CVPS to merge with GMP

first_img May 30, 2011 … Fortis Inc (TSX – FTS), based in Canada, and Central Vermont Public Service ( NYSE – CV) of Rutland announced May 30 that they have entered … CVPS board authorizes discussions with Gaz Metro | Vermont…Jun 28, 2011 … On June 23, 2011, Gaz Metro made an unsolicited proposal to acquire all CVPS outstanding common shares for $35.25 per share in cash. … Bidding War: GMP owner GazMetro makes offer to buy CVPS, make one …Jun 23, 2011 … “Gaz Métro continues to demonstrate its commitment to Vermont with …. Gaz Métro is committed to the satisfaction of its customers, … PSB approves sale of GMP to Gaz Metro | Vermont Business Magazine “GMP has clearly listened to and addressed concerns Rutland leaders and residents have voiced since their offer was made public,” Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras said. “Ultimately I would have preferred that CVPS remain an independent company headquartered here, but through the agreement, significant, meaningful commitments to Rutland are made, especially related to local jobs, and therefore, I endorse the merger. Making Rutland the Headquarters for Operations and Energy Innovation is important to the region, and the commitments to downtown, REDC, solar development and ongoing community support have convinced me that the new merged company will be a leading corporate citizen just as CVPS has been. GMP’s commitment to a plan that any positions unfilled through natural turnover and retirement will be proportional, that CVPS will not face disproportional losses, and that relocations will not be used to reduce local jobs, was also critical to me and the City of Rutland.””We are committed to Rutland and the unique and meaningful community programs CVPS has developed here, including Shareheat, the Gift-of-Life Marathon, osprey conservation and the company’s corporate giving program,” Ms. Powell said.”We are also mindful that this new statewide utility will be serving more than 250,000 customers located across Vermont: from St. Albans to Bennington, Brattleboro to St. Johnsbury, and west across Route 2 through the capital district back to Chittenden County — and most of the towns in between,” Ms. Powell noted. “These communities are important economic drivers for Vermont, so our services and focus must be statewide.”Maximize employee knowledge and experience”Both CVPS and GMP are blessed with great employees, and it will be a privilege to meet and work alongside the CVPS staff,” said Ms. Powell. “As we write the next chapter in the story of these great companies, we must harness the experience and know-how of all employees to be the best-of-the-best for our customers.”To achieve the maximum benefits of a combination of GMP and CVPS, a transition committee, to be co-chaired by Ms. Powell and Mr. Reilly, will be created. The committee will look at the operations and business processes of each company in detail, identify best practices and craft a plan to provide customers of the combined company with the best service possible. Through this process, a combined organizational structure will be developed, which will be staffed by the strongest team of executives and professional staff available — regardless of which legacy company they came from. This substantial effort will begin soon, but will take months to complete.”This combination is a unique opportunity that will allow employees at both companies to provide quality service to our customers well into the future, while maintaining the important local bonds that set Vermont utilities apart,” added Mr. Reilly and Ms. Powell. “That’s why the CVPS and GMP teams are committed to working closely together during this transition to ensure that our customers benefit directly from this combination. We want to be sure that when the merger is complete we deliver tremendous value for our customers, exciting opportunities for our employees, and the same deep commitment to our communities and Vermont.”Shareholder benefitsIn addition to customer and community benefits, CVPS shareholders will also benefit as a result of the agreement between CVPS and Gaz Métro. Not only is the purchase price of $35.25 per common share, a 45 percent premium over the pre-Memorial Day closing price of $24.32, CVPS shareholders will retain the right to receive CVPS’s regular quarterly dividend of $0.23 per share until closing.”Gaz Métro is excited to expand its operations in Vermont through the combination of CVPS and GMP,” said Gaz Métro President and CEO Sophie Brochu. “We believe that the combination of CVPS and GMP will prove deeply beneficial to our customers. Both companies share a vigorous commitment to community and customer service that is consistent with our corporate approach.””Our philosophy is to rely on experienced local management and provide them the capital they need to grow and thrive,” added Ms. Brochu. “Mary Powell will be the president and CEO of the combined company, and she will assemble a strong local leadership team to guide the company forward.”The sale is subject to approval of CVPS common shareholders, and U.S. federal and state regulators, and is expected to be completed in approximately six to 12 months. Following the completion of the transaction, CVPS and GMP’s combined operations will join Vermont Gas Systems and Portland Natural Gas Transmission Systems under Gaz Métro’s wholly owned Vermont-based subsidiary, Northern New England Energy Corporation.BMO Capital Markets acted as Gaz Métro’s financial advisor. Legal counsel to Gaz Métro was provided by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Lazard Ltd. advised CVPS. Legal counsel to CVPS was provided by Sidley Austin LLP, Loeb & Loeb LLP, and Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC.About Central Vermont Public ServiceCVPS, the largest electric utility in Vermont, serves nearly 160,000 customers in 163 cities and towns across Vermont. CVPS has 530 employees. The company is a three-time winner of the Edison Electric Institute’s national Emergency Recovery Award, and CVPS Cow Powerâ ¢ won the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Utility Green Program of the Year Award. CVPS has been listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the most trusted companies in America for 60 straight months.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation. It serves more than 96,000 customers. www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external).About Gaz MétroWith over $3.6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is Quebec’s leading natural gas distributor. Its 10,000 kilometer network serves 300 municipalities. Gaz Métro has operated in this regulated industry since 1957 and is the trusted energy provider to its customers in Quebec and Vermont, who choose natural gas for its competitive price, efficiency, comfort and environmental benefits. Gaz Métro is also present in the electricity distribution market and is involved in natural gas transportation and storage, the development of projects such as wind power, natural gas as fuel for the transportation industry, and biomethanation. Gaz Métro is committed to the satisfaction of its customers, partners, employees and the communities it serves. www.gazmetro.com(link is external).Important Additional InformationThis communication does not constitute a solicitation of any vote or approval. This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger transaction involving CVPS. The proposed merger will be submitted to the stockholders of CVPS for their consideration. In connection therewith, CVPS will file a preliminary proxy statement and a definitive proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). CVPS also plans to file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. CVPS URGES INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF CVPS TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed or delivered to CVPS’s stockholders. In addition, stockholders will be able to obtain the proxy statement and other relevant documents filed by CVPS with the SEC free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov(link is external), or at CVPS’s website at www.cvps.com(link is external) by clicking on the link “SEC Filings.”Participants in the SolicitationCVPS and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of CVPS in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about CVPS and its directors and executive officers, and their ownership of CVPS’s securities, is set forth in the proxy statement for the annual meeting of stockholders of CVPS held on May 3, 2011, which was filed with the SEC on March 24, 2011 and which can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement relating to the proposed merger and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from the liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements include: the occurrence of any event, effect or change that could give rise to a termination of the definitive agreement entered into with Gaz Métro; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against CV and others following announcement of the agreement; the inability to complete the transaction due to the failure to obtain shareholder approva l or the failure to satisfy other conditions to the completion of the transaction, including the receipt of certain regulatory approvals; risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations and creates potential difficulties in employee retention; and the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to the transaction.These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.  RUTLAND, VT and MONTREAL–(Marketwire – July 12, 2011) -RELATED: Fortis to acquire CVPS, Vermont’s largest utility, CVPS to … Former Governor Jim Douglas also supported the merger in a commentary run last week on vermontbiz.com: ‘We can be proud that all of our utilities, including our two largest, CVPS and Green Mountain Power, have such a great record of service to our people. This is due to the dedication of the countless hard-working Vermonters who make these companies run. But as I have often said, in order for us to realize savings in our small state, whether in education spending, healthcare costs or electric rates, we must seek efficiencies through economies of scale wherever possible. For this reason, as Governor, I supported consolidation of our utilities. There are few, if any, more meaningful ways to reduce costs among regulated monopolies like utilities.’ (CLICK HERE TO READ ALL) Mar 27, 2007 … PSB approves acquisition of GMP by Gaz Metro subsidiary. The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) Monday issued its approval of Green Mountain … The leaders of Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (NYSE: CV) (CVPS) and Gaz Métro Limited Partnership (Gaz Métro) today announced that a definitive agreement for the sale of CVPS has been signed. This clears the path for the combination of CVPS and Green Mountain Power Corporation (GMP), a subsidiary of Gaz Métro, into one utility. The deal is valued at $702 million, including the assumption of about $230 million of debt.A joint statement released this morning said that the new agreement provides significant benefits for customers, community, employees and shareholders, including $144 million in customer savings over 10 years, a Vermont ownership interest in VELCO, and the establishment of the Headquarters for Operations and Energy Innovation in Rutland.The all-cash transaction will provide CVPS shareholders $35.25 per common share, a 45 percent premium over the closing price of $24.32 immediately prior to the announcement of the previous agreement CVPS had reached with Fortis Inc. The CVPS Board has terminated the agreement with Fortis after deeming “superior” the offer from Gaz Métro. It sent a $19.5 million payment to Fortis today as part of the termination of the contract ($17.5 million “break up” fee and $2 million for expenses).”CVPS and GMP will together become a stronger, more efficient enterprise, built on our deeply held mutual commitment to Vermont,” GMP President and CEO Mary Powell and CVPS President and CEO Larry Reilly said. “We believe that this is not only a tremendous opportunity for CVPS and GMP, but for Vermont’s economy at this critical time. Our combined resources will allow us to continue to provide competitively priced power, which is necessary for vibrant communities and a growing economy, and strengthen our commitment to low-carbon electricity in sync with the environmental ethic of our state.””The CVPS Board, first and foremost, had a legal responsibility to ensure the best possible deal for shareholders, but the board also wanted to ensure the best possible outcome for our customers, employees and the communities we serve, Rutland in particular,” said Bill Sayre, chairman of the CVPS Board of Directors. “GMP shared that vision, and our agreement serves all of these constituencies, and ensures CVPS’s historic commitment to Rutland will continue.”The agreement provides a number of unique benefits for customers. First, the combination of the two companies will deliver $144 million in savings for customers over the next decade — with even greater savings continuing into the future. These savings will be achieved through more efficient distribution of resources, equipment and facilities throughout a more contiguous service territory, regulatory savings and improved purchasing leverage with vendors and service providers. Savings will not be achieved through layoffs — other than some executive officers — but instead through natural retirements and turnover, which will allow for the smooth integration of both companies’ workforces.”When we deliver $144 million in savings for families, businesses and communities that frees up $144 million that can be reinvested to strengthen Vermont,” said Mr. Reilly and Ms. Powell. “We have an obligation to the public that we operate in a transparent manner and keep costs as low as possible.””Also, through the contribution of VELCO stock to a public trust, this deal presents a dual benefit by helping our neighbors in need, as well as giving Vermonters an important ownership stake in the operation of the state’s most important transmission asset,” noted Mr. Reilly and Ms. Powell. The establishment of a public trust with $1 million in annual income to support a low-income rate program is made possible by an annual dividend generated through a contribution of VELCO stock, as well as an annual charitable contribution from the combined entity. The contribution of VELCO stock to the public trust means that the new combined entity will hold less than 50 percent of VELCO voting stock, and control of VELCO will remain with Vermont entities.Finally, there are a number of important ways that the combination of CVPS and GMP will improve reliability and service for Vermonters. A contiguous service territory and one Operation Headquarters will streamline storm response to restore power faster and reduce the overall frequency and duration of outages. Also, with the benefit of the combined utility’s information technology resources, it will be able to move basic services online more swiftly, and allow customer service representatives to provide more personalized service, which will be especially important for the implementation of the statewide Smart Grid initiative.New benefits for RutlandThe companies agreed that CVPS’s historic commitment to its hometown of Rutland will remain part of the new utility’s corporate culture. To ensure that commitment, the merged company will locate its Headquarters for Operations and Energy Innovation in Rutland, and pledge to build on CVPS’s extensive community support efforts.”When the communities we serve succeed, we succeed,” said Ms. Powell. “In talking with local leaders in recent weeks, I can’t help but be excited about all that is happening in Rutland. Making sure that the Rutland region maintains a strong utility presence is important — but it is as important for us to be a catalyst for job growth. With the right mix of public and private sector support, I know that Rutland will be a strong economic engine in our state.”Governor PEter Shumlin, who previously had lent his support to a CVPS-GMP merger, said in a statement today:  ‘I’m gratified to hear that the CVPS board of directors has approved the Gaz Metro/GMP purchase offer. “Consolidation of our largest utilities promises significant savings for Vermonters and makes good sense for our energy and jobs future. Today’s decision by Central Vermont Public Service to accept Gaz Metro’s bid came after careful consideration by the board of directors. I believe they made the right decision. I expect state regulators, when considering whether to approve this deal, will ensure that the promised benefits of this purchase are realized. “I am particularly pleased to learn that Gaz Metro/GMP have put this deal together in a way that benefits the Rutland community and economy.’The Headquarters for Operations and Energy Innovation will be the combined company’s command post for utility operations. On the energy innovation side, the headquarters will include staff focused on creative generation solutions, such as distributed generation and renewable energy projects. The nature of the work will mean enhancing appropriate staff at the Rutland headquarters.In addition to locating the Operations Headquarters in Rutland, the combined company will:* Commit to no layoffs other than some executive officer positions due to the consolidation, nor the mandatory relocation of Rutland employees. Under the combined company’s plan for customer savings, natural retirements and turnovers will be proportional between CVPS and GMP;* Work with local leaders to find space in the downtown for a new facility — with a strong preference towards rehabilitating vacant downtown space — and work on a plan to repurpose existing CVPS facilities;* Create a $100,000 “Open for Business” fund, to be administered by Rutland’s Downtown Partnership, to help continue the revitalization of downtown Rutland by subsidizing rent for several new businesses for up to two years. CVPS will provide half the funds immediately, with GMP providing the second half at closing;* Create a $100,000 “Green Growth” fund, to be administered by the Rutland Economic Development Corporation (REDC), to support specific initiatives to advance green sector jobs and technologies. CVPS will provide half the funds immediately, with GMP providing the second half at closing;* Kick-start a significant new “Solar City” program in Rutland. Building on CVPS’s renewable energy success with CVPS Cow Power and other programs, GMP will bring its expertise in solar power to develop ideas such as a commercial-size solar orchard, small-scale backyard and rooftop solar, and deployment of other renewable energy technology. In the coming weeks, a committee of Rutland region leaders and interested residents will be announced to help develop these ideas and recommend a direction for the effort.last_img read more

East Islip Shooting Under Investigation

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are looking for the gunman who fired at least one shot during a confrontation in East Islip on Saturday night, authorities said.Residents of a house on Woodland Drive noticed two men armed with handguns standing in their yard before the confrontation and one of the gunmen opened fire at 9:45 p.m., police said.There were no reported injuries. The suspects fled the scene on foot.Third Squad detectives are asking anyone with information to call them at 631-854-8352 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img

Marrone will handle players’ arrests internally; says Spruill currently eligible for Pinstripe Bowl

first_imgNEW YORK — Marquis Spruill is currently eligible to play in the Pinstripe Bowl, Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday.Spruill was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he and teammate Steve Rene were arrested Sunday. Rene, who is out for the season after undergoing surgery for an upper-body injury, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.Speaking after a news conference at Yankee Stadium, Marrone said he was disappointed in his players’ behavior but will handle it internally.Spruill and Rene will appear in court on Dec. 19, 10 days before the Pinstripe Bowl.“Obviously we’re disappointed in the behavior of both of our players,” Marrone said. “I’ll handle it internally. That’s really it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSpruill, an outside linebacker, is crucial to the SU defense and ranks fourth on the team in tackles.“Just like for all our players, you have to earn that right and keep going in the right direction, and we’ll handle things internally,” Marrone said. “Up until the point, we expect our players to act in a proper fashion and with the expectations of our school because we represent Syracuse University. We’re disappointed in what has occurred.” Comments Published on December 6, 2012 at 5:42 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Angels loosening restrictions on reliever use for second-half push

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “I don’t think (a stint in the minors) will hurt him,” Ausmus said. “I think he’s still very capable of pitching here. I don’t know that he necessarily needed to go back, not at this point. My guess is we’ll see him again.”The Angels could recall Jaime Barría to pitch on Friday. Barría has allowed three runs in 10 innings in his last two big-league starts, but he gave up nine runs in a Triple-A start on Saturday.ALSOThe Angels activated Brian Goodwin from the injured list and sent Michael Hermosillo back to Triple-A after one day in the majors. Goodwin had been out with a bruised right wrist. …JC Ramírez was scheduled for a rehab outing at Triple-A on Wednesday night. Ramírez, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, has a 7.91 ERA in nine minor league games…David Fletcher was the Angels’ winner of the MLB Players’ Association’s Heart and Hustle Award. Former players select current players who “demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.” Each of the 30 teams has a winner, and at the end of the season a major-league wide winner is selected. Mike Trout was the MLB winner in 2012.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Félix Peña, 7-2, 4.32) vs. Astros (RHP Gerrit Cole, 9-5, 3.23), Wednesday, 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I’m not going to run guys out there on a regular basis three days in a row. Certainly, the pitch count they have in the previous two days would come into play, and the stress of the innings, but we need to win baseball games.”At this point, there have been 123 instances across the majors of a pitcher working at least three days in a row, and the Angels had just two of them.Buttrey said he volunteered to Ausmus and pitching coach Doug White before Monday’s game that he was good to go if they needed him.He said the way he’s been used up until now has helped preserve his strength.“You see teams that use guys in the tough situations for the first three months and then start to fall off during the last month or month and a half,” Buttrey said. “The Angels were kind of prepared for this situation. We’re in the wild card hunt. It could come down to just a couple games.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter SUAREZ’S STATUSWhen the Angels sent down José Suarez on Monday, it means that someone else will have to take his rotation spot when his turn would have come up again, on Friday in Seattle. Ausmus said the move was because Suarez had options and they needed to bring up an outfielder to cover for Mike Trout, who was out with a calf injury.Suarez, however, also had a 5.51 ERA after his first seven big league starts. Three of them have been against the Mariners, who he would have faced again this weekend.Related Articles ANAHEIM — When Ty Buttrey came jogging in from the bullpen on Monday night to protect a four-run lead against the Houston Astros, it was a sign that the Angels’ season is reaching a new level of urgency.It was the third straight day that Manager Brad Ausmus had used Buttrey. Ausmus had used a reliever three days in a row just one other time all season, when he used Luís García from June 27-29.Ausmus said Tuesday that for “the rest of the way” he would loosen up the restriction against pitching three days in a row.“Earlier in the season I didn’t like it, but later I might be more apt to do it,” Ausmus said. “It’s a situation where we’re facing a team we’re chasing and I wanted to make sure we held on to the lead. And they’re a very good offensive club as well. …last_img read more

When Video Gaming Goes Green

first_imgA video game released this week allows players to redevelop a community to green perfection – without pulling permitsOne of the newest titles in the realm of resource management video games is “Plan It Green,” in which, as mayor of the formerly fair city of Greenville, your mandate is to rescue your little burg from the grip of deterioration and pollution.Or as your speechwriter might phrase it, put the green back in Greenville.“Build eco-homes and apply green upgrades, all while bringing new clean jobs and industry to your city. Increase your Greendex as you leave behind the ways of the past and create a beautiful, sustainable metropolis!” says the introduction to the game, which was co-created by National Geographic and game publisher Merscom.I haven’t yet played this title (it is available for download for about $20), but a game reviewer I trust, David Becker, this week posted his take on “Plan It Green” on the gamer site Gamezebo. There’s a lot to like about this release, he says, in terms of challenge (the pace is quick from the get-go), graphics, and well-thought-out building options (including zero-energy homes, Co-Op Markets, parks, and other structures) that can be applied in the eight districts you visit in your capacity as mayor and builder in chief.These changes have to be made at the right time, though, so you can raise a certain amount in daily taxes (and energy credits), research new buildings, or apply upgrades (including thermal insulation paint, solar panels, and eco gardens) to certain buildings and settings.It could be that after a long day of sweating details on an actual construction project, your interest in this type of recreation might be diminished.But maybe not.“It might sound a bit odd,” Becker writes, “but “Plan It Green” is a great way to forget real environmental problems for a few hours by solving them virtually.”last_img read more

Shooting of BC hockey dad in driveway was case of mistaken identity

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – The wife of a man gunned down in what police say was a case of mistaken identity is pleading for any information that would solve the murder the family is struggling to understand.Paul Bennett, 47, was shot in his driveway in Surrey, B.C., on the afternoon of June 23. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Thursday he was the unintended victim of a targeted shooting.Darlene Bennett described her husband as the kind of man who wore his heart on his sleeve, volunteered his time freely, both as a hockey coach for their boys or to fill a call shift at the hospital where he worked.“He loved being a nurse, especially working in the operating room,” she said Thursday. “He found his element in the midst of chaos. There’s always opportunity to save a life or improve it.”He didn’t have a criminal record and wasn’t involved in any criminal activity, she told a news conference through tears.“We are grieving and traumatized by his loss and praying to understand why this has happened to our family. “Bennett was shot in front of his home at about 4 p.m. in what Darlene Bennett said was complete disregard for public safety in a quiet residential area.Cpl. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said people involved in such shootings aren’t interested in public safety.He said the death of the beloved father, hockey coach, brother and husband is tragic.Police released surveillance video from a home in the area showing just a few seconds of a newer, four-door Honda Civic driving past.Jang said it is associated with the homicide and police need anyone who has information to come forward.“We are working very hard to determine who the intended target was. That is one of our priorities, for investigators and our partners.”Two teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were also murdered in June. They were found on a road in Surrey in what police believe was a targeted shooting.A task force aimed at preventing gang violence in Surrey released a report earlier this month recommending more police enforcement, an expanded gang exit program and an initiative that would allow businesses to ban alleged gangsters from their premises.last_img read more

Robert Griffin III Sidelined After Injury Scare

Washington Redskins coaches decided to bench quarterback Robert Griffin III on Sunday after he bruised his knee during a hit from 335-pound Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.Doctors cleared Griffin to return in their 45-21 loss to the Denver Broncos, but coaches opted to keep him off the field.After falling to the ground in pain, Griffin’s left knee was examined by doctors.“I think it just scared me,” he said.The left knee isn’t the same knee that Griffin had surgery on in January, after he tore his ACL in last year’s playoffs.When asked about Griffin’s left knee Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said: “I think he’s fine. Doctors felt like he could have went back in.”Griffin told the media after the game: “We decided it was smart to just keep me off the field and be ready to go next week.” read more

Fire breaks out at Priya Cinema no casualties

first_imgKolkata: Fire broke out at the first floor of Priya Cinema Hall, one of the premier movie theatres of the city, at around 10:15 pm on Sunday. According to initial reports, the heater of a momo counter has been said to be the cause behind the mishap.Five fire engines rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control. The owner of the theatre Arijit Dutta, along with four of his family members were rescued from the building. Rescue work is still underway. However, no casualties have been reported as of now. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee visited the spot soon after the incident and surveyed the area and the extent of damage.Preliminary investigation has revealed that the momo counter which caught fire, did not have enough fire extinguishers in supply. A forensic team is likely to visit the spot on Monday morning.last_img read more