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February 8, 2018 3:51 PM Members show off their stunning shots of Southend’s famous pier

HAVING stood in the town since the 1880s, Southend’s pier must have been in an endless amount of photographs from tourists and residents alike. Given its unique history, its claim to fame as the longest pleasure pier in the world and the stunning views from the end, this is hardly surprising. As Sir John Betjeman once said, “the Pier is Southend, Southend 34

February 8, 2018 3:46 PM Changing the pilotsAirbus executives get swept away by a corruption investigation

A management shake-out may reawaken national rivalries at the European aerospace giant “THE success of Airbus is intimately linked to the success of John,” says Eric Schulz, successor to John Leahy, who has been chief salesman for the planemaker since 1994. Mr Leahy’s aggressive strategy to gain orders expanded Airbus’s market share for civil jets from 18% in 1994 to over 50%. Salesmen 50

February 8, 2018 1:01 PM One of the world’s most famous medieval manuscripts, the lavishly illustrated Book Of Kells, was created in two halves up to 50 years apart

A lavishly illustrated copy of the Gospels known as the Book of Kells was created in two halves, according to a leading expert on the text. One of the world’s most famous medieval manuscripts, it was previously believed to have been created by a single group of monks around 1,200 years ago. New research suggests that the folio was originally two separate 112

February 8, 2018 11:51 AM Man attacked in garden by group

A MAN suffered facial injuries when he was attacked in his own garden by a group of men. North Yorkshire Police said the assault happened outside a house in Quarry Mount, Scarborough, at about 3.20pm on Tuesday, February 6. A spokesman for the force said three men attacked another man in his garden, causing minor facial injuries before making off. Officers 36

February 8, 2018 11:04 AM China in WARNING to US as it sends Su-35 ‘killer in the sky’ for combat mission

CHINESE jet fighters have been dispatched to the disputed South China Sea for a “real combat mission” in an apparent warning to the US. The Su-35 Russian-made advanced fighters were sent to the waterway for joint combat cruise missions, according to the official account of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force. The PLA Air Force tweeted: "This 79

February 8, 2018 11:02 AM Why Parents Of Premature Babies Should Be Empowered To Be 'Hands-On' While In Hospital

'Parents are too often perceived as visitors to the intensive care unit.' Allowing parents to be directly involved in caring for their premature babies while in hospital can improve their child’s health, a study has suggested. A study of 1,786 babies born prematurely in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health 54

February 8, 2018 10:32 AM Highworth councillors consider turning the town into tourist hub

HIGHWORTH is hoping to attract more tourists as it develops a new strategy to bring in more tourism revenue. Phil Baker from the Highworth Community Partnership Group made a presentation to councillors about what could attract tourists. This included the town's Georgian buildings, St Michael's Church, High Street, and free car parks. He said: "The Cotswolds 42

February 7, 2018 9:57 PM Mickey Jones dead: Home Improvement and Total Recall star dies aged 76 from illness

MICKEY JONES, who starred in Home Improvement and Total Recall, has passed away aged 76 after a long battle with an illness. The stars’ rep Cherry Hepburn told “Mickey Jones died at 2:17 AM today of the effects of a long illness. I do not have permission from the family to discuss cause, etc. The actor, who has drummed for Bob Dylan and Johnny 88

February 7, 2018 7:46 PM A positive attitude could protect you from dementia: Study finds people who embrace ageing are 50% LESS likely to get the disease

People who don't dread the aging process are less likely to develop dementia, new research claims. The study found there was a nearly 50 percent lower risk of developing dementia for people with positive attitudes towards growing older, compared to pessimists. Although the cause of dementia isn't completely understood, experts believe they include a combination 118

February 7, 2018 4:38 PM Tesco faces £4BILLION equal pay challenge as it emerges predominantly male distribution workers are paid £11-an-hour compared to female in store staff's £8

Tesco is facing Britain's largest ever equal pay challenge with a bill potentially running to £4 billion, a law firm claims. Leigh Day has launched legal action against the supermarket giant on behalf of shop assistants who claim they are paid up to £3 an hour less than male warehouse workers. Thousands of women working in Tesco stores could receive 80