Governor’s Politics Are Interfering With an Already Slow Recovery in Puerto Rico

first_imgGovernor’s Politics Are Interfering With an Already Slow Recovery in Puerto Rico FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:The outlook for the restoration of Puerto Rico’s ravaged power grid took a backward step after Gov. Ricardo Rosselló hinted he would challenge the appointment of an emergency manager for grid recovery that was announced Wednesday by the bankrupt island’s federal oversight board.The Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board, which Congress established to oversee the U.S. territory’s fiscal crisis, had moved to wrest control of the halting grid recovery efforts away from the island’s utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), which reports to Rosselló.But in a combative statement following that announcement Wednesday, Rosselló asserted that the management of Puerto Rico’s public companies “rests exclusively on democratically elected officials,” potentially setting the stage for a legal tussle over the utility’s future.The board picked its revitalization coordinator, Noel Zamot, a retired Air Force colonel and native Puerto Rican, to serve as “chief transformation officer” for emergency power restoration and future, undefined efforts to build a more modern, resilient power network on the island.If the governor takes the issue to court, it will set up conflict with the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), enacted by Congress in June 2016.If the governor battles the federal oversight board’s choice for new leadership at PREPA, it will get no support from PREPA’s electricity workers’ union, the Unión de Trabajadores de la Industria Eléctrica y Riego (UTIER).The head of the union, Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo, said in an email that federal overseers are legally able to unseat PREPA’s board and its CEO. “This action by [PROMESA] confirms UTIER’s denunciations of the bad management, corruption and incompetence of the management and of Ricardo Ramos during the emergency occasioned by Hurricane Maria,” Jaramillo wrote.Tom Sanzillo, finance director for the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis in Puerto Rico, a business and environmental advocacy group, said “I think the board’s authority to do this [appoint Zamot] is pretty explicit.”The PROMESA legislation gave the oversight board authority to oversee Puerto Rico’s “public agencies,” which would define PREPA.Rosselló needs to see the oversight board as his partner, not his opponent, Sanzillo added.“There are times when a governor has to draw a line” with Washington, said Sanzillo, former acting comptroller of the state of New York. “But this is a fight over something that screams out for oversight. He’s trying to defend a system that has produced one bad contract and one bad decision after another. He’s just wrong.”More: Tensions build over control of Puerto Rico utilitylast_img read more

LA Lakers’ Byron Scott to field same starting lineup in second preseason game vs. Utah

first_imgHONOLULU >> The lineup combinations remain fluid. It likely will stay that way until the training camp concludes at the end of October.Yet, Lakers coach Byron Scott said he “wouldn’t mind” if his starting lineup featured D’Angelo Russell (point guard), Jordan Clarkson (shooting guard), Kobe Bryant (small forward), Julius Randle (power forward) and Roy Hibbert (center). Scott plans to feature that lineup for the second consecutive game when the Lakers play the Utah Jazz on Tuesday at Stan Sheriff Center.“That group is a very good group,” Scott said following practice on Monday. “It’s very young. You have two veterans out there in Kobe and Roy. But I would love for this group to take it to the next level. The only way they can do that is by playing together a little bit more in game situations and in practice.”Bryant sounded intrigued about the lineup’s potential, too. After the Lakers’ 90-71 preseason loss to Utah on Sunday, Bryant argued “the pieces complement each other extremely well.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s not horrible,” Brown said. “I want to take precaution. So I sat out. But it’s not horrible.”Brown’s instincts turned out correct. An MRI revealed a right shoulder strain, though the results came out negative. The Lakers have listed Brown to play Tuesday against Utah. Brown’s injury sparked confusion on how it happened. Scott believed Brown ran into a legal screen that reserve center Robert Sacre set, something he denied. Russell recalled it was Hibbert, who cited faulty memory.Brown did not offer any specifics. But he focused more of his anxiety on his training camp. He posted three points on 1-of-3 shooting and five fouls in 12 minutes against Utah. Brown also has defended Bryant, Metta World Peace, Nick Young and Lou Williams in practice.“Metta is a tank. He’s more brute strength and plays bully ball,” said Brown, whom the Lakers selected 34th overall. “Kobe has more skill. But they’re both extremely hard to guard.”How so?“They both know how to get fouled,” Brown said. “They can shoot in your face. The biggest thing is it doesn’t matter how close you are. They shoot the same shot. It doesn’t matter how much you contest. If Kobe misses it, it’s because he missed it. It’s not because you played good defense.”center_img The Lakers drafted Russell with the No. 2 pick because of his playmaking. Clarkson morphed from last year’s 46th pick to a member of the NBA’s All-Rookie team because of his scoring. Bryant’s resume speaks for itself, though concerns linger on whether he can stay healthy following three season-ending injuries in consecutive seasons. The Lakers remain intrigued with Randle’s versatility as a bruiser and playmaker missing nearly his entire rookie season because of a fractured right tibia. The Lakers acquired Hibbert from Indiana in hopes he can revamp the Lakers’ defense. Does Scott feel hesitant to rely on so many young players?“Not really,” Scott said. “If they’re good, it doesn’t really matter.”Nursing the pain The ice bag stayed firmly wrapped on Anthony Brown’s right shoulder. Lakers trainer Gary Vitti stood nearby finalizing plans for Brown to receive an MRI at a nearby hospital after the Lakers’ rookie small forward bumped his shoulder through a hard screen.last_img read more

Top seed takes short route to semi-finals

first_img Top seed Julie Brown took just 24 holes today to march through the first two rounds and into the semi-finals of the English senior women’s championship at Sandy Lodge, near Watford.Tomorrow she will play Debbie Richards of Surrey who, by contrast, played 20 holes in her quarter final alone, before beating Lulu Housman.The other semi-final will be between four-times champion Chris Quinn of Hampshire and Katherine Russell of Sussex. Both players are former British senior champions.Chris Quinn (Hockley) has masses of experience in this event – but this is new ground for the others. Julie Brown (Trentham) is playing in the championship for the first time as a new senior, while Debbie Richards (Burhill) and Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) are taking part in the championship flight for the first time.Julie, (pictured top) who is a past winner on the Ladies European Tour, spoke for them all when she looked forward to tomorrow and remarked: “I’m up for it!” She’s made short work of the matchplay so far, winning on the 11th in the first round and on the 13th in the quarter final.Today she was clinical about hitting fairways and greens and, when she did miss an occasional target, she demonstrated a devastating short game, chipping in, chipping dead and holing from a distance. She won her first round match 8/7 and her quarter final against Berkshire champion Linda Hunt 6/5.Debbie Richards won a great battle against Lulu Housman (Highgate) to take her place in the semi-final, with much of the deciding action hinging on the putting.Lulu saw putts horseshoe out twice as Debbie won three holes in a row on the back nine. Debbie, in turn, three putted both the 17th and 18th to see her two-up lead disappear. However, after halving the 19th in par, she safely two-putted from behind the green on the 20th to win the match. “I’m delighted to get through,” she said.Chris Quinn has worked hard for her place in the semi-finals. She secured her spot in the championship flight in a play-off; in the first matchplay round she came back from three down with three to play to defeat defending champion Janet Melville on the 20th. This afternoon, she defeated Cheshire’s Gillian Mellor on the 17th by the margin of 2/1.“I just can’t believe I’ve got through!” she said. “I’m not playing at my best, but I have driven the ball really well which has helped.”The final game, between Katherine Russell and Sue Dye of Cheshire pitted two senior internationals against each other. The contest was tight over the opening holes but on the back nine Katherine gradually created a three-up lead. Sue pulled one back when she won the 16th, but a half on 17 decided the 2/1 result.“I played quite well and a lot better than I did over the two qualifying days!” said Katherine. “Today it all came together, I’m striking the ball well and looking forward to tomorrow.”The second flight semi-finals will be between Carole Weir (Beaconsfield) and Felicity Christine (Woking); and Barbara Laird (Sandiway) and Caroline Berry (Bromborough).Image © Leaderboard Photography 24 Apr 2014 Top seed takes short route to semi-finals last_img read more

Small contingent of Leafs earn All Star status

first_imgOf course, Walton and Wiest were involved in that blockbuster trade last month between Castlegar and Fernie that saw the two star players switch teams mid season. Sookro leads the Hawks in scoring with 20 goals and 22 assists.There is one player each from Spokane Braves and Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Rebels have two players on the Kootenay Prospects Team. Forwards Jamie Vlanich and Diego Bartlett will make the trek along with Ryan Edwards and Dallas Calvin of Beaver Valley.Vlanich was also part of the Castlegar/Fernie deal that sent Walton to the Eddie Mountain powerhouse.Desert Dogs lead All Star selections with eightThe Osoyoos Coyotes have no less than eight players heading to Fernie. The expansion club, that looks more like a seasoned crew, leads the entire KIJHL with a 29-2-2 record.Defending KIJHL champion Revelstoke Grizzlies is second, three points behind the Desert Dogs. sports@thenelsondaily.com By The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s a rather small contingent of Nelson Leafs that heads to Fernie next month to attend the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League All Star weekend.Five players, including two veterans, made the grade to play in the All Star and Prospects games in January.Headlining the list is the Leafs’ leading scorer, Gavin Currie. Currie, 20, has been the most consistent player on the Green and White this season, leading Nelson in scoring with 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points.Many of those points have come in the last few months before the Christmas break as the Abbotsford native has points in 15 of the last 19 games.It’s the second trip to the All Star contest for Currie.Taylor O’Neil also slated to play in the All Star Classic. The Kelowna native has been Mr. Rock Solid for the Leafs on the blueline. Nelson’s captain has played all 32 games for Nelson, amassing three goals and nine assists to go with 188 minutes in penalties.Three rookies earn the opportunity to play in the Prospects’ Game.Goalie Darren Hogg and forwards Cameron Dobransky and Connor Enright caught the eye of the All Star committee.Hogg has shared the crease with teammate Marcus Beesley and leads the Leafs with a solid 2.88 goals against average in 14 games. Nine of those games have been wins for the Penticton native.Dobransky and Enright have been key contributors to the Leaf success this season with 13 and 11 points, respectively.The KIJHL All Star weekend goes January 14-15 in Fernie.Friday is the Prospects Game while the All Star Classic is scheduled for Saturday. Prior to the All Star contest the players and coaches will be treated to a banquet.Five Riders play before home crowd in FernieThe Fernie Ghostriders lead the Kootenay Conference in selections to the All Star Game with five players.Netminders Andrew Walton and Fraser Abdallah join forwards Thomas Abenante, Scott Morriseau and Jeff Zmurchyk on the Kootenay Conference squad.Three players from the Castlegar Rebels — Darren Tarasoff, Mike Wiest and Taylor Anderson — join two from Beaver Valley — Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro and Derek Lashuk.last_img read more