Archive for December, 2010

Word From the Streets w/c 22nd November 2010 – AND FINALLY…

Three teenage boys who been missing presumed dead in the vast South Pacific Ocean have been rescued alive after 50 days at sea. The inexperienced sailors were in a tiny dinghy with no food and water when they went missing from their South Pacific island of Atafu Atoll. Edward Nasua, aged 14, and 15-year-olds Filo Filo and Samuel Perez were rescued 500 miles out to sea by sharp-eyed crew of tuna boat. They had survived on raw seagull and fish, and were in good health, but a little thinner. First mate of the tuna boat said: “It’s an absolute miracle More >

Word From the Streets w/c 22nd November 2010 – QUOTES

“All they want is money. It all boils down to money.”

-       The former Wolverhampton Wanderers chairman, Sir Jack Hayward, is being sued by a son, daughter, son-in-law and eight grandchildren after he cut them out of family trust funds.

“I’m trying not to let my emotions control how I’m playing.”

-       Andy Murray on improving his performances

“The passion and understanding of the game of cricket in my family is with my son. He is being educated here [in England] and he has made captain of the third XI. For me, the day I understand cricket is the day I understand the English.”

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Word From the Streets w/c 22nd November 2010 – INTERNATIONALLY

Lord Coe has asked 2018 colleagues to rise above the potential damage from BBC’s Panorama documentary on corruption at FIFA. He said that 2018 bid should focus on its positive messages rather than “outside noises” beyond their control. Jack Warner who has been focused on by the documentary makers said: “I would imagine there must be some negative fallout. How much, I really don’t know. I don’t want to dignify the foolishness by the BBC and what they want to show.” The BBC were labelled ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘sensationalist’ by Andy Anson, the head of the England 2018 bid for the More >

Word From the Streets w/c 22nd November 2010 – NATIONALLY

The education secretary Michael Gove has been widely criticised for his decision to cut £162m sports funding for English state schools. Labour shadow education secretary Andy Burnham said the decision ‘flew in the face’ of the UK’s’ commitment to a lasting sports legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games. A report in the Observer also suggested that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Health Secretary Andrews Lansley had questioned the decision in cabinet meetings, to which Mr Burnham added: “I remember the 1980s when school sports dried up and when I worked in government I was on a mission to rebuild More >

Word From the Streets w/c 22nd November 2010 – REGIONALLY

The North West is facing a “chronic youth unemployment” problem which is holding back the economy’s growth. The stark warning came from the CBI’s regional director Damian Waters who was responding to the government’s new skills strategy. Mr Waters cited research by the Prince’s Trust which found that 77% of 16 to 24-year-olds in Manchester and Liverpool were struggling to find work, with one in three living in homes where no-one worked. Mr Waters said: “There can be no excuses when we consider the huge human and financial cost of so many young people failing to thrive. We therefore welcome More >

Word From the Streets w/c 22nd November 2010 – LOCALLY

Manchester city-centre district the ‘Northern-Quarter’ has won an award for Britain’s best neighbourhood. The 2011 Great Neighbourhood of the Year award was given to the area, which has been labelled the cultural heart of Manchester, for undergoing ‘significant redevelopment and diversification’ in recent years. The judges said the area was a ‘vibrant home’ to a variety of designers, creative agencies, art galleries and popular bars and restaurants. Chairman of the Academy of Urbanism, John Thompson said: “Thanks to a long-term programme of development and regeneration, the Northern Quarter has become a vibrant contemporary extension to Manchester city centre, while retaining More >

Word From the Streets w/c 22nd November 2010

Student demonstrations continue, a social, cultural and spiritual potential challenge to the civil and social structures and institutions by a force of youth flexing their spirit, frustration and anger. The notion of free speech and democracy with all the rights and responsibilities bringing the right to the truest form of education, that of character and those who least have the opportunity to feast on it…

Word From the Streets w/c 15th November 2010 -

Little Ancoats Juniors have got a new soccer kit, and it is half-blue and half-red. The Manchester junior soccer team are bridging the divide between their players who are half United and half City supporters. Their legendary coach Karl Powers secured the services of friends from Manchester fashion firm Gio Goi to design and produce the kit. Karl, a United, made his name with high profile pranks but is now settling down and bringing his charms and enthusiasm to the youth and community of Ancoats. Karl said: “I couldn’t believe it when 12 kids turned up – it was a More >

Word From the Streets w/c 15th November 2010 – QUOTES

“I think they are setting him up to fail.”

-       Sonya Lau, mother of 11-year-old Connor Matthews who was named and shamed when he was given a 5-year ASBO from Altringham town centre.

“Anyone here been to prison? Anyone here been handcuffed? I meant by the police.”

-       Actor Shar Ngaujah asks the audience during the new musical Fela! at the Royal National Theatre. Initially hands went up and then some went down.

Word From the Streets w/c 15th November 2010 – INTERNATIONALLY

The release of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma has been met with rejoice inside her country and around the world. The democracy leader has pledged to overturn the military junta that had imprisoned her for 15 of the past 21 years. The 65-year-old Nobel Peace laureate said: “I don’t want to see the military falling. I want to see the military rising to dignified heights of professionalism and true patriotism.”

The decision on the 2018 & 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts draws nearer and David Cameron is stepping up the England campaign. The prime minister has invited CONCAF chief, FIFA More >