first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri was pleased with the performance of his players following their 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in their first pre-season match at the International Champions CupDespite the absence of club record signing Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently in China on his annual “CR7 tour”, The Bianconeri overcame fellow European giants Bayern with Italian forward Andrea Favilli rising to the occasion by netting a brace to hand Juventus the win.The 21-year-old scored his first from 10 yards, after an error by Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, in the 32nd minute before later adding his second of the game by curling into the back of the net at the end of the first-half.Speaking after their win in Philadelphia, Allegri declared himself satisfied with the performance of his players.“The boys did well. It was our first match and we did well considering the shape we were in,” said Allegri, according to Football-Italia.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Quite a lot of young boys played and they showed they are at a high level.“We are working a lot on the defensive side of things because, out of the attackers available, I only have a few young boys.”On the goalscoring hero, he added: “Favilli did well, scoring two goals.”Next up for Juventus is a meeting with Portuguese giants Benfica on Saturday in their second game of the ICC with the Major League Soccer’s All-Stars awaiting them three days later.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Arsenal striker John Hartson believes the club’s new manager Unai Emery made a mistake by letting Jack Wilshere leave the club.“I thought Jack had as good of a season he’s had in a long time last year, he proved his fitness, and I know he didn’t go to the World Cup but I think he’ll be a good signing for West Ham. He’s a good age, he seems to have got over his injury problems,” Hartson said, as quoted by Express.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Was it a mistake to let him go? Emery doesn’t seem to think so. But to let him go on a free, that may be Arsenal’s problem to let his contract run down.Hartson won 51 first team caps for Wales and scored 14 goals. He is currently the 11th highest scorer of all time for the Welsh. He retired from international football in February 2006 in order to concentrate on his career with Celtic but in August that year he stated that he would come out of retirement to play if he was needed.last_img read more

first_imgOn Monday, Valencia and Atletico Madrid played out a thrilling 1-1 draw, but the match had some extras for one home fan for a wrong reason.Atleti midfielder Thomas Partey hit a ball and it flew into the stands at the blow of the final whistle, hitting one fan in the face, breaking his glasses and leaving him with an injury.One Twitter account mentioned the incident and the victim replied.Acaba el partido, el jugador del atletico lanza un balonazo a la grada y le da a un hombre en la cara rompiendole las gafas y haciendole un corte en la cara.Ni disculpas ni nada. Ojala el @valenciacf tenga un detalleDifusion para que se sepa.@Generaldepie_— Ángel ?? (@angel_ms18) August 20, 2018“It seems that the person affected was me,” Jose Carmelo Llopis wrote.“The ambulance and medical staff at the Mestalla were wonderful in helping me out.“Of course, the glasses were broken and I have a few scratches on my eyelids.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.When he saw this tweet, Thomas Partey replied and apologised about the incident.“I just found out that last night I hit you with a ball at Mestalla,” the player wrote.“I hope you are okay.“I’m really sorry about the glasses, it wasn’t intentional.”@josecarmelollb Buenos días José! Acabo de enterarme de que anoche te di con el balón en Mestalla. Espero que estés bien. Siento mucho lo de las gafas, fue sin querer!.. Un saludo!— Thomas Teye Partey (@Thomaspartey22) August 21, 2018last_img read more

first_imgFor the Manchester City captain, the road to the title is still very long as his team takes on Liverpool tomorrow nightThe match of the season in the English Premier League is happening tomorrow.Liverpool will take on Manchester City, as two of the best three teams in the league define the future of the competition.And for Manchester City’s captain Vincent Kompany, tomorrow’s match is one of many and there is still time to decide a champion.“I’ve been long enough in the game to know how important this game is but, at the same time, to know that this is not the all-defining game – as much as people want to put it this way – because so many things can happen,” the 32-year-old was echoed by Four Four Two.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Who would have thought that we would have three difficult games in December? Nobody would have, a month back.”“So there’s nothing to say that with circumstances, injuries and everything that it can’t happen to any team in this league,” he added.“Therefore, this game – as much as we want to, need to win it – it’s not the all-defining game.”“But if we play how we can, then I will feel very confident – despite the result, whatever it is – to go into every other competition and try and win it,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Jan 2015 – This morning, David Smith returns to court after a Friday night arrest at his home described as excruciatingly emotional. A provisional warrant was issued for his re-arrest on Friday as the United States tries to extradite Smith in connection to a sentence handed down in Orlando in 2009; a sentence of 30 years linked to a Ponzi scheme. Smith was since Friday night, held at the Chalk Sound Police Station after appearing in court that night and will this morning return to face Magistrate Clifton Warner as the former Olint owner plans to fight the extradition. Smith was on Thursday released from Grand Turk prison; the US warrant had a technicality, saying that David Smith was to be given into US custody upon completion of parole; since Smith served his entire sentence at Her Majesty’s Prison and never received parole, the United States was unable to touch him. Related Items:chalk sound police station, David smith, magistrate clifton warner, ponzi scheme Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Week David Smith returns to court in January; heads back to HMP in Grand Turk Police get two convictions for drug possession caseslast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos, June 23, 2016 — CIBC FirstCaribbean recently launched its new user-friendly mobile banking app for smartphones which is yet another innovation by the regional bank to provide customers with banking solutions that fit their lives.“The new Mobile App joins a series of innovations introduced to help the bank’s customers determine the banking experience they want – in essence control over how and when they bank is entirely in the hands of the client,” said Trevor Torzsas, Managing Director of Customer Relationship Management and Strategy.Mr. Torzas said the app “was something our customers have been asking for and the initial feedback since its launch has been excellent. We are giving our customers here in The Bahamas additional options when banking with us.”Mr. Torzsas said the new app “proves that CIBC FirstCaribbean is the bank that fits seamlessly into our clients’ lives. All the enhancements that we have put in place over the past two or three years are part of our promise to deliver innovative products and services that truly meet our clients’ individual needs.”“Banking that fits your life – that is what we are ultimately aiming to provide to all our customers and our products were the obvious place to start and our Mobile Banking App is just one of those innovations,” the bank executive noted.He added that the bank “already offers one of the best internet banking services in this region; and this combined with the new Mobile App and the improvements we are making to our ABM fleet means that our clients need never set foot in a banking hall, unless they’ve come to apply for a loan…and even that is now possible online!”Much like its internet banking, the new app, accessed via Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows devices, affords users the convenience of checking their account balances, transferring funds, paying bills and locating branches and Instant Tellers™, all from their mobile device.He said the app was a “significant step in our being able to add value for our customers who can now do their banking from the palm of their hand. Today’s individual increasingly has a lifestyle that is fast-paced that affords them little time to spend in a queue in the banking hall. Our Mobile Banking App will forever change the way they interact with the bank. Combine this with our online application process and paperless statement delivery and you have a best in class digital banking service for the tech-savvy who are always on the go.”Mr. Torzsas noted that the bank which has almost 250 years of combined experience in the region will continue to invest in a strong line up of services such as its recently launched chip and pin technology for its merchant clients to ensure the highest standards of security.It will also be moving to the same secure chip and pin technology later this year for all its credit card clients in order to give an even greater degree of protection against any attempts at compromising accounts.He said the bank will also continue to invest in building a foundation to service its retail, wealth, business banking and large corporate clients by continuing to build close relationships with them as “we drive a client centric approach to everything we do”.In furtherance of this objective CIBC FirstCaribbean recently expanded its ABM network in TCI bringing the total number of ABMs up to 10, the bank upgraded its ABM network with a new machine at the entrance of the Grace Bay Branch, and new remote machines at IGA Smart, IGA Gourmet and the TCI Cruise Port in Grand Turk. The existing machine at Grace Bay was also replaced with a new one.In addition, a $1.4million remodeling of the Leeward Highway Branch is expected this summer, announced in April by CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Managing Director of Retail, Mark St. Hill. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SouthCaicosFathersDayfire Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 20, 2017 – South Caicos – Police have still said nothing of the fire in South Caicos, but Member of Parliament for the district, Ruth Blackman reports to Magnetic Media that the building which caught fire in the wee hours of Father’s Day morning was old and abandoned, that the interior is totally burned out.Hon Blackman also reported that the property had been the subject of much debate in South, as the building is reportedly given to Sail Rock developers but the community disagrees.  Ms Blackman said the matter is one for Cabinet to consider as residents say they want the land back.#MagneticMediaNews#SouthCaicosFathersDayfire Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Ministry of Education commits to continue updating you, parents and the General Public via further announcement in the coming days, as we work together to return our students to a state of normalcy.Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 6, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Education appreciates the understanding that parents and the general public demonstrated over the past few weeks as we worked out the logistics for the resumption of school since the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.    As previously mentioned, our priority was to get the senior students at both the primary and high school levels back to school as quickly as possible.    While this is so, the Ministry is keen to ensure that students resume classes in conditions that are safe and healthy – free from mold and other hazards.To this end, the Ministry of Education has partnered with the Public Works Department and the Environmental Health Department and we are pleased to announce the reopening of the following schools and for the following students with effect from, Tuesday, 10th October 2017: Ona Glinton PrimaryGrand TurkInfant 1 to Grade 6 Oseta Jolly PrimaryProvidencialesGrades 4 to 6 at the Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex Grand TurkInfant 1 to Grade 4 at the Ona Glinton Primary Grade 5 and 6 at the HJRHS Auditoriumcenter_img SchoolIsland/locationForms or Grades Eliza Simons Primary Grades 2 and 3 at the Edward Gartland Youth Centre H. J. Robinson HighGrand TurkForms 1 to 5 Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 23, 2017 – Nassau – Earlier this month The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) in conjunction with several aviation industry partners that makes up the Bahamas Aviation Council, convened at the Nassau Airport Development Company’s office (NAD) to collectively unify its body, strengthen cohesiveness and proactively strategize for the future.The Council, led by Charles Albury, Permanent Secretary, MOTA included representatives of the MOTA’s (Nassau and USA offices), NAD, Bahamas Departments of Customs, Immigration and Civil Aviation, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Out Island Promotion Board, Bahamas Flying Ambassadors, AOPA, Fernandez Bay Village, Grand Bahama Airport Company, Aviation Professionals Agency, ATM Operations, Caribbean Sky Tours, Cherokee Air, Jet Aviation, Odyssey Aviation, Tropic Ocean Airways, BTC, Bahamas Air Navigational Services, and BAATO.Rick Asper, President of Aviation Professionals Agency was appointed Council Chairman and was charged by Permanent Secretary Albury, to write a white paper that addresses the number one challenge pilots coming to The Bahamas face; the constitution of commercial flying verses private flying into The Bahamas as interpreted by the Bahamas Customs and that of the Department of Civil Aviation.According to Captain Greg Rolle, pilot and Sr. Director of Sports and Vertical Markets, MOTA, “aviation plays a pivotal role in our overall success in tourism.   With The Bahamas’ 700 islands scattered over 100,000 square miles, it is important for us to ensure that we have the adequate systems, protocols and resources in place to not only grow our number one industry, particularly in our family Out Islands that are unable to accommodate larger commercial aircrafts, but also for us to maintain our competitive edge as a multiple islands vacation destination and simultaneously, protect the sustainability and longevity of this vital industry.”“In order for us to do that, we have to be unified in our approach of not only addressing pressing concerns, but ensuring that proper plans are in place to mitigate against or stop entirely, any fallouts arising from same,” he said.In 2016 The Bahamas received 81,607 private pilots.  Of them, 3,669 went to Grand Bahama, while the Out Islands received some 50,523 pilots.   The revenue per person generated from guests arriving to the islands by private planes doubles that of those visiting as guests on commercial aircraft.Among some of the matters being worked on by the Aviation Council are the improvement in revenue collection for The Bahamas, cross training for The Bahamas government agencies (Customs, Immigration and Civil Aviation), computerization of AOE forms for pilots, creation of annual aircraft decal fees versus per visit entry fees, Enhanced Online Customs Procedures (EOCP), general aviation traffic and the tracking of U.S. aircrafts coming into The Bahamas, enhancement of border protection and security operations, database development for future budgeting and marketing, scholarship opportunities for Young Eagles and aviation students and the formulation of a standardized ‘Pilots Bills of Rights’ between all Bahamian airports.The Council will reconvene on February 8, 2018 at a venue to be determined. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgIn a few hours, the Reggio-Emilia Derby will be played in the Italian Lega Serie A and for De Zerbi it will be unpredictableSassuolo and Parma will face off today in the Reggio-Emilia Derby of the Italian Lega Serie A.And for Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi, Parma is the “real surprise outfit of the season.”“It is a very difficult fixture because the table tells us Parma are the real surprise outfit of the season and did extraordinary things to go from Serie C to A,” said De Zerbi according to Football Italia.Mazzarri believes the Serie A is unpredictable Manuel R. Medina – August 25, 2019 According to Torino coach Walter Mazzarri this year the Italian competition will be fascinating again as his team is ready to take on Sassuolo.“Plus the director of sport and the Coach are friends of mine, so I compliment everyone for their work.”“They brought in talented players like Gervinho, Roberto Inglese, Alberto Grassi, Jonathan Biabiany and Luigi Sepe,” he added.“Parma deserved it when they won this term, but also deserved more in other games that they didn’t win.”last_img read more

first_imgGareth Bale has won the Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball award following his impressive performances at Abu DhabiThe Welsh winger proved to be a vital member of the Real Madrid squad this week as they became the first team in history to win three Club World Cups in a row.Bale proved to be unstoppable in Los Blancos’ 3-1 win against Japanese side Kashima Antlers in the semi-finals by scoring a hat-trick.In the final itself on Saturday, Bale played the full 90 minutes and helped Real defeat local side Al Ain 4-1 – which nearly saw him repeat his overhead Champions League final goal as well.Now Bale’s exploits in Abu Dhabi have crowned him the Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball winner.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Al Ain’s Caio won the Silver Ball with River Plate’s Santos Borre collecting the Bronze Ball.Last year’s winner for the Golden Ball was Luka Modric, who has since gone on to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.🌍🏆 @GarethBale11 🎖 Club World Cup Golden Ball winner#RMCWC | #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 22, 2018last_img read more

first_imgSky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given United so much freedom to play by eliminating the fear factor at the club.Solskjaer continued his perfect start to life at Manchester United with a 1-0 win at Wembley against Tottenham on Sunday, to make it six victories in a row for the Red Devils.And Carragher believes that unshackling Manchester United’s attacking players is the key to the Norwegian boss’ success at the club.“For three or four years, watching Mourinho’s sides, in the big games, Manchester United were terrified going into them thinking they couldn’t compete with these other top teams,” he told Sky Sports.“They were terrified of what the opposition would do. Wingers were tracking the runs of opposing full-backs – how often did we say Manchester United were in a back six?“This went on for years, I spoke to Gary Neville about it during Mourinho’s first season and he was convinced it would change when Mourinho got better players, it didn’t.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“The brilliant thing I loved from Manchester United at Wembley was that their fear had gone.“Solskjaer has answered a question tactically. A lot has been written about Solskjaer and everything has been positive on the surface.“Underneath that, before the Spurs game, people were saying anyone could have gone in there and done that job. That is absolute nonsense.“He’s made big decisions; leaving [Romelu] Lukaku, an £80m striker, on the bench when he’s brought him on he’s actually made an impact.“People have said that these games were easy, but last season, where United finished second and got to an FA Cup final, Mourinho lost three games to promoted teams.“So it’s not easy to wipe the floor with these teams. He’s made a great start to his career.”last_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom June 2, 2018 Firefighters halt spread of small brush fire in Rancho San Diego KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 2, 2018 RANCHO SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Firefighters Saturday managed to halt the spread of a brush fire in the Rancho San Diego area before it could damage any buildings.Flames were reported at 4:09 p.m. in an open area north of an apartment complex near the intersection of Jamacha Road and Fury Lane, according to the California Highway Patrol.The blaze spread to two acres, but fire crews were able to stop it by about 4:50 p.m., according to San Miguel Fire Protection District Deputy Chief James Marugg.Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene for several hours to completely knock down the blaze and mop up any remaining hot spots, Marugg said.No one was injured by the fire, he said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There are some things you need to keep in mind if your little ones will be out trick-or-treating.Claudia Cardenas from American Medical Response joined us Monday evening with more on Halloween safety. Trick-or-treating safety tips with Claudia Cardenas Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter October 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: October 30, 2018last_img read more

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) “Biodiesel Campaign” took a major step forward last night (July 31) when the U.S. Senate approved an Energy Bill that contained a number of incentives designed to encourage the use of biodiesel, including the ASA-backed biodiesel tax incentive. Biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative to petroleum-based diesel fuel that is produced primarily from soybean oil.“Securing passage of the biodiesel tax incentive and other measures designed to encourage the use of the fuel is our top legislative priority for the year,” stated ASA President and National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Director Ron Heck from his farm in Perry, Iowa. “Last night’s vote put us one step closer to achieving our goal, and the ASA would like to extend a sincere thanks to our friends in the Senate who fought hard to make this happen.”After weeks of heated debate, the Senate voted 84 to 14 in favor of the 2002 version of the Energy Bill that provided a 1-cent reduction of the diesel excise tax per percentage of biodiesel blended with diesel up to 20 percent. The bill also includes a Renewable Fuels Standard that calls for the nation’s fuel supply to increase its use of renewable domestic fuels, like ethanol and biodiesel, to 5 billion gallons in 2012.Incentives increasing biodiesel demand will also boost the need for soybean oil, its primary feedstock, which in turn will raise the price of soybeans. There are other reasons why biodiesel is so important to our country, in addition to these economic benefits. Biodiesel is made primarily from soybean oil grown here in the U.S., so it lessens our country’s dependence on foreign oil. With over 55 percent of the oil we consume coming from the highly unstable Middle East, renewables like biodiesel should become a larger portion of our nation’s fuel supply.There are environmental benefits of biodiesel production as well. Emissions of greenhouse gases and particulate matter would be significantly reduced by increased biodiesel use. An increased demand for biodiesel could also create thousands of jobs across the U.S. economy.“Soybean-based biodiesel is good for farmers, good for the environment, and good for our country,” proclaimed Heck. “Incentives designed to encourage people to use biodiesel is the right policy for our country, and, on behalf of the ASA, I applaud the Senate for taking a big step in this direction.”The U.S. House of Representatives approved ­its Energy Bill earlier this year. The difference between the House and Senate Bills will be reconciled in a joint House/Senate Conference Committee. Conference is where the refinements made by the Senate Finance Committee to the biodiesel tax incentive contained in the 2002 Energy Bill are expected to be included. These refinements were made through the amendment offered by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D-AR) during Finance Committee consideration of the energy tax package last April.In addition to this change, the ASA will be seeking to include in the final Energy Bill other key biodiesel measures, such as those supported by Senators Kit Bond (R-MO), Jim Talent (R-MO), and Tim Johnson (D-SD) that would encourage the use of biodiesel in meeting federal requirements for government alternative fuel use.“While the Senate vote was a huge victory for biodiesel, supporters of the ASA Biodiesel Campaign should know that anything could change once the bill goes to Conference. The ASA calls on soybean farmers across the land to thank their Senators who supported the bill and encourage them, as well as their Representatives in the House, to express their support for the inclusion of strong biodiesel provisions in the final Energy Bill,” urged Heck.last_img read more

first_imgSKAMANIA — The trail to the top of Beacon Rock has reopened following completion of repairs to a bridge damaged in a January rock slide.The mile-long trail to the top of the rock is a popular day hike. On Jan. 25, falling rock damaged the beams of one of the bridges affixed to a cliff face.Dan R. Dalton, Inc., of Usk, was hired to repair the steel beams. State parks staff repaired the wood decking and hand rails.Beacon Rock State Park is 35 miles east of Vancouver along state Highway 14 in Skamania County.last_img

first_imgMIAMI — Puerto Rican attorney Iara Rodriguez waved campaign signs and cheered at the 2012 Democratic Convention as President Barack Obama was nominated. But the delegate’s euphoria faded when she returned home and, like everyone else living in Puerto Rico, could only watch as the rest of the country voted for its commander in chief.By January, she had moved to Orlando, joining a record number of Puerto Ricans who have left the island in recent years — more than 60,000 in 2012 — the majority landing in Florida. Most are fleeing Puerto Rico’s economic crisis, yet their presence on the mainland is drawing newfound attention to an age-old question back home of whether Puerto Rico should become the 51st state, remain a territory or become independent.A loose coalition of civic leaders in Florida and on the island is seeking to leverage the state’s growing Puerto Rican presence to turn this issue into something the rest of Americans can easily understand: a fight for equality and the right to vote. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens by birth, but because the island is only a territory, its residents can vote for president only if they move to a state.“It’s a citizenship issue. It’s like when women weren’t able to vote, when African-Americans weren’t able to vote,” Rodriguez said. “One of the reasons that my husband and I moved here to Florida was to not feel like a second-class citizen.”Florida is home to nearly 1 million Americans of Puerto Rican descent and is fast gaining on New York, which has around 1.2 million, according to the U.S. Census. Statehood advocates are counting on Florida’s influence in presidential elections to amplify their message in a way that those in the Democratic stronghold of New York haven’t been able to do.last_img read more