Hundreds of students from across the province with a zest for reading will help choose which Canadian authors win the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards. Every year, the Hackmatack program gives Atlantic Canadian students in grades 4 to 6 an opportunity to read a selection of outstanding Canadian authors and vote for the books they like best. Education Minister Marilyn More delivered two sets of the 2010-11 English fiction and non-fiction nominated titles to Alderney School today, Sept. 27, where the about 50 students in registered reading groups couldn’t wait to begin reading. “It is incredible to see so many young people and their families excited about the wonder and adventure reading can bring,” said Ms. More. “By allowing students to have a say in their learning, we are developing their leadership abilities and literacy skills. I am really looking forward to seeing the choices students make.” Each year, the Hackmatack selection committee nominates a shortlist of Canadian books for young readers. Children read the books and, on April 1, vote for their favorite. The winners of the Hackmatack Award in each category will be announced May 13. This year’s nominated titles include stories about the children of Africville, information about how to build your own country and exciting adventures about space cats and dinosaurs. Riley O’Brien, a Grade 6 student at Alderney, has been in her school’s Hackmatack Club for the past two years. She said she joined because she enjoys reading. “I really liked almost all of the books I read over the past two years, but I especially like chapter books,” said Riley. “I like doing lots of things like playing outside and going to my cottage, but I really love to read.” Each September, the Department of Education provides elementary schools with two sets of the English titles selected for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards program. Schools in the Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial (CSAP) and schools that offer early French Immersion receive two sets of the French titles. More than 175 groups of Nova Scotian students participated in program last year. For more information on how to get involved, visit hackmatack.ca/ .
The province is hoping to bring closure for the family of a 2007 homicide victim in Halifax Regional Municipality through the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. Anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Glenn Bourgeois’ death could receive up to $150,000. “The loss of a life is always tragic and we must do what we can to ensure justice is served. To do this, we need the public’s help,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We all share in the responsibility of keeping our communities safe. Any piece of information, no matter how small, could help police solve this case.” On July 21, 2007, at about 4 p.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a complaint about gunshots in the Maynard and Woodill streets area. The police found Mr. Bourgeois, who had been shot several times. He later died from his injuries. Two black men, one with a gun in his hand, were seen fleeing the area immediately after the shooting. “We believe that people in our community have information about Mr. Bourgeois’ death that would assist in progressing the police investigation and hope that the incentive offered through the Rewards Program will encourage them to speak up,” said Chief Jean-Michel Blais, Halifax Regional Police. “We implore those people to come forward so that we may continue to work diligently to bring this file to a successful conclusion, which would undoubtedly result in closure for Mr. Bourgeois’ family.” Anyone with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. Callers must provide their name and contact information and may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. In July 2012, the Rewards Program helped the RCMP arrest and charge two people with first-degree murder in the disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock. In October, information received by the program helped an RCMP investigation that led to an arrest in the homicide of Narico Danfue Downey. The program, which now has 70 cases, was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. For more information on this case and others visit www.gov.ns.ca/just.
VANCOUVER – Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark will resign as leader of the provincial Liberal party.Clark made her intentions known in a brief statement.She says she informed her caucus colleagues about her decision to leave as leader effective Aug. 4.Clark says she’s proud of everything she has accomplished, including working to make B.C. the leader in Canada’s economy and creating more than 200,000 jobs.She calls the province’s protection of the Great Bear Rainforest “British Columbia’s gift to the world.”Clark led her party to a 43-seat win in the 87-seat legislature in the May election, but the government lost a confidence vote after the New Democrats and Greens formed an agreement to govern.She says she’s certain that B.C.’s best days are ahead and residents can achieve anything they set their minds to through “hard work, determination and perseverance.”More coming…
There is no detour around the area at this time.The next update from Drivebc.ca is not expected 12:15 a.m. on January 1, 2019.For more updates overnight visit www.drivebc.caBelow is the full notice as of 11 p.m. Monday.Highway 29. Avalanche danger between Millar Rd and Upper Cache Rd for 10.0 km (6 to 16 km north of Hudson’s Hope). Road closed. Assessment in progress. Detour not available. Next update time Tue Jan 1, 2019 at 12:15 AM MST. Last updated Mon Dec 31 at 10:52 PM MST. (DBC-4444) UPDATE – The highway is now open in both directions as of 11:45pm Monday.HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Highway 29 is closed between the Alaska Highway and Hudson’s Hope.The highway has been closed between Millar Road and Upper Cache Road due to a high avalanche danger.
Los Angeles: Climate change will not only increase the world’s average temperature but also intensify extreme heat waves that are harming people and wildlife even now, scientists warn. Climate change is often talked about in terms of averages — like the goal set by the Paris Agreement to limit the Earth’s temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, according to the review of over 140 scientific studies published in the journal Physiology. Summertime is quickly becoming a deadly season for life on Earth,” said Professor Jonathon Stillman from San Francisco State University in the US. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHeat waves have already produced striking images of mass mortality in animals, from the bleached skeletons of corals across swaths of the Great Barrier Reef to the deaths of horses during Australian summers, researchers said. Heat stroke from such extreme events is also a present danger for people, especially the elderly, albeit in a less obvious form. “Human mortality is different in that a lot of it is not visible in that way. It’s happening in homes or in doctors’ offices, but it’s striking all the same,” Stillman said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangFor instance, a 2003 heat wave in Europe killed more than 70,000 people across the continent, researchers said. To get a comprehensive view of the effects of future heat waves on humans and wildlife, Stillman gathered information from over 140 scientific studies on the topic. As carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere trap heat and raise the Earth’s average temperature, the heat waves we are accustomed to will worsen and become more frequent. In some more extreme projected scenarios, temperatures rivalling or exceeding those seen in Europe in 2003 could last as much as four times as long by the end of the 21st century, the researchers found. “This suggests that (during some years), all summer long we will have heat that is more intense than what happened in 2003,” Stillman said. There are ways to cope with heat waves, but they won’t be available for everyone, or for every species, the researchers said. A lack of available infrastructure may make migrating to cooler climates difficult for many vulnerable human communities and cause large-scale conflict, they said. Due to humanity’s sprawling ecological footprint, many animals won’t have a clear path to cooler climes unless natural space is specifically set aside for that purpose.
“But of course it is,” he told a new conference in reply to a question whether multilateralism is a key element, “because we need to work across countries, we need international cooperation.“Governments need to share information, work together – their police forces, intelligence – and without that cooperation, without that effective attempt to work together, we will not be able to contain terrorism or defeat them,” he declared in the Spanish capital, where he also attended a silent memorial service with King Juan Carlos that honoured the victims of last year’s terrorist attack on railways that killed nearly 200 people and injured 2,000 others.In a keynote address yesterday to the closing plenary of the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security, Mr. Annan outlined what he called the “five D’s” strategy: dissuading the disaffected from choosing terrorism, denying terrorists the means to carry out attacks, deterring state support, developing state preventive capacity and defending human rights in the fight against the scourge.Today he again stressed the need for the world community to help fund poor countries that genuinely cannot afford to build the capacity needed to fight terrorism.“If we are going to give technical assistance to developing countries and countries that need assistance to upgrade their legal system, I think we are going to need money,” he said. “That money will have to come from governments with capacity and donor countries. We will set up a trust fund to raise the necessary amount of money and I would urge governments to be generous and give willingly so we can all tackle this scourge.”Asked whether his emphasis on the need to protect human rights in the fight against terrorism was in any way directed to the United States, Mr. Annan replied: “My comments were general, directed at all countries, because we do see tendencies in countries to take measures that tend to undermine civil rights and human rights.“In some countries, in fact, what you need to do is tag the opponent with the ‘t’ word, the terrorist word, and one is able to take whatever action. And it is this concern that has been bothering me and other human rights activists: that we need to make sure that there is a balance, a balance between the effective action against terrorism and protection of human rights, that we do not see it as a trade-off.”Asked whether he saw this week’s killing of a radical leader like Chechen separatist Aslan Maskhadov by Russian forces as part of the anti-terror struggle, Mr. Annan said: “Let me say that in the struggle against terrorism, governments tend to look for those who are seen as responsible for instigating attacks and try to either bring them to justice or to contain them. In this struggle you have seen around the world, it is not always their leaders, it is also their followers who get caught by law and they are dealt with.“But the main thing is that people who have legitimate grievances should find legitimate means to bring their case across. And when I talk of terrorism, as I said yesterday, any attempt to kill civilians or maim non-combatants is terrorism pure and simple, regardless of your cause, and no cause can justify that,” he declared.“I am not saying that one should not fight for legitimate rights or claims, but that should not be allowed to include the killing of innocent civilians.”
At a time of great political division, cleaved by Russian belligerence, Brexit negotiations and the ongoing Windrush scandal, it was just what was… The sun shone bright as a promise, the clouds parted to reveal enough blue for a tiny sailor suit, and when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged onto the steps of the Lindo Wing cradling their third child – she dressed in red and white, he in blue – all seemed right with the world. At news of his arrival, champagne corks popped, cheers rang out and the crowd of wellwishers went wild outside St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. He was born on St George’s Day. A dear little brother, a bona fide prince of the realm and a source of national celebration.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Abel Tasman National Park, on day two of the royal couple’s tour of New ZealandCredit:PA Then, time for a barbecue. Welcomed back into the tent by song, the Duchess said a sincere “thank you” before spotting a table laden with home-cooked food and exclaiming over “so many brownies”.Accepting a bite of the cookies and brownies, the Duke and Duchess then made their way around a small circle of school children to hear about their projects to look after the park.As the Duke quizzed them about where they lived, the Duchess complimented their innovative work to protect sand dunes. The Duke added: “Issues stemming from social media and gaming are a major problem for young people in the UK — and globally. Fingers are often pointed at the parents but that’s not always fair as they too need to be educated about these things.” Meghan, Duchess of Sussex poses for a photo as she visits Abel Tasman National Park, which sits at the north-Eastern tip of the South Island, New ZealandCredit:Reuters Harry and Meghan – who are both strong advocates for mental health awareness – were at Wellington’s Maranui Cafe on Monday to learn about initiatives and programmes supporting mental wellbeing in New Zealand, with a focus on youth.They arrived just after 10am and were escorted in by Lucia Kennedy, founder of Luminary Legacies, which honours people who have impacted positively on individuals, families and communities. “It smells so great in here,” Harry said after walking past the cafe’s colourful cake counter.Before sitting at their first table, the couple were offered drinks by the cafe’s co-owner Bronwyn Kelly, with the Duke asking for water, the Duchess having a “milk tea”.At the first table the couple met Jazz Thornton and Gen Mora from Voices of Hope.“We’ve both had battles with mental health of our own and so we wanted to create a platform where people can share stories of hope,” Thornton said of their website, which contains videos and personal blogs which promotes mental wellbeing, empowerment and recovery.Sign up for Your Royal Appointment – for everything you need to know about the Royal Family, direct to your inbox each week. Traditionally the meeting could be a moment of “war” and is an opportunity to air grievances, with Barney Thomas, chief elder, explaining: “We never ever put our women in that space.“We want to be inclusive but protective, and we would not want to put our women – especially the Duchess because she’s expecting – at risk.”The meeting, of course, went without a hitch, with warm wishes from both hosts and visitors, a welcoming song and, finally, food.The couple travelled to Abel Tasman by helicopter, with a 45 minute journey over the spectacular hills, craggy valleys, lush forests and clear blue waters of New Zealand. A rainy but warm welcome to Abel Tasman #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/7rnSCRS4pi— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) October 29, 2018 In drizzling rain, they were escorted into a grass clearing by a group of women, accompanied by the melodic sound of a conch shell, before a karanga was called. The call, between two groups of women, saw the Duke and Duchess walk slowly towards the tent, under an umbrella, before being welcomed with the hongi.The couple and their entourage made their way along a line of around 20 hosts, shaking each by the hand and performing the gentle “nose kiss”.They were then invited to sit on two rows of plastic seats opposite the iwi, with their all-female royal household staff in the back row and Duke, Duchess and their two male translators in the front.Mr Thomas gave a speech of welcome in te reo, a Maori language, followed by a waiata, a song, from the group.“We’ve been watching your tour and we know you don’t get much time off,” Mr Thomas joked. “I wouldn’t want to be a royal.“So we don’t want to put any demands on you. We want you to enjoy yourself. All we want you to do is relax.” “I was saying there are two of you and there will be three of you soon.”Their hosts had originally intended to give them a gift of whalebone necklaces, but were not able to thanks to strict import and export laws.Instead, artist Robin Slow gave them a large canvas painting of three tui birds, representing the Duke, Duchess and their baby.After the welcome ceremony was complete, the Duke and Duchess took a stroll along the beach front, under an umbrella.Andrew Lamason, a department of conservation ranger, accompanied them to explain the conservation efforts at the port, saying afterward of Prince Harry: “His depth of knowledge was astonishing. I thought I would be doing most of the talking, but he really knew his stuff.” He said afterwards: “They have had a hectic tour and we really want them to come here and chill out with us with no pressure and no stress. They are such down to earth people, and we want them to be part of the family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were asked to “chill out” on Monday and enjoy the hospitality of the Maori people of Abel Tasman, as Prince Harry spoke of his joy at bringing their “little bump” to visit.The Duke and Duchess, who spent around an hour and a half at the spectacular coast on New Zealand’s South Island, were welcomed by songs, prayers, countless hongis and a banquet of food from their new friends.Told to take time out from their tour to relax, they took a short stroll on the beach front accompanied by a ranger to tell them about conservation projects to protect the Abel Tasman National Park.The Duke, speaking after being formally welcomed by the Manawhenua ki Mohua people, shared his excitement about visiting with a new baby on board.“The weather forecast was a lot worse than this,” Harry said to laughter, as guests sat under a tent roof for speeches. “This rain is a blessing on all of us. The Duchess, who is expecting her first child in the spring, was given a seat of honour for the ceremony in line with Maori tradition, placed in the front row but several inches back from her husband and other men on either side of her.The arrangement is a sign of protection for women, particularly those who are pregnant, in the initial meeting between iwi, the tribe, and new visitors. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Abel Tasman National ParkCredit:PA “From myself and my wife and our little bump, we are so grateful to be here. We bring blessings from my grandmother the Queen and our family.“We are so grateful for your hospitality and the work you do to look after this beautiful place.” Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Maranui Cafe in WellingtonCredit:Wireimage Thomas Sehwarzenbach, 14, said: “It was really nice talking to them. They were pleased to hear about our projects and that we’re interested in the environment.”Laden with gifts, including a large colourful tote bag and a knitted blanket fit for a newborn baby, the Duke and Duchess said farewell with another line of hongis before walking back to their RNZAF NH-90 helicopter hand in hand to return to Wellington.Duchess warns of social mediaEarlier, the Duchess of Sussex opened up about the pressures of social media during a conversation with mental health advocates in New Zealand.During a visit to a beachside cafe in Wellington, Meghan met people supporting others in the area of mental health about the impact that unrealistic images on the likes of Instagram and Twitter can have on youth.“Young people find it so difficult,” she said during a conversation with staff and volunteers from Live For Tomorrow, an online youth initiative focused on reaching millennials with messages of hope and positive change. “You see photos on social media and you don’t know whether she’s born with it or maybe it’s a filter.“Your judgement of your sense of self worth becomes really skewed when it’s all based on likes.”
THE LATEST ADDITION to the Samsung Smart Hub is a new property search app powered by Daft.ie.Users already enjoy YouTube, the RTE Player, Netflix, Muzu.tv, Facebook and Twitter through their television screens and now they will also be able to search for a new home or showcase their rental accommodation though their sets as well.Samsung announced the partnership with Ireland’s largest property website earlier today. It said the app will allow users search for their next home on a bigger screen and from the comfort of the couch.Marketing manager at Samsung Ireland Brendan Carr said the move was part of the company’s commitment to providing viewers with a wide range of content and services “beyond video-on-demand and film services”.“Our partnership with Daft.ie provides a new way to look at property searching. By viewing images on the television, house hunters will be able to get a better insight into the property, but they can also access shortlists they may have made on their mobile phone while out and about viewing potential homes.”Daft.ie’s marketing director Kieran Harte added, “It’s the next evolution from our success in the smartphone and tablet environments.”Daft.ie is part of the Distilled Media group. Nine out of every 10 properties for sale in Ireland are advertised on the site which as 1.9 million monthly unique browsers.Journal Media Ltd has shareholders – Brian and Eamonn Fallon – in common with Distilled Media Group.
By Steve O’Rourke 20,328 Views Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 8:30 AM Share30 Tweet Email1 “Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that.”Trump’s enjoyment of the situation was clear and was based on an article by Mike Freeman on Bleacher Report which quoted an NFL general manager as saying that one of the reasons why the quarterback’s free agency has been difficult so far is that some teams feared political backlash or Trump’s tweets.But as much as Trump would like to take all the credit, the unnamed GM said it was Kaepernick’s police brutality protest last season — when he took a knee during the playing of the US national anthems at games — that meant some owners felt he was “toxic”.He said:“The rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did (kneeling for the national anthem). They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.”It’s worth remembering that this is the same league where a team’s idea of punishing a player who choked his pregnant girlfriend before punching her in the stomach is to draft him a little bit later than normal rather than letting him go without a job.The Divided States of America America is a nation divided. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesNever mind that Colin Kaepernick donated $50,000 out of his own pocket to Meals on Wheels when Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts would see the service — which feeds 2.5 million senior citizens in the US — terminated.He engaged in a peaceful protest so he must be punished.Never mind that Colin Kaepernick donated a further $50,000 to help ship hunger relief supplies to Somalia when the US government’s foreign aid to the famine and drought-struck African nation amounts to just $123,143 for the year to date.He engaged in a peaceful protest about the extra-judicial deaths of unarmed black Americans so he must be punished.Never mind that Kaepernick has said he won’t continue his anthem protest as it has done its job by sparking a nationwide — worldwide even — conversation about social inequality.He engaged in a peaceful protest so it’s okay for people like legendary coach Mike Ditka to say Kaepernick should “get the hell out of America.”At this juncture, it’s worth pointing out — if it wasn’t obvious — that most NFL teams are owned by rich white men. Rich white men love Donald Trump (see Tom Brady, et al) and he won in states where 19 of the 32 NFL teams are based.Now imagine you’re a billionaire owner of an NFL team. After buying yourself a nice yacht, house and car, you have a chat with your general manager and he tells you that your quarterback is getting on in years and you need to sign a back-up as cover so he suggests Kaepernick.Even in your ivory tower, you realise that the United States of America is at its most divided politically in a long time. Do you really want to split your fan base for the sake of an average quarterback when you can sign a below-average one with no public political views instead?The obvious answer here is that you should leave Kaepernick on the dole. But, like most NFL owners, you’d be wrong. Will we see Kaepernick back on the field this season? Source: TNS/ABACAWhen people say Kaepernick is “not a great quarterback”, that has to be put into perspective; there are less than 40 people in the world who can do his job better than him.If you had a brain tumour and I told you that you could be operated on by the 35th best brain surgeon in the world or the 58th, would you choose the latter if you found out the former engaged in a peaceful protest about something close to his heart even if it’s not close to yours?And, sure, we’d all like someone in the top 10 or 20 but you’re not getting an appointment with those guys and even the surgeons in the 20-30 range are booked up or out of your price range.Unless the tumour has affected your ability to think properly, going with the 35th best makes obvious sense.LegacyWhile their interception rate might be the same, we all know that Colin Kapernick is no Tom Brady; but should he have to be to have a social conscience?The answer, of course, is that he shouldn’t, but the reality is that it would probably help.When Muhammed Ali refused to go to war in Vietnam — a move that white middle America also saw as treasonous — he lost the ability to fight for almost four years and nearly ended up in jail.History has judged Ali’s detractors in the late 1960s harshly, while the boxer was widely lauded for his social conscience both before and after his death.How, one wonders, will our grandchildren feel about the quarterback who couldn’t get a job because he took a knee to protest the unlawful deaths of unarmed citizens?The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! http://the42.ie/3301886 36 Comments Follow us: the42.ie Source: PA/The42The quarterbackGIVEN THEIR FUTURE Hall of Fame status, it should come as no surprise that Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have two of the three lowest interception percentages in NFL history.Packers quarterback Rodgers throws an interception on just 1.5% of his passes, while Brady (who has played four more seasons) gives the ball away on 1.8% of his throws.What may surprise you is that Colin Kaepernick also has an interception rate of just 1.8%, making him one of the safest quarterbacks in NFL history.If you don’t understand how important not throwing the ball to the other team is in football, a 10-year study by Harvard University found that teams who lost the turnover battle in a game by just one, lost 69.6% of the time.Those who lost by two came out on the losing side 83.9% of the time and so on.It’s quite simple, protecting the football is almost as important for quarterbacks as finding the end zone. Colin Kaepernick during his protest last season. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesWhich begs the question, why is Kaepernick — just five years removed from leading the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance — currently unable to find a job in the NFL when the following deals have already been signed this off-season:New York Jets – Josh McCown – aged 37 – $6 million guaranteed – one-year dealChicago Bears – Mike Glennon – has played just eight games in three seasons – $45 million – three-year dealSan Francisco 49ers – Brian Hoyer – has recorded 30 turnovers in 49 career games – $10 million guaranteed – two-year dealI mean, even Geno Smith got a job this spring. Source: NFL GamepassIn total, Kaepernick has thrown 72 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions in his career; and rushed for 2,300 yards in 58 starts.That includes a career-best 6.8 yards per run this past season, while on the second worst team in the NFL.Indeed, his performances last season even prompted this headline on SB Nation:While that may have been overly optimistic, there are still plenty who believe Kaepernick has a lot to offer.“I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player,” former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told PFT Live this week.One argument as to why Kaepernick is still looking for a job is that he’s a run-first quarterback in a league where only a limited number of teams run that offence.Therefore, the theory goes, if a team was to bring him in as a back-up, they’d have to completely change the way they play if he took to the field.That makes some sense until you realise that the Dallas Cowboys resigned the much-less talented Kellen Moore this off-season, making him the lone left-handed quarterback in the NFL.Having a left-handed quarterback means a complete change in protection schemes from the offensive line, the way receivers run routes, etc, and is just as disruptive — if not more so — as having a quarterback whose first instinct is to run the football.Instead, the truth behind the 29-year-old’s current unemployment is probably to be found off the field.The President Donald Trump is claiming credit for Kaepernick’s job search. Source: Evan Vucci/PA ImagesAs much as some teams and fans will try and convince you that Kaepernick’s fruitless job search is related exclusively to ‘football matters’ — the sporting equivalent to ‘all lives matter’ — the simple fact is that no other job-seeking quarterback this off-season has had the president of the United States comment on his unemployment.Not just comment on it, revel in it.Last Monday, as he continued his seemingly never-ending campaign for a job he already has, Trump went as far as taking credit for keeping Kaepernick out of a job.“Our inner cities will find a rebirth of hope, safety and opportunity,” Trump said before, inexplicably, bringing up Kaepernick’s free agency.“Your San Francisco quarterback, I’m sure nobody ever heard of him.”It was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.” Short URL The quarterback, the President and the Divided States of America There are very few footballing reasons Colin Kaepernick should be unemployed and yet, five years after a Super Bowl appearance, he is. 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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
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioAlaska Lawmakers Frustrated After Meeting With Interior Secretary JewellAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauAfter President Barack Obama announced a plan to designate most of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, Alaska lawmakers seized a chance to meet his Interior Secretary on their own turf. A team of nine legislators took a break from session work in Juneau to travel to Kotzebue this week to confront Sally Jewell about those actions. But while the meeting was hyped, neither the delegation nor the Secretary described it as a showdown.Sen. Murkowski Says Protecting Lands Is Top Priority Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauBeyond filing lawsuits and requesting meetings with administration officials, there’s little Alaska’s legislative or executive branches can do to influence President Barack Obama’s approach to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Lawsuit Challenges Alaska’s Regulation Restricting Abortions For Low Income Women Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA trial got underway today in Anchorage in a lawsuit challenging the state regulation that restricts abortions for low income women.Brent Sass Outduels Allen Moore For Yukon Quest Win Emily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksEureka musher Brent Sass cruised across the finish line in Fairbanks last night to win this year’s Yukon Quest. Sass has been trying to win the Quest for years. This year, he gave up a ten hour lead to two-time defending champion Allen Moore, who refused to give up easily.Alaska Budget Cuts Threaten Local Jails Rachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaGov. Bill Walker plans to submit a budget amendment that would restore some funding to the community jails program. Corrections commissioner Ronald Taylor made comments during a joint subcommittee hearing Monday eveningSitka is one of several local departments who say the proposed cuts were so deep, it could force their jail to close.Rescued Hiker: “We Definitely Got More Than We Bargained For”Casey Kelly, KTOO – JuneauOne of four Juneau hikers rescued off a wind-scoured mountain earlier this month says the group was looking for a bit of an adventure, but may have gotten more than they bargained for.“Emotional Creature” Teaches Young Women To Speak Anne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageA new play opened this weekend at Cyrano’s Playhouse in Anchorage from the author of the Vagina Monologues. On stage, the songs and monologues tell the true stories of traumas faced by young women around the world. But behind the scenes, it’s the tale of Anchorage’s young women learning what it means to be an “Emotional Creature.”
Gay couple that was attacked while onboard a night bus in London on May 30TwitterIn a yet another glaring homophobic attack in London, a gay couple was physically assaulted and suffered severe facial injuries after they refused to kiss while travelling on a London bus on May 30. Melania Geymonat and her partner Chris were on board a bus in West Hampstead when a gang of teenagers aged between 15 and 18 attacked the couple.The couple was reportedly asked about sexual positions and gestures when the boys suspected they were gay. “They surrounded us and started saying really aggressive stuff, things about sexual positions, lesbians and claiming we could kiss so they could watch us,” Geymont told BBC. The couple said that they initially took the matter as a joke and acted calm, but soon the situation went out of hand. “My partner Chris even acted as if she were sick and they started throwing coins and next thing I know, they are punching her in the face,” she added.Geymont said that as soon as she tried to help Chris, even she was physically assaulted and suffered injuries. She said that she had earlier suffered verbal abuse due to her sexuality, but a physical assault on the couple had not happened ever.Attackers arrested as the incident sparks outrageThe police have arrested four teenage boys who were found involved in the homophobic crime as the incident has sparked national outrage over the recurring attacks on the LGBT community in London. “This was a sickening attack and my thoughts are with the couple affected. Nobody should ever have to hide who they are or who they love and we must work together to eradicate unacceptable violence towards the LGBT community,” President Theresa May said while condemning the incident. Sexual minorities are vying hard for equal laws in India. [In File: Lesbian couple hold hands during the annual Gay Pride rally, on June 8, 2007 Tel Aviv, Israel’s most cosmopolitan city]David Silverman/Getty ImagesThe official reports suggest that during the period between 2014 and 2018, the number of homophobic crimes in London alone has doubled from 1,488 to 2,308. The increase in the crime rate has visibly increased fears among the LGBT community, who even avoid holding hands in public.Geymont said that she is not afraid to show her real self to the people but still is disappointed as London which is one of the most modern cities in the world is still not come to terms with different sexualities. Even as the June is being celebrated as the month of gay pride and one of the largest LGBT festivals is currently underway in the city, the bus attack has served as a grim reminder on how the reforms and security are still needed to address the concerns of LGBT community.
This handout photograph released by the Indian Navy on 18 August 2018 shows Sajita Jabeel, 25, with her newborn boy in a hospital in Kochi, after she was rescued while heavily pregnant from a roof in a flood affected area of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala. Photo: AFPA heavily pregnant woman stranded by floods in the Indian state of Kerala gave birth just after being airlifted to safety, an Indian Navy spokesman said, as the military stepped up rescue operations on Saturday.Dozens of navy helicopters have embarked on high-risk missions to save people from rooftops and isolated land as the southern state battles a flood crisis that has left at least 324 people dead.Sajita Jabeel, 25, was winched up by Commander Vijay Verma, who has been widely praised for leading the rescue in the Aluva district of the state’s main city Kochi.”The lady was in labour, her water had broken,” Verma told News18 television.He called the relief mission “very challenging” and said his team had rushed to find the family after receiving an emergency call.”We took a doctor along, we winched her up, it took some time though because we had to winch down two people to help her.”Jabeel gave birth to a healthy baby boy after being rushed to hospital.People are airlifted by the Indian Navy soldiers during a rescue operation at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India on 17 August 2018. Photo: ReutersKerala, popular among international tourists for its tropical hills and beaches, has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year.About 60 military and coast guard helicopters and hundreds of boats are scouring the flood zones across the state for trapped victims.The military said that tens of thousands have been rescued in the past week, but thousands more are feared trapped.Another pilot winched 26 people up from a rooftop in Kochi on Friday while hovering between trees and other houses just two days after receiving a medal for saving a fisherman last year.A video of P. Rajkumar’s Sea King helicopter pulling up the victims has been widely shared on social media. He ended up with 32 people on board.”It was a life-threatening mission but it’s an unprecedented situation. We can’t leave behind our people,” Indian Navy spokesman DK Sharma told AFP.Rajkumar was given the Shaurya Chakra medal for bravery this week after lifting a fisherman from the sea when cyclone Ockhi hit India last year.
Stay on target Hour before the final episode of Game of Thrones is set to air, star Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in the show, posted a touching tribute to the character she says taught her “resilience, bravery and true strength.”Turner, who has played Sansa on the HBO show since she was 13 years old, shared photos and a message on Instagram on Sunday.“Sansa, Thank you for teaching me resilience, bravery and what true strength really is. Thank you teaching me to be kind and patient and to lead with love. I grew up with you. I fell in love with you at 13 and now 10 years on.. at 23 I leave you behind, but I will never leave behind what you’ve taught me,” Turner wrote. Many fans have praised the character, the oldest living child of Ned and Catelyn Stark, for developing into a savvy, queenly woman worthy of taking the Iron Throne for herself.Turner, who stars in the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix, also thanked the Game of Thrones cast, crew and the fans ahead of the finale.“To the show and the incredible people who make it, thank you for giving me the best life and drama lessons I could have ever asked for. Without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Thank you for giving me this chance all those years ago,” she said on Instagram. “And finally to the fans. Thank you for falling in love with these characters and supporting this show right through till the end. I’ll miss this more than anything.”Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBOEarlier, Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, also said her own farewell to the her character, the legendary Khaleesi, in a moving, heartfelt post on Instagram.The series finale of Game of Thrones airs tonight, May 19, 9 p.m. on HBO. Check back for our recap of the episode.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ coverage on Geek.comStephen King Defends ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Amid Fan Complaints‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Urge HBO to Re-Do Season 8 in Petition ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future
Andre The Giant was known for his work inside the WWF squared circle, but also had a pretty impressive list of acting credits to his name. Most people already know he had a starring role in The Princess Bride, but he also had some more obscure acting credits before he was a global superstar, inlcuding playing Bigfoot in a 1976 episode of the Six Million Dollar Man.In this clip from his appearance, Andre throws down with Steve Austin (Lee Majors). Unfortunately for The Giant, he gets his arm ripped off by Austin in the scrap, before eventually getting it back and scurrying off into the forest. He did manage to pull of his signature move of picking up Austin over his head and tossing him to the ground.Watch Andre as Bigfoot take an L, as in losing a limb:
WIRED: The UN is a well-regarded authority on everything from public health to food security and global economics. What made you think that they were getting population growth wrong?JI: The UN population data is something we call vertical knowledge, or “everybody knows” knowledge. Whether it’s the prime minister of a country, a university academic, a business leader, a student, just a guy on the street, you ask any of them, “What is happening with population?” and they go, “Oh it’s terrible, there’s a huge population explosion. I was just watching a movie last night where Earth got so crowded everyone had to relocate to the moons of Jupiter.” It’s just deeply embedded.DB: And whenever that happens you should really go and look hard at the assumptions, and test them yourself, because most of the time reality has already moved past where that vertical knowledge resides.JI: So that’s what we did. And it didn’t take long before we realized that there was a whole body of demographers who have been questioning the UN’s numbers for years. They’ve just been talking to each other at conferences and through scholarly articles, but they’ve never gotten this information before the general public. That was kind of our starting point. And then when we went out and talked to real people in the world about the choices they’re making, that’s when the statistics we were seeing came to life.You traveled all over the globe to interview people for this book. What’s one image or conversation that really made the statistics jump off the page?DB: There was a moment when we were sitting in this little school in Srinivaspuri, listening to a focus group of 13 or 14 women who lived there. And I kept seeing this faint glow light up under their saris. I didn’t know what it was. And then I saw one woman reach in and pull out a smartphone, look at it, and put it back. And I realized, here we are in a slum in Delhi, and all these women have smartphones. Who can read. Who have data packages. And I was thinking, they have all of human knowledge in their hands now. What’s the impact of that going to be?Well, what is it?DB: So, the UN forecasting model inputs three things: fertility rates, migration rates, and death rates. It doesn’t take into account the expansion of education for females or the speed of urbanization (which are in some ways linked). The UN says they’re already baked into the numbers. But when I went and interviewed [the demographer] Wolfgang Lutz in Vienna, which was one of the first things we did, he walked me through his projections, and I walked out of the room gobsmacked. All he was doing was adding one new variable to the forecast: the level of improvement in female education. And he comes up with a much lower number for global population in 2100, somewhere between 8 billion and 9 billion.JI: Lutz has this saying that the most important reproductive organ for human beings is your mind. That if you change how someone thinks about reproduction, you change everything. Based on his analysis, the single biggest effect on fertility is the education of women. The UN has a grim view of Africa. It doesn’t predict much change in terms of fertility over the first quarter of the century. But large parts of African are urbanizing at two times the rate of the global average. If you go to Kenya today, women have the same elementary education levels as men. As many girls as boys are sitting for graduation exams. So we’re not prepared to predict that Africa will stagnate in rural poverty for the rest of the century.DB: And that’s just one cultural variable. So you can say that the old models always worked in the past, but what if the past is not prologue? What if we’re moving into a different cultural moment? What if it’s accelerating? And what if that cultural moment really is about the personal decisions women make about their lives?JI: We polled 26 countries asking women how many kids they want, and no matter where you go the answer tends to be around two. The external forces that used to dictate people having bigger families are disappearing everywhere. And that’s happening fastest in developing countries. In the Philippines, for example, fertility rates dropped from 3.7 percent to 2.7 percent from 2003 to 2018. That’s a whole kid in 15 years. In the US, that change happened much more slowly, from about 1800 to the end of the Baby Boom. So that’s the scenario we’re asking people to contemplate.WIRED: OK, but so what though? Why does it matter who’s right or wrong?DB: A lot of people who are thinking about the future of the world, the future economy, the future of city planning, they’re basing their projections on that future size of the human population. And people are actually making decisions based on this. If you dig in and see that there isn’t going to be a lot of growth of young people coming into the population, a lot of growth is actually going to come from older people hanging around longer because we’re getting better every day at keeping them alive. How does that affect transit decisions in New York City? Or how governments support rural communities that are collapsing at an enormous rate right now. All those decisions are based on having a correct understanding of what our societies will look like in the future.More Great WIRED StoriesWhy your phone (and other gadgets) fail when it’s coldThe threat that the US can’t ignore: itselfThe Arctic village with satellite TV but no running waterA “multicultural toilet” and other innovations to fix flyingFyre Festival docs dissect attendees’—and your—FOMO👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our picks, gift guides, and best deals all year round📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories You know the story. Despite technologies, regulations, and policies to make humanity less of a strain on the earth, people just won’t stop reproducing. By 2050 there will be 9 billion carbon-burning, plastic-polluting, calorie-consuming people on the planet. By 2100, that number will balloon to 11 billion, pushing society into a Soylent Green scenario. Such dire population predictions aren’t the stuff of sci-fi; those numbers come from one of the most trusted world authorities, the United Nations.But what if they’re wrong? Not like, off by a rounding error, but like totally, completely goofed?That’s the conclusion Canadian journalist John Ibbitson and political scientist Darrel Bricker come to in their newest book, Empty Planet, due out February 5th. After painstakingly breaking down the numbers for themselves, the pair arrived at a drastically different prediction for the future of the human species. “In roughly three decades, the global population will begin to decline,” they write. “Once that decline begins, it will never end.”But Empty Planet is not a book about statistics so much as it is about what’s driving the choices people are making during the fastest period of change in human history. Ibbitson and Bricker take their readers inside the Indian slums of Delhi and the operating rooms of Sao Paulo, Brazil, to eavesdrop on the conversations young professionals have at dinner parties in Brussels and over drinks at a young professionals’ club in Nairobi. The end result is a compelling challenge to long-entrenched demography dogma, Trojan Horse-d inside an accessible, vivid portrait of modern families from every walk of life. The authors sat for an interview about how they arrived at a radical new outlook on the human race and its implications for future societies.
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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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Click for Sound Video Loading Video Unavailable We pay for stories! Send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.orgWelcome 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