SARU and SOCU have now become a problem to the solution

first_imgThe State Assets Recovery Unit’s (SARU’s) and the Special Organized Crime Unit’s (SOCU’s) ongoing investigation and arrest of a number of politicians primarily from the Opposition, on the face of it, demonstrates that Guyana has found a new determination and dispensation in combating crime against the state. Of course these arrested persons are innocent, until proven guilty by a court of law. These arrested persons, if found guilty, must face the music, according to that old mantra: if you commit the crime, you must be prepared to do the time.That said, a deeper probing into the inner operations of SARU and SOCU has raised some unavoidable questions: How independent are these crime fighting units? Who are these individuals? What are their political grounding and associations? How was the top brass chosen to lead these crime units? Do they have the wherewithal to conduct fair investigations? Are they really neutrally-minded in the most ethnically divided country in the Caribbean?I am sure that some individuals within these crime units are genuine, but I am afraid that I cannot apply the same label to others within these units. They are not saints; they are far from it. They are quick to answer and serve their higher-ups according to their own political bondage. They adhere to a modus operandi that is supported by a silent political purgatory code between themselves and their bosses. This is contrived corruption.If you do not believe me and think that the above questions are innocuous, I ask that you consider a few individuals who are involved in the above crime units: Tacuma Ogunseye and Eric Phillips, among others egged on by macabre, sensational and twisted writings from Freddie Kissoon, David Hinds and Imran Khan. Make no mistake, their faces may be different but their minds are the same. Taken together, these individuals are guided by ‘the hero in the crowd’ syndrome, outrageous logic, and one-dimensional thinking. They represent the extreme side of Afro-centrism and Afrocology, as well as destructive ideologies, fanning the flames of divineness. They have fallen into a profound political trance, sleeping through the gruesome and grotesque policies of this regime. They are totally up and fixated on the previous administration. Sadly, they are stabled by their own viscosity of denial and their dedicated obedience to this regime’s bell jar of authority. They have found a safe sanctuary. There is no cure for this cryptic and trapped behavior, even with the intervention of sound psychological help.The President has always maintained that SARU and SOCU are independent units and that his PNC-led government has no interest in interfering with any investigation associated with these crime units. To proponents of his regime, such a consistent declaration is admirable and pleasing to the ear, complementing neutrality and fairness. To opponents, such a declaration is deemed queasy, representing ridiculous scruples and spewing ominous doubts on these self-styled crime units. The President forgets that his entire campaign was based on forensic investigation of the Opposition, which boded well for his campaign, but to now distance himself from these crime units is risible. Hasn’t the President’s subliminal message already been sent out to the security service, including the SARU and SOCU — to take care of business?Moreover, many within these crime units have a tendency to vote according to, and along, ethnic loyalty. Up front, SARU and SOCU are playing up the President’s expectations.A similar concern is: why is there a time restriction, going back to the year 2000 or thereabouts, on investigating crimes against the state? I do not see the rational for doing this, other than excluding the period when the PNC wreaked havoc in Guyana. If we go back to at least 1978, these events would require investigation: (1) the PNC rigging of elections; (2) the death of Walter Rodney and other activists; (3) victims of kick-down-the door torture, rape and robbery; (4) selling of forested land to foreign companies through corruption and bribery; (5) kickbacks and bribes received by government ministers; (6) slow fire, more fire that destroyed public and private property; (7) the alleged murder committed by an owner of one tabloid newspaper, and so forth.Fast forward to the period from 2015 to 2017, and the carnival of corruption continues: increase of ministerial salaries, handing out of Government scholarships, supporters and advisors of this regime issuing death threats on Facebook, misuse of Government funds, lack of transparency in handing out Government contracts, drug scandal, and the list goes on.Yet, no one has been questioned or arrested. May I ask: are there different strokes for different people in Guyana? Is there a double-standard in how these crime units conduct investigations? May I ask readers if they are familiar with this French expression, carte blanche, meaning when one person or a group is allowed to act in whatever way he or she pleases? There is no limit to power or the practice of checks and balances within the crime units.Shouldn’t there now be an argument for the establishment of an independent commission to investigate SARU and SOCU, since the solution to the problem has become a problem to the solution? ( read more

OGC announces new oil and gas applications in wake of agreement with Blueberry River First Nations

first_imgoccurs on private land;occurs on Crown Agricultural Land Reserves that have been converted to agricultural use. • Occurs for safety and environmental purposes;occurs on existing pads or other areas previously disturbed by industrial activities;occurs in cut blocks less than 20 years old;is required by the proponent of the North Montney Main Line to support the construction of that project; oris supported by agreements between industry and the Blueberry River First.Applications that could result in any new surface disturbance that do not meet those criteria will be referred for additional review.The full industry bulletin can be read here: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission has announced a series of interim measures for oil and gas applications within the traditional territory of the Blueberry River First Nations after the signing of an agreement between the First Nation and the provincial government.Nearly two weeks ago, the Blueberry River First Nations agreed to adjourn a pending treaty infringement trial it had filed in B.C. Supreme Court against the Province. The First Nation claims that the cumulative impact of industrial development on its traditional territory has breached the government’s obligations under Treaty 8. The Province and Blueberry River said in a release they were continuing discussions outside of court to collaboratively address Blueberry River’s concerns about the effects of resource development in their territory, and on their Treaty 8 rights.The new interim measures announced by the OGC today are part of the new Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment Interim Measures Agreement that was signed by the Blueberry River First Nations, the OGC, and the provincial ministries of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.- Advertisement -Among the new measures announced include the prohibition or restriction of new surface disturbances in critical areas, in addition to other areas where development activities will be managed. The three areas are located between Fort St. John and Fort Nelson, and are mainly located east of the Alaska Highway.The three areas where new measures will be implemented by the BC Oil and Gas Commission. Supplied photoAccording to the new measures, which take effect July 16th, the OGC says that Area 2 will have “restricted new surface disturbance”. New surface disturbance may occur provided the disturbance:Advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie speaks to former Tottenham, Wimbledon and Southampton defender Chris Perry ahead of Manchester United’s match against Everton this weekend – a match Chris will be co-commentating on for talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners.Ex-Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy picks out his three to watch this weekend.And it’s a Preview Show debut for Alvaro Romeo, talkSPORT’s new Spanish content editor, who plays Tom vs. The World.last_img

Despite titles, UCLA can’t win on Title IX

first_img“Rather, it’s an effort to look at whether 35 years later, colleges are continuing to add opportunities for women and making progress,” said Dr. Donna Lopiano, the group’s president. “It’s more of an ethics question. … I have great respect for UCLA. I think they’re trying to do the right thing. But the question is: Are they going to add more women’s sports? And will they do it without dropping men’s sports?” Those are the questions college presidents and athletic directors across the country have long wrestled with as they try promote gender equity. Differing views Officially, there are three ways a school can comply with Title IX: If the number of male and female athletes are proportionate to enrollment; if it has a history of expanding opportunities for women; or if it can show that the interests of its female students are fully met. On one side of the debate are the women’s advocacy groups, such as the Women’s Sports Foundation and the National Women’s Law Center. They argue for strict proportionality between an institution’s enrollment – the national average is 55.8 percent female – and its athletic department. On the other side are such groups as the College Sports Council, a coalition of athletes, coaches, parents and fans. They argue that Title IX has hurt men’s sports programs and that strict proportionality is merely a quota system. Meanwhile, the institutions charged with enforcing the law are left standing in the middle. “When Title IX was written, the male undergraduate population was 50 percent and the football lobby was all for proportionality,” Lopiano said. “Now that the percentages have gone the other way, they want to change the rules. … It’s simple, though. If the female population at UCLA is expanding, they’d build new women’s dorms, right? Why not do the same thing for athletics?” Tennis great Billie Jean King, the co-founder of the WSF, said women continue to be “significantly underrepresented” among college athletes even as there are efforts to weaken Title IX. “They’ve created a false perception that men’s sports participation is on the decline,” she said. According to an NCAA report, 326 men’s teams have been added since 1988-89. But during that same period, Division I programs have experienced a net loss of 245 men’s teams. “The Women’s Sports Foundation has a single definition for who gets an A and that’s strict proportionality,” said Jessica Gavora, the College Sports Council’s vice president for policy. “They don’t care how a school gets there. They’ll give an A to a school that eliminates seven men’s programs to get to that number.” Football tips the scales With its numerous scholarships, enormous budgets and no female equivalent, football is the giant that throws most scales out of whack. The effect is most pronounced at the Division I level, where the football budgets and rosters are the largest. Not surprisingly, schools that eliminate football got higher grades on the WSF report. The eight Big West Conference schools, none with football, have a B-plus average. The 12 Southeastern Conference schools, arguably the nation’s most football-centric conference, had a C-plus. UCLA received a low mark because its undergraduate enrollment is 56.9 percent female, while the percentage of female athletes is only 44.8 percent. Long said assessments of equity need to look at facilities, resources, equipment, recruiting budgets, coaches, training rooms, media guides, academic support facilities and locker rooms. In the 10 years the study was conducted, UCLA had 61 more male athletes than females, but two more women’s teams. In 2005-06, according to its annual Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act report, the school gave $3.6 million in athletic scholarships to females (47.4 percent) and more than $3.9 million to males (52.6 percent). “I think the quality of facilities and support services we provide our female athletes is outstanding,” Long said. “And I feel very positive that our men and women have the opportunity to compete for national championships at the same rate.” Lopiano says that’s good, but not good enough and points to her experience as athletic director at the University of Texas, which got a B-plus. “We were top 10 in almost all our women’s sports, but we were out of whack in participation. So we made the commitment to add three women’s teams. And we did it without cutting men’s teams. “There are things they can do, but they haven’t been willing to do it.” Since 1993, UCLA has added women’s soccer, water polo and rowing while cutting men’s gymnastics and swimming. The road ahead The debate over how best to enforce Title IX is argued publicly by well-spoken athletes, lawyers, politicians and advocacy groups, but many of the battles are waged by those holding the calculators. In some areas, the mathematical gap seems to be narrowing. In others, such as high school athletics, it seems to be widening. There is one thing both sides agree upon, though. “Nobody’s interested in changing Title IX,” Gavora said. According to a new poll, 82 percent favor Title IX, 65 percent strongly. Those figures hold up across every political and social demographic. It’s easy to see why. The success of Title IX in leveling the playing field for female athletes has been societal in scope. Before Title IX was passed in 1972, only one out of 27 girls was given the opportunity to participate on a high school athletic team. Today, that figure has improved to one out of every 2.5 girls. The number of men who participated in college sports in 1972 is nearly identical to the number of women playing in 2006. For a law whose intent was to level the playing field for women athletes, there may be no greater measure. (818) 713-3617160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hardly. UCLA got a C from the Women’s Sports Foundation in a report released earlier this month titled “Who’s Playing College Sports?” UCLA is not alone. The five universities with the most NCAA women’s titles – Stanford (36), UCLA (30), LSU (24), North Carolina (23) and Texas (22) – averaged only a C-plus. Thirty-five years to the day since Title IX was enacted, the debate continues over how to enforce the landmark legislation that bars gender bias in athletics and other educational programs. “I don’t panic when I see any of those (grades) because I think they’re limited in what they’re looking at,” said Petrina Long, UCLA’s senior women’s administrator, who is responsible for monitoring the school’s compliance with Title IX. The Women’s Sports Foundation says its report is not intended to be a measure of whether schools are complying with the letter of the law. When UCLA captured its 100th NCAA title – the first school to reach the century mark – it wasn’t the men’s basketball or volleyball teams that cut the ribbon. It was women’s water polo. With UCLA holding 30 national titles in women’s sports, that shouldn’t come as such a surprise. USC has the most men’s national titles at 73; UCLA is second at 70, meaning the race to 100 could have been an L.A. showdown. But the Bruin women beat the USC women 30-11 in the title competition. So does UCLA earn high marks for taking the federal mandate for equality in competitive sports seriously? last_img read more

Lacazette issues bleak assessment of Arsenal’s trophy hopes next season

first_imgThat defeat also saw them fail to qualify for the Champions League after stuttering to fifth in the Premier League.Lacazette, who won the club’s Player of the Season award, knows the Gunners must improve, but insists this will take time.He told FourFourTwo: “A club like Arsenal has to be playing in the Champions League every season. We will start to think about winning the biggest titles in a few seasons, but first we need to make sure we are in the Champions League consistently again.” Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder boost Lacazette was a standout performer during an underwhelming campaign 1 His strike partner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, added: “That has to be the main target of every Arsenal season. You come back to training and that’s what everyone is thinking about.“We’re hungry to hear that song once again. It’s time. We have the quality to do it, so we have to make sure we will do it.“It’s so important to win something. This is a great club, which has a very long history of winning important trophies, so it’s time we won something big again.” deals Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea latest LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update JIBE Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa LATEST getty The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REVEALED Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette admits it may be a few seasons before the Gunners win a major trophy under Unai Emery.The north London club missed out on silverware during Emery’s first season in charge, suffering a 4-1 loss to Chelsea in the Europa League final. TROPHY punished Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions last_img read more

Elmohamady’s strike downs Wolves to send Villa into Carabao Cup quarters

first_img 3 stalemate Strikes from Anwar El Ghazi and Ahmed Elmohamady downed Wolves to send Aston Villa into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.Elmohamady grabbed a second-half winner to clinch a 2-1 victory as the hosts reached the last eight for the first time since 2012. LATEST targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Outmuscled on the pitch and with no established outfield player on the bench, any hopes Wolves had of their first quarter-final in 23 years appeared slim.Yet they levelled out of the blue nine minutes into the second half.Perry was encouraged to cut into the area and Cutrone pounced to divert the ball past Jed Steer from five yards for just his second goal in 17 games.Parity was short-lived, though, as Villa won the tie less than three minutes later. Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ rookie error latest Cutrone levelled for the visitors but it wasn’t enough LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Patrick Cutrone did cancel out El Ghazi’s opener before missing a glorious chance to level for a second time.Villa never looked in serious trouble, though, and they remain in the hunt for a trophy they last won in 1996.It was Wolves’ 21st game of the season and boss Nuno Espirito Santo’s 11 changes suggested the competition was low on his priority list.Teenagers Taylor Perry, Dion Sanderson and Chem Campbell were handed full debuts and, despite Cutrone’s brief leveller, youthful Wolves were rarely a threat. Getty Images – Getty They allowed five-time winners Villa, who made nine changes, to make the early running and Max Kilman made a vital block to thwart Trezeguet after he darted into the box.Villa tried to overpower their visitors, their experience outweighing Wolves’ exuberance.Forward Campbell, at 16 years and 304 days, became Wolves’ second youngest player ever and he dragged wide from the edge of the box but it was a rare foray for the visitors.Villa remained on top and it was no surprise when they took the lead after 28 minutes.It was well crafted from the hosts, who pulled Wolves across the box before Henri Lansbury slipped in El Ghazi and his low effort squirmed under John Ruddy’s outstretched hand. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Getty Images – Getty statement Getty Images – Getty Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Elmohamady struck to send Villa into the next round of the Carabao Cup Villa have reached the last eight for the first time since 2012 3 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future 3 PEP TALK on target appointed Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule update Lansbury was fouled and he aimed a low free-kick to the near post where Elmohamady got ahead of Bruno Jordao to turn in.A routine game had woken up and Cutrone should have made it 2-2 after 59 minutes when he seized on Neil Taylor’s loose pass to run clean through, only for Steer to save his low effort.El Ghazi twice went close to a third, seeing a header saved and a shot deflect wide, before Lansbury could have wrapped victory up with 10 minutes left.Trezeguet’s cross found the unmarked midfielder but he planted a horribly miscued header wide from six yards.last_img read more

Mourinho insists he’s not a Man United ‘villain’, comments on Eriksen’s future

first_img Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff LATEST Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ statement appointed LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS update Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship on target Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta stalemate rookie error Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… Mourinho has claimed three wins from three since taking charge of Spurs latest PEP TALK targets AFP or licensors On regrets from Man United“None, I won and I learned.”On Man United’s struggles under Solskjaer“It is not for me to analyse United now. I analyse them as an opponent, how they play. How can we beat them? How can they beat us? For me that is the important thing.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including the Manchester derby this Saturday at 17:30 Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule 1 Millwall vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 19:45) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Burnley (Saturday 15:00) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Manchester United (Saturday, 17:30) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Swansea (Sunday, 12:00) – talkSPORT 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LIVE on talkSPORT Mourinho has won all three matches since taking charge of Tottenham, and one of the key players of his short reign so far has been Dele Alli.The England midfielder has struggled throughout the past year, but he’s chipped in with three goals and an assist since Jose took charge and the Portuguese has high hopes for his new midfielder.“I think [Alli] can do anything he wants” Mourinho added. “He has the talent, the right age, experience playing at the highest level. He has everything, it’s just a question of motivation every day.”Mourinho also discussed other topics during his press conference, and you can read the best bits below…On Heung-min Son being named Asian Player of the Year“I’m in love with that guy. Fantastic player, fantastic boy.”On Man United vs Spurs being a big game“I think so, and it will always be. We are two big clubs and one of the reasons I came here is because of the Levy vision and ambition.“Tottenham wants to be bigger than it already is and United is one of the biggest clubs in the world.”On Christian Eriksen’s future“I am not going to discuss these individual things. I am speaking with Mr Levy about it and speak with all the players about it.“We try to understand every detail, but it’s not something I am going to discuss with you. They are great professionals, big relationship with Tottenham.” Jose Mourinho insists any negative response he receives upon his return to Manchester United is nothing to do with being a ‘villain’ to the club.Mourinho takes his Tottenham side to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, almost exactly a year after being sacked by the Red Devils and with his successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, under real pressure. Solskjaer expects the Portuguese to get a positive reception when he appears in the dugout, as a former manager of the club who won trophies during his tenure, but Mourinho believes it may be a bit more frosty given his aim on Wednesday is to beat the Red Devils.“I’m not a villain, I’m not an enemy,” said Mourinho, “I’m the coach that is trying to win at Manchester United. Solskjaer is the guy that is going to try and win the game for United so of course they’re going to support him and not support me.“I feel good, I like to play big matches, I like to play against the best teams and go back to a place where I was happy.“I have a great relationship with the Manchester United supporters. I went back as a pundit and I was humbled by such a beautiful reception.“Tomorrow I go back as the coach of the team that will try and beat Manchester United.“I understand that what they want is the exact opposite of what I want. Of course during the match I expect them to forget me.”last_img read more

Young, Donnelly Congratulate Hoosier Students as Delegates of US Senate Youth Program

first_imgWednesday, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) congratulated Matthew Foresy of Granger, Ind. and Connor Meyer of Munster, Ind. for being recognized as delegates of the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) during the 56thannual USSYP Washington Week.While in Washington D.C., Matthew and Connor joined other high schoolers from across the country to participate in week-long activities involving learning about the role and function of all branches of government. The two Hoosier students, who were selected by the Indiana Department of Education, will also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for their undergraduate studies to further their interests in public service. Matthew Forsey of Granger, a senior at Penn High School and serves as the executive council leader of the Student Government. He is the president and founder of the Progressive Democrats Club, the president of the school’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance, and the representative to his district’s school board. Additionally, Matthew is the president and founder of NextGeneration PAC, has spent the summer as a page in the U.S. Senate, and attended the ACLU Summer Institute. He’s been a contributing author for the Huffington Post for a year, and he served as a field and communications intern for Lynn Coleman’s campaign for Congress.   Senator Donnelly said, “Congratulations to Matthew Forsey of Granger and Connor Meyer of Munster for being selected to this year’s Senate Youth Program for their leadership and commitment to their communities. We are grateful to have these two young Hoosiers recognized both for their outstanding academic achievements and their interest in pursuing careers in public service.”  “The United States Senate Youth Program offers valuable opportunities to students interested in public service across the country,” said Senator Young. “Indiana’s own Matthew and Connor demonstrate the hard work, selfless service, and leadership abilities needed in the next generation. I’m proud of these two dedicated and hard-working Hoosier students.” Connor Meyer of Munster, Ind. is a senior at Munster High School and serves as a member of the Student Government. He is the president of the Civics Club and captain of the Debate team. He placed top 30 in nation in debate in 2017. Conner is a DECA state champion and a member of Munster’s 2016 We the People team, which placed fifth in the Indiana State finals. He has been a field director and recruiter for an Indiana State legislative campaign, and looks forward to a career in public service.last_img read more

US airlines say goodbye to the iconic Boeing 747

first_imgA United Boeing 747-400. Photo: United Airlines The last US airlines operating the passenger version of the Boeing 747 are in the process of saying goodbye to the  “Queen of the Skies” with United Airlines’ last flight scheduled for November 7.Delta Air Lines and United are moving to retire the iconic US-made jumbo jet after almost four decades in service.United’s farewell 747 flight will be from San Francisco to Honolulu  and its  last international 747 flight will head to Seoul, Korea, from San Francisco on October 29.Delta will retire its fleet by the end of 2017 to replace them with Airbus A350s made by Boeing rival Airbus. Delta will take delivery of five A350s in 2017 with more coming in 2018.Delta customers and employees have started their farewells to the big plane after the aircraft operated its final Tokyo-Narita to Honolulu flight and made a rare appearance on two domestic legs earlier this month.United’s final flight will recreate the airline’s first 747 flight in 1970 with a seventies-inspire menu, retro uniforms and inflight entertainment “befitting of that first flight”. It will be named “Friend Ship” after the first United aircraft.Seats on the flight went on sale through September 18 but will not include those on the upper deck, giving all passengers the opportunity to enjoy a space once used for spacious bars and lounges.  However, customers in first and business class will go into a draw to occupy a select number of upper-deck seats.United will begin the final journey at 9am San Francisco time with a gate celebration featuring speeches, a Boeing 747 gallery and remarks from United employees and executives.The flight is due to depart at 11am and arrive in Honolulu 2.45pm local time to more farewell celebrations.The 747 OPENED UP AIR TRAVEL FOR MILLIONSThe 747 was the first widebody to sell 1500 units and was instrumental in making air travel more affordable for millions of travellers by allowing airlines to fly more people for less cost.But giving life to the plane that changed the world was a challenge that brought Boeing, the world’s biggest aerospace company, the then-biggest engine maker Pratt and Whitney and the legendary Pan American World Airways to their knees.Boeing was immersed in an attempt to build an ill-fated supersonic transport, dubbed the Boeing 2707, and the 747 was considered an interim solution that might carry passengers for five to 10 years until supersonic transports took over.It was the combined dream of Pan Am founder Bill Trippe and Boeing chief Bill Allen that brought the plane to fruition.Read about Joe Sutter, the father of the 747.Boeing announced plans to build a 490-seat plane in April, 1966, at a new plant in Everett, Washington.The first Boeing 747-100, City of Everett, rolled out of the plant on September 30, 1968, and made its first flight the following February.The first Boeing 747-100, the City of Everett. Photo; Clemens Vasters. Pan Am operated the first commercial flight from New York to London on January 21, 1970, and Continental Airlines put it on domestic routes in June that year.United received its first 747-100 on June 26 and made the first San Francisco-Honolulu commercial flight on July 23.In 1985, United announced plans to acquire Pan Am’s Pacific routes as well as 11 Boeing 747SP planes. The 747SPs, regarded as sports cars of the range, were shorter and could  fly higher, faster, and farther than standard 747 models.In January, 1988  Friendship One, a Boeing 747SP owned by United Airlines, set the around-the-world air speed record of 36 hours, 54 minutes, and 15 seconds in a children’s charity flight. Passengers on the flight included astronaut Neil Armstrong, famed test pilots Bob Hoover and Lieutenant General Laurence C. Craigie, and Moya Lear, the widow of Lear Jet founder Bill Lear, as guests.United  received its first longer-range B747-400 in June, 1989.The big jet has also been used by NASA as a carrier vehicle for the space shuttle and as a platform for an infrared telescope.The first of two specially modified B747-200Bs was delivered in August, 1990, to take over the role of Air Force One from the Boeing 707.Boeing has continued to produce a new, more fuel-efficient iteration of the 747, the 747-8, in both passenger and freighter versions.But it last year hinted it may end production if it failed to receive more orders for the program.Boeing 747-8 Everett production lineA Boeing 747-8 on the production line in Everett in 2016. Photo: Steve Creedy.last_img read more

Lodging Marketplaces Must Collect Wisconsin Tax

first_imgLodging marketplaces that provide a platform for short-term rentals must register with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for a license to collect sales and use taxes. This applies to taxes imposed by the state on short-term rentals and also to local room taxes.In addition to applying for the license, a lodging marketplace doing business in Wisconsin has to:register for a seller’s permit;contact each Wisconsin municipality where it makes short-term rentals to see if additional registration is required;collect state sales and use taxes from the occupant and forward them to the department;collect local room taxes from the occupant and forward them to the municipality; andnotify the short-term rental owner that the taxes have been collected and forwarded.The department’s notice is available at for Tax Professionals, Wisconsin Department of Revenue, November 3, 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more