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Jane Tomlinson appeal has week of celebrations

Today marks the start of the Jane Tomlinson appeal's week of celebrations.

Jane Tomlinson's appeal has raised over £7million for charities. Credit: Press Association

The appeal supports a range of charities from both Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and there will be events held across the region throughout the week. It has also been revealed today that the appeal has raised over £7million for charities.

First generation of driverless cars

Engineers have revealed the first generation of driverless cars, which could be rolled out across the country in a matter of years. Today the Business Secretary gave more details on three projects taking place across the country - each benefiting from a share of £19 million in government cash. Yorkshire road safety campaigners have welcomed the developments - saying it could lead to safer roads for us all. Matt Price reports.


Leaning and Rhodes sign up for the long-term with Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Yorkshire pair Jack Leaning and Will Rhodes have become the latest players to sign long-term deals with Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Leaning, who is currently enjoying a successful close season in Australia with Sydney-based side Sutherland, has agreed an extension until December 2017 and former England under 19s captain Rhodes has also signed on until the end of 2017.

The 21-year-old Leaning was an integral part of Yorkshire’s Championship winning success in 2014 playing 10 matches. As a middle-order batsman, he averaged just over 38 in LV= County Championship cricket with a top score of 99 against Sussex at Arundel. In limited overs cricket, Leaning was more successful with a super batting average of 55 in the Royal London One-Day Cup including a maiden century of 111 not out against Essex Eagles at Scarborough last August.

“I’m delighted to have signed a new contract with Yorkshire,” said Leaning.

“I am still learning my trade as a professional cricketer. It was very special to be part of a winning team last year in my first full season. I hope that I can continue to progress and contribute to the long-term success of the Club.”

Hull-born all-rounder Rhodes is highly-regarded by the Yorkshire cricket department. He has yet to feature in a First-class match for the White Rose county, but has shown tremendous potential in the few games he has played for the Club in One-day cricket. Over the next couple of years he is keen to establish himself as a regular member of the senior squad.

“I am enjoying my cricket and in particular being part of the Yorkshire set-up,” said the 19-year-old, who has spent the off-season honing his skills with the senior side at Headingley.

“There is a great spirit amongst the group and I just love coming into Headingley every day and working on my game. I felt that I had a good season last year with the England under 19s and the Yorkshire Second XI. My aim is to continue to work hard, play well and be part of the senior set-up over the next few years. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Since the start of the year, six players have signed new contracts with the Club including Alex Lees, Steve Patterson and Ryan Sidebottom in the last fortnight.

Ambulance workers dispute ends after more than two years

A dispute which has led to strikes by ambulance workers in our region has ended after more than two years.

Ambulance workers went on strike over a row about staffing arrangements Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Members of Unite at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service have taken industrial action in a row over recognition of the union and staffing arrangements.

A joint statement today from the Ambulance service and union said both parties were resolved to settle outstanding issues, and an agreement had been reached to re-recognise the union.

From April staff will be paid at least £7.85 per hour exceeding the statutory minimum wage by 20 per cent.

Funding for towpath upgrade welcomed

A £450,000 grant to upgrade the canal towpath near Skipton has been greatly welcomed by the Canal & River Trust, Craven District Council and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

The funding from the Department for Transport was announced by Chancellor George Osborne during a visit to Yorkshire.

The Canal & River Trust charity, which cares for 2,000 miles of waterways, will lead on the project to create a new, all-weather hard surface along a popular 4km stretch of the towpath, running alongside the Leeds & Liverpool Canal from Skipton to Bradley. The upgrade work is due to start in April and will last for about three months.

We are delighted to have secured funding to transform the towpath into an all-weather surface which will make such a difference for cyclists, walkers, boaters and anglers using this popular route. The Leeds & Liverpool Canal is one of the key 'Gateways to the Dales' and support from our partners Craven District Council and the National Park Authority has been vital in making this project a reality. Ultimately our ambition is to upgrade the entire Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath in Yorkshire, improving links for the Leeds city region through to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

– Chantelle Seaborn, Canal and River Trust


Big Issue sellers to get 'celebrity boost' on Yorkshire streets

Sellers of The Big Issue will be given a celebrity boost across the streets of Yorkshire this week.

Politicians to join host of big names selling the magazine Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Politicians including George Galloway and David Blunkett will be among a host of big names selling the magazine as part of a campaign to raise money and change perceptions of homlessness.

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says it is an important resource for homeless people.

Unemployment drops by 15,000

Unemployment has dropped by 15,000 in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire over the last year. Two and a half million more people in our region are now in employment than they were in December 2013. The figures released today by the Office for National Statistics also reveal that the number of people participating in apprenticeships has increased by 4.7% per cent in our region.

Minister backs knighthood for Gary Verity

A knighthood should be considered for Gary Verity, the tourism chief who helped bring the Tour de France to Yorkshire, the Culture Secretary has suggested.

Yorkshire hosted the first two stages of the 2014 tour.

Tory Cabinet member Sajid Javid insisted the event has been a "great thing for Yorkshire", as he was pressed to back a campaign to give a knighthood to Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome To Yorkshire.

Speaking in the Commons, Tory backbencher Philip Davies (Shipley) told Mr Javid: "After the great success of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire last year, which gave an estimated £100 million boost to the Yorkshire economy, are you as excited as everybody else in Yorkshire is about the route next week being declared for the Tour de Yorkshire - the new international cycling race which is being introduced?

"And would you like to join me in congratulating Gary Verity for the role he's played in organising this, as well as bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire, and support my campaign for him to receive a knighthood in the next honour's list?"

The Culture Secretary replied: "I agree very much with you. I remember visiting the Tour myself and being hugely impressed by the turnout, participation by people of all ages in terms of spectator sport and it's been a great thing for Yorkshire. I think the new initiative is very welcome. The comments you've made about Gary Verity, I very much agree with you in terms of what he achieved for Yorkshire and it should be looked at."

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