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04 November 2010
MEP to address world leader!
THE Euro-MP Chris Davies travels to China on to speak at a
conference that could play a key role in shaping global policy on
climate change. The Liberal Democrat MEP will address the opening
session of the Legislators' Forum in Tianjin on behalf of the
European Parliament, together with Wu Bangguo, the chairman of
China's National Peoples' Congress, regarded as the second most
powerful man in China. Prime Minister David Cameron will also make a
live contribution by video link. China is the world’s largest
emitter of greenhouse gases and is building two new power stations
each week. The meeting is expected to help shape the country's
future policy and could affect future international agreements on
fighting climate change. Chris Davies said:- “Global warming
is affecting the entire planet, and the Chinese can see the changes
in their own country. Europe is China’s largest trading partner and
we need to act together if we are to make a difference that counts.”
Battle of the Blues
A brand new search for Britain’s best emerging Blues talent
launches on 12 October 2010 and Lancashire, Manchester and the
surrounding areas have been chosen as a potential hotbed of fresh,
unsigned, musical talent. But this is no ordinary search – it’s
being led by the Canadian province of New Brunswick, and the winning
band or artist will have the fantastic opportunity of flying to New
Brunswick and performing at the world-renowned Harvest Jazz and
Blues Festival in Fredericton in September 2011. Heats will be held
throughout the country and Merseyside and Lancashire’s heat will be
held at BJ’s Blues Club at The Hop Pocket in Chorley.
‘New Brunswick Battle of the Blues’ invites bands or
singer/songwriters to enter the first stage of the competition via
YouTube from now until 17 December 2010 and successful musicians
will be selected to perform at an exciting one night Battle of the
Bands-style heat on 29 January 2011. The regional winners will
travel to London for the final to be held on 29 March 2011 and
judged by a panel of blues greats. Regional runners up will be put
to a public vote and the public choices will also get to perform on
the London stage.
But there can only be one outright UK winner and they must prove
they can produce new and original work and they must be unsigned.
Says Lisa Gagnon, who’s organising the competition in the UK for New
Brunswick:- “The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival is looking
for new international talent to add to their line-up for 2011 and we
feel the UK has a lot to offer in the way of exceptional blues
musicians. We want to tap into the blues scene and find some real
Entries will be accepted from 12 October 2010 up until the 17
First stage entry is via YouTube and details will be
12 October 2010. So if you think you or your band can
rise to the challenge, visit the website to find out more.
Rugby League Recruitment places its first player into work
end of summer saw the launch of GPW Recruitments newest
division, Rugby League Recruitment. The new division is focussed on
organising training and work experience for current players in rugby
league to give them a head start in their career after professional
Many professional rugby players have struggled to find suitable work
when they retire from the sport. Rugby League Recruitment is set to
combat this problem by organising work placements for the players
around their training, to give them industry experience, and college
courses tailored to their needs.
The initiative has had huge coverage in the press including a
feature on Sky Sports which was aired before the recent Saints match
This week Rugby League Recruitment has placed its first player into
work. Saints centre Jon Wilkin has started an eight week placement
at Carmel College in St Helens where he will be getting a taste of
everything from teaching and lesson planning to HR and finance. Of
course it would be a crime to have a Saint star like Wilkin at the
College without him giving the Rugby team a pointer or two. So,
Wilkin will also be involved in coaching and skills training in the
Nick Burnham, Vice Principal of Carmel College made the following
comment:- "We are really delighted to be involved in a scheme
providing players with such a valuable experience whilst at the same
time giving our students inspirational input from elite sportsmen.
Jon has already made a big impact on students and staff and we hope
that his time with us will be equally rewarding for him."
Wilkin began his placement on Tuesday morning and stated:-
“I’m excited to get stuck in. The placement will allow me to gain
skills and experience that I can put on my CV to help me stand out
from other candidates when applying for work outside of rugby. I’m
also hoping that my involvement in different departments will give
we a well rounded view of how the college functions, and will give
me an idea of where I could potentially take my career after rugby.”
With more placements in the pipeline Rugby League Recruitment is set
to make a huge impact on player welfare throughout rugby league.
Mark Parish, Managing Director of GPW Recruitment, and former
student at Carmel College had the following to say:- “It’s
great to be involved with Carmel College again after so many years.
There have been some fantastic developments there since I was a
student. I’m confident that this placement will be mutually
beneficial for Wilkin and the College and I am delighted that we
were able to arrange this for them.”
Pioneering sight loss
service set for St Helens
ACTION for Blind People’s pioneering mobile Sight Loss
Information Service packed with the latest aids, equipment and
specialist advice for blind and partially sighted people will be
visiting St Helens at the kind invitation of St Helens Council.
The mobile Sight Loss Information Service, run by national charity
Action for Blind People, will open its doors to people interested in
or affected by visual impairment. Staffed by a friendly and
knowledgeable team, the mobile carries the latest technology and
gadgets to improve daily life. From vibrating bank note detectors to
talking microwaves and tin lids, staff on the unit offer impartial,
practical advice and support.
Rob Harris from Action for Blind People’s Sight Loss Information
Service said:- "Everybody is welcome to come along to visit us
on the mobile. Whether you are visually impaired or know somebody
who may be having problems with their sight, please pay us a visit
and pick up information or ask us questions. Visitors can try out a
wide range of daily living aids or the latest computer and
The service on Wednesday, 17 November 2010, will be in St Helens
Town Centre, Church Square between 10am and 4pm.
If you are unable to visit the Sight Loss Information Service but
have a query please ring RNIBs Helpline on:- 0303 123 9999 and they
will be pleased to help.
For more information on Action for Blind People’s mobile units,
please visit their
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