Independent firms could pay less to trade after the Local Government Association (LGA) said that local government should set local business rates.Authorities are concerned that smaller businesses, such as craft bakeries, which do the majority of trading on the high street and not online, are being unfairly impacted by current business rates.Councils are also calling for government to explore the potential for linking business rates to turnover and e-commerce as part of the reforms to make business rates fairer.This would allow councils to have more flexibility to reduce business rates on a circumstantial basis, for the types of shops and businesses that locals want in their high streets.The Chancellor is being urged to deliver a boost for small businesses in next month’s Autumn Statement by committing to devolving control of business rates down to local government.Councillor David Sparks, chairman of the LGA, said: “We need a system of local business taxation which is fit for the 21st century, which supports the areas in which companies operate and which helps, rather than hinders, business and the growth of our economy.“The current system is failing to do that. Councils cannot support their local businesses as much as they would like to. There are many areas in which local authorities have been successful in helping new firms to open and keep small businesses alive, but in reality we are working with one hand tied behind our backs.”
Justin Kay raised the IMCA modern era bar by winning his career fourth national Late Model crown. At left is Clay Smith of Speedway Motors and at right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)WHEATLAND, Iowa – A driver who has an appreciation for racing history and all the numbers that go into the sport made IMCA Late Model history this season.Justin Kay became the first four-time national champion in the modern era of the division, winning 16 features and finishing in the top five in 30 of his 33 starts.He was also one of just two IMCA drivers winning track championships in different divisions, topping both Late Model and Modified point standings at Farley Speedway.“Winning the national championship is always in the back of your mind at the start of the year. Deery Brothers races counted toward national points this year and we had early success in the series,” said Kay, from Wheatland, Iowa. “In May, we decided to keep racing at Farley and see how things played out.”A five-time winner on the Late Model tour circuit and in weekly shows at Farley, Kay also collected three checkers at Dubuque Speedway and single wins at Davenport Speedway and Maquoketa Speedway.His sole out-of-state victory came on opening night of the One Night Stand at LaSalle, Ill., Speedway.“The big thing for us continued to be maintenance on the car and that is a tribute to my crew,” Kay said. “We just don’t have the failures that prevent us from finishing races. I think the worst thing that happened this year was a broken oil pump and that was on a night when we still managed to finish fourth.”Kay wrote his own chapter in the IMCA history book on June 13 at West Liberty Raceway, when he became the first driver to win Deery Brothers Summer Series and Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour Modified events on the same night.“It’s always pretty neat to be able to do something that no one else has done,” noted Kay, “and it’s neat to have had the opportunity to do it. We weren’t sure at the start of the year how often we would race the Modified.”His numbers in the open wheeled class show success similar to the Late Model: Eleven wins and 16 total top five finishes in 22 starts.“There are a lot of things I like about racing both divisions, Kay said. “Usually I’m out there in the Modified before the Late Model so I get a feel for what the track is like, which gives me a bit of an advantage. More laps is always better.”Two of his biggest wins of the season came Sept 22 and 23. Kay earned $5,000 for both his Friday night’s Modified Governor’s Cup win and the Saturday win in the Liberty 100 Deery finale at West Liberty.“The Liberty 100 always seems to be one of my season highlights. It’s 100 laps and I always seem to do well in long races,” he said. “We had to restart at the back (on the 26th lap) and were able to keep going and get the lead at the end.”Kay was fourth and scored a $10,750 payday at Batesville Motor Speedway’s inaugural Race For Hope 74 the following weekend.“That race was a blast. Promoter Mooney Starr and (race sponsor) Mark Martin are neat to be around,” he said. “I love the track. They did so many little things to make it a neat weekend. I can’t wait to go back next year.”Kay had also won national Late Model titles from 2013-2015 and shared the previous career mark with Darrel DeFrance, Ray Guss Jr. and Rob Toland.He now has 81 career wins in the division, ninth on the divisional list since 1987 and tied for 13th with Dick Hutcherson on the all-time list.Starts-33 Wins-16 Additional Top Fives-14HIS CREW: Parents and car owners Ricky and Brenda Kay, Tyson Gheer, Tyler Madigan, Scott Fitzpatrick and cousin Jason Kay.HIS SPONSORS: Kay Farms and Elevator, Wheatland Ag Center, JMR Gheer’d Up Race Cars, Petersen Insurance, Wheatland Auto Body, JR’s Place Bar & Grill and HeineeJo’s Bar & Grill, all of Wheatland; Crop Production Services and Dow Agri-Science/Abby Inglis, both of Wyoming; Hoker Trucking of Dixon; Grove Automotive of Dubuque; Doug Nigh’s RPMS of Maquoketa; Allstar Performance of Watervliet, Mich.; Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls; JRi Shocks of Mooresville, N.C.; Sweet Manufacturing of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Wilwood of Camarillo, Calif.; Eibach Springs of Corona, Calif.; Wehrs Machine of Bangor, Wis.; Chase Race Decals of Ames; Real Wheels of Independence; Callies Crankshafts of Fostoria, Ohio; DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends of Lancaster, Pa.; Dynamic Drivelines and Karl Performance, both of Des Moines; and Mycogen Seeds, Cary Gruenwald of Lost Nation.
A walk to the barber’s shop for new Kayserispor recruit Asamoah Gyan turned emotional for the Ghana captain.He met 11-year-old Hussein who works in the barbering shop.Barbering talk soon developed between the two and later zoomed to the 11-year-old story of survival in war-torn Syria.Hussein as he is known used to live in Mosul, Syria with his family of eight but relocated to Turkey after a bomb attack in their community.It was easy even if painful to remember that horrific incident one day while he was playing football with some friends.A bomb ripped through the compound, killing eight of his friends including his best friend, Mohammed. For Gyan new to harrowing tales of bombings, the 11-year old’s brush with death at so tender an age touched him.Husein talked about his passion for football and a hope for a professional career which now looks dashed for reasons not disclosed.On the other side of tale, Gyan told of how after struggling to break through into professional football, he has been blessed with a career which brings in a lot of money-counting and also an avenue for philanthropy.The Black Stars captain has signed a two-year deal with Turkish side Kayserispor.
Real Madrid boss Zidane insists he can’t afford to rest Ramosby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he can’t afford to rest Sergio Ramos.Real meet Club Brugge in the Champions League tonight.Zidane said of his captain: “It’s not that I don’t have a replacement because I can play others there, but Sergio is Sergio. He’s our leader, our captain. I can’t imagine him not here. It’s true that from time to time he needs to rest but not now.”On Karim Benzema, he added: “The Champions League is a very special competition for him and for everyone. When we see the trophy room, we know that we are the team with the most European Cups. We know Karim’s quality. What I like most about him is that he is a different player. I see a responsible, more mature player and that makes a difference.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
NEW YORK — The Latest on Sears bankruptcy auction (all times local):5 p.m.A group of Sears creditors are challenging Chairman Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund’s winning bid to buy the business in a bankruptcy auction and wants to sue the billionaire and his hedge fund.That’s according to a court filing Thursday in which the creditors contend that Lampert has painted himself as the saviour of the company, but has instead made a series of moves over the years that have benefited himself and his hedge fund ESL.Sears confirmed early Thursday that ESL had won tentative approval for a $5.2 billion plan to buy 425 stores and the rest of the company’s assets, staving off a liquidation of the iconic brand.The move would preserve 45,000 jobs, but it is still subject to approval by a bankruptcy judge on Feb. 1.ESL says in a statement that all transactions were done in good faith and were also approved by the company’s board, including independent directors.A spokesman for Sears Holding Corp. declined to comment.___12:20 p.m.Sears is confirming reports its chairman and largest shareholder Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund has won a bid to buy roughly 400 stores and other assets for $5.2 billion.The move, announced Thursday, preserves 45,000 jobs and is subject to court approval on Feb. 1. Creditors will have the opportunity to object before then.The deal will then close Feb. 8.The agreement follows marathon negotiations that started early Monday as Lampert was fending off demands from creditors who were pushing for liquidation.Lampert’s ESL Investments was the only one to put forth a proposal to rescue the floundering company in its entirety. He had sweetened his bid multiple times.The Associated Press
HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Constable Bill McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP published a policing report which said that police responded to 45 calls for service over the past four weeks.During the month of July, Hudosn’s Hope RCMP issued 70 motor vehicle act warnings and violation tickets.On July 25th, RCMP responded to a complaint of a vehicle speeding in a construction zone which nearly hit one of the flaggers. The vehicle was located and the driver was issued several violation tickets for driving without due care and attention as well as distracted driving as he was using a cell phone when passing by police. Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca/ for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page. On August 3rd, RCMP was called to a collision on Highway 29 where a truck rear-ended a boat and trailer being towed by another truck. The boat was dislodged from the trailer and was sent flying across the opposite lane into the ditch. The drivers of both trucks were treated for minor injuries. The driver of the offending vehicle was issued a violation ticket for driving without consideration for others.On August 4th, RCMP stopped a vehicle and determined the driver had consumed enough alcohol to warrant a 3-day driving prohibition.On August 6th, RCMP attended a collision involving two riders on a motorcycle. The driver was suspected to have consumed alcohol and refused to provide a breath sample. The driver was issued a 90 day driving prohibition and the motorcycle was impounded for 30 days. Both riders were treated for minor injuries and taken to the hospital.On August 14th, RCMP responded to a condensate tanker roll over. The truck and trailer were engulfed in flames though the driver was able to the driver was able to get away from the vehicle before first responders arrived. The driver was taken to the hospital with serious burn injuries while the collision is still under investigation. RCMP are still seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspicious white Ford F-150 with racing stripes as the vehicle is believed to be linked to many recent break and enters.RCMP is also reminding drivers that school zones will soon be in effect from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and to drive the appropriate speed limit. Drivers found cruising over the limit could receive tickets from $196 to $253 along with 3 demerit points.
Khartoum: Thousands of defiant Sudanese protesters remained camped outside army headquarters for a fourth day Tuesday, after security forces abandoned two separate attempts to disperse them when soldiers fired in the air, witnesses said. Chanting “freedom, freedom,” crowds of men and women, who had spent the night camped outside Khartoum’s sprawling complex that also houses the president’s residence, urged top brass to back them in ending Omar al-Bashir’s three decades of iron-fisted tule. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIt is the largest rally since protests erupted following a three-fold increase in bread prices in December, before mushrooming into nationwide demonstrations demanding that Bashir step down. Early on Tuesday, members of the National Intelligence and Security Service and riot police fired tear gas at the protesters in an abortive bid to disperse their sit-in, protest movement organisers said. “There was heavy firing of tear gas after which army soldiers opened the gates of the compound for protesters to enter,” a witness told AFP. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”A few minutes later a group of soldiers fired gunshots in the air to push back the security forces who were firing tear gas.” A second witness too said soldiers had intervened against the security force agents. Since the protests erupted in December, the armed forces have remained on the sidelines even as security agents and riot police have cracked down. Demonstrators have called on the army to protect them from the deadly crackdown, during their four days camped outside its headquarters. Later a group of soldiers returned to the complex with a body in their pick-up truck, witnesses said. “What is the price of martyrs?” shouted the demonstrators as the vehicle entered. It was not immediately clear whose body it was. Hours later, security forces made a second attempt to clear the sit-in, witnesses said. They fired tear gas and shot in the air as they approached the area, witnesses said, adding that soldiers intervened again firing guns in the air.
Madrid: Roger Federer was forced to fight hard for what could have otherwise been a routine win against Gael Monfils in the Madrid Open third round. Federer bageled Monfils 6-0 in the first set, lost his momentum in the second, and looked like he was down and almost out in the third. However, he battled hard to bring a 4-1 deficit to 4-4 before completing a remarkable third set win thanks to a successful tie break where he kept his head while Monfils lost his. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuFederer caught Monfils napping for the opening 20 minutes of the match and could have completed a quick-fire match win had the entertaining Frenchman not awoken from his slumber. Monfils, with a smile on his face, stole the momentum from Federer and broke the veteran tennis player at 4-5. He then went on to win the second set 6-4. At times in the match, Federer appeared livid and could be heard shouting at himself. He complained to the chair umpire that the sun was too bright, requesting unsuccesfully for the Caja Magica stadium roof to be closed. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersIt all led to a gripping third set, one which Federer and Monfils exchanged the lead, with both players gunning for the win. Monfils was up 4-1 but lost the lead as Federer brought it back to 4-4. Monfils even had match points at 6-5, but Federer smashed his way back to deuce. Moments later, Federer was able to make one of his advantages count, sending the match into a tie break where he held his nerve, winning 7-3 for a 6-0, 4-6, 7-5 win after two wild hours in Spain.
Los Angeles: ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss have been officially confirmed as the writers of the new Star Wars film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the duo is working on the 2022 Star Wars movie, which will follow the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed. Benioff and Weiss were announced as working on a new trilogy of the beloved sci-fi franchise from Lucasfilm last year. They were identified by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy as being a part of discussions over the next decade’s slate of Star Wars stories. Last week, Disney announced the dates for its three new Star Wars movies being December 16, 2022; December 20, 2024; and December 18, 2026. Benioff and Weiss at the helm of a Star Wars project, following The Rise of Skywalker, closes the story charted by George Lucas over four decades ago. The ‘GoT’ showrunners are currently facing heat for below par script writing and poor portrayal of women in the series whose season finale airs next week.