COUNTY CADET OF THE YEAR
29 October, 2005, the annual search for the St John Ambulance County
Cadet of the Year was held at the Merseyside Headquarters in
Liverpool, where Cadets from all over the country took part in a
tough day of leadership exercises and interviews.
Heateher Lowe, 16
years a Leading Cadet from Southport St John Ambulance Division was
a very worthy winner, beating off Cadets from other units to take
the title which she will hold for the next year.
Section has been very successful, producing Five County Cadets in
six years, and Heather will follow in their footsteps, representing
Merseyside at the National Finals in the New Year.
She can also expect
to attend at high profile venues such as Buckingham Palace rubbing
shoulders with Royality and promoting St John Ambulance voluntary
work at various events.
Heather, a student at
King George V College, takes over from Becky Bolton, who has
represented Southport and Merseyside for the past 12 months, also a
student at KGV and a Southport St John Ambulance Cadet Leader.
Keith Lloyd, in charge of the Youth Section at Southport, said he
was "extremely proud of the young people under his charge, and
they arte the future of tomorrow and Heather is a leading example of
what St John Ambulance Cadets can achieve".
Reporter wishes to convey their congratulations to her on her hard
earned achievement, well done Heather!
Cadets aged between 10 and 16 years, meet at the Southport Q in
Scarisbrick street at 6.30pm each Thursday.
ET OF THE YEAR
TV GENIUS, the
intelligent search engine for UK television, has launched a trial
service which adds internet TV to its comprehensive and popular
www.tvgenius.co.uk. As well as
getting listings for the best of UK TV, users searching for
programmes will also be presented with possible shows from premium
online video sources such as the BBC, Fox, CBS, RooTV, the Internet
Archive and Forbes.
Tom Weiss, co-founder of TV Genius, comments:- “An amazing
number of high quality videos are freely available on the internet.
You only need to search for Popeye, Neighbours, or Coldplay to find
good quality content you wouldn’t find on regular TV. Our goal is to
index all the legal, free video available on the internet and
present the content to our users as another channel that sits
alongside conventional television listings. The television market is
clearly going to change significantly as people watch more
television over the internet, and we’re planning to be right at the
heart of that change."
To date, TV Genius has indexed tens of thousands of internet videos
and will have more than 100,000 items by early next year.
FLU - IT’S OFFICIAL, SAYS BENENDEN RESEARCH
IT’S official. As
women have long suspected “man flu” really does exist, with men
taking more time off work for colds and flu than their female
counterparts, new research from Benenden Healthcare shows. However
women don’t have it all their own way. The study shows they are more
likely to take time off due to sickness and stomach bugs than men.
The research sought to find out the main reasons full and part-time
workers take time off and established that colds and flu are the
most common causes for sick leave with more than 3.6 million people
– or 12.5% of the working population – absent because of those
conditions in the past year. And it’s men who are the worst affected
by colds and flu with 31% or over 2 million of them taking time off
for a sniffle. This compares with just 1.5 million or 22% of women -
backing up the commonly-held female belief that “man flu” is a real
condition, distinct from the colds suffered by women.
Sickness and stomach bugs accounted for the absence of 3.3 million
of Britain’s full and part-time workers and on sickness women are
the weaker sex. Over 2 million women took time off with this sort of
complaint in the last year, compared to 1.2 million men. Workers in
the East and West Midlands suffered from the most bouts of flu, with
961,000 people having taken time off in the last 12 months because
of this. This compares to 17% of those in Greater London and just
12% of workers in the North East and Yorkshire area. However Scots
and people in the North West were more prone to stomach bugs and
sickness, notching up 894,000 absences among them.
Jakki Stubbington of Benenden Healthcare said:- “All women
know that “man flu” exists and now here is official proof.
Women have all seen men making a meal of a sniffle and claiming a
bit of a cold is the latest deadly flu virus. It is not however
entirely a laughing matter. Unfortunately there is no cure for the
common cold and although a relatively unserious condition the
symptoms can be very unpleasant and can make it hard to concentrate
at work. Colds also have a nasty habit of working their way around
the workplace so it is important that staff take time off when they
are suffering to reduce the chances of passing it on to their
As well as these common conditions, over 1.16 million people had to
take time off to have or recover from an operation, whilst 8% or
around 1 million people were off after being injured in an accident.
More concerning is that 225,000 people admitted to taking time off
work due to the knock-on effects of alcohol from the night before.
Top 10 conditions that resulted in a work absence:-
problems: Family bereavement
medical condition:– such as cancer, heart disease
The research also
found that workers in Britain have collectively taken off around 78
million working days in the last 12 months, with some 13.9 million
people having taken at least 1 day off work due to sickness.