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CLOSING ARGUMENT Judy OConnell Asks For Your Vote On September 4

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple offered each State Rep. candidate an opportunity to issue a “closing argument” to the voters. Below is the closing argument provided by Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington):—Dear Wilmington & Tewksbury Voters, This year we will be electing a NEW State Representative to represent the 19th Middlesex District for Wilmington and Tewksbury. It is critical that we elect a person with prior municipal government experience. As a prior elected official who served honorably for the Town of Wilmington for (3) years as an elected member of the School Committee and for (6) years as an elected member of the Board of Selectmen, I believe I have this experience. Together as a community we have many successful milestone achievements to be proud of and there is still more work to be done!As a Democratic candidate, I am excited about the prospect of representing you on Beacon Hill as I have always had a passion for serving my community and others. I believe my (27) years of professional work experience in both the public and private sectors highlights my unique qualifications as a candidate for this position. As it stands today, I believe Wilmington and Tewksbury continue to be two of the most attractive towns in Massachusetts to live in, work in and raise a family. If elected as the next State Representative, I promise to serve the constituents I have been entrusted to represent to the best of my ability. I promise to be available, approachable and accountable because to me public service is a privilege and a trust and it would be my distinct honor to serve you.As your State Representative, I will be focused on the issues that are most important to the people of the 19th Middlesex District which include education and special education initiatives, veterans’ services and benefits, elderly services, combating the opioid crisis, supporting smart economic development including attracting new businesses to the district, infrastructure improvements, public safety, fiscal responsibility relative to the utilization of state funds, affordable health care for all and maintaining funding for Tewksbury Hospital to name a few. To review my candidacy once again prior to visiting the polls, please visit http://www.JudyForStateRep.com.In closing as we approach the 2018 Massachusetts State Primary on Tuesday, September 4th, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the wonderful people in the 19th Middlesex District that I have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with over the past few months out on the campaign trail. I would especially like to thank my dedicated supporters who continue to place their faith and trust in me year after year with every election since my public service career began. Also, I would like to thank the Committee for Judy O’Connell, my family and friends for all of your support during this race and always. This has been a very rewarding experience for me as a person and as a candidate and I am proud of the positive campaign that we have run together! The time has come for you the voters to decide who you would like to see as your next State Representative. Thank you for your participation in this civic process which best represents our democracy. I respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday, September 4th!Sincerely,Judith L. O’ConnellDemocratic Candidate for State Representative19th Middlesex District for Wilmington and Tewksbury—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Judy O’Connell Discusses State Rep Pay, Environmental IssuesIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School Committee Member Jennifer Bryson Endorses Judy O’Connell For State RepIn “Government”last_img read more

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Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of February 24 2019

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, February 24, 2019:190173 Rooney 80 Church Street Wilmington190213 Wilm Bd Appls July 4th Scoppettuolo190219 Wilm Bids Woburn St Water Main Replacement190222 Land Ct Mason 2 Virginia Road Wilmington190231 Wilm Plng Zoning Articles May 2019190234 Wilm Consv DPW Determination for Vegetation Mgmt Plan190235 Wilm Consv RDA 4 Lexington St190236 Wilm Consv RDA 52 Agostino Drive190237 Wilm Consv RDA 19 Mill Road190238 Wilm Consv RDA 17 Murray Hill Circle190239 Wilm Consv 7 Kelley Road190240 Wilm Consv 25 Adams Street190241 Wilm Consv 100-110 Fordham Road190243 Holowenczak Conservator Appt Wilmington190244 Holowenczak Estate Wilmington(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

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Wilmington Art Centers 39th Annual Art Exhibit Set For May 31June 1

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Artists from Wilmington and surrounding towns will compete once again for ribbons, as well as cash prizes, in the 39th Annual Art Exhibition.  The event takes place at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington).The reception and exhibit are open to the public, and free of charge.Come, and meet your local artists!Exhibit Hours:Friday, May 31, 6:30pm-8:30pm: Reception with refreshments and live musicSaturday, June 1, 1pm-4pm: Artists can be seen working on their paintingsThere is still time to enter!  Submit your application before May 23rd to the Wilmington Arts Council, c/o Town Hall in Wilmington. Entry forms can be downloaded HERE or picked up at the Wilmington Memorial Library or the Wilmington Town Hall.For additional information, please call Jean Chang at (978) 886-9224, or email jeanachang@comcast.net(NOTE: The above is a press release submitted by the Wilmington Arts Council.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Art Center’s 35th Annual Art Exhibit Set For June 5-7, Still Time To Enter!In “Community”Wilmington Arts Council Looking For Entrants For Spring Art ShowIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Real Estate in Union budget 2017 5 expectations that govt should address

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first_imgReal estate sector is one of the major contributors to the GDP of India, but it has suffered badly in the financial year 2016-17 and it is desperately waiting for the attention of the union government.The Real estate sector was hit badly by the introduction of the Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA) in the first quarter of the financial year. When it was struggling to recover, demonetisation caused another major damage to it in the third quarter. The industry is finding it hard to overcome the downswing period with both buyers and constructors facing several problems including cash crunch.The union government needs to take some serious decisions in its budget 2017-18 to boost the confidence of the real estate sector. It is expected to work on encouraging buyers and also controlling falling prices. Here are five expectations of the real estate sector that the union budget 2017-18 must address.1 Relaxation in income tax rate: The current limit of tax deduction limit is Rs 2 lakh, which is insignificant, when looked at in the context of prices of houses in metropolitan cities. The price of a house starts from Rs 1 crore in cities like Mumbai and buyers have to pay huge amount of money in the name of repayment of loan every year. Hence, the tax exemption limit should be increased at least by Rs 1 lakh. The government should also introduce tax concessions on house insurance premiums, which will encourage buyers to insure their homes.2 Raise HRA deduction limit for self-employed persons:Salaried persons get house rent allowance (HRA) as a component of their salary, and they can claim a deduction for the same. But self-employed persons and people who draw lump sum can only claim a maximum deduction of Rs 2,000 a month under Section 80GG. This issue should be addressed in the union budget 2017.3 Policies to standardise construction materials:The increase in the prices of cement and other construction materials is impacting the cost of housing. In Union Budget 2017, the government should announce policies on standardisation of major construction material. It should also work on the tax clarity on REITs and make it viable, which will ease the investment options.4 Single window clearance:The real estate sector needs various government approvals to its projects, but the bureaucratic process is delaying delivery of homes. There has been a long standing demand for a single window clearance to stop bureaucratic delays. If the government brings this system, it would boost the real estate sector in a big way.5 Industry status for real estate sector:The real estate sector, which contributes to over 15% of the GDP of India, is granted with infrastructure status. But giving it an industry status would boost this sector and help it deliver homes faster. This status would avoid the delay in the delivery caused by high interest rates, unavailability of funds and stringent evaluation process.These above mentioned reforms will give momentum to the real estate sector, which has been struggling since July 2016, and with the reforms, this sector will make remarkable progress in 2017.last_img read more

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Fossils of early tetrapods unearthed in Scotland

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first_img © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Fossils of early tetrapods unearthed in Scotland (2016, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-12-fossils-early-tetrapods-unearthed-scotland.html More information: Jennifer A. Clack et al. Phylogenetic and environmental context of a Tournaisian tetrapod fauna, Nature Ecology & Evolution (2016). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-016-0002AbstractThe end-Devonian to mid-Mississippian time interval has long been known for its depauperate palaeontological record, especially for tetrapods. This interval encapsulates the time of increasing terrestriality among tetrapods, but only two Tournaisian localities previously produced tetrapod fossils. Here we describe five new Tournaisian tetrapods (Perittodus apsconditus, Koilops herma, Ossirarus kierani, Diploradus austiumensis and Aytonerpeton microps) from two localities in their environmental context. A phylogenetic analysis retrieved three taxa as stem tetrapods, interspersed among Devonian and Carboniferous forms, and two as stem amphibians, suggesting a deep split among crown tetrapods. We also illustrate new tetrapod specimens from these and additional localities in the Scottish Borders region. The new taxa and specimens suggest that tetrapod diversification was well established by the Tournaisian. Sedimentary evidence indicates that the tetrapod fossils are usually associated with sandy siltstones overlying wetland palaeosols. Tetrapods were probably living on vegetated surfaces that were subsequently flooded. We show that atmospheric oxygen levels were stable across the Devonian/Carboniferous boundary, and did not inhibit the evolution of terrestriality. This wealth of tetrapods from Tournaisian localities highlights the potential for discoveries elsewhere. 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. Planet Earth has experienced several mass extinctions, five of which are considered to be the greatest because of the huge loss of plant and animal life. Over the course of one such extinction event, called the Late Devonian mass extinction, approximately 75 percent of all animal species on the planet were believed to have gone extinct. In the years that followed, some of those species that did survive, such as groups of early tetrapods. eventually evolved into what would become the ancestors of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles. Unfortunately, the fossil record for creatures of this period is very thin—few specimens have been found, and those that have are fragments rather than complete skeletons. This time period is particularly important in the timeline of evolutionary history because it is when creatures first began climbing out of the sea to move about on land.The fossils found by the research team include two specimens that appear to represent amphibian ancestors while another three are believed to be from bird, mammal and reptile ancestors. Among the finds are other fossil bits that have yet to be identified. All of the fossils came from relatively small creatures—the largest skull was approximately 80 millimeters in length. The team describes the creatures as lizard-like and report that they lived approximately 355 million years ago. They suggest the fossils represent a critical step in the evolution of animal life from a period when creatures were evolving new features that made it possible to live on land—such as limbs and lungs.Prior to this find, researchers have uncovered just two fossil finds from the gap—one from a site in Canada and another in the U.S. In the past, researchers have theorized that there was a dearth of creatures that had bones to leave behind, possibly due to low atmospheric oxygen levels.The new finding strengthens theories suggesting that the lack of fossils from the gap years is due to researchers simply not finding them. The left hand image shows the late Stan Wood pointing to the place where he found most of the tetrapod fossils from Willlie’s Hole near Chirnside, taken in 2010, and the right hand image shows the National Museums Scotland-organised excavation of that site in 2015. Co-authors Walsh and Millward left and centre, with lead author and PI Clack on the right. Credit: Left hand image: Jennifer A. Clack Right hand image: Robert N. G. Clack. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at a dig site in Scotland has found tetrapod fossils dated to approximately 15 million years after the Devonian mass extinction—a time period experts in the field have referred to as “the gap,” because so few fossils of creatures from that time period have been found. In their paper published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, the team describes the fossils they uncovered and outline their place in the evolution of animal life on our planet. Biggest map of dinosaur tree yet suggests they emerged 20 million years earlier than thoughtlast_img read more

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The Top TED Talks of 2019 So Far and What You Can

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first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 13, 2019 “Ideas worth spreading.”That’s TED’s tagline, and the organization — originally launched as a convergence of the technology, entertainment and design industries — has done its best to stick to that mission since 1984. Talks cover everything from how to recover from activism burnout to quantum computing explained in 10 minutes. Every second, 17 people watch a TED Talk, on average, and the organization’s videos have garnered well over one-billion views.If you’re looking for a spark of inspiration, here are six of the most compelling talks of 2019 so far, with key takeaways.3 Psychological Tricks to Help You Save Money (Wendy De La Rosa)There’s a reason saving more money ranks in the top five New Year’s resolutions each January: We all want to do it, but it’s easier said — or written down on a resolution list — than done. Behavioral scientist Wendy De La Rosa aims to change that in her TED Talk, teaching three psychological strategies for overcoming our propensity to spend-not-save.One preliminary thing to keep in mind: “It’s not about how smart you are or how much willpower you have,” said De La Rosa. Instead, she said, it’s about the environment in which you think about saving. Exhibit A: In one of De La Rosa’s studies, subjects who were shown their income on a weekly basis were able to budget better than people who were shown their monthly income total, she said.As for the three tricks? Number one is to “harness the power of precommitment,” said De La Rosa. We tend to see two versions of ourselves, our past selves and our future selves, and our future selves are perfect; they’ll have the motivation to wake up earlier, exercise more, save money and more. But we often forget, said De La Rosa, that the future self is the exact same person as the present self. We can use this potential shortcoming to our advantage by forcing ourselves to make saving decisions in advance through an app or automatic account deposits. In another of De La Rosa’s studies, one group of subjects received the following text in February: “If you get a tax refund, what percentage would you like to save?” The average answer: 27 percent. But when another group of subjects was asked — just after receiving their refund — how much they’d like to save, they chose an average 17 percent.De La Rosa’s other strategies: Use transition moments to your advantage — New Year’s, birthdays, a job change, a move — and get a handle on small but frequent purchases (for most people, eating out is at the top of that list).Why Working From Home Is Good for Business (Matt Mullenweg)Matt Mullenweg’s employees live all over the world, from California to New Zealand. He’s the cofounder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, which has a 100 percent distributed workforce of close to 800 employees. Why? In his TED Talk, Mullenweg said he believes that “talent and intelligence are equally distributed throughout the world, but opportunity is not,” and that the most diverse perspectives inherently come from people living and working in countries different from your own.“In Silicon Valley, you have the big tech companies fishing from essentially the same small pond or bay,” said Mullenweg. “By making the company distributed, we can fish from the entire ocean.”  A distributed workforce also offers unprecedented flexibility for employees: They can choose the food they eat at their office, noise level, temperature and more.If you’re looking to skew your own office towards a distributed workforce, the first step is to document everything and leave a trail of your thought process in making different decisions, said Mullenweg. It’s not just efficient for people in different time zones; it’s also helpful for any company over time as people leave and join up.Mullenweg sees the future of work as being completely decentralized. “I think that companies will evolve to be ‘distributed first,’ or that they’ll be replaced by those that are,” he said.How to Make Applying for Jobs Less Painful (Priyanka Jain)If the idea of sending in a resume and cover letter makes you inwardly (or outwardly) groan, you’re not alone. According to a January TED Talk, about 75 percent of people who applied to jobs using various methods in the past year said they never heard anything back from the employer, and 46 percent of people get fired or quit within the first year of starting their jobs.“For the first time in history, we have more open jobs than unemployed people — and to me, that screams that we have a problem,” said Priyanka Jain, who’s featured in the TED Talk and is the head of product at Pymetrics, a company pairing neuroscience with recruiting.Jain believes that a single piece of paper is the heart of the problem. Resumes can showcase someone’s past achievements, she argues, but they fall short when it comes to someone’s potential — especially in a quickly changing economy, where jobs of the future may require skills no one has yet.As for the solution? Jain said multi-measure tests, powered by AI algorithms, can help potential employers gauge your memory strengths, levels of attentiveness and other traits. The key, she said, is to make them scalable (which, of course, is what her company Pymetrics aims to do). During her presentation, Jain showcases a brief example of a multi-measure test, in which viewers are asked to clap when a circle turns red and refrain when it turns green. Your results could inform potential employers of your strengths and weaknesses — e.g., if you clap late after the red circle appears but correctly never clap on green, you likely score high in attentiveness and restraint, similar to successful project managers and accountants. If you clap immediately upon seeing a red circle but sometimes incorrectly clap on green, you may skew towards impulsivity and creativity like some top-performing salespeople.The caveat: If companies like Pymetrics use current industry top performers and their traits to train algorithms, that could lead to bias against women and minorities. It’s vital for diverse teams of people to monitor and review these tools before they’re rolled out on any large scale.8 Lessons on Building a Company People Enjoy Working for (Patty McCord)Patty McCord always wanted to be an HR professional, to speak the language of management — but after her decades-long career in HR, including a 14-year stint as Netflix’s chief talent officer, she’s learned none of the HR jargon really matters and that many companies treat their employees like children. “In fact, I’ve learned ‘best practices’ usually means copying what everyone else does,” said McCord in her TED Talk.The job of management isn’t to control people; it’s to build great teams. The metric we should be using is customer happiness, said McCord, not arbitrary metrics like whether someone came to work on time or how many vacation days they used. Everyone in the company should understand the business, how it makes money and what success looks like there. And encourage your employees to get excited about change, said McCord: “Beware of the smoke of nostalgia.”Everyone in your company should be able to handle the truth, said McCord, and if you find it difficult to give employees feedback, it’s likely because you don’t practice enough. “What else do you do in your whole life that you’re really good at that you only do once a year?” she said. “Here’s what I’ve found: Humans can hear anything if it’s true.” Make it a priority to tell people the honest truth about what they’re doing right and what they’re doing wrong — while they’re doing it.  One more thing to keep in mind: Careers are journeys, and it’s rare for someone to want to work towards the same goal for their entire lives. “What if we created companies that were great places to be from,” said McCord, “and everyone who leaves you becomes a great ambassador for not only your product, but who you are and how you operate?”How to Lead a Conversation Between People Who Disagree (Eve Pearlman)We’re living in the Information Age, but some feel it’s never been harder to find the truth. Political divides grow deeper, technology seems to create more rifts than it mends and, from sea to shining sea, it’s growing increasingly more difficult for people to talk to each other in a calm, respectful, open way.Journalist Eve Pearlman wanted to change that, so she spearheaded Spaceship Media, a company prioritizing “dialogue journalism” — journalism-supported open discussions between people who disagree — and explained it in her TED Talk. After the 2016 election, she brought together 25 Clinton supporters from California and 25 Trump supporters from Alabama to talk about hot-button issues. The first question: What do you think the other side thinks of you? After getting those stereotypes out of the way, participants discussed guns, immigration, race and education. “What we found, remarkably, is that real dialogue is, in fact, possible — and that when given a chance and structure around doing so… many of our fellow citizens are eager to engage,” said Pearlman.Our current state of discord doesn’t benefit anyone, said Pearlman, and people often appreciate the chance to engage curiously, openly and respectfully. They want “a chance to put down their arms.” Many of Spaceship Media’s Facebook groups have spun off into member-run groups, individual friendship and, most of all, real human connection across difference.“We do our work in direct challenge to the political climate in our country right now, and we do it knowing that it is difficult, challenging work to hold and support people in opposing backgrounds in conversation,” said Pearlman. “We do it knowing democracy depends on our ability to address our shared problems together.”How to Spot a Pyramid Scheme (Stacie Bosley)In 2004, a new company called Vemma Nutrition started offering anyone, regardless of education or experience, the opportunity to earn part-time income for full-time work. The only requirements to get started: Spend $500 to $600 on a product kit and recruit two more members to do the same, explains economist Stacie Bosley in her TED Talk. By 2013, Vemma Nutrition had expanded globally and brought in $200 million per year. But it turned out that most members earned less than their initial deposit, and Vemma was charged with operating a pyramid scheme.So how do you identify — and avoid — a pyramid scheme? The primary red flag: A founder solicits an initial group of people to buy into the company and recruit other members, with the promise they’ll earn a commission for each new person who joins or invests. The founder also takes a share. The catch: “As a pyramid scheme grows, it becomes increasingly difficult for new recruits to make money,” said Bosley. For example, the founder recruits an initial group of six, who then recruit six people each (adding up to 36), who then, in turn, each recruit six others: a total of 216. By the twelfth recruiting round, the 2.1 billion new members would be tasked with recruiting over 13 billion others — more than the world population — in order to turn a profit, said Bosley. In this example, over 80 percent of the scheme’s newest participants lose everything they paid in.As for the difference between pyramid schemes and “legitimate” multi-level marketing (MLM) opportunities? Bosley said it’s a question of whether members primarily earn compensation from selling a product or service or from recruiting new members. If you’re considering taking on a new opportunity, keep an eye out for red flags, as many pyramid schemes disguise themselves as legal MLMs. Register Now »center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 11 min readlast_img read more

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Busy Staffordshire road closed after twovehicle smash

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first_imgPolice search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA busy Staffordshire road remains closed after a two vehicle collision. Staffordshire Police revealed the B5066, Sandon Road, was closed between Sandon and Hilderstone shortly before 4.40pm today (May 8). A spokesman said: “The B5066 Sandon Road between the A51 Sandon and Hilderstone is closed in both directions due to a two vehicle collision. Please consider alternative routes at this time.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.   The force did not confirm if anyone was injured in the collision. Traffic monitoring service INRIX reported traffic is slow between Lichfield Road and Jolpool Lane. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

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