Daily Post (Liverpool, England)

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Articles from December 11, 2003

Appointments: My First Step to Success: Peter Jones - in the Business of Fighting Crime; Mark Hookham Meets PETER JONES,Manager, Business Crime Direct
PETER Jones' police career involved highs peed pursuits,dangerous covert surveillance and riot control. After 35 years of service -the majority of the mas a detective -Peter retired and is now using his expertise to crackdown on business crime on Merseyside....
Athletics: Allegiances Divided as Athletes Must Choose
Byline: GARETH HUGHES LOYALTIES will be stretched for many North Wales athletes this weekend when the third fixture in the Border Road-RunningLeague clashes with the Welsh inter-regional cross-country championship and veteran championship. Many...
Athletics: Phil Leads Liverpool to Whiston Triumph
Byline: PHIL THOMAS PHIL MCGLORY won the final Liverpool & District cross country fixture at Stadt Moors Park in Whiston, leading Liverpool to victory in the team race. McGlory was 48 seconds clear of Jimmy Boardman (LPS) at the finish,Simon...
BEHIND THE SPEAKER'S CHAIR: Who's Following Blair?
Byline: CHRIS MONCRIEFF IF BLAIR can survive this testing time,and those who belie ve he can are dwindling in numbers, he will have shown himself a master tactician. The bleak alternative is to be regarded in future years as a Prime Minister...
Boxing: Hot Prospect Smith Taking His Hat off to Champ Ricky
Byline: DAVID RANDLES IT is not everyday you get the chance to rub shoulders with a world champion,but for the past eight months hot city prospect Paul Smith has been doing much more than just that. Since turning professional in April, the Kirkdale-based...
Brown: Spend, Spend, Spend -but Wisely; Chancellor's Report Sticks to `Golden Rules'
Byline: GAVIN CORDON PUBLIC finances are set to plunge pounds 37bn into the red,Chancellor Gordon Brown revealed as he announced extra spending on children, councils and the war on terrorism. In his annual pre-Budget report yesterday,Mr Brown...
Cable TV Giant Silent over Merger Reports
Byline: Tony McDonough CABLE TV giant Telewest was staying silent last night over reports it will merge with rival NTLby the end of 2005. Both a reheavily in debt because of multi-billion pound infrastructure investment programmes carried out...
Cancer Cure Claim Rubbished by Expert
Byline: CARL BUTLER A MAN told a North Wales cancer patient a cure had been discovered 50 years ago but was covered up by ``greedy'' drugs companies, a court heard yesterday. But a medical expert said there was ``abs olutely no evidence'' to...
Chancellor's Plans Will Put Country Pounds 37bn in Red
PUBLIC finances are set to plunge pounds 37bn into the red, Chancellor Gordon Brown disclosed yesterday as he announced extra spending on children,councils and the ``war on terrorism''. In his annual Pre-Budget Report,Mr Brown told the Commons that...
Cheese Firms Will Pay More for Milk
Byline: ANDREW FORGRAVE BRITAIN's milk sector was this week holding its breath as Dairy Crest's industry ultimatum sparked a series of cautious price rises. McLelland Cheese, the UK's third largest cheese company, yesterday followed the lead...
Children Die in Bombing Raid; Another US Blunder in Afghan Blitz
Byline: ED JAMES SIX children have been killed during an assault by US forces on a compound in eastern Afghanistan, the second time in a week that civilians have died in action against Taliban and al-Qaida suspects. The children died during an...
Christmas Showcase; Tight on the Sleigh Andrew Forgrave , Rural Affairs Editor, Saw Records Tumble at Gaerwen's Christmas Fat Stock Sale
LIVESTOCK schedules had been sent out, sponsors brought onboard, trophies buffed and butchers given the nod: after months of planning, the Morgan Evans Christmas Primestock Show begins with a power cut. With the moon climbing into a clear night...
Civil Servants Snub Move to the North; Plan to Shift 20,000 from London Delayed
Byline: Rob Merrick A PLAN to shift 20,000 civil servants out of London to boost economic growth in the North has been delayed after they refused to move. Chancellor Gordon Brown confirmed yesterday that the long awaited report by the Lyons Review...
Coast Main Line Needs Electrifying
Byline: DAVID JONES A TOP academic is calling for pounds 200m to be spent electrifying the North Wales coast mainline to help the region compete against Eastern European countries which will join the European Union next year. Professor Stuart...
Community Care in the Dock after Two Locked Up; Cash and Staff Needed
Byline: Mark Hookham MENTAL health care on Merseyside is failing because of a lack of cash and staff,it was claimed last night. Community care came under the spotlight yesterday after two former Mersey Care Trust patients were locked up for life...
Could Your Computer Be a Health Hazard?
Byline: GILES TURNBULL IT's not easy being a computer user and an environmentalist. Computers are bad for the planet,because a great deal of energy and resources are used up in their manufacture. Factories producing microprocessors use vast quantities...
CRICKET: Fletcher: Four-Tune Favours the Ca Utious; Chief Vows England Can Reap Reward of Selection
Byline: RICHARD GIBSON ENGLAND coach Duncan Fletcher last night defended the cautious selection policy which saw only four front line bowlers start the second Test. The tourists' surprise line-up -supported by part-timers Paul Collingwood and...
Cricket: Slimline Attack Put Tourists in Strong Position; DAY ONE OF THE SECOND TEST MATCH FROM KANDY,ENGLAND V SRI LANKA; CoachFletcher Defends Cautious Line-Up
Byline: RICHARD GIBSON ENGLAND coach Duncan Fletcher defended the cautious selection policy for the second Test at the Asgiriya Stadium, claiming it was the best combination to win. The tourists' line-up included some surprise choices,not least...
Double Life of the 999 Farmer; Andrew Forgrave , Rural Affairs Editor, Meets a Farmer Who Fights Fires to Make Ends Meet
ONE moment farmer Andrew Bumford could be delivering a calf, the next he's climbing into his firefighter's uniform and hurtling to an emergency. His two lives are separated by the small bleeper which he constantly carries around his waistbelt. When...
Final Whistle for a Year of Learning
Byline: Laura Davis SOCCER stars put youngsters through their paces in a special soccer workshop yesterday to mark the end of Liverpool's Year of Celebrating Learning. Liverpool FC defender Jamie Carragher and Everton FC legend Graeme Sharp held...
Football: Hay Making His Comeback; Frustration over for Rovers Strike Starlet
Byline: NICK HILTON CHIRPY Alex Hay usually brings one of the happiest of faces to the Tranmere Rovers dressing room. But the 22-year- old local boy admits hiding some frustration behind the smile in recent weeks. Anxious to show new manager...
Football: Houllier: Liverpool Best Still to Come Fourth Place; Reds Boss Rubbishes Rumours of Sack Threat
Byline: ANDYHUNTER GERARD HOULLIER last night declared a top-three finish is not beyond Liverpool and vowed to answer David Moores' request for a Champions League return. The Reds chairman revealed fourth place is ``the minimum acceptable target''...
Football: Leeds Chief Is Staying Positive; Birch Optimistic on Future
Byline: IAN PARKES LEEDS chief executive Trevor Birch has warned it would be ``a brave man'' who puts the club into administration. The club yesterday confirmed to the Stock Exchange they a rein discussions with a number of interested parties...
Football: Leeds Chief Keeps a Positive Outlook; Elland Road Club in Talks with Potential Buyers
Byline: IAN PARKES LEEDS UNITED chief executive Trevor Birch has warned it would be ``a brave man'' who puts the club into administration. The club yesterday confirmed to the Stock Exchange they were in discussions with a number of interested...
Football: My Unwavering Respect for Law; Van Nistelrooy So Proud to Share European Goals Coring Record with Old Trafford Legend
Byline: KEN GAUNT and SIMON STONE RUUD VAN NISTELROOY says he is proud to be walking in the shadow of Manchester United legends. The Dutch striker equal led Den is Law's European record of 28 goals for the club in the 2-0 Champions League defeat...
Football: O'Neill in Rage at Ref; LYON ......3 CELTIC ....2
Byline: CHRIS ROBERTS CELTIC manager Martin O'Neill last night vented his anger at Swiss referee Urs Meier as a 3-2 defeat inLyon meant his side missed out on a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. With the Glasgow side just six minutes...
Football: Watson: We Must Get out of This Slump Campbell to Answer Blues SOS
Byline: ANDYHUNTER DAVID MOYES is ready to turn to a traditional target man to solve Everton's alarming lack of firepower. The Blues manager has called on the more diminutive talents of Tomasz Radzinski,Wayne Rooney and Francis Jeffers for most...
Football: We Are Worthy; Wenger Believes Gunners Deserve Last 16 Spot
ARSENE WENGER declared that Arsenal fully deserved their place among the elite of Europe as they completed a Champions Leagueescapeact to win their qualifying group. Wenger admitted that even he had feared the worst after his side picked up just...
FORMULA ONE: Schuey Will Be Awesome Next Season -Todt
Byline: ALAN EASEL MICHAEL SCHUMACHER'S rivals have been warned that the six-time world champion will be better than ever when the 2004 season gets underway. Ferrari boss Jean Todt said the German's passion for racing was as strong as ever and...
Fresh Air Benefits Human and Horse; Tia JONES HORSE WHISPERS
AMID the crass commercialisation of Christmas, it is always a relief to slip away to the stable and spend some time with my horses. With long nights and short days many horses have to spend hours in their stables: it is important their ``home'' has...
GOLF: Vijay Singh
Vijay Singh has been named Asprey golfer of the month for November. Singh won five times in America this season to top the US Tour money list for the first time at the age of 40. THE European Tour will break new ground in 2004 when it visits...
Harold Brough's Column: All Change. ..but Who Really Cares?; Apathy in the UK over Handicap Alterations
Byline: Harold Brough GOLF is reaching the final stage in the long-discussed planned handicap changes for both the ladies and the men. The ladies now look certain to start using the men's system in the New Year. For the men's game, the key...
`He Is Worthy of Punishment' So Says Ian Huntley's Lawyer in Summary
Byline: VANESSA ALLEN THERE is evidence to convict Soham accused Ian Huntley of the manslaughter of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman and he is ``worthy of punishment'',his lawyer admitted. But the Old Bailey jury had ``waited in vain'' for evidence...
Honours for Leading Expert on Great Poet; Stateside Praise for Milton Knowledge
Byline: DAVID GREENWOOD WHEN it comes to knowing anything and everything about John Milton, the 17th century poet,Professor Thomas Corns is, to put it mildly, a bit of an expert. After studying the poet for three decades, the 54-year-old academic...
How to Quell That Teenage Rebellion; Sometimes You Have to Let Your Children Make Their Own Mistakes, Says NellRaven
REBELLING is such a normal part of growing up that any teenager who actually listens to their mother or father's advice is often after something. And unfortunately for parents, the only time they are ever proved right is when their child has already...
I'll Rein in Council Tax, Says Prescott
Byline: Robert Merrick LOCAL authorities face the threat of capping if they try to raise council tax by more than 5pc next April. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott insisted a pounds 406m bail-out for councils meant that increases should be...
Inches from Death in Hit and Run; Paperboy Josh in Shock after Close Call with Lorry
Byline: CARL BUTLER A PAPERBOY thought he was going to die when a lorry driver demolished a garden wall narrowly missing him. Police have launched a search for the HGV after it mounted a kerb close to the 14-year- old newspaper boy who was delivering...
It's Manslaughter, Says Huntley's QC
THERE was evidence to convict Sohamaccused Ian Huntley of the manslaughter of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman and he was ``worthy of punishment'', his lawyer conceded yesterday. But the Old Bailey jury had ``waited in vain'' for evidence that he...
Kurds Admit Attack; Riots Were Sparked by Pub Raid,court Is Told
Byline: ELWYN ROBERTS NINE Iraqi Kurds have admitted taking part in an attack which sparked summer riots on a troubled North Wales housing estate. They have been banned from returning to Caia Park,Wrexham, while they wait to be sentenced. ...
Leading Article: Devolution from Cardiff Goes at a Snail's Pace
NOT before time, theAssembly government has announced some progress in its laudable aim to spread some of the more tangible benefits of devolution to the North. Former Finance Minister Edwina Hart commissioned a review of the location of Assembly government...
Letter: Ship-Shape
Byline: Peter J.Moore WHEN I cross the Pennines to Liverpool, two or three times a year,I always make a point of visiting the Pier Head to get up to date on new developments,and particularly to see how many ships I can see, which is what the city...
London Market
WEDNESDAY. SHARES closed in negative territory after investors found little to cheer in Chancellor Gordon Brown's Pre-Budget Report. Most FTSE 100 shares hit the downward slope with no sector outperforming the others and just 10 stocks making gains....
Merger Will Create Largest Legal Firm
Byline: Louise Davies TWO law firms based in Merseyside and the North West are to merge in the New Year. Hill Dickinson and commercial property specialists Bullivant Jones will merge their practices to become the largest legal firm based in the...
Metrosexual Man; Baffled?Jill Tunstall Reveals What You Need to Join This Ultra- Modernbreed. ..and the Welshmen Who Have -and Haven't -Got What It Takes
HEARTHROB Ioan Gruffudd's bound to be one, so too is his pal Matthew Rhys,and the chances are that out of his sombre snooker evening suit Matthew Stevens is too. They are metro sexuals -men who dress well,have sophisticated style icons and keep...
Mother Freed over Two Baby Deaths; I'mgoing to Be Real `Mummy' to Our Daughter -Angela Cannings
Byline: Chris Brown By Mike Taylor TRAGIC mother Angela Cannings walked to freedom yesterday -nnocent of murdering her two baby sons and determined to be ``mummy'' to her surviving daughter. Her release by three Appeal judges from a life jail...
MP's Toffee Trauma
Byline: ROBERT MERRICK NORTH Wales MP Hywel Williams has revealed how a treacle toffee given to him by a child at a Christmas fair ended up costing pounds 400 in private dentist bills. And he claimed the painful episode exposed the truth behind...
Mummies May Go Home; Loophole Opens on Exhibits
Byline: Laura Davis MUSEUMS in Merseyside and Cheshire may be forced to return their prized collections of ancient mummies to Egypt. A legal loophole in a government Bill, drawn up to prevent hospitals stockpiling human organs, could be used...
OBITUARY: Maureen Riscoe
SOMETIMES we mourn the passing of characters whose unbridled enthusiasm for life allowed them to outrage the conventions of their time. That,perhaps,is why the eminent casting director and actress decided to make her entrance at the grand ball by...
One Delivery a Day; Mail Changes Are Being Rolled out Next Month
Byline: Mark Hookham CONTROVERSIAL changes to postal deliveries are being rolled out across Merseyside. Royal Mail officials last night confirmed deliveries will be cut to one a day and warned that some homes will not get their post until midday....
Payment Reform Spells Disaster for Dairy Farms; Producers Say Effects Will Leave Many High and Dry
Byline: ANDREW FORGRAVE CAP reform is likely to lead to meltdown in the Welsh dairy industry, according to leading milk producer David Harden. He says decoupled payments will prompt disillusioned producers to simply stop milking. CLA Wales...
PHILIP KEY'S ARTS DIARY: Tommy's Festive Feast of Delight
Byline: PHILIP KEY `I LIKE Life,'' sings Tommy Steele in the musical Scrooge. And you will probably like it, too. It's one of those shows from which you leave the theatre almost dancing with good humour. And that's just what Charles Dickens wanted...
Post Past: Beautiful Game Up for Grabs; MAGIC MEMORIES OF MERSEY SOCCER SCENE
DON'T worry if you missed it the first time,Football: The BeautifulGame is back by popular demand. The book tries to cover in words and pictures almost everything and anything you can think of to do with football. And the Daily Post has teamed up...
Post Past: Reds Took the FA Cup and Toon's Top Two; MAGIC MEMORIES OF MERSEY SOCCER SCENE
OVER the years Liverpool and Newcastle have conjured up a few classics. Although last Saturday's clash might never be a contender for the top ten, one that will surely go do. n as one of the most memorable,from Liverpool's point of view, was the...
Post Past: Sharp-Shooter Saves Seaside Sojourn; MAGIC MEMORIES OF MERSEY SOCCER SCENE
THERE'S only been one league visit to Fratton Park in modern times, when the reigning champions travelled to the south coast back in November 1987. Now 1987 was a very different world for the travelling football fan. Nowadays according to the...
Racing: Pirandello on the Up
Byline: Argus PIRANDELLO is nothing if not game and can gain just reward for some decent recent efforts in the feature Tote Credit Club Hurdle at Huntingdon today. Kim Bailey's five-year-old very nearly made the most of an uncontested lead at...
Rugby Union: Life Is Getting Back to Normal for Wilkinson
Byline: ANDREW BALDOCK JONNY WILKINSON yesterday revealed life is finally beginning to ``return to normal'' in the wake of his World Cupwinning exploits. The 24-year-oldEngland fly-half, who was at Buckingham Palace yesterday to receive his MBE...
SAVAGE ATTACK: Off-Pitch Abuse Is Bang out of Order; Banter's Part and Parcel of the Game but I Won't Ever Forgive Raging Yobs
TALK about coincidence after Sunday's FA Cup third round draw gave Birmingham a home tie against Blackburn Rovers, who had beaten us 4-0 at St Andrews only 24 hours before. My immediate reaction was that it gives us an early chance to make up for what...
Schizophrenic Must Be Detained Indefinitely
A PARANOID schizophrenic who killed two prostitutes and dismembered their bodies was yesterday locked up indefinitely. Mark Corner, 26, who attacked the women and dumped their butchered remains in bin bags, was described by a Liverpool Crown Court...
Simple Faith Can Be the Greatest Gift of All
Byline: David CHARTERS WHEN I was a young man and tea was loose, the banks were tight,and ice cream came in the three main flavours of pink, white and brown, we sometimes adopted the pose of night-cap theologians to consider the idiosyncrasies of...
Sounding the Last Post for 2nd Delivery
SO IT'S goodbye, then, to Merseyside's second post of the day. And, with it, we bid a dolorous farewell to all thoughts that the keenly-awaited cheque that didn't turn up at breakfast-time might yet drop on to the porch mat before lunch. To be...
Step FORWARD
Peter Ogden,51 Next month Mr Ogden takes up his new appointment as Director of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, succeeding Merfyn Williams, who is now leading the Sustainable Development Forum for Wales. Originally from Rhyl,Mr Ogden...
Studio Big Hit for Nick
Byline: SARA THOMAS A NORTH Wales student couldn't believe his luck when he found himself working with a chart-topping music studio in France. Nick Palmer, 22, a sound engineering graduate,has just spent three months studying in Besancon in east...
TABLETS LEFT MY LIFE IN TATTERS; Epileptic Faces Court Fight over Drugs
Byline: Sam Lister AN EPILEPTIC man who claims his life was left in ruins after taking medication to control his violent fits has launched a legal battle against the drugs company. Neil Partington, 34,of Wallasey,is suing the manufacturers of...
Teachers Failing Our Children; `Poor at English and Maths'
Byline: Ashley Gray TEACHERS across the region say they are furious at claims that their poor grasp of English and maths is failing primary school pupils. Reports by schools inspectors that too many children are failing literacy tests because...
TEENAGE R IMPALED AT SCHOOL; Pupils Help Rescue Boy,14
Byline: STEVE BAGNALL A BOY underwent surgery last night to remove a metal spike from his leg after being impaled on a fence outside his North Wales school. Craig Williams' friends and teachers had held him aloft while paramedics and firefighters...
Tennis Legends to Play in `Wimbledon of the North' Nastase and Vilas to Head Tournament
Byline: Chris Brown TWO tennis legends will come to Liverpool next summer to mark the return of the city's International Tennis Tournament. Notoriously bad tempered I lie Nastase and the debonair Guillermo Vilas will be headlining a seniors tournament...
The Big Lock-Up; Gates Barred as Farmers Fear Rustler Is `One of Our Own'
Byline: ANDREW FORGRAVE FARMERS on Anglesey fear a thief is in their midst after a string of rustling crimes in which more than pounds 10,000 worth of livestock was snatched. Sheep have been the prime targets but cattle have also been stolen...
These Courses Won't Make You a Cracker or a Samantha Ryan
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN A TOP North Wales policeman last night hit out at forensic science courses at British universities. Deputy Chief Constable Clive Wolfendale said there had been an ``explosion'' in the number of courses as universities tried...
The Soap Opera Romance with a Happy Ending; Jane Kirby Finds out about the Ups and Downs of TV Acting, Happiness and Home Making
Byline: Jane Kirby IT'S been quite a festive season already for Born and Bred star Sam Hudson. He married actress NatashaSymms, who played Kate Patrickin Hollyoaks,at the beginning of December and the pair then jetted off to the sun-kissed islands...
TRUST THE POST: Campaign Really Took Off
Byline: JANE WOLSTENHOLME THE letters bag has been full with your views,following our successful campaign to see the flight link betw een Liverpool and London reinstated. Fight for a Flight saw thousands of you signing petitions and writing to give...
Vaccination Is Sweet Music for Our Sheep
SHEEP have feelings too. Moreover they are able to express them,according to new research by Mark Feinstein,a science professor from Hampshire College Farm Center,Massachusetts,US. He believes sheep can express stress and communicate this to other...
Warning to Women of Indecent Assaults; Police Alert after Three Cases in the Past Week
Byline: STEVE BAGNALL and CARL BUTLER POLICE have warned women to be on their guard after three indecent assaults in North Wales, two of them involving schoolgirls. The attacks happened in Ruthin, Gresford and Bangor but are not believed to be...
Where Is the Woman Who Abandoned Me?; the Sad News That a Baby Boy Has Been Found Abandoned in Croxteth Country Park Brings Renewed Heartache for Those Who Were Foundlings Themselves
Byline: Eileen Taylor HEADLINES about foundling babies grow straight to Elaine Anderson's heart. For they always remind her of another abandoned baby who was left on a London underground tube station on a cold January day in wartime Britain. That...
Young Farmers Find Stiff Competition at Annual Winter Fair
RADNORSHIRE took home the overall honours in the Wales YFC competitions at last week's Royal Welsh Winter Fair. The country scored 29 points and was closely followed by Montgomery with 26 points. In third place, with 24points, was Shropshire-as...