HC: Press is the most powerful watchdog

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday said, “The press is the most powerful watchdog in Indian democracy.” It quashed the order banning the media from reporting on the Sohrabuddin trial taking place at a Sessions court.A single-judge Bench of Justice Revati Mohite-Dere said, “There are statutory principles for administrative justice — not only must justice be done, it must also be seen to be done.” The court went on to say, “The trial court has no power to ban the media and even the defence counsels were unable to show under which provision this can be done. If the State wants to prosecute someone, it is important to do so openly and fearlessly.”The court was hearing two petitions clubbed together, which challenged the order passed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on November 29, 2017, banning media from publishing reports on the trial of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and his aide Tulsiram Prajapati that is underway before a special CBI court against policemen from Gujarat and Rajasthan.By upholding Article 19(1)(a) (freedom of the speech and expression) of the Indian Constitution, the court said, “The press has the right to report and the public have the right to know. The rights of the press are intrinsic with the Constitutional right that guarantees freedom of expression.”last_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Pakistan women beat India by two runs in rainy Delhi

first_imgPakistan women defeated India by two runs via D/L method to register their first victory in the World Twenty20 at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Saturday.Choosing to field first on a two-paced wicket, Pakistan put up a superb show to restrict India to 96 for seven in 20 overs. In reply, Pakistan were 70 for three in 14 overs but the Indians raised hopes of a fight back by picking three wickets in the next two overs. Pakistan were 77/6 till 16 overs. (Live Updates: India steady chasing a tricky 119 at Eden Gardens)But the match was stopped due to rain, forcing the Duckworth & Lewis Method to come into the picture which gave the visitors the two-run victory.Pakistan, who lost their previous match to the West Indies, were overjoyed with the win, while the Indians were really disappointed as they failed to make it two wins out of two matches.However, Pakistan deserve full credit for the way they bowled at the start against the Indians. Pacer Asmavia Iqbal (1/13) and spinner Anam Amin (1/9) were right on the dot against captain Mithali Raj (16) and V. Vanitha (2). By the end of the sixth over, India were seven for two — Anam removed Vanitha, while Asmavia accounted for Smriti Mandhana (1).The pressure was telling on Mithali, as she was the third wicket to go having scored 16 in 35 deliveries. India were 34 for three then when their skipper departed.Later, Harmanpreet Kaur (16) and Veda Krishnamurthy (24) tried their best but failed to accelerate as India were restricted to 96 for seven.advertisementIn pursuit of the low total, Pakistan were helped by Sidra Ameen (26) and Nahida Khan (14). No.3 batswoman Bismah Maroof (5) was removed by Harmanpreet. And later India removed Iram Javed (10), Asmavia (5) and captain Sana Mir (0) to trigger a stunning comeback before 16 overs.Then Pakistan required 20 runs in four overs with bowlers to come in but the sky opened up, intervening in the match that could have seen an exhilarating finish. And as the D/L method was brought in, Pakistan were ahead and won by two runs.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy, Road to the semi-finals: England clinical, Bangladesh fortunate

first_imgEven before the start of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, critics and pundits were backing England to lift the trophy on June 18 and the hosts are certainly on their way to prove everybody right by storming into the semi-finals of the tournament with an unbeaten run so far.Eoin Morgan’s team has demolished every team that has stood in their way and have arguably been the best side in the tournament. While everyone was expecting to see the Three Lions in the semi-finals, nobody would have even imagined to see Bangladesh as the second team from Group A to advance to the last-four.Bangladesh have been very lucky to have made it this far even after their outstanding victory over New Zealand in their final group match. The English weather coupled with Australia’s poor performance against England on Saturday saw the Tigers reach the semi-finals of an ICC event for the first time in history.Road to the semi-finals – EnglandMatch 1: England beat Bangladesh by 8 wicketsMashrafe Mortaza’s side made a huge statement by posting 305/6 against the mighty English attack in the first match of the tournament. Tamim Iqbal’s magnificent knock of 128 from 142 balls along with Mushfiqur Rahim’s quickfire 79 off 72 balls helped the Tigers reach a challenging total.But such has been England’s form leading up to this event that they reached the target with more than two overs to spare thanks to Joe Root’s unbeaten 133 and captain Morgan’s brutal 75 not out off 61 balls.Match 2: England beat New Zealand by 87 runsadvertisementEngland saw off the challenge from 2015 World Cup semi-finalists New Zealand with relative as they hammered the Black Caps and became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals. Put into bat, England got bowled out for 310 with significant contributions from Joe Root (64), Jos Buttler (61*), Alex Hales (56) and Ben Stokes (48).Morgan’s fast bowlers then turned up the heat on Kane Williamson’s team, bundling them out for 223 in 44.3 overs with the skipper top-scoring with 87. Liam Plunkett was the chief wrecker with four wickets while Jake Ball and Adil Rashid, playing his first match, picked up two wickets each.Match 3: England beat Australia by 40 runs (D/L method)Two washouts in as many games meant Australia had to beat England to qualify for the next stage but they ran into an in-form team which was high on confidence as well. Steve Smith’s team was no match for England as they first got restricted for a below-par 277/9 after being put into bat and then saw England chase down the revised target of 201 in 40.2 overs.Stokes (102 not out) and Morgan (87) completely deflated the famed Aussies attack and sent Smith’s team packing from the tournament, sparking off massive celebrations in the Bangladesh camp.England will face Pakistan in the first semi-final on June 14 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.Road to the semi-final – Bangladesh(AP Photo)Match 1: Bangladesh lose to England by 8 wicketsBangladesh never really had a chance against the mighty English side but they gave a good fight in their first match even though ended up losing the match by a big margin.Tamim Iqbal’s hit top form right from the first match itself, smashing a glorious hundred while Mushfiqur also performed well with the bat. It was their bowling which let them down in the match. Mashrafe used seven bowlers in the match with only himself and part-time spinner Sabbir Rahman taking a wicket apiece.Match 2: Bangladesh vs Australia – no resultBangladesh’s escaped with a point even after getting bowled out for 182 against Australia as rain played spoil sport at The Oval in London. Smith’s team endured its second washout game in the tournament after its first match against New Zealand in Birmingham.Mitchell Starc ripped Bangladesh apart with his four-wicket haul while Adam Zampa proved to be highly effective in his four-over spell. Australia in reply were cruising at 83/1 in 16 overs when rain intervened their run chase and no further play was possible from there on.This meant that Bangladesh and Australia had to win their final group games to stay in contention for a play in the semi-finals.Match 3: Bangladesh stun New Zealand by 5 wicketsBangladesh pulled off the first big upset of the tournament by knocking out New Zealand courtesy a superb batting performance from Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah.Batting first the Black Caps posted a challenging 265/8 in 50 overs with Ross Taylor (63) Williamson (57) making useful contributions. Mosaddek Hossain and Tasking Ahmed bowled beautifully for the Men in Green picking up three and two wickets respectively.New Zealand got off to a terrific start with the bowl as Tim Southee ripped apart the top order with three wickets inside the first five overs. But then Shakib and Mahmudullah joined forces and forged a record 224-run partnership for the fifth wicket, the highest for any wicket by a Bangladeshi pair in ODIs, to help the team reach the target with 16 balls to spare. Shakib ended up with 114 while Mahmudullah remained unbeaten on 102 as Bangladesh pulled off a famous victory at Cardiff.advertisementThe Tigers then had to wait for the England vs Australia game which ended with the hosts winning by 40 runs (D/L method), handing Bangladesh a place in the semi-finals where they will face India at Birmingham on June 15.last_img read more

Hal Robson-Kanu strikes late against Middlesbrough to keep West Brom top

first_imgThe Observer Football League: Phillips caps off Leeds gala, Bowen lands maiden Reading win Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Championship A little over an hour had passed, the rain was unrelenting and West Bromwich uninspired when a clearly agitated Slaven Bilic liberated Hal Robson-Kanu and Kyle Edwards from the bench.Thirty minutes later the clouds were lifting, Edwards had created the decisive goal for Robson-Kanu and the visiting fans were singing “We’re top of the league.” West Brom’s first win on Teesside in 10 years had done more than just leave Bilic’s side two points clear of second-placed Leeds, though. In consigning Middlesbrough to a fourth defeat in a run of five games in which Jonathan Woodgate’s team have collected a solitary point they raised all sorts of awkward questions about the former England centre-back’s powers of defensive organisation. Evidence for the prosecution seems to have been mounting in recent weeks and a switch to three at the back for West Brom’s visit initially looked to have done little to diminish it. Instead the early moment when Dani Ayala’s woefully misjudged attempted back pass was all too easily intercepted and Matheus Pereira should have done better than shoot over appeared to serve as a prime exhibit of the flaws that have left Boro one point above the relegation zone.Yet in some ways Woodgate has been as good as his word. On succeeding Tony Pulis in the summer, he promised entertainment and the sheer openness of Boro’s football dictates that, for the neutral at least, their games are rarely dull. The downside is they lack the sort of ruthless forwards capable of camouflaging vulnerabilities at the other end of the pitch and, worryingly, missed a handful of decent chances here.Granted Bilic’s goalkeeper, Sam Johnstone, made some decent saves and Woodgate’s side were evidently much improved from recent weeks. The switch of system had perhaps offered Boro a more robust defensive structure and, a few typically slapdash moments apart, they generally succeeded in keeping Bilic’s attack at bay, restricting West Brom to a solitary shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.“If we play like that we’re going to win games,” said Woodgate. “We’ve got to stay positive. We did really well against a really good team who will go up this season, we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”The visitors seemed to be missing their injured winger Matt Phillips and as the bank of steel grey clouds rolling in from the Cleveland Hills drenched the Riverside in heavy rain Bilic cut an increasingly fidgety technical-area figure. While he combated the conditions with first a woolly hat and then a heavy duty anorak, Woodgate appeared impervious to the wet soaking through his suit as he stood straight backed and virtually still, hands in pockets. If only Boro possessed a defender with half his old assurance and elegance.Bilic was non too shabby at the back either and West Brom could certainly have done with some of their manager’s old on-pitch nous as only Johnstone’s stellar reflexes prevented Jonny Howson and George Saville scoring.On came Robson-Kanu and Edwards with the former swiftly missing a sitter and Edwards being denied a goal by Marvin Johnson’s tremendous sliding tackle before Boro’s counterattacking substitute Ashley Fletcher hit the woodwork.Tensions rose, the two benches exchanged cross words and then everything changed when Robson-Kanu redeemed himself by tapping home in the wake of Grady Diangana’s cross and Darren Randolph’s parry of Edwards’s shot.“It became a difficult game,” said Bilic. “Middlesbrough lack confidence but they’re fighting hard. I wasn’t that happy but we’re delighted now.” West Bromwich Albion Read morecenter_img Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook match reports Middlesbrough Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Former Georgia TE Ben Watson Wore Alabama Gear To Pay Off A Bet With Mark Ingram

first_imgA New Orleans Saints helmet sitting on the field.BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 13: A New Orleans Saints helmet sits on the turf before the start of the Saints and Baltimore Ravens preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)While we’ve got a new set of college football games coming up this Saturday, we’ve apparently still got some former players paying off bets from last week’s slate. Friday, former Georgia tight end Benjamin Watson, who plays for the New Orleans Saints, was forced to wear Alabama gear to pay off a bet with former Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram, now his teammate.Alabama blasted Georgia last Saturday – so the wager is pretty obvious here.No, I’m not confused…but I had to pay my debt to @MarkIngram22. That hoodie didn’t touch my skin tho #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/kr4hpLhmZj— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) October 9, 2015While it may be painful for Georgia fans to see, at least he’s a man of his word.last_img read more

Premier League: Liverpool falter once again, held to draw by West Ham United

first_img Reuters LondonFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 07:37 IST With Liverpool falling to a draw, their Premier League title race with Manchester City just got tricky. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSadio Mane scored the solitary goal for Liverpool vs West Ham UnitedLiverpool dropped points for the second time in six daysLiverpool’s dropped points means Manchester City can go top if they beat Everton on WednesdayLeaders Liverpool faltered in the Premier League title race for the second time in six days as they were held to a 1-1 draw at West Ham United on Monday.After being held at home by Leicester City last Wednesday, then seeing closest rivals Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur close the gap at the weekend, Juergen Klopp’s side needed to send out a statement of intent.But they failed to build on Sadio Mane’s rather fortuitous goal after 22 minutes and West Ham, who equalised six minutes later through Michail Antonio, deserved at least a point.Substitute Divock Origi wasted a chance in stoppage time for the visitors but it would have been harsh on West Ham who snapped a run of four consecutive league defeats by Liverpool in which they conceded four goals in each.”It was a tough game,” Klopp said. “Apparently our goal was offside and maybe the referee knew that in the second half. It’s a point and a fair point.””I said we could have played better tonight, 100 per cent, but it’s the situation and it’s not perfect.”Jürgen Klopp felt a point was a deserved outcome for #LFC in tonight’s 1-1 draw with @WestHamUtd. https://t.co/LqTReW0vZdLiverpool FC (@LFC) February 4, 2019Had West Ham taken their chances against a jittery Liverpool side it could have been worse for the visitors who can be knocked off the top on goal difference if Manchester City beat Everton in a re-arranged fixture on Wednesday.advertisementLiverpool looked unusually hesitant in defence and Javier Hernandez and Aaron Cresswell both went close for the Hammers before Liverpool took the lead.Their fans were celebrating though when James Milner, who looked clearly offside, received the ball on the right and crossed low for Mane who took a touch before swivelling and firing past Lukasz Fabianski.The lead lasted only six minutes though as Liverpool switched off at a free kick and Naby Keita failed to track the run of Antonio who fired inside Alisson’s far post.Liverpool had a huge let-off minutes before the break when Felipe Anderson’s free kick found youngster Declan Rice completely unmarked but he headed wide of a gaping goal.Mohamed Salah had three goal attempts in quick succession after the break but West Ham skipper Mark Noble should have put his side ahead when he shot over from a central position.Origi could have given Liverpool a crucial win but fired straight at Fabianski.West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, who did a big favour to his former club Manchester City, said his side had been let down by the match officials.”We had a lot of chances to win this game. We drew because they scored a clearly offside goal,” he said.”Playing against a team who have scored so many goals with the best defence in the league, I’m happy with the performance but disappointed with the result.”Also Read | Sergio Aguero hat-trick fires Manchester City to 3-1 win over ArsenalAlso Read | Emiliano Sala missing plane: One body seen in underwater wreckageAlso Read | Manchester City’s Gundogan says no cup distractions give Liverpool advantage in title raceFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sadio ManeFollow Mohamed SalahFollow Juergen KloppFollow LiverpoolFollow West Ham UnitedFollow Premier league Premier League: Liverpool falter once again, held to draw by West Ham UnitedPremier League: Liverpool settled for a 1-1 draw with West Ham United and are now just three points adrift of Manchester City at the top of the table.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Wendys cuts forecast for the year as chain looks to reinvent itself

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Wendy’s Co. on Tuesday reported a first-quarter profit that missed Wall Street expectations and cut its forecast for the year, as the hamburger chain struggled in its revival efforts amid higher costs for fresh beef and weaker-than-expected sales.The Dublin, Ohio-based fast food company noted that it is in a “transition year,” with a new management team focused on modernizing restaurants and introducing menu items that will lay the groundwork for future growth.Wendy’s said it now expects adjusted earnings from continuing operations in a range of US$320 million to $335 million, down from its previous forecast of $335 million to $345 million.For the period ended April 1, Wendy’s reported net income of $12.4 million, or 3 cents per share, versus a net loss of $1.4 million, or breakeven results, a year ago.Excluding the sale of its investment in skin care company Jurlique International and other one-time items, the company said it earned 1 cent per share. That was lower than the 3 cents per share analysts were expecting, according to FactSet.Wendy’s said margin at its company-run restaurants slipped as a result of higher costs for ingredients, particularly for fresh beef.In hindsight, Chief Financial Officer Steve Hare said the “W” cheeseburger promotion was priced at too steep a discount at $2.99, especially since the sandwich has more beef (4.5 ounces) than the Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy (4 ounces).When the price of the “W” cheeseburger was raised, Hare said that consumers responded by trading down to cheaper items. He said the company won’t promote the “W” cheeseburger in the future as a result.CEO Emil Brolick, who was hired in September, also noted that the push to remodel restaurants — to incorporate fireplaces, booth seating and WiFi — should better position the company to compete in a rapidly changing restaurant landscape. But he acknowledged the company also needs to look at other aspects of the restaurant experience to stay relevant.“We understand that it’s not as simple as a pretty new restaurant,” Brolick said.An updated menu has clearly been front and centre for Wendy’s as well. Late last year, the company rolled out a Dave Hot ‘N Juicy burger as well as its natural cut fries. In April, it introduced a Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club sandwich and chili cheese fries. And this summer, the company plans to expand its test breakfast menu to a key Northeastern market.Still, Brolick noted that changing consumer perceptions takes time. He also noted that the company had to make adjustments in the past quarter, after realizing its messaging didn’t resonate as strongly as the ad campaigns of unnamed rivals.“Relative to our competition, our marketing messages were not as impactful as needed,” CFO Hare also conceded.For the quarter, the company said revenue rose 2 per cent to $593.2 million from $582.5 million. That also fell short of Wall Street’s estimate for revenue of $608.1 million.Revenue at company-run restaurants in North America open at least 15 months and renovated restaurants reopened at least three months rose 0.8 per cent in the quarter. The figure increased 0.7 per cent for franchise restaurants.Wendy’s said its outlook for 2012 excludes items such as anticipated debt extinguishment costs, and relocation costs and other expenses from the consolidation of the Atlanta restaurant support centre with the Dublin restaurant support centre.Wendy’s had 6,581 restaurants at quarter’s end. Its shares fell 20 cents, or 4.1 per cent, to close at $4.67 Tuesday. They have traded in a range of $4.29 to $5.62 over the past year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 8, 2012 6:21 pm MDT Wendy’s cuts forecast for the year as chain looks to reinvent itself read more

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Draws Sharp Response From NFL

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones speaks after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz.. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)DALLAS (AP) — The declaration by the powerful owner of the Dallas Cowboys that he would bench anyone who shows disrespect to the American flag drew a sharp response from the NFL players’ union Monday and raised the possibility of another call to action by athletes who have kneeled during the national anthem.Executive Director DeMaurice Smith of the NFL Players Association said the most provocative comments yet by Jerry Jones on the anthem controversy contradicted assurances last week from Commissioner Roger Goodell and New York Giants President John Mara that players could express themselves without retribution.“I look forward to the day when everyone in management can unite and truly embrace and articulate what the flag stands for, liberty and justice for all, instead of some of them just talking about standing,” Smith said. “We look forward to continuing our talks with them on this very issue.”Jones’ comments on Sunday came after he was asked about Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave an Indianapolis home game in protest of about a dozen San Francisco players who kneeled during the anthem. President Donald Trump tweeted after Pence’s walkout that he had told his vice president to leave if any players kneeled during the anthem.Following a 35-31 loss to Green Bay, the 74-year-old Jones said the NFL cannot leave the impression that it tolerates players disrespecting the flag and said any Cowboys doing so will not play.“If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” said Jones, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. “OK? Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.”The Cowboys and Jones kneeled arm-in-arm before the anthem when they played at Arizona two weeks ago, a few days after Trump said at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire any players who disrespect the flag. All of them stood during the anthem, with arms still locked.Most Dallas players have stood on the sideline, many with hands over their hearts, during the anthem since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling last season in protest of police treatment of African-Americans.Several NFL teams have struggled with how to handle anthem protests. After Trump’s criticism, the Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to stay off the field before the anthem. But Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva, an offensive lineman, stood at the edge of a tunnel with his teammates in darkness behind him during the anthem two weeks ago.Villanueva said he was not making a political statement in defiance of his teammates, calling it a misunderstanding that was “very embarrassing on my end.”Miami coach Adam Gase recently set a new team policy requiring players either to stand or wait in the tunnel. Three chose to stay off the field, Michael Thomas, Kenny Stills and Julius Thomas. All three have kneeled in the past.“We were just trying to keep the team focused and not be a distraction,” Michael Thomas said. “It was a team decision. … The league heard us. They’ve heard the cry of the players.”Mara has told Giants players he wants them to stand during the anthem but supports their right to do otherwise. Jones had already made it clear that he felt strongly about standing for the anthem before his latest comments, and he isn’t the only owner who feels that way.Jones even suggested that standing for the anthem was more important to him that team unity.“The main thing I want to do is make it real clear: There is no room here if it comes between looking non-supportive of our players and of each other or creating the impression that you’re disrespecting the flag. We will be non-supportive of each other,” Jones said. “We will not disrespect the flag.”Trump’s comments stoked a political controversy that had subsided somewhat since Kaepernick started it a year ago. The NFL defended the rights of players to protest.Lead NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart has said, “Everyone should know, including the president, this is what real locker room talk is.” It was an apparent reference to the “Access Hollywood” tapes in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women. Trump had chalked up those comments as “locker room talk.” read more

Lorry driver killed motorist when he crashed while looking at pornography on

first_imgHe said Gillon had “carefully, deliberately and surreptitiously” disposed of his phone after the incident.The judge added: “You have privately expressed remorse but it would have been better demonstrated in criminal proceedings.”In a victim impact statement, Mr Pemberton’s partner Cheryl, said: “His death has been the truly hardest time for all of us.”I just sit and wait for him to come home every day and I am broken-hearted.”Kerry brought me anything I wanted over the years. I miss the kiss I would get when he came home from work, the cuddles with his long, powerful arms and his smile.”He was a very affectionate man and we all miss him dearly.” Victim Kerry Pemberton with his wife CherylCredit:Zoe Pemberton/PA A lorry driver watching pornography on his mobile phone killed a motorist when he veered onto the hard shoulder and crashed into his truck, a court heard.Former soldier Felix Gillon has been jailed for eight years after being convicted of causing the death of Kerry Pemberton by dangerous driving on May 3 last year.The 56-year-old had looked up “porn star candy love” just four minutes before the collision, and a further 25 webpages were accessed just after – including pornographic images and galleries.Witnesses to the incident saw Gillon drift in and out of the hard shoulder between two and four times on the M69 southbound carriageway at around 3.13pm.Gillon’s Scania vehicle then struck Mr Pemberton’s Iveco lorry, with the 55-year-old eventually being crushed against the safety barrier.Mr Pemberton, of Birmingham, had survived the initial impact but was trapped under wreckage.He was eventually freed by firefighters but died of a heart attack in the ambulance on the way to hospital. Victim Kerry Pemberton with his wife Cherylcenter_img Gillon had been spotted by an off-duty officer, throwing his phone away after the incident in order to dispose of the incriminating evidence.The former Army sergeant, of Bedworth, Warks, was also disqualified from driving for eight years.Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, sentencing at Leicester Crown Court, said: “You told a series of lies to seek to cover your tracks but the jury saw through it all.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

NMA and SME offer new environmental guide to aid hardrock mining operations

first_imgNational Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn and Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Mining (SME) Executive Director David Kanagy recently jointly announced the availability of a new tool to aid hardrock mining operations with managing environmental performance. The Hardrock Mining and Beneficiation Environmental Management System Guide was jointly developed by a team of environmental professionals drawn from each group’s membership.“We believe all hardrock mining operations can benefit from this guide, even if they already have an environmental management system in place. It should be particularly helpful for small to medium-sized operators who have decided to implement a management systems approach to environmental performance but are not sure how to begin and want to learn from the experiences of others,” said Quinn.Kanagy added, “By using the ‘plan-do-check-act’ continual improvement process inherent in most management systems, companies can deliver reliable regulatory compliance, reduce impacts to the environment and improve environmental stewardship. The Hardrock Mining and Beneficiation Environmental Management System Guide includes eight steps covering initial implementation of the management system through to continual improvement stages.  The guide is designed to provide useful examples and tools for each step of the process and addresses environmental impacts uniquely associated with the hardrock mining sector to improve a company’s environmental stewardship.last_img read more

Aaron McKenna Why do the Irish courts not care about women

first_imgFOR ALL OUR complaints, being a white man in a first world country is a pretty cushy number compared to some alternatives. We’ve got a fair chance at a healthy upbringing, a decent education, and we get some advantages in our careers for simply showing up.Being a man in Ireland also imparts some darker privileges that our peers in many other first world countries can only dream of from behind their prison cell doors: it is within our gift to beat and rape women without substantial fear of incarceration and, in some instances, with the comfort of knowing that we probably won’t even suffer all that much reputational damage.This week a trainee doctor at the Royal College of Surgeons, Rudrumun Gopal, was ordered to pay €10,000 to two charities in restitution for repeatedly beating up his girlfriend. He punched, kicked and bit “the woman of his dreams”, as the court was told. But he is also from “a family of high achievers”, he’s young and “inexperienced with women” and the victim was his first ever girlfriend.Judge Hugh O’Donnell remarked that he did not believe that the RCSI should expel Mr Gopal from their ranks when they come to hear the case at their own disciplinary hearing. He should be allowed to continue his medical training, the judge said, which presently has him working in a hospital.Fines range from the paltry to the grandIn response to the case, Colette Browne wrote an interesting column in the Irish Independent wondering if a man without means from a less respectable background would be allowed off with a slap on the wrist. The evidence from court rulings seems to suggest that in actual fact, means has very little to do with it. Instead, courts seem to levy fines on men who commit violent attacks on women (sometimes also known as ‘people’) ranging from the paltry to the grand, depending on their financial circumstances, while letting them off all the same without major custodial sentences.Judges seem to view financial restitution like a tax. The more money you have, the more you’ll pay. Thomas Finn attacked his neighbour in her front garden, punching her until she was unconscious and kicking her on the ground. When the Gardai arrived he told them he would burn the house down. He got a fine of €3,000 and avoided prison.Graham Griffiths committed a violent sex attack on a 17-year-old girl, telling Gardai he felt he was “under some magnetic force” and “it must have been the hormones” that caused him to attack. €15,000 was the price of his crime.A 42-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, sexually assaulted a woman while her young son was in the bed beside her walked away with no conviction and no recorded financial penalty.Mark Jordan assaulted his then-girlfriend, journalist Jane Ruffino, disfiguring her face in the process. €5,000 to be paid in two instalments.Not good enoughOftentimes these men, and many others like them, receive suspended sentences that would see them do jail time if they get caught having a second go at someone in the near future. And it’s worthwhile noting that not all those who assault women get off without a custodial sentence, though financial restitution is often a salve applied by the courts that may be seen to be given in lieu of further jail time.Anthony Lyons was sentenced to six years for a violent sexual assault described by the Judge as being “at the higher end of the scale”, but five-and-a-half years of that sentence were suspended and MrLyons ordered, “as a man of means”, to pay €75,000 to his victim. After a major outcry, the Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled that the sentence was too lenient and has reserved judgement in the case. This is the exception rather than the norm, generated due to the nature of the crime.In all of the cases I have listed the men in question have been characterised by their defence as decent sorts with no prior criminal background who are terribly remorseful for their crime. In many of the cases the judge presiding has made comment that, given their backgrounds as otherwise law abiding citizens, a custodial sentence would not be appropriate.It’s not good enough. The law is maintained because people fear the consequences of breaking it; and most of the time when the law breaks down, it is because people do not fear justice for one reason or another. When police forces have gone on strike in places like Baltimore and Montreal there was near instant crime waves in response, which ended promptly when the police returned to work. It’s a fine line between civilization and anarchy at times.When Graham Griffiths attacked a 17-year-old girl, her friend was with her and desperately attempted to get him off her. He didn’t seem to care at the time, what with all them hormones and all that. I’ll tell you who else tend to travel in pairs: Gardai. Yet, you hear very few cases of otherwise decent, law abiding people attacking Guards, even female ones.Less vulnerable people don’t get attacked…Why is that? Well, for one I would suppose it’s because even if you caught a Guard on her own you could expect a bit of a struggle, but more in your mind might be the fact that a bunch of other Guards would likely show up and, to put it delicately, subdue you. Then when you’d go in front of a court, perhaps most chillingly of all, you’d get a sentence like the one handed down to Andrew Freaney: ten years with three suspended pending good behaviour, so seven in all.Attacks on Gardai are not rare, and should be dealt with more harshly, but in general there is more deterrent in place and most of the people attacking Gardai are criminals rather than first time offenders such as tend to drag young girls into bushes.Our courts seem to have affected an uncaring view towards violent and sexual crimes against women. Judges seem to be too swayed by well-dressed nice men standing in front of them, showing great remorse for their crime (or, perhaps moreso, the fact that they’re standing in court.) It isn’t good enough.We’re getting used to hearing of lenient non-custodial sentences for men who attack women in Ireland. It’s almost becoming the cultural norm. We’re nowhere near the kind of disregard given savage and regular crimes against women in countries like India, but are we content to even exist on the ‘nearly acceptable’ fringes of that same scale?Those who commit these crimes are degenerates, regardless of their prior history in front of the law. They require custodial sentences and mandatory rehabilitation to reintegrate them into proper society. If they ever commit a crime like it again, they should be assessed for permanent detention as unfit for circulation. Who knows when those ‘mysterious forces’, surging hormones, or that bad dose of Lipitor might strike again?Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for TheJournal.ie. He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at aaronmckenna.com or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.Read: Women’s Aid accepts donation from man who beat up girlfriendRead: Judges ‘need guidelines’ for sexual assault sentencinglast_img read more

FBI chief contradicts White House timeline on Trump aide Rob Porters security

first_img Feb 13th 2018, 9:49 PM 13,739 Views Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 9:49 PM FBI DIRECTOR CHRIS Wray has said the White House was given a full background security report in July on an aide to President Donald Trump who resigned only last week over domestic abuse allegations.Wray’s comments to the Senate Intelligence Committee raised fresh questions about why Rob Porter was able to continue working at Trump’s right hand, dealing with top-secret materials with only an interim security clearance.The White House is under fire for its handling of Porter, who was Trump’s staff secretary until being forced to step down when allegations he abused two former wives became public.Top White House officials, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, have said they only learned of the claims against Porter when they were reported by the media on 6 February.But the FBI had interviewed both of Porter’s former wives last year as part of its background check for his security clearance.Wray told the Senate Intelligence Committee that a preliminary clearance report was submitted in March and a final report in July. A follow-up was made in November and the official file was closed in January.As staff secretary, Porter handled some of the Oval Office’s most sensitive materials, which should have made his security clearance a priority after Trump took office in January 2017.White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said today that even though the FBI had completed its report, at the time Porter departed, the White House’s personnel security office still had not completed its own process for finalising his security clearance.That office “had not made a final recommendation for adjudication because the process was still ongoing when Porter resigned,” she said.Sanders did not say what had delayed a final decision.Some Democrats have said that Porter’s violent history could have made him a target of blackmail and that he should not have held such a sensitive position.Chief of Staff Kelly has struggled to explain why a close Trump aide with that background could have had the clearance to view top secret materials.Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said that while preliminary security clearances are necessary sometimes, “access has to be limited in terms of the kinds of information they can be in a position to receive or not receive”.- © AFP, 2018Read: Donald Trump on ex-aide who allegedly beat his wife: ‘We certainly wish him well’More: Trump White House admits it could have ‘done better’ over allegations of domestic abuse against senior aide Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Evan Vucci FBI chief contradicts White House timeline on Trump aide Rob Porter’s security clearance Porter resigned last week over domestic abuse allegations. Share8 Tweet Email center_img White House staff secretary Rob Porter hands President Donald Trump a confirmation order Image: Evan Vucci https://jrnl.ie/3850717 By AFP Short URL 20 Comments White House staff secretary Rob Porter hands President Donald Trump a confirmation orderlast_img read more

Demand for crèches For the first time there are over 100000 children

first_img Image: Shutterstock/NadyaEugene Preparations for our new single, streamlined and user-friendly scheme are continuing and I look forward to bringing legislative proposals to cabinet on Tuesday.Who are these schemes for?Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) aims to make free pre-school education available to eligible children in the period before they commence primary school.In Budget 2016, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs announced a significant expansion to pre-school provision under the ECCE programme.Children’s entitlement to ECCE increased from 38 weeks currently for all children, to an average of 61 weeks (ranging from 51 to 88 weeks, depending on date of birth and age starting school).The Affordable Childcare Scheme is a new national scheme of financial support for parents towards the cost of their childcare.Childcare has posed a particular difficulty for working parents, as the cost per month can often match the salary of one of the parents, meaning one person chooses to stay at home to care for their children.Read: ‘The sector is in real crisis’: New report reveals the cost of providing childcareRead: Budget 2017: Childcare overhaul will ‘increase women’s participation in the workforce’ By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL Jan 22nd 2017, 1:00 PM 35 Comments Image: Shutterstock/NadyaEugene Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3199393 17,303 Views Share Tweet Email5 THE MINISTER FOR Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone is confirming that the numbers in the free pre-school scheme has passed 100,000 for the first time.108,019 three- and four-year-olds are now attending creches and preschools while availing of the scheme.This figure represents a significant rise from 68,333 in 2014/15 and follows a major expansion which extended the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme to three-year olds last September.But there are questions whether a free childcare scheme is the best way to tackle high-childcare costs: critics have suggested increasing supply to drive down prices would be a better way forward.Minister Zappone said in response to the figures that “the demand for accessible, affordable, quality childcare right across Ireland is now clear.”These figures also show that 95% of children eligible for the scheme are availing of it.“By correcting years of under investment we will move Ireland from having one of the most expensive childcare systems in the world to having the best,” Zappone also said. Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 1:00 PM Demand for crèches: For the first time, there are over 100,000 children in free childcare This represents an increase of almost 50% in a year, and comes before Zappone brings her plans before the Dáil next week.last_img read more

Quest ce que la mousson et quand se produitelle

first_imgQu’est ce que la mousson et quand se produit-elle ?En ce moment même la forte mousson qui s’abat sur l’ensemble de l’Inde cause des dégâts innombrables. Le bilan provisoire s’élève à plus de 1.000 morts et 5.000 disparus. La catastrophe, survenue plus tôt cette année est considérée comme la plus violente de l’année 2013 dans le pays. Mais à quoi est due la mousson ? Et où se produit-elle ? La mousson est un phénomène de vents persistants dû à un jeu de dépression thermique et de différences saisonnières entre la mer et la terre. On distingue cependant deux types de moussons : celle d’hiver et celle d’été. En hiver, les sols se refroidissent plus rapidement que les océans, de même que l’air qui se trouve au-dessus, causant ainsi un écart de températures important entre le continent et les mers. Ceci va donner naissance à des vents très secs qui vont souffler et chasser les nuages avant de provoquer une accumulation d’humidité et des précipitations. En été, c’est le mécanisme contraire, la température des sols augmente fortement, plus rapidement que celle des mers. L’air qui est humide et chaud se charge alors en eau et forme un anticyclone entraînant de plus, des différences de pression. Un système de compensation se crée alors et le régime des vents s’en trouve modifié. En d’autres termes, les vents vont souffler des mers jusqu’aux terres, chargés d’eau, ce qui explique les fortes précipitations enregistrées à chaque fois. Néanmoins, la différence de température est moindre en hiver qu’en été. Les vents de la mousson d’hiver sont donc moins constants et puissants que celle d’été, tout comme les précipitations. Par ailleurs, ce phénomène climatique s’observe surtout dans les régions intertropicales où il peut conduire à de graves phénomènes comme des inondations ou des glissements de terrain. Mais la topographie du pays y est pour beaucoup puisque la disposition des montagnes et des plaines impacte sur le trajet des vents constants de la mousson.Où et quand se produit la mousson ?Ce phénomène climatique produit 80% du total des précipitations dans les secteurs affectés. Mais le début de la mousson va varier d’un pays à l’autre et d’une saison à l’autre. Dans certains, la saison humide commence dès le mois d’avril tandis que dans d’autres elle est plus tardive. Aussi, la mousson est très souvent sujette à surprise. Particulièrement variable, elle peut aussi bien être précoce que tardive, abondante que faible, régulière ou brutale. La mousson se produit principalement en Asie dans les pays qui cernent l’Océan indien. Ainsi, les phénomènes les plus forts ont lieu en Inde qui détient le triste record pour l’année 1961 lorsque tout le territoire était sous les eaux. Mais les pays comme la Birmanie, la Thaïlande, les Philippines sont régulièrement la proie de moussons importantes. La Chine en connait également. Par ailleurs, depuis que les mécanismes de la mousson sont mieux connus, le terme a été élargi à d’autres  phénomènes observés sur d’autres continents. Ainsi, l’Afrique Sub-saharienne subit aussi des moussons, notamment entre le désert du Sahara et la côte atlantique dans le Golfe de Guinée mais elles sont moins fortes et moins variables qu’en Asie. Le Brésil connaît également une mousson annuelle, tout comme les Etats-Unis et le Mexique. En effet, les Etats d’Arizona, du Nevada, de l’Utah, du Colorado ainsi que le Mexique sont touchés par le phénomène qui trouve son origine dans un réchauffement du Grand Désert de l’Ouest américain et des vents soufflant dans le Golfe du Mexique.  Les conséquences de la mousson À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Phénomène bénéfique ou destructeur ? La question se pose régulièrement lorsqu’on étudie les conséquences de la mousson dans les pays touchés. En effet, ce phénomène est un facteur capital pour l’agriculture, certaines cultures comme le coton ou le riz ayant besoin de beaucoup d’eau pour se développer. Aussi, les habitants prient chaque année pour que la mousson d’été soit bonne. Mais les intempéries lorsqu’elles sont trop violentes, sont aussi souvent à l’origine de nombreux dégâts comme c’est le cas cette année en Inde. Les importantes quantités d’eau stagne dans les villages sans trottoirs, encore terreux où les sols sont plats et causent d’importantes inondations. Plus grave encore, elles causent parfois des glissements de terrain meurtriers ou des morts par noyade. Les pluies abiment en outre de nombreux édifices et bâtiments. Des conséquences que les autorités des pays touchés connaissent aujourd’hui, sans pourtant parvenir à y faire face lorsqu’elles surviennent, le plus souvent faute de moyens.   Le 27 juin 2013 à 14:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pochettino doesnt mind if Eriksen leaves Tottenham

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, already revealed that his squad won’t make a huge drama if Christian Eriksen ends up leaving.Tottenham Hotspur has been struggling lately with the dilemma of not knowing if midfielder Christian Eriksen will extend his contract or leave, the Danish player has many offers on the table and there is no certainty that he will remain at the club regardless of what Mauricio Pochettino does.The Argentine manager is well aware of this and has already hinted that the club won’t mind letting him leave if things don’t work out, essentially confirming that they don’t consider him an integral part of the Spurs.“Football is so dynamic, always changing every day. It’s not only your decision but the player’s decision,” said Pochettino via Four Four Two.“Now is a moment to enjoy our present. Players like him are focused on doing a good job and the performances that we need. A decision is going to happen at the end of the season or the next few days.”“Football is so dynamic: it’s about decision, decision, decision, decision. We hope we are going to take the best decision for the club, that the player can take the best decision for their future and the club.”“It’s about negotiation, about many things that happen. Football is so dynamic; you always need to move on.”Pochettino took the time to reflect on how well the squad has grown in the last few years under his tutelage, almost daring Eriksen to leave and regret it for the rest of his career.“We created together a massive platform. The players are enjoying that platform; the fans are enjoying it,” he added.“Four and a half years ago, it was a difficult start for everyone. Every single press conference in the first six months was about ‘how’: ‘How [to] reduce the gap to the top six? How [to] reduce the gap to the top four? How to be competitive in the big games, be consistent, how, how, how, how?’”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The last step is the most difficult. It looks so close, but sometimes it’s not so close. That’s why it’s tough to keep going, but we have the energy and we want to try.”“We are competing with big, big sides. We believe in our quality and in the way that we play but when you compete in the Premier League, it’s always difficult,” he continued.“We need to be ready again to compete against Bournemouth. If we are able to cross that line, to stop thinking of that [last] result and be focused and consistent in the next game, maybe we are ready to win [a trophy].”“But this season is a challenge. I told you in the first press conference after the World Cup that this would be the most difficult season for us.”“We’re in a very good position, in the last 16 of the Champions League, semi-final of the [EFL] Cup, we haven’t started the FA Cup but we’re third in the Premier League.”“The circumstances were not the best to start the season, but we fight a lot and we’re doing a fantastic job, but you need to start to prepare the game against Bournemouth because the competition doesn’t wait for you. You need to show again your quality,” he concluded.Christian Eriksen pic.twitter.com/y6sxvYYVQT— dantt (@noamsupernova) December 25, 2018last_img read more

37kg gold seized from Mathabhanga river

first_imgMap of ChuadangaMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh seized 320 gold bars weighing around 37 kilogrammes from the Mathabhanga river along Nastipur border in Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga on Wednesday noon.Being tipped-off that a consignment of gold would be smuggled to India through the border, BGB members took position around no 80 pillar since the morning, said Iman Hasan, a commanding officer of BGB battalion.The BGB team challenged three people who were moving around the pillar around 3:00pm, he said.Sensing danger, the trio threw three bags they were carrying into the river and crossed into the Indian territory swimming across the river, reports UNB.Later, the paramilitary force members retrieved the three bags and found 320 gold bars inside those, Iman said.last_img

Hundreds clash with police in Indian Kashmir

first_imgProtesters shout slogans at a rally against the Indian government`s move to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy and impose a communications blackout, in Srinagar on 16 August, 2019. Photo: AFPHundreds of protesters in Indian-administered Kashmir clashed with police on Friday, even as New Delhi said it would begin restoring phone lines after a 12-day communications blackout.With the central government fearing protests and unrest, the Muslim-majority northern territory has been under lockdown since the first week of August, when the Indian government stripped the region of its autonomy.Police fired tear gas and pellet-firing shotguns to disperse residents who tried to march down the main road in the main city of Srinagar after Friday prayers.Protesters hurled stones and used shop hoardings and tin sheets as improvised shields, as police shot dozens of rounds into the crowd. No injuries were reported.”We are trying to breach the siege and march to the city centre but police is using force to stop us,” one protester told AFP, adding that three people were injured in Thursday clashes with police officers and reservists.Sporadic clashes were also reported in other parts of the Kashmir Valley, the main hotbed of resistance to Indian rule for decades, where phone lines and internet connections have been cut off for nearly two weeks.Major towns and cities in the restive valley remained under curfew, with government forces allowing people to move only on special passes.Government forces erected steep barricades and used concertina wires to block roads.No big gatherings were allowed in the valley and most mosques were shut for the second consecutive Friday.”We want what is ours. We are not begging for anything but demand India should respect its promises,” a second protester told AFP.”We will not sit back until we achieve complete independence from India,” he said.The protesters marched along the lanes of Srinagar, carrying black ?ags — signifying grief — and placards with slogans including “Go India, go back”.Phone lines The clashes took place as a top official said that authorities would begin restoring phone lines in Kashmir on Friday evening, including in Srinagar.Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam did not make clear whether mobile phones and internet connections would also be reinstated.He said the restoration would “(keep) in mind the constant threat posed by terrorist organisations in using mobile connectivity to organised terrorist actions”.Fearing an angry and potentially violent response to its move to end Kashmir’s autonomous status, India deployed 10,000 additional troops — joining the half a million already there — severely restricted movement and cut telecommunications.Kashmiri politicians — alongside university professors, business leaders and activists — are among the more than 500 people that have since been taken into custody.Celebrations for Eid, a major Muslim festival, were massively curtailed on Monday, with Srinagar’s main mosque shut. The building remained off-limits on Friday.Subrahmanyam said the government was aiming for the “earliest return to normalcy while ensuring that terrorist forces are given no opportunity to wreak havoc as in the past”.Anger Despite the lockdown, last Friday residents said some 8,000 people took to the streets and that the military used pellet-firing shotguns.The Indian government confirmed the clashes only after several days had passed, blaming them on stone-throwing “miscreants” and saying its forces reacted with “restraint”.Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947.Tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, have died in an uprising against Indian rule that has raged since 1989.The territory has been the spark for two wars and countless clashes between the two nuclear-armed arch-rivals, most recently in February when they conducted tit-for-tat air strikes.Officials in the part of Kashmir ruled by Pakistan said Thursday that three soldiers died in Indian shelling across the Line of Control, the de facto border, with two others killed in a separate incident.The Pakistani military also said its return fire killed five Indian soldiers. But an Indian army spokesman told the Press Trust of India news agency late Thursday this was “fictitious”.In a rare step, the UN Security Council was set to discuss the situation behind closed doors later on Friday, diplomats said.last_img

Governor Abbott And Democratic Opponent Lupe Valdez Agree to Debate in September

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera: Abbott/Laura Buckman: ValdezGovernor Greg Abbott and Democratic candidate Lupe Valdez have agreed to a debate in September.Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Democratic candidate Lupe Valdez have agreed to a debate in September.The two opponents had been at odds over the date, location and broadcast terms of a debate. Abbott, a Republican, had agreed to a September 28 debate in Austin, while Valdez was planning on an October 8 debate in Houston hosted by a Spanish-language TV station.After negotiations, Valdez has agreed to the Austin debate. The Spanish-language outlet Telemundo will translate the debate and broadcast it on TV and online. Sharelast_img

Major incident as M6 shut after people exit back of vehicle onto

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice declared a ‘major incident’ on the M6 motorway tonight after a number of people left the back of a vehicle. Staffordshire Police stopped the vehicle on the northbound carriageway between junction 15 and junction 16 near Stoke-on-Trent at around 4pm this evening. One man was arrested and police, along with West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended to the people from the back of the vehicle. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:  “Officers from Staffordshire Police have stopped a vehicle on the M6 between Junctions 15 and 16 this evening (9 January) and a number of people have exited the back of the vehicle. “Police and partners assessed the welfare of the people who exited the vehicle and we will be liaising with our colleagues in Immigration Enforcement.” The motorway remained closed in both directions until shortly after 9.30pm tonight – with witnesses reporting dozens of police vehicles, as well as helicopters, attending the incident. Initially two lanes and a rolling roadblock were in place, with full closures in both directions being brought in at around 6pm – and the southbound closure was later extended to junction 14. Police by a lorry on the carriageway tonight Read MoreMan, 21, charged after man shot in eye in Stoke-on-Trent   A Highways England spokesman said:  “We can confirm that the M6 Northbound and Southbound carriageways between J16-14 and J15-16 have now been re-opened. “The CMPG incident has now been resolved. Thank you all for your patience whilst being stuck in the traffic. Have a safe journey.” A diversion was in place due to the M6 being shut – with congestion on surrounding roads including the A500 and the A34, with planned closures on the A500 suspended while the incident was resolved. Hundreds of people, including at least one pregnant woman and a considerable number of Burton Albion fans on their way to see their team play against Manchester City, remain stuck in traffic on the motorway. Motorists stuck in the congestion said they saw police officers checking a number of HGVs caught in the traffic. A Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said:  “We had M6 J15 to J16 Northbound and Southbound closed due to a major incident.  We are working with Highways England, Staffordshire Police, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.” For further live updates on this incident and the ongoing closure, visit our live feed here. Read MorePolice hope to trace driver after pedestrian injured in accident near McDonald’s   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more