WORLD Museum’s planetarium
will get a £110,000 re-vamp more than four decades after it first
opened. German based company Zeiss has donated a new digital
projection system which will transform the planetarium experience
The 62 seat venue remains the UK’s only free planetarium with four
shows daily. The planetarium closed this week while improvement work
is carried out and will re-open on Monday, 30 January 2012. Instead
of static images, visitors will be treated to more immersive shows
that bring the solar system right to their seat.
Jennifer Longman, planetarium education manager at World Museum,
said:- "We are getting brand new digital projectors which will
work alongside our existing equipment. This will mean more exciting
and more immersive shows than ever before.
We will be able to use ‘all dome’ technology to create mind-blowing
shows and visitors will be able get up-close to the moon or the
volcanoes of Mars from the comfort of their seat." The planetarium has been welcoming visitors since 1970 and attracts
around 90,000 people each year. More details about the
Cameron's Hollow Commitments on Health Care
UNISON North West has
slammed David Cameron’s hollow commitments to improving health care.
The Prime Minister announced that the government would be
introducing a package of measures to improve nursing care, during a
visit to hospitals in Salford and Blackpool. Despite the hype around
Mr Cameron’s comments, there is little detail on what measures will
actually be introduced. There was no commitment to ensure that
adequate funding will be made available.
Paul Foley, NW UNISON Head of Health said:- "For most health
service workers, David Cameron’s comments ring hollow. The Prime
Minister is saying nursing staff need to spend more time with their
patients at the very moment his government is slashing the funding
to NHS Trusts. Every hospital in the North West is facing severe
financial hardship this year which will mean fewer jobs providing
essential health care services.
The financial cuts over the last 12 months already mean that nurses,
doctors and other health workers are dangerously overstretched. 2012
will be worse.
If Mr Cameron’s comments were genuine and more than a publicity
stunt, he would have announced that the government would provide the
necessary funding to ensure that all Trusts could afford to employ
the necessary staff to deliver first class health care."
THE hit TV show, Stargazing
LIVE (co-produced by The Open University) returns for a 2nd 3 night
series on BBC 2 set to encourage everyone; from the complete
beginner to the enthusiastic amateur; to make the most of the night
sky. Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain will broadcast live from
the control room of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, interacting live
with the audience and calling on a starry collection of the
country’s finest astronomical minds to explore the majestic wonders
of the skies above Britain. In their own unique style, the pair will
tackle some of the most intriguing questions in astronomy, such as:-
Why Does The Moon Cause The Tides?
How Do We Know Where Black Holes Are When They Are Impossible To
What Will We Actually Say If We Ever Make Contact With An Alien
Closer to home, there will also be hints and tips for getting
started in Stargazing and advice on navigating your way around the
skies. And there's more, with scores of Stargazing LIVE activities
across the UK - find out where at Things To Do, the BBC's activity
Please note the following Liverpool Astronomical Society events
organised as part of BBC Stargazing Live 2012. The first
is called:- "A night with the stars", and it takes
place at Court Hey Park, Knowsley, on Monday, 16 January 2012 and
for more information about it, click
and ther other is called:- "Stargazing" and
is at the Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Southport on Friday, 27 January
2012 please click
Southport Access For Everyone
THE next meeting of the
‘Southport Access For Everyone’ forum will be held at
Victoria Methodist Church, Sussex Road, Southport PR8 6DG, on
Monday, 23 January 2012, at 7.00 pm. This is a free public meeting.
The premises are fully accessible for wheelchair users, with
adequate car parking facilities, and light refreshments will be
served before the meeting commences. The group stress that anyone
with an interest in disability issues is welcome. They also add that
meetings will usually be held on the 4th Monday of each month.
Further enquiries can be made via the Vice Chairman, Val Carr, on:-