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Amid a successful first season, South Shields International Academy looks to expand its program with the addition of a women’s team. In September, South Shields FC’s International Academy launched with the University of Sunderland, drawing talented players worldwide, notably from North America, eager to enhance their football skills and education. With a strong commitment to […]

Patients in need of maternity services within the North East of England are “at risk”, according to a watchdog, in January 2024. In a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report at Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital, staff shortages are causing midwives to be overstretched on shift. They are struggling to give mothers and babies the care […]

Radio, like many creative industries, has historically been based in the South, which has led to a stagnation and made it so a lot of the same voices are heard. However recent developments in production and expansions in universities offering radio courses have resulted in an increase in diversity which doesn’t seem to be slowing […]

North East landmark, the Tyne Bridge, undergoes refurbishment after a £35 million grant from the Government. The Tyne Bridge is undergoing a four-year work process which is set to include: joint replacement, resurfacing and full repainting alongside other repairs. The work, which began April 2,2024, was funded by a £35.2 million grant from the Department […]

A cafe that gives people with autism the opportunity to work and gain qualifications has been saved after a Crowdfunder campaign raised over £20,000.  Sea Change had been faced with closure after their energy bills rose by 400% whilst the cost of many ingredients also doubled.   The cafe was also helped after their energy […]

The cost of running a car is more expensive than ever before. Car insurance currently stands at £3,000 for first-time drivers. Car insurance isn’t the only expense when it comes to driving it also includes fuel prices which are rising this is leaving many people unable to afford to drive. The Financial Conduct Authority said: […]

Indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs will be the headline act as Soundwave festival returns to Seaton Carew for the second year.  After Bastille set the town alight for the event’s maiden year last summer with over 5,000 people gathering by the sea, and on the back of the incredible success, organisers worked hard to […]

Since the Saudi-backed takeover in 2021, Newcastle United have been heading in one direction jumping over every hurdle in their way. However, the only hurdle which is proving hard to jump is expanding the Stadium. Chris Waugh from The Athletic explains why. He said: “Leazes Terrace, directly behind the East Stand, features listed buildings, while […]

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