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Mobile phones: a classroom menace or learning tool?

The schools are all back now, and after a summer of texting and messaging to their hearts' content, thousands of children are spending the day parted from their mobile phone. The vast majority of Midlands schools ban mobiles from the classroom, but could they be missing out.

Research carried out by one of our universities suggests mobile phone technology can help children's learning.

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'Faster broadband will help Leicestershire economy' says BT managing director

A BT managing director believes the new deal for faster internet in Leicestershire will help local businesses.

Faster broadband will help unlock rural Leicestershire's economic potential. The Leicestershire economy, especially in rural areas predominantly consists of small and micro businesses.

A large number are self-employed, work from home and are in the creative, knowledge based sectors which need high speed broadband and will provide the driving force for the county's digital economy.

– Bill Murphy, BT's managing director of Next Generation Access

Deal for faster internet in Leicestershire

Leicestershire homes and businesses can expect faster broadband speeds Credit: Martin Keene/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Homes and businesses across Leicestershire will have faster broadband because of a £17 million deal between the county council and BT.

It should mean 95 per cent of homes and businesses in the county will have quicker internet access within three years.

Stoke-on-Trent city council explains methane extraction plans: 'To be absolutely clear, this is not fracking'

We are tapping into a traditional resource for the benefit of the people of Stoke-on-Trent and indeed methane from coal mines has powered industry in the city for decades, so this is nothing new.....

.....The methane here is contained in unused coal mines which contain natural fissures so there is no need to fracture the rocks to get it out. This use of energy provides a stable, local source and it uses less energy than importing gas too....

.....This is only one of a number of technologies we are looking at.

– Councillor Andy Platt, Stoke-on-Trent City Council Cabinet Member
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