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Edition No. 178

Date:- 04 December 2004

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Lord Mayor is boxing clever

LIVERPOOL'S Lord Mayor was as pleased as punch greeted the USA amateur boxing team at Liverpool Town Hall. 

The 20 man team of boxers and coaches meet Councillor Frank Roderick at a civic reception at the Town Hall on Thursday 2 December.

However, it was soft drinks all the way for the team, as they prepare for Friday's showdown with England's top amateurs, including Olympic silver medal hero Amir Khan at the Liverpool Olympia.

A sell-out crowd of 1,500 people watched the bouts on Friday in the third annual England-USA clash in Liverpool, with the Americans eager to avenge last year's 9-0 whitewash. We will give you the results in the next edition.

The England team also included Liverpool boxers David Price, Neil Perkins, Nathan Brough, Stephen Smith, Tony Bellew and Martin Murray.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Roderick, said:- "It is great to be able to welcome the Americans to Liverpool again. 

Liverpool is well established as the number one city in the country for hosting top class boxing events and it is sure to be another massive success this year.

I am very proud that our city has a number of representatives in the England team, as it shows we are capable of producing top class sportsmen and women."

Councillor Warren Bradley, executive member for leisure and culture, said:- "This will be another great night of top class sport in Liverpool.

It's another example of how highly regarded the city is to be able to stage prestigious events like this.

I'm delighted to see such a strong Liverpool presence in the England team, particularly with three of the lads being part of our ground-breaking Elite Sporting Scholarships scheme.

It proves yet again that Liverpool is leading the way in developing the next generation of top class sportsmen and women."

Paul King, Liverpool City Council's boxing development officer, said:- ''I'm delighted to see the Americans back in Liverpool again.

It says a great deal about the thriving boxing scene in the city that we are able to attract world class events such as this.

Last year was fantastic and I'm sure that with Amir Khan and a host of Liverpool boxers involved, this year will be even bigger and better."

Liverpool schools to be transformed City

SCHOOLS across Liverpool are to benefit from multi-billion pound investment from the government. 

Building Schools for the Future will transform secondary education in the city by providing more money to schools and the education authority.

The cash will be used to build new school buildings and refurbish existing ones to provide 21st century facilities for all secondary school pupils.

The authority must wait to find out just how much money it will receive from the record £6.3 billion government investment, before planning how to use the grant.

Work will begin on the new schools projects in April 2007. 

Councillor Paul Clein, Liverpool City Council's executive member for education, said:- "We are very pleased as this will enable...." ...continued... 

...continued...  "..... us to provide up to the minute facilities for all our pupils."  The government's Schools Standards Minister, David Miliband, said:- "Investment in our schools is an investment in our future. The unprecedented levels of funding that I am delighted to announce today will provide real benefits for every pupil in every school."

Trust is Runner-up in the first Guardian Public Service Awards

THE Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust are Runner-up in the first Guardian Public Service Awards held at Victoria & Albert Museum in London on 23 November hosted by Jenni Murray. We had been nominated for an award in the Recruitment and Retention category for our work with Health Learning Works.

Sharon Partington, Director of Human Resources said after the awards ceremony:- "We were really pleased to have been nominated, as that alone is great recognition for the hard work our staff have put into this scheme. 

However, the real reward is seeing those recruited through the scheme given the opportunity to start a career in the NHS. Fortunately, we are obviously
doing something right as virtually all those who have started under the scheme are still with us and are making our workforce more representative of
the community we serve."

Participants for the scheme are found through Jobcentre Plus from people who are unemployed who have been identified as having the potential and wish to work in the NHS, but perhaps without the paper based qualifications previously used to sift job applicants. 

The Trust interviews at the local Job Centres and appoints subject to satisfactory completion of the course and the required security checks, permanent employment is then guaranteed.

The jobs are viewed as 'entry level' range from ward housekeeper, through sterile services to clerical and administrative, but they are not dead-end jobs as through personal development employees can look forward to a wide variety of careers in the NHS.

Santa Parade gets the hump!

CAMELS, puppets, ponies and pantomime stars will liven up the city centre in a festive parade on Sunday (5 December).     

Father Christmas will make a special journey from the North Pole to take part in this year's Illuminated Santa Parade which hits the streets this weekend.   

Thousands are expected to watch the spectacular display which includes an impressive 200 piece puppet procession and choir. There will also be 20 specially commissioned floats including a boat, train and airplane. Once again, real camels ridden by three wise men will take part in the festive procession.

Stars from the Neptune Theatre's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will entertain the crowds as they take time out from their busy rehearsal schedule to be part of the popular event.

Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Roderick, will parade through the streets on a sleigh pulled by two Norwegian Fjord ponies.

Councillor Roderick said:- "The Illuminated Santa Parade will be a visual treat that is guaranteed to get everyone, young and old, into the Christmas spirit.

There are hundreds of people taking part in the event and all the costumes and floats will bring a carnival atmosphere to the city in December!

It's wonderful that even though it's a busy time of year for Santa, he has taken time out to meet Liverpool's good boys and girls!"

The parade begins at 5.30pm on Sunday and sets off from William Brown Street.  From there, the route will go to Old Haymarket, Whitechapel, Lord Street, Castle Street and will end at the Town Hall at around 6.30 to 7pm.   When the parade has finished, Santa will meet some lucky children at the Town Hall and find out what they want for Christmas.

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