BBC’s weapon to fight pay TV: 1,000 extra hours of live…

first_img WTC Final LIVE: Jamieson says, ‘nice and pleasing to get Virat Kohli’s wicket’; Gill feels India could have got more wickets Latest Sports News Latest Sports NewsSports BusinessNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cricket Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter SHARE F1 French GP 2021: Max Verstappen pips Lewis Hamilton to win French GP, Perez finishes 3rd Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri’s brace keep Switzerland hopes alive; Turkey face exit from Euros YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionWhat ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Were Actually Supposed To Look LikeDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndo BBC’s weapon to fight pay TV: 1,000 extra hours of live sports Latest Sports News By Kunal Dhyani – November 4, 2017 Cricket Cricket WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video British Broadcasting Corporation has planned to increase its live sports coverage by up to 1,000 hours a year in a bid to evade the competition threat from deep-pocketed pay television networks. The national broadcaster has been facing stiff competition from the pay television market players of UK and to counter the same BBC has announced its new sports output strategy.The increase in the free-to-air sport will be seen through the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer. The early rounds of the FA Cup will be streamed live as well as more matches from Wimbledon and women’s football Super League fixtures. Previous articleMRF Challenge to kick start in BahrainNext articleSonyLIV to live stream League of Legends finale Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: Rain stops play; South Africa in huge trouble, SA 66/6 (24.3 ov)- Follow Live Updates Cricket by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeGrammarlyAdvertisement Avoid Grammatical Errors with This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarlyUndoMicrosoftBring your desktop to life with Bing WallpaperMicrosoftUndo24/7 SportsIt’s Amazing To See How These NBA Stars Have Changed Since College24/7 SportsUndoThe BBC has been forced to evolve its sporting rights strategy after years of dwindling live coverage owing to cost-saving measures. Over the past decade, the corporation has given up half of the Six Nations, which is now shared with ITV, lost the Open golf to Sky and a host of other rights.Cricket though is making its return to BBC TV for the first time in more than 20 years. According to the director general of BBC, Tony Hall, “This shows how we’re reinventing the BBC for a new generation. We’re giving people more of what they love by working in partnership with the sports industry and making the most of digital technology.”Olympic sports including hockey, swimming and basketball could be the biggest beneficiaries, with users receiving alerts when their favourite sports are due to feature online. According to BBC insiders, it would be a “personalized” service and help raise the profile of minority sports alongside making the most of the events the BBC has existing rights to.The BBC has tied down the rights to the Olympic Games, Wimbledon, World Cup and FA Cup on long-term deals. The extra coverage will take advantage of low-cost streaming technology the BBC has developed since London 2012. The BBC will work with sporting bodies to share knowledge of production, technical and editorial standards.The All-England Lawn Tennis Club, the International Tennis Federation, British Swimming and British Basketball have given it their backing and the plan is to provide live coverage from more than 30 additional sports or sporting events every year.Hall admitted the BBC has been forced to evolve as a result of the budget for live sport being slashed. “As we have shown time and time again, we will not stand still,” he said. “Not if we want to meet the changing demands of sports fans, not if we want to remain relevant in the media’s most competitive marketplace.“While we’re privileged to be funded by the licence fee, it’s no secret we don’t have the same deep pockets as those we must now compete against but we have unique qualities that are essential for those sports who want to ensure their events are available to – and able to inspire – the widest possible audience.” WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start PSL 2021 Playoffs: Schedule, Timing, LIVE streaming, list of champions; all you need to know Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Football Formula 1 Cricket Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Kumari to be sole entry to Tokyo Games as Indian women’s recurve team fails to qualify Cricket BCCI to form committee to take call on compensating domestic cricketers Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

AngloGold Ashanti Limited ( 2011 Annual Report

first_imgAngloGold Ashanti Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about AngloGold Ashanti Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the AngloGold Ashanti Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: AngloGold Ashanti Limited (  2011 annual report.Company ProfileAngloGold Ashanti Limited is a global mining company with extensive interests in the Americas, Continental Africa, South Africa and Australasia. It boasts a portfolio of 17 operations and 3 projects in 10 countries, including long-life, relatively low-cost operating assets with differing ore body types located in key gold-producing regions. The company was formed in 2004 through the merger of AngloGold and the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation. There are seven mines in the Continental Africa region, of which 6 are operational. In Ghana, the company has two mines; Iduapriem and Obuasi. AngloGold Ashanti Limited is the third-largest gold mining company in the world, measured by production. In addition to its mining operations, it has established several exploration programmes in regions around the world. AngloGold Ashanti Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Charity marketing emails second most likely to be opened

first_img Howard Lake | 7 February 2003 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Consumers are more likely to open marketing emails from charities than from insurance or leisure and entertainment companies, according to new research from online marketing group IPT.The travel sector achieved the highest open rates of 43.9%, with charities reaching 28.9%. Financial services came in third place at 27.5%, followed by leisure and entertainment with 25.2% and insurance at 24.1%.However, the charity sector had the lowest clickthrough rate. At just 3.1% the charity sector lagged considerably behind the 15.6% achieved by the leisure and entertainment sector, 15.4% of the insurance sector, 12% of the travel sector, and 4.9% of the financial sector.The study was carried out in the final quarter of 2002 and was commissioned by IPT subsidiaries Emailbureau and IMRS.  47 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Digital Individual giving Research / statistics Charity marketing emails second most likely to be opened  48 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Charities considered an accurate & unbiased source of information, nfpSynergy trust research shows

first_img New research – what exactly are charities trusted to do? from nfpSynergy Tagged with: Research / statistics trust Melanie May | 6 July 2017 | News Charities are trusted by the public to give unbiased and accurate information, as well as to provide commentary on UK policy, nfpSynergy’s latest research has revealed.Charities come second in a list of ten sources according to nfpSynergy, after family and friends, and just before the BBC, TV news channels and news websites, with 65% of the public trusting them a great deal or quite a lot as an accurate source of information. Charities are also seen as an ‘unbiased and impartial’ source of trusted information, again coming second after family and friends and before the BBC, TV news channels, and news websites, with 53% of the public trusting them a great deal or quite a lot.When asked who were trusted sources of commentary on UK policy, the research shows people who run charities are in the top five after healthcare professionals, scientists, and academics and just above economists. British politicians were fourth from bottom. Charities were trusted a great deal or quite a lot by 42% of the public, compared to 19% for politicians. This has increased from 31% in 2016, while during the same period big business has dropped from 26% to 21% as a trusted source of policy commentary.  484 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Research into the public’s trust in charities in a number of other areas indicates that charities are also trusted to make a positive impact on UK society with 64% of those questioned trusting them quite a lot or a great deal, and to fundraise appropriately (61%), with lesser levels of trust in areas including spending donations wisely (57%) and using the personal data of their supporters responsibly (53%).This is the first report in a new strand of research for nfpSynergy, which has been introduced to try and understand what charities are trusted to do and how they are trusted compared to other sectors in areas such as policy. It was carried out online with 1,000 members of the public representative by age gender and social class. The majority of this research was carried out in February of this year, with the public’s trust levels in charities in these other areas dating back to October 2016.  483 total views,  3 views today Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Charities considered an accurate & unbiased source of information, nfpSynergy trust research shows About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway: Manipur HC Dismisses Challenge To Centre’s Termination Of Contract [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesIndia-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway: Manipur HC Dismisses Challenge To Centre’s Termination Of Contract [Read Order] Mehal Jain29 Aug 2020 11:43 PMShare This – xIn a major decision, the Manipur High Court last week dismissed an appeal against its Single Judge’s decision to not exercise jurisdiction in a contractual dispute pertaining to the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral HighwayProject. The dispute has its origin in the construction of 69 bridges on the approach road to the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Road. The Ministry of External…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a major decision, the Manipur High Court last week dismissed an appeal against its Single Judge’s decision to not exercise jurisdiction in a contractual dispute pertaining to the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral HighwayProject. The dispute has its origin in the construction of 69 bridges on the approach road to the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Road. The Ministry of External Affairs had terminated the contract, imputing defaults to the contractor. The contractor contended that the Centre, without taking note of the work done, has arbitrarily exercised power to victimise the contractor for no fault of his, and that the mandatory provision in the contract relating to termination, requiring notice to be served informing the contractor of the intention to issue termination notice by granting 15 days time to make a representation, was not complied with. The Single Judge of the High Court, noting that per the ouster clause in the agreement, Courts at Delhi shall have exclusive jurisdiction over the matters arising out of or relating to the Agreement, had dismissed the writ petition on the plea that there was no cause of action within the jurisdiction of this Court. Thereafter, an intra-court appeal was filed, which could not come to be heard on account of the Pandemic Situation, until the Attorney General raised the issue in the Supreme Court and the top court directed that the matter be decided expediently. At the outset, Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Lanusungkam Jamir reiterated that the disputes relating to interpretation of the terms and conditions of such a contract could not have been agitated in a petition under Article 226 and that such is a matter for adjudication by a civil court or in arbitration, if provided for in the contract. “The appellant / writ petitioner has invited himself to its interpretation in a petition of Article 226 of the Constitution leaving us no choice but to render a ruling on it”, said the division bench. Noting that ideally, the Court would not have ventured into the interpretation of an Article of the agreement, the bench remarked that it is forced to rule as the Appellant invoked the plea of Fundamental Rights and arbitrariness vehemently on the basis of an Article of the Agreement on ‘Termination for Contractor Default’. “We are conscious of the fact that writ Courts normally do not enter into the arena of interpretation of the terms of contract”, repeated the bench, before proceeding to adjudicate the matter. ‘Termination notice not issued in haste or arbitrary manner’ “In the earlier show cause notice, details of the inaction, delay, lethargy in execution of the contract have been highlighted extensively”, appreciated the bench. The court also noted that in fact, the appellant/writ petitioner had also replied to the earlier show cause notice. “It is, therefore, clear that the final decision of issuing the termination notice dated 24.11.2018 was not taken in haste or in an arbitrary manner”, concluded the bench. The bench was of the view that the number of notices, review meetings, clarifications given by the respondents makes it amply clear that they have cautioned the appellant time and again to take steps to complete the project. “However, the appellant has been taking a stand that the Detailed Project Report/Feasibility Report itself is inherently at fault and several other data are erroneous and incorrect”, the bench further pointed out. The bench opined that since the authority has proceeded in the terms of the articles of the agreement, the appellant’s plea for interference by invoking Article 226 “appears to be misplaced”. ‘Party relying on one part of the Agreement (Termination Clause) is also equally bound by the other parts (Ouster Clause)’ Noting that the appellant had primarily pitched the writ petition on the interpretation of Article 23.1.2 of the Agreement (‘Termination for Contractor Default’), the bench took the view that the party cannot resile from the other parts of the agreement, particularly the article relating to ouster of jurisdiction of the courts in case of dispute and article relating to arbitration. “It is trite that a contract or an agreement should be read as a whole. If a party relies upon one part of the agreement, such party is equally bound by the other parts of the agreement unless there is an intention to the contrary”, reiterated the bench. Commenting that it is clear that the appellant falls back on some Articles of the agreement to plead arbitrariness in the issue of the termination order, the bench expressed the opinion that if that be so, the entire Agreement and other clauses namely, Articles of the agreement will have to be equally applied to consider whether a case has been made out by the petitioner to invoke writ jurisdiction of this Court. The bench took note that in terms of the agreement, both the appellant and respondents had consciously agreed to confer jurisdiction on the Courts at Delhi. The bench pulled up the appellant for incorrectly pleading that the Delhi High Court was on vacation, calling it a deliberate attempt to avoid the Courts at Delhi and seek indulgence of the Manipur High Court. Naming it a “clear case of forum shopping”, the bench fumed at the factually incorrect pleading “only to take interim protection from this Court”, knowing fully well that as per the Agreement (Article 27), the Courts at Delhi alone have jurisdiction. ‘Suppression of Arbitration Clause of the Agreement is a deliberate attempt to override the same’ Besides, in the course of argument, it was contended by the respondents that the Article relating to Arbitration has to be mandatorily followed. “On the perusal of the scope of the contract and the various Articles to which the parties have signed, it is clear that in case of dispute arising out of the terms of the contract, the remedy is only by way of arbitration…It is admitted that the appellant/ writ petitioner has concealed this Article 26.3, but the respondents have raised it as a preliminary objection”, noted the bench. “In this case, the appellant/writ petitioner does not deny the arbitration clause. He has, however, suppressed it… He has filed this writ petition only on the plea of violation of fundamental rights and arbitrariness on the part of the respondents by issuing the impugned termination notice”, reflected the bench. Upon this, the bench had no hesitation to hold that suppression of arbitration clause in the agreement was a “deliberate attempt to override the same”, and hence, on this ground, the writ petition / appeal was liable to be rejected on this ground as well. Upholding the order of the Single Judge, the division bench dismissed the writ appeal. Senior Advocate H. S. Paonam and Advocate A. Arunkumar appeared for the appellant, ASGs Madhavi Divan and S. Suresh represented the Centre, and Advocates Abir Phukan and I. Denning were the counsel for the other respondents.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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High fire danger threatens California, snowstorms to hit Colorado and New Mexico

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The hottest place in the country Tuesday was Anaheim, California, where temperatures rose to a scorching 103 degrees. Even Death Valley, at a cool 96 degrees, was not as hot. Among the records Tuesday in Southern California: Camarillo reached 99 degrees and San Diego Brown Field Airport hit 97 degrees. Downtown Los Angeles didn’t hit a record, but at a scorching 97 degrees, it was still very hot. Wednesday will be another hot day in Southern California, with highs in the 90s again. But the winds will remain light.Wednesday will see gusty winds in Northern California, near the San Francisco Bay area.A red flag warning has been issued for Wednesday into Thursday for a large part of the state of California, from Redding all the way down to the Mexican border.The highest winds for Southern California, called Santa Ana winds, will begin on Thursday and last into Friday. They’ll bring very low humidity and more hot weather to Los Angeles and San Diego.The National Weather Service is warning residents that this wind event could rival the Saddleridge Fire from October 10-11, and that an extreme red flag warning could be issued for Thursday.In the meantime, winter storm watches and warnings have already been issued for Wednesday evening into Thursday morning, from Colorado to New Mexico, where some areas could see up to a foot of fresh October snow.Even Denver could see a month’s worth of snow in this one snowstorm, as their October normal snowfall is about 4.2” and that’s what’s being forecast for the city Wednesday night.Some of the white stuff could even cover the Texas Panhandle on Thursday, where Amarillo could see 1-2” of snow. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Depth-related gradients in community structure and relatedness of bivalves and isopods in the Southern Ocean

first_imgDespite increased research over the last decade, diversity patterns in Antarctic deep-sea benthic taxa and their driving forces are only marginally known. Depth-related patterns of diversity and distribution of isopods and bivalves collected in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean are analysed. The data, sampled by epibenthic sledge at 40 deep-sea stations from the upper continental slope to the hadal zone (774–6348 m) over a wide area of the Southern Ocean, comprises 619 species of isopods and 81 species of bivalves. There were more species of isopods than bivalves in all samples, and species per station varied from 2 to 85 for isopods and from 0 to 18 for bivalves. Most species were rare, with 72% of isopod species restricted to one or two stations, and 45% of bivalves. Among less-rare species bivalves tended to have wider distributions than isopods. The species richness of isopods varied with depth, showing a weak unimodal curve with a peak at 2000–4000 m, while the richness of bivalves did not. Multivariate analyses indicate that there are two main assemblages in the Southern Ocean, one shallow and one deep. These overlap over a large depth-range (2000–4000 m). Comparing analyses based on the Sørensen resemblance measure and Γ+ (incorporating relatedness among species) indicates that rare species tend to have other closely related species within the same depth band. Analysis of relatedness among species indicates that the taxonomic variety of bivalves tends to decline at depth, whereas that of isopods is maintained. This, it is speculated, may indicate that the available energy at depth is insufficient to maintain a range of bivalve life-history strategies.last_img read more


first_imgPrivate services have been held for Marguerite “Daisy” Stetson. She passed away Jan. 28. She is survived by her love, Troy Sinisi; her mother-in-law Gerry Sinisi; her brother and sister in-laws, Debbie and Guito; Rocky and Joan; Eddie and Marilyn, and many nieces, nephews and friends.Services arranged by the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.last_img

Anchorage Content to Be Itself on Super Sunday; Patrons Happy for It

first_imgEAGLES fans are ready for the big game. Photo Credit: Anchorage Facebook Page By Tim KellyJust as we hope the Eagles play on Sunday the way they did all year to make it to the Super Bowl, we already know the Anchorage Tavern will be the Anchorage for the Big Game.In other words, don’t expect anything special at the Bay Avenue, Somers Point landmark.Which is exactly what makes “the Anch” so special in the first place.Some would categorize Anchorage fare as “bar food” and the burgers and wings and sandwiches are definitely at the top of the food chain in that category. However, Mahoney and staff deliver it with flair — and they offer much more. Gourmet fresh seafood dishes, signature she-crab soup, gigantic fresh salads are just a few examples.If you are flying solo or running with a crew, the Anchorage will be ready to provide a great time. Photo Credit: Anchorage Facebook PageMahoney showed off his own crab-stuffed flounder on the Food Network recently. How many “bar food” competitors offer that kind of plate?The food is only part of the experience. Everything is served up in the ambience of a nearly 150-year-old building. and a diverse crowd that feels like family and close friends. Doctors and lawyers and white collar workers mingle and interact freely with construction workers and tradesmen.  You will see just as many pickup trucks in the parking lot as you will BMWs.The building itself has been operating almost continuously (a fire and reconstruction project closed it for a few months about 10 years ago) since 1875. an historical marker in front of the place designates the Victorian structure as being listed on the National Register for Historic Places.Baby boomers have a fond remembrance of an earlier time when the bar famously sold seven beers for a dollar. A few of the old “Anchorage 7 for One” T-shirts are framed and hang on the walls, along with dozens of historic Jersey Shore photographs, press clippings and other memorabilia.The Anchorage floor plan is almost as well thought out as the menu. A large, more formal dining room provides a quieter spot to eat away from the main bar, which is always lively.There are smaller tables scattered around in the heart of the action, and the dining room is separated from the main area by a smaller side bar, what Edmonds calls “the adult bar.”There’s also a pool table and a quaint porch providing bay views. On the weekends a few of the tables are moved out to create a dance floor, which the patrons take advantage of to the spins of local DJs.Everyone in the region is hoping that we are all smiles Sunday night. Photo Credit: Anchorage Facebook PageNo matter what kind of night out you’re looking for, the Anchorage will find a way to make it happen.“I like it that Don walks the floor and greets every customer personally,” Edmonds says, “That means a lot when the owner takes a personal interest that your experience is a good one. They are geniuses at good customer service. Not just Don but the entire staff.”“That’s because most members of the staff have been with us for years,” Mahoney says. “They get it.”Even though the Super Bowl plans remain under wraps and Mahoney says New England fans will be welcomed, make no mistake about it: this is an Eagles bar.“Most of our Eagles regulars will be here early, at their same tables in front of their same TV, and they know we are going to be ready for them.”“We’re going to be cheering hard for the Eagles,” Mahoney said. “It’s about time somebody ended it for the Patriots. They’ve won it enough times already. This feels like its going to be our time.”If that does turn out to be the case, the Anchorage is a great place to see it all unfold.last_img read more

Press release: Get your load home in one piece – tie it down properly

first_imgWhat do 40 beds, 96 chairs, 49 cushions and 163 mattresses have in common?They all fell off vehicles and onto England’s motorways, where they were found by Highways England traffic officers.The list of flying furniture also includes 52 sofas and 17 tables.Badly secured items that fall onto busy, high-speed roads are a danger that causes delays and even collisions. The average incident like this takes 20 minutes to clear up, often disrupting other road users.In a bid to keep the roads clear of domestic debris, Highways England has launched this campaign to encourage drivers with bulky items to make sure they are properly secure.The message is simple: let’s all get home in one piece.Highways England project manager Amelia Kirwan said: We want all drivers and their items to get home in one piece. If you’re buying or moving furniture this weekend, use proper straps that are strong enough for the job. Don’t risk losing your stuff, and causing other drivers to become delayed, injured or worse. Our traffic officers picked up around 600 items such as mattresses, sofas and chairs during a nine month period. So before you set off, check your load is secure and your view is clear of obstructions. Research for Highways England, which is responsible for England’s motorways and major A-roads, found that nearly 9 out of 10 cars observed did not have any method of securing heavy loads inside a vehicle. If the driver stopped or changed direction suddenly, this creates a serious risk that a load can be thrown forward through the windscreen or hit vehicle occupants.‘Let’s all get home in one piece’ is one of a number of Highways England safety warnings for drivers this bank holiday.Drivers should also do a quick series of checks before setting off. Almost half of all breakdowns are caused by simple mechanical problems that could be avoided by simply checking fuel levels, tyres, engine oil, water and lights.A few minutes spent planning journeys and checking road conditions before setting off can also save time and frustration later. Tourist routes are likely to be particularly busy this weekend.Drivers can get live traffic information on the Traffic England website.Travel information is also available by phone from the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, and updates are provided via Twitter.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more