Saganash wants probe of money spent by Ottawa fighting Aboriginal rights

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsCree NDP MP Romeo Saganash has asked Canada’s auditor general to probe the millions of dollars Ottawa spends fighting Aboriginal rights and title cases.Saganash sent a letter to Auditor General Michael Ferguson requesting an operational audit of the expenditures to determine whether Ottawa is using taxpayer money wisely and efficiently battling First Nations over rights.“I am asking that your office conduct an investigation into the government’s policies and practices to oppose the status and rights of Aboriginal peoples and defend itself in the courts,” wrote Saganash in the June 12 dated letter. “Such adversarial actions serve to unjustly deplete Aboriginal peoples’ financial resources and do not promote reconciliation.”The federal Aboriginal Affairs department spent over $100 million between 2012 and 2013 on legal fees, according to federal government records. The department’s own internal risk assessment found that a lot of the litigation money has been spent on losing causes.“As (First Nations) become impatient with outcomes, they often move disputes into the courts in order to increase the pace of resolution. Courts increasingly rule that the federal government is not living up to the ‘Honour of the Crown’ obligations,” according to the department’s risk profile for 2011.Ottawa has also recently twice challenged the rulings of the Specific Claims Tribunal, which was created to settle outstanding historical claims that had reached a stalemate at the negotiating table.The Federal Court of Appeal handed a loss to Ottawa earlier this month on one of those challenges, upholding the tribunal’s ruling in favour of the Kitselas First Nation.Ottawa is also challenging a tribunal ruling that sided with the Williams Lake Indian Band.In the letter, Saganash said he’s requesting the audit because federal departments have failed to adequately respond to his requests for clarity the amount of money specifically spent battling rights and title cases.“The answers to these requests…have been lacking,” wrote Saganash. “With many departments stating that this information was not ‘readily available.’”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Old central library location to be turned into research hub

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — It’s sat empty ever since the Calgary Public Library moved its central location to the East Village in November, but it won’t stay that way for much longer.First opened in 1963, the Castell Building will remain a place of knowledge and learning, thanks to a partnership between the University of Calgary and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.“We’re very excited for this partnership with CMLC, between the University of Calgary and specifically the Faculty of Environmental Design,” said U of C President Dr. Elizabeth Cannon. “This space in the old library will be activated through teaching, through research and really a community hub.”It will provide a satellite location for that faculty, as they explore what cities should be like in the future.“Really provides an opportunity to look at city buildings. And really, in that context, seeing how you can design cities to be more resilient, to be more innovative and to be more connected.”READ MORE: New Calgary Public Library opensIt’s a five-year partnership that begins in January, with $200,000 being spent renovating the main floor and basement of the old building, which sits along the CTrain line next to city hall.Michael Brown is President and CEO of the CMLC and is happy to see this project fit with their revitalization plans in the downtown.“The old central library is really a space that if we let it sit vacant for too long, it’s going to turn into something that we’re not really happy with. Over the last year, we’ve started having discussions with a number of city groups, and one of the groups that came forward was an environmental design group at the University of Calgary. They saw the vision of what this building could be and what it could turn into.”But that money does not mean it will transform the building into a luxurious space — because that is not required.“It’s not going to be necessarily a neat and tidy space, this is going to be a working space, this is going to be a studio space,” said Dr. Cannon. “And that’s what you want. A lot of creativity, a lot of innovation around the futures of cities.”“They’re used to working in spaces that aren’t quite perfect yet, they can keep designing as they work their way through it,” added Brown. “So $200,000 in this kind of space I think is peanuts to attract that great a tenant.”Breaking news announcement this morning – our faculty is activating the former central library…thank you @CalgaryMLC for making this possible! https://t.co/XYKuhtuX1C #urbanrevitalization #downtown #heritagereuse #yyc #architecture pic.twitter.com/j6Q9ari1lC— Environmental Design (@UCalgaryEVDS) December 10, 2018Dr. Cannon added this fits with the university’s ‘Eyes High’ strategy, which is also related to the recent opening of a research park in the northwest.It’s expected to draw in lots more traffic into the downtown, from students and faculty, to professionals and just general members of the public, as there will be numerous events inside the building as well.“Young people, old people, it’s definitely going to bring the uber-engaged in terms of their community. We’ve used the term for many, many years, urban explorers. They want to see things like this in their core,” said Brown.last_img read more

Delegation of women leaders from South America coming to Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John will be welcoming a group of women leaders from Peru and Columbia as part of an international study tour on gender equality and women’s empowerment this weekend. The delegation, which will be visiting the Energetic City from May 6th – 13th, will tour local resource facilities, educational institutions, and visit non-profit organizations. The women, who are sponsored through a program with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, will also meet with local First Nations, business and community leaders to discuss inclusivity and gender diversity. “We are delighted to welcome these women to the City of Fort St. John and share our community’s expertise,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “As a resource-based city, we have worked hard to create a sustainable and inclusive community through collaborative partnerships, and hope to share this knowledge with these remarkable community leaders who are making a difference in Peru and Columbia.” In 2017, City Council passed a resolution to sign an agreement with the mayors of Chumbivilcas province in the Cusco region of Peru to work on strengthening the planning of local economic development and the inclusion of women in municipal development.  The program had a delegation including Mayor Ackerman visit the Cusco region last year to help local governments with sustainable economic development planning, government transparency and accountability in mining areas, and share best practices in effective local government operation.  The goal of the program is to help build more sustainable and inclusive communities in resource-based regions of Columbia and Peru through learning opportunities from their Canadian counterparts. The Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America is a five-year program and funded through grants from Global Affairs Canada. A number of other municipalities from B.C. and across Canada that have successfully diversified their local communities from single-employer and/or resource-based economies have also participated in the program.last_img read more

The Warriors And Raptors Are Finals Favorites But Should They Be

neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): The NBA is now two games in to every second-round series, and each matchup is currently tied at 1-1 … except Warriors-Rockets, which was the series most people had circled as the most competitive (and compelling) of Round 2.So what better place to start our chat than that matchup, which the Warriors lead 2-0 heading back to Houston for Game 3 on Saturday. The Rockets have done a lot of Rockets-like things in the first two games: They’re making almost 16 threes and 22 free throws per game. Yet they were unable to steal away home court in the series late in either Game 1 or Game 2. Do the Rockets still have a realistic chance at knocking off Golden State, or were we all just foolishly trying to convince ourselves that we might see a different outcome this year?chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): I think it goes without saying that 2-0 against a team of that caliber is a tough place to be. We talked about it before, but the fact that Houston is Houston might have been enough to get the Warriors playing their hardest and most focused early on.Draymond Green has been a beast, in particular.natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): I mean, they lost two games by 4 points and 6 points. And they have some excuses: the officiating in Game 1, and they were without James Harden for parts of the first half in Game 2, and then he was not entirely himself.I don’t think Game 2 felt quite as close as the final score, but Game 1 was pretty even.I guess all I’m saying is that we have had nine high-stakes playoff games between these two teams, and it feels like the Warriors are the better team, but hardly a dominant team.tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): I feel like what’s going to happen at the end of all this, if the Warriors do end up winning it all (which is very likely — our predictions still give them a 49 percent chance), fans and basketball critics alike are going to come out and say, “See? Why even watch basketball? We all knew the Warriors were gonna win.” And they will all forget how unlikely it did seem at times. It is far from a sure thing still.neil: And that was definitely the case last year as well. The Warriors were far from assured winners, even though in the end they won, as expected.chris.herring: I think the challenge is that so much of what Houston does is tied to Harden, who hasn’t played poorly at all, despite the eye issue in Game 2.I thought it was really noteworthy that, after he got none of those calls in Game 1, he simply didn’t kick his legs out in Game 2.But the real story is that Golden State is forcing him into more floaters, a bit higher up, than he normally likes to take his shots.tchow: I’m gonna be honest. I only watched the first quarter of Game 2 and maybe five minutes of the second quarter because the game started at 10:30 p.m.!! I have a 1-year-old. I can’t do this sh*t anymore.natesilver: The competition from the East should be a lot stiffer this year. But, again, we’re getting a liiiiiittttle ahead of ourselves. Our algorithm says the Warriors have a 77 percent chance of reaching the NBA Finals, which is high but also sort of in the Hillary Clinton zone of not a done deal. I do think Kevin Durant flipping the switch into looking like an MVP++ player is a big deal, though.chris.herring: I am kind of shocked Steph Curry continues to have the foul issues this far into the playoffs. It’s been bad for a hot minute now.But you’re right, Nate: It’s given Durant a chance to showcase what he’s capable of. (Honestly, my favorite versions of the Warriors are when KD gets to play without Steph and when Steph plays without KD — those guys are unbelievable scorers, but we rarely get to see them at their best because they play so many of their minutes together.)neil: Well, I want to talk officiating in general. As you guys alluded to, it’s been a huge theme in the series so far, whether over Draymond Green’s arguable contact with James Harden at the end of Game 1, the Rockets’ “audit” of missed calls in last year’s Western Conference finals, or Green’s comments that the officiating talk itself was embarrassing for the NBA. Does Houston have a case? Or is that just a natural consequence of how the Rockets play? Is there something inherently limiting about relying on drawing fouls in the playoffs, when it’s tougher to get a whistle?natesilver: A “natural consequence” doesn’t seem like quite the right phrase because I’d imagine that a lot of this is fairly deliberate — exploring the boundaries of the rules, especially in terms of Harden’s shooting form.chris.herring: Like I was saying a minute ago, I thought it was pretty interesting that Houston fell to the ground so much in Game 1 but, from what I remember, essentially didn’t do that at all in Game 2. I’d have to go back and watch the close-outs, but to me that signals that the Rockets might have known they were waging a losing battle.natesilver: I do think, if the game is called by the book, they got screwed out of a couple of three-shot shooting fouls in Game 1.chris.herring: Oh, absolutely.At least two or three, which, in a game that close … I’d be upset, too. You have to call the fouls the same way you would have during the regular season. I didn’t even think some of those were debatable in the first half.The crazy thing: In watching Game 2, it makes me wonder whether the Rockets are better off just trying to stand up straight as opposed to drawing fouls.It might have merely been a Game 2 improvement, with no reason for it, but they were great from the perimeter, and it happened on a night where they weren’t flailing or kicking their legs out, which I imagine changes the shot’s rhythm some.natesilver: Part of it is that awarding three free throws is such a high-stakes decision. It’s not quite like awarding a penalty in soccer, but you know what I mean.If all shooting fouls were two free throws instead, save maybe for the last two minutes when a team might try to maul a guy to prevent him from taking a 3-point shot, that might help.Or if referees were allowed to call nonshooting fouls in the event of incidental contact. Sort of the difference in a roughing the kicker penalty vs. running into the kicker.chris.herring: I’ve never seen something be such an enormous story for one game, then just not be a factor at all in the following oneI’m sure the league loves that it died down during Game 2. But it almost felt like the Rockets realized they weren’t going to get anywhere with that hope that they’d get more calls.neil: And yet, most of the fan reaction I was reading online was that the Rockets basically need to be quiet. That Harden has cried wolf too many times, etc. And remember, these are people siding with the Warriors, a team that has become hated over the years as it’s won so much. That kind of speaks volumes about the distaste for Houston’s foul-drawing strategy.natesilver: Yeah, I thought the “Rockets-are-sore-losers” narrative, while understandable, maybe made people less objective in evaluating the situation.chris.herring: I felt like I was seeing a lot of that the last few days, too.tchow: Yeah, Nate, on the latest Hot Takedown podcast, we had Kirk Goldsberry on as a guest, and he made the point that from an economical standpoint, drawing three free throws percentage-wise is worth more than a wide-open Steph or KD 3-pointer. In that sense, it would make sense to try to draw those so often.chris.herring: But here’s my thing:If the Rockets pour over the missed-calls report and find that the refs missed a bunch of those last year — which suggests it’s either not easy to catch, or that refs don’t like to call it — why make it such a big part of the strategy as you start another series with Golden State now?tchow: To prove themselves right?chris.herring: Idk. Part of me feels like the basketball world is too worked up about this series, when in reality, it’s the only one that’s not tied up at 1-1.It’s been a good second round so far.natesilver: I dunno, one thing about basketball is that there’s not usually a lot of luck.In a seven-game series, the better team wins a large majority of the time.But I wonder if Daryl Morey feels a little tilted (in the poker sense of that term) how his series have gone against the Warriors.They’ve had some bad luck with injuries, some bad luck on 3-point field-goal percentage — and whether you want to call it “luck” or something else, some frustrating games with the officials.And it’s also, like, if the league designs a bad set of rules and incentives, you shouldn’t get blamed for taking advantage of those incentives.There should be better incentives instead. The rules should be changed.chris.herring: That’s been the story of James Harden’s career: Fantastic player who’s always been fantastic at taking advantage of what’s there, whether fans like it or not.I really love watching that dude ball. It’s not his fault the loopholes are there.neil: As Kirk writes in his book, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”Either way, right now we give the Warriors an 84 percent chance of moving on to the conference finals.tchow: The good news is that Game 3 is at 8:30 p.m.!neil: On behalf of all of us East Coasters, thank goodness.In the other series out West, the Trail Blazers evened things up with the Nuggets with a 97-90 win Wednesday night. Portland stole-home court advantage, but our model still gives Denver a 61 percent chance of advancing. Are the numbers still too low on the Blazers?chris.herring: Probably. I have no idea, honestly.The Nuggets might be the most inconsistent team left in the playoffs. Last night was extremely rough for them — one of their worst shooting nights of the season. Their offensive rebounding was unreal, and so it left them with an outside chance to win late.I feel like they may have the better team, but their inconsistency scares me a bit. The 61 percent probability sounds about right to me for now.Quietly feel like the Moe Harkless ankle injury could be a tough one for the Blazers depending on how hurt he actually is going forward.I have it going seven games, and I won’t be surprised at all if and when it actually goes the distance.natesilver: I’m going to reiterate that this part of the bracket feels like the NIT to me. Unless whoever emerges from GSW-HOU does so with an injury, I don’t expect the Western Conference finals to be super competitive.neil: Yeah, conditional on making the conference finals, the Warriors have a 92 percent chance at the NBA Finals in our model; Houston has an 81 percent chance.natesilver: I almost feel like, narrative-wise, Portland has become a little bit underrated just because they’re facing off against two other very flawed teams. That Portland team with Jusuf Nurkic is pretty interesting, but they have a pretty low ceiling IMO without him.neil: I have been surprised at how well Enes Kanter continues to play. He’s averaging 21 points and eight rebounds in this series. (As someone who hated on him as an empty stat-padder early in his career…)natesilver: The knock in him (I almost typed “the Knick on him”) has always been his defense, though.What’s his +/- in the series?neil: It’s minus-4. But the team as a whole is in the red anyway.chris.herring: He’s useful for them, without a doubtI think he actually might be even more useful in a playoff series, depending on the opponent.Against OKC, for instance: Leaving him in the paint, without an easy way for Westbrook to get around him, was great for Portland. Westbrook wasn’t good or comfortable shooting his jumper in that series.So it mitigated the concerns about Kanter’s pick-and-roll defense.And in this series, you’re dealing with Jamal Murray, who’s a hot-and-cold shooter in the pick and roll, too.Kanter’s offensive rebounding is massive a lot of the time.natesilver: I guess mayyyyybe you could say that Kanter has never been in a position before to have teams take advantage of his skill set. OKC has never really been expert at maximizing its role players. And the Knicks, well, are the Knicks.tchow: For what it’s worth, in Game 2, Nikola Jokic went 1 for 8 when guarded by Kanter.chris.herring: I’m interested to see what happens as they shift to Portland.neil: Your point about defense is well-taken, Nate. Portland’s key might be to continue to play so uncharacteristically well at that end.Right now, they’re holding the Nuggets to 41.9 percent shooting from the field, including 31 percent from three.chris.herring: I feel like I’m so in and then so out on Denver. They have had some really rough performances.But the fact that they were still in it last night despite how poorly they shot was encouraging. Jokic has been playing out of his mind.neil: OK, since this is the NIT series of the playoffs, let’s leave Denver and Portland and move over to the East.tchow: In our playoff preview chat, I think we all agreed that the Eastern Conference playoff bracket looked a lot more interesting than the West, and I think that’s still pretty much true. I have no idea who will make it out of the East of the remaining four teams and could easily see both series going seven games.neil: Yeah, things have not really gotten clearer since either series opened. Let’s talk first about the semifinal series between the Raptors and Sixers, which resumes tonight with Game 3. Philly gritted out the win Monday night to even up the series, despite Kawhi Leonard going off again for 35 points. What has stood out about each team so far that might swing the series going forward?chris.herring: In the chat last week, we talked about the question of who Tobias Harris could realistically guard.The answer in Game 1 was nobody, which was problematic, as the Raptors’ two best scorers did serious damage.The difference in Game 2 was Philly’s adjustment to play Harris on Marc Gasol, and to have Joel Embiid and the other centers guard Pascal Siakam. It paid really, really nice dividends for them, and that’s the thing I’m really curious to watch in Game 3.natesilver: I guess those defensive matchups sort of make sense but also the sort of thing that you could counteradjust to, especially with an extra day off to scout and strategize.chris.herring: Exactly.neil: That shows up in the stats, too: Harris was a game-low minus-23 in Game 1 but was plus-6 in Game 2.chris.herring: In both series, I think, it’s going to be a question of whose adjustments are better.Because each set of changes and adjustments have pretty clear counters.tchow: Btw, I don’t know if Neil is doing this on purpose but we have NBATV on at the office right now, and Neil is moving the chat along at the same exact pace as Grant Hill and company are moving along their playoff coverage. They just wrapped up DEN-POR and moved on to PHI-TOR before cutting to commercial break. Uncanny.neil: LOL, Tony. Definitely a coincidence… 😒chris.herring: I did think the put-the-big-on-Siakam adjustment was smart, though.When Siakam is in the middle of the floor, you can give him some space, because he shoots really terribly from the top of the key. By contrast, he’s solid from the corners. (And when he’s in the corner, you have the help of the baseline as a second defender.)tchow: It definitely made a difference. Siakam shot 80 percent from the floor and 75 percent from three in Game 1. In Game 2, he shot 36 percent from the floor and 29 percent from three.chris.herring: The Sixers don’t have but maybe one guy who can credibly guard Siakam (and Ben Simmons is doing his best to guard Kawhi), so that shift was really important for them.It may not work going forward, but you had to try it.natesilver: What if Gasol decides to take more shots? He’s been pretty passive, offensively, since joining the Raptors. But he is capable of scoring, either in the post or from downtown.chris.herring: If Gasol ends up being the guy to torch you, I think you can live with that more easily than Siakam.Also, I’d expect for the Raptors to do more to get Siakam rolling, and to use him in pick and rolls in hopes of having Philly switch them. That would nullify the Harris/Embiid stuff they’re doing.Again, the countermoves are going to be fascinating.To Neil’s initial question, too: The other thing that stands out is just how damn good Kawhi is.The guy is Terminator in a basketball uniform.He couldn’t do it all by himself in Game 2. But he’s just having his way from a scoring standpoint.neil: He’s probably been the best player of the playoffs so far, at least by the advanced metrics.chris.herring: I’m surprised Toronto is at 24 percent and Milwaukee only 14 percent. (Although a lot of that is due to head to head Toronto-vs-Milwaukee odds.)natesilver: I mean, there’s a case to be made that Toronto is just super good.chris.herring: Yeah. I think almost 70 percent sounds about right in that case.natesilver: They won 58 games in the regular season while missing a bunch of Kawhi and Kyle Lowry. And with Gasol only on the roster for the last third of the season.chris.herring: The matchups still favor them, and I think they’ll figure out a way to get Siakam going. Just not guarding him at the top of the key isn’t going to be enough.Am interested to see whether Kawhi can keep doing this for the whole series, though. He’s completely wrecking Philly.natesilver: Kawhi looks like an MVP in the playoffs, and neither of the two losses they’ve taken in the playoffs (to Orlando in Game 1 or Philly the other day) seemed to expose particularly exploitable problems.Our model also thinks Philly is quite good, by the way. It gives them a lot of credit for being good “on paper.”So I think our prices are relatively fair, but if I had to pick one, maybe it’s the over on Toronto. natesilver: Are people stretching a little too hard to call this an even series? Game 1 really wasn’t all that competitive, the Raptors have the best player, they were the much better team in the regular season, and all the adjustments and counteradjustments are gonna cancel out.I mean, there are only five games left and the Raptors have lost home-court advantage, but I feel like if this is a nine-game series, or an 11-game series, the Raptors are a huge favorite.chris.herring: I dunno. On the one hand, yeah: Toronto should have the upper hand. But we haven’t seen Nick Nurse under all that much pressure before. I assume they’ll counter well, but if they don’t … it’s not as if Philly doesn’t have talent.There are pretty clear things that could happen to tilt this in the Sixers’ favor, though I wouldn’t put my money on those things.And the next two are in Philadelphia. I think this is about all the Sixers could ask for at this stage.I would like to see Embiid do a bit more offensively. He was sick during the last game, but if he can’t find advantages against Gasol (which has been the case for a while now), it becomes harder to see how Philly can beat them four times. Unless the Raptors have no counter whatsoever for what happened to Siakam in Game 2.tchow: Nate, are you proposing we make the postseason even LONGER to ensure the best team wins?natesilver: I think it should vary based on how enjoyable the series is.Like if people find GSW-HOU annoying, just make it a three-game series.neil: We should develop a metric: The SILVER (Series’ Ideal Length Varied by Enjoyability Ratio)chris.herring: Oh, Lord.natesilver: Neil.tchow: According to SILVER, Sixers vs. Raptors should be best-of-11 and Bucks vs. Pistons should have been a one-game playoff.neil: LOLSo while we workshop our latest backronym metric, let’s end the chat by focusing on the Bucks and the Celtics. After disappointing at home in Game 1, Milwaukee can breathe again thanks to a 123-102 win in Game 2.Was that Game 1 loss just a blip on the radar for Milwaukee, or something to legitimately worry about for them as the series shifts to Boston?tchow: Giannis Antetokounmpo had a +/- of minus-24 in Game 1. What happened?(FWIW, he did bounce back fine. Game 2, his +/- was plus-20.)chris.herring: I think it’s actually pretty similar to Toronto-Philly. The Bucks punched back with a different strategy in Game 2, and now the ball is seemingly in Boston’s court to try and adjust to it.natesilver: Gordon Hayward was pretty nonexistent in Game 2 and not great in Game 1, which is bearish for Boston because I really think they need him to be pretty good to compete at an elite level.neil: Also, Kyrie scored 26 on 57 percent shooting in Game 1. Had 9 points on 22 percent in Game 2.natesilver: It did feel a bit like maybe the Celtics were gonna steal one game in the series because of Brad Stevens and their coaching/analytics/scouting staff, and maybe Game 1 was that game.chris.herring: We touched on it last week, when we discussed the Bucks being ranked No. 1 in the league on defense but doing so with a drop strategy in pick and roll coverage. They got torched with that in Game 1, and Boston had a field day from deep. But they moved to a completely different scheme in Game 2 and switched everything (something they almost never did in the regular season).And for what it’s worth, Boston was the least-efficient team in the NBA against switches during the regular season, according to data from Second Spectrum.So I’m interested to see what they counter with, because the Bucks certainly have the length and versatility to make life difficult for them with that strategy.To Tony’s question from before, we did some writing on what went wrong for Giannis in Game 1.The truth is, Giannis kind of lives off of open-court opportunities. He’ll score plenty without them, but if he has them, it showcases how and why he’ll likely be the MVP. It’s nearly impossible to stop him with just one guy (and sometimes even two) in the open floor.But Milwaukee wasn’t forcing enough misses in Game 1 for that to even be a real possibility for him. And even when it was, the Celtics set up a wall against him. Was something they did effectively against Giannis all year.natesilver: So are you saying that Giannis is liable to be less effective in the playoffs, when it becomes more of a half-court game?chris.herring: Yes and no.I think he will still score, and if you overcommit to trying to stop him, he’s unselfish and will find his teammates, who finally hit shots in Game 2The other thing that’s interesting: Giannis’s struggles as a jump-shooter are well-documented. He was the worst wide-open shooter in the NBA from three on 150 or more attempts.But he started knocking them down at a somewhat respectable clip after the turn of the new year. And when Boston dared him to shoot them in Game 1, he shot 3 of 5.He’s 5 of 9 from three for the series!I imagine that if you’re Boston, you’re simply going to make him prove he can hit that shot. But the idea that he’s begun to figure out how to hit threes should be terrifying for everyone outside of the state of Wisconsin.natesilver: I’m happy to let him shoot as many threes as he wants.I don’t think you learn how to shoot threes in one series. Maybe if it’s a big offseason focus of his, sure.neil: Either way, the model currently gives the Bucks a 70 percent chance of winning. In fact, it also gives Toronto exactly the same 70 percent chance against Philly, despite both series being 1-1.Do those probabilities seem right to y’all? If you had to take the over or under on one, which would it be?chris.herring: I feel like Milwaukee’s is a touch high, even though they’re my favorite to come out of the East.tchow: Interesting, I was going to say I would pick the Bucks to be too low.neil: I’m in the same camp, Tony. Really more based on looking at our title odds for each: Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Group of Blue Jackets ready for Olympic play

The last time Fredrik Modin and Samuel Pahlsson went to Vancouver, British Columbia, they left with a 7-3 drubbing at the hands of the Canucks. For their next trip, they’re looking to bring back gold.Columbus Blue Jackets Modin and Pahlsson were part of the Swedish squad that captured the gold in the 2006 Winter Olympics held in Turin, Italy. Along with their countrymen, they will begin their defense of the medal against Germany in the preliminary round of this year’s games.In addition to Pahlsson and Modin, four other Jackets will be making the trip to Vancouver to represent their respective countries. They are Fedor Tyutin (Russia), Milan Jurcina (Slovakia), Jan Hejda (Czech Republic) and Columbus captain Rick Nash (Canada).Oddly enough for a team located in the heart of America, there isn’t a single Blue Jackets player representing the U.S. in the 2010 games.This will be the second Olympic Games for Nash. He represented Team Canada in the Turin Games, where the powerful Canadian squad finished in a disappointing seventh place. Now that the games are being hosted by his home country, there will be an increased impetus to win, especially for Nash, who was limited to one assist in six games in Turin.“There was tons of pressure the last time in Turin,” Nash said of his last Olympic experience. “But anytime you put on the red-and-white maple leaf, there’s a lot of pressure.”Nash is probably already salivating over the possibility of playing on a line with fellow Canadian and all-world center, Sidney Crosby. It will be the first Olympic Games for Crosby, who was left off the 2006 team.Nash can’t be blamed for feeling the heat. He plays for a country where hockey is raised to a level that makes finding a comparison here in the U.S. difficult.One Canadian columnist summed it up this way: “The thought of a losing effort is something wholly unacceptable and incalculable within this culture, where national pride and hockey skill are inseparable entities.”It may be the final time for some of these Jackets to represent their home countries. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s recent comments on the future status of NHL players in the Olympics has cast some doubt on their possible participation in the 2014 games.There is currently no agreement in place for the 2014 games, which will be held in Sochi, Russia.There are many variables for Bettman to consider going forward. Chief among these are economic and competitive factors.“It’s difficult for any business, any league, to shut down for two weeks with the attendant loss of attention and everything that flows from it,” Bettman said. “And there are competitive issues.”The competitive issues he is referring to are because of the fact that not every NHL team sends the same amount of players to the Olympics. Or any at all for that matter. So when the season resumes, some teams may have benefited from the two-week break more than others.Is that enough to pull the plug?“I know the players are passionate about representing their countries. We have a long history as a sport in international competition and that’s something that’s important to the players,” Bettman said. “But we have to decide on balance, ‘Is it worth it?’” read more

Ohio State mens tennis to open up NCAA tournament at home

As the Ohio State men’s tennis team came together in a room at the indoor Varsity Tennis Center eagerly waiting to see where and who they play in the first round of the NCAA tournament, one person was missing. That person was coach Ty Tucker. He was nervously pacing back and forth in his office. “I’m not a fan of the whole selection thing,” Tucker said. But as soon as the NCAA was ready to announce the brackets for the tournament, Tucker gave in and stood outside the door to await his team’s fate.Once he heard the announcement that OSU would host Western Michigan, Tucker walked to his computer and began studying the Buckeyes’ first opponent in the NCAA tournament.No. 4 OSU will face Western Michigan (21-10) at 1 p.m. on May 15 at the Stickney Tennis Center. As a reward for the their 32-1 season, the Buckeyes will host the first- and second-round matches.“We’ve won a lot of matches at home so obviously we want to be at home,” Tucker said. “We’re looking forward to playing Western Michigan.”The Buckeyes, whose only defeat this year came to top-seeded Virginia, have a few notable schools in their bracket, including Michigan, Illinois and defending champion Southern California, who defeated OSU in the finals last year. “It’d be nice to get them back,” sophomore Chase Buchanan said. When asked if that was a match he wanted, Buchanan said, “definitely.”Like most coaches, Tucker is not looking ahead. His main focus is Western Michigan.“I know that they’ve won the MAC (Mid-American Conference) five years in a row,” Tucker said. “I know that teams that have won five championships in a row are used to winning.”The Buckeyes go into the tournament as one of the favorites. Tucker said his team’s experience and realizing the importance of the doubles’ point are major factors.“I’m sure Justin (Kronauge) will have these guys as a captain ready to play,” Tucker said. “They’ve got to come out understanding four, five, six minutes of great play can set up a win early on in the doubles’ point.”The Buckeyes have done that all year, including having another undefeated season at home. Now, they have a shot to make another run. “We have a lot of potential as well as many other teams in this tournament,” said Kronauge, OSU’s all-time wins leader. “Hopefully we fight harder and we prepare the next two weeks to get ready.” read more

Commentary Ohio State mens basketball will need help of Amir Williams to

When Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta started sophomore Amir Williams at center against Chicago State Dec. 29, it might have raised some eyebrows. After all, it was the first time all season Matta had made a change to the starting lineup. But when the starters were introduced Wednesday night for OSU’s Big Ten opener against Nebraska, and Williams was still one of them, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Against the likes of Winthrop and UNC-Asheville, Matta favored the steady, yet generally unspectacular play of senior forward Evan Ravenel. But in losses to No. 1 Duke and No. 6 Kansas, Williams received more playing time than any other OSU big man. If the Buckeyes are to accomplish their goal of a Big Ten championship and a deep NCAA tournament run, they will need to beat teams with the size and talent of Kansas or Duke. And to do so, they will need Williams to play often, and play well. “It’s just been great to have a center,” said junior point guard Aaron Craft of Williams’ emergence in the starting lineup. “We haven’t had one in a couple of years.” Craft’s comment came off as a bit of a joke, likely a chance to poke fun at a teammate who’s in the limelight for the first time of his collegiate career. But it also cut to a hard truth; though Williams has been a member of the Buckeyes for two seasons, his inconsistent and sometimes soft play had left OSU without a center. Coming out of Detroit Country Day School in Birmingham, Mich., Williams was ranked by ESPN as a four-star prospect and the fourth best center in the class of 2011. As a freshman, Williams showed that the high-ranking might have been based heavily on unrealized potential, as he displayed an extremely unpolished game in limited action. This season, Williams has started to scratch the surface of his potential. He still makes mistakes-against Nebraska he whiffed on the opening tip, air-balled a shot in the post and allowed his man to drive for a couple of easy scores-but his numbers are up across the board. This is in part a product of receiving more playing time, but also likely an indication that he’s more comfortable on the court this year. “He’s just been playing great,” Craft said. “I think he’s doing a great job coming in and understanding how he can affect the game, and not stepping out of that.” Most importantly, Williams is thriving as a defensive anchor. Against Nebraska, the 6-foot-11 center blocked four shots, altered many more, and was a key factor in holding the Cornhuskers to just 30.4 percent shooting. “I thought they did a good job with their interior defense,” said Nebraska coach Tim Miles. “We were, what, 11-for-35 on 2s? That’s just ineffective basketball. We couldn’t get (our big men) going inside the paint, and that hurt us.” Nebraska, though, is hardly one of the best teams in the Big Ten. In fact, they might be one of the worst. The conference’s most likely contenders-namely Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota-all feature players that can score in the post. OSU’s success against the league’s elite hinges upon Williams’ ability to do what he does best. “(He needs to be) blocking shots, altering shots, (getting) offensive rebounds, put-backs,” Craft said. “It’s the little things that end up being big in big games, especially in the Big Ten.” Williams said he’s up for the challenge. “I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Williams said. “Every team in the Big Ten has that one center that can score the ball or run the court. I have total confidence within myself, I can matchup with anybody in the Big Ten.” read more

Commentary Adam Scott Australias first Masters champion

In a country rich with golfing greats and close major championship calls, Australia had never produced a Masters champion. But on a soggy Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., that all changed with one clutch putt. Adam Scott, the 32-year old who finished T-2 in the 2011 Masters, made a pressure-packed birdie putt on the second playoff hole against Angel Cabrera to become the first Australian to take home the green jacket. Scott, who had eight PGA Tour wins coming into the week, used his broomstick putter (it’s about four feet tall), to birdie the 18th hole in regulation which led him to a playoff after Cabrera birdied the 18th as well. The major championship victory is long overdue for Scott, who had the lead in the 2012 British Open but bogeyed the final four holes and lost. He’s been a prominent player throughout his career, and finally getting his first major could open the floodgates for more majors down the road. Other history was made at the Masters as well. Fourteen-year old Tianlang Guan from China, who was the youngest player to compete in any major championship in 148 years, also became the youngest player to make the cut and play the weekend in a major championship. However, his dreams of playing the weekend were almost gone after he received a one-stroke penalty for slow play during Friday’s second round. It was the first time a player was assessed a penalty for slow play on the PGA Tour since 2010. After finishing with a second-round 75, and 4-over for the tournament, the eighth-grader made the cut right on the number. By adding rounds of 77 and 75 the next two days, he finished as the low amateur for the week in 58th place and earned respect around the world. That Guan competed in the Masters is significant enough, but making the cut against the best players in the world on an extremely challenging course speaks volumes to how special of a week it was for the youngster. Sunday afternoon at the Masters wouldn’t be complete without a back-nine charge from No. 1 player Tiger Woods. He entered the final round four shots back but couldn’t overcome bogeys on 5 and 7, despite having four birdies from 9-15, and finished T-4. Woods, along with Guan, was part of another controversial penalty. In Friday’s second round, he hit his third shot in the water on the par-5 15th after an unlucky break in which his ball hit the flagstick and came spinning back violently into the water. After weighing out his options, he decided to take a drop at the same spot, where he eventually got up-and-down to save bogey. The problem, though, was that he dropped his next shot about two yards further back than his previous shot, which wasn’t as close as possible to his previous shot. That drop eventually led to a two-stroke penalty, so instead of starting Saturday’s third round three shots back, he was five back and never recovered. All in all, the decision to give him a two-stroke penalty instead of disqualifying him, which many felt should have happened, was probably the correct move, but the drop and resulting penalty will be discussed for years to come. Every year, the Masters provides heart-pounding excitement throughout the entire week, especially late Sunday afternoon. This year was no different, and the remarkable finish showed why this tournament is one of the most exciting in all of sports. Only 360 more days until next year’s edition. read more

Weekly Road Construction Updates

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation has released it’s weekly road construction update for the projects currently taking place on the Kenai Peninsula. STERLING HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SKILAK LAKE to STERLING ROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberConstruction crews will be off the roadway for Labor Day weekend from Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3.Expected to begin Tuesday, September 4, drivers should be alert to a DETOUR with reduced speeds at MP 61.3 (Skyline Trail) for approximately 4 weeks. Construction crews will be installing the new Skyline Trail Head pedestrian undercrossing.Through the night of Thursday, August 30, drivers should expect PILOT CAR operations from MP 65 to 68, from 8:00pm to 7:00am.Construction at MP 71.5 (Watson Lake) will continue with fill placement Monday throughSunday, 8:00pm to 6:00am.Expected to begin Tuesday, September 4 crews will begin working a day shift from7:00am to 7:00pm and night shift from 8:00pm to 6:00am. Drivers should be alert to PILOT CAR and flagging operations throughout the project.STERLING HIGHWAY, MP 89.8 LEFT TURN LANESROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberDrivers should be aware of milling and paving operations.Drivers should expect traffic control from 8:00pm to 6:00am nightly.Drivers should be aware that asphalt may be a milled surface; motorcyclists should use extreme caution.Please be aware that there may not be a useable shoulder throughout the project.KENAI SPUR HIGHWAY, MP 12 to 18 PAVEMENT PRESERVATIONROAD CONSTRUCTION through SeptemberConstruction crews are working nightly from Monday to Friday, weather permitting, and at varying times on the weekends. Drivers should expect short DELAYS.Drivers please be aware of traffic control devices and signs, as well as PILOT CAR and flagging operations.Drivers should be aware that asphalt may be a milled surface; motorcyclists should use extreme caution.KENAI SPUR HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SPORTS LAKE to SWIRES ROAD, PHASE I ROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonConstruction crews are working on the Kenai Spur Highway between MP 5 and 8.Until the end of August, road work is partially suspended to allow utility work to be completed.Minimal traffic control should be expected at this time.KALIFORNSKY BEACH ROAD MP 16 to 22.2, RESURFACING and SIGNALIZATIONROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonINTERSECTION CLOSURE: Expected to occur between 8:00pm Friday, August 31 and 6:00amMonday, September 3, the Gas Well Road and Kalifornsky Beach Road intersection will be CLOSED. Please follow posted DETOUR route.INTERSECTION CLOSURE: Expected to occur between 8:00pm Friday, September 7 and6:00am Monday, September 10, the Ciechanski Road and Kalifornsky Beach Road intersection will be CLOSED. Please follow posted DETOUR to Kimberly Drive and Kristina Way. Drivers should expect DELAYS up to 10 minutes during each CLOSURE.Vehicles longer than 60 feet traveling eastbound on Kalifornsky Beach Road may have issues turning right onto the Gas Well Road DETOUR.Drivers should expect SINGLE LANE CLOSURES, multiple flagging operations and temporary approach CLOSURES between 8:00pm and 6:30am.Off-road vehicles should be aware of construction crews and construction activities by the ATV trail.Traffic signals are on a timer, drivers should be aware of changed traffic patterns.HSIP: STERLING HIGHWAY SHOULDER WIDENING MP 97 to 118ROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonExpected to begin in August, construction crews will be working nightly from Sundaythrough Thursday, between 8:00pm and 6:00am.Drivers should expect flagging operations, LANE RESTRICTIONS, and construction vehicle activity. Please drive with caution in construction zones.Drivers should also be aware of crews working on the shoulder during the day.last_img read more

Hubitat welcomes Lowes Iris orphans

first_img HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 0 Share your voice Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. reading • Hubitat welcomes Lowe’s Iris orphans Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house • Comments 7 Read Google Home Hub review $520 at HP Sprint Read the AirPods review Smart Home Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read DJI Osmo Action preview $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It Lowe’s,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. CNET Smart Home Apple iPhone XS $299 at Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $155 at Google Express Tags $210 at Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read the Rylo camera preview Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $999 See All Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) CNET Smart Home $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $6 at Tidal JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Angela Lang/CNET Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Hubitat As the Iris by Lowe’s smart home platform nears its end on March 31, Hubitat is offering a lifeboat to Iris owners who thought themselves stranded. The Hubitat Elevation is a smart home hub that processes most automations locally to keep your information private. With fully customizable rules and scenes, it already served as a viable alternative for Lowe’s Iris customers looking for a new hub, because it worked with certain second- and third-generation Iris sensors. Now, with the Iris cloud and services days away from shutting down, Hubitat is announcing support for first-gen Iris sensors, too. According to the company’s press release, Hubitat’s lead engineer has found a way to connect with those first-generation Iris devices. The rub is that Hubitat still doesn’t have an app, meaning you have to control and program the system from a web browser. That said, an app is supposedly in the works, to be released this summer. As for the system itself, it’s highly customizable, with an interface that’s clearly aimed at avid DIY-ers. We haven’t tested Hubitat’s hub just yet, but in the meantime, you can currently buy it at a promotional price of $100 from the company’s website, which is $50 off the normal price. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $59 at eBay Rylo See at Turo See It Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $999 See at Amazon Post a comment DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Best Buy See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Boost Mobile Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See it The Cheapskate TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Dia Mirza–Sahil Sangha to Imran Khan–Avantika Malik Shocking breakups of 2019

first_imgInstagramWhile on one hand, we had some of the biggest celebrity weddings taking place this year, on the other, we were left with some heart-breaking breakups. Let’s take a look at the most shocking break-ups of 2019 so far.Imran Khan – Avantika Malik: When news of trouble in Imran Khan and Avantika Malik’s marital life started floating, it did break our hearts. It was Avantika’s mother who spilled the beans on the trouble in the duo’s life. Last heard, Imran was trying to make amends and get back with his wife.Dia Mirza – Sahil Sangha: Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha released a joint statement announcing that though they remain friends, they are parting ways as a couple. InstagramSrishty Rode – Manish Naggdev: Fans were shocked when one of the most loved couples on the small screen, Srishty Rode and Manish Naggdev, decided to part ways. The two had been dating for four years and were even officially engaged in February 2018.Talking about their separation, Manish told TOI, “Srishty and I are not together anymore. I don’t wish to give a reason because there is none in particular. All I can say is, minor disagreements and difference of opinion led to it. We were expecting different things from each other. Around three weeks ago, we realised that things were not working out as expected. So, we discussed the future of our relationship and decided that it was better to part ways. I have immense love and respect for Srishty and I will always cherish the time spent with her.”Vicky Kaushal – Harleen Sethi: Female fans were left heartbroken when they got to know that Bollywood’s new heartthrob Vicky Kaushal was already taken. Vicky had even spoken lovingly about ladylove Harleen in several interviews. But their relationship remained quite short-lived and the couple broke-up soon.Kanika Dhillon – Prakash Kovelamudi: Just a few days after enjoying the success of their joint venture – Judgementall Hai Kya, the duo announced that they are parting ways. Reports say that the duo was just waiting for the film to release so that the news doesn’t affect it.last_img read more

Who picked them up

first_imgAniruddha Kumar Roy, Shamim Ahmed, and Syed SadatThree people have recently been abducted in the busy area of the capital, according to separate video footage available with police.     The law enforcing agencies, however, are yet to find any clue in connection with these latest incidents of abductions.In a space of six days, three people were abducted, triggering panic among the public. Even the relatives of the victims are not willing to talk to media.  On 23 August, a group of nine people identifying themselves as members of law enforcing agencies forced a banker to get into a microbus in front of Khana Basmati Restaurant at Paltan in the capital, according to CCTV of the restaurant just opposite of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.Earlier on 22 August, a number of plainclothesmen halted a private car under Banani flyover on the airport road. They forced the car’s passenger BNP leader and also ABN Group managing director Syed Sadat Ahmed to get into a microbus.Sadat Ahmed, son of former army officer, is a member of executive committee of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and also vice president of Chittagong South.According to the family members, he was preparing to contest the national election from Raozan in Chittagong.His wife filed an abduction case with Cantonment police station in connection with the incident.Deputy commissioner of Gulshan zone police Moshtak Ahmed said, “The investigation is going on. The Detective Branch is also working.”Nine people, who had had their lunch from Khana Basmati Restaurant, allegedly abducted banker Shamim Ahmed who was entering the restaurant for lunch.A worker of the restaurant Mainul Islam served food to nine people.Speaking to Prothom Alo, he said first two persons entered the restaurant, and then seven people.Seven people were addressing two persons as ‘sir’, he added.They were served rice, vegetable and meat, Mainul said.According to CCTV of the restaurant, one of the two persons wearing light blue full-sleeved shirt and another in a light blue polo T-shirt were eating. They were also gossiping. Seven people were sitting at another table.Another CCTV of the restaurant shows Shamim, who came from head office of IFIC bank, was being picked in front of the restaurant at 1:42pm. The CC camera also shows that a group of people was pulling a man, and they forced the man into a microbus and locked the gate. The security guard of the restaurant Khan Bahadur wearing a cap was also seen in the camera.      Khan Bahadur told Prothom Alo that some people were dragging a man [Shamim] in a suit. At one stage, the man fell into a drain and people gathered around him. The abductors, then, picked him up and took him away in a microbus.Shamim’s wife Shilpi Ahmed filed a general diary (GD) in this regard with Paltan police station.Paltan police station officer-in-charge, Mahmudul Haque, said on Monday they could not make any progress to find out Shamim neither any case was filed.An investigation related police officer, however, said, “Those who picked Shamim up are beyond our reach.”IFIC Bank’s Public Relations Department head and Shamim’s colleague Asaduzzaman told Prothom Alo that they have no idea about those who abducted him. Businessman Aniruddha Roy was picked up on 27 August from 72 Gulshan Avenue’s Union Bank office. Security guard Fakrul of the bank said that he did not see but heard that a gentleman was picked up on a microbus.A family member of Aniruddha said that they think he might have been abducted following a feud over business.Aniruddha had a partnership business with a ruling party member of parliament. Recently, the partnership broke up.This incident has video footage, as well.According to the investigating officials, Aniruddha was not abducted by any professional criminal groups. Analysing the footages, they said the abduction was conducted by trained people and those who were carrying out the abduction were introducing themselves as members of a special force.Gulshan police station officer-in-charge Abu Bakar Siddique said that they found a hint of business related conflict.A video footage taken by the Union Bank’s CCTV cameras shows three persons are picking up a man on a silver coloured microbus at 4:19pm in front the bank.Aniruddha’s car driver Shah Alam, and others are also there in the footage.Shashwati Roy, wife of Aniruddha, said that her husband went to the bank for a loan.When asked if she has any suspects, Shashwati said, “I don’t want say anything. Can’t say through what we are passing our days. Please, do something for the sake of our son,” she said.Contacted, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman declined to comment on this issue.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Imam Hossain.last_img read more

End harassment of holidaymakers Jatri Kalyan Samity

first_imgBangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity on Saturday demanded an end to charging extra fares and harassment of homebound passengers during this Eid-ul-Azha, reports UNB.Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury, secretary general of the Samity, also demanded removal of unfit vehicles and unskilled drivers from the highways.He was addressing a press conference at Sagor-Runi Hall of Dhaka Reporters Unity in the morning.Chowdhury demanded removal of all unfit vehicles to make homebound journey safer, smoother and free from accidents.Transport minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday warned transport owners against charging extra fare, saying that anyone involved in the practice will be punished.last_img read more

Report Highlights Lessons Learned In Houston From Harvey

first_imgAP Photo/David J. Phillip, FileFILE- In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, highways around downtown Houston are empty as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey overflow from the bayous around the city in Houston. With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, supersized weather disasters tallied a record high bill for America last year: $306 billion. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)An inconsistent regulatory environment and a lack of awareness by residents of the potential flooding dangers in and around Houston were among the factors that contributed to the heavy damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey, according to a report released Thursday.The report, which focuses on lessons learned from Harvey, offers several recommendations for the Houston area as it continues recovering from the deadly storm and prepares for future ones, including an August election that will ask voters to approve $2.5 billion in bonds for flood control projects.Some of the recommendations include building a culture of awareness around flooding risks, trusting the public with information about potential dangers and making flood insurance more universally appealing to home and business owners.“Not acting now to build flood resilience in Houston and Harris County will potentially be very costly in the future” according to the report compiled by Colorado nonprofit ISET-International, the American Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center and Switzerland-based Zurich Insurance.Harvey, which came ashore last August as a Category 4 hurricane, caused an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas and flooded thousands of homes in the Houston area.The report said that a lack of a coordinated regulatory environment to deal with development and adequately warn residents of potential flooding dangers exacerbated flood damages.The biggest example of this highlighted in the report was the flooding associated with the area’s two reservoirs — Addicks and Barker — which has resulted in federal lawsuits in which thousands of homeowners allege they weren’t aware of the flooding risks from the two damns.The report says there were numerous steps that could have been taken in the years before Harvey that would have softened the impact of flooding from the reservoirs, including not allowing homes to be built in them and their surrounding floodways and giving adequate disclosures about flooding risks whenever homes around the reservoirs were sold.The report also discussed a culture that didn’t warn people of the potential danger of flooding. It pointed to such things as not having to disclose a home’s prior history of being flooded to using terms to describe extreme floods like a “100-year event” that don’t help people understand that catastrophic flooding can happen more regularly.“There were so many people who had no idea they were in a flood risk area,” said Karen MacClune, chief operations officer with ISET-International, which has done similar reports after other natural disasters.The report also said the Houston-area can’t only rely on infrastructure and engineering solutions to deal with flooding risk. Solutions should be broader than widening bayous and building more reservoirs but also have to include leaving more open spaces, restoring wetlands and robust regulations, according to the report.“As a nation, we should look at severe weather events that happen within our regions not as anomalies, … we should actually look at them as wake up calls and as opportunities to learn from them,” said Kathleen Savio, chief executive officer of Zurich North America.MacClune said she’s encouraged by some of the steps Houston and Harris County have taken since Harvey, including the passage of stricter rules for building structures in the area’s flood plains and the upcoming bond measure.“But at some point, flooding is going to become an existential threat for Houston,” MacClune said. “At what point does that start harming your reputation and businesses stop moving here if you don’t get on top of some of this stuff? And for Houston, it’s going to be figuring out how do you live with water.”Read the report below: Sharelast_img read more

Cardinals Win Gold and Silver in Relays on Day 1 of ACC

first_imgIn the first swimming event of the meet, Cards won the silver medal in the 200 Medley Relay with a school record time of 1:23.10. Nick Albiero (21.00), Evgenii Somov (23.40), Zach Harting (20.14) and a blistering anchor of 18.56 by Andrej Barna earned an NCAA A-cut and put up the second fastest time in ACC history. After three events, the Cards stand in third place. Duke leads the field with 258, followed by Florida State (247). The Cards have 243 followed by North Carolina State, Virginia Tech (196), Virginia (184), Georgia Tech (179), Miami (161), North Carolina (146), Pittsburgh (94), Boston College (64). These scores include the diving which was contested during the women’s championships. GREENSBORO, N.C. — After a short session of two relays, the University of Louisville men’s swimming and diving team made the podium twice including a gold in the 800 free relay at the 2019 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Competition resumes with preliminaries of the 500 free, the 200 IM, and the 50 freestyle at 10 a.m. and the finals off the blocks at 6 p.m.   Print Friendly Version 2019 ACC Men’s Wednesday Results Story Links Cards won gold in the 800 Free Relay with a school record and pool record time of 6:11.84.  Nick Albiero (1:33.73), Zach Harting (1:32.52), Bartosz Piszczorowicz (1:32.48), Colton Paulson (1:33.11) earned their second NCAA A-Cut of the evening and finished almost five seconds ahead of the field.last_img read more

Graphene ink created for inkjet printing of electronic components

first_img Korean researchers use graphene to create transparent loudspeakers Dark field optical micrograph of inkjet printed drops on a) plasma cleaned, b) pristine and c) HMDS treated substrate. Scale: 20µm. d) SEM micrograph of printed pattern. Image from arXiv:1111.4970v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — A group of UK scientists has created a graphene ink that can be used to ink-jet print electronic devices such as thin film transistors. Citation: Graphene ink created for ink-jet printing of electronic components (2011, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-graphene-ink-ink-jet-electronic-components.html More information: Ink-Jet Printed Graphene Electronics, arXiv:1111.4970v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] arxiv.org/abs/1111.4970AbstractWe demonstrate ink-jet printing as a viable method for large area fabrication of graphene devices. We produce a graphene-based ink by liquid phase exfoliation of graphite in N-Methylpyrrolidone. We use it to print thin-film transistors, with mobilities up to~95cm^2V^(-1)s(-1), as well as transparent and conductive patterns, with~80 % transmittance and~30kOhm/sq sheet resistance. This paves the way to all-printed, flexible and transparent graphene devices on arbitrary substrates. Professor of Nanotechnology, Andrea Ferrari, and colleagues from the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge have developed a method of creating a graphene ink that can be used with a modified ink-jet printer. Graphene consists of a hexagonal lattice of carbon only one atom thick, and has great advantages over polymer inks because of its greater electron mobility and electrical conductivity. Electronic components such as thin film transistors (TFTs) can already be created using ink-jet printing with ferro-electric polymer inks, but the performance of such components is poor and they are too slow for many applications.Beginning with flakes of pure graphite, the team exfoliated layers of graphene using liquid phase exfoliation (LPE), which consists of sonication of the graphite in the presence of a solvent, N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP). The graphene layers were ultracentrifuged and then filtered to remove any particles large enough (>1μm in diameter) to block the ink-jet printer heads. The graphene flakes were then used as the basis for a graphene-polymer ink, which was printed, using a modified ink-jet printer, onto Si/SiO2 substrates and the transparent substrate borosilicate glass. The final step in the process was annealing at high temperature to remove the solvent.They demonstrated the new transparent graphene ink by using it to ink-jet print thin-film transistors, which they made by printing the graphene ink on Si/SiO2 wafers. They used chromium-gold pads to define the source and drain contacts, and they then printed a layer of an organic polymer, PQT-12, on top.The team achieved promising results at least comparable to current inks. They achieved mobilities of up to around 95cm2V−1s−1, about 80% transmittance and 30kohm sheet resistance. Non-graphene polymer inks typically achieve mobilities of less than 0.5cm2V−1s−1, while adding carbon nanotubes can increase this to around 50cm2V−1s−1.The results should improve as the method is refined and enhanced. Their successful first demonstration paves the way for the development of flexible and cheap electronics that can be printed on a wide variety of substrates. Devices printed using graphene inks could include wearable computers, electrical paper, sensors, electronic tags, and flexible touch screens.The paper is available online from arXiv.org.last_img read more

MIT physicists suggest a means for creating an electron cloaking device

first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—Physicists in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT have developed a new theory derived from calculations that suggest it should be possible to construct an electron cloaking device, similar in principle to invisibility cloaks that other researchers have created using metamaterials. The team, whose study was recently published in Physical Review Letters, suggests that such a cloaking device could be useful in making semiconductors that optimize electron mobility. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.org Credit: B. Liao et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2012) More information: Cloaking Core-Shell Nanoparticles from Conducting Electrons in Solids, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 126806 (2012) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.126806AbstractIn this Letter, we aim at making nanoparticles embedded in a host semiconductor with a size comparable to electronic wavelengths “invisible” to the electron transport. Inspired by the recent progress made in optics and working within the framework of the expansion of partial waves, we demonstrate that the opposite effects imposed by potential barriers and wells of a core-shell nanoparticle on the phase shifts associated with the scattered electron wave could make the scattering cross section of the first two partial waves vanish simultaneously. We show that this is sufficient to cloak the nanoparticle from being detected by electrons with specific energy in the sense that a total scattering cross section smaller than 0.01% of the physical cross section can be obtained and a 4 orders of magnitude difference in the total scattering cross section can be presented within an energy range of only 40 meV, indicating possible applications of the “electron cloaks” as novel electronic switches and sensors, and in efficient energy harvesting and conversion technologies.center_img New invisibility cloak allows object to ‘see’ out through the cloak Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: MIT physicists suggest a means for creating an electron cloaking device (2012, October 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-mit-physicists-electron-cloaking-device.html In the latter method of creating an invisibility cloaking device, metamaterials are configured around an object, causing the light that strikes both to be bent around the object and then bent back toward its initial path, making the object invisible to the observer. Similar configurations have been constructed based on sound waves that cause a noise-emitting object impossible to hear. As delineated in the current study, researchers suggest something similar could be done with electrons as they too travel in waves, at least until they reach their coherent transport length and dissipate due to scattering. In their paper, the team suggests that an electron cloak could be configured with core-shell nanoparticle structures with multiple interfaces around a semiconductor matrix host. This host could be tuned to redirect incoming electrons with the purpose of creating interference in the electrons’ paths: in effect, canceling the total reflection. This would allow the electrons to travel through without being reflected, as if there were nothing in their path. For it to work, the nanoparticle structures would need to be of the same approximate size as the electron wavelength, i.e. about 10 nm. The team suggests that such cloaks would be most useful in electronic devices requiring very high electron mobility, such as semiconductors. They also suggest that hybrid, energy harvesting, and/or conversion thermoelectric devices might be created with new types of switches that make use of the visible-not visible properties of the nanoparticle structures. In an effort to reveal the practical applications of their theories, the researcher team hopes to develop a real-world electron cloak in the future.last_img read more

Univ of Liverpool IIT Kharagpur to jointly organise Heritage Fest in Chandannagar

first_imgKolkata: A Heritage Fest is being organised in Chandannagar on November 25 (Sunday) by a project team consisting of members from University of Liverpool and IIT Kharagpur. The Fest is a part of two-year project taken up jointly by the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) and the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with an aim to protect and raise awareness of the rich cultural heritage of the cities and towns along the course of Hooghly River from Bandel to Barrackpore. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Heritage Fest in Chandannagar will bring participants together from schools and colleges in this historic town by Hooghly River, and sensitise them about the value of the heritage of their town through an interactive event that will also see the deployment of technology. Through iPads, the school children will be educated on how to use a custom-made, free smartphone app. The app on the free-to-download Layar platform allows any location-enabled smartphone user in Chandannagar to point his or her camera at important houses and monuments and to see, superimposed or the actual real-time image, a historical image taken from the same angle of that place, ten, twenty and maybe a hundred and twenty years ago. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe image also carries attendant information about the heritage site. In addition, there will be various competitive events, such as drawing, debate and interactive quiz on Chandannagar. Prof Jenia Mukherjee, the principal investigator on the part of IIT Kharagpur, said: “This will allow us to gauge how much information or awareness is already available on the ground and help us generate enthusiasm among youngsters about Chandannagar heritage.” The event will also see the launch of a bilingual heritage resource book on the place — Chandernagore mon amour: the Citadel of the Moon, edited by Antara Mukherjee, Assistant Professor, West Bengal Education Services, and published by University of Liverpool.last_img read more

Why Now May Well Be the Right Time to Start a Blockchain

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » July 16, 2019 A little over two years ago, I was at my company’s holiday dinner, and the only topic of conversation was the stratospheric rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and those others that were lesser known but certainly more amusingly named (like Putincoin).Related: Should You Still Invest in Bitcoin in 2018?With Bitcoin at that time topping $20,000 and Crypto Kitties also hitting the world by storm, something momentous was afoot; and we all wanted in. Yet, my company’s CTO called a halt to our excitement, cautioning that a deep decline was coming. The reason he gave: The potential of the blockchain — the platform through which cryptocurrencies are built — to create real-world applications with strong customer use cases had yet to be realized.“Raising $10 million from retail investors on a two-page paper is not enough,” our CTO said.Boy, was he ever right. What came next was that massive slump, in which Bitcoin lost over 80 percent of its value, and the swiftness with which the SEC put an end to initial coin offering scams.Yet, a few weeks ago, as I was attending a demo day for Binance Labs — a kind of accelerator program but for blockchain startups — I saw that some of our initial energy had returned.In particular, I was struck at the focus and discipline of these entrepreneurs from Binance Labs, the venture arm of Binance. Rather than releasing a white paper and trying to raise money on ideas and theory alone, these people had already fully built their product, conceived of applicable real-world use cases and secured strong early customer traction.More important: They were focusing, as has startup fund-raising has traditionally done, on getting skilled investors on board, the kind of investors who contribute so much more than just capital.This got me thinking: Is now the time to invest in or start a blockchain-focused company?  What are the factors that entrepreneurs and investors should be looking for in this space?To quote the words of Wired founding editor Kevin Kelly, now (yes, right now) is the best time to start something (never mind that he wrote those words in 2014). This mindset, in my opintion, is extraordinarily applicable to the blockchain which, as it matures, presents more and more opportunities to create new solutions. To take advantage of this trend, entrepreneurs and investors should seek opportunities that present an immediate real-world application as well as customer traction.And these investors should be ones whose value-add is more than just capital; the colleagues they bring in, meanwhile, should be the type interested in the long-term impact of the technology.Real-world traction matters.At Binance’s demo day, nearly all presenting companies had some early customer buy-in and traction.  Whether it was a brand signing up for a test run on a new decentralized loyalty platform or a marketplace touting the growth of its supply-side volume, customer-use cases won the day. Many entrepreneurs commented that with blockchain solutions slowly gaining acceptance among everyday consumers, it was only appropriate to demonstrate real-world adoptionA case in point: Cerebellum Network, a decentralized version of Salesforce’s famed CRM.  Rather than publish a white paper, the founders built a product and tested it, to positive feedback, with early customers like Benefit Cosmetics. Because of this, Cerebellum’s founders were able to secure significant early investment from the likes of Arrington XRP Capital and others. Related: Why Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t Panic About the Bitcoin SlumpAre you starting or investing in a blockchain company? If so, the first question to ask yourself is: What real-world problem are you solving for consumers? For instance, an entrepreneur friend of mine is planning to start a next-generation nomadic home-sharing platform that will allow members to hop from house to house at exciting locations around the world.While the entirety of the database, billing and identity components of the product will be built on the blockchain, that’s not what the founder is excited about. Rather, he’s psyched about bringing to market a product  that people have expressed a desire for. In this instance, blockchain technology is just acting as the enabler. Seek investors who add more than just capital.During the height of “Crypto Mania,” it was not uncommon to see new ICOs floated to retail investors, and see coin prices shoot skywards in a matter of hours, if not minutes. These cryptocurrencies were an incredibly efficient way to acquire capital to scale a business.Yet, this process misses the most important point: Advice and help from investors is often more important than money in early-stage companies. Yes, this includes blockchain companies, as well.Early-stage investors offer so much more than just capital.  They offer connections to talent, first-mover customers and additional investors.  Some, like Match.com co-founder Will Bunker, use help as a form of due diligence.  Even if he does not invest in a prospective company, Bunker goes out of his way to offer help and guidance because he knows that that’s what matters to early-stage companies.So, if you’re launching a business, seek investors who offer resources help and guidance, even if this route it costs you a bit more than other fund-raising channels do. While you may be paying a little more now, you will be able to maximize your valuation down the road.Seek out long-term colleagues who “get it.”Sitting down on my friend’s couch one night, talking crypto with others, I was struck by how short-term many of those attendeess’ thinking seemed. Rather than building a sustainable, real-world application, my friends were more interested in releasing a hot new coin and pumping value out of it, rather than in the long-term transformative nature of their product.Of course I understand that any new field will generate a lot of buzz, excitement and FOMO, or fear of missing out. Like moths to a flame, people often flock to what’s “hot” rather than what’s sustainable.Yet this instinct of theirs misses the foundational point of cryptocurrencies and blockchain: their long-term revolution and transformation. The potential of cryptocurrencies to fundamentally alter our global economy, trade pathways, financial system and supply networks cannot be understated.  According to investor Lou Kerner, blockchain is “the biggest thing to happen in the history of humanity.” Okay, maybe that’s over the top, but Kerner follows up that phrase by cautioning that this revolution will be a long time in the making.Naturally, founders should seek out colleagues, partners and even investors that understand the long-term nature of the space and are willing to invest the time, capital and, yes, the patience needed in order to make something happen.Related: 7 Reasons Experts Say It’s Not Too Late to Invest in CryptocurrencyRight now is the best time to start something.With crypto prices recovering, albeit slightly, and the market opening up to new entrants and applications, now may be the best time to start a blockchain-powered company.  While the technology offers unlimited opportunities, when starting a new business, founders should not ignore the key points. Namely: Build a product that people want; seek out investors who are true advisors and partners; and hire colleagues who are in it for long-term gain.   7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Recap Lorry collided with barrier on M6 motorway

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision All lanes now reported clear There are delays on the M6 motorway in Cheshire this evening after a lorry collided with a barrier. The accident is understood to have taken place on the northbound carriageway between Junction 17 (Sandbach) and Junction 18 (Middlewich) at around 6.40pm today (Thursday July 4). Debris is reported across a number of lanes as a result of the collision. A North West Motorway Police spokesman said:  “Report of Lorry has crashed into the barrier and debris is across the live lanes J17 to Junction 18 Northbound. “Police and Highways en route. We’ll update you once on scene.” Traffic England confirms one lane is currently shut as a result of a ‘road traffic collision’ between junction 17 and junction 18. A Highways England spokesman said:  “Collision has closed lane 1 on M6 between junction 17 and junction 18  on Northbound. “Traffic officers at scene.” Updates we get them on the live feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing womancenter_img Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.19:42All lanes reported clearAll lanes are now reported clear.19:07Lane still still reported shutThe lane remains shut according to Traffic England18:56Inrix updateOne lane closed due to accident, a lorry involved on M6 Northbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed.last_img read more