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Bradford’s diversity and cohesion service to receive national award

Bradford Council’s diversity and cohesion service is to be recognised nationally for its work in promoting safeguarding and community cohesion within the district’s supplementary schools. The prestigious national quality mark will be awarded at a ceremony in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 7 February. The event will be hosted by the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Schools and Bradford West MP, Naz Shah. It will be attended by local and national supplementary schools as well as educationalists, politicians and dignitaries. Supplementary schools are community based initiatives that provide additional educational…

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Web attacks, computer hacking and cyber security to be discussed at Leeds event

Leeds Beckett University is set to play an integral role in a sell-out conference in the city, which aims to shine a spotlight on web attacks, computer hacking and cyber security. This is the first year Leeds will host the BSides conference – the first dedicated conference for cyber security experts – and students from the School of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering and from the university’s Ethical Hacking Society are helping to organise and run the event on the day. Held at Leeds Beckett’s Cloth Hall Court in the…

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Fascinating objects found during St George’s Hall refurbishment

Some fascinating objects have been found during the refurbishment of St George’s Hall in Bradford. Workers carrying out the £8.5 million refurbishment of the Grade II listed building have found several interesting objects tucked away including a handbill from 1871 promoting a programme of Saturday Night Entertainment, which was printed by J Clegg Printer by Steam Power, Infirmary Street, Bradford. The programme for the evening included Madam Tonnelier performing songs in character from the Grand Duchess, as well as a line-up of music and sketches including Irish and Scottish songs…

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Tourism now worth £656m to Bradford district, new report shows

A new report into tourism in the Bradford district shows an overall increase in year-on-year spending, which has been driven by an increase in day trips and visits from overseas tourists. The industry is now worth an estimated £656 million a year to the district’s economy and supports over 13,500 jobs. The figures show that the total spending by visitors is up by 10% and the number of tourism jobs has also increased by 4% from 2015. An estimated 2.25million visitor nights were spent in the district in 2016 as…

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Appeal Over Sikh Woman’s 1985 Disappearance, Leeds

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Sikh woman who lived in Leeds in the 1980s are appealing for information following the arrest of two people on suspicion of her murder. Officers from West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team arrested a 75-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of Harbans Kaur Lally and arrested a 74-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiracy to murder when they searched an address in Gravesend, Kent, on Monday (8/1). Harbans Kaur Lally A 53-year-old man was also arrested on the same day from an…

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Fake News: How can the government ensure that the truth wins out?

The concept of “fake news” came to the forefront of public consciousness during the 2016 US Presidential Election campaign and in particular the rise of Donald Trump. Its profile has risen exponentially to the extent that the term “fake news” was awarded Word of the Year 2017 by Collins English Dictionary, and barely a day goes past without the phrase being used in new coverage. A key question for the UK government is whether more should be done to tackle this very 21st century issue due to the clear shift…

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Pensioner Jailed for 12 Years After being Convicted of Historic Rape Offence More Than 40 Years Ago

A pensioner has been jailed for 12 years after being convicted of a rape he committed more than 40 years ago. West Yorkshire Police welcomed the long sentence imposed upon Kevin Hazelwood following his conviction at Leeds Crown Court of offences of kidnap and rape committed in Leeds in November 1976 against a then 14- year-old girl. Kevin Hazelwood, 73, was given a total sentence of 12 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to the historic rape at Leeds Crown Court. Cold case detectives reviewed files and exhibits the unsolved case…

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Purchasing your dream house

by Aneka Shoukat & Sidraa Razaq, Shire Solicitors Your dream house is yours – well in principle, now make sure it stays that way! Once your offer has been accepted you should try to insist that the vendors take the property off the market. Be wary of sellers who refuse and continue marketing their property as, should a higher offer be put forward, they will be tempted to take it. It could prove expensive should they pull out after you have incurred the initial expense of having a survey carried…

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Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

The term ‘Mental Health’ includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. According to the NHS, one person in four will be affected by a mental or neurological illness at some point in their life. Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year. The working environment can, without doubt, exacerbate mental ill health; reported causes include poor management, unreasonable demands and deadlines, unfair pay, bullying, harassment and internal politics. Why managing health and wellbeing works for business There…

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The Art of Delegation: Finding the Balance

As a business owner or leader, one of the most important skills to practice, and more importantly one of the toughest skills to do well is delegation. The best leaders seem to be surrounded by capable people, keen to take on extra projects and who are genuinely concerned by the success of their tasks. It is these people, the ones who want to excel, and who are willing to go the extra mile that will learn, grow, generate growth and key to your success, afford you extra time to focus…

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