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Edition No. 211

Date:- 24  July 2005

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Operation Crow targets illegal sunbathers

MERSEYSIDE Police anounced on 20 July that they had issued six, £80 fixed penalty notices to sunbathers in North Sefton who were caught sunbathing nude. Police Officers, acting on a number of complaints from residents and visitors to the sand dunes, launched Operation Crow in an attempt to stop this type of anti-social behaviour. With the hot weather lately, people might have thought we are in the South of France, but sadly for six offenders, we are not. 

On Tuesday 11 July and 12 July officers from the Ainsdale Neighbourhood in partnership with English Nature and Sefton Rangers visited the dunes. They then issued the six £80 fines for public order offences. The operation will continue throughout the summer, in particularly on hot days. 

Constable John Schofield from Ainsdale Neighbourhood said:- "After we received a number of complaints from both visitors and residents in the area we decided to launch an Operation to stop this type of behaviour. This type of activity is not acceptable to the many families with young children who like to go out and enjoy the sand dunes on a sunny Sunday afternoon. We will continue to address this problem and will give penalty notices to anyone responsible for public order offences."

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Charlton Launches Photographic Competition to Find Photographer for Miss England 2005

THE Charlton Company, see:-, are a specialist communications, technology and media business, today announces a photographic competition based around its sponsorship of The Model HQ Photographic Award at the 2005 Miss England finals. The winner of The Photo HQ Portfolio Award will be a VIP guest at the Miss England 2005 finals and will win a photo shoot to capture the stunning Miss England finalists and the winner of the Charlton Company's Model HQ Photographic Award.

Coinciding with the forthcoming launch of The Photo HQT, the Charlton Company's web-based portfolio hosting service for photographers, the competition is open to UK-based professional photographers and will run throughout July and August. The winner will be announced in time for the Miss England finals on 2 September to 3 September 2005 at Liverpool Olympia.

Each entrant for The Photo HQ Portfolio Award must submit two photographs they have taken of a model, to include one portrait and one full length or three-quarter shot, via:- The professional photographers who take part will judge the Photo HQ Portfolio Award. All submitted "mini portfolios" will be made available on the website to all competitors, who will be asked to rank the entries to choose an overall winner. The "mini portfolio" which, at the end of the voting period has accumulated the most votes, will receive the Award.

The winning photographer will be invited as a VIP guest to the Miss England finals on 3 September and will be given a photo shoot with the Miss England contestants, as part of the formal event programme, on the evening of 2 September. The photo shoot will help decide the winner of The Model HQ Photographic Award the following evening. The winner will be able to use the photographs in association with their professional photographic business for 12 months.

Also included in the prize is two nights accommodation in a top Liverpool hotel, two days at the Miss England event and two places at The Charlton/HQ VIP table at the Miss England finals. The winner will receive a premium photographic portfolio hosted for a year on The Photo HQ website free of charge.

Lucinda Havart-Simkin, co-founder and chief operating officer of The Charlton Company, says:- "As we're sponsoring The Miss Model HQ Photographic Award at Miss England, it's appropriate for us to run a photographic competition in parallel with this prestigious event. The fact that the photographic community will decide the winner is sure to increase the intensity, professional standard and fun of the competition."

Full details of the competition rules and prizes are available at or by contacting The Charlton Company on 01189 771075.

STARs from Liverpool, St Helens and Prescot shoot onto short list for national award

LOCAL STARs who work in post 16 education and training are celebrating their success today, as the short list for the national STAR Awards has been announced. Mike Scanlan, study support team leader for learners with impaired vision and Ann Johnson, Team Leader of Dyslexia Study Support both from Liverpool Community College in Liverpool; Geoff Hanley, a project leader at Flagship of Youth, Liverpool; John Inskip, project manager at TUC Learning Services in Liverpool; Dave Sheridan, Prince’s Trust programme manager at St Helen’s College, St Helens and Lisa Williamson, a training manager from Horizon Training Units E and F in Prescot have been short-listed from over 3,400 individuals who were recognised in 1,585 nominations for a STAR Award this year.

An independent judging panel of sector experts has whittled the nominations down to a short list of just over 150 nominees across sixteen prize categories, including the newly introduced Team Award, all designed to champion the unsung heroes of the learning and skills sector.

The short-listed nominees and guests are now invited to attend the glittering STAR Awards ceremony in London on 11 October 2005, where the sixteen prize winners will be announced. Each category offers the chance for winners to take home a £2,000 cash prize, trophy and certificate, and there’s £5,000 cash prize, trophy and certificate up for grabs for the winning team.

Now in its 2nd year, the STAR Awards, set out to recognise tutors, trainers, managers and support staff that show real STAR quality. Short-listed individuals have been selected for truly exceeding expectations and making a difference to the lives of learners and colleagues.

Nominations for the STAR Awards came from learners, managers, tutors and trainers from work places all over the country including FE colleges, work-based providers, prisons, adult and community learning centres and UK online centres.

Bill Rammell, Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education says:- “The STAR Awards recognise some of the truly outstanding work that goes on every day in the learning and skills sector. They show the commitment of tutors, trainers, managers and support staff and the transforming effect this has on learners and colleagues alike. People who have been short-listed for the awards typify the values and aspirations of the Government’s Success for All strategy, aiming to improve standards, provide the skills needed to develop our workforce and drive our economic success nationwide. To have been selected out of so many nominations is a big achievement. It is important we recognise the dedication of people who may otherwise be unsung heroes. Their success can be an inspiration to all and their achievements used as a model of good practice.”

Zandra Rhodes, fashion designer and ambassador of the STAR Awards congratulated the short-listed nominees:- “I want to extend my congratulations to those who have been short-listed for a STAR Award. The difference that these individuals make to the lives of so many learners is phenomenal. Those that have been short- listed for a STAR Award should feel proud of their achievements. They have helped so many learners, like myself, on the path to achieving their goals. As a former student of the learning and skills sector, I know that it was the support and encouragement of my tutors at Medway College that was so important to my early development, and gave me the motivation to pursue my dreams.”

For more information on the STAR Awards short list you can visit the STAR Awards website:-
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