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By Bridget CookCARDINIA Combined Churches Caring (4Cs) is one step closer to the completion of its new Pakenham headquarters following…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.
The DWP is now asking for a rate increase that it would invest in improvements to our crumbling infrastructure, which would help the department ensure it remains a reliable source of power. This increase should only be supported if it is accompanied by measures to hold the department accountable to its customers. Creating a more reliable department begins with upgrading our infrastructure. To make sure that these upgrades happen effectively, the City Council must demand that the department’s management show they have a plan that addresses two key questions: How do they intend to maintain and replace infrastructure and equipment – from transformers to transmission lines – at a pace that will ensure we keep our lights on? How do they intend to eliminate the backlog of infrastructure improvements created by 30 years of neglect? The DWP must also identify the funding and staffing resources necessary to implement its plan. An already understaffed department faces serious challenges in the years ahead, as nearly 40percent of the work force will become eligible for retirement in the next five years. SUPPLYING water and power to the people who live and work in Los Angeles may be the most important service the city provides. Without power, our economy comes to a halt and our families suffer. This summer, when blackouts caused families to go without this basic service for days, our Department of Water and Power failed us. While checking on Silver Lake residents one evening during the blackouts, I met Daisy, a proud Angeleno who has lived in the area for 20 years. Daisy had just returned home from surgery, and was taking the last few days of summer to rest and recover when the lights when out. Daisy and her neighbors were without power over a four-day period, suffering through intense heat without air conditioning while their food spoiled and their patience ran thin. Neighbors called DWP to get an idea of when the power would return – all to no avail. The simple fact that the department could not provide Daisy and her neighbors with this most basic service is just plain wrong. These blackouts were symptoms of a power infrastructure that has gone a generation with little investment, compounded by a significant increase in our demand for power. Despite the warnings of 2006, the DWP insisted that those outages were a “once-in-a-century” event, and that the department was ready for what was expected to be an even hotter 2007. When the heat returned, we saw that they were wrong. Upgrading our infrastructure is critical to our ability to keep our lights on, but it is not the only element. Power outages – whether caused by intense heat, earthquakes, or some other disaster – will happen. The department must be prepared with an efficient and rapid response at all times. The DWP needs an emergency customer-service plan in place to tell customers when their power will come back on. Finally, promoting energy-efficiency measures that make use of modern-day technology and push us to conserve power is an important part of the reliability equation. We should explore programs that will provide incentives to customers to save energy during high demand periods. Power in the 21st century needs to be reliable. The power outages of 2006 and 2007 demonstrated that DWP has a long way to go in order to keep pace with modern needs. We’re not prepared to flip the switch on rate increases until we can be assured that the money will be spent wisely. Eric Garcetti is president of the Los Angeles City Council.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Man City’s style of play is definitely easy on the eye and they showed this once again in the 4-0 win against Bournemouth.Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were class, but who else merits a ridiculous amount of praise?Here, talkSPORT looks at the best players and selects a team of the weekend.Scroll through the gallery to see the team, which has been set up in a 4-4-1-1 formation and let talkSPORT know the line up you’d select. Centre back: Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) – That’s two goals this season for Dann, with his second coming in Palace’s demolition of Stoke. He was in control at the back and Eagles fans will wonder if an England call will ever come. Central attacking midfield: Nacer Chadli – Chadli was a menace to West Ham and on his home debut for West Brom, scored twice and created two goals in the 4-2 win. 11 11 11 11 Holding midfielder: James McArthur (Crystal Palace) – A wonderful performance in the middle during Palace’s 4-1 win against Stoke, which was capped with a goal. 11 Right back: Seamus Coleman (Everton) – What a goal from the full back in what was a star performance for Everton in the 3-1 win against Boro. 11 11 Centre back: Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) – Impressive against Chelsea and scored, too. The partnership with Joel Matip looks promising. Left back: Christian Fuchs (Leicester) – Fuchs starred in Leicester’s 3-0 win against Burnley and his free-kick was met by Islam Slimani for one of his two goals. 11 11 Wide forward: Raheem Sterling (Man City) – He bamboozled the opposition, he won the ball, he set up a goal and he scored one himself. Sterling’s afternoon against Bournemouth was perfect. Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) – scroll through the gallery to see the weekend’s 11 best Premier League players – Without the goalkeeper, Tottenham could have scored more than just the one goal. Wide forward: Heung-min Son (Tottenham) – Son’s man of the match display was well deserved and he gave Sunderland’s Jason Denayer a torrid time. “He put a couple of great crosses into the box and he should have had an assist if people went to meet his ball,” said Sky Sports’ Thierry Henry. 11 Second striker: Kevin de Bruyne (Man City) – Man City destroyed Bournemouth and De Bruyne was key. He scored one and created another. 11 Striker: Islam Slimani (Leicester) – Slimani is Leicester’s record signing at £30m and thumped in two goals on his home debut.
Arsene Wenger cut a frustrated figure at the London Stadium 1 West Ham 0-0 ArsenalArsenal lost further ground on the Premier League pace-setters after they were held to a goalless draw at West Ham.A frustrating evening at the London Stadium saw the Gunners dominate for long spells but they were unable to break down a stubborn home side.And they were inches from a damaging defeat after Hammers sub Javier Hernandez hit the crossbar with a minute remaining.While a third game without a win was another blow to Arsenal’s Champions League hopes, a point was another step in the right direction for West Ham following Saturday’s win over Chelsea.Tottenham 2-0 BrightonTottenham climbed back into the Premier League’s top four as Serge Aurier’s fluke-goal and a header from Son Heung-min sealed a 2-0 victory over Brighton.Spurs dominated another uninspiring contest at Wembley and needed a hefty slice of luck to take the lead as Aurier’s cross dropped into the top corner. Son added a second late on.Tomer Hemed could have pulled Brighton level with a rare second-half chance but Tottenham were worthy winners and move back into the Champions League spots after Liverpool slipped up against West Brom.Brighton stay 13th, three points above the relegation zone.Manchester United 1-0 BournemouthRomelu Lukaku got a much-needed goal as Manchester United moved on from their galling derby defeat by beating Bournemouth.Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City brought an untimely end to United’s club record-equalling 40-match unbeaten home run on Sunday, when Pep Guardiola’s men opened up an 11-point cushion over their second-place rivals.Jose Mourinho’s Reds rallied after that potentially season-defining defeat by securing a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Bournemouth through Lukaku’s first-half header.It was just the Belgium striker’s third United goal in 15 matches – a poor run that has led the summer signing to come under scrutiny, especially in the wake of Sunday’s derby defeat.Liverpool 0-0 West BromLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reunited the ‘Fab Four’ but his prolific attacking quartet were all distinctly off-key as West Brom held out for a goalless draw at Anfield.Prior to this game the Reds averaged a goal every 23 minutes when Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho were on the pitch but on this occasion they could not find the net in almost four times as long.For the second time in four days Klopp was left raging at the officials after substitute Dominic Solanke’s late goal was ruled out for handball by an assistant referee having initially been given by referee Paul Tierney.The Reds boss had been unhappy about the award of Everton’s penalty in Sunday’s Merseyside derby and he was equally unimpressed by this decision.Swansea 0-4 Manchester CityManchester City set a new Premier League record of 15 consecutive wins with a 4-0 victory at bottom club Swansea.City came into the contest averaging three goals per game and made sure that record was matched inside 52 minutes with a David Silva double and Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick.Sergio Aguero claimed the fourth five minutes from time with his 10th league goal of the season – one more than Swansea have managed.Silva has now scored four goals in his last three games and was at his brilliant best here, conducting the City orchestra with his passing and movement.City’s latest win of a seemingly unstoppable campaign removed Arsenal’s 14-game winning streak in 2002 from the record books.Newcastle 0-1 EvertonWayne Rooney’s 10th goal of the season condemned Newcastle to a seventh defeat in eight Premier League outings as the home fans prayed for Mike Ashley’s exit from St James’ Park.Rooney pounced on goalkeeper Karl Darlow’s 27th-minute error to stab home the only goal of the game in a first half which saw the Magpies, who had Jonjo Shelvey sent off in stoppage time, hit both posts.Rafael Benitez’s men enjoyed the better of the game for long periods in front of a crowd of 51,042, many of whom arrived having read reports that prospective owner Amanda Staveley is close to agreeing a ?300million deal with owner Ashley to end his controversial 10-year-plus reign.But they left having seen Sam Allardyce, who was sacked by Ashley in 2008 after just eight months in charge, extend his unbeaten start as Toffees boss to four games with a 1-0 win.Southampton 1-4 Leicester CityClaude Puel exacted revenge on his first return to Southampton as Leicester romped to a 4-1 Premier League win at St Mary’s.Shinji Okazaki’s brace and further goals from Riyad Mahrez and Andy King eased Leicester past the struggling Saints, who could only muster a scrappy effort from Maya Yoshida.Frenchman Puel was sacked in the summer despite last term leading Southampton to an eighth-place finish and the League Cup final.The former Nice boss was out to disprove accusations he had favoured boring football in his Saints tenure, and revelled in his Leicester charges laying on plenty of entertainment.The same shortcomings that littered Puel’s Saints tenure were on display for Mauricio Pellegrino’s men however, with the hosts finding no fluency in attack and defending pitifully.New boss Pellegrino’s Southampton stint now appears under real strain: Saints boast just one win and six points in their last eight Premier League games.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’enegger has said he’s looking for solutions that don’t include tax increases or mandates forcing employers to cover employees – and he now has four more likely allies in that battle. “These four senators, along with some holdover moderates, will make it easier for the governor to get his work done,” said Tony Quinn, a political analyst. “They can play an interesting role because of the governor, who wants to do centrist things.” And they’ll provide cover for Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, who won’t have to worry as much about being attacked from the left as he moves to meet Schwarzenegger toward the middle, Quinn said. The four moderates – all from largely Latino, middle-class districts – not only defeated liberal opponents in their primaries, but replaced solidly liberal legislators. And they increased the size of the Senate moderate caucus to about a dozen, which can be crucial in a caucus of 25. All but Padilla previously served in the Assembly. “What’s important is we bring in Chamber people and other constituencies and come up with solutions that are consensus-based,” said Correa, an investment banker. “I’m solution driven, not ideological.” SACRAMENTO – Four business-backed moderate Democrats are expected to play a pivotal role in the upcoming legislative session by helping block any legislation considered onerous by business leaders, such as laws intended to protect consumers and the environment, or health insurance reforms that place a heavy burden on employers. Southern California Democrats Lou Correa, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Akex Padilla and Ron Calderon of Montebello were elected to the state Senate in November after receiving millions of dollars in campaign donations and independent expenditures from corporate political action committees. “There’s no question the Senate will have more members we certainly hope will be sensitive to the needs of employers,” said Vincent Sollitto, spokesman for the California Chamber of Commerce. “When you have more moderates in the majority party, you’re likely to ensure … we don’t end up with bills that are extreme or hostile to business.” Their election comes at a time when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping to build support for his top priority, health care reform, with a goal of covering 6.5 million uninsured residents. Schwarz- It helps that Perata has already established himself as a pragmatic leader willing to compromise with Republicans. “Senator Perata has always focused the attention of the caucus on bipartisan ways of getting kitchen table issues done and not getting caught up in ideological warfare,” said Jason Kinney, a Democratic strategist. “The incoming senators share that world view.” Democrats hold a 25-15 margin in the Senate, and a 47-33 edge in the Assembly – exactly the same as the 2004-05 session. Legislators get sworn in today, but begin the session on Jan. 3. The centrist movement opens up the possibility of working with “reasonable Democrats,” said Senate Minority Leader Dick Ackerman, R-Irvine. “We’ll have more input in limiting the number of bad business bills that come out of the Legislature,” Ackerman said. “I don’t think we’ll get a critical mass to get 21 votes to do the things I’d like to see, but it’ll make it a more moderate body.” Labor groups don’t appear worried about the pro-business leanings of the new lawmakers. “I don’t think these four Senators will abandon working people on behalf of the conservative chamber,” said Art Pulaski, executive secretary for the California Labor Federation. “I don’t think these are people who’ll advance a conservative corporate agenda. So, the Chamber claims four people. Even if they did have them in their pocket, which they don’t, it doesn’t change what comes out of the Senate.” It has in the past. The three former Assemblymembers have blocked pro-consumer legislation before, walking away from crucial votes in committees or on the floor. The three have had low voting percentages, reflecting a high number of abstentions on corporate reform, environmental regulation and other tough-on-business bills. On a vote on raising air quality standards in 2002, for instance, Negrete McLeod and Calderon both walked away. Asked later why she refused to vote on the bill, AB 1101, Negrete McLeod said, “How to marry the two together, air quality and business, that’s the rub. The answer is not to impede on business.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Videos and still images of the incident appear to show the 32-year-old Bosnian, who was a second-half substitute, spitting at official Gianluca Manganiello.The referee will confirm his reasons for expelling Dzeko, a Premier League winner Manchester City, in his match report and, as Roma’s cup campaign is now over, the resulting suspension will carry over to Serie A according to Italian Football Federation rules. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January TOP WORK 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND RANKED moving on Roma striker Edin Dzeko is facing a ban after he appeared to spit at the referee in Wednesday night’s Coppa Italia thrashing at Fiorentina.The Giallorossi were humbled 7-1 in their quarter-final clash in Florence, where Dzeko was shown a straight red card in the 72nd minute for dissent. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Roma host AC Milan in the league on Sunday evening.Giallorossi manager Eusebio Di Francesco described the rout in Tuscany as a “shameful performance”, personally apologising to supporters for the result in a statement on the club’s official website.Fiorentina will now play Milan in the semi-final of the Coppa Italia following their victory. three-way race Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED Dzeko appeared to spit at the ref in Roma’s 7-1 thrashing to Fiorentina Dzeko is facing a lengthy ban Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST targets LATEST TRANSFER NEWS
Clubs have been informed of the plans in the hope cameras will be in place in time for the start of the 2018/19 season.The installation of the cameras would aid every team in selling live broadcasts of their games outside of the UK and Ireland.Many clubs already film games and stream them through a paid subscription platform but the new technology would remove the burden on clubs to pay production costs.The move could also open up opportunities such as the ability to stream games on social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter, although there are no firm plans in place to explore such an option at present. The SPFL is exploring an innovative deal to ensure every Scottish Championship fixture is filmed to broadcast standard and potentially available to stream live.STV understands the league is considering installing unmanned cameras at all ten stadiums, similar to technology introduced this season in Germany’s lower leagues.If a deal is completed, it would mean all 180 of the country’s second-tier fixtures would be filmed and potentially available for live broadcast.The Pixellot system used in Germany enables clubs and leagues to stream and film games from a single camera with multiple lens that automatically tracks the ball. Current Championship games are, in the main, not filmed by any of the SPFL’s main broadcast partners and only a small amount of fixtures are broadcast live.The football broadcast market in the United Kingdom is approaching a pivotal point, with the opportunities and threats presented by the online streaming of games in the spotlight. The English Football League has launched a new platform called iFollow, which enables supporters based outside of the UK to watch all of their club’s games live on a paid-for digital platform for £110 a year.As is the case in Scotland, home-based fans who want to watch games online which kick off at 3pm on a Saturday are currently prevented from doing so because of UEFA rules on blocked broadcasting hours.In a bid to tackle illegal broadcasting of games, the English Premier League this week obtained a court order allowing them to shut down the source of streams available online and on platforms such as Kodi.
The family of a woman who was killed in a traffic accident have said they are still haunted by her death each day.Mother-of-two Maura Porter was killed just 150 yards from her home in Carndonagh as she returned home from her local church on December 30th, 2013.An inquest into her death has found that the mother-of-two died as a result of misadventure. But speaking on behalf of her family, Mrs Porter’s daughter Davina said they still have unanswered questions.Davina, a teacher who works locally, said she lost her best friend on the day her mother was killed.“She was a human person who walked and talked and put everyone else before herself. I lost my best friend that evening.“She was left on a wet cold road, struggling to breath with awful injuries and those last memories are just horrific. “After almost five years we are still waiting, waiting, waiting and today we are left with loads of questions which are still not answered.”The late Maura PorterAnd she added “We’re haunted by those memories and we drive by this location every day as it’s only 150 metres from our home.”She also said that, while her family had nothing but praise for frontline ambulance staff, they had serious concerns about the reaction times of ambulance times in rural Ireland.“I want to say the paramedics who came that night were excellent and we appreciate all they did for mum. However, they called it rapid deployment but it is anything but because it is not working for people in rural areas,” she said.Earlier in the inquest at Buncrana Courthouse, Mrs Porter’s heartbroken husband Neil told how he knelt down at his wife’s side and tried to comfort her while she lay on the road. It was revealed how it took 50 minutes for an emergency ambulance to reach Mrs Porter when it traveled from Letterkenny University Hospital to Carndonagh.Director of the National Ambulance Service, Dr Cathal O’Donnell, revealed how there were just nine ambulances available for the entire of County Donegal on the evening.However, five of those ambulances had been delayed between two and four and a half hours at Letterkenny University Hospital trying to admit patients to the hospital.The normal ambulance based in Mrs Porter’s hometown of Carndonagh was en route to an emergency call between Malin and Letterkenny. An advanced paramedic team dispatched from Letterkenny University Hospital did reach Mrs Porter at 6.25pm.However, an adequately-equipped emergency ambulance only reached Mrs Porter at 6.35pm and took her to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry but she died at 11.45pm from her injuries -fifty minutes after the initial 999 call.Dr O’Donnell admitted, “There were nine ambulances rostered on duty in Donegal but they were held up at Letterkenny Hospital for hours and hours minding patients in corridors when they should have been available for dispatch.”The tragedy sparked a review of ambulance response times in the region.The key finding of the report was that the ambulance offload delay at Letterkenny University Hospital for several hours led to the depletion of ambulance services at Letterkenny hospital.Austin Stewart from Fahan arrives at a previous court.Investigating Garda Fiona McFadden revealed how phone records of the driver of the car which struck Mrs Porter had received a mobile call at the time.Garda McFadden gave evidence that Eircom phone records showed that the driver Austin Stewart, now 49, received a phonecall at 17.41pm.The inquest heard how the call inbound to Mr Stewart’s mobile phone was from a landline from his employer in Letterkenny and lasted 12 seconds.The outbound 999 call to the emergency services by Mr Stewart lasted for 35 minutes and was made at 17.41pm, according to Garda McFadden who viewed the phone a short time later.However, Eircom records show no history of a 999 call being made on Mr Stewart’s phone at the time.Garda McFadden added that “a number of months later” the phone was sent for analysis to the Garda technical bureau.However, this showed that NO calls were logged for the phone at all between November, 18th, 2013 and January 27th, 2014.Garda McFadden was questioned by coroner Dr Denis McCauley who asked if she thought the call was received before or after the accident.She replied that she believes the call was made ‘before or during’ the incident.Garda Damian Mulkearns, a PSV investigator with An Garda Siochana, gave evidence on the condition of the car involved in the fatal crash.He said that inspection of the Peugeot 407 car showed 378,146kms on the clock and was in a pre-accident serviceable condition.However, he pointed out that an investigation of the car showed the front right tyre was worn excessively and that the front left dipped bulb of the car was not working.He added that the car did not have a valid NCT certificate for the car at the time of the crash.Forensic collision investigator Garda Kevin Giles carried out a full investigation into the crash.He found that the damage to the vehicle was light which suggested the impact was a glancing blow rather than a full impact.He added that the 17.6 metres travelled after the impact suggested that excessive speed was not a factor in the collision.He added that despite Mrs Porter wearing a red coat and white scarf, it would have been dark in nature as it was not reflective.He added that the condition of the car, including the faulty light, would have to be considered a factor in the crash.An Eircom cable which was found straddling both sides of the road after the collision was also raised by the coroner.Garda Giles said that considering the evidence said that Mrs Porter always used the footpath, the presence of the fallen cable would have to be considered a factor for her crossing the road.He agreed that the fact that Mrs Porter was not wearing reflective clothing would have to be considered as a factor in the case.Seamus Gunn, solicitor for the Porter family, said he did not believe that the scene was preserved properly by Gardai.He said a rosary ring dropped by Mrs Porter at the scene was found the next day by her daughter Davina.Garda Giles said he did not notice this ring.Mr Joseph Phelan, who manages Eir’s field technicians nationwide, said they receive between 20 and 25 reports of their cables downed each day.However, he said the vast majority of times they never came down of their own accord but mostly as a result of a fallen tree, a road accident or being damaged by an uploading vehicle.Solicitor Mr Gunn pointed out that it was a stormy night with gales given in the weather forecast.The pathologist who carried out the autopsy at Alnagelvin Hospital in Derry, Dr James Lynas, declined to give evidence at the inquest.However, coroner Dr McCauley read the details of his report to the inquest which found that Mrs Porter suffered catastrophic injuries including damage to the skull, brain damage, bleeding in the lungs.Dr Lynas suggested that death was due to multiple injuries as a result of a road traffic accident.On charging the jury of three men and five women, the coroner asked them to examine the actions of each party on the night when making their finding.The jury returned a unanimous verdict of death by misadventure.The jury also added a rider “That the National Ambulance Service and the HSE minimise and look at as much as practical the offload delay of patients from ambulances to hospitals.”They also found that Mrs Porter died as a result of multiple injuries caused by a road traffic accident.Corner Dr McCauley said he wanted to stress that the verdict of misadventure in no way apportioned blame on anyone but it was a description of the events on the evening.All parties passed on their condolences to the Port family in the loss of Maura.Jury urges HSE to examine ambulance delays at LUH after misadventure finding was last modified: September 24th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
1 July 2008While South Africa’s crime statistics for 2007/08 show a continuation of the steady decline in crime levels over the past five years, the level of crime in the country is still unacceptably high, says Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.Decrease in most contact crimesReleasing the crime stats in Pretoria on Monday, the South African Police Service said there was a decrease in most “contact crimes” in 2007/08.Decreases in eight contact crime categories resulted in an overall 6.4% decrease in contact crimes compared to the previous year.Common assault dropped by 6.6%, common robbery by 9.5%, indecent assault by 2.1%, rape by 8.8%, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm by 4.6%, and attempted murder by 7.5%.Murders decreased by 4.7%, and robbery with aggravating circumstances was down by 7.4% compared to 2006/07.Police analyst Chris de Kock said the decrease indicated that something was being done well. “This decrease shows that something is slowly but surely changing in society,” De Kock said. “It shows hard work not only from the police side but the non-governmental organisations and the society in general.”House and business robberies, vehicle hijackingsHowever, the increase in key sub-categories of robbery with aggravating circumstances was of extreme concern, De Kock said.House robberies increased by 13.5%, robberies at business premises rocketed by 47.4%, truck hijackings were up by 39.6% and car hijackings by 4.4%.“[The] government would have wanted to see a more drastic decrease in the levels, particularly given the interventions that have been made,” Minister Nqakula said.Source: BuaNews