The Senate has confirmed former Air Force pilot and airline executive Stephen Dickson to lead the Federal Aviation Administration. Dickson overcame Democratic opposition and claims he mistreated a whistleblower during his tenure at Delta Air Lines.Dickson was confirmed by a 52-40 vote that broke along party lines.Dickson appeared to be cruising toward confirmation until Democrats on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee learned of his involvement in a whistleblower case while at Delta.An experienced pilot who raised safety concerns to Dickson and another executive claimed that as retaliation, Delta ordered her to go through a psychiatric exam.The FAA has been without a confirmed administrator since January 2018. It’s been led since then by an acting chief, former American Airlines pilot Daniel Elwell.David Koenig, The Associated Press
A refugee mother carries her child and relief items in Congo-Brazzaville. (file) © UNHCR/Frederic Noy “Intimidation and harassment against journalists, opposition candidates and human rights defenders continues to take place,” she said. “This being a very sensitive, a very tense period, we are concerned that these efforts to silence dissent could backfire considerably when the results are announced. We are watching carefully, and we are calling on all sides to refrain from the use of violence.”As the DRC waits for the results of the poll, Ms Shamdasani also highlighted evidence of other civil rights violations:“The internet is cut off, the signal of Radio France Internationale (RFI) has been tampered with, as well as Canal Congo Television, which apparently belongs to the leader of the MLC, Jean-Pierre Bemba”, she said, referring to his party, the Movement for the Liberation of Congo.Ahead of the presidential election, the UN’s top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, condemned reports that police had reportedly fired live ammunition at opposition rallies.The High Commissioner also spoke out against the use of inflammatory speech by political leaders and said that it was essential that people’s rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly were fully protected.Renewed clashes force 16,000 into Congo-BrazzavilleIn a major humanitarian developement on Friday, some 16,000 people from DRC have arrived in neighbouring Republic of the Congo – also known as Congo-Brazzaville – after fleeing deadly intercommunal clashes.Andrej Mahecic from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said in Geneva that old hostilities flared up again at the end of last month between two communities in Yumbi, Mai-Ndombe Province, in western DRC. Amid reports that journalists and opposition political candidates have been intimidated and access to selected media broadcasters remains blocked, OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani warned that efforts to silence dissent could “backfire”.Her comments come ahead of consultations behind closed doors on the election, in the UN Security Council in New York, later on Friday.The result of the delayed poll held on 30 December – which featured 21 candidates – is due to be announced on Sunday, although the DRC’s electoral commission announced that this may be pushed back.“What my colleagues have told me and they have observed is that the situation remains calm but tense ahead of the announcement of the results,” Ms Shamdasani said. “There are preliminary reports of some pockets of violence and people being injured.”OHCHR has an office in the vast central African country but has not played a role in supervising the national election, which was held following a week’s delay and postponements dating back to 2016. Voting across several cities in eastern DRC that have been hit by the on-going Ebola outbreak and inter-communal violence, was postponed until March by the election commission (CENI).Last Sunday’s vote will decide the successor to President Joseph Kabila, who came to office in 2001 after the previous incumbent, his father Laurent, was assassinated in the aftermath of a civil war involving numerous armed militias. Ms Shamdasani also noted reports that freedom of expression is under threat in DRC. People are “in dire need of basic assistance”, Mr Mahecic said, adding that those fleeing DRC spoke of attacks that “left homes burned and people killed”.“This influx in a matter of days is a major event for Congo-Brazzaville,” he added. “The area is very remote, it’s not easy to reach, so we are right now, together with other agencies, including the World Food Programme (WFP), deploying teams to these areas and they are distributing the relief items including food and shelter materials and other items and this has been going on since 29 December.”According to UNHCR, this is the largest influx of refugees in over a decade, since 130,000 people were forced to seek shelter amid ethnic clashes in DRC’s former Equator Province in 2009.Refugees, mostly women and children of the Banunu tribe, continue to arrive in Makotipoko and Bouemba districts in the Republic of Congo, where they are given assistance.
Start your spring cleaning early and help local high school students attend their prom in style.Brock’s Student Life and Community Experience is again partnering with the Education Foundation of Niagara to collect gently used dresses, suits, shoes, accessories and other formal attire to give to local teens as part of Prom Project Niagara.Prakisha Pradhan, Student Life and Community Experience’s Community Outreach and Volunteer Assistant, said the donated items help to ensure all students are able to attend their prom, while also reinforcing Brock’s commitment to the community.“Collecting gently used clothing allows the Brock community to help students who might not otherwise be able to afford a prom outfit, while also contributing to a sustainable initiative that benefits schools and students across Niagara,” she said. “Last year we received more than 50 items and we are hoping to get even more this time around.”Donations will be accepted until Friday, March 15 in the Student Life and Involvement Commons (MCA 204) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Donated items will then be distributed to local high school students during three events on Saturday, April 6 at DSBN Academy in St. Catharines, Beamsville District Secondary School and Fort Erie Race Track.To learn more, visit the Prom Project Niagara website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. As students across the country prepare to start university for the first time, analysis of student loan data has revealed that many parents may be feeling the pinch.According to figures obtained from the Student Loans Company (SLC), there has been a “hidden” rise in the amount that parents are expected to contribute towards their child’s education. In some cases, parents are facing a 27 per cent increase on last year, meaning many families could be expected to pay hundreds more a year, following changes to the way student loans are allocated.The research, by consumer help website MoneySavingExpert.com, also revealed that the highest earning parents – those earning upwards of £69,803 a year – are now expected to pay over £5,300 a year towards university costs.The increase follows recent changes in the way in which student loans are allocated.Previously, students from lower income families were eligible for a non-repayable maintenance grant to help with the cost of living. This grant was scrapped by George Osborne, the former Chancellor, to be replaced by an increased maintenance loan, which is means-tested based on parental income.The reduction in this loan starts for families with incomes of £25,000 a year and it can be halved for those whose family income progresses towards £60,000.For new 2016 university starters, this increase in loan size, coupled with a large increase in the portion of the loan that is means-tested, means some parents are expected to pay up to 27 per cent more than parents on the same income last year. According to MoneySavingExpert.com, parental contribution is calculated by taking the maximum maintenance loan available and subtracting the actual amount received after means-testing. For 2015, this was calculated by taking the maximum total award – maintenance loan plus grant – and subtracting the actual amount of loan and grant received after means-testing.Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, criticised “the lack of transparency and clear guidance” on parental contributions, saying it could lead to “unmanageable levels of debt” for students whose families can’t afford to pay.In response, the former head of the Independent Taskforce on Student Finance Information, has written an open letter to Jo Johnson, the universities minister, calling for the Government to make parental contributions explicit in information supplied by the SLC.”Almost every 18-year-old school leaver – while able to vote, join the army, marry and apply for a credit card (all the freedoms of adulthood) – still sees their university maintenance loan dictated by a means test of their parents’ residual income,” he said.”The reduction in this living loan starts for those from families with incomes as little as £25,000 a year and loans can be halved for those whose parents earn £60,000.”The implicit premise is that parents will fill the gap, but implicit isn’t good enough – this must be made explicit. The only thing I can find from the Student Loans Company is within its guide to how you’re assessed and paid; it says ‘depending on their income, parents may have to contribute towards the living costs of their student children’.He continued: “The bare minimum requirement must be that parents should be loudly told about it, including exactly how much they are expected to give.”A Department for Education spokesperson said: “There should be no barrier to any child’s ambitions and we are already seeing record numbers of disadvantaged young people going to university. We want to go further and ensure we are building a society that works for everyone.“We have increased maintenance support for students from the lowest income backgrounds by 10 per cent.“As the OECD has recognised, this Government’s approach to student finance is sustainable. Maintenance support is provided as a contribution to students’ costs. Financial assistance is also available through universities.”
If we don’t take action now, then by 2050 or so we just won’t have enough water for people, business and the environmentSir James Bevan Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Sir James, chief executive of the EA, said: “It’s the government’s target, which the government set in the 25-year environment plan and there are a series of practical things that we can do to hit that target. “For example, you can take a shower, rather than a bath, you can turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, you can make sure you have a full load in your washing machine before you use it.” Asked if people should not use hosepipes, he said: “Each of us need to be responsible in the way we use water.”Asked whether consumers will be penalised financially for using more than their target, Sir James told The Today programme: “A lot of this is about changing the way people think about water and the way they use it so that we start thinking about water not just as something the happens automatically when we turn on the tap, but something that is a precious resource that we all have a responsibility to look after.”There are various ways you can influence how people behave and metering is a really important intervention. We know that if you do meter water, then they will use less of it.” We need to change our attitudes to water use. It is the most fundamental thing needed to ensure a healthy environment but we are taking too much of itEmma Howard Boyd He added: “What really matters is all of us take personal responsibility for an issue we all will face. Climate change and population growth mean that if we don’t take action now, then by 2050 or so we just won’t have enough water for people, business and the environment.”There is a solution to that, which is to reduce demand for water and increase sustainable supply. Part of that is setting sustainable targets for all of us.” Sir James said: “What these measures will need to be is practical and cost effective. It doesn’t have to mean legislation. “It doesn’t have to mean spy cameras in the bathroom. We can do a lot just by changing people’s attitudes and by encouraging the right behaviour.”In England, almost 9,500 billion litres of freshwater were abstracted in 2016, which is enough to cover the whole of Greater London in nearly 6m (20ft) of water – reaching to the eaves of a two storey house, the EA said. Around 55 per cent of water taken from freshwater sources was by utilities to provide public supplies, the EA report said. But three billion litres a day are lost through leaks from pipes, which is about a fifth of the water put into the system, and is equivalent to the amount of water used by more than 20 million people in an average day.England’s population is growing, and is set to rise to 58.5 million by 2026, putting even more stress on water supplies. If no action is taken to reduce demand and increase supplies of water, most areas will not be able to meet demand if climate change is severe and population growth is high, the report said.Even with low growth and less severe changes to the climate, there will be significant water supply deficits by the 2050s, particularly in the South East. Emma Howard Boyd, chairwoman of the EA, said: “We need to change our attitudes to water use. It is the most fundamental thing needed to ensure a healthy environment but we are taking too much of it and have to work together to manage this precious resource.” People should take showers instead of baths, the head of the Environment Agency has said, as he warned of the need for personal water targets.Sir James Bevan also suggested that householders could help avoid water supply shortages by turning the tap off while brushing their teeth and ensuring the washing machine is full before starting a cycle.The Environment Agency (EA) is warning that people need to use less water and companies must curb leaks to prevent future shortages and damage to rivers and wildlife, the Environment Agency has warned.Many sources of water supplies are already overstretched and, with climate change and a growing population, much of England could see significant supply shortages by the 2050s – particularly in the South East.The EA wants people to have a personal water target, as it urged them to use water more wisely.
WASHOUGAL — The weather wasn’t ideal for landscaping on Saturday morning, with temperatures in the 40s and gusty wind sending rain sideways, but that didn’t stop about 100 volunteers from getting their hands dirty.People from across Southwest Washington and throughout the Portland-metro area showed up in force to slog through mud, lay sod and plant flowers at a home still under construction in Washougal. They did it for one reason: to give back to Army Spc. Alex Hussey.Hussey, who served with the 82nd Airborne Division, was deployed in early 2012 to the Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. Two weeks before his tour was over, on Aug. 7, 2012, Hussey was on patrol when an improvised explosive device went off. Hussey was knocked unconscious by the blast and spent six months in a coma. He lost both his legs, most of his left hand and sustained a traumatic brain injury.In a few months, Hussey, 26, and his wife, Kim Hussey, 25, will be handed the keys to their first home — a 2,500-square-foot, mortgage-free home built and donated by the nonprofit Homes For Our Troops. On Saturday, the volunteers helped prepare the outside of the house for the Husseys upcoming homecoming.The Husseys, who currently live in Milwaukie, Ore., were amazed by the turnout — particularly by those the couple had never met.“So many people showed up to support us,” Kim Hussey said. “It is heartwarming. It really is.”“I’m very thankful,” Alex Hussey added.Homes For Our Troops builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-Sept. 11 veterans, said Mell Barbosa, a community outreach coordinator with the nonprofit. Last weekend, the organization handed over the keys to the 250th home built since 2004, she said.
New Delhi : The Centre has finally paid Rs 25,000 as compensation to IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi in compliance with the Uttarakhand High Court order issued in August 2018, after contempt notices were issued by the court in June this year. Chaturvedi had filed a case before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in a matter pertaining to adverse entries made in his appraisal report of 2015-16 by AIIMS, New Delhi, where he worked as chief vigilance officer from 2012 to 2016. The CAT started hearing the case from July 2017. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us The CAT chairman at its principal bench in Delhi had stayed the proceedings filed by Chaturvedi, pending before a division bench of the CAT in Nainital. When Chaturvedi filed an application before the Nainital bench challenging the appraisal report, an interim order was passed in his favour after which the Centre approached the principal bench of the CAT to transfer the matter from Nainital to Delhi. The CAT chairman stayed the proceedings pending before the two-member bench at Nainital for a period of six weeks and issued a notice to Chaturvedi. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer challenged the order of CAT Chairman before Uttarakhand High Court last year. The court quashed the CAT chairman’s order, terming it “without jurisdiction” while observing that the attitude of the Centre and AIIMS as “vindictive” against the officer. In the same order Uttarakhand High Court imposed a cost of RS 25,000 on the Centre and AIIMS. Advertise With Us This order of the Uttarakhand High Court was challenged by the Centre and AIIMS before the Supreme Court which in February 2019 not only upheld the High Court’s order but imposed a further cost of Rs 20,000 to be deposited into the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee. The cost imposed by the Uttarakhand High Court was not paid to Chaturvedi. In June 2019, the Uttarakhand High Court issued contempt notices to Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan and AIIMS Director Dr RandeepGuleria. In response, the Centre submitted an affidavit before the Uttarakhand High Court on August 5, tendering ‘unconditional and most sincere apology” and explained that it was because of “wrong advice” of their Delhi counsel that they could not pay the amount to Chaturvedi. A bank draft of Rs 25,000 was issued in the name of the officer. In a similar case in 2011, the then Bhupinder Singh Hooda Government in Haryana had also paid a compensation of Rs 10,000 to Chaturvedi on the orders of the State Information Commission for harassment.
InstagramWell, before the headline makes you think that The Kapil Sharma Show has landed in another controversy and there is a fallout between Kapil and Krushna Abhishek, then let us make it clear that all is well between the lead comedians of the show and that Krushna made the above statement in jest.Yes, in the upcoming episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, viewers are set to witness a hilarious banter between Kapil Sharma and Krushna Abhishek. A sneak peek from the episode has been shared by the channel Sony TV, wherein an angry bird comes on stage and has Kapil’s voice-over. Krushna then enters the stage dressed as Sapna and looking at the red angry bird, he jokes that Kapil must have fled as someone has come to meet him from Hollywood and he doesn’t know English. Krushna feels flattered as people from Hollywood have come to meet him due to his popularity. He then tells Archana Puran Singh that ‘Kappu’ would have felt jealous of him had he been here. To this, the angry bird says that there is no reason for Kapil to be jealous of him as his (Krushna) home run because of the ace comedian.Krushna gives it back to him that his home runs due to his talent and not Kapil and to this, the audience break into applause. To this, the angry bird tells Krushna that 80 per cent of his talent is due to Govinda.Just then, Kapil enters the stage and promotes the upcoming Hollywood movie Angry Bird 2, wherein not just Kapil but Archana and Kiku Sharda have also done voice-overs.On the personal front, Kapil and his wife Ginni Chatrath are expecting their first child in December this year. The couple recently returned from their babymoon. The comedian had confirmed the news of Ginni’s pregnancy to Mumbai Mirror only a few weeks ago. He had said, “I just want to take care of my wife and be by her side for now. We are obviously very excited as it’s our first kid but my mother is the most excited. She has been waiting for this moment for years now. We are just praying for Ginni and the baby’s health.”On preparing for welcoming the new member, Kapil shared, “There is no prep because we don’t know if it would be a boy or girl. It’s a happy time for the family and everybody is looking forward to welcoming the new member.” Kapil and Ginni tied the knot in Punjab on December 12, 2018.Angry birds ne banaya #TheKapilSharmaShow mein hassi ka ghosla. Bhariye inke saath masti ki udaan aur dekhiye iss weekend raat 9:30 baje.@KapilSharmaK9 @kikusharda @haanjichandan @Krushna_KAS @bharti_lalli @sumona24 @RochelleMRao @apshaha @Banijayasia pic.twitter.com/Tfi8QpAGdP— Sony TV (@SonyTV) August 16, 2019 Kapil Sharma, Krushna AbhishekSony TV
An electoral official demonstrates the vote casting process to members of the public during Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP), as part of regional outreach in Bangalore on 12 April 2019, for the ongoing general election in the country. Photo: AFPIndia’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered parties to name anonymous donors behind tens of millions of dollars in funding as hostilities intensified in the country’s mega-election.The order came ahead of the second round of voting and after the election watchdog called for a clampdown on prime minister Narendra Modi’s personal television channel, saying it breached campaign rules.While Modi and his opposition rival Rahul Gandhi returned to the campaign trail, the country’s top court gave parties seven weeks to name people who have bought “electoral bonds” in recent months.Rival parties are said to be spending up to $7 billion on the election, which started Thursday and runs through to 19 May, and funding sources have come under the spotlight.The bonds—bought for between $15 and $140,000 and then given to a designated party—are controversial because they are anonymous.India’s election commission and watchdog groups which took the case to the Supreme Court said the bonds should be ended because of the risk of businesses making secret contributions to influence decisions.Modi’s government, which introduced the bonds in 2017, opposed naming donors. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the biggest beneficiary of the bonds, according to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), one of the groups behind the case.More than $150 million in bonds were bought in 2018, according to the Factly Indian data journalism portal.Experts estimate that at least the same amount was bought in the months ahead of the election.NaMo blowAccording to the ADR, the BJP—the world’s biggest political party—received about $150 million in total donations in 2018, of which more than half came from anonymous sources. Congress brought in about $30 million and about 60 percent was anonymous.The prime minister, who won a landslide in 2014 and is considered frontrunner in this race, faced increased pressure after the election commission said his NaMo TV breached campaign rules.The commission ordered NaMo TV, which is sponsored by the BJP, to submit all of its content for approval.Under Indian election rules, any content deemed campaign material—including adverts, films and even social media—needs permission from the independent watchdog.NaMo TV shows 24-hour programmes on Modi rallies, speeches, and even rap songs and dance routines devoted to the normally austere leader. It was being broadcast as normal on Friday.The order was the commission’s second blow to the Modi campaign in 48 hours, after it postponed the release of a flattering movie about the 68-year-old prime minister until after voting finishes.Producers of the film insisted they had no links to the BJP. But the commission said the film “PM Narendra Modi”, which tells of the Hindu nationalist leader’s ascent from selling tea at a train station to prime minister, could not be released during the election.Modi and Gandhi kept up their punishing schedule of rallies ahead of the next vote on 18 April.Modi has sought to portray himself as tough on national security, particularly against Pakistan, which India accuses of fuelling an insurgency in Kashmir. The two countries came close to a new war in February after a suicide attack in the disputed territory.“To kill terrorists in their dens is a policy of a new India,” Modi thundered at an election rally Thursday referring to an airstrike inside Pakistan.Gandhi and Congress have sought to focus on the economy and the fate of India’s many minorities who say they feel more threatened under the Hindu nationalist government.“This is the ‘New India’ they want, one completely devoid of unity and brotherhood,” said Congress.In Thursday’s first day, voter turnout averaged 66 per cent, according to the Hindustan Times daily, compared to 70 per cent in the 2014 polls.The first day of polling saw two supporters of rival parties die in Andhra Pradesh state and a teenager killed in clashes with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 29, 2015 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Google is trying its hand at manufacturing high-tech fabrics and wearable electronics that you can actually wear with new Advanced Technology and Projects Group efforts called Project Jacquard and Project Soli. Google showed off the projects, which involve weaving electronics into fabrics and a gesture-based interface, at its Google I/O developer event being San Francisco Friday.The result of the combined projects is a fabric that acts as a touch screen of sorts. Different ways of stroking the fabric allow could someday allow a user to turn on lights, make a phone call or do any number of tasks programmed for that patch of fabric. Levi Strauss & Co. has signed a partnership with Google to try to exploit the technology. Project Jacquard is a combination of two technologies—weaving conductive threads into a piece of cloth and creating a package of electronics that work with the conductive threads to read the information they convey and turn it into something a computer can understand. For those who like to win on trivia nights, Jacquard is likely named after the first mechanical loom that was able to make complicated fabrics such as brocades.Google is not the first to create conductive threads. Startups such as OmSignal, Heapslyon and others currently sell shirts, running socks and even sports bras that contain such threads and use their electronic innards to track various metrics associated with physical activity. The Sensoria socks from Heapsylon are surprisingly comfortable.But with Project Soli, Google is adding a futuristic tweak. Soli uses radar to “see” tiny gestures that a person might make with their fingers and turns that into a signal a computer can understand. So a flick of the thumb over the fabric could become a screen swipe. Using radar or other forms of radio waves for gesture control isn’t actually all that new. Elliptic Labs, a Norwegian startup has been licensing its ultrasound technology to smart phone manufacturers so people could control their handsets with a flick of their wrist from across the room. Researchers at the University of Washington have used disruptions in Wi-Fi radio signals as a way to build a gesture-based interface for the home.So Google’s breakthrough with these two projects is to choose radar for Project Soli, and apply it to fabrics to turn anything from your jacket lapel to your sofa cushions into a responsive screen of sorts. This is good news for people who are tired of looking at screens, or are frustrated by trying to perform complex tasks on something the size of a smart watch. But it’s probably bad news for people who like to wipe their hands dry on their pants.
We pay for stories! Send your videos to email@example.comThere are long delays on the A500 due to a vehicle fire this afternoon – with the D-roads northbound carriageway shut for several hours as a result. A number of readers contacted us about the fire on the carriageway between City Road and Stoke Road – which is believed to have started just before 4pm. The fire was near the bridge near the Civic Centre and Glebe Street – with congestion reported on other major roads across the area and the northbound A500 reopening shortly before 8pm. The southbound carriageway was also closed but is now reported to have reopened, according to traffic data company Inrix. The fire led to long delays throughout the city, with motorists reporting hours added to journeys in some cases. A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “We received a call at 15.59, two appliances – one from Hanley and Longton have attended. It is a vehicle fire. Read MoreMan, 25, arrested on suspicion of rape after sex attack in park Paramedics confirmed no one was injured. The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .19:50Police confirm A500 has reopenedStaffordshire Police have confirmed the A500 has reopened.19:14Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spoksman said: “On the A500 near Stoke, we’ll soon be re-opening the northbound carriageway following an earlier car fire. Local roads and alternative routes in and around Stoke are busy. Allow extra journey time still.”18:41Latest on the A500 from Inrix A500 D Road Northbound closed, queueing traffic due to car fire from A519 (Hanchurch Interchange, Staffordshire) to A52 (Stoke Road Interchange, Stoke-on-Trent). Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent). A50 is also struggling towards the Sideway Roundabout, because traffic is forced southbound. Both the A52 and A34 heading into Stoke is also struggling as traffic diverts away. Traffic heading Southbound on the A500 from Basford R.Although the fire has now been put out, the closure has been pushed back to the Hanchurch Interchange around 18:00, to help manage traffic Traffic was also held Southbound but has been released. Long delays on surrounding roads as traffic tries to avoid. 18:28Highways England confirm carriageway remains closedA Highways England spokesman said: A reminder that the A500 in Stoke remains closed northbound while Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire Police deal with a vehicle fire. “18:10Delays on A34 due to traffic avoiding A500Stop-start traffic on A34 Grovesnor Roundabout in both directions from B5038 Whitmore Road to A527 Barracks Road (Grosvenor Roundabout).Traffic using this route to avoid the problems on the A500. (Image: Inrix)17:54Latest from InrixA500 D Road Northbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire from A52 City Road (City Road Interchange) to A52 (Stoke Road Interchange). Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent). A50 is also struggling towards the Sideway Roundabout. Both the A52 and A34 heading into Stoke is also struggling as traffic diverts away.Despite social media suggesting a closure at the A50 sensors show traffic getting off at City Road. Traffic was also held Southbound but has been released. Causing bad congestion through Stoke town and on the A53 as traffic finds alternative routes. 17:52Delays on A52 due to traffic on A500Queueing traffic on A52 in both directions from A527 Queen Street to A527 Barracks Road.Not helped by the ongoing problems on the A500. 17:50Queuing traffic on A50Queueing traffic on A50 Westbound from A5005 Lightwood Road (Longton / Dresden) to A5006 (Sideway Roundabout).Not helped by the problems on the A500.17:25Police commentA Staffordshire Police spokesman said:A500 northbound in Staffordshire is currently closed due to a vehicle fire at Glebe Street near Stoke, with a closure in place at the Sideway junction by the A50. Please expect delays in the local area and find an alternative route where possible .”17:24Latest on A500A Highways England spokesman said: “On the A500 near Stoke a car has caught fire. “ Traffic has been temporarily halted in both directions between the junctions of the A519 and the a34, while Staffordshire Fire and Rescue tackle the blaze. Expect delays.”17:20Latest from InrixA500 Queensway in both directions blocked, queueing traffic due to all traffic being temporarily held and vehicle fire from A52 City Road (City Road Interchange) to A52 (Stoke Road Interchange).A vehicle fire on the Northbound carriageway has resulted in traffic being held in both directions. Sensors show traffic is being affected between Sideway Roundabout and Kidsgrove / Tunstall turn off as well as the A53 and going through Stoke town. 16:51Ambulance service confirm no injuriesA West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:We were called at 4.06pm to reports of a car on fire on the A500. One ambulance attended. There were no injuries and we are now clear of the scene.” 16:38Delays on surrounding roadsInrix reports traffic is being affected between Sideway Roundabout and Kidsgrove / Tunstall turn off as well as the A53 and going through Stoke town. 16:37Latest photo from the sceneLatest photo from the fire on the A500 (Image: Mart Lowe)16:36What we know so farTraffic is being held on the A500 in both directions due to an SUV fireThe fire is near the Civic Centre in StokeFirefighters were called shortly before 4pmMotorists are being advised to avoid the area16:34Video from the sceneDawn Bridges took this video from the scene.16:33Traffic queueingInrix, the traffic data company, confirm traffic is queuing on surrounding roads.16:28Further statement from the councilA Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said:“Motorists are advised that a vehicle on fire on the A500 Queensway is causing serious congestion on the ring road, which may have a knock-on effect on other routes. “Emergency services are on site but check your route before travelling and avoid the area as much as possible. “16:28Location of the fireThe fire is near Glebe Street bridge (Image: Inrix)16:26Another image from the scene (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)16:23Council advising motorists to seek alternative routesA Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said:There is a vehicle fire on the A500 near the Stoke Road junction. Traffic is very heavy in the that area so please avoid if at all possible. “Motorists are advised that a vehicle on fire on the A500 Queensway is causing serious congestion on the ring road, which may have a knock-on effect on other routes.” 16:21Another picture of the fire posted in our Traffic and Travel Group Click to playTap to play Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Video Loading Video Unavailable A500 fireVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/0:07Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:06 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound Police search for missing woman Video will play in The fire on the A500 Latest photo from the fire on the A500 (Image: Mart Lowe) A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 4.06pm to reports of a car on fire on the A500. One ambulance attended. There were no injuries and we are now clear of the scene.” We’ll bring you further updates as we get them on live feed below. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. 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Irish cheap flights carrier Aer Arann has announced that it will fly to London City Airport once it commences services from the Isle of Man in January.The Dublin-based airline will operate three daily flights with its new-generation 72-seat ATR72-500 aircraft, which will provide a major boost to the island’s finance sector.Commenting on the new route, Isle of Man airport director Ann Reynolds said: “From the start of next year, regular flights will be available to London’s premier business airport, less than four miles from London’s commercial and financial heartland at Canary Wharf.”Aer Arann’s announcement restores the weekday frequency of flights between the Isle of Man and London City to four – with VLM currently operating a once-a-day service.The new route will enable Isle of Man travellers to have a full day in the capital, with the first outbound flight departing from the island at 08:25 GMT and the last return flight leaving London City at 19:45 GMT.The airline announced the launch of a new service between Cork and Glasgow (Prestwick) at the end of last month. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedIsle of Man Airport records small fall in passenger numbersIsle of Man Airport announced its passenger turnover during 2008 was just 0.16 percent lowerEtihad Airways signs codeshare agreement with Aer ArannEtihad Airways has announced that it will offer its customers the opportunity to fly to more destinations in IrelandFlights to Shannon launched from BristolAer Lingus Regional has commenced direct flights to Shannon from Bristol
Former ‘Glee’ actor Mark Salling dead at 35 FILE – In this March 13, 2015 file photo, Mark Salling arrives at the 32nd annual Paleyfest “Glee” in Los Angeles. Salling, one of the stars of the Fox musical comedy “Glee,” died, Tuesday Jan. 30, 2018. He was 35. Salling’s lawyer, Michael J. Proctor did not release the cause of death. Salling pleaded guilty in December to possession of child pornography. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES – Mark Salling, one of the stars of the Fox musical comedy “Glee,” has died at age 35.Salling’s lawyer, Michael J. Proctor, tells The Associated Press the actor died Tuesday. His death comes weeks before the actor was scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on child pornography charges.Proctor did not reveal the cause of death.Salling pleaded guilty in December to possession of child pornography. Prosecutors say a search of Salling’s computer found more than 50,000 images of child porn.He was scheduled to be sentenced March 7.He played bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the long-running show, which concluded in 2015. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by John Rogers, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2018 10:59 am PDT Mark Salling
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