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Colliery given financial lifeline by union

One of only three deep mine collieries in the country has been given a financial lifeline by the National Union of Miners (NUM).

Hatfield Colliery could be saved until May 2016 Credit: Press Association

Hatfield Colliery, near Doncaster, employs 430 men. The money, thought to be £4 million, could secure the future of the pit until May 2016.

The NUM said in a statement:

The NUM were approached by the Hatfield Colliery Partnership EBT Board for financial assistance on 1 September 2014.

The assistance was required to secure a future at the Mine and allow it to finish production on the current face 7’s and then transfer to the next face 9’s securing employment until May 2016 for around 430 employees.

The decision to make the investment was not one that has been taken lightly and involved the agreement of the Unions NEC, Yorkshire Area Council and Trustees following an extremely intense due diligence process. The investment is on commercial terms with the expectation that it will be repaid over 12 months plus interest.

This action is an unprecedented step for the Union but reinforces its commitment to the deep coal mining industry in the UK. It is the view of the Union that there is a future for coal in the generation of electricity in the UK for years to come and that the coal burnt should be UK mined coal securing employment for miners in the UK not imported from Russia and Columbia or anywhere else.

– National Union of Miners

Big businesses unite to inspire young scientists

Hi-tech companies including Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Mercedes are joining forces with the Red Arrows and The Education Business Partnership (EBP) to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Red Arrows hope to inspire youngsters Credit: Press Association

The firms will showcase their work to more than 300 children at RAF Scampton, which is the Lincolnshire home of the world-renowned Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.

The special day is part of celebrations marking the Red Arrows’ 50th display season in 2014 and will focus on the importance of studying science, technology, engineering and maths – the so-called STEM subjects.

Brian Cox among celebrities attending the event at RAF Scampton Credit: Press Association

Also in attendance tomorrow will be physicist Professor Brian Cox, maths expert Carol Vorderman, The Gadget Show host Jason Bradbury and Wing Commander Andy Green, who is the holder of the world land speed record.

The pupils will also get to watch a practice display by the Red Arrows.

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Scientist from The Deep returns from coral restoration trip to the Caribbean

A scientist from The Deep in Hull has returned from a 12 day trip helping with a project to restore the coral reefs off the coast of Curacao in the south Caribbean. Seb Prajsnar, who is a coral expert, took part in a series of night dives to collect spawn from the coral which can be grown in an aquarium and then planted back under the ocean.

Elkhorn coral off the coast of Curacao Credit: The Deep

Divers would go underwater during the day to identify patches of Elkhorn coral, which has declined since the 1980s, then return at night which is when the coral is known to spawn during August and September.

Fitting a net over the Elkhorn coral Credit: The Deep

Spawn from the coral was collected in clear tubes so it could be taken away to be grown in an aquarium.

Coral spawn collected in a tube Credit: The Deep

Disability charity celebrates year working in prison

A charity that helps people with hidden disabilities is celebrating its first anniversary of working with inmates at a Doncaster prison.

HMP Doncaster Credit: ITV Calendar

The Cascade Foundation help people with hidden disabilities such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and people who have suffered head injuries and has been working at HMP Doncaster, Marshgate.

Today they are holding a year anniversary event to mark the milestone occasion.

Jackie Hewitt-Main, founder and project director of The Cascade Foundation, is currently leading the work in Doncaster Prison.

The charity says that over the past nine years, Jackie has helped hundreds of prisoners across the country with learning difficulties to learn to read and write, gain qualifications and make a new start.

In her previous prison project, Jackie worked with over 400 prisoners and reduced the offending rate of her first project groups to 5.9 per cent compared to more than 70 per cent nationally.

Within the six years since their release three of these prisoners had served more than 40 sentences each, and yet none of them has re-offended since their release from her project.

– The Cascade Foundation

Scarborough Council bids to run university campus

Scarborough Borough Council has announced that it intends to submit a joint bid with Coventry University College to run the university campus in Scarborough.

Scarborough Campus, University of Hull

Earlier this year the University of Hull announced its intentions to pull out of the Scarborough campus to focus on its larger educational base in Hull and since that time, the council and local partners have been looking at ways to secure university education in the town.

The council says the proposed collaboration with Coventry University would create a university campus aimed at providing high quality, industry responsive education at a reasonable price with sustainable student numbers.

The ambition is to develop the campus so that it is sustainable in its own right and as such has realistic opportunities to achieve full university status for Scarborough, which would see it teaching and awarding its own degrees.

This is a defining moment in Scarborough's history and a paradise in educational standards. It will be an enormous boost to the economy and will give Scarborough the wow factor. It will enable the international, national and regional businesses at Scarborough Business Park to recruit higher level apprentices and graduate level personnel.

– Peter Wilkinson, Chairman of Scarborough Business Ambassador Forum

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Doncaster gardening firm scoops flower show gold

A Doncaster gardening firm has scooped the top prize at the prestigious Harrogate Flower Show.

The Serenity Garden Credit: Paul Watson

PRW Garden Services, which is based in Bessacarr, picked up the gold award at the three-day event, which was visited by thousands of people over the weekend.

The Serenity Garden was developed around a woodland theme, which gardener Paul Watson says proved popular:

Huge engineering train used to prevent land slips

A new engineering train - one of the longest and most expensive ever - is aiming to make land slips like the one in Hatfield last year a thing of the past, by keeping the condition of the track up to scratch.

The huge slip in South Yorkshire in 2013 cut off the railway line at Hatfield, causing a mass of twisted tracks which put the line out of action for five months while repairs were carried out. It cost tens of millions of pounds to put right.

ITV's Mike Pearse has been to see the new train in action:

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