NATIONAL ESPERANTO CONGRESS TO TAKE PLACE IN SOUTHPORT
be the focus for the country’s most enthusiastic Esperanto-speakers
in May 2008 when the British Esperanto Congress takes place at the
Prince of Wales Hotel. This will be the fifth time Southport has
played host, the previous congresses were in 1911, 1932, 1948 and
The weekend congress will officially start on Saturday 10 May 2008
when the Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton, Councillor Richard Hands and
Mrs Katy Hibbert, Lord Ronnie Fearn and Dr John Pugh MP will
participate in a high profile bilingual opening ceremony. Interested
members of the public are invited to visit the congress later the
same day (noon) to attend a ‘Find out about Esperanto’ event.
The international language will then be used throughout a variety of
formal and informal sessions including lectures, youth meetings, a
centenary party for two Esperanto Federations and a Desert Island
Disc evening – Esperanto style.
Attending the event will be a number of overseas Esperanto-speakers
and some eminent fluent British individuals including Professor John
Wells, Dr Kate Hall and Dr Paul Gubbins. For Dr Gubbins it will be
an emotional return to his home town. This former KGV pupil, now
living in Congleton, is one of Europe’s most well known
Esperanto-speakers. He and a committee of local Esperanto-speakers
have planned an impressive programme for the congress.
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy recommends members reject NHS pay
Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is consulting with its 26,000 NHS
members about the Government’s proposed 3 year pay package.
The CSP’s Industrial Relations Committee unanimously voted to
recommend to the Society’s members that they reject the current pay
Peter Finch, assistant director of CSP employment relations and
union services, says:- “The CSP is not opposed to multi-year
pay deals in principle, but with current economic uncertainty a
below inflation offer is simply unacceptable for our members. This
is the first time in twelve years that we have had to hold a ballot
with members over pay and that goes to show the level of their anger
over this proposed pay deal. It’s certainly doing nothing to improve
the morale and motivation of these hardworking health professionals.
The offer itself is made doubly insulting by the threat to
compromise the independence of the Pay Review Body if the current
pay offer is not accepted. Our members greatly value the autonomy of
the PRB and the Government’s threat to interfere for the second year
running is nothing short of intimidation.”
The CSP ballot closes on 13 May 2008 after which the Society’s Industrial
Relations Committee will consider the result and confer with other
NHS unions before deciding on what action to take next.
- DON'T IGNORE CHILD SAFETY SEATING ON THE ‘SCHOOL RUN’
undertaking the school run, either driving children to school or
nursery, 15% admit to having driven a child who was not secured in
the appropriately safety seating, be that seat belt, booster seat or
child car seat. Research commissioned by Sainsbury’s Car Insurance
reveals that over 1.6 million people, or 8% of school run drivers,
have had an accident whilst on the "run" in the last 5 years.
Joanne Mallon, Sainsbury’s Car Insurance Manager said:- ”By
highlighting the dangers of the school run, we're hoping more people
will strap their young passengers in securely. The school run can be
very stressful for drivers. Busy roads, children being noisy in the
back seat, and the worry of being late for school or work can all
lead to stress that can affect people’s driving. What is most
concerning about our findings is that a significant number of people
are currently not ensuring their children are properly secured in
Men are more likely to have an accident on the school run, with 9%
of male school run drivers having done so in the last 5 years
against 7% of women. Worryingly, men are also much more likely to
drive a child who is not appropriately secured, with 18% of male
school run drivers admitting to this compared to 12% of females. The
most common type of accident admitted to, involved another car, with
5% of all school run drivers having been involved in this type of
In terms of location, Londoners on the school run are more likely to
have an accident than anyone else, with 15.2% of school run drivers
having had an accident going to or from school in the last five
years. Those from the North East / Yorkshire & Humberside are almost
as likely to crash, with 12.5% of school run drivers having had an
accident, but those in the Midlands being the least accident-prone,
with only 5%.
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an accident on the school run in the last 5 years
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|South East / East Anglia
|Wales & West
|East Midlands & West
indicates that a fear of lateness is the biggest cause of erratic
driving on the school run.
Thirteen per cent of all school run
drivers blame fear of being late for work, school, or an appointment
as having made them drive with less care than normal. This is
followed by traffic congestion (7%), and being distracted by
children in the car (6%).
Only 4% of all school run drivers say they
have driven more erratically because of tiredness at the end of the
More accidents happen on the morning school run than the afternoon
one, with 41% of those who have had an accident claiming it was in
the morning compared to 34% in the afternoon.
Five per cent said
they have had an accident on both the morning and afternoon school
runs, and 20% couldn’t remember.
Women are particularly likely to
have an accident in the morning rather than the afternoon, with 50%
of the female school run crashers having done so in the morning
against 37% in the afternoon.