Smoke Free Workplace Bill Passes

first_imgIt passed the Senate early this morning. Written within the bill allows local communities to opt out of the proposed law via local elections. The bill sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) passed the House 32-7 on Saturday. The measure will ban smoking on buses and in cabs, and in places including office buildings, hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. It also restricts outdoor smoking in certain areas. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Legislature has passed a statewide smoke-free workplace bill.last_img read more

Wilmington Pop Warner To Hold Registration Night On April 2

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Pop Warner is holding a Registration Night for interested football players (Grades 2-6 for next school year) and cheerleaders (Grades 2-8 for next school year) on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, from 6pm to 8pm, in the Town Hall Auditorium.All new players must have original birth certificate with seal.Fore more information and registration details, click HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Pop Warner To Hold Registration Night On April 3In “Sports”Wilmington Pop Warner To Hold Registration Night On April 24; Online Registration Now OpenIn “Sports”Wilmington Pop Warner’s Foresyth, Penney, Roberts, Smolinsky, Williams & Zaccagini Named ‘All-American Scholars’In “Sports”last_img read more

Chinese yuan to become international currency by 2020 Central Bank Governor

first_imgChina will deliver a slew of economic and financial reforms over the next five years, which will help the yuan become an international currency by 2020, central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said in an article.The reforms will also include improving central bank communications and guiding market expectations to enhance monetary policy, Zhou wrote in the Caixin article published on the magazine’s website.Zhou said the government will strengthen supervision of its financial system to prevent “systemic risk”, explaining China’s proposed 13th Five-Year economic plan for the years 2016 to 2020.The comments around policy priorities come amid growing doubts in global markets about China’s commitment to see through comprehensive financial reforms.Those doubts were sparked after Beijing intervened in the stock markets during a share price rout that started in June and saw the main Shanghai Composite Index plunge as much as 40 percent.Beijing has also intervened in its currency market after an abrupt devaluation by the central bank in August caused widespread worries over the yuan’s future value.Zhou said China will foster new mechanisms to promote financial liberalisation and development, as well as “enhance the efficiency of the financial system to serve the real economy.””It will effectively use and develop financial risk control tools, and reduce levels of leverage so as to prevent systemic risk,” he said.Zhou pledged to improve central bank communications on policy intentions, but didn’t offer details on whether policy makers will provide routine briefings to accompany rate announcements similar to other developed economies.last_img read more

Suicide of physician wife confesses to illicit affairs

first_imgMustafa Morshed Akash,Tanjila Haq Chowdhury MituTanjila Haq Chowdhury Mitu, who was detained in connection with reported suicide of her husband physician Mustafa Morshed Akash, has confessed to having extramarital affairs with others, police claimed on Friday, reports UNB.She, however, kept mum about various other important issues, Chittagong Metropolitan Police’s additional deputy commissioner (South) Md Mizanur Rahman said at a press briefing in the city.”She was detained over her husband’s Facebook status before killing himself and his family’s verbal complaint,” Mizanur said.A team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit picked Mitu up from Nandankanon on Thursday night, hours after her husband reportedly killed himself with an insulin overdose.A Chattogram court later sent her to jail when police produced her before it showing her arrest in a case filed over the incident.Victim’s mother Jobeda Khanam filed the case against six people, including Mitu, her parents and two friends, with Chandgaon police station in the afternoon, said its officer-in-charge Abul Bashar.The five other accused are Mitu’s father Anisul Haq Chowdhury, mother Shamim Shely, sister Sanjida Haq Chowdhury Alisha and two friends – Indian national Uttam Patel and Mahbubul Alam.Police said they will investigate whether any of Mitu’s friends was involved in the instigation.CTTC unit chief Mohammad Shahidullah said they had interrogated Mitu. “She has admitted to cheating and conjugal disputes but avoided answering some other questions,” he said.Police said they had seized the mobile phone used by Akash and the physician’s Facebook status about his wife has been deleted.Akash, 33, a physician of Chittagong Medical College Hospital’s medicine department, reportedly killed himself over family feud in Chandgaon residential area in the city after an altercation with his wife, also a physician who used to reside in the USA, about her alleged illicit affairs.Family members said before his apparent suicide, Akash had shared photos of his wife on his Facebook profile and wrote about her alleged extramarital affairs before announcing his decision to end his life.last_img read more

15 more jailed in Vietnam over economic zone protests

first_imgA court in Vietnam has handed out prison sentences to 15 protesters arrested during mass demonstrations last month against proposed special economic zones in the Southeast Asian country, state media reported on Tuesday.Despite sweeping reforms, communist-ruled Vietnam tolerates little dissent. The country’s constitution allows freedom of assembly, but protests are often broken up by police.At least 31 people have been jailed for taking part in the nationwide demonstrations, triggered by fears that investors from China would dominate the 99-year land leases up for development in the zones.In a trial which ended late on Monday, the People’s Court of Bien Hoa City, in the south of the country, sentenced the protesters to between eight to 18 months in prison.Five others were given 12- to 14-months probation on charges of “causing public disorder”, Voice of Vietnam Radio said.They were arrested when taking to the streets on 10 June and “caused traffic jams”, the report cited the indictment as saying.Their lawyers were not immediately available for comment.Earlier this month, 16 people were jailed under identical charges in Binh Thuan province. June’s protests had turned violent in the province, with protesters hurling bricks and petrol bombs at police.Monday’s trial came less than two weeks after a court in Ho Chi Minh City ordered the release and deportation of William Anh Nguyen, 32, an American man of Vietnamese descent who was also arrested for “causing public disorder” during the protests.”They have done nothing wrong,” Nguyen wrote on his twitter account after Monday’s sentencing. “The fight for justice and democracy continues”.last_img read more

Learning About Diversity And Deescalation Tactics Is Part of Police Training In

first_imgListen Al OrtizImmigration lawyer Silvia Mintz (right) gave a lecture to cadets from the Houston Police Department when they visited the Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center, which is located in a part of Houston where many residents are immigrants from Latin American countries, as part of HPD’s diversity tour initiative.The quality of the training of police officers in Texas has been in the spotlight recently and incidents such as the arrest of Sandra Bland in Waller County last year and the shooting of Alva Braziel in Houston this past summer have raised questions about how law enforcement deals with diversity and de-escalation tactics.One of the measures the Houston Police Department has taken recently is a tour of the city to teach cadets about its diversity.The tour makes stops in African-American, Asian, Latino and Muslim neighborhoods.“We recruit nationwide and, so, many cadets don’t really understand the history of Houston and, so, we’ll take them out to Acres Homes, we’ll take them out to Meyerland, we’ll take them out to the Fifth Ward and community members will engage them and speak with them and then they’ll take the bus tour and kind of get a cultural history of Houston,” explains Assistant Chief Charlie Vazquez, who oversees the Professional Development Command at HPD.Vazquez says learning about Houston’s diversity is useful for the cadets because they are introduced to members of the community who can help them establish trust in the groups they will be working with and that is a trust that eventually should lead to more effective policing.Cadet Egla Flores says the tour allows trainees to learn small details that will help them when they interact with the public.She gives an example of something she learned at the Islamic Society of Greater Houston when she took the tour.“If we try to shake the woman’s hand they probably wouldn’t shake our hand, they would place their hands over their chest. It’s just little things that we learn from different communities,” Flores notes.But Houston is not the only city where police officers learn about diversity.The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement requires that diversity and multiculturalism are part of the curriculum used for the basic training all police officers go through in the state.The courses are a reflection of the changing demographics in the United States because of the growth of minorities and they also teach why police officers must avoid racial profiling.There is also a class on basic Spanish due to the large Latino population of Texas.“My sense is that minimal requirements for understanding diverse peoples are probably being met adequately across the board,” comments Phillip Lyons, dean at the Criminal Justice College of Sam Houston State University.Lyons also thinks initiatives like HPD’s diversity course represent an added value for the training of its future officers.In addition to diversity, the concept of de-escalation has also become an increasingly important component of the training through the years.“I think the actions of the police have come under heightened scrutiny as it relates to how we deal with folks who have mental health problems or who are in crisis and, as a result of that, there is more attention given to training,” Lyons adds.Some of the tools police officers are instructed to use to de-escalate tense situations are prioritizing self-control and not behaving in an aggressive or condescending way, but paying attention to the nuances of non-verbal communication for certain communities can also be important.For example, officers are taught that some Latinos may prefer not to make eye contact not because they are lying, but because it is the way they show respect.Knowing how to work around personal space is relevant as well.Officer C.K. Traxler, who works for the Pasadena Police Department and teaches crisis intervention, explains that they teach cadets and police officers who go through training “to look for signs of stress in the person as you are approaching and if you see their stress level going up, you stop at that point or maybe even back up a little bit to reduce the stress that they’re already feeling.”Police officers frequently conduct traffic stops, which can present situations that turn confrontational and those are situations in which the training is useful.The protocol for police officers is that they must always say what is the reason for the stop and allow the driver to give an explanation for the traffic violation the officer deems he or she has committed, which can lower the stress of the situation. 00:00 /04:07 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

DC Jazz Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Top Artists

first_imgEsperanza Spalding will perform at the DC Jazz Festival.The DC Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with over 125 performances across more than 60 venues throughout the Washington area. The festivities run from June 10 to June 16 and aid in the DC Jazz Festival’s mission to diversify the jazz audience and expand its following.The festival lineup will feature the musical styling of a variety of artists, including the Afro Horn Sextet, The Bad Trio plus renowned saxophonist Joshua Redman, the Charlie Hunter Trio, Academy Award-winning rapper Common, the seven-member Cookers band, and bassist/singer/composer sensation Esperanza Spalding as well as up and coming talent.Since its inception, the festival has sought to provide, “enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz, our nation’s singular original art form,” according to its organizers.Joshua Redman will perform at the DC Jazz Festival.The festival also offers “pay-as-you-can” and free performances throughout the week as part of one of its major features, Jazz in the ‘Hoods.In its fifth consecutive year, this series partners with varies venues throughout Washington – from local clubs to galleries to bring the musical influences of jazz to communities that might not otherwise have the exposure.Common will perform at the DC Jazz Festival.This is especially true for the East River JazzFest, which caters specifically to residents of Ward 7 and Ward 8, both east of the Anacostia River, where performances will be held at local libraries and senior wellness centers.Other festival programs include DC JazzFest at the Yards June 12 and 13 in Yards Park at Capital Riverfront, DC JazzFest at the Hamilton hotel from June 10 to 16 and the Capital Bop DC Jazz Loft Series from June 11 to 13.The festival also features an education component through its Roberta Flack Education Program. One is Jazz for a Healthier Generation, which uses the genre to promote a healthier lifestyle and encouragement for the ill. Another is Jazzin’ at Sitar, “a year-round weekly instrument and jazz history sessions for Sitar music students,” according to dcjazzfest.org.For more information on DC Jazz Festival, including event schedules and artist biographies, visit the official website, www.dcjazzfest.org.last_img read more

Sony is considering a PS3PS Vita bundle

first_imgIt looks like there could be a new PlayStation bundle on the way, which would include both the PS3 and the Vita. That’s the suggestion of Fergal Gara, the PlayStation UK managing director.When he was questioned in a recent interview with CVG on whether the PS3 and Vita will ever be bundled together, Gara said it wouldn’t be out of the question and that such a bundle could even happen this Christmas. He even went so far as to suggest the bundle could include games that feature cross-play as well as a PS Plus subscription, which of course would work on both your PS3 and Vita. Gara also said Sony wants to promote the partnership between PS3 and the Vita, but was unsure if creating a bundle would be the best way to do that.Personally, I believe it’s the perfect way to do that. Sony is aiming to make people realize the Vita is the perfect partner for your PS3 with cross-play, cross-buy, and now a shared PlayStation Plus subscription. However, a Vita/PS3 bundle would be expensive and would cost consumers at least $500. That’s a lot to spend on someone, even at Christmas, hence the reason why Gara is a bit unsure such a bundle would be the best idea.Sony will be up against a tough opponent in the form of the Wii U this Christmas, and it might be the last oppertunity the Vita gets to do well at its current price point. Sony is currently pushing the cross-play function more than ever to show the Vita can do just as much as the Wii U’s new gamepad. Will it win over consumers? We’ll find out as 2013 rolls around.via CVGlast_img read more

CBI has become BJPs policing agency alleges Mamata Banerjee

first_imgNew Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday alleged that the Criminal Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has become the BJP’s policing agency. The Trinamool Congress chief’s remarks come amid the ongoing spat between two top officers of the agency. “CBI has now become so called BBI (BJP Bureau of Investigation) – very unfortunate!” Banerjee tweeted. The government has divested CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana of all powers amid the ongoing spat between them, sources said, calling it the first such case in the history of the agency. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The prime minister-led Appointments Committee Tuesday night gave charge of the director to Joint Director M Nageshwara Rao with immediate effect, a government order said. According to the law, the CBI director is appointed for a fixed tenure of two years. Earlier, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala wondered if Verma was “sacked” for his keenness to probe the “layers of corruption” in the Rafale scam and sought an answer from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There was no immediate comment either from the government or the ruling BJP on the allegations levelled by opposition parties.last_img read more

A tribute to Kishore Kumar

first_imgTo pay tribute to the legendary playback singer – Kishore Kumar, the Kishore Kumar Memorial Club organised a cultural programme at Pyarelal Bhawan, New Delhi recently. The programme was inaugurated jointly by an eminent promoter of Art and Culture in the country –Lala Ram and Amarjeet Singh Kohli, who is the Chairman of the organisation ‘Sakha’. K J Alphons, Tourism Minister, Government of India was invited as the Chief Guest at the event. Besides, the 17th Kishor Kumar Awards were also conferred to deserving artists who were present on the occasion in his memory. Apart from that, The Tourism Minister also released the book written by Kamal Dhiman on the life and times of Kishore Kumar ‘Filmmaker Kishor Kumar’ on the occasion. A rare Photo Exhibition on the life and works of Kishor Kumar was also organised on the occasion to commemorate this great play back singer of the country.last_img read more

Industry Acadmia conclave begins at VIT

first_imgVELLORE: Internet of Things 2018 – an Industry Academia conclave began at Vellore Institute of Technology. R K Shenoy, Senior Vice President at Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited, inaugurated the event at Kamaraj Auditorium recently. Anand A Samuel, Vice Chancellor of VIT and Anil Prakash, General Manager, Training and Development, Global Mobility, University Relation of Robert Bosch were also present at the ceremony organised by the School of Electronics Engineering (SENSE). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfElizabeth Rufus, Dean of SENSE, welcomed the gathering along with M Arun, event coordinator, who outlined the objectives of the conclave and Professor P Karthikeyan who thanked the gathering. Presiding over the function, Dr G Viswanathan, Founder and Chancellor of VIT, said that the Industry Academia Conclave was being held at VIT for the second year in a row. Towards this endeavour, VIT had tied up with over 1,000 industries and had also taken up research that was required for these industries. Further, they also provided opportunities for people to take up research at the University. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Viswanathan said that such industrial academic tie-ups would pave the way for devising means to increase industrial production and also to establish new methods to devise low cost means while at the same time implement high-end technological processes in industrial production. Along with an increased output in agricultural sector and growth of industries, India would become a developed nation. In his address, Shenoy said that it was very important for industries to work closely with educational institutions for increasing production and also for creating new innovations. The impact of these findings will significantly improve the quality of life of people. He said that there were many industries that were struggling to devise new means of production. And, adding that such conclaves would help in addressing the problem. More than 300 academicians, industry representatives, experts, young research scholars and students are taking part in the event, where the speakers would be discussing and also exchanging ideas on subjects like cloud computing, data analytics, security and block chain.last_img read more

How Bots Can Benefit Businesses According to Messengers Director of Global Partnerships

first_img 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Bots are the talk of the town, and Anand Chandrasekaran is helping to create the buzz. The former CPO of both SnapDeal and Bharti Airtel, the third largest mobile provider in the world, has plenty of experience with big ideas and global strategy. But he has really been stretching his wings as Global Director of Platforms and Product Partnerships for Messenger at Facebook. With the integration of open-API bots into Messenger, Facebook’s marketing strategy has changed considerably, and Chandrasekaran was kind enough to share some of those thoughts with me.In part two of a two-part, in-person interview, I asked Chandrasekaran about how businesses can best benefit from chatbot technology, and to share some of the use cases he’s seen that have stood out as the most innovative and successful.Newlands: How can businesses and entrepreneurs benefit from understanding how bots work with Messenger?Chandrasekaran: The bot can be the solution, but that’s after first defining what the problem is.If you’re a brand, entrepreneur or developer — using those words interchangeably — there are over 1.2 billion monthly users on Messenger, and they are using Messenger for a greater amount of time every day.If you’re an entrepreneur, this is a platform that you can’t afford to ignore. The way we think about it is, it’s your customers who are on that platform. Wherever you are on that spectrum, if you’re a developer, a brand, or selling a digital service, it’s your customers, fans and users who are on that platform. That is the main benefit for anyone who is looking at Messenger.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessNewlands: It seems that some bots struggle to be an effective and engaging experience – why is this? And what are solutions for that?Chandrasekaran: I wouldn’t necessarily define this notion as “struggling”, but I will say that when the purpose of the bot is not well-defined, it leaves the user with too many options. Like I said before, our best practices for developers is to always to start with a problem to solve, because when you define the problem very clearly, it becomes very obvious what part of makes sense to automate. That’s when AI functions very well.One of my favorite bots is called Brew the Way; they’ve had iterations of the the bot where it says, “Do you want to buy a coffee, or do you want to fool around?” The joke is that almost everyone who uses a bot wants to trick the bot into doing something silly — it’s everyone’s favorite trick. But what we find is when the goal is clearer, the bot does the fantastic job. So when the bot introduces an experience like, “If you want to order a coffee, here are three steps, but if you want to just play around, we can take you there.” Then they do fantastic job of setting expectations clearly and creating an experience of play that’s fun and engaging for the user, rather than making the bot completely open-ended.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingNewlands: What are some of the advantages that AI and bots provide for businesses? Chandrasekaran: AI allows people to solve basic problems. Sometimes people ask some very basic questions, many of them repetitive, and those are problems best suited for AI to solve. Especially where there is training data available, and there is a use case that is fairly repetitive on top of that training data; even something like, “Are you open right now?” That’s a fairly easy question for an automated system to answer without a human getting involved.One compelling success story is Globe Telecom in the Philippines. They have a hybrid bot called Gie that they’ve given a personality, a woman with a playful nature. When people ask the most obvious questions like, “Can you show me what my balance is,” or “What are your most popular plans,” those don’t necessary need to be escalated to a live person, because they will probably give the same answer. They’ve built an AI layer to respond to those questions promptly. Gie also has the ability to know when the question is a bit personalized or complicated, and can say, “Can you hold on a bit while I ask for a live person?” The question is passed thoughtfully to a human, and then the human can answer the question and pass control back to the bot. What we find is these kinds of purpose-built AI end up being super valuable for developers.You may know that about 15 or 16 months ago we acquired a NLP engine called wit.ai which we use for basic heuristics and basic NLP. It is doing extremely well, and powering a large chunk of AI and NLP today on top of Messenger.Related: 7 Ways Chatbots Can Benefit Your Marketing StrategyNewlands: What about sales?Chandrasekaran: With sales we try to narrow the definition of the problem even more. Sales for a developer is customer acquisition; sales for a commerce provider is revenue; sales for someone who tries to generate awareness is like someone coming back and re-engaging. What we try to do is, regardless of the size of partners or the entrepreneurs that we speak with, we try to sculpt the problem down to: What is the problem statement, and what does success look like? Because the more generic the problem, the harder it is to measure if the project was successful or not.Related: Social Media Marketing Strategies With ChatbotsNewlands: Where are customers engaging with Messenger and what are the business cases of engaging with Messenger? How do you see people do that?Chandrasekaran: If you look at the funnel of interacting with customers, they are engaging throughout that funnel, depending on where you slice it. On the top end of the funnel it’s just generating awareness. At Facebook, we talk about this “generating awareness” case study of Call of Duty. They created a Messenger experience when they launched the game where you answered a bunch of questions in character and in the same language as the game, and if you answered all those questions correctly, you got an unlock code to see the trailer of the next game. If you are Call of Duty fan, it’s awesome that you got an exclusive piece of content for engaging with the Messenger bot. It was purely awareness generation, just to create buzz for the game coming out, and they were able to see about 6 million messages within 24 hours of launching the game, purely with the bot from Messenger.Similarly, we have seen companies like Swelly and SnapTravel succeed on Messenger. They’ve gotten to a place where they are primarily focusing on Messenger as the only thing on which they spend developmental resources. This is, of course, music to our ears, because when you think about where you’re going to find your first five to 10 million users, you can’t put too many of your eggs in one basket or you get into an iteration cycle. It’s great that they choose Messenger, because consumers are there and they are looking for great experiences. These companies are getting a lot of success both in terms of user growth as well as revenue on the platform.The last use case I see towards the second half of the cycle is customer care. The comparison between calling a number, being on hold, and giving them a lot of context information and just pinging a business on Messenger to get a response back is incredible. The awesome thing is that messaging between two people doesn’t need to be synchronous. A customer can go and get dinner and come back to respond to the message, or the agent could look it up, take five minutes and respond. It’s not like they need to respond right away on the phone, so it plays with human nature a bit more and it’s also super convenient. From an agent or call center perspective, we have a couple case studies — like Rogers Telecom in Canada. They actually got a 65% increase in CSAT by using Messenger as a channel.If you look at awareness generation, enabling new functionality, acquiring customers, and well as customer care, those are the four top areas where businesses can really utilize Messenger. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 21, 2017 Register 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 18. 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 . 22:23M6 StaffordshireDelays cleared, earlier accident on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) was closed for recovery work until around 21:45. Lane two re-opened at around 21:25. 20:28Planned roadworks20:19Live: Two lanes closed on M6 due to ‘multi-vehicle collision’ (Image: Highways England)Traffic had to be temporarily held on the M6 because of a ‘multi-vehicle collision’.The busy motorway had to be closed on the northbound carriageway between junction 14, Stafford North, and junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent, at 8pm this evening.Read more.19:27A34 Trent ValeSlow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).19:21A50 accident A50 Eastbound partially blocked, queuing traffic due to accident, three vehicles involved at A5007 Victoria Place Link (Heron Cross / Fenton). Traffic is building towards A500 D Road, Officers on scene are currently awaiting recovery. 18:30M6 StaffordshireOne lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound between M6 (Stafford Services) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lane one (of three) is closed. Stafford Services is located between J14 and J15.18:08A34 Trent ValeSlow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 17:41A500 D RoadUsual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 16:54Longport trafficUsual congestion on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 16:29Moorland RoadMoorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).16:27A50 westboundQueuing traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 16:27A500 delaysHeavy traffic on A500 Queensway Northbound between A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout) and A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes.16:03Chell StreetA5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square).16:02Old Mill Road, SandbachVery slow traffic on A534 Old Mill Road in both directions at M6 J17 (Sandbach / Crewe). Not helped by the M6 delays.15:32Porthill Road A527 Porthill Road clear at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 15:15Werrington Road, Bucknall A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 15:09CrossCountry TrainsTrains not stopping between Stoke-on-Trent and Stockport and delays and some cancellations on CrossCountry Northbound between Stockport and Macclesfield due to points failure at Cheadle Hulme. Some services may be delayed or diverted via Crewe. 15:06A34 Trent ValeUsual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 13:16Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 13:16If you are heading north from the Midlands to the North West this afternoon, Long/Severe delays emerging #M6 J16 – J17 due to multi-vehicle collision. You may wish to consider your route, further details here: https://t.co/xXk9Eww6WB https://t.co/ylZsIuqYYq— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) February 18, 201913:13#M6 J16 to J17 NORTHBOUND Multi vehicle RTCDue to the diesel spillage the c/way will need treating before we can open it as it is not safe for us to allow traffic to passIt is anticipated it will remain closed for the next couple of hoursPlease find an alternative route pic.twitter.com/IamwYcwuVB— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) February 18, 201913:12Severe delays on M6The M6 northbound has severe delays of at least 90 minutes between J16 (Stoke-on-Trent/A500) and J17 (Sandbach) due to a multi-vehicle collision incident. Police and Highways England resources are working to clear the incident. All traffic is now stopped on the northbound carriageway between J16 and J17 with severe delays continuing to build.Strategic traffic heading to the North West from the Midlands and South regions this afternoon may wish consider alternative strategic routes.Road users should allow extra time for your journey.12:44Car fire at Sandbach servicesThe scene at Sandbach services (Image: Cheshire Police/Cheshire HGV Cops)More here.12:43One lane blocked and queueing traffic due to multi-vehicle accident on M6 Northbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Cameras show lanes one and three (of three) are blocked. Traffic is squeezing through using lane two. 12:03A5272 Chell Street clear at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 12:03A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound clear at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 10:19A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound clear at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 09:28A500 fully open again now. Thanks— PenkhullPC (@PenkhullPC) February 18, 201909:09Police have closed the A500 after a man fell from a bridgeThe scene on the A500 (Image: Steven Brown)More here.08:39A500 D Road Northbound closed, stationary traffic due to police incident from B5045 to A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout).Closed from 08:30.last_img read more

The launch of SESs latest satellite SES4 has bee

first_imgThe launch of SES’s latest satellite SES-4 has been rescheduled for February 15. It had originally been set for a December launch but was delayed due to last-minute technical problems.Equipped with 52 C-band and 72 Ku-band transponders, SES-4 will launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan at 01:36 local time. It has C-band beams serving the eastern hemisphere of Europe and Africa, full coverage of the Americas, and a global beam to support mobile and maritime customers. Four high-power, regional Ku-band beams will provide service to Europe, the Middle East, West Africa as well as North and South America with channel switching capability between C- and Ku-band. It will replace the NSS-7 satellite at 338° East.last_img read more

Greecebased broadcaster Antenna Group has entered

first_imgGreece-based broadcaster Antenna Group has entered into a wide-ranging strategic partnership with media-focused merchant bank The Raine Group.The venture will see the pair explore joint initiatives to “pursue growth opportunities in new entertainment formats, emerging technology platforms, content rights and production assets”. Antenna will also become US-based Raine’s strategic partner in Europe.This closely follows the appointment of former Cineflix Studios and NBCUniversal International chief Pete Smith as Antenna’s managing director. It also comes after Antenna’s acquisition of Kiss TV and several radio stations from ProSieben and agreements involving free-to-air channels PRVA Televizija in Serbia, PRVA in Montenegro and Planet TV in Slovenia.Today’s deal sees Antenna becoming a shareholder in Raine Group and Antenna CEO Theodore Kryriakou joining the Raine board of directors.Kyriakou said: “Antenna has created significant value in the media industry, by managing and investing in a portfolio of broadcast networks, digital platforms and content production. Our operational and financial expertise, together with Raine’s powerful deal-making skills, will enable us to explore investment opportunities in existing as well as new markets.”Joe Ravitch and Jeff Sine, co-founders of Raine, added: “Raine is keen to build on our strong network and we believe Antenna’s geographic and operational expertise will be a strong complement to our existing partners.”last_img read more

Google has reportedly contributed to a Series D fu

first_imgGoogle has reportedly contributed to a Series D funding round raised by Chinese live-streaming eSports platform Chushou.While the precise value of Google’s investment is not clear, according to various reports the new financing takes the amount raised to date by Chushou to US$120 million.“Chushou has built an impressive platform, with a dedicated and quickly growing base of content creators and consumers, and smart expansion plans,” said Frank Lin, Google’s head of corporate development in North Asia, in a statement.“We’re excited to be supporting Chushou through this investment to help them execute those plans, bringing great mobile gaming content to more people around the world.”Chushou claims that some 8 million game streamers use the site and that it averages 250,000 live streams a day.Back in 2014 Google was reported to be in the running to buy US game streaming platform Twitch, before Amazon agreed to pay US$970 million in cash for the service.last_img read more

A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The government’s trade bill – which will give ministers powers to give up disability rights protections in exchange for deals with other countries – proves disabled people were right to be concerned about the impact of Brexit, say campaigners.Disability and human rights organisations have written to trade secretary Liam Fox to express alarm about the bill, which gives ministers “delegated powers” to change legislation including the Equality Act in exchange for future trade deals.These trade deals are those previously agreed with other countries by the EU, and which have already been scrutinised by the UK parliament and the EU, but which could now be altered post-Brexit.The trade bill was passed by MPs this week but will now be debated in the House of Lords.The letter, sent by Liberty and signed by organisations including Disability Rights UK (DR UK), Disability Law Service, RNIB and the UK human rights consortium Just Fair, tells Fox that the bill as it stands includes “no safeguards to prevent ministers from using these new powers to remove rights granted by Parliament”.And it says the powers could be used, for example, to change parts of the Equality Act that require public transport to be accessible for disabled people.The letter adds: “We urge you to add a commitment to the text of the Bill to protect human rights and equality laws during the process of legislating for the UK’s exit from the EU.”The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has told Disability News Service that it shares the concerns in the Liberty letter.EHRC’s own briefing document on the bill warns that the delegated powers currently in the bill are “wide enough to allow a future reduction in the protection of fundamental rights”, such as on worker’s rights, equality and non-discrimination, inclusion of disabled people and access to social protection.Sue Bott (pictured), deputy chief executive of DR UK, said: “Ever since the referendum result, we have been concerned about the potential impact of Brexit on disabled people. “We think it is a matter that should concern us all, however people voted.”DR UK has drawn up a manifesto on what the disability rights sector should be seeking from a post-Brexit Britain, including the need to retain the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Bott said: “The trade bill, in allowing ministers to change laws like the Equality Act to gain international trade agreements, demonstrates that we were right to be worried and for this reason we agreed to be a signatory to the letter put together by Liberty. “Words and platitudes are not enough. We need our rights guaranteed in legislation, not watered down. “This bill demonstrates that we have to be vigilant in defending our hard-won rights.”Martha Spurrier, director of Liberty, said: “This trade bill turns crucial protections into bargaining chips.“With no consent from parliament or the public, ministers would be able to dispose of vital protections against discrimination and prevent equal access to jobs, education, transport and public services simply because another country thinks equality gets in the way of trade.“Human rights are not up for negotiation – MPs must press the government for a cast-iron legal commitment that they won’t be undermined in the name of trade.”The Department for International Trade (DIT) failed to comment on the call for an explicit commitment in the bill that it would not be used to undermine rights.Despite the concerns raised in the Liberty letter and by EHRC, a DIT spokesman claimed it was “wrong to state that the continuity powers in the trade bill can be used without parliamentary scrutiny, and we have made a clear commitment to parliamentary debate on any changes which may have to be made in order to transition these from EU to UK agreements”.He said the trade agreements had “already been scrutinised by parliament and the EU” and the government had made clear that it would keep these agreements “the same as much as possible and only make technical changes when needed”.He said DIT would respond to Liberty’s letter in due course.last_img read more

Steve Wozniak Is Bringing Comic Con to Silicon Valley

first_img Apply Now » February 11, 2016 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Steve Wozniak Steve Wozniak Is Bringing Comic Con to Silicon Valley Comic Con is coming to Silicon Valley, and it’s all thanks to beloved Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.The idea is for the gathering, which Woz will serve as the face of, to be a hybrid of pop culture and technology that appeals to entrepreneurs, pop-culture buffs and engineers.”I don’t like doing the same thing as everyone else,” Wozniak told the Associated Press yesterday. “The emotions we have for technology now are the same as we get for movies, celebrities and the whole pop culture side of our lives.”Related: 9 Things Steve Wozniak Told the 14-Year-Old Student Who Just Interviewed HimThe event will take place in San Jose Convention Center from March 18 to 20.“At SVCC, you can get your technology fix while scratching your pop culture itch!” the website proclaims. Panels will include “Superbabies vs. AI” and “The Past, Present and Future of Mobile Gaming.” Cast members from Back to the Future and actors such as Charisma Carpenter and Nathan Fillion, who were both featured in shows by fan favorite Joss Whedon, will make appearances. Products from tech-focused startups will also be debuted on what has been dubbed “app alley.”With Wozniak’s involvement and the location of the event itself, the convention is getting attention and legitimacy before it even starts. As Inverse points out, Woz’s celebrity is most appreciated around young, tech-focused professionals, who will certainly attend in droves. Prices to attend Silicon Valley Comic Con range from $25 to $99, and the 30,000 tickets to the event are expected to sell out.Related: 5 Steps to Nail an Event in Silicon Valley Without Big Brand Backing 2 min readcenter_img Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Carly Okyle Add to Queue Assistant Editor, Contributed Contentlast_img read more

Flights scrapped as Berlin airports brace for Monday strike

first_img © 2019 AFP Citation: Flights scrapped as Berlin airports brace for Monday strike (2019, January 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-flights-scrapped-berlin-airports-brace.html The action, called by the powerful Verdi union at the German capital’s Tegel and Schoenefeld airports, is due to start at 05:00 am (0400 GMT) and end at 8:45 am.Some 80 flights are expected to be affected, according to DPA news agency, mostly at the city’s main Tegel airport.German flagship carrier Lufthansa said it was cancelling four flights on its Berlin-Frankfurt route and four more between Berlin and Munich.The roughly 850 passengers booked on those flights could use their tickets to travel by train instead, Lufthansa added.”We regret that our passengers have to start the new year with disruptions,” Lufthansa board member Detlef Kayser told DPA.The strike comes after Verdi, which represents some 23,000 airport security workers nationwide, said talks with the BDLS employers’ association were deadlocked.The union wants to see wages raised to 20 euros ($23) per hour for workers carrying out passenger, freight, personnel and goods checks at German airports. Rates vary across the country but staff working in passenger security at Tegel and Schoenefeld currently earn an hourly rate of 17.12 euros.The employers’ association has offered wage increases of between 2.0 and 8.1 percent annually.The next round of talks is scheduled for January 23. Lufthansa has cancelled several flights because of the strike action Lufthansa cancels 800 flights Tuesday in German airport strikescenter_img Explore further Hundreds of German passengers were facing travel upheaval on Monday with security staff at Berlin’s two airports set to walk out in a pay dispute. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Adidas loses EU court battle over three stripe design

first_img The three parallel stripes seen adorning everything from running shoes to sports bags and the sleeves of t-shirts are “an ordinary figurative mark”, the General Court of the European Union ruled.The court, the EU’s second highest tribunal, upheld a 2016 ruling by the bloc’s intellectual property regulator cancelling the registration of the three-stripe design as a trademark following a challenge by a Belgian shoe company.”The General Court of the EU confirms the invalidity of the Adidas EU trade mark which consists of three parallel stripes applied in any direction,” the court said in a statement.Adidas had not proved the motif had acquired a “distinctive character” throughout the 28 countries of the bloc that would qualify for legal protection, the court said.”The mark is not a pattern mark composed of a series of regularly repetitive elements, but an ordinary figurative mark,” the court said.The ruling is the latest round in a long legal tussle between Adidas and Belgian rival Shoe Branding Europe, which as far back as 2009 won trademark status for a two-stripe design, triggering court action from the German firm.Adidas said in a statement it was “disappointed” with the ruling, but said it only applied to one specific version of the motif—three thick black lines in parallel separated by two thinner white lines.The ruling “does not impact on the broad scope of protection that Adidas has on its well-known 3-Stripe mark in various forms in Europe,” the company said.”Whilst we are disappointed with the decision, we are further evaluating it and are welcoming the useful guidance that the court will give us for protecting our 3-Stripe mark applied to our products in whichever direction in the future.”Adidas said it had not decided whether to appeal against Wednesday’s decision at the European Court of Justice, the bloc’s highest court. German sportswear giant Adidas on Wednesday lost a legal battle to trademark its “three stripe” motif in the EU, as a court ruled the design was not distinctive enough to deserve protection. Adidas won’t lose its stripes, but could lose the ability to prevent competitors from using similar designs in the EU Louboutin wins EU court battle over red-soled shoes © 2019 AFPcenter_img Citation: Adidas loses EU court battle over ‘three stripe’ design (2019, June 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-adidas-eu-court-stripe.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more