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Edition No. 90

Date:- 14 March 2003

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AFTER the excitement of getting the first four home in glorious sunshine and with the backdrop of Mount Fuji, the focus turned to the remainder of the fleet.

Glasgow Clipper managed to pick her way to the finish line against foul tides and a dying head wind to take fifth place. New York and Cape Town remained out in the full force of the gale, praying an expected change of wind direction. New York Skipper Sam reported enormous waves, but made better progress than they had expected.

Events on Saturday were focused on dealing with an injury. After London Clipper's Round the World crew member, Jane Black, a 30-year-old Sales Person from Wandsworth. Her fall across the cockpit in rough weather on the closing stages of the race caused her to be pulled out after receiving medical advice.

Throughout the period Glasgow Clipper was acting as an escort for London Clipper. Both yachts have now sailed and are expected to arrive at the Bayside Marina later this evening.

The points for this race remain provisional, but assuming the order are confirmed, Bristol, Hong Kong and Glasgow all move up one place, with London moving down a place and New York dropping two.

Significantly Jersey Clipper is being drawn back into the pack which will not please their skipper Simon Rowell but it does mean that the race remains wide open. In the six races we have had four different winners and with the wide competitive streak across the fleet, this number is likely to increase.
Report with thanks to Liverpool Council.
Liverpool’s alley gate team has the unlikeliest new member – an alligator.
AN 11-foot bull alligator named Alfie residing at Chester Zoo has been officially adopted by Liverpool City Council and Safer Merseyside Partnership’s alleygating team.

Community safety team manager at Liverpool City Council Alison Doherty said:-
  “Alleygates are so popular in Liverpool that we can hardly keep up with demand from people, so we were thinking of recruiting Alfie and his friends as a new method of deterring burglars from using the city’s back alleyways. 

But in the end we thought he’d be happier here in the zoo – we can always send the burglars round here for a quick ‘chat’ if we have to!”

The alleygating team decided to adopt the alligator, who they’ve named Alfie, after one of them visited the world famous zoo and read about the animal adoption programme. People can buy part shares in one of the animals, or adopt one outright.

Thirty million Bio-manufacturing Centre for Speke

A NEW National Biomanufacturing Centre at Speke as part of the biotechnology cluster development programme. 

The centre, which is of local, regional and national importance, is a ground breaking new initiative and the first of its kind anywhere in the UK, providing a major boost to Merseyside, and building on existing strengths in commercial biomanufacturing. It will focus on biotechnology business development, providing a range of services for the process development and manufacture of innovative biological medicines, including vaccines.

This project is crucial to the further development of the biotechnology and healthcare cluster in the region. And will also serve the UK at large providing advice, services and trained personnel to biotechnology businesses. 

The scheme will support University start-ups, and contribute to the Northwest Science Strategy, helping to make England’s Northwest a world leader in scientific Research and Development and consolidating its position as a premier location for biomanufacture in Europe.

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