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Weekly News Edition
Publication Date:-
2018-12-22
 

Happy Christmas to all our readers!
Don't forget our Santa Cam will be live from 2pm on 24 December to 25 December 2018


The 2018 Queenscourt Hospice Santa Sprint!

THE Queenscourt Hospice Santa Sprint is an annual event, now in its 9th year, that sees a sea of red, moving around the historic seafront, on Sunday, 16 December 2018. Getting ready for 2019's 10th year, they introduced a new 5K course on top of the 3K course, for participants to run or walk around. Some of those included people suffering from cancer and other health related issues, but despite the cold...

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Topping out marks a major student accommodation project in Liverpool

Dominic Trainor of McAleer & Rushe and Gary McIlwraith of Unite Students

HORIZON Heights, a landmark student accommodation project, located opposite Liverpool's Lime Street Station, was the venue for a topping out ceremony to celebrate the final piece of structure being installed on the site...

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Lost Liverpudlian ocean instrument found after 5 years at sea

AFTER going missing on Christmas Day 5 years ago, deep ocean measuring equipment developed at the National Oceanography Centre...

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New pedestrian bridges on the way

A series of pedestrian bridges connecting Liverpool's Royal Albert Dock to the City's Pier Head have taken a step closer.  Liverpool City Council's cabinet have approved for legal negotiations to be carried out on land ownership which would pave the way 4 new...

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Kit shipped to Grenada's fire service

Kim Antoine

FIRE crews on the Caribbean island of Grenada will be better equipped this Christmas, thanks to a donation spearheaded...

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North West Ambulance Service have launched charity to support staff and save lives

THE North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) have officially launched its charity, which will raise money to support emergency service staff and local communities...

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Local 17 year old waiters steals TV show over Cherly Cole!

A 17 year old part time waitress and performing arts student, from the Wirral, has landed her big break singing on prime time national TV when she appeared on Michael McIntyre's BAFTA...

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Students from PQA Southport enjoyed performing with ITV X-Factor at Blackpool Tower Ballroom

STUDENTS, aged 4 to 16, from Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts (PQA) Southport, were invited to perform with the multi platinum selling...

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Calderstones Song Goes Viral

ON 14 February 2018, Liverpool City Council's planning committee voted in favour of an application to build 51 luxury homes on part of the Calderstones / Harthill Estate. According to campaigners, the development of the 12.9 acres, would see 1 of Liverpool's most loved parks being...

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Did you see the Formby Carol Wagon 2018

THE Formby Carol Wagon has been touring Formby again as Rotarians and Santa to bring festive cheer to the Village and collect for local charities along the way. The Formby Carol Wagon converted 1960's Electric Milk Float...

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Brexit Health Alliance says:- "a 'no deal' Brexit will force the NHS and social care system into an emergency planning mode..."

THE Brexit Health Alliance has been set up to complement the work of the Cavendish Coalition, which is concerned with the staffing and workforce implications in health and social care of the UK leaving the EU. It brings together the:- NHS, medical...

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North West confidence remains robust as UK average falls

THE latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking found that, while overall confidence across the country fell 7 points during December, the North West's figures remained robust. Companies in the region report steady confidence in their business prospects at 27% and economic optimism...

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Sir John Timpson has called for a:- "Locally driven approach to high streets."

THE Town Centres Expert Panel has called for a community focused approach to tackling the challenges facing high streets and Town Centres in a new report published, on 20 December 2018. The Government appointed panel made up representatives from the retail, property and design sectors has published practical recommendations to reinvigorate Town Centres by creating...

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Liverpool lawyer and life long Everton fan receives the '50 not out' award

Laurence Lee (left) receives his award from Professor Frank Joseph...

A well known Liverpool lawyer and lifelong Everton fan Laurence Lee has just been presented with a special award to mark his 50 year battle with diabetes. Laurence was presented with the Alan Nabarro Medal at a special ceremony held in Spire Liverpool Hospital. Alan Nabarro waged a lifelong...

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Local Charity provides 1000 beds for the homeless

MERSEYSIDE based charity, Green Pastures reached a total of 1,000 bed spaces providing homes and holistic care for homeless and vulnerable people across the UK. Green Pastures have been...

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Liverpool care company wins national recognition

HOME Instead Senior Care Liverpool Central and North, a CQC outstanding rated care company specialising in providing care to people in their own homes, has been honoured with an award acknowledging the extraordinarily high rate of employee...

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Daily Mile all set to get Primary School pupils moving in 2019

SPORT England announced they have committed ₤1.5 million of National Lottery funding to support The Daily Mile™, the ground breaking fitness initiative that aims to get children fit for life. MSP, who are the strategic organisation...

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Poorly boy from Southport returns from dream Disney World holiday

7 year old, Alex Mezbourian, from Southport, has just returned home from a once in a lifetime holiday, to Disney World, Florida, long with his mum and dad, on Tuesday, 11 December, 2018. The dream holiday was funded and operated by Caudwell Children...

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LJLA expects busy Christmas and New Year 'getaway' once again

LIVERPOOL John Lennon Airport (LJLA) is gearing up once again for the traditional Christmas and New Year 'getaway,' with over 140,000 passengers expected to pass through the Airport over the festive and New Year holiday period. Passenger numbers have been...

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Deliveries bring seasonal joy to families in need

A Liverpool community has Christmas signed, sealed and delivered after making sure children and families in need get something special this festive season. In recent days, big hearted volunteers in Cressington have been putting together special hampers that will help families and individuals over the Christmas period. The project has been co-ordinated by staff from Liverpool's Commutual...

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Lookers CEO raises record total for motor charity Ben

NATIONAL motor retailer Lookers has raised a monumental ₤215,755 for automotive charity Ben through the annual Industry Leader Challenge.  The total is the biggest reached in the 3 year history of the challenge, which is given by Ben each year to a business...

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Warning fake TV Licence demand emails

WE have received a number of reports about an email going around that claims to be about your TV License. The email says that your payment could not be automatically renewed, with the subject line:- "Your TV Licence Number is: 5690839049 - Oops! Something Went Wrong..."

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Paddy Ashdown has died aged 77

WE have had the very sad news that Paddy Ashdown, has died aged 77, after a battle with bladder cancer, on 22 December 2018. He was 1st leader of the then newly formed Liberal Democrats. Our Editor has made a unusual statement on...

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The Force Awakens at Spaceport as new set of Sci-Fi Icons are unveiled

COMING to a galaxy near you this winter… 13 new characters, including:- BB-8 and Rey from Star Wars blockbuster:- 'The Force Awakens' and 'The Last Jedi.' Plus Chirrut Imwe and Jyn Erso from box office smash:- 'Rogue One.'  This, interactive...

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Government announces methaldehyde ban

THE Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced on 19 December 2018, that a restriction will be placed on a popular pesticide, methaldehyde, which is used to control slugs on food crops and in gardens. The ban on the outdoor use of metaldehyde, is to be introduced across Great Britain from...

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Green watchdog will support farmers to care for the environment, says CLA

A new green watchdog to hold the Government to account will help to prevent damage to the environment through Brexit and beyond by supporting farmers to care for the countryside, according to the CLA. Defra published draft clauses...

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Why is the ICO's website offline again?

SELDOM does a week go by without a major data breach being reported in recent years. This year alone, we can refer to the NHS issues, TalkTalk being hacked and even Facebook. Sadly, organisations of all sizes continue to struggle to secure their valuable data against an ever growing range of threats online and offline this year, including charities like the Make A Wish Foundation and...

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RMT confirms raft of new strike dates on Northern Rail in fight over guards and rail safety as members gear up for more strikes

THE RMT have confirmed a raft of new strike dates on Arriva Rail North, over attacks on the role of the safety critical guard and the extension of Driver Only...

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Don't forget to log on to our Santa Watch Webcam...

IF you are unaware of the Santa Watch webcam, we will be running this child safe webcam from around 2pm, GMT, on Christmas Eve (Monday, 24 December 2018) until 8pm Christmas Day. Please put this address into your...

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Metro Mayor vows to bring politics to the people

STEVE Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, is to hold a new series of informal public meetings as a way of bringing politics to the people of the Liverpool City Region in 2019. The new series of Speak to Steve events will be held across the City Region with the aim of reaching people where they might not expect to have the chance to question a senior politician; from:- work canteens, doctor's surgeries, libraries, Schools and even the local pub! Steve Rotheram said:- "Too often people tell me that they feel disconnected from politics and the decisions that affect their lives...."

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CLA reaction to the Immigration White Paper

ON 19 December 2018 the UK Government published plans to control immigration post-Brexit by introducing a minimum salary threshold and skills based points system for access to UK jobs. The CLA which represents 30,000 landowners, farmers and rural businesses has reacted to the plans calling for urgent provision of workers across the rural economy.

In reaction to the plans, the CLA President Tim Breitmeyer said:- "A secure and sufficient supply of migrant labour is vital to rural businesses once the..."

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Free 30 hour childcare take up success

THERE has been a huge increase in the take up of 30 hour free childcare in Liverpool. The latest Government data shows the percentage of children aged 3 and over in the City taking up their application has risen from 70% to 93% since the summer, meaning 2,040 youngsters are benefiting. It follows a drive by the City Council to increase take up of the entitlement, which is for working households where parents earn a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours and less than ₤100,000 per year. The entitlement...

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New year strike threat at Hugh Baird College in row over pay

MEMBERS of the University and College Union (UCU) at Hugh Baird College have voted for industrial action in a row over pay. All staff (100%) polled said they backed strikes.  Staff at the College look set to join a 2nd wave of strikes at Colleges in England in the new year. 6 Colleges took part in the 1st wave in November 2018. UCU members at 9 other Colleges, as well as at Hugh Baird, have backed strikes in ballots that closed on 19 December 2018. The Union said it will be meeting as...

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Applying to University for 2019? Better get your skates on - deadline is 15 January 2019!

AS most Schools and Colleges break up this week it's important for students to use this time wisely if they still haven't applied to University; the deadline is 15th January for starting in 2019.  Studying a degree is a significant commitment and it's a big decision, make sure you get as much information as possible over the Christmas break, in order to help you make the right decision. Applying to University can be daunting, and if you've...

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Improve wellbeing and reduce social isolation through volunteering in 2019

NATIONAL reading charity Beanstalk is urging more people to consider becoming a reading helper in 2019 to not only help transform the lives of children who struggle with reading, but also to discover how being a volunteer can positively change their own lives and significantly improve wellbeing. According to the latest feedback received by over 1,200 Beanstalk volunteers, being a reading helper in 2017 to 2018 has..

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