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Edition No. 126

Date:- 22 November 2003

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First class maps to teach local pupils a valuable lesson

COMPUTER GAMES are not the only activity stirring the nation's children this autumn - when it comes to adventure as it seems they are turning to traditional Ordnance Survey maps in a big way.

More than 776,000 youngsters have staked their claim to a free, detailed Explorer map of their local area by encouraging teachers at 7,158 schools to register their interest with the national 
map-maker.

"This is an absolutely phenomenal response,"
says Ordnance Survey's Director General Vanessa Lawrence. "Our printing presses have been running flat out to cope with the demand." 

She adds:- "The vast majority of children who could qualify, mainly 11-year-olds in Year 7 (Primary 7 in Scotland) are set to receive a map that will be theirs to keep and which they can use at home and at school."

It is believed there are close to a million 11-year-olds in Britain, so four out of every five children of that age will receive an Explorer map, each worth almost £7. The biggest take-up has been in Wales, where virtually every qualifying child has been signed up.

The maps, with a total shop value of over £5 million, are part of a major educational initiative to help youngsters experience both the fun and value of geography. Supporting the project, Charles Clarke, the Secretary of State for Education in England, comments:- "Geography plays a vital role in helping children to understand the environment in which they are living."

CITY COUNCIL WELCOMES NEW HOUSING REPAIRS CONTRACTOR

LIVERPOOL city council welcomed news that Interserve are set to transfer their contract for council housing repairs to Enterprise PLC. 

City council Chief Executive David Henshaw said:- "This is an opportunity for a fresh start for the housing repairs service in Liverpool and is move also provides an opportunity for employees to work with Enterprise to make the business more efficient and productive, and transform it into a service which provides first class repairs to council house tenants in the city.

I am confident there will be improvements in the housing repairs service over the next few months."

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Merseyside Fishmonger Signs Up To "The Pride in Seafood Campaign"

MERSEYSIDE fishmonger Alan Greer has is the latest seafood supremo to sign up to the UK-wide Pride in Seafood Campaign. 

Mr Greer has joined has joined more than 200 seafood organisations from across the UK to showcase the many positive aspects of the UK's seafood industry - one of the country's oldest and most important industries. 

Alan Greer is well known in the local community for his commitment to the seafood industry and to local consumers. Winner of a number of industry awards, Alan is a keen promoter of the health benefits of eating seafood. 

He is closely involved with Slimming World groups, advising them about the types of fish that they can use in their diets and how to cook them and he writes recipes on the boards outside his shop to inspire and educate people about seafood. He also has staff visiting local pubs at the weekend, selling tubs of prawns as a novel healthy alternative late night snack!

Alan Greer said:- "Seafood really is a fantastic product. Lots of people don't realise just how good it is for you and how great it tastes. I hope that I can go some way towards showing people the great variety that exists so that they broaden their tastes and preferences."

Alan's seafood crusade is just one of the many highlights of the Pride in Seafood Campaign which was launched two months ago to around 20,000 UK industry organisations. Backed by the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish), the campaign aims to bolster and promote the pride that exists in the industry by highlighting best practice, innovation and investment.

John Rutherford, Sea Fish Industry Authority Chief Executive and member of the Pride in Seafood campaign team says:- "The seafood industry has been one of the mainstays of the UK economy for more than two thousand years, and it is now going through an unprecedented period of change. 

It is becoming more dynamic and forward looking, using the very latest technology to continually improve the quality of its catch and product whilst respecting its marine environment - headlines that you very rarely see. Locally, we've a great many people devoting their time, energy and ingenuity to deliver the best quality product to the seafood-loving UK public."

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