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Edition No. 221

Date:- 03 October 2005

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LOCAL MUSIC STORE TO HOST NATIONAL LAUNCH OF NEW YAMAHA 'SUPER- KEYBOARD'

YAMAHA, the world's largest and most successful manufacturer of musical instruments have appointed Southport to host a very special evening where the company's latest super -
keyboard ' TYROS 2' will be unveiled to the public for the first time. The evening is part of a high profile national tour starring one of the most popular players in the country, James Sargeant.

This is a 'do not miss' evening for anybody interested in playing keyboards and keyboard
music. Keen to find out more about the latest musical, and technical achievements from the
market leader. The evening concert will take place on Monday 3rd October at 7:30pm @ The
Royal Clifton Hotel, The Promenade, Southport; Tickets are £1.00 from branches of Rimmers
Music.

The keyboard, reputed to be able to reproduce virtually any sound with stunning realism
follows on the heels of the highly successful Tyros. This next generation instrument promises a new level of sound quality, musicality and user friendly operation. Bursting with innovative concepts Tyros 2 is a true musical powerhouse and the most creative digital keyboard ever with a host of new features which will satisfy both the home player and the most demanding professional.

TYROS 2 is thought to be the ultimate in home music making, boasting every conceivable
sound and function required to produce any style of music. There are even on board recorders for composing original tunes which can then be burnt to CD.

The futuristic looking TYROS is Yamaha's latest flagship keyboard and the company state that it's the most powerful keyboard it has EVER developed representing a significant breakthrough in sound reproduction and realism combined with ease of use.

Gary Tate, Managing Director for Rimmers Music, told us:- "We are absolutely delighted as Yamaha's number one dealer to present the world launch of this amazing keyboard. The Tyros 2 is a huge technological leap forward with the most realistic sounds I've ever heard or played."

Yamaha's Martin Harris who helped develop the instrument in the UK comments:- "This is a keyboard for everyone aimed at anybody who wants to play any style of music at home, it's versatility in any musical style will be the key to it's success and it will appeal equally to serious musicians and amateurs at home who just want the best sounds and ease of use."

Key Features include:-

• Super Articulation Technology. Introducing a new level of sonic realism 'Super Articulation' adds unique performance characteristics to a range of orchestral voicing. Just play as normal and 'Super Articulation' delivers expressive finger slides to guitar sounds, the breathy legato phrasing to saxophone sounds or a range of bowing effects to string instruments.

• New Style Section. 400 dynamic styles feature additional Mega Voices, including strings, brass, saxophones, trumpets and new guitar and bass sounds. In addition, stereo sampled drums, organs, electric pianos and pad sounds create a sound field never previously experienced.

• Organ Section. A host of organ samples and styles, voiced in the UK, faithfully reproduces the sounds of Theatre, Classical, Jazz or Rock organ.

• Hard Drive Recorder. Install an optional Hard Disk Drive and the Hard Drive Recorder enables quick and easy professional audio recording, allowing the player to store and burn songs to CD. You can record the sound of a vocalist or other instruments via the line in socket, so everyone can make their own studio quality CDs! Importing real audio from any sound source, enables you to play along with your favourite CD.

• Sample Playback. Take advantage of the wide range of sample libraries available and expand the Tyros 2's sonic palette.

• UK Home Pack Options. With a range of new options available the customer can tailor their Tyros 2 to suit their individual needs. The new custom designed slim line speaker stands, not only look elegant, but offer ultimate control over the sound field. The optional padded bench, in matching silver, completes the Tyros 2 package.

Tyros 2 boasts over 1185 ultra realistic sounds and a unique feature which Yamaha call music finder based around 1800 popular song titles which when selected cause the instrument to automatically set itself up with all the right sound, accompaniments and effects.

Clubland Made Safer

A ROAD safety initiative has been launched to reduce accidents at weekend nights in one of the city centre's main entertainment areas.

Vehicles will now be prevented from driving through the Wood Street and Fleet Street area of Ropewalks during the busy weekend evenings.

The £150,000 scheme has been developed and funded by Liverpool City Council, in partnership with Merseyside Police.

Hydraulic bollards are now in place at the entrance to Bold Street, Wood Street and Back Colquitt Street and will be raised from 8pm until 4am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with access permitted with a swipe card for the emergency services and local residents only.

This is one of the leading entertainment areas of the City Centre with many bars and clubs, at closing time there are a lot of pedestrians on the streets, some who may be unsteady on their feet. In a six year period there were 71 accidents involving pedestrians in this area. 

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...continued... and taxi firms operating in the area.

Councillor Peter Millea, Executive Member for Regeneration, said:- "This scheme has been developed in partnership with Merseyside Police to make this busy, vibrant area of our City Centre a safer place to be.

We want everyone to enjoy the exciting nightlife Liverpool has to offer and by introducing this controlled access system, they can enjoy this area without endangering themselves."

C'EST MAGNIFIQUE!

LIVERPOOL'S pioneering foreign languages programme for primary school pupils has scooped 2 top European awards. At a glittering awards ceremony at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office last night, the city council project was presented with 2 prizes from the National
Centre for Languages (CiLT) by broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald.

They scooped the European Award for Languages and the Eurotalk Primary Education Language Prize for the best project involving young learners in languages. Judges described the project, which has seen the creation of 10 Centres of Excellence and also introduced French and Spanish to youngsters in 145 primary schools across the city as 'exemplary in
pace, challenge and content'

Youngsters are taught up to 90 minutes of either French, German or Spanish each week. They added:- "In a relatively short time, Liverpool has transformed the nature and scope of primary language teaching and learning to become a beacon of excellence from which other LEA's have a great deal to learn."

Councillor Paul Clein, executive member for education and lifelong learning, said:- "This is fantastic recognition of our pioneering language scheme. Our centres of excellence are at the cutting edge of learning foreign languages and enabling thousands of youngsters to become bi-lingual. There is a big demand these days for workers with language skills and a more skilled workforce will help the regeneration of the city."

Jayne Patten, who leads the project, added:- "This is an excellent achievement and testimony to the high class work which is undertaken by teachers, assistants and advisory teachers as well as the headteachers involved in the project."

Patients' views vital to drive service improvements

SOUTHPORT & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is carrying out a survey to find out what patients think about the care they receive. The trust plans to use this feedback to improve patients' experiences. The results will be used to help us highlight areas where they perform well and to identify the areas where there is most room for improvement.

Patients who have recently been treated at either Southport & Formby or Ormskirk & District General Hospital may receive a questionnaire in the next week or so, asking for their views. They will be asked about various aspects of their experiences including their admission, the quality of care, pain control, communication with doctors and nurses, information, medicines, involvement in their care, hospital food and cleanliness and discharge arrangements.

Director of Nursing and Midwifery Jan Beck said:- "We hope that our patients will take the time to help us with this survey. Their views are vital in helping us to find out how we are doing and how we can improve. This is an excellent way for patients to help shape the services we provide in the future."

Every NHS hospital trust in England is carrying out this survey as part of a national programme led by the Healthcare Commission. This survey is part of the commitment, set out in the NHS Plan, to design a health service around the needs of patients.

Obtaining feedback from patients and taking account of their views and priorities is vital for bringing about improvements in the quality of care. This is a national, centrally coordinated survey that will allow organisations to compare their results, and will identify the trusts where patients give the most positive responses so that best practice can be shared. The survey results will contribute to national performance indicators published by the Healthcare Commission.

The results of this survey will be available in spring 2006 and will be published on the Healthcare Commission website:- www.healthcarecommission.org.uk.

Older workforce valued, but scarce among SMEs

A massive 98% of small businesses would employ members of staff over the age of 50 years, according to the latest research by invoice financier Venture Finance's Manchester office. However, Venture's findings also show that only 9% of SMEs actually employ staff aged 50 and over. The survey revealed that the typical age of the UK's SME employees is between 30 and 39 years (47%). Venture's survey indicates that even though SMEs are willing to employ those over the age of 50, in reality, many do not have an older workforce. Older employees are expected to increase dramatically over the next decade, so where does this leave people in this age bracket?

Debbie Bell, Venture Finance Regional Director, commented:- "Entrepreneurialism amongst those over 50 has rapidly risen over the last decade. There are many reasons contributing to this trend, such as redundancy or retirement, increase in salary and freedom of being one's own boss. This generation also has a lifetime of experience and is likely to have realistic expectations of both themselves and their business. Such knowledge is invaluable to the success of any venture."

This older group of entrepreneurs is more likely to accept their limitations and concentrate on their key business skills than their younger counterparts. In this situation, outsourcing can be the key to prosperity. Nowadays, it is possible to out source a host of job functions, including legal expertise, credit control, payroll, invoicing and I.T. For example, employing a specialist firm to manage your credit control - through an invoice finance service, means that funds tied up in invoices are available for immediate use. This service allows a company to maintain a healthy source of funds. In addition, factoring removes the responsibility of chasing clients for outstanding payment, enabling SME owners to concentrate on their core business.

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