Zuma appoints Marikana commission

first_img24 August 2012President Jacob Zuma has announced the composition and terms of reference of the judicial commission of inquiry into the Marikana tragedy, calling for cooperation from all parties involved so that the country can come to a full understanding of the causes behind the tragedy.Thirty-four people were killed in clashes with the police at the mining town of Marikana near Rustenburg last Thursday. Prior to this, 10 other people – including two police officers – were killed in nearly a week of fighting between rival worker factions.A number of memorial services took place around the country on Thursday as South Africa mourned those who lost their lives and came together to show support for the families of the deceased.Addressing journalists in Pretoria on Thursday, Zuma said the commission of inquiry would be headed by Judge Ian Farlam, a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal, and include advocates Bantubonke Tokota and Pingla Hemraj.In investigating the events leading up to the tragedy, the commission has been tasked with looking into the conduct of mining company Lonmin, the South African Police Service (SAPS), and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).Regarding Lonmin, the commission will investigate, in particular, whether the company:Exercised it best endeavours to resolve any disputes which may have risen between itself and the labour force on one hand, and generally among its labour force on the other.Responded appropriately to the threat and outbreak of violence which occurred at its premises.By act or omission, created an environment which was conducive to the creation of tension, labour unrest, disunity among its employees or other harmful conduct.Employed sufficient safeguards and measures to ensure the safety of its employees, property and the prevention of the outbreak of violence between any parties.The commission will also examine Lonmin’s policies generally, including its procedure, practices and conduct relating to its employees and organised labour.“It will also investigate whether by act or omission, the company directly or indirectly caused the loss of life or damaged to persons or property,” Zuma said.Regarding the SAPS, the Commission will look at:The nature, extent and application of any standing orders, policy considerations, legislation or other considerations in dealing with the situation that gave rise to the incidents.The fact and circumstances that gave rise to the use of force and whether this was reasonable and justifiable in the circumstances.The role played by SAPS through its respective units, individually and collectively in dealing with the incident.Whether by act or omission, it directly or indirectly caused the loss of life or harm to persons or property.Regarding the NUM and AMCU, the Commission will look at:Whether the unions had exercised its best endeavours to resolve any disputes which may have arisen between itself and Lonmin or the other union or other parties.The extent to which the unions exercised effective control over its membership and those allied to it, in ensuring that their conduct was lawful and did not endanger the lives and property of other persons.Whether by act or omission, it directly or indirectly caused the loss of life or harm to persons or property.Zuma said the commission would also look into the role played by the Department of Mineral Resources, any other government department or agencies in relation to the incidents, and whether this was appropriate in the circumstances and consistent with their duties and obligations according to the law.“The Commission will also look into the conduct of individuals and loose groupings in fermenting and/or otherwise promoting a situation of conflict and confrontation which may have given rise to the tragic incident, whether directly or indirectly,” the President said.The commission will submit interim reports and recommendations to Zuma each month before the final report is presented.The commission’s work will be completed in four months, and within a month thereafter it will submit its final report to the President.“The commission shall, where appropriate, refer any matter for prosecution, further investigation or the convening of a separate inquiry to the appropriate law enforcement agency, government department or regulator regarding the conduct of a certain person or persons,” Zuma said.It will also have the necessary powers, including the power to enter and search premises, secure the attendance of witnesses and compel the production of documents.“We urge all affected parties to work with the commission so that the truth can be uncovered about what really happed in Marikana,” Zuma said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Facebook “Unlike” Button Comes to the News Feed

first_imgFacebook quietly introduced an “Unlike Page” button into its News Feed recently, which allows users to opt-out of receiving unwanted messages from pages they had previously said they “liked.” Now, when a user clicks the “X” button to remove a story from their News Feed, there’s an option to unlike the page, which joins other options including “mark as spam, “hide this post,” or “hide all” posts from the offending page. The change, notes marketing news site Clickz, reporting on the impact of this news for businesses, makes “Facebook wall posts behave a little bit more like email, while raising the stakes on high-level message relevancy so audience members don’t opt out.” Unliking Gets EasierWe saw the news about this change reported on Monday as well, on unofficial Facebook news site, Inside Facebook. They noted that this was only one of many changes surrounding the “like” feature as of late. Facebook has also been prompting users with few likes to add more pages, has been showing what likes users have in common, has re-launched its “Page Browser” to encourage liking and more. The “unlike button” change is so new, in fact, that we couldn’t find any mention of it in Facebook’s own help documentation. Currently, the only mention of how “unliking” pages works is this FAQ post directing users to “unlike” a page by visiting the page directly, then clicking the “unlike” link in the lower left-hand corner. That process is similar to how you would “un-friend” someone on Facebook – you have to visit their profile and then select “Remove from Friends” at the bottom left. Obviously, having to navigate directly to a page to unlike it is much more cumbersome for users than just clicking a button. Tags:#advertising#Facebook#marketing#web Related Posts Spammy Marketers, Take NoteFor marketers, this easy-access “unlike” button in the News Feed means it’s even more important to dial down the frequency of updates so as not to become overly “spammy.” The content of those messages should be carefully considered too. Offend a user with an off-the-cuff post and they may be gone for good. Says Clickz, users can now “simply see one brand post that turns them off and leave the company’s audience…without leaving their personal wall.” The only good news for marketers here is that the change doesn’t seem to propagate over to the end user’s Wall for their friends to see, too.While the new “unliking” methodology is certainly easier than before, it’s not a one-step process. Instead, “unliking” actually takes two steps – the first to click “unlike page” and then a pop-up box appears asking if you really want to remove your connection to the page entirely. A user has to click “Remove Post and Unlike” in order to opt out from seeing any more messages from that page going forward.The change may help to increase the number of “likes” a user doles out in the future. Once users know that it’s (almost) as easy to “unlike” something as it is to “like” it, they may be more willing to click the like button. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification sarah perez The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

India’s mass of small family firms could miss the IIoT revolution

first_imgHow IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… Donal Power Few of India’s myriad family businesses have adopted any advanced manufacturing technologies like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). And worse, most don’t plan to in the future.An article by Live Mint discusses the results of a recent survey by Tata Strategic Management Group and industry lobby group Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).The study, which surveyed executives at more than 50 leading Indian engineering companies, focused on the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies such as IIoT, advanced robotics and additive manufacturing. The survey highlighted these three areas of advanced manufacturing because of their anticipated role as major drivers for future manufacturing growth globally.The researchers found that only 10% of family run businesses have currently adopted any form of advanced manufacturing. However, future prospects for manufacturing are a bit better for family businesses, though these companies still will lag other types of businesses.“More than 50% of family-owned businesses do not plan to adopt advanced manufacturing within the next three years, in comparison to both Indian and foreign corporations where less than a quarter plan not to adopt in the three years’ time frame,” the report said.This economic backbone needs strengtheningAny numbers around family-owned businesses in India is especially significant as these types of companies form the backbone of the country’s economy. Such businesses comprise almost two-thirds of India’s GDP and employ nearly half of the country’s work force.India’s governments are proving keen on adopting connected technology to develop smart cities, but studies like this raise questions that some economic sectors are not keeping pace with the new technological revolution.Manufacturing remains a key sector of the Indian economy. It is responsible for employing nearly 12% of the country’s workforce and contributes almost 18% of India’s gross value-added production.Many obstacles to the adoption of advanced manufacturing technology were identified in the study. Chief amongst these perceived barriers is industry’s difficulty in quantifying its return on investment once the technology has been implemented.“The industrial internet of things definitely enhances ability of companies to receive real time information about plant equipment thereby reducing downtime and improving productivity,” said Forbes Marshall CEO Jehangir Ardeshir. “However, companies need to ensure that they build a solid business case and check feasibility before adoption.” Tags:#GDP#IIoT#India#IoT#manufacturing center_img The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts last_img read more

PBA Season 43 Preview: Without marquee players, Kia to bank on sheer work ethic

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Kia may not have the most star-studded of lineups in the PBA, but the Picanto have a sheer force of will to rely on.“We’re realistic in knowing that we may not have top tier guys but what we have are the hardest workers in this league and I can attest to that hard work,” said Gavina. “We’re envisioning our team to be highly-disciplined and to be defensive-minded.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGavina hopes that their sheer level of hard work would be able to make up for their lack of talent.“We cannot be normal, our effort and activity level has to be in an extraordinary pace in order to overcome the discrepancy in the level of talent with other teams.” LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READcenter_img Malditas save PH from shutout Head Coach: Chris GavinaKey Players: Reden Celda, Glenn Khobuntin, Jackson CorpuzKey Additions: Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Jon GabrielKey Losses: LA Revilla, Jason BallesterosADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And supplementing that pure will to win, and unadulterated potential hustle, is the influx of a championship mentality from former San Miguel Beermen JayR Reyes and Ronald Tubid.The two, together with Rashawn McCarthy, were acquired days before the 2017 Draft wherein the Picanto gave up the no.1 pick that turned out to be ABL standout Christian Standhardinger.Gavina hopes the former Beermen’s presence alone would be an enough influence to uplift the team’s mentality after suffering in the scourge of last year’s Philippine Cup when Kia, then known as Mahindra Enforcer, finished 3-8.“The San Miguel guys that came over brought tremendous character and that championship experience is invaluable to our younger guys,” said Gavina.“They can teach them how to get to that championship level, the ability to relay that championship focus and effort in practice will be of great help to us.”ADVERTISEMENT PBA Season 43 Preview: Pressure to dominate still fuels San Miguellast_img read more

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Partners with Gilt to Benefit The Nature Conservancy

first_img“We have 26 million female readers, with a 70/30 [male/female] percent readership. Like SI, Gilt has a vast audience of both men and women,” says Day.“We thought it would be a perfect alignment between our two brands. Women read our magazine for the fashion, accessories and vacation ideas. Men read it for the more obvious reasons.” Gilt, which currently has over 4 million members, recently partnered with Women’s Health for an ecommerce promotion. Gilt’s other magazine partners include Self, Vogue and GQ. The sale has both philanthropic and marketing advantages: Sports Illustrated will not make immediate money from purchased goods, but its Swimsuit issue will gain exposure through in-sale messaging on the Gilt site. The sale, which will be advertised in-book in a special section, kicks off on February 14; the same day the Swimsuit edition hits newsstands. Quiksilver will provide a set of two surfboards for sale, and SI staff collated a list of over 100 designers whose bathing suits are seen in the Swimsuit issue. MJ Day, senior editor with Sports Illustrated, says 10 designers were then asked to donate their products to the sale. 10 prints from the Swimsuit shoot will be available for purchase as well, in addition to tickets for SI Swimsuit launch parties in New York City and Las Vegas. Bidding for New York tickets will begin at $1,000.center_img The debut of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue will coincide with a Gilt sale, touting SI-curated bathing suits, surfboards, photographs and event tickets to consumers. In a twist on the new rev stream model many publishers aim for in the ecommerce game, all sale proceeds will be donated to The Nature Conservancy to preserve the beaches SI features in its pages.last_img read more

Tata Steel Shares Slump on Sharp Fall in Profit

first_imgShare of Tata Steel plunged on the bourses on Thursday after the company reported disappointing results for the March quarter.  The stock fell almost 5 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and closed at ₹344.40.The country’s biggest steel maker reported net loss of ₹5,674 crore for the quarter ended March 2015 as against net profit of ₹1,036 crore for the quarter ended March 2014. The total income dropped 20.6 percent to ₹33,666 crore from ₹42,428 crore for the quarter ended March 2014. The company said that a steep fall in steel prices in the past few months due to a surge in cheap imports, particularly from China, Japan and Korea, led to a fall in revenues.An analyst said the trend of falling prices will persist in the near future, making things more difficult for Tata Steel.”We see further challenges ahead, as the company is yet to use 1.5 mt high cost iron ore and domestic prices fell further by ₹1000- 1500/ tonne. We have further reduced our estimates on standalone business factoring in drop in steel prices and higher iron ore costs,” Brokerage firm Emkay told Firstpost.The company’s earned a profit of ₹814 crore in March quarter from Indian market, down 59 percent from ₹1978.6 crore on year-on-year basis.”Our performance this year in India was impacted by surging imports, declining commodity prices, muted demand and regulatory uncertainties in our captive mining operations,” said Koushik Chatterjee, group executive director, Tata Steel.The results have forced many analysts to downgrade their outlook for the stock.Credit Suisse maintains a ‘underperfom’ rating for the stock with a target price of ₹210 per share, and notes that a “precipitous drop in Indian profitability is alarming”.Deutsche Bank has kept its ‘buy’ rating unchanged, but cut the target price to ₹400 per share.The bank expects improvement in profitability and volume trajectory in India operations in the second half of 2015-16, moneycontrol.com reported.last_img read more

Amala Paul dares to comment on controversial abolition of Article 370

first_imgAmala Paul.PR HandoutKollywood celebrities often speak on important issues bothering the country and use of social media platforms to express their views on important matters. One such occasion was when Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes a few years ago.From Rajinikanth to Suriya, many had commented on demonetisation and also faced wrath after the BJP’s ambitious move failed to reap the desired results. There are also instances where the Kollywood actors have used social media platforms to convey important messages to the people of Tamil Nadu.However, the stars, except for Kamal Haasan, have maintained silence this time over the abolition of Article 370 which abrogated special status of Jammu and Kashmir.While Rajinikanth, Suriya and many others have not responded to the issue, one actress who has dared to react to the issue is Amala Paul, whose controversial movie Aadai hit the screens recently.Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his decision, she tweeted, “#Article370Abolished : IMO it’s a healthy, hopeful, and much needed change. It’s not an easy task, it takes a courageous leader like our honorable @PMOIndia to implement decisions like these. Praying for peaceful days ahead! #UnityIsPeace #JaiHind [sic].”The BJP government scrapped Article 370 and Article 35 A of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir through a Presidential Order and formed two Union Territories in its place on Monday, August 5.Amala Paul’s comment has met with mixed reviews. Her fans have hailed her for taking courage to comment when many big names have remained silent fearing backlash from the pro-Dravidian politics.Find out select-few comments made by netizens on Twitter to her tweet:Aadhan: After #Demonitization some celebraties congratulate Modi now today some stats are celebrating scrapping of #Article370 . How stupid these stars are …. With out knowing the cause and effect of the issue. Now all these stars will buy a land in Kashmir to enjoy their holidaysManuel Jasper: And you lost a lot of Tamil fans today….SkVy: Being in TN film industry taking this stance is brave kudos amalaArun Vishwanathan: I never knew you’d voice out such an opinion being from the Tamil industry. We need more such sensible voices from down south!Karthik Robben: Hate You Ammu for this 🙁 Sorry :(HeroCanbeAnyone: When actors talk against BJP then it is not political statements? They won’t lose fans? But an actress talks abt united India not even BJP, then she’ll lose fans ah..Ramprabhu: You need guts to support this.. You did it. There may me people who may do personal abuse.. don’t care.. Ignore.Nagalakshmi: Love you!!!! Simply Simply love you!!!!! It needs a lot of guts and much more than you needed for Aadai to voice out your true opinion in appreciation of the Integration and a stronger India,knowing full well that here in TN virulent haters and anti establishment are mostlast_img read more

Bangladeshi jailed for overstaying in Brunei

first_imgA Bangladeshi man was sentenced to five months in jail for overstaying a total of 494 days in Brunei, according to the Borneo Bulletin.The convicted is Kabiul Alam, 59.According to the Brunei media, the immigration prosecutor of the country, Adi Yusra bin Haji Adanan, informed the court that defendant was arrested during an inspection at a rented house in Kampong Selayun.last_img

Fire breaks out in New Town two persons suffer burn injuries

first_imgKolkata: Two persons suffered burn injuries and some temporary shops were damaged after a fire broke out in New Town area early Thursday, Fire Brigade officials said.The fire was reported at 4.30 am from action area III of New Town, opposite Shapoorji complex, and four fire tenders were pressed into service.”The fire fighters completely doused the fire after three hours,” they said.Two persons – one fire fighter and a local – received minor burns, they said.The cause of the fire was not yet known, officials said.The locals claimed that 30 temporary shops were gutted and sounds of LPG cylinder explosion were heard by them.last_img read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound Watch Next Video Loading Video Unavailable We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, June 4. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport 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. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . Key EventsTravellers return to popular park for SECOND time in nine days13:02Thieves in getaway car hurl stolen dog through car window12:20Biker in his 20s suffers ‘life-changing’ injuries after hitting wall11:4123:19That’s all for todayThanks for being with us. We’ll be bringing you the latest news, weather, travel updates and more from 7am tomorrow. 23:18Who has Staffordshire’s Wes Nelson been paired up with on Love Island? And will she be stolen from him?The highly-anticipated launch episode of this year’s Love Island has now aired – and viewers have met Staffordshire contestant Wes Nelson on ITV2 for the first time.Air hostess Laura appeared to instantly fancy cheeky footballer Wes, stepping forward in the hope of being paired up with him – despite already being partnered up with doctor Alex.Catch up on everything that happened here.Wes Nelson, from Staffordshire, is preparing to enter the villa. (Image: ITV)23:09Woman taken to hospital after fire hits two bungalowsA woman has been taken to hospital after a fire which struck two bungalows this evening.Fire crews from Cannock, Stafford and Penkridge were called at 5.46pm and were on scene for three hours.The full extent of the damage to the properties in Penkridge, near Stafford, has not yet been revealed.We will bring you more information on this incident as we get it.Read the full report here.22:46Inquest due after biker killed in early-morning crashThe inquest is due to take place tomorrow of a biker killed in a crash with a lorry.Mark Oarton was pronounced dead at the scene following the early-morning collision.The 56-year-old, of Astbury Lane Ends, Congleton, had been riding his blue Yamaha motorcycle when he collided with a white Mitsubishi truck on the A523 in Rudyard on April 21 last year. Read the full story here.20:12Firefighters called as smoke in Alsager causes neighbours nuisanceA fire crew from Alsager was called to Meads Road this evening, after reports of significant quantities of smoke in the area.Firefighters arrived just after 5.03pm.A spokesman from Alsager fire station said: “A large quantity of garden refuse was being burnt. It was extinguished using a hose reel jet, as the smoke was deemed a nuisance. Advice was provided to the occupiers.”20:02Holidaymakers warned about travelling to TurkeyStunning Turkey has been a popular destination for Staffordshire holidaymakers for donkey’s years.Whether visiting the Wonders of the Ancient World in Bodrum or exploring the busy streets of Istanbul, it’s at the top of many travellers’ wish lists.But unfortunately Turkey shares a border with some of the World’s most unstable countries, as well as experiencing its fair share of political upheaval itself.And there is potential turmoil predicted for this summer, so if you’ve got a holiday booked, you’ll want to know if it’s going to be safe.Read our report for all you need to know. You should avoid crowds and demonstrations (Image: AP)19:14Couple finally tie the knot – after fire forces wedding party to evacuate town hallA couple had a wedding day to remember – after they were forced to evacuate the venue just as the bride was about to make her way down the aisle.Darren Culshaw was mortified when more than 40 guests were told to get out of Hanley Town Hall this afternoon, just as his fiancé Gia Williams stepped through the door.The alarm was raised at 2.10pm after reports of smoke coming from the basement. But after an anxious wait it was confirmed that a small fire had been started outside and the ceremony was allowed to go ahead.Read the full story here.Darren and Gia Culshaw were happily married at Hanley Town Hall in the end! (Image: Stoke Sentinel Copyright)19:04Man charged over crash which killed ‘beautiful’ Amy, 22A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving 11 months after a 22-year-old woman died in a horror crash.Keiron Birchall, aged 27, is also accused of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and other offences following the early-morning smash in Onecote, near Leek, last summer.Former Westwood College student Amy Savage was a passenger in the red Volkswagen Passat when it hit a wall and overturned on the B5053 Bottom Lane, at the junction with Blakelow Road and Fairview Road, at 7.05am on July 2.Amy, from Cheddleton, was pronounced dead at the scene.Read the full story here. Amy Savage was pronounced dead at the scene18:44Man dies after fire breaks out in living roomA man has died after a fire broke out at his home in the early hours of the morning.Crews had been called to the address in Highfields, Stafford, at 6.45am on Saturday (June 2).Firefighters pulled the man free but he was confirmed dead at the scene.An investigation has now revealed the blaze started in the living room after smoking materials were ‘disposed of carelessly’.Read the full report here.18:27Longton stand-off has ‘concluded peacefully’Staffordshire Police have confirmed that the incident at a property on Marlow Road, in Longton, has now ‘concluded peacefully’.A spokesman added: “Thank you to the community for their support and patience.”18:15Armed police at scene of stand-off which has been going on for over two hoursArmed police are at the scene of a stand-off in Longton – which has now been going on for over two hours.A cordon is in place on Marlow Road in Longton, as officers negotiate with a ‘distressed man’ at a house.The incident has been going on since just before 3pm today. Police and ambulance vehicles have been spotted nearby on Marlow Road and St Mary’s Road.Read the full report here. Armed police observing the incident in Longton (Image: Stoke Sentinel Copyright)17:21Reports of collisions in Stoke and NewcastleWe’ve had reports of two different incidents causing hold-ups across Stoke and Newcastle this evening. The A52 Glebe Street Southbound is partially blocked with heavy traffic, due to an incident near Kingsway, by the Glebe pub. There’s also a collision on the A53 Newcastle Road, with the road partly blocked in both directions, near Rock Lane. This one is affecting traffic between Loggerheads and Blackbrook. We’ll keep you updated as we have more information. 17:14This is all that remains of zipline after arsonists strike at popular children’s play areaPolice are hunting arsonists who torched a popular children’s play area.Firefighters were called after a zipline was set alight in the playground Cheddleton late on Saturday night.Residents living nearby had dialled 999 after spotting smoke and flames coming from the Cheadle Road site at 11.35pm.Read the full story here. Part of the zipline was torched on Saturday night13:02KEY EVENTTravellers return to popular park for SECOND time in nine daysTravellers have set up camp on a popular park – for the second time in nine days.The latest caravans moved onto The Wammy, in Knutton, last night – just two days after the last group of travellers left.And it is only two weeks since gypsies took over playing fields on the other side of Lower Milehouse Lane.Now residents are calling for Newcastle Borough Council – which owns the sites – to put up better fencing to stop them getting on the fields.Read more.12:23Roaches fireStaffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a large blaze at the Roaches, near Leek, last night.Two crews from Leek are currently dealing with a fire measuring 50m x 50m of moorland on fire in Roach Road. Back packs and beaters in use. 12:20KEY EVENTThieves in getaway car hurl stolen dog through car window (Image: Google Maps)Thieves hurled a stolen dog through a car window and onto a busy road – just moments after pinching the animal from a house.Passers-by looked on in horror as the animal was chucked from the vehicle in Park Lane, Knypersley.It had been pinched just moments earlier from a house on the same street.Read more.11:41KEY EVENTBiker in his 20s suffers ‘life-changing’ injuries after hitting wallA motorbiker in his 20s has suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries after a serious crash. Police and paramedics discovered the man’s motorbike had left Ferndown Drive, in Clayton, and crashed into a wall. It happened at 5.50pm yesterday.A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Officers found the motorcyclist had left the road and been involved in a collision. The casualty was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital by ambulance and he has suffered life-changing injuries.” Read more. 10:53Crewe trafficA534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound clear before the roadworks at the Crewe Green roundabout. 10:30Virgin TrainsDelays of up to 15 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Nuneaton and Stafford due to signalling problem.09:52A34 Newcastle Roadraffic easing on A34 Newcastle Road Northbound between Child’s Lane and Watery Lane. Temporary traffic lights are in operation.09:08A50 Stoke-on-TrentLane blocked and heavy traffic due to broken down car on A50 Eastbound between A5005 (Longton / Dresden) and A50 / Upper Normacot Road, congestion on A50 to A5005 / Baths Road / Foley Road (Longton / Blurton). Police are at scene dealing. Delays are easing. 08:31LongtonGas main work and restrictions on A5007 Market St between The Strand and A5007 Uttoxeter Rd.Various lane closures and overnight closures throughout the works. Until 12th October. 08:15M6 CheshireOne lane is blocked and traffic is slow due to a broken down car on the M6 northbound between junction 17, Crewe, and junction 18, Middlewich, in the roadworks area. Lane three, of three, is blocked within the roadworks area.08:08A53 Elder RoadVery slow traffic on A53 Elder Road Westbound at Cobridge Traffic Lights.07:52A50 Stoke-on-TrentHeavy traffic on the A50 in both directions between the Sideway Roundabout and Upper Normacot Road.07:51A500 D Road Very slow traffic on A500 D Road Westbound at M6 J15 / A519 Newcastle Road, congestion on A519 to Drayton Road. 07:23A50 UttoxeterQueueing traffic on A50 Eastbound at B5030 Ashbourne Road, congestion to A522 near Uttoxeter and Uperr Tean. There are lane restrictions in place.Find out what happened when this M6 driver was caught on a phonePolice officers stopped a driver on the M6 this morning (June 4) after they spotted him using his mobile phone – they then found a catalogue of other issues. The Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG), which covers almost 400 miles of motorway, stopped the motorist on the M6 southbound between junction 14, Stafford North, and junction 13, Stafford South, at around 6.20am. While they originally clocked the driver on his mobile phone a roadside breath test then found the man was around two and a half times the legal alcohol limit. Read more.Weather forecastAfter a foggy start today is set to be a warm but cloudy day in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.The Met Office forecasts there is around a 10 per cent chance of rain at 11am with less than five per cent for the rest of the day. Temperatures are set for highs of 20 °C and lows of 12 °C with the pollen count as high. The forecast says: Misty low cloud will lift and break in the west, but it may stay cloudy in the east throughout the day. There will be some sunny spells in the west, but these may trigger on or two heavy afternoon showers. Tonight, any showers will die away through the evening as misty low cloud returns from the east. The low cloud will linger, giving a murky end to the night.Good morningCould coffee be good for us?Good morning and welcome to the StokeonTrentLive news feed for the day. We will be bringing you all of the latest and breaking news from North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. The video will start in 1Cancel Play now StokeonTrentLive – we’re #localandproudcenter_img Video will play in  Share this video Click to playTap to play Watch againlast_img read more