Register for our free newsletter MSPs have highlighted concerns about the City Region Deals set up to boost parts of Scotland, saying “significant issues” need to be urgently addressed. Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee examined the system which has seen four such deals approved in Scotland, in Glasgow and the Clyde, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness and talks on deals for the Stirling and Clackmannanshire area and the Tay cities region. MSPs said there was some “scepticism about what is being promised”, particularly regarding forecast job numbers. The Deal Or No Deal report said: ” What is clear from the evidence that we have heard during our inquiry is that there is much to welcome in relation to City Region Deals, not least of which is the much-needed investment in our economy. “There are though, significant issues that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.” The MSPs said: “T here is a danger … [Read more...] about MSPs ‘sceptical’ over what can be achieved from City Region Deals
LORAINE Barry is one of the most successful Irish ballroom dancers ever – making her a fair critic in her role as judge on Dancing With The Stars Ireland.She rejoins Brian Redmond and Julian Benson on the judging panel for a second season of the hit RTE show.But where is Loraine from and what is her dance background? Here’s the full lowdown.Where is Loraine from?Loraine originally hails from Cabra in Dublin and despite competing and now teaching across the world, she says her roots are still firmly in Ireland.She revealed: “Even though I don’t live here anymore and haven’t for many years, I am Irish, I’ll always be Irish, I still carry an Irish passport.“So to come back home to where my dance training began and do this show is such an honour.”When did Loraine start dancing and what did she achieve?Loraine started dance lessons aged just six – and now has over fifty national and international titles under her belt.She won juvenile … [Read more...] about Who is Dancing With The Stars judge Loraine Barry, where is she from, is she married and what has the top dancer achieved in her career?
0 Have your say Some wanted a big name. Others wanted someone with experience of English football. Some wanted a man who knows the club. And some simply wanted the new boss to be British. What Sheffield Wednesday fans ended up with is an unknown Dutchman who has spent all of his managerial career in Germany.The appointment of Jos Luhukay as replacement for Carlos Carvalhal at Hillsborough was a surprise to say the least but being predictable is not something that Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri can ever be accused of.Yes, having a knowledge of the game on these shores can be hugely beneficial, not least in the Championship with it's unique challenges, but that no longer appears to matter a great deal.For every failure like Leonid Slutsky at Hull City, there's a Marco Silva (at the same club), a David Wagner, a Nuno Espírito Santo ... a Carlos Carvalhal, even.Those four came to England with no experience of the Championship and have done alright since.What Luhukay has to offer, … [Read more...] about Under-achieving Sheffield Wednesday players must grasp the opportunity of a fresh start under Jos Luhukay
HEALTH visiting services at Dudley’s major provider of community healthcare for young people is celebrating after receiving baby friendly accreditation by UNICEF for the second time. Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT) achieved ‘stage three’ recognition after the team underwent a rigorous assessment process to provide assurance that they deliver the very highest standards of care. The service – which is the main provider of children, young people and family services across the borough – were assessed against four criteria and scored over 80 per cent for each area. Joy Williams, interim general manager for children’s division, said: “This is really good news for Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and even better news for mothers and babies of Dudley. “Our health visiting services are already committed to giving children the best possible start in life and achieving our stage three accreditation will … [Read more...] about Dudley’s pre-school services achieve top UNICEF accreditation
PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 September 2016 Hadley Stevenson O'Shea. Archant A budding North Somerset chef has won praise from his employers after passing a tough apprenticeship course in one of the region’s busiest restaurants. Hadley Stevenson O’Shea, aged 17, took on the role at the Bardolino Pizzeria, Bellini and Espresso Bar at theclub, Cadbury House, which is world-renowned chef Marco Pierre White’s latest culinary venture. Hadley, of Cleeve, enrolled on a professional cookery course at Weston College and passed the course with flying colours this summer. He learned his skills directly from Marco himself and then helped to launch Bardolino at the Congresbury hotel earlier this year. Hadley said: “All my friends stayed on to do A-levels but this, for me, was by far the best option. Not only have I gained the relevant qualification, but I’ve also worked at the sharp end serving customers.” Jason Eaton, general manager at theclub, praised … [Read more...] about Top achievement for Bardolino’s Hadley