An Indian-origin businessman in the United Kingdom has been charged with his wife’s murder, three months after her body was discovered in their Wolverhampton home, PTI reported.West Midlands Police detectives charged Gurpreet Singh, 42, on May 9 with the murder of his wife, 38-year-old Sarbjit Kaur. Singh appeared before the Birmingham Magistrates Court on May 10, where he confirmed his details, with assistance from a Punjabi interpreter.The prosecution set down their charges, alleging that he killed his wife three months ago, Express and Star reported. The court has remanded Singh in custody.Kaur, who was found dead by her husband and their two children in their house in Rookery lane, Penn, Wolverhampton on Feb. 16, died from asphyxiation, according to the post-mortem examination.“This is a murder that has really shocked the local community and we have been working flat-out to move the investigation forward,” detective Chief Inspector Chris Mallett from West Midlands Police’s Homicide Team was quoted as saying by PTI. “This is a significant development and we continue to support Kaur’s many friends and family.”According to the police, the family property was left ransacked and a number of items had been stolen, when her body was discovered. The scene of the crime led to speculation that she was killed as a result of a burglary gone wrong.The officers arrested three people in connection with her death, Express Star reported. The men, aged 42 and 32 years, were released pending inquiries in March. A woman, 39, was also arrested but released later without further action.“Kaur was attacked inside her own home. This is a shocking case, the likes of which are extremely rare, and we have a team of officers working on this murder inquiry to establish what happened and to finding the person or people responsible,” Mallett had said as part of a public appeal for information in February.The detectives conducted house-to-house inquiries and visited around 500 properties. They asked residents to complete a questionnaire about what they may have seen on the day Kaur was murdered, the police website said.Investigations revealed that Singh was the last person to see Kaur on Feb.16 before she was found dead by paramedics. Singh heads Dhanda Properties business in Wolverhampton area. Related ItemsBirminghamBritish IndianWest Midlands
Efforts underway from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to scale back the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) would break repeated promises by President Donald Trump to protect the RFS. As part of a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) published by the agency on Oct. 4, EPA signaled that it is contemplating reducing proposed RFS volumes, including volumes that were finalized a year ago.“If realized, this action would be a betrayal of farmers by EPA, and would break the promises made by the President on the RFS on the campaign trail,” said American Soybean Association (ASA) President Ron Moore, who farms in Roseville, Ill. “Scaling back the RFS endangers the livelihood of the 64,000 American workers who rely on biodiesel and the rural communities where soybeans and biodiesel are produced, not to mention farmers nationwide for whom biodiesel and other renewable fuels present a vital market for their products.”Total U.S. production of biodiesel was approximately 1.9 billion gallons in 2016 with ample feedstock and production capacity to produce more. Another 1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel was imported in 2016. EPA proposed volumes of 2.1 billion gallons (including imports) of biomass-based diesel for 2019—well below the actual capacity of the biodiesel industry to produce fuels here in the United States. In comments submitted to EPA on the proposed volumes, ASA advocated for a level of at least 2.5 billion gallons for 2019. The subsequent NODA contemplates rolling back biomass-based diesel levels below the already insufficient 2.1 billion gallon level.Moore points to the tenuous nature of the farm economy as a key reason the RFS should be protected. “The RFS has boosted the agriculture economy, increased commodity values, personal earnings, local and state tax revenues, and economic activities in rural communities across the country,” Moore said.“President Trump explicitly promised farmers as a candidate that he would support investments in biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard,” added Moore. The commitments by President Trump and the degree to which EPA’s actions undermine those commitments are clear and are captured concisely in this video produced by partner organization the National Biodiesel Board. The video includes footage of President Trump’s promises to protect the RFS and a recent floor speech by Sen. Chuck Grassley expressing his strong concerns over the recent actions by EPA that contemplate potential rollbacks of federal biofuels policy.“The President should direct Administrator Pruitt to withdraw the NODA and raise biodiesel volumes in the RFS. EPA’s focus should remain on growing this successful program. Reducing volumes of biodiesel will harm communities across rural America who depend on the thousands of good-paying jobs supported by the industry.”ASA will submit formal comments to EPA in response to the NODA by the Oct. 19 deadline. In the meantime, ASA is urging farmers to engage their elected officials on the issue by sending emails and tweets to lawmakers via ASA’s Soy Action Center.
1 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The NFL Draft is a little more than a week away.Thirty-two players will hear their names called by Roger Goodell as first-round picks next Thursday night in Nashville, and most will come from the usual schools known for producing NFL talent.In fact, since 2010, 75 different schools have each produced at least one first-round pick. Your job is to name them.We’ve given you the number of first-rounders each school produced, you just name the program. HINT: The schools are listed in alphabetical order.You’ve got 10 minutes on the clock…good luck!