ABC News(OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma) — A potent storm developing in the central U.S. will bring the next round of severe weather to parts of the South on Saturday. Much like last weekend’s deadly storms, the primary concern is the risk of severe weather, including possible tornadoes. Meanwhile, to the north, blizzard conditions are possible. Storms had already produced wind gusts approaching 80 mph in western Texas early Saturday morning with at least 23 reports of damage.A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas through 10 a.m. local time and a severe thunderstorm watch was issued through 11 a.m. for southern Oklahoma and northern Texas, including the Dallas metropolitan area. These severe weather watches are just some of the many alerts, including wind advisories and winter weather alerts, across a good portion of the central U.S.New winter weather advisories have been issued for parts of the Northeast as well. Heavy snow will move through the Dakotas during the morning hours on Saturday and will reach into Minnesota and Iowa during the day. Snowfall rates will reach 1 to 2 per hour locally, with gusty winds.Additionally, severe weather will quickly intensify and organize Saturday morning through parts of the South with rather robust cells forming mainly in Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri. Strong damaging winds, hail and a possible tornado are all possible. However, as the front moves into parts of Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky during the day, there is a possibility for tornadoes during the middle of the day and early afternoon. If tornadoes develop, some could be strong. The threat is highest in the enhanced risk region from western Alabama to southern Illinois. Meanwhile, heavy snow will spread farther into the Upper Midwest Saturday night, including parts of Wisconsin. heavy rain will develop from Chicago to Cincinnati as the storm slides east. The severe weather threat in the South will diminish substantially during the Saturday evening hours.On Sunday morning, precipitation will be moving toward the Northeast. It could initially start out as a burst of snow before sunrise with snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour from Minnesota to New England. Warmer air should quickly move in and change the snow to rain across much of Northeast. Accumulations should remain pretty limited from New York to Boston. However, there could be a couple of spots inland from Hartford, Connecticut, to Springfield, Massachusetts, to Albany, New York, that have a decent chance of picking up 2 to 4 inches of snow. In some of the more rural and elevated parts of New England 6 inches could quickly accumulate Sunday. Meanwhile, snowfall totals in parts of Minnesota could exceed a foot of snow locally. The storm is also pulling up warmer air from the tropics into parts of the southern U.S. Temperatures will briefly be at least 10 degrees above average ahead of the cold front Saturday in the South and then locally 10 to 20 degrees above average in parts of the Southeast on Sunday.The brutal cold air does not make a strong return in the wake of this storm in the coming week. Another fairly potent storm, with another severe weather threat, looks to develop for the middle of the week and will likely bring a similar temperature set up to much of the central and eastern U.S. All of this a sign that the atmosphere in the Northern Hemisphere is responding to more direct sunlight as we head toward the official start of spring.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Cash-in-hand business operated like local authority private hire loses O-LicenceDudley-based Waqar Hamza, trading as ABC Taxis, who ran his business cash-in-hand and operated his one minibus as if it was a local authority private hire vehicle, has had his licence revoked by Traffic Commissioner (TC) Nick Jones.Waqar Hamza, who held a one-vehicle restricted licence, had been called before the TC at a Birmingham Public Inquiry at which he was seeking to increase the licence authorisation to two vehicles.Office Manager Dean Khan said that a second disc had been sought as a driver had approached the business asking to work for Waqar Hamza driving a minibus. However, due to the delay in processing the application, that individual now worked for another operator. A second disc would still be welcomed as a business opportunity. The business included taxis and private hire cars with 18-20 taxis. All the drivers were self-employed.In reply to the TC, Dean Khan said that the drivers were paid in cash. The minibus driver took whatever money the passengers paid and gave the business £90 a week. The garage that undertook the maintenance was paid in cash. The driver would take the vehicle in if a repair was needed. The TC commented that it appeared that the driver was in control and was the operator. The basics of PSV operation were very different to operating under a licence issued by a local authority.Questioned further, Dean Khan said that a driver had attended a new O-Licensing seminar organised by DVSA. Asked why neither he nor Waqar Hamza had attended, he said that DVSA had said that only one person could attend and that they thought that the driver was the right person.That Waqar Hamza chose to send a driver and didn’t understand the difference between a driver and an operator illustrated his lack of knowledgeThe TC pointed out that, in relation to the main occupation rule, both the HMRC tax return and a letter from Waqar Hamza’s accountant referred to modest income – the net profit for the year ending 15 August 2015 being £12,518. It was evident from the bank statements that most if not all costs were paid in cash.Revoking the licence, the TC said that it was clear that the minibus had been operated as if it were a private hire arrangement licensed by a local authority. The lack of knowledge of the basics of O-Licensing might have been addressed if the Operator or Office Manager had attended the new O-Licensing seminar. That Waqar Hamza chose to send a driver and didn’t understand the difference between a driver and an operator illustrated his lack of knowledge and lack of judgement.He was unimpressed by the fact that the business appeared to be run principally cash-in-hand. He was sceptical about the modest income declared in the tax return and the figure provide by the accountant. He had no doubt that the fact that figures for a business with 18-20 taxis or private hire vehicles and a PSV minibus was declared as being so small because the operator worked cash-in-hand and did not declare all that should be declared. Waqar Hamza had not appreciated the difference between the two licensing regimes, and had not demonstrated adherence to the main occupation rule. He deserved to lose his licence.Right thinking operators would be appalled if they felt that those who operated as Waqar Hamza had done could do so without revocation of the O-Licence.If Waqar Hamza should apply for an O-Licence in the future, he expected that he and his Office Manager, if that individual was to be involved, should attend an O-Licence awareness course before submitting any new application.Finally, the TC said that he would be submitting a copy of his decision to HMRC.
Prairie Village police early this morning arrested a man and a woman on aggravated battery charges after finding a man with bruises and lacerations on his face who had been attacked with a rubber mallet.Police responded to a resident’s call for assistance around 1:15 a.m. at a residential complex in the 5100 block of 75th Street, just east of Nall Avenue. There, they found the 43-year-old who said he had been attacked while inside his home by assailants with a rubber mallet.Police identified two suspects in the area, a 39-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman, and took them into custody.Police did not release the suspects’ names, but Adam Bryce Browning, 39, and Janet Patrice Herstein, 36, were booked in Johnson County Jail around 6:30 a.m. Thursday on charges that match the information released by the arresting officers. Browning faces charges of aggravated battery, reckless endangerment and bodily harm. Herstein faces charges of aggravated battery and intentional harm. Browning and Herstein share the same address in the complex.The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
We are just minutes away from the opening of doors to the 2014 Intermot (International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair) in Cologne, Germany. The event promises a few exciting reveals as of previous years.A few of the hottest topics by far is the new 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 and 650, not forgetting the teasing Kawasaki have been doing with the release of the H2 videos. At least that was more recent as Ducati have been teasing a lot longer for a few months now with the scrambler.We will be closely monitoring the launches and will bring you the most interesting or relevant news as it comes. For now here are some pictures that is said to be leaked prior of its launch, the Versys 1000 and 650 along with the H2.More information as it comes so stay tuned here or our FB page for the latest updates. –Ads–
0Shares0000LEEDS, United Kingdom, December 19 – Rafael Benitez has called on his Chelsea stars to erase the bitter memory of their Club World Cup final defeat by moving closer to their first silverware of the season with victory over Leeds in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.Benitez’s team returned from Japan just over 48 hours before their trip to Elland Road having lost to Brazilian side Corinthians in the Club World Cup final on Sunday. Chelsea have already been eliminated from the Champions League and were beaten in the Community Shield by Manchester City in August when Roberto di Matteo was manager.And for Chelsea interim manager Benitez, whose side are currently 13 points behind leaders Manchester United in the Premier League, the League Cup appears to be their safest bet for silverware, with Swansea, Aston Villa and League Two outfit Bradford, the conquerors of Arsenal, already in the semi-final draw.“I said before we have five trophies to challenge for, now we have four,” Benitez said.“We go back, play Leeds in the League Cup and then Aston Villa at the weekend, so we need to be strong mentally. We have to be ready for the next challenge.”Chelsea’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata is hopeful his team can put a smile back on the supporters’ faces after a traumatic few months, starting with a win over old rivals Leeds.“I hope we can enjoy good moments and lift more trophies for the club and for you very soon,” he said.“We are still playing to win four trophies and we will give everything we have to success in each of them.”Benitez will make changes for the Leeds game as John Obi Mikel, Ramires and Gary Cahill are suspended, the latter because of his red card in the Corinthians match.That could open the door for fringe men Paulo Ferreira, Ryan Bertand, Marko Marin and Daniel Sturridge.Midfielder Lucas Piazon started in both previous rounds, against Wolves and Manchester United, but may have talked himself out of this game by questioning his team-mates’ desire on Sunday.The Brazilian teenager, who was an unused substitute that day, was quoted as saying: “We lacked character and a love for the shirt. Nobody wanted the ball. At least Oscar tried.“The team lacked willing. You don’t go into a final without the desire to play the ball, that’s unacceptable.”There will be an extra edge to the touchline duel as well as the on-pitch battles because Benitez has history with Leeds manager Neil Warnock.Warnock has stirred-up the ill-feeling between the pair again this week, claiming he has been threatened with legal action by the Spaniard as their five-year feud threatens to turn nasty.Former Sheffield United manager Warnock blames Benitez for helping seal his old side’s relegation from the Premier League in May, 2007.Warnock insists he can’t forgive the way his rival’s under-strength Liverpool side fell to a shock late-season defeat at Fulham to save the Craven Cottage club, and play a major role in condemning the South Yorkshire team to the drop.The pair have been in contact since, but, according to Warnock, only in the form of a warning shot from the Spaniard’s lawyers to stop discussing the matter.“Last time I heard from Rafa, it was an email threatening to sue me if I mentioned it again,” Warnock said.“It had his name on. It was his solicitor who was threatening legal action and I’ve still got it in a scrapbook at home.“I don’t want to give you any more ammunition than you’ve already got. It’s one of those things that disappoints you in life and you have to get on with it.“I’ve made my feelings clear on the matter over the last few years and nothing will change that.“Will I offer to shake his hand? I’ve no idea, I haven’t thought about it yet.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Fentanyl continues to be present in a high percentage of deaths. From January 1 through October 31, 2016, fentanyl was detected in 374 cases, about 60% of all illicit drug deaths. That is almost triple the number of fentanyl-detected deaths for the same period last year.The B.C. Coroners Service during a conference today stressed the importance of those who are using drugs to be somewhere where medical attention can be administered immediately.“With the number of deaths remaining so high, the BC Coroners Service continues to stress the importance of harm-reduction measures that need to be followed by anyone using any illicit drugs or accompanying anyone who is using. These include never using alone, having naloxone and medical help readily available when using, using an overdose-prevention site or supervised-consumption site wherever possible, and knowing the signs of an overdose and calling 911 immediately.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fight against illicit drugs in B.C. is getting harder by the day.Illicit drug deaths in B.C. have hit a staggering high most notably in the month of November according to new statistics released today by the B.C. Coroners Service.128 people died from use of illicit drugs during November, an average of more than 4 a day. The previous high for a single month was 82 in January, 2016.- Advertisement -In northern B.C., numbers continue to rise. There has been 38 deaths so far in 2016 compared to 25 last year.Also alarming is that when it comes to Illicit Drug Overdose Death Rates by Health Services Delivery Area per 100,000 from 2007 to 2016, northeast B.C. has the 3rd highest rate per capita. The northeast currently sits at 23.3 while the Thompson Cariboo sits at 23.7 and Vancouver has the highest with 26.5.From January to the end of November 2016, there has been 755 apparent illicit drug overdose deaths. This is an increase of 70.4% over the number of deaths occurring the same time period last year.Advertisement
LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 3 Sir Alex Ferguson has been offered the chance to deliver United’s team talk ADVICE Solskjaer has turned things around at United Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Asked if the mind games used by his mentor were something he bought into as a manager, Solskjaer said: “Nah. I don’t think Jurgen Klopp will read what I say.“I’m not going to read what he says, or the players say. That’s further down the line I would think.“But (Ferguson) would be welcome to have his talk to the players if he wanted to, the gaffer, because we know how much it meant for him to overtake Liverpool.“I think our players know what it means for everyone at Man United.” Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED RANKED There are no firm plans for Ferguson to come in but United do not need to look far for inspiration given their current boss, a 1999 treble hero, knows all about eagerly anticipated encounters with Liverpool.“I’ve played in a few of these myself and I know the magnitude of it for the fans, for everyone who works here, the staff,” Solskjaer said. BEST OF Sir Alex Ferguson has been offered the chance to deliver Manchester United’s team talk ahead of their Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer currently leads the Red Devils and has won 11 of his first 13 matches in charge. Getty Sir Alex Ferguson and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade They remain nine unbeaten, having last tasted defeat at Anfield in December – a 3-1 loss that brought the end of Jose Mourinho’s reign.Ferguson was seen speaking to some United players after they beat Chelsea 2-0 in Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round match at Stamford Bridge and has been offered a wider audience ahead of the Liverpool match. “There have been many comments about, ‘this is the big one’ and ‘we’re looking forward to this one’.“Then it’s our job to be focusing and channelling all that energy into performance mode. It’s not about emotions.“I understand that emotion can be brought into it, but we have to stay focused and controlled but with some fight in us as well.”Listen to the Manchester United vs Liverpool clash on Sunday live on talkSPORT with kick off at 2.05pm. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 MONEY
zoomImage Courtesy: LMG Marin Norway’s ferry company Norled, part of the DSD Group, has ordered two more double ended diesel electric hybrid ferries from Polish Remontowa Shipbuilding, LMG Marin said. The two sister ships, based on the LMG 120-DEH design, were ordered less than a month after the signing of the shipbuilding contract for the first two units.As informed, the newbuildings will operate on the Mannheller-Fodnes connection.Compared to the two first ships intended for the Festøya-Solavågen route, these vessels will feature two modifications. Since the Mannheller-Fodnes route is shorter, the capacity of the battery pack will be reduced by approximately 20%.At the same time, the vessels will be certified to carry more passengers with the maximum being 395 persons.According to LMG Marin which will deliver the complete Class documentation, the design LMG 120-DEH features many energy efficient solutions including general use of heat recovery, full LED lighting, electric power transmission, demand-dependent HVAC system, low resistance hull design and weight optimized construction.