Pvt jet carrying Naidu, Rudy aborts take off

first_imgNew Delhi, May 30 (PTI) A private jet carrying Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Rajiv Pratap Rudy today aborted take off from Delhi airport at the last moment due to a glitch.The eight-seater Hawker 800XP chartered aircraft was taxiing for take off when a “warning” was triggered, forcing the pilot to abort the flight seconds before being air borne.Naidu was on his way to Jaipur to file his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha polls. However, there was no harm to any of the persons on board the aircraft.”Both Naidu and Rudy are safe. They were delayed by about two hours and took another jet for Jaipur,” BJP sources said.Naidu, who is Parliamentary Affairs Minister, and Rudy who holds the charge of Skill Development Ministry and is also a former Civil Aviation Minister, were later flown to Jaipur in another private plane for filing his Rajya Sabha nomination papers from Rajasthan.The 17-year-old aircraft of a Delhi-based private operator has been grounded after the incident, sources said.The Aviation regulator DGCA said it would look into the matter.”We have been informed of the incident and will look into it,” DGCA sources said.Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was waiting for Naidu at Jaipur airport to accompany the Union minister for filing the papers.BJP has nominated Naidu as one of the the partys candidates for Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan, where the party enjoys a majority.Tomorrow is the last date for filing of nominations for the elections to Rajya Sabha, polling for which will be held on June 11. PTI SKC IAS GSNadvertisementlast_img read more

Pyxis Tankers Pushes OneThird of Debt Repayment to 2022

first_imgzoom Greece-based Pyxis Tankers has reached a preliminary agreement with one its lenders to extend the maturity of the loans related to two of the company’s vessels.Under the agreement, the company will extend USD 25 million of its outstanding debt, which amounts to USD 68.4 million, for an additional four years until September 2022.“Once this amendment is in place, the first scheduled balloon payment with respect to our bank debt will be due in the second quarter of 2020, which enhances our financial flexibility,” Valentios Valentis, Pyxis Tankers’ Chairman and CEO, said.The announcement comes on the back of the company’s financial results for the first quarter of this year which show that Pyxis Tankers recorded a net loss of USD 1.7 million, compared to a profit of USD 1.1 million seen in the same period a year earlier.The decrease in net income was primarily due to a USD 2.9 million decrease in time charter equivalent (TCE) revenues from USD 7.6 million in 1Q 2016 to USD 4.7 million in 1Q 2017.During the quarter, daily TCE rate stood at USD 9,810, significantly lower from USD 14,339 in 1Q 2016.“Our results for the first quarter of 2017 reflected a continuation of a challenging chartering environment. Spot and period charter rates were volatile during the quarter but improved slightly overall, especially for modern eco-efficient tankers. However, we expect chartering activity to continue to be choppy for most of 2017, but believe in a longer term improvement starting in late 2017 due to attractive market fundamentals,”  Valentis commented.“Consequently, we intend to continue to maintain our mixed chartering strategy. As of May 15, 2017, we had two vessels on time charter and the balance of our fleet on spot charters, which positions us to take advantage of improving rates when they occur,” Valentis further said.According to Valentis, the company will continue to focus on acquisition opportunities as part of its strategic plan.As of May 15, 2017, Pyxis Tankers’ fleet comprised six vessels.last_img read more

BEST PLACES TO EAT IN WILMINGTON Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards Announced

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wicked Local recently revealed its 2019 Readers Choice Awards for Wilmington.  Below are the winners and honorable mentions for restaurants.Do you agree with the winners?  Any notable snubs?  Let us know in the comments below or on Wilmington Apple’s Facebook page.Restaurant For Breakfast/Brunch#1 Choice: As Good As It GetsHonorable Mention: Country Chef RestaurantHonorable Mention: Sunny Side CafeRestaurant For Lunch#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: As Good As It GetsHonorable Mention: Panera BreadHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernRestaurant For Dinner#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernFine Dining Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantItalian Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: Rocco Restaurant & BarHonorable Mention: LaRosa’sPizza Restaurant#1 Choice: EJ’s Frozen Fresh PizzaHonorable Mention: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Wilmington House of PizzaThai Restaurant#1 Choice: Jasmine Cuisine#1 Choice: Mango II, TewksburyMexican Restaurant#1 Choice: On The Border, BurlingtonFamily Friendly Restaurant#1 Choice: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: TremezzoHonorable Mention: As Good As It GetsSeafood Restaurant#1 Choice: Michael’s PlaceHonorable Mention: Rocco’s RestaurantHonorable Mention: Seafood ExpressChinese Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveHonorable Mention: Jasmine CuisineSushi Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerBakery#1 Choice: Josie’s BakeryHonorable Mention: Market BasketCoffee Shop#1 Choice: Heav’nly Donuts#1 Choice: StarbucksHonorable Mention: Dunkin’ DonutsIce Cream Shop#1 Choice: Mac’s Dairy Farm, TewksburyButcher Shop#1 Choice: Elia’s Country Store#1 Choice: Lucci’s SupermarketDeli#1 Choice: Elia’s Country StoreHonorable Mention: Lucci’s SupermarketHonorable Mention: Uptown DeliFish Market#1 Choice: Seafood ExpressBar#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveHonorable Mention: Rocco’s RestaurantCaterer#1 Choice: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Lucci’s SupermarketHonorable Mention: Tremezzo (Mama Linda’s Catering)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBEST PLACES TO SHOP IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”Wicked Local Announces Wilmington’s 2016 Readers Choice Award WinnersIn “Business”BEST SERVICE PROVIDERS IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”last_img read more

Survivor recounts how he got new life

first_imgUS Bangla plane crash survivor Keshav Pandey. Photo: Kathmandu PostA survivor of Bangladeshi airline US Bangla plane crash said that he has got a new life. Neapli national Keshav Pandey, said that he thinks he is fortunate to be alive.Keshav, who is travel agency operator, spoke to local newspaper Kathmandu Post from a hospital in Nepal.At least 51 people were killed when a Kathmandu US Bangla airliner crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Monday. Some of the survivors are still in critical condition.The aircraft was carrying 67 passengers – 32 from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives.Keshav is receiving treatment at the Medicity Hospital Nakhu, Lalitpur. He told the local newspaper that he came to Bangladesh along with 11 travel agency operators and two representatives of US-Bangla aircraft to participate in the Customer Success Summit on 9 March.He told the newspaper that they were supposed to return to home after the programme at Cox’s Bazar but they decided to stay one more dayHe told the newspaper that the flight took off on time on Monday. He said that they sat on the front seats.  He said that when the plane entered Kathmandu Valley the aircraft was supposed to take the route of Koteshwor while landing but it took another route and missed the airport.“We thought the pilot was following the instruction from air-traffic control tower,” Keshav said.He said that the pilot was flying the plane above the hills of Budhanilkantha and Bouddha areas while making the turn to the airport. The plane was flying close to houses and trees.“That left all the passengers panic-stricken,” he said.Keshav said that this is the time they felt that their lives were at risk.“When the pilot turned the plane and approached the airport out of nowhere we thought we will survive,” he said.He said that the passengers became hopeful two minutes before the landing.“Shortly after, the plane touched down violently with a bang sound. That’s what I remember. Then after all I can recollect is how I was struggling to save myself. A stream of petrol was oozing out and the plane was emitting smoke. I was trying to come out of the crashed aircraft but couldn’t due to my leg injuries. In the meantime, Nepal Army personnel saw me crawling out of the plane”, Keshav recalled.He said that he was rescued and taken to the Sinamangal-based Kathmandu Medical College.“My family members later took me to the Medicity Hospital for treatment,” he added.He said that he is sad that he lost many friends.“I have got a new life by losing many friends,” he said.last_img read more