13/04/2014 East Midlands Today


13/04/2014

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With your news now for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn.

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Members of Leicester's Sikh community have collected a record

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amount of food today, to support families in need. A food drive's

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been held in the city as part of celebrations for Vaisakhi.

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Organisers say over 11 tonnes has been collected. Emily Anderson

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reports. People from across the city arrive

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with boxes and bags of food. Everything donated will be given to

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charities. In the current circumstances, with a lot of people

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out on the streets, we thought it would be good to do a drive that

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affected local people. It is the most important day in the seek

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calendar because it underlines the principles of the faith to help

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others. It means donating things to the temple, helping people out who

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are in need. Part of being a Sikh is about giving back to the community

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and offering what ever you can. Tomorrow thousands of people across

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the region will celebrate Vaisakhi but here the spirit of generosity

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has come early. A priest who works in the Southwell

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and Nottingham diocese has become the first member of clergy in

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Britain to have a gay marriage. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who is a

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chaplain at Lincoln County Hospital, and also runs occasional services in

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Nottinghamshire, wed his long`term partner this weekend. In a statement

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the Bishop of Lincoln said the priest had written to him about his

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plans and they'd held a meeting in which he explained the Church's

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current guidelines. Health experts are encouraging more

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people to donate blood in the East Midlands, particularly as stocks

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drop over Easter. They especially want donors who have the O negative

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and B negative blood type. Our health correspondent, Rob Sissons,

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reports. Saving a life can start here. Each

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donation of blood has the potential to save three lives but with the

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summer holidays on the way and Easter around the corner it gets

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harder for the service to get donors. Clare has been volunteering

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for years. It does not take very long so it is not an inconvenience

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to get here. Blood is in demand because certain ethnic groups are

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more prone to diseases that require it. On negative is also very

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valuable. It can be given to anybody in an emergency situation so if

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there was not time to find out what somebody's blood group is they can

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be given on negative. Felix has this blood type and Rembrandt to fit this

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into a busy life is the biggest challenge. I am going to start

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getting into giving blood again. Football now, and Derby County have

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virtually confirmed their place in the play`offs. It's after their

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stunning 3`1 victory over Huddersfield this weekend. With

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details of that game, and the rest, here's Natalie Jackson.

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Derby County came from a goal down to beat nine man Huddersfield. Steve

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McClaren's Rams were scoring for fun. Johnny Russell clipped in a

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lovely equaliser. The away goal keeper put the ball into his own net

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to give the Rams the lead before Chris Martin sealed the win with a

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penalty, his 21st goal of the season. Nottingham Forest's

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play`offs hope is all but over after a defeat at QPR. They will `` Bay

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are 11th in the table with no wins in 12. Notts County pulled off a

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great win at home. They battled back from 2`0 down to beat Port Vale and

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climb out of the relegation zone. Mansfield are having a late surge. A

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stunning 3`0 win over second placed Rochdale means they are just six

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points off a play`off spot with four games to go. At the London marathon,

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Great Britain and Nottingham's Paralympic champion Richard

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Whitehead had an incredible reception. Richard completed the

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race in three hours 42 minutes and four seconds. His incredible 12

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months has taken in a barely believable 40 marathons in 40 days

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for charity. He was one of the most recognisable faces to the London

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crowds this afternoon. Our weather woman mail took part as

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well. `` Mel. If you missed out on the sunshine

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today never mind is because there is plenty on offer tomorrow. Dry and

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sunny. We will see more cloud building through the evening and the

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first part of the night, maybe some light showers here and there, but

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the skies will clear behind that and it will turn a little chilly as

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well, Northern areas down to four Celsius. Tomorrow, plenty of

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sunshine, the clouds coming and going into the afternoon. The winds

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will be a bit lighter and temperatures up to 13 or 14 degrees.

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We got to 17 degrees in the sunshine in London and many places enjoyed a

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pleasant day. A different story for the zero wherein was quite wet and

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windy. You

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