Casablanca – Right behind Oman, Morocco is second in the North African and Middle Eastern region in terms of Cyber security, based on a project that has identified 17 performance indicators in 5 categories.Morocco has been ranked second behind Oman in the Cyber Security Global Index (GCI), on the sidelines of the International Telecommunication Union congress (ITU), held in Bangkok, Thailand, under the theme “A conversation that matters.”With a total score of 0.559 points, Morocco came second after Oman (0.765 points). The kingdom, which has the highest rate of connectivity, comes ahead of its North African neighbors, namely Egypt and Tunisia, whereas Sudan ranks fifth. The ranking takes into account 17 performance indicators in five categories that are legal, technical, organizational, as well as capacity building and cooperation. According to the GCI, the goal is to publish five other regional indexes to eventually constitute an overall index.“The GCI project is a joint effort between ITU and ABI Research, a market intelligence company specializing in global technology markets,” stated representatives of the organizations.As stated in the joint agreement, the Telecommunication Development Bureau (TDB), responsible for supporting developing countries in ITU, ABI Research and Ibra College of Technology (ICT), are developing mechanisms of classification, performing primary research and national reference capacities.The purpose of the GCI is to promote government strategies at the national level and ensure their implementation in all industries and sectors.It is also aimed at integrating security into the base of technological progress and promoting a global culture of cyber security. In this sense, some countries like Morocco have in recent years developed strategies to enhance computer security.According to Daily LaVieEco, only 11 African countries currently have what is called a CERT, Computer Emergency Response Team, an organization that “handles computer security incidents.”Morocco, along with Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt, are the only Arab countries to have a CERT team.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Taroudante- A new all-girl Muslim school opened its doors in the city of Coventry, West Midlands, England, encouraging students to aspire to high positions in the country by joining top universities, according to the local Coventry telegraph.For now, the school serves students in temporary buildings on Lincoln Street, Foleshill while permanent premises are still under construction.The school hosts 153 students so far. All girls are aged 11 to 13 years, and the school aims to eventually host high school students up of to 18 years old. During her speech in the first assembly of the newly opened Eden Girls School, Asiyah Ravat, head of the school, encouraged students to aim for “best universities to become a lawyer or surgeon, or even running the country as Prime Minister.”In the same speech, (If you are referring to the “source” as the speech. If not, clarify the source), Mrs Ravat said: “We are aiming to be a non-selective grammar school. At the first assembly, we talked about aspirations.”“I said that standing in front of me might be a future British Prime Minister as well as future surgeons and lawyers.The new all-girl school has set certain strict rules that every pupil must respect.While the headscarf, mandated to be purple, is optional, the school does not allow students to wear trousers, and applying make up or wearing jewelry is strictly forbidden.The uniform is a navy blazer with purple piping, an ankle-length navy skirt, a white blouse, and bags must be black.All lessons will start and end with a special prayer.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
The speed and elegant appearance of the Concorde inspired awe. Its ear-rattling sonic booms irritated people on the ground and led to restrictions on where the jet could fly.The Concorde’s maiden flight was 50 years ago this month. Although the plane went out of service in 2003, its delta-wing design and drooping nose still make it instantly recognizable even to people who have never seen one in person.The Concorde was the world’s first supersonic passenger plane. It was a technological marvel and a source of pride in Britain and France, whose aerospace companies joined forces to produce the plane.Its first flight occurred on March 2, 1969, in Toulouse, France. The test flight lasted 28 minutes. British Airways and Air France launched passenger flights in 1976.With four jet engines and afterburners, the plane could fly at twice the speed of sound and cruised at close to 60,000 feet, far above other airliners. It promised to revolutionize long-distance travel by cutting flying time from the U.S. East Coast to Europe from eight hours to three and a half hours.Depending on the layout, the plane could seat up to 128 passengers, far fewer than on many other planes flying the trans-Atlantic routes. The relative scarcity of seats and the plane’s high operating costs made tickets expensive — typically several thousand dollars — so it was mostly reserved for the wealthy and famous, occasionally royalty.In the U.S., the plane flew mainly to New York and Washington and attracted quite a buzz. In the mid-1980s, men dressed as Union and Confederate soldiers to re-enact a Civil War battle in Virginia paused in mid-skirmish to gaze up at a Concorde flying into nearby Dulles Airport.A Concorde captain raved that the plane flew beautifully, and that the only indication of its speed came from looking down at other jets far below that seemed as if they were flying backward — the Concorde was moving about 800 mph faster.Jamie Baker, an airline analyst and aviation enthusiast, took the plane from New York to London in 2002. Perhaps because it was a morning flight, the mood was more dignified than festive, Baker says. The ride was so smooth that there was hardly any sensation of flight.“No turbulence. No sense of motion, save for the clouds passing by below us,” Baker says. “Concorde was a tool devised to outwit time.”Former Boeing engineer Peter Lemme recalls his 1998 flight as a delight, but cramped.“The seats were more like what we flew domestically in coach,” he says. “The food was excessive,” including caviar, and there was a duty-free cart piled with very expensive items.However, the Concorde never caught on widely. The plane’s economics were challenging, and its sonic booms led it to be banned on many overland routes. Only 20 were built; 14 of which were used for passenger service.As time went on, flights were disrupted by mechanical breakdowns including engine failures and a broken rudder. Reviewers complained about the small cabin, noise, and vibrations that started during takeoff and continued once airborne.The plane’s darkest day came on July 25, 2000, when an Air France Concorde crashed into a hotel and exploded shortly after takeoff in Paris, killing all 109 people on board and four on the ground.Investigators determined that the plane ran over a metal strip that had fallen off another jet on to the runway, damaging a tire. A piece of the tire crashed into the underside of the wing, shockwaves caused a fuel tank to rupture, and the fuel ignited.The planes were grounded for expensive modifications. After 18 months, BA and Air France both resumed flights, but traffic never recovered.It was determined that a more intensive and expensive maintenance schedule would be required to keep the fleet flying. In 2003, BA and Air France both stopped Concorde service.BA’s chief executive called it “the end of a fantastic era in world aviation,” but added that retiring the planes was a prudent business decision.Supersonic transports could yet make a comeback. Several companies are working on models and hope to test them soon.The Associated Press
Meeting at UN Headquarters in New York yesterday with mediator Yves Fortier, the parties signed a communiqué outlining several procedural steps to be taken in future talks on sovereignty over the oil-rich islands of Mbanié, Coctotiers and Congas in the Corisco Bay. The two sides also pledged to spare no effort in reaching a fair and peaceful resolution of their dispute.The mediation effort stems from July when, during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the leaders of Gabon and Equatorial Guinea agreed to accept his good offices. Mr. Annan then named Mr. Fortier, a former Canadian Ambassador to the UN with extensive diplomatic experience, to conduct the talks.
by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 6:34 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, a sign the job market is picking up after a winter slump.The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile figure, decreased 6,250 to 330,500, the lowest since early December.Applications are a rough proxy for layoffs. The declines indicate companies are confident enough about the economy to keep their staffs.Employers are also hiring more after harsh winter weather lowered job gains in January and December, the government said last week. The economy gained 175,000 jobs last month, up from just 129,000 in January and only 84,000 in December.The report “supports the idea that the labour market is still improving,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at brokerage firm BTIG. “This is another unquestionable positive.”About 3.45 million people received unemployment benefits as of Feb. 22, the latest figures available. That’s 13,000 more than the previous week.In a separate report Thursday, the Commerce Department said that sales at retail stores and restaurants rose 0.3 per cent last month. The rebound suggests consumers are spending a bit more after sales fell a sharp 0.6 per cent in January.The unemployment applications and retail sales suggest the economy is recovering after harsh winter weather caused auto sales to dip, factory orders to fall, and sales of existing homes to plummet.The unemployment rate ticked up last month to 6.7 per cent from 6.6 per cent, but the increase occurred partly for a good reason: more people started looking for jobs. Most weren’t immediately hired, boosting the unemployment rate. But the fact that they started job hunting suggests they were optimistic about their prospects.The weather did force about 6 million people with full-time jobs to work part-time in February. Many of their paychecks will shrink, likely weighing on spending.That’s one reason economists forecast growth will slow to an annual rate of 2 per cent or less in the first three months of this year, down from 2.4 per cent in the final three months of last year. But as the weather improves, most analysts expect growth to rebound to an annual rate near 3 per cent. Job seekers line up to meet prospective employers at a career fair at a hotel in Dallas, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The Labor Department reports Thursday March 13, 2014 on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week (AP Photo/LM Otero) Applications for US unemployment benefits fell last week to 3-month low of 315,000 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The new HDI figures, launched today in Mexico City by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), combines measures of life expectancy, literacy, school enrolment and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. This year 187 countries and territories were measured.Norway retained its top position from last year, ahead of Australia and the US, while the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan round out the top 10, in that order.However, when the HDI is adjusted for internal inequalities in health, education and income, the standings of some countries fall significantly. The US falls from 3 to 16 and the Republic of Korea descends from 12 to 28. By contrast, Sweden rises from the seventh to the fourth spot.“National averages hide large variation in human experiences, and wide disparities remain within countries of both the North and the South,” the report says.The report, entitled The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World, emphasizes the unprecedented growth of developing countries, which is propelling millions out of poverty and reshaping the global system. Human Development Index trends, 1980–2012. Credit: UNDPAccording to the report, leading economies in the South such as China, India and Brazil will be the main drivers of economic growth and societal change for the first time in centuries. This growth, however, is not limited to these three countries, and the report spotlights more than 40 other countries that have made greater human development gains in recent decades than what was predicted.
The next official game for the European Champions 2012 for Spain against Croatia, that is to be played 9th or 10th of March, will also be used as a special occasion, saying good bye to a player that managed to become World Champion with Spain, Rolando Urios.The Spanish federation are preparing a rich farewell, and they also want that he parts with the national team in a game against one of the best teams in the World, as well as a game that is very important for the qualifications for the European Championship 2012.The president of the Spanish Federation, Juan de Dios Roman, added that it was “honor to have Urios in the Spanish team, and that’s why he needs to be sent like a champion”, ← Previous Story Serbian Super League derby (Video): Partizan beat Zvezda Next Story → Lars Kaufmann in SG Flensburg from 2011 Croatia handballRolando UriosSpain handball
Here’s the latest on the suspected malware attack that prevented delivery today: https://t.co/SflaH1gTyU It may have been the worst interruption of service since a fire erupted in the pressroom 30 years ago. Thanks all for your patience and understanding.— San Diego Union-Tribune (@sdut) December 30, 2018Tribune employees had to create “workarounds” to get Saturday’s papers printed, according to CEO Justin Dearborn.“There is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised,” he wrote in a memo, published by CNN.Tribune Publishing’s properties include the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, The Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, Virginia’s Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot, The Morning Call of Lehigh Valley, and the Hartford Courant.Oddly, the affected newspapers’ websites did not appear to be affected by the digital bug.More on Geek.com:Social Media Outpaces Print Newspapers as U.S. News SourceAutonomous Cyber Weapons Are On the Attack‘Side-Channel’ Cyber Attacks Rare, But Chilling Production of Baltimore Sun newspapers and other Tribune Publishing publications was hampered by a viral attack, but websites were not affected. https://t.co/lHBE2rROEx— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) December 30, 2018The cyberattack, according to the L.A. Times, “appears to have originated from outside the United States … but officials said it was too soon to say whether it was carried out by a foreign state or some other entity.”“We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information,” the Times‘ anonymous source said.The unknown virus “hobbled our ability to publish,” Union-Tribune editor Jeff Light said in a Saturday morning letter to readers. A cyberattack that appears to have originated from outside the U.S. caused major printing and delivery disruptions at several newspapers across the country including the Los Angeles Times, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. https://t.co/TyDRtB5oe2— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 30, 2018 Newspapers are suffering enough without being the target of a cyber attack.Some of the country’s best-known broadsheets over the weekend suffered printing and distribution delays due to reported malware.The Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune were affected, as well as a handful of Chicago-based Tribune Publishing media businesses.Saturday’s print edition of The Baltimore Sun, for example, was released without its usual comics or puzzles (essentially rendering the periodical useless for many subscribers).In parts of California, distribution of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal was also delayed, due to issues with a Los Angeles back-end printing plant. Google Adds an ASCII Mode to Its VirusTotal Malware Scanning ServiceEpic Games Calls out Google for Revealing Fortnite Vulnerability Stay on target
Despite their recent run of good form, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes they cannot get carried away and must work on their self-confidence.Tottenham have won eight out of their last 10 games in all competitions, and are now just six points off the top of the Premier League table, but Pochettino is not complacent as he understands how quickly results can change.“At the moment we are playing well, but the moment we lose games it’s going to turn quick. I know that very well. This is normal,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.“I try to understand everything. In this football club if some bad results arrive it’s going to turn again. All the positives will be reversed and become negatives.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We are happy, but not so happy. I think there’s still massive work to do. But when I say ‘worst feeling’ I don’t speak about the inside of the club. I talk about the perception outside.“We are still fragile, not solid enough as a club to support some good and some bad because the perception of the people can affect the club.“I think we are changing a lot and we are going to change, if we have time, to do that. But our self-belief is still so fragile.”
Battle Ground — The Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church recently voted to publicly welcome all people — including groups that have sometimes been excluded from churches.The worldwide United Methodist Church is “ambiguous” on issues of sexuality, according to a statement from the Battle Ground church. Local congregations that want to take a stand welcoming sexual minorities often embark on a process of discussing this idea and then voting on it. That process is called “reconciling.”The church has adopted a statement that explicitly mentions past “pain of exclusion or discrimination” and welcomes people of any race, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith history, socioeconomic status, and physical and mental ability. “God welcomes all people, and so do we,” said the Rev. Rachon Hanson. “That’s always been true at this church. What’s changed is that we’re going public with God’s message of welcome.“That doesn’t mean we all agree about everything. It means this church works hard to make sure everyone feels welcomed, respected, and loved,” Hanson said. “It means this is a safe place to explore your relationship with God. It’s safe whether you’re young or old, gay or straight, liberal or conservative, or even if you’re not sure what you believe.”Hanson said all are invited to a celebration at 11:15 a.m., following 10 a.m. worship service, on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10300 N.E. 199th Street, Battle Ground. Visit www.battlegroundumc.org to learn more.
A four-storey building collapsed in south Mumbai’s Dongri area on Tuesday, with at least 50 people feared trapped in the debris, a BMC Disaster Control official. The Kesarbai building collapsed at around 11.30 a.m. The Fire Brigade, police and disaster management teams have rushed to the site and launched rescue operations.
But the biggest problem I find with God Eater is that the battles are fast and over with before you really get into them. It’s an issue that’s due to it being essentially a mobile title. Missions can be completed in a minute or two in some cases, and the levels themselves are generally tiny, much smaller than anything else in Monster Hunter. There’s also nowhere near as much strategy in God Eater, and while some of the new things are cool (the ability to make custom bullets, for example) the battles themselves tend to devolve into button mashing.Those of you without a 3DS may have no other option, and it’s not as if God Eater is a bad series at all! If you were ignorant of its influences you could play this for dozens of hours and enjoy your time thoroughly, and you still can have fun if you’re not. To be able to get that monster hunting fix on PlayStation 4 or on your PC is a fine thing, but it’s hard to recommend the imitator when the real deal is right there, and with a new release to boot.God Eater 2 Rage Burst is available right now for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC via Steam. There’s no two ways about it, the God Eater series is a direct ripoff of Monster Hunter. It’s far from the only one (Toukiden is another fine example) but it’s probably the most well-regarded, as Bandai Namco took the proven formula and mixed it up for Monster Hunter-starved PSP owners. Now with the release of God Eater 2: Rage Burst PS4 and PC owners can see what the fuss is about, provided they don’t mind playing a remake of a three year old mobile game.It’s been a big year for God Eater in the States. Just a couple of months ago God Eater Resurrection was unveiled for the PS4 and PS Vita as sort of an appetizer before the full course. Itself a port of the first game in the series, it’s the first console release of the series over here and a fine introduction to it.The anime-influenced aesthetic is fun and the story is simple- you play a (custom created) God Eater who’s aligned with a group of teens who are fighting off demons known as Aragami. The world as we know it is over and it’s become a barren post-apocalyptic wasteland where monsters roam. It’s only via these super-powered God Eaters that humanity has a chance. There’s actually a surprisingly robust, fun, and memorable story told in-between missions, which is fortunate as the battles themselves are repetitive. Most of them simply have you jumping into a battlefield and killing a few monsters, before returning and resupplying to do it again.As with Monster Hunter you’ll be able to learn all about the beasts you confront (the bigger ones run and hide from you to heal, again like Monster Hunter) and let you prepare for the battles. Single and online co-op play with three teammates is supported, allowing you to coordinate for bigger fights.Aside from the heavier reliance on story, the big appeal of God Eater is that your massive, insanely large weapon can transform on the fly. You can turn it from a physical weapon into a gun, or a shield, or even a giant monster demon head that bites into enemies and tears items from them. The other ones seem reasonable enough, but no one seems to really mention how freaky the latter truly is.I can be talking about either God Eater Resurrection or God Eater 2 here, as they both play exactly the same. God Eater 2 takes place three years after the events in Resurrection, however, and finds you playing as a new recruit in a special ‘Blood’ Unit. This means that you’re yet another new-type of God Eater, and this one unlocks Blood powers that augment your skills. They provide an experience system encouraging you to keep trying new attacks, as if you use one long enough you’ll move down a skill tree and get new abilities and buffs.God Eater 2 has 100 hours of story and gameplay, 200 blood arts, a handful of new weapons like a variant scythe, and even more numbers to peruse. There are no real major advancements between the two titles so the key word here is “more,” which isn’t something particularly needed in a genre that allows you to play for months without seeing it all. <>
Darjeeling: There are good tidings for the people of Darjeeling. On the heels of the dialysis units, the Darjeeling District Hospital is all set to get a CT Scan machine.”A few days back we got the news that the government has given its approval for a CT Scan machine for Darjeeling District Hospital,” stated Dr Saikat Pradhan, Superintendent, Darjeeling District Hospital.The Darjeeling Hospital recently got a dialysis unit too. It was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from Kalimpong on May 30. “The dialysis is free of cost. The patient has to pay only for an injection that costs Rs 374,” the Super added. On April 1, 2017, an MRI machine had been installed at the District Hospital in Darjeeling costing around Rs 10.28 crore. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIncidentally, before April 1, 2017, there were no MRI or CT Scan facilities in the Hills both in government and private units. In case of emergencies, especially during accidents, patients had to travel to Siliguri. Many did not survive the 76 km long journey through rough terrain. “There is a hitch regarding the MRI machine. It had become non-functional owing to technical problems. It was repaired. Again a few days ago the same problem arose. We have asked the company to send a technical person and station him in Darjeeling at least for a week. The MRI has to be constantly functional. Thousands of lives depend on this in the Hills,” added Pradhan.
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A 33-year-old man pierced by a bamboo pole all the way from the groin area to his arm pit had a narrow escape as he suffered no major damage to his internal organs even as doctors had feared the worst. On October 2, Dashrath, a native of Kanpur landed up at the Safdarjung Hospital with an injury to his scrotal region and abdomen extending upto his chest. “When asked how he got it, he told us that he was working at a construction site in Gurgaon when he fell from a height of around 12 feet and landed on a blunt-ended bamboo pole, which penetrated all the way from his groin area and exited through the right arm pit,” said Dr Vimal Bhandari, consultant (Surgery) and Head of Kidney Transplant Department at Safdarjung Hospital. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportGiven the horrific nature of the incident, doctors suspected severe injury to his abdomen and other organs like liver, intestine, urinary bladder extending to his chest, injuring his lungs and ribs. Dashrath had carried with himself the five feet long bamboo pole, which was pulled out of his body by one of his colleagues. “The patient was bleeding from lower area, his abdomen was distended and he was restless. We performed an ultrasound which astonishingly revealed that there was no damage to his internal organs. Also Read – Disqualified AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, women’s wing chief join BJPBut given the severity of the incident, we couldn’t be sure and thus we opened his abdomen to check if there was any damage,” said Dr Bhandari. “The bamboo had made a tract from the scrotal region upto the axilla. But fortunately none of his organs had suffered any injury as the pole had pierced through the fat of the patient’s body and the outer layer covering the organs,” said Dr Aman Chopra, Resident doctor at Surgery department of Safdarjung Hospital. After that Dashrath was treated for his wounds and was admitted in the hospital for 12 days and discharged. “Such cases are one in a thousand. Dashrath was lucky that his organs were not at all injured given the dreadful nature of the accident,” said Dr Ashish, Senior Resident (Surgery). “Such cases are one in a thousand. Dashrath was lucky that his organs were not at all injured given the dreadful nature of the accident,” said Dr Ashish, Senior Resident (Surgery).
Howrah (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at her Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath for reportedly referring to the Indian Army as “Modi ji ki sena”, saying it was an “insult” and humiliation for the force. Describing the Indian Army as the an asset of the nation, Banerjee said it belongs to the countrymen, and called upon the people to “stand up and reject” Adityanath’s statement. “It is shocking to hear the UP CM saying that the Indian Army is the ‘Modi Sena’. Such blatant personalisation and usurping of our beloved Indian Army is an insult and a humiliation,” the Trinamool Congress supremo tweeted. “We are proud of our Army. They belong to all. They are a great asset of our nation, and not a cassette of the BJP. People of this country must stand up and reject this statement,” she said.
Advertisement Kevin Durant is the one who has the weird Tupac tattoo, but this year it’s Russell Westbrook against the world.Last night Westbrook made his debut as an Oklahoma City solo act, and led the Thunder to a 103-97 win against the rebuilding Sixers. Westbrook notched a near triple-double in his first game, post-divorce, scoring 32 points, pulling down 12 rebounds and dishing out 9 assists in the opening night road win.Westbrook throws it down with AUTHORITY! @ESPNNBA #NBARapidReplay https://t.co/FDuTH5o9zg— NBA (@NBA) October 27, 2016 When Westbrook was asked about the incident in a post-game interview, he explained that his restraint was in the best interest of his pocket book, because the last time he engaged with a heckler he was fined $25,000 by the league.Russell Westbrook on the fan flipping him the double fingers: pic.twitter.com/0oB8dttVma— Royce Young (@royceyoung) October 27, 2016Maybe the Thunder will take a step back this year without Durant, but it should be entertaining to watch. The most bizarre moment of the night came when an angry Philly fan dressed in an Allen Iverson jersey, or possibly Peter Griffin from the Family Guy, heckled Westbrook from his courtside seats, letting an intense double bird fly while simultaneously dropping an F-bomb. Classy.To his credit, Westbrook didn’t take the bait, only responding with a priceless, puzzled reaction before the fan was escorted from the arena for acting like a chump.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe M6 motorway has completely reopened following a police incident in Cheshire that saw three lanes closed in the early hours of this morning. Three lanes of the southbound carriageway between J19 A556 ( Knutsford ) and J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) were shut from around 2.10am until 4.20am today (Friday April 12), according to traffic data company Inrix. Highways England confirmed said lanes two, three and four of the motorway had been shut – and confirmed traffic was now flowing normally again. A spokesman said: “This has now cleared. Thank you for your patience.” We currently have no further information on the nature of the police incident that shut the motorway. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window 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 . Punter found hiding in bushes
Big thunder – All smiles ahead of the Big Thunder rollercoaster ride at Disneyland. Front left Stephanie Jones – Hoot Holidays and Jason Smith, Middle left Amy Poupos and Jane Fowler and back left Nicole Ginger and Christine AshtonTravelManagers PTM’s have a hoot of a time in West HollywoodExperiencing the West Hollywood region just like a client would, was the highlight for TravelManagers’ personal travel managers who recently experienced a seven-night exclusive educational hosted by TravelManagers’ sister-company Hoot Holidays and Visit West Hollywood.Stephanie Jones, Product Manager from Hoot Holidays and Sarah Thornton, Gate 7’s Account Manager for WeHo – Visit West Hollywood hosted famil participants Christine Ashton, Jane Fowler, Debra Deane, Lisa Metzl and Jason Smith from New South Wales, Nicole Ginger and Amy Poupos from Victoria with Simon Tinkler from Queensland.Located at the base of the Hollywood Hills and adjacent to Beverly Hills, the city of West Hollywood is just 1.9 square miles in size and has a population of 39,000. The city is comprised of three main districts: the world-famous Sunset Strip, eclectic Santa Monica Blvd., and The West Hollywood Design District.Metzl, representative from North Avoca was excited to discover a new and exciting destination in West Hollywood.PTM’s discover Carneys on their walking tour – known for the best hamburgers and hot dogs in LA and maybe the world! From left Simon Tinkler, Sarah Thornton – Visit West Hollywood, Christine Ashton, Nicole Ginger, Debra Deane, Jane Fowler, Lisa Metzl, Front left- Amy Poupos, Tracy our guide from WeHo Walking tours“Los Angeles is a destination I know well, but this famil allowed me the opportunity to explore West Hollywood, an area I hadn’t really explored before and I was pleasantly surprised with what it had to offer. With great hotels along with some fabulous restaurants – I can highly recommend Gracias Madre with its vegan Mexican menu using only locally grown organic food. The location is a great alternative for those who have travelled to LA several times, it’s really easy to get around and provides good access to Anaheim.”The highlight for Metzl was the three-hour walking tour of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.“The walking tour was fabulous. A local lady hosted it and her knowledge of past and present celebrities was phenomenal. The area is full of history and the stories are so interesting – we would have missed so much without this. I will be recommending this tour to all my clients.”Poupos discovered real value in having a ‘front of line’ ticket for Universal Studios.“Having the ‘front of line’ ticket is definitely worth the money if clients are short on time or just want to experience as much as possible. The ticket allows you to go to the front of the line once per ride so you can try at least every ride without having to wait in queues for lengthy times.”A visit to Los Angeles wouldn’t be complete without some time at Disneyland.Personal travel managers in front of a mural highlighting West Hollywood at Andaz Hotel (from left Sarah Thornton – Visit West Hollywood, Lisa Metzl, Jane Fowler, Jason Smith, Simon Tinkler, Nicole Ginger, front left, Christine Ashton, Amy Poupos, Debra Deane)“No matter what your age, you can’t help but have fun at Disneyland. Make sure you don’t miss seeing the ‘World of Color’ show at Disneyland’s California Adventure Park. It really is something that can’t be described you really need to experience it in person to gain the full effects and really how incredible it is,” says Poupos.Shopping at the Citadel Outlets provided another great experience for Metzl.“The Citadel Outlets provide a fantastic option for Australians looking to make the most of their last day in Los Angeles before flying home in the evening. With access to their VIP room, you can store your luggage while you head out shopping. The VIP room provide snacks, drinks, a lounge area and lovely bathrooms where you can rest, change and repack your bags with all your new shopping purchases, before heading to the airport.”The personal travel managers attribute the behind-the-scenes support received from their in-house wholesaler Hoot Holidays, giving them the freedom to go above and beyond for their clients.“The support I receive from Hoot Holidays with their exceptional product knowledge, competitive pricing and exclusive value-add for land arrangements and holiday packages within the Asia Pacific region, gives me peace of mind that my clients will receive the best possible holiday in terms of value and experience. This gives me the confidence to focus on sharing my firsthand knowledge and travel tips that I know will make their travel the absolute best it can be and that is important to me,” says Poupos.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagers TravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. 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AMDC Welcomes New Member in Data, Headlines, News June 22, 2017 488 Views Share AMDC 2017-06-22 Brianna Gilpin We are pleased to announce that the American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) welcomes a new member, National MI. “National MI has a keen interest and a strong commitment to promoting multicultural diversity and inclusiveness in the mortgage industry to open up more opportunities for homeownership in the U.S. We have a very active educational effort program underway that helps lenders expand their outreach to many first-time homebuyers, including multicultural segments, to facilitate affordable and sustainable homeownership for families with low down payments.” – National MIPlease join us in welcoming National MI as the newest member of the American Mortgage Diversity Council.