Howard supports press freedom

Contributed by admin on May 07, 2004 - 10:17 AM

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Michael Howard
<TD width=5><IMG height=1 alt="" src="" width=5>Speaking to the London Press Club Awards at the Savoy Hotel, Conservative Party Leader, Michael Howard, has supported freedom of the press, asserting that a Conservative Government will never regulate by law if a voluntary approach is possible.

He explained, "the newspaper and magazine publishing industry - alongside the advertising industry - is an excellent example of this. You have created, and administer, a practical and effective form of self regulation under a tough and flexible Code of Practice. This is infinitely preferable to any form of state control of editorial content, which would be an unacceptable infringement of freedom of expression."

Mr Howard stated, "We Conservatives support your right to regulate yourselves - it is a crucial part of press freedom. Indeed, we have twice fought against measures which we believed could undermine your self regulation. o­ne was Labour's Human Rights Act, which we argued could usher in a judge-made privacy law. The other was the Communications Act, which I believe hands powers to OFCOM over newspaper mergers and regulations which could undermine press freedom."

Mr Howard, commented, "I remain concerned about the impact of both these pieces of legislation over the newspaper and magazine publishing industry. Although there have been relatively few cases under the Human Rights Act in this area, there is a continuing danger that the Courts could use it to fashion a privacy law. I am opposed to the courts fashioning legislation that should be for Parliament to decide - and I doubt that Parliament could ever form a workable privacy law. The next Conservative Government will review the workings of the Human Rights Act and if we find it to be defective, we will amend it."

Boy burned in 'bleach' attack

Contributed by admin on May 07, 2004 - 09:27 AM

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A boy suffered burns when a man squirted a bleach-like liquid in his face in an attack in Dover, police have said.

The 15-year-old  was o­n his way home from Archers Court School in the town when the offender struck, covering the boy's face and clothes with the substance.

The victim was treated in hospital for minor skin burns.

Village rallies around Trent

Contributed by admin on May 06, 2004 - 08:15 PM


A Bring and Buy sale, in aid of a local boy who was seriously injured whilst o­n holiday in Spain, is to be held at Hawkinge Village Hall tomorrow (Friday).

It is hoped that the sale of donated goods, between 3 and 6pm, will raise even more money for the family of Trent Stevens. So far local people and organisations have raised more than £3,000 to help the family, who flew back to England this week with their still seriously ill son.

Nine-year-old Trent, who is o­n a ventilator at Guy's Hospital in London, was discovered lying unconscious at the bottom of a swimming pool in Ibiza where he and his parents, Damion and Natasha, and little brother, Leon, had gone o­n holiday.

His dad dived in to pull him out and an ambulance was called. Trent was rushed to a nearby hospital and put o­n a life support machine.

When villagers heard the terrible news they immediately started trying to raise money to help the family.There were collections in local shops and donations poured in from local businesses.

Pupils at Hawkinge Primary School, where Trent goes to school, sent cards and other messages to their friend.

Folkestone Camera Club meeting 26 April 2004

Contributed by admin on May 06, 2004 - 06:10 PM


<FONT color=black>Monday 26th April was our 6th and final slide competition of the season. Our judge was Mr  Roy Carey FRPS, DPAGB, BPE1*, APAGB o­n his first visit to our club.
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As a very experienced photographer he gave his comments, tips and, advice to help our members learn how to improve their photography, and we certainly hope he will come again.

 His results (out of 20) were:-

Monochrome: 20 Robert Brisley Ã¢â‚¬ËœTweed Crossing’
(10 entries)    18 David Hughes Ã¢â‚¬ËœKent Coast Express’

Novice:  20 Bill Grudgings Ã¢â‚¬ËœEvening Fishing’
(4 entries)  20 Bill Grudgings Ã¢â‚¬ËœLimestone Bridge’

Intermediate: 20 Fay Meek  Ã¢â‚¬ËœRyfylke, Norway’
(12 entries)  19 Fay Meek  Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Lock Gates’
19 Melanie Chalk Ã¢â‚¬ËœNo Fishing’

Advanced:  20 Dave Turner  Ã¢â‚¬ËœGold Refractions’
(18 entries)  20 Keith Radford Ã¢â‚¬ËœAd Astra’

This was our last meeting of the season.  Our new season will commence in September.

On Friday 7th May we shall all be attending our annual dinner and awards evening where all competition winners will receive their trophies from our guest speaker, Mrs Yvonne Ward.

A report from the dinner with all the overall winners will be announced next week.

Our meetings are held at the United Reform Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone o­n Mondays at 7.45pm.  New members are always welcome,  if interested please phone Mrs Jenny Barraclough (Secretary) 01303 245399, or e mail: see our website at

Channel Tunnel celebrates 10 years

Contributed by admin on May 06, 2004 - 10:34 AM

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Eurotunnel staff are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel.

Workers at the Cheriton terminal and staff across the Channel in Calais are joining in a video link and a cake-cutting ceremony.          

The company however, will not publicly mark the anniversary which follows a decade of turmoil which has left it with debts of £6.4bn.

KCC offers budget help to Shepway Council

Contributed by editor on May 05, 2004 - 10:09 PM

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KCC expertise has been offered to Shepway's cash strapped council in a bid to help it make up the £650,000 shortfall in the budget.

They have been in contact with the Liberal Democrat council leader Linda Cufley and a meeting is planned for next week.

If a solution cannot be found the council stands to be capped by the Local Government Minister Nick Raynsford.

Dover Coastguards disabled by computer worm

Contributed by admin on May 04, 2004 - 10:13 PM

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<FONT color=black>Dover Coastguards and the other 18 stations around the UK have been severely disrupted after the Sasser computer worm brought down IT systems
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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said staff had reverted to manual map reading as soon as its computerised mapping systems started to fail.

<FONT color=black>A UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said search and rescue operations were not affected and there was no danger to the public.

<FONT color=black>The coastguard service is the latest casualty of the worm, which is thought to have affected millions of Windows PC users since it was first discovered o­n 1 May.

<FONT color=black>Unlike recent viruses, Sasser does not travel by e-mail but makes its way around the internet unaided.

<FONT color=black>It can infect PCs running Windows 2000 and Windows XP that are not protected against the system loophole it exploits.

Tories claim better services and lower taxes in local election campaign

Contributed by admin on May 04, 2004 - 09:49 PM

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Michael Howard at the launch
<TD width=5><IMG height=1 alt="" src="" width=5>Michael Howard has launched Conservatives' English local elections campaign in Birmingham with the message that Conservative councils keep taxes low and deliver better services.

He outlined the Conservative Party's agenda for the June elections, and the key 'principles of local government'. He also highlighted the failure of Labour and Liberal Democrat councils to live up to those values.

Speaking at the launch, Party Leader Michael Howard said: "Local government should be independent and accountable. Local government should give offer value for money. So we have to cut through the red tape and bureaucracy that pushes up costs. Local government should promote opportunity for all and show compassion for those who need our help. But it should also step back when people need to take control for themselves. Above all local government should live up to its name. It should be genuinely local. It should have the ability to adapt to what local people want, so we need to set it free from the shackles of the state. These are the principles that guide our approach."

Mr Howard went o­n: "Under Labour, the tentacles of Whitehall have begun to strangle local councils. Today in Britain, councils face greater burdens, more regulations and higher charges all because the Labour Government wants to be in control. Councils have less control over the money they spend, reducing their ability to take their own decisions. 12% of all local government funding is now ring-fenced by Whitehall - up from less than 5% in 1997."

Highlighting Labour's local government failure, Michael Howard continued: "Labour has piled o­n regulation after regulation, burden after burden - but they haven't given local councils the funding to do the job. Instead, the bill has fallen o­n the taxpayer. Since 1997 council tax has soared by 60 per cent in cash terms. Every year the average council tax increase has been almost triple what it was when we were in power. This year alone, council tax will rise by 6% in England - three times the forecast rate of inflation."

Lib Dems bow to public inconvenience

Contributed by admin on May 03, 2004 - 07:50 PM

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Lib Dem Councillors have voted to re-open Shepway's toilets at a group meeting last week.

The plan will mean every toilet in the district re-opening if formal approval is granted at the next Cabinet meeting of the council.

Cllr Linda Cufley explained the u-turn and said, "The people of Shepway have spoken clearly on this issue and made it clear that they want the public conveniences open again."

But the re-opening of the toilets will mean that savings will have to be found elsewhere in the Council's budget. The Lib Dems are pledging to consult local people o­n where savings should be found.

Cllr Cufley said that all toilets should now be open within weeks.

Re: Mixed reaction to supermarket plans

Contributed by admin on May 02, 2004 - 05:23 PM


<FONT face="" color=black>Dear Ed

<FONT face="" color=black>What difference does it make to have a supermarket it will be good for the people in Hawkinge.

<FONT face="" color=black>A lot of people find it hard to get to Folkestone.

<FONT face="" color=black>Lidl will be a great idea for us all.

<FONT face="" color=black>I take it you live near there, thats all you people do o­n that side of the road. You're always complaining about something.

<FONT face="" color=black>You don't hear anyone from the other side complaining so what's your should think of all the old people in the village for a change.

<FONT face="" color=black>Villager