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PM leads 'Northern Powerhouse' delegation to south-east Asia

The Prime Minister has led the first Northern Powerhouse trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia.

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Officials from Leeds City Council and Sheffield University are part of the delegation which also includes representatives from five other Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire groups.

These are:

  • Wosskow Brown Solicitors LLP– Yorks & Humber (Sheffield)
  • Pitman Training Group Ltd (Wetherby)
  • Concept Smoke Screen Ltd (Boston, Lincs)
  • Turner & Townsend –Yorks & Humber (Horsforth, Leeds)
  • West and North Yorkshire Chamber – Yorks & Humber

In total 62 northern companies are in Singapore and Malaysia. The delegation represents a total turnover in excess of £10 billion, with a combined workforce of over 50,000.

The government is committed to ensuring the UK’s northern regions play their part in rebalancing our economy. With so much untapped potential, I’m delighted to be part of this first Northern Powerhouse trade mission – the first of what I hope will be many.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

Super 8s rugby league fixtures announced

The Super 8s rugby league fixtures for 2015 have been released.

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The full schedule is as follows:

First Utility Super League Super 8s – Round by Round

Round 1

  • 06 August 2015 Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants 8.00pm
  • 07 August 2015 Castleford Tigers v Hull FC 8.00pm
  • 07 August 2015 Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves 8.00pm
  • 08 August 2015 Catalans Dragons v St Helens 6.00pm

Round 2

  • 13 August 2015 Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves 8.00pm
  • 14 August 2015 Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons 8.00pm
  • 14 August 2015 Leeds Rhinos Wigan v Warriors 8.00pm
  • 14 August 2015 St Helens v Hull FC 8.00pm

Round 3

  • 20 August 2015 St Helens v Huddersfield Giants 8.00pm
  • 21 August 2015 Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors 8.00pm
  • 21 August 2015 Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos 8.00pm
  • 22 August 2015 Catalans Dragons v Castleford Tigers 6.00pm

Round 4

  • 03 September 2015 Huddersfield Giants v Castleford Tigers 8.00pm
  • 04 September 2015 Leeds Rhinos v St Helens 8.00pm
  • 05 September 2015 Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 Warrington Wolves v Hull FC 3.00pm

Round 5

  • 10 September 2015 Castleford Tigers v St Helens 8.00pm
  • 11 September 2015 Wigan Warriors v Hull FC 8.00pm
  • 12 September 2015 Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos 6.00pm
  • 13 September 2015 Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves 3.00pm

Round 6

  • 17 September 2015 Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers 8.00pm
  • 18 September 2015 Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants 8.00pm
  • 18 September 2015 St Helens v Wigan Warriors 8.00pm
  • 19 September 2015 Warrington Wolves v Catalans Dragons 3.00pm

Round 7

  • 25 September 2015 Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos 8.00pm
  • 25 September 2015 Hull FC v Catalans Dragons 8.00pm
  • 25 September 2015 St Helens v Warrington Wolves 8.00pm
  • 25 September 2015 Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers 8.00pm
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The Qualifiers Super 8s – Round by Round

Round 1

  • 08 August 2015 Leigh Centurions v Hull KR 3.00pm
  • 09 August 2015 Bradford Bulls v Sheffield Eagles 3.00pm
  • 09 August 2015 Halifax RLFC v Widnes Vikings 3.00pm
  • 09 August 2015 Salford Red Devils v Wakefield Wildcats 3.00pm

Round 2

  • 15 August 2015 Wakefield Wildcats v Bradford Bulls 3.00pm
  • 16 August 2015 Hull KR v Halifax RLFC 3.00pm
  • 16 August 2015 Salford Red Devils v Leigh Centurions 3.00pm
  • 16 August 2015 Widnes Vikings v Sheffield Eagles 3.00pm

Round 3

  • 22 August 2015 Leigh Centurions v Wakefield Wildcats 3.00pm
  • 23 August 2015 Bradford Bulls v Salford Red Devils 3.00pm
  • 23 August 2015 Sheffield Eagles v Halifax RLFC 4.15pm
  • 23 August 2015 Widnes Vikings v Hull KR 3.00pm

Round 4

  • 05 September 2015 Halifax RLFC v Salford Red Devils 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 Bradford Bulls v Widnes Vikings 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 Hull KR v Wakefield Wildcats 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 Leigh Centurions v Sheffield Eagles 3.00pm

Round 5

  • 12 September 2015 Wakefield Wildcats v Widnes Vikings 6.00pm
  • 13 September 2015 Halifax RLFC v Leigh Centurions 3.00pm
  • 13 September 2015 Hull KR v Bradford Bulls 3.00pm
  • 13 September 2015 Salford Red Devils v Sheffield Eagles 3.00pm

Round 6

  • 18 September 2015 Sheffield Eagles v Hull KR 7.45pm
  • 19 September 2015 Wakefield Wildcats v Halifax RLFC 6.00pm
  • 20 September 2015 Leigh Centurions v Bradford Bulls 3.00pm
  • 20 September 2015 Widnes Vikings v Salford Red Devils 3.00pm

Round 7

  • 27 September 2015 Bradford Bulls v Halifax RLFC 3.00pm
  • 27 September 2015 Hull KR v Salford Red Devils 3.00pm
  • 27 September 2015 Sheffield Eagles v Wakefield Wildcats 3.00pm
  • 27 September 2015 Widnes Vikings v Leigh Centurions 3.00pm
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Kingstone Press Championship Shield Super 8s – Round by Round

Round 1

  • 09 August 2015 Dewsbury Rams Hunslet Hawks 3.00pm
  • 09 August 2015 Featherstone Rovers Whitehaven 3.00pm
  • 09 August 2015 London Broncos Doncaster 3.00pm
  • 09 August 2015 Workington Town Batley Bulldogs 3.00pm

Round 2

  • 15 August 2015 Whitehaven v London Broncos 6.30pm
  • 16 August 2015 Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams 3.00pm
  • 16 August 2015 Doncaster v Featherstone Rovers 2.00pm
  • 16 August 2015 Hunslet Hawks v Workington Town 3.00pm

Round 3

  • 23 August 2015 Dewsbury Rams v Whitehaven 3.00pm
  • 23 August 2015 Doncaster v Batley Bulldogs 2.00pm
  • 23 August 2015 London Broncos v Hunslet Hawks 3.00pm
  • 23 August 2015 Workington Town v Featherstone Rovers 3.00pm

Round 4

  • 31 August 2015 Dewsbury Rams v London Broncos 3.00pm
  • 31 August 2015 Featherstone Rovers v Batley Bulldogs 3.00pm
  • 31 August 2015 Whitehaven v Hunslet Hawks 3.00pm
  • 31 August 2015 Workington Town v Doncaster 3.00pm

Round 5

  • 06 September 2015 Batley Bulldogs v Whitehaven 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 Featherstone Rovers v Dewsbury Rams 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 Hunslet Hawks v Doncaster 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 London Broncos v Workington Town 3.00pm

Round 6

  • 11 September 2015 Hunslet Hawks v Featherstone Rovers 7.30pm
  • 13 September 2015 Doncaster v Dewsbury Rams 2.00pm
  • 13 September 2015 London Broncos v Batley Bulldogs 3.00pm
  • 13 September 2015 Workington Town v Whitehaven 3.00pm

Round 7

  • 19 September 2015 Whitehaven v Doncaster 6.30pm
  • 20 September 2015 Batley Bulldogs v Hunslet Hawks 3.00pm
  • 20 September 2015 Dewsbury Rams v Workington Town 3.00pm
  • 20 September 2015 Featherstone Rovers v London Broncos 3.00pm

Key dates:

  • October 3-4 – First Utility Super League Super 8s semi-finals and The Million Pound Game
  • October 4 – Kingstone Press Championship Shield Final
  • October 10 – First Utility Super League Grand Final

Police investigation into Sheffield fatal house fire begins

Scene of last night's fire

Three men are being questioned on suspicion of murder after a man died in a house fire in Sheffield in the early hours.

The roads around the 44-year-old's semi-detached property on Bluebell Close between Wincobank and Fir Vale have been cordoned off.

Police haven't said whether they are treating it as arson. A tent has been erected outside as forensic investigations get underway.

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PM seeks south-east Asian investment in 'Northern Powerhouse'

David Cameron has urged investors from south-east Asia to pump money into the cities of northern England.

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The Prime Minister called for foreign investors to "look at Britain in a new way" by considering opportunities in the "Northern Powerhouse" rather than just London.

Mr Cameron made the call in Singapore, where he was joined by Business Secretary Sajid Javid and a delegation of firms and civic leaders from northern cities including Manchester and Leeds.

Speaking at Unilever's base in Singapore, Mr Cameron told potential investors: "I really would encourage you to look at Britain in a new way. There's plenty of investment opportunities, of course, in London and the South East - London, this amazing global city - but look again at the North."

Mr Cameron pointed out that Singapore's founder Sir Stamford Raffles was a "Yorkshireman by blood" as he attempted to woo local investors.

We want to rebalance our country and we want Singaporean and other south-east Asian investors to help us do it. That is what the Northern Powerhouse is all about.

– David Cameron

Mr Cameron added: "From the North Sea to the Singapore Strait, let's get more trade flowing."

Three arrests after man dies in house fire in Sheffield

Police and Fire services have launched a joint investigation following a fire in Sheffield in which a man died. Emergency services were called to the semi-detached house on Bluebell Close at around half past midnight last night.

Fire crews say a 44-year-old man was pulled out of the property but "was later pronounced deceased."

Three men have been arrested in connection with the incident and are assisting police with enquiries.

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