Daily Post (Liverpool, England)

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Articles from May 14, 2010

A Good TV Barney Gets My Vote Every Time
Byline: Jane Costello IT'S been a week of historic and unprecedented upheaval, resulting in a governmental love-in between two men who this time last week displayed all the mutual warmth of a polar bear's bottom. But none of the tumultuous political...
Asda Worker Mother-of-Two among Libyan Jet Crash Victims
Byline: EdCarty A MOTHER-OF-TWO from Wales is among the victims of a horrific plane crash in Libya which killed all but one of those on board, it emerged last night. The Afriqiyah Airways jet broke up after coming down short of the runway in...
Assurances Are Needed That Wylfa B Is Still Viable; DAILY POST YOUR VOICE IN WALES
HERE'S an unexpected problem very few of us saw coming: a Liberal Democrat MP staunchly opposed to the extension of nuclear power being appointed Energy Secretary. The other, more foreseeable, cloud hovering over plans to build a Wylfa B nuclear...
Attitude Shift Needed for Sefton Park to Be in the Hunt
Byline: Paul Edwards SEFTON PARK skipper Robbie Houghton believes his players will need to change their mentality if they are to win promotion to the Bridging Finance Liverpool Competition's Premier League this summer. The recruitment of Steve...
Back to First Love; MMYY FFAAMMIILLYY SSTTAARR BBAACCKK OONN SSTTAAGGEE IINN WWEELLSSHH PPLLAAYYSS
Byline: SARAH BATLEY THE individual's choice to believe what they wish, rather than be dictated to by society, forms the central theme for two Welsh plays being performed back to back. Rhodri Meilir from Mold, star of BBC TV's My Family, and Cricieth-raised...
Biggins Takes Centre Stage; ''NNAATTIIOONNAALL IINNSSTTIITTUUTTIIOONN'' HHEEAADDIINNGG FFOORR RRHHYYLL
Byline: IAN LLOYD HUGHES IT'S easy to imagine a young Christopher Biggins. A rosy cheeked, cherub faced schoolboy not unlike a miniature version of the Biggins who graces televisions today. Just imagine little Christopher setting off for his first...
Bold Philharmonic Maestro Pulls off Concert Symphony Masterstroke; CONCERT RLPO, Hager/ Philharmonic
FOR a concert which was a double debut, it was certainly something to remember. Conductor Leopold Hager's vivacity brought the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra alive and, when coupled with a searing performance of Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto...
Books; New Fiction
Burley Cross Postbox Theft, by Nicola Barker, in hardback by Fourth Estate, priced pounds 18.99. NICOLA BARKER'S cunningly-crafted latest novel is entirely composed of letters. The premise, as its title suggests, is a break-in at a Yorkshire village...
Cameron to Offer City Elected Mayor Vote
Byline: Rob Merrick VOTERS in Liverpool will be asked if they want an "executive mayor" - with powers over housing, planning and regeneration - in a referendum next year, the Daily Post can reveal. New Communities Secretary Eric Pickles will...
Campaigner in Crackdown Move on City Bullies
Byline: Alan Weston HUMAN rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is to launch a five-year plan to tackle homophobic bullying of young people in Liverpool. The Anti-Homophobic Bullying Strategy will be unveiled at St George's Hall on Monday, which is also...
Capello: Rooney Can Raul the World
Byline: Car lMarkham ENGLAND coach Fabio Capello believes newly-crowned Footballer of the Year Wayne Rooney is as important to the national team as Raul was to Real Madrid when the Italian coached him at the Bernabeu. The Manchester United striker...
Classical
MERSEYSIDE-born pianist Martin Roscoe is now a seasoned 57-year-old artist, and ripe to embark on a complete recording of the Sonatas of Beethoven. Due to appear in 9 volumes, the first to arrive on the Deux-Elles label has the 3 sonatas Opus 10 and...
Collingwood: I Hope We Play Aussies in Final
Byline: DAVID CLOUGH CAPTAIN Paul Collingwood said England would "love" to face arch rivals Australia in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 after seeing off Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the last four. England were dominant after an all-round...
Conductor Petrenko Wins Classical Music Accolade
Byline: Laura Davis VASILY PETRENKO was announced as Male Artist of the Year at the Classical Brit Awards 2010 last night. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's chief conductor received the accolade during a glittering gala show at London's...
Cut Price Cabinet; Cameron's Savings Begin at Home as His Ministers' Pay Frozen
Byline: GAVIN GORDON DAVID Cameron yesterday stamped his authority on the first meeting of his new coalition Cabinet ordering a 5% pay cut for his ministerial team. The Prime Minister and his Liberal Democrat deputy Nick Clegg also issued a warning...
David Cameron Has Mandate to Govern but Coalition Will Face Dangerous Times Ahead, Warns Lord Alton; Lord David Alton, Former Liberal/Lib-Dem MP for Liverpool Edge Hill, Later Mossley Hill, Is Concerned about Our Coalition Government
Byline: Lord David Alton I HAVE always seen merit in trying to find common ground where possible, and served as an MP during the period of the Liberal-SDP Alliance, but strongly opposed David Steel's decision to take the Liberal Party into the Lib-Lab...
Deaths
ASHTON -LIAM WYNNE, May 9th, 2010 tragically at his home, Corn Cam, Penysarn aged 22. Beloved Fianc [acute accent] ee of Manon. Devoted Dad of Tomos Sion. Treasured son of Keith and Step Mum Paula. Fond brother of Kerry, Chloe, Kieran, Kyle and Ashley....
Defender Wilson Is Relishing Kop Move
Byline: IAN DOYLE LIVERPOOL target Danny Wilson believes the influence of former Everton duo Walter Smith and David Weir has helped bring him to the brink of a move to Merseyside. The 18-year-old is expected to complete a switch from Glasgow...
Elstone's New Hope for Blues Stadium; Everton Chief Hopes Council Change Can Revive Move
Byline: IAN DOYLE ROBERT ELSTONE hopes the change of leadership at Liverpool City Council can help push forward Everton's plans for a new stadium. The Labour Party swept to power in the city following last week's elections, ending 12 years of...
England Excited by Giving Australia Their Final Insult; Cricket
Byline: David Clough ENGLAND came up trumps again for "lucky guy" Paul Collingwood last night to book themselves and their captain a place in the ICC World Twenty20 final. Collingwood's team trounced Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the semi-final...
Essentials
watch it WESTERN fans are in for a treat as 3:10 to Yuma makes its terrestrial debut. Indians at their front and Wade's men on their tail, the group also face trouble from within as the outlaw manipulates his captors in his attempts to escape. ...
Everton Connection Gives Liverpool-Bound Wilson Fillip
Byline: Ian Doyle LIVERPOOL target Danny Wilson believes the influence of former Everton duo Walter Smith and David Weir has helped bring him to the brink of a move to Merseyside. The 18-year-old is expected to complete a switch from Glasgow...
Expect Purple Reign at York
Byline: ARGUS GLOBETROTTING stayer Purple Moon can secure a long overdue triumph in the Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup. The seven-year-old has remarkably failed to get his head in front since landed the Ebor at York three years ago, but he has...
Family Is the Secret O of My Success
Byline: Hannah Stephenson IT MAY be five o'clock in the morning in Los Angeles, but despite having just woken, Denise Welch sounds upbeat. The Durham-born actress, best known for playing feisty barmaid Natalie in Coronation Street and now being...
Ferguson Reassures England over Duo
Byline: Andy Sims SIR Alex Ferguson has backed Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney to shrug off their fitness doubts and shine at this summer's World Cup finals. England skipper Ferdinand has been plagued by persistent back trouble while striker Rooney...
From Inept Labour to Tory Nightmare
Byline: ian PARRI SOME never learn the lessons of history. A black cloud of despondency has descended over Wales as the Tories, who in a previous incarnation wreaked havoc on our economy and social values, returned to power on the back of English...
From Mamma Mia to Streetdancing
Byline: Laura Davis BRITAIN'S first film to be fully shot in 3D will be released next week, starring Merseyside dancer Rachel McDowall. Yet the 25-year-old, who made her debut in the 2005 movie Mamma Mia!, had not worn ballet shoes for six years...
Get Braced for More Air Chaos
Byline: Liam Christopher EUROPE should brace itself for a summer of sudden flight disruptions caused by the Icelandic volcano, experts have warned. Air-control authorities and geologists agree there are likely to be more cancellations to come...
Glam Ace Harris Too Good for Northants; COUNTY CRICKET
JAMES HARRIS claimed figures of 5-62 as Glamorgan beat Northamptonshire by an innings and four runs to wrap up their third County Championship win of the season and move up to second in the Division Two table. It took the Welsh county only 22.5...
Hamilton Won't Do a Schuey in Monaco
Byline: IAN PARKES LEWIS HAMILTON has no intention of ending his Formula One career with stains on his character like Michael Schumacher. Schumacher's brilliant, but tainted time in Formula One was again the subject of debate yesterday after...
Here to Turn a Few Heads; Controversial Comic on Tour
Byline: RAYYAN PARRY REGINALD D Hunter, described by many as one of the UK's best comedians, will be gracing the stage at Venue Cymru this week. In fact, he's so good, they've had to move his show to a bigger venue after seeing a rise in ticket...
House Prices on the Rise
Byline: ROB DAVIES THE annual rate at which house prices are rising in Wales and England reached its highest level for nearly 21/2 years during March, Government figures showed. Annual house price inflation rose in all areas of the UK during...
Huw Seeks Return of Good Times at Druids; Griffiths Glad to Be Back with Cefn
Byline: DAVE JONES HUW GRIFFITHS enjoyed notable success at Elements Cefn Druids as a player - now he wants to repeat those good times as their manager. The Ancients have turned to former defender Griffiths as the man to spearhead their bid for...
Jones: We're Doing This for All of Wales; CARDIFF ON BRINK OF PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: DREW WILLIAMS DAVE JONES hopes he has given Wales an even stronger sense of pride having guided Cardiff to within 90 minutes of becoming the first team from outside England to compete in the Premier League. The Bluebirds will meet Blackpool...
Learn from Liverpool's Slump, Warns Wary Wenger
Byline: Jim van ARSENE WENGER has warned Arsenal cannot be complacent of their place in the top four as he targets another title challenge - or they could go the same way as Liverpool next season. While Wenger believes his young squad exceeded...
Lennon Peace Monument Planned for Liverpool Site
Byline: Catherine Jones A PEACE monument dedicated to John Lennon will be built in Liverpool. The 18ft monument will be unveiled by Lennon's son, Julian, in October, as part of the city's two-month season of events to commemorate the former Beatle's...
Less Is More as Far as Loan Deals Are Concerned
Byline: Nick Hilton LES PARRY plans to make Tranmere less reliant on long-term loan players if he is given the chance to remain in charge of team affairs at Prenton Park next season. Rovers used no fewer than 11 loan players during the 2009/10...
Long Slog Worth It to Aid My Lifesavers; Coma Man Makes Charity Trek across North Wales
Byline: STEVE BAGNALL A MAN beaten within an inch of his life in prison has undertaken a seven-day charity walk across North Wales to raise vital cash for the people that saved him. Two years ago, Wrexham-born Anthony Gough did not know whether...
Losing Teachers Is Costing Us an EXTRA Pounds 300,000; Hard-Up County Facing Early Retirement Payouts
Byline: OWEN HUGHES A CASH strapped council will have to fork out up to pounds 305,000 from its general reserves to pay-off teachers in early retirement deals to avoid compulsory redundancies. Secondary schools on Anglesey are being forced to...
Macho Rewriting of a Great Legend; the Main Feature ROBIN HOOD (12A , Director: Ridley Scott. Starring: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong, Max Von Sydow, Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes, Alan Doyle, Mark Addy, William Hurt, Oscar Isaac, Eileen Atkins, Matthew Macfadyen Director: Ridley Scott. 140 Mins. Rating:
EVERY generation has its own version of Robin Hood. Douglas Fairbanks donned the tights with pride in the early 1920s, followed by a dashing Errol Flynn with a feather in his cap in the 1930s and Richard Greene in the long-running 1950s TV series....
Massive Rocks to Defend Seafront; STORMS LEFT WALL IN 'PRECARIOUS' STATE
Byline: RICHARD EVANS MASSIVE rocks will be used to construct an emergency barrier to protect Old Colwyn's seafront after crashing waves destroyed the promenade in March. An engineers' report has revealed 160m of the sea wall has been damaged...
Mathew Wins His Doorstep Challenge
Byline: GARETH HUGHES MATHEW Roberts chalked up his fourth win in the Great Arete midweek series of fell-races on his doorstep at Moel y Gest, taking a minute off last year's time. With four races left he is now virtually certain of the overall...
Mayoral Vote a Key Issue
LDP WE ALREADY know, as a result of the Conservatives and Lib-Dems becoming best friends in Downing Street, that we will all have to troop out to our polling stations in due course for a vote on the best way forward for electoral reform. Now, Liverpool...
New Boys Alder Determined to Savour Tough Summer; Local Cricket
Byline: Paul Edwards ALDER had one of the toughest of introductions to Bridging Finance Liverpool Competition cricket last month - and their players relished almost every moment of it. Muhammad Masroor's side opened their Knockout Trophy campaign...
New' Design Champion' Aims to Boost Sector in Merseyside
Byline: Alistair Houghton THE new head of the agency that promotes design in Merseyside says she aims to find new ways to help the sector expand. Liverpool-based Design Initiative, which offers training and promotional support to designers and...
New Hope of Saving Jobs in TV; S4C TO COMMISSION Pounds 7M WORK FROM N.WALES COMPANIES
Byline: DAVID POWELL HOPES were high yesterday that 65 threatened jobs could be safeguarded after S4C announced a pounds 7m bonanza of work for TV programme makers in North Wales. On Wednesday, S4C confirmed that youth programme Uned 5, made...
Nuclear Fallout; FEARS TORY/LIB DEM DEAL WILL LEAD TO WYLFA B HOPES BEING DASHED
Byline: SAM LISTER THE future of Wylfa B is in doubt after Lib Dem Chris Huhne was appointed Energy Secretary, it was warned last night. One of the first compromises of the new Cameron Clegg government is how to proceed with the new generation...
On the Drifters Production Line
Byline: IAN LLOYD HUGHES F it ain't broke, don't fix it. IFor over 50 years it is fair to say that has been the sentiment of the Drifters' production line. As many acts strive to push boundaries, there is at least one with a foot planted firmly...
OPINION: Misplaced Comments on Twitter Lead to Such Tweet Sorrow
IN WHAT is considered the first case of its kind and a significant warning on the dangers of "tweeting first and thinking later", 26-yearold Paul Chambers was convicted of "improper use of a public electronic communications network" after posting a...
Pity We Couldn't Have Had a Lab-Lib-Con Coalition
Byline: Phil Redmond SO NOW we really know. Or do we? What is happening with Benitez? While we have seen the political taps on the shoulder that have ushered in a new era in British politics, the full-blooded public endorsement of the Chairman that...
Police Prisoners' Complaints Up by More Than 75%; CUSTODY ISSUE ALLEGATIONS SOAR BY 77%
Byline: DAVID POWELL COMPLAINTS against North Wales Police about issues while prisoners were in custody have risen by 77%. It is the first time that 'breach of code C' complaints have overtaken assault allegations against officers. Neglect...
Port Investor Reveals Profits
Byline: DAVID JONES THE property trading and development group behind massive investment plans on Anglesey has revealed half year profits of pounds 7m. London-based Conygar Investment Company said the six month profits before tax to March 31...
Rasool Exit Leaves Hole at Neston
Byline: MikeTalbot-Butler NEW leaders Neston take on reigning champions Oulton Park in the Chapel Press Cheshire County League premiership match of the day without star Aussie batsman Brad Rasool who has unexpectedly upped sticks to play in Devon....
Rugged SUV
Byline: Alistair Coull; Val Jessop THE trouble with the "old" Subaru Forester was that it couldn''t quite make up its mind what it was. With its permanent 4WD, it had obvious pretensions to be an off-roader - but it looked more like a jacked-up...
Sadness as Southport's Last Independent School Closes
Byline: Amy Salter THE last remaining independent school in Southport will close this summer. The doors will shut for the final time at Sunnymede School at the end of this term, despite a desperate effort by parents and staff to save it. Headteacher...
Settle BA Cabin Crews Strike, Urges New Minister
Byline: Alan Jones THE new Transport Secretary yesterday warned that a series of strikes by British Airways cabin crew would be "self-defeating" as the airline revealed plans to run at least half its flights from Heathrow Airport during the first...
Slavery Museum Ready to Begin Pounds 6m Expansion
Byline: Luke Warrens LIVERPOOL'S International Slavery Museum has been given the green light to proceed with its pounds 6m expansion. The planning approval will allow the Albert Dock attraction to construct a striking glass walkway to link the...
Speedy Hire Recovery Boosted as Pounds 20m Five-Year Deal Sealed
Byline: Neil Hodgson SPEEDY Hire has clinched a pounds 20m extension to a contract with construction and housebuilding group Galliford Try. Newton-Willows-based plant hire group Speedy said the new five-year deal includes the creation of a "bespoke...
Stadium Talks Back on Agenda for Elstone; Elstone Seeks Council Talks on New Stadium
Byline: Ian Doyle ROBERT ELSTONE hopes the change of leadership at Liverpool City Council can help push forward Everton's plans for a new stadium. The Labour Party swept to power in the city following last week's elections, ending 12 years of...
Take the Open Road across California; Craig Woodhouse Enjoys the Drive of His Life on the West Coast of America
Byline: Craig Woodhouse CRUISING along the Pacific Coast Highway in an opentop convertible, with blue skies overhead, rolling surf on one side and soaring mountains on the other, I wondered what all the fuss was about. "It's a tiring drive,"...
The Alternative World England Boss Fabio Capello Capello Cup Index
Byline: BEN THORNLEY; ANDY GILPIN JUST when you thought there would be a no-nonsense approach to the World Cup from England manager Fabio, up pops the Capello index. Rating your players after each game - what could possibly go wrong? Well, a...
The Painter Who Stood for Life against Death; Tate Liverpool's Landmark Picasso Exhibition Will Focus on His Political Beliefs. LauraDavis Discovers They Were as Complicated as His Art
Byline: Laura avis HE ARRIVED in Northern England plainly dressed in an old raincoat and blue beret, carrying a bunch of chrysanthemums. A humble figure on the railway platform but a colossal one in the world peace process. When he stepped...
The Raul Deal; Capello Compares Rooney to Spanish Ace
Byline: CARL MARKHAM ENGLAND coach Fabio Capello believes Wayne Rooney is as important to the national team as Raul was to Real Madrid when the Italian coached him at the Bernabeu. The Manchester United striker is currently recovering from a...
TOSH STICKS WITH BELL; Striker Looks Set to Lead Wales in Euro Qualifiers
Byline: MARK CURRIE JOHN TOSHACK has given a clear indication he wants Craig Bellamy to spearhead Wales' attempts to qualify for Euro 2012. The Manchester City striker was a surprise inclusion in the Wales squad named by Toshack yesterday for...
Universities 'At Risk' over Funding Crisis
Byline: Alison Kershaw GRADUATES could pay back their loans earlier and at a higher interest rate, the UK's top universities suggested yesterday. Higher education is facing a deficit that could top pounds 1.1bn by 2012/13, and action must be...
University Wants 25% International Students by 2014
Byline: David Bartlett LIVERPOOL University has set itself the ambitious target of attracting 25% of its students from abroad within four years. Currently, about 15% of the university's 18,000 students are foreign. With the university sector...
Vettel Is Glad to Still Be in Hunt
SEBASTIAN VETTEL is relieved to find himself still firmly in the hunt for this year's Formula One world title following a troubled start to the season. Vettel has been on the front row of the grid at four of this year's five races, including pole...
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Sherlock Holmes (12) HOLMES (Robert Downey Jr) and trusty sidekick Watson (Jude Law) race to the scene of a ritualistic killing, just in time to stop Lord Blackwood sacrificing a victim. Before his execution, Blackwood vows that "death is only the...
We Must Avoid Delays Says Project Manager
THE MAN in charge of the bid to build a new nuclear plant at Wylfa last night urged delays must be avoided, and discussions must be "timely". Alan Smith, project manager at Horizon Nuclear Power said: "We have strong local political and public support...
Why Water Loo Sun Set Is All about Liverpool
Byline: JadeWright WHAT do you think of when you hear the immortal lines "As long as a I gaze on Waterloo sunset, I am in paradise"? I''d always assumed it was Waterloo, London, and that the dirty old river was the Thames, but it turns out the answer...
Witt out to Win Half-Back Battle
Byline: EMYR JONES SUNDAY'S clash between Hull KR and Crusaders at New Craven Park will see two of Super League's in-form half-backs go head to head for the first time this season. Crusaders' Michael Witt and Hull KR's Michael Dobson have both...
Wolves Could Rocket to Top as Leeds Look for Re-Launch
Byline: Ian Laybourn LEEDS coach Brian McClennan wants to draw a "line in the sand" after a disappointing first half of the Engage Super League season and use the visit of form team Warrington tonight to re-launch the Rhinos' bid for a fourth successive...
Your Stars
Byline: Patrick Arundell The New Moon in Taurus is perfect for making a fresh start where your finances are concerned. You can use this to reorganize your possessions. Give away anything you no longer need, and make space for all the great new things...