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ANGER AT SALFORD FLOOD REPORT DELAY BY GREATER MANCHESTER COMBINED AUTHORITY

Star date: 25th May 2016

LOWER BROUGHTON BOXING DAY FLOOD REPORT STILL NOT PUBLISHED

A report into the Lower Broughton's Boxing Day flood has still not surfaced, five months after the event. At a stormy community meeting in January the now ex Salford Mayor Ian Stewart promised a full investigation. But the report is nowhere to be seen, with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, which is responsible for its publication, refusing to comment.

"What's the hold up, have they got something to hide?" asks flood victim, Debbie Prince "They think that we've forgotten about it but we've not!"

Full details here...

 
 
UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD STAFF JOIN NATIONAL PAY STRIKE

Star date: 25th May 2016

SALFORD UNIVERSITY STAFF ON STRIKE OVER `DERISORY' PAY OFFER

UCU members of staff at the University of Salford began a two day strike today over, what they call a `derisory' offer of a 1.1% increase in pay, growing pay inequality and the casualisation of staff, while vice chancellors' and principals' pay has seen a `significant increase'.

"We're on strike to try and redress this differential" says Salford University UCU Treasurer, Glyn Heath. 

Full details here...

 
 
FIRST BUS STRIKE AFFECTS SALFORD SERVICES

Star date: 24th May 2016

SERIOUS BREACHES OF AGREEMENTS LEADS TO FIRST UK BUS STRIKE

Hundreds of bus drivers, members of Unite union, began a 24 hour strike today at First Manchester UK over breaches of longstanding industrial agreements, which will affect services in Salford.

"It is with a heavy heart that our members have been left with no option but to strike" says Unite regional officer Neil Clarke "We regret any inconvenience and disruption caused to passengers, but they cannot and will not sit by and let their hard fought for agreements be trashed."

Full details here...

 
 
GREEN PARTY SLAMS `FIGLEAF’ GREATER MANCHESTER DEVOLUTION CONSULTATION

Star date: 23rd May 2016

GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN PARTIES SLATE CONSULTATION `FARCE'

"We deplore the lack of public consultation that there has been both before and during the introduction of Devo Manc" GM Green Parties Forum.

Greater Manchester Green Parties Forum, which represents local Green Party branches, has slated the Greater Manchester Combined Authorities devolution consultation, which closed on 18th May. 

"From the outset this process has been run by Tory and Labour politicians behind closed doors" says Brian Candeland, North West Green Party Chair "To hold this figleaf consultation now two years down the line is a farce."

Full details here...

 
 
SEXY PSYCHOPATH JOURNALIST LOOSE IN BEETHAM TOWER SHOCK HORROR

Star date: 22nd May 2016

PUTTING THE `HOT' IN `PSYCHOTIC' AND THE `SEXY' IN `PSYCHOPATHIC'

Psychopathy and The Single Girl
Wednesday June 22nd to 25th
King's Arms Theatre

A psychopathic journalist messes with a city lawyer in the Beetham Tower in a controversial new multi-media, sexy, horror, comedy experience, as a series of murders create mayhem, to a background of Manc music and local filmscapes.

Psychopathy and The Single Girl runs for four days in June at the King's Arms and stars Beth Hunter of the upcoming Brit film, Dusty and Me, and Salford actor, Rob Lines, who has just returned from performing in New York alongside Francesca Annis. A strange, stylish, noir night is promised.

Full details here...

 
 
BEING THERE FOR SALFORD PEOPLE

Star date: 22nd May 2016

ONLY FOR CARING AND RELIABLE SALFORD PEOPLE

Are you mature, semi-retired maybe, reliable and caring? This could be the perfect opportunity to do volunteer work, basically by Being There.

Being There has a base at Langworthy Cornerstone and supports people who have illnesses like cancer, strokes and heart disease. The charity's staff and volunteers provide emotional support, transport to hospital appointments and social activities. But it works both ways, says Karen Mercer of Being There..."Volunteering keeps people healthy and sociable...we've even had a couple of marriages."

Full details here...

 
 
ALAN HENNING MEMORIAL GARDEN OPENS IN ECCLES

Star date: 22nd May 2016

`IN MEMORY OF ALAN HENNING WHO GAVE HIS LIFE HELPING PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS IN THEIR TIME OF NEED'

A permanent garden memorial to Salford aid worker Alan Henning was officially opened this week at Eccles Recreation Ground. The circular garden is based upon a clock face, a place of quiet reflection and symbolic of time.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS EDGE PAST WIDNES ON MAGIC WEEKEND

Star date: 22nd May 2016

SALFORD RED DEVILS 18 WIDNES VIKINGS 12

Salford kicked off the Magic Weekend with a hard fought 18-12 victory over Widnes at the home of Newcastle United. It was a morale boosting win, after another turbulent week at the club as owner Marwan Koukash called for a breakaway from the RFL. Simon Williams reports...

Match report here...

 
 
SALFORD MINERS MEMORIAL BENCH AND STATUE TO BE UNVEILED AT CIVIC CENTRE

Star date: 21st May 2016

FRIENDS OF AGECROFT COLLIERY TO UNVEIL MEMORIAL TO SALFORD MINERS

Unveiling of Miners Memorial Bench, Statue and Stone
Saturday 28th May 12:30pm
Salford Civic Centre, Swinton

Next Saturday, the Friends of Agecroft Colliery will be unveiling a stunning statue of a miner, a bench and a stone to remember those who worked in the mines around Salford, and the many who lost their lives, including the 178 men and boys who perished in the Clifton Hall Colliery disaster of 1885. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER AND SALFORD NUJ REMEMBERS VERONICA GUERIN

Star date: 21st May 2016

MURDERED JOURNALIST IN FILM AND TALK TRIBUTE

Remembering Veronica Guerin
Sunday 29th May 7:30pm
Three Minute Theatre, Manchester £4

Veronica Guerin, the Irish journalist killed by drugs lords twenty years ago, is to be remembered by Manchester and Salford NUJ branch, with a special screening of the Veronica Guerin film starring Cate Blanchett and a talk by NUJ Irish Secretary Seamus Dooley, who worked with the legendary investigative reporter. The event is open to non-NUJ members.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL SPENDS £27,000 ON GARDEN SHED FOR TATTON PARK FLOWER SHOW

Star date: 20th May 2016

SALFORD'S £27,000 SHED FOR FIVE DAY FLOWER SHOW

`The exhibit consists of a shed which will be redesigned...'

Salford Council is to spend a total of £26,841.40 on a garden shed exhibit at July's five day, £32 per ticket RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. The shed is part of the Blooming Bridgewater project, and "will be redesigned to reference the sights and experiences of the canal environment", the Council states.

As the Council forks out almost £27,000 on the shed, it is currently deciding on whether to axe its £21,600 grant to Ordsall Community Arts, which has been established in its community for almost forty years.

Full details here...

 
 
WEASEL WORDS FROM NEW SALFORD CITY MAYOR ON TRANSPARENCY

Star date: 19th May 2016

`TRANSPARENCY'... `ENGAGING THE PUBLIC'... `ACCOUNTABILITY' PROMISED BY NEW SALFORD MAYOR

"It was quite clear during the election process that transparency and accountability... is very much important amongst our electorate..." Paul Dennett

New Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, in his first address to Salford City Council yesterday, acknowledged the public perception of a lack of transparency and accountability surrounding decision making in the city – and promised "a fresh approach to governance".

What Dennett failed to mention was Salford Council battling to keep documents secret at the Information Commissioners' office, and the ongoing refusal to answer questions from community media.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD LABOUR PARTY SPLIT AND AT WAR DESPITE NEW MAYOR

Star date: 18th May 2016

ANOTHER LABOUR COUNCILLOR DISCIPLINED AS SPLITS WIDEN

The Salford Star understands that Councillor Howard Balkind will be dragged before the Salford Labour Party chief whip to be disciplined, after an email warning of the growing divide within the local Party.

Following, what one insider called the `kangeroo court' which removed the whip from Councillor Wilson last year, and the resignation of Labour Councillor Neil Blower from the Party alleging bullying, this latest episode is already reflecting badly on new City Mayor Paul Dennett.

Full details here...

 
 
NORTHERN POWERHOUSE CONFERENCE CHARGES £150 PER TICKET

Star date: 17th May 2016

£150 PER TICKET – TO HEAR POLITICIANS PAID FROM PUBLIC MONEY

Few people from what is being re-named the `Northern Poorhouse' will be able to attend a Realising the Northern Powerhouse conference on 8th July, as tickets cost £150 (plus booking fee).

The elite get together features publicly paid politicians including Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and Bury MP Ivan Lewis, waffling about the Northern Powerhouse and "real change for the people who live there". Unfortunately, the `people who live there' can't afford to go.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER DEVOLUTION CONSULTATION CAPERS

Star date: 16th May 2016

TWO DAYS LEFT TO COMMENT ON `DODGY' DEVOLUTION DEAL

"The promotion of corporate and private business interests, at the expense of the wider public..." CDD

There are only two days left to comment on Greater Manchester Combined Authority's new powers, or what the Campaign for Democratic Devolution (CDD) calls, "the whole dodgy and completely undemocractic Devo Manc devolution deal..."

But how much real information is being given in the consultation document on which people are supposed to give their views?

Full details here...

 
 
GRAHAM NASH HITS HOME CITY SALFORD

Star date: 15th May 2016

GRAHAM NASH IN CONCERT AND ON SALFORD ART GALLERY WALLS

The Hollies and Crosby Stills, Nash and Young legend, Graham Nash, hits his home city Salford this month, with an ongoing photography exhibition until July at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery, and a concert at The Albert Hall, Manchester, on 21st May, plus a new album.

Full details here...

 
 
WILD MEDICINE WALKS IN SALFORD IN ECCLES AND BARTON MOSS

Star date: 15th May 2016

LITTLE WEED PROVIDES BIG REMEDIES FOR SALFORD PEOPLE

Local Herbal Medicine and Weed Walk
Sunday May 22nd 1:30pm, Eccles

Frack Free Wild Medicine Walk
Sunday May 29th noon, Barton Moss

`Come...for a slow walk down the lane, without being arrested...'

Barton Moss, the scene of anti-fracking protests a few years ago, is also a green oasis bearing wild medicinal plants. On 29th May, the Wild Sistas will be slow walking down Barton Moss Road again, showing people how to identify plants that can be used for remedies, while sharing memories of the campaign. And next Sunday, 22nd, there's also a Local Herbal Medicine and Weed Walk around Eccles.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS SQUASHED BY ST HELENS AND REF

Star date: 14th May 2016

ST HELENS 34 SALFORD RED DEVILS 20

Red Devils coach, Ian Watson, said at the end of the defeat by St Helens that "We were on the rough end of some iffy decisions by the referee". Reds' fans put it slightly stronger, as Simon Williams reports...

Meanwhile Reds owner, Marwan Koukash, is rumoured to have called a press conference for Wednesday as the intrigue hots up.

Match report here...

 
 
MAN TRANSFORMS INTO GOAT THANKS TO SALFORD UNIVERSITY

Star date: 13th May 2016

MAN LIVES AS GOAT IN SWISS ALPS SPORTING SALFORD'S FINEST KIDSWEAR

"I tried to become a goat to escape the angst inherent in being a human" Thwaites

Thomas Thwaites wanted to live out his dream of becoming a goat in the Swiss Alps. So he enlisted the help of prosthetics expert Dr Glyn Heath of the University of Salford, who made a set of special goat-like artificial limbs, enabling him to roam around on all fours, and even eat grass.

"He asked me to try to make him walk in as much of a goat-like way as possible" says Dr Heath "He later told me he got on fairly well..."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD POLLUTION SECOND WORST IN ENGLAND STATES WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION

Star date: 13th May 2016

SALFORD POLLUTION WORSE THAN MANCHESTER AND EQUAL TO LONDON

New statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that Salford's air quality, as measured in PM2.5 pollution, is the joint second worst in England, and is still breaching WHO limits.

"When dirty air blankets our cities the most vulnerable urban populations - the youngest, oldest and poorest - are the most impacted" says the WHO's Dr Flavia Bustreo.

Full details here...

 
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