news stories weekly. Published online only, everyThursday.
18 April 2013
Victoria Park is
ready for the XtremeSTORM event, are you?
SOUTHPORT will be welcoming
on Saturday, 20 April 2013, hundreds of daring men and women will
tackle a gruelling race of 18 kilometres and 35 breathtaking
obstacles as the town is transformed for this once in a lifetime
sporting spectacular. This event will also see dozens of television
crews descending on the town to broadcast the event all over the
world; with a potential of over a billion people seeing it over the
next few months! The events brainchild was STORM Consultancy,
Managing Director Jonathan Cunningham MBE, a decorated ex UK Forces
Major, who had a vision to stage an event that he says will
"showcase everything that the town has to offer." From the
brave ascent of the Grade II listed pier to open water swims and
brutal battles at Hell Island, each athlete will be competing
fiercely not only against the elements, but against themselves and
brave team members. Victoria Park will be where the action explodes
right out of the gate and comes to a victorious end. This should be
quite a show to watch! Luckily if you cannot attend, the event will
be filmed by Sky Sports and British Eurosport and Discovery Channel
along with Channel 4. The main TV show though will be called
XtremeSTORM and will premier on UK TV on 12 May 2013.
But if you should go and get a chance see these courageous men and
women taking part, then do not think you can't join in some of the
fun! If you get spectator envy, but missed out on the distance
training; fancy a go on the obstacles, want to try it out and become
part of the club? Then for just £25 Victoria's Vengeance is the
beginning and end section of the full course; at just 1.5km long,
yet boasting 14 incredible obstacles contained entirely within
Victoria Park, this can't be missed - even by you! Report to Event
HQ to register and prevent losing face in front of your family and
friends. Waves begin at 2pm on Saturday, 20 April 2013.
Jonathan Cunningham told us:- "The technical build has taken 3
weeks and if you are not taking part, the Xtreme Village will also
offer something for everyone with a super charged spectator show.
Ryan Doyle and a team of professional class free-runners from
Airborn Academy will delight the audience with a UK Jam, reaching
impossible heights above the ground as they showcase the most
difficult and daring of stunts and breath-taking displays of balance
and agility over custom-built scaffolding and cars. Kids will love
joining in free running workshops and fantastic assault courses,
while parents can sit back, relax, and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere
of Xtreme Village. A host of the North West's hottest live bands and
artists, from established names to the up and comings, will take to
the stage throughout the day and evening."
If you ate taking part, do not
forget to let us know and we will give you a cheer as you head
around the course! Also let us know what you thought of the event,
by emailing us to:-
MFH - CHLOE
Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts
of Chloe Torrington, who has been missing from her home in Fairfield
since Friday, 5 April 2013. 14 year old Chloe was last seen at
around 9.15pm at a family members address in Old Swan. She is
described as white, 5ft 3ins tall, of slim build with short dark
hair. She was last seen wearing pale blue jeggings, a beige knee
length coat and white Nike Air Max trainers. Chloe is known to
frequent Liverpool City Centre and the surrounding areas. Officers
believe Chloe may be in the company of a 15 year old boy. Officers
would urge Chloe or anyone who has seen her since last Friday to
contact officers on:- 101 or Missing Persons Hotline on:- 116 000.
screenings at a Liverpool Exhibition
EXPERTS from the national
charity Deafness Research UK will be attending the Royal College of
Nursing Congress and Exhibition at The Arena and Convention Centre,
Liverpool (stand E35) between 22 April and 24 April 2013, where they
will be conducting free hearing screening for visitors.
Sponsored by the Big Lottery Fund, Deafness Research UK provides
free hearing screening and advice on ear health to businesses,
schools and exhibitions throughout the country to encourage regular
checks to make sure problems are identified and dealt with early.
Screenings take no longer than 15 minutes and up to six people can
be screened at a time with experts from Deafness Research UK on hand
to offer information and advice while reinforcing the importance of
looking after your hearing.
"1 in 6 people in the UK are affected by a hearing loss, so our free
hearing screening service is a great way to check if your hearing is
as it should be. The stigma associated with deafness means many of
us are too embarrassed to admit we cannot hear as well as we used
to. Some people wait 10 to 15 years to see a doctor. This is a
tragedy, because while there is currently no cure for deafness, if
diagnosed early enough, there is much that can be done to combat
hearing loss." said Vivienne Michael, Chief Executive of
Deafness Research UK.
The RCN Exhibition will be held at The Arena and Convention Centre,
Liverpool between 22 April to 24 April 2013, and is free to attend
for RCN members and non-members, with hearing screenings available
from Deafness Research UK on all 3 days.
Deafness Research UK has produced a free leaflet Just Diagnosed with
Hearing Loss? which is available for all. It explains in simple
language how hearing loss is diagnosed and what your options are if
you have a hearing loss.
Copies can be obtained at the show
or from Deafness Research UK by calling them via their Freephone
number:- 0808 808 2222 or via emailing:-
A North Liverpool nursery school
is chosen to become a national teaching school
A nursery school in North
Liverpool has been selected for an important new role aimed at
further raising standards. Everton Nursery School and Family Centre,
along with its 4 partner primary schools (All Saints Catholic
Primary School and Anfield Children's Centre, Barlows Primary School
and Fazakerley and Croxteth Children Centres, Our Lady Immaculate
Catholic Primary School and The Beacon C.E. Primary School) is 1 of
only 150 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in
the 3rd wave. The designation by the National College for Teaching
and Leadership entitles the school to lead the training and
professional development for staff.
The headteacher from the
successful school will now attend a formal induction at the National
College's learning and conference centre in Nottingham in April
2013. The teaching schools initiative began in 2011, marking a shift
towards school centred training and development. The programme gives
outstanding schools the freedom and autonomy to lead a group of
schools, working with other partners including at least one
university, to deliver high quality support for teachers and leaders
at all stages in their career.
Dr. Lesley Curtis (Headteacher of Everton Nursery School and Family
Centre) said:- "I am delighted for Liverpool and for Nursery
Education to be part of the National College teaching schools
programme, to share our work both locally and further afield. I am
also delighted to gain National Leader for Education (NLE) status
The National College has responsibility for the designation and
quality of the teaching schools programme, working closely with the
Department for Education (DfE), as the national network grows to 500
teaching schools by 2015.
Maggie Farrar, Executive Director at the National College, said:-
"Teaching schools like Everton Nursery School and Family Centre with
their primary school partners should be proud of their achievement
as they need to be at the top of their game to take on this role;
outstanding in their own performance and have a track record of
raising standards through school-to-school support. With some 350
teaching schools around the country we are now well on our way to
creating a self-improving school-led education system. These are the
schools that are blazing the trail by harnessessing the finest
teaching talent in the profession to drive school improvement in
innovative ways, and bring real benefits to pupils and staff.
Trainees can learn from the best teachers in action and those who
want to move up the career ladder are exposed to excellent practice
within and beyond their immediate school."
As they develop, teaching schools working with other schools and
universities will help to provide the next generation of teachers
and headteachers and support schools in challenging circumstances.
Sign up to our Daily Email
News Service by clicking
Southport and Mersey Reporter - leading the way for
We where the UK's first online only newspaper!
email addresses and information is held under the
UK's Data Protection Act.
that are taking place this