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Publication Date:-
2020-03-09
 

Are we Coronavirus prepared?

THIS week, Southport Hospital had Coronavirus Pods installed, and other Hospitals all over the UK are also putting control measures in place. But, should we really be as worried as we are getting? Since the start of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Wuhan, most people have recovered quickly after a few days' rest, but in some cases it can be more severe and in rare cases it can kill. Because it's a new illness and health professionals do not know exactly how Coronavirus spreads from person to person, in the UK people are getting increasingly confused and worried about...

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Peel Ports pledges support for Liverpool charity

PEEL Ports has given its backing to a Liverpool charity which helps some of City's most vulnerable gain access to the financial support they are entitled to. The Hope Advice Centre was...

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New report shows support in Liverpool City Region to improve cycling on roads and reduce cars

ROSSLYN Colderley, Director of Sustrans in the North of England, with Simon O Brien, walking and cycling commissioner for Liverpool City Region (right) and Chris Boardman, walking and cycling...

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Education programme developed to tackle 'escalating' knife crime culture

2 ex-soldiers have vowed to help tackle the country's knife crime epidemic by educating young people about its devastating effects. Friends John Duff and Derry Barton, former Corporals with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, based in Preston, have launched a new initiative after being...

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North West School Chef takes the LACA School Chef of the year 2020 Crown

HOLLY Charnock from Liverpool, the 2020 North West Regional finalist, has won the national title of LACA School Chef of the Year 2020. She was voted Britain's No 1 School Chef by a panel of judges at the National Final which...

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Tickets on sale now for special film screening and Q&A with NSPCC Ambassador

LIVERPOOL is hosting a special film screening and Q&A session with NSPCC supporter, ambassador and former trustee David Tait. Tickets are on sale now for the 1 night only screening of the brutally honest and gritty...

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North West School Quiz the press regulator IMPRESS:- 'Fake news - Who can we trust?'

     

ON Wednesday, 11 March 2020, the UK Press Regulator IMPRESS will be at an event with VAMPHire.com, at the Southport Bijou Cinema, on Post Office Ave, Southport. The event starts at 7:30pm with doors opening at 6:30pm. The event will be your chance to find out more about the regulator and also learn how to spot fake news and what to do if the press get something wrong. Plus you can quiz them in the...

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Don't miss the Southport Astronomical Society's Space Quizs

THE next meeting of Southport Astronomical Society takes place on Thursday, 19 March 2020, when the society's very own Bob Mount will be hosting a fun Astro Quiz. You'll be amazed at what you already know and by the new facts you'll discover! If you want to...

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LJLA to host unique race on its Runway to raise funds for Alder Hey Children's Charity!

LJLA and Alder Hey staff practicing on the runway for the big day!

THE runway at Liverpool John Lennon Airport usually only has the rubber of aircraft tyres running along it, but on 1 night in May, it will be the rubber on the soles of the feet of around 400 runners from across the Region, that..

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UK Hot Cars and North West EV Owners Group

ON 8 March 2020, the both UK Hot Cars and North West EV Owners Group joined forces to put on a fantastic organised car display below Southport Pier, at the back of the Southport Theatre, on the banks of the Marine Lake. Despite 1 "Muppet" at the very start, according to the organisers, the day went without incident. We attended most of the event and did not see any problems. All the cars were...

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Ground condition surveys completed for new Merseyside bypass

DIGGING work to investigate ground conditions for the controversial A5036 Project to build a new bypass through Merseyside to the Port of Liverpool, has been completed according to Highways England. After recent flooding, as we...

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RNIB makes accessible books free for children in the North West of England on World Book Day

TO celebrate World Book Day, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is giving away thousands of books in braille and audio formats for children with vision impairment across the North West of England. The selection...

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Southport's Elim Pre-School Adventures

CHILDREN from Elim Pre-School had a great week visiting the local Fire Station, in Southport and celebrating World Book Day. The youngsters, between the ages of 2 and 4, loved being shown around the Fire Station and even got to climb on a fire engine and use the hose. They were amazed by...

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Arriva North West Offer Liverpool ½ Marathon Runners Free Bus Travel On Race Day
Photos with thanks to BTR Liverpool.

BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell Credit BTR Liverpool

THE 27th Annual BTR Liverpool Skyline ˝ Marathon takes place in less than 2 weeks; with over 3,000 runners gearing up for this year's race. To mark the countdown...

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Calling all apprentices and students in Liverpool

Do you have what it takes to be named the best in the UK?

WORLDSKILLS UK, the education and skills charity, is looking for talented people from across Liverpool to prove they are the UK's best. The WorldSkills UK Competitions are run in over 70 different skills across Engineering, Construction, Digital, Health and Hospitality. Putting apprentices' and students' practical skills, knowledge and employability...

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Metro Mayor Launches Town Centres Commission

Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram with the Centres Commission.

STEVE Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, has launched an independent Town Centres Commission to ensure that the City Region's Town Centres have a prosperous and sustainable long term future...

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Childline Counsellors in Liverpool help 2,929 UK children with suicidal thoughts and feelings

#KIDS_IRL Campaign

THE NSPCC has revealed, on average, 67 children a day are receiving help from its Childline service as they struggle with suicidal thoughts and feelings. In 2018/19 Childline delivered...

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Cathedral choirs among choral lineup at Prescot Festival in June

The 2020 Prescot Festival promises a feast for fans of choral music, with an impressive array of local choirs on the 10-day programme.

1st up, on Saturday 20 June, is the Prescot Festival Chorus, a:- 'Come and Sing' choir that gathers once a year and attracts 100+ singers from across the...

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Liverpool to set balanced budget

The Council will set its budget at the Town Hall

LIVERPOOL City Council is to set a balanced budget which will protect key public services...

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Ambulance communicators recognised as 'unsung heroes'

RECOGNISED for their creative campaigns and quirky social media tactics, North West Ambulance Service's (NWAS) Communications Team has been celebrated at the Unsung Hero Awards 2020. Taking place at...

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Save the date! Rail North Committee and Transport for the North Board Meeting…

THE North's leaders will next gather together as part of Transport for the North, on Thursday, 12 March 2020. in Manchester, the day after the Chancellor's 1st Budget. The meeting will see TfN Members discussing the implications of the expected:- "infrastructure..."

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North West Councils License Taxis fitted with illegal tyres

John Stone and death trap taxi

4 Councils in the North West have been exposed for issuing Licenses for Taxis fitted with illegal unmarked and unsafe part worn tyres. The discovery raises questions for passenger safety not just in the North West, but also across the United Kingdom on...

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Kappa Band plays at Bijou Cinema along with 2 Mighty Radio show hosts...

PRESENTERS of Cameron Maerevoet and Paul Robert Mullen, from:- "Live Sounds and Life Stories" on Southport's Mighty Radio, an online radio station, held a very interesting event at the Bijou Cinema, on Post Office Ave. Southport, on Friday, 6 March 2020. The 2 hosts who push the best Of North West Unsigned Musicians used a mix of video projection and live music, plus a live interview with their guest Paul Kappa, to...

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Nature project recognised for mental health benefits

(L-R) Rhoda Wilkson, Myplace Manager - Daveen Wallis, Director of Health and Wellbeing for Lancashire Wildlife Trust - David Eva, Chairman at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust - Kevin O'Hara, Business Development at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation trust

AN innovative ecotherapy project that connects people with wildlife and nature to help support their mental health has won a prestigious Regional award. The...

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Wavertree Aquatics Centre to reopen following major repairs

Splashdown: Finishing touches being made to the pool before it reopens - 50 metre pool - March 2020.

THE 50 metre pool, located at Wavertree Aquatics Centre, in Liverpool, is to reopen on Monday, 9 March 2020, following a huge repair programme costing almost...

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Puccini's Madama Butterfly heading to Southport Theatre

THE award winning producer Ellen Kent returns in Spring 2020 with the tragedy, Madama Butterfly featuring international soloists, full chorus and orchestra. Ellen...

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Masterplan to transform the epicentre of Liverpool's musical heritage approved

ON Friday, 6 March 2020, Liverpool City Council's Cabinet approved a Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) for the Cavern Quarter, including Mathew Street; home of the world famous music venues the Cavern Club; and Eric's, and nearby Williamson Square. The SRF contains a range of recommendations to help attract new investment, celebrate the current music scene and to enable the council to steer the future use of existing buildings in the area. The document aims to address..

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BBFC changes the way domestic abuse is referred to in ratings

THE British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is changing the way it highlights domestic abuse in ratings info for films and episodic content, after working with Women's Aid and Respect on new research. The research, which focused on both female and male survivors of domestic abuse, experts and the general public, showed that the BBFC is getting it right when it comes to classification decisions in both films and episodic content featuring domestic abuse. The regulator already takes....

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Small businesses in Liverpool City Region given guidance to minimise potential disruption from Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak

THE Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has issued advice to small businesses and FSB members about the novel Coronavirus COVID-19, alongside benefits and services that will help small businesses to prepare for any disruption from an outbreak of COVID-19 novel Coronavirus. FSB Merseyside and Cheshire Area Leader for Liverpool City Region..

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Norman Wallis has announced his ambitious plans for Pleasureland

THE owner of Pleasureland in Southport, and self professed tourism and attractions expert Norman Wallis, has announced his ambitious plans for the park's future, responded to the latest high street retail blow for the Town by publicly revealing his plan to help the Town grow and flourish. BHS, Debenhams and Beales may be leaving the Town's retail mix, but there is no reason the buildings they occupied can't contribute when it comes to creating a new vibrancy for the Town that will...

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Worry over National Living Wage and Social Care Prevision

THE UK Government announced on 31 December 2019 that the National Living Wage for over 25 year olds is to increase from ₤8.21 to ₤8.72 on 1 April 2020, that is a 6.2% from the current level.  This sounds good, but this increase will cost Council's an extra ₤220 million this year; this is to cover increased contract costs to Home Care and Residential Care providers.  If every Social Care Authority uses the 2% Council Tax Social Care precept this year they will raise around ₤570 million for Social Care Services. This...

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An evening and screening with writer Andy Briggs

THIS is footage of the fantastic story writer Andy Briggs doing a talk about his role in the film:- 'Crowhurst' at the Southport Bijou Cinema, on 1 March 2020. Andy is a well know author, with his books being available worldwide. He also works with both film and TV companies, like:- BBC, Syfy, Netflix, ITV Sci-fi Channel, BKN Kids, Disney XD and Amazon, but is working on his...

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Blind people from Merseyside invited to influence change

THE SLC is holding its VI Forums, on Friday, 13 March 2020, in Liverpool, where people who are bind or partially sighted can share what challenges they face and discuss what improvements could be made. Iain Mitchell, Engagement Manager for Merseyside Sight Loss Council...

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Windrush Day 2020 launches with ₤500K for communities

COMMUNITIES across the country will share ₤500,000 to host events marking the 2nd national Windrush Day, was confirmed on Thursday, 5 March 2020 by the Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP. The nation will pay tribute to the outstanding and ongoing contribution of the Windrush...

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