10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri pleased with matchwinner Kante: He’s improving

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri pleased with matchwinner Kante: He’s improvingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was delighted with matchwinner N’Golo Kante for victory at Crystal Palace.The midfielder struck the only goal of the game.Sarri stated: “He has to think about the defence first of all. Then he is improving, especially in movements without the ball. His movement today was really very good and was done with the right timing.”When we have to play against opponents who are very low, it’s difficult for the striker and wingers to find space. So for us the midfielders’ movement without the ball is very important.”Now we have to work on Loftus-Cheek and on Barkley. Loftus-Cheek especially is a great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball.” last_img read more

Scanbox Rob Heydon Productions line up Last Rituals exclusive

first_imgThe partners have earmarked a first quarter 2018 start on the Canada-Iceland co-production based on Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s first book in the series, 2005 global hit Last Rituals. The story follows Thora Gudmundsdottir, a single mother and lawyer in Reykjavik who moonlights as a detective.Los Angeles-based Sighvatsson (pictured at left) acquired the rights several years ago and is developing with Rob Heydon Productions, Canadian broadcaster CHCH, and Telemunchen, which holds the German rights and serves as international sales agent on the series.”This will be a book adaptation set and produced in Iceland in English language,” Sighvatsson said. “There’s not been a female-driven, worldwide hit Scandinavian crime story in some time. We think this material is quite unique. It’s a procedural with a much more humanistic element.” Login/Register With: READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Aritzia sees 13th straight quarter of comparable sales growth net revenue up

first_imgVANCOUVER – Aritzia Inc. (TSX:ATZ) reported its 13th consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth in its most recent quarter.The Vancouver-based women’s fashion brand says its comparable sales grew 6.3 per cent for its third quarter ended Nov. 26, 2017, due to continued momentum in its e-commerce business. In the third quarter of 2016, it reported 15.1 per cent growth.Its net revenue rose 9.6 per cent to $204.4 million, compared to $186.5 million in the same quarter last year. The company mostly attributed the increase to seven store openings, as well as five expanded or repositioned stores since the third quarter.The company says its adjusted net income rose 11.4 per cent to $30.6 million, or 26 cents per share, from $27.5 million, or 23 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2016.While its net revenue fell below analyst expectations, its earnings per share outperformed estimates, according to data from Thomson Reuters.last_img read more

39B buyout of Tribune by Sinclair ends in acrimony

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News.Tribune Media Co. said Thursday that it is suing Sinclair for breach of contract and at least $1 billion in damages, according to its complaint .Sinclair used “unnecessarily aggressive and protracted negotiations” with the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission over regulatory requirements, the Chicago company said, and it refused to sell the stations it needed to in order to gain regulatory approval.Sinclair Broadcast Group wanted the Chicago company’s 42 TV stations and had initially agreed to dump almost two dozen of its own to score approval by the FCC.The media company, which has enjoyed the support of President Donald Trump, appeared to be cruising toward approval by U.S. regulators.Last month, however, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that he had “serious concerns” about the deal, saying that Sinclair might still be able to operate the stations “in practice, even if not in name.”That drew a rebuke from Trump.“So sad and unfair that the FCC wouldn’t approve the Sinclair Broadcast merger with Tribune,” Trump tweeted. He said that allowing Sinclair to expand its reach would have led to a “much needed conservative voice by and for the people.”Sinclair operates 192 stations, runs 611 channels and operates in 89 U.S. markets. It would have been able to expand rapidly into numerous new markets with the Tribune acquisition.Sinclair has become a significant outlet for conservative views.It was admonished by media watchdogs in April after Deadspin, a sports news site, pieced together clips of dozens of TV anchors for Sinclair reading from the same script, which warned viewers about “biased and false news” from other media outlets.Sinclair has defended the decision to have its anchors read from the same script across the country as a way to distinguish its news shows from unreliable stories on social media.The Maryland company said Thursday in a prepared statement that the Tribune lawsuit is “entirely without merit.”“We unequivocally stand by our position that we did not mislead the FCC with respect to the transaction or act in any way other than with complete candour and transparency,” said CEO Chris Ripley.Free media advocacy groups cheered the demise of the deal.Public Knowledge, an advocacy group that has been critical of the FCC under Pai, has been against a tie up between Sinclair and Tribune from the start.“While what has apparently killed this deal was Sinclair’s pattern of deception at the FCC — a fact that should affect its future dealings at the Commission — the deal was bad on its own merits, and this latest development is good for consumers,” said Phillip Berenbroick, senior policy counsel at the organization. “Broadcasters are supposed to serve their local communities. This deal would have contributed to the trend where ‘local’ news and ‘local’ programming is created or scripted out of town.”last_img read more

City of Fort St John receives award for Annual Financial Report

first_img“To achieve this award for the third consecutive year is a significant achievement and speaks to the accomplishments of Council and staff in ensuring open and transparent reporting.”The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports.The 2017 Annual Report is available on the City’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John was recently awarded the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting.This award was given to the City by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the 2017 Annual Report.Mayor Lori Ackerman says this award is a significant achievement as it shows that the City is ensuring open and transparent reporting.last_img read more

Darmian to undergo medical at Juventus

first_imgManchester United defender Matteo Darmian is set to undergo a medical with Juventus after arriving in Milan, reports Football-ItaliaThe Italy international has been heavily linked with a move to the Bianconeri for over the past year after falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.Since arriving from Torino in 2015, Darmian has struggled to adapt to the demands of English football and has recently expressed a desire to return to his homeland in the summer.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…United boss Mourinho is planning to sign two new full-backs in the upcoming transfer window and will likely use the reported €12m transfer fee generated from Darmian ’s sale to reinvest in his defence.The 28-year-old is currently in Italy finalising the move to Juventus with Daley Blind also expected to leave Manchester after admitting that he was left feeling frustrated over his lack of opportunities in the second half of this season.Across all competitions this season, Darmian only started seven matches.last_img read more

Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea will always have a special place in

first_imgReal Madrid new signing Thibaut Courtois has thanked his former club Chelsea for giving him the opportunity to carve a niche for himself in professional football.Courtois pointed out earlier that his decision to leave Chelsea and join Madrid i mainly because he wants to be close to his family living in the Spanish capital.“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the four fantastic years that have passed,” said the Belgian in a clip posted on social media as quoted in Football Espana.“Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart.“I was very happy to be part of one of the biggest teams in the world. I fulfilled a childhood dream of playing in the Premier League.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I want to say a huge thank you to all my teammates and the coaching staff, who I shared success and amazing moments with.“I want to thank the fans for their great support. I hope you understand that being close to my children was considerable in my decision.“I wish you all the best for the future. It was a great honour to be part of the Chelsea family.”last_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

Publishers Respond as Online Consumer Data Privacy Concerns Arise

first_imgMany of the tech-savvy subscribers to Technology Review online know all about behavioral tracking cookies and either delete them manually or hit TR’s privacy page and opt out. There are also those that ignore them. None of these actions surprise TR, which designed its privacy policy to give readers better control over who sees their surfing habits and why. “We are very clear in our privacy policy. We will cookie; we track behavior; we allow them to do one-click opt-outs,” says Heather Perry Holmes, senior vice president of audience development at TR. “A lot of what drives us is that we put ourselves in the customer’s shoes.”That philosophy is in line with the Federal Trade Commission’s recent proposal to improve consumer online data protection with a universal do-not-track mechanism for data collection and tracking by third parties. FTC states that some Internet users are against the collection and sharing of their information, while some have no idea that it is taking place and others, who are aware, see it as a trade-off for desirable products or services.The agency says it has provided a framework for policymakers, including Congress, which has been grappling with the issue. This month [February] alone at least three bills have been introduced in the House involving increased consumer data privacy protection including opt-in or opt-out provisions. The increased attention is spurring the business community at large to step up self-regulation efforts, analysts say. Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla have each recently announced tracking protection for their respective Web browsers. But critics argue that the new browser options are only as good as the Web sites that choose to honor them. They say the number of bad actors on the Web has not diminished, which makes even the good actors look bad.Dennis Dayman, chief privacy officer at Eloqua, which focuses on collecting and analyzing data for businesses, embraces what he calls “hypertransparency” for anyone conducting business on the Web. He says it is in every business’s best interest to provide end users with notice, consent and choice.End users should be “told in plain English and in non-legal terms what’s going to happen to their data and how you are going to use it,” Dayman says. They should know that by filling out a form, for example, they will receive an e-mail.Sal Tripi, senior director of operations and compliance at Publishers Clearing House, says consumer data privacy protection should be a concern for anyone that does business online. However, “the bigger issue is that the government feels the need to add regulation because consumers have concerns,” he says.Given the enormous amount of content on the Web that is funded by advertisers, “the absence of effective advertising will, no doubt, limit what’s available on the Internet,” he says. “But I don’t think it’s an all-or-nothing scenario,” providing that the business community comes together to raise data protection “to a level that consumers feel comfortable with,” he says.PCH teamed up with online privacy services firm TRUSTe last year to launch a behavioral advertising notice-and-choice pilot program on the PCHlotto.com site. Ads on the site included an “interest-based ads” icon that, when clicked, engaged a widget providing information about ads and ad networks. It also allowed users to control preferences or opt-out of online behavioral advertising (OBA).The program, which is now being rolled out to all PCH sites, was “a smash hit” and showed that consumers have a high comfort level for OBA when they are well-informed about how it works, Tripi says. “Not many” end users opted out of the ads, he says, “and a fair amount engaged with the widget.”Parade magazine chose a different route, partnering with video advertising network AdGenesis to launch the Parade Video Rewards program in January. The program asks users to provide detailed information about interests and purchase intentions. In turn, they receive personalized and targeted branded video content and commercials.Meanwhile, TR reviews and tweaks its privacy policy annually to make sure it is on target with business and consumer concerns, Holmes says. “We believe that our users flush the cookies frequently,” she says. “But that’s just the product of having a tech audience,” which has not stopped returning to the site.last_img read more

US Navy probes after female Marines pictured naked

first_imgUS naval investigators are probing allegations that Marines distributed nude pictures of female service personnel taken without their knowledge, officials said Monday.The explicit photos, shared on a secret Facebook page which has since been taken down, reportedly showed female Marines and other women in various states of undress.Posts on the website, called “Marines United,” also contained lewd comments about some of the women.“The Marine Corps is deeply concerned about allegations regarding the derogatory online comments and sharing of salacious photographs in Marines United, a closed website,” the United States Marine Corps (USMC) said in a statement on its website.“This behavior destroys morale, erodes trust and degrades the individual. The Marine Corps does not condone this sort of behavior, which undermines its core values.”Because the Marine Corps is part of the Department of the Navy, the scandal is being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).“NCIS is investigating those who are posting explicit photos without the permission of the person in the photos, which is potentially a felony. Beyond that, NCIS does not discuss the details of ongoing investigations,” the agency said in a statement.Fox News reported that those with access to the site included active-duty and retired male Marines, Navy personnel and British Royal Marines.The head of the US congressional committee that oversees the military called the website “unacceptable.”“Revelations of this sort of treatment against fellow Marines are troubling,” said Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.“Degrading behavior of this kind is entirely unacceptable. They and the nation deserve better.“I expect the Marine Corps to investigate this matter fully with appropriate consequences for those who willingly participated.”last_img read more

Pastors Insist Grays Death Must Lead to Reform

first_imgThe Rev. Jamal H. Bryant encouraged family and friends in his eulogy. (Photos by Roberto Alejandro)With the nation’s eyes on Baltimore, local and national pastors presiding over the funeral of Freddie Gray insisted that Gray’s death not be in vain, but lead to substantial reforms.The funeral was attended by a large media presence—many in clothing far too casual for the occasion—a number of prominent national civil rights figures as well as a significant contingent of the city’s political elite. Among those who attended the funeral at the New Shiloh Baptist Church, just blocks from where Gray lived and suffered his fatal injuries on April 12, were the Rev. Jesse Jackson, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, Baltimore City Council persons Nick Mosby, Carl Stokes, and Helen Holton, former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume, and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.“Freddie’s death is going to light a match, not of looting and burning, but [that] laws could change,” said Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, of New Psalmist Baptist Church at the funeral. “When he came into your life years ago as your baby boy, you knew not the purposes that were uniquely his. You had dreams of what he might be and who he might become, but God had bigger dreams. And even in the tragicness of this moment, a bigger dream is going to be blessed. The protests around his death, serves, [in] a sense, as the defibrillator to start the heartbeat of change in this city.”A little earlier, Gray family attorney Billy Murphy had spoken to what some of that change might look like.“The [nation] wants to know whether our courts are going to respond at the highest level. Whether our police department will be reformed so that blue wall of justice, that blue wall of police gets torn down. You know the blue wall I’m talking about. The one that says ‘right or wrong, we’re going to cover for you.’”That Gray’s death would lead to reform remained a theme throughout the service, and one picked up by the Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant, senior pastor of West Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple, who gave the eulogy.“Freddie’s death is not in vain,” preached Bryant to a loud response from those gathered to mourn Gray. “After this day we will keep on marching. After this day we will keep demanding justice. After this day we will keep exposing a culture of corruption.”The Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke towards the end of the service, addressing the sort of change needed in Baltimore.“Do we need more state police?” asked Jackson rhetorically. “I think, when I look at the westside, we need more housing and urban development. Sixteen thousand abandoned or vacant homes? Twenty-five percent unemployment? We don’t need more policemen, we need more jobs, job training education . . . The westside needs the same thing the harbor needs: credit, trusts, investment, TIF money.”The crowd gave loud affirmation to what Jackson was saying, expressing a common frustration with the uneven development in Baltimore that has left some neighborhoods gleaming and others with an unemployment rate hovering around 50 percent. Those frustrations would soon play out more loudly in rioting and looting that would begin to take place shortly after the funeral let out.But inside New Shiloh the focus was on the significance for structural change held by Gray’s untimely death.“We’re going to leave this service for Freddie more determined to make a difference in this city,” prayed New Shiloh’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. Harold Carter Jr., “this nation, and this world.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

8th annual Spirited Women of Baltimore Power Lunch Awards

first_imgMyCity4Her.com will present the 8th annual Spirited Women of Baltimore Power Lunch & Awards, Aug. 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Over 300 female and male leaders, doers, go getters and spirited members of the community are anticipated for high power networking, a gourmet meal and inspired awards presentation to 17 individuals who make extraordinary contributions to their community. Visit www.mycity4her.com  or call 443-672-CITY (2489) for more information.last_img

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

Media services group Canis Media has made two new

first_imgMedia services group Canis Media has made two new city-based digital-terrestrial video channels available for long term lease. Canis Media is acting on behalf of multiplex owner Comux UK and is offering broadcasters and channel owners access to approximately 10 million DTT homes on two new 24/7 UK Freeview video streams. The streams have the capacity to carry two different SD channels or one HD channel.The two streams will have the same footprint as the local TV network that Comux UK is building out across the UK. This will include London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast in Phase 1 of its roll out. The sale will generate revenue for the local TV initiative, which will support the development and promotion of local TV channels, according to Canis Media.Fergus Lawson, managing director of Canis Media said: “These new ‘City DTT’ video streams are unique in so far as this is a free-to-air digital terrestrial multiplex that is available only in the UK’s major towns and cities. This means they have the potential to deliver an affluent urban audience. We anticipate a lot of interest from a wide range of broadcasters and channel owners who are keen to talk to this highly sought after demographic.”last_img read more