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THE CHRISTIE FACING £7.5M CUTS AS CANCER PATIENT MADE TO WAIT FOR BED

Star date: 7th December 2016

NO ROOM AT THE HOSPITAL...

"Is that what we're being reduced to? Just die quietly and don't make a fuss? No!" Jean from Langworthy

On Saturday there is a `No room at the hospital' rally in Manchester against NHS cutbacks in Greater Manchester. In the run up, the Salford Star presents a series of articles highlighting the state of the NHS.

We start with a Salfordian cancer patient at The Christie who has experienced cancelled appointments and long waits for treatment because there were no beds. The Christie states that its £7.5million cuts this year won't impact on the quality of care. But this patient's friend says `Enough is enough!'

Full details here...

 
 
AS POLL STATES ONLY 18% TRUST NATIONAL PRESS, SALFORD STAR BACKS MEDIA FUND

Star date: 6th December 2016

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA CROWDFUNDING LAUNCHED

Today, a YouGov poll found that only 18% of people trust the national press to tell the truth, unsurprising after some truly disgusting Daily Mail headlines recently.

Now a bunch of alternative national and local media groups, including the Salford Star, have backed The Media Fund, an online, ongoing crowdfunding platform that collects monthly donations, and distributes them to independent and grassroots media.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER CAMPAIGNER DIANNE NGOZA RELEASED FROM YARL'S WOOD

Star date: 6th December 2016

DIANNE IS COMING HOME

Manchester campaigner, Dianne Ngoza, has been released on bail today from Yarl's Wood detention centre, where she has been kept since being held at Dallas Court reporting centre in Salford almost three weeks ago.

"At least now I can go home and eat my vegan food I'm so grateful" Dianne said today "Thank you so much to all my supporters. I am profoundly touched by your kindness."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD FLOOD COMMUNITY EXCHANGE AT ST BONIFACE’S

Star date: 5th December 2016

SHARING IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES WITH NORTH WEST FLOOD VICTIMS

Flood Community Exchange
Thursday 8th December 4pm-7.30pm
St Boniface's Social Club

The Lower Broughton community is being invited to share experiences and ideas with other flood hit people from the North West this Thursday, 8th December, at St Boniface's Social Club.

Meanwhile, the spending of funds from various benefits in the wake of the Salford flood has been narrowed down to three options, and today BIBA announced new affordable flood insurance for small businesses.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PUB SAVED FOR COMMUNITY BY NORWEGIAN MANCHESTER UNITED FAN

Star date: 5th December 2016

THE `B' HIVE SURVIVES

The `B' Hive pub, off Langley Road South, has been saved for the Whit Lane community by a Norwegian Manchester United fan who loved the place too much to see it fall into the hands of a developer.

The `B' Hive was destined to be converted to student flats or demolished until Ronnie the Norwegian arrived like Ole Gunnar Solskjær in Fergie-time to rescue the much loved boozer.

Full details here...

 
 
JOHN COOPER CLARKE HITS THE RITZ MANCHESTER

Star date: 4th December 2016

SALFORD LAD CROONS THE RITZ

John Cooper Clarke and Hugh Cornwell brought their live show of ancient pop relics and a few of their own classics to the packed O2 Ritz last night. Not a spoken poem in earshot at the place where Salomey Maloney trod the verse of the Salford bard `in the dandruff light'. But can Johnny Clarke sing?

Full review here...

 
 
SALFORD SANTA BIKE RUN BRINGS JOY TO MANCHESTER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Star date: 4th December 2016

BIKES, TRIKES, SCOOTERS AND VINTAGE CARS BRING CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR CHILDREN

Today, hundreds of bikes, trikes, scooters and vintage cars set off from the Henry Boddington pub in Salford to take gifts to the Manchester Children's Hospital in the Vesperados annual Santa Run.

The Santa run is always one of Salford's finest sights and this year didn't disappoint as people lined the streets to cheer the spectacular convoy.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD QUAYS TO HOST LIGHTWAVES 2016 UK’S BIGGEST DIGITAL LIGHT FESTIVAL

Star date: 3rd December 2016

ORIGAMI BOATS, 3D HEARTBEATS AND DR WHO 

Lightwaves 2016
Friday 9th – Sunday 18th December free
Salford Quays noon-10:30pm 

Salford Quays annual Lightwaves Festival this year promises the biggest digital light festival in the country, with 198 origami boats complete with interactive lights, an animated 3D heartbeat, the best of the Blackpool Illuminations, a Today I Love You message from Amsterdam and loads more.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CATHEDRAL HOSTS CHRISTMAS CONCERT FOR LOAVES AND FISHES

Star date: 3rd December 2016

SALFORD HOMELESS TO BENEFIT FROM CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

Christmas Concert
Sunday 11th December 7:30pm £5
Salford Cathedral, Chapel Street

Salford charity Loaves and Fishes, which supports homeless and vulnerable people in the city, is set to benefit from a spectacular Christmas Concert in the equally spectacular surroundings of Salford Cathedral. The concert features music and readings, including performances by the St John's Cathedral and Notability choirs.

Full details here...

 
 
MONOPOLEYES GAME OF LIFE AT KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 3rd December 2016

CATCH THE GAME OF THE YEAR TODAY IN SALFORD

Monopoleyes
Saturday 3rd December 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Kings Arms
Hope Mill, Manchester
Tuesday 6th-Saturday 10th December

Dark and menacing, Monopoleyes offers a sinister Orwellian take on a man's life that is manipulated by powerful players of an ominous game, where the hat, the boot and the dice conspire in a biting political satire written by Will Travis of This is England and Coronation Street fame. Ian Leslie chances a preview.

Full details here...

 
 

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SHINNY CHRISTMAS NO 1 VIDEO AND SINGLE RELEASE

Star date: 2nd December 2016

LET'S MAKE SALFORD THE CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE!

The official video for Shinny's Christmas Number 1 single is out now, starring a host of celebs, including Bez, Mike Sweeney and Tina Malone – plus, of course, a Salford Star t-shirt. The single is also out for pre-order and 20p from every sale goes to Macmillan Cancer Support.

If everyone in the city bought Shinny's Christmas Number 1 we would have Salford's first ever Christmas Number One.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PRECINCT SHOPPERS STUNG BY PARKING `RACKET’

Star date: 2nd December 2016

SALFORD SHOPPERS GET FINED FOR SHORT STAY PARKING

"They're just trying it on...It's a racket..." car parker

Shoppers visiting Salford Precinct have told how they are being fined £100 for leaving their vehicles in the official G24 Ltd car parks. The company allows three hours free parking but people have been getting tickets even though they have stayed at the site for a less than an hour's total during the day.

Full details here...

 
 
BENEFIT SANCTIONS COSTS OF HUNGER AND HARDSHIP NOT BEING MONITORED STATES NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE

Star date: 1st December 2016

DAMNING SANCTIONS REPORT AS AUDIT OFFICE QUESTIONS FAIRNESS

The National Audit Office has slated the Government's sanctions regime in a new report. It states that, while 400,000 sanctions were imposed last year, the fact that they are widespread "does not mean they are well designed, fairly administered or effective".

The report adds that `wider costs' – "the direct impact on people who get sanctioned" - such as financial hardship, hunger and depression, are not being cost monitored by the DWP. Indeed, it could be costing more to impose sanctions than is saved in benefit non-payments. The report concludes that the "use of sanctions is linked as much to management priorities and local staff discretion as it is to claimants' behaviour".

Full details here...

 
 
DIANNE NGOZA'S UNLAWFUL REMOVAL FROM UK STOPPED

Star date: 30th November 2016

11TH HOUR REPRIEVE FOR MANCHESTER CAMPAIGNER

"I am overwhelmed with what has happened today..." Dianne

Attempts to deport Zambian nurse and anti-destitution campaigner, Dianne Ngoza, have been stopped at the eleventh hour, as her solicitor lodged judicial review proceedings, and Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill cancelled removal instructions for her case to be considered further.

"Through sustained, detailed and collective action Dianne, and the very many organisations and individuals who have come together to challenge this unlawful act by the Home Office, have succeeded in stopping the state" said Dr Rhetta Moran, of RAPAR.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SECOND HIGHEST HOMELESS HOTSPOT IN NORTH WEST

Star date: 30th November 2016

ONE IN 765 SALFORD PEOPLE HAVE NO HOME AS HOUSING CRISIS GROWS

To mark its 50th anniversary housing charity, Shelter, has gone back to research which its formation was based on, and has produced a shocking homelessness hotspot table which puts Salford second worst place in the whole North West, with one in 765 people homeless in the city.

"Fifty years on a modern day housing crisis is tightening its grip on our country" says Shelter Manchester Hub manager, John Ryan "This is the tragic result of a nation struggling under the weight of sky-high rents, a lack of affordable homes, and cuts to welfare support."

Full details here...

 
 
SALIX HOMES MOBILITY SCOOTER RULES WILL LEAVE DISABLED HOUSEBOUND SAY RESIDENTS

Star date: 29th November 2016

NEW SAFETY RULES FOR SCOOTERS ANGER ELDERLY AND DISABLED RESIDENTS

"It's diabolical, what they are asking..." Salix tenant

Salix Homes has brought in new safety rules for owners of mobility scooters which, on the surface, seem quite reasonable. However, elderly and disabled residents are saying that the company is discriminating against them, and that many will be left housebound by the new edict.

Full details here...

 
 
MAXINE PEAKE, CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON ET AL RAISE THOUSANDS FOR SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

Star date: 28th November 2016

"IF WE DON'T LEARN FROM THE PAST WE END UP WITH A FUTURE A BIT LIKE WE'VE GOT NOW..." MAXINE PEAKE

Hundreds of people packed into Salford University's Maxwell Hall yesterday to hear Maxine Peake, Christopher Eccleston, Sheila Hancock, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Mike Joyce do Radical Readings from Salford's history and struggles.

The top class event was poignant, political and in parts hilarious, with Maxine Peake ending the day by explaining why it's so important to support the Working Class Movement Library... "If we don't learn from the past we end up with a future a bit like we've got now" she said, to thunderous applause.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COMMUNITY ACTIVIST HARRY DAVIES LOSES CANCER FIGHT

Star date: 28th November 2016

KERSAL ENVIRONMENTALIST AND COUNCILLOR PASSES ON

Community activist, environmentalist and, latterly, Salford councillor, Harry Davies, has lost his long running fight against cancer. Harry was incredibly well known and respected in Salford, from fighting fracking at Barton Moss, to warning of the Boxing Day flood and helping people to stand up for their rights. He will be sadly missed in the community.

Full details here...

 
 
VIRTUAL REALITY COMES TO SALFORD IN POP UP ARCADE AT FUTURE ARTISTS STUDIOS

Star date: 27th November 2016

VIRTUAL REALITY AND RETRO GAMES ARCADE POPS UP IN CHAPEL STREET

Arcade Club on Tour at Future Artists Studios
Thursday December 1st – February 2017
77 Chapel Street £10/£6 - various times

Virtual reality is coming to Salford for the first time ever, at a pop-up arcade in the former Home of Honest Coffee on Chapel Street. The venue collapsed as a cafe recently due to the redevelopment of the area but now Future Artists is re-birthing with the Arcade Club on Tour, featuring Oculus Virtual Reality and Playstation VR, plus over fifty retro arcade games.

Full details here...

 
 
FORTY YEARS AFTER GRUNWICK AT SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

Star date: 27th November 2016

SEMINAL GRUNWICK STRIKE REMEMBERED

Looking Back at the Grunwick Strike 1976-1978
Saturday 3rd December 1pm-3pm
Working Class Movement Library free

In the two years from 1976 to 1978, the Grunwick strike became one of the most bitterly fought trade union battles of the decade, with police arresting hundreds of trade unionists on the picket lines. Next Saturday, the Mary Quaile Club marks the forty year anniversary with a film and top speakers.

Full details here...

 
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SALFORD STAR - A BIT OF HISTORY

When we began producing the Salford Star nearly ten years ago, in 2006, the aim was always for it to be a magazine - a big, proud, free glossy magazine that would go to as many people in Salford as possible. The reason for this was that, even according to Salford Council figures, only one person in five in the city had access to the internet. Now that figure has possibly risen to around a third. This is why Salford still needs its own accessible magazine.

We also set the Salford Star up to tell the truth, to be the voice of the community, untouched by vested interests. Unfortunately we didn't realise that the reaction to those truths would be so brutal... Salford Council even re-wrote its own constitution for devolved money and ripped up our application for finance. Neither does it respond to Salford Star's requests for quotes or comments. Advertisers have told us that they can't be seen to support the Salford Star for fear of losing contracts…it goes on and on and on.

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