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Edition No. 91

Date:- 21 March 2003

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 Top Trophy for Maurice......
 
Lights, Camera, Roll VT, Action......!

"VT Rolling...."  Determined looking men move through a noir cityscape while another at a wheel of a car holds a phone conversation with sinister overtones.....  Something's in the air - but what?  
 
Well it's was all part of a brief video drama that gained a top trophy for a local moviemaker Maurice Carr.   Maurice,  who is a member of Southport Movie Makers, with his short production, Chess Peace, won the major award at the annual Mersey Ten competition that was organised by the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers.  The short was edited by anouther local man, Neil Fitzimmons, the secretary of Southport Movie Makers, adding the finnishing tutches to a production that leaves audiences asking "What's going on?".    But its smooth and competent hadling eared it high praise from the judges on ever front.  Its lighting, editing and general production values brought the comments that it was "one of the finest movies ever screened at the Mersey Ten event" 
 
Southport Movie Makers are currently enjoying a production drive with several groups busy on productions under the title of "Lights, Camera Action".  
 
The group told us that "New members are welcome and anyone interested in joining are invited to go to one of the weekly meeting, held at St James's Church Hall, Lulworth Rd. Birkdale, at 8:00 on Thursday nights."
 
CANARY WHARF GROUP SCOOPS TOP PRIZE IN EURO WEEK SAFETY AND HEALTH AWARDS

LONDON’S Canary Wharf Group has beaten all opposition finalists in the 
European week for Safety and Health Awards to be named 'Winner of Winners'.

The property management company was one of 26 organisations within the UK to 
receive national awards at Cardiff City Hall on Thursday night, for their 
campaigns to highlight workplace stress.

The national winners represent the best of the 166 regional winners who were 
presented with awards in a month ago in

February. Promoted in the UK by the Health and Safety Executive the event culminates in a series of regional 
awards, followed by the national ceremony.

Helping to present the awards was Paralympics athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson 
said, "I am delighted to be associated with the Week and I would like to 
offer my congratulations to all the winners. It's so encouraging to hear 
about the fantastic efforts made by all the participants. The workplace can 
be a hugely stressful place and anything which can reduce needless stress 
has to be a good thing."
 
Report with thanks to H&S.
 
DOUBLE TOP FOR COUNCIL

LIVERPOOL City Council is celebrating a double triumph after scooping two top awards in the local government equivalent of the Oscars.

The Council’s programme of teaching foreign languages to primary school pupils and changes in the way people are cared for in their homes were awarded gongs at the Local Government Chronicle awards at a ceremony in London last night.

The Innovation of the Year award went to the Council’s Primary Modern Languages programme. Judges said they were especially impressed with the quality of implementation of the programme across the curriculum and the way in which it is integrated with teaching in secondary schools.

The Procurement Initiative of the Year went to the Home Care Partnership Project. Judges praised the real savings and benefits delivered through this initiative. 

They said; “The manner in which the council worked with the supplier base and shaped the market is an excellent example of procurement in action. This initiative made a real difference to the community. “

Liverpool was also highly commended in three sections:- the Management Team of the Year for Liverpool Direct limited; Improving Services With E-Technology for the Telecare Project and the Personnel Team of the Year.

Councilor Mike Storey, Leader of the City Council, said:- “This is an excellent achievement and a testament to all the hard work by employees working in cooperation with our partners.”

David Henshaw, Council Chief Executive, added; “We are delighted that Liverpool is now winning national awards like this. It shows we are making real progress in improving services for the people of the city.” 
Report with thanks to Liverpool Council.

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