CORRIE STAR HELPS CUT CAR CRIME IN LIVERPOOL
MANCHESTER’S, yes Manchester's,
Coronation Street hairdresser, Maria Sutherland, put down her
scissors on 7 March 06, to help make cuts of a different kind. She
was in Liverpool to car crime!
Actress Samia Smith launched ‘Park
Mark® Safer Parking’, a new campaign to highlight a distinctive
safety scheme which is hoped will put the brakes on crime and the
fear of crime in Liverpool’s car parks.
Although only 20% of car crime occur in car parks, the 'Park
Mark® Award' aims to help motorists find safer places to park.
The scheme, which has been developed by the Association of Chief
Police Officers is managed by the British Parking Association and
supported by Merseyside Police and the Home Office.
The new campaign has been launched as the true extent of car crime
in Liverpool is revealed. Latest Government figures show that there
were 18,323 incidents of car related crime in Liverpool in 2004 to
2005, which equates to one car being stolen or vandalized, or items
being stolen from the car 50 times a day or twice an hour. Ok. not
as high as lots of other cities, but any car crime is one too many.
The 'Park Mark® Award' will
tackle vehicle related crime in Liverpool by awarding the quality
mark to car parks that pass a Police assessment on a number of
safety criteria. These criteria include utilising lighting, CCTV,
staff patrols and other safety measures to create a safer parking
Samia Smith comments:- "Park Mark is a great idea. If you're
loading the car with shopping, you can't see what's going on around
you, so you can feel vulnerable. It's also really daunting returning
to your car alone when it's dark. Car parks with the Park Mark logo
give you peace of mind that everything has been done to make the
area as safe as possible. I'd encourage everyone to park only where
they see the logo."
Chief Superintendent Paul Forrester of Merseyside Police said:-
"The Park Mark Scheme will make a real difference to the levels
of car crime by encouraging car park operators to address the
factors leading to crime, such as poor lighting, and create safer
parking areas for everyone. Car crime on Merseyside is now at its
lowest for 20 years and in the last year there has been a 25 per
reduction in car theft. Merseyside Police has invested more
than £2m in technology over the last year to reduce car crime and
there are more than 600 CCTV cameras on the streets of Merseyside
helping to keep cars safe."
Kelvin Reynolds, Head of Safer Parking for the British Parking
Association, comments:- "Fear of crime or anti-social
behaviour is a key factor for motorists when deciding where to park.
Park Mark is designed to create a benchmark standard for all parking
areas across the UK, with regards to security both for the public
and their vehicles. When using a Park Mark car park, people can be
safe in the knowledge that the area has been vetted by the Police
and they are parking in a safe, secure and pleasant environment.”
The Home Office Regional Director for the North West, David Smith,
said:- “Car crime has far reaching consequences and there is
far too much of it. There is the immediate impact on the victims,
the anger, the annoyance, the frustration and the inconvenience, and
there are the longer term effects, including the cost of increased
insurance premiums. Car crime casts a shadow over all our
communities and leads to a disproportionate fear of crime. That’s
why the Park Mark scheme is important; it allows people to choose a
car park where they know action has been taken to keep them and
their vehicle safe.”
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MPs HEAR HOW UK
THE National Business Awards 06,
sponsored by Orange, launched a review of the performances of its
2005 finalists at a reception for Parliamentarians and business
leaders held yesterday at the House of Commons. ‘Observed
Characteristics of Entrepreneurs and How They Succeed’ was
written by Philip Forrest, chairman of judges, and Dr David Rae of
the University of Derby.
The review uses a ‘Ten I’s Model’ to demonstrate the
characteristics they found to be common to the finalists. The ‘Ten
“The characteristics organise themselves into a process where the
recognition of the opportunity starts a process of solution,
formulation, initiation and development. The overall average
attributes map indicates that three attributes that are marginally
higher than the others are I-will; Involvement and Insight. The
entrepreneur is the creative life-blood of the economy. Research and
development may be ere new products are created but entrepreneurs
are the masters of the forges where new business models are made and
leaders in the skills of bringing innovation to markets.”
The review features numerous case studies, each with its own
attributes map showing the particular strengths of the individual
entrepreneurs. They include Mustafa Kiamil (founder of JJ
Foodservice), Julia Hands (founder of Hand Picked Hotels Ltd), James
Murray Wells (founder of glassesdirect.com) and Karan Bilimoria
(founder of Cobra Beer Ltd).
The launch at Parliament was hosted by Stephen Hammond MP and the
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship.
Uniquely, the categories in The National Business Awards are open to
businesses of any size and from all sectors. The rigorous and robust
judging process, (which in 2005 took five weeks and involved more
than 175 judges), allows businesses the opportunity to benchmark
their own success companies and individuals can download a
registration form at www.nationalbusinessawards.com or call the
entries team on 020 7378 1188.
The National Business Awards 06 will culminate on 7 November 06 at
the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Shaun Orpen marketing director Business Solutions, Orange UK, a
speaker at the event, said:- “The National Business Awards is
unique in its ability to draw together such a diverse mix of
companies who are all beating the odds to become successful. Each
individual and company brings something new and different to the
market but there are characteristics that they all share – most of
which can be characterised as ‘being entrepreneurial.
I am sure that the 06 programmes of The National Business Awards
will unearth more exciting businesses who are innovating, pushing
the boundaries that will inspire the next generation of business
CARTOON SHORTS ARE COMING BACK
TO THE CINEMA!
YES, the good old days are back
again! Remember when you were a kid how there was always a Tom and
Jerry cartoon on when you went to the cinema?
The cartoon short before the main feature used to be an integral
part of the cinema going experience. Generations of adults remember
them fondly and now, top TV kids channel Cartoon Network is bringing
From April, major kids’ films at Odeon and Vue cinemas around the
country, will be preceded by six-minute shorts. Cartoon Network is
the company behind Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes and some of the
greatest cartoons of all time and will be using the cartoons to give
cinema goers a taste of its TV channel.
Three individual Cartoon Network reels have been created to be
released throughout the year, each starting and ending with Cartoon
Network’s well known characters fast-talking their way into a
cinema. When they sit down to enjoy the film, it will then launch
into the cartoon short for characters and the real audience alike.
“We’re bringing back a children’s favourite from the past which we
hope will inspire a new generation of cartoon lovers.” said
Nibs Dearsley from Cartoon Network.
Cartoon Network and its sister channels, Boomerang and Toonami,have
the world’s largest cartoon library as their foundation with shows
including Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo and The
Flintstones. The company has created some of the greatest hit shows
of recent years including The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory
and now Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Channels are operated
by Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited, a Time Warner Company.