Former England star joins Folkestone Invicta

Contributed by editor on Sep 12, 2005 - 03:41 PM


Former England defender and Welling manager Paul Parker has joined the coaching staff of Folkestone. 

Folkestone manager Neil Cugley is concerned about the number of goals his team have recently conceded 

Speaking to Radio Kent he said: "In our league the forwards are quite good and quite sharp, and they'll punish you, so we've generally got to improve,  I've brought in Paul Parker, who is going to help me from this week, and he'll be looking around for players."

Paul Parker enjoyed an illustrious career in both club and international football.

Parker's club fortunes went from strength to strength and in 1991 he earned a move from QPR to Manchester United for £2million. He slotted straight into the Reds defence and went on to three league titles and two FA Cups.

After leaving United in 1996 Parker's career was in trouble and moves to Derby, Sheffield United, Fulham and Chelsea brought few appearances because of injury.

Parker's injuries forced him into football management in charge of Welling United in the Nationwide Conference South.

BNP newspapers seized at Dover port

Contributed by editor on Sep 12, 2005 - 11:14 AM


All sixty thousand copies of this month's edition of the British National Party newspaper were seized yesterday (11 September) by police in Dover.

A Police spokesman said they were seized so they can see whether any criminal offences have been committed.

The newspapers, in a lorry from Slovakia was stopped by HM Customs and Police. It was o­n its way from the Slovak Republic, where it is printed to the distribution Centre in Leeds. The two Slovak drivers were interviewed by officials but later released.

The BNP have now published the edition o­n its website.

<FONT color=navy><FONT color=red>LATE NEWS

12 September 18.00hrs. 

It has been announced that police are to hand back copies of the newspaper but sample copies have been kept for an inquiry.

Dover to be hit as fuel protests grow

Contributed by editor on Sep 12, 2005 - 09:15 AM


Campaigners protesting against the Government's tax o­n fuel are to be extended, and the Channel port  of Dover could be hit as early as Wednesday (15 September).

Widespread disruption across the country with demonstrations set to be staged across three days, from Wednesday until Friday could be seen if the dispute is not settled.

Refinery protests and motorway go-slows have been threatened - and campaigners revealed even the major port of Dover could be targeted.

The lobby has been sparked by the price of petrol at the pumps, which has reached £1 a litre after rising more than 20% in recent months and threatens to be forced higher by the disruption caused to the US oil industry by Hurricane Katrina.

Campaigners from the Fuel Lobby have given government ministers until Wednesday to meet them to discuss their grievances or face protests. They want to see an immediate reduction in taxation to bring fuel prices down.

Three from three for Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on Sep 11, 2005 - 08:21 PM


By Cyril Trice

Three points from three games was the disappointing tally for the Hawkinge football squads which managed just one win from three games over the weekend

The Saturday team playing in the Ashford and District league were beaten by Ham Street

Hamstreet 5 Hawkinge 3
Shaune Carey 2 and Luke Philips 1 were the goalscorers for Hawkinge

In the Folkestone and District Sunday Morning League Hawkinge did well to grab a victory away from home over Bar Vasa

Bar Vasa 2 Hawkinge 4
Goal scorers for Hawkinge Tom Whelam 1, Johnny Walker 1 Matt Wratten 1, Eamon Elalem 1

The under 15 team playing a friendly at home were outclassed by an in form Canterbury Eagles side.

Hawkinge 0, Canterbury Eagles 9

To visit the Hawkinge Football Club website click here

Cracknell smashes record surfboard crossing

Contributed by editor on Sep 11, 2005 - 04:35 PM


Double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell has today (11 September) set a new world record for crossing the English Channel on a surfboard.

The Oxfordshire rower, who won gold in the Sydney and Athens Olympics used a 16ft paddleboard and his own arms to help him to cross to France in four minutes under five and a half hours.

Cracknell, 33, who is a keen surfer, hopes to raise £60,000 from the crossing. The money will be split between Access Sport charity, which helps children take up sport, and subsidising surf lessons and equipment for disadvantaged children attending Craske's surf school in Polzeath.

Dump the junk - banish junk mail and telephone calls

Contributed by editor on Sep 10, 2005 - 03:49 PM


To reduce the amount of personally addressed junk mail coming through your door contact write to or telephone

The Mailing Preference Service,
Freepost 22,
London WIE 7EZ

0845 703 4599

Allow at least four months before you see a reduction in the mail that you receive. .

and put a notice in your window or next to your letterbox stating that leaflets are not welcome.

To reduce the amount of unaddressed leaflets which are delivered by the Royal Mail contact

Royal Mail Door to Door,
Streamline House,
Sandy Lane West

To reduce the amount of unwanted telephone sales calls contact

The Telephone Preference Service,
5th Floor,
Haymarket House,
1. Oxenden Street,
London SWI Y 4EE

It will take up to 28 days for the telephone calls to be reduced.

If companies continue to ring you after you have asked them not to contact

Ludgate Hill,
London EC4M 7 JJ

0845 714 5000

Family escape blaze in Folkestone home

Contributed by editor on Sep 09, 2005 - 05:28 PM


A family from Folkestone narrowly avoided tragedy after fire broke out in their Biggins Wood Road home.

In the early hours of Saturday (3 September) the couple and their three children were sleeping upstairs. During the night the mother let the dog out into the garden and noticed flames at the window of a downstairs bedroom.

She rushed to the room with a bucket of water and put out a small fire caused by some candles on the window sill which set light to the curtain. She then woke her family, got them out of the house and called the Fire Brigade.

Firefighters are warning that this incident could have been much more serious due to the lack of smoke alarms in the property, allowing the fire to spread undiscovered. If this had happened the only warning would have been acrid smoke rising to the first floor of the house where the family slept.

Sub Officer Steve Flint of Folkestone’s Green Watch said: “I would urge all householders to take care around candles and never leave them burning unattended. In this instance, the family were very lucky to get out of the building safely. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home. It could save your life.�

Firefighters returned to the property the next day to fit two smoke alarms and deliverer fire safety leaflets to homes in the area, offering free home fire safety checks.

This service is free and firefighters will fit, if required, a free ten-year smoke alarm. These checks take about 20 minutes and include tips on night-time routines, cooking safely with oil or fat, the dangers of smoking materials, care with candles, electrical safety and planning escape routes in the event of fire.

If you would like a free home fire safety check or some fire safety advice then contact your local fire safety office or log on to

Stolen 'playpit' sand burns danger

Contributed by editor on Sep 09, 2005 - 05:10 PM


Police have issued a warning following the theft of toxic sand from a building site near Ashford last night (8 September).

The lime sand which resembles that used in children's sand pits had been used to fill in petrol tanks at a derelict petrol station ten years ago.

Four tonnes of the sand had been left at the site and stored on plastic sheeting overnight, within the secured and locked compound.

The sand contains numerous toxins and petrol, and will cause irritation and burning if it comes in contact with skin. The sand is very light in colour and very fine.

PC Lee Calver said: “The lime sand used to absorb the petrol in the tanks resembles the sand which is often used in children’s sand pits. We are very concerned that this sand may have already been sold on. If you have been offered sand, or have bought sand which has a distinct petrol smell, contact police in Ashford on 01233 619167 or Environmental Health at Ashford Borough Council on 01233 331111.�

Hawkinge Parish Council Meeting Agenda 9 September 2005

Contributed by editor on Sep 09, 2005 - 04:36 PM


The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held o­n Wed. 14th September 2005 at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall

                                                 OPEN MEETING

The Chairman will take questions from parishioners.   The number of speakers will be limited to five (time limit 3 minutes). 



1            Apologies


2          Minutes

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held o­n 10th August 2005 (already circulated) and the Extraordinary meeting held o­n 22nd August 2005 (enc.)


3            Declarations of Interest

Councillors should disclose personal or prejudicial interest/s in any item/s o­n this agenda.  Councillors with a personal interest must describe and give details of the interest.  Unless the personal interest amounts to a prejudicial interest, he/she may participate fully in the meeting.   A prejudicial interest is o­ne in which a member of the public, with knowledge of the relevant facts, would reasonably regard as so significant that it is likely to prejudice a Councillor’s judgement of the public interest.   Anyone with a prejudicial interest must, unless an exception applies or a dispensation has been issued, withdraw from the meeting room.

Whenever possible, and if in doubt, advice should be sought from the Clerk prior to the meeting.


4          Casual Vacancy

Clerk to report.   (Any applications received to be discussed in the confidential section).


5          Matters arising out of the Minutes

       (a) Land for allotments:  Chairman to report.

      (b) Royal Mail: advice that the PC’s request for an additional post box has been

sent to the Collections Manager.

       (c) Youth Shelters [min. 161]


6          Reports – Working Groups

Community Liaison

Planning and Development

Public Rights of Way 

Finance Group


7          Other Bodies

Neighbourhood Management Partnership

Community Centre

Village Hall


8          Parish Community Tree Warden

            Trees Vandalised - report for Parish Council (enc.)


9          Hawkinge Football Ground

      (a) The Football Project – Cllr. Trice


      (b) Management of the ground – Cllr. Hodgson


10        Finance

       (a) Clerk to report

       (b) To receive a letter from Hawkinge Cricket & Social Club accepting the

             PC’s proposal [min. 151 refers]

       (c) Memorial Garden – Cllr. Hogben to report

       (d) Kent BTCV – Tree Warden Scheme: request for a donation (enc.)

       (e) Payments

            To approve payment of the accounts presented at the meeting (list enc.)


Any queries regarding accounts must be raised with the Clerk before the meeting.


11        Correspondence

       (a) KCC – Strategic Planning Directorate: consultation o­n the South East Plan:

Employment, housing and infrastructure in Kent (enc.)

       (b) Regeneration Officer, SDC – Consultation o­n the South East Plan – 21st and

             29th September (enc.)

       (c) Dover District Council: Statement of Community Involvement (enc.)

       (d) Government Office for the South East: Proposed changes to Regional Planning

Guidance for the SE – Waste and Minerals (enc.)

        (e) Ashford Borough Council: Pre-submission consultation o­n the statement of

            Community Involvement (enc.)

        (f) Action with Communities in Rural Kent: Consultation Event DEFRA’s

            Rural Social and Community Programme 28th Sept. Harrietsham V.Hall

      (g) Kent Police – Parish & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer (enc.)

      (h) Shepway NHS Primary Care Trust AGM 12 – 2 pm Thurs. 29th Sept. Village Hall, St. Mary’s Bay.


12        Plans

List of planning applications received enclosed.    Planning application

Y05/1150/SH Woodside, Coombe Wood Lane will be discussed at the meeting.


Please contact Cllr. Trice if you would like to view the plans before the meeting.  



           To resolve that because publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by

Reason of the confidential nature of business to be transacted the public (including the Press) be excluded from the meeting pursuant to the provision of sub section 100 & 102 of the Local Government Act, 1972.


14        Future of the Leisuredrome [min. 155(b)]

Chairman to report.


15        Casual Vacancy

            To receive letters from applicants


Any matters referred to the confidential section during the meeting

Ballmer vowed to 'kill' Google

Contributed by editor on Sep 08, 2005 - 04:41 PM


By Ina Fried 

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer vowed to "kill" Google in an expletive-laced, chair-throwing tirade when a senior engineer told him he was leaving the company to go work for Google, the engineer claimed in court documents made public on Friday. 

The allegation, filed in Washington state court, is the latest salvo in an increasingly nasty court fight triggered when Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee jumped to Google in July in what Microsoft claims is a violation of a one-year, non-compete agreement.

In a sworn statement made public Friday, Mark Lucovsky, another Microsoft senior engineer who left for Google in November 2004, recounted Ballmer's angry reaction when Lucovsky told Ballmer he was going to work for the search engine company.

"At some point in the conversation, Mr. Ballmer said: 'Just tell me it's not Google,'" Lucovosky said in his statement. Lucovosky replied that he was joining Google.

"At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office," Lucovosky recounted, adding that Ballmer then launched into a tirade about Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "I'm going to f***ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to f***ing kill Google." Schmidt previously worked for Sun Microsystems and was the CEO of Novell.

Late Friday, Ballmer issued a statement disputing Lucovsky's declaration. "Mark Lucovsky's account of our conversation last November is a gross exaggeration of what actually took place," Ballmer said. "Mark's decision to leave was disappointing and I urged him strongly to change his mind. But his characterization of that meeting is not accurate."

The Lukovsky declaration is the latest salvo in the heated battle between Google and Microsoft over Google's hiring of Lee. Google has said Microsoft is attempting to scare its employees away from Google. 

In the filing made public Friday, Google also said in the filing that if Lee is allowed to join the company before a trial he will not "work or consult in any of the technical areas identified in Microsoft's proposed preliminary injunction. Rather, pending tiral, he will open a product development center in China, and staff it with non-Microsoft personnel."

Meanwhile, in separate court documents also made public Friday, Microsoft said e-mails that Kai-Fu Lee sent to Google executives bolster its case that the researcher is seeking to violate his employment contract by taking up a position as head of the search giant's China efforts.

According to the filing, Lee sent a May 7 e-mail to Google's founder and chief executive saying that he had heard Google was opening a China office and expressing interest in discussing the matter. In the e-mail, Lee described himself as "Corporate VP at Microsoft working on areas very related to Google," Microsoft reveals in the court documents.

Microsoft also notes that, in the same e-mail, Lee linked to his corporate biography, which Google has cited as evidence that Lee's work was not directly related to the work he would do at Google. 

In addition, the filing for the first time notes the size of Lee's pay package from Google. Microsoft says the search company agreed to compensation "worth in excess of $10 million, including a $2.5 million cash 'signing bonus' and another $1.5 million cash payment after one year, a package referred to internally at Google as 'unprecedented.'" 

The document is part of Microsoft's argument as to why a judge should issue a preliminary injunction preventing Lee from taking a position at Google that would compete with his work at Microsoft until a trial can be held in the case. A hearing on the injunction request is planned for Tuesday in King County Superior Court in Seattle. The judge hearing the case has already granted Microsoft's request for a temporary restraining order preventing Lee from doing such work for Google until Tuesday's hearing. 

Plans by Google to hire Lee sparked an immediate legal battle between the two companies, which have increasingly emerged as one another's top competitors. The search company announced on July 19 that it was hiring Lee to head a new China research center, with Microsoft immediately suing to block the move. 

Google filed a countersuit in California court to invalidate the pact with Microsoft. That case has been moved to federal court in San Jose. 

Microsoft's request for the injunction was filed some time ago, but only made public on Friday after both sides had an opportunity to redact confidential information. 

A representative for Microsoft did not comment beyond the filing. A Google representative was not immediately available for comment. (Google representatives have instituted a policy of not talking with CNET reporters until July 2006 in response to privacy issues raised by a previous story.) 

In the latest documents, Microsoft also charges that Lee began advising Google on China recruiting and China strategy while he was still working on those issues for Microsoft. 

"In early June 2005, Dr. Lee engaged in active e-mail correspondence with Google employees...regarding specific candidates that Google was considering--or candidates Dr. Lee wanted them to consider--for Google's China R&D facility," Microsoft said in the filing. "Dr. Lee gave detailed feedback and Google acted on his recommendations." 

The filing cites examples of Lee's work on Microsoft's China strategy, including a white paper titled "Making it in China: strategic recommendations for Microsoft." The software maker said it was "surprised and disappointed" to learn that Lee had forwarded an edited version of that paper to Google on June 7, while he was still a Microsoft employee. The version he sent, the Windows maker said, removed the "Microsoft Confidential" notation as well as credit to other Microsoft contributors and the chapter entitled "recommendations for Microsoft." 

Microsoft also said in the filing that Lee also "advised Google on the possibility of recruiting candidates in China from Microsoft" noting that Intel and Microsoft were the best opportunity to get technological leads for projects, but that recruiting from both would be difficult. Microsoft also cites an e-mail response Lee got from Google Vice President Omid Kordestani, in which the Google executive writes that "it was nice talking to you and learning about your insights into a successful approach to Google's operations in China."