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Edition No. 176

Date:- 20 November 2004

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THE sudden arrival of the foreseen cold snap today has caught some people unaware. With the onset of winter the North West Air Ambulance, the only regional medical air emergency service, wants to ensure car drivers stay safe and offers the following five-point guideline:-

Get up five or ten minutes earlier to ensure you're not rushing. Travelling to and from work or visiting family and friends will take longer and it is better to make sure you get there than to not arrive at all!

De-ice the car using either a spray or ice-scraper. Make sure every window is clear so you can see out properly and there are no blind spots. Don't forget the wing mirrors.

Regularly check your windscreen washer fluid and ensure it is topped up. If you're using a de-ice spray, make sure you include the windscreen washers when de-icing the car.

Check your tyres for condition, pressure, tread depth and make sure your spare tyre is in good condition.

Drive carefully. Stopping distances are greater in snow and ice so take it slowly, keep your distance and be considerate.

Lynda Brislin, chief executive of the NWAA said:- “Over 47% of our call outs this year have been for road traffic accidents throughout the region and with the sudden change in weather, we want to ensure car drivers stay safe - it is a sad fact of life that you never know when or where we might be needed.”

The NWAA is a registered charity and receives no mainstream funding. At a cost of £75,000 every month to maintain, the NWAA is a vital service that runs seven days a week, 365 days a year to cover Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and South Cumbria.

Jaguar Woos Prospective Students

A touch of the unexpected waved over students attending Greater Merseyside's largest skills event this week as Speke-based company Jaguar held a two-day event to show off their latest models including the car that made it’s name in the recent James Bond movie.

The event at Aintree pulled in major exhibitors including the NHS, the Fire Service, and the Army among the regions colleges.

The Step into Your Future event aims to highlight options open to year 11 pupils as they consider their future career and educational prospects. The focus of the festival is to expand the understanding among young people of potential career paths, particularly in the key growth sectors of the region.

Phil Round, Jaguar education, training and development manager, said:- "There is a national shortage of qualified engineers in the UK and we are committed to showing youngsters that engineering qualifications lead to interesting and rewarding careers."


Frankie & Benny’s, the New York-Italian family restaurant brand popular with soap stars and TV celebrities, is opening at Ocean Plaza Leisure next month.    The 142 seater restaurant expected to open on December 6, cost £700,000 to develop, bringing a new influx of jobs, situated alongside a 7 screen Vue Cinema park. The new restaurant will bring the number of Frankie & Benny’s to a nationwide network of 98. The £35m leisure park boasts 1200 free car parking spaces, which has become an established premier visitor destination. 

Managing director Kevin Bacon said:- “Southport is a vibrant and exciting urban centre and we are delighted to have found the ideal location here.
We know we offer the right mix of fun with a warm and friendly atmosphere which appeals to families and couples alike. We will add a great meal out to a great night out.”

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