ALIU SIGNS NEW DEAL
LIVERPOOL lad David Aliu
has committed his future to his hometown club, signing a new 2 year
deal with the Mersey Tigers.
Aliu, 30, played an important role in helping the Tigers to the
treble last season and has been working in the community throughout
the summer, delivering coaching and assembly talks across
He said:- "It's good be staying with the Tigers, and staying
home. It's nice to play in front of friends and family every week. I
just want to keep winning, keep competing and keep picking up
trophies, and help the club to grow in the city. I want to be part
of something special and help the club grow in the city. I want to
be able to promote basketball in Liverpool, and get kids playing
something other than or as well as football, and help them develop
new skills and abilities. I'd love for that to be basketball."
Aliu featured in 35 games in 2010 to 2011, averaging 23 minutes and
12.5 points per match, and ended the year with Championship, Trophy
and Play-off winners medals.
He added:- "We had a good group last season, and I'm looking
forward to being part of it again."
Coach Tony Garbelotto is continuing preparations for the new season,
which begins on 2 October 2011 away at Cheshire Jets.
Last week, the club revealed it will play its home games at the new
Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park facility in Huyton.
Season tickets are now available priced at £150 adults, £60 juniors,
£105 student/OAPs. There are also a number of family packages
available, and they can be purchased via:-
merseytigers.co.uk/shop or by
calling:- 0151 203 3443.
Merseyside's Coastguard Station
THE Liverpool Football
Star, Jamie Carragher, has given his backing to the campaign to keep
Liverpool Coastguard station, at Crosby, open. Jamie, who is a
Liverpool FC defender, has joined the growing list of supporters of
the 'Don't sink the Coastguard' campaign. It was
confirmed in July 2011, that the station at Crosby, which at this
point still co-ordinates search and rescue operations along the
Northwest coastline, including inland waters, running from Point of
Ayr, North Wales to Mull of Galloway in the Southwest of Scotland!
Not forgetting that the coastline all around the Isle of Man, plus a
very large part of the Irish Sea is covered by the Station, due to
be close by 2015, if we do not help to stop that closure. "It
is not too late to save the station." says
who have united the voices of many beach users, from
tourists to local residents who use the North West Coastline and
inland waterways. The same statement is also being backed by
many leading shipping experts and maritime agencies who are all
trying to get their voices heard. All of them are
saying, that the closure is short sited and will be dangerous to the
safety of all who use UK waters.
According to a press release by
Jamie, who is from Crosby, regular visits the beach with his
children and has contacted the campaign to express his concerns
about the proposed closure of the Coastguard Station, at Crosby.
"To close such an important, and busy station, and then, as
proposed, divide the area between Holyhead and Belfast, does not
make sense to me and lots of people rely on the service that Crosby
Coastguard Station provides, from general enquiries for weather and
tide information, to the rescue of people in difficulties on the
coast, and at sea. To remove this service could only mean that
people's lives will be put at risk." he said in the press
We only have until the 6 October
2011 to change the Government's decision to close Liverpool
Coastguard, so what you can do to help? Well, there is an
online petition that is also
available for you to sign at MRCC Liverpool, Hall Road West, Crosby,
plus many other locations around the coastline. Plus you can also
help by reading the consultation and supporting documentation and
respond to it via the Consultation Documents response
If you think the closure is
a good idea, please do send us your views as well as any views as to
why it should be saved by emailing us to:-
firstname.lastname@example.org and do not forget to also
put them to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
via the consultation form.
Peelís International Trade Centre Proposals
PEEL have released the
results of their public exhibition which was held on the 5 August
2011, at the Birkenhead market, recording a staggering 100% of
people supporting the Peel International Trade Centre proposals to
be located on the Birkenhead Docks.
Hundreds of interested visitors who came to the stand were
encouraged to discuss the scheme with us and complete questionnaires
so that Peel and Wirral Council could find out what local people
really felt about the scheme.
Questionnaires were completed by people with an age range of 18 to
over 70 with both job creation and the International Trade Centre
acting as a catalyst to help deliver the main Wirral Waters project
being identified as the most important elements. Indeed 91% of
people ticked these as the most important factors.
The results also identified the importance of new investment in the
area, remediation of vacant and contaminated land, and integration
of the Peel International Trade Centre to help stimulate
regeneration of the North Birkenhead area. All these were considered
highly important elements of the project with 89% ticking these
Lindsey Ashworth, Development Director at Peel said:- "We have
been holding public exhibitions for our Wirral projects since 2007
to ensure that local people are kept informed and involved as we
move projects through the planning system which is a very long
winded and complicated process for schemes of this magnitude. We all
want to see buildings appear on site, but we have to be patient as
the economy needs to be stronger and more positive before businesses
will take space in new premises. Itís frustrating having to wait,
but with planning permission we will be in a position to move
quickly when the time is right. Business relations overseas
particularly with China have been moving forward at a rapid pace and
the Peel International Trade Centre has attracted huge interest and
hoped will be the catalyst to help kick-start the regeneration of
the main Wirral Waters and Liverpool Waters projects."
Just some of the supporting comments on the questionnaires completed
by local people included:-
► "It will have a positive outlook by
regenerating the area and providing new jobs, which are greatly
needed in this region."
► "Bringing work and trade for Wirral,
► "Totally appropriate use for docklands
area. Will bring lots of jobs for local people. Opportunity to make
this an important regional focus for economic growth. Within the LEP
► "This is a good start for the
rejuvenation of the area. I hope this succeeds, if it does it will
be of great importance for the future."
It is hoped that the planning application will be presented to the
planning committee in September 2011.
More information on the Peel International Trade Centre and the full
results can be seen on the
TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING ON NORTHERN RAIL NETWORK
PASSENGERS with Northern
Rail are set to benefit from the introduction of more carriages in
December to help ease overcrowding. The Department for
Transport (DfT) have announced a further 22 carriages will be
joining Northernís fleet to provide extra seats on some of the
busiest services in and around the major cities of the North from
December 2011. Ian Bevan, Managing Director, Northern
Rail said:- "We are delighted that we will be able to provide
much needed additional capacity for our passengers from December
2011. These carriages will deliver an extra 800,000 seats on peak
time services across the north of England every year. Overcrowding
has been one of the biggest challenges we have faced and one of the
biggest causes of complaint tor passengers. I would like to thank
our stakeholders for their support in helping demonstrate the clear
need for more carriages for the north of England." This is
the latest announcement under the DfTís rolling stock programme,
which has secured a total of 60 additional carriages for Northern,
10 of which are already in service and the remaining 50 will be
introduced in December (subject to cascade from other operators).
In total the 60 carriages will provide an additional 2,200,000
additional seats on peak time services, including 6 additional
services on the electrified network around Leeds. Northern
serves 5 main urban centres (Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle
and Sheffield), all of which experience varying levels of crowding
at peak times. The additional carriages have been planned to reduce
crowding on the busiest trains. In total 20% of all major urban
centre peak time trains will benefit from additional carriages.
With a lack of surplus trains across the industry, it is recognised
that these additional carriages will not eradicate overcrowding
completely, but they will deliver significantly improved journeys
for many passengers. To help cope with the maintenance requirements
of an enhanced fleet Northern is working with Network Rail to
re-open Allerton depot on Merseyside, creating additional jobs
within its engineering division.