Ohio State’s Thad Matta Was Pretty Unhappy With The Referees Following His Team’s Loss To Michigan State Last Night

first_imgThad Matta yells at a referee.Thad Matta did a lot of screaming during his team’s game against Michigan State Friday night. Plenty that yelling was directed at his players, who performed quite poorly in a 76-67 loss to the Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal round. But a lot of it was aimed at the officials. Matta, 47, has been coaching in the conference since 2004. He, in a roundabout way, called the officiating during last night’s game the worst he’s ever seen. Matta on the officiating: “I’ve been in this league 11 years and that was amazing.”— Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan) March 14, 2015Matta was mostly unhappy with the amount of physicality the Spartans were getting away with. He believed his players were getting bumped on cuts, hand checked when dribbling and bodied when driving into the lane. Matta says this was one of the most physical games he’s ever seen. My interpretation: “We got hacked to death.”— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) March 14, 2015To be fair to the refs, there was an even distribution when it comes to the amount of fouls that were called – 20 on Michigan State and 18 on Ohio State. With the win, the Spartans moved on to the semifinal round, where they’ll face No. 2 seed Maryland. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, will find out their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday night. Most projections have Matta’s team seeded on the No. 8/No. 9 line.last_img read more

Columbus Crew return to Ohio State to honor Connor Senn

For players participating in Tuesday’s Connor Senn Memorial soccer game between the Ohio State men’s soccer team and the Columbus Crew, the event is more than an exhibition match. The charity event, which honors former OSU soccer player Connor Senn who collapsed on the field of play and died hours later, transcends sport, said Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha. On Sept. 26, 2001, Senn, a then-18-year-old freshman, collapsed on the field during a game at Akron. The cause of death was determined to be a congenital heart defect that, at the time, went undetected. “I would call (Senn) more of a family member,” Warzycha said. “He was a soccer player, we all play soccer. It’s very important for us to be at this game. This is something that we all remember and it raises awareness of what happened on the field and raises money for the cause.” The charity match was established in 2002 and will be back Tuesday for the 11th time. The event raises awareness for sudden cardiac arrest in athletes with proceeds benefiting the Connor Senn Memorial Fund and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center, according to ohiostatebuckeyes.com. For the first nine years of the game, OSU took on the Crew. Last year, though, the Crew elected not to play in the charity match. Crew technical director Brian Bliss told The Lantern in May 2011 that playing in the Connor Senn Memorial Match would cost the club $10,000 because of the Major League Soccer Players Union’s most recently ratified collective-bargaining agreement, which stipulates that MLS clubs can schedule only one non-league “free game” per season. The Crew had already scheduled an international friendly against Premier League’s Newcastle United to be played on July 26, so OSU instead hosted the Dayton Dutch Lions of the United Soccer Leagues. The Buckeyes lost to the Dutch Lions, 3-1, May 2. This year, the Crew returns to take on the Buckeyes and OSU coach John Bluem said having them back is an important factor for both teams. “It’s neat. It’s the pro team in town playing against Ohio State University men’s Division I team,” Bluem said. “The Crew really add that little bit of extra juice to it.” Bluem said he’s looking for his team to go out and show that they can keep up with the pros. He also said he would like to have the opportunity to play everyone on the team, but the bench might see limited action in this contest. “We want to show that we’re a good team. We’re going to put out there who we think is the best group and play them for as much of the game as possible,” Bluem said. “Hopefully we can go about 70 to 75 minutes and it’s a good game and it’s close.” Former OSU and current Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson previously played in the game as a Buckeye from 2008-2011 and said he’s not going to take the game lightly. “I’m excited about it and I’m going to be honest, I want to make it not close … You would think that I would have some sort of compassion for my alma mater, but unfortunately,” Lampson said, pausing while a grin spread across his face, “it’s not there. This is my job now and I gotta go out and do it.” Lampson said when he wore scarlet and gray, OSU often went into the match hoping to make it close but quickly realized they would be outplayed by the pros. He said he’s expecting this year’s match to play out in similar fashion. “When I played with OSU, they would say things like, ‘All right we’re going to go out and play against these guys,’” Lampson said. “And we would try for about five minutes and then we were like, ‘Well, they’re way better. Lets hang back a little bit.’ That’s what I’m expecting, for them to hang back and not attack so much.” Warzycha said he plans on starting players that don’t normally crack the Crew’s starting lineup, but added that everyone on the Crew could have a chance to play. “We’ll see how the game goes and everybody is going to be on the bench, so if we need to use somebody, then they’ll go in and play,” Warzycha said. Regardless of the outcome, Bluem said he is proud of what the game has become, grateful the Crew have agreed to be a part of it and said there is a lesson that can be learned from all of it. “Life is precious. Sudden cardiac death is a scary thing that can happen in athletics and in general walks of life. The Columbus Crew have been unbelievable as a partner for the last 11 years,” he said. “Our goal now is through research and education, which we can now fund, to prevent sudden cardiac death.” Tuesday’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and students and can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS. Pat Brennan contributed to this article. read more

Track and Field Ohio States Zack Bazile leaps farthest long jump in

Junior Nick Gray will run the men’s 60-meter-dash, 200-meter-dash and 4×400-meter-relay this weekend at the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsMultiple members of the Ohio State track and field team set season highs and team highs at one of the most-competitive meets of the season, the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee. One Buckeye, senior Zack Bazile, even set this season’s NCAA record.The Music City Challenge is comprised of 31 teams and some professional athletes. Along with the added competition of professionals, there were 12 different events with at least one athlete qualified for events at the NCAA national championship.Men’s recapIn the long jump, Bazile launched himself into first place with a jump of 8.13 meters. It set the record for the longest jump in the NCAA this season and was the third-farthest jump in the world this year. The jump also broke the Vanderbilt facility record and is second-farthest jump in Ohio State history.In his first 200-meter dash of the season junior Nick Gray took first with a time of 20.92. His mark is fast enough to qualify him for the NCAA national championship. Freshman Eric Harrison finished right behind Gray, taking second place at 21.24.Senior Nick Demaline finished first in men’s shot put with a throw of 19.74 meters. It was Demaline’s season high and was the fifth-best throw in the NCAA this year.In the 4×400-meter relay, Ohio State finished first and had its fifth-fastest time in program history and the best time this season.Junior Luke Landis ran a personal best in the one-mile run, finishing second with a time of 4:06.In his Ohio State track debut, redshirt sophomore Kendall Sheffield finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.71. Sheffield beat Avery Hubbard, a professional sprinter, by .001 seconds. Sheffield also plays cornerback for the Ohio State football team.For the second week in a row, senior Cole Gorski set a school record in pole vault, this time clearing 5.47 meters. Gorski finished in third place.In the triple jump, junior DaJuan Seward set a personal best with a second place finish at 15.76 meters. Bazile finished fourth with 15.19 meters.Senior Aaron Zedella came in third place in weight throw with a heave of 21.39 meters.Women’s recapJunior Karrington Winters earned a personal record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.21, which currently qualifies her for the NCAA national championship. For the second meet in a row, the Buckeyes controlled the 200-meter dash. Freshman Anavia Battle set the team’s season high with a first-place finish at 23.62. Sophomore Halimah Barlow finished second (23.66) and freshman Syaira Richardson finished fifth (24.29).Ohio State’s 4×400-meter relay team set a season best with a first-place finish at 3:36. The Buckeyes took the top spot by just .03 seconds.Senior Chantel Ray earned a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.25. The run tied her personal best.Sophomore Taylor DeLoach continues to be a strong point for the Buckeyes. She took first place in the long jump with a leap of six meters.In the 800-meter run, freshman Aziza Ayoub finished third with a personal-best time of 2:08.Junior Mikaela Seibert finished third in the triple jump with jumps combined for 12.7 meters. This was the season high for Seibert.Junior Sade Olatoye finished fifth in the weight throw with a heave of 22.16. The fifth-place finish comes behind two of the top weight throwers in the country and two professional weight throwers. Ohio State will host the Buckeye tune-up next weekend at the French Field House. read more

Team TCI returns home victorious from Taste of the Caribbean chef showdown

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 13, 2016 – Two golds, at least three silver and honorable mentions were the prizes for the TCHTA Culinary Team TCI.  The group returned on Saturday from the Taste of the Caribbean chef showdown in Miami and starring was the country’s own, 19 year old Robinangel Simons, the overall Jr Chef winner, getting the Gold and Robinangel is now an inductee into the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Hall of Fame.  “Even our presentation on our buffet for the taste of the islands blew away every other country.  But for a young  woman to bring back Junior Caribbean Chef of the Year for the whole Caribbean, is out of this world.”Another gold was secured by islander, Chef Joseph Charles with his seafood preparation; Chef Charles said while the other teams had an artillery of gadgets to out cook one another, for Team TCI it was pure hands and heart. “Other guys brought vacuum packs, they brought microwaves, all we had were just knives, all we had were these (hands), and it’s just for what we’ve been doing here, and these guys were preparing from the last competition as they went back home, and they said this, they said the moment they went home they started preparing for this year.  We did six weeks.”Colin Watson, team leader said TeamTCI showed remarkable discipline, always getting into position first, with the cleanest kitchen and allowing flavor to be the difference in their culinary masterpieces.A teary-eyed Stacy Cox is one of the founders of the Hospitality Adventure, junior chef program and said the welcome home was the icing on the cake.  “This has been something that I’ve been trying to do for the past three years now.  We’ve started from fact finding missions with CHTA to going and just scoping it out for two years to three years consecutively, and to have a team go in with less than two months of practicing and coming out so victorious.”Turks and Caicos also earned Silver in beef, Silver for Bartender and honorable mention in dessert and dessert presentation.  Scores showed up at the airport, including Robin’s family, the Beaches Resort Family complete with Elmo and Cookie Monster, We Funk Junkanoo was there and Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Hon Porsha Smith who assisted the welcome reception complete with red carpet.   The media was out in full force too. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

October 3rd PFD Deposit Day

first_imgAccording to the Permanent Fund Website payment schedule:Direct Deposit Mass Payment**  2019 (and prior year) dividend applications that are in “Eligible-Not Paid” status on September 26th, 2019 will be distributed on October 3rd, 2019.**Paper Check Mass Payment**  2019 (and prior year) dividend applications that are in “Eligible-Not Paid” status on October 11th, 2019 will be distributed on October 24th, 2019. Dunleavy: “Finally, now that the budget has been addressed, the full PFD will be the focus in this next special session, the sole focus. I will not let up until the remaining funds are appropriated for the full statutory PFD. I know Alaskans understand this decision and I appreciate all of your input.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year’s $1,600 dividend is being direct deposited on Thursday, October 3. Lawmakers instead asked Dunleavy to consider dividends of about $1,600 this year. Last year’s capped payout amounted to $1,600 checks. Dunleavy: “While there are some that support the full statutory formula, unfortunately some do not. In this years budget the Legislature sent me a $1,600 appropriation for the PFD, again not following the statutory formula.”  Governor Mike Dunleavy campaigned on a Permanent Fund dividend for residents paid in line with a longstanding calculation that has not been followed since 2016 as the state has grappled with a budget deficit. Such a dividend would equate to checks of about $3,000 this year. Dunleavy said he considered this a ‘partial PFD payment’ and that the legislature understands their jobs are not finished and they must fix this “as soon as possible”.last_img read more

Cover Price Experiments

first_imgSome of us may remember back in 2007 when celebrity lifestyle magazine OK! made the decision to increase its cover price. Like a copycat younger sister, Bauer Publishing followed suit.But after more than two years of solid newsstand performance, Bauer’s Life & Style and In Touch took a tumble, dropping 30 percent and 27.7 percent in overall paid circulation and 30.2 percent and 28.7 percent in single copy sales, respectively, in the first half of 2008, according to ABC’s Fas-Fax survey. A Bauer spokesperson attributed this to “celebrity weeklies increasing their prices across the board, resulting in a 10 percent decline in newsstand sales for the first half of this year.”OK!, however, saw single copy sales increase 19.4 percent and verified circulation up 11.8 percent during the first half of 2008, after upping its cover price to $2.99 in 2007. Being “in sync with what readers are looking for” is key to the magazine’s success, says OK! general manager Kent Brownridge. “It’s all a perceived value question.” When OK!’s price increased again to $3.49 in mid-2008, the magazine experienced no decline in newsstand sales.Are increased cover prices really the culprit in Bauer’s newsstand slide? Brownridge offers that Bauer’s cover prices were “amazingly, dramatically low,” and that in his opinion, they are now at the proper cover price of $2.99; high former sales were a result of “ridiculously low [cover] price[s].” While this may be old news, “sales on newsstands have been dropping for reasons other than just cover price,” says Active Interest Media COO and group publisher Andrew Clurman. Here, publishers discuss what factors, other than cover prices, allow titles to stay ahead.‘Newsstand Darwinism’TAM Communications owner Buzz Kanter cites “Newsstand Darwinism” as the main component of sales: only the strong and swift to react to the market will survive. In his own overcrowded field of automotive and motorcycle magazines, Kanter expects as much as one third of the titles to fold in the coming year. Wholesalers and retailers, he thinks, will promote category leaders, while weeding out those titles that can’t keep up.In 2008, Active Interest Media raised cover prices on Backpacker and Blackbelt from $3.99 to $4.99 and $4.99 to $5.99, respectively. “Cover price increases contribute to the fall, but value also plays a great part in sales. As the economy becomes tighter, people are more selective in what they’re buying,” says Clurman. He determines cover price by looking at the category, competitive titles and where the market is. Clurman also considers which way sales are trending. “If you think you’re below the competition, increase the cover price,” he says.Kanter’s Harley-Davidson focused magazine, American Iron, has experimented with bumping cover prices, resulting in no sales fall off, as well as lowering it to offer better value to readers, and decent profits to wholesalers and retailer partners. American Iron has remained at its cover price of $5.99 since early 2008. The cover price for RoadBike, Kanter’s smaller circulation magazine focusing on import bikes, is “much less aggressive,” only raising its cover price a total of $2—from $2.99 to $4.99—over the past decade. In Clurman’s experience, lower prices have never lifted sales. “We haven’t gone down to $.99, but we’re selling niche publications to a self-selecting audience. They’re not a market heavily influenced by a $.99 or $1 difference.”  2009 DecisionKanter jokes that it doesn’t take six PhDs and a Ouija board to make a decision on newsstand price. “We’ve found that American Iron’s single copy sales are relatively flat, but virtually all of the competing titles are significantly down,” he says. In 2009, Kanter has decided to let cover prices ride. Clurman cites Backpacker and Blackbelt’s sales as flat in 2008, and has also made the decision not to increase cover prices in 2009. Brownridge’s intention for OK!? “We won’t raise it in near future. It’s right where it should be.”last_img read more

BNP rules out Hasinaled supportive govt

first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday sharply reacted to ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s comment that election-time supportive government will be formed under prime minister Sheikh Hasina, reports UNB.The BNP said it is a hint to push the country towards a grave danger.”The election will be conducive to the candidates having the election symbol ‘boat’ if the supportive government is constituted under Sheikh Hasina, It won’t be favourable for fair and participatory polls,” BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi was quoted to have said.Speaking at a press briefing at the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “The Awami League general secretary’s such a comment has upset people. We think his remark is an indication of pushing the country towards a deep danger.”The BNP leader warned that the government will not allow the ruling party to hold another lopsided election as it did on 5 January 2014.On Tuesday, Quader told reporters in Comilla that the next election will be held under the Election Commission, not under Sheikh Hasina. “Sheikh Hasina will only play the role of a supportive government during the election as per our constitution.”Mentioning that people could not cast their votes in the polls held under Hasina in the past, Rizvi said the people no longer want to see any election under the current prime minister.He said there is no use of showing the constitutional rules and obligation as an excuse holding the election under Hasina since the charter can be amended for people’s welfare. “Amending the constitution is also a constitutional rule and process.”Inclusion of an election-time supportive-government system is a demand of people of all walks of life and all political parties, said Rizvi adding that, “There is no legal barrier to incorporating it in the charter.”He also warned that people will resist the government’s any plot to hold a unilateral election with their all efforts. “The next general election will not be held under Sheikh Hasina. People will come up with a befitting reply this time if the government tries to implement its any blueprint over the polls.”The BNP leader urged the government to take steps for holding a fair and inclusive election shunning its evil designs.Read more:Khaleda will participate in next polls under Hasina’last_img read more

Michigan Official Faces Manslaughter Trial over Poisoned Flint Water

first_imgBy The Associated PressA judge on Monday ordered Michigan’s state health director to stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of two men linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area, the highest ranking official to stand trial as a result of the scandal.Nick Lyon is accused of failing to issue a timely alert to the public about the outbreak. Judge David Goggins said deaths likely could have been prevented if the outbreak had been publicly known and keeping the public in the dark was “corrupt.”Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon will face trial on manslaughter charges for the deaths of two men during a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis. (Terray Sylvester/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)When the judge announced the decision, a woman in the gallery said, “Yes, yes, yes.”Some experts have blamed Legionnaires’ on the scandal over Flint’s water, which wasn’t properly treated when it was drawn from the Flint River in 2014 and 2015.Goggins found there’s probable cause for a trial. The legal standard isn’t as high as beyond a reasonable doubt.“It’s a long way from over,” Lyon told The Associated Press after the judge’s order. He declined further comment.The state says at least 90 cases of Legionnaires’ occurred in Genesee County, including 12 deaths. Lyon denies wrongdoing. His lawyers say sending the case to trial will “dangerously chill” public employees.The Legionnaires’ investigation is part of a larger probe into how Flint’s water system became poisoned when the city used Flint River water for 18 months. The water wasn’t treated to reduce corrosion. As a result, lead leached from old pipes.Lyon, director of the Health and Human Services Department, is the highest-ranking Michigan official charged in an investigation led by the attorney general’s office.An additional 14 current or former state and local officials have been charged with crimes, either related to Legionnaires’ or lead in the water. Four agreed to misdemeanor plea deals; the other cases are moving slowly.Legionella bacteria can emerge through misting and cooling systems, triggering a severe form of pneumonia, especially in people with weakened immune systems. The state says there were 90 cases reported to Genesee County Health Department in 2014-15, including 12 deaths. More than half of the people had a common thread: They spent time at McLaren Hospital, which was on the Flint water system.The outbreak was announced by Gov Rick Snyder and Lyon in January 2016, although Lyon concedes that he knew that cases were being reported a year earlier.“He had the chance to save lives,” special prosecutor Todd Flood told the court at a July 25 hearing.But Lyon’s attorneys have questioned the causes of death of two people cited by Flood. They also say there was much speculation about the cause and not enough solid information to share with the public.“It is not enough for the prosecutor to wave his hands in the air and cry bad things happened to the people of Flint so someone must be held responsible,” Lyon’s lawyers said in a court filing.last_img read more

Bengal govt to come up with more predelivery huts in remote areas

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government aims to set up more ‘pre-delivery huts’ in the far-flung areas, to provide better health care facilities to pregnant women free of cost.The scheme was started by the state government, which was later announced as a model project by the Centre. After seeing the success of the scheme, the state Health department is planning to set up more pre-delivery huts in remote areas.Otherwise known as ‘waiting huts’, these pre-delivery huts have turned out to be extremely beneficial for the pregnant women who often face difficulties in reaching the district hospitals, as they stay in far-off areas. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe project was started by the state Health department in the rural areas, following instruction from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who laid enormous emphasis on institutional deliveries in remote areas.It is the Chief Minister’s relentless efforts, that have brought about significant changes in this field. The project was initiated so that expectant mothers from South 24-Parganas and particularly areas surrounded by various rivers, do not face any difficulties in giving birth to their babies. It is not always possible to transport the patients from the farthest corners to the city. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe main purpose of setting up the ‘waiting huts’ was to reduce infant mortality rate and also the death of mothers before or after delivery. It has often been seen that it becomes difficult for women to travel long distances to reach a health centre for an institutional delivery, as their families fail to pay for vehicles. Even health check-up of expectant mothers belonging to remote areas is not done.Earlier, it was seen that many expectant mothers would die along with their babies, while being transported to a hospital from their native place, due to lack of transportation infrastructure. People had to depend on mechanised boats to ferry a patient to the block primary health centres.Keeping this in mind, the state government is keen on constructing more such huts in the remotest areas. These huts are equipped to keep pregnant women for observation and total care for 7-10 days prior to the expected dates of delivery.The patients in these huts are kept under constant monitoring and are provided with good quality food free of cost.It may be mentioned that the parliamentary committee on the empowerment of women at the Centre has also showed interest in the project. It has been learnt that the Centre has proposed to consider it to be a model project.last_img read more

Mind reading can foster better teamwork at workplaces

first_imgAccording to an interesting study, such “observing” people are high in mind-reading motivation (MRM) which can lead to many social benefits, including better teamwork.MRM is a newly coined term for the practice of observing and interpreting bits of social information. It is the tendency to engage with the mental states and perspectives of others. “We’re not talking about the psychic phenomenon or anything like that but simply using cues from other people’s behaviour, their non-verbal signals, to try to figure out what they’re thinking,” said Melanie Green, associate professor in University at Buffalo. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Individuals high in MRM enjoy speculating on others’ thoughts based on the potentially hundreds of social cues they might receive. Those low in MRM dislike or have no interest in doing so. MRM is about the motivation to engage with other minds, and is distinct from the ability to accurately interpret others’ cues. “We didn’t measure ability directly in our study of teamwork but the research suggests that just the motivation to understand others, and presumably the behaviours that go along with that motivation, appear to lead to benefits,” Green added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn addition to facilitating cooperation and better teamwork, people high in MRM also consider people in great detail and have a nuanced understanding of those around them. “High MRM people are more drawn to and pay more attention to messages with an identifiable source – a spokesperson or an ad focusing on company values – that is, someone whose perspective they can try to understand,” Green noted.On the other hand, low MRM people seem to pay more attention to ads that are more impersonal.last_img read more

Roads closed flood alerts and weather warnings as heavy rain and snow

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:Met Office national morning forecast for August 7Met Office national morning forecast for August 7UP NEXT: Click for Sound Watch again The weather forecast for Easter Monday Video Loading Video Unavailable Share this video Video will play in  We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comGritters have been out, roads are closed and flood alerts have been issued due to two separate weather warnings are in force in area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this morning. The latest weather forecasts from the Met Office show the area is set to be hit by heavy rain – with snow also possible in areas of the Staffordshire Moorlands and parts of Cheshire. A Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for rain is in force across the area until 4pm this evening – after coming into force at 6pm on Sunday night. The warning states: “Heavy rain is expected to affect parts of England and Wales. Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer. Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer.” The latest Met Office hour-by-hour forecast for Stoke-on-Trent, which is subject to change, suggests heavy rain will continue across the city until 5pm – with lighter showers likely to continue throughout the evening. A separate warning for snow, which initially covered most of England including Stoke-on-Trent, is in force from 3am on Monday morning until 11.55pm. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning about surface water on the roads of Staffordshire. Although the Potteries itself is no longer covered by the warning other areas, including much of the Staffordshire Moorlands including Leek and parts of Cheshire including Congleton, are still covered by the warning. Gritting teams from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council and Cheshire East Council have been out overnight treating the roads, the councils have said. Readers have contacted us to say they have snow in areas including Meir, Cheddleton and Hilderstone. The A53 between Leek and Buxton, the A54 between Buxton and Macclesfield and the A537 between Buxton and Macclesfield were all shut for most of the morning – but Derbyshire County Council said they had reopened at around 12.20pm. Read MoreParvovirus is sweeping the UK – here’s how to protect your pet Snow in Onecote in the Staffordshire Moorlands this morning A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “Two roads have re-opened in Derbyshire following heavy snow this morning and two remain closed. “A53 Axe Edge and A54/A537 Cat and Fiddle are now passable and our gritting teams are working to re-open A57 Snake Pass and A6024 Holme Moss as soon as possible. “The north west of the county faced the worst of the weather overnight. Our gritting teams have been working through the night and throughout the morning trying to keep routes clear in conditions that were worse than forecast. “Conditions have been steadily improving acorss the county this morning with temperatures rising and snowfall turning to sleet and rain.” Read MorePolice and ambulance called after boy hit by car There are,as of 12.30pm currently 197 flood alerts and 20 flood warnings in force across England, according to the latest information from the Envrionment Agency – including 12 affecting areas of Staffordshire. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “After a very wet night and a drizzly start to the morning there are currently 12 flood alerts in place across the county, meaning that localised flooding is a possibility. “We like our partner agencies in the Environment Agency and Local Authorities continue to monitor the situation and will respond where needed. A majority of the alerts appear to be in the south of the county – although one also now covers the River Churnet and the River Tean in the Staffordshire Moorlands – and there are reports Uttoxeter Road is flooded in Draycott in the Moors near the junction with Cheadle Road. Read MorePaedophiles, perverts and other sex offenders convicted in Stoke-on-Trent so far in 2018 An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Water levels along the River Churnet and River Tean are steadily rising. Overnight rainfall will see that levels will continue to rise throughout this morning and will remain high for the remainder of today (Monday April 2). “There may be flooding to low lying land and roads in the area. Remain vigilant as further rain is expected throughout today, which may lead to further flood risk. We will continue to monitor river levels in this location.” We’ll be bringing you live updates on any issues on the live feed below. What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. 17:34Queues in CreweQueueing traffic on A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. 17:02Nantwich Road is now closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Please bear with us we will open the road as soon as we can— Crewe Alex Police (@CreweAlexPolice) April 2, 201814:56Heavy traffic building on the M6Queueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). 13:33Traffic lights not working in Hanley againWe’ve had reports traffic lights aren’t working on a stretch of Potteries Way. The lights are not working between Tesco and the junction with Bethesda Street. This has been an ongoing problem for several days.13:18Three people and dog rescued from car stuck in flood water in DerbyshireFirefighters have rescued three people and a dog after their car became stuck in flood water just across the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border.The car was in flood water on Shirley Lane in Hollington, south east of Ashbourne, when firefighters were called this afternoon.No one is believed to have been injured.A Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Fire crews from Ashbourne have attended a car stuck in flood water on Shirley Lane Hollington. “Firefighters rescued 3 occupants and a dog from the vehicle.”12:58Heavy traffic on the A500Heavy traffic on A500 Queensway Southbound before A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is five minutes. (Image: Inrix)12:27A53 now open in DerbyshireThe A53 is now open in Derbyshire – meaning traffic can now pass between Buxton and Leek again.A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said:Two roads have re-opened in Derbyshire following heavy snow & two remain closed. A53 Axe Edge & A54/A537 Cat & Fiddle are now passable and our gritting teams are working to re-open A57 Snake Pass & A6024 Holme Moss as soon as possible.” 11:59Current flood alerts around North StaffordshireFlood alerts around Staffordshire on April 2 (Image: Environment Agency)11:54Flooding reported on Staffordshire Moorlands roadFlooding on Uttoxeter Road near Cheadle Road in Draycott in the MoorsCaller states that there is flooding along this stretch between Tean and Blythe Bridge. There are no official restrictions in place, however extra care is needed generally across the board with flooding. (Image: Inrix)11:51Fire service remind people not to drive through flood waterA Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Reminder to all drivers, please take care in this wet and do not drive through flood water.”11:48Broken down van causing delays on M6One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down van on M6 Southbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J12 A5 (Gailey).Lane one (of four) is closed.11:11Slow traffic on A527 Heavy traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 10:52Accident and flooding on A51 in Longdon in south StaffordshireThe accident has taken place in the village – which lies between Lichfield and Rugeley. More here.10:49Slight delays on trainsDelays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Watford Junction and London Euston due to speed restrictions. 10:34Localised flooding and accident on A51 between Rugeley and Lichfield.There are delays due to an accident and localised flooding on the A51 in Longdon, between Rugeley and Lichfield, this morning.Police say one lane is closed at the junction with Borough Lane – and motorists are being urged to take extra care.The accident is believed to have happened at around 10.15am this morning.A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We are currently on scene of an RTC at the junction of the A51 Longdon and Borough Lane. “This combined with localised flooding on the road has resulted in one lane being closed. Please approach and pass with care.”10:18Flood alert issued for Staffordshire Moorlands riversMore on the flood alerts in the Moorlands here.The warning has been issued for the River Churnet (pictured) and River Tean (Image: Google)09:44Flood Alert now issued in the Staffordshire MoorlandsA flood alert has now been issued for two rivers in the Staffordshire Moorlands.The alert has been put in place on the River Churnet and the River Tean.An Environment Agency spokesman said: Water levels along the River Churnet and River Tean are steadily rising. Overnight rainfall will see that levels will continue to rise throughout this morning and will remain high for the remainder of today (Monday 2nd April). There may be flooding to low lying land and roads in the area. Remain vigilant as further rain is expected throughout today, which may lead to further flood risk. We will continue to monitor river levels in this location.” 08:54Snow in Onecote this morningSnow in Onecote in the Staffordshire Moorlands this morning08:43Police advice about wet weather safetyStaffordshire Police have issued the following advice: Be vigilant when out and about with family particularly those of the four legged kind of the dangers of swollen rivers. Be careful when your out driving of the dangers of standing water particularly on A-Roads and Motorways. Be careful when driving through flooded roads, such flood waters can be deeper than you expect and damaging to vehicles. Keep abreast of all the latest information around flooding through local media 08:4012 flood alerts in place in countyStaffordshire Police say there are 12 flood alerts affecting Staffordshire.A spokesman said:After a very wet night and a drizzly start to the morning there are currently 12 flood alerts in place across the county, meaning that localised flooding is a possibility. We like our partner agencies in the Environment Agency and Local Authorities continue to monitor the situation and will respond where needed.” 08:38Flood Alerts and Warnings across EnglandThere are now 162 flood alerts and 18 flood warnings in force across England, according to the Environment Agency.08:3578 homes without power in SheltonA total of 78 homes are currently without power in the Shelton area of the city.Western Power Distribution believes supplies will be restored by around 4pm.There is a power cut in the area08:31Warning about surface water on roads in StaffordshireStaffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control said:Good Morning and Happy Easter from White Watch. We are looking after Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service this wet bank holiday Monday. There is lots of surface water on the roads this morning and some flood alerts in place .”07:56Traffic slow at Crewe Green roundaboutA534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound busy but moving before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). Travel time is four minutes.07:51Midlands Traffic News: M5 still shutProbably not weather related but the M5 remains closed southbound due to an accident in the West Midlands this morning. A diversion is in place. More here.07:42Latest weather forecast for Stoke-on-TrentThe latest Met Office forecast for Stoke-on-Trent states:It will be a cloudy, wet and windy morning with some heavy rain possible at times. It will stay breezy this afternoon, although the rain should become more showery, with some brighter spells developing. Milder than of late. Maximum temperature 13 °C.Tonight:There will be some clear spells overnight, although further showery outbreaks of rain are also likely. It will remain breezy and it will be frost-free.” 07:33The A537 Cat and Fiddle this morningThe road is, as you may expect, closed:The Cat and Fiddle on April 2 2018 (Image: Derbyshire County Council)07:08Could be a rainy day for derby gameIt looks set to be a rainy afternoon for football fans ahead of the Crewe Alexandra vs Port Vale match. The latest Met Office hour by hour forecast suggests rain will continue in the South Cheshire town throughout the day (although this could change).The current hour-by-hour forecast for weather in Crewe (Image: Met Office)07:00For those just waking up, this is what is going on at the momentRain and snow are set to continue across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire throughout the day. With snow more likely in the Moorlands and some eastern areas of Cheshire.A number of roads in Derbyshire which connect the county to Staffordshire and Cheshire, including the A53 between Leek and Buxton, are closed due to snow – with accidents also reported on other roads in the county.While this may not be weather related, anyone travelling into the West Midlands or further south west today should not the M5 Southbound is currently shut due to an accident.06:54Roads in Derbyshire closed due to snowAmong those affected are the A53 between Leek and Buxton, the A54 and the A537 Cat and Fiddle – with accidents reported on other routes and a lorry stranded on Snake Pass. More here.last_img read more