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Edition No. 133

Date:- 10 January 2004

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DRIVER training experts BSM believe the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is putting the cart before the horse by claiming that "drivers in manual cars could prevent themselves going too fast inadvertently by using the interim gears, especially third gear, more often and for longer in urban driving."

BSM head of training, research and development Tina Janson-Caddel comments:- "Good drivers will select an appropriate speed by continually assessing the road and driving conditions, including giving due regard to any legal constraints.

It is the chosen appropriate speed that will then determine their choice of gear.

Good drivers do not rely on their choice of gear to control their speed. They are in constant control of all aspects of their car and journey, including their speed. They will select their gear intelligently and

Breaking the speed limit and any consequent penalty is best avoided by training your brain and your cognitive skills to improve your perception of your speed."

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More than 3,000 people to unite for spectacular multi-faith event

SIMON WESTON OBE will give an inspirational message of faith and hope to the people of the city at the launch of Faith in One City 2004.

The Falklands war veteran will lead thousands of people, including faith and community groups, schoolchildren and performers, in Liverpool's biggest ever celebration of faith.

The special event, at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, will start the year of Faith in One City, the second of five themed years celebrating Liverpool's unique culture, in the build-up to Capital of Culture in 2008.

Simon Weston said:- "The people of Liverpool have made me feel like a son of the city. When I first set up my charity, Weston Spirit, to put faith in our young people, Liverpool gave me amazing support. Such backing was a source of tremendous strength. 

I'm delighted to be repaying some of that debt by playing my part in Liverpool's Faith in One City celebrations. Without belief and faith in what we do, we weaken our ability to change this world for the better."

The 42 year old Welshman was granted the Freedom of Liverpool in 2002 in recognition of his bravery and the work of Weston Spirit, which has its headquarters in Liverpool. Weston Spirit was formed in 1988 and provides personal development programmes and employment opportunities to thousands of teenagers every year.

The launch, which takes place on January 15, Martin Luther King's birthday, will celebrate the city's religious diversity, communities and culture. It will pave the way for an exciting year of diverse, inclusive events for all Liverpool's communities. 

Leader of Liverpool City Council, Councillor Mike Storey said:- "Simon Weston is an inspiration to us all. Through his faith in young people, he has touched the lives of thousands of people, one of the reasons we granted him the Freedom of Liverpool. 

I'm delighted that he is joining us again for the launch of Faith in One City. His story of hope and faith and his commitment to improve the lives of others is what this year is all about." 

Faith in One City Co-ordinator, Wally Brown, said:- "Simon Weston is a great friend of Liverpool and we are proud that he is taking part in our celebrations.

As an honorary Scouser, whose bravery and selflessness is admired by people all over the world, he is a tremendous role model to launch our year. I am delighted he is contributing to what will be an unforgettable start to a very special year."

Conference to Combat Wildlife Crime

MERSEYSIDE Police is hoted the third Merseyside Partners against Wildlife Crime seminar at Police headquarters on Friday 9 January.

The seminar had 60 delegates from 25 different organisations across Merseyside. It was is aimed at sharing information about conservation, environmental issues and policing objectives in relation to wildlife crime. 

In recent years Merseyside Police has received recognition from organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund, RSPB and the RSPCA for its success in tackling wildlife crime.

Constable Andy McWilliam the Wildlife Liaison Officer for Merseyside Police said:- "The success we have had in Merseyside is as result of the close working relationship we have with our partners."

Chief Inspector Martin Marsh, Head of the Liverpool RSPCA Inspecorate said:- "There is no doubt that this partnership has benefited all those involved and more importantly our wildlife has benefited from extra protection."

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