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Congratulations to all those students celebrating good A-level results across the Tees Valley The Tees Valley is an area the North East of England. It can be described as "greater Teesside" and consists of the four unitary authorities created by the breakup of the County of Cleveland in 1996: Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton-On-Tees along with  today.

This is the time of annual carping carp·ing  
adj.
Naggingly critical or complaining.



carping·ly adv.

Noun 1.
 and criticism about the exams.

But our youngsters can only pass the tests placed before them, and educationalists insist these are still very difficult hurdles for students to successfully overcome.

Whenever pass rates go up there are moans of 'dumbing down'.

If the rates were to drop, there would, no doubt, be an even greater outcry about lowering standards, poor schools and lazy pupils.

Let's, instead, celebrate the hard work, commitment, energy and drive - from pupils and teachers - that has earned the youngsters their successes today.

And let's hope this talent will be used here on our doorstep.

Our campaign, A Brilliant Career in the Tees Valley, highlights how this area is a great place to live and work, with top educational establishments, training facilities and employment opportunities.

If we can match new young talent to the exciting ambition Ambition
Alger, Horatio

author of a series of rags-to-riches stories. [Am. Lit.: Ragged Dick]

Bart, Lily

sacrifices her principles and her chance for love in schemes to climb the social ladder. [Am. Lit.
 of the region we are all on a winner.

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THE pounds 50m investment announced by Hunstman today is another huge boost for industry on Teesside.

This brings the cash injection into the area, from this company alone, to more than pounds 100m over the last four years.

And these ambitious projects stand alongside other major, world-leading, multi-million pound plans across the Tees Valley.

In the chemical industry, at the port, in bio-fuels, in digital technology, and in so many other industries, there is major investment underpinning un·der·pin·ning  
n.
1. Material or masonry used to support a structure, such as a wall.

2. A support or foundation. Often used in the plural.

3. Informal The human legs. Often used in the plural.
 a growing confidence.
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2006
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