NATIONAL STUDENT RACE DAY
IN a bid to attract
students into the fun and excitement of horseracing, 6 of Britain's
best known racecourses have teamed up to host a 1st ever National
Student Raceday on Saturday, 26 October 2013.
The new initiative is being organised by Lovetheraces who hope to
attract the biggest-ever student attendance in British racing's
history. The venues involved are Aintree, Newbury, Doncaster,
Chepstow, Stratford-on-Avon and Wolverhampton; the 6 racecourses
holding race meetings around Britain on the day.
Tickets will be available via student unions and Lovetheraces.com at
a uniform entry price of just £10. Plus, Great British Racing will
be providing selected universities with free transport to their
Several universities have already signed up to promote the Day and
many others are expected to be on-board ahead of Freshers' Week. Lovetheraces will also be promoting the day to students via targeted
advertising and social media.
The raceday, which is set to take place soon after the start of the
academic year, will provide newcomers with a strong choice of Flat
and Jumps fixtures, including the Old Roan Chase Day at Aintree,
Racing Post Trophy Day at Doncaster, St Simon Stakes Day at Newbury,
the Silver Trophy Hurdle at Chepstow and competitive cards at
Stratford and Wolverhampton.
Rod Street, chief executive at Great British Racing, commented:-
"We've seen the success of student race days in Ireland and are keen
to introduce increasing numbers of young people to the delights of
British racing so our own National Student Raceday seemed the
We're particularly pleased that all 6 courses agreed to support the
Day which was chosen due to its close proximity to the start of
Students wishing to apply should visit:-
lovetheraces.com for further details. Ticket
sales are limited to a maximum of 4 tickets per booking and a valid
NUS card will be required.
KIDS IN THE
NORTH WEST GET A CREATIVE VOICE THROUGH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES
YOUNG people in the North
West of England want to create and not just use digital technology,
according to a new survey released by 'Make Things Do Stuff', a free
new website for young people to get involved with making digital
Even though only 7 per cent of 9 to 18 year olds in the North West know
how to use coding, 65% would like to learn computer programming so
that they can create gadgets. The survey additionally found that 67%
would be happy to put in that extra bit of effort to learn how to
design their own Apps, games and animation by joining an
after school computer coding club.
Steven Flower, U18 Co-ordinator at Manchester based MadLab, said:-
"It's good to see that kids are keen to learn about coding in their
free time to be able to create their own digital technologies. We're
always amazed at how quickly young people pick up and develop the
skills that they need to be able to build things like Apps, websites
and even robots. At MadLab we are keen to inspire the next
generation of talent across the region, so having a readily
available learning platform like MakeThingsDoStuff.co.uk is a great
advantage as kids can either learn from home or find about some
clubs and events in their area that they can join."
Make Things Do Stuff, led by Mozilla, Nesta and Nominet Trust, aims
to inspire and support young people who want to get into, or further
develop their experience of digital making. Digital technologies
touch every aspect of life, from socialising and business; to
controlling cars and watching the latest movies.
Through the new
website and a series of UK-wide events, Make Things Do Stuff helps
young people to explore new ways of bringing their interests to life
through making; be it fashion, sport, music or gaming.
The website gives young people the tools and support that they need
to become creators, not just users of the web and digital
technologies. The site showcases a host of digital tools, tips and
links to projects that they can get involved in, showing them how to
develop their ideas further through the creation of a website; by
designing an app; developing their own game; or building a real life
Beyond the website, there are lots of great digital making
activities being run across the UK for young people to get involved
in the Make Things Do Stuff summer of making. The possibilities of
digital-making are endless, all that is needed is a little
imagination and the tools to make those ideas a reality.
All of the Make Things Do Stuff online digital tutorials covering
Apps, animation, games, remixes, physical computing and websites are
free to use - visit:-
INFORMATION - FRAUD - LORD STREET
Police have issued a CCTV still of a man officers would like to
speak to in connection with the discovery of a device attached to an
ATM machine in Southport on Saturday, 15 June 2013.
Officers were called to an ATM on Lord Street after members of staff
had received a number of reports of cash not being dispensed. The
ATM was examined and a device was found to have been attached to the
The device has been recovered and is currently being examined by the
Officers believe the man pictured may be able to assist them with
Dedicated Neighbourhood Constable Alan Wrigg, said:- "The
general advice is if you are not happy with the ATM and feel it may
have been tampered with, then call us. We would rather come out and
investigate it than not be told and someone suffers the
consequences. People should look out if anything does not seem
right, if there are any scratches, or if the card holder / cash
dispenser is loose. They are only placed on there as a temporary
thing and if you poke or tap it a bit it can come off. We believe
the man pictured may be able to help us with our enquiries and we
would ask him or anyone who recognises him to contact us."
It is not believed this device was at that cashpoint for a long
period of time, and officers are investigating CCTV footage.
An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is
Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on:-
0151 777 3425 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.
CRACKDOWN TO PUT THE BITE ON
IRRESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP
MERSEYSIDE Police and their
partners will be carrying out an operation to tackle irresponsible
dog ownership. Officers from Merseyside Police's dog section, along
with neighbourhood officers and partner organisations, will be out
and about in Merseyside's parks and open spaces over the next 6
weeks. Officers will be meeting dog owners and other park users and
talking to them about any concerns.
The operation is in response to concerns voiced by residents and
comes following a number of incidents involving dog attacks, both in
Merseyside and other areas of the UK.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Pilling will be meet with Consultant
Plastic Surgeon Mr Christian Duncan from Alder Hey Children's
Hospital and Chief Inspector Simon Small from the RSPCA to launch
Officers will be working with the RSPCA, Local Authority Dog Wardens
and The Dogs Trust to tackle the issues of irresponsible dog
ownership and status-type dogs. There will be an opportunity for
dogs to be micro-chipped for free. Neighbourhood officers will be
carrying out spot checks in the area and officers from the dog
section will be on hand to deal with any dogs thought to be banned
under the Dangerous Dogs Act or any breaches of the legislation.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Pilling said:- "We are not
trying to demonise dogs or their owners, but we are working with our
partners to promote responsible dog ownership and to make sure that
owners are aware of the impact on the wider community of their dogs
actions. In most cases dogs become part of an owners family, and we
make no excuses for targeting those owners who use their dogs to
intimidate others, or allow their dogs to roam the streets causing
anti-social behaviour. Owners have to be aware that they may well be
held accountable for their actions under the law, and could end up
with a criminal record."
RSPCA chief inspector Simon Small said:- "The RSPCA role is
very much to promote responsible ownership, which is vital in
protecting the welfare of dogs as well as people in the area. We are
working to tackle the problems associated with over breeding and
have already microchipped more than 130 dogs, providing a link
between them and their owners."
Christian Duncan, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Alder Hey said:-
"Here at Alder Hey, we treat huge numbers of dog bite injuries every
year; during the summer it's more than one a day. While the vast
majority of these are not life threatening they can still have a
devastating impact with many children requiring surgery and most
suffering permanent scarring. These bites are from literally every
kind of dog, not just the obvious dangerous dog breeds. There is no
such dog as a safe dog where children are concerned and we therefore
urge all dog owners to act responsibly and be aware of the dangers