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New technology makes life easier for visually impaired

More than two thousand visually impaired people from across Hampshire are coming together to find out how new technology could make their lives easier. The exhibition at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton will also show the range of services available.

One in five people over 75 will suffer sight loss in the UK and those numbers are set to double over the next 50 years as the average age of our population increases.

Ageas Bowl death charge

A company has been charged after a builder was killed when a concrete wall fell on him at a cricket ground in Hampshire.

Phillip Carsley died on 8 February, 2010. Concrete from building works on two new stands fell on him whilst he was working at the Ageas Bowl.

I have now concluded there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Ian Gould, director of Prefix Limited, the company contracted to install concrete units in the ground, with gross negligence manslaughter and two offences contrary to section 33 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. I have also concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Andrew Scott Limited, the company project-managing the construction of the spectator stands, with two offences contrary to section 33 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

– Zoe Martin, Specialist Prosecutor in the CPS Special Crime Division

Both companies are due to appear at West Hampshire Magistrates' Court on 3 July, 2013.

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Michael Bates thrilled with new contract

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Bates takes a magnificent catch against Leicestershire Credit: LMI Photography

Hampshire wicketkeeper Michael Bates has signed a two-year deal which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2014 season. Bates, who became full-time first choice wicketkeeper this summer, was out of contract at the close of the 2012 campaign.

Bates had a terrific campaign for Hampshire last season, finishing the summer with the joint leading number of first class dismissals in the country. He also equalled a ground record, taking six catches in an innings against Gloucestershire at The Ageas Bowl.

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