The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday took the custody of five accused arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in connection with the escape of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Mohammed Naveed Jhatt from the SMHS hospital, an official spokesman said here. The NIA spokesman said the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate here granted a two-day transit remand of the five accused who had been nabbed by the police on February 8, two days after the escape of 22-year-old Jhatt alias Abu Hanzalla from the busy hospital in the city. The five accused — Shakeel Ahmed Bhat, Tika Khan, Syed Tajamul Islam, Mohammed Shafi Wani and Jan Mohammed Ganai — were arrested by the police for allegedly conspiring in the escape of Jhatt. All the five accused are residents of Pulwama. The NIA re-registered the case pertaining to the escape from custody of Jhatt from the SMHS hospital where he was brought in for treatment on February 6. The accused will be produced before the NIA special court at Jammu tomorrow for seeking police custody, the spokesman said. The designated court for the NIA is in Jammu, the winter capital of the state. Two policemen — head constable Mushtaq Ahmed and constable Babar Ahmed — of the Jammu and Kashmir Police were killed by Jhatt and his accomplice on the fateful day. Bhat is believed to be one of the masterminds of the escape of Jhatt and his motorcycle had been used in the escape of the terrorist, police said. Khan, a resident of Pulwama, is alleged to have provided his car for further transportation of Jhatt out of the city, police said. Jhatt is at present believed to be in the Pulwama area of South Kashmir, they said. Shafi, who is from Narbal on the outskirts of Srinagar city, had posed as a patient to provide cover for the terrorists escape. Jhatt had managed to escape on February 6 after at least two other militants attacked the police escort team at the SMHS Hospital here, killing two cops.
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Just before the start of free agency last June, Los Angeles Lakers President Magic Johnson made a relatively blunt declaration when he said he’d willingly step down from his post if he failed to sign star players. So it was a legitimate jaw-dropper when Johnson, just nine months after landing the world’s best player, opted to resign Tuesday during a tearful, impromptu press conference in the bowels of Staples Center prior to the team’s season finale.Yes, this was a trying year for Johnson and the storied franchise, which fully expected to return to the playoffs after getting LeBron James. But the playoffs didn’t happen, and while Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka deserve a lot of the blame for why things went wrong, no one thought it would result in this — at least not this soon, and certainly not in the bizarre manner in which it played out.In the coming weeks, there will be ample opportunity to analyze what comes next for the Lakers, who still have LeBron, a young supporting cast and enough cap space to make the kind of signing that could make them an actual contender again out West.Normally, we’d be prone to view a team president’s sudden resignation as a sign of enormous trouble for a franchise. The fact that we aren’t talking about how much this will damage Los Angeles speaks volumes about Johnson and how ill-prepared he was for the front-office job in the first place.Team owner Jeanie Buss, who got wind of the resignation after reporters did, now has an enormous task. She has to tap the right person, but based on her hiring of Magic — a choice she made based on trust and their almost 40 years of friendship after contentiously ousting her brother in 2017 — we don’t know yet who she’ll get or what level of experience that person will carry.Nonetheless, that role is vital, both to restoring the franchise to its rightful place — this 37-win season marked a Lakers’ record sixth-straight year with no postseason — and obviously for maximizing the 34-year-old James’s window for championship contention.What we do know now is that Johnson, an all-time great on the hardwood and one of the more personable businessmen in America, simply wasn’t prepared for the cutthroat front-office life, an issue we touched on briefly back when he was hired. Johnson himself says that leaving the role of president will make him happier, as it will allow him to return to his old life, away from the sourced reporting that, to him, likely felt like anonymous backstabbing. And back to a life where he can freely mentor and tweet to congratulate players leaguewide — something he couldn’t do as an executive, because of the tampering rules.From the outset, Johnson struggled with how to play inside those rules. Even more concerning about his front-office tenure: He often struggled to properly assess the value of players and what they brought to the table. Months after taking the gig, he traded a young, talented point guard in D’Angelo Russell to get Brook Lopez and his expiring contract, as well as the pick that would become Kyle Kuzma.1The move also gave L.A. the ability to dump Timofey Mosgov’s hefty contract. While Kuzma has been fine for a young player, Russell has since become an All-Star who has led Brooklyn back to the postseason. And Lopez — whom L.A. let walk in free agency last summer — has been one of the NBA’s best floor-spacing bigs, giving Milwaukee exactly what this shooting-starved Lakers club needs.2On a cheap, $3.3 million contract, too.Similarly, 24-year-old Julius Randle had a career year (21 points, 8 rebounds a game) in New Orleans after the Lakers let their former No. 7 overall pick go in free agency despite his relatively modest price tag.3He signed a two-year, $18 million deal with New Orleans. Instead, L.A. followed up on its LeBron move by then agreeing to deals with Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson, leaving it woefully deficient from a perimeter-shooting standpoint. The head-scratching decisions weren’t limited to the perimeter, though: The Lakers also offered talented big man Ivica Zubac to their Los Angeles counterparts at the deadline, reportedly befuddling the Clippers by trying to unload a solid young player unnecessarily.None of this even gets into the fact that Johnson and the Lakers took their sweet time — waiting until it was likely too late — to try to deal for a second star, which was borderline malpractice considering James’s age. Depending on how you look at it, the failed play to acquire Anthony Davis at the trade deadline was either just the Pelicans being stubborn or them being realistic — and smart — after realizing that the youngsters L.A. was offering in return weren’t good enough (particularly when James was injured) to justify dealing away a franchise player.But that doesn’t excuse the Lakers not being more aggressive two summers ago, when they could’ve made a play for Paul George, who’d made it clear that L.A. was his destination of choice before Oklahoma City gambled on a deal for him. Nor does it explain why the Lakers didn’t do more to engage the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard (and pair him with LeBron) before he was ultimately sent to Toronto. In either case, having a second star likely would’ve provided L.A. with the insulation it needed to withstand a James injury and make the playoffs regardless.And there were the problematic mixed messages that Johnson sent: the preseason comments about how new LeBron teams always take a while to find their stride and the need for patience, but then the reports about him going off on coach Luke Walton just weeks later, apparently for not meeting the expectations he’d just tamped down. Then there was his suggestion that the young players who’d heard their names rumored in potential Davis deals simply needed to be hugged and nurtured after the whole ordeal, which he followed, one day later, by saying that those same players needed to be treated like men, rather than babied through the media.Had Johnson remained on the job, his next true test as team president was a decision about Walton’s future. Johnson told reporters Tuesday that he’d been given the authority to fire Walton, who has history with the Lakers as a former player and still has a good friendship with Buss. But Johnson said he didn’t want to pull that trigger and instead opted to step down himself.Now, it’s Buss’s turn to make a decision again. And while the stakes are incredibly high, with the team at an important crossroads, the Lakers can take solace in the fact that they’re almost certain to now get a more analytical, experienced front-office type than they had in Magic, who was never really meant for the unforgiving nature of an NBA job like this to begin with.
The duo had become adept at repositionings, having done the same thing with Maine Home & Design which had been struggling financially after producing only two issues when they acquired it in 2006. “When we were publishing Maine Home & Design we were getting pulled into a lifestyle approach. There was a vacuum in Maine for that kind of coverage,” says Thomas. “Then Port City Life became available.”With the acquisition of Port City Life, the lifestyle model being incubated in Maine Home & Design was given full treatment. But despite the high production quality, Thomas and Kelley are playing a nuanced numbers game. When they acquired the magazine, circulation was 21,000, distributed at about 140 newsstands. Now, the magazine is up to 30,000 circ. and available on about 1,000 newsstands—a level the team is comfortable with. “We don’t believe in big circulation, that’s not appealing to us,” says Thomas. “We want to do a great job with 30,000 to 40,000 readers. It helps us stay focused on a quality product.”So far the costlier production model, tempered with prudent circ. growth, has paid off. Ad pages and revenue have each grown 15 percent, says Thomas.Electronic Gaming MonthlyTightening Print and Digital IntegrationIn early 2009, Ziff Davis Media shuttered Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) as part of the company’s bid to become a digital-only operation and focus on its PCMagazine brand platform. Five months later, Steve Harris, who originally founded EGM, acquired the brand’s assets. After pushing EGM’s relaunch date from December to March due to last-minute tweaking to EGM’s digital counterpart EGMi, Harris has presented a title that simultaneously relies on its previous strengths while attempting to leverage a tighter digital integration with print.EGMi, a weekly digital companion edition to EGM, includes print content as well as original and multimedia content only available in the digital version. Subscribers can choose between a 12-issue print subscription and 52 digital issues for $24.99 or six print issues and 26 digital issues for $14.99. Newsstand editions include a special code that can “upgrade” reader access to the digital version, which is currently distributed to 500,000 readers.Outside of a redesign so that the Web site, digital edition and print magazine all share common elements, much of EGM remains in place, says Harris. “We’re not going in and changing things simply to change them, though we are devoting more attention to how the print product can integrate with our new digital platform and how the two media can compliment each other.”The new EGM was marketed heavily through the brand’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, says Harris. Now, however, he is using the print/digital integration to maximize value. “You’re going to see the integration between digital and print and the way our premium version of EGMi (which features video, programming, and exclusive downloads you can only get if you purchase the print magazine) will become more robust and ultimately incentivize readers to purchase the magazine in a way that is more effective than just lowering the cover price or discounting the subscription.”Harris says there is still potential for the brand to flirt with mass-market distribution. “It was a category leader for much of its run, yet I don’t believe it ever broke 700,000 circ. We’re focusing on additional efforts on digital where, frankly, I’m confident we’ll reach a seven-figure readership.”East West MagazineA relaunch that didn’t quite make it, and lessons learned.Anita Malik founded and launched East West first as an online-only brand, then a bimonthly magazine targeting Asian Americans that focused on the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures, in 2003. By April 2008 the title ran out of money and shut down. “It is the tale of a small, bare bones company that has grown too fast,” Malik wrote in a letter posted on the magazine’s Web site at the time. “Our resources have been taxed and this labor of love has become larger than our small staff.”Just over a year later, Malik secured between $150,000 and $200,000 in new investment capital and relaunched the brand. Malik credited her small staff and low overhead as an operational advantage, but, as she soon learned, she wasn’t prepared for just how bad the marketing landscape had become. And, she now admits, relaunching a magazine is not simply picking up where you left off.Malik entered into the relaunch thinking her market had benefited from an advertising renaissance. “The environment had changed, I thought for the better,” she says. “People were just starting to embrace multicultural marketing and were starting to put aside budgets for that. But now, that’s the last thing on their minds.” Nevertheless, in June 2009 Malik was riding a wave of enthusiasm for the relaunch. “For us it was about focusing on how the market is underserved and how we were the one magazine. We restructured, we were back and we refocused on the edit.”Malik quickly learned that her previously core markets, like the auto industry, had simply evaporated and found herself back at square one with her advertising base. “I had to restructure who we were even targeting,” she says. “They might have heard of us, but not at the same level as the former advertisers.”At the same time, Malik was running a “cautious” business plan that focused on cutting costs out of production. Meanwhile, she batted down counsel to “go Web-only” and add in other revenue-generating schemes like a dating site. “The audience doesn’t want that,” says Malik. “I know everybody thinks you need that, but for me it didn’t work for what our product was about.”Yet with the cautious pace and a suddenly unresponsive advertising base, Malik quickly realized her comeback was getting severely pinched. Things were happening too slowly. The relaunch investment, she figured, could last her about three issues. “We could do three issues and not make a dime and be OK,” she says. “I felt that three issues in and we’d be fine. We didn’t need a year.”Yet the hurdles were stacking up. Malik couldn’t get the magazine back into all the bookstores it had been in—which was at least a couple stores in every state.While between 40 and 60 percent of the magazine’s original circulation came back into the fold, Malik got two issues deep into her relaunch and pulled the plug. “Everything came more gradually. I wanted to step back into where we left off and you can’t do that. Maybe with a bigger staff that’s possible. There’s so much out there for readers. They may say they miss you, but you don’t know what that means until you come back and see whether they’ll put their dollars there.” Reintroducing a magazine, whether after a closure or relaunching under a new brand and editorial direction, is a tall order these days. Advertising expenditures are still in flux and cost control is the name of the game—a tough formula for a startup environment for magazines. Yet it’s often the case that a brand can not only survive under a new corporate structure, but thrive. Those that don’t have lessons to share, too. Here, we talk with three publishers who have been down the relaunch road before—two of whom are currently growing recently acquired brands and one who brought her magazine back from the dead once, only to finally shutter it for good.Maine MagazineReinvesting in Editorial, Materials and DistributionBy the time Kevin Thomas, publisher of regional magazine Maine Home & Design, acquired Port City Life in early 2009, the magazine had already begun cutbacks, dropping from a 10-time frequency to bimonthly. Nevertheless, Thomas, along with partner and editor-in-chief Susan Grisanti Kelley, saw an opportunity to plow capital back into the magazine—expanding its editorial coverage from the Portland region to statewide, restoring its frequency and dramatically boosting its distribution and production quality. Maine emerged from a relaunch five months after it was acquired.“We wanted to produce a quality publication,” says Thomas. “A lot of our competitors were changing trim sizes and going with cheaper stock. We went with the opposite approach.”
About 70 southwest Atlanta residents met Thursday for the kickoff meeting sponsored by the Fort McPherson LRA for a community study to plan the future for a 1,300-acre area surrounding the former post. The study area covers the neighborhoods most affected by the closure of Fort McPherson, which now offers the promise of revitalization. In June, the city sold about two-thirds of the installation to filmmaker Tyler Perry for $30 million to build up to 16 sound stages for a movie and television production complex. But the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority still has about 144 acres of land to convert to civilian use.Perry’s movie studio and the western extension of the Atlanta BeltLine will bring about $150 million in new investment to southwest Atlanta, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. An Urban Land Institute panel recommended a variety of options for the property not going to Perry, including an expanded Veterans Administration medical center, offices for federal agencies, government contractors and media companies as well as retail, restaurants and apartments.One local resident expressed confidence that the neighborhoods around McPherson could support new retailers and restaurants. “Why is everybody else’s stuff getting done and not southwest Atlanta?” Darnetta Nichols asked. “The serious development, we’ve been waiting a long time,” she said.While Brian Hooker, the LRA’s executive director, said he heard both frustration and hope at the public meeting, the latest planning process will benefit from the knowledge that the film studio and the BeltLine — an economic redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown Atlanta — are moving forward.The months-long community study, which falls under the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative, will include an economic study, and more input from residents and developers, Hooker said. Later this month, the authority will hold a festival to gather further community input. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Bank of Baroda is in negotiations to acquire a majority stake in Central Bank Home Finance (CBHFL), the housing finance subsidiary of Central Bank of India. Central Bank of India owns 64 percent stake in CBHFL, while the other promoters of the house finance unit are Hudco, UTI and National Housing Bank, Press Trust of India reported. However, it is not clear whether Bank of Baroda has approached other shareholders of the housing finance subsidiary to purchase their stakes as well. “Talks are at an advanced stage. Central Bank has agreed to sell its entire stake to BoB,” a source was quoted as saying by the agency. SBI Capital Markets has been appointed by Bank of Baroda and some other merchant banks such as IDBI Capital have been hired by Central Bank to act as advisers. Investment bankers quoted by the agency said that Central Bank could raise as much as Rs 250 crore for its 64 percent stake in CBHFL.Central Bank had received capital infusion worth Rs 1,729 crore from the central government earlier this year. India’s home loan market is roughly growing at 25-30 percent, the report added.Bank of Baroda reported a 59.73 percent fall in Q1 net profit at Rs. 423.62 crore from Rs. 1,052.15 crore in the corresponding period last year. The sharp decline was due to an almost three-fold spike (234 percent) in provisioning for bad loans. The bank had to provide Rs. 2,004.07 crore towards bad loans in Q1 as compared to Rs. 599.74 crore in the year-ago quarter.Shares of Bank of Baroda closed at Rs 162.10 apiece on Friday, up 2.27 percent from their previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Similarly, Central Bank of India stock closed at Rs 86.85, up 0.06 percent from its previous close on Friday on the BSE.
.It’s a typical late summer weekend in New York’s Times Square, and tourists from around the world are snapping pictures beneath the commercial hub’s iconic neon billboards-watched closely by a heavy contingent of police.Four cruisers are parked in the middle of the busy intersection, and pedestrian zones have been surrounded by barriers to stop cars from ramming the crowd, a mode of attack favored by violent extremists in recent years.“I don’t like to come to places like this,” says Sue Garcia, a massage therapist from Brooklyn. “Or anywhere where incidents have happened repeatedly-the fear comes to mind.”Fear of an attack. Fear of another 9/11, the deadliest terrorist assault in history, when almost 3,000 lives were extinguished, many in the rubble of the World Trade Center.For New Yorkers who lost loved ones, narrowly survived or just witnessed the event, memories remain fresh and old wounds are re-opened on its anniversary. And a perpetual state of high alert is the new normal.Garcia, now 33, was a high schooler when the planes slammed into the Twin Towers. She saw them burn then collapse, and walked all the way home like hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers that day after metro services were suspended.“I was there, I saw it over and over again, I don’t need to think about it,” she says.But her mind always drifts toward the horrors of that day, whenever it is mentioned on TV, or even “when I hear an airplane: it is like the trigger to the thought. It has subsided over the years but it is still there” she adds.Or while waiting to meet her sister in Times Square, “The Crossroads of the World,” that symbolizes the spirit of New York.Close calls -Twice in recent years, catastrophe loomed. In May 2010, police discovered a car packed with explosives and primed for carnage.In May, a mentally-ill ex-soldier deliberately drove his sedan into 23 pedestrians, killed a young American tourist.The episodes of anxiety described by Garcia are a burden borne by many New Yorkers.For those directly affected, the anniversary of the attacks are the “most dreaded date” of the year and post-traumatic stress can remain for an individual’s entire life, says Charles Strozier, a psychoanalyst and author of a book that documents the experiences of survivors and witnesses.“There was a collective trauma, the sense of having been proven to be not invulnerable,” he says.“To say that New Yorkers are still traumatized is an exaggeration. But they think about it, they are aware of it, they do have active fears just below the surface of consciousness about things like bombs in the subways,” adds the professor, who watched the destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC) from his office just off Union Square.Many are also convinced that, even though recent terror attacks have focused on Europe, it is New York, the beating heart of the Western world, that remains the prime target.Prime target -“What better target, unfortunately, than NYC?” asks Tim Lambert, an IT consultant.Then, as now, he worked on the southern tip of Manhattan near the WTC site. The city, he says, is a “magnet for people from all over the world… It symbolizes the freedoms that we have, the money that we have. What better way to make a statement?”The 52-year-old says a heavier police presence is now a fact of life that people have come to expect.“I am not comfortable with it, but it is the new norm. The world is changing and the terrorist threat is part of that change,” he adds.They are apprehensions shared by the city’s leaders.“Thank God this is not an act of terrorism. It is an isolated incident,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in June when a doctor went on a shooting rampage in a hospital where he used to work in Bronx, killing one and injuring six.When the car ramming incident happened in May, police chief James O’Neill admitted “the worst went through my mind.”To protect its 8.5 million inhabitants, New York has to remain fully prepared.See something, say something -A 38,000 strong police force that keeps watch over the city’s public spaces, a massive network of cameras providing round-the-clock surveillance and a ubiquitous campaign to remind denizens “If you see something, say something,” are all reminders of the cost of security.Since 2001, the city has had its own anti-terrorist unit, which today has about 2,000 personnel and representatives in several foreign capitals, according to Robert Strang, president of the New York-based Investigative Management Group.The agency has at times courted controversy, notably for its programme that monitored citizens frequenting the city’s mosques which was criticized for being discriminatory.But the intelligence network is essential and overall and has been successful in preventing major new attacks, said Strang.The US financial capital also wants to set an example when it comes to honoring the victims of terror abroad.After recent attacks in Europe, authorities were quick to offer their condolences and assistance, and turned off the lights at the Empire State Building in a mark of solidarity.And the 11 September Memorial, with its two immense black granite craters, built on the site of the Twin Towers, has become a site of meditation and mourning not just for New York but for the entire world.It’s “a memorial to all the terror victims in a way,” said Monique Mol, a 52-year-old Dutch tourist.“It is like these people will live forever-like the pyramids and the mummified pharaohs in Egypt.”
© 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: www.progressiveautoxprize.org/ and www.illuminatimotorworks.org/ Explore further 3 ultra-efficient cars win $10M innovation award (w/ Video) After falling out of the running in last summer’s competition (whose purpose was to incite ingenuity in the design of highly efficient vehicles) due to a clutch problem, the Illuminati team has continued to work on their vehicle, and was recently invited by Progressive Automotive X-Prize committee members and the U.S. Department of Energy to test their car at Chrysler’s, Chelsea proving grounds in Michigan. It was there on that track last month that Seven demonstrated it’s impressive efficiency. In comparison, the Edison2 Very Light Car, winner of the competition last summer achieved just 102.5 MPGe; also, it might be noted that the Nissan Leaf, now commercially available, gets just 99 MPGe.The Illuminati team (whose name is a perhaps tongue-in-cheek reference to the conspiracy theorist group who claim everything in the world is run by a group of secret leaders) an all American volunteer group, set out to prove that the vehicles produced by the big name automakers were not nearly as efficient as they could be, for whatever reason; and they appear to have backed up their claim. The Seven isn’t just a demo vehicle; it’s street legal and also features such niceties as air conditioning and a stereo. It’s also rather odd looking, resembling a Porsche Panamera, complete with gull wings and teardrop shaped fenders. It can go from 0-60 mph (26.82 m/s) in eight seconds, has a range of 200 miles (322 kilometers) and can reach speeds up to 130 miles (209 kilometers) per hour.MPGe is the calculated average distance traveled per unit of energy, and is based on a formula that equates 33.7 kilowatt hours of electricity to one U.S. gallon of gasoline. In the United States, all-electric and hybrid vehicles for sale must have a sticker that shows MPGe, before they can be sold.It’s doubtful the Seven will ever show up for sale on car lots, but it does appear that team Illuminati has achieved its goal of shedding light on the fact that much higher efficiency in automotive vehicles can be achieved, if we the consumer are willing to open are minds to the possibility of buying cars where mileage is more important than style or good looks and then demand as much from those that sell them to us. Citation: Progressive Automotive X-Prize runner-up car gets 207.5 MPGe (2011, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-automotive-x-prize-runner-up-car-mpge.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — After coming in second to team Edison2 in the Progressive Automotive X-Prize competition last summer, team Illuminati, makers of the car named “Seven” have demonstrated that their vehicle is capable of achieving 207.5 Miles per Gallon equivalent (MPGe), (88.2 Kilometers per Liter) a designation created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give consumers a means of comparing mileage efficiency of all-electric vehicles or hybrids to one another and those still running on gasoline power.
The road is wet. Why might a motorcyclist steer round drain covers on a bend?To prevent the motorcycle sliding on the metal drain coversTo avoid splashing pedestrians on the pavement To help judge the bend using the drain covers as marker points To avoid puncturing the tyres on the edge of the drain covers Nick Heath, who has been a driving instructor for 13 years, is all for graduated licensing. The 42-year-old, from Alsager, said: “I think most instructors are in agreement about graduated licencing. I always encourage students to take the Pass Plus training course and I offer a motorway lesson after they pass. “I would like to see a system where you are awarded different coloured licences depending on your training. At the moment you just have the one pink licence but I think if we introduced different colours depending on training it would encourage people to do more training on rural roads. “I think if we had a gold coloured licence for the drivers with full training it would start a hierarchy which would encourage people to get to that standard.” Rob Matthews, who runs Bat Out Of L driving school and oversees the Stoke Approved Driving Instructors group, makes a point of taking his pupils out on rural roads. He said: “I always take my pupils out on rural roads and difficult roads with bends and single tracks. I take them from Werrington to Denford on a route. “I do think that it is correct that rural roads are dangerous. I think that a good instructor will teach a student to drive properly and if possible take them on rural roads not just get them to pass a test as quickly as possible.” Read MoreShould Staffordshire Police use dash cams to catch bad drivers? The concept of a graduated licencing process has also been backed by the Institute of Advanced Motoring, which currently offers courses for qualified drivers to learn about motorways and rural roads. Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “The driving test needs to become a much more integrated part of a graduated licensing system that picks up on best practice from around the world. “For instance, Austria has a ‘second phase’ licensing system, where young drivers come back in the first 12 months after the test for further interventions to examine attitude changes and skills. “The driving test today does test a driver’s ability to a very high level, but it has fallen behind what is urgently needed today. This must be addressed as a matter of urgency by the Government.” Read MoreTwo men arrested in connection with serious assault on Dunwoody Way in Crewe The DVSA are currently working on a new test to be introduced that will include more manoeuvres and a sat nav element of the practical test. DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving which is why we have modernised the driving test. “This includes driving for longer without instruction, on a wider range of roads at different speeds, and using a sat nav, so we are better testing a driver’s ability. “These changes have been welcomed by the Driving Instructors Association, the BSM and the AA because of the positive impact they will have on road safety.” Next question Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPassing the driving test has become a rite of passage for motorists in the UK. But do new drivers need further training before they can be considered the finished article? Philip Cullinane looks into the issue. Driving tests have been compulsory for all new motorists in the UK since 1935, when they were introduced under the Road Traffic Act. There have been various changes over the decades, such as the theory test in 1996, and the introduction of the hazard perception exam in 2002. From 2018, learners will be able to drive on motorways with their instructors, and there are also calls for pupils to be taught about dangerous rural roads. With the modern motorist having to master so many disciplines before they can be considered the finished article, there is a growing belief that a graduated licensing system is necessary. Such a system would see drivers have to complete a minimum learning period, mandatory training on rural roads and restrictions on newly-qualified drivers before they are awarded their full licence. Road safety charity Brake says that rural roads are the most dangerous that new drivers will face, and that the lack of training is leading to fatalities. poll loadingShould there be a graduated licensing system for new drivers? 0+ VOTES SO FARYes No Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “High speeds, sharp bends, narrow lanes, risky overtaking and the presence of vulnerable road users like cyclists, make rural roads the most dangerous by far. “The combination of rural roads and novice drivers is lethal – a staggering 80 per cent of all young car driver fatalities occur in rural locations. “Brake is calling for a total overhaul of the learning to drive system to help cut fatalities and injuries. A graduated licensing system, including a minimum learning period, mandatory training on rural roads and restrictions for newly-qualified drivers – such as a zero drink-drive limit – will allow new drivers to build up more skills and experience over a longer period of time. “This approach has dramatically reduced road casualties in countries including Australia and New Zealand and could save some 400 lives a year if implemented in the UK. “Brake is also calling for a review of rural speed limits and for ‘Voluntary Intelligent Speed Adaptation’, which helps drivers keep within the limit, to be fitted as standard to new cars. “There is also the need for better and more affordable public transport, so fewer young people see starting driving in their teens as a necessity.” Read MoreBig Issue: Why has there been an increase in reports of child neglect in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire? Instructors in the area believe it is important that new drivers learn about varying conditions on different roads. Les Brigham, aged 56, of Milton, said: “I think it is down to the instructor and that learners should be taken on the roads that are available. “I think that being able to take learners on the motorway from 2018 is a step in the right direction. “I do not think that it can become mandatory. For example, how are drivers going to get to rural roads in time? Or how can drivers in northern Scotland get to the motorway when the nearest one is three hours away? “But I think that if a driving instructor can take learners on rural roads than they should.” Question -1 of 20Score -0 of 0 Thanks for taking part in this quizYou scoredReplay quiz
Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Tuesday, February 26. 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 . 22:47End of live reporting22:32A500 overnight closure21:15Fire stationsNone of the city’s main fire stations have reported any major incidents this evening. 21:04M6 overnight20:13Sandon trafficTraffic easing on A51 Lichfield Road at B5066. Temporary traffic lights are in place to assist with telecoms works.18:52Chell traffic A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 17:59Moorland Road busyMoorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).17:44Sandon temporary lights Slow traffic on A51 Lichfield Road at B5066. In the roadworks area. Temporary traffic lights are in place to assist with telecoms works. 17:21Chell traffic A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 16:58Leek Road slowSlow traffic on A52 Leek Road at A50 Victoria Road (Joiner’s Square). Traffic is slow in all directions.16:57M6 reopen All lanes open and traffic easing, broken down vehicle removed on M6 Southbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lane one (of three) is closed.16:54Oil spill in NewcastleA34 Liverpool Road Northbound partially blocked, very slow traffic due to broken down vehicle and oil spillage at Brymbo Road.Near Lymedale Bar and Restaurant.16:40A50 westboundHeavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).16:23A500 traffic Heavy traffic on A500 D Road at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). 16:23Porthill Road busyA527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank).16:17M6 StaffordshireOne lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lane one (of three) is closed.16:15Demolition of East-West Precinct continues (and look at it now) (Image: Daniel Jellyman)Stoke-on-Trent’s dilapidated East-West Precinct has undergone a transformation after bulldozers moved in just under two weeks ago.The builders at the Hanley eyesore started by disconnecting the gas mains and electricity before pulling down the eastern side of the building, just off Charles Street.Read more.16:03Werrington Road clearedRoad cleared and traffic returned to normal, accident cleared on A52 Werrington Road in both directions near Ruxley Road.The accident is near to Bucknall Fish Bar and Kebab House.15:57Werrington Road accidentA52 Werrington Road in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident near Ruxley Road.The accident is near to Bucknall Fish Bar and Kebab House.15:19A500 congestionUsual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 15:02A34 Stone Road One lane closed and heavy traffic due to accident on A34 Stone Road Northbound near A5035 Longton Road. Affecting traffic heading towards Hanford.14:59Bucknall RoadBucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.14:53Chell trafficA527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 13:17Accident on M6 “Lane 1 (of 4) blocked on the M6 southbound between J13 Dunston and J14 Gailey due to a collision. Traffic Officers on the way.”13:01Police alert as ‘suspicious man in black car’ approaches boy on his way home from schoolOfficers are now appealing for witnesses. More here.12:12Police release CCTV after laptop and wallet stolen from house in broad daylightA bank card from the wallet was then used in Nantwich and Birmingham. More here.11:45Firefighters called to fuel spillage at petrol stationAround ten litres of fuel had spilt at the garage. More here.10:30Latest on the A50A50 Eastbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle from A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout) to A5007 Victoria Place Link (Heron Cross / Fenton).The road remains partially blocked whilst Highways attend after a vehicle has been left unattended. 09:54Accident on A50 Eastbound near Blythe BridgeA50 Eastbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident at A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycott).Police on site. 09:18Police warning after ‘laughing gas’ canisters seizedCanisters have been seized in the Staffordshire Moorlands this month – with police warning of the dangers of inhaling the gas. More here.