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PS News Round Up – Friday 29 March 2019

PS News Round Up – Friday 29 March 2019

Hi everyone and welcome to our new weekly news round up. Every week we will be highlighting a selection of the biggest news stories to happen across the North East, UK and rest of the world.  

This week we take a look at everything from Brexit to changes in Facebook policy as well as a roundup on The North East Business Awards that we attended on Thursday evening.   

North East 

North East Business Awards  

The Teesside heat of the North East Business Awards 2019 took place on Thursday, with some of the best businesses in the region going head to head at the event held at Teesside University.  

Hosted by Ingrid Hagemann, the night saw guest speaker Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen discuss the innovation and business prowess here in Teesside. There may have also been mention of a certain airport…  

Winners on the night included UK Pods Ltd, which won both Newcomer of the Year and the Services Award, Tees Barrage International White Water Centre walked away with the Tourism & Hospitality award, Cubic took the Innovation and Digital Technology Awards and Lexonik walked away with the night’s big prize, Company of the Year.  

Other winners on the night included Intelect (Apprenticeship Award), Dormor Machine & Engineering (Manufacturing Award), Razorblue (Let’s Grow Award), Pipeline Precision Engineering (Export Award), Parkway Shopping Centre (Heart of the Community Award) and Big Bite (Small Business Award).

All winners from the Teesside heat will now go on to represent the area in the regional final at Hardwick Hall on May 16. 

UK 

Brexit  

After another rollercoaster week, today is officially ‘Independence Day’ – or at least it was supposed to be…  

Last week Theresa May delivered a speech claiming to be on the side of the public and blaming bickering MPs for Brexit delays. In order to push her deal through the Commons this week the PM has stated that if MPs do pass her deal she would step down.  
 
It was also a historic week in that MPs voted to take control of proceedings and hold a series of ‘indicative votes’ in an attempt to see what type of Brexit had the most support amongst members. However, all options rejected.  

But the EU’s clock is ticking. The EU27 leaders have agreed to delay Brexit day, setting two new deadline exit dates of May 22 and April 12. 

EU leaders have said that if parliament ratifies the Brexit deal before the March 29 deadline, Britain will have until May 22 to complete any technical steps, exit and begin a transition period.

If the House of Commons fails to vote, or votes to reject the deal for a third time the U.K. has until April 12 “to indicate a way forward.” 

Automation Fears  

Earlier in the week, a report conducted by the Office of National Statistics stated that around 1.5 million jobs in England are at high risk of some or all of their duties due to the introduction of automation.  

According to the report the most at risk of being replaced were women, young people and those who work part time roles.  

The report looked at daily tasks performed by people across the whole of the labour market and determined that routine and repetitive tasks can be carried out more efficiently by an algorithm.  

The occupations most at risk are waiting staff, shelf fillers and sales occupations. Those least at risk are medical practitioners, higher education teachers and senior professionals of educational establishments.   

World 

Facebook Policy Changes   

In the aftermath of the New Zealand mass shooting which was shared across social media, Facebook has declared it will block ‘praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism’ across the platform and Instagram.  

The social media network has stated that anyone searching for material which could be classed as extremist or offensive will be directed to a charity combating far right extremism.  

The video of the attack was viewed more than 4,000 times before Facebook removed the content and after 24 hours it had blocked the upload of 1.2 million versions of the video.  

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