Knowsley football talent goes head to head
young football stars in Knowsley battled in out in a national
competition for the chance to play at the iconic Wembley Way. The
latest regional round of the National Street Soccer Showdown was
held at Knowsley Park Centre for Learning last week, where teams
from the school went head to head. The 2 winning teams will now head
to the grand final which will be held at Wembley Way on 16 July
The competition has been organised by Streetwise Soccer, a community
interest company that offers a range of street soccer and freestyle
football events, activities and coaching packages. Knowsley Housing
Trust supported the event with a grant towards the operation costs.
Street Soccer is a form of football that involves short, three a
side games where there are no fixed positions, which encourages
creativity and flair, and is often set to up-beat urban music.
Streetwise Soccer Director, said:- “The day was a fantastic
success. All the players gave it their all and we now have two
finalist teams from Knowsley who will be heading to Wembley Way.”
Streetwise Soccer uses portable arenas to take the competition
around the country, looking for the finest street soccer talent. The
company aims to use street soccer as a way of reducing anti-social
behaviour in communities and of introducing a more inclusive and fun
version of the Beautiful Game to the masses.
Terry Bonner, Operational Director of Landlord Services at KHT,
said:- “Football is a huge passion for people in Knowsley and
this is a fantastic opportunity for our young talent to try a
different form of the sport and have the chance to play at Wembley
Way. Who knows, we might have even found the next Everton or
MERSEYSIDE POLICE SCOOPS NATIONAL EMERGENCY SERVICE COMMUNICATION
Police, on Thursday, 7 April 2011, scooped an award at the National
Emergency Services Awards held in London.
The event, held at the Emirates Stadium, recognises outstanding
achievements in the police, fire service and ambulance service.
Merseyside Police beat off stiff competition to win the coveted
"Public Communication Award." The award recognises the
Emergency Service communication campaign that engages with the
community and delivers its messages successfully and cost
effectively, and was given for the force's "It All Adds Up"
and "Just Talk" campaigns.
The "It All Adds Up" communication campaign was put
together after Merseyside Police was given a Home Office target to
improve public confidence by 12% by March 2010. The campaign used
real crime statistics to gets its message across to the public and
helped increase public confidence by 15%. The "Just Talk"
campaign was delivered across the force and concentrates on the
importance of talking and the power of being polite.
Chief Constable Jon Murphy said:- "We are very proud that two
of our communication campaigns have received such a prestigious
accolade. What I believe is at the heart of good police work is
talking to the public, not just when they have been a victim of
crime or where there is a reason or necessity, but because we want
to. When I returned to Merseyside Police as Chief Constable, one of
my priorities was to ensure my officers focused on this aspect of
policing. The Just Talk campaign achieved this in a light-hearted
and effective way and we have received very positive feedback from
the public, with 46% agreeing that officers were stopping and
engaging with them more. It is equally important that the public
know what the police achieve in their area to ensure that they are
confident in the work that officers do. The "It All Adds Up"
campaign was designed to show the results of police work, and the
benefits to the local communities. All the small gains that police
make, add up to make a real difference to Merseyside"
* Merseyside Police Confidence Survey conducted by MRUK Research
showed an improvement from 57% in July 2009 to 72% in June 2010.
Nick Clegg praised by North West MEP
A senior Liberal
Democrat has called on his party's council candidates on Merseyside
to promote the party's achievements in government. Chris Davies, a
former councillor who has represented the North West of England in
the European Parliament since 1999, said that Liberal Democrats
could be proud of the work of Nick Clegg and government ministers.
He claimed that nearly 1 million people on low incomes no longer had
to pay any income tax at all. He pointed to the link now restored
between pensions and earnings that would see incomes of the elderly
rise. And he praised the restoration of civil liberties that he said
had been curbed by the Labour government. Davies said:- "No
party won the last general election, but Liberal Democrats are
working hard to ensure that government policies promote the
principle of fairness. We have always understood the need to be in
government if policies are to be into practice. Now we have real
influence and we should spell out our achievements in election
leaflets." The MEP advised his party colleagues to treat
electors as adults who understood that the government had inherited
the fastest growing debt in Europe. "Labour left the country's
finances in a complete mess. They paid for improvements in public
services with borrowed money and now cuts are being made simply to
pay the extra interest charges. While the debt is still growing at
£400m a day! I don't believe there is one of us who could do a
better job than Nick Clegg in ensuring that Liberal Democrats get
the balance right and use our influence to the full." he
claimed in a press release.
Liverpool - Saudi Arabia infectious disease research venture
from The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (KSA MOH),
accompanied by the Ambassador of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are
visiting Liverpool yesterday and today to mark the launch of a new
venture with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and
the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC).
With US $5.5 million as seed funding from the KSA MOH, the three
organizations have established a joint research centre in Jazan,
Saudi Arabia, with the mission of improving health through cutting
edge research that will result in the development and delivery of
innovative ways to control, monitor and evaluate insect borne
diseases such as malaria and dengue which are a major threat in the
gulf region and around the world.
The KSA Minister of
Health His Excellency Dr Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah and The
Ambassador, His Excellency HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Nawaf Bin
Abdulaziz and their delegation toured LSTM and met key staff before
visiting the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the Town Hall,
where they were received by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool.
His Excellency was
also presented with the Mary Kingsley Medal, the highest award which
LSTM can bestow, in recognition of the Minister’s outstanding
contributions to medicine through his expertise in the separation of
conjoined twins and in recognition of his vision in facilitating the
establishment of the new centre.
“We are very
excited about this new venture with two world class leaders in
research and development in infectious diseases. The Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia is committed to advancing our country’s scientific
capabilities in order to contribute to improve health nationally,
regionally and globally.” said Dr Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al
LSTM Director and CEO
of IVCC, Professor Janet Hemingway, added that the Joint Centre will
rapidly establish an international standard research portfolio by
utilizing the strengths in Liverpool and from within the IVCC to
seed the joint centre and making provision for capacity development
at PhD, Masters and short course level to expand the cadre of
qualified staff that the centre can draw on.
added:- “We applaud the commitment and vision of the Saudi
Ministry of Health. The Centre will not only be a research institute
of the highest international standard, it will push forward the
frontiers of science in order to make an important contribution to
global health. We look forward to helping to nurture talents from
the region and learn from their experience and knowledge.”
unemployment falls by 17,000 to 2.48 million
statistics from the ONS shows that UK unemployment fell by 17,000 to
2.48 million the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said. The
ONS announced that youth unemployment stood at 963,000, with the
jobless rate for young people remaining above 20%. Although
unemployment amongst men fell by 31,000 in the three months to the
end of February, the number of jobless women rose by 14,000. Carmen
Watson, Managing Director of Pertemps Recruitment Partnership said:-
“It’s re-assuring the unemployment figures fell this month,
however youth unemployment still stands at 963,000 and this still
remains a great concern. Given Britain’s aging population, it is
important that young people are placed into work early on, and
employers should remain flexible and welcome them into the workplace
through internships. It is important that that these young people
end up with long term sustainable employment otherwise we will see
another sharp rise in unemployment figures in future months. Short
term employment is not the answer and only provides a short term
solution. Youth unemployment still remains a grave concern and
although the figures show a fall in unemployment this issue cannot