The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from January 20, 2007

A Glimmer of Light for Savers; PERSONAL FINANCE
Byline: TREVOR LAW If, as it seems likely, Gordon Brown becomes the next prime minister, he doesn't seem to be trying to win easy votes from financial advisers. Yet again, in his pre- Budget report in December he went back on his word with regard...
America Denies Korean Claim on Nuclear Weapons Programme Pact
North Korea said it reached an unspecified agreement with the US this week on its nuclear weapons programme, but America's top nuclear envoy said yesterday he was unaware of any such deal. North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the talks between US...
Another Rate Rise Could Come Early Next Month
Byline: By John Cranage Business Staff Another rise in interest rates could come as early as February following figures showing that shoppers went on a bigger than expected spending spreeat Christmas. The 1.1 per cent rise in retail sales volumes...
Athletics: Douglas' Winter of Content; Nathan Douglas Is Finally over His Injury Woes
Byline: Brian Dick reports Nathan Douglas is a member of the rarest breed in British athletics - a man ranked inside the world's top ten for his event. In fact the species is so endangered the Erdingtonbased triple jumper accounts for one half...
Birmingham Post and Mail Set for Move to Aston Science Park Site
The Birmingham Post and Mail could be about to move to a new home in Birmingham city centre and head to a site at Aston Science Park. The company is in the advanced stages of leaving its current building in Weaman Street, which it has occupied since...
Boom Time for 21st Century Servants; RICH LIVING the Spirit of Upstairs Downstairs Is Alive and Kicking in 21st Century Britain with a Booming Market for Servants
Byline: By RICHARD McCOMB What's the point in being a millionaire if you've still got to lay the fire, pour the port and park the Bentley? It is a question any self-respecting fledgling tycoon asks and it is no surprise that they come to the...
Brum May Be BBC of Digital Age
Byline: By Rhona Ganguly Birmingham will battle it out to become the host of a new national digital media service, it has been revealed. Communications regulator Ofcom yesterday said it would be releasing a document on Wednesday, to highlight...
Call Me Mr Sustainability; Joanna Geary Meets Quentin Leiper, Director of Engineering and Environment at Wolverhampton- Based Carillion, a Man with a Bond-Esque Nickname 'Q'
Byline: Joanna Geary You wouldn't know by looking at him, but Quentin Leiper likes nothing better than hurtling across the beaches of south-west England in a kite-powered buggy. This pastime seems at odds with the Carillion director's image and...
Carbon Zero Areas May Get Grants
Byline: By Joanna Geary The Government could introduce new "zero carbon zones" in areas that pump the most carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Speaking at a summit of England's eight largest cities at Birmingham's International Convention Centre,...
Changes at AWM to Drive Policy Forwards
Two new corporate directors have been appointed to join the management team at regional development agency Advantage West Midlands. Mark Pearce has been promoted to head up economic regeneration and Tim Gebbels will take over at strategy and communications....
Chinese Grocery Store That Just Kept Growing; Wing Yip Is the UK's Leading Chinese Grocer and in the Top 50 of the Midland's Rich List, to Be Published in the Post on Thursday
Byline: By ALISON JONES There is a room at the back of the Wing Yip supermarket. It's not much to look at. There's a studded leather chair that wouldn't look out of place in a gentlemen's club and clocks on the wall showing the time in London,...
Chinese Junk Delivers Up Its Valuable Watery Secrets; RICH TREASURES the Prize Wreckage of a Sunken Ship Is to Go Up for Auction, Harry Hawkes Reports
Byline: Harry Hawkes reports Thousands of delicate antique Chinese porcelain pieces salvaged from a sunken ship could fetch more than two million euros when they go under the hammer at Sotheby's in Amsterdam. The sale of the 76,000 pieces, found...
City Scientists in Race to Beat Arsenic Poisoning
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent The lives of millions of people who are being slowly poisoned by arsenic in Asia could be saved thanks to the work of scientists in Birmingham. Between 200,000 and 270,000 are expected to die in...
Confidence Drop Hits Jewellery
Byline: By John Revill The downturn in consumer confidence is hitting British jewellery firms which have seen a massive reduction in the number of gold items sold, Birmingham's Assay Master told a meeting yesterday. Michael Allchin said the British...
Cricket: An Entertaining Tour around Cricket at Its Most Eccentric; BOOK REVIEW Slogging the Slavs by Angus Bell Fat Controller Media 4sportsbooks.Co.UK Price: Pounds 9.99
Byline: Peter Sharkey Should the England and Wales Cricket Board be contemplating a future destination for an England tour, one where the chances of success are a good deal better than the present haul round Australia, they might well consider going...
Cricket: England Ire as Hussey Takes Edge
Byline: By Richard Gibson in Brisbane Michael Hussey controversially scrambled Australia to victory over England at the Gabba yesterday. Hussey quelled a valiant England defence of 155 all out as the hosts triumphed by four wickets in the fourth...
Cricket: Steyn and Harris Offered Share of Warwicks' Role
Byline: By George Dobell Chief Cricket Writer Warwickshire have confirmed that they have offered contracts to Dale Steyn and Paul Harris for the 2007 season. The South African pair will share the duties of second overseas player, with Steyn pencilled...
Cricket: Verbal Volley Inspired Edgy Hussey
Byline: By Richard Gibson in Brisbane World No 1 batsman Michael Hussey claimed his latest match - winning innings was inspired by England's verbal volley at the Gabba here yesterday. Hussey, whose unbeaten 46 saw Australia to victory by four...
Don't Be Panicked into Remortgage
Homeowners should not be panicked by rising interest rates into remortgaging, experts have warned. Mortgage providers have raised their standard variable rates, revised tracker deals and pulled fixed-rate offerings - including some former "best...
Europeans Fight to Restore Services
Europeans yesterday laboured to restore services across the continent after hurricane-force winds toppled trees, brought down power lines and damaged buildings, killing at least 32 people and disrupting travel for tens of thousands. Berlin's new...
Family Devastated by Loss of BIA Boss, Says Widow
The wife of the managing director of Birmingham International Airport, who was killed in this week's storms, has described him as "a wonderful husband and father". Richard Heard died near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, after a branch fell through his car...
Fearful Goody Departs in a Flood of Tears
Byline: By Emma Brady Big Brother veteran Jade Goody became the third person to be evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house last night. The 25-year-old former dental nurse was booted off the reality show after being accused of racism following...
Final Salary Pension Schemes to Die out by 2012, Says Towers Perrin; PERSONAL FINANCE
Byline: By Jennifer Hill Business correspondent Employees could be in line for an effective 10 per cent pay cut as companies sound the death knell of final salary pension schemes. The schemes will die out completely by 2012 in favour of less...
Football: Bruce's Plan Blown Away by the Storm
Byline: By Hyder Jawad Chief Sports Writer Steve Bruce was last night cursing the weather that caused a second Birmingham City match in eight days to be postponed. Birmingham's match at Leicester City, scheduled for 5.15pm today, was called off...
Football: Causeway Determined to Savour the Moment; NON-LEAGUE: FA VASE
Byline: By Colin Stoner There will be no disguising the fact that Causeway United will face the biggest game in their 50-year history today. For one thing, the players from the Black Country side will be treated just like Wolverhampton Wanderers...
Football: Downes Blow Takes Gloss off Redditch's Trophy Delight; NON-LEAGUE NATIONWIDE NORTH
Redditch United's joy following their FA Trophy heroics has been dissipated by news that midfielder Lee Downes will be ruled out until March. Downes was suspended for the stunning upset against Conference leaders Dagenham & Redbridge but his...
Football: Evesham Hoping Unwanted Sequence Is Drawing to a Close; NON-LEAGUE
Evesham United have become the draw specialists in the Midlands Division but it is doing little to help them hit the promotion jackpot. The Robins will be bidding to end a sequence of five successive draws - taking their tally to 12 in 22 matches...
Football: Fleming Stiffens Wolves Defence; Coca-Cola Championship: WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS V CARDIFF CITY
Byline: By Ged Scott Dave Jones has all sorts of reasons to remember the past when he returns to Molineux with his faltering Cardiff City side today. Quite apart from being back at the club where he spent almost four years, with mixed success,...
Football: Foy Aims to Keep Right on to the End of the Road; NON-LEAGUE: FA VASE Colin Stoner Meets a Man Driven by the Thought of Victory
Byline: Colin Stoner Even some of his old friends cannot believe David Foy is still running around on a pitch and kicking a football. It's nothing to do with the fact that the Stratford Town midfielder is approaching official 'veteran' status...
Football: Lambs' Build-Up Blown off Track; NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE
Byline: By Colin Stoner It's only two weeks since Tamworth were welcoming the BBC and millions of armchair viewers to the Lamb for their FA Cup tie with Norwich City. But player-manager Mark Cooper has no doubts which fixture deserves the billing...
Football: Landmark TV Deal and 'Superstar' Rule Cleared Becks' Path; BUSINESS OF SPORT
Byline: PETER SHARKEY Towards the end of November, I met a New York-based sports agent in London named Hank Kennedy as speculation about David Beckham's probable departure from Real Madrid assumed commercial legitimacy. A few days later, convinced...
Football: Mature Mackey Still Has a Dream; NON-LEAGUE: FA VASE
Ben Mackey will never forget the day he got the nod ahead of Gary McSheffrey and became the youngest player in Coventry City's history. Nor will he forget how he wasted the chance to really make a longer lasting impression as a professional footballer....
Football: Money Wary of Fight with the Unpredictable; League Two
Byline: By Ged Scott Walsall manager Richard Money sends his table-topping Saddlers out to battle at Field Mill to face Mansfield Town today warning them that their promotion fight is not going to get any easier. Money was particularly happy...
Football: More Soldiers Needed to Address Midfield Imbalance
Byline: By Hyder Jawad West Bromwich Albion will remain vulnerable away from home for as long as they lack an optimum balance between what Tony Mowbray calls their "artists and soldiers". That is Mowbray's view and he should know, having failed...
Football: Mullen Tempts Payne Back into Timely Action after Chasetown Target Curtis; NON-LEAGUE BGB MIDLANDS
Byline: By Colin Stoner Stuart Payne will be back on familiar territory when he makes his Stourport Swifts debut at Bromsgrove Rovers today. The striker had two spells for Rovers in a roller-coaster career, which included a record-breaking move...
Football: Perfect Opportunity for Villa to End Points Slump; SPREAD BETTING
Byline: By Andrew French If Aston Villa are to bring a much-needed end to their current alarming slump, then the visit of basement boys Watford must present the ideal opportunity - the Hertfordshire club have not won at Villa Park since December...
Football: Room for All - but Why? Hyder Jawad on the Mystery of the Missing Thousands That Is Troubling Midlands Football
Byline: Hyder Jawad Half-empty stadiums never look good but they do tell a story. For both Aston Villa and Birmingham City, it is a story of loss and frustration. They might ask themselves a key question: where have 10,000 missing fans gone? ...
Football: Three Wise Men Uplift Robinson; Coca-Cola Championship: Leeds United V West Bromwich Albion
Byline: By Hyder Jawad In nearly three years at The Hawthorns, Paul Robinson has seen West Bromwich Albion go from one extreme to the other. The left-back played under Gary Megson when the only tactic was trying to win 1-0. He played under Bryan...
Football: Ugly Win Looks an Attractive Proposal; Odds & Evens
Byline: By Peter Sharkey Aston Villa's alarming fall down the Premiership table has become the cause of some concern among their long-suffering fans but it must surely end when they face bottom club Watford at home this afternoon, a match they start...
Football: Underperforming Players Feeling Weight of Fans'expectation as Page Denies Divisions in Sky Blues Dressing-Room
Byline: By Ged Scott Coventry City captain Robert Page has poured scorn on the suggestion that a split dressing room might have cost manager Micky Adams his job. Adams was sacked on Wednesday morning, to trigger the search for the seventh Sky...
Football: Villa Need to Sparkle for O'Neill; Barclays Premiership: ASTON VILLA V WATFORD
Byline: By Hyder Jawad Aston Villa's run of 12 matches without a victory has created ripples of anxiety at Villa Park but Martin O'Neill, now in his sixth month as manager, is hoping that the experience will strengthen him. Not since November...
Football: Why Bruce Is Fearful of Upson Sale; Coca-Cola Championship
Byline: By Hyder Jawad Steve Bruce knows from personal experience that selling a high-profile player can not only damage a team's aspirations, it can set a club back five years. The Birmingham City manager is mindful - fearful, even - of the...
Football: Young Says Yes to Villa Record Pounds 9.65m Move
Byline: By Hyder Jawad Chief Sports Writer Ashley Young has verbally agreed to join Aston Villa and, subject to a medical, will become the most expensive player in the club's history. Villa will eventually pay Watford pounds 9.65 million for...
Ford Boss Gives Up Personal Travel by Corporate Jet
The head of Ford's money-losing North American operations has told employees that he had given up use of a corporate jet for personal travel after the expensive benefit came under fire. Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, had been granted...
Gas Prices Come to the Boil; PERSONAL FINANCE
Byline: By Jeremy Gates Special Correspondent It took only a few days of the new year for British Gas to regain a position it held with little challenge through 2006 - that of one of the biggest threats to severely stretched household budgets across...
Getting into the Mind of a Multi-Millionaire; RICH QUALITIES Fancy Yourself as the Next Bassi, Caudwell or Bamford? Discover What You'll Need to Join the Ranks of the Super-Rich
Byline: By PAUL GROVES If you were able to peer into the darkest recesses of the mind of the average self-made millionaire what would you find? It is unlikely to be all that satisfying, if the truth be told. The answer to life, the universe...
Golf: Morning Glory the Story for Price
Byline: By Gary Rose in Abu Dhabi Phillip Price admitted his relief after he surpassed numerous big-name players to top the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship lead-erboard at the halfway stage. The 40-year-old Welshman has not topped a tournament for...
Golley Slater Beauty Parade as Real Big Time Beckons
PR firm Golley Slater has edged closer to a possible pounds 100 million floatation after launching a review of potential advisers. The company is aiming to raise between pounds 75 million and pounds 100 million when it achieves a listing on AIM...
Hockey: Sutton's Final Countdown
Byline: By Paul Raymer Sutton Coldfield face a big challenge tomorrow when they take on top indoor league side Slough in the women's semi-finals of the Qatar Airways-sponsored National Championships at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena (12.40pm)....
Horse Racing: Mendo's Set to Star
Byline: By Anita Chambers Dual Cheltenham Gold Cupwinning trainer Noel Chance hopes he has another star on his hands in the shape of Mendo, who takes his chance in the Anglo Irish Bank Novices' Hurdle at Haydock today. Lambourn-based Chance has...
Horse Racing: Nykel to Show His Mettle
Byline: By Stable Boy The seemingly born-again Nykel could take some stopping in the Connaught Cup Handicap Chase at Wincanton today. After winning at Huntingdon in February, he lost his way at the back-end of last season and was sent for a wind...
How Buses Can Be Improved; Parminder Singh Jutla Business Development Manager Great Barr Birmingham
The last day of my bus diary has been okay. Went straight to my first meeting of the day instead of going to the office then making my way out again. I attended three meetings this morning and used the bus as the mode of transport. It was not...
In Brief
SNOOKER: Chinese prodigy Ding Junhui kept his concentration to eliminate Stephen Lee in a marathon quarter-final battle at the SAGA Insurance Masters last night. The talented teenager was pegged back by Lee as their clash lasted nearly three hours...
John Lewis Beats the Stormy Weather to Add to Its Christmas Cheer
John Lewis Partnership yesterday built on its Christmas trading cheer with "a thumping gain" in department store business in the last week of its sale. The chain, which has a flagship outlet at the Touchwood Centre in Solihull, delivered an increase...
Kroll Pulls off Miracle for Collins & Aikman
Byline: By John Revill Manufacturing Editor Creditors of crashed of automotive supplier Collins & Aikman are likely to receive up to a quarter of the money they are owed. Administrators Kroll raised pounds 25.7 million from onging trade,...
Lawn Tennis: Murray Believes Hard Work Makes Him Better Prepared for Melbourne
Byline: By Mark Staniforth Andy Murray is heading into next week's Australian Open eager to continue the meteoric rise which has propelled him to the brink of a place in the world top ten. The 15th-seeded Scot plays Spaniard Alberto Martin in...
Lending on Credit Cards Plummets
Byline: By Holly Williams and John Duckers Consumers borrowed less on credit cards for the first time in at least 14 years, figures for 2006 have revealed. Credit card lending fell by pounds 1.8 billion - the first annual fall since the body...
Let's Not Bash the Car Owner into Submission; on the Final Day of the Post's Bus Challenge, Some of Our Volunteers Show Signs of Possibly Abandoning Their Cars in Favour of Public Transport - While Others Remain Resolute Their Cars Are More Reliable Derek Johnson Database Analyst Shard End Birmingham
As yesterday's attempt at finding a quicker route to work proved unsuccessful, this morning I am once more taking the 14. Peculiarly, my journey from front door to office desk has taken an amazing 45 minutes, and this was despite having to wait...
Letter: Put the National Interest First
Byline: Coun MICHAEL WILKES Dear Editor, So Digby Jones joins Gordon Brown in telling everyone to embrace globalisation (Brum's civic leaders must put city first, Post Jan 16). In my opinion we might just as well embrace bird flu or a plague...
Letter: Questions regarding Hiatt/Guantanamo
Byline: Dr DAVID NICHOLL NAEEM MALIK Dear Editor, We were the organisers of last week's peaceful protest, outside the shackle maker Hiatt, in Perry Barr, marking the opening of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. We want to make it absolutely...
Local Power for Local People - in Theory
Although our politicians insist they are divided by profound differences of ideology, more often than not they follow the same agenda. Localism, local democracy or community empowerment - whatever you like to call it, they all believe in it. ...
Lovell and Bluestone Go Green with New Timber Training
Midlands-based housing firm Lovell and construction company Blue-stone - both subsidiaries of construction group Morgan Sindall - have launched a new timber training programme for their staff as part of a continuing drive for more environmentally-friendly...
Night of the Hunter for Wilson Bowden
Entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter is favourite to come in with a pounds 2 billion offer for UK housebuilder Wilson Bowden. Sir Tom is said to have secured backing from Halifax Bank of Scotland for what could turn out to be his third acquisition in four...
Not Such a 'Quiet Do' for Great Hero of War
Byline: By Tom Scotney Friends, family and Royal Marines colleagues yesterday paid tribute to one of the region's great war heroes. David Howard Clyne Phillips - who was once personal bodyguard to Lord Louis Mountbatten was buried at Danescourt...
PERSPECTIVE: Close the Door on the Way out. Tony Blair Will Leave Downing Street in 2007 but the Manner of His Departure Could Help the Labour Party - or Cause Devastating Damage, Writes Political Editor Jonathan Walker
Byline: Jonathan Walker Politics is usually an unpredictable business. But we know that the next 12 months will witness one of the most important events in British political history. Tony Blair will finally bow out. He has promised he will not...
POKER: Advice to Make Money Not Lose It
Byline: By Peter Sharkey A letter arrived this week from 'Keen but confused' asking about the difference between certain types of poker games he has seen online. Well, KBC, space limits the opportunity to explain the principle differences between...
Poker: When Greed Beats Cheats; Peter Sharkey Sifts through the Alarming Array of Underhand Tactics Some Players Use
Byline: Peter Sharkey Throughout history, unscrupulous gamblers have sought to gain an unfair advantage over the house or bookmaker. Poker, together with several other card games, has been notorious for this, with marked cards and collusion being...
Priory in Third Way School Admissions
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent Single sex or co-ed? It's a question that has remained unresolved in education for decades. Teach teenagers separately and you risk creating socially inept youngsters who are unable to relate to...
Pupils Take Notes - Tenners, That Is
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor For school pupils it sounds too good to be true - a teacher walking around the classroom dishing out pounds 10 notes. But this is what will happen at four Birmingham and Black Country schools taking...
RALLYING: De Villiers Overcomes Sainz and Sandstorms
Byline: By Roddy Brooks South African Giniel De Villiers took the lead on the seventh day of the Dakar Rally after Volkswagen team-mate Carlos Sainz lost nearly five minutes in the sand dunes of Mauritania. Spaniard Sainz, a former world rally...
RICH LIST: How to Fly High with the Jet Set.And Stay There; the Sky Is No Longer the Limit When It Comes to Extravagant Purchases. Here Is a Suggested Top Ten Lifestyle Treats for Millionaires
Byline: By RICHARD MCCOMB BUY A RACEHORSE The average price of a race horse bought at public auction in Britain in 2005 was pounds 15,000 and annual costs are pounds 16,000 (training fees, vets bills, transport, shoeing, jockey fees etc). ...
RICH MOTORS: Are These the Best Cars in the World? Buying into a New and Exclusive Family Rolls-Royce Phantom Pounds 217,000 Tested by ROBIN ROBERTS for Those Who Want to Drive in Style, There Are Plenty of Cars for the Super Rich. Weekend's Motoring
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS Exclusive and expensive are adjectives frequently used to hype half-way decent cars and give them a status they do not fully deserve. Less than a handful of cars made around the world can really fall into both categories...
RICH MOTORS: Luxury Limo for the Ultra Rich; Maybach Pounds 332,000 Tested by EDWARD STEPHENS Correspondents Get Behind the Wheels of Some of the World's Most Exclusive Cars Ever to Grace Our Roads
Byline: EDWARD STEPHENS King Juan Carlos of Spain wouldn't drive anything else. Tom Cruise loves his as does Rod Stewart and even hard-to-please Simon Cowell has been smitten. It's claimed by many to be the best car in the world, but with a price...
RICH MOTORS: SLR Is the Ultimate Collectors' Item; Mercedes SLR 722 Edition Pounds 317,500 Tested by CHRIS RUSSON Correspondents Get Behind the Wheels of Some of the World's Most Exclusive Cars Ever to Grace Our Roads
Byline: Chris Russon It has always been one of the most exclusive cars in the world but now Mercedes-Benz has a version of its SLR McLaren supercar, capable of a top speed of 210mph, writes Chris Russon. The pounds 317,500 SLR 722 Edition takes...
Rich Pickings at the Sales for Wealthy Bargain Hunters; RICH TREASURES You Need to Be Seriously Rich to Compete for Some of the Antique Market's Best Treasures
Byline: By SALLY HOBAN There are quite a few ways to get rich from antiques and collecting. You can use your knowledge of the subject and invest your money wisely in a popular or rare piece of art, or you can have luck on your side and find an...
Rich Pickings for the City's Wealthiest Men; RICH HISTORY from Buying Exquisite Houses to Philanthropy, Birmingham's Rich Enjoyed Spending Their Cash
Byline: By CHRIS UPTON What on earth are you going to do with all that money you've been earning? Is it to be off-shore or onshore, futures or hedge funds, Selfridge's or Harvey Nicks? Birmingham's wealthy few have had this thorny problem to...
Simply the Best: A Touch of Ultimate Luxury in the UK; RICH TRAVEL Britain Has Its Fair Share of Luxurious Hotels, but If You Really Want to Splash out and Flash the Cash, Here Are Some of the Best
Byline: By JAYNE HOWARTH and SARAH PROBERT THE METROPOLITAN HOTEL, PARK LANE A great place in London for celeb spotting. This swanky city pad will be celebrating its tenth birthday in February and remains a hot spot for the rich and famous. ...
Table Tennis: Ferguson Is Back in the Thick of It with a Fresh Controversy; Colin Stoner on Why the Return of Birmingham's Top Player Has Sparked Heated Debate
Byline: Colin Stoner Ian Ferguson is no stranger to controversy' this time, the furore is not all his own making. Ferguson, Birmingham's leading player over the past decade, had stunned the sport when he decided to hang up his bat last year after...
Takeover Whispers Keep Market Ticking over; MARKET REPORT
Takeover speculation kept the London market ticking over during a lacklustre session for major corporate news. InterContinental Hotels led the way with a gain of almost four per cent, as traders stoked up the bid rumours which first surfaced before...
Taking Shine off Diamonds; Professor Alyson Warhurst, of Warwick Business School, Assesses the Diamond Mining Industry
Byline: Alyson Warhurst The recent release of the film Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, throws the spotlight on the industry. The film is a powerful indictment of "conflict diamonds" - civil wars during the 1990s in Sierra Leone, Ivory...
The Price Is Right; Newly-Appointed Chairman Warns Worcestershire Will Need to Explore All Methods of Increasing Revenue to Prosper on and off the Pitch GED Scott Talks Cricket, Facelifts and Finances with New Road's New Chief
Byline: Ged Scott Selling cricket to the masses really did not seem a problem when Percy Price took up office as Worcestershire's new chairman at New Road just two-and-a-half months ago. English cricket was still on a massive high following the...
Time for a Country Yomp
Byline: JOHN BRIGHT "It has become something of a tradition at this time of year for those of us of questionable sanity to begin planning our outdoor summer ventures." No, not Duckers trying to arrange his holidays, although goodness knows it...
UK Half a Trillion in Red for First Time
Byline: By John Cranage Business Staff The UK's public finances are more than half a trillion pounds in the red for the first time ever, Government figures showed yesterday. Net public debt rose to pounds 504.1 billion in December from pounds...
UK Joins Criticism over China Missile
Byline: By Andrew Woodcock Britain has voiced concern to China over its use of a space missile to destroy an ageing satellite, Downing Street confirmed yesterday. Prime Minister Tony Blair's official spokesman said that the UK had protested over...
Video Shows Two Men Buying Bomb Material, Court Told
Video footage of two of the alleged July 21 bomb plotters buying more than 200 litres of the main ingredient for their home-made rucksack bombs was played in court yesterday. The CCTV pictures showed Manfo Kwaku Asiedu and Muktar Said Ibrahim grinning...
Who's Keeping an Eye on Your Account? PERSONAL FINANCE
Byline: By John Cranage Personal Finance Editor Many millions of people face having their basic human right to privacy eroded in the name of tackling the country's soaring consumer debt mountain, it has been claimed. The threat is posed by a...
Why the Wearing of the Green Is Becoming a New Corporate Uniform
Byline: By Ruth Barnett If businesses set New Year's resolutions, then going green was clearly near the top of the list for 2007. The year is little more than two weeks old and there have already been heavyweight environmental promises from M&S...
Win a Weekend for Two in One of Europe's Finest Hotels; RICH TRAVEL WEEKEND COMPETITION
Here's your chance to live like a millionaire - for two nights. Be pampered at one of the most luxurious hotels in Europe, enjoy fine dining, fabulous walks and peace and quiet in the stunning environs of the Scottish Highlands. But that is not...