Marching On Together


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.

Leeds 5 v 0 Stoke, 7 points needed from 4 games... Swansea City 0 v 1 Leeds United, 4 points needed from 3 games...

Friday, 13 April 2018

Nearly 1 million people in Puerto Rico left without power after another widespread outage as island still struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico after the destruction of Hurricane Maria last September. Photo mashable.com

Some 870,000 electricity customers across Puerto Rico were left without power on Thursday after another widespread outage, forcing the island's main public hospital and international airport to switch to backup generators as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria.
The island's Electric Power Authority said a tree fell on the main line that supplies power to the capital of San Juan and surrounding areas from the north coast to the southeast.
The tree fell as crews cleared land in the southeast mountain town of Cayey as part of power restoration efforts.
Interim power company director Justo Gonzalez said it could take seven to 11 hours for power to return.
The announcement sparked outrage across social media from people who said they are fed up with ongoing outages and demanded a permanent fix to that line, which has failed several times in recent months.
Some people riding on San Juan's electric-powered rapid transit system got stuck and had to get out and walk along the rails.
Shops and movie theatres at the island's largest mall had to close.
Left without air conditioning, barber shops and other businesses threw open their doors as employees kept working.
Among them was the restaurant Casa Manolo in San Juan, which doesn't have a generator.
It kept cooking on gas stoves for the 30 customers dining at the time of the outage.
"You get used to it," said owner Manolo Piqueres.
"The sun comes out eventually."
Fredyson Martinez, vice president of a union that represents power company workers, said in a phone interview that another line the company was trying to use to help back up the main line also failed on Thursday for unknown reasons.
Puerto Rico is still relying on nearly 900 of the more than 2,000 temporary generators installed by federal officials after the storm.
Backup generators at the island's main public hospital and international airport kicked in following Thursday's outage.
Across the island, more than 50,000 customers of the 1.47 million remain in the dark since the Category 4 storm struck on Sept. 20 and destroyed up to 75 percent of distribution lines.
Federal officials said Wednesday they expect to have a plan to strengthen and stabilize the power grid by June for an initial estimated cost of $17.6 billion.


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