The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from July 28, 1999

18 Swept to Their Deaths as Wild Water Turns Killer
A water adventure turned to tragedy when 18 people died and six were injured while "canyoning" in the Swiss Alps last night. Police said none of the victims who were rescued were British, but they were unable to confirm the nationalities and identities...
A False Sense of Security
What price the Northern Ireland peace process now? After the collapse - euphemistically described as "parking" - of the peace talks comes the revelation that the IRA or an allied group is trying to import more weapons into the province. Their interception...
Aircraft Hooligans to Face Jail
Passengers who disrupt cabin crew and cause trouble on aircraft are to face jail under a new Government crackdown on air rage, Transport Minister Ms Helen Liddell confirmed yesterday. She said: "Everybody is aware that there has been an increase...
Airport Terror Arsenal Seized
The Midlands is at the centre of an international investigation into IRA gun-running after weapons and ammunition were seized at Coventry Airport. Authorities at the airport X-rayed a package which had been sent from Fort Lauderdale in Florida and...
Anelka Pricing Himself out of Market
Arsenal last night made it plain they are prepared for a battle of wills and even a legal test case with rebel striker Nicolas Anelka after they called off his move to Italy and ordered him to report back to Highbury. It is an order which the 20-year-old...
Angry Parents Halt Traffic at Blackspot
A blockade by angry parents brought traffic outside a Sandwell school to a halt yesterday. The protest outside Holyhead primary school, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury, was held a week after seven-year-old pupil Leanne Rowley was critically injured after...
Arrested Briton Linked to Pounds 90m Spanish Drugs Ring
A Briton was yesterday named as a suspected ringleader of a Spanish drugs gang responsible for allegedly smuggling pounds 90 million of cannabis into Europe. Giles Lomax, owner of a speedboat company based close to the resort of Alicante, was among...
Atherton Targeting England Return and Roses Triumph
Mike Atherton's contribution for Lancashire in the NatWest Trophy quarter-final against Yorkshire at Old Trafford today is sure to come into sharper focus after England's humiliation in the second Test at Lord's on Sunday. One-day domestic cricket...
ATHLETICS British Prospect for Spanish Gold
Britain's athletes have been backed to strike gold at next month's World Championships in Spain. Birchfield Harriers golden girl Katharine Merry leads an 11-strong West Midland contingent that includes her clubmate Denise Lewis and her flatmate...
Barclays Crosses Pond Again for Chief
Barclays has appointed another North American as chief executive to replace Mr Michael O'Neill, who quit on health grounds in February after his first day in the job. Like Mr O'Neill, Mr Matthew Barrett will receive a pay and bonus package potentially...
Birkby Agrees to Mentmore Takeover
Birmingham-based workshop management group, Birkby, has agreed to be taken over by storage space group Mentmore Abbey for pounds 160 million in shares and cash. Birkby first admitted it was in talks last month as speculation saw its shares rise...
Blair Attack on Tory Anti-Europe `Extremism'
Mr Tony Blair yesterday launched his fightback against what he called extreme anti-Europeanism as he warned the Tories risked taking Britain out of the EU completely. On the same day as his party called for an overhaul in the proportional representation...
Blithe Spirits after Civic Visitation
I gather that spirits have been raised considerably at Droitwich's Norbury Theatre as a result of the visit by civic dignitaries last week. As I reported seven days ago, the theatre is facing substantial continuing expenditure in replacing stage...
BT Pays Pounds 3bn for Remaining Share in Cellnet
British Telecom strengthened its presence in mobile phones yesterday by taking full control Cellnet for pounds 3.15 billion. It has agreed to buy the outstanding 40 per cent from Securicor. The deal has been in the offing for some time and it...
Carpetbaggers Hit by Closure of Loophole
The future of the building society movement looks far more secure after MPs accepted the argument that mutuals should be given an even break. The Treasury Select Committee has recommended the closure of a legislative loophole that has given carpetbaggers...
Chelsea Star `Ripped off Woman's Clothes'
Chelsea footballer Celestine Babayaro ripped off the clothes of a young woman and indecently assaulted her while standing naked in the kitchen of his home, a court was told yesterday. The 20-year-old midfielder, paid around pounds 15,000 a week,...
Controversial Past of 'Millionaire's Club' Member; BACKGROUND
The intervention by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors into Southall & Co is not the first time the firm has been at the centre of controversy. Twenty-one years ago the firm's founder, Mr Peter Southall Snr, was named in a High Court...
Councillor Named over Abuse of Data
A Bromsgrove Labour councillor has been named in the Commons as forcing a council official to hand over confidential documents which were then used in an election campaign. Bromsgrove's Labour leader Coun Peter McDonald was named by the town's Tory...
Court Hands Down a Landmark Punishment
The pounds 1.5 million fine imposed on Great Western Trains yesterday was the largest ever amount under health and safety laws against a single company. The highest fine for an offence under the Health and Safety at Work legislation remains at pounds...
Criticism on All Fronts for Prescott's Policies
Mr John Prescott's handling of transport and the environment yesterday came under stinging attack from a cross-party committee of MPs. The deputy Prime Minister faced devastating criticism of almost every facet of his Environment, Transport and...
Dance Acts Put Mercury Judges in a Spin
Dance music dominated the Mercury Music Prize like never before with chart acts like Chemical Brothers, Underworld and Faithless making the shortlist announced yesterday. Pure mainstream pop acts were snubbed completely but bands like Blur and Manic...
Dando Named in Death-Threat Letters to Mandy
Mandy Allwood, the Midland woman who was pregnant with octuplets, has received death-threat letters linking the murder of Jill Dando to an extremist group's hate campaign against celebrity mixed race couples. The chilling letters link Ms Allwood...
Day of Judgment over Claims of TV Cartel Arrangements
A judge sitting in a relatively obscure courtroom in central London will today deliver a ruling which could change the face of domestic football. The case brought by the Office of Fair Trading against the Premier League, BSkyB and the BBC has been...
Demands for Library to Withdraw Paedophilia Book
Birmingham Central Library was at the centre of a censorship row last night after it refused to withdraw a "morally repugnant" book promoting paedophilia. Children's charities, victims of child abuse, and Christian campaigners called for the work...
'Dickensian' Atmosphere at Law Firm Facing Inquiry
Former employees of a Birmingham law firm, closed as part of a fraud investigation, have spoken of their concerns about the practice. One solicitor, Mr Ken Osman, who resigned in February, said: "It was very peculiar. The whole set up was unpleasant...
Doctor Denies Killing Patient with Diamorphine Overdose
A man suffering back pain died after calling a doctor and being given an overdose of diamorphine, a court was told. Dr Ferdinand Becker has denied a charge of manslaughter following the death of his patient, Mr Alan Townsend, of Mill Road, Cromer,...
Earl Votes for First Time since 1957 as Tories Defeat Lords Bill
A Midland Tory peer voted for the first time since the Suez crisis last night as the Government suffered a double defeat over its plans to abolish hereditary peers. The Earl of Coventry was part of an unusually high turnout of Conservative peers...
Europe Plea over Terror Case
The families of five Birmingham men charged with terrorism in the Yemen are appealing to the European Court to force the British Government to intervene in the trial. The move follows a failed case in the Court of Appeal by the sister of Shahid...
Executive Route to Openness
Sir, - I always believed that if you wanted to keep a secret, the last thing you did was to issue a press release on the matter. I was somewhat surprised therefore to see your leader column (July 23) headed "A city full of secrets". When I took...
Famine Warning Renewed as Aid Flights Banned
KHARTOUM: More than 150,000 people face starvation in Sudan after the government banned relief flights to an embattled area, the UN food agency has warned. Earlier this month, the Sudanese government banned aid flights to Western Upper Nile province,...
Fatal Plane Crash Remains a Mystery
Air accident investigators have failed to establish the cause of a plane crash which killed a pilot and instructor. The French instructor and a member of the Spanish Air Force with nearly 1,800 hours flying experience died when their Slingsby T67C...
From Humble Teller to Flamboyant Executive
The appointment of Irish-Canadian Matthew Barrett as Barclays chief executive brings him back to the city where he began his banking career as a humble trainee teller back in 1962. Mr Barrett, aged 54, began working in London for the Bank of Montreal...
FUNSEEKERS A Crafty Way to Amuse Kids; Stuck for Places to Visit over the Long Summer Holiday? the Midlands' Craft Centres Offer Something for Adults and Kids, Says Alan Green
School's out for summer, and this can be a time when all the family can be together for some fun and relaxation. But we all know that having the kids at home is often far from relaxing, unless they have something to do. All around us we are inundated...
GOLF Stunned Donald Bowled out as Smith Flies Midland Flag
Luke Donald, the top player in American college golf this year and a clear favourite to make the Walker Cup team, crashed out of the English Amateur Championship at the second round stage at St Mellion yesterday The 21-year-old from Buckinghamshire...
Government Shooting Itself in Foot over Self-Employed; Small Talk
Last week I had a jolly good moan over the Government's proposals to "crack down" on the self-employed. Fuelled by the Inland Revenue's belief that there is about pounds 500 million in unpaid tax to be collected, the Government has seen pound signs...
Greenalls Is Talk of the Tavern after Losing Its Fizz over Sales
Pubs and hotels group Greenalls had the froth knocked off it yesterday when it warned that full-year pretax profit before exceptionals would be "materially below market expectations". The company, owner of The Belfry, said both its Tavern and Pubs...
Handyman Dreamed of Killing Women
A motel handyman has described in detail how he killed a naturalist and three California national park tourists, saying he had fantasised about killing women since childhood. Cary Stayner told how he killed 26-year-old naturalist Joie Ruth Armstrong...
Health Trust Head to Lose Pounds 30,000 Contract
A public relations specialist at the centre of a row after being appointed head of a health trust is to lose a lucrative contract with a neighbouring hospital. Tories have called for an inquiry into potential conflicts of interest after the appointment...
High and Mighty View of Life
Whose attitude is more open to condemnation - the racist bigot who specifies that no black person should receive his donated organs after his death, or the doctor who refuses a heart transplant to handicapped children on the grounds that they make...
It's Just a Blot on the Skyscape
In case it has escaped your notice, we are teetering on the brink of an historical occasion. The solar eclipse on August 11 has prompted a rash of volumes with imaginative titles such as Your Guide To The Eclipse, answering all those burning questions...
I've Been Framed, Says Teacher Accused of Thai Child Sex Crime
A teacher at one of the top schools in the Midlands has been charged with having sex with a 14-year-old boy in Thailand. Philip Howarth, a magistrate and maths teacher at the Royal Wolverhampton School was arrested in Thailand's beach resort of...
Jagger Top of Pops Again as DNA Tests Show He Lied
Mick Jagger's spokesman yesterday confirmed blood tests have proved he is the father of Brazilian model Luciana Morad's son. The positive test paves the way for legal moves by Morad to prise a multi-million settlement from the veteran rocker to...
Jobs Boost as Capita Completes Call Centre
Outsourcing group Capita is to create 100 jobs in Coventry later this year after setting up a nationwide customer call centre. The pounds 2.1 million call centre will field calls from taxpayers who have inquiries about the provision of services...
Judge Orders GWT to Pay Pounds 1.5m for Lax Train Safety
Great Western Trains was yesterday fined a record pounds 1.5 million at the Old Bailey for jeopardising safety and putting passengers at risk in the Southall rail crash which killed seven people. Great Western Trains was guilty of a "dereliction...
Karaoke 'Slapped by Officer' Naval Commander Denies Drunken Assault
A Birmingham student on a summer deployment with the Royal Navy was slapped by an officer after singing a "slushy" song with him in a French karaoke bar, a court martial heard. Lt-Cmdr Richard Bird allegedly slapped honorary midshipman Catherine...
Keeping Promises Is the Way Forward
On Monday the Labour Government published its annual report. It demonstrates the great progress made during this parliamentary session in building a modern, fair and prosperous Britain. In the last 12 months, the Labour Government has been busy...
Korean Puppet-Master to Pull Daewoo Strings
South Korea yesterday imposed its will on the floundering Daewoo Group by getting government-controlled banks to take over the restructuring programme of the country's second-largest conglomerate. The move brought quick comfort to restive markets,...
Little in Line for Albion Hotseat
Civil war-torn West Bromwich Albion have thrown their chaotic close season into further disruption by sacking manager Denis Smith - just 11 days before the new campaign kicks off. And last night, it was former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa...
Lord Melchett Denied Bail over GM Crop Protest
The executive director of Greenpeace UK was in custody last night after being charged with damaging a field of genetically modified maize. Lord Peter Melchett, who was due to fly out for a family holiday in Tanzania today, was refused bail when...
Love Is the Drug - and Men Just Can't Say No to It
When lovers speak of a chemistry between them this is more than mere dewy-eyed romance. The good news is that a psychologist has identified the chemicals in the brain which are released during the initial stages of courtship. The bad news is...
Man Held after Woman Plunges to Her Death
Police were yesterday interviewing a man after a mother of two plunged to her death from the 14th floor of a tower block in Wolverhampton. The 24-year-old was discovered at the foot of the flats in Blakenhall Gardens on Tuesday night. She was...
Midshires Value Grows on Halifax
The Halifax has started to make Birmingham Midshires the vehicle for all the "niche lending" by the whole group, it was revealed in its first financial results since the takeover. And its promise to keep the building society as a separate business...
New Father Returns to the Bridge
A Navy captain who left his ship to be with his wife as she gave birth has rejoined HMS Iron Duke in time for its homecoming. Commander Clive Johnstone flew off the frigate to be with his wife Alison when she gave birth on Monday. But just hours...
New Rules Curb Foreign Donations to Political Parties
Donations to political parties of pounds 5,000 or more will be made public under reforms to party funding announced yesterday by the Government. Home Secretary Mr Jack Straw told the Commons it would be made unlawful for a party to receive donations...
Newspaper Was Right to Sack Smelly Reporter
An industrial tribunal has ruled a newspaper was within its rights to sack a reporter because he was smelly and scruffy. Ian White, aged 36, had claimed unfair dismissal against Newsquest, the owners of the Kidderminster Shuttle. White, of Bell...
No Defence Condemns Cashless Boss; THE SMITH YEARS AT WEST BROMWICH ALBION Failure to Improve Albion's Rearguard Cost Denis Smith His Job, Writes Adrian Milledge
"We can still get promotion," Denis Smith said on becoming West Bromwich Albion's manager. It was an appropriate soundbite for a new manager to deliver at any stage of a season. With Smith appointed on Christmas Eve, it was even more fitting. ...
Orphan Mourns at Funeral of Parents Killed in Joyride Crash
A six-year-old girl was yesterday among mourners at the funeral of her parents, who were killed in a crash involving a stolen car. Connie Watson joined more than 2,000 people paying their last respects to Justin and Charmaine Watson, who died in...
Party Poopers Pounce in the City That Never Sleeps; Letter from Madrid
Summertime and the living is easy in Europe's capital of night-time fun - unless you're a neighbour trying to get some sleep. Partying all night in the bars and discos that jam this city's rabbit warren of narrow streets and picturesque plazas is...
Pop Stars Escape from Hotel Room Fire Drama
Members of pop pin-ups Five were taken to hospital yesterday after a mysterious blaze wrecked their Dublin hotel room. Richard "Abs" Breen and Scott Robinson suffered smoke inhalation and burns after Robinson's Berkeley Court Hotel room caught fire....
Post Files
Though the Nixon administration didn't exactly scream comedy, Dick, the new picture about the series of bungled events that led to the president's resignation, does. Columbia Pictures and Phoenix Pictures gave audiences the chance to revisit the...
Post Style: BEAUTY & the BEACH; Hannah Stephenson Offers Some Handy Tips on Packing Those Little Essentials for Holiday Time
It's holiday time, the suitcase is crammed but you've still got to squeeze in those beauty essentials to ensure you look your best on the beach and in the bar. There's the suntan lotion, after-sun and moisturisers, along with waterproof mascara,...
Post Style: Dreams Hanging by a Thread; Jo Ind Meets Amanda Glanville Whose Consuming Passion Is to Revive the Ancient Art Form of Bead Making
When Amanda Glanville was in York recently, she saw a woman wearing a jacket with beautiful, unusual beads sewn on to the collar. Amanda, who is from Coventry, instantly recognised the beads - she had made them. "It's a fantastic feeling when...
Post Style: Everyone's Going Loca for His Latin Groove; He Stopped the Traffic on London's Oxford Street at a Record Signing, His Single Went Straight to Number One. Why Are Cool English Girls Hot for Ricky Martin, Asks Phil Gould?
Big things are predicted for hip-swivelling Ricky Martin. The 27-year-old Latin heart-throb may have been a huge star around the world for the past two years, but it has taken an English language album, a charismatic performance at this year's Grammy...
Post Style: FASHION ON THE BEACH; in a Rejection of All Things Synthetic and Genetically Modified Fashion, Styling Will Be Simple and Materials Will Be Natural
It is time to take out the crystal ball and cast your mind forward 12 months. In the fashion world, time marches on in its kitten heels. While we are just warming up for winter and practising our cork-popping technique, as far as the retail buyers...
Post Style: HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE; However Useful Computers and Photocopiers Might Be, the Telephone Is Arguably the Most Essential Piece of Office Equipment. Jo Ind Finds out How to Use It Well
Used correctly the telephone is a potent time-saver. Even with fax and e-mail, telephones are still invaluable as a way of getting jobs done. The phone enables you to contact people you might otherwise have to travel to see. It enables you to clear...
Post Style: Jo Ind's Diary
I like hairy armpits. I speak as someone who has only ever attempted to remove one hair from her body and that was from her eyebrow. I was doing it out of curiosity but it hurt so much when I yanked it with a pair of tweezers I gave up before...
Post Style: Proud and Colourful Old Bird; TABLE TALK Although Some Dishes Are Missing a Little Something, Laurence McCoy Finds Plenty to Recommend the Small Pub with Big Ideas. RATING: 44 Good Food at Reasonable Prices 444 Quality Cooking Worth a Detour
If reputation is anything to go by, the Peacock Inn at Tenbury Wells is off to a flying start. This traditional country pub has been well established for years as one of the more popular eating places out in the wilds of Worcestershire, on the main...
Post Style: Rediscover Cupboard Love; INTERIORS
When you can't afford, or don't need, new kitchen cabinets, there is still a lot you can do to transform your kitchen. Jo Ind reports. Fittings tribute - some new accessories can work wonders in revitalising your kitchen and at a relatively low...
Punch Gets Go-Ahead for Allied Deal
The pounds 2.725 billion deal clinched last week for the sale of Allied Domecq's 3,600-strong estate of pubs and restaurants to Punch Taverns has been given the legal all-clear yesterday, despite objections from disappointed rival bidder Whitbread....
Raven's Bad Day Adds to Gloom; West Bromwich Albion 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Paul Raven was grateful for the few fans who did turn up for his testimonial - especially as it was a few more than had bothered on Saturday - but he could still be forgiven for thinking he'd been shortchanged, with just 2,989 fans coming through the...
Rudi's Pet Fit to Burst through as Class Act
Rudi's Pet continued his transformation from handicap also-ran to record one of the fastest five-furlong times in history in the Group Three King George Grosvenor Casinos Stakes on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood yesterday. There were 10 duck...
Saddlers in Chase for Vital Ring of Confidence
Walsall manager Ray Graydon is looking to see his side capture last season's mood of defiance as they continue their pre-season campaign at Gresley Rovers tonight. The Saddlers boast a 100 per cent record from their countdown to Division One football...
`Safety before Profit' in Air Traffic Control Sell-Off
The Government yesterday announced a part-privatisation of air traffic control services that could secure pounds 1 billion of investment over ten years. Announcing the plans, Deputy Prime Minister Mr John Prescott promised safety would come before...
Screwfix Goes French in Pounds 3.8m Deal
French based DIY company Castorama, part of Kingfisher, is to buy small UK mail order company Screwfix which has net assets of pounds 3.8 million. Screwfix, the e-commerce supplier of building, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and maintenance products,...
Skinflint Takes over at Barclays; City View
Barclays' latest chief executive-designate, Mr Matthew Barrett, is a skinflint. Unlike Mr Michael O'Neill, the previous North American lined up for the job, he is not sinking pounds 5 million of his own money in Barclays shares. There was an...
St Modwen's Expertise Toasted with Double Tonic
St Modwen yesterday confirmed suspicions that it had had a record first half by producing a near-doubling in profits. Shares in the company rose 5p to a high for the year of 91p as it reported profits of pounds 12.9 million, up from pounds 6.6 million...
Strong Foundations Boost Bryant; House Prices Rise to Pounds 140,000 Average
Builders are enjoying the best conditions since the 1980s boom, according to Bryant Group. The Solihull-based group reported a 22 per cent increase in earnings and is generating the sort of profit margins it has not enjoyed for ten years. Over...
SWIMMING Pickering Anchor of British Relay Record
Veteran sprinter Mark Foster added two more bronze medals to Britain's tally at the European Long Course Championships in Istanbul yesterday. But the swim of the day for Britain belonged to veteran freestyler Karen Pickering. The 28-year-old...
Team Mates
Team mates: Benckiser's chief Mr Bart Becht (left) will be chief executive of the merged company with Reckitt's Mr Alan Dalby as chairman. Reckitt and Benckiser can clean up after merger Troubled household goods group Reckitt & Colman...
Tears of Wicked Schoolgirls Who Murdered Frail Widow
Two schoolgirls were yesterday ordered to be detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure after being convicted of the "unspeakably wicked" murder of a 71-year-old widow. A jury at Manchester Crown Court took four hours to find the 15-year- olds guilty of...
Telecoms Help Footsie Get a Firm Hold; Market Report
The London stock market broke its run of falls, closing firmly ahead. After seven consecutive sessions of losses in which pounds 90 billion was wiped from the value of shares, the Footsie finally put in a positive showing yesterday, closing up 93.7...
TENNIS Rafter Takes Pleasure in Toppling Sampras
There is an added pleasure for Pat Rafter in becoming world No 1 - he knows it will annoy Peter Sampras. The Australian, who took over the top ranking from French Open champion Andre Agassi on Monday, makes no secret of his rivalry with Sampras...
The Jack the Lad Who Sings His Own Song; Tales of Boozy Exploits Aside, Keith Allen's Back in Another Sobering Role, Says Gabriel Roberts
The music is blaring out and actor Keith Allen appears to be enjoying the beat. "Can you believe it?" he laughs and thrusts the CD case into my hand. The track in question is Barbara Windsor duetting with Mike Reid, aka Frank Butcher from EastEnders....
Theme for the Day
She had a problem: some people had told her that her mother's love for her wasn't goodness, but a different sort of love, because her mother wasn't a Christian. I never met her mum so I'm not sure why they said she wasn't a Christian - perhaps they...
The World According To.Sid Langley
He'd begun to suspect he was getting old, a (younger) colleague said this week. Then he put three things together which confirmed it for him. 1. He has a garden centre card. 2. Taxis will stop for him in Broad Street at 1am. 3. Without him...
Tide Turns as Water Firms Told to Cut Bills
Severn Trent customers can expect to see their water bills slashed by an average of pounds 30 next year followed by four years of no rises. Industry regulator Mr Ian Byatt also proposed South Staffordshire Water axe their bills by about pounds 4....
Topps Can Continue to Hit Heights Thanks to Changing Rooms Culture
How has Topps Tiles, the seller of bathroom and floor tiles, managed to boost sales even in a retail downturn? Mainly it is because Britain's householders, after years of being Europe's lowest users of tiles, are changing their ways. As more...
Top Two Pull out of National Squad over Cash Problems
England's top women table tennis players, Nicola Deaton and Andrea Holt, have withdrawm from the British team for the world championships in Eindhoven, Holland, next week in a cash protest. Holt, 28, from Manchester, and Deaton, 22, from Chesterfield...
Trying to Figure out the Art of Feminism; Second Skin/Totally Tactile Sculptures/Wolverhampton Art Gallery Genetica/Light House, Wolverhampton
The 1980s brought an international revival of figurative painting, with results which in some cases already look seriously dated. Eileen Cooper's paintings reflect this period in their combination of deliberately crude or childlike drawing and strong,...
Unlucky No 13 Joins Hawthorns' Casualty List; GED Scott Wonders at the Warring Baggies Sense of Timing over Denis Smith's Sacking
It's 13 long years since West Bromwich Albion were in the top flight - and the almost Wolves-like desperation to get back there has now cruelly claimed another victim. Since the glory years enjoyed by Ron Atkinson two decades ago, there have been...
Volkswagen Steers Steady Course after Small Gains
Volkswagen first-half net profit rose 1.7 per cent, making the German car maker cautious about its full-year earnings. "Despite the welcome development in sales and earnings in the first-half we remain cautious in our assessment of the whole-year,"...
Warwicks Told `Take Care with Donald'
South African cricket officials are planning to hold discussions with Warwickshire pacemen Allan Donald regarding his future as an international player. Dr Ali Backer, managing director of the United Cricket Board (UCB), believes Donald could play...
Why We Mustn't Ban This Vile, Repulsive Book; the Price of Freedom of Speech Is Defending the Right of People to Publish Repellent Views, Says Jason Beattie
It would be easy to write that Tom O'Carroll's book Paedophilia: The Radical Case is a nasty, corrupting piece of work which should never have been published. The sexual molestation of children is perhaps the most abhorrent of all crimes after murder...
Zone of Tolerance Better for All
Sir, - My call for a zone of tolerance, well away from residential areas, where prostitutes can ply their trade, (Post, July 7) has elicited a response from Ms Carol Lennox, project manager for the health authority's Safe Sex Outreach programme. Could...