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Issue:- 14 June  2012

Freedom honour for charity founder

KIND charity founder, Stephen Yip will be awarded the City's highest honour this week when he receives the Freedom of Liverpool.  The ceremony will take place at the Devonshire Hotel on Thursday, 14 June 2012.

For 37 years Stephen's charity, KIND has helped thousands of young people and families across the city region overcome disadvantage and realise their potential through residential courses and volunteering programmes.

Mr Yip, whose father was a merchant seaman from mainland China said:- "I am honoured to be the first locally born, Chinese person to receive the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. It is a great reflection on the contribution that the sons and daughters of immigrants have made to the city. KIND has been an important part of my life for 37 years, so I am really proud that all the work we have done to help young people has been recognised by the city."

Founded by Stephen in 1975, KIND believes in the importance of investing in children, through education, offering learning skills and development and encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle.

Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, said:- "I am delighted to be awarding Stephen the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.  This accolade recognises over 37 years of hard work and dedication that Stephen has given to those less fortunate in and around the North West through his charity KIND.  Stephen is an inspiration to others and a fantastic ambassador for the city. I can't think of a greater way to thank him on behalf of all those he has helped."

In December last year Stephen was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside. Stephen's organisation (KIND) received the LJMU Corporate Fellowship award in 2000; he also received the MBE for his charitable works.

KIND's latest project is the £260,000 redevelopment of the adjoining building to the SEED Centre - The Old Bellews Coffee House. Work has started on the refurbishment of the vacant building into a fully accessible space for children and families to engage in health, wellbeing and exercise activities. Due to open in 2013, this new building aims to improve the health and future life chances of children.

The Seed Centre is the focal point of the work at KIND. Whilst aimed at all ages, the Centre primarily supports the needs and aspirations of children. Opened in January 2008, with a series of pilot projects with local schools, the centre is now fully operational, with our dedicated team of in-house teaching staff leading and developing an innovative programme of education and community projects.

1st industrial action by doctors in 40 years

AS the BMA prepares for the first industrial action by doctors in 40 years they should enter into talks to avert industrial action by its own staff says the GMB. BMA have been given notice that GMB members employed by the BMA will take part in a 24 hour strike on 20 June 2012 in a dispute over pay.

GMB members voted by a majority of 81.2% to take industrial action over the refusal of the BMA to negotiate an improved pay offer for 2012. this vote was conveyed to the BMA and GMB asked for further negotiations to avert industrial action but there have been no new talks.

GMB members rejected a pay offer of 1.5% plus an additional 0.5% for high performers only. Indeed due to the outcome of a grading re-structuring, the offer for 67% of staff is in fact worth under 1.29% and 34% of staff it is worth less than 1.09%.

Tony Warr, GMB Organiser has said that:- "BMA is aware that our door remains open in order to reopen negotiations to achieve a settlement. The 24 hour strike action will take place at all BMA locations throughout the UK and the strength of feeling remains overwhelming in support of the action which, of course, is the last resort. Our members did not want to go down this route but unfortunately management have given us no option whatsoever. The BMA Council should practice what it preaches in terms of achieving a negotiated settlement. As the BMA prepares for the first industrial action by doctors in 40 years they should enter into talks to avert industrial action by its own staff. The BMA rightly expects the government to negotiate in good faith and they should do the same."

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Official Worldwide Launch Of New Tarzan - Update -  "Are You Going?"

AN event not to be missed!  On Thursday, 5 July 2012, at 10am to 12noon, in the The Plaza, Crosby (L22 0LD) will be hosting the the Official Worldwide Launch of the band new 'Tarzan: The Jungle Warrior', written by Andy Briggs.  This will be a FREE event, but please let us know who you are and how many are coming by emailing with the subject:- "Tarzan - Tickets" on your email.  There are event listings and details of their books on the Formby Book's website as well.  Also you can always order any books in advance of any of the major book event, that we are involved with; via our online Shop and also from Formby Book's website.  We are also still looking for a Tarzan for the event, slick here for more information.

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