‘It’s difficult knowing the lengths some people went to topple me’ – Enda Bonner

first_imgOusted Fianna Fail county councillor Enda Bonner has vowed to return to local politics after being ousted at his party’s convention to contest the upcoming local elections on Friday night last.The well-known accountant lost out by two votes to local woman Noreen McGarvey at the Fianna Fail convention in the Burtonport Community Centre.Speaking in the wake of the defeat, the sitting county councillor and former Senator said he is disappointed but vowed to get back on the Fianna Fail ticket. “My initial shock and disappointment is being replaced more and more by the comfort and knowledge that so many people have expressed their support for me.“It is, without doubt, a difficult time for me, knowing the efforts some people went to in order to topple me at convention but I am extremely hopeful that I will be shortly added to the ticket,” he said.He revealed that he is to submit an appeal to be added to the party’s ticket and this will be lodged on Monday morning.He added “I have spoken to senior party figures over the weekend and I am optimistic that I will shortly be confirmed as a candidate.” He thanked all those who have sent him messages of support saying they have lifted his spirits immeasurably and given him great heart.“I am far from finished my friends,” he concluded.‘It’s difficult knowing the lengths some people went to topple me’ – Enda Bonner was last modified: March 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:county councildonegalelectionEnda Bonnerlast_img read more

President Trump signs largest wilderness protection bill in a decade

first_imgCapping a rare bi-partisan effort in Congress, President Trump on Tuesday signed into law the largest wilderness preservation bill in a decade, a measure that includes new protections for California’s Mojave desert.The new law, which passed the U.S. Senate last month by a vote of 92-8, designates 1.3 million acres of federal land in California, Oregon, Utah and New Mexico as wilderness, the highest level of protection, in which logging, oil drilling, mining and road-building are banned.Among …last_img read more

St. Louis says it’s done feeling the ‘hand pass’ blues

first_img“It’s not going to change anyway,” said Tarasenko, who scored in … ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues have officially moved on from the Game 3 controversy.“Seriously, it’s over,” said coach Craig Berube on Thursday morning.Added defenseman Jay Bouwmeester: “It’s done — no use looking back.”Vladimir Tarasenko had a fresh take on Erik Karlsson’s goal at 5:23 of the extra session that gave the Sharks a 5-4 win and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference championship series.last_img read more

Two-wheelers segment gets scooter boost

first_imgWhen Bajaj Auto decided to ring down the curtains on its iconic ‘Hamara Bajaj’ scooters and shift focus to motorcycles, everyone thought that the era of scooters had ended.Not so, though. The good old reliable scooters are making a comeback, this time with new looks and sporting the latest engine technologies.India’s scooter sales grew by around 49 per cent year-on-year ( YoY) to 15.17 lakh units during April-December 2010, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers ( SIAM).In December, scooter sales grew by 47.65 per cent to 188,391 units, led by Honda Motors and Scooters India Ltd ( HMSI), which sold 76,307 units. Even TVS Motor’s scooter sales were up 92.73 per cent, while Hero Honda’s sales zoomed 2.25 times in December. Companies attribute the emergence of smaller middle class families and the rising number of working women as the chief reasons for the increase in scooter sales. While these small but sturdy machines appeal to college going girls, males who aspire to build up a figure different from the brats look to scooters.”The huge growth in the scooter segment is being fuelled by several socio-economic factors, including the rising number of working women,” Anil Dua, senior VP (marketing), Hero Honda, said.Women, who comprise 10-12 per cent of the two-wheeler user-base, mostly prefer scooters. And the demand is so high that the most popular scooter brands like Honda’s Aviator, Dio, Activa and TVS’s Scooty Pep have waiting periods.”The demand is massive. Even when the company has doubled its production, the gap continues. Things will be much easier with our second plant coming up in Rajasthan next year. But till then we are trying to cope up with this massive demand,” said N.K. Rattan, head of marketing & sales, HMSI.The increasing demand for scooters is seeing companies like Honda and Yamaha betting big on this segment. Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) and Suzuki Motorcycles are also eyeing this segment. And the re-entry of Piaggio into India has reaffirmed that scooters are here to stay.Piaggio, the makers of the iconic Vespa brand of scooters, is re-entering the Indian market with a 125cc gearless scooter, which will be launched by the end of the year or early 2012. The firm has already set up a factory at Baramati, Maharashtra with a production capacity of 150,000 units per annum.Japanese two-wheeler major Yamaha Motor Company also has similar plans of introducing scooters in the Indian market.Incidentally, Yamaha Motor Company, which is the world’s largest gearless scooter maker, has started feasibility studies for introducing its scooters in India. To get a feel of the market response, Yamaha has introduced three scooters – the 50cc Neo, 115cc Fino and 135cc Spark – across select dealers in India.”We are studying the market to enter the scooter segment, but we have not finalised the product line yet. However, one thing is sure that we will launch scooters in India,” India Yamaha Motor national business head Pankaj Dubey said.”We are evaluating whether a model from our existing global scooter portfolio will be launched here or a completely new product will be developed for the Indian market,” he said. Even Suzuki Motorcycles is looking to launch more models in the country to meet the demand.advertisementlast_img read more