The security in Birmingham has been tightened ahead of the India vs Pakistan clash in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 following twin terror attacks that rocked London on Saturday night. India start their title defence against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston today.Militants drove a van at high speed into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing Saturday night revellers on the street and in nearby bars, killing at least six people and wounding more than 30.Birmingham was on red alert and the team hotel where India are staying was in a complete lock-down after the attacks. No visitors and no cars were allowed into the Hyatt Regency hotel in Birmingham.India Today’s Consulting Editor, Sports, Boria Majumdar was not allowed to go beyond the hotel confines.”Just went for a walk. Wasn’t allowed to go beyond the hotel confines to be truthful but appears a ghost town. Not one fan or supporter here or is allowed to come. No flag nothing. There were still some people here (at 4 am BST). Now it’s just empty and deserted,” Boria said.WATCH FULL VIDEOMillions of supporters are expected to tune in and watch the teams fight for national pride at Edgbaston on Sunday. (India powerful team but can’t take things for granted: Ganguly)Due to diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan, the two teams rarely lock horns against each other barring an International Cricket Council (ICC) event, and the hotly fought battle has over the years drawn a wide range of audience. (Kohli not taking Pakistan lightly)advertisementFor almost 18 years, wars stood in between the two outfits playing each other in a bilateral series until the ice was broken in 1978, but even today matches are few and far between. (No Junaid Khan in Pakistan playing XI)The two sides have not played a bilateral series since 2012-2013, and India have refused to juggle with the idea without an end to “cross border terrorism”, which essentially means militant incursions along the disputed Kashmir border.Not only will a victory for either side mean taking a huge step towards the semi-finals in a four-team group which also has Sri Lanka and South Africa, it will also be a diplomatic point-scoring in terms of the stand-off between the two parties.On the pitch, India would go into the tie as favourites, as former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has also said — not only because of their emphatic 45 and 240 -run wins in the two warm-up games, but because the opposition doesn’t smell the same anymore.(With inputs from agencies)
“It hurt a little bit more because I belong to the armed forces,” said Indian boxer Amit Panghal as he dedicated his gold medal at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament to the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack.The Asian Games gold-medallist claimed a second consecutive top finish at one of Europe’s oldest boxing competitions when he out-punched Kazakhstan’s Temirtas Zhussupov in the summit clash in Sofia, Bulgaria on Tuesday night. He was India’s lone male boxer to grab a medal at the just-concluded edition.Speaking to PTI on Wednesday, the 23-year-old Naib Subedar in the Indian Army said the Pulwama attack, which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel, was on his mind through the tournament. The deadly strike took place the day the Indian boxing team left for Sofia last week.”Main khud army se hun, dard isliye thoda zyada tha (It hurt a little bit more because I belong to the armed forces). I was desperate for a medal because I wanted to dedicate it to the heroes who lost their lives in Pulwama,” Panghal said over phone.”This was my mindset the moment I got to know of the attack after landing here.”India finished with seven medals — three gold, a silver and three bronze medals — in Sofia. Among the women gold-winners, Nikhat Zareen (51kg) had also dedicated her medal to the slain CRPF men.”I was in touch with my family members during the tournament and they also told me that I had to win a medal in honour of the Pulwama martyrs. I was doubly motivated by this thought,” Panghal said.advertisementThe motivation did come in handy as Panghal battled weighty matters in the run-up to the main draw.”Weight nahi aa raha tha yahaan thand ke kaaran (It was difficult to get the right weight because of the cold here). So, I went to bed hungry for a couple of days, trained the next morning to ensure that I was ready at the time of weigh-in on the day of draws,” Panghal said.”It was tough but worth every bit of the trouble because in the end, I could accomplish what I wanted,” he added referring to the sub-zero temperatures in Sofia which made it difficult to shed weight.Panghal’s campaign looked effortless but the boxer from Rohtak said the competition he faced this time was certainly a notch higher than what he came across in the 2018 edition.”…Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine fielded their strongest line-ups. This was not the case last time. The guy I fought in the final was the bronze-medallist from the Asian Games last year and had won in India during a World Series of Boxing bout,” he said.”I had not fought with him earlier as he was not in my half during the Asian Games but I knew I could do it,” he added.Speaking of weight and competition, Panghal revealed that Strandja was his last competition in the 49kg division.”I have no choice but to jump to 52kg because 49kg is not there in the Olympic program for Tokyo 2020 and I can’t afford to skip that,” he said.”This was my last competition in 49kg and I will be competing in the 52kg category if I am selected for the Asian Championships. It is going to be very tough for me because 49kg is a weight class that I am comfortable in,” he explained.Asked about the specific challenges that the transition would bring with it, Panghal said, “I am going to need a lot more power and it is not going to be easy but I am confident of making it happen.”The Asian Championships are scheduled to be held in April 19 to 27 in Bangkok, Thailand. In a first, the competition for both men and women will be held simultaneously.”Amit will start his 52kg stint with a tournament in Germany which is round-robin so there is no pressure of a medal. We will see how it goes for him there and figure out,” said national chief coach C A Kuttappa.Also Read | Pakistan Super League finds new producers after IMG Reliance snaps dealAlso Read | India-Pakistan World Cup clash likely to be discussed on sidelines of ICC meetAlso Read | Real Kashmir reveal reason for not tweeting on Pulwama. Very convenient, says Ranjit BajajAlso Read | Pulwama fallout: Pakistan shooters will not take part in New Delhi World Cup
Fan of the Week Fan of the Week: What was Watford defender Britos thinking?! Last updated 2 years ago 21:55 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Fan of the Week Premier League Watford Videos Watford fan Jordi was at Vicarage Road to witness his side’s 0-0 draw with Brighton, with Miguel Britos sent off for a ridiculous challenge Follow Goal on Twitter and Instagram for more Fan of the Week videos and extensive Premier League coverage for the new 2017-18 season.
Ligue 1 Philanthropist Neymar and philosopher Dani Alves – Ligue 1 goes social Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:30 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Ligue 1 Neymar Kylian Mbappé Mario Balotelli Toulouse v Bordeaux Monaco v Strasbourg Dijon v Saint-Étienne Troyes v Montpellier Nantes v Caen Guingamp v Lille Αμιάν v Olympique Marseille Angers SCO v Metz Rennes v Nice PSG v Olympique Lyonnais Troyes Strasbourg Nice Bordeaux Metz Rennes Montpellier PSG Guingamp Αμιάν Dijon Angers SCO Toulouse Monaco Saint-Étienne Nantes Caen Lille Olympique Marseille Olympique Lyonnais The PSG forward took time out from a busy week to raise awareness for Handicap international while his colleague turned to motivational speaking The return of autumn and the Champions League marks the coming of a stage in the football season when the games arrive thick and fast at the top level. All of the big clubs have played three times over the last week, and as such their stars have had little opportunity to think of anything but football.For Paris Saint-Germain, it was once again a highly-successful week. Not only did they start their Champions League campaign with a thumping 5-0 win over Celtic in Scotland, a result celebrated by many of their stars on Instagram, they also increased their grip on Ligue 1 by seeing off Lyon 2-0 at home. “Great work from the team, this is the way forward,” Dani Alves posted to his Instagram account following the victory over Brendan Rodgers’ side in Glasgow.Sunday’s encounter with Lyon was Kylian Mbappe’s first home match as a PSG player and was decided by two own goals, the second of which arrived after the young striker’s shot cannoned back off OL goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, onto team-mate Jeremy Morel and into the net.It was cruel on a Lyon side that deserved a share of the spoils for a dogged performance. The nature of the two goals did not stop Mbappe from enjoying his evening, though, as he posted a picture of the game to his Instagram account after the match.Meanwhile, Neymar was again a chief protagonist for his side, although he had a hard match against Lyon full-back Kenny Tete. Indeed, for once the Brazilian was prevented from either scoring or being credited with an assist.He was, however, on target in PSG’s win over Celtic, blasting his team into the lead with a fierce finish in the first half. For Neymar, it has been customary to post himself a good luck message to social media before his matches, and he has done so twice over the last week. “May God bless and protect us,” both read.The striker has been doing his bit for charity, too. He took to Instagram to raise awareness of an organisation called Handicap International France, who seek to act to protect vulnerable people.Neymar became an ambassador for the organisation earlier this week and posted a simple picture of himself with the word ‘Hi’ written on the palm of his hand.In another post, he offered a similar picture, albeit one with ‘STOP’ written on his hand. This is a message that is designed to raise awareness of civilians in war-torn areas being the target of bombs.PSG team-mate Dani Alves has been in a philosophical mood, as usual. “If you make your base strong, your structure will never shake with turbulence, its principles will be what strengthens your consciousness, will give you the ability to run and excel! If at some point you think about changing something in life, change your actions, change your attitudes and they will be reflected in those around you. Take care of your emotions, they bring love for life and peace for the hearts,” he posted.One of the big stories in the French media this week has been the decision to award the 2024 Olympic games to Paris. It was a decision met with joy from many involved in sport in the country, with Mbappe among those to post about the vote on social media. After his face was portrayed in lights around the city just a couple of weeks ago, he gave coverage to the altogether different event.“Can’t wait for it,” he said, perhaps with one eye on tackling club-mate Neymar in the competition, after Brazil famously won the title for the first time in Rio 2016. Mario Balotelli is another star who has had an excellent week. He was on target as Nice recorded a thumping win over Zulte Waregem in the Europa League on Thursday and then scored the winner as they went to Rennes on Sunday to pinch a 1-0 success. “It’s only the beginning,” the Italy international forward promised as his fine form continued.Someone not having such a good time of it currently is Patrice Evra, who was dropped for Marseille’s victories over Konyaspor and Amiens this week. However, the veteran defender seems to be taking it all in his stride, showing his usual upbeat attitude on Facebook. There is some welcome respite over the next week for the players, with no Ligue 1 sides in midweek action.
LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 26: Mark Stoops the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates with his players after the Kentucky 41-38 win over the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Kentucky football capped off its best season in recent memory with a Citrus Bowl win over Penn State.UK stuck with head coach Mark Stoops through three losing seasons at the top of his tenure, and it really appears to have paid off.Stoops went 2-10 in his first year in Lexington, followed by a pair of 5-7 seasons. Recruiting continually improved, though, and the Wildcats broke through in 2016.Now, after a pair of 7-6 seasons and bowl losses, Kentucky made a big three-win leap, and upset the No. 12 Penn State Nittany Lions in today’s bowl.UK withstood a big push by a resilient Trace McSorley playing on what has been reported as a broken foot, to win 27-24.As usual for Kentucky football, star running back Benny Snell shines, carrying the rock 26 times for 144 yards and a pair of scores.After the Kentucky bowl win, Mark Stoops wasn’t afraid to flex on Penn State a little bit.He had fun with the fact that Kentucky beat a team with the same blue and white color scheme.On the field Mark Stoops said:“Don’t let anyone tell you we aren’t the REAL Blue and White!”— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 1, 2019That’s pretty tame, but we’re sure Penn State fans don’t appreciate it right now.Today was Kentucky’s first bowl win in almost exactly 10 years. On January 2, 2009, Rich Brooks’ Wildcats beat ECU in the Liberty Bowl.
Next India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 20:30 IST Rafael Nadal crushed Frances Tiafoe in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Tuesday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal outclassed USA’s Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the quarter-finalsNadal is looking for his second Australian Open titleNadal will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final on ThursdayFrances Tiafoe had a dream run at the Australian Open till it lasted. On Tuesday he came across against the fiery forehand of Rafael Nadal and found himself wanting. Nadal came out with complete gusto and took advantage of the nerves from Tiafoe and was on top of almost all the balls that the USA youngster shot at him to eventually win 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.”I knew he was going to bring crazy intensity, I knew the ball was going to be jumping. I knew if he got hold of a forehand, it was going to be barbecued chicken,” Tiafoe said.”But point in, point out, I’ve never seen someone so locked in.”Tiafoe fought hard and in fact served exceptionally well for most part of the match but could not break Nadal even once in the match.No place on the court is safe.Rafael Nadal unleashes a monster forehand for the @cpaaustralia Shot of the Day.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/XXb9TwHIFd#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 201930th Grand Slam semifinal.@RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/eijorlz1E5#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019In his first service game of the match, Tiafoe got broken in each set to go behind early on. In the third and final set of the match, Nadal broke him twice and served out the set to stay on course for his second title in Melbourne.”I felt having the break at the beginning of every set, that gave me a lot of confidence. Then I was serving well, playing solid,” Nadal told reporters.advertisementFirst time they’ve met.And we’re pretty sure it won’t be the last…@RafaelNadal and @FTiafoe #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/x0wGsCzgvM#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019Nadal and Tiafoe hadn’t played each other before, though they did practice together at Roland Garros back in 2014, when Tiafoe was a teen in the junior competition.Entering this year’s Australian Open, the 39th-ranked Tiafoe had never been past the third round at a major. But he knocked off two-time Slam runner-up Kevin Anderson and 20th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov on the way to the quarter-finals, drawing plenty of attention for his play – and his bare-chested, biceps-slapping celebrations inspired by LeBron James.”To be back in the semifinals… means everything to me.”Welcome back to the final 4 @RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/m15CkCK2eU#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019As usual, Tiafoe was animated and talkative on Tuesday. He lamented missed shots with a self-admonishing “Oh, Frances!” He marked good ones with a shout of “Let’s go!”@RafaelNadal’s take on his semifinal opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas. #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/Ym7lxtvNAP#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019But it all came to a screeching halt against Nadal, a 17-time major champion.Tiafoe was happy with his performance though and for him one of the highlights of his tournament was the chance to play in Rod Laver Arena – with Laver himself sitting in the stands.Tiafoe said he looked over at the only man to twice complete a calendar-year Grand Slam and “saw the eyes close at one point.” And so this, then, is what went through the 21-year-old American’s mind: “Don’t fall asleep on me!””I was about ready to say something,” Tiafoe joked after his loss to Rafael Nadal. “You know what I’m saying?”Still, Tiafoe continued, “It was cool that [Laver] was out there. Yeah, I mean, he’s a legend of the sport, and so is Rafa.”Nadal was happy and emotional about his tournament in Melbourne Park on Tuesday. He was forced to retire hurt in the fifth set of last year’s quarter-final against eventual finalist Marin Cilic, eight years after pulling out midway through his last-eight clash against Andy Murray with a knee injury.”It’s very emotional for me to be back in the semi-final in Melbourne,” Nadal said in the on-court interview. “I had some troubles in this event all my career.”To be back to the semi-final without playing for a while means everything to me. So I just want to say thank you very, very much everybody. Great feelings, to be able to play in this court is always so special.”And of course I’m very happy with the way I played tonight.”For a place in the final, Nadal will meet 20-year-old Greek sensation Tsitsipas, who earlier on Tuesday became his country’s first player to reach the last four at a major with a 7-5 4-6 6-4 7-6(2) triumph over Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.After destroying Alex de Minaur, the highly-regarded 19-year-old local, in straight sets in the third round and Tiafoe in the last eight, Tsitsipas will be the latest youngster to test Nadal.advertisement”When you face these young players, they are in permanent improvement. He’s with confidence. He won a lot of good matches. Will be a tough one,” Nadal said.”For me is always the same: you are in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, you can’t expect an easy opponent. Stefanos is one of the best players of the world.”To have the chance to be in that final, I need to play my best, and that’s what I am looking for.”(With agency inputs)For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Frances TiafoeFollow Australian Open Barbecued chicken – Frances Tiafoe coins term for the ball hit by Rafa Nadal’s powerAustralian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal’s fiery forehand was at work on Tuesday as he powered past USA’s Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 into the semi-finals at the Rod Laver Arena.advertisement
Social media sites Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber were banned while YouTube was also restricted. The President was expected to lift the ban late last week but he said he had changed his mind after misinformation continued to spread on Facebook.The Government has now warned that stern action will be taken against anyone spreading false news on social media or promoting hate among communities. (Colombo Gazette) The ban was imposed as social media was used to spread misinformation and promote hate following the Easter Sunday attacks. The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) has lifted the ban on several social media sites on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena.The ban was imposed following the Easter Sunday attacks in which over 250 people were killed.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights are teaming up in a project to analyze the human rights situation in 48 municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Working with national experts, their team of development and human rights specialists will gather information on civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights at the grassroots level – including such issues as women’s equality, worker’s rights and equal access to public services. The aim is to promote dialogue on human rights and development among national and international decision-makers, and to help shape new policies.“This project is an encouraging example for the successful implementation of the human rights-based approach to development, and it is my sincere hope that more projects will follow,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. Its findings promise to empower civil society, increase public awareness, and enhance transparency and accountability in government, as well as the country’s ability to prepare reports required by human rights treaty bodies.The initiative represents the first such survey in the country, and the first the partners are implementing together. It is part of a larger process aimed at helping countries incorporate human rights considerations into long-term development strategies.
“The Secretary-General was very pleased to learn today of the Constitutional Loya Jirga’s agreement on Afghanistan’s new Constitution,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement, which congratulated participating delegates for completing the “difficult and complex” process.The original draft of the text was subject to extensive public debate among Afghans, and the Secretary-General today hailed the “historic achievement” as evidence of their determination to establish a stable and democratic State.He also urged global support for the effort. “This is another important step in the peace process that justifies the commitment of the Afghan people and the international community to date and which must be sustained, if not increased,” he said.Mr. Annan said he was gratified that the UN had been able to contribute to the accomplishment, and commended his Special Representative, Lakhdar Brahimi, “for the vital role he has played.”Since October 2001, Ambassador Brahimi has been serving as the senior UN envoy to Afghanistan, with overall authority for the Organization’s humanitarian, human rights and political work in the country.A former Foreign Minister of Algeria with extensive diplomatic experience, Mr. Brahimi previously carried out a number of UN assignments, including serving as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan from July 1997 until October 1999.
US Deputy Secretary of State, William J. Burns, arrives for talks on seeking a political solution. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi speaks to journalists following the meeting. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi and his Deputy, Nasser Al-Kidwa (left), prior to the meeting. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail L. Bogdanov, arrives for talks on seeking a political solution. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré ‹ › “We are all very, very deeply aware of the immense suffering of the Syrian people which has gone for far too long and we all stressed the need for a speedy end to the bloodshed, to the destruction, and all forms of violence in Syria,” Mr. Brahimi said in Geneva. He was addressing reporters following a second round of talks with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, and the United States Deputy Secretary of State, William Burns. The envoy has been engaged in meetings in the region and elsewhere, as part of his efforts to bring about a negotiated, political solution to end the Syrian conflict. “In our view, there is no military solution for this conflict,” Mr. Brahimi said, adding that Mr. Bogdanov and Mr. Burns had agreed during their talks today on the necessity to reach a political solution based on the so-called Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012, which, among other items, calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition. “As you know a key element of that communiqué is the governing body which should exercise full executive powers during its existence, and we agree that full executive powers means all the powers of the State,” Mr. Brahimi said. More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which is now in its 23rd month. Mr. Brahimi said he would continue to engage with all Syrian parties, as well as other stakeholders in the region and internationally. The Joint Special Representative is scheduled to brief the Security Council later this month on his consultations with the Syrian Government and representatives of the opposition. The 15-member body has so far been unable to reach agreement on a course of action in relation to the conflict in Syria. “There is an absolute necessity for people to continue to work for a peaceful solution,” he said adding that “it is the wider international community, but especially the members of the Security Council that can really create the opening that is necessary to start effectively solving the problem.” The Geneva communiqué was issued after a meeting in the Swiss city of the so-called Action Group for Syria and lays out key steps in a process to end the violence in the Middle Eastern country. The Action Group is made up of the Secretaries-General of the UN and the Arab League; the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister; the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, in their respective roles related to the Arab League. On the humanitarian front, according to UN estimates, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance inside the country quadrupled between March 2012 and December 2012, from one million to four million. UN humanitarian aid planning estimates that up to a million Syrian refugees will need help during the first half of 2013, with most of these located in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt.
“I condemn last night’s appalling terrorist attack against innocent civilians in Mogadishu resulting in numerous casualties,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay.For decades, Somalia has been riven by factional fighting and the recent spread of religious fanaticism in the guise of Al-Shabaab has only added to the beleaguered country’s woes. In 2012, new Somali national institutions emerged as the country ended a transitional phase toward setting up a permanent, democratically-elected Government. Meanwhile, the Somali National Army (SNA) and the UN-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been pursuing a renewed offensive against Al-Shabaab insurgents, who in 2011 were forced to retreat from the capital, Mogadishu.The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which Mr. Kay leads, was established in 2013 by the UN Security Council. It is mandated to support the Federal Government of Somalia with its peace and state building agenda and to strengthen Somalia’s security sector, promote respect for human rights and women’s empowerment and assist in the coordination of international assistance.“The use of such indiscriminate tactics against the Somali people is a cruel and despicable crime. I commend the swift response of Somalia’s security and medical staff. The perpetrators need to be brought to justice swiftly,” added Mr. Kay.At the same time, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, voiced extreme concern over the unfolding humanitarian crisis in southern, central and north-eastern Somalia where numerous communities remain “desperately” in need of water, food and healthcare. “The humanitarian operation in Somalia requires urgent scale-up,” Mr. Lazzarini said in a press statement. “We are in a race against time to save lives in areas stricken by drought and conflict.”The humanitarian coordinator noted that aid workers could reach affected areas despite the numerous challenges and persisting insecurity but urged the international community to drastically ramp up its financial assistance for the country.“Despite competing crises in the world today, not responding to the humanitarian situation in Somalia is not an option,” Mr. Lazzarini continued. “Critical funding is needed today to expand operations. Funding pipelines for food security, nutrition, health, water, sanitation and hygiene services must be increased without delay.”
Last year, Quinn Pitcock took home the title belt after dominating the competition in the first season of Lantern weekly picks. This year, Pitcock is seeking to defend his title, and his performance in Week 1 will certainly help. Pitcock and Justin Zwick – who finished third in the standings last year – finished a perfect 3-0 last week, thanks to Boise State’s late comeback win against Virginia Tech. The rest of the field limped to a 1-2 start. Each competitor was asked to predict the winners of four marquee matchups this week. Can Pitcock and Zwick keep their records unblemished? THIS WEEK’S GAMES: No. 11 Miami @ No. 2 Ohio State Michigan @ Notre Dame No. 18 Penn State @ No. 1 Alabama No. 17 Florida State @ No. 10 Oklahoma Dallas Lauderdale Last week/Overall: 1-2 Picks: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Oklahoma Justin Zwick Last week/Overall: 3-0 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Florida State James Laurinaitis Last week/Overall: 1-2 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Oklahoma Quinn Pitcock Last week/Overall: 3-0 Picks: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State Zack Meisel Last week/Overall: 1-2 Picks: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State
There is a great deal of news on graphite projects in the latest issue of International Mining Project News, the 257th edition. There are updates on some nine prefeasibility studies, two feasibility studies, 26 projects in development, nine mines that have gone into production five operations in expansion, over a dozen in acquisitions and mergers and many new appointments to new positions. IMPN is published every fortnight, in which a great deal of detail (all the latest news) is provided on each project – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for subscription detailsAmong the operations just going into production are Asanko Gold’s Asanko gold mine (which declared commercial production in April) in Ghana, and already looking to expand. Mining is underway at West Wits Mining’s Sol Plaatjies gold project within the Soweto Cluster prospecting right area, Johannesburg, South Africa. Ore from Premier Gold Mines’ 40%-owned South Arturo mine is now being processed at Barrick’s Goldstrike mine processing facility. South Arturo is located in the Carlin Trend, Nevada and is a joint venture between Premier and Barrick Gold Corp’s wholly-owned subsidiary Barrick Gold Exploration with Barrick as operator. The mine was developed on-time and on-budget. Initial gold production is expected to ramp up during Q3-2016 with attributable gold production to Premier estimated at 80,000 oz during the current calendar year. At Blackham Resources’ 5.1 Moz Matilda gold project commissioning is underway. Mining of ore at the Matilda M10 pit has commenced and underground development at the high grade Golden Age orebody is progressing well.Avenira Ltd announces that Gadde Bissik Phosphates Operations SUARL, a Senegalese subsidiary of Avenira, has signed an additional export rock phosphate supply agreement. This offtake agreement is with Polyserve Import Export and Trade, with Baobab rock phosphate product destined for downstream phosphate fertiliser producers. This agreement adds to the offtake agreements announced in July, lifting the combined commitment to between 360,000 and 480,000 t/y. On August 4, Avenira advised that it had started commissioning at Baobab. The company’s strategy to develop the project is based on an initial Stage 1 operation producing 500,000 t/y of phosphate concentrate. Production of tin concentrate has commenced at Aus Tin Mining Ltd’s Granville tin project in Tasmania, elevating the company to only the second tin producer listed on the ASX. This milestone occurs against the back drop of an improving tin price (currently $18,270/t) and declining global tin stocks. It is anticipated that cash flow from Granville will be employed to advance the Company’s suite of projects, including the Taronga tin project in NSW and Mt Cobalt in Queensland.At Orinoco Gold’s flagship 70%-owned Cascavel gold mine, seen in the picture, in central Brazil, plant commissioning is nearing completion and the ramp-up of commercial gold production is about to commence. This is the subject of the Operations Focus in the September magazine issue of International Mining.
Free Mobile: Xavier Niel et Eric Besson s’expliquent sur TwitterXavier Niel, PDG de Free et Eric Besson ont communiqué sur Twitter au sujet d’un différend entre Free et le gouvernement. Le patron de Free, Xavier Niel, a interpellé le ministre de l’Industrie à la suite d’une demande adressée au régulateur des Télécoms. Eric Besson, le ministre en charge de la Nouvelle économie avait demandé à l’Arcep de de vérifier l’état du réseau Free Mobile.Xavier Niel a réagi à cette demande depuis son compte Twitter et a posté le message suivant : “3 semaines sans action sur la portabilité cela fait des 100aines de milliers d’abo[nnements] en attente d’une [carte] SIM : agissez plus, parlez moins !”. Le patron de Free Mobile a par ailleurs ajouté le site de micro-blogging : “au Ministre de faire son job: agir dans l’intérêt du consommateur en imposant le respect de la loi (porta en 3j / desimlockage immédiat)”. Enfin, un dernier tweet contenant quelques sous-entendus : “Free a fait son job: des centaines de milliers d’abo libérés et ravis, qui ont divisé leur facture, sur un réseau qui fonctionne.”Le ministre de l’Industrie, Eric Besson, également utilisateur de Twitter a répondu sur le même site : “je le fais, Xavier. Nous en reparlerons”. Il précise ensuite “Free suite et fin. Ai évidemment donné mon accord pour que l’ANFR apporte son appui à l’ARCEP. Laissons la travailler maintenant”. Dimanche, le cabinet du ministre a témoigné son soutien à Free Mobile et Xavier Niel ne s’est pas manifesté depuis… sur Twitter ! Le 30 janvier 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambert
Students of Green Street Academy attend the opening ceremony of the charter school and listen to speakers. (Courtesy Photo)In an auditorium full of students wearing bright green ties and white shirts with the logo of the newly opened charter school, Green Street Academy, there is a reminder of resiliency in the West Baltimore community.Representative Elijah Cummings, the keynote speaker on Monday morning, addressed students from grades 6 to 12 about such resiliency by retelling a conversation he had with Diamond Grant, a 6th grader at the school.“She said something that really surprised me, the first thing she said, ‘I feel respected,’” he said. “Sometimes I don’t think people understand how important respect is.” Cummings pointed out that the creators of Green Street have shown how much they respect the students by making a school like GSA.The building was previously used as Gwynn Falls Park Junior High School, the same school Rep. Cummings attended as a child. It closed in 1985 and the space was bought by The Kingdom Life Church but the members only used limited areas.In 2010, the team behind Green Street Academy found the building and moved out from their previous location at North Bend Road and worked to redevelop it into an ecofriendly institution.“We operate within a space that’s going to allow us to make a really big difference for students who haven’t really reached their full potential,” Dr. Dan Schochor, the executive director, said.The school includes enough room for 875 students by 2018, with 60% of those students coming from the area, a STEM lab, certifications of certain fields of study, afterschool activities in career interests and internship opportunities, according to the website.The location can also provide an opportunity for Green Street Academy.“We need to take back our kids and let the people know that there are individuals in the community deeply invested in the future of our children,” Crystal Harden-Lindsey, the principal of GSA, said.
Hate that seasonal chore of raking autumn leaves off your lawn? If you live in Dutchess County, New York, you can get (free) help from an unlikely company — Pornhub.The popular adult entertainment website announced on Twitter on Tuesday that the company wants to “blow” the lawns of Dutchess County, New York, residents for free.Pornhub wants to blow you for free!! Well, your lawn actually. If you live in Dutchess County, NY email email@example.com with your contact info+proof of address and we’ll blow you…r leaves off your lawn Nov 7-9! Space is limited!— Pornhub ARIA (@Pornhub) November 6, 2018AdChoices广告To avail of the free leaf removal service from Pornhub, all residents had to do was email the company with their contact info and a proof of address. Then, between Wednesday and Friday (November 7 to 9), a truck would arrive at their home or business and take care of clearing the leaves on their lawns.The offer is part of the campaign “Pornhub Blows America,” a partnership between the website and landscaping company Dutchess Lawns.All requests received from customers will be satisfied on a first-come, first-served basis, Jay Lotaj, CEO of Dutchess Lawns, told the Poughkeepsie Journal. For the jobs, Dutchess Lawns’ crews and vehicles will be outfitted with Pornhub’s black-and-orange logos.Pornhub will blow your leaves for free https://t.co/CH7DygBfQ9 pic.twitter.com/zRAzkDi9Pg— New York Post (@nypost) November 7, 2018“This fall, Pornhub is lending a hand and offering to ‘blow’ America and remove your leaves for free. After all, we are experts when it comes to blowing and sucking. So who wants to get blown by Pornhub?” Corey Price, Pornhub’s vice president, said in a press release.Lotaj told the Poughkeepsie Journal Pornhub first reached out to him several months ago. At first, he said, he was hesitant. “Then, when I realized they were providing a free service for people up here, I thought it was a good idea,” Lotaj said. “Any time we [can] give back, we try to do it.”Lotaj said he thinks potential customers will see the humor in the situation, rather than be concerned over an association with pornography.The leaf removal campaign follows last year’s “Pornhub Plows America” campaign, which offered snow-clearing services in Boston and New York City after Winter Storm Stella.More on Geek.com:Porn Site Offers Elon Musk ‘Non-Sex’ RoleAlien Sex Fetish Speaks to ‘Desire for Novelty’Sex Robot Makes Adult Film Debut Android Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit PornVirginia Outlaws Deepfake Revenge Porn Stay on target
SDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019 Stay on target There’s a serial killer (kind of) on the loose, teenagers taking the law into their own hands and truly awful parenting. That’s what passes for normal on Riverdale, and that’s what last night’s episode gave us. The third episode is the first of the new season that really felt like the same show we obsessed over last winter/spring. The first had to deal with the immediate aftermath of Fred’s shooting. The second had an entire season to set up, and was still weighed down with the baggage from the first. Last night is where the season found its feet again, and the plot can move forward at the insane pace we’ve grown accustomed to.There was still plenty of set-ups for things to come, but it all served to drive the story. Jughead attends his new school, and is immediately pressured to hang out with the serpents. South Side High is pretty much every bad neighborhood school trope crammed into one building. Students have to walk through a metal detector to enter the building. There’s pointed graffiti all over the lockers (“School of LIES!”). Every kid is part of a gang, including one made up of cannibals… sure, great, you do you, Riverdale. And students are doing Pixy Stix, sorry, Jingle Jangle openly in the hall. Jughead is guided through the school by a girl named Toni Topaz, who’s also a serpent. As Jughead starts to get Southside High’s school paper going again, he recruits Toni as a photographer. The show is laying the groundwork for some kind of love triangle here. As much as we love Bughead, this kind of thing is pretty much inevitable in a teen drama.Jordan Connor as Sweet Pea, Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones (Photo: Bettina Strauss /The CW)Jughead’s involvement with the Serpents will continue to be an issue in his relationship with Betty. As much as he tries to distance himself from the gang and continue as a loner, he’ll always get pulled back in. That’s partly because of who his father is and partly because of how Southside High works. He stays at school late to work on a story about how Clifford Blossom was using another gang, the Ghoulies (ha!), to deal drugs locally. When it comes time to leave, he gets Grabbed by the Ghoulies and beat up. Though he lies to Betty about what happened, he starts hanging out with the Serpents for protection. There are some rocky waters ahead for Bughead.The biggest surprise of the episode is how it took the brooding, gun-buying, drug-considering Archie story from the last episode and channeled all that into something good. Good for us to watch, I mean. By any other metric, it’s a terrible idea. First, the episode did us all a favor and put an end to Archie’s constant yelling into the void. The killer (who’s really only killed one person at this point, considering Moose and Midge survived), sends a note to the Riverdale newspaper like a wannabe Zodiac. In it, he admits that he was behind Miss Grundy’s murder and the shootings. He also reveals his motive: he wants to clean Riverdale of sinners. It doesn’t explain everything, but at least it stops Archie complaining about how no one believes him. Also, I think this is the first time the show has come out and said that Miss Grundy is a child predator. Though since it comes from the words of an attempted serial killer, it’s still unclear whether the show really believes that. Riverdale, you know statutory rape isn’t cool, right? You need to show us that you understand that.Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica, Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge, Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge and Cole Sprouse as Jughead (Photo: Bettina Strauss /The CW)Hiram Lodge sees Archie’s distrust of the police as something he can use to his advantage. It’s not clear exactly how yet, but he encourages Archie to come up with his own solution. That solution: A teenage vigilante squad. God, this show is amazing. Sheriff Keller raises an objection, but nobody seems to have a problem with it. Principal Weatherbee is completely on board with it as a school club, because there are only two sane adults in this town and he’s not one of them. Archie recruits the entire football team, which seems like a great idea until you remember that Reggie is the school drug dealer. And it’s not like the football team is full of moral, upstanding citizens. Organizing these guys into an authoritative mob seems like the worst idea. But Archie is so earnest and determined, it’s hard not to root for him here. Archie is at is best on this show when he’s pure-hearted and stupid. That’s this entire plot in a nutshell. And hey, they do some good here. Ethel notices she’s being stalked by a strange van, and Reggie and Archie come to her rescue. We don’t find out who was driving that van, but Ethel is safe and that is what’s important. Their video message to the killer, where they’re all shirtless and wearing red hoods, is hilarious. If there’s one image that tells you everything you need to know about Riverdale, it’s that. The group is called The Red Circle, because that’s an Archie Comics imprint and because The Red Hood is already taken.Speaking of the Lodge family, they are at full tilt crazy in this episode. Hiram is almost cartoony in his manipulation of Archie, which makes it a pleasant surprise when his “man-to-man” talk over rum turns out to be normal parent daughters boyfriend type stuff. You know, the whole “could you not sneak into my daughter’s bedroom” kind of thing. With as much as there was going on in this episode, the dinner scene was sadly rushed. Riverdale does awkward dinners so well, and the episode had all the pieces in place for a great one. Then, it just ran out of time to capitalize on any of it. We still got some great dialogue from Hermione, who has completed her heel turn at this point. I love that we just accept that this is a world where parents taunt their children over the other parent not loving them enough.Camila Mendes as Veronica and KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (Photo: Bettina Strauss /The CW)Most important was Kevin Keller’s story. He didn’t have all that much to do last season, but since he came on as a series regular for this one, there’s hope for more. This is the first episode to really dive into his perspective on things. He feels dating apps make it too easy for people to misrepresent themselves, so he runs in the woods late at night looking to hook up. Yes, it puts him in considerable danger. He’s the one to find Moose and Midge after they get shot. Betty tries to convince him to stop, going so far as to accuse him of “disrespecting himself,” which is a real crappy thing to say. Thankfully, Riverdale isn’t afraid to explore Kevin’s exact reasons for cruising the woods at night. He calls out Betty for acting like he has the same options he does. It’s a small town where he’s the only out gay guy. He doesn’t get to have uncomplicated crushes and first kisses the way she can. Putting himself in danger is kind of his only option. There aren’t a lot of shows out there that will talk this honestly about that. He gets himself into a very scary situation, and for a second it looks like the show is going to kill him off. The scene even has a terrifying jump scare, that turns out to be in Kevin’s head. Thankfully, he’s able to get himself out of the woods safely, and have a surprisingly honest talk with his dad. You know, one of the two sane parents in town. The show is adding more depth to Kevin’s character, and we can only hope it goes further from here.This is the first week where Riverdale really feels like it’s back. It’s dealt with the immediate complications of Fred Andrews’ attempted murder and built a base for the rest of the season. Now, our favorite strange, self-aware, just-trashy-enough teen soap opera can continue full steam ahead. It’s almost certainly going to take us to some insane, messed up and possibly stupid places. That’s what we signed up for, and after this episode, I’m on board for whatever this show has planned.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Rapper Azealia Banks says she wants to leave the US because she hates “everything” about the country.The 23-year-old slammed the United States of America in an interview with Playboy Magazine in its April issue, reports aceshowbiz.com.“Yes! I hate everything about this country. Like, I hate fat white Americans,” she said, and added: “All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. Those little teenage girls who work at Kmart and have a racist grandma-that’s really America.” Asked if there’s any person whose career she would like to emulate, Banks said: “Jay-Z. That’s the only person I have my eye set on. The race thing always comes up, but I want to get there being very black and proud and boisterous about it. You get what I mean? A lot of times when you’re a black woman and you’re proud, that’s why people don’t like you,” she said speaking to the media recently.
The Rainbow FestPhoto: TSE Photography via Cornwall PrideThe Rainbow Fest is Cornwall Pride’s afternoon event. Held at the Killacourt in Newquay, it is a free event with live music from 1pm to 7pm.There will be a licensed bar area, stalls from various organizations, business and groups within Cornwall and the UK offering advice and support as well as fun games to play, face painting and more.Acts include Daisy Clark, X Factor Benji Matthews, and Joe Hurworth. Britain’s Got Talent drag queen Vicki Vivacious will be Cornwall Pride’s host for the evening.The Moonbow PartyAs the sun sets, it’s time for the afterparty… | Photo: TSE Photography via Cornwall PrideCornwall Pride’s afertparty will be hosted at Tall Trees in Newquay from 8pm until 2am. The event is ticketed.The committee has teamed up with Great Western Railway and First Kernow to make sure it’s even easier to take part Cornwall Pride in Newquay this year. A fleet of free shuttle buses will operate between St. Austell and Par to offer outbound and return connections with Newquay station. All you need is your GWR train ticket.Read more about Prides:Cornwall hosted the first Pride tour in the world and the pictures are dreamy eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The longest rainbow flag and the prettiest beach, what else? | Photo: Cornwall Pride Pride Cymru has just announced its full lineup for the Big Weekend Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Newquay will celebrate its LGBTI community with the annual Cornwall Pride march, happening in one of the most stunning coastal locations of the UK. This Welsh community is hosting a Pride for the ‘small-town’ boys and girls out there Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/cornwall-pride-might-be-the-dreamiest-lgbti-parade-to-attend-this-summer/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Walking groups and floats will parade through the streets of Newquay on Saturday 25 August. The event will be family-friendly and free to attend.The most southwestern county in England already hosted a Pride tour in June, bringing a positive message of acceptance to 11 towns.Cornwall Pride is necessaryPhoto: TSE Photography via Cornwall PrideEarlier this summer, however, vandals pooed on one of Newquay’s Pride rainbow benches to write a homophobic message. The disgusting incident sparked outrage and is proof of how much Pride is necessary for smaller communities.The parade on Saturday will wave the rainbow flag proudly to protest against anti-LGBTI discrimination.The gathering point is Towan Beach at 12pm. Nonetheless, marchers are advised to arrive an hour earlier to ensure the parade will start on time.The routeThe massive rainbow flag waved during Cornwall Pride Tour. | Photo: TSE Photography via Cornwall PrideStarting from Towan Beach, the parade will then head into Beach Road and Gover Lane and join Bank Street.Once in Bank Street, it will make its way through the pedestrian street and join East Street.Marchers and floats will then turn left into Bridge Road and then left again into Trebarwith Crescent and make its way to the Killacourt at 1pm.‘Onwards together’Queen drummer Roger Taylor, the patron of the event, expressed his support to the LGBTI community.‘I am indeed proud to be associated with Cornwall Pride. To me this significantly represents the fact that Cornwall is truly part of the 21st century, which must be a positive change for the better. Onwards together.’
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Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 18:49Lanes reopened on M6 in CheshireA Highways England spokesman said:M6 21 to J21A North bound The Vehicles in the RTC have now been moved to the hard shoulder and all the lanes are open Slow moving traffic in the area so please plan ahead if this is your route. Police remain on scene on the H/S dealing with the RTC .”18:46A50 partially blocked due to accident near Sideway Roundabout.A50 Eastbound partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved at A5006 (Sideway Roundabout).Near Holiday Inn Express Stoke on Trent. (Image: Inrix)18:32All traffic held on M6 NorthboundA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:J21 to J21A Northbound We have traffic held whilst we try and get the vehicles across from the Live lanes involved in the RTC Please bear with us. We will be a quick as we can to get you moving.” 18:17Three vehicle accident on M6A North West Motorway Police spokesman said:Report of a 3 Vehicle RTC on the M6 J21 to J21A NB Traffic is backing up in the area. Please allow extra time if you’re heading off in this direction.” 17:40Police are investigating the attack on the supermarket cash machineMore here.16:36Weapons and drugs seized as police stop car on A34The A34 was briefly closed while police recovered a package thrown from the vehicle. More here. 15:59Slow traffic due to accident on A521Reports of slow traffic due to accident on A521 Uttoxeter Road near Tesco Express in Blythe Bridge.There are no blockages on the road as traffic is able to get past.Location of the accident (Image: Inrix)15:26One lane blocked on M6One lane blocked and slow traffic due to broken down van on M6 Northbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe).Lane one (of three) is blocked awaiting recovery. 15:03Delays on A34Reports of traffic problem and queueing traffic on A34 Stone Road Northbound between A513 Beaconside (Redhill roundabout) and Whitgreave Lane.Caller reports a traffic issue heading away from Stafford towards Stone. Awaiting further details as to the possible cause. 12:45One lane blocked and slow traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is blocked between Sandbach services and J17. 12:32Balfour Street in both directions closed due to roadworks from Ludlow Street to Waterloo Street.Until 2nd December. 12:10One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A5013 (Stafford North). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. The sensors show that the break down is prior to Stafford Services. 12:10One lane blocked and slow traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is blocked. 11:33A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 11:00One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J14 A5013 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of three) is closed. No camera in view. 10:03A527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 09:35A34 Northbound partially blocked, queuing traffic due to accident, a car and lorry involved at A500 (Talke Roundabout). Congestion to Brewers Fayre. On the roundabout.Just at the top of the slip road from the A500 Southbound by the entrance to Travelodge. 09:12Queuing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A520 Weston Road at A520 / B5040 / Caverswall Road (Weston Coyney Crossroads).No reported accidents however all approaches to the lights are busy. 09:03Slow traffic on A53 Leek Road in both directions around the Plough Inn. 09:02Usual slow traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. 08:17Queuing traffic on A53 Southbound between A5272 Hanley Road (Holden Bridge, Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent) and A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent).Usual delays towards Cobridge lights. 07:47Moorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). 07:47Slow traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). Travel time is six minutes. 07:46Heavy traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 07:46Queuing traffic on A34 at the A51 roundabout. Congestion to the Shell Roundabout on the Southbound side. In the roadworks area.Lane closures on approach to the roundabout. Although long-term works have finished, some emergency overnight repairs have been taking place. 07:26A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 07:13Usual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 07:13Heavy traffic on A53 Elder Road at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 06:59A53 Leek New Road busy but moving at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane.06:58A50 Through The Roadworks busy but moving at B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. Watch Next StokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudStokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/1:20Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:19 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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