October 25th, 2011
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Pc Mark Goodlad, 41, died on line of duty when he was hit by a lorry on the motorway while helping a woman with a car brake down. He was taken to a hospital by a helicopter but died from his injuries.
The officer fromEast Yorkshirewas married with one child and was working in the force for 10 years. He was a Motorway Patrols Roads Policing officer. A senior officer said that Goodlad was a dedicated officer doing a job fraught with dangers.
A HGV hit him and the police car when he was assisting a 51 year old woman who sustained minor injuries. The 44 year old driver of the lorry was arrested for causing death by dangerous driving.
The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Sir Norman Bettison said people sometimes miss the spirit which lies in policing. The police are always trying to protect the public from crime, disorder and incidents like the one happened in the motorway. The police constable was doing a job in a risky zone which he and his colleagues perform on regular basis he said.
He added that the department was proud of him for the ultimate sacrifice and deeply saddened by his death.
October 17th, 2011
A energy summit for steps to control inflated energy bills
In a major concern the normal families are seen paying more than £300 extra in energy bills compared to the previous year. The acute price rise has caused the inflated bills spent on energy.
The government has called for an energy summit with six big energy providers as the average UK bill has risen by £300 a year.
To tackle the emerging situation the energy secretary Mr. Chris Huhne and Prime Minister David Cameron are coming out with measures to arrest the price rise. They jointly are seeking the support of consumers on reducing their energy bills from Monday.
In a joint effort the Industry, consumers and Ofgem are being brought on one platform which would concentrate on ways to control the rising bills especially when they were already burdened with the rising costs of petroleum products. The focus would be to present a simple market energy the duo wrote.
The summit to be chaired by the energy secretary is proposing two steps by consumers to control their energy bills. One is writing to the consumers on free home insulation and second making direct debit payments which would save in overall £200 a year.
Mr. Huhne cited Ofgem having found how people were not choosing the best energy prices which would save a lot on the bills. He said that there was some unethical practices involved which needs to be looked into. He made the energy companies responsible for the price rise.
The energy secretary is doing his best to seek alternative means of energy like moving towards renewable energy sources.
The critics say that the coalition was not able to control the rising prices and handle the energy conglomerates that controlled the pricing. They fear that if the issue was not tackled in the summit than a chilly and expensive winter is in the offing for all.