Salihamidzic in talks with Hudson-Odoi family about Bayern Munich moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic has held talks with Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi about a move to Germany next month.Bayern have upped their bid from €15m to €20m in the last 24 hours after being encouraged in talks with the player’s camp.BILD says Salihamidzic has spoken with Hudson-Odoi’s family about a career plan they have mapped out for the teenager.The 18 year-old is tied to Chelsea until 2020 and leaning towards leaving in January.For his part, Blues manager Maurizio Sarri says: “He’s still a very young player, we’ll have to wait a bit. But in the future he will be a very, very strong player, I’m sure of that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Lovato Treatment Scholarship and premier grocery chains Food4Less in Southern California and FoodsCo in Central and Northern California have joined forces to launch an innovative promotion to offer California shoppers an opportunity to digitally unlock an exclusive virtual reality performance of Demi Lovato at the legendary Troubadour in Hollywood, California during the first-ever Lovato Treatment Benefit concert.The concert supported The Lovato Treatment Scholarship program which helps raise awareness and cover treatment costs for those suffering from mental health and addiction issues.Launched on August 19 and running through September 15 via DigitalFood, the free mobile app for Food4Less and Foods Co. shoppers, customers and “Lovatics” that purchase select Nestle Waters, Farmer John and Kelloggs Pop-Tarts brand products can unlock the exclusive virtual reality performance by scanning their receipt directly in the app. Upon accessing the DigitalFood app, shoppers will be greeted with a message featuring information about The Lovato Treatment Scholarship along with in-app instructions to unlock the exclusive virtual reality performance, which features two live renditions of her hits Warrior and Skyscraper.To support complete VR functionality and viewing, for the first time in grocery retail history, Food4Less is making virtual reality available and affordable to the masses by offering VOGGLZ companion viewer to enhance the virtual reality experience for shoppers. VOGGLZ, which was inspired by the open source designs of Google Cardboard, will be available for purchase in Food4Less Southern California and FoodsCo stores for a limited time at an unprecedented $2.99 USD, marking an industry first for widespread availability of virtual reality technology in brick and mortar establishments.“I’m thrilled to collaborate with Food4Less in support of The Lovato Treatment Scholarship”, says Demi Lovato, “This year’s benefit concert marked a very important milestone in my life and I’m excited to share this special performance in virtual reality to help raise awareness and funds for mental health and addiction issues.”For more information about the program, visit www.digitalfood.com. The DigitalFood App is now available for free download for iPhone and Android devices and currently provides Food4Less and Foods Co. shoppers with exclusive marketing sweepstakes, music and video content, partner recipes and now, an exclusive augmented reality platform.
Most office pools — and a certain billion-dollar bracket contest — insist the NCAA Tournament still has the pleasing, symmetrical, 64-team format: Six rounds, each winnowing the field by half, for a total of 63 games, 63 losers and one winner. Fans, likewise, haven’t gotten over the habit of calling the round of 64, played out over the manic Thursday and Friday of this week, the first round.But the real first round is happening now in Dayton, Ohio, and for the fourth straight year, it really matters. In the so-called play-in games, eight teams will compete on Tuesday and Wednesday for four spots in the round of 64. And two of the winners will have a real chance at a deep tournament run — a better chance than you’d think if you’d glanced at the contenders’ resumes on Selection Sunday. Their first-round — I mean, round-of-64 — opponents could regret having to face them. And you, too, could regret filling out your bracket before the opening-round games are done: North Carolina State and the winner between Iowa and Tennessee could shake up the strong Midwest region.The play-in games aren’t just a gimmick. Like wild-card rounds in the playoffs for the NFL and MLB, they help sort the contenders from the also-rans. Teams that have to play, and win, a contest before facing their next opponent have momentum, an actual phenomenon in college basketball.1As my colleague Benjamin Morris will show in an upcoming article.Most important, play-in games provide vital data about teams’ current strength, which is hard to get from their schedules, littered as they are with non-tournament teams and results from months ago. Winning the play-in game, the most recent and important contest to date against a strong opponent, is a big indicator of a team’s ability today.The baseball playoffs have validated the potency of this combination of momentum and trial by fire. Wild-card teams that have won their first MLB playoff series have won their next series about half the time, despite facing opponents with home-field advantage and, usually, a better record. Winners in the NFL playoff wild-card round, on the other hand, have slightly underperformed expectations, winning three fewer games against rested opponents (out of 124) than would be expected based on their regular-season performance.2This finding is based on NFL playoff data provided by ESPN Stats & Information, combined with Simple Rating System scores from Pro Football Reference, and this formula for converting SRS into win probability (assuming home-field advantage is worth 2.5 points). Why are the NFL playoffs so different from baseball and basketball? Two untested hypotheses: 1) The extra week of rest matters more because the sport is so physically demanding; and 2) SRS understates the gap in quality between bye teams and wild-card winners because many top teams rest starters after clinching byes, artificially deflating their ratings. Also notable: More recently, the NFL playoffs have looked a lot more like MLB’s. Over the last nine postseasons, wild-card winners have won their next game against bye teams 15 times, compared to an expected total of 12 wins.Sorting contenders from also-rans is particularly helpful in college basketball, a sport that’s particularly hard to predict from regular-season results. Each team has played fewer than 10 percent of other Division I teams. Top teams come from more conferences in college basketball than in football, making each team’s average conference game less meaningful as a postseason preview. Many regular-season starting lineups are a mix of new players and players who have never played with them, meaning November results may predict little about March results.From 2001, when the play-in concept was introduced, through 2011, this sorting mechanism didn’t matter much, because the single game decided which team would offer itself up for ritual sacrifice in the next round. In those days, play-in games pitted two would-be No. 16 seeds against each other for a chance at a game against a No. 1 seed. Those games aren’t unwinnable, yet they were never won.Those 10 underdogs did slightly better than expected in the round of 64. Their Simple Rating System3Simple Rating System is, as its name suggests, a basic way of evaluating teams based on their schedule strength and margin of victory. score heading into the tournament, along with the SRS of their top-seeded round-of-64 opponents, suggested they should have lost those games by an average of 29 points. Instead, they lost by an average of 27 points — a layup better per blowout.Since 2011, though, the play-in round has expanded to four games, with four of the teams competing to be seeded from 11th to 14th. These teams have a lot more to play for: They aren’t going to face a top-two seed in their next game, so they have a fighting chance of winning.The NCAA’s move was both innovative and retrospective: The 1983 and 1984 tournaments — with field sizes of 52 and 53 teams, respectively — also had play-in games, then called an opening round. Winners advanced to the first round, which was then also a kind of preliminary round of its own, pitting outsider teams against each other for a chance to play the top 16 teams, which each got two byes.The back-to-the-future tournament restructuring of 2011 immediately paid dividends. Virginia Commonwealth beat the University of Southern California for an 11 seed in the Southwest region, where VCU was a 10-point underdog to Georgetown, according to pre-tournament SRS. Instead, VCU crushed Georgetown by 18 points. And that was no fluke — the Rams then routed third seed Purdue by 18 and went on to the Final Four.VCU’s run is an outlier; you’d want good odds to bet on any play-in winner reaching this year’s Final Four in Arlington, Texas. But it’s also consistent with the historical data. Since 1980,4As far back as our data set goes 61 percent of 109 teams that had to win an opening or first-round game exceeded SRS expectations in their next game, against an opponent with a bye. The data set spans the play-in games of the past 13 tournaments, plus the opening rounds and first rounds in the early 1980s, when more teams got at least one bye. And the average team outperformed its rating relative to its opponent by two points. An extra layup doesn’t matter in a blowout, but it could swing a close 5-12 matchup.The sample size here is too small to be definitive: The standard deviation of teams’ performance relative to expectations is almost 10 points. But other findings corroborate this one. For instance, the analysis so far hasn’t accounted for how play-in teams that won their next game did later on in the tournament. But many went on to make deep tournament runs. VCU was the seventh opening-round winner to get to the Final Four. The 1980 Final Four featured three teams that had to play their way into the main, 32-team bracket. And Jim Valvano’s North Carolina State championship team of 1983 was a No. 6 seed that didn’t get a first-round bye.Seven semifinalist berths is a remarkable yield from this group of teams. Treat the 32 opening-round winners who won their next game as you would any other team in that round of the tournament, and you’d expect seven of them to reach the Final Four. And yet these were no ordinary teams. Each was, after all, flawed — it was in the opening-round game for a reason. None was seeded in the top four in its region.Don’t take this as advice to write in any of this week’s play-in winners for a trip to Arlington. The most important factor in predicting winners will remain teams’ relative strength through the season. But if you’re looking for an edge in a bracket contest, you could do worse than backing a play-in winner. And if you’re a fan of a team slotted to play one, hope your team’s coaching staff has been keeping a close eye on Dayton.CORRECTION (March 19, 11:00 a.m.): An earlier version of this article said four teams would match up in two play-in games. Eight teams will play four play-in games this week in Dayton.
OSU senior forward Julia McKinnon (17) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on Oct 16 at the OSU Ice Rink. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe turn of the calendar hasn’t translated to better results for the Ohio State women’s hockey team, but it will get a two-game crack over the weekend against the bottom-feeder of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.OSU (7-17-0, 3-15-0) is set to travel to Mankato, Minnesota, over the weekend to take on Minnesota State. The Buckeyes swept the Mavericks (3-19-2, 0-17-1) in a home series in October, and they hope to have the same success this weekend. The Scarlet and Gray enter the weekend having only won one game in their last six contests, but they hold strong with the belief that their work in practice will begin to translate into in-game success.“We haven’t really let off the gas pedal as far as working the girls,” OSU assistant coach Carson Duggan said. “They’ve had a couple of really tough days of practice as far as battling and skating, and their work ethic has been great.”The Buckeyes are on an eight-game winning streak against the Mavericks and they believe that outworking their opponent will help extend the streak to 10 after this weekend.“First and foremost we have to outwork them,” Duggan said. “I thought this past weekend we played a really good brand of hockey and we just have to continue doing that and focus a little more on bearing down and putting pucks in the back of the net. Stick to our gameplan and we’ll hopefully have a successful weekend.”Struggling to light the lampLast weekend, OSU outshot St. Cloud State 25-20 in the first game and 37-17 in the second, but lost both contests 2-1. The team has been happy with its improved offensive production in terms of shots but is still looking to score more goals.“This week we’ve definitely focused on getting those gritty goals,” senior forward Julia McKinnon said. “Not all goals are going to be nice, so I think just getting greasy goals and going to the front of the net and continuing to shoot, one of them are going to go in.”Duggan said she thinks that beyond the ability to score goals, the team also needs to have the drive to put the puck in the back of the net.“It’s a skill but it’s also a will to want to score, you have to bear down and we’ve been really preaching that this week in practice,” Duggan said. “Some of the drills we’re doing are catering to getting more of those garbage goals around the crease versus just the shots from the outside. I think not staying on the perimeter as much and trying to insert ourselves more into the slot area. So that’s been a priority this week in practice and hopefully that translates this weekend.”OSU has scored just three goals in the last four games, so the team has made that one of the most crucial elements to improve upon.“You can’t win games only scoring one goal a game,” McKinnon said. “I think just moving forward we have to get those goals because you can’t win one-goal games”In the second game of the October series, OSU shut out Minnesota State. Duggan said she believes staying strong defensively depends on eliminating shots off rebounds.“If we continue to stick to the systems and play tough defense, let (sophomore goalie) Alex (LaMere) see all the shots and eliminate their second and third chances, I think that’s the recipe for success defensively,” Duggan said. “The girls know that, so I think they should be ready defensively.”The puck is scheduled to drop in Mankato at 3:07 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.Up nextOSU will continue to set up temporary residence in The North Star State the weekend after taking on the Mavericks when it is slated to travel to Duluth to face OSU coach Jenny Potter’s alma mater, Minnesota Duluth, which swept OSU in December. Puck-drop is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. on Jan. 29 and 5:07 p.m. the following day.
KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitter Updated: 9:38 AM Posted: December 1, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTIJUANA (KUSI) – KUSI has learned from sources close to border security, that migrants in the caravan are being encouraged to join another march, or action, at the border on Saturday, December 1, 2018.The top portion of flier reads,We must march to the border on Saturday, December 1st. The day of the inauguration of the new President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Open the border or we close it! Everyone has to be allowed in! Our last action brought us closer to victory. Mexicans and AMericans fight together with us.This flier is being distributed to all migrants, but a core of migrants, considered the most aggressive, and some paid as provocateurs, are, our sources say, planning to rush the border, and force Border Patrol reaction, which happened last Sunday.The organizer of the march is affiliated with a website called BAMN.com. They are known as advocates of the migrants, and are set on embarrassing the new Mexican President, upon his inauguration, this Saturday.Our sources tell us the march will occur near the location known as the Chapparal gate.Furthermore, around 4,000 U.S. military members, including active- duty troops from Camp Pendleton, are likely to remain at the U.S.-Mexico border through the end of January, it was reported Friday.The Associated Press, citing anonymous sources, reported that the Department of Homeland Security recently made a formal request to the Department of Defense to extend the timeline of military support at the border for an additional month and a half. The DHS request, which the AP said has not yet been approved by Defense Secretary James Mattis, would reduce the military footprint from 5,600 to 4,000.Rumors swirled last week that the federal government would begin sending troops home, with a full disengagement planned for Dec. 15. During a visit to Border Field State Park on Nov. 20, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen ducked a question about that timeline, saying only that they would continue their work “until it is resolved.”Active-duty troops, including about 1,100 from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, have been stationed at the border since the beginning of November, reinforcing existing fencing with jersey barriers, concertina wire and other barricades in anticipation of migrant caravans from Central America.Despite the proposed reduction in military presence, DHS officials are now asking federal agencies, including the State, Justice and Energy departments, to send civilian law enforcement officers to the border, according to NPR.It is unclear how many officers DHS is requesting and whether they would serve as de-facto replacements for the roughly 1,600 troops that would be sent home under the new proposal.Members of the migrant caravan have remained largely peaceful, especially toward American immigration authorities, since they began to trickle into Tijuana about 20 days ago. A subsection of the group attempted to cross the border without permission last Sunday, spurring Customs and Border Patrol agents to arrest 42 people and use tear gas and pepper bullets to disperse the crowd, much to the chagrin of immigration advocates and activists. The military members stationed at the border did not engage the crowd of migrants during the testy exchange. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Immigration KUSI Newsroom Sources: Migrants being encouraged to join another ‘march’ at the border December 1, 2018
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council will look at a resolution approving the request for accelerated funding for the Pre-Construction Engineering and Design Phase of the Kenai Bluffs Bank Stabilization Project up to the estimated cost of $1,000,000. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander told the council at its meeting in December that he would be pursuing accelerated funding for the project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ostrander: “What we are waiting on right now is the signing of the directors report, which is supposed to happen this month. Until that is signed, which signals the completion of the feasibility phase, they can’t move forward with the design phase. Once we get that signed report we will hopefully be moving forward with the design phase.” If the project goes through to construction, the PED phase contribution would be credited towards the City’s 35% matching requirement, according to Ostrander. The project consists of constructing a berm about 5,000 feet long below the Kenai Bluffs toe. It is designed to prevent flood tides from washing away material that collects at the bluff toe and coastal storms from eroding the lower portion of the bluff. Ostrander: “Already there has been a request submitted to the Corps to consider acceleration of the design. So, the corps needs to consider that request, and approve it. Assuming that the corps does approve the accelerated design process then the money would go towards that.” The Kenai City Council will look at the resolution at their meeting on Wednesday, January 16.
Ashford: “We do anticipate smoke increasing in the Kenai Peninsula as we head through the week. High pressure building into the area will push smoke back into the Kenai that had been pushed into the inland area of Alaska. This will result in increased smoke especially in the areas of Seward and Cooper Landing.” The Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 77,732 acres with roughly 454 crew members and is currently at 14% containment primarily on that southern and southwestern edge of the fire. Temperatures are forecast to be in the high 70s and low 80s in the coming days. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula will be impacted once again as the wind swings back to the northwest and the downwind valleys fill with smoke – especially near Cooper Landing, Seward, and along the Sterling Highway south of the fire. Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire, and other wildfires burning throughout Alaska, is impacting air quality throughout the Kenai Peninsula. A dense smoke advisory remains in effect for the Kenai Peninsula until further notice. According to Jonathan Ashford, a spokesman for the Alaska Incident Management Team this shift in wind direction on Tuesday is expected to bring smoke from the Swan Lake fire south and back into the Sterling Highway region, which could impact travel. Photo courtesy of the Alaska Division of Forestry
Kajol, Nysa DevgnInstagramIf social media can turn someone from a ‘nobody’ to an ‘overnight sensation’, it can also give sleepless nights to many. The virtual army of trolls is known for being especially mean and nasty towards many of the celebrity kids. While they can’t stop gushing over Taimur Ali Khan, they can’t stop bullying Kajol and Ajay Devgn’s daughter – Nysa Devgn.Time and again, Nysa has been subjected to criticism for her fashion statements and outdoor appearances. Ajay Devgn has revealed that he and his family don’t pay attention to trolls who make such comments using fake identities. “Jo bhi yeh karte hain, unka mindset bakwaas hota hai (The mindset of people who do these things is rubbish). So we too, don’t bother about all that, nor do we pay any heed to such nonsensical comments made through fake identities,” Devgn had revealed in an interview with Deccan Chronicle.”Honestly speaking, those people don’t really matter. But I feel bad sometimes when my kids go through such harsh trolling. She (Nysa) used to get upset over trolling earlier, but now she doesn’t care about it anymore. She knows how to deal with it. She has accepted that there will be some people who will keep judging no matter what,” Devgn told IANS.Ajay Devgn’s Total Dhamaal failed to gain any critical appreciation. Ajay, who was last seen playing an extended special appearance in Simmba, has received massive applause his latest offering – De De Pyaar De. Starring Tabu and Rakul Preet, the film has collected huge moolahs at the box-office.Ajay Devgn is currently busy shooting for Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and would also be seen in SS Rajamouli’s RRR. Due to numerology, later, the name of the film was changed to Tanhaji from Taanaji.
The new passenger train between Khulna and Kolkata launched its services on Thursday, after almost 52 years.Chief public relations officer of Kolkata Railways (East) Ravi Mahapatra said the train ‘Bandhan Express’ started from Kolkata at 7:10am. It is scheduled to reach Khulna around 12:00noon.The train will leave Khulna on its way back around 1:30pm, reaching Kolkata by 6:10pm, he added.The service has been started in a bid to ease communication between two neighbouring countries.On 9 November, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the train service through a video conference.
These photos provided by the Baltimore Police show Anthony Spence and Saverna Bias. The two Baltimore schools police officers, have been charged after cellphone video surfaced showing one of them slapping and kicking a teen at a school while a second officer stood by. Both are charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office. Spence is also charged with second-degree child abuse. (Baltimore Police via AP) BALTIMORE (AP) — Two Baltimore schools police officer have been charged after cellphone video surfaced showing one of them slapping and kicking a teen at a school while the second officer stood by.Anthony Spence, 44, and Saverna Bias, 53, turned themselves in Tuesday night, city police announced in a statement Wednesday morning. Both are charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office. Spence is also charged with second-degree child abuse. Online court records show both posted bond and were released Wednesday.Spence acknowledged in a telephone conversation with The Associated Press on Friday that he was the subject of a criminal investigation into the actions captured on cellphone video last week at the REACH Partnership School. Spence said last week that he wouldn’t discuss the matter because the news media would “twist” the story.“Right now I’m the bad guy,” he said. He referred questions to his lawyer, Michael Davey, who didn’t immediately respond to a phone call Wednesday morning.City police began a criminal investigation into last week’s incident at the school after the eight-second clip surfaced. The school district has its own police force separate from city police. The school police department is handling the internal investigation and city police said in the statement Wednesday that the case is now in the hands of the city’s State’s Attorney’s Office’s public integrity unit.School officials initially said officers responded to a reported intruder, and that the young man in the video wasn’t a REACH student. On Friday, the school system said in a statement that he is “believed to be a student on the school’s roster,” as asserted by his lawyer, Lauren Geisser. Geisser has said he’s a 10th-grader.On Monday, Baltimore City Schools CEO Gregory Thornton met with parents to discuss the video and said he will review training and selection of school police officers.The two officers were put on paid administrative leave. School Police Chief Marshall Goodwin is also on leave, but officials have not said why.
Even if you do not sweat it out in the gym very morning, swapping out just a few minutes of sedentary time with some sort of movement can help you live longer, suggests new research.In the study involving over 3,000 people aged 50 to 79, the researchers found that the least active people were five times more likely to die during the study period than the most active people and three times more likely than those in the middle range for activity.“You did not have to even get a good sweat to experience the reduced likelihood of mortality,” said study lead author Ezra Fishman from University of Pennsylvania in the US. “Activity doesn’t have to be especially vigorous to be beneficial. That’s the public health message,” Fishman noted. For the study, the participants wore ultra-sensitive activity trackers, called accelerometers, for seven days, generating data compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For these same people, the agency then tracked mortality for the next eight years.“When we compare people who exercise the same amount, those who sit less and move around more tend to live longer,” Fishman said. “The folks who were walking around, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor tended to live longer than the people who were sitting at a desk,” Fishman noted. Though the scientists did not discover any magic threshold for the amount a person needs to move to improve mortality, they did learn that even adding just 10 minutes per day of light activity could make a difference.
Happiness and love are the two things we seek for Diwali, one of the most celebrated festivals across India. This time of the year invokes the feeling of togetherness, joy, divinity and brings with it a beautiful package of moments to be cherished hereafter.While you take care of the festive season’s to-do list, JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity rounds up some of the most delectable gift items and packages them with love and the promise of a wonderful year ahead. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStylishly designed and elegantly put together, Diwali gift hampers from JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity include toothsome goodies, enriching delights, aromatic champagne, macaroons and a token of love as cookies and dry fruits to awe your friends, family, colleagues, and delight the recipients at your thoughtful generosity. With twelve carefully curated boxes, each of them specially designed to suit the gifting need of every luxury connoisseur, the customization starts from 1000/- onwards and the standard gift boxes start from INR 1500 with exotic Indian sweets, chocolate truffles, and fruit cake, while the luxury options go up to over 2 lakhs and include some of the choicest luxury gifts. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveJW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity lends its signature style combining elegance with luxury, to make your Diwali a joyous, prosperous occasion and a beautiful memory that will linger for many years to come… The gifting options include JW classic – exotic Indian sweets, chocolate truffles, dry fruits cake and spiced cashew nuts savoury, everything just in Rs 1500; JW Premium which has exotic Indian sweets and chocolate truffles in Rs 2500; JW Premier having exotic Indian sweets, chocolate truffles, dry fruits cake, spiced cashew nuts savoury, assorted cookies and Ganesha idol, all in just INR 3000. More than you can think of, Marriott is offering options like JW Treat; JW Deluxe; JW Mini Treasure; JW gifts; JW bundle of joy; wooden box; luxury box and treasure box, which ranges up to Rs 25000.
The approximate location of the accident (Image: Inrix/Google) Paramedics also attended an accident on the A52 in Swinscoe in the Staffordshire Moorlands following an accident on the road at around the same time earlier today. The road was partially blocked following the accident, which was affecting traffic between Leek and Ashbourne. Read MoreMan performs sex act at Staffordshire fishing pool No one was injured in that collision, West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed. For the latest news from the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire visit our dedicated traffic and travel channel here. For live updates from across the region each weekday, visit our live news service here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo people have been taken to hospital after an accident on a busy North Staffordshire road this morning. The collision happened on the A51, near the Swan with Two Necks pub and the junction with the A53 in Blackbrook in Newcastle Borough at around 8am. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they had sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene. She said: “We transported two patients to Royal Stoke University Hospital. Firefighters were required to extricate the patients. “One had neck pain and the other had a hand injury.” A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said firefighters from Newcastle and Loggerheads had been called at around 8.41am today. She said: “The incident was near the Swan with Two Necks pub and involved three vehicles. “We released one female casualty.” The A51 remains closed in both directions near the A53 and Wharmadine Lane, according to traffic data company INRIX. Recovery is understood to be under way as of publication, with the accident also having a knock-on effect on traffic on the nearby A53. Read MoreMenswear stolen after raiders target shop
Streaming giant Netflix has bought a documentary about professional ‘amateur’ pornography following the Sundance Film Festival.Hot Girls Wanted, which comes from directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, will premieres in all Netflix territories this year. The filmed debuted at the recent doc festival in the US.The doc follows young women that cycle through the world of professional ‘amateur’ porn, focusing on one that uses the internet to swaps her small town life for one of a fledgling adult actress.“Jill and Ronna have exposed a shocking world of hope and heartbreak,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of global independent content. “The filmmakers gained unprecedented access into a world never documented until now, and we are proud to bring their unflinching work to a global audience.”“Netflix is the ideal partner for us; not only do they understand this film but they’re the perfect platform to reach the many people who need to see it,” said actress Rashida Jones, who produced the doc.Bauer, Gradus, Jones and Brittany Huckabee, who is also writer and editor, produced the project.Bauer and Gradus’ debut documentary, Sexy Baby, is already available on Netflix.On Friday, Netflix revealed its latest comedy stand-up special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden. It launches in all Netflix territories on March 6.
Brian HuntBrian Hunt, Yahoo’s former original content chief, has joined US prodco Believe and will start a new digital studio focused on making content for digital and OTT platforms.At Believe Entertainment Hunt will be executive VP and head of development. He will lead the new digital division, which has already secured content deals with several online platforms, and will make content for Maker Studios, Mashable, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Time Inc., New York Post, and Reader’s Digest.Hunt will be based in Believe’s New York offices.At Yahoo he was head of creative development for original programming and his credits included Ben Stiller-produced Burning Love and Jack Black’s Ghost Ghirls.He said: “Believe’s business model has always been all-encompassing, including financing, developing, creating, selling, distributing and producing premium content.“I’m excited to help expand the business to leverage the company’s expertise andcapabilities in these areas toward direct partnerships with digital distributors and brands alike.”Believe makes series including shortform animated offering The LeBrons and DJ Tiësto series In the Booth.