Yamuna flowing near warning level agencies on alert

first_imgNew Delhi: With the Yamuna flowing near the warning level, Delhi agencies are closely monitoring the situation to deal with any possible flooding, an official said on Saturday.According to the official, at around 4 pm on Saturday, Yamuna’s water level reached 203.27 metres, slightly below the warning level of 204.5 metres. The official said that at 10 am, over 21,000 cusecs water was released from Hathani Kund Barrage in Haryana. Besides, around 17,000 cusecs water was also released from the barrage. “We have been closely monitoring the water level of Yamuna. Preparations are being made to deal with flood-like situation,” the official said. In July last year, traffic movement on Old Yamuna Bridge in Delhi had been closed for a few days after the water level breached the danger mark. Last year, river Yamuna’s water level had reached 205.5 metres.last_img read more

Mikmaq lobster fishers facing new pricing hurdle

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe battles between Mi’kmaq and non-Aboriginal fishers made national news in the 1990s.But it seems the two groups have turned a corner.In fact, a different fishery dispute has brought the two sides together, at least for now.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img

Youth Advisory Council is seeking new members from 1218 years old

first_imgYAC meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at City Hall from 4:30-5:30 pm. The next meeting is Tuesday, February 5, 2019.For more information email communitydevelopment@fortstjohn.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is seeking youth between 12-18 years that want to do something in the community geared towards youth.When you join YAC you will; Organize Activities Gain Volunteer ExperienceEnhance Public SpeakingGain Leadership OpportunitiesRyan Harvey, Communications Coordinator shared, “The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of Fort St. John was developed in 2010 as a potential solution toward anti-social behaviour in our community, to get a better sense of what Fort St. John’s youth would like to see in Fort St. John, and to act as a liaison between the youth of the community and City Council.”last_img read more

Morocco Submits Film Adam For Best International Feature at Oscars

Rabat – The Moroccan Cinema Center (MCC) has selected Maryam Touzani’s directorial feature debut, Adam, to represent Morocco at the prestigious Oscar Awards. The film has been entered into for preselection in the category of Best International Feature Film.Although Morocco has not had great success in the Oscars so far and a Moroccan movie has not passed the shortlist stage since 1977, Adam has received wide critical acclaim since it entered the festival circuit making supporters hopeful.The movie, which will make its debut in theatres in January 2020, spotlighted the controversial topic of unwed mothers in Morocco. The story was inspired by a pregnant woman who was going door-to-door asking for work in Touzani’s hometown of Tangier. “In a country like mine, it’s the biggest shame for a woman to have a child out of wedlock,” said Touzani. “She doesn’t want to disappoint her parents so she cannot tell the truth.”Touzani also explained her reasoning behind featuring taboo topics: “There is a facade that everything is all right on the outside even if people are tormented inside. It is good to let in some air and light, and people are relieved and happy things are being spoken about.”Whether Adam proceeds to the next stage or not, Touzani will be at the Oscars. Touzani recently joined the Oscar’s Academy, in the “Screenwriters” category. As part of the role, she will be responsible for selecting the nominees and winners in the category for the upcoming Academy Awards.She is joined by three other Moroccans already in the Academy, actor Saïd Taghmaoui, director Nabil Ayouch, and producer Khadija Alami.Read also: Brice El Glaoui Bexter: Morocco’s Rising Star Discusses Film Industry, His Career read more

UN relief chief warns of dire humanitarian situation inside Libyan city

Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, called on parties to the fighting in Libya to cease fire so that aid workers can rush supplies to those in need.“We are very concerned about people trapped in Misrata, including migrant workers. Because of the heavy fighting, they are unable to leave the city for safer locations,” she said in a statement issued by her office.“Now is a time when people’s ability to move is a life or death matter. We need a temporary cessation of hostilities in the area so that people can get themselves and their families out of harm’s way, if they choose to do so.”UN aid agencies have supplies at the ready, Ms. Amos stressed, and can quickly distribute them to civilians in need.Misrata, a city with an estimated population of 300,000 people, has been the scene of continuous fighting for more than a month between military forces allied to the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi and opposition groups.The clashes in Misrata are part of broader fighting and protests across Libya that has followed a popular revolt against the rule of Mr. al-Qadhafi and other long-term leaders across North Africa and the Middle East.Within Misrata alone, hundreds of people have been killed or wounded and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that it is increasingly concerned by the situation in conflict-affected areas.Almost 450,000 people have now fled Libya since the fighting began earlier this year, with many of those leaving being third-country nationals. Large numbers of people are also internally displaced, and more than 13,000 others are stranded in camps or at transit points along the border.The UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are all involved in efforts to bring relief materials and services to civilians in Libya or on the borders.OCHA also warned that significant areas of Libya are contaminated with landmines, unexploded ordnances or abandoned weapons, jeopardizing the health of civilians.“There is a need for community-based communication campaigns to inform people about the dangers… there is also a need to conduct assessments, including recording and documenting these new mines.” 6 April 2011The top United Nations relief official today voiced serious concern about the dire humanitarian situation inside the north-western Libyan city of Misrata, where thousands of residents are short of food, water, medicines and other basic supplies after weeks of intense fighting. read more

President to meet religious leaders following tensions

He said that talks were already held with religious leaders on a lover level and now the discussion will be held on a higher level with the participation of the President. President Maithripala Sirisena is to meet religious leaders tomorrow to seek unity among all religions following the recent tensions which arose in some parts of the country.Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the Ministers in charge of all religions will also attend the meeting. A large number of people had attempted to enter Batticaloa on Saturday but were prevented from doing so by the Police on a court order. The mob which called itself the ‘Shasanarakshka Sabha’ included members of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and the Sihala Ravaya.BBS General Secretary Galagodathe Gnanasara thera said that the ‘Shasanarakshka Sabha’ attempted to visit a monk in Batticaloa who had recently staged protests in support of the Sinhalese community. Galagodathe Gnanasara thera insisted that the ‘Shasanarakshka Sabha’ had no intention of creating disharmony among the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in Batticaloa but only wanted to show their support to the monk.Security was tightened in Batticaloa over the weekend with the police Special Task Force being deployed to the area. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Kosovo Serbs must take up their rightful places in government Security Council

“All sides need to help each other to find common ground solutions so that many of the complex situations facing Kosovo – ones that require concessions on all sides – can begin to be tackled in a way that will prove effective and sustainable,” Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told an open meeting of the Council.In his briefing, Mr. Guéhenno noted that on 9 May the Kosovo Government submitted its draft Programme to the Assembly, which highlighted such priorities as consolidating democratic structures, improving education and health care, and promoting economic development. The Programme also focused on the protection of the rights and interests of communities – including the right to return – and regional integration, including meaningful dialogue with the authorities of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.Unfortunately, the Kosovo Serb Return coalition (KP) so far had not put forward candidates for the three government posts it had been allotted, Mr. Guéhenno said, noting that it was regrettable for two reasons. First, it meant that the Kosovo Serbs were still not part of the decision-making process and did not participate in the talks on the Government’s Programme. Secondly, it tended to undermine the KP Assembly members and their ability to be respected by their colleagues in the Assembly.As for municipal elections, Mr. Guéhenno said that the vote, originally slated for 21 September, would now be held on 26 October, with the important element that local electoral bodies would take increased responsibilities for the balloting. The voting would also provide an opportunity for those communities that had boycotted the 2000 elections, particularly the Kosovo Serb community, to participate.Turning to the issue of repatriations, Mr. Guéhenno said the aim was to achieve increasing returns this year to create momentum for more significant numbers during 2003 and 2004. In its draft Programme, the Government of Kosovo had committed itself to demonstrating its willingness to address the wishes and concerns of internally displaced persons and refugees. Efforts had continued, he added, to determine the fate of the missing from all communities, an issue that remained one of the major obstacles to reconciliation. read more

Gerry Adams criticised by Tánaiste and Fianna Fáil over response to Smithwick

first_img“This type of language displays their ongoing Widgery approach… to whitewash past atrocities,” Martin said alluding to the discredited report of John Widgery into the events of Bloody Sunday.Later, Gerry Adams did not withdraw or backtrack on his comments on Newstalk, or ‘Newsweek’ as he referred to it, saying that all the main parties came from “a period of armed resistance”.He said he did not “need reminders that at the heart [of this case] are two bereaved families” and said: “These were brave officers doing their duty as they saw it, in the same way as the IRA volunteers would see themselves as doing their duty as they saw it.”‘No hierarchy of victims’He said that “there is no hierarchy of victims” and called on the Irish government to increase its lobbying of the British government to honour its commitments in the Weston Park Agreement.Gilmore criticised Adams, saying: “I don’t think you do yourself, your party, or the peace process any service today by saying what you have said.”Martin said that the Smithwick report showed that there had been a “terrible betrayal of an Garda Siochána” by officers involved in collusion and also pressed Gilmore on the Weston Park issue.In a lengthy statement, Gilmore said that he is “appalled and saddened” at findings of the Smithwick Tribunal report and repeated the apology on behalf of the government.Gardaí will view the actions detailed in the report as “betrayal of the values they hold” he said, adding that current cross-border cooperation between the gardaí and the PSNI is now “second-to-none”.The Tánaiste said the government will continue to pursue the case of Pat Finucane with the British government and said that the Smithwick Tribunal’s completion “will, if anything, strengthen our position”.He later added: “I can’t get out of my mind the image of one of those men, injured, waving his white handkerchief, being shot in the head by an IRA activist.”Gilmore also said that today is “not a day for muddying the waters, not a day for pulling this report apart or finding a flaw in it”.Read: Adams branded “an apologist for terrorists” after “laissez faire” remarkRead: Smithwick Tribunal finds gardaí colluded with IRA in murder of RUC officers THE SINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams has faced criticism from the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin over his response to the Smithwick Tribunal report and comments he made in an interview this morning.Adams told Newstalk earlier that two RUC officers murdered by the IRA had shown disregard for their own safety when travelling to Dundalk in 1989 following the publication of the Smithwick report yesterday.At Leaders’ Questions, Micheál Martin raised Adams’s remarks in the context of the report, which found that there was collusion between the IRA and someone in the gardaí which led to the murders of RUC officers Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan, and criticised Adams’s remarks.He described the Sinn Féin TD’s statements as “incredible” and called on Adams to apologise to the families “on behalf of that so-called Republican movement”.last_img read more

Samsung Smart Camera EX2F la photo à distance

first_imgSamsung Smart Camera EX2F : la photo à distance !Samsung lance un nouvel appareil numérique avec fonctionnalité wifi : la Smart Camera EX2F. Au programme : boîtier en magnésium, objectif plus lumineux et écran Amoled de 7,8 cm.Après le succès de la Smart Camera EX1, Samsung remet le couvert avec un nouvel appareil photo compact wifi : l’EX2F. Il dispose d’un capteur 12 Mpixels, d’une optique très lumineuse f1,4 24 mm grand angle et de la possibilité de pouvoir enregistrer en 1080p à 30 images par seconde. Pour limiter les prises de vues troubles et floues, il incorpore aussi un double stabilisateur (un optique et un numérique). Utile, sa fonction Dual Capture permet de prendre des clichés pendant l’enregistrement d’un film, en 12 Mpixels, sans affaiblir la résolution.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Son écran Amoled de 3 pouces peut totalement pivoter autant horizontalement et verticalement, ce qui est toujours très pratique pour se prendre en photo ou pour pouvoir visualiser de loin le champ pris en cible. Mais voir ce que l’on peut prendre de loin c’est bien, mais prendre totalement le contrôle de son apn à distance, c’est encore mieux. Grâce à sa fonction Remote Viewfinder, l’utilisateur peut prendre le contrôle total de l’appareil via une tablette tactile ou un smartphone. Et les fonctionnalités wifi du EX2F ne s’arrêtent pas là; Auto Backup permettra, par exemple, se sauvegarder automatiquement ses photos et films sur un cloud personnel alors que Mobile Link, lui, permettra d’afficher vos contenus stockés sur l’EX2F sur un smartphone ou une tablette. Il sera également possible de partager directement les images et vidéos sur les réseaux sociaux ou de les envoyer par mail.Pour M. Myoung Sup Han, vice-présent et directeur de la branche Digital imaging de Samsung Electronics, Samsun a créé l’EX2F “pour montrer que prendre de belles photos n’implique pas nécessairement de transporter avec soi un reflex lourd et encombrant. L’EX2F permet un contrôle manuel complet, et offre des images d’une qualité et d’une brillance incroyables, dans un boîtier suffisamment petit et léger pour être transporté tous les jours. C’est le compagnon parfait pour les utilisateurs de reflex qui recherchent la meilleure qualité d’image possible tout en ayant un contrôle créatif complet “.Le 7 juillet 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Brock Lesnar advertised to appear at RAW next week

first_img WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is being advertised by WWE to appear at next week’s RAW taping on 1/26 in Hartford following the Royal Rumble PPV. This would mark three weeks in a row that Lesnar would be appearing on RAW if he is used.Source: WWE.com Google+ WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career center_img Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Toronto Twitter Pinterest WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) last_img read more

IBM introduces new graphene transistor

first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — In a report published in Nature, Yu-ming Lin and Phaedon Avoris, IBM researchers, have announced the development of a new graphene transistor which is smaller and faster than the one they introduced in February of 2010. This new transistor has a cut-off frequency of 155 GHz, compared to the 100 GHz previous transistor. More information: High-frequency, scaled graphene transistors on diamond-like carbon, Nature, 472, 74–78 (07 April 2011) doi:10.1038/nature09979 Graphene is a flat sheet of carbon which is one atom thick and has the ability to conduct electrons at extremely fast speeds. It is quickly on its way to replace the traditional silicon as the top electronic material for faster transistors.Graphene devices have been made previously by placing the graphene sheet on top of an insulating substrate, such as silicon dioxide. However, this substrate can degrade the electronic properties of the graphene. However, the team of researchers has found a solution to minimize that.A diamond-like carbon is placed as the top layer of the substrate on a silicon wafer. The carbon is non-polar dielectric and does not trap or scatter charges as much as the silicon dioxide alone. This new graphene transistor, due to the diamond-like carbon, shows excellent stability in temperature changes, including extremely cold temperatures like that in space.These new high-frequency transistors are being targeted to applications primarily in communications such as mobile phones, internet, and radar. The manufacturing of these new graphene transistors can be accomplished utilizing technologies already in place for standard silicon devices, which means commercial production of these transistors could begin at any time.The transistor development was part of an ongoing research project IBM is doing for the U.S. Department of Defense’s DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) program. The military is looking to this research to help in the development of high-performance radio frequency transistors. Image credit: Nature, doi:10.1038/nature09979 IBM Scientists Demonstrate World’s Fastest Graphene Transistor © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: IBM introduces new graphene transistor (2011, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-ibm-graphene-transistor.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.last_img read more

Some particles are able to flow up small waterfalls physicists show

first_imgExperimental setup. As clean water is poured from the upper to the lower container through a horizontal channel, particles added to the surface of the lower container eventually ‘climb up the stream’ and contaminate the channel (as illustrated by the arrow). Image credit: arXiv:1105.2585v1 Explore further Citation: Some particles are able to flow up small waterfalls, physicists show (2011, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-particles-small-waterfalls-physicists.html More information: Upstream contamination in water pouring, arXiv:1105.2585v1 [physics.flu-dyn] arxiv.org/abs/1105.2585AbstractWe report the observation of upstream transport of floating particles when clear water is poured on the surface of a flat water surface on which mate or chalk particles are sprinkled. As a result, particles originally located only at the surface of the lower container can contaminate the upper water source by “riding” on vorticial water currents. We speculate that Marangoni forces in combination with geometry-induced vortices may explain the observed phenomenon. Water running uphill a cooling idea 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com With just a small bit of research, the team was able to show what seems to be counterintuitive; that it truly is possible for some particles (and some of the liquid itself) to travel up a very small waterfall and into the reservoir behind it. While most anyone that has observed moving water has likely noted the whirls and eddies that form when water tries to flow along or past obstacles, it’s difficult to imagine such counter-flows being created with sufficient force to actually push the fluid uphill. Althsuler et al. show that in fact, it can.To see what was going on, they used two lab containers; one to hold the room temperature water, the other to hold the chalk they used instead of mate leaf bits (figuring it would be much easier to follow with the naked eye). They then placed an open half-cylinder shaped channel between the two containers that would allow water to flow smoothly from the first container down the channel, where it would then drop into the second container. With this setup, they discovered that as the liquid came rushing down the channel, the main mass of water traveled down the center, creating vortices that caused small amounts of fluid to travel along the edges of the channel in the opposite direction, allowing the chalk to work its way up to the higher level container. But, they also discovered by varying the height of the channel, that it only occurred when the dropping distance was very slight; in this case, 1 centimeter, or less.As a result of this study, it’s likely that certain industrial processes might have to be modified to make certain unintentional contamination doesn’t occur that is currently being overlooked. Also, its likely future research on this phenomenon will need to be done to determine if other factors can affect the height of the fall or the amount of particulate that is able to travel uphill to another vessel. (PhysOrg.com) — In a paper published on arXiv, Cuban physicist Ernesto Althsuler and his team at the University of Havana, describe how they set out to reproduce a phenomenon they had observed while brewing the Argentinean drink mate, a type of tea. Althsuler noticed that after causing hot water to drop from one vessel down a very slight waterfall into another containing tea leaves, some of the leaf particulates managed to make their way back up the waterfall and into the hot water vessel. In their subsequent research, they discovered that a small counter-flow can come into existence in small drop waterfalls along the sides; enough to carry small particles.last_img read more

Tobiis eye tracker REX will showcase at CES w video

first_img The new REX peripheral is a strip-shaped device that sticks to the base of the computer screen on a desktop or laptop and plugs into the computer via a USB connection. It works with Tobii Gaze software, for launching and browsing. Tobii said that “You can also use zoom and auto-center to quickly navigate, overview and access information. It allows you to easily move between different levels in the file structure all the way from the start page, through open programs and windows, to browsing tabs, slides or sheets in your programs.” Explore further Citation: Tobii’s eye tracker REX will showcase at CES (w/ video) (2013, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-tobii-eye-tracker-rex-showcase.html (Phys.org)—Tobii Technology is introducing the REX, a USB-connected peripheral that works with Tobii’s software Gaze. The Stockholm-based company will show its REX device for Windows 8 at the CES show in Las Vegas, from January 8. Visitors will see how REX offers an eye-tracking difference in the way that desktop and laptop users can manage their screen images, pages and content. One example is a computer user looking at an app for its launch and then just tapping once on the touchpad. The eye-tracking technology from Tobii is designed to use eye positioning to help control the computer, but working in combination with, rather than replacing, other controls such as touch, mouse and keyboard. The user will still find the mouse useful for interacting, but the eyes will handle movements across the screen. CeBIT: Laptop tracks gaze, taking eye-tracking out of lab More information: www.tobii.com/en/gaze-interaction/global/ Information so far is that a limited edition of 5,000 units will be available before the end of this year. Developers, however, can already obtain their special editions for $995. Tobii is described as a vendor of eye tracking and eye control. The company is an outgrowth of a research initiative in 2001 at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Its team sees eye-tracking playing more of a part in human machine interaction and they are keen to be a big part of that growth. The REX debut indicates the company’s push to bring eye tracking into broader use. This will not be the first time, however, that Tobii has leveraged a major show event to showcase what its eye-tracking technology is all about. Last year, Tobii drew interest at CeBIT when it showed what it said was the world’s first laptop with integrated eye control. The showpiece was a prototype, developed in collaboration with Lenovo. “More than anything else, the Tobii laptop prototype is proof that our eye tracking technology is mature enough to be used in standard computer interfaces,” said CEO Henrik Eskilsson, at the time. © 2013 Phys.org 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

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.  Click for Sound Video will play in  The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to play We Are Stoke-on-Trent Watch againcenter_img Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday February 15. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport 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.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsFirefighters deal with house fire20:26Witness told she’d be ‘buried six-feet-under’ after Tesco robbed with machete18:28Firefighters deal with blaze in city centre16:4320:26KEY EVENTFirefighters deal with house fireThe scene of the house fire in Ellis StreetFirefighters have dealt with a house fire.Emergency services were called to the scene in Ellis Street, off Leek New Road, in Sneyd Green, at around 6.55pm.Read more here.18:53Accident near Aldi in StoneReports of slow traffic due to accident on A520 Stafford Road near A34 The Fillybrooks / B5026 Eccleshall Road (Walton Shell roundabout).Accident has been reported to be near ALDI. 18:36Gritters out tonight…Watch out, Gritters about https://t.co/k5NDw8IpEo— Stoke Highways (@stokehighways) February 15, 201818:28KEY EVENTWitness told she’d be ‘buried six-feet-under’ after Tesco robbed with macheteThe staff members were threatened with a machete and a carving knife (Image: Staffordshire Police)A woman who threatened a witness after her ex-partner committed a terrifying armed robbery at a supermarket has avoided jail.Jane Crutchley went to her victim’s house to demand she not speak to the police following the raid on the Stone Road Tesco Express, Stafford, last year.On October 4, her ex-partner Gavin Milgate and his accomplice Scott Stretton threatened staff members with a machete and a carving knife before stealing thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes and cash.Read more here.17:57Accident on the A50Reports of slow traffic due to accident on A50 Westbound near A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 17:18Slow in Crewe…A5020 University Way Northbound busy but moving at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). 16:43KEY EVENTFirefighters deal with blaze in city centreThe scene in Century Street (Image: Shazza)Firefighters have dealt with a blaze near a city centre property.Crews from Hanley, Newcastle, Sandyford were called to Century Street at around 3.09pm this afternoon.An outbuilding, believed to be a shed, is on fire near the property.Read more here.15:53There is a shed load on the A50Reports of shed load of wood on A50 near B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout).Shed load has been reported to be near the roundabout. 15:09Slow traffic on the M6Slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound at J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent).Traffic is slower than usual through J15. Awaiting further details as to the possible cause. 13:15Gritters out in Cheshire East tonight13:10Barry Bennell found guilty of three further counts of sexual abuseThe jury has not yet reached verdicts on four further counts. More here.Sketch of Barry Bennell appearing via videolink at Liverpool Crown Court (Image: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire)12:56Appeal for witnesses after man dies after being hit by trainThe death is not being treated as suspicious after police were called to Nantwich yesterday evening. More here.11:38M6 sliproad to be closed for two nightsThe northbound exit sliproad at junction 19 will be closed for two nights ahead of the Knutsford Roundabout work. More here10:59Queuing traffic on M6Queueing traffic due to earlier accident on M6 Southbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). All lanes have been re-opened. 10:55Vehicles recovered but severe delays remain on M6A Highways England spokesman said: “All lanes open and collision cleared on the M6 southbound between J17 and J16 with vehicles recovered.” 10:24Highways England report severe delays due to the accident on the M6A Highways England spokesman said:“Severe delays on the M6 due to a collision involving a HGV and a car on the M6 southbound between J17 and J16 – Lanes 1and 2 closed currently.”Highways England Traffic Officers are making their way to the scene.10:17Two lanes closed due to accident on M6Two lanes closed and queueing traffic due to accident, a lorry and a car involved on M6 Southbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Lanes one and two (of three) are closed.10:11Teenager arrested after two men stabbed in neck with biro A teenager has been arrested after two men were stabbed in the neck with a biro. More here. 10:09Railway line reopensThe railway line between Birmingham and Wolverhampton has reopened.09:47Accident involving lorry and car on M6 southbound between J17 and J16Police and Highways England are dealing with an accident on the M6.A North West Motorway Police spokesman said: “RTC J17-16 M6SB – Just before Junction 16 – Wagon and car – This is still in the running lane. Highways England dealing.”09:14Man dies after accident between Sandwell and Dudley railway station after being hit by trainA West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:Sadly, a man has been confirmed dead at the scene of an incident at Sandwell and Dudley Railway Station. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the @WMASHART team were sent to the scene after a call at 7.10am this morning. Ambulance staff responded in 7 minutes but sadly nothing could be done to save the him.” 08:46Accident on A521 in Blythe BridgeQueueing traffic and partially blocked due to accident on A521 Uttoxeter Road in both directions at Stallington Road.Near to Tesco Express.08:34Emergency services still at scene after person hit by trainA West Midlands Railway spokesman said:The emergency services are still dealing with an incident in the Sandwell and Dudley area. Passengers travelling between Wolverhampton & Birmingham can use Midland Metro & NXWM buses to continue their journeys. Sorry for any inconvenience.” More on the incident here.08:21Heavy traffic coming into HanleyHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 08:14Congestion on the A527Usual congestion on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 08:14Slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 in CheshireSlow traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). 08:09Accident on exit sliproad of M6 near Stoke-on-TrentSlow traffic and lane closed on exit slip road due to accident on M6 Southbound at J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of two) is closed. 08:03More on person hit by trainPassengers using the train face delays on the railway this morning after a person was hit by a train in the West Midlands. A number of services are affected.07:32Delays possible on trains to and from BirminghamPassengers using the train to get to Birmingham may face disruption this morning due to an incident on the railway line.Emergency services are dealing with the incident between Sandwell and Dudley.A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “Due to emergency services dealing with an incident between Birmingham and Wolverhampton all lines are blocked. Services will divert between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton, failing to call at Sandwell & Dudley.”A direct train, operated by CrossCountry connects Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford to Wolverhampton and Birmingham.07:27Slow traffic on A52 Leek RoadVery slow traffic on A52 Leek Road in both directions at Botteslow Street. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights in operation. Share this videolast_img read more

Trump hotel in Washington rises as luxury oasis from campaign chaos

first_img Share Posted by Travelweek Group WASHINGTON — Donald Trump may be spending most of his days inside the frantic hurricane of the presidential campaign, but inside his new hotel in Washington, calm and luxury prevail.Staff members offer impeccable service, serving Champagne to guests waiting to check in and preparing rooms with turned-down covers and bedside chocolates. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., says he’s confident the Trump International Hotel fronting Pennsylvania Avenue a few blocks from the White House will be a place for both Democrats and Republicans — no matter who wins.“It’s not designed to be a partisan hotel,” Trump Jr. said. “It’s a luxury hotel for all of D.C.”That remains to be seen. Hundreds of people protested outside the hotel during the ribbon-cutting Wednesday. The rally started as a protest demanding that Trump recognize union representation for workers at a Las Vegas hotel, but it broadened into a larger anti-Trump event.Trump attended the ribbon-cutting, calling it a “metaphor for what we can accomplish” and taking precious time away from an apparently sagging campaign.He summed up the project with only a few words: “under budget and ahead of schedule.” And he noted the renovation and operation of the hotel had created hundreds of jobs.The Trump Organization agreed to open the hotel by 2018 and invest $200 million in it in a deal with the federal government, which owns the site. A Trump website describes the project as costing $200 million, so it was unclear what the “under budget” statement referred to.The hotel staff appears as diverse as any workforce in America — despite Trump’s divisive remarks about immigrants, Muslims and other ethnic groups. A note atop the Gideon Bible in every guest room states that Qurans and other holy books are available upon request, a standard amenity at luxury hotels.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Trump supporter Brenda Dunaway, at the 263-room hotel with friends for lunch Wednesday, stood in the lobby beneath chandeliers and a soaring glass roof and gave her approval. “It’s beautiful and tastefully done,” she said. “I hope it’s a big success.”Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric led two celebrity chefs, Jose Andres and Geoffrey Zakarian, to back out of running restaurants in the hotel, but David Burke’s Prime BLT is open in the lobby. Burke was on hand Tuesday night to chat with diners. No second restaurant has been announced.The five-star Trump International Hotel is located in an 1899 landmark, the Old Post Office, which was in disrepair when the Trump Organization won a bid from the federal government to turn it into a hotel in 2013.Nina Gardner, a consultant who lives in the area, decided to attend the protest when she heard about it Wednesday morning. “I’m totally against Donald Trump and his candidacy,” she said.She has friends who are boycotting Ivanka Trump’s clothing and jewelry line, and she predicted his campaign would “end up hurting his business.”Rates at Trump hotels have been falling and some residents of a Trump apartment building in New York are trying to have the name removed. But Ivanka Trump insisted all was well as she stood by her father’s side Wednesday: “Our business at Trump Hotels continues to thrive.”Rates start around $400 most nights but cheapest rooms were over $600 for the night before Trump’s visit. Suites run into the thousands. Some five-star D.C. hotels charge much more.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe hotel’s renovation has been criticized for an excess of glitz and gold leaf — signature Trump decor — while covering up marble floors with carpets and walls with drapes. The Trumps defend the renovation as a mix of old and new.John Cullinane, an architect who worked on the project early on but left, had been among its critics, but declined to comment when reached by phone, saying the Trumps had sent him a letter threatening legal action.The hotel’s managing director, Mickael Damelincourt, said the hotel’s prime D.C. location and 300,000 square feet of meeting space, along with the city’s largest luxury ballroom, ensures its success. He said the hotel had already hosted two weddings and “board of director meetings from major corporations,” but declined to identify any of the groups.A clock tower that’s part of the Old Post Office has traditionally been open to the public, offering views of the city from one of the highest points in Washington. It’s closed for renovations, but Donald Trump Jr. said it should be open by the end of the year and will be operated by the National Park Service.Rick Tyler, former spokesman for Trump’s primary rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, said that “because it’s in D.C., there’s a layer of political consideration” among potential hotel guests. “But my guess is Donald Trump will lose and people will more or less forget about that,” he said. “Very few will make a decision about staying there based on Donald Trump’s candidacy.” << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Friday, October 28, 2016 Tags: Donald Trump, Trump Hotels Trump hotel in Washington rises as luxury oasis from campaign chaoslast_img read more

New player at sea The RitzCarlton launches Yacht Collection

first_img Share Posted by Travelweek Group New player at sea: The Ritz-Carlton launches Yacht Collection Tags: Ritz Carltoncenter_img Thursday, June 22, 2017 CHEVY CHASE, MD — The Ritz-Carlton has thrown its hat into the cruise ring with the launch of bespoke luxury yacht experiences.Created by The Ritz-Carlton and maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection represents a unique foray into the cruise industry for a luxury hotel operator. The first of three lavish cruising yachts in this series is scheduled to take to sea in the fourth quarter of 2019, and distinguishes Marriott International as the only provider of luxury accommodations both on land and at sea.“The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true stand outs in some of the most glamorous ports around the world,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.”Rendering of the marina at aft end at one of the ships part of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht CollectionCalling at intimate and signature destinations alike, voyages will range from seven to 10 days. The first ship will cruise a wide variety of destinations depending on the season, including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Due to the intimate size of the vessel, the yacht will call at unique locations typically not accessible to large cruise ships, from Capri and Portofino to St. Barths and the old town of Cartagena.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe specially designed small capacity vessel will measure 190-meters, accommodate up to 298 passengers, and feature 149 suites, each with its own private balcony. The yacht will also feature two 138 square-meter lavish duplex penthouse suites; a restaurant by Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg; a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa; and a Panorama Lounge and wine bar, offering a wide variety of onboard entertainment.Additionally, the yacht will offer one-of-a-kind curated destination journeys through collaborations with local chefs, musicians and artists, allowing guests to experience the locations in unique and experiential ways, both onboard and ashore.Reservations will open in May 2018. The ships of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection are also available for private charter. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgFILE – In this Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley (3) is tackled by Clemson linebacker James Skalski (47) in the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans. How much does Alabama lean on Ridley in the passing game? The junior has 59 catches for 935 yards to lead the Tide. No other receiver has more than 16 receptions of 244 yards. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File) Both players will become free agents March 14.J.J. Nelson is expected to return, but the undersized speedster has been affected by dropped passes throughout his three-year career.The Cardinals are also (no secret) looking for quarterbacks, and could pluck one in the first round, but Kiper’s latest mock has four signal callers being selected in the top 11 picks, leaving Arizona holding the bag in this projection.Kiper’s first mock draft, released on Jan. 18, had Arizona selecting Iowa defensive back Josh Jackson in the first round. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Some of those mocks hold more weight than others, based on the author.Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN is one such expert, and his second mock of the season was released on ESPN.com Wednesday morning. It has Arizona selecting Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley with the 15th pick.I love this fit for both sides. Take a look at the Cardinals’ depth chart from the end of the season. Larry Fitzgerald will be 35 when the 2018 season begins. John Brown and Jaron Brown are free agents. They need a No. 2 receiver. Ridley is far and away the best wideout in this draft class, and getting him at No. 15 is good value. He had 19 career touchdown catches with inconsistent quarterback play. Arizona also needs a quarterback, of course, but I think new coach Steve Wilks & Co. are more likely to go the veteran route. But watch out for the Cardinals if one of the top four QBs falls.Ridley is considered by most to be the best receiver prospect in this year’s class. In three years in Tuscaloosa, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ridley caught 224 passes for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was a key cog in helping the Crimson Tide win two College Football Playoff championships in three appearances.The Cardinals certainly need help at the receiver position. Yes, veteran Larry Fitzgerald is coming back for 2018, and his production has shown no drop-off in recent seasons. Where there has been a drop-off is in the contributions of the rest of the receiving corps. Jaron Brown had 31 catches in 2017, the second-most among any wideout. He is a free agent, as is John Brown, who had 21 catches for 299 yards and three touchdowns last season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 14 Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo There are still 64 days until this year’s NFL Draft, which gets underway April 26 in Arlington, Tex.As of Wednesday morning, the Arizona Cardinals still own the 15th overall pick in the first round. General manager Steve Keim could go in any number of directions with the pick, if mock drafts are any indication.A total of 19 different players have been projected to go to the Cardinals in that slot, according to the over 100 entries in ArizonaSports.com’s Mock Draft Tracker. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

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