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Date:- 13 February 2006

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Are your taste buds tingling?

A NEW festival promoting 'the true taste of food' with organic & natural goods from across the world is to be held in Liverpool this Sunday at Aintree Racecourse. Succulent food and drink tasting, from simple to exotic fare, will be readily available, challenging visitors to rediscover their taste buds.

"Our festivals are not merely informative, nor just retail, but both! We have stalls and information stands where you could buy organic produce, fair trade clothing or non-allergenic hygiene products, all under one roof!"

The festival will be an opportunity to meet local producers and find suppliers of wholesome organic & natural produce in the immediate area and beyond. In addition, the event will feature 'Fair Trade' & ethical products, along with information about recycling and being kind to the environment.

The mission is simple, to promote an ethos of healthy living and greener life to the general public from young to old, while giving an opportunity to sample products not normally available.  The initiative is the brainchild of Dean Wilson and follows the runaway success of the 2005 festivals. This year a total of 33 weekend festivals are being staged in towns and cities across England.

Organiser Dean Wilson said:- "We have already had major interest from a host of organic producers and service providers and are increasingly developing partnerships with leading organisations such as Greenpeace, The Soil Association, Friends of the Earth, Water Aid and The Council for the Protection of Rural England.  For the event in Liverpool we are extremely proud to have established links with local charities and regional organic producers, shops and eco-led organisations in the local area. The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be there to show the local efforts to maintain wildlife in the area!"  Dean adds:- "The message of the tour remains a strong one. Natural & Organic World is not merely structured to provide an enjoyable day out for the family. They are intended to be educational and thought-provoking, offering an opportunity for the public at large to see how they can help reduce the strain on the environment by both buying and thinking organic."

Venue:- Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Road, Aintree, Liverpool, L9 5AS

Date:- Sunday 12 February 2006

Times:- 10am to 4pm

Admission:- £2.50 Adult, £2 Concessions, Children Free.

CYBERSPACE CAR BOOT SALE FOR CHARITY

TEACH A Man To Fish, a UK charity dedicated to tackling global poverty through self-help education initiatives, today launched the Cyberspace Car Boot Sale – the perfect chance to declutter your life and support a worthy cause.  The virtual fundraising event asks all those who can, to dust off their auctioneer’s hammer, ransack their drawers, and put their unwanted items on sale for charity in the world’s biggest shop window, on eBay.

While regular car boot sales can bring in a little extra spending money, that same £20 raised online for Teach A Man To Fish will sponsor a beehive that can be used year after year to teach classes of poor students how to earn themselves a living.

Taking part is as simple as selling anything on eBay. During the listing process however - i.e. while giving a description of the item for sale - those wanting to donate their auction’s proceeds can now select Teach A Man To Fish from the eBay for Charity approved charities list. It’s then just a matter of sitting back and letting their 10 million users fight it out for those last-generation phones, prehistoric cameras, and fit-of-insanity fashion disasters.

Commenting on the launch, Teach A Man To Fish Chief Executive, Nik Kafka said:- “This is a really exciting new way people can help us to make poverty history. We’re not asking you to dip into your own pocket - you don’t even have to leave the house! Just pull up a motor in our virtual car park, and let the things you don’t want, provide the education our students desperately want.”

The sale starts 13 February 2006, and runs for 2 weeks. Proceeds will go to supporting the work of Teach A Man To Fish helping schools in Africa to set up financially sustainable beekeeping education projects.  For more information on how to participate visit:-

www.teachamantofish.org.uk/ebay

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TV & INTERNET PIONEER TEACHERS’ TV CELEBRATES 1st BIRTHDAY

TEACHERS' TV, the television channel dedicated to all those interested and involved in schools, this week celebrates its first year of broadcasting with the release of new viewing figures. In December, 1 in 4 of the schools’ workforce who have cable or satellite, nearly 90,000 people, said they watched the channel. These are strong viewing figures for a digital channel in its first year on air.

To mark the anniversary, the channel is launching Teachers’ DIY TV, a 20 part series where individual teachers direct, produce and star in their own programme, which will be broadcast via the channel and website.  A broadcasting first for teachers, the new series will encourage those at the sharp end to share their experiences about teaching and learning in schools. The short films will use classroom observation to show good practice and research. Those selected for the series, via the Teachers’ TV Associates scheme, will be offered professional support with the production and editing of their films.

Teachers’ DIY TV
is the latest in a year of technological and education innovations from Teachers’ TV. In just 12 months, the channel has not only redefined public service broadcasting but has led the field in Internet TV, establishing a successful model of broadcasting across a range of platforms.  Teachers’ TV has made over 1,000 programmes, featuring over 3,000 teachers in over 2,000 schools. It is the first UK channel to offer all its commissioned programmes for viewing on its website, a strategy which is proving highly successful. There are currently over 800 programmes available online, with on average 55,000 programmes viewed on the website every month.

Nigel Dacre, Chief Executive of Education Digital, said:- “This has been a tremendous year – from a standing start we have established a channel which is known for high quality, innovative programming, which is relevant, informative and becoming part of the education community’s training landscape. At the same time we have pioneered Internet TV and led the field in television and web broadcasting. But we are not complacent and will continue to innovate to encourage those in education to watch and learn from the channel.”

The channel’s achievements over the last year include:-

- The channel has secured an average audience reach of 21% of school staff who have cable or satellite TV;

- The average number of households viewing Teachers’ TV in the general population each month was 280,000;

- Currently, over 612,000 programmes are viewed per month;

- Independent research found that eight out of ten viewers in the schools workforce said that Teachers’ TV programming had affected their personal motivation. Over half said they were likely to implement the content of Teachers' TV programmes in their schools. The channel encouraged over four in ten viewers in the schools workforce to undergo some kind of CPD;

- There is an average of over 55,000 unique visitors to the Teachers’ TV website each month. The website has over 45,000 registered users.

Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Education, said:- “Teachers’ TV is an innovative proposition which aims to help raise standards in schools. The channel is an important and practical resource that teachers are using to support their own professional development. It is early days but the channel is making good progress and beginning to have a real impact in the classroom.”

Sir Paul Judge, Chairman, Teachers’ TV Board of Governors:- “Teachers’ TV has made an excellent start in its first year on air and has truly opened up a ‘window on the classroom’ with a rich range of programmes. The channel has developed a loyal following and is already having a positive impact on those who work in schools. It is becoming well established with its target audience and also for many other people interested in education. Teachers’ TV is in a strong position to reach increasing numbers of viewers in the coming years.”

New guide to finding the right legal expert

A NEW guide to help you find the right expert solicitor to deal with your legal problem has been launched by the Law Society.  The guide directs people towards finding solicitors who have accreditation in their specific area of work. These solicitors, known as panel members, have expert skills, knowledge and experience that has been tested to the highest standards.

Your guide to finding expert legal help” gives details about the different specialist areas like children’s law, clinical negligence, immigration law and family mediation. The guide shows how to identify a panel member from their logo and how to find an expert in your area either by using the Law Society website, a telephone helpline or by using telephone directories.

“Many solicitors now specialise in one or two areas of law and this guide helps consumers find the person with the right skills and expertise to help with their problem.” said Peter Williamson, chairman of the Law Society’s Regulation Board.

Children Panel members can help you with matters such as family breakdown, care proceedings, residence and emergency protection. They also are specialists in adoption, parental responsibility and human rights

Personal Injury Panel members can advise you on cases of personal injury and also help relatives of those who have been fatally injured as a result of alleged negligence or breech of statutory duty.

Accredited solicitors can help with asylum and business-related immigration applications. They also advise on aspects of welfare, the legal system, legal aid and taxation issues that affects immigrants.

A copy of the guide can be found on the Law Society’s website at www.lawsociety.org.uk.  

The guide can also be found at public libraries and Citizens Advice Bureau.

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