Sunday, 31 August 2014

Transport: Full steam ahead for rail electrification?

The campaign to upgrade Calder Valley’s rail line has been given a major boost after it was revealed that the task force considering electrification projects in the North has confirmed that the line is now being 'seriously looked at' by Network Rail.

In February, when the list of lines being considered for upgrade was announced, Calder Valley was not included. But intense pressure from campaigners and lobbyists has highlighted its importance to decision makers.

If successful, the Calder Valley line could see electrification by 2024.

Deputy Labour leader Barry Collins, said: “The absolutely impassioned lobbying campaign we’ve run in the last six months has paid off.

“Our target was to ensure that the Calder Valley line would be in the frame for potential electrification, and we’re now in the frame - this is really good news.

“We need to make sure that we keep pressing hard so that when the task force presents its findings in February, the Calder Valley line is included.”

Campaigners have long been calling for improved signalling, modern trains and electrification of the line amid worries that Calderdale is being left behind.

Chancellor George Osborne is also being lobbied to back a £15 billion plan to revolutionise transport across the North to redress the balance of rail funding which in recent years has given priority to the South East.

The One North report, put together by transport executives across the North, includes proposals for a 125 mph transpennine rail link that would reduce rail journey times between Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester to 30 minutes alongside the electrification of the Calder Valley line and improvements to rolling stock across the network.

In a video address given to the Electrification Task Force, Baroness Kramer said: “For most, if not all of the North of England’s railways, it is a case of when they will be electrified, not if.”

Council leader Stephen Baines said: “It could mean a major improvement for travel which could have knock-on effects for the economy in Calderdale.”

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Podcast: When Wrestlers Act - episode 02

Welcome to the second episode of When Wrestlers Act!

In this podcast we review series 4 episode 7 of the A-Team entitled Body Slam.

The episode first aired in 1985 and features Hulk Hogan in a key role along with cameos from Big John Stud, Greg Valentine, Ricky Steamboat and Gene Okerlund.

The episode sees the Hulkster joining the A-Team to save a youth centre from mobsters.
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The next episode of When Wrestlers Act comes out on Sunday September 7 - we're hoping to get an episode out once a fortnight.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Court: Pair convicted for the attempted car theft

Two men were convicted of attempted car theft after trying to steal a Land Rover Discovery from the forecourt of PHG Motors, Hipperholme.

Calderdale Magistrates Court heard how Nathan Asquith, 27, of Edinburgh Road, Leeds, and James Harmer, 22, of Tyersal Road, Bradford, were discovered by police at 3am on June 25 next to the vehicle at the premises on Halifax Road..

Prosecutor Jane Farrar told the court that upon inspection, police officers found that attempts had been made to force the lock, and on the ground nearby they found a screwdriver and a latex glove.

Arresting officer PC Ronan told the court: "It looked like someone had tried to barrel out the lock and there were fresh metal shavings around the lock.

"I suspected they were responsible for the attempted theft of the vehicle.”

During police interviews Asquith said that he was inspecting the Land Rover because he was interested in buying the vehicle and denied trying to break in.

During his defense, Asquith said: "I know it looks dodgy, but there there's no crime in going to look at a vehicle.”

The panel of Magistrates were unconvinced by the pair’s defense and found both men guilty..

Chair of Magistrates Anthea Wood told the pair: "We feel that weight of the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming.”

Asquith, who is currently serving an eight-week prison sentence for handling stolen goods was handed a 16-week prison sentence to be served concurrently with his current jail term.

Harmer, who is currently subject to an 18-month suspended sentence for possession of cannabis with the intent to supply, will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on September 24.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Podcast: When Wrestlers Act - Episode 01

Here it is! The very first episode of When Wrestlers Act.

In this episode, Jon Cronshaw is joined by his good friend Colin Cox to review Body Slam (1986).

Directed by Hal Needham, Body Slam is a hilariously bad film starring Dirk Benedict (Face from the A-Team) as dodgy music manager M. Harry Smilac.

Smilac brings together the worlds of rock music and professional wrestling to create a new concept - Rock and Roll Wrestling.
In supporting roles are a cast of wrestling stars including 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, The Wid Samoans and Captain Lou Albano.

Let us know what you think and help spread the word by following us on Twitter and Facebook and telling all of your friends.

We're also open to review suggestions - if you have any recommendations, please let us know!

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