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MPs urge National Park to approve mine plans

The mine would be built south of Whitby Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Three MPs have published a joint letter in support of plans to create a potash mine near Whitby in North Yorkshire, describing it as a 'once in a lifetime opportunity'.

Fellow Conservatives Robert Goodwill (Scarborough and Whitby) and Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton) have joined the Labour MP Anna Turley (Redcar) in highlighting what they say are the benefits of the project.

The plan, put forward by mining company Sirius Minerals, was approved in April by Redcar and Cleveland councillors. It will go before members of the North York Moors Park Planning Authority on Tuesday 30th June.

The York Potash project, as it is known, would include a mine south of Whitby and a transportation system to take the material to a processing plant at Wilton on Teesside. It would cost £1.7bn and would be the UK's first new potash mine for forty years.

The mine would be situated on the edge of the national park. Opponents say it would blight the landscape and argue the area should be protected from development of this nature.

In their letter to park authority members, the MPs urge them to 'grasp the opportunity and approve the planing application for the benefit of all'.

The York Potash project brings with it the chance to secure a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve the lives of thousands of people in our area.

A positive decision will bring enormous social and economic benefits to the area by creating jobs, improving training and education opportunities for young people, providing community facilities and by generating more wealth in the economy.

– Robert Goodwill MP, Anna Turley MP, Kevin Hollinrake MP

Facebook page promotes hospital jobs in East Yorkshire

A Facebook page set up to promote hospital jobs in East Yorkshire has attracted well over 1200 followers in less than 48 hours.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has set up the HEYJobs page to make it easier for local people to find work at Hull Royal Infirmary, Castle Hill Hospital, and within its other community-based services.

The HEY Jobs facebook site already features vacancies for staff nurses, a senior physiotherapist, lead cancer nurse and administrative staff, as well as a short ‘video tour’ of Hull Royal Infirmary’s new £8m Emergency Department.

The HEY Jobs facebook page can be found here.

Being able to recruit staff is an issue which many hospitals and NHS organisations struggle with, particularly in those areas where specialist skills are required. One of the things I’ve heard people say a lot over recent months is that they didn’t know we were recruiting. As an organisation, we need to harness the power of social media to ensure local people know about the jobs and careers that are available on their doorstep.

– Simon Nearney, Director of Workforce for the Trust

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Hull could be just the medicine for young doctors

Health bosses in Hull are hoping to attract more young doctors to train in the area.

A film has been made to promote the area not just as somewhere to work - but building on the success of the City of Culture announcement - as a good place to live as well. More than 270 interviewees from medical schools across the country will be assessed over the next three days.

Event organiser Dr Mike Holmes came to the region for speciality training 20 years ago .... and hasn't left since. He encourages other young medics to consider doing the same.

Unemployment drops by 15,000

Unemployment has dropped by 15,000 in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire over the last year. Two and a half million more people in our region are now in employment than they were in December 2013. The figures released today by the Office for National Statistics also reveal that the number of people participating in apprenticeships has increased by 4.7% per cent in our region.

Protest against Lincolnshire fire service cuts

Protestors against possible cuts to Lincolnshire's fire service will demonstrate in Lincoln city centre later today.

A protest against cuts to Lincolnshire Fire Service will be held today

The Defend Our Fire Service group together with the Fire Brigade Union are opposing plans which could see cut backs made to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

"The jobs of dozens of firefighters are threatened by cut proposals, and the FBU are absolutely right in organising this protest to defend their members' livelihoods.

"But these cuts will have a serious effect on the public too and the services that our communities receive.

"Under the proposed cuts plans, Lincolnshire residents will have to wait longer for a fire engine after they've called 999, and when one shows up, there'll be less firefighters on board.

"We're calling on members of the public to unite together with the FBU to stop these cuts proposals and defend our fire services."

– Elaine Smith, Defend Our Fire Services

The protest, organised by the Lincolnshire branch of the Fire Brigades Union, will take place today from 11am.

Protesters will assemble by the war memorial on the corner of St Benedict's Square and the High Street in Lincoln.

Figures reveal number of workplace deaths and injuries

New figures show that 17 people lost their lives while at work in Yorkshire in 2013-14, and 7422 suffered injury. This compares to 15 deaths and 7649 injuries the previous year.

Statistics were also released today showing the scale of workplace illness. Across the region more than 110,000 people were estimated to have been made ill through their work over the same period.

The latest figures show that those involved in construction, manufacturing and waste and recycling are most at risk, with agriculture another industry where sustained improvement is needed.

The families of the workers in our region who lost their lives last year have just had to spend the festive period without their loved ones. Sadly there were two more deaths in the region than the previous year but the overall trend is downwards. The decrease in the injury figures should be welcomed and does offer some encouragement that we are continuing to head slowly in the right direction, but there is scope for more improvement. We can still go further and challenge the industries where there is room to do more to protect worker safety.

– John Rowe, Head of Operations for HSE in Yorkshire and the Humber

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'Small' fire on Yorkshire Post tower put out by crews

West Yorkshire Fire service says a fire on the Yorkshire Post tower reported by members of the public has now been put out.

A number of motorists noticed the fire as they drove past this evening. But fire crews say it was a small, accidental fire that was quickly dealt with.

The tower is the only remaining structure on the site after the rest of the Yorkshire Post building was demolished.

Army careers event at Catterick

The business community is lending its support to the thousands of servicemen and women leaving the military, either through choice or because of defence cuts.

They have been outlining job opportunities at a careers event at Catterick Garrison, which is Europe's largest military base.

Dominic Hamberg of the British Forces Resettlement Services and Lance Corporal Gary Daye of the Scots Guard spoke to Calendar.

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