Archive for February, 2009

The future’s bright, as LTFC’s youngsters shine

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

In a tournament of 26 qualifying under 11 teams from eight countries held in Zurich , Luton Town beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in the final to win the cup.

Manchester United were the other English team to qualify but they failed to reach the quarter finals. Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund, CSKA Moscow, Zenith St Peterberg, Grasshopper Zurich and Nautico Capibaribe from Brazil all had teams entered, but the Hatters triumphed.

Looks like the future is bright under the stewardship of Gregg Broughton, Jon De Souza, James Hughes and Martin Prickett.

Hatters only fire blanks against Stanley

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The Hatters failed to win their third-straight game as they were held to a goalless draw at Accrington Stanley.

A scrappy encounter wasn’t without incident, but lacked quality and a point apiece was about right.

That will be of little consolation to Mick Harford’s side though who, as we all know, really need to be taking maximum points whenever possible.

Thomas to axe Luton flights to Tel Aviv

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Airline operator Thomson announced on Friday that it is to axe its route from Luton to Tel Aviv at the end of April.

The company says it is cutting the route to the Israeli city maximise the efficiency of its fleet of planes, and to focus on more traditional holiday destinations for this year’s summer season.

Passengers can still book flights on the route until April 30.

Doubt re: new football Stadium plans (again)!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The Luton and Central Beds Economic and Development Partnership has proposed a 20,000-seater stadium, plus more than 5,000 new homes to the west of Luton.

But councillor Richard Stay branded the scheme “eye-catching but unaffordable”.

“I can’t say whether they are serious about all this,” he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

It is also unclear whether the Hatters themselves are backing the plans. Luton’s new owners, the 2020 consortium, have always said they would conduct a feasibility study before announcing any plans for a new stadium.

The development partnership’s proposals for a new neighbourhood on land around Caddington and Slip End, known as Bush Wood Green, include a stadium and training facilities for Luton Town, as well as a new sports village including a swimming pool, a new ground for Luton Rugby Club and a country park.

Councillor Stay said: “If you are a developer who is looking to make a lot of money, how would you get people to pay attention to your bid?

“You would attach to your money-making bits a very large Olympic-sized swimming pool and a community stadium for 20,000 people.

“[The plans] are eye-catching, but I would seriously doubt if they are affordable.”

Researchers call for mandatory training in substance misuse for social workers

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Researchers at the University of Bedfordshire found more than half of
newly-qualified social workers feel inadequately prepared to deal with clients
suffering drug and alcohol issues, in a project funded by the Home Office.

Senior Research Fellow Dr Sarah Galvani and Director of the Child and Family Welfare Research Unit Dr Donald Forrester have published
their report ‘What works in training social
workers about drug and alcohol use? A survey of student learning and readiness
to practice.’ They have recommended the Government ensures all social workers
are trained to deal with substance misuse.

New centre will help businesses through recession

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Companies
across the region are invited to get free advice and support to help them
through the recession at the opening of the region’s newest Butterfield
Enterprise Hub.

The
grand opening on 2 April is entitled ‘Innovation Day 2009’. Special guest renowned inventor Trevor Baylis, OBE, will give a
presentation about motivating small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and
helping entrepreneurs focus on converting invention into innovation to sustain
their competitiveness and grow their businesses.

Butterfield
Enterprise Hub is an initiative of the University of Bedfordshire, Luton Borough Council and
Basepoint Business Centre, with funding support from the East of England
Development Agency (EEDA). It has
been set up to help businesses from across the region and north London to access guidance
on a case-by-case basis, linking them to the support they need.

Bone marrow clinic to be held at uni

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The Anthony Nolan Trust are holding a bone marrow registration
clinic at the University
of Bedfordshire on Thursday
(26 February).

Members of the public
aged between 18 and 40 years-old are encouraged to attend to find out about how
they can help save the lives of the 16,000 people who are in desperate need of receiving a bone marrow
transplant.

The Trust are looking for people in
good health, weighing over 8st (51kgs), with a body mass index of less than 35.

First public performance of lecturer’s play

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

A performance charting the experiences of a woman
diagnosed with breast cancer will be shown at The Place Theatre in Bedford on Thursday (26
February).

‘Climbing Walls’ was written by Nursing Professor at
the University of
Bedfordshire Chris Johns
and features Theatre and Dance Lecturers Amanda Price and April Nunes.

Dr Johns
reflects on his work supporting a woman with breast
cancer in the local community as his role as a volunteer complementary
therapist.

It is part a theatre writing festival ‘ScriptBEDS’,
which sees professional theatre practitioners present a week long series of
work created by local writers, including script readings and experimental
performances at The Place, in Bradgate Road and Ent Shed, in Castle Road.

Applications to Beds rise for the third year

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The number of students applying for courses at the University of Bedfordshire has risen for the third year running.

The latest figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show almost a 24 per cent rise, compared with the same period last year, putting Bedfordshire in the top five universities in the country for increases in applications.

Applications to beds rise for the third year

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The number of students applying for courses at the University of Bedfordshire has risen for the third year running.

The latest figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show almost a 24 per cent rise, compared with the same period last year, putting Bedfordshire in the top five universities in the country for increases in applications.


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