TSX rises Canadian dollar falls as US markets shut for holiday

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher in light trading Friday ahead of a weekend debt referendum in Greece, while the loonie slid lower amid fears about a recession in Canada.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 44.40 points at 14,682.39 after rising almost 148 points the previous two trading days.But Canada’s main market was still down sharply on the week — and virtually flat for the year to date — courtesy of an almost 318-point drop Monday on fears of possible knock-on effects from Greece’s debt woes.New York markets were closed Friday for U.S. Independence Day, but not before also putting in a losing week blamed largely on the uncertainty over Greece that produced its biggest single loss of the year on Monday.“Uncertainty is the market’s nemesis,” said Philip Petursson, managing director at Manulife Asset Management.The Dow Jones industrial average finished the week down 216.57 points or 1.2 per cent and is in slightly negative territory for the year.The S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq were also down more than one per cent on the week, although both are still positive year to date.Petursson said he expects that North American markets will rebound from the losses, regardless of whether or not a deal is reached between Greece and its creditors.“North American markets fell over the past couple of weeks in sympathy with what’s going on in Europe. But really, one shouldn’t have anything to do with the other,” he said.Meanwhile, the loonie continued to drift lower, down 0.09 of a U.S. cent at 79.62 cents amid growing concerns that Canada may be in a recession, largely as a result of the plunge in oil prices over the past year.“I think that the Canadian economy is going to continue to face challenges over the next couple of months if not couple of quarters, and that is in part going to be reflected in the TSX,” Petursson said.Fears of a recession — defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction in gross domestic product — have increased speculation that the Bank of Canada might reduce its trend-setting interest rate, with negative consequences for the loonie.On the commodity markets, oil prices continued their recent downward spiral. Around 4 p.m. Friday, the August crude contract was down $1.41 to US$55.52 a barrel, a level last seen in mid-April. The August gold contract was up $4.30 at US$1,167.80 an ounce.Among investors, all eyes will be focused on the outcome of this Sunday’s referendum in Greece on whether to accept or reject the austerity measures demanded by creditors in exchange for bailout loans.The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras contends a No vote will strengthen its bargaining position in dealing with the country’s sovereign debt load, which now totals more than 300 billion euros.Critics say rejection could lead to Greece’s exit from the euro and perhaps the 28-member European Union itself. read more

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Switzerland ranked as most innovative country in new UN report

Following Switzerland in the rankings are Sweden, the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. India has risen most in the rankings since 2018, jumping five places to fifty-second most innovative country.The annual Index, which has been published for the last 12 years by WIPO, and a number of partners, is designed to help policy makers better understand innovation activity, which WIPO describes as a “main driver of economic and social development”. Global Innovation Index 2019: India 🇮🇳 makes major gains. Switzerland 🇨🇭, Sweden 🇸🇪, U.S. 🇺🇸, Netherlands 🇳🇱, U.K. 🇬🇧 are the world’s innovation leaders: https://t.co/GEABpH3RA3. #GII2019 pic.twitter.com/6UzeL1V99w— World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (@WIPO) July 24, 2019 Overall, this year’s Index finds that, despite the global economic slowdown, innovation is “blossoming”, particularly in Asia, but trade disruptions and protectionism are putting this at risk. It also notes that planning for innovation is critical for success:“The Index shows us that countries that prioritize innovation in their policies have seen significant increases in their rankings,” said WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry. “The rise in the GII by economic powerhouses like China and India has transformed the geography of innovation, and this reflects deliberate policy action to promote innovation”.Focus on future medical innovationKey findings of the Index include concerns that public expenditure on research and development – a major element in basic and ‘blue-sky” research, which are crucial for future innovations – is stagnating, particularly in high-income countries. The report also notes that, unless it is contained, increased economic protectionism will lead to a slowdown of growth in innovation productivity.This year, the authors of the report have focused on the future of medical innovation, with a separate healthcare section, which looks at the ways in which Artificial Intelligence (AI), genomics, and mobile-phone based health applications, will transform the delivery of healthcare.The Global Innovation Index is a leading benchmarking tool for business executives, policy makers and others seeking insight into the state of innovation around the world. Innovation is rated in the report by using 80 indicators, from the level of Research and Development investment, for example, to mobile-phone app creation and high-tech exports. read more

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Hitchcock deserved the boot

After 59 games, Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock was finally fired.For many, it comes as no surprise. For others, Hitchcock was a scapegoat for guilty parties all around.But if you know anything about last season’s playoff berth and this season’s continued disappointment, Hitchcock’s departure should seem like a long-overdue farewell.Ultimately, the problem lies herein: When you build a program enough to finally reach the playoffs, you send a message to fans and the NHL community that you’re becoming a legitimate team that can be taken seriously.Yes, the Jackets are a newer program among teams with long-standing histories. Yes, the Jackets have the right to build a program for a few years and work out the kinks. No one holds that against any new team starting from the ground up.But once you make it to the playoffs, it’s like a signal to the executives and stakeholders in the NHL that maybe you’re ready to be a respectable contender in the league. Next season should be a step forward, not a jog a mile back.Last season the Jackets went 41-31-10 in 82 games for 92 points. That’s an adequate showing for a team that was finally breaking through.The Jackets boasted 11 shutouts and were only shut out six times. They ended the season fourth in the Central Division and 16th in the League out of 30 teams. That’s not bad, especially when the Western Conference houses a majority of the best teams in the league.At the time of Hitchcock’s firing, the Jackets were 23-27-9 with a total of 55 points on the season. While they’re 13-9-5 at home, they’re a disappointing 10-18-4 on the road. If that’s not enough, they went 2-9-5 in December and only 7-7 in January.Now, you might be thinking, the season isn’t over yet and it’s too early to criticize and compare. But you have to take into account where they stand compared to last year.In the Western Conference, the Jackets are 14th out of 15 teams. In the league standings, they’re 26th out of 30 teams. They currently sit nine points out of a playoff spot in conference. Can we say “letdown?”But here’s the real kicker. While 18th in the league in goals for, the Jackets have fallen apart in the defensive zone, ranking 29th out of 30 teams in goals against. For a coach that is known for his defensive-minded planning, to be 29th in the league is ridiculous.An even bigger indicator of a downward spiral is attendance. While the recession plays a role in diminishing numbers, after a playoff berth, the general consensus is that there is hype for next season. Ticket sales should go up.But out of 27 home games this season, 16 of them have amassed crowds of less than 15,000. That’s 60 percent of home games pulling in less than 80 percent of seats. With 85.7 percent attendance last season, the numbers show another downturn in Blue Jacket enthusiasm.While Steve Mason’s presence in goal has been dismal this season and the overall effort by the players is lacking, change needs to happen.General Manager Scott Howson said this season has been disappointing all around for fans and the responsibility rests with management, coaches and players. But after announcing Hitchcock’s departure, he explained the most obvious reason.Hitchcock “earned and received the opportunity to turn things around this season,” Howson said. “But unfortunately that has not happened and it has become apparent that change is in the best interest of our organization.”Change. An example would be when Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren decided to fire coach John Stevens in late November. The team was 13-11-1 and had 27 points on the season. For a team expected to perform well throughout the regular season and compete for the Stanley Cup, .500 hockey was simply unacceptable and a change was necessary.Holmgren brought in Peter Laviolette to replace Stevens, and although the first few games under Laviolette showed no immediate response, in the past few weeks the Flyers have caught fire and are now in the playoff picture.For the Jackets, change is something they need to end the season on a different note. Howson said the necessary change wouldn’t come from trading or releasing players or uprooting management.For Hitchcock, his old-school style of coaching seems to be failing in an ever-changing, fast-paced age of hockey. To keep up, the Jackets made a change. A change for the better. read more

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EXCIA chief Mike Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state

Mike Pompeo (AFP)(BBC)- The US Senate has confirmed former CIA director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, ending a tough confirmation battle.Mr Pompeo had been accused by Democrats of being a war hawk and harbouring anti-Muslim and homophobic views.The Senate voted 57-42 to approve him as America’s top diplomat, the second of the Trump presidency.His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, was sacked last month by the president via Twitter amid a personality clash.Republican senators, who control the upper chamber, voted unanimously on Thursday to confirm Mr Pompeo. Six Democrats joined them.The approval comes in time for Mr Pompeo to lead a US delegation to Nato foreign minister talks in Brussels this weekend.He has been arranging a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader in the coming months. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKhashoggi murder: Saudi crown prince ‘crazy’, says US senatorDecember 4, 2018In “World”Letter: Tillerson is gone, what does it mean for Guyana?March 14, 2018In “Letters”Trump sacks Tillerson as secretary of stateMarch 13, 2018In “World” read more

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Mait Patrail the best Estonian handballer in 2010

Left back of Swiss Kadetten Schaffhausen and one of the best players on that position among players of his ages, Mait Patrail (22) is voted as the best player of his country in 2010 – Estonia.  Patrail will move to TBV Lemgo next summer and contract deal is already signed.Second place in voting process took Marius Alexejev, goalkepper of Swiss Kriens – Luzern and third is Janar Mägi from second Bundesliga team, EHV Aue. ← Previous Story Celje PL in deep crisis Next Story → Bojinović’s knee injury, problem for Serbia Estonian handballMait Patrail read more

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Unforgiving wildfires affect vineyard workers and owners

first_imgSONOMA, Calif. (AP) — When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety.As the danger drew closer, grape pickers spread word of the threat and helped neighbors pack their homes. The owner of an elite golf resort abandoned his home to try to save his golf course.The deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history imperiled both the low-wage workers who harvest the nation’s most valuable wine grapes and the wealthy entrepreneurs who employ them. Vintners were suddenly plunged into the same desperate struggle as their laborers, with everyone fighting to preserve the things most precious to them — families, belongings and businesses.On the public beach campgrounds where hundreds of evacuees escaped the flames, the affluent slept alongside migrant workers and combed through donated supplies.“We had people in Mercedes and Lexuses showing up” with soot on their faces after losing everything, said Patty Ginochio, a volunteer who helped feed, house and clothe evacuees. Even some of the well-off “had nothing but the clothes on their back. It’s humbling.”If anything, the fires seemed to target the affluent, blackening leafy suburban developments and hilltop estates more than the flatlands where many farm workers and middle-class families live.last_img read more

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Nantes pay emotional tribute to Emiliano Sala

first_imgNantes Football Club paid an emotional tribute to former striker Emiliano Sala on Wednesday night before their 1-1 home draw with Saint-Etienne.The 28-year-old, whose plane disappeared over an English channel on January 21, has a large photo of him unveiled in the center-circle prior to kick-off, the Nantes starting lineup also played in shirts featuring Sala’s name instead of their own.The Argentine went missing along with pilot David Ibbotson while traveling from Nantes to club Cardiff City.British police and investigators revealed on Wednesday it was likely that two seat cushions that have washed up on the shore in northern France were from the missing plane.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.Caen and former Nantes striker Yacine Bammou, who is a close friend of Sala’s before leaving Les Canaris, was in tears in the stands. The Nantes manager, Vahid Halilhodzic, also struggled to hold to back the tears.“It’s hard to talk about this, it’s a terrible moment, we’re all shocked,” Halilhodzic said before the match against Saint-Etienne, according to Rfi.“He is such a nice, kind, respectful, endearing boy and a true warrior who loved the club.”last_img read more

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Even on weekdays Salman Khan starrer Bharat registers big numbers at box

first_imgBharat box office collectionTwitterSuperstar Salman Khan’s recent release Bharat seems to be unstoppable as people are not shying away from stepping out to catch the film even on working days. Bharat collected around Rs 8.30 crore nett even on Tuesday which only goes on to show Salman fans are not giving any day a miss.Salman Khan starrer Bharat has charted a new number record with its first-day collections at the box office as the highest ever of all times for the superstar. The magic of Saman has pulled out massive numbers of Rs 42.3 crores on its first day itself, beating his own record of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. On Tuesday, Bharat raked Rs 8.30 crore taking the grand total to Rs 167.60 crore.Bharat was released on 4,700 screens in India and on over 1,300 screens, overseas. One of the biggest Hindi releases this year, the emotional drama has been released in as many as 43 countries worldwide.The Salman starrer has not only been creating all the buzz for charting the highest numbers with advance bookings even ahead of its release but is set to become the biggest chartbuster of all times. It is the huge star power of Salman Khan and the power pack of not just the movie starring Salman and Katrina, together that had piqued the excitement amongst the audience much ahead of its release.The Salman Khan starrer is on its way to chart new records already. The nation saw a fan frenzy and the numbers are proof.Bharat is produced by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar under the banner of Reel Life Production Pvt Ltd. and Salman Khan Films, presented by T-Series.last_img read more

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Bangladeshi shot dead in South Africa

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA Bangladeshi trader has been gunned down by unidentified miscreants in South Africa in the early hours on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Ziaur Rahman, 32, of village Darinda Rasulpur in Matlab Dakkhin upazila of Chandpur.Family members said, a group of miscreant opened fire on Ziaur while he was inside his grocery shop around 10:00pm on Monday.Ziaur was involved in grocery business along with other partners there for the last 12 years. He visited his home a month ago and returned to South Africa, they added.”My husband talked to me over mobile phone around10:00pm on Monday,” victim’s wife Tanjina Begum said, adding that he had no enemy at his workplace.”I am seeking cooperation of all including the prime minister to take necessary measures to bring back my husband’s body to the country”, she added.AHMS Iqbal Hossain, officer-in-charge of Matlab Dakkhin police station, said that they are yet to be informed about the incident.last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews PHANTOM THREAD

first_img Is Phantom Thread good?It’s excellent. One of the year’s very best.What’s it about?I can’t tell you.…what?I’m not supposed to tell you what the movie is about.…why?There’s been an air of secrecy around the film forever; critics were barred from talking about it until a few weeks ago regardless of when they had seen the press screenings, etc. And now that I’ve seen it, I get why – it would be wrong to give almost any of this away. It works best as a series of surprises.Can you at least say what the premise is, up to a point? Maybe with the understanding that people should go see it before they read further anyway?Fair enough: Phantom Thread is a dark psychological set in the world of British high-fashion in the 1950s, centering on the work of Daniel Day Lewis (in what is said to be his last performance) as a legendary designer of classically-glamorous ladies’ dresses named Reynolds Woodcock, who li-I’m sorry, his name is what?…really?Sorry. Please continue.Woodcock lives a life as meticulous and precisely-ordered as the conditions of his workshop, commanding a phalanx of seamstresses with military precision and leaving the management of his house-proper to the iron-willed temperament of his manager Cyril, who also happens to be his sister. He’s a genius and an artist, prone to melancholy and tantrums of pique when distractions intrude on his carefully-arranged life, but when he meets a new muse in the person of a young waitress named Alma while on holiday. He can’t resist inviting her into his life even up to the point of asking her to marry him and making her something like an assistant and head model for his business – which is threatened by the looming spectre of rapidly changing tastes in the fashion world. But while at first submissive and demure, Alma’s presence soon grows more assertive in ways that initially thrill but also begin to repel him… and that’s where I have to stop.Huh. Okay. So, it’s a relationship drama that… “get’s weird?”Yes – though not necessarily as weird as all the mystery might imply at first (and then, maybe, much much weirder.)So you’re really not going to tell us what’s really going on, are you.Thing is, if I tell you it’s just going to be “Oh, that’s an unusual way to go with it.” The full effect comes from seeing the pieces slowly into focus – even after the “reveals” have been set, it’s not really until the final few minutes where you realize what the story has actually been about up to this point. Not in a cheap-twist “Somebody was an alien the whole time!!!” genre-flip way, but in a “human psychology sure is strange” way. It plays fair.This isn’t like mother! where you don’t give away the secrets because it’s fun to see audiences get horrified and grossed-out by what happens, is it?No, it’s not like that; though they’re actually pretty complimentary otherwise in terms of movies that are “about” the relationship between artists, their work, and their inspirations – just with slight but important differences in how they view the “great but difficult man” archetype.Who directed?Paul Thomas Anderson, and it’s right up there with the best of his work. The “ideas” here are so singular and close-to-absurd that to make it work takes a staggering level of control over tone, story and the performances of the actors – even more so when you take into account how detailed and deep the film also is on a technical level. For a work that takes place mostly indoors and really only has three significant characters, it looks and feels like a sprawling epic simply by virtue of how much is packed into the frame. It’s an achingly beautiful piece of work, even when “nothing is happening.”And the actors?Whether you honestly believe that we’ll never see Daniel Day-Lewis again or not, Reynolds Woodcock is yet another excellent characterization from one of the finest actors to ever take up the form. He’s asked to take his character to some pretty extreme places while also playing him as a guy who just doesn’t… “do” extreme as a matter of emotional expression, and that it doesn’t become absurd is a real testament. Luxembourg actress Vicky Krieps – a relative newcomer to films of this scale – delivers what can only be fairly described as a star-making turn as our female lead Alma and Leslie Manville is beyond excellent as Woodcock’s sister.So you recommend it?This is one of the year’s very best films. An immediately-apparent Oscar contender of startling power, visual splendor, subtle understated writing, impeccably acted and directed with a precision that recalls the very best of Stanley Kubrick and is even impressive when weighed against the already formidable filmography of its director. It is, without exaggeration, a masterpiece – as fine a work of film as art, visual storytelling and character drama as you could hope to see amid the ocean of middlebrow pablum that is the so-called “Awards Season” of moviegoing. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Anderson takes six as Australia skittled for 136

first_imgEngland bowler James Anderson ripped shellshocked Australia to shreds with six wickets to bowl the tourists out for a paltry 136 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Anderson took six for 47 and fellow quicks Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, on his Test return after a two-year absence, two apiece as rejuvenated England put their heavy second Test defeat at Lord’s firmly behind them. Only plucky opener Chris Rogers, passed fit after suffering dizzy spells at Lord’s, offered resistance with a half-century for Australia who failed to cope with the seam and swing-friendly conditions after winning the toss and batting first.  Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaRogers was eighth man out for 52, lbw to Broad, and Anderson fittingly took the final wicket when Nathan Lyon played on as Australia were dismissed in just 36.4 overs. Anderson, who went wicketless in London where Australia squared the series with a 405-run victory after losing the opener in Cardiff, took four wickets in 19 balls after lunch. His quickfire burst started when he had Adam Voges caught behind for 16. Mitchell Marsh (0) also nicked a swinging delivery to Jos Buttler and then Peter Nevill’s bad misjudgement saw him bowled for two without offering a shot.  Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: ShastriEngland’s leading wicket-taker in Tests then bagged his 18th five-wicket haul when Mitchell Johnson (3) sliced to Ben Stokes at fifth slip. Australia lost three wickets in a rain-interupted morning with Finn, branded “unselectable” by former England limited overs coach Ashley Giles 18 months ago due to a breakdown in his bowling action, took the scalps of Steve Smith (7) and skipper Michael Clarke (10).  After Anderson had given England a flying start by trapping David Warner (2) lbw, Finn, recalled in place of an unfit Mark Wood, found bounce and movement on the quickest pitch of the series so far.last_img read more

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BREAKING Facebook Live killer manhunt ends in suicide in Pennsylvania

first_imgVideo of the crime scene: Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams press conference following the conclusion of the manhunt:MORE: @CLEpolice chief gives details on “short pursuit” of Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens https://t.co/UOWsuDHOhG pic.twitter.com/YwQwBgdccG— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 18, 2017 The manhunt for Steve Stephens, the individual who broadcast the murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin in Cleveland on Facebook Live this past Sunday, is over.According to GoErie.com, Stephens died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his white Ford Fusion in Eerie, Pennsylvania as state police closed in at 11:10 AM this morning.Stephens’ death concludes a massive manhunt since news of his live broadcast murder broke on Sunday.Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) April 18, 2017center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comHello and welcome to Stoke-on-TrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Tuesday, December 4. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news 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.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 17:42 Queuing traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is five minutes. 15:41One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J12 A5 (Gailey) to J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed. 14:21OAP involved in collisionAn elderly man has suffered ‘life-changing injuries’ after an accident on a major Stoke-on-Trent road this afternoon.The 81-year-old man was involved in a collision with a silver Renault Clio on Potteries Way near to the roundabout and the junction of Lichfield Street, in Hanley, just before 1.30pm this afternoon.Read more here.12:37Broken down lorry adding to delaysM6 Northbound lane blocked on exit slip road, heavy traffic due to broken down lorry at J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of two) is blocked as you head up towards the roundabout. 12:00Further information on accident in HanleyA50 Lichfield Street in both directions partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident near Talbot Street.Not too far from the petrol station. 11:57Three vehicle accident on Lichfield Road in HanleyThe accident is near the petrol station, our reporter says.11:30Accident on Potteries WayAccident on Potteries Way (Image: StokeonTrentLive reader)11:15Two lanes closed due to accident on M6Two lanes closed on M6. Updates as we get them on our dedicated feed here.10:53Two lanes shut due to accident on M6Two lanes closed and queueing traffic due to accident on M6 Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford). In the roadworks area.Lanes one and two (of three) are closed.10:51Accident in LeekCar hits house after three-car-accident near supermarket. More here.10:17Two lanes closed on M6 NorthboundA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:RTC J20-21 M6 NB lane 1 and 2 closure on.” 09:29Accident in LeekParamedics are at the scene of a three vehicle accident on Buxton Road in Leek. More as we get it,09:26The StrandReports of accident on A5007 The Strand near Subway. Traffic is coping well. 07:50A527 busy but moving in LongportBrownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. (Image: Inrix)07:49Heavy traffic around Smallthorne RoundaboutsHeavy traffic on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). (Image: Inrix)07:40A527 busy but moving in ChellA527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. (Image: Inrix)07:39Slow traffic on A54 in CongletonSlow traffic on A54 Rood Hill Northbound from Market Street to A34 Rood Lane. (Image: Inrix)07:38Heavy traffic on A500Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is six minutes against expected. (Image: Inrix)07:32Usual congestion on A50 towards SidewayUsual congestion on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).07:09A34 busy but moving in Trent ValeA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). (Image: Inrix)07:08Slow traffic coming into HanleyUsual congestion on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). (Image: Inrix)07:06Congestion on A53 in Baddeley GreenUsual congestion on A53 Leek New Road at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane. (Image: Inrix)07:01Usual congestion on the A500Usual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. (Image: Inrix)06:52One lane closed on M6 due to broken down car in South StaffordshireOne lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down car on M6 Northbound from J12 A5 (Gailey) to J13 A449 (Stafford South).Lane one (of four) is closed. (Image: Inrix)06:18Traffic moving well on A50 near UttoxeterTraffic moving well on A50 through The Roadworks at B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout). (Image: Inrix)06:01M6 now open following earlier roadworksAll stretches of the M6 in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire are now open05:45Latest from those overrunning roadworks on the M6The M6 Southbound is closed, queueing traffic due to overrunning roadworks from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe).Roadworks were scheduled to finish at 06:00, Highways have stated that these are expected to overrun due to a problem with the resurfacing. Traffic is queuing on approach to the closure.05:33Delays expected on M6 this morning as overnight closure and roadworks due to overrunA Highways England spokesman said:Delays on the M6 southbound in Cheshire, approaching J18 (A54/Middlewich). Overnight road closure was duwe off at 0600hrs, this is expected to overrun slightly due to issues with resurfacing. Our team are working hard to get this open as soon and as safe as possible. “05:32Good morningTom here, I’ll be bringing you the latest news and traffic updates throughout the morning.last_img read more

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US delegation measures time spent at Iran talks in new ways

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Mesa family survives lightning strike to home A journalist talks into a TV camera in front of Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. The talks are in danger of busting through their second deadline in a week, raising questions about whether world powers can cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy — and testing the resolve of U.S. negotiators to walk away from negotiations. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility VIENNA (AP) — The Iran nuclear talks have once again been extended — this time until Friday. But instead of just counting the time of the marathon talks in days, the U.S. delegation has found new ways of measuring. Its list, presented Tuesday:Trips to Vienna in 2014 — 11.Trips to Vienna this year– 6.Times flown over the Atlantic Ocean since the start of talks on a comprehensive deal in February 2014 — 69. Top Stories Distance flown since then — one delegation member’s estimate is 400,000 miles, or 16 times around the earth.Snacks consumed by the roughly one dozen members of the delegation since June — Twizzlers licorice twists, 10 pounds; mixed nuts and dried fruits, 30 pounds; string cheese, 20 pounds; more than 200 Rice Krispies treats. And nearly a gallon of ice cream.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

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