Archive for April, 2016

Planned roadworks in Devon and Cornwall: weekly summary for Monday 2 May to Sunday 8 May 2016

Comments Off | 04-30-2016

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of the above date but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.
Devon
A38

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Versatile Vikings’ £37 million upgrade completed

Comments Off | 04-30-2016

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced in September 2012 that 99 Viking vehicles, used extensively by the Royal Marines, would be regenerated under a new £37 million contract with BAE Systems.
The revamp of the Viking Fleet has seen the vehicles fitted with new mine blast protected Hulls designed to offer additional

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Yorkshire Water fined £1.1million for illegal sewage discharge

Comments Off | 04-30-2016

Yorkshire Water has been fined £1.1million for illegally discharging sewage that polluted the River Ouse near York.
Yorkshire Water Services Ltd was sentenced on Friday 29 April at Leeds Crown Court, after previously admitting three environmental offences relating to the operation of its Naburn treatment works in Fulford.
The Environment Agency prosecuted the company

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Minister hails next generation address system to support open data economy

Comments Off | 04-30-2016

The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matt Hancock, today hailed the potential to rethink how we use addresses and the creation of a new generation address system, as a key part of the government’s open data agenda.
The use of addresses has historically been for the delivery of mail. This is beginning

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Showcasing MOD investment in innovation

Comments Off | 04-30-2016

A Marketplace event has been hosted by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to encourage companies – whatever their size – to work with investors and one another.
On display were some of the best research ideas CDE has recently funded. It included successful projects from a range of

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Government explores blockchain technology to improve public services

Comments Off | 04-30-2016

Minister for the Cabinet Office Matthew Hancock has announced that government will begin looking at blockchain technology as a practical way to improve the efficiency of taxpayer money distributed as grants to agencies and partners for research and innovation.
Speaking at a nationwide blockchain networking event at Digital Catapult in London, Mr Hancock said

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230,000 benefit as pension revolution marks one year milestone

Comments Off | 04-28-2016

As the government marks the first anniversary of the pension’s revolution, the first full year figures released today (Wednesday 27 April) reveal that over 230,000 savers have already taken advantage of the new landmark freedoms.
One year ago (April 2015), the government introduced the most significant pension reforms for a generation giving

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£360 million of UK seafood making a splash on European menus

Comments Off | 04-28-2016

UK fishermen continue to benefit from easy access to the EU market, with 85% of all UK shellfish exports worth £360 million heading for European shores in 2015, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said today.
From seafood paella in Madrid to Coquilles Saint Jacques in Paris, the latest export figures show seafood caught

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Digital Marketplace: Transforming how businesses sell services to government

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The government has today launched a new framework on the Digital Marketplace that will transform how businesses sell services to government.
A total of 1,261 companies, of which 92% are small and medium-sized enterprises, can be found on the new Digital Outcomes and Specialist framework.
The government and wider public sector will use this to access a

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2 men were ordered to pay more than £1,400 for illegal fishing

Comments Off | 04-28-2016

The Environment Agency is reminding anglers of the importance of having a rod licence after 2 local anglers were ordered to pay more than £1,400 for fishing without valid Environment Agency rod licences.
Following the verdicts, an Environment Agency spokesman said:
Money raised from rod licence sales is used to protect and improve fish

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