Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)

A daily British regional newspaper for Liverpool.

Articles from July 17, 2008

Athletics: RIMMER BORN FOR BEIJING; OLYMPIC GAMES 2008 MERSEY MEDAL HOPES PART THREE OF SIX Beijing, China, August 8-24 Mersey Middle Distance Ace Living Olympic Dream
Byline: James Pearce Athletics Writer MICHAEL RIMMER was just 10 years old when he knew what he wanted to do with his life. The youngster was sat at home in Southport watching the 1996 Olympic Games unfold in Atlanta when he saw Michael Johnson...
BAD News for the Ladies; THE ECHO's Showbiz Reporter Tina Miles with All the Gossip from the Fairways
Byline: Tina Miles BAD news for the ladies - Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney will NOT be coming to Merseyside for the Open. Word in the bars was that the movie star was in town for the golf. It was even rumoured he would entertain a glittering...
Banks Must Take the Blame for Cash Chaos
Byline: Joe Riley THERE'S certifiable proof in aviation that the cry of "Brace! Brace!" does no more than lessen riotous panic as an aircraft plummets from the sky. Casualty numbers are usually 100%. Similar sentiments could apply to "bracing"...
Bernard Left to Sweat on Olympic Call
MARTYN BERNARD'S bid to force his way into Great Britain's Olympic team is set to go down to the wire. The 23-year-old Liverpool-based high jumper looked certain to head to Beijing after he recently achieved the Olympic A qualifying mark of 2.30m...
Child Sex Assaults Shame of Top Boss
Byline: By CHLOE GRIFFITHS A FORMER businessman of the year who carried out a string of sex attacks on a child has been jailed. Ex-computer boss James Proctor, of Delamere Road, Ainsdale, repeatedly abused the girl for more than four years, sometimes...
China Link on Cue for Firm
Byline: By NEIL HODGSON Industry Reporter A FAMOUS Liverpool firm's links with the past could forge future international success. Snooker and pool equipment maker EA Clare, trading as Thurston, has been asked to exhibit items from its world famous...
Diva Diana Was Just Supreme
Byline: Pete Price I SHOULD be so lucky, two divas in one weekend. One 40, the other 64 - Kylie Minogue and Miss Diana Ross. Kylie entertained for two and a half hours, Diana 95 minutes and there was a whisper that Miss Ross had cut the show...
FLAG-SHIP LIVERPOOL; Million Head to Region for Open Golf and the Tall Ships
Byline: By CATHERINE JONES Culture Reporter UP TO one million visitors began descending on Liverpool today for the biggest weekend in Capital of Culture year. The eyes of the world were on Southport's Royal Birkdale as the 137th Open Championship...
Food to Thai for; Chef's Special Luke Dawson, Chaya, Wood Street, Liverpool
Byline: By Janet Tansley I NSPIRED by his mum, Luke Dawson loves his job as a chef and is thoroughly enjoying putting into practice all his newfound knowledge of Thai cuisine. Luke, 23, joined as a chef at Chaya Bar and Restaurant on Wood Street...
Football: CAHILL OUT OF SEASON OPENER; - but Arteta Return Boosts Blues
Byline: By DOMINIC KING TIM CAHILL will miss the start of the new Premier League season - but Everton received a welcome boost today as Mikel Arteta returned to full training. Cahill has been sidelined since breaking the fifth metatarsal in his...
Football: DANNY BOY CALL TUNE; Pacheco Is the Stand-Out Star as Reds Enjoy a Swiss Stroll
Byline: Tony Barrett at Bruhl Stadium LUCERNE 1 LIVERPOOL 2 AFTER surviving a season of turmoil and turbulence it is little surprise that Rafa Benitez took his players to the serenity of Switzerland to prepare for the next campaign. Situated...
Football: Lucas Vows to Deliver More Goals
Byline: By TONY BARRETT in Switzerland LUCAS LEIVA today revealed Rafa Benitez has given him licence to attack and pledged to repay his manager's faith with goals. The Brazilian midfielder opened the scoring for Liverpool in last night's 2-1...
Golden Greats Are Baddeley's Inspiration
ANDY BADDELEY feels ready to take his place among the greats of British middle-distance runners. And Olympic legend Lord Sebastian Coe hopes the Wirral athlete can produce the performance to come through the "unforgiving arena" in Beijing. The...
Golf: Putting Doctor Harold Is Eyeing Another Triumph
Byline: By MIKE TORPEY YOU may think it a loopy suggestion, but there's a strong chance a woman could roll in the winning putt at Royal Birkdale on Sunday. That's right a girl could conceivably claim golf's greatest prize, the Open Championship....
GP Surgery Hours Are under Fire
Byline: By CAROLINE INNES Health Reporter LIVERPOOL patients are still not happy with the times their doctors' surgeries open, new figures have revealed. An NHS survey showed the number of people who think opening hours are adequate is falling,...
Guns Spoil Mersey Cut in Crime
Byline: By LUKE TRAYNOR MORE guns are being fired in Merseyside despite an overall falling crime rate. The number of firearm discharges across the region rose by 14% over the past year, according to new statistics. Despite the rise, crime...
Hello, Hello, Hello to the Tall Ships; Huge Police Op to Cover Fun Weekend
Byline: By CATHERINE JONES Culture Reporter LIVERPOOL'S biggest ever policing operation will swing into action to ensure this weekend's Tall Ships Race runs smoothly. Up to a million people are expected to flock to the banks of the River Mersey...
HOME FRONT IS NICK'S DRIVER; I'd Love to Do It for Liverpool Says Dougherty 137th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP - DAY ONE ROYAL BIRKDALE July 17-20
Byline: Mike Torpey at Royal Birkdale LIVERPOOL'S Nick Dougherty is banking on the power of positive thinking to propel him into contention for this week's Open Championship. The 26-year-old has struggled for form in recent weeks as he tries...
Ian Finds Silver Lining in Cloud over Property Market; IN an Occasional Focus on Small Firms, My Business Looks at Ian Lamb's Urban Property Management My Business
Byline: Ian Lamb IAN Lamb's previous status as a "rock star" helped him build the foundation of his current property management company. Aged 23, his band The Miracle Workers were signed to Sony records and a hit in Japan provided the cash for...
Immelman: Birkdale Is So Tough; Open Diary
Byline: Mike Torpey MASTERS champion Trevor Immelman is under no illusions over the test presented by Royal Birkdale this week. "In my opinion this is the toughest golf course I've played on the Open rota," says the man who landed his first major...
I'm to Blame for Tragedy
Byline: By CHLOE GRIFFITHS A YOUNG man accused of murdering his older lover has admitted responsibility for her death. Robert Lynch, 23, is accused of battering "defenceless" Bernadette Doran, 45, to death with a wooden bannister. The joiner...
Kids Miss out on Vital Help
Byline: By NICK COLIGAN CHILDREN with severe problems learning how to speak have had to wait up to two years for treatment. Speech therapy teaches youngsters with problems ranging from a stutter to comprehensive language problems how to articulate...
Last Night's TV
Byline: by Luke Traynor FOR someone like myself whose culinary skills verge on the non-existent, it's somewhat surprising that I've become hooked on a programme like Celebrity Masterchef. Cooking shows have become 10-a-penny over the years, but...
Magic at the Roundabout; Greg O'Keeffe Visits a Well-Established Favourite to Check on Its Health
A ROUNDABOUT on a busy road may not perhaps be the most auspicious location for a hit restaurant. But it has never done Owens any harm and it might just be located in a prime position to grab the attention of the endless traffic flying by each day....
Manage Your Own Future; in Association with Fish4 Jobs Careers in Restaurant Management If You Are Organised and Have a Head for Figures, a Career as a Restaurant Manager May Appeal. Michelle Rushton Grabbed a Menu to Find out More
Byline: Michelle Rushton What does a career in restaurant management involve? Restaurant managers are responsible for making sure customers are satisfied with the quality of food and service provided in eating places. They work in hotels,...
Meredith Leads Way as Mersey Starlets Shine; SCHOOLS' ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Byline: By JAMES PEARCE JACKMEREDITH produced the performance of the day at the English Schools' Athletics Championships as he clinched gold in the inter boys 100mhurdles at Gateshead International Stadium. The 15-year-oldDe La Salle pupil knocked...
Moore Takes Positives from Heswall Rout
Byline: By NICK HILTON HESWALL 2 TRANMERE ROVERS 6 MANAGER Ronnie Moore admitted Tranmere are still encountering teething troubles as they attempt to adjust to a new tactical system pre-season. Moore insisted on taking a positive view of...
Mum's Sad Farewell to Her Brave Little Girl; Leanne Dies after Birthday
Byline: By MICHELLE FIDDLER Chief Reporter AHEARTBROKEN mother today paid a moving tribute to her little girl, who lost her fight for life four days after her sixth birthday. Leanne Cain died five months after being diagnosed with stomach cancer...
My Best Days Still to Come; Flintoff Is Relishing Return to Test Side
Byline: By RICHARD GIBSON ANDREW FLINTOFF believes his best years of international cricket are ahead of him as he stands on the threshold of an England return. All-rounder Flintoff, 30, is expected to win his 68th Test cap in the second match...
My Last Supper
Byline: Jake and Elwood Blues THE infamous Jake and Elwood are waiting to chase the Blues away with their smash-hit show coming to the Liverpool Empire on August 1. The Blues Brothers - together with The Fabulous Black Rhino Band - promise an...
Notice Board
CITY CENTRE: Age Concern Liverpool's Active Living programme has teamed up with Lewis's to launch a monthly "youth club for the over-50s" in the Ranelagh Street store. The first Goldies youth club was being held in the Gallery restaurant on the second...
Picturesque Challenge That Really Putts on the Style; Great 08 Challenge
Byline: Nick Peet's AFTER spending the best part of a month patrolling the fairways and greens of many of the region's best - and worst - golf courses for challenge number four I've been getting inundated with the same question from friends, associates...
Resort's New Flats Have Got the Edge; Industrial & Commercial Property
A NEW pounds 3m development in the heart of Southport has been completed. West Lancashire-based Construction Partnership UK (CPUK) has created an eyecatching mixed-use building called The Edge, in Hoghton Street. The company has built 25 flatts...
Review; THE BEAT GOES ON World Museum Liverpool
Byline: by Joe Riley NATIONAL Museums Liverpool - now reason enough to make Liverpool an international stop-over - have finally got around to telling the big local story. Once upon a time, it would have been shipping. Today, it is the world music...
School Hit as Staff Walk out; Storm over Shorter Dinner Break Exclusive
Byline: By BEN TURNER Education Reporter AROUND 500 pupils were sent home after teachers went on strike over cuts to their dinner break. Twenty-nine staff at West Derby's Holly Lodge girls' college formed picket lines and staged a day-long protest....
Schools and Bin Rounds Hit by Strikers
Byline: By NEIL HODGSON Industry Reporter COUNCIL bosses claim contingency plans helped thwart the worst effects of yesterday's strike by thousands of staff. But union leaders claimed support was strong and services were severely disrupted during...
Sporting Switch Making Me Itch; Great 08 Challenge Football Challenge Is Scrapped
Byline: Nick Peet's I 'VE had to face up to some pretty big facts this week and make a tough decision regarding the path of my Great 08 Challenge. It's just six weeks now until the Cross Mersey swim on August 31, when I will be going head-to-head...
Stage Set for Open Bonanza; 200,000 Golf Fans Flock to Royal Birkdale
Byline: By KEVIN CORE THE eyes of the world were on Merseyside today as 200,000 golf fans flocked to Royal Birkdale. The biggest names in the sport completed their practice rounds for the Open championship yesterday, setting the stage for a pounds...
Stars Backing New City Talent
Byline: By TINA MILES Showbiz Reporter COMEDIAN Les Dennis and actress Claire Sweeney were today announced as hosts of a big talent show at the ECHO arena. The Liverpool-born stars will join celebrity judges and 12 acts for the final of Merseyside's...
Swing on by City's Classic Cocktail Bar; Your Bar Greg O'Keeffe Tastes Perfection at the Sir Thomas Hotel Bar
Byline: Greg O'Keeffe F OR someone who started his drinking days on weak lager and progressed to stronger lager before settling on ...well, more lager, I never thought a night out had much more to offer my palate. That was until I saw what was...
The ECHO Will Stand Up for Freedom of Speech; It's Your ECHO
FREEDOM of speech is the cornerstone of a democratic society but when does one person's right to express their views infringe another person's liberty? Opinion expressed on our letters pages last week caused consternation for some readers. Greg...
THE Pounds 23m WAR ON DISEASE; Anne Launches City Base
Byline: By HELEN HUNT THE Princess Royal will open a multi-million pound disease research centre in the heart of Liverpool tomorrow. The pounds 23m state-of-the-art glass building at the city's School of Tropical Medicine will help save thousands...
TRAGIC ROBERT 'A LOVELY SON' Mum Tribute to Plunge Victim
Byline: By GEMMA JALEEL A HEARTBROKEN mother has paid tribute to her son who jumped to his death from a town centre Woolworths. Robert Grundy, 23, of Bird I' Th' Hand, Ormskirk, died after plunging from the roof of the Aughton Street store earlier...
Trains Halted by Power Cut; Open Golf Fans Lefts Tranded
Byline: By VICKI KELLAWAY HUNDREDS of train travellers were stranded after train lines failed across northern Liverpool today. Commuters and hundreds of golf fans visiting the Open had to wait for a fleet of buses to travel between Formby and...