Daily Post (Liverpool, England)

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Articles from March 27, 2003

60 Jobs to Go as Vimto Moves Out
Byline: Tony McDonough THE factory near Warrington that has been the production centre for Vimto for decades is to close with the loss of 60 jobs. But the famous fruit drink will continue to be made, with production switched to an as yet unnamed...
A Little Thought Can Be Quite a Danger
Byline: David CHARTERS THE breakfast toast was browning slowly under the grill when, quite unexpectedly, some strange words from St Matthew's Gospelcame cantering into my mind. These words tell us,and I am interpreting rather loosely here, that...
An Age of True Horse Power; City Marks Lost Heritage
Byline: David Charters THE years when the bustling commerce of the British Empire's second city depended on the horse are to be rememberedforever. Today a plaque will be unveiled, honouring the carters and their horses, who together served Liverpool...
Appointments: Never Too Late to Tackle a Challenge
Byline: JULIE RICHARDS WILLIAMS WHEN two enterprising 50-year-olds started their own business people thought they were mad,but nearly three years later they are proving that it's never too late to tackle a new challenge. After working in a busy...
Appointments: Varied Life of a City Pawnbroker; My First Step to Success Mark Hookham Meets Haywood Milton, Pawnbroker
AS a 21-year- old graduate with a first -class degree, HaywoodMilton faced a difficult but enviable career choice. Was he to take up the offer of a high-flying Civil Servicecareer in London or move home to Liverpool and learn the family trade of pawnbroking?...
Are We Forcing Children to Grow Up Too Soon?; Fun or Frightening? Makeover Parties for Young Girls Are Mushrooming on Merseyside. Eileen Taylor Reports
Byline: Eileen Taylor THE party for six ten-year-old girls is in full swing. But this is a birthday party with adifference. The girls are not playing any sort of party games or dancing to their pop idols. Instead their attention is held by qualified...
`Arsonists Put Lives in Danger' Residents Angry after Busy Police Didn't Act
Byline: IAN JONES A FAMILY has demanded an inquiry after vandals caused pounds 10,000 damage to homes in an arson attack - this after police patrols had decided the yobs posed no danger. Dave Houlston of St Asaph claims if the yobs had struck...
Arts Diary: Double Bill Is a Laughing Matter
Byline: Philip Key DIRECTOR Max Stafford-Clark always chooses his plays for good reason. So, I wonder, why adoublebillat the Liverpool Playhouse next week which includes Oliver Goldsmith's classic comedy SheStoops toConquer? By way of reply he...
Athletics: Lawrence in Double Bronze Success
Byline: PHIL THOMAS HELEN LAWRENCE collected a double bronze in the intercounties half-marathon championship at Wilmslow, taking the individual award and leading Merseyside to the team medals. Lawrence was fourth in the race but as the winner...
Boxing: London Calls for `Choirboy'Peter
Byline: DAVID RANDLES PETER CULSHAW sets off for London today aiming to inflict some capital punishment in the first defence of his WBF superflyweight title against Wande Chor Charoen of Thailand. Last November, the former WBU flyweight star re-wrote...
Boxing: SUPER SIXIN BETHNAL FINAL
Byline: DAVID RANDLES THIS year's Senior ABAfinals will see six of the best flying the flag for the region following a clean sweep in the semifinals at the weekend. Where Friday night saw Vauxhall Motors prospect Nick MacDonald progress to the...
Care Worker Stab Bed to Death in Street Attack,court Told
Byline: Sarah Chapman A CARE worker was stabbed to death in the street by two men as he was walking to a friend's house, a court heard yesterday. Liverpool Crown Court was told that 28-year-old Paul Connolly was murdered during an attack in Anfield...
Catching Up with World Wise Welsh; the Welsh Are at Home Anywhere in the World,as Alun Prichard Discovers from a Sneak Preview of a New Series to Far Flung Corners
Byline: Alun Prichard As Alun walks past his sweet coconut trees through a gate at the bottom of the garden onto the white sandy beach in a way the locals would call, ``polle, polle'' meaning slowly slowly, the same sun that rose with such ferocious...
Chocolate Box Claim in Millionaire Trial
Byline: MELVYN HOWE A COLLEGE lecturer yesterday accused prosecutors of presenting ``chocolate box'' evidence in a bid to prove he had helped an army major ``cheat his way'' to the top prize on TV quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Tecwen...
Countdown to Tragedy for Couple Seeking Dream Home
ON AUGUST 30, Linda and Tony O'Malley left Market Street, Llangollen for Manc hester Airport where they caught JMC Flight 10 to Malagain search of their dream holiday home in Spain. They made arrang ements for about pounds 21,000 to be transferr...
Cricket: Sharjah Cup Bites the Dust
The organisers of the Sharjah Cup have finally shelved the tournament following South Africa's withdrawal, but will replace it with an alternative event. The Proteas dealt the original competition, due to be held in the United Arab Emirates city...
Fans' Fury as Serbia Game Is Postponed
Byline: HYWEL TREWYN HUNDREDS of Wales fans were left angry and disappointed last night after football's governing body Uefa put a vital game against Serbia and Montenegro on ice for months. At least 1,300 Wales fans were set to travel to Belgrade...
Football: Ambitious Ward Stakes Claim to Be Welsh No 1
Byline: PAUL WALKER DARREN Ward knows that by next season he could be the only Premiership goalkeeper in the Wales squad. The Nottingham Forest star stands on the brink of a Nationwide Division One play- off berth just at the time he is battling...
Football: Beckham's Star Could Shine Brighter in Madrid
Byline: SIMON STONE THE prospect of David Beckham leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid this summer - as was widely reported yesterday - is not as ludicrous as it seems,even though Ryan Giggs remains favourite if a big name is shoved through...
Football: BORO HOPE FOR EURO CHARGE
Byline: DAMIAN SPELLMAN MIDDLESBROUGH will head into the remaining seven games of the season believing they have an outside chance of snatching one of the Barclaycard Premiership's European places - with Everton and Liverpool in their sights. ...
Football: DIOUF SPARKS NEW SPIT SPAT; Reds Star Reopens Debate with Claim
Byline: ANDY HUNTER EL HADJI DIOUF reopened the wounds of his spitting shame last night by claiming he would have attacked the Celtic fan if their confrontation had occurred on the street. Diouf received a two-match European ban last week for...
Football: Dyer Is in Teenager's Fan Club; Rooney Can Be England Great and Eclipse Shearer
Byline: MARK BRADLEY TEENAGER Wayne Rooney is set to be England's ``wild card'' for years to come and can even eclipse the achievements of former national captain Alan Shearer, midfielder Kieron Dyer has insisted. Dyer has been startled by the...
Football: Find Henry Lighter Lout; Shop Culprit, Club Asks Fans
Byline: SIMON STONE CHELSEA have called on fan power to unearth the thug who struck Thierry Henry with an object thrown from the crowd at Stamford Bridge last night. Henry was left with a cut above his left eye after he was hit by what was thought...
Football: Flint Sunk by Aled's Scrappy Winner; CYMRU ALLIANCE
Flint Town 1 Llangefni 2 LLANGEFNI could hardly believe their luck at taking home all three points after being given the runaround by Flint throughout the game. Gareth Jones fired Llangefni ahead from the penalty spot following a foul in the...
Football: Goodison Staff Set to Share Pounds 1mbonus
Byline: ANDY HUNTER BILL KENWRIGHT insists he's happy to pay the price of success as Everton employees get set to share a pounds 1m-plus windfall. The club will receive a major investment this summer if the Blues earn a European place and pick...
Football: I Would Have Attacked Fan in Street, Says Diouf
Byline: ANDY HUNTER EL HADJI DIOUF reopened the wounds of his spitting shame last night by claiming he would have attacked Celtic fan Dominic Schiavone if their confrontation had occurred on the street. Diouf received a two-matchEuropean ban...
Football: KENW RIGHT HAPPY TO PAY THE PRICE OF BLUES SUCCESS
Byline: ANDY HUNTER BILL KENWRIGHT insists he's happy to pay the price of success as Everton employees get set to share a pounds 1million-plus windfall. Goodison's coffers will receive a major injection this summer if the Blues hold on to a European...
Football: Mullery's Warning to Next Boss
Byline: JAMES VAN WIJK THE next Fulham manager will have to bring instant success or face the same fate as Jean Tigana,according to Cottagers'legend Alan Mullery. The Premiership club have revealed they are beginning the search for a new boss...
Football: Old Trafford View: Why Fans Are Wrong to Demand Three Wishes; Early Kick-Offs Here to Stay
Byline: David Mullahey ONE amusing sub-plot to Manchester United's 3-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday was the obvious and exhaustive attempt by Sky TV to keep its cameras away from supporters protesting about kick-off times, while at the same time...
Football: Owen Admits He May See His Future Abroad; Liverpool Striker in Italy Hint
Byline: ANDYHUNTER LIVERPOOL striker Michael Owen has admitted that he has not ruled out the possibility of a move abroad in the future. Owen claims he is perfectly happy at Anfield but has hinted that he may one day decide to try his luck in...
Football: Rooney Can Be Even Better Than Shearer,claims Dyer
Byline: MARK BRADLEY WAYNE Rooney is set to be England's ``wild card'' for years to come and can even eclipse the achievements of former national captain Alan Shearer,midfielder Kieron Dyer has insisted. Dyer has been startled by the 17 year...
Football: Savage Vows No Letting Up; Wales Midfielder Determined to Retain Aggression despite Euro Suspension Threat Hanging over Him
Byline: MARK CURRIE ROBBIE SAVAGE will be walking a disciplinary tightrope for Wales when he steps out against Azerbaijan at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday,but he has no intentions of curbing his aggressive style. The Birmingham City midfielder...
Football: The Anger Which Keeps Dai Healthy; Football the Outlet as Davies Hails Moyes
Byline: NICK HILTON with part two of his profile on Everton's former keeper DAI DAVIES has built a double life around his passions for football and alternative medicine. When the former Everton, Wrexham and Wales goalkeeper ended his professional...
Football: Tough Run-In Awaits Rovers; We'vebecome the Team to Beat - Boss
Byline: NICK HILTON TRANMERE'S eight-game unbeaten run is making them a prize scalp for opponents as they battle to secure a place in the play-offs, manager Ray Mathias argues. As Tranmere face a final run-in of seven games against clubs currently...
Football: WALES CLASH IS OFF; Security Concerns Mean Serbia Qualifier Put Back
Byline: MARK CURRIE WALES' European Championship qualifier against Serbia & Montenegro has been postponed until August 20 because of the political unrest in the country following the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. So if Wales...
German Merger Will Create Jobs at CeKa
Byline: DAVID JONES jobs are to be created at Gwynedd-based hand tools distributor CeKa Works when it merges with a German-based business to create an integrated tools sourcing and worldwide distribution business. The move will create a business...
Golf: Open Dates for Your Diary
Byline: Harold Brough HELSBY.Sep 24:Seniors. Sep 25: Ladies.Tel: 01928 722021. MERSEY VALLEY. Summer list full. ROYAL BIRKDALE. Aug1:Ladies Scratch. Aug 3: Birkdale Silver Goblet (handicap limit 4).Aug 15: Juniors.Tel: 01704567920. WEST LANCASHIRE....
Golf: Time for Clubs to Swan around; How Cathy Is Improving Our Courses
Byline: Harold Brough AS a club prepares to present its really best image at the start of the new season, it will be keen the fairways and greens are top condition, the clubhouse is neat and tidy and it might include a few extra additions, like...
Horrific End to Six-Monthhunt; Worst Fears Realised as Couple Found Dead
Byline: Carl Butler IT WAS the ne ws they expected, the ne ws they dreaded - and hoped against hope they would ne ver hear. All the evidence suggested Linda and Tony O'Malley must be dead. Missing for six months, their bank account emptied of...
Hospital Suspends Houllier Heart Surgeon; Broadgreen Contacts Patients
Byline: Suzanne Elsworth A HEART surgeon who helped save the life of Liverpool FC manager Gerard Houllier has been suspended. Consultant Elaine Griffiths, 47, was one of three surgeons who carried out the 11-hour operation on the Reds' manager....
Killed in a Frenzy; Hunt for Knife Man after OAP's Beach Front Murder
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN DETECTIVES were last night hunting the murderer of a pensioner stabbed to death in a frenzied attack near a North Wales beach. Brian Noble Dodd was found on Tuesday in Prestatyn with multiple stab wounds to his head and neck....
Leading Article: Shameful Treatment of Our POWs
IF anyone had serious doubts about the nature of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime,its treatment of prisoners of war and dead coalition soldiers in recent days will surely have erased them. Yesterday,once again,footage was broadcast by Arabic television...
Leading Article: Tyrant Will Pay Price for Misdeeds
IF ANYONE had serious doubts about the nature of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime,its treatment of prisoners of war and deadAllied soldiers in recent days will surely have erased them. Yesterday,once again,footage was broadcast by Arabic television...
Linda Ends the `Silence' with a New Album
Byline: IAN PARRI FOR such a prolific recording artist,Linda Healy has been strangely quiet over the last decade. Nine years,in fact,have passed since her last effort hit the shop shelves. Now she is aiming to make up for lost time, and today...
Man in Westminster: We Must Talk about the Aftermath of War
Byline: Tariq Tahir AT A dinner fo llowing a recent Euro-summit, Jacques Chirac and Tony Blair sat next to each other and, according to reports, regally ignored eachother. Considering the abuse heaped on him by British ministers , you can't really...
Motor Racing: I Fear for British GP Fate - Brundle; Commercial Row Threatens Big Race
Byline: IAN GORDON THIS year's British Grand Prix could be the last, fears former Formula One racer Martin Brundle. July's race at Silverstone - where Michael Schumacher will be hoping for a repeat of his 2002 success - has again been plunged...
Murder in Spain: Terrible Truth of Couple's Incarceration; in the Grip of Ruthless Conmen
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN RUTHLESS con men kidnapped and held a North Wales couple hostage in the tiny cellar of a Spanish villa for up to two weeks. They drained their bank account of thousands of pounds before brutally murdering Tony and Linda O'Malley,from...
Murder in Spain: The Dreadful News the Family Hoped They Would Never Hear
IT was the news they expected, the news they dreaded - the news they hoped they would never hear. All the evidence suggested Linda and Tony O'Malley were dead. They had been missing for six months, pounds 20,000 had vanished from their joint...
Natural Answers to All Life's Ills?; Sometimes Conventional Medicine Does Not Have All the Answers. Penny Fray Considers the Alternative
Byline: Penny Fray IT WAS a five-year journey from despair to joy. Lynn Redman, who suffered from polycystic ovarian syndrome, had been told by medics that she had little chance of having achild. But thanks to homeopathy, she recently gave birth...
New Political Map for Merseyside
Byline: Andy Kelly THE political map of Merseyside is to undergo its most radical change for more than 15 years. Final proposals for the changes have now been published by the Boundary Commission. In Liverpool, there will be changes to every...
OBITUARY: Rick Tilling
ALDERMANRickTilling created political history in Cheshire when he led his LiberalDemocrat party into power for the first time. Immediately after masterminding the 1993 local election campaign - which prevented Labour gaining an overall majority...
Pay Us the Right Price for Caring; Homes Staff Lobby Assembly
Byline: TOM BODDEN HUNDREDS of care home staff protested outside the Welsh Assembly yesterday demanding a fair price for looking after the elderly and sick. Coaches brought care workers - many on the pounds 4.20-an-hour minimum wage - and home...
Power Line Death Was Accid Ental; Lorry Driver Cleared of Blame
Byline: MICHAEL POSNER A FOOTBALL club has paid tribute to its former president after a Mid Wales lorry driver was cleared of causing his death. Stoke-based Meir (Kings Arms)FC, said it never wanted charges to be brought against Graham Cork,41,of...
Probe as Man Dies in Farm Accid Ent
Byline: ERYL CRUMP SAFETY experts were last night investigating the death of a man trapped beneath a trailer on a North Wales farm. And an inquiry was launched into a separate accident when a man died at a Welshpool scrap yard. Emergency services...
Racing: Passion Can Oblige
Byline: Argus GRAND PASSION looks the bet of the day for punters in the Tote Placepot Handicap at Leicester today. Geoff Wragg's colt met with defeat at Lingfield last time but only at the hands of what might turn out to be a very useful animal...
Rugby League: Millward Rap for Import View
Byline: IAN LAYBOURN STHELENScoachIan Millwardhas come under fire from MauriceLindsay for hindering home-grown talent in British rugby league. The Wigan chairman called on the Rugby FootballLeague to slash the number of overseas players in Super...
Rugby Union: Destiny Awaits England
Byline: ANDREW BALDOCK ENGLAND boss Clive Woodward last night paid his Grand Slamchasing players a glowing tribute as they continue preparations for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations title decider against Ireland in Dublin. Both countries are just one win...
Rugby Union: Fans the Big Plus for Irish
Byline: ALAN EASEL EDDIE O'SULLIVANbelieves the Lansdowne Road fan factor can go a long way towards helping Ireland to win their Grand Slam showdown with England. Three of Ireland's four wins in this year's Six Nations Championship have come...
Rugby Union: O'Sullivan: We Knew Wales Would Give Us a Dogfight
Byline: MARK EVANS EDDIE O'SULLIVAN believes the Lansdowne Road fan factor can go a long way towards helping Ireland to win their Grand Slam showdown with England. Three of Ireland's four wins in this year's RBS Six Nations Championship have...
Rugby Union: Three in a Row the Target; Welsh Bid to Avoid Wooden Spoon at Stade De France
Byline: CLAIRE TOLLEY VETERAN lock forward Gareth Llewellyn last night claimed the possibility of finishing up with the wooden spoon had not even been mentioned in the Wales camp this week. If the Dragons lose their final Six Nations game against...
Rugby Union: `Throwback' Can Propel Grand Plan
Byline: Exclusive by NEIL MACDONALD IN THE ultraprofessional world of modern rugby, Will Greenwood is something of a throwback to days gone by. That is not to suggest the two time British Lion is not serious about his sport --far fromit. Instead...
Sir Paul's June 1 Date with 40,000 Fans at Kings Dock
Byline: Alan Weston SIRPaul McCartney will pay his promised Liverpool gig in front of 40,000 fans at the Kings Dock on June 1, it was revealed last night. The massive gig will be the final date of the former Beatles' record breaking Backin the...
Sport Active: Take Those First Steps on Land to Sail into the Sunset
Byline: DAVID MULLAHEY ELLEN MacArthur, the story goes, saved up her school dinner money for three years to pay for her first boat. But then that's the thing about geniuses. They have this tendency to take things to extremes. The truth is you...
Thank You All, for Caring; ANGIE SAMMONS . TRUST THE POST Writing Reduced Me to Tears
SEVERAL readers were moved to write following David Charters' column (Dail y Post, March 20) on the recent death of his mother. ``His writing reduced me to tears,'' wrote Meg Parkes,of Hoylake. ``It was so beautifully done ... thank you for reminding...
Train Guards Set to Strike as Talks Fail
Byline: Chris Brown STRIKESby train guards in a dispute over their safety role will go ahead after peace talks broked own last night. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union at nine train companies will stage three 24-hour strikes tomorrow,...
War in Iraq: Iraqi Forces Head; Allies Blast Huge Convoys
Byline: Frank Corless COALITION jets and artillery were last night attacking an Iraqi column of tanks and military vehicles south of Basra,destroying some and forcing others to scatter. The con voy of up to 120 vehicles was spotted yesterday...
War in Iraq: Outrage as Bodies of British Soldiers Are Paraded on TV
A STORMbroke last night after the bodies of two British soldiers were paraded on the Arabic satellite TV netw ork al-Jazeera. The soldiers were captured by Iraqi paramilitaries in the border town of Safwan on Sunday. Their Land Rover came under...
War in Iraq: Soldier Is Saved by His Helmet
SMILING Royal Marine Commando Eric Walderman yesterday showed how he cheated death after taking four shots in his bullet-proof helmet. Marine Walderman's life was saved by his tough Kevlar helmet after he was caught in the gun sights of enemy Iraq...
War in Iraq: Stray Air Strike Kills 14 Shoppers
Byline: Gavin Cordon THE Americans admitted last night that their warplanes were probably responsible for hitting a Baghdad market, killing a reported 14 Iraqi civilians and injuring 30 others . A statement by US Central Command said that the planes'...
War on Saddam: Allied Planes Pound Iraqi Tank Advance; Baghdad Market Bombed as Saddam Prepares to Attack
Byline: ED JAMES BRITISH and US jets last night attacked major columns of Iraqi troops heading south out of Basra and Baghdad. Bombers flying out of Kuwait blasted an armoured convoy of up to 120 vehicles advancing towards British forces on the...
War on Saddam: Arab TV `Shows Dead UK Troops' Army Probe Validity of `Very Bad Quality' Film of Two Bodies
Byline: ED JAMES ARABIC satellite TV network al-Jazeera yesterday broadcast footage of what it believed was two dead British soldiers. The soldiers were said to have been killed and captured in fighting around the town of Al Zubayr,15miles outside...
War on Saddam: Armchair Victims of Blanket War Coverage; Julie McCaffrey Looks at the Roller Coaster of Emotions We May Feel Watching the News Unfold
Byline: Julie McCaffrey THE nation sits transfixed in front of television coverage of the military action in Iraq. And as we watch from the safety of our sofas we experience a roller coaster of emotions. We watch in disbelief as Baghdad erupts...
War on Saddam: Bullet-Proof Helmet Saved Marine
SMILING Royal Marine Commando Eric Walderman (pictured,left) yesterday showed how he cheated death after taking four head shots in his bullet-proof helmet. Marine Walderman's life was saved by his tough Kevlar helmet after he was caught in the gun...
War on Saddam: MPs Call for UN Role in Iraq after Conflict
REBEL North Wales Labour MPs are pressing the Government to ensure the UN runs Iraq when fighting ends. Ian Lucas, Albert Owen and Martyn Jones all voted against the Prime Minister when he last week sought backing for military action against Saddam...
War on Saddam: US Admits Its Warplanes Hit Baghdad Market
British guns fire long range rounds during a night attack in southern IraqTHE Americans last night admitted their warplanes were probably responsible for hitting a Baghdad market,killing at least 14 Iraqi civilians and injuring 30 others. A statement...
Yoko Dines with Old Friends
Byline: Laura Davis YOKO Ono thank ed the Liverpool people who have helped keep John Lennon 's memory alive at a civic lunch in the city yesterday. She met with members of the former Beatle's family and some of his old friends for the meal in...