Taking 3 and 5🌞masses as our “cut-off” labels for #NeutronStars or #BlackHoles is a useful rule-of-thumb but it could be wrong – or at least not the full picture. So #S190814bv *could* still be 2 merging #BlackHoles… Lots more careful analysis may tell us the answer!… 3/5 pic.twitter.com/0RSc5jk0xc— LIGO (@LIGO) August 17, 2019 7 Tags 16 Photos That throws up an exciting possibility that one of the black holes would be lighter than any black hole we’ve ever seen before. We can’t lose!If the event is confirmed as a neutron star-black hole merger, it would complete LIGO and Virgo’s trifecta of cosmic detections. The facilities have seen black holes merge with black holes and neutron stars merge with neutron stars, but they’ve never seen the two obliterate one another.The next step is to focus telescopes on the small section of the sky S190814bv came from. It’s relatively close, by cosmic standards, at just 900 million light-years away. The gravitational waves race out faster than other electromagnetic waves, giving astronomers a chance to try and detect other signals emitted by the event. What will we see?”We will either see a neutron star being ripped apart by a black hole, or getting swallowed whole like Pac-Man swallowing a ghost,” says Simon Stevenson, an astronomer with Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. “Either way, we are in for a show!” Share your voice What is a black hole? The universe’s dark, mysterious monsters Comments Black hole, meet neutron star. Neutron star, this is black hole. Play nice. Carl Knox/OzGrav ARC Centre of Excellence Astronomers watching the cosmos for faint ripples in space-time may have detected a black hole swallowing up a neutron star for the very first time. Gravitational wave observatories in the US and Europe were switched back on after upgrades in April to hunt for these extreme cosmic events, and since then have detected 23 potential cosmic wobbles. The latest is perhaps the most exciting yet — and it’s also potentially the most puzzling.The event, designated S190814bv, was detected on Aug. 14 by the finely-tuned lasers of the twin LIGO detectors in the US and the Virgo detector in Italy. The facilities picked up ripples in the fabric of the universe and have, tentatively, suggested they resulted from a collision between a black hole and a small, dense star known as a “neutron star”.The facilities have seen potential black hole-neutron star collisions in the past, but none have been adequately verified. Since switching back on in April, only three candidates for this insane type of cosmic collision have been presented with varying levels of confidence. That’s because the detectors are so fine-tuned they sometimes flag noise as real events.For S190814bv, the chance the newly-detected signal is just noise is 1 in 10 septillion years.That would even put Han Solo off believing S190814bv is anything but a neutron star-black hole merger, but the researchers are still urging caution. It could be, they say, two merging black holes. Sci-Tech
The Consumers Association of Bangladesh members speak at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity on Saturday, 12 Jan 2019. Photo: UNBThe Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) reported on Saturday that the cost of living in Dhaka, in terms of retail goods and services, went up by 6 per cent last year, reports UNB.CAB revealed a report on the cost of living, not accounting for the cost of education, medical care or transport, at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity.Its chief Ghulam Rahman said the report included data on 114 food products from 15 retail markets and 22 daily necessaries.They took into account the cost of 14 services including gas, electricity and water.Prices of essential commodities and services rose by 5.19 per cent, he said, reading out the report.The cost of living had increased 8.44 per cent in 2017 and the price of commodities and services had gone up 7.17 per cent, he said.According to the report, 2.44 percentage points decreased in the rate at which the cost of living increased.Ghulam said they calculated the cost of living by comparing the “basket” of goods and services purchased by consumers and comparing them to the total cost of the family’s basket according to weight.”The organisation did not have sufficient capacity to calculate their total cost of living because most Bangladeshis live in rural areas. But the report will reflect a partial picture of the situation in the capital,” he said.Ghulam said cost of living won’t be problem if people’s income increased.According to the CAB report, soap prices increased the most in 2018 – 20 per cent compared to 2017. Rice prices increased an average of 8.91 per cent, fish 13.50 per cent, vegetables 9.38 per cent, betel leaves 7.18 per cent and milk 13.33 per cent.On the other hand, prices of pulse, salt, spices and sugar fell in 2018 compared to 2017. The cost of edible oil, powdered milk, electricity, gas, fuel and rail fare were unchanged.Professor Shamsul Alam, energy adviser to the organisation, said the county’s consumers paid Tk1.14 trillion in import duties in the last year, which is much higher than in neighbouring countries.However, 25.64 per cent tariff was imposed on imports to Bangladesh in 2017. The average tariff rate in Southeast Asia in 2016 was 4.74 per cent.The CAB report recommended, among others, to build work-oriented education, make price stable, decrease default loan in banking sector, give priority to farmers; decrease electricity and gas prices.
Principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa SM Sirajuddoula. Prothom Alo File Photo A Feni court here on Wednesday took cognisance of charges against SM Sirajuddoula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, in a case filed for sexually harassing Nusrat Jahan Rafi before burning her to death, reports UNB. Senior judicial magistrate Zakir Hossain accepted a charge-sheet after inspector Shah Alam of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), also the investigation officer of the case, submitted it before this court. The court also fixed Thursday to begin the charge-framing hearing in the case. The PBI submitted the 271-page charge-sheet 98 days into the sexual harassment of the madrasa girl. A total of 29 people were made witnesses in the case. On 27 March, Sirajuddoula sexually harassed Nusrat in his office. Her mother filed the case against the principal the following day. On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal after he was arrested and subsequently suspended following the filing of the case. She lost her battle for life on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital. Meanwhile, Nurul Amin, an office assistant of the madrasa, testified before the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal here on Wednesday in the murder case filed over the killing of the madrasa girl. Judge Mamunur Rashid of the tribunal also fixed Thursday for recording the testimony of madrasa guard Mostafa. All the 16 accused in the case were produced before the court around 11:00am amid tight security.
REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/The Texas Tribune Candles are lit behind images of the victims killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School during a vigil in League City on May 20, 2018.Hey, Texplainer: What do Texans really think about gun control?The national debate on gun control reignited Friday, when a 17-year-old opened fire at a high school in Santa Fe High School, killing at least 10 people and leaving another 10 wounded.In the aftermath, Republican leaders placed blame on a slew of factors: unarmed teachers, far too many doors to guard in schools and a lack of mental health services.“We may have to look at the design of our schools moving forward,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said at a press conference Friday, adding that schools have far too many entrances and exits to safeguard. “We’re gonna have to be creative.”Democrats, on the other hand, advocated for swift action on guns, including universal background checks and funding federal research on gun violence.“What if we required universal background checks to ensure that firearms only get into the hands of those who won’t harm themselves or someone else,” Democrat Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso congressman running against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz this fall, wrote in a Medium post. “Close all loopholes and exceptions. Every single gun purchase has a background check.”Texas is as gun-friendly a state as they come. But how do voters feel about gun control, according to recent polls?Like most issues, folks are divided.The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, released in October, found that Texans are split on whether people carrying more guns will make for a safer environment. And as with many issues, the biggest divide was along party lines.More than 60 percent of surveyed Republicans said they believed the country would be safer if more people carried guns. Only 5 percent of Democrats said they felt the same way.“Republicans and Democrats tend to look at the same tragedy from very different perspectives,” Mark Jones, a Rice University political scientist, said Monday. “Democrats look at Santa Fe and their most popular answer tends to be that gun control is the correct response to keep this from happening in the future. Whereas Republicans don’t see it that way. They don’t believe gun control would have any impact or is even germane.”Texans are also split on who, or what, to blame for mass shootings. Of those surveyed, most (24 percent) said the primary cause is a failure of the mental health system, which was closely followed by current gun laws. Thirteen percent of respondents focused much of their ire on extreme views on the internet, while 10 percent blamed various forms of media (i.e. the spread of “extremist points of views” on the internet and “media attention given to perpetrators of mass shootings”).Increased access to mental health services seems to be one solution both Republicans and Democrats turn to in the wake of such tragedies. After Friday’s shooting, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott touted a 4-year-old project run by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as a potential statewide model to reduce gun violence. The program works to identify junior high and high school students most at risk for committing violence in schools and intervene before it happens.Another thing Texans seem to agree on? Overall, more than half of registered voters surveyed said gun control laws should be more strict. Only 13 percent of surveyed Texans said existing laws should be less strict than they are now, and 31 percent would prefer to leave current gun laws unchanged.Democrats, however, are more likely to want to toughen current gun laws. While just about half of surveyed Republicans opt to leave them as they are now.There’s also a racial divide: Black and Hispanic voters in Texas overwhelmingly said they preferred stricter gun control laws. Only 43 percent of white voters agreed.You see this racial divide nationally as well. A national survey by the Pew Research Center found that nearly half of African-Americans and 29 percent of Hispanics found gun violence to be a “very big problem” in their local communities. Just 11 percent of white respondents said the same thing.The results of the latest UT/TT poll showcases a slight shift on who voters blamed for mass shootings just two year prior. In November 2015, the majority of surveyed Texans also blamed mental health issues and gun laws on mass shootings. Respondents also pointed to unstable families, however.“In the wake of mass shootings, what you see in elected officials is often a reflection of what their own voters think,” Joshua Blank, the manager of polling and research of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, said Monday. “In the wake of these mass shootings, what you see is partisans talking mostly to their voters and, in turn, also reinforcing what voters already think about the causes of these problems.” Forty-one percent of Texans surveyed in November 2015 said they believed gun laws should be more strict, compared to 18 percent who said they should be less strict. Overall, this is a small uptick from a February 2015 UT/TT Poll, where 36 percent of respondents said they wanted stricter gun control laws and 22 percent wanted those laws made less strict.So what’s accounting for the trend of public opinion in Texas?“The main driver in changing gun attitudes is the increasing frequency of mass shootings both in Texas and elsewhere. With each one of these shootings, what you tend to see is a major uptick in attitudes in favor of greater gun restrictions,” Blank said. “With each additional tragedy, there tends to be more people who further embrace the possibility of more gun restrictions.”The bottom line: Texans are split on whether more people carrying guns will make for a safer environment. But there’s an increasing number of people who think existing gun laws should be more strict. 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BALTIMORE (AP) — The lawyer representing women who said maintenance workers demanded sex from them in exchange for basic repairs at public housing units in Baltimore says a settlement of at least $6 million has been reached.Cary J. Hansel said at a news conference Friday that all victims of sexual harassment in public housing will be eligible for the settlement. Hansel said the settlement amount will range from $6 million to $7.95 million, depending on how many join the lawsuit.The lawsuit included accounts by women who alleged they had been victimized by handymen whose neglect resulted in squalid conditions including leaks, insect infestations and dangerous mold growth.Housing Authority Commissioner Paul T. Graziano has said the agency will make sure this doesn’t happen again.
Play Static self-assembling properties of circular-shaped Janus bilayer demonstrating artificial tropism in response to a microdroplet. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen In addition to providing a roadmap for the development of a new class of self-organizing materials, the team believes their material could be used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from sensors built into clothes (which could self-activate when exposed to sweat) to sensors made for responding to other bodily fluids. It might even prove suitable for harvesting water from fog or for creating micro-robotic devices programmed by shape. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Researchers create tiny pump that provides continuous and spontaneous antigravity water delivery (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from the Australian National University and City University of Hong Kong has created a material that is capable of mimicking the action of a mimosa leaflet when it is touched. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their material and how it reacts when a drop of liquid is deposited onto its surface. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen © 2016 Phys.org Explore further More information: W. S. Y. Wong et al. Mimosa Origami: A nanostructure-enabled directional self-organization regime of materials, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600417AbstractOne of the innate fundamentals of living systems is their ability to respond toward distinct stimuli by various self-organization behaviors. Despite extensive progress, the engineering of spontaneous motion in man-made inorganic materials still lacks the directionality and scale observed in nature. We report the directional self-organization of soft materials into three-dimensional geometries by the rapid propagation of a folding stimulus along a predetermined path. We engineer a unique Janus bilayer architecture with superior chemical and mechanical properties that enables the efficient transformation of surface energy into directional kinetic and elastic energies. This Janus bilayer can respond to pinpoint water stimuli by a rapid, several-centimeters-long self-assembly that is reminiscent of the Mimosa pudica’s leaflet folding. The Janus bilayers also shuttle water at flow rates up to two orders of magnitude higher than traditional wicking-based devices, reaching velocities of 8 cm/s and flow rates of 4.7 μl/s. This self-organization regime enables the ease of fabricating curved, bent, and split flexible channels with lengths greater than 10 cm, demonstrating immense potential for microfluidics, biosensors, and water purification applications.Press release Citation: A man-made material that mimics the curling of the mimosa leaflet (2016, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-man-made-material-mimics-mimosa-leaflet.html Play Mimosa Origami assembly of the Janus bilayer strips performing double right-angle turns on a superhydrophobic PS-PDMS substrate. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 Play Modular microfluidics: Janus-based Mimosa Origami strips with double-ended bulbs on a superhydrophobic PS-PDMS substrate showing in-channel droplet mixing. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 Journal information: Science Advances As the researchers note, nature is filled with examples of living systems that react to stimuli by engaging in self-organization behaviors. One such example is the fern-like mimosa plant, it has multiple leaflets along individual twigs that are each independently sensitive to touch—such stimuli (such as children over the generations having some fun with their friends) causes the leaflet to curl up into a hollow tube shape resembling a very small straw. Developing materials with similar characteristics is highly desirable because it allows for creating unique products, such as very low power sensors.In this new effort, the researchers created the new material by fashioning stacks of multi-function layers of a Janus nanoparticle based material (offering opposite hydrophilic-hydrophobic properties) to a bottom layer made of polyvinyl chloride microfibers. The result was a thin length of flat white material with a larger round formation at one end. When a liquid was dropped onto the round formation, the liquid was pushed, through self-action, by the material all the way to the other end—as it was pushed, the material curled from one end to the other, resulting in what looked like an ordinary straw. The researchers report that the action was fast, taking just 33 milliseconds to get started. They note also that the self-action was reversible as well—as the material dried, it flattened. Play Modular microfluidics: Janus-based Mimosa Origami strips at a T-junction, showcasing double-ended split for potential in multichannel capabilities. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
One of the renowned Indian fashion duo- Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna has completed 19 years of creative partnership this year. The designers have made their mark in contemporary prêt wear for both men and women who wish to break the stereotype in clothing and experiment with distinct textures and engineered designing. Their designs pay great emphasis on silhouettes and detailing which draw inspiration from in ear structures, geometrical lines and are greatly influenced by modem contemporary art. They also specialise in BeSpoke men’s couture with a precision fit for the modern men. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The partners have been awarded the ‘Best Pret Collection’ for Men and Women apparel on numerous platforms on various occasions. Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna have also been awarded the prestigious ‘GQ- Designers of the year’ title. Apart from showcasing their work in every season at the Indian Fashion Week, they are also regulars at several international trade fairs, namely Coterie in New York, Tranoi and Who’s Next in Paris.The label retails through their three stand-alone stores along with multiple boutiques and multi-designer stores across the country. The duo is the only Indian design label to collaborate with leading corporate apparel brwands, namely Van Heusen and Wills Lifestyle with an extended reach of over 100 stores all over the country. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixInternationally the labels available at leading stores like Harvey Nichols, VAKKO, Tootsies, Sun Motoyama, Anthropologic, Salma, Ere, Lilian Rome among others. Their collection was even displayed at the show windows of prestigious Selfridges London.Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna clentele’s vary from all walks of life. Their label is also the most preferred brand when it comes to styling prominent faces of national and international celebrities from the film and music industry. Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna beieve in curating garments which are timeless and elegant. They believe in them and their potential to change people’s lives.
A sleepover programme – designed to make kids believe that their favourite stuffed toys enjoy reading – can help encourage children to pick up more books, a new study suggests.Stuffed animal sleepover programmes are designed to get children interested in picture books. Children take their toys to a library for the night. At this point, staff and volunteers take photos of the animals exploring the library and reading together.The next day, the children collect their stuffed animals and the photos of what they did during the night. They are also given the books their animals chose to read. Researchers including those from Osaka Institute of Technology in Japan organised a “book-night party”, a typical stuffed animal sleepover programme for about 42 preschool children. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe children’s behaviour was observed on that day, after three days and one month later, to determine the effect and how long it lasts. It was found that before the sleepover the children did not spend time looking at the books in their play area at preschool.Immediately after the sleepover, the number of children who read to the stuffed animals was significantly higher than the number who did not, but after three days the effect had worn off. The researchers also tested an approach for sustaining the effect, they reminded the children of the sleepover a month later, by hiding the stuffed animals and showing them the photos again the next day. This simple method led to a significant increase in the number of children reading to their stuffed animals. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study reveals for the first time that children who take part in stuffed animal sleepover programs read picture books to their stuffed animals significantly more. “We wanted to know if there really was an effect, and if so, how long it lasts,” said Yoshihiro Okazaki of Okayama University in Japan. “Surprisingly, not only did the children show interest in the picture books, but they also began to read to their stuffed animals,” said Okazaki.Reading is important for the development of children’s language skills and imagination. When parents read to their children, it is a passive form of reading for the child. However, when children read to their stuffed animals, it is a more of a self-directed form of reading, helping them develop into more active readers researchers said. The study was published in the journal Heliyon.
KOLKATA: Mukesh Ambani, managing director of Reliance India Group, started his speech on the dais of Bengal Global Business Summit 2019, saying that he was happy to be back in the City of Joy, which is also “the City of Hope now.”He went on to laud the remarkable transformation brought about in Bengal by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that both the state and Kolkata are reaching new heights of progress. “I had mentioned in my speech at this summit last year that under your leadership, West Bengal is becoming Best Bengal. This is indeed coming true. My warmest congratulations to you and your leadership in taking Bengal to greater heights,” Ambani said to the Chief Minister. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe mentioned that Bengal’s GDP has crossed Rs 10 lakh crore, which was less than Rs 4 lakh crore when the Trinamool government came to power in the state. He added that the rate of growth of the state’s GDP is 9.1%, which is higher than the national figure. “Bengal has gained a foothold in the group of the fastest-growing states in India with an all-round turnaround under Didi’s leadership. Agriculture is booming and income of farmers is rising. This state accounts for the highest rise in credit flow to the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector among all Indian states. Bengal’s rise is leading to the rise of the whole of Eastern India. Bengal, along with the other eastern states, will contribute a quarter of India’s GDP by 2035,” said Ambani. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe said the transformation of Bengal reflects the growth of the entire country, which is all set to become the world’s fifth largest economy in 2019, overtaking the United Kingdom. “We are ahead of all countries except the United States, China, Japan and Germany. In about a decade, India will become the third largest economy with a GDP of over USD 10 trillion – which is about four times the size of our economy today. In two decades, India will become the second largest economy in the world,” he added. He said by 2047, the year when India would celebrate 100 years of its independence, it will be capable of becoming the biggest economic power in the world. “Reliance will be the most trusted partner in the fulfillment of the dreams of nearly ten crore people of Bengal,” he said. He urged the people of Bengal to embrace the revolution of digital technologies and said that it will be one of the biggest factors for both the state and the nation’s growth in future. Ambani concluded his speech saying that Reliance will always be beside the Chief Minister in her efforts to turn the state into “Shonar Bangla”.
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Click for Sound Video Loading Video Unavailable We pay for stories! Send your videos to email@example.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday April 26. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. 21:18Fire stationsIt is all quiet at the city’s major fire stations this evening.20:36Tails wagging as PD Cooper graduates from police academyPolice Dog Cooper made history today when he became the first Staffordshire Bull Terrier to graduate training at the county force’s headquarters.Cooper, along with Archie and Barry, all graduated from the academy today (April 26) and have now become fully fledged police dogs working alongside Staffordshire Police .PD Cooper became the force’s first Staffordshire Bull Terrier in March after he was rescued from the RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre, in Taunton. Read more. (Image: Staffordshire Police)20:1917 things you really must do in Stoke-on-Trent if you haven’t alreadyAnybody who has grown up in the Potteries knows what a wonderful area it is – with its rambling countryside, potbanks-full of culture, and world-famous attractions.But how many things have you actually ticked off your Stoke-on-Trent bucket list?It’s time to stop putting these things off, and start exploring our excellent county!See our list of picks here. The things you need to tick off your Stoke-on-Trent bucket list (Image: Unknown Copyright)19:10Stoke-on-Trent chippys given a food hygiene rating in the last six monthsWho’s in for a chippy tea?Before you get busy ordering, take a look at all the latest food hygiene ratings for the fish and chip shops in Stoke-on-Trent.Traditional English jumbo sized Fish and Chips served in paper (Image: Getty Images / John Kelly)18:35Collision on A50 causing delaysWe’ve had reports of a collision on the A50 Westbound between A5007 Victoria Place Fenton (Heron Cross / Fenton) and A500 (Sideway Roundabout).A car and lorry are believed to be involved. Emergency services are at the scene. We will bring you more as we get it. 18:05Have you seen our Facebook Live backstage at the Regent Theatre?Our reporter Becky went backstage with Kane Oliver Parry, who plays Gerry Goffin in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, at the Regent Theatre. Head over to the Stoke-on-Trent Live Facebook page to watch it and don’t forget, it’s only here until this Saturday!17:15M6 lanes reopenedTraffic is queuing but all lanes have reopened on the M6 northbound between junction 16, Crewe, and 17, Sandbach, following an earlier accident. Lane one, of three, was blocked in the smart motorway roadwork area. 17:09Shelton Old Road One lane is closed and traffic is queuing due to broken down van on A52 Shelton Old Road at the Stoke Road interchange. Traffic is able to pass with care. Recovery of the vehicle has been requested. 17:07M6 accidentOne lane is blocked and traffic is queuing on the M6 northbound between junction 16, Crewe, and junction 17, Sandbach, because of an accident. Lane one, of three, is blocked in the roadworks area and it is affecting traffic travelling as far as Manchester. 16:52Victory! Families win fight against plans to build 97 housesVillagers are celebrating after winning a second battle against plans to build more than 90 homes on the edge of a wildlife haven.Bellway Homes’ latest bid to build on land off Meadow Way, Baldwins Gate, was unanimously thrown out by Newcastle Borough Council this week.Dozens of spectators packed into the public gallery to hear the decision and a round of applause followed the planning refusal. Read our full story here. Villagers celebrate their Baldwins Gate victory16:46Gin and Disco Festival to be held in city centre park this summer‘Saturday Night Fever’ will be in the air as party-goers descend on Hanley Park for a Gin and Disco Festival this summer.Following his campaign to bring Sankeys nightclub to Stoke-on-Trent, festival organiser Ed Davis has moved back to his hometown – after spells in Manchester and Ibiza – to take on this new challenge.Inspired by the Northern Soul scene, the 31-year-old says the Potteries was his first choice of location for the event. Read our full report here. Ed Davis at Hanley Park, where he’s holding a Gin and Disco Festival this summer (Image: Stoke Sentinel)16:14The shocking reason why our children are such fussy eaters“They think I’m a square for eating fruit and vegetables,” complained a child during a study led by Dr Rachel Povey.This week leading psychologists from across the UK and France have gathered at Staffordshire University for a three-day conference which hopes to shed new light on what influences children’s relationship with food.Research by Dr Povey and her colleagues has found that some schoolchildren are afraid of being picked on for making healthy choices. She believes that changing the perception of such foods is key to improving diets.Our reporter Richard Ault looks further into the issue here. 15:38Congestion on M6There’s heavy traffic on the M6 Northbound around J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).15:34Our latest Facebook Live backstage at the Regent Theatre…Our reporter Becky will be doing a Facebook Live this afternoon with the cast of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical backstage at the Regent Theatre. You can watch it over on the Stoke-on-Trent Live Facebook page just after 5pm. Don’t forget to comment during the live broadcast if you have any questions, or tell us what you thought of the show if you’ve already seen it. Our review of the musical can be found here. Bronté Barbé, as Carole King in Beautiful.15:20The great Potteries fake off! Is your Wedgwood worth it?As long as there has been manufacturing, there have been fakes. As long as there have been creators there have been forgers.This is a reality certainly applicable to the pottery industry, dating back centuries to the founding names of the pottery industry. Spode, Wedwood, Doulton to name a few have all fallen victim to their work been forged.Can you spot a fake? Read more about them in our story here. Carlton’s Fantasia Ware ‘Burslam’ – with the town name spelt wrong (Image: Image courtesy of Potteries.org)13:20Broken down vehicles on M6 clearedBroken down vehicles on M6 cleared12:39Second broken down vehicle on M6One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed.12:36Broken down lorry causing delays on M6One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound between Keele Services and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed. Keele Service is located between J15 and J16. 12:23Burst water pipe causes flood on street in West MidlandsEmergency services are at the scene of the flood in Wednesbury. More here.12:17Delays due to safety inspection of trackDelays of up to 25 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Milton Keynes Central and Rugby due to safety inspection of the track. 11:51Accidents on M6 and A50 in StaffordshireThere is an accident on a sliproad near Stafford and on the A50 in Uttoxeter. More here.11:33Accident on the M6 near StaffordReports of slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). 11:24Accident on A50 near UttoxeterReports of one lane blocked due to accident on A50 near B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout), INRIX reports.Traffic England shows slow traffic moving on the westbound carriageway in the area.10:26Lanes reopened on A500The lanes have reopened on the A500 following the earlier accident.10:03Slow traffic on A50Slow traffic on A50 Westbound at A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).09:52Oil spillage on A500A500 D Road Northbound partially blocked due to spillage between A527 Porthill Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank) and A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Traffic is coping well. 09:43Traffic queuing on A527Queueing traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank).09:32One woman being assessed by paramedics after accident on A500At least three vehicles are involved in the accident. More here.09:31One seriously injured and two arrested after accident near Cheshire OaksThe M53 remains closed near Cheshire Oaks following the accident just before 6am this morning. More here.08:58Live: Multi-vehicle accident on A500The accident has taken place near Talke slip road on the northbound carriageway. More here. We Are Stoke-on-Trent Watch Next Share this video Watch again Video will play in
Pickens County Commission District 4814 | 54% | Jerry T. Fitch (D)367 | 25% | Willie Dean Colvin (I)315 | 21% | William Petty (I) State Rep. District 73 |5,760 | 31% | Jack Jacobs (D)12,889 | 69% | Matt Fridy (R) FAYETTE COUNTYFayette County Commission District 1585 | 43% | Charlie Dale Jones (D)775 | 57% | Joe D. Acker (R) Tuscaloosa County Circuit Clerk30,330 | 45% | Angie Achterhof (D)37,081 | 55% | Magaria Hamner Bobo (R) BIBB COUNTYBibb County Board of Education District 5504 | 62% | Elaine R. Jones (D)310 | 38% | Joe Mathis (R) State Rep. District 15 |6,930 | 33% | Suzanna Coleman (D)14,198 | 67% | Allen Farley (R) Tuscaloosa County Tax Assessor 29,587 | 44% | Deborah A. Fowler (D)37,738 | 56% | Leigh Ann Fair (R) Hale County Commission District 11,017 | 64% | Scott Hallman (D)565 | 36% | Ronald Rainey (R) U.S. Rep. 6th Congressional District 85,337 | 31% | Danner Kline (D)192,227 | 69% | Gary Palmer (R) Amendment 3Specify that the congressional districts from which University of Alabama Board of Trustees members are appointed continue to reflect those as constituted on Jan. 1, 2018, to remove the state superintendent of education from membership and to delete the requirement that members vacate office at the annual meeting of the board following a member’s 70th birthday832,938 | 60% | Yes548,385 | 40% | No Walker County Board of Education Superintendent18,188 | 86% | Joel Hagood (R)2,993 | 14% | Tanya McGough Guin (I) Member, State Board of Education District 4 |141,998 | 67% | Yvette M. Richardson (D)68,486 | 33% | Don Wallace (R) State Sen. District 16 |21,770 | 37% | Lindsey Deckard (D)37,000 | 63% | J.T. Waggoner (R) State Sen. District 21 |15,956 | 32% | Rick Burnham (D)33,331 | 68% | Gerald Allen (R) Fayette County Sheriff1,845 | 24% | Tierre Agnew (D)3,893 | 52% | Byron Yerby (R)1,777 | 24% | Rodney Ingle (I) Attorney General 699,988 | 41% | Joseph Siegelman (D)1,001,621 | 59% | Steve Marshall (R) State Rep. District 41 |4,586 | 25% | Emily Annie Marcum (D)14,034 | 75% | Corley Ellis (R) Pickens County Sheriff3,606 | 44% | Tonnie D. Jones (D)4,676 | 56% | David Abston (R) TUSCALOOSA COUNTYTuscaloosa County Board of Education District 31,655 | 27% | Schmitt Moore (D)4,489| 73% | Joe Calvin (R) State Auditor | 662,897 | 39% | Miranda Karrine Joseph (D)1,0150,662 | 61% | Jim Zeigler (R) State Rep. District 61 |6,481 | 34% | Thomas Hyche (D)12,393 | 66% | Rodney Sullivan (R) AMENDMENTSAmendment 1Authorizing the display of the Ten Commandments on state property and property owned or administrated by a public school or public body1,091,178 | 72% | Yes431,566 | 28% | No Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge30,779 | 45% | Laura K. Gregory (D)36,894 | 55% | Rob Robertson (R) Public Service Commission Place 1 |659,802 | 40% | Cara Y. McClure (D)1,010,344 | 60% | Jeremy H. Oden (R) GREENE COUNTYGreene County Commission District 2620 | 76% | Tennyson Smith (D)191 | 24% | La Toya Pelt (I) Fayette County Commission District 3642 | 53% | Barry Corkren (D)560 | 47% | Sandra J. Holliman (R) State Sen. District 2 26,725 | 46% | Amy Wasyluka (D)31,849 | 54% | Tom Butler (R) State Sen. District 23 |30,140 | 66% | Malika Sanders-Fortier (D)15,768 | 34% | Mark Story (I) Public Service Commission Place 2 |665,771 | 40% | Kari Powell (D)1,003,922 | 60% | Chris “Chip” Beeker Jr. (R) Pickens County Commission District 1925 | 66% | Bobby Bain (R)482 | 34% | Richard Richardson (I) PICKENS COUNTYPickens County Board of Education District 1600 | 38% | LaSonja Lark Richardson (D)966 | 62% | Gene Dawkins (R) State Rep. District 48 7,801 | 35% | Alli Summerford (D)14,764 | 65% | Jim Carns (R) State Rep. District 45 7,109 | 34% | Jenn Gray (D)13,629 | 66% | Dickie Drake (R) Fayette County Probate Judge1,903 | 26% | Greg Lowery (D)5,470 | 74% | Mike Freeman (R) Secretary of State | 655,764 | 39% | Heather Milam (D)1,029,584 | 61% | John H. Merrill (R) Here are the latest results for Alabama’s Nov. 6 midterm elections. Numbers will not be official until several weeks after Election Day.Governor 691,671 | 40.36% | Walt Maddox (D)1,019,558 | 59.49% | Kay Ivey (R) Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Place 4658,286 | 39% | Donna Wesson Smalley (D)1,011,924 | 61% | Jay Mitchell (R) HALE COUNTYHale County Probate Judge3,892 | 65% | Arthur L. Crawford Sr. (D)1,860 | 31% | Bob Hoggle (I) State Sen. District 11 11,386 | 24% | Carl Carter (D)36,138 | 76% | Jim McClendon (R) Lieutenant Governor 657,220 | 39% | Will Boyd (D)1,042,032 | 61% | Will Ainsworth (R) WALKER COUNTYWalker County Sheriff14,252 | 64% | Nick Smith (R)920 | 4% | Mark Bell (I)7,019 | 32% | Mike Cole (I) Chief Justice of the Supreme Court | 720,272 | 43% | Bob Vance Jr. (D)972,776 | 57% | Tom Parker (R) State Sen. District 14 13,135 | 27% | Jerry McDonald (D)34,910 | 73% | Cam Ward (R) Amendment 4If a vacancy in either Congress or the Senate happens on or after Oct. 1 of the third year of a four-year term, the seat will remain vacant until a successor is elected at the next general election.970,815 | 66% | Yes497,179 | 34% | No State Rep. District 43 5,817 | 28% | Carin Mayo (D)14,999 | 72% | Arnold G. Mooney II (R) Amendment 2To declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of Alabama to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, and to provide that Alabama does not protect the right to abortion or require abortion funding913,223 | 59% | Yes634,119 | 41% | No State Rep. District 62 |5,255 | 32% | Will Benton (D)11,267 | 68% | Rich Wingo (R) U.S. Rep, 4th Congressional District 46,370 | 20% | Lee Auman (D)183,958 | 80% | Robert Aderholt (R)