New VP for public affairs and communications

first_imgPaul Andrew has been appointed the University’s vice president for public affairs and communications, President Drew Faust announced today.An accomplished communications strategist with broad experience in higher education, government, and beyond, Andrew came to Harvard in 2012 and has served in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as acting vice president since earlier this year.“Paul has done an outstanding job since coming to Harvard, and I’m very pleased to have him lead our public affairs and communications efforts,” said President Drew Faust. “He thinks creatively and strategically, he knows Harvard, he cares deeply about higher education, and he has a thoughtful, collaborative style that colleagues value and admire. I know he looks forward to extending his relationships across the University and to doing even more to draw attention to the remarkable work of our faculty, students, and staff, and why it matters to the world.”“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve this extraordinary institution,” said Andrew. “Since arriving at Harvard, I have been — and continue to be — inspired by Harvard’s faculty, students, and staff and their deep commitment to the teaching and research mission of the University. At a time when higher education and access to knowledge are more vital than ever, it is a privilege to be able to help deepen the understanding of the work that happens here and the positive impact that work can have around the globe.”Andrew joined Harvard as assistant vice president for communications in late 2012 and was promoted to associate vice president in 2014. Among other responsibilities, he has led the day-to-day operations of the University’s communications team, guided media strategy, overseen the Harvard Gazette, and advanced various initiatives to enhance the University’s communications capacity and adapt to changes in technology. As vice president, he will take on broader responsibility for guiding the University’s work not only in communications but also in public affairs, including government and community relations, as well as the digital domain.Before coming to Harvard, Andrew served as executive vice president at Weber Shandwick Worldwide, a global public relations firm. There he played a lead role in the growth of the firm’s Boston office and in the launch of its academic practice serving institutions of higher education.Earlier in his career, at Hattaway Communications, his work included developing legislative and public affairs campaigns for nonprofit organizations and providing media advice to candidates for federal and state public office. A native of the United Kingdom, Andrew has also served as special adviser to Gordon Brown, then Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, and as director of communications for the European Parliamentary Labour Party in Brussels.A summa cum laude graduate of Plymouth State University, where he studied political science and history, he is the former lead agenda columnist for MetroWest Daily News and has spoken and written on a wide range of topics, including national and international politics, crisis communications, and higher education.Andrew’s appointment marks the culmination of a national search for a successor to Christine Heenan, currently a senior adviser to President Faust. Heenan stepped down in January as vice president for public affairs and communications to take on a new role as senior communications adviser with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.last_img read more

3 Harvard seniors gain International Rhodes

first_imgThree members of Harvard College’s Class of 2018 have been selected to represent their respective countries, Zimbabwe, Trinidad, and Zambia, as Rhodes Scholars.The students expressed joy, relief, and appreciation for the help they received along the way from family, friends, and mentors at Harvard.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerTerrens MuradzikwaFor Terrens Muradzikwa, the scholarship is an opportunity to continue pursuing his interest in melding the fields of economics and development.“I’m interested in development economics, and looking at how innovation is used to promote economic growth in developing countries,” he said. “I was really motivated by some of the classes I took at Harvard, in particular with Clayton Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and Efosa Ojomo, a research fellow at the Christensen Institute.”Muradzikwa, a Dunster House resident with a concentration in economics, hopes to join the World Bank or International Monetary Fund (IMF) after completing master’s degrees in development economics and in public policy, before eventually returning to his home country.“I really want to bring new ideas to the countries that the World Bank and IMF are working with. And long-term I would like to work for the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in Zimbabwe, and contribute to the economic growth of my country.”Applying for the Rhodes required Muradzikwa to travel home, and the timing of the visit was decidedly unusual. He arrived on the ground in his home nation of Zimbabwe just hours after longtime President Robert Mugabe resigned under military pressure.“There was a real feeling of excitement in the air,” Muradzikwa said. “People were dancing and celebrating together in the streets. I was really happy to see people from different walks of life coming together — people of all different ages, races, socioeconomic backgrounds. I really hope we can continue and sustain that spirit of togetherness.”Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerMandela PatrickHis interest in the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship has taken Mandela Patrick from Harvard to two summer internships at Facebook, and soon to Oxford, where he will focus on machine learning.“I felt a mix of relief and excitement,” he said of learning that he had been chosen for a Rhodes. “A lot of preparation went into this, between interview practice, securing recommendations, applications. It’s really about a six-month process.”Patrick, a Currier House resident with a concentration in computer science who grew up in Trinidad, credits Harvard with giving him platforms to succeed in areas that are major criteria for the scholarship: academics, leadership, volunteerism, and athletics. He has been a member of the varsity squash team since his freshman year. Among the volunteer projects he participated in was teaching computer code to Boston Public Schools students in Mission Hill.“I’m passionate about education, and in particular accessibility to education for people from low-income backgrounds. I really see the value in using technology to advance entrepreneurship for people,” he said.Patrick singled out several Harvard mentors, including Edwin Amonoo, Currier House tutor; Harry Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science; and Margo Seltzer, Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science and faculty director of the Center for Research on Computation and Society. He also thanked his parents.Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerShaan DesaiFor Shaan Desai, studying in England is nothing new. He already had two years at UWC Atlantic College under his belt before arriving as a freshman at Harvard. But being selected for the Rhodes program was “a big relief,” he said. “It’s a lot of hard work coming to fruition, and a lot of tense moments building up to a lot of excitement and elation.”Desai, an Adams House resident from Zambia who is pursuing a bachelor’s of art in physics and a master’s of science in computational science and engineering, hopes to use his time in Oxford to study ways that these fields can boost renewable technology.“I’m interested in looking at how we can use tools from physics and computer science to aid the discovery of new materials for renewable technology,” he said, “and in particular how those materials could help us generate affordable electricity in Africa.”Desai credited  professors and peers at Harvard for helping him to grow both academically and socially.“Being at Harvard has been such a formative experience. I was able to work with and get to know professors at the leading edge of physics, and have made lifelong friends, not only in House life but in extracurricular activities.”His biggest aspiration is to improve science education in Zambia and throughout Africa. He cites Nigerian entrepreneur Iyinoluwa Aboyeji as a major inspiration. Aboyeji created Andela, a tech startup designed to “build a network of technology leaders on the African continent and bridge the divide between the U.S and African tech sectors.”“I was really inspired by Iyinoluwa,” Desai said, and earlier this year welcomed him to Harvard as a speaker for the Harvard African Business and Investment Club. “Speaking to him and learning more about his entrepreneurship was a clear indication to me that what might seem outrageous or impossible can actually be done.”In addition, four other members of Harvard’s Class of 2018 were among 32 Americans selected as Rhodes Scholars.last_img read more

Classics Club to host Sound of Classics event

first_imgThe Notre Dame Classics Club will present a blast from the distant past with the Sound of Classics event Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Hesburgh Library’s Carey Auditorium. Since its inception in 2007, the Sound of Classics event has been an opportunity to experience firsthand the poetry, stories and songs from the classical cultures of antiquity.“Think of it as a classics variety show,” senior Olivia May, the club’s vice president, said. “We have one student singing Italian songs with his accordion. We also have people reciting pieces of Latin, as well as skits.”May herself has a role in a skit from Homer’s “Odyssey.”The event includes performances not only from the students in the Classics club, but others as well, junior Caitlin Riley said. “Other student groups will also be performing — Humor Artists are doing some improv and the Not So Royal Shakespeare group is doing a scene from ‘Julius Caesar,’” Riley said. “I think we’ve got the Liturgical Choir coming too. So we’ve got a bunch of different groups all doing things that are Latin or Greek-related.”  Senior Mary McNulty said there will be a variety of performances on display at the event. “Some professors give extra credit for kids to recite poetry or anything that they’re reading in class, and we also have people who do creative skits from Greek and Roman,” McNulty said. “We even have someone doing a ‘classics rap’ this year.”The event is not only focused on remembering the old, but also on adding a new twist. The Sound of Classics event highlights the continued relevance of Greek and Roman culture and language in modern times, Riley said. “I think a lot of the time people just think of things like Latin as a dead language but when you think about it the culture is still all around you. Like in the Great Hall [of O’Shaughnessy Hall], the windows have all these Greek philosophers on them,” Riley said. “A lot of the skits are about making things modern and seeing how the themes are still relevant today as well as bringing out the beauty of the language and culture.”McNulty said that the Sound of Classic events demonstrates the continuing relevance of the classics.“Classics majors get asked a lot, ‘Why are you studying a dead language?’’ McNulty said. “And through this, we can show everyone that it’s not actually dead and that you can make it very relevant and funny for a modern audience.”Tags: Classics Club, Julius Caesar, Odyssey, Sound of Classicslast_img read more

Three Test Positive For COVID-19 In Cattaraugus County, Brings Total To Five

first_imgPhoto: CDCLITTLE VALLEY – Three additional cases of COVID-19 were reported Sunday in Cattaraugus County, bringing the county total to five.The Cattaraugus County Health Department says the first cases is a male resident who lives in the northwest part of the county with a travel history to NYC and Buffalo who has been asymptomatic (no fever, no cough or shortness of breath) but has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.Officials say he was tested on Friday and the positive test result returned Saturday.The next case is a female resident who lives in the northwest part of the county with travel history to Buffalo who has been asymptomatic but was in close contact with a known positive case. She was also tested on Friday and the test result came back Saturday indicating that she was positive for the virus.“Both patients are resting at home, and now under quarantine,” said officials. “They will be assessed for any medical support that we can provide and we will monitor their symptoms closely.”Additionally, a male who lives in the southeast part of the county with no known travel history who visited the emergency room at Olean General Hospital with complaints of fever, cough and diarrhea, has also tested positive. Officials say he was admitted with pneumonia and tested on Friday and on Saturday the test result indicated that he was positive.“Upon discharge today, he and his family will be quarantined and assessed daily for any medical support that we can provide and we will monitor their symptoms closely,” said officials. The Cattaraugus County Health Department has begun contact tracing and will notify any close contacts and facilities visited by any of the confirmed positives.Officials say residents should assume that there is community wide spread of COVID-19 in the area.“We continue to ask our residents to bunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community spread of COVID-19, otherwise, you place your family and other Cattaraugus County residents at risk,” said officials. “We would like to reiterate that if any residents experience fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches should contact their health care provider first (avoid going directly to the Urgent Care facility or Emergency Room before calling).” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Laura Benanti Misses Out, Christopher Jackson Is Zen & More Lessons of the Week

first_imgThe excitement never stops on the Great White Way, from Hedwig bidding auf Wiedersehen to a U.K. Elphaba riding her broom across the pond. Before you head off to whatever your big weekend plans might be, we’re here to school you. Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not, Lessons of the Week!Laura Benanti’s Missing F*cking #LiveatFive(Almost) every day at (more or less) 5 PM, the Broadway.com staff brings you #LiveatFive on the live-streaming app Periscope. On exciting days, we discuss what’s going on on the Broadway. On slow news days, we, uh, eat Chipotle and talk about Aaron Tveit. But it seems Tony-winning Twitter guru Laura Benanti hasn’t gotten the memo. Giving you major side-eye, Laura. And we learned from the master.Christopher Jackson Stays CenteredAh, the power of meditation. Nothing relieves stress like thinking of nothing while maintaining a neutral position. Behold Hamilton favorite Christopher Jackson in practice as he endures the most childish, insane, weird and insulting interview on local news. We’re talking colonoial costumes, powdered wigs and the most unfortunate attempt at freestyling ever. Say it with us, Chis. Ohm!Queen Lesli Shouldn’t Reign Down UndahOur favorite/only monarch-turned-vlogger Lesli Margherita is about to leave Matilda and set sail for Dames at Sea. In her penultimate Looks Not Books episode, she proved that Australia would not be the right pick for a between-show vacay. After sampling Aussie staple vegemite, the Queen did everything short of projectile vomiting in the men’s dressing room, which would officially be the worst parting gift in Broadway history.Daphne Bakes the Worst Pies in New YorkAttend the tale of Mimi Todd. Her pants were blue and her candle flawed. Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rent’s original feline of Avenue B, is heading to Labyrinth Theater Company’s Empanada Loca, a one-woman show inspired by the legend of Sweeney Todd. It’s about a drug dealer/masseuse who resides in the subway tunnels of New York. What happens next? Sir, times is hard. Times is hard.The Jacobses Will Be 1 Though They’re 2Broadway siblings Adam and Arielle Jacobs are rocking magic carpets and jeweled shoes, respectively, in Aladdin and Wicked on the Great White Way, but there’s another (slightly freakier) show they want to take on together. The duo revealed that if/when they headline a 54 Below act, they’d have to perform Side Show anthem “I Will Never Leave You.” Screw 54 Below. Is it too soon for another Side Show revival?Rory O’Malley Moonlights as an AgentHe may have earned a Tony nom for his performance as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon, but Rory O’Malley’s talents extend far beyond the stage. Fresh face Grey Henson, who currently plays McKinley in the hit, revealed that he got the part after O’Malley, a fellow Carnegie Mellon alum, recommended him to a casting director. Hey Rory, do you mind if we slip you some resumes? We have a great idea for a Side Show revival.eHarmony’s Buzzing with Tony WinnerseHarmony claims to match (straight) couples on 29 “Dimensions of Compatibility,” and apparently, the ability to win awards for singing your face off is one of them. Victoria Clark recently married Thomas Reidy, whom she had met on the dating site. At the celebration was her Sister Act co-star Patina Miller, who also met her husband on eHarmony. Hey, Liza! We have 29 questions for you.Heidi’s the Peanut Butter to Our ChocolateMaybe we don’t need eHarmony after all! On the latest Renaissance Woman, Heidi Blickenstaff twice confessed her love for the holy matrimony that is chocolate and peanut butter. Are you trying to tell us something, HBlix? Have you been catching our incessant hints? Why don’t you stop by? We have plenty of books and wine. And most importantly, people send us Reese’s.Broadway Is the New Sin CityIn a push to cater to all types of audiences, the Great White Way is starting to feel a little Vegas-y. Penn & Teller just ended their stint at the Marquis Theatre. The Illusionists are reappearing this fall. Cirque du Soleil is taking up residency at the Lyric, starting with next summer’s Paramour. Say what you want about the commercialization of Broadway; we can’t wait for Wicked to install those Elphaba and Glinda-themed slot machines in the lobby. Jackpot?Broadway.com Needs a Time TurnerRemind us not to schedule any eHarmony dates for September 27. First, there’s the Broadway Flea Market, then there’s Elsie Fest with Darren Criss, Aaron Tveit, Laura Osnes, Lea Salonga and more. Then, after a nap, we’ll be at the opening night of Spring Awakening. We have just over a month to figure out how to lead parallel lives a la Liz/Beth to make this work. Does anyone have a cardigan we can borrow? View Comments Laura Benanti Star Files Christopher Jacksonlast_img read more

02 Gourds are fun

first_imgVolume XXXNumber 1Page 2 By George BoyhanUniversity of GeorgiaProbably no other vegetable has as much diversity in shape, colorand size as gourds. Many are used to make birdhouses, waterdippers and other useful items. Summer squash (yellow or zucchini) and pumpkins are closelyrelated to gourds. Together, they’re a fascinating and diversegroup of plants.Unlike summer squash, which are picked immature and tender,gourds are harvested at maturity with hard shells. Gardenerstraditionally put them into two groups: hard-shelled gourds andwinter squashes.To a certain extent, this grouping represents differences inspecies. But more often than not, the hard-shelled gourds aregrown for decoration and useful items, while the winter squashesare stored to eat in the winter.Choices, choicesGourds can be small, such acorn squash, or quite large, as inHubbard and green apple gourd. The colors can range from white toyellow, orange, red, green or blue. They can even be combinationsof these colors, as in Turk’s turban.Growing gourds can be a great project for children. So if youhave the room and want some fun, try growing gourds.If you want to grow them, though, you’d better have some room.Their vines will require lots of space to spread out. Most gourdsrequire 6 to 12 feet between plants to do well. But you can tryas little as 3 feet between plants.Sunlight and water are essential for gourds, too. They alsorespond well to fertilizer and compost. Have your soil tested,preferably the fall before spring planting, so there’s enoughtime to adjust the pH if you need to.Indicate on your sample bag that you want to grow a vegetablegarden. The soil test results will have specific recommendationsbased on your soil condition. Your county University of GeorgiaExtension agent can help you with this.Planting guideGourds do equally well if you grow them from transplants ordirect-seed them. Many home-garden seed catalogs carry gourds.They will often have pictures to show you what they look like.Plant gourds after all danger of frost has passed and the soilhas warmed. The hotter the better for gourds — they thrive inthe heat. But remember to keep them watered.Gourds are a long-season crop, so split your fertilizer into twoor three applications during the season.Several diseases can affect gourds. For disease resistance,species of Cucurbita moschata will probably do best. But don’t beafraid to try others. Spring planting will have fewer disease andinsect problems than fall planting.Once the vines begin to run, they compete well with weeds, soearly weed control is most important.Harvested gourds are seen in many supermarkets in the fall andare often used for decorations. However you use them, though,they can be a delightful addition to your garden.(George Boyhan is a horticulturist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Confessions of a Middle Aged Roadie: Goals

first_imgIn the fall of 2016, during an educational conference in Abingdon, the keynote speaker addressing me and my fellow teachers discussed the power of goals. Specifically, he made mention that one could increase the likelihood of realizing one’s goals by writing them down and placing them strategically, so that they could be easily seen.A sticky note on the mirror, or an alert on your daily calendar, some sort of constant reminder, so that the goal doesn’t slip from memory.At the time, I poo-pooed his advice, particularly when it came to my cycling. Sure, I rode. But I rode when I wanted to or when my schedule allowed for it. Didn’t get to it today? Didn’t want to hit that 5 A.M. training session or soccer practice got in the way? No biggie. I’ll get to it tomorrow. Or the next day.As you can imagine, this strategy didn’t lead to me becoming a stronger cyclist or increasing my fitness level.So I began 2017 with a different perspective and some semblance of a goal. Initially, it was simply to ride more, but that was really just a smidge better than my 2016 aspirations. My first real step towards establishing a goal was investing in some technology that allowed me to up my trainer game and count my inside miles. I got the necessary doo-dads and downloaded Zwift to my laptop and established my first goal of the year: 80 miles a week.And it worked. I had friends riding on Zwift and there was something about counting those miles – and the informal competition with my buddies – that pushed me to ride more.Once spring came and I was able to ride outside more, I made it my goal to ride 100 miles a week. A couple outside rides of 25 or so miles, coupled with my trainer sessions, got me there each week. I enjoyed the miles piling up. 2017 was shaping up to be my biggest cycling year so far, as I passed 1,000 miles, than 1,500, and then 2,000. The end of the summer had me approaching 3,000 miles. For this 45 year old cyclist, that was heady territory.Still, there was no end goal in sight. I had flirted, unofficially, of hitting 4,000 miles for the year. But that was never concrete. Until I joined Strava, that is. I had been using the app for free the last couple years, but ponying up the cash and joining as a member allowed me to set that 4,000 mile finish line as my end goal.That’s when the game changed. What had existed in the abstract became real. Each day, I was reminded by Strava that I was either ahead of or behind my pace. This pushed me. This was my sticky note. My riding gained a purpose, and I was able to map out each week the rides that would allow me to reach that weekly goal and maintain pace for my yearly goal.I was moving and on a mission, but I also learned there was a darker side to goals. My weekly and yearly goal weighed on me. Multiple days off the bike caused me some occasional stress, as I knew I was slipping behind, and having 1,000 miles to go at the end of September was daunting. I took the bike on family trips, trying to sneak in some miles when I could. I even considered taking the trainer on our Thanksgiving trip to Charlottesville, and recently – when laid low by the flu with just 72 miles to go until 4,000 – I hopped on the trainer to knock out a few miles once my fever broke.There was also a sense of sadness each Monday morning, as those weekly Strava miles reset to zero and the quest for that weekly goal began again.On December 30th, I hit my 4,000 mile goal. I began the day with 3,988 miles on the year, and I hit the trainer for exactly 12 miles. My kids came down to hold a finish line – my wife is pretty awesome – and they made it a pretty big deal. I must admit to being pretty proud. Those 4,000 miles and 241 hours spent on the bike accounted for more exercise over any given year of my life since I was a teenager.Goal achieved.Now, here I sit on January 1, 2018, perhaps the cruelest of Strava Mondays. Sure, my weekly goal has reset. But those 4,000 miles I have been counting up to the last year? Also gone. 0/4,000. That’s what I see. According to Strava, I am already 11 miles behind!Time to get riding.4,000 miles, here I come.last_img read more

Exam satisfaction up, but improvements needed, says CUNA survey

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) 2015 Exam Survey results have been tabulated and summarized, and the results are posted on the CUNA website.Paul Gentile, chair of CUNA’s Exam and Supervision Subcommittee and president/CEO at the Cooperative Credit Union Association, said that survey findings once again reflect that more credit union CEOs are satisfied with their exams (65%) than dissatisfied (21%). “More importantly, this finding is substantially improved compared with that reported last year (58% satisfied vs. 28% dissatisfied),” Gentile said. “These are the highest levels of overall satisfaction seen in the four years this study has been conducted.”Previously, the highest satisfaction was seen in 2012 when 61% were satisfied and 25% were dissatisfied.Still, Gentile noted “while it’s great to see exam satisfaction rising, the fact that over one in five credit unions is dissatisfied is very troubling.”Improving economic and financial results played a significant role in recent progress. A large decrease in the proportion of credit unions reporting being under one or more documents of resolution (DORs) also improved the results. In 2015, 30% of responding credit unions indicate they were under at least one DOR. In 2014, 40% of responding credit unions were under at least one DOR–roughly the same as in 2013 (41%) but a bit lower than in 2012 (43%). Exams conducted by state examiners remain substantially less likely to include DORs than exams in which the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is involved. continue reading »last_img read more

Vietnam receives remains of all British truck victims

first_imgThe bodies of the 23 victims arrivedat Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi early on Saturday, a local government officialsaid. Seven of the bodies were cremated in Britain before being repatriated. HANOI – The remains of 39 Vietnamesepeople found dead in a truck near London last month have been brought toVietnam.  The first 16 of the bodies wererepatriated on Wednesday to their home towns in northern-central Vietnam, wherethey were received by relatives and friends. Ambulances believed to be carrying some of the bodies of victims found dead in a truck container in the United Kingdom, leave Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, Vietnam on Nov. 30. REUTERS/STRINGER Police in Vietnam have arrested 10people in connection with the deaths. On Monday, the British driver of thetruck admitted plotting to assist unlawful immigration and acquiring criminalproperty.(Reuters)last_img read more

SC stresses impartiality in PECO-MORE Power row

first_imgTheSupreme Court earlier turned down PECO’s petition to transfer the expropriationcase filed by MORE Power against it to a court outside Iloilo City. “Decisionsof the Supreme Court are always founded on facts, applicable laws, and currentjurisprudence,” said Hosaka. Friday last week, MORE Power took overPECO’s five substations armed with a Writ of Possession from the Regional Trial Court (RTC)Branch 23 in Iloilo City. PECO’sfranchise expired on Jan. 19, 2019. “Letus wait for the final resolution,” Hosaka said. MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) will resolvethe dispute between new Iloilo City power distributor MOREElectric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) and previous distributor Panay ElectricCo. (PECO) with objectivityand independence, stressed its spokespersonBrian Hosaka. “That is how the Supreme Court acts asmandated by our Constitution, and that is why it will always be objective andindependent,” said Hosaka. TheHigh Court said PECO “failed to prove that a miscarriage of justice would arisein the event that the subject case continues to be heard in the RTC of IloiloCity.”/PNcenter_img He also pointed out that the SupremeCourt is composed of 15 Justices and its actions “are based on the majorityvote of the members en banc or of a division.” PECOhas questioned the constitutionality of MORE Power’s franchise. Ina statement on Sunday, Paduano urged President Rodrigo Duterte to intervene inthe row between MORE Power and PECO. Fourjudges already inhibited themselves from the case, namely Yvette Go (RTC,Branch 37), Ma. Theresa Gaspar (RTC, Branch 33), Daniel Antonio Gerardo Amular(RTC, Branch 35), and Gloria Madero (RTC, Branch 29). Hosaka dismissed a party-listlawmaker’s insinuation that the high court was biased in favor of MORE Power. Thelawmaker was Abang Lingkod party-list’s Cong. Joseph Stephen Paduano who, onAug. 22, 2019 filed House Bill No. 4101 which had sought to grant a 25-yearfranchise to PECO. The House committee on legislative franchise, however,rejected it, pointing out that a franchise was already granted to MORE Power onFeb. 14, 2019.last_img read more