The Supreme Court on Friday directed former Jharkhand Minister Yogendra Sao to surrender before a court in Ranchi by April 15 in cases related to rioting and inciting of violence. A Bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and S. Abdul Nazeer said: “The petitioner (Sao) is directed to surrender before the Additional Judicial Commissioner – 7, Ranchi, by April 15, 2019. The instant applications for modification and the miscellaneous applications stand disposed of accordingly.” Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Mr. Sao, said that there was no clarification in the SC’s order of April 4 as to where he should surrender. He said if the top court directs, Mr. Sao can surrender in Ranchi. Advocate Tapesh Kumar Singh, appearing for the Jharkhand government, said that Mr. Sao can surrender before the court of Additional Judicial Commissioner in Ranchi. He said all the case records have been transferred to Ranchi in compliance with the apex court’s order. The apex court order came on a plea of Mr. Sao seeking clarification and modification of the order on the place of his surrender. The apex court had on April 4 trashed Mr. Sao’s plea seeking to campaign for the Congress for the Lok Sabha poll and cancelled his bail, saying he had violated the bail conditions.
Bloomberg Philanthropies this week announced the nationwide expansion of the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, formerly known as the Arts Advancement Initiative.The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen nearly 300 small- and mid-sized organizations within six cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Through the two-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will offer $30 million of unrestricted general operating support. It will also include arts management training in fundraising, audience development and board member engagement.“Nonprofit arts groups do so much to help cities thrive, but they often face major funding challenges. Effective management and fundraising practices are absolutely critical for arts organizations, especially those with small budgets,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “These grants will help arts groups make the most of their resources, reach more people, and have an even bigger impact on their communities.”Piloted in New York City, Bloomberg Philanthropies supported 245 grantees through AIM from 2011-2013. Participating organizations reported improvements in audience development, board engagement and fundraising over the two-year program: Audience development: 79% reached new audiences through targeted marketing campaigns and social media. Fundraising: 88% leveraged the grant to secure new contributions from donors.All organizations invited to participate are locally or internationally recognized nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. Grantees will be required to secure matching funds; reach 100% board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in the Cultural Data Project, an online financial management tool that assists arts organizations across the country to collect, learn from, and use data effectively. The grants will be unrestricted so that recipients can use them to address their greatest needs. Invitation letters are being distributed to organizations beginning today.Bloomberg Philanthropies will partner with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland to develop curricula and conduct trainings for the AIM program in each city. The comprehensive workshops will engage organizations around activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals and will include consultations and implementation support for arts managers and their boards. Board engagement: 95% improved board member engagement by adding new members and/or increasing board giving.
SEATTLE — Prospective home buyers in Seattle as late as last year faced the prospect of entering bidding wars or getting edged out by competitors with cash. That’s not the case anymore.At one point in 2017, 92 per cent of homes sold in the city featured multiple bidders, the Seattle Times reported . Since then, there’s been a cooling of the market.Just 21 per cent of homes sold in Seattle in November had multiple bidders, according to the Redfin real estate brokerage firm. It’s the lowest rate since the firm began tracking in 2011.Seattle now has the lowest rate of bidding wars among cities tracked by Redfin, the company said.Across the broader Seattle metro area, 79 per cent of homes had multiple offers in 2017. That has fallen to 25 per cent, also the lowest on record.For buyers, finding a home in the overheated market could be depressing. Some made offers and were immediately outbid, sometimes by $100,000 or more, or lost out to competitors offering cash.Home buyers sometimes had so sign away rights, such as backing out of a sale if the home was damaged.As late as February, Seattle led the nation in home sales with more than one bidder, but the change has been rapid.The number of buyers continues to fall and more sellers are seeing homes stay unsold for weeks, prompting them to cut list prices.The new scenario gives prospective buyers several advantages. With homes selling on average in three to four weeks, up from one week a year ago, buyers have more time to think over one of the biggest purchases of their lives.Sellers largely no longer “offer review dates,” a deadline for buyers to submit their bids, usually a week after the listing goes live, said Peng Tea, a broker for John L. Scott. Instead, they take bids on a first-come, first-served basis.Buyers also are getting a break on terms. Fewer are being asked for nonrefundable earnest money and sellers have been more willing to fix things such as defective plumbing.“You’ll have a much higher likelihood of keeping some protections for yourself as a buyer,” Tea said. “It’s a much more favourable market for a buyer today, especially as you go toward the higher price points. You have more power to negotiate.”Several reasons are behind the cooling market. Interest rates rose, which cut into buyers’ earnings power. Rents in the past year stayed flat, lessening pressure on people to buy. Prices grew more than twice as fast as incomes for half a decade, making it harder to purchase homes.Brokers also report reported less investment money from Chinese buyers more likely to make all-cash offers.Seattle reflects a national trend. Markets are cooling in other areas, especially in pricey West Coast cities.The national rate of multiple bids was 22 per cent in November, the lowest in at least seven years, and down from 59 per cent at the start of the spring, according to Redfin.___Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.comThe Associated Press
CHELMSFORD, Mass. — Army looks for a few good robots, sparks industry battleThe Army is looking for a few good robots. Not to fight — not yet, at least — but to help the men and women who do.These robots aren’t taking up arms, but the companies making them have waged a different kind of battle. At stake is a contract worth almost half a billion dollars for 3,000 backpack-sized robots that can defuse bombs and scout enemy positions. Competition for the work has spilled over into Congress and federal court.___Euro currency remains a work in progress on 20th birthdayFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The euro is about to celebrate its 20th birthday, but the countries that use it are still wrestling with how the shared currency should work and how to fix flaws exposed by the debt crisis that marred its second decade.The euro was launched on Jan. 1, 1999, when 10 countries fixed their exchange rates to it and handed decisions on interest rates to the newly-founded European Central Bank. Euro notes and coins went into circulation three years later.The shared currency was seen as a solution to the constant quarrels over exchange rates that had marked European politics after World War II and as a logical extension of the European Union’s tariff-free trade zone. Britain, notably, opted out, but 19 of 28 EU countries use the euro.___North Korea’s ‘Singapore shops’ expose gap in sanctions pushPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Despite the unwanted publicity of a criminal trial for one of their main suppliers, business is booming at Pyongyang’s ‘Singapore shops,’ which sell everything from Ukrainian vodka to brand-name knock-offs from China. The stores stock many of the very things United Nations’ sanctions banning trade in luxury goods are intended to block and provide a nagging reminder that not all potential trade partners are lining up behind the U.N.’s pronouncements or the Trump administration’s policy of maximum pressure on the North.Especially when there’s a buck — or a few million bucks — to be made.The stores are anything but secret.___US pending home sales slipped 0.7 per cent in NovemberWASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in November as higher mortgage rates and prices continued to squeeze would-be buyers out of the market.The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its pending home sales index dipped 0.7 per cent last month to 101.4. The index based on contract signings has dropped 7.7 per cent over the past year and has recorded 11 straight year-over-year decreases.___Tesla names Oracle’s Ellison to board in SEC settlementNEW YORK (AP) — Tesla named Oracle’s Larry Ellison and an executive from Walgreens to its board Friday as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators who demanded more oversight of CEO Elon Musk.Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, an executive vice-president at Walgreens Boots Alliance, join the board as independent directors, effective immediately.Musk got into trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission in early August when he said in a tweet that he had “funding secured” to take the electric car company private at $420 per share.___GOP and Democrats trade blame for shutdown, no deal in sightWASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as both parties traded blame Friday and President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes in the weeklong impasse.As agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power, it sets up the first big confrontation between Trump and newly empowered Democrats. Trump is sticking with his demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico, and Democrats, who take control of the House on Jan. 3, are refusing to give him what he wants.Trump raised the stakes on Friday, reissuing threats to shut the U.S.-Mexico border to pressure Congress to fund the wall and to shut off aid to three Central American countries from which many migrants have fled.___EPA proposes easing regulation of mercury from coal plantsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is considering backing off of its regulation of toxic mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.In an announcement Friday, the EPA proposes what would be another Trump administration rollback of federal enforcement under the Clean Air Act. It’s the latest administration effort on behalf of the country’s coal industry.___Wall Street faces annual losses despite solid gains for weekWall Street capped a week of volatile trading Friday with an uneven finish and the market’s first weekly gain since November. Still, a rough month of December has erased all the market’s 2018 gains and nudged the S&P 500 closer to its worst year since 2008.___The S&P 500 index fell 3.09 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,485.74. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 76.42 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 23,062.40. The Nasdaq added 5.03 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6,584.52.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 1.6 per cent to settle at $45.33 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, inched up 0.1 per cent to close at $52.20 a barrel in London.The Associated Press
Patna: The BJP-led NDA in Bihar – which has been accusing the opposition of stalling a bill envisaging 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and legislative assemblies – has resorted to tokenism when it came to distribution of tickets to women in the general election. According to the list released by the NDA on March 23, only three women candidates have been allotted Lok Sabha tickets in the state – one each by alliance partners the BJP, JD(U) and the LJP. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The opposition Grand Alliance – comprising the RJD, Congress, RLSP, HAM (S) and former Bollywood set designer Mukesh Sahni’s VIP – has so far named just nine candidates for the polls. Election to the 40 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases in Bihar between April 11 and May 19. The ruling Janata Dal (United) has fielded Kavita Singh from Siwan constituency, while the Bharatiya Janata Party has nominated Rama Devi from the Sheohar seat. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Veena Singh of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is contesting the election from the Vaishali constituency. In 2014, too, the NDA had given three tickets to women, two by the BJP and one by the LJP, while the JD(U) which was then not part of the BJP-led coalition, allotted two seats for women. The BJP had contested 30 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the last general election, while the JD(U) fielded candidates in all but two seats. As per the seat-sharing arrangement in the NDA this time, both the BJP and the JD(U) are contesting 17 seats each, leaving six constituencies to the LJP. The parties, in their defence, claimed that women did not get adequate representation in their list of candidates as they were contesting fewer seats this time. Devesh Kumar, the state unit vice-president of the BJP, contended that the party believes in “empowering women”, but the seat-sharing arrangement in the state did not leave them with much of an option. “Yes, it is important that women should be given more tickets in elections, but since we are contesting fewer seats this time as compared to the last time, we had to take many factors into consideration. “The BJP government at the Centre believes in empowering women. One can clearly see that women are holding important portfolios at the Centre – External Affairs (Sushma Swaraj) and Defence (Nirmala Sitharaman). Our Lok Sabha Speaker (Sumitra Mahajan) is a woman,” he pointed out. Echoing similar sentiments, JD(U) spokesperson and MLC Niraj Kumar said, “It was difficult for the party to accommodate more women this time as it was contesting just 17 seats in the state.” The JD(U) spokesperson also listed the decisions taken by the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar in the interest of women, such as 50 per cent reservation in urban local bodies and panchayati raj institutions and 35 per cent reservation in all government jobs. “Our party has been strong votary of women’s reservation bill. If the bill is passed, it would become mandatory for parties to give women tickets,” he added. Two regional parties have shown a way out of chronic tokenism in their distribution of tickets to women this time. In West Bengal, the ruling Trinamool Congress has fielded 41 per cent women candidates for the general election, which the Biju Janata Dal in Odisha has reserved 33 per cent of its tickets for women.
NEW DELHI: In last seven decades, Delhi in the Lok Sabha elections has elected only seven women lawmakers compared to 60 men MPs, and over half of the Lok Sabha houses since Independence have seen no women representation from the national capital. However, Delhi did elect its first woman MP right in the first parliamentary elections and the winner was Sucheta Kriplani, a freedom fighter and an associate of Mahatma Gandhi.Kriplani contested from New Delhi on a ticket of the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party, founded by her husband Acharya Kripalani. She defeated Congress’ Manmohini Sehgal, a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family. In 1957, Kriplani switched to the Congress and was re-elected. After a long gap, she was followed by Subhadra Joshi of the Congress. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderJoshi, who was also the first woman MP from Punjab, was elected from Chandni Chowk seat, defeating Bharatiya Jan Sangh’s Ram Gopal Shalwale by over 45,000 votes in 1972. During the Emergency in 1975-77, she opposed every move by Sanjay Gandhi, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s son, to demolish structures in her constituency to “beautify” the city. She had earlier defeated Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1962 in Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh. After Joshi, Delhi elected Sushma Swaraj (South Delhi) and Meira Kumar (Karol Bagh) in 1996 and 1998 respectively. Sushma Swaraj (BJP) defeated Congress’ Kapil Sibal by 1.14 lakh votes and later Ajay Maken, also of Congress, by 1.16 lakh votes. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeira Kumar (Congress), who created history in 2009 when she was elected the first woman Speaker, defeated BJP’s Kalka Das in 1996 by over 41,000 votes. She defeated BJP’s Surender Pal Rathawal in 1998 but her victory margin shrunk to 4,826 votes. Similarly in 1999, Anita Arya (BJP) was elected from Karol Bagh, the only reserved constituency in Delhi, defeating Meira Kumar. Meanwhile, in 2004 and 2009, Krishna Tirath of Congress was the lone woman candidate to won from Delhi. In 2004, she defeated Anita Arya in Karol Bagh and BJP’s Meera Kanwaria in 2009 from North West Delhi. In 2014, amid a ‘Modi wave’, Meenakshi Lekhi won from the prestigious New Delhi seat and became Delhi’s seventh woman MP. She defeated Aam Aadmi Party’s Ashish Khetan by 1.6 lakh votes. It is worth mentioning that out of these seven women MPs, some of the Delhi women MPs held key positions during different governments. Such as Kripalani had later became India’s first woman Chief Minister –when she was given charge of Uttar Pradesh. Similarly Meira Kumar became the first woman Speaker of the Lok Sabha, while Sushma Swaraj was the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi. She is also the second woman to become India’s External Affairs Minister after Indira Gandhi. On the other hand, former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, Union minister Smriti Irani, author Jenis Darbari and AAP leader Rakhi Birla have also contested from Delhi but have not been lucky. Dikshit contested from East Delhi in 1998 but was defeated by BJP’s Lal Bihari Tiwari. She later served as Delhi CM for 15 years till 2013. Irani, who joined politics after working in television serials, lost to Kapil Sibal in Chandni Chowk in 2004. Similarly Jenis Darbari contested in 1999 and 2004 from South Delhi as an independent but lost. She was selected as Honorary Consul General for Republic of Montenegro in New Delhi. AAP’s Birla, who was later Deputy Speaker of Delhi Assembly, was defeated by BJP’s Udit Raj.
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Tuesday said systematically important non-deposit taking NBFCs offering foreign exchange transactions on individual accounts will be eligible to obtain Authorised Dealer (AD) Category-II licence from it. AD-Cat II means entities that are authorised by the RBI to deal in foreign exchange for specified purposes. These include upgraded full-fledged money changers (FFMCs), select regional rural banks, select urban cooperative banks and certain other entities. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe RBI noted that a large segment of population is increasingly getting connected with forex transactions on individual accounts. To increase the accessibility and improve the efficiency of services extended to the public for their day-to-day non-trade current account transactions, the RBI said “it has been decided that systemically important non-deposit taking investment and credit companies shall be eligible for Authorized Dealer- Category II (AD-Cat II) licence”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe central bank further said NBFCs having a minimum investment grade rating are eligible for the licence. It also said NBFCs offering forex serives should have a board-approved policy on managing the risks (including currency risk) and handling customer grievances arising out of such activities. A monitoring mechanism, at least at monthly intervals, shall be put in place for such services, it added. The eligible NBFCs desirous of undertaking AD-Cat II activities should approach the RBI for the licence. The different types of Authorised Money Changers are AD-Cat I Banks AD-Cat II and FFMCs.
Ohio State junior forward Jae’Sean Tate slams home a dunk against Navy on Nov. 11 in Annapolis, Maryland. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFollowing the attack that occurred on the Ohio State campus in Columbus, the Buckeyes men’s basketball team took a moment during their Tuesday press conference to reflect on the events, and express their thanks for the University Police officer who responded.“We got to keep issues off the court, but, I mean, it’s scary,” said OSU junior forward Jae’Sean Tate. “Somebody lost their life yesterday, and more people were injured. It’s terrible but I’m glad that we have police around who responded very quickly, contained the situation before it got even more out of hand.”While the investigation is ongoing, and students and staff on campus attempt to return to life as usual in Columbus, the Buckeyes will play at No. 6 Virginia on Saturday evening. The Cavaliers are 6-0, and have defeated their opponents by an average of more than 29 points per game.Virginia already was going to be a stout challenge coming into the game, but Monday’s events might weigh heavily on the minds of those in attendance and on the athletes. Senior forward Marc Loving said the Buckeyes will be looking for focus even after the attacks.“I know some things that happened yesterday are going to be in our mind during the game,” he said. “Things that happened could have a negative effect on, obviously, the morale on campus and this team. But when we step in this gym, we try to block out all aspects whether it’s the classroom, or it’s any distraction that’s possibly going on and just hone on in the time we have in practice together and just get better.”Saturday’s contest will be just the second true away game for the Cavaliers. Led by redshirt junior guard Darius Thompson with a 10 points-per-game average, Virginia is coming off an Elite Eight finish in the NCAA tournament.Last season, Virginia finished with a 29-8 record, and was behind only North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Tate said OSU will be focusing on quicker ball movement in practice to try and overcome the challenge ahead.“We hold onto the ball a little too long,” he said. “Other than that, you know when we catch the ball we immediately know what we’re going to do with it, not catch it and think about what we’re going to do and allow the defense to set up and get back in the gaps.”On defense, Virginia is allowing just 41.8 points per game which gives it a +31.5 scoring margin when matched with the team’s average points per game. Combine that with a with a suffocating defense that has picked up 7.7 steals and 5.0 blocks per game, and the Cavaliers are by far the biggest test for OSU so far this year. Even with the seemingly insurmountable task ahead, OSU coach Thad Matta is ready to see what his team can do. “I like where this team is,” he said. “I mean, obviously, we’re playing not a really good basketball team, we’re playing a great basketball team. Very, very impressed with Virginia. I’m excited to play them all night just to … you know the game ends and we get a pretty good gauge where we are. I think that we’re making strides in the right direction.”Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ohio State junior forward Jae’Sean Tate drives to the basket against a Purdue defender against the Boilermakers on Jan. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | For The LanternIt wasn’t long ago that the Ohio State men’s basketball team was 6-0 heading into a matchup at Virginia. Then, the Buckeyes lost seven of their next 11 games, including four consecutive Big Ten contests. On Sunday, a win against the Northwestern Wildcats (15-4, 4-2) would make it three straight for the Buckeyes and put them right back into the thick of things in the one of the most difficult conferences to figure out this season.OSU escaped Nebraska with a 67-66 win on Thursday off a game-winning layup from senior forward Marc Loving with 0.6 seconds remaining. It was the Buckeyes first road win since Nov. 11 at Navy — the first game of the season.For the second consecutive game, the Scarlet and Gray were able to dig themselves out of a hole. The Buckeyes were down by as much as 10 in the second half, but found a way to still win the game in a tough road environment. At 2-4 in the Big Ten, OSU still has its backs against the metaphorical wall, but the team is beginning to see a little daylight.“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” Loving said. “Before, we hadn’t been able to execute out of timeouts after drawing up a play and I was just happy to see that.”Last time out against Northwestern, the Wildcats had a seven-point halftime lead before OSU exploded for a 15-point advantage in the second half to take the game 71-63. Five players were in double figures for the Buckeyes, which was the case in last Sunday’s win against Michigan State.Four players scored double-digit points for the Buckeyes against Nebraska. Loving had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The second-half difference was OSU locking down on defense — the Cornhuskers shot 24 percent in the second half — and limiting turnovers. OSU committed 11 in the first half and zero in the second. A step in the right direction, maybe, but coach Thad Matta said those errors are unacceptable, especially against a Northwestern team that ranks 37th in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency, according to KenPom ratings. OSU is 72nd best in that category.“I want to see how we can continue to grow. We’re not a team that can feel good,” Matta said. “The biggest thing I want these guys to understand is we didn’t play very well in the first half. And to look and say, ‘well, we won the game, everything is fine.’ It’s not fine.”NorthwesternThe Wildcats are in the best shape the program has been in since the 2011-12 season to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Northwestern has lost close games to top-25 opponents Butler and Notre Dame, and beaten notable opponents like Dayton and Wake Forest this season. Coach Chris Collins’ team received seven votes this past week for the Associated Press top 25 and currently sits as a No. 9 seed in ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s most recent bracketology. A road win in Columbus for the first time since 1977 would make the Wildcats even more appealing to the eyes of the selection committee and AP voters.Northwestern has three players averaging at least 12 points a game, all of whom have had success in the past against OSU. Junior leading scorer Scottie Lindsey has been the most improved player for the Wildcats, averaging 15.8 points per contest compared to 6.4 last season. Lindsey has attempted 109 3-pointers this season, converting on 41.Vic Law and Bryant McIntosh are the two other leaders for the Wildcats. Law sat out all of last season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Since his return, he is scoring better than 14 points per game and shooting 45 percent from 3. McIntosh leads the conference with 5.6 assists per game, but does turn the ball over roughly three times per contest.Northwestern is rated No. 31 by KenPom whereas OSU is No. 57.The GameIf there’s advantage anywhere in the matchup, it will be determined on the glass and in turnover margin. OSU has struggled allowing offensive rebounds in several matchups. The Buckeyes have equally struggled in keeping possession once they get it.OSU turns over the ball 13 times per game with a negative turnover margin. Northwestern commits 11 turnovers per game and has a positive turnover margin. On the glass, OSU gave up nine offensive rebounds to a Nebraska team that averages 11.7 per game. Northwestern gathers less than 10 offensive rebounds on average, but ranks tied for 117th in the nation in defensive rebounding to OSU at 15th with over 26 per game.Foul trouble for OSU’s top rebounders was a problem against Nebraska. Redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, who averages nine rebounds per game, fouled out at the last media timeout and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate played with four fouls for the final four minutes. If it becomes an issue again on Sunday, OSU could have difficulty with putting bodies on 6-foot-8 Dererk Pardon and 6-foot-6 Sanjay Lumpkin and limit second-chance opportunities.Still, OSU has played well at home and there’s isn’t a reason why the Buckeyes shouldn’t play well with a chance to extend the winning streak. Thompson should own the glass which will prove to be the difference.Prediction: Ohio State 71, Northwestern 65
February 2, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Thousands of utility customers across San Diego County saw their power knocked out amid Saturday’s rainstorm.More than 3,600 customers were affected in at least five separate outages across the region, according to San Diego Gas and Electric.About 400 customers in the Oceanside area had been without power since noon. Another outage in Vista affected about 1,700 customers and was reported around 3:30 p.m., and about 800 customers in the Kearny Mesa area lost power around 4:30 p.m., according to SDGE’s online outage map.Smaller outages were reported near Santa Ysabel and in Rainbow.SDGE spokesman Wes Jones said crews were investigating the causes of all the outages. Major San Diego power outages strike across the County KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitter
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/0:59Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:53?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … India’s first bitcoin ATM launched in Bangalore Close Troubles for Bengaluru-based crypto exchange platform, Unocoin, continue to mount as the startup now faces a shrinking workforce and cash reserve. The well-funded startup, which was once the leading Bitcoin exchange platform in India, has hit several obstacles on the lines of funding and legal regulations.According to a report by the Economic Times, Unocoin has laid off half of its workforce in order to preserve cash. From over 100 people in February last year, the downsizing has now left only 14 employees as of last week. Adding to the escalating problems for the crypto trading platform, talks to raise another round of funding hit a wall.The Indian regulations on crypto trading haven’t been easy on Unocoin. Last year, the Reserve Bank of India prohibited Indian banks from crypto-related dealings. Even though the industry is fighting hard against RBI’s decision, prolonged Supreme Court proceedings have forced startups to either move out of the country or wrap up operations. Unocoin is a bitcoin trading platform in IndiaPR handoutBy the looks of it, Unocoin seems to be heading in the same direction, but the company founder did not hint at taking the business out of India. Instead, Unocoin is awaiting the Supreme Court’s verdict on crypto-trading, which is likely to happen in July.”We did ask people to leave last week, but our operations will continue for the foreseeable future. We have some amount of reserves to push through for the next couple of months and will wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict,” Sathvik Vishwanath, CEO of Unocoin, told ET. We’ve reached out to him for a comment and we’ll update more on Unocoin’s future plans soon. Bitcoin startup in India lays off 50 percent workforceReutersUnocoin, which started in 2013, was heavily funded and raised $1.5 million from various VCs, including Blume Ventures and Bitcoin Capital. But Unocoin defied RBI’s ban and installed an ATM-like machine to exchange cash for bitcoins. The stunt did not go too well as the founders Harish BV and Vishwanath were arrested by local police for installing a Bitcoin kiosk without proper permissions from the authorities.That’s not it, at the time of arrest the founders were already facing multiple charges on the counts of computer-related charges, conning, and forgery.
Getty ImagesA security guard strangled a six-year-old girl to death and later had sex with her corpse in Haridwar on Friday, the police said. The accused, Sonu, who was watching over a poultry farm, had seen the girl playing with her friends near a slum where she used to live. He lured her into a nearby forest where he attempted to rape her. However, when she resisted, he strangled her to death and had sex with the corpse.Sonu was said to be inebriated when he killed and raped the girl. “We have collected all the vital evidence needed to establish the crime,” Janmejay Khanduri, the Senior Superintendent of Police Haridwar, told IANS.The police confirmed that the children who were playing with the minor had last seen her with the security guard and there is also substantial evidence.”The accused didn’t agree to take the narco test, but he was most likely in a drunken state at the time of committing the crime. The evidence has been sent to the forensic laboratory,” Khanduri added.Shockingly, the incident occurred barely 600 metres away from the place where the girl’s parents were working as labourers. The girl’s parents had an argument with the security guard some days ago and they are now suspecting the involvement of another man in the heinous crime.”Three days ago, the guard and another man got into a fight with us. We did not go to the fields for three days after that, but now they have committed this heinous crime. I don’t know why no action is being taken against the co-accused,” the girl’s relative said.The accused has been now sent to 14 days of police custody after the girl’s body was recovered on Sunday and he confessed to the crime.Child rape cases surge in the countryDespite the nationwide outcry against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua region of J&K last year, there has been no decrease in such cases all over the country. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, the number of child rape cases in 2016 was 19,765 as against 10,854 such cases in 2015.The police records reveal that the cases of child rape are particularly high in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha. Stop child rapeREUTERS/Amit DaveDespite the government passing an order allowing death penalty for child rapists, Nobel laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi has said that there is a need to fast track the cases of child rape.
Map of BagerhatFour suspected robbers and two alleged drug traders were killed in what the law enforcers called ‘gunfight’ in Bagerhat and Cumilla districts early Wednesday, reports UNB.In Bagerhat, four suspected robbers were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Jongrakhal in the Sundarbans in Monglaupazila early Wednesday.One of the deceased was identified as Hasan, ringleader of infamous ‘Hasan Bahini’.Tipped off, a team of RAB conducted a drive in the Sundarbans under Chandpai range in the dead of night, said RAB legal and media wing director Mufti Mahmud Khan.Sensing presence of the elite force members, the members of robber gang ‘Hasan Bahini’ opened fire on RAB men, forcing them to fire back.Four robbers including the ringleader of ‘Hasan Bahini’, Hasan, were killed during the exchange of gunfire, he said.Eleven arms and some sharp weapons were recovered from the spot.Map of CumillaIn Cumilla, two ‘drug traders’ were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Natapara bordering area in Chouddagram upazila early Wednesday.The deceased were identified as Selim Mia, 47, son of Ali Ahmmed and Rubel, 33, son of Golam Mostafa of Shalutia upazila. They were wanted in a number of cases.Acting on a tip-off, a team of BGB conducted a drive in the area around 1:00am, said lieutenant colonel Abu Mohammad Mohiuddin, commanding officer of BGB-10.Sensing the presence of the BGB men, the criminals opened fire on them which forced the border guards to fire back in self-defense.Two ‘drug traders’ were caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet wound. Later they were taken to a local hospital where doctors declared them dead, he added.In another incident, two suspected robbers were injured in another incident of ‘gunfight’ with BGB men in Adrasha Sadar upazila on Tuesday midnight.The injured — Bakul Mia of Narayanganj and Abdul Karim of Kurigram district — were taken to a local hospital.BGB members recovered 5850 yaba tablets from the two spots.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In the first four months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 115, the rights body said on its website.
Angel Valentin for NPRJuan Pablo Santos cleans up the debris from his shed near Aibonito, Puerto Rico, after it was destroyed by Hurricane Maria.Millions of people have no access to a power grid in Puerto Rico. Gas for cars and generators is hard to find. Cash is in short supply.But there is another need that is even more pressing.“I can live without power,” says Wanda Ferrer. “But I can’t live without water.”Ferrer was one of many people filling up at a government spigot in Toa Bajo, west of San Juan. Communities across Puerto Rico have lost running water as a result of the widespread power outages from Hurricane Maria, and it’s not clear when it will be restored.Angel Valentin for NPRPeople fill containers with water from a stream near the Puerto Rico Highway 52 in Cayey on Tuesday. People have been without water service in their homes after Hurricane Maria roared through a week ago.All the furniture on the bottom floor was ruined. Their shed — built specifically to house hurricane survival supplies — was swept away, taking their generator with it.But they still had water in their storage tank, plus several cases of bottles from the grocery store. And Vargas’ husband, Juan Pablo Santos, had tied two 55-gallon barrels to their roof with wire and filled them up before the hurricane. “With the gravity, through the hose, it comes down, and it’s like you have running water,” Vargas said. They’ve gone through one of those barrels already. They think they’ll be OK with their supplies — but no one is sure how long it will be before the water comes back.Other residents of Puerto Rico’s interior are filling up at local springs, where PVC pipes stick straight out of the hillsides along expressways and little roads. They’re a regular source of water for some residents here, storm or no storm.After Maria, these springs are more vital than ever. Near the inland city of Caguas, along the side of a fast-moving highway, people wait with empty soda bottles, Gatorade dispensers and 5-gallon buckets. Some people who would never fill up at these pipes find themselves here, including Luis Alberio.He’s 76 and says this is his first time getting water like this. But Alberio says he needs water “for everything … to drink, to bathe, to wash up, to clean the house” so he traveled half an hour to this spring.Malin Rivera Malero, filling up a large bucket, says this water is very clean.“There’s no water anywhere else,” she says. “Except the river,” she says, referring to the large Rio Cañas. “And that’s dirty, dirty.”Still, Alberio plans to boil his water over a wood fire. And other people in line here say they plan to use this water only for cleaning, not for drinking.Angel Valentin for NPRPeople fill plastic containers with water from a stream in Cayey, Puerto Rico. Bottled water isn’t easy to get. Some stores have water in stock, but the lines are massive.Even nonpotable water is in high demand. In Coamo, a small town in southern Puerto Rico that was hit hard by the storm, people lined up to take water from a municipal tank where it has been sitting stagnant for days. Local officials were on hand to warn them that it wasn’t drinkable and should only be used for cleaning.And north of Coamo, residents turned to a mountain river for basic needs. Here, at least, there is running water — of a sort.This river, the Calabaza, is much cleaner-looking than the muddy Rio Cañas. Local residents are bringing laundry in buckets to wash on the banks; their neighbors’ clothes are already drying on rocks or makeshift lines. Other people hop in to bathe.Angel Valentin for NPRIn the Calabaza River, local residents are bringing laundry in buckets to wash on the banks, drying their clothes on rocks or makeshift lines. Other people hop in to bathe.It beats washing up in a house where the taps are dry, says 13-year-old Javier Janos.“You have to take a bath with cups,” he says, demonstrating a sponge bath. “And it’s so cold. You can’t waste gas on making it warm.”The river is better, he says — but it’s more dangerous, too. The current is fast. “You have to be careful,” he says. “I’m not a good swimmer.”The river feels festive. The sun is shining, but it’s not too hot here in the mountains. Children laugh as they jump in the water. On a pan supported by rocks, over a wood fire, two men are making tostones — fried green plantains.But the desperate conditions that brought people here aren’t far from anyone’s mind.Modesto Hernan de Velez tears up as he says that nearly a week after the storm, he still hasn’t had any contact with his daughter, Maria Raquel Maldonado, who lives in Maryland.He looks out over the river with a distant expression. “When I was a child, I would come here with my mother,” he says. “This same location, to visit friends and talk and have a good day.”Now, he is here holding a bucket, because he needs the water.Edwin Rivera is standing on the opposite bank. “I lost everything in my house,” he says. “I was looking for my pictures. But I lost everything.”He posted some of the photos on Facebook. He hopes he can find them there — once he has power and Internet. In the meantime, he is staying at his father’s house and has been working to clean up the remains of his own home in Aibonito. It’s hard work.He came to the river this afternoon to eat tostones, enjoy the sunshine and get away from that labor. “I’m here to take a rest,” he says.And for one other reason, too.He is holding Suave body wash in his hand. With a wave, he steps out into the water to take a bath.NPR’s Greg Allen and Marisa Peñazola contributed to this story.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
By LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Medical WriterU.S. regulators Friday expanded the use of Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45.The vaccine was previously only for preteens and young adults through 26. The Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil 9 for women and men through 45.This undated image provided by Merck on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 shows a vial and packaging for the Gardasil 9 vaccine. On Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the use of the company’s cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45. (Merck via AP)The vaccine protects against the human papilloma virus — or HPV — which can cause cervical cancer, certain other cancers and genital warts. The virus is very common and is spread through sex. In most cases, HPV doesn’t cause any problems, but some infections persist and eventually lead to cancer.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 14 million people become newly infected with HPV each year, mostly teens and young adults.Gardasil was originally approved for girls in 2006 and later for boys — partly to reduce the spread of HPV to girls. While Gardasil was approved for ages 9 through 26, the shots are especially recommended for boys and girls at 11 or 12, before they first have sex and could get infected. About half of U.S. teens now have had two or three doses.Company testing done in older adults showed the vaccine also worked for them, too. In women 24 through 45, the original Gardasil was about 90 percent effective three years after the women received a third dose.The latest version of Gardasil protects against nine strains of HPV, four more than the original.According to the CDC, each year about 33,700 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by an HPV infection, including 12,000 women with cervical cancer, which kills about 4,000 annually.Merck said the list price for Gardasil 9 is $205 per dose. Two doses are needed for those vaccinated before 15, while three are recommended for older people.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at https://twitter.com/LindaJ_onPharma___The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.
A gamma ray burst (GRB) is a massive wave of radiation that comes about very quickly due either from a star that is dying or when two neutron stars collide. When the wave strikes another planet it can cause major disruptions.GRBs come in two varieties, long and short burst. The longer variety are much more common but until recently scientists didn’t believe they could occur in our part of the universe at all because it was thought they only occurred in low low-metallicity galaxies. More recently it has been found that though more rare, they do also occur in high-metallicity galaxies like ours. Such findings led the researchers with this new effort to wonder what impact GRBs might have had, or continue to have, on the existence of life on planets, including ours.Among other things, they found that based on the likely average incidence of GRBs happening close enough, calculations showed a 60 percent likelihood that a GRB has caused an extinction event here on Earth within just the past billion years. They also found that planets are likely to be less impacted by GRBs the farther away from the center of their galaxy they are simply because there are less such events occurring due to the existence of fewer stars in general. They also noted that it appears unlikely any form of life would have been able to survive anywhere in the known universe prior to 5 billion years ago, as galaxies were so compact before then and strikes would have been very common.The researchers don’t believe a GRB striking the Earth could penetrate the atmosphere, but do believe one could destroy the ozone layer, which would of course lead to the extinction of most living things. They believe it’s possible that such a strike could be the cause behind the Ordovician extinction, approximately 440 million years ago. Explore further More information: Possible Role of Gamma Ray Bursts on Life Extinction in the Universe, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 231102 – Published 5 December 2014. dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.231102 . Arxiv: arxiv.org/abs/1409.2506ABSTRACTAs a copious source of gamma rays, a nearby galactic gamma ray burst (GRB) can be a threat to life. Using recent determinations of the rate of GRBs, their luminosity function, and properties of their host galaxies, we estimate the probability that a life-threatening (lethal) GRB would take place. Amongst the different kinds of GRBs, long ones are most dangerous. There is a very good chance (but no certainty) that at least one lethal GRB took place during the past 5 gigayears close enough to Earth as to significantly damage life. There is a 50% chance that such a lethal GRB took place during the last 500×106 years, causing one of the major mass extinction events. Assuming that a similar level of radiation would be lethal to life on other exoplanets hosting life, we explore the potential effects of GRBs to life elsewhere in the Galaxy and the Universe. We find that the probability of a lethal GRB is much larger in the inner Milky Way (95% within a radius of 4 kpc from the galactic center), making it inhospitable to life. Only at the outskirts of the Milky Way, at more than 10 kpc from the galactic center, does this probability drop below 50%. When considering the Universe as a whole, the safest environments for life (similar to the one on Earth) are the lowest density regions in the outskirts of large galaxies, and life can exist in only ≈10% of galaxies. Remarkably, a cosmological constant is essential for such systems to exist. Furthermore, because of both the higher GRB rate and galaxies being smaller, life as it exists on Earth could not take place at z>0.5. Early life forms must have been much more resilient to radiation. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researchers learn more about the possible role of gamma ray bursts on life extinction in the universe (2014, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-role-gamma-ray-life-extinction.html © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A pair of astrophysicists studying gamma ray bursts has found that such events might play a much larger role in the existence of life on Earth and other planets than has been thought. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, Tsvi Piran with the Hebrew University in Israel and Raul Jimenez from the University of Barcelona in Spain, suggest that gamma ray bursts might be responsible for past extinctions on Earth, and for limiting the possibility of life on planets near the center of galaxies. End times. In this drawing, as the shell of gamma radiation (blue) from a gamma-ray burst passes across the Earth, it destroys the ozone layer, leaving life vulnerable to deadly solar ultraviolet radiation. Credit: NASA Journal information: Physical Review Letters Gigantic explosions buried in dust: ALMA probes environment around dark gamma-ray bursts , arXiv
Books are an indispensable part of our lives and depict our lifestyle and preferences, to a great extent. Be it fiction, non-fiction, anthology, biography, mystery, romance, satire, books of any genre have adorned the shelves of every book lover, starting from their growing years to adulthood. They not only cater to our literal appetite but also help to establish a balance in our ever-changing lives. One finds solace in the books he or she loves the most and sometimes this even transcends the company of a living soul. Books are no longer limited to the ‘source of knowledge’ definition but have evolved over the years, bringing out
Foodies are in for a treat as they will get to indulge in authentic cuisines as Delhi Tourism will be organising a food festival ‘Dilli ke Vayanjan’ from February 12-14 in the national Capital. This three-day festival aims to present the blend of culinary diversity of Delhi through exquisite food stalls from traditional shops of Purani Dilli. Various renowned restaurants and vendors namely Delhi 6 Ka Taste, Desi Foods Group, Grillz, Suruchi Restaurant – Bengali Veg and Non Veg, Al Amin’s – Non Veg Specialist, Rasoi, New Zaika, Daulat ke Chaat, Paranthe Wali Gali ke Paranthe, traditional varieties of kulfi from Traditiona Hut will be the major participants in this festival.The entire venue of ‘Dilli ke Vayanjan’ is themed to showcase the vivid history and traditions of Old Delhi. WHEN: February 12-14WHERE: Dilli Haat, Janak PuriTIME: 11 AM – 9 PM
We pay for stories! Send your videos to email@example.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday May 31 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.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. You’ll also find us on Instagram here .20:28Delays on trains between Stafford and WolverhamptonA Network Rail spokesman said:A fault with the signalling system between Stafford and Wolverhampton is causing delays of up to 60 minutes to journeys between these stations.This is expected until the end of the day .”20:20Yellow Weather Warnings for rain in force for Stoke-on-Trent until Friday nightMet Office weather warnings are in force in the region until 10pm on Friday night. More here.19:30One lane closed due to broken down lorry on M6One lane closed due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of three) is closed. The vehicle has broken down just after J18. 18:47Three lanes closed on M6 northbound at junction 20A Highways England spokesman said:#M6 northbound J20-J21 #ThelwallViaduct. 3 lanes closed due to a collision and stranded vehicle in the middle of the road. Police have just arrived on scene. “17:39Accident reported in BurslemReports of accident on Sandbach Road between B5050 North Road and Sneyd Hill / Hot Lane / Nevada Lane. (Image: Inrix)17:30Slow traffic on A500Slow traffic on A500 D Road in both directions between A5007 Church Street (City Road Interchange) and A52 Shelton Old Road / A5006 Stoke Road (Stoke Road Interchange). 17:29Queuing traffic on A53Queueing traffic on A53 Elder Road at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights).17:14A34 closed overnight due to roadworksThe road will be shut in both directions – with a council now urging motorists to factor delays into their journey. More here.16:47Broken down vehicle causing delays on M6A Highways England spokesman said:Getting reports of a collision and a broken down vehicle between j18 and J16 #M6 southbound. Long delays in the area. Traffic officers en route and we will update as soon as we know more. “16:31Signalling problemDelays of up to 15 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast Southbound between Stafford and Wolverhampton due to signalling problem. 16:18Slow traffic on A34Very slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road in both directions between The Village (Astbury) and New Road (Brownlow Heath). In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in place outside Astbury Meadow Garden Centre.15:44Heavy traffic on M6Heavy traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) was closed until around 15:15. 15:11Hundreds left without power following Stoke-on-Trent power cutMuch of the city centre is reported to have been affected. More here.13:45Broken down car on M6 SouthboundThere’s one lane closed and very slow traffic due to a broken down car on the M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 20 minutes.Lane one (of three) is closed within the smart motorway works. A caller reported two separate breakdowns between this stretch, however at this time only one has been confirmed. 13:11Man, 18, taken to hospital with serious injuries after car collides with lamppost and treeAn 18-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries yesterday, as his car collided with a lamppost and a tree.Officers were called to reports of a collision on the A538 Congleton Road, on the outskirts of Congleton, at 6.30pm.The incident, which involved a silver Ford Mondeo Zetec, caused the 18-year-old driver to suffer serious injuries, landing him in hospital.An 18-year-old woman, who was a passenger, was taken to Macclesfield District General Hospital as a precautionary measure.Read the full report here.The accident has taken place on the road near the Plough Inn12:44Police name Stoke-on-Trent man, 26, who died hours after being found covered in bloodGrieving relatives are still waiting to find out exactly what caused the death of a 26-year-old man who was found wandering the streets covered in blood.Police and paramedics treated Joshua Ball after discovering him in Newchapel and he was taken to hospital.But he suffered a cardiac arrest on his way to the Royal Stoke University Hospital and died around five hours later.Now a post-mortem examination has failed to confirm the exact cause of Joshua’s death and further investigations will have to be carried out.Read the full story here. 12:43Man rescued after climbing onto roof to escape from flat fireA man was rescued by firefighters after he climbed onto a roof to escape a fire last night.Crews from Hanley and Longton attended the blaze at a first floor flat on The Parkway, in Hanley, at around 6.25pm.Firefighters used the aerial ladder platform to bring the man to safety, and used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to put out the fire.Read our full report.Emergency services at the scene of the incident (Image: Stoke-on-Trent Live)11:51Crash between lorry and car on A50There’s queuing traffic on the A50, with one lane closed due to a crash involving a lorry and a car involved on the Westbound stretch at A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot).Lane one (of two) is closed Westbound up to the roundabout. 11:10What’s on at the Festival in a Factory this year? Here’s the eclectic line-up coming to Emma Bridgewater very soon…One of the highlights of our cultural calendar here in the Potteries, the Festival in a Factory is back for its fifth year – with arguably its most eclectic line-up to date.Also known as the Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival, the festivities at the Emma Bridgewater Factory will take place from June 7 to 9 this year.Curated by Emma Bridgewater herself, along with husband and designer Matthew Rice, and former Stoke Central MP Tristram Hunt, there will be a range of fascinating author talks, panel discussions, workshops and performances – all across the charming canal-side setting, from the old pottery warehouse to the cobbled courtyard.Tickets for all events are £8. Find out what’s lined-up in our round-up here.Prue Leith will be sharing highlights from her memoir Relish (Image: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire)10:29Broken down lorry on M6 SouthboundOne lane is closed and there’s slow traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Southbound at J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe). Lane one (of three) is closed. 10:04How are the roads looking in Stoke-on-Trent?Barring the resurfacing work and temporary traffic lights on A50 Victoria Road between Philip Street and A52 Leek Road (Joiner’s Square), which are causing some delays, the roads are remarkably clear at the moment.08:43Today’s weather forecastAccording to the Met Office, early fog and low cloud will lift to give some sunny spells through the day. There will be thunderstorms though, with some torrential downpours, and hail and lightning are likely. Maximum temperature 24 °C. 08:27Man taken to hospital after unattended chip pan causes flat fireA man was taken to hospital after a flat fire which broke out in a kitchen late last night.The blaze on Ramsey Road, in Cross Heath, was caused by a chip pan which had been left unattended.Firefighters from Newcastle were called at 10.56pm and were on scene for around 40 minutes.Read the full story here. (Image: Sentinel reader)08:16Fire at nursing home in CheadleWe are aware that there was a fire at The Woodhouse, on Lockwood Road, in Cheadle, at around 8.40pm last night. Fire crews from Longton and Cheadle attended. We will bring you more on this as we get it. 07:40Stoke-on-Trent motorcyclist to appear in court today after driving on closed road at Isle of Man TTA Stoke-on-Trent man is to appear in court today after driving on a road which was closed for the Isle of Man TT.At the end of Tuesday’s practice it was revealed that the 44-year-old motorcyclist overtook the ‘roads open’ car at the 33rd milestone, putting him onto the closed road.You can read the full story here. The road was closed (Image: Copyright Unknown)07:14Good morningWelcome to today’s live blog, where we’ll be bringing you the latest news, weather, travel updates and more. 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Canadian online magazine Edwige Magazine has tapped Arkena for the launch of its Edgy TV channel in the European market.The female-skewed channel, which covers music, fashion, beauty, decoration and current trends and is aimed at 20-65 year-olds, launched on Luxembourg operator Post Télécom’s TV service in December.Arkena is supplying content management services for the preparation of Edgy TV’s programming, encompassing transcoding, storage and security.Edgy TV is also using Arkena’s playout services for its distribution in Luxembourg.According to Arkena, Edwige Magazine plans to expand the channel’s reach across Europe with other telecom operators.“By leaving all technical aspects to a trustworthy provider such as Arkena, we were able to save time to focus on our job, the editorial. Arkena has proved to be a true partner, and we would like to congratulate the technical teams who accompanied us throughout this project, from the preparation of the content, to the launching of our channel,” said Edwige Dazogbo, managing director of Edwige Magazine.