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Eurotunnel may be forced to cut rates

Contributed by admin on Feb 09, 2004 - 12:04 PM


Eurotunnel has said it may cut rates for train operators in a bid to open up potential new European routes.

The group, which described 2003 as a "tough year", said the move would help combat financial losses and increase traffic to current destinations.

The move would also open up other potential routes, such as Amsterdam.

Rescue fails to save beached porpoise

Contributed by admin on Feb 08, 2004 - 09:16 AM

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A young porpoise which was washed ashore o­n the Kent coast today ( 8 February) has died after attempts to save the mammal.

The six month old animal came ashore at Margate and wastaken to Sandgate, by volunteers from Marine Life Rescue who hoped it could be refloated.

<FONT color=black>Local vet Jeremy Stattersfield was called when the porpoise was to be released but it was unable to swim away and had to put it down due to its injuries.

It is thought it would have drowned if it had been taken back out to sea.

Protest over Eurotunnel expansion plans

Contributed by webmaster on Feb 07, 2004 - 12:30 PM

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Local people are meeting today (7 February) to voice their concerns over a proposed Eurotunnel rail freight depot.

Tory leader and Folkestone MP Michael Howard is expected to chair the meeting at Newington village hall.

Eurotunnel, who are the owners and operators of the Channel Tunnel, hope to apply for planning permission to increase the size of the terminal.

Residents fear it will lead to noise pollution and have asked for noise barriers to be put up if the development goes ahead.

Howard rules out Aitken return

Contributed by editor on Feb 07, 2004 - 01:02 AM

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Conservative leader Michael Howard has driven a stake through Jonathan Aitken's hopes of resurrecting his political career in South Thanet.

The disgraced former Cabinet minister, who was jailed for perjury, wanted to stand as a candidate in his old seat.

Mr Howard said: "Jonathan Aitken has many admirable qualities but his days as a Conservative MP are over."

Cash stolen from post office

Contributed by editor on Feb 07, 2004 - 12:59 AM

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<FONT color=black><FONT face=Arial size=4>CASH STOLEN FROM POST OFFICE

<FONT color=black>Two robbers escaped with cash after raiding a post office in Canterbury, police have said.

One of the pair grabbed a member of staff in the post office o­n Tyler Hill Road, while the other jumped over the counter to steal the takings.

The robber stuffed the cash down his trousers before fleeing the scene with his accomplice.

Howard warns on Tory tax cuts

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2004 - 03:54 AM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>HOWARD WARNS ON TORY TAX CUTS
Michael Howard today warned that the Conservatives may not be able to offer income tax cuts at the next General Election.
In an interview with the London Evening Standard, the Tory leader said that the public-sector reforms he is planning would cost more money at first and warned there was also a question over economic growth.
Howard is expected to spell out his cautious approach in a keynote speech in Harrogate, Yorks, this month.
He said growing public cynicism about politicians meant it was not possible to promise lower taxes unless the Tories could also spell out in detail where the money would come from.
Howard weighed into the London mayoral elections, saying Ken Livingstone's congestion charge should be scrapped, and pledged the Tories would find new ways to finance the Crossrail scheme.

Queen Elizabeth comes home to Dover

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2004 - 03:50 AM

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Dover Museum's original 1598 portrait of Queen Elizabeth I has come home after its starring role in a major exhibition o­n the famous queen at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

The portrait has been sealed and glazed by the Maritime Museum’s conservators – and now forms the centrepiece of a major new Tudor display at Dover Museum.

The painting, called Portrait of Elizabeth 1 with the Cardinal and Theological Virtues, had not been o­n public display outside of Dover for more than 400 years before it was displayed in the London exhibition last year. The portrait was bought by the Dover Corporation in 1598 for 25 shillings and originally hung in a special cupboard carved with dragons in the Guildhall in the Market Square - roughly where the fountain now is.

Visitors to Dover Museum can now see the portrait in the new Tudor display, which also includes a new full-scale Tudor room, built by Museum staff using film set props from Pinewood Studios, including authentic-looking linenfold panelling.

The new Tudor room contains some of the Museum’s best Tudor material, much not having been displayed before, including ceramics, oak furniture and a wonderfully decorated marriage chest. Another new acquisition is also o­n display, an original 1580 portrait of Lord Cobham, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1558 to 1597.

Mark Frost, Senior Assistant Curator at Dover Museum said: "We are delighted to have been able to contribute to this major London exhibition, and are very proud to have this unique and important portrait o­n display in Dover Museum.

"Originally, we had to hang the picture in an airtight case, some distance from visitors, but the Maritime Museum’s conservators have done a great job sealing and glazing it within its frame. This means we can hang the picture so that visitors can get close to it. For the first time some of the rich detail of the painting is visible to all, and along with the other attractions in our Tudor display, we hope people enjoy the chance to come along and get close to our local heritage."