Liverpool Italian Opera Co. Live...
ON Tuesday 11 July 2006 The
Liverpool Italian Opera Co. will be appearing in a concert at St
Faith's Parish Church, Crosby Road North, Great Crosby, Liverpool
The concert will consist of some of the best-loved highlights from
the world of opera and all proceeds will go to The Liverpool Youth
Orchestra as part of their fund raising efforts for their tour to
Greece this summer.
The concert starts at 7.15pm. Tickets are priced at £7 (£5
concessions) and are available on 0151 733 6709 or on the door.
For more information please see:-liverpoolitalianopera.co.uk
'Pool of Life' Cancer Charity Benefit Gig Night
LIVE for charity at the world
famous Cavern Club Liverpool on 30 June 2006 are not one band, but
seven bands! The bands performing are:- Signified, DayWalker, The
Latch, The Past, Stations, Kindred Spirit and Dave Domminney. £6.
Picture of the week...
two Southport Reporter readers have been snapped having a drink at
the Bar Velvet on Coronation Walk. Funny thing is we
just did a story about that venue last week...
here to read more! Thanks Black Dog!
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Letters to Editor:- "Park or Car Park?"
"IS Sefton off its head? We
have been inflicted with pay and display as well as limited parking
restrictions on the car parks in our town by the Supermarkets, who
are slowly shutting all the small businesses down and now we have
just been told that their is a lack of car park spaces...? Now
why is that? Also we now have to pick what we would like, more
car park spaces or the loss of yet more land to the bulldozer. This
time our main park or the newly landscaped parkland by the swimming
pool! And not to forget the recently closed playingfields of a
local school, yes, against to a pay and display car park!
What will be next... a park and ride? Why do we have to
loose more parkland? We have lost so much green space in such a
small amount of town to flats and housing developments, often most
of them unnecessary and take far too long to sell. What we need to
do is make the car parks open again to all Formby residents and
visitors to our village and why has Sefton and the Formby Times
started saying we are a Town? We are a village, but the loss
of the green fields of Formby is reply turning it into a Town! Where
can children play if we loose yet more parkland? Is it
any wonder why we have so much youth related crime?" David
Editor's note:- "Thank you David for your letter. We are doing
a report about this issue next week. Sadly Sefton MBC has yet to
comment to us about this matter. We are expecting the normal no
comment or just no return to our phone call. But should they give us
a response we will also include it, without editing it, next week."
WRITING SKILLS OF NEW RECRUITS AN ISSUE
ALMOST 40% of small businesses in the North West are
expecting to increase their workforce in 2006 but are struggling to
find employees with basic literacy and numeracy skills.
Employers quizzed by the Federation of Small Businesses ranked
reading, writing and arithmetic near the top of a list of basic
skill shortages which frustrated them when recruiting.
Communication and technical skills were also lacking, according to
over 40% who replied to the FSB's latest "Lifting the Barriers to
Thousands of businesses throughout the region were quizzed for the
report with over a quarter also complaining about the same problems
within their existing workforce. However, although over 3/4 of
businesses claim to undertake staff training, over half of this is
described as "training in the workplace" and
The FSB - which represents around 18,500 businesses employing around
200,000 people in Manchester, Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire and
Merseyside - believes the figures are a sign to employers and bodies
in charge of education and training, to work more closely together.
North West policy manager Paul Henly said:- "It's fantastic
news for the North West that employers feel the economic climate is
strong enough for them to be recruiting over the next 12 months but,
as the available pool of recruits becomes smaller, the skills
shortage increases. It is only reasonable for employers to
expect school leavers and graduates to be able to read, write and
add up, but unfortunately this is increasingly not the case - small
businesses clearly feel that the education system is churning out
young people without even the basic skills they need.
However, other complaints about technical skills, foreign languages
and sales and marketing need to be taken into account alongside the
attitude to training. Almost a quarter of firms admitted that they
had no training for employees at all. Training and funding
options do exist for North West small businesses but the
understanding of what is available needs to improve and
organisations providing it need to take into account employer
frustration with the lack of suitable training."
A TOP team of young people have been selected to have their
say on culture through a Youth Advisory Group. More than 30
youngsters, mainly teenagers, will make their opinions known on all
aspects up to, including and beyond Liverpool's European Capital of
Culture year in 2008. The government's Children's Commissioner,
Professor Al Aynsley Green, has also endorsed the Youth Advisory
Prof Aynsley Green said:- "I am pleased to lend my support to
the Youth Advisory Group in Liverpool and I look forward to hearing
about the great work that they will do. It is so important that
young people's opinions are not only listened to, but taken
seriously, and acted upon and I'm pleased to see that this will be
the case in the future European Capital of Culture. The group will
empower young people and give them the chance to have an impact on
the cultural life of the vibrant city of Liverpool."
The group's members are from all neighbourhoods of the city and have
been chosen on the strength of their contribution to an open
application process. It follows research carried out online by
Liverpool John Moores University about how young people wanted to be
involved in Capital of Culture. The Liverpool Young Culture Action
Group based at the Greenhouse Project in Toxteth was instrumental in
Liverpool City Council leader, Cllr Warren Bradley, said:-
"The young people I've spoken to, want not to be asked once as a
token gesture, but to be continually consulted on events, artistic
and community programmes. They will have an important role to play,
not only in events which are intended mainly for young people but to
provide a fresh and alternative viewpoint for all of the
undertakings of the Culture Company."