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Bees' Needs: Public Urged To Support Pollinators
Five simple actions to help pollinators such as planting more bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often were promoted to protect the vital contribution these insects make to our economy. The…
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James Durham. Managing Director Of Systemwork In Wakefield
Skipton Castle: Civil War Re-enactments From Trayned Bandes, Historia…
UK Assistance To Gaza This Week Reaches £7 Million
Restore Inspection Across The Food Industry: Unite Call Amidst Fears…
GDP Figures: Working People Doing The Heavy-Lifting In Our Economy…
Pre-Crash Living Standards Still A Long Way Off, Says TUC
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UK Assistance To Gaza This Week Reaches £7 Million


The UK will provide an additional £2 million in emergency assistance for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency's (UNRWA) Gaza Flash Appeal, International Development Secretary Justine…

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Sat 26th Jul, 2014 | 8:04pm

Justine Greening Welcomes UN Cross-Border Aid For Syria

Trucks carrying UN aid into Syria at the border with Turkey.  photo - Christophe Morard/Global Logistics Cluster
Trucks carrying UN aid into Syria at the border with Turkey. photo - Christophe Morard/Global Logistics Cluster
International Development Secretary Justine Greening has welcomed the UN's first cross-border aid convoy into Syria since UN Security Council Resolution 2165 was passed last Monday, backed…

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Fri 25th Jul, 2014 | 3:11pm

Leeds Market Is Getting A Makeover

photo by stevecadman
photo by stevecadman
Leeds city council's £12.3m investment in the refurbishment of Kirkgate Market has taken a major step forward as the planning application details and support for traders are announced.

The…

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Fri 25th Jul, 2014 | 9:33am

Minister For Africa Welcomes Release Of Meriam Ibrahim In Sudan

photo by Osajus
photo by Osajus
Mark Simmonds welcomes release of Meriam Ibrahim and calls on Government of Sudan to guarantee religious freedom for all.

Commenting after Meriam Ibrahim, who had previously been sentenced to…

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Thu 24th Jul, 2014 | 3:07pm

Old Coastguard Station Gets A Makeover

photo by National Trust/Kate Horne
photo by National Trust/Kate Horne
Sitting at the top of the slipway on the sea's edge in Robin Hood's Bay, the National Trust's Old Coastguard Station is at the mercy of the elements. It's facade had become quite shabby and…

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Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 | 3:37pm

High Corn Mill Announces Tour De France Bike Trail Winner

Andrew Mear and Darcey Burrell
Andrew Mear and Darcey Burrell
Local school girl, Darcey Burrell has won High Corn Mill's Tour de France bike trail.

Skipton's High Corn Mill launched a special bike trail in honour of Le Tour Yorkshire and invited families to…

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Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 | 8:21am

One-Off Independent Guidance Will Not Prepare People For New Pensions World, Says TUC

photo by Alan Cleaver
photo by Alan Cleaver
Commenting on the publication today (Monday) of the results of the government's consultation over pensions reforms that were announced in the 2014 Budget, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 1:36pm

PM Call With President Putin On The Flight MH17 Disaster


The Prime Minister spoke to President Putin this evening (20 July) about the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"The Prime Minister spoke to President…

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Sun 20th Jul, 2014 | 10:30pm

Warning To Drivers As Nationwide Thundery Showers Forecast

photo by Not So Nice Duck
photo by Not So Nice Duck
Road users across England are being warned to take extra care during heavy, thundery showers expected this weekend.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for rain, starting on Friday night…

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Sat 19th Jul, 2014 | 12:55pm

Dragon Boat Challenge Raises Funds For Samaritans

John Vinuesa
John Vinuesa
More than £2,500 has been raised for charity in memory of a Samaritans volunteer who died last year.

Friends, family and fellow volunteers of John Vinuesa, 51, teamed up to take part in York…

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Fri 18th Jul, 2014 | 8:41am

MEP Urges EU To Find Missing Nigerian School Girls #BringBackOurGirls

Linda McAvan
Linda McAvan
As the new chair of the European Parliament's International Development Committee, Yorkshire Euro MP Linda McAvan addressed the MEPs in Strasbourg today, calling on the EU and its member states to…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 1:32pm

Marathon Row Challenge For Macmillan Cancer Support

Jo Moseley
Jo Moseley
An Embsay mother of two teenage boys is rowing a million metres to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Jo Moseley, 49, started her challenge in May, on the anniversary of her parents'…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 9:31pm

£1.5million Feature Film - Filmed In York And New York


"Ultimate freedom comes from the ability to follow the one thing you want the most in life and the audacity to overcome the fears that lie in its path."

From their first encounter as teenagers in…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 1:11pm

TUC Calls On Retailers To Answer To MPs Over Rana Plaza Compensation

photo by rijans
photo by rijans
The TUC is calling on all UK retailers which source clothing from Bangladesh to attend a meeting in Westminster today (Tuesday) where they will be asked what they are doing to support the victims…

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Tue 15th Jul, 2014 | 9:10am

Yorkshire Man Of Steel Checks-In At Airport

Steve Mehdi with the Yorkshire Man of Steel
Steve Mehdi with the Yorkshire Man of Steel
There was a special arrival checking-in at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield today - the Yorkshire Man of Steel.

The four metre high sculpture will be on display within the terminal building…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 9:44pm

Where Are All The Tour De France Jumpers?


Thanks to contributions from around the world, 23,500 knitted miniature jerseys were hung around the Harrogate district celebrating the Yorkshire Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France.

They have…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 9:41am

Kenya Travel Advice Update


The FCO has changed its travel advice to Kenya to advise against all but essential travel to Lamu County and those areas of Tana River County north of the Tana River itself. The travel advice for…

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Sat 12th Jul, 2014 | 10:27pm

National Trust Proud To Be a Part Of Le Tour Yorkshire And Build On Its Cycling Legacy

Crowds in Buckden - photo Brian Cleckner
Crowds in Buckden - photo Brian Cleckner
As Yorkshire hosted the Tour de France last weekend, the National Trust was proud to be a part of the biggest event in the county's history. It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase everything…

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Sat 12th Jul, 2014 | 7:53pm

Sunshine Brings 156th Great Yorkshire Show To A Close

3 year old Lucy Calpan of Bradford enjoys the 2014 Great Yorkshire Show
3 year old Lucy Calpan of Bradford enjoys the 2014 Great Yorkshire Show
Glorious sunshine and blue skies brought three days of farming excellence and entertainment to a finale as the 156th Great Yorkshire Show came to a close yesterday (Thursday).

Organisers announced…

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Fri 11th Jul, 2014 | 8:43pm

£440 Million To Be Spent On Green Transport


Dozens of sustainable transport schemes got the green light this week, Transport Minister Baroness Kramer has announced.

The successful schemes will bring environmental, health and economic…

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Fri 11th Jul, 2014 | 2:02pm

French Chef At Home Cooks Up A Storm From The Back Of A Zone Caravan

French chef Yves Quemerais
French chef Yves Quemerais
Visitors to the Great Yorkshire Show are being treated to fine food cooked up by the French Chef at Home from the rear of a 1920s teardrop style Zone caravan.

Chef Yves Quemerais is holding daily…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 4:50pm

Success for Spencer! Local Salon Stylist To Represent UK In Hair Competition In Paris!

Spencer with his trophy
Spencer with his trophy
Harrogate hairdresser Spencer Farrer-Jones, 47, from ROKU salon has won a top industry award as Overall Winner of La BIOSTHETIQUE's UK Beauty Stylist Awards competition.

The success means Spencer…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 3:36pm

National Park Captured Spirit Of Tour De France

Peloton climbing up the Cote de Buttertubs on Stage 1
Peloton climbing up the Cote de Buttertubs on Stage 1
What a fantastic weekend!

Hundreds of thousands of people from far and wide enjoyed stunning scenery, sunny weather and the thrilling spectacle of the Tour de France Grand Départ as it wound its…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 9:00pm

Information Ahead Of Industrial Action On July 10, 2014

photo by Pete
photo by Pete
Information about possible disruption to council-run services is being provided to people in Leeds ahead of a national day of industrial action tomorrow (July 10).

While it is hoped that…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 3:50pm

Busiest Weekend In Air Ambulance History As The Tour De France Hits Yorkshire


The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) has seen its busiest weekend in their 14 -year history as the Tour de France passed through Yorkshire.

The emergency rapid response charity attended 10 incidents…

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Tue 8th Jul, 2014 | 3:37pm

Coastguard Safety Appeal As Hot Weather Continues


Glorious sunshine and hot temperatures has seen the Coastguard deal with more than 2,500 incidents in the past month alone.

From 21 June to 21 July 2014, there were 2,549 incidents listed on the…

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Fri 25th Jul, 2014 | 3:20pm

Foreign Secretary Saddened By AH5017 Plane Crash

photo by Eric Salard
photo by Eric Salard
Foreign Secretary sends condolences to those affected by the crash of flight AH5017 and offers UK assistance.

The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I am deeply saddened to hear confirmation…

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Fri 25th Jul, 2014 | 2:53pm

A Remarkable Story

Kathryn's painting
Kathryn's painting
When Kathryn Tebbs was born 4 weeks early weighing just 4lbs, she was so distressed that the midwife had to resuscitate her. It quickly became evident that she had problems and her parents Maureen…

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Thu 24th Jul, 2014 | 4:52pm

New Funding To Protect Millions Of Girls From Child Marriage


The UK is driving a major new global push to end child and forced marriage across the world, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced at the UK's first Girl Summit.

With the…

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Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 | 6:00pm

PM Hosts Girl Summit 2014: A Future Free From FGM And Child And Forced Marriage


A new package of action and funding to protect millions of girls at home and abroad from female genital mutilation and forced marriage will be announced today by Prime Minister David Cameron,…

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Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 | 12:12pm

Leeds Launches A "Doing Nothing Is Not An Option" Campaign


A new campaign focusing on 'doing nothing is not an option' when it comes to adult abuse and that everyone has a responsibility to safeguard people in the city launches this week.

The Leeds…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 2:34pm

Photography Students In The Picture At Gallery Exhibition


Photography students from Communication Specialist College Doncaster found the focus on them after their work went on show at a town centre gallery.

Striking images by four college students have…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 1:17pm

FCO Minister Condemns Terror Attack In Egypt


Commenting on a terrorist attack on a border-guard checkpoint near Farafra in Egypt's Western Desert reported to have killed more than 20 people, Minister for North Africa Tobias Ellwood said:

"I…

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Sun 20th Jul, 2014 | 10:10pm

Sheffield Architects Go Yellow, French and Cycling for Marie Curie Cancer Care

L-R: Mark Fannon,Stephen Oles,Catherine Ailsa West,Mike Hall,Heath Denton,Tom Rhys Jones,Richard Desmond
L-R: Mark Fannon,Stephen Oles,Catherine Ailsa West,Mike Hall,Heath Denton,Tom Rhys Jones,Richard Desmond
Employees at Sheffield based architects Jefferson Sheard took part in a week of fundraising to celebrate the Tour de France, whilst raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of their…

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Fri 18th Jul, 2014 | 3:39pm

Are You Fit To Tow This Summer?

photo by Highways Agency
photo by Highways Agency
People driving in Yorkshire and the North East are being urged to help cut the number of towing related incidents on Highways Agency roads this summer by checking their caravan or trailer before…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 5:56pm

Steve Flies Into Sunset After 10 Years As Air Ambulance Pilot

Cpt Steve Cobb
Cpt Steve Cobb
The pilot who flew BBC presenter Richard Hammond to hospital after his horror high-speed crash has retired after a decade with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Capt Steve Cobb has flown hundreds of…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 11:53am

Get On 'Yer Bike' For Yorkshire's Churches

Gary Verity and Dr John Sentamu
Gary Verity and Dr John Sentamu
Although the bunting may be coming down, the region is still basking in the success of the Grand Depart, and the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust (YHCT) is calling for people to get involved in…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 7:56pm

Katie Mallinson
Simon On The Streets Launches Charity Endurance Event
By Katie Mallinson
Features Writer

West Yorkshire charity Simon on the Streets has launched a go karting endurance event, to raise money to support more homeless people in the region.

And now local companies who think they've got…

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Tue 15th Jul, 2014 | 3:11pm

Foreign Secretary Welcomes UN Vote To Help Over 1.3 Million Syrians

UK aid arriving - photo Simon Davis DFID
UK aid arriving - photo Simon Davis DFID
The Foreign Secretary has welcomed the unanimous vote at the United Nations Security Council to enable UN aid delivery across Syria borders, without needing the consent of the regime, which will…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 9:58pm

Tour-ism Boost Forecast For Yorkshire

Harewood ceremonial start
Harewood ceremonial start
Public opinion and awareness of Yorkshire has rocketed after the county's hosting of the biggest Grand Départ in the history of the Tour de France.

More than 1/3 of the UK's population had their…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 1:59pm

August Fun Day Raises Blood Clot Awareness


When the level of rivalry on a football pitch is as intense as the competition between cake bakers, you know you're in for a memorable day...

A jam-packed day of fun and games will raise money and…

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Sun 13th Jul, 2014 | 7:12pm

Celebrities Film Lipreading Selfies In Aid Of Hearing Dogs

Hearing Dogs puppy
Hearing Dogs puppy
British actress Pauline Quirke, BBC newsreader Naga Munchetty and deaf Big Brother winner Sam Evans have all filmed 'selfie' videos to support John Barrowman's Deaf for the Day experience and…

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Sat 12th Jul, 2014 | 9:53pm

Lights To Go Out Across The UK To Mark The Outbreak Of The First World War


Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in LIGHTS OUT by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection. People…

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Sat 12th Jul, 2014 | 12:01pm

Hospital Rose Gardens In Memory Of Organ Donors Unveiled During National Transplant Week

Hospital rose gardens
Hospital rose gardens
Hundreds of Yorkshire organ donors who helped give the gift of life to others after their death are being commemorated by memorial rose gardens at St James's University Hospital and Leeds General…

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Fri 11th Jul, 2014 | 5:10pm

Local MP Invites The Public To Write A Letter To An Unknown Soldier

unknown soldier - photo Dom Agius
unknown soldier - photo Dom Agius
Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central and Labour Party lead for the World War One commemorations, is calling on everyone to put their thoughts about World War One onto paper and write a letter to an…

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Fri 11th Jul, 2014 | 1:46pm

North-East Cathedrals Secure Share Of £5Million For Repairs

Bradford Cathedral - photo Tim Green
Bradford Cathedral - photo Tim Green
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced today, that Bradford and Newcastle St Mary's cathedrals are among those from across England receiving almost £5million for urgent repairs in the first…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 4:32pm

Ilkley Carnival Presents £15k Cheque To Local Causes

Cheque presentation
Cheque presentation
Ilkley Carnival has paid out £15,000 to 15 local beneficiaries - including £7,500 to LS29 Special Needs Support Group.

The cheque was presented by the Ilkley Carnival committee to LS29…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 9:42pm

Help Guide The Future Of The Coast

 View towards Staithes from Boulby Cliffs - photo by Mike Kipling
View towards Staithes from Boulby Cliffs - photo by Mike Kipling
Views on what should be included in a plan that will shape management of the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Heritage Coast over the next five years are being sought. From wide aspirations for the…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 8:06pm

From Attic To Antique: The BHF Releases Its Most Unusual Donations In Yorkshire And The Humber


What do a ventriloquist dummy, a collection of bugs and a music box have in common?

No, it's not the start of a bad joke: they're all on the list of the top ten most unique items sold on the…

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Tue 8th Jul, 2014 | 4:31pm

Billion Pound Deal For Leeds City Region

Leeds skyline at night - photo Melfiire
Leeds skyline at night - photo Melfiire
Issued on behalf of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has today (7 July) agreed an historic £1bn Deal with government that will…

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Tue 8th Jul, 2014 | 3:15pm

Yorkshire Word of the Day
pewlin' ondrizzling, especially when turning to snow
Definitions kindly supplied by the family of the late Arnold Kellett, wordsmith of the Yorkshire Language
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