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<b>Thursday 10 December:</b> The champ is here, bargain booze ban and the Twitterati

Published on December 10th 2009.

A TEENAGER IS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER after the stabbing of a shopkeeper in Gorton. A 49-year-old man was attacked at a convenience store in Shropshire Square, on Monday afternoon, and was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary where police said he remains in a critical condition. The 17-year-old boy has been also been charged with robbery and remains in police custody.

WORLD CHAMPION KICK-BOXER TO TAKE UP TEACHING POST at Xaverian College in Stockport. Softly-spoken biology teacher, Kim Stafford arrives at the college with a reputation as the world’s number one kick boxer, after competing whilst training for the classroom. The 23-year-old was recently crowned World Kickboxing Association champion and has held the British title for five years. Miss Stafford is now encouraging female students to take up the sport by running free female-only sessions at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

GREATER MANCHESTER’S TOP POWERS CALL FOR A BAN on cheap alcohol and a minimum price to be introduced. The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, which includes the area's ten local authorities and Greater Manchester Police's top cop, Peter Fahy, strongly support the work being carried out by local health watchdogs to introduce a minimum price per unit of 50p, locally and nationally.

COUNCIL’S PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT OF ‘TWITTERATI’ allows 96 people the privilege of using social networking sites, despite a ban on its other 18,000 staff. Those based in advertising and communications are allowed to log in, with council staff accessing Facebook 9,072 times in September and logged 242 Twitter visits.

This ‘N’ That wisdom: Don’t put up your umbrella before it has started to rain.

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating 6/10

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ADDecember 10th 2009.

50p a unit doesnt that make a normal sized bottle of vodka, gin etc about £15 a pop, and wine a minimum of £4.50. sounds like daylight robbery to me. And whats worse is as its a minimum price the people who get hit are the people buying cheeper booze at the moment - most likely those with less money, forunately its not too likely to impact on the better off members of manchesters local authorities who probably dont buy the budget lines anyway.

thelloningradDecember 10th 2009.

That piece about MCC staff using Facebook and Twitter was an absurd non-story when David Otwell decided to gob it out, as evidenced by the reader comments - I woulda thought that by now ManCon would have more sense than to repost any old toss the MEN prints...

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