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Edition No. 192

Date:- 20 March 2005

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Product Recall - VIP Computer Centre Ltd

WARRINGTON Trading Standards have been notified by VIP Computer Centre Ltd,
Hardwick Grange, Warrington of a potentially serious manufacturing defect on a batch of speakers for use with computers and portable music players. He company distributes to computer assemblers, retailers and resellers in the UK and Ireland.

The plug on the Mercury MS380 speakers, sold between 14 February 2005 and
14 March 2005 has been wired incorrectly. The live wire is wired to the neutral pin and vice versa. Do not attempt to correct this yourself. The only products affected are those with VIP Order Code 3352 & 4299. The bar code for both products is 8886383621719.

Edwina Greenwood, Principal Trading Standards Officer said:- "The company contacted Trading Standards to let us know about the problem.  We are working closely with VIP Computer Centre and will be advising our colleagues across the country of the action that we are taking. All enquiries regarding the safety of consumers are treated as a priority.

If you have purchased the product it should not be used and you should return it to the retailer for a full refund. Likewise, if you have any queries about the safety of these or other electrical products please contact Trading Standards on 01925 442678."


ARE you looking to find temporary or permanent work? Perhaps you feel the need to change direction in your career? If this is the case, then the Manpower team in Liverpool can offer their expertise and advice in finding you the right job opportunity.

At new offices situated at 54 Castle Street, Manpower Liverpool is the one-stop-shop for job seekers, looking for permanent or temporary work, in the area.

Liz Prest, Branch Manager of Manpower Liverpool says:- "Our new centrally located office combines Manpower's general branch with our more specialised technical branch, meaning prospective candidates can take advantage of all the jobs and services Manpower offers without needing to be redirected to a different location. We offer a high number of job vacancies across all business sectors, ranging from office, industrial and public sector, right up to the more specialised recruitment of workers in the engineering, IT, science and construction fields."

Manpower has in-depth experience of the local employment market and can help match the right candidate to the right job. The experienced Manpower consultants at Liverpool help guide candidates through all elements of the recruitment process.

Liz adds:- "As 2008's Capital of Culture, Liverpool is a great place to do business, with a growing local economy and a great pool of skilled employees and job seekers. Our Manpower Employment Outlook Survey looks at future employer hiring intentions, and shows that +10% of employers in the region are looking to take on more staff for the months April to June 2005, which is great news for job seekers in the area.

We're seeing a high demand for permanent staff, especially in the banking industry. Positions range from back office administrators right up to financial advisers. On the technical side of the business, we are again seeing demand for workers at all skills levels from bricklayers up to project managers; lab technicians through to scientists; welders and plumbers up to engineers."

Candidates who are registered with Manpower gain free access to Manpower's Direct Training, an online service that offers over 1,500 training courses, in subjects as diverse as leadership, communication and customer service, as well as a wide range of IT skills. Manpower provides all its temporary and contract workers with a host of excellent benefits including annual leave, sick pay, parental leave, staff deals on mortgages, life and personal accident insurance cover, and stakeholder pensions.

Do you want to join a band?

ST JOHN Ambulance Silver Band is due to be reformed. They are looking for members, new and old to reform the band. You do not have to be a St John Ambulance member to join and learmers are welcome. If you are interested contact Steven Herron on 07709848534 or the St John Ambulance Hall, Southport on 01704 531 021. You can also find out more by emailing


TV personality and Pop Idol judge Neil Fox and Southampton footballer Jamie Redknapp, are this week launching the 2nd edition of the NHS magazine You're Pregnant featuring an 8 page supplement of advice and information for new dads.

Neil Fox, father of 2, who is quoted in the insert said:- "The dad's insert in You're Pregnant! Is essential reading for all Dad's to be. It leaves no stone unturned and manages to be both informative and interesting and packed full of useful and practical information. It is great to see that dads-to-be will be as informed about pregnancy and childbirth as their pregnant partners at such a special time."

Jamie Redknapp, new father and Southampton footballer, said:- "I would love to have read '37 things a new Dad should know' when Louise and I were expecting our son Charlie. It's such an exciting time and there's so much to take in - this insert is interesting and full of down to earth advice. It also answers some of those niggling questions and the tips about car seats and baby carriers are spot on!"

In this edition Jools Oliver, wife of TV chef Jamie and mother of Poppy and Daisy, tells you're Pregnant! About the ups and downs of giving birth - and reveals how much she is enjoying being a mum.

Jool's story appears with practical information for mums-to-be onwhat to expect during their pregnancy, including tips on:-

1. Keeping healthy during pregnancy, from what to eat to dealing with nausea.

2. What to expect when you go into labour, with a special section full of no-nonsense practical information, enabling women to make decisions about pain relief and how they want to give birth.

3. The first three months of a baby's life, with features on breastfeeding, post-natal depression and crying.

The magazine is given out free by ante-natal clinics to all expectant mothers and includes information about local maternity services as well as useful articles and tips.

A special gatefold section at the back of the magazine is localised to every primary care trust in the country. This contains information and statistics on local maternity units to help women choose where they want to give birth. The section also lists contact details for NHS and voluntary organisations providing services to pregnant women and new mums in each area.

Speaking at a conference today on Maternity Services in the 21st Century, Health Minister Stephen Ladyman said:- "After the success of the first edition I am delighted to announce the second issue of You're Pregnant! Is out now and better than ever. Not only is it packed with useful, practical features, common-sense advice, and real life stories from other mums but there is something to help new dads too.

For the first time an A5 8-page dads' insert is included in every magazine. Designed for first time dads the insert uses real fathers' stories to encourage engagement between partner and baby and also to underline the partner's supportive role during pregnancy and birth.

This magazine will support this government's aim for women to have easy access to supportive, high quality maternity services, designed around their individual needs and those of their babies."
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