France is working on a new space laser to blind rogue satellites

first_img Share your voice Military Space Comments French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly presents the government’s new plan Thursday. Emma Le Rouzic / Air Force While President Trump’s proposed US Space Force is held up on Capitol Hill, France’s military has its own plans to deploy weapons in space. French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly on Thursday laid out the country’s new space defense strategy, which includes deploying satellites with the means of disabling other satellites that pose a threat.”If our satellites are threatened, we intend to blind those of our adversaries,” Parly said, according to AFP. “We reserve the right and the means to be able to respond: that could imply the use of powerful lasers deployed from our satellites or from patrolling nano-satellites.”Last year, France accused Russia of flying one of its satellites a little too close to a French bird to spy on secure military communications.  Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Cattaneo explained that using lasers as a means of defense is preferable to destroying aggressor satellites and creating countless new pieces of hazardous debris in orbit. Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a new space command within the country’s Air Force, an approach the White House is also working to implement in the US. Sci-Tech Tagslast_img read more

Secrets Of A Mayan Super Mom What Parenting Books Dont Tell You

first_img Share Adriana Zehbrauskas/for NPRMaria de los Angeles Tun Burgos with daughters Angela, 12, and Gelmy, 9, in their family home in a Mayan village in Yucatan, Mexico.There’s no other way to put it: Maria de los Angeles Tun Burgos is a supermom.She’s raising five children, does housework and chores — we’re talking about fresh tortillas every day made from stone-ground corn — and she helps with the family’s business in their small village about 2 1/2 hours west of Cancun on the Yucatan.Sitting on a rainbow-colored hammock inside her home, Burgos, 41, is cool as a cucumber. It’s morning, after breakfast. Her youngest daughter, 4-year-old Alexa, sits on her knee, clearly trying to get her attention by hitting a teddy bear on her mom’s leg. The middle daughter, 9-year-old Gelmy, is running around with neighborhood kids — climbing trees, chasing chickens — and her oldest daughter, 12-year-old Angela, has just woken up and started doing the dishes, without being asked. The older kids aren’t in school because it’s spring break.Burgos is constantly on parental duty. She often tosses off little warnings about safety: “Watch out for the fire” or “Don’t play around the construction area.” But her tone is calm. Her body is relaxed. There’s no sense of urgency or anxiety.In return, the children offer minimal resistance to their mother’s advice. There’s little whining, little crying and basically no yelling or bickering.In general, Burgos makes the whole parenting thing look — dare, I say it — easy. So I ask her: “Do you think that being a mom is stressful?”Burgos looks at me as if I’m from Mars. “Stressful? What do you mean by stressful?” she responds through a Mayan translator.A five-minute conversation ensues between Burgos and the translator, trying to convey the idea of “stressful.” There doesn’t seem to be a straight-up Mayan term, at least not pertaining to motherhood.But finally, after much debate, the translator seems to have found a way to explain what I mean, and Burgos answers.“There are times that I worry about my children, like when my son was 12 and only wanted to be with his friends and not study,” Burgos says. “I was worried about his future.” But once she guided him back on track, the worry went away.In general, she shows no sense of chronic worry or stress.“I know that raising kids is slow,” she says. “Little by little they will learn.”Breast, formula or goat?Burgos learned how to be a mom by watching — and helping — her own mom, her aunts and her neighbors raise many children. Throughout her childhood, she was training to be a mom.Here in the U.S., many parents don’t have this firsthand experience before having children themselves. Instead, we often learn about burping, potty training and tantrum control through parenting books, Google searches and YouTube videos. But this information comes with two big caveats, which aren’t always divulged.For starters, parenting advice can give the impression that the recommendations are based on science. But a deep look at some studies reveals that the science is more like smoke and mirrors. Sometimes the studies don’t even test what the parenting expert is purporting they do.Take for instance a study often cited as evidence that the “cry-it-out” method of sleep training is effective. The method claims that if babies are left to cry themselves to sleep, eventually they will learn to fall asleep on their own without crying, and sleep through the night.But what the study actually tests is a gentler regime, in which babies were left to cry for only a short amount of time before being comforted. And the parents were supported by a hefty amount of personalized counseling on their babies’ sleep and eating habits. The babies who made progress also did not retain the ability to put themselves to sleep and stay asleep over the long term.As psychologist Ben Bradley argues in his book Vision of Infancy, a Critical Introduction to Psychology: “Scientific observations about babies are more like mirrors which reflect back the preoccupations and visions of those who study them than like windows opening directly on the foundations of the mind.”And sometimes the data supporting the recommendation are so flimsy that another study in a few years will come along and not only overturn the first study but completely flip the advice 180 degrees.This is exactly what happened last year with peanuts. Back in 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents not to give babies peanut butter because one study suggested early exposure would increase the risk of developing an allergy. But last year, the medical community made a complete about-face on the advice and now says “Let them eat peanuts!” Early peanut exposure actually prevents allergies, follow up studies have found.So if science isn’t the secret sauce to parenting books, what is? To answer that, we have to go back in time.In the early 1980s, the British writer Christina Hardyment began reviewing more than 650 parenting books and manuals, dating all the way back to the mid-1700s when advice publications started appearing in hospitals. The result is an illuminating book, called Dream Babies, which traces the history of parenting advice from 17th-century English physician and philosopher John Locke to the modern-day medical couple Bill and Martha Sears.The conclusions from the book are as clear as your baby’s tears: Advice in parenting books is typically based not on rigorous scientific studies as is at times claimed but on the opinions and experiences of the authors and on theories from past parenting manuals — sometimes as long as the 18th century.Then there’s the matter of consistency — or lack thereof. Since the late 1700s, “experts” have flip-flopped recommendations over and over, from advising strict routines and discipline to a more permissive, laissez-faire approach and back again.“While babies and parents remain constants, advice on the former to the latter veers with the winds of social, philosophical and psychological change,” Hardyment writes. “There is no such thing as a generally applicable blueprint for perfect parenting.”Take, for instance, the idea that babies need to feed on a particular schedule. According to Hardyment’s research, that advice first appears in a London hospital pamphlet in 1748. Sleep schedules for babies start coming into fashion in the early 1900s. And sleep training? That idea was proposed by a British surgeon-turned-sports writer in 1873. If babies “are left to go to sleep in their cots, and allowed to find out that they do not get their way by crying, they at once become reconciled, and after a short time will go to bed even more readily in the cot than on the lap,” John Henry Walsh wrote in his Manual of Domestic Economy.Even the heated debate about breastfeeding has been simmering, and flaring up, for at least 250 years, Hardyment shows. In the 18th century, mothers didn’t have high-tech formula but had many recommendations about what was best for the baby and the family. Should a mother send the baby off to a wet nurse’s home, so her husband won’t be offended by the sight of a baby suckling? And if the family couldn’t afford a wet nurse, there was specially treated cow’s milk available or even better, the baby could be nursed by a goat, 18th-century parenting books advised. (If you’re wondering how moms accomplished such a feat, Hardyment includes an 18th-century drawing of a young mom pushing a swaddled newborn underneath a goat’s udder.)Goat udders aside, perhaps the bigger issue with parenting books and advice on the Web is what they aren’t telling you. And boy, is there a large hole.These sources ignore most of the world and come almost entirely from the experience of Western culture. But when it comes to understanding what a baby needs, how kids work and what to do when your toddler is lying on the sidewalk (just asking for a friend), Western society might not be the best place to focus.“WEIRD,” stressed-out parents equal anxious kids?In 2010, three scientists at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, rocked the psychology world.They published a 23-page paper titled “The weirdest people in the world?” And in it, uncovered a major limitation with many psychological studies, especially those claiming to address questions of “human nature.”First, the team noted that the vast majority of studies in psychology, cognitive science and economics — about 96 percent — have been performed on people with European backgrounds. And yet, when scientists perform some of these experiments in other cultures the results often don’t match up. Westerners stick out as outliers on the spectrum of behavior, while people from indigenous cultures tend to clump together, more in the middle.Even in experiments that appear to test basic brain function, like visual perception, Westerners can act strangely. Take one of the most famous optical illusions — the Muller-Lyer illusion, from 1889.Americans often believe the second line is about 20 percent longer than the first, even though the two lines are exactly the same length. But when scientists gave the test to 14 indigenous cultures, none of them were tricked to the same degree as Westerners. Some cultures, such as the San foragers in southern Africa’s Kalahari desert, knew the two lines were equal length.The conclusion from these analyses was startling: People from Western society, “including young children, are among the least representative populations one could find for generalizing about humans,” Joseph Heinrich and his colleagues wrote. The researchers even came up with a catchy acronym to describe the phenomenon. They called our culture WEIRD, for Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic societies.With that paper, the ethnocentric view of psychology cracked. It wasn’t so much that the emperor of psychology had no clothes. It was more that he was dancing around in Western garb pretending to represent all humanity.A few years later, an anthropologist from Utah State University, David Lancy, performed a similar analysis on parenting. The conclusion was just as clear-cut: When you look around the world and throughout human history, the Western style of parenting is WEIRD. We are outliers.In many instances, what we think is “necessary” or “critical” for childhood is actually not present in any other cultures around the world or throughout time.“The list of differences is really, really long,” says David Lancy, who summarizes them in the second edition of his landmark book The Anthropology of Childhood: Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings. “There may be 40 to 50 things that we do that you don’t see in indigenous cultures.”Perhaps most striking is how Western society segregates children from adults. We have created two worlds: the kid world and the adult world. And we go through great pains to keep them apart. Kids have their own special foods, their own times to go to sleep, their own activities on the weekends. Kids go to school. Parents go to work. “Much of the adult culture … is restricted [for kids],” Lancy writes. “Children are perceived as too young, uneducated, or burdensome to be readily admitted to the adult sphere.”But in many indigenous cultures, children are immersed in the adult world early on, and they acquire great skills from the experience. They learn to socialize, to do household chores, cook food and master a family’s business, Lancy writes.Western culture is also a relative newcomer to parenting. Hunter-gatherers and other indigenous cultures have had tens of thousands of years to hone their strategies, not to mention that the parent-child relationship actually evolved in these contexts.Of course, just because a practice is ancient, “natural” or universal doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better, especially given that Western kids eventually have to live — and hopefully succeed — in a WEIRD society. But widening the parenting lens, even just a smidgen, has a practical purpose: It gives parents options.“When you look at the whole world and see the diversity out there, parents can start to imagine other ways of doing things,” says Suzanne Gaskins, a developmental psychologist at Northeastern Illinois University, who for 40 years has been studying how Mayan moms in the Yucatan raise helpful kids.“Some of the approaches families use in other cultures might fit an American child’s needs better than the advice they are given in books or from the pediatricians,” she adds.Who’s in charge?So what kind of different philosophies are out there?When I spent time with Mayan families that Gaskins has studied, I saw a very different approach to control.In Western culture, parenting is often about control.“We think of obedience from a control angle. Somebody is in charge and the other one is doing what they are told because they have to,” says Barbara Rogoff, a psychologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who has studied the Mayan culture for 30 years.Gelmy, one of the five kids in Maria de los Angeles Tun Burgosa’s family, rakes the backyard of their home in Yucatan, Mexico.And if you pay attention to the way parents interact with children in our society, the idea is blazingly obvious. We tend to boss them around. “Put your shoes on!” or “Eat your sandwich!”“People think either the adult is in control or the child is in control,” Rogoff says.But what if there is another way to interact with kids that removes control from the equation, almost altogether?That’s exactly what the Mayans — and several other indigenous cultures — do. Instead of trying to control children, Rogoff says, parents aim to collaborate with them.“It’s kids and adults together accomplishing a common goal,” Rogoff says. “It’s not letting the kids do whatever they want. It’s a matter of children — and parents — being willing to be guided.”In the Mayan culture, even the littlest of children are treated with this respect. “It’s collaborative from the get-go.”The idea is so strong that some Mayan languages don’t even have a word for “control” when talking about children, Rogoff says.After visiting the Mayan village this spring, I’ve been trying this approach with my 2 1/2-year-old daughter. For instance, I often struggle to get Rosemary to put her clothes on the morning. In the past, I would nag and yell: “Put your shoes on! Get your jacket!”But now I try a more collaborative approach. “Rosemary, mom, dad and Mango [our dog] are all going to the beach,” I explain. “If you want to go to the beach, you have to put your shoes on. Do you want to go to the beach?” So far it’s working.And if Rosemary says she doesn’t want to go to the beach? What would a Mayan mom do? She would drop her off at an aunt’s or neighbor’s house and spend an afternoon without her. Because Mayan families also have a different idea about who is supposed to care for the kids. One way to think of it: They don’t keep mom in a box.Get mom out of the boxIn our culture there’s a lingering belief that the ideal family structure for kids is a stay-at-home mom who devotes her full attention to the kids. That may sound like a relic from the past. But even just 10 years ago, 41 percent of people thought moms working outside was harmful to society, PEW research found. The result is a mom stuck in an apartment or a single-family home — which are both essentially boxes — raising children, alone.But if you look around the world and throughout human history, this parenting approach is arguably one of the most nontraditional out there. The notion that the mom is responsible for raising the children, alone, is unique to Western culture. (This family structure is even strange within Western culture. Up until about 150 years ago, households were much larger and included extended family members and sometimes paid help, historian Stephanie Coontz documents in The Way We Never Were. And woman were expected to earn some income for the family. “Women not only brought home half the bacon, they often raised and butchered the pig,” Coontz says)Anthropologist David Lancy compares the “mom in the box” approach to parenting to what happens with an Inuit family in the Arctic, when inclement weather isolates a mom and her child in an igloo and forces the mom to be the only playmate for the children. Most of the burden of parenting is placed on the mom. “There is every reason to believe that modern living conditions in which infants and toddlers are isolated from peers in single-parent or nuclear households produce a parallel effect,” Lancy writes: a mom left to a perform a role typically performed by children — that is, siblings, cousins, neighborhood kids and whoever else is hanging around a home.Human children didn’t evolve in a nuclear family. Instead, for hundreds of thousands of years, kids have been brought up with a slew of people — grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, the neighbors, Lancy writes. It’s not that you need a whole village, as the saying goes, but rather an extended family — which could include biological relatives but also neighbors, close friends or paid help.Throughout human history, motherhood has been seen as a set of tasks that can be accomplished by many types of people, like relatives and neighbors, the historian John R. Gillis writes in The World Of Their Own Making. Anthropologists call them “alloparents” — “allo” simply means “other.”Across the globe, cultures consider alloparents key to raising children, Lancy writes.The Mayan moms value and embrace alloparents. Their homes are porous structures and all sorts of “allomoms” flow in and out. When a woman has a baby, other moms work together to make sure she can take a break each day to take a shower and eat meals, without having to hold the baby. (How civilized is that!)In one household with four kids that I visited, the aunt dropped off food, the grandma stopped by to help with a neighbor’s baby and, all the while, the oldest daughter looked after the toddler — while the mom fed the livestock and started to make lunch. But in Western culture, over the past few centuries, we have pushed alloparents to the periphery of the parenting landscape, Gillis writes. They aren’t as valued and sometimes even denigrated as a means for working moms to outsource parenting duties.In the past few generations, fathers have stepped up and started helping with a big chunk of parenting duties. Since 1965, American dads have more than doubled the number of hours they spend each week on child care, PEW research found. But moms still carry most of the load. They spend, on average, 14 hours each week on child care while fathers spend about 7.The result is something unique in human history: A mom stuck in a box, often alone, doing the job typically performed by a handful of people. As Gillis writes, “Never have mothers been so burdened by motherhood.”Your Turn: Share Your Parenting StoryParents make mistakes. It comes with the job. What do you wish you had known about raising kids before becoming a parent? Read this post for inspiration, then share your story on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #HowToRaiseAHuman. We are collecting stories until June 30. We may feature your post on NPR.NPR Researcher Katie Daugert contributed to this report.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Police Cant Search Smartphones Without a Warrant

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 26, 2014 2 min readcenter_img Register Now » The Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday that police must obtain warrants in order to search citizens’ cellphones marks a bold support of privacy in a blurring digital era, and also provides a stunning glimpse into the trove of personal data typically found within such devices.The unanimous ruling “almost certainly also applies to searches of tablet and laptop computers,” reports The New York Times. And in addition to arrests, it may also “apply to searches of homes and businesses and information held by third parties like phone companies.”In the ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts explains how smartphones paint a remarkably holistic picture of our daily whereabouts, interests and habits. (12 percent of Americans even use their devices in the shower, he noted.)”Even the word cellphone is a misnomer,” Roberts wrote. “They could just as easily be called cameras, video players, Rolodexes, calendars, tape recorders, libraries, diaries, albums, televisions, maps or newspapers.”Related: Aereo Loses Supreme Court Case, Streaming TV Service Deemed IllegalBut just because we rely heavily on these mobile devices does not mean they should be any less protected than our homes or cars. “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which [America’s] founders fought.”The ruling comes as a major blow to government agencies, who have argued that warrantless searches ensure both protection and security of evidence. But Roberts wasn’t taking the bait. “Once an officer has secured a phone and eliminated any potential physical threats,” he wrote, “data on the phone can endanger no one.”He did state that officers have the right to secure a cellphone, remove the battery and place it in an aluminum bag to stop any sort of remote connection. And he also noted that if officers are in a “now or never” situation, they can search the phone under a clause within the Fourth Amendment that covers “exigent circumstances.”The ruling can be read in full right here.Related: This Startup Aims to Warn You About Spying Droneslast_img read more

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Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. 19:53Accident on A50Reports of queueing traffic and partially blocked due to accident on A50 Eastbound between A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout) and J7 A515 / Derby Road (Cubley). 19:53Trains not stopping on London Northwestern Southbound at Stoke-on-Trent and replacement bus service running via Stoke on Trent between Crewe and Stafford due to broken down train. Tickets being accepted on East Midlands services. 19:53Services being diverted via Crewe on CrossCountry Southbound due to broken down train at Stoke-on-Trent. Tickets being accepted on East Midlands and Northern services. Journey times extended by up to 30 minutes.Replacement bus service is assisting passengers from Crewe to Stoke on Trent and Stafford. 16:45Elderly woman freed after becoming trapped under some treesWorking with West Midlands Ambulance Service to release an elderly lady who has become trapped under some trees in Packmoor. pic.twitter.com/ngzXOHjXHk— Staffordshire Fire (@StaffsFire) March 30, 201816:36If you weren’t already aware… Nantwich Jazz and Blues festival in Nantwich.Various gigs around the town centre over the Easter Weekend. Extra traffic possible on approach. Until April 2. 16:07Short delays possible in Burslem…Easter Play in Burslem.B5051 Market Place closed from 18:00 to 21:30 between Swan Square and Steventon Place. Short delays possible.16:01Doveridge Bypass fully closed#A50 Doveridge Bypass is now FULLY CLOSED westbound between #A515 #Sudbury and and A518 #Uttoxeter #Derbyshire to recover an overturned lorry. @DerbyshireRPU are on scene dealing.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) March 30, 201815:37Delays in DerbyshireThe A50 Doveridge Bypass in Derbyshire is closed westbound between the A515 (Sudbury) and the A518 (Uttoxeter) for the recovery of a lorry which over-turned earlier.A diversion is in operation via local routes.Please allow additional time for your journey and consider alternative routes, if possible. 13:50Traffic summaryIn terms of the roads right now there are some residual delays on the M6 in Cheshire due to earlier accidents and broken down vehicles. Earlier delays following an accident in Staffordshire have all reportedly cleared.A lorry has overturned on the A50 Westbound at Sudbury roundabout in Derbyshire – delays are building and this could cause issues for anyone travelling into Staffordshire from that direction.13:22Delays on A50 after lorry overturns near SudburyThe lorry has overturned on Sudbury roundabout. More here.The lorry on the A50 (Image: Derbyshire Police)12:57Heavy traffic on the A500Heavy traffic on A500 Queensway Southbound before A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is five minutes.12:44One lane blocked on broken down vehicle One lane blocked and slow traffic due to broken down car on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is blocked within the smart motorway works. Breakdown has occurred with in the residual queues following an earlier accident which has since cleared. 12:27Accidents cleared on M6All the lanes have reopened following both accidents on the M6.11:11Second accident on M6Queueing traffic and one lane blocked due to accident, two cars involved on M6 in both directions at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane three (of three) is blocked within the smart motorway works. 11:02Delays of an hour against expected trafficThe M6 motorway in Staffordshire is partially blocked following an accident this morning. More here.10:51Accident on M6 in StaffordshireThe accident has taken place on the northbound carriageway between junction 14 and junction 15. More here.10:38Reports of accident on M6 in Staffordshire Reports coming in of accident on M6 northbound between J14 and J15, more as we get it. 10:33Traffic updateAll the roads are still clear as far as we know – with no reports of accidents or incidents in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire or South Cheshire.There is the usual congestion around Crewe Green Roundabout and some congestion on the Northbound M6 in Cheshire. That is about it around here.In the West Midlands a swan was blocking one lane of the M6 northbound near junction 8 – but police say it has flown off now, so that’s fine.We’ll keep you posted10:25Heavy traffic on the M6 NorthboundHeavy traffic on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway works. (Image: Inrix)09:37Slow traffic on A527A527 Brownhills Road Westbound busy but moving between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank).09:33Bank Holiday roads update (9.30am)Anyone heading out today will be pleased to know that, as of 9.25am, there are no issues on the roads of Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire or South Cheshire.Further south in Staffordshire the A449 southbound is blocked between Gailey and the M54 due to a car fire. Police, firefighters and Highways England are at the scene.Further afield the A46 in Lincolnshire is closed northbound between the A1434 near Newark and the B1190 Lincoln due to an overturned HGV and there are ongoing delays on the A20 and A2 near the Port of Dover due to enhanced French border controls.We’ll be with you all day to keep you informed.09:30Delays on trains in West Midlands after vehicle hits bridgeDelays of up to 15 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Birmingham New Street and Coventry due to road vehicle hitting a bridge.09:16Vehicle fire closes A449 in StaffordshireThe southbound carriageway is closed between the A5 and the M54. More here.Sentinel Traffic Alert08:58A449 closed due to car fire08:37Call to house fire turns out to be false alarmThe house fire in Fegg Hayes firefighters were called out to turns out to be a false alarm. More here.07:51A50 busy but moving A50 Westbound busy but moving from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). (Image: Inrix)07:30BREAKING: Emergency services at scene of Stoke-on-Trent house fireTwo fire engines and ambulances are at the scene of the fire in Fegg Hayes. More hereA fire engine at the scene in Fegg Hayes (Image: Sentinel Reader)06:51Arrest after two hospital staff allegedly assaultedA man has now been charged with two counts of assault following the incident in the early hours of Thursday morning. More here.Leighton Hospital in Crewe (Image: Google)06:32Usual delays around Crewe Green RoundaboutA534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound busy but moving before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout).06:16Traffic reportAs you’d hope at 6.14am on a bank holiday morning things are currently very quiet on the roads of Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire and we currently have no reports of incidents on any roads in the area.Elsewhere in the UK the A46 in Lincolnshire is closed northbound between the A1434 near Newark and the B1190 Lincoln due to an overturned HGV and there are in Kent there are delays expected this morning on the A20 and A2 tourist routes towards the Port of Dover; Highways England say this is due to enhanced French border controls. We’ll keep you updated on roads in our area, and major incidents elsewhere, throughout the day.last_img read more