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  • Knights 2, Hull KR 32

    MAYBE Ian Smith was right to send Jamie Bovill off just five minutes into his York City Knights debut against his former club. He is a Super League official after all. Either way, his performance, and that decision in particular, was unfortunately the

  • Flawed logic

    I HAVE been reading with interest the debate in your paper on "death with dignity". This is a very emotive subject and, at a national level, there are many eminent and learned people debating this subject. However, when a decision is taken to terminate

  • Shuffling zombies

    IT'S all very well for Martyn Callaghan to espouse the dignified egress from this world enjoyed by those people lucky enough to end their days in a hospice (Letters, February 4). What about the increasing percentage of people who suffer from dementia

  • No more, please

    THE Government is suggesting a shake-up in local government (February 9). How could John Prescott be so nasty as to suggest that we endure a further two years of hell under a Liberal Democrat council? On the other hand, this could give them another two

  • Annoying lights

    I AGREE with John Rogers that the use of front fog lights in clear visibility is irresponsible and, at the very least, makes life difficult for the drivers of oncoming vehicles (Letters, January 25). Part of that irresponsibility lies with the drivers

  • Quality of life

    RICHARD Best, of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, used some old letters of Mark Warters to endorse the case in favour of 540 new homes at Derwenthorpe (February 7). All this seems to show is the sheer desperation of an organisation trying to prop up something

  • Dreadful planners

    IN A 46-year professional career I have worked or done business in ten countries and had dealings with more than 25 bureaucracies ranging from a tiny village council in Western Samoa all the way to various agencies of the United States Federal Government

  • Flying high

    INTANDEM, the York marketing and public relations company, has never flown higher. It has just clinched a five-figure contract with one of the UK's top budget airlines. Thomsonfly.com has set the three-person communications company the task of running

  • Dirty streets of York

    POO. Poo, poo, poo, poo, poo. Offended? Personally, I find it about as offensive as the words "willy" and "bum" or, in musical terms, about as jaw-droppingly vulgar as an insipid Westlife record which, coincidentally, my seven-year-old says is commonly

  • Billy hails magical mudlarks

    YORK City boss Billy McEwan heralded some of his team's football as "delightful" during yesterday's 3-2 victory over Aldershot. The Minstermen moved back into eighth position in the Conference after goals from Mark Convery, Andy Bishop and Clayton Donaldson

  • Burner splits opinion

    RESIDENTS have backed recycling plans for York and North Yorkshire - but the row over a proposed incinerator in the city is set to continue. Council bosses today hailed the results of a public consultation, after it showed most people are behind attempts

  • Drunk brawler's pay-out to cops

    A FACTORY worker from the Selby area has been ordered to pay compensation to two police officers he attacked as they tried to arrest him. Craig Daniel Thompson, 19, got into a struggle with the officers in High Street, at South Milford, on February 4,

  • Cops disciplined for misuse of internet and email

    SPENDING too much time on the internet, and inappropriately sending emails and accepting a fine for a fixed penalty notice - these are just some of the things for which police officers in North Yorkshire have had their wrists slapped. The officers were

  • Residents want pools rethink

    RESIDENTS are calling for a re-think on the future of swimming in York after council leaders agreed a deal to redevelop the Barbican Centre, but without its pool. There are now hopes a new group could be formed to campaign for swimming facilities in the

  • York quick off mark in easy victory

    YORK RUFC took only twenty seconds the score against visitors Wheatley Hills at Clifton Park on Saturday. This rapid success paved the way for a 27-10 victory in the Yorkshire One fixture. Rob Karma put York ahead immediately after the kick-off, while

  • Take it as red for Lord Mayor of York's charities

    RED and black were the colours of choice, as the city's great and good partied the night away at a spectacular fundraising bash. Some 400 guests danced until the small hours at this year's Lord Mayor's "Black and Red" Valentine's Ball, held at York Racecourse

  • Cresswell knee surgery setback for Leeds

    LEEDS United's home 'six-pointer' against Watford tomorrow night assumes even greater importance after the weekend results. While Leeds were held to a goalless draw by managerless Derby County, Watford now hold third place outright after their crushing

  • Hard-up health trust fined £1.3m for being in debt

    CASH-STRAPPED health services serving York and Selby are to be fined £1.3 million for accruing a multi-million pound debt. Penny Jones, acting chief executive of Selby and York Primary Care Trust (PCT), revealed at a meeting with York councillors that

  • York City 3, Aldershot 2

    THERE has been little call for songs of praise during recent Sunday afternoon games at KitKat Crescent, but York City fans enjoyed their own form of Sabbath worship yesterday. The Minstermen's last three Sunday home outings have ended in disappointing

  • RI run in six tries

    York RI gave a superb all-round display and scored six tries to demolish visitors Wath on Dearne 43-0 in Yorkshire Three. RI went ahead in the seventh minute when a wayward pass by the visitors' backs was intercepted by Nick Humphries, who had a clear

  • Rapid success sets Malton on way to ten try spree

    Malton opened the scoring after only 28 seconds of their 56-7 ten-try try feast win at home to Acklam in Durham and Northumberland One. David Cooke and Carl Muscroft turned possession back to Malton and the ball was quickly transferred to centre Ryan

  • Lording it

    WHAT a terrific day for the Lord Mayor of York and her charities. Saturday would have surprised those who grumble that students are too serious these days. York University undergraduates left their books behind and dressed up as everything from fairy

  • Boss Cook makes case for the defence

    YORK City Knights boss Mick Cook praised the commitment of his players after a battling display in the face of adversity. The injury-hit Knights lost their opening Northern Rail Cup game 32-2 at home to holders Hull KR, but only after seeing Jamie Bovill

  • Jamie's a contrite Knight

    A DISTRAUGHT Jamie Bovill apologised to his team-mates as soon as possible after his early red card heralded an opening day defeat for York City Knights. Oldham referee Ian Smith's decision to send Bovill off just five minutes into his debut against his

  • Salt's shaker

    Losing experienced front man Lee Nogan 20 minutes in wouldn't have been in Pickering Town manager Alex Mathie's mind when he said he was quietly confident about the FA Vase fifth round match. But it was Nogan's replacement Liam Salt who knocked in James

  • Blow as Old Malt cop it

    Copmanthorpe have dealt a massive blow to the Leeper Hare York and District League premier division championship aspirations of Old Malton, as they beat them 2-1 for the second time in seven days. Duncan Quick gave Cop the lead before Phil Hill equalised

  • Respect

    Moderate Muslims speak about respect, and put forward a lack of respect for their religious culture by native Britons as a significant factor in the world wide havoc which is being wrought upon non believers in the name of their Prophet. Those who have

  • Euthanasia devalues life

    While I understand the opinion of Joyce Pickard concerning euthanasia (Letters, February 8), the intentional killing of the innocent is always wrong, even if the person agrees to be killed. Human life is too precious to be reduced to a disposable commodity

  • Thank you Martyn

    MAY I say thank you to Martyn Callaghan for his kind and reassuring letter. Incidentally, this note is written on my new electronic typewriter - I will keep pressing the wrong keys, still it's better than my handwriting. I'm not computer-literate yet

  • Wanted: police blitz on speeders

    IN Victoria, Australia, road deaths fell from 777 to 396 between 1989 to 1993, a fall of 49 per cent. The main reasons for the reduction was effective enforcement of speed limits and campaigns against drink driving. Having the right policies does save

  • No nous

    THE Marxist rabble I referred to are those trade union officials whose intention it is to destroy this country, immature university students who haven't the nous to find out for themselves what is really happening to these once relatively peaceful islands

  • Stakes are high in Brown's poker game

    THE handling of the United Kingdom's economy by Chancellor Gordon Brown reminds me of a poker game. His demeanour indicates that he has a strong hand, but let's take a look at it. Card one is record consumer debt with personal and business bankruptcies

  • Jinnah has it covered...

    JINNAH, the York-based Asian restaurant group, is expanding again with the opening tonight of the new 'Spice Club' in Monkgate. The award-winning chain already operates restaurants at Flaxton, Haxby, Micklegate and the Viceroy of India, also in Monkgate

  • Beware of evil pub stenches

    YORK'S first entirely non-smoking pub, Brigantes Bar and Brasserie, opens in Micklegate today. But one reader is unconvinced of the benefits. "Although I've never smoked in my life and I'm passionate about breathing clean air," begins Chris Wood, of Portland

  • Not so mellow yellow

    NEW yellow lines have been painted in York's Davygate after motorists complained the old ones were confusing and left them facing unfair parking fines. But shoppers were unimpressed with the paintwork, branding it "shoddy," and urged City of York Council

  • A19 speed limit cut

    PLANS to reduce the speed limit on the A19 near Skelton from 60mph to 40mph have been approved by councillors. The scheme, which could cost up to £150,000, would involve new restrictions being imposed on the A19 between Church Road and the Ramada Jarvis

  • Depot blaze wrecks bin lorries

    A HUGE fire broke out at York's main rubbish depot last night, affecting today's refuse collections from hundreds of homes and businesses. More than 25 firefighters battled to bring the blaze under control at a warezhouse storing the city's main fleet

  • Blow as Old Malt cop it

    Copmanthorpe have dealt a massive blow to the Leeper Hare York and District League premier division championship aspirations of Old Malton, as they beat them 2-1 for the second time in seven days. Duncan Quick gave Cop the lead before Phil Hill equalised

  • Jamie's a contrite Knight

    A DISTRAUGHT Jamie Bovill apologised to his team-mates as soon as possible after his early red card heralded an opening day defeat for York City Knights. Oldham referee Ian Smith's decision to send Bovill off just five minutes into his debut against his

  • Students on parade

    WHAT could have brought Dick Dastardly, Snow White, human-sized honey bees and the Wild West together? The answer is that they were all weird and wacky costumes worn by students at this weekend's triumphant university Rag Parade. University of York students

  • Billy hails magical mudlarks

    YORK City boss Billy McEwan heralded some of his team's football as "delightful" during yesterday's 3-2 victory over Aldershot. The Minstermen moved back into eighth position in the Conference after goals from Mark Convery, Andy Bishop and Clayton Donaldson

  • Way we were

    Monday, February 13, 2006 100 years ago Charles Houghton, a dramatic and variety agent, sought to recover £14 in the County Court from St John Beecher, a theatre proprietor. Mr Houghton had agreed to supply Mr Beecher with a troupe of "Jubilee Black and

  • Sad Selby sunk

    Selby rarely deliver on their travels to Westfield Banks, Goole and Saturday was no exception. Goole, despite their basement position in Yorkshire One, won 27-15 as Selby gave one of their worst performances of the season. Selby were 15-3 behind by half

  • York quick off mark in easy victory

    YORK RUFC took only twenty seconds the score against visitors Wheatley Hills at Clifton Park on Saturday. This rapid success paved the way for a 27-10 victory in the Yorkshire One fixture. Rob Karma put York ahead immediately after the kick-off, while

  • Madness of trust fine

    ANYONE who has found themselves short of funds knows the health trust's predicament. The bank writes to tell you that you are in debt - and promptly adds to the burden by debiting your account by a hefty sum. This is deeply frustrating. But we must accept

  • Heslington beat Tockwith in top of table clash

    The top of the table clash in division one lived up to all the expectations, leaders Heslington taking the honours by beating second-placed Tockwith 2-1. After a goalless first half, Danny Walters converted a 51st-minute penalty to open the scoring. The

  • My Holiday Distaster - Will I Ever Get There?

    ON March 1994, I was taking my friends to Penang, Malaysia, for a wedding. I arranged to meet them at Heathrow Airport and then show them the ropes getting to Penang. Disaster 1 At 5am my husband piled me and my eight-year-old son in the car to take us

  • The 3-metre tube - a short story

    I remember on a mid-summer Saturday in lush green England, as the dawn gave way to the rising sun of the early morning. I could hear our local song thrush singing beautifully and everything felt so good just lying there in bed with eyes barely half open