Senators wary of China’s possible control over NGCP

first_img “Part of the plan of China Telecom is to use the wires of NGCP for their mid-mile telecommunication,” Recto said, referring to the Chinese firm that is part of the consortium to operate the country’s third telco. “We should always be vigilant when it comes to the transmission line,” he said. “It’s delivering power from Luzon all the way down to Mindanao. If someone will jeopardize our economy, they will just have to switch it off.” Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate Energy Committee, said that State Grid’s concession agreement limits the firm from assigning Chinese officials to man the equipment. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian “The Chinese can give technical assistance… [but] only Filipinos can manage the transmission lines,” he added. “While the law provides safety nets, it will not hurt to err on the side of caution.” “Regardless of the country, we have to make sure that safeguards are being implemented with regards to the transmission line, kasi isa lang ang transmission line natin so natural monopoly ‘yan,” Gatchalian said. State Grid Corp. of China, which owns a 40-percent stake in the NGCP, could compromise national security, Sen. Ralph Recto said, adding that they can turn off the Philippines’ power transmission grid “remotely.” MANILA – Several lawmakers have expressed concern about a China-controlled company’s 40-percent stake in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) – the country’s lone power transmission line, saying this could compromise national security. The NGCP earlier allayed fears that its technical partner would try to shut down the Philippines’ power lines./PNlast_img read more

3-goal 2nd period pushes Syracuse past Mercyhurst

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A three-goal second period was what Syracuse (3-5-3, 3-1-1 College Hockey America) needed to triumph over Mercyhurst (2-8-1, 1-4-0 CHA) at Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.Mercyhurst opened the scoring about halfway through the first period on a power play goal off the stick of Rachael Smith.Coming out of the first intermission down a goal — something all too familiar for the Orange this year — Syracuse came roaring back in the third, scoring two goals in the first four minutes of the second period. Heather Schwarz and Stephanie Grossi tallied the goals for the Orange. Schwarz notched her second goal about ten minutes later in the period, on the power play, to make the score 3-1.Mercyhurst clawed back to within one goal with 30 seconds left in the second period courtesy of Brook Hartwick’s power play goal. SU uncharacteristically allowed two power play goals, raising the total amount to ten on the season.As the third period commenced, Syracuse searched for a dagger. It came on the power play as Megan Quinn scored. The Orange went 2-for-4 on the power play against Mercyhurst, its best ratio of the season by far. Mercyhurst went 2-for-8.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAcross the board both teams were fairly equal statistically, with the only glaring inequality blocked shots — 10 to 5, in favor of Syracuse.Syracuse and Mercyhurst play again on Saturday at 2 p.m. Comments Published on November 11, 2016 at 5:50 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more