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Law changes means more home workers

by Tom Savvides

More people could end up working from home after a change in the law. Any employee, who has been with a company for twenty six weeks, can now ask for flexible working not just parents or carers.

Certain companies already offer this to staff but smaller firms say the new regulations could prove difficult to implement.

Tom Savvides has been talking to Esther Fox from St Leonards, Simon Webster from Facts & Figures in Ashford and Jo James from Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

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Vivienne Westwood unveils her designs for the Virgin Atlantic crew uniform

Vivienne Westwood with members of the Virgin Atlantic cabin crew in their new uniforms Credit: Rex Features
Blondie with lead singer, Debbie Harry sporting a Virgin Atlantic crew jacket, at the launch party Credit: Rex Features
Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie, at the Virgin Atlantic new uniform launch Credit: Rex Features

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Airports and airlines warn of flight delays

Flybe
Flybe is cancelling some flights Credit: Meridian

Flybe has been asked by the French aviation authorities to reduce its flying programme because of industrial action by air traffic controllers. The company is asking passengers to check its website for information.

Flybe says: "We been advised that French Unions have called for an official six-day strike scheduled to take place in France between 0400 (French local time) Tuesday 24th June and 0400 (French local time) on Monday 30th June, 2014.

The region's other airports, including Gatwick are also issuing advice.

Sixty firefighters tackle Ferndown factory fire

Explosions were heard coming from the factory in Ferndown Credit: Simon Rowley
Fifty firefighters from across Dorset were called to bring the fire under control Credit: Simon Rowley

The fire started in a property in Haviland Road, Ferndown. Shortly after Dorset Fire crews arrived they requested more for help. Aappliances from Ferndown, Wimborne, Redhill and Poole were mobilised and eight crews were sent to the scene.

Additional crews from Westbourne, Springbourne, Verwood and Christchurch were also mobilised, together with a high rise and support appliance The electricity board also attended as the building was under high voltage lines.

The building is a semi-detached industrial unit used as a metal finishing factory. An hour after the first call further assistance was requested and 12 crews attended in all - involving 60 fire fighters. Crews from Hamworthy, Ferndown, Wareham, and Blandford helped fight the blaze.

It is now under control.

Sussex people 'concerned' about fracking

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Anti-fracking demonstrators Credit: Meridian

A strong majority of Sussex residents say they are concerned about fracking coming to the area, according to Greenpeace. They say people want local leaders to put planning decisions on hold until more evidence of the impacts of shale drilling is available and a proper debate has taken place,

It comes just weeks before planning authorities in Sussex are set to become the first in years to decide on whether to grant planning permission to fracking firms. Greenpeace say people are concerned water contamination, tremors, heavy lorry traffic and landscape damage.

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