LAUNCHES CHILDREN'S SAFETY POSTER COMPETITION
NORTHERN Rail is looking
for 6 talented young artists aged 14 years and under to help create
safety posters highlighting the dangers of slips, trips and falls
around its stations.
The competition is running throughout the summer holidays giving
children the opportunity to design a poster to launch a winter
campaign to help reduce customer accidents at a time of year which
traditionally see the most number of personal accidents at stations.
Gary Stewart, Safety and Assurance Director for Northern comments:-
"The change in weather has an impact on conditions at our
stations and we would like our customers to take extra care, being
aware of potential hazards such as slippy stairs and platforms, trip
hazards, allowing extra time for their journey."
The 6 competition winners will have their designs made into
posters that will be seen by thousands of rail commuters across the
North of England, a trip to the printers to see their poster being
created, as well as receiving a Northern family rail pass and £50
worth of high street shopping vouchers.
Anyone who would like to take part should visit:-
for details; closing date for entries is:- 6 September 2013.
Consultation on licensing policy
PUBLIC consultation has started over proposals which could see
changes introduced in the way licences for some premises are
considered in a Liverpool neighbourhood.
A Cumulative Impact policy (CIP) is being considered for part of
Kensington and Fairfield.
If agreed it would mean that the Council's Licencing Policy would be
amended so there would be a presumption against granting any new
licences for off-licenses or shops which wanted to sell alcohol and
shops which applied to sell hot food and drink late at night (11pm
It would also apply to applications to increase the hours of such
existing licences or to extend such premises. However it would not
apply to on-licences premises such as pubs.
This move follows representations made by the Police, ward Councillors and housing organisations about high levels of crime and
disorder, public nuisance, street drinking, underage drinking and
anti-social behaviour in part of Kensington and Fairfield.
It is claimed that this is due partly to the high number of
off-licences and late-night refreshment premises the area.
Local Councillor Liam Robinson said:- "There is a lot of
concern in this neighbourhood about the number of off-licences and
premises open later at night for food and drink. It is being
proposed that we put limits on any future licences but we need to
know what local people think and I would urge them to let their
voices be heard on this issue."
The consultation questionnaire and supporting information is
available on the Council's
You could send a letter setting out your views addressed to the
Licensing Unit at:- Liverpool City Council Trading Standards,
Licensing and Enforcement, Community Services Municipal Buildings,
Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2DH or
setting out your views.
The deadline for the views to be received is 1 November 2013.
Letter to Editor:- "welfare benefit
"THE 2nd phase of
the national benefit cap roll-out has now begun, covering those
areas which have the highest number of affected households.
We know that many families will be anxiously awaiting the start of
this change and are understandably worried about the impact it will
have on their lives. Recent statistics from the benefit cap pilot
show that a staggering 97% of households affected have dependent
children, and 74% are lone parents. With the Government estimating
that the cap will impact 40,000 households in total, it is the most
vulnerable who could be hardest hit. It is more important than
ever that anyone affected can access financial support and advice
now. We urge anyone who is worried about their situation to carry
out a free and easy benefit check on our
website. This will help them find out if
they will be affected by the cap and whether they or someone in
their household may be entitled to any benefits which could exempt
them from the cap.
The website also features full, up to date information about the
cap, and for people that need additional support, there is a tool to
help them find an adviser in their local area.
With many people struggling to make ends meet, it is more important
than ever that everyone accesses the support they may be entitled
to." Karen Holmes,
Welfare Benefits Specialist,
Book now for parks photo
chapter has opened for Liverpool's popular parks photography
competition. The Liverpool Parks Friends Forum -a forum for
all the Friends of Parks groups in the City stages the annual
competition which shows the best of Liverpool's 70 plus parks,
gardens, recreation grounds, playgrounds and nature reserves.
This year the competition is sponsored by The Reader Organisation,
the Liverpool-based charity who make it possible for people of all
ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy and actively engage with
There are 3 categories, with special recognition given to any
entries inspired by literature:-
► Parks for All Seasons.
► Parks and People.
► Young People's competition (entries under age 16).
Shortlisted photographs will feature in a public exhibition and in
the City's 2014 Parks Calendar. Category winners will receive a
collection of books contributed by The Reader Organisation.
"We are very pleased that the Reader Organisation is
sponsoring this year's competition," said Councillor Peter
Mitchell, Mayoral Lead on Parks and Open Spaces. "This
is always a very popular competition for photographers of all types
– from beginners to those with a lot of experience, and this year
there is an extra challenge. The BBC recently featured an item
about photographing wildlife in Sefton Park in their programme,
Urban Jungle. I am convinced we have photographers in the City who
can produce better photographs than those shown on the programme;
whether it is of the wildlife or any other aspect of the parks.
So, start snapping – you cannot have a better subject than our parks
and open spaces."
The closing date for entries is 8 September 2013.
Details of the competition are
available on the Liverpool Parks
Travel Alert -
OVER 17 August and 18 August 2013, the Mersey
Tunnels will be carrying out highway repairs around the toll plaza
at the Wallasey end of the Kingsway Tunnel. Football fans planning
to travel to Anfield for the Liverpool v Stoke game (kick off 12:45)
may experience delays and should use the alternative route through
the Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel or use the Soccerbus service, the
direct bus link running from Sandhills Station to the stadium.
Devices (AND) Returns
ABANDON Normal Devices
(AND) is a dynamic festival of ground-breaking art, digital culture
and new cinema, taking place in Liverpool between 3 October to 5 October 2013,
hosted by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).
Now in its 5th year, this year's programme is an exciting foray into
current artistic and cinematic practice, focusing on artists who
make the impossible possible. Blurring the boundaries between art,
science and cultural activism, the projects showcased will render a
whole series of politically charged views that provide commentary on
issues as diverse as modern defence tactics to special effects.
This year marks a departure from the usual format of previous years
with a week long programme of ateliers; training for artists by
artists; followed by a 3 day exposition of performances, debates,
live events and more.
New to the festival programme this year will be the AND Fair on
Saturday, 5 October 2013, which will play on the format of the World Fairs
of old, inviting artists to demonstrate both the fantastical and the
primitivism of new technologies, with projects as diverse as... optical
illusions, flying machines, biological probes and computer
The 4 ateliers are:-
A focus on the future of cinema with creative technologists and new
cinema pioneers Marshmallow Laser Feast testing networks, using
animation and special effects they will be attempting to connect
cinemas across the UK.
Alchemist artist Adam Brown, known for the award winning The Great
Work of the Metal Lover (a project where he created gold), delivers
a workshop on How to make art in a toxic environment.
Critical Engineers Julian Oliver and Daniil Vasiliev run NETworkshop
where attendees can learn how to manipulate computer networks and
build a small-scale model of the own internet,
Artist and provocateur Jesse Darling decamps from the City for Our
Bodies, Our Selfies, training in performativity in the online space.
Major commissions this year include:-
In collaboration with The Arts Catalyst, the spectacular SEFT-1 is a
road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists Los Ferronautas.
Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the
vehicle functions as a research device and has already journeyed
along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador. The vehicle's
premiere UK expedition will begin in September with a month-long
canal side residency in Blackburn, where Los Ferronautas will
experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future
expeditions on waterways.
From you to me is a short film by artist Aleksandra Domanovic which
documents the history of the internet in former Yugoslavia and how a
prevailing number of internet pioneers in the former Yugoslavia were
women (female scientists), and how that balance shifted to the male
during the massive privatisation era.
In the world premiere of filmmaker and artist Mark Boulos' new
immersive video installation Echo at FACT, viewers will encounter a
'reflection' of themselves transposed within the fast-moving traffic
of an unfamiliar City. As the viewer continues to observe their doppelgänger it becomes increasingly de-synchronised, its voice an
echo and the surrounding buildings and streets, stretching, and
distorting. The work combines scientific research with innovative
camera techniques, including Hitchcock's vertigo inducing 'contra
zoom' and special effects based on the illusion 'Peppers
Ghost' to produce an unsettling personal experience. This new
commission inspires a supporting film programme and symposium. Echo
was commissioned and produced by Forma in partnership with FACT,
development and presentation supported by The Wellcome Trust and
presented as part of Abandon Normal Devices 2013.
Programme of films and screenings:-
A selection of feature length and short films that look at life on
film and the limits of the archive to obsolete technologies and
ground-breaking digital tools. The films featured in AND will range
from rarely seen early stereoscopic Soviet 3D animations to the
award winning documentary, Leviathan. A thrilling, immersive journey
that takes you deep inside the dangerous world of commercial
fishing, employing an arsenal of cameras that pass freely from film
crew to ship crew, and swoop from below sea level to astonishing
AND has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact
from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas
and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. AND 2013 film
programme has been supported by the BFI's Film Festival Fund, which
supports festivals to bring a diverse range of films to audiences
across the UK.
Artists featured in the festival include:- Marshmellow Laser Feast,
Aleksandra Domanovic, Ivan Puig Domene, Andrés Padilla Domene, Adam
Brown, Jesse Darling, Mark Boulos, Imogen Stidworthy, Julian Oliver
and Daniil Vasiliev and many more.