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February 19, 2018 12:09 PM Church spires to be used to boost rural broadband and mobile connection

Church spires will be used to boost broadband and mobile connectivity in rural areas, it has been announced. Matt Hancock said the agreement with the Church of England to use spires showed medieval buildings can still help deliver 21st century services. St. Giles Church in Great Maplestead, near Halstead, which had the technology installed around two years 2

February 19, 2018 10:31 AM Man treated for burns after fire on 30ft boat in Ferry Road, Benfleet

A man has been treated for burns after a 30ft boat caught fire in the East Haven Creek. Firefighters were called just after 8am this morning (February 19) to reports that the boat was fully alight in Ferry Road, Benfleet. On arrival crews reported that the boat, which was grounded while the tide was out and is around 30 feet long, was completely alight 2

February 18, 2018 11:44 AM Two thirds of men would risk driving through floodwater

TWO thirds of male drivers in Yorkshire would risk their lives by driving through floodwater, alarming new figures have revealed. In a survey commissioned by the Environment Agency and the AA, 67 per cent of men in Yorkshire admitted they would take the risk rather than find a safer route, even though such actions are the leading cause of death during 10

February 15, 2018 2:41 PM Take a journey through the mountains

EXPERIENCE stunning spectacles and thrilling adventures during an evening of extraordinary short films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The festival’s world tour offers a chance to follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline-packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces 8

February 15, 2018 10:43 AM Jamaica's bobsled coach quits – and she wants her sled back

Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation claim German coach Sandra Kiriasis has become a "destructive force" on the team. The coach of the Jamaican women's bobsled team has quit days ahead of their historic debut at the Winter Olympics – and she is threatening to take the team's sled with her. German Sandra Kiriasis, an ex-Olympic and European champion, said she has been forced 12

February 15, 2018 10:28 AM Greg takes to the stage for charity musical concert

MUSICIAN Greg Harper is hosting a musical concert - Storytellers in Song- on Saturday at Clapham and Patching village hall,. Proceeds of this evening of contemporary folk music will be donated to Compassion in World Farming, a charity close to Greg’s heart. Greg said: “ I’m really excited to be hosting Storytellers in Song again this year. “It’s a great 6

February 15, 2018 3:49 AM More cockatoos die in northeast Vic town

Another 50 sulphur-crested cockatoos have been found dead or ill in Victoria, as authorities continue to investigate the unusual circumstances linked to the death of more than 100 birds. About 100 birds were found dead by wildlife officers near the Tatong township on January 25 and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning estimates another

February 13, 2018 7:51 PM The BBC Is Banning Single-Use Plastic, Inspired By 'Blue Planet'

The plastic-free campaign has claimed yet another victory. The BBC has announced a three-step plan to ban single-use plastics by 2020. By the end of this year, both plastic cutlery and cups will have been scrapped across all of the BBC’s offices. Two million plastic cups are currently being used by visitors and staff each year on BBC sites. Tony Hall, the BBC’s 7

February 13, 2018 6:12 PM Jonathan Davies, Jake Ball and Gareth Davies put pen to paper on national dual contracts with Scarlets and WRU

Wales international trio Jonathan Davies, Jake Ball and Gareth Davies have all signed national dual contracts with the Scarlets and Welsh Rugby Union. Centre Jonathan Davies has taken up a contract option to remain at the Scarlets, lock Ball has signed his second dual contract at the Llanelli-based region and scrum-half Gareth Davies has agreed one for the first 10

February 13, 2018 2:32 PM Grand Canyon crash: Parents' tribute to 'wonderful' sons

The parents of two British tourists who died in the Grand Canyon helicopter crash have paid tribute to their "wonderful sons". Becky Dobson, 27, Stuart Hill, 30, and his brother Jason Hill, 32, were on the "holiday of a lifetime" when they were killed. Three other Britons and the pilot were injured, but were not rescued until eight hours later on Sunday 9