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City face uphill battle after Champions League draw

Manchester City were left facing another uphill battle to advance in the Champions League after an unconvincing 1-1 draw at home to Roma.

Sergio Aguero's fourth-minute penalty was cancelled out by a superbly-taken equaliser from the evergreen Francesco Totti in a clash at the Etihad Stadium dominated by the Italian side.

The result left City third with just one point from their opening two games in Group E and already five behind leaders Bayern Munich. They next face CSKA Moscow in crucial back-to-back games starting with a trip to the Russian capital in three weeks.

"We didn't play well, especially in the first half. We improved in the second half but I think the draw was the real (right) thing for both teams."

"We hope the next game in Russia we can win and we will see what happens against Bayern Munich,"

"We have 12 more points to fight (for) and we will fight to the end to try and qualify."

– Manuel Pellegrini

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Teachers walk out at two Liverpool schools

Teachers in Liverpool will walk out today in a row over proposed changes to sick pay. Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, will hold the first of six days of strike action at Nugent House School in Billinge and St Catherine’s Secure Centre in St Helens.

“These are dedicated professionals working in circumstances which are often difficult and challenging. They are absolutely committed to the children in their care.

“It is therefore regrettable that management is choosing to reward them for this dedication by insisting on a worsening of their terms and conditions.”

– Mick Burrows, NASUWT National Executive Member for Merseyside,

Plans for £40m regeneration for Collyhurst go to council

Plans for the first part of a £40m regeneration programme in the Collyhurst area of Manchester are set to go before the city council's executive today.

The north Manchester suburb, close to the city centre fringe, was one of the last PFI schemes to be scrapped by government in 2006,.

The first phase of the 15-year masterplan will address the issues and concerns that arose from a major consultation in April, which will include completing the wide scale refurbishments of homes constructing new roads to open up the area, carrying out environmental improvements and bringing forward plans for new residential development.

Phase one plans will also include the completion of demolition of older properties to allow new sites for high quality housing developments, while bringing potential site forward for future development as part of the Manchester Place initiative.

Phase two of the masterplan will see significant further new build homes for sale and market rent together with further demolitions of older properties and work to bring forward future development opportunities.

These are major plans that represent an incredibly exciting opportunity to breathe new life in to an area that has remained underdeveloped over the years after the scrapped PFI scheme. High quality new homes are essential for the city's growth and Collyhurst is well placed on the city centre fringe to become the next neighbourhood of choice.

"Manchester has already had success with other major inner city regeneration projects, with areas like Hulme showing that sustained development can reverse decline and create a thriving community."

– Cllr Jeff Smith

Get the full details on what's planned here.

NSPCC launch £1m school scheme in Greater Manchester

NSPCC appeal Credit: PA

Childre's charity the NSPCC is launching a £1m appeal to take their message into schools across the Greater Manchester.

ChildLine Founder, Esther Rantzen CBE, and John Amaechi, Psychologist, former NBA basketball star and NSPCC Ambassador, will kick off the appeal to support the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service.

The aim is to raise £1 million to enable the NSPCC to deliver special school assemblies across the area by 2016, and every two years thereafter, helping nine to 11 year olds to understand abuse, give them the confidence to report it and find help.

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