first_img Twitter The event is sure to be an emotional tribute to a beloved musician and friend.The free show will take place in Burlington, but the band will also livestream on their official Facebook page.“Mike loved our fans so much. We want to honour him and his legacy by continuing our world tour to bring the spirit of this memorial to our fans across the globe,” the band said in a statement on Monday.Members of Barenaked Ladies, Monster Truck, USS, Darenots, Saint Alvia and Scott Helman will also join Walk Off The Earth on stage.The Canadian band gained popularity online performing covers and original songs using unique instruments.By COREY ATAD | ET CANADA Advertisement The late Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor of Walk Off The Earth (Photo: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement The band Walk Off the Earth is finding a way to pay tribute to their late band member.The group recently announced the tragic news that Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor had passed away.After an outpouring of condolences and support from fans, WOTE has announced a special event they’re holding in Taylor’s honour on Sunday, Jan. 13 in Burlington, Ont.❤️ pic.twitter.com/tEb8I10fBh— Walk off the Earth (@WalkOffTheEarth) January 4, 2019 Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Morocco only country in Arab region to anticipate Arab Spring thanks

first_imgTangier – Morocco is the only country in the Arab region that has managed tonticipate the “Arab Spring” by undertaking, in the last fifteen years, an unprecedented political openness at the time, said Friday in Tangier, Special Representative of the European Union for the Southern Mediterranean, Bernardino León Gross.This openness, which began during the reign of the late King Hassan II, was evidenced by a a political openness which led more pluralism, and this is what helped Morocco manage the new situation in the Arab region differently, he said.Regarding the position of the European Union vis-à -vis the events of the Arab Spring, Mr. Gross, who was speaking at the 3rd plenary session of the Medays Forum, said the EU seeks to support, politically and financially, the dynamics of change and the democratic reforms in the countries of the “Arab Spring”, in the framework of the respect for the national sovereignty of each country. In the same vein, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Crowley called for the establishment of national strategies in the Arab Spring countries, for balanced relationships between the governors and the governed.Regarding the dynamics of change in his country, Mohamed Abdulghafar, diplomatic adviser to the King of Bahrain, noted that the “Bahraini Spring” began long before the Arab revolutions in 2011, thanks to a series of social and political reforms to meet the aspirations of the people.last_img read more

Trump says trade deal will determine outcome on auto tariffs

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says tariffs on imported vehicles from Europe are something “we certainly think about” and a final decision depends on the United States and the European Union reaching a trade deal.Trump was asked about the prospect for tariffs on auto imports before a meeting Wednesday with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.Trump says the two countries have a “great trade relationship” but complained about the U.S. running a trade deficit with the EU.The Commerce Department has investigated whether imported vehicles and parts pose a threat to national security. The president could impose tariffs if the department concludes they are such a threat.Trump says the EU is “very tough to make a deal with” and adds, “If we don’t do the deal, we’ll do the tariffs.”Kevin Freking, The Associated Press read more

UN official calls for entire societies to get involved in antidrug fight

“If we put together income and social trends, public health factors, detection and treatment approaches, together with perceptions and the need to show results, one message emerges, loud and clear: the greater and the wider the commitment of society to drug control, the greater the likelihood of success,” Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in his opening remarks to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, meeting this week in Vienna.Mr. Costa reiterated last year’s assessment that “important progress is being made towards the still distant goals” set in 1998 at the UN General Assembly special session on drugs, when governments called for a significant reduction in the supply and demand for illicit narcotics.Afghanistan, as the world’s largest producer of opiates, remains a special challenge, Mr. Costa noted, as the country needs continuing support in implementing its new national drug control strategy aimed at eradication of opium cultivation within the 10-year timeframe.”Dismantling Afghanistan’s opium economy with the instruments of democracy, rule of law and development will be a long and complex process,” Mr. Costa said, warning that “as long as demand persists at over 4,000 tons of opium a year and trading profits therefore remain [one gram of heroin sells in Kabul at $1 at source, but retails in Europe at $100] illicit opium will be produced somewhere – whether in Afghanistan or not.””The conclusion is clear: supply control measures must be accompanied by efforts to curb abuse,” the UNODC chief said.In other news from the opening session, Sweden presented its new national drug control strategy, based on full support for UN counter-narcotic efforts. “Through the United Nations, Sweden can contribute to the fight against drugs, primarily by working preventively, but also by impeding drug production and smuggling,” said Carin Jämtin, Swedish Minister for Development Cooperation.Two-thirds of Sweden’s annual $7.4 million contribution to UNODC will be earmarked for demand reduction projects, policy support and advocacy. The remaining funds will be available for general UNODC drug control work. read more

Canada adds 48300 new jobs but wage growth and hours worked slip

Canada adds 48,300 new jobs, but wage growth and hours worked slip by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 10, 2017 6:52 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Statistics Canada says the economy added 48,300 net new jobs in January, pulling down the national unemployment rate to 6.8 per cent from 6.9 per cent. Workers are pictured at the Vancouver Shipyard in an October 7, 2013, file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward OTTAWA – The country’s labour market continues to pump out new jobs, but Canadians are seeing wage increases fade and their work hours shrink.Last month, the job market unexpectedly added 48,300 net new positions, thanks to surges in part-time and private-sector work, Statistics Canada said Friday.The January employment survey showed an increase of 32,400 part-time positions and a smaller gain of 15,800 jobs in the more-desirable category of full-time work. Both numbers, however, were too low to be deemed statistically significant.The report also found that private-sector jobs rose 32,400 between December and January, compared with an increase of 7,700 public-sector positions.The increases helped drop the unemployment rate last month to 6.8 per cent from 6.9 per cent.Economists described the overall job growth, which once again defied their expectations, as “very impressive” and “remarkably strong.”“It seems as if we are all thinking that streak is going to come to an end and it just keeps on going,” said Desjardins senior economist Jimmy Jean, noting the number beat the consensus prediction for a sixth straight month.But even with more people working, Jean said the composition of the labour data remained sub par due to some “lingering weakness.”He pointed to the disappointing growth in hourly wages in January compared with a year earlier. Hourly earnings increased by less than 1.3 per cent, which was below inflation.In the past, Jean said hourly wages have often grown between two and three per cent, and sometimes even a little bit more.“So, there’s been a steady deterioration on that front and it seems like we can’t really get off that trajectory,” said Jean, who also noted that year over year hours worked was only up 0.2 per cent due to the shift toward part-time work.Jean noted that the Bank of Canada had expressed concerns about hours worked and earnings growth and didn’t think the latest jobs data would ease its preoccupations, even if overall the job market continues to expand.Other experts also pointed to the slumping wage and work hours increases.“It’s disappointing to see that we had a decline in hours worked — we also saw very weak wage growth,” said Craig Alexander, chief economist for the Conference Board of Canada.Alexander was encouraged that the “surprising” amount of job creation that Canada saw in the second half of last year has continued into 2017.He said some people will point to negative details of the job growth, such as the rise of part-time positions.But Alexander noted it’s important to remember that the gain of nearly 16,000 full-time positionslast month was healthy on its own, even if most of the new jobs created were part time.“I think the critics are often too glass-half-empty when they’re looking at this,” he said.Looking back 12 months, Canada gained 276,100 net new jobs overall with the addition of 86,200 full-time positions and 189,900 part-time jobs.The job market has now seen increases in five out of the last six monthly reports. In December, the overall labour force expanded by 53,700 net jobs compared with the previous month.Economists had projected the job numbers to stay unchanged last month and for the unemployment rate to hold at 6.9 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.The vast majority of the new jobs — or 42,600 positions — were created in the services sector, with the bulk of those concentrated in areas such as finance, insurance, real estate, business management, transportation and warehousing.The number of factory jobs in Canada increased by 5,600 positions last month.The category of self-employed positions added 8,200 last month while paid employee jobs climbed by 40,000.Among the provinces, Ontario gained the most jobs last month with 28,800 new positions, an increase of 0.4 per cent compared with December. Most of those new jobs — or 23,500 positions — were part time.The overall number of jobs in Alberta last month was essentially unchanged compared to December, but the province did shed 24,300 full-time positions.The report was stronger for British Columbia, which gained 11,200 net new positions last month thanks to a month-over-month increase of 25,400 full-time jobs.Statistics Canada also found the national youth unemployment rate rose in January to 13.3 per cent, up from 12.6 per cent.Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly stated the jobs growth figure in the second headline. read more

New car demand level in July after positive start to 2016

UK new car registrations experienced a moderate increase in July, up 0.1% for the month, according to figures released by SMMT. 1,599,159 new cars have been registered so far this year, putting demand in the year-to-date 2.8% higher than for the same period in 2015 following a strong first quarter.July followed the trend seen throughout this year whereby lower private registrations were offset by fleet purchases, which increased by 5.0% this month. Demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles remained remarkably strong with 24.7% more registrations compared with the same month in 2015.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “After a healthy start to 2016 and record registrations in 2015 the market is showing signs of cooling. The automotive market is a vital part of the British economy and it’s important government delivers the economic conditions which instil business and consumer confidence. With low interest rates, attractive finance options and exciting new models coming to the showrooms, the market still has lots to offer customers.” Passenger car demand sees small increase in July as UK registrations rose by 0.1%.Demand for AFVs remains healthy up 24.7% but still small market share.Monthly car registrations level off after record 2015 and strong early 2016 growth. Download the press release and additional data tableClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

In the Rings Substitutes prepare to fill in for Fry on Team

Playing as a substitute has become the norm for curler Matt Wozniak this season. It’s a role that is almost completely foreign to Marc Kennedy.Both players will serve as replacements on Team Brad Jacobs next month to fill the vacancy created by Ryan Fry’s decision to take an indefinite leave.Wozniak, who planned to take a year off after his long run with Team Mike McEwen ended last season, has played twice for Team Reid Carruthers and once for Team Matt Dunstone this season. Kennedy, meanwhile, said he hasn’t played as a sub since a brief stint with the Ferbey Four rink 15 years ago. “I was 21 years old and I didn’t make one shot,” Kennedy said with a laugh. “I missed every shot and we won the game. I played second because Scott Pfeifer had to write an exam for his MBA. So I came in to play, I was sweeping with Marcel (Rocque) and learning the ropes.“I was nervous and I didn’t make one shot. Hopefully next week goes a little better than that.”Kennedy took a step back from the competitive game this season to recharge mentally and physically after a solid four-year run with Team Kevin Koe. That was preceded by an eight-year run with Team Kevin Martin, highlighted by an Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games.“I’ve been on some pretty solid teams that played together for a long time,” Kennedy said. “Having a new player come in isn’t something I’m used to, especially being the new player. But you know what, I get along with these guys really well and I always have.“There’s always been a real mutual respect there as competitors and friends. I think we’ll be able to jell and mesh pretty good together and hopefully pretty quickly.”Kennedy will play third with Jacobs at the Dec. 5-9 Canada Cup in Estevan, Sask., with E.J. Harnden at second and Ryan Harnden at lead. The team will turn to Wozniak for the Dec. 11-16 National in Conception Bay South, N.L.Wozniak will play his usual position of second at the Grand Slam event while E.J. Harnden will move to third.“I really enjoyed playing against those guys and just hanging out outside of curling,” Wozniak said. “It was a pretty easy ‘yes’ for me.” It’s unclear when Fry might return to the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based team. He decided to take an indefinite leave after his disqualification from the Red Deer Curling Classic on Nov. 17.He was ejected for what organizers called unsportsmanlike behaviour resulting from excessive drinking. Fry, who was playing as a substitute in Red Deer, was kicked out of the event along with teammates Jamie Koe, Chris Schille and DJ Kidby.Organizers said Fry broke three brooms and that the team used foul language and was disruptive to other players on the ice. The World Curling Tour fined Fry $1,000 and said that his behaviour was the reason for the team’s disqualification.All four players later issued statements to apologize for their actions. Fry has not responded to requests for comment.Jacobs, Fry and the Harnden brothers won the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier and won Olympic gold at the Sochi Games the following year.The team’s most recent victory came this month at the Grand Slam of Curling’s Tour Challenge in Thunder Bay, Ont.“For them, it’s just a matter of filling that gap until Ryan is ready to come back,” Kennedy said. “I’m happy to help at one event. I’ve known Ryan for a long time as well. I certainly support him and hope he can get through this.”  ICE CHIPSScotland’s Bruce Mouat is up to fourth on the World Curling Tour’s Order of Merit standings after his victory over Sweden’s Niklas Edin at the recent European curling championships in Tallinn, Estonia.Edin remains in top spot while Canadian skips — No. 2 Brad Gushue, No. 3 Kevin Koe and No. 5 Brendan Bottcher — round out the top five. Koe has a slight edge on second-ranked John Epping in the year-to-date standings.Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg won the European playdowns to cement her hold on the No. 1 spot in the women’s overall list. Canada’s Rachel Homan, Jennifer Jones, Kerri Einarson and Tracy Fleury hold the next four positions.———Olympic mixed doubles champion John Morris will team with Kalynn Park at next week’s Curling World Cup in Omaha, Neb.Park replaces Taylor McDonald, who will be playing with Team Alison Flaxey at the Canada Cup that week instead.Morris teamed with Kaitlyn Lawes at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea, where mixed doubles made its Olympic debut.Park, who played with Charley Thomas for several seasons, plans to team up with Braeden Moskowy for the rest of the mixed doubles campaign. Fleury will skip the Canadian women’s team entry in Omaha while Jason Gunnlaugson will skip the Canadian men’s team. Canada won gold in the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles competitions at the first leg of the World Cup last September in Suzhou, China.———Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press read more

Sarah drops out of top 100 baby names for first time in

Edith has returned to the top 100 for the first time since 1934, and Ralph is now at number 98, the highest position since 1944, beating out derivatives including Ralphie, Ralphy and Ralphi.  Beatrice re-entered the top 100 five years ago having been absent since the 1920s, and Elsie reappeared in 2011 after dropping off in the 1930s. The data also reveals that while Olivia was the top girls’ name throughout England and Wales, Oliver was beaten by Muhammad in London, the West Midlands, and Yorkshire and The Humber, and by Harry in the north east of England. Analysis by the ONS suggested that some names had very localised popularity for religious reasons.David, which ranks 44th nationally, was the top boys’ name in five local authorities, three of which had a higher than average population of Jewish people. Similarly, Maryam, which ranks 78th nationally for girls’ names, is the top name in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge, Luton and Leicester, all areas with a large population of Muslims.  Lisa, which peaked at 5th in 1974, is now in 764th place, with 52 girls given the name last year, and Louise, which was 13th in 1974 is now at 499th place, with 87 girls given the name, though it also features in almost 50 compound forms including Lilly-Louise, Phoebe-Louise, Bonnie-Louise and Faith-Louise. A similar pattern can be seen for boys’ names, with names such as Paul, which peaked in the top spot in 1974, now in 357th place behind Troy, Nikodem, Zayd and Teddie. Andrew, which was near the top in the 1960s and 1970s, is now in 210th position, with 250 boys given the name, and Mark, which was 2nd in 1974, is now 247th. The trend suggests new parents are avoiding giving their children the names they were familiar with among their peers or their parents’ generation.  It’s been one of the UK’s most popular baby names for more than a century.But Sarah has dropped out of the top 100 girls’ names for first time since records began, ONS figures show. The name, which peaked in popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, fell to the 103rd most popular names in the data for 2017. It was the top girls’ name in 1974 and 1984, and its popularity has been falling ever since. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––An alternative spelling, Sara, overtook it in 2015, and last year was the 82nd most popular girl’s baby name in the UK. The change leaves Elizabeth as the only girls’ name which has been in the top 100 continually since records began in 1904. The very top of the list remained unchanged since last year, with Oliver and Olivia remaining the most popular boys’ and girls’ names.  New entries into the top 100 for girls include Aurora, Hallie, Lyla and Bonnie. Sarah has met the same fate as many names which peaked in popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, including Claire, the second-most popular name in 1974, which had dropped to 90th place by 1996 and is now the 915th most popular baby girl name, with 41 newborns named Claire in 2017.  By contrast, names which were popular earlier in the century, particularly in the 1930s and 1940s, are entering the top 100 again.  Nick Stripe, of the ONS’ Vital Statistics Outputs Branch, said: “Although Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular baby names in 2017, some fascinating changes took place beneath them. “Leo entered the boys’ top 10 for the first time, whilst Hunter rocketed into the top 100, also for the first time, reaching number 78. “Sarah, the most popular name for baby girls throughout much of the 1970s and 1980s, dropped out of the top 100 for the first time since our records began in 1904.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

EurOmax begins interesting drilling project in Serbia

first_imgEurOmax Resources has commenced drilling at Rudnitza in Serbia to test a copper-gold porphyry. The first diamond drillhole, EORC 07-01, will be drilled near PDRC 04-03 which was previously reported intersecting 144 m of 0.62% Cu equivalent1 or 1.06 g/t Au equivalent1 (0.40% Cu and 0.38g/t Au) from the base of oxidation to total depth of 244 m.This hole terminated in mineralisation. EORC 07-01 will be drilled with a different orientation to better intersect the dominant vein trends.The Rudnitza copper-gold porphyry consists of a large iron oxide, quartz vein stockwork zone outcropping over an area of approximately 400 m by 300 m. There are widespread ancient workings in this area most of which remain untested. The quartz stockwork, with vein density greater than 30 veins per metre, is developed within a quartz-magnetite alteration zone.  This is surrounded by a larger argillic and advanced argillic alteration zone.After completion of the drilling at Rudnitza the rig will be moved to the Ceovishte licence to commence a five-hole program. Four holes will target a 1 km2 area of ancient mine working at Ceovishte. The Ceovishte target is an undrilled high sulphidation system with strong gold and base metal soil and rock chip geochemistry.  Sampling of material from ancient mine dumps by a previous operator2 returned strong multi-element geochemistry with up to 0.3% Cu, 2.3% Zn, 6% Pb, 196 g/t Ag and 2.4 g/t Au.  Assay of smelter slag from the area reports 10.7% Pb and 102 g/t Ag.  A previously untested silica breccia, 8 km to the south of the Ceovishte HS System which is at least 200 m in diameter will also be drill  tested. 1.  Copper and gold equivalent calculations use metal prices of USD 1.25/lb copper and USD 450/oz gold.  Adjustment factors for differences in relative metallurgical recoveries for gold and copper have not been be considered  and  metallurgical recoveries and net smelter returns are assumed to be 100%.2. The company believes results reported by the previous operator of the licence are reliable using industry standard quality controls and a certified laboratory.last_img read more

Explainer How is a new Pope chosen

first_imgAs 115 cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel for the beginning of the conclave to elect a new Pope today, TheJournal.ie examines the process which will lead to white smoke emerging in St Peter’s Square. This article was originally published on 11 February. THE ANNOUNCEMENT of the resignation Pope Benedict XVI throws new focus on the peculiar mechanics by which a new pope is elected.For only the ninth time in a century, the world’s cardinals will assemble in Rome for a secretive event – which could potentially take weeks – to decide on the new supreme ruler of the Roman Catholic Church.Though it’s considered a monarchy by most political theorists – and, in fact, one of only six absolute monarchies, where the head of state holds total executive, law-making and judicial power – the papacy is a slightly more unusual one, in that it is elected.The electorate, however, is limited: the power to choose a new Pope falls not even merely to the world’s cardinals (who number 209 at present), but those under the age of 80.This means that, presently, there are only 115 voting members of the College of Cardinals.Under the Sistine ceilingThe Sistine Chapel at the Apostolic Palace in Rome is probably best known these days for having had its ceiling painted by Michaelangelo – but it also has a special place in the role of the Catholic Church.It is there – literally, under lock and key – where the College of Cardinals meet to choose a new pope. The members lodge in a purpose-built hotel adjoining St Peter’s Basilica, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, but the voting actually takes place in the Sistine Chapel.The reason members are kept under lock and key is to avoid any interference from the outside the world: in the 13th century, political interference after the death of Pope Clement IV led to the decision to hold future elections cum clave (literally meaning ‘under key’).During the conclave, as it has now become known, any outside media feeds to the Domus Sanctae Marthae is are disconnected and the members remain locked in with only each other for company.Usually the timetable for the Conclave is relatively formulaic (though only because they usually follow the death of the incumbent). The outgoing Pope is usually buried between four and six days after their death, offering enough time for pilgrims to pay their respects before a new member is chosen. In the meantime, the cardinals will have begun to arrive in Rome to arrange and attend the funeral.The conclave then usually begins to sit on the fifteenth day after the death, though this can be extended for a few more days to allow the arrival of latecoming cardinals. It is thought that a similar pattern will be observed next time, with the date of Benedict XVI’s resignation (February 28) as the date from which the others derive.As they meet in Rome, the cardinals – including those who are not of voting age, but who can still attend the discussions – are formally addressed on two occasions: once in the days preceding the conclave, and once in the Sistine Chapel just before the doors are sealed.The custom is that neither of the two people who address the cardinals are themselves eligible for election – ordinarily they are high-ranking civil servants within the Vatican, or cardinals who are retired and therefore ineligible for election.In occasions where the outgoing Pope has died, there are often unofficial extra lectures – including the homily at the Pope’s funeral, and at a Mass held for the cardinals on the day before the conclave. In 2005, both were addressed by Joseph Ratzinger – who ended up becoming Pope anyway. Though his sermon at the pre-conclave Mass was described as a ‘pitch for the papacy’, it is generally considered that Ratzinger was not personally lobbying for the office.With the final sermon given, the doors are locked – with the call, “Extra, omnes!”, demanding the evacuation of everyone unconnected to the conclave – and aren’t opened until the famous white smoke is seen.Ballot, then ballot, then ballot againThe general formula of the conclave is that there are two elections every morning of the conclave, and two each afternoon. A successful candidate needs a two-thirds majority of the votes cast.On the off-chance that there is a single stand-out candidate to take the papacy, a vote is held on the first afternoon of the conclave. If there is nobody elected, the members stop and begin to deliberate about the identity of the next members with the next vote held the following morning.A candidate, by the way, does not necessarily have to be a cardinal themselves – in theory, any male who is not considered a persona non grata by the Holy See can be chosen – though it is exceptionally rate for someone outside of the ranks of the cardinals to be chosen.Pope Benedict XVI’s election, marking the end of the Papal Conclave of 2005, is covered by British newspapers on Wednesday, April 20, 2005. (Martin Cleaver/AP)Each member casts their vote anonymously, formally placing their ballot paper in a box at the chapel altar when called to do so. As they cast their vote, each cardinal takes an oath declaring their faith that the person named on their ballot paper should become the next supreme pontiff. It is not permissible to abstain.After each vote, three officials (chosen at random as the conclave begins) verify the number of ballot papers cast, and ensure that the number of papers equals the total electorate. (If it doesn’t, they burn the papers without counting them.) Once verified, they then count the votes to determine if anyone has won.Votes are taken in pairs: a first ballot, if unsuccessful, is immediately followed by a second, without any time in between for members to confer or deliberate in any way. If the second ballot is unsuccessful, the papers from both ballots are burned with the addition of special chemicals to ensure the smoke is black.To avoid an infinitely long conclave, the process is suspended after three days – and then after each further seven ballots – so that members can be addressed by named senior officials. After 30 unsuccessful ballots, a day’s respite is called, after which only the two most-supported members stand in final run-off elections until one has won the two-thirds support needed.Habemus papam!Should a ballot result in a successful election, the ballot papers are again burned – but with the addition of chemicals causing white smoke, therefore indicating to the public outside that a new Pope has been found.The formal appointment is made by the Dean of the College of Cardinals (assuming that the Dean himself is not the winning candidate, in which case the duty is performed by the Sub-Dean. This was the case in 2005.) The Dean summons two other senior officials to witness the ‘appointment’.On the off-chance that the winning candidate is not already a bishop, they must first be ordained as a bishop – or, if circumstances need, as a priest or deacon in the first place. A layman nominated to be pope would therefore be ordained first as a deacon, then a priest, and then a bishop. Each of these ordinations is carried out by the Dean of the college.Once this is done, the nominee is formally asked, in Latin:Do you accept your canonical election as Supreme Pontiff?The nominee presumably answers in the affirmative (anyone unwilling to accept the job will probably have made their objections clear before then) and takes office from that very second – there is no oath to take, and the nominee becomes the new Pope from the moment they indicate their willingness to take the job.The new Pope is asked what papal name they want to take, and while a script proclaiming their election is written, they go into a small robing room where they get dressed in their new pontifical outfit and enjoy a brief moment of solitude and reflection.When they have dressed, a senior cardinal leads the delegation to the main balcony of St Peter’s Basilica and gives the famous address, in Latin, including the words ‘Habemus papam!’ (‘We have a Pope!’) They announce the nominated cardinal, and the name they have taken on – and the new Pope emerges, delivering their first pontifical address.In older times the conclave was followed in later days by an official coronation, where the new Pope was crowned (physically) with an elaborate crown known as the ‘triple tiara’.However, since the austere inauguration of John Paul I in 1978, neither John Paul II nor Benedict XVI have opted for a formal coronation. In any case, the event is not necessary – the Pope takes office, and assumes the power, from the moment they indicate their willingness to do so.Absent in body, but not in legacyBenedict himself will not take part in the conclave – his election to the papacy meant he lost his previous title as a cardinal, though even if he didn’t, he’d now be over the age of 80 to participate – but he will have dramatically shaped its outcome nonetheless.As of today, Benedict has chosen 37 members of the College of Cardinals – a reasonable number given he has spent less than eight years in powers – including 28 who fall under the voting age of 80.Though it’s not known for sure whether the plans will go ahead, in light of today’s news, this is due to be increased later this month: next week, Benedict was due to ‘cap’ another 22 new cardinals, including 18 who are under the age of 80.This will bring the electorate to 136, a third of whom will have been chosen by Benedict himself – prompting the automatic disqualification of some older members, as the electorate is limited to 120.The outgoing pontiff will therefore have a major imprint in the outcome of the election, whether he is present or not.Read: Pope Benedict resigns, citing ‘advanced age’ and deteriorating healthMore: Pope’s brother: Pontiff was ‘considering resignation for months’Reaction: Taoiseach extends ‘best wishes’ to Pope, President writes Pontiff a letterlast_img read more

Pourquoi les coups de soleil sontils douloureux

first_imgPourquoi les coups de soleil sont-ils douloureux ?Des chercheurs américains ont réussi à identifier la molécule responsable de la douleur ressentie lorsqu’on prend un coup de soleil. Ceci pourrait conduire à la mise au point d’un traitement pour combattre ces brûlures de la peau voire la douleur en général.C’est un peu le mal des beaux jours que beaucoup ont du mal à éviter, malgré les recommandations : le coup de soleil. Celui-ci se produit lorsque la peau est exposée trop longtemps aux rayons du soleil et à leurs ultraviolets (UV), en particulier les UVB (qui causent 95% des coups de soleil). A petites doses, les UVB ont certains bienfaits comme apporter une dose quotidienne de vitamine D ou encore améliorer l’humeur. Toutefois, en trop grandes quantités, ces ultraviolets peuvent causer des dégâts importants sur les cellules de peau. Selon une étude parue l’an dernier, ils peuvent détériorer des molécules appelées microARN, des fragments présents dans les cellules et qui jouent un rôle dans la régulation de l’expression des gènes. Ceci va alors provoquer une inflammation au niveau des cellules. C’est ce qui génère la douleur et la rougeur qui apparaissent.Une molécule qui joue un rôle dans la douleur Aussi, les coups de soleil seraient un peu la façon naturelle de notre corps de dire qu’il est temps de rentrer à l’intérieur afin d’éviter davantage de dégâts. Néanmoins, des chercheurs américains ont réussi à préciser encore davantage ce mécanisme en identifiant une molécule bien particulière, TRPV4. Selon l’étude publiée dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, cette dernière est abondante dans les cellules de peau et est déjà connue pour jouer un rôle dans plusieurs processus douloureux.L’équipe de chercheurs a donc voulu savoir si cette même molécule ne jouait pas aussi un rôle dans la douleur et les dommages observés avec les coups de soleil, et il semblerait que ce soit bien le cas. Pour en arriver là, les scientifiques ont construit un modèle de souris dont les cellules de l’épiderme (et uniquement celles-ci) étaient privées de TRPV4. Puis ils ont exposé les pattes arrières (qui ressemblent le plus à la peau humaine) de ses spécimens et de souris normales à des rayons UVB.Ils ont alors constaté que les pattes des rongeurs non modifiés devenaient hypersensibles et que des cloques apparaissaient. En revanche, les souris privées de TRPV4 ont montré peu de sensibilisation et de blessures. Au cours d’une deuxième expérience, les chercheurs ont utilisé des cellules de peau de souris pour disséquer l’activité de la molécule. Ils ont alors constaté que les UVB provoquaient, grâce à TRPV4, un afflux de calcium dans les cellules.  Un mécanisme semblable chez l’humain Plus précisément, les UVB auraient la capacité d’activer TRPV4 qui forme un canal installé au niveau des membranes cellulaires. Une fois activé, TRPV4 laisserait alors passer le calcium de l’extérieur de la cellule vers l’intérieur. Ceci aurait pour effet de faire rentrer une autre molécule appelée “endothéline”. Or, celle-ci est déjà connue pour être responsable de douleurs chez l’humain et même de démangeaisons. Ce qui expliquerait les sensations ressenties par les personnes qui ont pris un coup de soleil. Pour savoir si ces résultats obtenus chez la souris pouvaient être valables chez l’humain, les chercheurs ont observé l’activité de TRPV4 sur des cellules de peau humaine exposées à des UVB. Et ils sont arrivés aux mêmes conclusions. “Nous avons découvert une nouvelle explication de pourquoi les coups de soleil sont douloureux”, a expliqué Wolfgang Liedtke de la Duke University School of Medicine et l’un des auteurs principaux de l’étude. Mais ce scientifique et ses collèges n’en sont pas restés là.Une piste de traitement contre les coups de soleil ? À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Afin de pousser davantage les recherches, ils ont tenté de savoir s’ils pouvaient arriver à bloquer l’activité de TRPV4. Dans ce but, ils ont utilisé une molécule appelée GSK205 qui inhibe le canal et l’ont mélangée à une solution contenant de l’alcool et du glycérol (du désinfectant pour peau). Puis ils ont appliqué le mélange sur les pattes de souris exposées aux UVB. Ces dernières ont alors montré une résistance plus importante à la douleur et aux dégâts causés par les UVB. Quand ils ont appliqué le même mélange à des cellules de peau de souris, ils ont observé à plus petite échelle que l’influx de calcium causé par les UVB était stoppé. “Les résultats positionnent TRPV4 comme une nouvelle cible pour prévenir et traiter les coups de soleil, et probablement les dommages dus au soleil y compris le cancer de la peau et le vieillissement cutané. Néanmoins, plus de recherches doivent être faites avant que les inhibiteurs de TRPV4 puissent faire partie de l’arsenal de défense contre le soleil, peut-être dans des crèmes d’un nouveau genre ou pour traiter les dommages chroniques du soleil”, a commenté dans un communiqué Martin Steinhoff, de l’University of California à San Francisco. Selon Wolfgang Liedtke, la découverte pourrait même aller plus loin que le coup de soleil. “Si nous comprenons mieux les coups de soleil, nous pouvons mieux comprendre la douleur car ce qui empoisonne la vie de mes patients jour et nuit est ce qui affecte temporairement les personnes en bonne santé souffrant de coups de soleil”, a t-il remarqué.Le 6 août 2013 à 12:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

You Too Can Smell Like A Sumo Wrestler With This Fragrance

first_imgStay on target Look at your perfume or cologne rack. You’ve got Givenchy, Gucci, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, and if you’re in Japan, quite possibly Sumo? Yes, “sumo” as in the wrestlers. Have you ever wanted to smell like a sumo wrestler? Now you can, as the Japanese fragrance maker, Luz is hard at work adding three brand new scents to its J-Scent perfume line. What does a sumo wrestler smell like? Guess you’ll have to pick up one of these fragrances to find out!J-Scent is actually adding three new scents to its catalog of smells, including famine soda, yuzu citrus and of course, sumo wrestler. The sumo wrestler scent doesn’t smell like a bunch of sweaty dudes, though. Far from that. Apparently, it’s supposed to mimic the scent of the hair oil sumo wrestlers use on their hair to slick it back. It features the scent of eucalyptus, anise, violet, heliotrope, musk, patchouli and sandalwood.The other two perfumes smell like famine soda and yuzu citrus of course, but the most intriguing one of the entire list definitely has to be the sumo smell. I mean, how often can you say you smell a sumo wrestler? It’s a much more complex scent in general.If you want one of the perfumes, you’ll have to pick it up from J-Scent’s website or in the Osaka area. If you’re lucky, you might be able to pick it up online somehow, so be on the lookout for a bottle if you want to tell all your friends how delectable the sumo scent really is.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu last_img read more

Work is underway to reform the Turks and Caicos Islands Education System

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWork is well underway for a reform of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ current education system…. The Minister of Education presented in the last Cabinet sitting the preliminary findings of a review. With the support of UNICEF the ministry has already identified areas that will be of primary focus. Some of these mentioned by the Minister were curriculum development, provision of school places, professional development for teachers and technical and vocational and continuing education. Hon. Missick, her Permanent Secretary, Cherly-Ann Jones and the Director of Education, Edgar Howell recently travelled to the Cayman Islands where the trio attended a series of meetings with the Cayman Islands’ Ministry of Education team, discussing technology integration in schools, safer schools and development of new schools structure among other things. Hon. Missick lauded the Cayman Islands education system and says it is one that the Turks and Caicos will strive toward emulating.last_img read more

Apprehension Of Haitian Cargo Vessels

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:apprehension, eleuthra, hatian vessel, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Recovery Of Stolen Vessel From Atlantis Marina Defence Force Makes History With Public Service Award Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Haitian Migrants Apprehended Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, 19 April, 2015 (RBDF): Acting on information received, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force reconnaissance aircraft sighted two suspicious vessels near Eleuthera that were intercepted and boarded by crewmembers of Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship DURWARD KNOWLES on Saturday 18 April 2015.As a result of the boarding’s, four undocumented passengers were found along with discrepancies with ownership of the vessels. The two vessels were subsequently escorted to Nassau where Police, Immigration and Customs Officials assisted in conducting further investigations for illegal drugs, immigration status of crewmembers, cargo verification, and vessel ownership. Thus far, one Haitian national has been admitted to the Carmichael Road Detention Center by Immigration authority. Investigations by agencies involved are ongoing.last_img read more

Poll 35 dont incorporate the needs of transgender employees in HR policies

first_imgDo you agree that Morrisons is partly liable for the data breach of its employees’ payroll information? Tell us what you think in our latest poll… Employee Benefits poll: Over a third (35%) of respondents’ employers don not have HR policies in place that incorporate the needs of transgender employees.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 31 responses, also found that the workplaces of 23% of respondents do have HR policies in place to cater for the needs of transgender employees, while 19% planned to put such measures in place soon.Nearly a quarter (23%) of respondents do not know if their organisation’s HR policies incorporate the needs of transgender staff.Speaking at Employee Benefits Live 2018, Pete Mercer, head of public sector membership programmes at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) charity Stonewall, recommended that employers educate themselves, using a variety of platforms, to help them gain a broad understanding of trans-inclusive issues.He suggested topics for research could include transgender identities and how diverse and different these can be, language and terminology, relevant legislation and legal responsibilities, and examples of transphobia.Mercer also recommended that employers look to update their HR policies and amend the organisation’s harassment, discrimination, bullying and parental policies to ensure equality across all employees, and to confirm these address trans-specific issues.last_img read more

Former Slate Deputy Editor Joins The Atlantic People on the Move —

first_img CNBC Digital has named Jeffrey McCracken its managing editor for digital. He joins from Bloomberg, where he had been executive editor. Swansburg, who started his career as an editorial assistant at The New York Times, had been deputy editor of ideas at The Boston Globe before joining Slate. Billboard has hired Hannah Karp as its news director. She joins from The Wall Street Journal, where she has been since 2004. Karp is currently a staff reporter covering the music industry at the newspaper. Jim Aley and Howard Chua-Eoan will succeed Otis Bilodeau as co-deputy editors of Bloomberg Businessweek. Chua-Eoan joined the brand in 2014 after three decades at Time and manages the front of the book. Aley came from Fortune in 2009 and oversees features. Both will continue to run their sections in addition to their new deputy duties. Jay Meyer has rejoined Time Inc. as SVP of the travel category. Most recently, he consulted in the travel space with Hearst Magazines on its Airbnb Magazine and The Black Tomato travel agency, among other places. Judith Ohikuare has joined Refinery29 as a work and money writer. She was previously an associate editor at Cosmopolitan.  Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Toria Garrett joins W and Vanity Fair as executive account director, beauty. She was most recently head of revenue and associate publisher at Teen Vogue. Before that, Garrett was ad director and executive beauty director at Vogue. James Kim has moved to Time from his role as a designer at Entertainment Weekly. He joined Time Inc. in 2016. “John brings a range of gifts to this new role,” said Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg in a statement. “He knows how to conceive of and assign the most ambitious stories; he is a brilliant line editor; and, of course, he understands how to present complicated magazine features in digitally compelling ways.” It’s been announced that Swansburg will be commissioning and editing pieces across the brand’s print edition, from features to the front of the book. Stephanie Fried has been named EVP of research, analytics and audience development at Condé Nast’s Co/Lab leadership team. And Brooke Ellis has been named the team’s VP of digital design and UX. Fried was previously VP of research, analytics and audience development at the company, and Ellis was executive director UX and design.  The former deputy editor of Slate, John Swansburg, has joined The Atlantic as its new senior editor. Swansburg was with Slate for an entire decade interrupted only by a brief two-month gig at The New Yorker.last_img read more

Xi Putin meet amid tensions over US moves

first_imgChinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin attend a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on 8 June 2018. Photo: ReutersChinese president Xi Jinping treated Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to a state visit on Friday as the neighbouring giants forge closer ties in the face of US diplomatic and economic challenges.Putin, re-elected to his fourth Kremlin term in March, arrived at the grandiose Great Hall of the People in Beijing for talks with Xi, who could stay in power for life after term limits were lifted this year.The two heads of state reviewed a military honour guard and greeted flag-waving children during the welcoming ceremony before retreating into the vast building.The most powerful Russian and Chinese leaders in decades, Xi and Putin have built closer ties while US president Donald Trump has labelled both countries as economic rivals that challenge US interests and values.Xi and Putin are “soulmates who want to make their countries great again”, Alexander Gabuev, senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Centre, told AFP.”Both share scepticism towards American hegemony and distrust US intentions, both are authoritarian personalistic rulers,” he said.China is mired in tough negotiations with the United States to avoid a trade war, while Moscow has deep differences with Washington on multiple diplomatic fronts, including Syria and Ukraine.Putin played up his bond with his “good friend” Xi in an interview with China’s state broadcaster CGTN this week.He said the Chinese president was the only state leader to celebrate his birthday with him, with the two sharing vodka and sausage.Xi “is approachable and sincere”, Putin told CGTN. “But he’s also a very dependable man to work with.”Maria Repnikova, director of the Centre for Global Information Studies at Georgia State University in the US, said China makes Russia look “stronger and more relevant” on the global stage.For its part, Russia allows China to show the US that it has “other options” in international negotiations, she said.”Trump’s policies justified (the) growing closeness, especially for Russia but also for China given the volatile relationship with the United States,” Repnikova told AFP.Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with Chinese premier Li Keqiang in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on 8 June 2018. Photo: ReutersBut, she said “it’s an asymmetrical relationship with Russia more dependent on China than vice versa, especially in the economic sphere”.After the Beijing visit, Putin will join Xi at a weekend summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao.China and Russia lead the regional security group, which includes former Soviet states and new members India and Pakistan.Putin told CGTN that the SCO had “small” objectives when it was founded two decades ago but that it was now evolving into a larger global force.Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, whose country is an observer member of the SCO, will also attend the summit at a time when China and Russia are seeking to save the Iran nuclear deal following Trump’s withdrawal from the pact.last_img read more

Virtual reality sim Notes on Blindness makes you feel like Daredevil

first_imgSuperhero stories and urban legends say that blind people develop enhanced senses when they lose their vision. In the real world, it isn’t quite so simple. The subjective experience of what it’s like to regain awareness of space after losing sight is difficult to convey. When writer and theologian John Hull began to lose his sight, he recorded a series of audio diaries about what he called “a world beyond sight.” These firsthand accounts were compiled and used as the basis of a film called Notes on Blindness. To help convey the experience in a more subjective form, the filmmakers also created a virtual reality experience that uses “binaural sound” and abstract visuals to teach users how a blind person can become cognizant of the space around them.The feature film uses contemporary interviews with Hull and his wife, interwoven with scenes where actors recreate the scenes described in Hull’s audiotapes from the period 30 years ago when he was losing the last of his sight. In the VR project, Hull’s audio diaries guide the user through a series of chapters exploring how he learned to use sound to discern what objects surrounded him.According to to the film’s writers and directors, Peter Middleton and James Spinney, “Early on in the development process it became apparent to us that only a small fraction of John’s vast audio archive could make it into the feature film. This got us thinking about how some aspects of his account could find fuller creative expression in an interactive or experiential piece. We were particularly interested in developing a project that could use binaural sound. We began working with Arnaud Colinart from Ex Nihilo, and Amaury La Burthe from AudioGaming and their team to edit down diary passages that would be suited to this technology.”“Binaural sound” means that each headphone in the VR headset plays slightly different sounds, which mimic the nigh-imperceptible differences that a person’s left and right ears hear in the real world. This allows VR users to distinguish which direction virtual sounds are coming from. One chapter in the experience has users sit on a virtual park bench, listening to the area around them; the footsteps of passersby, wind blowing through trees, the rippling of water on a pond. As they listen, Hull explains the significance of each sound when trying become aware of the objects surrounding the user.In another scene, the user sits inside a house while rain falls outside. Water leaks through the roof and drips into pans as Hull explains how the sound created by these drops can reveal the space of the room. Users can turn around in their virtual chair and use the binaural sound to explore the room and the objects within.“We were particularly drawn to passages that describe the development of John’s appreciation of ‘acoustic space’ — the mental mapping of environments through sound.” say Middleton and Spinney, “Four of the six chapters in the VR project specifically concerned with John’s auditory experience of blindness; listening to the footsteps of his children playing in park; how the intricate patterns of falling rain bring distinction to one’s surroundings; the engrossing acoustic experience of choir singing in a cathedral; or how wind and thunder can transform outdoor space.”The virtual reality experience and the movie both use abstract imagery to represent how sound “looks.” The filmmakers say that “It was initially our intention that the interactive experience be audio-only, but early experiments found that sighted users found it difficult to engage in the material without at least some visual stimulus. So we began thinking about how to visually represent acoustic experience.”“We were interested to learn that that the visual centers of the brain are still highly active in blind individuals in conceiving space, patterns, and motion.” continued Middleton and Spinney. “Acoustic information is interpreted by the visual cortex — so in a sense our artistic challenge was analogous to the ‘visualisation’ of sound that is an unconscious neurological process in John [Hull]’s experience.”This visualization bears a strong resemblance to how the blind superhero Daredevil’s “radar sense” is depicted in film and TV. This isn’t a coincidence, say Middleton and Spinney. “Daredevil was a visual reference that popped into Arnaud and Amaury’s head when they first saw the rainfall sequence in the short film version of Notes on Blindness — and stayed with them when they developed the art direction of the VR.”Arnaud Colinart and his team were also inspired by imagery from Hull’s audio diaries, which were recorded decades before Ben Affleck and Charlie Cox put on the Daredevil costume. Middleton and Spinney say it was Hull’s “…recurring references to water and moving particles, in which wind moving through leaves brings trees back into existence, droplets of rain give shape to the world. This imagery seemed fitting because it is never fixed: particles converge and dissipate, suggestive of John’s distinction between visual and acoustic experience. Whereas in the visual plane things remain stable and present, in audible experience, objects come in and out of being through sound, appearing and disappearing as the sounds rise and fall.”Hull was aware that his experiences might be seen as superhuman. In an interview with VisionAware.org, he said “One change was the experience of what they call ‘echolocation’. It dawned upon me when I was walking down the road and suddenly I sensed there was an obstacle in front of me. It’s quite striking really. This ability mystifies sighted people, doesn’t it? Sighted people think blind people have super powers.”Notes on Blindness is not a superhero sim, though. Several sequences deal with the panic and anxiety that can come from blindness, as well as Hull’s belief that if he didn’t learn to understand blindness, it would destroy him. VR users who wish to experience it for themselves can do so when the VR app releases on June 30 of this year for Samsung Gear, and in the following weeks on Google Cardboard and iOS. The feature film premiered at Sundance 2016 and will be theatrically released on July 1 in UK and in the US later in the year. The short film is available online now.last_img read more

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, February 11. 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 . 22:53End of live reporting22:24Police appeal after Staffordshire Moorlands speed camera damaged (Image: Google)Police officers are appealing for information after a speed camera was damaged on a Staffordshire Moorlands road.The speed camera, on the A523, by the Bottomhouse crossroads near Leek, was reported as damaged on Saturday (February 9).Read more.21:41Warning after ‘suspicious van’ spotted in Staffordshire Moorlands villagePolice officers in the Staffordshire Moorlands are warning villagers to remain vigilant after a ‘suspicious van’ was spotted in their area.Staffordshire Police issued the warning after a white Ford Transit van was seen acting in an unusual manner in the Stanley area yesterday (Sunday, February 10).Read more.20:54A500 closure updateA500 D Road Southbound closed due to roadworks during the night between A527 (Wolstanton Retail Park) and A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout).Until 6:00 on 12th February.20:34A500 roadworks19:15A34 Trent ValeTraffic returned to normal on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).18:59Virgin West CoastDelays of up to 15 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Preston and Wigan North Western due to obstruction on the line.17:39Werrington Road, BucknallSlow traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). Travel time is four minutes. 17:28Virgin Trains West CoastAdvance Warning – Replacement bus service running on Virgin Trains West Coast between Wilmslow and Macclesfield due to engineering works.The Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe train will be diverted via Stoke-on-Trent, and will not call at Crewe or Wilmslow and some services travelling south at Liverpool Lime Street will call additionally at Crewe.From 16th to 17th February. 17:22Chell traffic A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout.16:49M6 carriageway reopens16:33A500 trafficHeavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15.16:20M6 rolling road block Queuing traffic due to rolling road block and emergency repairs on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and M6 (Stafford Services). At around 16:20 a rolling road block was being implemented to assist with emergency repairs. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 15:55M6 broken down vehicleOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area. Lane one (of three) is closed. 15:39A34 Trent ValeUsual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 15:36Watch the moment police catch this driver speeding between cameras (Image: Staffs Police TST)This is the moment unmarked police officers caught a motorist slowing down for speed cameras and then breaking the limit after passing the devices. Read more.12:07One lane shut on M6A Highways England spokesman said:We have closed lane 1 on the #M6 southbound between J19 (#Knutsford #Tabley) and J18 (#HolmesChapel) to assist with the recovery of a vehicle on the verge. Please obey all signals on the approach to scene. “11:18Werrington Road openWerrington Road has now fully reopened following an earlier accident.10:58Eastbound side of road reopens A5008 Bucknall New Road Westbound closed, slow traffic due to accident investigation work and fuel spillage from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to A5272 Bucknall Old Road.Accident reported at around 06:30 this morning with police closing road at around 06:45. Police have confirmed that the road has now been open on the Eastbound side. 10:49Investigation continues after Mercedes crashes into bollard outside nightclubThe car was driven away ‘erratically’ following the incident in the early hours of Saturday morning. More here.09:56Broken down vehicle on A50One lane closed and queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle on A50 Eastbound from A518 Derby Road (Water Bridge roundabout) to A515 (Cubley).Lane Two (of Two) closed. Awaiting recovery.09:16Motorcyclist seriously injured after accident on major Stoke-on-Trent roadA car driver was also taken to hospital after being cut free from her car by firefighters – with the road remaining closed. More here.07:52Queuing traffic on the A500 Queueing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound from A527 (Kidsgrove / Tunstall Turn Off) to A527 (Wolstanton Retail Park). In the roadworks area. 07:43Bus services affected by collision in BucknallFirst Potteries say a number of bus services are disrupted as a result of the road closure.A spokesman said: “Due to a serious accident at Trent Bridge Bucknall Road both sides have been closed and is affecting services 5,11,12,12A and 32.”07:29Heavy traffic on A500 Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). 07:18Accident near Lime Kiln LightsMore here.07:11Latest on the accident near Lime Kiln Traffic Lights. Accident reported at around 06:30 this morning. 07:02Police holding traffic at Lime Kiln Traffic LightsPolice are holding traffic at Lime Kiln traffic lights and delays are building. Traffic is reported to be not being allowed to travel in the Bucknall direction.One eyewitness reports the accident has taken place near the New Finney Gardens pub with Werrington Road closed as a result.06:51Heavy traffic on Bucknall New RoadHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.06:49’Suspicious’ vans spotted in villagesPolice say the vehicles have been driven slowly past properties in the area. More here.last_img read more