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Pioneering thermal technology to detect cyclists at junctions in York

Pioneering thermal imaging technology is set to be introduced on key cycle routes in York to help improve cycle safety.

The new technology will accurately detect cyclists at signals by their 'heat signature', allowing the signals to adjust to give more 'green time' for cyclists.

The thermal technology was first introduced by Transport for London (TFL) last year as part of the cycle superhighway network.

Fulford Road/Hospital Fields Road junction will become one of the first sites to benefit from the new thermal technology in May 2016. The authority will roll out the new technology at junctions with high levels of cycle use across the city.

The scheme is all part of a multi million pound overhaul of York’s ageing traffic signals – the largest scheme the city has seen in over 20-years.

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Red Arrows leave for overseas training

Preparing for take off Credit: RAF Red Arrows

Eleven jets from the Red Arrows aerobatic team have left their Lincolnshire base bound for the Squadron’s annual overseas training – known as Exercise Springhawk.

The Hawk aircraft took off from RAF Scampton and flew to Germany for refuelling, before continuing to Albania and staying overnight in Tirana this evening.

It is the first time the Squadron has formally visited the country and will provide a chance for the team to meet military officers and NATO partners in Albania. The aircraft will then complete the transit to Greece tomorrow.

Heading for overseas training Credit: RAF Red Arrows

For the next five weeks, the team – including pilots, engineers and other support personnel – will operate from Tanagra, an Helenic Air Force base, as they prepare for the 2016 season.

The annual training sees the Red Arrows fly three times a day, five days a week, to perfect their performance.

The overseas location provides the better weather which is essential to enable the team to practice and polish the 2016 display, which will be seen by millions of people this summer. It will be the Red Arrows’ 52nd display season since the first in 1965.

52nd display season Credit: RAF Red Arrows

Exercise Springhawk is the final part of the pre-season preparation and is also when senior Royal Air Force officers assess the team and decide whether to give approval for the Red Arrows to display in front of the public – known as Public Display Authority (PDA).

It is hoped the Red Arrows will attain PDA at the end of April before returning to the UK. Fore more information on the Red Arrows click here

Reports of laser attacks on planes on the increase

Lasers can temporarily blind pilots

A Yorkshire MP says more legislation is needed to stop laser pen attacks on airline pilots.

Greg Mullholland, who represents Leeds North West, says it is a particular problem at Leeds Bradford airport,where half of pilots over the last 12 months have reported laser pen attacks.

Shining a laser at a plane became a criminal offence in 2010. The Civil Aviation Authority says pilots can be temporarily blinded by the beam and the pointers pose a serious safety risk especially during take-off or landing.

Mr Mulholland raised the issue in Parliament, asking Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin what could be done to stop the 'dangerous practice", suggesting licensing or even classification of the pens as offensive weapons.

Mr McLoughlin replied that there were a number of measures being considered across Government departments and it was something he took very seriously, particularly in the light of certain recent events.

Sheffield school pupil recognised as future technology leader

A school pupil from Sheffield has been recognised as a future leader in technology after winning the 'One to Watch Category' in the FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards. 15-year-old Nayana Dasgupta has inspired her fellow pupils by setting up a coding club at Sheffield High School.

I am so honoured to win this award, and surprised! I didn’t think I would even be shortlisted. I'd like to thank my parents and my family for being so supportive when I was young and interested in computers. I’d also like to thank Sheffield High School for introducing computer science into the curriculum and encouraging me and future pupils in this area.

– Nayana Dasgupta

The everywoman award scheme celebrates women in technology.

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Siemens vision of its future in Hull

2016 will see the culmination of the years of planning that have gone into the multi-million pound Siemens development. Around 1,000 jobs will be created at what will be the biggest wind turbine factory in Europe.

The plant is due to open in September and after years of steady decline, it should bring much needed prosperity to the city of Hull. James Webster has been given an exclusive tour of the site to see how work is progressing and meet some of those hoping to work there.

After his tour, James met up with the Siemens Project Director, Finbarr Dowling, to find out more about the company's vision for their future in Hull.

Construction work progressing well on Alexandra Dock site

Construction work on the Green Port Hull Alexandra Dock site is progressing well and is on schedule for an early 2017 completion, Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced.

Alexandra Dock in Hull Credit: Associated British Ports

The 54-acre site, which ABP and its main contractor GRAHAM Lagan Construction Group Joint Venture (JV) are preparing for Siemens’ offshore wind turbine manufacturing facility, is being transformed in Hull’s biggest engineering project since the port was built.

The enabling works undertaken by ABP and their contractors are worth £150 million.

The dock infill has now been completed, with one million cubic metres of sand pumped into the dock to fill one third of the water area.

Excess sand was stored during this process to be used for the 7.5 hectare reclaim, which will become the new quayside and component storage areas, and this is now being pumped into position around the existing timber sheds and jetties, which will be demolished in the coming weeks.

Marine piling for the new quay wall is almost complete and piling for the anchor wall and roll on-roll off ramp is continuing.

The JV has now taken control of the east side of the site to begin preparatory works for the 25,000 square metre service building. Five substations, which will supply 6MVA to the site, are also being built to supply the new facility with electricity.

“It’s fantastic to see the site beginning to take shape and it’s testament to the hard work of the ABP project team, the main contractor and all of those organisations and individuals involved in the enabling works that the project is on schedule and Siemens’ facility will be operational by the end of 2016.”

– Simon Bird, ABP Director Humber

Cyber crime warning as £18,000 lost online in three months

Humberside Police are warning people to be on their guard against cyber crimes after it was revealed victims in the region were conned out of nearly £18,000 online between July and September this year.

The majority of victims fell for bogus computer software tech support calls with people claiming to be from big name companies saying they need credit card details in order to validate software.

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