Ontario cabinet ministers to meet Grassy Narrows leaders to talk about mercury

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO – Two Ontario cabinet ministers will head to the Grassy Narrows First Nation next week to talk about how to deal with mercury contamination that has plagued the remote northwestern community for decades.Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister David Zimmer said he and Environment Minister Glen Murray, along with technical experts, will sit down with Grassy Narrows leaders to discuss various reports about the mercury and how to clean it up.“There’s been stories in the media, and there are reports floating around, and I think it’s time for Minister Murray and I, and our technical people and the First Nations’ technical people, to sit down and try to work through to see just what the situation is,” Zimmer said Tuesday.The government wants to find out any new information from the community and sort out the different reports on the mercury contamination before deciding what it can do to help, added Zimmer.“Once we’ve determined what reports are on the table, and what reports perhaps should be on the table, then we’ll figure out a course of action,” he said.“This is a first step in getting to the bottom of this.”Some Grassy Narrows residents suffered mercury poisoning since the Dryden Chemical Co. dumped 9,000 kilograms of it into the Wabigoon and English River systems during the 1960s. The government closed the local fishery that formed the basis of the Grassy Narrows economy, but some residents ignored the order to stop eating the fish.Chief Simon Fobister Sr. said he wants an investigation into another possible source of contamination after a former worker at the Dryden mill wrote the government saying he had buried more than 50 barrels of mercury and salt in a pit in 1972.“No more fancy talk. No more studies,” Fobister said Tuesday. “We just want it cleaned up.”Murray said the environment ministry took some samples from the area June 6 in response to the claim about the barrels of mercury _ the results are still pending _ but officials still haven’t located where they were buried.“That’s the point of the inspections right now, so the ministry has been told to be very, very thorough, to look at other possible locations for this on site and continue more intensive testing,” said Murray.“As soon as that is completed, we should have the answer to that question.”A recent report concluded there may be an ongoing source of contamination because the mercury levels haven’t fallen since the 1970s as scientists expected they would.John Rudd, a former government scientist who examined the mercury problems in the Wabigoon in the 1980s, and helped prepare the updated report, called for an investigation to see if there’s a new source of contamination or if the shuttered chemical plant is still leaching it into the water.The province found Rudd’s report “very helpful” and takes it seriously, added Murray.“The report was a good analysis of what needs to be done next, and it argues that a major field study would have to be done to look at where the sediment is and also to look to see if there are any secondary leaks,” he said.“The study actually looks at whether certain types of remediation would work in certain areas, and looks at whether by disturbing it you could make the situation worse.”The government is worried any action to remove the mercury could stir up more of the chemical in the sediment of lakes and rivers.New Democrat environment critic Peter Tabuns said the government knows what needs to be done in Grassy Narrows but for years ignored the mercury poisoning and the health problems it caused.“They don’t need to go on a sightseeing trip,” said Tabuns. “They need to send up scientists. They need to determine if there are any other leaking sources and then need to clean it up as has been recommended.”last_img read more

GOP congressman from New York charged with insider trading

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of New York was arrested Wednesday on charges he fed inside information he gleaned from sitting on the board of a biotechnology corporation to his son, helping family and friends dodge hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses when one of the company’s drugs failed in a medical trial.Collins, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who was among the first sitting members of Congress to endorse his candidacy for the White House, pleaded not guilty to an indictment unsealed at a court in Manhattan. The indictment charges Collins, his son and the father of the son’s fiancee with conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to the FBI.Speaking to reporters in Buffalo hours after his release on bail, Collins, 68, professed his innocence and said he would remain on the ballot for re-election this fall.“I believe I acted properly and within the law at all times,” he said. “I will mount a vigorous defence in court to clear my name. I look forward to being fully vindicated and exonerated.”Prosecutors said the charges stem from Collins’ decision to share with his son insider information about Innate Immunotherapeutics Ltd., a biotechnology company headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Auckland, New Zealand. Collins was the company’s largest shareholder, with nearly 17 per cent of its shares, and sat on its board.According to the indictment, Collins was attending the Congressional Picnic at the White House on June 22, 2017, when he received an email from the company’s chief executive saying that a trial of a drug the company developed to treat multiple sclerosis was a clinical failure.Collins responded to the email saying: “Wow. Makes no sense. How are these results even possible???” the indictment said.It said he then called his son, Cameron Collins, and, after several missed calls, they spoke for more than six minutes.The next morning, according to the indictment, Cameron Collins began selling his shares, unloading enough over a two-day period to avoid $570,900 in losses before a public announcement of the drug trial results. After the announcement, the company’s stock price plunged 92 per cent.Prosecutors said the son passed the information to a third defendant, Stephen Zarsky. Their combined trades avoided more than $768,000 in losses, authorities said. They said Zarsky traded on it and tipped off at least three others.U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman, a Republican, said Collins was supposed to keep the trial results secret.“Instead, he decided to commit a crime,” he said. “Representative Collins, who, by virtue of his office, helps write the laws of this country, acted as if the law did not apply to him.”Collins, a conservative first elected in 2012 to represent parts of western New York between Buffalo and Rochester, has vehemently denied wrongdoing. When the House Ethics Committee began investigating the stock trades a year ago, his spokeswoman called it a “partisan witch hunt.”All three defendants pleaded not guilty and were freed on $500,000 bail.In his Buffalo news conference, Collins acknowledged being disappointed that Innate’s drug trials didn’t go well.“We firmly believed we were on the verge of a medical breakthrough,” he said.But he said that even after learning of the setback, “I held on to my shares rather than sell them” as the law required.He said the decision not to sell cost him millions of dollars.“That’s OK,” he said. “That’s the risk I took.”Collins has remained a vocal Trump supporter, most recently calling for an end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible campaign collusion and blaming Barack Obama’s administration for failing to push back on Russia.On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, said he was removing Collins from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, calling insider trading “a clear violation of the public trust.”In a written statement Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the charges against Collins “show the rampant culture of corruption and self-enrichment among Republicans in Washington today.”Collins ran unopposed in the Republican primary and holds what’s largely considered a safe Republican seat in a state that went to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. He’s being challenged in November by Democrat Nate McMurray.McMurray said Collins has brought shame to the region, but he stopped short of saying he should resign.“That’s his decision to make. I’ll leave it up to him, but I know what I would do if I was in his place,” said McMurray, the town supervisor in the Buffalo suburb of Grand Island.The advocacy group Public Citizen filed a request for an investigation of Collins’ stock dealings with the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Securities and Exchange Commission in January 2017.Tom Price, who was Trump’s first secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, also came under scrutiny for his purchases of Innate stock while he was a Republican member of Congress from Georgia.Democrats made an issue of Price’s purchase at his Senate confirmation hearings in early 2017, after the Wall Street Journal reported that company officials had said Price was allowed to buy the stocks at a low price. Price, who bought about 400,000 shares of the stock, said he’d learned of the firm through Collins but said the price he received was available to any investor.Price resigned as health secretary last September under criticism for taking pricey charter flights at taxpayers’ expense.___Associated Press writers Alan Fram in Washington, Larry Neumeister in New York, David Klepper in Albany and Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo contributed to this story.___This story has been corrected to show Collins was first elected in 2012, not 2014.last_img read more

History turned to ashes

first_imgPerhaps there cannot be one objective definition of loss or agony. And when it is of magnitude as that of Notre Dame, hearts sear in pain and torment. As decades of heritage went up in flames, uncountable memories, moments and meanings were buried deep and destroyed. Such creations are iconic and they remind us of the immense creativity and masterstrokes of our forefathers that have stood the test of time. The cathedral has an extraordinary power as a symbol of France and sympathising with the French in their moment of loss, people from all over the world mourned together. France’s loss was their loss, too. After all, Notre Dame is a summit of human achievement — a timeless expression of the quest for goodness, beauty and comprehension of mankind. It was indeed a ‘part of us is burning’ feeling as most aptly put by French President Emmanuel Macron. The Paris cathedral has a specific place in the collective consciousness, in France, in Europe and everywhere else in the world. It has been the most visited monument in Europe for epochs, through war and peace alike. This stone structure speaks of French history and its roots where the Christian faith held a decisive spot. With this history turning into ashes within hours, the 96-metre high spire vanishing into oblivion and the smoke clouding the Paris skyline; it was a heart-wrenching sight for hundreds of those who witnessed the collapse. Notre Dame, meaning ‘Our Lady’ in English, has been a witness to several key historical moments, with almost 13 million people visiting the cathedral every year. Just outside is a plaque that marks ‘Point Zero’ — the official centre of the capital and the marker in France from which all distances to Paris are measured. From Napoleon Bonaparte’s coronation as emperor in 1804, Joan of Arc’s beautification, several world leaders attending the memorial services for former French presidents Charles de Gaulle and François Mitterrand, to remaining largely unscathed during the two World Wars, ringing of the tenor bell to mark the end of Nazi occupation in 1944 and holding the centre stage for literary depiction in famous novels; Notre Dame has transformed itself into a character. Fifty people have been assigned to investigate the fire. As flames ravaged the cathedral’s roof, praises poured in for the ‘courage and determination’ of firefighters who ‘risked their own lives’ to salvage the building’s stone structure and its twin towers. President Macron has vowed to reconstruct it within five years and to make it ‘even more beautiful’. However, the real challenge will be to convert this catastrophe into an opportunity to come together and rebuild one of the earth’s most beautiful and historic epicentres.last_img read more

Twitter shuts Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

WASHINGTON — Twitter says it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were linked to the Chinese government and a disinformation campaign targeting the protests in Hong Kong.The company also says it will prohibit ads from state-backed media companies that have amounted to propaganda.A senior Twitter official tells The Associated Press that both actions are part of a broader company effort to halt malicious political activity on the widely used platform. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of security concerns.The accounts linked to the Chinese government sought to portray Hong Protesters as criminals who don’t represent the majority of the semi-autonomous region.The official says the Chinese accounts also spread tweets from fake English and Chinese news sites to spread disinformation.Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press read more

Trump raises 13M after Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s repeated trashing of a Democratic impeachment inquiry has helped prompt a $13 million flood of campaign cash to bolster his reelection effort.House Speaker “Nancy (Pelosi) just called for Impeachment. WITCH HUNT!” his campaign said in one fundraising text message sent Tuesday. “I need you on my Impeachment Defence Team.”In the 24 hours that followed Pelosi’s Tuesday announcement, the campaign reported raising $5 million from online donors in all 50 states, campaign manager Brad Parscale said. In addition to the online money, he was expected to have raised $5 million for his campaign and the Republican National Committee from a Wednesday night fundraiser, followed by an additional $3 million from a Thursday morning breakfast, according to an RNC official.“Huge groundswell of support leading to Trump landslide in 2020!” Parscale tweeted Wednesday.The swell of contributions comes right before next week’s third-quarter fundraising reporting deadline and will further pad what is already expected to be a massive haul. More than a year out from the November 2020 contest, his campaign and the RNC have already reported pulling in more than $210 million since the start of 2019, Federal Election Commission records show. That’s more than all the current Democrats seeking to replace him raised combined during that period.But he’s not the only one trying to cash in on the impeachment fervour, which stems from his efforts to get Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice-President Joe Biden, a potential 2020 rival, and his family. None of the allegations against Biden or his son Hunter, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company, have been substantiated.Biden, too, saw an uptick in donations last weekend after news of Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president broke, according to his campaign. He’s running fundraising ads on Facebook urging supporters to “stand with Joe.”“Donald Trump sat in the Oval Office asking a foreign leader to investigate Joe Biden’s family because he knows Joe Biden will make sure he’s a one-term president,” one ad states. “Don’t let the president get away with this gross abuse of power.”The Democratic National Committee similarly reported a surge in fundraising after sending out a fundraising appeal late Tuesday urging donors to “stand with Speaker Pelosi as the House moves forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”Brian Slodysko, The Associated Press read more

Space shuttle Endeavour arrives at Los Angeles museum after 12mile trip across

Space shuttle Endeavour arrives at Los Angeles museum after 12-mile trip across city by News Staff Posted Oct 15, 2012 12:31 am MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It was supposed to be a slow but smooth journey to retirement, a parade through city streets for a shuttle that logged millions of miles in space.But Endeavour’s final mission turned out to be a logistical headache that delayed its arrival to its museum resting place by about 17 hours.After a 12-mile weave past trees and utility poles that included thousands of adoring onlookers, flashing cameras and even the filming of a TV commercial, Endeavour arrived at the California Science Center Sunday to a greeting party of city leaders and other dignitaries that had expected it many hours earlier.Endeavour finally inched toward a hangar on the grounds of the museum Sunday night.“It’s like Christmas!” said Mark Behn, 55, a member of the museum ground support team who watched the shuttle’s snail-like approach from inside the hangar. “We’ve waited so long and been told so many things about when it would get here. But here it is, and it’s a dream come true.”Movers had planned a slow trip, saying the shuttle that once orbited at more than 17,000 mph would move at just 2 mph in its final voyage through Inglewood and southern Los Angeles.But that estimate turned out to be generous, with Endeavour often creeping along at a barely detectable pace when it wasn’t at a dead stop due to difficult-to-manoeuvr obstacles like tree branches and light posts.Another delay came in the early morning hours Sunday when the shuttle’s remote-controlled, 160-wheel carrier began leaking oil.Despite the holdups, the team charged with transporting the shuttle felt a “great sense of accomplishment” when it made it onto the museum grounds, said Jim Hennessy, a spokesman for Sarens, the contract mover.“It’s historic and will be a great memory,” he said. “Not too many people will be able to match that — to say, ‘We moved the space shuttle through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles.’”Transporting Endeavour cross-town was a costly feat with an estimated price tag of $10 million, to be paid for by the science centre and private donations.Late Friday, crews spent hours transferring the shuttle to a special, lighter towing dolly for its trip over Interstate 405. The dolly was pulled across the Manchester Boulevard bridge by a Toyota Tundra pickup, and the car company filmed the event for a commercial after paying for a permit, turning the entire scene into a movie set complete with special lighting, sound and staging.Saturday started off promising, with Endeavour 90 minutes ahead of schedule. But accumulated hurdles and hiccups caused it to run hours behind at day’s end.Some 400 trees had been removed along the route, but officials said most of the trees that gave them trouble could not be cut down because they were old or treasured for other reasons, including some planted in honour of Martin Luther King Jr.The crowd had its problems too. Despite temperatures in the mid-70s, several dozen people were treated for heat-related injuries after a long day in the sun, according to fire officials.But it was a happy, peaceful crowd, with firefighters having only to respond to a sheared hydrant and a small rubbish fire, and no reports of any arrests.And despite the late problems the mood for most of the day was festive.At every turn of Endeavour’s slow-speed commute through urban streets, spectators jammed intersections as the shuttle shuffled past stores, schools, churches and front yards through the working-class streets of southern Los Angeles. Sidewalks were off-limits due to Endeavour’s enormous wingspan.Endeavour’s arrival in Los Angeles was a homecoming. It may have zipped around the Earth nearly 4,700 times, but its roots are solidly grounded in California. Its main engines were fashioned in the San Fernando Valley. The heat tiles were invented in Silicon Valley. Its “fly-by-wire” technology was developed in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey. In 1991, it rolled off the assembly line in the Mojave Desert to replace Challenger, which blew up during liftoff in 1986.As Endeavour shuffled by crowds, its age was evident after 123 million miles in space and two dozen re-entries.Stephanie Gibbs, a longtime Inglewood resident, passed the Forum, where the Los Angeles Lakers used to play and where Endeavour made a pit stop Saturday, many times in her life. But she wasn’t prepared for what she saw.“There was a space shuttle blocking the street and I said, ‘Whoa,’” she said.Gibbs, who lives off Crenshaw Drive, the narrowest section of the move, would like to see a sign designating it as a shuttle crossing.“We’ve been on the map” because of the Lakers, she said. “This kind of highlights it more.”Endeavour was scheduled to go on display at the museum starting Oct. 30.___Follow Alicia Chang at http://twitter.com/SciWriAlicia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

International students sought for annual ambassador program

Brock international students with a passion for their home away from home have the chance to represent the University, sharing their experience with peers around the world.The search is on for 10 outstanding students to participate in the annual International Student Ambassador Award Program for the 2019-20 academic year. The initiative recognizes international students who exemplify the mission and vision of Brock, as a result of high academic achievements and/or community engagement, both on and off campus.“Being an ambassador means embodying Brock’s spirit and showcasing it to the world,” said third-year Biotechnology student Marcelo Correa, an International Student Ambassador from Brazil.It also means relief from significant financial burden. Selected students having their international tuition fees reduced to the domestic rate — a discount of about $18,000.Now entering its third year, the program annually enlists students to share their experiences and answer questions for prospective students abroad.“The ambassador award has been so much more than just a scholarship to me,” said International Student Ambassador Ana Ferreira, a second-year Kinesiology student from Trinidad and Tobago. “I have loved every moment of getting to connect with students and representing the school I love.”The student ambassadors work with Brock International to meet with prospective students from around the world, highlighting what life is like at the University, both inside and outside of the classroom. They spend time describing life in Niagara, why they chose Brock and how their University experience has helped them prepare for their upcoming career.Correa has spent a great deal of time working with Brock’s Latin America recruitment team, offering advice about possible school visits and tips on approaching Brazilian students based on the country’s current political and economic climate.While on campus, ambassadors raise awareness among current students about specialized programs, events and opportunities offered by Brock International.Ferreira’s proudest moment as an ambassador was working on Celebration of Nations, an annual showcase of Brock’s multicultural community.“It was amazing to put in so much hard work and see it all come to fruition,” she said of the weeklong initiative that took place last month. “I am incredibly proud of the outreach we have been able to accomplish on social media.”Now in his second year as an ambassador, Correa’s proudest moment was a chance encounter with an international student he helped recruit a year prior.“Seeing that they are making the best of their Brock experience by meeting new friends, participating in events and supporting fellow Badgers at sporting events meant a lot,” he said.Students who want to share their Brock passion with the world can apply to be an International Student Ambassador for the 2019-20 academic year. Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 1 for consideration.More information on application requirements is available on Brock International’s website. read more

Teen mom dies after delivering baby at GPHC investigation launched

Moments after 17-year-old Esther Edwards of Laluni Creek, Soesdyke/Linden Highway delivered a healthy baby girl via Caesarean section on Tuesday, she died under mysterious circumstances at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Reports reaching this publication are that the teenager was admitted at the medical facility on Saturday evening, and at the time she was 40 weeks pregnant. However, an emergency C-Section was performed on Edwards, and while the baby girl was safely delivered, Edwards died. The direct cause of her death remains unknown, but the Public Health Ministry has since launched an investigation into the matter.Officials at the GPHC remain tight-lipped on the incident, their only response being that an investigation is underway.Attempts to contact the relatives of the dead teen have proved futile. To date, the country has recorded seven maternal deaths for 2017. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInvestigation launched into young mother’s death at GPHCAugust 1, 2015In “Business”Teen who delivered premature baby diesMay 20, 2016In “latest news”GPHC promises probe following woman’s post-delivery deathJanuary 27, 2019In “Health” read more

EYEWITNESS Looking back…

…in rageThe “angry young man” wave was launched back in the 1950s by John Osborne’s ground-breaking play, “Look back in Anger”. It expressed the frustration of the lower-class British post WWI generation chafing at the stifling hypocrisies and restrictions of the pre-war mores and sensibilities.For America, which was never so class-stratified but was certainly more racially divided, you’d think there would be an even more intense reaction by the post-war black generation, wouldn’t you?Well, there was the explosion in the race riots in the inner cities, the Black Liberation Movement, and the “violent Black nationalist” movement represented by Malcolm X, with the Black Power Movement even spreading beyond America’s shores. But if the truth be told, even though they let off steam, none of the Black Movements really was geared to mass violence, and they were all overshadowed by MLK’s non-violent Civil Rights Movement.But how did the Whites deal with their angst? From their position of power, they were buoyed upwards by the explosion of prosperity, occasioned by the pre-eminent status of the US state. They could just print money and have the world ship in their back-breaking-produced goods and services produced with blood, sweat and tears. But the contradictions of benefiting from a system based on both internal and external oppression had to create its own disorders.And it certainly did, with psychoses and neuroses peeping out in all sorts of destructive ways. The most prominent being the mass killings perpetrated with increasing frequency in random states. The most recent being the one two days ago in a California bar where an American war veteran opened fire into a massed group of college students, letting off some steam.When these gruesome acts are committed, the establishment is quick to point to “mental issues” of the shooter – this time Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) of the young veteran who’d served in Afghanistan.But the Western European countries, which most resemble the US in background and income, have the same range and rate of mental issues; yet, over the last 30 years, the Americans have had double the number of mass shootings that the 24 European countries combined have had!! So what’s the variable in addition to the collective repressed violent tendencies?The availability of guns is highlighted, of course. While it’s true that guns don’t kill people, and it’s the people with the guns that do; if the guns weren’t there, maybe there mightn’t be so many killings. Maybe…but your Eyewitness doesn’t think so. The same guns are available to Black Americans, and while they’re constantly blamed for gun crimes, they’re almost never mass murderers.These take a specific mindset of historic collective denial of violence.…WITH ANGER AT MONUMENT’S NEGLECTA couple of days ago, there was a very revealing news item from the Essequibo Coast. It showed the Monument to the Martyrs of 1872, at Devonshire Castle, all overrun with bush and weeds. Imagine that!! With all the talk of building monuments to the 1823 rebels, and India building one to Indian Arrival in 1838, one that was dedicated to the first rebellion, which directly led to our independence from Britain, those in power won’t even spend a couple of thousand dollars a week to clear a ten-ten space!!They’ve obviously forgotten that Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo were united as one country – “British Guiana” – only in 1831. Before that, all struggle was against the Government of the COUNTY! When, in 1872, the Indian immigrants refused to work, and five were killed at Devonshire Castle, they were protesting the planters’ not honouring the contract on their hours of work — leading to continued protests culminating in 1948 with the Enmore shootings, PPP formation and independence.How quickly the Government forgets!…AND FORGETTING UNC’S LARGESSEThe Government boycotted the GMSA’s dinner at the Pegasus with TT Opposition Leader, UNC’s Kamla Persad-Bissessar. While feting PNM’s PM Rowley, however, they praised TT for cancelling Burnham’s debt.But it was actually a UNC Govt! Ungrateful or racist? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Remembering…March 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Commemorating…July 5, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Return of…April 21, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

David Balaguer scores goal of EHF CL Round 5

David Balaguer HBC Nantes right wing David Balaguer scored the best goal of the VELUX EHF Champions League – Round 5. ← Previous Story EHF CL: “War in Kielce” in two photos Next Story → EHF Cup Round 3: Kiel against Drammen, Saint Raphael in Israel, Magdeburg VS Porto

Rehn Budget 2014 should not be eased after promissory note savings

first_imgSavings could soften €3.1 billion BudgetUnder the terms of the Troika bailout and the extended deficit programme with the EU, Ireland is required to bring its budget deficit to within 3 per cent of its GDP by 2015.This currently requires Ireland to implement Budget adjustments of €3.1 billion for next year, including €2 billion in spending cuts and €1.1 billion in tax increases. The savings on the promissory notes could have been put towards this Budget, meaning the adjustment could have been lowered to €2.1 billion while keeping Ireland on track of meeting the 2015 deadline.Similarly, a €2 billion adjustment in Budget 2015 – with €1.3 billion in spending cuts and €700 million in taxes – could be halved if the promissory note savings are rolled in.Last week Michael Noonan said he was unwilling to speculate on how Budget 2014 could be affected by the IBRC deal, given that the previous Budget had only been published two months ago, but that it ‘makes sense’ to reduce Ireland’s overall debts and balance the Budget if possible.He suggested, however, that there were other “moving parts” that had to be considered when compiling the next Budget, such as Ireland’s economic growth for 2013 and any change to the unemployment rate.This suggests that weak growth in 2013 and any failure to make progress in tackling unemployment could see the government put some of the savings towards softening the next Budget, which could yet be brought forward to October.The IMF declined to comment on its stance when contacted by TheJournal.ie on the issue two weeks ago.Read: Meeting of European finance chairmen to discuss life after the crisis THE EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER in charge of economic and monetary affairs has said the savings that Ireland will make by switching the promissory notes for long-term government bonds should be used to pay down the government’s debt.Olli Rehn’s comments mean it is now unlikely that taxpayers will see any of the benefit of the €1 billion annual savings in next December’s Budget.Rehn is in Dublin today to speak at a meeting of the chairmen of the European Union’s parliamentary finance committees.He told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the annual savings – which will be made by repaying only the interest on the government bonds, instead of repaying the capital from the promissory notes in annual instalments – should not be considered a windfall.Rehn said the savings made by Ireland should not be considered a “windfall” given that they did not amount to extra cash income for the government, but rather reduced the amount that Ireland had to borrow to meet its obligations.He pointed out that Ireland’s government deficit still remained substantial, and suggested it would be better for Ireland to put the savings toward paying down its debt and cutting down on the cost of servicing that debt. More: Deal reached on EU rules that could see Budgets in Octoberlast_img read more

Hygiene on wheels

first_imgIt is no secret that Greek society is struggling to cope with the after effects of the ongoing financial crisis. Seven years of bankruptcy and harsh austerity led to a rise in unemployment and poverty. Nearly 36 per cent of the population face dire financial straits and almost one in four Greeks live under the poverty line. The country has also seen a steep rise in homelessness. It is telling of the urgent nature of the homelessness crisis that one of the main locations where homeless and refugees choose to camp out at, is Koumoundourou square, in the centre of Athens, opposite the main offices of the governing party Syriza. Swamped with people in the most vulnerable state, the square is a living metaphor for the after-effects of the ongoing financial crisis. Refugees, petty criminals, police officers, desperate people (among them many children), and an army of charity workers and non-government organisation agents handing out meals. Now there’s a new feature on the square – a converted public bus where people living on the streets can take a hot shower and pick up clean underwear and a plastic bag of toiletries handed out by volunteers. An initiative of NGO Praksis (devoted to offering medical care to those in need), funded by tobacco company ‘Papastratos’, the bus is part of the ‘Care in motion’ program, which caters to more than the hygiene needs of the homeless, as it also provides medical assistance and counselling. Launched in November, the shower bus is the first program of its kind in Europe and the third worldwide, aiming to benefit more than 1,250 homeless people per month or 15,000 a year. The exact number of people who sleep on the streets (or find a temporary roof in shelters) is hard to define. According to different accounts, it spans from 20,000 to 40,000, the majority of which are located in the metropolitan area of Athens. The most reliable recent study, made by the University of Crete found 15,436 people deprived of a home. Though it’s not easy to estimate how many of them actually sleep on the streets, it is accurate to say that they must be much more than the 630 cases accounted for in the 2011 census. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dough Boys delivers delicious pizza

first_imgWhy: Dough Boys Pizza is in Salmon Creek, northwest of the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Dough Boys is open seven days a week and has 23 pizzas on the menu plus a smattering of other options such as bread sticks, chicken, salads and combination meals that will feed a family of four to 25.Atmosphere: The space is mostly kitchen, and there is a small dining area that will seat a minimal crowd at a few tables as well as at a window-side counter with bar stools. The menu options are available for viewing above the counter or on paper menus, which I found handy and a bit easier to browse. The walls are painted red, and the space is trimmed in black. It feels cozy enough to stay and eat.What I tried: I tried a Half & Half Signature Pizza combination of the Dough Boys Classic Cheese and Memphis BBQ. I also tried the cinnamon sugar bread sticks and a garden salad with balsamic dressing. The crust is moderately thick and holds up well to the toppings. The texture is soft but firm, just a little springy, and the flavor reminded me of fresh-baked French bread. The Dough Boys cheese is made with milk mozzarella on top of a deliciously sweet and tangy red sauce and finished with a special Italian seasoning. The Memphis BBQ combines smoked shredded chicken breast, red onions and bacon on top of a sweet barbecue sauce and drizzled with the same. They were both very appetizing. My favorite was the cheese. The salad was garden fresh, and the cinnamon bread sticks were loaded with cinnamon and sugar. They came with a white frosting, which appeared to be a simple mix of powdered sugar and water. I was not fond of it so I left it off of the sticks.Menu highlights beyond what I tried: Among the signature pizzas is the Malibu, made with red onions, pineapple, smoked chicken breast, bacon, tomatoes and a ranch-and-barbecue drizzle; the Californian, which diners may order with either white or red sauce and a combination of smoked shredded chicken breast, red peppers, sun-dried tomato and artichoke hearts; the Farm pizza, which consists of smoked shredded chicken, bacon, fresh mushrooms and marinated artichoke hearts; the Capri, made with garlic white sauce topped with smoked shredded chicken breast, diced Roma tomatoes, red onions, red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes; and the Sicilian, with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham and ground beef. There are 16 specialty pizzas to choose from, as well. Chicken tenders and wings are on the menu. Bread sticks include parmesan, cinnamon sugar, cheesy and spicy hot varieties. Salads include a Greek and Caesar. Pizza by the slice is available, and you may create your own, as well.Other observations: Dough Boys has take-and-bake pizza. Crust options other than regular crust are gluten-free, cauliflower and doughless. Service is polite and friendly. Prices are more than chain delivery and pick-up establishments, but menu options and dine-in justify the bump. Delivery is available within a 10- to 15-minute radius.last_img read more

TCI Opposition Leader bemoans one man review of TCI Statutory Boards

first_img UK Chief Financial Officer sits final Cabinet Meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NIBdebateintheHouseofAssembly, #StephenTurnbull Turks and Caicos Statutory Board review report released, Government to embark on vigorous reforms Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 5, 2017 – Providenciales – During house of Assembly meeting last Thursday, leader of the Opposition Washington Misick during debate on the change in the make-up of the National Health Insurance Board offered suggestions on the larger body of work which needs doing when it comes to statutory bodies in the country.    Hon Misick said while he agreed that the statutory boards are in dire need of review, he did not agree that the review was being conducted by just one man.That man is Stephen Turnbull, whom Magnetic Media learned was invited to apply for the consultancy job to conduct a stringent review of the government statutory boards and won it.    The name is familiar because the man is no stranger to the Turks and Caicos, in fact he had been the country’s Chief Financial Officer up until April 2017; the CFO position has been laid dormant due in large part to the repayment by the Turks and Caicos of the UK bail-out loan.Turnbull, from the UK is still here and still functioning in Government.   The former CFO is a lone-man review commission established after a freeze was put on business as usual for the government boards.   In April, the Governor announced that a review was coming for all statutory boards following expensive problems at the National Health Insurance Board.The fifth All Island member, Washington Misick during House of Assembly debate struck a strong chord when he expressed his disdain at the one man show and shared that he was also not certain if the man selected for the work, should be running the review.#MagneticMediaNews#StephenTurnbull#NIBdebateintheHouseofAssembly Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Vancouver starts parking lot pullout

first_imgHere’s a rundown of how much each lot earned or lost in 2011, factoring in revenue, debt, leases and depreciation, and operational and administrative costs.Smith Tower Surface Lot (Fifth and Washington streets): earned $6,954.Evergreen Surface Lot (Evergreen Boulevard and Broadway): lost $7,653.West Coast Bank Garage (Fifth and Main streets): lost $279,390.City Hall Garage (C Street and Mill Plain Boulevard): earned $48,979.Main Place Garage (12th and Main streets): lost $128,427.Riverview Tower Garage (Columbia and Ninth streets): lost $51,460.Broadway Surface Lot (Broadway and 11th Street): earned $10,147.CVTV Surface Lot (Mill Plain Boulevard): earned $3,100.Washington Surface Lot (Washington and West Third streets): earned $5,374.Vancouvercenter Garage (Sixth and Washington streets): lost $1.6 million.Esther Short Building Surface Lot (Sixth and Esther Streets): earned $16,104.Total loss: $1.97 million.Source: City of VancouverVancouver’s parking garages and lots lost about $1.97 million last year, and this October the city will be getting out of one of its money-losing contracts.The city plans to not renew a lease of 200 spots at the Riverview Tower Garage at Columbia and Ninth streets when it expires later this year. The city, which in turn has leased the spots for mostly monthly use, lost $51,460 there last year.The move is one of the first in a long-term strategy Vancouver has to divest itself of its parking garages and lots, city Parking Services Manager Mike Merrill said.At most off-street facilities, income from monthly reserved passes (which range from a high of $84 a month at Vancouvercenter and West Coast Bank to $34 a month for some senior parking) isn’t covering costs.last_img read more

Ticketmaster has secret deals with scalpers and getting cut of profits undercover

first_imgIn response to the report, Ticketmaster says it does not condone the statements made by the employee, and says the described behavior “clearly violates our terms of service.”Read Ticketmaster’s full statement below:It is categorically untrue that Ticketmaster has any program in place to enable resellers to acquire large volumes of tickets at the expense of consumers.Ticketmaster’s Seller Code of Conduct specifically prohibits resellers from purchasing tickets that exceed the posted ticket limit for an event. In addition, our policy also prohibits the creation of fictitious user accounts for the purpose of circumventing ticket limit detection in order to amass tickets intended for resale.A recent CBC story found that an employee of Ticketmaster’s resale division acknowledged being aware of some resellers having as many as 200 TradeDesk accounts for this purpose (TradeDesk is Ticketmaster’s professional reseller product that allows resellers to validate and distribute tickets to multiple marketplaces). We do not condone the statements made by the employee as the conduct described clearly violates our terms of service.The company had already begun an internal review of our professional reseller accounts and employee practices to ensure that our policies are being upheld by all stakeholders. Moving forward we will be putting additional measures in place to proactively monitor for this type of inappropriate activity.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Ticketmaster is being accused of colluding with scalpers and taking a cut of the profits, according to a new undercover report.The investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Toronto Star claims the ticket selling retailer has a secret program that helps scalpers buy tickets and resell them at a higher price.Journalists wore hidden cameras and posed as scalpers with a ficticious promotions company at a live entertainment conventioni in Las Vegas over the summer. That’s where Ticketmaster representatives manning a booth were pitching a company-owned resale platform called TradeDesk. It works by letting scalpers set up fake accounts to buy tickets in bulk on Ticketmaster’s website, which sets a limit on how many tickets can be purchased by each person. The large inventory of tickets purchased can then be sold on TradeDesk at higher prices, of which Ticketmaster gets a cut of each purchase.When asked if the company will prohibit the use of multiple accounts, a Ticketmaster representative replied, “No, I have a gentleman who’s got over 200 Ticketmaster.com accounts.”With the program, Ticketmaster makes money off of the initial ticket sale to the scalper, as well as a cut of the scalper’s sale to the buyer.Though Ticketmaster appeared to be promoting TradeDesk at the convention, the CBC points out there is no mention of the reseller program on Ticketmaster’s website or corporate reports. last_img read more

Dipnets May Be Allowed On Kuskokwim

first_imgKuskowkim fisherman are expected to face serious restrictions on subsistence salmon fishing this summer in efforts to bring more king salmon to the spawning grounds. With fishing closed possibly all of June, the working group is asking that dipnets be used selectively to harvest non-Chinook salmon.Download Audiolast_img

Debra Lee Named to ATT Board of Directors

first_imgBy WI Web StaffFormer BET Networks Chair and CEO Debra Lee has been named to the AT&T board of directors.Lee, who worked for more than 30 years at BET Networks, was previously named to both Billboard’s Power 100 list and The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful Women in Entertainment. She was appointed in 2011 to the White House Management Advisory Board by President Barack Obama and currently serves on the boards of Marriott and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.Former BET Networks Chair and CEO Debra Lee has been named to the AT&T board of directors.“Debra’s outstanding leadership, deep expertise and strong track record in the entertainment and media industry will be terrific additions to our board of directors,” said AT&T Chair and CEO Randall Stephenson. “Her unique perspective as a media industry leader and operations executive, and her lifetime commitment to community service give her valuable insights I look forward to having on our board.”Lee worked at BET, beginning as its first in-house counsel in 1986 and eventually ascending to chair and CEO, a role she held from 2006 to her retirement last year.Under her leadership, the network launched such hit series as “Being Mary Jane,” “Black Girls Rock!” and “The New Edition Story,” and as well as the BET Awards and BET Honors ceremonies.This story originally appeared in The Washington Informer.last_img read more

Gay dad freaks out when son gets a tattoo – but then

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The secret gay history of tattoos and their hidden meaningsQueer Eye’s Kamaro on fatherhood and why he doesn’t identify as queerQueer Eye’s Karamo on fatherhood and why he doesn’t identify as queerRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-dad-son-tattoo-navy/ GAYSTARNEWS- A gay dad has told parenting website Gays With Kids about his reaction to discovering his son getting a tattoo. Richard adopted his son, Jonathan, in 2005 in New Jersey when the boy was just aged five. At the time, Richard was in a long-term relationship with another man. The two men split up around four years ago and Richard is now engaged to a new partner.Jonathan is now in the US Navy, and a few weeks ago he texted Richard to tell him that he was getting a tattoo.‘Don’t you dare,’ was Richard’s initial response.He says he’s not anti tattoos per se, but questioned his son’s motives for getting the work done.‘How is it going to look when he is older? What is he going to choose? Will he regret it? Will they see it on a job interview? … It’s the Jewish mother in me!’ he laughed.Richard thought that his son had taken notice, so he furious when he received another message from his son a couple of weeks later informing him that he’d been inked.However, Jonathan then sent his dad a photo of himself at the tattooists, proudly showing of his tattoo. Jonathan and his dad, Richard (Photo: Supplied) Jonathan had his adoption date tattooed on his torso (Photo: Supplied)Just beneath his chest, written in Roman numerals, Jonathan had the date of his adoption permanently written on his body.‘I could not be more proud of him’‘My fear that he was going to get something ridiculous, something he would regret, shifted and I could not be more proud of him,’ said Richard.Jonathan himself posted the above photo to his social media with the following message: ‘So I got my first tattoo!! This date is the day that my life changed. This is the day my dads adopted me. The greatest day in my life knowing that for the rest of my life I would finally have a loving family that loved me for me!’Read more at Gays With Kids.A proud Richard at Jonathan’s graduation (Photo: Supplied)last_img read more

Recap M6 reopens after major incident near StokeonTrent after 27 suspected migrants

first_img Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next Lorries being checked on the M6 (Image: StokeonTrentLive) The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Share this video Click to playTap to play Video will play in  Emergency services making their way to the sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:02/0:08Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:06 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound Police making their way to the scene on the M6 Read MoreMan, 21, charged after man shot in eye in Stoke-on-Trent   Motorists were trapped in the closure for several hours, including at least one pregnant woman and a large number of Burton Albion fans on their way to watch the game with Manchester City. One supporter told us it had taken 90 minutes to get from junction 16 to Keele Serves – with some motorists reporting delays of more than three hours before they could get off the motorway. A Highways England spokesman said: “Northbound between J15 and J16 has now been re-opened. “We can confirm that M6 Southbound carriageway at J16 has now re-opened aswell. Police incident has been resolved.  “Thank you all for your patience if you were stuck in the backlog of traffic.” A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:  “West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that Staffordshire Police requested our assistance at a police operation on the M6 between junctions 15 and 16 in Staffordshire yesterday evening (Wednesday). Three paramedic officers, a BASICS emergency doctor and two ambulance crews were responded. “A total of 27 occupants from a vehicle which was stopped by the police received medical assessments on scene by ambulance staff. All were in a stable condition and didn’t require hospital treatment. All 27 patients were discharged on scene and left in the care of the police.” Read MoreTV’s Nick Owen explains how Nathan Jones breathed new life into Luton Town – and why fans are shattered he’s left for Stoke City   At around 6pm a Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said:  “We currently have M6 J15 to J16 Northbound and Southbound closed due to a major incident.  We are working with Highways England, Staffordshire Police, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. “Please avoid the area and find alternative routes.” Watch again We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comThe M6 motorway has reopened after being closed for several hours following a ‘major incident’ near Stoke-on-Trent tonight (Wednesday January 9)  after 27 suspected migrants were found in the back of a lorry near the city. Hundreds of motorists were trapped as the police, paramedics, firefighters and Highways England dealt with the incident between junction 15 (Hanchurch) and junction 16 (Stoke-on-Trent/Crewe). Police received a call to the motorway at around 4pm tonight and stopped a vehicle near Keele Services at around 5.45pm. Many of the suspected migrants fled when police arrived but police report all were detained with no serious injuries reported. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:  “The driver of the vehicle, a 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of facilitating the illegal entry of persons unknown to the UK. He remains in police custody at Watling Street police station and enquiries are on-going. “Police and partners are now assessing the welfare of the people who exited the vehicle at our northern custody facility and we will continue to liaise with our colleagues in Immigration Enforcement.” The Press Association are reporting the 27 suspected migrants were medically assessed and transferred to Home Office immigration officials for interview. Read More’Major incident’ as M6 shut after people exit back of vehicle onto motorway Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker, said: “We recognise the disruption this has caused to road users and we’d like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation. We were acting on information where there was real concern for people in distress and therefore it was necessary for us to take immediate and appropriate action. “The response to this incident has involved multiple forces, agencies and partners and I’d like to thank those organisations for their help and assistance.” Rolling roadblocks and road closures were put in place – with the carriageway closing in both directions between J15 and J16 shortly before 6pm.  The closure on the southbound carriageway was extended down to J14 (Stafford South) for around half an hour – with the carriageway reopening fully in both directions by around 9.40pm. A number of eyewitnesses say police had been pulling over and checking lorries during the closure – with dozens of police vehicles and at least two helicopters also at the scene. Traffic queuing on the M6 Northbound earlier tonight (Image: StokeonTrentLive) Planned roadworks on the A500 Southbound between Porthill and Etruria were suspended until the incident is resolved, Highways England confirmed – with diversions around the closure using the D-Road (and also the A34 while the southbound closure was extended to junction 16.). We reported live on this incident below. Read MorePolice hope to trace driver after pedestrian injured in accident near McDonald’s   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .22:26Latest from policeAn investigation is continuing tonight after 27 people were detained following a vehicle stop on the M6 earlier this evening (9 January) resulting in total closure of the motorway. Officers from Staffordshire Police stopped a lorry on the M6 northbound carriageway between Junctions 15 and 16 at around 5.45pm following concerns for people travelling in the back of a vehicle. During the incident, a number of people fled from the lorry but all were detained. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries reported. The driver of the vehicle, a 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of facilitating the illegal entry of persons unknown to the UK. He remains in police custody at Watling Street police station and enquiries are on-going. Police and partners are now assessing the welfare of the people who exited the vehicle at our northern custody facility and we will continue to liaise with our colleagues in Immigration Enforcement.Colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service were also in attendance and assisted with the unfolding events. The southbound carriageway is now open although the northbound carriageway remains partially closed for the time being.Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker, said: “We recognise the disruption this has caused to road users and we’d like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation. We were acting on information where there was real concern for people in distress and therefore it was necessary for us to take immediate and appropriate action.“The response to this incident has involved multiple forces, agencies and partners and I’d like to thank those organisations for their help and assistance.”22:1827 migrants detained – Home Office confirmThe Press Association are reporting the Home Office confirmed that a total of 27 migrants jumped out of the back of a lorry during the incident.21:53One lane closed due to broken down vehicleA Highways England spokesman said:Lane 1 (of 3) has been closed due to a broken down vehicle on the M6 Northbound between J15 #Hanchurch and J16 #Stoke. #TrafficOfficers are en route. “21:31All lanes reopenedInrix, the traffic data company, confirm all lanes have reopened – although queues continue.21:29Carriageways now open, Highways England confirmA Highways England spokesman said:We can confirm that M6 Northbound and Southbound carriageways between J16-14 and J15-16 have now been re-opened. The Central Motorway Police Group incident has now been resolved. Thank you all for your patience whilst being stuck in the traffic. Have a safe journey. “21:28M6 to reopen shortlyA Highways England spokesman said:M6 Northbound between J15 and J16 and Southbound between J16 and J14 will be re-opening imminently as the police incident has come to a resolution. We will provide a further update very shortly when both carriageways are running. Thank you for your patience. “21:25Latest from the sceneOne motorist, who was on her way to see Burton Albion in Manchester, remains stuck in traffic on the M6 Northbound.Speaking to StokeonTrentLive she said:Nothing coming southbound. We’ve all been moved forward into one lane and police have stopped us again but can’t see what is happening.” 21:20UPDATED DIVERSIONS:Diversion -Northbound – Follow the hollow diamond diversion symbol via the A500Southbound – Diversion – via the A500 Southbound and the A34 Southbound towards Stafford.21:14Planned roadworks on the A500 have been suspendedPlanned roadworks on the A500 Southbound between Porthill and Etruria have been suspended until the incident is resolved, Highways England have confirmed.21:01Traffic queuing on the M6Northbound traffic trapped between J15 and J16 (Image: Highways England)20:55Highways England have extended their closure to junction 14Highways England are again saying they have extended their closure to junction 14 |(Stafford North)20:49Slip road closed at junction 15A Highways England spokesman said:**UPDATE** M6 J15 Hanchurch Southbound entry slip is now closed due to the police incident. Further updates will follow. “20:45Closure back to junction 15Highways England are no longer reporting the closure was extended20:37Closure extended on southbound carriagewayHighways England have now extended the southbound closure from junction 16 to junction 14 (Stafford North).A spokesman said: “he southbound carriageway is closed between Junction 16 (Stoke-on-Trent) and Junction 14 due to a Central Motorway Police Group led incident. DiversionSouthbound – Follow the hollow square diversion symbol via the A500. At the A34 junction (Stone Road) follow the hollow triangle symbol. Continue on the A34 to J14.”20:31One lane now open northboundA Highways England spokesman said:Police are now running traffic past the scene in lane 3 on the M6 Northbound between J15 and J16 . M6 J16 on the Southbound is still currently closed due to the police incident. “20:30Reports of movement on northbound carriagewayWe’re getting reports traffic on the northbound carriageway is slowly beginning to move.20:27The queue earlier tonightTraffic queuing on the M6 Northbound earlier tonight (Image: StokeonTrentLive)20:09M6 remains shut in both directionsThe carriageway remains shut in both directions.20:04Summary of the incidentHere’s what we know so far. More here19:52Delays back to junction 14 Slow traffic on M6 Northbound at J14 A34 (Stafford North).Thought to be traffic leaving the M6 early to avoid the closure between J15 and J16. 19:40Southbound carriageway traffic being fed throughA number of reports suggest small numbers of vehicles are being let through the southbound carriageway under police escort19:35M6: What we know as of 7.30pmThere is massive disruption in both directions due to a closure between Junction 15 and junction 16 tonight. A diversion is in place but motorists remain stuck, with some now queueing for more than three hours.Police stopped a vehicle and a number of people exited it. One man has been arrested and police and other emergency services are working to assess the welfare of others.Police are liasing with immigration authorities.Eyewitnesses reported police checking a number of HGVs in the areaAmong those trapped are dozens of Burton Albion fans on their way to see their team play Manchester City19:27Statement from policeA Staffordshire Police spokesman said:Officers from Staffordshire Police have stopped a vehicle on the M6 between Junctions 15 and 16 this evening (9 January) and a number of people have exited the back of the vehicle.A man has been arrested at the scene and is currently in police custody.Colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service are also in attendance.Police and partners are assessing the welfare of the people who exited the vehicle and we will be liaising with our colleagues in Immigration Enforcement.The southbound carriageway is now open and the northbound carriageway remains closed for the time being. We recognise the disruption this is causing to road users and we thank everyone for their co-operation.” 19:25Convoy of escorted cars gone southboundOne motorist tells us a convoy of unmarked cars, with a police escort, has travelled down the southbound carriageway but there currently appears to be no other movement. Both directions remain closed.19:22Highways England confirm the carriageway remains shut in both directionsA Highways England spokesman said: “Both Northbound and Southbound on the M6 at J15 and J16 are still currently closed due to the ongoing CMPG incident. Further updates will follow. Long delays in the area. Please ensure you take an alternative route if possible.”19:18Police checking a lorryPolice by a lorry on the carriageway tonight19:15Motorists now reporting southbound shut againM6 Southbound appears to be shut again.19:13Status of southbound carriageway unclearWe have had reports of traffic moving on the southbound carriageway but we’re also getting reports of a rolling roadblock and Inrix and traffic England are still reporting it is closed.19:06Reports southbound carriageway runningA number of separate motorists have now contacted us to report traffic is running again on the southbound carriageway.19:04Police liasing with Manchester CityA police spokesman for police working with Burton Albion said:We are aware of the traffic issues causing delays for Burton Albion fans heading to Manchester City. We are liaising with Club and Match Officials over the kick off at this time it remains a 7.45pm kick off. However should further delays occur this will be reviewed .”last_img read more