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Issue:- 15 November  2012

Widnes Vikings announce exciting working partnership with Workington Town

THE 'Once In A Lifetime' show is an unforgettable UK tour that will feature the crème de la crème of 70's superstars and hit singles from pop icons David Cassidy, Leo Sayer, Hot Chocolate and Smokie. It has taken place a number of venues through out the UK and ends on Saturday, 17 November 2012 at the Liverpool Arena. All 4 artists have had 55 Top 10 Hits and over 200 million record sales between them. This is a once in a lifetime tour; the only time all 4 of these seminal acts will perform on the same stage together! So far they have played at Birmingham LG Arena, Manchester Arena, London Wembley Arena, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena... They still have a few, and we stress a few tickets left for both Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on 16 November and Liverpool Echo Arena on 17 November 2012. All the others have been packed out, so this is your very last chance to get a ticket.

For tickets:-

Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Friday, 16 November 2012. Tickets:- £38.50 and can be obtained by calling the Box Office on:- 0114 2 565656 or visiting:-

The last stop on the tour and our local vunue is the amazing Liverpool Arena, on Saturday, 17 November 2012. Tickets are:- £38.50 and the Box Office can be contacted on:- 0844 8000 400. Youc an also book online via:-

eSafety Officers at Runshaw

2nd year students from the Foundation Degree in Computer Technology course have been running a helpdesk at the Euxton Lane campus giving advice to students and staff on the increasingly important issue of eSafety. The students were available to offer free advice and answer any queries related to eSafety such as using social networking sites, trojans, viruses, phishing attacks, spyware and buying goods on the internet.

Computer Technology tutor Vanessa Craig commented:- "With Christmas just around the corner many of us will be avoiding the crowds and choosing to shop online, so it is really important for people to find out how to use the internet safely. The students are doing a really good job of helping out their peers and the college staff with their eSafety enquiries. The service has helped students become more confident and complemented their coursework."

Some top tips for eSafety:-

► Choose strong passwords of at least eight characters, with a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and keyboard symbols.

► Don't reveal personal information on social network sites and check your privacy settings regularly as these can change.

► Avoid bogus online sites by using ones that you know, or have been recommended by friends.

► Paying by credit card can give you extra security when you make purchases online.

► Make sure you have up-to-date internet security software installed.

If you have children keep an eye on their internet use and be aware of issues such as cyberbullying, grooming and inappropriate websites.

For more information on eSafety go to:-

Afternoon of Christmas Baking with Southport Bake-Off winner Alexandra Fisher

THE Southport based business, In-Toto Kitchens, is due to hold an afternoon of Christmas Baking with Alexandra Fisher, the winner of Southport's 2012 Bake Off. The event will include baking demonstrations of a range of Christmas treats and tastings and will be held on Thursday, 6 December 2012, at the showroom on Eastbank Street. The afternoon will kick off with mulled wine and mince pies. Alex impressed the judges of the Southport Bake-Off this summer when she baked and devised delicious and stunning cakes on the themes 'Southport' and 'Jubilee'. She now runs her own business – Truly Scrumptious. In-Toto owner Jane Miller told us:- "Alex and I decided we wanted to do something together when we met at the Southport Food Festival. There is such a high level of interest in baking at the moment – and we have such a lovely space in which Alex can show off her skills. The event will be a must for anyone interested in baking, or who wants to pick up a few new ideas for the Christmas period." Alex will be demonstrating how to bake a range of festive treats, from a Christmas Roulade to mince pies with a twist, and also demonstrate a few of her baking and decorating tips. Drinks will be served and all items will be available to taste afterwards! The event is ticketed at a cost of £5 which will be donated to Professor Robert Winston's Genesis Research Trust. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling In-toto Southport on:- 01704 545551. Added Jane:- "We expect this event to be a sell-out as we've already had a lot of interest; so please book early to avoid disappointment!"

Drivers urged to be ready for winter weather

THE Highways Agency are encouraging people to be ready for severe weather as part of its 'Make Time for Winter' campaign.

The campaign encourages drivers to prepare for winter journeys that may be affected by poor weather.

Research by the Highways Agency shows that 49% of drivers ignore severe weather warnings, while 29% of drivers do not prepare their vehicle for winter; potentially putting themselves and others at risk.

Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said:- "Drivers need to make sure they and their vehicles are ready for severe weather. Vehicles are much more prone to break down as temperatures plummet and a routine incident or breakdown can become much more serious in severe weather. Any broken down vehicles can have a big impact on our motorways and trunk roads, making it harder for road salting vehicles and snow ploughs to operate. As well as putting the driver and passengers at risk, it takes longer to clear the roads and causes delays for everyone else. It’s important drivers take a few minutes to check their vehicles, plan their journeys, check the weather forecast and carry an emergency kit. In the most severe weather, they should even consider whether their journey is really necessary before they set out."

The Highways Agency, which operates and maintains motorways and strategic roads in England, is well prepared for ice and snow. It has over 500 winter vehicles – salt spreaders, ploughs and snow blowers – on standby at over 100 depots to help keep traffic moving. Using data from the Met Office and on-road weather stations, it is able to treat the strategic road network before road temperatures fall below freezing. To do this, it has over a quarter of a million tonnes of salt in stock.

The Agency encourages drivers to take some simple steps themselves:-

Check your vehicle – fuel and fluid levels, electrics and tyres – before setting out.

Be prepared with an emergency kit in your vehicle, including warm clothes, food, water, boots, a torch, a spade, and any regular medication.

Listen to travel bulletins on the radio.

If the weather is severe, consider whether your journey is essential or travel at a different time. In winter, the weather can change quickly so always be prepared for bad weather.

Remember that even when roads have been treated with salt, the local road layout or landscape can mean a greater risk of ice forming, such as on bends or under overhanging trees.

For more advice on being ready for severe weather, visit the 'Make Time for Winter' pages at:-

UCAS reveals Top 10 questions from university and college applicants

UCAS has shared the Top 10 questions asked by applicants searching its intuitive website; with queries about deadlines topping the chart.

Over the past year the UCAS website has received millions of hits to the intelligent search box on the homepage.

Using keywords, anyone interested in higher education can pick the question most relevant to their needs, and get instant access to the right answer.

Typing in 'deadlines' brings up the most popular question:- "What are the UCAS deadlines for applying?" The answer gives all the key dates and requirements applicants need to be aware of.

The 2nd most-asked question was:- "Which universities offer the course I'm interested in?" Students asking this are shown the link to Course Search on the UCAS website, which lets applicants search by university, course, or region.

Students interrogating the FFrequently Asked Questions, box were also interested in personal statement advice, and how to get started with Apply on the UCAS website.

Cathy Gilbert, Director of Customer Strategy at UCAS, said:- "This list shows that applicants are asking all the right questions before making their university and course choices. Students know that the UCAS website will give them the answers they need about all aspects of applying to university or college. It's especially encouraging to know that so many people want to make sure of the UCAS deadlines to get their applications in on time."

Here are the Top 10 questions answered by via the intelligent search box, along with the number of hits to that question and the answers:-

1. What are the UCAS deadlines for applying? (490,000 hits)

15 October for dentistry, medicine, veterinary science and veterinary medicine and for all courses at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.

15 January for all other courses except those above and art and design courses with a 24 March deadline.

24 March for art and design courses except those listed with a 15 January deadline.

30 June - the final deadline. All applications that we receive by this date are processed and sent to the universities and colleges [but they are not obliged to consider you]. Applications that we receive after 30 June will go directly into Clearing.

2. Which universities offer the course I'm interested in? (301,000 hits)

Use Course Search on our website to look for universities and colleges that offer the course you are interested in. You can search for courses by keyword, subject or course code, and see which universities and colleges offer the courses. You can also narrow down your search by picking only certain subjects, course levels, universities, or regions of the country.

3. How should I end my personal statement? (220,000 hits)

Try to end it with a positive statement; it could highlight your interest in the course(s) or explain how you think you will benefit from higher education. However you choose to end your personal statement, it is your final chance to impress.

4. How many UCAS Tariff points does my qualification have? (203,000 hits)

To see if your qualification will earn you Tariff points, find the qualification on our Tariff tables. Then check the grade you have obtained, and note the number of points given for the level you have achieved.

Please note, not all qualifications will give Tariff points. Please speak to the universities to ensure that they are happy to consider your particular qualification. They may make you a grades based offer instead of a Tariff based one.

5. Can I apply late? (140,000 hits)

You can submit a late application up until 30 June, but the institutions would be under no obligation to consider you. Therefore, it is advisable to get in touch with your prospective choices before applying to check what their usual policy would be for late applicants.

6. Can my personal statement be more than 4000 characters? (120,000 hits)

You cannot enter more than 4,000 characters into your personal statement, this includes lines and spaces. You also may use no more than 47 lines within your personal statement.

7. What is the UCAS Tariff and how do I work out my UCAS points? (107,000 hits)

The UCAS Tariff is a points system used to report achievement for entry to higher education in a numerical format. It shows how different types of qualifications compare and provides comparisons between applicants with different types and volumes of achievement.

To see if your qualification will earn you Tariff points, find the qualification on our Full details of our Tariff on the UCAS site.

In May 2011, UCAS announced the Board's decision to suspend the assessment of new qualifications for inclusion in the UCAS tariff whilst the Qualifications Information Review is underway.

8. Why haven't I received my letter? (98,000 hits)

If you're waiting for a letter, this can take up to a week to be received in the post after the relevant change has been made to your application. If it is being sent outside the UK, this could take up to 3 weeks.

9. Can I substitute a university choice? (91,000 hits)

You can substitute a choice within 7 days from the date printed on your original UCAS welcome letter. In Track, go to the 'choice details' page for the choice you want to change and select 'substitute choice'. This will let you change the university or college details. You can only change each choice once.

10. How do I start using Apply? (46,000 hits)

You can access Apply here or by going to:- and clicking on Apply. Click register/log in to Apply to start your application.


THE Multi-Platinum, Grammy winning artist, Alanis Morissette, is on her way to Liverpool after the release of her highly anticipated 7th studio album, called:- 'havoc and Bright Lights', this is set to be a fantastic event. Following the success of that album and a string of sold out shows in June 2012, Alanis tour of the UK is well on its way to become yet another sell out..., so get your tickets now! In a press interview she told us that:- "This event will be amazing. My album is has my emotional, psychological, social and philosophical commentary throughout and I can't wait to play it to my fans live in Liverpool!"

These are tour venues and dates:-

Wednesday, 28 November 2012, London, at the The O2, for tickets call:- 0844 856 0202

Thursday, 29 November 2012, Nottingham, at the Capital FM Arena, for tickets call:- 0843 373 3000

Friday, 30 November 2012, Liverpool, at the Echo Arena, for tickets call:- 0844 8000 400

Tickets are also available from:- and from 24hr CC Hotline:- 0844 811 0 051.




MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that 2 males have been arrested in connection with the stabbing of a 15 year old boy in Bootle on Thursday, 8 November 2012.  On 8 November 2012 Emergency services were called at around 8.45pm, to Eleanor Road, by a relative of the 15 year old, male victim. Paramedics took him to hospital with several stab wounds to his arms and back. His condition was described as serious, but stable. Sefton CID then launched an investigation. Merseyside Police on confirmed that 2 males where a 19 year old from Litherland and an 18 year old from Bootle. Both had been arrested on Saturday, 10 November 2012, on suspicion of assault and robbery. They have both since been bailed pending further enquiries. DI Jon Smith said:- "Incidents of this nature are far and few between in Sefton. We urge anyone with any information about the incident, or about who may be responsible to contact us in case it could help our investigation."  If you can help, please call Sefton CID on:- 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111. The 15 year old victim has been discharged from hospital and is reported to be recovering at home.

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