LOCAL MUSIC STORE TO HOST NATIONAL LAUNCH OF NEW YAMAHA 'SUPER-
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
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
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
• Organ Section. A host of organ samples and styles, voiced in the
UK, faithfully reproduces the sounds of Theatre, Classical, Jazz or
• 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
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
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.
Full consultation has
been carried out with businesses
...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."
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
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
The results of this survey will be available in spring 2006 and will
be published on the Healthcare Commission website:-
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
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.