Dan Cohen AUTHOR The state of Florida this week agreed to purchase the residential development rights on a 25-acre parcel adjacent to MacDill Air Force Base in South Tampa even though the landowner will retain the right to build a hotel or motel on the parcel’s north end.The $1.3 million purchase will prevent residential development in MacDill’s clear zone and accident potential zone, but the state was only able to reach agreement to purchase the development rights for a hotel or motel on 11 acres in the airfield’s clear zone, reported the Tampa Bay Times.Still, it’s the best deal the state could get, said Bruce Grant, executive director of the Florida Defense Support Task Force.“It is not optimum and it doesn’t take care of the entire problem, but it does take care of part of the problem,” Grant said.A hotel or motel built on the parcel’s north end would be in the accident potential zone, making it incompatible with MacDill’s mission, Col. Patrick Miller, commander of the 6th Mission Support Group, told Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and the Florida Cabinet before their Tuesday vote.State officials expressed frustration over the inability to fully protect the installation from development. “I have reticence that we were unable to negotiate away a future hotel at the end of a runway,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.Separately, the Cabinet voted to spend $1.5 million to buy more than 600 acres near Whiting Field in Panama City, according to the story.
The Scorpio lovers in the country now have more reason to fall in love with the iconic SUV of Mahindra. The Defence Land Systems, a Mahindra owned company has introduced a bulletproof kit for its Scorpio to give a safety ride to the customers.The bulletproof kit is being offered in three variants – Executive, premium and VVIP at 12.67 lakh, 16.07 lakh and 18.33 lakh respectively and is available for booking in the country with advance payment of 75,000 at the e-retailer Snapdeal.Talking about the features of the new Bulletproof kit for Scorpio, it can safeguard the passengers inside the car, if a shot is fired at 90 degree angle from a 9mm pistol from a distance of 5m and come with a real time tracking device.While the Executive kit packs bulletproof glass, fire proof fuel tank, real time vehicle tracking device and bulletproof body panels, the Premium kit offers bulletproof panel and run flat system in addition to the features offered in the Executive kit. The third variant VVIP comes with blast proof carpet and bulletproof glass with power windows in addition to the features in the Premium kit.The iconic SUV Scorpio, one of the top selling SUVs in the domestic market is sold with the 2.2 liter turbo diesel mHawk engine and 2.5-litre m2Di. The car which has been sailing in India since 2002 is expected to get a new version in coming months. Scorpio facelift which has been spied testing numerous times in the country is expected to pack the same 2.2 liter four cylinder turbocharged mHawk diesel engine, which powers the current model and is likely to offer a power of 120 bhp and peak torque of 290 Nm. The new Scorpio might also get 6-speed automatic transmission for improved performance.(ED: AJ)
Irish airline Aer Lingus has rejected a takeover bid from IAG, the parent company of British Airways, on Thursday saying that the offer undervalued its worth.In a statement, Aer Lingus confirmed the rejection, considering the amount of media speculation the offer from International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) caused.”The board has reviewed the proposal and believes it fundamentally undervalues Aer Lingus and its attractive prospects … there can be no certainty that any offer will be made nor as to the terms of any offer. Shareholders are strongly advised to take no action,” said Aer Lingus in a statement.IAG – run by Willie Walsh, former chief executive of Aer Lingus – had offered to takeover Aer Lingus on 14 December for a reported $1.42 billion. “International Consolidated Airlines Group notes the recent movement in the share price of Aer Lingus and confirms it submitted a proposal to make an offer for the company, which has been rejected by the board of Aer Lingus,” said IAG in a statement.The offer price wasn’t mentioned by either party. However, the Financial Times cited people familiar with the matter as saying that the deal was valued at $1.42 billion.Aer Lingus has become a potential takeover company as rival Ryanair, its biggest shareholder, is set to lose an appeal in a UK court to sell 29.9 percent stake in the company.Ryanair has been asked to sell its stake in Aer Lingus by the UK competition authorities but Aer Lingus has been resisting it, according to The Financial Times.If Ryanair decides to appeal in a higher court, the acquisition process could be delayed.The Irish government owns 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus and said that it would be ready to sell its stake for the right price.Other shareholders of Aer Lingus include UAE’s national carrier Etihad, which holds 4 percent. Experts say that the Aer Lingus takeover would be perfect for IAG.”A takeover would fit from an IAG position, but the airline would have challenges if it returns with another bid: there could be regulatory concern or challenges from other airlines on competition grounds – but not a show-stopper. Aer Lingus has been successful even against a difficult economic climate in Ireland, and a deal would give IAG an even stronger network position at Heathrow,” aviation analyst John Strickland told The Guardian.
A collage of screen shots taken from Suriya and Mohanlal’s Kaappaan teaser.YouTube screenshotThe teaser from Mohanlal and Suriya’s Kaappaan (Kappan) has left the fans spellbound. The 1.32-minute video was unveiled on the occasion of Tamil New Year on Sunday, 14 April, and the clip has managed to garner fantastic response from the netizens.The teaser was premiered at Rohini Silver Screens in Chennai at 7 pm. Although the plan to release in leading cinema hall was announced with a short notice, the fans thronged into the theatre with big numbers and they celebrated the occasion like new a film release.What is the teaser all about? Going by the teaser, Kaappaan seems to be made on the lines of Suriya and KV Anand’s earlier movies like Ayan and Maattrraan. His character appears to have strange qualities and comes with lots of surprises and twists. It looks like he is on a secret mission even as he is part of a few bomb explosions in the Tamil flick.Suriya is believed to be playing the role of a commando. While Mohanlal will be seen as a politician. Presumably, the film has lots of layers peppered with high-octane stunts. Like before, Anand presents his hero in multiple get-ups.Arya, Sayyeshaa and Boman Irani are seen in a few scenes even as the focus is completely on Suriya and Mohanlal’s characters.Teaser exhibits exuberance In a matter of 12 hours, the teaser has garnered over 2.5 million views and racing towards 3 million hits. It is all because of Suriya and Mohanlal’s starpower as their presence is attracting their fans to watch the clip, repeatedly. Looking at the trend, the clip has a strong possibility of crossing 6-million mark by the end of the day. Celebs Response:Ruban Mathivanan: Looks very promising!! We are in for a treat in the second half of the year!! #NerkondaPaarvai #Kaapan #Thalapathy63Allu Sirish: Its on screen fireworks to see @Suriya_offl and @Mohanlal sir together. @arya_offl & @sayyeshaa you guys look great! @anavenkat : Sir, neenge vere level! Waiting for #Kaappaan in Aug 2019.Kabir Duhan Singh: Vera level @Suriya_offl sir #KVAnand sir #KaapaanTeaserBOFTA Dr. Dhananjayan G: #KaappaanTeaser is magnificent & grand from @anavenkat sir with @Suriya_offl sir in a never seen before action packed role, made in huge scale. @Mohanlal sir @arya_offl @sayyeshaa are looking great. Best wishes to @LycaProductions to rock
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday detained an officer of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) red-handed while taking bribe.An five-member ACC team, led by its director Nasim Anwar, arrested BRTA mechanic Suman Kumar Saha from BRTA’s Narsingdi office around 11:00am, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB. Earlier, Suman Saha had demanded Tk 25,000 as bribe from Yasir Arafat, a driving license seeker, alluring that if he gives the money, Suman will give him a BRTA driving license without any test. Later, Yasir lodged a complaint with the Commission in this regard, reports UNB. In consultation with ACC officials, the plaintiff went to the BTRA office on Thursday morning to give him the money he asked for. While receiving Tk 10,000 in first installment, the ACC team caught Suman red-handed. ACC assistant director of its Narsingdi Zila office Rezaul Karim filed a case against Zakir Hossain with Narsingdi Sadar police station in this regard. On Wednesday, the ACC in a separate drive arrested a branch assistant of Tangail’s executive magistrate court and an office assistant of the science and technology ministry red-handed while taking bribe.
Chittagong University has suspended two students, including a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), for their alleged complicity in supplying electronic devices for cheating in the ongoing admission test.BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League.The suspended students are HMG Ishtiaq and Shariful Islam Nazmul. Ishtiaq, a student of Marketing department, is the joint secretary of the suspended BCL CU unit committee while Shariful is a student of English Literature and Language department.Mohammad Niaz Morshed, assistant proctor of the university, told Prothom Alo on Friday that Ishtiaq and Shariful have been suspended and served show-cause notice for their involvement with the gang that committed the forgery during the test.On Thursday, the police arrested Ishtiaq on charge of fraudulence in the admission test from Chittagong city’s Chakbazar area.Three electronic devices were recovered from Ishtiaq’s possession, Bayezid Bostami police station officer-in-charge Abul Kalam Azad told Prothom Alo.