Marching On Together




I have had a romance with a lady since my childhood just like thousands of other people around the world who are also in love with her. I have remained in love with her through the many bad times and the few good times, my love for her has never faltered and never will.
My lady's name is Leeds United and she is just five games away from returning to the English Football Premiership, after sixteen years in the football wilderness. In the sixties, seventies and early nineties my lady was known as "Super Leeds," however in 2003, my love was relegated from the English Football Premiership due to financial miss-handling by her owners. "Super Leeds," dropped down to the third tier of English football.
If Leeds United can grab ten points from their last five games my lady will be back where she belongs in the higher echelons of English football and I can once more embrace my love with happiness.



Thursday, 22 March 2018

Tens of millions without power in Brazil as electric system in the country's poor north and northeast has practically collapsed

Credit Reuters
A power outage struck large swaths of Brazil on Wednesday, affecting tens of millions of people, especially in the country's northern and northeastern regions where the system remains "practically collapsed," according to an official.
The outage began at about 3:40 p.m. (1940 GMT) and had not been resolved by late evening, according to the country's state grid operator.
The blackout was due to the failure of a transmission line near the massive Belo Monte hydroelectric station, authorities said.
Some 22.5 percent of the grid's total output, or 18,000 megawatts, have been affected.
"That line was inaugurated recently and was not yet operating at full capacity," the country's mining and energy minister, Fernando Coelho Filho, told journalists in Brasilia.
"There was a surge in power ... and the line fell out of operation."
The transmission line that failed is the responsibility of state-run utility Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, commonly known as Eletrobras, and China State Grid Corp Ltd. Neither company responded to requests for comment.
In the country's poor north and northeast, the system had "practically collapsed," Luiz Eduardo Barata, head of national grid operator ONS, told journalists.
Elsewhere in the country the impact was less severe, he said, and service had been resumed in the country's southern and southeastern regions shortly after 4 p.m., where spotty outages were reported.

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