Press release: M6 speed increase in time for Christmas getaway

first_img The M6 through Cheshire is used by around 120,000 drivers every day so we’re keen to do everything we can to minimise disruption while the major upgrade takes place to improve journeys. We’ve been able to increase the speed limit to 60mph on almost half the scheme in time for the Christmas getaway as wider lanes have now been reinstated along this part of the motorway. We’re also on schedule to complete the project by the spring so drivers travelling along the M6 in Cheshire will experience quicker and more reliable journeys in 2019. Highways England expects to be able to open the first stretch of the M6 smart motorway upgrade between junctions 18 and 19 early next year, and has been able to increase the speed limit to 60mph while testing takes place of the new technology.A 50mph speed limit will remain in place for safety reasons between junctions 16 and 18 due to construction work taking place along that part of the M6.When the upgrade is complete, drivers will be able to use an extra lane in each direction – increasing capacity by a third. More than 250 electronic signs will also alert drivers to changes in the speed limit, lane closures and incidents ahead.A total of 70 CCTV cameras will provide 100% coverage of the route and allow Highways England’s traffic officers and the emergency services to respond quickly to incidents. And 18 emergency areas will be created alongside the motorway to provide drivers with a safe place to stop if they break down.A similar smart motorway scheme on a stretch of the M62 in West Yorkshire has resulted in commuters saving an average 30 minutes each week, despite an increase in the number of vehicles using the route.More details on the Cheshire scheme are available on the M6 junctions 16 to 19 smart motorway scheme web page.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Highways England introduced a 60mph speed limit on an eight-mile stretch of the motorway between Holmes Chapel and Knutsford (junctions 18 to 19) last night as it works to complete a major upgrade to add extra lanes and new technology to the M6 by spring 2019.The speed limit increase from 50mph to 60mph is expected to cut journey times as tens of thousands of drivers use the route on their way home for Christmas.Across England, more than 200 miles of roadworks are being lifted in time for the festive getaway to help journeys flow more smoothly and to keep disruption to a minimum.Highways England will also be keeping motorways closure-free for 12 days over the festive season, so drivers travelling at night on the M6 won’t be faced with diversions due to roadworks.Highways England’s project manager Arun Sahni said:last_img read more

Norwich records 5th EPL relegation after West Ham bashing.

first_img In truth, they have looked out of their depth among the Premier League elite from the moment they paid the price for a naively attacking game-plan in a 4-1 defeat at Liverpool on the opening day of the season. Farke was hamstrung by Norwich’s decision not to spend big money on new signings following their promotion. Once Teemu Pukki’s early-season goal rush dried up, they have been on a relentless slide towards the Championship. A 3-2 win over Manchester City was a rare highlight but just weeks later a 5-1 home defeat against Aston Villa underlined the problems undermanned Norwich would endure all season. Norwich now face losing promising youngsters Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons to Premier League clubs when the transfer window opens. Read AlsoEverton fans laud Iwobi’s outing against Norwich City West Ham’s second win in four games was a huge lift to their hopes of staying up. David Moyes’ side are six points above the bottom three with three games left against Watford, Manchester United and Aston Villa. Norwich were sunk in clinical fashion by West  Ham United to confirm a record fifth relegation from the Premier League on Saturday. Antonio’s four-goal blitz fired West Ham to a 4-0 win at Carrow Road A seventh successive league defeat for Daniel Farke’s side sealed their fate as Antonio’s ruthless display boosted West Ham’s own survival bid. Norwich are 13 points from safety with only three games left, meaning they are certain to make an immediate return to the Championship after last season’s promotion campaign. The Canaries have become accustomed to relegation in the Premier League era, going down on four previous occasions in 1995, 2005, 2014 and 2016 Farke was already resigned to relegation before this weekend given Norwich had lost every game since the coronavirus hiatus. With all games being played behind closed doors, some Norwich fans might have been relieved not to have to watch the embarrassment of their limp demise in person.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous Actors10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be AwesomeMysterious Astrological Discoveries That Left Scientists Baffled6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right NowCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe World’s Most Desirable Fruit – Pink Pineapple6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True Loading… last_img read more

Giants knock Steelers off top spot

first_imgThe Sheffield Steelers relinquished top spot in the Elite League standings as they slumped to a 5-3 defeat to the Belfast Giants on Friday. Press Association The Steelers raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to first-period goals from Dustin Kohn and Jonathan Phillips, but Belfast were on level terms in the second period when Evan Cheverie and Cody Brookwell found the target. Calvin Elfring and Robby Sandrock gave Belfast a 4-2 lead in the final period and although Ben O’Connor pulled a goal back for the shell-shocked Steelers, Craig Peacock added gloss to a remarkable comeback victory with the Giants’ fifth strike with 22 seconds remaining. center_img The Braehead Clan needed to win to replace Sheffield at the summit and they did just that with a comfortable 4-2 victory against the Fife Flyers in the day’s other game. Scott Pitt opened the scoring with the game a mere one minute and 48 seconds old, before Bobby Chaumont levelled for the Flyers early on in the second period. The Clan were back in front six minutes later when Neil Trimm slotted home, before Leigh Salters extended their advantage in the third period. Chaumont pulled a goal back for Fife with eight minutes of the game left before Pitt capped off a fine display with his second and his team’s fourth with 41 seconds remaining. last_img read more

England’s Hughes win Seniors’ Amateur Championship

first_img Image courtesy The R&A Lancashire’s Bryan Hughes won the Seniors’ Amateur Championship at Sunningdale today to become the first Englishman since Roy Smethurst in 2003 to claim the title. Hughes ended a sequence of seven consecutive wins by Americans in the championship with his three-under 67 in the final round and a two-shot win over the US’s Doug Hanzel and Gene Elliot and South Africa’s Steven Williams.  Hughes, from Hesketh, commented: “Without doubt, that is the best round of my life. To shoot three under in the last round of a major amateur championship is what you dream about. Tags: Seniors’ Amateur Championship, Sunningdale He fell back into a share of top spot after a bogey at the 16th and then had a disastrous triple-bogey seven at the 17th where he found trouble in the rough and then three-putted. He finished with a five-over-par 75 and in a tie for fifth place on seven-over par overall. It really was a fairy-tale for Hughes, whose wife, Elizabeth, caddied through the championship that was affected by torrential rain on the opening day. His round did not start too encouragingly after he dropped a shot at the tricky par four 2nd but a 30ft birdie at the 5th was followed by two further birdies at the 12th and 15th. A birdie putt from six feet for a four at the par-five 18th helped to set a target that no one managed to match. Click here for full scores Chip Lutz, the defending champion and three-time winner, closed with a three-over-par 73 to finish eight-over-par overall and was tied with the 2014 champion Brady Exber in joint seventh. American Steve Groom, the overnight leader, had two triple-bogeys in the first six holes. A bunker at the short fourth and heather at the 6th ended his title challenge. He shot a twelve-over-par 85. Not only did he get into the championship as third reserve, he posted the lowest score of the final round to claim the title and he will look to defend the trophy at Royal Porthcawl next year. The 2018 Seniors’ Amateur Championship will take place at Royal Porthcawl from 1-3 August. The 55-year-old was on the reserve list only one week ago but after receiving a late entry into the championship he completed the final round with a three-under-par 67 to lift the trophy on a four-over-par total of 214. “When I stood over the putt at the last, I thought ‘this is why I play golf to have moments like this’. It was a tremendous feeling when it went in. I still can’t believe it.” Hughes also earns an exemption for the 2018 Senior Open Presented by Rolex being staged at the Old Course, St Andrews from 26-29 July. 11 Aug 2017 England’s Hughes win Seniors’ Amateur Championship For most of the final round American Matthew Sughrue, the runner-up on his debut at Royal County Down two years ago, was in control and led the championship right up until the final three holes.last_img read more

James captivates crowd in his Los Angeles Lakers debut

first_imgSAN DIEGO (AP) — LeBron James rubbed his hands in chalk powder at the scorer’s table, yelled “Yes!” to ecstatic fans in the first few rows and the Los Angeles Lakers’ new era was underway. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dribbles during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Playing in the same arena where Magic Johnson made his regular-season debut for Los Angeles 39 years ago, James captivated the crowd from the start of the Lakers’ exhibition opener Sunday night, a 124-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets.The opening tip came James’ way and he tapped it to fellow newcomer Rajon Rondo, who threw an alley-oop pass to JaVale McGee for the game’s first score.James missed his first shot, a turnaround fadeaway, but then made a no-look bounce pass from about 27 feet out to Brandon Ingram for a dunk. A minute later, James hit a long 3-pointer.He finished with nine points, three rebounds and four assists in just more than 15 minutes.“It was great to get back on the floor and then just start a new journey for myself and hear the Lakers fans that we have here in San Diego,” said James, who was married here in 2013. “It was great feeling to go out there and hear the roar from the fans here. I very much appreciate it.”The three-time NBA champion, four-time NBA MVP and 14-time All-Star said he played a little more than expected, “and I felt pretty good.”Seeing James in a Lakers uniform for the first time “was awesome,” said coach Luke Walton, who grew up in San Diego. “When you’re coaching the Lakers and you look out and see LeBron wearing your team’s colors, it’ a pretty good feeling.”While the Lakers have a lot to work on, fans hope James’ arrival will turn things around after the worst half-decade in the franchise’s lengthy history.He left the Cleveland Cavaliers for a four-year, $153.3 million free-agent deal with the Lakers.“It always feels different for me anytime you change uniforms,” he said. “It felt different when I changed from wearing a St. Vincent-St. Mary jersey to wearing a Cavs jersey from a Cavs jersey to a Heat jersey, back to a Cavs jersey and now being a Laker. It definitely feels different and takes a little bit of time getting used to.”He, Rondo and fellow veterans McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley signed to team with the Lakers’ talented young core.James was the focus on and off the court Sunday night.He was cheered from the minute he ran onto the court with his new teammates for warmups. He played the first eight minutes before being subbed out.When he came back in midway through the second quarter, he was greeted by a roar.As he stood near the scorer’s table during a video review, a fan yelled: “LeBron, we love you!” and the superstar responded with a hang-loose sign.Walton said James and Rondo “were great. Their commitment to pushing it, defensively. I thought the first group as a whole played really well, to start. Both groups were fouling way too much. They hit 30-some free throws. It’s going to be tough to win a game like that. But there’s some new rules we have to get adjusted to from this summer. The first group I thought played really well, obviously being led by the two of them out there.”Asked before the game what stands out about James, Walton said, “His intelligence. He sees everything. He knows even before drills. He knows where he’s going. His work ethic. He’s out there pre-practice with the guys, post-practice with the guys. Taking care of his body in the weight room.“He’s the ultimate professional.”The Lakers’ regular-season opener is Oct. 18 at Portland. Their home opener is two nights later against Houston.This was another big night for an L.A. basketball team at San Diego’s sports arena.In 1975, John Wooden coached his final game here, leading UCLA to its 10th NCAA title in 12 seasons. In 1979, Johnson made his NBA debut when Los Angeles beat the then-San Diego Clippers in the season opener. After Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made a buzzer-beating sky hook, Johnson hugged the center like they’d just won the championship. Seven months later, they did win the NBA title.Johnson is now the Lakers’ president of basketball operations and James was the prized acquisition of an offseason roster revamp.As a kid, Walton used to watch his father, Bill, play for the Clippers, although the Hall of Famer’s years in his hometown were largely marred by injuries.___Follow Bernie Wilson on Twitter at read more

Don’t Worry about Your Comcast Service During the Super Bowl

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by ComcastJenniver Wolever at the Comcast Everett XOCComcast has 1.1 million customers in Western Washington and Spokane County, so this could be relevant to some of the people who monitor you. We wanted to answer two questions before the Super Bowl.1. Is there still time to get video at home before the game?2. What’s Comcast doing special to ensure the network stays robust so everyone can watch the game?First, Is there still time to watch the game at home if I don’t have TV service now?Yes, there is still time to get what you need to watch the game at home. Our Xfinity service centers have extra equipment on hand. With a self-installation kit, you’ll be set to go. You can find the hours of the closest center here.Second, what’s Comcast doing to make extra sure the game is available to everyone?1. We’ve stopped doing any updates or maintenance that could affect service. Until the game is safely over, the only time Comcast will be touching a line is if it got damaged or cut.2. Our XOC in Everett will have extra staff on hand using cutting edge diagnostic tools, as well as a plethora of screens, to monitor the strength of the network and signals throughout Washington. The staff also expect to be cheering throughout the game as the Seahawks win.3. Starting noon Sunday, we’ll open a “bridge” phone call so anyone in the company can speak instantly to the entire Super Bowl monitoring team. So, for example, anyone in our call centers can report any high call volumes and any technicians can report any damage or issues. (high call volumes being a sign of an issue, of course.)4. Staff will monitor weather reports so if any weather hits an area particularly hard, we’ll be able to get crews there asap. It’s worth nothing that we can only perform fixes in an area after electrical crews have safely completed their repairs.5. We’ll be at @ComcastWA on Twitter with any updates, though hopefully all we’ll be doing is sharing any photos that vacationing employees will be sending us from the game.last_img read more

Baby Oysters Are Finally Growing In Raritan Bay

first_imgBy John Burton |N.W.S. EARLE — It may be a little early for handing out cigars, but the New York/New Jersey Baykeeper is happy that oysters appear to have taken to the Raritan Bay.Scientists working with the environmental organization’s oyster restoration program last week discovered the natural growth of baby oysters on the group’s manmade reefs in the local waterways, Baykeeper announced.“It’s really exciting. We should be celebrating,” said Meredith Comi, restoration program director for Baykeeper.Biologically known as spat, the baby oysters were found for the first time at the manmade oyster restoration reef the organization established at the shipping pier at Naval Weapons Station Earle’s Leonardo location, an approximately 2.9-mile-long structure jutting into the Raritan Bay.This discovery indicates “that the adult oysters on the reef are spawning and the larvae is settling back on the reef,” the organization announced in a press release.“This is the first step in a self-sustaining reef,” which is the goal of the project, the statement said.The discovery is very significant,” Comi said, “because it means that we do have the adults in there and they’re healthy enough to actually reproduce.”In 2011 the U.S. Navy allowed Baykeeper to establish a manmade oyster reef, constructed from concrete blocks at the Earle pier in an attempt to reintroduce oysters to the Raritan Bay. According to scientists and environmentalists, oysters had long been an important component of the Two River ecosystem. Oysters, experts in the field say, serve as a natural water filtration system and the reefs can function in the same way as jetties, offering some shoreline protection for tidal surges like those that devastated the coast during Super Storm Sandy.“By working in partnership with community non-governmental organizations like the NY/NJ Baykeeper, Naval Weapons Station Earle is working to protect the Navy’s critical infrastructure, as well as our surrounding communities, against future storm surges,” said Eric Helms, Earle’s environmental director.In 2010, the state Department of Environmental Protection ordered Baykeeper to destroy the oysters and dismantle the reefs the group established off the Keyport Harbor, in the Raritan Bay, and in the Navesink River, off of Red Bank. The DEP’s order stemmed from those waterways not meeting federal clean water standards. State officials feared the oyster beds would be vulnerable to illegal harvesting and the oysters might be contaminated and could be consumed by the unsuspecting public. But Baykeeper was able to reach an agreement with Earle for the oyster beds for research purposes, given the naval installation is highly patrolled and protected.The state Legislature about two years ago approved a bill that would allow organizations like Baykeeper to establish similar beds for educational and research purposes, as long as safety guidelines can be put in place that meet the DEP standards.Since then, “We’ve been having some very good, open conversations on how to move forward,” Comi said, noting the DEP awarded Baykeeper a $150,000 grant to study a sustainable shoreline for the Earle property.So far, though, oysters haven’t taken in other areas, like the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers, despite Baykeeper and other environmental groups’ efforts. But Comi said she remains optimistic. “I know there has to be more out there,” she said last week.Oysters traditionally spawn twice a year, usually in June and in August, according to Comi.This article was first published in the Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

League leading Fraser Valley sweeps Kootenay Wildcats

first_imgThe Kootenay Wildcats slipped a little in the B.C. Female Midget Hockey League after dropping a pair of games to league leading Fraser Valley Phantom during the weekend at the Pitt Meadows Arena.The Cats lost 2-0 Saturday before falling 5-1 Sunday in the Fraser Valley.Madison Sands and Brianna Keats scored all the goals Alexandra Frisk would need as Fraser Valley skated to the shutout win.Sunday, Fraser Valley exploded for four third-period goals, snapping a 1-1 tie en route to the four-goal victory.Five different players scored for the Phantom.Kathryn Haegedorn scored the lone goal for the Wildcats in the second frame.Kootenay, falling to 2-8 on the season, sit fourth in the five-team league.Fraser Valley leads the league with a 7-0 record.The Cats have a few weeks to hit the practice rink before playing host to Phantoms Dec. 3-4 in [email protected]last_img read more

Disabilities Act to bring equal opportunities in The Bahamas touts Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 9, 2017 – Nassau – No one is to be left behind or left out of a progressive, prosperous Bahamas and that includes the disabled among us.   The lack of opportunities in education, employment, accessible public transportation, better access to proper healthcare and buildings and other services generally are not escaping the attentions of those who can bring about the changes needed to make life equally as convenient for those with disabilities as it is for residents without them.Minister for Social Services and Urban Development, Lanisha Rolle in addressing those gathered at the Harry C Moore Library Auditorium at the University of The Bahamas in Nassau said it is the duty of Government to ensure equality.   An inaugural conference, sponsored by UB in conjunction with the Ministry was aimed at drumming up support for and touting the country’s seriousness about ensuring there are equal rights for the disabled in The Bahamas.“The Disability Act is to achieve the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities and to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disabilities.   The landmark Persons with Disabilities Act ensures dignity and protects the rights of persons with disabilities to fully participate in every aspect of society on an equal basis with others.”The Minister called the conference a gesture at a renewed sense of cooperation and collaboration between government and important stakeholders.#MagneticMediaNews#TheDisabilityAct Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TheDisabilityActlast_img read more