first_imgA teenager was shot dead allegedly by a retired head constable of CRPF after a heated argument in Dausa district of Rajasthan. The incident occurred on Sunday when a verbal spat broke out between Ravi Kumar Meena (18) and Laxminarayan Meena (68) over some issue. Laxminarayan took out his licensed gun and shot at Ravi, SHO Baswa police station Veer Singh said. The teen died on the way to the hospital. The retired constable was detained on Monday, the SHO said Ravi’s body was handed over to his family after a postmortem.last_img read more

first_imgNineteen people, including three children, were killed and six others were injured after a cement-laden truck they were travelling in overturned on a highway in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar. The victims were labourers from central Gujarat and were coming from Pipavav port.“Twenty-five people were in the open cement laden truck. The driver lost control while overtaking another vehicle on the highway and the truck turned turtle. Twelve women were among those killed,” a State government release said. The government has announced compensation of ₹4 lakh each for the victims.“My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in the accident… I pray that those who have been injured in the accident recover at the earliest,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani asked the authorities to conduct an inquiry. The truck driver fled after the accident.last_img read more

first_imgThe long-term water supply projects in Rajasthan will be completed on time to ensure the availability of water in the geographically difficult areas. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has given instructions for speeding up implementation of water supply schemes for both drinking and irrigation.Mr. Gehlot said at a review meeting here after the appointment of committees for the Rajiv Gandhi Jal Sanchay Yojana that the long-term projects would permanently resolve the issue of paucity of water caused by scanty and erratic rainfall in the State. “The projects should be formulated to meet the local needs and regularly monitored,” he said.The progress of projects financed by institutions such as the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Japan International Cooperation Agency and New Development Bank as well as the dam, canal and small irrigation projects was reviewed on the occasion.The committees appointed at the district, block and village panchayat levels for the Yojana will coordinate the activities of various departments and monitor the progress of work for water conservation.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government is planning to spend billions more on the navy’s four wayward submarines to keep them operating into the 2030s.The plan to extend the lives of the troubled vessels is included in the Liberals’ new defence policy and comes following calls from senior naval officers to save the controversial ships from the scrap heap.The actual price of the plan was not revealed in the policy document, which was released to much fanfare last week, and National Defence refused to provide a price tag following multiple requests.That is despite assertions from the Liberal government that the defence policy was fully costed and following promises of full transparency when it came to the overall plan.“Detailed costing will be provided in the Defence Investment Plan to be published in due course,” National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said in an email.Defence sources, however, have told The Canadian Press that keeping the submarines in the water for another decade will cost upwards of $2.5 billion.Without upgrades, the first of the submarines will reach the end of its life in 2022, according to documents obtained last year through Access to Information, with the last retired in 2027.Some have questioned the wisdom of spending more money on the four vessels, which have been plagued with problems since Canada bought them used from Britain in 1998.While the Chretien government said at the time that it was getting a bargain by paying only $750 million, the ships have required constant repairs and upgrades just to make them seaworthy for a limited time.And while a number of experts have called for Canada look to purchase new submarines, rather than upgrading the ones it has, others have said the country doesn’t need such expensive vessels.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan this week emphasized the Liberal government’s view, previously expressed by senior naval officials, that subs are necessary for protecting Canada’s security and sovereignty.“No other platform in the Canadian Armed Forces can do what a submarine can do,” Sajjan said during an event in Halifax on Monday.“No other platform has the stealth, the intelligence-gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance capability and the deterrence to potential adversaries that a sub does.”Sajjan added that the government decided upgrading the existing subs — HMCS Chicoutimi, Victoria, Corner Brook and Windsor — was more “prudent” than purchasing new vessels.The Liberals promised in their defence policy to invest an additional $62 billion in the military over the next 20 years, which includes increasing annual defence spending by 70 per cent over the next decade.A large chunk of that new money will end up going towards replacing the navy’s 12 frigates and three recently retired destroyers with 15 new warships at a cost of between $56 billion and $60 billion.Previous estimates had pegged the cost of those vessels at $26 billion.The four submarines continue to generate headlines for the wrong reasons, with the most recent Thursday when HMCS Chicoutimi was hit by another naval vessel while docked at CFB Esquimalt in B.C.But Rob Huebert, an expert on maritime security at the University of Calgary, said the other three have been involved in a variety of tasks and mission in recent months — even if most Canadians don’t realize it.“The very nature of what they do means that (the military) can’t talk about it,” he said.“They’re actually exceeding what the navy was expecting them to do in terms of time at sea, interdiction of drugs and co-operation with the Americans. You can’t talk about any of that, but it is occurring.”Rather than extend the lives of the submarines, Huebert said he would have liked to see the government start looking for replacements, but that wasn’t possible given the huge costs of replacing the frigates.“What we saw was the defence review was an intelligent decision to do what was necessary to lengthen the life of the subs while making sure the (new warships) are built,” he said.– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgSMITHS FALLS, Ont. – Canopy Growth Corp. says its shareholders have approved a $5-billion investment in the cannabis company by Constellation Brands Inc.The Smiths Falls, Ont.-based company says more than 95 per cent of the votes at its annual meeting supported the private placement of 104.5 million shares and 139.7 million warrants to Constellation subsidiary CBG Holdings LLC.The alcohol giant announced in August that it would invest in the marijuana producer, giving it a 38 per cent stake in the company.The transaction is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, after regulatory approval is received under the Investment Canada Act.Canopy chairman and co-CEO Bruce Linton thanked shareholders for approving what he called “a landmark investment in our business.”The Constellation deal comes as other alcohol companies have also started homing in on the cannabis industry.Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED)last_img read more

What has changed is the rest of the Premier League. The average points taken by the other big clubs (Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham) this season through 35 games was 72.8. In previous seasons this average has not exceeded 70. Among the weakest four of the big six, the clubs Arsenal directly needs to beat in order to qualify for the Champions League, the average point total through 35 matches this year is 67.7. Only once previously (2013-14) has the average been close, and Arsenal was fortunate enough to be clear with 70 points through 35 matches that year.The strategy of Wenger’s Arsenal has been to build a team good enough to reach the top four, usually with 70-75 points and a goal difference between plus-20 and plus-30. The strategy has worked in part because the other clubs with the resources to match these results failed to achieve Arsenal’s consistency. This year they have improved and Arsenal has not.But that is not the whole story. Expected goals, a statistical measure of the quality of chances created and conceded, suggests that Arsenal in 2016-17 are running below the level of quality they have in the recent past. Arsenal’s expected goals difference is only plus-13, easily the club’s worst statistical performance in the last six years. This drop-off has been most pronounced in recent weeks. Since March 1, Arsenal has gone 5-1-4, but the Gunners have conceded as many goals as they have scored. Their expected goals difference is even worse, at minus-4.The most notable change in this time is that Wenger has, for the first time in years, switched to a formation with three center backs, utilizing winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a wingback and deploying a varying set of forwards — including Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott — in a front three. Playing in the new formation has brought a good haul of points, but in those matches Arsenal has conceded more clear scoring chances to its opponents (9) than it has created (5). The streak is unlikely to continue unless the underlying performances pick up. What is most notable about the changes in formation and personnel is that Arsenal usually isn’t tinkering this late in the season. Wenger is known for giving his attackers freedom to improvise on the pitch and to build off relationships and experience. It stands to reason that in such a system, stability in personnel and tactics would lead to higher levels of performance, as players develop understandings from playing together. Arsenal’s statistics over the last six years bear this out. During seasons in which Arsenal has maintained stability in its first 11 over the final weeks of the season, the club has finished hot. In the only two seasons when Wenger made major changes, Arsenal has averaged just 1.6 and 1.1 points per match, respectively, down the stretch.Regardless of whether Wenger continues to tweak tactics in these final three games, his team needs to win — and even that may be not be enough. With luck, perhaps these new tactics and new formation will click and the streak can be extended. But if it doesn’t pull off late-season heroics, Arsenal won’t be seen in the Champions League next fall, and the team that will be seen in England may look much different. The one constant in the English Premier League is that no matter what else happens, Arsenal will finish in the top four. Under manager Arsene Wenger, the club has never finished as low as fifth, a run dating to the 1996-97 season. After 21 years, Arsenal may finally drop outside the top four. The Gunners are currently in fifth place with only a 22 percent chance of fighting their way back into the top four.The implications for Arsenal go well beyond just the trivia. First, it would cost the North London club an annual influx of cash it has grown accustomed to. The top four clubs in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League, which provides a major revenue boost; last season Arsenal made about $58 million from the Champions League. If Arsenal finish outside the top four, the club will qualify for the Europa League, where Tottenham Hotspur earned almost $23 million last season for a similar performance.It may also cost them players. Playing in Europe’s premier club tournament offers prestige and glory that in turn helps attract better players on transfers. Arsenal should be particularly worried about maintaining their Champions League streak because star forward Alexis Sanchez has only one season remaining on his contract. If Sanchez does not sign a new contract this summer, he may have to be sold in order for Arsenal to recoup a transfer fee from his departure. The sharks are already circling, with Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Chelsea rumored to be considering bids.But the most significant casualty of Arsenal’s disappointing season may be Wenger himself. The long-tenured manager has not signed a contract for next season. If Arsenal cannot right the ship, he may be gone, ending an unprecedented run of consistency at the top. (Since he took the reins at Arsenal, 159 different coaches have held a job in the EPL, plus another 53 have held interim positions.)So with three Premier League games remaining for most of the teams at the top of the table, the stakes could hardly be higher. With yesterday’s victory at Southampton, Arsenal remained in the top four race with a 22 percent chance of Champions League qualification. To get there, Arsenal will need Liverpool or Manchester City to drop points, and the Gunners will probably need to win all of their remaining matches. Arsenal projects to a 61 percent chance of finishing in the top four if it wins out, with chances falling fast if any more points are dropped.So how has Arsenal found itself in this predicament? The streak is evidence that the team hasn’t had a really bad spell in decades. But that doesn’t mean the team has gotten any better — and that’s part of the problem. Wenger’s Arsenal for years has treaded water in the third- and fourth-place spots — last season was the first time Arsenal had finished above third since 2005. All it would take for the Gunners to fall would be for the other big clubs in the Premier League to play up to expectations. And this season that is exactly what has happened.Arsenal has taken 66 points through 35 matches with a plus-26 goal difference. These numbers are not particularly unusual for Arsenal in the last several seasons. Since 2010-11, Arsenal’s points through 35 games have ranged from 64 to 70. The goal-difference numbers are ranged similarly, from plus-21 to plus-32. The Gunners’ stats this season show up at the lower end of the team’s recent level, but they are not outliers. read more

first_imgOpengate Capital+1500(6%) Odds that one of the listed magazines will be sold this year National Geographic+600(14%) Rupert Murdoch+200(33%) Thomson Reuters+400(20%) Bloomberg+300(25%) Forget betting on which team will make it to this year’s NBA championship or who will take home the 2010 World Cup trophy. Now that Newsweek is up for sale, you can place bets on which company will acquire the troubled title. According to YouWager.com—a sportsbook, online casino and poker room—there’s a 33 percent likelihood that Rupert Murdoch will be the one to acquire Newsweek. Next up is Bloomberg (25 percent), Thompson Reuters (20 percent), Time Inc. (12 percent), McGraw Hill (9 percent) and OpenGate Capital (6 percent). [View the chart below for the return on wagers.]It’s fun to categorize buyers’ chances Las Vegas-style, but how did YouWager calculate the odds? “First comes the need to do some research,” YouWager.com Cory Scott tells me. “These are public companies, so it’s easy to see how they’ve been performing over the last few quarters. Next, you come up with your odds. Fans like to root for the favorite, while gamblers love a long shot, so you need to put up companies that have a possibility of going down based on performance, but it still needs to be unlikely to justify the larger payout.” People +700(13%) Scott adds that the site also takes into account the popularity of the companies being bet on. “People won’t bet if they don’t have an opinion, and they won’t have an opinion if they don’t know anything about the team or, in this case, the company,” he says.What are the Odds that Playboy Gets Sold?YouWager didn’t stop with Newsweek. The site has also placed odds on which major magazines will most likely be sold this year. Playboy tops the list at 29 percent followed by Time (25 percent), Vogue (20 percent), Sports Illustrated (18 percent), Vanity Fair (14 percent), National Geographic (14 percent) and People (13 percent). Scott came up with these odds by applying the same criteria as he did for Newsweek. “Playboy’s revenue for print and digital is down 26 percent, and this is a trend that has been going on for a while,” he said. “I compared Playboy to the other companies and decided they are the most likely candidates to go down based on recent and past performance.”Because Playboy has had financial trouble and because of the current state of the economy, Scott felt there’s a 25 to 30 percent chance that the company’s magazine would be sold, which equals roughly to +250 or $250 for every $100 risked. “After I set the odds, I need to ask myself whether people have an opinion on Playboy going down.  I think so, so the odds go up with Playboy as the ‘favorite’ to go down, but it’s still an unlikely outcome.” So, get your pocketbooks ready, and place your bets! [The +/- indicates the return on the wager. For Example: Betting on the candidate least likely to win would earn the most amount of money, should that happen. The percentage is the likelihood the contestant(s) will win.]center_img McGraw Hill+1000(9%) Odds that one of the options below will purchase Newsweek Vogue+400(20%) Time+300(25%) Time Inc.+750(12%) Vanity Fair+600(14%) Sports Illustrated+500(18%) Playboy+250(29%)last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On the latest episode of “All About The Flavors,” host and Wilmington resident Bob Hamel shares recipes for three salads that incorporate grilled fruit.Watch the 22-minute episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/6a52c6bc-e7aa-4b7a-abf0-f129fbac5fa5/video.original.mp400:0000:0021:47Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch Wilmington Resident Share Recipes For Eggplant Stack, Onion String & Baked SpinachIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Wilmington Resident Share His Meatloaf RecipeIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Wilmington Resident Share Recipe For Beer Can ChickenIn “Videos”last_img read more

first_imgHigh-CourtThe High Court on Sunday asked the election commissioner to accept the nomination papers of five BNP aspirants who are also municipal mayors so that they can contest the upcoming general election, reports UNB.A HC bench of justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order after hearing on separate writ petitions filed by the five BNP leaders challenging the EC’s decision to reject their candidature.The five BNP aspirants are Fahmid Foysal Chowdhury of Nilphamari-3, Amzad hossain of Nilphamari-4, Syed Jahangir Alam of Dinajpur-3, Mohamamd Nazmul of Naogaon-5 and Touhidul Haq of Panchagarh-1 constituencies.Earlier in the day, the five BNP aspirants filed separate writ petitions challenging the legality of the EC’s decision that rejected their candidature as they were holding the post of municipality mayor.Lawyer Ruhul Kuddus Kajal stood for the petitioners while attorney general Mahbubey Alam represented the state.With HC order there will be no obstacles for the five BNP candidates for contesting the polls, said lawyer Ruhul Kuddus Kajal.EC has rejected the nominations of five BNP aspirants during the hearing on petitions filed with the commission.The returning officers concerned rejected the nomination papers of five BNP leaders saying all of them were holding respective posts of municipality mayors.The 11th national election is scheduled to be held on 30 December 2018.last_img read more

first_img Listen 00:00 /01:18 Sandra Bland/FacebookSandra Bland, who was found dead at the Waller County Jail on July 13. Sharecenter_img X State Rep. Garnet Coleman of Houston has introduced the “Sandra Bland Act” (HB 2702). The bill would mandate sweeping criminal justice reforms, including a crackdown on racial profiling.Among other measures, the bill would ban so-called “pretext stops.” That’s the practice of a police officer stopping a car for an alleged traffic violation, in order to investigate another suspected, unrelated crime.“Now that happened to me when I was growing up,” said Coleman, who introduced the bill on the steps of the Texas Supreme Court. “It’s not supposed to happen to my children. This is 30 years later. So that’s the reason why I think this is important, and that’s the reason the people standing here with me think this is important, because this led to a death that didn’t have to occur.”In 2015, Sandra Bland, an African-American woman, was stopped in Prairie View by a white state trooper over a failure signal a lane change. The trooper arrested Bland. Three days later, she was found dead in her jail cell. The death, which Waller County authorities ruled a suicide, became a flashpoint in the Black Lives Matter movement.The Sandra Bland Act faces a difficult road in the Republican-led state legislature. The Texas Municipal Police Association has already criticized the bill as misguided. The bill’s high number makes it unlikely the measure will make it through both houses before the end of the session in May. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

first_img Share Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump argues that his power to pardon would include even himself — but says he doesn’t need to use it because he’s done nothing wrongPresident Donald Trump rocked the region with the stunning announcement Tuesday that he was halting annual U.S.-South Korean military drills — and wants to remove the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in the South as a deterrent against North Korea.Trump’s surprise, almost offhand comments, made during a news conference after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seemingly upended decades of the U.S. defense posture on the Korean Peninsula.The remarks contradicted countless previous declarations by U.S. political and military officials over the years that the drills are routine, defensive and absolutely critical.Trump has now essentially adopted the standard North Korean line, calling the military exercises a “provocative” drain of money and announcing they would stop while he continues talks with Kim, whom he repeatedly praised as a solid negotiating partner.His statement was quickly portrayed by critics as a major, unreciprocated concession to a country that only last year was threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war.It also seemed to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea, where the presence of U.S. troops has long been described as necessary to maintaining peace on the peninsula.Seoul’s presidential office told The Associated Press that it was trying to parse Trump’s comments. The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised.“At this current point, there is a need to discern the exact meaning and intent of President Trump’s comments,” Seoul’s Defense Ministry said, adding that there have been no discussions yet with Washington on modifying drills set for August.U.S. forces in South Korea said it has “received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises” and will continue to coordinate with South Korean partners and maintain the current posture until it receives an updated guidance from the Department of Defense or the Indo-Pacific Command.Trump’s comments will be questioned by many in South Korea and beyond, with some seeing in them an effort by North Korea to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.North Korea regularly calls the military exercises provocative preparations for a northward invasion, and many of the scariest standoffs in recent years on the Korean Peninsula have happened when the drills were being staged. Outside analysts believe the North objects to the drills because it must spend precious resources on its own war games and troop movements. North Korea also insists that the U.S. troop presence in the South, as well as its nuclear “umbrella” over allies Seoul and Tokyo, are part of America’s “hostile” policy toward the North.“I want to bring our soldiers back home,” Trump said, although he added that it’s “not part of the equation right now.” Then he said: “We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should. But we’ll be saving a tremendous amount of money. Plus, I think it’s very provocative.”The comments could fundamentally change the way the United States, whose alliance with Seoul was forged after a 1950 surprise attack by the North started the Korean War, operates in South Korea.Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would stop military exercises, his description of those drills as “provocative” and his suggestion that he wants to pull U.S. troops out at some point are “all things that Trump is putting on the table as concessions, all in exchange for some vague promises by the North Koreans,” said Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations.Annual military drills between Washington and Seoul have been a major source of contention between the Koreas for years, and analysts have wondered whether their continuation would hurt the inter-Korean detente that, since an outreach by Kim in January, has replaced last year’s insults and threats of war. North Korea last month broke off a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea’s participation in a two-week military exercise with the United States.North Korea’s state media, referring to the drills, recently demanded that Washington “stop the acts of threatening its dialogue partner by force.”Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have held a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops. There are also annual springtime drills. Drills called Team Spirit, one of the largest annual military maneuvers in the world at the time, were held from 1976 until 1993, when, after North Korea agreed to dismantle its existing nuclear facilities, the exercises were canceled and have not been held since.Moon Seong Mook, a former South Korean military official, said Trump’s comments on the drills confirmed what many in South Korea had feared all along — that North Korea would attempt to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul and gain substantial concessions from an unconventional U.S. president who thinks much less of the traditional alliance than his predecessors.“The core of the U.S.-South Korea alliance is the U.S. troops stationed in South Korea and the joint U.S.-South Korea military drills, but the American military presence in South Korea wouldn’t mean much if the militaries don’t practice through joint drills,” said Moon, now a senior analyst for the Seoul-based Korea Research Institute for National Strategy. “I am concerned that the summit between Trump and Kim will prove to be a setback in the global efforts to denuclearize North Korea and also introduce instability in the alliance between Seoul and Washington.”last_img read more

first_imgMarch 5, 2009 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The NetbookThe introduction of small powerful notebooks at low prices, such as those from Acer and Asus, will provide a practical option for the growing number of individuals who work on the road. These netbooks are especially useful for those who find it difficult to use the very small form-factor of Blackberry or iPhone-type devices.The battery life and lightweight quality of these tiny machines make them ideal for individuals who travel without access to a power supply, but their networks aren’t quite as advanced as that of the Blackberry or iPhone devices. This is the case because cell phone companies are able to provide their clients with constant access to the Internet, whereas laptops must be linked into an available wireless network. However, with companies now introducing Internet sticks with the ability to provide access anytime, anywhere, these limitations are quickly lessening. Thus, netbooks will be the ideal choice for on-the-move corporate individuals in 2009.Integration Of The CloudCloud computing services provide small and midsize businesess with an economical storage option. A hybrid version of application and service delivery is evolving. This version is instead of the anticipated migration from an on-premise-only and/or perpetual licensing-only model to a total SaaS-only and subscription-only model.Thus, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is becoming all the more important, since the future cloud of services will be comprised of the organization’s onsite services and those supplied to it by an offsite vendor.FlywheelsGreen initiatives will continue to grow in importance as a driver of cost savings. One of the least known but most valuable green products for the data center is the flywheel, which essentially stores energy for use when power is interrupted. It is a clean and cost effective alternative to battery-based uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). At present, flywheels represent 6% of the three-phase UPS market, but the longer lifecycle and lower cost of maintenance is going to trigger increased demand for these in the near future.Adoption of the flywheel in Europe is very high, with several large data centers announcing the implementation of flywheel technology. One of the largest hosting firms in the San Francisco area has adopted the technology as well. The systems currently available are able to handle mid-sized to very large centers and thus can be useful for a variety of business sizes and types.Rich Internet ApplicationsRich Internet Applications (RIAs) provide the interactivity of a desktop application conveniently delivered in any Web browser. Google Maps is an early example, but many companies are beginning to use RIAs to:Simplify online shopping.Provide rich interactive graphics.Support social networking.End users are fond of RIAs because they are user-friendly and quickly accessible. They are also proving to be profitable for the companies that provide them, making increasing uptake in 2009 inevitable.Hybrid Use of Off-Premise Application ServicesA broad range of applications have been available to organizations in the form of hosted services or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The advantage of these is that small and midsize businesses can add services without purchasing perpetual licenses, without dedicating servers and storage, and with only minimal support staff. While organizations may be unwilling to trust critical functions to these external service providers, they will increasingly use them to augment their primary in-house applications for special purposes.Need sales-force profitability analysis? Don’t bother with another module, just rent some software for a little while. This option facilitates optimal gain with minimal investment — the perfect mix in a time of economic crisis.Three factors will increase the adoption of these technologies:The functional quality and reliability of these services improve continually.While application services may cost more over a period of several years, the initial cost is significantly lower than an in-house solution, which is very attractive during a period of financial frugality.The faster speed of deployment will suit businesses that need additional functionality to temporarily and quickly augment their current application capability.Short-Term Use Of External Service ProvidersIn addition to external application services, businesses will increasingly look outside their own IT groups to augment their capabilities or capacity quickly without making a long-term staff or equipment commitment. This strategy is especially appropriate in a tight financial situation, when the need is great but money is scarce.The service providers who will succeed are those that:Are prepared to support short-term people and equipment needs — not just long-term contracts.Make their own facilities and equipment available rather than just managing the customer’s own equipment.Social Computing For Business CollaborationYes, everyone else says the same thing, but it’s true. Content and collaboration services that are based on the friend-of-a-friend network model are growing fast and are becoming the primary point of interaction for younger generations. These generations are eschewing e-mail as an interaction channel and instead opting for real-time and near-real-time (i.e., text messaging) interaction through their personal networks. The good news is that such basic services are inexpensive and easy to deploy.The downside, of course, is that organizations must get past their concern about staff using these tools for personal use. An alternative method, currently utilized by many companies, is an internal messaging system. This option facilitates quick correspondence among employees and limits the number of redundant e-mails, which can be overlooked within the e-mailing system. Less archiving and faster communication — social computing certainly has its benefits.In-Memory AnalyticsFor companies in search of improving financial consolidation and ad-hoc analysis for little monetary investment, in-memory analytics seem to be a feasible solution. As competition for shrinking markets intensifies, organizations will increase their need for analysis of data. Why would they build a data warehouse when they can just load all of their data into a computer with a huge pile of RAM?The market has shifted to allow for RAM to be very economical and an extremely realistic option for companies throughout a period of financial uncertainty.Wide Area Network Optimization DevicesThe demand for increased bandwidth for data communication continues to grow, but the drops in unit cost have not kept in step. Wide Area Network (WAN) optimization devices facilitate more information flow on an existing network connection, which in turn allows organizations to add effective bandwidth without having to invest in more capacity from carriers.Given the current downturn, many companies that require a capital investment will have to demonstrate a one-year payback (or less). The savings on WAN connectivity costs will provide payback for many businesses in only a matter of months, making this option ideal for 2009.Data Loss Or Leakage ProtectionSecurity continues to be a main concern for many organizations, especially when it comes to the leaking of corporate information. Of special significance is the inappropriate transmission of this corporate information from within an organization to outsiders (as opposed to external attempts to access information).Businesses seeking to improve internal security have been adopting Data Leakage Protection (DLP) faster than any piece of technology in quite a while. With data breaches caused by employee error occurring as frequently as hacks and malicious actions combined, the value behind this technology is tremendous.Application VirtualizationVirtualization of servers has been extensively adopted by most organizations that operate multiple computer servers. The extension of virtualization from the server to applications will accelerate the adoption of the utility infrastructure. In fact, expect utility infrastructure to become the accepted approach for running business applications.The organization’s view of infrastructure will also continue to morph from a specific configuration of servers, storage, and network components to a flexible service that easily adapts the allocation of resources to changing performance and capacity requirements over time. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Now 7 min read How Success Happenslast_img read more

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them – including on major routes such as the M6 motorway, the A500 and the A50. The following roadworks are taking place in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire between Monday September 24 until Sunday September 30. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. The list is broken down by local authority area (with the M6 , A500 and A50 separate because they fall under the remit of Highways England) – you can also follow the links below for the specific list of roadworks for each area if you’re only interested in a particular road or town. All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from September 24 until September 30 North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Roadworks in Stafford Borough/Uttoxeter Roadworks in the Staffordshire Moorlands Roadworks on the M6, A500 and A50 M6 to shut for 24 hours Roadworks in South Cheshire M6: The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J19: Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 September 2018 to 24 September 2018. Two lanes closed. The M6 southbound between junctions J18 and J17: Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 24 September 2018 to 27 September 2018. Three lanes closed. The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J18: Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 24 September 2018 to 27 September 2018. Two lanes closed. The M6 southbound between junctions J17 and J16: Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 26 September 2018 to 1 October 2018. Three lanes closed The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J17: Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 26 September 2018 to 1 October 2018. Two lanes closed. The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J17: Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 24 September 2018 to 27 September 2018. Two lanes closed. The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J16: Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 26 September 2018 to 1 October 2018. Two lanes closed The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J14: From 21:30 on 26 September 2018 to 05:30 on 27 September 2018. One lane closed Read MoreStafford 10K to take place this Sunday – and the following roads are closed A500: The A500 northbound exit slip to the A527 North: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 24 September 2018 to 29 September 2018. Two lanes closed. The A500 northbound entry slip from the A527 South: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 24 September 2018 to 29 September 2018. Two lanes closed The junction of the A50 and the A500: Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 September 2018 to 29 September 2018. Two lanes closed The A500 northbound exit slip to the A50: Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 September 2018 to 29 September 2018. Two lanes closed The A500 northbound entry slip from the A50: Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 September 2018 to 29 September 2018. Two lanes closed The A500 southbound exit slip to the A50: Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 September 2018 to 29 September 2018. Two lanes closed The A500 southbound entry slip from the A50: Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 September 2018 to 29 September 2018. Two lanes closed Read MoreTeenagers arrested in police crackdown on anti-social behaviour in town A50: A50: Closed in both due to major bridge demolition work between B5030 (McDonalds roundabout, Uttoxeter) and A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycott, Blythe Bridge). From 20:00 on 28th September to 5:30 on 1st October. Diversion – A518, A51 A34 via Weston, Walton and Hanford. Long distance traffic should use the M6 or M1. The A50 eastbound entry slip from the A522: Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 24 September 2018 to 28 September 2018 The A50 eastbound exit slip to the A522: Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 24 September 2018 to 28 September 2018 Read MorePetrol station on busy road to be demolished as part of upgrade Stoke-on-Trent Abbey Hulton: Multi-way traffic lights on Leek Road from September 3 until October 12 Bentilee: Two way traffic lights on Dividy Road between numbers 101 and 171 from September 7 until November 8. Bentilee: Two way lights on Dividy Road near junction with Anchor Road from September 18 until September 26 Bucknall: Two way traffic signals on Eaves Lane near Bucknall Church from September 20 until September 24 Bucknall: Multi-way traffic signals on Werrington Road from outside 391 to number 427 (near junction with Corneville Road) from September 24 until September 27. Chell: Roadworks and road closures on Biddulph Road from September 24 until October 5 Cobridge: Carriageway way incursion on Cobridge Road from September 20 until September 26 Hartshill: Multi-way traffic signals on Queens Road and Princes Road from September 26 until October 4 Hartshill: Give and take traffic control on Shelton New Road from September 20 until September 24. Hanley: Two way traffic signals on A52 Leek Road from September 19 until September 25 Hanley: Roadworks and road closure on Slippery Lane until October 4 Lightwood: Two way traffic lights on A5005 Lightwood Road outside Land End from September 24 until September 26 Longton: Roadworks and Road closure on Commerce Street and Market Place from June 7 until October 29 Longton: Two way traffic lights on Sutherland Road from September 24 until October 5 Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Spring Garden Road at junction with Trentham Road until September 24 Longton: Carriageway incursion on Times Square until October 29 Normacot: Multi-way traffic lights on Upper Normacot Road at the junction with Eversley Road from September 26 until October 9 Norton: Two way traffic controls on Norton Lane near St Bartholomews Church from September 28 until October 4 Penkhull: Two way traffic signals on Honeywall from September 24 until September 28 Shelton: Ashford Street closed until November 10 Shelton: Multi-way traffic lights on Station Road until September 30 Stoke: Roadworks and road closure on A5006 Campbell Road from September 20 until October 1 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on Church Street from September 26 until September 28 Stoke: Give and take traffic control on London Road from September 21 until September 25 Trentham: Carriageway incursion on Stone Road (A34) from September 21 until September 25 Trent Vale: Carriageway incursion on Campbell Road near Stone Road Business Park from September 24 until September 28 Trent Vale: Lane Closure on A34 Stone Road near Riverside Road from August 13 until October 5 Tunstall: Two way traffic signals on A5271 Brownhills Road outside Tunstall Trade Park from September 24 until September 28 Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on Harewood Street from the junction near Lascelles Street from September 24 until January 11 2019 Tunstall: Roadworks and road closures on Lascelles Street from September 10 until November 2 Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on Madison Street near junction with High Street from September 20 until September 24 Read MoreAsda store set to host Timpson as ‘retail pod’ plan approved Newcastle Borough Bradwell: Two way traffic lights along Bradwell Lane until November 30 Crackley: Multi-way traffic lights on Deans Lane from September 25 until September 27 Cross Heath: Roadworks and road closures on A34 Liverpool Road near junction of Lower Milehouse Lane until October 12. Kidsgrove: Give and take traffic control on Liverpool Road from September 25 until September 27 outside number 65 Kidsgrove: Give and take traffic control on The Avenue in Clough Hall from September 20 until September 24 Near M6: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of B5500 Nantwich Road at junction with Limbrick Road until October 12 Madeley: Two way traffic lights on New Road from September 19 until September 29 May Bank: Carriageway incursion at roundabout outside Dove House on Brampton Road from September 19 until September 25 Mow Cop: Roadworks/road closure on Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop from the junction of Mow Cop Road from September 17 until October 26 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on Milborne Drive until October 5. Newcastle: Two way traffic lights on Tansey Way from September 19 until September 25 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on Whitfield Avenue until October 9. Porthill: Two way traffic lights on High Street from September 20 until September 24 Porthill: Multi-way traffic signals on Oakland Avenue and Inglewood Drive from September 17 until October 12 Seabridge: Two way traffic lights on Guernsey Drive from Forest Grove and Sark Close Silverdale: Multi-way traffic lights on High Street from junction with Mill Street to Parkfields Close from September 7 until October 18 Silverdale: Roadworks and Road closure on Hollywood Lane until March 20 2019 Silverdale: Multi-way traffic signals on Mill Street from the junction with Newcastle Street to the junction with High Street from August 29 until September 25. Silverdale: Roadworks and road closure on Park Road until September 28 Westlands: Two-way signals on A53 Whitmore Road near junction with Seabridge Lane from September 23 until September 27 Read MoreAaron Nixon inquest: Dad-of-one, 30, died minutes after rescuing friend from pool Staffordshire Moorlands Biddulph: Multi-way traffic signals on Hurst Road near junction of Hurst Road and Grange Road from September 17 until September 28 Biddulph: Roadworks and road closure on Troughstones Road from August 13 until October 15 Blythe Bridge: Two way traffic signals on Uttoxeter Road between number 250 and number 319 on September 25 Blythe Bridge: Temporary closure on Uttoxeter Road for annual level crossing test from 7am until 2pm on September 30 Bradnop: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of A523 Ashbourne Road and School Lane from September 24 until September 27 Calton: Two way traffic lights on Back Lane from outside Ivy Cottage to outside Pales Corner Farmhouse from September 18 to September 26 Cheadle: Two way traffic signals on B5032 Ashbourne Road outside number 166B from September 25 until September 27 Cheadle: Multi-way traffic signals on Leek Road between September 24 and September 26 Ipstones: Roadworks and road closure on Belmont Road from September 24 until September 27 Mayfield: Two way traffic signals on A52 Mayfield Road from September 24 until September 26 Kingsley Holt: Roadworks and road closure on Lockwood Road until September 24 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals on Abbotts Road from September 10 until October 26 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Ball Haye Green, Haregate Road and Novi Lane from September 10 until October 26 Leek: Multi-way traffic lights at junction with Broad Street and Hartington Street from September 21 until September 25 Leek: Temporary traffic lights on Southbank Street near junctions with London Street, Shoobridge Street, Leonard Street and Westfields from September 10 until October 18. Leek: Two way temporary traffic lights on Stockwell Street on September 26 Rudyard: Roadworks and road closure on Green Lane in Rudyard from September 19 until September 25 Warslow: Two way traffic lights on B5053 Longnor Road near Stables Cottage on September 26 Werrington: Roadworks and road closure on Salters Lane from the junction with Hulme Lane to outside Hulmdale Farm from September 24 until September 26 Whiston: Black Lane closed for work to be carried out on disused railway bridge from September 17 until October 26 Read MoreThis drink-driving mum was more than FOUR times over the limit when she crashed Stafford Borough A34: Lane closure on A34 from Monkey Forest Island to M6 J14 Island from September 17 until October 8 Chartley: Two way traffic lights on Uttoxeter Road near Park Cottage from September 20 until September 24. Derrington: Roadworks and road closure on Long Lane between Dale Lane and Handfords Cottage from August 28 until November 19 Fulford: Roadworks on Fulford Road from September 1 until February 2019 Eccleshall: Roadworks and road closure on Green Lane from September 24 until October 19 Eccleshall: Two way traffic signals on Newcastle Road near Oaktree Views from September 21 until September 25 Meaford: Multi-way traffic lights on Meaford Road from September 12 until September 25 at the roundabout of Meaford Road and Tower Road Meaford: Two way signals on Rookery Lane from September 12 until September 25 Meir Heath: Two way traffic lights on Meir Heath next to Wrekin View from September 22 until September 26 Milwich: Two way traffic signals on B5027 Dayhills from September 24 until September 26 Moss Gate: Roadworks and road closure on Moss Lane on September 26 Sandon: Roadworks and overnight closures at level crossing on B5066 Sandon Bank from September 29 until October 1 (Road closed from 10pm until 6am) Spot Acre: Multi-way traffic lights on B5066 Hilderstone Road from September 21 until September 24 Stafford: Temporary traffic lights on Beaconside until April 2019 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Baswich Lane near the canal bridge from September 10 until December 14 Stafford: Burton Bank Lane Footway closed until October 18 (over M6). Stafford: Two way traffic lights on Cannock Road near new development on police HQ site from September 25 until October 6 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Marston Road outside number 165 from September 19 until September 25 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Newport Road outside number 32 from September 18 until October 1 Stafford: Two way traffic signals on Queensville from September 15 until September 28 Stafford: Lane closure on Queensway from September 21 until September 25 Stafford: Multi-way traffic lights on Sandon Road at the junction with Astonfields Road from September 17 until September 28 Stafford: Roadworks and road closures on Shakespeare Road, Coleridge Drive, Tennyson Road and Somerset Road from August 6 until November 9 Stafford: Roadworks and road closures on South Walls from September 24 until September 27 Stafford: Lane closure on Stone Road near the junction with Beaconside from September 24 until September 25 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Stone Road adjacent to numbers 91 and 87 from September 27 until October 4 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Thorneyfields Lane in Castle Bank over M6 until April 2019 Stafford: Suspension of one way system on Tipping Street during South Walls Closure from September 24 until September 27 Stafford: Give or take traffic control on Weeping Cross from September 22 until September 24 Stone: Roadworks and road closures at Aston Roundabout (A34/A51) from August 20 until November 2. Stone: Stop/go boards on Eccleshall Road near junction with the Fillybrooks on September 30 Stone: Roadworks on Eccleshall Road between Walton and the M6 from September 20 until November 1 Stone: Give and take traffic control on the A34 Fillybrooks near the Wayfarer pub from September 24 until September 26 Stone: Carriageway incursion on High Street from September 23 until September 26 Stone: Carriageway incursion on Newcastle Road from September 20 until September 24 Stone: Multi-way traffic lights on Newcastle Street at the junction of Margaret Street from September 24 until September 26 Woodseaves: Two way traffic signals on Gorse Lane from September 25 until September 27 near the entrance to Knightly Moss Farm Woodseaves: Roadworks and road closure on A519 Newport Road from August 13 until October 22 Read MoreTwo arrested after getting stuck in traffic while trying while flee police on A53 Uttoxeter and surrounding areas of East Staffordshire Beamhurst: Two way traffic signals on Uttoxeter Road from opposite Beamhurst Hall farm to opposite Townend Farm on September 26 Church Leigh: Roadworks and Road closure on Bents Lane from September 24 until October 8 Doveridge: Multi-way traffic lights at the junction of Cook Lane and Park Crescent from September 27 until October 1 Hollington: Two way traffic signals on Main Road outside the Old Smithy from March 14 until December 4. Mayfield: Two way traffic signals on A52 Mayfield Road from September 24 until September 26 Rocester: Two way traffic signals on Station Road from September 22 until September 26 Uttoxeter: Give and take traffic signals on Carter Street from September 30 until October 3 Uttoxeter: Multi-way traffic signals on Uttoxeter Road from the junction with the A522 New Road and Bentley Road to the access to the JCB World Parts Centre until November 18. Read MoreHere’s how you can get your hair cut inside a PUB for the bargain price of £2.50 (for one day only) South East Cheshire: A500: Lane closure on the A500 roundabout at Cheerbrook, Stapeley Alsager: Roadworks and road closure on Clowes Road from September 21 until September 25 Alsager: Multi-way traffic lights on B5077 Crewe Road in Alsager from September 19 until September 30 Alsager: Multi-way traffic lights on Linley Road at the junction with Linley Lane from September 3 until October 5. Alsager: Multi-way traffic signals on Pikemere Road from August 6 until October 12 Alsager: Stop/go boards on Spencer Close at junction with Close Lane on September 30 Bosley: Two way traffic lights on Tunstall Road near Bosley Wood Treatment until February 2019. Brereton: Two way traffic signals on A50 Newcastle Road at the junction with Holmes Chapel Road from September 18 until October 5. Brereton: Roadworks and road closure on Holmes Chapel Road from September 18 until October 5 Brereton Heath: Roadworks and road closure from Timbers to junction with Brereton Heath Lane on September 24 Church Lawton: Multi-way traffic lights on Knowsley Lane at junction with A34 Congleton Road North from September 29 until September 30 Congleton: Roadworks and road closure on Astbury Lane Ends from September 28 until October 1 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Back Lane near junction of Longdown Road from August 20 until October 1. Congleton : Carriageway incursion on Back Lane near Travis Perkins from September 20 until September 27 Congleton: Two way traffic lights on Bankhouse Drive from September 24 until September 28 Congleton: Give and take traffic control on Canal Road from September 19 until September 25 Congleton: Roadworks and road closure on Canal Street on September 30, near junction with Chapel Street Congleton: Roadworks and road closure on Cumberland Road from September 25 until September 27 Congleton: Roadworks and road closure on Linksways from September 25 until September 26 Congleton: Roadworks on Macclesfield Road on A536 until September 30 Congleton: Stop/go boards on Malhamdale Road between Littondale Close and Wensledale Avenue on September 30 Congleton: Two way traffic signals on A527 Park Lane from September 24 until September 26 Congleton: Carriageway incurision on West Street near The Lion and Swan from September 12 until September 25 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Alton Street from Stamford Avenue to Electricity Street from September 28 until October 1 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Broughton Lane, Wistaston, from September 25 until September 26 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Broughton Road from September 24 until October 22 Crewe: Ongoing roadworks at Crewe Green Roundabout until December 1 Crewe: Two way traffic lights on A534 Crewe Road outside number 504 on September 27 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on Davenport Avenue from September 10 until October 22 near junction with Gresty Road Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Fuller Drive from September 26 until September 28 Crewe: Roadworks on Maw Green Road until October 31 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Middlewich Road/Wistaston Green Road from July 23 until October 25. Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Middlewich Street on September 25 Crewe: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of Minshull New Road and West Street from September 30 until October 4 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Moreton Road from September 29 until October 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Nelson Street from September 19 until September 25 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Newcastle Street from September 21 until September 27 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Queens Park from September 30 until October 3 Crewe: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of Smithy Lane and Flowers Lane from September 21 until September 25 Crewe: Two way traffic lights on A5020 University Way near the Pioneer site from September 24 until October 5. Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Walthall Street from September 21 until September 27 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on A532 Weston Road in Crewe outside Hampton House from September 23 until September 25 Crewe: Carriageway incursion outside number 267 on West Street on September 29 Crewe: Multi-way traffic lights on West Street from September 30 until October 4 Crewe: Road closures around A5078 Wistaston Road from September 22 until November 11 Haslington: Two way traffic signals on Crewe Road near the junction with Jessop Way on September 24 Haslington: Give and take traffic control on Waterloo Road on September 26 Hough: Traffic signals on Cobbs Lane from September 26 until September 28 Hough: Stop/go boards on Newcastle Road opposite Pit Lane on September 25 Moston: Two way traffic signals on A533 Booth Lane on September 27 Nantwich: Give and take traffic control on Audlem Road from July 30 until September 28 Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Edmund Wright Way from September 28 until October 14 Nantwich: Roadworks and road closure around London Road Roundabout from September 25 until September 28 Nantwich: Some carriageway incursion on Pillory Street from September 22 until September 24 Radway Green: Carriageway incursion on Butterton Lane from September 23 until September 26 Rode Heath: Stop/go boards on Heath Avenue on September 24 Sandbach: Some carriageway incurson on Bradwall Road near junction of Chapel Street from September 20 until September 24 Sandbach: Two way traffic lights on Church Lane outside number 23 from September 24 until September 26 Sandbach: Two way lights on A534 Congleton Road near Green Street from July 23 until September 28 Sandbach: Carriageway incursion on High Street from September 24 until September 26 Sandbach: Give and take traffic control on Moss Lane until September 27 Sandbach: Roadworks and road closure on Platt Avenue from September 26 until September 28 Scholar Green: Carriageway incursion on A34 Congleton Road North outside 243 from September 23 until September 24 Scholar Green: Carriageway incursion on A34 Congleton Road North outside 154 from September 23 until September 24 Scholar Green: Roadworks and road closure at Bridge 92 on Little Moss Lane from September 26 until October 24 Scholar Green: Roadworks and road closure on Nursery Road from September 28 until October 2 Scholar Green: Stop/go boards on Spring Bank on September 24 Smallwood: Carriageway incursion on School Lane near the village hall on September 27 Wildboarclough: A54 Buxton Road closed in both directions until November 4. Willaston: Give and take traffic control on Coppice Road from September 26 until September 28 Read MorePolice warning to teenagers planning to ’cause trouble’ at Sandbach Wakes Roadworks in Newcastle Borough Roadworks in Stoke-on-Trent Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

first_imgVodafone España has said it can now deliver virtual reality experiences to 4G mobile users in close to real-time without a significant delay through the use of Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technology.Vodafone said it was using MEC technology in conjunction with Huawei’s Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), one of the technologies that will go towards future 5G platforms.Vodafone demonstrated its real-time VR delivery by transmitting a version of its Yu programme to VR headsets and tablets, enabling users to view content in 360° live as it was being recorded in the VR studio.Vodafone said the use of MEC meant that it could deliver the content in high-quality with minimal latency.According to the operator, the use of MEC technology could open up a host of applications, including VR, AR and gaming.Yu is Vodafone’s YouTube network, which offers a range of content targeted at young people. For the purposes of the VR demo, Vodafone transmitted an edition of daily infotainment show Yu No Pierdas Nada in 360°.last_img read more

first_imgComcast’s statement this week that it is in “advanced stages of preparing” an all-cash offer for the 21st Century Fox assets promised to Disney presents a fresh headache for the Murdoch clan. Already facing a challenge from Comcast in the shape of its competitive bid for Sky, which in turn could complicate the Disney agreement, the Murdochs now must weigh up the threat of a direct bid by Comcast.When Comcast made a reported US$64 billion move on Fox last year, Fox’s board rejected this in favour of Disney’s lower-priced offer on the grounds that it could struggle to secure the approval of US regulators. AT&T’s attempt to acquire Time Warner, the subject of a legal battle between the telecom giant and the US Department of Justice, served as a warning.The timing of Comcast’s latest statement is crucial in this respect. It comes ahead of a confluence of decisions within a few days of each other in mid-June that will likely play a significant role in determining the outcome.First up is a judgment on the US government’s case against AT&T. A favourable outcome for the telecom operators would make a Comcast bid for Fox much more likely – and much more likely to secure the approval of Fox’s shareholders.Second, UK culture, media and sport secretary Matt Hancock is scheduled to take a final decision on Fox’s bid to acquire the shares in Sky that it does not already own.Third, the European Commission must make a decision on whether Comcast’s rival bid for Sky can go ahead.Comcast’s decision to make its intentions known now makes it less likely that Fox shareholders will approve Disney’s acquisition before the outcome of the AT&T case is known. Those shareholders have every reason to wait as, at the very least, a Comcast bid could force the price up.In addition to the hurdle of securing regulatory clearance, it has been pointed out that Comcast’s proposal for an all-cash bid would play to the disadvantage of the Murdochs because it could lead to a big capital gains tax bill.However, while the Murdochs hold 40% of Fox’s voting stock, the Disney bid will only give them a vote in line with the number of shares they own, giving other shareholders more power to accept or reject it. How attractive Comcast’s offer will be to Fox’s other shareholders will depend on whether it is big enough to offset any tax disadvantages to them and on how attractive they find the prospect of hard cash over the variable value of shares.Beyond the Game of Thrones aspects of the overlapping battles for Fox and Sky, what does all of this say about the future of Comcast in particular and the media and pay TV business in general?For Comcast, the strategic benefits of acquiring Fox’s assets are that it would give the company a much bigger international play in both content and distribution – in the shape of Hulu, Sky and Star India – and would give it much more scale in content in general, marrying NBCUniversal with Fox’s sports networks as well as the National Geographic and FX cable networks.Both the content and distribution pieces are attractive, at least in theory.In content, scale is increasingly seen as crucial for success in a world where the perception is that internet players as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google (the so-called FAANG group, or FANG, depending on your view of the ultimate likely impact of Apple’s stalled moves into content) are making most of the running. Consolidation among more established media players has been gathering pace. In the case of Comcast, taking control of Fox’s assets will give it access to a much-enlarged library of content as well as an expanded portfolio of network brands at home and abroad.In distribution, a deal would wed Comcast’s 30% stake in Hulu to Fox’s 30% stake, giving Comcast effective control of an OTT direct-to-consumer play in the US – and also in Japan – to help offset the long-term decline in its domestic pay TV base. Regulatory restrictions preventing Comcast exercising control of Hulu that were imposed at the time of its acquisition of NBCUniversal, which previously held the stake, are set to expire later this year. On the other hand, victory for Disney, which also has a 30% stake, would give it effective control of Hulu, so the stakes are quite high.Internationally, Comcast could gain control of Sky either through its separate bid for the operator or through a combination of that and a successful bid for Fox’s assets. On the other hand, if Fox acquires Sky first, Comcast could potentially acquire Sky later along with the other Fox assets that were previously promised to Disney. A successful bid for Fox’s assets would also give it 100% control of Star India.Acquisition of these companies would give Comcast an international pay TV operation with growing revenues and profitability at a time when its own pay TV operation in the US is facing unprecedented challenges.Strategically, acquiring Fox’s assets makes a lot of sense for Comcast. Whether it makes sense to the number crunchers is another matter, particularly in view of the likely debt load that will be required to finance the deal.The many moving parts – from overlapping bids to regulatory hurdles – mean that the only thing that can be said with certainty about Comcast’s bid is that it creates a huge amount of uncertainty. Actually, there is one other certainty – which is that it will be interesting to watch how it all plays out.last_img read more