A Notice From Widnes
rights will be up for grabs once again this Boxing Day, when Widnes
Vikings go toe-to-toe against their near neighbours’ Warrington
Wolves at The Stobart Stadium Halton.
The 2010 reunion will be entitled the ‘James Edwards Land
Rover Challenge in association with Wire FM’, and it is
expected that both Denis Betts and Tony Smith will field their
strongest possible line-ups for the clash, in what will be stage one
of both clubs’ preparations for their 2011 campaigns.
From a Vikings perspective, Steve Pickersgill will be relishing the
prospect of facing his former employers for the first time, having
served the Wolves so well over the years. By the same token, Denis
Betts will also be looking forward to seeing his charges in their
first competitive action under his leadership.
Likewise, in the primrose and blue corner, England international
Richie Myler will be licking his lips in anticipation of returning
to the ground where he first made his name in the professional game,
whilst one can only presume that Tony Smith will also be eagerly
awaiting his first Widnes – Warrington derby.
Widnes Vikings Director of Rugby, Paul Cullen commented:-
“Widnes – Warrington derbies have a life of their own! We are
determined, long term, to re-establish all the rivalry that this
Themed entertainment will also contribute heavily to the day’s event
both pre-game and at half-time, with fans from both sides set to be
invited to take part in a whole host of events on and off the pitch.
Treat the one you love this Christmas to a truly special gift...
Tickets for the ‘James Edwards Land Rover Challenge in association
with Wire FM’ which will take place at the Stobart Stadium Halton on
Sunday 26 December at 3.00pm, go on sale on Wed 1 Dec and are priced
from £12 for adults and £6 for concessions / juniors.
A family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) priced at £30 can also be
purchased, and hospitality packages are available for the game,
priced at £45. Please call:- 0151 495 2250 for further details.
Tickets can be purchased at the Widnes Vikings RLFC Ticket Office,
situated at The Stobart Stadium Halton during the opening hours
which are: Monday to Friday:- 9.00am to 5.00pm
Alternatively, they are also available at the O'Neills retail
outlet, situated on Liebig Court in Widnes. Open Tuesday to
Saturday:- 9.00am to 5.00pm. Please note, cash only.
The club would like to stress that fans cannot use season tickets
for this game and must buy a ticket in advance.
“Let battle commence!”
Letters to the
Editor:- "Southport Weekender 2011"
Friends of the Southport Weekender... It's around 7 working days
since we heard that Pontins Holiday Centres had gone into
administration and we'd like to thank you for your incredible
patience in this time. 7 days isn't a long time when you consider
Pontins have 5 large sites with numerous events and customers booked
for 2011, but we've acted quickly to begin talks with the
administrators and they've made it very clear to our lawyers how
important we are to them and have stated clearly that it is their
intention to honour all holidays and existing contracts for 2011.
We're really looking forward to a very special May event. We've sold
out already with a huge waiting list. We've got some fantastic
World-class names already booked for the event and are continuing to
lock down more DJ's and artists every day. We'll be letting you know
at least a big part if not all of the line up soon. A few people
have been asking about the deadline for balances of 3 December 2010,
nothing has changed on this front. The May Weekender is full steam
ahead so please don't miss out. We've been doing these Weekenders
for 23 years now and we'd like to think we've never let you down yet
so we're not about to start now. 2011 is going to be a great year
with May's Weekender and SunceBeat2 in July to look forward to."
Alex & Dave
Liverpool protested as they marched peacefully through the city to
Liverpool Town Hall, on 24 November 2010. The protests took place
across England on the same day as the last Harrier jets took off
from the Ark Royal, to many it was a sign that the UK is cutting
costs to deep, but to others, it is a sign that we have spent over
our limits. No matter what your views, the 24 November 2010, was the
end of an era for UK. The biggest twist in our view is that the
former government is now washes it's hands of it all. Many former
students, who are now struggling to pay off student loans, can see
why students today are protesting. Back then many asked:- "How
did student funding become such an emotive subject?" and who
won the argument last time? Oddly it was the former Labour
government, who brought in student fees after they came into power
in 1997 now wash their hands of it. Students who protested back then
are now feeling déjà vu as they hear the news about university fees
yet again, and that, like in 1997, it could again bring down a Prime
Minister and a government. Back in 1997 it was Tony Blair who faced
one of his biggest rebellions over the introduction of tuition fees,
so it is strange to see it playing out again, but this time it is in
a totally different economic environment. On Merseyside, the 2,000+
students who came out to march also conducted a sit down protest at
Lime Street Station and after marching on to Liverpool Town Hall,
they then held another sit down protest. Also at Liverpool Town Hall
they were addressed by Labour councillor Nick Small. Students
chanted:- "No ifs, no buts, no to education cuts" as
they marched through the city. One student told us that:-
"This was a peaceful protest and we thank the public and the police
for their support. We hope that we got our message out, that the
government plans to increase tuition fees at English universities to
up to £9,000 is just wrong!" After the event a spokeswoman
for Merseyside Police said officers had been "committed to
facilitating a peaceful protest." It is reported that one in
Liverpool was arrested for egg throwing, other than that no other
arrests nave been reported. It does make you wonder, as to what
Labour would have really done if they had been in power….? What are
your views on this topic? Email our news room to:-
firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you
think. Ever since the introduction of fees controversy has followed,
but the question all ways comes down to just how should students
make a contribution to their education?
Government heeds Law
Society's warnings about impact of immigration cap
Government's announcement of a skilled immigration cap acknowledges
concerns of the business community over impact of the cap on the
UK's global competitiveness.
The Law Society has lobbied hard on behalf of highly successful
international law firms that operate in a global market,
highlighting the point that recruiting the very best talent from
around the world underpins the success of these businesses.
The Society warns that until full details emerge of how the process
will work under the new cap, its true impact will not be clear.
However, Law Society Chief Executive Desmond Hudson said
prioritising sponsored visas for skilled migrants with a job offer
reflects a new understanding of the importance of these migrants to
the UK economy.
Desmond Hudson added
that:- "Migrants brought in to work in the UK’s large
international law firms are highly-qualified, well-paid individuals
who make a significant contribution to the domestic economy through
business generation, salary expenditure, tax revenue, and the
creation of support roles filled from the domestic labour market.
They also bring specific expertise and experience of foreign markets
that supplements, develops and creates opportunities for the
excellent legal talent sourced from the resident labour market."
However, the Society warns that even though priority will be given
for skilled migrants the fact remains that as long as an upper limit
on numbers persists, businesses are likely to encounter problems in
recruiting essential staff.
The Society urges the Government to review the limit annually to
ensure that it does not damage the UK's international