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Articles from February 6, 2014

All Hands to the Pump for High-Flying Asons ; 300 More Staff to Be Recruited by Law firmTurnover Rises to Pounds 15m - Up Pounds 6m from Last Year
FAST-growing law firm Asons Solicitors will be recruiting more than 300 staff as it gears up for a move to a new Pounds 7m office.The firm said it was aiming to become the largest unit in the UK specialising in industrial disease and medical negligence...
A Mini Adventure Characterised by Calmness from Former Smog Man ; BILL CALLAHAN the Ritz
AMERICAN singersongwriter Bill Callahan takes people to obscure places on purpose, to a dreamy consciousness full of album titles like Woke On A Whaleheart. The very idea of opening your eyes in such a situation is crazy, but Callahan's songs of nature, Apocalypse,...
Are You a Manchester Millionaire?
IT was the end of an era as the last ever Who Wants to be a Millionaire hit TV screens after 15 years. As he bowed out, the worldconquering quiz show's host Chris Tarrant told viewers: "I've loved every minute". The programme, which inspired Radcliffe-born director...
Army Officers Jailed after Fusilier's Death Try to Save Careers ; They Say Punishment Was Too toughJudge Reserves His Decision on the Appeals
TWO Army officers who were locked up for negligence after a Bury soldier was accidentally shot dead on a training exercise have launched court bids to save their careers.Newly-wed fusilier James Wilkinson, 21, of Whitefield, was tragically killed by...
Belle Vue Set Their Sights on Push for the Play-Offs
THE play-offs are the goal this season for Belle Vue, after assembling their most promising line-up in recent years. Speaking at the annual supporters'meeting last night, Rentruck Aces bosses David Gordon, Chris Morton (right) and George Carswell all...
Blood Biker Driven off Road by Helmet Thieves ; without Equipment, He Couldn't Deliver Blood Kind Firm Has Now Come to the Rescue
AVOLUNTEER biker who delivers life-saving medical supplies to hospitals and hospices was forced off the road - after thieves stole his helmet.Kevin Bassett is a volunteer for Blood Bikes Manchester, which delivers blood and platelets, plasma and breast...
Boy Whose Legacy Led to a Million Transplants ; Register Was Set Up 40 Years Ago
LITTLE Anthony Nolan was just seven years old when he died, but his legacy has led to a million lifesaving transplants all over the world.The youngster was born with a rare condition called Wiskott- Aldrich syndrome and the only cure was a bone marrow...
Christmas Markets Are Run by Mancs, Not Germans ... ; Only One in Ten of Stallholders Is GermanVast Majority from North West of England
MILLIONS flock to them every year in search of a spicy bratwurst or warming gluhwein. But the Manchester Christmas tradition popularly known as the 'German markets' are in fact no such thing, according to new figures. Only one in ten stallholders at...
Crossing Patrols Face Axe ; Schools Face Bill for the Patrols
SCHOOLS across Tameside must decide within weeks if they will keep paying for crossing patrols. The service could be scrapped at a third of schools in April which have not yet decided if they want to keep lollipop ladies. Schools have been paying for...
DEAL ME IN! ; Fernando: I'll Snub the World Cup to Join City
CITY target Fernando is prepared to sacrifice his World Cup dream in order to join the Blues in the summer.The 26-year-old midfielder saw his hopes of joining City in the last transfer window dashed as the two clubs failed to agree on a price for the...
DEAL ME IN! ; Fernando: I'll Snub the World Cup to Join City [City Region]
CITY target Fernando is prepared to sacrifice his World Cup dream in order to join the Blues in the summer.The 26-year-old midfielder saw his hopes of joining City in the last transfer window dashed as the two clubs failed to agree on a price for the...
DESIGNER DRUG VICTIM PLEADED WITH FRIENDS: I WANT IT TO STOP ; Coroner's Warning over Illegal 'N-Bomb' Substance Linked to Deaths of Two Men
ADAD-TO-BE stabbed himself to death in a 'frantic attempt' to stop the affects of a potent designer drug. Jake Harris, 21, became agitated after taking the 'N-Bomb' drug before throwing himself at a window. He then smashed a glass and stabbed himself...
Divided Loyalties ; Reds' Fans Are Torn between Backing Boss or Voicing Their Fears, Writes Rob Dawson
UNITED fans are torn. They were told by Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season to 'stand by the new manager'. They know too that the club will give David Moyes time.But on the other hand, the team that won the Premier League title by 11 points is...
Do You Wish You Were Here? .... ; Lupine Travel Specialises in Selling Holidays in Notoriously Dangerous Places like North Korea and Iraq. Dylan Harris Tells Alex Bell That Travellers Are Using His Unique Greater Manchester-Based Business to Book More Tours Than Ever
HOW would you fancy going to North Korea to watch the Mass Games, celebrate any of 'the Great' leaders' birthdays or even play the country's only golf course? Lupine Travel offers travellers these very experiences and more.The Greater Manchester firm...
Easy Come, Easy Go for Cool Dimes ; Sale Director of Rugby Says Players Leaving Is Just Part of Modern Professional Game
SALE boss Steve Diamond has moved to allay fans' fears about the talent drain from the Sharks by insisting the Premiership side will weather the loss of three of their brightest young talents. England prop Henry Thomas, former Saxons skipper James Gaskell...
England's Number 1
LANCASHIRE fans won't like to hear this, but Peter Moores should be the next England coach. Now that Kevin Pietersen is out of the equation, the ECB should be knocking on the door of the Red Rose coach asking him to return to the job he should never...
Expert View ; Top Coach Joe Gallagher on Why Our Amir Khan Should Face Mayweather
FLOYD Mayweather Jr wants the fans to decide who he should fight next.But the pound-for-pound No1 shouldn't need anyone to tell him who presents the bigger test out of Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana.I've just got back from a training camp in LA and all...
FOOTBALLER, 20, DIES CELEBRATING A GOAL ; 'Heart Failure' 7 Years after Dad tragedyNow Father and Son Are Buried Together
AYOUNG footballer collapsed and died while celebrating when he scored a goal during a kick-about with friends.Matthew Burgess, 20, fell to the ground with suspected heart failure near his home.Friends, spectators and a team of paramedics flown to the football...
Friends Reunited for Show of the Year ; Mouth-Watering Crolla vs Murray Clash Lined-Up for Quigg Undercard
SCOTT Quigg will defend his world super-bantamweight title at the Manchester Arena in April - and MEN Sport can exclusively reveal that negotiations have already begun over a potentially epic clash between Anthony Crolla and John Murray on the undercard.Promoter...
Friend's Suicide Prompts Vicar to Help Men with Depression ; Launch of Mandown Counselling websiteHelp to Recognise Signs and Offer Support
AVICAR whose friend took his own life is on a mission to stop men committing suicide.Jerry Sutton, of St Margaret's Church, in Altrincham, and St Mark's, in Dunham Massey, was shocked when a close friend killed himself 18 months ago.In the wake of the...
Gang Linked to Five Street Robberies in Last Month ; Mobile Phones Taken in muggingsPolice Urge Public to Remain Vigilant
POLICE believe the same gang has carried out a series of violent street robberies in Levenshulme. In the last month they are thought to have struck five times, in each occasion asking victims the time before stealing mobile phones. In every incident...
I'LL SUE, SAYS EXPERT HELD AT FRACKING DEMO ; 'Trumped-Up' Arrest Captured on Video
AMAN arrested during an anti-fracking protest plans to sue Greater Manchester Police claiming that video footage shows an officer lying to detain him on 'trumped-up' charges.Dr Steven Peers, who was filming the demonstration at Barton Moss in Salford,...
'I'm So Grateful to Be Alive. It's Incredible'
PETER Threader owes his life to a donor found through Anthony Nolan. Two years ago Peter, who is 65 and lives in Stockport, went for a routine blood test but doctors soon discovered that something was seriously wrong. Peter, who lives with his wife Mary,...
Keane Ready and Waiting to Help the Cause
MICHAEL Keane is hoping to find first-team opportunities waiting after returning to United from Derby.The 21-year-old centrehalf returned to Old Trafford last week after spending two months on loan at Pride Park.He started for the Under-21s in the 1-0...
Kennedy Relishing in His Dale Return Ticket
JASON Kennedy is feeling right at home at Rochdale and hopes to play a part in another promotion-winning campaign at Spotland, writes RICHARD PARTINGTON.The 27-year-old made 193 appearances in four successful years in a previous spell with Dale and was...
Marathon Tribute to a Tragic Friend ; Pair Were Best Pals since School Days Runner Appealing for Race Sponsorship
A MAN who lost his childhood friend to kidney disease will be keeping his memory alive when he takes on the world's most famous marathon. Ben Needham was born with polycystic kidneys, undergoing a transplant before his first birthday, and fought the...
Menswear Firm SRG Hopes New HQ Will Suit It to a Tee ; Company Aims to Grow Sales to Pounds 100m
AMENSWEAR firm has designs on sales of Pounds 100m after investing in a new headquarters.SRG Apparel has moved from its site in Prestwich after 25 years to Whitefield, to occupy a Pounds 1m 40,000 sq ft base, at Park 17 industrial site.The firm designs,...
Modest Ivor Saves Life of Three-Year-Old Girl ; Shopper Stops Her Choking on a Sweet Life-Saving Slap Copied from TV
ADAD who saved a toddler from choking has shrugged off his heroics, claiming: "it's just something I saw on the TV."Eve Norgan, three, was fighting for breath after a sweet got stuck in her throat. Despite mum Gaynor's best efforts at the Heimlich manoeuvre...
[Mu] Tonge Ladies Ready for Their Day in Limelight
BOWLS Ladies get their chance for a share of the limelight in a new event which offers an initial bumper first prize at one of the area's best known venues, writes STEVE McHUGH.Middleton outfit Tonge are staging a one-day qualifying round of the Ces...
Nothing Will Stop Me Now ; Only the Best Will Do for Fletch after Fighting Back to Save His Career
DARREN Fletcher won't settle for second best as he bids to rebuild his United first-team future - having already fought one major battle to save his career.The Reds midfielder, who turned 30 last Saturday, was a mainstay of Sir Alex Ferguson's side when...
Numbers Game ; Our On-Line Piece about the Future Size of the Eithad's Crowd Provoked a Passionate Response. Here's the Original View and Our City Man's Replyreply Man's City Our and View Original the Here's
CITY CORRESPONDENT STUART BRENNAN SAYS... BRENNAN STUART CORRESPONDENT CITY M.EN. ON-LINE SPORT'S DAVID LYNCH SAYS...IT might be hard to see the positives from City's 1-0 Premier League defeat to Chelsea, though there is one rather contrived upside.Had...
Old Trafford's New Home - on Irene's Sideboard! ; She Wins Stadium Model in Our Contest Etihad Equivalent Given to City Supporter
TWO football fans are celebrating after winning an M.E.N. competition for 3D models of their favourite team's stadium.The models of Old Trafford and the Etihad, each worth Pounds 1,000 and 250mm by 75mm, were made by Hobs, a 3D printing hub in Manchester's...
Olympic Duo Put Youth on Right Track
OLYMPIC golden couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny have shared goals of cycling success - and have now launched their first joint campaign to encourage youngsters to aim high like them.The couple, who both won gold on the cycling tracks at the London Olympics...
Parish Search for Lost Names of Great War ; Fallen Parishioners Will Be rememberedAppeal Comes in WW1 Centenary Year
ONE of Manchester's oldest congregations is appealing for information on parishioners who died in the First World War for a new memorial.Members of St Chad's Cheetham Hill are hoping to trace relatives of people who died in the conflict after the original...
Pet Licence Bid at Site of Banned Puppy Farm ; Family Member Wants to Sell dogsRelatives Convicted after Raid at the Site
AMAN whose close family members had an illegal puppy farm has applied for a pet shop licence to sell dogs at the same premises.Neil Speakman wants to keep 30-40 dogs at Bentley Hall Farm, Walshaw, Bury.Mr Speakman's brother Richard and dad Jeffrey were...
Phoenix in a Stunning Triple Lightning Strike
MILTON KEYNES LIGHTNING 5 MANCHESTER PHOENIX 5 MANCHESTER Phoenix struck an incredible three goals in the final three minutes to pull off the ice hockey comeback of the season last night.Phoenix clawed it back to draw 5-5 at Milton Keynes Lightning in the...
'Please Don't Shut Firm and Throw 100 Workers on Dole' ; Town Hall Bosses Ask for Solution Firm Says It Has New Way of Working
POLITICIANS have urged a company to rethink plans to shut its Ashton factory in a bid to save more than 100 jobs.Council leader Kieran Quinn has written to bosses at Berensden UK who are proposing to close their Oxford Street plant at the end of next...
Poor Pupils Hit by Funding Black Hole ; Amount Spent on Each Bury Child to Be Cut
SCHOOLS with lots of poor pupils are to have their funding slashed as a town hall tries to plug a Pounds 5.4m black hole in its education budget.The amount spent on each deprived youngster at Bury's primary schools will be cut by up to Pounds 800 from...
Pounds 10k Charity Giveaway
HILTON Manchester Deansgate and Hilton in the Community Foundation, a charity that supports young people who are disadvantaged, are appealing for local groups and charities to apply for a slice of Pounds 10k as part of a partnership with the Manchester...
Rangi Rage in Wolves Warm-Up
WARRINGTON 14 SALFORD 8 RANGI Chase was fired up and spent time in the sin bin last night as Salford showed plenty of spirit despite going down to defeat in a pre-season friendly at Warrington.Reds owner Marwan Koukash went down to the bench and put...
Reds Ready for Noble Cause ; Squad Fired-Up for Big Season Opener 'We're Determined This Club Will Evolve'
COACH Brian Noble says he has a burning desire to ensure Salford Red Devils are no-one's pushover this season.Noble also knows that all eyes will be on his starstudded squad who kick off their Super League campaign a week on Sunday at home to Wakefield....
Sean Could Be Youngest Leader ; Set to Be Youngest in Manchester Area Became Councillor Aged Just 20
THE country's youngest town hall chief could be appointed at a crunch meeting tonight.Sean Anstee, 26, currently deputy leader of Trafford, is one of two candidates going for the top political job at the authority.He and colleague John Lamb, a former...
Shakers Are in It for Long Haul - Flitcroft
DAVID Flitcroft told his Bury players not to be too frustrated after being held by promotion-chasing Oxford, writes by GRAHAM CUMMINS.His Shakers stars were disappointed not to collect all three points from Tuesday's 1-1 draw, but boss Flitcroft was...
Star Backing Beds Campaign ; Actress against Psychiatric Unit axeTried to Commit Suicide Six Times
CORONATION Street star Bev Callard is backing a campaign opposing the planned closure of mental health hospital beds. She is supporting Save Mental Health Services in Salford, a group which is against plans to merge two wards at Meadowbrook psychiatric...
Star Duo Unite to Spread the Word
HIGH-profile sufferers Darren Fletcher and former England rugby union captain Lewis Moody helped launch United For Colitis at the Reds training complex.The new fund-raising initiative is in aid of the patient charity - Crohn's and Colitis UK.There are...
Stevan Ready to Light Blue Touchpaper ; City's Frustrated Striker Has Put His Problems Behind Him and, after a Handful of Tentative Returning Steps, Is Set for Lift-Off
CITY fans treated the mystery of their missing Pounds 22million superstar Stevan Jovetic with typical good humour earlier in the season.The Blues' faithful began a tongue-in-cheek 'Where's Jovetic' campaign on social media, photo-shopping his picture...
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Over 30 drivers facing police action after Manchester city centre clamp down using number plate recognition cameras.They should have a purge every month.Get the uninsured vehicles off the road and crushed and ban the drivers, we might get to work a bit...
The Market Has Never Stalled ; TRADERS' JOY AS HALL ONCE DEVASTATEDBY MASSIVE BLAZE RISES FROM ASHES TO BE NAMED THE BEST IN BRITAIN Historic Market Was Gutted in 2004 It Underwent a Pounds 16m Makeover
AHISTORIC market which was devastated by fire 10 years ago has risen from the ashes to be crowned the best in Britain. Ashton market hall, built in 1881, was almost completely destroyed by a huge blaze which gutted the building in 2004. It underwent...
Time for Basketball to Cut to the Chase ; Amaechi Calls for New Thinking after Cash Axe, Writes Anthony Jepson
JOHN Amaechi says British Basketball must 'take a look in the mirror' after UK Sport's decision to remove all of its funding.Performance chairman Roger Moreland described Tuesday's announcement as a 'considerable shock' and said moves were being made...
Toddler Died from Rare Heart Infection ; Parents Thought Illness Was virusThey Are Raising Cash in His Memory
AHEALTHY twoyear-old boy died just 24 hours after developing a 'one-in-a-million' heart infection. Little Tamael Cabe Robertson suddenly fell ill while he was out shopping with his mother to get him new boots.Mum Cassie, 43, took him back to their home...
Tribute to a True Talent 55 Years on ; Reviews
Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story Opera House, Manchester IT is 55 five years this week since 'the music died', on February 3, 1959 - the fateful date when Buddy Holly, aged just 22, was killed in a plane crash in Iowa. Here in Manchester that sad anniversary...
'Vigilance Is Vital' as Police Battle to Beat the Burglars ; Officers in Drive to Prevent Break-insArea Sees One Every 20 Minutes
EVERY 20 minutes a burglary takes place in Greater Manchester and for the victims it's a day they're unlikely to ever forget.Recent insurance industry figures branding Chorlton as the UK's burglary hotspot, and Home Office statistics showing fewer than...
Where Will Sale Finally Find Their Own Field of Dreams?
BUILD it and they will come.That was the memorable tagline of the fabled baseball film Field of Dreams.Now rugby may be a completely different kettle of fish to America's summer pastime, but I was struck by the irony of that phrase after news emerged...
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ON CITY V CHELSEA ^ THE Monday defeat was a "blip" - nothing more, nothing less (and with major players missing it was understandable). A good team doesn't just go bad overnight (although having said that, my mind flickered across to the flailing "Champions"...
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