Showing posts with label New York. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York. Show all posts

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Power outage plunges Manhattan in New York into darkness

The Upper West Side of the Manhattan borough of New York is dark after a transformer fire caused a power outage and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.

 Billboards in New York's famous Times Square
were without power during Saturday's outage. Photo: AP
The outage comes on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left most of the city without power.

ABC News reported on Saturday that subway stations plunged into darkness and the billboards of Times Square suddenly flicked off as New York’s Manhattan was hit by a power outage.

Authorities say a transformer fire caused the power outage and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.

About 42,000 customers lost electricity in the early evening, according to the Con Edison utility.

On social media, dozens of users posted photos of subway stations bathed in darkness.

“While Con Edison works to restore power in Manhattan, we encourage everyone to avoid below-ground subway stations,” New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Twitter.

Firefighters said they were responding to numerous requests for help, particularly from people trapped in elevators.

The cut affected the western chunk of Manhattan, particularly the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and the theaters of Broadway.

Many Broadway musicals and plays cancelled their Saturday evening shows.

Several cast members from the show put on an impromptu performance in the street outside the theater for disappointed audience members.

Some shows like Frozen were among the Broadway shows to announce it had cancelled performances.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Aris Aumentado: Will he or will he not?

Scene: The funny video of internet sensation Mikey Bustos on Bohol is now available on youtube. The “Bohol and the All-knowing Tarsiers” traces the adventurous journey of Mikey Bustos and Frank McCormick as they find their way through Bohol. Find out why tarsiers are cute and very, very smart! Visit

Scene: It’s a good weather to match a long weekend. Pres. Benigno Aquino III has signed Proclamation No 455 declaring August 20, tomorrow, a regular holiday throughout the country. This is in observance of the Eid'l Fitr, when Muslims end their fast. The Eid'l Fitr holiday is immediately followed by Ninoy Aquino Day on Tuesday, August 21.
Scene: The 1st Underwater Pilgrimage at the Bien Unido Double Barrier Reef Marine Park is on Sept. 7-8, 2012, Bien Unido town. For inquiries, contact: Leony at +63915-322-9874 or CCEF Office at (032) 416-20040.  Explore the only underwater religious destination in Asia at the only double barrier reef in the Philippines.
He will, he will not. . . he will, he will not. . .
Latest reports indicated that Aris Aumentado, despite early denials, may opt to run for congressman or board member in 2013.
More than two weeks after The Bohol Chronicle headlined 2nd district Rep. Erico Aumentado to run for Bohol governor in May 2013 elections, his son Erico Aristotle, popularly known as Aris, is reported to run for congressman (?) or board member (?) in the second district and those who are surely voting for him are hoping and praying that he will – he should.
"He has been asking for a sign," Very Reliable Source (VRS) told Bared during a brief chat, "There is a high possibility that Cong. Aumentado will run for governor and his son Aris for congressman. And the people of second district welcome it."
This time around, just when Aris is inclined to say "yes" to run, Cong. Aumentado may not allow him to run. “There are many things to consider. It is not yet final,” added VRS.
Now Aris is having second thoughts, inclined not to run.
“Whatever is the outcome, this young Aumentado knows how to respects his father’s decision,” revealed VRS.
Aris is often seen these days meeting with local officials in the second district.
“But if you ask me, Aris should go ahead and run. The best "sign" he should consider is the approval of majority of the voters for his candidacy,” said VRS.
Tessie Labunog-Sumampong is still firm in her plan not to enter into politics.
“As of this moment, no to politics,” says Tessie.
Tessie and Libby Sumampong
Tessie thinks she is already helping enough or as much and that’s it. She has already been participating in public service through humanitarian organizations and promoting Bohol through her Loboc Riverwatch.
It was reported that Tessie’s hubby, Libby, is vying for a post or become the next vice mayor of Loboc.
Tessie revealed that there have been times when they would talk about politics but at the moment, Libby does not see any need for it.
“Libby may yet run for councilor of Loboc,” reveals Tessie.
My unsolicited advice to them?
Just after typing this column, I received a text message from socialite VRS informing me of the campaign material of Councilors Baba Yap and Kit Oppus now circulated on Facebook.
The campaign picture of BaKit’s Team Panaghiusa shows Baba and Kit with their (complete) 10 councilors (--to-be?): Joseph Bompat, Eliezer Borja, Jose Esteban Timoteo Butalid, Charles Cabalit, Bebiano Inting, Adam Relson Jala, Jeremias PabeAllan Real and Salome Vitorillo.
Those in the know indicated that Catigbian Mayor Bertsal Salinas may opt to run for congressman in the first district in 2013. Bared texted Bertsal for his comment, he answered: “Maybe…maybe not.”
Erstwhile Vice Mayor Toto Veloso also told Bared that his team GV Express, which stands for Good Vehicle/Good Vibes/Good Vision or DT for Dodong-Toto Doers for Tagbilaran, with lawyer Dodong Gonzaga as mayoralty bet, has to choose the 10 councilors from 16 probable candidates. However, Coun. Betty Torralba is with the team GV Express/DT. “We plan to release our strong line up next month,” informed Toto.
Meanwhile, VRS reported that Bag-ong Bol-anon is conducting nightly activities with Carmen Mayor Che Toribio- Delos Reyes as provincial chair.
Three generations making their way to see Lady Liberty
Miss Tagbilaran 1987 Fiel Angeli Araoarao-Gabin takes first bite of the Big Apple. And what a bite it was! Juicy!!!
“I’ll never forget my first time in New York,” Fiel told Bared. “After all the stops and starts, dreams do come true! For many years, my family’s ultimate dream was for me to join them in New York City, but fate took a different course. It came decades after the long wait. “
Fiel was in The Big Apple months ago to accompany her daughter Cielo who was qualified as Philippine team member and the only participant from Central Visayas to the 2012 International Regions Math League Competition held in Las Vegas last June.
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