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Rugby League: Mick Nanyn announces retirement

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Goalkicking centre Mick Nanyn, the sixth highest scorer in the history of rugby league, has announced his retirement.

Wigan-born Nanyn, who turns 33 next week, amassed a total of 3700 points in a 16-year career that began and finished at Swinton and also took in spells with Rochdale, Whitehaven, Widnes, Oldham and Leigh.

Nanyn represented Scotland at the 2008 World Cup in Australia and won the Northern Rail Cup with Leigh in 2011.

"It was an extremely difficult decision for me to make and one that I thought long and hard about," Nanyn said.

"But, once I realised that my body couldn't do what my head wanted it to, I knew it was the right time for me to end my playing career."

Swinton head coach John Duffy said: "We are gutted to be losing Mick's services but he has expressed his views for retiring on personal grounds which we totally respect.

"We have decided to offer Mick a role on our staff due to his qualities as a person and his outstanding knowledge of the game and we hope he accepts."

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Heritage Lottery to fund Jewish Museum development

The Manchester Jewish Museum Credit: Manchester Jewish Museum

The Manchester Jewish Museum has received a windfall of nearly £427,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop its building and exhibitions.

The museum is using the money to build and extension for new galleries and learning and event spaces and to restore the synagogue building.

The Synagogue in 1900 Credit: Manchester Jewish Museum

The Museum says it will create a new visitor experience to tell the story of Manchester's Jewish community with new exhibitions including a dedicated gallery about the many Holocaust survivors that settled in Manchester.

Volunteers will also help catalogue and digitise the Museum's collection.

The Synagogue in 1903 Credit: Manchester Jewish Museum

The Museum is housed inside a former synagogue building – the oldest synagogue in Manchester dating from 1874 - which will be fully restored with the help of the HLF grant.

The synagogue building today Credit: Manchester Jewish Museum

Commenting on the award, Museum Chief Executive Max Dunbar said:

“We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. Over the past 30 years we’ve welcomed thousands of visitors, educating them about Jewish faith, heritage and culture. With today’s announcement, we can now build on this to create a new 21st Century Jewish Museum, showcasing more of our collections, educating more people and working with more communities to ensure Manchester’s Jewish heritage is preserved for generations to come”.

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Head of HLF North West Sara Hilton said:

“With a collection of national significance and set in a city celebrated for its cultural diversity, the Manchester Jewish Museum is uniquely placed to bring to life the story of one of our country’s oldest communities for people from a huge range of backgrounds. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we’re delighted to offer our support to the next exciting chapter in the story of the Manchester Jewish Museum and we look forward to seeing the plans develop”.

Terry Waite opens new homeless community building in Salford

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Terry Waite CBE, who was kidnapped and held captive in the late 1980s, has opened a new community building for a charity in Salford to support up to 28 homeless people.

The new building belongs to Emmaus Salford - a charity that supports formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work.

Terry, whose experience in captivity in Lebanon gave him a great insight into the misery, isolation and despair that many homeless people go through, said he felt great empathy with those who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

He said: “Emmaus is proud to be part of the renewal of Salford. By enabling people who have experienced homelessness to help themselves, a great contribution is being made to one of the greatest social problems.”

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man charged with perverting the course of justice following murder of Constable Neil Doyle

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Merseyside Police have confirmed a 30-year-old man from Liverpool has been charged with perverting the course of justice following the murder of Constable Neil Doyle in December 2014.

Stephen Vaughan, of Mariners Wharf, Liverpool, who is also charged with driving a motor vehicle with no insurance, will appear at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates Court today.

Bereaved Parents: Families 'must talk' about bullying

Families must talk more about bullying, and society must take it more seriously, say the parents of a teenager who took his own life.

Lin and Roger Jones, from Cleveleys, lost their son Matthew in 2008. The 17-year-old had been bullied for years. They spoke to ITV as part of our Stop Bullying campaign. The couple are urging other parents to ask more questions about their own youngsters' schooling and internet use.

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