BJP MLA held for Ahmednagar murders

first_imgPune: The Ahmednagar police on Monday arrested Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Shivaji Kardile in connection with the murders of Shiv Sena leaders Sanjay Kotkar and Vasant Thube on Saturday.However, Mr. Kardile, MLA from Ahmednagar’s Rahuri constituency, denied his arrest and said he “voluntarily gave himself up” at the Bhingar police station this morning.A press note issued by the Ahmednagar police on Sunday had declared that the BJP MLA, along with 53 others connected to the crime and vandalism at the Ahmednagar Superintendent of Police’s office, was absconding.On Sunday, the police booked Mr. Kardile, along with NCP MLC Arun Jagtap (Sangram Jagtap’s father) and 30 others for allegedly hatching a conspiracy and executing the killings. ‘Allegations false’The BJP MLA refuted all allegations against him. “The police are investigating the crime and the culprits will be brought to justice. I have no relation with it. Since Saturday, the opposition [read Shiv Sena] is besmirching some members of my family and me by linking our names with the murders. Seeing this, I voluntary decided to appear before the police and cooperate with the probe,” Mr. Kardile told a local television channel.The second high-profile arrest in the case comes a day after Mr. Kardile’s son-in-law, National Congress Party (NCP) legislator Sangram Jagtap, and four others were taken into police custody in connection with the murders.Mr. Jagtap was taken into police custody in the wee hours of Sunday. Congress candidate Vishal Kotkar, who won the Kedgaon bypoll to the Ahmednagar civic body; his father Balasaheb Kotkar; Sandeep Gunjal and Bhanudas Kotkar were also booked for their alleged roles in the double murder.Soon after Mr. Jagtap was arrested, Mr. Kardile, along with a mob of over 200 persons allegedly vandalised the office of the Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar. However, Mr. Kardile denied allegations, stating that events had been “misinterpreted”. “After Sangram [Jagtap] was arrested, a mob had gathered at the SP’s office. I was returning from a function and decided to stop en route and pacify the mob. I urged the crowd to show restraint,” he said, adding he was ready to face any inquiry. The aftermath of the Kedgaon bypoll coupled with years of political rivalry are said to be the broad reasons for the murders of the two Sena leaders, who were first shot at and then attacked with sharp weapons.The murders have led to the suspension of police inspector Abhay Parmar of Ahmednagar’s Kotwali police station Minister of State for Home, Deepak Kesarkar. He has been replaced by PI Ramesh Ratnaparkhi.Mr. Parmar’s suspension was prompted by Shiv Sena’s allegations about the allegedly controversial role of the police authorities in Kedgaon in the crime.All three families — the Kardiles, the Jagtaps and the Kotkars — are related to each other by marriage and virtually dominate Ahmednagar politics, especially at the taluka and civic body levels.Both Mr. Kardile and Congress leader Bhanudas Kotkar have a history of crime, their names figuring prominently in the murder of lottery-ticket businessman Ashok Lande in 2008. The incident has snowballed into a political slug-fest, with the Sena and the NCP trading charges.On Sunday, senior Shiv Sena leader and Minister Ramdas Kadam, alleged that the murders were “a premeditated conspiracy by the BJP, Congress and NCP”. Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar, retaliated by accusing the Sena of attempting to tarnish his party’s reputation by fabricating charges.last_img read more

Can the BMW 1-Series M Performance Edition stand out in the luxury hatchback segment?

first_imgBMW 1-Series M PerformanceTaking competition in the luxury hatchback segment to a new level, BMW India has recently launched a limited performance edition of its 1-series vehicle. Changes made are in terms of external graphics and a few interior elements to help the vehicle gather more eyeballs. The 116i M Performance Edition is priced at Rs. 22.65 lakhs, which could possibly help the company differentiate itself from the other two luxury car giants. External changesExterior modifications comprise of black front grille, stylish rear spoiler with fins, sportier alloy wheels and M Performance lettering. The car is available in two non metallic paintworks, namely Crimson Red and Alpine White. Apart from these, it is also present in the following six metallic paintworks- Glacier Silver, Midnight Blue, Mineral Grey, Black Sapphire, Deep Sea Blue and Valencia Orange. Internal changesSide skirtings and sporty red accents are visible across the insides of the M Performance editions. In addition, leather wrapping with red stitching for steering wheel, red highlights for the speedometer and an electric glass roof will also be offered as part of standard features. EnginesOn the mechanical front, no changes have been made to the standard 1-Series. It still comes with a 1.6 litre petrol engine and a 2.0 litre diesel engine, delivering maximum power of 136 bhp and 143 bhp, respectively.Competition in the sub-25 lakh range is suddenly heating up in the Indian market. Many upwardly mobile Indians have taken a strong liking to vehicles such as the A-Class, 1-Series and the upcoming A3. It remains to be seen how well the new M Performance edition can stand out against the others in this segment. In terms of pricing, 116i M Performance Edition sis priced at Rs. 22.65 lakhs. The 118d M Performance Edition is available for Rs. 25.60 lakhs and 118d Sport M Performance Edition for Rs. 28.55 lakhs. Top variant 118d Sport Plus M Performance Edition can be purchased for Rs. 32.50 lakhs.advertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-ISL-ATK 2LAST

first_imgAfter reportedly failing to clinch a deal with 2010 World After reportedly failing to clinch a deal with 2010 World Cup golden ball winner Diego Forlan, the team retained Postiga and it would be a payback time for the ATK marquee player. In Postigas absence, the Scottish-born Canadian Hume stepped up brilliantly to become second highest scorer last season with 11 goals as they duo can form a potent striking force. Chennaiyin FC, on the other hand, is a model of consistency as head coach Marco Materazzi will be returning for a third consecutive season. Materazzis charismatic personality and shrewd tactics have turned Chennaiyin into a cohesive well-oiled machine as they have never failed to make the last-four. They had their pre-season training in Italy where they won three consecutive matches. Marquee signing John Arne Riise will add to an already tight defensive unit that ended last season as the leagues meanest defence. He along with Bernard Mendy at centre-back will surely pose a towering presence for ATK but it remains to be seen how they fare without their two golden boot winners Elano Blumer (2014) and Steven Mendoza (2015). But they have new additions like Succi, Maurizio Peluso and Dudu Omagbemi, who netted a hat-trick for FC Goa last season, while top Indian forward Jeje Lalpekhula will add value to the side. PTI TAP SSC SSClast_img read more

Would be too optimistic to call ourselves dominant force: Gopi

first_imgBy Amit Kumar DasOdense, Oct 23 (PTI) Indian badminton has been on the ascendancy for quite some time now but a pragmatic chief national coach Pullela Gopichand believes that there is still a long way to go before the country can be termed as dominant force in the sport.In recent past, PV Sindhu have won silver medals at the Olympic Games and World Championship along with multiple Super Series victories.Saina Nehwal has made a successful comeback from injury with a World Chmpionship bronze medal while Kidambi Srikanth has now won three Super series titles in one season.”I think we are being too optimistic,” was Gopichands instant reply when PTI asked if India have now become world beaters in shuttle sport.”We as a system are not ready for that sort of a thing (moniker). Unfortunately, there are not many people, who understand world level sport and it is too early to say that. There is immense potential but the system, I think a lot still needs to be done,” Gopichand said during an exclusive interview.The coach is happy with the progress though during a year where Indian shuttlers have won six Super Series title. Apart from Srikanths hat-trick, Sindhu has won two titles and B Sai Praneeth won one. “Overall it has been a good positive year. We had some very good performances at World Championship, Super series. In all the big events, we have performed well and I think it is a stepping stone for the next 2-3 years, leading upto the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, Olympic qualification and then the Tokyo Games,” Gopichand observed.advertisementA hectic year lies ahead for India as a host of big- ticket events, including Commonwealth Games, Asian games and World Championship lined up.Asked how he plans to make the players peak at right tournament next year, Gopichand said: “We will have the periodization and planning for next year but it is going to be a challenge because there are too many important tournaments too close (to each other).”There is All England and Commonwealth Games which are close to each other. Similarly, World Championship and Asian Games are close and then there are tons of other tournaments which decide the rankings, so it will be a challenge. It will be a difficult year but hopefully we will manage,” the coach looked determined.Asked if All England Championship is losing its relevance, Gopichand, who won the title in 2001, said: “It is a changing world. All England has the history and lot of older people take it as the World Championship and Olympics kind of a thing. But todays day Olympics and World Championship have taken their place.”He agreed that with advent of Super Series Premier and the kind of money associated, situation is bound to change. “We are having premier super series and now next year we will have grand slams and lot more tournaments have more prize money and some of them has same ranking points as the All England. Lot of people will think All England as the first among equals but things are changing.”Saina has recently returned to Hyderabad to train under him after being under the guidance of Vimal Kumar in Bangalore for three years. Former World No. 1 Saina has recovered from a career- threatening knee injury to win a bronze at World Championship in August.Asked what would it take for Saina to regain her world no 1 ranking, Gopichand said: “There are lots of areas where she needs to work on. She has a lot of drive and eagarness and I am optimistic that God willing, we will be able to achieve it.” PTI ATK KHS KHSlast_img read more

Sturridge, Moreno To Leave Liverpool This Offseason

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool says striker Daniel Sturridge and left back Alberto Moreno will leave the newly crowned European champions this offseason when their contracts expire.It will mark the end of a 6½-year stint at Anfield for Sturridge, who scored 67 goals in 160 appearances. He played a key role in the 2013-14 season, when Liverpool nearly won the Premier League, but has found first-team opportunities harder to come by since Jürgen Klopp took over as manager in October 2015.#LFC thank @DanielSturridge and @lfc18alberto for their outstanding contributions to the club ?Everyone wishes Daniel and Alberto all the very best for their futures. They will always be a part of the #LFC Family ❤️https://t.co/OH5oeNw4rR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 4, 2019Klopp said Sturridge “has earned the right to be considered a modern-day Liverpool great” and called him “one of the best finishers I have ever seen in my life.”Moreno has been at Liverpool since joining from Sevilla in August 2014, playing 141 games. He has fallen behind Andrew Robertson in the pecking order during the last two seasons.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

As hurricane season nears, small businesses should prepare

NEW YORK — With the start of the Atlantic hurricane season approaching next month, small business owners can expect to hear admonishments from government agencies about getting prepared.Disaster prep is something many owners intend to get to, but it gets pushed down the to-do list by more immediate concerns about customers, employees, finances and suppliers. But owners should think now at least about basic disaster planning, including how to protect their employees, computer data and premises.Meteorologists at Colorado State University issued their first forecast for the season in April, predicting 13 named storms — tropical storms or hurricanes with sustained wind speeds of 39 mph or higher. Five hurricanes are predicted. That compares with the 15 named storms and eight hurricanes in 2018, including Hurricanes Florence and Michael that caused billions of dollars in damage. An average season has 12 named storms and six hurricanes; the hurricane season officially ends Nov. 30.The National Hurricane Center has not issued its forecast yet, but last week it did warn about a tropical system that was expected to bring heavy rains to the eastern Florida coast.Although some preparation can’t be done until the last minute, owners can sign up now with data storage and backup services, update their contact lists for employees, customers and suppliers and check in with insurance brokers to be sure their companies are adequately covered. If they’ve been meaning to buy generators in case the power goes out, this is the time to do it — when a storm is on the way, generators quickly disappear from stores.Owners who want to shelter employees on their premises if necessary should stock up on water and food that doesn’t need refrigeration, flashlights, bedding and battery-operated radios and cellphone chargers.Evacuation planning is harder to do in advance because of the unpredictability of a storm’s path. As Hurricane Irma approached southeastern Florida in 2017, some residents who evacuated to Tampa in expectation the western coast of the state would be spared had to hurriedly move further north when the storm’s course changed. But once owners know where their staffers will be sheltered, they should have a complete list of locations.Businesses in inland places rarely hit by hurricanes should do at least basic planning. As Irma moved north, it hit cities like Atlanta, hundreds of miles away from the ocean.Disaster planning can be highly detailed, and owners may not realize they’re forgetting important aspects of protecting their companies. A number of online disaster prep resources are available from federal and state government agencies, and some include checklists that will help owners decide what they need to do.The sites include:— www.preparemybusiness.org , sponsored by the Small Business Administration— www.ready.gov/business , operated by the Department of Homeland Security— www.score.org/resource/hurricane-preparedness-checklist , operated by SCORE, the organization that provides free counselling for small businesses— www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/15238 , operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

Notice of application of larvicide for mosquito control on the property of

From June 15 to Sept. 30, 2011, Brock University will conduct a larviciding program under the authority of the Medical Officer of Health, Regional Municipality of Niagara, to control larval mosquitoes in order to prevent their development into vectors of West Nile virus.The larvicide Methoprene (ingot formulation, PCP No. 27694), under the federal Pest Control Products Act, will be applied by direct hand application into catch basins at Brock University-owned and leased properties within the Region of Niagara.The biological larvicide B.t.i. (granular formulation, PCP No. 26863) may be placed by direct hand application into selected bodies of surface water such as ditches and ponds, depending on the results of testing for the presence of mosquito larvae. Signs will be posted at surface water locations where B.t.i. is applied. All larvicides will be applied by Ministry of the Environment licenced applicators.For details on the exact locations and dates of treatments, please contact Brock University at 905-688-5550 x3717. Collect calls will be accepted. read more

UN peacekeeping patrols seize weapons in eastern DR of Congo

About 500 peacekeepers from four companies, comprising troops from the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, South African, Moroccan and Nepalese contingents, carried out Operation Djugu VI yesterday near the town of Zumbe in Zumbe district. No contact occurred between the forces of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) and militiamen, but weapons and ammunition were discovered and seized, it said.Zumbe is the suspected headquarters of the Nationalist Integrationist Front (FNI) militia, dominated by ethnic Lendu fighters.Djugu is one of the five administrative territories of the Ituri district. Since last December it has been the scene of looting and extortion against civilians as clashes between Lendu and Hema militias over land worsened, forcing some 80,000 civilians to flee their homes.According to a MONUC report last year, departing Belgian colonists, who had leased land from Lendu traditional chiefs in Ituri, left it during political upheavals in 1973 in the care of Hema managers. The managers began illegally and secretly to register the land in their own names, especially when a Hema, Zbo Kalogi, became Minister of Agriculture, the report said. read more

Agrium Q3 profit falls below expectations on special items stock drops

Agrium Q3 profit falls below expectations on special items, stock drops CALGARY – Agrium Inc. reported weaker third-quarter results on Wednesday and warned there’s more softness to come during the fourth quarter, sending its stock down about nine per cent.However, the CEO of the fertilizer giant said the factors that dragged on its bottom line — a severe U.S. drought, longer-than-expected downtime at a Saskatchewan potash mine and global demand uncertainty — are short-term in nature and 2013 is looking to be a strong year.“It’s unfortunate that our potash turnaround had the impact and that the drought had the impact that it did, but there’s nothing basically fundamental that’s going to get in the way of a great 2013,” Agrium CEO Mike Wilson said in an interview.But Agrium’s largest shareholder, Jana Partners, said the “surprise disappointment” underscores the New York hedge fund’s push for major changes, including the spinoff of the company’s retail segment and improved capital management.Agrium (TSX:AGU), which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said net income fell to $129 million, or 80 cents per share, from $293 million, or $1.85 per share, in the same period last year.The quarter included expenses related to environmental liabilities and share-based payments resulting from an appreciation in the company’s share price.Excluding unusual items, the Calgary-based company’s income was $215 million, or $1.34 per share. That was still well below a consensus analyst estimate of $1.76 per share compiled by Thomson Reuters.Sales revenue for the quarter came in at $2.96 billion, down six per cent from $3.17 billion year-over-year.Agrium shares dropped $10.14 or 9.5 per cent to C$96.26 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The shares haven’t been below $100 since Sept. 12.Markets were broadly negative on Wednesday, which likely exacerbated Agrium’s drop.Agrium shut down its Vanscoy potash mine in Saskatchewan for eight weeks related to an expansion at the site, but the planned turnaround lasted a few weeks longer than expected, adding to costs and cutting output. Uncertainty around contract negotiations with Indian and Chinese potash customers also cast a pall on that part of the business.One of the most severe droughts in U.S. history this summer also decreased how much farmers spend on products such as fungicide.Agrium expects to post earnings per share of between $1.50 to $1.90 during the fourth quarter, which would be slightly lower than a year ago. The company projects it will see lower international potash demand for the time-being and to feel the impacts of an early snowfall across Western Canada.But by early 2013, farmers will need to buy fertilizer, seeds and other products again in full-force, negotiations with Chinese and Indian customers should be settled and operations at Vanscoy will be back to normal, it said.Agrium Inc. has been fending off activist investor Jana Partners, which believes its proposals for a restructuring of the company’s operations could add as much as $50 to Agrium’s share price.“While the earnings weakness is disappointing — particularly in light of recent management comments promoting near term performance — the bigger disappointment is Agrium’s continued refusal to even engage with shareholders in a real discussion about value maximization,” said Jana founder Barry Rosenstein in an emailed statement.“This is only one quarter, but today’s results evidence the long-term operational, structural and governance deficiencies that have caused Agrium to underperform peers over the long term.”Among other things, Jana wants Agrium to split off its retail business — through which it sells fertilizer and other products to farmers — from its wholesale business that produces nutrients such as potash, nitrogen and phosphate.Agrium has argued a split would expose shareholders to too much risk, while Jana has accused Agrium of playing down the true value of its retail segment in order to bolster its argument.“Most notably, this quarter’s performance, and today’s share price reaction, highlight that Agrium’s strong retail business remains subject to the cyclicality of its commodity-driven wholesale business, despite the absence of any quantifiable benefits to shareholders from this combination,” said Rosenstein.Wilson said he had a “cordial” phone conversation with his counterparts at Jana about three weeks ago, but it doesn’t appear much progress was made.“It’s not that we’re not willing to consider their ideas,” said Wilson.“It’s that we think their analysis is flawed, and their analysis of spinning off retail would create significant risk and ultimately destroy value and the majority of our shareholders agree with that position. So yes, we’ve had discussions with them and unfortunately we agree to disagree.”Jana has said Agrium’s stock could get a boost of $15 to $20 per share by eliminating what it describes as a “conglomerate discount,” $10 per share by improving capital allocation and a further $20 if Agrium reduces costs in its retail arm and cuts corporate overhead.Jana has praised Agrium’s recent moves to buy back shares and boost its dividend.Agrium is not the only big Calgary company to come under pressure from a New York hedge fund in the past year.Pershing Square Capital Management waged a months-long battle and eventually replaced the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP). by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2012 3:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Time running out to stop rising CO2 levels as average hits new

In April, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported.“This threshold is of symbolic and scientific significance and reinforces evidence that the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are responsible for the continuing increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gases warming our planet,” the WMO continued.CO2 levels first reached 400 ppm in April 2012, but this is the first time the monthly average passed the threshold. The agency predicts the global annual average CO2 concentration will cross this threshold in 2015 or 2016.“Time is running out,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in the statement.“This should serve as yet another wake-up call about the constantly rising levels of greenhouse gases which are driving climate change. If we are to preserve our planet for future generations, we need urgent action to curb new emissions of these heat-trapping gases.”The UN is leading the effort towards an international, legally binding climate agreement by the end of next year. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening a climate summit on 23 September with leaders from Governments, businesses and civil society to raise the level of ambition, catalyze action on the ground and increase political momentum towards such an agreement.The overall goal of these efforts is to limit the average temperature increase to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported in April that to keep global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius, means lowering global greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 70 per cent compared with 2010 by mid-century, and to near-zero by the end of this century. read more

UK CV manufacturing remains stable in May as exports drive output

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing remained stable in May 2018, falling just -0.6%, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 6,875 vans, trucks, buses and coaches were built in Britain last month, the result of a boost in overseas demand.Production for export rose 11.6% in the month to 4,879 units. However, this was not enough to offset a decline in home production, which fell -21.9%, with fewer than three in 10 CVs built for UK customers.Year-to-date volumes remain down, falling -8.4% compared with 2017, and driven by declines in both domestic and overseas markets. However, exports continue to drive output, making up nearly 70% of production in the first five months.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,May’s CV manufacturing figures once again highlight the importance of exports to our industry. The EU remains our biggest customer, and securing the right conditions for future trade is vital for the sector. This means retaining the benefits of the single market and membership of the customs union. Anything less would undermime the future success of commercial vehicle manufacturing in the UK.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK commercial vehicle manufacturing holds steady in May, declining -0.6%.Overseas demand drives production, up 11.6%, while home demand falls -21.9%.Year-to-date production remains down -8.4% with 33,384 CVs produced so far this year. read more

Missing RAF servicemans mother convinced of thirdparty involvement amid Facebook plea for

first_imgPolice are searching for three potential witnesses who may have seen a missing RAF gunner on the night he disappeared, as they say it is possible he went off with someone.Senior aircraftman Corrie McKeague, of II Sqn RAF Regiment, has not been seen for more than a fortnight after he vanished following a Friday night drinking session with comrades in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.Detectives say they have now identified three young people seen on CCTV at the time who they want to speak to. Corrie McKeague was last seen in the early hours of September 24Credit:SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY Brown suede Timberland boots Corrie McKeague is thought to have been wearingCredit:Suffolk Police/PA SAC McKeague is described as white, 5ft 10in and of medium build, with short light brown hair. A pink Ralph Lauren shirt that Corrie McKeague was believed to have been wearing when he disappeared A pink Ralph Lauren shirt that Corrie McKeague was believed to have been wearing when he disappearedCredit:Suffolk Police/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.center_img Police and detectives have said the 23-year-old is believed to have set off to walk to his base at RAF Honington nine miles away and they fear he may have had an accident on the way.However his mother, Nicola Urquhart, of Dunfermline, has said she is convinced others are involved.Ms Urquart, herself a police family liaison officer, said: “Police are confident Corrie is not still in Bury and has not left on foot. “This includes the possibility that Corrie may have attempted to walk home but not been captured on CCTV, that he has willingly gone with someone else or that something else may have happened.“At this stage there is no evidence of criminality and nothing to indicate any third party involvement, however this continues to be subject to the ongoing investigation and nothing can be ruled out at this time.” Brown suede Timberland boots Corrie McKeague is thought to have been wearing “This can only mean there is third party involvement, there is just no evidence so far to prove criminality.Suffolk police said: “Police are continuing to keep an open mind as to what has happened to Corrie, and continue to investigate all possibilities. Corrie McKeague was last seen in the early hours of September 24last_img read more

Inslee tags county for tax breaks investment

first_imgSeven Clark County communities were dubbed “Opportunity Zones” by the governor’s office Friday, positioning them for more investment — although it is unclear when.Parts of Vancouver, Hazel Dell and Washougal were named among 139 underserved” census tracts in Washington that can now house projects with special tax breaks for developers.The hope is that investors who might have shied away in the past might now see the communities as better places to build affordable housing, expand businesses and create jobs.“I think it’s a huge win,” said Mike Bomar, president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council.Three zones cover Vancouver’s core from The Waterfront Vancouver to Clark College, while a fourth zone spans the neighborhoods of Bagley Downs, Meadow Homes, Northcrest and Harney Heights.Zones outside of Vancouver include Hazel Dell between 78th and 99th streets; and two zones covering almost the entire southern half of Washougal, including downtown and properties owned by the Port of Camas-Washougal.last_img read more

Sergio Ramos takes swipe at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgSergio Ramos has lashed back at Jurgen Klopp as the war of words over last season’s Champions League final continuesReal Madrid captain Ramos made headlines during the game after tangling with Mohamed Salah, who subsequently left the field injuredThe skipper equally collided with Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, who was later found to have suffered a concussion.Liverpool boss Klopp referred to Ramos’ actions as “ruthless and brutal” in an interview over the summer and was again critical of the Spaniard last week.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.In a recent interview ahead of Real’s UEFA Super Cup match against Atletico Madrid in Tallinn on Wednesday, Ramos was asked about these comments.He said: “I have given my opinion on the matter. I have no intention of hurting a player deliberately.“He will be wanting to explain not winning the final, but it’s not the first that he has lost.“Some of us have been operating at a very high level for many years – not sure he can say the same. Let Klopp worry about his own players.”last_img read more

Court Oregon can require shots when it has custody

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — An Oregon court has ruled that eight children in state custody can be given vaccinations over the religion-based protests of their parents.The children have been removed from the parents’ home in Marion County for reasons that haven’t been disclosed.They are ages 1 through 8 and are considered wards of the state. They live with relatives.Their mother and father say vaccinations violate their religious beliefs.A Department of Human Services spokesman says state law requires child welfare workers to ensure that children in departmental custody get their shots.The Oregonian reports the children’s attorney and the agency got a court order in April 2012 requiring the shots for a variety of diseases. The state Court of Appeals upheld that order Wednesday.last_img

Increases to public sector wages include highest pay award for armed forces

first_imgSecretaries of State have this week (Monday 22 July 2019) confirmed pay increases for public sector staff, including hospital doctors, teachers and military personnel.The pay awards have been agreed following recommendations from seven independent pay review bodies.The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed proposals laid out by the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration, agreeing to a 2.5% pay increase for all NHS consultants and dentists. This includes a pay rise of between £1,940 and £2,630 for consultants, between £970 and £1,820 for specialty doctors and between £1,360 and £2,250 for associate specialists. The pay increases will be backdated to April 2019.Furthermore, 39,000 junior doctors will receive a minimum 8.2% pay rise over a four-year period, as well as have new limits on working hours; this is part of improvements into junior doctors’ working conditions and ensures that they are paid fairly for late night and weekend shifts.These pay increases form part of the Interim People Plan, which aims to make the NHS an employer of choice. In addition, the government plans to develop an approach for a multi-year deal on contract reform for specialty and associate specialist doctors in order to improve recruitment, retention, morale and productivity.Matt Hancock, health and social care secretary, said: “Our NHS would be nothing without the hard work and commitment of its amazing staff. So, we are supporting tens of thousands of doctors and dentists with one of the biggest pay rises for over a decade, in recognition of their 24/7 dedication and compassion towards patients.”The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has accepted recommended pay increases suggested by the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) to raise the upper and lower boundaries of all pay ranges for teachers by 2.75%. This equates to a £1,000 wage increase for the average classroom teacher and a £1,620 rise for the average school leader.The minimum starting salary for classroom teachers will increase by £653, or £816 for staff based in inner London; this will increase annual wages to be between £23,720 and £24,373 for classroom teachers working outside of London, or between £29,664 and £30,480 for those based in the capital.Classroom teachers at the top of this main pay range could receive an increase of between £963 and £1,111, creating average salaries of £35,971 across the UK or £41,483 for those employed in London. More experienced classroom teachers at the top of the upper pay range, on the other hand, might see an increase of between £1,084 and £1,327, with their average annual salaries then reaching between £40,490 and £49,571.Teaching staff at the top of the leadership pay range could gain between £3,053 and £3,259; this equates to a salary of up to £114,060 for those working across the UK, or up to £121,749 if employees are based in London.Hinds said: “If we want the best people working in our classrooms then it’s right that we ensure their salaries recognise the vital nature of their work, and the potentially life changing impact they can have on the lives on our children.”Pay rises have further been confirmed for military staff, as the Ministry of Defence has agreed to the proposals made by the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body. This features an across-the-board 2.9% pay increase, the highest pay award for armed forces staff since 2007. This represents an average £995 annual increase.A separate 6% pay rise has been awarded to the lowest paid personnel, increasing basic pay for newly trained sailors, soldiers and airmen and women by £1,140. After basic training, new and junior personnel will receive an annual wage of £20,000, ensuring that they receive the living wage rate.Increases in armed forces’ pay will be implemented in September’s salaries, back dated to April 2019.The Ministry of Justice has also accepted in full the recommendations proposed by the Prison Service Pay Review Body, which confirms pay increases of at least 2.2% for all prison staff as well as a targeted 3% pay rise for band three prison officers.A total of six pay deals were finalised on Monday 22 July 2019, to be backdated to the start of each workforce’s financial year. Other pay awards include a 2.5% increase for police officers and a 2% pay rise for senior civil servants and senior military staff.Philip Hammond, chancellor of the exchequer, said: “Public sector [staff] deliver Britain’s world class public services and should be properly rewarded, which is why I’m confirming a second year of above inflation pay rises.“This is in recognition of the hard work of millions of people, including soldiers, teachers and doctors, and will help us recruit and retain the best staff.”last_img read more

Two Transported To CPH Following HeadOn Collision On Kenai Spur Hwy

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Nikiski Fire Department and Alaska State Troopers responded to a two vehicle head-on collision at 9:15 a.m., this morning, at mile 15.5 on the Kenai Spur Highway. Bud Sexton, with Nikiski Fire Department: “One individual in each of the two vehicles were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.” Sexton: “Just a good reminder to everybody in these snowy conditions to make sure to leave plenty of distance between the vehicle in front of you, take it slow, and leave early.” The accident briefly halted traffic in both directions of the Spur Highway while crews remained on scene. Sexton stated that it was a ‘relief’ that both patients were in the condition that they were and not injured more severely in the accident.last_img read more

BB Patil calls on National Highways Authority of India Chairman

first_imgZaheerabad: MP BB Patil called on National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Chairman Nagendra Sinha and requested him to speed up the construction of roads in the constituency. He explained him about the proposal of six lane road project of Bodhan-Rudrur-Madnur stretch. “Though I discussed several times with union minister on the project, the DPR is still pending,” the MP said. Later, talking to the media, Patil said the NHAI chairman responded positively. “We will meet various union ministers for the development of our state,” he said.last_img