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University staff back at work after two day strike

Staff at Bristol University's Graduate School of Education walk out in protest over pay Credit: Myrna Escalona Sibaja

University staff across the West Country have returned to work today after a two day strike over pay.

Lecturers and teaching staff, including those at the University of Bristol, say they have been held to a 1.1% pay rise and are angry that vice-chancellors have been awarded a 6.4% hike.

The University and College Union is also campaigning on gender equality issues and there is also concern about increased use of short term teaching contracts.


Rovers boss becomes highest paid manager in club's history

The future of Bristol Rovers boss Darrel Clarke is finally clear today as the club announce he has signed another three year deal.

Amid speculation he could leave the team, following an approach by Leeds United, the freshly-signed contract makes Clarke the highest paid manager in the club's history.

Darrell Clarke, Bristol Rovers Manager Credit: ITV West Country

The manager - who has been at the helm since March 2014 and guided Rovers back into the Football League in 2015, before the club were promoted once again, this season.

Darrell believes that the ambitions of Bristol Rovers match his own and is looking forward to the challenge of preparing the club for life back in Sky Bet League One for the 2016/17 campaign.

– Bristol Rovers

10 things you should know about Clevedon Pier

It is the only fully operational Grade 1 Listed Pier in the country.
Built in the 1860s to attract tourists and provide a ferry port for rail passengers to South Wales.
Opened in 1869 and served as an embarkation point for paddle steamer excursions for almost 100 years
The pier is 312 metres long.
It has eight spans supported by steel rails covered by wooden decking.
The legs of the pier are exposed at low tide and hidden at high tide.
  • This is because the Severn Estuary has one of the highest tidal ranges in the world.
The landing stage at the end has several levels to allow boats to dock at all tide levels.
During stress testing on October 16 1970, spans 7 and 8 of the pier collapsed.
There are dozens plaques with names and messages to loved ones along the pier - including proposals!
It was described by Sir John Betjeman as being ‘The most beautiful Pier on the coast of England’

Farmers ask for no fly zone as calves spooked by hot air balloon

Farmers have called for a no fly zone over their land after more than 30 calves were spooked by a hot air balloon.

Sue and Jeremy Padfield say the 35 cattle escaped after they charged at fencing, breaking through posts and barbed wire.

The couple, of Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset, say the cows were spooked by a hot air balloon.

Balloons are a regular fixture of the West Country in the summer months Credit: ITV West Country

They've now called on the National Farmers Union to help them try and introduce a 'no fly zone' over the farm to try to stop it happening again.

Posting on Facebook she said she had received overwhelming support from other farmers.

All young calves safely back, incredibly & thankfully appear uninjured, will of course be checking them again later.

Something has seriously spooked them this evening, all fence posts completely snapped & 3 strands of barbed wire broken by them running through.

We'd like to educate the balloon pilot that possibly caused the calves such distress, please help us identify them.

– Sue Padfield, Facebook
Credit: Oliver Berg/dpa
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