. “Everything is not ok because you go around in our society, you listen to the radio and there is so much anger which is expressed. You look at people’s body language and you see the anger and you have to ask yourselves what is this anger all about? We have to find out what where this anger is coming from”.Nicholas told the students that they should learn that there are various ways of solving problems as “being negative to each other and trying to hit, bad talk one another is not going to solve the problem”.She submitted that a covenant of kindness would help reduce the level of anger and negativity which is being displayed towards others.Paticipants at DSC’s Forum on Wednesday.“In Dominica we need a covenant of kindness towards each other; we have to understand that we say we live in a democratic society and all of us cannot be clones, we all have to be different. I don’t want everybody to agree with me but what I want is when I have given the opportunity to express that I’m respected, I am tolerated”. According to Nicholas, “We are at crisis point,” she stated since it is becoming obvious that people cannot settle their differences in an “amicable way”.She called on citizens to display an attitude of respect towards each other and to be cognizant of the language used when addressing others.“I am calling for a high degree of tolerance in our society, I’m calling for mutual respect; child to child, child to adult. I’m calling for us to assume our responsibilities and not look at others”. Nicholas also called on the media to highlight the good that our students are involved in as she has received several reports from teachers that there are “worthy activities” occurring at their schools to which members of the media are invited but fail to attend.She noted also that the majority of students are “doing well and are good human beings” however they are “bombarded with poor models” this may lead them to feel that they must behave in similar fashion to gain attention.She encouraged the students to let their peers know that they “were made for a purpose; that purpose is not to denigrate themselves, but to be a human person who has integrity and who can lead others to the guiding light”.Nicholas concluded by reminding the students that “you are shining lights, I want you to be shinning lights not only for yourself but for others”. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Turks and Caicos authorities seek to contain illness outbreak at resort hotels

first_img Share NewsRegional Turks and Caicos authorities seek to contain illness outbreak at resort hotels by: – May 25, 2012 Share Tweet 5 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Photo credit: pelicannest.tcPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — Authorities in the Turks and Caicos Islands are mobilising resources to investigate and contain a situation that has seen an increase in diarrhoea and vomiting in some resorts on Providenciales.The Ministry of Health, Environmental Health Department, TCI Health Surveillance Team, Hotel Association and Tourist Board are working together to address this situation and to ensure that there is little or no disruption to residents, visitors and to business locally and overseas. Public health teams are assessing, identifying and reporting on the situation utilizing Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) and Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) guidelines. Their top priority is to protect the public as well as the tourism industry from any further illness by containing any outbreak.Public health professionals are working with hoteliers to gather data on the number of cases and to determine if there is any common cause. Samples have already been sent to a laboratory for investigation in the US and results are currently awaited. As a precaution, refresher hygiene training courses for all hotel staff are being arranged. Those persons experiencing diarrhoea, abdominal pain or vomiting should report to their nearest health care facility. The health surveillance team may also need to interview any person experiencing such signs and symptoms in order to help pinpoint the source of the outbreak. Information will be kept confidential; however, updates on the number of cases will be released as soon as they are confirmed.The Ministry of Health and Education (MOHE) has encouraged the general public to practice healthy hygienic measures at all times such as frequent hand washing, especially when preparing meals, before eating and after using the toilet. The MOHE will keep the public up to date on any further developments.The Tourist Board has reassured travellers that the TCI remains a safe place to visit. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Reigning calypso monarch lashes out at calypso association

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Reigning calypso monarch lashes out at calypso association by: – May 30, 2012 Share Share Tweetcenter_img 48 Views   2 comments Share Miss Dominica 2012, Nadira Lando and Calypso Monarch 2012 Dennison “Dice” Joseph after he won the competition in February.Over three months after he was crowned the five times calypso Monarch, Dennison “Dice” Joseph is criticizing the Calypso Association for “lack of vision”.Dice who won the calypso monarch title in February of 2012 became the youngest Dominican to win five calypso crowns.He told Dominica Vibes News that to him, his reign as monarch seems nonexistent.“Five times is the most anybody win the crown and you supposed to be feeling it and I don’t think am feeling it that much, and I don’t believe it have anything to do with me cause I’m here”.“There are things that supposed to be put in place by the Calypso association but we’re not seeing anything. They have a calypso house up Bath Estate, but what are they doing”?Dice, who has spoken on the issue before said some creative intervention is needed within the Association.“They have money so they could brainstorm and figure out innovative ways to make the monarch feel like he reigning. I know Calypso Association is different from the Dominica Festival Committee (DFC), because it is a private organization, but DFC finding ways to make things happen for the Carnival Queen by sending her to regional competitions and I like that, and I congratulate DFC for making things happen beyond the local competition and I think the Calypso association should think along those lines as well”, he further noted.Dice won his first calypso monarch crown in 2004 and held on to it for two consecutive years; 2005 and 2006, however in 2007 he lost that title to Derrick “Hunter” St Rose and secured the forth runner up position. In 2008 he emerged victorious and secured his forth monarch title.He took a break from the competition in 2009 and 2010 Dice citing personal reasons but made his contribution to the art form in 2009 by recording one song “Dog to Kick”.He returned in 2011 and sang the “10 Commandments of Calypso” and “Send me” where he placed 1st runner.In 2012, he became the first calypsonian in Dominica’s history to win five calypso monarch titles when he was crowned the 2012 monarch at Carnival city on February 18th.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

German national team donate €2.5m to coronavirus fundraising service

first_img Loading… German national team have kickstarted a fundraising initiative for the coronavirus epidemic by donating €2.5 million to social causes. Germany were among the favourites for this summer’s European Championship, which has been postponed until 2021 as the pandemic continues to wipe out sporting fixtures. The team are asking fans to make contributions of their own using . Speaking on Instagram, Germany captain Manuel Neuer said: “We have to look at each other in such times.” A number of Neuer’s international team-mates also called for donations on social media. “We all realise that we are in an absolutely exceptional situation. Each of us is affected,” added Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich: “It is therefore important that we help and support each other. We should all be aware of our responsibility and show solidarity.” The WirHelfen (WeHelp) website describes the resource as “your central point of contact for help in Germany. “In times of need we are the digital phone book, which clearly shows you all neighbourhood aids in Germany on an interactive map and unites people looking for help and helpers. “In emergency situations, many helpers are looking for a main point of contact through which they can offer their help simply and easily. “At the same time, many people need support with everyday problems and want help quickly. “WirHelfen is a non-profit portal that clearly and easily records all help offers and requests nationwide. Our focus is on concrete assistance, which is particularly needed in times of crisis. All without registration or complicated mediation.” Leon Goretzka, also of Bayern, was another to sound the call for help, while he also posted on Instagram asking people to donate blood. “I would like to ask you to do your part,” he said. “We as the national team have gone ahead and donated €2.5m to a good cause and hope that many of you will follow.” Read Also:Chelsea choose to trigger buy-back option for Nathan Ake On Monday, Borussia Dortmund’s ‘Sudtribune Dortmund’ fan group said it would be providing help by offering to deliver shopping and other courier services to those affected by Covid-19 in the Dortmund area. Meanwhile in the Premier League, Chelsea have announced that the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge will be used for accommodation for National Health Service staff in west London. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 Female Disney Villains You’ll Definitely Fall In Love With7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?last_img read more

PECO turns table on PLDT, lists telco’s shortcomings

first_img“We have been unable to remove ourpoles despite having relocated our facilities already due to PLDT’s facilities,which are still attached to them,” PECO added. To this date, the said pole has notyet been removed or repaired, said PECO attaching photo of it. As the to lack of emergency line teamto resolve issues, PECO turned the table to PLDT and its lack of available lineteams to attend to emergencies caused by their own leaning and/or fallen poles. ILOILO City – Panay Electric Co.(PECO) denied specifically attributing pole fires here to the Philippine LongDistance Telephone Co. (PLDT). “You have not been to our meetings inalmost two years; the other members of the other group may have concerns torelay to you in light of the challenges and opportunities posed by the manydevelopment projects in Iloilo City,” said PECO./PN According to PECO, never in theirstatements in the media nor in their report to the Energy Regulatory Commission(ERC) did they state that the 571 pole fires in this city were attributable toPLDT. Regarding wires that are extremely low-hangingand have not been attached to new poles, PECO told PLDT to review their wiringset up in the areas of Barangay Caingin (La Paz), Barangay Baluarte (Molo) andBurgos Street, La Paz, among other streets. “In light of these results, we wouldlike to immediately request that all PLDT facilities with attachments to PECOpoles be installed with insulated pole clamps. We would like you to submitwithin 15 days a timeline in which you can install insulated pole clamps forall your attachments on PECO poles,” read part of PECO’s letter. “These areas have extremelylow-hanging wires that are mistaken to be PECO wires and are a danger to thecommunity. We have surveyed these and they do not belong to us. The same gowith boxes in the middle of the street; one in Barangay Mansaya, La Paz hasalready been bumped and yet has not been removed,” PECO cited with attachedphotos as proof. “This can happen especially whentelcos install pole clamps without insulators on PECO poles for their messengerwire, and this un-insulated clamp touches PECO’s pole grounding wire,”according to PECO. Another instance, among others,happened in Barangay Kasing-kasing, Molo on Nov. 7, wherein a pole fell on theroad and no emergency personnel came from PLDT to rectify it. PECO sent itstroubleshooters to move the pole to avoid traffic congestion. On Lescano’s assertion that PLDT’slines were without voltage, PECO stated that one of the most common causes ofpole fires is when telecommunication equipment attached to PECO poles shortcircuit. This occurs when a linkage is created between telco lines and/ormessenger wires and PECO’s secondary, service lines and/or pole groundings. “We merely stated that of the reported709 pole fires from 2017 to 2019, only 138 were PECO-related. With that logicin mind, the remainder of the pole fires must related to telcos,” PECO statedin a letter to PLDT Panay Customer Service Zone senior manager Rene Lescano.center_img They cited for instance, the incidentin Jaro Plaza in front of the Archbishop’s Palace on Nov. 13 wherein PECO’steam had to temporarily fix the PLDT pole. PECO also attached a sample voltagetest of a telco messenger wire that has come in contact with a PECO secondaryline. The voltages were 157V, 156V and 70V, respectively. As to the poles on roads affected byroad widening and could not be removed due to PLDT cable attachments, PECOasked the telco to immediately remove its facilities from their old poles inthe following sites: four poles in Barangay Calajunan, Mandurriao district andtwo poles by the Rizal Bridge. PECO’sletter to PLDT was signed by AdministrativeManager Marcelo Cacho, Line Engineer Mark Sejob and Operations Manager forPlanning Engineer Aldren Deleste. This leaning pole in front of the Archbishop’s Palace in Jaro, Iloilo City is actually owned by Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., according to Panay Electric Co. But since the telco had no team in sight when the pole leaned on the night of Nov. 13, the power distributor sent its own team to temporarily fix it. The pole was previously erroneously identified as PECO’s. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “We have experienced multipleinstances wherein our line teams have had to correct leaning or fallen PLDTpoles that are blocking roads and creating traffic,” PECO stressed. The other day, Lescano said it was “not correct tosay that the more than 500 posts are ours. We have very few wooden polescompared to (PECO’s).” PECO said it is standard procedurethat there should be a gap between electrical wires and telco lines. “These are just a few of the incidentswhen we had to troubleshoot your facilities. While we readily do these jobs inthe interest of public safety and uninterrupted traffic flow, we hope you canprovide teams to maintain and troubleshoot your own facilities,” PECO toldPLDT. Lastly, PECO invited Lescano to attendthe next Iloilo Utilities Group meeting on Nov. 27, 2 p.m. at the the PECOAnnex H. PECO also urged PLDT contractors notto bundle their wires with PECO’s wires as this may cause fire, especially whenGI wires are used to bundle the said lines, as these are conductors that cancreate short circuit as well. last_img read more