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Manchester named one of the top thirty most liveable cities in the entire world

Manchester was the only UK city to rank in the top thirty

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Manchester has been ranked as one of the thirty most liveable cities in the world as part of the Global Liveability Index for 2022.

Each year, the index – conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) – assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions with the help of its own team of expert analysts and in-city contributors.

For 2022, 173 cities across five continents were judged on thirty factors before being grouped into five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

For the second year, the index incorporated factors attributes to the Covid pandemic, assessing how each city coped with increased demand on health-care services and with the restrictions placed on schools, restaurants and cultural venues.

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Each factor in a city is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable.

And this year, Manchester came out with an overall score of 91.3 – ahead of London, which scored just below with 89.9. While London ranked in 33rd, Manchester came in at 28th on the list, making it the only UK city to get into the top thirty.

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Our city also beat the likes of Los Angeles (37th), Auckland (34th), Madrid (43rd), Barcelona (35th), Adelaide (30th) and Perth (32nd). Vienna was the city to reign supreme in first place.

Council Leader Councillor Bev Craig said of the city’s success: “I’m proud that Manchester is the highest ranked UK city.

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“It’s great to see this respected survey recognise we already know – that Manchester is a great place to be: A vibrant, creative, energetic and ambitious city that puts residents at its heart.

“But Manchester’s ambition doesn’t stop there. We are determined to become a top-flight world city and this analysis suggests we are making strong progress.

“This is a brilliant city to live in, work in or visit but our goal is to make it even better – an exciting and innovative place where everyone can thrive and share in that success. We are proudly taking our place on a world stage and will strive to improve further.”

Read the full list here.

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Peter Kay has been doing some ‘top secret’ gigs in Salford

‘It was the weirdest but best experience ever’

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Peter Kay has been keeping busy this week with a string of ‘top secret’ comedy shows at a theatre in Salford.

People heading into the secluded shows at The Lowry were made to hand in their mobile phones prior to the gigs, and allegedly had to ‘whisper’ which show they were seeing when collecting their tickets.

Fans who were able to secure the tickets took to Twitter after the gig, with one person even saying it was the ‘best night of my life ever’.

Paula Bear, who admitted that she thought the gig was a ‘scam’ at first, wrote: “Omg just been to a secret gig with Peter Kay at The Lowry.

“Best night of my life ever, that guy is a legend. Phones in locked pounces, secret ticket collection, the lot.

“Still buzzing.”

Replying to someone’s question about the gig, Paula added: “It was the weirdest but best experience ever.

“He is just such a grounded fella. The gig was really raw and unpolished which was what made it so personal.”

The secret gigs have fuelled speculation that the Phoenix Nights star is preparing for a huge ‘come back’ tour in 2023.

A source close to the star said back in May: “He has lined up huge venues across the country including in Manchester, London and Birmingham and is hoping to announce it in September.

“Peter has not performed a live stand-up set on a big stage in well over a decade now but he could not be more ready to get back out there.”

Kay took a step back from comedy in 2018 after cancelling his live arena tour due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’. 

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‘Lovely’ dad from Wigan died after struggling with mental health issues

The twenty-nine-year-old allegedly kept his emotions to himself in the wake of his mother’s death

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A ‘lovely’ dad from Wigan died by suicide after a lengthy battle with mental health issues, an inquest has heard this week.

Dad-of-two Gareth Lancaster was found unresponsive at his home on Baytree Road, Beech Hill, at around 8pm on June 8th.

Emergency services were called and Gareth was rushed to Wigan Royal Infirmary, where he was taken into intensive care.

However, doctors suspected he had a severe brain injury, which was confirmed thirty-six hours after admission thanks to brain stem tests.

The decision was then made to withdraw life support.

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Gareth, who worked as a plumbing and heating engineer, died on June 10th aged twenty-nine, with his cause of death recorded as hypoxic brain injury due to hanging.

According to his partner Tandia Constantine, Gareth – known among friends and family as ‘Gaz’ – was not the kind of person to seek help, and had kept his emotions to himself when his mother died from cancer.

Coroner Peter Sigee said a handwritten note was found at the scene, which he interpreted as ‘a statement of intent on Gareth’s behalf to end his life’.

He concluded that Gareth had died by suicide, saying he was satisfied that he intended to end his life.

During the hearing, Gareth was described as a ‘funny, hard-working and outgoing’ man who ‘doted’ on his two children and liked socialising with his family and friends.

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After the hearing, Zena Ralphs, the mother of Gareth’s partner, said: “He was a lovely lad. He was the best lad you could ever meet, the hardest worker you could ever meet.

“His little ones have no daddy now.”

If you’re struggling with mental health issues, there are people out there you can talk to.

For confidential support the Samaritans can be contacted for free around the clock 365 days a year on 116 123. You can also email the Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org, write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA or visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find your nearest branch.

You can also contact the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) at 0800 58 58 58 or via their website here.

Alternatively, you can find more mental health services around Greater Manchester on the NHS Foundation Trust website.

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Asda cafe launches £1 winter meal deal for over 60s with unlimited tea and coffee

Diners will also be able to enjoy bottomless tea and coffee with their meal

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Asda has launched a £1 meal deal in its cafes to help customers over the age of sixty with the cost of living crisis.

Throughout November and December, customers aged sixty and over will be able to get a bowl of soup, a roll, and unlimited tea and coffees for just £1 in its in-store cafes.

The supermarket is also running a ‘Community Cuppa’ campaign in its cafes by providing a warm space for those who may otherwise struggle to meet due to rising energy costs.

Spaces will be available on weekdays in November and December from 2pm to 6pm, and will offer all community group members unlimited free tea or coffee.

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Asda co-owner Mohsin Issa said: “We know that this winter is set to be incredibly hard for thousands of pensioners as they worry about how to keep themselves warm in the face of rising living costs and a fixed income.

“We’ve already been able to serve over half a million meals through our Kids Eat for £1 initiative in our cafes and we’re hoping our new offer of soup and hot drinks for over 60s will prove just as impactful for those who need it most.

“Meanwhile, the cost of living grant programme led by Asda’s charity The Asda Foundation will support grassroots organisations who are providing a lifeline in their communities during these tough times.”

The supermarket’s charity, The Asda Foundation, will also be providing funding worth £500k to support community groups that are struggling with rising operating costs or increased demand for their vital services in the current climate.

Asda hopes the scheme will be as successful as their Kids eat for £1 deal

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This comes just months after the launch of Asda’s Just Essentials range, which boasts nearly 300 discounted products.

The range, which has been hailed as the ‘largest budget-friendly essentials range in the market’, contains 50%  more low-cost items than the Smart Price range it replaced.

Discount products include fresh meat, fish and poultry, baked goods, frozen products and cupboard staples. There are also household essentials such as washing up liquid, shampoo and conditioner.

Find your closest Asda Cafe here.

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