The Angus L. Macdonald Bridge is a suspension bridge crossing Halifax Harbour in Nova Scotia, Canada; the bridge is one of two suspension bridges linking the Halifax Peninsula to Dartmouth in the Halifax Regional Municipality. It is named after the former premier of Nova Scotia, Angus L. Macdonald, who had died in 1954 and had been instrumental in having the bridge built; the bridge was designed by Philip Louis Pratley, one of Canada's foremost long-span bridge designers, responsible for the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver. The bridges have a similar design, most notable in the towers; the contractor was Dominion Bridge Company Ltd. The bridge experiences traffic congestion during rush hours as a result of the structure's proximity to the downtown cores of Halifax and Dartmouth, as well as its narrow width. Large commercial vehicles are not permitted to cross and must use the wider MacKay Bridge to the northwest. Public transit buses are allowed to cross and the bridge links several Halifax Transit routes.
In 2014/15 the average number of vehicle crossings per month was 1,183,095. As of 2015 the toll charge to cross for regular passenger vehicles is $1.00 cash or $0.80 with the MACPASS electronic toll system. The original toll, when the Macdonald opened in 1955, was 40 cents plus 5 cents per passenger. There was a separate toll for trucks, pedestrians and horses/rider. Construction of the bridge took place between 1952 and 1955. Caissons were used for underwater work. Five workers died falling from catwalks during construction; the bridge opened on April 2, 1955, cost $11.5 million. A modernization project was undertaken in the late 1990s and completed in 1999 which saw the original two lanes and one sidewalk and utility corridor expanded to three lanes, with the centre lane being reversible to assist with traffic flow during peak periods. To reduce the weight of the roadway and concrete were removed and special steel plating was used in its place; this deck is 35% lighter than the old one. New pedestrian and bicycle lanes were attached to the outside of the structure to replace the original sidewalks.
External aesthetic lights were added during the modernisation project which saw the bridge's towers lit for the first time on a continuous basis every evening from sunset until midnight. Critics derided the effort as a waste of electricity, given Halifax Harbour's frequent foggy weather conditions; the lighting was estimated by the bridge authority to cost in excess of $50,000 a year in 1999. The Angus L. Macdonald Bridge has attracted media attention as the spot where well known environmental activist Tooker Gomberg is believed to have committed suicide on March 3, 2004. In June 2004 the Department of National Defence filed a lawsuit against the Bridge Commission alleging that snow, ice and other debris rained down on HMC Dockyard below, endangering staff; the DND first sought $527,000 in damages for its efforts to protect employees, an amount, increased to $1.04 million. The lawsuit claimed that the issue had been exacerbated when chain link fencing on the bridge had been removed during the 1999 modernization.
In July 2007, as part of the settlement, barriers were installed along 22% of the pedestrian lane at the bridge's western end to prevent suicide attempts and protect navy staff below. The Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission was concerned that the structure was not capable of handling the additional weight of installing safety barriers along the entire span of the bridge. Subsequent computer modeling eliminated the previous concerns, on May 13, 2009 the general manager and CEO of the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission, Steve Snider, announced that a tender for the long-called for extension of the barriers along the full length of the bridge would be issued in June 2009; as of March 2010 the remaining sections of the safety barrier have been installed, so that the bridge now has safety barriers along 100% of its pedestrian walkways. Beginning in 2015 another major renovation of the bridge started which saw the temporary removal of the pedway and bike lanes. At a cost of $150 million, every piece of steel that makes up the suspended spans, except the towers and two main cables, were replaced.
New vertical cables were required due to the relocation of the stiffening trusses from above deck level to below deck level. Construction occurred overnight with the bridge open to traffic during the day, but many full-weekend closures were necessary; the replacement portion of the project was completed in February 2017. After the Lion's Gate Bridge, this was only the second time that a suspension bridge had its suspended spans replaced while continuing to allow regular traffic flow during the daytime. Principal engineering work for the project was done by the same firm that managed the work on the Lion's Gate Bridge. During the Big Lift project Halifax Transit continued to run its scheduled conventional bus service across the Macdonald bridge, except during times when the bridge was closed. During scheduled closures, Halifax Transit operated a shuttle service using the MacKay Bridge. Halifax Bridges operated a free, 24-hour-a-day shuttle service during construction to accommodate the bridge's pedestrian and bicycle users.
It operated on a load-and-go basis during the weekday morning and afternoon rush hours, on a 30-minute schedule at all other times of the day and overnight. A. Murray MacKay Bridge – A newer suspension bridge crossing Halifax Harbour. Halifax Harbour Bridges Chapman, Harry. Crossings: Fifty Years of the Angus L. MacDonald Bridge
Johnny Archer is an American professional pool player. He is nicknamed "the Scorpion". On June 8, 2009, Johnny Archer was nominated to be inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame. Archer grew up with his two brothers and two sisters in Twin City and began playing pool at the age of 12, he is one of the most successful nine-ball players of the past two decades, having won the majority of the game's major tournaments at least once, culminating in his being named Billiards Digest Player of the Decade at the end of the 1990s. Archer is a two-time WPA World Nine-ball Champion, winning in both 1992 when he defeated Bobby Hunter, again in 1997 after beating Lee Kun-fang of Chinese Taipei, he was a runner-up the following year, losing in the final to Takahashi Kunihiko of Japan. He was the 1999 US Open champion, has won over 60 professional tournaments throughout his career, he has been a regular on the US Mosconi Cup team, having joined them a record seventeen times, winning on nine of those occasions.
In 2003, one of Archer's most successful years, he won tournaments such as Sudden Death Seven-ball and the first World Summit of Pool. Archer won the 2006 US$50,000 winner-take-all International Challenge of Champions by defeating Thorsten Hohmann in the finals. In 2007, he won. While in the 2005 event the entire purse was awarded to the winner, in the 2007 event the purse was split; the Ripley's Believe It or Not! television show, on September 3, 2003, pitted Archer and Jeremy Jones against each other in a challenge match in speed pool. The show had them timed against each other, to try to beat the record, which at that time stood at 1 minute 30 seconds to break a full rack of balls and pocket all fifteen balls, move to another table and do it again. Archer was the victor; the event was recorded in a warehouse in Los Angeles where other challenge matches were taking place to beat records. Archer has rejoined the staff of Inside Pool Magazine, where he writes a monthly instruction column. For 2007, he was ranked # 3 in Billiard Magazine's "Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players" poll.
2014 Music City Open runner up 2007 Pool & Billiard Magazine Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players, #3 2007 Joss Northeast Nine-ball Tour Classic VIII at Turning Stone Resort and Casino 2006 International Challenge of Champions winner 2007 Texas Hold'Em Billiards Champion 2006 SML Open winner 2003 World Summit of Pool winner 2003 Brunswick Pro Players Champion 2003 Sudden Death Seven-ball winner 2003 On Cue. He's an avid golfer, ascribes his strong pool break to playing a lot of golf, noting similarities in having the timing right and using one's whole body in the stroke. Archer's official website
Derrick Pereira, is an Indian association football manager and former player, who manages I-League 2nd Division club FC Goa Reserves. He is the technical director of Indian Super League club FC Goa, he is the coach of India national under-23 football team Pereira's story began in the late 1970s when he started playing for local Goa clubs as a Child. His first move to a top club was with Salgaocar SC in 1980 where he stayed on till 1983, he moved on to Tata Football Academy and back to Salgaocar SC in 1985. He stayed on at Salgaocar till the end of his career in 1999. Amongst the highlights of his career were leading Goa to victory in the 1980 Junior National Championship. Another highlight was leading Salgaocar to a win in the 1990 Rovers Cup which the team won after downing Dempo SC in the final, he was part of the senior India side from 1984-91. He was the part of national team which features in 1984 AFC Asian Cup. Pereira's coaching career began when he began coaching Salgaocar U-19; that was a job.
Next came coaching the first team at Vasco SC which he did for five seasons till 2005. Another prominent assignment was coaching Mahindra United from 2005 to 2009. In June 2009 he signed on with Pune FC, where he has now managed for two seasons, leading them to top-five finishes in each season. At the start of 2013–14 I-League campaign, Salgaocar replaced David Booth with Pereira. Salgaocar started the season brightly and at one time led the table for six game-weeks, but a rough patch of eight games, which included 4 straight losses, derailed their campaign and saw them lose the title to Bengaluru FC. Salgaocar finished their campaign at third place, a marked improvement over their past two campaign finishes. In February 2017, he signed with Churchill Brothers, mid-way through the season after the team stood last in the table. In April 2017, he signed with FC Goa as the head of youth development and assistant manager of the first team. On 5 June 2018, he was promoted as the technical director of the club and Jesús Tato replaced him as the assistant manager of FC Goa.
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