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<b>Friday 25 April:</b> Racist chants in city centre, tram back on track and Ronaldo loves his own song

Published on April 25th 2008.

ELEVEN people have been arrested for shouting racist comments in Manchester city centre. Police tried to disperse rowdy crowds within the St George's Day parade as it passed through the city centre on Wednesday afternoon. It is reported that up to 40 people on the patriotic march were chanting racist songs.

FOLLOWING student protests on Tuesday over deteriorating university standards, the vice chancellor of Manchester University has now vowed to take action. The university has blamed government funding as the reason for the decreasing amount of teaching time offered and the deteriorating ratio of staff to students. The university will now proceed in making radical changes to re-personalise teaching.

A REPORT into the derailment of a tram last January has been released. The Eccles to Piccadilly service, which was carrying 120 passengers at the time, came off the tracks near Pomona station. No one was hurt but the service was suspended for two days. The Department of Transport's Rail Accident Investigation Branch has blamed the condition of the track. The report said: 'The underlying causes of the derailment were that track inspection and maintenance procedures were not followed.'

CRISTIANO RONALDO has praised United fans for chanting the song Viva Ronaldo in Wednesday's draw against Barcelona. He told MUTV: “It was the first time I had played there and I thought the atmosphere was fantastic. I’ve heard the song a few times and I’m quite surprised because 'Viva' is a Portuguese word - I like it and I feel very proud.”

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John WareApril 25th 2008.

The university is now being run as a business, and like any business they have to deliver what the "customer" is paying for. They don't seem to understand this. Students are paying huge amounts and get little in return. The care and provision for overseas students - who pay significantly higher fees - is shocking.

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