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Kyle Edmund one step away from place in French Open

East Yorkshire's Kyle Edmund is one win away from a place in the French Open main draw after an impressive 6-1 6-2 victory over Romania's Victor Hanescu.

Kyle Edmund Credit: Press Association

Edmund came through the three qualifying rounds at the Australian Open in January and the 20-year-old is on course to repeat the feat after this dominant display against Hanescu, 13 years his senior.

The 6ft 6in Romanian reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in 2005 but injuries have hampered him since and he was unable to keep up with Edmund's energy and weight of shot.

The Briton asserted his authority early on with a number of stinging forehands and Hanescu was unable to respond, losing his serve in the fourth and sixth games before surrendering the set.

Edmund continued to find winners from the back but it was a missed volley from Hanescu that gave him an early break in the second and he lost only one more game thereafter to seal a classy victory in one hour and seven minutes.


Sheridan Smith to receive OBE...but her hat hasn't arrived

Sheridan Smith, who is from Epworth in Lincolnshire, is to receive an OBE today for her services to drama.

The actress, famous for Cilla, The Royle Family and Gavin & Stacy, will attend Buckingham Palace later today, but has revealed her hat which was specially made for the occassion hasn't arrived:

Extra funding sought for Hull regeneration projects

Councillors in Hull are meeting today to consider further funding towards the city's regeneration. A report is asking for an extra £9million to help make the city a world class visitor destination by improving facilities at attractions like the Hull New Theatre.

Artist's impression of Hull New Theatre

Although this additional funding will benefit all current regeneration plans, much improved offers will be delivered in four specific schemes:

Hull New Theatre has the opportunity to provide a significantly enhanced front of house offer with an additional 200 seats, taking capacity to 1359. New café bars and break out spaces will also be added to accommodate extra visitors.

City centre regeneration (Public Realm) work has already started, with trial pit digs taking place across the city centre. Additional funding would mean that a number of the plans scheduled to take place post-2017 would move forward enhancing the city centre further for 2017 and providing better links between city centre attractions and ultimately driving up footfall.

Ferens Art Gallery will receive a new glazed entrance to the front of the existing building, acting as a 'draught lobby' to ensure the best environmental conditions are achieved. This will mean the gallery can attract the very best national and international exhibitions including the Turner Prize in the future.

Woodford Leisure Centre already has designs to create a six-lane 25m swimming pool and increase the swimming offer available at the centre. Additional plans now include a sought-after learner pool and the installation of new environmental technologies that will reduce longer term operating costs.

These plans are already the most fundamental and far-reaching the city has seen in over 70 years and this additional funding will only enhance what we want to achieve. They will help to move our city into the 21st century, whilst respecting our wonderfully strong heritage. It is essential that we are ready, not just for our year in the spotlight in 2017 but beyond this; creating a legacy that has tangible benefits to the city and its residents. We know that investment into these key areas is imperative to securing a prosperous future and this Capital investment will increase visitors, helping to create much-needed jobs for the area. The people of Hull deserve the absolute best and that is what we want to give them.

– Cllr Stephen Brady


Blue Flag status 'a phenomenal result' for Calendar region beaches

Several beaches across the region have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag for the quality of their water and management.

Skegness beach Credit: Press Association

The central beaches in Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea and Bridlington North beach in East Yorkshire have all been given the status meaning they're among the best in the country.

Blue flags will also be flown at four beaches in North Yorkshire including beaches at Scarborough North Bay and Whitby.

Richard McIlwain from Keep Britain Tidy has described it as a 'phenomenal result':

Yorkshire charity funds 'pioneering' bowel cancer research

The Yorkshire Cancer Research charity has announced it will fund £1.5 million pounds of research into whether Omega-3 can help prevent bowel cancer returning after surgery.

Yorkshire charity funds 'pioneering' bowel cancer research Credit: Yorkshire Cancer Research

Four-hundred-and-fifty patients will take part in the study which has been announced to mark International Clinical Trials Day.

Some of the patients who are having surgery to treat bowel cancer which has spread to the liver will be given a concentrated form of Omega-3, while others will be given a placebo, to see if long-term treatment improves survival.

Around 15 per cent of all liver surgery for bowel cancer in the UK is performed in Yorkshire.

The study follows earlier investigations funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research, which tested the effect of EPA on cancer cells in the lab. The team also conducted a small, preliminary 'window' trial, which suggested some survival benefit.

We are extremely proud to be funding our first Phase III clinical trial. This is a highly significant development in our new strategy to drive major improvements in cancer outcomes in Yorkshire. By bringing more clinical trials to the region we will ensure patients have better access to pioneering treatment.

– Charles Rowett, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research
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