Daily Post (Liverpool, England)

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Articles from January 21, 2002

150ft Cliff Climb Saves Party Trapped in Cave
Byline: Ben Mitchell A MAN climbed up a 150ft cliff in atrocious weather to raise the alarm after his friend was swept to sea and 10 others were trapped in a cave. A massive sea, air and land search was launched for the 27-year-old missing man...
All-Week Opening Ultimatum
HUNDREDS of people are supporting a sub-postmistress who faces the sack. A 1,500-signature petition has been collected to try to save Ann King's job. Officials have told Ms King, who has run Booker Avenue post office and shop in Allerton for...
Anfield Torment; Liverpool Hopes Are Suffering
Byline: LEN CAPELING I REALISE I run the risk of sounding disrespecful, but this was terrible. And perhaps even worse than that. Which is probably why there was genuine anguish at Anfield. Not just the moaning and groaning you get at every...
Anger Mounts over Plans to Ban Cars from Snowdonia
PLANS to ban cars from Snowdonia would hit tourism revenues in North Wales, opponents claimed last night. If implemented the Snowdonia Green Key initiative would force motorists to use pay-and-display car parks before taking a bus into the heart...
Archbishop Hits out at 'Tainted' War on Terrorism
Byline: Gareth Hughes THE Archbishop of Wales has delivered a stinging attack on the war against Afghanistan. The Most Reverend Rowan Williams, one of the leading contenders to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury, described the West's response...
BRUSSELS PUTS 4,000 JOBS IN JEOPARDY; EC Bureaucrats Threaten New Businesses
Byline: Barry Turnbull BUREAUCRATIC delays are jeopardising a flagship programme to help Merseyside's high growth businesses, the Daily Post can reveal today. The pounds 67m project, funded by Objective 1 aid from Europe, should be well under...
Caersws Strike at the Double; Aber Hopes Are Dashed Aberystwyth Town 1 Caersws 3
CAERSWS came from behind with two goals in a dramatic second-half minute to end up convincing winners. Aberystwyth dominated the first half and were full value for a 20thminute lead. Young striker Huw Jones crossed for Anthony Wright to notch...
Campaigners Issue Winter Warning over Meningitis; Public Must Be Vigilant despite Fall in Death Rate
FEWER children are dying from meningitis but the killer disease does more than just take lives. Campaigners last night urged the public to still be vigilant for signs of the disease as there is a heightened risk during winter. Researchers at...
Christmas Card Took 4 1 2 Weeks to Deliver
Byline: Eryl Crump EMBARRASSED Royal Mail chiefs apologised to a North Wales couple yesterday after a Christmas card took 32 days to arrive. The card was mailed in London on December 9 with a second class stamp - well before the Royal Mail's...
Close Decision; LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 29 NUNEATON 26 Fly-Half 'S Penalty Seals Win for LSH
Byline: IAN HARGRAVES AMAZINGLY, an almost unconsidered penalty goal by Graeme Close, mid-way through the second half when LSH were already leading by 19 points, ended up deciding a quite extraordinary match. After a dreadful first half, during...
Deeside Take Pounding; North Wales Squash
Byline: MIKE McEVOY PROMOTION hopefuls Robal Deeside had their ambitions shredded as neighbours Chester Rugby handed out a 5-0 beating to their North West Counties League opponents - without conceding a game. Deeside were poleaxed 3-0 in all...
DON'T RULE US OUT OF TITLE RACE - RANIERI; Chelsea . . .5 West Ham. . . . .1
Byline: ALISTAIR GRANT CHELSEA manager Claudio Ranieri insisted his side are still in the Barclaycard Premiership title race after they tore 10-man West Ham apart and moved up to eight points off the top of the table. The Blues were irresistible...
Double Celebration for Loveday's Debut
Byline: Lew Baxter THERE'S a double celebration lined up for Chester-born Loveday Ingram when in what is almost a home-coming, she makes her directorial debut for the fabled Royal Shakespeare Company in a sell-out production of The Merchant of Venice...
Early Lessons Finally Learnt; BURY 0 TRANMERE R 1 Koumas Goal Brings Rovers Revenge
Byline: NICK HILTON reports from Gigg Lane TRANMERE Rovers beat Bury at Gigg Lane principally because player for player they are a better team. The same could have been said on the opening day of the season when Tranmere were shaken by the Shakers...
England to Strike Back at Umpires
Byline: MYLES HODGSON in Cuttack ENGLAND have sent a letter of complaint to match referee Denis Lindsay about the standard of umpiring in Saturday's opening one-day international defeat by India at Eden Gardens. The tourists believe the contentious...
Euro Red Tape May Put 4,000 Jobs at Risk
Byline: Barry Turnbull Chief Business Reporter BUREAUCRATIC delays are jeopardising a flagship programme to help Merseyside's high-growth businesses, the Daily Post can reveal. The pounds 67m project, funded by Objective 1 aid from Europe, should...
Firms Up in Arms over Sewage Smell; Customers Are Driven Away by Stench
Byline: Gareth Hughes OWNERS of businesses on a North Wales industrial estate claim customers are being driven away by the stench from a nearby sewage plant. Residents and businessman believe the foul odours are emanating from recently extended...
Forster's Treble in Title Push; Second Division Round-Up
NICKY Forster and Bobby Zamora both grabbed hat-tricks as Reading and Brighton proved the main beneficiaries on a day of mixed fortunes for the second division's top four. Forster's treble strengthened Reading's position at the top of the table...
Fresh Bid to Unravel Plane Crash Mystery
Byline: Eryl Crump CLAIMS a passenger plane was shot down by a missile fired from a Welsh airbase 34 years ago may finally be disproved later this month. The reasons why the Aer Lingus Viscount aircraft, flying from Cork to London, fell out of...
Fury as Train Service Axe Gives Soccer Fan the Blues
Byline: Eryl Crump A WELSH train company came under fire last night after a timetable change left passengers stranded at a station. Vince Flavell and his son Andrew, 15, from Llangollen, turned up at Chirk railway station in good time to catch...
Heaven Help Our Politicians; DAILY POST OUR VIEW
MOST Prime Ministers need all the help they can get, but, from today onwards, Tony Blair may expect to get an extra helping hand from, well, God. Christians are being urged by a radio station to take part in a year-long project, praying every day...
Henchoz: We Must Work Harder
Byline: NEIL MACDONALD STEPHANE HENCHOZ believes it is up to the players to break Liverpool's current slump in form. The Reds have struggled to win games and score goals of late, with Saturday's tame 1-1 draw with Southampton the latest in a...
Hingis Hits Back at Jibe
THE GULF between the best and the rest in the women's game was hammered home again at the Australian Open. Third seed Martina Hingis romped to her second successive 6-0 6-1 win, this time against 15th seed Amanda Coetzer, and in four matches has...
I've Only Got Myself to Blame for Defeat; Honest Tim Fails to Live Up to Billing as Favourite
Byline: MARK GARROD in Melbourne TIM HENMAN would just love to be able to take a leaf out of Greg Rusedski's book and blame a bad line call. Or an injury. Or failing that, a dodgy prawn on Saturday night. But the sad truth is the Australian Open...
I Will Never Forget Him Dancing with Joy When He Was Cleared of Killing My Son; Mother Reveals Her Torment as Attacker Faces Prison
Byline: Derek Bellis A HEARTBROKEN mother last night told of her sense of injustice after a man cleared of her son's murder boasted about putting someone "six feet under". Violent David Griffiths is awaiting sentencing for an unprovoked attack...
Judge Elected to Head 'Union'
Byline: Lynda Roughley A SENIOR Liverpool judge has been elected president of the Council of Circuit Judges. Judge Sean Duncan was secretary of the council, which represents the interests of the 570 circuit judges in England and Wales, for four...
Liverpool All Set for 'Gay Weddings' Report on Partnership Register
Byline: Laura Davis LIVERPOOL has moved a step closer to becoming the first northern city to register same sex relationships. Outlined plans for how the "gay weddings" would be carried out have been drawn up by the city council as part of an...
Looking Forward to When Time Goes Backwards
Byline: Peter Elson ACCORDING to a physicist I heard the other day, time goes backwards as well as forwards (but never in my experience when you're late for an appointment). This will give some rational explanation to the thinking behind Tallulah...
MALARIA ALERT ON RIVER DEE MARSHES; Fears 'Super-Mosquitos' May Have Evolved
Byline: Stuart Dye ENVIRONMENTAL experts are consulting scientists amid fears malarial mosquitos could be breeding along the River Dee. There has been a 600pc increase in the number of complaints of mosquito bites round the coastline of South...
Mold Win Plum Tie after Cup Triumph; National Youth League
Byline: PAUL DAVIES PRIDE of place this week goes to Mold, who reached the next stage of the Welsh Youth under-19 Challenge Cup competition with a convincing 33-11 victory against visiting Pill Harriers. The reward for this superb effort is a...
New Jobs Blow Leads to Calls for Change; 'We Must Diversify to Save Our Economy, ' Says Council Leader
EFFORTS to diversify the North East Wales economy are to be intensified after the loss of a further 170 manufacturing jobs. Bosses at the Graham Packaging factory at Gwersyllt were today expected to confirm the plant's close in April with the loss...
NW Minister in Ulster Ambush Bomb Terror
MERSEYSIDE MP Jane Kennedy was the victim of a petrol bomb ambush during an Ulster riot. Ms Kennedy, the Northern Ireland Security Minister, was in an armoured riot squad vehicle when it was attacked by a gang of yobs. The incident happened during...
Old Boy Cole in Fury at Penalty Decision
Byline: DAVID ANDERSON ANDY COLE claims the spot-kick from which Ruud van Nistelrooy scored his record-breaking goal was never a penalty. Cole is adamant referee Uriah Rennie was wrong to point to the spot when Laurent Blanc went down after Brad...
Paying the Price of Fame; Eighties Pop Icon Adam Ant Is One of a Long Line of Pop Stars and Celebrities, Including Mariah Carey and Michael Barrymore, Who Find Themselves Irresistibly Drawn to the Limelight Only to Find Themselves Getting Badly Burned. So, Asks Eileen Taylor, Why Can't Some People Cope with Fame?
Byline: Eileen Taylor IT WAS the early 1980s and Adam Ant was at the height of stardom. A string of number one hits like Stand and Deliver and Prince Charming meant that, in the eyes of an adoring young public, he could do no wrong. Indeed, ridicule...
Penalty Spells End to Unbeaten Run; STEVENAGE BOROUGH 2 SOUTHPORT 1
SOUTHPORT'S unbeaten six-match Nationwide Conference run came to an end at Broadhall Way after they conceded a firsthalf penalty and were then reduced to 10 men. Southport boss Phil Wilson saw his side start with real determination after their shock...
Petrol Bomb Terror for City MP
LIVERPOOL MP Jane Kennedy was the victim of a petrol bomb ambush during an Ulster riot. Ms Kennedy, the Northern Ireland security minister, was in an armoured police riot squad vehicle when it was attacked by a gang of yobs. The incident happened...
Porter Carries New Hope for Chester; Chester City . . 1 Barnet . . . . .0
Byline: NEIL TURNER SCORELINES can often deceive and that was certainly the case at the Deva Stadium on Saturday when Chester City produced one of their best performances of this disappointing season to defeat in-form Barnet. Despite the face...
Pounds 50m Revolution to Immerse Toddlers in Welsh Language
Byline: Tom Bodden Welsh Affairs Correspondent THE National Assembly's cultural chairman last night called for the introduction of free Welsh language nurseries across Wales. Plaid Cymru AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas said children from the age of three...
Premium Bonds a Poor Investment; Questions of Cash
Byline: with Tony Hetherington I AM dismayed by the changed rules governing Premium Bond prizes. I hold the maximum number of bonds and in almost a year I have won just pounds 250. I need income from this money, so what do you advise? N.R. ,...
Pupils Smoke - with School Head's Blessing; Lung Cancer Research Expert Welcomes Experiment
Byline: Stuart Dye A LUNG cancer expert last night gave his backing to a scheme which allows youngsters to smoke in school. Professor Ray Donnelly, founder and president of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, claimed the experimental scheme...
Racing for the World; Ex-Athletics Champion's Dream of Bringing Top Event to N. Wales
Byline: Eryl Crump A FORMER top athlete is aiming to secure what would be the biggest sporting event ever to be held in North Wales. Ex-world veterans 800m champion Ron Bell last night claimed to have made the "first tentative steps" to attracting...
RED MIST FOR CAREY; Skipper off as Troubles Pile Up
Byline: MARK CURRIE IN the absence through illness of Wrexham manager Denis Smith at Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, assistants Kevin Russell and Joey Jones were left to witness another selfdestructive performance by the...
Reds Title Hopes on the Critical List; LIVERPOOL 1 SOUTHAMPTON 1 as Houllier's Return to His Post Nears His Side Are Suffering a Relapse in Form
Byline: JONATHAN McEVOY reports from Anfield CONCERNS about when Gerard Houllier will be back behind his Melwood desk are gathering pace. But, by cruel irony, as the Liverpool boss continues to recuperate, now his team is on the critical list. ...
Redwood's Ideas Led Me to Tories
Byline: Eryl Crump THE grandson of one of Plaid Cymru's founders yesterday claimed to be have been inspired by Tory right-winger John Redwood. Ex-Plaid Arfon constituency chief Guto Bebb, 33, joined the Conservative Party in October last year...
Ref Makes It Three-Card Trick; OLDHAM ATHLETIC 3 WREXHAM 1 Chalk, Ferguson. . . Now Skipper Carey Is Third Dragons' Player to Be Sent off by Same Official
Byline: MARK CURRIE reports from BOUNDARY PARK BLACKPOOL referee Mark Cowburn is unlikely to figure on the Racecourse Christmas card list after Brian Carey became his third Wrexham red card victim of the season on Saturday. Cowburn, who sent...
Rocky Reds Look to Regroup
Byline: NEIL MACDONALD LIVERPOOL assistant manager Phil Thompson faces a race against time to rebuild his side's fragile confidence before taking on in-form Manchester United tomorrow night. The Reds endured another frustrating afternoon despite...
Rookie Sweats on Victory
Byline: IAN GORDON in Monte Carlo FRENCH rookie Sebastien Loeb was left sweating after his maiden world championship victory sparked a row in the 70th Monte Carlo Rally. The 27-year-old, in only his second outing in a world rally car, won by...
Ruud Van History Boy Relishes Record
Byline: DAVID ANDERSON RUUD van Nistelrooy was the proudest man inside Old Trafford after he scored in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Blackburn to set a new Premier League record. Van Nistelrooy netted from the penalty spot to become the first...
Sandeep Shines as Rose Blooms; Golf
Byline: PHIL CASEY in Johannesburg JUSTIN ROSE banished the memories of his nightmare start to professional golf with a brilliant victory in the Dunhill Championship in Johannesburg - on the day Heswall's Sandeep Grewal emerged as a potential Tour...
Search for Site to Unite Magistrates in One Building
Byline: Mike Hornby LIVERPOOL could get a "super court" to bring all its magistrates courts under one roof. The city's magistrates courts are currently spread across three sites and the search is on to find a single location. If everything...
Spirited Bay Give Hopefuls Hard Time; Football
COLWYN'S bid to dent the UniBond League Premier Division title hopes of Burton Albion came unstuck as they lost 3-1 in front of their biggest gate of the season. Burton tried for an early goal to deflate the home side but a thirdminute free-kick...
Street Traders' Pounds 200,000 Fees Bill
Byline: Laura Davis STREET traders in Liverpool have been sent a bill for almost pounds 200,000 in back licence fees. The city council is now considering whether to carry out debt recovery procedures which could include legal action. The bill,...
Super-Mosquito Fear Triggers Malaria Alert; Scientists Examine New Breed
Byline: Stuart Dye ENVIRONMENTAL experts are consulting scientists amid fears malarial mosquitos could be breeding along the River Dee. There has been a 600pc increase in the number of complaints of mosquito bites round the coastline of South...
Super Town May 'Kill off ' Rest of Borough; Neglect Fears for Villages
Byline: Stuart Dye BIRKENHEAD'S regeneration strategy could "kill off" the rest of the borough, it was claimed last night. The 2020 Vision is intended to attract visitors and businesses from west Wirral and outside the Peninsula. Regeneration...
Surprise on the Menu; Sunday Paper Share Tips
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Signature Restaurants (37p) has provided little nourishment for shareholders recently and the shares are sitting on a price/earnings ratio of just four, a rating that has attracted numerous investors interested in undervalued...
Tactical Switch Pays Dividends
Byline: NICK HILTON MANAGER Dave Watson saw a tactical ploy pay dividends as Tranmere secured their fifth away win of the Division Two campaign at Bury on Saturday. Jason Koumas, given a free, front-running role instead of his usual duties on...
Taking Account of Their Future; Jane Hall Looks at How You Can Ensure You Get Your Financial Sums Right When It Comes to Meeting Your Child's Further Education Needs
Byline: Jane Hall REMEMBER the advertisement which ran on TV recently where a young girl dreams of becoming a doctor? The viewer is told it will cost pounds 6,000 to put her through medical school. Such a revelation would have most parents...
Terror Suspects Must Be Treated Fairly - Straw; Team Flies out to Probe Photos of Hooded Detainees
Byline: John Deane THE al Qaida suspects being held at the US base in Cuba must be treated "humanely and in accordance with customary international law", Foreign Secretary Jack Straw insisted. He said British officials who have been sent to Camp...
Third-Rate Health Service
MAY I through your paper express my concern for the sorry state of the city's health service? My mother was discharged after a three-week stay in the Aintree University Hospital on Monday, January 7. The family were led to believe that she would...
Title Bid Sunk by Try Spree
Byline: JOHN BRIDGWATER COBRA's hopes of maintaining their interest in the Mid Wales League title race floundered after a 38-7 defeat at leaders Builth Wells Seconds. Needing a victory, the Llanfair Caereinion men were outgunned six tries to...
Travel Scare Grounds Veteran Globetrotter; Frank Corless Meets a Man Who Still Has the Travel Bug, but Will Now Have to Take It Easy - at the Age of 82
A MAN with an insatiable appetite for adventure has been grounded by doctors after falling victim to the curse of the long-distance traveller. Eighty-two-year-old Bryan Garner can boast of having toured 145 of the 198 countries in the world, as...
Truth, Justice and Patriotism; Tony Barrett Talks to Britain's Most Outspoken Television Writer, Who Was Persuaded by Grieving Irish Families to Address One of the Most Controversial Episodes in British Military History
IF THERE is one aspect of Jimmy McGovern's work that attracts criticism, it is his treatment of the Roman Catholic Church. And yet it is the words of a Catholic priest, spoken almost 30 years ago, that provided the inspiration for his latest television...
Try Delight for Strong Pwllheli; Rugby Union Round-Up Ruthin 30 Wrexham 5 Closing in on Leaders
PWLLHELI took full advantage of League leaders Llangefni having a day off due to a waterlogged pitch as they moved back into second place in the table following their 28-15 home win over Bethesda. Centre Charlton Kennedy gave the home side the lead...
United Fans May Resort to Legal Action
Byline: DAVID ANDERSON MANCHESTER UNITED fans have taken legal advice over what they claim is an unfair reduction in the ticket allocation for the FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough on January 26. The Independent Manchester United Supporters Association...
United Must Get Keane to Stop Skipper from Leaving; Superlative Roy Beats the Rovers to Underline Yet More Contract Concerns
Byline: DAVID MULLAHEY reports from Old Trafford AMID the recent considerable public flap over David Beckham's protracted new contract negotiations, it borders on the bewildering that a similar lack of progress on an improved deal for Roy Keane...
Video Nasty; Leeds U 1 Arsenal 1 Keown in FA Plea after New Viduka Bust-Up
Byline: IAN PARKES LEEDS striker Mark Viduka could face a Football Association misconduct charge after elbowing Arsenal defender Martin Keown in an off-theball incident during yesterday's clash at Elland Road. Keown feels video evidence should...
Volcano Aid Fears over Camps Chaos
Byline: Vanessa Allen HUNDREDS of thousands of victims of the volcanic eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo are battling to return to their homes, as British aid arrives in neighbouring Rwanda. Up to half a million people were left homeless...
Ward Brace; TNS Llansantffraid 2 Afan Lido 0 Striker Sends Lido Reeling
Byline: JOHN BRIDGWATER A GOAL in each half from Nicky Ward took TNS three points clear at the top of the League of Wales with a comfortable win over Lido. With close rivals Bangor City and Connah's Quay Nomads sidelined because of waterlogged...
WEIR CHEER; Defender Salutes Team-Mates after Dogged Blues Put End to Away Daze
Byline: ANDY HUNTER DAVID WEIR admitted sharing the spoils with Spurs represented the Blues' "best away result of the season" as he volleyed his way to the top of Everton's goalscoring chart on Saturday. The Scottish defender slammed an unstoppable...
Weir Delivers Joy in Heart-Stopper; TOTTENHAM 1 EVERTON 1 Blues' Morale Is Lifted as Defender Grabs Goal to Wipe out Ferdinand Strike and Make Point
Byline: ANDY HUNTER at White Hart Lane IT WAS hardly the performance dreams are made of but to suggest Everton may have turned a critical corner at White Hart Lane is not pure fantasy. At least judging by the reaction to Saturday's final whistle...
Why a Council House Could Be North West's Next Art Gallery; Tate Considers Hosting Exhibition on Liverpool Estate
Byline: Claire Tolley and Emma Bird WHEN Tate Liverpool opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1988 it proved the city really did boast some of the world's finest art. It was the first venture for the Tate outside of London and...
'Why Should I Be Forced to Learn a Foreign Language - and a Dying One at That?' Outspoken Englishman Explains Why He Holds This Outrageous View
Byline: Ian Parri "YOU sound very Welsh, " says John Walker accusingly, as I phone him asking if we could meet. I concur with his assessment. 'Y That's because I am very Welsh, I tell him. But it is a level of suspicion which he claims is endemic...
Win Pounds 1,000 Worth of Designer Style
SPRING may seem a long way away during the dark days of January but high street stores are already a blaze of colour as their new collections hit the shops. Dresses and skirts in a rainbow of colours are vying for space on rails next to knock-down...