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Date:- 23 January 2006

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Schools in Consumer Quiz

PUPILS from 3 Liverpool schools are competing to be the city's representatives in a national Consumer Quiz.  The Consumer Challenge Quiz -the first of its type, is for young people with moderate learning difficulties at special schools in Liverpool. It is a team event and is an activity based quiz with a high visual content.

The questions/activities are designed to help young people to become better consumers by making them more aware of their rights and responsibilities.  Trading Standards departments throughout the country are organising heats with the winners going through to the final which will be held at the Trading Standards Conference in London in June.

Liverpool Trading Standards are hosting the city's heat on Monday 23 January starting at 10.30am in the Alex Young Suite at Everton Football Club.

The quiz will be opened by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Alan Dean, and the three schools taking part are Meadowbank, Redbridge and Sandfield Park special schools who will be represented by teams of 4.

Cllr Dean said:- "It is very important that all sections of the community know their rights as consumers and this quiz is a very good way of raising awareness of consumer issues. I am sure whoever wins will do Liverpool proud in the national final."

The winning school will receive a trophy and there will be medals and goody bags for all participants.

Tribute to Chinese seafarers unveiled

A PLAQUE in honour of Chinese Merchant Seaman will be unveiled in a special service today, Monday 23 January.
Liverpool born actor, David Yip, and Mr Woo, one of the oldest surviving seafarers from Shanghai, will join civic leaders at the Pier Head ceremony.

The plaque, which will be unveiled by Mr Woo, is a tribute to all those who served this country during both World Wars.  More than 80 members of the Chinese community will attend the ceremony during which the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Alan Dean, will lay a wreath on behalf of the city.

Councillor Dean said:- "It's a great honour to be involved in such a memorable event.  This plaque should have been unveiled years ago. So I'm delighted that the role the Chinese seafarers played during the World Wars has finally been acknowledged.  Monday's ceremony gives us all a chance to thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives for our country."

Liverpool's Chinese community asked the city council to erect 2 memorial plaques, the second of which will be placed in Chinatown in August.

Deputy Leader of Liverpool City Council, Councillor Flo Clucas, said:- "I have worked closely with members of the Chinese community for some time, and it's wonderful that we can finally install this worthwhile tribute.  Liverpool has one of the oldest Chinese communities in Europe and it seems fitting that the ceremony is taking place just before the Chinese New Year celebrations. There is a huge amount of attention on this community at this time of year and it's great that such an important part of their heritage has finally been acknowledged."

A civic reception will be held at the Town Hall after the ceremony.

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