A new study has found that schoolchildren are carrying up to £400 worth of hi-tech kit in their schoolbags every day.
It says a third of students are now also using expensive tablet computers to complete their homework at night.
So are they spending too much time staring at a screen rather than talking to each other?
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Virgin Trains has announced a multi-million million refurbishment programme for its fleet of 45 trains on the East Coast route from York to London and Edinburgh.
The travel company will spend £21 million to give 400 carriages a complete refurbishment, with 24,123 seats replaced, and leather seats to be fitted in First Class.
New toilets, carpets and curtains will also be fitted and 35 new engines will be installed on the diesel High Speed Train fleet.
This is not only one of the biggest investments of its kind ever seen on the East Coast route, but also three years ahead of the introduction of new Super Express Trains as part of the Government’s InterCity Express programme.
We’re investing now so our customers can benefit from new seats and a great new on-board environment before we get a new fleet of 65 trains from 2018.
Around 2,500 households are still without water supplies in Pocklington due to a burst water main.
Engineers are working to fix the pipe which is under a field. Residents are bring given bottled water from collection points in the town.
We sincerely apologise to the customers in Pocklington and some surrounding areas who have been left without water for many hours. We want to reassure local people that we are doing everything we can to restore supplies as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, official bottled water collection points have now been established at The Oval (Pocklington) and Pocklington Fire Station to help us manage proceedings. We would urge people to use the bottled water supplies sparingly, as it is not known how long it may take to repair the burst main. Fresh supplies of bottled water will be arriving at these sites at approximately 11am and will be replenished throughout the day. Vulnerable customers are being contacted directly with bottled water being delivered directly to their homes.
There are traffic delays in York after a bus broke down on Fishergate. All inbound traffic from the A19 is being diverted onto Cemetery Road.
At least two schools in Pocklington are closed this morning due to problems with the water supply.
Woldgate School and Pocklington Infant School have apologised for the disruption caused to students.
It comes after more than 5,000 people in the East Yorkshire town were left without water overnight. There were also problems in North Yorkshire postcodes.
Yorkshire Water, which handed out bottled water, said the problem had been caused by a burst water main which was proving 'very difficult to locate.'
We sincerely apologise to the approximately 5,000 customers in Pocklington and some surrounding areas who have been left without water for many hours. We want to reassure local people that we are doing everything we can to restore supplies as quickly as possible.
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Yorkshire Water are delivering bottled water to the Pocklington area, after residents were left without water today.
Yorkshire Water is arranging to drop off pallets of water, after people in North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire were left without water today.
People living in the postcodes Y041 (Stamford Bridge), Y042 (Pocklington) and YO43 (Market Weighton) have been affected by a burst pipe.
#YO41/42 Apologies,our engineers inform us that supplies are unlikely to be restored before midnight.Updates on Bottled water to follow.^MH
Yorkshire Water says the service is unlikely to be restored before midnight.
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