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2019-02-01
 

Western Australian Parliamentary Committee visits Southport to see a local GP

AN estimated 1 million Australian adults (5%) had Type 2 Diabetes from 2014 to 2015, according to self reported data from the ABS 2014 to 2015 National Health Survey1. Whilst Australia has begun to develop strategies for diabetes prevention programs, further efforts are required and, as noted by the UN, the role of the Government in developing a multi sectored approach to prevention is essential.

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Maggie's Merseyside celebrates Maggie's Kitchen Table Day

CANCER charity Maggie's Merseyside is encouraging friends, families and colleagues to gather around their kitchen table and fundraise on 29 March. Hundreds of Kitchen Table Days will be held nationwide, all raising money...

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Liverpool scores unique Rugby League World Cup hat trick

LIVERPOOL to host all 3 formats of England's history making Rugby League World Cup in 2021. World Cup venue:- England's James Simpson and Official Ambassador for RLWC 2021 outside Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena; venue of tournament's Wheelchair Final...

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Funding of up to ₤20,000 available to local charities

LOCAL charities and good causes are being encouraged to apply for funding of over ₤3million that has been raised by the players of People's Postcode Lottery. Applications are open from 6 February until 20 February, where a whole host of good causes...

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Merseyrail Network leads the way on accessibility as work starts on Meols Station lifts

WORK is starting to install passenger lifts at Meols Station; helping continue the work to make the Merseyrail Network 1 of the most accessible in the country. The ₤2.2 million project, which...

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RMT calls for Northern to be stripped of franchise as basket case outfit hits rock bottom on passenger satisfaction

RAIL Union RMT has called for the basket case Arriva Rail outfit to be stripped of the Northern franchise, with the routes returned to public ownership, as passenger satisfaction statistics have now showed that the operator has hit the relegation zone in the latest league tables, with only...

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Green light on clearing works for key City Centre scheme

PALL Mall proposal:- How remediation site at Pall Mall, in Liverpool's Commercial District, would look with new green square. A ₤4.2m plan to clear land for a potential ₤200m Grade A Office scheme in Liverpool City Centre has been given the green...

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Hugh Baird College number 1 further education college for A-Level performance

A Government table places Hugh Baird College as the number 1 further education college for A-Level performance in the Liverpool City Region. Hugh Baird College has been ranked in the top 10% of colleges in England for A-Level performance in league tables...

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Sefton Schools championing mental health sought for new award

THE prestigious Educate Awards are returning for 2019 with a new category for mental health and wellbeing. Founded by Kim O'Brien in 2012, the awards are the...

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LIVERPOOL City Region's campaign for high speed rail links has reached a major milestone with the publication of a ₤70 billion plan to transform the North's transport infrastructure over the next 30 years. Transport for the North's Strategic Transport Plan (STP) and Investment Programme, that was published, on Thursday, 31 January 2019, sets out a commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) connecting the Liverpool City Region to HS2 via a new twin track line between Liverpool and Manchester, and then on to other Northern Cities....

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Transport for the North set out ₤70 billion blueprint to transform the North's economy

TRANSPORT for the North has today set out an ambitious vision for the future of the North's economy, unveiling draft proposals for Northern infrastructure for the next 30 years. The Strategic...

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Morrisons makes a Soup-er donation to local charity!

THE Morrisons Foundation was delighted to donate ₤600 to Southport Soup Kitchen, a charity caring for the local vulnerable community by providing warm...

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Author alumna donates ASC books

A former Edge Hill University student has donated copies of her books to support future teachers in their understanding of children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). Lynn McCann, has specialised in SEN (Special Educational Needs) since  graduating in 1990 with a Teaching Degree and has worked in...

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Wilderness Wharf - a family resort on the doorstep of Gulliver's World

PLANS for a brand new leisure development have been submitted for Gulliver's World in Warrington. The family business, which has been running for over 40 years has seen great success, and rapid expansion- recently starting work to construct their 4th Theme Park Resort, which is located...

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Almost ½ of couples in Southport want to file for a 'sleep divorce'

SOMETIMES 2 things really are better than 1; 2 heads to solve a problem, 2 coffees in the morning for maximum waking up efficiency, and always 2 helpings of dessert. And goodness only knows that some lucky households across the UK are blessed with a spare bedroom. For those who aren't, Soap Supplier, the UK's leading supplier of soap making...

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Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Ltd. Announce New Beatles Film

APPLE Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Ltd. are proud to announce an exciting new collaboration between The Beatles and the acclaimed Academy Award winning Director Sir Peter Jackson. The new film will be based around 55 hours of never released...

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Liverpool City Region Unveils Winning Design of New Borough of Culture Logo

THE winner of a competition to design the official logo for Liverpool City Region's Borough of Culture initiative has been revealed as Leigh D'Arcy. The competition to design a logo or image to represent the Borough...

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'Orchestra dell'Arte' 6strings, 5 birds and a symphony, from Southport to Liverpool

NOW in its 5th season, the Cake and Classical lunchtime concerts at the Atkinson Centre in Lord Street have become a real institution. The series features a great variety of music and a host of amazing performers. Attendees are regaled not only with fantastic music, but also with a gigantic piece of cake and tea...

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New phase of ₤22m dual carriageway in North Liverpool to begin

FROM Monday, 4 February 2019, will see the closure of the Liverpool City Centre bound lane, on Great Howard Street (A565) as a new phase starts in the creation of a ₤22m dual carriageway into Liverpool, for up to 4 weeks. The inbound (City Centre bound) closure will come into effect from 9.30am between Blackstone Street and Leeds Street to allow...

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'Writing on the Wall' awarded ₤239,000 to deliver Super Heroes Project

 

LIVERPOOL'S 'Writing on the Wall' (WoW) are thrilled to announce they have been successfully awarded ₤239,000 by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation to expand our hugely successful Super Heroes:- Words are our Power project in Schools in Merseyside...

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Search is on for inspiring women

DO you know an inspirational woman? Nominations are now open for the Region's longest-running awards celebrating women doing great work in all areas of society. The Inspiring Women Awards have been running for almost 30 years and recognise role models in business and the community in the North West and North Wales who have excelled...

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New City artworks celebrate Chinese New Year

FROM Friday, 1 February 2019, huge images of the 12 animals which make up the Chinese zodiac will appear on walls or in shop windows in the days leading up to the main celebrations, on Sunday, 10 February 2019.  Designed by local artist Cherie Grist, the locations of the:- ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig are being kept under wraps until they are all unveiled. However, Cherie has revealed the rat will...

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Liverpool Lime Street named UK's favourite Train Station

LIVERPOOL Lime Street has been named as the UK's favourite train Station, with a customer satisfaction rating of 94% according to the latest twice yearly National Rail Passenger Survey that has recently been published. Lime Street narrowly beat iconic Stations, such as:- London's St Pancras (93.6%), King's Cross (92.9%) and Paddington (86%).  Over the last few years Lime Street has undergone a multi million pound upgrade as part of the wider Great North Rail Project; an ongoing industry team effort to radically improve rail travel for customers across the North.

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Liverpool's top entertainment venue is now the M&S Bank Arena

THE M&S Bank Arena Liverpool rebrand has been unveiled after M&S Bank became the official naming partner of the City's number 1 venue for entertainment. Sue Fox, CEO of M&S Bank, said:- "It's absolutely fantastic to start 2019 with the launch of the M&S Bank Arena; we're..."

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Sugar tax to boost mental and physical activity in Schools

SCHOOLS in Liverpool are to get more than ½ a million pounds to spend on improving physical and mental health; funded by the sugar tax. The Council has received ₤271,436 of Healthy Pupils Capital Fund money from the soft drinks levy which will benefit more...

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Kirkdale Takeaway owner fined ₤3,500 for food safety breaches

Inspection evidence - Mouse droppings found on site in the food establishment on 24 October 2017, at 12:53.

A takeaway owner, on Orwell Road, Kirkdale, Mr Tee Man Yung, has been fined nearly ₤3,500, including costs to the Council and a victim surcharge, after pleading guilty to 8 food and hygiene breaches.  Liverpool The Magistrates Court was told that on 24 October 2017, Environmental Health Officers, from Liverpool City Council, carried out an...

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Robbie the Robot becomes soap fan after watching Emmerdale to learn about dementia

EDGE Hill University's robot, Robbie, has become a soap fan after watching episodes of Emmerdale to learn about dementia. Robbie has watched over 13 episodes of the popular soap featuring the storyline...

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Progress in reducing rough sleeping in Liverpool

THE official Government figures that were released, on 31 January 2019, have shown that just 15 people were found to be sleeping on the streets, in Liverpool City Centre, on 23 November 2018, the night of the annual rough sleeper Count. This compares with 33 people who were sleeping on the streets during the previous year's Count. That's a drop of 53%. All local authorities are required to do a head Count or estimate of rough sleeping in their area by the...

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City traffic enforcement reduces congestion by more than a

A resourceful approach to traffic enforcement during the busy Christmas period helped keep Liverpool City Centre moving and saw congestion causing incidents fall by more than a ⅓ (38%) compared with the same period the previous year. The joint operation by Merseytravel, Stagecoach and Arriva buses, Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police...

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Usdaw welcomes Parliamentary support for union recognition at Boohoo

SHOPWORKERS' trade union Usdaw has welcomed the cross party MPs' report into fashion industry sustainability, which has recommended that online clothes retailer Boohoo recognises Usdaw as the union for their staff.  The report from the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee concluded:- "We recommend that Boohoo engage with Usdaw as a priority and recognise unions for its workers."  Usdaw has run a sustained campaign for recognition at Boohoo, so that the union can fully represent members, but the company has so far declined to engage. Usdaw activists...

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½ of young drivers admit to being in a car with someone not belted up

½ of drivers aged 18 to 24 admit to being in a car with someone not belted up in the past year, according to new research by Brake, the road safety charity. Young drivers are nearly 3 times more likely to be in a car with someone who isn't belted up compared to all drivers and more than 8 times more likely than drivers over 65. These findings come from a survey of 2,000 drivers, commissioned by Brake and launched on the anniversary of seat belt wearing 1st being made mandatory in the UK, 36 years ago 31 January 1983. These findings follow on from statistics released...

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Charity training for struggling small charities in Liverpool

THE Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), a provider of free and heavily subsidised support and training for small charities, is coming to the Gateway Conference Centre on London Road to help support Liverpool's small charities who need support to remain afloat. Research by The FSI has shown small charities in Liverpool are feeling the crunch of government spending cuts whilst a staggering 68% have experienced a rise in demand for their services in the same period. Liverpool's volunteers are out in force to support these small charities however, with numbers of volunteers in the City rising by 49%. To support...

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Over 21 million people at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning this winter

AS temperatures drop and people turn up their heating, new research from Energy UK's 'CO Be Alarmed!' campaign reveals that 1 in 3 Britons; over 21 million people; are at risk from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning as they don't have a CO alarm in their home; despite 9 in 10 (94%) saying they are aware of the risk. The research also reveals that the people of Liverpool are most at risk, with almost ˝ (47%) saying they did not have a life saving CO alarm. Norwich, Manchester and Leeds are also among the Top 10 Cities most at risk with over 40% saying they don't have a...

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PAPYRUS partners with Radio City Talk to highlight child mental health

ON Monday, 4 February 2019, the national charity PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide) is joining Radio City in a 4 hour show, that will run from 11am to 3pm, to mark the start of Children's Mental Health Week. The dramatic backdrop will feature 226 pairs of school shoes on the steps of St George's Hall, representing the number of schoolchildren who lost their lives in 2017. The day also marks the 100th episode of Radio City Presenter, Mick Coyle's Mental Health Monday Show. A range of guests will feature, including parents bereaved by the suicide of a school age...

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Bold plans announced as Chief Fire Officer bites back against austerity

THIS REPORT INCLUDES PHONE INTERVIEW AUDIO...

THE Fire Brigades Union has won its fight to maintain night time fire cover at 2 Stations, and has increased the number of fire engines in the Region from 26 to 30. The locally run campaign opposed cuts proposed by the fire authority to remove night time fire cover, and achieved widespread political and public support.

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Relate seeks to increase understanding about domestic abuse and coercive control

A national conference focusing on covert domestic abuse is taking place in Liverpool this March. Conference on Coercive Control was founded in 2015 by Suffolk, based survivor and campaigner Min Grob who, having left a coercive and controlling relationship, realised there was very little understanding of coercive control because the abusers are extremely good at portraying themselves as upstanding citizens who are often described, by outsiders, as pillars of the community who will do anything for a neighbour or friend. There have been 5 national conferences...

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More than ½ of millennials in North West can't afford the deposit to buy their 1st home

BUYING a house is a top life goal for millennials in the North West (47%), but 51% say they can't afford a deposit, according to new research from Lloyds Bank. Meanwhile, 40% of parents in the Region with millennial aged children would like to help financially, but worry they'll need the money later in life. The research comes as Lloyds Bank launches a new way for families to help their children onto the property ladder while still earning market leading interest on their savings. Its new Lend a Hand...

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