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<b>Tuesday 11 August:</b> Smoking certificates, John Lennon Airport strike and green commuting

Published on August 11th 2009.

A 76-YEAR-OLD WOMAN has died after the car she was driving collided with another in Walton yesterday. The victim suffered serious head injuries following the crash on Rice Lane. Police say she was taken to Fazackerley Hospital where she was pronounced dead. A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and death by careless driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

PEOPLE OF LIVERPOOL will be asked for their opinion concerning plans to give films that feature smoking an automatic 18 certificate. The city council has put the idea out to public consultation after receiving an application from the local primary care trust in June. The PCT claim films influence half of the 5,300 under-18-year-old smokers in Liverpool. Under the Licensing Act 2003 local councils have statutory powers to classify or re-classify films to be shown in their areas.

LIVERPOOL HOLIDAYMAKERS face serious disruptions due to strike action by baggage handlers at John Lennon Airport. The industrial action is planned to start next Wednesday, 19 August , and is over a dispute after employers Servisair announced more than 20 redundancies. The GMB union said strike action would affect flights by Ryanair, KLM, Wizzair, Flybe, Thomson and any football-related flights.

LIVERPOOL’S CYCLE NETWORK was boosted yesterday after receiving a cash-injection of £640,000 from a European development fund to encourage green commuting. The grant will fund seven new cycle routes into the city as well as joining up missing links in old lanes and improving signs and cycle parking facilities.

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And that's a FACTAugust 11th 2009.

Oh, I forgot misogynistic and sexually inadequate.

And that's a FACTAugust 11th 2009.

Ban all films in which the central characters mumble like surly teenagers or do not speak properly, are violent, confrontational, inarticulate, ill-mannered, selfish, cheating, queue-jumping tw*ts, i.e., all American films.

AnonymousAugust 11th 2009.

Love the nanny state. Why don't we ban fat people on tv too? Make sure we get the message over to kids that it's not acceptable to be clinically obese. Fatties should be ostracised more than smokers, at least smoker pay for the medical help they need.

The Real People of LiverpoolAugust 11th 2009.

"PEOPLE OF LIVERPOOL will be asked for their opinion concerning plans to give films that feature smoking an automatic 18 certificate."---- Oh yeah? Will these be the real, normal people of Liverpool or the same narrow group of dog-in-the-manger prigs led by Mike Storey who allegedly voted in favour of a smoking ban in Liverpool pubs before the national ban was brought in? I think the REAL people should be told!

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