Exciting New Finds Highlight Importance of Marine Act
TWO sponge species – one
previously unknown to science and one new to the UK – have been
discovered during a diving expedition in UK waters.
The Wildlife Trusts are celebrating the exciting finds the same week
new legislation – the Marine and Coastal Access Act – is expected to
be passed, which would be great news for marine life off the coast
of Lancashire and North Merseyside.
The marine sponges were discovered in the Isles of Scilly and
examined by Dr Claire Goodwin, from National Museums Northern
Ireland, who has done much work surveying in the Irish Sea near our
region, and found an incredible 29 new species there in 2002.
Marine biologists and recreational divers found these newest
exciting discoveries during a week of exploratory diving as part of
a Seasearch survey. More than 260 sponges were sampled during 12
dives. Sponges are important components of marine habitats; simple
animals which attach themselves to rock.
A rare species of hydroid (a type of feathery-looking animal related
to anemones) (Polyplumaria flabellata) was also recorded by expert
Dr Keith Hiscock, from the Marine Biological Association, along with
a new site for the rare and beautiful solitary sunset cup coral (Leptopsammia
Seasearch divers David Kipling, Sarah Bowen and Emily Priestley
discovered the sea slug, Discodoris rosi, crawling over the rocks.
This bright orange sea slug has only ever been recorded twice before
in the UK. It is usually normally found further south in the
For the last 20 years the marine environment has not been
sustainably managed. The Marine and Coastal Access Bill, if
effectively implemented, will provide the chance to conserve these
rare and threatened species, many of which can be found off the
coast of the North West of England.
Joan Edwards, The Wildlife Trusts’ head of Living Seas, said:-
“These finds are incredibly important and come as we celebrate
the passage of the Marine and Coastal Access Act. Although some
sites are well dived, there is still much we don’t know about the
rich and diverse marine life we have around the UK. All the data
collected during dives builds a better understanding of the unique
and special marine environment, creating a stronger foundation to
help conserve it for the future. We will continue to press for
strengthened provisions for marine wildlife conservation as our
challenge now is to achieve real change. New legislation is only the
beginning. The decisions made, and actions taken, over the next five
years will determine the future of the UK’s seas. This is a unique
opportunity and we must seize it.”
The Wildlife Trusts’ chief executive, Stephanie Hilborne, added:-
“We are indebted to our many thousands of supporters and members,
who have helped us to champion the Marine Bill over the past decade.
We have a vision for the future of the UK’s seas – Living Seas. In
Living Seas, wildlife thrives from the depths of the ocean to the
The Wildlife Trusts – including the Lancashire, Manchester and North
Merseyside Trust - have campaigned for many years for new laws to
provide better protection of marine habitats and wildlife, as well
as improved management of activities at sea. In 2007, The Wildlife
Trusts gathered more than 170,000 petition signatures in support of
a Marine Bill, presented on fish scales and passed them to the
Secretary of State for the Environment at a campaign event in the
House of Commons.
Salvation Army Band and carol singers launch Christmas Present
THE Prescot Salvation Army Band
and carol singers are to launch the Corps (church) annual Christmas
Present Appeal which is once again this year being held in
association with Superdrug and the Prescot Shopping Centre.
Members of the Corps, in Warrington Road, are urging town folk to
turn out in force at the launch of the appeal on Saturday, 21
November 2009 between 10.30am and 12 noon in the Prescot Shopping
Shoppers are being invited to buy an extra gift to donate to the
Christmas Present Appeal, which runs from 21 November 2009 to 18
December 2009, to support the needs of children and families at
Christmas. Good quality new gifts suitable for all ages including
young and teenage boys and girls as well as adults.
Lieutenant Annette Booth, leader of The Salvation Army in Prescot,
said:- “We’re delighted that Superdrug and the Prescot
Shopping Centre is supporting The Salvation Army this year as we
appeal for Christmas present donations for people who would
otherwise not have a gift to open on Christmas Day.
Santa arrives at the shopping
centre the week after the launch so people can leave their gifts
with him or Superdrug – safe in the knowledge that these will be
passed on of children and families in Prescot this Christmas.”
Prescot Salvation Army is also extending a warm welcome to everyone
who would like to join their Carol Service at its church and
community centre on Sunday, 20 December 2009 at 2pm.
‘ENCOURAGED’ TO CONSOLIDATE LOANS AS BANKRUPTCY RATES SET TO
BREAK ALL RECORDS
MANY of you who play our radio
station on Liverpool Reporter, will know we do not like these loan
and debt management calls. only this week we had one that you can
play by clicking here, that
phoned our radio line. In this case they where from the Middle East,
reporting to be called Net Star. These calls can be a real problem,
and often they are cold calling. Information though is given out by
the Banks as well as other groups like Credit Card Companies and
this information can also be used to focus cold calling.
"Often these companies calling up, sound good, but in reality leaded
people into more problems." told us some time back.
"We have tryed to stop this type of call, but it is hard to stop
internationl call centers from calling." They added.
UK consumers over the last year are incressingly being bombarded by
telephone calls from loan and debt management companies who are
promising to ‘get them through’ the festive period and offering high
interest personal loans as an alternative to filing for bankruptcy,
according to new findings from the UK’s leading anti-nuisance calls
provider, Call Prevention Registry.
The Call Prevention Registry has found that the number of telephone
calls made to consumers this year by loan and debt management
companies has increased to unprecedented levels - accounting for
around 28% of the 1.5 billion unsolicited and nuisance telephone
calls made to British households this year compared to just 5% in
“The significant rise in the volume of calls received by UK
consumers is indicative of the testing economic conditions in which
we find ourselves. Our findings support recent predictions made by a
number of insolvency experts who warn that the number of people
being declared insolvent will break all records and exceed 130,000
by the end of 2009,” said Paul MacKenzie-Cummins, head of
public relations for the Call Prevention Registry.
As many families seek to strike a balance between income and
expenditure a personal loan is often seen as a means of getting
through the festive period.
“Those consumers with high credit card debt and those who have seen
a reduction or loss of income, combined with rising energy costs,
will find it difficult to weather the economic storm that is
expected to continue through to the second quarter of 2010 at the
earliest. Over the last two years we have seen a sharp rise in the
number of telephone calls made by debt management and loan companies
in the run up to Christmas but, the volume of these calls has been
consistent throughout the year with a notable rise since September.”
adds Mr MacKenzie-Cummins.
Call Prevention Registry has seen an influx in new customers
registering their details on their ‘do not call’ service to put a
stop to the volume of unwanted sales calls they have been receiving.
“A staggering number of new customers have come to us because they
were receiving as many as 5 or more telephone calls every day by
companies trying to sell personal loans or credit cards.”
said Mr MacKenzie-Cummins.
With less than 7 weeks before Christmas which costs the average
household £975 with each person spending around £399 on gifts, many
families will the pressure to not let the recession spoil their
And as unemployment climbs closer to the 2.5m mark with more job
losses expected in the early part of 2010, more and more families
will be feeling the pinch with Call Prevention Registry expecting
the number of telephone calls made by loan and debt management
companies to increase even higher as we move into the New Year.
“Unfortunately, the end is not in sight and consumers need to act
now, to put a stop to all these unsolicited calls and eradicate the
temptation to take on more personal debt to pay off existing debts.”
said Mr MacKenzie-Cummins.
Call Prevention Registry has the highest success rate in blocking
unwanted sales calls than any other service provider in the UK, with
around 95% of all nuisance calls stopped permanently. By comparison,
the Telephone Preference Service has a 54% success rate which has
led to an increase in the number of new customers registering with
the Call Prevention Registry. Customers can register their
details by visiting:-callpreventionregistry.co.uk
or calling:- 0800 652 7780.
Southport Lyric Singers
THE Southport Lyric Singers are
holding a concert in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund on Friday 4
June 2010 from 7.30pm at the Lord Street West, Church Hall,
Southport, Merseyside. Tickets only £5.00 including refreshments.
Tickets will be available on the door or via calling 01704 227 017.
Arts In Prescot -
ON Friday 13 November 2009, from
7.30pm, at Prescot Parish Church, Church St, Prescot, Jubilate
Praise presents a musical presentation by Roger Jones called
'THE ROCK'. It is the story of Simon Peter. Admission is
FREE and for more information go