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Issue:- 09 January 2013

BBC Stargazing Live to feature UCLan Sun project

A project that turned Lancashire into the Centre of our solar system has been feature in the BBC programme Stargazing Live after it caught the attention of the show's producers.  The University of Central Lancashire's (UCLan) Sun at Night installation took one year's worth of footage of The Sun and condensed it into a 30 minute film that slowly rotated around a large cylindrical projection screen accompanied by an appropriately deep and sinister soundtrack. Now the installation, which was originally set up in Preston's covered market for 2 nights back in November 2013, was showcased at Royal Holloway, University of London, as part of the BBC's Stargazing Live that ran over 7 January 2014 to 9 January 2014.  Stargazing Live, was presented by Dr Brian Cox and Dara Ó Briain, and was broadcast Live, from Jodrell Bank, with cameras ventured into to the Royal Holloway.  Artists David Henkel and Dan Wilkinson created the installation. David said:- "The Preston event got a great reaction and we attracted over 300 people. We're were really excited to take the Sun at Night on the road and share it with a wider audience."  The installation explores our relationship with the Sun and creatively disseminates the research of UCLan's Solar Physics group utilising the stunning images taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.  The project was funded by UCLan and Arts Council England. Last year UCLan played an integral part in capturing the highest ever resolution images of the Sun in partnership with NASA and the Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.  The project saw the brand new Hi-C telescope was launched by NASA scientists on 11 July 2013, from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The mission had just 620 seconds for its flight but in that time scientists observed the fundamental structures of the Sun for the 1st time.

New lease of life for Liverpool golf courses

A report to the Mayor's Cabinet to be shown Friday, 10 January 2014, recommends that the City Council enter into a 25 year arrangement with Formby Hall Golf Club plc to operate the links at North Liverpool, and Allerton. Golf course with Glendale Golf Limited.  It will wipe out an overspend and subsidy which is estimated to total £339,000 this financial year alone; saving the City around £1.7m over the next 5 years. The Council has insisted that the incoming commercial partners must continue to provide affordable and accessible 'pay and play' golf. Also that Formby Hall Golf Club plc. will also be encouraged to invest in the courses through upgrades and appropriate additional facilities to attract customers.  Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "This is a really good deal for the City Council. It will not just save money, but it will also secure the future of 2 long standing sports facilities. We can no longer afford to subsidise the courses to the tune of almost £5 per round, but we know how much they are appreciated by the people who use them. That is why we have worked extremely hard over the last few months to put together a deal that satisfies everyone. This proposal will make sure that they continue to operate at a price that is affordable to users and receive investment to make them sustainable in the long term. Although we are having to make tough decisions due to the severe cuts in central Government funding, we are determined to do all we can to make sure that we find alternative and innovative ways of securing the future of well-loved community facilities."  Due to the nature of the arrangement, the law requires that the Council advertise the initiative as a disposal of a facility. However the site will retain the same use and remain in the ownership of the Council.

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