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Indian Open Boxing: Mary Kom feels disrespected with opponent Nikhat Zareen’s challenge

first_imgIndian Open Boxing: Mary Kom feels disrespected with opponent Nikhat Zareen’s challengeBoxing legend Mary Kom was furious with Nikhat Zareen’s comments on challenging her and asked her to prove herself in the ring first rather than making such ‘irritating’ comments.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service GuwahatiMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 09:57 IST Mary Kom beat Nikhat Zareen by 4-1 in the India Open 51 kg semifinals (Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSMary Kom defeated Nikhat Zareen by 4-1 in the India Open 51 kg semifinalsNikhat had said that she would put up a strong fight against Mary by using her brainMary Kom said she is now more determined to do well after Zareen’s commentsA livid Mary Kom Thursday asked her vanquished opponent Nikhat Zareen to prove herself in the ring instead of making irritating comments.Mary was reacting to former world junior champion Nikhat’s comments in the media that she was excited to take on her ‘idol’ and she would “put up a strong fight by using her brain” in the India Open 51kg semifinals which the celebrated Manipuri boxer won on Thursday.”Every bout is a new experience for me. Even I don’t know who this girl is. I’ve been fighting since many years now. I clearly want to say I don’t want all this. It has come out in the newspapers that she’s challenging me,” Mary Kom said after beating Nikhat to enter the 51kg final.Mary Kom beat 22-year-old Nikhat, a gold medal winner at the Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria earlier this year, 4-1 in a split decision.”First you prove inside the ring and then speak out (against me). She has won just one medal at the international level and such is her ego and attitude! They feel proud and satisfied. This is a very bad habit,” the 36-year-old Mary Kom said.”How many years I’ve competed for the country? And how many times I’ve proved? It’s better to say in a mild way. They are so lucky fighting with me. They will get more experience,” the London Olympics bronze medallist continued.Mary Kom, however, said Nikhat’s comments made her more determined.”I was so surprised to read her comments in the newspaper. It’s so irritating. How can they say all this. Yes, everyone has the right to say and anyone can challenge. But I’m also a human being. It causes a lot of disturbance. Never mind, it made me more determined to do well.”advertisementTold that Nikhat considered her as her idol, May Kom said: “Why they challenge me then? Idol means you have to show respect, talk with respect.Also Read | It’s just another game you need to win: Kohli on India vs Pakistan tie in World Cup 2019Also Read | Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi under investigation in France for corruptionAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Mary KomFollow Nikhat ZareenFollow India Open 51 kg semifinalslast_img read more

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Suez Canal Extends Arrangement for VLCCs

first_imgzoom The Suez Canal Authority has decided to extend the arrangement for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) coming from the Arabian Gulf or Caribbean Zone on a round trip and transiting the canal after discharging part of their cargo in the SUMED line until December 31, 2017.The arrangement for VLCCs over 250,000 dwt was previously introduced in June 2016 for an experimental period of 6 months.Under the deal, any VLCC coming from south is set to pay a lumpsum of USD 155,000, including charges for tugs, arrival after limit time and booking in the convoy.Additionally, the Suez Canal Authority said that a VLCC is to pay a lumpsum of USD 230,000, including aforementioned charges, on its return ballast trip.The authority added that “any company wishing to benefit from this arrangement must submit a request before transit through its Maritime Agency.”last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. DIGBY COUNTY: Route 217 Route 217, between the Middle Cross Road intersection, west to Haight Brook Bridge, is reduced to one lane for paving, shouldering and pipe installation until Friday, June 28. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from Century Drive westerly to Camperdown Road has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 4, Coxheath Road Coxheath Road, from Keltic Drive to Highway 125, is reduced to one lane for paving. The ramps on Highway 125, exits 5A and 6 and the Trunk 4 intersection are also reduced to one lane for repairs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is expected to continue until Monday, July 15. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, West Bounty Lanes from Exit 19 to Pictou/Colchester County line, about 11 kilometres, is reduced to one lane until Wednesday, July 31 for paving. Motorists are reminded to use caution when travelling through the construction zone. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Upper Branch Road Upper Branch Road, from Hemford Forest subdivision to Monk Road is reduced to one lane for ditching, brush cutting, bridge repairs and pipe installation until Tuesday, May 28. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 256 Route 256, from Route 311 to one kilometre west of Truro Road, will be reduced to one lane for culvert installation, gravelling and double chip seal work until Thursday, Aug. 1. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road.center_img VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by summer 2013. -30- GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, at Halfway Cove for about half a kilometre north, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, and some Saturdays. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Tatamagouche-Cooper Bridge Tatamagouche-Cooper Bridge on Cooper Road is closed for repairs until Friday, May 31. Motorists are advised to take an alternate route. HANTS COUNTY: Gardeners Bridge-Garden Road Gardeners Bridge on Garden Road will be closed until further notice. Detour via Route 214 and Trunk 14. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 The northbound lane of Route 215, north of Beaver Pond Road at Centre Burlington, is reduced to one lane to replace the culvert until Sunday, June 30. Temporary lights are in place. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, about four kilometres north of Exit 10, at Shubenacadie Bridge, is reduced to one lane to build a temporary detour until June 2015. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Saturday, Nov. 30. Expect alternate travel lanes. Please reduce speed to 50 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, north and southbound lanes from Exit 13 to Exit 14A, is reduced to one lane for repairs from Monday, May 6 until Friday, May 24. Signs will be in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.last_img read more

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No toking on beaches or at parks under proposed Manitoba law

first_imgWINNIPEG – Even after the federal government legalizes recreational marijuana later this year, Manitobans aren’t likely to have many places where they will be allowed to use it.The Progressive Conservative government introduced a bill Tuesday that would forbid people from smoking or vaping cannabis in almost all public areas.Streets, school grounds, parks, beaches, restaurant patios and sports and entertainment venues would all be off limits. Most indoor public places would also be cannabis-free, with exceptions such as designated rooms in palliative care facilities.Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said the province wants to ban cannabis in some areas where people can smoke and drink, because the government doesn’t want to “normalize” its use.“It is uncharted waters for Canada when it comes to the legalization of marijuana,” Goertzen said.“We believe that starting off by looking at safety as the top priority and going further … than with smoking in some places and alcohol in others is the prudent approach.”Penalties would be similar to existing ones for smoking tobacco in a forbidden place — starting at $100 to $500 for a first offence and climbing for subsequent infractions.The bill calls for people to be allowed to light up in their homes and on their property, but tenants might have few options if their landlords forbid cannabis smoking. Goertzen said they could go to a friend’s home.“It’s difficult to put in place legislation that deals with everybody who may not have property or may not have friends or associates.”Steven Stairs, a marijuana activist in Winnipeg, said the restrictions amount to prohibition.“This is not legalization. This is a conservative veil …’protecting the public,’ but meanwhile they’re just following their base, people who don’t want cannabis to be legalized,” Stairs said.The proposed law also contains new penalties for people who drive under the influence of cannabis.Fines and licence suspensions would be similar to those already in place for drivers impaired by alcohol, and would start at two nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood.The province is waiting for the federal government to approve saliva-testing devices to be used by police forces across the country.last_img read more

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Video Step Into the Sights Sounds Smells of Morocco

SmugMug’s newest film features travel photographer Trey Ratcliff as he explores the Moroccan towns of  Fez and Chefchaouen and discusses his own journey as a photographer.In this film, Trey takes viewers through a deeply personal walkabout through the ancient and otherworldly cities of Fez and Chefchaouen.While exploring these lively and colorful North African streets, you’ll see Trey capture glimpses of Moroccan life that transcend beautiful and expand into something quite magical.

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Resale homes should carry energy use label by 2019 environmental groups say

OTTAWA — A coalition of environmental groups wants to see homes listed for resale in Canada to carry information about how much energy they use.Ten organizations, including the Pembina Institute, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and The Atmospheric Fund, want the federal government to implement nearly two dozen policies to cut energy use in commercial and residential buildings.In a letter to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, the group says nearly one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada come from energy use in homes and buildings.They want to see a number of improvements imposed as Canada seeks to reduce its annual carbon emissions by 200 million tonnes by 2030.They include ensuring all new homes are net-zero-energy capable — generating their own energy through solar and other sources — by 2030, and requiring existing homes to have a mandatory energy use label applied when listed for sale.Karen Tam Wu, the Pembina Institute’s director of the buildings and urban solutions program, says such measures would give buyers an understanding of what energy efficiency improvements might be necessary. read more

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Caisse invests 125 million to take control of over budget Quebec cement

MONTREAL – Quebec’s pension fund manager is taking over a cement plant under construction from the family that controls Bombardier after the project’s $1-billion budget was exceeded by more than $500 million.Along with its own investment of $125 million in the plant, which is situated in the Gaspe region of the province, Caisse de depot et placements du Quebec said BlackRock Alternative Investors will also join the project through a $125-million debenture.Together, the $250 million in new financing will be enough to complete the project, the Caisse said in a news release Thursday.The new cement plant, with its modern facilities and equipment, is expected to benefit from lower operating costs and direct access to a marine terminal.The Caisse noted that market conditions are improved from when the project was launched a few years ago. The institutional investor said there is substantially higher North American demand, a strong U.S. dollar and cement shortages — all while plants in Canada and the U.S. are operating at or near capacity.“We believe that this project has high-quality fundamentals. For this reason, la Caisse has entered into a change-of-control agreement with Beaudier,” said Caisse executive vice-president Christian Dube, referring to the investment company controlled by the Bombardier-Beaudoin family.The Caisse will gain control of the McInnis Cement’s board of directors.Last week, the company announced management changes to strengthen and complete construction of the plant, including appointment of a new head of engineering, construction and operations. It is also seeking a new CEO.McInnis Cement was formed by members of the family that founded Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) and its spinoff, Ski-Doo maker BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO).The project has received financial support from successive Parti Quebecois and Liberal provincial governments.Former premier Pauline Marois agreed in 2014 to provide a guaranteed loan worth about $250 million. The province’s investment arm invested $100 million as an equity partner while the Caisse previously invested $140 million. Caisse invests $125 million to take control of over budget Quebec cement project by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 11, 2016 4:16 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 5:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Nationally significant donation to be made to archives Tuesday

Robert Deveaux Woodruff Band was the keeper of many historically significant documents and artifacts until his death in 2013. His family has decided to donate the materials to Brock’s Special Collections and Archives. Another collection of historically significant artifacts is being donated to the Brock archives.The donation of the Woodruff Family Collection to the University will be recognized Tuesday at a presentation in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre Lobby.The Woodruffs came to Niagara shortly after the American Revolution and became a prominent political, social and economic force in the area and within Upper Canada.Local oenophiles may already be familiar with a Woodruff family landmark. The Woodruff House was rebuilt at Ravine Vineyard in St. Davids in 2009 and serves as the winery’s tasting room.The collection being donated to the University is 11 boxes of archival records that chronicle the family’s involvement in the War of 1812, the building of the second Welland Canal, the Upper Canada Rebellions, constructing roads and railways, environmental conservation, the First World War, business, politics, and much more.Overall, this collection touches on every major aspect of life in Upper Canada/Ontario particularly during the nineteenth century and often in fine detail.It contains a land document signed by Isaac Brock, letters from William Hamilton Merritt, engineering plans for the second Welland Canal, and the records of one of the earliest environmental conservation efforts in Ontario.The entire collection is valued at $325,000. The Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board recently certified it as being of outstanding significance and national importance.The donation presentation happens from 11 a.m. to noon. Items from the collection will be on display at the announcement and in the Special Collections and Archives. Members of the Band/Taylor family, who donated the items, will also be on hand. read more

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Buckeyes almost where they need to be

Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer (6) runs the ball into the end zone after a reception during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorMistakes were made, records were broken, and it was cold.In the middle of all that, Ohio State (9-1, 6-0) found a way to pick up a second-consecutive road win against a team ranked in the College Football Playoff top 25.The Buckeyes — ranked No. 8 in that poll — overcame a pair of fumbles lost and an interception to leave Minneapolis — where the temperature was just 15 degrees at kickoff — with a 31-24 win against No. 25 Minnesota (7-3, 4-2) Saturday afternoon. But if OSU wants to keep rising in the poll going forward, things can’t go the way they did at TCF Bank Stadium — at least that’s how Tom Herman felt after the game.“Obviously we’re not going to be able to go where we want to go turning the ball over like that,” OSU’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach said.All season long, coach Urban Meyer has stressed that the place the Buckeyes want to be is in a position to “compete for championships in November.”Now more than halfway through the 11th month, Meyer and his team are just a win — or a Michigan State loss — away from locking up a spot in the Dec. 6 Big Ten Championship game. The Buckeyes’ next shot to book that trip to Indianapolis is set to come next Saturday against Indiana at home.That means OSU is close, but sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott agreed with Herman that the Buckeyes are a few mishaps away from being where they want to be.“We’re almost where we need to be,” Elliott said after he rushed for 91 yards against the Golden Gophers. “We keep making these little dumb mistakes but without those mistakes, the game last weekend and the game this weekend would’ve been a different outcome.”While OSU beat then-No. 8 Michigan State, 49-37, a week before topping Minnesota, both games saw the Buckeyes turn the ball over multiple times, leading to points for their opponent. In fact, all three Minnesota touchdowns came on the ensuing drives after each OSU turnover.Herman said turnovers come with the game, but added he was glad to see how the Buckeyes responded to the mistakes.“You can’t take those turnovers away,” he said. “They are what they are and that’s what made the game close. But I was proud of our guys to continue to battle back and continue to make plays.”Perhaps nobody felt the weight of the turnovers more than redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall, as he had two fumbles in the game. One of those fumbles came on what would have been a likely touchdown for OSU, followed by an 80-yard touchdown drive from the Golden Gophers for a 14-point swing.Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer — who had a chance to recover that Marshall fumble in the end zone before the ball popped free — said the numbers on the scoreboard didn’t show how well the Buckeyes actually played.“We cut out those turnovers, it’s a completely different ball game,” Spencer said after the game. “But I feel as a team we had a really good team win, and that was a really great team that we just played.”Praise for Minnesota and the idea of a strong group effort were common themes among the OSU coaches and players after the game, and Meyer summarized it in his opening statement.“Great team win. Not great execution, but great team win,” he said. “Bottom line is 11 a.m. game against a very good team that we have a lot of respect for.”Herman mentioned the Golden Gopher’s standing in the national picture, and again praised OSU’s ability to overcome mistakes as a team.“This was a top-25 team with a top-20 defense on the road with very unfavorable conditions,” he said. “And we turned the ball over I don’t know how many times, and we still found a way to win.”Part of the reason OSU did pull out a victory was the play of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. He had some of his own mistakes — including an interception — but set three new school records.His 86-yard touchdown scamper was the longest run ever by an OSU quarterback, while his 189 rushing yards was also the top single-game output by a Buckeye signal caller in program history. And to top it off, Barrett’s second-half touchdown toss to redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas was his 37th total touchdown this season, moving him one ahead of the record set by then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller last year. He added a 38th touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 22-yard pass to senior wide receiver Evan Spencer.Barrett’s three touchdown passes in the game also moved him within one of Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith’s school record of 30 in a season set in 2006.The signal caller’s big day helped OSU to 489 yards of total offense, while the Buckeyes’ defense held Minnesota to 303 total yards.OSU’s defensive performance only faltered after the three turnovers. While two of those turnovers were undoubtedly on Marshall alone, Meyer said the Buckeyes won’t leave him out of game plans going forward.“We’re gonna come right back to him,” he said. “That’s what good teams do, they pick each other up.“He’s a good player, we’ve gotta get that fixed.”Aside from the turnovers from Marshall and Barrett and a shaky first-half performance from the run defense, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee stressed that the Buckeyes still came away with the No. 1 thing that matters.“You’re never really satisfied, and that wasn’t really the best performance defensively and offensively in the first half,” Lee said after the game. “But we came together as a team in the second half and just regrouped and calmed down and did our job, and we finished the game.”Kickoff between OSU and Indiana is set for noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

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The man behind the metal baton

Leading “Fight the Team Across the Field,” doing back-breaking bends and throwing a baton 20 feet in the air have caused many Ohio State fans to notice the OSU drum major. But few know his story. OSU head drum major Jason Stuckert said he was excited to travel to the University of Minnesota on Saturday, the only away game the marching band traveled to this year. But for Stuckert, getting to the Minnesota game and to Ohio Stadium has been a long time coming. Even with almost 10 years of experience, Stuckert was anxious the day he made his debut in the ‘Shoe. “I was very, very nervous right before I ran onto the field,” he said. “Once I started moving, I just had a big smile on my face because this is what I had wanted for so long. I had the time of my life.” OSU has had a drum major since 1878, but Stuckert is only the second person in OSU’s history to win the title of head drum major as a first-year student. Despite his age, Stuckert was confident in his abilities. “In my head, I think I knew that it was possible that I could get it as a freshman,” Stuckert said. Stuckert’s interest in the drum major and marching band was evident from a young age. Marcia Lowe, Stuckert’s mother, said their family had season tickets to the Avon Lake High School football games by the time Stuckert was 2 years old. Though they usually only made it through the halftime show, Lowe said Stuckert and his sister Abigail, a 2009 graduate of Miami University, were fascinated by the band. “He watched that drum major, and by the time he was in fifth grade, he started horsing around with his sister’s baton,” Lowe said. Lowe said she was surprised when Stuckert asked for a Gray Baton, an all-metal baton designed by former OSU marching band member John Gray, for his 12th birthday. “He was outside in the front yard … twirling that thing every day — sometimes twice a day — between two trees, so we had a mud hole sitting there that he’d worn in the grass,” Lowe said. As a child, Stuckert was “always happy, always smiling” and “a big entertainer,” Lowe said. Stuckert first experienced the OSU drum major program in the seventh grade at Avon Lake’s annual homecoming parade, where he saw Avon Lake High School alumni Scott and Eric Sommer perform. Scott and Eric were the 1998 and 2004 OSU head drum majors, respectively, and were the first siblings to hold the title. After the parade, Stuckert went to a short drum major clinic held by the Sommer brothers for students interested in being drum majors at Avon Lake High School. Eric said Stuckert was “rough around the edges but had a real desire to learn.” In spring 2005, Stuckert began attending OSU’s free clinics for high school students interested in becoming drum majors. “That was just a mind-blowing experience for me because I was surrounded by all these ridiculously good drum majors that I had never met before,” Stuckert said. From that point on, Stuckert drove about four hours round trip from Avon Lake to Columbus to attend semiweekly practices in the summer and made an effort to attend as many semiweekly winter practices as he could. On the days he attended practices in Columbus, he returned to Avon Lake around midnight, slept, and got up for school seven hours later. Stuckert spent three years as Avon Lake High School’s drum major, which was modeled “just like OSU’s drum major,” he said. The OSU drum major was a military position in the late 19th century and followed a strict military discipline. By the 1920s, it had evolved to include showmanship and smart execution of movements, according to the OSU Marching Band Drum Major website. One of the most influential people in Stuckert’s life, particularly during tryout preparation, was Stewart Kitchen, the 2006 and 2007 head drum major at OSU. Like Stuckert, Kitchen became OSU’s head drum major as a first-year student. “It is unusual and somewhat of an exception when a person makes the drum major squad as a freshman,” said Jon Woods, director of the marching and athletic bands at OSU. To try out for drum major, incoming freshmen must first make the drum major row called D-row, where they spend up to two years learning what they need to know for tryouts. After one year on D-row, members are eligible to try out for the assistant and head drum major positions. Since he became head drum major, Stuckert’s life has been full of 15-hour-per-week practices, performances and appearances. “It’s a lot of responsibility,” said Lowe, who added that Stuckert participates in community events and student recruitment as part of his position. “The university uses him for a variety of (public relations) opportunities.” Both Lowe and Stuckert agreed the role has improved his organization skills and focus. “Game day can be pretty overwhelming,” Stuckert said. “There’s not really much time to catch a breath or anything, even when you’re not performing. People are always wanting to get their picture with you — you’re almost like a second mascot.” Stuckert said fans who approach him after the game remind him “how much spotlight is on the band,” which motivates him to keep doing well. Though he “hasn’t found a place to fit it in yet,” Stuckert said he plans to perform a back flip at an upcoming game. Stuckert’s longtime friend Brian Hathaway, a second-year in computer science and engineering and first-year band member at OSU, said Stuckert’s role is “pretty incredible.” “I almost take it for granted that one of my best friends is the drum major,” said Hathaway, who went to high school with Stuckert. “For me, he’s still the same old Jason Stuckert.” Stuckert said his interests outside his head drum major duties include Cleveland sports teams, music and model trains. If he weren’t the head drum major, Stuckert said he would play the trumpet or another instrument in the band, which he “loves.” “Being the leader of it is one of the greatest things that could ever cross my mind,” Stuckert said. read more

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Overlooked decimal point creates biggest novelty slipper in the world

first_imgWho doesn’t like a good pair of novelty slippers? If they keep your feet warm while adding a bit of comedy to your ensemble, it’s worth it for the chuckles you’ll get around the house.When Tom Boddingham decided to invest in a new pair of monster claw slippers, he had no idea what was about to be shipped to him from the manufacturers.Tom actually put in a special order seeing as his left foot is larger than his right. Where as he needed a size 14 (UK sizes) for his right foot, he requested a 14.5 for his left. His order went through company Monster Slippers, who passed the details on to their manufacturing partner, most likely located in China. The problem is, the factory overlooked the decimal point for the left slipper.The parcel that arrived at Tom’s home must have looked a little large for slippers. Inside he found the size 14 right claw slipper as requested. But his left slipper? It was 7 feet long. The failure to see the decimal point had created a slipper of size 1,450. It’s so big Tom can actually sit inside it.Monster Slippers got in touch with the factory asking them why the huge slipper wasn’t queried before being made and shipped. Apparently they just assumed it was for a window display.The plan for Tom is now to sell the slipper for a quick profit on eBay, but Monster Slippers want to find out if it belongs in the Guinness World Records, and if so would like to keep it.More at Monster Slipperslast_img read more

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NASAs Spidernaut robots will go where humans dare not

first_imgWhile the robot pictured above may seem sinister to those people who suffer from arachnophobia, in reality it’s one of the next extra vehicular robots (EVR) that NASA is working on for future space-borne construction projects. Appropriately named “Spidernaut” for its arachnid inspiration, it resembles its real-life counterpart enough that we agree we wouldn’t want to meet the thing in a dark alley.Built by teams at the Johnson Space Center, Spidernaut has been constructed to solve the unique challenges that the next generation of space flight present. With plans still in the works at NASA to send a manned vehicle to Mars and other heavenly destinations, the operational guidelines for the missions call for vehicles that are either too large or too fragile to be constructed here on Earth. NASA’s solution is to send several payloads into space to build space stations that will become space-docks. These stations will be the staging points for the construction of the vehicles needed to support human life during long inter-planetary journeys. To help with the building process, Spidernauts will be deployed to do work that would either be too dangerous or would require a level of control that would be difficult for a human in a space suit.The scientists at NASA liked the idea of using an arachnid-inspired EVR for the advantages its eight legs would bring to the table for space-borne construction. Using Spidernaut is advantageous because its eight legs will be able to spread the weight of the EVR out while traveling over structures that are in construction and the ability to straddle things like solar arrays and telescope mirrors while performing maintenance. This will allow the EVR to work on said structures without placing them in danger of being damaged by Spidernaut itself. The Spidernaut even has the ability to create its own web, just like a real spider, for use in traveling between two structures. Using space tethers, the EVR can create a support system that will allow it to crawl around to the different areas it needs to go. The inclusion of this ability is pure genius on NASA’s part as this support system will be able to bend and flex but not break, making it ideal for the rigors of space. Right now there is one working prototype in Houston that is being developed for future missions, and is being used as the basis for other EVR’s being built for different purposes.Read more at NASA’s Spidernaut sitelast_img read more

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This Irish film tells the fascinating story of a tiny folkartist called

first_imgRead: Meet the man championing musicians who were captured by the Nazis> https://jrnl.ie/3226720 By Aoife Barry Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Why bother saying anything grand when you can focus on what’s in the frame?CBC sent an art expert to the premiere of the film at the festival TIFF, who said of Lewis’s painting style:She had lost almost all mobility in her painting hand by 1964. So she had to use her left hand to be like the motor. She would use her left hand to guide the motion of the paint. The work was painstakingly difficult for her to produce. 12,015 Views Source: ArtGalleryNovaScotia/YouTubeA NEW IRISH film will tell the story of Maud Lewis, a woman who became one of Canada’s best folk artists – and who painted her entire house with bright, colourful scenes.The film, directed by Aisling Walsh – who also directed Song For A Raggy Boy – sees Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) play Maud Lewis and Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) as her husband Everett Lewis. It’s an Irish-Canadian co-production, part financed by the Irish Film Board.Maud Lewis was not a trained artist, but her work resonated with people in a big way. She had severe rheumatoid arthritis, which led to some bullying when she was young. But she soon discovered her love of art, and was able to express herself through bright, positive paintings for her whole life.It was through painting that Lewis brought in money for herself and her husband Everett, who she married when she was 30. Initially, she was hired to be his housekeeper, but she wanted their relationship to be more official. Source: CBC via YouTubeThe pair spent their lives in a small house in Marshalltown that had no plumbing or electricity. Maud painted flowers all over the inside and outside of the house – the stairs, the walls, and the furniture.She lived in the house until she died in 1970. In the documentary Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows, her husband said that Maudie “painted all winter, that’s all what she done, course she done her cookin’ too”.Lewis never took a painting lesson or, says the documentary, saw a work of art in real-life, being “cut off from everything – except what was inside her”. She first came to national attention in 1965, when the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) interviewed her at home.Her paintings showed life in the small Nova Scotia town she lived in – with many winter scenes, images of children at play, and the landscape as it changed throughout the seasons.Her husband, who was a labourer and nightwatchman, was killed during an attempted burglary at the couple’s house in 1979. In the film, he’s depicted as a man who at first didn’t quite understand why his wife was so driven to paint on the walls of their tiny house.Their home was totally restored by conservators, who faced quite a large task – much of the inside of the home was in bad condition. It’s now at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Source: Sally Hawkins fan/YouTubeWalsh’s film is currently showing at festivals, and reviews have slowly been coming in.The Guardian said: “While there are some third-act twists and minor flashes of catharsis, Aisling Walsh’s film stays true to its understated ethos.” Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 8:30 PMcenter_img 2 Comments Short URL This Irish film tells the fascinating story of a tiny folk-artist called Maud Maud Lewis is a folk art hero in her home country of Canada. The film does a very good job, I think, of presenting to people who are uninformed, just how challenging and difficult her life was.Maudie is being shown this month at the International Film Festival Berlinale, alongside a number of other Irish films, including Return to Montauk, Atlantic and the short The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy.It will also be shown at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival on Thursday evening at its opening gala. Share63 Tweet Email3 Feb 11th 2017, 8:30 PM last_img read more

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Conserving our heritage One woman was in tears that her home was

first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha http://jrnl.ie/3243308 Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM Conserving our heritage: ‘One woman was in tears that her home was a protected structure’ If your local authority decides your house or business is a protected structure, what actually happens? 49,740 Views Everyone is happy Castletown House protected, but people are more iffy if it’s their own house. Feb 19th 2017, 8:00 PM Image: Shutterstock/John And Penny Share378 Tweet Email6 center_img ARCHITECT WILLIAM CUMMING’S long job title of Chief Architect at the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH), under the equally catchy-named Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, means he’s in charge of preserving Ireland’s structural heritage.Along with his title, preserving people’s homes and businesses is something that can confuse people.“A woman called me up in tears once,” Cumming recalls, “Because her house was marked as a protected structure. I looked at a photograph of her house and asked her, ‘Do you like your house?’, and she said, ‘Well, yes I do’.“I said it’s really obvious you do, it’s well looked after. ‘Are you thinking of doing anything to it, like demolishing it?’ And she said ‘No, no, of course not.’“I told her she’d already been doing everything to maintain the house and look after it, but the one thing she may need to do is to fix the windows, and because the house is a protected structure, she could apply for a grant for the windows.“Her experience instantly changed from negative to positive. People think that if there house is a protected structure, they’ll have to open it up to the public, or something.”He says that there is greater confusion about what a protected structure means outside of Dublin because in the capital city, the conservation process has been around for years.“We’re not trying to create museum cities,” he says when I ask if there’s a limit on the number of structures that can go on the list (there isn’t). Source: NIAHWhat they aim to do is maintain the character of Ireland’s streets and countrysides – as much as possible with the small team, limited resources and a country in the middle of a housing crisis.What’s the process? The NIAH have been surveying old structures around Ireland and assessing which ones would be suitable for conservation for the past 12 years – and they’re almost finished.At the moment, their four Dublin staff members are surveying the streets of the two final areas on their list: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Dublin city. This week they were looking at Camden Street, seeing what are the characteristics that make it so unique.Cumming and his team don’t survey all the structures in Ireland – their team is too small for that. When they started, they went from town-to-town, countryside-to-countryside, using old maps and Google Street View to draw up a list of what they would survey.“We don’t survey the inside of private buildings – we can, but we took a strategic decision not to, because it puts the private owners out, and logistically, it would make it next to impossible to complete.”When the conservation team began their work, they were surveying buildings using pen and paper: “You don’t want to hear about that,” Cumming laughs.Now, using technology to log information together, they have a fairly comprehensive list of some of the most historically and culturally significant Irish buildings, statues and other structures, which they’ve broken down per county council district, and booklets that categorise structures by their features. Source: NIAH Laois Source: NIAHCumming says that he’s retiring soon, but after the project is finished, they might have to go back and redo the first-surveyed counties, which weren’t as comprehensive as later counties.“If a building was already on the Record of Protected Structures, we wouldn’t record the building.“So for example, in Co Kildare a lot of the country houses are already protected, but Castletown House isn’t protected. You’re trying to figure out the best way of doing it at the start, because this hadn’t been done before, and everything was done on paper. But I think that was a mistake and we should go back and include them.”Once a building is included on the NIAH’s recommendation for the conservation list, that list is then passed on to the relevant county council who make a final vote on what makes it onto the Record of Protected Structures, under which there’s a legal obligation to look after the structure.What do you do when you own a protected structure?Before a building is included on the the Record of Protected Structures (RPS), the owner must be notified, and they have a right to submit reasons why it shouldn’t be added.Once councillors vote that a building be included to the RPS, the owner has a duty under legislation to maintain the character of the building. If you’re in poor health, you’re not required to restore the house, but simply to maintain the building as is.If you are proposing to do restoration work, there is funding to help you.The problem with that funding is that there is very little of it available, and although they prioritise funding applications per urgency and value for money, you could have to wait years before you get the grant you ask for. Source: NIAHBecause of the online system, there is an opportunity to update the system – so if someone feels that their building should be included on the list, or if there’s a structure on the list that needs additional information, they can contact the NIAH or your county council to update the entries.Does the system work?“In the overall scheme of things,” Cumming says “The system works. There’s a bit of convincing at local level if things are made a protected structure. How things regarded in the countryside is very different than in Dublin.”The difficulty comes from rural counties having less experience of protecting historical and local structures. This is almost seen as a negative thing, as rural towns and communities want up-to-date buildings and facilities.Legislation around conservation really only dates since 2000, and Cumming says it’s still something “people are getting their heads around”. We’re not trying to create museum cities. We just want make the point, look, there’s a lot here you should be really proud of. 37 Comments Castletown House, Celbridge Co Kildare. Source: Shutterstock/niall dunneSome of the fear and confusion might come from how people are notified: they get a letter saying they will be punished by the law if damage is done, when in reality all that’s being said is maintain the structure.Buildings are chosen based on architectural or historical significance, and importance to the local community. A great example of this is old Irish churches, which are ancient structures, architecturally significant, socially important, and usually in dire need of preservation.“One of the things that was really striking,” Cumming says. “Was the number of churches in small towns across Ireland. In one border town in Northern Ireland, there were Catholic churches and a Church of Ireland, Free Presbyterian Churches, Methodist churches, and in total there were 62 churches in the town.”Across the Republic, there are hundreds of churches that are important examples of Irish heritage, but not all will get funding, leading to a lot of church fundraisers to meet the demand for repairs.Where does the funding go?The Structures at Risk Fund (SRF) is given through the local authorities to encourage the people to preserve their heritage properties that might otherwise be lost.Since 2011, over 180 structures have been granted funding under the Structures at Risk Fund; in 2016 over 50 projects were funded.As of 2015, there were over 41,000 protected structures on the RPS. Source: NIAHIn 2016, the new Built Heritage Investment Scheme helped a further 270 projects across the country, creating over 17,000 days of employment in the conservation and construction industries.The scheme has also leveraged just under €5.5 million: more than double the scheme’s original allocation of €2 million.The grant schemes for protected structures are open now, and the worksheet that is to be started and be completed within the financial year.As mentioned before, this is not on a first-come-first-served basis, but based on what is really urgent and what would advance the building.When I ask Cumming about the future prospects are for preserving buildings in the future when we have a housing crisis and a growing population – surely we get to a limit?“Of course we need to build new buildings for a growing population,” he says. “But there’s a sustainability issue here. A lot of energy is expended to create buildings in the first place.“We should try to fill buildings that already exist – maybe the ground floor is used, and upstairs isn’t used – before we start building new ones to regenerate towns and villages.”Read: After surviving 100 years of change, this rare building has been ‘gutted out’Read: Heritage pubs owner to recreate interior of 100-year-old shop that was ‘gutted out’ last month Image: Shutterstock/John And Penny Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Bobby Roode vs Shinsuke Nakamura headlines NXT TakeOver tonight

first_img Twitter 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Pinterest WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE Return Shinsuke Nakamura Will Reportedly Return From His Dog Bite Injury Soon NXT TakeOver will be headlined tonight by Bobby Roode defending the NXT Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura live on the WWE Network from Orlando, Florida.Other championship matches scheduled on the card includes Asuka defending the NXT Women’s Championship against Ember Moon and The Authors of Pain defending the NXT Tag Team Championships in a triple threat against #DIY and The Revival.Here is the card for NXT TakeOver: Orlando tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).NXT Championship MatchBobby Roode (c) vs. Shinsuke NakamuraNXT Women’s Championship MatchAsuka (c) vs. Ember MoonNXT Tag Team Championship – Triple Threat MatchThe Authors of Pain (c) vs. #DIY vs. The RevivalTye Dillinger, No Way Jose, Roderick Strong and Ruby Riot vs. SanityAleister Black vs. Andrade “Cien” AlmasWrestleview.com will have live coverage of NXT TakeOver: Orlando tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT). Follow us on Twitter via @wrestleview for live thoughts!Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE ReturnVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:26/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Shinsuke Nakamura WWE Announces Rey Mysterio Match For SmackDown 1000 Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Heres What To Expect (Spoilers) From WWEs Christmas Eve Episode of Raw Shinsuke Nakamura Bitten By Police Dog Bite Before SmackDown NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Videos Articles Google+last_img read more

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Torreira unaware of fans tracking

first_imgLucas Torreira is unaware of Arsenal fans flight-tracking antics.Torreira who signed for the Gunners today has spoken of his eagerness to play in front of the Home fans after they sent him a barrage of messages on social media.The midfielder spoke of his surprise as to how his new club’s fan base were able to track his flight to London to complete the deal to join Arsenal.Fans of the club have tracked developments and details regarding the Uruguayan’s transfer to the club all summer.When asked about the flight-tracking supporters, the midfielder responded by saying as quoted by FourFourTwo :“No, I didn’t know about it, I’m here now and I get wait to meet the fans.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’ve been receiving social media messages all summer as regards to this move. Even before the World Cup, there has been talk about it from the fans.”“It’s a positive thing that people want to welcome you. I feel very calm and comfortable already. I’m used to coping with this kind of situation.”The combative midfielder featured in all five games for Uruguay at the WorldCup and was glad to have represented his country on the biggest footballing stage.“I wasn’t part of the national setup during the World Cup qualifiers but I made it to the World Cup. I was very glad to be there and I did my best to enjoy every moment.”last_img read more

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Hospitals impose visitor restrictions as flu activity rises

first_imgLocal hospitals are imposing visitor restrictions as flu activity continues to rise.The number of flu cases and flu-related hospitalizations is increasing in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Last week, nearly one-third of all people tested for flu at Legacy Health facilities were positive, according to Legacy Health.In response to the increased hospitalizations, Legacy hospitals, including Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, are allowing only two visitors per patient at one time. In addition, hospital visitors 18 years old and younger are limited to immediate family members.PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is asking people who are experiencing symptoms of illness, such as a fever higher than 100 degrees, cough or sore throat, to not visit the hospital. PeaceHealth Southwest is also limiting the number of visitors at one time to two members of the patient’s immediate family or close contacts.If influenza cases continue to increase as expected, PeaceHealth Southwest is also prepared to implement additional precautions in special care units at the hospital, including intensive care units (adult, cardiovascular and neonatal) and the Family Birth Center. Those additional precautions could include health screenings, restriction of visitors younger than 12 years old (excluding siblings), restriction of visitors to include only family and to visit time limitations.Widespread fluThe flu is widespread is most states, including Washington.The flu positivity rate in Clark County — the percent of influenza tests done that come back positive — was nearly 41 percent during the week of Christmas, the most recent data available.last_img read more

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Condé Nast Expands Video with New Partnership

first_img“Brightcove has been a powerful partner that has enabled us to improve the access and discovery of our videos and significantly grow our online video business,” Glosser said.In an effort to cut costs, Condé Nast late last week scaled back the frequency of the print version of Portfolio from 12 to 10 times per year and shuttered Men’s Vogue, folding its content into Vogue.The Brightcove platform is used by nearly 100 magazine Web sites produced by publishers including Crain Communications, Hachette, IDG, Mansueto Ventures, Nielsen Business Media, Time Inc. and Ziff Davis Enterprise. In a broad expansion of its online video offerings, Condé Nast announced Monday a partnership with video platform Brightcove to manage its video initiatives company-wide. The first sites to utilize the platform are Glamour.com, Wired.com, Portfolio.com, Parade.com and Self.com.  The Brightcove 3 platform allows publishers to post video and to manage syndication and viral distribution, integrate advertising and to launch media campaigns, the company says.According to Richard Glosser, CondeNet ‘s executive director of emerging media, online video has become an increasing focus for Condé Nast’s digital media brands. “Expanding the online video available through our Web sites is resulting in deeper engagement with consumers and valuable new advertising inventory that we can bring to market,” he said.As part of the deal, expanded video offerings launching today at Wired.com include contextual clips within news stories and full-length feature videos. Brightcove was involved with the re-launch of Glamour.com and the launch of Portfolio.com this summer. While Parade.com and Self.com so far have utilized the Brightcove platform for individual channels, plans are underway, the company says, to roll out the technology for the sites’ remaining channels. last_img read more

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Man killed in gunfight with DB police

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what the detective branch of police called gunfight in Kala Bazar area of Mymensingh district town in the small hours of Saturday.The law enforcement claimed that deceased Kala Chand was a drug trader, reports UNB.A team of detective branch of police in a drive arrested suspected drug trader Kala Chand along with 50 pieces of yaba pills and a sharp weapon from Patgudam area of the town around 2:00am, said district DB police officer-in-charge Ashikur Rahman.Later, the team conducted another drive along with Kala Chand to arrest his associate Siraj.When the team reached the area on Alia Madrasa road around 2:30am, a gang of drug traders, numbering 7-8, tried to snatch Kala Chand and opened fire on police, prompting them to retaliate, triggering the gun battle, said the OC.During the fight, Kala Chand received a bullet on his chest and got injured critically.Later, he was taken to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.Police recovered a sharp weapon and two bullet shells from the spot.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, January 14. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 18:15One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 (Stafford North) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. 18:04A500 D Road busy but moving at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). 18:03A519 Clayton Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Stafford Avenue.15:15Usual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes. 15:14A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound clear at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 13:18Police stop elderly woman from driving wrong way onto the A500The woman was taken home safety. More here.12:52Police name 20-year-old who died in accidentMore here. 12:32171 homes without power in Stoke-on-Trent171 homes are without power in the ST6 area of Stoke-on-Trent.08:30Accident cleared on A50The accident on the A50 Eastbound has cleared near Uttoxeter according to traffic data company Inrix.07:57Slow traffic on the M6 NorthboundSlow traffic on M6 Northbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.07:51Heavy traffic at Smallthorne RoundaboutsHeavy traffic on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabouts). Travel time is seven minutes.07:51Heavy traffic coming into Hanley Heavy traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is six minutes. 07:38Congestion in the usual areas this morningHeavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).Usual congestion on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall.A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout.07:35Queueing traffic on the A500Queueing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is five minutes.Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes. 07:31Accident on A50 on Eastbound carriagewayA50 Eastbound partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident from A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot, Blythe Bridge) to B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout, Uttoxeter). In the roadworks area.07:29Accident reported on A50 near UttoxeterA50 partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident around B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). In the roadworks area. (Image: Inrix)07:05Broken down vehicle on M6 recoveredThe broken down vehicle on the M6 southbound between Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford has now been recovered.06:58Theresa May to deliver Brexit speech in Stoke-on-Trent todayPrime Minister Theresa May is coming to Stoke-on-Trent today to deliver a speech ahead of the House of Commons vote on the Withdrawal Agreement. The speech will take place at an unnamed factory in the city later today. More here.Prime Minister Theresa May (Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)06:44Slow traffic on M6One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. Traffic is already slow through the area due to narrow lanes and speed restrictions. (Image: Inrix)06:33Spoke too soon – one lane closed due to broken down vehicle on the M6A Highways England spokesman said: There is a broken down vehicle in Lane 1 (of 3) on the M6 Southbound between J15 Hanchurch and J14 Creswell we have Traffic Officers and Recovery en route.”06:31Quiet on the roads at the momentIt’s all quiet on the roads of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire so far this morning. If you see something you think we should know about, let us know.06:30Good morningTom here, I’ll be bringing you the latest news and traffic updates from across the area until 1.30pm – and my colleague Matt Simpson will be with you from 3pm until 11pm.last_img read more