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34-year-old labour contractor arrested for raping tribal girl in Raigad

Raigad’s Pali police on Friday arrested a 34-year-old labour contractor for allegedly raping a minor girl. Police officials said that the accused and the 16-year-old girl were living together since January 2019 at his house, where the parents of the accused also stayed with him.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Patil allegedly raped the 16-year-old girl on multiple occasions until October. In her complaint, the victim said that she was scared and hence did not file a complaint till now.

Kirankumar Suryawanshi, deputy superintendent of police, said, “We received her complaint on Tuesday and after the preliminary investigation, we have arrested the accused. Initially, she had approached the Kasa police from where the case was transferred to Pali, where the alleged incident took place.”

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Acting on the minor’s complaint, the Pali police booked Patil under sections of rape and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The girl has been handed over to her parents.

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Maryland takes over hundreds of Purple Line contracts to continue construction

It is PLTP’s construction contractor, a joint venture led by Texas-based Fluor, that quit over the cost overruns. Maryland officials said they are continuing to negotiate with PLTP over whether the project’s larger $5.6 billion partnership can be saved.

Maryland Transportation Secretary Gregory Slater said the state “officially took over the day-to-day management” of the 16-mile light-rail project through Montgomery and Prince George’s counties Sept. 28. Matthew Pollack, the state’s Purple Line project director, met with subcontractors Sept. 30 “to outline the next steps,” said Erin Henson, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Henson said it then took time to figure out what work could continue. Most new construction stopped in mid-September, after a Baltimore judge ruled that the contractor had a legal right to quit.

The contracts that the state has assumed include the manufacturing of the light-rail vehicles, the eventual operations and maintenance of the rail line, and 233 design and construction contracts and other agreements.

Under state management, work will continue on erosion and sediment control, relocating overhead electrical wires and underground utilities, and some final design work, Henson said.

“While the state is committed to ongoing negotiations, we have to continue to deliver the Purple Line for the citizens of Maryland and protect the state’s interest, which includes ensuring construction continues,” Slater said in a statement.

Maryland transit officials have said they will decide in the next four to six months whether they will continue managing the project, seek a new construction contractor or procure another public-private partnership if the agreement with PLTP dissolves.

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Ballots sent out to some Westmoreland voters after delay spurred by issues with contractor

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After years of waiting, Larry Franklin was finally ready to cast his first vote for a United States president.

All that was stopping him from doing so was his ballot, which he had expected to receive this week in the mail. On Friday, it had yet to arrive.

Franklin, 67, of Monessen, along with dozens of others, came to the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg to cast his vote in person rather than rely on the mail to deliver ballots. Franklin said he wanted to ensure his vote would count ahead of a trip next week to Africa, where he’ll spend the next several months visiting his daughter.

“I don’t know why we don’t have ballots already,” Franklin said.

Franklin’s ballot and nearly 60,000 others were to have been mailed last week. The first batch of ballots was finally sent out to 8,000 voters Friday morning after a weeklong delay, county officials said.

Westmoreland officials blamed the delay on the Ohio-based private company hired to send out mail-in ballots.

“The county’s contracted mailing company, Midwest Direct, has experienced delays due to both increased volume and mechanical issues,” county officials said in a statement.

Officials at Midwest Direct Presort Mailing in Cleveland did not return multiple calls seeking comment.

Because of the delay, Franklin may have to get on the plane next week without voting. County elections officials refused to allow him to vote at the courthouse Friday because his requested ballot was now in the mail.

“Most of my life I was denied to vote, so this is a big deal,” Franklin said. “There’s nothing I can do now. My flight is leaving for Ghana on Oct. 15

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NLRB Office Says Google Contractor Violated Union Rights

Law360 (October 9, 2020, 5:03 PM EDT) — National Labor Relations Board prosecutors have accused a Google contractor of illegally interfering with its workers’ union rights by outsourcing jobs to Poland, a year after its employees voted to form one of the first-ever bargaining units of white collar technology workers.

The NLRB’s Pittsburgh office accused HCL America of a host of unfair labor practice violations in an Oct. 5 complaint, which the United Steelworkers union announced Thursday. In addition to shipping work overseas, the company has adjusted worker vacation and leave benefits and refused to play ball in contract bargaining, prosecutors say.

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Contractor sues Aud Authority, Oneida County over unpaid work on Nexus Center

The contractor working on the Nexus Center in downtown Utica is suing the Upper Mohawk Valley Auditorium Authority and Oneida County for at least $10.4 million for work completed on the project. 



a close up of a bridge: Crews continue construction work at the site of the Nexus Center on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Utica. The Nexus project, which formally broke ground in mid-February, is funded through three sources: state funding; the Aud Authority; and an increase in the county's hotel occupancy fund.


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Crews continue construction work at the site of the Nexus Center on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Utica. The Nexus project, which formally broke ground in mid-February, is funded through three sources: state funding; the Aud Authority; and an increase in the county’s hotel occupancy fund.

The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in Oneida County, concerns the 170,000-square-foot athletic facility adjacent to the Adirondack Bank Center on Route 5S in Utica. The $50 million Nexus Center is expected to hold four ice rinks, locker rooms, spectator seating and other amenities for youth tournaments when complete. 

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Construction on the project has been halted since May due to the coronavirus pandemic and concerns over cash flow. The contractor, Hueber-Breuer of Syracuse, is seeking the amount owed for completed construction, as well as interest since July 6. 

The contract between the Aud Authority and Hueber-Breuer allowed work to be suspended for 90 days, according to the lawsuit. 

Hueber-Breuer did not respond to a request for comment.

So far, the county has paid $9.7 million of $18.1 million owed to the contractor on behalf of the Aud Authority, according to the lawsuit. The county was being reimbursed by the state for up to $22 million in payments, as a result of a grant through Empire State Development. 

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said the county has fronted the money for similar large scale projects, such as the redevelopment of the Adirondack Bank Center, on behalf of the Aud Authority before state reimbursement. 

When COVID-19 hit, the county wasn’t able to continue fronting the

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