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The Battle of COVID: The story of a retail worker during a pandemic

The Battle of COVID: The story of a retail worker during a pandemic

By Jamie Heron “Everyone has always thought that working in a supermarket is a rubbish job and now we’re superheroes. Without a doubt, we’ll be back to the bottom of the priority list soon.” For retail keyworker Sue Heron, 47, being thrown into the frontline in a global pandemic has touched her in more ways than just the temporary change […]

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The Leeds PT duo helping people kick the lockdown slump

The Leeds PT duo helping people kick the lockdown slump

By Zoe Peck Even through my quarantine-induced early morning brain fog, I can see that Chris Thompson and Sylvia Thompson-Wong are a striking couple. Both personal trainers, they possess the sort of affability and high energy that really is essential if your job is making people move. The couple started North Leeds Fitness in 2010 and both offer personal training […]

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COVID-19 and its impact on schooling

By Emily Hartley In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many students have to turn to home-schooling and I spoke to Chloe to see how she is coping with her virtual A-Level studies.

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Yorkshire Fire Service urges against lockdown garden fires

Yorkshire Fire Service urges against lockdown garden fires

Lockdown has led to an increase in the number of people having garden fires. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services is urging people to consider other people and find alternatives. Zoe Peck reports.

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A small Redcar business that is making a big difference

A small Redcar business that is making a big difference

by Thomas Reyer Redcar business bc-fx is designing, creating and delivering vital PPE equipment to key workers across the north-east. Billy and Lisa Cessford are working with Paul Kitchener amongst others to create as many visors possible for key workers with the use of 3D printers and laser cutters. Demand has been huge for the visors, with a gofundme page […]

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“He had stamped on my back”: Horse safety is more important than ever

“He had stamped on my back”: Horse safety is more important than ever

As most of us find ourselves locked inside, horse owners are getting out more than ever to keep their four-legged friends fit and healthy. But horse riding can be a dangerous activity, as one rider found out. Jack Walker reports.

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What Covid-19 will mean for this year’s Ramadan

What Covid-19 will mean for this year’s Ramadan

Ramadan begins this Thursday, April 23rd when Muslims all over the world will be fasting for an entire month from sunrise to sunset, ending it on May 24th with their Eid-ul-Fitr festival. Covid-19 will be affecting their traditions this year due to the social distancing advice. Emily Horner has this report: *************~

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‘Giving to charity is like brushing your teeth’ – Alwoodley’s Conservative Party Councillor on the importance of community, education – and Brad Pitt

Alwoodley's Conservative Party Councillor: Dan Cohen

By Immy Share After enjoying a phone conservation with Councillor Dan Cohen, I message him to ask for a suitable photograph to go with this feature. He directs me to his Facebook profile or his official one on www.leeds.gov.uk – “I look fairly hideous in them all.” Just after, he sends me what he says is a snap he took […]

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Graduates struggle to find jobs and internships after COVID-19 hits

Graduates struggle to find jobs and internships after COVID-19 hits

By George Arkley Final year students and recent graduates have stopped hearing back from potential job employers and internship providers. Graduates may finish their degrees with no future employment on the horizon, due to the coronavirus pandemic. University of Leeds student, Chris Mort, said: “It won’t just be this year’s graduates that are impacted. It could go on for years.”

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Small business owners are suffering to survive with limited government financial support

By Joe Greenough – While large scale industries like airlines and hotel chains put special measures in place to secure their funds, small business owners have little to fall back on amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The government has announced financial aid in the form of tax refunds and cash loans. But some say it just isn’t enough to stay afloat. […]

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