Daily Post (Liverpool, England)

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Articles from April 11, 2006

Abbey Owner Rules out Alliance & Leicester Deal
Byline: BY TONY MCDONOUGH Deputy Business Editor CITY sources said the Spanish owner of Abbey National had ruled out a bid for Alliance & Leicester as it looked to make a further raid on the UK banking sector. Santander is ready to return...
Bedwyr Sets the Pace in Shoe Art
Byline: By ROLAND HUGHES A NORTH Wales artist is kicking up a storm in a major art competition -with a display of 40 pairs of his shoes. Bedwyr Williams, of Rhostryfan near Caernarfon, is one of 13 artists in line for the pounds 20,000 Beck's...
Charity's Fears as Rapists Escape Jail with a Caution
Byline: BY JESSICA SHAUGHNESSY Daily Post Staff A MERSEYSIDE charity fears revelations that rapists are being cautioned rather than facing jail will discourage victims from reporting their ordeal. Women's groups have demanded an explanation from...
Council Seeks Licence to Thrill in Park Spectaculars
Byline: BY LARRY NEILD City Editor A NEW "super" licence to enable festivals to take place in Liverpool's major parks and key areas of the city is being sought. The annual licence will mean council bosses do not have to make separate applications...
Cricket: Fletcher Considers Further Rest for Fatigued Flintoff
Byline: BY RICHARD GIBSON ANDREW FLINTOFF may have to wait to earn his 100th one-day international cap for England. Current captain Flintoff sat out the abandoned fifth match of the series in Guwahati and may be given further opportunity to put...
Death Crash Mother Jailed for Two Years
Byline: By JOHN BINGHAM A MOTHER who crammed seven boisterous schoolboys into her car before causing an horrific pile-up has been jailed for two years. Furious relatives stormed out of court yesterday as nurse Angela Dublin, 46, was sentenced...
Diabetes 'Risk' in Kidney Therapy
Byline: BY JANE KIRBY Daily Post Correspondent PEOPLE given a common treatment for kidney stones could be up to four times more likely to develop diabetes, experts said yesterday. Shock wave therapy, also known as lithotripsy, uses sound waves...
EAT WELL... STAY WELL; Keep Oils in the Dark
Q I am going abroad on holiday and my last one was ruined when I had food poisoning after eating in a restaurant. How can I avoid getting it again? A There are lots of things you can do to reduce the risks of getting food poisoning when eating out....
Ex-Police Chief in Sex Bias Row Drops Labour for Tories; Labour Has Lost Its Way Badly
Byline: BY ALAN WESTON Daily Post Staff A FORMER high-ranking Merseyside Police officer who retired early from the force after a sex discrimination controversy is to advise the Tories on the proposed police mergers. Alison Halford, who forged...
Farmer's 'Appalling Neglect' of Animals; Officers Found Dying Stock and Piles of Bodies
Byline: By ERYL CRUMP A NORTH Wales farmer was yesterday banned from keeping livestock for seven years after trading standards officers uncovered "an appalling catalogue of neglect". John George Hinns was also ordered to pay more than pounds...
Football: Beattie Return; Defender Is Back for Cup Final Preview WELSH PREMIER
Byline: By KEITH EVANS BANGOR City's Martin Beattie, whose season appeared to have ended prematurely with ankle and knee injuries in mid-March, could make a surprise comeback tonight. Although the versatile defender is not expected to feature...
Football: Benitez: British Coaches Can Go Foreign
Byline: BY ANDY HAMPSON Daily Post Correspondent LIVERPOOL manager Rafael Benitez believes more British managers should broaden their horizons by taking charge of clubs abroad. The lack of British managers in top Barclays Premiership jobs has...
Football: Calliste Brace Secures Victory for Reserves
Blackburn Res 1 Liverpool Res 2 A FIRST-half brace from Ramon Calliste helped Liverpool Reserves to a 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers in the Barclays FA Premier Reserve League North last night. It was a deserved victory for a young Liverpool team...
Football: Clemence: No World Cup Fitness Gambles
Byline: BY JOHN SKILBECK RAY CLEMENCE yesterday asserted that England would not gamble by taking half-fit players to the World Cup. Arsenal pair Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell, plus Newcastle's Michael Owen, are all currently out of action with...
Football: Confidence High Prior to Big Final; ACADEMY FOOTBALL LIVERPOOL
Byline: CHRIS WRIGHT CALUM WOODS'S goal gave Liverpool under-18s victory at Sheffield United to provide the perfect boost ahead of the FA Youth Cup final against Manchester City. John Owens's side made it four matches unbeaten in a nine-day period...
Football: Everton Hang on for Fair Draw; ACADEMY FOOTBALL LIVERPOOL
EVERTON under-18s played a keenly-contested goalless draw in their penultimate FA Premier Academy League match of the season at Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Neither Neil Dewsnip's side nor the hosts could get any fluency and the high winds played...
Football: Fans Warn: Old Trafford Price Hike Will Lead to Empty Seats
Byline: By SIMON STONE THE sight of empty seats at Old Trafford for Premiership games is now inevitable, according to a leading Manchester United fans' group. The club has confirmed an average season-ticket price rise of 12.3%, with some seats...
Football: FA's Manager Search Leaves Us All in Limbo - Southgate
Byline: By PHIL BARNETT MIDDLESBROUGH captain Gareth Southgate has criticised the "messy" recruitment process to find the next England manager, insisting the speculation is unfair on clubs affected by it. Boro manager Steve McClaren is reportedly...
Football: Gambling Addict Has Stark Message for Young Stars
Byline: BY SIMON STONE Daily Post Correspondent REFORMED gambling addict Steve Claridge has advised Wayne Rooney to learn the lessons and move on from his reported pounds 700,000 betting binge. While the 20-year-old Manchester United star has...
Football: Jose's Having Trouble Sleeping
Byline: By ADRIAN CURTIS JOSE MOURINHO admits he is having trouble sleeping as the season reaches an enthralling climax, but insists it is nothing to do with Manchester United's relentless pursuit of the champions. "After a game I don't sleep...
Football: Madrid Magic Is Mark of Gonzalez
Byline: BY IAN DOYLE RAFAEL BENITEZ has reiterated his belief Mark Gonzalez will be a huge hit in the Premiership after watching the winger torment Real Madrid at the weekend. The Chile international, currently on loan at Real Sociedad until...
Football: Rafa Hails Gonzalez Display for Sociedad
Byline: By IAN DOYLE RAFAEL BENITEZ has reiterated his belief Mark Gonzalez will be a huge hit in the Premiership after watching the winger torment Real Madrid at the weekend. The Chile international, currently on loan at Real Sociedad until...
Football: Ripped Muscle Could Curtail Zola's Season
Byline: NICK HILTON CALVIN ZOLA faces the prospect of missing the final phase of Tranmere Rovers' survival battle. The latest injury blow to the young frontman from the Democratic Republic of Congo could well keep him out of action for the remainder...
Football: Rooney Dismisses Talk of Any Owen Rift
Byline: BY SIMON STONE Daily Post Correspondent WAYNE ROONEY has dismissed talk of a rift with England strike partner Michael Owen. Amid reports the Manchester United star has amassed a pounds 700,000 gambling debt, there have been suggestions...
Football: Smith Demands a Positive Reply; Dragons Boss Urges Troops to Bounce Back at Deva
Byline: By MARK CURRIE Chief Sports Writer WREXHAM manager Denis Smith and his players were nursing injured pride yesterday following Sunday's 2-1 Racecouse defeat at the hands of neighbours Shrewsbury Town. But they have little time to reflect...
Football: TOP DOC TO SAVE JAMES IN USA; Vaughan Flies out for Treatment on Knee
Byline: By IAN DOYLE JAMES VAUGHAN travelled to the United States on the anniversary of his record-breaking debut yesterday hoping to discover his future does not hang in the balance. The 17-year-old is visiting world-renowned surgeon Dr Richard...
Football: Vaughan Visits Top US Specialist to Ease Fears; Striker Hopes Knee Injury Can Be Treated
Byline: BY IAN DOYLE Daily Post Staff JAMES VAUGHAN travelled to the United States on the anniversary of his record-breaking debut yesterday hoping to discover his future does not hang in the balance. The 17-year-old is visiting world-renowned...
Football: You're Gambling with Your Future; Ex-Addict Claridge's Stern Words for Rooney
Byline: By SIMON STONE REFORMED gambling addict Steve Claridge has advised Wayne Rooney to learn the lessons and move on from his reported pounds 700,000 betting binge. While the 20-year-old Manchester United star has quickly moved to quash speculation...
Gangland Bomber Fails in Bid for Shorter Jail Sentence
A "GANGLAND mercenary" who plotted to detonate a series of car bombs on Merseyside failed in a bid to get his 17-year sentence cut yesterday and was told that his offences were "terrifying" and at a "high level" of criminality. Richard Casswell,...
Golf: Champion Mickelson Avoids All 'Slam' Talk
Byline: BY MARK GARROD in Augusta MASTERS champion Phil Mickelson is doing what all good golfers do - taking it one shot at a time, one round at a time and one major at a time. But having won the US PGA Championship at Baltusrol last August and...
Golf: Counties at Ready to Give New Faces a Shot
Byline: BY HAROLD BROUGH Golf Correspondent LANCASHIRE and Cheshire are preparing for the start of Northern Counties League action and, with some familiar names missing from last season and new call-ups, the renewed search for honours. In the...
Golf: Lee Wins Leveret on Countback in Dramatic Finale
FORMBY Ladies were no fools to host the opening 36-hole Scratch Ladies Tournament on April 1. Despite many courses in the North of England being closed by flooding, the competitors in The Leveret Trophy enjoyed a sunny, fresh day marred only by...
Golf: Mickelson Won't Talk about 'Slam' It's One Major at a Time'
Byline: By MARK GARROD MASTERS champion Phil Mickelson is doing what all good golfers do - taking it one shot at a time, one round at a time and one major at a time. But having won the US PGA Championship at Baltusrol last August and now the...
Golf: Runcie Leads Way; Ace Tops Order of Merit with Boys Central Win
Byline: trevor PEAKE ADAM RUNCIE added the Central Wales Boys title to the Boys Championship he won last year when he shot 69 at Borth &n Ynyslas and 77 at Aberdovey to beat Richard Merchant (70-77) from Monmouthshire by a stroke. Seventeen-year-old...
Golf: Trainee Powell Finishes Top of the Class at Mottram Hall; Golf Northwest
Byline: BY DAVID BIRTILL North PGA Region ADAM Powell, a third-year trainee professional at Cheshire club Sandiway, put some of the area's leading professionals in the shade when he won the Lancashire, Cheshire and North Wales Players' Tour fixture...
Golf: Winstanley Weathers the Storm to Serve Up Victory; Golf Northwest
IAN Winstanley confirmed his England credentials with a storming performance at rain-lashed West Lancashire to retain the Crosby Plate. It swept the 18-year-old Cheshire player to the top of the Mitsushiba Northern Order of Merit, which he won with...
Government Loses Test Case to Fight Sham Marriage Law
Byline: BY JOHN ASTON AND MIKE TAYLOR THE Government has suspended the operation of controversial new rules on "sham marriages" following a High Court ruling yesterday that they breached human rights laws. The test case judgment, won by couples...
Horse Racing: No Mystery about Precious
Byline: BY ARGUS PRECIOUS MYSTERY can defy a 6lb penalty and complete a quick-fire double in the Shone Building Racecourse Contractor Handicap at Bath today. Alan King's six-year-old was on the mark at Warwick last week, taking the same race...
How to Stop Your Heat - and Money - from Escaping; Poor Insulation to Blame for Pounds 5bn of Wasted Energy
AROUND 25 % of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions come from our homes simply because they are poorly insulated (Source: Defra). These gases harm the environment and contribute to climate change. In Britain every year, we waste an incredible pounds...
Huntmaster Is Facing Jail over Assaults
A 63-YEAR-OLD huntmaster was last night facing a possible jail term after being convicted of assaulting a policeman and two anti-hunt protesters. Farmer Douglas Hill, of West Hanningfield, was also convicted of damaging property and harassment after...
If We All Ate like Cavemen We Would Not See Epidemics of Obesity; Ian Parri Talks to a Doctor Who Believes We Don't Need Pills We Need a Prehistoric Diet
Byline: Ian Parri THE medical profession is a slave to the big drugs companies, only too happy to dish out pills, according to a leading exponent of ecological medicine. Dr Sarah Myhill, from Llangunllo, near Knighton in Powys, is a leading light...
I'm Fed Up with Blair. I've Joined Tories; Ex-Labour AM L Am Basts Leader as She Defects
Byline: By TOM BODDEN Welsh Affairs Correspondent FORMER Labour AM for Delyn Alison Halford yesterday said her disillusionment with Tony Blair prompted her to join the Conservative party under new leader David Cameron. The former assistant chief...
I'm Ready for Jail. I Won't Be Paying; Pensioner Defiant over Pounds 250 Fine for Harassing Niece
Byline: By ERYL JONES-WILLIAMS AN 80-year-old widow told magistrates yesterday she would rather go to prison than pay a fine of pounds 250 for harassing her niece over a disputed will. Last October Joan Sumpton, of Taly-bont, near Barmouth, pleaded...
I'm the Biggest Little Welshy and I'm Not Offended
Byline: davidBANKS W HAT on God's good earth is a Welshy? I only ask because I want to know whether to take umbrage or not. It has been said that this was a term used by a Question Time panellist about us. Inspector Knacker of North Wales...
INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Berlusconi on the Verge of Defeat
Byline: BY LIAM CHRISTOPHER Daily Post Correspondent CHALLENGER Romano Prodi's centre-left coalition beat Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's forces in parliamentary elections, two exit polls indicated last night. Two Nexus polls, issued 45 minutes...
I Should Never Have Been in Court; Ex-Cop Accused of Calling Colleague a Dyke Says He Was Treated 'Like a Dog' after Arrest
RETIRED detective John Atkinson last night said North Wales Police were wrong to prosecute him. Speaking after being cleared by magistrates, he said: "I am glad the court has seen reasonableness and common sense. "Unfortunately, North Wales Police...
I Was Stripped Naked and Left All Night in Cell with No Toilet; Ex-Cop Accused of Calling Colleague a Dyke Says He Was Treated 'Like a Dog' after Arrest
Byline: By CARL BUTLER AN EX-DETECTIVE arrested and charged for calling a senior female policewoman a "dyke" last night branded his prosecution a waste of taxpayers' money. John Atkinson spoke out after he was cleared of a public order offence...
Late Easter Hits High Street Sales
SHOPPERS kept their cash in their pockets last month as the cold spring and late Easter hit sales on the high street, figures showed today. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said like-for-like sales were 1.4% lower in March at the same stage last...
Legend of Pop Earns the Audience's Adulation; Ultimate Showman Plays a Mean Piano
Byline: BY PHILIP KEY WHEN American singer Neil Sedaka picked up his running order in mid-concert at the Philharmonic Hall last night and reported that he did not know what to sing next as "I have had so many hits", he was not bragging. He was stating...
Legislate in Haste - and Repent
IF only the government at Westminster did not rush into legislation without thinking things through and listening to more sober counsel. As a result it is now forced - rightly - to suspend controversial new rules on "sham" marriages which the High...
Liverpool One Helps Firm's Fortunes Grow
Byline: BY LARRY NEILD City Editor GROSVENOR'S Liverpool One development project in the heart of the city has contributed to the company's improving fortunes in the past year, according to its financial results, published yesterday. The property...
Liverpool Women Top the League at Slimming Clubs
Byline: BY JESSICA SHAUGHNESSY Daily Post Staff LIVERPOOL women are the most likely in the country to join a slimming club, a survey revealed last night. Despite the city's women becoming more successful in the business world, they still worry...
LOCAL ATHLETICS: West in Form to Make It Three on the Trot
Byline: By GARETH HUGHES CLIVE WEST (Buckley) chalked up his third consecutive victory in the fifth Border League Race fixture at Hoylake, but was made to work hard by Deeside teenager Ricky Challinor who had a superb run in second place. West...
Merseyrail Refused Control of Track and Signalling
Byline: BY LARRY NEILD City Editor MERSEYRAIL'S hopes of becoming the most efficient transport system in the UK suffered a major setback last night when Network Rail refused to transfer responsibility for track and signalling to the region's transport...
Mutual Fined Pounds Vim after Mis-Selling
Byline: BY TONY McDONOUGH Deputy Business Editor LIFE assurance provider Royal Liver Assurance (RLA) has paid more than pounds 2.2m to 2,342 customers who were miss-sold with-profits savings policies. The mutual, based in the Liver Building,...
News from around the Clubs
Byline: trevor PEAKE ANN ANWYL shot 97-18-79 to beat Eileen Davies in the medal final at ST MELYD and both were among the eight qualifiers for the Eves Cup. Margaret Rushton (85-16-70) led the qualifiers with Anwyl (93-18-75) second and Eirlys Palfrey...
Notice BOARD
TREMEIRCHION There will be a performance of the Bach St Matthew Passion at Corpus Christi Church, Tremeirchion on Good Friday, April 14, at 7.30pm.Admission is pounds 5. For further information call Mair Dowell on 01745 582014, e-mail mair.dowell@btinternet.com....
PO Card Account Axe Will Hit 40,000 OAPs; MP Calls for Government to Renew Pounds 1bn Contract
Byline: By MARK HOOKHAM Parliamentary Correspondent TENS of thousands of pensioners in North and Mid Wales face difficulties getting their money if plans to abolish Post Office card accounts go ahead. Figures published yesterday revealed the...
Police Plan to Keep DNA Files of Innocent People
Byline: BY ROB MERRICK Political Correspondent SECRET plans to avoid destroying the DNA records of innocent people - including many children - have been passed to Merseyside and Cheshire police. The Daily Post revealed earlier this year that...
Racing: Murphy May Send Joes Edge to the French Gold Cup
Byline: BY CHRIS WRIGHT Daily Post Staff JOES EDGE could be heading to the Grand Steeplechase de Paris if he is over the injury he picked up in the John Smith's Grand National. Trainer Ferdy Murphy reported last season's Scottish National winner...
RUGBY UNION: Jones: I Feared for My Pal's Life
THE importance of winning Sunday's Powergen Cup final was lost on Llanelli winger Mark Jones as soon as he spotted his stricken captain Simon Easterby lying prostrate on the Twickenham turf. Easterby had smashed his head into Mark Van Gisbergen's...
'Sham Marriage' Laws Suspended; They Breach Human Rights Laws - High Court
Byline: By JOHN ASTON THE government last night suspended the operation of controversial new rules on "sham" marriages following a High Court ruling that they breached human rights laws. The test case judgment, won by couples including an illegal...
Showpiece Pounds 1m Pavilion Ends 'No-Go' Reputation; New Centre Could Revive Park's Appeal
Byline: Liam Murphy reports THE revival of Birkenhead Park began yesterday with the official opening of a new pounds 1m pavilion. The centre was opened by the Duke of Gloucester and is intended as a modern day showpiece for the historic park - which...
Silverjet Aims to Emulate Laker's Transatlantic Success Story
NEW airline Silverjet believes it can revolutionise the long haul business class market with its low-cost New York service. It remains to be seen whether chief executive Lawrence Hunt will be able to mirror the success of Freddie Laker, who managed...
Sit-Down Protest at Language Row Shop
Byline: By HYWEL TREWYN TWENTY language campaigners staged a sit-down protest at an outdoor pursuits shop where a customer claimed he was told off for speaking Welsh. And they vowed to mount more demonstrations if store bosses don't agree to...
Stomach Virus Sweeps Region; Hospital Wards Isolated and Bug Hits Hundreds of Children
Byline: BY ALAN WESTON Daily Post Staff AN OUTBREAK of a highly infectious sickness and diarrhoea bug has hit seven wards at Aintree hospital and struck down hundreds of children across Merseyside. As many as 23 of the hospital's patients have...
Struck off - Nurse Who Had Indecent Exposure Record
Byline: BY LIAM CHRISTOPHER Daily Post Correspondent A SERIAL flasher who worked as a nurse for five years simply by failing to declare his criminal past was struck off yesterday and told that his actions were a "serious breach" of trust. Michael...
Tom Bodden Capital Eye
Byline: TOM BODDEN THE short debate is a cherished tradition in the early history of the Welsh Assembly. The half-hour set aside on a Wednesday afternoon is an opportunity for backbenchers to get something or other off their chests. Last week...
Top Scientists Warn against the Teaching of Creationism in Schools
LEADING scientists warned today against the teaching of Christian theories such as creationism in school biology lessons. The Royal Society demanded that ministers make sure children learn the value of genuine science. The society defended Darwin's...
Urdd Rhanbarth Fflint Maelor County Eisteddfod
The following Flint Maelor Urdd members qualified to compete at this year's Urdd National Eisteddfod in Ruthin: Solo Year 2 and under Owen Evans, Ysgol Croes Atti, Holywell.Solo Years 3 & 4 Daniel Sim, Ysgol Gwenffrwd, Holywell.Solo Years 5...
Visitors Flock to Martin Mere despite Bird Flu Scare
Byline: BY GRAHAM DAVIES Daily Post Staff AVIAN flu is not deterring visitors to one of the region's biggest bird sanctuaries, officials said last night. Martin Mere, in Burscough, said there had been no drop in crowd numbers since an infected...
WALES: Life Was Tough ...Really Horrific for Quarrymen; A Book about a Fictional, Slate Quarrying Family Has Captured Readers' Imaginations, Selling over 10,000 Copies. David Powell Meets Author Jean Mead
Byline: David Powell The Widow Makers by Jean Mead. Pegasus pounds 8.99 DOCTORS in the mid-19th century used to think it healthy for slate quarrymen to inhale dust, believing it "cleared the lungs out". This is one revelation unearthed by...
yourLETTERS: Take a Stand
Byline: Mark Young I WENT to a meeting last week in the Town Hall, Rhyl, involving the Police and Community Consultative group (PCCG), to discuss the topic "One force for Wales". The Police Authority wants to know what the public thinks about...