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That is all for our UEA Journalism news day. Make sure you check out the rest of our website for the full stories from today.
The Hundred Draft returns
Tonight is a big night for cricket… the Hundred draft is returning.
So what do you need to know?
The draft will start at 4pm- so there’s not much time left to wait.
For the first time ever, a women’s Hundred draft will be held. A total of 63 players will be drafted this year- 33 women and 30 men.
The Hundred begins on Thursday 1st August, and both the men’s and women’s final will be on Sunday 27th August.
Breaking News: TikTok will be blocked from ‘all parliamentary devices’
The House of Common and the House of Lords have announced TikTok will be blocked on ‘all parliamentary devices and the wider parliamentary network’, for reasons of cyber security.
Last week the social media app was banned from UK government phones.
Currently TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew is being questioned by US lawmakers in Congress over what data TikTok collects. Chairwomen Cathy Rodgers says the US should ban the app due to security concerns over its connections to China and the privacy of people’s data. However in his opening statement, Shou Zi Chew says all data is safely stores in the US.
How will the rise in interest rate will affect your mortgage?
With the rise in the UK’s interest rate, many of us are worried about how this could affect our mortgage. We spoke to a financial advisor at Alexander&Co estate agents to explain the possible effects on mortgages:
‘Empowering Art’ exhibition showcasing Indigenous artists
Our reporter Annabelle Hutcherson is at a new ‘Empowering Art’ exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre. Here is some of the art on display:
The exhibition brings together contemporary and historical pieces from across the Northwest Coast of North America.
It will be on display until 30th July.
Why do people get divorced?
Norwich has the highest rate of divorce across England and Wales. 1 in 8 people aged 16+ in Norwich are divorced or were formally in a civil partnership.
Pauline Godfrey, psychosexual and relationship therapist, explains that relationships can breakdown for a number of reasons. These can include:
- Financial problems
- Work/Life balance
- Becoming new parents
“Couples go into a negative way of communicating. As they stop listening clearly to each other they pick up on the negative parts of the conversation instead of the positive.”
Norwich library helping refugees learn English
Alice Muncer (above) runs the English Exchange at the Millennium Library in Norwich.
Their sessions aim to help people to improve their English when it is not their first language. They had an increase in Ukrainian refugees access the service as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
What do you think about the interest rate increase?
The Bank of England have raised interest rates to 4.2 per cent. Our reporters Jasmin Jessen and Alex Adams went out in Norwich to find out what you think.
You can let us know what you think on Twitter- just tag @ueajournalism
Strikes: Junior Doctors announce strike action in April
Junior doctors in England have announced a second round of strike action in April.
Members of the British Medical Association will walk out from 11th until 14th April, in a continuation of disputes over pay and working conditions. The BMA are insisting only a 30 per cent increase will make up for previous below-inflation rises.
There was a previous 72-hour strike that took place at the beginning of last week.
BMA leaders met Health Secretary Steve Barclay on Wednesday. He says that a pay rise of 30 per cent is “unaffordable”.
Breaking News: Bank of England raises interest rates
The Bank of England has raised the interest rate to 4.25%. This is the 11th month in a row that the interest rate has increased.
More to come on this story at 4pm.
What are interest rates?
The Bank of England is expected to increase interest rates. The UK interest rate is currently 4% but this could rise to 4.25%- this would be the 11th rise in the row.
What are interest rates?
The interest rate is the amount you are charged for borrowing money. When interest rates go up, you pay more interest on borrowed money.
The Bank of England increases interest rates when prices are going up too quickly- and this is what inflation is.
Recent figures show that inflation in the UK jumped from 10.1% in January t 10.4% in February.
Teachers urge Ofsted to pause inspections
Teaching unions across the county are urging Ofsted to pause their inspections after the death of a head teacher in Reading.
Ruth Perry took her own life whilst waiting for the publication of an Ofsted report. The report downgraded her school from outstanding to inadequate.
A petition calling on the Department of Education and Ofsted to make changes to the way inspections are carried out has gained more than 40,000 signatures.
Ofsted have not commented on the calls to pause inspections, however an spokesperson for the Department of Education said “inspections are hugely important as they hold schools to account for their educational standards.”
How will the local elections be different this year?
Local elections will be happening at the start of May. This year will be the first time you will need voter ID.
Our reporter Lauren Aarons will be explaining more about this at 4pm.
“We can’t get away” from the delays in ambulance response times
An NHS Tracker by The Telegraph newspaper shows the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust response times compared to the national target in February 2023.
Category National Target EEAST Response Times (hours:minutes:seconds) Category One: life threatening events such as cardiac arrest 7 minute average with 90% of all calls within 15 minutes 00:09:11 Category Two: serious emergencies such as sepsis and strokes 18 minute average with 90% of all calls in 40 minutes 00:45:06 Category Three: urgent problems such as fractures 90% of all calls within 2 hours 02:06:15 Category Four: non-urgent problems such as vomiting 90% of all calls within 3 hours 02:57:59 Figures from Telegraph Newspaper
Councillor Edward Back asked why there was a longer response time for category two emergencies when compared to the national target, and whether there were any underlying reasons causing this.
Category two emergencies make up the bulk of the calls for ambulances.
David Allen explained that there is a “direct correlation between delays at hospital and our category two response. We can’t get away from that.”
Ambulance Wait Times
A Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting is currently taking place at Norfolk County Hall to discuss ambulance wait times in the region.
Currently ambulance wait times in the East of England are above the national target of 15 minutes.
David Allen, head of operations at East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, explained they are taking steps to be able to respond to patients in all areas.
“We have set up a co response with the fire service to help support patients in rural areas”
Is Norwich the divorce capital of the UK?
12.8% of people aged 16+ in Norwich are divorced- the highest rate proportionally across England and Wales.
There was a 9.6% increase in divorces between 2020 and 2021, according to the most recent census.
Our reporter Phoebe Lucas will explain more on this later.
Morning everyone- Paris is live blogging our news day. Here are our top stories:
Ambulance response times in the East of England are above the national target of 15 minutes.
Interest rates in England are expected to rise to 4.25%.
Norwich has the highest divorce rate in the UK- why is this?
More to come on these stories throughout the day.
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Josh goes to Italy for 36 hours…
Our reporter Josh Gregory-Barnes went to Italy and indulged in the European culture and of course the food.
Check out his TikTok below!
Local girl wins two silver medals in athletics competition
25-year-old Ellie Bandy from Norfolk won a silver medal in both the 60 metre and 200 metre South of England championship at the weekend.
Jasmin Jessen spoke to Ellie about her win and being motivated in sport.
Take a listen to the full report below.
UEA hosting ‘This Girl Can’ events this week
Throughout this week UEA have been hosting sporting activities for women to get involved with in celebration of national women’s history month.
Libby and Annabelle went to film the UEA dance squad yesterday to get a taster of what the activities involve.
Today’s events include a session in karate and triathlon circuits.
Wensum Park opens after revamp
The play area closed on January 16 for a £100,000 revamp, and has now officially reopened.
The improvements include a new six-metre tall slide tower, a rope swing, a multi-unit climbing frame, and spinning seats for children to enjoy.
Alex will have more on this story later!
Image: Ruby and Poppy, taken by Sonya Duncan. Originally published in Norwich Evening News.
Norwich City Women are ‘buzzing’ to play at Carrow Road.
Sports reporter, Jack Maclean spoke to head coach Shaun Howes, and mid-fielder Katie Knights about playing at Carrow Road for the first time ever next month.
New drug to increase survival rate of bone cancer
Researchers at UEA have said CADD522 works against all the main types of primary bone cancer.
The team behind the research have said: “it could be the most important drug discovery in the field for more than 45 years”.
Image: google pexels
Bone cancer is primarily found in children, and the CADD522 drug is set to improve survival rates. It also means patients are less likely to need surgery that can cause disabilities as they can rely on the drug instead
Human trials have yet to begin but after discovering the survival rate of mice with bone cancer went from 42% to 50%, UEA researchers are awaiting confirmation to begin human trials.
UEA reporters check out guinea-pig café
Reporters, George Cooke and Louise Graham have been to Fakenham this morning to the Cavies and Cake cafe.
Image: George Cooke
The idea is to encourage people who may be lonely, or are in need of respite, or have additional needs to go to the establishment for some furry fun.
See a sneak peak of the full report below!
Did you know it’s National Women’s History month?
Our reporter, Cerys Baker, has looking into the event which celebrates the contributions of women and their achievements in history and society.
Norwich’s, University of East Anglia (UEA) is holding events throughout the month. Including a workshop later today focussing on sex and consent in a safe place.
Cerys Baker spoke to Evie Drennan, the activities and opportunities organiser at UEA.
Hear what she had to say by keeping updated with our live page.
Norwich sculptures to be removed from city centre
The marble statues, including a brain and eye are currently located on Hay Hill, opposite Primark.
Image: George Thompson, LDR
The pieces, by Patrick Poirier are called Homage To Sir Thomas Browne and was designed for people to contemplate about life in the 17th century in a busy modern city.
Following a City Council meeting this morning, all of the marble pieces have been approved to be removed.
We will have more on this story later today.
Are you superstitious…?
Paris Maben-Hume has been looking into whether there are any truths behind superstitious links with a full moon.
Later today we will be speaking with meteorologist, Mark Thompson, to see if werewolves are among us!
We experienced the last full moon of winter on Tuesday and you’ve sent in your photos.
Image: Paris Maben-Hume in Norwich, Norfolk
Image: Pete Curle in Terrington St Clement, Norfolk
Image: Harry Frazer in Weasenham, Norfolk
Norwich City Women to play first game at Carrow Road
Norwich City Women, will be playing their first ever league game at Carrow Road next month.
The Canaries will be playing against Ashford town on the 16 April this year.
Norwich City general manager, Flo Allen said: “The players and the staff are buzzing!”
Image: General Manager, Flo Allen
Our sports reporter, Jack Maclean, has been speaking to the team about the upcoming game.
Keep updated this story throughout the day to find out more.
Norfolk town among ‘coolest’ places to live in UK
Seaside town, Wells-next-the-sea has been named the second ‘coolest’ place to live in the UK.
Image: The Sun, Cavendish
In first place was the Cornish fishing village, Polperro.
The rankings were decided according to the number of independent shops per head of population, the range of cultural events, how ‘instagrammable’ the area is, and the popularity as a TV and film location.
Wells is known for its picturesque stretch of beach and for the location as Oscar winning movie, Shakespeare In Love, starring Gwyneth Paltrow.
Andy Duckworth, organiser of the survey, said: “What is interesting is how influential Instagram has become in boosting tourism in many of our top 50.
“It is a massive help for visitor numbers, too, if a popular film or TV show uses a town as a location.”
Morning everyone, welcome to our Good News, news day!
Today we will be covering only positive stories, so keep up to date throughout the day here on our live page.
That’s all for today. Thank you for following our blog about the anniversary of the Ukraine war. Today’s blog was brought to you by Cerys Baker and all the team at UEA journalism.
One-minute silence to mark a year since Russia invaded Ukraine
Tomorrow there will be a national one-minute silence for Ukraine to mark a year since Russia invaded. This was published on the UK government website.
This moment pays tribute to their bravery and to show the UK’s solidarity. This one minute silence will take place tomorrow at 11am, which Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will lead with the nation.
Individuals and organisations across the UK are urged to participate.
Have the people of Norwich forgotten what has happened in Ukraine?
We asked in Norwich whether the invasion of Ukraine has dropped off the news agenda.
Rehoming Ukrainian refugees
After a year since Russia invaded Ukraine, a Norfolk MP has asked that people take in refugees with their “eyes open.”
Read more here: Norfolk MP says families thinking of rehoming Ukrainian refugees must “take care of them properly.” – UEAJournalism.com
Community church helping Ukrainians learn English
The community church in Aylsham, jubilee family centre, are helping Ukrainians learn English.
More on this story later.
Does the UK need to do more to help Ukraine?
The amount of refugees that the UK have taken in are one hundred sixty-one thousand four hundred.
That makes the United Kingdom 6th in the list of countries taking in Refugees. Both Poland and Germany have taken over a Million Ukraine’s in. Poland is about 1.3 times bigger than United Kingdom.
The UK is 14th Richest in Europe whilst Poland are 27th.
Whilst we are looking at the finance when they are in the other countries, how much do the refugees get? Well Germany again lead this giving every Ukrainian refugee in accommodation, at 449 euros per month.
Ireland are close behind on 412 euros. The UK though sit 12th on the list, offering just below 200 euros a month. Poland although sit bottom with just over 15 euros a month.
Do the UK need to do more? We went into Norwich to find out more.
Cafe helping refugees and asylum seekers
A cafe in Norwich has been helping refugees and asylum seekers develop skills for future employment as they start their new lives in the UK.
Read more here: Norwich Café playing its part in helping refugees and asylum seekers – UEAJournalism.com
Ukrainian student: “Your life stopped. Completely.”
Tetania Symchych is a student in Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University currently doing an independent study year in London. She talked about how the invasion has impacted her.
Ukrainian student: “I’ve had people on social media… tell me that I’m a coward, that I’m a draft dodger.”
Oleskii Burov, University of East Anglia student, moved to the UK in 2019 but his family remain in Kyiv, the Capital of Ukraine. We spoke to him about being away from his family and home country whilst it is being invaded.
Timeline of Russia Invasion
- February 24th 2022: Russian President Vladimir Putin launches an invasion of Ukraine from the North, East and South where he sent up to 200,000 soldiers. He said the “special military operation” is aimed at “demilitarization and “denazification” of the country to protect ethnic Russians.
- March 2nd 2022: Russia claims control of the southern city of Kherson. In the opening days of March Russian forces also seize the rest of the Kherson region and occupy a large part of the neighbouring Zaporizhzia region, including the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, Europe’s largest.
- March 16th 2022: Russia strikes a theatre in the strategic port city of Mariupol where civilians, including children, were sheltering killing hundreds of people in one of the war’s deadliest attacks. The word ‘children’ was written in Russian outside the theatre to show from above that people were sheltering and around 300 civilians were killed.
- March 29th 2022: Moscow announces the withdrawal of forces from Kyiv and other areas, saying it will focus on the eastern industrial heartland of the Donbas, where Russia-backed separatists have fought Ukrainian forces since 2014 following the illegal annexation of Crimea.
- April 9th 2022: A Russian missile strike on a train station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk kills 52 civilians and wounds over 100. Intense battles rage for Mariupol on the sea of Azov and Russian air strikes and artillery bombardment reduce much of it to ruins.
- April 13th 2022: The missile cruiser Moskva, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, is hit by Ukrainian missiles and sinks the next day, damaging national pride.
- May 16th 2022: Ukrainian defenders of the giant Azovstal steel mill, the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in Mariupol, agree to surrender to Russian forces after a nearly three-month siege. Mariupol’s fall cuts Ukraine off from the Azov coast and secures a land corridor from the Russian border to Crimea.
- May 18th 2022: Finland and Sweden submit their applications to join NATO in a major blow to Moscow over the expansion of the military alliance.
Nika Soshnikova, Trukhanov Ostrov, Kyiv, Ukraine
- June 30th 2022: Russian troops pull back from Snake Island located off the Black Sea port of Odesa and seized in the opening days of invasion.
- July 22nd 2022: Russia and Ukraine with mediation by Turkey and the United Nations, agree on a deal to unblock supplies of grain stuck in Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, ending a standoff that threatened global food security.
- July 29th 2022: A missile strike hits a prison in the Russia-controlled eastern town of Olenivka where Ukrainian soldiers captured in Mariupol were hold, killing at least 53. Ukraine and Russia trade blame for the attack.
- August 9th 2022: Powerful explosions strike an air base in Crimea. More blasts hit a power substation and ammunition depots there a week later. Signalling the vulnerability of the Moscow-annexed Black Sea peninsula that Russia has used as a major supply hub for the war. Ukraine’s top military officer later acknowledges that the attacks on Crimea were launched by the Kyiv’s forces.
- September 6th 2022: The Ukrainian forces launch a surprise counteroffensive in the Northeastern Kharkiv region, quickly forcing Russia to pull back from broad areas for months.
- September 21st 2022: Putin orders mobilization of 300,000 reservists, an unpopular move that prompts hundreds of thousands of Russian men to flee to neighbouring countries to avoid recruitment. At the same time, Russia hastily stages illegal “referendums” in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions on whether to become part of Russia. The votes are widely dismissed as a sham by Ukraine and the West.
- September 30th 2022: Putin signs documents to annex the four regions at Kremlin ceremony.
- October 8th 2022: A truck laden with explosives blows up on the bridge linking Crimea to Russia’s mainland in an attack that Putin blames on Ukraine. Russia responds with missile strikes on Ukraine’s power plants and other key infrastructure.
- October 10th 2022: After the first wave of attacks the barrage continues on a regular basis in the months that follow, resulting in blackouts and power rationing across the country.
- November 9th 2022: Russia announces a pullback from the city of Kherson under a Ukrainian counteroffensive, abandoning the only regional center Moscow captured, in a humiliating retreat for the Kremlin.
- December 5th 2022: The Russian military says Ukraine used drones to target two bases for long-range bombers deep inside Russian territory. Another strike takes place later in the month, underlining Ukraine’s readiness to up the ante and revealing gaps in Russian defences.
- December 21st 2022: Zelenskyy visits the United States on his first trip abroad since the war began, meeting with President Joe Biden to secure Patriot air defense missile systems and other weapons and addressing congress.
- January 1st 2023: Just moments into the New Year, scores of freshly mobilized Russian soldiers are killed by a Ukrainian missile strike on the city of Makiivka. Russia’s defence Ministry says 89 troops were killed, while Ukrainian officials put the death poll in the hundreds.
- January 12th 2023: After months Russia declares the capture of the salt mining town of Soledar although Kyiv does not acknowledge it until days later. Moscow also presses its offensive to seize the Ukrainian stronghold of Bakhmut.
- January 14th 2023: Russia Launches another wave of strikes on Ukraine’s energy facilities, a Russian missile hits an apartment building in the city of Dnipro, killing 45.
Russian invasion of Ukraine: 1 year on
This week marks a year since Russia invaded Ukraine.
Today, we will be posting live updates on the http://www.ueajournalism.com website including how the ‘homes to Ukraine’ scheme is working one year on; we’ll be hearing from a cafe owner in Norwich who is helping refugees and talking to Ukrainian students who are studying in the UK.
Aimee editing her TV package.