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2006-02-13 00:00:00 TV & INTERNET PIONEER TEACHERS
TEACHERS' TV, the television channel dedicated to all those interested and involved in schools, this week celebrates its first year of broadcasting with the release of new viewing figures. In December, 1 in 4 of the schools

2006-02-13 00:00:00 THE SILENT KILLER
ELDERLY and vulnerable people in Liverpool are at real risk from a deadly killer. It stalks them quietly over a period of time, and once it

2006-02-13 00:00:00 Heat 3, 'FAME' Search for a Star 2006...
NOW in to the third week of Heats, 'Fame' 06 is really heating up.... On Thursday 9 February 2006 Abbie Ewart, Helen Dixon, Ellen McKay, James Meves, Kelly Traynor, Lauron Ormesher, Amyiea Swatlon, Jenny Bradbury, Rachel Walker, John Dillon, Clare Lacey,

2006-02-13 00:00:00 THEFT FROM PERSON, SOUTHPORT
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses to a theft in Southport. At about 8pm on Wednesday 25 January 2006, a 61 year old local lady was returning home following a meeting at Southport Town Hall. As she travelled along Lord Street, towards Neville

2006-02-13 00:00:00 Central Library will be 1 in a million
MORE than 1 million books will be showcased when the redevelopment of Liverpool's Central Library is complete. The city council is set to ask the government to approve plans to spend almost

2006-02-13 00:00:00 FROM HEALTH TO WEALTH
WHEN it comes to seeking general advice about the important decisions we make in our lives, it seems that most Northerners shy away from speaking to a professional, choosing instead to go to their partner or friends. According to research from Alliance &

2006-02-13 00:00:00 Setting the standards
A SCHEME developed by the Council on accessible transport could soon become a national standard. Devon County Council has recommended to the Department For Transport that the Warrington Travel Wallet Scheme be used as a National Standard for Public

THE FAST actions of Merseyside Police officers on 28 January 2006 ensured the safety of a man who faced death after being bitten by his pet snake.

2006-02-13 00:00:00  Carers UK forefronts carers
'WHO CARES' ITV NEWS campaign week: Monday 6

OFFICIAL crime statistics confirm that the incidence of domestic burglaries increases in the darker, winter months, but worryingly, a significant proportion of these are so called

2006-02-13 00:00:00 Jamie Carragher and O2 help Merseyside Police to keep in touch
LIVERPOOL and England football hero Jamie Carragher was happy to join local O2 store managers Jonathan Beckett and Peter May as they presented 60 mobile phones to Merseyside Police's Chief Superintendent Dave Lewis.

2006-02-13 00:00:00 MPs urged to stub it out
LIVERPOOL City Council's leader is urging MPs to help protect people from the dangers of second hand smoke. Councillor Warren Bradley has written to every Merseyside MP, urging them to support the bill to ban smoking in public places and at work.

2006-02-13 00:00:00 Peter Brown Craven Minor League
Following last weeks mini upset Town Green needed to get back to winning ways. They found Redgate to be a tough nut to crack and in particular goalkeeper Zak Ball was in formidable form. Tom Peterson eventually got things going with a well taken goal and

2006-02-13 00:00:00  Southport Floral HALL Rock Night Photo Preview
ON Saturday 12 February 2006 the Southport Cruisers helped raises funds for the North West Air Ambulance and Staff's Air Ambulance. The event was a rocking success.... We went along to see what happened. Full report and lots, lots more photographs

2006-02-13 00:00:00 Southport Hospital 10% cleaner than last year
AN independent audit carried out on Wednesday 8 February 2006 by facilities managers from a neighbouring Trust, Southport & Formby District General Hospital declared 93% clean. This is an increase of 10% on this time last year. Geoff Wilding, Facilities

2006-02-13 00:00:00 Bullying in the Workplace
ANYONE who was bullied at school will remember the fear and anxiety they felt everyday as they entered the school gates. Unfortunately, for many, that fear was not left behind in the playground.

2006-02-13 00:00:00 Country
BBC RADIO 3 Choir of the Year ( the UK

2006-02-13 00:00:00 Chris Tarrant is calling on local people to get involved in a Hug Quiz
CELEBRITY Quizmaster, Chris Tarrant, is once again supporting the Help the Aged Helping Unite Generations (Hug) campaign and is calling on everyone to host a Hug Quiz to raise funds to help end loneliness and isolation among older people. Hug, now in its

2006-02-13 00:00:00 We love recycling - it's true!
LOVE-RAT Billy Liar will get his comeuppance when his three girlfriends recycle their valentine's gifts. THE stars of the Liverpool Playhouse show, Billy Liar, are getting together on Monday 13 February to promote Liverpool City Council's recycling

PARENTS urged to encourage their children to stay on in education to achieve the minimum qualifications needed to succeed in life. Anxiety, helplessness and depression are among the symptoms suffered by parents as a result of their children dropping out

2006-02-13 00:00:00 JOIN THE RACE FOR LIFE
WOMEN from across the North West are once again being called to join the Race For Life and help fund vital research into prevention, treatment and cures for cancer. Last year 2,000 women and girls ran the Race for Life event at Knowsley Hall in aid of

2006-02-13 00:00:00 A SAFE PLACE FOR CHILDREN
CONTRACTS have now been exchanged in a deal which will bring new hope for vulnerable children in Merseyside and herald an exciting move for the indoor section of Great Homer Street Market known as St. Martin

2006-02-13 00:00:00 ROCK FM at Havana
FIRST of all Happy Birthday to Wonder Woman! We hope you have a fantastic night... It was no wonder why she came as Havana now plays host to Rock FM... Yes ROCK FM! Every Saturday Night 97.4 Rock FM is in the house at Havana with the legend him self

2006-02-13 00:00:00 SINGING PAINTS A PICTURE
SINGERS who are passionate about their craft are putting on 2 very different shows. The first is an a cappella concert called Face the Music taking place on Thursday (9 February 2006) and the second show is an exhibition of photographic work capturing

2006-02-13 00:00:00 Ryanair New Routes Take Off
GOOD news for Liverpool as Ryanair on Thursday 9 February 2006 commenced three new services from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Bergerac, Carcassone and Londonderry.

2006-02-13 00:00:00 Council addresses residents' requests
LIVERPOOL City Council is taking the headache out of home moves! The council has launched a new 'change of address' form on its internet site. It means that, for the first time, Liverpool residents can inform ALL council services at once of a change of

TEACH A Man To Fish, a UK charity dedicated to tackling global poverty through self-help education initiatives, today launched the Cyberspace Car Boot Sale

2006-02-13 00:00:00 Good citizens honoured
2 OF Warrington's most charitable men were honoured in a special ceremony last week. The Mayor of Warrington Cllr Hand Mundry presented a 'Good Citizen Award' to Leonard Rowland and posthumously to his brother Herbert Rowland in

2006-02-13 00:00:00  HOLLY
A plucky eight year old from Merseyside has scooped an award recognising her contribution to foster caring. Holly Elliot was among many children and young people who attended the Foster Care Associates north west regional Achievement Awards 2006, held at

2006-02-13 00:00:00  Dukes Bar Southport Art Centre Sign Language Sessions...
HAVE you wanted to learn to Communicate in Sign Language in an Informal and FUN way.. Don't loos your Signing Skills come along and Practice with others.. Now you can on.... Thursday 16 February 2006 at 13:30 for 1 Hour 30 Minutes. Classes will be

2006-02-13 00:00:00 Are your taste buds tingling?
A NEW festival promoting 'the true taste of food' with organic & natural goods from across the world is to be held in Liverpool this Sunday at Aintree Racecourse. Succulent food and drink tasting, from simple to exotic fare, will be readily available,

2006-02-13 00:00:00  Sefton banks its share of more than
MORE than 20 charities throughout the region have between them received

2006-02-13 00:00:00  Hospital Trust is one of the safest
AN INDEPENDANT health watchdog has confirmed that Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is one of the safest in the country. An assessment carried out in December puts the Trust in an elite group of only 11 in the country who can boast the highest

HER ROYAL Highness The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) will visit Beatle John Lennon

2006-02-13 00:00:00  Searching for the Northwest business eco-champions
PROFESSIONAL eco-warriors are being sought by the Northwest Business Environment Awards 2006 to highlight the fact that implementing environmental practices means better business for the region.

MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for information about an attempted abduction in Southport. At about 9am on Thursday the 2 February 2006 a 13 year old local girl was walking along Sussex Road in the direction of Meols Cop. As walking she was approached by

THE UK is heading for its worst year ever for bankruptcies and personal insolvencies as the country

2006-02-13 00:00:00  Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race Teams To Be Flown Home
ON 9 February 2006 it was announced that the Clipper 05-06 race had been halted due to keel problems. Clipper Ventures PLC whose fleet of boats are now currently berthed in Subic Bay in the Philippines after being diverted during Race 6 from Singapore to

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Unreasonable to comply with Ofcom plans on silent calls, say Debt Collectors
ON 25 January 2006 AGA Public Relations sent out a press release that highlited what debt collectors say are "Unreasonable Proposals from telecoms watchdog Ofcom" The proposals are to crack down on so-called

2006-02-06 00:00:00  Photographs official launch of 08businessconnect

AA BUSINESS Services has clinched two prestigious fleet industry awards for keeping businesses and their drivers on the road, winning both the Service Supplier and Vehicle Recovery Provider of the year in the 2006 Fleet Excellence Awards.

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Wavemakers Awards Showcase 2006, Call for Nominations
WAVEMAKERS, a national charity committed to highlighting and celebrating the achievements of children and young people from diverse backgrounds, is delighted to announce the call for nominations for its second year

2006-02-06 00:00:00  Fame Search For A Star 2006 Heat 2
THE 2 February bore witness to yet another stunning display of vocal talent as the second of the 2006 Fame contests took place at Casablanca, Pleasureland. If you want to enter, there is still time; call into our offices on Post Office Ave and pick up an

2006-02-06 00:00:00 "Lie Back and Think of England"
EVER thought about riding from Land's End to John O'Groats? Ever thought about publishing a book? "No?" Well you're not alone. Ian Stallard, Clinical Technologist in the Spinal Injuries Unit at Southport Hospital hadn't either until the Unit took delivery

2006-02-06 00:00:00 KIDS ARE TOYING WITH A FORTUNE
IT has been found that British youngsters are the proud owners of

OFT AND DTI launch Scams Awareness Month. John Fingleton, Chief Executive of the OFT and Gerry Sutcliffe, DTI Minister for Consumer Affairs, this week jointly launched the 2006 scams awareness campaign. The campaign will run throughout February and aims

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Liverpool Porcelain @ Botanic Gardens Museum
THE Botanic Gardens Museum on Botanic Road, Churchtown, Southport is holding a rare opportunity to see a selection of items from the Bishop Collection of Liverpool Porcelain. The items on display will include a 18th centaury porcelain from Liverpool

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Local guide dog owner Derek meets David Blunkett MP
BLIND Derek Beauchamp from Birkenhead, a guide dog owner for over 50 years, and his special canine partner Perry met Rt Hon David Blunkett MP and his famous guide dog Sadie, as well as Trude Mostue, when they were special guests at the launch of the 75th

2006-02-06 00:00:00 A Spectacular End to Chinese New Year in Southport
THE Grand Palace Restaurant, on Neville Street in Southport, marked the end of the Chinese New Year Celebrations in style, with the traditional Lion and Dragon dancing, as well as a marshal arts display by the Tiger & Crane Kung FU Academy. We popped

2006-02-06 00:00:00  HAVE A PHARAOH TIME AT PRESCOT!
KNOWSLEY offers the chance to experience a flavour of Ancient Egypt at the latest stunning exhibition at the Prescot Museum.

MERSEYSIDE-based business Lake Technologies Ltd is being rewarded for fostering a culture of giving in the workplace with a Gold Award, at the launch of the new Payroll Giving Quality Mark. Lake Technologies, along with local MP Shaun Woodward, is calling

MYERSCOUGH, aa leading provider of Higher and Further Education, has appointed Ann Turner FCMA as Chief Executive and Principal. This appointment comes at a time when student numbers for its diverse range of courses continue to rise, with over 10,000

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Sankey Street works
RESURFACING works are due to start on Monday 6th February between 7pm and 7am for three nights in Sankey Street, Warrington, as part of the Golden

MADONNA set to be first exclusive

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Merseytram - Judicial Review (UPDATE)
IT was a sad week last week as Judge rules against Merseytravel High Court tram bid. In a statement issued form Merseytravel on the 1 February 2006 Mr Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel, told us that:- "We're very

2006-02-06 00:00:00 PEAK CONDITION
THE Meningitis Trust is appealing for adventurous individuals from the North West who are looking for a challenge in 2006.

2006-02-06 00:00:00 10 YEARS OF
IN marking the 10th anniversary of the first passenger train services to run in the private sector (See Notes to Editors), the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) says that over the past ten years, Britain

2006-02-06 00:00:00 THE ART OF MATCH-MAKING
THE National Museums Liverpool is hosting a Valentine's singles night at the Walker Art Gallery from 1900- 2100 hours on Friday 10 February 2006.

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Southport FC remain rock bottom of the League
SOUTHPORT FC returned to Haig Avenue after their mini revival in the last three games but succumbed to a sixth home defeat on the trot.Facing blinding sunlight in the first half of the game, the Sandgrounders were forced into defensive errors as they

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Lifelong seafarer Peter living his dream
ON 31 January 2006 it was announced that seafarer Peter Hester who has sailed the seven seas has returned to his home port to take up his dream job, as Operations Manager of the Mersey Ferries.

AS PART of the Northwest Regional Development Agency

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Free drug testing kits for UK schools
THE 1st step in a drive to make free drug testing kits available to all UK schools and parents is now underway.

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Police warn of bogus phone calls
THIS week Merseyside Police are warning members of the public to be aware of the fact that a person is making bogus phone calls.

BROUHAHA International's Beatlife youth drumming orchestra is celebrating a

2006-02-06 00:00:00 BOOK REVIEW:- "THE COBLER'S KIDS"
ANOTHER book by Cardiff born Rosie Harris, who lived for some years in Merseyside, the setting for this book.

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Southport Palette Club
THE Atkinson Art Gallery on Lord St. Southport is displaying an exhabition of work by local artists. The exibition will be open to the 4 March 2006. Opening times are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 5pm and Thursdays and Satuday 10am to 1pm.

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Call for volunteers to join Europe's biggest farmer-led bird counting scheme
THE GAME Conservancy Trust, a game and wildlife conservation charity is looking for volunteers to carry out bird counts on farmland across the country in spring and autumn in an effort to help restore the wild grey partridge, one of our most threatened

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Warrington leads the way on e-auctions
LOCAL authorities came together in Warrington for an online reverse e-auction to purchase goods at advantageous prices. The Council spearheaded the initiative, which took place on Monday 30 January at the Town Hall, to enable the authorities taking part

ALLIANCE & Leicester last week announced that it is increasing its support for education in Liverpool with a

RT HON. Ruth Kelly MP, Secretary of State for Education & Skills, officially opened Central Link Children's Centre on Friday, 27 January, 2006. The centre in Westfield Street, St Helens, managed by leading children's charity NCH, provides help and support

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Arson Attack on Refrigeration Truck Park
MERSEYSIDE Fire Service and Merseyside Police were called to McBurney Refrigeration Ltd on the Wellington's Employment Park next to Sandhills Station, after a fire was started by suspected arson. Several refrigeration trailer units were set alight. The

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Peter Brown Craven Minor League
Fixtures Week Ending February 5

2006-02-06 00:00:00 Official launch of 08businessconnect
OUR Editor Patrick Trollope was one of the invited guests to the official launch of 08businessconnect. The event was marked by movers and shakers from Merseyside including Phil Redmond, Sir David Henshaw (Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council), Cllr



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