Daily Post (Liverpool, England)

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Articles from March 22, 2005

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194 Jobs to Be Axed at BBC in Wales
Yesterday MPs said it was bad news for Wales. The cuts form part of a revamp of the corporation in preparation for the new BBC Charter and the national switchover to digital television. BBC director general Mark Thompson announced yesterday plans...
Academy Football: Points Shared in Eight-Goal Thriller; LIVERPOOL
Byline: CHRIS WRIGHT DESPITE being 4-1 ahead at one point, Liverpool under-18s are still looking for their first win of 2005 after they drew 4-4 in a thrilling match with Crewe Alexandra at the Kirkby Academy. John Owens's side are still bottom...
Academy Football: Vaughan Seals Rovers Revenge; EVERTON
Byline: with CHRIS WRIGHT SUBSTITUTE James Vaughan's stunning solo strike ultimately sealed Everton under-18s' excellent 3-2 victory at FA Premier Academy League Group C leaders Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. Neil Dewsnip's side produced a fine...
Aid Is Illegal, Says US; EU Fights for Airbus Grant
Byline: BY DAVID JONES THE European Union is refusing to abandon a massive aid package for new Airbus jets unless the United States makes concessions on support for rival Boeing's aircraft. The US has broken off talks on what its claims are illegal...
Amateur Football: Ambrose Edge out Old Xaverians A; I Zingari League
Byline: BY GARY BERWICK IN the final of the Liverpool County FA Intermediate Cup, St Ambrose take pride of place for the league with a narrow but vital 2-1 win over Old Xaverians 'A'. In a tight game in appalling conditions, goals from A Green...
Amateur Football: Dock Cement Record Fourth Premier Cup; Birkenhead Sunday League
Byline: BY GRAEME SUTHERLAND THE final of the Wirral District Sunday Premier Cup was played last Friday at Poulton Victoria between Dock FC from the Houlihans Birkenhead Sunday Football League and the Plough from Wallasey Sunday League. Both...
Amateur Football: It's a Steal as 10-Man Police Nab Final Slot; Liverpool County Combination
Byline: BY JIM STANAWAY MOSSLEY HILL threw away a 2-1 lead in their Lancashire Amateur Cup semi-final before crashing out 4-2 as 10man Merseyside Police racked up a fine win. Ben Carson and Hilel AlHanshali's goals couldn't stop a rampant Police...
Amateur Football: Villa Shutt out as Laird Edge Cup Showdown; West Cheshire League
Byline: BY ERNIE MACDONALD WIRRAL FA Senior Cup holders, Cammell Laird Reserves reached the final of this season's competition after a John Morgan double and an effort from Mike Shutt secured a hard-earned 3-2 midweek victory over Division Two minnows...
Amateur Football: Windsor Clinch Dutchman in Shootout; Wallasey Sunday
Byline: BY TOM POTTER THE Dutchman Cup Final enabled Windsor to forget their previous final defeat and take the cup from holders Grange FC. An early Brett Baxter goal put Grange ahead but a second-half equaliser from Phil Herbert sent the game...
Army Chief's Insult to Suicide Victims; Deepcut Father Attacks 'Less Intelligent' Jibe
Byline: By MARK HOOKHAM THE father of a Deepcut soldier said last night he was 'incensed' at comments by a senior soldier that people who commit suicide were 'less intelligent'. Geoff Gray hit out at a statement by General Anthony Palmer, the...
Arts Diary: MUSIC Glenn Miller Orchestra/ Southport Theatre
Byline: STAN WOOLLEY THE Glenn Miller style of band has become something of a growth industry in recent times with several such orchestras regularly touring the country. This band is a little different from the rest in that it is the 'official'...
Arts Diary: Stars of the Future; Philip Key Looks in on a Rehearsal for Bugsy Malone
Byline: Philip Key THEY were young, they were talented and they were dressed in the style of the 1930s. Youthful performers were all on hand at Monica's Parish Church Club in Bootle where rehearsals were nearing completion. Director Anne Dalton...
Assaulted Woman to Marry Attacker
A WOMAN who was punched twice in the face by her partner is to marry her attacker. Defendant Mark Peter Hughes, 31, had drunk eight cans of lager and could not remember assaulting Suzanne Hughes. She signed a police officer's notebook on the...
BBC Staff in Wales Face Losing Jobs
BBC Wales will slash 194 jobs over the next three years as the corporation undergoes a major restructure. The posts are to be axed in BBC Wales content and output areas. It is not known at this stage if any jobs will go from the Bangor and Wrexham...
Ben's Kille Made in Wales Tried to Stab Me; Road Rage Victim Recalls Ordeal at Hands of Teenager's Murderer
Byline: By IAN JONES A ROAD rage victim last night told how he narrowly escaped being stabbed by a man who went on to kill a North Wales teenager. Christopher Johnson is serving a life sentence for murdering Old Colwyn skateboarder Ben Jones,...
Chirac's Friends Face Trial on Corruption Charges
Byline: BY LIAM CHRISTOPHER SENIOR allies of President Jacques Chirac and a member of Paris's Olympic bid committee were among 47 defendants accused of rigging public works' contracts for kickbacks in a major political corruption trial opening today....
Cricket: Bell Rings True for England in Testing Victory
Byline: BY ALAN EASEL CAPTAIN Ian Bell came to the rescue as England A recovered from a top-order collapse in Colombo to secure a five-wicket victory over their Sri Lanka counterparts in their opening match of the one-day triangular series. Set...
Darren Left for Work and That Was the Last Time I Saw Him
Byline: By CARL BUTLER A DEVASTATED mum of two last night told of her loss after her devoted 29year-old husband was killed in a car crash. Darren Clive Baines, of Pippins Close, Shotton, died when returning home from working a 6pm-2am shift at...
David Banks: Rejoice in the Day Rugby Came Home
Byline: David Banks THERE was a point in Saturday's match when you could tell Welsh rugby was back. In recent weeks the Welsh team's success had been written off by those who had predicted they would come fourth this year as a fluke. A flash...
David Charters
Byline: David Charters 'USE your speed, Robert; that ball's yours, Kieron; brilliant tackle, Adam; down the wing, Jake; man on, Jack; their weak on the left flank, boys; you're having a laugh, ref; control the ball, pass it; great kick, Cameron;...
Don't Keep Six Nations Cup in Cardiff Cupboard; North Wales Fans Seek Fair Share of Slam Joys
Byline: By HYWEL TREWYN and IAN JONES NORTH Wales rugby fans are demanding their slice of the Grand Slam celebrations to mark the historic achievement. An open-top bus parade of the Welsh side is planned, although details are yet to be finalised....
EU Sticking with Airbus Launch Aid
Byline: By DAVID JONES Business Correspondent THE European Union is refusing to abandon massive launch aid for new Airbus jets unless the United States makes matching concessions on support for rival Boeing's aircraft. The US has broken off talks...
Football: ARMBAND FOR GIGGS; United Star to Be Named as Wales Captain
Byline: By MARK CURRIE RYAN GIGGS will be unveiled as captain of Wales later this week ahead of his 50th cap in Saturday's World Cup qualifier with Austria. The honour of leading out Wales at the Millennium Stadium comes six weeks later than...
Football: Benitez Counting Cost of Bruising Derby Victory
Byline: BY ANDY HUNTER LIVERPOOL expect to be without a further four first-team regulars when their assault on fourth place resumes in a fortnight. Rafael Benitez yesterday began to count the true cost of his side's bruising derby victory over...
Football: Bosman Blues; out of Contract Goodison Stars Told There's No Rush to Sort out New Deals
Byline: By ANDY HUNTER EVERTON'S potential Bosman players have been told the club is in no rush to tie up their new contracts. The Goodison club could lose seven players on free transfers at the end of this season and has so far secured only...
Football: Carragher Tipped to Be Future Anfield Leader; Hamann Praises Defender and Wants to Make Derby Display the Standard
Byline: BY ANDY HUNTER DIETMAR HAMANN last night tipped Jamie Carragher as a future Anfield captain as he admitted Liverpool must sustain their derby heroics to claim a Champions League prize Carragher produced another fine performance in the heart...
Football: Crowell Keen to Make the Most of Late Call-Up
Byline: By DAVID TRIGGS MATT CROWELL is determined to prove his worth to Brian Flynn after winning a late call-up to the Wales under-21 squad. The Wrexham midfielder was initially overlooked by U21 boss Flynn, but an injury to Crewe's David Vaughan...
Football: Eriksson States His Case for England's US Tour
Byline: BY MARK BRADLEY SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON has extolled the virtues of England's post-season tour to the United States despite criticism from leading Premiership managers. Eriksson, who faces Northern Ireland this weekend at Old Trafford, has...
Football: Everton in No Rush to Tie Up Deals for Bosman Players
Byline: BY ANDY HUNTER EVERTON'S potential Bosman players have been told the club is in no rush to end the current impasse over their new contracts. The Goodison club could lose seven players on free transfers at the end of this season and has...
Football: Hamann: Unsung Hero Carragher Can Be Reds Skipper
Byline: By ANDY HUNTER DIETMAR HAMANN last night tipped Jamie Carragher as a future Anfield captain as he admitted Liverpool must sustain their derby heroics to claim a Champions League prize. Carragher produced another fine performance in the...
Football: Injury List Growing as Roberts Called U; Depleted Tranmere Defence Cause for Concern Ahead of Easter Games
Byline: BY NICK HILTON TRANMERE ROVERS must nurse their wounded through this week as a trio of ill-timed injury problems hit the squad ahead of the Easter programme. Centre-backs Ian Goodison and Mike Jackson together with midfielder Theo Whitmore...
Football: Marksman Lee Can Put Hulse's Men in Hunt; WELSH PREMIER
Byline: By PHIL STANLEY THE race for the title could take a decisive twist this evening with the two main contenders in action. Stuttering Rhyl's recent hiccup has seen the Lilywhites slip to third, eight points adrift of TNS. The reigning champions...
Football: Mourinho 'Lied' Chelsea in Hot Water over Nou Camp Row
Byline: By MARTYN ZIEGLER CHELSEA could face the ultimate sanction of disqualification from the Champions League after being accused by Uefa of telling deliberate lies about Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard and referee Anders Frisk. The club, manager...
Football: Pounds 4m Rugby Academy Planned in N. Wales
Byline: By CLAIRE TOLLEY NORTH Wales is set to capitalise on the national team's Grand Slam success in a pounds 4m project to nurture the rugby stars of the future. A scheme is being launched to build a rugby academy, the first of its kind in the...
Football: Reserves Rescued by In-Form Vaughan; Birmingham City Res. 1 Everton Reserves. 1
EVERTON RESERVES made it four games unbeaten with a battling Barclays Premiership Reserve League North point away at Birmingham Steve Watson played another full 90 minutes after his substitute appearance against Liverpool on Sunday in the 1-1 draw...
Football: Savage Loss Won't Affect Us; Baggies Ace Puts Faith in His New Wales Boss
Byline: By MARK CURRIE STRIKER Robert Earnshaw won't be losing any sleep over the absence of former team-mate Robbie Savage from John Toshack's new-look Wales squad, who resume their World Cup campaign this week. West Bromwich Albion's pint-sized...
Football: Sven Not Worried over Tour Criticism
Byline: By MARK BRADLEY SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON has extolled the virtues of England's post-season tour to the United States despite criticism from leading Premiership managers. Eriksson, who faces Northern Ireland this weekend at Old Trafford, has...
Football: UEFAmay Call Time on Chelsea Euro Bid; Disqualification a Possibility after Claims of Deliberate Lies
Byline: BY MARTYN ZIEGLER CHELSEA could face the ultimate sanction of disqualification from the Champions League after being accused by UEFA of telling deliberate lies about Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard and referee Anders Frisk. The club, manager...
Golf North West: 18 Holes of Golf 18 Different Venues Northwest; Mersey Valley Team Set Tough Charity Challenge
Byline: BY HAROLD BROUGH GOLF'S LONG and wellknown efforts for charity take many forms, from big celebrity days to clubhouse dances, to moonlight golf and other novelty events out on the fairways. Now Mersey Valley has produced another fund-raising...
Golf North West: Delamere Set to Decide County's Finest Youngster; Winstanley to Defend 36-Hole Cheshire Title
Byline: BY HAROLD BROUGH THE CHESHIRE Boys Championship, a major and early season challenge for the county's talented youngsters, returns to its natural home, Delamere, for the 36-hole 2005 tournament on Thursday. The championship was first played...
Golf North West: Formby Firm Lead Battle on Club Thieves
Byline: BY HAROLD BROUGH THE WARNINGS have been given by golf clubs to their members, but despite these efforts the theft of golf clubs is a booming, nationwide industry. But now a Formby firm have produced an idea to beat the thieves, the Mac...
Golf North West: Hoylake to Challenge for Double
HOYLAKE will be defending a double success when the 2005 Merseyside Municipal Championships take place on June 5. The event brings together golfers from the 14 municipal clubs on Merseyside and last year's event at Arrowe Park saw the Wirral club...
Golf North West: Senior Role Gives Phil New Targets to Aim for; Jones Looks to Add to His Titles - and Help the Next Generation
Byline: BY HAROLD BROUGH TITLE-WINNING Senior golfer Phil Jones has been made captain of his golf club, recognition of his service to the club but an accolade which should also be seen as a tribute to his distinguished career and to the efforts...
Golf North West: Skipper Bardsley Aims High for County
Byline: BY HAROLD BROUGH ONE of Lancashire's longestserving campaigners, a former county champion and England international, will lead his county in its bid for honours this season with the top target the northern championship and then beyond the...
Government Admits Camilla Will Be Queen
CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES will automatically become Queen when the Prince of Wales succeeds to the throne unless there is a change in the law, the Government confirmed. The Department for Constitutional Affairs admitted legislation would be needed to prevent...
History on the Move; It Has Stood on a Cobbled Street for Almost 60 Years and the Queen and Prince Charles Were among Its Customers. Now Liverpool's Internationallyrenowned Leather Shop Is Moving
Byline: David Charters reports THE bell above the green door to a cellar on the street, where time has never bustled, rings like the ones you used to hear in the old sweet shops - tring, tring. And the hard-soled shoes of passing business executives...
House Price Boom Is over; but Experts Dismiss Fears of Crash
Byline: By TOM BODDEN THE North Wales house market is returning to normal after years of booming prices, estate agents forecast yesterday. Sales of homes remained flat last month with average property prices across the UK rising by less than...
Howard Will Stamp on Illegal Camps
Byline: By ANDREW WOODCOCK TRESPASS by travellers would be made a criminal offence under a Tory government, as part of a package of measures designed to crack down on illegal encampments unveiled by party leader Michael Howard yesterday Mr Howard...
I HAD TO GO TO FRANCE FOR KNEE OP; N.Wales Man Crosses Channel for Treatment
Byline: By TOM BODDEN A NORTH Wales man paid for a private operation in France rather than wait months in agony for treatment on the NHSAlan Rudman, who was desperate for knee replacement surgery, was treated in a hospital in Abbeville, near Calais....
I'll Torture You the Rest of Your Life; Threat to Woman Who Refused Lesbian Affair
Byline: By ELWYN ROBERTS A SPURNED woman sent death threats to another who refused to have a gay relationship with her, magistrates heard yesterday. Kelly Marie Chubb made an unnamed woman's life a nightmare, Flintshire Magistrates heard. ...
Jeweller's Plea T O Find Missing Killer; Accomplice Found Guilty
Byline: BY JACQUI WALLS THE husband of jeweller Marian Bates, shot dead during a robbery at her shop, last night urged police to find the man who pulled the trigger as the killer's accomplice was found guilty of murder. Peter Williams, 19, faces...
Leading Article: Sensible Cure to Shortage of GPs
GETTING to see a GP has become an increasingly difficult task in recent years. We are all familiar with the problems of having to make appointments or argue your way past over-protective receptionists in situations where what you need is proper...
Leading Article: The Shocking Failings That Led to Death
THE knife-crazed past of a man who callously murdered a North Wales teenager makes disturbing reading. Christopher Johnson is serving a life sentence for stabbing to death Old Colwyn skateboarder Ben Jones. For Ben, a decent lad from a decent...
Legal Week: Witnesses' 'Friend' Quits after 15 Years; Servic's Pioneer Retires
Byline: BY LYNDA ROUGHLEY THE manager of the witness service at Liverpool Crown Court has retired after 15 years in the role. Staff said a fond farewell to Norma Canevali as she handed over to her successor, former firefighter Stephen Sugden,...
Letter: Dredging Delays
Byline: Patrick Heesom RE the dredging application for the port of Mostyn, whilst other bodies are involved, the fact is that the Environment Agency made a decision in the public domain last year to refuse the application and accordingly it is their...
Lifeline; SOLVING YOUR PROBLEMS
I thought the bad patch my husband and I went through the year before last was over. We had talked about divorce but for the sake of the kids, we gave it another chance and found we still got on well, although maybe not as well as it used to be. ...
Mark Lawrenson: A Derby of Misfortune Courage and Stupidity
Byline: Mark Lawrenson I WAS taken aback at Anfield on Sunday by seeing things I have never seen before on a football pitch. The first was three Liverpool players going off injured before half time, the second was Luis Garcia showing courage...
Mark Lawrenson: Derby Commitment There for All to See O Mop Up the Loose Ball
Byline: Mark Lawrenson I WAS taken aback at Anfield on Sunday by seeing things I have never seen before on a football pitch. The first was three Liverpool players going off injured before half-time, the second was Luis Garcia showing courage and...
Mark Lawrenson: Moyes Right to Remain Positive with His Players
Byline: Mark Lawrenson was talking to NEIL MACDONALD THERE'S an old saying that when you fall off the bike, you have to get back on again. That is what David Moyes will be saying to his players this week in training. Yes, they have lost to their...
Minorities 'More Welcome in Wales; Race Commissioner Helps Launch Equality Scheme
Byline: By LAURA MAY WALES may have a distinct edge over England in welcoming ethnic minorities, a racial equality head said yesterday. Commission for Racial Equality chairman Trevor Phillips said he believed it was easier for Asians and black...
New Horizons: Adrian Moves from Hoses to Houses
WHEN Adrian Webb gave up his job as a fireman to start his own property business he was on the threshold of a new beginning. He had bought and renovated two houses in his spare time, and realised five years ago that Liverpool was at the start of...
New Horizons: Business Start-Up
IT IS a lot easier than most people imagine to get money out of their bank manager to launch or expand a business. You simply have to prove that you have a viable proposition! You need a business plan which will help the bank help you put your...
New Horizons: Changing the Future for Your Neighbours
EXPANDING Futures, the management and training consultants, operates at the leading edge of organisational and neighbourhood change throughout the North of England. Brian Dowds, managing director, formed the company in 2003, and in just a short...
New Horizons: Firm Builds on Its Success; the Bank Knows How Busy I Am, So They Come out to See Me, Often on Site
RENOVATION of houses and commercial premises has provided the perfect foundation for Merseysider Tony Ambrose. His latest venture - new build apartments - has proved so successful he sees that as a significant growth area. Tony, owner of Alben...
New Horizons: Helping Firms Find Their Feet
JOANNE Hitchen is a senior business manager for The Royal Bank of Scotland in Liverpool. Here, she explains her role and gives an insight into her day: 'I am senior business manager for The Royal Bank of Scotland and am responsible for managing a portfolio...
New Horizons: Michael's a Bright Spark in Business
MICHAEL Cunliffe started his electrical contract business with a capital of just pounds 50 and a little help from his pet dog. He decided to call the business BFM Electrical - B represented his collie Bentley, F represented wife Felicity and M was...
New Horizons: New Home Is Sign of Confidence for Hhpp
HHPP is preparing to move into new premises on Knowsley Business Park, less than a year after being launched. The new spacious home is a sign of confidence by founders David Haycocks and Peter Weir. They set up hhpp in 2004, bringing together...
New Horizons: NVQ Training and Consultancy Services Offers Support Where It's Needed
NVQ Training and Consultancy Services was founded in 1997 to deliver resources, training and consultancy services throughout the country. The organisation, based in Birkenhead, Wirral, delivers customised workshops, consultancy services and resources...
New Horizons: Staley Peters Provides the Whole Creative Package
JAN Staley and Kim Peters have transformed the business they started in 1990 into one of the largest creative design studios in Liverpool. Today, as it celebrates its 15th birthday, Staley Peters Creative Communications employs more than 20 staff and...
New Horizons: Supply and Demand
ARE you getting the very best from your suppliers? If you think that it is just a case of placing an order, accepting delivery, then paying an invoice, think again. Strong relationships with the people who supply your business can improve your...
New Horizons: The Sultan of Shampoo Stays Close to His Roots; I Have Been Fantastically Successful and Lucky in My Career, and I Have Never Had to Tread on Any Toes in My Life
HE is the King of Bling, the Prince of Perms and the Sultan of Shampoo, all rolled into one. Herbert Howe has turned down the chance of fame and even greater fortune to work in the US or London, preferring to keep his roots - and his skills - firmly...
New Pounds 46.5m Link Road for Congested Route to Wales
Byline: BY LARRY NEILD TWO flyovers are to be built on the Wirral-North Wales road in a pounds 46.5m scheme to cut congestion. It will provide the first ever junction-free route between the North West and the Welsh border. The new free-flow...
Obituary: John DeLorean
HANDSOME, with the white hair and black eyebrows, which should have suggested danger to the conservative heart, he was not the sort of fellow to gnaw his nails at night, wondering where the next penny was coming from. For he dealt in millions, most...
One of These Could Be Coming to a Place near You
Byline: By HYWEL TREWYN A TELECOMS watchdog is refusing to reveal where hundreds of controversial radio masts are to go up around Wales. And O2, the company behind the 45ft-high Tetra masts, claims they could be victims of sabotage attacks if...
People Post: College Life: Campus Goes on Air; Ian Jones Looks Behind the Scenes as a New Radio Station Hits the Airwaves, Hosted by College Students
Byline: Ian Jones UP to 150,000 local people can now tune in to the broadcasters of the future as Calon FM has hit the airwaves direct from the North East Wales Institute (Newi) in Wrexham. The two-week broadcast on 876 FM, under a restricted...
People Post: Local Heroes
The dynamism of a visually impaired student has resulted in a college putting up Braille signs all over its campus. Michael Sandeman has been using his Braille Dymo tape machine to help staff at Denbigh Community College as they place the notices...
People Post: School's New Bard
Byline: By IAN JONES SIX-YEAR-OLD pupil who won at her school's Eisteddfod after writing a wonderfully creative story, says that she wants to be a journalist when she grows up. As a result, teachers at Ysgol Glan Gele, in Abergele, sent Courtney...
Peugeot Cuts 850 Jobs as Car Sector Feels Squeeze; Unions Seek Urgent Talks with Company
Byline: BY ALAN JONES UNIONS are seeking urgent talks with executives at car giant Peugeot following the firm's announcement it is to axe 850 jobs at its main UK factory. Peugeot said it would do everything it could to minimise the impact of...
Phone-a-Cure as GP Numbers Fall; Telephone Consultations Cut Down Waiting Times
Byline: BY LIAM CHRISTOPHER THE falling number of GPs across Merseyside is forcing doctors to deal with patients over the telephone to save time. Family doctors are moving away from traditional face-to-face consultations and towards a service...
Pledge on Kids' Meals
Byline: By JON SMITH LABOUR yesterday promised a package of measures to improve school dinners as the party launched its children's 'mini manifesto'. UK education secretary Ruth Kelly said schools would be encouraged to spend more per-portion...
Proud Joan Wins Medals Battle for Late Husband; Liam Murphy Meets an 82-Year-Old Who Has Won a 60-Year Campaign
Byline: Liam Murphy PROUD Joan Dyble has finally been reunited with the medals her late husband thought he had lost when a fire swept through the boat he was serving on in World War II. The 82-year-old took delivery of replacements after David...
Racing: Heidi to Hand out a Hiding
Byline: BY ARGUS ONCE upon a time Heidi III was a very decent chaser in the making for Micky Hammond, and he should be followed at Wetherby today. Winner of the Great Yorkshire Chase as a six-yearold at the beginning of 2001, he looked sure to...
Review of Planning Rules as Prescott Urges More Sites
JOHN PRESCOTT has asked Merseyside's five local authorities to review the number of public and private sites they provide. A consultation paper called Planning for Gipsy and Traveller Sites was sent to all local authorities by the Office of the...
Rob Merrick - Our Man in Westminster: Travelling Muddle
Byline: Rob Merrick WHO should you blame if a posse of noisy travellers pitch their caravans on the attractive patch of green land at the end of your road? Is it your local authority? Is it John Prescott, the government minister responsible for...
Rugby League: Australia Named Host for 2006 Tri-Nations
Byline: BY IAN LAYBOURN GREAT BRITAIN will bridge a 14year gap when they visit Australia for the 2006 Tri-Nations Series. Although they played one-off Tests in Brisbane in 1999 and in Sydney in 2002, the Lions have not toured Australia since...
Rugby Union: Free-Scoring Cueto Leaves His Mark for Lions Duty
Byline: BY MIKE SINCLAIR MARK CUETO has staked a strong claim for a place on this summer's British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand with eight tries in his first eight internationals for England. The Sale Sharks winger has swooped at the right...
Rugby Union: Regions United; Now the Club Game Can Benefit from Slam Factor
Byline: By CLAIRE TOLLEY WALES' Grand Slam success is proof the nation is pulling together after years of bitter wrangling and division. In the wake of Saturday's victory over Ireland at the Millennium Stadium, skipper Michael Owen and flyhalf...
Rugby Union: Stars Force Way into Lions Reckoning
Byline: By ANDREW BALDOCK THE shutters have come down on Sir Clive Woodward's selection shop window after the 2005 RBS 6 Nations saw his Lions selection landscape redrawn by Welsh rugby's renaissance. When Woodward was appointed Lions supremo...
Rugby Union: Williams' Struggle to Make the Side Ends in Honour; Recalled Flanker's 6 Nations Award
Byline: By EMYR JONES and CLAIRE TOLLEY MARTYN WILLIAMS has crowned his incredible season by being named as the RBS 6 Nations Championship Player of the Tournament. Wales' very own 'Golden Nugget' pipped Ireland's British & Irish Lions captain-elect...
Sailing: Galeforce Winds Cut Short UK Trials
Byline: BY ANDREW STRATTON WEST KIRBY Sailing Club had to settle for third place in the United Kingdom Team Racing Championship, which they staged on the Marine Lake at the weekend, but it was a brave effort against quality opposition. Unfortunately...
SOCIAL DIARY; A Week in the Nightlife of the North West
Byline: Carolyn Hughes STARS from The Bill, Hollyoaks and Brookside turned out in force for the Lord Mayor's Charity Fashion Show at the Bar & Grill in Bold Street, Liverpool. All profits will go to the Lord Mayor's chosen charities, Kind,...
Stop-and-Search Rights Unveiled; Officers Can Be Asked for Written Record
Byline: BY DEBORAH JAMES NEW rights entitling everyone who is stopped by police to ask for a written record are to be unveiled on Merseyside today. The stop and account procedure, which has been tested in seven areas of the country including...
Stop the Yobs Who Use Our Roads as 100mph Racetrack; Call for Action as Hundreds Attend Illegal Rally
Byline: By CARL BUTLER POLICE were called in after hundreds of boy racers at an illegal rally sped along North Wales roads at 100mph. The souped-up cars were racing through a Flintshire industrial estate in the dark, watched by large crowds....
Strike Looms over Teachers' Hours; 'Gender Claims Are Utter Nonsense'
Byline: BY TIM ROSS HUNDREDS of schools could be hit by strikes when teachers walk out because they are not getting more time to plan lessons, union leaders warned last night. As one union warned that a "winter of discontent" in schools was looming...
The Debate: Is a Cleft Palate a Good Reason for an Abortion; Jessica Shaughnessy on the Rights of Unborn Babies
Byline: Jessica Shaughnessy CURATE Joanna Jepson is refusing to be beaten after her fight to see charges brought against the doctors who aborted a baby because it had a cleft lip and palate was rejected. Now Rev Jepson, of St Michael's Church...
The Debate: Prosecuting Doctors Is Not the Way to Go Forward; Lord David Alton, a Former Liverpool MP and an Independent Member of the House of Lords
Byline: Lord David Alton THE doctors who carried out the abortion in the recent Joanna Jepson case were found to be acting within the law. It goes without saying that they should not have been prosecuted if the procedure they carried out was...
The Debate: We're Not All Perfect, but We've a Right to Be Born; Yes: Varria Russell-White, Merseyside and Cheshire Communications Officer for Charity LIFE
Byline: Varria Russell-White JOANNA Jepson took up this fight because she believed a cleft palate was not a serious disability. She wanted to know why the police were not enforcing the law and she wants society to wake up and see how the abortion...
Trade Unions Call off Council Workers' Strike; Fresh Talks to Take Place over Pension Reforms
Byline: BY ANDY KELLY A PLANNED strike by more than 1.5m council workers and civil servants - including 40,000 on Merseyside - was called off last night after a last-ditch breakthrough in a bitter row over pensions. Workers ranging from government...
Travellers Move on to Pounds 1m Council Site; Adrian Butler Looks at the Growing Political Row over Legal and Illegal Caravans
Byline: Adrian Butler COMMUNITY of travellers yesterday moved on to a site in Liverpool paid for by almost pounds 1m of taxpayers' money, as the political row over the issue reached its height. The refurbished Tara Park camp site in Oil Street,...
Trevor Peake: CLUB NEWS
Byline: Trevor Peake THREE players finished on 32 points in Division Two of a senior stableford at ABERGELE, Dave McMullen winning on a countback with John Newcombe second and Keith Midgley third. Stuart Wade won Division One with 36 points, Gerald...