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Issue:- 16 December 2010

Liverpool Christmas Market 2010

LORD Davies of Abersoch has responded to the Confederation of British Industry's response to his review into the lack of women on British company boards. He told the media that:- "The CBI has submitted a detailed response to the call for evidence as part of my review into women on boards. I welcome the hard work that has been put into this and their recommendations will help to inform the final report that I will present to Government in February. I am pleased to see that this issue has got a strong push behind it from business, but as the recently published Cranfield report highlighted there has been too little movement on diversity in the boardroom for too long. To see a step change on this we need to everyone to pull together, British businesses and their shareholders, the Government and the headhunting profession, to deliver the changes that will help women to achieve these roles."

Make a date with local traders

TRADERS in Clubmoor and Norris Green have joined forces to promote their businesses and the local area. Colourful calendars featuring businesses in the Broadway area have been printed and will be handed out, free of charge, to customers. The idea came from local traders who secured funding from the Working Neighbourhood Fund to produce the calendar. Councillor James Noakes, said:- “This is a fantastic way to promote local businesses and bring the community together. As councillors here in Clubmoor, we want to support all types of business in and around the city and the enthusiasm and hard work of these traders proves that local shops area vital part of the community.” Lynne Wallace, Chair of the Clubmoor and Norris Green Traders Association said:- “The calendar is an innovative way of marketing the diverse range of traders in the Clubmoor and Broadway area. The group tried to make the calendar as inclusive as possible by including local charities and community safety officers, which is great’” A total of 1,500 calendars will be available soon and it is hoped that by having a constant reminder locals will be encouraged to support their neighbourhood shops.

Liverpool Christmas Market 2010

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and what better way to get into the festive swing than with a visit to Liverpool’s legendary Christmas Market. Whether you’re looking for something special or a little treat for yourself, this year’s event is bigger than ever, boasting something for everybody.

The Opening times are:-

10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday
10am to 8pm Thursdays
11am to 5pm Sundays

So come to Liverpool City Centre for a taste of Christmas from around the world, with delicious dishes from France and Germany to Mexico, hand crafted gifts from Africa, Indonesia, China and South America, not forgetting the Christmas favourites: the German Beer and Gluwein bars, and the Bratwurst Grill.

"Ignore the cold" MEP tells Governments

COLD weather may make it easy for people to deny that the world is growing warmer, but a North West Euro-MP says that governments should pay no notice. Chris Davies has welcomed the outcome of the UN's climate change conference in Cancun, and wants Britain to press the European Union to set more ambitious targets for reducing CO2 emissions.  Davies, the Liberal Democrat's environment spokesman in the European Parliament, says that the conference has given a major boost to those campaigning for binding agreements to reduce global warming emissions.  Chris Davies said that:- "The outcome far exceeded expectations. Although the measures agreed are nothing like enough to prevent devastating climate change the process exists to tighten them each year.   It's important that people realise that every single government in the world accepts that global warming represents a threat and that measures must be taken to combat it. This is not some kind of trick or conspiracy, it's about the future of mankind."  Davies stressed the need for Britain to become more energy efficient and to develop a low carbon economy.  "China is taking great strides forward in this respect and if we don't do more we will find ourselves left behind." he also warned.


OVER the third week of Merseyside Police’s Christmas drink drive clampdown, offices from the force are drawing the line on drink driving.  Through using innovative chalk drawings to clearly show how drink driving can affect your judgment and easily cause injuries and even fatalities Merseyside Police are hoping this image will remain at the forefront of people’s memories and make them think before they get in the car this Christmas.

Merseyside Police’s Sefton based Inspector Chris Dillon said:- “We have been running continuous operations throughout Sefton in a bid to reduce serious collisions. We are now stepping up our operation, we increase our patrols over the Christmas and New Year period and actively target drivers who may have been drinking, so along with the very real risk of endangering lives you will also be arrested and may spend Christmas locked up and be left with a fine of up to £5000 to pay. One drink can affect a person’s ability to control a car, you can never tell how just one drink can affect you on any given day. Take a bus, train, taxi or get a lift – it’s such simple advice but could actually saves someone’s life this Christmas and New Year. A serious injury or death caused through someone drink driving can cause serious emotional effects on so many people. You have to think of the long term effects drink driving can have on your life, not only can you go to prison but you could lose your car and your job which could cause you to even lose your home – it’s really not worth taking the chance as you could literally ruin your life.”

The message from Merseyside Police is simple if you are going out with friends, loved ones or colleagues over the festive period leave your keys at home, nominate a designated driver or use public transport. For further information on drink driving visit:-

Fatality On Fisherman’s Path Rail Crossing

ONCE again the fisherman’s Path Railway crossing on the Southport/Liverpool Merseyrail Service was the scene of a tragic death. On Saturday evening, 11 December, a 44 year old male from the Southport area lost when he was struck by an oncoming train. The Police say that the incident is being treated as non-suspicious. This is an unmanned crossing in an isolated area. It highlights the need for to exercise greater caution when using the crossing to gain access to the coastal path from Freshfield. Rail services were of necessity cancelled and then further delays for some hours following the tragedy.

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