After remaining within striking distance for the majority of the contest, USC had no answer for No. 4 Arizona’s big scoring run midway through the second half. The Wildcats hit seven consecutive shots in the last three minutes of the final period to blow the game wide open. Arizona’s second-half scoring kick was too much for the Trojans to handle, as USC (21-7, 8-7) dropped its third consecutive conference game in a 90-77 loss at the McKale Center on Thursday night. “We got better this week. We played hard tonight,” head coach Andy Enfield said to the media. “We played well enough offensively we just could not stop them down in the second half.”A 3-point field goal from sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright pulled the Trojans within a 51-49 deficit of the Wildcats with over 15 minutes remaining in the game.Arizona (26-3, 15-1) responded with a 20-6 scoring run over the next five minutes of play. The Wildcats extended their lead over USC to 71-55 with 9:36 remaining in the second half. A 3-point shot from junior Arizona guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the night at 78-62 with just over five minutes to play. “They got rolling on offense,” Enfield said. “It’s hard to guard Arizona when they’re shooting the ball at that level. I give Arizona credit. They really played well on offense [and] shot the ball well.”As a team, Arizona finished Thursday night shooting 11-for-20 (55 percent) from beyond the arc. Overall, the Wildcats shot 32-for-63 (51 percent) from the field against the Trojans. Wildcats sophomore guard Allonzo Trier, who finished with a game-high 25 points, hit a 3-point basket at the buzzer to give Arizona a 44-39 halftime lead against the Trojans.Over the final 6:28 of the first half, Arizona shot 10-of-13 (76.9 percent) from the floor. The Wildcats were able to convert on four 3-point field goals in the final 2:30 of the first half. “Arizona did a great job of closing out in the first half,” Enfield said. “They played some great defense against us, too.”The Trojans attempted to mount a comeback late in regulation, pulling within an 80-73 deficit on a pair of Boatwright field goals with under two minutes left in the game. USC had a 20-6 run of its own early on in the first half. With six minutes remaining before the half, the Trojans held a 28-19 lead over Arizona. USC finished the game by missing six of its final eight shots taken in regulation, putting the nail in the road loss.The Trojans suffered a double-digit loss at Arizona’s hands despite shooting 27-for-51 (53 percent) from the field.USC’s game against Arizona was its third consecutive game against a team ranked in the top six nationally. The Trojans are the only team in the nation this season to go through a three-game stretch in which they played three top-six ranked teams. The Trojans dropped all three of these contests by double digits.Boatwright led the way for USC offensively, recording a team-high 23 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the floor. He also finished the game shooting 8-for-8 from the free throw line. The Trojans committed 14 combined turnovers as a team. Arizona capitalized on USC’s offensive lapses, outscoring the Trojans 23-9 on points off of turnovers. USC sophomore forward Chimezie Metu recorded his fifth double-double of the season against Arizona (15 points, 12 rebounds). Boatwright and Metu were two of USC’s four double-digit scorers on Thursday. Junior guard Elijah Stewart and freshman guard De’Anthony Melton finished with 13 and 10 points scored, respectively. Melton also recorded a team-high four assists against the Wildcats. After completing a dunk with 13:21 minutes left in the second half, Metu landed awkwardly and appeared to suffer a minor ankle injury that forced him to leave the game. After taking a quick trip to the locker room, Metu made a prompt return to the floor to play. He scored nine points after returning to the game with 12 minutes left in play. USC will remain in the desert for its final road game of the season against Arizona State (13-15, 6-9) on Sunday. The Trojans will look to avoid their fourth consecutive loss in conference play.
Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone PreviousANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels is mobbed as players celebrate after he hit a RBI single to score the winning run in the 12th inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on September 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, left, is greeted by teammates Albert Pujols, center, and Kole Calhoun as they celebrate his walk-off single during the 12th inning of Thursday’s 4-3 victory over the Astros at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Wade Miley #20 of the Houston Astros pitches in the second inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium on September 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – The Angels’ Kevan Smith doubles in two runs in the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Astros at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons and Albert Pujols celebrates after they both scored on a double by Kevan Smith during the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Astros at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The Angels’ Brian Goodwin beats the throw to the Astros’ Jack Mayfield for a double during the second inning of Thursday’s game. Goodwin hurt his back on the play and left the game. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels is helped off the field after he injured his back diving into second base for a double in the second inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on September 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Houston Astros shortstop Jack Mayfield cannot get to a ball hit for a single by Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Astros short stop Jack Mayfield makes a catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Jack Mayfield #9 of the Houston Astros hits a two-run home run in the fifth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium on September 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria stands on the mound as the Astros’ Jack Mayfield rounds third after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Jack Mayfield, right, is congratulated by Martin Maldonado, center, after hitting a two-run home run, while Los Angeles Angels catcher Kevan Smith stands at the plate during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols throws his bat down as he pops out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, right, hits a walk-off single during the 12th inning of Thursday’s game against the Astros. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons celebrates as he runs to first after driving in the winning run during the 12th inning of Thursday’s game against the Astros at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels is mobbed as players celebrate after he hit a RBI single to score the winning run in the 12th inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on September 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, left, is greeted by teammates Albert Pujols, center, and Kole Calhoun as they celebrate his walk-off single during the 12th inning of Thursday’s 4-3 victory over the Astros at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 16The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, left, is greeted by teammates Albert Pujols, center, and Kole Calhoun as they celebrate his walk-off single during the 12th inning of Thursday’s 4-3 victory over the Astros at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — Jaime Barría showed flashes of what the Angels had hoped he could become, but in the end couldn’t quite put it all together.It was a fitting end to his second season in the big leagues.Barría started with three scoreless innings before allowing three runs and leaving with a right toe blister in the fifth inning of the Angels’ 4-3, 12-inning victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.Andrelton Simmons hit a ground ball that first baseman Kyle Tucker misplayed for a game-ending error, allowing Kaleb Cowart to score the winning run. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Tommy La Stella is scheduled to be the Angels’ designated hitter on Friday night, which will be his first game since breaking his leg on July 2. La Stella was hurt just after earning his first All-Star nod. …Shohei Ohtani has started playing light catch while sitting down. Ohtani is continuing to do some throwing while waiting for his knee to heal from surgery. He is expected to be fully cleared to resume his throwing program in mid-November, and then he’ll have another month before stopping. …Matt Thaiss will play for Licey in the Dominican Winter League, he said. The Angels are sending Thaiss to winter ball to continue his development at third base, a position he only started playing in May.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Patrick Sandoval, 0-3, 5.25 ERA) vs. Astros (RHP José Urquidy, 1-1, 4.63 ERA), Friday, 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Barría left with the score tied because the Angels had staked him to a three-run lead. Kevan Smith doubled home two runs in the first and a Michael Hermosillo sacrifice fly added one in the second.The Angels used nine relievers to shut out the Astros after Barría left, including 1-2/3 scoreless innings from Luke Bard. Bard has retired 23 batters in a row.ALSOBrian Goodwin left the game with a back spasm on a head-first slide into second on a double in the second inning. Because the team’s fourth outfielder – Taylor Ward – was already in the game as the designated hitter, newcomer Kean Wong went to second and David Fletcher went into the outfield. Goodwin is doubtful to play on Friday, Manager Brad Ausmus said. …Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Barría started the game with three scoreless innings on just one infield hit. He had a 3-0 lead when he gave up a homer to Kyle Tucker in the fourth. In the fifth, Barría walked Martín Maldonado and then gave up a two-run homer to Jack Mayfield.“I felt really good,” Barría said through an interpreter. “I made the adjustments I wanted. I was able to locate my slider and make adjustments.”One out later, Barría showed some discomfort and was eventually escorted off the mound. Barría had a similar issue with his foot in August in Cleveland, and umpires allowed him to take a few moments while trainers added an insert to reduce friction in his shoe.Barría ended his season with a 6.42 ERA, a far cry from the 3.41 mark he posted during his rookie year in 2018. Barría was told he made the Opening Day rotation, only to be sent down at the last minute after Chris Stratton was acquired.Barría made repeated trips between Triple-A and the majors, and also pitched several times behind an opener, which he found uncomfortable, contributing to his disappointing season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington City Council unanimously approved a 51.526 mill levy for the 2015 Budget at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting which is the same levy as it is in 2014.Buoyed by an estimated increased assessed valuation of $41,980,876 for the community, the council was afforded some flexibility without raising taxes. In 2014, the valuation is $41.4 million and in 2013 it was $41.7 million. See budget figures here:Notice of Budget Hearing 2014The overall budget included a general fund levy decrease of 3.406 mills. The ambulance and fire department remained the same at 2.0. Bond and Interest increased 2.85 and library increased .556.Interim City Manager Shane Shields said the bond and interest increase was necessary to meet the existing bond principle and interest payment from the 2013 Lincoln Ave. improvements.Â The Library increase was necessary to fund the budget of $225,284. The governing body is required by Kansas Statute to levy for the amount determined by the board with a maximum 5-mill limit in place from a 1982 Charter Ordinance.The specific budgetary changes are as follows:GENERAL FUNDPersonnel changes:â€¢Fire Department – The city will not be replacing an assistant chief/safety officer due to retirement. The council added three firefighter/EMT positions. The net cost increase in wages is $67,242. Among the benefits includes: better safety in fighting fires; reducing the overtime costs; and it will help ensure and maintain a lower ISO rating received this year.â€¢Lake Department – There will be a change of a part-time to a full-time employee for a cost of $14,839. It will reduce overtime costs and provide more patrolling hours of the lake recreation area especially during the busy summer months.â€¢Street Department – There is an addition of one seasonal laborer position costing the city about $3,907. The city needs increased mowing area at the airport.Several requests from the police, street, and information technology was not approved.COLA/Merit:A two percent salary increase for the employees were budgeted. However, the exact amount is to be determined before 2015 year whether as COLA or Merit pool or a combination of both. In any option it is not to exceed two percent.Contingency fund:This fund which is for unintended expenses i.e. emergencies is at $1.23 million. Of that $750,000 is potentially assigned leaving $525,980 unassigned. To reach the goal of contingency funding equal to 15 percent of expenditures would require $1.15 million.Transfers:There was $162,500 transferred from the general fund to equipment reserve and $281,000 from the general fund to capital improvements.CAPITAL EXPENDITURES:Â Equipment reserve fund:The city has budgeted for a combination fire engine/tender truck to replace two existing trucks – a 1997 engine and 1989 tender. The typical lifespan of the engine in the department is 15 to 18 years. The 1997 fire engine has recently needed significant repairs, Shields said. Purchasing a combination truck to serve both function will save about $100,000 including $25,000 for ambulance replacement and $24,000 for outdoor warning siren replacement with the intent to build the dollars needed to assist when replacement is needed. The ambulance runs every 8 to 10 years, eight sirens in 2021 at the cost of $192,000.Capital improvement fund:This fund includes $177,090 for future Klink and Geometric Improvement projects on U.S. 81 from Harvey to Botkin. It includes $55,000 for a study to address maintenance of the Woods Park Dam.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Fire/EMS 2015 Budget Justification:Sumner Newscow asked for a justification of three new firefighter/EMTs for the 2015 budget. A rumor that has been floating around that the Fire/EMT staff has been increased in anticipation that Sumner Regional Medical Center might close and they need additional employees to transport patients to Wichita. Shields said this is not the case. Here is a written explanation by Shields about the employee changes:â€œWe are adding three new Firefighter/EMTâ€™s to our staff. This would change our shift numbers from present full staffing of 5 to 6. We would work down to four on occasion e.g. transfers to Wichita and on county EMS calls and some county Fire calls.During the last two years our call volume has increased. Especially EMS calls which are due to many factors. Those are an older population, obesity, higher incident of drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues, transfers to Wichita hospitals, increased traffic on the Turnpike, a trend nationally to more cases of diabetes and other medical problems. The increase in calls will continue as the baby boomer population ages. The use of 911 overall has been used more for just about everything as the public relies more on Fire/EMS to provide emergency and non-emergency services.We have problems getting off duty personnel to come back to the station for overtime. Some of the reasons I have been told are family issues, and burned out because of too much call in. Presently staff accumulates an average of 202 hours per person annually, due to standby and coming back to the station off duty for overtime. That is another 8.5 shifts for a firefighter or 5 weeks for a 40 hour employee. Several cite the mandatory standby requirements as a morale factor. Presently we require personnel to devote to 12 hour standby slots Friday evening through Sunday evening and on holidays. They get paid one hour of overtime, are the first to be called in typically for transfers to Wichita and must stay within 15 minutes of Wellington during that 12 hour period.We have difficulty getting sufficient numbers at large incidents such as structure fires and hazardous materials events. Our closest reliable mutual aid source is Belle Plaine. Their response time is at least 15 minutes. That seems forever when you are waiting on resources.Safety and efficiency-we work with less staffing than about any other paid department in the state, and on top of that we also run EMS. Have we learned to be more efficient with 4 or 5 staff? Yes, but those low numbers also mean we setup slower, take more risks, and work longer and harder causing exhaustion issues. For example Wichita puts 16-18 firefighters on scene for a typical house fire within a few minutes, Derby, Winfield and Ark City with higher staffing and close mutual aid resources can put 12-16 firefighters on scene within 10 minutes. We average 10 firefighters including mutual aid resources on structure fires. It usually takes 15 minutes to assemble those 10. Our next reliable mutual aid resources are over 20 minutes away. NFPA standards ask for 4 firefighters in 4 minutes and 15 firefighters in 8 minutes. Below is a graph of staffing, area covered and population of paid departments around the state.â€Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down Voodoo Child · 312 weeks ago In my opinion we could still use more manpower in the fire department if anything the city needs to think about the safety of the firemen already on the job. Report Reply 0 replies · active 312 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down guest 1 · 312 weeks ago I would hope the city is looking at the possible closing of the hospital. It might take a couple of years to get an urgent care type facility to come in and make some money when the voters turn down the 1 cent sales tax. I would vote for a 1 cent tax if I thought it would secure a business that was going to get started, meet our cities needs and not need tax dollars to make a business work. I’m sure there hasn’t been any reaching out to anyone or thought about what if the monies dried up to keep this money pit going. Just look at the Doctors that practiced there. They abandoned it. They are in the business to make money as we all are, it wasn’t a good business decision to keep vesting in this facility. Decisions shouldn’t be made from fear. Fear should fuel looking at alternatives that benefit our community.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 312 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Crusader Pride · 311 weeks ago guest 1…the doctors did not abandoned the hospital…one retired and one still is on the board and works within with the elderly patients on the second floor. We need to stop and think how many people you want to kick out of a job….so more people move away and taxes again are spread across fewer people. Instead of looking how to close why not figure out how to expand services. Get all the doctors on board and using what we have local. Have the city try and bring in even more business….even if it means bending over backwards. Get agressive in the recruitment of business to this town. Report Reply 1 reply · active 311 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Hmmm…… · 311 weeks ago I would agree! Guest 1 have you need to be looking at the type of people served in an urgent care type facility. The uninsured and under insured. The ER is where a lot of the money lost or bad debt happens in a hospital. People cannot be turned away even if they should have gotten up and went to their clinic appointment instead of sleeping through it or not making one at all. Again you will pay either for the hospital or the fire department. It’s GOING to fall on us one way or the other. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down notderby · 311 weeks ago Wow! Kinda looks like this town is burning down if you look at those numbers. Wellington has had more fire calls then Ark City and Great Bend put together??? I wonder if those are actual fire calls or is that just the Fire truck following the Ambulance on EMS runs?? Just wondering. Wasn’t the County talking about doing something EMS?? There is always 2 sides to the coin. It would be nice if they didn’t have to budget $200K a yr for overtime. If NEEDED go for it. Here are some other interesting numbers. Pop protected 5,000 to 9,999 Career Firefighter 21,600 Volunteer FF 104,000 Total FF 125,600 http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/research/nfpa%2… Report Reply 0 replies · active 311 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Voodoo Child · 311 weeks ago Our fire department have been at dangerously low levels for a long time. Fortunately for the city and the department no loss of life has occurred among the ranks. We have the good fortune of a paid professional fire ems department on duty 24/7 rain or shine. We need to bring the level of manpower for the fire department in line with what is considered safe for field operations for firefighters before we lose a fireman. Saving lives is important no matter what side the fence. Report Reply 0 replies · active 311 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Twitter Read more Share via Email Share on Twitter John Terry has said he plans to follow Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard into management “in the long run” after holding talks with Middlesbrough last week regarding their vacancy.Terry, who joined Dean Smith’s backroom staff at Aston Villa in October, said he had enjoyed a “great first year” of coaching, which culminated in a play-off victory against Derby County. Terry celebrated Villa’s Premier League return as an assistant coach at Wembley on Monday, a year on from his final game as a player.“It is just great to see young managers like Stevie and Lamps getting the opportunities,” said Terry, the 38-year-old former Chelsea captain. “In the long run obviously that is my ambition but I’m not thinking about that. As a player I got to the heights I wanted to get to but, and I firmly believe this, I’m a YTS again. Topics “I’m starting right from the very bottom and I’m not afraid to say that. I’m not afraid to do all the dirty work – picking up the cones, the balls and the bibs; all of that stuff is part of my education. I’ve got a great teacher in Dean and Richard [O’Kelly, the assistant coach] as well to bounce things off. I’m very fortunate to be able to sit there and learn from them because they are superb.“I think you know as a player when time is up really and I kind of knew that last year in my last game at Wembley. It is something I have been planning for a few years and the experience and the day-to-day work on the training field with the defenders and the group, and what the manager allows me to do, has been fantastic for me.”Terry said he believed promotion will enable Villa to retain their prized assets, including the captain, Jack Grealish, who joined the club aged six. “It is great that we have gone up and we get to keep the likes of Jack, John McGinn and our top players. It’s Jack’s football club – he’s been here right from when he was a boy and it’s great to see. We are not just going in to make the numbers up. We have players out of contract and we need to strengthen to make the jump of course but, if we add in the right departments, I’m sure we will be fine.”Terry said that, although it was tough for Lampard’s first season in management to end in defeat, he should be commended for an “incredible” campaign. Terry revealed he went into the Derby dressing room after the game to speak to Lampard, the assistant manager Jody Morris, the first-team coach, Chris Jones, and the defender Ashley Cole, good friends from his 22 years at Chelsea. “He has got a great future in management, for sure,” Terry said of Lampard.Tammy Abraham, who has been on loan at Villa from Chelsea, has made it clear he wants to play first-team football in the top flight next season. Villa are understood to be keen on signing the striker in a £25m permanent deal.With Chelsea facing a two-window Fifa transfer ban, Abraham is among the youngsters hoping to benefit from more first-team opportunities. If called on, he is adamant he could lead the line. news John Terry Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Aston Villa “Every player wants to start,” he said. “Obviously if it is at Chelsea a team like Chelsea is always difficult because they have got world-class players. It is always going to be difficult to bring in youngsters and bring in people like myself. It is a big role.“But for me it is about believing in myself and to just keep doing what I do. I am still young and I am still improving. The aim is to be at the highest level and playing the best football and, if Chelsea say they need me there, I will put 100% in.“I am a person who believes in myself. So, wherever I am at, I believe I will get in and play and score goals.” Asked if he could return to Villa next season, the 21-year-old replied: “You can never say never.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Tammy Abraham celebrates winning promotion with Aston Villa. Photograph: Michael Zemanek/BPI/REX/Shutterstock Chelsea Emotional Dean Smith optimistic about Aston Villa’s future after Wembley win Pinterest Share on Pinterest Facebook Reuse this content
Inside a burnt building after the fire that breaks out in a five-story building in Chawkbazar area at Old Dhaka on 20 February. Photo: Prothom AloThe devastating Chawkbazar fire that claimed the lives of at least 71 people on 20 February originated from the first floor of Wahed Mansion, says the probe panel formed by the home ministry, reports UNB.The five-member investigation committee submitted its report to home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday.A home ministry official said the probe body mentioned in its report that the fire ensued from the first floor of the building.This photo taken on Thursday morning shows a building burnt in a fire that breaks out in a five-storey building in Chawkbazar area at Old Dhaka on 20 February. Photo: Prothom AloHe, however, declined to elaborate further.At least 71 people were killed and many others injured in the devastating fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through four other adjacent buildings in the city’s Chawkbazar area on 20 January night.Of them, 67 died on the spot while the rest succumbed to their injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.Chawkbazar fireThe home ministry on 22 February formed the five-member committee, headed by additional secretary of its Security Services Division Pradip Ranjan Chakraborty, to probe the incident.The committee was asked to submit its report within seven working days with recommendations.
Taxify lowers its fare upto 50% throughout March. (Photo Courtesy: Taxify) Advertisement U.S-based ride hailing network; Taxify launched in Uganda last year, and has since been in the market for now five months battling it out with one of its strongest competitor Uber who arrived on the streets of Kampala in June 2016 as 462nd city in Uber’s global network – pioneering the ride-hailing system.A few months after their cab launch, in February early this year, they launched their moto-taxi service dubbed; TaxifyBoda while Uber’s moto-taxi ‘UberBoda’ is still rumored. These transportation thought of this after knowing that moto-taxis are becoming the most common method of getting around in most/many areas around towns.With all this, one thing comes in handy, and that’s the fare. If noticed, these ride hailing services have similar application (with a few adjustments), same working procedures, and so forth, but have different pricing for both its riders and drivers. Now we all know that we want fair pricing, and that’s where we ‘might’ end up. – Advertisement – When Taxify launched, it set its fares at UGX950 for start, UGX600 per Km, UGX150 per minute, while the minimum price is UGX4,500 while its Taxify Boda charged UGX500 Base fare, UGX70 per minute, UGX400 per KM, and UGX1000 minimum fare. Well! The company is lowering its price throughout this month. Taxify standard comes at a 25% off while the TaxifyBoda at 50% off.“While lowering the prices, we’ll be compensating our drivers with bonuses, to compensate the difference. Our focus is to provide drivers with better revenue per ride and keeping them happy with earnings and support we provide, which leads to ultimately better service for clients,” as told to this website.New rates for Taxify StandardStart – UGX 1,000.Per km – UGX 550.Per min – UGX 110.Minimum – UGX 3,500.Taxify commissions are 15%.New rates for Taxify BodaStart – UGX 150.Per km – UGX 175.Per min – UGX 50.Minimum – UGX 1,000.Taxify commissions are 15%.You can download their app from your app stores to start using the ride-hailing service.[related-posts]