Héctor Herrera recreates Riquelme and lights Argentina

first_imgHéctor Herrera He wanted to recreate one of the best known goals and celebrations of Riquelme with Boca Juniors. The midfielder of the Atlético de Madrid He has published this Saturday a video dressed in Boca’s shirt in which he takes a foul. The ball touches his wife’s head and the Mexican puts his hands to his ears, a celebration he once did Riquelme sending a message to Macri. The midfielder is at home waiting to pass the coronavirus test together with the rest of the Red and White squad. The Athletic Training would begin, according to the club’s forecasts, on Friday the 8th or Monday the 11th, once the results are known.Herrera came free to Atlético de Madrid in July 2019 after defending the shirt of the Port in 245 games over six seasons. At Cholo’s orders he has disputed 1,185 minutes spread over 22 games in which he has scored a goal and given an assist.last_img read more

Putting Africa in Your Home

first_imgIf we ask the question, “Is Africa in your home?” you might respond, “Come on, Shabuta. My home, itself, is in Liberia, West Africa!.” And you would be correct, but are you willing to undergo the “background check?” Invite us to your home and we’ll check to see if we can find Africa anywhere there.Let’s see what we might encounter: We enter your yard and see a nice rectangular house sitting there. And as we enter the house, we find heavy curtains or draperies flowing from ceiling to floor covering the windows. The generator is turned on so the “decorator” lamps can give us some light and we are invited to sit on a fat, overstuffed sofa. Beautifully framed photographs of the family grace the walls and a huge mirror is over the mantel – imported from America. Tables and chairs modeled after old European styles complete the décor. We now ask, “Where is Africa in your home?”Before your anger rises we’ve got to quickly admit that most of our Liberian homes do not fit the above description. And we’re proud to say we’ve visited some homes here in Liberia where the answer would be a resounding, “Yes! Africa is everywhere in my home!” Take, for example, the humble palava hut. Some people have designed beautiful palava huts for their yards. The very roundness is symbolic of African family togetherness. Inside the circle, energy flows unbroken. It’s one of the reasons conflicts are successfully resolved there. As soon as you enter the compound and see the palava hut, you relax your way into the African ambiance.Inside the home is where our local artists’ works can make your home “shine” – become a stunning show piece or just a comforting space for your spirit. Our traditional furniture makers include some formidable artists producing works of skill and beauty.We can have original art pieces as furnishings in our home while preserving our art heritage. We’ll also be supporting our cultural artists and making a cultural artistic statement.An excellent way to have “Africa in Your Home” is to dedicate some of that wall space and table-top space to Liberian artists’ works – as many of us do.                    Even your loved ones could benefit from a holiday or special gift that puts African in their homes!Do your own “background check”. Make sure you have Africa in your home, office, and business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man apprehended after shooting Berbice resident

first_img…confessed to carrying out several robberiesThirty-six-year-old Ganesh Jagdeo, of High Reef Albion, Corentyne, Berbice, is now a patient at the New Amsterdam Hospital after being brutally attacked, robbed of three cellphones and other items, and shot by bandits.Guyana Times understands that Jagdeo and a relative were sitting under their house when the suspects, armed with a gun and cutlasses, pounced on them, demanding valuables. Jagdeo resisted his attackers, and the man with the gun discharged four rounds in his direction, causing Jagdeo to sustain injuries to his right hand and right side ribs. The bandits then relieved their victims of the stated booty before making good their escape.The Police were called, and, acting on information, swooped down on a location at Topoo in Albion, where a 22-year-old suspect was arrested. He was found to be in possession of a black shirt used to hide his face during the commission of the robbery.He later led ranks to an area where a .32 revolver along with live rounds, two bicycles and a cutlass were found; and has since confessed to the crime and given the identities of his accomplices to the Police.Investigators reveal that the man has also confessed to carrying out other robberies recently committed in the area.Stringent efforts by the ranks have since led to the arrest of a salesman at Ankerville, Port Mourant, who had reportedly accepted some of the stolen goods.The Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Crime drops in Pico Rivera

first_imgThere were 56 fewer reports of violent crimes last year. Aggravated assaults declined by 19.6 percent, from 224 in 2005 to 180 last year. There also were 10 fewer rapes in 2006 than in 2005. None of the rapes were of the type in which an assailant targets a victim at random, Rothans said. Of the 10 homicides in 2006, seven were believed to be gang-related, Rothans said. All occurred between January and August, before extra anti-gang patrols were in place. Overall, Part 1 crimes – violent crimes plus property crimes – fell 7 percent in `06 from a year earlier, he said. Council members last April approved an additional $600,000 for the local sheriff’s station, allowing Rothans to hire the new two-deputy team, along with a third deputy assigned to nuisance abatement. That deputy responds to graffiti, loud parties and other quality- of-life issues. PICO RIVERA – Violent crime decreased 22 percent in 2006 from a year earlier, with murders declining by 33 percent, from 15 in 2005 to 10 last year, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official said. “It’s the work of the team,” Capt. Michael Rothans, head of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station, told City Council members Tuesday night. He was referring to last year’s hiring of two additional deputies that serve in a new anti-gang unit. Officials said deputies assigned to gang enforcement units made about 300 arrests from May and December. “By them taking that many people to jail, violent crime fell,” Rothans said. The city’s public safety director, Steve Gutierrez, said, “it worked. … The City Council recognized that it was important to increase public safety and they brought in additional resources,” he said. Some of the money also was used to label deputies’ patrol cars with the city’s name. Mayor Pete Ramirez said that has helped residents feel like deputies are working for them. “We needed more pride in the community with the sheriffs,” he said. “You have to have the trust of the public, and now that has grown by leaps and bounds.” Crimes involving stolen or damaged property, including robberies, burglaries, vehicle burglaries, arsons and others, declined by 4.7 percent compared to 2005, Pico Rivera Station statistics show. The only category that rose in 2006 was auto thefts, which increased by just 1 percent. “We had five more cars stolen. … But when you talk about where are we now, I think we’re in a very good place,” Rothans said. Residents can take steps to protect themselves from auto thefts, which rose from 498 reports in 2005 to 503 in 2006, Rothans said. “People go outside in the morning and start their car, then return to their house to get something,” said Rothans. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Germany need big changes, says Loew after World Cup crash

first_img0Shares0000Germany head coach Joachim Loew shoulders the blame and says radical changes are needed after Germany’s World Cup debacle. © AFP / Daniel ROLANDFRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany, Jun 28 – Germany’s coach Joachim Loew Thursday acknowledged that far-reaching changes were needed after the Mannschaft’s shock exit from the World Cup, adding that he needs some time to consider his future with the team.“The Mannschaft did not demonstrate what it can usually do,” he said at Frankfurt airport as the humiliated team arrived home after finishing at the bottom of the table in the group stages. “As coach, I bear the responsibility and must of course ask myself why we didn’t succeed. That will require a bit of time, and we will hold talks about it,” he added.But the coach stressed that “with the elimination, with the deep disappointment that we have experienced, we now need to think about which are the correct measures to take”.“We need far-reaching measures, we need clear changes. We’ll need to talk about how we’ll do that,” he added.After 12 golden years in charge crowned by the 2014 World Cup win in Brazil, Loew is under fire as a dismayed Germany question if he has placed his faith in too many former stars past their prime.The daiy Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said only Loew’s departure could give Germany the “new start” it needed.German Football Association chief Reinhard Grindel said the sports management would put forward their analysis of the disastrous World Cup campaign to federation chiefs in the coming week.“Then I would also expect the coach to comment about his future,” said Grindel.The DFB extended Loew’s contract as Germany head coach until 2022 just before the World Cup kicked off, and Grindel had previously stated his job was safe regardless of how Germany perform at the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgWEDNESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will meet, 5:30 p.m. at Black Angus restaurant, 44690 Valley Central Way, Lancaster, with an optional movie to follow. Call (661) 267-2586 by Tuesday. Emotional Freedom Technique for pain relief weekly demonstrations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends) at Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. Sweet Talkers Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Wilsona School District boardroom, 18050 E. Ave. 0, Lake Los Angeles. Call (661) 944-1216 or 944-1130. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 will serve specialty meals, or hamburger baskets, 5:30-8 p.m. at the post, 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Proceeds will benefit community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Kids Managing Anger Together for ages 13-17 will meet, 4:30-6 p.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite. B-1, Palmdale. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Women’s Group will deal with the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of relationship, infertility and other issues, noon-1:30 p.m. Call (661) 266-8700. Fobi-Lyte Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month to address the medical, nutritional and social ramifications of weight-loss surgery in fourth-floor Conference Room 16 at Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center, 44105 15th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 723-5123. Caregivers Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center, 44421 10th St. W., Suite I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-4852. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Eye Opener Toastmasters Club will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call Al Moore at (661) 726-3627. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente. Call Alan Strech at (661) 940-4640. Scrapbookers Club will meet, 5-7 p.m. at Peldyns, 27021 Twenty Mule Team Road, Boron. Free tools for use. Bring book and photos. Call (760) 608-1422. Antelope Valley Intertribal Council meeting, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 435-0423. AIDS-related death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Sudden-death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Dual Recovery Anonymous, an informal 12-step group for mental health consumers with a history of substance abuse, will meet, 3 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call (661) 947-1595. Antelope Valley Interfaith Choir will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. For adults and mature teenagers. Call Kathe Walters at (661) 285-8306. Hi-Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Don’s Restaurant, Victorville. Call (760) 240-4705. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 2 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Desert Noon Lions Club meets, noon-1 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the California Pantry, 120 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call Barbara at (661) 947-4079. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Free. For information and location, call (661) 538-1846. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose meeting room on the second floor at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. The organization is a 12-step, self-help group. Call (661) 943-5466. Little Angels, a support group for families with young children with Down syndrome, meets, 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, 43210 Gingham Ave., Lancaster. Call Cyndee Moore at (661) 945-6761 or e-mail cyndeem@nlacrc.com. Al-Anon discussion group will meet, 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale; Alateen at 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale, and a women’s discussion group at 7:30 p.m. at 32142 Crown Valley Road, Acton. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. A Course in Miracles discussion, 7-9 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 10 a.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Bridge Club for seniors will meet, noon-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Beginner and intermediate players welcome. Call (661) 267-5551. Blood pressure testing for seniors, 10-11:15 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Knitting and crocheting for seniors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 704 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Bring your own supplies. Call (661) 267-5551. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale Children’s Youth Library, 38510 Sierra Highway. Call Kathy at (661) 265-1839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Room 2 at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 256-7064. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Women’s Eating Disorder Group will meet, 6-7:30 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. Bingo for seniors, 12:15-2:15 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Cost: 25 cents per card. Call (661) 267-5551. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Center, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 949-7423. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org. THURSDAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m. at Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. at Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MAN CHARGED WITH ORANGE HALL ARSON ATTACK

first_imgEamonn McGill arriving in court. Pic copyright of Northwest News Pix.A MAN has appeared in court in Letterkenny today charged with two counts of criminal damage after an attack on an Orange Hall in Convoy last year.Eamonn McGill, from Macmeenstown, Convoy, faced charges of criminal damage causing €245,000 worth of damage to Convoy Orange Hall last October. He was also charged with causing €800 worth of damage to a church on the same day.He was arrested in Letterkenny this morning.The court heard he had replied ‘not true’ to each of the charges when they were put to him earlier today.Judge Paul Kelly refused bail.The 31-year-old accused was remanded in custody to appear again at Letterkenny court this Thursday.A second man has already been charged in connection with the arson attack.MAN CHARGED WITH ORANGE HALL ARSON ATTACK was last modified: May 25th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arsonchargedEamonn McGillOrange Halllast_img read more

Bell set for Bellator 220

first_imgHumboldt County’s own Cass Bell will enter the octagon for the third time as a professional on Saturday when he takes on Peter Ishiguro during the preliminary card event of Bellator 220 at San Jose’s SAP Center. Bell, seen training against fellow Institute of Combat fighter Tyson Miller in the photo above, has a professional record of 2-0-0 with wins over Ty Costa and Khai Wu. His opponent tonight, Ishiguro, is 1-0-0 with a win over over Matt Hampton. The two will fight at the catchweight …last_img

Teen Magazine Solicits Advice from First Father

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Banking on the President’s penchant for unusual outlets as part of his “under the radar” and “unusual” campaign media strategy- from local radio hosts to the President’s recent and historic Reddit AMA – the teen magazine has taken its campaign to Twitter with the hashtag #obama4grownman.“I just decided to start a Twitter campaign to ask Obama to do Ask a Grown Man with no expectations beyond that it would be fun for me and our staff and that it would be funny and that it might get us five new Twitter followers,” said Rookie editorial director Anaheed Alani in an interview with the Guardian about the Twitter campaign.Twitter campaigns, believe it or not, have a higher than expected success rate. Just two weeks ago, Twitter personality and Community superfan @rare_basement appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson after repeatedly tweeting at him. “Honestly, I didn’t think this would work” said rare_basement on-air to an exasperated Ferguson. (Rare_basement happened to be in the neighborhood, as she was hanging out with the cast on the Communityset – a feat also set up through Twitter.)But it did work, and chances are, Rookie’s #obama4grownman will work too. Its founder and editor-in-chief, after all, is the sixteen-year-old Tavi Gevinson, the child prodigy of our digital age. Gevinson’s original blog Style Rookie – started when she was 11 –  propelled her to Internet fame and caught the eye of top designers who courted her with front row seats at various Fashion Weeks by the time she was 14.  Rookie Magazine was founded in 2011, and has left many a seasoned journalist in awe. It’s not hard to believe that Malia, Obama’s oldest daughter at 14, probably reads the site and would think her dad cool for doing Ask a Grown Man. #justsaying.  A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Blogging#Digital Lifestyle#Government#New Media#twitter#web “Dear @BarackObama: Our homework’s done, our rooms are clean, we did our chores. How about you do something for us now? #obama4grownman” tweets Rookie Magazine, the year old online teen publication Friday.Rookie Magazine, which has attracted a readership of all ages and genders, is best known for its “Ask a Grown Man” YouTube series featuring celebrities fielding questions from teen girls on everything from relationship, fashion and school advice. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification fruzsina eordogh Related Posts last_img read more

Samruddhi corridor: Maharashtra CM, others to reach out to Uddhav Thackeray

first_imgMumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and some cabinet ministers will negotiate with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in an attempt to tone down his opposition to the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway. Senior officials, part of the high power committee appointed to monitor the progress of the project, said on Friday that the negotiations will be headed by finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. “The Sena has been consistently opposing the project, earlier on the issue of farm compensation and now demanding to know why the highway must lead to Nagpur and not any other city. The committee discussed these issues at length and the government has decided to initiate informal discussions with Mr. Thackeray,” a senior official and member of the committee said. The expressway project, called Samruddhi Corridor, is estimated to cost ₹46,000 crore, of which the Asian Development Bank is expected to provide ₹13,750 crore. Close to ₹24,000 crore is needed for civil construction, while the rest is to be spent on land acquisition, development of nodes, contingencies and financial charges and utility shifting. Mr. Thackeray had announced his party will only support the project if the farmers gave up their land voluntarily and “not by force”. “We are in power but will not support the project if it hurts the interest of the farmers,” Mr. Thackeray had said last year. The Sena had, however, changed its tone earlier this year following the first round of informal talks with the government. Mr. Thackeray later said his party would talk to the farmers and convince them of the benefits of the project as the government has not been able to communicate the benefits the projects. Members said the government has already formed a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the project to construct the expressway. Formed under the Companies Act, 1956, the SPV is to be a subsidiary of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which is executing the project for the government.last_img read more