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Sea Cadets encouraged to join the shipping industry

by Mike Pearse

The rapid growth of the south's shipping industry has led to a major shortage of officers to crew the record number of superliners now using ports like Southampton and Portsmouth.

Now our biggest companies are donating hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Sea Cadets to try and get young people interested in a career on the Ocean waves. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

Minister promotes UK dairy exports at Oxfordshire farm

Farming Minister visits organic farm in Oxfordshire

Farming Minister, George Eustice has been visiting an organic dairy farm in Oxfordshire which exports cream, milk and cheese.

Step Farm in Faringdon plans to increase its business by 75%. The site is part of a dairy co-operative which exported 40m litres of milk, cheese and cream to European and American markets last year.

The farm belongs to OMSCo (Organic Milk Suppliers' Co-operative) farms, which recently launched Kingdom Cheese, the first European cheese to be certified by the US Department of Agriculture to be sold in the USA.

The Government is working with industry to boost the UK's food and drink exports. The sector is already worth £97 billion a year to the economy.

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Kent's Hornby upbeat despite £1.2m loss

A popular toy that is sold by the firm Credit: PA Wire

An iconic toy company based in Kent has reported losses of more than £1 million in the past year.

Hornby have said they remain positive about the future of the company despite the rising debt.

The company's troubles stem from supply chain problems from their railway manufacturer in China and foreign exchange losses.

Excluding the impact of the foreign exchange, Hornby have broken even in the year on the 31st March.

Former Ladbrokes and Dixons director Richard Ames is due to join the group as its new chief executive later this month.

A statement by Hornby said: "The group's plans for the new financial year are well advanced and with the main obstacle to an improved and efficient supply chain out of the way, we expect a gradual improvement in its reliability and quality. As a result we look forward to improved trading next year."

Article 'linked Hillsborough with hooliganism'

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Reading Football Club protested about the article Credit: Meridian

The editor of the Reading Chronicle has left the newspaper after a row over a front page article. The article appeared to link the Hillsborough tragedy with hooliganism and also carried allegations about Reading Football Club.

Staff were told today that editor Maurice O'Brien had left the company. It follows an internal company investigation and a full front page apology. Mr O' Brien had run the newsdesk at the Chronicle since 1997, before before being promoted to editor earlier this year at the age of 64.

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Vodafone's £100m investment means 1,400 jobs

Newbury-based Vodafone has announced a £100 million pound investment in High Street shops over the next year. The company's UK base is in the town - and the Prime Minister is there today, meeting staff.

Vodafone has a long association with Newbury. The company began its life there - and the first mobile phone call was made from London to Newbury in 1985. Today's announcement means 150 new retail shops - and 1,400 more jobs.

Can Manston's closure be averted?

by Nashreen Issa @NashITV

Talks that could have saved Manston Airport in Kent from closure have collapsed. Meridian sources say negotiations between the airport's owners and a potential buyer broke up in disagreement over the asking price of around 8 million pounds.

But we understand there's a second potential investor who could yet salvage the deal. Our reporter Nashreen Issa has the story.

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