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Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said days are not far off when it will be possible to unfurl the tricolour in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). “I have faith that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the way New India’s caravan is progressing ahead, that day is not far off when it will be possible to unfurl that tricolour or ‘Nishan’ for which Shyama Prasad Mukherj sacrificed his life in Pakistan occupied Kashmir,” Mr. Singh said at an event to rename Chenani-Nashri Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir.Mr. Singh, credited Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari for accepting the proposal of renaming the tunnel after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee without wasting time. In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dedicated to the nation this 9 km-long tunnel that reduces the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 31 km but due to “some compulsions” this could not be named after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, he said. He further noted that 66 years ago on May 11, 1953, Mukherjee was arrested from Lakhanpur in an illegal manner without any FIR, chargesheet or warning and was taken to Srinagar through this Chenani-Nashri road. After Mukherjee’s death on June 23, 1953 his mother wrote to then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to hold an enquiry into his death. “For some reasons then Prime Minister Nehru did not pay heed to that letter, no enquiry was done. It is a new era now. It was Nehru government then, today it is Modi government… That probe or lapse can not be compensated but this tribute for coming generation will preserve his heritage and memory. “The lapse on part of Nehru government has been atoned by Modi government,” he said. The decision to rename the tunnel comes over two months after abrogation of the provisions of Article 370. The ‘Chenani-Nashri Tunnel’ was built at the cost of ₹2,600 crore. The tunnel, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches, reduces the journey time by two hours and provide a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar. The key features of the tunnel are — it is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel, with a 9.35-metre carriageway, and a vertical clearance of 5 metres. There is also a parallel escape tunnel, with ‘Cross Passages’ connecting to the main tunnel at intervals of 300 metres. It also has smart features such as an integrated traffic control system; surveillance, ventilation and broadcast systems; fire fighting system; and SOS call-boxes at every 150 metres.
It was the year of the San Miguel Corp. triple crown in the PBA.San Miguel Beer retained the Philippine Cup title, Barangay Ginebra captured the Commissioner’s Cup championship, and Magnolia won the Governors’ Cup crown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The PBAPC is naming its first Lifetime Achievement awardee in Alaska team owner Wilfred S. Uytengsu.The group has also named awardees for Mr. Quality Minutes (Vic Manuel), Defensive Player of the Year (John Paul Erram), Game of the Season (Barangay Ginebra-Rain or Shine 3OT), Breakout Player of the Season (Chris Tiu), Scoring champion (Stanley Pringle) and Order of Merit (June Mar Fajardo, Paul Lee and Manuel).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion And it was a feat credited largely to SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua.The PBA Press Corps recognized Chua’s effort in the rare feat—this marked the first time in the PBA that all three SMC teams won titles in one season—and will hand him the Danny Floro Executive Award on Jan. 21, during the group’s 25th anniversary of its Annual Awards Night presented by Cignal TV at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsChua joins his boss, Ramon S. Ang, in the ranks of those who have won the prestigious award, a list that includes Manny V. Pangilinan, Wilfred S. Uytengsu, Danding Cojuangco, Raymund Yu and Terry Que, Ricky Vargas, Renauld “Sonny” Barrios, Rene Pardo, Buddy Encarnado, Elmer Yanga, Simon Mossesgeld, George Chua, and the late Jun Bernardino and Henry Cojuangco.Only the prestigious Virgilio ‘Baby’ Dalupan Coach of the Year is yet to be announced, with Leo Austria, Tim Cone and Chito Victolero battling for the trophy bearing the name of the late “Maestro” of Philippine coaching. Fact & Fancy: It’s devotion vs delusion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LSU Florida Trash TalkFile this one away in the “You can’t make this stuff up” category.According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, 32-year-old Everett L. Beauchamp IV engaged in a drunken, armed car chase after taking exception to a remark made about his orange Florida Gators t-shirt in a Baton Rouge strip club.Per police reports obtained by the Advocate, Beauchamp was at The Penthouse Club in Baton Rouge at 2:15 a.m. Friday morning when one member of a six-man bachelor party made a comment about Beauchamp’s UF t-shirt. Beauchamp first picked up a stool from the valet entrance and tried to assault the man, and things just further deteriorated from there. Beauchamp threatened to get a weapon and walked to his vehicle to get a handgun, the report says, at which time the men drove away in their vehicle.Beauchamp followed them in his 2013 Ford Raptor down College Drive onto I-10 eastbound, the report says. The men exited at Essen Lane, only to get back onto I-10 going westbound, at which point Beauchamp tried to ram his vehicle into theirs.Beauchamp followed them onto the interstate and as they reached the I-10 westbound, I-12 eastbound loop Beauchamp opened fire on their vehicle, striking the vehicle once under the driver’s side taillight.Ultimately, Beauchamp was found by police after he ran his SUV into LSU Lakes. He was found to have a 0.19 BAC and was booked on six counts of assault by drive-by shooting, one count of aggravated criminal damage to property, DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain control and one count of illegal use of a weapon.They sure do take their football seriously in the SEC. [ CFB Talk ]
The Headstrong Project will host Words of War in support of comprehensive mental healthcare for military veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan on Wednesday.This presentation of wartime poetry, literature, theater and letters articulate the exuberance and ideals that drive men to war, the thrill and horror of combat, the difficulties of returning home, and the experience of family members worried about their loved one at war. Iconic wartime images will be projected during the presentation.Among those who are expected to take part at the event are Executive Director, Chairman of Headstrong Project, Zach Iscol, Jake Gyllenhaal, Adam Driver, Anthony Edwards, Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Jamie Hector (The Wire), Joanne Tucker (Theatre of War), Jonathan Alpeyrie (photographer) and more.Under the leadership of Zach Iscol, a combat decorated former Marine officer and Iraq veteran of the Battle of Fallujah, and Program Director Dr. Ann Beeder, a leading psychiatric and public health expert, The Headstrong Project has launched a long term project to provide cost-free, stigma-free, and bureaucracy-free mental healthcare to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with care being delivered at Weill Cornell Medical College.This program brings together leading research scientists and clinicians in PTSD to develop a manual, treatment program, curriculum, and certification program to train, develop, implement, and fund a nationwide network of mental healthcare providers who can treat Iraq and Afghanistan veterans especially in rural areas outside the reach of the VA. Concurrently, through partnerships with Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran Service organizations, Headstrong is recruiting veterans and active duty and reserve service members in need to receive care free of charge.WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 2013WHERE: IAC HQ 555 West 18th Street, NY 10011Find out more here.
Cancer patients at City of Hope were surprised with an intimate performance by Grammy-nominated musician and songwriter Gavin DeGraw as charity organization Musicians on Call launched a new program specifically for the Los Angeles-area cancer research and treatment center.Gavin DeGraw performs for patients at City of Hope for the Musicians On Call Jason Pollack Bedside Performance Program launchThe program – officially called The Musicians On Call Jason Pollack Bedside Performance Program at City of Hope – will bring live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their hospital beds. As with all Musicians On Call programs, the performances are meant to bring the healing power of music to those patients who need it most.At City of Hope, the program began with a formal launch by Musicians On Call members, City of Hope staff and music industry executives. Alissa Pollack, EVP of Music and Partner Integrations at Premiere Radio, started the program in honor of her father who passed away from cancer last year. During the event, she gave a moving and heartfelt tribute to Jason Pollack’s legacy.“It is truly a dream to be able to start a fund in my father’s name with Musicians On Call and City of Hope,” said Pollack. “He always encouraged my work with both charities and I know he would be so proud to be the inspiration for this. Knowing that patients will be able to benefit from my father’s program is an incredible feeling.”Funds raised in memory of Jason Pollack at Taste for Hope, City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industries Group’s flagship event in New York, were used to make the Musicians On Call program at City of Hope possible.Musicians On Call’s president, Pete Griffin, spoke of Pollack’s spirit and dedication to the cause.“Musicians On Call is incredibly fortunate to have Alissa Pollack as a board member and supporter of our programs,” said Griffin. “To be able to work with Alissa to launch the Musicians On Call Jason Pollack Bedside Performance Program at City of Hope is an honor for our organization and a fitting way to honor Alissa’s father who had such a love for music and people.”DeGraw then brought his guitar out and sang “Chariot” to a large group of patients that had gathered inside City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Hospital. DeGraw has worked closely with Musicians On Call over the years and spent time connecting individually with many patients.“Musicians On Call brings so much joy to not only the patients, but also their caregivers and their health care team,” said Gayle Gilbert from City of Hope’s Department of Supportive Care Medicine. “We are grateful to have the musicians come share their talents. Patients tell us the experience helps take their mind off a rough day.”As a comprehensive cancer center committed to treating the whole patient, City of Hope understands that music can lift the human spirit and enhance treatment programs. The Musicians On Call Jason Pollack Bedside Performance Program will be a special part of supportive care at City of Hope, bringing music, sing-alongs and special visitors to patients in need of an emotional boost.Studies have shown that live music soothes hospital patients by lowering blood pressure and reducing anxiety. For cancer patients, whose treatments often keep them hospitalized for long periods of time, the positive impact of these performances can be especially powerful.An array of musicians will come to City of Hope every Friday afternoon to perform for patients in the pediatric unit and other floors of the hospital. A Great Big World, Ingrid Michaelson, R5, Ryan Cabrera, Bean, Oh Honey and Straight No Chaser a cappella group are some of the upcoming artists that will participate in the Musicians On Call Jason Pollack Bedside Performance Program at City of Hope.
Ohio State football sophomore cornerback Dominic Clarke will not travel with the Buckeyes for Saturday’s game at Illinois after being arrested Sunday and charged with disorderly conduct during an on-campus incident involving what a witness described as a “compressed air” gun. An OSU student called the university police department and said that three black males were sitting on top of the roof of Marketplace, a campus eatery, “firing a paintball gun down at people.” The student said he looked out his window and saw the men on the roof. “I can’t totally tell if it’s an Airsoft or a paintball, but it’s using compressed air,” the student said. The OSU police department report identified Clarke, as well as football freshman offensive lineman Chris Carter and men’s basketball freshman Sam Thompson. Both Carter and Thompson gave statements to police but were not arrested. In an email to The Lantern, OSU football spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed that Clarke would be suspended. “The individual was involved in a university rules violation,” Emig said in an email. “The issue is currently going through the university process, and head coach Luke Fickell has announced that he will not be traveling with the team to Illinois this weekend.” Basketball team spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in an email, “We have no issues with any basketball student athletes.” The police report said that the incident is still under investigation.
Brazil are the best team in the world but Belgium can beat them says Lukaku, according to ESPN.Romelu Lukaku believes that he and his teammates have what it takes to beat Brazil despite referring to them as the best team at the World Cup.The Belgian striker is among the top scorers at this World Cup so far with four goals to his name. His sublime dummy against Japan was enough to put West Brom’s Nacer Chadli through on goal and the wide man made no mistake from six-yards out.Roberto Martinez’s men look very good in attack and Lukaku knows the game against Brazil will provide them an opportunity to show how far they’ve come.“For the past two years we’ve been playing with this system and we’ve improved as individuals,” Lukaku told reporters during the pre-match conference.“Tomorrow’s match against the best team in this World Cup will be a good test to see where we stand as a team.”Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.When asked about Neymar’s theatrics at the World Cup. He replied:“For me he’s not an actor, he has come against very tough players. He’s one of the best in the world and I’m excited to be going up against him for the second time.”Belgium go into this game as underdogs against the five-time world champions But Lukaku believes his teammates will play without fear or too much respect.“I think we have to savour the game as well as play without the pressure from the outside and give our optimal best for our country.”The Brazilians have the meanest defensive record so far at the tournament, but the Belgians will hope their attack proves too much for Thiago Silva and co tomorrow evening.
The Ivory Coast and Fulham midfielder is playing for the first time in the English Premier League and he believes he can do wellIvorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri started his professional career in 2010 with ASEC Mimosas.He was loaned in 2012 to Porto B, where he showcased his talents to the Portuguese football fans.That’s why Paços de Ferreira acquired his services in 2013, but he was then transferred to French Ligue 1 side Nice in 2015.After all these moves, he came to the English Premier League in the summer for the first time, and now he’s defending Fulham’s colors.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“You have to give things a go and take calculated risks: not things that put your team in danger but passes forward to surprise your opponents,” he told The Guardian.“Otherwise you are just a water carrier. It’s not always about a simple pass. Sometimes it’s about being daring. Since I’ve been young, I’ve always had that desire, to look forward and test myself. It is an attitude.”“People talk about the Premier League and its intensity, it’s physicality,” Seri adds.“If you’re not ready, you’ll fail. It’s a championship which demands effort and sacrifices in your everyday life, so you cannot let standards slip. Each training session is like a match. Survival is our objective, to stay in the Premier League where players grow and improve.”
Former AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has heavily criticized manager Gennaro Gattuso for their style of play.AC Milan have lost two games on a row against Inter Milan and Real Betis, and massive pressure is on Gattuso to turn things around.Former owner Berlusconi still regards himself as a fan and revealed his disappointment with the way things are going at AC Milan.“I still follow Milan as a fan, but with a sense of disappointment, because it makes me suffer to watch them play like this,” Berlusconi told Sportmediaset.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“They are set out so inefficiently, have very few shots on goal and our center-forward never has a chance to receive the ball. Naturally, all this depends on the tactical system and I hope it can change soon.”When asked if Gattuso should be sacked, Berlusconi replied: “These are decisions that are down to the leaders of the club and I have no desire to get in the way.”
Mauricio Pochettino refused to give an answer over why Manchester United have improved since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager.The Tottenham Hotspur boss is the bookies favourite to be named the next permanent manager at Old Trafford but insists he’s not focused on what’s going on at United ahead of their Premier League clash this Sunday.“I think from the distance it’s so difficult,’ Pochettino said, according to Daily Mail.“Of course I cannot be unfair with both managers. After Mourinho, the reality is that they’ve won five games in a row.”“Always you know that when a new person arrives, or manager, it’s like refreshing the atmosphere at the club, and for many players that maybe didn’t play with another manager, it’s an option to play more.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s a new voice that motivates you. But of course I’m not going to judge. It’s so unfair to judge Ole because he’s won five games or lost five games.”“It’s not fair to judge in both ways and it’s not fair to judge Mourinho’s job. Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world. For different reasons that I don’t know, cannot perceive, his relationship stopped with the club.”“Of course for me only I am focused on trying to win the game on Sunday. Because we know that we need the three points to be in that race for the Premier League, to be in the top four, for the end of the season to be there.”“I have huge respect for Mourinho and of course for Solksjaer. I cannot talk about what happened and what is happening.”
Leaders of different political parties join the rally of Jatiya Oikya Prokriya at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the city on Saturday. Photo: Tanvir AhmedA coalition of opposition alliances and parties on Saturday unveiled programmes to engage people for creating a wave with the demand for free and fair elections in the country.Noted jurist Kamal Hossain-led National Unity Process, at a rally attended by BNP and other parties, announced to hold nationwide rallies from 1 October.The leaders including civil society representatives, who joined the rally, expressed solidarity with five demands and nine goals of the National Unity Process and the Jukta Front (United Process) led by former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, according to the proclamation.The forum said committees would be formed across the country to bring forward the process of national unity for bringing changes in politics and governance culture in future.”There is no democracy in the country today. The process of national unity has started in order to restore functional democracy,” said the convenor of the Unity Process Kamal Hossain, who presided over the rally at Mahanagar Natya Mancha in the city in the afternoon.Apart from Jukta Front convener AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, BNP secretary general Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP standing committee members Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, former caretaker govenment adviser Mainul Hosein and Ganoshayastha Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury attended the rally.Its proclamation was read out by convener of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, Sheikh Muhammad Shahidullah.The opposition alliance, which is yet to take a clear shape, demands restoration of democracy, reconstitution of the election commission, deployment of the army during the elections, and formation of a poll-time government for free and fair election.Read more:BNP, allies join national unity rally
The second half of the first season of “Disenchantment,” from “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, will be sailing to Netflix subscribers this September.The 10-episode part 2 of season 1 of the animated “un-fairytale” comedy launches Friday, Sept. 20, exclusively on Netflix worldwide.“Dying for more ‘Disenchantment’ but perhaps your memory is a bit… cloudy? Allow us to catch you up: Elfo is gone. Dreamland is deserted. Princess Bean is on a mission,” Netflix said in teasing the part 2 release.The first half of the show debuted in August 2018. Netflix renewed “Disenchantment” for a second season last fall. As with the freshman run, the 20-episode second season is slated to be released in two parts — the first half in 2020 and the second half in 2021.The show marks one of the few projects Groening has undertaken outside of his megahit “The Simpsons,” which just concluded its 30th season on Fox. The series features the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson (as Princess Bean), Eric Andre (as Luci) and Nat Faxon (as Elfo) along with John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding and Lucy Montgomery. Popular on Variety “Disenchantment” takes place in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland. It follows the adventures of a hard-drinking princess named Bean, her diminutive companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Disenchantment” is animated by Rough Draft Studios. The series is produced by The ULULU Co. for Netflix, with Groening and Josh Weinstein serving as executive producers.
Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday, February 14. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 18:24Heavy traffic on A530 Nantwich Road in both directions near Rising Sun Inn. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. Wistaston Green Road is also closed for roadworks. 18:05One lane closed and very slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on A500 D Road Northbound from Stoke Road to A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout).Lane one (of two) is closed around 17:55 to assist. 17:54Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).17:54A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 16:20Usual congestion on A500 D Road at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). 16:00Possible delays on CrossCountry between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent due to road vehicle hitting a bridge earlier.Trains have to run at reduced speed on all lines. 15:25Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 15:16A527 Porthill Road clear at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 15:16Worston Lane in both directions closed, slow traffic due to bridge struck by vehicle between A5013 Eccleshall Road (Little Bridgeford) and Searchlight Lane (Shallowford).A lorry has collided with the bridge near to the River Sow. Due to the damage of the bridge, the road may have to remain closed for a few days. 15:16Heavy traffic on A530 Nantwich Road in both directions near Rising Sun Inn. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. Wistaston Green Road is also closed for roadworks. 15:16A527 Reginald Mitchell Way partially blocked due to accident at Marlborough Way. Traffic is coping well.The accident is on the roundabout by Wickes. 15:15A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. 10:30Queuing traffic on A50 in Upper TeanQueueing traffic on A50 Eastbound before A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean).Traffic diverting away from the M6 accident. 09:24Man dies following accident involving lorry and pedestrian on M6The M6 is expected to remain closed for several more hours as collision investigation work continues. More here.08:44A34 clearedThe accident on the A34 has cleared.08:28Accident on A34Reports of A34 Talke Road Southbound closed, queueing traffic due to accident, Car and a Bike involved at Beata Road.Near the Brewers fayre. On approach to the roundabout.07:41Congestion on Chell Street in HanleyUsual congestion on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square).07:33M6 motorway closed due to serious accidentThe M6 remains closed due to a serious accident near Stafford this morning. More here.07:33Good morningWe’ll be bringing you the latest news and traffic updates from across the region throughout the day.
22Mar Rep. Roberts’ career counseling bill approved unanimously by committee Categories: News,Roberts News State Rep. Brett Roberts’ legislation to give students better access to college and career counseling was approved unanimously by the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee.His bill will ensure that counselors complete professional development instruction, specifically in the areas of career technical education and college preparation.“Counselors working with high school students should have all of the tools they need to guide students to post-graduation opportunities,” said Roberts, of Charlotte. “This counseling will include showing students all of their possible career paths, whether it includes college or not. Students and the families rely on this information to decide what classes to take and what opportunities to pursue after high school.”Currently, school counselors are required to get 150 hours of professional development over five years to remain certified by the state. His legislation does not call for an increase on those standards, but makes sure at least 25 hours are for career technical education and 25 hours are for college preparation.During testimony in mid-March, the committee heard comments in support of the legislation from current high school counselors and a manufacturing/pre-engineering education and training facility. Today’s vote was supported by the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Home Builders Association, Michigan Association of College Admissions Counseling, and multiple local and intermediate districts.“This bill will help our counselors know what choices exist for each individual student,” Roberts said. “The goal of every high school is to educate and prepare students for life after graduation. This will give students a better chance to know what their opportunities will be.”House Bill 4181 will advance to the House floor.#####