PCG to sue barge owner for oil spill

first_imgIn a statement, AC Energy said close to 200 volunteers have signed up to aid in the cleanup operations of the affected coastal areas. Commander Joe Luviz Mercurio, PCG-Iloilo chief, will serve as complainant. * environmental damage and other reasonable measures of restoration Aside from the PCG, Mayor Jerry Treñas also ordered the City Legal Office to study what possible charges to file against AC Energy. * expenses incurred in cleanup operations at sea or on shore The mayor said AC Energy may also have civil and administrative liabilities under the Clean Water Act of 2004 (RA 9275). “Clearly, merong na introduce sa dagat na nakapag-cause ng harmful effects,” says Johonsan Fabilane, deputy commander of the Philippine Coast Guard Legal Service. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * pure economic loss or loss of earnings sustained by people, even if the property tainted or spoiled by the slick does not belong to them Johonsan Fabilane, deputy commander of PCG Legal Service, said they have wrapped up probing the oil spill yesterday.  ILOILO City – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is set to file a string of charges against Ayala-owned AC Energy Corp. for an oil spill in the aftermath of the explosion at Power Barge 102 on July 3. PCG’s next move, according Fabilane, would be the filing of charges against the company before the Iloilo City Prosecutors Office. He said:  “Pictures of the body of waters in Iloilo and Guimaras clearly showed the extent of the oil spill.”center_img  “Clearly, merong na introduce sa dagat na nakapag-cause ng harmful effects and nakapag dulot ng disruption sa mga kabuhayan ng mga mangingisda sa mga coastal areas,” said Fabilane. A conviction for this offense carries a possible imprisonment of 12 years, administrative fine of 300,000 to 500,000 and additional fine of 15,000 pesos per day from the start of the incident up to the end of the case. * damage to human health or loss of life as a direct result of the incident * costs incurred for preventive measures and further loss or damage caused by such preventive measures Under the law, owners of vessels that “cause pollution damage or create a grave and imminent threat of causing such damage,” are liable for: The Oil Pollution Compensation Law of 2007 (RA 9483) imposes strict liability for oil pollution damage and guarantees adequate reparation for adversely affected populations, especially those that depend on fishing and seashell harvesting. There is no need for more evidence to file a case, the PCG official stressed.  One possible complaint could be criminal negligence under Section 107 of Republic Act (RA) 8550 as amended by RA 10654 or an Act Providing for the Development, Management And Conservation of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. * consequential loss or loss of earnings suffered by owners or users of property contaminated or damaged as a direct result of the spill Fishermen were employed to assist in the oil recovery, while community workers continued the cleanup work along the shores./PNlast_img read more

NFF Congress Gives Condition for Reconciliation with Giwa, Others

first_imgOrders review of Electoral GuidelinesAdibe Emenyonu in Benin CityThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Thursday at its congress in Benin City, opened a possible window for reconciliation of all aggrieved stakeholders in Nigerian football. The football body asked the Chris Giwa and his group, with a pending court case to retrace their steps and reconcile with the football family.The Congress urged all aggrieved parties to within two weeks ensure that they dismissed all pending court cases against NFF and its leadership.Part of the resolutions reached by the Congress include filing affidavits in court to affirm and uphold the football statutes as well as not taking football matters to civil court but, to resolve any disputes and/or grievances within the available alternative dispute resolutions mechanism enshrined in the football statutes.Reading a communique issued at the end of the NFF’s Extra Ordinary General Assembly held in Bénin City, Eze Chukwuemeka, said the Congress empowered the NFF Executive Committee to commence the process of removing any penalties on persons that are currently under sanctions for breach of the NFF statutes provided they complied with the resolutions.The communique warned that any member that takes any football matter to the ordinary courts of law would henceforth be automatically expelled from all football activities with immediate effect from the date of filing such law suit.It described the suit at the Federal High Court in Jos as an unnecessary distraction for the growth of football in Nigeria and has the potential to get Nigeria suspended from being a member of the global football family, FIFA.On the issue of Giwa FC that was expelled from the NPFL in 2016, the communique noted that the club was expelled for multiple breaches of the framework and rules of the league and the claim or challenge by Chris Giwa to NFF leadership.It explained that Giwa FC was never expelled from participating in league football totally but relegated to the lower league as provided in the league rules.According to the communique, “As part of reconciliation, the Congress has mandated the Executive Committee to, upon application by Giwa FC, immediately permit the registration of Giwa FC to commence participation in the 2018 Nigeria National League.“All matches are to be rescheduled in the league to accommodate the club and NFF shall provide reasonable support to the clubs in the division to accommodate these additional matches with Giwa FC, which are not captured in their budgets.”The communique urged the National Assembly to fast-track the conclusion of the NFF Bill which is said would provide the platform that would completely eliminate most of the current challenges being experienced and ensure the sustainable development of football in Nigeria.“The Congress further noted that the NFF Statutes would consequently be duly amended to conform to the current realities of modern football management and the provisions of the NFF Bill as well as ensure inclusivity and optimization of service delivery at all levels.“The Executive Committee is endorsed to review the ongoing NFF electoral processes, guidelines and reopen the process for any qualified interested stakeholder to participate, including those that may qualify after meeting the set conditions of taking football matters out of ordinary courts.“The Congress implored all stakeholders interested in being part of NFF Executive Committee to subject themselves to and come through the legitimate electoral process as outlined in the statutes and, assures all parties of the support of the football family; provided they assume their positions through the legitimate process.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Head of Sports at Nhyira FM appointed Paralympics Ambassador

first_imgThe Board of Ghana National Paralympic Committee has appointed Kumasi-based Nhyira FM’s Head of Sports and Editor, Bright Kankam Boadu, Ambassador for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.A letter dated January 16, 2020, and signed by Peter Adjei, Secretary-General of the Ghana National Paralympic Committee read: “I have singular honor to inform you that the Board of NPC, Ghana has decided to appoint you as its Ambassador for the games. This offer takes immediate effect.“Your appointment is due to your continuous support and strong passion for the promotion of para sports and related matters in Ghana, demonstrable high sense of integrity and command of respect within the sports fraternity, selfless devotion and service to NPC, its athletes as well as programmes, especially the Tokyo 2020 Games Project.”The broadcaster has over 20 years of experience in the industry, having worked with various media houses.BKB, as he is affectionately known among his peers and followers, started his career at the defunct Fontomfrom TV in 1999 before moving to Ash FM, stopped over at Fox FM and, later, landed at Angel FM, all in a spate of 15 years.His desire to reach the top echelons of broadcasting saw him join The Multimedia Group in 2015 and has since been working with Kumasi-based Nhyira FM. The world-wide event, scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan, in August 2020, will see athletes from Ghana, alongside 170 other nations vie for honours in the paralympic discipline.As part of his mandate, Kankam Boadu will champion awareness creation programmes in respect of Ghana’s involvement in the games.He will also lead activities to raise funds to facilitate Ghana’s participation as well as showcase NPC and its athletes before and during games in Tokyo.The sports journalism icon will undertake any other activities that will boost the image of the NPC and its partners.last_img read more