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24 February 2010
red dare devils!
WANT to feel
on top of the world? Well now’s your chance by taking part in the
BIG RED DROP! British Red Cross
are recruiting Southport thrill seekers to take part in the Big Red
Drop! the Mersey Tunnel Abseil on Sunday, 10 April 2011.
Situated at the Woodside ventilation station, Birkenhead, this
fantastic grade 2 listed building offers picture perfect views of
the awesome city that will distract you as you prepare to scale down
the 160 foot drop.
The 50m Mersey Tunnels Ventilation Shaft located in Birkenhead
provides an exhilarating abseil with fantastic views across the City
of Liverpool, Wirral and the River Mersey.
Senior Community Fundraiser for British Red Cross, Alexis Fairclough
said:- “This is a fantastic building situated at Woodside and
if you look across the Mersey from Liverpool, you will see it
proudly standing on the edge of the river, almost opposite the Liver
Buildings. You don’t need to have done anything like this before as
full training will be provided by experienced staff. They will give
you the confidence you need to step over the edge and abseil over
150 ft. We ask all participants to raise a minimum of £100 in
sponsorship and all abseilers will receive a certificate.” The Big Red Drop is a fantastic way to raise money for charity
whilst overcoming your fears, and makes an ideal team building
exercise for companies wishing to drive forward their teams!
or call Alexis on:- 0151 702 5061.
Southport Anti Cuts Coalition hold last pre-budget meeting
campaigner, Gem Brannan, has told us that the group calling
themselves "Southport Anti Cuts Coalition" are meeting
at 3.30pm on Saturday, 26 February 2010 at Christ Church, Lord
Street, Southport. The group say that:- "Sefton Council is
setting their final budget for the forthcoming year on Thursday, 3
March 2011, so this meeting will be the last SACC meeting to be held
before the budget meeting. This will be the last opportunity to have
your say and make your feelings known about what is important to
you. Sefton Council has been handed a higher than average cut. It is
being asked to find £44m in savings this year alone. In addition,
according to DfE, the EIG money which is intended for early
intervention through Children's/Youth Centres, teen pregnancy
services, the early years workforce e.t.c. has received the maximum
cut of 12.9%. There are so many things at risk. Unlike the last
meeting, the Councillors:- Tony Robertson, Paula Parry and Peter
Dowd, are not prevented from making political comment. They are able
to answer political questions. As always we expect that people are
polite and respectful, specifically so that we can allow as many
people as possible to put their points to the councillors. It is
likely that feelings are running very high and many people are
affected, but we ask please, for everyone's co-operation to help the
meeting run smoothly and make sure everyone gets to speak. The
meeting will begin with submitted questions and answers and there
will be a period at the end for open questions from the floor. If
you intend to come, please arrive in plenty of time for a prompt 8pm
start. Also, please if you have Facebook you can let them know you
are intending to go by using this
link. If you want to submit a
question in advance, then please send it to our SACC
email account! This is advisable
for anything which might need researching."
More information about the group can be found by going to their
Staff balloted for strike action at Liverpool Hope University in
Liverpool Hope University have begun a ballot for strike action in a
row over job losses and how the institution is responding to
potential cuts in funding. The University and College Union (UCU)
says the university is rushing in to decisions based on funding
assumptions made without the full knowledge of future circumstances.
The union says it understands the
vice-chancellor’s wishes to try and keep university education
affordable, but warns that trying to cut other universities on price
and quality will backfire.
The university has announced that it
would not be following the example of Oxford University and
Cambridge University and charging the full £9,000 a year fees.
However, it did not state what level of fee it would be charging or
how much money it expected to generate from student fees.
Over 100 jobs are now at risk and local MP Luciana Berger
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 visited Liverpool Hope to speak to UCU members about the plans.
the university should follow the lead of the vast majority of
institutions in the country, and take a less panicked approach to
he union says axing jobs before the university knows what its
teaching grant will be, what the outcome of the government’s
proposals on the future of teaching training will be, or what level
of income it will receive from tuition fees makes no sense and risks
serious long term damage to Liverpool Hope.
Before the meeting UCU regional
official, Martyn Moss, said that:- “Liverpool Hope's strategy
of trying to undercut universities on both price and by cutting
staff will backfire. Students want to be taught by highly-qualified,
decently rewarded staff in sufficient numbers to make the
educational experience worth having. A race to the bottom of the
type envisaged by LHU will be a disaster for everyone. It makes
absolutely no sense to be axing jobs when we are still waiting for
all the facts. UCU members have asked to be balloted because they
are prepared to use every tool they possess to halt the university’s
destructive and ill-thought through plans. However, strike action
always remains a last resort.”
MP for Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana Berger, said:- “This
situation has been created by the Tory-led Government and is, as we
saw from the march in Liverpool yesterday, going to affect everyone.
Our higher education sector here in Liverpool is one of the
worst-hit and Liverpool Hope University, a vital resource for our
city, is having to make life-saving choices.
I call on the university to be sensitive to the needs of their
staff, and support UCU in representing their members who are rightly
worried about their jobs. Ultimately we must remember that it is the
Government’s actions which will handicap our young people and their
The result of that ballot is expected on
Friday, 11 March 2011.
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