The Faceless Men And Women Of The US Open

(And the slights aren’t limited to photos: At least one American’s photo was accompanied by an Italian flag for one of her doubles matches.)By the first Friday of the Open, the tournament had added photos for many players, including del Potro, Thiem and Almagro. It took a little longer for many women, including Konjuh and Sevastova, who finally got their photos added by that Sunday.Not all the players minded their missing photos. Sevastova, after upsetting Johanna Konta to reach the quarterfinals, said in response to my question at her postmatch news conference that she’d noticed her photo was finally added. “Now I have a photo,” she said. “Now I saw my photo.” Having no photo was better than if the U.S. Open had just used her “WTA picture with short hair,” she said. “I didn’t like it, actually, so it was OK without [a] picture.”The U.S. Open provides an unusual opportunity to check out what the faceless men and women of sport have in common because the tournament lists hundreds of players, all gathered on one website. On the first Friday of the tournament, I did an exhaustive survey of all 579 players on the page — the number shifts during the tournament as draws are finalized for events that start later in the tournament, such as juniors. More than one third of the players — 211 — were missing photos. That includes 44 players who were in the men’s or women’s singles draws, the most prominent events at the Open. In addition to Konjuh and Sevastova, that list included Naomi Osaka, who’d just lost a third-round thriller in Arthur Ashe Stadium to Madison Keys; Laura Siegemund, who was playing seven-time major champ Venus Williams in Ashe the next day; 2015 French Open quarterfinalist Alison Van Uytvanck; Laura Robson, who made the fourth round at the 2012 U.S. Open; and Americans Christian Harrison and Danielle Collins.It’s no coincidence that more women than men were missing: According to Widmaier, there was a lag in adding women’s photos even after the problem was identified. (He wasn’t sure why.)So what factors decided who got a photo by the fifth day of the tournament and who didn’t? I checked a wide range of factors,1By grabbing data off each player’s U.S. Open page and running a regression between whether the player had a photo on the night of the tournament’s first Friday and the player’s other characteristics. and the determinants of whether a player had a profile pic weren’t surprising: Americans, players active on tour and veterans were mostly likely to have a photo. Being from the U.S. increased a player’s chances of having a picture on the site by 30 percentage points. With every singles match a competitor played this year, his or her chances went up by 2 percentage points. A year of age added 3 percentage points.2The percentages assume a linear relationship, which wouldn’t apply at extremes. (We don’t think someone who has played 60 singles matches this year has a greater than 100 percent chance of having a photo.) The exact percentages depend on which variables we include. I also tested, for instance, peak singles ranking, career matches and matches won, but those all are closely linked to both singles matches played this year and to age. So perhaps the most surprisingly snubbed people were the American women’s doubles pair of Ashley Weinhold, 27, and Caitlin Whoriskey, 28. Their faces remained missing on the second Thursday of the tournament. (Then again, neither has ever been ranked in the top 100 in singles or doubles.)Konjuh, who is 18, said she understood why she didn’t have a photo. “Like probably most of the other players that are young or coming didn’t have pictures,” she said in her news conference.Widmaier promised a more completist approach to player photography at the 2017 Open: “It will be improved upon next year.” Anastasija Sevastova and Ana Konjuh defied expectations and their low rankings — both outside the top 40 — to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals. They have something else in common: For the first week of the tournament, where their photos were supposed to appear on the U.S. Open website and app, there instead appeared black rectangles with the flags of their countries and the words “NO BIO PHOTO.”“I saw on the live score, yeah, on the U.S. Open app, yeah, it says, like, ‘bio’ or something,” Konjuh said when I asked about her absent photo at her news conference after she upset Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round.Every sport has these faceless men and women, the ones who aren’t supposed to make the team or get off the bench, who are so new they haven’t been photographed, who may get rushed in front of a digital camera so media staff can get a snap worth posting.Tennis majors face a special challenge in filling those blank rectangles: Up to 128 players enter each of the men’s and women’s qualifying draws, and more than 100 others enter each of the men’s and women’s singles draws. There can be more than 100 players competing only in doubles, and an additional 100 or more might enter only the juniors or juniors qualifying draws. As of the two-week event’s middle Sunday, there were 698 players on the U.S. Open player page.But some of the snubbed U.S. Open players are hardly nobodies. Early in the tournament, 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 10 Dominic Thiem and former No. 9 Nicolas Almagro were among those missing photos. Asked about them on the first Thursday of the tournament, Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open, said, “It’s a disappointment.” I asked if it’s a priority to get photos for the players — all of whom have been professionally photographed at dozens if not hundreds of matches worldwide, and who have pictures that appear on the ATP and WTA websites and on their U.S. Open credentials. “It is now,” Widmaier said. read more

TCIG Expresses Condolenses At The Death Of National Icon The Late Rev

first_img No medical report yet in Capron death Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government offers sincere condolences to the family and friends on the death of the late Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell.The Premier, Dr. The Hon. Rufus W. Ewing, in deep reflection commented, “Our nation has suffered a tremendous loss today. Rev. Howell, as he was known to many, was a true patriot to our country and a soldier for our people. During his lifetime, he has made an invaluable contribution to the development of our society we are truly blessed to have known the late Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell and he will be greatly missed.” As the host of the popular Radio Talk Show, Expressions, Rev. Howell also stirred dialogue and national debate on some of the most controversial topics of our time but one of Rev. Howell’s most notable national accomplishments is the penning of the National Song This Land Of Ours.Our prayers are with the family and friends of Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell. May God be your source of comfort during this difficult time. May He strengthen you and keep you and may He bless these Turks and Caicos Islands. Related Items:death, Rev Dr. Conrad Howell Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Adaptation of National Song debuts in memory of writer, Conrad Howell Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicidelast_img read more

Tata Group to mentor 300 women staff for top leadership positions

first_imgIn a bid to promote women in leadership positions, the Tata Group will now place 300 women under a cross-company mentoring programme. In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the project will have the female executive being mentored by 18 CXO’s and 35 CEO’s from 45 group firms, the Economic Times reported.This means the 300-odd selected women will not be restricted to learning from their bosses but they would get a wider network of leaders to choose from. There are about 1.45 lakh women working in more than 100 Tata’s subsidiary companies, a few of who occupy CXO positions.The main aim of the programme is to have more women at the top leadership positions, in line with the company’s vision of gender-diversity, which was set by its chairman Cyrus Mistry. In 2014, Mistry had said he wanted to have over 1,000 women leaders by 2020.”On the leadership journey, hand-holding by an experienced mentor can be vital support to help us grow. Through the cross-company mentoring programme, we provide an opportunity for our women professional to fulfil their potential and move up the ladder,” NS Rajan, Group Chief HR officer of Tata Sons, was quoted as saying by the ET.One of the main problems is to reduce gender-divide at the higher levels of hierarchy as reducing the divide is easier at lower levels of hierarchy in the corporate world. The mentorship programme will be applicable in the countries where the Tata Group operates.last_img read more

BNP wants Russian Chinese support to end Rohingya crisis

first_imgBNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday called for intensifying diplomatic efforts to convince Russia and China to secure their support to resolve the Rohingya crisis, UNB reports from Cox’s Bazar.The main opposition party emphasised support from the two powers so that they do not exercise their veto power against any move by the United Nations Security Council to take a resolution on the Rohingya crisis.”We must continue our diplomatic endeavours to have a solution to Rohingya issue. Our diplomatic efforts will also have to deepen so that China and Russia don’t use their veto power at the UN Security Council,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told newsmen after distributing relief materials among Rohingyas at Ukhia.The BNP leader said the government should make its best efforts to persuade all the influential countries to stand by the hapless and persecuted citizens of Myanmar.He said their party wants the government to give shelter to those Myanmar citizens entered Bangladesh in the face of mass killing and persecution in their own country for a temporary period on humanitarian ground.At the same time, Fakhrul said, the government also must take all-out measures to repatriate the displaced Rohingyas promptly ensuring their citizenship and dignity.On behalf of their party chairperson Khaleda Zia, the BNP secretary general also called upon all to stand by the repressed Rohingya with their humanitarian assistance.He said their party has long been demanding army engagement to carry out relief activities in Rohingya camps. “Discipline has been restored in distributing relief here as the government finally entrusted the army with the task.”The BNP leader said the government should increase its healthcare services for Rohingyas further and set up temporary houses for them.He said their party has been providing Rohingyas with humanitarian support since they started entering Bangladesh following persecution in Myanmar.The BNP leader said their party leaders are working for giving humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas alongside its central relief team.Fakhrul, who went to Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday afternoon, handed over two trucks carrying relief materials of their party to army on Ukhia College ground on Wednesday morning.He later distributed the relief materials, including food, clothes, utensils and medicines, among the Rohingyas.last_img read more

WWII bomb to force mass evacuation in Berlin

first_imgThe discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb will force a mass evacuation around Berlin’s central railway station Friday, covering several government ministries and a hospital, police said.Buildings and streets in a radius of 800 metres (875 yards) around the site north of the busy train station will be cleared from 0700 GMT until the 500-kilogramme (1,100-pound) explosive is safely defused, they said on Twitter Wednesday.The evacuation zone covers the central railway station, the economy and transport ministries, an army hospital and the embassies of Indonesia and Uzbekistan, a police spokesman told AFP.Police said it was not yet clear how many thousands of people would be affected but predicted to local media that “it will be big, it will be a major hassle”.The Deutsche Bahn rail company and urban transport operators prepared for large-scale disruptions around the central hub for trains, trams and buses.The bomb, which was discovered during construction work on Heidestrasse in the district of Mitte, was “safe for now”, police said, reassuring nearby residents that “there is no immediate danger”.Allied planes blasted Nazi Germany during the Second World War, and vast urban and industrial areas remain littered with unexploded bombs and other ordnance often found during construction projects.Last Friday in the state of Bavaria, an ordnance disposal team defused a 500 kilogramme bomb which had forced the evacuation of 12,000 people in the city of Neu-Ulm-the third unexploded bomb to be disarmed in recent weeks in the city of 50,000 people.last_img read more

No bar on city bus Thursday

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoElection commission lifts the restriction on plying of buses on the city thoroughfares on the elections to two city corporations on Thursday, reports UNB.”Buses can ply the main roads (of the Dhaka city),” chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda told a press conference at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city on Wednesday.The EC initially imposed restriction on the plying of all sorts of motorised vehicles except emergency and permitted ones in the capital for the elections to two city corporations.The press conference was arranged over the by-election to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation and polls to councillor posts in its 18 new wards and 18 other new wards of Dhaka South City Corporation, which will be held on Thursday.The CEC said though no personal vehicle can ply the city roads for roaming unnecessarily, but examinees can use their private cars showing their admit cards.Huda said the EC has already issued directives to police in this regard.The balloting in the elections will begin at 8:00am and continue till 4:00pm without any break in the entire DNCC and DSCC extended areas.In DNCC, five candidates are vying for the mayoral post, while 116 contenders for 18 general councillor posts and 45 aspirants for six reserved seats which are exclusively for women. Of them, one general councillor candidate has been elected unopposed in the city.The five mayoral candidates are Awami League’s Atiqul Islam (Boat), Jatiya Party’s Shafin Ahmed (Plough), NPP’s Anisur Rahman (Mango) and PDP’s Shahin Khan (Tiger) and independent runner Abdur Rahim (Table Clock).In DSCC, there are 125 contestants for 18 general councillor posts and 24 women for six reserved seats.About the EC’s preparations for the elections, the CEC said the commission has completed all preparations to arrange the elections in a fair manner.”We want a free, fair and lawful election,” he added.Replying to a query, he explained why the voters and candidates are not so much enthusiastic over the elections. “One of the reasons is that they’ll be elected for only one year…. Besides, all the parties have not joined the elections though we’ve nothing to do here,” he added.About boycotting the polls by BNP, the CEC said, “We don’t have any failure. We don’t have any weakness. We’ve taken all preparations to arrange fair elections… they don’t participate in the elections, it’s their political decision.”In reply to another question, he said had all the parties joined the election, the commission would have been happier.last_img read more

China summons Canada envoy over detained Huawei exec

first_imgA sign of the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, where Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is being held on an extradition warrant, is seen outside the facility in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada on 8 December 2018. Photo: ReutersChina on Saturday summoned the Canadian ambassador over the “unconscionable and vile” detention of telecom giant Huawei’s chief financial officer in Vancouver, state media reported, in Beijing’s latest angry response to the hot-button case.Meng Wanzhou has been held since 1 December in Canada on an American extradition request and faces US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking business dealings with Iran.The 46-year-old executive was arrested in Vancouver while changing planes, ratcheting up tensions between the US and China just as the countries’ leaders agreed to a truce in their trade war.In a statement cited by official news agency Xinhua, China’s vice foreign minister Le Yucheng said Meng’s detention was a “severe violation” of her rights and interests as a Chinese citizen.”Such a move ignores the law and is unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature,” the news agency quoted Le as saying in the statement.Le summoned Canadian ambassador John McCallum in protest and urged Ottawa to release Meng immediately or face “grave consequences that the Canadian side should be held accountable for”, Xinhua said.Meng — the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer in China’s People’s Liberation Army — is set to remain in custody until at least Monday, when a Canadian court is expected to decide on bail.Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd`s chief financial officer (CFO), is seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on 6 December 2018. Photo: ReutersIn a hearing that was adjourned on Friday, Canadian government lawyer John Gibb-Carsley asked for bail to be denied, saying Meng has been accused of “conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions.”He said if convicted, she faces more than 30 years in prison.Meng is specifically accused of lying to a US bank, identified by her lawyer as “Hong Kong Bank”, about the use of a covert subsidiary to sell to Iran in breach of sanctions.Extradition treatyThe extradition process could take months, even years, if appeals are made in the case.Canada has a long-standing extradition treaty with the United States, requiring it to cooperate with US Department of Justice requests to hand over suspects.The offence for which extradition is being sought must also be a crime in Canada, and a Canadian court must decide if there is sufficient evidence to support the extradition.On Thursday, prime minister Justin Trudeau defended Canada’s arrest of Meng, saying politics played no part in the decision.A spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told AFP on Saturday that Ottawa had no further comment on the case.Huawei said Friday that it would “continue to follow the bail hearing”, expressing “every confidence that the Canadian and US legal systems will reach the right conclusion”.Meng’s detention in Canada came on the day of a summit between US president Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, at which they agreed to a truce in their tit-for-tat tariff battle.The world’s top two economies have exchanged steep tariffs on more than $300 billion in total two-way trade, locking them in a conflict that has begun to eat into profits.last_img

Businesses Are Put On Notice When It Comes To Spring Break Alcohol

first_img Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: TABC has been doing what it calls “minor stings.” During those operations, agents observe while an underaged person attempts to buy alcohol. They’ve been doing those stings along travel corridors near college campuses. Other operations have taken place on South Padre Island and Austin’s SXSW festival.When a violation occurs, TABC’s Chris Porter said it may be a situation where the retailer just needs additional training.“A lot of times what we see is perhaps a clerk is too busy to do the proper checks,” explained Porter. “Or in some cases, especially for bars and nightclubs, perhaps a bartender is relying upon someone outside the door checking ID’s as they come in.”Porter said it’s not their goal to put retailers out of business. “What we want to do is make sure they have the tools they need to prevent these kind of sales.”TABC says about 95% of the businesses they check are in compliance. They’ve done close to 120 stings over the past week here in the Houston region and Porter said they’ve only found a handful of violations.TABC Deputy Executive Director for Enforcement Robert Saenz said they want to ensure that any alcohol sold during the Spring Break season is done so safely and legally. They plan to continue their efforts heading into the summer months.“TABC will continue to serve as a resource for retailers who have questions about the law and its impact on their day-to-day operations,” added Saenz. 00:00 /00:46 Sharelast_img read more

3 Murders Add to Wave of DC Homicides

first_imgA Maryland man was fatally shot on the afternoon of Aug. 13 in Southeast D.C. The shooting is one in a wave of recent District murders, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.Authorities responded to a call in the 1400 block of V Street, SE. the afternoon of Aug. 13. Officers found Gary Thompson, 19, from Suitland, Md., unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound to his back. Thompson was taken to a local and later died, police said.Several murders also occurred during the week of Aug. 8-Aug. 14, including the Aug. 10 slaying of William Lassiter, 52, who was shot on the 900 block of Mount Olivet Road, NE, police said.Officers said they heard gunfire in the area of Mount Olivet Road and New York Avenue around 1:45 a.m. and found the victim suffering from a gunshot injury. He was pronounced dead on the scene.A third shooting took the life of another man on Aug. 8 in Northwest D.C. Authorities said they arrived at the 5700 block of Georgia Avenue, NW. around 7:10 p.m. Police said they found Donald Stephen Johnson Jr., 45, injured from gunfire behind Emery Recreation Center. Johnson was transported to an area hospital where he later died.Police said they are searching for suspect Herman Lee Cook Jr. pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with second-degree murder while armed. Police described Cook as, “. . . a black male, 5’8” tall, 250 pounds, with brown eyes, medium complexion, and black hair (balding on top).” Authorities said he is considered armed and dangerous.Aquita Brown, spokesperson for the police department, told the AFRO Aug. 15 that no arrests have been made in any of the three murders.According to the police, there have been a total of 85 homicides in D.C. as of Aug. 17, a 10 percent decline from the same time a year ago. Data shows that there have been two homicides on V Street Southeast, one homicide in the immediate area of Mount Olivet Road Northeast and three homicides on Georgia Avenue Northwest in 2016.last_img read more

For lowcost DNA nanostructures recycle sticky ends

first_img At left, a sketch of two grids connected by two generic sticky-ends (circled) and one specific sticky-end (right end). The atomic force microscopy image is at right, with the scale bar equal to 40 nm. Credit: Constantin Pistol, et al. DNA could be backbone of next generation logic chips In the second method, Pistol and Dwyer used all specific sticky-ends to connect two 4 x 4 grids. They found that, after the grids were connected, the sticky-ends could be reused in other connections. In this method, the scientists assembled four 4 x 4 grids to produce a 64-motif structure. “Once the two sticky-ends have joined into a double helix, their sequences can be re-used in another part of the system,” said Dwyer. “This requires that the nanostructure be formed hierarchically.”At a molecular weight of 8960 kD, the 64-motif structure is one of the largest programmable synthetic nanostructures ever synthesized. The scientists also predict that this method can be scaled even further before reaching a limit imposed when the generic interactions begin to dominate the process. However, studies in periodic DNA crystal formation suggest that the scale limit is nearly macroscopic.In analyzing their structures for defects, Pistol and Dwyer found that missing motifs were common, requiring defect-tolerant designs in future large-scale assemblies. If DNA nanostructures can be fabricated at the scales Pistol and Dwyer predict, then not only biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry would benefit, but future computer systems may use DNA, as well.“One of the benefits of DNA nanostructures for computers is device density,” Dwyer said. “The grid has a pitch of 20nm, and this is about half of the smallest device feature in Intel’s latest lithography process. The other benefit is manufacturing scale. Each experiment created a vast number of structures (~1012 or more) and this holds the promise of more complex and higher performance computers in the future.”Citation: Pistol, Constantin, and Dwyer, Chris. “Scalable, low-cost, hierarchical assembly of programmable DNA nanostructures.” Nanotechnology 18 (2007) 125305 (4pp).Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. In their recent paper in Nanotechnology, Constantin Pistol and Chris Dwyer explain DNA’s advantages over silicon in terms of its easy synthesis, control and asymmetrical complexity. While recent advances in the field of fabricating DNA nanostructures have produced rigid sequences, Pistol and Dwyer focused on developing a self-assembly method that enables simple and inexpensive scaling of the DNA structures. In addition, their grid-like structures consist of components that can be independently modified to create arbitrary patterns for different purposes.“The independent chemical modification of the motifs in the grid is important when generating templates on the grid,” Dwyer told PhysOrg.com. “Our computer architecture research is investigating how the DNA grids might act like scaffolds for other materials, such as carbon nanotubes. Arbitrary patterns of these materials are necessary to implement the kinds of circuits that we use to build computers.” The hierarchical approach to building nanostructures from DNA, beginning with nine oligonucleotides and resulting in an 8 x 8 grid. Credit: Constantin Pistol, et al. In their study, the scientists use a hierarchical approach: nine oligonucleotides (the structural units of DNA) form a cross-like motif, and 16 motifs annealed with streptavidin can form a grid. To build larger structures from these 4 x 4 grids, the scientists experimented with using two types of sticky-ends. “Sticky-ends are single-stranded pieces of DNA that can hybridize, or form a double helix, with their complements,” Dwyer explained. “A well designed sticky-end has only one true complementary sticky-end in the system.”The first type, the “generic” sticky-end, binds with only one helix instead of the normal two. This binding provides a relatively unstable interaction, which makes it easier to individually program two adjacent grids later on. The second type, the “specific” sticky-end, provides a stronger interaction and can control the weak interactions between the generic sticky-ends.In one fabrication method, the scientists bound together two 4 x 4 grids, using two generic sticky-ends and one specific sticky-end (the fourth grid arm was left open for identification purposes). The scientists found that the single specific sticky-end could dominate the entire connection, providing a scalable assembly method.center_img Explore further Citation: For low-cost DNA nanostructures, recycle sticky ends (2007, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-03-low-cost-dna-nanostructures-recycle-sticky.html Scientists from Duke University have recently demonstrated a new method for assembling large, low-cost DNA nanostructures, in part by reusing the “sticky-ends,” the broken DNA strands used to connect the nanostructures. In their hierarchical self-assembly method, the scientists have demonstrated one of the largest programmable synthetic nanostructures ever synthesized. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Regular bedtime may boost your heart metabolic health

first_imgEver thought why a good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your health? A new study has found that regular bedtime and wake time may help you revive yourself and boost your heart and metabolic health.The study found that people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure and a higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years than those who slept and woke at the same times every day. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPeople with irregularity in sleeping pattern were also more likely to report depression and stress than regular sleepers, suggests the study, published in the journal Scientific Report.”From our study, we can’t conclude that sleep irregularity results in health risks, or whether health conditions affect sleep. Perhaps all of these things are impacting each other,” said lead author Jessica Lunsford-Avery, Assistant Professor at the Duke Health in Durham. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, the research team involved 1,978 older adults aged between 54 and 93. They used devices that tracked sleep schedules to learn whether even subtle changes – going to bed at 10:10 p.m. instead of the usual 10 pm – were linked to the health of participants.The study also tracked the duration of participants’ sleep and preferred timing – whether someone turned in early or was a night owl. According to these measures, people with hypertension tended to sleep more hours, and people with obesity tended to stay up till late. The team also found that people with irregular sleeping habit experienced more sleepiness during the day and were less active – perhaps because they were tired.last_img read more

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

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, February 27. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 08:22Usual congestion A34Usual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes.07:50Werrington Road busy in Bucknall A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). (Image: Inrix)07:43Congestion on the A50 near UttoxeterTraffic congestion on A50 around B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout).Affecting eastbound traffic on the approach to the roundabout and also southbound traffic on Ashbourne Road. (Image: Inrix)07:42Congestion on A500 between Audley Turn Off and M6Traffic congestion on A500 Westbound from Alsager Road (Audley Turn Off) to M6 J16 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). No indication of roadworks or police incident. (Image: Inrix)07:36Usual congestion on Chell Street coming into HanleyUsual congestion on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. (Image: Inrix)07:35Usual congestion at Smallthorne RoundaboutsUsual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabouts (Image: Inrix)07:34Slow traffic in LongportUsual congestion on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. (Image: Inrix)07:33Heavy traffic on A500 neare junction 15 of M6Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. (Image: Inrix)07:32Temporary traffic lights causing congestion on Middlewich Road in CreweSlow traffic on A530 Middlewich Road in both directions at the Rising Sun Inn. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. (Image: Inrix)07:26Usual congestion on A500 Usual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). (Image: Inrix)07:20Two lanes closed on M6 in Staffordshire after accident damages barrier Two lanes are shut northbound near Cannock – with a lane on the southbound carriageway reopening just after 6am. More here.07:16Usual congestion on A53 in Stockton BrookUsual congestion on A53 Leek New Road at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane. (Image: Inrix)07:11Good morningWe’ll be bringing you the latest news from across the region throughout the day.last_img read more