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Articles from January 6, 2016

2016: A Momentous Year for Education
LIKE everyone I start the New Year looking forward to seeing what opportunities 2016 will bring us.The final months of 2015 saw a number of key announcements from government which I believe will have a direct impact on education here in Manchester over...
Action Needed over Danger on the Roads ; VIEWPOINTS
WE have experienced the same incident as Mr Moore ('Drivers now face pot luck over potholes,' Viewpoints, December 24) following a manhole cover displaced and lying out of place in the middle of Barton Road, Stretford, last December.We reported it immediately...
A HOST of Manchester Stars Are in Line to Win [...]
- A HOST of Manchester stars are in line to win a clutch of prizes at the National Television Awards.The shortlist has been announced for the 2016 awards, with Coronation Street in with a shout of winning Best Serial Drama at the glittering ceremony...
A IN THUG GROOM PUNCHED TWO BRIDESMAIDS IN BUST-UP AT WEDDING ; Lout Broke Woman's Cheekbone after Hitting Her in the Face Following Row at Reception
AB R I D E G R O O M punched two bridesmaids at his wedding reception - breaking one of the women's cheekbones.John Campbell, 27, attacked his new wife's best friend, Samantha Dewar, after she stepped in to stop the first fight.Samantha, 26, suffered...
ALL'S WELL IN FRIENDLY BRAMHALL ; Residents Say Community Spirit Is Reason for Stockport Village's High Ranking in National Poll
ASTOCKPORT suburb has been named as the seventh friendliest place to live in the UK.And residents of wellheeled Bramhall reckon it's all down to the village's "community spirit."The leafy area, famed for its Tudor manor house Bramall Hall, pipped the...
Ammies Hit Back to Make Their Point ; Non League
SALFORD CITY came from a goal down to earn a valuable 1-1 draw at Nantwich Town last night.The two sides are joint-second in the Evo-Stik Premier table and Matt Bell put the hosts ahead in a first half that Nantwich dominated.But Gary Stopforth's first...
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Plymouth 10 50 Hail 7 45 Showers Sheffield 5 41 Rain Southampton 10 50 Rain Swansea 8 46 Showers 7 45 Rain Jerusalem Jo'burg Kuwait London Los Angeles Luxor Manchester has hottest December on record despite unprecedented levels of rainfall which caused...
Big Two Vie to Be Lords of the Ring
JOE Gallagher and Peter Fury have expressed their delight after they were both nominated for Ring Magazine Boxing Trainer of the Year.The two Manchester trainers enjoyed a sensational 2015, with Gallagher guiding Anthony Crolla and Liam Smith to world...
Boring United Must Start to Turn on the Box Office Style
Position: 5th Title odds: 20-1 "I THINK we are far better than last year when we started, so I have a lot of confidence. When we play in the same style and at the same level as the last six months of last season, then we can have a good year."That was...
BRING ON 2016! ; Position: 4th Title: 11-1by Adrian Kajumba the Mirror
A top-four finish was an outside hope for Tottenham at the start of the season. As we enter the new year, it has become a very real possibility.Spurs were always going to be reliant on one of the usual suspects underperforming to open the door to the...
Broady Serves Up Shock Treatment
STOCKPORT tennis ace Naomi Broady picked up the biggest win of her career after beating former world No.1 and French Open champion Ana Ivanovic. The 25-year-old is ranked No.122 in the world but won in straight sets (7-5, 6-4) to knock Ivanovic out in...
Can Pulis Provide Craft to Go with West Brom's Graft?
IT is fair to say the 2015-16 season thus far has been something of a mixed bag for West Brom.Just what does the new year hold in store for the team, in terms of results and style of play, many Baggies fans are wondering? As you would expect with any...
CAN Sam Allardyce Rescue Sunderland[.]
CAN Sam Allardyce rescue Sunderland? That is the only question that matters as the Black Cats enter 2016.And right at this moment, the signs are not good.The woeful start under previous boss Dick Advocaat meant the writing was on the wall as early as...
Clint Joins the Radio Manc Team
Eamonn. .O'Neal is taking over the Friday drive-time slot anchester Mmusical icon Clint Boon is joining BBC Radio Manchester as part of a shake-up of the station's schedule.The DJ and keyboard player for the Inspiral Carpets will host a Saturday evening...
Coe Vows to Fight on in the Face of Doping Scandal ; Athletics
IAAF president Lord Coe has vowed to 'ride out the storm' at athletics' beleaguered world governing body.The organisation is set to be hit with further blows to its credibility when Dick Pound presents the second part of the World Anti-Doping Agency's...
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Do You Feel like Dancing?
CHOREOGRAPHER to the stars Jack Murphy is hoping to get millions of Strictly Come Dancing viewers up off the sofa and waltzing into the dance halls with his latest TV show - set in Bolton.You might have seen the man who taught Daniel Craig to jive, Daniel...
EU at Fault . over Flooding ; VIEWPOINTS
WE all know about the recent devastating floods but not everyone is aware of some of the reasons behind them.These include the European Water Framework Directive which came into UK law in 2000. This has meant that dredging - a highly effective method...
Euro We Go as Rooney and Bale Seek to Light Up France
MICHEL PLATINI may have found himself disgraced as 2015 came to an end, but Wales, at least, will be grateful for the European Championship legacy with which he will always have his name associated.When the Uefa boss first announced his bold plans for...
FIVE Players Who May Leave United
AS the January transfer window creaks open again, a disastrous December could see some deadwood shifted from United's squad. We look at five of Louis van Gaal's most vulnerable men.MAROUANE FELLAINI The Belgian midfielder had his longest run in the team...
FORMER the Only Way Is Essex Star Lauren [...]
Goodger has got a message for those hoping to shed the pounds after overdoing it at Christmas: "If I can do it, you can do it."Lauren has shed four stone in weight since the start of last year after giving up her favourite fast food meals and cooking...
Gini Goals Key as Toon Face Another Struggle
NEWCASTLE UNITED fans knew that the 2015-16 season would be tough, but perhaps they at least expected to be clear of the relegation fight going into the new year!Having just clung onto their Premier League place on the final day of the campaign last...
Girls Attack 'Helpless' Man in Bus Station
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after two girls launched a tirade of abuse at a man in a bus station.Video footage shows youngsters shouting at the man, who appears helpless, as he sits on a bench at Bolton's main bus station.Although the man has...
Glendale Foods in Boss Swap ; Salford-Based Frozen Food Manufacturer Completes Management Buyout to Grow Further
FROZEN food manufacturer Glendale Foods has completed a management buyout as it prepares for the next stage of its growth.Paul Burkitt, managing director, and Mark Jones, operations director, have assumed full control of the Salford-based business, after...
Goal-Shy Villa Face Up to Relegation Reality
HAT a dismal season it has been for Aston Villa so far.WBottom at Christmas and already cut well adrift, there seems little hope that the Claret and Blues can turn things around in the new year.The past 12 months have been a period of misery and frustration...
'Guardiola Will Pick City'
ALBERT Ferrer believes Pep Guardiola will choose City over United due to the Blues' more stylish brand of football.With the Bayern Munich boss confirming that he intends to head to the Premier League next summer, City, United and Chelsea have all been...
Historic Bavuma Century Frustrates Toiling England ; Cricket
ENGLAND'S second Test against South Africa is heading for a draw after a double hundred from Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma's landmark century.Amla finally departed for 201, the fourth double century of his career, but it was Bavuma's feelgood ton that...
Iheanacho Keeps Focus on the Bigger Picture
KELECHI Iheanacho appears to be an extremely focused young man."It's a great moment but it's not the best moment because the best moments are yet to come," he said recently when asked about his winner against Crystal Palace in the Premier League back...
IT REALLY WAS A MOMENT TO REMEMBER (IF ONLY I COULD) ; Reveller Who Became Web Sensation Has No Recollection of Being Sprawled out on Street
THE central character in an incredible viral photograph of New Year's Eve celebrations in Manchester has told the M.E.N: "I can't remember being there".Mike Deveney, 47, became an internet sensation after he was captured sprawled in the street reaching...
'I Tried My Best to Help Dom but There Was So Much Blood' ; Friends Tells Jury How Good Night out Turned to Tragedy after Argument in Pub Toilets.
FRIENDS of murder victim Dominic Doyle have described how 'a good night out' ended with his tragic killing.The 21-year-old, from Denton, suffered a fatal knife injury after he was attacked by a teenage mob following a night out at Hughes's Bar, at Manchester...
It's Full Steam Ahead for the Flying Scotsman ; Groundbreaking Locomotive Ready to Take to the Tracks after Pounds 4.2m Restoration Project
ICONIC locomotive the Flying Scotsman is set to take to tracks under steam for the first time in a decade.The famous old engine, the first steam loco in the world to hit 100mph, will begin a series of test runs on Friday after a long restoration.The...
Keane Return Will Boost Van Gaal's Strike Options
UNITED insist returning loanee Will Keane will be in their first- team plans.The 22-year-old was brought back from Preston last week, with the decision being made to cut short his seasonlong loan.Simon Grayson suggested that United wanted an extra body...
Klopp Proves King of the Kop as New Era Dawns at Anfield
IT has been a turbulent season for Liverpool so far, with the dismal end to Brendan Rodgers' reign followed by a spirited revival masterminded by Jurgen Klopp.Rodgers was always going to be under huge pressure to deliver early on considering the nightmare...
Locked Up, the Pounds 320k Raids Gang Who Stole Christmas
AGANG who stole Christmas presents from two family homes during a brazen burglary spree have been jailed.Three men and a woman were locked up after more than Pounds 320,000 of goods were stolen in raids across the north west over four months.Between...
Lukaku's Goal Menace Must Be Backed by Mean Defence
ROMELU Lukaku is spearheading one of the Premier League's most dangerous forward lines - but Everton's hopes of breaking into the top four during 2016 hinge on them being able to tighten up at the other end of the pitch.Goals are not in short supply...
Motorways to Be Closed Overnight ; Work On'smart'roads Upgrade to Take Place This Month
SECTIONS of the M60 and M62 will be closed overnight for six nights as part of the Pounds 202m smart motorway upgrade.Highways England said the closures were needed to set up temporary lanes between junction 15, for the M61 interchange, and junction...
MURPHY COULD BE DUNN FOR AT LATICS ; Striker Is Linked with Crawley Switch as Boss Looks to Build Transfer Fund.
RHYS Murphy could be on the verge of leaving Oldham Athletic after it was revealed talks with Crawley have taken place. Murphy has spent three months playing for League Two side Crawley, scoring nine goals in 15 appearances.He returned to Latics after...
NEW DEAL PUTS ACES INTO POLE POSITION ; Belle Vue Retain Long-Standing Partner
BELLE Vue have confirmed that long-standing team partner Rentruck Rochdale will retain title sponsorship of the Belle Vue Aces after striking up a new deal with club bosses.CEO Richard Cotton met with David Gordon and Chris Morton just before Christmas...
NICK Powell's Hopes of Temporary Move [...]
..NICK Powell's hopes of temporary move away from Old Trafford have been hit by a calf strain.The United attacker has been linked with a temporary move away from Old Trafford in the January transfer window, with Preston said to be leading the chase.His...
On the Hunt for the Body Snatcher ; PICK OF THE DAY Midsomer Murders (ITV, 8pm)
MIDSOMER county may have quaint cottages and beautiful, idyllic views, but for goodness sake, has no one seen the crime rates? I'd have packed up and moved out to a distant suburb a long time ago.Nonetheless, the residents don't bat an eyelid, and with...
Pellegrini Peps His City Aces amid Guardiola Talk
Position: 3rd Title odds: 6-5 MANUEL Pellegrini spent the summer labelled as a manager certain to be replaced as rumours of Pep Guardiola's arrival flashed around Manchester.Within six weeks of the start of the new campaign, his team was sitting top...
PEL PAVES WAY FOR PEP STALK ; Pellegrini and Guardiola Are Striving to Give Nothing Away, but Both Appear Ready for a Changing of the Guard at CityFIVE Things to Look out for Tonight
PEP Guardiola is heading for England, and Manuel Pellegrini sounds increasingly like a manager who knows he will be succeeded in the summer.The Bayern Munich boss has made it plain that he is quitting the Bundesliga at the end of the season and he wants...
Police Launch Manhunt after Girl, 13, Raped on Footpath
POLICE have launched a manhunt after a 13-year-old girl was raped as she walked along a footpath.The teenager was attacked as she went along the path which leads between Mainway East and Wince Close in Middleton, Rochdale, after getting off the bus.She...
Position: 10th Top Four: 40-1
STOKE City pushing for Europe? Who would have predicted suggesting that back in August as Mark Hughes' men got off to a slow start and failed to win in their opening six games. Since then, star new players have settled in, other key personnel have returned...
Position: 13th Relegation: 28-1
HAVING enjoyed such a fantastic season last time out, this campaign has been very up and down for Southampton.It started slowly, including a disappointing early elimination from the Europa League, then picked up, before falling very flat again in more...
Position: 2nd Title Odds: 25-1 AFTER a Truly[.]
Position: 2nd Title odds: 25-1 AFTER a truly stunning and memorable first half of the campaign, Leicester are suddenly capable of pulling off a top-four finish.At least. Given they were top at Christmas, some are asking if they can stay the course and...
Position: 6th Top Four: 20-1
LAST season it was uncertainty about the manager's future. This year it might be injuries.For the second campaign running, a promising start is in danger of being undone at Upton Park.West Ham were fourth at Christmas last season, but the doubts over...
Position: 7th Top Four: 12-1
CRYSTAL Palace kick off 2016 with their bid to secure European football for the first time in the club's history bang on schedule.The Eagles have continued to be terrific on the road, with only Arsenal and Leicester matching the number of victories achieved...
Position: Top Title Odds: 11-8 AFTER 12 Years [...]
Position: Top Title odds: 11-8 AFTER 12 years of waiting this could finally be Arsenal's Premier League moment.One of the most open title races for years is unfolding and the Gunners have emerged as the leading contenders for many.Arsene Wenger's side...
Practice Makes Perfect as Cips Kicks On
DANNY Cipriani says his man-of-thematch display, which helped inspire Sale to a vital Premiership win over Wasps last weekend, served as payback to his Sharks team-mates.Though the England flyhalf has been in excellent form this season, he had missed...
Ramos Rumours Inspired Smalling to Best Year Yet
UNITED defender Chris Smalling has admitted transfer talk has inspired his fantastic form.United were linked with a big-money move for Real Madrid centrehalf Sergio Ramos in the summer before the Spaniard signed a new long-term deal at the Bernabeu.Smalling...
Royal Pride of Ex-Drug User Who Turned His Life around ; Inspirational Man Who Overcame 'Terrible' Childhood Is Nominated for Prince's Trust Award
N inspiring young man who drank and took drugs following years of unemployment was nominated for a royal award after turning his life around.Colin Raggett, 26, described his childhood as a "terrible" period in his life.He was taken into care and eventually...
Russell Pays Tribute to Storm Faithful after Sell-Out
MANCHESTER Storm general manager Neil Russell says he couldn't be prouder of the lengths his side's fans go to in order to support the team.Storm had their biggest attendance of the season so far against Sheffield Steelers on New Year's Day, with the...
School Now under Scrutiny as Head Faces Investigation ; Review Launched after Reports of 'Power Struggle'between Governors and Academy Trust
root-and-branch review is under way at a school where a Ahead teacher is under investigation.It is understood the board of governors is now being scrutinised at St Paul's Catholic High School in Wythenshawe.The head teacher, Fiona Minshall, has been...
SEYCHELLOISE Let Down [...]
..SEYCHELLOISE let down favourite-backers last time but she can make amends in the Daily Unibet Early Prices From 9am Handicap at Lingfield.1 43 2 E 6 b The four-year-old, trained by Sir Mark Prescott (pictured), was firing on all cylinders before Christmas,...
So, Just Where Have Jose's Champs Gone?
NOBODY could have predicted the chaos that would unfold at Chelsea this season.Jose Mourinho's Blues won the Premier League title with three games to spare last term, set a new record of 268 days at the top of the pile to underline their dominance, and...
Stars Pay Tribute to 'Driving Force Behind Bee Gees' ; Music World in Mourning as 'Creative Genius' Who Managed Manchester- Raised Brothers Dies at Age of 81
aFORMER manager of Manchester-raised music legends the Bee Gees has died.Robert Stigwood, who also managed 1960s rock group Cream and produced films including Grease and Saturday Night Fever, was 81.A cause of death hasn't been revealed, but music legends including...
Stroke of Genius
AMAN who took up painting just over a year ago as a stressbusting hobby is now an acclaimed artist.Tony Denton, 52, first took up painting 16 months ago as a way to unwind... but is now having his work displayed in Barcelona.The United fan has since...
Summer Joy Turns to Bleak Midwinter
THE hot days of a hopeful summer have given way to a bleak midwinter for Swansea City.By the end of August, the Welsh club had outplayed champions Chelsea to draw at Stamford Bridge, torn apart Newcastle at home and beaten Manchester United, following...
They Think It's All over ... It Isn't Now
AMAJOR new exhibition marking half a century since England's historic World Cup win is to be opened in Manchester.It is now 50 years since the Three Lions lifted the famous trophy at Wembley in 1966.And the National Football Museum has teamed up with...
Three Gang-Related Shootings in 10 Days
POLICE say a spate of shootings are all part of a 'tit for tat' row between organised crime gangs.Detectives are investigating three firearms incidents in Levenshulme in the space of 10 days.Officers were first scrambled to Lytham Road on Boxing Day...
Toure Forced to Dig Deep Again for Everton Test
YAYA Toure will be asked to dig deep once more for City as they face Everton in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final.And with Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini describing the away leg as being 'like a Champions League game', it could be that the Ivorian will...
Vic and Bob Tour Gets the Green Light from Docs
DOCTORS have given Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer the go ahead to play the second leg of their 25 Years of Reeves & Mortimer: The Poignant Moments Tour.The show, at Manchester's O2 Apollo on February 2, was in doubt after Mortimer was forced to pull out...
Walsall Win Can Kick-Start Dale's Campaign - Andrew
CALVIN Andrew believes Rochdale's 3-0 win at Walsall on Saturday is the confidence boost they need going into the new year.Andrew scored twice in the victory over the Saddlers, who topped League One before the game, which saw Dale climb to ninth."It...
Wednesdayhappenings
LAST CHANCE TO SEE / THE BODYGUARD There are just a few days left to catch this award-winning West End smash, starring three-time Brit nominee and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke as Rachel Marron. A role famously played by Whitney Houston, Alexandra's...
Young Spirit Galvanising Nervous Reds
ASHLEY Young, it seems, has been battling against the odds under Louis van Gaal.Last March after an impressive display against Sunderland at Old Trafford the United boss was being questioned on the versatile midfielder's form.The Dutchman is notoriously...
Zidane Gives Giggs Hope of United Job
RYAN Giggs will be hoping that Zinedine Zidane quickly turns Real Madrid into a trophy winning machine.The decision of Bernabeu president Florentino Perez to promote the 43-year-old club legend from his coaching role with B team Castilla to the main...
Zidane Sparks Red Alert on Move for Bale
UNITED'S hopes of signing Gareth Bale have been boosted after new Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane revealed the Welsh international's disappointment following the sacking of Rafa Benitez.Bale is a long-term target for United, who are prepared to pay...
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