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Edition No. 174

Date:- 06 November 2004

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Official launch of hi-tech £1m learning centre.

A NEW state-of-the-art learning centre is holding an official launch party and open day next week (Wednesday 10 November).

The £1 million, hi-tech Park Road Neighbourhood Learning Centre in Dingle offers a wide range of courses, from GCSE maths to Indian head massage and from childcare to chemistry.

Centre manager, Alma Phizacklea, said:- "There really is something for everyone at Park Road. We're offering a huge variety of courses and the best possible facilities.

We look forward to welcoming people not only from the local community but also from right across the city." 

A commemorative plaque will be unveiled at the official launch on Wednesday 10 November, attended by Liverpool city council's executive director for education, Colin Hilton and executive member, Councillor Paul Clein.

There will also be a presentation on the importance of community participation in learning. 

Councillor Paul Clein, said:- "Park Road Learning Centre is a wonderful asset and it represents another step forward in the regeneration of Dingle.

The centre will improve the education opportunities and life chances for local people." 

The centre will then be open to the public to find out more about the courses on offer and speak to tutors between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on Wednesday.

The purpose-built centre offers crèche facilities and disabled access so that all members of the community are able to use the facilities.

The site - which boasts specialist teaching facilities, including modern classrooms and an IT suite, that has been funded by the Learning and Skills Council. It is one of only 16 projects nationally to be awarded a grant from a special government fund.

An autistic teenager is the latest star of Liverpool's emergence as the UK's film capital.

MARK Craven aged 15 suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, but he has overcome amazing disabilities from his illness to be one of the major forces in a new film, based on the epic renaissance poem, 'The Divine Comedy' by Alighieri Dante.

Despite suffering symptoms such as difficulty reading body language and overly sensitive to sounds and sights, Mark has stunned film makers by mastering the skills of editing on the year long making of ''Dante and Beatrice''.

The makers of ''Dante and Beatrice'', Yellowhouse, one of the UK's leading youth arts organisations, are now thinking of offering the talented West Derby teenager a full time job once he finishes his education.

''Dante and Beatrice''
receives its world premiere on Sunday, 14 November during the 2004 Liverpool Biennial at an invitation only screening in the Country Session building in the city's Cultural Quarter.


12 November, First North Western is holding a special Remembrance Day Service at Manchester Victoria Station's War Memorial. 

The service will be conducted for the first time by the new North West Railway Chaplain, Richard Cook. Rev. Cook will be accompanied by the Burnley Sea Cadets. The music for this short service will be provided by the Sale Salvation Army Ladies Choir. 

The short service, which starts at 10:50am in the concourse area, will be attended by various key figures from the North West's rail industry. Representatives from Virgin, FNW sister company TransPennine Express and the British Transport Police will be there to pay their respects. 

The Managing Director of First North Western, Richard Peck will also attend and members of the general public are welcome to attend the service. 
Tony Blair, George W Bush and Ozzy Osborne to open new building.
WELL not exactly correct, but the world famous Jon Culshaw is getting ready to officially open the Women's & Children's Unit and Treatment Centre at Ormskirk & District General Hospital

Jon Culshaw, star of BBC's Dead Ringers will be officially opening the Treatment Centre and the Women's & Children's Unit on the afternoon of Tuesday 9 November. 

Jon Culshaw will be opening the Treatment Centre at and then meeting some of the children in the children's ward before opening the Women's & Children's Unit. Interestingly Jon Culshaw, who is from Ormskirk, will be returning to where he began his entertainment career as a presenter on Ormskirk Hospital Radio. 
Merseyside Police joins forces with International Commanders
SIX senior police officers from Sierra Leone are spending a week with Merseyside Police as part of a Centrex training programme. 

The officers are currently training at Centrex, the Central Police Training and Development Authority and are students on the International Commanders Programme (ICP) which is designed for senior overseas police officers. The ten-week course incorporates a week's attachment to a British police force in order to combine elements of academic and operational techniques within UK policing. 

The visit to Merseyside Police allows the officers to observe first hand all aspects of operational policing, including divisional command, public order, community policing, major incident room co-ordination and firearms training. The attachment is also the opportunity for the ICP students to gain a more in-depth insight into their particular area of specialism, such as criminal investigation or large scale public order control. 

Chief Constable Bernard Hogan-Howe said:- "We are delighted to welcome the officers to Merseyside and we are looking forward to sharing the wealth of knowledge and different experiences that the UK and overseas officers can learn from. Their visit really will allow them to experience frontline British policing. I am sure we will also learn a great deal from their recent challenging experiences"

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