Lancashire News – Lancsycs Tue, 15 Nov 2022 08:11:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lancashire News – Lancsycs 32 32 New website aims to keep Lancashire homes warm Tue, 15 Nov 2022 08:08:04 +0000

Chorley-based digital agency Bespoke has presented a new website for a local authority initiative to encourage and support home energy efficiency in Lancashire.

The Cozy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) scheme covers all council-supported energy saving initiatives in the county.

It aims to provide an accessible and simple way to access grants from a variety of sources to fund new heating, insulation and renewable technology measures in domestic properties.

In partnership with 15 local authorities and promoted by Rhea Projects, Cozy Homes in Lancashire offers residents free access to central heating for the first time, gas hook-ups, affordable heating services, energy advice and support on energy measures that save money.

The website includes how-to videos, easy-to-navigate tips and links to the different types of help available, from the first central heating, to window and door upgrades, solar panels, various types of insulation , boiler replacement, smart heating and LEDs. lighting.

Bespoke co-founder and chief executive Steve Brennan said: “Since the program launched in 2014, CHiL has successfully secured over £35 million in funding, which has helped over 10,500 residents to save money with tips and energy saving measures.

“CHiL’s aim is to be Lancashire’s ‘one stop shop for heat’ offering help and assistance to every household in the county. But it’s really important that people can easily access the help available to them, c That’s why we applied several UX (User Experience) tactics in the design of the site to make it as easy to use as possible and ensure people can get the help they deserve.”

Scottish singer-songwriter Rab Noakes dies aged 75 Sat, 12 Nov 2022 07:20:13 +0000 Scottish singer-songwriter Rab Noakes has died aged 75.

Noakes died Friday in hospital after a career spanning more than half a century, with more than 20 albums to his credit.

First playing professionally in 1967, he became a founding member of folk rock band Stealers Wheel and performed at festivals such as Celtic Connections.

Val McDermid, the best-selling crime writer who, like Noakes, hails from Fife, has paid tribute to the man she has known since she was a teenager.

“In tears at the news of the death of Rab Noakes. Known and loved this generous, talented and open man since I was 14, I have never known a kinder soul. Or a better guitarist,” she said.

Fellow singer-songwriter Barbara Dickson also remembered the man she played with.

“My dear and old friend Rab Noakes passed away suddenly in hospital today,” she said.

“I’m shocked. We had so much in common – the Everly Brothers, the Flying Burrito Brothers and an undying love for songs, especially traditional music. Sleep well, Rab. Rest in peace.”

Before setting up production company Neon with his wife, Noakes worked for the BBC for eight years.

Steve Carson, Director of BBC Scotland, said: ‘All of us at BBC Scotland are deeply saddened to hear the news of Rab Noakes.

“His contribution to music in Scotland cannot be overstated, alongside the remarkable programs he has produced here at the BBC.

“Our hearts go out to his family and friends, and to all of his fans across the country.”

BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster Bryan Burnett said: “Such sad news about our own Rab Noakes. A huge loss.

“He hired me at Radio Scotland and as a producer he taught me a lot about country-pop music which we both loved.”

North Korea ‘fires ballistic missile at East Sea’ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 11:27:21 +0000 North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile towards its eastern sea, extending a recent barrage of weapons displays, including what it described as mock attacks on South Korean and American targets last week. .

Seoul’s joint chiefs of staff said the missile was launched from the western city of Sukchon, north of the capital, Pyongyang, and crossed the country to waters off the north east coast.

The South Korean and Japanese militaries estimated that the missile flew about 155 to 180 miles at a maximum altitude of 18 to 30 miles.

The relatively low trajectory seemed to match the flight characteristics of some of North Korea’s new short-range weapons designed to evade missile defenses.

A TV screen shows archive footage of North Korea’s missile launch during a news program at Seoul Station (AP)

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said the missile landed in waters outside the country’s exclusive economic zone.

He said North Korea’s increased testing activities “greatly increased” regional tensions and that Japan had lodged a protest with the North through its embassies in Beijing.

South Korea’s foreign ministry said its nuclear envoy, Kim Gunn, held separate phone calls with his American and Japanese counterparts to discuss trilateral cooperation to counter China’s growing weapons tests and nuclear threat. North Korea.

South Korean officials have said the North may try to ratchet up the pressure further by carrying out its first nuclear test since 2017 in the coming weeks.

The launch came after North Korea fired dozens of missiles last week in an angry reaction to a massive combined air drill between the United States and South Korea that the North has described as a rehearsal for an invasion .

Missile debris
South Korean army soldiers in front of missile debris (Yonhap via AP)

Earlier on Wednesday, the South Korean military said debris recovered from one of the North Korean missiles that flew south last week was determined to be a Soviet-era anti-aircraft weapon dating back to the 1960s.

North Korea’s military said on Monday that its launches last week were action simulations designed to hit “mercilessly” key South Korean and US targets such as airbases and operations command systems.

He said these tests included ballistic missiles loaded with dispersal warheads and underground infiltration warheads intended to launch strikes on enemy airbases, surface-to-air missiles designed to “annihilate” enemy aircraft at different altitudes and distances, and strategic cruise missiles that have fallen. Southeast coast of South Korea.

The North described the launches as an appropriate response to joint U.S. and South Korean air force “Vigilant Storm” exercises that ended on Saturday, which involved some 240 fighter jets, including B-1B supersonic bombers and jets. Advanced F-35 fighter.

This week, the South Korean military conducted annual command post exercises aimed at improving crisis management and operational capabilities to deal with growing North Korean threats. The four-day training is due to last until Thursday.

Blackburn Rovers player ratings after Hudderfield Town win Sun, 06 Nov 2022 12:00:00 +0000

Thomas Kaminsky seven

Was well protected by Rovers’ defensive effort, his best save seeing him return a Diarra long-ranger. Made a more routine save from Rudoni and made some decisive moves from set pieces to clear the danger.

Callum Brittany 8

It has been some time since he has been able to show what he can offer on the right side of the Rovers defense but both forward and back he has been impressive in his work and seemed full of racing throughout. Too bad we don’t see more excellent deliveries coming.

Dom Hyam seven

Part of Rovers’ defensive effort that saw victory down the line, making seven clearances in all. Finished a game with 99 assists as Rovers dominated possession from the start.

Daniel Ayala seven

He doesn’t always look the most comfortable when Rovers play from the back in a two, but his defensive positioning remains particularly solid, clearing several crosses at the near post in the second half.

Harry Pickering 8

Created the winner for Brereton with a great first pass to Brereton, and appears to have built up a good understanding with Rovers’ top corner. Came up against Huddersfield’s main threat in Thomas and looked after him well. Recovered to form after a tricky run earlier in the season.

Tyler Morton seven

Showed both sides of his game, helping Rovers dictate play in the second half, but more conservative and pragmatic in his second-half display after seeing an early shot saved by Nicholls.

Lewis Travis seven

Wasn’t the only one who looked better suited in his more natural midfield role. Stopped any chance of a Huddersfield counter-attack in the first half with good pressing, and stuck to his task late to help protect the backline.

Sam Szmodics 6

Is a nuisance factor in Rovers’ attack but looked more suited when playing against Gallagher than in the forward central role after the striker left. Scored a goal for offside in the second half.

ryan hedges seven

Rovers miss his quality on the ball when he’s not playing. A smart player who takes up space and uses the ball well and walks away unscathed on his return was a big boost. Could still be a bit more selfish around the box to get shots.

Sam Gallagher 6

Saw a few moments of promise snuffed out by last-ditch challenges but created a few good moments for Brereton early in the second half. He only touched the ball 20 times, but his presence at the head of the attack was welcome.

Ben Brereton seven

Wasn’t moving freely in the early stages but shook off a jab to get clear before finishing confidently in the corner for the winning goal. Maintained his work rate throughout and was twice denied by Nicholls after the break in his search to find a second.


Scott Warton (for Gallagher, 67) 7

Tyrhys Dolan (for hedges, 79) 6

Jack Vale (for Szmodics, 79) 6

Subs: Aynsley Pears, Hayden Carter, Jake Garrett, Bradley Dack



Great Harwood men arrested following series of burglaries in Clitheroe Thu, 03 Nov 2022 12:05:21 +0000 Five men have been arrested in connection with a major investigation into burglaries and vehicle break-ins.

The arrests are part of the police’s Operation Defender and were made at addresses in Hyndburn this morning (Thursday November 3rd).

The burglaries all took place in Clitheroe in October.

The five men, who are currently detained, were arrested for the following facts:

• A 19 year old man from Great Harwood arrested on suspicion of burglary.

• A 21-year-old man from Great Harwood arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession with intent to supply a class A drug.

• A 21 year old man from Rishton arrested on suspicion of burglary and supplying a controlled drug.

• A 27-year-old man from Great Harwood arrested on suspicion of burglary.

• A 19 year old from Great Harwood arrested on suspicion of burglary.

As part of ongoing investigations, police want to hear from anyone who recognizes the ring in the photographs.

A police spokesman said: ‘We are committed to fighting burglaries head-on, locking up offenders and keeping victims at the center of Operation Defender.’

Anyone with information about the ring is asked to email or call 101 quoting log 0399 of October 4.

Badenoch calls for green investment for a ‘future-proof’ UK economy Tue, 01 Nov 2022 00:10:59 +0000 The UK must “future proof” its economy by investing in cutting-edge green technology, said International Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch.

In a speech at the Green Trade and Investment exhibition in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear on Tuesday, Ms Badenoch said new technologies to tackle climate change are creating well-paying skilled jobs while providing a pathway to future energy security.

His call comes amid warnings that British battery start-up Britishvolt, which was developing a £3.8billion gigafactory in Blyth, Northumberland, is facing potential administration, putting nearly of 300 jobs.

In her speech, Ms Badenoch is expected to highlight the UK’s success over the past two years in securing almost £20bn of inbound green investment, creating more than 11,000 new jobs.

In a statement ahead of her speech, she said: “We know that trade and investment grow our economy, create jobs and put money in people’s pockets – but they also have the power to raise the challenges we see in the world.

“Now is the time to future-proof our economy by investing in cutting-edge green technologies, protecting our long-term energy security and creating thousands of jobs in the industries of the future.

“I am committed to continuing to beat the trade drum for Britain to drive economic growth and level the UK for generations to come.”

Among the announcements expected at the event is confirmation of £26 million in funding for Northern Ireland-based bus builder Wrightbus to support the export of zero-emission buses around the world, including to Australia and Germany.

Meanwhile, Flogas will confirm a £50m investment to upgrade the Avonmouth terminal to store liquid petroleum gas and handle renewable biogas and hydrogen, opening up a potential global supply of renewable fuels to the UK.

Small Lancashire cemetery which serves as the final resting place of the violinist who played during the sinking of the Titanic Sat, 29 Oct 2022 12:18:03 +0000

There’s dedication to your profession, and then there’s Wallace Henry Hartley’s extreme level of professionalism as he died for his. The violinist is renowned for continuing to play his beloved instrument despite the panic and distress surrounding him as thousands of passengers realized the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic cruise ship was in fact sinking after hitting an iceberg that fateful night in 1912.

The Colne-born musician is depicted in the film version of the infamous 1997 tragedy as the conductor and utters the solemn words ‘gentlemen, it was a privilege to perform with you tonight’. But Wallace kept going and eventually the rest of the band didn’t stop playing either.

All eight members died doing what they loved, when the ship sank in freezing waters. Wallace was played by Jonathan Evans-Jones in the hit film, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

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After getting into music thanks to his choirmaster father, at 33, Wallace signed on as bandleader on RMS Titanic for its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. According to Travel Atlas Obscura, which lists unusual and interesting landmarks and sights around the world, he left his fiancée Maria Robinson behind and will never see her again.

Her body was discovered two weeks after the sinking and surprisingly, her violin was found attached to her, according to Maria’s diary entries. It is understood that the band’s last song when the ship sank was “Nearer, My God, to Thee” and the anthem was later played at Wallace’s funeral in his home town and he was buried in Colne Cemetery .

The first bars of “Closer, my God, to you” are engraved on the tombstone

The first bars of the melody are carved into the base of his tombstone, along with the outline of a violin. Wallace’s violin sold for £1.29 million in 2013 by auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son, who specialize in Titanic artefacts, collectibles and memorabilia.

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The Titanic

You can visit the tombstone and find it by crossing the arch of the chapel, continue straight until the end of the road. Wallace’s instantly recognizable headstone will be on the left in the second row from the back.


]]> Germany unveils cannabis liberalization plan Wed, 26 Oct 2022 12:01:18 +0000 Germany’s health minister has unveiled a plan to decriminalize possession of up to 30 grams (about 1 oz) of cannabis and allow the drug to be sold to adults for recreational use in a controlled market.

Berlin will check with the European Union’s executive board whether the plan approved by the German government is in line with EU laws and will only proceed with the legislation if it gets the green light, Karl Lauterbach said.

He said the new rules could serve “as a model for Europe” but that “in reality they will not come into force until 2024”.

The plan calls for the cannabis to be grown under license and sold to adults at licensed outlets to combat the black market. Individuals would be allowed to grow up to three plants and purchase or possess 20-30 grams of marijuana.

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has unveiled plans to decriminalize possession of up to 30g of cannabis and allow the sale of the drug to adults for recreational use (Markus Schreiber/AP)

Mr Lauterbach said that if the legislation came into force, “it would be, on the one hand, the most liberal cannabis liberalization in Europe, and, on the other hand, it would also be the most strictly regulated market”. .

According to him, “better protection of youth and health” are the main objectives of the government’s proposal.

“It could be a model for Europe,” which has a patchwork of often restrictive laws, he said.

The minister, himself long skeptical of the legalization of cannabis, argued that the current system was not working, with consumption on the rise and a booming illegal market.

He said four million people in Germany, a nation of 83 million, used cannabis last year and a quarter of 18 to 24 year olds used it.

Mr Lauterbach said Germany did not want to emulate the model long practiced by the Netherlands, Germany’s northwest neighbor, which combines decriminalization with little market regulation.

Germany will consider whether cannabis can be consumed where it is sold, but currently has no plans to allow it, Lauterbach said. The same goes for the sale of the drug in edible form.

Stores selling cannabis would not be allowed to sell alcohol or tobacco products and could not be located near schools.

A protester holds a fake joint during the so-called hemp parade demanding the legalization of cannabis in Berlin in August 2009 (Maya Hitij/AP)

The government does not plan to set a price, but intends to set quality requirements, the health minister said.

He left open whether a “cannabis tax” beyond the standard sales tax, which could be used to fund drug risk information, would be levied, but said the product should not be made so expensive that it cannot compete on the black market.

The cannabis plan is part of a series of reforms outlined in last year’s coalition agreement between the three socially liberal parties in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government. They had agreed at the time that the “social effects” of the new legislation would be reviewed after four years.

Among other liberalization plans, the government removed from the German penal code the ban on doctors “advertising” abortion services.

He also wants to ease the path to German citizenship, lift restrictions on dual citizenship and lower the minimum age to vote in national and European elections from 18 to 16.

The government also wants to repeal 40-year-old legislation that requires trans people to undergo a psychological assessment and court decision before officially changing their sex, a process that often involves intimate matters. It must be replaced by a new “law of self-determination”.

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman on Bolton Wanderers defeat Sat, 22 Oct 2022 20:04:38 +0000 Stanley boss John Coleman admits losing a two-goal lead that felt “heartbreaking” after their 3-2 loss to Bolton Wanderers at Wham Stadium.

Shaun Whalley gave the Reds an early lead before Coleman’s men doubled their lead with a George Johnston own goal.

But Bolton fought back with a Harvey Rodgers own goal, before Kieran Lee and Dapo Afolayan struck in a ruthless four-minute spell to secure the three points.

Coleman said: “At the time, going from 2-0 to losing is heartbreaking, but if we had won 2-0 it would have been tough for them because they were the better team.

“The turning point was the head clear of the line. I think if we had led 3-0 they would have struggled to recover.

“But they got the first one and we think it was a clear foul in the build-up to their second goal. However, when they get carried away they are hard to stop.

“It’s our third league defeat on the rebound, but the last time we did this we won three on the rebound, so we have to hope for the same.

“It’s worrying because we’ve conceded nine goals in our last three league games, but I don’t think today’s goals were as avoidable as some. They were the better team.

“It’s a long and tough season and we need to collect as many points as possible to make sure we stay fit.”

The result leaves Stanley 17th in the Ligue 1 table, while Bolton move up in the play-offs.

Coleman’s men are back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Weston Homes Stadium to take on Peterborough United (KO 7.45pm).

New UK research consortium receives £2m to fight monkeypox Wed, 19 Oct 2022 23:02:35 +0000 Scientists have been awarded £2million to help tackle the global outbreak of monkeypox with the creation of a new consortium.

A team of 25 researchers from 12 institutions will study the virus, examine the effectiveness of the smallpox vaccine – which is used to protect against monkeypox, and develop tests to identify and manage the disease.

Professor Bryan Charleston, co-director of the Pirbright Institute, which is a member of the consortium, said: “The implications of the current monkeypox outbreak are enormous.

“In addition to fighting the current epidemic, we also need to be fully prepared for the next epidemic, because there is a huge reservoir of infection in the world.

“One of the main ways to do this is to develop rapid tests, which are very important in helping frontline clinicians manage the disease.”

Led by the Pirbright Institute and the MRC-University of Glasgow Center for Virus Research, the consortium will also review potential drugs and determine which ones could be used for further testing.

Experts will also seek to identify animal reservoirs and potential transmission routes between animals and humans.

To see how effective the smallpox vaccine is in preventing or reducing the severity of monkeypox, researchers will track immune responses after primary and secondary vaccination.

Professor Massimo Palmarini, Co-Head of the MRC-University of Glasgow Center for Virus Research, said: “Monkey pox is a public health challenge, so it is essential to take decisive collective action to better understand this virus.

“By bringing together research expertise from different fields, we will harness cutting-edge knowledge from the UK to learn more about how the virus works and spreads and provide the basis for the development of potential new treatments.”

There have been more than 3,500 confirmed cases of monkeypox since May – although the number of new cases is currently falling.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the virus has spread to 106 countries and territories with 25 confirmed deaths.

The monkeypox virus outbreak originated in West Africa and cases outside of this area were first identified in May 2022.