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Volunteers urge families to
take their plastic beach toys home
collect the toys, alongside other litter, to prevent them from
entering the ocean and harming marine life. Rather than send the
toys to landfill, they have been cleaned and donated to a local
charity, Park View 4U, to extend their life and put the items to
The St Annes North Beach Care group noticed 2 summers ago, how
many toys they were collecting during their weekly beach cleans.
Almost all remained in perfect working order and had no reason
to be disposed of.
Michael Pearson, group leader said:- "Rather than add to
the growing amount of waste heading to landfill, we decided to
save the buckets, spades and plastic shapes knowing they could
be reused. It is a joint effort between the two beach clean
groups in St Annes and we are very happy to support local
charities working with children."
In 2019 the toys were donated to Lancashire Wildlife Trust and
this year to Park View 4U, as both charities work with children
on environmental projects.
Emily Parr, Fylde BeachCare Officer commented:-
"Unfortunately for the environment, a set of plastic beach toys
can be picked up very cheaply at a pound store. Many families
now seem to view taking the toys home as an inconvenience,
instead choosing to leave them behind on the beach. Our concern
is that people are viewing them as a disposable, single use
item, rather than something that should be saved for future
Plastic buckets, spades and toys are made of PVC, a type of
plastic which is difficult to recycle and could take up over 450
years to break down in landfill.
Dave Foreman, St Annes North volunteer added:- "It's not
only the toys themselves that are a problem, they all come
wrapped in further plastic and we are frequently picking up the
netted packaging and tags that have been ripped off and left."
The LOVEmyBEACH message for beach users is simple, when you
visit the beach leave only footprints. This not only means
dispose of you litter responsibly, but also take away any items
which can be reused or recycled.
In the case of plastic toys, throwing them away is not the
answer. Instead, reuse them on your next visit or pass them on
to another family that could make use of them.
RMT demands Government action
for seafarers on the Atlantic Container Line fleet
RMT has written to the Shipping Minister, Kelly Tolhurst MP
demanding Government action over the lack of jobs for British
Ratings and the crew change crisis on ACL's 5 state of the art
roll-on roll-off container ships working trans-Atlantic routes
from Liverpool Port.
The ACL fleet was registered in the Port of Liverpool from 2016,
when the Atlantic Sea was christened by Princess Anne, the first
in Liverpool for 50 years. Yet earlier this week, ACL re-flagged
1 of its sister ships, Atlantic Sky, to the Maltese register; a
Flag of Convenience and the biggest shipping register in the EU.
ACL's owners Grimaldi Group have warned that the rest of the ACL
G4 ships on the Red Ensign are also likely to be re-flagged.
The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) issued a
warning to ACL earlier this month over the failure to repatriate
largely Filipino crew when the ships are docked in Liverpool.
Crew are being worked beyond their nine month contracts. All
Ratings on the ACL fleet in question are paid below the UK
National Minimum Wage and many have been working at sea periods
well beyond the legal maximum of 11 months stipulated in the
Maritime Labour Convention.
In the letter to the Shipping Minister RMT General Secretary,
Mick Cash said:- "1 of the key causes of foreign seafarer
exploitation and exclusion of UK Ratings is the lack of
requirement to employ UK seafarers on the Red Ensign. Indeed,
the UK Ship Register continues to present this to ship owners as
1 of the advantages to registration. This must change, and
quickly. This tale of the shipping industry co-opting national
registers to ride roughshod over seafarers' rights, UK Ratings
jobs and the needs of workers in the port cities and towns of an
advanced island economy is all too common. The Government must
take the following actions, inside the Maritime Restart and
Recovery Group and beyond to tackle these injustices:-
Demand ACL commit to UK Ratings jobs on their UK registered
Demand the Port of Liverpool tackle the crew change crisis.
Introduce UK seafarer employment requirements on the Red
Ban nationality based pay discrimination against non-UK
Train thousands more UK Ratings over the next 2 years.
RMT remain committed to the DfT's Maritime Restart and Recovery
Groups but the mess in our maritime industry illustrated at ACL
must be sorted out to the benefit of Ratings in the UK and our
battered skills base."
"Helping small businesses
protect mental health and wellbeing vital in the wake of
Covid-19" says FSB
and Cheshire to host virtual support event following decline in
mental health during lockdown. The impact of social distancing,
illness and deaths of loved ones and anxiety resulting from 24
hour media coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic has been
extremely challenging for many people. More than half of adults
and over ⅔
of young people said their mental health worsened during
lockdown, according to a report by the mental health charity
Mind. For small business owners facing up to the huge challenge
of re-starting in the worst recession on record, taking steps to
protect their own wellbeing and employee's mental health, now
and in the future, is paramount. In response, FSB Merseyside and
Cheshire is to hold a virtual support event on Mental Health and
Wellbeing for small business owners. This interactive session,
to take place, on Tuesday, 8 September 2020, from 9.30am to
11am, will provide practical guidance and support to business
owners on managing mental health and wellbeing. Registration is
FSB Area Leader Yvette Hastings said:- "Poor mental health
can have a devastating impact on small business owners, as well
as their employees. Despite the many positives, the reality is
that starting and running a business brings challenges that can
be very stressful and make it harder to cope with poor mental
health. This has become worse during the Covid lockdown and when
poor mental health affects you, or your staff, it can be
difficult to know where to turn. Our event will address this
head-on by helping business owners understand and deal with
stress, supporting employers in managing staff remotely,
outlining best practice as people return to work and also the
legislative obligations around mental health. It will also
highlight resources that are available to help."
Attendees will hear from 4 expert speakers, who will also lead
breakout sessions. The are as follows:-
Cath Lee, Imagine
Karim Samani, TechDisinfect.
David Hughes, David Lynch
Lynn Delaney, Chartered
Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
In light of our It's ok to talk about mental health campaign,
FSB has produced 7 tips on protecting your mental health and
Facts Minimise Fears... It's
easy to feel overwhelmed by the constant stream of news. Take
breaks if it's affecting you, including from social media
platforms. Remember to be mindful of the information that you
share. Get factual information from trusted sources, such as the
World Health Organisation, Public Health England and local
Stay Connected... If you're
self isolating, working from home or changing business
practices, it can be challenging to adapt to a new routine. Try
and stay connected through social media, video calls or virtual
coffee mornings. Sharing positive experiences can help your
Take Time Out... Make time
for hobbies you enjoy; it can help you to relax and take your
mind off things. Learning a new skill, like cooking or drawing,
can build confidence. Try to keep a regular routine as much as
Don't Forget Physical Health...
Taking care of our physical health can help how we feel. Stay
well rested, eat balanced meals and keep active as much as
possible. If you feel able to, activities like stretching, yoga
or meditating can help relieve stress.
Support Others... Stay
connected with your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours,
and let them know you're there. Even a simple text can go a long
way, especially if they are self isolating. Many small
businesses are like families, so building these support networks
can make a big difference for your staff.
Talk to Children... If you're
a parent, or know someone who is, it's important to look out for
children's mental health and wellbeing too. Talk to them and
answer their questions without alarming them. You can help
children to express their feelings in positive ways, like being
Reach Out... If you're
feeling stressed or anxious, it's important to talk to someone
you trust, like a partner, friend, relative or colleague. You
can also talk to a professional if you feel you need help. The
organisations below can offer help, advice and support if you
LGA responds to an Education
Policy Institute Report
RESPONDING to an
Education Policy Institute Report which found that
˝ of the parents
said the Government hasn't given enough childcare post lockdown,
Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the Local Government Association's
Children and Young People Board, said:- "Good quality
early education can make an enormous difference to children's
lives, with around 40% of the attainment gap between
disadvantaged pupils and their peers emerging by age 5. Councils
have long raised the issue that funding for early entitlements
is not enough, impacting on the quality of provision and the
availability of good support for children with special
educational needs and disabilities. Maintained Nursery Schools
support many of the most disadvantaged children and achieve
outstanding results. However, the additional funding they
receive to deliver this level of education is only guaranteed
until the end of this academic year. The Government needs to use
the forthcoming Spending Review to properly resource all early
years settings to ensure that we can make a significant
difference to the attainment gap."
Total UK cases COVID-19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have
been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:-
cases and the total number now stands at:-
includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are
not included in the 4 National totals.
The number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be:-
according to the
Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people
who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public
Health or NHS laboratory is:-
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
782. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:-
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 97.
In England, there are a total of:- 284,155
North West - total of:- 51,899
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-:-
2,808 confirmed cases.
Halton, 733 confirmed cases.
1,066 confirmed cases.
St. Helens, 1,273
Wirral, 2,142 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within Local
Authorities around the Liverpool City Region are as
► Blackburn with Darwen,
► Blackpool, 1,094
► Bolton, 2,238
► Bury, 1,550
► Cheshire East,
► Cheshire West and Chester,
► Lancashire, 8,023
► Manchester, 4,125
► Oldham, 2,803
► Preston, 1,407
► Rochdale, 2,188
► Salford, 1,742
► Stockport, 1,964
► Tameside, 1,870
► Trafford, 1,626
► Warrington, 1,402
► Wigan, 2,297
Daily reported COVID deaths are now measured across the UK
as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the 1st
laboratory confirmed positive COVID test.
Areas within England which are currently in Lockdown or
have Enhanced Restrictions imposed on them:-
City of Manchester
action to control Covid19 cases through further
Parts of Pendle
Daily and cumulative
numbers of COVID-19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID-19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
Previous 24hr Data
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