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became clear to College staff and ocal School, Hamilton College Principal, Margaret Clarke, that based in Hamilton, made national adverse weather would mean that all news recently when it played host to pupils, aged three to eighteen, should an unusual and unplanned sleepover. be picked up and head for home Over one hundred students, teachers as soon as possible. Some pupils, and even some parents were forced by however, live as far out as Lanark extreme weather conditions to stay in and Glasgow meaning parents found the school over night. The school which it extremely difficult , in many cases incorporates a nursery, junior and impossible, to collect their children senior school had closed on Thursday battling with road closures and extreme 2nd of December for one of the very snow. Some parents were on the first times in the School’s twenty Tuesday 14thseven December road over seven hours to collect their year existence. 3 Course with Live children. As the weather conditionsMeal changed, It was a night that reinforced the by early afternoon on Monday 6th it

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ello again and as always may I thank you for picking up your copy of The HUB. As 2010 nears a close, I have been taking some time to reflect on what exactly 2010 brought us. I have to admit that the business has seen development that was perhaps only a dream 12 months ago, and who would have thought that a chance meeting with a former influential employee of Trinity Mirror Group would have had such a profound impact. We have seen employee’s come and go as we search to have the right people in the right positions who can ultimately add value to the business. We are sitting now at a staff level of 12 and we have come a very long way since we started with just Vicki and me 18 months ago. We have been working very hard on ensuring that

The HUB looks fantastic. We have changed the look a few times throughout the year keeping it fresh, bright and colourful. I have to admit that we have had some ‘typo’s but show me a publication that doesn’t! Our growth and success is in my opinion down to how we engage with both our readers and our advertisers and for that, I would like to thank each and every one of you. In the summer we saw the successful launch of our Wishaw HUB. How the publication has been received is very rewarding and the team over at Wishaw are doing a fantastic job. Wishaw has seen very sharp growth for such a short time and now has a circulation well over 10,000. People have questioned our sanity in that we are on a drive to grow and expand when the commentators suggest

the ‘newspaper industry’ is in freefall decline. That said, into 2011 we will see the launch of the Monkland’s HUB (which we had to delay ever so slightly due to not having the right people in place). Our plan would suggest that 2011 will see a HUB arrive in areas such as Falkirk, Cumbernauld, Perth, Leicester and possibly Rutherglen and Cambuslang. The snow has caused havoc across the county which has had a big impact on literally everyone. The direct result of the snow was most events being cancelled with only a few managing to survive the weather. On the flipside, our diary for January is filling up very quickly. This will be our last issue of the year and we will be back in January. Yes even we are taking some time off to spend time with our families and friends.

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Children as young as three were stranded long past bed time in the school nursery with two remaining all night. The nursery play rooms were transformed into cosy sleeping areas where young children were settled with a bed-time story and were looked after by a familiar teacher. The older senior school students turned this adversity into a film marathon, picking their favourites from the selection usually reserved by teachers for Christmas-time treats. Luckily for those staying put, the school catering manager was also stranded and was able to feed everyone ensuring that no-one went hungry. Time was even made to ensure that homework was done Sixth years Connie Ritchie, Kirsty Pringle and Kirsty Hernon all spent the night in Hamilton College. Connie said: “A football game was played in the assembly and this definitely pleased many of the boys! The next couple of hours was mostly spent chatting to other pupils and generally roaming around and people were playing football & netball in the gym hall.” She added “Overall, I enjoyed the experience. The sight of seeing everyone pull together definitely created a sense of unity and community!” Those pupils that set out on foot and made it home spent the rest of the day monitoring the news to see how their classmates and teachers were coping after recovering from the initial surprise of finding their school featuring first on local radio stations before making it to Scottish news and eventually the national news. Miss Clarke was interviewed

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North Lanarkshire Council Announces Savings for 2011-12/2012-13 N

orth Lanarkshire Council has agreed its package to save £55m over the next two financial years. Following a public consultation on savings options, the Council met today (Tuesday) to agree the package of savings. Included in the package of savings are: ™ I]ZgZbdkVad[[gZZigVchedgi[dg all secondary pupils living within three miles of the school (saving £1m) ™ I]ZgZbdkVad[i]ZZm^hi^c\ community wardens service (£765,000) ™ I]ZXZhhVi^dcd[c^\]i"h]^[i cleansing in town centres (£180,000) ™ 6gZYjXi^dc^cbVcV\ZbZci posts across the Council by 10% (£520,000) ™ 6&%gZYjXi^dc^c8]^Z[ Officers’ costs (£350,000) The Council also agreed that some charges would be introduced or increased, for example for: ™ AjcX]XajWhZgk^XZhVi—(eZg lunch (currently £2.10) ™ <VgYZcVhh^hiVcXZ[dgcdc" Council tenants at £40 per year (currently free) ™ 6X]Vg\Z[dgbjh^Xij^i^dc except for those children in receipt of footwear and clothing grants and those studying towards SQA music qualifications Savings options presented to the Council but which were not accepted included: ™ I]ZgZbdkVad[[gZZigVchedgi[dg primary school pupils living within two miles of school ™ 6[jgi]ZggVi^dcVa^hVi^dcd[i]Z learning and leisure estate ™ I]ZgZbdkVad[[gZZ[gj^i[dg children in primaries one and two

™ I]ZgZbdkVad[i]Z—&* Christmas gift for elderly people ™ 6gZYjXi^dc^ci]Z\gV[Ãi^ removal service ™ 8]Vg\^c\[dghdbZineZhd[eZhi control ™ 6X]Vg\Z[dgi]ZXdbbjc^in alarms service ™ 8adh^c\i]ZgVgZWgZZYhVc^bVa collection at Palacerigg Country Park ™ 6*^cXgZVhZ^cX]Vg\Zh[dg letting community facilities The Council also agreed to introduce a ‘living wage’, meaning that all employees of the Council will earn a minimum of £7.15 per hour. This will benefit around 700 employees. Councillor Jim McCabe, leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “We have been faced with hard choices and have had to make some big decisions about the services we provide and how we provide them. “We would rather not have been in this position and the financial crisis facing the UK is a problem not of our making. However, we have done our very best to maintain vital services and protect the most vulnerable in our society while trying to minimise the impact on our employees. To that end we have introduced a living wage for all our staff, which I believe is a hugely important step. “We have had to take decisions which will mean reduced services in some areas and stopping some services altogether. But our focus has to be on finding a balance between the budget and protecting vital frontline services.” The options for savings were split into six key areas: ™ Ldg`[dgXZYZeadnbZci·V

reduction in the Council’s employee costs ™ HZgk^XZeg^dg^i^hVi^dc·X]Vc\^c\ the way the Council delivers its services ™ >cXdbZ\ZcZgVi^dc·X]Vg\^c\ for some services and other revenue-raising measures ™ 6hhZibVcV\ZbZci·^cXgZVh^c\ the effectiveness of the way in which the Council uses its buildings and utilities ™ EgdXjgZbZci·bV`^c\hVk^c\h on all the things the Council buys ™ E]VhZildhVk^c\hdei^dch" includes sharing services, both in-house and with other authorities <Vk^cL]^iZÃZaY!X]^Z[ZmZXji^kZ of North Lanarkshire Council, said “These savings are unfortunately necessary. The decisions taken will at least provide some certainty for the residents of North Lanarkshire and the Council’s employees for the next two years. “The savings will mean a reduction to our workforce initially of around 600 full-time posts. The vast majority of these will be dealt with through deleting existing vacancies and through voluntary redundancy and early retirement. However, we are unable to rule out a small number of compulsory redundancies as a result of the decisions taken. “Every effort will be made in consultation with the trade unions to explore all options which could resolve these situations. “These are the hardest financial pressures I have seen in local government. However, we are wellplaced to manage these changes as effectively as possible and I know that all our employees remain committed to providing the highest quality of service.”

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n 18th November Aitkenhead Primary Pupils were at the ballot recently as part of a national campaign to get youngsters opinions. The school was turned into a voting centre for the Right Blether Vote where all pupils P.1 - P.7 voted on areas such as; Where I live, Where I learn and Develop, My Community and Scotland. A Right Blether is a national consultation to make sure children and young people's opinions are heard and acted upon by the people who make the important decisions about the quality of their lives. The campaign is being led by Tam Baillie, Scotland's Commissioner for Children' & Young People and it is his job to ensure all children and young people in Scotland have their rights respected. It was the chance to tell the

Commissioner what things in their lives – or the lives of other children and young people – need to be made better. They were given a list of important things in four different areas, chosen by children working with the Children’s Parliament and by young people working on the Scottish Youth Parliament’s manifesto. Aitkenhead children were glad to send 162 responses and also 3 from former pupils who were welcomed back to the school to vote. Tam will then use the results to help

him decide what things he should be working on over the next four years. So, your vote will really make a difference.

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he Volunteer Recruitment event marked a key mile stone in the development of LaRC. Over the last 6 months they have worked hard with their hosting organisation, Liber8 and primary sponsors, the Lanarkshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP). They launched the campaign to recruit volunteers to become peer supporters for those people affected by drug and alcohol

problems. On offer for the volunteer is the opportunity to undertake 8 core pieces of training. All of their activities and training are based around the recovery approach and is part of a larger social picture promoting the message that people can recover from drug and alcohol problems and go on to lead a fulfilling life. The following information outlines the range of peer based activities. These develop from the very

informal and ad hoc to more structured and formalised practices. 1. Simple telephone call signposting someone to the appropriate service 2. Accompany a person to an appointment e.g. Doctor/ Hospital etc 3. Face to face conversation 4. Informal drop into the office 5. Support someone to engage with service 6. Peer based research and evaluation of services. 7. The promotion of our four pillars of recovery; empowerment, aspiration, choice & hope (E.A.C.H) We will be announcing our official launch early next year which is being developed in partnership with our hosting organisation, Liber8. If this is something you are interested in participating in please use the contact information below.


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Hamilton College Team Fundraise For Charity Expedition

by Heather Palmer grain from their land and often group of Hamilton College teachers are paid in this way. sixth year pupils are Although the task of this fundraising throughout the year’s group has not yet been year for a trip to Burkina Faso decided the students are eager in Africa in June 2011. to make a difference in peoples’ The group will be lives. Miss Barron, who has accompanied by teachers accompanied several of these Judith Barron and Janet Grey trips, has seen the changes that as well as Sarah Barron, an it can bring in the pupils that NHS Project manager, Richard this work brings. Grey, Lecturer at Strathclyde “The pupils come back more University and Colin Richards, responsible and caring for each a member of the Hamilton other. It changes the way they College Board of Governors. think about poverty and their Burkina Faso, a former colony faith values as well as helping of France, has a population of them grow up and mature.” around sixteen million and is Kirsty Robertson, 17 and rated by the UN as the third currently studying music at poorest country in the world the University of Glasgow, was and its people suffer from recurring draughts, malaria and part of last years team and feels that this experience really HIV/AIDS as well as crippling challenges those who take part. poverty. The life expectancy for “I would love to go back! women is just 56 years and for There are so many things that men is only 53 years. challenged all of us as a group The project, part of the and individually. For me, it was Tearfund organisation, is based children who came to the camp in Ouagadougou, Burkina in Gourcy. It was blistering heat Faso’s capital, where the school and some of them had literally has taken groups since 2008. walked for miles and miles Here they contribute practical just to come and learn some work such as painting, tree English and songs. It made me planting, installing internet appreciate everything I have access, building a bike shed at home and the education I and assisting with valuable received at Hamilton College maintenance in the medical and am now getting at the centre. University of Glasgow. Some of In addition to this the group my fellow team members saw travel to a village, Gourcy, a young girl in Gourcy who had which is three hours from the never seen stairs before and capital and teach Music and was completely bewildered by English to the French and the thought of them. That was indigenous language speakers. something that really made all “ It is very much village life of us think.” here.” said Judith Barron. The The group, as with past people of Gourcy face such years, are relying totally on extreme poverty that children fundraising for the massive must pay school fees with

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costs for transport and materials and are holding events throughout the year until the trip in June 2011. The pupils of Hamilton College will be able to contribute by buying tickets to events in the school such as a Valentine’s Day dance. They will be packing bags at Scotmid in Uddingston as well as selling handcrafted gifts, which proved very popular at the Hamilton College Christmas Fete, at the Hamilton College Christmas Concert on the 20th of December.

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elle (Norma-Jean) the female lead of Hamilton Operatic’s latest musical ‘Beauty & the Beast’ was invited to open Motherwell South Parish Church’s Annual Xmas Fayre last Saturday 4th December. Her opening song “A Change in Me” was witnessed by no less than 200 people from the congregation on this wintery morning, despite there being calls for the event to be cancelled due to fear of non-attendance. Yet, the Minister Reverend Georgina Baxendale and the congregation felt that, although all other churches had cancelled their events, the South Parish congregation felt it was important to have a little faith and decided in their wisdom to not cancel, and their decision surely paid off! Reverend Georgina commented about her immense joy at the success of this event and said “I have not experienced anything quite as successful as this event... and wish to thank everyone who was involved in organising and those who attended.” This annual event is held to raise

money for the new church that the congregation so desperately needs in order to accommodate all their worshippers. For a small church, they sometimes have over 500 people attend a single service, and as such, the Xmas Fayre saw many of the congregation members set up their own stalls through which they brought and sold many different items with all proceeds going towards this worthy cause. From Xmas cards, to jewellery, and from ginger wine to cakes & candy, there was plenty for everyone. Apart from the special attendance from Belle, we also had the pleasure of having Santa Clause in our midst as well as some of his elves. The sheer number of children that attended only made the event a much larger success than anyone had thought possible, so much so that Santa has agreed to make a second return to meet all the other children. This event just goes to show that, a little bit of faith can

sometimes go a long way, and with a massive thanks to all those involved, I think everyone would agree that, apart from all the lovely children that attended and participated in this fayre, it was our singer Norma-Jean who stole the show and truly was the Belle of the ball!


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hristmas can be a particularly perilous time for those of us who are trying to lose weight. It is all too easy to give into ‘all or nothing’ thinking and put off starting your diet regime until after the New Year. Lets be realistic. It is very unlikely that you will continue to lose weight over the next few weeks. You can however minimise the damage by following my top tips for fighting the fat and staying slim over the party season. Unlike your bloated peers, you will be ready to get cracking with your New Year’s fitness and fat loss resolutions with a clear conscience and without any of the excess damage to undo. ™6aadlhdbZ»^cYja\ZcXZ days’ where nothing is off limits. If you go for Christmas day and New Year’s day, this allows for 2 other occasions over where you can exercise free reign on whatever takes your fancy without feeling remotely guilty. On the days before and after make sure you give your digestive system a break with light, simple meals, fresh fruit, salads and water. šA[[f[n[hY_i_d]?\oek are lucky enough to have time off work, make the most of the mornings and get some training in early. This will help curb your appetite and help to offset the calorie damage. If you cant make it to the gym, wrap up and head out for a run or brisk powerwalk or use a fitness dvd in the comfort of your living room

š?dl[ij_]Wj[^[Wbj^omWoije cook traditional favourites. <eh[nWcfb["heWijWbboekh veggies in a little olive oil spray instead of baking them with butter. Remove the skin from chicken or turkey and choose the light meat over the fattier dark meat. ™:meZg^bZcil^i]a^\]iZg dessert options when entertaining guests. Try fruity sorbets, crushed mirangue nests with fresh berries and light whipped cream and platters of chopped fruit with low fat frozen yoghurt as delicious, refreshing alternative to stodgy puddings and cakes

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he annual Uddingston Christmas Parade was held last week on a bitterly cold but sunny day. Uddingston Pride did well at organising the highly popular event. To make the day, the Uddingston and Strathclyde Pipe Band VcY 7Zaah]^aa HVakVi^dc 6gbn played a host of songs to entertain the masses of people who descended into Uddingston for the event. Uddingston Pride were also

presented with a cheque for £250 by Tesco Community Champion Liz Robertson. There were four winners of the Cuckoo in the Nest competition Kirsty Hunter, Bothwell Primary School, Isla Mc Nicol, Muiredge Eg^bVgn! =Vggn LddY! Bj^gZY\Z Primary and Owen Fitzpatrick from St John”s Primary. Santa had a great day with lots of orders for Christmas Day, and Uddingston Pride would like to thank the various people who

š;WjW]eeZXh[Wa\Wij$ Start the day with poached eggs on wholemeal toast or a hearty bowl of porridge to kick-start your metabolism and keep your blood sugar levels balanced. This will prevent mindless snacking on rubbish.

helped make the day such a sucXZhh# A^o L^ahdc [gdb JYY^c\hton Pride told The HUB; “It was a great day and we would like to thank everyone who helped. Liz Robertson Community Champion Tesco, Bellshill SalkVi^dc 6gbn 7VcY! JYY^c\hidc and Strathclyde Pipe Band, the Choirs of The Baptist and Nazarene Churches,the Uddingston

and Bothwell Rotary Club, Danny 6cYZghdc VcY [g^ZcYh [gdb Hi John the Baptish Church who arranged the Nativity scene in Lna^ZVcYAdX]]ZVY#º In helping to raise funds for the group they would like to thanks the Ladies of Park United Free Church who ran the Cafe and raised £122 which boosted the day’s total to just over £569.

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“With the festive season now upon us, this is a time for office parties and nights out in the town’s bars and restaurants. Strathclyde Police hope that the public have an incident free festive season and can enjoy the lead up to Christmas. Our officers will be on patrol locally and in the town centre area to ensure that local people can move around safely and enjoy themselves. To assist us in this, I am asking that the local community consider their own personal safety when they are out on the town. Consideration should be given to your travel arrangements to and from any event particularly in this weather, travel in a group if possible and never alone, let others know where you are going, and drink sensibly and stay in control”.

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Recent Police incidents in our area BELLSHILL

WISHAW AREA

Assault

THEFT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE Strathclyde Police are appealing for any information with regards to the theft of a green and yellow John Deere Tractor with snow plough and hedge cutter valued at £70,000 and a yellow Caterpillar Digger valued at £40,000 from the car park at Tesco’s Store on Belhaven Road, Wishaw. The vehicles were being sub-contracted by Amey Highways for snow clearing of the roads and were parked at Tesco’s for safekeeping overnight. The vehicles were stolen between 7.30pm and midnight on Friday 10th December 2010. Any information to Constable Hughes at Wishaw Police Office.

Location: HILLVIEW CRESCENT, BELLSHILL Incident: ASSAULT COMPLAINER BY PUNCHING TO THE FACE. A 68 year old man was allegedly punched to the face on saturday morning around three thirty at Hillview Crescent in Bellshill. The male is said to have challenged three males who were jumping on the roof of his car and on doing so, two of males attended his front door and assaulted him. The male attended Monklands Hospital for treatment on the cut to his head. Bellshill police are dealing with the incident and are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed anything to come forward in relation to the assault. The males responsible are described as both being around 6ft, one stocky and one thin build and both were wearing dark hooded tops.

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Location: NEAR TO HILL TERRACE,NEWARTHILL ROAD,MOTHERWELL Incident: STRIKE MALE TO THE ABDOMAN AREA WITH AN UNKNOWN OBJECT CAUSING A LACERATION AND STRICK TO THE HEAD. Two males aged 15 and 28 were allegedly assaulted on Newarthill Rd in Carfin on Friday night around ten thirty, following a snowball fight gone wrong. The males were engaging in a friendly snowball fight when the group they were exchanging snowballs with started a fight. The 15 year old male was attacked with a sharp implement receiving a slashing wound to his abdomen and a cut to his head. The other male was only slightly injured in the incident. The 15 year old male was taken to Wishaw General hospital were he received treatment for his injuries which were minor.

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Location: WM MORRISON SUPERMARKETS, JOHN STREET, BELLSHILL Incident: STEAL A HANDBAG FROM A TROLLEY WITHIN THE SUPERMARKET. A 73 year old female had her handbag taken from the trolley she was pushing in Morrison’s, Bellshill between quarter to two and quarter past three on saturday afternoon. The female was making her way round the isles within the store purchasing her shopping and only noticed the handbag missing when she went to pay for her shopping. The hand bag was tan in colour and contained various items including around £55 pounds in cash. Police in Bellshill are looking in to the matter and are scanning cc/ tv from the store to ascertain how the bag was taken. If you were within morrison’s on saturday and witnessed anyone acting suspiciously then the police would like to hear from you.

THEFT OF A SAT NAV Strathclyde Police are appealing for any information with regards to the theft of a Tom Tom Sat Nav valued at £250 from a silver Mercedes motor car parked at Wishaw General Hospital. The incident occurred between 3pm and 8pm on Friday 10th December 2010. Any information to Constable Spence at Wishaw Police. ADVERSE WEATHER RELATED THEFTS Strathclyde Police are appealing for any information with regards to the theft of approximately £3,000 worth of tools including two chain-saws and an extendable hedge cutter from an orange Mitsubishi Canter van parked at Wishaw Sports Centre car park on Alexander Street, Wishaw. The driver had left his van at the car park overnight due to the grid-lock experienced with the adverse weather conditions last week. The incident occurred between 2.30pm on Monday 6th December and 9pm on Tuesday 7th December 2010. Any information to Constable Grant at Wishaw Police Office. Strathclyde Police are appealing for any information with regards to the theft of a brand new transit worth £29,000 from the A73 at Newmains. The driver had left his van parked overnight due to the grid-lock experienced with the adverse weather conditions last week. The incident occurred between 2pm on Tuesday 7th December and 9am on Wednesday 8th December 2010. Any information to Constable Fothergill at Wishaw Police Office. Strathclyde Police are appealing for any information with regards to the theft of a Tesco’s sealed container on a lorry which was parked overnight due to the road closure on the A71 at Horsely Brae, Overtown. The container was broken into overnight and a large quantity of toiletries and groceries were stolen between 5pm on Tuesday 7th December and 7.30am on Wednesday 8th December 2010. Any information to Constable Brown at Wishaw Police Office. Strathclyde Police are appealing for any information with regards to the theft of a pallet load of welding rods from a blue Renault lorry from the car park at the Cleland Miners Club on Main Street, Cleland. The driver had left his lorry parked overnight due to the grid-lock experienced with the adverse weather conditions last week. The incident occurred between 10pm on Monday 6th December and 8am on Tuesday 7th December 2010. Any information to Constable Kidd at Wishaw Police Office.

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Location: Near to Hill Terrace, Newarthill Road, Motherwell Incident: Strike male to the abdoman area with an unknown object causing a laceration and strick to the head. Two males aged 15 and 28 were allegedly assaulted on Newarthill Rd in Carfin on Friday night around ten thirty, following a snowball fight gone wrong. The males were engaging in a friendly snowball fight when the group they were exchanging snowballs with started a fight. The 15 year old male was attacked with a sharp implement receiving a slashing wound to his abdomen and a cut to his head. The other male was only slightly injured in the incident. The 15 year old male was taken to Wishaw General hospital were he received treatment for his injuries which were minor. CRIME: VANDALISM LOCUS:WATSON STREET,MOTHERWELL METHOD: CRACK GLASS ON FRONT DOOR WITH UNKNOWN OBJECT. At date and time stated, the complainer was within locus asleep on the ground floor bedroom when he was woken up by banging at his front door. CRIME: THEFT BY HOUSEBREAKING - OTHER PROPERTY LOCUS: THE OLD ASDA SUPERMARKET, BRANDON PARADE EAST,MOTHERWELL Enter premises and thereafter remove materials and power tools from within to the value in excess of £10000 CRIME: THEFT LOCUS: CARD WAREHOUSE, BRANDON PARADE SOUTH,MOTHERWELL Stolen purse from zipped handbag. The complainer did not notice anyone in particular near to her but states the shop was extremely busy with people close to each other looking at cards. CRIME: THEFT BY HOUSEBREAKING - OTHER PROPERTY LOCUS: ONESTI, MERRY STREET,MOTHERWELL, METHOD: FORCE ENTRY, ENTER AND STEAL QUANTITY OF PETTY CASH BEFORE MAKING OFF. CRIME: THEFT FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE LOCUS: CAR PARK AT AMAZON EXPERIENCE,STRATHCLYDE COUNTRY PARK,HAMILTON ROAD,MOTHERWELL Steal front and rear registration plates from motor vehicle. Involved vehicles: registration mark: vauxhall astra main colour: blue This is the 2nd time that this has happened. The complainers registration plates were also stolen last Friday

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bellshill Police Office on 01698 202400, Motherwell Police Office on 01698 483000 or alternatively CRIMESTOPPERS can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111

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n “exit interview” is a way of helping reduce the costs of endless recruiting and training replacement staff. It may well be that you are downright glad to see the back of an underperforming employee when they leave and certainly have no intention of trying to persuade them to stay – but is it still not worth a moment of reflection as to how they got through the recruitment process in the first place? Some 75% of all leavers leave within the first six months of employment. That points to problems in job advertising, selection, induction and training. Which? Some? All? These leavers are particularly costly because you have spent considerable sums which have not yet been “paid back” by a productive performance long enough to produce a profit on their starting costs with you. Therefore does it not make sense to spend a few minutes with a leaver to find out just why they are leaving, what lessons can be learned for the future and whether anything could be done to induce them to stay – particularly important if the individual feels that they have been forced out, in breach of their contract of employment, and are contemplating issuing an Employment Tribunal claim? Clearly there are many reasons why an employee leaves. The trick is to find out the truth as acting on rumours or misinformation is likely to be unsuccessful. To this end it is useful to have someone other than their direct supervisor interview them – after all it may be the boss who’s the problem! Certainly the records should be looked at “centrally” to see if the problems extend across the organisation as a whole or are limited to a small number of departments/sections. Whoever undertakes the exit interview should explain that the purpose of the interview is to try to improve the organisation’s performance and anything said during it will be kept entirely confidential. This purpose encompasses matters like whether the job advert accurately reflects the job duties and attracts the right candidate; but which the employer failed to pick up; was there something wrong with the induction or training which has resulted in this employee leaving; is there something in the conditions of work driving people away; are there problems with management; are the pay and conditions of employment so poor that this really is the cause of leaving; etc. Careful analysis of answers is essential. It is all too easy to get caught in a vicious circle situation whereby high advertising, recruitment, induction and training costs leading to poor quality performance, high wastage

and customer dissatisfaction all lead to strains on the finances preventing better terms and conditions needed to attract a better class of worker! Records should be kept of all leavers’ comments and a detailed analysis carried out. This should throw up those areas about which something can be done – especially if they are concentrated within one or two departments. If this is the case it is likely to be the supervision/ management where the problem lies rather than, for example, poor holiday entitlement, unsocial hours, poor pay, etc. You might even consider exit interviewing those being dismissed as they are not likely to be too inhibited about telling you what is wrong with the organisation! Even if the problems do relate directly to a higher paying employer nearby, accurate costing of recruitment and training staff in the last year(s) and consideration as to whether that sum of money if it had been used to increase wages, decrease hours, increase holidays, whatever, might just bring a surprise! But do not just simply throw money at the problem – it rarely works and only leaves you poorer! Finally, as part of the exit procedure you need to ensure that the correct notice has been given, any outstanding loans and organisation property are recovered; that final payments relating to holiday pay, commission, etc., are calculated and that a P45 (SSP leavers’ statement if requested) are produced or in the pipeline. You might also wish to remind relevant individuals of the requirements of any confidentiality clause or restrictive covenants which apply to them. Exit interviewing is not just a chore – done properly it can provide valuable information for you to use in your future planning. For more information please contact John Gillespie on 0796 611 2093 or via e-mail, John. Gillespie@Peninsula-uk.com

A week in the life of a Councillor

Christina McKelvie MSP

A look back at my political year

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t’s been another incredibly busy year in my constituency office, with all sorts of cases and invitations coming in. I’ve been out and about, meeting constituents at all sorts of events, whether it was opening the Hillhouse Fun Day in the summer, speaking to church groups in Quarter and Cadzow about the campaign against human trafficking, or joining volunteers in a community clean-up of Neilsland Nature Trail. I’ve been privileged to visit many fantastic local organisations, such as Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre, the Liber8 project in Blantyre or Hamilton Citizens Advice Bureau, to name but a few. I’m always impressed by the energy, dedication and commitment to their communities that I find in the people and local groups that I meet. My constituency assistant Martha and I have also visited dozens of constituents in their homes and businesses, listening to their problems and trying to help them find solutions wherever we can.

Woodlands Nursery in Hamilton, who were really worried about the impact that the closures would have on their kids and on the local area. They hadn’t been consulted and had found out that the nurseries were at risk from the local media. I contacted South Lanarkshire Council to remind them that a new law, the Schools Consultation Act, was brought in by the SNP government this year, making it illegal for councils to close schools or nurseries without consultation and without a clear educational justification. Not long after that, the council announced that all of the nurseries would stay open after all! They obviously weren’t looking forward to facing a well-organised campaign by parents who knew their rights under the law, and who would oppose any moves to scrap local education facilities just to save money. It’s great news for the local children, parents and the communities as a whole that these facilities have been saved.

Nurseries Most of the cases we deal with are very personal, but a few where whole communities have been potentially affected stand out. One of those was the nursery closures planned by South Lanarkshire Council. I was contacted by parents of children who attend Hollandbush Nursery and

School buses One service which was cut by the Council was the school bus from Eddlewood to Hamilton Grammar. Pupils turned up to the bus stop at the start of the school year in August, only to find that their school bus never arrived – because the council had withdrawn this long-running

service without consulting or even properly informing affected families. I chaired a public meeting, attended by more than 50 concerned parents and young people, who were extremely upset at the way in which they had been treated by the Council. We all know that the Westminster cuts are making things tough for public spending this year, but that’s no excuse for withdrawing services without even discussing it with the local community. This is an issue that’s still ongoing. I’ve asked the council for information under the Freedom of Information Act about how and why they made the decision to withdraw the bus and whether they followed proper procedures. Right now, they’re saying they don’t have to give me that information – but I’m not done with them yet! War pensions When I attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Hamilton War Memorial this year, I was approached by local forces families who are very worried about the impact of plans by the UK coalition government which will see injured service personnel and war widows lose out on hundreds of pounds of pension entitlements. According to the Forces Pensions Society the plans, which change

the way pension increases are calculated, will mean that a 34-yearold wife of a staff sergeant killed in Afghanistan will be nearly £750,000 worse off over her lifetime and a corporal who loses both legs in a bomb blast would now receive about £500,000 less. I believe that if we are asking our soldiers to risk their lives by sending them to war, the least we can do is to ensure that they and their families will be properly looked after should the worst happen. I’ve written to the Defence Secretary Liam Fox to express my concerns about this and ask that the UK Government rethink their position on this matter. I haven’t had a reply yet, but I’ll keep HUB readers up to date on what happens. If you’ve got a problem or an issue that you’d like to discuss with me, please do get in touch. Best wishes to all HUB readers for a peaceful and happy festive season. See you in 2011! Christina McKelvie MSP SNP, Central Scotland Email Christina at Christina. McKelvie.msp@scottish.parliament. uk or call 01698 337 302 www.christinamckelviemsp.org


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How to cure your Christmas hangover A

lcohol sales go through the roof at Christmas as do the number of people suffering from hangovers. Here, we explore the cures some more scientific than others that could rid revellers of their nausea and headaches the morning after the night before. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID! It may sound dull to some but the best way to cure a hangover is to avoid getting one in the first place by not drinking at all. Alternatively, theres a few things you could do before going out to make the morning after a little easier, such as eating a hearty meal to slow down alcohol absorption, or eating full fat yoghurt to give the stomach a protective lining. You could also take a milk thistle supplement, known as silymarin, to protect the liver from damage. Vitamin B and C supplements could prepare your body for what it is about to lose and will speed up the rate that the liver processes the alcohol. WATER Much of the pain of a hangover is caused by dehydration, so drink water before you go to bed and again when you get up. However, make sure its water youre drinking and not cola or coffee, which might make you feel better for a short time but the caffeine within them will only lead to more dehydration. A glass of fruit juice could help to replace the vitamins the body has lost and the natural sugars in the juice would boost your energy levels and help rid your body of toxins. HAIR OF THE DOG Some people swear by a Bloody Mary or a pint of beer the morning after the night before, but while

drinking another alcoholic drink in the morning may seem to improve a hangover, this is just a temporary effect and is only postponing the misery. It actually stops the liver processing alcohol thats already in your system, so the levels of metabolic poisons created when your body processes alcohol temporarily drops. Then they rise again even further as the new alcohol, on top of the old, starts being processed again. RAW EGGS Raw eggs are said to be a common hangover cure because of their protein and antioxidant content, but many people find they just increase the feeling of nausea. If you think you could stomach raw eggs, heres a cocktail to try: The Virgin Fogcutter * teaspoon Worcestershire sauce * drop Tabasco * raw egg * teaspoon lemon juice * salt and pepper to taste Mix together and drink

LIGHTEN UP Avoid drinks that contain large amounts of congeners - the toxic chemicals that are formed during the fermentation of alcohol - as these tend to cause more severe hangovers. Generally, congeners are found in dark-coloured drinks such as red wine, brandy, and port. Also, drink water or soft drinks between each alcoholic tipple, which will make you consume less booze and automatically reduce the severity of your hangover. FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST The sheer number of calories in a full English will help to give the body a much-needed energy boost. Eggs and meat are rich in the amino acid cysteine, which is thought to be good at clearing out toxins. However, it will also contain a lot of fat that would not be good for you if eaten too often.

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With Mars in Capricorn as Mercury begins a three-week retrograde period, you need to avoid attractive individuals with attractive get-rich-quick schemes. You also need show a certain financial self-restraint where an object of love, or lust, is concerned. Communication problems are likely and you may find it hard to articulate yourself without coming across as too blunt or critical.

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Libra 23 Sep - 23 Oct With Mars in Capricorn, Venus in Scorpio and Mercury retrograde, you’re likely to be hotly pursued, either personally or professionally by individuals who may have trouble taking no for an answer. So if you’re really not sure, keep quiet, since attempts to be diplomatic rather than rock the boat could get you in hot water. Dazzling as recent developments involving people or activities that are dear to your heart may have been, you may still be feeling a little subdue or even dejected.

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With Mars in Capricorn you’ll have a real feeling of liberation as the obstacles and lack of energy of recent times beings to ease. However, with Mercury retrograde, in your eagerness to get ahead, don’t let your natural fighting spirit turn irrational and obscure everything – including reason. Try to avoid making major commitments till January, but if you really can’t wait, double check the small print.

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practical elements of your situation.

Life at the moment may seem little more than a process of dealing with minor issues, problems and details. Tiresome as these are, having to review the way things are done has been illuminating, if not alarming. For this reason, the cycle symbolised by last week’s New Moon could be of tremendous importance. Only once you know what needs to be done can you eliminate what doesn’t work and begin to use what does.

While your recent self-indulgence may have left you feeling worse for wear, it looks like you’ve still a fair amount of socialising left to do but you don’t to blow a hole in your finances. So whether it’s you noble sense of integrity or an insatiable desire for rich food, your reluctance to turn down an invitation could be your undoing and so, try considering yourself as a valuable resource, not quiet a museum piece yet, but precious and scarce nonetheless.

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This week may not find you in a very communicative mood. There may even be certain individuals who you might think you’ll never speak to again. Nevertheless, taking the first step towards reconciliation may not only achieve miracles, you may also gain the upper hand. This might be good timing, since you could soon be hearing about some extraordinary ideas or offers and want to compare notes with friends and family. Appealing as these are, don’t expect snap decisions.

No Sagittarian likes waiting, particularly when matters are pressing. But if you consider the changes that took place during recent weeks, it will be clear why it would be unwise to forge ahead, however convinced you are of your priorities. This perspective may be hard won, but this underlines the importance of doing things once and doing them right. Don’t commit to too much now, keep your options open.

With Mercury retrograde conjoining Mars, others may seem to be going out of the way to challenge what you do and say. Or at least that’s what you may expect and may be tempted to cut corners or keep certain facts up your sleeve. Now that’s all very well and good, and while you might not be in the mood to talk turkey you need to be careful not to get yourself into a complicated communication labyrinth, full of rumour, misunderstandings and crossed wires.

Just when things seemed to be going so well, you find you’re plagued with irritating little difficulties and set backs, and with Mars conjoining retrograde Mercury in Capricorn, you need to be careful. You’ll be in uncompromising mood with a tongue as sharp as a bee’s ass, but you might sting the wrong person. Now is the time to face facts and get it all over with. This requires diplomacy; particularly since you may need others help or support to carry out your plans.

If recent events have appear to have been conspired to frustrate you, with Mercury retrograde, a clear the air talk with a loved one or friend may be necessary and give you a chance to blow off some of that steam that’s being boiling away inside you recently. The situation is unlikely to prove a dead issue but at least you’ll get some breathing space and a chance to take a more practical, down-to-earth view of matters. You are urged to take your time dealing with issues so that no loose ends remain.

those whose imagination is as limited as their enthusiasm. This may slow you down, especially where commercial or property matters are concerned. However, with Mercury, your planetary ruler, retrograde for three weeks, there could be no better time to take things slowly and to review the

While you Virgos have gained an enviable reputation for your ability to create order out of chaos, sometimes it’s best not to be too keen to put everything neatly in place and over-commit yourself. With Mercury retrograde for three weeks, you really need to keep your options, and your diary, as open as possible. Consequently, you may find yourself preoccupied trying to settle the current crop of unresolved situations, combined with confusion over certain personal decisions.


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THIS WINTERS TOP 5 SUV’s

1) Range Rover Vogue – The Range Rover has always been the pinnacle of motoring, the distinguished gentlemen’s choice. The countryside green wellie brigade’s preferred taxi. A new one will cost anything upwards of £64,695 . We found a 2002 (52) plate, Range Rover Vogue TD6, fully loaded with 135,000 miles for just £10,500. Very similar to the current model too! Bargain!

2) BMW X5 – when this car launched back in 2001 it really did shake up the premium SUV market. And, you could argue that it is the best in its class – picking up many awards in its time. The new model was launched in 2007 but we found a 2002 (02) plate 3.0i Sport X5 with 95,000 miles for sale at £9,500. New, it would have cost in the region of £35,000 with the new model starting from £40,000.

3) Mercedes M Class – Mercedes were early entrants into the premium SUV market and wanted to offer their customers a luxury SUV and take on Land Rover. One thing about the ML is that they generally were well equipped, but really did lack on ride quality. They changed it back in 2005 with the all new M-Class, but we found a 2003 (03) Facelift ML320, 102,000 miles for just £7,495. This car would have been around £33,000 new. 4) Lexus RX300– It is well known that when you buy a Lexus – you buy Japanese precision engineering and is highly unlikely to break down! The RX300 was a new and bold step for Lexus back in 2003 – and actually won over many of those who doubted it. Fully loaded and offered rear reversing cameras to help you park. Luxury motoring indeed. We found a 2003 (03) RX300, 100k for £7,995. New this would be around £34,000.

ver 70 guests attended the Annual Dinner Dance Presentation at Carrigans Eating House, Hamilton, on Friday 26th November 2010. Douglas Campbell introduced the winners and Al Johnson, who put on a superb show of football 'keepie uppie' skills, presented the trophies and awards to the winners..

Derek Hamilton: 2nd Auchlochan Road Race Series Ricky Sutherland: 1st Auchlochan Dev. Road Race Series 2nd Royal Albert Hill Climb Championship - Millheugh Jim Paton: 1st Veteran Royal Albert Hill Climb Championship – Millheugh In a Vets Course record time of 3m 26.32s Keith Anderson: 1st Fastest Sam Allison Memorial 13.5m Hilly Time Trial in a Course Record of 33m 09s Fastest ‘25’ Mile Time Trial - 58m 06s 2nd Canderside Toll 10 mile League 3rd Royal Albert Hill Climb Championship Scott Anderson: 1st Royal Albert Hill Climb Championship Course Record - 3m 11.84s

Alex Douglas: 2nd Royal Albert B.A.R. Time Trial Championship John Campbell : 1st Royal Albert B.A.R. Time Trial Championship 1st Fastest Vet in Sam Allison Memorial 13.5m Hilly Time Trial in a Vets Course Record of 33m 34s 3rd Canderside Toll 10 mile League 3rd Auchlochan Development Road Race Series Dennis White: The J. B. Campbell “Clubman of the Year Trophy” - for contribution to the Club during the year. Dennis said; “Icing on the cake for just doing what I enjoy doing, for the best wee cycling club in Scotland!"

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LPG Morrisons – Hamilton - 65.9 Morrisons – Glasgow Fort - 65.9 *Prices correct at time of print. Source: petrolprices.com

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Keith Anderson

Alex Douglas

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Derek Hamilton

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Ricky Sutherland

Steven Brennan: 1st Canderside Toll 10 mile League Fastest ‘10’ Mile Time Trial 22m 56s 3rd Sam Allison Memorial 13.5m Hilly Time Trial

Puzzle Answers

the latest ‘must have’ SUV (4x4). The SUV has risen in popularity over the past few years and the manufacturers have realised this with nearly all car manufacturers now offering some form of SUV. That said, the ‘must have’ SUV is from those premium badges such as BMW, Lexus, Mercedes and Range Rover. So can Mr & Mrs average really afford a premium SUV in the current climate? Well, the answer is simple - yes you can! Even more so if you are prepared to shop around and opt for an older model in the range or indeed a higher mileage vehicle. We set ourselves a challenge at HUB HQ – to find some premium badge SUVs for under £11,000 (but must have toys such as xenon lights and sat nav) – the price of a new fiesta! So here are our top 5 recommendations for premium SUV motoring on a budget!

Well there you have our top 5 premium SUV’s on a budget. Like any purchase, shop around and haggle for a deal. One tip would be to put a private plate on the car – that way only the train spotters would know how old it actually is! Unleaded Sainsburys - Hamilton Jet - Hamilton Asda - Blantyre Highest

5) Volkswagen Touareg - The Touareg was something different, introduced in 2003, a first for VW, it sold pretty well. For some bizarre reason VW decided to launch with a 5.0 V10 Diesel engine – great performance but somewhat thirsty! With VW you know what you are paying for – excellent, reliable build quality. We found a 2003 (03) 5.0 V10 Diesel Touareg for £10,995. This would have cost around £45,000 new.

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Not to be outdone, the Villagers hit back within 4 minutes. A series of strong drives pushed the Millbrae defence back into their own 22. With the referee penalising the home side for infringing in the ruck Uddingston chose to kick to the corner. With the lineout ball secured they drove on, recycled the ball and moved it across the park. Strong tackling saw the Villagers set up another ruck 10 metres from the Millbrae try line. With the ball ready to come out, scrum half Andy Low dummied the pass and darted inside, diving across the line under the posts for a well worked try. Burns secured the conversion and the Villagers were back in the game at 13 -10. With 30 minutes still to play it was quite literally anybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game and both sides knew that the next couple of scores could decide the outcome. An opportunist drop goal from Courtney on 54 minutes pushed Millbrae ahead but was countered 4 minutes later by a well taken penalty from Burns which brought the Villagers back within 3 points at 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 13. As the match entered the closing 15 minutes Millbrae made the decisive moves which took the match beyond the Villagers. On 65 minutes Millbrae reacted first to loose play at the Uddingston scrum allowing Courtney to scoop the ball and dive over for the try. Courtney converted his own score moving Millbrae 23 -13 in front. 5 Minutes later Millbrae secured the 4 try bonus and killed any chance the Villagers had of recovering the match. A dropped pass by Uddingston was secured by Millbrae and a long kick ahead produced a foot race which Gav White won to dive over the line and touch down. This time Courtneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kick came off the upright but the scoreboard now read 28 -13 for the home side. The Villagers pushed hard to get back into the match and with 5 minutes to play scored a well deserved try. With the forwards driving hard into the Millbrae pack, the ball was moved wide where it found Jamie McPherson on the wing, who rounded his man to score in the corner. The conversion fell short taking the scoreboard to 28-18. As the clock moved towards full time the villagers worked hard to try and secure a losing bonus point but, with the try line in sight, lost the ball and Millbrae cleared to touch to secure the victory.

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Coaches with high level SFA coaching qualifications, Strength and Conditioning coaches, Sports Psychologists and Video Analysis have allowed not only the Premier team to progress but this professionalism has also filtered down to all the other teams within the Club. The Club have recently been awarded the SFA Quality Mark; this success came about after a lot commitment and dedication all the volunteers within the Club from the Chairperson down through the Development team to the people at the frontline who deal with all the players, the Club Coaches. The SFA were so impressed by the Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application that they asked the Club to do a presentation to several football clubs within the South West region, to show their Quality Mark journey. Hamilton striker Susan Fairlie daughter of Hamilton legend Jamie Fairlie won the first of her two player of the month awards in April after she had scored eight in a 14-0 victory over Kilmarnock. This plus another player of the month award in October ensured Susan was in the running for Premier Division player of the year. On 26/11/10 at the Scottish Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Football Annual Awards ceremony held at Hampden Park, Susan became the first Hamilton player to receive the Viga Premier Division player of the year. An award that was richly deserved and again showed that Hamilton were moving in the right direction. Two of Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s younger players have also been selected to attend the Scottish Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Football Academy at Stirling University.

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he adverse weather has been affecting literally all outdoor sports and Junior Football is no exception. Due to the snow and ice there has been little or more to the point, no football as one by one the fixtures fall foul to the weather conditions. Local sides Bellshill Athletic and Thorniewood Utd have not played games in weeks and it is looking doubtful if there will be any

activity before the New Year. Bellshill have a Third Round Emirates Scottish Cup tie against rivals Shotts Bon Accord looming and manager Gerry Creaney will be disappointed that the games are off due to the current run of form that his team are on. There has been much improvement at Bellshill since Creaney was given the job and you can’t but help notice that they are now playing as a team

again – something that was missing previously. Given the form that Bellshill are on you would have to fancy them in this difficult tie. Thorniewood manager John Fallon on the other hand is pleased to a degree that the games are off. Thorniewood have lost some of that early season flair which saw them propel to the top of the league. He told The HUB; “Whilst it is never good to have games

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