For the second time in a row, no official of the West Bengal government was present at a meeting called by Governor Jagdeep Dhankar on Tuesday during his visit to a district outside Kolkata, triggering strong reactions from him. During the day, Mr. Dhankar visited North 24 Parganas but senior officials of the district administration as well as public representatives remained absent from the meeting. Earlier, on September 24, when the Governor visited Siliguri in Darjeeling district, neither any senior officer of the State government nor any public representative from the ruling party, the Trinamool Congress, was present. “Certain things have to believed in, that’s part of the protocol, part of propriety, part of dignity. If I read the absence of the District Magistrate along with the high voltage statements of ministers that we will boycott the visit. I am worried,” the Governor said. He told journalists that he had no idea why the district administration was behaving in such a manner and maintained that such a behaviour “has no parallel”. A letter dated October 21 by District Magistrate North 24 Parganas said that permission from the government was required to request public representatives, State and Central government officials to attend an interactive session called by the Governor. The letter also cited that senior government functionaries were in north Bengal from October 21 to 23 on account of the administrative review meeting of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.A prestige issue?, he saysAn upset Governor asked, whether it has become a prestige issue that the Governor of West Bengal will not be received by District Magistrate. “The cultured people of the State of West Bengal will find it very difficult to digest it or swallow it,” he said, adding that he was the “last person to ever cross his limits”. Referring to the example at Siliguri and in North 24 Parganas, he also wondered whether his visit was impacting “the health of district magistrates”. “This should not have happened. I am surprised,” he reiterated expressing his displeasure. The relations between the Governor and the State government have been far from being cordial. Since his appointment as the Governor in July, Mr Dhankar has raised questions on various aspects of the State’s functioning, including law and order. On September 19, he ‘rescued’ Union Minister Babul Supriyo from agitating students at the Jadavpur University.
PSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviourby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG chief Antero Henrique has hit out at Barcelona over their attempts to sign Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot has been banished to the stands for refusing to consider new contract talks at PSG, where his current deal expires in June.Henrique suspects the influence of Barca and snapped: “Mrs. Rabiot said that we had received an offer this summer. That’s right, a bid on August 29, twenty hours before the end of the transfer window. “It is then simple: Barcelona first had to reach an agreement with Rabiot before we were being talked to. And you also need to know that the Barcelona offer was ridiculous.”We, the club, were surprised by the low bid. It was disrespectful for someone with the status of Rabiot. I continue to emphasise: it is not possible to reach agreement within 24 hours on a player like Rabiot. It seems clear to me that Barcelona already had an agreement with Adrien. “I’m sure he has an agreement with another club anyway. Whether he can leave in the winter? He told me he does not want to stay.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
An economic think tank says it’s time to update how employment is measured in Canada. The Fraser Institute believes the unemployment rate doesn’t truly reflect how the economy is producing jobs. It states that too many people are leaving the workforce due to retirement, or to go back to school, and such changes are throwing off the jobless numbers.The think tank suggests the employment rate is a better way to evaluate how the economy is producing jobs as it measures the over all percentage of people working, not just those actively participating in the workforce.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A speaker who has been giving a series of anti-bullying presentations at schools around Fort St. John this week is going to be giving a presentation for an older audience this evening.Scott Graham, who is a bestselling author and a winner of the Governor General of Canada Award, has hosted leadership and anti-bullying school assemblies at four schools in Fort St. John this week.He visited Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School on Monday, Dr. Kearney on Tuesday, Robert Ogilvie Wednesday, and spoke at Bert Bowes earlier today. Graham, who was also one of the speakers at the 2012 TEDx Conference in Burlington, has been teaching students the skills to stand up to bullies for 25 years, having spoken in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, and as far away as Scotland.Graham’s presentations allow children develop their leadership abilities and learn anti-bullying skills.Graham will also be giving his presentation to the parents of students who attend Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Middle Schools on Thursday evening.The presentation is taking place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bert Bowes School.
New Delhi: In a bid to maintain cleanliness inside and outside police stations in the city, the Delhi Police had shifted more than 6,000 vehicles, which comes under case properties, lying in the police stations to different auto ponds/centralised malkhanas. Sources said that under the process, possibilities are there that more than 40,000 vehicles likely to be removed soon.Police sources told Millennium Post that in his crime review meetings, the Delhi Police Commissioner has taken stocks from districts and units DCPs regarding the shifting of vehicles. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”In a recent meeting which held in police headquarters, the police chief reviewed the update on the progress of shifting vehicles in different districts and units,” sources said. They further added that as many as 6,233 vehicles were shifted to auto pounds where the confiscated, recovered vehicles are kept with proper details of the case in which they were involved. The facility of a auto ponds is only to decongest police station. Sources further added that one of the districts shifted 1,117 vehicles whereas two districts separately moved more than 600 vehicles. Rest of the districts shifted over 3,000 vehicles. Two units of Railways and Special Cell shifted as many as 71 vehicles. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources further revealed that there are possibilities of having 41,543 vehicles that might be shifted to auto ponds. A senior police officer said that bigger case properties such as vehicles, equipment and furniture are sometimes damaged by weather. “Also during the rainy season, the water gets collected in the vehicles and became breeding ground for mosquitoes. Through shifting, cleanliness will be there in the police stations,” added the officer. Another officer said that it will also make the police stations beautiful and spacious. Apart from all the city, police also inaugurated e-Malkhana in which the case property has been given a proper identity packed in a cover with a barcode in it. “Details of the case property are first entered into the software, followed by uploading of its photograph. The case property is packed in a cardboard box to prevent damage, and a unique barcode is generated which is pasted on the box,” said police.
Ohio State forward Yaw Amankwa (23) sends a ball past Maryland defender Chris Odoi-Atsem (28) during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Oct. 31, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team faced off against No. 24 Wisconsin in its last game of the regular season on Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin. There was a lot at stake for both teams, as the game would determine the final Big Ten standings and seeding in the Big Ten tournament.In the end, the Badgers proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, defeating the Scarlet and Gray 2-1 in Madison.Wisconsin applied a ton of pressure early on in the match, earning the majority of chances and forcing the Buckeyes to spend most of the time in their own defensive zone.In the 16th minute, Wisconsin redshirt freshman defender Elan Koenig corralled a rebound off a save from OSU keeper Parker Siegfried and finished it off to put the Badgers up 1-0.Wisconsin would add to its lead in the 44th minute, again on a rebound opportunity. This time, it was redshirt sophomore forward Isaac Schlenker who buried the ball after a save from Siegfried, extending the Badger lead to 2-0.Wisconsin held a 15-3 shot advantage through the opening period, but the Buckeyes did not go quietly into the night.Late in the second period, OSU senior forward Yaw Amankwa launched a shot from 30 yards out that was able to beat the Badger keeper and find the back of the net, cutting the deficit to 2-1.The Buckeyes desperately battled back throughout the second stanza, outshooting the Badgers 12-4 in the period. However, they would be unable to find the equalizer, and the score remained at 2-1 as time expired.Sophomore forward Abdi Mohamed did not play in the match. Senior forward Danny Jensen played 58 minutes in his return from injury after a five-game absence.The Buckeyes finish the season with a 5-12-1 record (3-4-1 B1G).The loss gives OSU a sixth seed in the Big Ten tournament, where they will rematch Wisconsin in Madison this Sunday, Nov. 6.
Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) walks of the field during a game against Illinois Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 60-35.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorLives have changed forever for 256 players as they were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.Six of those players are former Ohio State Buckeyes.The first former Buckeye taken off the board was linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was selected 15th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round Thursday night. He became the ninth former OSU linebacker and 68th Buckeye ever taken in the first round.Shazier, who was a first-team Associated Press All-American in his final season at OSU, totaled a Big Ten conference-high with 143 tackles to go along with six sacks.Cornerback Bradley Roby, who joined Shazier as one of 30 prospects invited to New York for the draft, was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 31st overall pick in the first round.Roby became the first OSU defensive back taken in the first round of the draft since Malcolm Jenkins was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 14th overall pick in 2009.The Broncos, who dropped Super Bowl XLVIII 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2, have since bolstered their secondary by not only drafting Roby, but also signing former New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib to a six-year, $57 million contract in March.Just as they did in the first round, the Buckeyes produced two picks in the second round, as running back Carlos Hyde and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort came off the board.Hyde was selected 57th overall by the San Francisco 49ers, who are coached by former University of Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh.The former Buckeye running back became the first 1,000-yard rusher under OSU coach Urban Meyer and was named the Big Ten Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year in 2013. Hyde finished his senior campaign with 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.Mewhort was selected just two picks later with the 59th overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts.The selection of Mewhort marked the third straight year that an OSU tackle has been selected in the draft, following in the footsteps of Reid Fragel – drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013 – and Mike Adams, who the Pittsburgh Steelers selected in 2012.Mewhort was a three-year starter in his time as a Buckeye and was named a first-team All-American by ESPN.com during his senior season in 2013.Another Buckeye was not taken until the fifth round when center Corey Linsley was selected 161st overall by the Green Bay Packers.Linsley anchored an offensive line that ranked fifth nationally in 2013 in rushing, averaging 308.6 yards per game and breaking school records for points in a single season with 637, as well as touchdowns scored with 87.Linsley graduated from OSU with a degree in economics in December.Rounding out the former Buckeyes selected in the 2014 draft was safety Christian Bryant, who was selected 241st overall in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams.Bryant, who was named a team captain prior to the 2013 season, suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the fifth game of the year against Wisconsin Sept. 28., a game won by OSU 31-24. At the time of the injury, Bryant ranked third on the team in tackles with 22.Bryant, who was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, finished his OSU career with 171 total tackles to go along with two interceptions, 23 pass breakups and three forced fumbles.The Buckeye safety petitioned the NCAA for a medical redshirt in January, but was turned down and entered the draft.Although six Buckeyes were drafted to NFL rosters, several draft-eligible players were not selected during the draft.According to multiple reports, many of the former Buckeyes not drafted have found homes in free agency.Some of the players signing in free agency took to Twitter to announce their new teams, one of them being wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown who announced his signing with the Carolina Panthers saying, “Here I come Carolina,” via his personal account @phillybrown10. Reportedly joining him in Carolina will be offensive lineman Andrew Norwell.Offensive lineman Marcus Hall confirmed with The Lantern Sunday in an email that he has signed with the Indianapolis Colts, which reunites him with Mewhort. Safety C.J. Barnett’s signing with the New York Giants was confirmed via Twitter by his signing agency IFA.Kicker Drew Basil also took to Twitter late Saturday night announcing he has signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Wide receiver Chris Fields also used social media to announce an agreement with the Washington Redskins.Running back Jordan Hall has earned a tryout with the Steelers according to multiple reports and quarterback Kenny Guiton remains unsigned as of Sunday morning.
Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets has reached an agreement with the club over a new deal, according to Marca.The club’s vice-captain is closing in on signing a new contract that would see him increase his salary at the club. Busquets signed an extension recently in 2016 and didn’t demand for a new pay rise but the club hierarchy felt the midfielder has earned the right to earn more money at the Camp Nou.The new contract isn’t really an extension for the Spaniard but an improvement in terms of his wages with the length of the contract remaining the same.The 2019/2020 betting odds for La Liga Stuart Heath – August 12, 2019 Going into La Liga kick-off, we take a look at what the bookmakers think.La Liga season is less than a week away and we’re…It runs until June 2021, although Barcelona retain a club option to extend that to the summer of 2023. Busquets’ buy-out clause stands at €200million, a figure that is rather low when you consider the money spent by the Blaugrana on inferior midfielders as recently as the January transfer window.Sergi Roberto’s own contract renewal was finalised in January and this had an embedded buy-out clause of 500 million euros.Simply, the Catalan giants don’t believe Busquets will ever truly push to leave, and this aforementioned bump in pay puts the holding midfielder into the second tier of Barcelona’s squad just below Lionel Messi.
AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso hopes Gonzalo Higuain will remain calm following his sending off against Juventus on SundayThe 30-year-old striker has enjoyed a good start to life on loan at Milan from Juventus with seven goals in 13 games.However, Higuain was unable to prevent Milan from losing to his parent club at the San Siro and was dismissed after having a penalty saved.The Argentine was handed a second yellow card after shouting in the match official’s face.But Gattuso believes that Higuain’s angry outburst came about due to putting too much pressure on himself.Corini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.“At this moment he feels a lot of pressure, my words from yesterday’s press conference were not by chance,” Gattuso told Milan TV on the club website.“Right now, he feels a huge weight on him and it shows. He must remain calm, he should apologise and assume his responsibilities.“He has to put aside his nervousness, he is the most important player we have and he has to make the difference. He has to be clear-headed.”Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo were the goalscorers for Juventus, who remain unbeaten after 12 Serie A games.
Barbados Prime Minister speaks to country ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian; said country is preparing for 6-12 feet storm surge Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBarbados, September 18th, 2017 – Bridgetown – Hurricane Maria is currently making its way through Barbados. At 11am today, the national hurricane center confirmed that the eye of the storm was located near 14.7 degrees north, 60.1 degrees wear north-northwest of the island.Hurricane Maria is currently moving with maximum sustained winds near 120 mph with higher gusts predicted for the next 48 hours. Hurricane Maria is now a category 3 hurricane and is rapidly strengthening as it moves it way toward the Leeward Islands.As a result, Barbados will remain under a tropical storm watch with flood warnings until 6pm today. Magnetic Media understands that areas in St. Andrew are currently flooded. The met office has also predicated that Hurricane Maria will likely hit other islands such as the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti and may even target Turks and Caicos by the end of this week.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher Multi-millionaire Barbados businessmen arrested in $3m drug bust, yacht suspected in drug trafficking Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#HurricaneMaria, #HurricaneWatch, #LeewardIslands, #magneticmedianews, barbados FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing
For additional information call 907-283-8262 or 907-283-8235. All volunteers will meet at the Kenai Public Library, and maps will be provided upon arrival. The next event is scheduled for Thursday, October 4, beginning at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Spruce Street. The first event took place on August 30, and volunteers collected four trash bags with garbage along Ryan’s Creek Trail greenbelt. Each hike will be from noon to 1pm, at Ryan’s Creek Trail, and is family friendly. The city will provide bags, gloves, and water. This event is hosted by the City of Kenai Parks & Recreation: “Use your lunch break to experience Kenai’s parks, exercise, and extinguish trash” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai will be hosting the second in a series of ‘TRASHercize Hike’ events on Thursday, September 20.
Jay DeWitt: Ratchet+Wrench’s sister publication, Fender Bender, serves the collision-repair industry. We have four regional editions of Fender Bender, and working with a lot of our advertisers—we have over 500 advertisers with Fender Bender—led us to the understanding that the auto-repair market had the same needs. The demographics of the people running those businesses are very similar to those running collision repair shops. They’re usually technicians turned owners. Advanstar and Babcox are in both of these markets. We know how they’re underserving the market in the collision-repair industry, and we knew they were underserving the mechanical market as well. Once we did research, it was a no brainer that there was a real need for a publication like Ratchet+Wrench in the space.FOLIO: Why a print magazine in 2012?DeWitt: There are a few reasons. Number one, the audiences we serve have been severely neglected by other media companies with outdated content. There are a few legacy publishers serving our readers and you can tell they are legacy publishers because the publications look and feel like “your grandfather’s magazine” without an eye to the here-and-now and future. We’ve set out to change that, giving them what they want and need, both in content and design. The second reason is we’ve noticed a “trim, trim, trim” mentality from our competitors. They aren’t investing in their properties, but rather appear to be on life support. To us, this is an opportunity. We are investing and will not compromise quality. Our readers and advertising partners deserve the best, and we’re committed to delivering that. It’s clear our competition isn’t committed to working hard to produce quality content and we’re ready to parlay on that. Lastly, our research shows that over 85 percent of our readers still prefer to receive their content in print. Although we’ll have a robust digital play, print still rules our markets.FOLIO: You’re starting with a circulation of 100,000. How many are subscribers as of now? Also, you have more than 400 advertisers and 200 pages for this first issue. That’s pretty good. How did you do it? DeWitt: We’re 100-percent targeted media and we do have some subscribers. Since we’re in the b-to-b space, we want to have a 100-percent requested circulation at some point in time. Because of our synergies with Fender Bender, we started marketing several months ago that Ratchet+Wrench would come in July. As time moves along the goal is to be 100 requested. Did we “pre-sell” before issues hit the consumer? No we didn’t—it’s one thing to tell them this magazine is going to be coming for them and try to explain what it is, it’s another to have it in front of them and asking them to qualify at that time.On the advertiser side, we were able to leverage our connections from Fender Bender. We had several years of relationships with Fender Bender advertisers, and we used that to pre-sell them into Ratchet+Wrench. And we have a magazine that is profitable right out of the shoot. FOLIO: 10 Missions is a small, independent publisher. How do you plan to go up against your competitors—Babcox, Advanstar and others?DeWitt: We have no venture capital and no one to please other than ourselves. Advanstar is huge, and Babcox is quite large, and was once owned by venture capital—we’ve seen over the last few years that because they’re highly leveraged they’re not making investments in their brands. We’re continually making investments in our brands. We have dedicated editorial people on our products and a great deal of human capital. We’re also making investments in production, paper quality and other things of that nature, instead of cutting costs. The difference between an independent publisher and a big-box publisher is we’re able to narrowly focus on the audience that we’re serving. We don’t have a need to operate on pennies and we can be more dedicated to our markets. We’re focused on serving the reader and less concerned, with having to wake up and look at the bottom line everyday, though that, too, is a driving force. It’s been a key to us being successful over the last couple years.FOLIO: Talk about your digital strategy.DeWitt: Fender Bender is a BPA-audited title and we file a brand report with BPA. We’re not just sharing our print subscribers, we’re sharing all of our various channels to capture our total brand reach. We’re going to be very deliberate with Ratchet+Wrench and we’re going to walk before we run. The goal will be having a model similar to Fender Bender.We won’t be moving into the e-newsletter space right away because we have to build our audience file first. Eventually we will provide daily news updates online, a full archive of back issues, and we’ll break our site into what we consider strategy channels—various parts of the business that the audience wants to look at. Daily newsletters will come after we start our daily news updates, because we believe if you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all.As with Fender Bender, we’ll move Ratchet+Wrench into the HTML5 space in the fourth quarter. We have an iPhone and iPad app for Fender Bender, and we’ll also have that for Ratchet+Wrench. We’re taking a very deliberate, slow and steady pace. We know we need to build our audience before we can really move and leverage our digital business. With social networking, if you look at Fender Bender, we have a LinkedIn group that has in excess of 2,500 members. We’re the only media brand that has that type of group in our space, and we’re also the only one in the mechanical-market space. We add anywhere from 50 to 100 members a week to our professional collision-repair group. We’ve created a Ratchet+Wrench group for auto-care center pros that will be marketed in the magazine and online. With Fender Bender, we have almost 1,000 Facebook fans and we’ll be pushing the same for Ratchet+Wrench. We have our eye on a full audience experience but we know one thing has to come before another. In an era when the focus is overwhelmingly on digital media, a surprisingly robust number of print titles have launched in 2012—more than 130, according to MediaFinder. One of them is Ratchet+Wrench, a title that serves auto-care center owners and operators, and is published by 10 Missions Media.FOLIO: wanted to get at the psychology of a print launch in a digital age, so we checked in with Jay DeWitt, president of St. Paul, Minnesota-based 10 Missions Media, on his plans for Ratchet+Wrench, which will be published with a monthly frequency. The 13-year-old 10 Missions Media (formerly DeWitt Publishing) also publishes Fender Bender and expects revenue to exceed $3 million this year. FOLIO: How did you identify the opportunity to launch this magazine?
#XMenDay wouldn’t be complete without a ticket drop for #DarkPhoenix: https://t.co/oHiDXbIICC pic.twitter.com/dCCEfMjHIV— Fandango (@Fandango) May 13, 2019 More on movies Tolkien movie taught me I’ve been saying Tolkien wrong all this time It: Chapter 2 teaser trailer delivers a spooky look at upcoming film Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner marries Joe Jonas in Las Vegas In the new Dark Phoenix trailer, released Monday, Turner’s Gray admits that “when I lose control, bad things happen, but it feels good.”It might not be all good for her fellow X-Men, however, who suddenly must face off against one of their own. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters reprise their roles from previous X-Men movies. Jessica Chastain joins the series as a mysterious shape-shifter.Dark Phoenix is expected to bring the past 20 years of X-Men movies to a close, CNET sister site ComicBook.com ratings.Twentieth Century Fox Studio declared Monday to be “X-Men Day,” and also released a video looking back at the series.Tickets for the movie also went on sale Monday. Tags 57 Photos 1 Comment Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today Marvel Target X-Men Dark Phoenix opens June 5 in the UK, June 6 in Australia, and June 7 in the US. TV and Movies Forget Sansa Stark. Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, who played Ned Stark’s beautiful and battered daughter in the HBO hit series, has more power than ever before. Share your voice
Police arrested five college students in connection with the killing of a student of Chittagong Collegiate School in the city’s Jamal Khan area on Thursday, reports news agency UNB.Among them, four 2nd year students of Hazera Taju Degree college – Sabbir, Fahim, Aabu Sayed and Arman-were arrested from Fatikchhari upazila of the district while Muntasir from the port city’s Badurtola area.A blood-stained knife which was used in the killing was also recovered, said officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station Md Jasim Uddin.On 16 January, Adnan Isfar, 15, a class-IX student of Chittagong Collegiate School and College, was stabbed to death by some youths in the city following dispute over a cricket match.At one stage of an argument, Isfar’s friends stabbed him, said the OC adding that the boy started running after being chased and collapsed at Jamal khan.Being rescued, he was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.The OC said they collected a video footage which showed the schoolboy was running in an injured condition while some others were chasing him.Following the incident, a case was filed with the police station.
This combination of 28 November 2018 file photos shows former Chicago Police officer Joseph Walsh, left, former detective David March and former officer Thomas Gaffney, accused of trying to cover up the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, during a bench trial before Judge Domenica A. Stephenson at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. Photo: APA judge rejected allegations that the shocking video of Laquan McDonald’s death proved that Chicago police officers tried to stage a cover-up in the fatal shooting of the black teen. Now another judge must decide how long the officer who pulled the trigger spends behind bars.Jason Van Dyke was convicted in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery. He will likely go to prison for at least several years, if not decades, when he’s sentenced Friday.But critics of the police department and protesters who cheered Van Dyke’s conviction are clearly worried after a judge on Thursday acquitted three officers accused of trying to conceal what happened to protect Van Dyke, who was the first Chicago officer found guilty in an on-duty shooting in a half century and probably the first ever in the shooting of an African-American.”We will be down here tomorrow by the hundreds, and we will cry out for justice for Laquan,” activist Eric Russell said after the hearing in which Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson acquitted former officer Joseph Walsh, former detective David March and officer Thomas Gaffney on charges of obstruction of justice, official misconduct and conspiracy.Friday’s hearing will be emotional. Van Dyke’s wife and young daughters, who pleaded for leniency in letters submitted to the judge, will make statements. Court officials do not know if McDonald’s mother, who has remained silent ever since her son’s Oct. 20, 2014, death, will speak.The courtroom will be packed with activists worried that Judge Vincent Gaughan will impose a light sentence.Thursday’s verdict “means that if you are a police officer you can lie, cheat and steal,” said a shaken Rev. Marvin Hunter, McDonald’s great uncle.Stephenson accepted the argument that jurors in the Van Dyke case rejected: that the video that sparked protests and a federal investigation of the police force was just one perspective of the events that unfolded on the South Side.The judge said the video showed only one viewpoint of the confrontation between Van Dyke and the teen armed with a small knife. She found no indication the officers tried to hide evidence or made little effort to talk to witnesses.”The evidence shows just the opposite,” she said. She singled out how they preserved the graphic video at the heart of the case.Prosecutor Ron Safer tried to put a positive spin on the verdict.”This case was a case where the code of silence was on trial,” he said, referring to the long tradition that officers do not report wrongdoing by their colleagues. “The next officer is going to think twice about filing a false police report. Do they want to go through this?”Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes said she hoped the verdict would not make officers reluctant to come forward when they see misconduct. Her key witness, Officer Dora Fontaine, described how she had become a pariah in the department and was called a “rat” by fellow officers.In her ruling , the judge rejected prosecution arguments that the video demonstrated officers were lying when they described McDonald as moving even after he was shot.”An officer could have reasonably believed an attack was imminent,” she said. “It was borne out in the video that McDonald continued to move after he fell to the ground” and refused to relinquish a knife.The video appeared to show the teen collapsing in a heap after the first few shots and moving in large part because bullets kept striking his body for 10 more seconds.The judge said it’s not unusual for two witnesses to describe events in starkly different ways. “It does not necessarily mean that one is lying,” she said.The judge also noted several times that the “vantage point” of various officers who witnessed the shooting were “completely different.” That could explain why their accounts did not sync with what millions of people saw in the video.Both Van Dyke’s trial and that of the three other officers hinged on the video, which showed Van Dyke opening fire within seconds of getting out of his police SUV and continuing to shoot the 17-year-old while he was lying on the street. Police were responding to a report of a male who was breaking into trucks and stealing radios on the city’s South Side.Prosecutors alleged that Gaffney, March and Walsh, who was Van Dyke’s partner, submitted false reports to try to prevent or shape any criminal investigation of the shooting. Among other things, they said the officers falsely claimed that Van Dyke shot McDonald after McDonald aggressively swung the knife at police and that he kept shooting the teen because McDonald was trying to get up still armed with the knife.McDonald had used the knife to puncture a tire on Gaffney’s police vehicle, but the video shows that he did not swing it at the officers before Van Dyke shot him and that he appeared to be incapacitated after falling to the ground.Attorneys for the three men used the same strategy that the defense used at Van Dyke’s trial by placing all the blame on McDonald.It was McDonald’s refusal to drop the knife and other threatening actions that “caused these officers to see what they saw,” March’s attorney, James McKay, told the court. “This is a case about law and order (and) about Laquan McDonald not following any laws that night.”The lawyers ridiculed the decision to charge the three officers, saying they merely wrote what they observed or, in March’s case, what the other officers told him they saw. And they said there was no evidence that the officers conspired to get their stories straight.”The state wants you to criminalize police reports,” McKay bellowed at one point.City Hall released the video to the public in November 2015 — 13 months after the shooting — and acted only because a judge ordered it to do so. The charges against Van Dyke were not announced until the day of the video’s release.The case cost the police superintendent his job and was widely seen as the reason the county’s top prosecutor was voted out of office a few months later. It was also thought to be a major factor in Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s decision not to seek a third term.The accusations triggered a federal investigation, resulting in a blistering report that found Chicago officers routinely used excessive force and violated the rights of residents, particularly minorities. The city implemented a new policy that requires video of fatal police shootings to be released within 60 days, accelerated a program to equip all officers with body cameras and adopted other reforms to change the way police shootings are investigated.
Annette March-Grier, executive director of Roberta’s House in Baltimore.The executive director of a Baltimore-based grief and loss counseling center was selected as one of 10 finalists for CNN’s Hero of the Year, a worldwide competition honoring those who give back to their community.Annette March-Grier, executive director of Roberta’s House in Baltimore, was announced as one of CNN’s Top Ten Heroes on Oct. 2“I was really awestruck and surprised; I did not imagine that Roberta’s House would make it to the top ten,” March-Grier told the AFRO. “I was humbled in the fact that CNN actually felt as though the work that we do was significant enough that it should be recognized for such a status.”The yearly broadcast of “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” highlights everyday people who are changing their communities and the world. In Baltimore, March-Grier has been an advocate for addressing the damaging effects that losing a loved one can have on the lives of individuals.Roberta’s House hosts seven programs for adolescents and adults suffering with grief. The center is a safe space serving more than 500individuals each year who learn how to express themselves in healthy ways, develop positive coping skills, learn lessons behind loss and create memories of their loved ones to empower their futures.Outside of the community, the organization touches at least 1,000 more people each year through its summer camp and support training programs for churches and professionals. Launched this year, the Survivor Advocacy Program trains individuals who make visits within 24 to 48 hours after a homicide to provide grief counseling and other resources to related victims.“Being able to see people transform in just a short period of time from being depressed, hurt and angry to finding a desire to live and grow with positive memories is the greatest reward,” said March-Grier.As a finalist for the Hero of the Year honor, March-Grier will receive a $25,000 grant and free organizational training from the Annenberg Foundation, including practical guidance in fundraising, communications and management of volunteers.If she wins the CNN Hero of the Year, Roberta’s House will receive a $100,000 award—money she said will be used as seed funding for a brand new center that will be developed over the next three years. The winner is selected by an online vote.“By voting, we all can take action in making a difference,” said March-Grier. “This is an opportunity where everyone in Baltimore can play a role in supporting the work that we do—we all, as a community, have to take charge in healing our community.”Voting for CNN Hero of the Year can be accomplished at www.CNNHeroes.com and via the CNN app through Sunday, Nov. 16 at midnight Pacific. “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” will air on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on CNN, and will be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Español.
M6, A500 and A50 Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them – including on major routes such as the M6 motorway, the A500 and the A50. The following roadworks are taking place in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire between Monday October 29 and Sunday November 4. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. The list is broken down by local authority area (Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle Borough, Staffordshire Moorlands and Stafford Borough) – with the M6 , A500 and A50 separate because they fall under the remit of Highways England), and a section on roadworks near Uttoxeter for anyone who lives or works in the East Staffordshire town. If you only want information about roadworks in a particular area click the links below, or scroll down for the full lists. All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from Monday October 29 until Sunday November 4 Full list of roadworks Newcastle Borough Stafford Borough, Rugeley and Uttoxeter Staffordshire Moorlands South Cheshire Stoke-on-Trent Gritters ready for cold weather M6 (from Junction 19 to Junction 12, listings north to south): The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J19: Two lanes closed, expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018 The M6 northbound between junctions J18 and J19: All lanes closed, expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018 The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J14: Two lanes closed, expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018 A500 (from junction with J16 of the M6 to junction 15 of the M6, listings north to south): No roadworks are scheduled as of 1pm on October 26 A50 (from Sideway Roundabout/A500 to junction with the A38 (Toyota Island) in Derbyshire, listings west to east): The A50 eastbound exit slip to the A522: One lane closed. Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 29 October 2018 to 2 November 2018 The A50 eastbound entry slip from the A522: One lane closed. Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 29 October 2018 to 2 November 2018 The junction of the A38 and the A50: Two lanes closed. Expect disruption everyday between 19:30 and 05:00 from 29 October 2018 to 31 October 2018 Stoke-on-Trent: Bentilee: Multi-way traffic signals on Dividy Road between number 101 and number 171 from September 7 until December 7 Birches Head: Roadworks and road closure on Derek Drive from October 28 until November 9 Burslem: Roadworks and road closure on Fountain Place until October 31 Burslem: Two way traffic lights on Waterloo Road from November 4 until November 11 Chell: Roadworks and road closures on A527 Biddulph Road near junction with Peck Mill Lane from October 18 until November 2 Dresden: Roadworks and road closure on Belgrave Road from October 22 until November 2 Dresden: Two way traffic signals on Cocknage Road near Chaplin Road from October 12 until November 8 Hanford: Two way traffic signals on Queen Mary Road near junction with Wilson Road from October 29 until November 9 Hanford: Roadworks and road closure on Wilson Road from the junction of Richmond Road from October 29 until November 9 Hanley: Roadworks and road closure on Slippery Lane until October 30 Hanley: Multi-way signals on Waterloo Street from November 1 until November 7 Hartshill: Multi-way traffic lights at junction on Albany Road the The Avenue from October 31 until November 5 Hartshill: Two way traffic lights on B5045 Shelton New Road near number 476 from October 25 until October 31 Heron Cross: Carriageway incursion on Heron Street from November 2 until November 9 Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Market Street and Commerce Street from June 5 until November 30 Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Paragon Road from October 31 until November 1 at level crossing (work from 10pm until 6am) Longton: Carriageway incursion on A5007 The Strand from October 26 until October 30 Norton: Roadworks and some road closures on Bellerton Lane from October 18 until November 9 Penkhull: Roadworks and road closures on Kirkland Lane from October 29 until November 2 Shelton: Ashford Street closed until November 10 Shelton: Roadworks, traffic control and lane closures on Shelton New Road, Shearer Street, Bedford Road, Bedford Street, Lower Bedford Street, Davis Street and Lomas Street from October 19 until November 26 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on A5006 Campbell Road from October 31 until November 2 Stoke: Give and take traffic control on London Road near number 270 from October 25 until October 29 Stoke: Multi-way traffic signals on London Road near mini roundabout outside Port Meirion from October 4 until October 31 Stoke: Road closure on Whieldon Road over the A500 overnight on November 1 Stoke: Two way traffic signals on Stanley Matthews Way, near Stoke Audi, from October 28 until October 31 Trentham: Multi-way traffic signals on Allerton Road from October 29 until November 2 Trentham: Roadworks and road closures on Trentley Road between Allerton Road and Malvern Close from October 29 until November 9. Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on Harewood Street from September 25 until January 14 2019 Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on High Street near the Cheshire Cheese from October 28 until October 30 Tunstall: Roadworks and road closures on Lascelles Street from September 10 until November 5 Newcastle Borough: Baldwins Gate/Blackbrook: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of A53 and A51 near The Swan with Two Necks until November 2 Betley: Two way traffic lights on Main Road near Mere Cottage from October 25 until October 29 Bradwell: Two way traffic lights along Bradwell Lane until November 30 Chapel Chorlton: Roadworks and road closure on Haddon Lane near Redgates from October 31 until November 5 Chesterton: Two way traffic signals on Sandford Street from November 1 until November 7 Cross Heath: Roadworks and lane closure on Liverpool Road from October 29 until October 31 Madeley Park: Two way traffic lights on Manor Road from October 30 until November 1 Mow Cop: Roadworks/road closure on Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop from the junction of Mow Cop Road from September 17 until December 4 Newcastle: Multi-way traffic lights on junction of Higherland and Drayton Street from October 26 until November 8 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on A53 King Street near the Borough Arms hotel from October 12 until November 15. Newcastle: Carriageway incursion on Knutton Lane near Prospect Terrace and performing arts centre from October 31 and November 6 Newcastle: Two way traffic lights on Silverdale Road from October 30 until November 1 Peatswood: Roadworks and road closure on Tag Lane until November 12 Porthill: Multi-way traffic signals on Oakland Avenue and Inglewood Drive from September 17 until November 1 Seabridge: Two way signals on A53 Whitmore Road from November 1 until November 5 Shraleybrook: Two way lights on B5500 Nantwich Road near junction with Limbrick Road from November 1 until November 7 Silverdale: Multi-way traffic lights on High Street from junction with Mill Street to Parkfields Close from September 7 until October 29 Silverdale: Roadworks and Road closure on Hollywood Lane until March 20 2019 Silverdale: Two way signals on Park Road from junction with Racecourse to junction with High Street from November 1 until December 12 Silverdale: Roadworks and road closures on B5044 Sneyd Terrace, Church Street and Newcastle Street from October 29 until December 7. Talke: Multi-way traffic lights on Swan Bank near Swan Inn from October 29 until October 31 Staffordshire Moorlands: Biddulph: Two way traffic signals on Woodhouse Lane outside number 9 from October 31 until November 6 Caverswall: Two way traffic signals on School Lane in Caverswall from October 30 until October 31 Cheadle: Multi-way traffic lights on Tape Street from October 29 until October 31 Cheddleton: Two way traffic signals on Harrison Way near the junction with Station Road from October 29 until November 5 Endon: Two way traffic lights on the A53 Leek Road near The Beeches from October 29 until October 31 Hollington: Two way traffic signals on Main Road outside the Old Smithy from March 14 until December 4. Leek: Multi-way traffic signals on Abbotts Road from September 10 until November 1 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Ball Haye Green, Haregate Road and Novi Lane from September 10 until November 1 Leek: Carriageway incursion on Broad Street near junction with King Street from October 30 until October 31 Leek: Roadworks and road closures on Brunswick Street from October 8 until October 29 Leek: Roadworks at junction of Buxton Road and Prince Street until November 7 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Carlton Terrace near junction with Prince Street from October 12 until November 8 Leek: Give and take traffic control on A53 Newcastle Road near Woodcroft Avenue from October 22 until October 29 Leek: Traffic lights on Osborne Street until November 2 Rudyard: Two way traffic signals on A523 Macclesfield Road near Packsaddle Hollow from October 15 until November 2 Rushton Spencer: Two way traffic signals on the A523 Macclesfield Road near Lane Ends and Smithy Cottage from October 29 until November 16 Stockton Brook: Roadworks and road closures at the junction of Heather Hills and Moss Hill from October 26 until November 8 Warslow: Multi-way traffic lights on The Quarter and B5053 Onecote Road on October 30 Stafford Borough: Adbaston: Roadworks and road closure on Main Road near Marsh Meadow from October 22 until November 23 Church Eaton: Two way traffic lights on High Street outside Oak House on November 1 Cold Meece: Two way traffic controls on Yarnfield Road outside landfill site from November 1 until November 9 Creswell: Two way traffic signals on A5013 Creswell Grove outside number 28 from October 22 until October 24 Eccleshall: Roadworks and road closure on Green Lane from October 15 until November 9 Eccleshall: Carriageway incursion on B5026 Stone Road near number 24 from October 18 until November 1 Fulford: Two way signals on Fulford Road opposite Sandyrocks from October 17 until October 29 Meir Heath: Two way traffic signals on B5066 Hilderstone Road from November 2 until November 6 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Baswich Lane near the canal bridge from September 10 until December 14 Stafford: Temporary traffic lights and roadworks on Beaconside until April 2019 Stafford: Two way signals on Cannock Road near the new development at the police HQ site from October 25 until November 6 Stafford: Multi-way traffic signals on Drummond Road from October 15 until November 30 Stafford: Two way traffic signals on A5013 Eccleshall Road from October 22 until November 2 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Greengate Street from October 31 until November 2 Stafford: Two-way traffic signals on Milford Road outside the car dealership from October 29 until November 2 Stafford: Two way signals on Newport Road outside number 47 from October 30 until November 1 Stafford: Give and take traffic control on Radford Bank from October 23 until October 29 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Second Avenue from October 29 until November 2 Stafford: Two way signals on Shackleton Way from October 24 until November 6 Stafford: Roadworks and road closures on Shakespeare Road, Coleridge Drive, Tennyson Road and Somerset Road from August 6 until November 9 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on The Village in Weeping Cross from October 29 until November 2 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Thorneyfields Lane in Castle Bank over M6 until April 2019 Stafford: Two way traffic lights on Tixall Road in Littleworth from October 31 until November 2 Stone: Roadworks and some overnight closures at Aston Roundabout from August 20 until November 2 Stone: Two way signals on Eccleshall Road B5026 from October 22 until October 26 Stone: Multi-way traffic signals on Lichfield Road from October 26 until October 29 Stone: Stop/go boards on Redhill Road at Church Lane Level Crossing from October 29 until October 30 Stone: Roadworks and road closure on B5027 Uttoxeter Road in Little Stoke at the level crossing from 11pm November 3 until 9am November 4. Swynnerton: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of Tittensor Road, Stab Lane and Main Street from November 1 until November 2 Rugeley: Armitage: Multi-way traffic control on Rugeley Road near The Croft from October 23 until November 5 Rugeley: Give and take traffic control on B5013 Anson Street from October 31 until November 2 Rugeley: Give and take traffic control on Brereton Road outside number 85 from October 31 until November 2 Uttoxeter and surrounding areas of East Staffordshire: Bramshall: Two way traffic signals on B5027 Stone Road from October 26 until October 30 Dagdale: Roadworks and road closure on Leigh Road from October 29 until October 30 Denstone: Multi-way signals at junction of B5031 Main Road and Denstone Lane on October 29 Fole: Roadworks and road closure on Fole Lane between Folebank Barns and Godley Farm from October 31 until November 9. Rocester: Two way signals on Dove Lane outside Farm Cottage from October 23 until October 29 Rocester: Stop/go boards on Mill Street from October 29 until October 31 Uttoxeter: Multi-way traffic lights on Balance Street from October 21 until October 31 Uttoxeter: Give and take traffic control on Carter Street from October 21 and October 31 Uttoxeter: Two way traffic lights on B5017 Highwood Road outside number 16 on October 29 Uttoxeter: Multi-way traffic signals from the junction with the A522 New Road and Bentley Road to the access into JCB World Parts Centre until November 18. Uttoxeter: Roadworks and road closure on A522 from October 4 until January 18 2019. South Cheshire: Alsager: Multi-way signals on B5078 Chells Hill in Betchon at the junction of Sandbach Road from October 22 until November 9 Alsager: Carriageway incursion on Close Lane from October 10 until October 29 Alsager: Two way signals on B5077 Crewe Road near Plough Inn from November 1 until November 9 Alsager: Carriageway incursions on Talke Road from October 26 until October 29 Betchton: Roughwood Lane closed until 2020 Bridgemere: Roadworks and road closure on Bridgemere Lane near the primary school on October 29 Bosley: Two way signals on A54 Buxton Road near Bosley Crossroads on October 30 Bosley: Two way traffic lights on Tunstall Road near Bosley Wood Treatment until February 2019. Congleton: Two way signals on Ayrshire Way from October 29 until November 2 Congleton: Give and take traffic control on Back Lane from October 26 until November 1 Congleton: Two way traffic signals on A527 Biddulph Road in Congleton outside number 162 from October 30 until November 1 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Chelford Road from October 30 until November 1 Congleton: Two way traffic lights on Crouch Lane from October 27 and November 1 Congleton: Give and take traffic control on Forge Lane and Crossledge from October 26 until October 29 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Walfield Avenue from October 15 until October 30 Congleton: Two way traffic signals on Moss Road in Congleton outside number 30 from October 25 until October 31 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Walfield Avenue from October 15 until October 30 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Bleasdale Road and Rydal Mount from October 18 until November 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Broughton Road from September 24 until November 2 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Church Lane near Bloor Homes from October 29 until November 2 Crewe: Ongoing roadworks at Crewe Green Roundabout until December 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on A534 Crewe Road in Wistaston from October 31 until November 2 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Dane Bank Avenue near Rosehill Road from October 31 until November 2 Crewe: Two way traffic signals on A5078 Dunwoody Way from Dunwoody Way roundabout from October 22 until November 16 Crewe: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of Henry Street and Queen Street from October 21 until October 30 Crewe: Multi-way signals on Hungerford Road near from October 25 until October 29. Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Holland Street near junction with Underwood Lane from October 25 until October 29 Crewe: Carriageway incursions and road closures on Mablins Lane near Sunnyside Place until November 4 Crewe: Stop/go boards on Manor Way near junction of Balmoral Avenue on October 31 Crewe: Roadworks on Maw Green Road until October 31 Crewe: Roadworks on A530 Middlewich Road at New access road to Leighton Orange Barn from October 29 until December 14. Two way lights manned at peak 7:30-9:30 and 15:30-19:00 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on Parkers Road near the Eight Farmers from October 15 until October 29 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Somerville Street from October 31 until November 2 Crewe: Sydney Road and Lime Tree Avenue closed around railway bridge until May 2019 Crewe : Roadworks and road closure on Ruskin Road from October 31 until November 2 Crewe: Lane Closure on A532 Weston Road on November 4 Crewe: Two way traffic signals on Wistaston Green Road from October 29 until November 2 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure around the railway bridge on Wistaston Road from September 20 until November 11 Hough: Two way traffic signals on Cobbs Lane near Ellesmere Farm on October 29 Hough: Two way traffic signals on Newcastle Road from November 2 until November 6 Moston: Two way traffic signals on Dragons Lane opposite Denmar from October 26 until October 30 Nantwich : Two way signals on A51 Chester Road at Huslston Bridge from October 18 until October 31 Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Edmund Wright Way from September 28 until November 2 Nantwich: Roadworks overnight at level crossing on B5074 London Road from November 3 until November 4 Nantwich: Carriageway incursion on South Crofts from October 25 until October 31 Rode Heath: Two way signals on A533 Sandbach Road from November 2 until November 6 Sandbach: Give and take traffic control on Abbey Road from November 1 until November 5 Sandbach: Multi-way traffic signals on Hassall Road from Houndings Lane to Coldmoss Drive from October 29 until October 31 Sandbach: Two way signals on A533 Middlewich Road until November 1 Sandbach : Multi-way lights on A533 London Road at junction with Moss Lane from October 29 until November 2 Sandbach: Two way signals on B5079 Station Road from October 24 until October 30 Sandbach : Roadworks and road closure on Wesley Avenue from October 29 until November 2 Shavington: Two way traffic signals on B5071 Crewe Road on October 31 Shavington: Two way traffic signals on Rope Lane from October 29 until November 5 Sound: Two way signals on A530 Whitchurch Road near Sound Primary School from October 29 until November 2 Wildboarclough: A54 Buxton Road closed in both directions until November 4. Willaston: Roadworks and lane closures on A543 Crewe Road/A51 Nantwich bypass from October 8 until November 7 Willaston: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Wybunbury Road and Cheerbrook Road from October 26 until October 30 Worleston: Traffic control on B5074 Main Road from October 29 until November 30 Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. 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GENEVA — MSC Cruises is setting sail for the 2019/2020 winter season with 17 modern ships and an array of destinations, all of which go on sale starting March 5, 2018.MSC Grandiosa is one of two ships to come into service next year and will spend its inaugural winter season in the Western Mediterranean. MSC Sinfonia, meanwhile, will offer longer cruises of 11, 12 and 14 nights in the Mediterranean, including two new itineraries: a 14-night cruise that calls in Haifa, Israel along with Mediterranean favourites, and a 12-night cruise from Genoa to destinations across the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.Other highlights of the season include:NORTH AMERICAMSC Cruises has introduced new itineraries from New York. MSC Meraviglia will offer two 10-night roundtrip sailings from NYC calling at Bar Harbor, Boston and Portland before moving onto Canadian ports like Charlottetown, Corner Brook, Halifax, Quebec, St. John and Sydney.CARIBBEANOcean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is scheduled to open in winter 2019 as a new private island exclusively for MSC guests. Located in the Bahamas, it offers 40 acres of golden beaches split into six areas, each with its own atmosphere. MSC Seaside, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Divina and MSC Armonia will all call at the island.More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoFrom its new homeport of Miami, MSC Meraviglia will offer two different itineraries out of PortMiami in the West Caribbean.MSC Divina will return from the Mediterranean in November 2019 to offer two long cruises from Miami: an 11-night cruise to Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and Ocean Cay; and a 10-night cruise to Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Maarten, Tortola and Ocean Cay.MSC Preziosa will offer two embarkation ports in the French Antilles, setting sail from Fort de France in Martinique and Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe. The two seven-night, seven-ports itineraries can be combined in a 14-night cruise that visits Tortola, St. Maarten, Dominica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad and more.MIDDLE EASTMSC is introducing one of its newest ships to the United Arab Emirates. MSC Bellissima will come into service in March 2019 in the Mediterranean and will then move to the Middle East for winter, with two seven-night itineraries sailing to Sir Bani Yas Island, Khasab and Muscat in Oman, or Bahrain and Qatar. MSC Lirica will also join Bellissima in this region with a 14-night itinerary calling in Mumbai and Goa, and an 11-night cruise featuring a stop in Muscat and an overnight in Oman.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaWORLD CRUISEWith a brand new itinerary, MSC’s second World Cruise will commence onboard MSC Magnifica from Civitavecchia, Genoa, Barcelona and Marseilles in January 2020. With more than 40 destinations and 23 countries, guests will cross five continents on a three-month voyage.To learn more about these sailings and current promotions go to msccruises.com. Share Posted by Tags: MSC Cruises Here’s where MSC Cruises will sail in winter of 2019/2020 Travelweek Group Monday, February 26, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>
A Boeing 777-300ER splayed with images from the soon-to-be released movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, rolled out of an Auckland hangar last weekend, and according to Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe, will “excite” passengers flying on its services between Auckland, Los Angeles and London.Work on the aircraft commenced last week, and reportedly took six days and 400 man-hours to complete. Characters seen on the exterior of the aircraft include the popular wizard, Gandalf and the movie’s lead hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. As well as bringing the Middle-Earth journey to life, the plane is also expected to make a brief appearance at the movie’s premiere in Wellington on 28 November this year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J