Press release: M6 upgrade stepped up with bridge demolition

first_imgHighways England is removing the bridge as part of a major project to upgrade the motorway in Staffordshire.The M6 will be closed in both directions, between junctions 13 and 14 at Stafford, for up to 18 hours over the weekend of March 23 and 24 while work takes place to remove the Burton Bank Footbridge.The bridge, north of junction 13, was built in the early 1960s. Due to the curved shape of the footbridge, there isn’t enough headroom for HGVs to travel under the bridge when the hard shoulder becomes a new running lane.The footbridge is nearly 200ft (60m) in length and weighs around 140 tonnes. In total it contains enough concrete to fill some 20 tipper trucks.This will be the second bridge removed as part of work to upgrade the motorway between junction 13 (Stafford) and junction 15 (Stoke-on-Trent) after Creswell Home Farm bridge, just north of junction 14, was demolished last year.The motorway closure will start on Saturday 23 March with significant lane restrictions from 5pm, leading into a full closure by 8pm. The motorway will reopen on Sunday 24 March as soon as work allows.Drivers are being warned to expect delays from 5pm and are advised to plan alternative routes while work takes place.Highways England smart motorways project sponsor Peter Smith said: To safely carry out the demolition of an arched bridge, which is a very complex process, we have to use both carriageways of the motorway so the M6 will be closed for up to 18 hours. We will be doing all that we can to minimise disruption in the Stafford area. I would urge anyone wanting to use the M6 in the area during the work to plan an alternative route and to allow extra travel time and fuel for your journey. I would also like to thank motorists, businesses and residents in advance for their patience. Traffic will be diverted off the M6 between junctions 13 and 14 and will use the A449 and A34 as the diversion route. This route has been agreed with local authority partners and will be kept clear of other works during the demolition.To reduce M6 traffic on the day, signs will alert motorists to the closure as far away as Dover and Carlisle. Motorists and hauliers travelling between the North West and the Midlands and South of England will be advised to avoid the area by using the M62 and M1.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

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HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination remains key driver of epidemic

first_img Share 39 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination remains key driver of epidemic by: – April 17, 2012center_img Share Tweet Health Policy Project Caribbean Region Program Manager Ayana Hypolite Health Policy Project Caribbean Region Program Manager Ayana Hypolite has explained that stigma and discrimination continues to be one of the key drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean.Hypolite told the opening ceremony of a training workshop on Monday said stigma and discrimination is a contributing factor in the loss of human resources.“It causes low uptake of all the services that we spent years and lots of money to upgrade and build and all the people that we have trained to provide these services. When people don’t access the treatment that is available for free in many counties it contributes to the loss of valuable human resources, we lose those human resources that would help us with our national and regional development”.Hypolite said it is essential to ensure that persons who require the services can access these services needed to prevent the “acquiring of HIH/AIDS” and it is therefore important that discrimination towards infected people ceases.She said another area of interest is helping create a network of people living with HIV/AIDS which will provide them with a support system.“It is important that every one’s voice be heard, but we have to do it in such a way that we can convince the policy makers and leaders to take an active step towards protecting the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS in key populations”.Meanwhile permanent secretary in the ministry of Health Helen Royer said the workshop was the start of an “exciting project to uproot stigma and decimation in Dominica and to create an example for the rest of the Caribbean to follow”.Today’s workshop is expected to cover topics including; “Our Multiple Identities –Power Flower and “Breaking the Sex Ice”Participants will receive certificates when the workshop climaxes on Friday.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Bookies launch 2018 World Cup masterplans

first_imgShare Related Articles Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws  July 23, 2020 Matthew GlazierMatthew Glazier of bookies.com looks ahead to next summer’s World Cup extravaganza in Russia, which promises to be typically record-breaking.Aside from an Under-21 European Championship and the glorified group of friendly matches that comprised the Confederations Cup, there wasn’t a lot of football played during the summer of 2017, although at least the latter tournament whetted the appetite for an event twelve months further down the line.While many don’t approve of the way Russia effectively bought the hosting rights for the quadrennial international football tournament, nor its flimsy approach to stamping out racism, it won’t stop football fans all over the world enjoying the latest FIFA World Cup and the various betting opportunities that are presented to them.Football is the most popular betting sport in the majority of countries and the World Cup remains the pinnacle of that sport, with sixty-four matches being played between 14 June – 15 July and there will be action taking place on most of those days.During the group stage of the competition, we can expect three matches to occur daily. As one trader disclosed to bookies.com: “It’s like Sky Sports Super Sunday taking place every day for the best part of a month.”Indeed, punters will aim to soak up as much football as they can and the opportunity to place a pre-match or In-Play bet has never been more tangible. Bookmakers have the customers in the palm of their hand, but can they deliver the sort of World Cup betting service that keeps them coming back for more?Cash Out and Request a Bet enter World Cup pictureFour years is a mighty long time in the world of betting, especially with the sort of technological advances that are now occurring. Cash Out has become commonplace in the lexicon of modern day gambling, although it’s easy to forget this is a pretty new phenomenon unless customers were previously familiar with the workings of the Betfair exchange which relied on liquidity being available.Not content with introducing Cash Out as a product, bookmakers such as bet365 now have a Partial Cash Out facility and it gives customers the perception that they are taking control of their bets. It’s not difficult to see the appeal of Cash Out, especially when it comes to multiple bets where a profit can be realised before the bet is eventually settled.Requesting a bet is another empowering tool which plays to an audience now immersed in social media, especially Twitter whose real-time mechanism has led bookmakers and affiliates to side-line Facebook and focus on using a tool which appears as though it was designed for betting purposes.Bet requesting was discussed in depth at the recent #bofcon2017, with figureheads such as Eoin Ryan of BetVictor and Andrew Wright of Sky Bet considering how the process can be automated ahead of the World Cup. The latter operator has become the market leader with their RequestABet facility and this has obvious connotations for the World Cup.In the United Kingdom, there will be a heavy focus on the England football team, with operators looking to accommodate any number of special bets that apply to the Three Lions and there’s a fair chance that many of them will relate to losing in a penalty shoot-out. However, it’s the match markets where RequestABet really comes into its own.Watching an England World Cup match might ultimately prove to be underwhelming but the hype and feverish anticipation lends itself perfectly to requesting bets outside the usual markets, while games like these are often social occasions watched with groups of friends. The opportunity for an England fan to create their own bet is akin to allowing a child to make their own pizza.Let battle commence Imagine a group of friends who have been drinking all day and are now shouting over each other to be heard. You’ve just painted a picture of what operator competition will look like in the weeks building up to the 2018 World Cup.The operators who are already part of the UK and Irish landscape will have budgets across the marketing mix to ensure that their presence can be felt, while there’ll be a substantial squeeze from new bookmakers wanting to make a splash and gain a foothold into a mature market where online betting has become a mainstream activity.We should expect some fireworks as a result. For Euro 2016, BetVictor went with a “Golden Goal” promotion that promised to give away £1 million to any customer(s) who could predict the First Goalscorer and time of goal in the final. It was an imaginative effort although somewhat scuppered by Portuguese substitute Eder breaking the deadlock after the match had gone into extra-time.Sky Bet will have their usual array of game products such as Super 6 and Fantasy Football where big cash prizes can also be won, while we should expect bet365 to fire up their free In-Play bet facility for several of the big matches including the ones involving England.We’re a year away from the 2018 World Cup but the wheels are in motion when it comes to having a first-class betting product for next summer’s big tournament. It’s an opportunity for operators to not only accrue new customers but also showcase a range of innovative products for the biggest football stage of all. StumbleUpon Share Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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DONEGAL LEAVE IT LATE… BUT WE’RE HEADING BACK TO CROKER

first_imgDonegal goal scorer: Odhran Mac Niallais.Donegal 1-12 Armagh 1-11Donegal remain on course to win their second All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title in three years after defeating Armagh by a single point in a thrilling  quarter-final clash at Croke ParkThe Ulster champions had to come from behind on two occasions and it took two late, late points to earn Jim McGuinness’s side a semi-final date with  either Dublin or Monaghan. Michael Murphy gave Donegal the lead in the third minute, putting a free over the bar from 30 yards.Tony Kernan drew Armagh level  five minutes later with an excellent point from play from 45 yards.The game threatened to boil over in the 10th minute as players and officials got involved in a “bit of handbags” in front of “Hill 16” during which the Donegal team doctor was pushed to the ground.When the game restarted after a two-minute delay, Aaron Kernan put a free over the bar to put Armagh in front for the first time. Wing forward Aiden Forker extended the Armagh lead when he floated over a lovely point in the 20th minute and the same player should have scored again a minute later but he put his shot wide when in a good possession.The game burst into life in the 22nd minute when  MacNiallais found the bottom corner of the Armagh net for his first ever championship goal to put Donegal into a one point lead on a scoreline of 1-01 to 0-03.However, the lead last only lasted three minutes as first, Stefan Campbell and then Andy Mallon put the Orchard County back in front.A brilliant free swung in from distance by Michael Murphy brought the Tir Chonaill county back on level terms a minute later and he put over another to put Donegal back in front with five minutes of the half remaining.Full-back Neil McGee pushed up to double the advantage with an excellent score before Armagh’s Kyle Carragher put over the bar to reduce the deficit to a single point. Following another “handbag” confrontation between the players in the Armagh goalmouth, Michael Murphy put over another free to send Donegal in at half-time with a two-point advantage on a scoreline of 1-05 to 0-06.A McFadden point in between two Tony Kernan scores saw Donegal lead by a single point after ten minutes of the second half.Scores from McFadden and Patrick McBrearty put three points between the sides for the first time before Aaron Kernan brought in back to two on the 48 minute mark.A brilliant long-distance free by Michael Murphy, making his 42nd Championship appearance, put three between the sides again in the 55th minute. Tony Kernan put over a brilliant point in the 58th minute to reduce the deficit before the lucky goal put the Orchard County in front- a Campbell palmed effort came back off the post and struck the heel of goalkeeper Paul Durcan to trickle into the back of the net for a rare own goal in Gaelic football.MacNiallais brought Donegal level before Murray put Armagh back in front with six minutes remaining.Playing a captain’s role, Murphy put over a point from play to level the scores with two minutes remaining before McBrearty pointed a minute later.Tony Kernan had two chances to level the scores in injury time but both his frees from distance failed to reach their target and were cleared by the Donegal defence.DONEGAL LEAVE IT LATE… BUT WE’RE HEADING BACK TO CROKER was last modified: August 9th, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:allall-irelandarmaghcrokedonegalfinalFootballIrelandparkquarterSeniorlast_img read more

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Be Like The NSA With These Extreme Mac Security Measures

first_imgnicole nguyen Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech. Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#Mac#nsa#PopSugar Tech 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… After spying on our personal online data from social networks to Internet providers, the National Security Agency might not currently be seen as the most trustworthy group, but when it comes to securing the privacy of personal computers, you bet the NSA knows what they are talking about.The Atlantic highlighted a tip from an NSA document urging their employees to put tape over their iSight camera or just remove it entirely. The suggestion came from a document titled “Hardening Tips For Mac OS X”, which definitely piqued our interest — if the agency tapping into our phones is taking these security precautions, maybe we should too!If you intend on keeping the data on your computer confidential, heed this advice straight from the NSA for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users to “harden” your system against hackers.Safari—Select Safari > Preferences. Under the General tab, uncheck “Open safe files after downloading.” This means that you will have to manually open newly downloaded files.AirPort—If WiFi is not necessary, open System Preferences, click Network, and select “Turn Airport off.” Then head to “Advanced” and click on the TCP/IP tab. Set “Configure IPv6” to “Off.”Software Update—According the NSA, “regularly applying system updates is extremely important.” From System Preferences, open Software Update, click “Check for updates” and make sure it is set to “daily.”System Accounts—In System Preferences, select Accounts. Click on “Login options” and disable Automatic Login. Set login to display name and password. Disable the guest account and sharing by selecting “Guest Account” and unchecking “Allow Guest to log into this computer.” However, if the Guest account is necessary, deslect “Allow guests to connect to select folders.”Security—In System Preferences, open the Security pane. In General, check the following: “Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver”; “Disable automatic login”; “Use secure virtual memory”; “Disable remote control infrared receiver” for added peace of mind.FileVault—Consider activating FireVault for your laptop, which can protect data if the computer is stolen. But be careful to read the warnings first! To enable FireVault, head to System Preferences > Security > Filevault.Firewall—In System Preferences > Security > Firewall, select “Allow only essential services,” click on “Advanced” and enable “Firewall Logging” and “Stealth Mode.”                        Image courtesy of Corbis Images More stories from PopSugar Tech:The Tesla Model S Is the Safest-Rated Car EverInternet.org Makes Digital Connection a Human RightMarissa Mayer Strikes a Sultry Pose in Vogue — and Riles Up CriticsSpace Mission? That’s No Reason to Stop Pinning!6 Fictional Characters the Internet Wants to Make a Better Batmanlast_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham midfielder Sissoko: Missing World Cup hurt

first_imgTottenham midfielder Sissoko: Missing World Cup hurtby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko admits missing France’s World Cup triumph does burn.Sissoko failed to make the squad after an inconsistent last season with Spurs.He said: “I won’t lie and say, ‘It wasn’t painful to not be part of the squad’.“But you have to accept the manager has made his choice.“I was still behind the team because I had a lot of friends and if I wasn’t in the squad it was not because of them, it was because I didn’t do enough.“That pain has probably helped to drive me on this season.“It was extra motivation to perform and show I could be in the squad.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Wisconsin Star Joe Schobert Thinks Iowa’s Offensive Line May Be Better Than Alabama’s

first_imgWisconsin's stadium from the back of one of the end zones.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Camp Randall Stadium as the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Oregon State Beavers at on September 10, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Oregon State 35-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)In the season opener, Wisconsin went up against Alabama, and the Crimson Tide had little trouble opening up holes for star running back Derrick Henry. The junior back ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries against the Badgers. Wisconsin star linebacker Joe Schobert doesn’t think that ‘Bama necessarily has the best offensive line that he’s faced. That honor goes to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Schobert had a monster game in a losing effort against Iowa, with three sacks and two forced fumbles, but he had a ton of praise for the Hawkeyes, per The Gazette. “I put them on par with Alabama, maybe even a little more,” Schobert told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. “They want to hit you more than Alabama wants to hit you. Alabama is a good, physical offensive line, but I think Iowa kind of takes it to that next step and wants to run at you and wants to physically punch you. We knew that coming in and they lived up to it today. It was just great competition between us and them.”The advanced line stats tell a bit of a mixed story. According to Football Study Hall, Alabama ranks 23rd nationally in adjusted line rushing yards, and 40th in adjusted sack rate. Iowa is better in preventing sack (18th) but lags behind in the run blocking analytics (69th). Either way, Iowa should be proud of the huge Big Ten West win. Being mentioned in the same breath as Alabama is rarely a bad thing.[The Gazette]last_img read more

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Softball Ohio State continues Big Ten play against Michigan State

Ohio State sophomore outfielder Summer Constable (00) leads off of the base at Buckeye Field. Ohio State defeated Indiana 2-0 on March 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternComing off a 4-3 win against Ohio, the Ohio State softball team (26-14, 9-5 Big Ten) will head to East Lansing, Michigan, to face Michigan State (15-25, 3-9 Big Ten) in a three-game series to continue Big Ten action.  “In general, they are a very good hitting team,” Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. “We will have to come up with a good plan to beat that.”The hitting strength of Spartans is led by the Echols sisters: senior outfielder Ebonee Echols and freshman third baseman Charla Echols. Charla Echols and Ebonee Echols lead the team with a .360 and .356 batting average, respectively. Sophomore outfielder Katie Quinlan has recorded a .321 batting average off 34 hits, while scoring 25 runs overall this season.“They are a good hitting team, so we are gonna try to put on more runs than them,” Ohio State senior shortstop Lilli Piper said. “Just try to play solid and defense as possible.”However, Michigan State’s pitchers have not provided the same level of support for the Spartans, owning a 5.02 team ERA in 2019. Michigan State’s sophomore pitcher Alli Walker has recorded a 4.54 ERA and 7-9 season record so far. Comparatively, Ohio State has maintained a 2.13 team ERA this season. Senior pitcher Morgan Ray has maintained a 2.13 ERA and 11-6 season record, striking out 120 batters in 131.2 innings of work. Sophomore Lauren Rice has recorded a 2.26 ERA and 14-4 season record. This past season, Ohio State swept the Spartans in three games. However, the Buckeyes lost two of the three games between the two teams in 2017. “Traditionally through the years, this had been a really competitive series,” Schoenly said.Heading into the series, Shoenly said Ohio State needs to continue its momentum from its past two games: pitching and hitting well. The opener of the three-game series between Ohio State and Michigan State will begin at 6 p.m. Friday.  The second game will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the final game will start at 1 p.m. Sunday. read more

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Speeding bus in headon collision with auto at New Alipore one killed

first_imgKolkata: An auto-rickshaw driver was killed in an accident at New Alipore on Tuesday night. A West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) bus collided with the auto while taking a turn near the military camp at Alipore. Police seized both the vehicles involved in the accident. The bus driver managed to flee from the spot.According to locals, on Tuesday at around 9:30 pm, the auto-rickshaw driver identified as Sanjay Sarkar (45) was moving towards Taratala from New Alipore. Meanwhile, a WBTC bus was moving towards New Alipore at a high speed. Near a turn the bus collided with the auto head-on, wrecking it completely. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAs there was no passenger in the auto, Sarkar was the only one to get injured. He was immediately rushed to a private hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Meanwhile, before locals could detain the bus driver, he managed to flee from the scene. It was alleged that the WBTC bus was racing with another bus but on-duty police personnel said they had not seen the same. However, police were sure that the bus was running at a high speed and tried to take the turn without reducing the speed. Sources informed that the driver was detained later. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSarkar used to drive his auto along the Triangular Park to Sakherbazar route. Protesting against the rash driving of the state-run bus, auto drivers of the route suspended their service on Wednesday. 17 other auto routes in and around the area also decided to suspend service. As a result, daily commuters faced immense trouble reaching their destinations. According to police sources, sleuths are checking the CCTV camera footage from the New Alipore area to make sure how the accident occurred.last_img read more

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