21/08/2014 East Midlands Today


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Despite delight and relief, it seems the East Midlands could do better.

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Backing for E cigarettes from a leading doctor. The shock

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resignation that has muddied the waters at a Labour run council. And

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a site to savour. A Vulcan bomber and to Lancaster 's flying together.

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`` two Lancasters. Joy for thousands of pupils in

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the East Midlands on GCSE results. It's a happy day for those who

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have got what they wanted. there are many out there today who

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didn't. Yes, because the East Midlands is

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the only region in the UK where there was no improvement

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on a key measure of success. with a big drop in the number of A

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grades, in particular. Sarah Teale has been marking

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our performance and meeting students at a Nottingham college

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as they opened their results. Joy, relief and jubilation. An

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emotional roller`coaster for students in Nottingham anxiously

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receiving their GCSE results. Oh well. I got an grade A Star in

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English and history. I got a couple of grade A 's, one grade A and one

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grade C. She gained a grade C in maths and she wants to become a

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nurse. I am absolutely stunned. I am so happy. And another mother of two

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went back to college aged 28 to fulfil her dream of becoming a

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teacher. She passed all five GCSEs. I have tried to juggle work, the

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kids and running a house. Just to get in full`time. It was really

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hard. But I am very pleased. Nationally, results have improved

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but this region has asked the trend. The East Midlands is the only one in

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the UK that saw no improvement in results. In fact it is the only one

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where results were worse than last year. The joint council for

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qualifications is the body made up of all the exam boards. There is

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some variation in statistics. But this is what they published...

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Between the top grade and grade C, attainment was down by 0.2%. Last

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year, 66% of candidates got between grade C and above but this year,

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65.7. The grade with the biggest drop was grade A, down by more than

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half a percent. We do not have failing schools but schools on a

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journey of improvement. They are improving in things like attendance,

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behaviour and exclusions. I think some of these schools in these

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results have in fact made great strides and that is a positive

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story. How hard are they? They are as hard as they have ever been. You

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put more work and effort into making sure that actually there is more of

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a robust process in place. People have to work hard to get good

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results. That sentiment is echoed by these students, now ready to take

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the first step towards their future. Some headteachers have criticised

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changes in the system which has been blamed for a drop`in English

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results. This is the headteacher of a community school in Derby. Good

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evening. There has been a drop in raids at your school I think I am

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right in saying. Who do you blame for that? `` drop in grading. I had

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disappointed in the impact the changes have had here. As far as I

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am concerned the blame is with Michael Gove and the way the changes

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have been implemented. It was changed to make exams more rigorous.

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Surely there is nothing wrong with that? Well, no. But these changes

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were made at very short notice. What has happened with GCSE English is he

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speaking and listening component was taken out. It was done in September

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last year. Partway through, already starting on the academic year. That

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was changed with very little notice for us. And the impact of that was

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not explained. What has happened, most students do better on that

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component than on the written exams. Amber written coursework. Taking it

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out is disadvantage in students and making it harder to get the grades.

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Excuse me for interrupting but have we not got anecdotal evidence that

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the speaking and listening test, schools marks them themselves and

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they were or could have been too generous? I do not know if that is

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the case or not. It was not the case at this school. Nothing was done to

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consider the impact of removing a part that a lot of students,

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particularly average and below average students did really well

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with. Nothing has been done to take account of that. We passed the exam

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board six months ago if we would have any changes made. If we had

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known, we could have reacted and led the students to expect the results

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that they got this summer. That point is taken. Thank you. Coming

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up, a once`in`a`lifetime site, in the skies above the East Midlands.

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The Heritage aviation enthusiasts, it does not get much better than

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this for them. And it does get better than this with the weather. I

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will have a detailed forecast later including what to expect for the

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bank holiday weekend. Next tonight,

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a split within our region's NHS over Go to one place

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and the health service might help Try somewhere else and

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the answer will be a firm no. Health Correspondent Rob

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Sissons has this report. She is thrilled to have quit smoking

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tobacco and now uses an electronic cigarette. It has not got tobacco

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and it delivers nicotine in a vapour. I was on 40 per day. I tried

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to quit with sprays. And then I started on this. Until it is more

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risk than a cigarette, until we can tell it has got to be better. They

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are not on the NHS and they are not licensed. Leicestershire 's NHS stop

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smoking service might give you a voucher for one. It is a bold move

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and this specialist supports it. They do have advantages. If they are

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finding smokers coming into the service that said, let's say a

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nicotine patch and electronic cigarette, that is what I do in

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practice. It can kill one into people and everything that helps

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must be applauded. Less people are using the quit service in the East

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Midlands. 51,000 in the past year, down from 72,000 two years before. A

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fall of almost 30%. Cancer charities do not want the NHS to embrace E

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cigarettes yet. Because they are quite new, we do not have the

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evidence we need to know if they are safe. We do not know for sure what

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the long`term risk might be. Hampshire is following the lead of

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Leicestershire. But many quit smoking services, like Derbyshire,

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are staying clear at least for now. Labour's grip of Nottinghamshire

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County Council is in doubt tonight One of its rising stars has quit

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in protest at budget cuts Ian Campbell first made national

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headlines as His decision to quit means Labour

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has lost its overall majority Our Political Editor

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John Hess is with us. He first hinted on Twitter a couple

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of days ago that he was not happy about some recent policy decisions

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taken by the leadership of Nottinghamshire County Council. Cuts

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to bus services, contracting out public health contracts away from

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local NHS GPs. He is now aged 27 and he became the youngest Mayor four

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years ago. At Retford in Nottinghamshire and he was elected

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last year when Labour gained control against the Conservatives. But why

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resign now? Residents are fed up of not being listened to. And it has

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affected bus services and they centres. And there are other issues

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which people have been affected by in Retford because of the decisions

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at County Hall. The Labour leadership must stand up and listen.

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I will always have Labour and socialist values but when you cannot

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represent your residence properly on a council it is time to leave. What

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has been the response of the Labour leadership? They are very

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disappointed. But there was a flavour of irritation in the

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comments of the Labour leader, Alan Rhodes. He says that being a Labour

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councillor is a responsible position which requires dedication in

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challenging financial Times. Can Labour continue running County Hall

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effectively if they do not have an overall majority? Crucially, it has

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got 11 seats over the Conservatives. But if all the opposition parties

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ganged up together and voted in a block, they could make it very

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difficult for Alan Rhodes and the leadership. Come the round of budget

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committee meetings and the finalising of the budget for the

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next financial year, it might be that all of the opposition

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councillors including Ian Campbell as an independent could cause some

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difficulty. A controversial waste treatment

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site in Derby will go ahead. The plant at Sinfin will turn much

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of Derby and Derbyshire's waste The company behind

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the project says it will reduce CO2 emissions, but campaigners say it

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will create pollution The plant will cost almost ?150

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million to build Planners have approved

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a ?10 million shopping centre An Aldi supermarket

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and several small shops will be The developers say

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the scheme will breathe new life into an area of the city

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which they say needs investment. It has been called a

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once`in`a`lifetime moment for thousands of people witnessing a fly

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past by three iconic aircraft. The last flying Vulcan bomber was

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flanked by the last two flying Lancaster aircraft. After going up

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at RAF Waddington. It marked a symbolic moment for the devoted of a

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memorial centre for bomber command. Two Lancaster aircraft and a

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Vulcan, a unique combination on a day when aviation in view the assets

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will remember the day for years to come. `` aviation fans. It became

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clear that this once`in`a`lifetime event was attracting far more

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spectators than had been expected. For many onlookers it was an early

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start. They agreed it was worthwhile. I have come from

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Rochdale to see this. I set off at five o'clock this morning. I am

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tired but it is worth it. I was on nights last night and I was here at

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six o'clock this morning. A couple of hours in bed and straight here.

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Once`in`a`lifetime opportunity to see this. Will not happen again in

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my lifetime. Police warned drivers to avoid the main road as designated

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car parks build`up. The distinctive shapes appeared in the sky and the

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road itself became an impromptu viewing area. It was all in aid of

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this, at a site here where veterans and fundraisers and serving AMN

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gathered to cut the first term of what is to become the international

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bomber command centre. It represents the wingspan of a Lancaster bomber

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and it will be surrounded by panels commemorating all the people that

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died serving with bomber command in the Second World War. Nobody till

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recently had recognised the suffering and the contribution which

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was made by all of the people getting up in an aeroplane. The last

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aircraft joined forces with the only flying Vulcan, over this ceremony

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and it was a great moment for veterans including Johnny Johnson,

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the last surviving British veteran of the famous dambusters raid. I

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think it is excellent. It is one of the best dedications, I think.

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55,500 crew, air crew that was lost in the war. Irrespective of the

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losses that we were suffering, the boys still went over. And when I see

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those aircraft coming over, I still cry. It was never likely to be

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repeated. A day like no other, for the thousands that stops to watch,

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it was a fitting tribute for the people that served and died with

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bomber command. We have put some of the footage up

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on Facebook. The address should be on your screen and the guide to

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where the Lancaster aircraft will fly next. In case you get the chance

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to see them in person this summer. Two weeks after a massive fire

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in Leicester local businesses say they're losing thousands

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of pounds in trade. The fire on Melton Road devastated

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a factory It's open again now but locals say

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people are still avoiding the area. Trade, they reckon,

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is down by as much as 50%. It has been a difficult two weeks

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for this man, having to close his family business because of damage to

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the windows and the overhead. It has been affected really bad. There is

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no business for us. The tension with that, paying rent and making money

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is really bad at the moment. The fire was devastating and hundreds of

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people were evacuated from nearby buildings and one building was

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completely destroyed. This woman's beauty salon was across the road

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from where the factory once stood. Normally she would be busy but since

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the fire she has not had many bookings. It is dead now. The area

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looks dead. Business is down by about 50%. What do you do? They are

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not alone. Trade has gone down in this area. We are not getting as

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much as we used to before. It has affected us by about 50%. It has

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been 50% for nearly three weeks. How long can you carry on like this?

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About four weeks. A fortnight later, people are trying to work out how

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the fire started still. That is being made difficult because there

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is so little left of the 4`storey factory. What we are looking at his

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witness statements, video footage. That type of thing. Looking at the

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occupiers of the building and finding out what might have caused

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it. We think it was accidental at the moment. Back at the salon and he

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is hoping business will pick up soon. The damage is estimated at

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thousands of pounds. And she does not know if the insurance will cover

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it. First tonight, Leicester City

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Manager Nigel Pearson says he is still hopeful of adding to his squad

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before the transfer window closes. Former Inter Milan midfielder

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Esteban Cambiasso remains Pearson was speaking to

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the media today ahead of Saturday's He ruled out a move for French

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defender, Rod Fanni. But the club are still working

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on a deal for Cambiasso. Sport is unfortunately at times it

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is quite a difficult process. `` unfortunately at times. It is very

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much a case of getting to the bottom of who represents what and trying to

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achieve the goal, and that is adding players to the squad.

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Nottingham Forest Manager Stuart Pearce says that without

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a doubt he's confident midfielder Henri Lansbury will be

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Lansbury's been strongly linked with a move to Burnley but Pearce

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A new deal is being considered and he feels the signs are positive.

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I spoke with the agent yesterday. They are quite happy with the terms

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which have been offered. I think it is a case of signing the contract.

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If it is not signed, he has got two years left anyway. I think it shows

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willing from our point of view in terms of playing here. And once

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again, if the owners back my recommendations, there is a contract

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which I think is deserved. Cricket and what a night it was

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for Notts Outlaws. They've secured a home quarter final

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in the One`Day Cup after a nail Notts were set 303 for victory

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by Warwickshire and they were looking good to reach

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that target with another century But a bit of a batting collapse

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set up a tense end to the match. In the end Notts needed one run

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from the final ball. Luke Fletcher kept his nerve

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and hit a four And Notts will play their quarter

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final at Trent Bridge next Tuesday. Well,

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it could be Leicestershire if they The Foxes to just 184 in their

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innings. Derbyshire hope to progress as well. They batted first against

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Gloucestershire, setting a target of 272.

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Tomorrow night Nottingham plays host to a big night in the

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It's the first season of the new competition

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and Nottingham Panthers will be flying the flag for Great Britain.

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44 teams in Champions League and they are 44th.

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This new signing is a commanding residence at six foot

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six and cannot wait to test him self against the best in Europe.

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It is fun to play against the top teams.

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We are excited for the weekend to get started.

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They are starting with a Finnish team, Luko from Finland

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Let's hope this man is as good in Europe as Cloughie was. I know

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football will always be competing but ice hockey is definitely

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underrated as a sport worldwide. I think it will be exciting for the

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fans. It will be a big step up for the Panthers. Will the supporters

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come in then numbers for the Champions League like they do

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against Sheffield? We do not have a long`standing rivalry with Finland

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and Sweden, the Arctic circle. But it will be nice to see them and

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teach them a thing or two about UK ice hockey rather than then teaching

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us about their brand. We will fly the flag for the UK. We are doing it

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for the fans. They deserve the best and we want to put the best on for

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them. Chris Adcock and Gaby are going for

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world glory. Tom Williams has more. Hardly time to draw breath. The

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golden couple are back home preparing for the world

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championship. They trained five times per week, morning and

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afternoon. Last fortnight, the Commonwealth games and their

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dedication was rewarded with old in Glasgow. `` a gold medal. It was

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like a dream come true. You dream about being on the top of the podium

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and the friends and family were there and we were really lucky. It

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felt amazing. Are you always wandering around wearing your

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medals? We like to look at them every now and then and get them out

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of the box. We are really proud and happy that we have something to show

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for it. Your friends must hear you coming at make a right racket. Yes,

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it sounds like a wind chime when they are moving about. It is good.

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They are ranked fifth in the world. They were the outstanding couple at

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the Commonwealth games, winning the title without dropping a game. With

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the real Olympics just a couple of years away, every second counts and

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there is little spare time. We were on `` very lucky to do what we love

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together and it was great to achieve something and it makes it special.

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Obviously at work we are with a partnership, working together. And I

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think it transfers into the home life quite well. Commonwealth

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celebrations have been put on hold, the holiday is booked and a first

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winning anniversary is coming up and they should find some quality time

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together away from the court, especially if they keep winning on

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it. We wish them all the best for next week.

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Finally, we return to our top story, and to some good news

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Because for some youngsters, just sitting them was

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Millgate School takes on pupils with severe social

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Two years ago it was put into special measures.

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But since then it's shown a real improvement and so have its pupils.

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For years, these were failing students in a failing school.

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The school is out of special measures

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and today these 16`year`olds picked up their GCSE results.

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It was the usual mix of delight and disappointment.

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But just to be able to take these exams was a big step in itself.

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I think I have done all right since where I was a few years ago.

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I did not attend school for more than six months.

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When I started, my behaviour was terrible.

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Millgate takes on people that have been kicked out of other schools, or

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Smaller classes and one`on`one support have helped these pupils

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get their grades and many are now hoping to start apprenticeships.

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We concentrated on destinations and we make sure the boys who come

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to this school get an education suitable for them as individuals.

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We have seen top grades through to the bottom grades

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What we have seen is people that have shown real drive

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and made progress and coming out with good results.

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It helps you understand the world properly.

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Before it was like a joke and you did not really understand

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And you realise you have got to work.

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Ofsted still ranks the school as requiring improvement.

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But the head wants to make it outstanding.

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That will involve helping many more pupils like these to get

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Congratulations to them. Now the weather. Is it a staff forecast? !

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We are expecting some improvement before things go downhill for the

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bank holiday Monday. It should be nice in the next couple of days.

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Thank you for this picture, David. Plenty of sunny spells and it should

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be mostly dry apart from some isolated showers. Through the day

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the cloud has been increasing with a scattering of showers. That is the

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story this evening and overnight. Getting quite thick with these

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showers continuing. But this will help hold the temperatures up. More

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mild and temperatures at 11 Celsius minimum. Showers tending to fade

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away tomorrow. Cloud is breaking up. We should get long sunny spells in

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the day on Friday. A lot of tri` weather. For most of us it will stay

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dry with just the occasional isolated shower. Away from this

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breeze, quite pleasant at 18 Celsius and feeling a little warmer. Looking

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ahead on Saturday, not too bad, a dry and fine start. More cloud in

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the afternoon and a scattering of showers. High pressure is in charge

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on Sunday. It looks like it will be largely drive. Should be plenty of

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sunshine. But at the Atlantic end, this area of low pressure is going

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towards us. Sunday night into Monday, wet and windy conditions.

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One thing tonight, Saturday night looks like it will be particularly

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cold, Mary `` dare I say it, maybe Frosty Imro areas. We will be back

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with the late news. I hope you can join me then. Good night.

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