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The face of 2017 European Taekwon-Do (EITF) Championships
heading to Liverpool
A British teenager, James Moran, is the upcoming face
of the 2017 European Taekwon-Do (EITF) Championships, set to take place in
Liverpool, in April 2017.
Fresh faced James was chosen to be at the front of all promotional shoots for
the event that represents 1 of the fastest growing martial arts in the world,
At 16 years old, James is already the title holder of British Champion for the
2014 and 2015 UKTA and BTF Championships, London Champion 2015 and won the
bronze in last year's EITF competition.
This year, James will have the honour of representing the
country as Captain of the Junior team at the 2017 EITF Championships and is
training hard to ensure he will be at his best for the event. 'Instafamous' James, has an impressive 27,000 plus Instagram followers
who have been eagerly tracking his progress and supporting him through his day
to day training with messages of encouragement.
James said:- "I can't wait and I am absolutely
determined to make my country proud! The 2017 European ITF Championships are
going to be big, a lot bigger than people may think. Liverpool is 1 of the
greatest Cities in the world and we are all proud to be representing our country
there. I believe that the legacy the event is going to leave will be massive.
Making the decision to walk through that door to my 1st ITF training session was
the best decision I've ever made. When committing to something, the 1st step is
always the hardest part. I remember seeing a poster when I was only four and
being fascinated with the energy it projected. From then on there was no going
back and I have now been training for over 12 years. Taekwon-Do is a wonderful
sport. Not only it is great for confidence, mentally and physically, it also
teaches you that you can do anything whilst keeping a cool head. The sport
taught me never take no for an answer, if somebody says you can't do something,
then, work hard until you prove them wrong. 1 of the biggest values in Taekwon-Do
is that of respect. In Taekwon-Do you must respect everyone you meet, no matter
what grade or who they are. You are also encouraged to ask questions and be
curious. The more you put into the sport, the more you will get out."
However, being a rising Taekwon-Do champion requires
sacrifice and dedication. James trains eight times a week at his local ITF club,
Spirit Worrier Taekwon-Do and at Performance Gym in Hereford. On top of Taekwon-Do
he also implements various training methods including MMA, body building,
sprinting, boxing and rugby, which all benefit certain aspects of his training
regime. His diet too, is carefully planned and he meticulously records his
meals. "I could tell you what I have eaten every single day for the past 6
months!" said James.
The championships will take place at Liverpool's Echo Arena from 24th to 30th
April 2017, marking the 50th anniversary of Taekwon-Do in the UK. As many as
1,500 athletes from 37 Countries are expected to compete, so let's wish James
and his team the very best of luck!
Tickets are currently on sale at
online at a cost of £16.90 for a full
ticket, £9 concessions.
Eagle eyed schoolchildren set to count Merseyside's birds
TENS of thousands of School children across the UK,
including Schools throughout Merseyside, will be swapping books for binoculars
this term to take part in the UK's biggest schools wildlife survey.
The RSPB's 'Big Schools' Birdwatch 2017' takes place during the
1st ½ of the spring term and helps children discover the wonderful wildlife they
share their school grounds with, whilst providing a helpful insight into which
species are thriving or declining.
According to research conducted by the RSPB2, 1 in 5 children are disconnected
from nature. 'Big Schools' Birdwatch' aims to inspire children to
care about the natural world around them in the hope they'll want to help
protect it for future generations.
Last year almost 100,000 pupils and teachers from schools all across the UK took
part by counting the birds that visited their school grounds, and it is hoped
even more will take part this year.
Over the years, more than 70 different species have been recorded in school
grounds, ranging from starlings and house sparrows, to red kites and green
The blackbird remained the most common playground visitor in
2016, whilst starlings held onto the 2nd spot. And for the 1st time wood pigeons
made the top 3, jumping up the list from 6th position in 2015.
Since its launch in 2002, the 'Big Schools' Birdwatch' has
provided opportunities for children and teachers to learn about how to give
nature a home in their school grounds. Many schools prepare for the event in
advance by putting up feeders and nestboxes and making bird cake. Seeing and
counting the birds coming to their feeders during the 'Big Schools
Birdwatch' is the perfect reward for their efforts.
Emma Reed, RSPB Education, Families and Youth Manager in Northern England said:-
"Taking part in Big Schools Birdwatch uses just one lesson or lunchtime so it's
really easy to get involved. We hope the excitement of taking part will then
inspire children in Merseyside to get out and experience more of the wildlife
around them. With studies showing that children are becoming increasingly
disconnected from nature, a concern that is linked to poorer physical and mental
health, we want to provide young people with as many opportunities as possible
to have fun exploring the natural world around them."
'The Big Schools' Birdwatch' is the school version of the 'Big
Garden Birdwatch' the world's biggest garden wildlife survey aimed at
families and individuals. The event will take place over 3 days from 28
January to 30 January 2017 and further information can be found on the RSPB
To register to take part in the:- '2017 RSPB Big
Schools Birdwatch', all you have to do is visit:-
need to take part is available to download from the RSPB website.
Woman banned from keeping animals for life after allowing
her dogs to die painful, lingering deaths
A 23 year old woman from Liverpool has been
disqualified from keeping animals for life after she left her 2 dogs to starve
to death; in a case which was described by magistrates as 1 of the most
"horrendous cases of animal neglect" they had seen in Court.
Andrea Davies, from Cherry Lane, Walton, was sentenced at Liverpool Magistrates'
Court, on Friday, 6 January 2017, after previously pleading guilty, on 1
December 2017, to causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the needs of
her 2 male crossbreed dogs called:- Koda and Hachi.
The RSPCA arrived at her former address, in Stepney Grove, Liverpool, after
concerns were raised and found the dogs dead in the woman's kitchen. They had
been left to fend for themselves without enough food or water after the woman
failed to return to the property for a period of months.
A post mortem examination confirmed the dogs were emaciated and their bodies
were in an advanced state of decomposition. Plastic was found in Koda's stomach
while Hachi's was found to be empty. It was thought both dogs died of
dehydration or starvation.
When interviewed Davies said she had locked the dogs in the kitchen leaving them
with a bucket of water and a bag of dog biscuits. She had not asked for help or
mentioned that they were left there to anyone.
Summing up their sentencing, the magistrates said:- "This was 1 of the
most horrendous cases of neglect we have seen in this Court and no animal
deserves to die or be treated in this manner."
RSPCA inspector Helen Smith said:- "When I entered I found 90% of the
kitchen floor was covered with faeces and rubbish. Then I saw the dogs, dead. It
was heartbreaking finding these poor dogs in this awful way, they must have
endured a great deal of pain and distress as they died alone. We hope by
bringing this matter to Court we have achieved some sort of justice for Koda and
In addition to the lifetime disqualification order, Davies was sentenced to 16
weeks' custody suspended for 18 months and was ordered to attend a 20 day
rehabilitation program. In addition she will be electronically tagged for 16
weeks as part of a curfew order and she was ordered to pay £650 costs.
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