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Leicester City manager Claude Puel has labelled Saturday’s helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium as “a tragedy for the club”.An aircraft belonging to chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha came down in a car park shortly after take-off at about 20:30 local time, around an hour after Puel’s side claimed a 1-1 draw against West Ham in the Premier League.There have been unconfirmed reports that Srivaddhanaprabha was on board and it is unclear at this stage whether there are any survivors. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Leicestershire Police confirmed the Air Accident Investigation Branch is leading an investigation, while the club are assisting the police and emergency services, with a more detailed statement to follow once further details have been established.Some speculation on Saturday suggested Puel himself might have been on board but the 57-year-old confirmed he was safe in a telephone conversation with Jacques Vendroux of Radio France, in quotes reported on the Franceinfo website.”It’s a tragedy for the club,” he said. “I think very strongly about the victims and their families.”I wanted to reassure everyone who cares about me, I’m terribly sad but I’m fine.”Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester in August 2010 and was named chairman in February 2011. The Thai businessman oversaw the Foxes’ remarkable Premier League triumph in 2015-16.As the wait for further news about the crash continued on Sunday, dozens of fans gathered at the King Power Stadium to lay floral tributes.Leicester’s scheduled FA Women’s Championship fixture against Manchester United has been postponed. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
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When Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray to win last year’s French Open, the Serb’s stranglehold on men’s tennis was complete.He was the first man since Rod Laver to hold all four grand slams simultaneoulsy and was halfway to the calendar-year slam that Australian great Laver achieved in 1969.Since then, however, it has all gone wrong for the 30-year-old, and on Wednesday he announced that he would not play again this year due to an elbow injury.Here is a timeline of Djokovic’s decline since the last of his 12 grand slam titles.Early Wimbledon exit 2016Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon fielding questions about the possible calendar-year slam but suffered a third-round exit to American Sam Querrey — his first loss before the quarter-final of a grand slam since 2009.Rio Olympics disappointmentTop seed Djokovic was reduced to tears after suffering a shock first-round loss to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro — describing it as one of the toughest losses of his life.Beaten by Wawrinka in 2016 U.S. Open finalDefending champion Djokovic had enjoyed a lucky run to the final with one walkover and two opponents retiring hurt, but he suffered physically as the burly Swiss beat him in four sets.Number one ranking under threat from MurrayDjokovic’s more than two-year hold on the number one ranking is under threat from Andy Murray. Djokovic loses to Roberto Bautista Agut in the Shanghai semi-finals and then falls to Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals in Paris. Murray goes on an incredible winning run and on Nov.5 is guaranteed taking over as the new world number one.advertisementYear ends with a drubbingDjokovic could still have wrestled back the year-end number one ranking from Murray at the ATP World Tour Finals but was well-beaten by the British player in the final.Split with BeckerDjokovic splits with coach, multiple grand slam champion Boris Becker, after three years together in which he won six of his 12 major titles.Shock early defeat at Australian OpenUzbek journeyman Denis Istomin beat reigning champion Djokovic in the second round of the grand slam he had all but dominated for the past seven years. It was Djokovic’s earliest grand slam exit since 2008.Splits with entire coaching teamDjokovic ditched his entire coaching team, including long-term mentor Marian Vajda, saying he needs to rediscover the spark. Says will work alone.Lame exit at French OpenDespite having announced he was working with Andre Agassi, Djokovic was crushed by Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals — losing the third set 6-0 — sparking outrage from some Serbian fans who accused him of disintegrating.More Wimbledon woesDjokovic won the Eastbourne grasscourt title — only his second of the year — but retired in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon against Tomas Berdych, citing an elbow injury.Ranking slideDjokovic is currently ranked fourth in the world — his lowest mark since 2009 — and he is set to slide further.Cuts season shortA couple of weeks after his Wimbledon exit, Djokovic announces on Facebook Live that he will not play again in 2017.
Earlier this month Google sent out the invite for its upcoming ‘Made by Google’ event for October 9. The event is scheduled to take place in New York City on the slated date, as confirmed by the company itself. In the invite, however, Google didn’t mention the name of the device. But Google has now confirmed that the rumours are accurate and Pixel 3 series of phones are coming. Google is out with the landing page of the third generation of Pixel phones on its website.In the dedicated page — you can see it here — there’s a mention of the numeric “3” hinting at the Pixel 3. If you see the URL it mentions “three” in it, which also reveals that the Pixel 3 is coming. The landing page of the Pixel 3 also lets you “sign up” for the October 9 event. After signing up for it, Google shows that you have “subscribed” to the Pixel event. As of now, Google hasn’t revealed any specific details regarding the Pixel 3 series apart from the name. This landing page could be where Google will livestream the Pixel event next month. With around a month to go for the launch, we already know a lot about the upcoming Pixel phones. First the name: being the third generation Pixels the upcoming phones from Google will definitely be the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Furthermore, rumours have revealed almost everything about these two phones. For the Pixel 3, this phone will be similar to the Pixel 2 as far as the design is concerned. But that may not be the case with Pixel 3 XL.advertisementThe Pixel 3 XL is said to follow the current market trend and come with a notch above the display panel. However, the previously leaked images reveal that the notch on the Pixel 3 XL will be much wider than that of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS and the iPhone XR. The notch in the Pixel 3 XL is also a certainty because of the Android P, which will power this phone. Some other leaked images show that the new Pixels will have a dual-tone design.Rumours also suggest that both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL will come with glass design, which increases the chances for wireless charging support. Alongside the new Pixel phones, Google may release a wireless charging stand called the Pixel Stand on October 9 which is said to have Google Assistant built in it.Both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset and have a single camera set up on the back side. On the front, the Pixel 3 is said to come with single selfie camera, while Pixel 3 XL is expected to pack dual camera setup on the front. Both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are tipped to sport 12-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.8, dual pixel PDAF and laser-assisted auto focus on the rear panel. The cameras in Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are brilliant and the best in the business and chances are that the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL will follow the same. Right below the camera set up on the rear panel there will be the fingerprint sensor.ALSO READ: Google announces October 9 event, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL launch expectedThe Pixel 3 XL will be bigger in screen size than the Pixel 3. Rumours suggest that the Pixel 3 will come with a 5.4-inch OLED display, while the Pixel 3 XL will come with a 6.2-inch OLED display. Early reviews of the 3 XL is expected to come with an edge-to-edge design, aspect ratio of 19:9, screen-to-body ratio of 94.4 per cent, OLED panel and Corning Gorilla Glass 5.The price of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL is yet to be revealed by Google. Rumours, however, suggest that the Pixel 3 XL will be priced around $750, which roughly translates to Rs 53,000, while the Pixel 3 will cost $650, which when converted to INR comes around Rs 45,000.
ORLANDO, FL – JANUARY 01: Missouri Tigers players celebrate following the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The Missouri Tigers defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 33-17. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)The best uniforms of college football’s 2018-19 bowl season will be worn by the Missouri Tigers.Mizzou, which is set to play Oklahoma State in the Liberty Bowl on Monday afternoon, unveiled the new uniforms on Saturday.They’re awesome.The all-white uniforms have a sweet cartoon Tigers’ logo on the helmet and the jersey has a cool black and gold piping.Check it out:?? pic.twitter.com/MG4NzbTRFC— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) December 29, 2018Missouri posted some more photos of the uniform on Instagram:Missouri and Oklahoma State are set to kick off at 3:45 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.
New Delhi: Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha member Kalyan Banerjee asked the government to expunge Clause 7 from the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Amendment Bill and demanded to set up the NCLAT circuit benches.While discussing the Amendments to the Bill on Thursday, Banerjee said, “The Bill was brought to recover money from the corporate sector. Now, because of Clause 7, it is getting extended to the Central Government, State Governments as well as the local authorities. Every government, be it Central, State or local, is taking loans, but those are not for their gains. So extending the Act to the government sector will cause great difficulty to them, especially the local authorities. This does not come within the realm of the corporate at all.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Earlier this year, the Supreme Court directed the Centre to set up circuit benches for the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) in the next six months. However, these have not been formed yet. Currently, NCLAT functions only out of the national capital. The TMC MP also emphasised that the amendment is meant to create a behavioural change, particularly among promoters. “Continued ownership is no longer guaranteed. The secured creditors having claims of Rs 45,559 crore has dragged way past the 270-day deadline as stakeholders through legal challenges. Now naturally this amendment comes into effect, the judgment will be diluted,” Banerjee said. He further lauded the Bill and said that “money has been recovered and now the recovery process is speeding up under the court committee of creditors, invested with the primary responsibility of financial restructuring, and since the financial creditors are in the business of money-lending, banks and FIs are best equipped to assess viability and feasibility of the business of the corporate debtor.”
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The Toronto stock market was higher as positive Chinese data lifted commodity prices and mining stocks and the energy sector advanced following Friday’s announcement clarifying takeovers by foreign state-owned energy companies.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 33.42 points to 12,193.01 while the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 0.19 of a point to 1,186.25.The Canadian dollar gained 0.34 of a cent to 101.25 cents US.Markets were, however, weighed down amid the surprise resignation of Italy’s premier, who was widely credited with restoring confidence in Italy as the country deals with a debt crisis and fiscal cliff worries.Prime Minister Mario Monti announced that he intends to resign by the end of the year, saying he found it impossible to lead after former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s party, parliament’s largest, dropped its support.The Dow Jones industrials were up 15.32 points to 13,170.45, the Nasdaq gained 5.75 points to 2,983.79 while the S&P 500 index dipped 0.48 of a point to 1,417.59.The federal government on Friday approved two high-profile deals. The state-controlled China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) got the green light for its $15.1-billion purchase of Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY). And Malaysian state-controlled energy company Petronas can go ahead with its $6-billion acquisition of Progress Energy Resources Corp. (TSX:PRQ).Nexen shot up 14.17 per cent to $26.59 while Progress shares jumped 13.4 per cent to $21.96.However, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made it clear that state-owned energy companies will find it extremely difficult to buy up Canadian oilsands producers in future.Shares in some of these companies found themselves the target of sellers since they can no longer realistically hope to be snapped up by foreign state-owned enterprises at fat share price premiums.For example, Meg Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG) was down 86 cents to $33.86 but Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH) recovered most of an early loss, down a slight three cents to $10.22.Elsewhere in the energy sector, Spartan Oil Corp. TSX:STO) shares ran ahead 43 cents or nine per cent to $4.83 as it announced it has received an unsolicited takeover offer. No other details on the offer have been released. Spartan is active the Cardium light oil play in central Alberta and the Bakken light oil resource play in southeast Saskatchewan.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD) plans to cut capital spending to $485 million in 2013 from approximately $920 million this year while also instituting a quarterly dividend of five cents per share. Its shares were up four cents to $7.33.There was also mixed economic data from China, the world’s second-biggest economy. Export growth plunged to 2.9 per cent compared with a year earlier, while imports were flat, down from October’s 2.4 per cent growth.The figures were in line with analysts’ warnings that a trade rebound that began in August was unsustainable due to weak global demand amid Europe’s debt problems and a slow U.S. recovery.At the same time, the Chinese government reported Sunday that factory output increased 10.1 per cent from a year earlier, compared with the previous month’s rise of 9.6 per cent year on year. Retail sales rose 14.9 per cent, up from October’s 14.5 per cent. And electricity consumption rose 7.9 per cent in November from 6.4 per cent in October.Oil prices advanced amid data showing November crude oil shipments to China, the world’s second-biggest oil importer, were just below their all-time high. China imported an average of approximately 5.69 million barrels per day last month, just below February’s record-high 5.98 million barrels per day.The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 29 cents to US$86.22.The metals and mining sector gained 0.57 per cent while copper prices also advanced sharply with the March contract ahead by five cents to US$3.71 a pound. China is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal, which is viewed as a global economic barometer. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) gained 15 cents to $9.92.The gold sector was up 0.7 per cent while bullion prices also picked up with the February contract up $8.70 to US$1,714.20 an ounce. Iamgold Corp. (TSX:ABX) improved by eight cents to $10.72.Worries about whether the U.S. can head off going over the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the month continued to cast a shadow over markets.The fiscal cliff is a combination of expiring Bush-era tax cuts and automatic, across-the-board spending cuts due to take effect in January. The worry is that the shock from both measures would cut economic growth significantly and likely push the U.S. back into recession.At the same time, the interest rate on the Italian government’s 10-year bond, an indicator of how risky investors consider a country’s ability to pay down its debt, rose 0.33 percentage points to 4.8 per cent following Monti’s surprise decision to resign.Also adding to investor unease was an announcement from Berlusconi that he was going to run for the premiership.European bourses were mixed with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.1 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX added 0.03 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 were off 0.06 per cent.
NEW YORK — Investors concerned about the U.S.-China trade war are worrying about more than just those companies that do lots of business with China.They are also starting to consider the risks to businesses that have few if any ties to that country. The result has been a blow to much of the U.S. stock market.Among the vulnerable companies are energy providers, banks, microchip makers and industrial manufacturers.The damage has been widespread since President Donald Trump shocked investors on Aug. 1 by saying he planned to soon extend tariffs across virtually all Chinese imports.All but 2% of the stocks in the S&P 500 fell on Aug. 5, after China let its currency devalue to its lowest level in a decade.Stan Choe, The Associated Press
The UN political mission in the country today confirmed that “on 20 June the third phase of the laying down of individual weapons of the FARC-EP combatants was initiated.”The Mission has now stored 7,132 arms, which constitutes all the weapons that were registered from FARC-EP. The only exclusions from the list are the weapons used to provide security in the 26 FARC-EP camps until 1 August 2017.“To date, the Mission has verified 77 arms caches from which weapons have been extracted and munitions, explosives and unstable armaments destroyed,” the UN political mission said. The lay down is in compliance with the timeline agreed to between the Government and FARC-EP on 29 May, part of the historic deal that ended the half-century long conflict.The arms laydown process – a major component in the peace agreement – includes five distinct steps including: registration and identification of weapons, monitoring and verification of the holding of weapons, reception and storage of arms, neutralization of arms (to ensure that they will never again be used as firearms), and extraction of arms from camps.
The following letter to the Brock community was submitted by Scott Henderson, Chair of Senate:This message, adapted from my forthcoming report to Senate, should resonate with the entire Brock community.This has been a less than straightforward start to the academic year, and it is clear that Brock University faces challenges in the coming months. How we respond to those challenges, and how we demonstrate sound leadership, is critical both in terms of the messaging coming from University governance, and in terms of the role we all play in protecting and enhancing the reputation of the University.Many of us at Brock serve in multiple roles, and can have a number of affiliations. It can be difficult to cast these aside when doing something such as serving on Senate, but this is something we need to do. The decisions we are asked to make are in support of the greater good of Brock University. While faculty representation purposely has a majority on Senate, in acknowledgement of our long-term investment in the University’s academic direction, every decision made is not solely for the benefit of faculty but rather for the protection and enhancement of Brock’s broader academic mission. This mission remains at the core of all that we do here at Brock.Senate representatives are elected from all Faculties, allowing for representation from diverse programs. Once serving, Senators do not represent a set constituency. They serve to bring wisdom and perspective of their varied disciplines, but not to advocate for a particular Faculty, unit or organization on campus. They are there to advocate for the University, to look out for the interests of all of us. The reputation of the University is our reputation, as researchers, teachers, students and staff, and in these currently testing times it is incumbent on all of us to remember that this is the case. Universities actually thrive on critical enquiry, but it is vital to do so respectfully. Our work and our reputation are not enhanced by dissent or by creating disruption because we do not agree on a course of action.There has been a concerted effort in recent years to enhance relationships between Brock’s two governing bodies, the Board of Trustees and the Senate. It is at the point where we do have meaningful consultation on key issues, even beyond what is required by the Faculty Handbook or the Brock University Act. People may not always be aware that members of both bodies volunteer their time to serve the University, and that each member brings their own particular expertise to the table. All of us, on both governing bodies, share a mutual concern regarding the success and continued improvement of the University. This does not mean that we all agree on how we achieve this goal, but we do need to respectfully recognize that it is a goal we share.In recent weeks, Senate has been consulted by the Board about the appointment of an Acting President. How the Board responds to that consultation is important to us. Yet we have to recognize the meaning of the term ‘consultation’. Consulting does not mean always getting one’s way, it means having one’s perspectives, opinions and ideas considered and hopefully incorporated. Both Senate and Board welcome input from all members of the Brock community on this important issue. A call has gone out to the Brock community, seeking feedback and nominations for the role of Acting President. This level of consultation is unprecedented, and it is hoped that the Brock community will respond to this invitation and become part of the process. The more voices we hear, the more that our governing bodies can understand the desires of everyone at the University.Nobody wins if we operate in an atmosphere of mistrust, least of all our students, both graduate and undergraduate. The Board has accepted the recommendations made by Senate regarding an extension of the current Acting President until Sept. 30, and has issued the requested call for nominations to be considered. These are welcome developments. In the meantime, the business of the University carries on. Research is conducted, classes are prepared and taught, students continue to learn both inside and outside the classroom, and the work of faculty and staff continues.I invite all members of the Brock community to engage with us on issues regarding the positon of President, and on other issues as we move forward. I am sure that I speak for both Senators and Board members in saying that we recognize the trust you have put in all of us to make decisions that will continue to make Brock a preferred place to work and to study.Once the Board has made a decision on the Acting President, I urge all of us to get behind that person and provide the support they will need to succeed. There has been much positive development at Brock in recent years, and as we see the work that has started outside of Taro Hall, providing a long awaited expansion of the Goodman School of Business, we know that this is simply the beginning of more positive times ahead.Ideally, we will all look to the future and not dwell on the past.Scott Henderson is an Associate Professor in the Department ofCommunication, Pop Culture and Film
Total awards for personal injury cases fell 28% between 2014 and 2018 in spite of rising premiums;The average award dropped 19% during the same period;Major insurers’ spending on motor and liability claims barely changed between 2017 and 2013, despite their premium income climbing 57% in the same four years;Much higher reinsurance spending – the price of insurers covering risks to their own businesses – rather than higher claim costs has been the largest single factor that has affected firms’ bottom lines in recent years.Instead of suffering a recent explosion in spending on insurance claims, firms’ costs for motor and liability cases were greater in 2005 than in any year since – although claim costs may take several years to filter through the system.Stuart Gilhooly, a former president of the Law Society of Ireland, said the narrative that Ireland had a compensation culture rife with high payouts and exaggerated claims was an attempt by insurers to drive down compensation claims to shore up their finances.“They have very carefully ensured that any claim they see as being fraudulent or where the payout appears too high is emphasised in the media; they have used this as an excuse for why premiums are so high, but that isn’t borne out in reality,” he said.We’re being fed this lie – and it is a lie – that damages are the main driver of premiums, when quite simply they aren’t.”Nevertheless, Insurance Ireland CEO Kevin Thompson, whose organisation represents the vast majority of insurers active in the local market, maintained that increased payouts and claims for minor soft-tissue injuries were the main reason for higher costs for customers.The makings of a crisisAfter bottoming out in early 2008, motor insurance prices began their steady climb, almost doubling by mid-2016 before easing around one-third, according to figures from the CSO. Prices are still 48% higher now than at their lowest point just over a decade ago.While there is no official data on costs for insurance in other areas – such as public or employer’s liability costs for businesses – indigenous firms have for years complained about the rising costs of insurance or, in some cases, difficulty in getting cover altogether.The crunch in the insurance industry was exemplified recently with the withdrawal of Leisure Insure from the Irish market, leading to concerns that firms in the adventure sector would go to the wall due to higher premiums or their inability to get insurance.Peter Boland from the Alliance for Insurance Reform, a group made up of various business and voluntary organisations, said it was clear to everyone with an interest in insurance that there was a crisis – but the absence of clear information meant that it was hard to diagnose the cause.Everything that you’re getting is based on assumptions, and the vast majority of them aren’t backable.” 57 Comments Source: RollingNews.ieCompensation cultureWith the rapid rise in insurance premiums has come intense pressure on the government from businesses and the public to help put a lid on prices, accompanied by growing anger about spurious claims and seemingly absurd payouts in the courts.Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey – and her now-infamous fall from a swing at Dublin’s trendy The Dean hotel – became a lightning rod for public angst over high insurance costs and the belief that these were being fed by ridiculous claims.That, coupled with reports of fraudulent cases being thrown out by judges, led to the common lament that Ireland’s compensation culture had been allowed to run riot.In May, Minister of State Michael D’Arcy, who has been charged with overseeing insurance reform, complained to the Dáil that “the high level of awards here and the easy money to be made … have given rise to an attitude where people will try to get what they can”.Business Minister Heather Humphreys was singing from the same hymn sheet a day earlier when she said many firms felt they were “being punished for this compensation culture” of fraudulent or exaggerated claims.Insurers have put the rate of fraudulent or exaggerated claims in Ireland at around 20% – around half of which they said were caught – a staggeringly large figure which the industry has suggested is responsible for adding €50 to the cost of the average insurance policy.However Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty punched a sizeable hole in those numbers earlier this year when he highlighted data that showed just 19 cases of suspected insurance fraud had been reported to gardaí in the six months from October.That would represent a minuscule share of the more than 200,000 motor and liability claims insurers handle every year.Doherty told Noteworthy that he agreed some insurance cases awards were too high, but the idea that the system was awash with fraudulent claims was a myth that the industry had carefully cultivated.There is no such thing as an exaggerated claim, it’s industry-speak. An exaggerated claim, as confirmed by the gardaí, is a fraudulent claim … and insurers have a duty to report those fraudulent claims,” he said.Insurance Ireland’s Thompson said that one-fifth of claims raised some kind of ‘red flag’ as potentially fraudulent or exaggerated.Of this share, some would be rejected outright, while others would be negotiated based on what insurers thought was a fair offer, he said. Only in “extreme” cases, when insurers could gather enough evidence, was the file typically passed on to An Garda Síochána.The government-established Personal Injuries Commission, chaired by former High Court president Nicholas Kearns, declared in 2017 that “exaggerated and fraudulent claims contribute significantly to driving up insurance costs”, however its reports did not cite the reason for the conclusion. A separate 2017 report from the Cost of Insurance Working Group, made up of staff from various State agencies and departments, noted fraud was not one of the main reasons why motor insurance costs had increased so much over the last 12 months.A follow-up report noted there was no official data to indicate that insurance fraud was widespread. Minister of State Michael D’Arcy (front) and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe Source: Sam BoalClustersNevertheless, further evidence that some people may be exploiting the insurance system to their benefit has been highlighted in the existence of geographic ‘clusters’ of claims.Minister of State D’Arcy raised the issue in an interview in December, when he told the Sunday Independent that there were local issues that meant some areas had bigger problems than others with a compensation culture.According to an analysis of figures from the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB), the State agency set up to handle personal injury cases, and local authorities, there are significant clusters of claims in parts of the country.Adjusted for population, Limerick residents were the most likely to receive an award from PIAB over a 10-year period, followed by people based in Longford and Louth. Limerick residents were more than three times as likely to receive an award than those living in Kilkenny, which had the lowest number of awards per capita.Similarly, Limerick City and County Council had the highest number of compensation claims by head of population after Dublin City Council over an extended period.The Dublin figure is likely skewed by the large number of visitors and workers in the capital’s city centre. Longford County Council had the fourth-highest per-person share, behind Waterford City & County Council.What is not clear, however, is the reason for the disparities – and the extent to which they indicate a compensation culture running rampant in some parts of the country.Speaking with Noteworthy, D’Arcy said the claim clusters were a cause for concern, although his information had been based on anecdotal feedback from the industry.If there are clusters, it would suggest that there are people who are gaming the system. And that’s not acceptable, it’s not acceptable because it does damage, it’s closing businesses,” he said.WhiplashSince it first met in early 2017, a key focus of the Personal Injuries Commission has been on the incidence and levels of soft-tissue awards – commonly referred to as whiplash claims.The commission handed down one of its headline findings last year, when a benchmarking exercise revealed that general damages for whiplash injuries were more than four times higher here than in England and Wales.Average claims involving these injuries were worth €19,862 in Ireland between 2015 and 2017, compared to just €3,798 in the UK for the same period.The level of these claims in Ireland are ultimately set by the courts, the payouts from which in turn feed into the Book of Quantum, which PIAB refers to when assessing its own awards.D’Arcy has said the “single most essential challenge” to be overcome in order to bring down insurance costs was to bring down these personal injury awards in line with those in other jurisdictions.With that in mind, the government is rolling out a range of measures, including a judicial ‘recalibration’ of compensation guidelines, although D’Arcy has sought assurances from the insurance industry that lower payments will also lead to lower premiums. Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieClaim costsBut there is little evidence that more frequent or higher personal injury payouts are behind the huge increases in insurance costs in recent years – and, in fact, the available evidence points to the fact that overall claim payouts have already been trending down.In 2013, some 8,131 personal injury awards were either accepted after a PIAB application or decided by the courts. Last year, this figure was up to 8,351, although both figures are lower than the 8,997 awards decided in 2014.The total value of all these awards, when medical negligence cases are excluded, was €239 million in 2018, the lowest tally for any of the past six years and 28% below the equivalent figure for 2014.Claim numbers and payouts for cases in the circuit court – where many soft-tissue claims are heard – have been going up, but these have been counteracted by a reduction in High Court cases and payouts, which account for the biggest share of total awards payable by insurers. Source: Charted by StatistaThe figures run counter to general trends in the country and economy, in which major gains in employment since the recession have led to more cars on the road, people in workplaces and other factors likely to result in increased insurance claims.The insurance working group noted in its 2017 report that the available information showed claims had only a “moderate impact” on premiums between 2013 and 2015.That was despite both the industry and other stakeholders repeatedly pointing to increased claim frequency and costs as the primary reasons for higher premiums, according to the same group.The black hole in all the publicly accessible data is the large number of insurance claims settled privately between insurance firms and claimants, often through their lawyers. At least 75% of all personal injury claims are thought to be decided in this way.The majority of these are likely to begin with an application to PIAB, which has seen a steady increase in cases since it was established in 2004. The figures have, however, been largely flat since 2015 despite the pick-up in the economy.In the absence of more comprehensive information, one of the few clear indicators of how insurance claims have been trending over time comes from insurers’ own finances.In 2017, the most recent year for which figures are available, motor and liability claims cost insurers a net €1.31 billion, according to Insurance Ireland, whose members represent 95% of the domestic insurance market.The total includes damage to motor vehicles as the group does not provide standalone figures for personal injury cases. The tally was down on the figure for 2016 but up on the totals for the previous five years.Nevertheless, it was below the €1.4 billion Insurance Ireland members spent on these claims in 2009, when the firms took in 25% less in motor and liability premiums.Meanwhile, the share of premiums paid by customers that were flowing out of insurers’ coffers again in claims peaked in 2013. That year, net motor and liability claims were worth about 82% of premiums taken in for the same sectors.By 2017, this ratio had dropped to only 53% – meaning the firms were paying out much less in motor and liability compensation and associated costs relative to their ever-rising premium incomes.The ratio of net claims to premiums in 2017 was the lowest for any year since 2007. Source: Charted by StatistaBack in the blackIn recent years, insurers have returned to profit after posting combined losses through the late recession and on into the recovery period.In 2017, Insurance Ireland members posted an estimated profit of €227 million, up from just €16 million in 2016 and a loss of €216 million a year earlier.This has led to suggestions from Doherty and others that profit-taking, not claims, was the main reason behind high insurance costs.However, the recent profits are slender compared to the €1 billion-plus profits the firms recorded in the boom years.Thompson said firms posting losses was in “nobody’s interest” as ultimately the industry needed to be sustainable to serve its customers, although he disputed claims that excessive profits were being extracted by the industry. Why then are we seeing insurers particularly international insurers withdraw from the marketplace? Nobody is going to withdraw from a super-profitable market. That, commercially, just does not make sense,” he said.Nevertheless, with claim payouts little changed over more than a decade, the reason for insurers’ lack of profitability lies elsewhere in their balance sheets – and in the long fallout from the global finance industry’s collective meltdown in the late 2000s.Throughout the years from 2005 to 2010, insurers paid around 6% of the motor and liability premiums they received from customers back out in reinsurance costs – essentially insurance taken out by the insurer itself to protect against the risks of future claims.By 2015 that cost had exploded to more than 35% of premiums, leaving insurers with much less money left over from every policy they wrote for the sectors.Similarly, the collapse in investment returns – particularly for perceived safe investments like bonds – following the global financial meltdown stripped hundreds of millions of euro from insurers’ bottom lines.Firms are required to hold billions in so-called ‘technical reserves’ for their non-life insurance business to protect them from a raft of future claims. This money also provides an investment return for the business.In 2017, the investment income on these funds from Insurance Ireland members’ non-life business was just over €100 million – compared to €380 million a decade earlier.The government’s insurance working group identified this as one of the key reasons for the deterioration in firms’ profitability.It found the main drivers of increased premiums were underpricing in earlier years, particularly between 2010 and 2014, the costs of keeping large reserves of funds to cover future payouts, and increased claims.However it added that the available data only suggested claims had a “moderate impact” on prices during the period its figures covered, from 2013 to 2015.Doherty said the real issue that had led to high insurance premiums was firms with major holes in their finances due to bad investments, and these holes had been filled with “extraordinary” increases in motor and public liability premiums.Thompson said increased reinsurance costs were an indicator of higher risk in the market.He added that this risk was being fuelled by insurers anticipating the growing personal injury claims they were likely to receive on current policies in three or more years’ time.He pointed to industry figures which predicted the average ultimate cost per policy for smaller injury claims had increased 41% between 2011 and 2016.“The main problem in the marketplace is in soft-tissue claims, and the volume and average payments for those claims have gone up.” Sinn Fein finance spokesman Pearse DohertyThe bottom line for customersDespite the data suggesting reducing whiplash awards and cracking down on fraud will have little overall impact on prices as these make up a relatively small component of total payouts, any cuts in awards should eventually feed into some premium reductions – as long as the savings are passed on to policyholders. Boland, from the Alliance for Insurance Reform, said businesses believed both insurance awards and claim numbers, particularly for what he referred to as “paracetamol injuries”, were too high.But he added there was no evidence of increases in these areas that justified the huge premium rises since 2014.When eventually reform gets over the line, what’s the benefit to the policyholders – what percentage are we going to see premiums reduced? We want to see the numbers,” he said.For more about how to support Noteworthy’s work, visit our website. INSURERS’ SPENDING ON liability and motor claims has barely changed in a decade despite suggestions that Ireland’s rampant ‘compensation culture’ has been behind the country’s recent insurance crisis.And over the past four years, official awards for personal injuries have fallen significantly – contradicting allegations that growing claim numbers and out-of-kilter payments for minor injuries have fed skyrocketing premiums.An analysis of insurance and compensation data by Noteworthy, the investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie, has found: Monday 9 Sep 2019, 12:01 AM Share103 Tweet Email8 By Peter Bodkin https://jrnl.ie/4737557 47,601 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sep 9th 2019, 12:02 AM ‘We’re being fed this lie’: Exposing the myths of Ireland’s ‘compo culture’ Personal injury awards have been dropping despite suggestions that out-of-control claims are feeding prices.
Auto-enrolment and the new state pension will help reduce inequality in pension provision, but there is much more to be done, according to the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI), the non-political pension education charity.In March 2016, the PPI published its The under-pensioned 2016 report, exploring differences in pension income between the sexes, disabled people and ethnic minority groups over the last two decades.The study found that once the new state pension has been fully phased in there will no longer be significant differences in state pension income between these different groups. However, some cohorts will continue to have much lower private pension saving, largely because of labour-market characteristics such as low pay, part-time working, caring responsibilities, self-employment, and unemployment.Chris Curry, director at the PPI, says: “We have seen a real improvement for all groups over time, and the new state pension system will have a really positive impact.“Its introduction in April  may also have implications for employers, what they offer to employees and how they communicate it. The single flat-rate pension will be more generous for older, lower-income workers than the old system, and less generous for higher-paid employees and younger workers. But by providing a firmer foundation on which to build private pension saving, the benefits of saving should be easier to communicate.”The new system is based on the number of years that national insurance (NI) has been paid, regardless of how much someone has earned, with a full state pension paid for 35 years of contributions.People with less than 10 years of NI contributions will not be able to claim. However, Curry adds: “If someone has stayed within the UK for their full working life, then it is hard not to qualify because there are credits for childcare, disability and unemployment.”Much has been said about the impact on people who have been contracted out of the state pension in their employer’s scheme but they will not be worse off than if the current system had continued, and they may be able to build up additional years to qualify for a full state pension, says Curry.Curry is also optimistic about auto-enrolment, pointing out that it has enfranchised large numbers of employees who previously were not saving for retirement. Yet, there are still gaps where employees are too young or old, or do not earn enough to meet the enrolment threshold, and they continue to miss out on employer contributions and tax relief.Critics have often made the case that auto-enrolment simply encourages the less well off to lift themselves off means-tested benefits. However, under the options available through the pension freedoms introduced in April 2015, defined contribution (DC) pension pots can now be taken as cash.“It is unclear how means-testing is likely to work in practice,” says Curry. “There have always been measures that if a person has a source of income then they will be deemed to have taken it, but it is not clear how that will work in practice.“The key issue is that while defined contribution arrangements provide more flexibility, such as to work part-time or downsize, the amount going in is pretty low compared to what is needed.”Around 14% of band earnings is required across a whole working career to have a two-thirds chance of generating an adequate pension, defined as one where the pensioner’s standard of living will not drop.Whether the government will raise the contribution levels is something that might be addressed in the 2017 review of auto-enrolment.“One of the big unknowns is how the industry can overcome apathy and engage people,” adds Curry. “There are good examples of strategies that work with human behaviour to encourage people to act in a beneficial way.”Auto-escalation, where employees agree to automatic increases in their contributions at the time of their annual pay rise, has enjoyed success in the US, as has matching, where the employer promises to match any additional contributions made by employees.“Showing employees what their peers are saving can also be a powerful tool, giving people a feeling of safety and making them happier to take action,” says Curry. Need to know:The introduction of the new state pension could have implications for what support employers offer and how they communicate this.Although auto-enrolment and the new state pension go some way to reducing inequality in pension provision, there is still much more to be done.Employer matching and auto-escalation could encourage greater employee engagement with retirement savings.
Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Share your voice $59 at eBay Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) The Cheapskate Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Angela Lang/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Rylo Post a comment $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. 0 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Apple iPhone XS $6 at Tidal See It Read Google Home Hub review Tags See It $210 at Best Buy See at Turo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sprint $155 at Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $299 at Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $520 at HP The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $60 at Best Buy Turo Sci-Tech,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Read the Rylo camera preview Chris Monroe/CNET Comments Share your voice Boost Mobile Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Jessica Mega, chief medical and scientific officer at Verily, says diversity in research will allow for better understanding of health and disease. Todd Williamson/Getty Images Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences arm, is working with a series of pharmaceutical companies to develop clinical trials. Verily, part of Google parent company Alphabet, is teaming up with Novartis, Otsuka, Pfizer and Sanofi, Verily said on Tuesday. Through these partnerships, the companies hope to implement research with a more tech-driven approach and to reach a wider range of clinical research participants. The clinical research programs will use the platform and tools from Project Baseline, an initiative Verily launched in 2017 to bridge the gap between research and medical care. The goal of the Baseline Platform is to include more patients and clinicians in research, make it faster and easier to conduct studies and gather more comprehensive, high-quality data. Less than 10% of the US population participates in clinical research, according to Research America, an advocacy group. Common issues in research include data fragmentation, inefficient operations and a lack of value for patients, Verily says. Verily and its industry partners hope to use the Baseline Platform to “collect, organize and activate health information from electronic health records, sensors and other digital sources.” In the coming years, Novartis, Otsuka, Pfizer and Sanofi aim to start clinical studies using the platform in areas like cardiovascular disease, oncology, mental health, dermatology and diabetes.”Evidence generation through research is the backbone of improving health outcomes,” said Jessica Mega, chief medical and scientific officer at Verily. “We need to be inclusive and encourage diversity in research to truly understand health and disease, and to provide meaningful insights about new medicines, medical devices and digital health solutions.” See it Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 7 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It Sarah Tew/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 Read the AirPods review Amazon
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage.Legal challenges to legislation passed last week that would revise criminal sentencing could focus on whether one provision is unconstitutional.Listen nowIf Gov. Bill Walker signs Senate Bill 54, American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska lawyer Tara Rich expects defense attorneys to file lawsuits almost immediately.Rich said the ACLU would be joining them, because it considers one part — which says that people arrested for committing class C felonies for the first time face the same range of sentences as those charged with more serious class B felonies — unconstitutional.“If there’s no rational basis for the Legislature to completely fail to distinguish between these two separate levels of crimes, then it will be struck down as violating due process rights,” Rich said.The ACLU and state prosecutors raised similar concerns about the provision with lawmakers last week.But state Criminal Division Director John Skidmore said Tuesday that judges may not strike down the law.In fact, Skidmore said he expects the courts will work out a solution.“The courts in Alaska will find a way to interpret the statute … in a way that avoids any constitutional issues,” Skidmore said.Skidmore said judges would likely do this using what are called benchmarks.“Instead of the Legislature giving specific sentencing ranges, the courts step in and provide a sentencing range within what the Legislature has already given them,” Skidmore said.In the case of first-time class C felonies, Senate Bill 54 says sentences should be between zero and two years, the same range as for first-time class B felons.Judges could set a benchmark at the low end of the range for the less-serious C felonies.The House had added the C felony sentencing provision as an amendment.Skidmore raised concerns about the issue before the Senate decided to agree to the House version of the bill.“The Department of Law obviously prefers to avoid litigation, like what we will encounter, which is why we recommended that this issue be resolved by the Legislature in conference committee,” Skidmore said.But that didn’t happen.Rich said the lawsuits will be filed quickly if Walker signs the bill, because the lawyer for anyone charged with a first-time class C felony would seek to plea bargain.And negotiating for that plea would depend on how judges interpret the law.Rich made a different prediction than Skidmore – that courts will invalidate the class C felony provision, and cause that portion of the law to revert to what it is under the controversial Senate Bill 91. First-time class C felons face only suspended sentences under the law, instead of automatic jail time.“As soon as a defense attorney receives a first-time C felony under SB 54 – once SB 54 becomes law – if they believe that it’s unconstitutional and that a court would most likely rule that it should return to the original SB 91 sentencing scheme – that is how they would operate in negotiating the case,” Rich said.Rich said the ACLU was disappointed with other changes the House made on the floor.“They’re ratcheting up criminal penalties and packing the bill with amendment after amendment like cans of sardines,” Rich said.ACLU concerns also include a provision that affect the length of sentences for people who commit class A misdemeanors for the second time, and for those who commit disorderly conduct.Rich pointed to evidence that the disorderly conduct sentencing would disproportionately affect Alaska Natives.Senate President Pete Kelly and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon must sign Senate Bill 54 before it goes to Walker. The governor would then have 20 days, not including Sundays, to sign it into law.
A man and his minor son were killed while his wife and daughter injured as a CNG-run auto-rickshaw carrying them hit a roadside tree in Palpara area of Sadar upazila on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased were Aminul Islam, 40, son of late Aftab Uddin and his son Wasi Islam, 4, from Dakhshin Khan in the capital.The accident took place around 7:00am when the auto-rickshaw dashed into the tree after its driver lost control over the wheel, leaving four critically injured, said Abu Salam Miah, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station.The injured were rushed to Comilla Medical College Hospital where Aminul and Wasi succumbed to their injuries, said the OC adding that the driver went into hiding after the incident.Aminul was heading towards Dhaka along with his family members from his in-law’s house in Brahmanpara, he added.
“If he wants to talk about what is “antagonistic to the Texas perspective,” it isn’t our common sense and smart approach to security, it’s his shameful policies that serve the very few at the expense of the everyday Texan. You can bet this military veteran, former federal agent and 4-term Sheriff of Dallas County is going to eviscerate SB4,” said Valdez. Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneGov. Greg Abbott speaks at a get out the vote rally in Houston on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, the first day of early voting for Republican and Democratic primaries in Texas.Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday vowed to challenge Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez over her views on border security and immigration, emphasizing an early contrast with the former Dallas County sheriff who has not yet secured her party’s nomination. In an interview after a Tea Party meeting here, Abbott offered his most extensive comments on Valdez’s candidacy yet, saying he and she “have been locked in a battle for an aspect of Texas ideology” that goes back to their clash three years ago over her department’s policy on compliance with federal immigration authorities. Like he did in a tweet earlier this month — when he broke his silence on Valdez’s campaign — Abbott treated her as the Democratic nominee Monday, despite the fact she is in a May 22 runoff against Andrew White, the son of late Gov. Mark White.“It’s clear that she’s not only obviously the frontrunner and had the most votes in the initial go-around, but it’s our analysis that she’ll be the nominee,” Abbott said. “And so every time she comes out and starts talking about ways that are antagonistic to the Texas perspective on making sure that we ban sanctuary cities, secure our border, I’m going to challenge her on it.”Valdez opposes the state’s ban on “sanctuary cities” that Abbott signed into law last year, looking to punish local officials who do not fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities. She has also been critical of his decision to heed the call of President Donald Trump and send hundreds of National Guard troops to the border earlier this month — criticism that prompted Abbott’s April 4 tweet declaring her his November opponent. “I think she embodies the Obama approach, which is more open borders, obviously not enforcing the ban on sanctuary cities,” Abbott said Monday. “We went through a big legislative process to make sure that Texas would pass a ban on sanctuary cities. If Lupe is elected, she will eviscerate that ban on sanctuary cities, and all these concerns that so many Texans have will be threatened.”Valdez released Tuesday, April 17, the following statement responding to Abbott’s comments on her views on border security and immigration. “It’s back to business as usual with Greg Abbott spewing his fear-based open borders nonsense. I’ve spent 42 years working in law enforcement, working to keep Americans safe, I know what smart security looks like and this isn’t it. Demonizing immigrants, and spreading fear and hatred is exactly the wrong approach. We need common sense policing, we need to fund the people who truly understand the border and we need to work with our communities. Abbott’s backwards approach hurts our economy, hurts our communities, and makes us less safe,” said Valdez in a press release. “I understand why Governor Abbott would rather spend his time sowing division than talking about his failed leadership. He’d rather beat his chest and spread fear than explain why under his leadership we’ve seen an endless assault on our schools, we’ve seen Texas remain the most uninsured state in the nation, and we’ve seen opportunity for everyday Texans disappearing – all while his special interest donors keep getting handouts,” said Valdez. Share