Trump takes ‘The Beast’ for a lap around Daytona

first_imgUS President Donald Trump took “The Beast” — his heavily armored Cadillac limousine — for a lumbering lap of honor around the Daytona racetrack on Sunday in front of tens of thousands of cheering fans.Trump, who is gearing up for a re-election battle in November, was the ceremonial starter of the NASCAR Daytona 500 race, issuing the traditional order, “Gentlemen, start your engines!”The president’s motorcade then led the field of 40 race cars on a parade lap of the revered course — a first for a US president, according to NASCAR officials. Trump thanked the “tens of thousands of patriots” gathered at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, describing the race as “pure American glory.””No matter who wins,” he told the crowd, “what matters most is God, family and country.””Rubber will burn, fans will scream and the great American race will begin,” he said in remarks met with chants of “USA, USA!”Travelling from his Mar-a-Lago weekend resort, Trump arrived at the racetrack on Air Force One, accompanied by his wife Melania, son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner.The plane did a low flyover of the track, which has a capacity of about 100,000 spectators. Some fans in the crowd held up signs supporting Trump and chanted, “Four more years!”Florida is a key state in the election, and Trump has already been campaigning hard to persuade voters to return him to office in the November vote.”The Beast” is the popular name for the US president’s specially-designed car. The current model is reported to weigh about 10 tons and have bomb-proof windows five inches (13 centimeters) thick.Topics :last_img read more

East La Penitence house goes up in flames

first_img…4 homelessA family of four was forced to make alternative living arrangements after a fire of unknown origin destroyed their Morocot, East La Penitence, Georgetown home. Among the four persons are two minors and two pensioners.The fire reportedly started in one of the bedrooms of the Lot 31 “A” Morocot Square two-storey house at around 13:30h on Friday.Reports are the owner of the house, 69-year-old Kennette Herbert, a security officer, was asleep at the time of the fire while his two grandchildren, ages 12 and eight, were left playing in the house.The burnt houseThe fire was detected by a neighbour who was passing at the time. The woman recalled that as she walked through the yard, she saw thick black smoke billowing from one of the rooms and quickly raised an alarm.In doing so, she called out to the child to inform their grandfather but did not realise that the elderly man was asleep. The elderly man told media operatives that after his grandchildren woke him, he realised one of the bedrooms was on fire.Without hesitation, he attempted to extinguish the blaze but it rapidly spread, and as such, he had to retreat. He frantically looked for his two grandchildren and could not find them but soon after realised they were in the yard, he exited that building.He along with his two grandchildren stood in anguish as the house went up in flames.The fire service was summoned but by the time firemen arrived, the house was consumed by fire leaving no chance for family members to save any household items or even personal belongings.Soon after, the wife of the elderly man arrived at the scene but upon realising that her house was destroyed, she fainted and had to be consoled by neighbours. After some time, she told media operatives that this is the second tragedy for the family in two years.Only two years ago, one of the elderly couple’s sons was shot and killed. Meanwhile, it unclear how the fire started but an investigation launched by the fire officials.last_img read more