News archive from 13 March 2014, page 12

Reality check

Reality check

Slumming it in Sheffield is a far cry from Sloane Square, as one rich kid discovered during a visit to the city. Jamie Laing, heir to the McVities fortune and star of reality TV series Made in Chelsea, learned all about life on the breadline in a...

 
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: the new novel by the author of The Jane Austen Book Club

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: the new novel by the author of The Jane Austen Book Club

Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina begins with the saying that each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Karen Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a family narrative which takes that to new heights of oddity, to the extent that its narrator,...

Metro, 06:12 in Lifestyle
 
Parents to receive letters as teachers in Hartlepool get set to strike

Parents to receive letters as teachers in Hartlepool get set to strike

PARENTS are set to receive letters from schools over planned strike action by teachers later this month. Mums, dads and carers in Hartlepool are being forced to make childcare arrangements or take days off work when school teachers take industrial...

 

Japan regional bank chief urges takeovers to secure future

"Thinking long term, population decline is the biggest challenge," said Masaaki Tani, chairman of the Regional Banks Association of Japan, which represents 64 of the 100 regional institutions. "Especially for local lenders like us, this...

Reuters, 06:15 in Business
 
Inspectors impressed by progress at Sheffield’s Parkwood Academy

Inspectors impressed by progress at Sheffield’s Parkwood Academy

One of the first wave of Sheffield academies is on the up after impressing inspectors with its rate of improvement. Parkwood Academy at Shirecliffe has been rated ‘good’ after an Ofsted team found its effectiveness had grown significantly since its...

 
Little Alfie could not be saved

Little Alfie could not be saved

A baby boy who died within 24 hours of falling ill faced a delay in being taken to hospital, an inquest heard. Paramedics called out to three-week-old Alfie Parkin did not take him immediately. Even when an ambulance arrived, the handover was slow and...

 
It’s blooming lovely in Sheffield

It’s blooming lovely in Sheffield

Spring has well and truly sprung in Sheffield - with flowers blooming and newborn lambs frolicking. Bulbs have sprung into life in gardens and parks in the past few days, bringing some much-needed cheer after a long winter, while Heeley City Farm has...

 
Questions for Ministers over plan to move trains to South

Questions for Ministers over plan to move trains to South

LABOUR says Ministers have "questions to answer" over "catastrophic" plans to remove trains from Yorkshire's over-crowded railways and hand them to operators in the South East. Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith rounded on...

 
Legal fight after Leeds girl loses kidney in hotel accident

Legal fight after Leeds girl loses kidney in hotel accident

The family of an eight-year-old girl from Leeds is taking legal action against travel giant Thomas Cook after she was seriously injured in an accident while on holiday in Turkey. Heidi-Ray Noble Steeples, of Tingley, ruptured her left kidney when she...

 
Residents welcome parking plans

Residents welcome parking plans

WIGAN residents have welcomed a council proposal to alleviate dangerous parking on their road. Homeowners on Whitley Crescent may be on the verge of winning their eight-year-long battle to reduce congestion on their street. Councillors will consider a...

 
ALAN CASTLE: Call the council to stop the plop

ALAN CASTLE: Call the council to stop the plop

I for one, was delighted that the Gazette had started to wage war again on the irresponsible dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets. It’s anti-social, it’s unfriendly, it’s unhealthy, it’s selfish, it’s downright vile. Apart from spoiling...

 

Father 'worried sick' for son languishing in an Indian prison cell

A Bootle man said he was “worried sick” as his son prepares to spend his sixth month languishing in an Indian jail. Paul Towers, 50, was among six British nationals arrested after their US-owned ship sailed into Indian waters allegedly carrying a huge...

 

Merseyside road branded one of country's worst

A Merseyside road has been branded one of the worst in England because of its poorly maintained markings. The Road Safety Markings Association claim 83% of markings on the A551 – which runs from Wallasey to Heswall – are in desperate need of...

 
Shock toll of teenage violence

Shock toll of teenage violence

One in four teenage girls will be attacked by their boyfriends. Leeds Community Foundation warns that a quarter of girls will suffer at the hands of their partners at some point in their teenage years. And experts fear there are growing numbers of...

 
Record bid is out of this world

Record bid is out of this world

An asthma sufferer is taking on an out of this world challenge to help a charity close to his heart. Simon Couchman will be running the 26.3mile route of the London Marathon dressed as a tangerine astronaut in a bid to raise money for Asthma UK. The...

 


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