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Issue Date:- 28 April 2008

Dunlop British Open Unveils International Sport At Liverpool Echo Arena


THE Dunlop British Open Squash Championships, the longest-established and most prestigious event in world squash, comes to Liverpool for the first time next month - and will become the first international sporting event to be staged in the city's new Echo Arena.


Widely regarded as the 'Wimbledon' of Squash, the British Open was first held more than 80 years ago and attracts elite international fields from all over the world.  The Dunlop British Open - Liverpool 2008 boasts a galaxy of squash stars, led by the world's top ten men and women - and also features the world's largest and most successful annual Masters Championships, with 13 events ranging from men's and women's Over-35 age group categories to en's Over-70.


With the qualifying competitions and early rounds of the main events getting underway at the Liverpool Cricket Club from Tuesday 6 May 2008, action moves onto the spectacular all-glass show court in the Echo Arena from Friday 9 May through to the finals on Monday 12 May 2008.


Promoted by internationalSPORTgroup on behalf of England Squash, the Dunlop British Open - Liverpool 2008 is also backed by the Liverpool Culture Company, Liverpool City Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency and the ATCO Group.


Liverpool Echo Arena is a state-of-the-art 10,000-seater arena, situated in the Kings Dock on the River Mersey.  Opened in January this year, the arena hosted the opening ceremony of the Capital of Culture Year.


Due to unprecedented demand for places in the Masters Championships, Crosby Northern Sports Club will become a hosting partner alongside the ECHO Arena Liverpool and Liverpool Cricket Club, staging Masters matches on 8 May and 9 May.


World number 1s Amr Shabana and Nicol David will head the distinguished casts in Liverpool.  Shabana, from Giza near Cairo, celebrated 25 consecutive months at the top of the men's world rankings this month, thereby becoming the longest-serving number one since Pakistan's legendary Jansher Khan more than ten years ago. 


Now in her 3rd year as women's world number one, Nicol David has become Malaysia's most successful international sportsperson of all-time - and last December was voted the 'Asian Sportswoman of the Year'.



EUROPEAN MPs have voted to introduce a new organ donor scheme that could bring hope for transplant patients across the North West.

As many as 10 people die each day across the continent while waiting in vain for an organ donation and some 40,000 patients are on EU waiting lists for a transplant.

Now a new EU-wide donor card and 24-hour emergency hotline is to be introduced in a bid to save lives by easing the task of matching patients with suitable organ donations.

North West Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies has welcomed the decision.  He said:- "This is the best possible instance of the EU not only adding value to health services in individual nations, but also giving many people the chance of life itself...


We already have an EU-wide scheme in place for the storage of blood plasma which is based on British practice and sets the same high standards for everyone."

An opinion poll published last year found that 81% of EU citizens support the use of organ donor cards; but only 12% actually carry one.    It also found that 56% of Europeans are willing to donate one of their organs after they die.

Are you an Ideas Hamster or ready to Plug and Play?

WHEN The Apprentice’s Simon Smith, got the chop from the BBC’s hugely popular show and watched back footage of himself trying to manage a task for Sir Alan, even he admitted he should have been fired for some hideously embarrassing Brenty moments. 

So what other pitfalls should any wannabe apprentices trying to climb the career ladder avoid?, the country’s leading online office brokerage business, has spoken to businesses across the UK to compile a top 10 list of the latest cringe worthy office terminology, all of which should be avoided if you want to steer clear of looking like David Brent or being fired yourself.

The Top 10

1. Calling a colleague a 404(as in the web error message 404: Not Found) for being completely useless.

2. Saying you willknife and fork a task – in other words, manage it bit by bit.

3. Claiming at an interview that you are ready to plug and play – in other words you are fully trained and can start the job immediately without any support or training.

4. Offering to bookmark someone you meet at a conference (taking note of someone and their contact details).

5. Inviting colleagues or staff to a thought showeringsession – the supposedly now PC term for brainstorming.

6. Referring to your PC as thesquare headed spouse

7. Declaring that there is an elephant in the roomor indeed a 100lb gorilla. What you actually need to do is be the one to admit that there is a big problem that everyone is ignoring.

8. Describing yourself as being behind the curve – in other words, claiming you have a grip on modern technology and life.

9. Talking aboutswallowing the frogwhen tackling a particularly horrible task.

10. Talk about spending the afternoon in the field– everyone will know you are skiving!

“There is a lot of inane office terminology out there, picked up by ambitious people who adopt it as part of their language in a bid to fit in.  But we say there’s nothing like good, honest straight talking to see you on your way to success in business.  We are sure Sir Alan Sugar would cringe at some of the management speak heard in offices across the land on a daily basis, and the ‘cringometer’ in our own office certainly goes off if we ever hear anyone from attempting to use such terminology!  My business partner Andy and I find we ‘sing from the same hymn sheet’ when it comes to straightforward honest business talk. We’re ‘batting for the same team’ and like to ‘work hard, play hard’ to ensure the success of our business.

We use lots of ‘
blue sky thinking’ to come up with creative ideas and are always ready to ‘bite the bullet’ or ‘grasp the nettle’, often ‘pushing the needle’ to take things on to another level,” explains Jim. “Sometimes it feels like we’re having a ‘salmon day’ and swimming against the tide, but we ‘touch base’ regularly to keep on top of things and Andy often gives me a ‘heads up’ on certain issues which, a lot of the time don’t need ‘a degree in rocket science’ to overcome.

Like most companies we often find ourselves indulging in a session of ‘
blamestorming’ if something doesn’t go according to plan, but we are both such little ‘ideas hamsters’ that we always ‘get the ball rolling’ again quickly!”
says Jim Venables, Managing Director of

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