chance to learn about Port Health
THE Mersey Port Health
Authority has jurisdiction for the Port of Liverpool, John Lennon
International Airport, extensive areas of the River Mersey estuary
and Northwest coastline. It provides safeguards for human and animal
health against the introduction of disease from outside the United
Kingdom and European Union.
The Authority is holding a public awareness day on Tuesday, 17
January 2011, to enable local businesses and representatives of the
shipping community, as well as members of the public, to obtain a
greater insight into the nature of the work.
Visitors can meet members of staff, view presentations on the
Authority’s work and hear about the wide range of enforcement
"A lot of people may be aware that there is a Mersey Port Health
Authority but do not know the extent of the statutory
responsibilities, this event will provide visitors with the chance
to find out more about the enforcement work and the activities of
the Authority." said Mercola Douglas, Chief Port Health
The Authority is responsible for applying a range of International,
and UK Legislation aboard ships and aircraft and their cargoes,
crews and passengers.
It is statutorily responsible for enforcing:-
► Imported food checks at the Border
Inspection Post at Royal Seaforth Container Terminal
► International Health Regulations; e.g.
infection disease control on ships and aircraft
► International Catering Waste enforcement
► Water samples on vessels, aircraft and
at port facilities
► Food Hygiene Requirements
► Pollution Control
► Smoke-free Regulations
The public awareness day is on 17 January 2012 from 10am to 2pm at
Mersey Port Health Authority, Trident House, 105 Derby Road,
Liverpool L20 8LZ.
Dodgy consumer credit
websites face EU clamp down
HELP is on the way from the
EU for families who often wonder why a personal loan, credit card or
auto finance offered online has turned out to be much more expensive
An EU-wide investigation into more than 500 websites offering
consumer credit has found that 70% (393) of sites lack at least some
of the legally required information to help consumers make an
informed decision. In the UK, 38 out of 47 (80%) checked websites
revealed irregularities which will now be investigated further by UK
Office of Fair Trading.
Commenting after the publication of the initial findings of the 2011
EU Consumer Credit investigation, Southport Liberal Democrat MEP
Chris Davies, said:- "Families who are struggling to make ends
meet and trying to manage their credit should have easy access to
the information they need to make good decisions about finance.
Finding out how much credit really costs is often complicated and
misleading and websites offering consumer credit online must contain
correct and complete information on the actual terms and conditions.
This is a good example of 27 countries working together in one EU to
make and enforce rules that were introduced to help consumers
understand and compare credit offers. It is shocking that around 80%
of websites checked in the UK do not fully comply with EU consumer
credit rules and either do not include the standard information
required in their advertisements, such as the annual percentage rate
of charge (APR), omit key information on the offer or do not explain
fully the actual costs of undertaking a credit agreement. The UK
authorities should follow up this report as quickly as possible and
ensure that in future standard information on consumer credit will
be made fully available on all UK websites."
National enforcement authorities should report back to the European
Commission by autumn 2012.
Are you currently
working in, or considering expanding into China?
LIVERPOOL Vision are keen
to understand the views of local businesses that are working in, or
hoping to expand into China. "We invite you to take part
in a short online business survey which will help to shape and
inform future initiatives as well as evaluating current business
support in this area. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes
to complete and, should you wish, your responses will be kept
anonymous. There are no right or wrong answers; it is your opinion
that we are interested in so feel free to answer as honestly as
possible." said Liverpool Vision. Please click
here to start the survey.
Leech Welcomes Select
Committee Report to reduce Car Insurance premiums
THE Withington MP and
Transport Select Committee member John Leech MP has welcomed his
Committee's report into reducing Car Insurance premiums. John Leech
said that:- "Insurance companies need to be fairer and more
transparent. I want a logical system and an end the postcode lottery
and premium inflation that affects almost everyone who has a car in
South Manchester. I urge the Government to implement the
recommendations in this report as soon as possible." Do our
readers agree? Let us know by emailing us to
Country to play classic debut album live for 30th Anniversary Tour
BIG Country, who formed in
November 1981, will kick-off their 30th anniversary celebrations by
performing their classic 1983 debut album The Crossing live in its
entirety during a thirteen-date tour of the UK in February 2012.
An international best seller, The Crossing sold over 2 million
copies in the UK, spawning 2 Top Ten hits and spending 84
consecutive weeks on the Music Week album chart. Scheduled for
release on February 6th 2012, the deluxe edition of the album will
come with a wealth of previously unreleased demos and mixes,
available on 2CD, double-vinyl and digital download formats.
In announcing the ‘Crossing The Country Tour’, bassist
Tony Butler says:- "It’s typical to write an album and only
play a few songs from it, so to get the opportunity to play an
entire album is very cool. This tour will give us the chance to play
songs never performed before alongside the well-known ones, songs
that were written but didn't make it on to the album, and the
associated 'b side' material. We can't wait."
Big Country, who on 19 November 2011 received the inaugural
‘Pride of Scotland Award’ at the annual Nordoff Robbins
Tartan Clef event held in Glasgow, reformed with The Alarm’s Mike
Peters on lead vocal duties in place of the late Stuart Adamson, who
passed away in 2001, for two sold-out UK tours and main stage
festival appearances including The Isle of Wight Festival, T in The
Park, Oxegen and V Festival during 2011. In addition, Big Country
re-united with The Crossing’s producer Steve Lillywhite to release
their first single in 12 years, ‘Another Country’.
The Crossing tour will also precede the release of a new studio
album, scheduled for release in autumn 2012. Big Country’s
‘Crossing The Country Tour’ dates in the UK are as
► 3 Feb. Academy, Manchester.
► 4 Feb. O2 Academy, Liverpool. ---
► 6 Feb. Barrowland, Glasgow.
► 7 Feb. Alhambra, Dunfermline.
► 8 Feb. O2 Academy, Newcastle.
► 9 Feb. O2 Academy, Leeds.
► 11 Feb. O2 Shepherds Bush Empire,
► 12 Feb. Hexagon, Reading.
► 13 Feb. UEA, Norwich.
► 15 Feb. O2 Academy, Bristol.
► 16 Feb. Rock City, Nottingham.
► 17 Feb. O2 Academy, Birmingham.
► 18 Feb. O2 Academy, Sheffield.
Tickets are on sale now from:-
Best Seller Joana
Trollope to visit Formby
IF you like a good read in
bed on a Sunday morning, well we have good news for you!
The Sunday Times Number 1 Bestseller Joanna Trollope
will be in Formby for Valentines Day, at Formby Books, within
Derbyshires, on Chapel Lane, Formby. She will be signing her new
book called:- "The Soldiers Wife".
You will be able to buy it from
Saturday, 14 January 2011 on or Mersey Reporter
Shop section, but you can
also call in to get a copy at Formby Books.
Public welcome at
Trust board meeting
THE Southport and Ormskirk
Hospital NHS Trust will hold its next board meeting on Wednesday, 25
January 2012, at 1.30pm. They are reminding people that the meeting
is to be held in the Board Room in the Corporate Management Office,
at Southport and Formby District General Hospital. Members of the
public are welcome to attend as observers. Anyone wishing to attend
with a special requirement should contact the Trust in advance, via
phone, on:- 01704 704714.