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Investor Alert Securities Commission Investigating Seisma OilInvestor Alert Securities Commission Investigating Seisma Oil


first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission is alerting investors who may be considering purchasing securities from Seisma Oil Research, Seisma Energy research, or related companies and individuals. A permanent cease trade order was issued against them in Saskatchewan, and they are listed as a potential scam in Australia and the United States. In December 2010, the Saskatchewan Securities Commission issued a permanent cease trade order against Seisma Oil Research, Seisma Energy Research A.V.V., Seisma Energy Research L.L.C., SXC Stock Exchange of the Carribean A.A.A., Seisma McKenzie Draw #1 Joint Venture (also known as McKenzie Draw Joint Venture), Justin Solomon, Peter Somers, and Victor Hedley, for unregistered trading activity in that province. The Australian Securities Commission has listed Seisma Oil, Seisma Energy and Seisma Energy Research on their Scams – Cold Calling blacklist. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil action against Seisma Oil, Seisma Energy and Justin Solomon, claiming they solicited investors by fraudulently offering units in an investment including the Seisma McKenzie Draw #1 Joint Venture. Enforcement staff of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission is currently investigating the unregistered sale of securities in relation to these companies and individuals in Nova Scotia, and felt it is in the public interest to issue an alert while the investigation proceeds. Contact 1-800-424-2499 or 902-424-4558 with questions or information about this matter. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities within the province.last_img read more


Its Canada and UK v US airplane giant at trade tribunal hearingIts Canada and UK v US airplane giant at trade tribunal hearing


first_imgWASHINGTON – In a test case for the aggressive use of trade penalties in Donald Trump’s America, the Canadian and British governments urged a U.S. tribunal Monday not to impose duties on Bombardier planesCanada’s ambassador to Washington argued that potential duties of up to 300 per cent on Bombardier’s C-Series jet were illegitimate and he urged the U.S. International Trade Commission to reject them.On the same day the ambassador was fighting one commercial dispute, the Trump administration released a new national security strategy mentioning trade almost five-dozen times, heralding an elbows-up attitude to trade in general.And, in New York state, the governor instituted a new law with Buy American provisions.MacNaughton listed several problems with the penalty on Bombardier. First, he said it’s rooted in speculation that American powerhouse Boeing will be hurt by Bombardier C-Series imports, the sort of conjecture forbidden not only under U.S. law, but also by World Trade Organization rules.Moreover, he told the commission there’s no evidence Bombardier planes will be exported to the U.S.; that the C-Series does not compete with similar-sized Boeing aircraft; that Boeing has a seven-year backlog in sales, invalidating its claim of an injury; and that duties would ultimately hurt Americans because Bombardier accounts for 23,000 jobs in nine U.S. states.The British ambassador to the U.S. made a similar case, and added another shot at Boeing. Kim Darroch argued that Boeing has benefited from billions in government support via different U.S. mechanisms, while it complains about subsidies elsewhere.MacNaughton acknowledged the broader implications of this fight.Speaking to reporters outside the hearing, he said anti-trade rhetoric in the U.S., not just from the Trump administration, has emboldened companies to launch commercial attacks on their foreign rivals.“What we are seeing is because of, in large measure, the rhetoric that exists in the United States at the present moment — and I’m not just referring to one source of the rhetoric, I’m talking broadly of the anti-trade rhetoric — it has given U.S. companies the permission to take action they wouldn’t have taken before,” MacNaughton said.“The real danger of this is it’s going to have a negative impact on U.S. jobs.”The Trump administration itself has boasted about how trade complaints like Boeing’s have surged since it took office. On Monday, it released a new national security strategy and listed trade as a top threat.“Economic security is national security,” it said the document. “Unfair trade practices (have) weakened our economy and exported our jobs.”In New York State, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law with Buy American rules for steel and iron on bridges, more limited than earlier domestic-procurement rules Canadian premiers had lobbied against.Boeing argued that it’s Canada that is practising unfair trade.The company said public subsidies in Canada have allowed its rival to stay alive, and creep into potential markets. It said C-Series sales are already hurting its orders and claimed the recent Bombardier-Airbus partnership to build in Alabama is a ruse that would disappear if duties are rescinded.It’s hard to compete when your rival benefits from a bottomless source of funding from foreign taxpayers, said the president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Kevin McAllister.“Boeing makes the best airplanes in the world. But we can’t compete with companies funded and backed by governments,” McAllister said.“In a fair competition, I’ll bet on Boeing, our U.S. employees, and the U.S. industry every time. But we should only have to compete against private companies — not governments and the airplanes they create and produce through endless subsidies.”He cited examples of how hard it is to compete with government. For example, he noted that the Canadian government recently cancelled a big military contract for Boeing Super Hornets, in retaliation for the fight with Bombardier.He also argued that rock-bottom prices, subsidized by Canadian taxpayers, helped Bombardier swoop in to steal a contract with Delta, when that airline had initially looking to buy used airplanes in a deal brokered by Boeing.“Essentially Bombardier offered new airplanes at used airplane prices. And it worked,” McAllister said.He also cast this fight as something bigger. The Boeing executive explained how he grew up in Bethlehem, Pa., and saw the iconic Bethlehem Steel company shut down a generation ago, killed slowly by a variety of factors including dumped foreign steel.He said he now keeps a painting of the old plant in his office: “This left an impression on me.”One trade expert said the aircraft feud might have happened under any other presidency, as Boeing has the right to a bureaucratic investigation under American trade laws — independent of the politics.But Chad Bown, co-host of the “Trade Talks” podcast and senior fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said it’s notable that Boeing filed this case in the U.S., rather than going the usual route of past aircraft disputes: the WTO.“I would argue that Trump’s approach to trade policy made it more likely that Boeing would file this case,” Bown said.last_img read more


Tories mull a Chinese plan for Izok Corridor that could bring billionsTories mull a Chinese plan for Izok Corridor that could bring billions


Another massive Chinese-owned resource project is before Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet.[np_storybar title=”Main exploration projects in Canada’s Nunavut” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2011/08/31/main-exploration-projects-in-canada%E2%80%99s-nunavut/”%5DHere are some of the main exploration projects in the giant Canadian territory of Nunavut, listed by company [/np_storybar]Some time in the new year, four federal ministers are to decide how to conduct an environmental review for the Izok Corridor proposal. It could bring many billions of dollars into the Arctic but would also see development of open-pit mines, roads, ports and other facilities in the centre of calving grounds for the fragile Bathurst caribou herd.Courtesy of MMG Minerals “This is going to be the biggest issue,” said Sally Fox, a spokeswoman for proponent MMG Minerals, a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned Minmetals Resources Ltd.It would be hard to exaggerate the proposal’s scope. Centred at Izok Lake, about 260 kilometres southeast of Kugluktuk, the project would stretch throughout a vast swath of western Nunavut.Izok Lake would have five separate underground and open-pit mines producing lead, zinc and copper. Another site at High Lake, 300 kilometres to the northeast, would have another three mines.MMG also wants a processing plant that could handle 6,000 tonnes of ore a day, tank farms for 35 million litres of diesel, two permanent camps totalling 1,000 beds, airstrips and a 350-kilometre all-weather road with 70 bridges that would stretch from Izok Lake to Grays Bay on the central Arctic coast.MMG plans a port there that could accommodate ships of up to 50,000 tonnes that would make 16 round trips a year — both east and west — through the Northwest Passage.Izok Lake would be drained, the water dammed and diverted to a nearby lake. Three smaller lakes at High Lake would also be drained. Grays Bay would be substantially filled in.The result would be a project producing 180,000 tonnes of zinc and another 50,000 tonnes of copper a year.“That’s not insignificant,” Ms. Fox deadpanned.The deposits are an old story. Izok was discovered in the late 1970s and High Lake dates back to the 1950s. They had been owned by a half-dozen different companies before they were acquired by Minmetals in 2009.Their time has come, Ms. Fox said.“They’re very much about our future confidence in zinc,” she said from Melbourne, Australia, where MMG is headquartered. “We see in the next few years a number of major zinc mines will be coming off-line.”One of those is MMG’s own Century mine, which produces 500,000 tonnes of zinc annually. “Between the Izok Corridor project in Canada and our other project in Australia, we would be hoping that they would replace the zinc production of our Century mine,” Ms. Fox said.MMG estimates the Izok project would create about 1,100 jobs during construction and 710 permanent jobs. The mine life is estimated at 12 years, but Ms. Fox said exploration is likely to expand that.More than 400 individuals, organizations, aboriginal groups and governments registered concerns about the project with the Nunavut Impact Review Board.“Both the Izok Lake mine site and the High Lake mine site, as well as the route of the Izok corridor all-weather road, occur either near to or on the Bathurst calving ground,” the government of the Northwest Territories wrote. “The proposed project may cause significant adverse effects on the ecosystem and wildlife habitat,” Environment Canada wrote.“We are concerned that our hunting and harvesting rights will be in jeopardy if the project is allowed to proceed as is,” the Lutsel K’e Dene said.Many pointed out that the Bathurst herd has stabilized only recently after a 90% drop in the 1980s to today’s 32,000 animals. That drop was steep and sustained enough for aboriginal groups to stop hunting the herd and many are leery of anything that could impede its recovery.“The project may also cause some adverse socio-economic effects such as possible reductions and disruptions in harvesting opportunities,” the Kitikmeot Inuit Association wrote, despite acknowledging its members are most likely to benefit from mining jobs.The review board also expressed concern about the growing industrial footprint in western Nunavut. There are now nine mines operating or under review in the Kitikmeot region.On Dec. 14, the board recommended Northern Development Minister John Duncan call full public hearings on the project.Mr. Duncan and the three other ministries involved — transport, natural resources and fisheries and oceans — can send the project back to MMG and ask for changes, they can choose to let the board run hearings itself or they can decide the project’s effects would be broad enough to require the involvement of other governments in hearings.There’s no difference in length, who is able to appear or intervener funding between the two types of hearings, board chairman Ryan Barry said.Ms. Fox said MMG is aware of the centrality of caribou to residents in the area. “They’re absolutely essential to the local Inuit.”MMG has designed the road to make it as easy as possible for caribou to cross, she said, and the company is conducting field studies on how to further reduce the project’s potential impact.Ms. Fox said MMG is also aware of other potential stumbling blocks, such as Canadian sensitivity to major resource projects being owned by foreign governments. She said Minmet has left its Australian subsidiary alone to operate as it sees fit, despite the fact half of MMG’s board is from Minmet.“We’re a bit of a different model for Chinese investment,” Ms. Fox said. “We really run day-to-day quite separately.”MMG doesn’t expect the Harper government’s recent policy changes on investment by state-owned enterprises to affect Izok. The prime minister announced those changes at the same time Ottawa approved the takeovers of Nexen by China National Offshore Oil Co. and Progress Energy Resources Corp. by Malaysia’s Petronas.“We’re not acquiring and operating assets that are producing,” she said. “We’re in there as a long-term investor in a project that has been seen as quite marginal by others.“The Harper government has noted the importance of mineral investment in this region and the importance of that to unlock benefits for the local communities. We certainly see that we’re very aligned in our strategy with that.”However Ottawa decides to tackle the questions over Izok, mine production is a long way off. MMG plans to ask for permission to start preliminary work on-site before the regulatory process is over, but even that wouldn’t be until late 2014. The earliest the mines could be producing would be 2018.Mr. Duncan has no deadline to respond to the board’s request for a review. But, as the board notes in its letter to him, the ball is now in his court. “The (board) looks forward to receiving your decision and will respond in a timely and efficient manner to your direction once received.” read more


Two bodies found inside a cave in RagalaTwo bodies found inside a cave in Ragala


According to reports, the men had gone hunting for porcupines and had got trapped in the cave.The two men had attempted to smoke the porcupines out of the cave and had died from being choked by the smoke in the cave while being trapped inside. The bodies of two men were found inside a cave in a forest in Ragala.The Police said the bodies were believed to be that of two men who had gone hunting.


PM says US sanctions on Iran will impact oil pricesPM says US sanctions on Iran will impact oil prices


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today that the US sanctions expected to be enforced on Iran in November will impact oil prices.Responding to a question raised by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the Prime Minister said that the world is waiting and watching to see how the sanctions will impact oil prices. The US has told countries to cut oil imports from Iran to “zero” by November 4 or face sanctions. He said there is a fear oil prices will increase further as a result of the sanctions. The Prime Minister also said that the US-China cold war is also having an impact on the oil prices.He said that cabinet had agreed earlier this year that an oil pricing formula was needed to control oil prices in Sri Lanka. Anura Kumara Dissanayake however said that no one seems to know how the formula works.Dissanayake said that the information on the oil price formula is not being released even after a request was made under the Right to Information Act.The Prime Minister said that he will request Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to brief Parliament on the formula at a later date. (Colombo Gazette) read more


Citing progress in Guinea UN Ebola response chief says disease still veryCiting progress in Guinea UN Ebola response chief says disease still very


In the middle of his third trip to Guinea this month, Anthony Banbury, head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), told reporters that he had visited Guéckédou, in an area in the southern part of the country, close to the Sierra Leone and Liberia borders, at the heart of where the crisis originally began. “The first case of Ebola, in December 2013, was just down the road from here, so I was very interested and coming and seeing the situation on the ground for myself,” he said, noting that “happily, the number of cases in Guéckédou has gone down a lot.” Indeed, he said, the transmissions are declining and the number of cases in the town is almost basically zero. While there are still cases outside the town, “there’s been good progress made over these past months.” Asked if the strategy to halt the spread of the virus in the area was sound, the UNMEER chief said he did not believe there were any major gaps in Guéckédou. “All the elements of the proper response plan are in place,” he continued, explaining that in the area there is an Ebola treatment unit; there are safe burials; there is contact identification and tracing; as well s community mobilization – “and we see the results of it”. This was reminiscent of what UNMEER had seen in Foya in neighbouring Liberia, where all those elements were in place, and what had been an area with very high infection rates – and significantly accelerated infection rates – now was seeing significantly decreasing infection rates. “So we know the strategy we have works – the challenge now to is to spread it everywhere…the disease is,” said Mr. Banbury, noting that there are other places close to Guéckédou where the situation was quite different and the virus was still spreading. “We’re going to go look at Macenta today…where there are significantly accelerating cases and we need to [put] more of an effort there into getting all the elements of the response together,” he said. As for his meeting earlier in the day with Guéckédou’s prefect, mayor, other local officials, partners and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Mr. Banbury said that while the prefect was very pleased with the progress that had been achieved in reducing the number of cases, he emphasized that the Ebola outbreak is impacting every segment of society, every facet of life. “People weren’t going to the market anymore, people were afraid to come from outside of Guéckédou to sell at the market because they thought that Guéckédou was a centre of Ebola. So clearly the disease has had a dramatic impact on society here,” said Mr. Banbury, adding however, that “the good news is the numbers are really coming down in Guéckédou.” Yet, there is more work to be done, he continued, noting that unfortunately, in neighbouring districts – Macenta, N’Zérékoré, Kaoune – “there are very significant numbers, increases in cases.”Commenting on his stop yesterday in the Guinean capital, Conakry, where he met President Alpha Condé, Mr. Banbury said he had been pleased to learn of the adoption by the President and the Government of a national plan to defeat Ebola – that was very much based on the plan that came out of the planning conference held two weeks ago in Accra, Ghana, where UNMEER is headquartered, with the key UN officials and leaders of the most-affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Now, he continued, the Guinea’s national coordination structure is co-chaired by Dr. Sakoba Keita, National Coordinator for the Fight against Ebola and Dr. Marcel Rudasingwa, the Ebola Crisis Manager for UNMEER, “so things are really looking in good shape here. The disease is till very much a crisis, but the elements to defeat are being put in place – I’m very pleased to see it.”Mr. Banbury went on to say that his first stop after Conakry this morning was in Kissidougou, where the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is in the process of building a Forward Logistics Base (FLB). Praising WFP for working so fast to put in place “this critical logistics capability”, he said the Base would have storage facilities, as well as a helicopter landing pad, “including jet A-1 for the planes and helicopters to give good reach for the helicopters to move around and deliver supplies, as well as a number of 4X4 trucks”.Asked about his takeaway from field missions, Mr. Banbury said “you learn so much more than you can in a meeting room in the capital.” Indeed, while official meetings provided vital opportunities to hear the concerns of Heads of State and partners had to say, “you learn much more here on the ground, whether it’s talking to a local official, an NGO worker, a UN worker, some kid on the street – this is where you can really get the sense of what’s happening.” According to UN World Health Organization (WHO) statistics on the Ebola outbreak, 13,567 cases and 4,951 deaths have been reported in the six affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States, along with two previously affected countries, Nigeria and Senegal. The cases reported are fewer than those last reported due mainly to suspected cases in Guinea being discarded, WHO said. read more


Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard voted in as allstar starterRaptors forward Kawhi Leonard voted in as allstar starter


BROWSE kawhi leonard LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is a captain and an All-Star starter — again.Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will choose his own teammates as the other captain.Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard was named a starter for the third time, first with Toronto in the East.And Hornets guard Kemba Walker is about to make his first All-Star start, on his home floor in Charlotte.While there were perhaps mild surprises, there were no real stunners during Thursday night’s unveiling of the starters for the NBA All-Star Game that will be played in Charlotte on Feb. 17. James and Antetokounmpo are captains, their perk for being the leading vote-getters out of the Western and Eastern Conferences, and nine of this year’s 10 starters have been chosen to begin All-Star Games in the past.Walker is the lone exception, and broke into a smile when realizing he was a pick.“It’s kind of surreal,” Walker told TNT during the broadcast to announce the starters.The starting guards from the East are Boston’s Kyrie Irving and Walker. The East frontcourt picks were Antetokounmpo, Leonard and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid. From the West, Stephen Curry and reigning NBA MVP James Harden were the picks at guard, with James, Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City’s Paul George getting the frontcourt spots.“I had a lot of doubt coming into my early career about just even being an elite point guard in this league,” Walker said. “So for me to become an All-Star for two straight years and then now to become an All-Star starter most definitely proves the doubters wrong. So this is an unbelievable moment in my career.”James, who has been out for a month with a groin injury but is nearing a return, extended his own record by getting picked as a starter for the 15th consecutive year. He was also a captain last year in the first usage of this captain’s-choice format — and just like last year, James will have the No. 1 pick when he and Antetokounmpo get together on Feb. 7 to choose their 12-man teams.The Bucks, off to an NBA-best 34-12 start, were predictably thrilled that Antetokounmpo earned one of the captaincies.“It speaks to how incredible of a player he is, how much excitement he creates for fans and people want to follow him and watch him and I guess vote for him in this case,” said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, who currently is the front-runner to coach one of the two All-Star teams. “It’s just well-deserved.”Reserves will be announced Jan. 31, based on the selections made by NBA coaches. From there, James and Antetokounmpo will choose their rosters on Feb. 7, with conference affiliations irrelevant.All-Star starters are chosen by a weighted combination of voting from fans, media and NBA players. Among the notable snubs based on who the fans want to see: Dallas rookie Luka Doncic, second in the West frontcourt voting; Minnesota’s Derrick Rose, second in the West guard voting; and Miami guard Dwyane Wade, who fans voted second among East guards in his 16th and final NBA season.Wade is one of four still-active past All-Star MVPs waiting to see if an All-Star nod is coming. The others are Houston’s Chris Paul, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis.Antetokounmpo already, and understandably, seems sure that Westbrook will be a reserve pick. Westbrook and Embiid tangled in a 76ers-Thunder game last week, and sent a few pointed words in each other’s direction afterward. And mindful of that, Antetokounmpo said he wants to bring the stars together.“I’m a lover, not a fighter,” Antetokounmpo said. “If I can pick Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook on the same team, I’m going to do it.” read more


2014 Big Ten Media Days Urban Meyer talks question marks defensive line2014 Big Ten Media Days Urban Meyer talks question marks defensive line


OSU football coach Urban Meyer addresses the media at the 2014 Big Ten Media Days July 28 in Chicago.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorCHICAGO –– To start his time at the 2014 Big Ten Media Days, Urban Meyer was ready to answer the first question before it was ever asked.“Our quarterback –– I know we’ll get asked that question –– is ready to go,” the Ohio State coach said during his opening statement. “He’s full speed, in the best shape of his life.”That quarterback, senior Braxton Miller, came in ninth in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting before injuring his shoulder during OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson in January. Miller’s status heading into 2014 has been a lingering question mark, and the Buckeyes are without former-backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who set multiple school records while filling in for Miller last season.With unproven backups in redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones and redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett, Meyer said keeping Miller healthy, and improving the offensive line around him, is “concern No. 1.”“There’s a bunch of concerns you always have. It’s A through F, A through Z, A through X, whatever it is,” Meyer said. “But the No. 1 on the list is development of that offensive line…among many others.”With his coach’s focus placed on keeping him healthy going forward, Miller said he is nearing the end of his recovery process and that he has no concerns about his shoulder heading into the season.“There’s no worries,” he said. “I take care of my body, everything is good.”Miller said he has been throwing over the past two months after missing all of spring practice, on top of doing additional rehab.Meyer attributed Miller’s history of injuries to his tendency to go “above and beyond what his body was telling him to do.”With his quarterback on the mend, and more time to spend with his team than in summer’s past, Meyer said the offensive line has had a strong showing since spring practice ended. He said the unit disappointed him in the spring and didn’t show the desired growth.“I really admire our coach, (co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner), and I know we have good players,” he said. “So they’ve had a very good summer.”After the offensive line, Meyer said the second key area of concern for the Buckeyes is one of the same spots they struggled at last season. The OSU pass defense gave up 3,752 yards in 2013, compared to just 2,846 gained for the Buckeye offense. Opponents averaged seven yards per pass and scored 31 touchdowns through the air in 14 games.“We completely have blown up and started from scratch, (in) an area that we were not very strong in: pass defense,” Meyer said of his new-look secondary. “(Co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach) Chris Ash has done an admirable job of installing a brand-new pass defense that we’re going to test and see how it goes during training camp.”Meyer said the secondary looked good in spring practice, which was Ash’s first go around with the team since joining the Buckeyes after his lone season at Arkansas.Outside of those top two concerns, there were bright spots highlighted during the first day of interviews in Chicago Monday.Senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said he felt like the OSU defensive line had the talent to become the best in the nation in 2013, and could fill the gaps and achieve that status this season.“Certain parts, I don’t know if we had the maturity, there was just something missing,” he said about last season’s group. “And then you see us progressing throughout winter and you start seeing, ‘well, you know, we actually have a ridiculous amount of weapons.”Bennett said as the players start to recognize their own abilities, the entire unit can keep progressing towards the goal of being unmatched. He added the line can’t become complacent, and has to prove they are the best each game.“Through the summer, I think guys are really understanding now we can be the best D-line,” he said. “But we have to continue to work for it, and not just think we’re the best.”One person who will likely have a big hand in the performance of the defensive line this season is another new addition the program’s coaching staff..Longtime Penn State assistant Larry Johnson Sr., who was hired in January as the assistant head coach and defensive line coach for the Buckeyes, replaced former defensive line coach Mike Vrabel who took a job with the Houston Texans in the NFL.“We replaced Mike with a top-shelf coach, a guy that has great respect, (a) very good recruiter, a very good coach,” Meyer said. “The players love him already.”Bennett said a main part of what Johnson has done since arriving in Columbus is instill confidence in the younger players, helping to bring needed depth to the defensive line.“You have to make sure that they understand that they’re here to play and that they have the ability to play,” Bennett said. “I think that’s the biggest thing that coach Johnson’s done for them…made them understand that they can play here, and we need them to be ready by this season.”Out of 17 defensive linemen listed on the OSU roster, five are either freshmen or redshirt-freshman. Three are listed as sophomores and that same number are heading into their final year with the Buckeyes.To start July, that total number was 18, but one player, Tracy Sprinkle, was dismissed from the team after an arrest. Meyer said Sprinkle’s status remains unchanged, and that he will reevaluate that status pending the resolution of his legal issues.“If something happens, especially if you hear something serious, just remove from the program and evaluate at the appropriate time,” Meyer said. “So at this time he’s no longer part of the program.”With the expected-to-be strong defensive line, depleted offensive line and revamped defensive secondary, the Buckeyes will be looking to avenge a loss to Michigan State in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game.  That title push will be done in the new East Division of the reorganized conference.The East consists of Indiana, new Big Ten additions Maryland and Rutgers, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Spartans in a rematch of the Big Ten Championship Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich., in primetime.Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, a former OSU defensive coordinator, said the night-game environment in the matchup will be good for the Big Ten and bring out a good game between the teams.“It will be a national game, so I think it’s good for the conference, good for the two teams that are playing in the football game,” he said. “And we play very well at night, so we’re looking forward to a great game.”While that matchup will be heavily talked about heading into the season’s for both teams, Dantonio said it’s important to stay focused one game at a time.Ten weeks before their date with the Spartans, the Buckeyes are scheduled to begin their season Aug. 30 at noon against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. read more


Elite Flying Squad detectives use old school methods to catch cyber criminalsElite Flying Squad detectives use old school methods to catch cyber criminals


File photo dated 07/04/15 of a police forensics officer entering the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company in London, as detectives continued to determine the scale of a heist at a safety deposit centre as victims hope to learn whether their jewels and cash are among the "huge" haul stolen. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 8, 2015. A gang of burglars escaped following the raid at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company in London's famous Hatton Garden jewellery quarter, over the Easter weekend, and officers from the Met's Flying Squad are investigating after police were called yesterday morning. See PA story POLICE HattonGarden. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Cyptocurrencies like Bitcoin have allowed criminals to buy and sell online and remain anonymousCredit:Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad are going undercover to fight cybercrime, as police use “older ways” because they can’t crack technology, the Head of the Met Police’s Organised Crime Command has said. Criminals have “diversified” from risky armed robberies into online crime and trading commodities using cryptocurrency and police have become “heavily reliant” on technology to catch them, said Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher.But the latest encryption software makes it difficult for the police to track users online, and the Met’s Flying Squad detectives have turned to tactics like going undercover and using informants. A stack of bitcoin tokens sit in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. On Wednesday, billionaire Warren Buffett said on CNBC that most digital coins won't hold their value. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It might be that going forward we have to start re-establishing some of the older ways that we used to work and not be so heavily reliant on technology. If encryption for example is going to start causing a problem,” Mr Gallagher said.“There is a sense in the organised criminal mind that they are anonymous on the dark web, but we still have ways and means in order to prosecute them,” he continued.Among so-called ‘cyber crimes’ is the use of cryptocurrencies – virtual finance that gives users anonymity online – to sell drugs and weapons the on the internet.Meanwhile, robbery offences in England and Wales fell by 30 per cent between 2007 and 2017, figures released by the Office for National Statistics show, before rising sharply in the most recent report this year. Mr Gallagher’s comments come as the Flying Squad celebrates the hundredth anniversary of its foundation in 1918, when it fought armed robbery in London.Since then, the squad has dealt with a number of famous cases, including the 1963 Great Train Robbery, a plot to steal the jewels from a diamond exhibition in the Millennium Dome in 2000, and the £14m Hatton Garden raid in 2015.The team has been portrayed on both big and small screens as ‘The Sweeney’ – a nickname originating in the cockney rhyming slang ‘Sweeney Todd’. From an original team of 12 officers, the Flying Squad will soon comprise 141 detectives, whose expanded remit will for the first time include kidnap. The Flying Squad investigated the famous Hatton Garden robbery in 2015Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire read more


Labour market shows recovery but GDP is revised downwardsLabour market shows recovery but GDP is revised downwards


first_imgIRELAND’S ECONOMY WILL begin a steady recovery this year, with unemployment rates set to drop nearly two per cent in the next two years.That is the finding of the latest EY Economic Eye report.However, the country’s economic output has been revised downwards for both 2014 and 2015.GDP will contract for this year and grow by 1.6 per cent and 1.9 per cent in 2014 and 2015 respectively.Unemployment levels will remain high, but are set to stabilise in 2013 at 13.7 per cent before modestly improving to 12.9 per cent and 11.9 per cent in 2014 and 2015 respectively.The report predicts that current high net migration outflows will stabilise and decline gradually over the next decade, reaching zero by around 2020.Neil Gibson, Economic Advisor to EY Economic Eye said the predictions showed long-awaited recovery.“We can finally report “green shoots” of recovery in the All Island domestic economy. Exports have done their best to prop up the Island economy and have made a sizeable contribution to GDP.“The Irish labour market is finally growing and, encouragingly, the growth is evident across a broad range of sectors providing confidence that the recovery will be a sustainable one.”Read: Decision on credit line will make it ‘more difficult’ to access future supportsRead: Tough decisions ahead regardless of Troika involvement – Ministerlast_img read more


Sami Zayn reveals he tore two rotator cuffs, Will now likely be out of…Sami Zayn reveals he tore two rotator cuffs, Will now likely be out of…


first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight WWE.com is featuring an interview with Sami Zayn where he reveals he has suffered two torn rotator cuffs in his left and right shoulder.Zayn noted that he initially went to Birmingham, Alabama to have his right shoulder (what he described as his “good shoulder”) worked on, only to note that his left shoulder started acting up again after undergoing surgery back in 2015.“…my left shoulder, a.k.a my bad shoulder, started to act up again as well. That shoulder hasn’t quite been the same since surgery anyway, so I had just kind of gotten used to the fact that that shoulder was the bad one. But it started to get progressively worse, so basically, long story short, it turns out I have two torn rotator cuffs. The left one and the right one are both torn. I just underwent surgery on the right one, and then in about six or seven weeks, I’ll be undergoing surgery on the left one, and hopefully I can come back healthy and happy.”If you recall, Zayn ended up hurting his shoulder during his official debut segment as part of the main roster in May of 2015. WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart introduced Zayn as the challenger to Cena in his hometown of Montreal.During his entrance, Zayn threw his arms up on the steel steps and could be seen noticeably favoring his shoulder immediately. You can view the moment below.Zayn now faces a long road ahead. The average recovery time for a torn rotator cuff is around four to six months. With Zayn repairing one rotator cuff and facing another surgery in six or seven weeks, he was hopeful for a return for WrestleMania season next year.“Because of the timeline, I’d love to be in the mix for WrestleMania season; that’s the most exciting time of the year for all of us. I think timeline wise, I should be ready in time for WrestleMania, so fingers crossed. There’s never a good time to get hurt or get surgeries, but I do feel like I was starting to hit my stride and find my voice and find myself as a performer. Which is funny, because 16 years in, it’s like I’m rediscovering the art of it in a sense, because I’m doing something I’ve never really done before. So, how I come back, when I come back, that all remains to be seen. But I have a pretty good track record, I’d say overall, and I plan on carrying that forward when I come back. I want to come back just as good, if not better, than I’ve ever been.” Google+last_img read more


Duo poses as city workers steals jewelry from elderly woman in TamaracDuo poses as city workers steals jewelry from elderly woman in Tamarac


first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “He had a bottle, a gray bottle, and it had clear water in it. It looked like water,” Ronni said. “I said, ‘Oh, what have you got there?’ He said, ‘Oh, it’s all poison I gotta spray this tree.’ Ch, ch, ch, ch. ‘Gotta spray this tree. And see that big knob? You can’t have that.’ I said, ‘Oh, you mean that?’ ‘Oh, don’t touch it. Don’t touch it. You touched it. Now you got poison all over your fingers.’”The duo then told the victim to wash her hands immediately; the man even offered to help.Once the man and the victim were by her kitchen sink, the man told her to remove her rings. After she hesitated, he began forcing the rings from her fingers, one of which was her wedding ring.“He says, ‘Take those rings off and put it in here because it’s poisoned,’” Ronni recalled.According to authorities, the victim was screaming in pain while the man continued to pull the rings off of her while his female accomplice searched the house for more jewelry.“He pulled it,” Ronni said. “I remember I was standing right here. Pulled it right off, and I screamed, and he says, ‘There I got it. I threw it in there.’”The two made their way out of the home with both of the victim’s rings along with a pair of gold earrings and a pair of diamond earrings. “The rings were gone, so then I ran out [through the front door], but they were already gone,” Ronni said. “I ran back out [through the back door], and they were gone there, so I called the police.”Later, she realized the necklace she wore in a family picture was missing from a bedroom drawer.Ronni said she’s always been happy at her home along with Sammy the cat but is angry her home, her private space, has been invaded.“Last night, I couldn’t sleep,” Ronni said. “I was up for three hours laying in bed. I couldn’t think, and I’m thinking about all this guy — if I could, I’d kill him.”Deputies describe the male subject to be approximately 50 years of age, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall with gray hair, scruffy gray beard and weighs around 180 pounds.The woman is described to be around the same age, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall with brown curly hair.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. center_img TAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) – – Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and woman who posed as city workers to steal jewelry from an elderly woman in Tamarac.The 87-year-old woman, identified as Ronni, was inside her home, located on the 7100 block of Canella Court, when she noticed a woman in her yard at around 11:30 in the morning of April 30.When the elderly woman went to ask the woman what she was doing on her property, the woman told her she worked for the city and was taking measurements for a wall to be installed.“When you’re friendly, you talk with people, but nowadays, I guess you gotta be stuck up and don’t talk to anybody,” Ronni said.Officials said a man approached the two as they were talking and introduced himself as another city worker who was spraying trees in her yard.“She’s telling me how the water was receding, and they’re gonna put a new wall,” Ronni said. “I said, ‘The city is gonna put a wall? I haven’t heard anything about it.’”The elderly woman reached down towards a tree when the man sprayed her hand with a liquid that he said was poisonous. last_img read more


Granite Construction Faces Massive Delays On Sterling Rehabilitation ProjectGranite Construction Faces Massive Delays On Sterling Rehabilitation Project


first_imgDrivers should allow 30 or more minutes to travel through the MP 58 to 76 section of the Sterling Highway. Travel times could be longer dependent on fire conditions and weather. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Granite Construction has hit a snag in their construction project stretching from MP 69 to 73 and between MP 65 and 67. It’s caught right in the middle of a 40,000 acre wildland fire. The construction project is contracted for roughly $58 million dollars. It includes working to improve road conditions on the Sterling Highway from MP 58 to 79. Work will include upgrading passing lanes and pedestrian walkway for Skyline trail access, as well as road resurfacing and shoulder widening. Crews will also be replacing the existing culvert at the East Fork Moose River with a new bridge. Granite crews have been conducting pilot car and flagging operations depending on the direction of the wind, there is poor visibility between MP 65 and 70, due to the Swan Lake fire and heavy smoke in the area. This has caused major traffic delays in that stretch of the highway.center_img Shannon McCarthy with the Department of Transportation: “It’s actually fortunate in some ways that this fire is in the location that it is at. We have a lot of resources on the ground with experienced flaggers and pilot car operators.” McCarthy: “This is a very large project with a deadline to be completed this fall, and all of this fire activity does focus our contractors elsewhere. We are honored to do it, but it does push out completion  on the project.”last_img read more


Darling of OTT platform Radhika Apte receives offers from various digital platformsDarling of OTT platform Radhika Apte receives offers from various digital platforms


first_imgRadhika AptePR HandoutRadhika Apte, known for her brave choice of films, has spread her charms with top-notch roles- be it films or OTT platforms. The actress who has been constantly seen on an OTT platform with her ‘omnipresence’ all across, is now receiving offers from many storytellers of different platforms.Radhika, who has carved a niche for herself in the acting space, has also aced the art of carrying herself in vogue. In a recent event, the actress looked drop dead gorgeous decked up in a powder shaded embellished Tulle slit gown.The indie star, who looks for a good story, has landed herself in the best space for her career.Radhika’s acting speaks louder than her words ever since she made her debut with a short film, Ahalya- a character nested in the hearts of the audiences and the filmmakers, alike.Radhika’s two movies Andhadhun and Padman are on the top rated Bollywood movies list and her “omnipresence” is much talked about with the screen presence she possesses.Radhika will be next seen in a film alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui for which the actress has already finished the first schedule shoot in Lucknow. The pair was last seen sharing screen space for a web series.last_img read more


After making a profit Ola eyes IPOAfter making a profit Ola eyes IPO


first_imgBhavish Aggarwal, CEO and co-founder of Ola, gestures as he addresses the media during a news conference in Bengaluru, India, November 22, 2016.Reuters fileIndia’s answer to Uber has been losing money for years, but after burning millions of dollars ride-hailing giant Ola is finally able to mint a profit on every ride.The company announced that it has managed to beat Uber in the key area, where both services have been losing millions since they were founded. Co-founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said that the company was operationally profitable and would soon become cash flow positive.Speaking in Bengaluru, Aggarwal said:Ola in India makes money on every ride. Our focus over the past couple of years has been to keep growing the market and our share in the market and build upon sustainable business.Being one of the most capital-intensive businesses, it was critical for Ola to hit this juncture soon since it was continuously raising capital from investors to grow its business in the country and finance operations in Australia, where it began operating in 2018.Aggarwal also said that the company would not look to go the traditional route and go public immediately. “The ambition for me and (co-founder) AnkitBhatihas always been to build a sustainable, long-term, independent business. And, in that direction, we are definitely going to IPO. Our goal is to aim for an IPOin the next three-four years,” he said.Despite the good news, all does not seem well with some of the company’s early investors, who are looking for exists both partial and full. As a result, Ola has been in talks with the Singaporean company Temasek Holdings to pick up shares. As per Mint, Temasek has reportedly bought shares worth around $30 million at a valuation of $2.5-3 billion from existing employees of Ola.last_img read more


Party Politics National Edition Ep 33 Moore Problems For The GOPParty Politics National Edition Ep 33 Moore Problems For The GOP


first_img The latest GOP Tax Bill takes another swipe at the Affordable Care Act by trying to remove the individual mandate. X A global roundup looking at a coup in Zimbabwe, a Saudi Arabian crown prince consolidating power and Aussies voting for gay marriage. Keurig pulls its sponsorship of Fox’s Sean Hannity’s show after Hannity defended Alabama’s U.S. Republican candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by nine women of sexual assault allegations. And speaking of Roy Moore, Brandon and Jay walk us through just what it means for Alabama and the Republican Party to have these allegations come out about Moore. Remember we’ve also got a weekly Texas-centered episode, too that you can find on Apple Podcasts too!Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.   This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /23:02 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gives testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, where they really want to talk about connections with Russia.  On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus deconstruct what this week’s political news means for you, starting with: President Trump speaking out on Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s alleged election meddling. Jonathan Bachman/Getty ImagesThere is discussion of expelling Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting teenage girls, if he wins Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election.last_img read more


Shake Shack Has a Secret Game of Thrones Menu for Valyrian SpeakersShake Shack Has a Secret Game of Thrones Menu for Valyrian Speakers


first_imgThe Dragonglass Milkshake is made from white chocolate and mint ice cream that’s topped with “dragonglass” black toffee, while the Dracarys Burger has two all-beef patties garnished with bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, and spicy sauce on a roll. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this “fire and ice” meal.You can order a secret Game of Thrones burger and shake at Shake Shack in NYC. The catch? You have to order it in Valyrian. Now all we need is a Skyrim version pic.twitter.com/uYLO82tjSt— PK Paul (@PKPaulZushi) April 6, 2019If you want to try the secret menu items, you will need to order them in Valyrian, a fictional language that’s spoken on Game of Thrones. Just say “Drakaro Parkliapos” for the juicy burger and “Zirtom Perzomy Rholītsos” for the creamy shake. If your cashier doesn’t think that’s suitable though, you might also have to bend the knee to get your delicious food or beverage.The Dracarys Burger and Dragonglass Milkshake will be available for a limited time only. #GoThttps://t.co/PLNqjCGrhB— HYPEBEAST (@HYPEBEAST) April 9, 2019Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres on HBO on April 14.More on Geek.com:New ‘Game of Thrones’ Teasers Show Powerful Ties and White Walker Aftermath The Most Ruling ‘Game of Thrones’ Toys‘Game of Thrones’ Actors Crash Kit Harington’s ‘SNL’ Sketch ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Stay on targetcenter_img Shake Shack has a “secret” Game of Thrones menu just in time for Season 8, except there is one catch: You will have to speak Valyrian if you want to order anything.The American food chain collaborated with HBO to develop the Dragonglass Milkshake and the Dracarys Burger, two Game of Thrones treats that will be available for a limited time at Shake Shack’s Madison Square Park location in New York City, Hypebeast reported.last_img read more


Stringent action to ensure elderly couples safety MamataStringent action to ensure elderly couples safety Mamata


first_imgKolkata: In the wake of twin murders of old couples in the city, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday promised a thorough investigation in both cases and stringent action to ensure the safety of the elderly. “Thorough investigation will be done of both the murders in Netajinagar and Narendrapur. I think that it is everyone’s responsibility to see that no one is able to touch elderly couples’ property,” Banerjee told reporters. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata An elderly couple was found dead on Tuesday inside their house in the Netajinagar area here, amid allegations that they were under huge pressure from their maid servants and a promoter to sell off their property. Bodies of another married couple were recovered from inside trolley bags in the washroom of a garden house in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district on the same day. They were employed as caretakers of the garden house since 1997. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state With regard to the Netajinagar incident, Banerjee said the place would be designated as a memorial of the couple so that no one was able to acquire the property. “Only if we take some stringent action, these people will learn some lesson. Also, police will see who all are behind the murder of the caretakers in Kheyada (Narendrapur),” she said. According to Banerjee, in cases like these, the Panchayat members and municipality officers must work in tandem with the police as all of them work under the umbrella of the state. Police officers are working on various leads in both the cases.last_img read more


Watch SpaceX Launch Its Resupply Mission to the ISSWatch SpaceX Launch Its Resupply Mission to the ISS


first_imgIn truth, the most significant thing about the day’s cargo run may be that there is little novelty to it whatsoever. Which is, of course, SpaceX’s grand vision: To make rocket launches repeatable, reliable, quotidian. To achieve that vision, it’ll need to up its launch cadence, which it appears to be doing: In 2017, the company launched 18 rockets. If Monday’s liftoff goes as planned, it’ll have seven on the year already, putting it well on track to exceed last year’s high-water mark.Up, Up, and Away Elon Musk’s long-term plan for SpaceX is to get humans off of Earth and on to Mars—but what does the company’s recent progress say about that goal? His plan to launch thousands of small satellites for faster internet is ambitious, too. But that may not be all SpaceX wants to use them for. Update: SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket on a mission to resupply the International Space Station.Another day, another SpaceX launch. On Monday at 4:30 pm ET, the commercial space company is slated to propel a previously-flown Dragon cargo ship into low Earth orbit aboard a used Falcon 9 rocket. The Dragon spacecraft, which is carrying food and supplies for the International Space Station, is scheduled to dock with the orbital outpost on Wednesday.[embedded content]The cargo run will mark SpaceX’s 14th resupply mission to the ISS, its seventh Falcon 9 launch this year, and its second such launch in less than a week. Last Friday, one year to the day after launching and landing a used rocket for the first time, the company deployed a used Falcon 9 rocket to send 10 Iridium telecommunications satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (SpaceX has now launched five missions for Iridium, but it has only used three boosters—the power of recycling!)center_img On the other side of the country, the Dragon capsule currently awaiting liftoff from Pad 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is loaded with close to three tons of grub, gear, and research equipment. Among these are the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor—a suite of of optical cameras, photometers, and an X- and gamma-ray detector designed to study upper-atmospheric lightning and its relationship relationship to Earth’s climate, and a nice complement to the Geostationary Lightning Mappers aboard NASA’s next generation weather satellites. Also aboard are the Veggie Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (an experimental method for growing food in microgravity), and the Multi-use Variable-g Platform, aka “MVP,” a temperature- and humidity-controlled artificial gravity machine about the size of a microwave, with space inside for a range of biological samples, from cells, to fish, to flatworms.About 10 minutes after Monday’s launch, the Dragon will deploy its solar arrays and begin firing its thrusters with its sights set on the ISS. From aboard the space station, NASA astronaut Scott Tingle will assist Japanese astronaut Norishege Kanai in capturing the Dragon capsule with Canadarm2, the 58-foot-long robotic grappling arm, and mating it to the station’s Harmony module. There, it will spend approximately one month before detaching and returning to Earth.But the most noteworthy thing about Monday’s resupply mission isn’t the launch itself. It won’t be SpaceX’s first time using a recycled rocket in a resupply mission. Neither will it be its first time lofting a previously flown Dragon capsule, let alone its first time reusing both major components simultaneously. Oh, and then there’s the kookoobananas plan to transport humans between Earth cities on rockets. Sure, man, sure.last_img read more


Traffic light failure near railway stationTraffic light failure near railway station


first_imgWant to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailReports are coming in of slow traffic near Stoke railway station due to some temporary traffic lights failing in the area. Inrix, a traffic data company, reports slow traffic on Station in both directions near the junction with College Road. The temporary lights are outside the railway station, with sensors currently showing traffic moving slowly in both directions. The lights are reported to have failed shortly before 7.45am. Elsewhere in Stoke-on-Trent this morning London Road in Stoke has now reopened following an earlier house fire. We’ll update this story when we have more information. Read MoreMore than 1,000 properties hit by power cut in Newcastle Boroughlast_img read more