Author: Emily

Primary school pupils do their homework for debate final

Primary school children from across North Yorkshire argued the pros and cons of homework when they faced each other in the final of a county-wide debating contest. The competition, which was started by North Yorkshire County Council’s then chairman, County Councillor Cliff Trotter, is in its fifth year. Almost 50 teams competed in the heats, which were held in each district of the county. The finalists met in the council chamber at County Hall, the headquarters of the County Council in Northallerton, on Friday, 16 June. This year’s finalists were Richmond Methodist School, Bedale Church of England Primary School,...

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New software could save millions for engineering construction projects

A team of entrepreneurs has developed software to help multi-million pound projects in the engineering sector work more efficiently. Kraken IM, which was founded last year, has been helped to develop thanks to support from Teesside University and DigitalCity. The company which was founded by Geoff Cornwell and Jordan Holland before being joined by Geoff’s brother Ian is based in the University’s Launchpad business incubator at its Middlesbrough campus. Kraken has developed a software tool, Halcyon, which captures information throughout the project lifecycle to create a digital asset. Halycon captures all the data from the teams working on the...

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Changes to Town Centre Car Parking Offer

CHANGES to Middlesbrough’s town centre parking offer come into effect from next week. From Monday (June 26) two hours free parking will no longer be available at the Buxton Street and mima car parks. The move follows abuse of the system, with motorists frequently acquiring multiple free tickets to extend their stay, despite clear warnings that this can incur a penalty charge notice. In other instances, drivers using the car parks were purchasing further tickets following the expiry of the free period to enable them to park all day in a space intended to be short stay for town...

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Neighbours make the move to same North Tyneside development

The Oxnards, who recently moved into their new home at Story Homes’ North Tyneside development, Dove Park, have ended up living almost next door to the same neighbours they had at their previous home of 40 years. Having spent four decades in their family home, Pauline and Richard Oxnard decided to make the move to a new-build Story Home in order to have more room for their children and grandson to stay. The couple wanted to continue living near the coast in North Tyneside, so the award-winning house builder’s Dove Park development – located just a couple of miles...

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Festival of Thrift shows how to save the planet in style with packed programme for 2017

The hugely popular, award-winning Festival of Thrift is returning to Kirkleatham in Redcar for the fifth national celebration of stylish and sustainable living on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September 2017. This year’s Festival focuses on growing and the power of nature and how people can be empowered by sharing differing points of view of the world as well as ideas, thoughts, experiences and skills. Visitors can enjoy a hands-on weekend packed with creativity, making, fixing and learning together, discovering how to save money, be environmentally savvy and live a rich and fulfilling life. The Festival programme has something...

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First ever MINI hybrid arrives in Newcastle

The first ever MINI plug-in hybrid is arriving in Newcastle as part of a special event at Lloyd MINI Newcastle. One of the most innovative cars to ever come off the MINI production line, the Countryman S E ALL4 offers emissions-free driving in a crossover body with the added dependability of a small petrol motor. According to MINI statistics, 90 per cent of its buyers drive only 30 to 40 miles per day, making the latest hybrid MINI a compelling prospective. The launch of the S E ALL 4 in Newcastle follows a successful electric car roll-out from BMW,...

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Durham Veterans and Volunteers Honor the Memory of Those Who Served

This cultural practice to honor the fallen soldiers started way back in 1868. However, the original mission was to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Civil War. After about a century of those commemorations, in 1971, it became known as the holiday. It honors all the servicemen and women who lost their lives in the Civil War, Korean War, World War I and II. The plot where all these veterans are laid to rest is known as the Maplewood Cemetery, which is located in Durban. Family members, volunteers and other veterans of war came in large numbers...

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Prestigious Industry Accolade Awarded to North East Site Managers

TWO Miller Homes North East site managers are celebrating after receiving Quality Awards in the first round of the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) Pride in the Job Awards. Paul Ritchie, site manager at Miller Homes’ Wheatfields development in Seaton Delaval, and John Harrison, site manager at Miller Homes’ Portland Wynd development in Blyth, were amongst nine Miller Homes site managers across the UK to be recognised by the national awards. Organised by the NHBC, the Pride in the Job Awards acknowledge those site managers who have excelled in achieving high standards in housebuilding. Every housebuilder registered under the NHBC Buildmark is entered into the competition, with site managers rigorously assessed across 44 areas of site management, including technical knowledge, consistency in the build process and quality controls. Commenting on his success, Paul, 41 from Wallsend, said: “This is my eighth consecutive Quality Award and it feels great to have been recognised by the NHBC once again. Fingers crossed that I will be awarded my seventh Seal of Excellence at the second stage of the awards later this year.” John, 59 from Blyth, added: “At Miller Homes we’re very proud of the quality of homes and communities which we are building, and I’m really pleased to have received my second Quality Award. Chris Endsor, chief executive of Miller Homes, said: “Building new homes safely and to the highest standards...

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Tees Valley Chosen to Host Leading Industry Road Show

A UK trade body has chosen Tees Valley to hold its first ever event in the North East. With the support of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, Composites UK is staging a road show for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – supporting Composites Industry Growth in the UK – at the Materials Processing Institute (MPI), Middlesbrough, on June 28. Composites UK is a trade organisation actively promoting the use of composites to the UK’s advanced manufacturing sector. Delegates will benefit from an update on trends and opportunities in the composites market and the support available to SMEs from organisations...

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Work on world famous bridge ahead of funding bid

Detailed investigation work is getting underway ahead of proposed improvements to a world famous bridge spanning the River Tweed between England and Scotland. Northumberland County Council, Scottish Borders Council and the ‘Friends of Union Chain Bridge’  are working together on an ambitious £8m project to safeguard the future of the Union Chain Bridge near Berwick – the world’s oldest single span suspension bridge still open to traffic. The internationally significant bridge, constructed in 1820 and spanning the River Tweed on the Anglo-Scottish border requires urgent conservation and engineering repairs to secure its future. It has been on Historic England’s...

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North Yorkshire’s biggest free festival this Sunday

North Yorkshire’s biggest free food and live music festival returns for its sixth successful year this month, boasting a range of foodie and musical treats The multi-award-winning Homegrown Food Festival, in Northallerton, will be held at the Applegarth on Sunday June 25th. This year’s theme is ‘The Great Outdoors’ celebrating local towns, the North Yorkshire countryside, its producers, chefs and restaurants. As well as the popular stalls, live music and children’s activities, this year there will also be a range of outdoor cookery demonstrations, camp fires and barbecues. Well-known, local chefs confirmed as taking part include 2 AA Rosette...

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X Factor winner Matt Terry announced for Sunday Concerts series

X FACTOR winner Matt Terry will join a trio of the show’s biggest stars in South Shields this summer as he takes to the stage for the third event in this year’s Sunday Concerts series. The 2016 champion has been named as a late addition to the programme, and will join Louisa Johnson, Jedward and 5 After Midnight at Bents Park on Sunday 23 July for the open air concert, part of the South Tyneside Festival. Matt rose to fame late last year after auditioning for the show with his version of Ben E King’s Stand by Me, earning...

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Glass artist’s port of call for Scientific Glassblowers

University of Sunderland graduate Dr Ayako Tani is searching for Wearside-based scientific glassblowers from the 1970s and 1980s to help support her latest project. Ten years on from the closure of the Pyrex factory in Millfield, Dr Tani is putting a call out to local scientific glassblowers for the memories that helped make the city famous for its glass industry. The research will support the planning of a major exhibition of glass ships in bottles, which will coincide with the arrival of the Tall Ships to Sunderland next year. Dr Tani, who was awarded a PhD from the University...

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New Litigation Hire at Leading Law Firm

Swinburne Maddison, Durham City’s pre-eminent law firm, and one of the leading law firms in the North East, has made a new appointment to its litigation team. Scott Cable, who is a member of the Property Litigation Association, brings with him eight years of experience gained at one of Newcastle’s major law firms.  He will be working alongside partners Jonathan Moreland and David Low. His arrival follows the firm’s recent award success in the Northern Law Awards, winning Team of the Year – Litigation and Dispute Resolution, when Swinburne Maddison was cited for ‘the calibre of its strong home-grown...

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Sunderland Shines

Confirmed yesterday (Thursday 22 June) the University of Sunderland has received a coveted ‘Silver’ award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), ranking it alongside other high-performing Universities such as York, Warwick, Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol and close neighbour Durham. The TEF has been introduced by Government to provide prospective students with the clear information they need to make informed choices about where to study. This new measure recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching in higher education. On receiving the result the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Shirley Atkinson commented: “We are delighted that the panel of assessors has awarded our learning and...

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