Maharashtra Assembly bypoll: Vishwajeet Kadam set to be elected unopposed

first_imgPune: In a volte-face, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday withdrew its candidate for the Palus-Kadegaon Assembly seat in Sangli district, paving the way for Youth Congress president Dr. Vishwajeet Kadam to be elected unopposed.The by-election, to be held on May 28, has been necessitated after Dr. Kadam’s father, former minister and senior Congressman Patangrao Kadam, passed away in March this year.Senior BJP leader and Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil had a closed door meeting with Sangramsinh Deshmukh, the party’s nominee for the seat after which a formal announcement pertaining to the BJP’s withdrawal was made.“It has never been the party’s [BJP’s] policy to put forward a candidate in the event of a senior leader’s death. Hence, out of respect for the late Mr. Kadam, the BJP is taking back the candidature of Sangramsinh Deshmukh,” said Mr. Patil after the meeting of Sangli’s BJP leaders.Following Patangrao Kadam’s death in March this year, it was expected that major political parties would not field candidates against his son Vishwajeet Kadam in keeping with an unwritten political tradition.Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) — and Congress’ estranged ally — too had already abstained from fielding a candidate, and the Shiv Sena too announced its support for Dr. Kadam.Last week, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray assured Dr. Kadam of his backing after a phone conversation with the Congress leader.However, the BJP last week decided to field Sangramsinh Deshmukh, son of late BJP legislator Sampatrao Deshmukh for the bypoll.The motivation behind this was allegedly due to Patangrao’s decision in 1997 to contest Palus-Kadegaon after Sampatrao Deshmukh’s death instead of letting a kin of the deceased BJP MLA be elected unopposed.The late Patangrao Kadam had defeated BJP’s Prithviraj Deshmukh (Sangramsinh’s cousin) twice — in 2009 as well as 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections — to win the seat for the Congress.Sources said that Mr. Patil’s closed door meeting with the Deshmukhs eventually persuaded the latter to take back Sangramsinh’s nomination.The Kalus-Padegaon Assembly by-election, along with the Palghar and Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha bypolls are to be held on May 28, with counting of votes scheduled on May 31.last_img read more

May 28 bypoll results: Beginning of the end for BJP, says Mamata Banerjee

first_imgEnthused by the victory of the Trinamool Congress and other non-BJP parties in the by-polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the beginning of the end for the BJP has started from Uttar Pradesh. Ms. Banerjee said the general elections can be held anytime in the next few months. Trinamool won the Maheshtala Assembly seat, earlier held by the CPI(M), by a margin of over 62,000 votes on Thursday. After an extremely violent panchayat polls there were hardly any complaints from the Opposition in the Maheshtala bypoll.Trinamool candidate Dulal Das secured 1,04,818 votes, while his nearest rival BJP’s Sujit Ghosh got 42,053 votes and the Left Front nominee Prabhat Chowdhury secured 30,384 votes. The Congress did not put up a candidate and decided to back the Left Front nominee in the by-poll. The margin of the Trinamool victory, at 62,765 votes, is almost five times the 2016 Assembly poll win, when the Trinamool candidate Kasturi Das won by a margin of 12,452 votes.While by-polls in West Bengal rarely spring a surprise and the ruling party has an edge over its rivals the rise in the vote of the BJP and slide of the Left-Congress vote is something that makes the polls crucial to political observers. The Left Front nominee in the 2016 Assembly polls secured 42.2% of the votes while its vote share in the by-poll dropped to 17%. The BJP which had got 7.7 % of the votes in the 2016 Assembly polls emerged as the main Opposition, securing nearly 23% of the votes. The decline in the vote of the Left parties and the Congress and the increase in the vote share of the Trinamool and the BJP has been a recurrent phenomenon in most of the by-elections in West Bengal since 2016.Ms. Banerjee described the results as “a lesson for the regional parties to unite” and take on the BJP. “The mandate is very clear: whichever party is strong in any particular region should take on the BJP in the general polls. This is requirement and also the formula,” she said. Citing examples from different States, she said regional parties are very strong now and the situation should not be compared to earlier times when H.D. Deve Gowda, Chandrasekhar and I.K. Gujral led governments at the Centre supported by regional parties.last_img read more

Bradley Scores 29, Celtics Power Past Wizards, 123-101

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — Playing in the Garden has brought out the Boston Celtics’ best basketball this postseason.Wednesday night it was home to one of the best nights of Avery Bradley’s career.Bradley scored a playoff career-high 29 points as the Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 123-101 to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.After being thoroughly picked apart in losses at Washington in Games 3 and 4, Boston shared the ball in Game 5, and again resembled the team that entered the game having won seven straight and 11 of 13 in the Garden against Washington.Al Horford added 19 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and handed out nine assists.“We’re a team. And it’s going to take a team effort to beat the Washington Wizards,” Bradley said.Game 6 is Friday night in Washington, where the Wizards easily won their two games. If the Celtics win, they would move on to host the Cleveland Cavaliers to open the Eastern Conference finals.Game 7 would be in Boston on Monday.Boston led by as many as 26 points, negating Washington’s physicality by spreading the floor and knocking down 16 3-pointers.Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Boston, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)John Wall had 21 for the Wizards, who haven’t won a playoff game in Boston since 1982.The Wizards scored the first four points of game but that was followed by 16-0 run by the Celtics.“The great start kind of got us going on both ends of the floor,” Bradley said. “Tonight we saw if we’re able to start the right way, the game’s in our control.”It marked the fourth time in the series that one team has had a run of at least 16-0, including three times in the first quarter. Washington had a 16-0 spurt to start Game 1, a 22-0 run in Game 3 and 26-0 burst in Game 4.During Boston’s first-quarter spurt Wednesday, the Wizards missed eight straight shots before it was ended by Otto Porter’s basket.Boston did a good job of sharing the ball, getting assists on 12 of 13 baskets in the opening 12 minutes. Thomas had five assists, more than Washington’s entire team (four) in the period.The Celtics also outrebounded the Wizards 48-45, after being outrebounded by 26 boards through each of the previous two games (95-69).“They were the more physical team today,” Wall said. “Throughout this whole series, whoever’s the most physical team has won every game.”The Wizards responded with more energy after halftime, but each of their mini-runs were quickly beaten back by Boston, which continued to share the ball and take advantage of their fast-break opportunities.The Celtics’ lead grew to 26 points in the fourth quarter.Thomas said one thing that became apparent in watching film from the Celtics’ losses in Games 3 and 4 was that he had to adjust his game with three or four defenders guarding him.He said he’s found maturity to step back and not force plays that he might not have had earlier in his career.“Now I’m seeing the game differently,” Thomas said. “But at the same time, that’s not going to stop me from being aggressive and trying to make plays, not just for myself but for my teammates as well.”KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Roger Federer trounces Peter Gojowczyk to kick-off his Basel campaign

first_img Next Roger Federer trounces Peter Gojowczyk to kick-off his Basel campaignRoger Federer opened his bid for a 10th title at the ATP Swiss Indoors in Basel, crushing German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1 in the opening round.advertisement Reuters BaselOctober 22, 2019UPDATED: October 22, 2019 00:33 IST Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates his win (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer fired 12 aces and won 82% of his first service pointsPeter Gojowczyk was broken five times while 38-year-old Federer dropped serve once in the contestIt was a 21st consecutive win in Basel for the SwissSwiss top seed Roger Federer celebrated his 1,500th ATP match with a commanding 6-2 6-1 win over Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in the first round of the Swiss Indoors championship in Basel on Monday.Playing in his hometown, 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer barely broke sweat as he fired 12 aces and won 82% of his first service points, wrapping up the encounter against the hapless German qualifier in 53 minutes.Gojowczyk, ranked 112th in the world, was broken five times while 38-year-old Federer dropped serve once in the contest.It was a 21st consecutive win in Basel for the Swiss, who has won the title here nine times, and he used every inch of the court to set up 34 winners.Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff also advanced in another short encounter that lasted only 61 minutes, firing a whopping 21 aces to beat Serbian youngster Miomir Kecmanovic 6-4 6-2 to advance.Second seed Alexander Zverev and third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas play their respective first round matches on Tuesday.Also see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow Basellast_img read more

2018 New Year Message from Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen

first_img The challenges and sacrifices of the past year generated a degree of anxiety amongst our people, about the future. Many of us lost friends and loved ones, but we are grateful for the gift of life, health and family. Story Highlights I encourage everyone to participate in a national dialogue for the maintenance of our values, their restoration in some cases, and the protection of our public spaces, so that they are safe for everyone to access without harassment. My fellow Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora, Happy New Year. My fellow Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora, Happy New Year.This new year presents a great opportunity for us to write a new chapter in our lives, personally and nationally: a perfect time to reflect on the core values and traditions that placed us at the global forefront as the “One Love” people.The challenges and sacrifices of the past year generated a degree of anxiety amongst our people, about the future. Many of us lost friends and loved ones, but we are grateful for the gift of life, health and family.And even though hope is frail and faith may grow thin, we must not forget our own strength and resolve, and the pride that makes us uniquely Jamaicans.As we proceed into 2018, we need to unite around the values and principles of:• Neighbourliness,• honesty,• kindness,• decency, and• respect,so that we can truly become the prosperous nation we envision.In our thrust to play our part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race, we have made positive marks on the global stage: setting world records; shaping cultures, consciousness and civilization.Some of these Jamaican vanguards who readily come to my mind include: Marcus Garvey, Nanny of the Maroons, Usain Bolt, Bob Marley and Ms. Lou, exemplary individuals who have all triumphed in the face of difficulties.That indomitable Jamaican spirit is also within all of us, reminding us that we can do great things despite the hurdles we have to overcome along the way.I encourage everyone to participate in a national dialogue for the maintenance of our values, their restoration in some cases, and the protection of our public spaces, so that they are safe for everyone to access without harassment.It is in this context that individuals will be able to legitimately achieve their dreams and aspirations.I encourage those of you who are able:• to affirm those persons who are forging ahead despite their challenges,• to offer support to parents who are experiencing difficulties in raising and supporting their children,• to mentor our young people – our Millennials – so that they can make decisions that will benefit them rather than hurt them, and• to extend a ‘duty of care’ to the elderly and the disabled.When we fulfill these obligations, we state very clearly the type of society we are, and are creating for future generations.Since each new year offers us a great opportunity for a fresh start, let us seize the moment to renew our minds, replacing doubts and negativity with:• hope,• love,• honesty, and• respect.Thus consciously living our lives with a purpose.Lady Allen and the rest of my family join me in wishing you a healthy and successful New Year.last_img read more

Mob lynching is like terror act Wali Rahmani

first_imgPatna: Muslim cleric Maulana Wali Rahmani on Wednesday said mob lynching incidents in the country are like terror acts, and demanded strict punishment to accused. “Mob lynching incidents are like terror acts. It should be treated with seriousness and accused should be given strict punishment. Terror should not be permitted and accepted in any society,” said Rahmani, head of the Imarat-e-Sharia, a Muslim body in Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha. Referring to the recent lynching of a man in Jharkhand on June 24, Rahmani said that mere criticising and condemning the incident is not enough. He urged the central government as well as the state government to act against mob lynching without delay. Rahmani said Imarat-e-Sharia has decided to contest cases of victims of mob lynching in the court. He has appealed family members of victims of mob lynching to approach Imarat-e-Sharia to fight their cases.last_img read more

Air India Assets Holdings maiden bond issue fully subscribed raises Rs 7000

first_imgNew Delhi: Air India Assets Holdings Ltd (AIAHL) on Monday raised Rs 7,000 crore through bonds issue, which was oversubscribed. AIAHL is a special purpose vehicle of national carrier Air India. As part of efforts to clean up the balance sheet of Air India, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 58,000 crore, little over half of the amount is to be repaid by way of proceeds from the issuance of bonds by AIAHL. An Air India spokesperson on Monday said AIAHL’s bond issue with a three-year tenure of Rs 1,000 crore with a green shoe option of Rs 6,000 crore has been fully subscribed at 6.99 per cent. “The company received bids worth Rs 20,830 crore, which is the highest in the yield based bond market in the history of BSE. The company has decided to accept the entire issue of Rs 7,000 crore,” the spokesperson said. Last week, PTI reported that AIAHL would come out with its bonds issue worth Rs 7,000 crore on September 16.last_img read more

Saskatchewan First Nations take Treaty fight to legislature

first_imgAPTN National NewsWith provincial organizations like the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations in disarray, First Nations in Saskatchewan took matters into their own hands.A march was organized to the provincial legislature to call on the provincial government to respect their Treaty obligations.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img

Mapped The UKs favourite slang words

first_imgIf you travelled the length and breadth of the UK, you’d be met by a huge variety of dialects and words.From the Cockney rhyming slang in parts of London and Scouse accents in Liverpool, to entirely different languages in parts of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Cornwall, there is incredible diversity in the way that British people speak.New data from Google Trends offers an insight into these regional variations. By looking at the most uniquely searched slang words in each city, we can see slang words that are only used in certain parts of the country.Localised slang words on the platform ranged from “snout” in Edinburgh, to “pony” in London and “rig” in Cardiff. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It was the only city where the most popular slang word was a name for its own location – or even any location at all.Every other slang word represented a verb or a noun, varying from “snout” for cigarette, “prannock” for idiot or “rig” for face. center_img Money-related slangTwo cities – Belfast and London – had money-themed slang as their most uniquely searched slang words. A “flim” in Belfast means £5, while Londoners use a “pony” to mean £25.While the true origin of a “pony” remains uncertain, some believe that – along with the phrase “monkey” for £500 – it came come from old Indian rupee banknotes which featured images images of animals.Brizzle or Bristol?Creatively, the key slang word for the people of Bristol is “Brizzle” – simply another way of saying the city’s name. last_img read more

Cemetery manager buried the dead on top of each other in £14k

first_imgIt told The Telegraph it will do all it can to ensure that people who want to be buried at Mount Vernon can still do so.“Where people have been fraudulently sold burial plots we will give them a genuine deed and ensure they can be buried at Mount Vernon,” said an archdiocese spokesman.The court heard how Henderson took cash in hand payments for burial plots at the cemetery, in the Liberton area of the city, that were in reality already occupied or had been previously sold.He altered official records to make it appear the plots were vacant and produced false documents purporting to be deeds showing ownership of the space.The court heard Henderson, who had been employed at the cemetery since 1997, had no authority to sell the plots, as they already contained remains, were either owned by others or were situated in common ground.Fiscal depute Aidan Higgins told the court one man bought a plot from Henderson for £850, but discovered a few weeks later that there might be a “difficulty” with the transaction.He said: “The deeds which had been provided by the accused were studied and found to be false.”The plot which had been sold was a real plot. The plot had been sold to another family in 1988 and was not therefore available for sale. Checks confirmed there was no record of the £850 payment.” The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to a single charge of fraud charge when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh said it “deeply regrets” the actions of the former employee. William Henderson at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, where he pleading guilty to fraud Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. William Henderson at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, where he pleading guilty to fraudCredit:CIARAN DONNELLY/LESLEY DONALD PHOTOGRAPHYcenter_img In another case the family of Rose Webster only discovered the plot for which they had paid £400 lay on an access path when they visited her grave in the spring, after snow which had previously covered the area had melted.Sheriff Donald Corke, who heard the case, warned Henderson he faces a possible prison sentence when he returns to court in a month.Bailing him to an address in Midlothian he said: “This is clearly a very serious matter and you should be aware that although all options are available to the court custody is the most likely outcome.”Henderson’s actions were exposed after administrative changes at the top of the archdiocese uncovered suspicions of fraud in late 2014.Then, in January 2015, the Archdiocese received a complaint from an undertaker regarding a potentially fraudulent burial deed, leading to police being called in to investigate..Dr Elspeth Atkinson, the diocese’s chief operating officer said: “The archdiocese deeply regrets the criminal activities of Willie Henderson and has been working hard over the past months to offer both pastoral and practical support to those families affected by his actions and we will, of course, continue to do so in the months to come. “Families were exploited by him at a time when they were grieving and vulnerable. That’s why his crimes are so shocking.”Detective Chief Inspector Paul Grainger, who led the Police Scotland investigation, said: “William Henderson targeted vulnerable families when they were grieving and distressed.”His deception and exploitation led to Henderson amassing thousands of pounds from these families.” A crooked cemetery official made thousands of pounds by burying the dead on top of each other in a nine year campaign of fraud against grieving families.William Henderson also pocketed hundreds of pounds in cash after selling space that had been reserved by families for future use and in parts of the cemetery where burials were not allowed, such as footpaths and access routes.The former superintendent at Edinburgh’s Mount Vernon Cemetery admitted on Thursday fraudulently mis-selling burial plots to grieving families over a nine-year period.Henderson defrauded the archdiocese that runs the city’s only Catholic cemetery of thousands by illegally selling forged burial deeds.In one case the grieving family only realised their mother had been buried on an access path, following a winter funeral, when they visited her grave in spring, after melting snow had revealed its setting.Henderson’s criminal campaign involved 13 individual cases of fraud totalling more than £14,000, between 2006 and 2015. He sold plots for as much as £6,500, though in one case charged just £20.last_img read more

Man 45 admits spraying No Blacks on door of his African neighbour

In a victim impact statement, Mr Yamba said: “This incident has left me feeling very angry.”The idea someone has the audacity to attack my front door of my home address and target me in this way has affected me in a lasting way.”I’m now constantly on edge and worried about every little noise outside and it has affected my ability to sleep.”My son is very anxious about being alone and I can see this has worried him greatly.”The court heard that Dowd had “exercised his right to silence” in police interview, but the judge asked his solicitor for an explanation for his behaviour.Lorna Wincote, defending, said: “The facts are fully accepted. There’s no issues with regard to any drugs or alcohol, there’s some suggestion of some underlying mental health issue, because there is no other underlying explanation.”The court then heard from an “intervention team” nurse based at the court, who said that, having spoken to the defendant in the cells, there was evidence of issues of depression and anxiety.She also said Dowd “acknowledged a level of compulsivity” and regarded what he had done as a “completely stupid act” without any explanation. A man who daubed “No Blacks” on the home of a family from Africa has been remanded in custody “for his own protection” before he is sentenced next month.Vaughan Dowd, 54, painted the front door of the home of Jackson Yamba, 38, just five days after he moved from a neighbouring block to the same flats where the defendant lived in Irlams o’ th’ Height in Salford, Greater Manchester.After seeing the graffiti as he and his young son, left home, the youngster became tearful and Mr Yamba said the attack had left him fearful and angry.Dowd, who lived close to the Yambas in Irlam Square, covered his face during the attack but was caught by the CCTV installed in the flats and by police checking the record of key-fob entries to the housing association apartment block, Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard.He pleaded guilty to a single count of racially aggravated criminal damage on February 8 and was remanded into custody for sentence on March 21.District Judge Mark Hadfield told him: “I’m satisfied a remand in custody is necessary for your own protection.”Prosecutor Ann Deakin said a possible bail address in south Manchester for Dowd was inappropriate because of the “ethnic diversity” of the area, adding: “There’s a clear risk to the defendant’s safety. “Greater Manchester Police has received complaints from America – that’s how far it’s gone viral about the victims being abused in this way.”The judge said the maximum sentencing powers of a magistrates’ court, of six months in jail, were insufficient to deal with the case.The case only came to light after Mr Yamba, 38, a solicitor who came to the UK from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006, tweeted a photo of his front door and complained that no police officers had been to see him after he reported the attack. Jackson Yamba Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It led to outrage online, and an apology and prompt response to the tweet from Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.Ms Deakin, prosecuting, told the court the victim and his son were leaving for work and school on the morning of February 8 when they discovered the graffiti.The youngster said: “Daddy, something is written on the door.”Ms Deakin continued: “Mr Yamba looked and saw painted on his brown wooden front door was ‘No Blacks’ twice. This was underlined.”Mr Yamba is described as being shocked and distressed and his son was becoming upset.”The same graffiti was also daubed in the same white paint on an internal communal door and the entry door to the block of flats. Jackson YambaCredit:BBC read more

This is why a woman was banned from keeping dogs for 2

first_imghttp://www.broadsheet.ie/2014/01/29/staying-in-tomorrow-night-3/ A DONEGAL WOMAN has been convicted of animal cruelty and told that she cannot keep dogs for two years.The ISPCA said that the Donegal woman was convicted of animal cruelty at Letterkenny District Court today.ISPCA Inspector McGinley said of the dogs that were found by him at the woman’s property: These dogs were as emaciated as any I have seen in my 14 years with the ISPCA. It is important that those responsible for such severe cruelty are held accountable to send out the message that it will not be tolerated.The Donegal woman submitted a guilty plea through her solicitor Frank Dorrian, said the ISPCA.They said that the case is related to a call made by ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley and Gardaí to the woman’s address on 15 January 2013, when two emaciated boxer dogs were discovered.The ISPCA said that the dogs were two-year-old brothers and were named Oscar and Elmo by rescuers. The canines were surrendered into the care of the ISPCA and taken for veterinary treatment.BannedThe ISPCA said that Judge Paul Kelly banned Gallagher from keeping dogs for two years.He also adjourned the matter until 9 June for final sentencing.It was noted in court that the ISPCA had incurred costs of €652.26.When Oscar and Elmo were rescued, the vets who examined them gave them a body score of just one out of five.The duo went on to make a full recovery at the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre and were later rehomed.Read: Hay drive begins to help save “deluge” of dumped horses>Read: Nine dogs saved from death>last_img read more

Trump calls for Air Force One to cancel contract with Boeing

first_img 58 Comments By Associated Press Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 10:30 PM We are currently under contract for $170 million to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serve the unique requirements of the president of the United States. We look forward to working with the US Air Force on subsequent phases of the programme allowing us to deliver the best planes for the president at the best value for the American taxpayer.The $170 million (about €158 million) figure is just for a portion of the research and development efforts.Trump now uses his own plane, a Boeing 757, which he has outfitted with white leather and gold, a large flat-screen television and a bedroom. But as president it is expected that he will travel aboard the Air Force jet, which is equipped with special safety, defensive and communications equipment. Air Force One also has seating for reporters; Trump generally does not allow the press on his own plane.Trump will tonight use his own 757 to travel to the second stop of his post-election ‘thank you’ tour in North Carolina.Read: Man arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of ‘preparing for a terrorist act’Read: Veteran British actor and Game of Thrones star Peter Vaughan dies aged 93 The government has contracted with Boeing to build two new planes which would go into service around 2024. That means Trump might never fly on the aircraft, which carry US presidents around the globe.The Air Force has pressed for a faster schedule, saying the aging current Boeing 747s are becoming too expensive to repair and keep in good flying shape. The contract for developing and building new planes was to be about $3 billion (about €2.8 billion), but costs are reported to be rising. 30,709 Views Source: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association ImagesThe General Accountability Office estimated in March that about $2 billion (about €1.8 billion) of the total — for work between 2010 and 2020 — was for research and development, not the actual planes. The inflated $4 billion (about €3.7 billion) figure Trump cited appears to include operation and maintenance as well.Trump’s tweet came 22 minutes after The Chicago Tribune posted a story in which the Boeing CEO voiced concerns about Trump’s views on trade.The president-elect then descended to the lobby of the Manhattan skyscraper that bears his name to reiterate his case.His own 757Trump had tweeted in 2013 that he owned Boeing stock, but a spokesman today said he sold all of his stock holdings in June. That sale was not publicised by the campaign at the time, and aides did not reveal how much cash it might have generated.If Trump had held onto his stock portfolio, he would have been required to repeatedly file reports with the US Office of Government Ethics. A 2012 update of the Ethics in Government Act obliges presidents and other senior government officials to report such transactions.Boeing responded to Trump in a statement, saying: Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/3124385 center_img Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016 Trump calls for Air Force One to cancel contract with Boeing He did so on Twitter, of course. Dec 6th 2016, 10:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article US PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump has demanded the government cancel a multibillion dollar order for new presidential planes.Trump’s tweet about Air Force One caused manufacturer Boeing’s stock to drop temporarily and raised fresh questions about how his administration — and tweets — could affect the economy.“The plane is totally out of control,” Trump told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower.“I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.” Earlier he had tweeted that the deal’s costs were “out of control”. Share127 Tweet Email Short URLlast_img read more

New Mammal Species Discovered From Fossilized Bones Digested By Crocodiles

first_img Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Fossilized bones that appear to have been digested by crocodiles in the Cayman Islands have revealed three  previously undescribed extinct mammals that roamed the island more than 300 years ago.The ancient remains were collected from caves, sinkholes, and peat deposits on the Cayman Islands between the 1930s and the 1990s, and belonged to two large rodents Capromys pilorides lewisi and Geocapromys caymanensis, and a small shrew-like mammal named Nesophontes hemicingulus, according to research led by Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the American Museum of Natural History, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History.The three mammals were unique to the Cayman Islands, existing nowhere else in the world. The scientists calculated that they would have probably become extinct around the 1700s, likely due to the arrival of European settlers and introduced mammals such as rats, cats, and dogs.Capromyid or hutia fossils that were found digested by Cuban crocodiles, found in Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Grand Cayman. (Photo Credit: New Mexico Museum of Natural History)“Humans are almost certainly to blame for the extinction of these newly described mammals, and this represents just the tip of the iceberg for mammal extinctions in the Caribbean,” said Professor Samuel Turvey, Senior Research Fellow at ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, and co-author of the paper, which was published today in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History.Nearly all the mammal species that used to live on these tropical islands, including all of the native Caribbean sloths and monkeys, have recently disappeared, according to Turvey.The state of the teeth and bones for three of the specimens — enamel, dentine and cement were found to be missing from portions of the teeth that would be been exposed above the gum line — indicates that they were digested by crocodiles.Animals described as “coneys” and “little beasts like cats” by Sir Francis Drake when he visited the Cayman Islands in 1586 were probably the now-extinct and newly described rodents Capromys or Geocapromys, according to the scientists.Scientists uncovering the fossils more than 30 years ago in Grand Cayman Cave. (Photo Credit: NMMNH)“With only one possible sighting early in the course of European expansion into the New World, these small mammals from the Cayman Islands were complete unknowns until their fossils were discovered. Their closest relatives are Cuban; how and when did they manage a 250-km journey over open water?” asked Professor Ross MacPhee from the American Museum and a co-author of the study.One possibility is that the Cayman Islands may have originally been colonized by mammals carried across from nearby Cuba on floating rafts of vegetation, which in some cases have been documented to float as far as 62 miles in less than a week.Researchers hope the findings can help further conservation efforts focused on island species.“It’s vitally important to understand the factors responsible for past extinctions of island species, as many threatened species today are found on islands,” said Turvey.” The handful of Caribbean mammals that still exist today are the last survivors of a unique vanished world and represent some of the world’s top conservation priorities.”More on Geek.com:Scientists Discover Fossils of Oldest Known Frog in North AmericaSix New Species of ‘Superhero’ Catfish Discovered in Amazon‘Astonishing’ New Tarantula With Bizarre Horn on Its Back Discovered in Angola Stay on targetlast_img read more

VIDEO Sami Zayn appears after the EVOLVE 49 iPPV

first_img Twitter Ric Flair Now Playing Up Next Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Facebook Cesaro announces that he will make an appearance at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRic Flair Pays Tribute To Late FriendVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Video has been posted by NYSportscene.com of NXT star Sami Zayn appearing after last night’s 10/17 EVOLVE 49 iPPV went off the air on WWNLive.com from Queens, New York. Zayn gave a speech, putting over EVOLVE and Johnny Gargano, then implied that things would be getting bigger and better for EVOLVE coming up, referencing the rumored partnership between NXT and EVOLVE. Zayn will be appearing again for EVOLVE later tonight at their EVOLVE 50 iPPV in Deer Park, New York. You can view the video below. Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ Ian Hunter Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory part of new Performance Center class, new PC coach Videos Articles The Rock Honors Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Ric Flair Pays Tribute To Late Friendlast_img read more

Bill Goldberg announces he will be on WWE RAW next week in

first_img Now Playing Up Next WWE reportedly planning to hold a draft for RAW and SmackDown this coming October 2018.05.08 Tenacious D Paul Heyman Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Videos Articles Google+ Videos Articles Videos Articles Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlam Bobby Lashley Jaime Miguel Maaaa gawd Maaaaa Gawd! J™ Now Playing Up Next You took the words right out of my mouth. Facebook Now Playing Up Next Cameron Huff October 11, 2016 at 8:47 am Armadillo_KSA October 11, 2016 at 8:45 am Spoiler Alert: Lesner will be about to put Goldberg with the F5 when Goldberg rips off his mask to reveal… the Undertaker! Undertaker will just laugh in his face before removing his mask to reveal…. Brock Lesnar! Yes, it seems that the real Brock Lesnar was just Goldberg all this time. Paul Heyman’s Brock Lesnar is played by Kendall Windham. Things just got real October 12, 2016 at 9:41 pm Cameron Huff 8 COMMENTS October 11, 2016 at 10:25 am WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa Now Playing Up Next October 11, 2016 at 10:06 am October 11, 2016 at 4:50 pm Twitter I think it’s safe to say if the match happens Brock Lesnar will win this time. At WrestleMania 20 it was obvious that Goldberg would win but this time around I’d say Brock Lesnar will win. Which Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame? Brock Lesnar Glenn Wolf Now Playing Up Next Don’t worry Goldberg will loose after interference from A dancing bear a beat down from the Social outcasts and 4 F5’s one off the roof of the stadium and he will then loose by count out when he chases Paul Haymen out of the ring after no selling all this offence. October 11, 2016 at 1:11 am WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 October 11, 2016 at 12:45 pm Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? tafkaga sure. let the hair-pulling commence. Pinterest During last night’s 10/10 WWE RAW in Oakland, Paul Heyman issued a challenge to Bill Goldberg on behalf of his client Brock Lesnar in what he dubbed as “icon vs. icon.”Bill Goldberg then took to Twitter to officially announce that he would be appearing on next week’s 10/17 WWE RAW in Denver to answer the challenge from Heyman.Booking my flight to answer that big mouth @HeymanHustle ‘s challenge next week in person on #MondayNightRaw #WhosNext? #seeyathere @WWE— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) October 11, 2016This will end up being Goldberg’s first appearance on WWE television in a live setting since 2004 following his match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 20. Both Lesnar and Goldberg officially exited the company after the match in what was a year long run for Goldberg with WWE. Despite negative comments in public about his run with WWE for the better part of the last decade, Goldberg began working with 2K Games for the upcoming WWE 2K17 video game release and it would confirm reports in recent weeks speculating that a match between Goldberg and Lesnar was planned for Survivor Series on 11/20.You can check out Heyman’s challenge to Goldberg below courtesy of WWE.“@Goldberg, you sir are hereby challenged to a FIGHT!! … One on One … ICON vs. ICON … @BrockLesnar vs. GOLDBERG!” – @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/CgSMGXQUOv— WWE (@WWE) October 11, 2016 WhatsApp Jaime Miguel Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Heyman is a beast when he holds on to a mic on the ring Comments are closed.last_img read more

Report United join Willian race

first_imgManchester United has joined the race to secure Willian transfer after Brazil’s exit from the World Cup, according to The Sun.The winger is also a subject of interest from Barcelona and the Spanish club saw a transfer bid for the player rejected by Chelsea.The Brazilian is believed to be the number one target of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and the former English champions are hoping to pip Barcelona to his signature.The duo worked together at Chelsea after Jose signed Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer of 2013.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Willian is reportedly considering his future at Stamford Bridge and the understanding is the winger will decide to leave should Antonio Conte remain as Chelsea manager.Willian, 29, was one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise lacklustre showing by Brazil at the World Cup in Russia. Tite’s men were sent home following a 2-1 quarterfinal loss to Belgium.Should he join United, he’ll become the second Brazilian signing of the summer for the Carrington based team.last_img read more

Energy and Utilities Department Represented at Green Aruba VII Conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 7, 2016 -The seventh annual Green Aruba Conference, held at the Marriott Resort & Stellar is Casino in Aruba during the week of November 15, served as an exceptional platform to showcase Aruba’s progress in sustainable energy transition, a process which began since 2004. This conference provided an ideal opportunity for countries, institutions and experts from all over the world to share valuable information, knowledge, experiences and best practices.Energy Analyst – Ms. Sparkle Prentice participated as a mentee of the Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) network, an initiative of the Clinton Climate Initiative, connecting women energy leaders from islands worldwide, providing up-to-date information on the status of women in the energy industry and highlighting women doing world-changing work.  Ms. Prentice was one of ten women selected as a WIRE Mentee who will benefit from one-on-one mentoring, sharing goals, successes and learning opportunities to develop personal leadership styles and refine tools to progress and excel; thereby achieving professional and personal goals in a male-dominated energy industry.  At the Green Aruba Conference, as a WIRE Mentee, Ms. Prentice participated in the panel discussion, “Islands as Leaders in the Evolving Energy Portfolio: The Opportunities and Challenges.”  Ms. Prentice spoke about island governments working to create and reform policies that benefit utilities, government, industry and residents, as well as the opportunities or incentives that can be offered to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. She was joined in Aruba by her 2 WIRE Network Ambassadors, Juliet Carvalhal and First Lady of Aruba, Doina Eman Neagoy, as well as other WIRE Network Ambassadors and mentees from Jamaica, St. Lucia, Anguilla, US Virgin Islands and San Andres. Ms. Prentice also participated in the WIRE Mentor Network sessions on leadership, self-awareness, and realizing and embracing power and influence.Energy and Utilities Commissioner – Malike Cummings was a speaker on the first day of the Green Aruba Conference, presenting on the topic, “Energy Sustainability and the Regulator.” He addressed the emerging role of the regulator in promoting sustainable energy, and underscored the increasing complexity and challenges the implementation of sustainable energy brings to the role, function and duty of the regulator, especially in small Caribbean markets. The involvement of the regulator in policy development is fundamentally important in order to contribute and transfer knowledge to the process, and to ensure processes are transparent and actions predictable in order to minimize risks and transaction costs, and instill and reinforce investor confidence in renewable energy initiatives.Cummings also spoke to the many regulatory challenges, namely;  having to justifying the value of benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives, which are realizable in the long term, against relatively high costs that must be borne in the short term; the challenge of managing special  interests to minimize regulatory capture; dealing with archaic legislative and regulatory frameworks and the challenges of modernizing them; and the coordinating role of the regulator with relevant departments and agencies to minimize conflicts, duplication of efforts and delays in the successful and effective implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. He also spoke about the pivotal role of the Regulator in the Integrated Resource Planning for the electric utility, to ensure a least cost energy mix and acquisition of assets.  Fundamental to the successful execution of the regulator’s duties is the adequate allocation of resources, especially in this increasingly complex and emerging energy sector, where roles, tasks and functions continue to accrete, Cummings elaborated. Related Items:last_img read more