Sport A view of Old Trafford

Bulova are replacing Hublot, who erected a distinctive Tower in the Old Trafford car park

Berth in walkway collapse is closed

THE HEALTH and Safety Executive yesterday ordered the closure of the berth at Ramsgate harbour in which six people died on Tuesday morning when a passenger walkway collapsed.

Rebel without cause to complain: The new boss of BBC's Screen One, has learnt to treat controversy with care, says Sue Summers

The last time Margaret Matheson was at the BBC she made all hell break loose. In 1978, as producer of the Play for Today series, she was responsible for Roy Minton's Scum, about life in a borstal, which was banned by the corporation amid a huge media outcry. So convinced was Matheson of the play's importance that she smuggled a journalist, the Guardian's Peter Fiddick, into Television Centre for a secret viewing.

Travel: Suburban campers on a site for sore eyes : French five-star camping was perfect for the children, but sometimes a little too neighbourly for grown-ups, says Jim White

For a seaside resort, St Jean de Monts on the Atlantic west coast of France is oddly short of hotels. Along the front, filled with families failing to control the four-, six- and 14-seater pedal jalopies they have hired by the hour, there are none at all. There is no demand for hotels in St Jean de Monts: every visitor there spends the summer under canvas.

Suicide man 'in fear of CSA letter'

A MARRIED hotel executive killed himself after a Child Support Agency letter exposed him as the father of another woman's child, an inquest heard yesterday.

Letter: Manslaughter charges against employers

Sir: You report (25 March) a spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive as defending the lack of manslaughter charges against employers by saying 'experience had shown that manslaughter prosecutions in areas of HSE jurisdiction rarely succeeded'. Of course they have 'rarely succeeded'; this is because they have hardly ever been brought. There have been two (in 1988 and 1990) in the last 30 years, and two directors were convicted of manslaughter in the first case. That represents a 50 per cent success rate, higher than for most areas of crime prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Critical Tory faces expulsion

A LIFELONG Conservative who denounced the Government as 'disgraceful and disreputable' is facing expulsion by her local association.

The Independent Road Test: Brief fling with a small executive: Roger Bell finds the Mercedes C280 a solid performer, but one that takes time to appreciate

Whether Rover uses Honda, BMW or in-house engines, its bid to produce class-leading luxury compacts is likely to be thwarted by Mercedes- Benz. There is nothing revolutionary about the latest C-class cars from Mercedes; on the contrary, they are ultra- conservative saloons compared with the new mini-Mercedes to be launched in 1997. Nevertheless, the German company continues to be the benchmark in the small-executive sector.

Guardian to go direct

A NEW player has entered the direct insurance market aiming at low-risk customers. Guardian Direct, which is part of the company that has just changed its name from GRE to Guardian, will sell both motor and household insurance over the telephone, writes Vivien Goldsmith.

ETCETERA / Long Runners: No 18: Minder

Age: 14. It started six months after Mrs Thatcher arrived at No 10.

Duma drowns in a sea of presidential decrees

A FRESHLY printed booklet awaited each member of the State Duma as they arrived yesterday to revive a long-stalled experiment in Russian democracy first launched by Tsar Nicholas II in 1906.

The Yeo Resignation: How minister was brought to heel

WHEN Tim Yeo entered the headquarters of the South Suffolk Conservative Association on Tuesday night, there was a discernible, almost cocky, spring in his step, writes Steve Boggan.

Golf: Norman branches out to form new company: World No 2 leaves Mark McCormack's management group and takes top executive with him

GREG NORMAN, one of the most prominent jewels in Mark McCormack's crown, has decided to form a separate company in the new year. The 38-year-old Australian is branching out and is taking one of McCormack's men with him, writes Tim Glover.

Obituary: Bill Bixby

William Bixby, actor: born San Francisco 22 January 1934; married Brenda Benet (died 1982; one son deceased), 1993 Judith Klivan; died Los Angeles 21 November 1993.

28 Roe Street, Belfast: That's Mrs Murphy crossing the road to her house. The neighbours are long gone but, despite all the attacks, she and Bernard aren't shifting. Steve Boggan reports

Bernard Murphy cannot remember the date, but he knows it was about 3am one morning in 1988 that the first petrol bomb set fire to his back door. There was a smashing of glass and a brightness and a smell that got him out of bed.

Employment: Ousted executives pool skills to fight back: Self-help groups and short recreational breaks are assisting redundant professionals in their struggle

EVERY Thursday night, members of the Executive Association gather in a management dining room at Marconi Instruments in St Albans. All are out of work, their prime goal to get a job.
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