April 18, 2014

Gateshead 2 Southport 2

Southport took the lead after two minutes through Luke George's cool finish, but Gatesheads Chandler levelled the scores, pouncing on Emmanuel Monthe's poor clearance.

The Port were reduced to 10 men early in the second half after Monthe's second booking, before taking the lead when Jason Walker fired home to send the Southport fans wild .

Gateshead equalised with just two minutes remaining to break Southports hearts, Chandler scoring

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April 18, 2014

Fine Weather Brings The Crowds To New Pleasureland

Cloudless blue skies and warm temperatures brought the day trippers flocking to Southport today.Many of them headed for New Pleasureland which was extremely busy with people having a great time on the rides.With the fine weather set to continue over the Easter weekend it looks like a busy time for the town as a whole.

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April 18, 2014

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April 18, 2014

Stork’s Cooperheat Division Is Warming Up Talent

Stork, the leading global provider of knowledge-based asset integrity services for the oil and gas, chemical and power sectors, hosted an open day at Southport College on Friday 28 March. The event marked the completion of a training project, unveiling the Colleges new furnace produced by Storks apprentices to deliver heat treatment training.

Stork and Southport College welcomed, John Pugh, MP for Southport who said There is a serious deficiency in the skills base and Apprenticeships are addressing that. This project is at the cutting edge of technology and is part of the revival of skills in the region; its win-win all round. The strong link between Southport College and Stork to develop young talent is essential for future innovations and a skilled workforce within the energy industry.

Stork established its apprenticeship programme, in partnership with Southport College, in 2011 and enrols two engineering students from the College each year on a five year apprenticeship. Following successful completion of the programme, the apprentices are then offered full time positions at the company.
Storks first two apprentices who are now in their third year of the programme are nearing the end of their practical project, which has been a huge success. In addition to day-to-day duties, such as metal work fabrication, welding and electrical equipment assembly and wiring, Ben Pepper and Alex Smith have delivered a project to design, manufacture and install a professional furnace at the College to improve their learning facilities.

Fraser Coull, Vice President of Service Delivery for Stork, said: We believe that it is of huge importance that businesses commit to developing Engineers for the future of the industry. Stork is dedicated to developing and retaining the best talent and our apprentice partnership with Southport College is critical to this.

Coull continued: Both Ben and Alex have shown a keen willingness and enthusiasm to learn and share their ideas and I would like to thank and congratulate them for their hard work and determination on the Southport College furnace project.

Throughout the practical project, Southport College have continued to support Ben and Alex and last year, both apprentices presented their planned work and approach to college tutors including the Southport College Principal, John Clarke. All were extremely impressed with the apprentices effort and enthusiasm.

John Clarke, Southport College Principal, commented: Southport College is extremely grateful for the generous donation by Stork. The furnace will be an integral part of the Engineering department at the College and many other apprentices will benefit from the hard work of Ben and Alex. Stork is the perfect example of a company which has truly embraced the apprenticeship scheme and I would urge any businesses considering recruiting apprentices to follow their lead.

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April 18, 2014

S and B Hockey awards night

The Hockey Awards evening was held on Friday 11th April. The season was reviewed by the team captains/ managers and awards presented.

Unfortunately due to the Easter Holidays there were a number of people missing but for those who attended it was another enjoyable night. Awards are given to the player of the year to each team as well as the Ernie Dalley Awards for juniors (Girls & Boys).

These are for the players U16 who have improved the most throughout the season, The Nick Cowan Award, in memory of a young player who collapsed and died on the pitch, for the most improved player throughout the club.

The John Grundy Award - a lifetime achievement at the club. The most prestigious award is the "Rimmer Zimmer" which is awarded to a member of the club who has distinguished themselves off the field for some strange reason.

The President's award is presented to a member of the club for services to the club over the past year.

Awards winners as follows:-

Beavers (U14) Top Scorer - Greg Finegan
Beavers Player of the Year - Myles Parker
Badgers (U16) Player of the Year - Ryan Moorcroft
Ernie Dalley Award (Girls) - Maria Kettle
Ernie Dalley Award (Boys) - Alec Scott
Ladies 1st Player of the year - Emily Cochrane
Ladies 2nd Player of the year - Lauren Clarehugh
Ladies 3rd Player of the year - Emma Downs
Ladies Young Player of the year - Maria Kettle & Maddie Critchley
Mens 1st Player of the year - Carlos Hollyman
Mens 2nd Player of the year - Danny Harding
Mens 3rd Player of the year - Andy Sim
Mens 4th Player of the year - Peggers (Josh Guy)
President's award - Stuart Markland
Personality of the Year - Simon Spalding
Nick Cowan award - Nick Hale & Georgia Marsh
John Grundy award - Simon Spalding
Rimmer Zimmer - Chris Caton

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April 18, 2014

Effective compensation for victims of price cartels

Labour Euro MPs will vote today on a new EU law giving individual citizens the right to take legal action for compensation against companies accused of anti-competitive behaviour under EU rules.

Euro MP, Arlene McCarthy who is Vice Chair of the European Parliaments Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee said: This is a great step forward for consumer rights. For too long consumers have been ripped off by price fixing cartels yet have had no recourse to compensation for their losses.

In the current mandate, the European Commission has taken action on cartels involving 167 groups and 389 entities, amounting to total fines of 8.6 billion.

Since 2010 companies have the option to settle cartel cases with the Commission. Thirteen settlement decisions have been taken to date, with fines totalling almost 4 billion, which gives an indication of the scale of the problem.
This law will allow the victims of these crimes, individual EU citizens to take action to recoup their losses.
In the UK people will recall British Airways and Virgin being fined for colluding on fuel surcharges.
Arlene added: It is disappointing however that the law does not allow for class actions to be taken. We know that class actions are an easier and more accessible way for large groups of individuals who are impacted by these kinds of competition law infringements to seek justice.

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April 18, 2014

‘This is disgusting’

"This is disgusting" - a comment from a local Ormskirk man who sent this picture to QLocal.

Peter Banks took it on The Pads - a popular footpath off Burscough Road.

"There is always a lot of rubbish around, but usually accumulation of general stuff thrown away rather than taken away and binned," he said.

"This lot looks like someone has brought a whole black bin bag of household rubbish and just emptied it.

"Someone also been stupid and tried to set fire to everything!

"They also smashed bottles - ridiculous where children play and people walk their dogs here!"

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April 18, 2014

Vandals attack CCTV cameras on Scott Estate

CCTV cameras on Scott Drive have been removed again, after mindless yobs set a small fire in the control box on the ground, burning its cables out.

The box itself isn't badly damaged, but it doesn't take much to burn cheap cabling.

Local councillor, Noel Delaney, scribbled a note to people to let them know about it; one local described it as being written 'childlike', with bad English, using an indelible marker that had run out of ink.

Yet again, an important part of the estate is without CCTV protection, and according to one QLocal reader, youth nuisance has increased a lot on this holiday week.

"I'm wondering if it will be another seven weeks before cameras are re-installed," he added.

The incident - which happened on Monday night - has been reported to the Borough Council and QLocal reporter Roger Blaxall is awaiting a comment from its PR office.

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April 17, 2014

Top ‘marks’ for these Easter roadworks? No way!

If you're travelling in or out of Southport this Easter weekend, be prepared for long delays in Scarisbrick.

Roadworks which started earlier this week were today seemingly abandoned with drivers waiting ten minutes of more in either direction to negotiate them.

One car or van looked like it had hit the barriers surrounding the work outside St. Marks CE Primary School.

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