Commonwealth Day Celebrated in Liverpool

Liverpool officialy recognised Commonwealth today with a special ceremony in the Town Hall.  Headed by the Lord Mayor Cllr Roz Gladden.  Dignitaries from member countries of the Commonwealth, and the Liverpool Commonwealth Association attended the special service.

Commonwealth Day, held on the second Monday in March each year, is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy and equality, and to celebrate the association’s rich diversity.

After the Town Hall Service and flag raising, the Lord Mayor and Consort joined Colonel Alan O’Flanagan, Cadet Stephen Douglas RSM and other dignitaries again for a similar service in the Royal Liver Building to raise the Commonwealth Flag on their balcony overlooking the River Mersey.

Liverpool Commonwealth Association – formed in 2015 to encourage trade, educational and cultural links with the city.

The Commonwealth Flag was raised by The Lord Mayor, Chief Angus and Gary Miller, Chair of the LCA on the roof of the Town Hall.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Roz Gladden, said: “As the place which was once the second city of the British Empire, Liverpool has a proud history at the heart of the Commonwealth. It helped shape the place we are today – a City Region where 60 languages are spoken by residents whose ethnic heritage comes from 100 countries.

“It is important we must not forget the vital role our diverse communities play and have played in the city, not least the sacrifices made during two world wars and conflict since. Commonwealth Day gives us an opportunity to do that.”

Chair of the Liverpool Commonwealth Association and Assistant Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar said “On Monday March 13th we salute our Commonwealth friends and family and remind the world that Liverpool is back! It’s back as a global trading, cultural and academic partner.

“We are not just an association – we are a group of passionate individuals from the heritage of 52 nations, using our influence and our links to ensure this region is seen as the place to do business, to learn from, to visit and to play.

“Today’s ceremony is part of a global initiative to fly the flag to herald this amazing and influential family of nations.”

 “I would love this amazing family to host not just the Commonwealth Games but also hold the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in this region in 2018 – that would be two gold medals worth flying the flag for!”

The Commonwealth is made up of 52 countries with 2.2 billion people, 60 percent under the age of 30, and spans nations in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific.

For pics of the service and flag raising, please see link below:-

Group shot on Town Hall Stairs

Strike 4 Repeal Campaign in Liverpool

Earlier in Liverpool University Square, gatherers met to campaign against an “outdated” Irish Law.  Today being International Women’s Day, women in Ireland will strike to demand their right to control their bodies.

The 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution outlaws and criminalises abortion in Ireland by considering the rights of the fetus equivalent to those of a woman. The campaigners want this repealed.  They say  “Women in Ireland should have access to safe, legal and affordable abortions.”

The UOL Pro-Choice Society, supports the  campaign and stands in solidarity with women whose governments deny them bodily autonomy. They stand with the women of Ireland and Northern Ireland who are forced to travel abroad for a safe procedure that they should have access to at home.

An estimated 12 women cross the border from Ireland to seek abortion each day.
This event remembers the 12 women who have been forced to travel for abortion that day, and every day.

Every person who has an abortion has to take at least a day off work, whether to travel or stay at home. Use this day to stand in solidarity with them, and demand change.

For pics see link below:-

Campaigners

New Recycling Drive in Liverpool 18

A new council drive to help reduce the amount of recyclable materials being sent to landfils sites got underway yesterday (6th March 2017) in Liverpool 18.  New 90 litre re-useable sacks are being handed out to residents to replace the current 55 litre boxes.

It is estimated that approx 21,000 tonnes of recycleable waste is being sent to the landfil instead of being put into the correct recycling bins / bags.  Each tonne of normal household costs twice as much to treat as recyclable waste meaning an extra £1 million is payable by council tax holders.

In an earlier drive in the County Ward, saw recycling rates increase by approx 20%.  Other areas will follow this year.

Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “The high proportion of terraced properties with narrow alleyways in Liverpool means we have a particular challenge in providing the best storage methods for residents.

“We know that the larger sacks proved popular when we carried out a pilot scheme last year because they are much bigger than the blue boxes.

“This is part of a much scheme to make our streets cleaner and greener in which we are replacing paving and carrying out other environmental improvements in four foot alleys to improve the conditions in which rubbish is presented for collection.

“We are also going to be increasing our recycling collections where we think it will make a difference, educating people about which bin to use, improving our response to flytipping and taking action against those that dump in our city as part of our commitment to make Liverpool cleaner and greener.”

RECYCLING IN NUMBERS:

33 – percentage of waste recycled in Liverpool (projected 2016/17)
18,000 – tonnes of green waste collected (2016/17)
21,000 – tonnes of recyclable items wrongly placed in the purple bin every year
28,000 – houses receiving a weekly black sack collection
196,000 – houses receiving an alternate weekly collection of purple/blue bins

For some pics of the event please follow the link below:-

Recyling Teams

250,000 People March In London Against Govt Cuts

An estimated 250, 000 people marched in central London yesterday against proposed Government cuts and to save it from the axe.  Thousands marched, chanted and sang in defiant protest against Prime Minister Teresa May and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s proposals.

Many more gave their support via social media, including patients and ex patients of the NHS who’s lives had been saved by the Service.  Student doctors and nurses attended and spoke in Parliament Square at the cuts they are seeing first hand on the front line.  Placards and banners were held high calling for the NHS to be saved and to reverse the proposed £20 Million cuts proposed by 2020.

Protesters came from all over the country by coach, car and train, some as far as Scotland and Newcastle in the North East.  They all gathered in Tavistock Sq from 11am, and by the time the march started at 1pm, the area was so full it was shoulder to shoulder for a while.

The march which ended in Parliament Sq opposite the House Of Parliament was soon filled with protesters who gathered to hear speeches on the stage.  Speakers included Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, Shadow Chanellor John McDonnell, Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey, aswell as student doctors and nurses, other trade union officials and Billy Bragg sang at the end of the talks.

For Pictures see link below:-

DSC_6189

WW2 Veteran Receives The National Order Of The Legion Of France

91 year old Mr Henry Miller from the Wirral received France’s highest decoration in a ceremony earlier in the Royal Naval Association Club in Wallasey, Wirral.   Mr Miller received the National Order Of The Legion Of Honour from Mr Philip Daniel the Honarary Consul of France, who was representing the President of the French Republic.

Mr Miller volunteered as a minesweeper during the war and helped clear the English Channel in the weeks leading upto the D-Day Landings. Mr Miller played a vital part in help clear passage for the advancing British Forces into France.

Although the Legion d’honneur is normally presented to French nationals, the award is also given to non-nationals who have protected French interests.

After the D-Day landings Henry and other ships were deployed to the clear the ports of Dieppe and Calais.  Later, Henry and his shipmates were given the Freedom of Paris by French Officials for their efforts.

Henry’s daughter Kathy Miller attended the presentation ceremony with her father. She said: “My dad showed tremendous courage at a very young age. He first volunteered to join the Royal Navy in 1942 when he was just 16 years old and he asked to go onto minesweeper ships which was clearly very dangerous work at the time.”

The Mayor of Wirral, Cllr. Pat Hackett said:  “Henry showed great bravery at such a  young age and we are absolutely delighted that he is now being recognised and honoured in this way. “

For photo’s and video of the presentation, please see links below:-

Video:-

Photographs:-

Mr Miller and Family