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DISGRACE 26th - February - 2013

The shocking cost of rail fiasco


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By Hayley Minn

Liverpool MP Maria Eagle has demanded politicians stop dodging the blame after a report stated taxpayers have lost at least £50m as a result of the collapse of the West Coast Main Line running between Liverpool and London. Garston and Halewood MP Maria Eagle, the shadow transport secretary, said the Prime Minister must take responsibility for this fiasco. She said: “The Government must accept it was the short-sighted decision by ministers to axe external audits of multi-billion pound contracts which ended up with at least £50m of taxpayers’ money going down the drain. “It is a disgrace that every politician responsible for the bungled franchise deal has either remained in the cabinet or been promoted to it.” Last October, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin scrapped the bidding process, in which Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains lost out to FirstGroup in the battle for the 13-year West Coast contract, and the report, published by the Public Accounts Committee, examined the cancellation of this InterCity West Coast franchise competition. The Department originally spent £1.9 million on staff costs and external advisers to run the franchise competition, while each bidder spent around £10 million each. The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts blamed the Department of Transport’s lack of common sense in the way it ran the West Coast franchise competition for so much money being lost. She said: “The Department made fundamental errors in calculating the level of risk capital it would require bidders to put on the table and it did not demand

Creamfields organisers to spend £500,000 on drainage

JMU Journalism’s on a mission to help in rehoming dogs

Homosexuality in the game - why do so few footballers come out?

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appropriate levels of capital from both bidders. The franchising process was littered with basic errors. The department yet again failed to learn from previous disasters like the Metronet contract. “It failed to heed advice from its lawyers. It failed to respond to early warning signs that things were going wrong. The project suffered from a lack of leadership. There was no single person responsible from beginning to end, and, therefore, no one had to live with the consequences of bad policy decisions.” A spokesperson from the Government argued that the independent Laidlaw inquiry, published in November, identified the circumstances which led to the failures in the West Coast franchising programme and what steps the department should take to prevent this from happening again. They said: “The department accepted all the recommendations and has taken immediate steps by bringing together all rail activity under a single director general and recruiting a senior director to lead the franchising programme. Liverpool Life went out on to the streets of Liverpool to find out what the public thought of this loss of money. Jonathan Miles, 43, Wirral, said: “I’m not happy about it, I have to say. That’s a lot of money and it should have come from somewhere other than the taxpayer.” Atlanta Grieger, 31, Toxteth, said: “I don’t think it’s right considering the state we’re in now, in terms of economics. The government should take hold of their infrastructure, and I think the taxpayer should be left out of it.” Luke Bellis, 26, Ireland, said: “It’s a lot of money. I reckon they could have done something better with that money.” Virgin Trains will continue to run the service until November 2014, when new bidding starts.

Life/News/2 Liverpool

Life Team Editor Joe Barnes News Editor Jonathan Bridge News Michaela Routledge Karina Galli Paul Collins Rachael Leitch Features editor Lucy Baines Revise Editor Josh Parry

Copy Tasters Josh Nevett Rachael Laird Features Philippa Probert Scott Rumsey Rory Kelly Rachael Bentham Sport editor Scott Fitzpatrick Sports Lauren Murphy Emma Kemmery Picture editor Adam Davies

HARD AT WORK: LJMU Sound team, with Richard Rudin, seated, in the radio studio

LJMU Sound ready to make debut on web

by Josh Parry

Liverpool John Moores is trialling its first ever official radio station. Launching on Monday the 4th of March at 8am, LJMU Sound will be broadcast live over the internet and will feature a mix of news, music and community radio. Richard Rudin, Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism and Managing Editor of LJMU Sound, is heading the project. “It’s a really exciting project to be involved in. Obviously, as a trial, we’re not 100% sure how it will sound which is part of the fun, and the point of a trial,” he said. The station will be live from

Monday to Friday, featuring music, newspaper reviews and community news from the university and around Liverpool. Presented by Richard Rudin, the station is to be produced by a group of four broadcast specialists who have joined the university staff to start the project. “We are in a global marketplace, both as a university and as a city, we reach out to all parts of the world and I hope the radio station will tell the world, as well as potential students and their parents about the wonderful work we do here. “It will reflect the university’s work across all five faculties

to demonstrate how dynamic we are as a university. We have wide ranging interests in business, arts, culture and science, but it isn’t just aimed at students. “We’ll feature community news to serve the people of Greater Liverpool,” he added. Adam Hicks, a former journalism student at LJMU who currently works for Radio Merseyside, has joined LJMU Sound. “I’m really excited to be part of a project that hasn’t been shaped yet, it is intriguing to wonder what it will turn out like. I’m keen to get started, get things going and see what we can produce. I’m happy to play a part in shaping the radio station,” he said.

The station is welcoming submissions for ideas and stories. If you would like to contribute, please e-mail Helena Eaton at Corporate Communications: If you would like to listen, the first show will be live at 8am from the LJMU homepage.

Jail threat after Bulger tweets by David Williamson

TRAGIC: James Bulger was killed in 1993

A number of individuals could be facing fines or even imprisonment for publishing photographs purporting to be one of James Bulger’s killers online. Attorney General Dominic Grieve is threatening legal action after pictures reported to be Jon Venables, now 30, who was given a new identity following his release from prison, were posted online. Pictures were first posted on 14th February and some remained online on Monday. Dominic Grieve urged that the images be removed from the

internet as fast as possible. The statement from Grieve’s office on Monday made the case that breaches of the original injunction, by media organisations or individuals were potentially punishable by a fine, a prison sentence – or both. The original court order, made by Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss of the high court family division,is still active. This order banned the publication of any information that could lead to the revelation of the new identities given to Venables and Thompson. James was taken by the two boys from the Strand shopping center, Bootle, in 1993.



could create new jobs By David Williamson A large development site in Croxteth is marked for an Amazon warehouse - but the sale of the land may be in doubt. The Department for Education (DfE) may be planning to reject Liverpool council’s request to allow the playing fields of the former Croxteth Comprehensive to be sold. However the council has not received official confirmation of the refusal. Detailed discussions are still underway with the developers about the potential facility which would create over 1,000 jobs in East Liverpool. Liverpool City Mayor, Joe Anderson was approached in mid2012 by the developer and had identified the council-owned Stonebridge Cross site off the East Lancashire Road in Gilmoss as the preferred location for a major new facility. Mayor Joe Anderson said: “This is a hugely exciting proposal which has the potential to be a real game changer for this part of the city. “It will create over a thousand quality jobs on a scale which has not been seen in that area of the city for many decades. “This is really good news for a part of Liverpool that desperately needs jobs in order to be able to give the local community hopes for the future, and will transform the lives of many people.” The council approved plans earlier this month to re-route a river that runs through the land. By doing this it allows two separate development sites to be joined, which would also improve the area’s environment.

Lib Dem sex claims probed By Rosie Cameron Police are investigating whether criminal activity has taken place after Liverpool-born Lord Rennard was forced to stand down following allegations of sexual harassment made against him. Lord Rennard served as the Liberal Democrats Chief Executive for six years, before resigning in 2009 claiming ill health. However, in light of recent developments, it has been reported that Nick Clegg may have pressured Lord Rennard to stand down after Lib Dem chief of staff Danny Alexander confronted Rennard over the claims. Accusations were made to Nick Clegg as far back as 2008, but it wasn’t until Channel Four broadcast complaints from two women who declared that Lord Rennard had touched them inappropriately that Clegg addressed the circumstances directly. The case has become prominent and now several female party workers have come forward with claims, over which the ex Lib Dem Chief Exec “strenuously denies”. A police spokesman said: “The Metropolitan police special investigations command has been approached by officials in the Liberal Democrat party and is working with them to ascertain whether or not criminal activity has taken place.”


Liverpool Lime Street station is known as one of the homes across Liverpool which the Merseyrail trains calls into every few minutes

is voted best By Scott Fitzpatrick

Merseyrail have been singled out by campaigners who see the company as a positive example of how all railway network should be run. The Campaign for Better Transport highlighted Merseyrail as one of the leading service providers, claiming that more local authori-

ties should be in charge of rail networks rather than the government. It used the company as an example of how local management and accountability can improve services, including passenger numbers, reliability and accessibility. David Print, Head of Strategic Development and Concession Management, said: “It is a tre-

mendous benefit to our business that we are run locally as we then work closely with the public. Our NPS scores, the measure of customer satisfaction, has gone up significantly. We are one of the top three companies in terms of customer satisfaction in the industry. “People write in to give us ideas

on how we can improve the service. We are always listening to what people say about improvements to the service.” A good example of this was their £20million renovations to Central Station coming off the back of customer feedback. Mr Print said: “We have worked

with Merseytravel and Network Rail to improve the service and over 98 per cent of customers were satisfied with the station, which is a 40 per cent increase from last year. Also 95 percent of our trains ran on time last year and with over 600 trains running each day that is quite remarkable.”

their version of certain events has become ‘the truth’ even though it isn’t!! “I just have the feeling that the media ‘machine’ favours the families and not us, so we need to be a bit more innovative in our response to have a fighting chance otherwise we will just be roadkill.” The email branded ‘offensive’ and ‘upsetting’ by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) surfaced as part of a Freedom of Information request that was issued as part of South Yorkshire Police’s preparation for the release of the Hillsborough Independent panel report.

The force came under heavy criticism when the new report that looked into the event that left 96 Liverpool fans dead was released. In a South Yorkshire Police statement they said that Mr Crompton apologises for the email and that the force is fully supportive of any on-going inquiries. This followed on from Mr Crompton’s apology where he said: ’It was never intended to cause any offence and I apologise if it has done so. “Nor was it intended to challenge the integrity and views of those who lost loved ones in the Hillsborough disaster.” IPCC Commissioner Nicholas

Long has written to the chief constable to express his concerns. He said: “Families and individuals affected by the Hillsborough tragedy, along with the wider public, will rightly be concerned over the apparent attitude displayed by this communication within the highest ranks of the force which is currently under investigation in relation to the actions of its officers and staff around the disaster.” Mr Long continued to say that the email has serious implications for the public’s confidence but they did not require the IPCC to undertake a formal referral of the matter. It was Police Commissioner

Shaun Wright’s responsibility to handle the complaint correctly. Mr Wright said: “I have raised my concerns and disappointment with the chief constable but I have now accepted the apology he has issued and I believe I have taken all appropriate action at this stage to deal with the matter.” Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall said she would not accept the apology. “I’m absolutely appalled but it doesn’t surprise me. They’ve always talked about us this way.” On the same day, a brand new police investigation into the disaster was also announced by Home Secretary Theresa May.

Police chief apology for Hillsborough email By Emma Callum and Joe Barnes

South Yorkshire’s police commissioner has declined to discipline his force’s chief constable after he accused campaigners of lying about the Hillsborough disaster and was strongly criticised by the police watchdog for doing so. Accusations arose when an internal email, sent by David Crompton to senior staff days before the new report was released in September, came to light. In his email Mr Crompton said: “One thing is certain - the Hillsborough Campaign for Justice will be doing their version ... in fact

Life/News/4 Locals fight for libraries Campaigners have made a final attempt at saving Sefton libraries from closure. Libraries in Birkdale, Ainsdale, Churchtown, Crosby, Litherland, Bootle and Aintree are facing the threat of closure following budget cuts. Labour councillor for Sefton Mick Roche said on Twitter: “Liberal Democrats and Tories risk all local services by unfairly depriving only certain councils of funds. In Sefton approximately £100m will be cut per year by 2015.” Birkdale Library Action Group (BLAG), Friends of Ainsdale Library and Friends of Churchtown Library have made a last-minute appeal to Sefton council. More than 17,000 people have signed petitions against the closures, which has caused the verdict on the plans to be pushed back a further two weeks from the original date of February 14th.

M6 lorry death

A lorry driver from Merseyside has died in an eight vehicle pile up on the Motorway. Two other drivers have been confirmed dead, including a man thought to be from the Southport area. Two other drivers have been taken to hospital. More than 20 emergency service vehicles were sent to the scene on the M6 in Cumbria after the crash at 8.15am. The collision happened on the northbound carriageway of the M6, between Junction 35 and Junction 36. Cumbria police confirmed the vehicles involved were: A ‘SPAR’ rigid heavy goods vehicle which was towing another trailer. This driver died at the scene, a blue flat lorry driven by a man who died at the scene.

Creamfields’ £500k big spend after last summer’s washout

by Hannah Ashraf

The cancellation of Creamfields last summer has prompted the music festival to spend £500,000 on site improvements to prevent flooding. The festival, held in Daresbury, was forced to cancel last year’s event due to serious flooding that lead to thousands of disappointed dance music lovers. Liverpool festival-goer, Nathan Willsdon, described his Creamfields experience when he said: “The first night was really good and with such great acts, my mood wasn’t dampened by the wet weather. It was a complete different story the next day. It was like a swamp and getting around was impossible, as you would just sink in the mud. Some of my friends lost their shoes.” The £500,000 is to be spent on the improvement of field drainage systems and be an investment into additional track ways and a series of new bridges across fields. It is hoped by organisers that the land will be well equipped to handle rainfall during the show, after it suffered from adverse weather conditions on the bank holiday August weekend. The annual three-day event was due to see sets from Deadmau5, Calvin Harris and Sub Focus among others before the decision was made to cancel. JMU student Emma Kemmery

FLOODING: festival-goers seen covered in mud splashes at last year’s event which was eventually cancelled due to bad weather from Leeds said: “The weather really put a downer on the whole weekend, the Saturday was amazing, but all the biggest DJs, and the ones we paid money to see were due to do their sets on Sunday, and one by one we found out they were cancelling. The weather was fine, we drank through being wet, but the whole reason for us going was for the music. It was a massive let down.” Matthew Champion, from West

Kirby said: “We tried not to let the weather and flooding affect our time at the festival but it was hard to ignore the camping field slowly turning into a pond. We were disappointed when the cancellation was announced, but after a quick trip home we continued out into Liverpool.” Matt Garratt from Daresbury said: “The first day of Creamfields was an overwhelming success. Excited partygoers revelled in

the opportunity to witness their favourite bands and DJs live but little did they know of the carnage that was about to transpire, for on the Saturday night the heavens opened and at least a few centimetres of rain fell. “Needless to say, I wasn't particularly bothered by the whole event as I simply walked back to my house down the road, had a shower and got into bed.” The instalment of 1500m of new

track ways and bridges is hoped to improve access for campers travelling between the campsites and the arena sites where it is affected by particularly heavy rainfall. Creamfields have also made the decision to move a number of arenas that were deemed unfit for use to higher areas within the current arena site. The line-up for this year's event will be announced on Wednesday and tickets go on sale on Friday.

by Vanessa Gainford

help the centres run and have recently provided internet access, a minibus, fuel costs and many new facilities. Mr McGreal’s 32-year-old daughter attends one of the centres along with 132 other people and Mr McGreal said: “The council’s statistics say there are only 91, so their own figures are wrong. We can prove its wrong and we want an explanation and we formally request an explanation of how the information was collected. Wrong is a word that keeps coming up here, it’s just so unjust. “There are special needs people now attending secondary school, now those children when they come out of full time education their parents will be looking for somewhere for them to go, i.e. a placement , if they close them down, they’ll have nowhere to go. “They’re going to be home with

their elderly parents and they will respond in a bad way, because they’re not getting out. They’re not getting social stimulated.” The centres offer a vital service and the changes will have a significant detrimental impact upon the people who use these services. Mr McGreal said: “They have totally glossed over the fact that people are opposed to the closure and the forced relocation.” Brian Donaldson, a carers representative, wrote a letter to the council which said: “This proposal has not met with any support from the people who use the service in fact it has made hundreds of people deeply distressed, extremely worried and inflicted so much pain on people whose lives are so very fragile anyway.” The campaigners want to record a music video and song which is under way but under council regulations the students are not al-

lowed to be filmed or perform on council property, without formal permission from the publicity office. The campaign to save services is going well and starting to build up momentum and so far the petition has 4,634 signatures, they now have banners, ‘Save our Centre’ t-shirts and a local film company has also offered two hours of free filming and rehearsals to aid the campaign. Despite progress being made, the campaign is finding obstacles at almost every corner. Mr McGreal said: “My wife was down yesterday making a wall with students’ artwork when they were told by council they were not allowed to film in the centre and the staff, who are carers, are forbidden under an employment law so they cannot be involved in any way with any form of protest.” Time is ‘precious’ to the campaign as on March 5, one representative has been given five minutes to represent the case at a local budget meeting. Mr McGreal went on to say: “This is the students, this is their centre, this is what I pay the rates for. They’re targeting the most vulnerable people in society and its unjust, that’s it.” Sign petition below to help save centres for vulnerable adults

People left vulnerable as Wirral centres may be set for closure

A campaign has been set up to prevent the closure of several Wirral centres for vulnerable people. The campaign hopes to reverse Wirral Borough Council’s decision to cut over £100million from centres which support those with learning and physical disabilities. Three Wirral centres have united and are vigorously opposing the closure of the centres. Stephen McGreal head campaigner of the Northern region said: “The special needs people in three centres are distraught at the prospect of one of the centres, they all think it will be their own, being shut.” Mr McGreal said: “The department of adult social services is claiming there is a 33% shortage of users attending the centres but we have proven it’s not true. The attendance at day centres has remained static for five years and there is a waiting time to get into day centres. The whole information given has been distorted” The centres offer various opportunities for the people who attend such as work placements and voluntary work. The users of the centres also fundraise for a variety of charities such as children who require expensive operations, cancer research and red nose day. Parents and carers also fundraise a lot to


Bay TV Historic Liverpool projection for Wavertree wins bid for local service by Rosie Cameron

by Vanessa Gainford

Bay TV Liverpool will now run the city’s hyper local television service. Ofcom confirmed that Bay TV won the bid. There were four other bidders for the Liverpool license, Made in Liverpool, Metro8 Liverpool, Sean Marley and Phil Redmond’s Our-TV and YourTV Liverpool. The contracts are awarded for a period of up to 12 years and some stations will be on air before the end of 2013. The service will be broadcast to an audience of around 890,000 viewers. The news given will be provided in partnership with Johnson’s Mercury Press and Media as well as a team of video journalists and feature staff. Its schedule suggests it will broadcast more than ten hours of local programming, including two and a half hours of news every day. It has been confirmed that Bay TV will employ a total of 19 staff that will cover the Liverpool city region, including Halton, Wigan and parts of Cheshire. Former Liverpool captain Robbie Fowler and radio presenter, Pete Price are signed up as part of the station’s football team, and Liam Fogarty will present a weekly politics and local issues debate on location around the local area.

Rise in dog theft rate

Dogs stolen on Merseyside are being sold to people over a black market on the internet said to be worth thousands. The price for pedigree dogs has risen in the last few years some fetching around £2,500. Some of the most popular dogs on Merseyside include pugs, French bulldogs, Boston terriers and types of poodles. Nationally, figures show an estimated 3,500 dog thefts last year – an increase of around 17% on the previous 12 months. The biggest rise has been in thefts of cocker spaniels, following an increase in popularity.

Search for missing mother A major search is under way today for a Burscough mother of three Karen Simpson. Karen Simpson went missing following a trip to the supermarket. She was last seen leaving Tesco in Burcough, near Ormskirk at around 11am. She went there to buy nappies for her baby daughter, who was born in November last year. A Facebook page set up appealing for Karen to come home attracted nearly 2,500 users as hundreds of volunteers rallied together to search footpaths, fields and gardens around the area where she was last seen. They joined around 30 officers on the ground, dog units, mountain search and rescue teams, underwater diving teams and a police helicopter.

Residents in South Liverpool are in for a treat next month as illumination artwork specialists Illuminos visit the city to project historic scenes of South Liverpool onto houses in Wavertree. L1578 Life is a community project which will incorporate stalls, workshops, artwork, and a film projected onto houses in Cantsfield and Tunstall Street. Local residents are being asked to dig out their old photographs and footage of the area to truly and accurately reflect life across the L15, L7 and L8 postcodes. The project hopes to bring community spirit and nostalgia to the residents, and is being praised by local council members. Illuminos, the company making the film projection, have recently

visited Warrington with an enchanting display named “When the wolves were running”, an illuminated shadow play inspired by John Mansfield’s book The Box of Delights. The Bury-based company run by Matt and Rob Vale, has described the Warrington Town Hall project as “one of our favourites to date”. They also visited Dingle at Christmas with a breathtaking projection onto the iconic Coleman’s Fireproof Depository building. Another work of art that they created was showcased as part of Treasured, the Titanic commemoration at Liverpool Cathedral. Any residents with photos or video footage should send them to Anyone wanting to run a stall as part of the project should contact Billy Maxwell on 0151 225 8693

Toxteth protest at Natwest closure by Alice Kirkland

A local community was out in force on Friday in a drastic attempt to save what has been dubbed as a ‘unique’ bank. NatWest in Toxteth is set to shut its doors on the 27th March with locals fearing the knock on impact on the community could be disastrous. Reverend Robert Gallagher, of St Margaret’s Church, Toxteth, said: “In the 1981 riots the bank was raised to the ground and NatWest bank came back and said ‘we’re here for the long run’. “It’s been an integral part of the community. This is a little village centre here; shopping, banking, people meet here, talk here. “It’s also a community that has lost an awful lot; post office- gone, school- gone, law centre- gone. And now the bank is going.” Reverend Gallagher also spoke of how morale in the community is down, as many feel the closure of the bank is imminent. He said: “There’s a lot of anger around and a lot frustration. There’s a real sense that nothing is going to be changed now. Even our MP, Louise Ellman, who has been supporting us strongly the entire time is now admitting that the reality is that RBS are going to close the bank.” The bank was the first in the country to offer a drive-thru cash machine service. Demand was so high last year that a second cash machine was installed outside the

building. But RBS, who own NatWest, have said the bank will be closing due to a low footfall. The nearest NatWest bank will now either be on Allerton Road, (which is a bus journey away) Oxford Street, (which is being closed down in 2017 and moved to the University of Liverpool campus) or Liverpool One. Rita Smith, who runs the Peter Kavanagh’s community pub in Toxteth, is outraged at the proposed closure. She said: “There are people in the community who are physically or mentally challenged. “My staff from the pub have helped to build up their confidence by going to the bank with them. Now they will go to the bank on their own. This is where people feel safe. “If they have to go into town to bank the process will have to start all over again. It’s tragic, absolutely tragic.” Although there has been speculation for some time that the bank was closing, the first time the community were made aware that it was definitely going to happen was when a notice went up inside the bank several weeks ago. It read: “Our decision to close Liverpool Prince’s Road branch permanently from 4.30pm on Wednesday 27th March hasn’t been an easy one.” NatWest also recently released a statement to Bay TV Liverpool that said: “Customer demand has fallen sharply over the last 12

Man dies after rescue attempt A man has died after a friend tried to rescue him from Queen’s dock in Liverpool. Emergency services arrived at the city’s waterfront at about 4.30am yesterday to a report that two men were in the water. A 56-year-old man was taken to hospital in a serious condition by paramedics but despite receiving medical treatment he died last night. A 28-year-old man was still in hospital in a stable condition. The death is currently being treated as unexplained, and family

members were set to be informed and more details would be released later today. The area was cordoned off for examination and inquiries are underway as the police try to seek out any witnesses to the incident. Fire services were also called to provide extra support with specialist rescue vessels. The coast guard couldn’t be deployed because of how far away the incident took from open water. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Illuminous have described their Warrington projection as ‘one of our favourites to date.’

months. We have advised staff and will be helping our customers to make alternative arrangements. A full branch offering is available at the nearby Liverpool University branch, which is less than a mile away as well as at our two city centre branches. “We also have a range of other options that our customers can use to access their accounts. These include our NatWest mobile phone applications, online and telephone banking services and the use of any post office to pay bills, withdraw cash and check balances.” However, Toxteth has one of the lowest rates of internet users in the city, as well as an ageing population. Ms Smith said: “The older generation don’t have access to online-banking. They don’t know about stuff like that. “They like to come in, have a talk with somebody, get their pennies, and know that there’s someone they can talk to in the middle of the day when maybe they are on their own. “We were hoping that through the meetings that we had with NatWest we would be able to put our point over and they’d be sympathetic to us but it looks like that hasn’t happened so this is why the protest today has taken place.” There are rumours that Tesco are in line to make a bid on the iconic building, which stands at the crossed road of Upper Parliament Street and Catherine Street. For many locals, this would hurt

Protestors outside the Toxteth branch of NatWest the community further as local shops and businesses would be put into competition with the supermarket giant. A NatWest employee at the Toxteth branch, who wished not to be named, said he is not worried about his job as they have been told they have been transferred,

but is aware that the skills they have developed to be able to work successfully in the community will be lost. There is a hope that local community groups will be able to establish and run their own community bank, but this is all dependent on the support of NatWest.

Baby joy for Liverpool model Danielle by Hayley Minn

Danielle Lloyd and hubby Jamie O’Hara are expecting their third child. The model and TV presenter, 29, and her footballer husband already have two sons, Archie, two, and 19-month-old Harry, and now Danielle hopes for a girl to add to their brood. She told Closer magazine: “It’s going to be our last baby, so I’d love a girl I can dress up rather than have to play football with. Danielle also said her pregnancy came as complete shock and she

and Wolverhampton Wanderers star Jamie, 26, conceived after getting “a bit carried away” on a night out in December celebrating her birthday. She said: “When I first saw the positive test, I thought to myself, ‘I must be mad,’ but when we had the six-week scan and saw the heartbeat, we were over the moon.” The mum-of-two took to Twitter to thank her 302,138 followers. She wrote: “Thanks to all my followers for all your kind messages such a happy day can’t stop smiling.”

Danielle and her husband

One scandal too many? by David Williamson

Catholics in Liverpool have today given their views about the resignation and the accusations surrounding Cardinal Keith O’Brien. The most senior Roman Catholic cleric in Britain, Cardinal O’Brien is stepping down as leader of the Scottish Catholic Church. He is currently contesting three accusations about inappropriate behaviour towards other priests dating back to the 1980s. A former priest claims Cardinal O’Brien made an inappropriate approach to him in 1980, after night prayers. A second statement from another complainant says he was living in a parish when he was visited by O’Brien, and inappropriate contact took place

between them, and a third complainant alleges dealing with what he describes as unwanted behaviour by the cardinal in the 1980s after some late-night drinking. Cardinal O’Brien, the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, apologised to “all whom I have offended” for “any failures” during his ministry. He will not take part in electing a new pope, leaving Britain unrepresented. Liverpool Life asked local Catholics to comment on the cardinal’s resignation and recent events surrounding the Catholic Church and whether the church could recover. At 8pm this Thursday, Pope Benoit XVI will officially leave his position. As from this moment he will be known as ‘emeritus pope’.


© MATEUS_27:24&25. Flickr Pope Benoit XVI retires this week

© Lawrence OP. Flickr. Cardinal Keith O’Brien

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Amy Hope, student, 20

Martin Isherwood, LIPA, 44

Sandra Hutchinson, manager, 42

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“It’s probably ruined its reputation a little. It doesn’t really help with the timing either because the popes just resigned as well.”

“I’ve grown up Catholic so obviously he’s a part of my religion. If he can give up everyone else can. I think I need to understand more about his role. But I think we’ll be fine.

“The Catholic Church has been around 2000 years, it’s a rain drop on a wind screen. Of course it will recover, it’s a bit of gossip, and it’s a bit of scandal. People are human, people mess up, even priests.”

“I’m from Northern Ireland, and I’ve seen it over the last 40 years. It’s just cover-ups, eventually it has to be exposed and the victims have to be protected.”

“It must really look inside itself and look at the hypocrisy of the organisation and sort itself out. Their public relations at the moment is disgusting especially as it’s surrounding the resignation of the pope. “



Vigil for George on 70th birthday By Hayley Minn A vigil was held yesterday for what would have been Beatle George Harrison’s 70th birthday. Fans of the iconic guitarist were leaving flowers on the Beatles statue in Cavern Walks, off Liverpool’s Matthew Street. The theme of the vigil was “Imagine”, chosen after the famous John Lennon song of the same name. John James Chambers, founder of the Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society, told the Liverpool Echo: “We want to send the message of love out of from Liverpool to around the world, for peace and understanding. “It is only right that we honour George, his character and his creative genius on what would have been his 70th birthday. Musically he was very special and what the Beatles did will never happen again.” The Liverpool Academy of Art recently honoured Harrison by displaying a series of his work from his formative years right through until his death. The academy also invited fans from around the world to send in birthday cards which they had designed to commemorte the musician. The lead guitarist of The Beat-

les, George was born in 1943 in Wavertree’s Arnold Grove. Often described as the “quiet Beatle”, George became an admirer of Indian mysticism and famously collaborated with sitar player Ravi Shankar. During his travels to India Harrison found faith and decided to convert to the religion of Islam. Asia became a spiritual home for the guitarist and inspired the majority of his solo career. Following the Beatles’ split, he released a succession of solo albums, the most successful being 1970’s triple album All Things Must Pass and 1987’s Cloud Nine. He was married twice, to Patti Boyd from 1966 to 1977 and then Olivia Trinidad Arias, with whom he had a son, Dhani in 1978. Harrison continued to record until he lost his long-running battle with lung cancer in 2001, in honour of his faith Harrison left a note in his will along with more that £100 million stating that he wanted to rest in true peace, his family honoured his wishes and after his cremation in Hollywood his ahese were flown to India and scattered in the river Ganges. Harrison was appointed an MBE in 1965 along with the rest of the band and won an Academy Award for ‘Let it Be in 1971.

VIGIL: George Harrison, who died in 2001

By Ian Bolland

Bristol, Jersey and Stratford-upon-Avon before staying in Brighton from 1987 onwards before

Music 28th February – 3rd March The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University Jazz is coming to Merseyside as a new International Jazz Festival launches from the 28th February to 3rd March. The Capstone Theatre will welcome the smooth sounds of Roller Trio, Led Bib, Robert Mitchell, Kit Downes Quintet, Denys Baptiste’s Triumvirate and Courtney Pine to name but a few. With some of the programmed events running for free there is bound to be something for everyone, as both national and international musicians get ready to get the crowds swinging and jumping. Since opening in 2010 The Capstone Theatre has proved itself to be THE venue for cutting edge jazz and world music in Liverpool. From hardcore saxophone fans to those hearing the trumpet for the first time there will surely be something to satisfy all those who appreciate live music.


Liverpool to host BBC sales expo as British TV goes global Liverpool is to become the centre of the television world as it welcomes more than 600 executives from TV and digital companies in the nation’s biggest television market. It is hosting the BBC Showcase 2013, a four-day event which sees some of the best programmes that the BBC has to offer, with over 50,000 hours of content available. MasterChef presenters John Torode and Donald Skehan are expected to attend along with Chris O’Dowd who will be promoting Sky1 comedy Moone Boy which is due to return later this year. The event has previously been held in Brighton, and was first held in 1976 with the first showcase including fondly remembered shows such as Fawlty Towers, The Good Life and the original Doctor Who series. The event has also been held in

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moving to Liverpool. In the past popular shows such as Yes, Minister was remade in

Ukraine. Allo! Allo! – a comedy set in France during World War II was sold to Germany , The Vicar of Dibley to Kazakhstan, and Spooks sold to Russia despite many storyline being written around Russian agents. Sitcom The Office has been a notable success from previous events having had remakes in six countries - with the original being shown in over 170 countries. Shows that are likely to attract attention are Top Gear – which has also had similar success like The Office – along with Doctor Who which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and is likely to be the centre of much attention. In the past many stars of shows have attended such as Sir David Attenborough, Michael Palin, Michael Aspel, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes star Philip Glenister, the writer for Doctor Who Steven Moffat along with the current Doctor himself in Matt Smith.

The Lantern Festival, Blundell Street 2nd March 7.30pm Tickets £10/£12 Get your glad rags on as the opera is coming to Liverpool for one night only. Relative Pitch Opera is proud to present Helena Leonard in The Nightingale of South Bank- the arias of the versatile English Soprano Florence Easton. Helena will be performing many of Florence’s famous arias from operas including Madame Butterfly, Gianni Schicchi, Aida, Tosca and many more. This one-woman show has already had excellent reviews as Helena takes on the role of a woman famed for her ability to taken an unknown part at very short notice and perform it flawlessly in public the same day. A performance not to be missed by anyone with an interest in the opera.

Everton Library - ‘The Jewel on the Hill’ - and a chance to input into the future plans for the building. Threshold Festival @ Albert Dock, venue to be announced soon! Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March 2013, 12pm - 2pm The Suitcase Ensemble’s unique contemporary blend of music and storytelling to the Albert Docks as part of Liverpool’s biggest and best grass-roots music festival. Guests are invited to bring along their own stories, songs, instruments etc. to join in singarounds and jam sessions. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Children aged 13-16 must bring along a signed parental consent form. If you have any questions, or need to let us know about any access requirements, please contact Tessa Buddle: 07916 920415 or

Arts FACT 14th March – 26th May Free The Art of the Pop Video is coming to Liverpool in the first exhibition of its kind in the UK. More than 70 video clips will tell the story of the pop video, showcasing the contribution pop videos has had to modern culture. Artists featured will include Andy Warhol, Pipilotti Rist, Wolfgang Tillmans, Bruce Conner, Carsten Nicolai and Christian Jankowski. Local Liverpool bands and filmmakers will also be showcased at the exhibition, which will be accompanied by a programme of events and exhibitions for music lovers of all ages.

Family The Suitcase Ensemble is inviting families to attend a range of free creativity workshops for their bran new ‘Top and Tale’ morning. The workshops will include stories, song, folk tales and a cuppa with events open to all. There will also be an update from Hope Street Ltd on the renovation of the former

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On The Threshold: Grassroots Festival returns to show talent


by Joshua Nevett Threshold Festival is set to return to the city for the third year running to give grassroots artists and musicians a platform to display their talent. Threshold is the city’s largest grassroots, multi-arts, volunteer lead festival with a programme of over 180 artists and performers. The three day event will take place from 8th-10th March and will span across various different venues throughout the city including The Picket, Unit 51 Cafe and Elevator Bar. The main stage and the heart of the festival is situated at Camp and Furnace, a converted industrial warehouse on the outskirts of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. The line-up is an eclectic mixture of established and lesser-known performers and artists. MOBO Award winner Esco Williams headlines the bill along with A Ray of Charles, Coffee & Cakes for Funerals and LA soul acoustic artist JC Villafan. Following the success of Theshold’s inaugural event at the Contemporary Urban Centre (CUC) in February 2011, the local promoters behind the event decided to expand their vision and make the transition to larger spaces. Since then, the past two years has seen a growth spurt in the local music and art scene, enabling artists, musicians, performers and promoters to showcase their talent on a bigger scale. Kaya Herstad Carney, Festival Director said that Threshold Festival is about promoting the community and showcasing the underground scenes that makes the city tick. She said: “Threshold is art to art, art to punter and musician to industry. It’s not industry to industry or pushing “the next big thing” - not that there is anything against that. It is just not what we aim to do. “We showcase what is already going on in Liverpool to a wider audience. We are local at our core, and even though half of us are not

ALT-J - AN AWSOME WAVE Almost from the day it was nominated for the Mercury prize, Alt-J’s ‘An Awesome Wave’ was the favourite to win but what was a surprise was the extent of public support for a record described as “art rock”. There’s something new at every turn, from the jarring a cappella intro to ‘Tessellate’s’ geometrically precise electronica. The record is loaded with catchy choruses and jilted rhythms - and although some would say the album shares a certain sound with Wild Beasts’ Smother, this album is truly unique. Alien synth karaoke rock band Organ Freeman caused a stir at Threshold Festival in 2012

“Threshold is art to art, art to punter and musician to industry.”

from here, we belong here.” Kaya doesn’t believe in competing with other inner-city festivals, but working together to form strong bonds between like-minded people. She was part of the Liverpool Music Week team for the first five years, and has offered her support to other arts and music events in the city including the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool Fringe Festival and Above the Beaten Track. Visual arts volunteer and tour guide, Albany Owens volunteered for the festival because she wanted to get more involved with the music and art scene in Liverpool.

She said: “Threshold seemed like a really friendly, vibrant event and looked like it had a lot to offer. “Threshold stands out because it is a festival that celebrates and focuses on grassroots bands, new and emerging artists and community projects.” This year’s festival will incorporate three programming themes: Friday – escapism, Saturday – transformation and Sunday – collaboration. To complement a weekend packed full of music and visual arts, the festival also boasts a wide range of industry sessions, art workshops, panel discussions and book readings.

REVIEW: SWIM DEEP @ THE KAZIMIER B-town’s shaggy princes of surf-pop perform at the Kazimier by Joshua Nevett “Is this what an American high school should sound like?” asks bemused SWIM DEEP singer Austin Williams through an upheaval of highpitched jeers and hoots. This is just the sort of reception that topping just about everyone’s ‘Ones-To-Watch’ list for 2013 affords you – and that’s not to mention their status as the toast of Birmingham’s burgeoning ‘B-Town’ band circuit. Such is the excitement on their first headline UK tour in support of their forthcoming debut album, ‘The Sea’ (out March 4th); even the passive nonchalance of the four Brummie baggies isn’t enough to quell the boisterous cat-

erwauling in the Kazimier tonight. Swim Deep write sun-kissed pop songs that hover close to a pastiche of mid-90s grunge while still managing to convey the image of kickin’ back on Venice Beach with an ounce of high-grade marijuana. “Don’t just dream in your sleep - it’s just easy”, clamours Austin for their second single, ‘Hon-

ey’, underpinning Swim Deep’s escapist mantra, while sounding deliriously euphoric. “We finished our album a few days ago, I can’t wait to show you all”, remarks Austin, in a gulp of endearment - and with Charlie Hugnall (2:54, Florence Welch) on knob twiddling duties, we can’t wait to see it either. The warm, fuzzy harmonies of recent single, ‘The Sea’ coo gently as if to lull you into a dreamy stupor, but everyone is too woozy with the fumes of summer to be induced. Chiming guitars blaze for their breakthrough escapade ‘King City’: it’s driving bassline and melodic inflections are a nod towards Wavves or Splassh – 80s surf rock revival with a shared adoration for the dynamic rhythmic shifts of the Pixies. These lads aren’t fooling around to lampoon you with surfer-pop gimmickry: but rest assured they’ll have you frolicking around in a kaleidoscope of tie-dye and charity shop frocks off your tits on their sundrenched apathy.


HAIM - FALLING With its jittery guitar riffs and handclapped vigour, ‘Falling’ could be the soundtrack to a coming-of-age montage echoing the fleeting harmonies of Fleetwood Mac. Breathy vocal hook-line, “never give up” sounds like the provocative mantra of a 90s R&B band while the funky bass-line leaves you hop-scotching in their playground of frivolity. Haim’s catchy refrains and insatiable grooves are becoming ubiquitous; the only problem now seems to be the difficult task of deciding which of the three sisters I fancy more. JOSHUA NEVETT

JAMES BLAKE - RETROGRADE As a conservationist of the less abrasive, sterile facets of dubstep, James Blake’s soulful croons exist in a place so desolate and isolated; emotion is an inconceivable notion. JB’s first single from his second album, ‘Overgrown’ is still tinged with the spatial nothingness of his 2011 eponymous album, but unearths a newfound purity to unleash the slick singer-songwriter we all know he’s capable of being. “Ignore everybody else, we’re alone now”, he asserts in his strained falsetto between jeering synths and feathery high-hats. JOSHUA NEVETT

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Neil Young to headline inaugural International Music Festival

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - MIRRORS After a self-imposed hiatus from the music scene, Justin Timerlake’s recent return with the Jay-Z collaborated ‘Suit & Tie’ was an attempt to resume a period of musical dominance that he held just five years ago. However disappointing that effort was, this one shows the 31-year-old is back at his best. His recent performance of ‘Mirrors’ at the Brit Awards depicted that he still has the ability to hold a crowd in the palm of his hand, whilst also displaying the freshness that earned his hit ‘Cry Me A River’ a Grammy in 2004. RORY KELLY

THE CORONAS - DREAMING AGAIN Indie-rockers The Coronas are one of Ireland’s biggest bands, and having dominated the Irish music scene in recent years, the four-piece have since launched an onslaught on the British scene. This latest helping, remixed by acclaimed LA studio wizard Michael James is part of the band’s ‘Closer To You’ album, and with the balladeer vocals of front-man Danny O’Reilly being complemented by exquisite guitar from Dave McPhillips, this gives off an exuberent festival-theme, which is sure to have you singing along. RORY KELLY

CRAZY LIKE A HORSE: Neil Young and Crazy Horse are lined up for the new festival by Joel Richards Legendary artist Neil Young has been announced as the first big-name act for the new Liverpool International Music Festival. Young (pictured above), alongside long-time collaborators Crazy Horse, will come to the Echo Arena on Sunday August 18 to kick off this year’s event, which has replaced the former Mathew Street Festival. As part of his summer 2013 tour, the Canadian singer-songwriter is on his way back to the city having previously played the Empire Theatre in 1973 and it will be the first time the 67-year-old has

performed in Britain with Crazy Horse since 2001. The announcement represents a boost for the festival which was announced last week amidst controversy over the axing of the long-standing Mathew Street Festival, which had previously attracted up to 200,000 visitors to the city during August Bank Holiday weekend. The event, part funded by Arts Council England, will have two stages at the Pier Head and the Philharmonic Orchestra will play at Sefton Park. Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson commented: “We are delighted Neil Young and Crazy Horse are going to be part of the first Liverpool International Music Festival. This is a fantastic coup for the festival and

“This is my chance at stardom” - Ali by Michaela Shaw

BASTILLE - POMPEII After recently touring with Two Door Cinema Club, London band Bastille’s latest installment ‘Pompeii’ cements their status as one of Britain’s up and coming bands. Having released two EP’s of popular covers, including one of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Blue Jeans’, the band prove that they are capable with producing their own songs too. The anthematic chanting throughout this track stands out, allowing for lead man Dan Smith’s vocals to shine through in a Chris Martin-esqe fashion. RORY KELLY

for the City. Neil Young and Crazy Horse are world renowned artists and having them as part of the Liverpool International Music Festival will get the week off to an inspirational start.” Young has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice – once as a solo artist and once as a member of another of his bands, Buffalo Springfield. The tour will be the first time he has performed in the UK since 2009 when he headlined at Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight Festival and Hard Rock Calling. Last year Young and Crazy Horse released double album ‘Psychedelic Pill’. They recently toured North America and are set to tour Australia and New

Local underground musician Ali Ingle has been granted a shot at stardom after signing a recording contract with a top music mogul. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Liverpool has had nothing but success in the past year. After nearly a decade of being involved with music, Alistair was

recognized at the 2012 Liverpool music awards, winning the ‘Best Male Artist’ category. Ali siad: “I feel a duty to represent my city. I want to make those close to me proud. “Winning the Liverpool Music Award was a great honor and I feel like I’m starting to earn it. Representing Liverpool means a lot to me, it’s taught me a lot about how to be an artist, and there are some amazing musicians that came from here.” Kundun, the label which has snapped the artist up, is run by Guy Holmes, an influential figure in the

music industry. Having previously worked with major labels such as EMI and Island Records, he has worked with artists such as U2, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, and more recently, Jessie J. “It is a team of awesome people representing me in promotion and live shows and everything I need to succeed. It is a UK and US based record label.” Stunned by the opportunity, and excited for what the future holds, Ali described how it feels to achieve what every musician longs for – a recording deal. He said: “I have achieved a huge personal goal. I have completed a seemingly impossible dream. I will be making a living out of my passion. I have a long way to go but it is a very big step into a journey I intend to see through to the end. I feel like I have a responsibility, every musician dreams of a record deal, and I have this chance, I have to prove I am worthy. “I feel like it’s Christmas!” Reflecting his personal music style and influences, Ali added: “I would love to work with David Gray, that would be my ultimate writing fantasy. I was going to say Van Morrison … but I’ve heard he’s a bit of a crank!”

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Samuel Peers, 20, Manchester: “I would wear floral. Or Paisley. I like that whole psychedelic edge.”

Richard Eves, 30: “I would wear florals and paisley, I don’t mind it.”

Ruairi Campbell, 18, Liverpool: “No. I don’t feel the need to try to express myself through what I wear so I wouldn’t wear anything like that.”

Damien Williams, 50, Kensington: “No I wouldn’t wear that. I’m too old. I used to have a red floral shirt when I was younger though.”

Adam O’Hare, 22, Ireland: “No way. If I wore one of those shirts my mates would never let me live it down”

Floral patterns are fab - but are menfolk these days bloomin’ cowards when it comes to bold flowery shirts? We took to Liverpool city centre to find out ...

Jordan Roberts,18, Wales: “No! Flowers aren’t my thing. Unless I was in Hawaii or somewhere, I would wear a floral shirt then.”

Costi Taga, 19, Romania: “No I wouldn’t wear a floral shirt. I like simple clothing.”

Daniel O’Brien, 20, Manchester: “My dad wore a floral Hawaiian shirt on holiday once and it put me right off.”

David Edwards, 56, Liverpool: “I would wear those Hawaiian shirts on holidays, but not at home.”

Oli Eardley, 19, Liverpool student, from Manchester: “Yes I would wear a floral shirt, if it was fashionable.”

Chris Askew, 20, Liverpool: “Maybe. It depends where I was going and what it looked like.”

Martin Jones, Runcorn: “Definitely not. I’m too boring for that.”



Getting insured abroad: Are you covered?

We pack our suncream but leave our common sense at home, why do we do dangerous things on holiday?

By Joe Barnes

Michaela Shaw investigates... In the wake of the hot air balloon disaster that happened in Egypt, resulting in the death of 18 tourists, Liverpool Life has taken a look at people who have been involved in similar incidents, and experienced the horror first hand. The crash has put things into perspective for some tourists who regularly take part in ‘extreme tourism’ excursions while on holiday. It’s a normal thing to be enticed by the excitement of cheap thrills in foreign countries, however, it’s important to remember, and perhaps we don’t, the risks that such things may impose. Danielle Vernon, 20, from Warrington was shocked to hear of the Egypt crash, as her very own parents had been on the exact same trip just a week prior. She said: “It’s so scary to think that my mum and dad under a week ago went on a hot air balloon ride in Luxor. I’m lucky my parents came home.” Danielle’s mum, 49-year-old Nadine Vernon, described her experience on the same hot air balloon ride a week prior to the accident. She said: “It was very well organised, all safety checks were adhered too. We had to practice the landing position several

Parascending - looks fun but how safe is it? times before taking off. The pilot was extremely knowledgable about all the sights and he was also very entertaining, making jokes during the flight. I was extremely upset this morning to hear about the balloon incident, my heart goes out to the families who have lost their loved ones.” The events that unfolded in Egypt may make tourists look back at decisions they made in the past which may have put

themselves at danger, and it may also encourage people to be more vigilant when it comes to these forms of ‘extreme tourism’ by ensuring they are properly regulated by health and safety, and being ran by professionals. LJMU student Jonathan Bridge recalls his experience while on holiday in Ibiza; a girl sharing the same hotel was involved in a horrific incident while on a boat trip.

He said: “While I was on holiday, we were warned about doing some of these activities by one of the 18-30 reps, because a girl in the same hotel as us had a bad accident, she had been caught in the propellers of a boat.” The victim was a 20 year old British holidaymaker who suffered a severely broken leg, but was lucky to be alive following the accident. Jonathan added: “The likes of parasailing and that kind of thing have never appealed to me. If I wouldn’t do that sort of thing here at home, I definitely wouldn’t do it in a foreign country where you’re less confident of safety measures and guidelines being followed.” However, regular extreme tourist, 20-year-old Charlotte, claims that you cannot live in fear of injuries or accidents while taking part in such activities, and you can’t let it hold you back. She said: “I have been travelling in Australia and I have spent the last month doing things such as bungee jumping, sky diving, white water rafting, and canoeing. I had faith in the equipment being used. I have done more extreme things in my 20 years than some people will

do in their whole lives. I say live for today not for tomorrow.” The tourists in Egypt thought they were taking part in a routine excursion to see the sights of Luxor, and unfortunately disaster struck and 18 people have lost their lives. This emphasizes the importance of safety while being involved in such activities, and shows the darker side of tourism which anybody can be unfortunate enough to experience.

Travel insurance is probably the last thing you think of before jetting off on your much needed holiday but make sure it is at the top of your list before leaving! You can often pick up cheap travel cover, for as little as £10 a week but make sure you know what you are covered for. The so called ‘budget’ covers look comprehensive at first glance but often come with high excesses, anywhere from £200£400 per claim, the average cost to cover an ear-infection across Europe is £320, so you could end up footing the entire bill without being able to use your cover. The second most important thing to consider is what activities you will be covered for whilst some companies may say you are covered for hundreds of activities whilst away, double check what they are! Quad biking, a common occurrence for young Brits abroad, is not covered under most policies as a standard, so make sure before jumping on a bike ring up your provider to add additional cover to stop ending up with a big bill if you have an accident.

Jetskiing is a sport holiday makers can enjoy

If you have itchy feet - just do it! Michaela Shaw talks about gap year experiences and why she thinks it is important for students to travel while they can Have you ever considered leaving Liverpool behind, and throwing yourself into the unknown? Is there a country you’ve never visited, or experiences you never thought you’d have; just imagine the memories that could last a life time? You can achieve all these things and more if you decide to spend your summer (or even an entire year) travelling to different parts of the world. If you’re a university student, regardless of your year of study, this is the perfect time to travel. Five-month summers and student loans and bursaries can all contribute towards making your summer dream a reality. Whether it’s the other side of the world, or a place closer to home, travelling or working abroad can give you the experience of a lifetime. In August 2011, I booked a flight to a place that was 5,300 miles away, the city of dreams, Los Angeles in California. If jetting off to the other side of

the world isn’t really your thing, you can involve yourself in adventures not so far away. 20-year-old Rachael Gill, from Widnes, went on a summer holiday to the party island of Ibiza, and fell in love. She decided to spend the entire summer season working on the resort, and has done so for three years. She said: “The experiences were amazing. I’m doing my third season this year! I thoroughly enjoyed myself; even going to work was fun! Advice I would give to somebody who wants to do the same thing is make sure you save up a bit of money, and book a one way ticket while you’re young, it’s the best thing you will ever do!” Rachael was even lucky enough to meet her current long-term boyfriend on the Island, a man she wouldn’t have met unless she ventured off to Ibiza. She added: “I met the love of my life in Ibiza, my boyfriend is from Hastings down south, and he’s moved to be with me up

north. We met the day I started working at a bar and he asked me out for a drink, we’ve been together every day since.” Another fun-loving traveller, Charlotte Douglas, 25, has spent the past several years exploring different areas of the world, as far as Australia and as close to home as France. She said: “Just GO! You don’t need to save that much, just get a job when you’re there. Experience life and when you come home you look at the world in a whole different perspective! If I won the lottery I would send all my friends away to travel, seriously, everybody should do it once in their life.” The experiences you can encounter during travelling are next to none, you can apply for schemes such as Camp America, or Camp Leaders, as well as BUNAC, who help students obtain working visas. You can also just book your flight, and go and make your own memories of a lifetime!

Michaela Shaw at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco


Give a dog

a home

e rounds Liverpool Lif e up some of th rescue hundreds of across centre dogs oking Merseyside lo for homes

by Josh Parry

Our region has one of the highest numbers of stray pooches in the UK. According to figures from the Dogs Trust, the Granada Region had nearly 17,000 stray hounds in 2012. Liverpool Life turns the spotlight on the ‘forgotten dogs of Merseyside’ to help find their forever homes

Beau is a five-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. He is full of energy and so needs a home who can use his brain often to keep him out of mischief. He is a really lively dog but has a loving nature and loves to curl up after a long walk. He is OK with other quiet dogs, however he doesn’t like too much attention from other dogs. Beau would be best suited to being the only dog in the home as he loves getting all the attention. He is also best suited to an adult only home as he does have some issues that need working with, but full help and support will be given by the centre’s behaviourist. You can find more information on Beau at: http://www.


You can find more information on Alfie at: http://www. detail/alfie8

You can find more information on Murphy at: http://www. detail/murphy1

Alfie is a Rottweiller cross Staffordshire Bull Terrier who has been passed through two homes in the space of one month. He is now being held at Freshfields and is looking for a new home. Staff at the rescue are seeking an active home where he won’t be left alone for more than a few hours a day, as puppies need plenty time spent on training and socialising. As with all puppies, Alfie has sharp claws and a bouncy personality which can be overwhelming for young children so please bear this in mind if you would like to offer Alfie a home.

Freshfields Animal Rescue 0151 931 1604 Freshfields Animal Rescue, based in Ince Blundell has been carrying out rescue work for the past 30 years and has operations in Liverpool and Wales. As well as dogs, they also rehome cats, ferrets and small mammals. If you would like to give one of these dogs a home, contact Freshfields using the above details.



Murphy is a Lurcher who was dumped at the door of Freshfields in a bad condition. He had a thin coat and a wound on his foot. Now he has been nursed back to health and despite his size- the biggest lurcher the centre has ever seen- he loves trying to fit on your knee so that he can be made a fuss of. He is looking for a home where he can be the only pet as, like most lurchers, he isn’t good with small animals. Murphy isn’t good with other dogs but provided he is walked in quiet areas he is fine. His dog walker says “He is a stunning chap, very friendly with people and very affectionate.”


Cindy is a one-year-old English Bull Terrier Cross. She is full of energy and came to the centre from a stray pound so Dogs Trust have limited history for her. Cindy is completely deaf and as such needs a patient owner who can spend the time to teach her hand signal commands rather than basic word commands. She is currently being taught with a clicker light and is responding really well. Cindy will make a wonderful dog as she is very friendly but would be best suited to children aged 10 or over as she can be very bouncy. She shouldn’t be left alone for extended periods You can find more information on Cindy at: http://www.

Dogs Trust Merseyside 0151 480 0660 Dogs Trust Merseyside is based in Huyton and is part of the charity’s network of rescue centres. They often have over 100 dogs at any given time and also provide microchipping at a redcued cost. If you would like to give one of these dogs a home, contact Dogs Trust Merseyside using the above details.


Hidden dangers of ‘safe’ cigarettes

Designed to be the healthier option available to smokers, Sara Ainsworth investigates the real health risks e-cigarettes pose As many as one million people in the UK are turning to electronic cigarettes as a way to curb the habit of a lifetime and save hundreds of pounds a year - but experts have branded them as unsafe as tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes aren’t regulated and are not available on NHS prescription.

actually prefer them to smoking, but when the battery runs out I find myself smoking my emergency supply of fags.”

E-cigarettes are known as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). They don’t contain tobacco but instead they comprise a battery, an atomiser and a cartridge containing nicotine which is why some people see them as a healthy option to smoking.

“I’ve been smoking for the last six or seven years. I smoke around 20 roll-ups a day, but I always have to go outside, whereas with the electronic cigarette I was able to stay inside, I was able to smoke where ever I wanted so I ended up smoking the nicotine equivalent of 30 a day.”

In some brands of e-cigarettes the device lights up when a smoker inhales which resembles the action of smoking a normal cigarette. When in use, a sensor detects air flow and heats the liquid in the cartridge resulting in the nicotine vapour being released into the air when exhaled. Because there is no tobacco in the products, they don’t contain tar which is the substance that’s potentially harmful to smokers, but whether the products are safe is widely contested. Currently, e-cigarettes are not regulated under smoke free law in the UK, and users of the product are free to use them in public places such as bars, restaurants and on public transport. Sarah Carden of Liverpool said that she bought an e-cigarette in the hope to quit smoking, but she now does a combination of both. “I have had one for a year which was bought for me by my mum who doesn’t agree with smoking. I think they’re good and I do

LJMU student, Dave Williamson said: “In theory the electronic cigarette is brilliant, with harmless vapours, no smell and the same hit as nicotine it makes sense to make the jump from tobacco products.”

He added: “At the time I was trying to quit, so it ended up being entirely counterproductive. For a healthier nicotine option they’re a great idea, but for quitting they’re no good, Instead of knocking the habit you end up just changing where you get the nicotine from.” “They are cheaper, they are healthier than their tobacco counterparts, but if you’re looking for a way out they aren’t the way to go.” According to Action on Smoking and Health’s (ASH) new briefing paper on electronic cigarettes, many smokers do utilise the products in an attempt to quit smoking. Recent findings showed that as many as 60% of smokers have cut down on their cigarette intake, as many as 51% have quit entirely, and 51% were glad to eradicate the smell of stale smoke which lingers on your clothes. One benefit that smokers found with the electronic device was that it satisfied the hand to mouth

behavioural component which isn’t tackled through alternative nicotine replacement therapies. Many long-term smokers say they feel that it curbs fidgeting during cravings. In 2011, Liverpool Primary Care Trust revealed that smoking is the largest cause of premature mortality in the UK and that Liverpool has the highest lung cancer death rate in the country. Eileen Streets, director of tobacco control at Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: “Currently we do not recommend electronic cigarettes to people who want to quit smoking because they have not been licensed by the government as a medicine. “However, we would support electronic cigarettes if they are properly regulated and evidence is produced which show they are effective in helping people to quit smoking.” There is currently no concrete evidence to suggest that the devices are completely safe to use. WHO’S Tobacco Regulatory Group have noted that in the absence of thorough clinical evaluation and long term population level surveillance, absolute safety of the products can’t be guaranteed. The safety concerns relate to the absence of product regulation and inconsistencies in quality control. The products are currently banned in Australia and Canada and can only be purchased over the internet. The US Food and Drug administration (FDA) has raised safety concerns over the amount of toxins that are released from the vaporisation of nicotine that is

Difference in the number of smokers who currently use e-cigarettes compared with those who have tried them

released. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is developing guidance on a harm reduction approach to smoking, they also aim to advise how to reduce death rates and illnesses attributable to smoking, which will include e-cigarettes. Their recommendations will be published in Spring 2013. Conversely, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is currently reviewing options to regulate nicotine-containing products which will include e-cigarettes. The debate is currently on-going, however if the devices are found to be safe and effective they could be available on NHS prescription in the near future. Electronic cigarettes have been subjected only to minimal scientific study - which has not provided enough information to demonstrate whether they are safer than tobacco cigarettes or effective as a smoking cessation product like nicotine gum or patches.

“They are cheaper, they are healthier than their tobacco counterparts - but if you’re looking for a way out, they aren’t the way to go”

The start-up cost of the two electronic devices is about £75.

Young sun bed users warned about damaging effects on health by Sara Ainsworth

Young sunbed users are now being warned against the effects of using the tanning booths as it will make them twice as likely to use antiaging products in later life and cause them to age prematurely. Cancer Research UK has released a campaign that outlines the devastating effects of using sunbeds at a young age. The R UV UGLY campaign highlights that overexposure to UV lights can alter the skins pigmentation which causes skin to age before its time. The new results show that 68% of people asked are concerned about the consequences of visiting tanning booths, and 19% of people regularly use anti-ageing products before the age of 25. in the 18-24 age range group.

Another serious implication of artificial tanning is skin cancer which is caused when UV rays cause mutations to the DNA in skin cells which builds up gradually over time. The most serious type of cancer malignant melanoma has quadrupled in the UK over the last 30 years and is most prevalent in older people but is the second most common type. The main reasons that young people use sunbeds are to look more attractive, to get a base tan before going on holiday and to stay tanned during the winter months. Experts advice to stay away from sunbeds as they can increase your chances of developing cancer by more than 50% whilst adding to wrinkles and pigmentation.

When adding up the total of how much youths spend on sunbeds it is believed that 30% of users spend approximately £20 a month. Katie Croft told JMU Journalism: “I use the sunbeds about twice a week mainly because I don’t like being pale and feel happier in myself when I have a tan, I’m aware of the effects they can have on skin later in life but I very rarely think about it! I find the sunbeds help to keep my skin moisturised as I suffer from eczema so this is another reason why I use them!” Kate Cameron told JMU Journal ism: “When I was 19, my mum had a sunlamp that she had had for years and when she went on holiday I got it out to give it a go. All of the protective stuff off the bulbs had worn off because it was

old. I ended up in A&E and had severe sun stroke. For about two weeks I didn’t leave the house.” She added: “My skin was peeling and I had 3rd degree burns, but luckily it didn’t leave me scarred, and the doctor said it was more like a chemical peel. I was lucky really, but now I always use lots of sun cream, to avoid my skin ageing. Sunlamps are now illegal, some people used go on them for ages, but I was only on for four minutes because I followed the instructions. “Even though I wasn’t on for long the pain was enough to put me off sunbeds and sunbathing for life. I was really lucky my skin wasn’t permanently damaged. i think young people look for quick ways of having a tan but I learn the hard way.”

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Life/Sport/14 Debutants take to the pitch for blind football by Arild Skjaeveland Merseyside Blind FC played their first two games of the new year, as they travelled to The Royal College for the Blind in Hereford on Saturday. The team had two debutants in the side – 16 year old Ben Jackson-Spruce and Jordon Ashton. Their first opponent was West Midlands, who they met on their Blind Futsal League debut back in October. West Midlands won the match back in October 4-0, and is currently second in the table, trailing Worcester by a point. They were also the strongest team this Saturday, as goals in the 15th and 35th minute gave West Midlands the win. Matt Cliff and Eamon Preston are being praised for their defensive performance. Next up was London and SE Blind Centre of Excellence. A 13th minute strike from Captain Roy Turnham was enough to secure Merseyside Blind FC their second ever win. Turnham is the big start, after playing for Great Britain in the Paralympics last year. The Merseysiders now sit fourth in the table. Next month they face tough opposition as they meet league leaders Worcester Blind and third-placed RNC Academy

Coming out of the locker Josh Killner asks why is it STILL not okay to be gay in the game?

The chairman of Liverpool John Moores University football team believes there is a long way to go before homosexuality is accepted properly in football, despite never experiencing homophobia in football. Last week, Robbie Rogers, an American footballer who has played in England at Leeds United and internationally for USA, decided to retire from football after revealing his sexuality on his blogging site: Writing on his website, Rogers said: “For the past 25 year I have been afraid, afraid to show whom I really was because of fear. Fear that judgment and rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations. Fear that my loved ones would be farthest from me if they knew my secret. Fear that my secret would get in the way of my dreams. “Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. “I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined… I will always be thankful for my career.” Only two other professional footballers have publicly said they are gay, including England Under-21 international Justin Fashanu who, in 1990, became the first professional footballer in Britain to reveal he was gay. However, at the age of 37, Fashanu took his own life following allegations of sexual assault. Despite Rogers coming out, as

Bulls on their home ground.

Smoke bombs disrupt u21’s match

by Eoghain McKane A match between Liverpool and Man United’s u-21’s was marred after smoke bombs were set off and the pitch at Langtree Park was invaded by a fan. Bitter rivals Liverpool and Man United have played host to tense and hot-tempered matches at the highest level but this type of conduct is very rare at reserve level. The smoke bomb was thrown onto the pitch by Man United fans, and one fan confronted Liverpool striker Adam Morgan. Liverpool had occasional first squad members such as Raheem Sterling, Jonjo Shelvey, Andre Wisdom and Suso. However Liverpool still came out of the match losing 1-0, following a 94th minute winner from United’s Michele Fornasier, no doubt helped by the sending off of Liverpool defender Stephen Sama. United’s officials were appalled by the conduct of some of their fans and two fans were seen getting spoken to by the police after the match. The last incident of note at this level was two years ago at Anfield when United fans were singing songs about the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters. In this incident there were three arrests and six fans were ejected from the ground. Sian Jones was at the match and said: “One went off in the stands and then when that was in full effect they threw one onto the pitch just as it was about to go off.”

© Twitter/robbierogers well as a number of high profile professionals in other sports, Sam Pullinger, Chairman of LJMU Men’s football, believes there is still a long way to go before homosexuality is properly accepted in the game. Talking to Liverpool Life, he said: “I do not have an issue with the decision made by Robbie Rodgers in coming out gay and would fully support it. However, I think the timing of the decision may not have been the best. He decided to come out gay the minute he retired. I personally do not see that as a step in the right direction. “Although he has received full support from ex-players and managers he should have done it while still playing. I still think there is a massive issue regarding being

openly gay in football, maybe more so than most other sports. Pullinger believes more people need to follow suit: “I think it is because the acceptance of being gay in football is not a straightforward issue. I think all gay football players would have to come out and reveal themselves as gay to make it less of an issue In relation to university football, Pullinger believes the problems will come from opposing players, rather than teammates: “I do not think there would be any issue regarding a player’s teammates, but maybe more so the other players from opposing teams or members who are not part of the team. I would not have an issue with any of the LJMU players coming out as gay.”

Lost diary of an iconic manager by Rory O’Reilly It was a rarity to see Bill Shankly give an in-depth interview. But for the first time in over half a century we can finally get an insight into the mind of one of the game’s greatest managers. In 1969 the iconic Liverpool manager, who won 11 trophies during his time at the club, was ready to speak his mind. The man who is credited with building Liverpool FC had just won the Second Division and with that promoted his side back to the top flight for the first time in eight years. Half a century later, the editor of Kop Magazine, Chris McLoughlin, was researching old material on Shankly to mark the 50th anniversary of Liverpool’s promotion, when he discovered a sporting relic. It became apparent that Shankly had agreed, back in 1962, to write

14 columns for the Football Echo entitled ‘The Hard Road Back,’ and until now a detailed insight into one of the greatest managers in the game has been so far unheard. What McLoughlin had discovered was a look into Shankly’s vision to restore Liverpool to the pinnacle of English football and now after been published by Trinity Mirror Sport Media in new book ‘Shankly: The Lost Diary.’ In extracts from the first instalment of Shankly’s weekly column, which was published in the Echo on May 12 1962, Shankly explains why he had agreed to put pen to paper. “When I was approached by the Liverpool ECHO to write a series of articles on events at Anfield since my arrival here about twoand-a-half years ago, I finally decided to undertake the commission solely to endeavour to maintain interest in football in Liverpool and district during the close season.

The book of Bill Shankly’s lost columns for the Echo “I do not always agree with football reports in this paper and in the normal course of events, have no way of replying to such articles, but as I am now contributing, I feel very strongly that I must take

this opportunity of emphasising this fact. “It is not that I resent criticism of my team, indeed I am probably its sternest critic, but I feel criticism can sometimes be too strong. “A case in point is the report of the recent match against Everton where the comments make me wonder if the reporter and I were watching the same game. “My idea in this matter is to not only enlighten supporters of Liverpool football, but also to help bring those supporters closer together, if that is possible.” Shankly goes on to explain his decision to leave his position at Huddersfield FC in order to take the role at Liverpool in 1959. “After my playing days were over, I served my apprenticeship on the managerial side of football with struggling clubs, but although to call them that may be ungracious, it is a statement of fact and does not detract from my gratitude to them for the opportunity

to learn the business.” He continued, “Then came the chance to come to Liverpool and this is the problem with which I was confronted. Here was a club which although it had a long spell in Division II, really belonged to the First Division (in my opinion) and it seemed to me that this was my chance of reaching the top and, in doing so, helping to build Liverpool once more into one of the leading clubs in the game. “At the same time I realised that although this was a challenge which everything within me urged me to take up, nevertheless it was a gamble as Liverpool supporters would only accept one thing, success.” The discovery of these columns from the depths of the Echo’s archives has the feel that Shankly is addressing you directly. Despite his death over 30 years ago there is a personal and intimate touch to his tales, proving that this rare find and a must-read


Sports stars return to city by Rory O’Reilly An ‘All-Star’ team of cricket legends will once again return to Merseyside this summer. The world renowned Lashings XI will play at Formby Cricket Club on June 28. As the self-proclaimed ‘world’s greatest cricket club’ travels across the UK playing at a variety of locations to help promote the game of cricket. The club was founded in 1984 by David Folb and since then the club has attracted a number of famous international cricketers and other celebrities to its ranks. Their stellar line-up this year consists of the likes of Gordon Greenidge – who starred in the West Indies’ famous 1984 ‘blackwash’ touring side – Courtney Walsh, Colin Croft, Devon Malcolm, Dominic Cork, Henry Olonga and Saqlain Mushtaq. Former England Test all-rounder Phil Defreitas is captaining the side for a second consecutive season. The game will be an over 35s contest and it will be open to the public and anyone interested in supporting or playing in the Select XI to face the Lashings can contact Tom Mills at formbycricketclub Organiser Tom Mills said, “We hosted the Lashings XI for the first time last summer and we’re delighted they have agreed to return.”

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JMU Gaelic team beaten in cup final The John Moores Men’s all-Irish Gaelic football team were defeated by Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown in the Trench Cup final this weekend in Ireland

by Ryan McCann

After securing their eighth British Championship success earlier in the month, JMU Men’s Gaelic football team travelled back to Ireland at the weekend hoping to add an all-Ireland triumph to their 2013 trophy haul. Victory a fortnight ago in Birmingham meant that JMU automatically entered the Trench Cup at the semi-final stage, while the other Irish-based semi-finalists had to qualify from their provincial series throughout the academic year. JMU were drawn against eventual Trench Cup winners Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, who are managed by GAA legend and former Meath player Graham Geraghty. The Blanchardstown panel consists of Westmeath, Dublin, Monaghan and Waterford U21 stars, who undoubtedly

have bright futures in the game. JMU started the game very tentatively and, after a blistering start by Blanchardstown, found themselves four points down after just five minutes. A number of JMU players seemed to be showing the kind of nerves you’d expect when playing in an All-Ireland semi-final, and the Liverpool side were dealt a cruel blow when a hopeful Blanchardstown shot deflected into the net off JMU full-back Conor O’Neill. The JMU boys were seven-points down and many spectators feared a thrashing was on the cards before points from Ryan Mallon, James Kelly and Caolan Trainor gave the Merseysiders a fighting chance. Blanchardstown responded with four long-range points from their talisman Robert McCarthy, and entered the second half with an eight-point advantage. JMU started the second half in

Blow for Saints Boxer’s hopes of big return by Ian Bolland

Liverpool St Helens lost their 100% away record and suffered a blow in their promotion push after a 20-16 defeat to Vale of Lune in North West One this weekend. The result means that the Moss Lane side sit second in the table a point behind Sale – who are in the automatic promotion spot – with a game in hand. Liverpool St Helens had a 9-3 lead going into the break but two tries from the home side proved to be costly. The visitors hit back late on but it proved to be too little too late as they disappointingly fell to their third defeat of their league campaign. Liverpool St Helens will return to action at Moss Lane against eighthplaced Leigh on Saturday. This will be their first home match in nearly two months.

by Rory O’Reilly Heavyweight boxer David Price is hoping to make a return to the ring this summer after losing his unbeaten record in a shock defeat to Tony Thompson on Saturday. Price, 29, suffered his first defeat of his professional career, as he fell to 15-1, his bubble quickly burst by a single shot from a 41-year-old veteran who was notably out of shape. Thompson went into today’s fight against Price a massive underdog, with the fight expected by most to be another rollover win for the heavily hyped puncher. Instead, the vocal fans in attendance at Echo Arena were left stunned when Thompson cuffed Price with a counter right hook behind the ear in round two, putting Price on the mat

and unable to get his legs back. The Merseyside fighter has paid tribute to the messages of support he has received from his fans in Liverpool. He now hopes to fight outside his hometown for the first time in two years, as his promoter Frank Maloney has been in the early stages of negotiating a fight with Dereck Chisora. Price is set to take time out of the sport before returning to training, and the heavyweight still believes he can become world champion in the future. A rematch clause was inserted into the contract with Thompson and although the 41-yearold two-time world title challenger wants to secure a clash with Tyson Fury first, wants to pursue a second meeting with the US fighter in the future.

much more promising fashion and both sides exchanged points for the opening twenty minutes of the second half. Philip Madine, who was beginning to influence the game from midfield, kicked the best of the JMU scores. With 15 minutes left on the clock, JMU were awarded a penalty. Donegal’s Conor Classon, who was named ‘Player of the Tournament’ in Birmingham, stepped up, but Dublin’s Mark Ferguson saved his effort emphatically. Moments later, JMU had a goal disallowed after the referee deemed Classon to have pushed the Blanchardstown goalkeeper in the six-yard box before punching the ball in the net. In the end, Blanchardstown ran out eight-point victors, as JMU were left to rue their missed chances in the dying minutes that would have significantly reduced the margin of defeat.

Speaking after the game, JMU manager Eoghan Kerr said: “Well, we knew it would be difficult as soon as the draw was made. These Irish universities have access to the best facilities all year round and they have a huge panel of lads to choose from. They are also managed by one of the best GAA players of the last 20 years, so they have quality throughout their whole setup. “But take nothing away from our boys, they worked tirelessly all year and done themselves proud in the end. “If we scored that penalty with about 20 minutes to play it could have been a different game, because we definitely played the better football in the second half. “It is a great honour to represent the university on Irish soil and we will use this as a learning curve. Overall, I couldn’t have asked for more from the

boys and we are just delighted with how the year has gone.” IT Blanchardstown manager Graham Geraghty, who won numerous All-Ireland medals during his county career with his native meath, echoed Kerr’s praise for the JMU team. “The British champions always come over here and give a good account of themselves. Obviously playing in Ireland all year round gives us a distinct advantage, but there are some great players across the water and the football there is only going from strength to strength.” In the other semi-final, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra easily disposed of Marino Institute of Education to set up a mouth-watering tie against fierce rivals Blanchardstown in the final. In the end, IT Blanchardstown held on for victory and their first ever Trench Cup crown, .

Ladies team head to British championships by Lauren Kelly JMU Ladies Gaelic team have two training sessions left before they make the trip to Huddersfield to compete in the British Championships, where they will play some of the best teams in the country. Organized by British Universities GAA, the Ladies Gaelic British Championships have been running for over 10 years and despite always being one of the strongest teams in the division, JMU have never won the tournament. Niall Jackman, one of the organizers of the competition said: “JMU are always a strong side and are the favorites from the North West region going into the tournament, but there are some very good teams entering this year.”

JMU have won every match they have played this year, except for one draw against University of Liverpool, but later annihilated them in the league final with a finishing scoreboard 4-10 to 2-6. However half of the players had been at home on placement for the whole month of January, which meant that attendance was very low at practice. The effects of players’ absence was evident last weekend after they managed only a one point win over Liverpool Wolfe Tones. . Whilst JMU will meet reigning champions St. Mary’s University London, on Saturday morning, city rivals Hope University and University of Liverpool will face each other in group 2. If successful in their first three matches JMU will qualify to the

Semi Finals, where there is a very strong chance that they will meet one of the two Liverpool teams. JMU achieved victory in December after clenching the North West league title and are hoping to make this year a double winner. Nathan Deery, manager of JMU Ladies, said: “This is the strongest team the university has had in years and I think we will go far this weekend”. Team: Duibhin Murphy, Mairead Daly, Una McCullagh, Roisin Beggan, Naomi McManus, Aisling McDermott, Lauren Kelly, Clodagh Mullin, Niamh Marley, Aoife Montague, Niamh Cox, Colleen McElherron, Lisa Lennon, Laura Mulholland, Caoimhe Creggan, Caitriona Kerr, Roisin Heagney, Paula Masterson, Bronagh Doherty



SATCHELL IS STILL CHAMP 26 - February - 2013

by Joel Richards

Liverpool flyweight Kevin Satchell is delighted to have come through what he has described as his ‘toughest fight yet’ after defeating Northern-Irishman Luke Wilton to retain his British and Commonwealth titles. Having won the Lonsdale belt in his previous bout against Chris Edwards, the 24-year-old from Kirkdale remains unbeaten after ten fights following Saturday’s victory via a unanimous decision. Speaking to JMU Journalism, he said: “The fight went well. I stuck to what I was told to do and overall I’m happy with my performance and he was a tough kid to beat.” ‘The Ice Man’ admitted it was ‘amazing’ to retain the titles in front of his home crowd and thanked their support as he battled his way to victory. Despite taking a number of body and head shots, Satchell remained calm and composed to outbox Wilton and win the contest 119-112, 199-110, 118-111 on the three judges’ scorecards. Despite the overwhelming victory Satchell said: “It was my toughest performance to date. He (Wilton) was my hardest opponent mentally and he was physically fit. My face is still a bit bruised up and

I had to get three stitches after the cut above my eye. But the swelling is starting to go down, which is a good sign that I’m getting better.” Satchell is unsure about whom his next opponent will be but admitted he would prefer to win the British title outright via another two successful defences, and then possible European and World ambitions. He added: “If it was my choice I’d get to defend the British title twice more but my trainers think I’m ready for European level now. It’s a case of getting another fight or two under my belt so the options are there at the moment. “There’s also talk of a world title challenge further down the line and my trainers think it would be possible within 18 months to challenge if everything goes to plan.” Having fought out of the Everton Red Triangle boxing club since the age of 12, Kevin has been brought up under the stewardship of trainers Paul and Mick Stephenson and has revealed what it takes to get into shape ahead of a fight. He explained: “I have ten weeks to lose weight and stay within the limit. It’s a case of getting fit, working out, a lot of running and sparring and then getting ready for the fight.”

Tranmere plans hit by injuries

Kevin Satchell and Luke Wilton weigh-in for match ©PhilKirkbride @philkecho on Twitter

Tranmere Rovers will have to continue their promotion charge without the services of target man Mama Sidibe. The influential striker is facing two weeks on the side-lines after picking up a hamstring injury in a 5-1 win at Colchester last weekend. Sidibe, who is on Loan from Stoke City, looks set to miss Rover’s League One game against Notts County at Prenton Park tonight, as he returns to the Britannia for treatment Irishman Adam McGurk will also miss the game after he suffered a punctured lung and has been ruled out for a month. But manager Roonie Moore is hopeful that his team has enough attacking options at their disposal to complete a double over the Magpies tonight and end a sequence of three straight League One defeats in front of their own supporters. Assistant manager McMahon has acknowledged that the acquisition of Sidibe and the return of Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro following a three-match suspension has had a huge impact on the side, who had previously only

by Eoghain McKane

Everton will look to avoid a cup upset tonight as they take on Oldham at Goodison, and hope to progress to the quarter finals against Wigan. The fourtth round replay sees David Moye’s Everton trying to progress past the 4fourth round in the F.A. Cup at the second attempt following a 2-2 draw at Boundary Park. Everton will be without Victor Anichebe who injured himself in the first match against Oldham, they will also be missing stalwart defender Tony Hibbert who is still recovering from a calf injury. Everton will see the replay as a chance to bounce back after a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Norwich in the league. Oldham who beat Liverpool in the round previously will go into the match with no pressure, and in good form unbeaten in their last four matches, winning their last three. Matt Smith’s injury time equaliser gained Oldham a credible draw and now will look to provide the cup with another upset. Oldham’s caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk will be without James Tarkowski, James Wesolowski and Carl Winchester but former Everton youth player Jose Baxter is expected to make his return to Goodison. Everton have been knocked out of the cup twice in the past five seasons with Oldham one of those to win in 2008.

Suarez sets his season target

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by Rory O’Reilly

scored two goals in four games. McMahon said, “They made a massive difference. Big Mama gave us the presence up front. His work rate, his experience and know-how were valuable. “He went back to Stoke on Sunday and they are looking at the possibility of a two-week layoff. That seems to be the way things are going for us at the moment. We kick on and then there’s the little setback.” McMahon added: “Hopefully Jean-Louis is going to get better and better as he gets more match fitness. He was out for a long time with his injury, then came back, got suspended and missed three more games. Despite the number of injuries the side has, the team hopes that the win over Colchester has sent a message out to the rest of the league. With a place in the Championship at stake this is no time for the side to slow down their momentum. If results go their way tonight Rovers could return to the top of League One tonight after slipping to a season low of sixth over the last few weeks before victory over Colchester on Saturday.

Moyes aims to avoid upset

The Alumni celebrate their third title © JMU Journalism

JMU kickoff The eagerly-awaited 2013 Journalism World Cup kicks off this Sunday as the first years lock horns with the final year students in IM Marsh, Aigburth. The first year students will be an unknown quantity as they have never played a competitive game together, while the third year students are still searching for their first win after suffering defeat in the last two years. Kieran Etoria-King, who has been handed the captain’s armband for the university newcomers, admitted to Liverpool Life that although some of the first years might be feeling the pressure ahead of the weekend’s fixture, he is hopeful of reaching the final. “I wasn’t aware they had never won a game but that doesn’t mean anything come Sunday. “The main aim for us first years

is to get to the final and hopefully go on and win it, but we are all just happy to be involved with a team, making friends and getting involved with the university life.” The thought of finishing his university career without a Journalism World Cup victory is something that haunts Finn Harps footballer Rory Kelly, who inherited the captain’s armband from loyal servant Josh Killner. “We expect big performances from our Norwegian duo Arild Skjaeveland and Eivind Haugstad Kleiven. “I also think Adam Davies needs to find his scoring boots, because apparently he’s a good goalscorer but he has forgotten to bring them the past two years. “Our midfield trio will be crucial with big performances expected from Ryan Mc Cann and Jonny ‘Steel’ Bridge.”

Luis Suarez has scored 18 league goals in 27 league games of the season. Only Robin van Persie has scored more this season with his 19 for Manchester United. With 11 games remaining, the Uruguayan has a great chance to become the third player to score more than 20 league goals in a season. After the start of Premier League in 1992/93, only two players have managed to reach 20 league goals for Liverpool FC. Robbie Fowler scored 25 goals in the 1994/95-season, and followed up with 26 league goals the follow-

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ing season. In the 2007/08-season, Fernando Torres scored 24 league goals and 33 in all competition. Michael Owen was the clubs top league scorer in seven straight seasons, but never reached 20. Suarez has had a great campaign so far, scoring 25 goals in total. With Liverpool out of all cup competitions, he will have to score eight goals in the last 11 league games to reach the same number as Torres in his first season at Anfield. Liverpool will face Wigan at DW Stadium on Saturday.

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