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Entire Island Of Puerto Rico Loses Electricity As Hurricane Fiona Nears Landfall

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Hurricane Fiona is approaching the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico where the entire electricity supply has gone down.

According to reports this evening, Sunday, September 18, the entire island of Puerto Rico is without electricity after Hurricane Fiona approaches and makes the inevitable landfall. Around 1.4 million homes are said to be without power.

The east-coast town of Yabucoa is already being battered by bringing severe gusts of around 60mph. Fiona was upgraded from a Tropical Storm to a full-blow Category 1 hurricane, with the island’s Governor Pedro Pierluisi announcing that the territory’s electrical system was completely out of service due to the impending storm.

According to LUMA Energy – the private company that handles the transmission and distribution of electricity in Puerto Rico – due to the magnitude and scope of the blackout it could be several days before full power can be restored.

The entity added that it maintains sufficient resources to respond to the storm’s effects on the grid, as reported by accuweather.com.

During a press conference yesterday, Pierluisi was unexpectedly left in the dark when the power went off. Although it was only temporary it still gave an indication of the fragile condition of the island’s energy supply grid. This has been partly blamed on the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria back in 2017.

As Puerto Rico‘s governor was briefing the island ahead of Fiona‘s impact the lights went out. The governor has already said LUMA Energy – the private company in charge of transmission & distribution of electricity on the island – is on probation with him. pic.twitter.com/YVEnPPcnZp

— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) September 17, 2022

On Saturday, September 17, the Accuweather forecasters warned that many regions of the island could experience as much as 24 inches (600 mm) of rainfall.

#Breaking: Just in – Hurricane #Fiona is making its force felt in #Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. as the hurricane is making it’s landfall slowly on the island. pic.twitter.com/t57wzM1041

— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) September 18, 2022

There are concerns about the La Plata dam and its ability to handle the excessive amount of rainfall that Fiona is bringing with it. The reservoir is located in the Toa Alta region of the island and was created in 1973 to provide drinking water for residents. A sudden influx of extra water could cause the lake to overflow and cause flooding.

#Update: Just in – The “LA PLATA” dam in Puerto Rico is currently under a lot of stress duo to winds and rainfall of the #Hurricane, #Fiona as it makes slowly landfall on the island. pic.twitter.com/nYCgvFNOYt

— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) September 18, 2022

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1 Dead And 90 Evacuated From A Tower Block Blaze With 'polystyrene' Cladding

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A man has died and 90 other people have been evacuated from a tower block after a fire broke out on the top floor. The tower’s cladding has been likened to a “polystyrene” like material. 

The block of flats, called Twinnell House in Easton, Bristol was attended by emergency workers around 2:15am this morning when a fire broke out on the 16th floor. 

Of the 90 people evacuated, eight people are currently being treated in hospital for smoke inhalation and minor burns. Three other people are seen to by medics at the scene of the blaze. 

Concerns around the tower’s cladding material had already been raised after the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017, when a fire broke out on the 24th floor of the North Kensington block of flats. 

Gina Massiah, a 57 year old legal secretary who used to live in Twinnell House, told the Sun “when they put the cladding up I was quite surprised”. She described it as seeming and appearing like brick, but said that “when you touch it it feels like it is made of polystyrene.” Massiah also revealed that there were “no sprinklers” and “no alarm” in the block of flats. 

Those who lived in Twinnell House, which is completely owned by Bristol City Council, have been provided with a rest centre set up at a nearby church in which the city council are currently providing welfare support to around 40 people. A Bristol City Council spokesperson has said their “thoughts are with the family of the individual who has tragically lost their life in this incident”. 

Yassin Mohamud, the Green party chancellor, said he hadn’t “heard any complaints or requests by residents.” but confirmed that there is “still an ongoing investigation with the fire authority and the police, we will await the outcomes of this report.” 


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Elche's Tribute To Its Former Mayor

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Elche’s tribute to its former mayor. Image: Elche Town Hall

The City Council of Elche has inaugurated the old street “la Figuera” with the new name of “Jose Esclapez Campillo”, located in Torrellano.

The name change is in institutional recognition of the personal and professional career of Jose Esclapez Campillo who became mayor in 2012 until his death in 2017, according to Elche Town Hall.

The Mayor of Elche, Carlos Gonzalez, said: “Pepe Esclapez, as he was known to his neighbours, was president of the Fiestas Committee on several occasions. He was a very active and tireless worker for this town.”

“Jose Esclapez has left a great memory among his neighbours and also in all the people who have had the opportunity to share with him the experiences of his position as mayor of Torrellano.”

The Mayor added: “Today, with this simple but emotional act, we want to remember, thank and recognise a person who was very dear to all of us, for Torrellano and for all the people of Elche.”

“I believe that the street map should be a reflection of what happens in society and the people who are important for that territory and, therefore, based on this reflection we dedicate this street to Pepe Esclapez.”

The Mayor confirmed that “Pepe was always a loyal person who fought at all times to improve the quality of life of the residents of Torrellano, above any other premise.”


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Switzerland Inflict Spain's First Home Defeat In Almost Four Years In Nation's League Disaster

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Image of Spainish national men’s football manager Luis Enrique. Credit: [email protected]

Spain lost at home for the first time in almost four years in their Nation’s League match with Switzerland.

Switzerland dealt a massive blow to Spain’s bid to qualify for next year’s Nations League finals after inflicting a home defeat on Luis Enrique’s side in Zaragoza on Saturday, September 24. This was the men’s national side’s first home loss since 2018 when they lost 3-2 to England in the same competition.

🏁 ¡¡FINAL DEL PARTIDO EN ZARAGOZA!!

Lo intentamos hasta el último segundo, pero caemos por la mínima ante Suiza.

¡¡Viajaremos a Portugal para luchar por el pase a la Final Four y solo nos vale GANAR!!

🇪🇸 🆚 🇨🇭 | 1-2 | 90+5’#VamosEspaña | #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/z3RC5TnlK3

— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SEFutbol) September 24, 2022

Portugal now top Group A2 after a resounding 4-0 away win against the Czech Republic. Losing to the Swiss now turns the match in Portugal between the two Iberian nations this Tuesday, September 27, into a critical affair for the Spanish. Only one of the teams can progress from the group.

A header from Manuel Akanji put the Swiss in front after 21 minutes. Jordi Alba levelled the scores in the 55th minute, offering the possibility of a comeback. Their hopes were squashed only three minutes later when Eric Garcia, under pressure from Breel Embolo at a corner, turned the ball into his own net to hand the Swiss a famous victory.

Spain had not lost a competitive match in 22 outings across all competitions at the national level until this Saturday. Remarkably, it was only their second home loss since 2003. Luis Enrique now has just a few days to lift the spirits of his players for the Portugal game, where only three points will suffice for the 2021 Nations League runners-up.

Switzerland will face the Czech Republic in the group’s other game, but neither side could overtake Portugal either way.

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