Hundreds of commuters using the Demerara Harbour Bridge were on Tuesday morning left stranded for hours after a sand truck lost its axel while crossing the facility. The traffic moved at a snail’s pace while crossing the bridge from both ends. In addition, there was traffic congestion along the East Bank and West Bank corridors. Up to 10:30h, the situation was marred with confusion and frustration on the faces of commuters who had to reach their work places at a scheduled time.Based on reports received, the truck started to experience mechanical problems while on the bridge and eventually broke down at Span 6.When contacted, Maintenance Manager of the Harbour Bridge, Christopher Grannum confirmed that it was indeed a truck that was broken down and although they attempted to tow it to the other side of the bridge, it was almost impossible due to the fact the axel was broken.Nevertheless, after some time, the traffic flowed and the situation was under control.This is not the first time commuters were left stranded while crossing the Demerara Harbour Bridge. Only recently, a car reportedly veered off the bridge and landed on a pontoon thus causing massive traffic back up on both sides.In the past, vehicles were towed after they encountered mechanical issues while crossing the aged bridge.
Newman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, honored Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole for their commitment to public service and especially their devoted leadership and support of veterans.An announcement was made at a special reception held in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC and attended by members of Congress, veterans, and organizations supporting veterans.In honor of the Doles, the Foundation is committing $6.7 million in support of military men and women, veterans, and their families. With this pledge, the total support for veterans from Newman’s Own Foundation and Newman’s Own exceeds $18.5 million since 2010.“The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy as Americans cannot be taken for granted. The men and women of our military, veterans, and their families deserve our enduring gratitude and support,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and Executive Chairman of Newman’s Own, Inc. “Today we pay tribute to these men and women, and the nonprofit organizations and volunteers who provide special services and support to them. No two individuals better exemplify in their public and private lives this spirit of service and common good, especially for our veterans, than Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole. It is a very special privilege for us to honor them for all that they have done and continue to do.”Senator Bob Dole served our nation both on and off the battlefield. He is a decorated veteran of World War II and the recipient of numerous awards for his commitment and service to veterans. Senator Elizabeth Dole has helped military caregivers through the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, focused on supporting military caregivers and bringing crucial resources to help these hidden heroes.Newman’s Own Foundation is providing grants to 26 nonprofit organizations around the country that assist veterans and their families. These organizations provide a wide variety of support to veterans, including education, career development, mentoring, guide dogs, adaptive vehicles, and other services.The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is one of the grant recipients. Funds will help support the creation of the Dole Caregiver Fellow Professional Development Training Program. A special grant is also being provided to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation for the training of guide dogs and the placement of these dogs with blind veterans.“Paul Newman volunteered to serve in the United States Naval Air Corps in World War II, and we are pleased to continue our longstanding support of military service organizations in his honor,” said Forrester, who served in Vietnam as an Army officer.The 26 nonprofits receiving grants as part of the $6.7 million commitment from Newman’s Own Foundation are listed below:Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute (Bridgeport, CT) Bunker Incubator NFP (Chicago, IL) Caring for Military Families The Elizabeth Dole Foundation (Washington, DC) Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (Hartford, CT) Dog Tag Bakery (Washington, DC) Farmer Veteran Coalition (Davis, CA) Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (Wilton, CT) Head Strong Project, Inc. (New York, NY) Help Our Military Heroes (Easton, CT) IVMF at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) Operation Opportunity Foundation – Warrior-Scholar Project (Washington, DC) Patriot Boot Camp (Denver, CO) Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) Rodale Institute (Kutztown, PA) Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation (San Ramon, CA) Service to School (San Francisco, CA) St Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) Jonas Project (Laguna Woods, CA) The Posse Foundation (New York, NY) UCLA Foundation – Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (Los Angeles, CA) University of Connecticut Foundation – Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (Storrs, CT) University of Minnesota Foundation (Minneapolis, MN) Veterans Healing Farm (Hendersonville, NC) Women’s Business Development Center (Chicago, IL) Work Vessels for Veterans (Noank, CT)For more information about the Foundation’s support of veterans programs, click here.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 7, 2017 –FortisTCI (the Company) announced on February 6, 2017, at a joint press conference alongside the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA), the establishment of the Country’s first Youth Football League.The FortisTCI Youth League will begin on March 4, 2017, and last through early June, at which time teams will compete for the coveted FortisTCI Cup. There will be 22 teams in the league, children ages 13 and under, consisting of an estimated 282 participants. There will be eight boy and eight girl teams for the U11 and U9 divisions, and six U13 co-ed teams.The TCIFA was founded in 1996 and became a member of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in 1998. The non-for-profit focuses on football development throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands and is led today by Sonia Bien-Aime, the Association’s first female President elected in 2014. Ms. Bien-Aime has also been a FIFA council member since 2013.Speaking about the new league, Ms. Bien-Aime said, “The TCIFA is excited to be partners with FortisTCI on this new Youth League. We recognize that the growth and development of football in TCI has its genesis in our grassroots and youth programs. It is on this infrastructure that we build towards our national teams, and as such, we eagerly embrace this sponsorship by one of the leaders in our corporate community. We see this joint venture as one that will grow and evolve to the benefit of our young population both on and off the field. This, in turn, will be fruitful to the ultimate goal of nation building.” FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell added, “FortisTCI is a strong supporter of youth programs throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands, particularly in the areas of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture. The Company is pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with the TCIFA on what will undoubtedly be an experience of a lifetime for these young and talented football players. Organized sports do far more than provide a positive outlet for our youth. Well run organizations such as the TCIFA, and others that we sponsor promotes the development of young people in a particular area and provides life skills that will be useful once these children become young adults and enter society on their own. Again, we are pleased to support the TCIFA, and the youth of the Turks and Caicos Islands.” Leading up to the first day of league games, FortisTCI and the TCIFA will host an opening ceremony and parade march to introduce teams, players, and coaches, to the community.#MagneticMediaNews #FortisTCI #TCIFAYouthLeague Premier salutes FortisTCI on round the clock work to restore electricity and visits 14 resorts after June 4 black out Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIFAYouthLeague, FORTIStci Recommended for you Editorial: Listen to your Mama FortisTCI ready for the building boom and consumer demand for electricity; plans in place and new ones coming says CEO
Juventus fans have voted for Cristiano Ronaldo as their Player of the month for NovemberThe 33-year-old forward’s impressive start to life in Turin continued last month by becoming Juventus’ first debutant since John Charles in the 1957/58 campaign to score at least 10 Serie A goals in his opening 14 matches.Ronaldo played five times for Juventus in November in both the Serie A and the Champions League with three goals and two assists made in the process.The Portuguese’s instant impact in Turin has even caused head coach Massimiliano Allegri to hand him credit for their stunning start to the season.“Cristiano is very calm and is working well,” said Allegri in October.“He’s been very humble and has brought even more focus and a sense of responsibility to the team.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Besides scoring goals, which he does best, he’s also great at providing assists.”The club website announced that Ronaldo will be presented the MVP of the Month award by a member of the Juventus fan club before the start of tonight’s game against Inter Milan.The first Derby d’Italia of the season between Juventus and Inter will begin at 20:45 (CET) at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.MVP of the Month Powered by @EA_FIFA_Italia The winner is @Cristiano ! 🎉 ⚫️⚪️https://t.co/8Ta2X567Vu pic.twitter.com/xVrayPgXwb— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) December 6, 2018
The State Senate seat in Baltimore’s 41st legislative district of Baltimore City left vacant by Nathaniel Oaks resignation last month won’t be filled before the current session of the Maryland General Assembly ends April 9. Instead, the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee will organize an interview process for residents interested in finishing Oak’s remaining term, which ends Dec. 2018.Veteran legislator Nathaniel Oaks resigned his Maryland State Senate seat after accepting a federal plea deal. (Courtesy photo)The Central Committee is accepting resumes from interested persons now through April 13, according to Del. Angela Gibson, 41st District chair for Baltimore City Democrats. Eligible candidates must have lived in the 41st district for at least six months, be at least 25 and a Democrat.“I’ve had phone calls and been in a lot of discussions about it (the process to fill Oak’s seat) but those who are really interested and serious will submit their resumes to the post office box. There are no walk-ons, no other way to get involved in the process,” Gibson told the AFRO.Interviews with all candidates who submit materials to the Central Committee will then participate in a public hearing on April 17, where each applicant will discuss their qualifications and interest in finishing Oaks’ Senate term. The interview will be conducted with a committee composed of State Central Committee members from the 41st. The committee will then select a candidate to recommend to Gov. Larry Hogan.“The process is transparent and all open to the public,” said Gibson. Joining Gibson in selecting Oaks’ replacement are 41st District Del. Bilal Ali, former Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, Wanda Wallace, George Smith and Chezia Cager. Oaks is also a voting member of the committee.Oaks unexpectedly resigned March 28 and on March 29 he pleaded guilty to two federal corruption charges. As part of a plea agreement, eight other charges were dropped. Sentencing is scheduled for July 17.“The person who is recommended on April 17 will fill the remaining current term of Sen. Oaks, ending December 31 of 2018,” Gibson said, distinguishing the Central Committee’s process from the upcoming Democratic primary for the 41st district senate seat. Jill P. Carter and J.D. Merrill, the two candidates for that seat are already in heated debate. Carter, a former Delegate representing the 41st, is director of the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights. Merrill, son in law of former Gov. Martin O’ Malley, has denied interest in the special election to fill Oaks’ remaining term and challenges Carter to steer clear of seeking the short-term appointment as well.“I hope Jill Carter joins me in declining to apply as well. The Central Committee should nominate a qualified neutral candidate to complete the remainder of the term,” Merrill said via his Twitter account. The Democratic Primary is scheduled for June 26 with early voting starting June 14. Carter, for her part, has expressed interest in filling the position.“The Governor must act within 15 days on our recommendation to him,” Gibson said, describing Hogan’s responsibility in what some have disparaged a politically charged process.“Our job is to represent the interests of the 41st District and secure the best process and representation possible.”
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Kolkata: Trinamool Congress observed “black day” across the state on Sunday, protesting against the incident at Silchar Airport, where the party’s MPs, an MLA and a minister were “manhandled” when they went to speak to people after 40 lakh names were excluded in the final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC). Sunday was the second day when “black day” was observed by Trinamool Congress.It may be recalled that on Friday, Trinamool Congress Secretary General Partha Chattreethe had said that ‘black day’ will be observed on Saturday and Sunday, protesting against the undemocratic confinement of the party leaders at Silchar. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Sunday too, Trinamool Congress workers and supporters wore black badges and held rallies in several parts of the state. They also held meetings condemning the undemocratic confinement of the MPs, an MLA and senior minister Firhad Hakim.There were rallies at different places, including Garia, where Trinamool Congress workers and supporters staged a demonstration that continued for around two hours. All wore black badges and shouted slogans protesting against the harassment of their leaders at Silchar Airport. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSenior Trinamool Congress leader and the state’s Food and Supplies minister Jyotipriya Mallick headed a rally at Habra in North 24-Parganas. There was a huge rally in this connection at Kanksa in West Burdwan.Protest marches were also organised at various places in Howrah. The party supporters carried posters and placards carrying messages protesting the incident at Silchar Airport. The party workers in Rajarhat also took out rallies and staged demonstrations at various places in the area.It may be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had criticised the Centre in this connection, stating that it seems “super emergency” is going on in the country. She had also raised her voice against the exclusion of 40 lakh names from Assam’s NRC.