Liverpool Society – Liverpool IL http://liverpool-il.com/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 19:07:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://liverpool-il.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1-150x150.png Liverpool Society – Liverpool IL http://liverpool-il.com/ 32 32 Husband surrenders to police after wife confesses to crime in her sleep https://liverpool-il.com/husband-surrenders-to-police-after-wife-confesses-to-crime-in-her-sleep/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 18:47:07 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/husband-surrenders-to-police-after-wife-confesses-to-crime-in-her-sleep/ A carer who stole thousands of dollars from a vulnerable woman in a wheelchair has been caught when her husband overheard her talking about it in her sleep. Ruth Fort stole £7,220 from the woman and spent it on a family holiday in Mexico. Her husband, Anthony, became suspicious when his wife started spending large […]]]>

A carer who stole thousands of dollars from a vulnerable woman in a wheelchair has been caught when her husband overheard her talking about it in her sleep.

Ruth Fort stole £7,220 from the woman and spent it on a family holiday in Mexico.

Her husband, Anthony, became suspicious when his wife started spending large sums of money. He finally turned himself in to the police when he heard his wife talking in her sleep and saw a debit card, which belonged to the nursing home resident, in her purse.

Addressing the Echo of Liverpool, Mr Fort said: “It was more of an instinct, at first. But when I found the debit card in her purse, I knew. It was heartbreaking.

“I deeply loved Ruth, but I couldn’t ignore what she had done. It was abhorrent to me that she could steal from a vulnerable person and I had to report her.

In February last year, she was given a 16-month suspended prison sentence on the condition that she attend drug treatment sessions.

At the time, the judge praised Mr Fort for his ‘commendable’ actions and said: ‘It must have been a very difficult thing to do.’

The judge spoke of the “revulsion the public feels for those in positions of authority and responsibility who take advantage of vulnerable members of our community for financial gain”.

She told Fort, “The temptation here has turned into greed, and you should be ashamed of your behavior.”

Fort appeared at Liverpool Crown Court this month after breaching his sentence by failing to attend his rehab sessions twice and for missing a meeting with his probation officer.

The judge agreed to give him one last chance and imposed a six-week curfew on him.

Mr Fort, 61, met his wife while studying at Liverpool University and they both shared a love of music.

“We went to concerts and walked a lot,” he said. “We were really happy together.”

They moved in together and were married on New Years Eve 2010. Mr Fort added: ‘One night in August 2018 I picked Ruth up from work and she told me she had taken one. residents of the nursing home shopping that day.

“She said the lady, who was in a wheelchair, had £98,000 in her bank account. Something in the way he spoke made my heart skip a beat. I realized that Ruth must have access to the card and PIN.

“There was nothing more to do, but I started to worry, even though I had no reason to. It was an instinct.”

Later that year, while on a family vacation in Mexico, his wife began spending a lot of money on trips and excursions while they were there.

Her aunt also expressed concern when she came and saw her niece withdrawing large sums of money from an ATM.

Then in December 2018, Mr. Fort was awakened by his wife talking in her sleep.

“Ruth was mumbling about money,” he said, “and when I woke up I saw the purse on the floor with some fallen bills.”

He saw the vulnerable woman’s debit card in the purse and “everything clicked”.

Barrister John Keane, who defended Fort in court, said she was a vulnerable member of society and her life fell apart as a result of the case.

He told the court that there were drug addicts calling her home and calling her, and that she had a 15-year-old daughter who depended on her.

At this month’s hearing, Judge Brian Cummings said he would give Fort one last chance.

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Astor closes the curtains https://liverpool-il.com/astor-closes-the-curtains/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 19:02:13 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/astor-closes-the-curtains/ Once again, the doors of the Astor Theater are closed. The historic theater was closed under revised government health guidelines in late December in response to the virulence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. “We’re just kind of on a wait-and-see attitude right now,” said Jean Robinson-Dexter, chief executive. “We will try to reschedule anything […]]]>

Once again, the doors of the Astor Theater are closed.

The historic theater was closed under revised government health guidelines in late December in response to the virulence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

“We’re just kind of on a wait-and-see attitude right now,” said Jean Robinson-Dexter, chief executive. “We will try to reschedule anything we had confirmed or were in the process of booking for later dates.”

Another uncertainty is what capacity the theater would be allowed, once things start to open up again.

The theater was last closed at the end of last April until mid-June, when the sanitary restrictions were relaxed. Subsequently, youth camps and live events took place. Local artists put on the Tom, Dick & Harry production for three nights at the end of November, for example, which drew good crowds.

“We had a fairly successful fall with limited capacity and then at full capacity. The last two shows we were able to do in December, all seats were available,” Robinson-Dexter said. These shows included Lennie Gallant (December 8) and Matt Andersen & Friends (December 12).

“People loved being able to go out and see live music again. It’s a big disappointment that we’re back at this point, but we want everyone to be safe and healthy, so that’s what we have to do,” added Robinson-Dexter.

The number of people allowed for an audience was reduced to just 50 later in December, before live events were shut down completely. “Obviously at that number it’s not viable for either Astor or an artist who might be trying to put together a tour,” Robinson-Dexter said.

The Stadacona Band’s free holiday concert scheduled for December 16 was the start of the cancellations.

As of 2022, Reeny Smith was scheduled for January 29 and a comedy tour was due to stop in Liverpool on February 9.

Robinson-Dexter said the theater will be closed until at least the end of this month.

“We were really looking forward to hearing from Reeny Smith, who just blew the roof off the Astor when she played with Matt Andersen,” she lamented, while adding, “Comics planned for the February 9 have decided to cancel their tour. But hopefully we’ll get them rescheduled.

Art exhibitions have also been suspended. The Danna Winters exhibition ended on January 14.

finance

With limited capacity to host many events, the facility’s revenue has been affected.

Robinson-Dexter is grateful that the regular grants have at least remained in place, while the addition of emergency funding and wage subsidies have “helped keep the doors open when we were able to be open.” Currently, the office is not open on a regular schedule.

The Astor Theater Society conducted its annual fundraising campaign during the month of December. Although final figures were not available, Robinson-Dexter was confident the campaign was a success. “We have wonderful donors and wonderful volunteers,” she said.

Future

Looking ahead, Robinson-Dexter and his team have plans they hope to implement next year, pandemic permitting.

“I think later this year you can expect a youth theater production that we were hoping to do this spring, but at this point it won’t be doable until later,” she said. “We hope the music festival will be back in full force and we are also considering programming specifically for seniors.”

The general manager of the Astor is considering a return to summer camps, and all is well the theater will welcome theater troupes from around the world to the Liverpool International Theater Festival scheduled for May 12-15. The event went virtual in 2020-21 with great success and it will continue online every two years from 2021.

More information about the festival is coming soon.

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Australian billionaires double their wealth amid COVID | Liverpool City Champion https://liverpool-il.com/australian-billionaires-double-their-wealth-amid-covid-liverpool-city-champion/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 00:00:14 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/australian-billionaires-double-their-wealth-amid-covid-liverpool-city-champion/ As millions of Australians struggle to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s billionaires have pocketed $205 million a day. Anti-poverty charity Oxfam crunched the numbers and found that Australia’s 47 billionaires had doubled their collective net worth to $255 billion in the first two years of the crisis. These men and women, […]]]>

As millions of Australians struggle to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s billionaires have pocketed $205 million a day.

Anti-poverty charity Oxfam crunched the numbers and found that Australia’s 47 billionaires had doubled their collective net worth to $255 billion in the first two years of the crisis.

These men and women, who include business tycoons Gina Rinehart, James Packer and Frank Lowy, now own more wealth than the poorest 30% of Australians, which equates to around 7.7million people .

The findings of Oxfam’s report, released on Monday, were mirrored globally, with the world’s ten richest men also more than doubling their fortunes to $1.9 trillion.

More broadly, the 2,755 billionaires around the world have grown their fortunes more in the past two years than the previous 14 in total.

“This is the largest annual increase in billionaire wealth since records began. It is happening on every continent,” the Inequality Kills report says.

Their growing wealth has been attributed to soaring stock prices, the rise of unregulated entities, the rise of monopoly power and privatization, in addition to the erosion of tax rates and the regulation of individual businesses and workers’ rights and wages.

Oxfam Australia chief executive Lyn Morgain said billionaires had experienced a “terrible pandemic”.

“Central banks pumped trillions of dollars into financial markets to save the economy, but much of that ended up lining the pockets of billionaires profiting from a stock market boom,” he said. she stated.

The gross inequality has real-world consequences, with the report conservatively estimating that it contributes to at least 21,300 deaths every day, or one person every four seconds.

In Australia and the UK specifically, poor people and those in lower socio-economic areas were nearly 2.6 to four times more likely to die from COVID-19 than the wealthiest members of society.

The charity describes the trends as “alarming” and blames governments for allowing the “conditions of the COVID-19 virus to mutate dangerously”.

“At the same time, they have also created the conditions for a whole new variant of billionaire wealth. This variant, the billionaire variant, is profoundly dangerous to our world,” he said.

The rapid spread of the Omicron strain across the world after it was first detected in South Africa has also shown the deadly consequences of persistent inequalities, Ms Morgain says.

Oxfam has called on all governments to immediately tax the gains made by the super-rich during the pandemic, invest in evidence-based policies to save lives, and rewrite the rules within their economies.

“It’s time for the Australian government to take this issue seriously and take action to close the gap between rich and poor,” Ms Morgain said.

Australian Associated Press

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Government to support various social enterprises to boost recovery in UK https://liverpool-il.com/government-to-support-various-social-enterprises-to-boost-recovery-in-uk/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 16:00:23 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/government-to-support-various-social-enterprises-to-boost-recovery-in-uk/ X Sign up for free to receive the latest news straight to your inbox Register A new generation of social enterprises – especially led by women from diverse ethnic backgrounds – are harnessing the power of diversity to drive the UK’s recovery from the pandemic. A new study from Social Enterprise UK reveals that vibrant […]]]>

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A new generation of social enterprises – especially led by women from diverse ethnic backgrounds – are harnessing the power of diversity to drive the UK’s recovery from the pandemic.

A new study from Social Enterprise UK reveals that vibrant community-led organizations are already making great strides in helping the country ‘build back better’.

Using the talents and experience of people from all sections of their ‘racialized’ communities – previously known as BAME – social enterprises, which are increasingly led by women, have powerful social and economic impacts .

Produced twice a year by Social Enterprise UK to explore the growth of the social enterprise sector in the UK, the report illustrates how they are providing leadership in areas devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report reveals how a new wave of inclusive start-ups better represents society.

Helen Burkinshaw, policy and research coordinator at Liverpool and Manchester social enterprise, The Women’s Organization, says it is time for the government to give the social enterprise sector the recognition it deserves.

She said: “Social enterprises should be given absolute parity with other businesses, especially after the resilience they have shown in light of the pandemic.

“Seventy-eight percent of social enterprises are now regulated by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The government must recognize that BEIS is the most appropriate ministry to oversee social enterprise and ensure its continued growth.

The Women’s Organization Deputy CEO Helen Milne said: “We know, through our work with the Enterprise Research Center, that social enterprises are essential to achieving a more environmentally friendly business landscape. . They are ahead of the curve when it comes to integrating environmental policies given their commitment to delivering social results at all levels.

“It is notable, especially after the pandemic, that despite enormous economic and social challenges and difficult business environments, social enterprises have continued to have an impact, not only financial, but environmental and social. “

Helen Burkinshaw added: “SEUK report shows that social enterprises are leading the way in terms of growth, job creation, diversity and inclusion, innovation and resilience – 44% of social enterprises reported an increase in turnover during the pandemic, compared to 18% for the rest of the business.

“Almost half of social enterprises are headed by women (47%) against only 16% for the rest of the companies, and 31% of the companies in the sector have directors from BAME, against 6% for the rest of the companies. Business. In addition, one in five companies in the sector addresses the climate emergency as part of its basic social and environmental mission.

“It therefore seems absurd to me that obstacles persist to prevent the start-up or growth of small and medium-sized social enterprises. I think the lack of research and confidence in the sector is certainly an affecting factor, but it is worrying that access to finance and investment remains a major problem.

She says the government’s top priority is to give social enterprises much easier access to financial and procurement markets if they are to unleash their full potential and contribute to economic recovery.

In addition, direct political action is needed to help mobilize the social enterprise sector, and closer engagement with companies operating in the sector is essential if lessons are to be learned and applied. Helen said: “This is particularly relevant after the pandemic and is essential to any recovery strategy.”

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Lonely retiree finds “closest friend” through charity service https://liverpool-il.com/lonely-retiree-finds-closest-friend-through-charity-service/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 16:47:29 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/lonely-retiree-finds-closest-friend-through-charity-service/ Two friends from Wirral encourage others to support the elderly and fight against loneliness. Maggie Gaskell and Eileen Dewhurst have become quick friends over the past few years; confide in and meet regularly. Their 30-year age gap hasn’t stopped the couple from forming a bond. Additional efforts and campaigns are launched each Christmas to end […]]]>

Two friends from Wirral encourage others to support the elderly and fight against loneliness.

Maggie Gaskell and Eileen Dewhurst have become quick friends over the past few years; confide in and meet regularly.

Their 30-year age gap hasn’t stopped the couple from forming a bond.

Additional efforts and campaigns are launched each Christmas to end the isolation and loneliness that plague many older generations. However, as the New Year begins, it’s important to remember that support is as vital now as it was during the holiday season.

Age UK Wirral appeals to more ‘friends’; volunteers who will devote part of their time to an elderly person.

Covid doesn’t have to be a limiting factor, with the ability to volunteer one day a week to deliver a business over the phone also being available.

A friend and mother of two, Maggie has visited 92-year-old Eileen Dewhurst for more than two years. She first contacted the local charity HelpLink, which is now part of Age UK Wirral.

Maggie said: “When my father was in poor health towards the end of his life, I was not able to visit him and my mother in East Yorkshire as much as I would have liked.

“I volunteered as a friend because I could easily devote a few hours a week to someone who was homebound locally. “

Now, Maggie’s visits have changed Eileen’s life for the better.

Eileen said: “I can’t imagine my life without Maggie and now I consider her to be my closest friend.”

What started out as fortnightly visits turned into more as Eileen was welcomed into Maggie’s family, going on a trip and visiting her family home.

Maggie said: “Her career as a novelist and her background in journalism have provided endless compelling stories.

“Spending time with Eileen showed me how society often tends to ignore older people instead of respecting and enjoying their experiences.”

Much of Age UK Wirral’s work is to fight against isolation and loneliness. There is evidence that suffering from loneliness can impact other problems and may contribute to earlier death, charity bosses say.

Age UK Wirral CEO Jamie Anderson said: “The Covid pandemic has only served to intensify people’s experiences of loneliness through the various restrictions. Winter is adding to these pressures as the nights are longer. gloomy and colder weather make it more difficult for people to maintain social contact.

“We encourage everyone to think about the greatest gift they can give – the gift of their time.”

Nationally, ITV’s annual Good Morning Britain ‘1 Million Minutes’ campaign wrapped up last week. In its sixth year of efforts to end people’s loneliness, the campaign has called on the British public to donate time to charities looking for volunteers to support those who are alone.

A total of 166,028,640 minutes have been pledged and the success of the campaign will benefit many across the country who are feeling lonely this winter.

When asked what Maggie has brought to her life, Eileen simply replied, “The heat. “

If you, too, would like to bring some warmth to someone’s winter, you can find more information here.

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Pharmacists remain in the dark about free deployment of rapid antigen test by federal government | Liverpool City Champion https://liverpool-il.com/pharmacists-remain-in-the-dark-about-free-deployment-of-rapid-antigen-test-by-federal-government-liverpool-city-champion/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 20:58:00 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/pharmacists-remain-in-the-dark-about-free-deployment-of-rapid-antigen-test-by-federal-government-liverpool-city-champion/ news, national, coronavirus, rapid antigen test, pharmacy, free, COVID PHARMACISTS are as uncertain as the rest of the community about how rapid antigenic testing will be made available and monitored for concession card holders, as promised by the federal government. The national cabinet agreed on Wednesday to provide up to 10 free three-month rapid antigen […]]]>

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PHARMACISTS are as uncertain as the rest of the community about how rapid antigenic testing will be made available and monitored for concession card holders, as promised by the federal government. The national cabinet agreed on Wednesday to provide up to 10 free three-month rapid antigen tests to around 6.6 million Australians on concession cards. But how they will be made available and tracked remains unclear. This following changes to the testing requirements, anyone who returns a positive rapid antigen test is no longer required to take a PCR test. Chelsea Felkai, president of the NSW branch of the Pharmaceutical Society and a Newcastle-based pharmacist, said pharmacists found out along with the rest of the community. “Pharmacists kind of feel like they’re the meat in between the sandwich,” Ms. Felkai said. “The government doesn’t seem to recognize the very sudden demand that these announcements tend to create.” We haven’t heard anything more about how this is going to play out. People come and ask a lot of questions, but at this point we haven’t been informed. talk about a different administrative process, ”she said. “More work and more paperwork, a whole new way to report. It’s just about reinventing the wheel. “

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PHARMACISTS are as uncertain as the rest of the community about how rapid antigenic testing will be made available and monitored for concession card holders, as promised by the federal government.

The national cabinet agreed on Wednesday to provide up to 10 free three-month rapid antigen tests to around 6.6 million Australians on concession cards. But how they will be made available and tracked remains unclear.

This following changes to the testing requirements, anyone who returns a positive rapid antigen test is no longer required to take a PCR test.

Chelsea Felkai, president of the NSW branch of the Pharmaceutical Society and a Newcastle-based pharmacist, said pharmacists found out along with the rest of the community.

“Pharmacists kind of feel like they’re the meat in between the sandwich,” Ms. Felkai said.

“The government doesn’t seem to recognize the very sudden demand that these announcements tend to create.

“We haven’t heard anything further on how it’s going to play out. People come in and ask a lot of questions, but at this point we haven’t been informed.”

Many pharmacists felt that if it was tied to Medicare, it would be easier.

“But they are talking about a different administrative process,” she said. “More work and more paperwork, a whole new way of reporting. It’s just about reinventing the wheel.”

This story Deployment of a free COVID test, a mystery first appeared on the Newcastle Herald.
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Kate Hoey urged to backtrack on ‘nationalist domination’ https://liverpool-il.com/kate-hoey-urged-to-backtrack-on-nationalist-domination/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 07:25:00 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/kate-hoey-urged-to-backtrack-on-nationalist-domination/ Baroness Kate Hoey has been asked to withdraw her controversial term that many professions in Northern Ireland are ‘dominated’ by those of a nationalist persuasion from a leading scholar. Professor Peter Shirlow, director of the Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool, called the debate sparked by the former Labor MP’s foreword to […]]]>

Baroness Kate Hoey has been asked to withdraw her controversial term that many professions in Northern Ireland are ‘dominated’ by those of a nationalist persuasion from a leading scholar.

Professor Peter Shirlow, director of the Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool, called the debate sparked by the former Labor MP’s foreword to the Unionist Policy Studies report “sterile and without evidence” .

In it, the multi-stakeholder peer expresses her “concern” about the influence of “anti-union activism” within key professions such as journalism and law.

She said she supported “the work underway to encourage those, especially those from working class loyalist communities, to engage in education and seek access to professional vocations such as journalism. , law and the civil service “. “There are very justified concerns that many professional vocations have become dominated by those of nationalist persuasion, and this positioning of activists is then used to exert influence on those in power,” continued Baroness Hoey.

Ms Hoey defended her comments, insisting it was a “very legitimate position to be expressed”.

Writing in a platform article in the Irish News, she said her position was underscored by the “manner in which the aforementioned elite network moved into action in seeking to distort the context of my remarks” .

Professor Shirlow said the problem was more complex than the zero-sum game described, adding that he disagreed with the term “dominated”.

“The rise of a Catholic middle class shouldn’t be anything other than something we support. This did not shake the position of the Protestant middle class. There is no evidence to suggest this, ”he said.

Instead, a person’s results in life are shaped by various socio-economic factors, such as obtaining a postgraduate degree, homeownership, and whether someone has attended a high school or not, he argued.

“What this company needs to do is have a conversation about social inclusion. We still have a situation where the majority of disadvantaged places are predominantly Catholic, ”explained the academic. “You go into the sections of nationalism and republicanism saying that they are going up, they are going and that the Protestant community is dysfunctional and is collapsing.

“You have sections of unionism and loyalty like Kate Hoey who accept it; that their community is falling apart and being undermined and discriminated against.

Mr. Shirlow continued: “There is no evidence for either of these arguments. So what we get is this sectarian identity reading of social changes.

“No one in this conservation asks us why people are being left behind – two-thirds of the children on the Shankill and the Falls do not reach five GCSEs.”

He described the debate sparked by Kate Hoey’s article as a “sterile Catholic / Protestant conversation”, adding that the younger generations here find these labels “boring”.

“I think the term ‘dominated’ should be taken out. It’s basically taking the language of civil rights, that there used to be domination of trade unionists and now we have people claiming that there is domination on the other side. If it is not proven then it should be removed.

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Creator reveals plans for post-Covid film https://liverpool-il.com/creator-reveals-plans-for-post-covid-film/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/creator-reveals-plans-for-post-covid-film/ From the bodies of Brookside on the patio to the plane crash in Emmerdale to the rape of Luke Morgan in Hollyoaks, Phil Redmond has always been able to frame a story. Sitting in his home office, the flowing gray locks now clearing a bit, the 72-year-old scouser who orchestrated them all gestures over Zoom […]]]>

From the bodies of Brookside on the patio to the plane crash in Emmerdale to the rape of Luke Morgan in Hollyoaks, Phil Redmond has always been able to frame a story. Sitting in his home office, the flowing gray locks now clearing a bit, the 72-year-old scouser who orchestrated them all gestures over Zoom to a wall with a homepage of the Daily Star 2019 hung. : “Bring back Grange Hill to save Britain.” Beside it is a copy of the opening credits of the comic still so revered that in May Richard Osman got ‘the Grange Hill sausage’ (which appeared, to dismay, in one of between them) trending on Twitter. Two sheets of paper, but a testament to the show’s enduring popularity 13 years after its cancellation – hence why Redmond has just completed a script for a planned Grange Hill film. end of 2022.

“It’s amazing how many people tell me it was their favorite program. Especially politicians, ”Redmond said, before laughing out loud. “David Cameron told me that his favorite character was [school bully] Stebson pliers. It breaks the ice when you try to get them to do things.

Redmond – Sir Phil since last October – has spent much of his time since the sale of his production company Mersey Television in 2005 as Professor of Media Studies at Liverpool John Moores and Chairman of the National Museums of Liverpool and the UK City of Culture Expert Advisory Board. But the urge to tell stories has never given up: Highbridge, the first in a proposed trilogy of state of the nation novels, emerged in 2016, but only partially scratched the itch. And so he returned to his first and greatest creation.

Angered by an article speculating – wrongly, according to him – about the likely careers of Grange Hill alumni including Zammo McGuire (Lee MacDonald) and Tucker Jenkins (Todd Carty), but delighted with the show’s second life on social media (a Single Ladies video-themed meme went viral), he reunited with former collaborators last February to take a look at what really happened at the school, its current enrollment, and its alumni. The casting will begin soon, and he hopes members of the old guard return to play parents and grandparents alongside a new generation of students.

Will Grange Hill still reflect the concerns of today’s children? “I’m going to give the same answer I gave when I was asked that at 29: I had one!” Childhood doesn’t really change ‘

“We have had four school rebuilding programs in my life, but it’s not about bricks and mortar, it’s about getting the best out of every student. How will ripping schools from communities solve anything? Or make catchment areas so big that kids have to travel for miles to be with their friends? This is the thesis of the film: it was decided that the school is too expensive to maintain, so it should be demolished, the land sold and the proceeds used to build a new one and replenish the local coffers.

The battle between parsimonious authorities and students troubled by the school’s uncertain future allows Redmond to voice its long-standing concerns about left-behind communities clinging to schools as rare poles not yet under. -financed until extinction. The film will also show how children deal with grief (it will take place in a post-Covid Britain, with many students having lost elderly parents), discuss social media and the purpose of education itself, so as the aging head fights a losing battle against one MP is considering a promotion to lead the proposed “super-school”.

How would a new generation of Grange Hill students react to all of this? “I have always believed that children have the same emotions, fears, aspirations and phobias as everyone else. All they need is the experience of life. Rather than riots in the dining room, this time their voices are heard on social media, a rebuttal unit led by the school geek against council propaganda.

Redmond is suspicious of other details, but promises the film will reflect the judicious balance between punchy humor and serious, problem-oriented drama that made the show work. Putting it on TV, however, was never an option: TV has “lost its great ambition,” with a prospect likely too thorny for mainstream broadcasters (although the BBC is relaunching another school drama, Waterloo Road, next year) and too parochial for streaming services.

Born and raised in Huyton, a suburb of Liverpool, the son of a housekeeper and bus driver, Redmond was inspired by his own disappointing experiences at St Kevin’s, one of Liverpool’s largest resorts. .

Will Grange Hill still reflect the concerns of today’s children? “I’m going to give the same answer I gave when I was asked that at 29: I had one!” Childhood doesn’t really change. What is changing are fashion, hairstyles and slang. Once you have the theme and the tone, it’s all about the casting – the actors bring you what’s right at the time, you just have to let them be natural.

This commitment to naturalism underpins Grange Hill’s appeal: The relationships between children and adolescents were written with candor and honesty, told literally from the children’s perspective (cameras filmed from the children’s perspective) and performed by working class and versatile schoolchildren using their own accents. The approach was as revolutionary as the problems it tackled when Redmond worked alongside editor Anthony Minghella during the program’s heyday in the mid-1980s.

Alongside the stories of smoking and sexual arousal, there were social commentaries. Benny Green’s (Terry Sue-Patt) footballing skills couldn’t cover the scruffy uniform his family could barely afford. Gripper Stebson (Mark Savage) picked a Sikh student and mixed in with skinheads. Importantly, there was Zammo’s descent into drug addiction, which sparked questions in the House of Commons and tabloid headlines warning of potential copiers; he also took the cast to the White House to meet Nancy Reagan and in the Top 5 with the single Just Say No.

The show retained its advantage in the ’90s: actress Francesca Martinez played a character with cerebral palsy who refused to be treated any differently from her peers; homophobia, teenage motherhood and suicidal thoughts were also addressed with care and conviction, before they wandered off and audiences shrank.

Redmond has always been for the long haul: Zammo’s heroine story took two years to figure out, the Jordaches’ domestic violence story at Brookside, three

The current descendants of Grange Hill are legion. Ackley Bridge and Jamie Johnson’s series at Sex Education and Skins owe him a huge debt for redefining how ambitious, daring and accessible television could be for young viewers. “The difference is that these shows watch the characters on the precinct, not the influence of the wider community,” says Redmond.

Born and raised in the Liverpool suburb of Huyton, the son of a housekeeper and bus driver, Redmond drew inspiration from his own disappointing experiences at St Kevin’s, one of Liverpool’s largest resorts, for Grange Hill resolutely without sentimentality. After studying sociology at the University of Liverpool, he embarked on screenwriting in his early twenties after a stint as a quantity surveyor which, a decade later, would give him the financial and logistical sense to buy and fit out the cul-de-sac that has become Brookside. Close.

Redmond has always been about the long haul: Zammo’s heroine story took two years to figure out, the Jordaches’ domestic violence story at Brookside took three. And while he’s happy to criticize Cameron, he’s too astute to pass judgment on someone he’ll surely have to deal with – even Nadine Dorries, now DCMS secretary and not, dare I risk, the biggest. advertisement for Merseyside. “I think you’re a little unfair,” he laughs. “She’s an unknown quantity in this position – maybe she makes the right sounds, but not in the way people want them to be said.”

He has written to her before about Channel 4, which he still blames for Brookside’s mismanaged demise in 2003. Dorries’ understanding of Channel 4 funding may have seemed shaky during a recent select committee, but Redmond is sufficiently knowledgeable and opinionated for both.

“What is Channel 4?” It’s no use, but rather than whip it for a devalued price, why not keep the mandate, sweep the costs of transmission, management and buildings and give the advertising revenue to the BBC so that we have a great broadcaster? sustainable public service? “

“Grange Hill never claimed this would solve your problem, but it was a touchstone – something to guide people through the rites of passage and tell them, ‘You are not alone'”

He also has ideas on the BBC. “It belongs to the people, so you have to keep them on board and be prepared to pay for it. The license fee should be replaced by a cultural precept on every landline and mobile phone contract: the more content you use online, the more you will contribute to the BBC. “

Dorries can expect a pugnacious encounter with a man whose disillusionment with the central government is utter: the phrase “leveling up” elicits a mocking snort.

“I’ve been in the leveling program since I got on TV – that’s why I set up Brookside in Liverpool. Like “big corporation,” this is a great idea with a crappy slogan. There is no north-south divide, it’s just London against everyone. The people of Cornwall or Hereford have the same basic problems as the people of the big cities, but they cannot be heard and the communities are dying. Most people didn’t believe in HS2, but they reacted to the cancellation of the northeast leg because at least it was something. You cannot be surprised when people lose faith.

Perhaps Grange Hill – the Movie will touch regions and generations. I’m asking questions about the legacy of the series. He mentions a recent Guardian interview with Garbage’s Shirley Manson, which credits credit for saving her life when bullying at school caused her to self-harm. “She said what I said during all the big controversies,” says Redmond. “Grange Hill never claimed this would solve your problem, but it was a touchstone – something to guide people through the rites of passage and tell them, ‘You are not alone. “” – Guardian

Grange Hill – the movie will be released later this year

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Kind gesture of a nurse for a patient forced to abandon his dog after being in hospital https://liverpool-il.com/kind-gesture-of-a-nurse-for-a-patient-forced-to-abandon-his-dog-after-being-in-hospital/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/kind-gesture-of-a-nurse-for-a-patient-forced-to-abandon-his-dog-after-being-in-hospital/ A patient found his dog thanks to the benevolent gesture of a nurse. The dog’s owner, John, was hospitalized, forcing him to find alternative care for his beloved Boomer, which prompted him to go to a shelter. However, caring nurse Jennifer Smith – who works at Adult Day Healthcare in Grand at Rome, New York […]]]>

A patient found his dog thanks to the benevolent gesture of a nurse.

The dog’s owner, John, was hospitalized, forcing him to find alternative care for his beloved Boomer, which prompted him to go to a shelter.

However, caring nurse Jennifer Smith – who works at Adult Day Healthcare in Grand at Rome, New York – took it upon herself to make sure John and Boomer didn’t get lost.

When she learned what had happened, she immediately went to the shelter and adopted John Boomer’s dog.

Since being placed in his care, Boomer has visited John every day until he was ready to return home.

In the post on Facebook, which has racked up over 5,000 shares, said: “After John was hospitalized he was forced to donate his dog to the Rome Humane Society.

“When our RN Jennifer heard about it, she immediately went there and adopted John’s dog so she could bring him to visit while he completes his rehab!

That’s what #BeGrand means! “



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In the images above, you can see the heartwarming reunion when Jennifer brought Boomer in to see Jonh – and his reaction is priceless.

Subscribers flocked to the comments section of the post to share their thoughts.



John was reunited with Boomer when nurse Jennifer adopted him
John was reunited with Boomer when nurse Jennifer adopted him

Marcia McKinney said: “Great bet her rehab is going a lot better knowing her best friend is around.”

Debbie Edkins Hetherington added, “What a great thing to do. There is nothing more rewarding than doing a good deed and knowing that you have made a difference.

Cindy Ciotti Guiliano posted: “Such a beautiful gift God bless her. Quick recovery for John ”

Alice Page commented: “Amazing. Jennifer, you are a wonderful and caring person. The smile on John’s face says it all.

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Boris Johnson issues new statement ahead of New Years as Omicron cases rise https://liverpool-il.com/boris-johnson-issues-new-statement-ahead-of-new-years-as-omicron-cases-rise/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 15:17:19 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/boris-johnson-issues-new-statement-ahead-of-new-years-as-omicron-cases-rise/ Boris Johnson released a New Years statement amid rising Omicron cases. The prime minister used his New Year’s message to announce that the country had met its goal of offering all adults the opportunity to receive a booster vaccine by the end of the year. The Prime Minister said in a social media post on […]]]>

Boris Johnson released a New Years statement amid rising Omicron cases.

The prime minister used his New Year’s message to announce that the country had met its goal of offering all adults the opportunity to receive a booster vaccine by the end of the year.

The Prime Minister said in a social media post on Friday that seven out of ten eligible adults in England have now received their booster shots, with eight million more vaccines delivered since the target was bought back on December 12. .

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But he said those celebrating New Years Eve should always be careful.

He said: “Whatever challenges fate continues to throw at us and whatever worries we may have about the weeks and months ahead, especially about Omicron and the growing number of hospitals, we can say one thing for sure, our position this December 31 is incomparably better than last year. “

He also referred to the UK’s economic growth and said the response to the call for vaccination has enabled the country to “keep the economy and society the most open of all major European economies” .

Mr Johnson said: “And as I speak tonight on New Years Eve, we have hit our target, we have doubled the speed of the recall deployment, and it is precisely because of this huge national effort that we can celebrate tonight.

“But of course I have to urge everyone to be careful and take a test if you go out and remember the importance of ventilation.

“Follow the rules whether you are in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

“And I want to speak directly to anyone who hasn’t been fully immunized yet.

“People who think the disease can’t hurt them, look at people going to the hospital now, it could be you.

“Look at the intensive care units and the miserable and needless suffering of those who haven’t been recalled, it could be you.

“So make it your New Years resolution, much easier than losing weight or keeping a journal, finding a walk-in center, or making an appointment online.”

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