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Articles from January 3, 2019

21st Century Class Goes Old School
AH, that famous adage that school days are the best days of your life. And we might each think that our own era was the best of the lot - in terms of the classes, dinners, toys, uniform, technology, discos and playtimes, but now a group of 21st century...
'30,000' of Us Have Binned the Booze to Have a Dry January
MORE than 30,000 people in Manchester are thought to have quit drinking for Dry January this year.Around one in ten drinkers in the UK are planning to start the new year with an entire month of sobriety, according to the charity Alcohol Change UK.That's...
80,000 Homes in the Region Don't Have Mains Gas Supply
MORE than 80,000 homes in Greater Manchester are not connected to the gas network Figures released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy show that 82,289 homes in our area are without access to mains gas.Of the 1,169,114 homes...
Abuse of Blue Badge Scheme Sees a Person in Court Each Week
EVERY week one person is prosecuted in Manchester for abusing the disabled parking scheme, according to official figures.Across England, 1,215 people were prosecuted for misuse of the Blue Badge scheme in the 12 months to the end of March - and 52 were...
Airport Train Service 'Most Overcrowded'
A TRAIN service to Manchester Airport was the most-overcrowded route in Britain last year, says the Labour Party.The 4.22am train from Glasgow Central to the airport had twice the number of passengers as the service was designed to carry, it said Overcrowding...
"Alarming Rise" in Police Use of Force against Black People
BLACK people are disproportionately likely to be on the receiving end of the use of force by the police.New Ministry of Justice figures show that 313,137 people in England and Wales had police force used against them in 2017/18.This includes things like...
Analysis
¦ GOALKEEPERS UNION ONE of the more intriguing battles tonight will be between the two Brazilians at opposite ends of the Etihad pitch.Ederson and Alisson compete for the right to be Brazil's No. 1, with the City goalkeeper coming out on top, and now...
Best of the Rest
21 KIDS AND COUNTING CHANNEL 4, 9PM THE clue is in the title: Britain's biggest family is about to get even bigger.When we last caught up with them a year ago, Noel and Sue Radford were at 20 Kids and Counting, with the arrival of baby Alfie - who they...
Blues Need Hunger to Stay in the Hunt
PEP Guardiola admits it has been harder for City to keep their motivation in this year's Premier League title race - and Liverpool have not helped.It was a significant year for many Blues last season as while the team celebrated their third win in seven...
Cancer Breathalyser Which Detects Disease to Be Tested
A BREATHALYSER test that could revolutionise cancer diagnosis is being trialled in Britain.The Breath Biopsy device is designed to detect cancer hallmarks in molecules exhaled by patients.Scientists hope it will lead to a simpler, cheaper method of spotting...
Changes Are in Store for Rochdale's Town Centre
ANYONE who has set foot in Rochdale town centre in recent months will know big changes are afoot.The steel frame of what will become the Rochdale Riverside development's new Reel Cinema now looms above the Smith Street Metrolink stop.Foundations for...
Club's Appeal after Football Medal Stolen
THIEVES who ruined a Christmas Day breakfast for the homeless and lonely after smashing up a football club also made off with a rare FA Trophy winners medal.Curzon Ashton FC's Tameside Stadium in Ashton-under-Lyne was broken into in the early hours of...
Corrections and Complaints
If we have published anything that is factually inaccurate, please contact the editor on 0161 211 2920 at newsdesk@men-news.co.uk or at Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham OL9 8EF and, once verified, we will correct it as soon as possible.The...
Councils Prove Rubbish at Taking Fly-Tippers to Court
COUNCILS in Greater Manchester spent thousands of pounds sending warning letters to fly-tippers last year - but only prosecuted a handful of people.The latest government figures revealed that there were 38,099 incidents of fly-tipping recorded in our...
Deliberate Fires Are on the Increase
FIREFIGHTERS in Greater Manchester were called out to nearly 20 deliberate outdoor fires a day last year - and the number is on the rise.New information released by the Home Office reveals the extent and detail of outdoor fires across our region.It shows...
Don't Be Fooled by False Economies
It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking you're saving money, when really you're wasting it. VICKY SHAW finds out how to dodge 'bad' dealsSOMETIMES, in the quest to save money, we can end up spending more than we would have done in the first place.Seven...
Don't Let Christmas Sink Your Credit Score
MISSED bill payments surge in January as people struggle to keep on top of their finances after the festive spending spree.Analysis from credit checking company Clear-Score reveals that 30-yearolds are the most likely to miss a payment or default after...
Fahy: Police Right to Treat Stabbings as Terror Attack
POLICE were right to treat the Victoria Station stabbings as a terror attack, despite the suspect later being detained under the Mental Health Act, Greater Manchester's former top cop has said.Former GMP Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said the New Year's...
Fitness Is Costly in the City on Low Income
VIEWPOINTS Write to: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF Or email: viewpoints@men-news.co.ukINEVITABLY after the Christmas and New Year blow out, public health commentators in the media will complain about the...
How to Become Part of a Huge Nature Reserve
WHEN you are talking about nature, a word that often crops up in conversations is 'connectivity'.Connectivity is really important in the natural world, if wild places weren't connected then our wildlife would live in islands with no way to interact with...
It's Just Stupid What I Have Done
A FOOTBALLER jailed for causing the deaths of two siblings in a horror smash spoke of his 'embarrassment' after being hauled back to court for drinkdriving.Courtney Meppen-Walter, 24, a former City player who now appears for non-league Chorley, received...
It's Payback Time - Make Sure Firms Don't Take You for a Ride
IF YOU'RE worrying that you might have overspent this Christmas, don't panic. Here are four things you might not have thought of that can save you cash - and could mean you could also claim back money.CRAFTY DEBITS: A new form of payment - the continuous...
Javid's Doubt on 'Asylum Seekers'
HOME SECRETARY Sajid Javid has questioned whether migrants using small boats to make risky journeys across the English Channel are genuine asylum seekers.Speaking on a visit to Dover amid a "major incident" over the number of people attempting the journey...
Klopp Gives City Pep Talk with 'Best in Europe' Praise
JURGEN Klopp has responded to Pep Guardiola's comments that Liverpool are the best team in Europe - by directing a similar claim at City.Speaking ahead of the Blues' clash with Premier League leaders Liverpool, Klopp was asked what he thought of Guardiola's...
Lukaku Is Solskjaer's Tasty Sub of the Day
OLE Gunnar Solskjaer's most memorable impact as a player was off the bench and Romelu Lukaku may have inherited his substitute skill set. Twice he has emerged in United games under his new manager and twice he has scored.Just like Sammy Kuffour letting...
Man, 31, Quizzed over Murder of Dad-to-Be
A MAN was being questioned on suspicion of the murder of father-tobe Billy Livesley.The 31-year-old man was arrested by police during a series of dawn raids at properties across Wigan yesterday morning.He was held at a house in Hindley, police said.GMP...
May Urged to Apologise for Tory Role in Peterloo Massacre Party And
THERESA May has been urged to issue a public apology for the Peterloo Massacre 200 years on.The Tory Party was in government when in August, 1819, cavalrymen armed with sabres charged a peaceful gathering of protesters in the heart of Manchester, leaving...
Money Matters
QI INHERITED my father's house in 2004 and began renting it out. My wife and myself are now joint owners. Our youngest son and his family live there now. If they remain in the property until we die, will capital gains tax have to be paid? ATHERE is no...
Most of Annual Homes Fund Spent in 6 Months
MANCHESTER council has already spent more than twothirds of its annual budget for emergency housing payments in less than six months.Department for Work and Pensions figures show that the council spent £1.66m, between April and September last year, on...
New Year - New Holiday Destination
IT'S a new year - and one way to approach 2019 is to think of the 365 potential holiday days which lie ahead.From Athens to Abu Dhabi, from Casablanca to Cork - there are 198 destinations on offer if you fly from Manchester Airport. Here, we give you...
Ole Makes a Big Noise about Silencing Crowd
OLE Gunnar Solskjaer says he stressed the importance of gamemanagement in his team talk before United beat Newcastle.The Reds boss has emulated Sir Matt Busby's record of winning his first four league matches in charge after United overcame Newcastle...
Ole: Marcus Can Be Reds' Special Ron
OLE Gunnar Solskjaer expects Marcus Rashford to develop into a top-tier No.9 after his matchwinning performance against Newcastle.The United forward's free-kick led to Romelu Lukaku's 64th-minute opener and the 21-year-old then scored his third goal...
Patients Missing Appointments with GP Costs the NHS £216M
MISSED GP appointments cost £216 million a year, NHS England has said as it urged patients to cancel appointments rather than just not show up.More than 15 million GP appointments - around one in 20 - are being wasted annually because patients fail to...
Pep's Mission Is History in the Making
THE weight of history can be a significant burden to carry and Pep Guardiola believes it could yet crush Liverpool's dreams of a first league title in 29 years.City welcome Liverpool to the Etihad tonight needing to win to cut the gap to four points...
Pound Notes
MOTHERS 'MORE LIKELY THAN FATHERS TO ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO USE MONEY MANAGEMENT APPS' MUMS are more likely to instigate conversations about finances with their children, and rely on technology to facilitate this, according to new research from Fidelity...
Shame of Man Who Bit Police Officer's Finger
TWO female police officers were subjected to a tirade of abuse before one had their finger bitten, a court heard.Matthew Nolan, from Wythenshawe, shouted 's**g' at one of the officers and 'threatened to bite her head off' when the pair visited his home...
Sharks Boss Standing by His Methods
STEVE Diamond has defended his methods after a heated exchange with a journalist who had accused him of being a bully overshadowed Saturday's impressive victory over Gloucester.The Sale Sharks' director of rugby was keen to draw a line under the post-match...
The Look of Love for Newlywed Corrie Star Tina
CORONATION Street star Tina O'Brien and her new husband Adam Crofts gazed adoringly at each other as they left the King Street Townhouse hotel following their romantic New Year's Eve ceremony.The new Mr and Mrs Crofts gazed lovingly at each other outside...
THE Real Housewives of Cheshire [...]
THE Real Housewives of Cheshire star Rachel Lugo received a flood of support after she posted a cryptic message about 'cheating'.Rachel, who joined the sixth series of the ITVBe reality series last summer, was messaged by fans and co-stars after she...
There's Still Time to Get What You Really Wanted
THE presents have been unwrapped but did Santa bring you what you asked for? If the gift is not quite right, you might want to return it to the shop.According to a recent YouGov poll, this year the UK population will have received almost 60 million unwanted...
Vaioni Look to Future by Moving into Tomorrow
NETWORK operator Vaioni is relocating to a new head office in MEDIACITYUK as it aims to grow revenues to £20m in the next few years. The 5,000 sq ft office in the Tomorrow building will allow the team to continue to grow from 33 staff currently to over...
Vinny Says: 'Don't Risk KDB for Huge Clash'
CITY captain Vincent Kompany believes Pep Guardiola should not gamble on Kevin de Bruyne's fitness against Liverpool tonight.The Belgian missed the trip to Southampton on Sunday following his comeback from a second knee ligament injury of the season,...
We Had No Idea What We Were Running towards When We Heard Screams
A HERO police officer stabbed as he arrested a knifeman during a 'frenzied' attack at Victoria Station has told how 'instinct took over' as he rushed to help.Sgt Lee Valentine was one of four British Transport Police officers who were on the scene 'in...
'We've Been Better in Liverpool Clashes'
CITY could - and should - have won their last two meetings with league leaders Liverpool.And Bernardo Silva thinks his team can take heart from the belief they feel they were the better team in the 0-0 draw at Anfield this season, and in the second leg...
What We Ciaran Kelly
¦ THE BENCH MAKES THE DIFFERENCE DESPITE all their possession, the game was drifting away from United before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a decisive double substitution after the hour mark - throwing on both Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.It paid off...
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