Solar flare could disrupt communications
unusual solar flare the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) and Aurora
Australis (southern lights) are likely to also be seen in over 9
June 2011, according to NASA. But it could also course some
disruptions to satellite communications and even power on Earth.
Officials say the effects of this coronal mass ejection and a minor
radiation storm could be seen over the next days. This powerful
blast from the Sun has released a wave of radiation that has not
been witnessed since 2006. So if your mobile phones has interfere on
it, it might just be down to this spectacular event was captured by
Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory, know to people on
Facebook as Little SDO.
Notice to Sefton residents from Merseyside Police and Home Watch
Police are offering you the chance to win an iPad as part of our new
car crime prevention campaign 'if it's on show it'll go...'
"Take some time to assess the security of your vehicle and take
positive action to keep everything out of sight in your vehicle - an
old coat, a few pennies, or even a plastic bag can tempt a thief!
TO ENTER THE COMPETITION:-
* Log onto:-
* Watch the short video
* Enter the competition by completing the form
Closing date for entries is 31 August 2011. Good luck!" said
Home Watch Margaret Jepson.
Appeal to trace missing York man
asking for the public’s help to trace a missing York man. The man is
aged 23 and called, Joshua Peter Ffrench. He is from York and has
not been seen since Tuesday, 10 May 2011, at his home address on
Burnsall Drive in York. He was reported missing by a family member
on Sunday, 22 May 2011.
Officers are trying to locate Joshua as they have concerns for his
health and believe he does not have his essential medication.
Joshua is described as white, approximately 6ft tall with a medium
build and brown hair. It is possible that Joshua is
anywhere in the country.
Police Constable Steve Skeoch, of the York Safer Neighbourhood Team,
said:- "Joshua is not wanted in connection with any other
enquiries. We simply want to establish that he is safe and well. If
Joshua sees this appeal I urge him to contact me or visit the
nearest police station so that they can verify he is well. I also
ask that if anyone recognises Joshua they contact me straight away."
Joshua, or anyone who can help to locate him, is asked to contact PC
Steve Skeoch at York Police Station on:- 0845 60 60
24 7 quoting reference number:- 12110083331.
City to slow down in 20mph plans
looking to drive forward plans to dramatically increase the number
of 20mph zones across the city. The city council is launching
a consultation and community engagement exercise which will explore
more than doubling the number of zones.
Currently, 31% of residential roads in Liverpool have been traffic
calmed and are subject to a 20mph speed limit. Based on its research
so far, the council believes this could be extended by a further 39
per cent, or 587km of roads in the city. This would result in
potentially 70% of Liverpool’s residential roads becoming 20mph
It is estimated that the initiative could reduce the number of road
traffic accidents in Liverpool by 54 a year, providing a saving of
over £5.2 million a year in the costs associated with these
The plans, which would be implemented through the introduction of
road signs in the selected areas, support the 3rd Local Transport
Plan for Merseyside, which highlights the importance of increasing
the number of low-speed areas in the region.
Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and
Transport, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said:- "Making our
roads safer is a key priority for us. The number of accidents on our
roads has been reducing over the years, but we are determined to cut
them even further. However, we need to make sure that these
proposals are supported by local people and can be enforced. That’s
why we’ll be consulting extensively over the plans, to make sure we
get it right."
The city council is basing its plans on the experiences of other
areas which have introduced extensive 20mph speed limits on their
residential roads - in particular Portsmouth and Warrington - which
have shown encouraging benefits which could be translated to
Portsmouth has introduced a 20mph speed limit on 94% of its roads,
while Warrington has conducted a smaller-scale trial in 3 areas.
Evaluation of their experiences showed a reduction of between 21%
and 25% in the number of road traffic accidents.
In Portsmouth, road speeds dropped by an average of 6.3mph in the
new 20mph zones.
As well as providing road safety improvements, the plans would also
bring benefits to local people’s health, through the promotion of
safe walking and cycling.
The city council’s Director for Regeneration, Nick Kavanagh, said:-
"This is an important piece of work, which we hope will play a
significant role in making Liverpool safer, by helping to change
public attitudes to speeding. The introduction of additional 20mph
zones has brought real benefits to other major towns and cities, and
we’re optimistic that this can be replicated in Liverpool. We will
be engaging the community in these plans over the coming months, to
make sure everyone has the chance to air their views."
Under the plans, roads which would be exempt from becoming 20mph
zones would include roads with existing speed limits of 40mph or
more; A and B roads; and major through routes which are not
primarily residential in nature and have little or no pedestrian or
The city council has begun discussions with Liverpool PCT over the
possibility of joint working on the 20mph initiative, including
community engagement and evaluation of the impact of the zones on
walking, cycling, safety, noise and air quality. Consultation
over the plans is expected to start in the coming months.
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