Honduras Will Finance the Purchase of Super Tucanos with the New Security Tax

first_imgBy Dialogo July 11, 2011 He gave as another example the need to purchase at least one ten-foot coast guard launch that can maneuver and overtake speedboats, at a cost of between ten and twelve million dollars, while a “piranha,” another kind of boat, which is faster and has up to four motors, in addition to the necessary technological equipment, is much more expensive. The Honduran government is expected to finance the purchase of its new Super Tucano planes, as well as other kinds of equipment for the fight against drug trafficking, through its security tax. The head of the Armed Forces affirmed that a “Technical Committee,” made up of members of the executive branch, the National Convergence Forum (Fonac), and representatives from the Honduran Private Enterprise Council (Cohep), as well as a representative of the Defense Ministry responsible for security, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), will be in charge of administering the funds obtained. “It’s necessary that we have that equipment, because for more than thirty years now, the Armed Forces haven’t had equipment, and everything has deteriorated now,” he noted. This was confirmed on a Honduran radio program in early July by the head of the Joint General Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces, Gen. René Osorio Canales, who indicated that the Central American country’s aerial hardware has not been renewed for approximately three decades. center_img Aside from the Brazilian-made aircraft, the extensive plan to renew the Honduran military’s equipment also includes ships and helicopters, among other items of military hardware. According to General Osorio, a fleet of at least four Super Tucano planes is expected to be acquired for the fight against drug-trafficking activities, the same planes that countries such as the Dominican Republic already “have on order.” Speaking to Radio HRN, Osorio Canales affirmed that the Army has a series of needs, such as the equipment required for the objective of responding positively to the population in the security and defense area. For Osorio Canales, it is also urgent to purchase bulletproof vests, infrared equipment for conducting operations at night, and uniforms, among other items, taking into consideration that “resources are minimal” and have been “optimized as much as possible.”last_img read more

Black Satellites performance at the AYC will motivate us- Fred Crentsil

first_imgThe chairman of Ghana U17 team Fred Crentsil believes the performance of the Black Satellites at the just ended African youth tournament will motivate his side as they prepare for the African Junior Championship in Morocco.The Black Satellites won silver after losing 5-4 on penalties to Egypt in the final after 1-1 draw after extra-time.The Black Starlets are currently in Italy on a training tour to fine tune preparations.Crentsil, who doubles as the vice president of the Ghana Football Association, says the Under 20 teams silver-winning feat will not put pressure on his side.“I don’t think it put pressure on any of us rather it’s going to motivate us to ensure we get to the finals and at least succeed to bring the cup home,” Crentsil told Joy Sports.“We have missed out on two tournaments and this is the time that we going in there to ensure we bring back the trophy. “We have won it before and I believe with the support and prayers of Ghanaians we can go places.”Ghana will face West African neighbours, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Congo in Group B.last_img read more

Anaheim leaders propose 1-year extension to Angels’ stadium lease to give time for negotiations

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESAnaheim officials seek appraisal of Angel Stadium land in case team departsAngels opting out of Anaheim stadium lease, opening the door for a possible moveHere’s how big the Angels’ new scoreboards are (and other Angel Stadium improvements)Speaking to reporters in 2017, Moreno said it would be unrealistic for the team to leave Angel Stadium before 2029Photos: Angel Stadium at 50: How does it measure up among baseball’s 30 stadiums? Mayor Harry Sidhu, who took office in December, said in a statement Thursday that he met with Angels owner Arte Moreno last week.“From that meeting, it is clear the team’s priority is to stay in Anaheim, if we can work out a deal that benefits our residents, the city and the team. We need a plan to make that happen, and we need time to make that happen,” Sidhu said.Moreno, in his first public remarks on the issue in some time, said in a statement: “After meeting with Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu, we realized a one-year extension will give us adequate time to work collaboratively on a long-term relationship.” The team would rescind its decision to opt out of the lease.While neither side has commented in recent months on specifics of what they hope a new lease might include, city spokesman Mike Lyster said, “We’re going to look at everything from rehabbing the stadium all the way to building a new stadium.”But it’s unlikely that refurbishing or rebuilding the fourth-oldest venue in Major League Baseball would be financed by taxpayers. Instead, observers say a deal signed in November with Honda Center management is a likely guidepost for the direction Angels talks could take. Anaheim’s new mayor and City Council are starting a fresh round of negotiations with Angels baseball, hoping to reach an agreement before the team’s lease for the city-owned stadium expires.A proposal the City Council is expected to consider Tuesday, Jan. 15, would extend the Angel Stadium lease through the end of 2020 so the two sides have time to hash out a new deal.After more than 50 years playing in the stadium that bears their name, the Angels in October exercised an opt-out clause; the team would otherwise have been locked into the lease for another decade. Since 2013, negotiations between the city and Angels management have broken down several times, with the last official meeting in 2016.PreviousThe Big A in the parking lot of Angel Stadium in Anaheim. (Register file photo)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani prepares to warm up before their game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (File photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Big A at Angel Stadium of Anaheim sits on the east side of the parking lot next to the 57 Freeway. The giant A, complete with light-up halo, was the Angel’s scoreboard when the stadium opened in 1966. The $1 million, 230 feet tall scoreboard was the largest built at the time. The Big A was moved to it’s present location in 1980. (File photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Big A in the parking lot of Angel Stadium in Anaheim. (Register file photo)NextShow Caption1 of 3The Big A in the parking lot of Angel Stadium in Anaheim. (Register file photo)ExpandPast talks have revolved around development rights to 150 acres of parking lots around the stadium and how to pay for the estimated $130 million to $150 million in maintenance and upgrades the stadium will need over the next 20 years. Under that deal, Anaheim Arena Management by Henry Samueli will buy city-owned parking lots around the arena at their appraised value of $10.1 million and will be able to develop them. Other key points included making profit-sharing with the city kick in sooner and having arena officials take over management of the ARTIC transit station. The deal also keeps the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center for at least 25 years.“As you look around the country, the model for stadiums now is kind of these mixed-use developments, public-private partnerships where you kind of leverage stadiums as part of these larger developments,” Lyster said.The stadium property is already zoned and permitted for more than 5,000 residential units and 3.1 million square feet each of office and commercial uses.Disagreement over development rights around Angel Stadium helped blow up negotiations in 2014.The previous year, the City Council approved some discussion starting points – a final deal could have looked different – that included allowing Angels owner Arte Moreno’s company to lease and develop stadium parking lots for 66 years, potentially for as little as $1 a year.Other talking points were whether to give the Angels full control of the team name (meaning it could drop “Anaheim”), to raise the threshold at which the city gets a share of stadium ticket sales, and nixing the city’s annual $600,000 stadium maintenance obligation. The recent Ducks agreement keeps the city at the front of the name.The suggested $1 a year drew fire from some, with then-mayor Tom Tait calling the proposal “outrageous” and bashing it as a “flawed deal” in an op-ed.In 2014, the Angels briefly talked with Tustin and reportedly reached out to Irvine about relocating, but neither city offered to fund a new stadium, a considerable expense that a consultant in 2014 pegged in the hundreds of millions.This week, new councilmen Jordan Brandman and Trevor O’Neil said the Honda Center agreement would be a good starting point for Angels talks, with Brandman adding, “I think we can get a lot more than Tom Tait got out of the Ducks deal.”A 2014 independent appraisal valued the land around Angel Stadium at about $225 million if the team were to stay and $325 million if the whole property were available to develop. The city is getting a new appraisal done.The Angels create little direct revenue for city coffers. The team keeps parking fees until they hit $6 million, the city collects $2 per home game ticket after 2.6 million tickets are sold, and Anaheim is obligated to chip in for stadium maintenance.Since 2009, Angels ticket, parking and other revenue to the city has ranged from about $1 million to $2 million a year. But because the city makes an annual maintenance payment and owes debt on a 1988 expansion project, Anaheim spent more on the stadium than it took in four of the last eight years, according to city figures.But a 2013 city report calculated having the team in Anaheim generates more than $120 million a year in economic benefits.And while its dollar value is elusive, Angels fan loyalty is not to be underestimated. Councilman Stephen Faessel and former Councilwoman Kris Murray both have said when they last campaigned – Murray in 2014 and Faessel in 2016 – they frequently heard from residents who worried the team would leave.“‘Steve, keep the Angels baseball,’” Faessel said people told him. “‘They’re important to Anaheim.’” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more