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William Hague's father wingwalks for charity

Christmas is a time for giving, and Nigel Hague - father of Richmond MP and former Conservative leader and Foreign Secretary William Hague - has taken his fund raising efforts to new heights. The 86-year-old from Sheffield is certainly no stranger to a challenge, and when asked to support Festive Jumper Day, and wingwalk for charity, the dare devil pensioner was soon dressed and ready for action. Gaynor Barnes reports.

Plans for national engineering college unveiled by Cable

Plans for a world-class engineering college in South Yorkshire have been unveiled today by the Business Secretary Vince Cable.

In future, there will be 400 apprentices every year trained at the National College for Advanced Manufacturing.

Mr Cable made the announcement during a visit to a training centre at Catcliffe between Rotherham and Sheffield, where the new college will be based. David Hirst reports.


Booze ban for Boston town centre streets

Drinking alcohol on the streets of Boston could land you with a fine from the new year.

The Lincolnshire town is one of the first in the country to ban booze on the streets.

And anyone caught breaking the ban, which will be introduced from january the 12th will be fined a hundred pounds for a first offence and up to 500 pounds for repeat offences.

Councillors, including Councillor Stephen Woodliffe , who approved it this week, say they'd like to see a borough-wide ban but don't have the manpower to enforce it.

Galloway attacker jailed

A man who attacked the Bradford West MP George Galloway, while calling him an "anti-semite" has been jailed for 16 months.

Drug addict Neil Masterson assaulted the Respect MP in a street in London in August.

George Galloway after the assault Credit: Respect Party

Mr Galloway was left with cuts and bruises to his head and ribs.

The court heard the 60 year old politician felt he would have been killed if Masterson, who admitted assault, had been armed with a knife.

Cable announces new UK manufacturing college in South Yorks

Plans for a world-class advanced manufacturing college in South Yorkshire have been announced today by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Mr Cable announced the ambitious multi-million pounds development for a new National College for Advanced Manufacturing during a visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Training Centre at Catcliffe, where the new college will be based.

Steel City chosen for new national advanced manufacturing college

Plans for a world-class advanced manufacturing college in Sheffield are set to be unveiled today.

Business secretary Vince Cable will announce that a new National College for Advanced Manufacturing will have its headquarters in Sheffield.

Mr Cable will unveil the plans during a visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Training Centre, in Catcliffe, which will become the location of the college’s headquarters.

The Government will work with High Value Manufacturing Catapult and the Engineering Employers Federation to set up the college, which will collaborate with the best established providers.

“Economic growth is underpinned by technological innovation, a strong manufacturing sector and scientific excellence.

“The UK can no longer afford to lag behind countries like France and Germany, which have invested heavily in technical skills at the highest level for generations.

“This new facility puts Sheffield and its surrounding area at the heart our nationwide drive to create the high-wage, high-skilled jobs of the future.

“It will give young people the opportunity to access the best industry-led training as well as help local firms attract the talent they need to grow their business.”

– Vince Cable , Business Secretary


Consortium welcomes Govenment wind farm go-ahead

The consortium SMart Wind has welcomed the decision by the Secretary of State to grant development consent for Hornsea Project One.

The project is scheduled to commence operation by 2020 when it will become the world’s first gigawatt scale far from shore wind farm.

The DCO covers the entire project, including the turbines, offshore and onshore substations, array cables and export cable.

Project One is located 120km off the Yorkshire coast and covers approximately 407 square kilometres, when completed, Project One will be able to meet the electricity needs of around 800,000 UK homes.

Hornsea Project One is being developed by SMartWind – a consortium of Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services – and DONG Energy. Hornsea Project One is one of three projects for which DONG Energy was awarded Financial Investment Decision Enabling Contracts for Difference by the Government in April 2014.

“SMart Wind are delighted with the grant of the DCO following a robust examination from the Planning Inspectorate.

"Hornsea Project One is part of the essential new infrastructure that has driven major investment in the Humber economy and ensures a low carbon future for the area.

"Today’s announcement is testament to the world-class expertise of the Mainstream team who have been developing this project for the past six years.

"This has been a landmark year for Mainstream’s offshore team as we were recently awarded consent for our 450MW offshore wind farm in Scotland.”

– Andy Kinsella, Mainstream Renewable Power’s Chief Operating Officer

“Development consent for Hornsea Project One is very welcome.

"This is an exciting project that will be a world first in terms of its size and location, and it has the potential to power up to 800,000 UK homes.

"Development consent has recently been granted for our Burbo Bank Extension and Walney Extension wind farms as well, underlining that DONG Energy has real commitment to investing in the UK with a strong pipeline of future projects.”

– Benj Sykes, DONG Energy Vice President of UK Wind Power,

Siemens acts as financing and technology partner in the joint venture.

The company recently announced its intention to invest in wind turbine production facilities in Hull that could also produce the Hornsea turbines.

The Hornsea Project One will support the UK in its endeavours to pursue its environmental objectives and to satisfy a quarter of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2020. Siemens’ equity participation underpins its long-term commitment to the project and the region overall.

“We are delighted to see such positive decisions as the large scale Hornsea Project One coming through the planning process, which further support the UK’s position as a global leader in offshore wind and confirm its material contribution to UK power generation into the long term.”

– Huub den Rooijen, Head of Offshore Wind at The Crown Estate, manager of the UK seabed

Three offshore wind farms get Governement go-ahead

An offshore wind project that is expected to bring up to 2,500 local jobs and millions of pounds' worth of investment to Yorkshire and LIncolnshire, has today been given the go-ahead by the Government.

The Government has given the go-ahead to a massive offshore wind farm project off the Yorkshire coast Credit: Press Association

Hornsea Project One will be made up of three offshore wind farms based 64 miles off the East Yorkshire coast. Once built, it will generate enough electricity to power more than 800,000 homes.

It is one of the largest investments in the Humberside area in the last 50 years.

Festive treats at Leeds Town Hall

Leeds Town Hall is all set to host an eclectic programme of live music, film screenings and family events this December to get you into the Christmas spirit!

Leeds Town Hall at night Credit: Leeds City Council

Musical highlights include a performance of Handel’s Messiah (13 Dec) by Leeds’ own Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and a gospel flavoured concert by Inspiration Choir and the Orchestra of Opera North (14 Dec).

Come prepared to sing festive carols at the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Carol Concerts accompanied by the well-loved Rothwell Temperance Brass Band (18 Dec) or enjoy an afternoon of waltzes, marches and polkas performed by the very talented Orchestra of Opera North at the Viennese Whirl (28 Dec).

Film crackers include the heart-warming It's a Wonderful Life (21 Dec), the 1988 Christmas-themed action movie Die Hard (22 Dec) and family favourites Home Alone (22 Dec), Elf (23 Dec) and The Wizard of Oz (23 Dec).

Plus The Nutcracker and The Snowman is a double-bill of classic musical stories for children with the enchanted animated film The Snowman shown on a big screen, accompanied by a live orchestra! (21 Dec).

Another festive family highlight is Frozen Sing-Along (22 Dec, 23 Dec).

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