Man arrested for threatening to blow up Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

first_imgTampa police arrested a man who reportedly threatened to blow up the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Joshua Cramer, 32, is charged with Threatening to Discharge Destructive Device.On June 23 around 9 a.m., the suspect called Tampa Police and said he was upset with HCSO and, that he was out of town but planned on blowing up an HSCO annex office located in Ybor City when he returned.Cramer was arrested at his home by The Tampa Police Department on Tuesday.Police say an investigation into the matter is ongoing but did not release further details.This story is developing.last_img

Ice sniper bound for Halifax

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsKootenay Ice sniper Luke Bertolucci is going to Halifax.The Montrose native was selected to the Team B.C. U16 squad that will represent the province at the 2011 Canada Winter Games February 11-18 in the Nova Scotia capital.“I think he’s going to be selected to the provincial team,” Kootenay Ice head coach Simon Wheeldon told The Nelson Daily earlier this week, prior to Wednesday’s announcement by B.C. Hockey.The 5’7”, 160-pound forward has been one of Wheeldon’s most consistent scorers this season, leading the Ice in that department with nine goals and 13 assists.  The 22-point total is good enough for 12th spot in B.C. Major Midget League scoring. Bertolucci, 15, is three points out of fifth spot.Team B.C. quest for gold begins the opening day of the Games when the province plays Team Quebec. The other team in the pool is Team Nova Scotia.Team B.C. is looking to improve on its fourth-place finish in the 2007 Canada Games.To prepare for the national competition, Team B.C. will gather for a three-day camp prior to Christmas, December 20-22 at the Minoru Centre in Richmond.Team B.C. plays an exhibition game on the final day of camp against the Valley West Hawks of the BCMMHL.The players on Team B.C. were evaluated following the first three months of the BCMMHL season after being short-listed to 33 following the Male U16 Provincial Camp in July.HOCKEY NOTES: Bertolucci is the fourth local player to be selected to a B.C. Hockey team heading for Halifax. On the female side, Nelson’s Aimee DiBella, Ella Matteucci of Fruitvale and Cranbrook’s Daley Oddy also earned spots on Team B.C. U18 Girl’s Squad.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2015

first_imgDrayden Van Dyke12815151812%$812,716 Joseph Talamo14917152411%$1,162,402 Corey Nakatani831481217%$708,118 Felipe Valdez3066520%$146,548 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Kent Desormeaux11623221320%$1,322,730 Jeff Bonde2370330%$257,280 Gary Stevens651191217%$914,820 Tiago Pereira79971111%$299,584 Carla Gaines3054217%$316,855 Rafael Bejarano16139252124%$1,816,124 Doug O’Neill100910139%$543,626 Peter Miller981820818%$1,030,208 Victor Espinoza11421231418%$1,350,010 Santiago Gonzalez5755109%$181,174 Winner of the Grade I Eddie Read at Del Mar last year, Tom’s Tribute won six of 16 starts and earned $634,880 for owner Marilyn Braly . . . On the good news front, Cassidy said unbeaten Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho is scheduled to work Thursday for the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 7 . . . San Felipe candidate Lord Nelson, who held off onrushing Texas Red by a neck to win the San Vicente Stakes, worked six furlongs for Bob Baffert in 1:13.40, while Bolo, also considered for the San Felipe, went five furlongs for Carla Gaines in 59.60 . . . Trainer George Papaprodromou said bargain claim Imperative could make his next start in either the Santa Anita Handicap or the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic, a race he won last April, upsetting odds-on favorite Game On Dude. Claimed for 50,000 on Dec. 21, 2013, Imperative earned a cool $1 million in winning the Classic, which will be run this year on April 18 . . . Big ‘Cap candidate Cool Samurai worked five furlongs for John Shirreffs in 1:00.40 . . . Kalookan Queen winner Harlington’s Rose, ticketed for the Grade III Las Flores Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on March 8, breezed three furlongs for Steve Knapp in 35.80. Bob Baffert641314920%$1,230,898 Mike Smith7215141121%$1,337,491 Elvis Trujillo13814171110%$929,392 FINISH LINES: Jim Cassidy is still mulling plans on where Tom’s Tribute will stand as a stallion after the retirement Friday of the multiple graded stakes winner due to an ankle injury. “We’re working on it right now,” the trainer said Sunday morning. SOLIS HOPES TO FILL IN DERBY VOID WITH METABOSSHall of Fame, 5,000 victories, Breeders’ Cup successes. The only thing missing from theresume of Alex Solis is one every jockey savors: a Kentucky Derby triumph.The native of Panama has been second the Kentucky Derby three times: on Captain Bodgit in 1997; Victory Gallop in 1998; and Aptitude in 2000. Solis has ridden in the world’s most famous horse race 14 times, but not since 2006 when he finished in a dead-heat for fourth aboard Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek.It’s still two months-plus from the Run for the Roses–light years in horse racing time–but Solis maintains a positive outlook after winning the mile and an eighth El Camino Real Derby by 2 ½ lengths aboard Metaboss last Saturday for trainer Jeff Bonde in a $15.20 upset. The win was worth 10 qualifying points to the May 2 Derby.“That’s what inspires you to get up every day,” said Solis, who turns 51 on March 25. “Horses like Metaboss make it exciting. You want to be on them. We’re out here every day, but a Derby horse is exactly what we’re looking for. I was very impressed with his race.“It was the first time I had ridden him, so I studied his form. He was nice and relaxed in the race. They went slow the first part, but when they got to the backside they started marching a little bit early and it helped my horse.“I had to be patient and wait inside for a while. When I got to the 5/16ths (pole) I got him out in the clear and he finished like a good horse and galloped out strong past the wire, so that’s a good indication, especially going a mile and an eighth this early.”Said Bonde: “Alex rode a good race. He’ll stay on the horse.”Next up: the Spiral Stakes on March 27 at Turfway Park, which, like Golden Gate, has a synthetic main track.HOLLENDORFER HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN SANTA YSABELJerry Hollendorfer trains seven of the 21 horses nominated to Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles and plans to enter three of them: Achiever’s Legacy, Glory and Light the City.“All of them have been running very well,” said the meet’s leading trainer with 21 victories through 35 racing days. True enough. Achiever’s Legacy has two wins from seven starts, with a third last out in the Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes on Jan. 31.Glory was second by a neck in the California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 7 after breaking her maiden at Santa Anita by two lengths on Jan. 10; and Light the City was a closing second by a half-length in the Las Virgenes.As for Santa Anita Handicap favorite Shared Belief, Hollendorfer plans to breeze the once-beaten male 2-year-old champion of 2013 Tuesday at Golden Gate as is his wont en route to the $1 million, Grade I Big ‘Cap at 1 ¼ miles on March 7.Probable for the Santa Ysabel: Achiever’s Legacy, no rider; Curlin’s Fox, Mike Smith; Enchanting Lady, no rider; Glory, no rider; Light the City, Kent Desormeaux; Rattataptap, Rafael Bejarano; and Stellar Wind, Victor Espinoza. Michael Pender2964221%$155,720 James Cassidy4475816%$263,330 Brice Blanc3162319%$239,262 Mike Puype615988%$275,096 Mark Glatt4678715%$371,324 Edwin Maldonado76941012%$333,346center_img John Sadler748131211%$577,406 Jerry Hollendorfer10621141620%$2,074,158 Brandon Boulanger885586%$162,336 2/2/2/2 Flavien Prat74109614%$501,466 -more- Thomas Proctor3264319%$461,850 Martin Pedroza11211171310%$493,398 Hector Palma2363126%$129,150 Peter Eurton55118720%$546,828 Ron Ellis3883621%$303,180 Martin Garcia9016131218%$1,250,950 Richard Mandella3986721%$406,016 Fernando Perez1121012109%$497,222 Philip D’Amato46108722%$472,410 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze17623181813%$1,342,234 $1 MILLION LATE PICK 4 GUARTANTEE ON BIG ‘CAP DAYShared Belief is expected to rule a prohibitive favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but that won’t prevent fans from trying to land a game-changing score.There will be huge guaranteed pools that day, including a $1 million Late Pick 4 and a $150,000 Pick 6, in addition to three other graded stakes besides the Big ‘Cap, with Triple Crown hopefuls spotlighted in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes.Also, there will be a Beerfest and live music in the infield. First post time will be 12 noon; gates open at 10 a.m. (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 21) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Baltas4487318%$335,038 A. C. Avila2261327%$149,974 IT’S NEVER TOO SOON FOR DERBY FEVER: SOLISHOLLENDORFER TO ENTER TRIO IN SANTA YSABELPOTENTIALLY BIG PAY DAYS LOOM ON BIG ‘CAP DAY Mark Casse4275517%$599,998 -30-last_img read more

JAMAICA DPP emphasizes importance of digital audio recording in the courts

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 15, 2017 – Kingston – Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, has hailed the provision of digital audio-recording and video-link technology to more than 71 courts and seven hearing rooms across the island.The DPP said the technology represents “part of the evolutionary process of what happens when the appropriate resources are put into the justice system”.“It means that the justice system operating in the 21st Century is now becoming a reality,” she added.Ms. Llewellyn was speaking to JIS News following the handover of the equipment at the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston on November 13.   Funding for the equipment was provided by the European Union (EU) in the sum of $232 million under the Justice, Security, Accountability and Transparency (JSAT) programme.Ms. Llewellyn said the equipment “will allow the judges who take longhand to be more efficient, and will cut the time (spent) taking notes”.“It will allow defence counsel and prosecuting counsel to be on the cutting edge and very prepared, because a lot of the cases will go a little quicker,” she said.It is estimated that there are 35,000 cases in the parish courts and 2,000 cases in the Circuit Court.President of the Jamaican Bar Association, Jacqueline Cummings, also shared the sentiments of the DPP, noting that the equipment will help to “speed up most trials”.“At the end of the day, when the transcript is produced and handed to the attorney, they will no longer have piles and piles of paperwork to do.   They can either have it in electronic form or in print,” she said. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Air India divestment More positives than negatives to a Maharajas selloff

first_imgAUTUMN OF THE PATRIARCH: The government should expedite Air India’s sale by increasing the higher FDI component for foreign buyers who can employ the right professional expertise and marketing know-how to turn around the beleaguered airline.Creative CommonsBad mergers create bad blood – in the skies and on the ground. When the government merged India’s two state-owned airlines in 2007, Air India and domestic carrier Indian Airlines, the combined entity would soon grow into a megalith symbolising all the shortcomings of India’s public sector.In just a generation, competition from the private sector, rising fuel costs as a percentage of operational expenditure, strikes by opposing factions of pilots, freebies and upgrades to politicians and bureaucrats, and huge discounting would move the Maharaja from monopolising air travel to being only India’s third largest airline with a 11.8 percent market share.But the literal bottomline here is: Air India has lost money almost every year since its merger despite the UPA II government infusing Rs 30,000 crore into Air India under a financial restructuring plan (FRP). Total equity infused in the airline thus far is Rs 22,280 crore. Banks currently have an exposure of about Rs 53,980 crore.A diverting fact is that state-owned Air India utilised government bailouts while launching price wars with other airlines as part of its survival requirements, leading to the logical conclusion that the government was helping subsidise monopolistic behaviour.Another FRP by the present BJP dispensation to infuse Rs 42,182 crore as additional equity over 22 years has been delayed as the airline grapples with the problem of handling over Rs 50,000 crore in debt, of which an estimated Rs 23,000 crore is by way of aircraft loan advances. It is a no-win situation exacerbated by the airline’s asset deterioration down the years and its inability to even control its operating losses since 2011.Last year, for the first time in about a decade, Air India managed to post Rs 105 crore in operating profit (net loss after tax in 2016 — Rs 3,836.77 crore) on the back of fresh capital infusion from the government and lower ATF prices. But was the intangible benefits of holding on to a 13 percent market share worth splattering more red ink on a battered balance-sheet? The government didn’t think so. Its decision to divest the national carrier spoke of the triumph of experience over, often unrealistic, hope.Dreams Un-linedThe national career was a symbol of public sector ingenuity and operational inventiveness down the decades till its much- ballyhooed merger with Indian Airlines. Then, the losses started piling up with fresh competition from the private sector on key sectors within India. Even Vijay Mallya’s doomed Kingfisher took valuable market share away from Air India. Middle East carriers like Emirates, Gulf Air and Qatar Airways gained top-of-the-mind recall for expatriate travellers to destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Jeddah and Muscat.For a government long in denial about the dismal picture which Air India presented, the benefits of disinvesting the airline in a single swoop are far more than taking a piecemeal approach as recommended by critics who suggest that it retain 51 percent in the asset-heavy airline. Air India owns prime land in cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, the sale of which, disinvestment supporters expect will vault the airline out of troubled times. But this asset class, going by the airline’s own assessment, would yield only Rs 10,000 crore which is not a scratch on its huge debt burden. Raghavendra NThe Dreamliner aircraft and its entitled pilot crews have remained a thorn in the airline’s flesh to this day. Pilot strikes and mutinies since 2012 and largescale operational mismanagement took the airlines to a new low. The airline incurred operational losses of Rs 5,537 crore in 2012 (or Rs 15 crore every day). Subsequent years were not too different, though going by the government’s claims, Air India was actually paring down its losses fiscal after fiscal.Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha had exuded confidence about the airline’s performance since last year, and earlier this year, asserted that it would show operating profits of Rs 300 crore in 2016-17, and the government had no plans to privatise the airline – till the latter poured cold water over his enthusiasm by announcing that a disinvestment program to sell the airline and recover its losses would soon be underway.The Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) made things stickier when it said that the airline had actually posted operating losses of Rs 321.40 crore in the April-June period of 2015-16, when the government had claimed a profit.But Air India said that its operational performance targets were in line with the turnaround plan. A spokesperson said that “considerable improvement” in on-time performance at 78.2 percent was achieved in 2015-16 as compared to 68.2 percent in 2011-12. The available evidence didn’t justify the airline’s claims.Taking the debt-free roadThe logical answer to Air India’s problems is privatisation — but politicians and bureaucrats, who misuse India’s flag carrier as much as its employees do –, would baulk at such a move. Air India has been surviving on the Rs 30,000-crore bailout package put together by UPA-II in 2012 to help its turnaround, as well as debt relief provided by public sector banks. It is estimated that even a well executed asset sale may not fully cover the airline’s liabilities, and taxpayers cannot escape footing part of the loss — either directly in case the government pays off the airline’s creditors, or indirectly if the public sector banks write off their loans to the airline.The three options on the table could be a full 100 percent selloff, a 74 percent stake sale or retaining a 49 percent share in the airline, as per a tentative note from the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM). Raghavendra NThe decision to form an Air India-specific Alternative Mechanism to take forward the disinvestment plan is timely. But this Mechanism should first shed clarity on how the eventual sale will be executed — whether the airline will be fully privatised or hived off asset-wise to interested bidders like IndiGo, which has expressed interest in buying out the carrier’s international operations and peak hour landing slots in airports like London and New York. These slots if sold should fetch the government at least Rs 3,000 crore.A sale of market slots in airports like Delhi and Mumbai would be attractive to foreign airlines to invest in India, though the government’s stakeholding and quantum of divestment will come under their scrutiny before entering the bidding fray. Experts have suggested that the value of the heritage Air India brand can’t be overlooked either, when even Kingfisher’s hostile lenders valued that brand at Rs 160 crore.If both foreign and prospective domestic buyers like Indigo, are allowed to bid freely for the airline, more value could be realised from a sale. There have been suggestions to add more value to the airline’s assets by hiving off non-core assets with high profit potential into a shell company and demerger and strategic disinvestment of profit-making subsidiaries. This make sense only if the government considers making key changes in its FDI policy to allow foreign investors to buy a more substantial stake in Air India. If it is possible to invest 74 percent FDI in telecom, then why not in aviation?The highly rated Tata-Air Asia Berhad JV which saw Air Asia grabbing a foothold in the huge Indian market, has still not fulfilled its initial promise. Going by the record, almost all airlines that have lost money have only themselves to blame. Their painpoints include inefficient operations, aggressive expansion without consolidation, balance-sheets which are leveraged unduly high, improper route planning and wrong pricing of tickets. These factors have contributed more to the downfall of many an airline meeting its Waterloo in the Indian aviation market, rather than the market itself — which is growing and has many milestones ahead of it. Carriers like IndiGo have excelled in the same market. Stabilising Air India will be an important step ahead for Indian aviation. For a start, in the event of a successful sale, the government and its ministries must start seeing Air India as a revenue source and not a revenue generator.last_img read more