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Issue:- 19 April  2012

Liverpool Astronomical Society - Monthly Meeting - April 2012

AT 7pm on Friday, 20 April 2012 Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory and lecturer at The University of Manchester, Dr Tim O’Brien will be the Guest Speaker. The event will be run at the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT and will be about "Radio Imaging of Exploding Stars." This event is FREE to attend, but call:- 0151 794 4270 for more information. Also why not check out the Society's website?


Bringing the Law into Schools

THE Liverpool Schools Law and Citizenship Web is a new education programme helping our youngsters understand that law brings responsibilities as well as rights. It is available to all schools and colleges in the city thanks to our backing. A key feature of the scheme is the use of current news stories to bring relevant topics to in the classroom. All the tasks are quiz-based to ensure pupils enjoy learning. Further information is available by clicking on this link.

Save the bee, says Southport MEP

GARDEN and farm pesticides accused of leading to the death of bees should be banned, says a North West MEP. Liberal Democrat Chris Davies is calling for the European Commission to take urgent action to restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides after new scientific reports confirmed links between their use and the decline in bee numbers. Pesticides containing neonicotinoids are widely available in garden centres and do not carry warning labels about their potential effect on bee numbers. Environmental campaigners are calling for direct action against garden centres that continue to sell the products. They want shoppers to cause confusion by taking boxes of neonicotinoid pesticides to the till in Garden Centres and then refusing to pay for them. But Davies says the whole of Europe should follow the example of France and Germany where restrictions on the chemicals have been introduced. The MEP has cross-party backing for a study into the consequences of a ban to be carried out, and is insisting that the Commissioner concerned must respond to the issue in the European Parliament. Davies said:- "Bees are not only a much-loved part of garden life, but they vitally important to farmers. Gardeners could be using pesticides on this year's flowers that mean that next year there won’t be any flowers at all." Latest research appears to confirm that neonicotinoid pesticides weaken the resistance of bees, leaving them vulnerable to other threats that they would normally survive.

Britain's Got Talent hits North West

LIVERPOOL Impressionist Les Gibson and top dance duo Signature reached their respective finals of Britain's Got Talent and are the headline acts for the A-T Spring Ball at Chester Racecourse, on Saturday, 28 April 2012.

Ball organizer Vaughn Rawson said:- "to have Les Gibson and Signature on the same bill was a real coup for us and their local fans. We know that with such popular entertainment, an impressive three course meal, local band Ultimate Exports and an auction, the night will be hugely enjoyable." The rush for tickets means there are only a few left available at the last minute from:-

The Ball is for The A-T Society, a charity close to Vaughn and his fiancée Joanne's heart. Joanne explained:- "our dear friends have little boys with Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T), a genetic condition which means that these happy, healthy children will become increasingly disabled and their lives will be shortened. They are likely to get cancer or lung disease and will need wheelchairs by the time they are ten. It's just devastating and we know the only way to give the boys a future is to help fund research into A-T which we do through the A-T Society."

In fact life expectancy for a child with A-T is currently is around 25 years and with a higher than average number of children diagnosed with the condition in the North West. One in a hundred people locally will carry the gene which causes A-T and it is likely there are undiagnosed children in the area.

If you want to enjoy this unique opportunity to see Les Gibson and Signature and give hope of a future to children and families with A-T then time is running out! Contact Vaughn and Joanne for last minute availability by ringing:- 07525 836 011.

Morecambe Cross Bay Walk 2012

ON Sunday, 29 April 2012 the walk will leave Arnside at 10.45 am, (early start to the tide times, make this the safest time to cross the sands), and will be lead by the world famous guide Mr Cedric Robinson. It will take approx., 3 hours to cross and is approx. 8 miles. the walk is suitable for children (age 4 and over), dogs, groups. Registration Fee is just:- £5.00 adults, £2.50 for children and £1.00 for our 4 legged friends dogs. Contact details for registration pack is Christine Hughes, Meningitis Trust on:- 0845 120 4764 or via emailing:- Please not that ALL people taking part must register in advance!

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