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Edition No. 113

Date:- 23 August 2003

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The Second Anniversary of the 11 of the 11

A DELEGATION from Liverpool will travel to New York to present the city with the Freedom scrolls just days before the second anniversary of September 11.
The delegation, led by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Ron Gould, will present the scrolls to New York officials in a special ceremony. The official Freedom ceremony comes almost two years after Liverpool granted New York the Freedom of the city.
During the ceremony, in Strawberry Fields, Central Park on Thursday 28 August, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool will unveil a bench, donated by the city of Liverpool in honour of the victims of the terrorist attacks.
Merseyside's Chief Fire Officer, Tony McGuirk will present a book of condolence to the New York Fire Service, in honour of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks.
And Merseyside Fire Fighters will play a football challenge match in Central Park against the New York Fire Department, in honour of the fire fighters who lost their lives.

"Local Cancer Centre opens its Doors"
Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology and J.K. Douglas Research Laboratories

CLATTERBRIDGE Centre for Oncology and the J.K. Douglas Research Laboratories are holding an Open Day on Saturday 13th September (11.00am - 4.00pm.) The Centre is a regional hospital, one of the largest in the country, covering cancer services in Merseyside, Wirral, Cheshire and the Isle of Man and incorporates major research facilities. The hospital and research laboratories will be open to the public with demonstrations and staff on site to talk about their work.

Work on site continues to strive to increase life expectancy and provide new and innovative treatments to fight the battle against this familiar and hated disease that affects us all. It is thought important that the public is aware of their local cancer centre and the significant amount of treatment and research conducted on site. Cancer help groups and support organisations will also be on hand to talk about their servies. The day will be augmented by a craft fair, face painting, refreshments, tombola and raffle.

For security and related reasons, we do need to monitor numbers so the public is invited to contact us for free ticket admission to the site.

Please telephone:- 0151 343 4300 for information and tickets.

Sky is the limit for council services!

LIVERPOOL City Council has become one of the first local authorities in the UK to launch its own interactive digital TV channel.
The city council's Sky TV channel hit TV screens this week, and it means residents can connect to council services and get information about council tax, housing benefits, One Stop Shops, and Liverpool Direct - from the comfort of their living rooms.
The interactive service allows people to e-mail requests to the council, fill in 'have your say' questionnaires and check out council services. 'Channel-hoppers' from all over the country can also use their remote control to find out about events in Liverpool and the city's exciting plans for Capital of Culture 2008.

Liverpool City Council has worked with the Office of e-Envoy to set up the channel, which can be accessed via Sky Interactive services. The pilot will run for the next two months, before the full channel is launched in October 2003.

The next stage of the project will offer even more interactive services for customers, and could include search facilities for local services and booking facilities. 

Sky digital has over 8 million subscribers in the UK, with more than 200,000 in Liverpool. The council aims to extend the reach of council services for thousands of Liverpool residents through the new TV channel. 
The city council's Executive Member for e-government, Councillor Chris Newby, said:- "The launch of our digital TV channel is part of our plan to place the city at the forefront of delivering services electronically. 
We are giving people more choice about how and when they access council services. People can already to contact us via our call-centre - Liverpool Direct, One Stop Shops, and over the internet, and now they can get in touch simply by switching on their TV set.

I'm delighted we're working with the government to launch this pilot, and I look forward to us developing it even further to make our services more accessible than ever."

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