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first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Western Cape province:Church tower in a Karoo town. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:A dog guards a house in a Karoo town. In Afrikaans, the sign reads, “Beware of the dog.” Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:House in a Karoo town. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:The town of Barrydale. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: The town of Barrydale. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:The church in the town of Barrydale. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: The Barrydale Hotel. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: The local liquor store in the town of Barrydale. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Wind pump viewed from the town graveyard, Prince Albert. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageCOUNTRYSIDE 13: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Selling in a sideways market

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCArgentina corn is cheaper than U.S. corn because the South American corn crop conditions are above normal. Because it’s difficult to store grain in the southern hemisphere, it’s priced to move. Wheat pulled back as well and some see wheat working into feed rations at the displacement of corn.Winter doesn’t seem to want to end in the U.S. Currently in Minneapolis there is 3 feet of snow on the ground and it’s not expected to be above 30 degrees for another 10 days from here to Des Moines. Usually the snow is starting to melt in Minnesota by the end of March. The prolonged winter and likely flooding in northern parts of the Corn Belt is concerning some.There are farmers who are also worried about the limited time they had for fall field work and fertilizer application. While it’s still unknown if planting will be significantly delayed, it is highly unlikely at this point to start early.Farmers aren’t selling corn at current levels. Even with basis increases across the U.S., end users are struggling to get enough corn.After visiting with farmers in the eastern Corn Belt last week, most say they will be keeping rotations the same. Only a few said they plan to plant more corn than the usual rotation and very few are planting more beans. Still, we’ll have to wait for the March 29 USDA report for an estimate on the acres switching to corn, and then the June report for a more accurate account of what actually gets planted.Like many farmers, I still have more 2018 corn to sell. With this relentless sideways market at low prices, and recent success generating added premium with straddle trades, I placed two more straddles this week. Following details why I made the trades and all of the possible outcomes. Trade 1 — Straddle tradeOn 2/22/19 when May corn was around $3.85, I sold an April $3.80 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collected just over 12 cents total on 20% of my 2018 production.What does this mean?If May corn is $3.80 on 3/22/19, I keep all of the 12 centsFor every penny corn is below $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.68.For every penny higher than $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.92.At $3.92 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.80 against May futures, but I still get to keep the 12 cents, so it’s like selling $3.92At $3.68 or lower I have to take a loss on this trade penny for penny below $3.68. Trade 2 – Straddle tradeOn 2/22/19 when May corn was around $3.85, I sold a May $3.80 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collected just over 19 cents total on 10% of my 2018 productionWhat does this mean?If May corn is $3.80 on 4/26/19, I keep all of the 19 centsFor every penny corn is below $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.61.For every penny higher than $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.99.At $3.99 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.80 against May futures, but I still get to keep the 19 cents, so it’s like selling $3.99At $3.61 or lower I have to take a loss on this trade penny for penny below $3.68. My trade thoughts and rationale when placing both straddles On 2/22/19These trades are most profitable in a sideways market, which I think is the most likely scenario right now. If prices don’t rally, I can use this premium to help push a final sale to profitable levels. If the market rallies, I’m happy selling 30% of my production above $3.90.In the past 7 out of the last 11 years corn didn’t trade lower in late March or April versus February, so I think a big price drop is unlikely. Plus, carryout is the tightest since recent drought years. The 4 years where the market was lower were the springs times that followed the ’16, ’14, ’12 and ’09 harvests. All but 2012 were in years where the carryout was increasing from the year before it.In the end, if the market stays sideways, I collect more money than doing nothing or even making a sale today. Thoughts 1 week later On 3/1/19The 15-cent market drop was surprising this week. Corn is now trading at the bottom of the last 3 month’s trading range. Some expect U.S. exports to shrink from the anticipated large South American corn harvest, which would put downward pressure on prices. But will the U.S. farmer plant enough corn this spring? Will farmers sell at these depressed prices before they have even put a seed in the ground? I still have 3 more weeks before the first trade expires. Please email jon@superiorfeed.com with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – December 16, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have more precipitation moving across Ohio today, but we are going to see a few hours worth of break in the action into early afternoon. Wave number one developed back into late yesterday and overnight, and is winding down this morning. Wave two comes this later this afternoon through the night tonight. The second wave looks to stay a little farther south, but still will be able to put down decent moisture from US 30 southward. We still see warm air aloft, but likely have trouble completely ridding ourselves of a colder pocket near the surface. So, that means we can see rain or wet snow flakes, or even both later today. This can bring minor additional accumulations of wet snow in central parts of the state up to US 30, while areas in far southern OH likely see more liquid from the system. The good news is that moisture is relatively minor. Liquid equivalent precipitation totals will be a few hundredths to half an inch max except for far southern Ohio where action lingers through tomorrow morning. There we can see closer to another inch total.Tomorrow starts with clouds, but we see those breaking up in the afternoon. We can even see some sunshine before the day is through. Partly to mostly sunny skies expected for the rest of the week, Wednesday through Friday. We will be cold for Wednesday and Thursday with temps well below normal, and then see some moderation on Friday.A few snow flurries may pop up Saturday morning, but otherwise we expect a mix of clouds and sun for the balance of the weekend. Temps climb to above normal levels. Next week looks dry Monday and Tuesday but temps pull back a bit. Then for Christmas day on Wednesday, we cant rule out a few sprinkles or flurries, but right now the biggest threat of action stays west of the state. Honestly, the biggest precipitation threat for the next 1o days is upon us right now, starting late yesterday and getting out of here by tomorrow morning. The map at right shows moisture potential for the combined next 10 days, and pretty much all of it comes here in the next 24 hours.last_img read more

Mitchell McClenaghan out of ODI series against India with pelvis injury

first_imgIn a major setback to New Zealand, fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan has been ruled out of next month’s one-day international series against India with a pelvis injury. (India vs New Zealand third ODI postponed by one day due to ‘Karva Chauth’ festival)The news was confirmed by New Zealand Cricket spokesman, two days after it was revealed that paceman Adam Milne was also in line to miss the five-match series, starting in Dharamsala on October 16, stuff.co.nz reported.The 30-year-old, who has taken 82 ODI wickets in 48 matches, has not played a 50-over game since January when he suffered a nasty blow in the eye while batting against Pakistan in Wellington. (Also read: Gautam Gambhir makes a strong case for third opener’s slot ahead of New Zealand Test series)The leading seamer, however, had recovered in time to represent New Zealand at the World T20 in India.The absence of both Milne and McClenaghan could increase Doug Bracewell’s chances of making into the ODI squad, featuring Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Jimmy Neesham.last_img read more

PIOJ at Halfway Point in Phase Two of Climate Change Project

first_img Implementation of the SPCR project is expected to span four years. Story Highlights The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is currently midway through implementing Phase II of a US$25 million Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR).The programme, being implemented as a pilot (Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), aims to boost government-led efforts to strengthen Jamaica’s ability to withstand the often damaging effects of risks associated with climate-related occurrences such as hurricanes, storms, and droughts, on the island’s infrastructure and other assets, and the resulting costs.The SPCR is expected to demonstrate the measures to achieve these strengthened capacities and how they can be incorporated into the implementation of core development policies and planning.Implementation of the SPCR is consistent with the government’s 2013/14 job creation and economic growth strategic priority, focusing on facilitating protection of the natural environment.The PPCR/SCPR’s roll out is deemed timely as Jamaica has, over time, sustained significant dislocation due to the impact of climate-related hazards. This has been most evident over the last 12 years, during which the island incurred damage and losses, estimated at some $150 billion, resulting from the passage of some 11 storms or hurricanes.Frequent extreme, unusual, and irregular weather patterns associated with climate change, have been attributed to global warming. The latter occurrence is defined as a rise in the average atmospheric or oceanic temperature resulting from increased presence of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.This, to a great extent, is caused by activities such as the burning of fossil fuels, like petroleum products, and deforestation. Research determines that these factors influence weather patterns resulting in hurricanes, storms, heavy rainfall or even drought. In several instances, countries are also under the threat of rising sea levels.When activities such as inappropriate farming practices and construction, particularly of houses in areas not deemed ideal for this undertaking, are factored in, they can and often lead to devastating occurrences such as flooding and landslides or slippages.In recognition of the long-term risks these pose for Jamaica, government-led efforts are being undertaken to strengthen the country’s ability to, as best as possible, withstand the effects of these situations. These include implementation of the PPCR/SPCR.Jamaica is one of six Caribbean countries invited by a regional PPCR/SPCR sub-committee to participate in the undertaking. The committee comprises representatives of the project’s main multilateral funding partners – the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).They are financing the undertaking through a Climate Investment Fund (CIF) facility, established for this purpose. The other countries involved are: Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Dominica, and Haiti.Jamaica’s programme is being financed at a cost of US$25 million by the World Bank and IDB, comprising US$15 million in grant funding, and a US$10 million concessionary loan.Manager for Sustainable Development and Regional Planning at the PIOJ, Hopeton Peterson, tells JIS News that the PPCR/SPCR is being implemented in two phases. The first, he informs, entailed design development for and preparation of three investment projects, as well as several scheduled technical studies being undertaken to support climate change adaptation in Jamaica.He explains that Investment Project I (IP I), for which US6.8 million in grant funding was allocated, deals with improving climate data and information management, which he describes as “very important” because “we need data to facilitate good planning.”Investment Project II (IP II), funded through a US$7.7 million grant, relates to the application of adaptation measures in a specified watershed identified, in this case, the Rio Minho River basin and watershed in Clarendon.Mr. Peterson informs that a loan of US$3.6 million is being also been allocated for this component to boost the National Meteorological Service’s operational capacity, which entailed, among other things, acquisition of a radar.A total of US$6.4 million in loan funds was earmarked for Investment Project III (IP III) which he says, will finance adaptation initiatives for community-based organizations, and micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs).Phase II of the PPCR/SPCR, Mr Peterson outlines will entail implementation of the activities to be undertaken during the latter part of the 2013/14 financial year.Mr. Peterson points to several benefits, which will arise from this undertaking. The technical reports, he explains, will assist national efforts in mainstreaming climate change in priority sectors, such as tourism, agriculture, and water resources, among others, and support the design of attendant adaptation measures.Additionally, the studies will help to build and strengthen sectoral capacity for planning and forecasting, as well as support climate change education and awareness.“The direct beneficiary is the country, because the entire population will be impacted by whatever decisions are made with the use of these data,” he outlines.For the second project, Mr. Peterson says residents of communities, especially farmers in the Upper Rio Minho watershed area, will benefit. Other beneficiary districts include Bog Hole, Kellits, and adjoining areas.He explains that the Rio Minho was selected as a pilot, primarily because “it is one of the most highly degraded watersheds in Jamaica.” This has been attributed mainly to factors such as improper land use, less than ideal cultivation practices, and deforestation.“It’s a farming area and most vulnerable to the effects of both climate change and climate variability. One of the critical issues relates to water adequacy to do their farming; so the project is also looking at ways of improving water storage for these communities to better deal with (factors such as) drought,” he informs.Mr. Peterson points out that the project’s implementation is “based on community participation”. He says prior to commencing the project design, PIOJ representatives visited targeted communities to find out how climate change/variations were affecting the residents and the solutions they have been exploring for implementation.“We made some proposals; but communities also came forward with ideas and strategies of their own. Some of the things that they are doing include planting crops that are more resistant to drought, and storing water, using tanks. They are also changing their planting periods to fit with the changes in rainfall cycle, for example. These are some of the practical measures that they have been putting in place,” he discloses.Having completed work in phase one of the PPCR/SPCR, Mr. Peterson advises that a project report and proposals are being prepared for submission to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for their consideration.In addition to the initial amount allocated in the SPCR, Jamaica has received a further US$5 million in grant funding through the Climate Investments Fund (CIF) to continue the project undertaking.“It (submission) will go through their (IDB) approval process; therefore, once it is approved, we will have disbursement of funds and we can then start with the implementation, which we anticipate will start in 2014,” Mr. Peterson informs.Implementation of the SPCR project, he tells JIS News, is expected to span four years, adding that once the projects are successfully executed, “we would have partially achieved our objectives as the real test is to see whether or not the activities can be sustained.”“We expect to have climate change mainstreamed in government and private sector operations and anticipate, as well, that we would have some adaptation strategies in the Rio Minho watershed. We also anticipate that we would have the climate resilience of communities strengthened by implementing climate change adaptation projects, and also MSMEs strengthened and becoming more resilient to climate change,” Mr. Peterson informs.He points out that once these targets have been attained and the strengths and weaknesses assessed to determine which project(s) can be implemented elsewhere, then, “we would move onto doing that.”“We have sustainability measures built into the programme. So if the projects are successfully implemented, then we look to scale those up, in which case we would need to get additional funding. So we would have to try and leverage additional funds to continue the implementation of the successful activities,” Mr. Peterson adds. The PIOJ is currently midway through implementing Phase II of a US$25m Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR). Implementation of the SPCR is consistent with the government’s 2013/14 job creation and economic growth strategic priority.last_img read more

YouTube TV is giving longtime subscribers Showtime at no extra cost

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 1 Preview • YouTube TV has promise, but needs to grow before it’s worth $35 (hands-on) Review • YouTube TV review: The best premium live TV streaming service 1:26 YouTube TV’s price hike, Disney Plus details YouTube TV has a reward for some of its “longtime friends.” David Katzmaier / CNET YouTube TV appears to be offering some subscribers a summer of free Showtime. The live TV streaming service is giving “longtime friends” a subscription to Showtime at no cost through Sept. 5, 2019, according to offer messages shared by customers on social media.”Wowza!! I just got a free summer of @Showtime from @YouTubeTV no strings — just for being a loyal subscriber,” tweeted Rich Greenfield on Thursday, along with images of the offer.  YouTube TV apparently won’t automatically bill customers for the Showtime subscription once the deal has ended. “You can add it back if you love it, but that’s totally up to you,” reads the offer message. (Editors’ note: Showtime is a part of CBS, which also owns CNET.)Earlier this year, YouTube TV raised its monthly price from $40 to $50. The Google-owned service is one of a handful of subscription options aimed at cable TV cord-cutters who want to stream live TV channels such as ESPN, TNT and CNN, as well as local channels including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Its competition includes Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now, each with different channel packages and pricing.YouTube didn’t immediately respond to a request for more details. Commentcenter_img News • YouTube TV is now available across the US Share your voice Wowza!! I just got a free summer of @Showtime from @YouTubeTV no strings — just for being a loyal subscriber (spectrum has never done that) pic.twitter.com/o2xU5ySmjK— Rich Greenfield (@RichBTIG) June 14, 2019 YouTube TV Tags TVs Digital Media Showtime YouTubelast_img read more

3 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Understand About Blockchain Technology

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 5 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The rapid evolution of the internet has reinvented what it means to be a business owner. In the same way that the digital economy has empowered tens of thousands of hopeful entrepreneurs over the last decade, blockchain technology promises to ignite a new generation of innovators.Though much of the fintech coverage is focused on the ephemeral benefits of cryptocurrency exchanges and returns, there is far more opportunity, especially for engineers, designers, and makers generally, when we think about the long lasting impact that blockchains can have on how we organize and store systems within our society.As an entrepreneur, it can be difficult to navigate this space and separate the signal from the noise when it comes to determining the key information to understand. There are many self-proclaimed experts who simply want to steal your attention and sell you a product. The best entrepreneurs are able to separate these distractions from what is truly important and find ways to use the best of this technology to make a difference.Here are three essential implications of the technology, relevant to entrepreneurs, that will help to define the fundamental tenets of how starting a business will be different in a blockchain economy.Related: 5 Essential Podcasts for Entrepreneurs Serious About Cryptocurrency1. A new fundraising mechanism.Access to capital is one of the biggest points of friction for founders. This obstacle becomes twice as hard when you are living outside of an economic hub, as there are fewer investors willing to take a chance on you. From a global market’s perspective, this is largely inefficient and a waste of potential, given that there is a surplus of talent needing capital to help kickstart their ideas into action.In a blockchain economy, initial coin offerings will become the standard vehicles for startup (and large enterprise) fundraising. An ICO, as they are shorthanded, is effectively the modern day IPO, a tool to “crowdfund” capital to companies in an extremely secure and efficient manner.Companies like ConnectJob, an on-demand economy built on top of a blockchain, are already beginning to announce their token issuing, achieving rapid global growth via the crowd. Unlike the traditional markets, these coin offerings are accessible to anyone interested, regardless of geography, so there can be a much larger base of potential investors. This opens up an entire new economy of innovation, powered by ICOs, that can scale quickly and escape the sluggish and elitist venture capital community.At the same time, it is really important to be cautious whenever investing in a coin offering, as there are many scammers and hackers who are out to take your money. Given the lack of regulations, as it is still very much so a developing space, you should proceed with extreme caution, for when a deal seems too good to be true, it generally is. In sum, you should really only invest in deals you have thoroughly researched and have conviction about.Related: How Digital Wallets and Mobile Payments Are Evolving and What It Means for You2. Seamless systems.Many of today’s most dynamic and massive industries are built on top of intermediary parties. The government. Healthcare. Freight. Education. Voting. The list goes on and on. In each of these industries, middlemen, operating as brokerage services, dictate the ebb and flow of the sector. But, at the same time, ask anyone ingrained in some of these friction-ful industries and they will tell you, these intermediary services can drive prices up and slow down progress velocity. Working internationally, brokers can be a nightmare to deal with and charge exorbitant prices for seemingly menial work.Luckily, we can supplant the need for conventional intermediary parties by using Ethereum smart contracts to automatically verify and validate issues of trust and verification. At a high level, smart contracts operate independent of any one individual and are essentially an algorithm that authenticates information. With smart contracts implemented across a wide variety of industries, we can stop relying on humans to handle our most important data.Entrepreneurs can abstract this technological breakthrough and apply it to a number of pressing problems — many of which stem from the foundational issue of human error. For instance, TraDove has applied the power of the blockchain to unlock corporate demand for a token-based business-to-business (B2B) marketing, sales, and trade platform. This is the first of many implementations that are likely to reach a wide scale.Related: 6 Cryptocurrencies You Should Know About (and None of Them Are Bitcoin)3. A community-driven priority.In a distributed ecosystem, built with blockchains, the power lies with the people. In other words, there cannot be one singular entity with controlling powers over the rest of the network. This, among other things, protects against top-down corruption and manipulation. It also restores power to the community as a whole.ODEM, an on-demand education marketplace, has been able to leverage existing relationships to cultivate an active and inspired audience around their upcoming token offering. Started by the founders of Excelorators, an education company with a network over 200 professors, ODEM’s community attracts educators, students, and investors. All three share a common goal of eliminating intermediaries and costs involved in traditional education.As a result, building a strong and active user base that is passionate about your mission and project will become essentially important for the next wave of companies and entrepreneurs. Whether you are planning an ICO or working to develop your product roadmap, it will be critical, perhaps now more than ever before, to future plan with your community in mind. Entrepreneurs will need to become master communicators who can persuade their vision to the masses, such that they achieve buy-in and are able to work quickly and effectively.Related: IPOs Are Boring But You Must Keep an Eye on These 9 Initial Coin Offerings Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img Watch again The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Video Loading Video Unavailable We Are Stoke-on-Trent We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday April 23. 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.Key EventsPolice officer sentenced for computer misuse17:0220:05A50 reopensThe A50 is now back open in Cheshire19:57Issues on the M6 One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of three) is closed. 19:24Busy in TunstallA527 Brownhills Road Westbound busy but moving between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 18:33Lamppost fallen down on A50 in Rode HeathA50 Street Lane in both directions closed due to lamp post falling between Townsend Lane and Love Lane.Between Church Lawton and Smallwood. 18:02More heavy traffic in CreweHeavy traffic on A534 Haslington Bypass before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). 17:48Overnight closures on M6#M6 junctions 15 – 13 southbound carriageway will have overnight closures in place 22:00 – 05:00 from tonight until 27 April 2018. Make sure you plan your journey. https://t.co/6a6D4nO9mP pic.twitter.com/xvM1PH0wz1— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) April 23, 201817:22Busy in Crewe…Heavy traffic on A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). Travel time is five minutes. 17:02KEY EVENTPolice officer sentenced for computer misusePaedophile hunters believe they have been given the green light by the courts to trap online predators.A serving police officer will have to complete six months of community service after misusing her computer while on duty.PC Michelle Denne, of Staffordshire Police, pleaded guilty earlier this month to six offences under the Computer Misuse Act.Read more here.17:01Track fault near StaffordDelays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast Southbound between Stafford and Lichfield Trent Valley due to track fault. 16:29Accident in GoldenhillReports of slow traffic due to accident on A50 Kidsgrove Road Northbound near Mobberley Road.Accident has been reported near to Goldenhill Working Mens Club. 16:29Slow traffic on M6 Southbound before J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway scheme. 13:58Man left with serious burns trying to light chimenea with flammable liquidThe man suffered 25 per cent burns to his face and upper body following the fire in the Westlands. More here.13:27Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to sonThe Royal Baby was born earlier this morning. More here.12:04Three arrested after stolen car stoppedThe vehicle was stopped in Merseyside after being stolen from Rode Heath at around 3am this morning. More here.11:45If you’re wondering why the police helicopter was out earlier, this is why Police seized weapons and arrested two men following the search – while the hunt continues for the third man. More here. 11:13Three months of roadworks begin todayTemporary traffic lights are in place on the A519 Newcastle Road in Eccleshall. More here.10:45Two Highways England Traffic Officers taken to hospital after collision on M6 The accident took place near junction 7 of the M6 in the West Midlands while Traffic Officers dealt with a broken down vehicle on the hard shoulder. More here. 08:52M6 slip road now clearM6 Southbound entry slip road clear, broken down vehicle removed at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel)..Breakdown had occurred at the end the entry slip. This was as you head from the roundabout down towards the main carriageway. 08:48Slow traffic on the A50 WestboundUsual slow traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). (Image: Inrix)08:41Traffic is queuing on the A34There is queueing traffic on A34 Stone Road Northbound at A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). (Image: Inrix)08:35Duchess of Cambridge in labourThe Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to hospital in labour, Kensington Palace has announced.Kate was taken to the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, as she prepares to give birth to her third child.The baby prince or princess will be fifth in line to the throne, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s sixth great-grandchild and a younger brother or sister for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.Kensington Palace said: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, earlier this morning in the early stages of labour.“The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”08:31Heavy traffic coming into HanleyThere is heavy traffic heading into Hanley this morning. Bucknall Road is busy inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. (Image: Inrix)08:22Heavy traffic continues on M6 northbound Heavy traffic on M6 Northbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.There are patches of congestion between this stretch, This is within the smart motorway works. 08:16Television partially blocking A3808:02Usual slow traffic on the A527Usual slow traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). (Image: Inrix)08:01Congestion A500 in Stoke-on-TrentUsual congestion on A500 Queensway Southbound before A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout). (Image: Inrix)08:00Slip road blocked due to broken down vehicleM6 Southbound entry slip road partially blocked due to broken down vehicle at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area. Traffic is coping well.Breakdown has occurred at the end the entry slip. This is as you head from the roundabout down towards the main carriageway. (Image: Inrix)07:59Heavy traffic continues on M6 northboundHeavy traffic on M6 Northbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area.There are patches of congestion between this stretch, This is within the smart motorway works. 07:28Heavy traffic on the M6 in CheshireThere is heavy traffic on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway works. (Image: Inrix)07:22Slow traffic on A50 near UttoxeterThere is slow traffic on the A50 Eastbound at the junction with the B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout) near Uttoxeter. 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