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Santa Fun Run Paisley 2009

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Our roving reporter Westender was out on the streets of Paisley yesterday to take some pictures of the Santa Fun run held in Paisley. Please click on any of the pictures to be taken to the main pictures online.

Also we have a video taken by another one of our visitors John McIntyre who created an excellent video of the “Jingle Bell Fun Run”

many thanks to both our contributors.

Renfrewshire Council Press Release:
Jingle Bell Fun Run

Hundreds of runners in festive fancy dress took to the streets of Paisley this weekend for Renfrewshire’s annual Jingle Bell Run.

Runners donned their Santa hats as well as their trainers to take part in the 3km fun run on Saturday 5 December.

Provost Celia Lawson officially started the race on Abbey Close outside Paisley town hall while inside Accord Hospice ran a Christmas craft fayre.

Provost Lawson said: “This was our second year holding the Jingle Bell Run and it really is a great festive family event. It’s lovely to see all the runners in their Christmas outfits as well as their family and friends out supporting them in Paisley town centre.”

The Jingle Bell Run is part of Renfrewshire Council’s Active Renfrewshire campaign which aims to give people more opportunities to get active.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “There are so many different ways for people to lead active lifestyles and as well as the health benefits the important thing is that they enjoy themselves. Events like the Jingle Bell run are a fun way to take part in a physical activity and it is something that people of all ages can do either on their own or with friends and family. Active Renfrewshire is about making it easier for people to try new sports or keep up an active hobby by providing as many different opportunities as possible.”

Click here for Renfrewshire Councils website.

Paisley Doors Open day 2009

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some pics from today.. enjoy…

St Mirren up for sale.

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St Mirren chairman Stewart Gimour has put the Scottish Premier League club up for sale after deciding to step down.

Gilmour and vice-chairman George Campbell have formed a consortium with other board members to sell their 98,000 shares in a single block.

A 52% stake is available, with the club hoping to find a buyer by January.

Gilmour told BBC Scotland that it was the right time to sell, adding: “There’s a fresh input required of finance and, more importantly, energy.”

The St Mirren chairman revealed that the consortium had been mulling over the move for the past 12 months and that it had achieved its objectives of making the club debt-free. news story from the bbc click here to read the rest of the entry

Lance Armstrong visits Paisley

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Pictures taken by Our own Westender of Lance Armstrong in Paisley yesterday, Lance Armstrong 7 times tour de france winner announced a 4am blog on twitter that he would be cycling from paisley to glasgow, well the media and press and fans decended on the town, Graham obree can also be spotted in the illuminous yellow jersey

Glen Cinema Disaster, Film.

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BUDDIES are being asked to help fund a film that will tell the story of Paisley’s worst-ever loss of life.

December 31 is the 80th anniversary of the Glen Cinema Disaster in which 71 young lives were lost.

Now, the Paisley Development Trust is working with Paul Mothersole, director of the Glen Cinema exhibition, which was staged five years ago, to make a DVD that aims to be a lasting memorial to the dead.

A total of £1,500 is needed to bring the project about and, so far, just £300 has been raised.

Piero Pieraccini, of the Paisley Development Trust, said: “Production costs are running at £150 per day and full use has been made of the available resources.

“We are running out of cash to complete filming and to print the film. There are about 10 days of work needed to finalise it and make it ready for a final viewing.

“In short what we desperately require is £1,500.

“We have approached the usual funding bodies but with no positive response.”

Mr Pieraccini, who is well-known as the boss of Paisley watering hole Hamishes Hoose, is appealing to businesses and individuals to consider donating cash, no matter how little, to the project.

“Even a small amount from individuals would be helpful,” he said.

“There is a lot of footage of survivors from the original exhibition that has never been seen and we would want to include that in the DVD.

“It would be on sale to the public but we would also distribute it to schools so that kids can see what happens. We want to keep it fresh in people’s minds.”

It was on Hogmanay 1929 that excited youngsters packed into the Glen Cinema, at Paisley Cross.

Smoke was detected, there was a shout of “Fire!” and a crush ensued in which more than 70 children died.

Buddies have never forgotten what happened to this day.

A plaque commemorates the disaster at the site of the cinema, which is now a furniture store.

Mr Pieraccini, right, spoke directly to Buddies: “If you can assist in helping us find the balance or would like to make a contribution to our costs, your help would not only be very much appreciated by us but by the whole of Renfrewshire.”

Anyone wishing to pledge cash can do so by emailing paisley_development_trust@yahoo.co.uk or by sending a cheque, made out to the trust, care of Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Service, 27 Clark Street, Paisley.

Swine Flu in Paisley

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Swine flu – questions and answers

Information about swine flu – what is the disease and what are the possible health risks?

27 April 2009 11:27 AM

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Swine flu - questions and answers

Q: What is swine flu?
A: It is a contagious respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses. Pigs are hit by regular outbreaks. There are many different types of swine flu and the current cases involve the H1N1 strain of type A influenza virus.

Q: How do humans catch it?
A: While people do not normally catch it, humans can contract the virus, usually if they have been in close contact with pigs. It is also possible for the constantly changing infection to spread from person to person, which has happened in the latest outbreak. Experts believe it spreads in the same way as seasonal flu – through coughing and sneezing.

Q: What are the symptoms?
A: The symptoms of swine influenza in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza infection and include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing and sore throat. Some people with swine flu have also reported vomiting and diarrhoea.

Q: What is the difference between swine flu, avian flu and the flu commonly seen in the UK during the winter?
A: Influenza viruses are commonly circulating in the human and animal environment, with different strains causing illness in humans, bird and pigs. Seasonal influenza is caused by viruses that are adapted to spread in humans.

Humans have some natural immunity to the strains that are in common circulation, and this immunity can be boosted by immunisation with a vaccine. Avian influenza is caused by influenza viruses adapted for infection in birds. Similarly, swine influenza is caused by influenza viruses adapted for infection in pigs. However swine flu can pass between human to human, while this is rare with avian flu viruses.

Q: How dangerous is it?
A: Thousands of people have been made ill by swine flu – with some cases proving fatal. The World Health Organisation has warned the outbreak has “pandemic potential” and countries have been advised to step up surveillance and preparation in case the infection spreads rapidly.

Flu viruses have the ability to change and mutate, making it difficult for drugs manufacturers to ensure effective vaccines are available.

The new version of the H1N1 virus is a mix of different animal and human versions of the disease. Mixing can lead to the development of changed viruses to which humans have little immunity.

However, testing has shown that the antiviral drugs oseltamavir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) appear to be effective against the human swine influenza H1N1 strain.

Q: What is a pandemic?
A: If the flu spreads over a wide geographic area and affects a large proportion of the population it goes beyond an epidemic and becomes a pandemic.

According to the Health Protection Agency, an influenza pandemic is defined as a new or novel influenza virus that spreads easily between humans.

When new influenza viruses are introduced into the environment, humans do not have any natural immunity to protect against them. Therefore, there is a risk  that new influenza viruses could develop into a pandemic if the virus passes easily from human-to-human.

Q: What is being done in the UK to prevent the spread of the infection?
A: Seven people who were in contact with the two infected individuals in Scotland are being “appropriately cared for” after showing “mild” symptoms which have not been confirmed as swine flu. They are receiving drugs at home, not in hospital.

The HPA has advised people to follow general infection control practices and good hygiene to reduce transmission of all viruses. This includes covering their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully, washing hands frequently with soap and water and cleaning surfaces which are regularly touched.

information kindly borrowed from news.stv.tv

Alan McKim upcoming Gig

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25/04/2009 at 20:00
SOHO (upstairs), 12 Shuttle Street, Paisley. PA1 1YD

I’ve been working hard with a full band and finally we’re ready to play our first gig!!! I’m pretty excited about this as it’s taken quite some time to sort out various aspects of the band, i.e. finding members, finding time to rehearse etc. But the date is now set, Saturday 25th April in Soho (upstairs), Paisley.

This will be the very first time I have ever fronted my own band so PLEASE come along and check it out, I’m dying to know what you’ll all think!!!

The support comes from, in my opinion, two of the most entertaining acts the town has to offer, ‘The Love Hats’ and ‘Andy Mcneill’.

Entry: £5
Doors: 8pm

More details to follow….

Coats Observatory

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Coats Observatory  now also run public telescope viewing on a Tuesday evening as well as a Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 (last admission 9pm) from end of October to end of March. Admission free and no need to book

Jump for Brake

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This has been sent in by one of our visitors Scott Duncan, please give it your time to read it and sponosr if possible.

I want to help raise funds for charity to help people that have been affected by deaths on UK roads…

I am taking part in a parachute jump in June 09 to raise funds with a target of £1000.

Please help me raise this money… I would really appreciate any help that I can get…

Why do I care?

Four years ago I was hit by joy riders who were driving at about 100mph and hit us head on, they managed to get free from their wreck and left us trapped in our smashed up car… I learned how life is fragile and that I was very lucky to walk away from this alive… so I want to help people who have not been so fortunate as me.

Please help raise this money to help the families of people who have lost their mum, dad, sister, brother, children or anyone for that matter to a road traffic accident… Please just for a moment imagine what it must feel like to get the news that someone you love is gone and will never be back, you will never hear them laugh, see them smile in person again… it must be horrific… I know that some people reading this will have experienced these feelings in life and I hope I am not over stepping the mark…

Please help!

Scott Duncan http://www.justgiving.com/scottduncan

Paisley on the web is up for a Provost Community award

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Great news the Paisley on the web www.paisley.org.uk website, myself and the volunteers have made it to the finals of the Renfrewshire Provost Community awards 2009. This is early news and we don’t have written confirmation as yet but the awards are held every year and this years ceremony is to be held in the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew and we are in the Community volunteer or group category which is sponsored by Ciba Specialty Chemicals PLC.

The Paisley website has one aim and that is to promote the town of Paisley via the Internet, it has been going now for ten years “wow ten years already” and I am sure it will be here for another ten with the great help of everyone that dedicates their time and effort to promoting the website and town, and to all our regular visitors to the website.

I am not sure if we can say who nominated us or give any final details as yet, but I wish to say thank you to that person or person’s who have nominated us, it is very appreciated and win or lose it really is the taking part that counts.

Here is the link to the Provost awards Renfrewshire on the Renfrewshire Council website.