Jon, who has held the top post at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) for four years, says he plans to continue working in the industry in some capacity. He said:"This hasn't been an easy decision as fire and rescue has been my life and has given me a more rewarding career than I ever could have hoped for." "I have had the privilege of working with many superb firefighters and support staff over the years and continue to be impressed with everyone who chooses to give service in this way. It is with very mixed feelings that I move on." Jon, who will leave the county service on 1st February, added:"It's been a remarkable journey over the last four years and I feel that a good service is continuing to get better. I'll be watching with interest as GFRS goes from strength to strength." "I plan to continue working in the industry and to stay in touch, but right now it's time to hang up my boots. I am proud to have ended my operational career in this fine county and know our fire crews will continue to strive for excellence in these challenging times." Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "Jon will be sorely missed by the service, the people of Gloucestershire and by me personally. His tenure at the top has coincided with some big challenges for fire and rescue services nationally and he has never shied away from his responsibility - leading from the front with tireless energy." "It is through Jon's leadership and the confidence he inspires in his staff that the county service is in such a strong, and much-envied, state today. I have no doubt that GFRS will continue to emulate his exceptional leadership in the future." The council will communicate its succession plans shortly. ENDS Issued by Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council's Media Team 01452 425391 You can follow Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service on www.facebook.com/glosfire or www.twitter.com/glosfire You can also follow our Chief Fire Officer on www.twitter.com/glosfirechief 24th October 2013
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It is not for revenge. Revenge is stupid. "You can talk about revenge when you lose to one team and you want revenge, but not this kind of revenge. "Now we are very close to making the Europa League and it's important in the next two or three matches to continue in this way to be also in the Champions League. View gallery No team in the Premier League era has failed to win the title from Leicester's position (AFP Pho "That would be a great achievement but I want to go back to my focus on Crystal Palace." - Proud - Leicester's stunning season has sparked inevitable speculation about job offers from elsewhere for Ranieri, with suggestions that his contract contains a get-out clause. But the 64-year-old says even the chance to succeed the departing Antonio Conte as Italy boss, a suggestion that has gained traction in the media in his homeland, wouldn't tempt him away from the King Power Stadium. "No team can change my mind, definitely no," Ranieri said. "Of course I am very proud if they are thinking of me in Italy or anywhere else. But this is my club. "I want to stay here. If my owner is happy I stay here. There isn't another team a there is nothing that can change my mind." Ranieri could be without midfielder Andy King due to illness at Selhurst Park but has no injury concerns. Palace are seeking their first league win since December 19, a run that stands in stark contrast to their form in the FA Cup that has set up a semi-final meeting with Watford. After a stunning first half of the season that prompted talk of securing a place in Europe next season, Palace's slide means their concern is now with maintaining the eight-point gap that separates them from the bottom three. "I want us to be more consistent, to be an established Premier League team. For half of last term and half of this term we've done a brilliant job.
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Small businesses are set to benefit from reforms to the business rates that will mean 250,000 will see their rates reduced from April next year and 6,000 small companies will no rates at all. Mr Osborne decided against increasing fuel duty despite cheaper pump prices and instead opted to freeze it for the sixth consecutive year, saying the decision would keep Britain on the move. The Chancellor said he was making the Northern Powerhouse a reality as announced major new commitments to infrastructure projects by giving the go ahead to HS3 rail scheme between Manchester and Leeds, the widening of the M62 and improved road links in the North Pennines. Also included in the budget was a change to the North Sea tax system in an effort to help the UKs ailing oil and gas industry. Mr Osborne said that Petroleum Revenue Tax (PRT) will be effectively abolished and will cut supplementary tax in half from 20% to 10% in a move likely to welcomed by oil and gas producers. Both of these measures are to be backdated to the start of 2016. The cut to supplementary tax follows reductions made in last years Budget from 30% to 20%. PRT was previously cut from 50% to 35%. Mr Osborne said: The oil and gas sector employs hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland and around our country.
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