Whiplash claims need objective evidence, say insurers

first_imgThe body representing the insurance industry has called for compensation for whiplash claims to be withheld until there is ‘objective evidence’ of injury. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has urged the government to look at radical action to tackle growing numbers of whiplash claims. Speaking at today’s Lyons Davidson international whiplash conference in Bristol, James Dalton, the ABI’s head of motor and liability, argued for a cap on the level of damages for whiplash claims. He also advocated a panel of independent doctors to assess neck injuries, rather than the claimant’s GP. The ABI and its members will meet the government this spring for discussions on reform, with the prime minister known to be keen to change the current system. Dalton said: ‘The fact that whiplash is virtually impossible to disprove means that for too many it has become the fraud of choice, often aided and abetted by ambulance-chasing lawyers and claims management firms. The crackdown on our whiplash epidemic has started with the government’s reform of civil litigation which will reduce the scope for “have a go” claims. But we also need to consider radical action if we are to get a grip on whiplash.’ The ABI says there are 57,000 claims for whiplash every year, costing insurers more than £2bn and adding an average £90 a year to motor premiums. The forthcoming summit, to follow a Downing Street meeting between David Cameron and insurers in January, will again raise accusations that the government is biased towards the insurance industry. ABI director Nick Starling, speaking at a conference last week, denied that his group had too much political influence. ‘We know our job [as lobbyists] and we know how to get in there,’ he said. ‘This myth that we get unprecedented access to [justice minister] Jonathan Djanogly is exactly that: a myth.’last_img read more

WEATHER: Weak unstable conditions are affecting the area

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img 320 Views   no discussions LocalNews WEATHER: Weak unstable conditions are affecting the area by: – March 9, 2017 The Weather Outlook for Dominica and the Lesser Antilles, valid from 6:00 AM on Thursday, March 9, 2017 issued by the Dominica Meteorological Service indicates that weak unstable conditions are affecting the country.The advisory issued is as follows;Weak unstable conditions generated by a dissipating frontal boundary are expected to continue to produce an increase in cloudiness and shower activity across the area into the weekend. Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to exercise caution. Rough seas are expected during the next 24 to 48 hours peaking near 12.0 feet in northerly swells. A Small Craft Warning and a High Surf Advisory remains in effect for above normal seas and brisk winds. All users of the sea, particularly on the western, northern and eastern coast, are advised to exercise extreme caution.Forecast for Today and Tonight is mostly cloudy to overcast at times and windy with scattered showers.Wind: North easterly to East north easterly @ 20 to 50 km/h .Sea Conditions: Rough in open water.Waves: 3.0 to 3.5 meters or 10.0 to 12.0 feet.Warning/Advisory: A Small Craft Warning and a High Surf Advisory remains in effect for above normal seas and brisk wind.Sunrise: 6:17 AMSunset: 6:15 PMLow Tide: 6:49 AM and 8:05 PMHigh Tide: 1:43 AM and 1:23 PMMeanwhile, a low pressure system anchored in the north-central Atlantic has been generating large swells which are propagating southwards into the Lesser Antilles. Northerly to north-easterly swells of 3.0 to 4.0m (10 to 13 ft.) will start to affect the coastal waters around Dominica, particularly on the west, north and eastern side of the island tonight. This activity is expected to persist for the remainder of the week and may become even more adverse at times of high tide.As a consequence, a HIGH-SURF ADVISORY and SMALL-CRAFT WARNING will be in effect for Dominica from 12:00 noon today, Tuesday 7th March through 6:00 p.m. Saturday 11th March, 2017.Large waves and dangerous rip-currents can be expected mainly along the west, north, and east coasts of Dominica, which will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators. Sea-bathers and other users of the sea are also advised to stay out of the water.A small-craft Warning means in this case that mean wind-speeds of 25 to 33 knots (47 to 62 km/h) and/or seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) will be affecting the marine area.A High-Surf Advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses a threat to life and property within the surf zone. This Advisory and Warning will be in effect until 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 11th March, 2017.last_img read more

Bajaj “Bapake, “Jadi Andalan Patroli Polres Cilacap

first_imgBapake yang berpatroli milik Polres Cilacap Pernah Anda membayangkan kendaraan roda tiga seperti Bajaj digunakan sebagai kendaraan patroli polisi? Mungkin beberapa diantara Anda pernah, namun berpikir itu adalah hal yang mustahil bahkan tidak mungkin terjadi apalagi di ibu kota Jakarta. Tapi ternyata salah satu Polres di Jawa Tengah membuat sebuah bajaj bisa bersanding dengan mobil LCGC maupun kendaraan sport lainnya milik kepolisian.Baca juga: ZEV T3-1 Micro, Van Ukuran Mini yang Mirip Bajaj QuteKabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari berbagai laman sumber, Bajaj yang digunakan sebagai kendaraan patroli oleh pihak kepolisian ini ada di Cilacap. Namanya pun unik yakni Bapake (Bajaj Patroli Keamanan dan Edukasi), sehingga tidak hanya berpatroli tetapi memberikan edukasi pada masyarakat Cilacap. Polres Cilacap ternyata sudah menggunakan Bajaj yang menjadi banyak perhatian itu sekitar satu bulan lalu. Meski baru ada satu, pihak Polres Cilacap sendiri rencananya akan menambah unit Bapake ini untuk berpatroli.Bapake berpatroli bersama polisi CilacapTenang saja, Bajaj yang satu ini tidak kalah dengan kendaraan patroli polisi lainnya, sebab kelengkapan didalam Bapake ternyata sama dengan kendaraan patroli lainnya. Karena Bapake dilengkapi dengan rotator, strobo hingga pengeras suara.Bapake sendiri bisa terkenal dan viral di masyarakat luar Cilacap setelah ada unggahan di akun Instagram milik @satlantasrescilacap pada Kamis, 9 Agustus 2018 kemarin. Sebagai kendaraan patroli bodi Bajaj ini berwarna dasar putih dengan tambahan warna biru dan merah serta dilengkapi dengan plat dinas, stiker bergambar logo Satlatas Polres Cilacap dan stiker polisi cukup besar di bagian atas kaca depan Bajaj.Bapake merupakan produksi TVS yakni TVS Kargo yang sudah diubah dengan livery ala kendaraan patroli Kepolisian Indonesia. Kargo menggunakan mesin Duralife 199,26 cc dan pendingin udara dengan konfigurasi 4 tak SOHC karburator.Baca juga: Setelah 2 Tahun Tak Jelas Juntrungannya, Tiny Microlino EV Akhirnya Legal di Jalanan EropaMesin yang berada di belakang bertenaga 8,58 dk di 5250 rpm dan torsi 14,95 Nm di 3250 rpm yang tersalur langsung ke as roda dari girboks sehingga membuat tarikannya lebih responsif.Bagaimana dengan Polres di Indonesia lainnya, mau coba pakai kendaraan unik seperti di Cilacap untuk patroli?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedIni Baru Dahsyat! Bajaj di India Angkut 24 Penumpang dan Jadi Viral14/08/2019In “Darat”Bajaj, Angkutan Beroda Tiga Yang Melegenda20/02/2017In “Analisa Angkutan”Jamnalal Bajaj, Sang Pendiri Bajaj Yang Terlahir dari Keluarga Marjinal05/09/2017In “Analisa Angkutan”last_img read more

Kotoko qualify for CAF Confederation Cup group stage

first_imgAsante Kotoko on Sunday advanced to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup on a 4:3 goal aggregate after surviving a scary onslaught from Libyan side Al-Ittihad.Kotoko, unusually lacking fluidity, won the second leg encounter at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi 3:1, having lost the first leg 2:1 in Tripoli, Libya a fortnight earlier.Kotoko achieved the feat courtesy a late penalty converted by Eric Bekoe, but the Porcupine Warriors also have a lot to thank their Burkinabe international goalkeeper, Soulama for. The brilliant goalkeeper came between the Libyans and several goal-bound shots on an occasion his defence looked just lethargic.And the ill-tempered Al-Ittihad players charged at the match officials while their officials engaged security men in scuffles after the final whistle, claiming to have been cheated after Tunisian referee Trabelsi Aouaz disallowed what appeared a perfect second half equaliser to Eric Bekoe’s 8th minute opener.A Libyan attacker, sandwiched between two Kotoko defenders, managed to head home a great cross to set off wild jubilation among his colleagues, leaving the Kotoko defence with arguments over who should have done what. But the Libyans were stunned with the referee’s decision disallowing the goal for offside.When play resumed, it was Kotoko who added to their tally when Jordan Opoku riffled in the second goal from outside the visitors’ box. And while goalkeeper Soumala was busy parrying shots and stopping point-blank, goal-bound shots, it took his compatriot, Pierre Coulibaly to break his resolve and throw the game wide with a powerfully headed shot with 10 minutes left.With three minutes of play to go, a moment of bravery by Eric Bekoe, who attempted to juggle the ball in the opponents’ box, saw a defender apply his hands for an undisputed penalty. Bekoe elected to effect the kick and sent the Libyan goalkeeper in the wrong direction for the much-needed winner.Author: Isaac Yeboahlast_img read more

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, June 30, 2020•3 a.m. Officers took a Miscellaneous Report in the 800 block W. Hillside St, Wellington.•2:51 p.m. Officers took a vehicle theft report in the 200 block N. C St, Wellington.•6:20 p.m. Officers took a criminal damage to property report in the 1000 block E. 16th St, Wellington.•7:38 p.m. Officers responded to a juvenile problem in the 1000 block E. 16th St, Wellington.last_img

Photo of the Week: Red-tailed Hawk

first_imgAfter a week of gray cloudy skies followed by two days of freezing cold weather and snow flurries, it was wonderful to wake up this morning to clear blue skies and a bright shining sun. Which meant I spent most of my day birdwatching, looking for:Whooping Crane (found it!)Golden Eagle (no luck)Migrating waterfowlSandhill Cranes (hundreds!)Birds that overwinter in MichiganI had a successful day! Driving down a back road in Jackson County in southeast Michigan, peering at Mallards on a shallow small lake, I spotted this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk perched on a snag. The hawk didn’t seem to mind when I slowed down to take a few pictures. And then it turned its head around and flew off into the field beyond the tree. I’m thinking it found a late lunch. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Autumn Grasses and WeedsFor the day after Thanksgiving, our family took a walk in the woods at Kensington Metro Park near Milford, Michigan. It was the perfect way to enjoy the afternoon: relatively warm autumn weather, bright sunshine, and an escape from the constant Black Friday sales promotions. Not many birds to be…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Winter Rainbow at Lake Erie MetroparkDid you see it? Look in the sky, to the left of the pond. I was expecting another hawk. Or perhaps a Great Blue Heron slowly winging its way across the early morning sky at Lake Erie Metropark on the northeastern shore of Lake Erie. I was surprised by what…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Migrating Sandhill CranesYou would think that the first major cold spell in November, with snow squalls and temperatures in the mid-twenties, would keep most people inside enjoying a hot beverage on a gray, fall cloudy day. Not me! I was out searching for Sandhill Cranes browsing the cornfields in southeast Michigan before…In “Michigan”last_img read more

Spencer volleyball finishes third at Reedsburg Invitational

first_imgRogers has 47 digs, six aces for Rockets in four matchesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterREEDSBURG — The Spencer volleyball team went 2-2 to finish third at the Reedsburg Invitational on Saturday at Reedsburg High School.The Rockets’ wins came 29-27, 25-20 over Hillsboro and 22-25, 25-10, 15-8 over Adams-Friendship.Jenna Schober finished with 32 kills and 38 digs, Jenna Rogers had 47 digs and six service aces, and Liz Endreas added 26 kills for the Rockets.Setters Sadie Mercier and McKenzie Bainer had 37 and 28 assists, respectively.“We played some really good teams, and we did not bring our ‘A’ game,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “When you face solid Division 1 teams, you have to play your best. Hopefully the solid competition helps us build as we head to the playoffs.Spencer will play Colby at home on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

New Mandatory Drone Registration: The Worst-Case Scenarios

first_imgBuilding a Workplace for the Next 100 Years Related Posts gregory ferenstein Tags:#drone#drone regulation#law#legislation This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.Federal regulators are eyeing the drone industry. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a task force charged with setting the new rules around mandatory registration for some commercial drones. The yet-to-be-determined rules have drone enthusiasts and lobbyists worried about what regulations could do to the nascent industry. See also: Weaponized Drones Are Now Legal In The U.S. Reports indicate that mandatory registration is created primarily so that law enforcement can hunt down operators who cause public safety violations, like recent drone crashes at sporting events or those buzzing dangerously close to commercial airliners. If a drone is recovered at a crash site, a registration number will make it easier to find the culprit.So, what’s to worry about simple registration? I asked experts about the worst-case scenario, to see if all the handwringing was justified. They mentioned several. Burdening Consumers And ManufacturersOne of the consensus concerns was overburdening consumers. Make it too cumbersome for a parent to buy their child a flying toy, and they’ll just buy something else. “There is the risk that this a federal registry could be bad for the industry overall by being overly broad, e.g. requiring every kid with a toy drone to be on a federal list,” said Daniel Castro, vice president of industry lobby The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. “If we make it too hard for users to have these devices, they won’t buy them.” Similarly, the rules are supposed to come out by the winter, which is especially worrisome for manufacturers who make much of their money during the holidays. “The task force is expected to complete its work a month from now in order to have a program in place for the holiday shopping season,” said Doug Johnson, VP of technology for the Consumer Electronics Association. Given the tight timeline, one expert worries if agencies will even have the capacity to handle such an operation. “I’m not sure how an agency that is already getting extra manpower just to make regulations about drones in the first place is going to successfully get the bureaucracy to process registrations set up, much less operate efficiently,” said Jeremy Gillula of civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation. Curtailing Free Speech And Privacy“A national registry has serious implications for privacy,” Castro argued. “Journalists may want to use drone photography to investigate government or industry corruption, or citizen journalists may want to use drones as part of a protest.” He urges lawmakers to come up with rules that still protect legitimate anonymous actions where possible.The EFF is especially concerned that the feds are overstepping their authority and not permitting the usual democratic process to take place.“The bigger issue is that they seem to be completely ignoring normal federal procedures for enacting new regulations,” warned Gillula. “They haven’t issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.” An FAA spokesperson responded by saying that drones qualify as aircraft, which are already subject to regulation: “By statute all aircraft are required to be registered. Congress has defined ‘aircraft’ to include UAS [unmanned aircraft system], regardless of whether they are operated for commercial purposes or by modelers and hobbyists. No rule is necessary to implement this statutory obligation.” So, whatever the rules, the feds clearly think they are writing regulations within their legal mandate. The public will know more in the coming months. But, it seems that experts do have legitimate concerns—especially with the busy holiday season fast approaching. *For more stories like this, subscribe to the Ferenstein Wire newsletter here. Lead photo by Adriana Lee for ReadWritecenter_img How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U…last_img read more

a month ago​Liverpool boss Klopp reveals hilarious Rocky speech fail in BVB days

first_img​Liverpool boss Klopp reveals hilarious Rocky speech fail in BVB daysby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed his failure to rouse his players by using a speech from the movie Rocky IV.Klopp was speaking about his career and achievements at the FIFA gala where he won the Best Men’s Coach award for the previous year.And he mentioned an incident where he gave his Borussia Dortmund players a Rocky-themed speech before a game against Bayern Munich.”My Borussia Dortmund team were playing Bayern Munich,” Klopp told The Players’ Tribune.”It was a huge match in the league. We hadn’t won in Munich in something like 20 years. I take a lot of inspiration from movies, so whenever I needed to motivate the boys I would always think of Rocky Balboa. In my opinion, they should show Rocky 1, 2, 3 and 4 in public schools all across the world. It should be like learning the alphabet. If you watch these movies and you don’t want to climb to the top of a mountain, then I think something is wrong with you.””So the night before we played Bayern, I gathered all my players at the hotel for our team talk. I told them the truth of the situation: ‘The last time Dortmund won in Munich, most of you were still in your Pampers.’ Then I started playing some scenes from Rocky IV on the screen. The one with Ivan Drago. A classic, in my opinion. “Drago is running on the treadmill, and he’s hooked up to the big computer monitors and the scientists are studying him. I told the boys, ‘You see? Bayern Munich is Ivan Drago. The best of everything! The best technology! The best machines! He’s unstoppable!’ Then you see Rocky training in Siberia in his little log cabin. He’s chopping down pine trees and carrying logs through the snow and running up to the top of the mountain. “I told the boys, ‘You see? That’s us. We are Rocky. We are smaller, yes. But we have the passion! We have the heart of a champion! We can do the impossible!’ I was going on and on, and then at some point, I look out to all my boys to see their reaction.”I was expecting them to be standing up on their chairs, ready to go run up a mountain in Siberia, going absolutely crazy. But everyone is just sitting there, staring at me with dead eyes. Completely blank. They’re looking at me like, ‘What in the world is this crazy man talking about?’ So then I realised, ‘Wait, when did Rocky IV come out, 1980-something? When were these boys born?’ Finally, I said, ‘Wait a minute, boys. Please raise your hand if you know who Rocky Balboa is?’ Only two hands went up.”Everyone else, ‘Nope, sorry, boss.’ My entire speech — nonsense! This is the most important match of the season. Maybe the most important match of some of the players’ lives. And the manager has been screaming about Soviet technology and Siberia for the last 10 minutes! Can you believe this? I had to start my whole speech over from scratch. “You see, this is the real story. This is what actually happens in life. We are human beings. Sometimes, we embarrass ourselves. That’s how it is. We think we’re giving the greatest speech in the history of football, and we’re actually talking complete nonsense. But we get up the next morning and we go again. “Do you know the strangest part of that story? I honestly cannot be sure if we won or lost the match. I am pretty sure that I gave this speech in 2011 before we won 3–1, and that certainly makes for a much better story! But I can’t be 100% sure. This is one thing about football that people don’t always understand. The results, you forget. You get them all mixed up.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Quinton Aaron To Host Charity Golf

first_imgActor Quinton Aaron, best known for starring in the Oscar nominated film The Blind Side, is gathering his celebrity friends to help raise money for his anti-bullying charity, The Quinton Aaron Foundation.The festivities will begin in Atlanta, GA on August 14th at The Bobby Jones Golf Course, where Quinton will host his annual celebrity golf invitational. The following day is Quinton’s thirtieth birthday and he will be celebrating this milestone with celebrities and tournament attendees with an exclusive party in the clubhouse. Confirmed celebrities include fellow actor Jae Head, and expected guests Dikembe Mutombo, Clay Aiken, Alice in Chains, Donny Osmond, and many more.In addition to his charitable efforts, Quinton has also been busy this summer with a slew of major movie roles. He was seen in television appearances on One Tree Hill and Law and Order and will soon be hitting the silver screen again with roles in Broken Doll with Cuba Gooding Jr., Money Is King, Halfway, and Wild Minds.
Quinton Aaron now dedicates himself to sharing his experiences, finding meaningful solutions, and helping children who find themselves victims of bullying and childhood obesity. Quinton’s approach, openly and honestly dealing with these issues, has already proven tremendously successful. Aaron and his foundation started delivering his anti-bullying message in October of 2012 and since then, he and his team have visited countless schools, churches, and anti-bullying programs around the country. In 2015, The Quinton Aaron Foundation intends to bring its message to the entire world in the form of the first ever, “Anti-Bullying World Summit.” For more on The Quinton Aaron Foundation, click here.last_img read more