LIVERPOOL PAINTS THE TOWN PINK
THE University of Liverpool’s Active Learning
Laboratory on Brownlow Hill shone PINK to celebrate the
opening of ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’ at the Liverpool Empire
For the first time ever, Legally Blonde the Musical, the West End &
Broadway sensation and 2011 Olivier Award winner for Best New
Musical, is on tour in the UK and Liverpool was chosen as the city
in which the tour should begin. Based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, this critically
acclaimed new musical stars Liz McClarnon (Atomic Kitten), Neil Toon
from Hollyoaks, West End legend Dave Willetts as Callaghan and Faye
Andrew Rawlinson, Empire Theatre General Manager said:- “The
excitement around the city is reaching fever pitch. It’s the hottest
show in town!”
The show, which opened to rapturous applause last night, runs at the
Liverpool Empire until Saturday, 16 July 2011. The Active Learning
Laboratory will remain pink until this date, too.
The University of Liverpool’s Active Learning
Laboratory on Brownlow Hill is lit with hundreds of LEDs and can be
seen as far away as Wirral. The facade of the building comprises 826
glass panels of which 413 panels are constructed from twin layers of
glass, sandwiched with a dotted pattern. These translucent dots give
a surface on to which light is reflected but also allow a direct
passage of light through. The latest LED technology and electronic
solar tracking equipment means the light display can be illuminated
with the benefit of hugely reduced energy running costs.
The University of Liverpool’s Active Learning Laboratory is home to
the ‘Liverpool Engineer’ – a programme of study that aims to produce
the next generation of high-calibre graduate engineers. The Active
Learning Laboratory was completed in 2008 following a £36M
refurbishment of research laboratories and in building new teaching
facilities for future generations of students and consists of two
large open spaces, one on top of the other, with a total floor space
of almost 1,000 square metres. It can accommodate a total of 250
students simultaneously – an entire year’s intake, which is almost
unprecedented in any engineering department.
Supports New Residential Unit
A group of dedicated youth
professionals committed to offering quality provision, accommodation
and supported care to young people has opened their first Southport
residential unit in Ivy Street.
Ivy House, which provides 24/7 supported living accommodation for
16 to 24 year olds is geared towards young people who are in need of an
independence unit in a supported environment.
Anthony Alexis, a director of the unit said:- “We are really
pleased with the reception Ivy House has received from the local
community. Our aim is to provide young people in the area with the
necessary skills to maintain independent living. Through personal
development programmes, we will aid young people to achieve their
potential, offering them a wider range of choices that they can
apply to their future.
The support the Unit offers will give young people the confidence
and set values to achieve aspirations that would be ordinarily out
of their scope.”
Anthony, who has 35 years experience in the sector, is joined by
other professionals in delivering the Units goals. Southport Police
joined directors and staff at the Unit for the opening of Ivy House
along with members of the community to show their support for the
new residential scheme.
For more information and for referrals contact Ivy House direct on:-
"WHITE PAPER A RECIPE FOR POOR
QUALITY, HIGH COST, RISKY PUBLIC SERVICES"
UNISON chief, Dave Prentis, is warning that
Government plans for the wholesale privatisation of public services,
will lead to “poorer quality, high cost services at the mercy of
the open market and risky competition”.
Dave Prentis, UNISON’s General Secretary, went on to say:-
“The Government wants to wash its hands of providing people with
decent public services. For all its talk of mutuals and charities,
the White paper is nothing but a smokescreen for privatisation and
will do nothing to improve quality.
We will be looking carefully at the fine print and holding the
coalition to account for any illegitimate attempts to hand over
services to private companies, whose primary concern is the bottom
line rather than service users.
The collapse today of home care owners, Southern Cross, should act
as a grim warning about what can happen when the private sector take
over public services. There will be many thousands of elderly
residents across the country who will be deeply distressed about
what the future may hold for them. And staff too will be worried
about their jobs at a time of growing unemployment.
We want urgent Government action to protect the well-being of
residents in Southern Cross homes. The bottom line should not
be profit but public services run by committed public service staff.
The quality, efficiency, accountability, flexibility and economics
of in-house public services just cannot be matched.”