3 To Know: Kiwanis recognizes students, more

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Angel Ortiz, Jasmin Gutierrez Garcia, Program Coordinator-Kathleen Reynolds and Alexander Sosa.

1. Kiwanis recognizes students

Kiwanis Club of Marco Island, founded in 1993, is a very active service club dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. One of the local programs is called "Terrific Kids," a student recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem, and perseverance. 

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This is a monthly activity in which students are chosen by their teachers and are invited, with their parents, for a breakfast and recognition. Each child receives a plaque, a medal, and various gifts to note their outstanding achievement at school.  Each child is interviewed in front of the assembled Kiwanians and comments from their teachers and other students are read. 

The program provides teachers with a tool to reward students for special achievement that might otherwise go unnoticed.  

Recently, Kiwanis held its weekly meeting at Stonewall's and recognized Terrific Kids from Manatee Elementary School's 5th grade.

Kiwanis Club of Marco Island meets every Thursday, morning from 7-8:30 a.m. for Breakfast at Stonewall's, 551 S. Collier Blvd. Guests welcome.

Information contact President Pat Hagedorn, 450-8901.

2. Sony confirms PlayStation 5 launching in 2020

The long-rumored arrival of Sony's next PlayStation has officially been confirmed.

Tuesday, Sony revealed its next video game console, PlayStation 5, will launch during the holiday 2020 season.

"These updates may not be a huge surprise, but we wanted to confirm them for our PlayStation fans, as we start to reveal additional details about our vision for the next generation," Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan said in a statement.

Next year is likely to be a pivotal one for the video game business: Two new consoles are slated to launch by the holiday season. This year, Microsoft confirmed it will launch the next Xbox, dubbed "Project Scarlett," in 2020.

3. NTSB: Firm tied to collapsed Miami bridge wasn’t qualified

Federal transportation officials said the firm charged with reviewing the design of a Miami university bridge that collapsed last year and killed six people was not properly qualified by the state.

The National Transportation Safety Board released nearly 6,300 pages of reports Tuesday examining the role of each contractor in the construction of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University that collapsed March 15, 2018.

NTSB said the Florida Department of Transportation listed the company Louis Berger Group, Inc. on its records as prequalified to evaluate that type of bridge. FDOT told investigators it was a “technical error” on its website, as the company was not qualified.

A Federal Highway Administration assessment found that designer FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc. “made significant errors,” leading to cracking that wasn’t properly addressed.