Lancashire News – Lancsycs Sun, 26 Jun 2022 19:26:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lancashire News – Lancsycs 32 32 Crystal Palace snap up teenage Derby winger Malcolm Ebiowei Sun, 26 Jun 2022 19:04:58 +0000 Crystal Palace have announced that teenage winger Malcolm Ebiowei will join them on a five-year deal from July 1 when his contract with Derby ends.

The 18-year-old made his Rams debut in February and went on to make 16 Sky Bet Championship appearances last season, with his first goal in April.

Before joining Derby – which entered administration at the start of last season and ended it relegated – in 2021, Ebiowei had youthful spells with Arsenal and Rangers.

He told Palace’s official website: “I would like to thank everyone at Derby County for their incredible support over the last year or so, and for giving me the opportunity to show what I can do on the pitch. , and I would also like to thank the fans for their encouragement especially given the circumstances of last season.

“As everyone knows, the situation is very uncertain at Derby, so it was important for me to secure my long-term future.

“I’m incredibly excited to join Palace because they have an incredible squad and huge potential. I really hope to make a positive contribution to the team this season.

Palace Chairman Steve Parish said of Ebiowei, who has represented England and the Netherlands at youth level: “I am delighted that Malcolm has chosen Crystal Palace as the best place to continue his development. , following his impressive breakthrough into senior football in recent months.

“He’s a highly sought-after young player, and we really hope to provide him with a platform to thrive at the highest level.”

Neil Finn’s grandson ‘steals the show’ after joining Crowded House Glastonbury set Fri, 24 Jun 2022 17:46:42 +0000 Rock band Crowded House were joined on stage by a young artist during their Glastonbury set – frontman Neil Finn’s grandson Buddy.

The newest rocker, whose name has been chanted by thousands of spectators, was invited by the 64-year-old to present I Got You and pinched a microphone to sing on the festival’s Pyramid stage on Friday.

Young Buddy was also held on the mic by his father, guitarist Liam Finn, to sing the 1991 single Weather With You.

Buddy rocked with his father and grandfather at Glastonbury (BBC/PA)

After a series of squeals to end the set, Buddy was applauded off stage and returned the support with a “Bye bye!” before stepping out alongside his grandfather, father and uncle Elroy, who was on drums.

He also showed off some dance moves alongside his grandfather, who joined British-American band Fleetwood Mac in 2018.

It’s not the first time Buddy has attended his family’s concerts, as he also ‘added some noise’ to a Crowded House show in Scarborough, North Yorkshire earlier this month.

Chas Frederick, who saw the band gig in Scarborough and is an avid Neil Finn fan, said it was “essentially Glastonbury” that Buddy played.

“It was three generations of Finns dancing on stage there and it was as typically Glastonbury as you could imagine – uncool, grumpy, magical,” the 48-year-old from Huddersfield told the agency. release PA.

Glastonbury Festival 2022
The young performer had his name sung by thousands on stage (BBC/PA)

Twitter users took to the platform to congratulate Buddy on his performance.

“(Glastonbury) may have already found their star, learned to love little Buddy, danced with Crowded House,” one wrote.

“Neil Finn (is) superb but little Buddy, son of a guitarist, stole him at the end,” said another.

Crowds will turn to Billie Eilish on Friday night as the Grammy-winning singer will make history when she takes to the Pyramid Stage as Glastonbury Festival’s youngest solo headliner.

The lineup scheduled for Friday’s stage also includes Sam Fender, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Rufus Wainwright and Wolf Alice.

Lancs Motorist Told Police Absolutely Bare Wheel ‘Just Burst’ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 00:15:34 +0000

A motorist has given police an absolutely outrageous excuse after he was caught driving with a tire worn to the rim. The white Volkswagen was stopped by the Lancs Traffic Police team in Heysham, Lancashire.

When questioned, it was found that the driver only had a provisional license and was uninsured to operate the vehicle. However, these were not the only offenses that got the motorist into hot water with the law.

Officers noticed that one of the VW’s wheels was missing a tire, meaning the motorist was rolling over its rim. The incident was reported by the Lancs Road Policing team in a statement posted online in the early hours of this morning (Thursday).

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The statement read: “The driver of this VW in Heysham claimed his near front tire had just punctured!

“Driver only held a provisional driver’s license and was uninsured. Vehicle prohibited and seized under Section 165. Driver reported.”

According to the Mirror, it is a legal requirement in the UK that tire tread depth for cars should be at least 1.6mm over the center three quarters of the tyre. The tread must meet this minimum requirement around the entire circumference of the tire.

Driving with a bald tire is punishable by a maximum fine of £2,500 and three points per tyre.

]]> Jacob Davenport reflects on ‘very, very few opportunities’ at Blackburn Rovers Mon, 20 Jun 2022 23:10:00 +0000 Jacob Davenport has discussed leaving Rovers for the first time to admit his frustration with the lack of playing time.

Rovers announced last month that they would not extend the contract of Davenport who joined the club in 2018.

He managed just 36 appearances through injury at Ewood Park and is disappointed he hasn’t been given more chances to impress in the first team.

Davenport failed to make an appearance in 2022, despite being available for much of the second half of the season, and impressing in the 3-1 win over Sheffield United in November, his first start the country.

There were fleeting moments of promise, signing a partnership with Lewis Travis at the start of 2021, but he never made three consecutive starts at any point in his Rovers career, and unable to ever cement his place in the league. ‘crew.

Writing on social media about his departure, Davenport said: “After four years at Rovers I just wanted to thank the players, staff and fans for their support.

“It was an honor to play for such a big club even though it was frustrating to have very, very few opportunities to show my talent.

“All the best for the future.”

The 23-year-old had interest on a loan from Scottish Premiership Aberdeen in January, and the Dons are reportedly still interested in Davenport who is now available on a free transfer.

There had been talks at Rovers over the possibility of extending Davenport’s deal, but his contract was not renewed and is now free to find a new club.

He played 10 times for Rovers in 2021/22, with his best return of any campaign coming in 2020/21 when he played 16 times, scoring what turned out to be his only goal for the club in the game draw 2-2 with Brentford.

Davenport was Rovers’ second signing after promotion from League One, joining on a four-year deal, for an undisclosed fee, from boyhood club Manchester City.


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Kieron Dyer promises to make the most of his second chance while waiting for a liver transplant Sat, 18 Jun 2022 22:49:48 +0000 Kieron Dyer has vowed to make the most of his second chance in memory of the person who saved his life.

The 43-year-old former England midfielder is in need of a liver transplant after being diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a condition that scars the bile ducts and eventually causes severe damage.

Dyer is now awaiting a phone call from the donor team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to let him know that a suitable organ has become available, but he is fully aware of what that would mean.

Kieron Dyer counted Newcastle among his clubs during his playing career (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

He told the Mail on Sunday: “I am aware that I depend on someone else’s misfortune to give me the chance to live a long and happy life. My greatest hope is that whatever liver I get, I make that person proud.

“They encourage you to get in touch with your donor’s family after your operation and that’s something I fully intend to do.

“It would comfort me, I think, if I was in the situation of a family who had lost a loved one. They would have lost someone they cherished and loved, but through their generosity they gave someone else the chance of a long life.

“I hope I will earn their inheritance. I wouldn’t want to spoil that. I know how valuable a second chance would be.

Dyer, whose playing career has taken him to Ipswich, Newcastle, West Ham, QPR and Middlesbrough, was diagnosed with liver disease in 2002 and CSP was detected during a routine examination, although it was didn’t expect he would need a transplant for a long time. later in life.

However, his situation became more pressing and he had to put his coaching career on hold.

He freely admits he was scared by the news, but has since found the strength to anticipate what lies ahead after facing the fears of his family and friends.

Dyer said, “I don’t put on bravado, but you have to find that inner strength, not just for yourself, but for them. They are worried, but I am not worried.

“I’m looking forward to it in a way. I’m looking forward to being a whole new me and doing things better and faster because I’m still competitive.

Tesco bosses see shoppers changing behavior as inflation bites Fri, 17 Jun 2022 06:46:38 +0000 Tesco bosses have warned they are seeing ‘early signs of changing customer behaviour’ as households are squeezed by soaring inflation.

Ken Murphy, the company’s managing director, pointed to “unprecedented increases” in the cost of living for customers as he pledged to further improve value for money.

It came as the UK’s biggest supermarket chain revealed it had continued to increase sales in the last quarter despite pressure on spending and tough comparisons with lockdown-spurred sales over the past quarter. the same period last year.

Tesco said like-for-like group sales rose 2% to £13.6bn in the 13 weeks to March 28, compared with the same period last year.

Tesco chief executive Ken Murphy (Ben Stevens/Parsons Media/PA)

The retailer said this represented a 9.9% increase from pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

However, the company’s UK operations said like-for-like sales fell 1.5% from the same period a year ago.

Tesco added that it had increased its market share against its main grocery rivals after investing in value-oriented promotional campaigns, such as its Aldi Price Match programme.

Mr. Murphy said: “While the market environment remains incredibly challenging, our laser focus on value, along with the daily dedication and hard work of our colleagues, has helped us outperform the market.

“While it is difficult to distinguish between the significant impact of overrunning closings last year, we are seeing some early signs of changing customer behavior due to the inflationary environment.

“Customers are facing unprecedented increases in the cost of living and so it is even more important that we work with our supplier partners to mitigate inflation as much as possible.

The group’s wholesale Booker arm also saw a “sharp” increase in trading as it continued its recovery from the impact of pandemic restrictions on the hospitality sector.

Meanwhile, fuel sales soared 44% to £2bn as Tesco witnessed a spike in petrol and diesel prices.

Netflix-like algorithm could help guide cancer treatments, study finds Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:00:47 +0000 The science behind Netflix viewing habits could soon be used to guide doctors in cancer management, scientists suggest.

The researchers used artificial intelligence (AI) to study and categorize the size and magnitude of changes in DNA across the genome – the complete genetic code of a cell – when cancer begins and grows.

Using this data, they identified 21 common defects that occur as the disease begins and develops.

These defects, called copy number signatures, could help guide doctors to treatments that reflect tumor characteristics, the researchers suggest.

It is hoped that one day doctors will be able to examine a patient’s fully sequenced tumor and match its key features with the map of genomic defects, and offer more personalized cancer treatment.

When people watch Netflix, data is generated about the type of program or movie watched, how often they are watched, and whether a thumbs-up or thumbs-down is given.

An algorithm is used to analyze this massive amount of data, find patterns, and then recommend new movies and TV series next time.

A team of researchers led by Dr. Nischalan Pillay of University College London (UCL) and Dr. Ludmil Alexandrov of the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), built a similar algorithm.

It can sift through thousands of lines of genomic data and identify common patterns in the way chromosomes organize and arrange themselves.

According to scientists funded by Cancer Research UK and Cancer Grand Challenges, the algorithm can then categorize patterns that emerge and help scientists establish the types of defects that can occur in cancer.

Dr Alexandrov, co-lead author of the study, said: “Cancer is a complex disease, but we have demonstrated that there are remarkable similarities in the changes in the chromosomes that occur during its onset and progression. growth.

“Just as Netflix can predict which shows you choose to watch next, we believe we will be able to predict how your cancer is likely to behave, based on the changes its genome has already undergone.

“We want to get to the point where doctors can look at a patient’s fully sequenced tumor and match key tumor features with our blueprint for genomic defects.

“Armed with this information, we believe doctors will be able to offer better and more personalized cancer treatment in the future.”

Using the algorithm, the scientists searched for patterns in the fully sequenced genomes of 9,873 patients with 33 different types of cancer and identified 21 common defects.

These will now be used to create a blueprint that researchers can use to assess how aggressive the cancer is, find its weak spots and design new treatments.

Of the 21 signatures identified by the algorithm, the scientists found that tumors where chromosomes broke and reformed were associated with the worst survival outcomes.

Scientists hope they can refine the algorithm to allow doctors to find out how a person’s cancer is likely to behave, based on the genetic traits they acquired early on and the genetic changes they acquire over time. as it grows.

Dr Pillay said: “To stay ahead of cancer, we need to anticipate how it adapts and changes.

“Mutations are the main drivers of cancer, but much of our understanding focuses on changes to individual genes in cancer.

“We have not understood to what extent large swaths of genes can be copied, moved or deleted without catastrophic consequences for the tumour.

“Understanding how these events occur will help us regain an edge over cancer.

“Thanks to advances in genome sequencing, we can now see these changes happening in different types of cancer and figure out how to respond to them effectively.”

The software called SigProfilerExtractor and other software tools used in the study were made freely available to other scientists.

Dr Christopher Steele, postdoctoral researcher at UCL and first author of the research, added: “We believe that making these powerful computational tools free for other scientists will accelerate progress towards a personalized cancer plan for patients. patients, giving them the best chance of survival.”

The results are published in Nature.

Low-carbon insulation and heating provider eyeing rapid expansion Mon, 13 Jun 2022 06:53:50 +0000

A fast-growing Lancashire business that provides energy-efficient and renewable heating systems, insulation and electric vehicle charging points has signaled plans to give back to the county as it aims to double in size next year with the support of Lancashire County Council.

Euro Energy Group, based in Accrington, has grown from £450,000 in revenue to £1.2m between 2019 and 2021. It now hopes to reach £3m in revenue next year as part of its strategy to reach £19m in three years.

This will include increasing its workforce from approximately 25 employees to 50 over the next few years.

The venture, run by brothers Immy Valentino and Zak Khan, has received support from Two Zero, Lancashire County Council’s scaling helpdesk.

He took part in the Scaleup Resurgence scheme in 2020, which was designed to help fast-growing businesses in Lancashire recover quickly from Covid-19. The company is now participating in a new Two Zero program, the Scaleup Leaders Network, to help it achieve its goals.

Zak Khan, Managing Director of Euro Energy Group, said: “We grew quite quickly, but we didn’t have the structures and processes in place for continued growth. Working with Two Zero helped us do that, we now have a growth trajectory to take us to the next level.

“The support has been invaluable and we look forward to further support through the Scaleup Leaders Network.”

The company’s leadership team worked closely with John Woodruffe, principal of business growth consultancy Cube Thinking, which implemented the Scaleup Resurgence program.

Zak said: “John is an expert in quality control and this has helped ensure that we maintain our high level of service while setting the business up for continued growth. We worked with John one-on-one and also as a group with the management team.

The company has signaled its intention to use its growth to give back to the local Lancashire community.

“We don’t just want to grow for ourselves,” Zak added. “We want to give back and as our profits grow, we want to give more to good causes. We are starting a charity and also want to grow to give back to our staff. »

Two Zero is a business support service for scaling entrepreneurs in Lancashire. Led by Lancashire County Council, its mission is to help Lancashire’s scaling leaders learn, grow their business by 20% and create jobs.

Two Zero’s Scaleup Leaders Network builds on the success of the Scaleup Resurgence program and is currently open for applications.

It aims to develop the leadership mindset and scaling strategies of program participants through one-to-one coaching, group masterclasses on key topics, and providing facilitated peer learning for help them build lasting networks of like-minded business leaders.

The program will help participants develop sound strategies for accessing finance and environmental, social and governance (ESG). They will also learn how to develop and refine their overall scaling business strategy and receive support to improve business performance throughout the program.

Euro Energy Group also works with Boost; Lancashire Business Growth Centre. The company is supported under the Boost Bespoke program to further develop its three-year strategy and ensure that it achieves its ambitions.

County Councilor Shaun Turner, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, Lancashire County Council, said: ‘The funding Lancashire County Council is providing to support businesses in Lancashire is designed to benefit all.

“It’s great to see that the growth of Euro Energy Group’s business will help deliver a more sustainable, low-carbon future for Lancashire, but also that the company intends to give back to its local community. as it grows. I look forward to continuing to follow Zak and Immy’s great success story.

To learn more about the Scaleup Leaders Network, visit the Two Zero site.

Bolivia’s ex-interim president jailed for taking office Sat, 11 Jun 2022 06:39:33 +0000 Bolivia’s former interim president Jeanine Anez has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges related to her taking office in 2019 amid violent protests that led to the resignation and exile of her predecessor Evo Morals.

Anez was found guilty by the court of dereliction of duty and acting against the constitution when she declared herself president in what Mr Morales and his party called a coup.

Anez supporters deny it was a coup, saying Mr Morales’ alleged abuse of power sparked a legitimate uprising in the streets.

The ousting of Bolivia’s first indigenous president and his vice president created a power vacuum that allowed Anez to assume the presidency ad interim as the second president of the Senate, they argue. The defense said it would appeal the decision.

Protesters hold ‘justice’ signs demanding 30 years in prison for Bolivia’s former interim president Jeanine Anez (Juan Karita/AP)

“I didn’t lift a finger to become president, but I did what I had to do to pacify a country that Morales left convulsed as she fled,” Anez said from the prison where she is being held.

Mr Morales resigned following nationwide protests over suspicions of voter fraud in an election he claimed he won to win a fourth term. Mr. Morales denied that there was fraud.

The protests left 37 people dead and forced Mr. Morales to take refuge in Mexico.

His party, known by its Spanish initials MAS, returned to power in the 2020 elections and Mr Morales has since returned to Bolivia.

The trial creates a “historic precedent” against impunity, said MAS deputy Juan Jose Jauregui.

The court also sentenced former armed forces commander Williams Kaliman and former police commander Vladimir Calderon to 10 years in prison. Four other former military leaders received lesser sentences.

“Unacceptable service” by power networks after storm Arwen Thu, 09 Jun 2022 07:02:39 +0000 Power grids provided “unacceptable service” to thousands of customers following Storm Arwen, which left nearly a million homes without power, industry watchdog Ofgem said.

100mph winds caused widespread disruption, uprooting trees and damaging power lines, cutting power supplies from November 26 when the storm hit northern England and Scotland.

In some areas, power outages lasted more than 10 days in some areas and customers complained of poor communication from their providers about when they would be reconnected.

A household in Fence contacted the Lancashire Telegraph after being left without power for 63 hours due to the storm.

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Jim Gardener, 70, who lives in Fence, said he and other households in Newchurch, Roughlee and Spen Brook were without power all weekend during the storm.

Although they reported the outage several times, each time they called they were told there was no log of the incident.

Northern Powergrid, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and Electricity North West paid nearly £30m in compensation to affected customers after the storm and agreed to pay a further £10.3m in “repair payments”, Ofgem said.

Ofgem carried out an independent review of the industry, focusing on whether the power outages could have been avoided, whether correct and timely information was provided to affected customers, whether power was restored quickly enough and how customers were supported after the storm, including compensation payments.

If found, distribution network operator staff worked hard under difficult conditions but concluded that thousands of customers were receiving “unacceptable service”.

Ofgem’s chief executive, Jonathan Brearley, said: “Distribution network businesses faced difficult conditions following Storm Arwen, and I pay tribute to the many colleagues in these businesses who have supported customers. and worked to get them back to market as quickly as possible.

“However, it was unacceptable that nearly 4,000 homes in parts of England and Scotland had been out of power for more than a week, often without clear information on when power would be restored.

“Network companies need to do better, not only to prevent power outages, but also to ensure that when power goes out, they work smarter to get people back on faster and keep customers informed. with accurate and timely information. It’s the least customers can expect.

“The frequency of extreme weather events is only going to increase, so it’s really important that the industry, and more broadly those involved, learn from Storm Arwen to better respond in the future.”