DRIVERS URGED TO RESOLVE TO KILL THEIR SPEED THIS NEW YEAR
Police are urging drivers to make reducing their speed their New
Year resolution this January.
Speeding is one of the major contributory factors in road collisions
and officers are appealing to motorists to kill their speed before
it kills themselves or other road users.
In 2010, 483 people were seriously injured and 29 died on the roads
of Merseyside with excess speed factoring in many of the collisions.
While this was a 50% reduction in the number of people who lost
their lives compared to the 58 fatalities in 2009, the Roads
Policing Department is continuing to work hard to further reduce the
number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads of
Throughout the month of January officers will be out on the roads
carrying out enforcement as well as educating motorists caught
breaking the speeding laws.
Chief Inspector John Hogan, head of the Roads Policing Department,
said:- "We want to start the new year with the message that
speed limits are there to save lives and we will be carrying out
enforcement and education to try to further reduce the number of
people hurt on our roads by drivers prepared to break these laws. We
are determined to make a difference to the safety of road users and
throughout the year we will be focusing on a different theme for our
monthly campaigns. But we can't do it on our own. We need drivers to
pay the roads the care and attention they deserve and passengers to
behave accordingly and not distract drivers. Together we can make a
difference to the safety of road users in Merseyside and ensure that
2011 is a memorable year for all the right reasons and not because
of any tragedies."
In the last 10 years, Merseyside Police has reduced the number of
people killed or seriously injured on the roads from 833 at the end
of 2000 to 512 at the end of 2010 - a fall of almost 40%.
should count towards degrees says James Caan
STUDENTS should be able to gain
extra marks towards their degrees from experience gained in the work
place according to recruitment guru James Caan. “I have
found over the years that graduates can fill three pages with
details of their dissertations yet tell prospective employers
nothing about their practical experience. How does the employer know
whether they have the discipline to turn up for work every day?
Whether they can take on responsibility? Or whether they are
prepared to knuckle down to a task?” said Mr Caan, from BBC
TV’s ‘Dragons’ Den’. The business entrepreneur
runns a recruitment company called Hamilton Bradshaw Human Capital
that has been named as the fastest growing recruitment company
worldwide, went on to say that modern employers needed to know more
about prospective employees than simple proof of academic ability.
James Caan’s new book ‘Get the Job You Really Want’ is
published by Penguin this week and mentors jobseeker in seeking the
best employers, getting a foot in the door, how to thrive in the
interview and how close the deal on a job offer. “I was
giving a talk at Cambridge University. There were 300 graduates in
the room and I am sure many of them were sitting there thinking,
‘I’d love to work for someone like James Caan’. Yet only a handful
waited until the conference was finished and approached me directly.
They were the few who had the confidence and the initiative to make
their mark in the job market.” said Mr Caan. Some
Universities are already considering methods of incorporating work
and business skills in their degree programmes. Paul Jackson,
director of student support and development at the University of
Leicester, said the university was "looking closely at how to
embed corporate skills into the curriculum at the undergraduate
stage." University College London (UCL) is believed to
be looking at ways of translating job skills into degree credits and
Durham University may also award additional marks for work
experience. "The job market has never been tougher. It is
imperative that students are able to utilise and demonstrate all
their skills as soon as possible to make them employable.
Universities should do more to help students make the connection
with businesses. Some Universities do more than others to help this
process which inevitably means that there are students who miss out
on opportunities like work placements because they don’t know how to
find them.” added Mr Caan. On his website James
hadmits that have any formal education when he was young, but he did
later go back to study for a business degree at Havard Business
School. Since this he has been awarded with an honorary degree from
Leeds Met as a part of the Summer 2009 graduation celebrations.
Later James received another honorary doctorate in Business
Administration from University of East London. What do
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on-board to boost enterprise
LIVERPOOL Council’s newly
appointed business advisor is pledging to put enterprise at top of
the city’s agenda.
Entrepreneur David Wade-Smith has been named as the business advisor
to the city council’s cabinet, a unique new role which aims to
create stronger links between the council and the business
David will provide expert business guidance to the cabinet. He will
give businesses a voice at the heart of the Town Hall, share the
views of local firms and let council chiefs know how policies will
impact on the private sector.
Council Leader, Councillor Joe Anderson, came up for the idea for
the post after making it a key priority for the council to work more
closely with businesses to revive the local economy, drive forward
regeneration and increase job opportunities.
The appointment means that, for the first time, the city council’s
cabinet has an expert in the field of business to put the views of
the private sector directly to the leadership of the council when it
is making important decisions. The role is unpaid, but with
appropriate expenses. As an unelected member of the council
executive board, or cabinet, Mr Wade Smith will not be able to vote.
David said:- “I’m delighted and truly honoured to be taking on
this new role and providing a more direct link between the council
and business. Liverpool as a city – and as a brand – is famous all
over the world, and it’s vital we capitalise on that. The public and
private sector have to work as one to sell this city as a leading
global destination to live and work in, to visit and to invest in.
I’ll be making it a priority to work closely with the council and
the business community to further boost our visitor economy, as well
as looking to the future by promoting our creative, digital, and
science industries. There are so many strengths within our business
community and there’s so much more we can do to promote traditional
areas such as financial services, professional services and
Mr Wade Smith was born in Yorkshire and began a career in retail in
the 1980s. He played an instrumental role in the strategic
development of independent retailer Wade Smith, culminating in its
sale to Arcadia Group in 1998.
He is the founder and Chairman of Livesmart Ltd, a provider of
web-based lifestyle solutions, delivered via smart cards, ticketing,
loyalty and membership products.
A Board Member at Liverpool Chamber of Commerce – and Chairman of
the Board from 2005 to 2008 - David has played a primary role in the
regeneration of Liverpool. In addition to his work with the Chamber
of Commerce, he served as Chair of Tourism for Merseyside at The
Mersey Partnership from 2004 to 2009.
David is also a founding member of the Board of Liverpool Vision. He
served on the successful Board of the Liverpool bid team for
European Capital of Culture, and has served as a Board member of
TATE Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society.
The idea for the business advisor post received a fantastic response
from the business community, with the city council inundated with
expressions of interest. John Flamson, Liverpool University’s
director of strategic partnerships was appointed as an independent
adjudicator, tasked with assessing the candidates and overseeing the
City council leader, Councillor Joe Anderson, said:- “This is
a hugely important appointment which sends out a strong message that
we are committed to working closer than ever with the private
sector. It’s about making sure local businesses have the opportunity
to shape and inform policy and that the city council takes their
views on-board at every step of the way. David is an excellent
appointment. He will bring a wealth of experience, first-class
business acumen and a real passion for this city. As a well-known
figure in the sector with the respect of his peers, I’m positive he
will be able to inspire some really constructive dialogue between
the council and local businesses. If we want to get out of the
recession, the public sector can’t do it alone. The recovery of our
economy needs to be led and guided by the private sector. The
appointment of David as business advisor is just one part of our
plans to become more business-friendly.”
The appointment of David Wade Smith as business advisor to the
cabinet is the latest move in the city council’s drive to transform
the way it works with the private sector. The city council has just
launched the ‘One Plan’, which will draw on the strengths of the
public and private sectors to sell the city internationally; and has
recently announced that it will be establishing The Liverpool
Embassy in London, to secure vital investment for the city.