A woman with motor neurone disease has 'banked' her voice so she can continue to chat with her loved ones in the future. Kay Jones, 66, is facing the possibility of losing the ability to speak. A related condition known as dysarthria is causing the muscles in her mouth, tongue and throat to weaken. Synthetic voice technology has been around for some time, but the ability to personalise someone's sound is relatively new. Working with speech and language therapists from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Kay has recorded more than 1,500 sentences and phrases. They have been converted into a synthetic voice unique to Kay, allowing her to 'speak' through an app on a tablet, computer or smart phone. The phrases include everyday sayings, questions and answers as well as sentences relating to her family. Kay, from Ramsbottom, Bury, said the whole process would allow her to stay in contact with her friends and family. She lives with her husband Stuart and is a mum-of-one. "Losing your voice … [Read more...] about Disease could rob Kay of her voice, but she’ll be able to chat
KEY: Pupil's name is shown with number of passes. Results from Barnsley College are on page 2 of the article. For full report, pictures and analysis see next Thursday's South Yorkshire Times. MEXBOROUGH SCHOOLYear 13 A Levels (+ AS levels in brackets): Joe Adey 0 (2), Melanie Agar 3 (1), Sarah Bailey 3 (2), Lee Barton 1 (1), Claire Bartram 3 (1), Joanne Bedford 2 (2), Sarah Beech 3 (1), Holly Bertram 2 (1), Jack Bertram 3 (1), Samantha Bray 4 (1), Gemma Brooks 3 (1), Joshua Cowan 3 (1), Taran Davies 3 (0), Stacey Dungworth 3 (0), Robert Dunkiert 3 (2), Chloe Dunn 0 (2), Thomas Dye 2 (0), Claire Ellis 1 (2), David Elsey 4 (0), Holly Feast 3 (1), Megan Griffiths 3 (0), Megan Hughes 3 (2), Khassid Hussain 0 (0) + Btec National Diploma - Applied Science, Ellen Hutchinson 4 (0), Lucy Jones 3 (2), Aaron Joyce 2 (2), Sarah Kelly 3 (1), Samya Khademi 0 (1) + Btec National Diploma - Applied Science, Martin Knowles 3 (0), Amy License 1 (0), Lauren Mcginn 3 (0), Amie Morris 3 (0), John Olejnik 1 … [Read more...] about A Level Results 2008
MARK Williams-Thomas is an investigative journalist and familiar face on This Morning. Here's the lowdown on the former detective who presents The Investigator: A British Crime Story... Who is Mark Williams-Thomas? Mark Williams-Thomas was born in 1970 and is an English investigative journalist and former police officer. He served as a constable and family liaison officer with Surrey police from 1989 to 2000, where he led many investigations. Following this period, he had a career change, becoming the marketing manager and a director of GumFighters in 2001 and 2002. The company were used by councils to remove gum off streets. In 2005, he launched WT Associates, which is an independent child protection consultancy firm. Nowadays he works as a crime reporter at the heart of many of the nation's leading cases. What does Mark Williams-Thomas do on This Morning? Mark has been looking into a number of cases on This Morning’s true crime series called Unsolved. This has included looking … [Read more...] about Who is Mark Williams-Thomas and what’s his show The Investigator: A British Crime Story about?
MADE In Chelsea star Oliver Proudlock is engaged to his model girlfriend Emma Louise Connolly. The fashion designer and reality star announced the news on Instagram today with a sweet romantic snap. He captioned the pic: "She said yes!! She's making an honest man of me. Greatest moment of my life." Emma held a glass of champagne and flashed her huge engagement ring as Oliver kissed her on the cheek. His new fiancee was equally thrilled, writing on Instagram: "And then I said yes and split my jeans with excitement." Oliver proposed during a weekend in Gothenburg, Sweden while the couple were were celebrating their fourth anniversary. Emma later then showed off her enormous sparkler in another Instagram snap, describing it as "the ring of my dreams." She told fans: "I’m genuinely not sure if I’ll ever stop crying. "@proudlock designed the most breathtaking ring of my DREAMS using the diamonds from his Grandma’s engagement ring. That’ll be me crying again." Oliver … [Read more...] about Made In Chelsea’s Oliver Proudlock engaged to model girlfriend Emma Louise Connelly after romantic proposal in Sweden
Alex Stoia from Ecclesall Tennis Club frustration mounted as he was runner up in the Men’s Open singles final for a second year running, narrowly missing out to James Ledger. Stoia went a break up (4-2) in the third and final set only to see his lead diminish as Ledger took back control to win the deciding set 7-5.Stoia’s frustration didn’t end there, he and partner Richard Furness then went on to play the Men’s Open Doubles Final against Joshua Gledden and Mushraf Raouf from Abbeydale Tennis Club losing out 6-3, 7-5.The Women’s Open singles final was a long hard fought match between Louise Holtum and Olivia Noble with Holtum being the eventual winner. Holtum went on to do the treble also winning the Women’s Open doubles pairing up with Olivia Noble and the Mixed Open doubles partnering brother Jonty Holtum against Joshua Gledden and Ellen Plaskitt, this was again yet another one of the day’s long closely contested finals with the Holtums … [Read more...] about Louise Holtum wins three titles at Sheffield Senior Tennis tournament