"Scousewives Stars Birthday Bash"
THE Desperate Scousewives
star, Layla Flahertys, held her birthday night out in Liverpool and
we gained permission to follow! She and her gang of party goers
started off at Sir Thomas Hotel before heading to Moniques. Natasha
Giggs also partied with Layla and also out was Desperate Scousewives
blogger Elisa Corrighan... So did you spot this group of amazing
young and talented young ladies on the town? We hope you had a
fantastic birthday Layla and thank you for letting us snap you all!
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Plc and subsidiaries administration update
ON 16 May 2012 Zolfo Cooper issued the
following update regarding Clinton Cards Plc and subsidiaries (In
Peter Saville, Simon Freakley and Anne O'Keefe,Partners at Corporate
Advisory and Restructuring specialists Zolfo Cooper, were appointed
Joint Administrators over Clinton Cards Plc and its subsidiaries,
including Birthdays Retail Limited, on 9 May 2012.
Since their appointment, the Joint
Administrators and their teams have been working to assess and
stabilise the company's financial position with a view to preserving
value and seeking to sell the business as a going concern.
In the course of this work it has become clear that
the business is burdened with an untenable retail estate and as
such, the Joint Administrators have regrettably taken the decision
to close approximately 350 stores from the total estate of 784
The stores in question are located
throughout the country and employ approximately 2800 full time and
part time staff.
They include all stores branded as Birthdays and approximately 200
Clinton Cards branded stores. The store closure programme will begin
during the week commencing 21 May 2012 and continue into June.
Exact locations, timings and employee numbers will be
Peter Saville, Joint Administrator and Partner at Zolfo Cooper
said:- "Given the sheer size of the Clinton Cards retail
estate and the overall performance, we were left with no alternative
to today's difficult decision. I am hopeful that the action we have
taken will allow us to preserve value in the core underlying
business, thereby allowing us and potential buyers to focus on a
profitable and viable retail estate going forward."
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Liverpool Schools swimming success
THE number of primary
schoolchildren in Liverpool who can swim has doubled in the past 6
years, ranking Liverpool in the UK's national Top 10.
Results released today by swimming governing body the ASA (Amateur
Swimming Association) show that the number of primary schoolchildren
learning to swim has risen to 86%, up from 45% when the programme
began in 2006.
Cabinet member for education and children’s services, Councillor
Jane Corbett said:- "Since the introduction of the top-up
programme in 2006 we have seen the number of eleven year olds being
able to swim increase year upon year. We have a dedicated team of 30
co-ordinated by a full time school swimming officer and the results
speak for themselves. This level of success, however, could not have
been achieved without the commitment of the head teachers of the
schools who have signed up to the programme and this is a great
achievement to all of those involved."
The 'top up' programme was started in 2006 in a bid to
ensure that as many schoolchildren as possible were able to swim 25
metres, the national standard, by the time they reached secondary
The programme is delivered by the City Council’s Sport & Outdoor
Recreation service in partnership with Liverpool School Improvement
Service. It provides transport, pool hire, lifeguards and fully
trained swimming teachers.
School teachers and classroom
assistants are also trained through the ASA’s National Curriculum
Training Programme, so that anyone who is accompanying the children
to their lessons is suitably qualified to help at poolside.
As it is a compulsory component of the national curriculum, school
swimming within local authority primary schools is audited regularly
by the ASA.
However, results vary due to a
number of factors, from quality of teaching through to the amount of
time spent in the water.
Liverpool’s programme offers lessons for all abilities and ages from
five through to 16 years of age.