How I ‘escaped’ the NYC power outage

Posted by watchmen
July 19, 2019
Posted in OPINION

“If it weren’t for electricity, we’d all be watching television by candlelight.” –George Gobel I was aboard a Manhattan-bound Q rain on the evening of July 13 unaware New York City has suffered its worst power outage since 1977, which affected Manhattan’s midtown and Upper West Side. Upon reaching these areas, the subway halted operations …

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Tropical Storm Falcon

Posted by watchmen
July 18, 2019
Posted in HEADLINE

Gale conditions suspend sea travel in the Western Visayas By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga Gale conditions caused by Tropical Storm Falcon forced the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to cancel sea trips yesterday for small vessels. Based on information released by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the western and southern seaboards, including …

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Slain NPA insurgent identified as Himamaylan City resident

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July 18, 2019
Posted in HEADLINE

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga The New People’s Army (NPA) insurgent killed during the encounter over the weekend was recently identified. Authorities said the suspected rebel was 22-year-old Joseph Pacheco, a resident of Barangay Buenavista in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. Pacheco’s remains were positively identified by his mother Julita, who recognized a “burn scar” on …

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Ceneco blames recent power interruptions on weather

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July 18, 2019
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By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga Following power outages plaguing Bacolod City this week, Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) officer-in-charge, Engr. Jose Taniongon, blamed the incidents on heavy rains and bad weather conditions brought on by Tropical Storm Falcon. Several areas of the city was without electricity between Tuesday and yesterday including Barangays Villamonte, Estefania, Granada, …

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Legislation recommends stress/burnout leave option

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July 18, 2019
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Policy would only apply to Iloilo City Hall employees An ordinance suggesting a stress/burnout leave option for Iloilo City Hall employees recently passed its first reading before the Sangguniang Panlungsod. “Kung kaisa, may times kasakit sang tiyan naton which we don’t understand why; we have this trangkaso nga wala man kita cold and cough but …

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Bacolod City councilor continues to lambast Baciwa board

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July 18, 2019
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Gamboa: The ‘joint venture’ is a takeover By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. continued to lambast the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Board of Directors by outrightly calling the utility firm’s proposed joint venture with PrimeWater Infrastructure Corporation “a takeover and not a partnership investment.” “PrimeWater will use Baciwa as …

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La Castellana struck by three earthquakes in one night

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July 18, 2019
Posted in TOP STORIES

Three earthquakes were detected in the vicinity of La Castellana last Tuesday night. According to bulletins released by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the first quake, measuring 2.5 in magnitude, struck just east of the Negros Occidental town at 8:20 p.m.; a 2.1-magnitude tremor then struck north at 10:09 p.m.; six minutes …

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Banago drug bust yields P1.2M worth of shabu

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July 18, 2019
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By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga A buy-bust operation conducted in Bacolod City’s Barangay Banago yesterday afternoon yielded a total P1.2 million worth of suspected shabu. Police identified the arrested suspects as 43-year-old Regina Oro and 23-year-old Sam Aguirre, both residents of Purok Bayanihan in the said barangay. Bacolod City Police Office-City Drug Enforcement Unit head, …

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Habitat for Humanity hosts housing forum later this month

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July 18, 2019
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Habitat for Humanity Philippines is scheduled to host their Asia-Pacific Housing Forum from July 29 to 31 at the New World Makati Hotel. The event seeks to devise solutions for ongoing housing issues affecting impoverished communities, along with promoting affordable housing. This year, the event will focus on land ownership as a key to “socialized …

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Ferrer gives Duterte an 85% rating

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July 18, 2019
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By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga Negros Occidental Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer gave a President Rodrigo Duterte an 85 percent rating in terms of his performance over the past three years. “Even in surveys the president [has a] positive performance rating, which means that the government is doing [well] under his administration,” he explained. In terms …

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