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<b>Friday 6 November:</b> Manchester meets Bill Clinton, swine-flu in decline and Royal Mail strikes end...for now

Published on November 6th 2009.

MANCHESTER HAS JOINED FORCES WITH cities to cut emissions under the watchful eye of former US president, Bill Clinton. The Core Cities Group of Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield have signed up to the programme run by the The Clinton Climate Initiative. The cities will work with the Greater London Authority to cut emissions and improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the next two years.

SWINE-FLU FIGURES SHOW A DECLINE in the number of people being diagnosed in the North-West. Numbers of people diagnosed this week are slightly down from last week, on Wednesday 1,258 people collected anti-viral medication compared to 1,521 on October 28. Dr Ruth Hussey regional director of public health said: "I would urge people to continue to take swine flu seriously.” At least 15 people have died from swine-flu in the region since April.

TOWN HALL BOSSES ARE FLYING TO ABU DHABI in an effort to attract new business for Manchester. Council leader Sir Richard Leese and chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein are among 22 delegates from the city travelling to the United Arab Emirates next week, which will coincide with Manchester City’s friendly match against the national team.

UNION PROMISES NO MORE STRIKES BEFORE CHRISTMAS after CWU reach an agreement on a “period of calm” with the Royal Mail. The TUC said this meant Royal Mail services would be "free of any disruption" up to and through the Christmas period, but warned that securing a final deal remained a long way away.

This’n’That wisdom: Today's accomplishments were yesterday's impossibilities.

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

secret squirrelNovember 6th 2009.

Morals. They've got shed loads of cash...and we haven't.

AnonymousNovember 6th 2009.

Why wouldn't they? Sounds like a laugh.

MoralsNovember 6th 2009.

Should city leaders be flying to an autocratic state which treats women as second class citizens? And undemocratic plutocracy at that.

scoteeeNovember 6th 2009.

off topic I know, but does anyone have the latest on when the courts are going to fire up again surrounding unfair bank charges? when is the next hearing?

mark mNovember 6th 2009.

swine flu might be in decline, but MRI ( or central manchester hospital trust) is overwhelmed with cases requiring serious intervention. Not a problem that has gone away for sure

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