Pochettino loves House of Cards

first_imgThe Tottenham Hotspur manager loves the Netflix TV series and compares what happens in the show to what happens in footballTalking just before Tuesday’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven, Spurs’ manager Mauricio Pochettino believes football is sometimes like House of Cards.The Netflix TV series is famously known for its crude shown of politics.“It’s a weird season but I look so happy now because the new season of House of Cards has started,” Pochettino told ESPN.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Yesterday I watched three episodes.”“I learn a lot from this series. I recommend it. I think it represents very well sometimes how we are. Sometimes football is so political, and it’s going in this direction,” he added.“Which character am I? I don’t know, it’s difficult to say. It’s dangerous to say this or this one. It’s fiction but it can translate to many businesses.”last_img read more

Swan Lake Fire Update Cooper Landing Upgraded To Set Evacuation Status

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 10:30pm: The Sterling Highway is now open with pilot cars between the Y at the intersection of the Sterling Highway and the Seward Highway, and milepost 71 at Watson Lake. Crews are working around the area of Slaughter Gulch were fire and smoke activity increased throughout the evening. Currently there are three helicopters working in that area. It’s too smokey for fixed wing to fly. Air attack is up trying to get eyes on the fire. This is not a notice to leave, but those Cooper Landing residents that choose to leave should head to Anchorage or Seward. Update: 10pm: Cooper Landing is in a SET status because of fire activity. The fire has crossed Resurrection Trail and is near Slaughter and Slate Creeks, about two miles from Cooper Landing. Tim Jones, Public Information Officer with the Great Basin Incident Management Team: “Updating that we have helicopters in the air, engines, and over 100 firefighters north of Cooper Landing on the north side of the highway.” Helicopters flew the fire tonight to look at it and they feel things have calmed down. There is a good plan in place to protect the community. The READY and SET lines line will be altered a bit for tomorrow. Cooper Landing is now in a SET status. Residents should be SET to evacuate. Residents are advised to gather their “go kit.” Stay informed and be ready to evacuate if the situation warrants. People who would require additional time or assistance to evacuate may want to consider leaving the area now.This is a dynamic situation and the status of the Sterling Highway can change at any time. For the latest information, visit kpboem.com and on Facebook at KPB Alerts. According to KPBSD, school is cancelled for Cooper Landing School on Tuesday. Firefighters and heavy equipment are working to reinforce firelines along Slaughter Creek Road. These lines tie into a previously constructed fuel break. Fire managers are working on a plan to bring in aircraft and other resources as early as possible Tuesday morning to protect Cooper Landing. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available.center_img Brenda Ahlberg with the Borough Office of Emergency Management: “Those who choose to leave have the opportunity to go to Seward or Anchorage. There will be a shelter ready at Seward High School. If you do choose to leave your home we ask that you take a pillow case and tie it to a tree or a visible marker near their driveway that they’ve left.” There is an additional shelter being setup at the Soldotna Regional Sports. Large animals can be transported to the rodeo grounds. Swiftwater and Centennial Park campgrounds are also open for displaced residents in Soldotna. Cooper Landing residents remain at Level 2 SET, meaning they should be ready to go but are NOT evacuated. They will likely remain at SET status for awhile. The shelter at Seward High School will remain open tonight if you need a place to stay. All drivers near milepost 71 (Watson Lake) should turn around and head back to Soldotna. Do not proceed toward the Seward Highway. Listen to KSRM at 920 AM or 105.3 FM for updates Original Post: 9pm: The Sterling Highway is now closed at the Y at the intersection of the Sterling Highway and the Seward Highway to allow people choosing to evacuate Cooper Landing to drive through. Cooper Landing has been moved from ‘Ready’ to ‘SET’ status.The Great Basin Incident Management Team which is managing the fire, in coordination with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, has made the change in the evacuation alert to LEVEL 2 (SET) in all areas of Cooper Landing MP 46-54. Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info The fire is not an immediate threat to Cooper Landing at this time but weather is expected to be the same tomorrow. There will be firefighters out on the line tonight and 12 engines staying at the community center if they are needed.last_img read more

Playboy Names ExMaxim Editor Digital SVP

first_imgPlayboy today named Jimmy Jellinek, the former editor of Maxim, as its senior vice president of digital content, digital media, a newly-created position. Jellinek will report to Tom Hagopian, division executive vice president and general manager, digital media, and will be based in New York.He’ll begin work on September 2.Jellinek—most recently the VP of entertainment and programming for Heavy.com—was replaced at Maxim by Jim Kaminsky last August, shortly after the $240 million sale of Dennis Publishing to Kent Brownridge, a former Wenner Media executive, was finalized. Prior to Maxim, Jellinek served as editor-in-chief of Maxim sibling Stuff, editor-in-chief of Complex and in various roles at FHM. He began his career in publishing at Details as an editorial assistant.Jellinek’s hiring comes at a pivotal time for the company as Playboy shifts its resources online and tries to translate its iconic brand to the digital arena.last_img read more

VIDEO Analog Devices Holds Science Technology Fair At Wilmington Middle School

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Analog Devices held its 17th Annual Science and Tech Fair at Wilmington Middle School on Friday, April 6 during the school day.Approximately 50 engineers from Analog Devices brought science and technology to life by partnering with students to conduct hands-on experiments. Experiments included electrical wiring, shortwave radios, soldering practice, magnets and electro-magnets, strobe light demonstrations, hands-on shop activities, a Geiger counter demonstration, and a dry-ice demonstration.Students also participated in a fact-finding competition, with prizes awarded to the winners.View highlights from the event and hear from event organizer Chuck Kitchin, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/4/e/8/e/a/9/4e8ea9c8-3064-41ba-9d2b-f512ad3c43661523904433.105%2B28687132.148%40castus4-wilmington%2B15239702621523969624006914.vod.720p.Wilmington%20Middle%20School%20Science%20Fair_%20April%206th%2C%202018.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Analog Devices Holds Science & Technology Fair At Wilmington Middle SchoolIn “Videos”Analog Devices To Host Science & Tech Fair At Wilmington Middle School On April 12In “Education”VIDEO: Analog Devices Holds Science & Technology Fair At Wilmington Middle SchoolIn “Videos”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for July 8 911 Call Over Skunk Smell Fight At

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, July 8, 2019:A Sachem Circle caller reported a swarm of bees between her house and neighbor’s house. Animal Control Officer notified a bee service, which will be out later in the day to safely remove them. (9:50am)Animal Control Officer reported a large wasp nest in a Main Street shed. Officer advised resident how to remove it. (10:21am)A walk-in party found a Michael Kors bracelet at Cumberland Farm Gas Station. (12:56pm)An anonymous caller reported they were told a juvenile female was threatening to fight the caller’s friends at the skate park. Police checked skate park. No one in area. (1:55pm)Animal Control Office retrieved a cardinal with an eye injury from Salem Street. (2:08pm)Caller called 911 to report there’s a skunk in her yard and the smell is overwhelming. She requested an officer to scare it or euthanize it. Police advised her the skunk will move along and if it doesn’t, contact the Animal Control Officer in the morning. Caller claimed not have phone number for station’s business line. (9:52pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 3: Driveway Paving Solicitors; Skate Park Tagged; WPD Assist With Pick-Up At SchoolsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 18: Cat Gets Stuck In Wall After Plastering Project; Baby Raccoons Get Stuck In ChimneyIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Tennis gave me a life in Genoa Edoardo Santonocito

first_imgEdoardo SantonocitoPR HandoutEdoardo Santonocito is a 26-year-old boy, who lives trying to pursue his life goals without ever giving himself respite.He is divided between sports and social media working, both as a tennis coach, managing two tennis clubs in the city of Genoa, and as an Influencer through his structured activity on Instagram. Edoardo is a sports addict, and he loves to travel and enhance himself with new experiences, without which he could not learn and improve himself.Talking about his sports journey, he said, “As for my sport career, my passion for Tennis has blossomed at the age of 13, when my mother during a summer where the football activity had been suspended (I played soccer from 5 years to 13), led me to a Tennis lesson and there the spark was triggered and I realized that this was my way, initially as a player and then as a teacher. I tried very hard to become a professional player despite having started very late but unfortunately I had to strand halfway through the B series, because unfortunately at the age of 20, due to various family problems, I had to interrupt this competitive path. I enrolled at the university and simultaneously I started working as a teacher because I did not want to abandon my passion. But since I could no longer walk the professional player’s path, I got on the other side of the fence, becoming a coach.”Edoardo, who is a model and an Instagram influencer too, added, “As for my model and influencer career, I have always been very attentive to the beauty, to the attention to details and to my personality but I would never have had the courage to approach the world of fashion if not for fun. Two friends, who were already navigated in that sector, asked me to accompany them or to replace them for shooting, fashion shows or commercials. At the beginning I took it only as a time-pass work and a way to have fun with them but when I started receiving numerous requests no longer from my two friends but directly from agencies, brands and advertising companies, I realized that maybe it could become a real job.””I started to publish more beautiful and quality pictures on my Instagram page inspired by the strongest exponents of that moment (it was the year 2013), trying to gather some followers every day. One morning I woke up and my phone seemed crazy. I kept getting notifications, likes and followers; one of my pictures was published on a page with more than 400K followers and I went from having about 2K followers to 15K,” Edoardo concluded.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame Saturday box office collection Superhero film crosses Rs 100 crore

first_imgAvengers: Endgame box office collectionTwitterAvengers Endgame created history by becoming the biggest Hollywood opener at the Indian box office with a collection of Rs 53.10 crore on first day. Although the movie witnessed a little dip in its collection on day 2, it conveniently crossed Rs 100 crore mark at the domestic market.Avengers Endgame has been one of the most awaited films of 2019, and its performance at the box office highlights the same. Having received positive reviews from critics, and immense word of mouth, Avengers Endgame has simply taken the box office by storm, not just internationally but also in India.Having been released on 2845 screens across India, the superhero film collected Rs 53.10 crore on opening day, beating the highest Hindi opener till date Thugs of Hindostan, which had earned Rs 52.25 crore on opening day.Not just that, it became the biggest Hollywood opener till date in India. Continuing the overwhelming momentum, Avengers Endgame dominated the box office on day 2, Saturday as well. The film collected Rs 51.40 crore at Indian box office on second day, and crossed the century mark conveniently (all languages).”#AvengersEndgame is rewriting record books… Puts up a HISTORIC total on Day 2… Eyes ₹ 150 cr+ weekend… No biggie from *Hindi* film industry has achieved the target so far… Fri 53.10 cr, Sat 51.40 cr. Total: ₹ 104.50 cr Nett BOC. India biz. Gross BOC: ₹ 124.40 cr,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.Considering the current trend, the Hollywood biggie is likely to break several box office records in coming days.last_img read more

Houston Playwright Draws from White House Experience For New Stage Work

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Emily Schulze BinettiPeter Roussel talks with SHSU actors as they rehearse their roles as the ravenous White House press in “Ruffled Flourishes” debuting at Sam Houston State University August 27 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.Onstage in an empty theater on the campus of Sam Houston State University, a few students are rehearsing for a play that makes its premiere in late August. It’s called Ruffled Flourishes and centers around the character of Sox St. Louis, deputy press secretary to the U. S. president.But this is not a play about politics.“I didn’t want to make a political story and it’s not a political story,” says Peter Roussel, the play’s author. “It’s about the news media that covers the White House and the White House spokesman.”The Houston native knows a thing or two about the subject, having spent much of his professional career in the White House as deputy press secretary under President Ronald Reagan. He was also a staff assistant to President Gerald Ford in the 1970s. Additionally, he served as press secretary to President George H. W. Bush when Bush served as U.S. Congressman and U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations.“I used to look at that White House briefing room every day and say, ‘This is a little theater. There are 49 seats in here,’” he says. “And it’s a theater both of substance and of humor.”Roussel doesn’t call the play autobiographical in the sense that he didn’t write the main character’s story to mirror his own. But most of the plot is based on real (or nearly real) experiences .“The main character says at one point, ‘There are some days when my colleagues in the White House will say, ‘Don’t tell the press anything today,’” Roussel explains. “And then I’ll go down to the briefing room and what’s the first thing I hear in there, from all the reporters? ‘Tell us everything today.’”As one could imagine, Roussel collected a lot of stories about those experiences. So when he invited playwright Horton Foote to a White House dinner one evening, Foote gave him some advice.“He said, ‘Pete, you should write about this.’ And that’s all I needed to hear. I never forgot him saying that,” Roussel says.When he did finally get around to writing about it several years ago, it was in the form of a novel. His play adaptation was more recent and the timing was perfect.“When I first approached the people — or spoke with the people at Sam Houston about it, they immediately said, ‘Well, what better time to do it, when public interest in the White House is high during a presidential year?’”Back at rehearsal, director Penny Hasekoester has stepped onstage with script in hand to give some pointers to cast members Joe Serpa Daniels and Carolina Reyes. Hasekoester says the university’s theater department has performed student and faculty-written works in the past, but not quite on this scale.“We’re in an election year and this has a lot to do obviously with the White House,” she says. “So I think it’s really energized them.”Being able to work alongside Roussel in workshops earlier this summer is what attracted Adolfo Becerra to auditioning.“Being that it was an original piece and that it was going to be workshopped – that we were going to be working with the playwright – was very interesting to me because I’ve never done that,” Becerra says.So where does the title Ruffled Flourishes come from? It has to do with two very recognizable pieces of music often played when the president enters a venue. Many assume the whole tune is Hail to the Chief, but the opening trumpet fanfare is actually called Ruffles and Flourishes.“I said, ‘Why not Ruffled Flourishes, because that’s what this book is about?’” Rousell says. “In the White House, like in anybody’s job, somedays everything gets about ten degrees off and you have to spend the rest of the day trying to move it back the other way. So that’s where the title comes from.”Ruffled Flourishes premieres Saturday, August 27th in two performances at Sam Houston State University’s University Theatre Center. 00:00 /03:50 Sharelast_img read more

UPDATE Irma Causes 4th South Carolina Death

first_imgThe Latest on Irma (all times local):1:50 p.m.Authorities say Irma has caused a fourth death in South Carolina when a city worker drove off the road during heavy rains.Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson says 48-year-old Arthur Strudwick died after a single-vehicle crash Monday night.Columbia police said they believe weather was a factor. Police said it appears Strudwick lost control of his pickup truck and went off the road, striking a tree, during windy and rainy conditions.Wilson says Strudwick was pronounced dead at a hospital. The worker for the forestry division of the city’s Public Works Department had been on his way to help with a downed tree when he crashed.Three other deaths in South Carolina have been attributed to the storm. Share Many Caribbean islands were hardest-hit by #Irma, accounting for the majority of storm-related deaths https://t.co/bc3Bk7FRO0 pic.twitter.com/viyQso1LFh— ABC News (@ABC) September 11, 2017___1:40 p.m.An American Airlines flight was the first to arrive at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Tuesday morning after the airport was shut down for three days during Hurricane Irma and its aftermath.The busy South Florida airport usually handles about 800 flights a day, but was handling about half as many Tuesday.Airport spokesman Greg Meyer said the airport was ramping up its capacity.About 2,800 flights have been cancelled since Thursday, including 356 on Tuesday.Both runways were operational and were not damaged. But out of an abundance of caution the airport was only using the south runway because of standing water between the taxi and the runway on the north runway.Airport staff, including TSA and vendors, arrived around 4 a.m. Many workers were diverted to customer service positions to help stranded passengers, including those who were stuck on cruise ships at sea.___1:15 p.m.People on the Georgia coast are facing their second round of expensive storm repairs in less than a year thanks to Tropical Storm Irma.When Irma arrived Monday, Joey Spalding of Tybee Island was still finishing flood damage repairs from when Hurricane Matthew hit last October. The new storm pushed 2 feet (0.6 meters) of water into Spalding’s house at high tide. He waded into waist-deep floodwaters in the street.Spalding says new drywall, insulation and flooring installed after Matthew is now ruined and needs to be replaced.Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman says Irma caused worse flooding on the island than Matthew. He estimates roughly 200 homes got flooded by both storms. Storm surge and heavy rain from Irma caused flooding all along the Georgia coast.___1:00 p.m.Gov. Roy Cooper said forestry crews equipped with chain saws and some National Guard soldiers are helping clear roads in parts of western North Carolina affected by the remnants of Hurricane Irma.Cooper said Tuesday that the crews were working mostly in Buncombe, Jackson and Macon counties. Buncombe County includes Asheville.The governor said the state had five emergency shelters open Monday night and they had about 80 people in them at midnight.Cooper said two rescue teams have been sent to Florida to help with recovery there.___12:55 p.m.A third death in South Carolina has been attributed to Hurricane Irma.Sumter County Coroner Robert Baker Jr. says 54-year-old William McBride was pronounced dead Tuesday of carbon monoxide poisoning.Baker says McBride had been running a generator inside his mobile home for at least several hours, with only a single window cracked for ventilation.Baker says power was knocked out in some parts of the county at around 8:30 p.m. Monday.Baker says McBride’s sons found him Tuesday morning and called authorities.___12:45 p.m.Emergency response aircraft have places to land in the Florida Keys.Monroe County officials said Tuesday that airports in Key West and Marathon, as well as the Navy base in Key West, were operational — but only emergency response flights were allowed.Authorities were working to reopen three hospitals in the Keys. Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, in the Upper Keys, was found to have water damage that delayed reopening.Three air ambulances that rode out the storm in Alabama will be returning to the Keys and begin flying for medical emergencies.The county said two 300-foot stretches of road that were washed out by Irma at the 75 and 38 mile markers were expected to be repaired Tuesday.Shelters are being opened where food and water would be distributed. The locations include at a Key West shopping plaza, a school near the point of landfall on Cudjoe Key, the high school in Marathon and along the Overseas Highway in the Florida Key Deer Refuge.___12:10 p.m.Florida’s largest utility says much of the state’s east coast could have power back by Sunday, but other areas could take 10 days or more.Rob Gould, vice president and chief communications officer for Florida Power & Light, said Tuesday that the utility expects to have power on for most customers along the state’s eastern coast by the end of this weekend.Gould said it would take until the end of Sept. 22 to restore power along the state’s western coast where the damage was much more severe. He did say that some areas hit by tornadoes or flooding may take longer.FPL says that 2.8 million homes and businesses are without power throughout its service area as of Tuesday.Utility officials say they have nearly 20,000 workers helping with the restoration effort. FPL says it has gotten crews from as far away as Canada to California.___11:55 a.m.A convoy of federal emergency management trucks was preparing to head to Florida from an Alabama staging area to help with Irma recovery.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has scheduled 180 trucks to depart Alabama for Florida on Tuesday. That’s according to Richard Brewer, the director of external affairs for FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness.FEMA had staged 930 tractor-trailer trucks at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery ahead of the storm’s arrival.FEMA maintains large stores of food, bottled water, medical supplies, cots and blankets that are pre-packed and strategically placed at locations throughout the United States. Those supplies were pre-staged on semi-trucks so they can be driven into the disaster zone after the storm passes.__11:35 a.m.Beyond the luxurious mansions and beachfront resorts are thousands of Florida Keys residents living on the brink of poverty. Advocates say these are the people facing massive hurdles as hurricane clean up begins.Stephanie Kaple runs the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition for the Homeless. She says many people who work in hotels and restaurants are already living paycheck to paycheck.The string of tropical islands that stretch south from Florida, connected by bridges, are home to about 70,000 people, with about 13 percent living in poverty.In addition to providing shelter and recovery service, Kaple said her organization helps prevent homelessness by paying emergency rent, air conditioner repairs and medical bills for community members in need.She said that despite support from the United Way and Monroe County, those funds, post hurricane, will soon be running out.___11:30 a.m.The remnants of Irma toppled trees and power lines in Alabama, leaving thousands without electricity, but didn’t appear to cause major damage.Alabama Power Co., the state’s largest provider of electricity, reported that on Tuesday morning that 20,000 households and businesses were without power. The power outages were concentrated in the eastern portion of the state.Irma, at tropical storm status, pelted the state with cold rain and wind gusts as high as 45 mph on Monday. Rains and wind began to dissipate on Tuesday.Several school systems remained closed on Tuesday after official announced two days of closures ahead of the storm’s approach.___11:25 a.m.Miami Beach’s mayor said hospitals, police and fire stations were getting power restored first.But Mayor Philip Levine also said he sympathized with residents who lacked relief from the heat in the barrier island city across the water from downtown Miami.Levine said in an emailed statement Tuesday that he would exert what pressure he could on Florida Power and Light to do repairs as fast as possible for residents.Levine said: “I promise you that I will use the full force of my office to continue to put pressure on FPL to get our community’s power restored so we can return to normalcy.”___11:20 a.m.The remnants of Hurricane Irma blew down trees and caused power outages in southeastern Tennessee, causing some school districts to close or delay classes.Crews were out Tuesday morning clearing trees off some roadways, and a local electric company was working to restore power to homes. No injuries have been reported.Meanwhile, officials in Nashville deactivated the city’s emergency operations center around 1 a.m. Tuesday, about five hours after partially activating it.The National Weather Service in Nashville called Irma’s impact “underwhelming” and said while the next couple of days will be rainy and breezy, warmer temperatures are expected to return on Friday, when the high is projected to reach the mid-80s.___11:15 a.m.Police across Florida are warning of scams in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said in a news release that two men posing as power company workers stole nearly $13,000 in jewelry from a 95-year-old woman.Slater says the woman was sitting in her living room with the front door open Monday afternoon when the men walked in. They told the woman they were checking switches to restore power. She told police one man remained in the living room while she escorted the other man through the house, flipping light switches.According to a police report, the men told the woman her power would come on shortly. She later discovered that her jewelry and some cash had been stolen.Police say there is no reason for anyone with a power company to enter individual homes at this time. Any power company officials will be credentialed and most will be driving vehicles marked with company signage.___11:05 a.m.South Carolina officials say a man was killed in a wreck on a wet and windy interstate as Irma moved past.Public Safety Director Leroy Smith said 21-year-old Zhen Tain died in the crash on Interstate 77 east of Columbia around 3:15 p.m. Monday.Troopers say Tain crashed into another car and his Ford Mustang flipped, trapping him inside. Authorities say the second driver was taken to the hospital. Her condition was not known.Troopers say the wreck is still under investigation.The National Weather Service says there was heavy rain in Columbia with wind gusts around 40 mph when the wreck happened.Tain is the second person killed in South Carolina during Irma. Authorities say a man was hit by a falling limb while clearing debris near his home Monday afternoon in Calhoun Falls.Smith says Tain was driving too fast for conditions losing control on the wet road, hitting the other vehicle before flipping over on its roof, trapping Tain inside.___10:50 a.m.Florida’s governor says that bridges linking the Florida Keys appeared to escape serious damage from Hurricane Irma, but more time is needed to finish inspections.Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday that officials continue to check the 42 Overseas Highway bridges that link the Florida Keys together. He said none appear seriously damaged but that “we’re not sure that on the bridges we should be putting on significant weight.”Residents were allowed to return Tuesday to some islands in the Upper Keys. But there was a roadblock preventing people from accessing islands further away while repairs and inspections continue.__10:25 a.m.NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida remains closed, but appears to have weathered Hurricane Irma well.The same holds true at adjoining Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.Inspection crews were out in full force Tuesday.Power has been restored to NASA and Air Force facilities but water service is out. Until that’s restored, Kennedy will stay closed to non-essential personnel.Over at Kennedy’s tourist area, life-size replicas of the space shuttle fuel tank and booster rockets were still standing outside the home of shuttle Atlantis. No major damage has been reported at the visitor complex.Brigadier General Wayne Monteith, who’s in charge of Air Force operations says, “We dodged another bullet.” Last October, Hurricane Matthew stayed safely off shore. On Monday, Irma remained well to the west of Cape Canaveral.___9:55 a.m.Officials in Miami Beach allowed residents to return to their homes Tuesday morning after Hurricane Irma pounded Florida with wind and rain.A long line of cars amassed on Interstate 195 at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, waiting for the road blocks to be taken down.The entryways have been blocked since Sunday night so crews could remove numerous downed branches from main arteries and clear debris.To re-enter the beach, residents must show a state ID or other proof of residency.___9:55 a.m.The Public Prosecutor’s office in Dutch St. Maarten says police and soldiers there have put an end to what it calls “large-scale robberies and looting” in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.The office released a statement saying it doesn’t know how many people have been arrested but that some accused of minor offenses have been released and some have been assigned to help the Caribbean island clean up from the ravages of the storm.The government only has enough space to detain only those accused of the most serious offenses.The statement released Tuesday says authorities there have photos and videos of suspects involved in looting and robbery and will be working with the public to identify them in the coming days.___9 a.m.Jacksonville sheriff’s officials said on Twitter that 356 people were rescued from flooding on Monday as Hurricane Irma moved over Florida.And they tweeted some advice for them: “We hope the 356 people who had their lives saved yesterday will take evacuation orders seriously in the future.”Sheriff’s officials also said that all bridges leading into downtown Jacksonville have re-opened.They noted that many roads are still blocked or flooded Tuesday morning and motorist are urged to treat intersections without working red lights as four-way stops.___9 a.m.French President Emmanuel Macron said the government’s “top priority” is to help the populations return to normal life in French Caribbean territories that have been hit by Hurricane Irma.Macron said in a news conference in Pointe-a-Pitre airport, in Guadeloupe, that a major air bridge is bringing emergency aid and rescuers to St. Martin and St. Barts islands.He added that about 1,900 police and troops are now on the ground to ensure security in St. Martin, one of the hardest-hit islands where 11 people were killed.Macron said power was restored in about 50 percent of homes in St. Martin. He also hoped some schools will be able to open as soon as next week. All of the island’s schools have been damaged or destroyed.Macron is now heading to St. Martin to meet with residents. He’ll then go to St. Barts.___9 a.m.FEMA Administrator Brock Long says the Florida Keys “took the brunt of the hit” from Hurricane Irma and it will take time to survey the damage there before residents there can return.In a news conference Tuesday, Long says of Monroe County: “A majority of the homes there have been impacted in some way” with homes destroyed or damaged.Long says Irma damage is more complex than Hurricane Harvey, affecting the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida’s Seminole Tribe, which relies on the federal government for disaster relief.___8:30 a.m.Federal officials are warning of possible fuel shortages in the Southeast because of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Last week, the Homeland Security Department issued a week-long waiver on federal restrictions of foreign vessels so they could help distribute fuel. Officials noted this action should help, but urged patience.Christopher Krebs, head of infrastructure protection for the Homeland Security Department, told reporters Tuesday that Harvey took a “significant amount” of the nation’s refining capacity offline and affected distribution. “As a result,” he said, “there may be some fuel supply shortages throughout the Southeast.”___8:30 a.m.Millions of people across Florida remain without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.Florida’s Division of Emergency Management reported Tuesday morning that more than 5 million customers didn’t have electricity. That’s more than half of the state.The number of actual people affected is likely much higher since utilities are reporting the number of accounts affected by outages.Some areas such as Collier County, the location of the storm’s second landfall, report more that more than 90 percent of homes and businesses are without electricity.___7:55 a.m.The mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, says his city has the money it needs to begin rebuilding after Hurricane Irma.Mayor Lenny Curry tells NBC’s “Today” that his city is on firm financial ground. He says it can begin rebuilding as it works with the federal and state governments to secure additional funding.Curry says he doesn’t have an estimate for what it will cost to repair the damage.In Washington, Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says officials are keeping an eye on flooding in Jacksonville from the St. John River.Long says authorities are still conducting “life-safety” missions in Jacksonville due to the severe flooding.Mayor Curry says the flooding could take weeks to subside.___7:55 a.m.Federal officials say their focus Tuesday in storm-ravaged Florida will be on deploying aircraft to survey the damage and orchestrate any needed rescues.They’re warning residents not to return home until local authorities declare their area safe.Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke told reporters in Washington “our No. 1 concern today is with saving lives.”Duke says weather is cooperating, and the Defense Department and other federal agencies are contributing resources. She says: “We are working to get as many aircraft in the air as possible.”Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says of Irma damage: “This is going to be a frustrating event” and it will likely be “some time” before people are allowed back into their homes.___7:55 a.m.A 55-year-old Florida man died when the chain saw he was using to clear trees in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma became entangled in a branch, causing it to kick up and cut his carotid artery.Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cristal Nunez said in a news release that Wilfredo Hernandez was clearing trees in Tampa on Monday afternoon when the accident occurred.Nunez said deputies used a harness to lower the man from the tree, but he died at the scene.___7:35 a.m.Officials in the upper Florida Keys are allowing residents and business owners to return after Hurricane Irma.People were able to return to Monroe County as of 7 a.m. EDT Tuesday.In a Facebook posting, Monroe County officials said a yellow re-entry sticker or proof of residency or business ownership will be required.County officials said a roadblock will be put around mile marker 74, where part of U.S. 1 was washed out by Hurricane Irma, which slammed into the state Sunday as a Category 4 storm. A road crew is expected to begin repairs Tuesday.Officials warned returning residents that there are limited services available. Most areas are still without power and water and cellphone service is limited. Most gas stations in the Key Largo area are still closed.Crews are working to clear U.S. 1, the only road that runs north/south through the Florida Keys.County officials also said Mariners Hospital in Tavernier was expected to reopen Tuesday morning.___7:35 a.m.More than 1.2 million customers in Georgia are without power after Irma swirled into the state.Georgia Power will be starting to assess damages on Tuesday. The utility company says much of the state including coastal Georgia and metro Atlanta experienced the most outages after parts of the state received widespread damage caused by high winds and heavy rainfall.Georgia Power says Fulton County currently has the most outages with 105,390.By early Tuesday, Georgia Power has nearly 800,000 outages and EMC has around 466,000 customers without power.The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has resumed service Tuesday, but limited routes. The transportation company will have rail service running in 20-minute intervals.___7:35 a.m.Tropical Storm Irma no longer exists but she left plenty of problems in South Carolina.More than 220,000 customers were without electricity early Tuesday. Duke Energy reported the biggest problems with 100,000 customers without service. The biggest problems were in Anderson and Greenville counties.The South Carolina Electric Cooperatives report that about 63,000 customers are without service. The biggest problems are in Oconee and Charleston counties.South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. had 58,000 customers without service early Tuesday. The major problems were in Charleston and Beaufort counties.Many schools in South Carolina are closed or opening on a delayed schedule Tuesday.At least one person died. Fifty-seven-year-old Charles Saxon was killed Monday afternoon by a tree limb while clearing debris outside his home in Calhoun Falls.___7:15 a.m.The 600 monkeys, birds and other animals at Miami’s Jungle Island made it through Hurricane Irma just fine. But the park sustained a lot of tree damage.The park’s managing director Christopher Gould tells the Miami Herald the tree damage was worse than in Hurricane Andrew. “We have weeks of work ahead of us to overcome this type of damage,” he said.Gould said he’s not sure when the park will reopen. He says workers are still estimating the damage.After Hurricane Andrew, the park — which was then called Parrot Jungle — suffered nearly $5 million in damage and was closed for three weeks.The animals rode out the storm secured in hurricane-proof enclosures. Gould says there were specialists on hand to help the animals deal with the stress. All of the animals were back in their habitats by Monday.___6:45 a.m.French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Guadeloupe, the first step of his visit to French Caribbean islands hammered by Hurricane Irma.Macron is meeting in Pointe-a-Pitre airport with rescuers and local authorities officials to discuss the support and aid they can bring to nearby St. Martin and St. Barts islands, the hardest-hit by the storm.He’ll then be heading to St. Martin to meet with residents, and then to St. Barts.Macron’s plane is bringing water, food and tons of medicines and emergency equipment. The president is also being accompanied by doctors and experts who will be in charge of evaluating the damage.___5:55 a.m.The airport for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has re-opened Tuesday morning after closing as Hurricane Irma pounded the state.Operations at the airport resumed at 4 a.m. EDT, but a check of the airport’s website Tuesday morning showed many flights still canceled.Meanwhile, the Miami International Airport said in a tweet that it will resume operations on a limited basis Tuesday. But the airport said passengers should contact their airlines to check on flight status before coming.Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, which first hit the state Sunday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane.___2:15 a.m.Florida residents have begun to dig out in hurricane-scarred Florida and officials are slowly piecing together the scope of Irma’s vicious path of destruction across the peninsula.The fate of the Florida Keys, where Irma rumbled through with Category 4 muscle, remains largely a question mark. Communication and access were cut and authorities dangled only vague assessments of ruinous impact.Florida Gov. Rick Scott called the storm “devastating” after emerging from a Monday fly-over of the Keys.A Navy aircraft carrier was due to anchor off Key West to help in search-and-rescue efforts.The governor described overturned mobile homes, washed-ashore boats and rampant flood damage.Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with three in Georgia and one in South Carolina. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean.last_img read more

Indemnity bonds for better road maintenance

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to ensure better maintenance of roads, agencies that will carry out work like laying of cables or pipelines will have to get engaged into an indemnity bond.An order has been passed for indemnity bond for use of the land of the PWD for laying of optical fibre cable and pipelines. It is learnt that the department has prepared standard format of indemnity bond for use of the land of PWD for carrying the same work.Sources said the agency that will undertake the work will have to “indemnify against all damages and claims, if any, due to digging of trenches for laying of cables or pipelines”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that the issue related to roads getting damaged within a short period of time for carrying out work like laying of cables and pipelines had cropped in a recent administrative review meeting when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was heading different districts.She had directed to take necessary steps so that roads do not get damaged within a short period of time for such reasons.It may be mentioned that the state government invest a huge amount of money for strengthening and repairing roads. After the change of guard in the state in 2011, the Mamata Banerjee government has ensured smooth roads even in the remotest part of the state in the past six-and-a-half-year.Even 3,300 km roads under the jurisdiction of Zila Parishads have also been taken up by the state PWD for its strengthening and widening. Besides construction of the roads, the state government also needs to invest a large amount of money for maintenance of the same. So, in a bid to ensure better maintenance of the roads, the PWD has taken the step.last_img read more